The Insider -- Here in the Bin, we may not know sports, but we sure do love to hear good dirt. And Spokane resident and founding executive of ESPN Stuart Evey is here to deliver the goods about the sports network that celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. In his new book, ESPN: The No-Holds-Barred Story of Power, Ego, Money and Vision That Transformed a Culture, Evey reveals how he suckered ABC into investing millions into ESPN. Ever wondered why the all-sports channel is based in Connecticut? Want the lowdown on why Evey attacked Ted Turner at the Playboy Mansion? All these questions and more are answered in the new book as Evey ruthlessly walks readers through the story of the channel's creation. Keep your eyes peeled for the book on local shelves, or check it out at www.triumphbooks.com.
All Jazzed Up -- Mose Allison played to a sold-out house at CenterStage last Wednesday night, with the wait staff scurrying to fill food and drink orders throughout both sets. During his opening spiel, Artistic Director Tim Behrens remarked that "We are now the place for jazz in Spokane" -- and sure, it was a self-selected audience, but out of everything Behrens said, that was the line that got the crowd a-whoopin' and a-hollerin'.
Getting Better by the Month -- First Friday was cool to begin with, but now the monthly event is just straight hip. The downtown arts event has grown more and more each month, and September's event, this Friday, is no exception. Brews Brothers Espresso Lounge and the Twilight Room are both getting in on the action this month with their own visual arts displays by Marcus Bausch, Jonny Rugan and Piper Gunderson. Jason Corcheron will present his work at Constant Creations (524 W. First Ave.). His exhibit is more than just art -- it's a combination of paintings, live music and hip-hop poetry. He'll do his thing from 6-8 pm. Now get out there and support your local arts scene!
Revering Revere -- One look at Jack Davis, dressed up like Paul Revere and standing over a spinning metal lathe, and you might be confused. Davis is a metal spinner, and he's one of 12 such artists still practicing the historic craft in the United States. In an hour, Davis can spin a flat sheet of silver, pewter, brass or copper into gleaming goblets, bowls and candlesticks. Give him more time, and he'll make a bed frame. You can see Davis, his three-cornered hat and his works of art at jacksmetalspinning.com, or check him out at the Spokane Interstate Fair (in space 124).
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