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Monday Mixer: Big Slick host David Koechner drops in as a detective on ‘Twin Peaks’

Actor David Koechner, one of the hosts for the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, showed up on the Sunday, June 18, episode of “Twin Peaks.”
Actor David Koechner, one of the hosts for the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, showed up on the Sunday, June 18, episode of “Twin Peaks.” Special to The Star

The second of our local actors made his debut appearance on “Twin Peaks” on Sunday.

(Minor spoiler alerts ahead.)

As one of three police detectives, Tipton, Mo., native David Koechner briefly interviews Dougie Jones (Kyle MacLachlan) about his missing car, destroyed by a bomb in a previous episode.

Koechner is listed in the credits as Detective. D. Fusco and the other detectives in the scene are listed at Detective T. Fusco (Larry Clarke) and Detective “Smiley” Fusco (Eric Edelstein). Brothers? Cousins? Random coincidence?

It’s David Lynch, so who knows.

For “Twin Peaks” fans following along at home, Jones is the second doppelganger of Special Agent Dale Cooper and is now inhabited by Cooper’s spirit. The first doppelganger, of course, is currently inhabited by the malevolent spirit BOB, who has been posing as Cooper for the last 25 years.

Or so it appears. The owls, as they say, are not what they seem.

Koechner joins KC actor David Dastmalchian as the second local actor to appear on the series. Dastmalchian played a casino pit boss in previous episodes.

Both Koechner and Dastmalchian are scheduled to appear at this week’s Big Slick Week festivities to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Hosted by Koechner, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend starts Friday with a softball game before the Royals play the Blue Jays, continues Saturday with block party, a bowling tournament and auction. More info at bigslickkc.org.

▪ Lawrence-raised and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins told Time magazine her dad helped her understand the vagaries of heroism.

“My father wanted to be a hero,” Jenkins said. “He went to the Air Force Academy, was valedictorian, and then he found himself strafing villagers in Vietnam in a war he didn’t want to be in and didn’t understand. He was extremely conflicted about the line where he went from being the good guy to possibly being the bad guy.”

She tried to instill that ambiguity in her super-successful “Wonder Woman.”

“Our fantasy of a hero is that he’s the good guy who is going to shut down the bad guy,” she said. “That has got to change if we want to deal with the crisis that we’re in. There is no bad guy. We are all to blame. New kinds of heroics need to be celebrated, like love, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, diplomacy, or we’re not going to get there. No one is coming to save us.”

▪ “The Toy Box,” the “Shark Tank”-style toy-invention show hosted by Eric Stonestreet, has been renewed for a second season. On the program, inventors and their toy concepts face a panel of judges, a group of toy-loving kids.

▪ In case you missed it, KC’s Darnell Kirkwood, an actor on “The Young and the Restless,” appeared on Friday’s “The Talk.” Watch the episode here.

▪ KC’s Nathan Darrow (“House of Cards”; “Gotham”) is appearing in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Hamlet.” Read his interview with The Star’s Aaron Randle here.

Stuff to do

▪ It’s Big Slick week! KC’s own Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, David Koechner and Jason Sudeikis are swooping into town with friends for to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend starts Friday with a softball game before the Royals play the Blue Jays, continues Saturday with block party, a bowling tournament and auction. More info at bigslickkc.org.

▪ The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival begins Thursday at the Tivoli. Admission starts at $9. More info at outherenow.com.

▪ “Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933-1941” opens at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The exhibit is free. More at nelson-atkins.org.

▪ Maker Faire Kansas City runs Saturday and Sunday at Union Station. Admission ranges from $13 to $25. More at kansascity.makerfaire.com.

▪ The #Imomsohard “Mom’s Night Out: Summer Break Tour” plays at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Tickets are $38.75-$48.75 through midlandkc.com.

On the way

▪ Joe Jackson performs Friday at the Uptown. Tickets are $40-$60 through UptownTheater.com.

▪ Easton Corbin performs Saturday at Ameristar Casino. Tickets are $20-$55 through EastonCorbin.com.

▪ If you’re up for a road trip, the Country Stampede starts Friday in Manhattan, Kan. Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett and many others. Tickets range from $89 to $185 through CountryStampede.com.

New this week

▪ Books: Don Winslow, “The Force”; Dean Koontz, “The Silent Corner”; Janet Evanovich, “Dangerous Minds.” More here.

▪ Music: Imagine Dragons, “Evolve”; Jeff Tweedy, “Together at Last”; 311, “Mosaic”; DJ Khaled, “Grateful.” More here.

▪ Movies: “Transformers: The Last Knight”; “The Hero”; “The Bad Batch”; “Beatriz at Dinner.”

▪ Video: “A Dog’s Purpose”; “Life”; “Sleepless”; “Wilson.” More here.

▪ Games: “MXGP3”; “God Wars: Future Past.” More here.

David Frese: 816-234-4463, @DavidFrese

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