Carolyn Lamberson joined The Spokesman-Review in 2008. Formerly the Assistant Managing Editor/Features, she is the Senior Editor for Special Projects. In addition to her work as lead editor for Sunday's front page, Lamberson will be coordinating special sections and other long-term projects. She also will serve as the newsroom's grantwriter, with an eye toward bringing in new sources of funding to maintain and strengthen The Spokesman-Review's local journalism.
This year promises to be a holiday season like no other. But one thing is certain: The show will go on. “The show” is Ellen Travolta’s annual Christmas cabaret at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. And has been tradition in recent years, Travolta is asking for the community’s help in creating the show.
While many colleges across the country are opening the 2020-21 school year with mostly online learning in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, a few schools have opened for in-person classes, with varying degrees of success. Here is a look at how a few have fared.
As a film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking "Hamilton: An American Musical" makes its debut on the Disney+ streaming service this weekend, Spokane-area theater fans and historians await their change to be in the living room where it happens.
Long before works of short fiction read by talented actors are broadcast into our homes, cars and assorted listening devices by Spokane Public Radio, they begin life in a live performance setting. Since 1985, “Selected Shorts” has been performed before enthusiastic audiences on stage at New York City’s Symphony Space. During the COVID-19 pandemic, “Selected Shorts” organizers, like many other artist groups, have pivoted to virtual. The first “Virtual Selected Shorts” program debuted on the Symphony Space YouTube channel on Wednesday night.
There might be no more perfect American musical than “Chicago.” It’s cynical, bawdy and bitingly funny. It takes aim at corruption and greed and the belief that there is no such thing as bad publicity. It has the audacity to take murderers and have them not only get away with it, but also turn their notoriety into success.
After a bang-up end to 2019, with a fall slate that included Timothy Egan, Tom Mueller, Rene Denfeld and Ben Goldfarb, the Northwest Passages Book Club has taken a well-deserved rest. The rest time is over. The Spokesman-Review’s book club and community forum will ramp up toward a full spring beginning this month. Included is an event featuring one of the most-anticipated books of 2020.
What ultimately saves “Escape to Margaritaville” is that it is utterly without pretense. The show is exactly what it sets out to be: a further extension of that laid-back, tequila-soaked Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.
As I walked out of Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday night, I read a text from a friend. He’d always wanted to see “Fun Home,” the Tony-winning Broadway musical based on the memoir of cartoonist Alison Bechdel.
After this week’s cold snap in Spokane, it might actually be a perfect time to “Escape to Margaritaville.” The Jimmy Buffett-inspired Broadway musical is making a swing through Spokane next week as part of its first national tour. The show takes Buffett’s breezy, tropical music and weaves it into a story about a group of people hanging around a past-its-prime hotel on a Caribbean island. When two tourists check in, the hotel becomes a center of romance, fun, adventure and friendship.
When Bette Ammon arrived in Coeur d’Alene to become the city’s library director, she never expected to find herself being interviewed by the BBC and the New York Times or to find the library the subject of a comedic monologue on a late-night TV show because someone wants to control what others can read.
This latest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 rock musical, based on the Olivier Award-winning revival staged in London in 2016, brings “Jesus Christ Superstar” into the 21st century. And, for the most part, it works.
If you were alive in the 1970s, chances were good you had a copy of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hit concept album “Jesus Christ Superstar” in your vinyl collection. The latest touring production of the show arrives in Spokane next week.
Earlier this fall, The Spokesman-Review honored 15 women for the work they have done to improve the quality of life in the Inland Northwest. (Revisit those stories at spokesman.com/sections/women-of-the-year/.) On Thursday night at the Bing Crosby Theater, we’ll give these fine community members a proper shoutout during a special Women of the Year event with the Northwest Passages Book Club. Joining us will be two impressive women who talk about “Making Life Work on Your Terms.” Karen Wickre is a former executive at Google and Twitter, and Tess Vigeland is a former reporter and host for the public radio business magazine “Marketplace.” Joining them onstage to moderate the conversation will be Mary Cullinan, president of Eastern Washington University.