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Terrain, arts tour display area’s finest

Bon Jovi. Sandra Bullock. George Clooney. Mel McCuddin.

These are the big names of the weekend.

Add Terrain and the Visual Arts Tour, and the hundreds of artists whose work will be on display. Mix in the finals of the World Poetry Slam. Stir in a little Pickwick, a dash of Justin Timberlake (on screen and on your iPod) and a pinch of Ben Affleck. Bake alongside Alfonso Cuarón and Tom Hanks (in a “Captain Phillips” sneak preview Saturday night) for a deliciously full weekend of fun.

Let’s talk Mel McCuddin. For the second month in a row, he and his pal Harold Balazs are teaming up to show new work. Last month, it was at the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene. This month, they’re up at Tinman Gallery in the Garland District in a show for the Visual Arts Tour to benefit the Spokane Art School.

Let’s talk Terrain. It’s a one-night-only art party featuring up-and-coming creators of fine art, mixed media, installations, film, poetry and music. In six years, it’s become one of THE events of the year, especially for the under-30 set. Even better? Us old fogies are more than welcome to drop in and enjoy the fun.

Let’s talk “Gravity.” It’s one of the best-reviewed movies of the year. As the New York Times’ A.O. Scott put it: “In a little more than 90 minutes (it) rewrites the rules of cinema as we have known them.” The story of two astronauts stranded in space after a shuttle disaster stars Oscar winners Bullock and Clooney and is directed by Oscar nominee Cuarón (“Children of Men”).

Tuck in and enjoy.

Carolyn Lamberson

Features editor