Spokane Style

Spokane Style

The buildings and architects who shaped the Lilac City
"Architecturally, Spokane is distinctive; it is unique. Its people want the best and they have the facilities to get it.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Holding on to Hope

How local librarian Stephanie Oakes penned a breathtaking tale about a girl who loses her hands to a cult
Stephanie Oakes has thought a lot about what it would be like to not have hands. If she had no hands, she'd never have been able to take pen to paper, the early versions of her debut young adult novel spilling into a notebook at the Rocket Bakery in downtown Spokane as she waited for a morning carpool out to Whitworth University.

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TV | Surviving Survival Shows

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
If you put someone (preferably someone naked) on an island and film this someone trying not to die, you're no longer a sociopath, but rather a reality television producer in 2015. It's almost laughable that audiences found the conditions presented in Survivor to be extreme when that show debuted 15 years ago, but that setup is a stay at the Hilton when stacked up against something like Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid.

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For Your Consideration

Must-see rock docs, Jason Isbell's triumphant return, mean meat on Twitter
FILM | Director Penelope Spheeris spent years refusing to put her eye-opening, three-film documentary series about Los Angeles punks, metalheads and street kids on DVD or Blu-Ray, but happily her daughter finally convinced her to remaster all three and release them as THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION COLLECTION. The first Decline arrived in 1981, offering a gritty, black-and-white look into L.A.'s punk underground and nearly making a star of The Germs' Darby Crash.

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Buggin' Out

Republic's new summer festival features an unlikely menu
Revenge. It's famously a dish best served cold, but when the people of Republic take their revenge on the grasshoppers who the past few years have invaded the town 90 miles northwest of Spokane, they'll be serving the jumpy critters up cold, toasted, deep-fried — you name it.

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Parallel Parking

The drive in Spokane to build parks that fit into parking spaces
Spokane will soon join the likes of San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York and other big cities around the country in efforts to add green space, fellowship and art to areas carved with cement and metal (and in the case of Spokane, dotted with potholes). Those efforts are known as parklets.

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BOOK | Priest Lake History

Some surprising aspects of "Idaho's Crown Jewel"
The allure of Priest Lake comes in different forms for the residents of the Inland Northwest (and beyond) who've come to love the pristine waters of "Idaho's Crown Jewel." Maybe it's the crisp mountain air or the recreation opportunities or the nostalgia of family trips to the lake.

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Songs of Summer

With the Julyamsh Powwow canceled, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's "Cultural Experience" has stepped in with gifts of salmon, huckleberries and dubstep
It was the machines, and the anger and arguments surrounding them, that ended with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe canceling the largest outdoor powwow in the Northwest. Specifically, it was a crowd of "historical horse racing" machines at the Greyhound Park and Event Center that became objects of contention for Idaho's tribes.

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For Your Consideration

Harper Lee's return, historical tweets, yadda yadda yadda
BOOKS | Harper Lee's first novel since To Kill a Mockingbird was released Tuesday. The much-anticipated GO SET A WATCHMAN takes place 20 years after Mockingbird, and tells of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch's return to Maycomb, Alabama, from her New York City home.

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Wet Sounds

Singin' in the Rain is mostly a strong showing for CdA Summer Theatre
Given that some of its most resonant scenes are dominated by visions of Gene Kelly's graceful, carefree puddle jumping or the sanguine wee-hours uplift of "Good Morning" in the 1952 film, Singin' in the Rain is widely regarded as a musical that's bright and buoyant and wholly without guile. Yet there's a distinct strain of cynicism that runs through it — enough for one to argue that its emotional leitmotif is disillusionment.

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Stoned State

Recreational pot after Year One in Spokane, results of our pot reader survey and a look at how we got here
As Washingtonians celebrate the first anniversary of recreational marijuana stores opening across the state — some of us more than others — we wanted to look at this thriving new part of the state economy from as many angles as possible. In these pages, you'll find the result of that effort — a series of articles exploring everything weed related in Washington.

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Food & Drink

Fruit Off the Vine

Sheppard Fruit Wines offers a refreshing viticultural alternative
Fruit wine may have gotten a bum rap with cheap, cloyingly sweet brands like Boone's Farm, but wine from something other than grapes offers an interesting alternative with almost limitless possibilities. And it's somewhat easy.

Food & Drink

Second Coming

How a longtime pizza shop owner and a veteran brewer gave birth to Bennidito's Brewpub
Chris Bennett took the long road to establishing a brewery. The longtime owner of Bennidito's Pizza on the South Hill, Bennett was toying with the notion of brewing his own beer after more than a decade of selling a well-curated tap list in his pizza shop.

Food & Drink

A Smooth Move

The Foxhole brings the Garland Drinkery fans across town
When Bill and Deb Weisgerber leased an old building on Garland Avenue in 2011, they planned to open a coffee shop. They also wanted to serve beer and wine for customers to enjoy while listening to live music at night, and after realizing it wouldn't cost too much more to get a liquor license that included spirits, they dropped the whole coffee thing to focus on creating their first bar — the Garland Avenue Drinkery.

Food & Drink

Update | Sushi Sakai

Fresh fish found in the Logan neighborhood
After five years in Spokane Valley, Sushi Sakai moved to Clementine Square this spring, trading in an old, run-down building for an airy new space better suited to showcase the fresh, colorful traditional Asian fare. Sushi is the obvious attraction, and a recent visit featured a remarkably tasty Rainbow Roll that balanced salmon, shrimp, white tuna, ahi tuna and crab.

Food & Drink

Cheap Eats: New and Cheap

A sampling of affordable places that opened since our last Cheap Eats issue
24 TAPS BURGERS AND BREWS 825 W. Riverside | 868-5657

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Cheap Eats: Burger Brawl

We ate almost every burger on the Zip's menu, and you're probably jealous about that
Spokanites have a weird relationship with Zip's Drive-Ins. First off, folks seem to be largely divided into two camps: those who love the local fast-food chain and those who don't, with the former mostly outnumbering the latter.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of July 23rd
Rosauers in Browne's Addition @ closing on the 17th july You saw me as I was walking along the Beer Section..you said hello in passing... I said hi back... then you followed me thru the store...

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of July 19th
Once upon a time G - I learned from you so much about history...then we shared and made our own. I miss the times we had and the laughs too.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of July 9th
Mountain Man I saw you at Mt. Gear this Tuesday. You are a tall drink of water, bearded, perhaps named Logan, were buying cordelette.

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    • "Diversity." What an amusing euphemism for "genocide of White countries."

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    • Great article, including the coverage on Ken Brooks. Mr. Brooks' appreciation for the larger context…

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