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Book review: Decades of Seinfeld’s jokes chart his growth

“Seinfeld” proudly proclaimed to be a show about nothing. Jerry Seinfeld’s first book in almost three decades, “Is This Anything?” is about everything. It’s about childhood, teenhood, adulthood and parenthood. It’s about bumper cars and dry cleaning, magicians and supermarket check-out rubber dividers.

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The world still loves ‘I Love Lucy’

Sixty-nine years ago Thursday, on Oct. 15, 1951, "I Love Lucy" premiered, introducing the world at large to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Both seasoned performers before "I Love Lucy," Ball and Arnaz cemented their places in entertainment history while portraying Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the series that ran from 1951-1957.
A&E >  Art

‘Pop Art’ artists featured in new MAC exhibit ‘created their own style’

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2020

It's difficult not to be drawn to the beauty and contrast of Andy Warhol's "Reigning Queens." Illustrating the difference between chilly and distant Queen Elizabeth II and sunny and approachable Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland, courtesy of screen prints, is inspired, and the concept by the late, legendary artist holds up a generation later.
A&E >  Movies

Coming later, much later, to a theater near you

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2020

Regal Cinemas, the country’s second-largest movie theater chain after AMC Theatres, suspended operations at its 536 locations on Thursday – a bold move that its parent company, Cineworld, attributes to an “increasingly challenging theatrical landscape.” The decision affects approximately 40,000 jobs.
A&E >  Entertainment

Game On: ‘Early access’ games can be a ripoff or a sweet deal

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

If you’ve spent any time perusing the Steam storefront, you’ve probably seen the words “early access” or “pre-alpha” next to a game’s title. There’s boatloads of high- and low-profile examples of these games, with the likes of “Fortnite” only dropping the phrase early access from its title in June.
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Mama Barbie! Nicki Minaj gives birth to her first child

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 1, 2020

Yeah, that's that super baby — Nicki Minaj has welcomed her first child. The "Super Bass" rapper gave birth Wednesday in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed. No additional birth details were immediately available. As of Thursday, Minaj had not commented on social media about her new baby.
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‘SNL’ is back with Jim Carrey as Joe Biden, Chris Rock as host

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 1, 2020

Political debates are like catnip to “Saturday Night Live,” which will return this weekend – just in time for Jim Carrey to spoof Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s performance in Tuesday night’s debate. That’ll be Jim Carrey from Studio 8H, not Jim Carrey from wherever it is he normally lives.
A&E >  Entertainment

Game On: Comprehensive tutorials are crucial for enjoyment

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

Few video games are entirely self-explanatory. In the early glory days of arcades, instructions were printed on the cabinet around the edges of the screen. When video games came home, many titles were released in a box with several pages of printed instructions. Developers typically try their best to make games intuitive.
A&E >  Art

Spokane Arts Awards: Celebration is online Saturday for the first time

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

In years past, the Spokane Arts’ annual awards parties celebrating local artists and cultural organizations have often been raucous affairs. Artists and audiences have shown up with loud costumes, strong cocktails and questionable dance moves. (This is what I’ve been told, anyway.)
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Game On: What’s a ‘roguelike’ game, and why are they everywhere?

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

One genre description seems to be popping up everywhere lately: “roguelike.” Over the past few years, I’ve found the term to be increasingly ubiquitous, so I did some research. Like most genres, it’s a convoluted category now but had a clear beginning: the early dungeon-crawling game “Rogue,” developed in 1980.
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‘I can see Russia from my house!’ From Barack and Bush to Bill and Biden (and Sarah, too): Notable ‘SNL’ political impersonations

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 23, 2020

Since the show debuted in 1975, the writers and performers at "Saturday Night Live" have skewered the latest in national and international politics week after week. With a new season kicking off a month before the presidential election, you can guarantee many a headline will make its way onto TV screens courtesy of "SNL."

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