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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Dude abides: Our next Suds & Cinema event is The Big Lebowski

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM


Hard to believe, but it's been 20 years since Joel and Ethan Coen's quirky crime comedy The Big Lebowski first rolled into theaters, introducing the world to L.A. slacker Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski and a colorful supporting cast of oddballs and weirdos.

We'll be celebrating the milestone with a screening of the beloved cult film at the Bing Crosby Theater on Wed, April 25. And because we're not into that whole brevity thing, we'll also be supplying beer from Iron Goat Brewing and free popcorn from our sponsors at Horizon Credit Union. You'll have to supply your own sarsaparilla; save the White Russians for after the show.

The brews start flowing at 6 pm and the program itself begins at 7 pm. The movie is rated R, and children under 17 will not be admitted without an adult guardian.

But that's not all. Come to the show dressed as your favorite Lebowski character and you could win prizes. Ratty bathrobes, bowling shoes, cowboy hats and viking helmets are all encouraged (Saddam Hussein costumes? Not so much.) Our own gang of nihilists will be judging which likenesses are the most striking — it'll be, like, just our opinions, man — and the winners will be featured in a commemorative Lebowski-themed photo that'll also be printed in the paper. It'll really tie your room together.

Purchase your tickets here, or contact TicketsWest at 325-7328.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

School of Rock, Waitress and return of Disney's The Lion King among 2018-19 Best of Broadway Spokane season

New set of National Geographic Live! shows also on tap

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Disney's The Lion King returns as part of Best of Broadway's 2018-19 season. - JOAN MARCUS
  • Joan Marcus
  • Disney's The Lion King returns as part of Best of Broadway's 2018-19 season.

There's just one show left in the current WestCoast Entertainment STCU Best of Broadway season, but before Dirty Dancing even tries to put Baby in a corner, you can start planning your ticket needs for 2018-19.

The new season was announced Monday, and while it will kick off a little later than usual as the INB Performing Arts Center gets a quick renovation between seasons, there's a lot to love between returning favorites and Spokane premieres, as well as some special one-night engagements and a new series of National Geographic Live!

Here's the lineup:

Finding Neverland, Nov. 15-18
Waitress, Dec. 12-16
Disney's The Lion King, Jan. 23-Feb. 3, 2019
School of Rock, May 8-12, 2019
Les Miserables, Aug. 6-11, 2019
Season tickets are on sale now, ranging from $238 to $417 for all five shows. A single-ticket on-sale date well be announced mid-summer.

A Magical Cirque Christmas, Nov. 20
Legally Blonde The Musical, March 21, 2019
Stomp, April 2-3, 2019

Pink Boots and a Machete with primatologist Mireya Mayor, Feb. 20, 2019
Capturing the Impossible with extreme filmmaker Bryan Smith, March 27, 2019
A Rare Look: North Korea to Cuba with photojournalist David Guttenfelder, April 24, 2019

This is the fifth season for National Geographic Live, and you can get a ticket package for all three shows for $81. Single-show ticket sales will be announced this summer.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Visit Spokane's new promo video depicts a vibrant, beautiful city - one where spring exists!

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 2:19 PM


It’s hard not to feel a tinge of civic pride and satisfaction after watching Visit Spokane’s newest promotional video of the city.

Whoa, I live here?” you might think.

Yes. It’s a pretty cool place, and Visit Spokane's video does a good job of selling it.

Long, slow shots of the city and surrounding area depict its natural beauty and cool things to do. Aerial shots of the city’s neighborhoods, Spokane River, mountains and public parks (all in perfect weather, of course) set to some chill background beats show an ideal city to live in.

“What makes a region a destination? Everyone has their own opinion. But when a place like the Spokane region has it all, it's tough not to sing its praises. Blessed with a unique combination of outrageous outdoors and amazing attractions, incredible arts and delectable dining, and a historic past living seamlessly with a vibrant future. From thrilling whitewater or downhill adventures, to inspiring art and powerful Broadway performances, the Spokane region offers enough activities to pack any vacation calendar."

True enough. The video depicts something for everyone: delicious food, roasting coffee, a vibrant downtown, live music, public art, mountain biking, rock climbing — and it wouldn’t be Spokane if we didn’t have at least eight seconds of time dedicated to Gonzaga basketball.

