A Heart for Art

A Heart for Art

Coeur d'Alene continues to grow as an arts destination under Arts and Culture Alliance Director Kerri Wilfong
Fridays are busy for Kerri Wilfong, the new director of Coeur d'Alene's Arts and Culture Alliance. The job, which Wilfong started in the fall, is supposed to be part-time, she says, "but it's so fun, it feels half like a hobby."

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Arts & Culture

Oddity | South Hill's Haven

An ever-evolving art spot
Among the newly built cookie-cutter shops now popping up across the South Hill is an artistic oasis in a colorful, rickety old house. The driveway, lined with metal sculptures, welcomes you into 29th Avenue Artworks (3128 E. 29th Ave.) — an art gallery and custom frame shop.

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For Your Consideration

Cool country, literary flashbacks and a fancy flashlight
CD | This time of year, we're all looking for a soundtrack for our summer cruising. One of my faves, Dwight Yoakam, is out with a new record that fits the description: SECOND HAND HEART.

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Jet Fretter

The Modern's airplane-themed comedy isn't timely, but it's certainly well-timed
The one-room set of Boeing Boeing, currently at the Modern Spokane in a production directed by Abbey Crawford, is meticulous in its evocation of a particular era — a slightly pedestrian form of mid-century modern dominated by queasy oranges and turquoises, the wallpaper pattern a sleek, repeating silhouette of the jetliners that trace the arcs on the map painted across the stage floor. All that's missing is a shag rug (orange, of course) with ankle-deep pile.

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Marine For Life

On the eve of another Memorial Day, one local Pearl Harbor survivor retells a story that will never be forgotten
Ray Garland remembers sweating in the humid Hawaii air that Sunday morning. It was just before 8 am when he and a couple of fellow Marines were raising the flag over the battleship USS Tennessee, just as they did every morning.

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Kicking Rocks

Jack Nisbet's latest book, Ancient Places, tells surprising stories of the Inland Northwest
Spokane writer Jack Nisbet sees the little things — the things all around us that most of us don't take the time to consider. Ants, for example — there's an entire chapter in his new book, Ancient Places, about the mysterious genius of ants.

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The Gender Games

Why I open doors for dudes
There's this game I play. Or perhaps it's more of a test I give to unsuspecting males approaching doorways: I open the door for them.

Arts & Culture

THEATER | THE MUSIC MAN

A new production of an old standard thrives for authenticity
"Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City!" In The Music Man, that rapidly delivered line signals the start of con artist Harold Hill's gambit to create a marching band in a tiny Iowa town.

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For Your Consideration

Swimsuit season arrives, a country stunner and a French affair
FASHION | It's nearly the time of the year when we resolve to stop eating poorly and work out daily — yes, swimsuit season. But as pizza, tacos and beer inevitably win out, you may as well purchase a cute bikini and worry less about the bod.

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Across the Gulf

The MAC's "Past Forward" exhibit has the potential to move cultural mountains
The popular saying about Muhammad going to the mountain (because it wouldn't come to him) seemed an ideal story lead for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's upcoming exhibition of United Arab Emirate artwork entitled "Past Forward." Since few Americans can travel to experience Arab culture firsthand, representative artworks are coming here on their way to visit six states over a two-year period.

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Ascending Artist: Brittany Stodgell

A wealth of projects and ideas pushes this busy young artist to create beautiful work at the zero hour
Procrastination is Brittany Stodgell's incentive for inspiration. It's what drove her to stay up through the night before a solo art show at the start of the year and paint — from start to finish — a 5-foot-by-2-foot acrylic piece.

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Food & Drink

Caffeinated Chemistry

Nitro coffee is the newest trend to hit the coffee industry, and Spokane has a few early adopters
Barely visible, the caramel-colored bubbles slide in cascading waves down the sides of a translucent plastic cup. A hint of creamy foam rises to the surface of the rich, chocolatey brown liquid like the fizzy head of a stout or porter-style beer.

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Chicken Challenge

A Seattle fried chicken empire opens up in Spokane; we measure it against our hometown favorite
The Inland Northwest isn't a hotbed of soulful Southern grub. There's not exactly a place serving up hushpuppies, collard greens and spicy red beans and rice on every corner, let alone a slew of restaurants that hang their chef hats on fried chicken as their menu's focus.

Food & Drink

Love the Liberty

MOD lets you choose how your pizza is built
Rarely does one feel such power when ordering a pizza. Dozens of toppings — sauces, cheeses, veggies, herbs, meats — are laid out behind the glass, so you can point at will and say, "Cover that baby in mushrooms.

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Full Support

The Filling Station is a venture rooted in family and good beer
Jason Rex and Keith Carpenter have a different kind of bromance. Rex, owner of Scratch Bistro, wasn't using the extra space inside the building of his Coeur d'Alene restaurant.

Food & Drink

Update | Crave

A Bowlz Bitez and Spiritz overhaul brings a "new" spot to downtown
If you find yourself with a hankering for a plateful of French fries doused with all kinds of flavors and toppings, Crave has it. A list of French fry dishes isn't something you would have found before on the Bowl'z Bitez and Spiritz menu, but last month, owner Jake Miller closed the downtown restaurant for a few weeks in order to revamp everything — interior, food, name and all.

Food & Drink

When Brewers Unite

Collaborative beers show the spirit of Spokane Craft Beer Week
When Matt Hanson had to pick brewing teams for Spokane Craft Beer Week, he took a decidedly old approach to this new event. He dropped the names of 12 of the region's breweries into a hat and created some unlikely duos, who have now gone on to create inspired and unique beers.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 21st
Cenex Zip Trip on Division buying smokes  This is to the clever Aquarius male who had me smitten after buying me two zodiac lighters at the Zip Trip. I found it really sweet that after I discovered there had been no Gemini lighters, you had bought me two.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 14th
Bad Timing You: Jamie, the beautiful brunette with 4 kids, 8, 6, 5 and 5. Me: the motorcycle rider doodling on his paper.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 7th
Chilawack6pak "You are the rodeo bronc rider. I asked if you were the clown or bull rider.

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