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by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Bright Side/Dark Side & r & & r & Search on YouTube for "Spokane" (just "Spokane"), and the first two items form a great contrast: first, a cheesy civic-booster filmstrip extolling Expo '74, and then, in "fight at Spokane skatepark," two guys wailing on each other with skateboard uppercuts.

It's a great place to raise a family -- or to get 10 stitches in your forehead while onlookers snicker.

The Big Dogs Run Here, Too

Catherine "the Great" Ndereba took second this year both at Bloomsday and in the women's marathon at Beijing; fellow Kenyan Micah Kogo won Bloomsday and also earned a bronze medal at the Olympics in the men's 10,000-meter run.

Laugh Without Rezervation

"I was in a Native American Studies class. I was the only Native American." Vaughn Eaglebear's joke pokes fun in scattershot ways at white guilt, Indian indifference, ivory-tower academics and more. He's one of four comedians who will do standup as part of the Pow Wow Comedy Jam at the Season Ticket (north of the Arena) tonight at 8:30 pm and again on Saturday night at 8:30 and 10:30 pm. Your ticket to the jibes of the Ojibwe? Just a bill picturing a bewigged DWM named Alexander Hamilton.

Disco Duck

Are those bell bottoms you're wearing over your sequined bowling shoes? Thought so. You'll fit right in at "Groove 'n' Bowl," a "'70s disco costume fundraiser" on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 6-9 pm at North Bowl, 125 W. Sinto Ave. For an entry fee of just $20, high scorers and pledge-gatherers will win prizes; so will people with the most tie-dye and white-belt outfits. It all goes to benefit Thin Air Radio, so write or call 747-3012.

Remember the 19th!

Back in 1919, 25 senators and 89 congressmen actually voted against a radical idea: granting half the population the right to vote. We know great-grandmothers, still active, who were born into a political system that regarded them as second-class. Which is why you ought to write and then honor those who fought for women's suffrage by attending a rally and picnic called "Listen to the Women: Spokane Women's Equality Day Celebration" on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 4 pm at Comstock Park.

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