Friday, July 29, 2011

All-girls FBC ride tomorrow night

Posted on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Do you have female genitals? Do you like bikes? Well hop on that saddle, girls, because the F-ing Bike Club is hosting their first-ever ever all-girls ride on July 30. The format follows your typical Full Moon Fiasco. Meet at The Swamp at 8 pm and then ride to an undisclosed location (bar).

The ride will be down and dirty, which means any level of bike rider is encourage to attend. As long as you have a vagina. And a bike. And, preferably, lights and helmet (that's the law).

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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Indie Rock Gods! Hard Rock Queens! Willie!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM


Anyone with even a slight inclination toward indie rock should hustle just as fast as their tight jeans will allow to A Club for Blitzen Trapper, the Fruit Bats, and Ages and Ages. While the Fruit Bats hit this area quite a bit, it’s kind of a big deal that Blitzen Trapper is here. So cough up the $12 and be there by 8:30 pm. People of all ages are welcome.

A mere 50 feet from the indie rock head-nodding-fest will be the psychedelic-electronic rock-fest at Mootsy’s, with Space Movies, Odyssey, monuments and Mecha Shiva. Go and get your mind all kinds of blown for the low, low price of $3. Show up at 9 pm and be 21 or over.


Check out the all-ages action with Among Thieves, Ashylus, To The Wind, Of Kinds, Light Up The Sky and What We Once Held. Show up at 5 pm and pay the man $5. (That’s like 83 cents a band!) Later, all those over-21 folks can check out the seemingly homeowner-themed show featuring Mansions and Fences, who we wrote about this week. That one will cost you $5 in advance or $7 at the door and the yardwork music begins at 9:30.

At the Baby Bar you can see Mirror Mirror, Bronson and a very, very silly band called Nucular Aminals, who we also wrote about this week. The show starts at 8 pm and will set you back $5. You must be over 21.

If you didn’t get enough Fruit Bats last night, go see them again at the Belltower in Pullman. They are playing with Grant Olsen, and possibly the most delightful band the region has seen, the newly-reunited Holiday Friends. They are good. 7 pm. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. All-ages.

If you have a shit-ton of money, go see Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and the Meat Puppets at theGorge. The show starts at 6 pm and tickets are $85.50-$500, depending on the legitimacy of the website you purchase them from. Good luck, rich kid.


Willie Nelson, the now-braidless magical outlaw country man will be at the Northern Quest Casino and Resort. Show up at 7 pm. Tickets will set you back $55-$100. Don’t bring guns, please.

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TRAILER FRIDAY: Page One — Crazy, Stupid Cowboys & Aliens edition

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

When his 75 year-old, recently widowed father admits to being gay, Ewan McGregor attempts to experience a relationship with all the vigor and bravery that his father had in the last years of his life. This quirky and autobiographical story by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) is sure to have plenty of awkward humor and devastating reality while striving to find the timeless similarities of love. At AMC (EW) Rated R

Jake Lonergan, emphasis on “loner” (Daniel Craig), wakes up in a desert, wanders into town, and everybody hates him. Then aliens show up (happens all the time) and this loner becomes a hero. Part Serenity, part High Plains Drifter, the movie's loaded with special effects sure to amaze all ages, and enough brooding contrasts in light to make you feel like it's still a western. It's got the perfect cast and crew, but sometimes even the All-Star team fails miserably. (EW) Rated PG-13

Steve Carell and Julianne Moore are the long-married couple who suddenly have divorce staring them in the face. But there are plenty more relationship problems: A kid has a mad crush on his babysitter; that babysitter is quietly swooning over the boy’s dad; a young woman wants her boss to see her as more than a working partner. Then there’s the philandering that broke up the marriage, and questions of how to start over in love. This is a funny, tender, and edgy comedy that speaks a lot of truth as its writer and directors madly go about spinning wildly played-out stories that all manage to fit together. (ES) Rated PG-13

