A Sort of Homecoming

A Sort of Homecoming

Julia Keefe's path to this year's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival headlining stage started as a Spokane middle-schooler
Julia Keefe admits to being a "jazz nerd" from an early age, listening as a toddler and falling in love with Billie Holiday, "which is weird for a 4-year-old to love." Even so, that sound stuck with her as she sang her way through childhood, and she joined the jazz choir at Spokane's St. George's School.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

THE 2017 OSCARS

Your personal ballot for this year's Academy Awards
Will "La La Land vs. Moonlight" be the "Adele vs. Beyonce" of the Oscars? Maybe!

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Paving the Way

Women weren't admitted at Gonzaga until 1948; a new on-campus exhibit shows how they shaped its culture for modern times
Life at Gonzaga University nearly 70 years ago was, naturally, quite different than today's daily hustle across the scenic urban campus. Yet until nearly halfway through the 20th century — and more than 60 years after Gonzaga's founding in 1887 — something very obvious was missing: women.

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Fierce Footwear

Kinky Boots arrives in Spokane with a new lead, award-winning music and a story of cross-dressing salvation
There's a lot to be said for consistency, but most business owners know that the ability to adapt to changing tastes and circumstances is what keeps them profitable over the long term. So it was for Steve Pateman, whose traditional shoe factory in rural England struggled when cheap imports flooded the country during the early 1990s.

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Variations of Zuill

Badass cellist. Musical missionary. Grammy winner. Zuill Bailey redefines Bach for the 21st century
Count Hermann-Karl von Keyserling just wanted a good night's sleep. It was 1,200 bumpy miles from St. Petersburg to Leipzig, where his work as Russia's ambassador to Saxony took him.

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Backstage Story

Behind the preparation and precaution: Why it practically takes a village to put on a Cirque du Soleil show
Like any spectator event, there are two sides to Cirque du Soleil. There's the audience-facing side, with all its daredevil acrobatics and visual spectacle that leaves viewers wide-eyed and slack-jawed.

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The Genius of Bach

His lasting influence, and a look at this year's Bach Festival schedule
Here's a secret about Bach festivals: They're not all about Bach, which you can clearly see by reviewing this year's Northwest Bach Festival lineup. Yes, you can find plenty of Bach in there, but there's also Debussy, Mozart — even some Duke Ellington.

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New Spins on the Classics

The Spokane Symphony is reaching out to new audiences in myriad ways
From providing the live score to classic silent films, and regaling audiences with the magical music of Harry Potter and Star Wars, the Spokane Symphony has lately honed in on connecting listeners of all backgrounds and ages to its orchestral performances. "We're not your grandfather's symphony," says Executive Director Jeff vom Saal, who took the helm last May. "We're really taking active steps every single day to evaluate what people are interested in, and to constantly refine."

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For Your Consideration

Archie goes dark, gaming goes Greek, and a podcast goes deep
TV | On paper, RIVERDALE (8 pm Thursdays, CW) almost sounds like a parody of a gritty, sexy CW reimagining of Archie comics. Archie has six-pack abs, and has been sleeping with his teacher, a much hotter Ms. Grundy.

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STORIES | MAKING A PIVOT

A new storytelling session kicks off in Spokane
You'll be forgiven for thinking Spokane is awash in so-called "slams." Poetry slams.

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Shooting a Scene

Garageland photo exhibit brings Spokane's '90s-era rock scene back to life
There was a time not long ago when the word "selfie" didn't even exist, when very few people had powerful cameras in their pockets. That makes photographic evidence of that time all the more cool when you see it.

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Food & Drink

Behind the Beans

Specialty coffee roasters carefully consider the cafés they partner with to maintain their product's integrity from field to cup
At Landgrove Coffee, a roasting company in Troy, Idaho, the counters in a small kitchen are cluttered with different methods for brewing the perfect cup: pour-over drippers, French presses, and a refurbished espresso machine. Roastery owner Jon Binninger pours water from an electric kettle over coffee grounds piled in a copper dripper.

Food & Drink

Dogpile!

New all-ages venue the Lucky Puppy joins its adjacent big brother Scotty's Doghouse as a Logan neighborhood hangout
It starts young — that weekend (or weekday) itch to go out and do something fun with a group of friends somewhere, anywhere. Before the Lucky Puppy, a new all-ages venue in Gonzaga University's Logan Neighborhood for free karaoke, sports-watching parties, fundraising events and more, that urge might have led local college students and under-21s to sweaty house parties, or down the worn and bumpy road to fake IDs.

Food & Drink

What's In Your Glass?

A new series sheds some light on your favorite beverages
Chances are, you have several different types of drinks every day. Maybe you start your morning with coffee or tea, grab a kombucha at lunch, and end your day with a glass of wine or a pint of beer.

Food & Drink

Rethinking Pink

It's not your mother's rosé anymore
With Valentine's Day on the horizon, you might be in the market for a festive wine to celebrate the occasion. Rosé is the right color, but the only problem is that when you think of pink wine, you automatically land on the large, sweet bottles that took the U.S. by storm during the 1980s and '90s.

Food & Drink

Smoking Nights

Texas True Barbecue is serving up the meat, whenever you want it
Peter Grundhauser says that the smoker never stops at his Texas True Barbecue in downtown Spokane. He means that literally — he has an employee tending to the meats around the clock, ensuring that his brisket and ribs will be on time, at the right temperature and juicy enough when the lunch rush begins.

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Sweet Partnership

Two locally grown businesses serve up sweets and community in their shared location
Adventure can be scary, but it's always easier when you're embarking with a longtime partner. That's why Rocket Bakery and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union are sharing their new River Park Square location — 50 percent Rocket Bakery, 50 percent STCU — which opened January 24.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of February 23rd
Over the Years We only see each other a few times a year anymore. It's probably good because I've had to mentally distance myself from you by being less friendly.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of February 16th
Protector of Love You are a whisper in the night. A gentle snow fall.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of February 9th
The Ride The first time I saw you in the back of my Ford, I noticed a beauty that couldn't be ignored. // I adjusted the mirror; the road didn't interest me, I was driving the tudor but all I could see...

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