Variations of Zuill

Variations of Zuill

Badass cellist. Musical missionary. Grammy winner. Zuill Bailey redefines Bach for the 21st century
Count Hermann-Karl von Keyserling just wanted a good night's sleep. It was 1,200 bumpy miles from St. Petersburg to Leipzig, where his work as Russia's ambassador to Saxony took him.

Backstage Story

Behind the preparation and precaution: Why it practically takes a village to put on a Cirque du Soleil show
Like any spectator event, there are two sides to Cirque du Soleil. There's the audience-facing side, with all its daredevil acrobatics and visual spectacle that leaves viewers wide-eyed and slack-jawed.

The Genius of Bach

His lasting influence, and a look at this year's Bach Festival schedule
Here's a secret about Bach festivals: They're not all about Bach, which you can clearly see by reviewing this year's Northwest Bach Festival lineup. Yes, you can find plenty of Bach in there, but there's also Debussy, Mozart — even some Duke Ellington.

New Spins on the Classics

The Spokane Symphony is reaching out to new audiences in myriad ways
From providing the live score to classic silent films, and regaling audiences with the magical music of Harry Potter and Star Wars, the Spokane Symphony has lately honed in on connecting listeners of all backgrounds and ages to its orchestral performances. "We're not your grandfather's symphony," says Executive Director Jeff vom Saal, who took the helm last May. "We're really taking active steps every single day to evaluate what people are interested in, and to constantly refine."

For Your Consideration

Archie goes dark, gaming goes Greek, and a podcast goes deep
TV | On paper, RIVERDALE (8 pm Thursdays, CW) almost sounds like a parody of a gritty, sexy CW reimagining of Archie comics. Archie has six-pack abs, and has been sleeping with his teacher, a much hotter Ms. Grundy.


A new storytelling session kicks off in Spokane
You'll be forgiven for thinking Spokane is awash in so-called "slams." Poetry slams.

Shooting a Scene

Garageland photo exhibit brings Spokane's '90s-era rock scene back to life
There was a time not long ago when the word "selfie" didn't even exist, when very few people had powerful cameras in their pockets. That makes photographic evidence of that time all the more cool when you see it.

Anchoring the Absurd

Leyna Krow's first book is filled with surreal stories about space, squids, snakes, sinking ships and much more
Leyna Krow's debut short story collection appropriately begins with an "index of things to come." The two-page spread previews both the weirdly fantastical worlds and characters, and the rather routine human behaviors, that readers will encounter throughout the 15 stories of I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking.


Zuill Bailey reflects on winning a 2017 Grammy
The week before the Grammy Awards, Zuill Bailey says he felt like he had been "strapped to the front of a freight train" — from the buildup since the nominations were announced, to the red-eye flight from Alaska to Los Angeles, to the well-wishers popping up on his phone. So how did he feel after winning one of those little golden gramophone statues for his mantle?

Between the Concerts

Zuill Bailey takes classical excellence to unexpected places
With the arrival of Zuill Bailey as music director in 2014, along with building a bigger audience for concerts, the Northwest Bach Festival started upping its outreach efforts, embedding them deeper into the organization's mission. "I like to call it 'community engagement,'" says Gertrude Harvey, executive director of Connoisseur Concerts.

Mammoth Proportions

A massive touring exhibit at the MAC highlights our region's connections to the iconic beasts of the most recent Ice Age
Ghosts of the ancient past loom over the exhibit halls of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, casting their massive shadows across the concrete floor. Standing on hind legs, a roaring bear towers 12 feet — its actual size — above visitors as they enter Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age, the newly arrived blockbuster exhibit from Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, here through May 7.


Battling gender-focused bullying, one screening at a time
"Oh my god, she looks like such a slut." "She's asking for it."

For Your Consideration

Cranston writes, Sneaky Pete slithers and Japandroids raaaawk!
ALBUM | Canadian duo Japandroids famously almost broke up before their 2009 debut even saw the light of day, only to see that album, Post-Nothing, and their 2012 follow-up Celebration Rock turn the Vancouver band into indie darlings, thanks to transcendent live shows and a knack for finding the sweet spot between punk abandon and classic anthem rock. That won't change with the release of NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE, their new set of eight songs that build to some magnificent peaks even as Brian King and David Prowse stick to their basic rock building blocks of guitar and drums, and lyrics about drinking, girls and the road.

Cheer On

In these weird and rapidly changing times, we might need sports more than ever
Football is done. The Super Bowl — the best one ever, you've been told — is over, and there's no more football on the horizon until sometime too early this summer, when you accidentally see a preseason game at the bar and realize that football has re-entered your life.

Soak it Up

Spokane Arts highlights local minority artists for "Saturate," February's biannual visual arts tour
Ellen Picken was nervous about sharing her idea to highlight people of color for Spokane Arts' expanded arts showcase, the Visual Arts Tour, in February. "I grew up here, and when I came back [two years ago], I saw that the art scene was really growing and there was so much energy, and people were doing things they'd never done before," she recalls.

Partisan Pagans

The political divide is even splintering Spokane's witches
They cast spells and they cast ballots. In Indianapolis, they hexed Donald Trump, taking to Instagram with grainy photos of Beelzebub.


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