Monday, January 26, 2015

Calling all 12s! Fresh Brewed Tees rolls through Spokane tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM

This Fresh Brewed Tees apparel truck rolls through Spokane as part of its #TwelveTour to the Super Bowl.
  • This Fresh Brewed Tees apparel truck rolls through Spokane as part of its #TwelveTour to the Super Bowl.

You could head over to the Grocery Outlet parking lot on West Third for some knockoff Seahawks Super Bowl swag, OR you could meet up with the Fresh Brewed Tees Seattle truck this evening. The producer of super soft and sassy (licensed) sports-themed T-shirts is stopping in Spokane from 5 to 7 pm at the Swinging Doors in its blue and green apparel truck — the whole idea being to rally the 12th Mans together before heading to Super Bowl XLIX.

“Anytime the 12s are gathered, it’s going to be a party,” says Fresh Brewed Tees partner Jamie Munson, who runs the Seattle branch.

Boutique trucks aren’t a new thing, as reported on earlier this year, but one 

that’s road-tripping through the country en route to the Super Bowl is certainly different. The six-city tour kicked off in Seattle this morning and continues through Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas before arriving in Phoenix on Friday just in time to gear up for the big game — where the Seahawks are set to deflate the Patriots’ huge-ass egos and repeat sweet victory.

Originally from Cleveland, a city that’s had its unfair share of sports heartbreak (although Mariners fans may beg to differ), Fresh Brewed Tees started a Seattle branch after owner Tony Madalone experienced last year’s NFC Championships, when the Hawks beat the 49ers.

“Tony was blown away by the city of Seattle and its fans,” explains Munson, while stopped at a Jack in the Box to eat before taking on Snoqualmie Pass in the company van. “He decided he wanted to expand the company to the Seattle market too.”

A recent (slightly trippy) Fresh Brewed Tee design.
  • A recent (slightly trippy) Fresh Brewed Tee design.
Finding Munson, a Seattle native, on Twitter, the Madalone's company has successfully expanded. This week, the Fresh Brewed Tees caravan includes Munson and Madalone as well as five other people and one other vehicle. They don’t have Super Bowl tickets yet, but are still open to going if anyone is offering.

Tonight, expect various drawings, $100 worth of giveaways and no Patriots gear. While there won’t be any tees not already offered online, there will be shirts autographed by Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. 

And if the Cleveland Browns ever met the Seahawks in the Super Bowl? 

"We'd root for our respective teams," Munson says with a laugh. "Our company would be able to handle it." 
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MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: Eagles go crazy, Zags dominate and DEFLATEGATE!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Let's face it, the week between the end of the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl is always brutally dull, as the withdrawal for football fans gets its start before we even get to enjoy that last game. Sure, there was that utterly meaningless and impossible-to watch-Pro Bowl Sunday night, but for the most part, it's better to focus on hoops. That's what we did here at Monday Morning Placekicker, our weekly crash course to get you up to speed on the weekend's sports happening. 

The MMPK team dropped by Cheney on Saturday to witness the Eastern Washington Eagles take on North Dakota. It was my first trip to Reese Court, and I can't lie — I was mostly there just to see the nation's leading scorer, Tyler Harvey, do his thing. Read all about Harvey's journey to ass-kicking point machine in our current issue. 
EWU's Drew Brandon. - EWU ATHLETICS
  • EWU Athletics
  • EWU's Drew Brandon.

Harvey got his, dropping 26 points, but they were a pretty quiet 26. The team, though, was loud as hell in overcoming a 41-35 halftime deficit by dropping bombs from all over the damn gym in the second half, to the tune of 67 points. 67 points! In a half! NBA teams don't even do that anymore, and their halves are 20 percent longer than college ball! The final score was 102-80, and fans should really get a free chalupa at Taco Bell or something when a college team goes over 100. 

The team shot 74 percent in the second half, which is utterly insane, and were led by a freshman named Bogdan Bliznyuk, who had a career-high 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting—and he missed about five lay-ups and short shots in the first half. He was 6-for-7 from the line, had 7 boards, and basically made us all forget that Eastern was missing Venky Jois, arguably their second-best player. 

Three Big Sky teams are packed at the top of the standings with one loss: EWU, Sacramento St. and Montana. Eastern's next game is Saturday against Idaho. 

Gonzaga ripped through its two home games last week, first pummeling St. Mary's in a matchup of the conference's two top teams on Thursday. Then on Saturday, they took down Pacific in short order, rolling out to an 18-point halftime lead before ultimately winning by 31, 91-60. It was a thoroughly dominating, and pretty boring to watch other than the fact Kevin Pangos tied the GU record for lifetime three-pointers, and had a couple of shots to break it before getting pulled from the game. He'll get to break the record at home when the Zags play Portland on Thursday night. 

The Gonzaga women's team also kept their roll going strong, seeing their own win streak reach 10 with a win at Pacific on Saturday. 

Earlier this month, we were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected success of the WSU men's team, ripping off three wins in a row against Cal, Washington and Oregon. Um, never mind. After Saturday's loss at Colorado, the Cougars have now lost three straight — none of them by less than 15 points. Hoo boy. The team is now in 9th place in the Pac 12. 

This stupid "scandal" involving the Patriots footballs is nothing more than proof that we need to get rid of the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. But at least it inspired this: 

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Versatile flavors, Jekyll & Hyde, and a legendary ska crew in town tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Why don't we consider this week one long pre-party for the Seahawks Super Bowl appearance on Sunday—deal? Great! We have a lot of options for you to consider for the festivities in our event listings and Staff Picks. 

Here are a few highlights I found for Monday, Jan. 26: 

FOOD & DRINK | Santé is hosting an "Eat What You Drink" Cocktail Dinner Monday night, and it sounds awesome. It's a seven-course dinner showcasing flavors and ingredients that show up in the food and cocktail included for each course. OOLA micro-distillery from Seattle is on hand to provide the booze and chat about their goods. Reservations required, so give a jingle quick-like. 

THEATER | Turning the famous story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — two sides of the same man — into a musical might not seem like a natural, but the touring Broadway version of Jekyll & Hyde stopping at the INB Performing Arts Center shows how the drama and deadly actions of the doctor translate well to emotional songs. 

LIVE MUSIC | The Toasters haven’t released a ton of new music of late. Doesn’t matter. These guys are one of the longest-running American ska bands, going all the way back to the early ’80s in New York City, and fans can still hear the classic 2-Tone ska sound whenever they play. Bands like No Doubt and Mighty Mighty Bosstones owe them a huge debt. The Toasters play The Hop! Monday night, along with The Camorra, the Ragtag Romantics and Collateral Damage. 

Here's a taste of The Toasters, via lo-fi video: 

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MB: Lunches, drones, and the aftermath of a dead king

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM


A few weeks after firing Planning Director Scott Chesney, in part for employee lunches, Business and Developer Services Division head Jan Quintrall bought a staff members a $400 city lunch with city money at the Spokane Club. (SR)

The University of Idaho is struggling to convince students to attend the University of Idaho. (SR)
Several cities in Idaho have already  "added the words." Now the state debates following suit. (Idaho Statesman)


Get ready for a lot of East Coast tweets: A massive blizzard is hitting New York. (NYT)

The White House has used drones on a lot of people — and now someone has returned the favor. (Washington Post)

The Saudi King is dead. What happens next? (The Atlantic)

A journey through the astounding, varied career of Philip Seymour Hoffman. (The Dissolve) 
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Friday, January 23, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Haunted Summer, Powerman 5000, and the Holy Broke

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Once again, it’s Friday. Get your buns out into the freezing night air and hit up a show or two.

Los Angeles’ Haunted Summer has successfully capitalized on the current popularity of dream pop but still has something new to offer to the genre. Husband-and-wife duo Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons are the group’s mainstays, but they have smartly added other musicians to the mix, taking their music to a bolder, higher level. The use of clarinet especially enhances and grounds their sound as Moody's augmented vocals and Seasons’ languid guitar licks add ethereal layers. They bring this music to the Big Dipper tonight for a show that includes local electronic openers Sea Giant and Crystalline. The all-ages show is $10 and starts at 8 pm.

