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Notes from 7 blog: As shows drop out, maybe stick to movies

Jon Favreau in a scene from “Chef.”
Jon Favreau in a scene from “Chef.”

(Posted Thursday) It’s been a week of cancellations.

First, the national concert tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” starring Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, JC Chasez of ’N Sync, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, was canceled “without warning or explanation,” the New York Times reported on May 31. It had been set to visit the Spokane Arena in early July.

Then, citing poor ticket sales, indie alt-rock icons Guided by Voices canceled Friday’s show planned for the Knitting Factory. Those of us with friends in Portland and Seattle will have to endure the Facebook and Instagram posts from shows in those cities for the next few days.

Finally, jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, who was scheduled to perform this past week at Spokane Falls Community College, had to cancel his show, citing health issues. The college, however, hopes to reschedule for another time.

Carolyn Lamberson

Watch with your mouth

(Posted Monday) I post mostly about movies. On occasion, though, I post about a decent meal I’ve had (like the night we stumbled into the Wandering Table). The post I am writing at the moment combines both movies and food: That’s because it concerns the movie “Chef,” which I saw this afternoon at AMC River Park Square.

As a movie, “Chef” is all over the place. It starts as a typical drama, involving a guy (played by writer-director-star Jon Favreau) trying to make his cooking career work with his duties as the divorced father of a 10-year-old boy. It evolves into a father-and-son adventure, then turns into a road trip and ends up being a kind of modern fairy tale with the happiest of endings.

All that said, “Chef” is one of the most delicious looking movies since “Big Night.” Or “Mostly Martha.” Or “Babette’s Feast.” Or “Eat Drink Man Woman.” From the dishes that Favreau’s character dreams up in his home kitchen to the Cuban sandwiches he makes on the road, all the food in “Chef” looks tasty to the max.

If you go, make sure to go early. And hungry. Then head someplace for a good dinner afterward. You’ll be glad you did.

Dan Webster

Aliens and Cruise

(Posted Tuesday) If you’ve kept up with the geek sites, then you probably know that sci-fi fans are high on the new Tom Cruise film “Edge of Tomorrow.” Which is good because “Edge of Tomorrow” is opening Friday in area theaters. The list of major openings are as follows:

“Edge of Tomorrow”: Cruise must die every day to save the Earth from an alien invasion. Call it “Starship Troopers” meets “Groundhog Day.”

“The Fault in Our Stars”: Shailene Woodley (“The Descendants,” “Divergent”) stars as a young cancer patient who falls in love with a guy (Ansel Elgort) from her cancer support group. From John Green’s young-adult novel that The Guardian described as “fabulous.”

And at the Magic Lantern:

The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Wes Anderson’s latest, which stars Ralph Fiennes as the demanding concierge at an old-world European hotel, has already had a first run. But the Lantern is giving it another try, and it’s well worth a view.

Dan Webster