A Show About Nothing

A Show About Nothing

Ryan Tucker asked his friends to reenact a sitcom with him, and they said yes
When he shows up, he's already dressed for the part: The dark blue jeans, the tucked-in button-down, the slightly too-white sneakers. And when he sits down at what's filling in for a table at Monk's Diner, across from Jeanette Bocook and her bouffant of brown Elaine Benes hair, Ryan Tucker talks the part, too, with the nasally, sing-songy voice that was the hallmark one of TV's greatest sitcoms.

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From Backyard to Center Stage

The backyard brawlers of Spokane Anarchy Wrestling take their show indoors
"Be sure to hold your kids back, because there will be grown men flying over the ropes." What could be heard as a safety warning comes across more like a simple statement of fact from the announcer.

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For Your Consideration

A creepy doc, stellar read and melodic indie-rock debut
TV | Maybe Robert Durst is just a hard-luck guy cursed with demonic eyes, but it seems more likely with every episode of THE JINX that his eyes are so creepy because they're those of a stone cold killer. The six-part HBO documentary series tells of how Durst, a mega-millionaire from birth, saw his wife disappear, and then his friend, and the person who probably knew the most about that disappearance murdered before he wound up in Galveston, Texas, dressed as a woman and accused of yet another murder.

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Peace, Justice and Fry Sauce

Distilled: A shot of life
It's a half-hour after midnight at Zip's in Cheney, and some Eastern Washington University student is unloading a loud rant of young, inebriated entitlement on the poor late-night fast-food slingers: "Fast food! That I f---in' paid for!

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Spokane South

Zag Nation sets up in Las Vegas for this weekend's WCC tournament
No West Coast Conference campus lies as far from Las Vegas as that of Gonzaga. Yet for one week each March, Sin City may as well be Spokane South.

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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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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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New Beginning

After opening quietly last fall, Happiness Chinese Restaurant is turning heads on East Sprague
Great food at reasonable prices with generous portions: that's any diner's idea of happiness. At Happiness Chinese Restaurant, that's exactly what you'll be served: a bellyful of joy.

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The View From There

Summit Cider is rising up in North Idaho
Even though they're not at the apex of their journey, Summit Cider's Davon Sjostrom and Jason Fletcher are well on their way. Already, Slate Creek Brewing, Capone's (downtown Coeur d'Alene and Hayden), Bardenay, Downdraft Brewing, 315 Martinis and Tapas, Paragon Brewing, Pucci's and Taps (both at Schweitzer), Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar and Daft Badger Brewing carry Summit Cider.

Food & Drink

Return To Nature

Liberty Naturals offers a place to shop for natural, organic and local essentials
The island had an abundance of farmers markets and health food stores, so when a couple moved back to the mainland from Oahu, they wanted to start a business that would create that option for Liberty Lake. "We really liked the easy availability of healthy, local foods," Kramer McNett says.

Food & Drink


New location, same soul
If something about Java's newest location in Hayden's Prairie Avenue Shopping Center seems familiar — foresty green paint is still visible along window frames — think Starbucks. Or maybe you remember the place as Caffe Capri.

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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.

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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.

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  • Re: From Backyard to Center Stage

    • That pic of my back is pretty amazing.

      "The Masked Juggalo"
      Jared Savage

    • on March 4, 2015
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    • Considering re-locating to Spokane, are there any indian or other good restaurants?

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  • Re: Mosey On In, You're Part of History

    • Great article! This describes the Moezy Inn (stumble out) perfectly.

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    • Wonder where he went...

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