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by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Walk, Jog, Slog or Fly & r & & r & Thursdays at 6 pm, do that for just three miles -- starting from O'Doherty's Irish Grille -- and you'll be anointed (after your sixth jog/slog) as a Flying Irish Running Club shirt-bearing member. Or answer the weekly trivia question at and become eligible for a May 8 drawing: $500 in air travel from ExpressJet. Call Tim at 747-0322 to get all the details and blarney.

Mayor in a Bucket

Mary Verner got a Today Show photo op Tuesday morning when she was interviewed while going over Spokane Falls in a barrel, er, riding the gondola. Did the NBC advance scouts coordinate with Avista to open up the waterfall spigot?

Rhythmic Intensity

If that's the criterion, then the winners at Symphony on the Edge on Friday night were John Mackey's "Strange Humors" and Evan Chambers' "Crazed for the Flame." The Red Hook ESB wasn't half-bad either. Beer and violins in a rock-club atmosphere: Classics at the Fox, take note.

Ten More Years!

That's our Get Lit! campaign slogan. Diana Abu-Jaber captivated a small but enthusiastic audience at the Bing on Thursday night by discussing her family, her writing process, and her most recent novel, Origin. On Sunday, Toby Wolff recounted anecdotes of every dog lover's favorite novelist, Albert Payson Terhune, then read one of his own shaggy-dog stories. Is the turtlenecked-and-mustachioed Wolff the go-to guy when Central Casting needs a creative writing prof, or what?

Still Eckart's Buddy

Morihiko Nakahara has been named music director of the South Carolina Philharmonic in Columbia. Fortunately, that doesn't mean he's leaving us. Nakahara has re-upped for two years and gotten a new title; as Resident Conductor, he'll continue guiding several concerts each season here in Spokane.

They Come Not Single Spies

... but in battalions. (Claudius says that in Hamlet. We're not sure what he means, either.) Meanwhile, the state of Denmark will be shaken, not stirred, on Friday night at Sandpoint's Panida Theater, when six actors from the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will present a one-hour, James Bond-style production of the Danish play. (Is it cursed, too?) Tickets: $9; $6, students. Visit or call (208) 263-9191.

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