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fter 45 years in the classroom, you do learn a thing or two — sometimes too late. I refer to allowing computers in the classroom and the use of PowerPoint; I should have banned both years ago. First, about the computer in the classroom: Students often ask for permission to record inclass notes on their laptops. I always cautioned against “surfing” but would almost always give permission. I did urge them to accept that notes from lectures would always be fragmentary; I recommended that they later translate these fragments into complete sentences. If they can do this, they’d know that they got it. And if they can’t? After the next class, I advised they should ask me to explain. Good advice, seldom followed. I did try to monitor the use of computers, but I most always failed. Surfing seems to be the clear winner once you allow a beachhead. Computers are bad for note taking, worse for paying attention, and, for the most part, out of control in the academic world. So it’s best just to banish them from the classroom, period.


oving on to the more complicated matter: PowerPoint. From business schools to the military to boardrooms to college classrooms, PowerPoint is ubiquitous. To me, it’s nothing more than a form of institutionalized thumb-sucking. The questions we should be asking are these: Does PowerPoint promote informed analysis and understanding, or is it high-tech overkill? Based on its wide use, I have to think that the answers would be overwhelmingly and resoundingly “Yes, it does” and “No, it isn’t.” To the contrary, the correct answers are “No, it doesn’t” and “Yes, it is.” I no longer allow students to use PowerPoint in any class presentation. Instead, students should show their work on the whiteboard, or better yet, just do it the old-fashioned way — make an argument, present analysis, cite references, provide illustrations and try to always to provoke thinking. The best evidence of success — and learning — is the discussion such a basic presentation triggers. Tossing out PowerPoint? In today’s techdominated world? Heresy! I can hear shouts of outrage coming from the many schools that actually require that PowerPoint be used in all applications and presentations. In 2007, the University of Chicago School of Business, started, and I quote, “requiring prospective students to submit four pages of PowerPointlike slides with their applications.” The associate dean said that PowerPoint “might attract the kind of cleverness that can really pay off in business.” That word “cleverness” gets me. She’s not talking about an exchange of ideas, discussion, argument, analysis or even clarity — just cleverness. (Microsoft software has always been long


on complexity and short on accessibility, requiring cleverness above all else.)


ut critics are now rallying. This is from an article posted on the Harvard Business School website about a PowerPoint presentation: “That was dreadful. Not only was I bored, everyone else was bored, too. Disengaged.” This writer concluded that “a single factor that makes the biggest difference between a great meeting and a poor one: PowerPoint. The best meetings don’t go near it.” He continues: “All PowerPoint presentations inevitably end up as monologues. They focus on answers, and everyone faces the screen. But meetings should be conversations. They should focus on questions, not LETTERS answers, and Send comments to people should face each other.” A number of senior Army officers also have bailed. One laments, rhetorically: “Have you fallen in love with your bulletized slides, nifty transitions and pretty charts in PowerPoint?” If you have, well then, in the words of Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the former Joint Forces Commander, the problem, put simply, [is that] “PowerPoint makes us stupid.” And then there was Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, who, following another tedious PowerPoint presentation, said, “When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war.” Edward Tufte, in his case study about the Columbia space shuttle disaster, also tore into PowerPoint “for its dampening effect on clear expressions and thought.” William Langewiesche, writing for The Atlantic, addresses just this point. One meeting was especially critical, he writes: “The question to be addressed was how bad is the damage and what could be done to get the crew back safely. The engineers needed to project a photograph of the damaged wing onto the screen, but, tragically, that was not to be. Instead they were required [by mission control] to project a typically crude PowerPoint summary from which they attempted to project a nuanced position.” Alas, PowerPoint is all about being clever, and not able to communicate nuance. We all seek to encourage students to think on their feet, to be informed, to frame an argument, to do analysis, to have a discussion. Yet to have even a chance of pulling this off, we must first send our brightly colored, clever straitjacket to the sidelines. 


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COMMENT | IDAHO governor having any trouble carrying out this simple procedure. Governor Otter, by all accounts, managed to complete the first two steps, but not within five days — as explicitly required by the Idaho Constitution. “No matter,” the governor’s staff apparently decided in a bizarre high-stakes play. “We’ll just bluff.”

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Otter Incompetence Idaho’s governor and his staff can’t even get the easy things right BY JOHN T. REUTER


overnor Butch Otter’s staff’s incompetence, too often bordering on corruption, may be the worst-kept secret in Idaho politics. Now it’s no longer a secret at all, but a legal fact. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled last week that Governor Otter failed to properly veto a bill and ordered the Secretary of State to certify it as law. The legislation in question repealed allowing wagering on “historical” horse races. In the spirit of the subject at hand, the governor’s office — particularly, it

seems, Chief of Staff David Hensley — decided to take a gamble and bet against the state constitution. It’s worth mentioning that vetoing bills is a basic and fairly easy part of the governor’s job. Governors have been doing it since the Idaho Constitution was first enacted in 1889. A veto requires two steps: First, the governor has to actually veto the bill. Second, the governor has to get the bill into the hands of any legislator within the House or Senate (depending on where the bill originated). Both of these steps have to be completed within five days. Until this year’s fumbled veto, I can find no record of an Idaho

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The governor’s staff sent the bill along to the Senate with a date and time suggesting that it had been delivered before the deadline. In three letters, entered into the official record, the Senate’s top Republican, top Democrat and nonpartisan secretary all explained more politely than I have the patience to that stamping something with an earlier delivery time did not, in fact, cause it to have been delivered at that time. Never fear! Hensley found another angle and upped the ante. He ran to the press and claimed he handed the vetoed bill to Senator Brent Hill, therefore having met the deadline. While Senator Hill agrees that he was shown the bill, as he stated in the record, he attested that he was not given it. Hill is perhaps best known for his ironclad integrity within the statehouse. That said, one of the two men has to be lying. You can probably figure out who is the smarter bet. If not, the fact that this line of reasoning was essentially abandoned in arguments before the Supreme Court suggests all you need to know before making your wager. I’m glad that the Idaho Supreme Court saw through all of this nonsense, calling the arguments presented for the existence of a veto “frivolous” and “disingenuous.” I worry, though, that now gambling on “historic” horse races has become a bigger crime than trying to subvert Idaho’s Constitution. The morally ambiguous ease with which Governor OtLETTERS ter’s staff attempted to Send comments to cover up their petence also leaves me queasy. Can we count on these same people to follow the Idaho Constitution going forward and carry out their responsibilities honorably? I wouldn’t bet on it. n John T. Reuter, a former Sandpoint City Councilman, studied at the College of Idaho and currently resides in Seattle. He has been active in protecting the environment, expanding LGBT rights and Idaho’s Republican Party politics.

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t just 35, Vy Thang has spent more time in prison than he has out of it. In 1999, he was convicted of aggravated murder in the first degree — the state’s most serious murder charge — for kicking an elderly woman to death in her home two years earlier. The then-17-year-old broke into the house looking to steal money to pay a friend back for rent. At that time, an aggravated murder conviction required a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Spokane Superior Court Judge Gregory Sypolt had no choice but to hand down that sentence. Thang appealed his case twice, and on the second try, got a new trial but it ended with the same result. He resigned himself to dying in prison. Then in 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles amount to cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Washington state responded in 2014 by changing its law to reflect the Supreme Court’s ruling. Now Thang will get a new sentencing hearing and a chance at release. “These rulings are an acknowledgement that teens’ brains are different from adults, and the court needs to consider that prior to sentencing,” says Tom Krzyminski, Thang’s public defender. “In the past, age wasn’t looked at. Our hands were tied at sentencing.”



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hang was born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime and genocide. His family escaped to the U.S., and his parents found jobs picking bear grass in Aberdeen, Washington, for a floral shop. They worked every day, including weekends, and expected the same of their children. Thang resented them for it. “When we first came to the United States, it was new for my parents, and they didn’t know anything about American culture,” Thang says from the Spokane County Jail, where he was held briefly before a recent hearing. “They didn’t really know how to raise me. I was left to learn on my own.” At 14, he started skipping school and breaking into houses, he tells the Inlander from jail. By 17, he’d been caught twice and was serving time at a juvenile detention facility near Centralia when he and his cellmate escaped. Thang and Simeon Terry walked away from an outing to a Seattle Seahawks exhibition game. The boys made it to a friend’s apartment in Spokane. Within a month, Thang was boosting himself through Mildred Klaus’ window, intending to steal money to pay for his friend’s hospitality and food. It was dark in the kitchen, so he opened the refrigerator to illuminate the room just enough. He rummaged through cabinets, looking for money and valuables, when he was startled by ...continued on next page





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the 85-year-old Klaus, who had been sleeping in the living room. “What are you doing?” Thang remembers the woman shouting. “I went into panic mode,” he says now. “Instead of just running away when she came towards me, I didn’t know what to do, so I grabbed her.” Thang pushed Klaus down and kicked her repeatedly. He left with less than $100, having taken her life.


n Alabama in 2003, 14-year-old Evan Miller and his friend, Colby Smith, beat Cole Cannon with a baseball bat, covered him with a sheet and left him to die. They returned later and set fire to Cannon’s trailer. Authorities say he died from blunt force trauma and smoke inhalation. Miller was convicted of murder in the course of arson, which carried a mandatory life sentence without parole. Smith pleaded to a lesser charge and testified against Miller. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court considered Miller’s case, and another from Arkansas involving a 14-year-old, as the basis for its decision that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. The ruling expands on two previous Supreme Court cases: In 2005, Roper v. Simmons established that juveniles cannot be sentenced to death; in 2010, Graham v. Florida banned juveniles from being sentenced to life without parole for non-homicidal cases. These three cases represent the court’s recognition of recent scientific research that juveniles are different from adults, says Nick Straley, a staff attorney with Columbia Legal Services, an organization that represents low-income clients in Washington. “It’s important that the court take a second look after a child has developed into an adult to consider if parole should be provided,” he says. “We don’t believe it’s ever appropriate to


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ashington is one of at least 21 states that has responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling with legislation. In 2014, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that gives juvenile killers serving a life sentence without parole another sentencing hearing. Judges can then determine if they deserve a chance at release. Under the law, juvenile killers who are 16 or 17 years old can still be sentenced to life without parole. Kids under 16 will receive at least 25 years, after which they’ll be eligible for a parole hearing. The difference now is that judges have discretion. In Washington state, the new law could impact as many as 29 people; four of those cases happened in Spokane County. One man already has been scheduled for release in February 2016. Barry Massey was 13 when he shot and stabbed Steilacoom marina owner Paul Wang in 1987. Massey was the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a life sentence without parole. The Washington State Supreme Court took the issue a bit further in an August 2015 decision that says judges should consider age, even if the convicted individual is older than 18. A 5-4 ruling in State v. O’Dell said a man who was 10 days past his 18th birthday when he had sex with a 12-year-old will get a new sentence “at which the trial court can consider whether youth diminished O’Dell’s culpability for his offense,” according to the decision. “When people are sentenced, it’s important to consider them as an individual,” says Nancy Talner, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Washington who frequently works on juvenile justice cases. “Some people can be mature and sophisticated when they’re 15, and others can’t in their mid-20s. The court should be open to considering those things, and look more at the individual in front of them.”


hang has settled into a steady routine at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He rises every day by 6 am and makes his bed, careful not to wake his cellmate. He meditates for 20 minutes before tending to his garden out back. He’s growing cucumbers and tomatoes. He has tea with breakfast, and then it’s time for work. He’s a self-taught electrician and can fix just about anything, according to corrections officer Robert Branscum. The structure to his day is a far cry from his childhood in Aberdeen. As a kid, his parents would have already left for work by the time he got up for school. They never took a day off, and expected the same of their children. That meant little time for friends or afterschool activities. “During that time I felt kind of lost. I just didn’t feel like my life wasn’t going nowhere,” he says now. “I just felt like I had no direction. Like I’m just going through the motions.” He often thinks about the night that changed his life and the lives of his victim’s family. He’s frustrated ACROSS AMERICA with the person he was According to a 2012 survey by the Sentencthen. ing Project, a criminal justice research and “Saying I’m sorry advocacy organization, here is what the is not enough for the nationwide population of people sentenced pain I’ve caused. I to life without parole as juveniles looks like: know this is the third time they’ve had to 79 PERCENT witnessed violence in their relive this thing all over homes again, and I’m sorry 32 PERCENT grew up in public housing for that,” he says. “I’m 40 PERCENT had been enrolled in trying to be a better special education classes human being. I don’t FEWER THAN HALF were attending want to be rememschool at the time of their offense bered as someone who took somebody’s 47 PERCENT were physically abused else’s life. I want to be 80 PERCENT of girls reported histories remembered as someof physical abuse and 77 PERCENT of one who tried to make girls reported histories of sexual abuse himself better.” Without a release date, Thang is at the bottom of the list for programs and classes in prison. Still, he’s managed to notch several accomplishments, including certificates in graphic design, public speaking and keyboarding, and for taking a self-awareness class. He’s currently on the waitlist for an Associate of Arts program at the prison, and collaborated with several other inmates on a proposal sent to Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) for higher education in prisons. “I’m impressed that he has done these things with the understanding that he has a life sentence,” says Lisa Ashley, a prison chaplain who’s been writing to Thang since 2014. “I haven’t seen other inmates do that.” In June, a state Department of Corrections officer interviewed Thang in preparation for his new sentencing hearing. In the report, Community Corrections Officer Jeremy Wilson recommended that his sentence be reduced to the minimum 25 years. He’s already served 16. “I have some high hopes for the sentencing,” says Krzyminski, Thang’s public defender. “My client has done some real positive things, even though he’s sentenced to life.” On Sept. 23, Judge Sypolt has the authority to maintain Thang’s life sentence, or give him the opportunity to appear before the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board for a parole hearing. The board has been told to release juvenile killers unless it finds the person is more likely than not to break the law again. Thang’s sister Lisa plans to attend the hearing. So will Klaus’ son and grandson. Both men declined to comment for this article. In the meantime, Thang continues to educate himself. He goes to the library once a week to keep up on recent court cases and check out a new book. “I’m not putting too much hope into it,” Thang says of his new hearing. “I try not to think about it too much, but how can you not?” n





Ashley Hanson, an 8-year-old from Elk, Washington, walks Dale, her Hampshire-Suffolk cross lamb, out of the competition ring after being named Grand Champion in the overall market competition held at the Spokane County Interstate Fair last Saturday.


NO CHARGES IN DEATH Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant announced last week that he will not file charges against the three Pasco police officers who shot and killed 35-year-old ANTONIO ZAMBRANO-MONTES. The February incident in which officers Adam Wright, Adrian Alaniz and Ryan Flanagan shot at Zambrano-Montes 17 times was caught on cellphone video and sparked protests in the southeastern Washington city. Groups of demonstrators have also gathered in the wake of Sant’s decision. The ACLU chimed in after the decision as well, calling for a change in the state law that says when police can be charged with a crime. Read the full coverage on our blog. (MITCH RYALS)


ON THE FENCE In March, NUNS at Spokane Valley’s Carmel of the Holy Trinity monastery sent a letter, worried that NAI Black’s proposed housing development on the derelict Painted Hills Golf Course would impede their privacy and sense of quiet. Now, the nuns and NAI Black have reached an agreement. Trees will be planted along the southern and eastern sides of the monastery — where homes will be limited to a single story — and a perimeter of tall hedges will be planted around the fence. The windows and balconies on multi-family homes won’t face the monastery, and the trail for tenants running past the southern monastery wall won’t be open to the public. In other words, good fences — and trees and hedges — make good neighbors. (DANIEL WALTERS)


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mothers and [wives] I know. She’s hard-working and amazing in all facets of her life.” Within only a few days, Meghan’s Grief Fund has been shared more than 1,600 times and had raised nearly $10,000. (DANIEL WALTERS)


The community mourns the loss of a father and two young girls; plus, delays in setting Mayor David Condon’s salary A DRIVER’S DEATH

If you’ve picked up an Inlander on the South Hill recently, you probably had MIKE BARONI to thank. He was one of the Inlander’s independent contract drivers, trucking big piles of the publication and putting them on stands at spots like Huckleberry’s, Sacred Heart, Deaconess and Trader Joe’s. He also delivered papers for the Spokesman-Review. Justin Hynes, the Inlander’s circulation manager, remembers how Baroni would sometimes bring his two daughters with him to pick up copies of the paper. “When we had a driver meeting... he always had something funny to say and had everybody else laughing,” Hynes says. On Saturday, authorities say, an allegedly drunk 27-year-old, driving the wrong way on U.S. 95, collided head-on with Baroni’s Dodge Caravan, killing Baroni and his daughters. Baroni was making early-morning deliveries for the Spokesman at the time. Their deaths cut across the community, as those who knew Baroni and his children grieved, remembered and extended sympathy. Both daughters attended the Montessori program in Spokane Public Schools. Baroni’s wife Meghan is a nurse

Mike Baroni and his two daughters were killed in a car wreck on Saturday.

at several Spokane schools. The district’s crisis team, which dealt with a number of student suicides last year, quickly mobilized to meet with students and provide support. “The team is wellversed in tragedy,” spokesman Kevin Morrison says. A friend of Meghan’s, Suhanna Hamilton, launched a GoFundMe page to

raise money for Baroni’s wife. “When something as devastating as this happens, there are no words. I know there [are] a lot of us that want to help in any way that we can for the loss of Meghan’s whole world,” Hamilton writes on the page. “Meghan is one of the most caring, gentle, and kind

After nearly a year of City Council and the city administration sparring over the MAYOR’S SALARY, there’s been another delay in determining just how much Spokane’s top elected official should earn. The Salary Review Commission, a citizen-led group that reviews and “establishes realistic wage standards” for the city’s elected officials, has delayed its work at the request of Mayor David Condon until it can find people to fill two vacancies. The five-member commission is currently lacking representatives for its District 2 and District 3 positions. Although the commission has a quorum, it made the decision to delay its work until it can fill those two positions. “I can’t believe there aren’t people out there who wouldn’t want a chance to set the mayor’s salary, or our salary for that matter,” said Councilman Jon Snyder, explaining the situation at Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting. In August, voters approved a ballot measure that gave the Salary Review Commission final say on the mayor’s salary. Previously, the city charter mandated that the mayor’s salary should match that of the highest-paid city employee. The arrangement had resulted in the mayor taking home $172,000 last year. The commission had initially sought to make its salary recommendations by the end of September, but has now pushed that goal to Nov. 30. (JAKE THOMAS)

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pokane Education Association President Jenny Rose has been wrong about her members twice in the past year. The first time was this spring, when her members staged a one-day walkout to protest over-testing and underfunding of Washington state schools. “I seriously didn’t think they were going to vote to walk out. I really didn’t.” Rose says. “But that whole time, of course, I’m not going to say that.” The second was just a few weeks ago. “I really didn’t think they would vote to strike,” Rose says. But this year they did, voting to strike on Sept. 4 if a deal wasn’t reached. There hadn’t been a strike in the district since 1979. Strikes hit Seattle and Pasco, while in Spokane, the threatened strike was narrowly averted: A one-year tentative agreement — which included salary raises ranging from 7 percent to 9.5 percent — bought the district a few months of breathing room. But when January hits, it’s back to the bargaining table, with the goal of finding a longer-term agreement. This time, nothing can be taken for granted. Economics, court decisions and new state and local union strategies have converged to form a new, more confrontational landscape. “I’m seeing and hearing that they want this to be the new way of doing business,” Superintendent Shelley Redinger says. “I just don’t think that is good for a community… If that is the new landscape, then we’re going to come up with new strategies.”


For years, Spokane Public Schools had weathered budget cut after budget cut, lopping off teaching positions, custodians, electives and elementary school sports programs. “People recognized the district didn’t have money,” Rose says. So it wasn’t the lean times that resulted in strike threats. It was when the lean times stopped. In January 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its famous McCleary ruling, finding that the legislature was shirking the state’s “paramount duty” and seriously underfunding basic education. It had two important effects: First, the McCleary case provided proof that education was getting short shrift, adding extra oomph to union talking points. Second, it forced the legislature, finally recovering from recession, to pour far more money into basic education. This year’s $1.3 million increase to education — boosting salaries and lowering early-grade class sizes — was one of the largest increases in state history. It let unions across the state argue, rightly or wrongly, that districts had the money to augment salaries from the state, while still allowing them

Even Spokane Education Association President Jenny Rose has been surprised by the union’s votes this year. JEFF FERGUSON PHOTO to attack the legislature for underfunding. The state continues to fall short, the state Supreme Court ruled, and it began fining the legislature as a result. “Ten years ago, I don’t think many of our staff could tell you who was on the school board,” Rose says. But in today’s social-media-saturated age, that’s changed. Online, teachers find solidarity in commiseration over issues like salaries, Common Core standards and high-stakes testing. All the big district, state and national mandates make it impossible not to be engaged. The educators, Rose says, “have really started to educate themselves.” This spring, as teachers on the west side of the state voted to stage one-day walkouts to protest the legislature, teachers in Spokane followed closely. The rank-and-file drove the conversation. “They started coming and asking, ‘Are we going to do that?’” Rose says. “And I’m like, ‘Hmmm, OK. Now this is getting really serious here.’ So let’s see what our members think about this.”


“There’s a conventional wisdom that people on the east side of the state, the more conservative side of the state, won’t strike,” says Washington Education Association spokeswoman Linda Mullen. That’s no longer true. One possible factor: Two years ago, the WEA hired a former Central Valley School District teacher named Scott Knowles as the new full-time state organizer in Spokane Public Schools. His entire job was to meet one-on-one with staff members at every school, develop relationships with them and hear their concerns. “Although the topics I heard ranged from

school reform, evaluation and testing to health care, cost of living and class size, there was a very common theme that surfaced nearly each and every time: dedication,” Knowles wrote in a union newsletter last year, having met with more than 500 members. Through those meetings, Rose says, Knowles identified who was the most respected and admired and recruited them as organizers. Long before bargaining talks began, the ground had been tilled, seeds had been planted and a new crop of organizers had sprouted up. With the walkout, the local union got another big gun: Eddie Westerman, a WEA communications guru from Seattle. Since April, she’s been blogging, posting union member profiles, political endorsements and rapid responses to district arguments. “Poppycock!” Westerman wrote in bold after one district claim. “Baloney!” she responded to another. The day-to-day relationship between the district and the local union is still a positive one, both sides say. But statewide, Redinger critiques the WEA for a mentality of “let’s see how far we can push this and see what happens.”

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This year, the bargaining strategy itself changed. For two decades, Spokane Public Schools’ Chief Financial Officer Linda McDermott says, the district and union used “interest-based bargaining,” which focuses first on discussing general priorities and then on finding common ground. But after the previous round of bargaining in 2012, Rose says, the local union concluded that the strategy took too long and produced too little. This round, the Spokane Education Association shifted to a more traditional bargaining tactic: Come in with opening offers, and negotiate from there. A retired WEA negotiator joined the bargaining team, adding heft and experience. Both union and district agreed on a few things. Several poorly compensated professions — including nutrition services workers, custodians and instructional aides — needed bigger raises. But there was a big sticking point: The district wanted to give some entry-level employees — who a district-commissioned study concluded were particularly underpaid — a bigger bump than comparatively overpaid experienced employees. The union didn’t buy that reasoning, and resisted. On that point, the district eventually buckled. Washington state law doesn’t outline a right to strike for teachers, and many Superior Court judges — including this month in Pasco — have ruled teacher strikes illegal. But without precedence from higher courts, local unions have been undeterred. And for good reason: It’s worked. “It got our school board to move. Our school board moved. They moved rather quickly,” Rose says. “Striking is a tactic. It’s a strategy.” Local district officials take serious offense to that sort of thinking. “I’m still deeply saddened that a strike is used as a tactic to scare communities,” Redinger says. For many, Redinger says schools have become the source of crucial services like child care, meals and mental health counseling — a lifeline that can suddenly be cut by a sudden strike. “These are families in trauma, often,” she says. “And this is adding more instability and trauma.” During the next rounds of negotiations, the district will still seek to fix inequities between new and experienced employees. The union, meanwhile, will continue to push higher salaries, especially for instructional assistants, secretaries and nutrition services workers. Crucially, neither side wants it to come down to a strike. “That’s not on our minds,” Rose says. But there’s no question that the possibility lingers now in a way it hasn’t before. Rose wants to remain, as she was during walkout discussions, driven by her members. It’s their number, she says, that gives the union its strength. “There’s five of them [on the school board]. There’s 3,000 of us,” Rose says. “That’s power, when you have people willing to walk out.” 

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he Spokane Civic Theatre is launching its 2015-16 season with a regional premiere of Catch Me If You Can, the Musical, a 2011 stage adaptation of the 2002 film directed by Steven Spielberg, itself an adaptation of an autobiography penned by its central antihero, Frank Abagnale, Jr. Abagnale is one of the most famous con artists in American history. That word artist is

apt, because his ability to deceive was nothing if not an innate skill honed into a series of virtuoso performances. Before he’d even turned 20, he had capitalized on the power of image to pose as a Pan Am pilot, an attorney, a physician, a federal agent and a teacher, ultimately cashing roughly $2.5 million in bad checks. As his exploits grew, he was pursued by a team of FBI agents, who were later amalgamated

CULTURE | THEATER “IMAGE CONSCIOUS,” CONTINUED... ahead” of his marks and the authorities. But rapidly switching between those various guises, especially as it’s told in the musical, prevented him from developing his own identity as an individual. “As an actor going into this, I noticed that for a really long time I never had any difficult moments, and that’s because he’s very skin-deep for quite a while,” said Bray. “The moment [emotional depth] hits him is when he falls in love with this girl,” Brenda Strong, played by Amber Fielder (previously Eponine in The Modern’s Les Misérables). “That’s where he starts to become an actual person.” MORE EVENTS In addition to this Visit for show being the “hardcomplete listings of est I’ve ever sung,” local events. Bray is even discovering how the invisible force of his character’s personality affects the dynamic on stage, similar to what must have been the case in real life. “Every scene that I’m in, I create the tempo, and I can slow it down. That’s one of the things that’s been really nice; just looking other actors in the eyes and absorbing their energy,” he says. “It intimidates other people — that’s what Frank does. I’m not a malicious person by nature, but it’s nice to have that slow, steady confidence.” Bray plays opposite Mike Hynes as Hanratty, who director Keith Dixon praises as “a true performer” capable of establishing the vital “emotional component” between the two main characters. “You’ve got this nice connection between these two guys, one who is a complete rule-breaker and one who never breaks the rules in this cat-and-mouse game,” Dixon says.

