Thursday, February 26, 2015

A bevy of Bach, Idaho history chat and fine folk-rock at The Bartlett

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:01 AM

Rolling into a big weekend, it's always smart to check out our event listings and Staff Picks. And if you don't have time, we can help. 

Here are some highlights for Thursday, Feb. 26: 

MUSIC EVENTS & CONCERTS | The Northwest Bach Festival is off and running, with pre-planned concerts and special "Flash-Bach" pop-up concerts bringing some classical sounds to unusual places. Here's a tip — today's Flash Bach concert is at noon at Sacred Heart Medical Center in the Mother Joseph Room. And you can see photos from and read about yesterday's impromptu show at River Park Square right here. And read a little more about the Northwest Bach Fest right here

WORDS | Tonight marks the launch of a cool series of talks in Coeur d'Alene about the history of the area that would eventually make up the state of Idaho. Idaho 125: Wilderness to Statehood will feature 10 discussions starting this evening at 7 pm with a focus on "Native Cultures."

LIVE BANDS | The Bartlett hosts some fine folk-rock from Trapper Schoepp and Tyler Aker tonight. Here's a bit of Schoepp's sound: 
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MB: It’s the Kettle Falls Three now, net neutrality vote and pot made legal in D.C.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 9:13 AM


Federal authorities have fined a Hauser corn maze $14,000 following the death of a Spokane Valley teenager killed while working last Halloween. (KREM)

It doesn’t have the same ring but the Kettle Falls Five have been trimmed to three after a last minute plea deal. (Spokesman-Review) Read our cover story on the defendants here.

Councilman Mike Allen will not seek reelection this fall. (Inlander)

The FCC’s vote today on net neutrality could change the Internet forever. Read a full breakdown of what that means exactly, here. (Washington Post)

Just like the other Washington, recreational use of pot is no longer illegal in Washington, D.C. (Reuters)

Sweet! Gonzaga men’s basketball nabbed the cover of this week’s (regional) issue of Sports Illustrated. (Sports Illustrated)

It's no longer a crime to commit adultery in South Korea. (BBC News) 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Allen not running for city council re-election

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Councilman Mike Allen tells the Inlander that he will not seek reelection this fall.

Allen, often considered part of city council’s conservative minority, says that when he ran in 2011 he hoped to create an Office of the Police Ombudsman, find a permanent street-funding mechanism, restore Riverfront Park and other goals. He says that with those goals accomplished, he sees no reason to run.

Allen, who has a business background, considers himself more of a moderate than a conservative. 

“I’m always for balance,” he says.

Running for his seat is Lori Kinnear, legislative assistant for Councilwoman Amber Waldref, and downtown business owner John Waite. Both have left-leaning politics and if either of them prevail the council could have a 6-1 liberal majority.

Former Republican state Rep. John Ahern is also strongly considering running.

“I’m very dissatisfied with the city council,” he says. “It’s so left-leaning, I can’t believe it.”

If elected, Ahern says he would prioritize reversing an ordinance that prevent city workers from inquiring into people’s immigration status, which he says invites criminals and terrorist groups to Spokane. He also wants the city to put a moratorium on the growing, processing and selling of marijuana.

“What that council needs more than anything is adult supervision,” he says.

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Having flash-Bachs: Zuill Bailey thrills unsuspecting fans in River Park Square

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

"He's world class," beamed onlooker Seiko Miki after Zuill Bailey's Flash-Bach performance in River Park Square. "Though I prefer the more grand scale venues, it's so great that he's bringing this talent to the public like this. It's incredible what he is doing here in little old Spokane." 

The afterglow was undeniable. Though the urban setting of a mall atrium seemed a stark contrast to elegant concert halls, Bailey seemed quite at home simply to be in the presence of listeners. From the front door to the escalators, Bailey's music stopped people in their tracks. Closed eyes and soft smiles covered the faces of listeners young and old as the atrium filled with the soothing sounds of Bailey's museum-worthy cello that seemed to be an extension of himself. As the crowd began to disperse after today's free performance, it was as if they time had stood still for those serene 30 minutes.

