Field Report No 20150417IC
COMMENTS: Every time I go to the Magic Lantern Movie Theatre I am surprised. The place is tucked away in the Community Building on Main downtown. It almost seems like it is operating without anybody knowing. Like some old man’s hobby that is beautiful and everyone thinks will be over soon, but continues on.
My wife and I live downtown, so we were able to bike to the theatre in the warmer months. I remember riding together on a particularly warm night, to see Samsara, a non-narrative documentary about the miraculous and the mundane of our world. We are not overly academic or into documentaries. We eat cheeseburgers and watch football and like being outside and being playful. But this night was amazing. The film was so expansive and beautiful. I don’t know if it was the theater itself, or the documentary, or biking through the city or a combination of all of the factors, but I was moved. After the film was over, we walked across the street to Zola and talked over PBRs (we aren’t made of money). What will we do with the time we have? Ah! Such beauty! We wrestled with questions, and loved the struggle.
KEY FEATURES: They show a lot of independent films that are no longer in theaters or had a limited release. Tickets are $8. They have great popcorn (bottomless bowls), tea and coffee, and the folks who work there are classy.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Uh... go to the Magic Lantern.
I stare up at it, looming a dozen or so feet above my head. The life-size zebra is still here, though quite weather-beaten. It’s a landmark that holds a permanent space in my mind…
On December 15th, Jane and the crew (including her three kids) will serve their last Saturday night dinner on the lower South Hill.
The LaRues live downtown where they work, and through relationships and intentionality, they are investing in a store that is making their neighborhood (and the world) a better place.
…this city is changing, and there’s a lot to learn. Today will be about deliberately opposing my prevailing impressions of Coeur d’Alene as an ignorant youth. It’s opposite day.
Swinging by The Blackbird before they opened, we asked owner Patrick McPherson his opinion on the best breweries in Spokane.
"We watched. We remembered that long winter on the farm, the solitude of hill after hill rolling white toward some faint horizon, beautiful and bare."
For Seth and Laura, Veraci Pizza is the story of the little cart that could… and still does.
As the kids happily drop their hard-earned quarters in the Ms. Pac-man machine, we realize we haven't complained about the heat all day... the sign of a well-played summer day.