Fear and the Faithful

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.


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.


Will Forte thrives as a leading man
Last Man on Earth (Fox, Sundays, 9:30 pm) does away with all the detritus of the apocalypse. No zombies, no demons, no leftover corpses or automobile wrecks or post-rapture clothes piles.

For Your Consideration

Psychedelic tunes, Scientology unveiled and gentlemen on the road
MUSIC | Australian psych revivalists Tame Impala are leading the follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 album Lonerism with the release of a new single — "LET IT HAPPEN" — from their upcoming album that will drop sometime later this year. Those familiar with Tame Impala will recognize many of their trademark characteristics in the eight-minute song, namely Kevin Parker's airy, disembodied vocals, the guitars that barely sound like guitars and synths that seem to descend from space.

Strung Up

How the Spokane String Quartet survives and thrives playing the music they love
If you're sitting close enough to the stage, you can hear their breathing, just barely, over the music. It comes in short inhales and languid exhales, sometimes in unison and sometimes from a lone member of the quartet signaling winds of change in tempo or mood.

Spirit Matters

A new type of yoga (featuring Downward Drunken Dog!)
Do you know what's better than hot yoga and power yoga and Bikram yoga and donkey yoga and that's guaranteed to become a major spiritual healing practice in about five seconds? Drunk yoga, that's what, also known as whiskey yoga or mindlessness yoga or you-still-seem-to-be-gaining-weight-but-who-cares yoga.

For Your Consideration

Covering a legend, retro laughs and a punk godmother's memoir
ALBUM | Covering a much-beloved artist can be dicey business, but SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD SING ELLIOTT SMITH is the best kind of tribute, and hopefully will introduce new generations of listeners to Smith's incredible songwriting. The male/female vocals blend beautifully and add new and welcome colors to songs of remarkable emotional and musical complexity.


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