by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Girl From Detroit & r & & r & Lily Tomlin handled all the Spokane allusions she'd inserted into her Thursday-night act, then launched into updated versions of acts she's been doing for 40 years. (A sample of Ernestine as telephone operator for an HMO: "Your health is our business, not our concern" [snort].) But from her schoolgirl crush on Miss Sweeney to her gyrations as Sister Boogie Lady, Tomlin demonstrated that she's not just some comedian -- she's a superior mimic and actress. (The facial expressions alone on her "oldest living beauty consultant" were priceless.) And when some audience members decided to make it Blabbermouth Night at the Fox, Tomlin handled them too.
Life's a Struggle ...
... if you can't juggle. Celebrate World Juggling Day this Saturday at Sandpoint's Farmin Park from 11 am-1 pm. Call (208) 265-2570, then check out www.juggle.org and learn to juggle with glowsticks!
Sandpoint's restaurants show off their tasty wares at the Sandpoint Summer Sampler, next Thursday, June 19, from 5-7 pm at Farmin Park. Kick back and enjoy live music, local beers and wines, games, eating competitions and more. Call (208) 263-0887.
Well Rowed, Lads
The two Gonzaga crew teams that we featured in last week's Inlander (6/5/08) performed very credibly at last weekend's Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships in New Jersey. The freshman eight boat won its final two consolation-round races to finish 13th in the nation. The varsity eight boat finished third in the last of its four races to finish 21st. Coach Dan Gehn's squad has a promising future.
Close to 600 guests noshed and sipped (and a few spat) their way through four big rooms at the Davenport on Sunday evening at Taste Washington. Bluefish's tropical poke paired delightfully with a gewurztraminer-viognier blend from Kestrel Vintners, and the T3 ros & eacute; from Townshend complemented the fresh oysters at Anthony's. Robert Karl's estate cab was a knockout with -- well, just about anything. And there were more cocktail dresses per capita than anywhere else in Spokane.