FROM LEFT: Easton Townsend, Michael Hynes, Denny Pham and Nathan Hoyt on the set of Catch Me If You Can. SARAH PHILP PHOTO Although the paternalistic, one-on-one relationship that develops between Abagnale and Hanratty is key to the story, Dixon says the show also calls for big numbers and pull-out-all-the-stops panache. “We’ve got a full, 21-person ensemble that includes a dancing component of seven boys and seven girls. To have that, we’ve been able to do some things that you don’t often get to do at a community theater level,” he said. “We get to really exploit the style of this piece. It’s stewardesses and pilots, nurses and doctors. It’s the dance ensemble from a TV variety show.”

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reat science-fiction writing and great comedy writing have eerie similarities. Both are about taking fantastical premises, then escalating them to surprising, absurd, even terrifying places. Both subsist on surprise, tweaking what we expect and reimagining the mundane in new circumstances. And so it is with Rick and Morty (Cartoon Network, Sundays, 10:30 pm), the most darkly humorous animated sitcom on television right now. Co-creator Justin Roiland (who voices both Rick and Morty) took the already slightly odd Doc and Marty relationship from Back to the Future and amped up the dysfunction. Morty’s a squeaky-voiced high school freshman. Rick, Morty’s grandpa, is an alcoholic, reckless, selfish, self-destructive mad scientist prone to dimension-hopping, God-playing and intergalactic law-breaking. That’s fitting, as Rick and Morty’s other co-creator is Dan Harmon, the similarly alcoholic, self-destructive, reckless creator of Community. No surprise then, that Rick and Morty’s adventures are uproariously funny, in often horrifying ways. Take a recent episode, in which one story line rests on a varia-

tion of the classic sci-fi “Three Laws Of Robotics” premise. Rick leaves Morty’s teenage sister Summer locked in his spaceship on an alien planet, and orders the spaceship to “keep Summer safe.” The first alien to threaten Summer is promptly diced up by the ship’s laser. The second, after Summer pleads with the ship to refrain from killing, is merely paralyzed. Surrounded by a SWAT team and with Summer begging the ship not to hurt anyone, the ship resorts to psychological measures. A capsule rolls up to the SWAT team’s captain and out climbs what looks like the captain’s 7-year-old boy, who had drowned in a pool years earlier. But as the two hug in a teary-eyed embrace, the boy melts into red goo in the captain’s arms. “All of you have loved ones. All can be returned. All can be taken away,” the ship warns. “Please step away from the vehicle. Keep Summer safe.” Now that, Morty, is the sort of twistedly brilliant sci-fi inventiveness that Isaac Asimov could only fever-dream of. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Food For All farm manager Whitney Jacques (center) and volunteer John Jozwiak (left) sell produce at the Emerson Garfield farmers market.

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Food For All aims to keep Spokane well-fed BY HILARY KORABIK


hitney Jacques has always loved plants. Her childhood memories of growing up in the woods of Chugiak, Alaska, include installing a little garden with help from her dad and loving — or rather, over-loving — her houseplants to the point of drowning them. This love reached its peak when she had to walk through a farmers market booth in order to exit her apartment building. “I remember thinking how cool it was that all this stuff was happening that was so close to where I lived, but I never saw it, and I would shop from these people,” Jacques says. Nowadays, Jacques is the manager of the Food For All Farm. She spends her days in the Vinegar Flats neighborhood of the Latah Valley, a mere five minutes from downtown Spokane. A program of Catholic Charities Spokane, the Food For All Farm (formerly known as Vinegar Flats Community Garden) addresses issues of food insecurity in Spokane. One manner in which the farm team accomplishes this colossal task is through their active role in the farmers market community. “The farmers markets that we sell at, we don’t pick them because they’re the biggest, best, most robust markets. We go there because to develop their capacity, they could really use another farmer selling produce,” says Brian Estes, Food For All’s program coordinator. When a market in a low-income neighborhood is trying to get off the ground, Food For All commits to helping them with logistics for as long as needed. The now-trendy Thursday Market in the South Perry district started with the help of Food For All. “The way, most poignantly, that I’ve seen [Food For All’s impact] has been in the Fresh Bucks program,” says Karyna Hamilton, manager of the Thursday Market.



Fresh Bucks is a program that incentivizes food stamp sales at farmers markets. Recipients of food stamps can use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to receive tokens good for the farmers market. For every $5 they spend in food stamps, customers receive two Fresh Bucks, good for fruits, vegetables, mushrooms or herbs at any of the market stands. “It really works, and people are spending it, and it diversifies our market, which is a funny market because it’s on the brink of a really disenfranchised neighborhood that is still very poor and very high-need,” says Hamilton. Since the Thursday Market has taken off, Food For All has turned its focus to other markets. This year at the Emerson-Garfield market, Food For All hosted a new program called KERNEL, which stands for Kids Eating Right Nutrition Exercise for Life. Kids who participated in the KERNEL activity would receive their very own Fresh Bucks. “You would never think that kids would be so tickled to buy their own carrots, but they get so excited,” says Jacques. The Food For All program started in 2002 with Estes as the only staff member. This past spring, the team welcomed two new members, bringing the total to six. As the program has grown, Estes has seen a shift in Spokane’s food landscape. “There are more and more young farmers who are starting up businesses, and more places you can go and eat where they’re working to put regionally grown food on the menu,” says Estes. “People are starting to think more about the reality that all food starts with farming, or it’s produced in the ground somewhere. I know for me growing up, it was really easy not to make that connection.” The team is characterized by their determination to stay grounded in their mission. Jacques, who has utilized WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) and food stamps herself, says this gives her a better perspective on the clients she works with. “A lot of people think that the people we serve are destitute or only eat candy bars, and that’s not true,” says Jacques. The impact doesn’t stop with the clients. From a corporate volunteer who only knows how to cook with a microwave to a former court-mandated volunteer who made a special trip down to the farm this summer to get the ground cherries she’d tried last year, Food For All is making healthy food accessible — and approachable — to all.  Food For All Food Day • Wed, Oct. 21, from 11 am to 1 pm • Catholic Charities Family Services Center • 12 E. Fifth •

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PRESENTING OUR 2015 COMMUNITY PARTNERS SPR Goes To the Movies: Alien Bing Crosby Theater

901 W Sprague Ave. 6:30pm $12 (includes $2 Bing Fee)

Thursday, October 8 Saturday, October 10

Bartfest (3 Day Music & Arts Festival) The Bartlett 228 W. Sprague Ave. All Ages

Thursday, October 8 & Friday, October 9

509-625-6984 FREE

OCTOBER 1 - 31 Thursday, October 1 & until completed

Two New Murals Post St. underpass between 1st & 2nd Ave’s & the north wall of Railroad Alley between Adams & Jefferson October Chinese Lantern Festival Riverfront Park 1-888-Spokane

Thursday, October 1

Spokane Throw River Park Square (south side facing Main) 808 W. Main Ave.

Prose Reading by Kimberly Meyer Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, Globe Room 502 East Boone Ave. 7:30 pm

Rise International Interior Design Association, Northern Pacific Chapter Spokane Convention Center

334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. 7am – 10am

Free workshop with Archie Bray Resident Artists Lauren Gallaspy & Zemer Peled Gonzaga University, Art Department 502 E. Boone Ave. 9:30am–3:30pm

Friday, October 2 Terrain No.8

304 W Pacific Ave 5pm

Visual Arts Tour - October 2015 October 2 - 4 Friday, October 2 - 4

Ballet, Jazz & Modern Classes - Audition for Moscow Ballet Nutcracker at INB Ballet Arts Academy 109 W. Pacific Ave. 509-838-5705

Saturday, October 3 Community Music Day Holy Names Music Center

3910 W Custer Dr. 509-326-9516 10am & 4pm FREE

KPBX Kids Concert: Tedesca Spokane Public Radio River Park Square 808 W Main Ave. 800-328-5729 1pm - 2pm FREE

203 N. Washington St. (Corner of Main & Washington) 509-3276920 1pm – 4pm

SuperPops 1: The Spy Who Loved Me with Sheena Easton Spokane Symphony Orchestra / Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

1001 West Sprague Ave. 8pm - 10pm 509-624-1200

Portland Cello Project The Barlett

228 W. Sprague Ave. 6pm & 9pm All Ages

Saturday OCTOBER 3 - October 11 Other Desert Cities Modern Theater Spokane

174 S. Howard St. 208-676-7529

Saturdays, October 3, 10, 17

The Language of Figure Drawing: Instructor: Henry Stinson Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Artist Collaboration Show #2 Object Space

228 W. Sprague Ave. (2nd floor) 6-8pm

Tuesdays, October 6 & October 13

Restoration Stories of Historic Campbell House Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 363-5355

Wednesday, October 7

Archaeology of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

2316 W. First Ave. (509) 363-5355 FREE

Thursday, October 8

Dale Watson & the Lone Stars Chateau Rive At the Flour Mill

621 W. Mallon Ave. $15 Advance/$20 Day of Show 7:30pm

Beginning Colored Pencil Drawing 2 day class Avenue West Gallery

Saturday, October 17

Open Studio - Karen Mobley, Tom Quinn, Bernadette Vielbig, Laurie Jackson Este’ Arte Sale Hamblen Studio

Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10

3728 S Pittsburg, Lynne Haines 509-981-0139

Spokane Youth Book Festival – SpoYo Presented by EWU’s Get Lit! Programs & Auntie’s Bookstore. EWU Spokane Campus, Phase 1 Building

Makin’ Maille by Jody Steensland, Maille & More Chainworks – Art Demonstration Pottery Place Plus (Liberty Building) 203 N. Washington St. (Corner of Main & Washington) 509-327-6920 1pm - 4pm FREE

668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. / Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. 9am to 4pm 509.828.1498

Urban Art Co-Op

Saturday, October 10

Unfurling & Rug Making Pottery Place Plus (Liberty Building)

Memory Keepers: Tips & Tools for Preserving Your Family’s History Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

203 N. Washington St. (Corner of Main & Washington) 509-3276920 1pm - 4pm FREE

2316 W. First Ave. (509) 363-5355 1pm - 3pm $25

Nuess Photography The Brickwall Photographic Arts Gallery

William Fitzsimmons The Bartlett

530 W. Main Ave./Skywalk 509-928-7721

228 W. Sprague Ave. 8pm All Ages

Verbatim Marmot Art Space

Sundays: October 18, November 22, & December 13

Saturday, October 10 Sunday, October 11

Out of Time Richmond Art Collective

Friday, Oct. 16 & Friday, Oct. 23

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1818 1/2 E Sprague Ave. 5pm - 9pm FREE

Sunday, October 4

Sunday, October 4

Out like a Lamb Salem Lutheran Church Sanctuary

1020 N. Howard St. 509-325-2507 $27

Artist reception 5 to 9 pm Spokane Art School Gallery

2316 W. First Ave. 1pm-4pm

621 W. Mallon Ave. Tickets $25 Advance/$30 Day of Show 7:30pm

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Evil Dead: The Musical Spokane Civic Theatre

718 W. Garland Ave.

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An Acoustic Evening with Tyrone Wells Chateau Rive At the Flour Mill

Austin Stiegemeier: Stiggy Art (recent watercolors) Tamarack Public House

October 16 – November 15, 2015

Spokane Throw Garland District

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Bronze Clay Demonstration with Anthony Gallaher Pottery Place Plus (Liberty Building)

Friday October 16

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Friday, October 9


901 W Sprague Ave. 7:30pm $40-$42 (includes $2 Bing fee)

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Public Masonry Workshop with Mark Liebman City of Spokane Historic Preservation Office


SPR Presents Paula Poundstone Bing Crosby Theater

3017 N Monroe 6pm - 9pm $45

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Tuesday, October 13 & Wednesday, October 14 Chamber Soire: Autumn Spokane Symphony Davenport Hotel, Marie Antoinette Ballroom 509-624-1200 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Wednesday, October 14

A Conversation on the Restoration of Prince Albert’s Erard Grand Piano Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 2316 W. First Ave. 509-363-5355 1pm - 2:30pm

Thursday, October 15

Art Work Dedication - Allen & Mary Dee Dodge City of Spokane Service Center

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Art Collection Sale

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Saturday, October 24

The Round: A night of poetry, music, visual art & collaboration The Bartlett 228 W. Sprague 8pm All Ages

Saturday, October 24

Making Collages with Judy Meddaugh Pottery Place Plus (Liberty Building) 203 N. Washington St. (Corner of Main & Washington) 509-327-6920 1pm - 4pm FREE

Saturday, October 24

Origami & Kirigami, Exploring the Asian Art Forms of Paper Cutting & Folding Northwest Museum of Art & Culture 509-363-5355 9:30am - 11:30am

Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25

Classics 3: Scottish Fantasies Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

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Sunday, October 25

A Very Special Solo Evening with Joan Armatrading Bing Crosby Theater 901 W. Sprague Ave. 8pm

Sunday, October 25

The Art of the Renaissance Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

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Monday, October 26 Delta Rae The Bartlett

228 W. Sprague Ave. 8pm All Ages

Tuesday, October 27 Uptic Studios

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Perry St. Brewery

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The History of Yum Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesday, October 27

Thursday, October 22

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Classics 2: American Wonders Spokane Symphony Orchestra / Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

Saturday, October 24

Commemoration of the Division St. Intersection art work, “Dance of the Redband” by Ken Spiering Fast Eddie’s 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. 4pm (21 & over only)

Creating Fabulous & Fancy Locker Hooking Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Wednesday, October 28

An Eco-Poetry Panel & Reading Gonzaga University, Cataldo Globe Room 7:30pm FREE

Thursday, October 22

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Friday, October 23

Celebrate! An Evening with Peter Rivera Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill $15 Adv/$20 Day of Show 8pm

Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24

Art on the Prairie: Annual Juried Craft Showcase Moran Prairie Grange 6106 S Palouse Highway

Artist Workshop Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Friday, October 30

Create Spokane Costume Ball McKinstry Innovation Center 7pm - 12am

Saturday, October 31

Porcelain Pottery 101’ with Merrilyn Reeves Pottery Place Plus (Liberty Building) 203 N. Washington Str (Corner of Main & Washington) 509-327-6920 1pm - 4pm FREE



DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS ................................ 29 JESUITS AND THE ARTS .................................. 29 SPOKANE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY .............. 29 JIM DINE .............................................................. 30

TERRAIN.............................................................. 30 CREATE SPOKANE ARTS MONTH.................. 30 NATURE CONNECTS .......................................... 31

DEF LEPPARD .................................................... 34 DALE WATSON................................................... 34 DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE.....................................35 NEIL YOUNG ........................................................35 SLIPKNOT............................................................ 36

BARTFEST ........................................................... 36 MAC MILLER ....................................................... 36 POLYPHONIC SPREE .........................................37 ALLEN STONE .....................................................37 BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA ...........................37


SPOKANE YOUTH BOOK FESTIVAL ..............40 BEDTIME STORIES.............................................40 WHAT IS ECO-POETRY ....................................40

SPOKANE IS READING...................................... 41 SHANN RAY BOOK RELEASE .......................... 41 DAVID SEDARIS .................................................. 41 HAL HOLBROOK AS MARK TWAIN ................ 41


ROCK OF AGES .................................................. 44 OTHER DESERT CITIES ..................................... 44 EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL ............................. 44

RUDOLPH: THE MUSICAL ............................... 45 STAGE II SHORTS............................................... 45 RED HOT PATRIOT..............................................47

IDAHO HERITAGE CONFERENCE ................... 50 CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL........................ 50 KATHY GRIFFIN ................................................. 50 CREED BRATTON .............................................. 50 EUGENE BALLET’S SLEEPING BEAUTY........ 50

BILL MAHER ....................................................... 50 SHAPING SOUND ............................................... 51 THE NUTCRACKER ............................................. 51 MYTHBUSTERS LIVE ......................................... 51

STAGE TO SCREEN: THE AUDIENCE ..............53 ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW..................53 NOSFERATU ....................................................... 54

VATICAN MUSEUMS ......................................... 54 STAGE TO SCREEN: HAMLET .......................... 54

SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA .........................55 SPOKANE STRING QUARTET ..........................55

WHITWORTH JAZZ WITH PAT METHENY.... 56 LA BOHEME ........................................................ 56 WASHINGTON IDAHO SYMPHONY ............... 56


32 There’s was a common theme that kept popping up when we were out reporting the stories you’ll find in this section: People around here are excited. This could easily come off as tourism bureau cheerleading, but in almost every story you’ll find in our annual Fall Arts Preview, there are people talking about BIG THINGS happening in Spokane’s creative communities. We’re not just talking about a few people finding success, but rather a sense that even people who don’t make art are getting jazzed at just seeing cool, BIG THINGS popping up around their town that make life in this city, well... better. We touched base with people and groups doing BIG THINGS in Spokane and beyond, while also detailing the flood of can’t-miss events hitting this fall, all of which is assembled in our exhaustive events calendar starting on page 57. Inside you’ll learn about the collaborative spirit of Spokane Arts, the explosion of female writers that have come out of the city as of late, a story about a couple of guys who believe in music as much as their city, the future of visual arts and the inspiration you can find from a play performed by children. Maybe you already feel this excitement around town, but if you haven’t yet, take a look inside. You’ll find some BIG THINGS.




— MIKE BOOKEY, arts and culture editor



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alking two blocks to grab a coffee at Boots is the first thing that Alan Chatham — who prefers you call him by his last name only — suggests when he fails to rouse the artists-in-residence slumbering in their apartment on the second floor of the Richmond Building, the historic red-brick home to venues like The Bartlett and the Richmond Art Collective. For Chatham and his interactive art program and gallery space known as Laboratory, those snoozing artists and that living space in the Richmond Building are indicative of just how much has happened in the past 26 months. In that time, Chatham has transformed Laboratory from a casual foray to an established and serious-minded undertaking. Last fall, it joined forces with Ginger Ewing and Window Dressing to make inspired use of vacant buildings and otherwise empty retail vitrines. And as of this past January, it began hosting a string of international artists, providing them with spaces to live, create and connect with others. The current pair — Luke Sturgeon, a grad student at London’s Royal College of Art, and Minso Kim, a Korean sound artist — put the total number of artists-in-residence to have experimented with Laboratory in the double digits. “We started as this storefront project wanting to revitalize downtown,” says Chatham, a native Spokanite who returned to town after time in the Army, followed by an economics degree from Pomona College and time spent studying human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. “The Window Dressing brand has really taken over that goal, and the mission of Laboratory has shifted over to support the development of interactive as a fine arts medium,” he says. “We came to the realization that having space to show work is important, but directly supporting artists by offering housing and studio space — especially here in Spokane, where it’s cheap — is the most efficient and effective way to do that.” It’s an ideal time to be furthering those aims. Interactive art, as Chatham explains, “is a super-nascent field,” leaving niches of opportunity and pioneering artists who are looking for collaborators and creative spaces without big expectations in the way of compensation. Spokane’s still-coalescing art scene makes it a sweet spot for that kind of activity, to be sure, but the city itself has other qualities that are waiting to be revealed by outsiders’ eyes. “Surprisingly to me, a lot of [the residents’] work has really responded to Spokane as a location, either the history or the geography,” Chatham says. For example, Kim’s current project involves recording ambient sounds around the city and reinterpreting their purely aural nature as physical motion. She’s been particularly taken with Riverfront Park, where the urban and the natural intersect in interesting ways. Later this month, Sturgeon will show his own mechanized work that interacts with observers through motion, as well as emotion. Chatham likens the idea behind it to a robot bartender. He moves back and forth on a fixed path behind the bar, performing a somewhat limited set of functions, but he also engages with patrons by conversing, sympathizing, assuring and creating an experience that’s more than just transactional. “I personally look at art in terms of communication,” says Chatham. “Traditional visual art tends to be this broadcast medium — it’s one-way, whereas interactive is something that involves bidirectional informational flow. You play this active part in the entire experience.” Along those same lines, Chatham is encouraging others to play a role in preparing Laboratory (located at 31 East Main Avenue) for its next phase as a fully fledged 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a formal residency program. He hopes to see people making use of the atmosphere that Laboratory offers, meeting and collaborating with the artists it hosts, expanding what’s possible in interactive art. n

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A new exhibit at Whitworth University’s Lied Center for the Visual Arts showcases the work of Benjamin DeMott, Claire Hedden, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Andy Messerschmidt and Joetta Maue (work pictured). The show is characterized by new perspectives on and approaches to the materials, processes and content used in creating each piece, and not necessarily on the product itself. Curated by associate art professor Katie Creyts, the exhibit is open to both the public and students alike. Lied Center for the Visual Arts, Bryan Oliver Gallery, free admission, gallery hours Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 pm (MAX CARTER)

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This fall, Gonzaga University continues its ongoing “Jesuits and the Arts” series, showcasing the art of Father Andrew William Vachon, S.J., a Gonzaga graduate, and Father Arturo Araujo, S.J, a Seattle University grad. With 70 paintings and drawings spanning four decades, “Vivid in My Mind: The Visionary and Landscape Images of Father Andrew William Vachon, S.J.” invokes thoughts of nature, philosophy and theology through a visually aesthetic approach. “Befriending Sacredness: Works by Father Arturo Araujo, S.J.” combines layers of photographs that the artist took in Cienega Grande, Colombia, to create a sense of contemporary spirituality. The exhibit kicks off with a free workshop with Fr. Araujo on Wed, Sept. 23, followed by a free lecture on Fri, Sept. 25. Jundt Art Museum, Free and open to the public, gallery hours Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm (MC)

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The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture once again is opening up its gallery space to the Spokane Watercolor Society this fall. The show, accepting work from all watercolor artists, is juried by guest artist Bev Jozwiak of Vancouver, Wash. In addition to the event, Jozwiak hosts a workshop at Spokane Art Supply called “Painting Life with Life” that focuses on techniques for painting figures of people and animals with boldness and clear composition. Jozwiak is no novice when it comes to watercolors: Her work has been featured in International Artist, American Art Collector and Watercolor Artist. For more information on both the show and workshop, visit Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, $5-$10 museum admission, open Wed-Sun, 10 am-5 pm (MAKAYLA WAMBOLDT)




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In the spring of 2014, printmaker Jim Dine donated 206 works of art to Washington State University’s Museum of Art. This fall, the museum displays this vast collection that spans five decades of Dine’s career, during which he established himself as a member of the pop art’s “first generation.” Now 80, Dine continues to produce prints with vigor, utilizing pop culture references infused with strong romantic and expressionist overtones. Dine’s work in printmaking is especially unique, because his prints manage to artistically equal his other works in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Museum of Art/WSU, Free and open to the public, gallery hours Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm (MC) O C T. 2


How awesome is it that Terrain is now just two years shy of its decade anniversary, and yet this onenight event continues to outpace itself year after year? Beating out the number of pieces submitted in past years by a long shot, the beloved fall art event is set to showcase nearly 300 pieces of art by more than 140 regional artists — along with 10 live bands and other performances throughout the night — upon the brick walls of the historic Washington Cracker Co. Building, Terrain’s home for the second straight year. It’s no wonder that everyone who’s been to this event says it’s can’t-miss; prepare for crowds of excited local arts supporters and lines to get inside during the event’s peak evening hours. It’s definitely worth the wait and all the shoulder rubbing, as you squeeze through the masses to catch a glimpse of all the creativity on display. Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific, Free, All-ages, 5 pm-2 am (CS)

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Last year, the city-subsidized arts nonprofit Spokane Arts announced that it was going to make October — already a bustling time for performances, visual arts, theater and more in Spokane — the month to celebrate the arts in the Inland Northwest. Back again, Create Spokane is set to include even more events under its umbrella, ranging from art shows to big-time events like Terrain. The month culminates on Friday, Oct. 30 with the Spokane Arts Awards costume ball at McKinstry Station (850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.) where some of the city’s biggest movers and shakers will be recognized for their work. The night will also celebrate the unveiling of Spokane’s new Poet Laureate. If you go, start working on your costume now, because you’re hanging with some of the most creative people in the city, and they know how to put together a get-up. Just something we learned from last year. For a full list of events, visit (MB)

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LEGOs, every kid’s (and, still, many adults’) favorite toy, has grown into so much more than a building set since it launched in the U.S. back in the 1960s. The revered plastic bricks are the building blocks for massive, to-scale replicas of famous landmarks at Legoland theme parks, and even artistic expressions featured in museums and other public spaces. Later this fall, 27 of NYCbased artist Sean Kenney’s massive LEGO sculptures, including an 8-foot hummingbird, a 7-foot-tall rose and a 5-foot-tall butterfly, are making their way to Spokane. The award-winning contemporary artist is the first artist to earn the title of LEGO Certified Professional. Through his toy brick art, he challenges audiences to think about combining nature, creativity and play in new ways. Exhibit visitors ages 5 and up can also challenge themselves to create their own LEGO sculptures in a contest hosted by the MAC. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, $5-$10 museum admission, open WedSun, 10 am-5 pm (CS)






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hat night, he knocked back his first bar-ordered drink. At 19, JJ Wandler had been invited by his older Eastern Washington University friends to experience Cleveland rockers Death of Samantha at the then-Henry’s Pub. The fake ID he’d just procured got him in. Eight years later, in that same



aging downtown space on West Riverside Avenue, Wandler was the manager of what had become Mother’s Pub, a hip-hop club. At the end of that year, 1998, Wandler hightailed it to Seattle. “At that point I said I’d never return to Spokane except to see family,” Wandler says. “I was never coming back.”

