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National Pie Day is a sweet celebration of pie, not pi

If you're particularly into numbers, the phrase "National Pie Day" might make you think of March 14, aka Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant that begins with 3.14. But March is still a couple of months away, so National Pie Day can only mean one thing: a day to celebrate the pastry filled with sweet or savory goodness.

A&E >  Entertainment

Joanne Rogers, widow of TV’s famed Mister Rogers, dies at 92

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 16, 2021

Joanne Rogers, an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit.”
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Game On: Adventure games are stale, and ‘Indiana Jones’ can save them

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 14, 2021

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. 
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The most anticipated video games of 2021

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020

For its many miseries, 2020 delivered some extremely memorable video games. And now, with the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, there’s more reason than usual to get excited for the offerings of the year ahead.
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Game On: The best video games of 2020

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020

The beginning of a new year is often the perfect time to reflect. In general, 2020 has been a year of highs and lows for me and countless others, but lockdowns, fewer and shorter commutes and remote work gave me extra time to play a greater variety of video games than any previous year.
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‘Gilligan’s Island’ star Dawn Wells dies, COVID-19 cited

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 30, 2020

LOS ANGELES — Dawn Wells, who played the wholesome Mary Ann among a misfit band of shipwrecked castaways on the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan's Island,” died Wednesday of causes related to COVID-19, her publicist said. She was 82. Wells died peacefully at a living facility in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll said.
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Holiday viewing: Cue up one of these top-grossing Christmas films

Chances are high you and your family have a list of must-watch holiday films. You might watch one or two a week beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Maybe you watch as many Hallmark movies as you can each year, or perhaps you turn the television to TBS and watch the 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon.
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Water Cooler: Family Christmas trivia

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 23, 2020

If you need to spark a little conversation with your family or friends this holiday weekend, and are brave enough to spur a bit of friendly competition, try your hand at Christmas trivia. Use these questions and make a few of your own if you like. Winner takes the presents.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’ via livestream Friday

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 23, 2020

Thanksgiving in Spokane and a Black Friday matinee have been a tradition for years for guitarist Al Pitrelli. The musical director of Trans-Siberian Orchestra prefaces the band's annual Black Friday night show with some quality time in the Inland Northwest. "For the last five or six years, what I'm accustomed to ... is that we celebrate Thanksgiving in Spokane," Pitrelli said.
A&E >  Art

Gonzaga students create Berlin, Crosby and ‘White Christmas’ digital exhibit

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 17, 2020

As far as holiday music goes, the Irving Berlin-penned "White Christmas" is a staple on nearly every holiday playlist. And while covers by the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Drifters, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks and Andrea Bocelli have been released, none is as classic as the version sung by Spokane's own Bing Crosby. 
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Spokane Symphony to go virtual for New Year’s Eve celebration

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 21, 2020

In any other year, the Spokane Symphony could be found performing Beethoven's Ninth to ring in the new year. But, seeing as 2020 is not your average year, the symphony has had to rethink its annual celebration. This year, the symphony will make available a virtual concert featuring performances from the orchestra and special guests beginning 4 p.m. Dec. 31 on Vimeo.