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.

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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. One is "sweet, it's Sunday, it's grandma," says Ligon.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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All Inclusive

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Food & Drink

High-End Feast

A pair of local chefs push the boundaries of culinary creativity and cannabis culture with their upcoming THC-infused dinner
The first thing Chef Kyle "Freak" Bowlby does when he welcomes me into his north-central Spokane home is giddily take me to his kitchen. The chef, with his cooking moniker, Chef Freak, tattooed on his right inner forearm and Salvador Dali elephants inked on the back sides of his shaved head, grabs some Japanese mountain yams out of his fridge.

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Refreshments, Refined

The craft movement is stretching beyond beer with small-batch carbonated sodas and custom syrups
Sharelle Klaus remembers being distinctly disappointed with the nonalcoholic beverage options available to her back in 2005. Though she was passionate about pairing food with wine and cocktails, motherhood meant that Klaus needed to put booze on hold for about 10 years; even so, she didn't want to put her palate on hold.

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Remembering a Legend

The Inland Northwest brewing community grapples with the untimely loss of mentor and friend Paul Edminster
There's a lot of heartache in the Spokane-area brewing community right now. Last week, as the news trickled out, many local breweries and craft beer venues took to social media to express their shock and sadness at what they had learned: Paul Edminster, co-founder of Iron Goat Brewing, had passed away on Saturday, Sept. 30.

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No Need To Rough It

A new book offers inspiration for cooking and eating in the great outdoors
When Brendan Leonard and Anna Brones head off on outdoor adventures, they still like to eat well. "In the outdoors, you pack your tent, your sleeping bag — you want the best.

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Think We Can

How a Spokane couple is helping change the way we consume local craft beer
It's 8 am on a Wednesday, and already Abbie Speer is well into her workday, nestled between fermentors in the back of No-Li Brewhouse. White-and-green cans labeled "Big Juicy" are coming down a conveyor belt.

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Mornin' Fixins

Cheney welcomes a petite breakfast and lunch spot specializing in eggs Benedicts
If you've ever tried to make hollandaise sauce — the classic French mother sauce of emulsified egg yolk, lemon juice and melted butter — at home and failed, you might agree that sometimes (or most of the time) it's easier to leave this one to the culinary professionals. Thankfully for all the would-be French home chefs, a new brunch spot in Cheney is doing the often tricky sauce justice, with a variety of classic and mash-up eggs Benedicts to choose from ($11-$15/full; $6-$8/half).

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I Saw you

i Saw You

Week of October 19th
Taco Time Treat I saw you at the downtown Taco Time on Wednesday. You looked amazing — carrying confidence with each step.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of October 12
Found glasses Women's glasses found in street on 44th, just east of Regal. Identify for return.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of October 5
To the kid at school You know who you are. You sit by me in math class but other then that you are always alone.

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