Today, Wandler stands in the partially renovated Riverside space with business partner Shawn Cox. Nearly a month ago, the pair opened Garageland after the 3,300-square foot location had been vacant for six years. First, Garageland — with its CBGB-inspired sign — is a record store. The place will be other

things, too: a vintage clothing and furniture outlet, a bar and a restaurant. But before those parts of the plan are complete, Wandler and Cox, both 44, have opened the shiny record-store portion at the front of the house — may as well have revenue flowing in while waiting for the liquor license,

they say. They’re shooting for a fully operational store by November. Neither man is wealthy. Credit cards are maxing out; they’re doing all of the construction themselves, putting in hundreds of grueling hours cleaning, waxing, painting, coating and revamping since getting the keys

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on June 1. Wandler still owns a French restaurant in Seattle and his wife just had a baby. Cox has a full-time job. They don’t sleep much. They see Garageland as a place where music lovers come to hang out, talk and learn about music. Perhaps the next generation of Spokane bands will be in-

spired and even formed here. Already, they’ve hosted multiple in-store shows. They want to do many more. While Spokane is home to 4000 Holes, Groove Merchants and Recorded Memories, Wandler and Cox are adamant that Spokane needs another independent record store, especially one downtown. “We’re hoping to be a synergistic part of the scene instead of a competing force,” Cox says. “We’re going to provide underground punk and garage rock records, stuff you can’t find elsewhere unless you want to travel or buy online. The other stores seem to be focused on classic rock, so our angle is to fill in that gap.” Cox, drummer for the reformed Spokane band Whiskey Dick Mountain, also has many memories wrapped up in this brick space. He recalls standing outside of Henry’s Pub listening to Reverend Horton Heat back in 1991 (he didn’t have a fake ID). Later, when it was the B-Side in the late ’90s/early aughts, his multiple bands rocked out here. That this space opened up again at all is some sort of miracle. Back in March, a mutual friend told Cox that Wandler was moving back to Spokane to open a record store. “That wasn’t true at all,” says Wandler, who chose to move back to raise his family. “I had just planned to consign some of my 7,000-plus records, not open a business.” But the idea for a record shop was planted, and he soon contacted Cox with a plan. Cox, too, is a lifelong record collector. “I think that records are the best way to connect to the music itself,” he explains. “It’s an experience that you can’t get with an MP3. You can have and hold it forever.” Wandler agrees: “Having this music, these records here in town will only help to create a vibrant music scene.” n Garageland • 230 W. Riverside • Open daily, 10 am-6 pm • Facebook: garagelandspokane • 315-8324

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You don’t often hear Def Leppard’s name bandied about alongside legendary hard-rock bands like Led Zeppelin or Metallica, but looking at the career they’ve forged since forming in 1977, the quintet deserves similar accolades. Consider: Def Leppard arrived in the U.S. as part of the so-called New Wave of British Heavy Metal, alongside the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Their knack for hooks led to mainstream success, including selling more than 100 million albums worldwide, and two albums that sold more than 10 million each in Pyromania and Hysteria. And while they don’t sell quite like they used to, Def Leppard still packs arenas for tours every couple of years, delivering old favorites and a few new tunes, as they likely will on this trip to Spokane just a few months before releasing their latest album. They’ll be joined by progpoppers Styx and pop-metal dudes Tesla, but there’s no mistaking who the headliner is on this triple bill. Spokane Arena, $35/$55/$75, 7 pm (DAN NAILEN)

You can judge some books by their cover, and even if you’ve never heard Dale Watson play a note, you can take one look at the Texas honky-tonk legend and you know you’re dealing with an outlaw. He started playing clubs and bars as a Houston teenager before moving to Los Angeles on the advice of singer/songwriter Rosie Flores. He landed in the house band at the L.A. alt-country hot spot the Palomino Club before bouncing through Nashville and then heading to Austin, where his edgy brand of country is more acceptable. His career has taken off in the past few years on the strength of songs like “I Lie When I Drink” and an album dedicated to Sun Studios, as well as a series of albums dedicated to trucker songs — a natural extension of Watson’s own history as a commercial truck driver between music gigs. Chateau Rive, $15 advance/$20 day of show, 7:30 pm (DN)

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Two years ago, Ben Gibbard’s electro-pop side project the Postal Service came through the Knitting Factory. This fall, he’s back with his emotionally charged rock band Death Cab For Cutie, this time touting a big new album, Kintsugi — which fearlessly chronicles much of his doomed marriage with actress Zooey Deschanel and their life in Los Angeles — at the much larger INB Performing Arts Center. This was the Seattle-based band’s first album not produced by multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla, who left the group last year. Even so, it’s one of the best DCFC albums in years. INB Performing Arts Center, $35/$40 day of, 7:30 pm (LJ)

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Canadian legend Neil Young plans to exercise his right to rock in a free world at the Spokane Arena this fall. Accompanying Young is Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) and his band Promise of the Real, who played last year’s Gleason Fest. Young’s current album, The Monsanto Years, made with Promise of the Real, is about exactly what you’d think — his lyrics are critical of American corporations like Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart and Chevron. Fear not; the whole concert won’t be all new material. Young plans to dip into his decadesspanning catalogue for a show full of acoustic and hard rock tunes. Spokane Arena, $60-$125, 7:30 pm (LJ)




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About 15 years ago, I read a magazine profile about Slipknot in which the author witnessed members of the Iowa-based hardcore act throw bodily waste around a room and also beat the living hell out of each other on stage. I was slightly terrified of them as a result. As it is wont to do, time has calmed this mask-wearing, ear-damaging, eight-piece shock act’s stage antics, but the music is still very much intense and earned them a Grammy nomination last year. Be sure to come early for an opening set from legendary thrash-punkers Suicidal Tendencies. Spokane Arena, $35-$45, all-ages, 7 pm (MB)

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Now in its second year, Bartfest again pairs with next-door neighbor nYne to create a two-night indie music festival replete with a carefully crafted lineup of touring buzz bands and local acts. Included in the festival are Chicago singer-songwriter Angel Olsen (pictured) and Philadelphia ambient electronic band Vacationer, Portland folkies Horse Feathers, Seattle indie pop-rockers Deep Sea Diver and many other out-of-towners. On the local side of the bill, there’s Mama Doll, the Marshall McLean Band, Windoe and Pérrene. After a summer of big festivals throughout the Northwest, this cozy block party is a nice way to settle into fall. The Bartlett, $30, Bartlett is all-ages, nYne is all-ages until 8 pm, tickets at (MIKE BOOKEY)

Back in 2011, when rapper Mac Miller released “Donald Trump,” the Pittsburgh native couldn’t have known that his song’s subject would one day become the frontrunner to be the Republican presidential nominee. The line “We gonna take over the world while these haters gettin’ mad” couldn’t be more appropriate for the Donald’s line of thinking, as well as Miller’s. Yet for his seemingly carefree attitude (especially regarding demeaning language about women), the 23-year-old certainly appreciates his mostly young fans. His Sept. 18 release GO:OD AM is automatically included with the ticket price of his upcoming Spokane show. The set also includes GoldLink, Domo Genesis and Alexander Spit. Knitting Factory, $33, 8 pm (LJ)

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When the Polyphonic Spree showed up on the music festival circuit 15 years ago, it was easy to mistake them for some sort of new-age cult, given their matching robes, bright smiles and the fact that there were as many as 27 of them onstage. The feel-good act fronted by the appropriately named Tim DeLaughter has endured and is now celebrating their decade-and-a-half anniversary with a tour that stops in Spokane and features the band playing its debut album, The Beginning Stage of... in its entirety. The music is almost always Day-Glo bright and heartwarmingly weird, making you want to don a robe yourself and run away with the Spree, wherever they might be headed next. The Bartlett, $35/$40 day of, all-ages, 8 pm. (MB)

You know the post-Christmas letdown that inevitably hits the next day, when all the preparation and pre-holiday festivities, all the eating and opening and caroling, is over? This year, you can delay the inevitable with a concert the day after Christmas sure to thrill both the yuletide- and rockabilly-obsessed. Brian Setzer is one of the baddest guitar men on the planet, and as leader of the Stray Cats and the Brian Setzer Orchestra, he’s introduced legions to oldschool rock and swing sounds sure to lift the spirits. He’s even recorded a couple of Christmas albums of familiar favorites and originals that are remarkably listenable, even for skeptics of holiday tunes. Expect a heavy dose of Setzer’s Santa songs at this gig. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $52/$62/$82, 8 pm (DN) DEC. 2


Soul-filled singer/songwriter Allen Stone returns to the Knitting Factory once again to wow audiences with upbeat, powerhouse tunes from his most recent album, Radius. The Chewelah native, known for his curly blond locks and thick-rimmed glasses, uses his powerful lyrics to deliver meaningful messages to listeners. Songs like “American Privilege” and “Fake Future” address issues that face modern society. Opening for Stone are Portland group My Brothers and I, as well as Grammy-nominated Norwegian retro-soul musician Bernhoft. Knitting Factory, $22.50, 8 pm (ER)

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here must be something in the water, they say. That’s surprising, for a city like Spokane, others note. How does it have so many successful authors? In a remarkable instance of serendipity, 2015 has been a standout year for Spokane writers, especially its female authors.


By the end of the year, six of these women will have had book debuts spread across its 12 months. This trend isn’t really surprising or strange. Spokane and the greater Inland Northwest region’s writing community is flourishing of late, experiencing a new literary golden age not


seen since local icons Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie blazed a trail more than a decade ago. Both names continue to boost Inland Northwest writers’ profiles. Back in January, Spokanebred authors Sarah Hulse and Sharma Shields released their Western-rooted novels — Black

River and The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, respectively — days apart, each attracting large crowds to Auntie’s Bookstore readings on chilly winter evenings. Less than a month later, Spokesman-Review columnist Cindy Hval launched her book publishing career with a nonfiction collection, War Bonds:

Love Stories from the Greatest Generation, about couples who met and married around the time of World War II. June saw the stunning debut of 27-year-old librarian and teacher Stephanie Oakes’ young adult novel, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, about a teen girl who escapes from an oppressive






religious cult. The breakout trend continued the following month with local business owner Kris Dinnison’s modern tale of friendship for teen readers, You and Me and Him. And before the year is over, Asa Maria Bradley, a Spokane Falls Community College physics profes-

sor and recipient of the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, plans to release her first novel, a paranormal romance titled Viking Warrior Rising. “I do love that we’re unifying in this cool sort of way,” remarks Shields, whose magical, metaphorical book excited

national magazines and book reviewers several weeks before its release. “Because we’re all women of different ages and we all have pretty diverse backgrounds and educations… That’s what’s great about it — there almost is no explanation.” While all six women call Spokane home now, many of them left the region for their formal writing educations, and all took different paths to getting their writing published. The theme that unifies them lies mostly in the support they’ve each received from the broader local writing community as they drafted, submitted, edited, rewrote and resubmitted their manuscripts time after time. “There are so many writers who write in so many different genres, but in the community you kind of know each other even if you don’t see each other. It’s a very supportive environment,” notes Bradley, the romance novelist. “I think also with the success of the female writers there is a sort of sisterhood feeling; people are really happy to see this. People have always been happy about Jess [Walter] and Sherman [Alexie] and Shawn [Vestal], so it’s cool to see women on the scene — not that it’s boys vs. girls. I think the men are also very supportive,” she adds. Each subsequent debut has further helped solidify Spokane’s writing community as a tight-knit and noncompetitive group. As Bradley mentioned, many local writers know and see each other regularly, even if they’re not directly reading each other’s manuscripts but rather offering sincere advice from experience. Dinnison, who regularly meets with a local writers’ group that includes Shields, along with poets and nonfiction freelancers, sums up the congenial atmosphere that has helped propel so many of her fellow writers to success: “I think Spokane’s writing community operates on the fact that if you have success, it raises all boats. If Stephanie Oakes gets starred reviews, then all of us get to be excited for her and she’s going to talk about our book, and more people will notice the next time around.” 

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After 17 years of an ever-expanding literary festival geared toward adult readers and writers, Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! festival is expanding to focus on the kids with the new Spokane Youth Book Festival, or SpoYo for short. Day one of the fest brings youth literature authors directly to local classrooms, to read, talk about their lives as writers and inspire students who dream of pursuing work in a creative field. Day two features a full day of workshops, storytimes, book signings, author meet-andgreets and more, with an evening presentation by one of the inaugural event’s headliners. So far, the lineup of authors slated to present and host workshops includes New York Times bestsellers Nick Bruel (Boing!, Bad Kitty series), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet series) and Spokane-based writers Claire Rudolf Murphy and Kelly Milner Halls, among others. Watch for a full schedule of events at getlitfestival. org/spoyo. Bing Crosby Theater, free for youth; $15/adults, All-ages, 7 pm (CS)

It’s been a big year for the Inland Northwest’s writing community. So many works have debuted, and many honors have been bestowed upon our region’s writers. Humanities Washington’s annual gala in Spokane celebrates this creative swell as it raises funds to support programs to bring humanities-centric education to citizens of all ages across the Evergreen State. This year’s event theme has a retro-fun vibe: “A Hard Day’s Night,” and four notable local authors — Kris Dinnison, Sam Ligon, Sharma Shields and Jess Walter (pictured) — are set to debut new short works inspired by this phrase, clearly a 1960s Beatles album/film throwback. Gonzaga University professor and poet Tod Marshall also will be honored at the gala with the presentation of the 2015 Humanities Washington Award for Scholarship and Service. Spokane Club, $75/person, 6 pm registration, 7 pm dinner (CS)

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If you haven’t heard of eco-poetry, don’t worry; you probably aren’t alone. A panel of poets moderated by English professor Paul Lindholdt of Eastern Washington University explores this genre in more depth with an informal discussion on how the poet’s craft intertwines with the environment. Eco-poetry is unique in that it is less interested in the traditional praises of the pastoral, but rather aims to investigate the complex relationship between humanity and the natural world. Panelists include eco-poets Megan Kaminski (pictured), Linda Russo, Derek Sheffield and Roger Dunsmore. In addition to this event, Gonzaga hosts an eco-poetry reading in the Cataldo Globe Room featuring the same panelists that evening. Gonzaga University, Foley Library Writing Center, 2:10 pm (panel) and 7:30 pm (reading) (MW)



This community-wide initiative that encourages readers of all ages to pick up a book and incite connections through literature is on a roll, considering its past two selections, Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! and Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette were both fun and thoughtful romps across unlikely settings. This year the festival brings in 36-year-old Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel (pictured), the author of the bestselling National Book Award finalist Station Eleven. Keeping on trend with our current obsession over everything post-apocalyptic, Mandel’s novel is set in the near future, after nearly all of humanity is wiped out by a new super flu. Of the few survivors, a traveling band of Shakespearian actors remains, through which Mandel explores themes of friendship, memory, love, material obsession and fame. The author visits Spokane for two events as part of the program, so pick up a copy of the book soon. CenterPlace Event Center, 1 pm; also at the Bing Crosby Theater, 7 pm, both events free (CS)

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When the hell did Shann Ray, Spokane’s most endearing polymath, find time to write another book? He’s a professor of leadership studies at Gonzaga who has written books of essays about masculinity, a working psychologist, a poet whose collection Balefire was published last summer and a former pro basketball player who still has a jump shot. Ray now has a novel on its way. American Copper spans a period from the 1860s to the 1930s and is set in his native Montana. It tells the story of a woman coming of age during this time, and struggling with the realities of the rugged American West. This book release party features old-time songs and the wit of best-selling author Sherman Alexie, who calls American Copper “tough, poetic and beautiful.” Bing Crosby Theater, all ages, 7 pm (MB)

More than two decades after NPR’s broadcast of his Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris is now an established comic voice with a long line of best-selling books, This American Life features, Grammy-nominated albums and offBroadway-produced plays. Thankfully, the sardonic wit that came through in that early story about working as a department store elf at Christmas has stuck with him, as Sedaris has become a literary giant. His live appearances are a blend of book readings, monologues, stand-up comedy and audience interaction via Q&A sessions, and they always generate laughs, no matter how many times you’ve seen him previously. Bing Crosby Theater, $45-$50, 7:30 pm (DN)

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This fall, North Idaho native, Boise resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr hosts conversations across the Palouse region about his blockbuster book All the Light We Cannot See. Set in World War II-era Germany and France, the novel follows the lives of 14-year-old French girl Marie Laure and a German boy named Werner. Doerr won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for his work, along with the 2015 Carnegie Award for Excellence in Fiction. Readers can catch Doerr in three Palouse locations on Nov. 13: He’ll be in Colfax, Pullman and Moscow for back-to-back-toback presentations as part of the region-wide community reading program. Whitman County Library, Colfax branch (noon); Neill Public Library, Pullman (5:30 pm); Moscow High School Auditorium, (7:30 pm) (MC)

Character actor Hal Holbrook is instantly recognizable thanks to his decades-long career in film and television, but the man disappears into the skin of Mark Twain for the one-act play Holbrook himself devised back in the 1950s, inspired by a show in which his wife would challenge him to impersonate famous figures from history. Much of the show is dedicated to dramatic recitations of Twain’s writing, with the pieces changing based on Holbrook’s whim and current events ever since he first started performing as Twain regularly in 1954. More than 60 years later, Holbrook is still paying winning homage to one of America’s great authors and humorists, bringing Twain to life for crowds large and small. INB Performing Arts Center, $37.50/$47.50/$67.50/$102.50, 7:30 pm (DN)



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f ever you were struck by a passing fancy to rank local theatrical groups by their longevity, the Spokane Civic Theatre would probably emerge as the most likely frontrunner. Yet there’s another organization, slightly less visible, that nudges it out of the top spot: the Spokane Children’s Theatre.



The Junior League of Spokane established the Spokane Children’s Theatre in 1946 — one year before the Civic, in fact, making the SCT the oldest theater organization in the area. Over the past seven decades, the organization has evolved from what was, broadly speak-

ing, high-school drama teachers and their students performing in ad hoc venues into a more structured, donation-funded nonprofit with professional involvement, a solid volunteer base, and quite recently, its own dedicated venue in the Logan neighborhood. As part of that evolutionary

process, it’s enjoyed several good years and persevered through challenging ones, always with a view to carrying out a straightforward mission of “wanting to share theater with as many people as possible,” as Kyle McFarlane puts it. McFarlane currently serves

on the SCT’s nine-member board. The story of how he came to occupy that seat might have a ring of familiarity to the more than 7,500 children and adults the organization has welcomed since its inception. “I did a show at Spokane Children’s Theatre about 15-plus


years ago, so I was familiar with it. And then as my daughter started expressing an interest in theater and acting, I suggested that she take a look at it. As soon as I walked in, they said they needed an adult man to be in the show as well. It was the last night of auditions, nobody

had tried out yet, and so they recruited me to play the king. In the end, my daughter and I both ended up being in Enchanted Sleeping Beauty,” he says. “From there I went on to do a couple more shows with her and get involved with the board to help support the theater. For

me, as a parent, it was a great experience to be on the stage with my daughter and to be able to share in the fun she was having.” That experience, he says, captures what’s special about SCT. “One of the things I really like about this theater is that they’ve been more willing to give newcomers a chance, even if it’s just a small role. Once you can spark that fire inside some of these kids, that really gets them going. That’s one of the things I really appreciate as a parent — to be able to see them get started and get that chance to be onstage.” His own daughter, now 12, has done four shows in the past 18 months. There are, of course, several other kid-focused theaters in the area, including Christian Youth Theater, Theatre Arts for Children and the Spokane Civic Theatre Academy. “They all have different philosophies,” explains SCT board president Cathy McKinney, and the divergence, however slight, allows parents to find the most comfortable fit for them as well as their children. “We have so much talent here in town that we can support all these different theaters,” she says. “At Spokane Children’s Theatre, periodically we’ll have classes and camps, but that’s not our focus. The show is actually the focus. Plus our shows are much smaller, so the kids get more stage time.” SCT employs professional designers to help expose the participants to a variety of skill levels. Spokane talents Patrick Treadway and Troy Nickerson have directed in the past. Funds permitting, it also commissions original works. The first production McKinney ever directed for SCT was Sindee Lou Ella, “a hilarious spoof of Cinderella” by Ken Boles, a resident at SCT from 2010-14. For its current season, the organization is staging Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Donna Skoog, a drama teacher in the nearby Riverside School District. Both McFarlane and McKinney are especially excited about the 70th season lineup, which features a series of householdname shows as well as an eightweek improv class. It kicks off Oct. 9 with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Later productions include The Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Charlotte’s Web and Mary Poppins. 

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Tolstoy famously wrote that happy families are all alike, but unhappy families are each unhappy in their own way. The Wyeths and their relations easily fall into the latter category, with a unique unhappiness that Jon Robin Baitz’s Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated play teases out over the course of a Christmas reunion in 2004. Some of their strife is political. Some of it is personal. And some of it comes down to sleeping dogs that even old rivals would agree are better left undisturbed. The Modern Spokane, $20-$24, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm (EJI)

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The cultural shame of the 1980s has faded from collective memory, leaving a void that only nostalgia can fill. And what better vehicle than a jukebox musical reveling in the garishness of the decade’s music, its personalities and its fashion? Rock of Ages parodies all these excesses with a self-aware plot built around power ballads and anthemic odes to hedonism by the likes of Twisted Sister, Starship, Foreigner, Journey and Night Ranger. “The West Coast premiere of this show has been a blast to direct,” says Executive Artistic Director George Green. “This title alone convinced several regional performers to audition for the entire season. Our goal is to have people out of their seats and rocking out with us by the end of the production. In one ’80s word: It’s rad.” The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, $23$27, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm (E.J. IANNELLI)


A groovy, gory adaptation of the eponymous film franchise directed by Sam Raimi, Evil Dead: The Musical takes the camp charm and cheap scares of the low-budget cult trilogy and puts them to music. Audiences will be able to follow Ash and his buddies to a remote cabin, where they inadvertently unleash the dark forces that bring out their inner deadites. There are catchy numbers, memorable oneliners, and plenty of fake blood. On that last note: Those nearest the stage will want to brace themselves for splatter. Spokane Civic Theatre, $27, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm (EJI)

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Before Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired on TV in 1964, its creators didn’t foresee the glowing — if you’ll pardon the pun — popular reception and widespread cultural cachet the stop-motion Rankin/Bass animation enjoys today. In fact, the original Rudolph figurine was given away and wound up as a Christmas centerpiece on some family’s table. For a more life-sized experience that pays fitting reverence to this holiday tradition, families will want to get a jump start on the Yuletide season at this nationally touring, music-filled stage adaptation featuring all the beloved characters, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and The Misfit Toys. INB Performing Arts Center, $29-$49, 7 pm (EJI)


This popular, student-driven production is really a twoevening festival featuring a different mix of short plays each night. The works aren’t original, but they are chosen, cast and directed by the students themselves for a freshfaced take on material both familiar and obscure. With a heady mix of comedic and dramatic works clocking in at a maximum of 10 minutes each, it’s the theatrical equivalent of a mad-dash tapas sampler. The performance space can only accommodate about 90 people, though, so be sure to arrive early to claim your ticket. Cowles Auditorium Stage II at Whitworth University, free and open to the public, 7 pm (EJI)

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She called Bill Clinton “weaker than bus-station chili” and is supposed to have bestowed the moniker “Shrub” on George W. Bush, a man she unabashedly characterized as a corporate shill masquerading as a politician. She was Molly Ivins, a respected political columnist with a take-no-prisoners prose style. When she died in 2007, eight years after she was initially diagnosed with breast cancer, she left behind a legacy of scathing but insightful commentary. “Molly Ivins was a Texan through and through, and also a progressive Democrat with a passion for civil rights,” says Ron Ford, who’s directing Margaret and Allison Engel’s Red Hot Patriot. “Her biting wit, straightforward wisdom and sparkling personality make her a fascinating historical figure that we’ll celebrate in an evening of theater.” Stage Left, $10, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm (EJI)

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hen Laura Becker returned to Spokane after living and working in Seattle for most of her adult life, she saw a city that had changed drastically from the place where she grew up. Becker came back to take the top job of the nascent nonprofit arts organization Spokane Arts, which had recently become an



independent entity (although still largely city-funded) rather than a city agency. To add to that, Spokane Arts’ first executive director, Shannon Halberstadt, had held the position only for a year before her husband’s job took her to Seattle. It was a tall task for Becker, as is any executive directorship in the nonprofit arts world, but there was a momen-

tum she wanted to tap into. And she made quick work of realizing and capitalizing on Spokane’s creative potential. “I guess I became pretty protective about what Spokane is. People make a lot of presumptions about the culture in Spokane, and in some ways part of my job is to help people understand a different version. I think

there are a lot of amazing things happening here. There’s a lot of young, vibrant energy,” says Becker, who has worked in arts administration since 2001. Early in her tenure, which began officially at the start of 2015, Becker applied for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which the organization landed to the tune of $10,000. It

helped Spokane Arts add additional programming throughout the city, including the Light ’em Up! initiative, aimed at illuminating signs throughout the city that have fallen into disrepair. Partnering with the owners of the vacant Ridpath Hotel, Spokane Arts was able to brighten up the downtown skyline by repairing and relighting the iconic Ridpath

sign. Partnerships have been key in Becker’s first year on the job. When a city project came looking for a way to dress up the otherwise drab light-signal boxes on downtown streets, they came to Spokane Arts to get the project off the ground. Spokane Arts was able to help the city with a student design

contest to cover the boxes with artistic designs and found funding through Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Spokane Neighborhood Services’ community programs coordinator Jackie Caro, who originally conceived the idea of the signal-box covers, says Spokane Arts has emerged as a device to connect artists or merely

someone who has a big idea with the resources they need. “Not every organization has everything, but if you can work together, amazing things can happen. We’ve been successful in reaching out to people in the city who have a need and want to make art happen,” says Caro. Caro and Spokane Arts also teamed up on the Mobile Mural project, which debuted with an installation that wrapped an eyesore of a vacant lot along Division Street downtown. The project was so successful that Caro says the owners of the property were convinced to build on it rather than leave it empty. Part of Becker’s job is explaining her organization and how she can make these connections. She’s been asked so many times, she has an almost boilerplate position on it. “I say that we act as a clearinghouse for all things arts and culture-related in Spokane and support and provide resources for professional artists and other creatives,” she says. With Create Spokane Arts Month bringing attention to numerous events throughout the region, including the Spokane Arts Awards costume ball on Oct. 30, Becker wants people to know that the organization is doing things throughout the year. One of those efforts was the 900 Horses collaborative mural that filled a downtown plaza with community members’ stenciled drawings of horses, commemorating the 1858 slaughter of Native American horses by the U.S. Army. This fall, the organization is partnering with a visual arts class at Gonzaga on a mural, teaming with Spokane Arts program director and respected muralist Ellen Picken to paint the outside of a soon-to-open café in the East Central neighborhood. And there’s Spokane Throw, which projects the text of letters written by residents onto buildings throughout the city. There are more murals to come, a partnership to bring window art to the vacant Ridpath and the ongoing building of a sculpture to commemorate veterans to be dedicated at the Spokane Arena on Veterans Day. “We want Spokane Arts to be on the tip of people’s tongues on a regular basis. We’re growing toward that,” says Becker. n

