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Tommy Chong on potential pot crackdown: Stay high

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:09 a.m.

Comedian and marijuana icon Tommy Chong tweeted Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, "Don't worry stay High" in response to a potential crackdown on recreational pot use by the Trump administration. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
After White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday that the Department of Justice “will be further looking into” recreational pot use, Chong tweeted, “Of course Trump is going after legal marijuana but like the failed Muslim ban it will be defeated in court. Don’t worry stay High.”

Movie review: ‘Rock Dog’ may have a ‘ruff’ going in theaters

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Bodi (Luke Wilson) and Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard) in “Rock Dog.” (Lionsgate Premiere / TNS)
“Rock Dog,” an animated tale of a Tibetan Mastiff, Bodi, (Luke Wilson) who wants to be a rock star, hits all the right notes. But the timing of “Rock Dog” is off just enough that this whimsical tale of determination, a love of music and courage won’t get the attention it deserves.

Iceland’s hottest new reality TV show is just a livestream of cats

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

Keeping up with the Kattarshians (Nútíminn)
There’s a new show in Iceland that offers all the intrigue, drama and suspense of your favorite reality series. It’s an online livestream of four kittens living in an oversized custom-made dollhouse called “Keeping Up With The Kattarshians.”

On Tap: Washington brewers open the taps for annual open house event

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 5 p.m.

Terry Hackler, owner of 12 String Brewery. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Breweries across the state again are hosting a slew of special activities for the seventh annual Washington Beer Open House on Saturday. Here’s what Spokane-area breweries have planned for the event organized by the Washington Beer Commission (all run from noon to 5 p.m., unless otherwise indicated):

Esperanza Spalding brings her genre-defying act to Moscow for Hampton Jazz Festival

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 4 p.m.

Esperanza Spalding (CARLOS PERICAS / CARLOS PERICAS/Courtesy)
Portland singer, songwriter and bassist Esperanza Spalding has performed at the White House for the Obamas, paid tribute to Prince alongside Alicia Keys and Janelle Monae, and beat out Justin Bieber and Mumford & Sons for the best new artist trophy at the 2011 Grammy Awards. She began her music career at age 5, as a violinist with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon, playing classical music. As a teen, she sang with an indie pop rock group.

Beyonce out of Coachella; will perform in 2018

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018. In a joint statement released Thursday, Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the pop star had to pull out of the festival under doctors orders. (Matt Sayles / Invision/AP)
In a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday, Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the pop star had to pull out of the famed festival under doctor’s orders.

Terrain marks milestone with new exhibit

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Jackie Caro, operations director for Terrain, holds artwork by Heather Hart that is being hung in Terrain's new permanent, year-round art gallery in the Washington Cracker Co. building. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Terrain will mark a major milestone Friday with the opening of a new, permanent, visual arts gallery, featuring the exhibit “Oracular Rooftops” by Brooklyn-based artist Heather Hart.

Blake Shelton mines ‘Voice’ talent RaeLynn and Sundance Head for opening slots on latest tour

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

RaeLynn will open for Blake Shelton at the Spokane Arena on Friday night. (Wade Payne / AP)
Since his 2001 debut, Blake Shelton has made a name for himself as one of country music’s most popular voices. In recent years though, the country superstar has been mentoring the next generation of country artists as a coach on the singing competition show “The Voice.” Two of these artists, RaeLynn and Sundance Head, are opening for him on his “Doing It to Country Songs” tour, which stops by the Spokane Arena on Friday.

Molly Allen’s ‘On Shaky Ground’ set for Playhouse performance

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 9:01 a.m.

Producer Ellen Travolta (top center) and the cast of “On Shaky Ground” (from left) Molly Allen, Billy Hultquist, Jack Bannon and Oskar Owens debuted the show in September 2016, and staged it as a benefit reading for Lake City Playhouse earlier this year. Bannon died Wednesday at age 77. (Courtesy photo)
The show reunites the talent behind the play’s sold-out run last fall at Spokane Valley’s Ignite Community Theatre. Molly Allen, co-host of the “Dave, Ken and Molly in the Morning” radio show on 92.9 ZZU, stars in one act of the two-act production. Her stepfather, Jack Bannon, co-stars in the other act, and her mother, Ellen Travolta, will introduce the reading on Saturday night.

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