Multimedia Composer

Multimedia Composer

"Force of Attraction" reflects Larry Ellingson's fascination with light, sound and making art with unusual stuff
When Larry Ellingson was 16, his music instructor admonished him, saying he would look back on his life and realize he was the proverbial jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Ellingson's response?

The Closer

Distilled: Crying in our beers
The fix is in. By the time Leslie Lowe, KHQ TV's always bubbly weathercaster, starts her story, people are primed.

For Your Consideration

A great read, a helpful comic and fresh hops abound
BEER | In the Dining Out section of this week's paper, you can read about Paradise Creek Brewing's Alpha Madness IPA, just one of the local FRESH HOP BEERS currently pouring throughout the region. This seasonal brewing style uses whole, wet hop flowers in the brewing process, making for a very aromatic and tasty beer.

Sasquatch Man

A man in Chewelah says he can communicate with Sasquatches and aliens, and also find water in the ground
In Chewelah, there's a man named Kewaunee Lapseritis, his first name Apache for "he who travels in search of knowledge and brings that knowledge back to his people." He's a social scientist and anthropologist, and also a master dowser who says he's helped more than 100 people find water.

How Things Change

For its eighth arts showcase, Terrain continues to outpace itself
In striking contrast from one year prior, the air inside the 120-year-old Washington Cracker Co. warehouse is tinged with the woodsy scent of fresh sawdust in place of a musty, mildewy musk.

Keeping the Faith

A Chattaroy father-son team's search for Noah's Ark takes them to the top of Turkey's Mt. Ararat
"Basically, without being overly dramatic, from the time you get up there, you're experiencing a slow death."

Artistic Exploration

A few standout shows from the expansive Visual Arts Tour roster
We've arrived in October, the busiest time of year for the arts in Spokane — as it should be, considering October is Create Spokane Arts Month. Kicking off the slate of extraordinary events throughout the city is the biannual Visual Arts Tour, a self-guided explosion of exhibits in art galleries, restaurants, wine bars and pretty much anywhere else with some open wall space.

MOVIE | Miami Connection

Get to know one of the best worst movies ever made
The 1980s was an epic time for movies considered so bad, they're actually good — you know, in an ironic way. It was pretty easy to fire up the ol' VCR and fill your weekend with a steaming, smelly pile of Gymkata, Rhinestone and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.

For Your Consideration

Hip-hop meets classical, winning comic book TV and a quick payback
TV | Is it just me, or is Hollywood recycling superhero movies more than cardboard boxes? Well, if you want to get your comic-book television fix without seeing Hugh Jackman with knives in his hands, check out the Fox hit GOTHAM.

Family Lies

The Wyeth family is home for the holidays and in for a surprise in the Modern's Other Desert Cities
Other Desert Cities is said to take its title from a traffic sign along Interstate 10, a highway that leads out of Los Angeles and passes close to Palm Springs, the sunny resort town where the play's events unfold over the course of a fraught Christmas Eve.

Cultural Illumination

Riverfront Park transports visitors to an authentic Chinese cultural experience during the Lantern Festival
Giant orange koi fish and lotus blossoms in rich gem hues are resting in the afternoon sunshine inside Riverfront Park. A cluster of pandas — actually an "embarrassment," the term for a grouping of China's beloved bear species — with oversized heads and expressions of surprise and elation are stiffly basking on their backs and sides, their outstretched front legs frozen in open embrace.

Boyish Wonder

John Mulaney could have crumbled after his sitcom bombed; instead, he returned to the stage
Blending boyish silliness with just the slightest edginess, John Mulaney's comedic style can crack up comedy snobs and fans of CBS sitcoms alike. On his Netflix comedy special New in Town, his topics bounce across the map with blissful abandon: his physical appearance (being bullied as a kid for mistakenly being seen as Asian American), knowing outdated commentary on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and the titular city's grid system, not wanting the girl he's dating to meet his parents ("Oh honey, tonight is going great.

AUTHOR | Cheryl Strayed

The Wild writer stops in Spokane to celebrate local women
The first eight days that best-selling author Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, she didn't see another human being. She felt entirely alone.

For Your Consideration

A solo departure from Hold Steady leader, a fresh sitcom and timely historic novel
MUSIC | I'm always leery when a member of one of my favorite bands launches a solo career while said band is still functioning, but Craig Finn makes a good case for being able to do both on his new album FAITH IN THE FUTURE. While his band The Hold Steady seems the outlet for bigger, louder narratives, Faith and its predecessor Clear Heart Full Eyes are tamer affairs, offering the chance for some sonic and stylistic experimentation beyond The Hold Steady's straightforward barroom blowouts.

Comedy Most Slapstick

Ignite! opens its 11th season with a self-referential comedy about a murder mystery
Play On!, the over-the-top comedic opener to Ignite!'s 11th season, treads some dangerous ground for a community theater. This 10-actor ensemble piece by Rick Abbot (one of several pen names for Jack Sharkey, a playwright who was remarkably prolific, with rather unremarkable scripts) is a play about a community theater troupe unsuccessfully — nay, disastrously — trying to stage a play.

River Tales

The story of the Spokane River in 30 paintings
Kay O'Rourke likes to tell her own stories. For that reason, the local painter doesn't typically do art commissions, where someone hires an artist to do a specific creative piece.


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