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A&E >  Entertainment

Game On: ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ hits another snag

We’re well into the fourth quarter of 2020, and this eventful-yet-uneventful year has me wondering: Which will come first, the release of “Cyberpunk 2077” or a COVID-19 vaccine? It seems like a strange comparison, but hopes are high for both despite being hampered by endless delays and setbacks.

A&E >  Books

Home grown: Spokane inspires award-winning novelist Jess Walter’s latest book

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

For Jess Walter, his native Spokane inspired his latest novel, "The Cold Millions." New York, Hollywood and Italy were the scenes of some of Walter's prior novels, but the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2005 for "Citizen Vince" taps into his hometown for "The Cold Millions." The novel commences in 1909 in Peace Valley Park.
A&E >  Books

Jess Walter gets by with a little help from a literary friend

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

Writing novels is a lonely occupation. But Spokane, which lives up to its reputation as a literary hotbed, boasts a number of talented novelists. Some of the wordsmiths, such as Jess Walter and Chris Crutcher, are close friends. The latter, whose novels include "Loser's Bracket" and "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," is a vocal fan of Walter.
A&E >  Movies

Netflix’s ‘Rebecca’ is a pale specter of Hitchcock’s original film

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

“Rebecca,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 adaptation of the novel by Daphne du Maurier, is one of the greatest, most influential movies ever made. A masterwork of style, tone and technical prowess, the gothic tale of obsession and suspense fused the kind of lush romance associated with “women’s pictures” of the era.
A&E >  Music

Spokane stoner-doom metal trio Merlock offers heavy music for heavy times

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 25, 2020

For a band made up of three outsiders hailing from different parts of the U.S., it’s uncanny how much Merlock sounds like Spokane. In narrative, atmosphere and tone, there is a consistency to the stoner-doom metal trio’s catalog that feels as indebted to the sonic sludge pioneered by fellow Washington state rockers the Melvins as much as their own devotion to be different.
A&E >  Movies

Review: Borat makes America look silly again

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

Are you simultaneously sick of and addicted to the daily drumbeat of bad news? All those stories about the politicization of mask wearing? About the latest coronavirus misinformation to seep out of the White House, a White House whose current occupant seems to tacitly sanction white supremacy and anti-Semitism?
A&E >  Food

Perry Street Brewing wins big at Great American Beer Festival

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

As the busy owner and head brewer of Spokane’s Perry Street Brewing, Ben Lukes felt the opportunity to enjoy some rare downtime with his 6-month-old daughter last Friday afternoon was preferable to watching the internet livestream of the 2020 Great American Beer Festival.
A&E >  Movies

Review: Two sugary love stories converge in the clumsy tear-jerker ‘2 Hearts’

The hospital gurney that shows up mere minutes into “2 Hearts” – carrying one of its four protagonists and trailing a wake of weepy loved ones behind it – telegraphs that the story we’re about to see is a medical tear-jerker, the nature of which will not be difficult to guess given the clumsy hints that are sprinkled throughout its early scenes.
A&E >  Music

BTS makes Billboard history by dominating top two spots on Hot 100 chart

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2020

It’s no secret BTS is dynamite on the music charts – and as of Monday, the South Korean boyband has made Billboard history by landing at both No. 1 and No. 2 on the Hot 100. With “Savage Love” beating out “Dynamite” for the top spot, BTS is the first group to achieve such a feat since the Black Eyed Peas.

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