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Taylor Swift pounced on writing new ‘Cats’ song with Andrew Lloyd Webber

Ultimate cat lady Taylor Swift enrolled in the purr-fect training for her upcoming role in “Cats.” She got to go to “cat school.”


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019

Labor Day crowd takes in Spokane symphony, last rays of summer at Comstock Park concert

Since 1986, visitors have marked the unofficial end of summer in the South Hill’s Comstock Park with a free performance by the Spokane Symphony. Beautiful weather brought a crowd at …


Garland District plans alleyway mural art showcase

After more than a year of planning, the Garland Business District is putting on an alley art mural showcase on July 27.


Kaley Cuoco takes a dramatic turn after ‘Big Bang Theory’

Kaley Cuoco is making a big move after wrapping 12 seasons with “The Big Bang Theory,” with a production deal that includes a drama series


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ shines bright at the box office

Glitz has won out over guns at the North American box office this weekend as the gilded romance “Crazy Rich Asians” took No. 1 over Mark Wahlberg’s action-packed “Mile 22.”


Coeur d’Alene celebrates 50 years of creativity at Art on the Green

Artists, musicians and art aficionado’s gathered on the North Idaho Campus Friday to kick off the first day of the 50th annual Art on the Green festival.


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018

Tara Westover book talk moves to larger venue

The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club welcomes best-selling author Tara Westover to Spokane on Thursday and is moving the event to a larger nearby venue to accommodate ticket demand. Westover …


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017

Joni Sledge, member of Sister Sledge, dies at 60

Joni Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed the Sister Sledge in 1971 in Philadelphia, their hometown, but struggled for years before success came.


Funny man Harland Williams makes his first trip to Spokane

The comic, actor and podcaster will perform at the Spokane Comedy Club this weekend, his first performance in the city. Harland Williams is best known for his minor roles in …


Spokane comedians work together to raise profile of the scene

They’re onstage for different reasons, and tell jokes with different styles. But the men and women taking the stage at bars, nightclubs and other venues around Spokane are all working …


Omar Sharif, of “Doctor Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” dies

CAIRO — Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor with the dark, soulful eyes who soared to international stardom in movie epics, “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” died Friday. He was …


UPDATED: Sat., May 2, 2015

It’s a girl! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a princess

LONDON (AP) — A princess is born. Prince William’s wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, “was safely delivered of a daughter” Saturday morning, less than three hours after checking into St. …


Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ brings $1.2M at auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Don McLean’s original manuscript and notes to “American Pie” have been sold at auction for $1.2 million. McLean offered the wistful anthem that asks “Do …


Jack Bruce, bassist of 60’s band Cream, dies at 71

LONDON (AP) — Musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71. A statement released by his family announced the death …


Green Day, Sting, Withers among rock hall nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, the short-lived British band The Smiths, “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers and Sting are among the first-time nominees for enshrinement …


Vikings’ Peterson booked and released on child abuse charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday, capping a tumultuous week for the …


World War I: the war that inspired innovative art

NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer of 1914, with the war in Europe just two weeks old, Henry James knew that something had been lost forever. “Black and hideous …


‘Transformers’ tops ‘Tammy’ on weak July 4 weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and the Melisa McCarthy …


Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, has died at age 82. Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem’s daughter, …


UPDATED: Sat., June 7, 2014

Tracy Morgan in intensive care after 6-car crash

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured Saturday after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a chain-reaction crash that left …


Baby names: Noah ends Jacob’s 14-year run at top

WASHINGTON (AP) — Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob’s 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular …


British actor Bob Hoskins dies at 71

LONDON (AP) — British actor Bob Hoskins, whose varied career ranged from “Mona Lisa” to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” has died aged 71. A family statement released Wednesday by agent …


Police: Legendary star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and …


Suspect in deadly South By Southwest crash charged

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The drunken-driving suspect who police say killed two people after he smashed his car through a street barricade at the South By Southwest festival did not …


Police: Driver kills 2 at South by Southwest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police say a man and woman have been killed after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By …


Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — American troubadour, folk music singer and activist Pete Seeger has died at a hospital in New York. He was 94. Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, says Seeger …


China rocker quits state TV show over song choice

BEIJING (AP) — A legendary Chinese rocker has refused to perform at a state broadcaster’s variety show after being denied permission to sing a song that became an unofficial anthem …


Pope to nuns: Why aren’t you answering the phone?

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got …


Mandela movie to open this month in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The producer of a movie about Nelson Mandela says he screened some scenes and showed film images last year to the former South African president, describing him …


Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits

If musicians were measured not by the number of records they sold but by the number of peers they influenced, JJ Cale would have been a towering figure in 1970s …