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Ferris presents ‘Our Town’

Ferris High School’s drama department will present “Our Town,” beginning tonight at 7 p.m. at Ferris. The show will run Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and April 23 and …


Big shoes to fill on ‘Little House’

Meredith Inglesby realizes that the audience might be slightly less than thrilled when she walks onstage as Ma in the national tour of “Little House on the Prairie, The Musical.” …


Allegro goes Italian in finale

Allegro Baroque and Beyond closes its mainstage series Friday at the Bing Crosby Theater with “Viva L’Italia,” a program of Italian baroque music performed on period instruments. August Denhard of …


‘Clash’ remake not so titanic

Who wants to be a god, anyway? That’s the principal twist inserted into the new “Clash of the Titans,” a remake of the sometimes fondly recalled, technologically dated 1981 film …


Holmes, rival resurrected on small screen

Available on DVD this week: “Sherlock Holmes”: The super sleuth and his assistant, Dr. Watson, watch their nemesis put to death, but he returns from the grave for revenge. With …


‘Our Family Wedding’ leans on slapstick, stereotyping

Instead of invitations, they should be sending out apologies for “Our Family Wedding,” a cake-and-kisses comedy that has disaster written all over it and not for the right reasons. Race …


Polanksi deftly crafts thriller ‘Ghost Writer’

Roman Polanski’s terrific new thriller “The Ghost Writer” deftly reminds us what has long made the director so effective, in movies like “Repulsion,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown”: His singular knack …


Beauty and the geek’s love story offers hope

Kirk (Jay Baruchel) is a five at best – a skinny, geeky airport security officer with no career prospects and little ambition, still obsessing over ex-girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane) even …


New DVDs: Corporate ax man tackles tough job

Available this week on DVD: “Up in the Air”: A corporate ax man lives out of his suitcase and loves it, until he falls for his female counterpart. With George …


Conan O’Brien bringing tour to Spokane

Comedian and former “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien will bring his touring show to Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center on April 16.


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Actors portraying dark side of humanity attracting kudos

For your consideration: A pedophile serial killer with a creepy dollhouse hobby, a murderous Nazi who delights in tormenting Jews, and a hateful mother who abuses her daughter and granddaughter. …


‘Last Station’ captures Tolstoy’s end

He was the celebrated author of “War & Peace,” but the last years of Leo Tolstoy’s life were all war and no peace. The savage rivalry for his attention and …


‘Cop Out’ lacks Kevin Smith’s wit, humor

Heartbroken by the disappointing box-office grosses of his last film, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” filmmaker Kevin Smith – a smart, shrewd storyteller who has compensated for his lack …


Middle American town gets attack of ‘The Crazies’

Breck Eisner’s insane-in-the-membrane update of the George A. Romero cult horror movie “The Crazies” opens with a brief shot of fire, devastation and small-town apocalypse, followed by a title card …


DVDs: ‘Informant’ features Damon

Available on DVD this week: “The Informant”: The FBI investigates an agri-industry company based on a price-fixing accusation made by the business’ vice president, who has a bit of a …


Sure to swing

Wednesday Young lions take the spotlight in a relatively intimate setting in the University of Idaho’s SUB Ballroom:


Everclear’s new look offers familiar sounds

The new Everclear is a lot like the old Everclear. Of course, there is the one constant in the Everclear universe: Art Alexakis. Then there are the constant changes to …


Film industry seeing double in 3-D

How intense is our new love affair with 3-D movies? Intense enough that changing the release date of just one title could set off a chain reaction of panicked rescheduling …


Oscars will omit live song performances

Some of Oscar’s most memorable moments have come during performances of nominated songs. Among them: rap group Three 6 Mafia surrounded by streetwalkers as they performed “It’s Hard Out Here …


Chorale shows range of Mozart’s Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem is a strangely wondrous work, and the Spokane Symphony, Symphony Chorale and an excellent quartet of soloists made more of its wonder than its strangeness as …


Nick’s knack

If Nick Jaina has a signature sound, he has yet to reveal it. So far, each of Jaina’s album is its own animal.


Works of Art

Art Garfunkel is a man of vast erudition, wide reading and diverse interests. So he’s not merely a guy who sang high tenor with Paul Simon. Then again, he’s certainly …


A lovely bouquet of Mozart

The Spokane Symphony and Symphony Chorale celebrate Valentine’s weekend with an all-Mozart program Saturday and Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Vocal soloists soprano Ester Heideman, mezzo-soprano …


‘The Wolfman’ a ho-hum remake

If werewolves are going to take their place at the front of the contemporary pop-culture pack with vampires and zombies, they’re going to need a better vehicle than “The Wolfman,” …


Cast of stars is not enough to love ‘Valentine’s Day’

Garry Marshall emptied his Facebook for “Valentine’s Day,” overstuffing this overlong ode to love with Oscar winners, up-and-comers and top Internet bikini searches. It’s an American “Love Actually” without the …


Dunham proves he’s no dummy

Jeff Dunham has single-handedly rescued the art of ventriloquism from what looked like its final resting place: old Ed Sullivan videos. Just take a look at what Dunham – and …


R-rated ‘Q’

America’s 20-somethings and 30-somethings lived on “Sesame Street” growing up. Now they can live on a more mature, imaginary puppet street named “Avenue Q.” This puppet musical for adults clearly …


Travolta’s action hero doesn’t rescue ‘Paris’

In the space of just a few weeks, we have movies starring Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and John Travolta. It’s like the early ’90s all over again. Nostalgia is on …


Bridges raises the bar

There’s something comforting about the way Jeff Bridges’ relaxed drawl floats lazily at the center of the wonderful “Crazy Heart,” the tale of a faded man trying to find color …