CenterStage’s board of directors voted Monday night to keep the downtown dinner theater/supper club alive.
CenterStage and the affiliated Ella’s Supper Club, 1017 W. First, will remain open indefinitely under a streamlined business plan and a new interim executive director, Tina Luerssen, who was formerly the operations manager.
Tim Behrens, formerly the managing artistic director, is now the artistic director.
On Aug. 5, the nonprofit arts organization announced that it would be forced to close on Sunday barring a financial miracle. Since then, about $50,000 in donations has been pledged.
Connie Sagona, development director, said this should be more than sufficient to pay off outstanding bills, although she also said that they will ask vendors to forgo part of their bills as charitable contributions.
Under the new plan, the dinner theater portion of CenterStage will be contracted out to a production company connected to Behrens. CenterStage will no longer shoulder the risk of the dinner theater part of the operation, which has been a money-loser over the past two years.
The dinner theater show “Suds” has been extended through Sept. 9. Also, all weddings and receptions booked at CenterStage will go on as scheduled.
“We have a 15-year lease and it is our intention to stay here,” said Sagona.
However, she also said CenterStage will continue to rely on donations. She said “the struggle to remain open will always be fierce.”
Landlord accused of rape will face trial
A Spokane landlord accused of raping a 35-year-old woman will face trial Nov. 7.
Arlin R. Jordin, 58, is charged with second-degree rape and indecent liberties. The woman said she was drugged and raped after joining Jordin at his house for drinks in November.
The two each had a margarita and then a shot of whiskey, according to a court records. After swallowing the second drink, the woman said she started to feel she had become “really intoxicated.”
Jordin “leaned over and put his arm around her and tried to kiss her on the mouth,” according to the report. “She told the defendant she didn’t want him kissing her, and she doesn’t remember anything after that point.”
Police received dozens of complaints from women who had met Jordin, alleging drugged drinks, inappropriate conduct and rape dating back to 1987.
FEMA to help pay costs from flash floods
Lewiston The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will help cover most of Nez Perce County’s emergency repair costs from May’s flash floods.
The county spent more than $150,000 in emergency repairs after floods coursed through the region on May 6 and May 8.
The federal agency also appears likely to pay 75 percent of another $1.34 million needed to rebuild several miles of damaged roads, culverts and ditches, said Kevin Poole, the head of Nez Perce County’s road and bridge department.
To receive the federal money, the county must match 10 percent and the state must match 15 percent, officials said.
Pickup lands on woman lying on her couch
Renton, Wash. A pickup truck driven by a 15-year-old boy crashed into an apartment living room, landing on top of a pregnant woman who had been lying on her couch, police said.
The woman was reported in serious condition Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The accident happened Monday night as a man was giving his son a driving lesson in the apartment complex’s parking lot, police said.
The teen apparently thought the truck was in reverse, but when he hit the gas, the truck lurched forward, went over a concrete parking barrier, down a 20-foot embankment, and then crashed through a sliding glass door into the 28-year-old woman’s apartment.
“She was lying on the couch watching television. The truck pinned her down on the sofa. They actually had to elevate the truck to get her out from underneath,” police Cmdr. Katie McClincy told KIRO-TV.
“She remained conscious throughout the whole ordeal,” said Lt. Larry Welch with the Renton Fire Department. “(The firefighter) described her as a real trouper and she did really good for someone who just had a truck land on her.”
The woman, who was not identified, had just learned earlier in the day that she was three months pregnant, KOMO-TV reported. The teen driver and his father were unhurt. It wasn’t immediately clear whether any charges would be filed.
Picasso drawing spends weekend at Costco
Wenatchee A drawing by artist Pablo Picasso, worth nearly $150,000, made an unheralded weekend visit to the East Wenatchee Costco store.
The drawing, which depicts a picador in a bullfight, spent most of its 29 hours in East Wenatchee in the store vault.
Though not seen by the public, the drawing was there for publicity purposes.
“NBC was intrigued with the fact that we sell high-end art,” Costco.com Vice President Liz Elsner said.
So a crew from the network’s “Weekend Today” show did a live segment from the closed Costco store, filming at about 5 a.m. Sunday. Costco started selling Picassos on its Web site in January.
The same drawing will be on display for 10 days, starting Aug. 26, at the opening of a Costco store in Woodinville, northeast of Seattle.
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