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Ice Palace opening delayed for warm temperatures

Ice Palace opening delayed for warm temperatures

Mother Nature is forcing the Ice Palace in Riverfront Park to delay it's opening a week to October 29, and possibly even later.

“We are eager to have the Ice Palace open for everyone to enjoy and know we'll have some people disappointed the weather hasn't allowed us to open as originally scheduled,” said Riverfront Park Assistant Manager Debby Dodson.

This great warm weather isn't something that could have predicted four months ago when the planning process took place.

“We hope for the best fall conditions a the right time, and remarkably, what we have now is more like summer conditions,” Dodson said.

It takes six or more consecutive days of cooler weather for installation, and at least average fall temperatures to sustain the ice rink. Rushing the installation during less-than-ideal conditions could set back the opening an additional two weeks and ring up extra labor and supply costs.

Garland Theater launching horror movie series for October

Garland Theater launching horror movie series for October

The Garland Movie Theater is getting into the Halloween spirit with a movie series designed to scare you out of your seat.

Every Saturday during the month of October, the Garland will be screening a different, surprise horror movie at midnight. You'll have no idea what's playing until the lights go down – except for Saturday the 25 for a traditional holiday showing of the Rocky Horror Picture show. Costumes and props strongly encouraged!

Tickets are just $2.50 or free if you spend $10 at the Bon Bon before curtain call.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

First Fiesta festival in Riverfront Park Saturday

First Fiesta festival in Riverfront Park Saturday

Everyone is invited to Riverfront Park this weekend for Spokane's First Fiesta Festival on Saturday, September 20. The festival begins at 11 am and runs until 5 pm.

The Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair will feature a variety of food vendors, a small health fair, performances by the renowned Mariachi Huenachi, Los Vigiles and others, and a special appearance by Gonzaga University's mascot, Spike.

First Fiesta is part of Fiesta Spokane's, the City of Spokane's month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

Merger announced for Lake City Playhouse, Interplayers

A major announcement from the Inland Northwest arts scene – Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse and Spokane's Interplayer's Professional Theatre have announced they are merging, with Lake City taking operational control.

Interplayers has presented live, professional dramas and comedies since it was founded in 1980, but financial challenges have remained persistent. Despite best efforts by management, staff and board members, Spokane's professional non-profit theater has found it difficult to attract the kind of support in the form of season subscriptions, individual ticket purchases, donations and corporate sponsorships that it needs to ensure sustainability. Unwilling to close, the Board of Trustees decided to seek support from another local theater.

Artists using words to light up Spokane

Want to give your favorite business a shout out, or make an announcement that no one will miss? That's exactly what Spokane Arts wants to help you do with their latest project: Spokane Throw.

Artists are being asked to submit their handwritten letters to be considered for when the “light letters” are “thrown” onto the sides of buildings. The projections will be displayed throughout Create Spokane arts month in October.

The goal of the project is to create a partnership between artists and local businesses. Spokane Throw is also hoping local businesses will help sponsor the program by providing the donation necessary to host a light at their building.

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.