Holiday Hype

Holiday Hype

Before Thanksgiving is even here, Spokane hosts three big Christmas-themed shows
In five years touring with the Broadway musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Bob Lauder has missed more than a few family holidays. This year, Lauder — who plays an older, nostalgic version of the Grinch's unapologetically obedient mutt, Max — is spending Thanksgiving in Spokane.

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TV | History Problems
The History Channel hasn't been about "history" for a long while. The once official channel of World War II actually had a period in the mid-aughts when it focused oddly on the future, really the only off-limits topic for an outfit called the History Channel.

For Your Consideration

Weed delivery, an anti-carol, and noises that give you the heebie-jeebies.
WEB SERIES | Here in Washington, if you want to smoke some weed you just pick it up at a strip mall on your way home from Target. But in New York City, there are dudes who will come to your door to make an illicit deal.

The Most Interesting Man in the World

How Rick Steves travels to far-off places, fights for legal weed and appears on your TV
Rick Steves is an American from the Seattle area who has made a living on his expertise regarding European travel. It's not a bad gig, and one that most college kids wish they could make their own upon venturing abroad for the first time.

'One Child'

Brimo Nyinkuany escaped violence in southern Sudan and resettled in Spokane. Now he's looking to give back
He walked 3,000 miles barefoot beneath the equatorial sun, across valleys and deserts and mountains, until his feet were cracked and numb. He recalls being stung by a scorpion on the palm of his hand while he slept and left seething in pain on the side of the road.

Escape the Grid

A case for unplugging in our ever-connected world
When I head out to visit my parents west of Spokane, I have to warn people: My cellphone will not work. Though just 20 minutes from downtown, steep geography has conspired to keep my childhood home off the grid.

Believe the Hype

Taking the temperature of Zag Fever, 2014 edition
All of the televisions at Jack and Dan's are turned to college football. But the conversation around the bar is about basketball, as it will be for the four months to come.

Challengers to the Throne

A couple of WCC squads might have a shot at the Zags
The Gonzaga Bulldogs enter the season ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and are the overwhelming favorite in the West Coast Conference. But that doesn't mean the Zags can coast to yet another WCC title.

The Return of Ernie Kent

Back in the Pac-12, the former Oregon coach is hoping to get WSU back on track
Ernie Kent is 59 years old. At times, he looks like he's 40 and acts like he's 20.

Basketball Preview

Short takes on Idaho, EWU, Whitworth and the Gonzaga women's team
GONZAGA WOMEN Head coach: Lisa Fortier

AWARD | Living Legend

Jim Boyd garners another honor for his music
Capping off a list of achievements that includes seven Native American Music Awards and 14 full-length album releases spanning a four-decade music career, Jim Boyd is receiving one of the biggest honors yet.

For Your Consideration

Fr. John Misty new single, Amy Poehler's new book, and Showtime's The Affair.
MUSIC | Singer-songwriter Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) sings about eccentric, sad things like drugged-out hallucinations, the death of humanity and writer's block. His melodies and poetic lyrics stick with you long after you finish listening to one of his records.

Modern Times

Arising out of the Interplayers/Lake City Playhouse merger, the Modern Theater is off to an auspicious start
The marquee sign that now identifies the building at 174 S. Howard as the Modern Theater looks very much like the one that identified it as Interplayers.

Making Tracks

The railroads of the West connect father and son, past and future
I'd imagined how the call would go, more and more often as the years passed. It shouldn't have been a total surprise, but I still wasn't prepared when my cell buzzed that Monday afternoon.

Know the World

The Spokane Fall Folk Festival is a crash course in cultural traditions
The first Spokane Fall Folk Festival guaranteed two things: the event would feature food and electricity. There would be music and dancing and a collection of other artistic elements, too, but they really wanted to get the word out over the airwaves about the ample power and food available at the Unitarian church hosting the event.

For Your Consideration

Good reads, gaming advances and soaring sounds
BOOK | In the preface of LOITERING, Charles D'Ambrosio's newest collection of both new and previously published pieces (released Nov. 11), the award-winning Portland writer reminisces about living across the street from a Seattle bookstore. He writes, "I had just figured out, rather naively, that I could buy my own books, and then almost instantly I became a prig about their condition ... no breaking the spines, no dog-earing the pages, no greasy thumbprints."

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