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Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day 2018 Events in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene: Parades, parties and more!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 1:52 PM

The Spokane County Firefighters Pipe and Drums perform in 2015. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The Spokane County Firefighters Pipe and Drums perform in 2015.

Check out what's happening March 17, 2018:

Spokane St. Patrick's Day Parade
When: Noon
Where: Downtown Spokane
Hosted annually by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Proceeds from the parade are donated to several area nonprofit organizations to support the community. Free.

Coeur d'Alene St. Patrick's Day Parade
When: 4 pm
Where: Downtown Coeur d'Alene
Where: Parade starts at 4 pm at Eighth and Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene and will end at First Street. This family-friendly event is open to the public. Free.

Garland District St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl
When: 6 pm
Price: $7
Don your best kelly green attire and hit the streets of North Spokane to celebrate America’s favorite Irish holiday, in 2018 conveniently occuring on a Saturday. This year also marks the second annual Garland District St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl, with stops at some of the many bars and restaurants along the quaint neighborhood’s streets. Join other revelers at the crawl’s six locations: Beerocracy, Bon Bon, Garland Drinkery, Revolver North, Garland Pub and The Brown Derby. Get a wristband when you start and make sure to check in at each bar to be entered into a drawing after you depart the final stop of the night. In addition to the many eateries of Garland, two local food trucks, Crate and Skewers, will be serving up tasty eats to hungry bar hoppers.

St. Paddy's at nYne
When: Doors open at 7 am
Where: nYne, 232 W. Sprague
Music and fun gets started early. The line-up: 9 am, DJ Breece; 1 pm, The Shea Tea Folkin' Irish Band; 4 pm, DJ MC Squared; 8 pm, Angus Scott Pipe Band; 8:15 pm, DJ C-Mad.

Whistle Punk St. Paddy's Day Celebration
When: 10 am-11 pm
Where: Whistle Punk Brewing, 122 S. Monroe
Featuring the release of three Irish inspired beers including a dry stout served on nitro!

Irish Dancers on St. Patrick's Day
When: 11 and 11:30 am
Where: Hotel RL by Red Lion at the Park, 303 W. North River Dr.
Join local Irish dancers at Hotel RL's Living Stage for two quick pre-parade performances at 11 and 11:30 am. Free.

St Patrick’s Day Bash feat. Dino/Soars
When:  6-10 pm
Where: Midtown Pub, 826 N. Fourth
Drink specials and Irish food. Free.

All Things Irish
When: 10 am-5 pm
Where: All Things Irish, 315 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene
Live Irish music with Deep Roots at 10 am and the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Pipe Band at 3:30 pm. There will be a photo booth and face painting. Free

O’Doherty’s celebration
Where: O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, 525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Doors open at 9 am on Saturday. $5 cover all day. Live Irish music 10 am- 6pm. DJ Greg McGuire 7 pm-midnight. Live bag pipe shows throughout the day.

St Patrick's Day Parking Lot Party
When: Noon onward
Where: Capone’s Pub and Grill, 751 N. Fourth Ave., Coeur d’Alene
Music, with a DJ kicking things off in the parking lot at noon, Bones & Bones taking the stage at 4. There will be tents, heaters, beer and liquor bars, food and of course the bagpipers! Free.

St Patrick's Day at Bellweather
When: 1 pm- 10 pm on Saturday
Where: Bellwether Brewing Co., 2019 N Monroe
They've decided to release St Patrick's beers on his actual feast day, including two Irish style beers: a red and a stout. Irish dancers from 4-5pm by MSD Irish Dance Academy.

Coeur d'Irish, a St. Patty's Day Party!
When: 5:30 pm-midnight
Where: The Coeur d'Alene Resort, 115 S Second Ave.
The entire community is invited to attend Coeur d'Alene's largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Showcasing the energetic sounds of Irish musical performances and Irish delights of corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and soda bread. There will be Irish bagpipes, Irish dancers, Irish food, Irish whiskey and of course green beer. Music will be provided by The Rub. Tickets are $40 per person. All funds raised will support the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club’s community service grants and projects throughout Coeur d’Alene, along with the Club’s International service projects.

