We & copy; Movies -- We love them so much, we'll show them for free and then yak a bit about them afterwards. The Inlander, in partnership with the Spokane County Library District, is launching "For the Love of Movies," a series dedicated to the "longstanding Hollywood tradition of making great movies out of better books." Show times are 7 pm the second and third Wednesday of every month at the Spokane Valley and the North Spokane Library, respectively. Discussion is low-key (in fact your hosts, Sheri Boggs and Thom Barthelmess, are likely to shyly ask "Did you like the movie?" and call it good) and the spirit is one of pure enjoyment. Next week (May 18) is Jane Austen's Emma at the North Spokane Library (44 E. Hawthorne Rd). For the full schedule, visit www.scld.org/movies.htm.
Submitted for your approval... -- Our new city slogan: "Spokane. Near Nature. Near Perverts."
Satan's Got Your Number -- ... And according to the UK's The Independent, it's not actually "666." A recently discovered "fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament" indicates that the number of the beast -- despite all those Omen movies - is not 666 but the rather un-sinister "616." Such news might be a relief to our Coeur d'Alene readers with 666 as their phone number prefix but might come as a bit of a surprise to residents of Grand Rapids, Mich., which uses -- you guessed it -- 616 as its area code.
Remembering George --- Spokane's arts community lost one of its most dedicated behind-the-scenes personalities this week when George Appelmann, the long-time facilities manager for the MAC, died early Friday morning at his home. During his 18-year career at the museum, he was one of the organizational forces behind the annual ArtFest celebration and he was on site every day during the construction of the MAC's new facility from 1999 to 2001. Born in Germany during World War II, he came to the States with his parents as a preteen and lived in Brooklyn. Later, he joined the Air Force and served 20 years, including two tours in Vietnam. But museum employees and friends will remember most his wry humor and sharp wit, along with his trademark long gray ponytail. Vaya con Dios, George - we'll miss you.
And Best Wishes, Kile -- We've just received word that Kile Tansy, executive chef at CenterStage, former owner of Quinn's and creator of the legendary six-lily turnovers, is retiring from restaurant chef-ery. Tansy isn't leaving fine cuisine behind entirely - in fact he's working on a cooking class/dinner party concept - but he'll be "passing the whisk" to CenterStage chef Michael Dodd and walking away from the long hours and stress of the restaurant biz. Happy trails, Kile.