United by Song and Dance

United by Song and Dance

A local powwow aims to bring people together across ethnicities for a colorful cultural celebration
When the sun sets on Spokane's Gathering at the Falls Powwow, the dancing continues. Throaty singing rings out across the softly lit summer grass amidst the rhythmic chimes of bells attached to elaborately dressed tribal dancers.

Float On

To find an hour of glorious silence, I had to enclose myself in a tank full of salt water
As I lay in a tank of 120 gallons of water containing half a ton of Epsom salt, I realize that I'm thinking exceptionally well. I untangle a hassle with an upcoming story I have coming up and perform a mental inventory of my refrigerator to see what I can make for dinner.

BASEBALL | By The Numbers

Dogs, dingers and dastardly Diaz stuff
In next week's issue, we'll give you everything you need to know about the upcoming football season. But before we transition into football, let's remember that there's still some meaningful baseball being played.

For Your Consideration

Imagining The Donald, shoot-em-up game and manly musical homages
TWITTER | Straight-up Donald Trump parody accounts are a dime a dozen. But the Twitter account of Owen Ellickson (@ONXLN) takes the more noble, hilarious path.

Game of Sounds

Cyan's Robyn Miller returns to orchestrate the Spokane-based gaming company's Obduction
Robyn Miller, the multitalented co-creator of best-selling computer games Myst and Riven, is back at Cyan, Inc. for the first time in nearly 20 years, creating the soundtrack for Obduction, the Spokane company's highly anticipated return to form, which was released this week. Miller left the company in 1998 to try different media, mostly film.

Aim High

A new arcade bar in Spokane brings video gamers back to the good ol' days
He loves shooting aliens and watching their bodies explode. "Don't come to our planet, assholes!"

To Be a Tree

Spokane's Heritage Tree Program recognizes the region's most prized arbor specimens
Nestled in the valleys of mountain ranges all around, the Inland Northwest is home to millions and millions of trees. Even within our metropolitan boundaries, they fill our parks, line the streets and shade our backyards.

WEB | Interactive History

Riverfront Park lovers gain an invaluable resource
We wrote a few weeks ago about an archaeological dig taking place in downtown Spokane's Riverfront Park as extensive improvements and additions to the 100-acre focal point of our city began. Ashley Morton, one of the archaeologists on site, mentioned that the study would culminate in a report not just on their findings; it also would include a comprehensive history of the park, dating back to the days when it was a gathering place for Native Americans.

For Your Consideration

Creative hip-hop history, gymnastics for your ears and Dinosaur Jr.'s return
TV | His subject is love. Love of life and self and others.

Little Shop of Arts

A new fine arts gallery in the Garland Business District brings local art to the forefront of the community
When the Garland District's longtime fine arts space the Tinman Gallery closed two years ago due to its owner's retirement, neighbors wondered when or if something else would come along to fill the role of a designated arts gallery. Earlier this year, someone did, as Spokane transplant and artist Kay West debuted the cozy Little Dog Art Gallery in a narrow retail space sandwiched between the Rocket Bakery and Groove Merchants record shop.

A Pressing Matter

Typebee Letterpress' Breanna White unites old-world printing processes with modern technology
Breanna White needed to work with her hands — anything more tangible than spending hours upon hours in front of a computer, anchored to the mouse and keyboard. One day she glanced an advertisement seeking a letterpress print shop intern.

The Goats Who Stare at Men

Scotchman Peak is known for picturesque views as well as cute, furry mountain goats — that may bite or gore you
At Trailhead 65, which leads to the top of Scotchman Peak, is a foreboding sign announcing to hikers that they're entering "Bear Country" and should take care to neither attract nor antagonize the potentially ferocious omnivores. But the animal that people around here are more concerned about isn't a large mammal capable of mauling hapless hikers.

KIDS' TV | Beat Bugs

Keeping the spirit of the Fab Four alive
Most children's television is awful, as any parent of a young child can tell you. For those without children, these shows feature some sort of brightly colored talking dog or cat, or maybe even both, providing your child 18 minutes of ostensibly educational viewing while you take advantage of the free time allowed by this on-demand animated nanny.

For Your Consideration

Twin Falls tales, delicious Donald tweets and new Final Fantasy chapter
ARTICLE | Earlier this year, Twin Falls, Idaho, made the national news when a rumor took on a life of its own. The story that circulated through the town concerned Syrian refugees sexually assaulting a young child.

Roll Out

The Route of the Hiawatha welcomes experts and newbies alike to bike a beautiful trail
Rolling into the black maw of a Montana mountain, the images in my head were of one Wile E. Coyote. Countless times I'd watched the Western native — far more acclimated to outdoorsy pursuits than I — go into a tunnel only to find his body pancaked by a train rushing through from the other side.

The Hero

When a debilitating disease tried to steal Steve Gleason's life, he fought back
Steve Gleason was a big deal here in the Inland Northwest back when he was blowing up quarterbacks and smacking home runs for Gonzaga Prep. His stature grew when he went on to Washington State and became an improbable star linebacker.

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