Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

ArtFest celebrates a 30-year marriage of the best of both worlds
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's the theme of this year's ArtFest, which builds on the foundation of 30 years supporting the arts in Spokane.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Caught in a Mosh

Distilled: A shot of life
The swirling whirl of flying elbows, lofted knees and whipping necks encountered in a mosh pit might look like utter chaos to an innocent bystander, a mini-riot sanctioned by the band on stage and whatever venue is hosting. Step inside the maelstrom, though, and even the most turbulent dance-floor frenzy reveals organization among the madness — codes to live by, rules that are true to surviving and thriving in pits in Spokane and beyond, at any show featuring some music that thrives on a full-contact audience experience.

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VISUAL ART | FOCUS ON LOCAL

Culture Digest
Since 2012, Gonzaga University's renowned Jundt Art Museum has hosted its "Close In" exhibition series, using the sweet summer months while the campus population is low to highlight regional artists' work. This year, the series showcases the astounding sculptures of Marilyn Lysohir of Moscow, Idaho, including her two-ton, 24-foot-long ceramic battleship piece titled The Dark Side of Dazzle.

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For Your Consideration

Public shaming, True Detective and turning the tables on Terry Gross
BOOK | You've probably heard about it happening: Someone makes an ill-considered post on Facebook or a poorly delivered joke on Twitter. It sparks outrage from a handful of people.

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Medieval Revival

The Epona Equestrian Team hopes to see the centuries-old sport of jousting make a modern comeback
With less than 50 yards between them, the two riders nudge their antsy horses into a gallop and charge. Barreling toward each other, the impact of wood upon wood suddenly cracks through the pine branches.

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A Heart for Art

Coeur d'Alene continues to grow as an arts destination under Arts and Culture Alliance Director Kerri Wilfong
Fridays are busy for Kerri Wilfong, the new director of Coeur d'Alene's Arts and Culture Alliance. The job, which Wilfong started in the fall, is supposed to be part-time, she says, "but it's so fun, it feels half like a hobby."

Arts & Culture

Oddity | South Hill's Haven

An ever-evolving art spot
Among the newly built cookie-cutter shops now popping up across the South Hill is an artistic oasis in a colorful, rickety old house. The driveway, lined with metal sculptures, welcomes you into 29th Avenue Artworks (3128 E. 29th Ave.) — an art gallery and custom frame shop.

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For Your Consideration

Cool country, literary flashbacks and a fancy flashlight
CD | This time of year, we're all looking for a soundtrack for our summer cruising. One of my faves, Dwight Yoakam, is out with a new record that fits the description: SECOND HAND HEART.

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Jet Fretter

The Modern's airplane-themed comedy isn't timely, but it's certainly well-timed
The one-room set of Boeing Boeing, currently at the Modern Spokane in a production directed by Abbey Crawford, is meticulous in its evocation of a particular era — a slightly pedestrian form of mid-century modern dominated by queasy oranges and turquoises, the wallpaper pattern a sleek, repeating silhouette of the jetliners that trace the arcs on the map painted across the stage floor. All that's missing is a shag rug (orange, of course) with ankle-deep pile.

Arts & Culture

Marine For Life

On the eve of another Memorial Day, one local Pearl Harbor survivor retells a story that will never be forgotten
Ray Garland remembers sweating in the humid Hawaii air that Sunday morning. It was just before 8 am when he and a couple of fellow Marines were raising the flag over the battleship USS Tennessee, just as they did every morning.

Arts & Culture

Kicking Rocks

Jack Nisbet's latest book, Ancient Places, tells surprising stories of the Inland Northwest
Spokane writer Jack Nisbet sees the little things — the things all around us that most of us don't take the time to consider. Ants, for example — there's an entire chapter in his new book, Ancient Places, about the mysterious genius of ants.

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Food & Drink

A Missing Link

LINC Foods helps connect the region's biggest food buyers with the smallest producers
Beth Robinette and Joel Williamson dream of completely revamping the Inland Northwest's food supply. As fourth-generation Spokanites from agricultural families, the young entrepreneurs have deep roots in the region.

Food & Drink

Middle Management

Mid City Pub is the newest addition to the Capone's family of restaurants
Who'd want to open a pub within shouting distance of Capone's sports bar, top-ranked in numerous publications (including the Inlander) several years running and featured on Food Network television's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives? Maybe someone with an inside track on the competition?

Food & Drink

Caffeinated Chemistry

Nitro coffee is the newest trend to hit the coffee industry, and Spokane has a few early adopters
Barely visible, the caramel-colored bubbles slide in cascading waves down the sides of a translucent plastic cup. A hint of creamy foam rises to the surface of the rich, chocolatey brown liquid like the fizzy head of a stout or porter-style beer.

Food & Drink

Chicken Challenge

A Seattle fried chicken empire opens up in Spokane; we measure it against our hometown favorite
The Inland Northwest isn't a hotbed of soulful Southern grub. There's not exactly a place serving up hushpuppies, collard greens and spicy red beans and rice on every corner, let alone a slew of restaurants that hang their chef hats on fried chicken as their menu's focus.

Food & Drink

Love the Liberty

MOD lets you choose how your pizza is built
Rarely does one feel such power when ordering a pizza. Dozens of toppings — sauces, cheeses, veggies, herbs, meats — are laid out behind the glass, so you can point at will and say, "Cover that baby in mushrooms.

Food & Drink

Full Support

The Filling Station is a venture rooted in family and good beer
Jason Rex and Keith Carpenter have a different kind of bromance. Rex, owner of Scratch Bistro, wasn't using the extra space inside the building of his Coeur d'Alene restaurant.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 28th
Reverend Horton Heat Rockabilly Chap Where: Knitting Factory for the Reverend Horton Heat. You: Extremely good looking, perfect hair, blue work shirt, black chucks by the bar.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 21st
Cenex Zip Trip on Division buying smokes  This is to the clever Aquarius male who had me smitten after buying me two zodiac lighters at the Zip Trip. I found it really sweet that after I discovered there had been no Gemini lighters, you had bought me two.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 14th
Bad Timing You: Jamie, the beautiful brunette with 4 kids, 8, 6, 5 and 5. Me: the motorcycle rider doodling on his paper.

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