The sun is out! Time to celebrate that feeling of warmth by basking in the goodness of local music. A disclaimer that both the following videos are NSFW by most workplace standards.
What a night, the Spokane party rockers Bonfire Knights are heading up the lineup at nYne tonight. Storm Normandy, Mayfair's Promise and Banish The Echo will open the evening starting at 8 pm. Cost is $5 at the door.
The Phat House may be filling up quickly tonight with local trumpeter/composer Kevin Woods and his Quintet taking over the stage. Saxophonist Damani Phillips will also be there. There are two sets with one at 7:30 pm and one at 9 pm. Cost is $20.
The Folkinception show, which we wrote about in this week’s issue, at the Bartlett is officially sold out but there will be a limited number of tickets available starting at 7 pm the night of the show.
Acidic plays the sort of dense, noisy rock that’s not quite metal, not quite punk. But with its pulsing rhythms, not-too-serious lyrics and towering guitar solos, it’s the kind of rock that begs to be heard. The Los Angeles-based foursome has been working hard toward notoriety since its inception in 2008. Last year was Acidic’s biggest step forward yet, touring nonstop, dropping its most promising album and releasing a music video for the single “Copper Man” (see above) so ridiculous, nearly a million people have viewed it on YouTube. Now rolling through the upper left side of the country for what they’re dubbing the Electric Cool Aid Tour, the four-piece lands at the Knitting Factory on Saturday.
Soulful Seattleites Bear Cove share their gospel-tinged music at Jones Radiator Saturday. BBBBandits are opening the free show. It starts at 8:30 pm.
Chris Reiser is reuniting his band from the ’80s tonight at Red Lion Hotel River Inn. The Reunion Show will feature Locati, Rieser and Queen with the Original Loose Endz and the Berfuela Brothers. The show starts at 9 pm.
According to Inlander contributor Leah Sottile, there aren’t a lot of local bands who’ve made music videos — it’s hard enough to get a recording out, right? Spokane’s own RaisedbyWolves raised the bar last year when they released a video for “Great White Shark" (See below). The video is absolutely over the top: chock-full of smoking, beer chugging, drug snorting, tons of boobs and screaming. It’s hilarious, but if it’s too strong for your tastes, you’ll probably want to avoid one of the band’s shows — including the one happening Monday at the Hop! at 6 pm. RaisedbyWolves makes in-your-face thrash, packed with testosterone. If you’re looking to throw back some beers and wake up with one hell of a bangover, meet your new favorite band.
The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory opens this weekend and, judging by the place's Facebook page, there's a dedicated group of people who can't wait for this very Slurpee-esque new addition to downtown. And while the candy-colored aesthetic may not be for everyone, most people can get behind a new business filling a vacant space and giving the people what they want. But will that change if said business makes a rape joke? It seems we might find out.
A menu posted on the Daiquiri Factory's Facebook page this week includes, among a handful of other, mostly locally themed puns, this: "Date Grape Koolaid."
So far, one Facebook commenter has pointed out the questionable nature of the name, but most people just seemed stoked to be hitting the dance floor with a Spokolada/Spurricane River/Berry Red Wagon in hand. Elsewhere, at least one other business, a pub in Tennessee, faced some pushback for using the same pun. Spokane's own Dawn of the Donut changed the name of one of its donuts, originally called the "Fudge Packer," last year after customers complained.
We went searching for some explanation of why this might be considered OK. Urban Dictionary tells us the kids these days might be using "Date Grape" to describe hooking up after getting wine drunk, but remember, this is a daiquiri factory. The drink doesn't have any wine in it. (UPDATE: Urban Dictionary has apparently removed the "Date Grape" definition and protesters are discussing that over on the boycott page.)
Jezebel has this explainer on how to make a rape joke (not like this). Then there's this MADtv sketch:
We reached out to the bar for comment, but haven't heard back. We'll update this post if we do. In the meantime, since it's clear the people behind this venture like puns (even at the expense of decency) we thought we'd give them a few less-rape-themed alternatives. Here's what my pun-loving coworkers came up with: The Grape Northwest, Grape Escape, Grape Minds, Goodness Grapecious Grape Balls of Fire.
Now, that wasn't so hard. What would you add?
UPDATE: The Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory still hasn't responded to our call or email, but they've been addressing the issue on their Facebook page, sort of, and do not seem to be considering changing the name. Here's one response; others are in the comments on the post embedded below:
It's The Name Of A Drink.. Not meant to offend.. for you to overuse your imagination! Just like everything in life.. your either going to like it or don't.. We all can look for something to make a big deal about.. There is a thing called fun.. and a thing called.. reading way off and beyond the lines.. That's where your imagination took you.. We didn't! Failure is not a option.. but easily achieved from people that Think negative.. and are smart enough to show it!
UPDATE 2/1: We've added new information in a post here.
Walking past Wilson Elementary School this morning, I noticed a banner reading "RUSSELL" in large letters placed over where you'd usually see "Woodrow" on the sign above the school's front door.
As kids many, many of them in Seahawks gear, with no shortage of Russell Wilson jerseys in the mix, filed through the doors, I figured somebody had to have caught on to it, and then found this video produced by Spokane Public Schools and released yesterday.
Not only is the school celebrating the Seahawks amazing quarterback, they — prompted by what I'm going to go ahead and guess is the coolest principal on the planet, Tony Ressa — were doing the chant to a Phish song that Seahawk fans have been doing at Century Link Field all season.
Appropriately, some national media outlets have picked up on this.
