A Sort of Homecoming

A Sort of Homecoming

Julia Keefe's path to this year's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival headlining stage started as a Spokane middle-schooler
Julia Keefe admits to being a "jazz nerd" from an early age, listening as a toddler and falling in love with Billie Holiday, "which is weird for a 4-year-old to love." Even so, that sound stuck with her as she sang her way through childhood, and she joined the jazz choir at Spokane's St. George's School.


Your personal ballot for this year's Academy Awards
Will "La La Land vs. Moonlight" be the "Adele vs. Beyonce" of the Oscars? Maybe!

Paving the Way

Women weren't admitted at Gonzaga until 1948; a new on-campus exhibit shows how they shaped its culture for modern times
Life at Gonzaga University nearly 70 years ago was, naturally, quite different than today's daily hustle across the scenic urban campus. Yet until nearly halfway through the 20th century — and more than 60 years after Gonzaga's founding in 1887 — something very obvious was missing: women.

Fierce Footwear

Kinky Boots arrives in Spokane with a new lead, award-winning music and a story of cross-dressing salvation
There's a lot to be said for consistency, but most business owners know that the ability to adapt to changing tastes and circumstances is what keeps them profitable over the long term. So it was for Steve Pateman, whose traditional shoe factory in rural England struggled when cheap imports flooded the country during the early 1990s.

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."


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

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.

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."


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