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Shantay, you stay! No tea, no shade, ‘RuPaul’s’ drag queens werq the Fox this weekend

It’s been a great run for drag queens on television and in everyday life in recent years. “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” first on Logo, then VH1, is the reigning Emmy Award champion in the competition program category four years running. Ditto for its host, RuPaul Charles, who is now tied with Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) for most wins as a reality-TV competition ringleader.

Spokane Youth Ballet gets silly and serious

Two very different ballets will be showcased Saturday: “The Stone Flower,” is a classical ballet featuring music by legendary Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, and “Cindy-Rella,” is a comical re-imagining of the classic “Cinderella.”

Fox Theater: Details

Using historic photographs, written accounts, paint chip analysis and other methods, restoration experts labored to return the Fox Theater to its original splendor.

Fox Theater: Restoration and renovation

The idea of restoring and renovating the historic Fox Theater in downtown Spokane arose ironically from a plan to tear it down. Floor-to-ceiling scaffolding filled the theater for months, protecting ceilings and fixtures from damage. Huge hunks of foam were fastened around ornate furnishings such as staircase railings.

Looking back in photos: The Fox Theater

The art deco theater opened in 1931 as a first-run movie house, but with its stage, it also served as a venue for live performances that frequently attracted Hollywood celebrities. William Fox of Fox West Coast Studios, later to become 20th Century Fox, presided over construction of nearly 280 Fox theaters around the country, using teams of designers and artisans in each city. Fox theaters in Atlanta, St. Louis and Stockton, Calif., are among those that have been restored. The Spokane Fox was among the most elegant of the new theaters, and opened even as the Great Depression was taking down the national economy.