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Artists to lend talents at concert benefits

The holiday season is in full swing, and during this time of year, music plays a special role in raising both spirits and money. Coming up are a few opportunities …


Irish tenor headlines Spokane Symphony’s Holiday Pops

In the Spokane Symphony’s traditional Holiday Pops concerts, some things never change: • The orchestra will play “Sleigh Ride.”


Yule specials aim to please

The creative forces behind “Yes, Virginia” know they face daunting odds. At this time every year, TV programmers serve up shiny, new holiday-themed fare, only to have viewers discard most …


Spotlight: Upcoming events make great stocking stuffers

This is Spotlight’s annual reminder that tickets to arts and entertainment events make welcome Christmas gifts. And they fit right into a stocking.


Locally raised showman hitting on all cylinders

You don’t need an astrologist to figure this out: The stars and planets lined up perfectly for Cheyenne Jackson this month. This actor-singer from Newport, Wash., has been a hot …


‘Ninja Assassin’ fails to prop genre

In Japan, where the blades are shiny and sharp and if the fake blood isn’t staining the lens, you’re not trying hard enough, there’ s a rich tradition of sword-and-splatter …


Herdman kids land at the Civic

Those rotten Herdman kids are coming back to the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Main Stage and, once again, they are threatening to sabotage the church Christmas pageant and turn it into …


GWAR back in town with its twisted act

Some bands play heavy metal, but with GWAR it’s more like “Heavy Metal” – as in the adult animated sci-fi fantasy film adaptation of the magazine of the same name. …


New law puts squeeze on local dance floors

There’s going to be a little less wiggle room on dance floors around Spokane. A new state law taking effect Tuesday is putting the squeeze on nightclubs with designated dance …


‘Old Dogs’ is no more than mild comedy

Trashing “Old Dogs” is a bit like kicking a puppy. But here goes. The new comedy from some of the folks who brought us “Wild Hogs” is badly written and …


Review: ‘Boondock Saints II’

“Boondock Saints,” the 1999 film that achieved cult status on DVD, was a ridiculously over-the-top action film about a pair of Irish-American twins who set out with guns and some …


‘Angels & Demons’ needs deciphering

‘Angels & Demons’ Praying for another $750 million absolution at the global box office, the fairly unholy trinity of Tom Hanks, director Ron Howard and “The Da Vinci Code” author …


Review: ‘Paris’

Were you forced to cancel your trip to Paris this year? Then hurry, please, to “Paris,” Cedric Klapisch’s intoxicating portrait of a city that, despite (or, more likely, because of) …


‘Bruno’ fails to get beyond its crudeness

‘Bruno’ The latest mock-documentary satire from comic provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen is mostly a misfire.


Slick, cute ‘Planet 51’ falls flat

How might a kid – OK, a teenager – protect himself from that dreaded fate described in legions of sci-fi movies (including “The Fourth Kind”): the anal probe? If you …


Built to Spill built to thrive

Corporate record labels are not the enemy of indie rock. At least not for bands like Built to Spill.


Filmmaker wisely lets ‘Blind Side’ tell itself

The redemption- minded sports flick “The Blind Side” serves its inspiration straight-up with no twist. Writer-director John Lee Hancock wisely lets the true story of Michael Oher – the African-American …


‘Damned United’ truly a kick

You don’t have to be a soccer expert, or even know all that much about the sport, to get sucked into the competing personalities and personal dramas of “The Damned …


‘The Beaches of Agnes’

“Imagining oneself as a child is like running backward,” says the French filmmaker Agnes Varda in her enchanting new biographical film, “The Beaches of Agnes.” And through the film, she …


Two male actors, redneck humor drives Civic’s latest, ‘Tuna’

For those playgoers who have not yet experienced the slapstick charms of Tuna, the “third smallest town in Texas,” here’s a hint: Imagine “King of the Hill” meets “Benny Hill.” …


For Nakahara, it’s best of both worlds

Conductors on the rise have their lists of works they would like to conduct and soloists they’d like to work with. Getting those works and the soloists on concert programs …


Disney debuts black princess in animation

Holly Price Alford is over the moon about Disney’s first black princess. Her 8-year-old daughter is, too, but not because the princess is black. “She understands that this is a …


Ian Anderson wants to show Jethro Tull fans unplugged can rock

How many rock gods can pronounce the word “soporific,” much less use it correctly in a sentence? Ian Anderson can, in explaining exactly what his concert on Sunday won’t be.


Cherryholmes, Symphony team up for SuperPops show

On Saturday, the Spokane Symphony and the family bluegrass band Cherryholmes will come together in a harmonious blend of banjos, fiddles and tubas. Cherryholmes is a perfect example of how …


‘The Lion King’ expected to provide region timely economic boost

If you want to know how Spokane downtown retailers see the return of “The Lion King,” check with Jim Rhoades, owner of Rock City Grill. “This show is a gift …


‘Sesame Street’ marks 40 years on air

Big Bird is leaving Sesame Street! That’s what he decides on Tuesday’s “Sesame Street” season opener. A rapping real-estate agent pitches him on migrating to a new habitat (“habitat” being …


Steve Martin will mix banjo, laughs at The Fox

It should come as no surprise that Steve Martin has sold out the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for a show on Monday. He’s one of the most popular …


Chad Mitchell Trio returns to Spokane

In 2007, the Chad Mitchell Trio played its first show since 1964 in its hometown of Spokane. The response was ecstatic. A near-capacity INB Performing Arts Center crowd poured out …


Think Swing! serves up three courses of jazz, blues

In its fourth year, the Think Swing! Jazz and Blues Festival is adding a couple of new twists. Spokane’s annual vintage swing festival maintains its comprehensive focus of music ranging …


Civic passes along ‘Pearls’

The concept of Michele Lowe’s 2004 comedy-drama “String of Pearls” is simple enough: The play follows one pearl necklace as it enters the lives of several women over the years. …