Steve Lerian has a good reason to howl. The Kirkland Performance Center's (KPC) executive director received the Coyote Award at the recent...

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Steve Lerian has a good reason to howl. The Kirkland Performance Center’s (KPC) executive director received the Coyote Award at the recent Arts Northwest conference in Eugene, Ore. The award goes to a presenter, artist, agent or manager who embodies the coyote-survival traits — imagination, daring and determination.

Lerian intersperses offbeat things into the mix at KPC.

Most recently he welcomed the highly-successful “N*GGER W*TBACK CH*NK,” a three-man show that challenges stereotypes. Other theaters turned down the project.

Lerian has been at the KPC since 1993, five years prior to the theater opening. The theater finished in the black the last two years — unusual in the business. While Lerian modestly credits successful fundraisers for what he calls a “modest cash surplus,” inside supporters point to his leadership.

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Book report

Anne Briggs kept notes so she wouldn’t forget the barn-owl nest atop the haystack. She was taking hay each day to feed the herd of sheep and was worried the haystack would collapse before the owlets flew away.

Now, 25 years after the Redmond woman operated a central California ranch, she has written and illustrated a book about her experiences.

“I call it ‘Life in the Woolly Lane’ because it is so different from how we live life in the fast lane now,” Briggs said. “Life in the fast lane is straight and hard. Life in the woolly lane was soft and round and resilient, like the sheep.”

Briggs’ ranch life started when her daughter raised a lamb as a 4-H project. Briggs was so fascinated she bought a few ewes. Eventually the single mother leased acreage to accommodate her growing herd.

An artist as well as a writer, Briggs illustrated her story — appropriate for elementary-school students — with watercolors. Friends recently celebrated her success when the Redmond Library feted her at a party.

Briggs is presenting an art and writing workshop based on her sheep-ranch experiences to every fourth-grade class in Redmond, thanks to a grant from the city’s arts commission.

The book is available at Tree Top Toys in Redmond and the Redmond Senior Center.

Big wave

Claudia Balducci served as the grand marshal in the recent parade that celebrated Bellevue’s cultural diversity. The parade route ended at Crossroads Bellevue. This was the second year Balducci, a Bellevue City Council member, was the marshal. She enjoys the parade so much she’s willing to arm wrestle other councilmembers to retain the title.

“Even as a grown-up it is always a thrill to ride in a fire truck,” Balducci said.

One last grin

The Hyundai Scoupe parked in a Bellevue shopping center lived up to its name. The owners attached a small plastic scoop as the hood ornament.

Call it a double message.

The ornament could also be called a creative wind scoop.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633