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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Carolyn Lamberson

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Area stages full of holiday cheer this season

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to deck the halls and take in some of the sights and sounds of the season. From classic plays and stirring music to glittery lights and cultural events, there’s a little something for everyone.

A&E >  Books

Book World: 3 new audiobooks to kick off your fall playlist

“Scenes From My Life,” by Michael K. Williams: Best known for playing Omar Little in “The Wire” and Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire,” Williams grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, raised by a not terribly loving mother. He became a backup dancer and model with high aspirations, but his hopes seemed to have been foiled by a bar fight that left his face permanently scarred. It was, however, this emblem of street cred that led to his casting as Omar – and in life, too, as he devoted himself outside acting to setting up programs for young people in trouble. “I want to tell my story not because it’s unique, but because it is not,” he tells us – not knowing that it would also end as so many similar stories have. Williams died of an accidental drug overdose on Sept. 6, 2021, and his co-author, Jon Sternfeld, completed the book posthumously. “Scenes from My Life” is an altogether superior memoir. Refreshingly straightforward, its impact is amplified by the mesmerizing low voice of narrator Dion Graham. (Random House Audio, Unabridged, 7 hours)

Fresh pasta vs. dry: Know the differences and when to use them

The world of pasta is vast. In addition to all of the different shapes that are available, another quality to take into consideration when shopping for noodles at the grocery store is deciding between fresh and dry pasta. Here’s what you need to know when making that decision.
A&E >  Food

With food prices still high, here are five things you can do to save money in the kitchen

Eat at home instead of dining out. Cook from scratch rather than buying packaged foods. Those are two pieces of advice you will hear if you ask for ways to cut food costs. The issue then becomes how to balance the money you’ll save against the time you’ll sacrifice. Grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning all take time – even if you are making a 30-minute recipe from the pantry.