Arts & Culture

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Melissa Cole takes a blowtorch to her latest artwork, showcased at Marmot in March

Posted By on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Melissa Cole, shown here with some of her older work, will showcase her new encaustic works in March at Marmot Art Space.
  • Melissa Cole, shown here with some of her older work, will showcase her new encaustic works in March at Marmot Art Space.

Melissa Cole
’s art bears much semblance to her personality. It’s colorful, joyful and bursting with life.

Cole says she likes to break common norms in the art world, mixing materials and utilizing her own unique process, a byproduct, she claims, of not attending art school but being self-taught.

Most exhibits have an austere “do not touch” policy, but Cole encouraged me to touch her pieces throughout her new exhibit at the Marmot Art Space. It makes sense to feel her art, because Cole plays with various textures in her work. Her newest technique, encaustics, involves moving around pigmented wax with a blowtorch, a process that requires a steady hand and some patience. This results in a web-like, marbled look on the paintings. Although she is incorporating her own style with encaustics, she was first inspired by Seattle-based artist Alicia Tormey. After a workshop with Tormey last fall, Cole began using encaustics in her own art.

“You have to let go a lot more and just see what happens with your pattern. I’m learning more and more about it each time I do it. It’s very different, which is kind of nice, because it pushes me out of my normal boundaries,” Cole says.

Cole’s vibrant work with encaustics is displayed beginning Friday, March 2, at the Marmot — a gallery special to her as she was the first artist whose work was featured there.

Join her this First Friday as the gallery at 1202 W. Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards celebrates its third birthday from 5-8 pm.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Urban vigilantes and Russian assassins headline the week's new movies

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Red Sparrow
  • Red Sparrow

The Oscars air this Sunday, so you only have a few more days if you want to play pre-show catch up. With Get Out and Dunkirk returning to big screens this week, all nine nominees are now playing, and you can get tickets for AMC's two-day Best Picture showcase here.

Other than that, the violent thrillers Death Wish and Red Sparrow are the week's two wide releases. Will we be talking about them next year around this time? Probably not!

The 1974 Charles Bronson exploitation classic gets a 21st-century facelift with Bruce Willis taking the reins as a father who becomes an urban vigilante after his wife and daughter are attacked. Rated R.

As an antiques appraiser makes his rounds from house to house, the narratives of his customers — and their attachments to family heirlooms — begin to weave together in unexpected ways. The all-star cast includes Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Catherine Keener and Ellen Burstyn. Rated R.

Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-assassin? Sure, why not. She’s sent to take down a CIA operative (Joel Edgerton) in possession of incriminating information on her government, but things get messy when they get the hots for each other. Rated R.
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Getting some fashion-forward inspiration from dear old Dad

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 3:50 PM

The author's father and unwitting fashion icon Aleksandr Drokin - ALLA DROKINA
  • Alla Drokina
  • The author's father and unwitting fashion icon Aleksandr Drokin

Trends can be daunting, not to mention ephemeral. Like items on a conveyor belt, they come and go and sometimes, voila, reappear. Is there anything that new under the sun anyway? But all of that doesn’t make these fads any less fun to embrace. I’ve been keeping my eye on a particular recycled look for awhile now, asking myself, "Is this the season it finally has run its course?"

Alas, it keeps re-emerging. I deem this the "dad style."

To glean sartorial inspiration for the aforementioned style, think the ensembles of the Seinfeld cast or even an all-American dad, clad for a barbecue or road trip. The term “normcore” gained popularity in 2013, but it’s not obsolete yet. The day my dad and I coincidentally had matching outfits, I congratulated myself because it meant I finally had this concept down. To indicate how amicable this encounter was, not one of us asked the other to change.

So, if you’re down to emulate this anti-fashion movement that is actually, ironically, a prevailing idea in the fashion world, then look no further than these simple and accessible ideas: 


The appearance of fanny packs has emerged everywhere. This functional and pragmatic accessory can be turned into a fun one by selecting a bold color. Think beyond tourism; fanny packs are perfect for concerts, dates or even grocery shopping. Anytime you want your hands carefree while picking out ripe mangoes and your money at your side, try a fanny pack. Also, Hands Carefree and Money at My Side is the name of my upcoming autobiography. Stay tuned.

  • Model: Jamaica Harding-Washington, Photo: Logan LaDue

According to my personal dichotomy, there are two kinds of dads: those who love to match and those who don’t. Luckily, both are having a moment.