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CAT FRIDAY: Spokane's Keyboard Cat, Bento, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt and the late Keyboard Cat, Bento. - KEYBOARD CAT
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  • Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt and the late Keyboard Cat, Bento.

We like to post about cute and otherwise happy cat-related things for Cat Friday, but this week, we're here to share the unfortunate news that one of the world's most famous celebri-cats, Bento the Keyboard Cat, has passed away.

We learned the news this morning after seeing this video posted on Keyboard Cat's Facebook page:

The laid-back orange tabby owned by Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt was the second cat to take on the official title of Keyboard Cat. The original viral video featuring Schmidt's orange feline, Fatso, was recorded on VHS back in 1984.

Bento was adopted from the local shelter SpokAnimal back in 2010 and was 9 years old when he passed away last week, on March 8.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Christian rockers, German hijackers and tomb raiders hit big screens this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider

The No. 1 box office slot is still Black Panther's to lose, but Lara Croft is back on the big screen to challenge its reign. Here's a full list of the week's other theatrical openings.

In 1976, an Air France flight was hijacked by German reactionaries, with Israeli Defense Forces swooping in to intervene. It's an event that's been dramatized many times before; Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike play the hijackers here. Rated PG-13.

A faith-based drama about Bart Millard, the frontman of Christian rock group MercyMe, who escaped his abusive childhood through music. The title is lifted from the band's signature song. Rated PG.

Popular teenager Simon (Nick Robinson) begins anonymous email correspondence with another boy, only to discover they're the only gay kids in their school, and they're both in the closet. Our critic Eric D. Snider calls this a funny, sweet and uplifting coming-out and coming-of-age comedy. Rated PG-13.

Videogame heroine Lara Croft returns to the big screen, this time played by Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, in an origin story detailing the famed treasure hunter's first adventure on a fabled Japanese island. Rated PG-13.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A long-awaited literary adaptation, a much-delayed horror sequel and a recent Oscar winner hit theaters this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 1:20 PM

A Fantastic Woman
  • A Fantastic Woman

Six new films are hitting Spokane theaters in the week following the Oscars, among them Ava DuVernay's anticipated adaptation of a kid-lit classic, a Spanish-language film that won big at the Academy Awards and a critically lauded black comedy.

Will any challenge Black Panther's box office reign? Doubtful.

The most recent Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Sebastián Lelio’s drama stars newcomer Daniela Vega as a transgender waitress and lounge singer who falls in love with a much older man. When he dies, she finds herself shunned by his family. Rated R.

In this action comedy, a hapless pharmaceuticals rep is sent to Mexico to deliver a cache of the company’s new weed pills, only to be kidnapped and held for ransom. David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron star. Rated R.

A group of criminals plot to rob the U.S. Treasury, hoping a looming Category 5 tropical storm will serve as the perfect distraction. The weather has other plans. We’re still not totally convinced this is a real movie. Rated PG-13.

It’s been a decade since those creepy masked home invaders terrorized Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, and they’re back to stand ominously in the shadows while menacing another family on a very unfortunate road trip. This has been in various states of production for nearly a decade; not a good sign. Rated R.

Two rich adolescent girls rekindle a friendship and discover they might share sociopathic tendencies, especially when one of them suggests they indulge in a little homicide. Writer-director Cory Finley’s feature debut has been likened to the pitch-black teen comedy Heathers. Rated R.

Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved children’s book about a curious young girl who must embark on an interdimensional quest after her scientist father goes missing, her every move guided by three magical beings. Rated PG.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ugandan chess champion to present at Eastern Washington schools

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 4:38 PM

A pawn can become the queen if it reaches the end of the chess board. While this serves as a technical rule for chess players, it was also a life lesson for Phiona Mutsei, a Ugandan chess champion who will be visiting the Endicott School and St. John School on Friday, March 9.

Mutsei's story is perhaps best known for the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe, which details her life growing up in the slum of Katwe, Uganda, as a 10-year-old girl. She meets a chess
 coach at a missionary program in her hometown and becomes fascinated with the game, ultimately earning three championship titles and competing internationally.