Yesterday, Spokane Mayor David Condon broke tradition by giving his annual State of the City address to upperclassmen at North Central High School, among others. (S-R)
Sergeant Chet Gilmore with the Spokane Police Department was put on administrative leave Wednesday pending an internal investigation. (KREM)
Coeur d'Alene city police cut off a knife-selling booth Thursday in the parking lot of a convenience store across the street from a Middle School. (CDP)
Yes, the Amanda Knox case is still dragging on. Yesterday an Italian court convicted her and her ex-boyfriend for a second time. (ST)
Glad to not be on a boat this time of year as a stomach bug hits a second cruise ship. (CNN)
Milwaukee violinist’s Stradivarius, worth well over seven figures, was stolen directly from him earlier this week. (NYT)
Get excited! Super Bowl events found around the Inland Northwest. (Inlander)
In Washington State, the young and old alike are proud to support their Seahawks. Check out these awesome 12th grandmas and grandpas at Fairwinds-Spokane Retirement Community below. Notice the Seahawks poster found in this week’s Inlander in the back.
Inlander Restaurant Week menus are up as of this morning — check ’em out here.
Unless you’re personally out on the field, the Super Bowl is primarily an eating and drinking event. If you feel like going out, we’re keeping a list of specials and parties in the Inland Northwest here. If you’re entertaining, we’ve got some appetizer recipes from local chef Laurie Faloon in this week’s issue. If you feel like cooking and going out, Press is hosting its annual chili cookoff on Super Bowl Sunday. (And Rosauers is doing their snack-food sale bonanza today until 8 pm.)
There’s another holiday before the Super Bowl: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on Feb. 1. (Maybe not a widely celebrated holiday, but whose fault is that?) The Scoop serves coffee and waffles along with Brain Freeze ice cream, and posted this delicious photo of their signature Affogato Waffle with Bacon and Salted Caramel.
Later on Saturday, River City Brewing is hosting a Groundhog Day prediction party with David’s Pizza and the last remaining kegs of this year’s Midnight Marmot imperial stout. Come dressed either in summery or wintery garb to register your prediction and enjoy $2 pints.
Oh, we’ve also got the Chinese New Year celebrations — Panda Express is offering a free serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast as part of its Chinese New Year education outreach, and Spokane Community College is hosting a celebration on Saturday.
This week’s Entree has news of Aebleskivers in Coeur d’Alene, which is settling into a permanent space after a successful holiday season.
In downtown Spokane, the Daiquiri Factory is preparing for its opening weekend of drinks and dancing.
Here in Kendall yards, the Yards Bruncheon will open next week. The adjacent Wandering Table restaurant was framed this week and work has continued through the snow.
The former Sidebar and Grill near the courthouse will be reopening soon as Knockaderry, an Irish-style pub.
Central Food, which hasn’t previously had a happy hour, is starting “The Golden Hour” from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Thursday with food and drink deals.
Neato Burrito and the Baby Bar will be closed for lunch Feb. 3-7 while the crew takes a vacation.
After closing in December, Ace’s Casino is planning to open again soon.
Villagio, at the Vintages @ 611 location on the South Hill, is now closed and looking for a new space.
South Main Restaurant & Sports Bar in Colville is now hiring for a planned opening in February or March.
Orlison Brewing is getting its own “Drink No Evil” badge on Untappd, the beer-tracking app, by drinking two of its beers between Feb. 1 and April 1.
Dry Fly gin got a glowing writeup from Simple Cocktails.
If you make coffee at home, let Roast House show you how to do it properly on Saturday morning.
On a final note, Inlander art director Chris Bovey is unveiling a new Inland Northwest-themed landmark poster next Friday — he's previously done places like Mount Spokane, Dick's and the Tradewinds Motel. I got a little peek at the new one, and I can tell you it’s a local restaurant.
Read previous food news here.
We've got a story in this week's issue about a few of the plans being debated in Olympia to overhaul the state's medical marijuana industry. It's a complex issue with passionate activists and legal gray areas around every corner. But it's not the only marijuana talk in the state Legislature this session.
State Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, is proposing the creation of a state-run bank for the recreational marijuana businesses that will soon open under the implementation of Initiative 502. While his bill, SB 5955, doesn't specify the exact structure of the bank, he says he envisions a state-owned operation that's mandatory for any recreational marijuana business and anyone who wants to buy marijuana and that tracks every purchase. Not only would that circumvent federally regulated banks, he argues, but it would allow the state to better ensure that it's not allowing the sale of pot to minors (one of the federal government's stipulations in not intervening with the creational of marijuana markets in Washington and Colorado).
The question of where marijuana businesses store their money has been a major one for both medical and recreational businesses. Because marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law, banks are reluctant to accept what is still, in federal terms, dirty money. (Check out this New York Times story featuring a Seattle medical marijuana dispensary owner who takes bricks of cash in brown paper bags to pay his taxes.)
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice and Treasury Departments would soon release a memo making it easier for banks to do business with marijuana sellers. The memo wouldn't change law, but could signal that cases involving marijuana businesses should be a lower priority for prosecutors.
But Hasegawa says his proposal is the only guaranteed way to protect money made by marijuana businesses from federal seizure. What happens if the feds change their minds? Or if the next administration hires a less marijuana-friendly attorney general?
"I don't think [other legislators] fully appreciate just how dire the situation is," Hasegawa says. "If we don't do anything and the banks aren't able to handle the money — i.e. until Congress changes the law — we're implementing a cash-based marketplace. To me, that is totally irresponsible."
Some argue that just because the state owned the bank it wouldn't be exempt from federal regulations on all the things banks process: checks, debit and credit cards, wire transfers. That means a state bank could be rendered nothing more than a giant safety deposit box.
Meanwhile, a lengthy list of other bills regarding marijuana have also been introduced.
• A bill introduced by Spokane Sen. Michael Baumgartner to commit $20 million of marijuana revenues to cities and $5 million to counties for extra law enforcement officers.
• A proposal blocking marijuana growers from receiving state agricultural tax breaks.