In the Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire

The Spokane Firefighters Memorial Project reminds us of those who died in their duty to protect
George T. Stewart was electrocuted by a 2,350-volt power line. The superintendent of the Spokane Fire Department's alarm system had been attempting to restore power to the citywide system after it was knocked out by a severe windstorm in 1947.

Through His Eyes

Dean Davis' show at the MAC is a survey of the region's artistic talents
A former linguist with the U.S. Army, Dean Davis tells stories for a living, but not with words. He's a photographer with a client list that includes Itron, Gonzaga University and Cancer Care Northwest, while his personal portfolio features projects including a series on Spokane's iconic architectural interiors.

For Your Consideration

Creepy games, financial podcast pick and an important book
GAME | You know how horror video games are best played late at night, with the lights off? Well, THE LONG DARK (Steam) is best played in wet socks, with the window open and the heat off.

Silent Night on the Western Front

All Is Calm beautifully retells the Christmas Truce of 1914 through song, poetry and letters
The story of the Christmas Truce is one that seems so beautiful, so simple, so genuine that it must be apocryphal. Roughly put: On Christmas Day 1914, the year World War I broke out, the combatants halted their shelling, laid their weapons aside and emerged from rat-infested trenches to meet as equals within the contested expanse of barbed wire called No Man's Land.

Swipe right for love

Technology has totally revolutionized romance. Or maybe it hasn't.
Gretchen Chomas has been in Spokane less than four months, and she already knows one thing with certainty: Guys here really like to fish. More specifically, local men really like to show photos of themselves fishing.

Why Time Keeps On Slipping

The scariest thing about the march of time is that it keeps marching faster
"It feels like just yesterday," is supposed to be a wistful phrase, the sort uttered by a rocking-chair-bound senior, before reminiscing about the good ol' days. But when you actually hear yourself begin to use it, it feels a lot more like horror.

Captain Planet

Recycle Man is making the world a little better for people and mascots alike, one bottle at a time
He stands on his hands in the middle of the ice rink. Bright red boots pointed at the Spokane Arena rafters, matching cape falling over the back of his masked head.

TV | A Cable Christmas

Culture Digest
Some holiday television traditions cross cultures and generations with ease. Watching It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story or the animated classics once every year — who would deny the pleasure in that?

For Your Consideration

An Xmas app, a buttery blog, a healthy snack
WEBSITE | I'm one of six adult children in my family. To make the holidays a little less expensive, a few years ago, my siblings and I decided to do Secret Santa for Christmas instead of individually exchanging gifts.

A Joyful Noise

The Church Basement Ladies are back with minor cast changes but the same lighthearted spirit
When we last caught up with the quartet of Lutheran congregants known as the Church Basement Ladies, they were preparing for a Sunday school nativity play in the franchise's Christmas-themed installment, Away in a Basement. Outside the theater it was December 2013; onstage it was 1959, five years before the events in the first Church Basement Ladies play, which had debuted to popular acclaim at Interplayers (now The Modern) during the theater's summer session earlier in the year.

More than Hair

Ronnie Hamlin hopes his long tour at Eastern ends with a national championship
Long-haired, tatted-up, biceps-bulging linebacker Ronnie Hamlin is walking toward you on a dark, deserted street. Your natural instinct is to a) run like hell in the opposite direction; b) curl into the fetal position and pretend you've died of a heart attack; c) ask Hamlin if he has time to join you for a cup of coffee and a spirited discussion about physics.

SPOTLIGHT | Spokane Arts' New Boss

Spokane native Laura Becker takes the reins full-time Jan. 1
As Spokane Arts heads into its second year as a nonprofit organization, it will do so with a new leader at the helm. Following the departure of Shannon Halberstadt, now the executive director at Washington state Artist Trust, Spokane Arts went on a nationwide search for a new executive director.

For Your Consideration

Stirring hip-hop, funny talk and a book full of hooey
ALBUM | Run the Jewels aren't going to win any creativity points for titling their sophomore album RUN THE JEWELS 2. Maybe they spent all they had crafting one of the best hip-hop albums of the year, a brilliant follow-up to their 2013 debut.

Mining the Mind

For his newest collection, Tod Marshall delves into darkness to pen thought-provoking poems
Grotesque art at the First Friday artwalk, bridge jumpers, hitchhikers and a birthday poem about death. Days before the official release of his third poetry collection, Tod Marshall talks with us about his writing process and the darker sources of inspiration he sought to capture throughout his new 50-page collection, Bugle.

To the Brim

Trackside Studio & Ceramic Art Gallery is full of handmade ceramic cups, mugs and drinking vessels
Trackside Studio's "Cup of Joy" is a celebration of, as the name suggests, drinking vessels. The show features the artistic mugs, cups, steins and more from nearly three dozen potters from around the country, including artists like Seattle's Ken Turner.

From College to Chaos

Seventy years ago this month, all that held Germany back was Bill Akers and his brothers in arms
You can find veterans of World War II in some surprising places. Take Bill Akers — a regular out at the Fairways Golf Course, he's still hitting 160-yard drives at the age of 91.


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