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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.

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.

INB Performing Arts Center announces Jason Mraz

INB Performing Arts Center announces Jason Mraz

The INB Performing Arts Center announced a new show today – Jason Mraz and Raining Jane are coming in October, and tickets go on sale this Friday!

Since getting his start 15 years ago playing in coffeehouses, Jason Mraz has released five albums. His most recent, and first acoustic, album is titled “Yes,” and will be featured at the October show.

“Yes inspires creativity. It's what allows creativity to occurs,” said Mraz. “Yes is love. Yes is what gave us life. We're all here because two people said yes.”

Mraz's positive message and folk-pop sound have earned him platinum or multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries for his various releases. He's also sold 48-million singles and made pop record history when his record-breaking classic single “I'm Yours” won two Grammy Awards and won a prestigious Hal David Songwriter Hall of Fame award.

Fizz Boom Read! Summer reading at Spokane libraries

Fizz Boom Read! Summer reading at Spokane libraries

This year's summer reading program has kicked off at libraries all across Spokane. Once kids have signed up, keep track of your books and hours reading! Once you've finished 15 books, or 15 hours, head back in to pick out a free book to keep - or, just stop in during the week to check out some seriously cool programs.

 

Downtown Library

  • Friday, August 8 at 2:00 pm - Radical Rick
  • Friday August 29 at 2:00 pm - Cecil the Magician

 

East Side Library

  • Tuesday, July 8 at 3:00 pm - Ruby Devine
  • Tuesday, July 22 at 3:00 pm - Radical Rick
  • Tuesday, August 12 at 3:00pm - Cecil the Magician
  • Tuesday, August 19 at 3:00 pm - Everyday Scientists

 

Hillyard Library

  • Thursday, July 17 at 3:00 pm - Radical Rick
  • Thursday, July 31 at 3:00 pm - Dr. Suess Zentangle
  • Thursday, August 14 at 3:00 pm - Cecil the Magician
  • Thursday, August 28 at 3:00 pm - Everyday Scientists

 

Indian Trail Library

Hillyard Appreciation Day festival this weekend

Hillyard Appreciation Day festival this weekend

Hoopfest is the main attraction this weekend, but if you're looking for something with a slower pace, why not check out Hillyard Appreciation Day on Saturday?

“The idea of Appreciation Day is this is the one day where we don't charge for anything. This is where we give back and say 'Thank you,'” said festival founder and business owner Richard Burris.

Burris owns a wine and beer shop called The Good Stuff, located on Market in the Hillyard neighborhood. He says he came up with the festival three years ago because he wanted to do something fun during the month of June.

“We'll have the Spokane Hot Rod association down here. We're going to close all the side streets and we'll probably have 75 to 100 cars down here. And we'll have the tents set up on Queen and Market. We're going to give away prizes and have raffles and it's just a fun day,” Burris explained.

There are plenty of businesses on Market to explore, and all of them will have their doors open Saturday with music, food and crafts.

Mural team looks to Spokane kids for inspiration

Mural team looks to Spokane kids for inspiration

Spokane’s railroad underpasses are in the process of getting a facelift, and one of the art teams involved wants to hear the ideas of the next generation. The SUMAC Project is calling for submissions from local kids to help them design the mural that will revamp the walls of the Howard Street underpass.