The Last Dance

The Last Dance

Saying goodbye to Crossroads Country Western Dance Club
The sign outside Crossroads Country Western Dance Club in Post Falls reads "End Of An Era, Last Dance November 21." It gets me thinking about missed opportunities — like learning to dance for my wedding — and the ever-changing rural way of life in the Idaho Panhandle.

Captain Everything

Resistance is futile when Shatner's World comes to town
The final frontier for actors might be the one-man show, an opportunity to regale audiences with ribald and riveting tales of a career that's mostly in the rearview mirror. William Shatner's show, Shatner's World: We Just Live In It, diverges dramatically from the typical memory-heavy solo gig — between writing books, making albums, hosting talk shows and acting, the man is as busy at 83 as he's ever been.

THEATER | A Christmas Carol

Culture Digest
The set of the Civic's production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical delights in skewed proportions. The Tudor houses warp farther inward the closer they are to the cyclorama.

For Your Consideration

Drinking apps, how to ask, and the Twilight Zone is finally on Hulu
APP | I get my drinks confused, especially after a long rendezvous with the barstool. UNTAPPD — a social drinking app for both iPhone and Android — keeps me in check.

Boy Wonder

Unexpectedly tossed into action, Luke Falk is making the best of his time under center for WSU
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was such a white-hot recruit going into his junior year of high school that he received a scholarship offer from mighty Florida State. "I kind of thought the offers would roll in after that," Falk recalls wistfully.

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.

Culture Digest

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.


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