Accompanying Mutsei is Benjamin Mukumbya, who is also depicted in the film. The two chess players are students at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, after earning full-tuition scholarships. The two students compete on the college's chess team.

"They grew up in the slums of Uganda, so they had a lot to overcome," says Tia Langston, Endicott branch manager with Whitman County Library's, which is partnering with the schools for the event. "It's pretty amazing that the game of chess was their stepping stool."

Mutsei and Mukumbya will be at the Endicott School at 9 am and 2:30 pm and at St. John School at 10:50 and 11:20 am. All discussions are open to the public, but the later events are for older students and a more general audience, Langston says. 

"We want to introduce kids o a new game, but also ... to show these kids you can be given very little and do big things with that little bit," she says. 


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Meet the five finalists to replace Spokane Symphony music director Eckart Preu

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 1:41 PM

Eckart Preu will finish 15 years at the helm of the Spokane Symphony at the end of the 2018-19 season.
  • Eckart Preu will finish 15 years at the helm of the Spokane Symphony at the end of the 2018-19 season.

The Spokane Symphony announced its five finalists to take over as music director when Eckart Preu heads on down the road at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Each of the five finalists, drawn from 188 applicants, will come to town next season to conduct one of the symphony's classics concerts, as well as make the rounds of meeting symphony staff, supporters and musicians.

Here's a quick look at the finalists, and when they'll be in town next season:

Morihiko Nakahara — Hey, you know this guy! He's been resident conductor of the Spokane Symphony for the past 10 years after serving five years as associate conductor. He's also the director of orchestral studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He'll conduct the symphony shows Oct. 6-7.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Cast announced for TV adaptation of Spokane author Stephanie Oakes' Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 3:22 PM

Real-life actors set to portray imaginary characters from the mind of Spokane-based author Stephanie Oakes' in an upcoming screen adaptation of her award-winning novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly have been announced.

Oakes' debut young adult novel follows handless protagonist Minnow Bly as she recalls events leading up to the murder of a man who led the cult her family belonged to. The novel, published in 2015, is being adapted for the small screen by Facebook's fledgling streaming service, Facebook Watch. Raelle Tucker, former executive producer of True Blood, and that series' director Scott Winant, are leading the planned 10-episode series, which has the shorter working title Sacred Lies.

Actress Elena Kampouris will play the story's traumatized protagonist, Minnow Bly. - INSTAGRAM: ELENA KAMPOURIS
  • Instagram: Elena Kampouris
  • Actress Elena Kampouris will play the story's traumatized protagonist, Minnow Bly.
Playing Minnow is 20-year-old actress Elena Kampouris, whose acting credits include the shows Before I Fall and American Odyssey, as well as the feature film My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Angel, Minnow's cellmate at the juvenile detention facility she's held following the earlier events of the book's dual-timeline plot, is being played by Kiana Madeira, who recently starred in the dystopian Syfy series Dark Matter.

Kevin Carroll is set to play the forensic psychologist who questions Minnow about what's happened to her.

Ryan Robbins is playing Minnow's father, Samuel, who is ordered by the cult's leader to cut off his daughter's hands as punishment for her disobedience.

Sacred Lies will be free to stream by any Facebook user when it's released, although no date has been set yet. Filming will take place in the Northwest, according to Oakes.

"Getting to see the characters I created be interpreted by actors is going to be amazing and surreal and probably strange," Oakes told the Inlander after the series was announced.

"I think the idea of a young actress playing the role of Minnow could be a really cool role for someone, especially someone starting out. There's a lot there for a young actress, so that is exciting."

Oakes shared her excitement Friday afternoon over the official casting announcement on Facebook:


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Art Salvage Spokane announces site of new store and classroom

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 1:04 PM

The nonprofit's new home on Ash Street is just a few minutes from downtown Spokane. - ART SALVAGE SPOKANE
  • Art Salvage Spokane
  • The nonprofit's new home on Ash Street is just a few minutes from downtown Spokane.
After teasing that it would be moving into a permanent location late last year, the local creative reuse nonprofit Art Salvage Spokane announced today where that space is.