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Here in the West, we’re proud of our heritage and the rich culture established by the native peoples who were one with the land, and the Western pioneers who laid groundwork for our modern cities and towns. This year, Moscow hosts the statewide Idaho Heritage Conference, an event intended to encourage historic preservation, historical and cultural education and archaeological research. But you don’t have to be a professional in these fields to attend, or to find interest in the many workshops held across the Moscow area during the three-day event. Amateur preservationists and history buffs are more than welcome to attend art exhibits celebrating Idaho’s heritage, sessions on rehabilitating historic barns and tours of nearby historically and culturally significant sites. See a full schedule of events and register to attend online. Events across Moscow, Idaho, times and prices vary, (CHEY SCOTT)

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He didn’t get a ton of airtime, but whenever he did, Creed Bratton made The Office a hell of a lot funnier. As some may know, Bratton was also a member of the classic rock act the Grass Roots before getting into acting and comedy. In his post-Office life, Bratton has taken to the live stage, combining his musical skills with his goofy hilarity. Featuring tales of leaving home, hitchhiking, boarding a cargo ship, backpacking across Europe with friends and changing his name, Bratton’s performance is probably the weirdest thing you’ll see this fall. The Bartlett, $20-$30, 8 pm (MIKE BOOKEY)

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It’s like nothing Spokane has ever seen before. And without doubt, the scene unfolding the past few months in Riverfront Park has piqued the curiosity of those who’ve seen the colorful artifacts strewn across the grass and the snaking form of a golden dragon taking form on a hillside overlooking the Spokane River. We don’t have to wait much longer, though: the inaugural Chinese Lantern Festival comes to life in light later this September. The glowing, gem-hued orbs in the shapes of animals, plants and Chinese pagodas will attract visitors to the park to marvel in their sheer beauty and vastness of scale, and to experience the rich culture of China through daily performances and a pop-up restaurant in the park showcasing authentic Chinese cuisine over the festival’s five-week run. (CS) Riverfront Park, $9-$17/day or $60/festival pass; $25$100/dining, open daily, times vary

What’s better than a comedy show or a night at the casino? Both. Award-winning actress and comedian Kathy Griffin will take the stage at the Northern Quest Casino. From late-night talk shows and penning her own memoir to winning two Emmys and a Grammy, Griffin just about does it all. Griffin’s two-hour #LIKEABOSSTOUR hones all of her acting, stand-up comedy, hosting and even speaking skills into one show. Northern Quest, $55-$95, 7:30 pm (KH)

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The internationally performing, full professional ballet company graces the Spokane stage in its 36th season, dancing to the tune of a timeless classic. Set to the fantastical music of Russian composer Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty will satisfy your fairy-tale whimsies as you patiently await your beloved Nutcracker to officially usher you into the Christmas season. Prepare yourself for magical lands, mythical creatures, dazzling costumes and the everlasting love of Sleeping Beauty and her dear prince. INB Performing Arts Center, $27.50/$32/$38, 7:30 pm (MW)

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Bill Maher was an early and vocal advocate of marijuana legalization, so it just seems natural for the political provocateur, TV star and stand-up comic to become a regular visitor to Spokane. Perhaps his show at The Fox will serve as the start of a regular relationship with the Lilac City. Maher is probably best known as host of the excellent HBO political chat show Real Time with Bill Maher, where his guest panels inevitably clash in entertaining, hilarious and often educational ways. His stand-up shows offer all Maher, and his libertarian/liberal leanings should make for an interesting dynamic here in Eastern Washington. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $39/$49/$58/$69, 8 pm (DAN NAILEN)

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The name doesn’t give it away, but Shaping Sound is a dance company and show. Under the guidance of artistic director Travis Wall — a runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance who has since gone on to choreograph the Oscars and win multiple Emmys for his work — the company strives to bring contemporary dance to audiences all around the country. Shaping Sound was featured on Oxygen’s All the Right Moves, which chronicled the formation of the group. Fans of SYTYCD can expect to see many of its alums in Shaping Sound’s ranks. INB Performing Arts Center, $50-$78, 7:30 pm (LJ)

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Once again, the classic holiday tale of a nutcracker figurine-turneddashing prince, a little girl whose dreams come to life, sugarplum fairies and human-sized mice delights local audiences with two different yet distinct performances. First, the Moscow (Russia, not Idaho) Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker takes to the stage at the INB Performing Arts Center the week of Thanksgiving. The elaborate puppets and dancers’ costumes are the ideal touch in this performance of one of Russia’s greatest contributions to the arts — Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing score. This music is why fans of the story also shouldn’t miss the season’s second local performance of the ballet, accompanied by our own Spokane Symphony Orchestra, performing that magical score live as dancers from Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet, with dozens of local dancers, tiptoe and gracefully leap across the stage. INB Performing Arts Center, Nov. 23 at 7 pm, $28-$175; Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Dec. 3-6, $12.50-$75 (CS)

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Love Mythbusters but wish they were a little closer than the TV screen? Look no further. Join Discovery Channel’s famed and crazed Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage as they get up close and personal with science on the stage. This live show will be full of unexpected experiments, science and fun as viewers get the behind-the-scenes treatment of what a Mythbusters episode might usually be like. Don’t miss the opportunity to be selected as a volunteer for Jamie’s Farewell Tour; he’ll soon retire from live touring. INB Performing Arts Center, $52$127.50, 7:30 pm (KH)

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t doesn’t take much to realize just how daunting a task the Museum of Arts and Culture is undertaking in digitizing its massive collection of photographs and negatives, a project highlighted by the online archiving of the Charles Libby Photographic Collection. Just take a stroll through the museum’s archives with Jeff Creighton, the historian who’s been working on the project for the past 18 months, and you wind up opening drawers full of photocopied images, pulling open boxes that haven’t been cracked in decades, spinning wheels that move giant bookshelves populated with slides, negatives and prints, and exploring coolers set to between 30 and 40 degrees to protect the ancient acetate and nitrate photo negatives inside. You see nooks and crannies of the MAC the public never does when it visits the museum, and while the tens of thousands of images seem to be strewn on multiple floors in various formats and in an array of media, this is actually a highly organized system compared to what Creighton found when he started the imaging project. Creighton and various interns and part-timers spent months “going through every folder and every box and counting every photograph” to determine just what the MAC — or more specifically, the Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives — had in its possession. “The Libby Collection is the largest [piece],” Creighton says. “I had heard all kinds of numbers — 50,000 and 100,000 [images] — so I wanted to get a handle on it and see exactly what they had here.” Libby is of particular importance because his photos illustrate the development of downtown Spokane from roughly 1900 to 1971, the vast majority of them taken early in the 20th century. “That’s when there was a lot of building going on. The old City Hall, Montgomery Ward. He must have taken a photo of every business downtown, two or three of each,” says Creighton. “Libby pretty much documents the building of the infrastructure of downtown Spokane,” he says.


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As Creighton strolls through the various places where the photos reside, he tallies numbers in his head. In one of the cold-storage spaces, he found 33 boxes of unprocessed acetate negatives that hold images Libby took between 1934 and 1951; he estimates there are from 10,000 to 12,000 never-before-seen pictures just in those boxes. In another spot, he has 18 boxes dominated by portraits Libby took between jobs shooting buildings and construction projects. That’s another 20,000 images to add to the list. All told, Creighton puts the number of Libby photos on hand at nearly 90,000. The Libby photographs are definitely the most popular among the historians who come to the MAC looking for old images of Spokane, and they mostly want shots from the 1920s and ’30s. Using an 8-terabyte server and a couple of iMacs bought for the project, Creighton’s team has been meticulously digitizing and storing images and attaching simple search terms to the Libby photos, as well as the Dick Lewis collection of photos of the Plateau tribes, and photos by Frank Guilbert and Frank Palmer, among others. In the next few weeks, the public will be able to look at, purchase and print pictures of historic Spokane and the surrounding areas, all from their computers — a process that used to take an incredible amount of work. “I’m anticipating this can be a real boon [for the museum], because it’s just been local or regional people who have known about this collection [to date],” Creighton says. “When this thing goes worldwide, there are a lot of folks who will want these photos.” Creighton figures about 70 percent of the Libby collection will be uploaded and ready for browsing in the coming weeks, along with some smaller collections from other photographers. “Once it goes live, we’ll still be indexing,” Creighton says. “We’ll be adding other collections. Not huge collections, but they’re pretty cool photos.” n

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British government and the royal family can seem mysterious to Americans, but a Tony-nominated bit of drama starring the always excellent Helen Mirren might be a perfect vehicle to help us Yanks get a peek behind the curtain. The Audience is a dramatic interpretation of real-life meetings that Queen Elizabeth II has had weekly with all 12 prime ministers who have served during her time on the throne, including old bulldog Winston Churchill and modern, familiar faces like Tony Blair. The Friends of the Bing bring Mirren and her co-stars live to the theater’s ultra-high-definition screen for this special event. Bing Crosby Theater, $10/$5 for students, 2 pm (DAN NAILEN)

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If you’re looking for an excuse to dress up, then head to the American Laboratory Theater’s live, staged production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Just make you sure that when you dress up, you’re wearing stockings, a basque and high heels. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the cult classic musical, so join the following and take part in the interactive live stage production. The show may not suitable for all ages and audiences. (ER) Panida Theater, $14-$20, 8 pm (ERIN ROBINSON)

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Under the direction of Jorge Luis Uzcàtegui, the Spokane Symphony again brings a riveting and spooky soundtrack to a horror film — this time the 1922 black-and-white film Nosferatu. This silent film is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The German Expressionist horror flick came to be known as a masterpiece and is quite rare. Filmmakers never received the rights to the novel, so Stoker sued and most copies of the original film were destroyed. Last year, the Spokane Symphony got rave reviews for their live accompaniment to Psycho; there’s a good chance that this show will be equally unforgettable. (ER) Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $15-$30, 7:30 pm (ER)

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Cameras have been allowed inside the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel, giving audiences around the globe the opportunity to view timeless, world-famous art without the plane ticket. This 3-D film experience is made possible by the artistic collaboration of James Cameron and Tim Burton with the Vatican Museums director, Professor Antonio Paolucci, who leads viewers through the museums’ past, present and future. During the film, audiences can gaze upon paintings by da Vinci, sculptures from Fontana and the frescoes of the Last Judgment painted by Michelangelo. Experience a foundational part of Italy without leaving Spokane. (ER) Bing Crosby Theater, $10, 1 pm (ER) N OV. 2 9


Coming to the big screen at the Bing Crosby Theater is Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in the National Theatre Live’s production of Hamlet. The play, directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, will be broadcast live in cinemas throughout the U.S. As lead character Hamlet, Cumberbatch is faced with a difficult decision following the murder of his father, as he must both avenge his father and prepare his people for war. Take the whole family out for a night of world-class stage production in this rendition of the Shakespeare classic. Bing Crosby Theater, $10, 2 pm (MC)

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Pop country’s rising new artist Nicole Lewis (left) is coming home to Spokane. After gaining fame from winning Washington’s Gimme the MIKE! competition, Lewis’ popularity in the world of country is growing steadily. Lewis is set to perform alongside the oldest community-supported big band in the nation, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. The SJO and its swinging, upbeat sound, mixed with Lewis’ fresh new take on pop country, should have fans singing and dancing along. Bing Crosby Theater, $24-$26.50, 7:30 pm (KAILEE HAONG)

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Beethoven’s late string quartets (Nos. 12-16) were the final pieces written by the famously deaf composer. While they are now considered among his best musical works, audiences dismissed them at the time. The music is dark, depressive, dense and daring — a mental challenge for listeners from any century. Spokane’s own professional string quartet takes on the beastly and incredible String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, all six movements of it, for their season opener this month. Also at the concert, Cary Boyce, president and general manager of Spokane Public Radio, is playing Nightshade. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $12-$20, 3 pm (LJ)

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The pianist sits down at the bench. The 50-some pages of the piece are all there in memory. Soon the music pours out of his fingers and he’s lost for the next 16 minutes in one of the most iconic American compositions of all time: George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. This is exactly what will happen when German pianist Andreas Boyde joins the Spokane Symphony this October for its celebratory American Wonders concert. The score’s thunderous lines, sumptuous interludes and jazzy overtones keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. And yes, we’re talking about a classical piece of music. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $15-$54, Oct. 10, 8 pm; Oct. 11, 3 pm (LJ)


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Every year the Whitworth Jazz Program brings in big-name jazz artists to perform alongside the university’s ensemble in Spokane. This year is no exception. Twenty-time Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny joins the Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble at the Fox Theater, performing several of his most famous originals and jazz standards. Metheny is the only artist to win Grammy awards spanning 10 categories, ranging from Best New Age Album to Best Country Instrumental Performance. This fact speaks to his unparalleled versatility and ever-evolving experimentation within the genre of jazz. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $23/$18 for students, 8 pm (MW)

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LA BOHĂˆME FEAT. SPOKANE D E C . 1 2 SYMPHONY AND OPERA WASHINGTON IDAHO COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY: A FAMILY There’s a reason the plot of La Bohème may seem CHRISTMAS familiar to you — it’s the basis for the smash hit musical Rent, after all. But instead of battling AIDS in New York City, the characters in La Bohème take on tuberculosis in Bohemian Paris. This fall’s semistaged version of Giacomo Puccini’s famed dramatic opera (one of the most frequently performed worldwide) is a collaboration between the Spokane Symphony and Opera Coeur d’Alene and also includes the Spokane Symphony Chorale. This is a perfect introduction to the world of opera. Prepare to weep. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $15$54, Nov. 21, 8 pm; Nov. 22, 3 pm (LJ)

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9/17 Guffaw Yourself, Neato Burrito (weekly) 9/17 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s 9/18 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese 9/18 I Saw You, Blue Door Theatre 9/18 Nuthouse Improv Comedy, WSU Pullman 9/18 Brian Posehn, Knitting Factory 9/19 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 9/19 A Night of Improv Comedy, Old Orchard Theatre 9/19 This, That or the Other, Liberty Lake Theatre 9/20 Kids’ Improv Class, Spokane Children’s Theatre 9/20 Blanket Fort Comedy Tour, Jones Radiator 9/21 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)

9/18 Emerson-Garfield Craftwalk, Knox Presbyterian 9/18-19 PARK(ing) it on Sherman!, Coeur d’Alene 9/19 Northwest Bellydance: Arabesque, Bing Theater 9/19 Spokane Color Dash 5K, Sunset Park 9/19 Kidical Massive Spokane, Kendall Yards 9/21-23 Humanitas Festival, WSU Pullman 9/22-23 Idaho’s Heritage Conference, Moscow


9/17 Unity, Magic Lantern Theatre 9/18 The Hunting Ground, The Kenworthy 9/19 Making Change Film Forum, The Kenworthy 9/21 League of Women Voters Present: Iron Jawed Angels, The Kenworthy 9/23 Symphony of the Soil: An Environmental Warning, Gonzaga University


9/17 Cheap Trick, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center 9/17 Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Bing Crosby


9/17 Lost Lander, Windoe, The Bartlett 9/17 Madeon, Louis the Child, Fenattic, Knitting


9/17 Jackson Emmer, Checkerboard Bar 9/18 Left Coast Country, Silver Treason, The Big


9/18 Arc Iris, The Bartlett 9/18 Abney Park, Bing Crosby Theater 9/18-20 Harmonia Strings, WSU Pullman 9/19-20 Spokane Symphony Classics No. 1: Russian Adventures, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 9/19 Fiddle Contest, Coeur d’Alene Casino 9/19 PorchFest, West Central neighborhood,


9/19 Man Man, Shilpa Ray, The Bartlett 9/19 1 Tribe and friends, The Big Dipper

9/19 Blistered Earth, Soblivious, Pinnacle Northwest 9/20 Northwest Opera’s Hansel & Gretel, Bing


9/20 Carbon Leaf, Wyatt Wood, The Big Dipper 9/20 Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, The Dumps, Jan Francisco, Baby Bar 9/21 DakhaBrakha, WSU Compton Union Building 9/21 Hollywood Undead, Crown the Empire, I Prevail,

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9/22 Music from the Palouse, University of Idaho 9/22 One Night with Impanda, Bing Crosby Theater 9/23 Music From Around the World, Dahmen Barn 9/23 WSU Humanitas feat. Martin Sexton, Daggy Hall 9/23 George Winston, Kroc Center 9/23 Indigenous Voices, WSU CUB 9/23 Dave & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Chateau

Rive 9/23 Andy McKee, Bing Crosby Theater 9/23 Psychosomatic, Vultra, Pinnacle Northwest 9/23 Little Hurricane, The Bartlett


9/17-20 Rock of Ages, Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene 9/17 NT Live Presents: Of Mice and Men, Kenworthy 9/17-20 The Gorgon, The Forge Theater, U of Idaho 9/18-20 Catch Me if You Can, the Musical, Spokane

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9/18-20 Play On!, Ignite Community Theatre 9/22 Superman: Batman’s Greatest Mystery, WSU 9/23 RTOP After Dark: Venus in Fur, Regional Theatre

Northwest Bellydance performs at the Bing Sept. 19. 9/17-20 Saranac Art Projects, The MAC 9/17-23 2015 Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Museum

of Art/WSU

9/17-22 Doug Turman, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery 9/17-19 “Fresh” Arts Faculty Invitational + Hannah Koeske, Saranac Art Projects 9/17-23 Barb Campbell & Reid Ozaki: Smoke and Hand, Trackside Studio 9/19-20 Art On The Bluff, Hidden Acres Orchard 9/19 Outside of the Box, Manic Moon & More 9/21-23 Carolyn Stephens: Review of Work 19752015, Spokane Falls Community College 9/21-23 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery


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9/17 Skillshop: Poetry Dojo, Spark Center 9/17 Whitworth Constitution Day Lecture 9/17 Poet Luis Montano, Auntie’s Bookstore 9/18 Jennie E. Johnson, Auntie’s Bookstore 9/20 Judy Schachner, Kenworthy 9/20 Cowboy Poets, Empire Theatre 9/22 Pulitzer Prize Winner Diane McWhorter, The


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9/24 Sideways Cinema, Blue Door Theatre 9/24 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s (weekly) 9/25 After Dark, Blue Door Theatre 9/25 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese 9/25 I Saw You, Blue Door Theatre 9/25 Creed Bratton, The Bartlett 9/26 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 9/26 A Night of Improv Comedy, Old Orchard Theatre


9/24 Spokane Trivia Championship, Bing Theater 9/24 Kenworthy Annual Gala, The Kenworthy 9/24-26 Humanitas Festival, WSU Pullman 9/24 Idaho’s Heritage Conference, Moscow 9/24 Reviving Rural Downtowns Workshop, Ritzville

9/24-26 80th Annual Greek Dinner Festival, Holy

Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 9/25 Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist, INB Performing Arts Center 9/25 Spokane Arena 20th Anniversary Celebration 9/25 Brewftop Party with the Lands Council, Community Building 9/25 Queen - It’s a Kinda Magic, Bing Crosby Theater 9/25-26 Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market, Five Mile Grange 9/25-27 Oktoberfest at the River, Convention Center 9/25-27 Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival, Leavenworth 9/25-27 Southeast Spokane County Fair, Rockford 9/26-30 Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, Riverfront Park 9/27 Food Truck Blues & Brews Festival, Steam Plant 9/27 SPA Historic Home Tour, Spokane 9/27 Storied Sips: America’s First Culinary Art, the Mixed Drink, The MAC


9/24 The Woolen Men, Von the Baptist, Baby Bar 9/24 Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom, WSU


9/24 The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bartlett 9/25 Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble, WSU 9/25 Nixon Rodeo CD Release Party Weekend feat. the Backups, the Drone Epidemic, Big Dipper 9/25 The Arrival, C.Ray, Cordell Drake, DJ Beauflexx,

Menace Made Ent., Dirty Savage, Nobe, T.M.G., SoundCast, Phil-N-The Blank, Knitting Factory 9/26 Boat Race Weekend, The Viking Bar & Grill 9/26 The Holy Broke, And Yet, Wildcat Choir, Bob Crash, Valley Fair, Dewi Sant, The Bartlett 9/26 Nixon Rodeo CD Release Party Weekend feat. Moretta, Free the Jester, Big Dipper 9/26 Green Jelly, Dysfunktynal KAOS, Morbid, Inc, Armed and Dangerous, Pinnacle Northwest 9/26 Ziggy Marley, Beasley Coliseum 9/26 Indigenous, Coeur d’Alene Casino 9/26 Martin Sexton, Knitting Factory 9/26 The Pink Socks, Driven in Waves, Citback Davis, the Cammora, Jones Radiator 9/26 Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Bing Crosby Theater 9/26 Washington Idaho Symphony, WSU Pullman 9/27 Beth Hart, Bing Crosby Theater 9/27 Newsboys, INB Performing Arts Center 9/27 Mother Crone, Over Sea Under Stone, The Pin 9/27 Spokane String Quartet, The Fox Theater 9/29 Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Buffalo Jones, Big Dipper 9/29 Caskey, Illest Uminati, Family First NW, The Pin 9/30 Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla, Spokane Arena 9/30 The Beach Boys, The Fox


9/24-27 Rock of Ages, Modern Theater Coeur

Ziggy Marley heads to WSU’s Beasley Coliseum Sept. 26 as part of the third-annual Humanitas Fest.

d’Alene 9/24-27 Catch Me if You Can, the Musical, Spokane Civic Theatre 9/24-26 RTOP After Dark: Venus in Fur, Regional Theatre of the Palouse 9/24 Soldiers in Petticoats, Panida Theater

9/25-27 Play On!, Ignite Community Theatre 9/25-27 Other Desert Cities, Modern Theater


9/26 Superman: Batman’s Greatest Mystery, WSU


9/24-29 Spokane Arts All Media Juried Exhibition, Chase Gallery (ongoing) 9/24-26 2015 Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Museum

of Art/WSU

9/24-30 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery 9/24-27 Architects of Air: Pentalum, WSU 9/24 Doug Turman, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery 9/24-26 “Fresh” Arts Faculty Invitational + Hannah Koeske, Saranac Art Projects 9/25-26 Palouse Plein Air 2015, Prichard Art Gallery 9/25-26 Art in Bloom, Corbin Art Center 9/25 William Elston: My Old Haunts, Dodson’s


9/26 Spokane’s Historic Ghost Signs, The MAC 9/26-30 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 9/26 Art on the Avenue, East Sprague Art Gallery 9/29-30 Larry Ellingson: Force of Attraction, North

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9/29 Chris Dreyer, Auntie’s Bookstore 9/30 Spokane Watercolor Society, The MAC


9/25 Kris Dinnison, BookPeople of Moscow 9/25 Margot Kahn & Brooke Matson, Auntie’s 9/26 Portraits of Our Mentors, INK Artspace 9/26 100,000 Poets for Change, Evans Brothers


9/26 Children’s Author Esther Hildahl, Auntie’s 9/26 Candace Crosby, Auntie’s Bookstore 9/29 Endowed Readers Series feat. B.H. Fairchild,

Whitworth University

9/30 Kim Heacox, Auntie’s Bookstore




10/1-7 Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival,


10/1 Guffaw Yourself, Neato Burrito (weekly) 10/1 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s 10/1 John Mulaney, Martin Woldson Theater at The

Fox 10/1 Comedy Night with Todd Barry, The Bartlett 10/2 Improv Lab, Blue Door Theatre 10/2 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese 10/2 No Clue, Blue Door Theatre 10/3 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 10/3 School of Improvised Comedy, Blue Door Theatre 10/4 Comedy Night with Matt Braunger, The Bartlett 10/5 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly) 10/5 Improv Jam Sessions, Blue Door Theatre

Riverfront Park 10/2-3 Creepy Hallow, Northwest Renaissance Festival 10/2-3 Inland NW Craft Beer Festival, Avista Stadium 10/2-4 Jurassic Quest, Spokane Convention Center 10/2-4 Custers Fall Antique Show, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center 10/3-4 Spokane Renaissance Faire, Lazy K Ranch 10/3 A Teresian Festivity, Gonzaga University 10/6 Restoration Stories of the Campbell House, MAC 10/6 Eugene Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, INB Center

10/1 YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon feat. Cheryl Strayed, Spokane Convention Center

10/1-7 100 Stories; Spokane Watercolor Society

10/1 Trail Running Film Festival, Garland Theater 10/2-4 Manhattan Shorts, Panida Theater 10/2 Thunderstruck 14, Bing Crosby Theater



10/1-7 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 10/2-3 Katie Creyts & Jeff Huston, Saranac Art

Civic Theatre 10/1-4 Other Desert Cities, Modern Theater Spokane 10/2-4 Play On!, Ignite Community Theatre 10/2-4 A Medieval Murder Mystery at Kirtland Castle, Cutter Theatre 10/2-3 STAGE One, Wadleigh Theatre at Daggy Hall 10/2-3 Murder for Dummies, Circle Moon Theater 10/2-4 StageWest CT: Anne of Green Gables, Emmanuel Lutheran Church 10/2-3 The Elevator, Liberty Lake Community Theatre 10/2 Sacagawea, North Idaho College 10/2-4 Moscow Community Theatre: Steel Magnolias, The Kenworthy 10/3-4 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bing Crosby Theater 10/3 MET Live in HD: Il Trovatore, The Kenworthy

10/2 J First Friday, Spokane 10/2-3 Archie Bray Resident Show, Kolva-Sullivan


10/1 Death Cab for Cutie, INB Performing Arts Center 10/1 Miller Creek, Tone Collaborative, Big Dipper 10/1 Mikal Shapiro & Chad Brothers, Checkerboard 10/1 Overkill, Symphony X, Knitting Factory 10/2 A Little Night Music, Riverside Place 10/2 Brad Richter and Viktor Uzur, The JACC