Understatement alert: The newspaper business has been going through some changes. This documentary, shot over the course of one year, shows what’s been happening at the New York Times as its managers, editors, and reporters try to maneuver through those changes. A lot of this is depressing, but the film lights up whenever raspy-voiced, sleepy-eyed, tough-minded media reporter David Carr is on-camera. And in the end, the film suggests that newspapers will always be around, just in a different form. At Magic Lantern (ES) Rated R

The comic book to TV series to, finally, big screen adaptation about those computer-generated little blue things that just want to be happy kicks off with an exhilarating, often hilarious first half hour of absurd action (and even some pretty darn good 3D). Alas, the movie falls apart when it brings in human characters (Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays) with an unnecessary story that will bore kids and adults. But kudos to Hank Azaria as the villainous human Gargamel (a sorcerer who appears to be married to his cat) who, upon arrival in Manhattan, will stop at nothing to get his hands on some “Smurf essence.” He’s in a lot of scenes, and he steals every one of them. Good voice work by Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf and Alan Cumming as Gutsy. (ES) Rated PG.

15 year-old Oliver Tate crafts his life like a movie script with protagonists, antagonists, plot twists and such in a scheme to lose his virginity while simultaneously destroying any connection between his mother and her ex-lover. Will he succeed or will he learn that not everything in life can be planned? Fans of Rushmore should flock to this offbeat comedy. At Magic Lantern (EW) Rated R

In a world where fuel has become a precious commodity, Riva is a con man of sorts who has figured out how best to steal it. Unfortunately, the bad guy's girlfriend is immensely attractive, and might become Riva's new objective. A thriller from the Democratic Republic of Congo, it centers around the violent extremes people will go to in a world overrun with poverty. At Magic Lantern (EW) Rated R

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MORNING HEADLINES: Water, blood, and gunpowder

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Red Cross needs financial transfusion -- With the national Red Cross organization suffering a $250 million deficit, will have a regional impact, as employee hours are reduced and costs for classes are increased. (SR)

Drive-Thru Diner -- A driver, running a red light, was hit by a car, and sent careening into Molly's Restaurant. Fortunately, nobody was majorly hurt. (KREM)

Technically drinkable -- Good news, Athol, Idaho, residents. Your water has returned to within the federally-mandated limits for acceptable levels of arsenic. (KXLY)

Attack averted? Fort Hood, site of the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 people dead, may have narrowly averted another terrorist attack. A soldier was arrested in a motel room near the base in possession of "bomb-making materials" including, chillingly, Christmas lights. (NYT)

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

MORNING HEADLINES: Money, money, money

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Who wants to change the charter? -- The Spokesman-Review quickly runs through the proposed amendments to the city charter that Spokane voters will receive in the mail this week. They include an amendment allowing council members to serve a term as council president even though their two terms are up, an amendment clarifying mayoral paycheck language, another changing city council recall elections to happen in only their district rather than citywide, one clarifying the city council's power to make temporary committees and another clarifying that the city council president has to step down from his position if filling the mayoral role. Others deal with the mayors right to hire attorneys, the Spokane park board's ability to condemn property, how annexed land is appropriated into council districts, who the Office of Neighborhood Services reports to, how many special elections may be held within a six month period, and clarifies the powers of the City Plan Commission. (SR)

Burning money -- There are two articles on today worth reading. One is about how firefighters scrambled to fight three different brush fires yesterday. The other is about how the lack of wildfires have made it difficult to pay wildfire fighters. (KREM)

Raul and the borders -- With North Idaho a long, long way from the Mexican border, you wouldn't think immigration reform would be a top topic for an Idaho representative. But that's been Raul Labrador's main focus throughout his time in Congress. But it makes sense. The man was an immigration lawyer for 15 years. (CDAP)

Debt crisis crisis -- As the debt ceiling deadline tick-tick-ticks toward Doomsday, Speaker of the House John Boehner scrambles to find the votes he needs to pass his plan. His problem isn't finding Democrats to vote for the plan -- the House already has a majority of Republicans, but convincing the more conservative members that his plan isn't a betrayal of their values. Now, the intensity of the tea party that's been so useful to Boehner may backfire for him. (Politico)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Neighborhood Saved from Senior Low-Income Housing

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM

For months and months, the Spokane Valley neighbors near the St. John Vianney Church in Spokane Valley found themselves locked in a dispute with the church they grew up next to.

