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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mel McCuddin at CdA's Art Spirit Gallery

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene opens a month long show of Mel McCuddin's art this Friday, September 12 with a reception from 5 to 8 pm.

McCuddin was born in Spokane in 1933 and studied at Eastern Washington University, Fort Wright College and the Spokane Arts Center (an extension of Washington State University). His early paintings were abstract expressionist for the most part and gradually evolved into his present style as he felt the need to more precisely communicate his thoughts. Mel begins a painting with no idea in mind, and at a certain point in the process of putting paint on the canvas, an idea will suggest itself. Many of these ideas change and many are rejected until one seems strong enough to accept.

The imagery that has developed over the course of his career is largely figurative. The figures are both animal and human, and most of them relate to human actions, associations and relationships, many of which are drawn from personal experience. He paints directly on the sized canvas, with no preliminary drawing or outline. The paint is poured, dripped, rubbed and wiped, and he uses rags and his fingertips at least as frequently as he does brushes. The color is treated generally by under painting with warm colors overlaid with cooler ones. This technique gives an inner glow to the paint. He uses mostly single figures, either animal or human forms, with a strong relationship between the figure and the background. The result is impressive, memorable art with titles as creative as creative as the paintings themselves.

You can see Mel McCuddin's art at

D.Lish's celebrates National Chocolate Milkshake Day Thursday

In honor of National Chocolate Milkshake Day, D.Lish's Hamburgers, at 1625 North Division, is offering free 8 oz. chocolate shakes with the purchase of any burger and fries. They're open from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm. Come celebrate with a free shake!

Spokane's 'Z Nation' premiers this Friday on Syfy channel

The premiere of the first 13 week season of 'Z Nation', which was filmed in Spokane this summer, is this Friday, September 12 at 10 on the Syfy channel. A premier party is being held Friday at the Garland Theater, with a $10 suggested donation to get in the door. The show, whether you watch it at the Garland or at home, starts at 10 pm.

Rich Cowan's North by Northwest productions filmed the TV series here, using hundreds of local talent and bringing millions of dollars in economic benefit to Spokane. But while 'Z Nation' was filmed in and around Spokane, the first season of the show is set in New York and Colorado in its first season and our town never gets the chance to play itself.

For season one, Spokane capably doubled for a multitude of locations across the United States.

'There's no place like the Fair!'

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is going on now through Sunday, September 14 at the Fairgrounds. There's great entertainment in the grandstand arena and around the grounds. Enjoy the animals, racing pigs, the carnival, fun fair food and more. Go to for all the details.

Cowboy Supper Shows at the Rockin' B Ranch

The Rockin' B Ranch celebrates their 20th year with a series of special Cowboy Supper Shows in September and October. This month's shows are this Friday and Saturday, September 12 & 13 at 6:15. There's lots of great cowboy music, delicious food and big fun. Go to for tickets and information.

Thurston Wolfe Winemakers dinner at the Lincoln Center this Friday

The Connoisseur's Club at the Lincoln center presents a special winemakers dinner, with Thurston Wolfe Winery from Prosser, WA. This special dinner is this Friday, September 12 from 6-10pm and will feature 5 courses, each paired with Thurston Wolfe wine.

Cost is $55 per person, and Connoisseur Club members receive a 20% discount. For more information and tickets, visit The Lincoln Center is located at 1316 N Lincoln.

Fun at the Bing this week

At the Bing Crosby Theater this week see Burleskival Friday night, September 12 at 7 and the March Fourth Marching Band Saturday, September 13 at 8. Go to for all the info. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

'You might be a redneck' if you love Jeff Foxworthy

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, is at Northern Quest this Friday, September 12 night at 7:30. He is the epitome of red neck humor and member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Go to for tickets and information.

The Manito Park Bench Cafe open through Sept 21

Summer may seem over, but there's still more warm days to come this month and the Manito Park Bench Cafe will be open through Sunday, September 21. Daily hours are 9am to 3pm with extended hours until 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. So stop by for some great food and beverages and enjoy the last days of warm weather at the Manito Park Bench Cafe.

The circus is coming to town!

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus presents 'Super Circus Heroes' this Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 14 at the Spokane Arena. Amazing elephants, horses, camels and more alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some over-the-top clowns. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Bing Crosby memorabilia moves to his childhood home on GU's campus

The public museum for Gonzaga University's renowned collection of Bing Crosby memorabilia has moved to the Craftsman-style Crosby House at 508 E. Sharp Ave. where the world-famous entertainer and Gonzaga's most famous alumnus grew up. The public is invited to a grand opening from 1-4 pm, Saturday, September 13 to view the Crosby exhibition in the 101-year-old house on campus.

The house, which sits on Gonzaga's northern boundary at the main entrance to campus, was designed by Bing's father and built by him and two of Bing's uncles. The family moved into the house when it was completed in 1913 and Bing lived there until he left for Hollywood in 1925. The Crosby family sold the home in 1936 to a neighbor, who lived there until 1978 when the Gonzaga Alumni Association purchased it. The University acquired the home in 2008.

Bing Crosby began donating items to Gonzaga in 1957, including gold and platinum records, trophies, plaques, and photographs and more. In addition to the generous donations of materials by Bing prior to his death, Crosby fans and family began to recognize Gonzaga as the home of all things Crosby. In 1993, the University received the entire collection from the Bing Crosby Historical Society in Tacoma, Washington. Additionally, several collectors have given major donations of Crosby recordings. It's the world's largest public collection of Bing Crosby memorabilia.

The museum will be open from 9 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, and on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. The exhibit is free to the public with designated free parking directly behind the house.

Zeus plays at the Bartlett

Canadian band, Zeus boasts an engaging classic sense of rock while sneaking in some psychedelic twists. They play at the Bartlett, 228 W Sprague Ave this Friday, September 12 at 8pm wherre live music is all ages all the time. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Go to for tickets and more information. The phone number is 509-747-2174.

'Fiddler on the Roof' at Civic Theatre

'Fiddler on the Roof' starts next Friday, September 19 and runs through October 19 on the Main Stage at Spokane Civic Theatre. This show has captured the hearts of people all around the world for fifty years with its moving score including 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker', 'If I Were a Rich Man', and 'Sunrise, Sunset'. It's the winner of nine Tony Awards. Go to for tickets and information.

Avista Stadium named 2014 NWL Field of the Year 10 years in a row!

The Northwest League announced that Spokane's Avista Stadium has been named the 2014 NWL Field of the Year. Spokane has now won the award 10-straight years, and 16 of the past 18 seasons.

The award is given annually to the team that has the best playing surface and maintains the highest quality field throughout the 76-game season as voted on by Northwest League managers and coaches. Avista Stadium's field has remained unchanged since the facility was built in 1958, a compliment to the dedication and hard work of the Indians grounds crew of both present and past.

With the award, David Yearout, Indians Head Groundskeeper, is now one of 16 candidates for Minor League Baseball's Sports Turf Manager of the Year, which will be announced at the 2014 Winter Meetings.

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