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  • When the hoops go dark, the music scene cranks up

    Hoopfest is practically a national holiday, at least around the perimeter of Spokane city limits. Scores of players and spectators will be flooding the streets of downtown this weekend for …


  • ‘White House Down’ makes perfect popcorn fare

    If you see just one terrorists-take-over-the- White-House thriller this year, make it “White House Down.” Even if you saw the dour and bloody “Olympus Has Fallen,” which has a LOT …


  • Comedic heroines shine in ‘The Heat’

    There’s a scene early in “The Heat” where it’s possible to glimpse where things could have gone horribly wrong. For what seems like an eternity, star Melissa McCarthy wriggles her …


  • Final season sends ‘CSI’ off on high note

    Of the new feature films hitting DVD this week, your best bet comes from television. • “CSI: NY: Ninth Season,” B: The final season of the CBS procedural cop show …


  • On sale

    Tickets are on sale today at 10 a.m. to see: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with guests Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T., on Oct. 23 at the Spokane Arena. Tickets are …


  • Fleetwood Mac takes its complicated history on the road

    Fleetwood Mac formed around the rhythm section of bassist John McVie (though he didn’t perform on the band’s earliest singles and tour) and drummer Mick Fleetwood way back in 1967. …


  • Fleetwood Mac takes its complicated history on the road

    Fleetwood Mac formed around the rhythm section of bassist John McVie (though he didn’t perform on the band’s earliest singles and tour) and drummer Mick Fleetwood way back in 1967. …


  • On sale

    Tickets are on sale today at 10 a.m. to see: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with guests Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T., on Oct. 23 at the Spokane Arena. Tickets are …


  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to hit Arena Oct. 23

    Superstar hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will play the Spokane Arena Oct. 23.


  • Concert series turns 20 with big bluegrass bash

    Kids, sharpen your pitchforks. You’re invited to a birthday party. The free concert series for children presented by KPBX embarks on its 20th season today with a show by rhythm-and-bluegrass …


  • Rockers unite for friend in need

    Glenn Symmonds, 58, grew up in Spokane. He loved music and was a member of the West Valley High School band and the Percussion-Nauts, a local drum corps. “I marched …


  • Pitt, zombies an entertaining mix

    “World War Z” promised to be some sort of ultimate zombie movie experience, and it’s hard to call it that. But the first 25 minutes or so of this “Contagion”-meets-“28 …


  • Music propels story of determination

    “The Sapphires” advances what seems to be Chris O’Dowd’s all-out offensive to become the biggest charmer in movies today. O’Dowd, who was Kristen Wiig’s affable suitor in “Bridesmaids,” plays Dave, …


  • Fairy tale offers enough twists to keep things fresh

    A young man faces giant problems while a young woman has some big problems of her own in this week’s new DVD releases. • “Jack the Giant Slayer,” B: A …


  • ‘Monsters’ prequel makes grade

    In Pixar’s “Monsters University,” a prequel to 2001 “Monsters, Inc.,” our expert scarers-to-be – the wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski and the burly James B. Sullivan – are college freshmen with …


  • Rockers unite for friend in need

    Glenn Symmonds, 58, grew up in Spokane. He loved music and was a member of the West Valley High School band and the Percussion-Nauts, a local drum corps. “I marched …


  • Pitt, zombies an entertaining mix

    “World War Z” promised to be some sort of ultimate zombie movie experience, and it’s hard to call it that. But the first 25 minutes or so of this “Contagion”-meets-“28 …


  • Witty ‘Midnight’ cuts to heart of relationships

    They met on a Vienna-bound train and fell in love with each other over a long night’s talk “Before Sunrise.” Nine years later, they reconnected in Paris and fell in …


  • Flying Mammals pump up the funk on new EP release

    Flying Mammals have landed and with a new album in tow. At the turn of 2013, the Coeur d’Alene band of brothers made a pledge to fans that they would …


  • ‘Something’ captures spirit of youth, times

    The something in the air in Olivier Assayas’ “Something in the Air” is youth, politics, violence, art, sex and mopeds. The film begins “not far from Paris” in 1971, when …


  • The movie to end all end times movies

    The lads of Hollywood’s “Pot Pack” get together for a riotous riff on The Rapture in “This is the End,” an often hilarious, generally irreverent comedy about the Biblical apocalypse …


  • Super in a rather expected way

    For its first half, “Man of Steel” is well on its way to superhero-movie greatness. Dark, turbulent and not at all campy, it casts the young Clark Kent as a …


  • Modern fairy tale oozes with quirky optimism

    Noah Baumbach’s playful, effervescent comedy “Frances Ha” is the story of a young woman’s quest to find an apartment in New York. That’s an arduous task for most ordinary, gainfully …


  • Voyeuristic story-in-a-story intrigues to end

    The teacher is a veteran of the French school system, not burnt out but resigned to the mediocrity of each new crop of high school sophomores. That first assignment – …


  • Zombie flick ‘Warm Bodies’ surprisingly relatable

    Romantic zombies, gunbattles in Russia and an odd road trip are featured in this week’s new DVD releases. • “Warm Bodies,” Grade B-plus: The zombie love story introduces a new …


  • A decent portrait of an artist

    “Renoir” aims to do for the great Auguste Renoir what “The Last Station” did for Leo Tolstoy. It’s a lovely, painterly period piece that mimics the colors of Renoir’s art, …


  • Nude Pop back in Spokane after tour, stint of farm work

    It’s been quite a year for Nude Pop. About this time last year most of the members of the Spokane dream-pop quartet – originally known as Nude – had just …


  • Film’s magic act unravels with its disappointing end

    “Now You See Me” is like seeing a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat and then showing you how the trick is done, only to learn the bunny’s …


  • Fans, family motivate this musical multitasker

    It’s been 18 years since Jewel released her debut album, “Pieces of You,” which would spawn three hit singles and go platinum 15 times. In the ensuing years, Jewel has …


  • Closer look at a man of tricks

    If you only know Ricky Jay from his side career – as a character actor looming like a sinister talisman in the films of David Mamet, and in other work …