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7 Blog: Project offers chance to see artist in action

Fri., July 11, 2014, midnight

(Posted Thursday) Friday morning, people wandering in downtown will have the chance to watch some art in action.

Jesse Pierpoint, and artist and creative director for Seven2 in Spokane, will be live-painting a billboard at 301 W. Main on Friday (today) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The project, by Boom Creative and Global Credit Union, is part of the CU’s Global Citizen campaign; Pierpoint will be painting his interpretation of “legacy” on the 10-by-23-foot billboard while perched atop a three-story scissor lift.

Down below, meanwhile, there’ll be a bit of a party. Local DJs Twin Towers will provide the music, and food will be available for sale from the Bistro Box food truck.

Carolyn Lamberson

Bartlett plans fall fest

(Posted Thursday) The Bartlett has been open for less than a year, but already the all-ages venue is leaving its stamp on the local music scene. Last week, the venue announced via its Facebook page its own music festival, called Bartfest, which will occur Sept. 5 to 7.

The goal of the festival is, according to the event website, to showcase “local, regional and national talent,” and the lineup currently boasts Spokane acts Marshall McLean, Dead Serious Lovers and Water Monster. Headliners (not local) include Hundred Waters, Robert DeLong and Seattle’s Pickwick.

The three-day festival will take place at two separate venues – the Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave., which is all ages, and its next-door neighbor nYne Bar and Bistro, which is 21 and older.

Full festival passes are currently on sale for $90; single day tickets are not yet available. To purchase tickets and to view a partial festival lineup, visit

Nathan Weinbender

Docs worth watching

(Posted Thursday) On “Movies 101,” the weekly Spokane Public Radio show that I host with Mary Pat Treuthart and Nathan Weinbender, we decided to bypass any of the films that opened last week in theaters.

Seems we mirrored the U.S. public at large, which also decided to spend the weekend in any place but movie theaters.

That left us in a bit of a quandary as to what we would review. We decided to turn to our television sets and our respective On Demand services. And that led us to the three documentary films that we will review (to be broadcast Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KPBX, 1:30 p.m. Saturday on KSFC): “Life Itself,”Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger” and “ The Case Against 8.”

“Life Itself” is Steve James’ study of the late film critic Roger Ebert. It is a must-see for wannabe critics but is an even more riveting exploration of end-of-life issues.

“Whitey” is Joe Berlinger’s look at the Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and his complex relationship with law enforcement.

And, finally, “The Case Against 8” is a look at the battle to overturn the anti-same-sex marriage statute in California.

In reading the reviews of that last film, I found myself nodding in agreement with the point made by Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney, who commented on the fact that the lawyers in the case come across as empathetic, compassionate, open-minded individuals.

As Rooney wrote, “There might actually be more humanization of the legal profession in less than two hours here than there is in multiple seasons of ‘ The Good Wife.’ ”

I’m married to a lawyer (one who happens to be a fan of “The Good Wife”), so I’m in a perfect position to say he’s correct. But check out the film and see for yourself.

Dan Webster

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