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10/1-7 Ron Seiler, Moscow Food Co-op 10/1-7 Spokane Throw, River Park Square 10/1-2 Mel McCuddin, Art Spirit Gallery 10/1-7 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum of


10/1-7 The Devil is in the Details, Bryan Oliver Gallery 10/1-7 Carolyn Stephens: Review of Work 1975-2015, Spokane Falls Community College. 10/1-7 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery. 10/1-7 Larry Ellingson: Force of Attraction, North

Idaho College

10/1 RISE Spokane, Spokane Convention Center. 10/1 Archie Bray Resident Artists Workshop/Demo,

Gonzaga University

10/1-4 Rock of Ages, Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene 10/1-4 Catch Me if You Can, the Musical, Spokane

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Arena 10/2 Tuba Eclectica, Washington State University 10/2-3 Celtic Kirtan Weekend, St. David’s Episcopa 10/3 Community Music Day, Holy Names Music Center 10/3 KPBX Kids’ Concert: Tedesca, River Park Square 10/3 Dionvox, Jones Radiator 10/3-3 The Portland Cello Project, The Bartlett 10/3 Purity Ring, Hana, Knitting Factory 10/3 Chelsea Grin, the Plot in You, Pinnacle Northwest 10/3 Spokane Symphony SuperPops No. 1, The Fox 10/4 Tyrone Wells, Joe Brooks, Chateau Rive 10/4 Big Gigantic, the Floozies, Knitting Factory 10/5 Four Skin, Pinnacle Northwest 10/7 ZZ Ward, Marc Scibilia, Knitting Factory



10/2 MarchFourth Marching Band, Panida Theater 10/2 Neil Young + the Promise of the Real, Spokane

Projects Gallery

10/2-7 MAC Art Auction Preview, The MAC 10/2 Terrain 8, Washington Cracker Co. Building


10/1 Gonzaga Visiting Writers Series: Kimberly Meyer 10/2 3 Minute Mic, Auntie’s Bookstore 10/3 Poetry for Non-Poets, Spark Center 10/4 Gonzaga Presidential Speaker Series: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, McCarthey Athletic Center 10/5 Cartooning the Evergreen State, EWU 10/6 Terry Tempest Williams & Brooke Williams, WSU 10/7 Archaeology of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley, The MAC

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10/8 Kathy Griffin, Northern Quest Casino 10/8 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s (weekly) 10/9 No Clue, Blue Door Theatre 10/10 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 10/12 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)

10/9-10 Creepy Hallow, NW Renaissance Festival 10/10-11 Mt. Spokane Craft Fair, Mt. Spokane HS 10/13-14 The Price is Right Live!, Northern Quest


10/8 SPR Goes to the Movies: Alien, Bing Theater 10/9-10 Roar, Panida Theater 10/10 Wisdom Earned: A Mountain Climber’s Perspective, INB Performing Arts Center 10/11 The Drop Box, Panida Theater 10/14 Chinese Movie Night: So Young, The Kenworthy


10/8 Blues Traveler, Matt Jaffe and the Distractions,


10/9 Beyond Pink, Spokane Convention Center. 10/9 CdA Summer Theatre Fundraiser, CdA Inn 10/10 Junk2Funk, Coeur d’Alene Eagles 10/11 Storied Sips: America’s First Culinary Art, the Mixed Drink, The MAC 10/8-14 Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival,

Riverfront Park

10/8-11 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus,

Spokane Arena

10/9-10 Leavenworth Oktoberfest 10/9-10 SWINGtoberfest, Moran Prairie Grange

Knitting Factory

10/8 Star Anna, Mishka Shubaly, Jones Radiator 10/8 Dale Watson & the Lone Stars, Chateau Rive 10/8 Bartfest Pre-party feat. Vacationer, Great Good Fine OK, Bartlett 10/9 Humours, Jones Radiator 10/9-10 Coeur d’Alene + Whitworth Symphonies: Realm of Stars, Kroc Center 10/9-10 Bartfest feat. Angel Olsen, Horse Feathers,

Vacationer, Deep Sea Diver, Marshall McLean Band, Silver Torches and more, The Bartlett

10/10 Somo, Kirko Bangz, Knitting Factory 10/10-11 Spokane Symphony Classics No. 2: American Wonders, Martin Woldson Theater

at The Fox 10/11 Gonzaga Jazz Combos, Gonzaga University 10/11 Norma Jean, ‘68, Sleepwave, Pinnacle Northwest 10/12 David Cook, Bing Crosby Theater 10/12 Carnifex, Within the Ruins, Black Tongue, The Pin 10/12 Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra with Elmira Darvarova, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 10/13-14 Spokane Symphony Chamber Soiree: Autumn, Davenport Hotel


10/8-10 Rock of Ages, Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene 10/8-11 Catch Me if You Can, the Musical, Spokane

Civic Theatre

10/8-11 Other Desert Cities, Modern Theater Spokane 10/8-10 The Elevator, Liberty Lake Community


10/9-10 STAGE One, Wadleigh Theatre at Daggy Hall 10/9-10 Murder for Dummies, Circle Moon Theater 10/9-11 StageWest CT: Anne of Green Gables,

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

10/9-10 A Medieval Murder Mystery at Kirtland Castle, Cutter Theatre 10/9-11 Sylvia, Pullman Civic Theatre 10/9-11 Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Spokane Children’s Theatre 10/9-10 Moscow Community Theatre: Steel Magnolias, The Kenworthy 10/9-11 Weaving Our Sisters’ Voices, Gonzaga

University Magnuson Theatre

10/11 Stage to Screen: The Audience, Bing Theater 10/14 Living Voices: La Causa, WSU Daggy Hall


10/8-10 Katie Creyts & Jeff Huston, Saranac Art


10/8-14 100 Stories & Spokane Watercolor Society,

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

10/8-14 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum of


10/8-14 The Devil is in the Details, Bryan Oliver


10/8-14 MAC Art Auction Preview, The MAC 10/8-14 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery 10/8-14 Larry Ellingson: Force of Attraction, North

Idaho College

10/8-14 Spokane Throw, River Park Square 10/8-14 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 10/9 Second Friday Artwalk, Downtown Coeur d’Alene. 10/9-10 Archie Bray Resident Show, Kolva-Sullivan 10/9-11 Spokane Watercolor Society Artists’ Workshop, Spokane Art Supply 10/9-14 Spokane Throw, Garland District 10/9-14 Morse Clary & Mary Farrell, Art Spirit Gallery 10/9-14 Free For All, Spokane Art School 10/9 Welcome Emerge feat. Zona Junker, Emerge 10/10 Verbatim, Marmot Art Space


10/8 An Evening with Jack Nisbet, Lincoln Center 10/9 Seth Kantner, BookPeople of Moscow 10/10 Saturday Morning Cartoons, INK Artspace 10/10 Poetry with Keith Moul, South Hill Library 10/10 SpoYo Spokane Youth Book Festival, Bing

Crosby Theater

10/11 Palouse Country Cowboy Poets, Dahmen Barn. 10/13 Whitworth President’s Leadership Forum ft. NYT columnist David Brooks, Convention Center 10/13 William Paul Young, Bing Crosby Theater

Spokane Public Radio “Goes to the Movies” with Ridley Scott’s Alien on Oct. 8, at the Bing.



FUN is in the FIND!

Everything from RARE TO RETRO

October 2-3-4, 2015




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10/15 Guffaw Yourself, Neato Burrito 10/15 Laugh for the Cure, Lincoln Center 10/15 SPR Presents: Paula Poundstone, Bing Theater 10/15 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s (weekly) 10/16 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon (weekly) 10/16 No Clue, Blue Door Theatre 10/16 Nuthouse Improv Comedy, WSU 10/17 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 10/17 Comedian Mike Williams, Convention Center 10/17 An Evening with Bill Maher, The Fox 10/19 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly) 10/19 Improv Jam Sessions, Blue Door Theatre


10/15-21 Earth From Space, Spokane Valley Heritage


10/15-21 Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival,

Riverfront Park 10/16-17 Leavenworth Oktoberfest 10/16-17 Creepy Hallow, NW Renaissance Festival 10/17-18 Russian Grand Ballet: Swan Lake, Bing Crosby Theater


10/19-20 Faith, Fiction & Film: A Conversation & Reading with Ron Hansen, Whitworth University. 10/19 Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,

Garland Theater 10/20 International Film Series: Timbuktu, Kenworthy 10/21 Suds & Cinema: Back to the Future II, Bing Crosby Theater


10/15 Hemlock, Dysfunktynal Kaos, The Pin 10/15 Civil Twilight, The Bartlett 10/15 Lil Boosie, Bonaphied, Kae One, Certified Outfit, Knitting Factory 10/15 Classical Guitar Concert, Gonzaga University 10/16 The Knowle Roars, Jones Radiator

10/16 Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Skinny Lister, Beans On Toast, Knitting Factory 10/17-18 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale, CdA First

10/16-18 Weaving Our Sisters’ Voices, Gonzaga

10/17 Inland NW Bluegrass Music Association Showcase, Trent Elementary School 10/17 Gwar, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Knitting


Presbyterian Church

Factory 10/17 Noah Guthrie, The Big Dipper 10/17 Third Day with Brandon Heath, Warren Barfield, INB Performing Arts Center 10/17 William Fitzsimmons, The Bartlett 10/18 HIBRIA, Pinnacle Northwest 10/18 Tremonti and Trivium, Wilson, Knitting Factory 10/18 Wild Belle, The Bartlett 10/19 Escape the Fate, A Skylit Drive, Knitting Factory 10/19 EWU Vocal Jazz Solo Night, Lindaman’s 10/20 Howard Crosby’s Tribute to Bing, Bing Theater 10/20 Slipknot, Suicidal Tendencies, Spokane Arena 1020 Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Knitting Factory 10/21 Viet Cong, The Bartlett 10/21 Buckcherry, Sons of Texas, Knitting Factory


10/15-18 Catch Me if You Can, the Musical, Spokane

Civic Theatre

10/15-18 Sylvia, Pullman Civic Theatre 10/16-17 Murder for Dummies, Circle Moon Theater 10/16-17 StageWest CT: Anne of Green Gables,

Wacky metal/performance group Gwar returns to Spokane this fall, playing the Knitting Factory Oct. 17.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church 10/16-18 Choices, Pend Oreille Playhouse 10/16-18 Whitworth Theatre: Richard III, Whitworth Cowles Auditorium 10/16-18 Haymarket Eight, Stage Left Theater 10/16-18 Evil Dead: The Musical, Spokane Civic Theatre 10/16-18 Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Spokane Children’s Theatre

University Magnuson Theatre

10/17 MET Live in HD: Otello, The Kenworthy

10/15-17 Katie Creyts & Jeff Huston, Saranac Art


10/15-21 100 Stories; Spokane Watercolor Society; MAC Art Auction Preview, The MAC 10/15-21 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum of


10/15-21 The Devil is in the Details, Whitworth 10/15-21 Spokane Throw, Garland District 10/15-21 Morse Clary & Mary Farrell, Art Spirit Gallery 10/15-21 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery 10/15-21 Free For All, Spokane Art School 10/15-21 Larry Ellingson, North Idaho College 10/15-21 Spokane Throw, River Park Square 10/15-21 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 10/16-17 Archie Bray Resident Show, Kolva-Sullivan 10/16-18 Washington State Quilters Show, Spokane

County Fair & Expo Center

10/17 Open Studio: Karen Mobley, Tom Quinn, Bernadette Vielbig, Laurie Jackson, Spokane 10/19-21 PRINTS: Robin Dare & Robert Royhl, SFCC 10/20 Be Your Own Superhero, INK Artspace


10/16 Thom Caraway: Out Like a Lamb, Salem

Lutheran Church

10/17 Tips and Tools for Preserving Your Family’s History, The MAC 10/17 Emily Van Klay and Jonathan Johnson, Auntie’s 10/19 Spokane Poetry Slam, The Bartlett 10/20 Reading/Signing feat Jim and Jim, Auntie’s




10/22-25 Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour,



10/22 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s (weekly) 10/23 No Clue, Blue Door Theatre 10/23 Nuthouse Improv Comedy, Daggy Hall WSU 10/23 Adam Ray, Bing Crosby Theater 10/24 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 10/25 Blue Door Open Auditions, Blue Door Theatre 10/26 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)


10/22-28 Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival,

Riverfront Park 10/22-28 Earth From Space, Spokane Valley Heritage Museum 10/22 The Raising of America: Viewing & Discussion No. 2, Spark Center

Southside Senior & Community Center

INB Performing Arts Center 10/23-24 Creepy Hallow, Northwest Renaissance Festival 10/23-28 St. John’s Cathedral Tours (weekly) 10/24 Origami & Kirigami: The Asian Arts of Paper Cutting and Folding, The MAC 10/24 Sharing Our World, Community Building 10/24 Pumpkin Ball, Spokane Convention Center 10/26 Beginning Vintage Swing, Satori (weekly) 10/27 Inland Empire Philatelic Society, Riverview Terrace 10/28 Tribal Belly Dance Classes, Malidoma (weekly)

10/24 Choral Festival, Washington State University 10/24-25 Spokane Symphony Classics No. 3: Scottish Fantasies, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 10/24 Hog Heaven Big Band, Dahmen Barn 10/25 Joan Armatrading, Bing Crosby Theater 10/25 Queensrÿche, Northern Quest Casino 10/26 Delta Rae, The Bartlett 10/26 Vital Remains, Necronomicon, The Pin 10/27 Percussion Ensemble, Washington State


10/22-25 Evil Dead: The Musical, Spokane Civic

10/22 Gregory Alan Isakov, Laurie Shook, The Bartlett 10/22 Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, Knitting


10/23 Andy Rumsey CD release, B Radicals, Flannel Math Animal, the 3H Band, Big Dipper 10/23 Peter Rivera, Chateau Rive 10/23 Friday Night Dances feat. Variety Pak,


10/28 Beats Antique, Moon Hooch, Knitting Factory


10/22-25 Godspell, North Idaho College 10/22 NT Live Presents: Hamlet, The Kenworthy 10/23-25 Haymarket Eight, Stage Left Theater 10/23-24 Whitworth Theatre: Richard III, Whitworth

Cowles Auditorium 10/23-25 Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Spokane Children’s Theatre


10/22-24 Katie Creyts & Jeff Huston, Saranac Art


10/22-28 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition;

Riverdance has been wowing audiences for two decades now, and heads to the INB Oct. 22-25.

Spokane String Quartet


MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX performing Cary Boyce’s “Nightshade”

NOV. 15, 2015

MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX with Alaina Bercilla, flute

JAN. 31, 2016


MARCH 13, 2016

BING CROSBY THEATER Beethoven and Bartok

MAY 15, 2016

BING CROSBY THEATER with Tim Betts, viola

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Spokane Watercolor Society Juried Show; MAC Art Auction Preview, The MAC 10/22-28 Spokane Throw, Garland Districct 10/22-28 The Devil is in the Details, Bryan Oliver Gallery, Whitworth 10/22-28 Morse Clary & Mary Farrell, Art Spirit Gallery 10/22-28 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery 10/22-28 Free For All, Spokane Art School

10/22-28 Larry Ellingson: Force of Attraction, North

Idaho College

10/22-28 PRINTS: Robin Dare & Robert Royhl,

Spokane Falls Community College

10/22-28 Spokane Throw, River Park Square 10/22-28 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum

of Art/WSU

10/22-28 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art


10/22 Ken Spiering: Dance of the Redband Dedication, Downtown Spokane 10/23-24 Archie Bray Resident Show, Kolva-Sullivan


10/23-24 Art on the Prairie, Moran Prairie Grange 10/25 The Art of the Renassaince, Northwest

Museum of Arts & Culture

10/27 Be Your Own Superhero, INK Artspace


10/22 Idaho 125: Wilderness to Statehood, Coeur

d’Alene Public Library

10/22 Poetry Open Mic, Monarch Mountain Coffee 10/22 Rinker Buck: The Oregon Trail, BookPeople of


10/23 Bedtime Stories Spokane, Spokane Club 10/24 Dan Gemeinhart, BookPeople of Moscow 10/24 D.J. Jans, Auntie’s Bookstore 10/24 A Night of Edgar Allen Poe, Bing Crosby


10/27 Honors Distinguished Faculty Series: Matt Sutton, Washington State University 10/27 Jewish Cultural Series for Adults - Literature,

South Hill Library

10/27 Jena Lee Nardella: One Thousand Wells,

Whitworth University

10/28 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito (weekly) 10/28 Eco-Poetry Panel and Reading, Gonzaga



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10/29 Guffaw Yourself, Neato Burrito (weekly) 10/29 Sideways Cinema, Blue Door Theatre 10/30 After Dark, Blue Door Theatre (ongoing) 10/30 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly) 10/30 No Clue, Blue Door Theatre 10/30 Nuthouse Improv Comedy, Wadleigh Theatre

at Daggy Hall, WSU 10/31 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 11/2 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly) 11/2 Improv Jam Sessions, Blue Door Theatre


10/29-11/1 Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, Riverfront Park 10/29-30 Earth From Space, Spokane Valley

10/30 Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows, Bing Crosby

MAC Art Auction Preview, The MAC 10/29-11/4 Morse Clary & Mary Farrell, Art Spirit

10/31 Beetlejuice, Downtown Spokane Library

10/29-30 The Devil is in the Details, Bryan Oliver

10/30-31 Creepy Hallow, NW Renaissance Festival 10/30 Spokane Arts Awards 2015, SIERR Building at


10/29-30 Free For All, Spokane Art School 10/29-11/4 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery 10/29-11/4 PRINTS: Robin Dare & Robert Royhl,

Heritage Museum

McKinstry Station 10/30 Celestial Spooks, Washington State University 10/30 Belly Dancing, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly) 10/30 Shaping Sound, INB Performing Arts Center 10/30-11/4 St. John’s Cathedral Tours, St. John’s Cathedral (weekly) 10/31 Kroc Fall Fun Run & Open House, Kroc Center. 10/31 Mobius Broomstick Bash Halloween Party, River Park Square 10/31 Halloween Party @ The Ranch, Villa D’Amoore Ranch, CdA 11/4 Disney on Ice: Frozen, Spokane Arena


10/30-31 Rocky Horror Picture Show, Garland


10/29 Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement,

Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall

10/29 Faculty Artist Series: Works for Piano Duo,

Washington State University 10/29 Mini Kiss, Coeur d’Alene Casino 10/29 Madchild of Swollen Members, Pinnacle Northwest 10/29 Seether, Saint Asonia, Knitting Factory 10/30 Halloween Cover Show, Pinnacle Northwest 10/30 The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs, You Blew It!, Knitting Factory 10/30 Marshall McLean, Wartime Blues, Big Dipper 10/31 GA’s Too Broke to Trick or Treat feat. Trapt, September Mourning, Knitting Factory 10/31 Spokane Symphony Films at the Fox: Nosferatu, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 11/2 Angel Vivaldi, the Algorithm, Save Us From The Archon, Pinnacle Northwest 11/4 Jazz Festival, Washington State University



Gallery, Whitworth

Spokane Falls Community College

10/29-11/4 Larry Ellingson: Force of Attraction,

North Idaho College

10/29 Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel, The MAC 10/29-31 Spokane Throw, River Park Square 10/29 Day of the Dead Fest, The Cellar 10/29-11/4 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum

of Art/WSU

10/29-31 Spokane Throw, Garland District 10/29-11/4 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art


10/30-31 Archie Bray Resident Show, Kolva-Sullivan


11/3 Coloring for Adults, South Hill Library 11/3 Be Your Own Superhero, INK Artspace


10/29 Spokane is Reading feat. Emily St. John Mandel, CenterPlace Regional Event Center and

Bing Crosby Theater

10/29-31 The Rocky Horror Show, Panida Theater 10/29-11/1 Evil Dead: The Musical, Spokane Civic

10/31 Ghosts of Spokane with Chet Caskey, Auntie’s

10/30-11/1 Haymarket Eight, Stage Left Theater 10/30 Talking With..., Spokane Civic Theatre 10/31 MET Live in HD: Tannhäuser, The Kenworthy

11/3 National Geographic Live!: The Search for Life Beyond Earth, INB Performing Arts Center 11/4 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito (weekly) 11/4 New Excavations at Ancient Sinope, Northwest



10/29-31 Katie Creyts & Jeff Huston, Saranac Art


Museum of Arts & Culture

11/4 Asa Maria Bradley Book Launch, Auntie’s


Mini Kiss is a KISS cover band whose members all have dwarfism. They play the Coeur d’Alene Casino Oct. 29.

10/29-11/4 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition;

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11/6-7 St. John’s Cathedral Tours (weekly) 11/7 Northwest Highland Dancers, Shadle Library 11/7 Making Art Count: 2015 MAC Art Auction,

Davenport Hotel

11/7 Winter Market, 1912 Center, Moscow 11/8 Storied Sips: America’s First Culinary Art, the Mixed Drink, Northwest Museum of Arts &



11/5 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s Comedy Underground (weekly) 11/6 Improv Lab, Blue Door Theatre 11/6 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly) 11/6 Nuthouse Improv Comedy, Wadleigh Theatre at

Daggy Hall, WSU

11/6 Home for the Holidays, Blue Door Theatre 11/7 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 11/7 School of Improvised Comedy, Blue Door Theatre 11/9 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)


11/5-8 Disney on Ice: Frozen, Spokane Arena


11/6 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Sandpoint Events


11/11 Chinese Movie Night: The Grandmaster, The



11/5 Pert Near Sandstone, Dead Winter Carpenters,

The Bartlett

11/6 This Wild LIfe, David Simmons, Kyle Siegel,

Pinnacle Northwest

11/6 Telekinesis, Say Hi, The Bartlett 11/6 Spokane Symphony With a Splash: Autumn,

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

11/5-6 Larry Ellingson: Force of Attraction, North

11/6 Vocal Extravaganza, Washington State

University 11/7 Gonzaga Jazz Combos, Gonzaga University 11/7 Mac Miller, Goldlink, Domo Genesis, Alexander Spit, Knitting Factory 11/7 Whitworth Jazz Ensemble with Pat Methany, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 11/8 Washington Idaho Symphony, Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall 11/8 Spokane Youth Symphony: Treasures, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 11/10 Heinavanker, University of Idaho Administration Building 11/10 Spirit Caravan, Elder, Tsuga, Pinnacle Northwest 11/10 Sturgill Simpson, Billy Wayne Davis, Knitting Factory 11/11 Danielle Nicole (of Trampled Underfoot), Big Dipper 11/11 Gonzaga University Wind Symphony, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox


11/5-8 Evil Dead: The Musical, Spokane Civic Theatre 11/5-11 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Regional Theatre of the Palouse 11/6-8 A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Kroc Center 11/6-8 The Wizard of Oz, Bing Crosby Theater 11/6-8 The Wild Party, The Modern Theater Spokane 11/6-8 Hit and Run IX, Stage Left Theater 11/6-8 Curtain Call: A Vaudeville Review, Sixth Street


11/5-7 MAC Art Auction Preview, Northwest Museum

of Arts & Culture

11/5-7 Morse Clary & Mary Farrell, Art Spirit Gallery 11/5-11 PRINTS: Robin Dare & Robert Royhl, Spokane

Falls Community College

11/5 Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel, The MAC 11/5-11 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 11/5 First Thursday, Downtown Moscow 11/6 First Friday, Spokane 11/6 Arts Buzz, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce 11/6-7 Jubilee International Marketplace, First

Presbyterian Church

11/6-7 Lisa Soranaka, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery 11/6-7 Carrie Scozzaro & Dan McCann, Saranac Art


11/6 Mixology With a Twist Art Exhibit & Book Release Party, Mizuna 11/8 The Art of the Renassaince, The MAC 11/10 Be Your Own Superhero, INK Artspace 11/10-11 John Holmgren, Bryan Oliver Gallery 11/10 Creating Freestyle Art with Mixed Media, The


11/10 Second Tuesday Art Show, Crave 11/11 Painting Class with Terry Lee, Jacklin Arts &

Cultural Center



11/5 Floating Bridge Press Poets Reading, Auntie’s 11/6 3 Minute Mic, Auntie’s Bookstore 11/6 Environmental Solitude: Wes Wehr and the Art of Connection, Northwest Museum of Arts &

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 11/5-6 Here We Have Idaho, Third Street Gallery

11/10 Shann Ray Book Launch, Bing Crosby Theater 11/11 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito (weekly)


11/5-11 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition,

Stage Left Theater hosts the ninth annual Hit & Run short play festival the weekend of Nov. 6-8.

Idaho College

11/5-11 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum of


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11/12 Guffaw Yourself, Neato Burrito (weekly) 11/12 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s Comedy Underground (weekly) 11/13 Home for the Holidays, Blue Door Theatre 11/14 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 11/14 Nuthouse Improv Comedy, Wadleigh Theatre at

Daggy Hall, WSU

11/14 Winter Market, 1912 Center 11/17 International Film Series: Leviathan, Kenworthy 11/17 Jewish Cultural Series for Adults - Food, South

Hill Library 11/17 Nostalgia & Social Change: Food in Contemporary America, Hayden Library


11/12 Mars and the Massacre, Von the Baptist, Loomer, Baby Bar 11/12 A USO Salute, North Idaho College 11/13 The Polyphonic Spree 15th Anniversary, The


11/13 New West Guitar Group, Chateau Rive 11/13 Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band, Knitting


11/16 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly) 11/16 Improv Jam Sessions, Blue Door Theatre

11/14 Arthur James, Emily Donohue, Jones Radiator 11/13 Friday Night Dances feat. Variety Pak, Southside


11/13-14 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale, Trinity

Hall, WSU 11/14-15 Spokane Fall Folk Festival, Spokane Community College

11/13 Orchestra Festival, Washington State University 11/14 Spokane Symphony SuperPops 2: Tribute to the Boston Pops, Martin Woldson Theater at

Senior & Community Center

11/13 Poema de Andalucía, Jones Theatre at Daggy

Lutheran Church

The Fox

11/15 Winter Jam 2015 Tour feat. Skillet, For King

& Country, Jamie Grace, Lincoln Brewster, Family Force 5, NewSong, Love & the Outcome, Spokane Arena 11/15 Paul Rodgers, Northern Quest Casino 11/15 Paper Falcon, The Bartlett 11/15 Spokane String Quartet: Mozart & Krause, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 11/15 Whitworth Wind Symphony, Whitworth Cowles Auditorium 11/16 EWU Vocal Jazz Solo Night, Lindaman’s 11/17 Faculty Artist Series: The Music of CTI, WSU 11/18 Five Minutes of Fame, Cafe Bodega 11/18 The Gathering of Bands: Kick-Starts the Holidays, North Idaho College 11/18 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale, St. John’s Cathedral 11/18 Mother Falcon and Ben Sollee, The Bartlett 11/18 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Bing Crosby Theater


11/12-15 Evil Dead: The Musical, Spokane Civic


11/12-15 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Regional Theatre of the Palouse 11/12-15 The Wild Party, The Modern Theater


11/13-15 A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Kroc Center 11/13-15 The Wizard of Oz, Bing Crosby Theater 11/13-15 Curtain Call: A Vaudeville Review, Sixth

Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band play the Knitting Factory on Nov. 13.

