So Bad They're Good -- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is about as B as B-movies can get -- in fact, it's an hommage to the form. The "Worst Midnight Movie Series Ever" at CenterStage celebrates this and all manner of trashy cult cinema with regular Saturday night showings starting this Saturday and continuing over the next few weeks with such nuggets o' cinematic excess as Chopper Chicks From Zombie Town, Bride of the Monster and Squirm. Great lineup, but we're hoping they eventually show the Tomatoes sequel, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, starring a way young, way underemployed George Clooney.
Lend a Hand -- If you've lived in Spokane for any length of time, you've no doubt eaten at the Chapter (formerly Chapter Eleven). And if you dined at the Chapter on Mission, you might have crossed paths with Ed Smith, who's worked there for 25 years. Now the Chapter is hoping to raise funds for Smith, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and has no family beyond "his friends at the restaurant." On Saturday, Oct. 9, the Chapter is sponsoring a benefit auction with happy hour from 2-6 pm and the auction beginning promptly at 3 pm. For more information, call 326-0466.
Home Girl -- In last week's Women's Health issue, we erroneously reported that makeup artist and Spokane native Julie Farley would be "back in town" for the Women's Show. It turns out that since her modeling and cosmetics career took her from Paris to L.A., Julie now lives in Spokane with her husband, and her business, the Makeup Studio, is located at Steam Plant Square.
Fresh off the Farm -- The Farm Chicks -- aka Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards -- just pulled off yet another fabulous Farm Chicks rural-living-and-antiques show in Fairfield and are already getting ready for their next one. Rumor has it that Country Living will be on hand in May to do a profile on the Chicks as well as to capture the essence of their bi-annual shows. Congrats, girls!
Betting on Dennis -- Why not make a little room in your schedule next Thursday night for a bit of poetry? Dennis Held, author of Betting on the Night and the winner of numerous literary awards, is having a reading at the Jundt Art Museum on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 pm.
As the Theater World Turns... -- Deborah McCandless, director of operations and marketing at Spokane Civic Theater, has resigned, citing differences with the board of directors' "vision and management style." Stay tuned: Next month's promised announcement of a new artistic director will reveal much about the Civic's future.