How Things Change

How Things Change

For its eighth arts showcase, Terrain continues to outpace itself
In striking contrast from one year prior, the air inside the 120-year-old Washington Cracker Co. warehouse is tinged with the woodsy scent of fresh sawdust in place of a musty, mildewy musk. The red-brick warehouse's transformation over the past 12 months from ramshackle relic to preserved historical landmark is remarkable, although the new life breathed into the three-story structure hasn't made it unrecognizable to those who'd seen it then.

Keeping the Faith

A Chattaroy father-son team's search for Noah's Ark takes them to the top of Turkey's Mt. Ararat
"Basically, without being overly dramatic, from the time you get up there, you're experiencing a slow death." Bill Hughes says this matter-of-factly — definitely not dramatically — as he describes the feeling of living atop a glacier at 17,000 feet for a month, a trip he and his son Will did twice as part of an archaeological team hunting for what they believe are the remains of the real Noah's Ark.

Artistic Exploration

A few standout shows from the expansive Visual Arts Tour roster
We've arrived in October, the busiest time of year for the arts in Spokane — as it should be, considering October is Create Spokane Arts Month. Kicking off the slate of extraordinary events throughout the city is the biannual Visual Arts Tour, a self-guided explosion of exhibits in art galleries, restaurants, wine bars and pretty much anywhere else with some open wall space.

MOVIE | Miami Connection

Get to know one of the best worst movies ever made
The 1980s was an epic time for movies considered so bad, they're actually good — you know, in an ironic way. It was pretty easy to fire up the ol' VCR and fill your weekend with a steaming, smelly pile of Gymkata, Rhinestone and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.

For Your Consideration

Hip-hop meets classical, winning comic book TV and a quick payback
TV | Is it just me, or is Hollywood recycling superhero movies more than cardboard boxes? Well, if you want to get your comic-book television fix without seeing Hugh Jackman with knives in his hands, check out the Fox hit GOTHAM.

Family Lies

The Wyeth family is home for the holidays and in for a surprise in the Modern's Other Desert Cities
Other Desert Cities is said to take its title from a traffic sign along Interstate 10, a highway that leads out of Los Angeles and passes close to Palm Springs, the sunny resort town where the play's events unfold over the course of a fraught Christmas Eve. As quickly becomes clear, the "other desert cities" of California's Coachella Valley aren't the only ones the play is concerned with.

Cultural Illumination

Riverfront Park transports visitors to an authentic Chinese cultural experience during the Lantern Festival
Giant orange koi fish and lotus blossoms in rich gem hues are resting in the afternoon sunshine inside Riverfront Park. A cluster of pandas — actually an "embarrassment," the term for a grouping of China's beloved bear species — with oversized heads and expressions of surprise and elation are stiffly basking on their backs and sides, their outstretched front legs frozen in open embrace.

Boyish Wonder

John Mulaney could have crumbled after his sitcom bombed; instead, he returned to the stage
Blending boyish silliness with just the slightest edginess, John Mulaney's comedic style can crack up comedy snobs and fans of CBS sitcoms alike. On his Netflix comedy special New in Town, his topics bounce across the map with blissful abandon: his physical appearance (being bullied as a kid for mistakenly being seen as Asian American), knowing outdated commentary on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and the titular city's grid system, not wanting the girl he's dating to meet his parents ("Oh honey, tonight is going great.

AUTHOR | Cheryl Strayed

The Wild writer stops in Spokane to celebrate local women
The first eight days that best-selling author Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, she didn't see another human being. She felt entirely alone.

For Your Consideration

A solo departure from Hold Steady leader, a fresh sitcom and timely historic novel
MUSIC | I'm always leery when a member of one of my favorite bands launches a solo career while said band is still functioning, but Craig Finn makes a good case for being able to do both on his new album FAITH IN THE FUTURE. While his band The Hold Steady seems the outlet for bigger, louder narratives, Faith and its predecessor Clear Heart Full Eyes are tamer affairs, offering the chance for some sonic and stylistic experimentation beyond The Hold Steady's straightforward barroom blowouts.

Comedy Most Slapstick

Ignite! opens its 11th season with a self-referential comedy about a murder mystery
Play On!, the over-the-top comedic opener to Ignite!'s 11th season, treads some dangerous ground for a community theater. This 10-actor ensemble piece by Rick Abbot (one of several pen names for Jack Sharkey, a playwright who was remarkably prolific, with rather unremarkable scripts) is a play about a community theater troupe unsuccessfully — nay, disastrously — trying to stage a play.

River Tales

The story of the Spokane River in 30 paintings
Kay O'Rourke likes to tell her own stories. For that reason, the local painter doesn't typically do art commissions, where someone hires an artist to do a specific creative piece.

Image Conscious

The Civic opens its season with the unfettered "glitz and glam" of a con man's story
The 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.

Hometown Heroes

Distilled: In praise of the country life
"Is anyone here from Idaho?" "Wooooooooot!"

TV | Rick and Morty

Twistedly brilliant sci-fi inventiveness
Great 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.

For Your Consideration

Online dog-sitters, how things work and a kids' game grows up
DOGS | I have not yet reached the point my life where I can be trusted to care for another life on a full-time basis, human or otherwise. That's why ROVER.COM is perfect.


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