Street Theater 11/13-15 To Kill a Mockingbird, Ignite Community Theatre 11/13-15 Aladdin, Jr., Pend Oreille Playhouse 11/14 Hal Holbrook Mark Twain Tonight, INB Performing Arts Center 11/17 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, INB Performing Arts Center


11/12-18 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition;

Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculptures, The MAC 11/12-18 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum of Art/WSU 11/12-18 PRINTS: Robin Dare & Robert Royhl, SFCC 11/12-14 Carrie Scozzaro & Dan McCann, Saranac Art Projects 11/12-18 John Holmgren, Bryan Oliver Gallery 11/12-14 Yuletide, Downtown Spokane Library 11/12 Creating Freestyle Art with Mixed Media, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 11/12-18 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 11/13 Second Friday Artwalk, Downtown Coeur d’Alene 11/13-14 Lisa Soranaka, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery 11/13-18 Kay O’Rourke, Art Spirit Gallery 11/15 Advanced Techniques for Drawing in Charcoal, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 11/17-18 Rani Robison, North Idaho College 11/18 Painting Classs with Chelsea Cordova, The JACC


11/12 Idaho 125: Wilderness to Statehood, CdA Library 11/12 Editing and Publishing Panel, WSU 11/12 Stephanie Lenox & Heather K. Hummel,

Museum of Art/WSU

11/12 David Sedaris, Bing Crosby Theater 11/13 Everybody Reads: Anthony Doerr, Colfax

Library, Neill Public Library, Moscow High School 11/14 Poetry for Non-Poets, Spark Center 11/16 Spokane Poetry Slam, The Bartlett 11/16 Niki Breeser Tschirgi: Growing up Alaska, South Hill Library 11/18 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito (weekly)

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11/19 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s Comedy Underground (weekly) 11/20 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly) 11/20 Home for the Holidays, Blue Door Theatre.

11/21 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 11/23 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)


11/19 Tango Night, German American Hall (weekly) 11/19 Belly Dance Classes, The Warehouse (weekly) 11/20-25 St. John’s Cathedral Tours (weekly) 11/20-22 Custer Christmas Arts & Crafts Show,

Spokane County Fair & Expo Center 11/20-22 Banff Mountain Film Festival, Bing Crosby Theater 11/21 15th Annual Spokane Humane Society FurrBall, Grand Hotel Spokane

11/22 The Vatican Museums, Bing Crosby Theater 11/22 The History of Yum: Chocolate, Coffee & Gingerbread, Northwest Museum of Arts &

11/19 NT Live Presents: The Audience, The Kenworthy 11/19-21 The Big Meal, Gonzaga University Magnuson


Culture 11/23 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, INB Performing Arts Center 11/23 Beginning Vintage Swing, Satori (weekly) 11/24 Inland Empire Philatelic Society, Riverview Terrace (weekly) 11/25 Tribal Belly Dance Classes, Malidoma Drum and Dance Studio (weekly)

11/20-22 Curtain Call: A Vaudeville Review, Sixth

Street Theater, Wallace, Idaho

11/20-22 Aladdin, Jr., Pend Oreille Playhouse 11/20-21 Rumplestiltskin, Liberty Lake Community


11/20-22 White Christmas, Spokane Civic Theatre 11/20-21 CdA Summer Theatre: First Date, Coeur

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11/21-22 RTOP Family Weekend Series, Regional

Theatre of the Palouse


11/21 MET Live in HD: Lulu, The Kenworthy

11/19 The Gathering of Bands: Kick-Starts the Holidays, North Idaho College 11/19 Jon Mendle, Bing Crosby Theater 11/19 Open Mic hosted by Scott Reid, Monarch


11/19-25 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition,

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Mountain Coffee 11/19 Robert Delong, Coleman Hell, The Bartlett 11/20 Snarky Puppy, INB Performing Arts Center 11/21-22 Spokane Symphony Classics No. 4: La Boheme, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 11/21 KPBX Kids’ Concert: Sourdough Songs, Bing Crosby Theater 11/21 Little Big Town, INB Performing Arts Center 11/21 Gonzaga Jazz Combos, Gonzaga University 11/21 Whitworth Symphony Orchestra, Whitworth Cowles Auditorium 11/21 Inland NW Bluegrass Music Association Showcase, Trent Elementary School 11/22 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, INB Performing Arts Center 11/24 Keep Shelly in Athens, The Bartlett

11/19-21 Megan Cherry’s MFA Show, Emerge 11/19-25 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum of


11/19-20 PRINTS: Robin Dare & Robert Royhl,

Spokane Falls Community College

11/19-21 Carrie Scozzaro & Dan McCann, Saranac Art


11/19-25 John Holmgren, Bryan Oliver Gallery 11/19-25 Kay O’Rourke, Art Spirit Gallery 11/19-25 Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculptures,

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

11/19-25 Rani Robison, North Idaho College 11/19-25 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 11/20-21 Lisa Soranaka, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery


11/19 The Arts in the Local Church, Whitworth



11/19-22 The Wild Party, The Modern Theater

Country act Little Big Town plays the INB Performing Arts Center on Nov. 21.

11/21 The Inklings, INK Artspace 11/25 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito (weekly)


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11/27 Belly Dancing, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly) 11/27-12/2 St. John’s Cathedral Tours (weekly) 11/30 Beginning Vintage Swing, Satori (weekly) 11/30 Argentine Tango Lessons, Spokane Tango (weekly) 12/1 Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution,


12/2 Tribal Belly Dance Classes, Malidoma Drum and Dance Studio (weekly)

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Liberty Park Methodist Church

11/26 Guffaw Yourself, Neato Burrito (weekly) 11/26 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s Comedy Underground (weekly) 11/27 After Dark, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 11/27 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly) 11/27 Home for the Holidays, Blue Door Theatre 11/28 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 11/30 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)



11/28 The Terminator: Comedy Edition, Bing Crosby


11/29 Stage to Screen: Hamlet, Bing Crosby Theater


11/26 Tango Night, German American Hall (weekly) 11/26 Belly Dance Classes, The Warehouse (weekly)

11/27 Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Spokane Arena 12/2 EWU Orchestra, Eastern Washington University 11/28 The Commodores, Northern Quest Casino 11/29 Puscifer, Luchafer, INB Performing Arts Center 11/29 Sirens, The Fine Constant, Odyssey, Pinnacle


Sallie Ford and Tacocat take the stage of the Bartlett for a show on Nov. 30. 11/29 Puscifer, INB Performing Arts Center 11/30 Open Mic, Calypsos Coffee & Creamery 11/30 Tacocat, Sallie Ford, The Bartlett 12/1 Kamelot and Dragonforce, Knitting Factory. 12/2 Allen Stone, Bernhoft, My Brothers and I,


11/26-12/2 John Holmgren, Bryan Oliver Gallery,


Knitting Factory 12/2 Joe Nichols, Northern Quest Casino

11/26-28 Kay O’Rourke, Art Spirit Gallery 11/26-12/2 Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculptures,


11/26-12/2 Rani Robison, North Idaho College 11/26-28 Megan Cherry’s MFA Show, Emerge 11/26-12/2 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art

11/26-29 The Wild Party, Modern Theater Spokane 11/26-29 White Christmas, Spokane Civic Theatre 11/27-29 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene 11/27-29 The Wizard of Oz, Spokane Children’s



11/26-12/2 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition,

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Spokane on Nov. 27 to kick off the holiday season.

of Art/WSU

11/26-28 Carrie Scozzaro & Dan McCann, Saranac Art

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

11/26-12/2 Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking, Museum

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture


11/27-28 Lisa Soranaka, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery


11/26 Poetry Open Mic, Monarch Mountain Coffee 12/2 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito (ongoing) 12/2 Carla Peperzak: Her Real-Life Story Protecting Jews as a Dutch Resistance Operative,

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12/3 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s Comedy Underground (weekly) 12/4 Improv Lab, Blue Door Theatre 12/4 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly)

12/4 Season’s Greetings, Blue Door Theatre 12/4 The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue,

Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall

12/5 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 12/5 School of Improvised Comedy, Blue Door

Theatre 12/7 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)


12/3 T.W.I.N.E., Spokane Valley Library 12/3 Tango Night, German American Hall (weekly) 12/3 Belly Dance Classes, The Warehouse (weekly)

12/4-5 St. John’s Cathedral Tours, (weekly) 12/4-6 Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival 12/5 Mobius Santa Breakfast, Davenport Hotel 12/6 Campbell House Wassail Party, Northwest

12/4-6 Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Stage Left Theater 12/4-8 Northwoods’ Christmas Chorale, Circle Moon

12/6 Spokane Humane Society Open House, Spokane

12/4-6 Miracle on 34th Street, Emmanuel Lutheran

12/7 Beginning Vintage Swing, Satori. (weekly) 12/7 Argentine Tango Lessons, Spokane Tango. (ongoing) 12/9 Tween Club, Spokane Valley Library 12/9 Tribal Belly Dance Classes, Malidoma Drum and Dance Studio (ongoing) 12/9 Girls Pint Out Spokane Meetup, The Backyard

12/4-6 A Christmas Carol, Pullman Civic Theatre 12/4-6 The Wizard of Oz, Spokane Children’s Theatre 12/9 RTOP After Dark: The Truth About Santa,

Museum of Arts & Culture Humane Society

Public House


12/3 Coeur d’Alene Symphony: Realm of Ice & Snow,

Kroc Center

12/3 Spokane Symphony: The Nutcracker, Martin

Woldson Theater at The Fox

12/4 David Wax Museum, The Bartlett 12/4 A Season of “Cerebration”, Central Lutheran


12/5 WSU Music Holiday Concert, Washington State


12/5 Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Bing Crosby Theater 12/6 Bach @ Barrister Winter Tour, Barrister Winery 12/6 Hot Club of Spokane, Bing Crosby Theater 12/7 Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra with Matt Haimovitz, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox


12/3 White Christmas, Spokane Civic Theatre 12/3-6 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene 12/3 A Christmas Story: The Musical, INB Performing

The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue comes to Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall Dec. 4.

Arts Center

12/3-5 The Wondrous Adventures of Don Quixote,




The Spokane Symphony featuring the State Street Ballet

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12/3-9 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition; Nature

Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculptures, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 12/3-9 John Holmgren, Bryan Oliver Gallery, Whitworth 12/3-9 Rani Robison, North Idaho College 12/3-4 Megan Cherry’s MFA Show, Emerge 12/3-9 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art Museum 12/3 Moscow First Thursday, Downtown Moscow 12/4 First Friday, Spokane 12/4 Arts Buzz, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce 12/4-5 Ellen Picken and Erin Mielcarek, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery 12/4-5 SAP Small Works Show & Sale, Saranac Art Projects 12/4-9 17th Annual Small Artworks Invitational, Art Spirit Gallery 12/4 First Night Spokane Juried Art Show, Kress Gallery, River Park Square 12/8 Second Tuesday Art Show, Crave


12/4 3 Minute Mic, Auntie’s Bookstore 12/5 Saturday Morning Cartoons, INK Artspace 12/9 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito




12/10-24 Guffaw Yourself, Neato Burrito (weekly) 12/10-31 Stand-Up Open Mic, Uncle D’s Comedy Underground (weekly) 12/11-25 Stand-Up Comedy, Red Dragon Chinese (weekly) 12/12-26 Safari, Blue Door Theatre (weekly) 12/12 Nuthouse Improv Comedy, Wadleigh Theatre at

12/12 Winter Market, 1912 Center 12/13 The History of Yum: Chocolate, Coffee & Gingerbread, Northwest Museum of Arts &


12/13 Inland NW Freethought Society, Shari’s,

Spokane Valley

12/15 Tween Club, North Spokane Library 12/15 International Film Series: Wild Tales, The


12/17 Girls Pint Out CdA Meetup, Cork & Tap 12/19 Giant Gingerbread House Decorating, Mobius

Children’s Museum

12/19 Elf, Downtown Spokane Library 12/28 So You Think You Can Dance: Season 12 Tour,

INB Performing Arts Center

Daggy Hall, WSU 12/14-28 Stand-Up Open Mic, The Foxhole (weekly)

12/31 First Night Spokane, Riverfront Park/



12/11-30 St. John’s Cathedral Tours 12/11 Mythbusters Live!, INB Performing Arts Center

Downtown Spokane

12/10 The English Beat, The Bartlett 12/12 Beat Connection, The Bartlett

12/12 Washington Idaho Symphony, Jones Theatre at

Daggy Hall, WSU 12/13 John Tesh, Northern Quest 12/12-13 Whitworth Christmas Festival Concert, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 12/12-13 Sounds of Christmas, North Idaho College 12/15 A Peter White Christmas, Bing Crosby Theater 12/16 Five Minutes of Fame, Cafe Bodega 12/18 Friday Night Dances feat. Variety Pak, Southside Senior & Community Center 12/18-19 Northwest Sacred Music Chorale, Trinity Lutheran Church 12/19 Spokane Symphony SuperPops 3: Holiday Pops, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 12/19 Inland NW Bluegrass Music Association Showcase, Trent Elementary School 12/26 The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks! Tour, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 12/29 The Mentors, Toxinaut, Pinnacle Northwest 12/31 Spokane Symphony New Year’s Eve Special: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox


12/10-20 The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene 12/10 A Christmas Carol, Pullman Civic Theatre 12/10 Northwoods’ Christmas Chorale, Circle Moon

The Spokane Symphony performs its annual Holiday SuperPops concert on Dec. 19

Theater 12/10-12 RTOP After Dark: The Truth About Santa, Regional Theatre of the Palouse 12/10-12 Every Christmas Story Ever Told & Then Some, Liberty Lake Community Theatre 12/11-20 Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Stage Left Theater 12/11-13 StageWest CT: Miracle on 34th Street, Emmanuel Lutheran Church 12/11-13 It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play, Sixth Street

Theater Melodrama

12/11-13 A Christmas Carol, Pend Oreille Playhouse 12/11-13 Ignite’s Christmas Show, Ignite Community


12/12 MET Live in HD: The Magic Flute, The


12/17-20 All is Calm, Bing Crosby Theater


12/10-31 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition; Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculptures,

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

12/10-31 John Holmgren, Bryan Oliver Gallery 12/10-31 Rani Robison, North Idaho College 12/10-26 SAP Small Works Show & Sale, Saranac Art


12/10-31 17th Annual Small Artworks Invitational, Art

Spirit Gallery

12/10-19 Jesuits in the Arts Series, Jundt Art


12/11 Second Friday Artwalk, Downtown Coeur


12/11-31 Ellen Picken and Erin Mielcarek, Kolva-

Sullivan Gallery

12/13 The Art of the Renassaince, Northwest Museum

of Arts & Culture


12/12 The Inklings, INK Artspace 12/12 Fredrick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted Brothers: Landscapes across America,

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

12/16, 12/30 Broken Mic, Neato Burrito (weekly) 12/21 Spokane Poetry Slam, The Bartlett

Whi t worth Jazz Ensembl e with 20-time Grammy-winning jazz guitarist

Pat Metheny Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

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Ignite Community Theatre INB Performing Arts Center 279-7000 INK Art Space


Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center 208-457-8950 Jones Radiator 747-6005 Jundt Art Museum 313-6611

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox 624-1200 Mobius Spokane Modern Theater Spokane/CdA Moscow Food Co-op 208-882-8537 Museum of Art/WSU 335-1910


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Uncle D’s Comedy Underground University of Idaho


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Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market 990-4558 Magic Lantern 209-2383 Manic Moon & More 413-9101 Marmot Art Space

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Kaiju serves sushi with a side of Godzilla.


Monster Potential A seasoned chef shows flair with Kaiju Sushi & Spirits BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


rank Ciccone couldn’t help himself. Although crazy busy as executive chef at Crickets Restaurant & Oyster Bar, when a neighboring space became available, Ciccone saw its potential. At Crickets, says Ciccone, the philosophy is “Let’s do what we do, but do it well.” Otherwise, he and the owners — his brother and father — haven’t changed much at the nearly 30-yearold restaurant since taking it over in 2011. Kaiju, however, gave Ciccone total freedom. He liked the location, he says, because it reminds him of The Wine Cellar (when Jim Duncan owned it), where he worked for six years. Located underground with brightly colored glass in the windows and turquoise waves on the walls — diners are eye-level with busy Sherman and Fourth Avenue — Kaiju has a whimsical, underwater feel. Like The Wine Cellar, Kaiju stays open late, serving sushi until midnight, a nod to the restaurant industry in which he’s worked 20-plus years, says Ciccone. That’s where, about 10 years ago, he met Ryan “Bogie” Bourgard, Kaiju’s executive chef. Formerly with Syringa, Bourgard’s menu balances innovation with the familiar — spicy tuna ($8), the Spider Roll ($10) with soft-shell crab, the Dragon roll, a jacked-up California roll ($14). Bourgard’s 15 original rolls are wildly inventive. Try the Mothra with shrimp, slaw, avocado and Thai peanut sauce ($12) or the Oodako: duck confit, daikon, cucumber, avocado, shrimp and hoisin mayonnaise ($15). The theme at Kaiju, which means strange beast or monster, is from a genre of 1950s- and ’60s-era Japanese movies in which creatures like Rodan ravage the city (Oodaku is the giant octopus in King Kong vs. Godzilla). The monster theme is carried through in décor — large paintings by local artist and tattooist Robert McNeill — and the drink menu, which features sake, wine (red, white, plum), beer and cider, like the gingery Dragons’ Breath from William’s Orchards. Try a signature drink, like the Mothra-hito: whiskey, ginger liqueur, lemonade, muddled lime and mint. Another reason Ciccone likes the name? “This undertaking,” he says with a smile, “was a monster.” n Kaiju Sushi • 424 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Open daily, 11:30 am-2 am • • 208-966-4019

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A Mob Boss Without a City The problems with Johnny Depp, Boston accents and Black Mass BY PAUL CONSTANT


he story of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is basically the story of Boston in the 20th century. Bulger represented everything good and bad about Boston: he was fiercely loyal to family, ambitious, territorial, bigoted, shrewd, mean, and really good at staying quiet when it served his own interests. Anyone who lived in New England during Bulger’s years at the top of organized crime could tell you that he was a kind of folk hero for the city: a fearsome killer, a charming neighbor, a brother to a powerful state senator, a supporter of the Irish Republican Army, a mob boss who conned the FBI into getting rid of his enemies for him, a highly problematic lottery winner. At the time, Bulger was kind of like Robin Hood, only he kept all the money for himself and everyone was pretty sure he strangled a bunch of people. So it’s weird that director Scott Cooper’s adaptation of Black Mass, the quintessential book on Whitey Bulger, could practically be set anywhere. The Boston in this movie feels leached of all personality. Oh sure, there are Boston trappings here and there — a few good accents (Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple) and a few bad ones (Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll), a few exterior shots that are way too pretty for Boston in the ’70s and early ’80s. But none of Boston’s frustrating, pugnacious provinciality comes into play; the character of the city just doesn’t make it to the screen. (The Departed, which featured Jack Nicholson as a Bulger stand-in, was the most recent movie to get Boston right.) Maybe part of the problem lies with Johnny Depp’s performance as Bulger. Depp doesn’t even try for the accent, instead settling for a modified Brooklyn with a touch of ’30s gangster flick tossed in. His Bulger has the menacing part down


right — a few scenes are super-tense — but he lacks the charisma that made the gangster one of the most beloved local celebrities of his time. The Bulger Depp portrays is pretty much always someone to be feared, making this a good performance but a bad portrayal of a real-life figure. Aside from a couple of early scenes where Depp is nice to some little old ladies, it’s hard to understand why Bostonians would avidly scoop up newspapers with headlines that promised another installment in the ongoing soap opera that was Bulger’s life. For years, Boston loved Bulger, BLACK MASS and then for years after Rated R that, Boston loved to hate Directed by Scott Cooper him. Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict If you think this is just Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson obsessive regional nitpicking, you should understand that Black Mass doesn’t even work very well as a generic gangster film. The movie isn’t so much a narrative with consistent themes as a collection of scenes in which something happens, an agglomeration of roles played well (Jesse Plemons as a low-level mob enforcer, Peter Sarsgaard as the world’s most neurotic sociopath) and poorly (Adam Scott in a bad mustache). Cooper’s direction lacks coherence and purpose; toward the middle of the film, Black Mass just becomes a string of executions of people who cross Bulger on some insubstantial issue, and all the price-fixing, horse-racing, gun-running, and other illegal activities referred to in the dialogue stay off-screen. It’s a movie that’s so obsessed with being serious and dark (we are, after all, finally in Oscar season, are we not?) that it forgets to give Bulger’s outsized personality a little room to play. Neither his personality nor the city that his personality reflected can be found anywhere in Black Mass. 



This documentary takes us back to the precise moment when campaign coverage turned into entertainment as it recounts ABC News’ dramatic ratings gamble in 1968 to skip gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions in favor of a new, untested feature — a series of 10 debates between the arch-conservative magazine editor William F. Buckley, Jr. and ultra-liberal author and iconoclast Gore Vidal. (DN) Rated R


Director Scott Cooper’s adaptation of Black Mass tells the story of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, played here by Johnny Depp. The cast struggles with their Boston accents and Depp’s performance is lacking in energy, even if there are some menacingly exciting scenes. As a gangster flick it’s OK, but doesn’t do justice to the insanity that was Bulger’s life. (MB) Rated R


Captive tells the story of Ashley (Kate Mara), a single mother wrestling with a drug addiction, who is randomly taken hostage by a recently escaped prisoner on the run. The two form an unlikely bond as they help one another seek forgiveness, find redemption and discover the purpose of their messy and troubled lives. (MW) Rated PG-13


In their final ascent to reach the highest point on Earth, a group of climbers are engulfed by one of the fiercest blizzards ever experienced by man. The mountaineers are pushed to their limits as they face freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and dangerous terrain. Based on a true story, Everest shares the inspiring tale of survival against all odds. (MW) Rated PG-13


Lily Tomlin, riding her hot streak from killing it in Grace and Frankie, is an acerbic loner whose 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up at her door with news that she’s pregnant. That sets off a hilarious day-long trip around the city in which she has to come to terms with the choices she’s made in life while Sage does the same. Also stars Sam Elliott, Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden and Judy Greer. (MB) Rated R


This sci-fi sequel continues the story of the Gladers, a group of teenage boys who must survive the desolate outside world known as the Scorch in order to resist the dominating WCKD. The film portrays a desolate dystopian world the Gladers must find a way to save. (MW) Rated PG-13


Bryson (Robert Redford) is an aging travel writer setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Steven (Nick Nolte) is a down-on-his-luck old friend of Bryson’s who volunteers to hike the trail with him. Directed by Ken Kwapis, the buddy film struggles to deliver the wit you’d expect from the talent of its cast, but does land a few zingers. (PC) Rated R


Jesse Eisenberg plays Mike Howell, a small-town stoner working at a convenience store whose spy-killer skills are suddenly “activated” by a mysterious stranger (Connie Britton). When dudes come to kill him, he fends off every attempt, along with some help from his girlfriend, Phoebe, played by Kristen Stewart. (MS) Rated R


It’s been about a decade since the last version of the Fantastic Four came out (2005), but apparently since Marvel movies are all the rage these days, it’s already time for a reboot. This time, the new kids on the block are Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch and Jamie Bell as The Thing. The film starts from the beginning of the F4 canon, showing us how the four brainiacs got their superpowers, and immediately enters them

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into conflict to save the world from the despicable Dr. Victor Von Doom. (CS) Rated PG-13


Robyn and Simon have just moved back to Los Angeles when they run into Gordo in a shop. Simon doesn’t remember the guy at all, except that he was a bit of an oddball, which seems proven when Gordo shows up at the house without invitation several times, bearing increasingly and inappropriately extravagant gifts, and only when Robyn is home alone. Then things get even weirder. (MJ) Rated R

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Gamers will recognize Hitman Agent 47 for the video game series it is based on. Action film fans will see it as the reboot of the 2007 film Hitman, which has a similar structure — a bald white man is a genetically modified killer with superhuman abilities and, in the next 90-ish minutes, there’s lots of action and conspiracy. However, the 2015 reboot is more about that main character, known as Agent 47. (MS) Rated R


Pixar’s newest film (following 2013’s Monsters University) is a major “emotion” picture — it’s about how choices between conflicting emotions drive the life of a Minnesota family. Young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and her parents ...continued on next page

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NOW PLAYING (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) struggle with joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust — that’s Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling, respectively — and the personified emotions create their own problems inside Riley’s head. (MS) Rated PG

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With her marriage falling apart and now lacking transportation, Wendy (Patricia Clarkson), a Manhattan writer, needs to learn how to drive. The man for the job is Darwan, a Sikh driving instructor played charmingly by Academy Award winning actor Ben Kingsley. United by their respective relationship troubles, Darwan and Wendy form a bond of friendship, driving this heartwarming film. (MC) Rated R



