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Press On

New arts nonprofit hopes to inspire collaboration, curiosity of traditional printing
On a Friday in July, the 70-year-old building parallel with the train tracks is hot and slightly musty. Mixed with that familiar, dusty-dry smell of an old place is the faint tinge of paper and ink, but all three of the hand-operated platen presses lining one wall — two are more than a century old — are quiet this day.

When the Dead Lady Sings

Redemption and rebirth make The Secret Garden "heavy with emotion" and worth seeing
"I'm the dead lady," jokes Andrea Olsen. The Spokane-area actress and recent star of Always, Patsy Cline at Spokane Valley Summer Theatre is describing her role as Lily Craven in the company's new production of The Secret Garden, a 1991 musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel of the same name.

The Internet Ruins Everything

13 (-ish) reasons why technology has been the downfall of modern dating
This much I've learned: online dating + anonymity + time = garbage people. I have found myself speechless at men's attempts at communication, to say nothing of courtship.

The In-Betweeners

Director Tyler Krieg seizes on the depth, openness and 'in-between' quality of South Pacific
When South Pacific opened on Broadway in April 1949, the wounds of World War II were still quite raw.

For Your Consideration

Country-rock king, smashing ladies and satirical sports
ALBUM | Ten years into an increasingly high-profile solo career after spending most of his 20s in Drive-By Truckers, it still feels like Jason Isbell's music is almost excitingly secret. That's probably because his fans have to go to his shows or listen to roots-music radio shows to actually hear his tunes since this Southern poet is too rock and roll — and too good, really — for commercial country radio.

Body-Slammed

A new Netflix documentary argues that the Hulk Hogan v. Gawker lawsuit spells bad news for a free press
It almost sounds like a bad game of Mad Libs. In 2015, Hulk Hogan sued the news and gossip website Gawker for posting a sex tape featuring the professional wrestler in compromising positions with the wife of his best friend, a radio DJ known as Bubba the Love Sponge.

Ghost Whisperer

Julie Gautier-Downes captures the essence of absence in Dislocated Memories
Julie Gautier-Downes works with ghosts, both her own and in the stories she tells through her photographs and installations. With titles like "Scattered Remains," "At A Loss" and "Human Traces," Downes creates artwork that reference abandonment, decay and destruction, both intentional and incidental.

Quite a Character

To prepare for his first Spokane appearance, we're thumbing through comedian and actor Fred Armisen's Rolodex of weird, offbeat characters
Fred Armisen is a man of many talents. And voices.

For Your Consideration

New old-man jokes, spacious sounds from The War on Drugs & T.J. Miller's absurdity
TELEVISION | I imagine there are plenty of people who don't quite "get" the characters of Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, played by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, respectively, in the Netflix special OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY. They're two elderly New Yorkers who are miserably dependent on each other, whose favorite thing to do is prank people by giving them too much tuna, and who are, overall, terrible human beings.

Different Strokes

On the Spokane set of Z Nation, talented makeup artists create both horror and beauty
Makeup is a fickle thing. Heat can melt it and cold can crack it.

Summer Stroll

July's First Friday arts showcase includes several shows paying tribute to the Lilac City
Spokane means something different to all of us, whether we've lived here all our lives, or have newly arrived. A new summer-long exhibit at the Terrain gallery inside the Washington Cracker Co. Building aims to capture these sentiments from as many viewpoints as possible.

Put a Pin on It

In an era of passionate personal expression, enamel accessory pins from decades past make a fashionable and nostalgic comeback
Wear your heart on your sleeve — quite literally — or on your breast pocket, with an enamel pin. The accessories movement, hot right now, enables fans to proudly display their love of Star Wars, cats, LGBTQ pride, music, feminism and anything else that can fit onto a square inch or so of molded metal and be affixed to a piece of fabric.

Science is Everywhere

How retiring North Central teacher Randy James created the school's renowned science program
It started, like all scientific experiments do, with a question. How could Randy James, a science teacher at North Central High School, get his students to conduct authentic experiments in the classroom?

Go Forth on the Fourth

Where to celebrate freedom, patriotism and America in the Inland Northwest
Spokane Free, Riverfront Park

A Fiery New Phantom

The latest iteration at the INB doubles down on spectacle and intensity while preserving the classic musical's substance and humanity
Lead Derrick Davis is confident that the current touring version of The Phantom of the Opera is a can't-miss show. Actors might be expected to lavish praise on their latest show, especially during the press rounds as part of a massive national tour.

The Quest for Glory

Some things — like Hoopfest — never change
As someone who has played in Hoopfest every year for nearly two decades, I've come to realize there are certain things about the weekend I can always count on.

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