Ascending Artist: Marina Gulova

Ascending Artist: Marina Gulova

A young artist designs for the Spokane Symphony by day, and paints tiny artworks by night
There are always words. Sweeping serifs and ribbons of text flow across Marina Gulova's creations.


Are you ready for this year's community reading party?
Anthony Marra's latest collection of short stories is framed as a mixtape, with chapters sectioned into "Side A," "Side B" and "Intermission." One can't help but notice the diligence in Marra's weaving of themes and characters, his careful framing of history and the painstaking creation of connective tissue between each surreal story.

Across the Decades

A Piece of My Heart explores the experiences of six women during the Vietnam War
Although A Piece of My Heart is deliberately and inextricably embedded in the Vietnam War era, it's tough — almost impossible — not to view Shirley Lauro's 1991 play about women in the war zone in the strange context of the present. Beyond the doors of Stage Left Theater, the presidential election is morphing into a referendum on institutionalized sexism, and the hashtag #RepealThe19th is trending as an unfunny misogynist joke on social media.

Harry Potter, Always

Why, after all this time, we're still infatuated with the Boy Who Lived
Under a starry night sky they played witches and wizards, the good and the bad and the somewhere in between. The new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had just come out in script form, and for four magical summer nights in a row, Eric Moe's family hosted a reader's theater in their Spokane backyard, with friends and relatives tackling various roles.

For Your Consideration

Design help, deep talk and handy coffee carrier for the clumsy
SITE | CANVA is a free platform that allows you to choose what type of graphic you want to design: social media posts, documents, blogging and eBooks, marketing materials, social media and email headers, events or ads. From there, you pick what design you like and customize it.

They're Just Clothes!

Welcome to the Inlander fashion issue
Over the past few weeks of working on this fashion issue, I've had to grapple with why we put certain clothing on our bodies. At its most basic, we wear clothes because we don't want to be naked.

Confessions of a Spokane Buyer

How those selecting the clothes and accessories coming to the Lilac City have learned to work with a more casual clientele
Spokane likes to wear casual clothes, even to work and the symphony and high school graduations. Neither men nor women like getting too dressed up, say local boutique owners, wholesalers and buyers.

Here for the Hustle

A Spokane leather bagmaker has gained a national following
In the backyard shop at Teddi and Tyler Cripps' southeast Spokane home, the rich, earthy scent of leather permeates the air.

Globetrotting Fashion

Annessa Smith has made Spokane her permanent home and inspiration for her blog, even while traveling the world
Three weeks ago, Annessa Smith found out that her small family was moving again. Her husband had been asked to join a German hockey team at the last minute, and that meant packing up their bags quickly and leaving their South Hill home behind.

Old is Hot

Five updated women's trends for fall and the freezing months beyond
Jeans Yes, we have to discuss this American fashion staple, because you need to know your options.

Sights Unseen

Spokanite Joel Barbour has survived, while his casual-wear clothing company has thrived
Joel Barbour doesn't remember the crash. Waking up four days later in a hospital bed, he had to be told that his motorcycle was damaged beyond repair by a car, that eight of his ribs were broken and a titanium rod had been installed in his leg.

Walk This Way

Jewelry maker Angelena Campobasso brings a local Native American fashion show to the stage this weekend
The last time her picture was taken professionally, she was 27. Now, on the cusp of 50, a fresh-faced Angelena Campobasso is trying to recall the old poses and once-simple expressions for her upcoming Inlander fashion shoot.

Going Global

Meet Spokane natives whose distinct brands are buzzed-about around the world
You don't have to leave the Inland Northwest to make a name for yourself in the fashion industry. Sure, it helps to be based in major metropolitan areas like L.A., New York City or even Seattle, but that can also be expensive, and competitive.

Jurassic Glee

More than 50 dinosaurs are coming to Spokane. Don't pretend like this doesn't excite you
There's a question that people keep asking Chris Arnold, and it's about dinosaurs. Because Arnold's career revolves around dinosaurs, you might think he knows the answer, but no matter how many times it's asked, he can't articulate exactly why we're so fascinated by the prehistoric giants.


New HBO show turns artifice into strength
If you've seen the 1973 Michael Crichton movie Westworld — or, more likely, the "Itchy & Scratchy Land" episode of The Simpsons it inspired — the basic premise of the plot of the TV series Westworld (9 pm, Sundays, HBO) won't surprise you: Lifelike robots go haywire in a futuristic Old West-styled theme park, endangering guests. The brilliant evolution of the TV series, however, is that it flips the script: Here, the humans are wearing the black hats, while the robots are the victims of the villainy.

For Your Consideration

Drive-By Truckers' triumph, right-wing civil war and Donald Glover's Atlanta
ALBUM | Not many bands hit their creative peak 11 albums and 20 years in, but the Drive-By Truckers did it on their searing new album AMERICAN BAND. Rooted in the straightforward guitar rock and hyperliterate lyrics fans have long known from songwriting partners Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, American Band is a bold step into the present from a band often mining the country's past for inspiration.


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