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Azaria Podplesky
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Azaria Podplesky joined the Spokesman-Review in 2013. She is the entertainment writer, covering music, comedy, theater and community events.

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A&E >  Music
Nov. 26, 2020, 10 a.m.
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.

Nov. 25, 2020, 4 a.m.
Yes, it's around Thanksgiving that Hallmark and Lifetime start to release holiday movie after holiday movie, but don't skip out on the dozens of Thanksgiving big-screen and TV movies available to watch. A quick search will bring up movies for children, those looking to laugh and those who don't mind a little drama alongside their big meal.

Nov. 19, 2020, 1 p.m.
What do you get for the music lover who has everything? A ticket to something they've never heard, or seen, before, like Northwest BachFest's virtual "Across the Miles" series. The series, which features virtual concerts from and interviews with a variety of performers, launched in October with “The Intimate World of Cole Porter.”

Nov. 19, 2020, 11:40 a.m.
The Flaming Lips have canceled their March 19 concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. In an email, Fox staff said though the show has not been rescheduled, they look forward to welcoming the Flaming Lips to the Fox in the future. Refunds have been issued to those who bought tickets with a debit or credit card.

Nov. 18, 2020, 4 a.m.
Believe it or not, 2020 marks Mickey Mouse's 92nd birthday. Though he's hardly aged a day since his 1928 debut, Mickey has had a career for the ages spanning television and film, video games and theme park attractions, plus merchandise galore. 

A&E >  Music
Nov. 14, 2020, 11 a.m.
The Spokane Symphony's Gala 2020 streams live at 7 p.m. Thursday at During the fundraising event, music director James Lowe will discuss his thoughts on live music for 2021, and there will, of course, be plenty of music from symphony musicians and special guests. 

A&E >  Art
Nov. 12, 2020, 10 a.m.
If it wasn't clear from the event title, "small" is the key word when it comes to the Spokane Art School's Ornament and Small Work Show, which opens Friday and continues through Dec. 23. The works are diminutive in stature, sure, but so, too, are the prices, perfect for holiday shopping on a budget. 

A&E >  Art
Nov. 12, 2020, 9 a.m.
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.

Nov. 11, 2020, 4 a.m.
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. 

Nov. 8, 2020, 4 a.m.
Even before he was a veteran, Veteran's Day (originally called Armistice Day) meant a lot to Doug Gwin. His father drove an ammunition truck in World War I, and all of his uncles were veterans, too. His aunts married soldiers or sailors who had fought in World War I, so the military was strong in the family.

News >  Features
Nov. 1, 2020, 11 a.m.
Thanksgiving Day is typically reserved for giving thanks for family, friends and the previous year. While the coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult to find much to be thankful for from the last few months, moments to express gratitude can still be found. And November is National Gratitude Month.

Oct. 29, 2020, 11 a.m.
TDS Telecom and the Hayden Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with a number of area sponsors to present "Halloween: A Drive Through Spooktacular," two nights of Halloween fun all from the comfort of your car. The event runs Friday and Saturday at the Lake City High School parking lot, 6101 N. Ramsey Road, in Coeur d'Alene.

Oct. 29, 2020, 10 a.m.
Two movie theaters – Magic Lantern Theater and Village Center Wandermere Theatre – are scheduled to reopen Friday in various capacities. The small theater in the Magic Lantern, located at 25 W. Main Ave., will be available to rent for screenings of DVDs or Blu-Ray discs brought in by the customer.

A&E >  Food
Oct. 28, 2020, 2:44 p.m.
Fans of Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship" should recognize two contestants this year, as two Spokane bakers are competing for the $25,000 prize. Eva Roberts, the owner of Just American Desserts, and Kristina Stephenson, the pastry chef at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, will join 10 other bakers on the new season.

Oct. 28, 2020, 4 a.m.
Though he was born in Tacoma and moved to Los Angeles in 1925, Spokane has always been proud to call Bing Crosby one of our own. Crosby moved to Spokane at the age of 3. He enrolled in Webster Grade School in 1908. Two years later, a neighbor, Valentine Hobart, began calling Crosby, born Harry, Bingo after the lead character in the comic "The Bingville Bugle."

A&E >  Music
Oct. 24, 2020, 5 p.m.
For the last eight years, Ellen Travolta and her crew of singers, performers and family members have brought Christmas spirit to Coeur d’Alene, and they’re not letting COVID-19 stop them in 2020. “Saving Christmas” opens Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 30 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

A&E >  Food
Oct. 22, 2020, 11:30 a.m.
After five years in downtown Spokane, Garageland, known for its late-night food and drink options and, at one point, being a one-stop shop for food, vinyl and vintage finds, announced Thursday that it is closing its doors on Oct. 30.

Oct. 22, 2020, 10 a.m.
"Beware ye who enter here ... this be a haunted ship." So warns a commercial for Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises' Moonlit Monster Cruises, which run today through Oct. 31. There are family-friendly cruises and cruises for those ages 21 and older. All cruises are 45 minutes.

Oct. 21, 2020, 5 p.m.
After announcing in September that STCU Best of Broadway performances were postponed because of COVID-19, WestCoast Entertainment announced Wednesday that those performances have once again been rescheduled. The season will kick off with “Cats,” running Oct. 26-31, 2021. 

A&E >  Music
Oct. 15, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Singer and pianist Jim Brickman was looking forward to going on his annual holiday tour across the U.S. at the end of the year, but the coronavirus pandemic had other plans. Instead of cancelling the tour, Brickman is taking the show on the virtual road. "Comfort and Joy at Home" will find Brickman performing a virtual concert.

Oct. 14, 2020, 4 a.m.
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
Oct. 1, 2020, 2 p.m.
Though temperatures are still high, it is now officially fall, which means it's time to start thinking about getting cozy. Need inspiration? Stop by the third-annual Quilt Show, which opens Friday at the Inland Northwest Railroad Museum and continues through Sunday.

A&E >  Art
Oct. 1, 2020, 11 a.m.
After a sold-out reopening in August, albeit at 25% capacity, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has a packed schedule of exhibitions to offer visitors this fall. The headliner brings work from pop art powerhouses to Spokane: "Pop Power From Warhol to Koons: Masterworks From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation."

A&E >  Music
Oct. 1, 2020, 10 a.m.
Audiences aren't yet welcome back at Lucky You Lounge in Browne's Addition, but owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll have figured out a way to bring live music back to the venue. On Tuesday, the pair announced the lineup for the fall series of Live at Lucky You.

Sept. 30, 2020, 4 a.m.
About two years ago, in honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, magazine staff released a list of the top cartoons of all time, deeming it "The Definitive Ranking of 'The Simpsons,' 'Peanuts' and More Old Cartoons From Your Childhood."