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From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is reading this summer, and will be diving into the swamp lands of Florida for the 13th year of the community reading event. This summer Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

News release from Northern Quest Resort & Casino:

 May 5, 2014Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino is excited to announce four of this year’s sensational shows for the 4th Annual Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts.  These great acts represent half of the 2014 summer concert lineup with the remaining shows to be announced in mid-May.

The 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts have upped the fun factor this year with the increased variety that concert fans have asked for, including iconic “blasts from the past,” country superstars, rock favorites and one of the worlds most respected comedians.  With the wide range of entertainment options in this year’s outdoor shows there is something for everyone. Ticket prices start as low as $45 and event parking is always free!  Come out and enjoy great live entertainment under the setting sun on Northern Quest’s outdoor stage.

We are proud to present the following stand-out entertainment acts as part of our 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert lineup

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

For the third year in a row, the giant Bloomsday shoe will be on display prior to the race to promote epilepsy awareness.


Balloon artist Ryan Oelrich used over 700 balloons to creak the car sized shoe. The shoe is sponsored by Bloomsday and uses purple to promote epilepsy awareness. Oelrich, as well as 2.3 million other American live with the neurological disorder.

Local bands compete for your Bloomsday vote

Local bands compete for your Bloomsday vote

Every year local bands and radio stations line the Bloomsday course providing entertainment for all the Bloomies. Bloomsday has released the bands that will be providing entertainment and competing for your vote along the course.

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Your overdue books could help feed hungry Spokane area families.

This is National Library Week, and in celebrations, Spokane County Library District is holding the 2nd annual Food for Fines event.

For every non-perishable item of food, the district will forgive $1.00 of your fine, up to a maximum of $10.00 per library card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items (unless the account is already in collections).

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso.