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Water Cooler: International Film Noir on Kanopy

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 17, 2020

There is still plenty of time to enjoy “Noirvember” with a seemingly endless cache of film noir to fill it, but don’t just stop at films made in the United States. Noir made a lasting impact on American filmmaking, but it soon spread to cinema around the world. This new cinematic style quickly became an international phenomenon.
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Reality mirrors ‘The Twilight Zone’: TV episodes from 1950s and 1960s are eerily similar to circumstances today

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 16, 2020

"The Twilight Zone" is a compelling TV series created and hosted by Rod Serling, who wrote most of the scripts. The series, which ran from 1959-1964, featured an array of genres, from dystopian fiction and supernatural drama to black comedy. Each episode typically included a twist, and the original shows are still relevant today.

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Spokane Fall Folk Festival celebrates 25th year virtually

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 12, 2020

Any other year, the Spokane Community College campus would start to buzz about the Spokane Fall Folk Festival, which launches Saturday. The two-day festival, which debuted in 1996, typically brings more than 100 performing groups and 5,000 attendees to town each year.
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Game On: Role-playing games are a great time sink

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 12, 2020

Out of all the genres of video games I enjoy, perhaps the most difficult to discuss is role-playing games. It’s not for lack of fans of the genre or anything – quite the opposite. Rather, the RPG label is applied to so many different games that it comes to mean something different for everyone.
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Top performers: 10 animated movies that dominated the box office

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 11, 2020

All movies provide a bit of an escape, but animated films especially add a touch of fantasy to the theater-going experience. The adventure is often just as intense in animated films, but the images are typically brighter than their live-action counterparts, plus there's usually a catchy song or two to boot. 
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Water Cooler: Brain activity during improvisation

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2020

In his book, “Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life,” trumpeter, composer and educator Wynton Marsalis wrote, “Because jazz musicians improvise under the pressure of time, what's inside comes out pure. It's like being pressed to answer a question before you have a chance to get your lie straight.”
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Time is on Elvis Costello’s side with ‘Hey Clockface’

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2020

When Elvis Costello made his one and only local appearance at the Big Easy, which is now the Knitting Factory, in 2005, it appeared that the celebrated singer-songwriter was content and about to enter the back end of an incomparable career. Costello was busy with a few distractions during that period.
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What to stream: The best of Sean Connery

Over the weekend, iconic actor and first James Bond, Sir Sean Connery, passed away at age 90. Connery leaves an enduring cinematic legacy that isn't just Bond, James Bond. Having originated the role, it's impossible to think of Bond without thinking of Connery, arguably the gold standard of the character. 
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Game On: Indie games have been the saving grace of 2020

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 11, 2020

“Far Cry 6,” “Halo Infinite” and “Deathloop.” These are just a few of the big-budget games we’ll be playing in 2021 instead of this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the video game industry’s workflow. AAA titles are created by hundreds of developers across several years, racking up budgets in the tens of millions of dollars.
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Water Cooler: Celebrate Noirvember with Film Noirs on Kanopy

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 4, 2020

For cinema lovers and movie buffs, the horror-thon of October will be followed by another month-long celebration of genre, Noirvember. November, kicked off with the end of daylight saving time, sets the perfect moody atmosphere for indulging in the world of film noir with its short days, chilled air, cloudy skies and dropping of the remaining turned leaves.
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Before ‘Veep,’ there was ‘Yes Minister’

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2020

With voting deadlines on the horizon and politics generally raining on parades, escaping it all seems alternately impossible or irresponsible since, according to politicians on both sides of the aisle, we’re about to experience the “most important election of our lifetime.”

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