Ascending Artist: Frank Knapp

Ascending Artist: Frank Knapp

A midlife crisis and tragic loss fueled a new passion for photography
Frank Knapp disembarks from his Starcraft van to stroll along the Spokane River not far from his Hillyard home. While Lycra-clad joggers trot by on this sunny spring afternoon, he sports a camouflage jacket and baseball cap to shield his eyes — better for seeing the changes in the river since his last visit.

Gimme Shelter

The Cold War is long gone, but we can't get over our obsession with the end of the world
In the concrete bowels of Mount St. Michael, a traditionalist Catholic parish in far North Spokane, it's easy to feel disconnected from the world above. Only harsh fluorescent bulbs illuminate the winding, narrow path through the basement — past where the nuns wash and dry their blue-and-white habits, past a pockmarked basalt boulder that wouldn't budge during construction of the five-story, manor-like structure 100 years ago and past where many of the academy's schoolbooks and supplies are stored — into the remnants of the building's designated fallout shelter, first created after World War II.

For Your Consideration

A winning sports app, killer Twitter add-on and epic reads
SPORTS | If you're like me, the next few days, the ones before the Major League Baseball season starts, are the worst kind of anticipatory torture ever conceived. But fear not.

LEARNING TO LOVE A NEW HOMETOWN

Distilled: A shot of life
The Lilac City was the "baggage" my girlfriend brought to our long-distance relationship, and moving to the Inland Northwest to be with her meant breaking up with my beloved hometown and jumping right into bed with Spokane, virtually sight unseen. Gone was the comfortable navigating of familiar haunts with lifelong friends, replaced with strange, ridiculously potholed streets leading to bars where absolutely nobody knows my name.

Uncivil Society

In God of Carnage, two couples meet to discuss their kids — and then the kid gloves come off
In a chic urban apartment where art hangs with ostentatious regard, two married couples have met to discuss a playground scuffle that left one of their children bloody and missing teeth. Seated on one side are the Raleighs, Annette (Emily Jones) and Alan (Daniel McKeever), parents of the aggressor and the invited guests to this summit.

Fear and the Faithful

Into the heart of the NCAA tournament over three days in Seattle
It's Sunday in Seattle and the afternoon service is underway outside KeyArena.

Bringing it Home

The Gonzaga women make a Cinderella run that brings them to Spokane for the Sweet 16
They had no business being there.

Ascending Artist: Brian Houghton

How one still-evolving artist learned not to be constrained by conventions
The look on Brian Houghton's face when he opens the door at Stella's Café on a Saturday morning is guarded yet curious. Or perhaps he's just tired.

THEATER CLUE: THE MUSICAL

How cute is too cute?
With Clue: The Musical announcing a sold-out run before opening night (an extra show on April 11 at 2pm had been added just before press time), audiences have already decided it's worth seeing. The critic thus becomes even more superfluous than usual — a quality he could claim to share with this stage adaptation of the Parker Brothers board game.

For Your Consideration

Indie-pop, catching up with Spader and arena-sized comedy
ALBUM | It's been three years since Welsh indie-pop artist Marina Diamandis — better known as Marina and the Diamonds — has dropped an album, her most recent release being Electra Heart in 2012. Her newest compilation, FROOT, while a definite direction change from her sassy, in-your-face previous work, is worth a listen.

Happily Divided

Co-headlining comics bring sparring perspectives to the same stage
After spending decades making the rounds of the comedy club circuit, the world of strip-mall venues, shady club owners and sparse crowds far from home can lose a bit of its glamour. That leaves most mid-career comedians with some serious decisions to make.

Four Short Years

Kevin Pangos started his career at Gonzaga shooting the lights out. He hopes to end it by leading a team to greatness
After his first game in a Gonzaga uniform, Kevin Pangos was told to shoot more. That's your role, head coach Mark Few told the slim, clean-cut and cool-eyed kid before the Bulldogs headed onto their home floor to face Washington State.

Wins, Losses and Life

The parallels between the careers of father-and-son hoop stars Terry and Parker Kelly are eerie — and enlightening
Last year, it was the Stockton show, as David Stockton finished off his Gonzaga career with his dad, John, up in the stands. This year, the sequel has been just as exciting, as Parker Kelly winds down his days in an Eagles uniform with his hoop-star dad, Terry, cheering him on.

EWU's Dancing, Too!

The region's hot-shooting little brother hopes to turn some heads
Eastern Washington has been begging for national attention this season. First, the Eagles started a game at 8 am on a Friday in mid-November, ensuring the designation of hosting the country's first college basketball game of the season.

Sweating It

Gonzaga's women had to wait to hear they were in the NCAAs, but they ended up with a decent draw
As team name after team name appeared on the screen during Selection Monday, the Gonzaga women's basketball team sat patiently, hoping theirs would be next. Suddenly, the women jumped up screaming and hugging each other as GU was announced as an 11 seed in the Spokane region, securing their spot in the 2015 NCAA tournament.

Reduce, Reuse, Create

Art Salvage Spokane encourages sustainable creativity by making art from discarded stuff
The towering stack of plastic totes in Katie Patterson Larson's sunlit craft room are filled with treasures: baggies of wooden knobs, beads, glitter, paintbrushes, string, felt-tipped markers, jars of colorful buttons and scraps of fabric. This growing odds-and-ends collection is the fruit of Larson's ongoing efforts to spread the nationally trending concept of "creative reuse" — aka upcycling or repurposing — throughout the community.

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