A year ago, they were just a couple of Gonzaga grads doing standup and messing around with little films. Now they're earning more than their professors do.
Joe Bereta and Luke Barats produced a video called "Mother's Day" just in time for that holiday this year; it spread virally on YouTube. Now NBC is calling to the tune of a "low six figures" deal for B & amp;B to develop sketches and sitcoms -- and maybe even to perform onscreen on a TV near you.
Lesson to budding filmmakers: When your featurette gets a million hits in just five days, the Peacock starts waving money at you.
Notes From a Flaneur
A long flight from New York nearly made him late for the gig, but jazz guitarist Mike Stern still smiled through his set at SFCC last Thursday -- wailing on the choruses, displaying sheer joy in his solos. During the finale of the Symphony's Brahms Blast on Friday, we noted the contrast between the controlled, professorial demeanor of piano soloist Arnaldo Cohen and the passion that flowed from his flying fingers...Our Visual Arts Tour favorite? At the Trackside Gallery on Adams Street, an oversize porcelain human head with dozens of tiny butterflies spilling out of its mouth; called "Me as Her Bad Dream," it's by Steve Young Lee, new director of the Archie Bray Institute -- and it's there through Oct. 28.
The Ancestors Will Be Listening
Three professional actors from L.A. have workshopped plays and monologues written by nine 7th- and 8th-graders from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal School in DeSmet, Idaho; now they're going to perform them in front of Edward S. Curtis' photos of American Indians from a century ago. Performance on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 3-5 pm in the Day-Ellis Gallery at the MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. Museum admission: $7. Call (503) 490-1037 or 456-3931.
Slammin' the Verses
Prepare a three-minute monologue, pay a $4 entry fee, and you're into the prelim rounds of Spokane's next Poetry Slam. Join the rhymin' and the slimin' on Wednesday, Oct. 18 (or Wednesday, Nov. 15) at 8 pm (7:30 pm is the sign-up time) at Empyrean, 154 S. Madison St. Next year, Team Spokane will go up against teams from other Northwest cities. Call 499-5484.
Inconvenient Truths Film Festival
Along with panel discussions of the environment and music by Myles Kennedy and Danny McCollim, three films -- Nobelity, Who Killed the Electric Car? and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth -- will play (in various orders) at the Met on Oct. 18-20 at 3:30 pm, 6 pm and 9 pm. Tickets: $14; $33, all three days. Call 325-SEAT or 326-7789. n10_05_06internet update