Safety and Thanksgiving features stories have been a staple of holiday coverage in newspapers for many years. That hasn't changed, but what is different are the issues. Pre-coronavirus, it was about safety on the road and air travel. However, folks are discouraged to make the trip home to celebrate Thanksgiving this week due to COVID-19.
Even though Shree Saini resides in Ellensburg, her heart has been in Spokane in more ways than one. The reigning Miss World America Washington has many friends in the Lilac City. "I absolutely love Spokane," Saini said. "I love visiting my friends there. It's a beautiful place." Saini, 24, holds Spokane in such high regard due to Sacred Heart.
If there has ever been a year in which it's easy to be anything but thankful, it's 2020. Since the novel coronavirus has altered life as we know it, we've had to make myriad adjustments. Masks are mandatory. We must be socially distant. Virtual learning is the norm. Concerts are on ice for the foreseeable future.
Eric Edelstein has finally come out of the closet ... to do an interview. The character/voice actor turned his coat closet into a recording studio after the coronavirus left the Gonzaga alumnus sequestered in Hollywood. "I was turning lemons into lemonade," Edelstein said while calling from his Los Angeles home.
No top-tier recording artist has performed in Spokane as often as Sir Elton John has over the last 20 years. John, who released his latest eight-CD box set, "Elton: Jewel Box," on Nov. 13, has performed at the Spokane Arena in May 1999, April 2011, September 2014 and March 2017.
I didn't recognize the boy curled up in a ball underneath layers of blankets on this unseasonably warm winter morning. School had started an hour ago, and my son Eddie was tethered to his bed. After unpeeling the covers like the skin of an onion, I recoiled at the sight of my son's beautiful face, which was distorted in agony.
"The Twilight Zone" is a compelling TV series created and hosted by Rod Serling, who wrote most of the scripts. The series, which ran from 1959-1964, featured an array of genres, from dystopian fiction and supernatural drama to black comedy. Each episode typically included a twist, and the original shows are still relevant today.
When AC/DC concluded its 25-song set with the anthemic "For Those About to Rock" at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center four years ago, it appeared that the iconic Australian hard rock band was finished after a glorious 43-year run. It was the final date of a tour the band almost didn't complete.
Much has been made of Seattle's storied history of rock music, which commenced with the Sonics in 1960. Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Fleet Foxes, Pearl Jam and Band of Horses are just some of the notable recording artists to emerge from the Emerald City.
After receiving a number of letters from readers responding to last week's column, which was about keeping the family together despite all the political tumult, one word came to mind: unity. It's been difficult to watch how divisive our country has become during this most contentious presidential election.
When Elvis Costello made his one and only local appearance at the Big Easy, which is now the Knitting Factory, in 2005, it appeared that the celebrated singer-songwriter was content and about to enter the back end of an incomparable career. Costello was busy with a few distractions during that period.
Standup comedy has come to a virtual standstill thanks to the novel coronavirus. Some clubs in states where the restrictions are relaxed, such as Oklahoma, Florida and Texas, are hosting shows. However, Dan Cummins is a comic who is not down with making such a trek. “I don’t need to tour if it’s going to be super stressful," Cummins said.
Not every restaurant that closed abruptly last March due to the coronavirus reopened in May. Masselow's Steakhouse was on hiatus throughout the summer as its staff worked on its new menu. It was worth the wait as Northern Quest Casino's culinary gem welcomed back customers in mid-September.
A day after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a friend was distraught over her husband's behavior. "He says that he feels like he's a kid on Christmas morning." Unfortunately, their household was split, the father and son euphoric over Trump's upset win and the mother and daughter crestfallen.
The roar from the crowd when Bruce Springsteen spoke in between songs during his "Vote for Change" show in Philadelphia 16 years ago sounded familiar. The Boss is often serenaded with the buzz of "Bruuuuuce" when he performs. However, it sounded a little different. Fans, who cheered during songs such as "Born in the USA" and "Badlands," booed the New Jersey icon.
Sonic Youth is arguably the greatest rock guitar band of all time. The uncompromising avant-garde quartet recorded a plethora of mesmerizing guitar jams during its 30-year career. Thurston Moore was half of the guitar tandem of the defunct band. Moore, 61, recently released "By the Fire," his fourth solo album since the demise of Sonic Youth.
After interviewing Pete Rose six years ago backstage at an Atlantic City casino, I introduced my childhood hero to my then 9-year-old son, Milo. An animated discussion between Milo and baseball's hit king ensued. Milo, who remains obsessed with improving as a baseball player, asked the flawed iconoclast for advice.
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.
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.
When the Spokane Arena asked local music fans who is on their bucket list in 2018, Bruce Springsteen placed 13th, somehow behind Imagine Dragons. After scanning various concert websites and checking with local music encyclopedia Bob Gallagher, it's apparent that the Boss has yet to perform in Spokane.
Who says you can't stay home? It's a modification of the Bon Jovi hit, but the bottom line is that Jess Walter has enjoyed a great deal of success as a writer without leaving his hometown of Spokane. Here's a few fun facts about the East Valley High School alumnus.
My best friend from childhood loves Halloween. A decade ago, Nake (his real name is Dave, but when I was 4 years old, I gave him a nickname for life, since it's tattooed on his fingers) decided to get married in Las Vegas on All Hallows' Eve.
Fortunately for Khalil Islam-Zwart, he had an airport pickup sign when he was meeting Public Enemy's Chuck D at Spokane International Airport in 2003. The hip-hop legend was catching a ride with Islam-Zwart for a speaking gig at Eastern Washington University.
Shannon Welles was prescient when her peers were foolishly optimistic weeks after the pandemic crushed the live music industry in March. "I believe we will have things figured out in about a week," singer-songwriter Cherie Currie told The Spokesman-Review in April. "There will be a plan by then."
Timing is everything. When Stevie Lynne wrote and recorded the single "We Are the People" in 2016, she opted not to create a video for the unifying anthem at that point. "I didn't feel like the timing was right," Lynne said while calling from her Spokane Valley home. "It was a weird political climate. I decided against it."