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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016

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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10 Under $10

1. Spokane Boat Show Noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. “Only in a Boat” is the theme for the 62nd annual show featuring the biggest dealers in ...

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On sale

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday to see: The Thermals on April 16 at the Bartlett. Tickets are $12-$15 through the Bartlett. DEJ LOAF, Bonaphied, Prodiga 1 and Slightly Flagrant on April 21 at the Knitting Factory. Tickets ...

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That’s life: Moving beyond the minivan

Until last weekend, I’d been driving a mom-mobile for 15 years and five months, not that I was counting. I was too busy strapping children in and out of car seats, carting them to and fro and enjoying the unfettered conversation that often happens when you’re behind the wheel.

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Looking ahead

Looking ahead Unless otherwise noted, tickets are a vailable through TicketsWest (TW); Ticketmaster (TM); Ticketweb (TB); TicketFly (TF), Hold My Ticket (HMT), Northern Quest (NQ) or the Bartlett (BT, www.thebartlettspokane.com). Prices do not include service charges. Tickets for events at ...

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DMB to return to the Gorge

The Dave Matthews Band will wrap up its 2016 summer tour in a familiar locale: The Gorge Amphitheatre in George. The band will return for a three-day stand over Labor Day weekend in September before doing something a bit unusual ...

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Left-out girlfriend should just speak up

Dear Annie: I live in the same town as two friends from high school. One of these friends married right out of high school and starting having children. My other friend and I both went to college together, and then she married and started her family. Neither of these women had a career outside the home. I worked in a professional capacity until retirement, and I did not have children. We are now in our 60s. I love both these ladies. Here’s the problem: When I am with either friend individually, they will talk about a variety of topics. However, when we get together as a threesome, these two talk about their children or grandchildren, and I am left out. Changing the subject doesn’t work, and I don’t like being third wheel.

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Movie review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ playfully mocks and adores Hollywood

The Coen Brothers’ latest comedy “Hail, Caesar!” is a loving tribute to the era of classical Hollywood, meticulously crafted with layers of reference, inside jokes, and tidbits of history that will excite any film buff. Not to fret if you haven’t caught up with every episode of the Hollywood history podcast “You Must Remember This” (although you should), “Hail, Caesar!” is every bit as fun and entertaining regardless of whether you’re picking up on every true life tale. The Coens have created a film that is at once a meta commentary on Hollywood’s studio system, while also indulging in the pure pleasure of visual spectacle that marked many films of this period. With a star-studded cast, “Hail, Caesar!” belongs primarily to Josh Brolin, who plays Eddie Mannix, a studio fixer at Capitol Pictures. The real Eddie Mannix was a studio fixer at MGM Studios from the 1920s to 1940s, but that’s where the obvious biographical element ends. The stars with whom Brolin’s Mannix tangles are lightly fictionalized mashups of real celebrities, with scrambled personal histories. Scarlett Johansson’s DeAnna Moran is an Esther Williams-esque swimming superstar, with a Brooklyn accent to beat the best, and a pregnancy pickle to rival Loretta Young’s.

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Prediabetes can be beat with changes

DEAR DOCTOR K: After years of normal blood sugar levels, I’m suddenly in the prediabetes range. Am I on an irreversible path to Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes? DEAR READER: No, you’re not, but you’re facing a challenge. Prediabetes is an early warning signal: You are at higher risk for developing diabetes. But diabetes is not inevitable. In fact, we know more about how to reduce the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes than we know about preventing most other major diseases.

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Winter Visual Arts Tour

Avenue West Gallery The Art of Marie Fleming with photography, digital art and miniatures, Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 907 W. Boone Ave., Suite B. (208) 274-2455. Barili Cellars “The World Through Hara’s Eyes,” works by ...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016

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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