The Newcomers

The Newcomers

Gonzaga has hit gold in the transfer market this season
Proximity to nature and a low cost of living draw plenty of people to Spokane. Basketball has also brought some highly sought talent to the Lilac City.

Earthly Delights

A new local business brings indoor gardening and the terrarium trend to Spokane
Joining the ranks of other old-fashioned ideals being revitalized through the current "what's old is new again" zeitgeist, terrariums and other miniature indoor gardens have re-emerged from their Victorian origins as a hip home décor trend and creative hobby. The miniature gardens contained in glass or ceramic vessels not only offer an outlet for budding green thumbs who have little space or time, but also feed our hunger for personalized, creative expression in the spaces we occupy.

BOOK | HOP KING

One tasty bit of Washington history
Like a lot of craft beer enthusiasts, I appreciate the hops that go into the brews I drink, and am proud to know that a lot of the hops I consume are grown in my home state. So picking up a book about the early days of hop farming in Washington wasn't a tough sell.

For Your Consideration

Snoop does "news," winning game combo and cooking from the couch
WEB SERIES | Join Nemo Hoes, Snoop Dogg's news anchor persona, for a joint (pun intended) smoke session and interview with guests including Seth Rogen, Larry King and G-Unit on the DOUBLE G NEWS NETWORK, the number one source for "hood news." Nemo and his guests share hilarious stories and videos, freestyle and play "finish this sentence," right next to some real discussions about the entertainment industry.

Creative Focus

With a new leader and funding source, Spokane Arts continues its march to make the city more creative
Part of Melissa Huggins' new job is explaining what exactly Spokane Arts is and what it does. That can be tricky, because the organization that Huggins is now director of is not actually a city agency, but it does receive funding and additional support from Spokane.

Road Rules

Viggo Mortensen returns to Sandpoint for a good cause, and with a good movie to share
At Sunday's glittering Golden Globes ceremony, Viggo Mortensen sat among the Hollywood elite. With his black tuxedo and pale blue eyes, he didn't look out of place.

For Your Consideration

A sportswriting ringer, killer coffee and rebirth of a TV classic
SPORTS | With the Seattle Seahawks chasing another Super Bowl, it can be hard to find writers who can effectively translate the perspective of Seahawks fans to a national level. But DANNY KELLY of The Ringer does just that.

[FIRST] SECOND FRIDAY

Double-dipping Spokane's visual arts celebrations
First Friday organizers at the Downtown Spokane Partnership decided to do things a little differently this month in light of the holidays, so the local arts showcase traditionally held the first Friday of the month was moved to this week. Several galleries hosted receptions last weekend, too, and will display featured art through the month.

Goddesses Eclectic

Ross Coates' thought-provoking "Mary Crosses" pay tribute to female spiritual icons from throughout humanity
Ross Coates is a collector and always has been. Trinkets and doodads and cast-aside relics; a menagerie of miscellaneous ephemera — another man's trash, even — unite as a curiously coherent collection in the 84-year-old artist's latest show, Mary Crosses.

Avoid Our Mistakes

How Spokane schools teach students to identify fake and biased news
On the projector screen in a Rogers High School classroom, three different articles about President Obama's latest attempt to save part of the Affordable Care Act appear side-by-side. Each news article is coming from a different perspective: the slight left (Washington Post), the right (Fox News), and the center (NPR), as determined by the website allsides.com.

What Does the Fox Say?

To play the lead in Pippin, Naysh Fox had to learn acrobatics and knife throwing — and he's stoked
Naysh Fox sounds like a kid who can't believe his luck. Even at 26, the actor's effervescent tenor and genuine sense of wonderment recall a young boy who's just been handed the keys to his very own toy store.

Snow Removal Blues

Spokane does have a plan, even if it's not a magic wand
I heard a snowplow on my street last week. The scraping of the blade moving along the road surprised me. Fresh flakes had only fallen that morning.

IN MEMORY | STEVE GIBBS

Coeur d'Alene loses a local arts icon
In early November, Steve Gibbs was honored with the Karen Mobley Arts Impact Award by Spokane Arts at the nonprofit's annual costume ball. The assembled crowd of artists, arts patrons and gallery owners stood and gave Gibbs a standing ovation.

For Your Consideration

Run The Jewels' New Year's gift, cutting comic and smooth rye whiskey
ALBUM | Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels became one of the most vital acts in modern music through their respective creative flows, their incendiary live shows and dedication to getting their music out to the masses by giving away their albums for free to fans paying attention. On Christmas Day, they surprise-dropped their new RUN THE JEWELS 3, a fine, politically charged addition to Killer Mike and El-P's catalog still available for free download at runthejewels.com (accompanied by a hilarious video starring Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen).

Where the Cards May Fall

A production of The Gin Game is raising funds for the Civic while celebrating the power of live theater
Card games, much like chess, are often used as a kind of dramatic shorthand, a proxy battle between two adversaries with rules that we, the audience, already understand. When James Bond calmly fans out his winning hand to the obvious dismay of the evil mastermind, it's not some incidental event during a more elaborate and high-stakes mission for MI6.

The Coloring Collective

The adult coloring book trend isn't a passing fad yet, and local artists are joining in on the trend
Like anything that's hot right now, this too could become passé in six months. But so far, coloring books designed and marketed to adults as a relaxing, creative outlet seem to possess a staying power that's managed to steal attention away long enough from ceaseless digital distractions.

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