A Fiery New <i>Phantom</i>

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.

Meaning is Malleable

Finding the meaning(lessness) of life at age 30
By the time I told a stranger at a wedding reception that I was a nihilist, someone had already slipped Ecstasy into my red Solo cup. I didn't find out I was drugged until months later when a friend said it was given covertly to everyone.

Navigating Hoopfest 2017

How to do the fest right, even with Riverfront Park construction
Whether you're a player or just a fan of watching Spokane's massive three-on-three basketball tournament, you'll have to know the best way to navigate the hundreds of courts and assorted snack shacks and souvenir stands. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know:

Once More, With Feeling

The second Alumni Game pits former Zags against ex-Huskies
One of the hardest parts about being a fan of college athletics is getting attached to players' games and watching them leave in a quick four years. The Hoopfest Alumni Game takes some of the sting out of that loss with a fun reunion for fans with the players they've watched for decades — especially for Zags fans throughout Gonzaga's historic run.

For Your Consideration

Subtly feminist fiction, casual comfort and harrowing Hulu history
BOOK | Released this January, THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE is a thrilling debut from newcomer Katherine Arden. As my book club's latest pick, I found myself enthralled by the novel's sweeping, original narrative, and its semi-subtle feminist themes.

What's in a Name?

An unscientific breakdown of the odds for our favorite team names
If the number of basketball courts dotting downtown Spokane isn't enough to indicate the sheer scope of this hoops-happy undertaking, the number of teams entered will do the trick. I perused the complete list — all 165 pages of it — to see what names grabbed me at first glance, much like how I pick horses at the track.

Head and Heart

Meet your team: The Spokane Shadow
The Spokane SC Shadow are wrapping up their first season in the National Premier Soccer League's Northwest Conference. If you haven't heard, Spokane's highest level of soccer recently moved up to the NPSL after two Evergreen Premier League championships.

Weird Science

Paula Poundstone is concerned about humanity, and it's hilarious
Paula Poundstone is no scientist. She will be the first to tell you this, as will her fans who know her best for decades generating laughs doing stand-up.

For Your Consideration

Small town gay America, satirical tweets (or are they?) and Lil Yachty's return
PODCAST | The social media editor for the Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi, Mississippi, hosts OUT HERE IN AMERICA, a podcast about being queer in small, rural towns in the Deep South. Justin Mitchell gained both fame and infamy in the state last year after publishing a column — titled "I'm young, I'm gay and in Mississippi I'll stay" — to protest the Mississippi Legislature's anti-same-sex-marriage House Bill 1523.

BOOKS | Audio Version

David Sedaris returns to Spokane
There's an addictive quality to David Sedaris' work as a humorist and essayist. And while addictions are personal things, nearly everyone I've introduced to the man's live performances has walked away wanting to see him again.

A World of Peter Pans

Are our kids acquiring the skills needed to navigate real life?
At age 30, Ashley Grow is personally familiar with the struggle of millennials to cope with the responsibilities of adulthood. As a family consumer science teacher, she's in a prime position to do something about it — if only schools and families will take advantage while they have the chance.

Guest Access

How the Coeur d'Alene Casino is trying to connect visitors with tribal culture and the land
Dancing, drumming, singing, regalia, storytelling. They're not just vital to many tribal cultures; they're sacred.

For Your Consideration

Natural-world website, an un-Common font and hoops heaven
WEBSITE | It's the perfect combination of smart writing and impactful imagery, in the service of fascinating, compelling stories about the natural world.

Healthy Competition

The Civic's Playwrights' Forum Festival is staging its 'strongest slate' of original regional plays in years
New and emerging playwrights need a platform, and for close to three decades, the Spokane Civic Theatre's annual Playwrights' Forum Festival has given them one. Every year the festival solicits one-act scripts from across the Northwest via an open call for submissions.

The Power of Belief

After 43 years at Gonzaga Prep, outgoing president Al Falkner reflects on how far both he and his students have come
As a teacher, coach, principal and then president at Gonzaga Preparatory School, Al Falkner's goal never changed. He always aimed to help students reach their full potential, and he always believed that they could.

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