Futurebirds plays the Bartlett on Feb. 6. (David McClister)

Futurebirds offer their take on the touring life

The saying goes that you should write what you know, and much of the new album from country rockers Futurebirds concerns the hardships of touring and living on the road. The Athens, Georgia, six-piece, which stops by the Bartlett on Saturday, has described its latest record, titled “Hotel Parties,” as an “accidental concept album,” with lyrics that grapple with 20-something aimlessness and the difficulties of juggling a personal life and a touring schedule.

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English born actor Charlie Chaplin brings a floral offering to actress Virgina Cherrill, who plays a blind girl, from a scene in the 1931 film “City Lights.” (AP / AP)

‘City Lights,’ symphony close out SpIFF

Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” is one of those rare films that will make you laugh until you cry, and then, in its final moments, make you cry for real. It’s considered by many critics to be the apex of Chaplin’s long career, and it’s frequently cited as one of the greatest films ever made. The 1931 masterpiece will close the Spokane International Film Festival on Saturday night, and the screening will feature musical accompaniment by the Spokane Symphony.

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Herb Alpert still finds joy in the music 

Jazz trumpeter Herb Alpert has plenty of accomplishments under his belt. With his band the Tijuana Brass, he scored a number of significant hits in the ’60s and ’70s, he co-founded the label A&M Records and he has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, including the iconic LP “Whipped Cream and Other Delights.” Alpert will be performing with the Spokane Symphony on Saturday night, sharing a stage with his wife Lani Hall, who was a singer in the original lineup of Sergio Mendes’ groundbreaking bossa nova group Brasil ’66.

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The Outer Vibe performs Monday night at the Checkerboard Bar. (Courtesy of Outer Vibe)

Island vibe, via Michigan

The Outer Vibe describes its work as a “musical vacation,” and hearing the surf-inflected sound on its latest album “Full Circle” (not to mention the colorful tropical fruit adorning the cover), you’d never guess the band hailed from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The five-piece, which adds Spokane to its travel itinerary on Monday, has devoted itself to transporting its listeners to an island paradise.

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Redbox’s Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Jan. 18: 1. “Hotel Transylvania 2” 2. “Ted 2” 3. “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” 4. “Sicario” 5. “The Fantastic Four” 6. Minions – Universal 7. Trainwreck ...

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Twin Falls native Korby Lenker performs at Auntie’s on Wednesday night.

Musician’s life provides fertile ground for prose

When you’re a touring musician, meeting unusual people in unexpected places on the road, you’re probably going to be inspired to document your travels. Korby Lenker does that, but not always through his music. The singer-songwriter, raised in Idaho and currently based in Nashville, is traveling to promote his debut short story collection “Medium Hero.” His upcoming appearance at Auntie’s Bookstore will feature both readings and acoustic music.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band reaches new heights on ‘Let Me Get By’ 
Futurebirds offer their take on the touring life 
Herb Alpert still finds joy in the music  
Island vibe, via Michigan 
Musician’s life provides fertile ground for prose 
Ashland sets stage for year-round drama 
Movie review: ‘Youth’ is a celebration of movies, life 
Range of styles in Oscar-nominated animated shorts 
Review: ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ is a silly muddle 
New on DVD Feb. 2: ‘Freeheld,’ ‘Last Witch Hunter’ and more 
Redbox’s Top 10 DVD rentals 
Visual arts
Create Spokane showcases arts all month long 
Musician’s life provides fertile ground for prose 
Broadway and Hollywood mix for hybrid musical ‘Grease: Live’ 
Chicago brings Dick Wolf back to fore at NBC 
‘House of Cards’ gets shaky in Season 3 
Douglas, Damon dazzle in ‘Candelabra’ 
Shift to TV not always kind to stage stars  
Chad White eats Spokane  10 
Hegsted’s new Gilded Unicorn restaurant embraces the gaudy and magical 
Cabernet’s popularity keeps climbing 
Some summer nights, the best place to eat out is your own back patio 
Walla Walla wines in a class of their own 
Corbin Art Center offers programming for no-school days 
That’s Life: Theatrical scares, on and off the big screen 
Ask Mr. Dad: It’s time to make time for family time 
Letting kids grow means respecting their privacy, wishes 
Silverwood ready for season 


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Zags paying attention to Portland before SMU

It's an interesting week for the Zags, who face a key conference game and a monster non-conference contest. They're saying all the right things about focusing on Portland on Thursday ...



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