Guest conductor Marco Parisotto (Spokane Symphony)

Symphony tours Dante’s ‘Inferno’

Marco Parisotto’s nearly 35-year career as a conductor has taken him all over the world – to Paris, Shanghai, Korea and Poland. This weekend brings him to Washington for the first time, where he’ll be conducting the Spokane Symphony in a Classics program cheekily titled “Tchaikovsky on Dante.”

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Charlotte Rampling in a scene from "45 Years." Rampling was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role in the film. (Agatha A. Nitecka / AP)

Review: ‘45 Years’ a devastating time bomb

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star a childless couple preparing to celebrate their 45th anniversary. In minutes, we can already feel jealousy welling in us from snapshots of their peaceful, harmonious lives in rural England: dog walks, drinking tea and taking leisurely trips into town. Rampling stars as half of a childless couple – Kate and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) Mercer – preparing to celebrate their 45th anniversary. In minutes, we can already feel jealousy welling in us from snapshots of their peaceful, harmonious lives in rural England: dog walks, drinking tea and taking leisurely trips into town.

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Riders in the Sky comes to the Bing Crosby Theater on Feb. 12. (COURTESY PHOTO / COURTESY PHOTO)

Riders keep cowboy music alive 

Riders in the Sky typically end their live shows with a rendition of the Roy Rogers signature tune “Happy Trails to You,” so it makes sense that they’d eventually dedicate an entire album to the King of the Cowboys. The Nashville-based quartet, which specializes in Western music and campfire songs, brings its salute to the legendary singer and actor to the Bing Crosby Theater on Friday.

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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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Riders keep cowboy music alive  
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Futurebirds offer their take on the touring life 
Herb Alpert still finds joy in the music  
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Ashland sets stage for year-round drama 
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Movie review: ‘How to be Single’ a lot more intelligent than expected 
Movie review: ‘Deadpool’ plays to Ryan Reynolds’ snarky strengths  
Review: ‘45 Years’ a devastating time bomb 
Movie review: ‘Zoolander 2’ is a hot mess 
Visual arts
Create Spokane showcases arts all month long 
Musician’s life provides fertile ground for prose 
Tom Ellis relishes role on ‘Lucifer’ 
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’ 
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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