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‘Not so famous’ Nate Bargatze brings act to the Bartlett

Comedian Nate Bargatze has performed stand-up on “Conan” and “The Tonight Show” and has had an hour-long special on Comedy Central, and he’s hitting the Bartlett stage on Friday night. We spoke to the comic about his father the magician, the perils of being only kind of famous, the stigma of clean comedy and the proper pronunciation of “Spokane.”

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Group ignites sportsmanship among local youth

It is hard to miss the quarter of a million basketball players that shut down more than 40 downtown Spokane blocks each June. But for the past 17 years, months after downtown has been restored to normalcy, roughly 400 middle school players gather for their own 3-on-3 basketball games in high school gyms around Spokane with much less fanfare. Ignite Basketball Association, run through Spokane Public Schools and led by Hoopfest, organizes a league for students who are from areas of Spokane where poverty, unemployment and crime are high.

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Jenny Anne Mannan is a singer-songwriter who created and emcees the Northwest of Nashville series at the Bartlett. (COURTESY PHOTO / COURTESY PHOTO)

Northwest of Nashville series brings homestyle jams to Bartlett stage

The country music capital of the world is more than 2,000 miles away, but a monthly variety show at the Bartlett is bringing the South a little bit closer to Spokane. Northwest of Nashville features local musicians who specialize in country, bluegrass and folk, performing in a round-style format, and Tuesday marks the fifth concert in the series thus far.

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IronKids Fun Run is Saturday at McEuen Park

The 2016 IronKids Fun Run is at 9 a.m. Saturday at McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene. The 1-mile run is for children ages 3 to 14. There’s also a 1/2-mile option for the younger children. It’s $15, which includes a ...

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Henry Anderson from Dominion Distillery helped 2 Loons Distillery in Loon Lake, Washington install a new still column he built. (CHRIS LOZIER / CHRIS LOZIER)

2 Loons Distillery: Keeping up with demand 

Although they only sell bottles out of their tasting room, Greg and Trisha Schwartz can’t keep up with demand. So, less than two years after opening, 2 Loons Distillery in Loon Lake is expanding – again. “In the summertime, we’re ...

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Movie review: Harsh modeling industry turns to horror in ‘The Neon Demon’

“The Neon Demon,” from Nicholas Winding Refn, the Danish auteur behind the Ryan Gosling cult flick “Drive,” is a movie primarily about Elle Fanning’s face. Specifically, the inimitable, effervescent, and most importantly, youthful beauty of her character, Jesse, a young model making her way into the gaping maw of the modeling industry in Los Angeles.

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BBB's Hillary Carlson looks for an opening against Zag Babes during Hoopfest 2015 on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Nike Center Court  in Spokane, Wash.   TYLER TJOMSLAND tylert@spokesman.com (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

10 Under $10: Entertainment on a budget

1. Hoopfest 2016 Saturday and Sunday, downtown Spokane. The biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Earth brings more than 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 42 city blocks. Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, ...

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Michael Shannon and Jaeden Lieberher in “Midnight Special.” (Ben Rothstein / Warner Bros.)

Stream on Demand: Netflix turns on the ‘Spotlight’

What’s new for home viewing on video on demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.Pay-per-view / video on demand“Midnight Special” is a mix of science-fiction odyssey and conspiracy thriller grounded in the devotion of a father (Michael Shannon) ...

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The SliceCan this be hereditary?  

My late father used to claim that something always happened when he finally found a style of shoes he liked. "They stop making them." He made this assertion repeatedly. So ...

Too Many Cooks“Walking with Peety”

Eric O'Grey, the Spokane Valley man whose story about losing more than 100 pounds with the help of a shelter dog went viral earlier this year, has a book deal. ...

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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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