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THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 2015

Looking ahead: Upcoming concerts

Looking ahead Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available 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 the ...

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Movie review: Big ideas in a tiny space in ‘Room’

For 5-year-old Jack, the term “sheltered childhood” has a horribly dark meaning – of which he’s unaware, since he’s never known any other kind. He has lived his entire life without ever leaving the room where his mother’s abductor took her seven years earlier. A television set and single skylight their only connections to the outside world, Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and Ma (Brie Larson) eat grilled cheese, exercise however they can, sail a paper boat in the tank of the toilet and endure visits from captor “Old Nick” (also an old-fashioned nickname for the devil). Old Nick (Sean Bridgers) shows almost no interest in his biological son as he foists himself on Ma, with Jack peering through the slats of the closet where he sleeps.

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Movie review: Mother Teresa a woman of ‘Letters’

The commitment by Mother Teresa to care for those who had been rejected by society is one of the most unparalleled displays of benevolence of the 20th century. The tiny woman showed the world through her actions the truest meaning of charity. “The Letters,” a new film from writer-director William Riead, reveals that even the woman whose grace, compassion and work earned her consideration for canonization by the Catholic Church had her doubts. Concerns about the loneliness and darkness she felt in her life plus an abandonment by God were only revealed through a series of letters written to her spiritual adviser, Celeste van Exem (Max Von Sydow).

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On Sale: Joanna Newsom coming to the Bing

Tickets are on sale at 9 a.m. Friday to see: Joanna Newsom on March 31 at the Bing Crosby Theater. Tickets are $26.50-$39.50 through TicketsWest. Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday to see: Infected Mushroom on Jan. 30 ...

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Redbox’s Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Nov. 23: 1. “Vacation” 2. “Jurassic World” 3. “No Escape” 4. “Max” 5. “Inside Out” 6. “American Ultra” 7. “San Andreas” 8. “Ricki and the Flash” 9. “Terminator” ...

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Smithsonian launches music Web site for fan photos

NEW YORK – If you’ve got any rock or rap star photos stored on your iPhone or stashed somewhere in your attic, the Smithsonian wants to hear from you. On Tuesday, Smithsonian Books and Smithsonian Media launched rockandroll.si.edu, which will ...

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The Slice: Who had it roughest?

It was not a competition, of course. But there are Spokane-area residents who view the Nov. 17 windstorm’s aftermath in terms of who had it roughest. You know, a sort of ranking of power outage hardiness. That’s probably inevitable. It’s ...

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Windstorm brings questions to the surface

When the gale-force winds knocked over trees and utility poles a couple weeks ago, like most of the region our neighborhood went dark. As we went to bed we speculated which of our neighbors would get power back first. By ...

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Joanna Newsom books a stop in Spokane

Joanna Newsom is a harpist. And a singer-songwriter. And an indie music icon. Oh, and she acts, too. And she’s coming to Spokane in 2016. The Knitting Factory is bringing her to town on March 31 for a show next ...

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How to make a tin man? Ask the wizards of ‘The Wiz Live!’

NEW YORK – Peek behind the curtain at “The Wiz Live!” and you’ll find there is indeed a wizard – or three. They are costumer Paul Tazewell and makeup artists Dave and Lou Elsey, who are turning actors into munchkins and flying monkeys, and, of course, a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2015

Bare Culture Kombucha is a new business in Coeur d'Alene photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast". (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Fermented tea develops a following

Heather Threadgill had been fermenting tea at home for almost a decade when she decided it was time to expand. The kombucha operation “got bigger and bigger at my home and started taking over my kitchen,” she said. In 2013, ...

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Blood Orange Cake from “The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen.” (Staci Valentine)

East meets fresh in ‘Jewish Kitchen’

Quick look: This contemporary Jewish cookbook focuses on fresh ingredients, dividing its 150 recipes into two-month blocks and intertwining tradition with modern life. What’s inside: Guided by the seasons and the Jewish calendar, Amelia Saltsman offers myriad vegan and Middle ...

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Jim Kershner

Paul Turner

Paul Turner


The SliceAutograph stories

Here's a story from Steve Peck. "My one, and only claim to being close to a celebrity was in 1982 at an outdoor concert at Red Rocks, near Denver, Colorado. ...

ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...

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