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Secrets behind the dazzling dances of `La La Land’

Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 4:54 p.m.

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying under a car on the hot pavement while more than 100 dancers above her twirled through gridlocked LA freeway traffic during the opening number of “La La Land.”

Delroy Lindo helps Newark mayor feed homeless

Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 3:04 p.m.

Actor Delroy Lindo, second left, joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, second right, as they helped serve food at a Newark's Weequahic High School high school during an event to feed residents as part of a program to bring holiday cheer Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Newark, N.J. The London-born Lindo's lengthy film career includes roles in movies such as "Crooklyn," "Malcolm X" and the TV series "Blood and Oil" and "The Chicago Code." (Mel Evans / AP)
NEWARK, N.J. – The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city has gotten an assist from actor Delroy Lindo in his efforts to feed the homeless. Lindo joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at a high school on Friday to feed residents as part of a program to bring holiday cheer.

That’s Life: Paris vacation designed for two

Fri., Dec. 23, 2016, 10:58 a.m.

We hadn’t planned on going away for our anniversary, even though it’s a major milestone. Before my next column runs, Curtis and I will hit the quarter century mark of marriage. To be clear, this doesn’t mean we’re old. It means we were young.

An adopted man tries to find his way back home in ‘Lion’

Fri., Dec. 23, 2016

Dev Patel appears in a scene from "Lion." On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, Patel was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for his role in the film. (Mark Rogers / AP)
“Lion” is based on one of those stories that’s almost too incredible to be true. As a young boy growing up in a poor village in India during the 1980s, Saroo Brierley got lost nearly 1,000 miles from home with no way to retrace his steps. Eventually adopted by an Australian couple, he became obsessed decades later with tracking down his birth family using Google Earth.

Argentina court indicts Bieber over attack on photographer

Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 1:54 p.m.

Justin Bieber performs at the 2016 Jingle Ball at Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: CACP133 (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Argentine photographer Diego Pesoa alleges he was chased down and beaten on Nov. 9, 2013, by Bieber’s bodyguards outside the INK nightclub, where the singer and his entourage partied during his South American tour. Pesoa also said the bodyguards took some of his camera equipment.

On Tap: Looking back at the beer news of 2016

Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, noon

This will go down as the year when the craft beer express started to lose a little momentum. Production growth is expected to drop below double digits for the first time since 2010 (the midyear figure was 8 percent), and larger players like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada are seeing sales start to slip. But with the brewery count at an all-time high – passing the 5,000 mark last month – there’s also no question that craft beer has carved out its niche in communities across the country. Here’s a look back at local highlights from the past year, plus a few peeks at things to come in 2017:

Spokane Civic Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a live radio play

Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 11 a.m.

It's a Wonderful Life radio play (COURTESY SPOKANE CIVIC THEATRE)
It was common practice in the 1940s and ’50s to adapt popular movies into hour-long radio dramas. Frank Capra’s 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” was one of those films, with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed reprising their roles in several radio programs following its original release. That broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life” has since been transferred to the stage by playwright Joe Landry, and you can see it this weekend at the Bing courtesy of Spokane Civic Theatre.

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The Wednesday Slice question

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