Shaken from Complacency

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.

Laugh It Up

Jay Mohr brings a range of experiences to the stand-up stage
Jay Mohr started doing stand-up in New Jersey as a 16-year-old, so it makes sense that he'll be headlining the Spokane Comedy Club on Monday night. What makes little sense is the circuitous route Mohr's career has taken in the intervening years.

For Your Consideration

LCD Soundsystem's return, a deadly doc and stirring novel
ALBUM | When the electro-rock collective LCD Soundsystem halfheartedly announced its retirement in 2011, there was immediate incredulity that it would actually take. Sure enough, songwriter James Murphy and company are back again with their fourth studio album AMERICAN DREAM, a bittersweet, hour-plus slow-burner of a record.

Not Just Black and White

Nuance is at the heart of Spokane Civic Theatre's new production of West Side Story
It was almost 60 years ago to this very day that West Side Story opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. More than just a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the show represented the combined creative talents of giants in the fields of music and theater — Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins — and, as quaint as its stylized take on gang rivalry might seem to us today, generated no small amount of controversy for depicting a seamier side of American life than some theatergoers thought necessary.

The Familiar Frontier

Fall TV reheats some old premises — sometimes in space, sometimes with jokes
Frankly, there's too much TV these days. You can't justify watching a mediocre show week after week just in hopes it gets good.

Returning to Twin Peaks

Love it or hate it, the iconic reboot of the iconic, short-lived '90s series was fascinating, uncompromising TV
"Finally." That single line of dialogue, delivered near the end of Twin Peaks' long-awaited third season, turns out to be perhaps the most cathartic in the entire series.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Queens of the Stone Age are back, more Cash and smoke signals
ALBUM | Play the last minute of "The Evil Has Landed," the penultimate song on the new Queens of the Stone Age album, VILLAINS, and you'll hear the quintessential stoner rock that the band has perfected. The song unleashes a raw, pounding guitar riff as lead singer Josh Homme moans "Here we come / Get outta the way."

Riverfront Festival

Spokane's newest music festival Tinnabulation kicks off this weekend, bringing some big names to Riverfront Park
Tinnabulation labels itself as Spokane's largest music festival. It's also the city's newest, set to take over most of Riverfront Park (at least the parts that aren't currently under construction) and the neighboring Convention Center for the first time this weekend.

Seahawks Win the Super Bowl!

And 5 more probably crazy, potentially accurate predictions for this year's NFL season
The 2017 National Football League season kicks off the day this issue hits the streets as the Super Bowl champion (and noted cheaters) New England Patriots take on my favorite team (and noted also-rans) the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that is sure to leave half of America rejoicing, the other half bored, and me quietly weeping into a tumbler of whiskey. I'll get it together by Sunday, though, when the season has its first full slate of games, because I love football nearly as much as my coworkers love that show with the incest and the dragons.

Nosing Around

Stage Left opens its new season with a modern translation of a classic play
Six years ago, Edmond Rostand's 19th-century play Cyrano de Bergerac (itself set in 1640) was given a fresh English translation by Michael Hollinger. The contemporary playwright was looking to remedy what he saw as the shortcomings of the two "biggies" — namely, the "prosaic" quality of Brian Hooker's 1923 translation and the "over-embellished" quality of Anthony Burgess' poetic translation from 1970.

For Your Consideration

An R.E.M./Sleater-Kinney mash-up, literary laughs and deep Kanye dive
ALBUM | Looking for a positive to come out of the Trump administration is virtually impossible, but allow me to reach for one with the ongoing existence of Filthy Friends, a new-ish band revolving around Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and some other Northwest rock royalty. They started as a Bowie-covering lark, but joined in the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump effort last fall and decided to make a real go of it.

A Compelling Voice

Omnivorous, prolific and unflinchingly honest, writer David Shields visits the University of Idaho with 20 titles to his credit
There's a moment at the beginning of I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, James Franco's 2014 documentary on writer David Shields, that could put you off the whole enterprise altogether. "It's an ancient tradition... two psyches argue," Shields muses, echoes of Woody Allen in his didactic tenor, pausing for maximum effect, "...and I wanted someone to argue with me... about my life."

Best Foot Forward

College Football 2017: Eastern's new coach knows sky-high expectations come with leading the Eagles
Failure isn't an option. Aaron Best knows that.

QB SPOTLIGHT: GAGE GUBRUD

College Football 2017: Is this EWU passer the best college quarterback in the Northwest?
The region is awash in awesome quarterback play. On the Palouse, both Washington State's Luke Falk and Idaho's Matt Linehan are building on monster junior years that came with NFL buzz.

EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES

College Football 2017: A look ahead at the Eagles' season
Coach: Aaron Best, first season (0-0)

QB SPOTLIGHT: LUKE FALK

College Football 2017: Washington State's passer hopes for one more huge year
Coach Mike Leach tends to always have an outstanding quarterback at the helm of his offense, but Luke Falk might be the one to find consistent success in the NFL once his college career is over. The 6-foot-4 senior has the arm, the footwork and, most important, the mind needed to sling the ball efficiently all over the field without making many mistakes.

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