Meanwhile, at the Checkerboard Bar, another husband/wife duo will also take to the stage. This is local folk act Feral Anthem’s first show since releasing their debut album Ballast & Bone. Take a listen to the sailor anthem and lead-off single “Ballast Song” here. Former Inlander staffer Jacob Jones opens the show, which starts at 9 pm and is free. Read our preview story on the band here.

Local artist Nicole Lewis' distinct pop-country vibe has sent her in the direction of Nashville, where she recorded demos last year. Now she plays tonight at Chateau Rive as part of the venue’s winter concert series. The show begins at 8 pm.

The Palomino continues to prove it’s more than just a country music venue with Saturday’s local rock concert, which features Nixon Rodeo (who are releasing a brand new single at the event), Free the Jester, Elephant Gun Riot and the Broken Thumbs.The all-ages show begins at 7 pm and is free for those who already have a ticket (get those from the band or venue prior to the event). 

The Holy Broke is indie singer-songwriter Kent Ueland’s full-time gig right now. He has a fascinating new album, Do It Yourself, about wrestling with depression and heartbreak, which he’s releasing at the Bartlett Saturday tonight. Openers include Planes on Paper and Matt Arthur. The all-ages show is $12 and starts at 8 pm. Read our recent feature on Ueland here.

When you’re Rob Zombie’s little brother, you have to find your own way in the metal world. And that’s what Michael Cummings (aka Spider One) has tried to do with Powerman 5000. His band creates industrial, sci-fi-influenced metal featuring lyrics about things like mythical creatures and robot violence. Founded in 1991 in Boston, the five-piece finally made the Top 40 twice with their hits "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real” in the late ’90s. Through many member departures and multiple studio albums, Cummings is the lone original member. The band’s newest disc Builder of the Future proves they’re as loud and crazy as ever. Kind of hard to believe they'll be hitting up such an intimate venue, the Big Dipper, Sunday at 7 pm. Cost for the all-ages show is $25 at the door. 

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CAT FRIDAY: Purringtons, the first Northwest cat cafe, opens this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:53 PM

One of the cafe's first ever residents, Begonia, stretches in front of an amazing space cat mural. - PURRINGTONS FACEBOOK
  • Purringtons Facebook
  • One of the cafe's first ever residents, Begonia, stretches in front of an amazing space cat mural.

While it's a bit far away for us Inland Northwest cat lovers to visit as often as we'd like, the nearest cat cafe to the Spokane area is opening tomorrow, Jan. 24. This weekend, Purringtons Cat Lounge in Portland becomes the first such business in the Rose City, and in all of the Pacific Northwest.

Following in the steps of its forerunners — Oakland's Cat Town Cafe and the recently-debuted Meow Parlour in New York City — Purringtons is "staffed" with adoptable cats. Through a partnership with the nearby Cat Adoption Team, the cafe serves as a satellite adoption center, bringing in new cats when those on site have been adopted. To prevent impulsive decisions, all cat adoptions must be done by appointment and never on the same day an adopter becomes smitten with a kitten.

As a cafe, Purringtons serves small food plates, pastries, coffee, tea, beer and wine from an adjacent and separately accessed space to the cat lounge. On the weekend, guests can also enjoy "Meowmosas" as they pet a soft, soft kitty.

The American cat cafe trend has been steadily building since last year when the first in the U.S., Cat Town, opened in October. It's looking like the next Northwest cat cafe may be Seattle Meowtropolitan. The latest update from its owners predicts a mid-2015 opening, though they're still searching for an appropriate location in the city.

Meanwhile, you can book reservations to visit Purringtons starting this Sunday, Jan. 25. To ensure masses of hysterical cat lovers aren't overwhelming its feline residents, the cat cafe business model seems to have adopted the unwritten rule of reservations-based visits.   

For tomorrow's grand opening, the cafe's website explains that it won't accept reservations, instead allowing guests in for half-hour sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who happen to be in Portland, expect to see a line of really excited cat lovers stretching down MLK Blvd. 

For fellow cat lovers not able to visit Purringtons in the near future, here's a sneak peak from Willamette Week:

A Look Inside Purringtons, Portland's First Cat Cafe (VIDEO) from wweek.vimeo on Vimeo.