Okay. Fine. We’re sold.
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Spokane gets a visit from the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck next week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 2:18 PM

  • Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

Calling all fans of the pink-bowed cartoon character known as Hello Kitty! The international feline is making a stop — sort of — in Spokane next weekend, on Saturday, April 21.

Sanrio's Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is setting up shop outside River Park Square from 10 am-8 pm (outside Williams-Sonoma on Main) to serve up giant cookies, pocket pies ($10), three-piece boxed cookie sets ($12), keychains ($6.50), stainless steel thermal bottles ($29-$36) and bow-shaped water bottles ($3), according to organizers.

There will also be Hello Kitty Cafe-branded T-shirts ($27), bow headbands ($30), boxed petit fours ($14) and boxed macarons ($15) for sale. While supplies last, customers can get a free mini-tote bag when they make a $25 food purchase.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

28 better names for the University Gateway Bridge than "University Gateway Bridge"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Imagine all the slightly-translucent pedestrians the University Gateway Bridge will attract! - CITY OF SPOKANE RENDERING
  • City of Spokane rendering
  • Imagine all the slightly-translucent pedestrians the University Gateway Bridge will attract!

The city formed a naming committee. It solicited hundreds of suggestions to find a timeless, and perfect name for the new University District Gateway Bridge, the $9.5 million bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting the University District to the East Sprague area.

And after all that time, the city Plan Commission finally picked a winner: the, uh, University Gateway Bridge. Or maybe just the University Gateway.

Which, fine. Sometimes you travel the world searching for what you thought was missing, only to find what you'd been looking for was in front of you the entire time.

But University Gateway Bridge? Really? Isn't that name sorta dull?  Isn't it reminiscent of the Gateway bridges already in Australia, London, Iowa, Michigan, Texas and Mexico?

Doesn't "University Gateway" sound like the slow-loading website app where you have to enter in your FAFSA information to get financial aid for a third-rate college?

Since the City Council won't vote on the name until April 16, the city still has a chance to come up with a  cooler name.

So with that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions. The city is welcome to take any of these suggestions, as long as they include a little bronze plaque on the bridge, that says "NAME FIRST APPEARED ON INLANDER.COM, AMERICA'S BEST-READ URBAN WEEKLY."

1. T.J. Meenach Bridge 2: Meenach to the Future

2. The Bridge to Snookerville (celebrating Spokane's long legacy of pool halls)

3. The Sherman Alexie There's-No-Way-This-Name-Could-Backfire Bridge

4. The Arc of Spokane

5. Future Campus Brochure Art Crossing

6. Sprague McBridgin'

7 The It's Not U, It's Me District Bridge

8. The Gateway DS50 Core i3 Desktop PC Bridge

9. The George Wright Robert E. Lee Christopher Columbus Atrocity Crossing

10. "Designated Area of High Prostitution Activity. Vehicles Used to Further Prostitution Activity Will be Impounded."


12. Spokane, a Plan, a Span, Panama

13. The George McGrath City Council Public Forum Speech Bridge

14. Bridge Crosby

15. Bridge of Khazad-dûm (named after Anthony Khazad-dûm, early Spokane founding father)

16. Mike Leach Bridge, But Not the WSU Football Coach, the Other Mike Leach, One of My Dad's Former Youth Group Kids, You Don't Know Him

17. Dr. Brigette McBridge-Fais, DDS

18. Wildlife Crossing for the Most Dangerous Game of All  — Man!

19. The Ben Stuckart Memorial Don't-Name-The-Bridge-After-Somebody Bridge

20. The Bike-fröst

21 Bakken Oil Train Explosion Viewing Platform

22. The This-Is-Not-A-Trolley-Either Bridge

23. Miller's Crossing Crossing

24. The Please Don't Drop Pennies Off Of This At Passing Cars Bridge

25. I Paid $9.5 Million Through State, Federal and Local University District Funding and All I Got Was This Iconic Civic Landmark

26. The Salish word for "Canada Island."

27. 99 Problems, But a Bridge Ain't One

Most of all, however, the bridge needs a short name that communicates not only that it's a crossing, but that it's meant to connect the people to an academic institution. It needs to celebrate Spokane. It needs to recognize the intent to create an intellectual, data-oriented bio-technology hub in the area.

