by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Spokane Plays Its Part & r & "I got a letter in my dressing room in Spokane last week," began Hal Holbrook's anecdote, told to a CBS-TV audience during Sunday's Tony Awards. (Holbrook had recently delivered a performance at Northern Quest Casino of his one-man Mark Twain show, which he has been performing for 52 years.) Seems a Twain aficionado had made a pilgrimage to the great writer's grave in Elmira, N.Y, but had gotten lost. A native Elmiran pointed out the way, and then added helpfully: "You know that old actor who played Twain for years? I believe he's buried up there, too."
Which of course was Holbrook's cue: "So now, at last, I can also say that the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated."
NAHA Says "Ah-ha!" & r & The North American Hairdressing Awards -- the Oscars of the hairdressing industry -- will be held on July 16 in Las Vegas, and Sonna Brado of Jaazz: The Salon is one of just five finalists (selected out of more than 700 entrants) in the long hair styling category. You want your hair "up" for a special night out? She's your go-to stylist. Congratulations, Sonna! Visit www.oneroof.org.
Homemade Sticky Geysers & r & If you listen to public radio and have fond memories of bottle rockets, you've already checked out the NPR video. For the rest of you: Buy yourself a two-liter bottle of Diet Coke and a package of Mentos. Put a bunch of the white oval mints into the bottle -- and then stand well back, because you're about to witness a carbonated Old Faithful. Turns out that it's nothing to do with the ingredients: Bubbles attach themselves to rough Mento surfaces and then cause vertical explosions impressive enough to make any fifth-grader insist on particular brands of soda pop and candy.
Do Quote Him & r & As you might expect from the author of a book entitled Watchdogs, Blogs and Wild Hogs, Whitworth College communications professor Gordon Jackson has a quirky sense of humor. He puts it to use in his collection of 1,500 media-related quotations about advertising, censorship, media bias, freedom of expression and more. Jackson reads and discusses Watchdogs on Friday at 7:30 pm at Auntie's Bookstore. Call 838-0206.
Ear Ring Vintages & r & Sandpoint's Pend Oreille Winery celebrates 11 years of grape-crushing this Saturday and Sunday with food, games, live music and -- oh yeah, some vino. Visit www.powine.com or call (877) 452-9011. Enjoy the Huckleberry Blush!
The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.