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Long hiker and author Liz Thomas to hit North Idaho with new book

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Liz Thomas is an an author who likes long walks. Really long walks. In fact, she’s written an entire how-to book on them.

Thomas’ book Long Trails is an instruction manual for those interested in “thru-hiking,” a long-distance hiking style that often connects end-to-end trails over various terrain that can sometimes take several months to complete. She will be signing copies of her book on March 4, 2-4 pm, at the Outskirts Gallery in Hope; on March 5, from 1-3 pm, at Vanderford’s in Sandpoint and at 6 pm at Bonners Books in Bonner’s Ferry; and on March 6, from 6-7:30 pm at the Well-Read Moose in Coeur d’Alene.

Long Trails is described as a how-to for hikers interested in trying a long-distance trail on one of the growing number of national scenic trails. Her book includes advice on selecting gear, stocking resupply stashes, scheduling, budgeting, trail photography and sneak peeks into some of the lesser-known long trails throughout North America.

Thomas herself has completed 20 long hikes and “broke the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail in 2011,” according to her website. She is also is a “triple-crowner,” one of a small number of people who have completed the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails; an accumulative mileage of more than 7,900 miles. Liz is also known as the “Queen of Urban Hiking,” having pioneered and completed routes in five cities across the U.S., her website says.

While in North Idaho, in addition to book signings, Thomas, a.k.a. "Snorkel," will attend the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West “ruck” in Hayden, Idaho, on March 3 and is leading a hike for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness on March 4 on Star Peak (the hike is full).

Thomas’ trail name is "Snorkel," a name she was gifted after she confessed to have slept with her head inside of a down sleeping bag, the resulting humidity causing it to deflate and lose insulation value. Folks at the gear shop where she consulted about this problem told her she needed a snorkel. This could be one of tips in her book.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Northwest Bach Festival opening concert Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 9:53 AM

Grammy-winning cellist and Northwest Bach Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. - NW BACH FEST
  • NW Bach Fest
  • Grammy-winning cellist and Northwest Bach Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey.

The Northwest Bach Festival is turning 40 with this year's celebration, and the action all gets started Tuesday night with a serious amount of musical firepower on stage for the Festival Opening Concert.

The festival's artistic director Zuill Bailey and the Ying String Quartet — Grammy winners all — will team up for a show at Barrister Winery (7:30 pm, 1213 W. Railroad Ave., $35, or $15 for students) to tackle Mendelssohn's String Quartet in Eb Major, Berg's String Quartet Op. 3 and Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata Arranged for String Quintet in A Major Op. 47.

The "Kreuzter" sonata is particularly interesting, Bailey told the Inlander, because the arrangement they'll be playing was done by an anonymous person who took the piece originally designed for one violinist and one pianist and adapted it for five string players. In Bailey and Ying String players, you have the chance to see five such players at the top of their game.

"The first violinist still plays the lion's share of what they would have done in the violin sonata, which would have been just for piano and violin, but the piano part is broken up over four other people," Bailey explains. "That creates a sonic experience that people aren't accustomed to, in that they're all string sounds, and they kind of cover the spectrum of all ranges in a quintet setting."

The opening concert is the beginning of two weeks' worth of classical concerts at venues throughout the Inland Northwest. Pick up the new Inlander Thursday for a story on this year's highlights, including Bailey's internet sleuthing to find rare material to play this year.

For a complete schedule of events and tickets, visit the festival website.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Comedian Hannibal Buress coming to Spokane this spring

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 4:03 PM


Hannibal Buress has built a cottage industry out of his comedy, expanding far beyond the standup stage into acting, producing, directing and voiceover work.

Standup remains his sweet spot, though, and he'll bring his tour to Spokane on May 11 for a show at The Knitting Factory. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am via The Knit's website and Ticket prices are $32.50 for standing and $40 for general admission.

Perhaps best known for his roles on Broad City (Lincoln!) and as the co-host of The Eric Andre Show, Buress has also been in a few flicks of late, like Spider-Man: Homecoming and, um, Baywatch.

Watch those if you like, but be sure to hit Netflix to check out some of his standup specials; his Scotland adventures in Hannibal Takes Edinburgh are particularly fun and so is his most recent special Comedy Camisado hit in 2016.

