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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! 

STCU sponsors free admission at the MAC

It's only Monday, but it's never too early to start planning for the weekend. This Saturday, Spokane Teachers Credit Union is sponsoring a free day at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.


Group Health will it display it's “Blood & Guts” mini-science exhibit as they kick off their Whooping Cough, or pertussis, immunization campaign. To encourage community members to ride to the MAC, Wheel Sport will be doing bike safety checks and helmet fittings.


From 12pm to 3pm, Hip-hop and graffiti artist Mario de Leon will perform. Don't forget to stop by the Campbell House for an open house style tour.


Thanks to STCU, admission is free for everyone on Saturday, September 21st, from 10am to 5pm. For more information on the MAC click HERE.

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

A local professor and author has found a way to combine his love of words with his love for the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Available this week, You've Made Your Bed Now Go Bounce On It, looks at the world of children while giving the proceeds back to the nursery that inspired it.


“I've long had a love affair with quotes,” said Gordon Jackson, a professor of journalism at Whitworth University. This is the seventh anthology of quotes that Jackson has complied, and this time, because the topic was close to his heart, he chose to self publish.


Special performance of Les Mis will benefit local charity

Special performance of Les Mis will benefit local charity

The Civic Theater's Production of Les Miserbales has been the talk of the town, but a special performance is about more than the actors on stage. When the curtain raises next Thursday night, the performance will be benefiting a West Central organization that helps local people find their own story of redemption.


The September 19th performance will benefit Off Broadway Family Outreach which runs several programs in the West Central community. The story behind Off Broadway's inception reflects the redemption story of Jean Val Jean in the famous French novel and play.


Co-founder Larry Whiston Sr. spent six years in prison after turning himself while living at the Union Gospel Mission. While in prison, Whiston struck up a friendship with Janice Foland who regularly visited her friend, Whiston's cellmate. Foland went on to survive a battle with pancreatic cancer.


Local hair dresser heads to New York fashion week

Local hair dresser heads to New York fashion week

Spokane Hair Dresser and Editorial Stylist, Douglas McCoy, dreamed of styling hair for just one show at New York Fashion week. Four seasons and over a dozen shows later, McCoy is preparing to head to New York once again, and is bringing with him an even bigger dream.


“It's a pretty special thing,” said McCoy of his experiences at fashion week. McCoy has been styling hair for 24 years and works on the Bumble and Bumble styling team at various shows each season. He started practicing and learning for his audition in 1997 and a few years ago he finally flew to L.A. for an open call with hundreds of other hair dressers from across the country.


“There's so much riding on every show,” said McCoy. “It's pretty structured, but there's always that last minute oh my god moment.”


Moscow Ballet hosting Nutcracker auditions for local dancers

Moscow Ballet hosting Nutcracker auditions for local dancers

Maressa's Spokane Dance will be hosting auditions for local dancers to join the Moscow Ballet when they stop in Spokane for a two night performance of their Great Russian Nutcracker at the Bing Crosby Theater in November.


The Moscow Ballet will select 60 dancers to grace the stage as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes and Angels among other roles. Auditions for the two night performance in November will be held on September 19th at Maressa's Spokane Dance. Moscow Ballet's “Dance With Us” Audition Director, Natalia Miroshnyk, will visit the studio in October to rehearse and fine tune the student dancers.


“We really want to encourage any and all kids to come,” said Maressa Dirks, owner of the hosting studio. She adds that this is a great opportunity to work with a top ballet company as they don't often travel this far for performances.


Holy Names offering day of free music lessons

Holy Names offering day of free music lessons

Holy Names Music Center is hosting a community music day this Sunday. The event is free to the entire community.


Community members are invited to stop by Holy Names Music Center for a day of free music lessons. Holy Names will have a number of different instruments on hand for people to try out and learn about. All ages and abilities are welcome.


There will be pizza and beverages for sale from 12 pm to 2 pm, but Holy Names also encourages people to bring a picnic to enjoy on their lawn.


Community Music Day

  • Sunday, August 25th, 10am to 3 pm
  • Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr.