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22 feel-good movies and TV shows you can watch with the whole family

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

The holidays will feel a bit different this year, but some traditions cannot be thwarted – like our annual viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Though your gatherings might be smaller than usual, there are a ton of family-friendly viewing options on streaming and a growing number of ways to make them a virtual group experience.

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Black Lives Matter Artist Grant winners announced

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

On Thursday, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU announced the recipients of the Black Lives Matter Artist Grants. Each of the 20 winners will receive $2,500 to “fund the creation of art that communicates the voices, experiences and artistic expression of social justice efforts in response to systemic racism,” per a news release. 
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Cami Bradley has the time of her life filming music video in S-R tower

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

"Every day's a prize, and sometimes you'll find an answer in the sky," is a line from Elton John "An Answer in the Sky." Cami Bradley, aka Carmen Jane, can relate to John's deep cut since she found her answer in the sky with the help of director Ellen Picken. After listening to Bradley's single, "Numb," Picken envisioned The Spokesman-Review clocktower.
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Stream on Demand: Movies, shows give fresh take on familiar stories

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

Gary Oldman stars as the colorful, alcoholic co-writer of “Citizen Kane” in “Mank” (2020, R), directed by David Fincher from his father’s screenplay. Shot in black and white, this portrait of classic Hollywood also stars Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst and Tom Burke as Orson Welles. (Netflix)
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Spokane Arts awards nine local artists and groups in final round of grants

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

Spokane Arts announced its third and final round of Spokane Arts Grants Awards for the year, with nine local artists and organizations receiving a total of $41,827 from the nonprofit arts advocacy group. The nine proposals from a pool of 28 will use the monies to fund projects in literature, dance, education, painting, therapeutic arts, storytelling and music.
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‘A Christmas Carol’ virtually returns to the University of Idaho

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

From casting call to final dress, the University of Idaho’s upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from Friday-Dec. 13 has been organized entirely over Zoom. Adapted by MFA playwriting candidate Kendra Phillips, the holiday classic will be presented in semi-staged readers theater-style with lighting, special effects and costuming. 
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Things to do in Spokane: Dec. 4-11

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

Festival of Trees – Vote on a display of Christmas trees, through Dec. 19 in the Center windows adjacent to the Colfax Library on the Whitman County Library Facebook page or whitco.lib.wa.us. Tree winner and prize to be announced on Dec. 22. Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. Free. (509) 397-4366.
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‘Jersey Boys’ rescheduled to February 2022; Travolta show canceled

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 3, 2020

"Jersey Boys," which was originally scheduled as part of the 2019-20 STCU Best of Broadway season, has been postponed until Feb. 11-13, 2022. Those with tickets for the original dates should keep their tickets. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates. Ticketholders will receive an email with more information.
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For Susan Moss Bourne, making wreaths is a spiritual craft

Susan Moss Bourne lives in the country outside Kingston, Idaho, where she spends much of her time hiking and gathering lichen, moss, antlers, pine cones and flowers for handmade wreaths. For the last three years, she has been making wreaths to use, sell, donate, gift and inspire.
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Jango’s new ‘Espresso and Shine’ explores isolation, pride and fear

In 10 minutes of music that’s as fresh and energizing as the album’s central symbol, Spokane hip-hop artist Jango explores themes of togetherness, isolation and pride versus fear in his latest release, “Espresso and Shine.” Navigating dizzy and deep soundscapes sculpted by executive producer Benn Suede, Jango (born Elijah Kilborn) muses.
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Christmas Tree Elegance postpones 2020 event

As announced last weekend, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed another event: Christmas Tree Elegance, which was scheduled to run Dec. 1-13 in River Park Square. Christmas Tree Elegance, organized by the Spokane Symphony Associates, is a free-to-attend fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony. The 2019 event raised more than $400,000.

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