Out of the Box

Out of the Box

Burleskival hopes its burlesque gets Spokane used to something a bit edgier
The words "Let's Dance" are printed boldly on Whitney Jones' lime-green top. She flips her short blonde hair with a flirtatious glance as she moves confidently across the stage at a downtown bar where the media has assembled, hoping to learn a thing or two about burlesque shows in advance of the upcoming Burleskival event.

TV | Z Nation

The wait for Spokane's time in the post-apocalyptic spotlight is finally over.

For Your Consideration

Blues rock, internet "junk food," and a new podcast by two popular local artists.
ALBUM | When BENJAMIN BOOKER's raspy blues-rock fills your headphones for the first time, you'll wonder how you could have missed what must have been a lengthy career up until this point. Then you'll Google him and realize these dozen songs — ranging from longing blues to old-school rock to something on the edge of punk — are his first.

The Forest for the Trees

A Walk in the Woods might not restore hope in diplomacy, but its Cold War-era musings are uncannily timely
The global perspective was quite different when Lee Blessing's A Walk in the Woods premiered in 1987.

On Bigfoot's Trail

How do you believe in something that — to the rest of the world — doesn't exist?
You've probably seen her before. Captured in grainy 16mm Kodachrome color film, she walks upstream along a sandbar on the opposite edge of a creek.

Artful Soles

How local teens turned sneakers into pieces of art
The paintings sitting on the table of Odyssey Youth Center feature swirling shades of color, text and patterns, and they're all on canvas.

Art | Gallery on the Go

Vacant buildings downtown are an eyesore and a hindrance to economic development — it seems we've all become hyper-aware of this.

For Your Consideration

Talking cats, beautiful apps, and an in-depth look at the U.S. border crisis.
BOOK | There are a couple of things about this graphic novel that immediately had me hooked — a female journalist protagonist and a talking cat — but there's plenty a non-cat-lady-journalist can appreciate, too. Written by Eisner Award-winning author Paul Tobin and illustrated by Ben Dewey, both hailing from Portland, I WAS THE CAT is a silly yet riveting tale about a talking cat whose past eight lives have run the course of several notable eras of history, not limited to ancient Egypt, medieval England and World War I. In each of these "lives," Burma the cat has tried to take over the world, but he hasn't been successful until now.

Closing the Cycle

Broadway Bound concludes Neil Simon's 'Eugene' trilogy and marks the end of Michael Weaver's time at Interplayers
By kicking off its current season with Broadway Bound from Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical "Eugene" cycle, Interplayers is drawing overt parallels to the way the theater opened its previous season.

TV Trade Deadline Dealbook

A world in which we trade TV stars like baseball players, complete with footnotes (1)
Well, the annual trade deadline for the TV business is upon us again later this week, and boy howdy, are there some deals to be done. I got a couple fresh Hot Pockets (2) and my spreadsheets are open on my laptop, so I'm ready to rock and roll.

Elevated Art Form

Upcycled art lifts leftovers into the limelight
Where some see trash, others see treasure.


Talk to your town
there are things you want to tell your city, and perhaps you should write it a letter. It could be a love note, or maybe it includes some constructive criticism of how Spokane could do better.

For Your Consideration

Magicians and the graveyard shift
TV | The Doctor is dead. Long live the Doctor.

Native Pride

The 100th Spokane Tribal Labor Day Powwow isn't just a celebration of culture. It's a shared experience
One hundred years ago, the annual Spokane Tribal Labor Day Celebration was engendered as the Wellpinit Fair. It was called such because the idea of a fully fledged "powwow" seemed too loaded at a time when assimilation, not diversity, was the watchword.

Eagles Rising

How Eastern Washington became an unlikely college football powerhouse
Eastern Washington University is a fine educational institution, but prestigious?

The Last Toss

In his senior season, Spokane's own Connor Halliday hopes to get the national respect he deserves
One year ago, Connor Halliday passed for more yards than any other player in Washington State history.


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