Sparkle and Shine

Sparkle and Shine

After decades in the fashion industry, two best friends started a high-end jewelry company based in Spokane
On a blustery fall day as leaves swirl across the downtown streets, the talk is all things spring on the sixth and top floor of Spokane's ironically named Empire State Building. Natural stones and wooden beads; bright, warm color palettes and delicate designs are on top of the minds of jewelry designers Sharmilla Persaud and Arianna Brooke, founders of the Spokane-based jewelry house Millianna (the company's moniker is a melding of the two women's first names).

Distilled: Brew Wars

Beer companies are being bought and sold at a rapid pace — but the drinker is still in power
There's this weird thing about the beer industry; as beer drinkers, we don't seem to necessarily think of it as a business. Obviously, we're aware of the reality that beer costs money and we are adult enough to realize that someone's making a profit off the fact that we like a refreshing buzz after a long day.

ART | Hatch

The "We Are Still Here" art show gives voice to nearly two dozen Native American artists
It's an unlikely place for an arts-based business. Atop a bar, bordered by a pool hall, cannabis outlet, auto parts store and lots of asphalt, Hatch: Creative Business Incubator steadily has been transforming 9,000 square feet of industrial space with artists, musicians, writers and assorted creatives.

For Your Consideration

Electro-pop gems, stunning Sun Valley and a singalong app
MUSIC |With bright-blue hair, you can't miss her. New Jersey native Ashley Frangipane (better recognized by her stage name, Halsey) has released her debut album BADLANDS.

Beautiful Vacuity

Flasks and flapper dresses make the Wild Party a Jazz Age spectacle, but it still feels empty
"Queenie was a blonde and her age stood still / And she danced twice a day in vaudeville." So runs the evocative couplet that opens The Wild Party, a 1928 long-form poem by Joseph Moncure March.

Pregame Parties

In search of the best tailgate gatherings at EWU games
The Eastern Washington University Eagles have had a rough go the past couple of weeks, with a loss at home to Northern Arizona and then a blowout defeat at Montana. But don't count on the Eagles faithful to desert their team for the season's final game, Saturday at home against Portland State.

Larger Than Life

The MAC hosts massive sculptures made from an iconic toy of modern childhood — Legos
Sean Kenney vividly recalls sneaking a long-coveted Lego set — an early birthday present — into bed on the night before he turned 5 and putting pieces together by moonlight. "Soon, my parents heard 'Lego noises,' and started coming back to my room," Kenney recalls.

Classical Guitar Hour

A classical guitar series curated by Leon Atkinson is back at the Bing Crosby Theater after more than seven years, this time under the Friends of the Guitar Hour moniker. And it nearly didn't happen.

For Your Consideration

Irish fiction, a long-awaited debut album and Orlison's old-fashioned flavor
BOOK | Irish author Paul Murray creates characters with incredibly specific interests, educating readers on topics that are interesting, though probably not relatable. In the end, larger themes become apparent.

Making the Historic Human

Columnist Leonard Pitts feels right at home writing historical fiction
In Grant Park, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. has created a vivid exploration of American race relations in a story that bounces between Chicago in 2008, on the eve of Barack Obama's election, and Memphis in 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading a fitful campaign for the city's garbage collectors. But it didn't come easy for a man known for his own distinctive writing voice to put words in the mouth of one of his idols.

Twain Reanimated

Hal Holbrook found the role of a lifetime more than 60 years ago
Actor Hal Holbrook's résumé is a long and mighty impressive one, a list of parts that's garnered him Oscar nominations, Emmy Awards and a reputation as a go-to character actor who can shine in roles spanning drama (All the President's Men), suspense (The Firm) and comedy (TV's Evening Shade). But one name is associated with the 90-year-old more than any other — that of Mark Twain.

The Mind of an Addict

A local man self-published a book about his crack addiction in order to help others
Rod Harvey breaks a chunk of feta cheese into little square pieces and lays them out on a black bar napkin at a table at Zola. The 48-year-old, a senior chef at the downtown bar and restaurant, works with the off-white cheese almost every day.

The Man in the Red Blazer

Jim Hayford's unlikely path to Division I success at Eastern Washington
In 1985, Jim Hayford came home from his freshman year of college for Christmas, pretty much flat broke. His dad knew this, gave him a little cash and sent him off to the Sun Valley Mall in Concord, California, to buy his family gifts.

Renaissance Man

Shann Ray has written a great American novel, and that might not even be the most impressive thing about him
It's just three days before Shann Ray's first novel is set to hit bookstores, and you'd think that there might be at least a hint of apprehension or nervousness emanating from the author when he sits down for a beer at a neighborhood brewery. It helps that the book, American Copper, has already received glowing reviews from Esquire magazine and Library Journal, and been praised by fellow writers including Sherman Alexie and Dave Eggers.

Big Zag on Campus

Kyle Wiltjer is getting preseason accolades unheard of at Gonzaga — and he's ready to live up to the hype
Kyle Wiltjer doesn't talk much trash on the basketball court and doesn't do a whole lot to draw attention to himself, besides playing the game with an inordinate amount of skill. Do not, however, mistake Wiltjer for someone afraid to speak his mind.

The Zags' Wild Ride

This year's non-conference schedule is about as tough as the Zags have ever seen
A hallmark of Mark Few's Gonzaga program has been that the Zags will play anybody, anytime, anywhere. This has meant trips to the Maui Classic and made-for-TV matchups at Madison Square Garden on a regular basis.


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    • Their bracelets are amazing!

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