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Past articles by Nathan:

Alton Brown’s new live show encourages audiences to play with their food

Alton Brown makes learning delicious. Since his Food Network show “Good Eats” ended in 2012, Brown has toured the country, including Spokane in 2015, with live shows highlighting outrageous culinary demonstrations. Brown returns to the INB Performing Arts Center on Wednesday with an all-new show, called “Eat Your Science.” → Read More

Spokane Civic Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a live radio play

It was common practice in the 1940s and ’50s to adapt popular movies into hour-long radio dramas. Frank Capra’s 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” was one of those films, with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed reprising their roles in several radio programs following its original release. That broadcast of “It’s a Wonderful Life” has since been transferred to the stage by playwright Joe Landry, and… → Read More

MAC board taps former ambassador Tim Carney as interim director

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has named Tim Carney, a retired diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to Sudan and Haiti, as its new interim director. The museum’s board of trustees voted Carney into the position in November. → Read More

‘Streetcar’ plot still edgy, even for modern audience

Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” is generally considered one of the greatest pieces of theater ever written, a tragic tale of two wayward sisters and the brutish man who comes between them. You might think a show that premiered on Broadway way back in 1947 would be antiquated and prudish, but “Streetcar,” which opens at Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday, remains shockingly… → Read More

Spokane Symphony takes on Mahler’s ‘monster’

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is a serious undertaking. It runs nearly 100 minutes, it leapfrogs from one distinct style to another and it requires an orchestra of 200 or so. Mahler isn’t known for his brevity, but this is the longest piece in his ouvre, and he reportedly referred to it as “My Monster.” The Spokane Symphony continues its season with a Classics program devoted entirely to the… → Read More

Civic’s time warp to ‘Rocky Horror’ is worth the trip

Cult comedy, which was the basis of the beloved movie, will run at Civic through Nov. 5. → Read More

Bob Dylan’s concert history in Spokane a tangled history

Bob Dylan has a famously checkered history as a performer: Ask anyone who’s seen him in concert in recent years, and you’ll no doubt get wildly different responses. But the legendary musician has had a particularly rocky relationship with Spokane audiences, and following his recent Nobel Prize win, we took a look back at some of Dylan’s most prominent appearances – and one notable non-appearance… → Read More

Modern Spokane jazzes things up with ‘Chicago’

On its surface, “Chicago” is a glitzy celebration of tabloid sensationalism and Jazz Age excess, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a dark and gritty morality play about egotism, obsession and corruption. The beloved musical, which opens at the Modern Theater Spokane this weekend, walks that razor-thin line between comedy and tragedy, and it will likely never go out of style. → Read More

Spokane Porchfest keeps growing

In it’s third year, festival lineup includes 20 musicians. → Read More

Get set for your fair share of music

The Spokane County Interstate Fair kicks off on Friday at the Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., and this year’s music lineup includes a handful of big names. Tickets range from $25 to $40, which includes gate admission to the fair, and are available through TicketsWest. For a full fair schedule, visit All grandstand concerts begin at 7 p.m. → Read More

Spokane filmmaker delves into ‘Dark Crystal’ for a prize-winning film

James Pendleton has long been involved in the local film scene, and his directorial debut, a short titled “Gich and the Skystone,” has already earned him recognition. Pendleton’s film was named first runner-up in a fan film competition organized by the Jim Henson Company, the studio founded by the legendary Muppets creator. → Read More

Volbeat show moving from the Arena to Knitting Factory

Tickets for arena show will be honored at the Knitting Factory. → Read More

Movie review: “Gleason” an unflinching portrait of life with ALS

The first thing Steve Gleason did after learning he was succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s disease was turn on his camera. The former NFL safety was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, around the same time that he and his wife, Michel, discovered they were having a baby, and he began producing a series of video diaries expressing his fears and doubts and dispensing nuggets of fatherly wisdom to a son he would… → Read More

Director discusses ‘Gleason,’ his intimate portrait of life in the face of ALS

“Gleason,” the intimate documentary about former NFL linebacker and Spokane native Steve Gleason’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, opens nationwide this weekend after a successful festival run, which included a win for best documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival. → Read More

The Modern’s modern twist on ‘Man of La Mancha’ is assured and thoughtful

The Modern Theater Spokane’s production of “Man of La Mancha” this weekend, and it expands upon the playful, experimental styles of both Cervante’s work and playwright Dale Wasserman’s 1964 reimagining. Directors Troy Nickerson and Heather McHenry-Kroetch have transplanted “La Mancha” from 17th-century Spain to an era that looks much like our own, which turns out to be more than just a simple… → Read More

Have a blast on the Fourth

The Fourth of July falls on a Monday this year, which means a lot of us get to indulge in a three-day weekend. If you’re looking to get out of the house, we’ve amassed a handful of the entertainment options, most involving fireworks, that you can check out in celebration of Independence Day. → Read More

In poetry and music, Chris Cook knows how to produce a solid rhythm

Professional yo-yo player. Longtime Spokane Symphony trumpeter. Foosball champion. Of all the titles that dot Chris Cook’s eclectic résumé, “poet” is the one he’s most proud of. → Read More

Rules of arrangements: Local experts help us build the perfect summer mixtape

Nearly every summer, I put together a new hour-long mix that typically stays in my car’s CD player for months and goes on to soundtrack the entire season. → Read More

Spokane stages will be hopping this summer

Local theater seasons tend to end in May or June, returning with its newest productions in the fall. But that doesn’t mean that area stages are going to be completely bare during the summer months. In fact, if you were to go out to the theater in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene every weekend in June, July and August, you could see a new production nearly every time. Here are some of the highlights of… → Read More

Summer sounds: Music for the masses

Trying to keep track of every upcoming summer concert is an overwhelming experience. The next few months offer an almost embarrassing wealth of music festivals, touring acts and outdoor concerts, as the weather gets warmer and local venues pull out their big guns. We decided to sort through everything and have compiled a list of some of the major shows to be on the lookout for in June, July,… → Read More