The Wordfather

The Wordfather

Sam Ligon, a force behind the scenes of Spokane's literary boom, has written a riveting new novel
If you ask Samuel Ligon if he's been busy, he'll just laugh and tell you that of course, he's busy. He rolls up the sleeves of his rumpled, white dress shirt, adjusts a toothpick in his mouth and, in his typical caffeinated staccato, rattles off everything he's got going.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

CELEBRATION | A Park Turns 125

Spokane's Coeur d'Alene Park marks a milestone
It's a big milestone, so it's appropriate that Spokane's oldest public green space, Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition, should celebrate its 125th birthday all summer long. The ongoing party kicks off this weekend with a big public art project called Art for the Park.

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For Your Consideration

Radiohead returns, dark-malted IPA, and eye-opening opioid investigation
ALBUM | I'll admit that after Radiohead released synth-based albums like Kid A and Amnesiac, I found my interest waning in the band that first blew me away with the 1997 classic OK Computer. But the early release of singles from A MOON SHAPED POOL, the band's recently released ninth studio album, rekindled my interest in Radiohead, and I downloaded the full recording the day it came out.

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Coming Into Focus

Spokane filmmaker Kendra Ann Sherrill is pursuing her lifelong passion for movies
No matter what happens from here on out, Spokane filmmaker Kendra Ann Sherrill can say her first post-college movie got into the Sundance Film Festival and was screened in America's theaters. Granted, it wasn't exactly her movie — she was simply a production assistant on Captain Fantastic, the drama starring Viggo Mortensen coming out this July.

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Bear Aware

The dogs of Washington's Karelian Bear Dog Program mitigate conflicts between humans and wildlife
Before they're even on site, the dogs know. The barking is nonstop.

Arts & Culture

The Community's Con

From modest beginnings, Spokane's pop culture and comic book convention now celebrates its 10th year
When Nathan O'Brien made the move from Seattle to Spokane more than a decade ago, he was shocked to discover that the Lilac City had nothing even remotely close to the Emerald City's comic convention, a three-day geekfest that annually attracts tens of thousands of fans. Locals told him nothing like it had been held here for at least 13 years.

Arts & Culture

Fresh Air

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars kicks off its expanded summer concert series
You'll want a blanket for this. You need a soft place for your sliced meat and cheese and grapes and cardboard-tasting crackers.

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ARTS | Unifest

A new addition to the Spokane arts festival scene
Matt Bogue wants you to think a little differently about art in Spokane. Or art anywhere, really.

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For Your Consideration

Killer country sounds, winning weekly documentary and a deep dive into L.A. punk pioneers
Album | Sturgill Simpson's 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, along with a voice reminiscent of legends like George Jones or Merle Haggard, earned the Kentucky native a lot of hype as a savior of country, and rightly so. His new, self-produced release, A SAILOR'S GUIDE TO EARTH, is already generating massive buzz, but I don't know if you can even call Simpson "country" anymore, as the songs on this one — many of them essentially letters from a father to his son on how to navigate life — transcend the genre to include soulful and genuinely funky horns and psychedelic arrangements.

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Staying Alive

The owners of Moscow's independent video store know the way to survive is to adapt
It's been years since Howard Hughes Video in Moscow turned a profit, but no one is keen on seeing it close. The owners turned to their customers for help, hoping to tap into Moscow's existing collaborative spirit to turn the video store into a cooperative.

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A Man on a Mission

Tod Marshall, Washington's first poet laureate from the east side, is driven to share the art that saved him
Tod Marshall has settled into a nice little routine: Smoking weed at his buddy Thrasher's beat-down apartment in Wichita, Kansas. Doing a little speed now and then.

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Food & Drink

Twisted Glory

We went looking for the best pub pretzels the region has to offer
The pretzel is everywhere. It's become a staple of the appetizer menu at places that know how to serve up beer, wine or cocktails.

Food & Drink

Hot Spot

Spokane chef Aaron Crumbaugh is (maybe) ready for his closeup on Food Network Star
There's nothing typical about cooking on Food Network Star, and that might actually be an advantage for Spokane's Aaron Crumbaugh when he competes on the upcoming season. So far, Crumbaugh's career has been anything but typical.

Food & Drink

Story Time

Happy Hour Guide 2016
There's this thing about bars that makes us tell stories to strangers, which is something people don't do too often anymore. Maybe it's the comfort of a barstool beneath you and a cold one in your hand that lets you open up.

Food & Drink

PJ'S PUB

Happy Hour Guide 2016
Pausing as she hauls in a load of groceries, Meadow Frank runs down to her office to bring out a tan photo album with a gold border on the cover.

Food & Drink

CUM INN

Happy Hour Guide 2016
The sign gets all the attention. On any given day, tourists and people who identify with middle-school humor stop in the Greenacres-area parking lot to snap selfies with the red, white and blue sign.

Food & Drink

CHECKERBOARD BAR

Happy Hour Guide 2016
Visiting the Checkerboard Bar on a sunny and hot Tuesday afternoon, there are a few indications of the place's history. There's the building, for one, a cool brick structure on East Sprague that's been home to a bar of one kind or another basically since Prohibition ended more than 80 years ago.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 19th
mini-chocolate chips & Gummi bears @ winco I noticed my cart was in your way and told you to move it if it was in your... then I saw you, and just left the sentence as though it were complete. I said i'd let you know if I saw the mini-chips, hoped to bump in to you before I left.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 12th
Gorgeous Blue Eyes I see you sitting at your desk every day and your beauty is simply amazing. Every day your smile makes my day, but especially when it seems like it is just for me. I can easily get lost in those blue eyes of yours.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of May 5th
Cape boarding I saw you riding down Ray Street wearing a forest green Legend of Zelda cape on your skateboard. Jem Girl I saw your beautiful smile and brown almond eyes in my dreams and in my life, as they once were and always will be.

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