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Sunday, November 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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World, meet the new Keyboard Cat: Skinny is raising some fur – and some funds – during Street Music Week

Spokane fans will get to meet the latest incarnation of the internet sensation when Skinny makes his public debut as Keyboard Cat during Street Music Week, the annual fundraiser to …


Locally produced film ‘Only a Buck’ returns to Garland Theater

The film, starring Charlie Schmidt (of Keyboard Cat fame) and Sally Riddle and directed by Gerry Cook, premiered at the Garland Theater in 1986.


Doug Clark: the man who brought you Keyboard Cat revolutionizes the tiny house

Local entrepreneur and Keyboard Cat wrangler Charlie Schmidt has come up with a new sensation – the tiniest of tiny houses.


Doug Clark: Sony, give us back our Rogen-Franco Christmas

I don’t believe for a nanosecond that a corporation like the great and all-powerful Sony would pull the plug on the Christmas Day release of the “The Interview” movie over …


Doug Clark: Keyboard Cat halftime star of pup show

I probably don’t have to remind you that Sunday might be the biggest sports day in Washington history. Most of you have already made plans to gather in front of …


Keyboard Cat’s creator files infringement lawsuit

Fatso is back in court again. Fatso, the keyboard-tickling cat used by Spokane graphic artist Charlie Schmidt in the 1986 video “Keyboard Cat,” is at the center of a recent …


Copyrights and wrongs

Spokane artist and actor Charlie Schmidt often gets emails from friends and strangers reporting yet another appearance by his long-dead, still-famous cat seen on a website, blog or product catalog. …


Clark: Comic finds new feline to tickle fancies, ivories

One of the planet’s most beloved figures is back in Spokane after a three-day visit to Hollywood where he earned $25,000 by appearing in his first major television commercial. Meow.


Fatso video strikes chord years later

History is littered with great artists who were ignored and unappreciated while alive, only to find fame after shedding their mortal coil. And so it is for an orange Spokane …


I’m being benched; come join the celebrations

Boy, I’m feeling out of gas. I guess it’s because I’m getting older. But it now takes me a day or two to fully recover from sitting out Bloomsday.


Large nose leads the way to a small world

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s a weird, wacky world out here on the global vaudeville circuit. During my tag-along trips with Charlie Schmidt, Spokane’s Lord of the Nose Dance, I’ve encountered …


The food? Wunderbar! The lodging? Extra cozy

Ich liebe Deutschland. How could I not love Germany? This country seems to be designed for a man of my proficiency with a fork.