Serious Laughs

Serious Laughs

Michael Ian Black's insightful approach to comedy defies easy labels
Anyone who's paid attention to comedy for the past 25 or so years has inevitably run across Michael Ian Black. It might have been during his early years as one of the founders of comedy troupe The State, or later acting in cult flick Wet Hot American Summer and its follow-up TV series.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Jake and Jill

To play Tosca, soprano Jill Gardner had to learn how to hate her husband
Floria Tosca hates Baron Scarpia. Absolutely and unreservedly despises him.

Arts & Culture

Casting Shadows

How to enjoy the solar eclipse right here in the Inland Northwest
Set aside some time away from your workspace on Monday morning, because you're not going to want to miss this. Starting just before a quarter past nine on Aug. 21 — 9:13 am, to be exact, for those of us in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene — a sliver of the moon will begin to obscure the light of the blazing summer sun.

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The Road Goes on Forever

Garrison Keillor's still writing, still touring, and still creating tales from Lake Wobegon
Considering Garrison Keillor's high-profile 2016 retirement from hosting long-running radio show A Prairie Home Companion, and his turning 75 just a few days ago, one might think he would shuffle off to find a real-life Lake Wobegon and relax until the end of his days. Turns out, the end of Keillor's most high-profile gig just means more time to scratch the creative itches that have helped make him one of America's favorite humorists (as well as a reviled one among some hipper-than-thou naysayers).

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Flat-Out Cool

A steamroller, plus a little help from friends, equals one massive art event
Artists use a lot of unusual tools, but at 44,000 pounds with the maneuverability of a Zamboni, a steamroller is not your run-of-the-mill tool. It is, however, so radical an idea it's got artists at Coeur d'Alene's Emerge artspace buzzing about INK!

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Trailblazers

Million Dollar Quartet explores the magic of a legendary recording session in December 1956
Back in early December of 1956, a handful of young, up-and-coming musicians happened to find themselves in a tiny recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, with little notion that their spontaneous jam session would become the stuff of legend. The hit songs that would become forever associated with them as performers — "Ring of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and, for two of them, "Blue Suede Shoes" — had either been released only recently or were yet to be recorded.

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For Your Consideration

Sweet treats, a fantastic read and Aussie summer sounds
FOOD | This may sound weird, but I love ice cream so much that I actually avoid buying it because my self-control is the worst. Yet ever since discovering HALO TOP brand ice cream a few months ago, I have been eating and enjoying this low-calorie treat a pint at a time, and as often as I can.

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He's On Fire

The Mystique of Sherman Alexie: An Appreciation
Is basketball poetry and poetry basketball?

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Binge-Worthy?

Taking the measure of two of Netflix's latest original series
Streaming services are competing with traditional TV networks with an increasingly diverse, occasionally brilliant, sometimes sucky slew of original programs. Upside?

Arts & Culture

For Your Consideration

21 Savage's debut album, 74 tense seconds and Jerry Springer lives!
ALBUM | A year after landing a place in XXL Magazine's annual "freshman class" edition, 21 Savage has released his first studio full-length, ISSA ALBUM, following a series of highly successful tapes, singles and features.

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Art Abounds

Beat the heat and get out and around town for August's First Friday showcase
When Vanessa Swenson returned to her hometown of Spokane three-ish years ago, she didn't intend to stay. But after she realized how much the city and its art community had changed since heading to college at Montana State University, Swenson remembers feeling surprised, and so she thus replanted her Inland Northwest roots.

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Food & Drink

Meet Your Brewer: Mark Irvin

The founder of Northern Lights, now head brewer at Bennidito's Brewpub, reflects on region's craft beer industry over the decades
"I remember when I shared samples of my very first pale ale," recalls Mark Irvin, head brewer at Bennidito's Brewpub.

Food & Drink

Taste of the Past

A special fundraiser dinner in Moscow explores culinary and local history
You're cordially invited to dine through the decades at three historic Moscow, Idaho, venues next Friday evening. Your travels will begin at the Kenworthy, which opened as a theater in 1926.

Food & Drink

Suds Collective

A new beer bar is bringing life back into a historic building on East Sprague
After sitting dormant for more than a year, the little brick building in east downtown Spokane is alive again. Workers from nearby businesses, along with friends of Community Pint owners TJ and Sarah Wallin, trickle in on a late Thursday afternoon to beat the heat and chat over pints of ice-cold beer from one of the 24 tap handles.

Food & Drink

Here, There and Everywhere

Drinking local in the Inland Northwest has never been so easy, challenging and delicious
The concept seems simple enough: "Drink Local."

Food & Drink

Not so Neat

One man's search for whiskey-based cocktails beyond the "bourbon, straight" life
I love whiskey.

Food & Drink

Begin with gin

An unsuspecting cocktail choice pushed me into the world of gin
Lots of people hate gin. To these haters, gin tastes like a Christmas tree, or something equally unpalatable.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of August 17
Fine Southern Boy at Pilot Flying J — Post Falls I stopped to get coffee, you breezed in and made a comment which I thought was about the music but it wasn't it was a southern style compliment. We chatted for a second about teenagers, I was in a rush and honestly a little shy.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of August 10
Blonde Biker at Stateline I was already in the store, when you road in on your Harley. Black, of course, with a sunset and a guitar playing female skeleton....cool!

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of August 3
You saw me at the STA Plaza, sometime in 2001-2002 You were the male teenager between 13-15. I was the 30ish woman, (though many thought I was 10 years younger), dressed in a skirt and blouse, waiting for the bus to take me to my job.

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