by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Watch When It Happens & r & & r & Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's gimpy-legged walk-off homer for the Dodgers in Game One of the 1988 World Series. One Binster, born and raised in Los Angeles, never saw that electrifying moment in sports history because his wife thought it would be nice to go out to dinner -- a dinner now forgotten, a dinner that could have been eaten any other night of the week. Not that he has any unresolved anger about the matter. Not now. That was 20 years ago.
The rousing finish to Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony as performed by the Spokane Symphony last weekend was so good -- and Chip Phillips' third-movement clarinet solo was so tender -- that we just wanted to rush up onstage afterwards and jump up and down and tousle Eckart's hair and hug everybody in sight. We didn't do it -- in the circumstances, dignity and restraint were expected -- but we wanted to.
Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
Just $20 gets you into Saturday's 10 am event at Medical Lake's Waterfront Park -- a fun run that benefits educational and recreational programs for the patients at Eastern State Hospital. Run for your physical health and help promote their mental health. Call 456-8877.
Bowerman Was His Coach
The world's first cross-training shoes, several models of Air Jordans -- Tinker Hatfield designed them all, working closely along the way with the likes of Kobe, LeBron and, of course, MJ. At Gonzaga's Jepson Center on Friday at 7:30 am, Hatfield -- who's vice president of special projects at Nike -- will discuss "The Business of Design." Cost: $12.50. Visit www.gonzaga.edu/deansbusinessforum or call 323-5991.
At Consumatron.com ("Everything We Buy, Reviewed"), a couple of Chicago blokes file short reviews of laundry detergent, barbecues, crew socks, sourdough bread, just everyday stuff. But what caught our eye was their favorable review of Margaret Atwood's new book, a cultural history of borrowing and lending called Payback. Good thing our economy has never relied on people spending money that they don't really have. When Bush said "Go shopping" sometime after 9/11, maybe he really meant seven years later.
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.