So with that in mind, let me propose:

28. CamBridge Spokanalytica
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Cheap Trick, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Joan Jett among this summer's Northern Quest outdoor concerts

Kane Brown, John Fogerty, Train and Willie Nelson also on tap

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick play with Joan Jett in September.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick play with Joan Jett in September.

Whether your taste runs toward classic rock or '90s pop, country or comedy, Northern Quest Resort & Casino's summer concert series has a little something you might be interested in.

Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, John Fogerty, Train, Kane Brown and Joan Jett are among the headliners announced Tuesday for this year. The venue added 1,000 seats in the offseason, raising its capacity to 5,000 for a lineup that's the biggest in the eight years Northern Quest has delivered the Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts.

Here's a breakdown of the shows, their starting ticket prices and on-sale dates; visit Northern Quest's website for more info:

June 18: Little Big Town with Jameson Rodgers, tickets start at $69, on sale March 31

June 28: I Love the '90s with Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Color Me Badd, and Young MC, tickets start at $39, on sale March 31

July 10: Incubus with Minus the Bear, tickets start at $49, on sale March 31
Brad Paisley headlines July 27.
  • Brad Paisley headlines July 27.

July 17: John Fogerty, tickets start at $49, on sale March 31

July 27: Brad Paisley with Brown & Grey, tickets start at $69, on sale March 31

July 29: ZZ Top with Robert Cray, tickets start at $49, on sale March 31 (EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

Aug. 3: Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson, tickets start at $59, on sale April 7

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Spokane models show off thrifted threads in benefit for Global Neighborhood's refugee programs

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 4:40 PM

  • Global Neighborhood Photo

When Jen Landis isn't on stage as a dancer for the band Super Sparkle or jamming out with her band Mama Doll, she's often preoccupied with helping refugees in the area through her employer Global Neighborhood, a local nonprofit that aids in employment of refugees. Part of her job involves coming up with creative ideas to raise more proceeds for Global Neighborhood. Her most recent endeavor is a dance party fashion show on Friday, March 30, at the Bartlett.

If you want to support Global Neighborhood in a tangible way — besides shopping at their thrift shop — buy tickets and show up to dance. Although Landis says there is no apparent theme for the show, everyone can expect a killer playlist. Drinks and snacks will be available at the open bar.

The models strutting are all locals whose style Landis admires for one reason or another. Most fashion shows have a designer whose work is showcased, but here the models have more liberty and autonomy. Their task is to put together an outfit from Global Neighborhood Thrift. Landis will play the role of emcee and host, as she'll be making a commentary about the models' ensembles. The runway portion will run for a half hour and then everyone can groove to the music together.

Landis explains that two-thirds of GN's operating costs are covered through the thrift store and the remaining third comes from fundraising. The money that's raised will go towards keeping the store open, such as paying rent and salaries.

The aim is to also raise awareness of Global Neighborhood and local refugees.

"We want to expand the knowledge of what refugees are going through — that they live in this community, and that they're as much of this community as anyone else," Landis says.

Refugees employed at GN are usually on a six-month employment duration, or a job training program, while they take ESL classes. Most of the employees at GN don't speak English. Having experience at GN prepares them for other jobs by helping them build various skills and understand workplace customs and dynamics. Sudan, Somalia, Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan are just a sampling of the countries where the refugees at GN come from.

Landis wants to encourage people to imagine life as a refugee by mentally putting oneself in their shoes and trying to fathom what it would feel like to leave one's life and home country behind, especially not of their own volition.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

CAT FRIDAY: Spokane's Keyboard Cat, Bento, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt and the late Keyboard Cat, Bento. - KEYBOARD CAT
  • Keyboard Cat
  • Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt and the late Keyboard Cat, Bento.

We like to post about cute and otherwise happy cat-related things for Cat Friday, but this week, we're here to share the unfortunate news that one of the world's most famous celebri-cats, Bento the Keyboard Cat, has passed away.

We learned the news this morning after seeing this video posted on Keyboard Cat's Facebook page:

The laid-back orange tabby owned by Spokane artist Charlie Schmidt was the second cat to take on the official title of Keyboard Cat. The original viral video featuring Schmidt's orange feline, Fatso, was recorded on VHS back in 1984.

Bento was adopted from the local shelter SpokAnimal back in 2010 and was 9 years old when he passed away last week, on March 8.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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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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
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  • 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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