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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.

Spokane Civic Theatre announces new Managing Director

Spokane Civic Theatre announces new Managing Director

Spokane Civic Theatre has named a new Managing Director in time for it's 68th season.

Marnie Rorholm will assume the position on October 3rd. Previously she worked for the City of Spokane as the Office Manager of Business and Developer Services. She has also held positions as the Director of the Mayor's Office for David Condon and worked at Gonzaga University in various Student Life capacities.

At Civic Rorholm will support continued efforts to grow the theatre financially, increase community partnerships, expand volunteer and member bases and continue to support the arts in the Inland Northwest.

Rorholm has lived in Spokane her entire life and joined Civic as a volunteer over 12 years ago. She's worked on many shows and served on Civic's Board of Directors.

Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

Spokane Symphony Musicians approve new contract

The Spokane Symphony Society announced Tuesday that the musicians of the Orchestra and the Board of Trustees have unanimously approved and ratified a new two-year labor agreement.

“This new agreement recognizes the dedication and talent of our musicians, and it demonstrates our commitment to them. We understand that their artistry is an important asset that enriches the vitality of our region, enhancing our city's reputation as an attractive place to live and work,” said Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse. “This spirit of partnership and joint problem-solving as we move forward together has the Symphony poised for great things as we launch our 2014-15 Super-Sonic Season and plan for the future.”

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.

Whitworth named among top universities in the West

Whitworth named among top universities in the West

For the sixth year in a row, Whitworth University has been designated one of the best colleges and universities in the West in a recent college guide published by The Princeton Review.

The education-services company ranked Whitworth among 123 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of it's website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was posted Tuesday.

The Princeton Review chooses schools based on institutional data it collects from several hundred schools in each region, on visits to schools, and on the opinions of independent and high-school-based college advisors. It also takes into account students' reports about their campus experience. Only schools that permit The Princeton Review to survey their students independently are eligible to be considered for the regional “best” lists.