Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

ArtFest celebrates a 30-year marriage of the best of both worlds
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's the theme of this year's ArtFest, which builds on the foundation of 30 years supporting the arts in Spokane.

Caught in a Mosh

Distilled: A shot of life
The swirling whirl of flying elbows, lofted knees and whipping necks encountered in a mosh pit might look like utter chaos to an innocent bystander, a mini-riot sanctioned by the band on stage and whatever venue is hosting. Step inside the maelstrom, though, and even the most turbulent dance-floor frenzy reveals organization among the madness — codes to live by, rules that are true to surviving and thriving in pits in Spokane and beyond, at any show featuring some music that thrives on a full-contact audience experience.


Culture Digest
Since 2012, Gonzaga University's renowned Jundt Art Museum has hosted its "Close In" exhibition series, using the sweet summer months while the campus population is low to highlight regional artists' work. This year, the series showcases the astounding sculptures of Marilyn Lysohir of Moscow, Idaho, including her two-ton, 24-foot-long ceramic battleship piece titled The Dark Side of Dazzle.

For Your Consideration

Public shaming, True Detective and turning the tables on Terry Gross
BOOK | You've probably heard about it happening: Someone makes an ill-considered post on Facebook or a poorly delivered joke on Twitter. It sparks outrage from a handful of people.

Medieval Revival

The Epona Equestrian Team hopes to see the centuries-old sport of jousting make a modern comeback
With less than 50 yards between them, the two riders nudge their antsy horses into a gallop and charge. Barreling toward each other, the impact of wood upon wood suddenly cracks through the pine branches.

A Heart for Art

Coeur d'Alene continues to grow as an arts destination under Arts and Culture Alliance Director Kerri Wilfong
Fridays are busy for Kerri Wilfong, the new director of Coeur d'Alene's Arts and Culture Alliance. The job, which Wilfong started in the fall, is supposed to be part-time, she says, "but it's so fun, it feels half like a hobby."

Oddity | South Hill's Haven

An ever-evolving art spot
Among the newly built cookie-cutter shops now popping up across the South Hill is an artistic oasis in a colorful, rickety old house. The driveway, lined with metal sculptures, welcomes you into 29th Avenue Artworks (3128 E. 29th Ave.) — an art gallery and custom frame shop.

For Your Consideration

Cool country, literary flashbacks and a fancy flashlight
CD | This time of year, we're all looking for a soundtrack for our summer cruising. One of my faves, Dwight Yoakam, is out with a new record that fits the description: SECOND HAND HEART.

Jet Fretter

The Modern's airplane-themed comedy isn't timely, but it's certainly well-timed
The one-room set of Boeing Boeing, currently at the Modern Spokane in a production directed by Abbey Crawford, is meticulous in its evocation of a particular era — a slightly pedestrian form of mid-century modern dominated by queasy oranges and turquoises, the wallpaper pattern a sleek, repeating silhouette of the jetliners that trace the arcs on the map painted across the stage floor. All that's missing is a shag rug (orange, of course) with ankle-deep pile.

Marine For Life

On the eve of another Memorial Day, one local Pearl Harbor survivor retells a story that will never be forgotten
Ray Garland remembers sweating in the humid Hawaii air that Sunday morning. It was just before 8 am when he and a couple of fellow Marines were raising the flag over the battleship USS Tennessee, just as they did every morning.

Kicking Rocks

Jack Nisbet's latest book, Ancient Places, tells surprising stories of the Inland Northwest
Spokane writer Jack Nisbet sees the little things — the things all around us that most of us don't take the time to consider. Ants, for example — there's an entire chapter in his new book, Ancient Places, about the mysterious genius of ants.

The Gender Games

Why I open doors for dudes
There's this game I play. Or perhaps it's more of a test I give to unsuspecting males approaching doorways: I open the door for them.


A new production of an old standard thrives for authenticity
"Well, ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City!" In The Music Man, that rapidly delivered line signals the start of con artist Harold Hill's gambit to create a marching band in a tiny Iowa town.

For Your Consideration

Swimsuit season arrives, a country stunner and a French affair
FASHION | It's nearly the time of the year when we resolve to stop eating poorly and work out daily — yes, swimsuit season. But as pizza, tacos and beer inevitably win out, you may as well purchase a cute bikini and worry less about the bod.

Across the Gulf

The MAC's "Past Forward" exhibit has the potential to move cultural mountains
The popular saying about Muhammad going to the mountain (because it wouldn't come to him) seemed an ideal story lead for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's upcoming exhibition of United Arab Emirate artwork entitled "Past Forward." Since few Americans can travel to experience Arab culture firsthand, representative artworks are coming here on their way to visit six states over a two-year period.

Ascending Artist: Brittany Stodgell

A wealth of projects and ideas pushes this busy young artist to create beautiful work at the zero hour
Procrastination is Brittany Stodgell's incentive for inspiration. It's what drove her to stay up through the night before a solo art show at the start of the year and paint — from start to finish — a 5-foot-by-2-foot acrylic piece.


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