The 20th-century icon Josephine Baker was so much more than a sex symbol who danced in a skirt made of bananas. Yes, she took Paris by storm in 1925 with her “Savage Dance” – performed in little more than a strategically-placed feather – and went on to increase her fame with the infamous banana skirt which, legend has it, she designed as a joke for her first revue at the Folies-Bergère. Spokane author Sherry Jones’s novel Josephine Baker’s Last Dance goes on sale December 4, 2018 at Auntie’s Books and everywhere.
In 1957, Gaylene Pope had the thrill of a lifetime when her father asked her if she would like to ride with him to pick up Elvis Presley at the Spokane train station. Reminisce with Gaylene as she recounts the adventure of meeting the King of Rock n’ Roll.
By Garrin Hertel Above, from left to right: Chad Mitchell, Joe Fraser, and Mike Kobluk are the Chad Mitchell Trio. Photos courtesy of the Kobluk Family Archives. Find a podcast of the Hot Club of Spokane Show, which aired on KEWU in Spokane, WA with
By Holly George, Co-Managing Editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly and author of journal articles on gender, recreation, and the West published in Pacific Northwest Quarterly and Utah Historical Quarterly. Find her book “Show Town: Theater and Culture in the Pacific Northwest, 1890-1920” online at