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Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts Fund, in partnership with the Gold Star Families, the City of Spokane, and the Spokane Public Facilities District seeks an artist, or artist team residing in Washington and Idaho, to develop a memorial honoring fallen heroes that have served post- 9/11.


The memorial will be sited on the south side of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The selected artist or artist team will work with Spokane Arts Fund, The Spokane Public Facilities District staff, and the representatives from the Gold Star Families from design through construction of the project. During the design phase, representatives from the Gold Star Families will heavily inform the process.


The artist will work with Spokane Arts Fund, the Gold Star Families and the Spokane Public Facilities District to develop a permanent public art memorial for the Spokane Arena. The desired artistic approach will create a sculptural plaza that suggests a place where people will gather for a variety of observances and events. The artwork should represent and be inclusive of all Armed Services with particular attention to post 9/11 fallen heroes.

NNDF to host its Second Annual Native Business Awards Gala

NNDF to host its Second Annual Native Business Awards Gala

The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) will be holding its Second Annual Business Awards Gala Dinner on Friday, November 21st, at the Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights.

The event will honor three members of the local native community for their work on behalf of native business development.

The Eagle Award will be given to honor the Native Business of the Year, the Salmon Award to honor the Native Purchaser of the Year, and the Bear Award for the Native Business Advocate of the Year. Those receiving these prestigious awards will be announced at the event.

Renowned singer, dancer, and speaker Randy Wood will headline this year's entertainment. Wood's awards include a 2002 Grammy and JUNO award for his first solo album. His third album won Best Traditional Album at the 2005 Native American Music Awards. His second Grammy nomination came in 2006 for his song “Our Love Will Never Die”.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

Burleskival ready to tease and tantalize Spokane

Video credit: Perfechter Productions

A one-of-a-kind festival is making it's debut at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane next week, promoting the arts and highlighting the beauty of the female body.

Burleskival will walk the line between classy and provocative with local burlesque performers, tantalizing fashion show featuring local designers, live music acts and go-go dance competition.

“We wanted to bring something fresh and new to the Spokane area,” said Nancy Bates, one of the event organizers. “We're here to elevate the arts and showcase that women are beautiful in these art forms. There's a lot of tough critics out there about what burlesque is and go-go dancing is, and we want something positive to come out of this event.”

Nancy's co-organizer Dale Strom says he has high hopes for the festival and the impact it could have on Spokane's future as well.

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams

About three months after my heart attack. I was asked the go and introduce Robin Williams at the Fox when he came to town. I got there an hour early because I wanted to make sure that everything went well. After meeting David Steinberg he asked if I would you like to meet Robin. Of course, I said.

We went to Robin Williams room made introductions, some small talk. I told him that I had spent time growing up in Denver, Colorado and also in Boulder, where the Mork and Mindy house was. He explained how the owner of the house had sued the production company  several times never really winning because as the show became so popular. People come by it at all hours screaming for Mork or Mindy to come out.

I talked about how the food in his room was heart healthy and he said he had open heart surgery sometime before that and was trying to eat healthy. I said I had a heart attack and I died and he immediately shot back " show off !".

David said let's go back to my room and go over  the script .

INB Performing Arts Center prepares for 10-millionth guest

INB Performing Arts Center prepares for 10-millionth guest

The INB Performing Arts Center is preparing for a massive milestone – their 10-millionth guest!

Based on estimated ticket sales INB says they plan to receive number 10 million on the evening of Thursday, August 14 at the performance of Book of Mormon.

Johnna Boxley, General Manager of the Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center is excited to be part of such a monumental event.

“It's an honor to welcome our 10-millionth guest at INB this year,” Boxley said. “This milestone is a testament to the variety and quality of the events held in the INB during the last 40 years. We are proud to be able to provide such a great gathering place for the region.”

When doors open at 6:30 pm that evening, INB will begin monitoring the scanners. They estimate the unknowing guest of honor will arrive before 7:30, and plan to honor them with a short presentation 10 minutes before showtime.

Local game designer looking for success with Kingdoms in Peril

If you're a board game enthusiast who's always on the lookout for a new addition, you may want to check out local Spokane designer Thomas Kaufman and his fast-paced, highly competitive card game Kingdoms in Peril.

I had the chance to sit down and learn Kingdoms recently, and picked it up almost immediately. Set in the ancient middle east (the cards themselves designed with historical carvings from 700 BC, featured in the British museum), each player builds their own kingdom of villages and towns with their capital as the crowning jewel.

Once set-up is complete, players then go to work building a hand of cards that houses their armies, equipment and defensive tactics before turning on each other in an ancient battle royal. To the victor go the spoils, and with a two-hour time limit the winner is declared by either a tally of points (each village, town and city has a numbered value when captured) or when one kingdom emerges victorious.