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Bach’s B Minor Mass a major job

Job applications, successful or not, eventually end up in the wastebasket. But J.S. Bach’s 1733 application to be appointed court composer of Augustus III, elector of Saxony, survives. And the …


‘Dear John’ fails to deliver

Nicholas Sparks writes “beach novels” for people whose vacations are too short for anything heavy and whose tastes are pretty far from the cutting edge. And the movies made from …


‘Zombieland’ brings gore to fore

Available on DVD this week: “Zombieland”: Uncontaminated by a plague that has transformed the population into zombies, four survivors battle the flesh eaters while traveling to a zombie-free amusement park. …


Anvil finally arrives, three decades later

Playing to a packed stadium in Tokyo, a calamitous transcontinental tour, punchouts with sleazy club owners, attempts at a comeback record, guitar solos played with sex toys … This is …


Harrelson saves best work for ‘Messenger’

In “The Messenger,” Woody Harrelson vividly reminds us that he’s not just a drawling punch line, a handy hunk of comic relief or ace zombie killer. As an Army captain …


Mel Gibson returns to form in ‘Darkness’

After torturing Jesus to death and subjecting Mayan tribesman to gruesome human sacrifice, what could possibly be next for Mel Gibson? For the enigmatic filmmaker, who last directed “The Passion …


‘Rome’ won’t earn Bell America’s sweetheart title

You’d think by now Hollywood would have romantic comedies down to a cell-phone ap any studio exec could access. Cute couple? Check.


Empyrean settles into new digs

Empyrean Coffee House is cozying up to its new home. The coffee house, local arts hub and all-ages music venue reopened at the former Big Dipper space, 171 S. Washington …


‘This Is It’ shows Michael Jackson once again

Available on DVD this week: “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”: A behind-the-scenes peek at planning for the late King of Pop’s planned farewell concert tour. (1:51; PG for some suggestive …


Bach Festival mixes diverse composers, performances

Spokane’s Northwest Bach Festival celebrates its 32nd season starting this weekend with music by Bach and a batch more composers. It begins Saturday with a piano recital by Christopher O’Riley …


‘Revolution’ promises to get 12th SpIFF off to a powerful start

The phrase “world-class” aptly describes the Spokane International Film Festival – but don’t get the idea that this means the world’s paparazzi will descend, Cannes-style. It means this ambitious, 11-day …


Civic Theatre’s ‘Sylvia’ much deeper than a show about a dog

Yes, A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” is a dog play. One of the three main characters is a dog named Sylvia. She’s played by a human – in this case, Spokane actress …


SpIFF schedule

Spokane International Film Festival events and film programs: Today


What they lacked in Hollywood looks, Duke researchers made up for in substance

Being only 5 years old, Clay Bowden isn’t aware of the drama surrounding the drug that keeps him alive. But he can watch the movie. “Extraordinary Measures,” the new film …


Review: ‘Curtains’ light on mystery but loads of musical fun

Because “Curtains” is part backstage comedy, part musical and part murder mystery, let’s give it separate grades for each. Backstage comedy: B-plus.


Hillstomp joins local favorites at new-look Sunset Junction

If the Sunset Junction had a Facebook page, its latest status update would probably read something like this: “Under reinvention.” The bar that sits in the west end of Browne’s …


Hollywood seems poised for a big 2010

Hollywood may find it tough to match 2009’s record box-office revenue, yet studios have a cast of characters this year to make a run for their money. Among the gang:


Civic Theater: ‘Curtains’ one-part whodunit, one-part who sang it

You might say you can see two musicals for the price of one at the Spokane Civic Theatre beginning Friday: • “Curtains,” the hit Broadway musical from 2007.


Symphony’s next stop: Prague

Traveling by music holds few of the drawbacks of, say, air travel. There’s no luggage, no lines, no pat-downs or full body scans, no delays. And there are special bargains …


Spotlight:Spokane films set to make DVD debuts

Two Spokane-filmed movies are about to be released on DVD: • “Wrong Turn to Tahoe” – This is the Cuba Gooding Jr.-Harvey Keitel thriller that was shot last winter. The …


Winter theater preview: The shows keep going on

Theatergoers can look forward to some unusual sights on Spokane stages the next few months – an actress playing a dog, a man with a hangup about argyle socks – …


Classical music preview: Masterworks, masterpieces and more

The second half of Spokane’s classical music season offers some masterworks for choir and orchestra, trips to musical cities, chamber music masterpieces and a visit from a world-famous dance company. …


Symphony will celebrate year with the Ninth

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is not the longest in the standard orchestra repertoire, and it may not be the most difficult to perform. But the Ninth is the big symphony everybody …


‘Avatar’ brings James Cameron back in big way

A colossal budget, visionary technology and a down-to-the-wire workload on a film whose fortunes are a real question mark. James Cameron has been here before on little ditties called “Terminator …


‘Inglourious Basterds’ offers the unexpected in Tarantino-style

‘Inglourious Basterds’ Quentin Tarantino simultaneously surprises and reverts to form in this film set in France during World War II, which tells the fictionalized story of a special squad of …


Story of ‘Precious’ touches the heart

The first 20 minutes of “Precious” – the full title of which is “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” – are so intense and pitched so high, you …


Clarion steps into the season

Here’s all you need to know about Clarion’s musical attitude: Leader William Berry lists his titles as “composer, arranger and reindeer trainer.” The word “irreverent” does not normally apply to …


Post-apocalyptic world is all about survival in ‘Road’

The end, when it comes, may look a lot like this – gray skies shrouding the ash-covered ruins of civilization. And silence. Not a single child laughing, no dogs barking, …


Disney debuts African-American princess heroine

For most of the last century, the Disney ’toon heroine was as white as, well … Snow White, the studio’s first feature-film superstar, who marked her debut in 1937’s “Snow …


Review: Disney hits all the right notes with ‘Princess’

The last time we heard from the hand-drawn animators at Disney, they offered up the forgettable barnyard tale “Home on the Range.” Thankfully, the spirit of animation maestro Walt Disney …