The Art of Science

The Art of Science

How a Moscow couple plans to save the world
Zion Klos is a hydrologist wrapping up a Ph.D. at the University of Idaho. Lucy Holtsnider is a visual artist with a thick portfolio of multimedia creations.

Machines That Kill

Cars get us where we need to go — and they do a whole lot worse
It's been three weeks since it happened, and I still have blood marks on one of my notebooks and a spot in my chest that's sore from where I hit the pavement. I've been riding my bike in urban environments since 2003, swapping four wheels for two after getting fed up with paying for insurance, fed up with sitting in traffic and fed up with constantly having to stay sober so I could give rides to obnoxious drunk people.


Settle in for a podcast coming to life on stage
The old and new combine twice a month with the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, which plays out like a community news radio show reporting on the happenings of the tiny and crazily weird town of Night Vale. Created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the podcast is now going on the road to perform a new episode for a live audience.

For Your Consideration

Cat-wrangling, Hillvetica and Warhol's greatest hits
GAME | NEKO ATSUME is an iOS and Android game from Japan. "Neko Atsume" loosely translates to "Gather the Cat" and that's what you do in the game — you collect cats.

Step Up to the Mic

Distilled: A shot of life
Kevin takes the stage, no guitar in hand, a departure from most other performers here for the Bartlett's open mic night. His song may be a little off key, but it's honestly sincere and intriguing, with thoughtful, complex lyrics.

Knickers in a Twist

Ignite! is staging The Underpants, a farce that skewers fame, conformity and convention
When Ignite! first asked Kat Heath to direct The Underpants, comedian Steve Martin's adaptation of a 1910 German farce titled Die Hose, she was several months pregnant.

Creative License

Get Lit!: Artists interpret two of the fest's featured authors in Spokane storefronts
It looks as if someone has just stepped away from this cozy-looking antique wingback chair with pink quatrefoil upholstery. A copy of The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields rests on the seat cushion, awaiting the return of its reader.

Give and Take

Get Lit!: Artists, writers team up to see old places in new ways; plus Alice, podcasts and poets
Get Lit! and Spokane Arts' collaborative exhibition during the literary festival is a community event, from start to finish.

Taken in Sufficient Quantities

Distilled: A shot of life
In a way, it's not unlike some tented church revival in the backcountry. A place for thick-waisted believers and drunks to find a moment of refuge and awaken their spirits with the fervent worship of words.

Harsh Truths

Get Lit!: A chat with Blood Will Out author Walter Kirn
Walter Kirn has penned countless essays, memoirs and novels. It's safe to say the strangest story he's ever written — truth or fiction — is Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade, where he delves into his relationship with a man he knew as wealthy East Coast elitist Clark Rockefeller, who turned out to be an imposter and murderer.

Not Just Mommy Porn

Get Lit!: Why three local romance novelists say their genre is for feminists; plus, up-and-coming authors
Rebecca Zanetti doesn't consider Fifty Shades of Grey a true romance novel. "That book is a small subgenre called erotica BDSM, and most romance books are nothing like that," says the author at the Spokane Valley Barnes & Noble last week, sitting not too far from the store's romance section, full of prominently displayed illustrations of bare backs, eight-pack abs and heaving bosoms.

ODDITY | Giant Nerd Books

Culture Digest
Giant Nerd Books isn't your mom's bookstore. Walking through the door, the rich, musty scent of the piles upon piles of books hits like a ton of bricks.

For Your Consideration

Post-apocalyptic read, hardball doc and GOP LOLs
BOOK | Few authors can take genre fiction and spin it into literary gold quite like Oregon-raised Benjamin Percy. His debut novel, The Wilding, was a psychologically terrifying rehashing of Deliverance; he followed that up with Red Moon, an allegory of post-9/11 America that replaced Muslims with werewolves.

Snakes in the Class

Lewis and Clark High School drama students are staging a world premiere of a sci-fi rock musical based on real-world issues
It's Friday afternoon, the start of spring break, and the cast of Kelly the Destroyer versus the Springfield Cobras is squeezing in a pre-weekend rehearsal. Barely three weeks from now they'll perform the world premiere of this original musical, which has been exclusively written for and developed by the Tiger Drama program at Lewis and Clark High School.

"Local" News

Is that sensational TV news story happening in Spokane or New Jersey? Click the link to find out
In January, @KHQlocalnews blasted out a story across Twitter and Facebook: "#Schoolbus overturns with 40 children on board. READ MORE HERE: #WatchKHQ"

TV | The End of Mad Men

Culture Digest
I've always assumed that Mad Men (AMC, Sundays at 10 pm) would end with Don Draper's death. I'm not the only one who held this belief.


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