Mind Games

Mind Games

The Inland Northwest is home to a sizable and highly competitive community of Magic: The Gathering players
From a combination of nervousness, too little sleep and perhaps too much caffeine, Josh Mound's right hand trembles as he draws the top card off his deck. Across from him, leaning forward on his elbows, fingers pressed to temples, Mound's opponent bounces his leg restlessly.

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Kennel Club Cribs

What it's like to spend a night in the cold just to get a good seat for the Zags game
Scattered across the Gonzaga campus, students stand with their eyes glued to smartphones. Their fingers swipe down repeatedly to refresh their Twitter timelines.

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Mosey On In, You're Part of History

Distilled: A shot of life
The Moezy Inn Tavern is the sort of dimly lit hole-in-the-wall joint where people know one another. They're here tonight because they're always here.

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THEATER | THE NERD

A sitcom-like script weakens this production
We in the Inland Northwest are spoiled by the quality of our amateur theater. None of the actors at the Civic (upstairs or down), The Blue Door, Ignite!, The Modern Coeur d'Alene or Stage Left see a cent from their performances, and yet we as audiences are treated time and time again to productions that fulfill, in whole or in part, professional-level expectations.

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For Your Consideration

A welcome comeback, card deals and gaming to the beat
MUSIC | The wait is over, and it was definitely worth the nearly eight years between Modest Mouse's last album, 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and the band's new, full-length record, STRANGERS TO OURSELVES, which drops on March 3. Fans of the Issaquah, Wash.-founded rock group fronted by the hollering, guttural vocals of Isaac Brock should already be familiar with the first single, "Lampshades on Fire," which the band performed live during its most recent visit to Spokane in May 2011.

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Get Thee to a Nunnery

After more than a decade, the all-male version of the popular musical Nunsense returns to the Civic stage
For hundreds of years after the dawn of theater in ancient Greece, female roles were played by men. It wasn't until opera appeared in the late 17th century that the notion of women on stage became possible, then accepted, then customary.

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Bach in Action

The Northwest Bach Festival offers more concerts than ever before
There's a dapper, life-size cardboard cutout of Artistic Director Zuill Bailey floating around Spokane. Wherever the two-dimensional Bailey appears over the course of the two-week Northwest Bach Festival, you can expect an in-the-flesh Bailey "Flash-Bach!" cello performance later that day.

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The Taste of Here

Of time and place: An ode to drinking local
When I'm drinking whiskey, I don't think about farmers or tractors or where the booze comes from. But I should, according to Don Poffenroth, co-owner of Spokane's Dry Fly Distilling.

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Garland University of the Arts

One small strip of businesses can teach you to sew, quilt, act, paint, weave and play the bass
On a cold January evening, a half-dozen people have gathered for the first time on the stage of the Blue Door Theatre. "Zip!" shouts a blonde woman who introduced herself earlier as Super Sherrie.

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BOOK | WAR BONDS

Author Cindy Hval finds love in the Greatest Generation
Cindy Hval writes love stories. Not werewolf-and-vampire tales or the stuff of Lifetime movies, but actual love stories.

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For Your Consideration

Psychoscience podcast, spring style, and the queen of rap
PODCAST | Hey public radio nerds: Looking for a new podcast to fill the void that Serial left behind? Try INVISIBILIA ("all the invisible things" in Latin), which debuted at the end of January, about the unseen forces affecting human behavior.

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Better Together

Main Market Co-op celebrates five years with changes, but the same mission
The thick wood table features the words of Joy Harjo's "Perhaps the World Ends Here": The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

Food & Drink

The Food Guru

The timing couldn't be better for food expert Alton Brown to check out Spokane's dining scene
The way Spokane eats has changed in the past several years. Look no further than the proliferation of award-winning chefs, the way our food is sourced, prepared and eaten, and the explosion of Inlander Restaurant Week.

Food & Drink

Restaurant Week Takes Off

Local eateries find value in teaming up
Last Friday, Inlander Restaurant Week kicked off throughout the region, making for full dining rooms at the 97 participating eateries in Spokane and North Idaho. We spent some time wandering through restaurants to get a feel for how things were going, chatting up restaurateurs to get their take on the event and its impact.

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Going Viral

Daft Badger Brewing joins Coeur d'Alene's booming craft beer scene
Don't be fooled by the playfulness of the name; Daft Badger Brewing is serious about craft brewing. And like the "Honey Badger" video that partially inspired its moniker, Daft Badger is quickly going viral.

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Beer Buddies

How two childhood friends realized a dream with Black Label Brewing
S teve Wells and Dan Dvorak have been friends since the seventh grade. Now they’re business partners with their own brewery.

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Local Cultures

How one Spokane woman gave yogurt a personal touch
Tangy. Lemony.

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