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  • Julia Roberts shows she’s a first lady at home and on film

    Michelle Obama has nothing on Julia Roberts. On the Monday after the Oscar ceremony, there was the elusive actress, in a fitted black blazer, jeans and rippling locks, with all …


  • Club listings

    Art, Music and More, 608 W. Second Ave.: tonight, Third Friday Acoustic Show (variety), 7 p.m., $6; $3 if you wear a new Art, Music and More T-shirt. Baja Bargarita, …


  • Civic Theatre stages ‘Godspell’ on a New York City subway

    Plenty of people have seen “Godspell” since it premiered in 1970 – but never like this. Director Troy Nickerson is setting the Spokane Civic Theatre’s new production in a New …


  • Upscale movie theaters serve up much more than the latest flicks

    With the advent of the DVD, and now Blu-ray with a large flat-screen TV, you can have a great movie-viewing experience at home. To keep customers coming back, theaters have …


  • Director gives comic fans ultra-faithful adaptation of ‘Watchmen’

    BURNABY, British Colombia – On a wintry day here last year, director Zack Snyder hunkered down in a prison cell, peered between the bars and watched inmates riot. The smoke …


  • Thomas raises bar in ‘Loved You’

    ‘Australia’ ••1/2


  • Film events

    “Milk” - The story of California’s first openly-gay elected official, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated by a colleague. Rated R. Today, 7:30 p.m., Panida …


  • Club listings

    Among the music at area venues over the coming week:


  • Coming up

    Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through TicketsWest (TW; 509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) or Ticketmaster (TM; 509-735-0500, www.ticketmaster.com). Prices do not include service charges. Tickets for events at the Martin Woldson …


  • Film studios embracing video games

    Hollywood loves salable series, and as vital as “Harry Potter,” “Shrek” and “Transformers” might be to the bottom line, the studios are increasingly embracing an even more established and often …


  • Spider-Man the musical opens on Broadway in 2010

    Spider-Man has conquered the movies. Now it’s Broadway’s turn. “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark” will open Feb. 18, 2010, at the Hilton Theatre in New York City.


  • ‘Sex’ has some laughs, happy ending

    ‘Summer Heights High’ •••


  • Concerts coming up

    Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through TicketsWest (TW; 509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) or Ticketmaster (TM; 509-735-0500, www.ticketmaster.com). Prices do not include service charges. Tickets for events at the Martin Woldson …


  • Club listings

    The Attic, 314 E. Second St.., Moscow, Idaho: Thursday, John Elwood and Sally Burkhart (variety), 7 p.m., free. Big Dipper, 171 S. Washington St.: tonight, Murder By Death (rock/punk), all …


  • Who wants to win an Oscar?

    All too often years are marked by their top movies. Think of 1997. James Cameron made it all about “Titanic.” In 1986, Oliver Stone took us back to Vietnam for …


  • Two Cow Garage sings from the heart

    Two Cow Garage can be accused of fits of metaphor throughout its latest album. But “Speaking in Cursive” is also blatantly honest.



  • At a glance: Brad Paisley

    What: Grammy-winning, top-selling country singer/songwriter/guitarist, with special guest Dierks Bentley. When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.


  • Club listings

    Arbor Crest at River Park Square, third level: tonight, Kenny D & Danny Rodriguez (acoustic/variety), 5-8:30 p.m. Bigfoot Pub and Eatery, 9115 N. Division St.: tonight and Saturday, Bluefire Down …


  • Graceful Ailey II lands at the Fox

    What: Touring troupe of young dancers from the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in three modern pieces: “The External Knot,” to music by Philip Glass and Robert Schumann; “When …


  • Yes cancels concert for health reasons

    The “In the Present Tour” featuring three original members of the British band Yes has canceled its scheduled appearance Tuesday at Spokane’s Knitting Factory Concert House. The group announced it …


  • Ex-Talking Head David Byrne returns to Spokane

    The name David Byrne conjures up: – Talking Heads. – World music explorer. – Big suit. – “Big Love” soundtrack composer. – “Same as it ever was.” – “Stop Making …


  • ‘Friday the 13th’ all slash, no scare

    Let’s celebrate “Friday the 13th” with a little red meat, shall we? And hard numbers. There are 13 grisly deaths in this latest sequel: machete decapitations, an arrow through the …


  • ‘Loved You So Long’ one to be savored

    “I’ve Loved You So Long” is the kind of film America’s moviemakers have all but given up on. An example of the French tradition of high-quality adult melodrama, conventional in …


  • Pixar’s ‘Up’ may be another hit

    With such smash hits as “WALL-E,” “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles” behind them, the master storytellers at Pixar Animation figured they had nowhere to go but “Up.” That’s the simple, two-letter …


  • ‘Blindness’ strength in visuals

    ‘Frozen River’


  • ‘Shopaholic’ strays from source material

    The character of Rebecca Bloomwood, as written by author Sophie Kinsella in her “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, has plenty of foibles. Sure, she can’t pass up a sale. That …


  • Concerts coming up

    Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through TicketsWest (TW; 509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) or Ticketmaster (TM; 509-735-0500, www.ticketmaster.com). Prices do not include service charges. Tickets for events at the Martin Woldson …


  • Club listings

    Nightclubs Bigfoot Pub and Eatery, 9115 N. Division St.: tonight-Saturday, Big Hair Revolution (’70s/’80s rock), 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.


  • ‘Coraline’ embarks on magical adventure

    A labor of love in every frame, “Coraline” pushes the envelope of animated moviemaking while tugging at the heart. Adapted from the children’s novel by acclaimed fantasy author Neil Gaiman, …

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