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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2016

Newlywed no longer interested in old friends

Dear Carolyn: Friend recently got married and seems TOTALLY uninterested in spending time with friends, what’s going on in our lives, etc. (We are a mid-30s mix of married/single/otherwise coupled, kids/no kids.) Friend will give reasons she is busy before we’ve even suggested something, or, when we finally do something, comment how it’s “been forever” despite our invitations on an almost weekly basis. It started pre-wedding but we chalked it up to the time it takes to wedding-plan.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2016

The Boy and the World is playing at the Spokane International Film Festival. (Spokane International Film Festival)

SpIFF brings the world – and ‘Vision Quest’ – to Spokane 

It’s no secret that movie theaters become wastelands in January and February, the time of year when Hollywood studios dump some of their least desirable products onto multiplex screens. But the Spokane International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday with an opening night gala, is here to provide moviegoers with a cinematic journey.

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Herb Alpert still finds joy in the music 

Jazz trumpeter Herb Alpert has plenty of accomplishments under his belt. With his band the Tijuana Brass, he scored a number of significant hits in the ’60s and ’70s, he co-founded the label A&M Records and he has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, including the iconic LP “Whipped Cream and Other Delights.” Alpert will be performing with the Spokane Symphony on Saturday night, sharing a stage with his wife Lani Hall, who was a singer in the original lineup of Sergio Mendes’ groundbreaking bossa nova group Brasil ’66.

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10 Under $10

1. Friday Musical: Celebrate the Dramatic Arts 1 p.m. Friday, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. The Friday Musical program continues its centennial celebration with a program devoted to the stage. Jadd Davis, artistic director of ...

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7 Nights Out

Morris Day and The Time Funky R&B hits made these friends of Prince famous in the ’80s. This Minneapolis group melds classic old-school sounds with energetic vocals, witty lyrics and smooth-as-silk dance moves. “That jungle love ... oh we oh ...

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The Outer Vibe performs Monday night at the Checkerboard Bar. (Courtesy of Outer Vibe)

Island vibe, via Michigan

The Outer Vibe describes its work as a “musical vacation,” and hearing the surf-inflected sound on its latest album “Full Circle” (not to mention the colorful tropical fruit adorning the cover), you’d never guess the band hailed from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The five-piece, which adds Spokane to its travel itinerary on Monday, has devoted itself to transporting its listeners to an island paradise.

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In a scene from Spokane Civic Theatre’s Studio Theatre production of “Sordid Lives,” left to right, Jamie Sciarrio playing LaVonda, Lauralynn “Lulu” Stafford playing Sissy Hickey, and Phedre Burney-Peters as Latrelle, have an argument at a funeral. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

‘Sordid Lives’ loves its uncouth characters

The characters in Del Shore’s “Sordid Lives” are unapologetically ribald and more than a little uncouth, the kind of people you might derogatorily refer to as “white trash.” But the show, premiering in the Civic’s studio theater this weekend, always makes sure that you’re laughing with them, not at them. They know who they are, and they’re proud of it.

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Susan Butler, right performs with Xue Min during a rehearsal for the Spokane Chinese Association's Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at SCC in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Ring in the Chinese New Year

Get ready for some monkey business. The Year of the Monkey starts Feb. 8, and on Saturday, the Spokane Chinese Association is celebrating with its annual Chinese New Year Festival. There are two ticketed performances featuring dancing, kung fu and ...

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Po, voiced by Jack Black, left, and his long-lost panda father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, in a scene from "Kung Fu Panda 3." (DreamWorks Animation / AP)

Movie review: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ is a knockout

A third installment in a franchise isn’t always great. But sometimes, it can be a comforting guarantee of a good time at the movies, as is the case with “Kung Fu Panda 3.” The first two installments have been met with rapturous reception and box office success, and this one will no doubt follow in their footsteps – with good reason.

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New DVD releases will give you ‘Goosebumps’

“Goosebumps” ♦♦♦: Director Rob Letterman finds the right tempo of terror for the ghoulish attacks. A werewolf battle in a supermarket has as many comic turns as scares. The same goes for all the other creatures, including a cemetery filled ...

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Nominees for Oscar shorts pack a big wallop

Viewers watching the Academy Awards are usually clueless when the winners of short films are announced. There’s a good reason, of course: Few people ever see them. There was a time, until sometime in the 1960s, when short films such ...

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