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.

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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. There will always be that one pop song that is played over and over, until you think it's the only thing you'll ever hear again.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Food & Drink

Market Boom

A new report shows how the Moscow Farmers Market has become a major player in the region's small business economy
For years, Brush Creek Creamery only sold its cheese at the Moscow Farmers Market. Rebeccah Salmeri, manager and co-owner of the Deary, Idaho, creamery, says that's where they've built relationships with customers and other vendors who have the same desire to build a small, home-based business that keeps them out of the "rat race."

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Savory Slurps

Umami Ramen brings traditional Japanese noodle bowls to the Lake City
Bin Sun is on a quest. The owner of Liberty Lake's Ding How pan-Asian restaurant and the former Ugly Fish Asian bistro in Coeur d'Alene went to Japan last year expecting to expand his knowledge of sushi, yet returned home with a newfound love of ramen.

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Brew Tunes

A group on the Palouse unites history and a love of singing with the art of craft beer
With a pint in hand, Palouse Choral Society Director Sarah Graham leads a crowd at Clarkston, Washington's Riverport Brewing Co. through a round of an unfamiliar, alehouse-inspired tune from the year 1611. The early verse is a little quiet, but the "hey-nonny-nonnies" ring out as more and more singers add their voices.

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Meet Your Brewer: Orlison Brewing's Rachel Nalley

A love of science and how things are made took her from casual beer connoisseur to craft brewing grad
Simple curiosity led Rachel Nalley to craft beer.

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A Wine for All Patios

Getting to know Vinho Verde, an ideal summer refresher
On a particularly hot day several years ago, I decided to broaden my wine horizons. I'd been slowly drinking my way through WineWise, an informative wine primer published by the Culinary Institute of America.

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Hearty Appetites

Creative growth in Spokane's culinary and cultural scenes inspired a well-known local chef to start a food festival to match its pace
With 10 events featuring 50 chefs spread out over four days, Chef Adam Hegsted's vision for a "big and grand" food festival is soon to be a reality. The upcoming Crave!

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of June 22nd
Good Samaritan I was walking with my elderly grandma to a restaurant on 14th when she tripped and fell. As I was bending over her to make sure she was okay, a hand with black sparkly nail polish reached over to help her up.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of June 15th
Nice Man HI so we talked at KFC on Monday June 5 you do contract work for the phone company, nice guy, I wanted to talk more if you're single let's talk Airport Nonfat Mocha I saw you in the TSA line.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of June 8th
Memorial Day weekend at the Piano Bar You were with your blonde friend, she Is slimmer but you ended up being more attractive to me, way more. You're so much fun, I watched you for a bit, you were completely carefree, dancing, laughing having a good time.

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