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A remarkable documentary that charts the actor’s life through Marlon Brando’s own words, using public domain materials and never before seen or heard video clips and audiotapes from his personal archives, revealing a complicated human being who defied simple categorization by design. No talking heads here, just Marlon in all his magnificent complexity. For any cineaste, it’s a mind-blowing experience. At Magic Lantern (SD) Not Rated


Meru gets its audience emotionally invested in what’s happening on screen with the efforts of three mountain climbers to scale a 21,000-foot peak known as the Shark’s Fin on India’s Mount Meru. And it does it by some simple additions to the tried-and-true tropes of lesser films in the genre; namely, by giving viewers each of the climbers’ personal backstories, exploring their respective motivations for such a death-defying lifestyle, and illustrating the importance of the team’s interpersonal relationships in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal. At Magic Lantern (DN) Rated R


Minions opens with a grand history of the race, starting with their evolution from tiny one-yellow-celled creatures from the Despicable Me movies floating in the primordial seas through the form we see them in now. The film is overly thick with backstory about the cute little buggers and distracts from the charm they brought to the original films. (MJ) Rated PG


Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise in full Tom Cruise mode) is disavowed by the U.S. government yet again, even as he chases down a criminal organization that just needs one more MacGuffin to take over the world. Hunt and his familiar crew (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames) have to travel to Havana






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Things are not always as they seem in this riveting take on the classic lovetriangle. After breaking up with her boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut), attractive businesswoman Leah (Sanaa Lathan) meets the charming Carter, played by Michael Ealy. Thinking that she has found the perfect man, things change quickly for Leah as she learns of Carter’s violent, obsessive tendencies. This thrilling drama will keep you on the edge of your seat, as Dave and Leah find themselves fighting for both their relationship and their lives. (MC) Rated PG-13


Nelly Lenz was a jazz singer before she was sent to a Nazi concentration camp. She survived, but was badly disfigured and underwent facial reconstruction surgery, leaving her almost unrecognizable when she returns to Berlin in search of her husband, Johnny, who thinks she’s dead. She finds Johnny, who may have helped surrender her to the Nazis in the first place, but he doesn’t recognize her. Still, he thinks Nelly looks enough like his supposedly dead wife to have her pretend to be her so that he can get her inheritance. The German-language period piece has been compared to Hitchcock films for its thrilling take on mistaken identity. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated PG-13


Meryl Streep plays Ricki, a mother of three who abandoned her family to become a rockstar. Ricki returns home to her remarried ex-husband, Pete, after their daughter Julie (Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer) suffers a great heartbreak. As Ricki confronts what has become her past, she seeks forgiveness and reconciliation. (MS) Rated PG-13


Pioneering gangsta-rap crew N.W.A. gets the movie treatment their story has long deserved in this docu-drama tracing the ’80s rise of the group led by now-icons Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and EazyE. Arriving from the dangerous streets



overrun by L.A.’s gang culture, the group sold millions of albums thanks to songs full of violent and misogynist fantasies, inspiring a generation of West Coast rappers to follow suit — and the F.B.I. and President George H.W. Bush to label them domestic terrorists. Straight Outta Compton shows N.W.A.’s revolutionary career trajectory until the band exploded in a blast of professional jealousy and rage. (DN) Rated R


In the first three Transporter flicks, Jason Statham played freelance courier Frank Martin, whose martial arts skills inevitably came in handy during deliveries. In this prequel, Ed Skrein plays a younger Martin who has to juggle taking part in a complicated bank heist — his day job — while trying to rescue his father from a sadistic Russian kidnapper. Mayhem and fisticuffs naturally ensue, along with plenty of car chases on the streets of Paris. (DN) Rated PG-13


A couple of kids — 15-ish Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her little brother, Tyler (Ed Oxenbould), who’s about 12 — spend a week with their mother’s parents, Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), and maybe there are odd doings afoot at their remote rural Pennsylvania house. Is Pop Pop up to something nasty in the woodshed? Does Nana’s penchant for strange nocturnal behavior mean she’s a werewolf? You’ll find out in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest flick. (MJ) Rated R


This is a Christian drama centered on Tony and Elizabeth Jordan and their daughter Danielle. As the couple seems to face a divorce amid intense bickering, Elizabeth happens to meet Miss Clara, a wise old black woman, and follows her lead of prayer in the “war room.” (MS) Rated PG


Zac Efron stars in another music-based movie as Cole Carter, a DJ who wants to make it big. He is soon torn by the people who represent his passions: his mentor who wants to help shape him into a successful DJ, his mentor’s girlfriend who he becomes romantically entangled with, and his friends with whom he has both struggled and partied. (MS) Rated R 


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iven the screeching nature of what passes 10 rounds of quick-witted verbal sparring. These as modern political punditry on televitwo hated each other so much that they continsion, it might be hard to remember — or ued fighting in print and in courtrooms for years even imagine — a time when the airwaves were after the 1968 debates, so dangerous did they filled with Serious People talking about Serious find the other’s view of where America should Issues facing the country during election season. be, and so offensive did they find each other’s Best of Enemies takes us back to the precise points of view. moment when campaign coverage turned from Using clips from the debates and interviews straightforward and stiff to entertaining and, with a number of academic and media experts — arguably, less relevant including Christopher Hitchens, Dick Caas it recounts ABC vett and Andrew Sullivan — the directors BEST OF ENEMIES illustrate the remarkable debating skills of News’ dramatic ratings Rated R gamble in 1968 to skip both men, as well as their differing styles. gavel-to-gavel coverage Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Buckley was a towering intellect who Gordon of the Democratic and felt confident going into the debates with At Magic Lantern Republican convenlittle preparation, while the equally astute tions in favor of a new, Vidal prepared meticulously, including untested feature — a series of 10 debates between preparing his zingers meant to take advantage of the arch-conservative magazine editor William F. the medium by giving him the most memorable Buckley, Jr. and ultra-liberal author and iconoone-liners. clast Gore Vidal. The directors avoid choosing who “won” Directors Morgan Neville and Robert the debates, although Buckley was pushed to Gordon effectively educate viewers on the stakes fire a personal insult at Vidal that would get him in 1968, when Richard Nixon took the GOP banned from most TV outlets in 2015. Instead, nomination at a sunny Miami convention, and they do a remarkable job showing how this unHubert Humphrey took the Democratic nominausual (for the time) effort to juice ratings worked tion at a Chicago convention marred by police out great for ABC News, but cost America a violence against anti-Vietnam War protestors in future of reasoned, articulate political discourse, the streets. replaced by the current shoutfests on Fox, CNN Buckley and Vidal, though, are the mesmerand elsewhere. izing stars here, representing the country’s right The fact that Best of Enemies is so fun to watch and left wings with erudite charm and genuine makes that depressing takeaway all the more venom aimed at each other’s arguments through powerful. n


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Local hard rock act Light Up the Sky — from left, Brian Van Buskirk, David Wen, Ray Luna, Nick Mayhew and Isaac Luna — are now part of the Rise Records family.

Rise Above

Light Up the Sky learns what it’s like to get a record deal BY LAURA JOHNSON


ver burgers at Red Robin last Fourth of July, Ray and Isaac Luna’s dad gives them the talk. He says they need to do something with their lives, that music probably won’t pay the bills. But then Ray’s cell phone buzzes. It’s Rise Records, asking why he and his brother’s band Light Up the Sky hasn’t signed a contract yet. “We were out-of-our-minds happy,” recalls Ray, the band’s lead singer/screamer. “They had contacted us a month prior and then we hadn’t heard back, so we didn’t

think anything would happen.” That was more than a year ago, and the band has had to keep the news of being signed to a BMG subsidiary under wraps, only telling close family. In that time, they didn’t release anything new and only played a few shows. They worried that people had forgotten about them. “The waiting has been horrible. We just wanted to tell everyone,” says drummer Nick Mayhew. “There’s been a lot of drinking away our sorrows in the meantime.”

Last week, the band and their Portland-based record label — known for its stable of screamo/hardcore acts — finally took the announcement public. But the waiting game is far from over. Although their newest album, recorded in March at Chango Studios in Glendale, Arizona, is completed, there’s still no release date. There are plans to embark on a national tour, but that’s on an unknown timeline as well. In the interim, members of the five-piece work their various retail and fast-food restaurant jobs, just pining for the future. ...continued on next page


MUSIC | HARDCORE “RISE ABOVE,” CONTINUED... Last week, way out on the Palouse Highway, the band — minus guitarist Brian Van Buskirk, who lives in Portland — is sitting in the Lunas’ mostly clean garage, which serves as the band practice space. Out here, the band’s crushingly loud music doesn’t bother anyone. The guys, ages 21 to 23, are all decked out in black and are completely at home together, perhaps from all their time spent playing video games and puttering around malls on Razor scooters. The in-your-face, emo-rock act started back in 2011 in secret. Ray and Isaac were banned from playing in a band by their parents after one they’d started earlier resulted in their grades suffering at Freeman High School. But once the new band came to light, their folks were accepting. This music seemed edgy and expressed how the guys felt about life. They needed the outlet. The Lunas, who are often mistaken as twins, first met guitarist David Wen in marching band, where even among the nerds they say they were still teased for being different. “We were the only Mexicans in our class,” Ray says. “And David is Asian.” But through Light Up the Sky, the guys were able to build self-confidence. From playing to about 10 people at their first shows, they now have more than 20,000 Facebook followers and hard-core fans who are even willing to tattoo the band’s moonand-sun logo prominently on their bodies. But there’s still the chip on the shoulder. They say other bands in Spokane don’t like them. Some online comments about their new single are critical.


Still, many in the scene have been congratulatory. While some members have come and gone, this is the lineup, they say. Drummer Mayhew joined last year after knowing the other guys from the local scene. Van Buskirk, found online, joined earlier this year. Light Up the Sky’s shows are mad, sweaty celebrations where young fans jump around and scream just as hard as the musicians do. Their most recent wild show was at the end of May at Pinnacle Northwest, with other Rise Records acts Crown the Empire (playing the Knitting Factory on Monday), Volumes and Velafire. They don’t know when they’ll play in Spokane again. “Once on stage we turn into completely different people,” Isaac explains with a laugh. “Sometimes when we’re finally offstage, I can’t even walk. I’ve used up all of my energy.” They’re slaves to the label now, they say, but they don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s what they signed up for. Their label is happy with the 33,000 hits that the lyric music video for their new single “I Will Never” recieved on YouTube in just two days. The guys hope this translates to something much bigger. “Just the idea we could travel the world doing exactly what we love?” Mayhew says. “It doesn’t get any more real than that. I’m fine if we had a billion haters, as long as we get to do this.” n Light Up the Sky’s new single “I Will Never” was released last week.


The Alvin brothers are playing together again, making up for lost time.

Blasting Back

Dave and Phil Alvin find new musical life together in old songs BY DAN NAILEN


attling brothers are part of a proud tradition of dysfunctional-yet-great bands, ranging from the Kinks to the Black Crowes to Oasis. Redemption stories of brothers putting aside their differences for the sake of family and great music are rarer, but that’s the tale roots-rockers Dave and Phil Alvin are spinning three decades after the acrimonious split of the Blasters. A health scare for Phil a couple of years back inspired

the Alvins to record together for the first time since 1985, tackling the songs of teenage favorite Big Bill Broonzy on 2014’s Common Ground. The recording and tour were so harmonious that a follow-up seemed obvious. Noting the band’s upcoming show in Spokane, Dave jokes that Bing Crosby’s works were under consideration, but his tunes don’t appear on the new Lost Time, a 12-song collection of classics from the likes of

Big Joe Turner, Lead Belly and James Brown. Choosing the songs, Dave says, was a matter of just remembering where his brother was coming from years ago when the Blasters were young blues-loving punks. “When he was a teenager, he had a really good blues band. A couple of these songs were in their repertoire, and I really wanted to put a feature on my brother’s vocals,” Dave says. “I really think there aren’t many voices like his. And it’s

taken me a long time to appreciate that.” Early ’80s peers of L.A. bands like X and Black Flag, the Blasters always stood out thanks to their love of classic blues and rockabilly, Dave’s stinging guitar and older brother Phil’s distinct voice evoking singers from decades before his time. The band was beloved by critics and fellow musicians — in one month, they played gigs with the diverse likes of punks the Cramps, honky-tonkers Asleep at the Wheel and stadium-rocking royalty Queen — but never broke through commercially. Frustrated, the band frayed in the mid-’80s, with Dave quitting to launch a successful solo career, and Phil forging on with various lineups under the Blasters banner. For fans of the Blasters, or of either Alvin’s work in the years since the split, both new albums are vivid reminders of how potent the brothers can be when they work together. For Dave, getting the chance to perform together and hang out regularly for the first time in decades is all the reward he needs now that he’s 60, rather than 25. “I’m enjoying playing music with my brother, as the [album] title implies,” Dave says. “I’m trying to make up for more than 30 years of not recording together or playing together, sort of make up for lost time since we were little kids.” n An Evening with Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Ones • Wed, Sept. 23, at 7:30 pm • $25/$30 day of • Allages • Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill • 621 W. Mallon • • 795-2030

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f you get a Dave Matthews Band vibe listening to Carbon Leaf, that’s because both bands are products of the Richmond, Virginia-area music scene. But Carbon Leaf brings more of a Celtic folk feel to its jam rock. Together for more than 20 years, the five-piece should bring an insanely tight and energetic show when it takes to the Big Dipper stage Sunday night. Those interested in more unusual instrumentations like bouzouki, fiddle, accordion and penny whistle will find all that at a Carbon Leaf show. Well-known adult contemporary tunes like “Life Less Ordinary” will be there, but also expect highlights from the band’s newest record Love Loss Hope Repeat Reneaux, a re-recording of an album released nearly a decade ago. — LAURA JOHNSON Carbon Leaf and Wyatt Wood • Sun, Sept. 20, at 8 pm • $16/$20 day of • 21+ only • Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • • 863-8098 J = THE INLANDER RECOMMENDS THIS SHOW J = ALL AGES SHOW

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he first thing that strikes you with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is the mighty Reverend’s beard. It is one of the more majestic examples of facial hair in modern music, and that’s saying something in this heyday of bearded folk-rockers. As soon as he starts finger-picking his resonator guitar and evoking the spirit of blues legends, you forget all about appearances. With his wife Breezy rapid-fire scratching on a washboard and Ben Bussell on a sparse drum kit, the Big Damn Band makes a big damn ruckus, which has made them favorites with punks on the Warped Tour as well as traditionalists who love the old-timey vibe. — DAN NAILEN Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band • Thu, Sept. 24, at 8 pm • $10/$12 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane. com • 747-2174

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J THE BARTLETT, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (See story on facing page), Sept. 24 CHECKERBOARD BAR, Lost Dog Street Band, Nathan Fox, Sept. 24 BABY BAR, The Woolen Men, Von the Baptist, Ben Jennings, Sept. 24 SARANAC PUBLIC HOUSE, The Lands Council Brewtop Party feat. Marshall McLean, Sept. 25 KNITTING FACTORY, The Arrival, C.Ray, Cordell Drake, Sept. 25 THE BIG DIPPER, Nixon Rodeo CD Release Party Weekend feat. the Backups, the Drone Epidemic, Windowpane, Sept. 25 - 26 THE VIKING BAR & GRILL, Boat Race Weekend, Sept. 26 THE BARTLETT, The Holy Broke, And Yet, Terrible Buttons, Wildcat Choir, Bob Crash, Valley Fair, Dewi Sant, Sept. 26

Live Music from Spokane’s Got Talent Winner

MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BIG BARN BREWING • 16004 N. Applewood Ln, Mead • 238-2489 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BROOKLYN DELI • 122 S Monroe St # 101• 835-4177 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CALYPSOS • 116 E Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208665-0591 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 CONKLING MARINA & RESORT • 20 W Jerry Ln, Worley • 208-686-1151 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • (208) 773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 THE FOXHOLE• 829 E. Boone • 315-5327 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 HANDLEBARS • 12005 E. Trent, Spokane Valley • 309-3715 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 THE JACKSON ST. • 2436 N. Astor • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208-8837662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 THE LARIAT • 11820 N Market St, Mead • 4669918 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR• 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 PINNACLE NORTHWEST • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside . • 822-7938 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 ROCKET MARKET • 726 E. 43rd Ave. • 343-2253 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SULLIVAN SCOREBOARD • 205 N Sullivan Rd • 891-0880 SWAXX • 23 E. Lincoln Rd. • 703-7474 TAMARACK • 912 W Sprague • 315-4846 UNDERGROUND 15 • 15 S. Howard St. • 290-2122 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416




Ever strolled past an old house and thought, ‘Wow, I’d really like to sit on that awesome, huge porch?’ Now you can. After its debut last year, Spokane’s West Central neighborhood is back for another round of PorchFest. Swing by and enjoy friendly company, music and poetry on the porch of a stranger who won’t be one for long. This year, the event lets attendees hang out on even more porches, and enjoy more live performances, increasing its lineup from around 20 performers last year. Come test out the neighborhood views from the welcoming porches of homes in one of Spokane’s most historic neighborhoods. — KAILEE HAONG PorchFest • Sat, Sept. 19, from 3-7 pm • Free • All-ages • West Central neighborhood • porchfest


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Hundreds of volunteers are expected to turn out for the 12th annual Spokane River Clean-Up to pick up garbage along the Spokane River gorge in west Spokane, and around Spokane’s downtown University District. Last year’s river clean-up removed four tons of debris from around High Bridge Park. The event is open to individuals and groups of all sizes, but organizers request that all volunteers register online. Groups of 10 or more must send a representative to a team leader training on Sept. 14 at 5:30 pm at Mountain Gear’s Spokane Valley office. The river clean-up is a great opportunity for anyone to get together with friends and family to give back to Spokane’s defining natural landmark, the river. — MAX CARTER 12th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up • Sat, Sept. 19, at 9 am • Free, register online • Selected sites include High Bridge Park and the U District •


Russian composers’ works never go quietly into the night — they’re brash and bold pieces of art. Take Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, for example. This is that spooky piece folks grew up hearing in Disney’s Fantasia, and it’s sure to spark the audience’s attention immediately. Also expect a lot from the harsh and spectacular Bartók Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring acclaimed Filipina pianist Cecile Licad. The lineup ends with the biggest Russian daddy of them all, Tchaikovsky, as the symphony takes on his Symphony No. 2, aka “Little Russian.” — LAURA JOHNSON Spokane Symphony Classics: Russian Adventures • Sat, Sept. 19, at 8 pm; Sun, Sept. 20, at 3 pm • $15-$54 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • • 624-1200






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Oh, how we shall miss it. This fall brings the the sixth and final season (it premieres in a few days for our friends across the pond) of the British period drama Downton Abbey, the popular, award-winning series that follows a fictional noble family and the domestic staff in its employ. Fans of the show’s dramatic plots, extravagant style and elaborate customs shouldn’t miss a special one-time event the MAC is hosting, to share the unspoken expectations of dining in the Downton age. So many of the series’ revelations have revolved around elegant mealtime scenes, and now local fans can learn more about the manners, formalities and accoutrements used in a formal, 12-course dinner of the period. Presented by food historian Tames Alan, the event is offered at two times, and attendees can purchase a themed cocktail to sip during a pre-program reception. — CHEY SCOTT


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest

Join us for the smokestacks lighting ceremony at dusk celebrating their 50th Anniversary!

Dining at Downton Abbey: A Trial by Fork • Wed, Sept. 23, at 2:30 ($35) and 6:30 pm ($15) • All-ages • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First •


The slow fade of summer also wraps up music festival season as Washington State University offers a solution to those post-Bumbershoot blues. The university hosts its third annual Humanitas Festival, which aims to celebrate world arts through a variety of different events during the week. One of the event’s headliners is Ziggy Marley, the seven-time Grammy-winning son of Bob Marley. Events also include indigenous rap and hip-hop artists Supaman, Nataanii Means, Yaz and Witko, all of whom use their music to inspire and educate others about their cultures. One of the festival’s more eccentric events is a luminarium built by Architects of Air, called “Pentalum.” Enter the house-sized, fabric sculpture and experience the fusing of Islamic architecture and Gothic-style cathedrals with light, color, beauty and geometry. The festival also offers a taste of Japanese drumming and a Ukrainian “ethnochaos” band. — MAKAYLA WAMBOLDT


For tix: In our North Lot, 127 S. Lincoln

And featuring live music:

Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips & The Fat Tones

WSU Humanitas Festival • Sept. 21-26; event times and locations vary • Prices vary; some events free • Washington State University, Pullman campus •






I SAW YOU MY OLD BEST FRIEND I saw you the other day once again by yourself, but as beautiful, happy, and hardcore as always. It made me think about all the good times and memories we'd had. When we was both was down on our luck, and when i was getting my butt whooped on Fluxx. This storm was big for me, it took some time for me to recover. If the damage is done then so be it, but I really wanted to say was, "I'm Sorry!". I was selfish, confused, and angry. I should of been thinking more about your feelings instead of my past. I should've remembered to respect you, to honor you, and to have cherish the company i was blessed with. Well, i wish you the best in everything... Mahogany! WIFE BEATER BOY To the sexy man in the sweaty wife beater.. Keep it up. I wish I could still see you walking in to the gym, best part of my day. Make me sweat and get weak, get nervous, can't speak. Boy of my dreams. Wish I could be yours Big D, love always, Me. FIGPICKELS It was a while back that I was in your wonder emporium. You mentioned my shirt was really cute and so are you. I was in with some friends; as soon as we left I wanted to go back and continue to talk with you. Awesome

coworker of yours was juggling outside. Maybe catch a movie or coffee sometime? Maybe just be kids and play with Play-Doh and bubbles who know. Let's have a ball :)

CHEERS CAR PROBLEMS ON COUNTRY HOMES Thank you to every person that stopped and offered their help Saturday after a freak accident on Country Homes Blvd. A special thank you to Dick and Susan (who only have sons) that were driving behind me when it happened and immediately came to my rescue, and then came back half an hour later to check on me, simply because if they had a daughter they would have wanted someone to check on her as well. I don't have any family in the area and was unable to reach my parents during this crisis, but seeing how many citizens were concerned about me and willing to help was a great reminder of the wonderful community we live in. DEAR BBBBANDITS, Thank you, thank you, thank you for providing me with so many moments of dance-y musical joy. You will always be one of my favorite Spokane bands. While I will sorely miss your live shows, your cassette tape will be a permanent fixture in my tape deck. Thank you! THE GIFT OF LONGHORN BBQ Cheers to the random customers who brought me Longhorn BBQ on my shift a couple weeks ago; It was so unexpected and completely made my day! Thank-you for being extraordinary and generous! HONEST BUSINESS Cheers to Tom at Red Line Coins. If you are looking to sell gold or silver this man will give you an honest and fair price. AAA+ 9/9/15 Cheers to the guy who called AAA for me the day i locked my keys in my mom's van! Sharp and Hamilton is not the ideal place to leave your keys visible and hanging from your ignition. After about an hour of failed attempts of trying to open it myself (with sticks and various other things I could find laying around outside) I was sitting on the curb defeated, pondering my next move, when by chance you were leaving work and were parked right next to me. I believe you mentioned you worked at GU and your name was BoB. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! :)

CATCH OF THE DAY Cheers to the gentleman who works at the Mission Safeway who was on the 26 Lidgerwood on Sept. 12 at 10:30 who was able to


DUTCH BROS ROCK STAR "Let me tell you about my barista. Always uplifting,

fetch with your dogs off leash, go to the dog park. Don't whine about being held accountable for breaking the rules. JERK STORE To the two jerks who

Saturday night’s turnout was a people-powered music revolution unlike I’ve seen in my 35 years living in Spokane. — Z-Funk Productions

catch the elderly lady from falling after she lost her balance getting off the bus. Your quick reaction and reflex prevented an accident and from her severely injuring herself. I was impressed by your calm attitude, your humble mentality and continuing on to work as if nothing happened. It was refreshing to see someone with such traits who stepped up to catch that sweet lady before she could have hurt herself. I felt you deserved some sort of recognition, so if you read this, I laud your abilities and your reaction to the situation. P.S.: I am the one who sat in front of you with the Saints jersey and was eyewitness to the entire thing in front of me. RENEWED FAITH A HUGE thank you to the person at the Five Mile Rosauers who found my ATM card and took the time to turn it in. And to the employees at Rosauers that put the card in their safe. You renewed my faith in the fact there still are caring and thoughtful people in Spokane! Z-FUNK PRODUCTIONS Triple CHEERS to everyone who made the Perry Street Shakedown what it was this year. Saturday night's turnout was a peoplepowered music revolution unlike I've seen in my 35 years living in Spokane. It was water for my soul... Left me feeling proud to live here & hopeful for the future of our city. The sheer volume of people in attendance demonstrates how thirsty Spokane is for CULTURALLY RICH, family oriented art and music outlets. Way to bring Spokane your shine Z-Funk!!! We needed you. Som's smile

SOUND OFF 1. Visit by 3 pm Monday. 2. Pick a category (I Saw You, You Saw Me, Cheers or Jeers). 3. Provide basic info: your name and email (so we know you’re real). 4. To connect via I Saw You, provide a non-identifying email to be included with your submission — like “,” not “”


was raining down on us bigger than life. XXX ~PVL crew

joyful and full of life. Full of knowledge, no better tasting coffee than hers! JUST WANT TO THANK YOU, YOUR EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE BRINGS EVERYONE BACK. KEEP BEING AWESOME! ROCK ON ""VICTORIA ON SHARP & DIVISION""" CHEERS TO MOVING ON Cheers to Mike Bookey for articulating what many of us 12s were/are still feeling. It was a moment I will always remember. I will remember exactly where I was standing (behind the couch, because I could not sit down), what I was wearing (my custom Hawks 12 jersey with KNUCKLES on the back, of course) and that my mouth and eyes were wide open in absolute disbelief. I looked around the room at all my friends and we just stared at the TV in silence. We all realized it was over, time to move on. But now? Football is back! With my jersey on and a beer in my hand, I will go back to yelling at the TV, flying my Seahawks flag proudly, and cheering on my team I hope can make it all the way again. Go Hawks!

