Mind Games

Mind Games

The Inland Northwest is home to a sizable and highly competitive community of Magic: The Gathering players
From a combination of nervousness, too little sleep and perhaps too much caffeine, Josh Mound's right hand trembles as he draws the top card off his deck. Across from him, leaning forward on his elbows, fingers pressed to temples, Mound's opponent bounces his leg restlessly.

Kennel Club Cribs

What it's like to spend a night in the cold just to get a good seat for the Zags game
Scattered across the Gonzaga campus, students stand with their eyes glued to smartphones. Their fingers swipe down repeatedly to refresh their Twitter timelines.

Mosey On In, You're Part of History

Distilled: A shot of life
The Moezy Inn Tavern is the sort of dimly lit hole-in-the-wall joint where people know one another. They're here tonight because they're always here.

THEATER | THE NERD

A sitcom-like script weakens this production
We in the Inland Northwest are spoiled by the quality of our amateur theater. None of the actors at the Civic (upstairs or down), The Blue Door, Ignite!, The Modern Coeur d'Alene or Stage Left see a cent from their performances, and yet we as audiences are treated time and time again to productions that fulfill, in whole or in part, professional-level expectations.

For Your Consideration

A welcome comeback, card deals and gaming to the beat
MUSIC | The wait is over, and it was definitely worth the nearly eight years between Modest Mouse's last album, 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and the band's new, full-length record, STRANGERS TO OURSELVES, which drops on March 3. Fans of the Issaquah, Wash.-founded rock group fronted by the hollering, guttural vocals of Isaac Brock should already be familiar with the first single, "Lampshades on Fire," which the band performed live during its most recent visit to Spokane in May 2011.

Get Thee to a Nunnery

After more than a decade, the all-male version of the popular musical Nunsense returns to the Civic stage
For hundreds of years after the dawn of theater in ancient Greece, female roles were played by men. It wasn't until opera appeared in the late 17th century that the notion of women on stage became possible, then accepted, then customary.

Bach in Action

The Northwest Bach Festival offers more concerts than ever before
There's a dapper, life-size cardboard cutout of Artistic Director Zuill Bailey floating around Spokane. Wherever the two-dimensional Bailey appears over the course of the two-week Northwest Bach Festival, you can expect an in-the-flesh Bailey "Flash-Bach!" cello performance later that day.

The Taste of Here

Of time and place: An ode to drinking local
When I'm drinking whiskey, I don't think about farmers or tractors or where the booze comes from. But I should, according to Don Poffenroth, co-owner of Spokane's Dry Fly Distilling.

Garland University of the Arts

One small strip of businesses can teach you to sew, quilt, act, paint, weave and play the bass
On a cold January evening, a half-dozen people have gathered for the first time on the stage of the Blue Door Theatre. "Zip!" shouts a blonde woman who introduced herself earlier as Super Sherrie.

BOOK | WAR BONDS

Author Cindy Hval finds love in the Greatest Generation
Cindy Hval writes love stories. Not werewolf-and-vampire tales or the stuff of Lifetime movies, but actual love stories.

For Your Consideration

Psychoscience podcast, spring style, and the queen of rap
PODCAST | Hey public radio nerds: Looking for a new podcast to fill the void that Serial left behind? Try INVISIBILIA ("all the invisible things" in Latin), which debuted at the end of January, about the unseen forces affecting human behavior.

Creeping Out

Sex and science collide in Stage Left's locally written new comedy
Playwright Sandra Hosking has toiled at the trade long enough to know a few things about getting her work from the page to the stage. Keep it short.

Trapped by Debt

Reflecting on the financial — and emotional — toll of student loans
Elizabeth Miller tracks her worth with the app on her phone. She watches as each student loan payment affects her economic standing, her value in society.

The Sound of Stabbing

The Spokane Symphony delivers the classically creepy Psycho score
Jorge Luis Uzcátegui heard Psycho before he saw it. He listened to the film's iconic score and read it on paper to the point that he had a good idea what the movie was about, he says.

TV | BETTER CALL SAUL

Watching Jimmy McGill break bad
We now all know how Walter White became Heisenberg, and we had one hell of a ride on the way to finding out. Now Breaking Bad masterminds Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are going to show us how Jimmy McGill became Saul Goodman, and the ride should be no less rewarding.

For Your Consideration

Surreal sitcom, Game of Thrones game, enlightening podcast
TV | Imagine Louis C.K.'s Louie, but as, you know, an actual comedy. MAN SEEKING WOMAN (FXX, Wednesdays, 10:30 pm) brings an absurdist, sketch-comedy sensibility to the modern dating world.

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