Lean on Me

Lean on Me

Rent is about relying on your friends — both onstage and off
Though Rent still feels uncannily modern, times have changed since the rock musical debuted nearly 22 years ago. The HIV/AIDS epidemic that figures so heavily in its story, for example, is no longer front-page news.

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There Can Be Only One

WSU and UW face off for state supremacy in what should be a memorable Apple Cup
Hard to believe it now, when both Washington State and Washington are Top 20 teams and perennially contending for Pac-12 North supremacy, that the so-called "Crapple Cup" was just nine years ago. That 2008 edition of the almost-annual showdown featured a 1-10 WSU facing off against a winless UW, and the game cruelly went to double overtime before the Cougs claimed victory.

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Hark to Herold

The Inlander commemorates Robert Herold's 24 years as a powerful presence in its pages
Spokane has undergone a great deal of change over the past quarter-century. Robert Herold has weighed in on most of it, registering his take on history and helping to make it happen.

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Things you need to know right now

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UNTOUCHABLES It's fall, and the gangs of turkeys on the streets of Spokane have their colors showing and tails flared out. We can either treat this as a welcome addition to the autumn scenery, or a show of mockery from the untouchable city birds who don't give a second thought to the coming Thanksgiving holiday.

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Why It's Getting Harder to Watch Pro Football

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As a kid, I planted myself on the carpet in front of our TV, watching football with paper in hand and recording the jersey numbers of players who caught my eye. At school, I'd draw up offensive plays with lines and circles, have a friend sketch a defensive strategy and then, matching up our notebooks, analyze who got the best of a particular scenario.

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Lock, Stock and Barrel

The Civic is going all-in on holiday nostalgia with A Christmas Story: The Musical
It was a 1966 book by radio personality Jean Shepherd that found wider fame two decades later as a movie on broadcast TV. In it, a young boy named Ralphie has his sights set on a BB gun — not just any BB gun, mind you, but a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and "this thing which tells time."

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Wander and Wonder

A Spokane-based video game maker is looking for a little help to get his immersive project out to players
Nick Barr has been working on concepts for his original video game Ara of the Wanderers for just shy of a decade. Considering the game's intricate and expansive scope, both in setting and story, players of modern independent studio games should understand why.

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Four questions with new Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson

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Mark Anderson has been named Spokane's third poet laureate, following the tenures of Thom Caraway and Laura Read. A frequently active local poet and the founder of the weekly poetry open mic event Broken Mic, Anderson sat down with the Inlander in the days following the announcement of his new position to talk about the local poetry scene.

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Things you need to know right now

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Every week The Buzz Bin brings you odds and ends, news and notes, from Spokane, the Inland Northwest and beyond, delivered in easily digestible bites.

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Building to Last

With new players and facilities, the Zags aim to better last year's Final Four run
Pundits, experts and talking heads around college basketball would, seemingly every autumn, say the same thing. They'd talk about how that year's iteration of Gonzaga basketball might just be the best Spokane had ever seen.

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Taking on God, Trump and CNN

Reza Aslan doesn't court controversy, but it always seems to find him
Reza Aslan knows that pissing people off sort of goes with the territory of being a public figure dedicated to exploring different religions. But it's certainly not why the best-selling author, academic and TV host does what he does.

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Food & Drink

A Homecoming

The esteemed Maryhill Winery makes its Spokane debut with an expansive new tasting room in Kendall Yards
With sweeping, 180-degree views of the Spokane River gorge and downtown Spokane, the latest commercial tenant in Kendall Yards is poised to be a scenic — and flavorful — year-round attraction. Maryhill Winery of Goldendale, Washington, opened its architecturally stunning, 5,000-square-foot tasting room and retail space this past weekend, just in time for the start of the holiday season.

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Terrific Tubers

Build a better understanding of the humble potato with insight from local chefs and farmers
Ah, potatoes. They may not look like much — oddly shaped and dull in color compared to the rainbow extravaganza bestowed on other fruits and vegetables — but they're an absolute powerhouse of potential.

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Sweet and Savory

Spokane's new Lilac City Bakery covers all the cravings, from sugary treats to hearty, savory bites
Space was getting tight at Amber and Joe Owens' two Spokane bake shops. Dwindling tabletop area, oven racks and refrigeration shelves at the couple's two Celebrations Bakery locations had begun to present challenges in fulfilling their many wholesale accounts and custom orders, and keeping up on inventory for walk-in customers.

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Confection Perfection

Up-and-coming Spokane bakery miFlavour is whipping up eye-catching, European-inspired desserts
Ella Piskun's sweet treats look nearly too pretty to eat. Potential customers scrolling through social media photos of the young pastry prodigy's creations for her Spokane bakery miFlavour are met by images of decadent, perfectly edged and glaze-finished desserts in all colors, flavors and styles.

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Grill Below the Hill

A former Shari's Cafe building in North Spokane is revived by a locally owned American pub and grill
The months-long remodeling progress didn't go unnoticed by the thousands of drivers and pedestrians traveling daily through the busy intersection of Monroe Street and Northwest Boulevard in North Spokane. First, the "for lease" sign outside the long-vacant building — formerly a franchise location for the national chain Shari's Cafe & Pies — disappeared.

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Get Hooked

A new regional winery welcomes guests to its fishing-themed Coeur d'Alene tasting room
Castaway Cellars represents the Inland Northwest well; most of its wines hail from vineyards across Montana, Idaho and Washington. Take the 2014 Ripple Red Cuvée, for example, from Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Columbia Valley's Horse Heaven Hills.

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I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of November 23
Baby Wearing Beauty "The Davenport gift shop, filled with wonders and trinkets. Outside the window I peered, unblinking to not miss it.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of Nov. 16
Bruchis You with the red hair and luxury car for dinner looked superb. Gonzaga Headphones Girl I see you walking through campus like every single day.

I Saw you

I Saw You

Week of November 9
Met at the symphony We talked at the symphony. You had migrated from Oakland and I migrated the other way but come back quite often.

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