Finding Solid Footing

Finding Solid Footing

Local radio personality Molly Allen has written a new play about ending and mending relationships
In one San Francisco apartment, private anxieties and suspicions have pushed a couple to the verge of breaking up. In the place next door, a grandson is setting up a wireless music system for his grandfather, but the high-tech device is only causing the generation gap to widen.

TV | Amazon Comedy

The online-shopping giant is an unlikely home for serious laughs
Little did I know when I signed up for Amazon Prime a few years back to save cash on shipping gifts to far-flung relatives that the online-shopping giant would become the producer of some of the most eclectic, emotionally riveting TV sitcoms anywhere. The thing is, calling Amazon shows like Transparent, Catastrophe or the just-released Fleabag "sitcoms" seems almost a denigration of those shows — and I love a good old-fashioned 22-minute silly comedy as much as anyone, having grown up on the likes of Cheers, The Simpsons and The Cosby Show (may our fond memories rest in peace).

For Your Consideration

Ozzie's radio show, fantasizing football and Rainier's new brew
PODCAST | Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has never shied away from media attention. The three-term Republican sheriff is quick to call an afternoon press conference when issues of public importance pop up and never afraid to speak his mind on all things law enforcement.

Exploring Identity

The city of Spokane Valley wants to create its first public arts master plan
At 13 years old, the city of Spokane Valley is going through an identity crisis. And just like any teenager rapidly coming into their own, the city is turning to the arts in an effort to express what kind of city it really is.

Ride Ben Burr

A railroad line turned bike trail is finally nearing completion
They've been talking about it for about 20 years, and now the Ben Burr Trail project is finally complete. Mostly.

Worth Remembering

An Aryan Nations exhibit is designed to showcase North Idaho's triumph over hate
The bullet hole in the rusted-out car wheel isn't huge. It would be easy to miss if it weren't for the white tag attached, dated August 3, 2000: "Admitted In Evidence."

THEATER | Beauty and the Beast

A Disney classic comes to life on stage
Adults certainly aren't immune to the charms of a good Disney musical, but the basis of their enjoyment is likely to be very different to the qualities that tickle children's fancy. In the case of Beauty and the Beast, a 10-year-old might walk away giggling at the clownish interplay between suave Lumière and anxiety-ridden Cogsworth, whereas parents might find themselves humming the evocative title ballad long into the evening.

For Your Consideration

NBC finds some funny, Angel Olsen's killer return and The Ringer rises
TV | Do you long for the days when a Thursday night comedy on NBC was worth your time? Well, there are some signs of life as the second season of SUPERSTORE returns to the Peacock on Sept. 22 at 8 pm.

Opportunity Gnaws

Z Nation didn't just bring zombies to Spokane — it's proved that the city can support a vibrant film industry
On a sweltering, late-August afternoon, a group of gun-toting men and women, clad in flashy garb ranging from military-style getups to tattered overalls, gather under the Monroe Street Bridge. There, on this day, resides a makeshift shelter from the zombie apocalypse, where humanity's heroes have assembled to hatch their species-saving plan.

America's Sweethearts

A touring show brings dozens of elite-level gymnasts to Spokane this month, including Rio's "Final Five" women's team
From Rio to Spokane, next up for the U.S. women's gymnastic team is an energetic tour across the country to show off their gold medal winning skills. Kicking off on Sept. 15 at the Spokane Arena, the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions offers a sampling of the Olympians' high-flying skills in an exhibition-style format reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil's flashy, acrobatic shows.

FOOTBALL | INSIDE THE UPSET

How Eastern Washington took down the WSU Cougars
In last week's Football Issue, we spent a lot of ink discussing the near-mythic collegiate careers of two of the nation's most heralded wide receivers — Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp and Washington State's Gabe Marks — as both enter their senior year. When the two faced off on Saturday in Pullman, there was an expectation of statistical fireworks.

Ode to (Desert) Joy

Why you should slow down — or better yet, stop — in the "drive-by" stretch of Washington
"People say that they 'love' the desert, but few of them love it enough to live there. Most people 'love' the desert by driving through it in air-conditioned cars, 'experiencing' its grandeur.

For Your Consideration

Lydia Loveless's new tunes, great novel and intense look at the Middle East
ALBUM| Like many of her roots-music elders, Lydia Loveless manages to convey deeply emotional material with a combination of delicate beauty that leans toward traditional country and big, brash hooks from the rock side of the street. Her new album REAL showcases the same sly humor and vulnerability that made her previous release Somewhere Else one of 2014's best, but this time songs like "Longer" and "Same To You" show a more confident Loveless, delivering tighter hooks through its 10 tracks from start to finish.

Spellbound

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has laughter, tears and audience participation
Lance Babbit freely admits that he was "never a great speller." But something about The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has appealed to him ever since the musical first hit the stage in 2005.

A Grand Finale?

EWU's record-setting Cooper Kupp is back for his senior year and one more shot at a national title
Y ou can accurately say that Cooper Kupp became a man in Cheney. The blond-haired receiver still looks like a kid despite his athletic physique and efforts to grow a beard over the summer.

Fueled by Charity

Any show that Last Chance For Gas plays is a donation of their time
C ombined, they say they have about 200 years of experience playing music. But that doesn't mean the men of Last Chance for Gas are quitting their band any time soon.

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