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"It just wasn't fair." A revealing letter from inside Eastern State Hospital

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Sandra Carr with a photo of her son, Mark Overland, who committed suicide in August. - SARAH WURTZ
  • Sarah Wurtz
  • Sandra Carr with a photo of her son, Mark Overland, who committed suicide in August.

Last week, we ran a story about Mark Overland, a former patient at Eastern State Hospital who was adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) in the fall of 2000. He lived at Eastern for 14 years, writing dozens of letters about his dreams of moving back to Spokane and becoming a video-game designer. In July, he was given the opportunity to move into a Spokane group home. Less than a month later, Overland — to the shock of his family and friends — committed suicide. 

We initially heard about Overland's story in October, after receiving a letter from an Eastern NGRI patient named Patrick Clark. Clark, 64, was admitted to Eastern in 1978 for assault. In his letter, he describes the stigma against NGRI patients, their feelings of hopelessness, and the systematic barriers to their recovery. (We've written extensively about the conditions at state psychiatric hospitals — and the civil rights lawsuit inspired by our coverage.)

"It just wasn't fair," Clark writes of Overland's death. "And those of us who reside and languish here in the Forensic Services Unit of Eastern State Hospital know only too well the ultimate consequences of ignorance and stigma all directed at us from a community that would rather see us locked up for life never to be part of yours because you feel we are only worthy of your derision and fear."

"I've been here 36 years," he continues, "and never have I witnessed such a hopeless set of circumstances all poised to actually impede the level of true recovery. Our great friend who took his life speaks volumes for the current bankrupt condition of the mental health system in the state."

Today, Clark gave us permission to publish his letter. Read it in full below:


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Live comedy abounds, plus aspiring Olympians get in the ring

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:04 AM

Welcome to the weekend, people! No Seahawks Super Bowl game til next week, but we have a bevy of great stuff in our neck of the woods. You can see for yourself in our event listings and Staff Picks

As I peruse the listings, I found a few highlights for Friday, Jan. 23: 

COMEDY | The Bartlett is hosting its first comedy concert, and they got one of the best comics in the country headlining in W. Kamau Bell. Read our quick primer to his politically charged style right here

COMEDY | I'm sensing a theme here. Across town from the Bell show, Legit creator and star Jim Jefferies brings his standup show to The Bing. Here's a taste of Jefferies doing his thing with Conan, because that's what's safest: 
SPORTS | U.S.A.! U.S.A.! You can head to the semi-finals of the USA Boxing National Championships Friday (finals are on Saturday) and everyone you root for is a red-blooded American! Cheering has never been so easy, just root for all of them. I'll be yelling in particular for Tiara Brown, the defending featherweight champ on the women's side who patiently answered by Rocky-inspired questions on a visit to our office. 

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MB: Spokane's competing med schools, Screech denies stabbing and a king dies

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:19 AM


Officials from both Washington State University and the University of Washington told lawmakers in Olympia that they want to get along. However, they still seem to have competing visions for a new medical school in Spokane. (S-R)

Spokane’s drug task force is running out of money. (KREM)

According to state wildlife officials, Idaho has 1,000 wolves and 22 breeding pairs. (KREM)


The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would cut off federal funding for abortions. (REUTERS)

The guy who played Screech on Saved by the Bell says he didn’t stab someone during a Christmas bar fight in Wisconsin. (CSM)

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died. (GUARDIAN)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Inlander's new booze series: Distilled

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM

  • Jessie Spaccia
The point of "Distilled" — the booze-related series of articles we launched on Jan. 1 — isn't simply about drinking. That's just the backdrop. The broader goal is to tell regular people's stories in simple, little moments, with insight and whimsy that often chase a raised glass. It's not about celebrating alcohol, exactly, because not every drink is downed joyfully.

So far, we've told the story of a family of tailgaters united on Saturdays. Then there was the scene at DUI court after New Year's Eve. And the painter creating art, song by song, for a live audience.

This week, Samuel Ligon — the novelist and professor behind the literary event Pie & Whiskey — writes about today's booze trends and the commodification of cool.

Much more is yet to come... If you have an idea for Distilled — about a person, place, thing or drunken rant — please tell us. Cheers!

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