Local drummer Quindrey Davis-Murphy, 26, has been performing on Spokane stages since he was a child prodigy at age 14. A fixture in local bands, the Eastern Washington University graduate played the skins with multiple celebrated artists including Allen Stone, Alex Acuna, Snark Puppy, Spokane Brass Quintet and many more.
Injustice often inspires art. When the Ohio National Guard killed four college students protesting the Vietnam War in 1970 at Kent State, Neil Young penned "Ohio." The counterculture anthem is one of the greatest protest songs ever written: "Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming / We're finally on our own / This summer I hear the drumming / Four dead in Ohio."
Anne M. "Marnie" Rorholm, Ph.D., has been selected as the director of development at Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, where she has worked as a volunteer since the nonprofit began in 2015. "The production quality at SVST created by professional leadership and local talent is simply unmatched in the Spokane area," Rohrholm said.
In 1964, four legends met up on the night that Cassius Clay became heavyweight champion of the world. “One Night in Miami” (2020, R) imagines what transpired that night between Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Clay (Eli Goree) before he became Muhammad Ali.
If you’ve ever read or watched an adaptation of “Pride & Prejudice” and thought, “This would really be improved by (what felt like) an hour of sex scenes,” or “I wish every conversation between Elizabeth and Jane Bennet had been more sarcastic,” look no further than Netflix's "Bridgerton."
Once a bastion of inspiration and imagination, the action/adventure genre in video games has become complacent over the years. I won’t lie and tell you the annual “Assassin’s Creed” releases are bad or that the dramatic set pieces of the “Uncharted” series aren’t impressive. But even avid fans of the genre will admit the games have become formulaic.
Don't Miss: “WandaVision” – We don’t really know what to expect from this trippy new series, but we’re definitely intrigued. “WandaVision” takes characters from Marvel’s superhero comics and movies and plops them in retro locales reminiscent of those in TV classics such as “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Bewitched” and “The Brady Bunch.”
After 37 years and more than 8,000 episodes as host of “Jeopardy!” Alex Trebek’s final show aired Friday night, marking two months since he died from pancreatic cancer. At the end of the episode, “Jeopardy!” played a video showing clips of Trebek and the set changing over nearly 40 years.
Film and TV productions are shut down due to California mandates. It remains to be seen how that will impact TV and film releases. However, the show will go on. A number of notable TV and film projects will hit screens. A couple of Los Angelenos with Spokane roots aren't letting the coronavirus get in the way of productivity.
Local chamber pop band Heat Speak has turned a band tradition into a call to action for themselves and listeners in their newest single, “Lost My Religion (Make a Religion).” In it, frontman Dario Ré wrestles with words that express as much fatigue in faith as belief in self-sourced opportunity.
It's fitting that Barry Gibb's "Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Volume 1," drops Friday. January releases sometimes are forgotten during year-end reviews even if the material is excellent. Gibb, 74, wrote many amazing songs for his groundbreaking trio, the Bee Gees, before the release of the legendary soundtrack "Saturday Night Fever."
Thanks to a new project from Spokane Arts and musician Olivia Brownlee, a few local musicians and businesses are getting some time in the spotlight. The "Arts Mean Business" Music Video Series tasked local musicians and filmmakers to write a song and film a music video in support of a local business of their choosing.
The most consumerist time of the year is behind us, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s lost interest in picking up a fancy, new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S. The hype is a bit of a mystery to me – over the years, I’ve watched the launch lineups of new game consoles grow consistently weaker.
While the new downtown Las Vegas hotel Circa Resort & Casino was five years in the making, Derek Stevens and his brother, Greg Stevens, opened for business during the pandemic: Circa’s casino and amenities debuted Oct. 28, while the hotel rooms became available to the public on Dec. 28.
"A new year ... a fresh, clean start!" a joyous boy in red mittens said a quarter-century ago this week shortly before soaring forth on the most famous sled in American arts this side of "Citizen Kane." And just like that, the high-spirited 6-year-old and his best buddy were never seen again – at least not in new images.
Bill Watterson reflects today and marvels at the perch that syndicated strips once held, back when the comics page was part of the nation's daily cultural conversation. "The reach and impact of newspaper comic strips," Watterson says by email, "is almost impossible to fathom now."
The departure of "The Office" from Netflix this week, and NBC's efforts to highlight that it will stream exclusively on its Peacock platform starting Friday, have put the show back in headlines. But "Office" viewership – already among the highest of any streaming show – began spiking this spring as pandemic lockdowns took hold.
"Call Me Kat" – After being a key part of "The Big Bang Theory" ensemble, Mayim Bialik gets another chance to headline her own sitcom. She plays a cafe owner in Louisville, Kentucky, who is determined to prove to society – and her mother – that she can live a happy and fulfilling life despite still being single at 39.
"Wonder Woman 1984" landed on Christmas Day like a holiday turkducken, a 2½-hour concoction made of many disparate parts that isn't to everyone's taste. Some critics welcome Patty Jenkins's sequel feast, with the Los Angeles Times calling it "extravagant" and "genially overstuffed."
This year was a disappointing 12 months for movie lovers and theatergoers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to 2021. And with more films heading to streaming services on the same day they’re released in theaters, 2021 promises to be a marked improvement over 2020.
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