The church and Catholic Charities wanted to build a 40-unit affordable-housing complex for the elderly on a  property nearby. The neighborhood – most of them surprised by this development – began to organize, as neighbors will. Letters went out. Yard signs went up. Protests to the city were issued.

To build the complex, however, Catholic Charities needed a zone change. To do that, it had to go through the city council. It didn’t.

It took five months, neighbor Shelley Stevens says, but the proposal was finally defeated at last night’s lengthy council meeting. The council voted 5 to 1 against moving the proposal to a second reading, effectively defeating it.

(Councilman Arne Woodard, who already voted on the issue as part of the planning commission, abstained.)

Councilman Dean Grafos argued the complex would stick out painfully among the neighborhood.

“Putting a building the size of a football field into this neighborhood is just not appropriate,” Grafos said. “Following the 4-2 vote of the planning commission, and keeping with my lifelong belief that property rights are an essential component of our democratic weigh of life, I personally cannot support this zone change.”

Gothmann, often a minority vote on the “Positive Change”-dominated council, also sided with Grafos.

“Even to the casual observer, one has to say it does not have the quality and scale the neighborhood has,” Gothmann said at the meeting. “You’d have to be blind not to see that.” He noted that there are far too few parking spaces, meaning seniors would have to walk. And they don’t have sidewalks to walk there.”

Councilman Gary Schimmels was the lone holdout, arguing that changing as a city sometimes means allowing new developments.

“The NIMBYs should go away. How did you get where you live today? That’s the bottom line,” Schimmels said. 

Catholic Charities has built large senior housing developments in neighborhoods before, said Rob McCann, executive director of Catholic Charities. And they’ve worked out well. “This is a project that will protect and promote the common good,” McCann says. “Our communities do not become blights. They’re jewels in their neighborhood.”

Today, back at her Walnut St. neighborhood, Stevens is happy, her attitude contrasting dramatically with her frustration in March.

“We’re having a barbecue at Balfour Park on August 21. We had that planned rather we won or lost,” Stevens says. And there’s been a side-effect to the battle, she says. Today, she knows her neighbors better than ever.

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Daniel Tosh: Professional Bully

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM

At its core, Tosh.0, the TV show with Comedian Daniel Tosh riffing on popular you tube clips -- was always going to be a show about laughing at the unfortunate, the odd, the pathetic, the poor, the mentally-ill.

After all, so much of the Web is a cruel place. Its amateur humorists swarm around particular embarrassing pictures or moment, making every possible joke, stripping the subject of all flesh and dignity, then moving onto its next victim. A show about that culture – about laughing along with the Internet audience – will tend to mirror that cruelty.

Thus, last night’s last-show-of-the-Summer featured Tosh mocking what appears to be a mentally ill woman eating a hotdog after she drops it on the floor, and mocking a small teenager getting brutally knocked out by his much larger peer.

He’s one step away, essentially, from providing rimshot-heavy color commentary for Bumfights. Except at least the guys in Bumfights were paid.

It’s one thing just running these videos. But Tosh goes further. He doesn’t just let the audience laugh, he fires off witty punchlines, taunting the pathetic video . Even the “Web Redemptions” are more about continuing to poke fun at stars of embarrassing online videos than giving them some relief.

The catcalling and the sniggering jokes remind me of, well, the same sort of bullying that schools fight against. Bullying, as many a poster and PSA will tell you, isn’t just composed of swirlies and locker-stuffing. The witty – those with more social status – can be incredibly cruel with their words. And that’s what Tosh.0 is about.

There’s nothing wrong, inherently, with mean or politically incorrect humor. Half of comedy revolves around saying things that everyone knows you’re not supposed to say. But Tosh zeroes his humor on specific non-public people, whose only crime were having humiliating moment caught on camera.