JEERS RE: FETCH HATING JERK The grassy field at 11th and Sheridan is not a dog park. However sweet you think your dogs are, they are REQUIRED BY LAW to be on a leash within city limits. I live near this field and regularly walk through it to get to Perry Street. I have been chased and bitten by unleashed "harmless dogs" more than once in this field. No one is above the law. If you want to play

slowed down on Nevada to stare at the crying baby in the stroller, but didn't stop and only prevented the family from crossing the street, congratulations. You, in my opinion, are officially the worst of Spokane. CHEERS TO MY HUSBAND Cheers to you for working hard to provide an amazing home and stable environment for us all. You have overcome so much without anyone helping you and most of your family and friends turning their back on you. You are my hero and the love of my life and I am so proud of you . TOO SLOW FOR YOU To the jerk that was yelling and following and blasting your horn at me for going too slow on Haven near Ace Hardware, tuff shit. I did it just for you. Wanted to mess up your day and see you get all red in the face. and I did good. And you are still a JERK. 


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DIRTY MARTINIS FOR CLEAN WATER The 9th annual event benefiting the Spokane Riverkeeper features beverages from River City Brewing and Dry Fly Distilling, a silent auction, live jazz music and the presentation of the 4th annual Mike Chappell River Hero Award. Sep. 18, 6 pm. $45-$50. Riverside Place, 1108 W. Riverside. SPOKANE YOUNG LIVES AUCTION Help support local young mothers at Spokane Young Lives silent auction, with all proceeds donated to the local nonprofit. Sep. 18, 10 am-9 pm. Free admission. Wollnick’s General Store, 421 W. Main Ave. (315-5047) BLAZING SADDLES & SPOONS A festive event with bicycling for all ages and skill levels and a chili cook-off. Also includes live music, entertainment, beer/wine and family fun. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Colville Rotary Club. Sep. 19, 11 am-6 pm. $12 (free ticket with ride entry). Northeast Washington Fair Grounds, 317 W. Astor, Colville. BlazingSaddlesBikeRide (509-738-2135) BREWS FOR BEASTS A benefit to provide services for kids at Crosswalk, atrisk-youth and all of our community. Includes live music by Christie Lee and Friends, carriage rides, food and more. Sep. 19, 12-4 pm. By donation. 238 Brewing, 10321 E. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. (238-2800) SPOKANE BEARD & MUSTACHE EPIC BEARD COMPEITION The fourth annual epic beard competition, benefiting Safety Net, and featuring nine categories of competition. Sep. 19, 5:30-9:30 pm. $10/spectators; $20/competitors. Pinnacle Northwest, 412 W. Sprague Ave. (368-4077) APPETITE FOR CONSERVATION INLC’s second annual fundraising event includes dinner by Santé, wine from Vino!, beer from Orlison’s, live music with Big Red Barn, games, a silent and live auction and dancing at Dix Farm on the South Hill. Address available at ticket purchase. Sep. 20, 4-9 pm. $75/person. (328-2939) HIS RIDES CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW The 10th annual event is a benefit for Open Arms Pregnancy Center of CdA, and offers live music, a silent auction, food, trophies, a motorcycle cruise, and more. Sep. 20, 9 am-3 pm. $20. His Place Church, 3079 E. 16th Ave., Post Falls. (863-6965) STOMP OUT ABUSE WALK The 5th event raises funds to provide 15 weeks of free services for victims of domestic abuse. Pre-race events begin at 8:45 am, race

starts at 9 am. No bikes or pets allowed on the race course; strollers are welcome. Sep. 20. $20. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. (484-0600) KENWORTHY ANNUAL GALA An evening of drinks and entertainment by the Portland Cello Project. The gala is the Kenworthy’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds supporting the theater’s operating funds. Sep. 24, 8-11 pm. $35. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) SPOKANE EDIBLE TREE PROJECT HARVEST PARTY The nonprofit’s second annual “friendraiser” takes the theme of a harvest party, and is set to feature an apple press, photo booth, auction, local beer and food. Sep. 24, 6-8 pm. $20. Philanthropy Center, 1020 N. Riverside Ave. SPOKANE TRIVIA CHAMPIONSHIP The second annual event benefits learning and literacy for Spokane Public Library including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Form a corporate team, an individual team, or come out as one of the cheering members of the audience. Sep. 24, 7 pm. $15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (444-5318)


STAND-UP OPEN MIC Local comedians; see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. BRIAN POSEHN Metal act Cold Blooded opens the show Sep. 18, 8 pm. $22.50. Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. (509-244-3279) I SAW YOU Blue Door Theater players use backpage newspaper ads and classifieds for improv inspiration. Bring your own clipped ads to the show. Fridays in Sept. at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon, 1406 W. Third. (838-6688) A NIGHT OF IMPROV COMEDY Improv comedy show, with all proceeds supporting the Green Bluff Grange Society Scholarship Program. Sept. 19 and 26 at 7 pm. $10. Old Orchard Theatre, 9809 E. Greenbluff Rd. SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) THIS, THAT OR THE OTHER Liberty Lake


Community Theatre’s comedy improv troupe. Sept. 19 at 8 pm. $7. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave., Ste. 1. (768-6429) BLANKET FORT COMEDY TOUR Featuring nationally-touring comedians Monica Nevi and Mike Coletta, cohosts of “The Hug Life Podcast.” Also includes special guest appearances by local favorites. Sep. 20, 8-11 pm. Free. Jones Radiator, 120 E. Sprague Ave. (747-6005) KIDS’ IMPROV CLASS An 8-week class teaching the basics of improv through games. Students work on character development, space, beginning-middleend and more. Starts Sept. 20, meets Sundays from 6:30-8:30 pm, through Nov. 15. $100/person. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. (328-4886) SIDEWAYS CINEMA Blue Door Theater players take a classically bad sci-fi movie, turn off the sound and re-dub it with onthe-spot improvisations. Sept. 24 and Oct. 29, at 9 pm. $3. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland.


NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY Learn more about becoming a Friends of the Spokane County Library District member at an after-hours event, with readings by local authors and complimentary refreshments. Sep. 17, 7-9 pm. Free. Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Rd. (893-8233) CITY COUNCILMEMBER CANDIDATE FORUM GSI hosts candidates from Districts 1 (Mike Fagan, Randy Ramos), 2 (LaVerne Biel, Lori Kinnear) and 3 (Karen Stratton, Evan Verduin) to discuss issues that may affect residents next year, and which could include education, businessfriendly practices, and city planning/ infrastructure. Sep. 18, 7-9 am. $25-$55. Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. EMERSON-GARFIELD CRAFTWALK The second annual handmade goods market takes place alongside the E-G Farmers Market, featuring local makers of quilts, jewelry, clothing and other goods. Sep. 18, 3-7 pm. Knox Presbyterian Church, 806 W. Knox. (328-7540) PARK(ING) IT ON SHERMAN! The 1600 block of Sherman Avenue is temporarily transformed into a family-friendly Makers District, with live music, food trucks, a beer garden, lawn games, the Sorensen Elementary School jugglers, and other entertainment. Sept. 18, 4-9 pm and Sept. 19, 11 am-9 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene. (208-667-0664) POW/MIA CHAIR OF HONOR DEDICA-


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TION During the ceremony VFW Post 51 is on hand to unveil the Chair of Honor, a permanently installed memorial near the Veterans Display at the Spokane Arena. The chair, which will remain perpetually empty, serves as a permanent reminder of the nearly 92,000 Americans who have gone missing or become prisoners of war while serving their country. Sep. 18, 10:15 am. Free and open to the public. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. DIG A LITTLE, LEARN A LOT Friends of Manito hosts a presentation by three WSU Spokane Master Gardeners exploring the challenges of sustaining healthy soil, from a global, regional and home garden perspective. Sep. 19, 10 am. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. (456-8038) HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS WALK Spokane residents Matt and Kandace Curtis are hosting a walk to raise awareness and funds in honor of their 3-year-old son who has an incurable brain condition that affects one million Americans. Proceeds benefit the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. Sep. 19, 10 am. Free, donations accepted. Mead High School, 302 W. Hastings Rd. (465-7046) KIDICAL MASSIVE SPOKANE Spokane joins kids all over the planet for first ever global Kidical Massive bike ride. Kids in more than 35 international cities ride a safe, fun bike ride on streets and bike paths, with a Spokane hosting a 3-mile ride along the Centennial Trail, starting and ending in Kendall Yards. Bring kids, bikes, trikes, trailers and anything that rolls. Don’t forget helmets! Sep. 19, 1-3 pm. Free. The Nest at Kendall Yards, 1335 Summit Parkway. OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK Join others for the Spokane Out of the Darkness Community Walk; proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Sep. 19, 10 am-noon. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. bit. ly/1NZoTX6 (324-1530) SPOKANE COLOR DASH 5K A familyfriendly experience for walkers, runners and people of all ages. As participants run/walk the course, “Dasher-Splasher” volunteers splash them with colorful dust. A portion of proceeds will be used to purchase new recess and PE equipment for the students of Sunset Elementary. Sep. 19, 11 am-1 pm. $40. Sunset Park, S. King St. (559-4640) SPOKANE RIVER CLEAN-UP Each year, hundreds of volunteers spend their Saturday morning picking up garbage and recyclable materials from public lands along the Spokane River. This year, the event covers locations in the Spokane


Valley, the University District, the downtown River Gorge area, High Bridge Park, and People’s Park. Sep. 19, 9 am-1 pm. SUSTAINABLE LIVING FAIR SPOKANE Spokane’s first such event showcases sustainable businesses, technologies, and organizations that empower us all to be better stewards of the Earth. Events include live music, a farmers market, green car show, beer/wine garden, design your own recycled shopping bags, 50 vendors, food, children’s activities, and more. Sep. 19, 11 am-6 pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. SPOKANE COMPASSION GAMES A service project benefiting Spokane’s homeless, including homeless veterans. Activities are suitable for all ages and abilities and a potluck is to follow; bring a dish to share. Sep. 20, 4:30-6 pm. West Central Episcopal Mission, 1832 W. Dean. (509-536-2811) NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR MURDER VICTIMS The Victim/Witness Unit from the Spokane County Prosecutors office hosts a pre-function vigil for families/friends to connect (5-6 pm) and a candlelight vigil (6 pm) to honor the memories of murder victims and recognize the impact of homicide on surviving family/friends. Sep. 24, 5-7:30 pm. Spokane County Public Works Building, 1100 W. Mallon. (477-3640) SPR TALKS: OUR WATER, OUR FUTURE Spokane Public Radio explores what the region-wide drought means for our communities now and in the future at an event moderated by regional Morning Edition Host Steve Jackson. Details online. Sep. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (755-2489)


SPOKANE COUNTY INTERSTATE FAIR Events include the PRCA rodeo, demolition derby, live music, stars of the show Duck Dynasty, ag displays, food vendors, carnival rides and more. Sept. 11-20; open daily from 10 am-10:30 pm (except last day, Sept. 20, open 10 am-8 pm). $7-$10. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (477-1766) TASTE OF THE WEST PLAINS The West Plains Chamber of Commerce’s golf scramble and food festival features local food vendors, exhibitors, live music and the 14th annual golf scramble. Sep. 18, 10 am-7 pm. $20 admission. The Fairways Golf Course, 9810 W. Melville Rd.

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I just moved in with my fiance, whose 5-year-old daughter stays with us part of the week. On the evenings she’s at the house, my fiance just goes to sleep, leaving me to entertain her. (She likes to play endless games like “Guess how many fingers I’m holding up!”) Well, I work a full-time job, and I’m exhausted in the evenings. He and I got into a big fight because I said he can’t just clock out like this. He told me that I need to “set boundaries” with her. Is this really my job? I’m not her mother, and I’m not even officially her stepmother yet. — Dismayed

So what did he do before you moved in, just chain her to the radiator while he took a snooze? When I was growing up, I’d have to play with toys by myself or go out and poke a worm with a stick. These days, parents go way over the top in how involved they think they should be in playtime, and kids exploit this, extorting constant adult attention. Developmental psychologist Peter Gray explains that play evolved to be the “primary means” for children to learn to solve their own problems, overcome their fears, and take control of their lives, and this parents as playmates thing may stunt kids’ self-reliance. Gray, like anthropologist David Lancy, points out that parents being all up in kids’ playtime business is a very recent development. Throughout human history, parents have been too busy doing the little things — you know, like trying to keep the family from starving to death — to read the hieroglyphic version of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to their kid 500 times in a row. It isn’t fair for your fiance to clock out and make you Youth Activities Director. (I’m guessing your profile didn’t have you listed as BirthdayClown777.) It’s also important that you develop a nice warm relationship with this little girl before you start going all Department of Corrections on her. Connection first, discipline second is the order in which the most successful stepparent-stepchild relationships are formed, explains stepfamily researcher Kay Pasley. Of course, it is essential to set boundaries with willful, ill-behaved brats, including those who are, oh, 45. (Fatherhood is a journey, but not just from the living room to the bed.) As for how much of a role you’ll take in stepmommying, deciding that is part of deciding how your marriage will play out day to day, and that takes discussion: what you’re each comfortable with, what you need, and what seems fair. (Who knew? There’s more to marital planning than cage fighting another bride for the hot caterer.) Once you and he figure everything out, you and your stepdaughter can play many fun games — starting with one of my favorites from Camp Tamakwa: “Let’s draw a pee-pee on your sleeping dad’s face with permanent marker!”

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I’m a 32-year-old woman, and I’m dating this guy, but I’m very insecure about my body. The other morning, I needed to go to the bathroom, but I didn’t want to walk naked out of the bedroom. I told him I felt self-conscious about being naked. He didn’t offer me a robe or a shirt or anything, and I found that kind of insensitive. — Modest They’ll hand you a paper gown at the doctor’s office, but that’s because you’re probably speaking to the intake nurse for the first or second time; you didn’t stay up till 4 a.m. riding her like a pony. This guy’s lack of “sensitivity” to your naked plight may also come out of how men generally don’t have quite so much insecurity about their appearance — and for good reason. Though a woman will go for a hunkbucket if she can get one, women evolved to prioritize men’s status and power over looks. (Think Henry Kissinger, Sarkozy, Shrek.) Men’s attraction to women, however, is largely visually driven. Women get this, so a woman can feel anxious when her tummy-wrangling garment is dangling from the ceiling fan and fret that her breasts, unbra’d, no longer stand up like two missiles about to be launched. But, as in this situation, when a guy keeps calling and coming back for more, chances are he’s feeling appreciative of what you have and not worried that seeing it naked will have him hurling in the nightstand drawer. Consider that a big part of sex appeal is confidence. Strutting around like you’re hot is a big step toward feeling that way. Try something for two weeks: Forget how insecure you feel naked and act as secure as you’d like to feel — tempting as it is to grab a pillow and back out of the bedroom like a cop when he knows the felons in the warehouse have him outnumbered. n ©2015, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR PALOUSE DAYS The small-town community festival includes a breakfast, fun run/walk, parade, duck races, a car show, human foosball tourney, beer garden, live music and more. Sep. 19. Palouse, Wash. HUMANITAS FESTIVAL WSU’s annual humanities and world culture festival features performances, activities and more. Sept. 21-26, times vary. Most events are free; see festival website for complete details. Washington State University, Pullman campus. IDAHO’S HERITAGE CONFERENCE An event created to engage statewide partners in Preservation, History, Museums, and Archaeology in a crossdiscipline conference that would allow for collaboration, inspiration, and networking. Sept. 22-24. Details and registration online; events take place in and around Moscow. $35-$75.


UNITY The ML hosts a special screening of the documentary that explores the transformation of humanity, narrated by 100 actors, athletes authors and other known personalities. Unity is a follow-up to the 2005 film Earthlings. Sep. 17. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. THE HUNTING GROUND The Dean of Students Office at the U. of Idaho invites host showing of a documentary that examines universities’ response to sexual assault on their campuses. Following the film a panel of UI responders to sexual assault answer questions about the UI’s response and policies regarding sexual assault and Title IX. Sep. 18, 7-10 pm. Free and open to the public. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. MAKING CHANGE FILM FORUM The forum features documentaries about farmworkers in Idaho and a rapperled social movement in Senegal, West Africa. Through the screenings and a discussion, the audience explores the common concerns of people working for a better life and a better society in two distinct parts of the world. Sep. 19, 5:30 pm. $5. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS PRESENT: IRON JAWED ANGELS The evening’s schedule includes a 6 pm meet and greet with appetizers and a no-host bar; a 6:30 panel discussion, “Why your vote matters,” with the film screening at 7 pm. Free and open to the public, with non-perishable accepted at the door on behalf of the Moscow Food Bank. Sep. 21, 6:30-8:30 pm. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL: AN ENVIRONMENTAL WARNING The UN General Assembly declared 2015 the “International Year of Soil.” This documentary film covers the importance of soil for food security and our sustainable future. Sep. 23, 6:30-8 pm. Free. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone.


SUMMIT CIDER FALL KICKOFF A celebration of the new season, with live music, prizes, specials and more. Sep. 18, 6-10 pm. Free admission. Summit Cider Taproom, 3884 W. Schreiber Way. MUSIC, MICROS & BARBECUE “Hoptoberfest” is the theme of September’s event, with live music by Civilized Ani-

mal (Spokane) and specials on freshhopped beers and fall seasonals. Sep. 19, 5-10 pm. $17. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. SPOKANE SYMPHONY OPENING WEEKEND DINNER Kick off the 201516 season with champagne and a dinner with fellow Symphony supporters in the Georgian Room of the Spokane Club before the concert. Sept. 19-20 at 5 pm. $75/person; all proceeds benefit the Symphony. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. FRESH SALSAS Start with a traditional tomato base and move out to more unique ingredients and flavors. Preregistration required, class limited to 20. Sep. 22, 7-8 pm. Free. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley. (893-8390) COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF TYLER SHWENK Beverly’s Executive Chef Tyler Shwenk leads a cooking class at the JACC. Sep. 23, 5:30-8:30 pm. $51/person. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. DINING AT DOWNTON ABBEY: A TRIAL BY FORK Food historian Tames Alan demystifies the manners, menu, and accoutrements of a formal 12-course dinner that would have been eaten upstairs at Downton Abbey before World War I. Sept. 23 from 2:30-4 pm ($35) and from 6:30-8 pm ($15). Sep. 23. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First.


FRIDAY NIGHT DANCES Local dance band Variety Pak plays live music for a community dance, with beverages and snacks. Sept. 18, Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 18, from 7-9:30 pm. $8-$10. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (509-535-0803) HARMONIA STRINGS A special event combining chamber music and a planetarium viewing, with baroque, classical and romantic string music. At the WSU Planetarium, 231 Sloan Hall. Sept. 18 at 7 pm, Sept. 20 at 5 pm. Sep. 18, 7-8 pm and Sep. 20. $5. WSU Pullman. astro. (335-1698) FIDDLE CONTEST The celebration kickoffs with a free show by Joey Mckenzie and his Western Fliers, Fri, Sept. 18, at 7 pm. Contest starts Sat, Sept. 19th with the Small Fry competition at 8:30 am. Sep. 19, 8:30 am-10 pm. CdA Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. PORCHFEST The second annual West Central neighborhood festival features local musicians and poets performing casual concerts/readings on the porches of host homes in the West Central neighborhood. Sep. 19, 3-7 pm. Free. SPOKANE SYMPHONY CLASSICS NO. 1: RUSSIAN ADVENTURES The Symphony launches its season with a rich musical journey of Eastern Europe, featuring compositions by Modest Mussorgsky, Béla Bartók and Tchaikovsky. Sept. 19 at 8 pm and Sept. 20 at 3 pm. $15-$54. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. NORTHWEST OPERA’S HANSEL & GRETEL Highlights of the original Humperdink opera are sung along with tidbits from past productions. Sep. 20, 2 pm. $20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (534-5805) MUSIC FROM THE PALOUSE Following a longstanding tradition the program includes works for large chamber ensemble by Richard Wagner, Charles

Gounod, Paul Dukas, and Igor Stravinsky. Sep. 22, 7:30 pm. $10-$22. University of Idaho Administration Building, 851 Campus Dr. (888-884-3246) ONE NIGHT WITH IMPANDA A fundraiser to bring arts and music therapy to street children of Rwanda and Spokane, through the newly-founded nonprofit based in Spokane. Sep. 22, 7:30 pm. Donations accepted. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. GEORGE WINSTON A veteran pianist with 15+ albums to his name, Grammy Award winning artist George Winston brings his brand of solo piano back to The Kroc. Sep. 23, 7:30 pm. $27. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd.


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NT LIVE PRESENTS: OF MICE & MEN James Franco and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd star in the hit Broadway production, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. Sep. 17, 7-10 pm. $12. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) ROCK OF AGES A musical comedy about big bands with big egos and big hair, with a score that features the hits by Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. Sept. 11-Oct. 10, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $23-$27. The Modern Theater CdA 1320 E. Garden Ave. THE GORGON In “The Gorgon”, writer Zana Previti explores the turmoil inside an aging sculptor and those surrounding her. Presented as a staged reading. Sept. 16-19 at 7:30 pm and Sept. 19-20 at 2 pm. $10/public; free/U of I students. The Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave. (208-885-6465) CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE MUSICAL Spokane Civic Theatre’s season premier of the musical about a precocious teenager whose lies take him into roles as a pilot, doctor and a lawyer, based on the

hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and a true story. Sept. 18-Oct. 18; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) PLAY ON! The story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty authoress who keeps revising the script. Sept. 18-Oct. 4, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$14. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (795-0004) RTOP AFTER DARK: VENUS IN FUR A new play series featuring award-winning, contemporary, adult-themed theatre. Shows may contain adult language and/ or themes. Sept. 23-26, at 8:30 pm. $10. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N Grand Ave,. (334-0750) SOLDIERS IN PETTICOATS A onewoman show by Tames Allen, telling the historical story of the the struggles of the suffragettes. Allen travels all over the Northwest to present historical Victorian Acts and is well known for her in-depth research and lively presentations. Sep. 24, 6 pm. $13-$15. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801)


THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS A curated exhibition of five contemporary artists who use new approaches in subject matter and craft. Sept. 15-Oct. 30; opening reception Sept. 15, from 5-6 pm, with a lecture and artist discussion from 6-7 pm. Gallery open Mon-Fri, 10 am-6 pm; Sat, 10 am-2 pm. Free and open to the public. Bryan Oliver Gallery, Whitworth, 300 W. Hawthorne Ave. (777-3258) ART ON THE BLUFF Annual showcase of local artists’ work, including paintings, yard art, mixed media, rock art, wood, fiber art, photography, pottery, stepping stones, and more. Sept. 19-20, Sat from 10 am-5 pm, Sun from 11 am-4 pm. Free. Hidden Acres Orchard, 16802 N. Applewood Ln. (999-3583) OUTSIDE OF THE BOX The gallery’s next show features work of Tom Quinn, Clancy Pleasants, Sheri Ritchie, Linda Hall, Kay West, Ron Yorke, Pete Canfield and others. Each artist has incorporated a box into their respective pieces. Sep. 19, 11 am-6 pm. Manic Moon & More, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. AN OLD FASHIONED SUNDAY IN AUTUMN The fall festival features demo by the Antique Power Club, a pie baking contest, live music, swap meet/car show, and demonstrations of handcrafts such as woodworking, broom making, fiber arts and more. Sep. 20, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way. (229-3414)



JUDY SCHACHNER The author of the Skippyjon Jones picture books launches her new book, Dewey Bob. Sep. 20, 1-4 pm. $1-$5; tickets only available at BookPeople. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) PULITZER PRIZE WINNER DIANE MCWHORTER The author of “Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution,” is the keynote speaker at the IHC’s 12th Annual Northern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner. Sep. 22, 7 pm. $50. CdA Resort, 115 S. Second. (208-345-5346) 

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s anyone here from Idaho?” much as the urban cowboys buying the drinks and posing for “Wooooooooot!” selfies stuffed full of as many friends, old and new, as possible. It’s a high-pitched auto-response, a roar evinced Got to show off the night’s attire, and the cute members of the from coast to coast at every concert, monster truck rally or opposite sex they met in the bar. small-town rodeo by announcers looking to fire up a crowd For the ladies: bedazzled butts on skinny jeans stuffed into through a public-address system. Simply change “Idaho” to oh-so-cute silver cowboy boots, topped with a cowboy hat or “Des Moines” or “Birmingham” or “Jacksonville” depending fluffy mane of blonde locks. Accessories include a matching on your locale, and wait for it: bedazzled purse, and cell phones permanently attached to one “WOOOOOOOOOT!” hand. For the boys, Western shirts or camouflage-pattern tight The towns and venues vary, but the scene tees along with Wrangler butts — yes, they remains the same when you go to a mass gathD I S T I L L E D drive some nuts, and yes, some of them are ering of the country-inclined. Country fans are bedazzled as well — stuffed into boots of their A SHOT OF LIFE some of the most passionate and party-hearty own. Hands are stuffed in pockets; trucker and folks around. Their lack of cynicism and love cowboy hats are optional. of a good time make them infinitely more fun than hipper-thanThe selfie scene repeats itself over and over, various groups thou indie-rock fans, and less destructive than a metalhead or gathering, laughing, clinking cans, taking pictures and occasionpunk who might share those traits. ally reacting to the announcer when he bellows a competitor’s In their native environs among thousands of fellow hometown: “Woooooot!” country-loving friends, you’ll find ritualized public displays full After a couple of hours, the Red Tail at the Arena is litof preening and squeals that would be right at home in a nature tered with Silver Bullet dead soldiers, along with some of its documentary. less-popular peers. Cans cover tabletops and fill drink holders, On this night, it’s happening in the Red Tail lounge at the waiting for the custodial crew. Spokane Arena, where scores have gathered to watch a bull-ridThe bull riding is finished and the announcer is bidding ing showcase. But the event itself hardly matters. The groups the crowd adieu. But the party is not over for one particular of women hoisting super-sized cans of Bud Light and Miller crew of Coeur d’Alene country fans. It’s just moving on to the Lite and Coors Light — always Coors Light — aren’t paying atNashville North. tention to the bull-riding cowboys on the arena floor nearly as Woot! 



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