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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

Summer music returns to Browne's Addition

Summer music returns to Browne's Addition

Summer is officially here and it’s time once again for the Browne’s Addition Summer Concert Series. The music kicks off in Coeur d’Alene Park on July 3, and all concerts go from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Here’s a list of this summer’s shows:

Anonymous artist(s) building cairns in Kendall Yards

Anonymous artist(s) building cairns in Kendall Yards

An art project has taken shape on the north side of the Monroe Street bridge, where someone is using fractured basalt to create several galleries of rock sculptures.

They are called cairns and throughout history have been used to mark hard to spot trails or hazards ahead. In this case they are more of an ad hoc expression of art but no one seems to know who the heavy lifting artist -- or artists -- is.

Kendall Yards is already home to a growing collection of outdoor art.

"We have some permanent art installations as well as some installations coming up in the future and we invite everyone to come down and enjoy the wonderful art we have on site," Cat Carrel with Greenstone Homes said.

Recently some unexpected art has showed up here as well, the cairns, carefully stacked towers of rock.

"Well the cairns are kind of an interesting phenomenon, they just kind of popped up and we're not sure who did them, or how long they'll stay but for now I think they're pretty cool," Carrel said.