The Northwest Museum of Art & Culture preserves and illuminates an extensive collection of material about the Plateau Indian culture of the Pacific Northwest. Traditional textiles and carvings coexist with more than 10,000 photographs that document the indigenous culture. Historic regional paintings include works from Spokane's Works Progress Administration arts center, which created a vibrant space for artists in the depths of the Great Depression.
In addition to its staggering exhibits and regular collections, the museum immerses guests in turn-of-the-century culture with the Campbell House, which is nestled on the campus. Originally built by Idaho mine owner Amasa Campbell at the end of the 19th century, the neoclassical revival home designed by Kirtland K. Cutter provides a window into the life of a wealthy northwestern family at the turn of the century. A handsome Tudor façade welcomes visitors before they venture into the elegantly restored interior, which deftly mixes architectural styles with a French-style reception area, a Middle Eastern–style game room, and a library outfitted with an inglenook fireplace and an authentic steam-powered flat-screen TV.
Alison Rubin first discovered yoga when she moved across the world, leaving England behind for sunny Southern California in 1972. She fell, or steadily posed, head over heels for the ancient exercise form, eventually earning her teaching certification in 1984 when she moved to Spokane. Now, with 40 years and myriad certifications under her belt, she leads a dedicated troupe of instructors who teach Hatha-style classes within a cozy studio, winning Best Yoga Studio by The Pacific Northwest Inlander in 2009 and 2010.
They lead a lineup of classes that accommodate a spectrum of skill levels, ranging from newcomers to Twister world champions.
Ignite! Community Theatre draws on a diverse group of talented local thespians to engage audiences with meticulously produced shows. The Lying Kind offers patrons a morbidly comic Christmas story that deftly melts the cloying sweetness left over from saccharine holiday movies and fiercely competitive candy-cane-eating contests. The play weaves the tale of two British constables, prepping to deliver heartbreaking news to an old couple before heading home for Christmas Eve, all while navigating a village mob. Razor-sharp wit and inky-black humor tickle ribs throughout the show, which takes place in the intimate yet elegant Commandery Room. A wraparound balcony treats audiences to elevated viewing, and a black- and white-checkered floor encourages postshow games of human chess.
Celebrating their 65th season, the well-received Spokane Children's Theatre transports audiences of all ages to new heights of delight through the transformative power of live theater. Their rendering of Hansel & Gretel by I.E. Clark, which plays the spacious Spartan Theatre at Spokane Falls Community College, is set to display fantastical features including a singing cuckoo clock, a story-telling robin and crumb-hating wicked witch. Their new adaptation of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, which plays at the Masonic Center, was penned by local author Ken Pickering with songs scored by John Dawson. Shows shun the stuffy silence of library puppet shows in favor of lively audience participation, encouraging enthusiastic attendees to vocally scale the fourth wall and aid the occasionally confused characters.
Now in its 64th year, the 70-piece Spokane Symphony performs for 150,000 sonata supporters in the Pacific Northwest each season, powerfully reciting the works of several treble-clef-crazed composers. Its Casual Classic series takes an informal and inventive look at some of the standards of the classical music canon, with the following three performances this season:
Whipped butter glides across fresh pancakes and into the crevices of belgian waffles during breakfast at Scout. By afternoon, chefs pack PBJ or grilled cheese sandwiches into lunch boxes along with apple slices, oatmeal raisin cookies, and a handwritten note from a professional mom. Lunch and dinnertime delicacies also include hand-cut fries, bratwurst on a baguette, and half a locally raised game hen stewed with potato, carrot, celery, and onion. Feasts unfold in Scout's spacious tavern, where mini chandeliers hang above hardwood floors and Persian-style rugs, and a mounted deer mumbles to itself about nothing in particular. After meals, guests can cozy up on the lounge's couches with a book from the bookshelf, enjoy a round of pool at the billiards table, or knock back drafts from the tap until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.