In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

ESPN is coming to town to let the world know about Hoopfest
We take Hoopfest for granted. For some Inland Northwesterners, it's just something you do.

Trickle Down Toughness: Dad, drink, basketball and the strange courage of an old man

Distilled: A shot of life
When I think of the term "distilled," I think of my grandpa, Herbert, in the hills of Montana during Prohibition, brewing moonshine. Many of my family's most cherished memories, at least for the men, have to do with the often ridiculous and humorous nature of the stories that surrounded drinking, bar fighting and the effects of strange distillery.

The Dream Team

Meet the Spokane squad who will defend their home turf
As the entries for the Hoopfest elite men's field rolled in, they featured some excellent teams, which is what you want at a high-profile event with ESPN looking over your shoulder. Those teams, though, all hailed from places like Chicago or Los Angeles or the other side of the Cascades.

A Night's Work

How downtown Spokane transforms into Hoopfest in a matter of hours
Rob Davis and his team are efficient on the basketball court. Not with their ball movement or free-throw percentage.

Naming Rights (and Wrongs)

We looked over several thousand team names to find the best puns, insults and booze jokes
Adios Pantalones It takes a special breed of baller to publicly proclaim his or her ability to, as announcer Bill Raftery likes to say, leave "a little lingerie" of the opponent on the court after a killer crossover.

Got Hops?

Hoopfest adds Friday activities that blend the practical and the tasty
Some hardcore ballers can consider it carbo-loading for the weekend. Some casual players might call it a necessary aspect of any semi-athletic activity.

Revival on Ninth Avenue

The Woman's Club of Spokane was almost lost to history, but with new leadership, it's catching up to modern times
While other women's clubs across the U.S. are fading away, Spokane's 108-year-old chapter is experiencing a rebirth. This fresh breath of life is visible in the newly planted, blossoming rose bushes bordering the brick facade of the clubhouse at the corner of Ninth and Walnut.

REMEMBRANCE | Gunther's Greatness

Fond memories of a vital part of Spokane's classical community
So how did one of the most respected and famous musicians in all of America find his way into a 30-year relationship with the Inland Northwest? Gunther Schuller was engaged to conduct the Spokane Symphony just at the moment of an intense public disagreement between Symphony musicians and then-Music Director Donald Thulean.

For Your Consideration

Canned wine, "microdosing" and a pot-friendly dating app
DRINK | Ever wished you could bring wine somewhere but didn't because lugging a bottle and corkscrew around seemed impractical? Canned wine is here to solve that dilemma.

School's Out

Do you like your improv deep dish or thin crust? The Ditch Kids bring their own flavor to Spokane
Improv, as it happens, has a lot in common with pizza. There's New York style (Upright Citizens Brigade).

Back for More

Bazaar, the local arts fest that makes buying art accessible to all, returns with more artists and a new location for year two
Just hours in, some of the booths were nearly bare. By any expectations, the inaugural Bazaar — a one-day arts market spun off from its sister event, Terrain — was an unprecedented success.

Start your engines

Crashing a small-town tradition at the Lind Combine Demolition Derby
The first time metal hit metal with a resounding crunch, punctuated with the crowd's roar and collective raising of beer cans and high-fiving hands, I knew I'd made the right choice of Saturday afternoon festivities. A hot and windy day at a noisy dirt-track outdoor arena — the air filled with the scents of engine exhaust and grilling sausages — might not be for everyone.

THEATER | REASONS TO BE HAPPY

Neil LaBute's funny, expletive-filled sequel to Reasons to be Pretty
When The Modern (then Interplayers) first announced that it would be producing Neil LaBute's Reasons to Be Pretty/Reasons to Be Happy duology, the theater's intent was to stage the stand-alone plays back-to-back in repertory. The change of ownership resulted in a slight reshuffling of schedules, ultimately leaving a gap of four months between them.

For Your Consideration

OITNB returns, No-Li's new seasonal, Judy Blume's grown-up novel
TV | After a year of waiting, the third season of comedy-drama ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK finally returned to Netflix last week. If you're like me, it'll only take you two or three days to binge-watch the 13 hour-long episodes; then it's time for another year of anticipation and waiting.

Trivia Guru

Distilled: A Shot of Life
A deep, thick voice booms through a microphone at the dimly lit Press bar every Monday night. It's lubricated by ice-cold Coors Light and carries with it the confident experience of world travel and an extensive record collection.

Community Commemoration

An installation artist invites you to revisit one of the region's most gruesome pieces of history
On September 9, 1858, U.S. Army troops rounded up between 800 and 1,000 horses (accounts vary on the actual number) from the herd of a Palouse chief and, under orders from Col. George Wright, slaughtered the animals on the banks of the Spokane River. The act, meant to intimidate the Palouse, Spokane, Yakama and Coeur d'Alene tribes, who had been battling with Army troops in the months prior, was not only a symbolic takedown of the tribes' stature that would endure for generations, but also resulted in starvation among native people the following winter.

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