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Coeur d'Alene's second Friday Art Walk is on hold for a short while. The monthly gala of all-things-arts kicks off again for 2005 on April 8 in the streets of downtown CdA.

Speaking of on hold, the Art Spirit Gallery will start off their show schedule for the year on April 8 with the "New Works" show by the gallery's resident artists, as well as a celebration of the 100th birthday of the gallery's building. The show will run through May 7, with a reception on April 8 from 5-8 pm. The 6th annual Clay Invitational will run from May 13-June 4, with works by regional favorite Gina Freuen and other local artists. Check out the Art Spirit at theartspiritgallery.com.

Aside from providing the coolest space in town to sip a real macchiato, Café Doma (501 Sherman Ave.) recently added live music to their list of specialties. The downtown Coeur d'Alene coffee joint hosts live acts-playing everything from acoustic to loud-on weekend nights.

Northern Idaho really isn't no-man's-land anymore for live rock music, thanks to the recent opening of the Coeur d'Alene Tea House, located at 401 N. Second St. in Coeur d'Alene. The venue, rumored as the "world's biggest living room," has been open and ticking since early February-hosting Spokane acts like Coretta Scott and Meridian. Check out the Tea House through the spring with performances by Five Foot Thick, Civilized Animal and the Uprite Dub Orchestra.

The Diablo Ballet will make one of three touring stops this season at Sandpoint's Panida Theater on March 4-5. Check out panida.org for details.

Not only are these films short, but they are very, very, very short. Check out the works of locals and students in the University of Idaho's annual DNA Festival: A Festival of Very, Very, Very Short Plays and Films on March 6 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

It may be weird to you, but to some, acting like it's the Middle Ages is perfectly normal. Check out the Moscow Renaissance Fair during the first weekend in May from 10 a.m. to dusk on both days at East City Park.

We're down with J.C., and so is North Idaho. The thespians over at the Lake City Playhouse plan to present their rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar in early March. Get the low-down at lakecityplayhouse.org.

The Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce has got the right attitude toward the arts-and they've sectioned off a portion of their Web site to broadcast all the area arts events to web surfers. Check out the comprehensive calendar at cdachamber.com/aboutchamber/artsandculturecommittee.

Haven't heard of George Carlson? Well, let's get it together, art buffs. The Northern Idaho-based painter and bronze sculptor was the recipient of the John J. Geraghty Award at the Museum of the American West and Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an artist recognized for helping to advance contemporary Western art. And the icing on the cake for Harrison came when he also took home the Masters of the American West award-an award that put $70,000 in his pocket. By winning that award, the Museum's Board of Trustees purchased his bronze horse head sculpture "The Conqueror"-now a part of the museum's permanent collection.

-Leah Sottile