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Bach Festival: ‘Three Dancers’ a riveting new work

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 3:07 p.m.

Zuill Bailey, who won a Grammy Award on Feb. 12 for his performance of “Tales of Hemingway,” teamed with pianist Piers Lane for an evening of beautiful music on Friday at Barrister Winery. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP)
While Piers Lane and Zuill Bailey collaborated beautifully on works by Chopin and Beethoven, the real star on Friday night was the Northwest Back Festival unveiling of “The Three Dancers.”

Concert review: Blake Shelton’s voice shines brightest at Arena show

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 4:01 p.m.

Country superstar Blake Shelton entertains a large crowd inside the Spokane Arena, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Sundance Head and Rae Lynn, both contestants on The Voice television show, opened for him. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Blake Shelton’s charisma and carefree smile lit up the stage from the first notes he sang. His vocals during the live performance surpassed the recording, and there was a careful balance between the band’s intensity and Shelton’s voice.

New Hap and Leonard novel is one dirty puppy

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, noon

One almost feels guilty enjoying their raw, rollicking adventures. But Joe R. Lansdale, an Edgar Award-winning writer, has a way of winning readers over with his deceptively elegant brand of “redneck noir.”

Book World: Ali Smith begins a new quartet of novels with ‘Autumn’

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 11:32 a.m.

From the dreamy, disorienting opening of “Autumn,” we are in the strange territory that will be familiar to readers of Ali Smith, whose books play slyly with notions of time, character and plot. The first of a projected quartet, “Autumn” hovers around the season of harvest and final things, but the possibility of transformation is also very much in the air. Daniel Gluck, 101 years old, seems to be dreaming his death. “It is perhaps rather fine, after all, being dead. Highly underrated in the modern western world.” Amazed, delighted and embarrassed to find himself young again but naked, he stitches together a swanky green coat of leaves.

Ask the Builder: Tackling black spots on composite deck boards

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 8 a.m.

This stunning lake boardwalk covered with composite decking gets covered with black spots. They can be prevented. (Tim Carter)
I’ve got 1,500 square feet of lakefront boardwalk made from composite decking. The brand is Trex Accents. It started developing black spots within two years of the installation. I’m mad as heck about this, as I thought I’d have a maintenance-free deck for life.

In the Garden: First step, selecting the right site

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

A sunny location is the most important consideration for growing vegetables. (SUSAN MULVIHILL/SPECIAL TO THE S / SUSAN MULVIHILL/For The Spokesman-Review)
Sunlight is the most important consideration. While most vegetables can get by with a minimum of six hours of sun per day, more is better. Take a walk around your yard. Watch how the sun moves across it, paying particular attention to areas of shade from your house or other structures, trees and hedges.

Brisk walking is an easy, heart-healthy exercise

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 4:06 a.m.

Dear Doctor: My New Year’s resolution was to get more exercise and, I hope, lose a few pounds. Walking is an activity I know I can stick with, but I keep hearing that I should aim for 10,000 steps a day. Where does that number come from, and am I wasting my time if I do less? Dear Reader: In the battle to sit less and move more, you’ve already nailed the crucial element: picking an activity that will survive the inevitable day that your New Year’s fervor wears off. Walking is a great option – it’s easy, inexpensive and low-impact, and can be done just about anywhere. Best of all, walking has multiple health benefits.

American Life in Poetry: For the Love of Avocados

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

There are those like me who can’t even tell when an avocado is ripe, and those who know exactly how to perfectly prepare a ripe one. Here’s a poem of avocado expertise by Diane Lockward from “The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement,” published by Wind Publications. The poet lives in New Jersey.

Five minutes with John Legend

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

Award-winning recording artist and activist John Legend gives the keynote speech during the 11th annual Black, Brown & College Bound Summit held at the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday. (Octavio Jones / AP)
In the current political climate, outspoken celebrities – once reliable crowd-pleasers on the campaign trail – are practically radioactive. But John Legend could not care less about any of that. Whether you’re talking electoral college votes, the criminal justice system or social media, the guy knows his stuff.

Politics, performance issues are on host Jimmy Kimmel’s mind

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the Emmys twice, drawing rave reviews this past September. (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES – Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show isn’t taping today, but Kimmel’s working. He’s always working. Right now he’s wearing his standard uniform when he’s not on the air – shorts, a Dickies work shirt and black socks. “I’m a very glamorous guy,” Kimmel says, laughing, noting the incongruity of him hosting the Oscars this year, an event that’s often billed as “Hollywood’s most glamorous night.” He’s about to head to a tuxedo fitting, a trip-to-the-dentist-type task he tried to dodge, asking if he could just use the same tux he wore when he hosted the Emmys in September.

Syrian who worked on nominated film can’t attend Oscars

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, “The White Helmets,” that has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Infant who survived in 1920s sideshow incubator dies at 96

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

Lucille Horn stands on the boardwalk outside her home in Long Beach, N.Y., on July 22, 2015, Horn who weighed less than two pounds at birth, and wasn’t expected to survive, lived nearly a century after her parents put their faith in a sideshow doctor at Coney Island who put babies on display in incubators to fund his research to keep them alive. She died in New York at age 96 on Feb. 11, 2017. (Frank Eltman / AP)
Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting she too would soon be gone.

Richie recovering from procedure, postpones tour with Carey

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 2:24 p.m.

Lionel Richie says he wont recover from a knee procedure in time to launch his tour with Mariah Carey next month. The 67-year-old singer said in a statement Friday that their All The Hits Tour will be postponed until the summer. The 35-date trek was supposed to launch March 15 and wrap on May 27. (Joel Ryan / Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
The 67-year-old singer said in a statement Friday that their All The Hits Tour will be postponed until the summer. The 35-date trek was supposed to launch March 15 and wrap on May 27. The two were to be at Seattle’s Key Arena on April 28.

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