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Huckleberries: Marina Kalani wows crowd in ‘Steel Magnolias’

For the past two years, Huckleberries has known Marina Kalani for her role as a defendant in a lawsuit by The Spokesman-Review to gain access to her e-mail exchanges with Kootenai County Prosecutor Bill Douglas. The Idaho Supreme Court is deciding that suit. Now, she’s playing another role, according to colleagues Erica Curless and Taryn Brodwater: actress. And Kalani’s playing it very well. Last week, Erica, Taryn and other friends attended the Lake City Playhouse production of “Steel Magnolias,” in which Kalani portrays Dolly Parton’s character, Truvy Jones. Kalani wowed the two reporters. Critiques Erica: “Marina Kalani is a very talented local actress. … All agreed she was fabulous in her role as Truvy Jones, the beauty parlor owner. The entire cast was great, but Kalani especially stood out, from mastering the southern accent to her hilarious facial expressions.” Erica and Taryn were still singing Kalani’s praises when they arrived for work Monday. The play continues this weekend.

“To observe Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation month, the Idaho State Historical Society circulated a news release illustrated with arrowheads, an old pocket watch, a bullet – and a two-headed calf. The calf makes as much sense as having a peregrine falcon on the Idaho quarter.

“Poet’s Corner: “Weighed down by news of murder/and wars that maim and kill,/she glanced out of her window/and saw the daffodil” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Hope, in the Back Yard”).


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