by Michael Bowen & r & & r & Fahklumpt First, Then Kvell
So you're filming a movie about Long Island and Brooklyn families who discover, while trying to set up their sons with nice Jewish girls, that the sons are already involved in a long-term relationship. With each other. And not only that, the happy couple has just been approved for Connecticut's first gay adoption. So they're being outed on national TV. So naturally where do you choose to film Oy Vey, My Son Is Gay (tentatively beginning next month, though financial arrangements are pending) other than right here in Spokane? The cast includes Elliott Gould, Liza Minnelli, Paul Sorvino, Bruce Vilanch and Lainie Kazan (the mother in My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Visit www.oyveymysonisgay.com. We're not patschkieing.
Jazzin' the Jump Blues
A Bourbon Street fa & ccedil;ade with flickering street lamps. A figure emerges, plinks a few notes on the piano, reveals himself as Harry Connick Jr. He'd driven straight through from his last gig in Reno, but he pounded an old upright on "St. James Infirmary," switched to organ for "Basin Street Blues" and even invited a 13-year-old kid onstage to play a little Beethoven.
Good at Jigsaw Puzzles?
Ken Spiering's new mural at Mobius Kids is a 22-foot-long tile creation depicting two dozen animal species frolicking along a bend of the Spokane River. Teams of computer designers and ceramics experts helped assemble the 3,000 pieces of tile in 70 different colors. Best of all, there are two kids' telescopes inside the River Park Square children's museum for viewing the tile critters from 50 feet away. Visit www.mobiusspokane.org or call 624-5437.
Security to Booth 57
We made a point of seeking out five creative types at ArtFest, yet all five had creatively wandered off from their booths. The sculptures and paintings were momentarily defenseless, and we were tempted... but then the one-man band came by with wings a-flappin', reminding us once again of art's timelessness and universality.
Eleven bands that regularly play CenterStage will perform a fundraiser for the arts complex on Saturday, June 10, from 3-10 pm. Tickets: $15. Visit www.spokanecenterstage.com.
In our ArtFest pullout last week, we misidentified a local artist named Phoenix SpringWater. Check out phoenixspringwater.blogspot.com.