A culinary bummer, at least for those of us who love a legit Italian sandwich. Cassano's Italian Grocery announced in December they were moving to a new location, but last week came word via Facebook they wouldn't be reopening at all. Cassano's originally opened in 1922 on East Sprague before moving to Mission Avenue in 2009. That location is in the process of being converted into the Open Doors Emergency Family Shelter. A good cause, sure, but I'm going to miss popping in for some salty cured meats. (DAN NAILEN)
Spokane musician Donnie Emerson already had an unusually late-in-life burst of fame when an album he and his brother Joe made as Fruitland, Washington, teenagers, Dreamin' Wild, suddenly found an audience 35 years later. That was seven years ago, and now their story is being turned into a movie also called Dreamin' Wild by the Oscar-winning producer of Green Book and director of Brian Wilson bio-pic Love & Mercy. Pretty cool. (DAN NAILEN)
BIG, BEAUTIFUL, FUNKY
If you haven't already, you're gonna want to add Lizzo's album Cuz I Love You to your summer driving playlist. The body-positive artist perfectly mixes funky, soulful beats and her beautiful belting singing voice with catchy rap hooks, all while talking about self love and having a good time. Start with "Juice," and just try not to dance with your windows down as she rolls into the chorus, "Ain't my fault that I'm out here gettin' loose/Gotta blame it on the Goose/Gotta blame it on my juice, baby." (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)
THIS WEEK'S PLAYLIST
Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores May 24. To wit:
Justin Townes Earle, The Saint of Lost Causes. Steve Earle's kid has a stellar catalog of caustic country tunes his damn self, including this new addition.
Sebadoh, Act Surprised. Lo-fi alt-rock dudes are turning out to be serious survivors. Leader Lou Barlow was great solo in Spokane this winter.
Black Mountain, Destroyer. The Canadian psych-metal crew delivers on album No. 5.
Stray Cats, 40. The rockabilly revivalists' first new album in 25 years. Cats really do have nine lives! (DAN NAILEN)
PRINT SHOP STOP
The newly opened Spokane Print & Publishing Center in Spokane's West Central Neighborhood (1925 N. Ash) is a one-stop spot to learn a variety of printing skills, from letterpress to bookbinding; board game prototyping to linocuts. To help fund the purchase of new equipment to teach said skills through classes open to the public, the SP&PC is running a $4,000 fundraising campaign on Kickstarter until June 2. Find it by searching "Printmaking Shop Development." Also follow the center on social media at facebook.com/spokaneprint. (CHEY SCOTT)