Here's an older clip of the family-friendly variety:

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Tickets for author Anne Lamott's Get Lit! reading on sale Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 11:48 AM

Anne Lamott
  • Anne Lamott

Get a dose of literary medicine from a reading and discussion by best-selling author Anne Lamott on April 28 at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 am, and you can get your tickets here.

Lamott will read from her latest book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy and do a Q&A at the event. The California-based author has written more than 30 books, including the acclaimed Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life, and is a headliner for EWU's annual Get Lit! Festival, April 23-29.

She is among dozens of other regional and national authors who will attend this year's festival.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This week, Natalie Portman is a gun-toting biologist and Daniel Radcliffe is a DEA snitch

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 12:49 PM

  • Annihilation

As Black Panther smashes box office records — and will likely continue to do so — an otherwise ho-hum February wraps up with new films starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as witless suburbanites, Natalie Portman as a gun-toting biologist and Harry Potter as a DEA snitch. Here are the week's new releases.

Alex Garland made a striking debut with 2014's Ex Machina, and he's back with another heady sci-fi trip. Natalie Portman fronts a team of badass biologists that infiltrates an environmental disaster area to determine what happened to the soldiers who have gone missing there. Rated R.

Daniel Radcliffe stars as a man who agrees to infiltrate a drug cartel for the Drug Enforcement Agency. In return, his sick wife’s hospital bills will be paid for. But things go awry when the bad guys uncover his plan. Rated R.

A fantastical twist on the teenage romance, with a 16-year-old girl falling in love with a being that manifests itself in a different body every 24 hours. From the YA bestseller by David Levithan. Rated PG-13.

GAME NIGHT (3 stars)
An evening of board games and merlot amongst friends is interrupted by violent thugs and kidnappers. The only problem: Everyone thinks it's all a gag. Critic Eric D. Snider reports that the comedy goes to dark places, but it's never nihilistic or mean-spirited, and the actors all play to their strengths. Rated R.

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Kobe Bryant in the Oscar-nominated short Dear Basketball
  • Kobe Bryant in the Oscar-nominated short Dear Basketball

The Oscar-nominated live-action and animated shorts only played for a week at the AMC, but they're returning to the Magic Lantern this weekend. Here is our breakdown of both shorts packages, which screen separately.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FILM: What's hitting local movie theaters this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Black Panther
  • Black Panther

This week's new releases: Marvel's Black Panther, and some other titles you might end up seeing because Black Panther is sold out.

Marvel’s latest is set in the nation of Wakanda, where its new king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must face warring factions who want to usurp the throne. Our critic Eric D. Snider says that it’s more serious-minded than typical superhero fare, full of nobility and purpose without sacrificing fun and charm. Rated PG-13.

The newest feature from Aardman Animation, the British studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, is a slapstick comedy about soccer-playing cavemen. The voice cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams. Rated PG.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

FILM: What's hitting movie theaters this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 10:18 AM

The 15:17 to Paris
  • The 15:17 to Paris

Seems everyone's excited for Black Panther to hit theaters next week, so until then, we'll have to settle with the newest from Clint Eastwood, a kid's comedy with a CGI bunny and the final (bummer!) Fifty Shades movie. Here's what'll be in theaters this weekend.

Clint Eastwood’s latest bit of rah-rah American patriotism is a fictionalized account of three U.S. soldiers who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015. The twist here: The director has cast the actual men to play themselves and recreate their act of heroism. Rated PG-13.

E.L. James’ trilogy mercifully ends with Anastasia and Christian settling into married life, only to have their idyll disrupted by vengeful exes. Expect the requisite handcuffs and riding crops, and also a car chase or two, because these characters are apparently action stars now. Rated R.

This year’s Academy Award-nominated short films hit theaters this weekend in two separate programs: animated and live-action. (Still no word on whether the documentary shorts will be reach us.) Both are pretty strong and varied collections, showcasing myriad styles, tones and storytelling methods. Not rated.

Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s character gets the anthropomorphic, wise-cracking CGI treatment, voiced by James Corden and perpetually pestering Domhnall Gleeson’s bumbling Mr. McGregor. Sounds a bit unbearable, but, hey — it worked for the Paddington movies. Rated PG.

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WINCHESTER (2 stars)
California’s Winchester Mystery House seems an ideal setting for a horror film, but it’s wasted in this conventional ghost story, as is Helen Mirren as the mansion’s widowed owner. Standard scares, with Conjuring-style specters that pop out of dark corners accompanied by musical stings on the soundtrack. (ES) Rated PG-13
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