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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.

Live Nation cancels second Sasquatch weekend

Live Nation cancels second Sasquatch weekend

Concert organizer Live Nation has cancelled the inaugural second weekend of the popular Sasquatch music festival. The traditional Memorial Day weekend festival will continue as scheduled.


Known for selling out within minutes, Sasquatch at the Gorge is one of the most popular music events of the summer. So popular, that Live Nation decided to add a second weekend to the festival that was planned for  4th of July weekend -- more than month after the first event.

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Students invited to Doodle for Google

Google is calling all kids to enter the 2014 Doodle for Google competition. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to enter their doodles interpreting the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”

Boston based folk group tours the Northwest

Boston based folk group tours the Northwest

Following the release of their first full length EP, Boston based duo Tall Heights is bringing their harmonies to the northwest. The band will stop in Spokane on Wednesday evening and will play in Moses Lake following several shows in Montana.

 

“We call it folk pop,” said Paul Wright. Tall Heights uses cello and guitar to compliment harmonies that are reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. Wright and his band mate Tim Harrington have come a long way since they decided to take music seriously three years ago.

 

After releasing two LP's in 2011 and 2012, Tall Heights released their first EP in May entitled Man of Stone. The EP is self released and Wright describes it as a fan funded record.

 

Illusionist attempts to break Houdini's record

Illusionist attempts to break Houdini's record

Illusionist Jay Owenhouse will attempt to become the fastest person to escape from a straightjacket while hanging upside down - a record of 90 seconds was set by Harry Houdini nearly one hundred years ago.

The event is happening at River Park Square on Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Owenhouse will bring his complete show to the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Official News Release from Jay Owenhouse:

Even though Harry Houdini died 87 years ago! He still holds the World Record for the Fastest Escape  From A Straight Jacket While Hanging Upside Down! The Record-90 Seconds!

Saturday 9/21 River Square Mall at 2:00pm-World Renown Illusionist and Escape Artist- Jay Owenhouse  will attempt for the first time to break Harry Houdini’s Record of  90 Seconds –With A little added motivation!

It's Called -The Jaws Of Death.. 1200lbs. Of Steel and Razor Sharp Teeth! The 10 inch razor sharp teeth inside the jaws are strategically positioned to puncture every Vital Organ in the Human Body! 

Colville National Forest holding art competition for Capitol Christmas Tree

Colville National Forest holding art competition for Capitol Christmas Tree

Haul out the holly and crank up the Christmas tunes, you'll need it for inspiration. Washington will provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas this year, and a statewide art competition is being held to find artwork that best captures the theme and spirit of the tree.

 

Every year since 1970 a Christmas tree has been presented to the U.S. Congress from a national forest. The 2013 tree will hail from the Coville National Forest and they are working alongside Choose Outdoors and ArtsWA to hold the juried art exhibition to select the official artwork that will represent the Eastern Washington tree.

 

“We encourage Washington artists to submit an entry. The selected artwork will receive exposure throughout the state as well as nationally,” said Laura Jo West, Colville National Forest Supervisor. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Washington's talented artists!”

 

Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Steve Holy Headline Basin Summer Sounds

Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Steve Holy Headline Basin Summer Sounds

The grounds outside the Grant County Courthouse will once again be rockin' this weekend, as Basin Summer Sounds, a free, two-day music festival, returns to Ephrata.

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, best known for their 1997 hit Zoot Suit Riot, will be Saturday night's headlining performance.  Country singer Steve Holy, whose hit Good Morning Beautiful reached number one in 2002, is Friday night's headliner.  Anacortes based Lonely Forest is the festival's featured Northwest artist.

Performances begin at 5:00pm Friday night and at 11:30am on Saturday.  You can view the complete schedule of performances here.

Yours truly will be in attendance for the second straight year, introducing bands on Saturday evening.