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Review: ‘The Assistant’ masterfully shows abuse, complicity in Weinstein-inspired power structure

It’s the specificity that devastates in Kitty Green’s starkly damning quotidian drama “The Assistant.” It’s in the quiet efficiency with which our unnamed protagonist (credited as “Jane,” played by Julia …

Five tips to manage life amid the coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus strain is unfortunately already being categorized as “an epidemic of panic” despite the fact that the risk of contracting this contingent remains low compared to the flu we …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Songwriter and ‘Good Times’ actress Ja’Net DuBois dies

Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died.

Dear Annie: Crazy about boyfriend, or just stir crazy?

Dear Annie advice column for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Top local chefs compete in Las Vegas: Iron Goat’s Travis Tveit places third in All-American Chef Battle

Travis Tveit, lead chef at Iron Goat Brewing Co., and his sous chef, Teague Tatsch, placed third at the All-American Chef Battle in Las Vegas last Wednesday in a three-day …

Chris Young, with guests Scotty McCreery and Payton Smith, to headline Spokane Arena on May 7

Chris Young and guests Scotty McCreery and Payton Smith are headlining the Spokane Arena on May 7 with their “Town Ain’t Big Enough World Tour 2020,” and tickets go on …

What’s Hoppin’ This Week: Celebrate pub crawl, three tap takeovers and anniversaries

The Hi Neighbor Bar (2201 N. Monroe St.) is hosting a tap takeover featuring Seattle’s award-winning Georgetown Brewing. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy Georgetown beers and earn a chance at …

Ask the doctors: Masks not very effective at preventing viruses

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Blake Shelton charms in Spokane country: ‘I love the Zags – I really do!’

“I love the Zags – I really do!” country music superstar Blake Shelton proclaimed unexpectedly during his Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour stop at the Spokane Arena on Saturday night. …

Great Northwest Wine: World-class juice flows from Golden Mile Bench and Similkameen Valley

For those wine lovers who have survived the experience at your local DMV and received Washington state’s hard-earned enhanced driver’s license, you now can leave behind the passport and still …

Yes, you already own a slow cooker, and it’s called your oven

Though most of us have a slow cooker, and many a newfangled pressure-cooking multicooker (which you also can use to slow cook), I recently heard from one reader who reminded …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Dorothy Dean presents: These scrumptious buttermilk biscuits offer a reason to be flaky

Growing up, I was always my dad’s sous chef in the kitchen. From peeling carrots to whisking sauces, I was very eager to help and learn. As a professional chef, …

Miss Manners: Everyone’s spouses are welcome! Well, not yours Larry

Miss Manners advice column for Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

Were you the best Valentine ever this Valentine’s Day? We’ll be the judge of that

Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day weekend are in the history books for 2020 – how did you stack up as a Valentine this year? Food (but not in the form …

Banksy’s Valentine’s Day mural covered after it was defaced

LONDON – The family who owns a house in southwest England where an artwork from Banksy appeared in time for Valentine’s Day has covered the mural after it was defaced. …

‘Sonic’ speeds to $57M debut; ‘Parasite’ sees big Oscar bump

NEW YORK – The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth at the box office, speeding to a $57 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Parasite” saw …

Dear Annie: Adoring audiobooks

Dear Annie advice column for Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

Review: S.M. Hulse stakes out a new frontier with ‘Eden Mine’

Across two novels, S.M. Hulse has been inventing a

How to host a party without going overboard on clutter

Hosting a party should be about bringing people together to celebrate a special occasion, socializing with friends and family, and just relaxing with some good food and drinks. But, as …

You don’t need to be a student to take part in new Cagli program

Previously under Gonzaga University, a study abroad in Cagli, Italy, will reboot this summer as an independent program. The longtime Cagli cultural-communication immersion program is now open to any adult …

Re-elected? ‘Probably’ Stormy Daniels answers S-R questions ahead of Spokane Comedy Club show on Presidents Day

Stormy Daniels is full of surprises. Donald Trump was taken aback when the adult film star filed a lawsuit against the president over a nondisclosure agreement negotiated before the 2016 …

Dear Annie: Bacteria bully

Dear Annie advice column for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

Visiting the dinosaurs: Museum has a huge collection of fossils, plus exhibits on more recent Montana history

Museum of the Rockies rocks. This Bozeman institution displays literally tons of rocks that are millions of years old – the fossilized remains of plants and animals that no longer …

Writing gives physics professor Asa Maria Bradley a romantic angle

After studying, working in and teaching physics for her entire career, it wasn’t until author Asa Maria Bradley moved to Washington and joined a local writer’s group that she considered …

Why TV is obsessed with rebooting your favorite shows

LOS ANGELES – A new streaming service is trying to drum up enthusiasm by promising to reunite six beloved “friends” who last flirted and fought their way into our hearts …

Around the Remote: Fresh seasons start for ‘Idol’ and ‘Outlander’

“American Idol” – The quest to discover the nation’s next pop star begins anew as judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan reassemble for audition sessions in Savannah, Georgia; …

Ask the doctors: Keto diet restricts carbohydrate intake to spur weight loss

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

Ask the Builder: Infrared and digital cameras help spot problems in the home

Q. I’ve seen odd-looking photos taken with infrared (IR) cameras. They seem to me to be more of a novelty than a useful tool. How can they help you around …

Colin Kaepernick to release memoir through his own new publishing company

Colin Kaepernick is touching down in a new arena. The NFL quarterback and activist announced Thursday that he will release an autobiography this year through his own publishing company, Kaepernick …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Family-owned music stores keep Spokane sounding good

There’s something about the charm and personality of a family-owned music store. Here’s a quick tour of some of the local shops around town who keep Spokane sounding so good.