Located just minutes north of downtown Spokane, the store and classroom space is at 1925 N. Ash St., in the historic Jarrett building at the corner of Ash and Shannon. The space was most recently home to a vintage clothing and furniture store that closed last year. Other local tenants in the building are Ammonite Ink and the Lands Council's mycology lab.

Art Salvage's mission is to promote creativity and sustainability by collecting and redistributing usable art materials and other supplies that can be repurposed into creative projects. Think paint, yarn, paper, fabric, buttons, sewing notions, beads and even items like paper towel tubes, wine corks and miscellaneous trinkets, toys and doodads. The storefront location will allow the nonprofit to operate a retail space for creatives of all types to affordably purchase these materials, along with a space for onsite classes and workshops.

Art Salvage isn't accepting donations of art supplies and other materials from the public at the space until it's settled in, but will announce its donation schedule in the coming weeks. The community can help the nonprofit move into its new home at a couple of volunteer work sessions in the next week:

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Whitworth's annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival celebrates 10 years this weekend

Lineup includes offerings from Spike Lee and Asghar Farhadi, and a documentary from Whitworth grad David Van Wie

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 11:04 AM

Do the Right Thing
  • Do the Right Thing

The annual film festival founded by and named for beloved Whitworth University professor Leonard Oakland celebrates its first decade this weekend with a diverse and provocative trio of movies.

The festival kicks off tonight at 7 with a screening of Iranian master Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman, last year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Part character study, part mystery, it's about a married couple whose sense of security is shattered when the wife is attacked by an unknown assailant, and the husband takes it upon himself to figure out why it happened. Farhadi (About Elly, A Separation) is one of world cinema's most distinctive voices, and The Salesman is a remarkable and suspenseful piece of work.

Showing at 7 pm on Saturday, March 3, is the new documentary Detroit Under S.T.R.E.S.S., directed by Whitworth alum David Van Wie. It focuses on the short-lived, ominously abbreviated S.T.R.E.S.S. (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets), a crime-fighting initiative that employed police decoys and specifically targeted African-American populations. Van Wie will be on hand to discuss his film.

The fest wraps up on Sunday, March 4, at 3 pm with the 1989 Spike Lee joint Do the Right Thing, one of the best films of the last 30 years that remains a lightning rod for controversy and debate. Unfolding over a single sweltering afternoon in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, Lee's vibrant urban allegory examines the roiling racial tension between a white pizzeria owner (an Oscar-nominated Danny Aiello) and his mostly black clientele. You'll be amazed how relevant it still seems, despite being a vivid time capsule of the late '80s.

All screenings at the Leonard Oakland Film Festival are free and open to the public and will be held on the Whitworth campus (300 W. Hawthorne) in the Robinson Teaching Theatre.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Melissa Cole takes a blowtorch to her latest artwork, showcased at Marmot in March

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Melissa Cole, shown here with some of her older work, will showcase her new encaustic works in March at Marmot Art Space.
  • Melissa Cole, shown here with some of her older work, will showcase her new encaustic works in March at Marmot Art Space.

Melissa Cole
’s art bears much semblance to her personality. It’s colorful, joyful and bursting with life.

Cole says she likes to break common norms in the art world, mixing materials and utilizing her own unique process, a byproduct, she claims, of not attending art school but being self-taught.

Most exhibits have an austere “do not touch” policy, but Cole encouraged me to touch her pieces throughout her new exhibit at the Marmot Art Space. It makes sense to feel her art, because Cole plays with various textures in her work. Her newest technique, encaustics, involves moving around pigmented wax with a blowtorch, a process that requires a steady hand and some patience. This results in a web-like, marbled look on the paintings. Although she is incorporating her own style with encaustics, she was first inspired by Seattle-based artist Alicia Tormey. After a workshop with Tormey last fall, Cole began using encaustics in her own art.

“You have to let go a lot more and just see what happens with your pattern. I’m learning more and more about it each time I do it. It’s very different, which is kind of nice, because it pushes me out of my normal boundaries,” Cole says.

Cole’s vibrant work with encaustics is displayed beginning Friday, March 2, at the Marmot — a gallery special to her as she was the first artist whose work was featured there.

Join her this First Friday as the gallery at 1202 W. Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards celebrates its third birthday from 5-8 pm.

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