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Past articles by Azaria:

Through poetry, images and conversation: Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine to deliver Gonzaga's Race and Racism Lecture

Claudia Rankine is the author of, among many other works, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric," "Citizen: An American Lyric" and "Just Us: An American Conversation," a trilogy of works that examine race and racism through poetry, images and conversation. → Read More

Dressing the 'Abbey': Costumes from beloved 'Downton' series are one of four new exhibits at the MAC

The year 2020 saw a resurgence in sweatpants thanks to more people working from home, but the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's newest exhibit might give you some inspiration to dress up more even if you're not leaving the house. → Read More

Stage Left Theater launches Alone Together series with 'An Iliad'

To launch its Alone Together series, Stage Left Theater presents “An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. The show will be performed virtually Friday through Sunday and Feb. 4-7. As the title suggests, “An Iliad” is a modern-day retelling of the Homer classic. → Read More

Humanities Washington announces February virtual events

Humanities Washington has announced a slew of virtual events for February. On Tuesday at noon, the Holocaust Center for Humanity will host “Who Was Chief Seattle?” presented by David M. Buerge. Buerge is a biographer and historian to the Duwamish Tribe. → Read More

Go hog wild! Plan a Groundhog Day celebration worth repeating

Thanks to COVID-19, many of us have woken up each day for the last year feeling like Bill Murray in the movie "Groundhog Day." But Groundhog Day, during which a groundhog predicts the coming weather, is officially celebrated next Tuesday. → Read More

National Pie Day is a sweet celebration of pie, not pi

If you're particularly into numbers, the phrase "National Pie Day" might make you think of March 14, aka Pi Day, a celebration of the mathematical constant that begins with 3.14. But March is still a couple of months away, so National Pie Day can only mean one thing: a day to celebrate the pastry filled with sweet or savory goodness. → Read More

Sweet or savory? National Bagel Day is Friday, a time to celebrate the breakfast and lunch favorite

When it comes to breakfast, are you a sweet or savory kind of person? Do you top your waffles with strawberries and a mountain of whip cream? Or do you load an omelette with veggies and call it good? No matter which way you lean in regard to the first or second meal of the day, a bagel is a satisfying option. → Read More

Spokane Arts, Olivia Brownlee announce 'Arts Mean Business' Music Video Series

Thanks to a new project from Spokane Arts and musician Olivia Brownlee, a few local musicians and businesses are getting some time in the spotlight. The "Arts Mean Business" Music Video Series tasked local musicians and filmmakers to write a song and film a music video in support of a local business of their choosing. → Read More

Holiday viewing: Cue up one of these top-grossing Christmas films

Chances are high you and your family have a list of must-watch holiday films. You might watch one or two a week beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Maybe you watch as many Hallmark movies as you can each year, or perhaps you turn the television to TBS and watch the 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon. → Read More

Gonzaga students create Berlin, Crosby and 'White Christmas' digital exhibit

As far as holiday music goes, the Irving Berlin-penned "White Christmas" is a staple on nearly every holiday playlist. And while covers by the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Drifters, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks and Andrea Bocelli have been released, none is as classic as the version sung by Spokane's own Bing Crosby. → Read More

Yes, Spokane, there is still a Christmas

While the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled countless events this year, event organizers have made their creativity clear, either figuring out how to present events virtually or rework them so they can continue safely in person. And the holiday season is no different. This month, dozens of holiday traditions have been reinvented. → Read More

10 (+1) Thanksgiving movies to watch with loved ones near and far

Yes, it's around Thanksgiving that Hallmark and Lifetime start to release holiday movie after holiday movie, but don't skip out on the dozens of Thanksgiving big-screen and TV movies available to watch. A quick search will bring up movies for children, those looking to laugh and those who don't mind a little drama alongside their big meal. → Read More

The Flaming Lips cancel March 19 concert at the Fox

The Flaming Lips have canceled their March 19 concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. In an email, Fox staff said though the show has not been rescheduled, they look forward to welcoming the Flaming Lips to the Fox in the future. Refunds have been issued to those who bought tickets with a debit or credit card. → Read More

Spokane Symphony celebrates 75th anniversary with Gala 2020

The Spokane Symphony's Gala 2020 streams live at 7 p.m. Thursday at During the fundraising event, music director James Lowe will discuss his thoughts on live music for 2021, and there will, of course, be plenty of music from symphony musicians and special guests. → Read More

Family Fun: Six ways to show gratitude all month long

Thanksgiving Day is typically reserved for giving thanks for family, friends and the previous year. While the coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult to find much to be thankful for from the last few months, moments to express gratitude can still be found. And November is National Gratitude Month. → Read More

'Halloween: A Drive-Through Spooktacular' a safe option for weekend in CdA

TDS Telecom and the Hayden Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with a number of area sponsors to present "Halloween: A Drive Through Spooktacular," two nights of Halloween fun all from the comfort of your car. The event runs Friday and Saturday at the Lake City High School parking lot, 6101 N. Ramsey Road, in Coeur d'Alene. → Read More

Garageland announces closure after 5 years in Spokane

After five years in downtown Spokane, Garageland, known for its late-night food and drink options and, at one point, being a one-stop shop for food, vinyl and vintage finds, announced Thursday that it is closing its doors on Oct. 30. → Read More

Moonlit Monster Cruises return to Lake Coeur d'Alene for Halloween

"Beware ye who enter here ... this be a haunted ship." So warns a commercial for Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises' Moonlit Monster Cruises, which run today through Oct. 31. There are family-friendly cruises and cruises for those ages 21 and older. All cruises are 45 minutes. → Read More

The world still loves 'I Love Lucy'

Sixty-nine years ago Thursday, on Oct. 15, 1951, "I Love Lucy" premiered, introducing the world at large to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Both seasoned performers before "I Love Lucy," Ball and Arnaz cemented their places in entertainment history while portraying Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the series that ran from 1951-1957. → Read More

Lucky You Lounge announces Live at Lucky You virtual concert series

Audiences aren't yet welcome back at Lucky You Lounge in Browne's Addition, but owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll have figured out a way to bring live music back to the venue. On Tuesday, the pair announced the lineup for the fall series of Live at Lucky You. → Read More