The Daily Show is cruel in its mockery, but it focuses its mockery on unethical politicians or bloviating pundits. The Soup is cruel in its mockery, but it focuses its mockery on fame-thirsty reality show creatures. Tosh.0 focuses on the least fortunate. He’s there to afflict the afflicted in order to bring amusement to the comfortable. It’d be one thing if Tosh.0 was a subtle commentary on the most base, voyeuristic tendencies of the viral-heavy Internet.

Even fictional shows can have this problem. Chuck Lorre shows like Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, where the writers create these pathetic characters, and then proceed to have other characters make easy jokes to mock the other characters he’s created. He’s a cruel god, truly: Creating idiots in order to have other characters he’s created sling lazy one-liners mocking them.

The best comedies bask smiling in the stupidity of the universe, the worst shows have to point it out. In the Simpson’s golden years, everyone laughs at Krusty the Clown and everyone cheers for the cliched McBain action films. Family Guy, by contrast, would often have to use an eye-roll or sarcastic one-liner from Brian or Stewie to point it out. Great humor often comes from creating empathy with the butt of the joke, not distance.

We, via our basest instincts, already laugh at someone unintentionally racking themselves on a tree truck. We don’t need to have Daniel Tosh’s smirking fratboy pile on punchline after punchline to highlight why he’s stupid. That’s when guilty laughter turns into just, well, bullying.

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It's happy hour again!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Each Wednesday on Bloglander, we give you a taste of happy hours going on at bars around town that night. (Read previous posts.)

Ace's Casino, in north Spokane, offers happy hour from 3-7 pm. Specials include $2.50 well drinks and domestics, and $3.25 microbrews.

Bolo's, in Spokane Valley, boasts happy hour from 3:30-7 pm. Specials include $.50 off well drinks, $1.50 for a 16oz domestic, $3.00 for a draft of domestic, and $6.25 for a pitcher of domestic.

The Peacock Room, in downtown Spokane, hosts happy hour from 3-6 pm. Specials include half off all appetizers and a $7.00 Key Lime Martini.

Steam Plant Grill, in downtown Spokane, serves up happy hour from 3-6 pm. Specials include $2.75 pints and half off appetizers.

The Globe, in downtown Spokane, starts happy hour from 4-7 pm. Specials include $3.00 domestics, $2.00 PBR and High Life, and a slew of specialty cocktails for $5.50.

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MORNING HEADLINES: The cuts keep on comin'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Flight canceled -- Southwest Airlines has eliminated its flights between Spokane and Seattle, leaving only Horizon/Alaska from directly serving that connector. (SR)

Federal Bureau of Incorrect Procedure -- You'd think a high profile arrest would require even more caution than a regular one, but apparently the FBI screwed up the arrest of alleged MLK, Jr. Parade bombmaker Kevin Harpham. They didn't tell him why he was being detained or show him a warrant. As a consequence, anything Harpham said in the first two and a half hours after his arrest is inadmissible. (KXLY)

Return to sender -- Blame it on FedEx or UPS or that new fangled e-mail. The new potential post office closure list has come out, listing three Spokane area post offices. (KREM)

It's a Locke -- Gary Locke, Commerce Secretary and former Washington state governor, has been named ambassador to China. It's a position vacated by one Jon Huntsman, who left the position to run for president (a decent excuse.) (BBC)

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Butch Otter v. Science – After a scientific study indicated that eating too many potatoes regularly could lead to weight gain, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter fired back an an op-ed disputing such an notion. (SR)

No fire – A statewide burn ban has gone in effect for Washington on state-owned land, forcing us to make S’mores on our oven ranges instead. (KREM)

Mariners continue sinking – The good news: The Mariners are back in the headlines. The bad: It’s for breaking their own personal record of 14 losses in a row. At 15, however, they’re still considerably behind the Philadelphia Phillies’ 23 game losing streak. But if they put their minds to it, work hard, and believe in themselves, that record, too, is within their grasp. (KXLY)

The default danger tango -- President Obama and Speaker John Boehner both gave speeches on the importance of raising the debt ceiling last week, but did so requesting very different plans to address the deficit. You can probably guess which used the phrase “wealthiest Americans” and which used the phrase “blank check.” (NYT)

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