THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019
After more than 21 years on Broadway, three U.S. national tours, long runs in London, Hamburg, Tokyo and Madrid, and an international touring company, there have been a lot of actors who have worked in “The Lion King.”
The 1984 Lewis & Clark High School graduate portrayed Scar for more than 1,700 performances, an experience he recalls with profound fondness.
Gerald Ramsey, who was born in Tacoma and raised in American Samoa, finds much to love and share in the longrunning Broadway musical.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2019
After more than 2 billion views on YouTube, the catchy kiddie song becomes a Top 40 hit with its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2019
Shields and Mills prepare to bring new novels into the world in 2019, poets Caraway and Lindholdt release new collections, and visiting writers book events in Spokane.
SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2018
Here’s a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered in the Today section in 2018.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2018
We all know the image: A smiling Bing Crosby, wearing a Santa hat and a bow tie of holly leaves, looking out at us from a snow-white background. It’s the cover image from “Merry Christmas,” the 1955 re-release of an earlier Crosby compilation. The title was changed again, in 1986, to “White Christmas,” in honor of the record’s most famous song. Bing and Christmas go hand in hand; as Richard Corliss pointed out in a 2014 article in Time, “Bing pretty much invented the Christmas music industry. He’d been hosting Christmas specials on radio since 1936.”
In thinking about our Bing Crosby Holiday Playlist, it occurred to us that Spokane-area musicians might have opinions on the subject. Turns out they do.
THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2018
Take flavors that are sweet and tart, like a good key lime. Mix it with characters well worn and comfortable. Stir in a dash of vinegar for some bite. Bake it into an entertaining and heartwarming confection. This is the recipe for “Waitress,” the touring Broadway show playing at the First Interstate Center for the Arts through Sunday.
Since 1989, the Library of Congress has been adding 25 films a year to the National Film Registry as a way to recognize and preserve movies that have a “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage.” Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, on Wednesday added the following films to the list.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2018
In its citation announcing the listing, the Library of Congress praised Alexie’s “witty and droll” script, and honored the film for its “funny and unpretentious look Native Americans in the nation’s cinema and culture.”
FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2018
On its face, “Waitress” seems like a heavy show. After all, it involves domestic abuse, unplanned pregnancy and infidelity. But there’s pie. Lots of pie. Humor, too. The color palette is bright and cheery, and the charm is as Southern as a glass of sweet tea. There’s affection among friends, and the show is set to a terrific Tony-nominated pop score by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.
TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2018
The Arena hosted 13,184 fans for Sunday’s show, the largest crowd ever gathered in the building for a single concert. Sunday’s performance bested the record that had stood since Aug. 17, 1999, when Neil Diamond drew 12,526 fans to the venue.
SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2018
For Spokane novelist Sherry Jones, the rich history of Josephine Baker’s extraordinary life proved irresistible.
THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2018
With seven Christmas albums to their credit, including 2016’s “Celebrate Christmas,” the long-running vocal quartet clearly loves getting into the spirit of the season.
TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018
All in all “Elf the Musical” is exactly the kind of Christmas treat people like. It’s bright, sparkly and cheerful. It goes down easy, and leaves you smiling at the end.
SUNDAY, NOV. 25, 2018
Coeur d’Alene comedian Dan Cummins goes down internet wormholes with ‘Timesuck’ podcast.
THURSDAY, NOV. 22, 2018
“Christmas Unwrapped,” Ellen Travolta’s latest holiday cabaret at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, opens Friday and will feature stories, music and dancing from the Travolta sisters and Ellen’s daughter, Molly Allen. A rotating crop of guest performers will round out the program, which is being directed by Troy Nickerson.
FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2018
Inspired by a true life story, and based on a 2004 Johnny Depp-Kate Winslet film, the musical “Finding Neverland” tells how J.M. Barrie came to create his most famous play, “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.”
Many Americans this past summer discovered the Utah couple on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where they advanced to the finals. And now Spokane audiences will get to see them in person when Duo Transcend takes the stage as part of the “A Magical Cirque Christmas” show at the First Interstate Center for the Arts on Tuesday.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2018
The film “Finding Neverland” told the based-on-fact story of how J.M. Barrie befriended the Llewelyn Davies family, and how they inspired the creation of Peter, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Lost Boys of Neverland. That story is now a musical, and it’s coming to Spokane Thursday night.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2018
On Monday, the night before one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in recent U.S. history, Nicholas Kristof will be at Gonzaga University in Spokane talking about the state of American journalism in the era of “fake news” and President Donald Trump’s assertion that journalists are enemies of the people
TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2018
In case you’re wondering, that top-end $252 ticket for KISS is not a VIP experience. One of those, which includes a meet and greet with the band, will set you back $1,531.50 to $2,502.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2018
In 2019, Sophia Anne Caruso will get to check off another box on her to-do list: Playing the female lead in a big new Broadway musical.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2018
Jack Nisbet discusses his book about them, “The Dreamer and the Doctor,” his interest in the Leibergs, how he came to learn of them and the footprint they left behind.