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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

THIS WEEK: Holidaze, Super Sparkle, New Year's Eve and more

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze swings through the INB Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze swings through the INB Wednesday and Thursday.

You did it! You survived another Christmas, and you hopefully have a few days off to goof around with friends and family before the new year arrives. Here are some highlights from our event listings and Staff Picks for the week ahead:

Tuesday, Dec. 26

COMMUNITY | Go check out the life-size gingerbread house at Hotel RL before it goes away. We wrote a story about thing, and it's pretty amazing.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

THEATER | Extend your Christmas fun a bit with the incredible aerial artistry on display with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, tonight and Thursday at the INB.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

THIS WEEK: Family Skate Night, Coug hoops, sold-out Suds and more

Posted By on Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 1:01 PM

If you don't already have tickets to Suds & Cinema this week, you're shit out of luck. It's sold out.
  • If you don't already have tickets to Suds & Cinema this week, you're shit out of luck. It's sold out.

Red alert! Only one week left to get your Christmas shopping done (if you're into that sort of thing). But keep your sanity through the crowds by entertaining yourself, too, using our event listings and staff picks for guidance.

Here are a few highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Dec. 18

COMMUNITY | It's Family Skate Night at the new Spokane Ice Ribbon, meaning sweet deals (as in, free skating for the first 500 people!) and fun for the whole gang downtown.

Family Skate Night Monday means free skating on the new Ice Ribbon for the first 500 people to show up. - DANIEL WALTERS
  • Daniel Walters
  • Family Skate Night Monday means free skating on the new Ice Ribbon for the first 500 people to show up.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

MUSIC | Need another shot of holiday tunes? Bring your guitar and join the Holiday Open Mic at The Bartlett tonight.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

THIS WEEK: Darlene Love, Lilac City Live!, Bartlett Christmas Special and more

Posted By on Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Lilac City Live! happens Thursday.
  • Lilac City Live! happens Thursday.

It's mostly holiday action in our event listings and Staff Picks, and there ain't anything wrong with that! Here are some highlights of the days ahead:

Monday, Dec. 11

COMMUNITY | Get thee to the Gaiser Conservatory Holiday Lights, an epic show every year at Manito Park and only an option for a limited time. A great way to spend a Monday.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

MUSIC | The Northwest of New Orleans crew throw a jazzy, snazzy Christmas music party at The Bartlett tonight. Get there and get in the spirit with Hot Club of Spokane, Rachel Aldridge and more!

Wednesday, Dec. 13

FOOD | Join the gang at Batch Bakeshop for an Edible Gifts Class, either tonight or Wednesday. It's not too late to whip up something tasty for the folks on your shopping list.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

THIS WEEK: Foo Fighters, Ice Ribbon Grand Opening, Supersuckers and more

Posted By on Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 1:01 PM

The Supersuckers headlines The Pin! on Saturday
  • The Supersuckers headlines The Pin! on Saturday

The deluge of Christmas-related festivities pretty much started at Thanksgiving, and it will be relentless through the end of the year. Thankfully, there's some non-holiday fun to be had, too, so peruse our event listings and Staff Picks.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Dec. 4


MUSIC | The mighty Foo Fighters headline the Spokane Arena Monday night, joined by The Struts opening. Read our story about Dave Grohl's evolution from punk drummer to classic frontman before hitting the show.

MUSIC | Hit The Bartlett for local songwriter Brian Stai's album release party tonight, joined by Ruthie Henrickson.

Tuesday, Dec. 5


THEATER | The Wizard of Oz is classic film and classic book. Check out how it works as a live theater production as it opens a two-night run at the INB tonight.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

THIS WEEK: Rent, The Nutcracker, Northwest of Nashville Christmas & more

Posted By on Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Rent kicks off the Spokane run of its 20th anniversary tour on Thursday. - CAROL ROSEGG
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  • Rent kicks off the Spokane run of its 20th anniversary tour on Thursday.

Monday, Nov. 27

MUSIC | Johnny Lang has moved from being a blues-guitar prodigy to a grown-ass man with some serious skills as a performer and songwriter incorporating rock and soul, too. He headlines the Bing tonight. UPDATE: Lang's show has been postponed until April 10, 2018, due to illness. 


COMMUNITY | Head over to Northern Quest for a chance to spin the big wheel on The Price is Right Live!

Tuesday, Nov. 28

MUSIC | A Perfect Circle brings their prog-rock weirdness to the Spokane Arena tonight. Read our interview with the band before you go.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

THIS WEEK: TSO, The Pack A.D., Silver Treason and FriendsGiving celebration

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Spokane roots crew Silver Treason plays at nYne on Friday with Whiskey Dick Mountain.
  • Spokane roots crew Silver Treason plays at nYne on Friday with Whiskey Dick Mountain.

Hopefully you all have a short week so you can enjoy some family and friends time at Thanksgiving, and beyond. Here are some options to keep everyone entertained, as draw from our event listings and Staff Picks.

Monday, Nov. 20

FILM | Head to the Magic Lantern for the latest in their Monday Night Movies series, Private Violence. The movie delves into domestic violence through the eyes of two survivors.

Tuesday, Nov. 21

COMEDY | Join a slew of Spokane's funniest folks at the Bartlett for the Spokane Comedy Mixtape Vol. 2 live recording from the club's stage.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

THIS WEEK: Manatee Commune, Inlander Winter Party and more

Posted By on Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Manatee Commune headlines the Bartlett on Thursday night.
  • Manatee Commune headlines the Bartlett on Thursday night.

A bevy of good times await when you peruse our event listings and Staff Picks, so you should totally do that. But if you don't have time, here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Nov. 13

FOOD | You don't want to watch sausage making, generally speaking, but doing it yourself? Hell, yes! Delicious sausage is the result! You can take a sausage-making class tonight at Second Harvest.

Tuesday, Nov. 14


THEATER | Join star Jamie Farr and see Tuesdays With Morrie at the INB tonight. He's Klinger from M*A*S*H, people; show some respect!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Struggling with depression or anxiety? Healing Spokane forum can help

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM

ALI BLACKWOOD ILLUSTRATION
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Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health concern in the U.S., but the good news is, there are ways to help.

Healing Spokane is bringing back its forum on the Depression and Anxiety, looking beyond the traditional approach, and offering information on evidence-based practices that can complement care received by a doctor or physician.

At the most recent forum, Dr. Sean Smitham, a clinical psychologist in Spokane, explained that struggling with depression and/or anxiety doesn't mean you're broken: you're just dealing with a human problem, which we wrote about for InHealth earlier this year:

First, he says, no one ever taught you how to deal with your incredibly powerful brain, about feelings and how to cope with them. Second, when two parts of your brain are in conflict, the more ancient part is going to win, Smitham explains at a recent Healing Spokane forum at WSU Spokane.

The newer, chatty, mammal part of the brain — the part behind what we think of as the voice in our head — can get overpowered by the more ancient reptilian brain, where our fight-or-flight responses are located, he says. Call it a design flaw.

"Every time (fight-or-flight) gets activated, the reptile brain gets in the driver's seat," Smitham says. "That top part keeps chattering away, but it's no longer driving the bus. This is why you can't talk yourself out of a panic attack. You can't talk yourself out of anxiety very well, either."

Smitham and others will return for another look at the topic, "back by popular demand," at a free forum from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 14, on WSU Spokane's Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.-EWU Center Building, Auditorium, Room 122.

Speakers will touch on a variety of perspectives, including Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, yoga and meditation, integrative nutrition, naturopathy, psychotherapy and family medicine.

Last time, suggestions to help included moderate exercise, mindfulness, diet changes, herbal remedies, and refraining from caffeine and alcohol consumption.

RSVP for the free event at Eventbrite.

The event will take place in the EWU Center Building, southeast of the Orange lot 1 in this map. - WSU/EWU MAP
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  • The event will take place in the EWU Center Building, southeast of the Orange lot 1 in this map.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

THIS WEEK: Garth arrives, Spokane reads, Heathers sing and Fall Folk Fest thrills

Posted By on Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 1:01 PM

The Spokane Fall Folk Festival happens Nov. 11-12 at Spokane Community College.
  • The Spokane Fall Folk Festival happens Nov. 11-12 at Spokane Community College.

Never mind those reports of snow in our forecast, just throw on a coat and get out there to enjoy some awesome things going down around town. Peruse our event listings and Staff Picks on the regular; here are some goodies I found for the week ahead:

Monday, Nov. 6

MUSIC | How about a little free show on a Monday night? Collapsing Stars is a Minnesota-based roots-music crew swinging by Hotel RL for a free hour-long set starting at 6 pm. Here's a taste:


Tuesday, Nov. 7

COMMUNITY | Native American Heritage Month continues with a discussion at Shadle Library on Indigenous Columbia Plateau Homelands: Histories and Lives. It's free at 6:30 and should be a really interesting bit of local history that's too often ignored.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

THIS WEEK: Brother Ali, Seth Meyers, Spokane Record Expo and more

Posted By on Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Brother Ali headlines the Bartlett on Wednesday.
  • Brother Ali headlines the Bartlett on Wednesday.

Halloween is obviously one of the week's biggest nights, but there's plenty going on all week long, as you can see in our event listings and Staff Picks. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Oct. 30

WORDS | Head over to Spark Central for a book release and performance called Tarot Time, a collection of community writers sharing stories inspired by the Major Arcana Tarot set.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

LIVE MUSIC | It's Halloween night, duh, so after you either go trick-or-treating or stay home and hand out candy, get out on the town for one of the many music events happening.

The Big Dipper hosts East L.A. rockers Thee Commons, a trio blending punk rock and traditional Mexican music.

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