Millennial Confessional

Millennial Confessional

Chelsea Martin's new essay collection aptly captures the awkward coming-of-age experiences of 1980s babies
Those of us born in the mid-to-late 1980s are categorically part of the millennial generation, but what typically sets us apart from younger "Gen-M" counterparts is that we remember a time before the internet ruled our every social interaction. I am one of those "old" millennials, as is Spokane transplant, artist and writer Chelsea Martin, whose recently published collection Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life explores growing up in that formative decade when online chat rooms (mostly) weren't creepy, Hot Topic was trendy, emo music was cool, and most parents let their teenage kids roam unchecked and without a cellphone.

A Perfect Pairing

Now available in printed form, the Pie & Whiskey readings thrive on camaraderie and contrast
To hear Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon tell it, there's no small amount of magic in pie and whiskey.

Front of the Mind

Back of the Throat relives the intense emotions of 9/11 to remind us of the power of fear
The fear and suspicion toward Muslims that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, are still with us today. Co-opted, broadened and more deeply institutionalized, yes, which might make them seem somehow less acute, but they continue to exist as elemental forces in America's sociopolitical climate.

Fleet Feet

Eagles stay grounded, yet fly atop the Big Sky
We've become accustomed to Eastern Washington airing it out against opponents behind star quarterback Gage Gubrud and his rapidly expanding cast of skilled receivers, but on Saturday, the Eagles used a battering-ram day of running to beat Montana State 31-19 and stay atop the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles went up early on the Bobcats from Bozeman and stayed there, thanks to sophomore running back Antoine Custer Jr.'s 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Hello Again

Super Diamond drummer Vince Littleton returns to Spokane for a special show with the Spokane Symphony
Vince Littleton first saw the Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond nearly a decade before becoming the band's drummer. With his own band sharing a bill with the group at an arts festival, he could tell they were no mere imitators of the man behind "Forever in Blue Jeans" and "Sweet Caroline."

Spinning Stories

The Garageland Chronicles, an upcoming, locally produced feature, weaves together disparate tales and diverse genres
Shaun Springer jokes that he had to trick people into helping him make his latest movie. As he's been cobbling together his feature film The Garageland Chronicles in piecemeal fashion since late 2015, the director admits that most of his actors and crew weren't really sure what he was up to.

Life's a Beach, Then You Die

Psycho Beach Party takes a twee 1960s teenage surf flick and adds a homicidal maniac
Charles Busch's Psycho Beach Party started life as an invented title called Gidget Goes Psychotic — nothing more than a punch line, a throwaway joke in a nightly curtain speech at the Limbo Lounge in New York City's East Village. After Busch had teased the upcoming show on enough occasions to huge laughs, his producer suggested that it might have something worth unpacking.

All Inclusive

Spokane hosts the Individual World Poetry Slam, highlighting a unique art form synthesizing the written and spoken word
Shakespeare? Longfellow?

For Your Consideration

Punk legends streaming, Transparent traveling and Bomani Jones tweeting
STREAM | The death last month of songwriter and drummer Grant Hart elicited an outpouring of media attention for often-overlooked '80s-era punk pioneers Hüsker Dü, the Minneapolis trio Hart founded along with guitarist/songwriter Bob Mould and bassist Greg Norton. One of the saddest aspects of Hart's death was the fact that after years of interpersonal strife, Hüsker Dü's members had made nice and agreed to re-release some old, rare material.

A Fall Feast for the Senses

October's Visual Arts Tour across Spokane features diverse lineup of visual styles, group shows, celebrations and more
Each year, October in the Inland Northwest is packed with events and celebrations showcasing the community's expansive artistic and creative talents.

Unruly Idaho

A BuzzFeed writer who just published a book about "unruly women" like Kim Kardashian has been digging into the Kootenai County GOP
The cover of Anne Helen Petersen's new book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, is appropriately in-your-face brash. It's pink.

Home ICEd

Chiefs drop home opener after overtime comeback on the road
The Spokane Chiefs' three-game win streak was snapped Saturday night with a loss in the first game on their home ice. The Chiefs' 2-1 loss to the visiting Kootenay ICE, their first of the young season, left Spokane with a 3-1 record.

Retaining Relevance

As the world changes around it, audiences keep finding new things to like about the satire of Something Rotten!
"For me," writes John O'Farrell, "being a satirist is about poking fun at the high and mighty, and in theatrical terms, Shakespeare is more revered and untouchable than anyone." No wonder, then, that the Bard became the natural antagonist in Something Rotten!, the tongue-in-cheek musical comedy that O'Farrell co-wrote alongside brothers Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick.

Handle with Care

How one mother helped push Spokane to become a national leader in training first responders
As a mother to kids on the autism spectrum, Holly Bahme Lytle knows what typical behavior looks like for a person with autism. She also recognizes that you might see someone spinning in circles, stomping their feet, hitting themselves or engaging in other odd behavior and think that person is intoxicated or dangerous.

Throwback Thursday

Terrain celebrates 10 years with a preview night and musical returns
Terrain's annual fall arrival is already reason for the region's art lovers, music fans and cultural cognoscenti to celebrate. It stands to reason, then, that the festival's 10th birthday will bring a little something special into the mix.

Shaken from Complacency

Local women-fronted punk bands unite in solidarity and in protest
Back in July, Kelly Fay Vaughn saw that the long-running punk act the Casualties had booked a September show at the Pin!, the all-ages venue downtown that caters primarily to hard rock and metal. She took to her personal Facebook page with a post about the band's mohawked frontman Jorge Herrera and the sexual assault allegations swirling around him.

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