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Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops concerts will offer ‘mix of familiar and new discoveries’

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016

Morihiko Nakahara’s loyalities are split between Gonzaga and the University of South Carolina. (COURTESY OF THE SPOKANE SYMPHONY / COURTESY OF THE SPOKANE SYMPHONY)
The Spokane Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops concerts is a tradition for a lot of area families, who gather at the Fox Theater every December to hear a collection of Christmas songs old and new. And it’s become a ritual for the symphony’s musicians, too, many of whom have been decking the halls for decades. Morihiko Nakahara returns to conduct the holiday concerts on Saturday and Sunday.

He’s no Danny Tanner: Bob Saget’s comedy allows him to get his devils out

Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 11:25 a.m.

Bob Saget performs Friday and Saturday at Spokane Comedy Club. (Courtesy)
Bob Saget’s stand-up is a lot filthier than you might expect. In a way, that’s part of the joke: There’s the original host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and Danny Tanner from “Full House” onstage with a routine riddled with F-bombs. The comedian performs at Spokane Comedy Club this weekend, and his material covers everything from his late parents, his unusual career and all kinds of sexual and scatological subjects.

Michelle Pfeiffer joins board of Washington-based environmental group

Wed., Dec. 14, 2016

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the board of the Environmental Working Group. (Dan Steinberg / Invision/AP)
Board meetings for the Environmental Working Group just a got a little more glam: Actress Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the group’s board of directors. The onetime Catwoman will help steer the Washington-based greenie group, which focuses on harmful ingredients found in consumer products. In a statement, Pfeiffer said she has come to rely on EWG’s research “to help my family avoid toxic chemicals.

On Taylor Swift’s 27th birthday, AT&T announces new media outlet: Taylor Swift NOW

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 3:19 p.m.

AT&T on Tuesday announced a new media outlet, called Taylor Swift NOW, which will feature content curated by the pop star. (Charles Sykes / Invision/AP)
Taylor Nation is about to get its own media outlet, courtesy of broadcasting conglomerate AT&T. And on Taylor Swift’s 27th birthday, no less. In news announced Tuesday morning, the superstar singer and songwriter confirmed via a press release and promotional video that she has teamed with AT&T to launch Taylor Swift NOW, a so-called new video experience available on demand through the corporation’s many holdings, including DirectTV and U-Verse, as well as to eligible wireless customers.

Box Office Top 10: ‘Moana’ tops ‘Office Christmas Party’

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 12:28 p.m.

“Moana,” the Disney animated film remains a top the box office charts for the third weekend. (Disney / AP)
LOS ANGELES – “Moana” held on to its first place spot for the third weekend in a row with $18.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $144.7 million. It beat out newcomer “Office Christmas Party,” a comedy starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, which earned $16.9 million. Holdovers populated the rest of the top five, with Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” which placed third with $10.4 million, the Amy Adams sci-fi movie “Arrival,” in fourth, with $5.6 million, and “Doctor Strange” in fifth with $4.5 million.

Perfect pears

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 10 a.m.

The elegance and simplicity of poached pears are a nice touch even in the season of holiday indulgence and can be customized for anyone who gathers around the family table this season. (Lorie Hutson / The Spokesman-Review)
Simple but elegant, poached pears please the palate

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