Easy, Tiger -- It might be hard to believe, but the founders of the national Take Back Your Time movement claim that "medieval peasants worked less than you do." While you might feel a little weird about begrudging your gap-toothed ancestors their lives of dirty, back-breaking toil, it is true that some modern conveniences have created a lot more tasks than they were supposed to eliminate.
If you're reading this on Thursday and want to learn how you can reclaim your life back from overwork, overspending and the endless cycle of over-consumption, then take a slow, enjoy-the-scenery drive to Sandpoint tonight for the Public Forum on Sustainability's presentation "Take Back Your Time," featuring founder John De Graaf. The author, activist and producer of PBS's Running Out of Time special will explain how the United States compares to the rest of the world when it comes to overwork and leisure time, and how even ordinary folks can start influencing public policy while making personal changes in their own lives.
John de Graaf will be speaking at the Sandpoint Public Library at 7 pm on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Color Us Corrected -- We were delighted to see such a huge turnout at last Thursday's opening for the Jundt Art Museum's Drawn to the Wall exhibit, but spent much of the evening having to nibble on humble pie as one artist after another explained that we goofed on our caption for the picture we ran on the event. The brightly colored piece we (incorrectly) attributed to Jeanette Kirishian was in fact executed by NIC prof and accomplished artist Allie Kurtz Vogt.
Songs in a Mellow Mood -- Never ones to turn down free gourmet eats, nor the chance to hobnob with our fellow culterati, your Buzz Bin correspondents were the most appreciative table at Ella's season opener/media night last Thursday. Many changes have been afoot at CenterStage, not least of which is the newly reinvented Upstage Supper Club -- which, with a full bar and a reconfigured dining room, is now being called Ella's. We were surprised to find ourselves a little underdressed (the Buzz Bin budget prohibits all semblance of sparkles or dry cleanery), but we were more than up to the challenge of successive samples of Chef Kile Tansy's exquisite cuisine. We also checked out other changes at CenterStage, including the Library Lounge on the second floor and a full schedule of dinner theater, world music, a string quartet series, two different film events and even comedy and ballroom dancing. Hats off to Tim Behrens and the CenterStage crew for a lovely evening and a fall season to look forward to.