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by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Spokane Plays Its Part & r & "I got a letter in my dressing room in Spokane last week," began Hal Holbrook's anecdote, told to a CBS-TV audience during Sunday's Tony Awards. (Holbrook had recently delivered a performance at Northern Quest Casino of his one-man Mark Twain show, which he has been performing for 52 years.) Seems a Twain aficionado had made a pilgrimage to the great writer's grave in Elmira, N.Y, but had gotten lost. A native Elmiran pointed out the way, and then added helpfully: "You know that old actor who played Twain for years? I believe he's buried up there, too."

Which of course was Holbrook's cue: "So now, at last, I can also say that the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated."

NAHA Says "Ah-ha!" & r & The North American Hairdressing Awards -- the Oscars of the hairdressing industry -- will be held on July 16 in Las Vegas, and Sonna Brado of Jaazz: The Salon is one of just five finalists (selected out of more than 700 entrants) in the long hair styling category. You want your hair "up" for a special night out? She's your go-to stylist. Congratulations, Sonna! Visit

Homemade Sticky Geysers & r & If you listen to public radio and have fond memories of bottle rockets, you've already checked out the NPR video. For the rest of you: Buy yourself a two-liter bottle of Diet Coke and a package of Mentos. Put a bunch of the white oval mints into the bottle -- and then stand well back, because you're about to witness a carbonated Old Faithful. Turns out that it's nothing to do with the ingredients: Bubbles attach themselves to rough Mento surfaces and then cause vertical explosions impressive enough to make any fifth-grader insist on particular brands of soda pop and candy.

Do Quote Him & r & As you might expect from the author of a book entitled Watchdogs, Blogs and Wild Hogs, Whitworth College communications professor Gordon Jackson has a quirky sense of humor. He puts it to use in his collection of 1,500 media-related quotations about advertising, censorship, media bias, freedom of expression and more. Jackson reads and discusses Watchdogs on Friday at 7:30 pm at Auntie's Bookstore. Call 838-0206.

Ear Ring Vintages & r & Sandpoint's Pend Oreille Winery celebrates 11 years of grape-crushing this Saturday and Sunday with food, games, live music and -- oh yeah, some vino. Visit or call (877) 452-9011. Enjoy the Huckleberry Blush!

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