Bailey is the suave artistic director for the Northwest Bach festival and is back with even more concerts than last year. Take a look at Laura Johnson's article on this year's Northwest Bach Festival here

Here are a few snapshots from today's concert.
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Cellist Zuill Baile - y - COURTNEY BREWER
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Out for Inlander Restaurant Week 2015: Wild Sage with Frank Straub

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 2:11 PM


Frank Straub is the chief of the Spokane Police Department. A native New Yorker, and a bit of a foodie, he’s been making the restaurant rounds in Spokane since he arrived in 2012. He dined at Wild Sage during Inlander Restaurant Week and shared his thoughts. 

Straub writes: 

This past Saturday, my wife Amber and I went to Wild Sage for dinner with our friends as part of Inlander Restaurant Week. It was, to say the least, an outstanding dining experience.

We each chose from the prix fixe menu and began with a flight of red wine. Among the four of us, one chose the steelhead and clam chowder, one the wild sage salad, and two of us selected the crisp bacon and blue salad. We were all very happy with our selections. They were very well presented, sized appropriately and delicious.

For the main course, two of us selected the steelhead; the other two chose the Korean-style pork shank. I am particularly fond of pork shank and found Wild Sage’s to be exceptional. The steelhead was also well prepared and served on the plank it was cooked on. The waiter, who was excellent, made a point, in a humorous way, of telling us the plank, although it looked inviting, probably would not taste very good. We sampled all three of the desserts — coconut cream cake, vanilla crème brulee and chocolate pot de crème. The coconut cream cake with its lillikoi (Hawaiian passion fruit) sauce was incredible.

I’ve had the opportunity since I was young to experience a wide variety of foods at home and in restaurants in New York and other large cities. As an adult, I have had the good fortune to travel throughout the world, particularly during my time with the U.S. State Department. Despite having a one-year-old, Amber and I have had the opportunity to eat at many of Spokane’s restaurants; we thoroughly enjoyed Wild Sage and would put it at the top end of the list.

Restaurant Week is a great idea. It’s an opportunity to show off our great and growing selection of restaurants, as well as to encourage folks to enjoy good company and outstanding meals. Wild Sage will be just one of the restaurants Amber, Ava and I visit this week.

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WW: Weed bills that made the cut and marijuana news elsewhere

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Welcome back to Weed Wednesday, your weekly dose of pot news. Wondering what this is about? Click. Looking for our previous marijuana coverage? Click. Got a question or tip? Email me at [email protected]

Last week was the cutoff for any new policy bills in the Washington State Legislature. Any bills that didn’t make it out of committee by Feb. 20 are likely dead for the session. Although many bills were introduced, only a handful will become law. Here are the marijuana bills that made the first cut and might just be signed into law.

HB 2000 authorizes the governor to enter into agreements with federally recognized tribes concerning marijuana.

BB 5002 requires drivers to stow away their marijuana while driving

SSB 5051 allows people in the marijuana business to transfer product between one another.

SB 5121 allows people to grow marijuana for research purposes.

SB 5130 prohibits marijuana businesses from being in the proximity of many places children congregate, including arcades (do those still exist?)

SB 5379 adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

SB 5398 prohibits eating pot food in public.

SB 5401 allows the Liquor Control Board to accept grants and donations to help with weed-related educational efforts.

SB 5402 imposes penalties on adults who help kids acquire pot.

SB 5467 Changes how recreational marijuana is taxed.

SB 5052 overhauls the state’s pot laws putting the largely unregulated medical marijuana market in harmony with the tightly regulated market.

SB 5519 is another bill with the same goal. It’s sponsored by a Democratic state senator and, while it isn’t getting as much traction as the other bill, the two are starting to look a lot alike.

SB 5493 exempts cannabis beauty and health products from the same regulations placed on recreational pot.

SB 5673 would make synthetic cannabinoids, a substance that mimic pot’s effects, illegal.

Here’s the news elsewhere:

Researchers at Yale think they have figured out why weed gives you the munchies.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is also the front-runner in the race for U.S. Senate in her state, is pretty much cool with marijuana legalization.

Two bills have been introduced in Congress that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Marijuana is a pretty low-risk recreational drug compared to pretty much everything else, according to a recent study.

Ohio’s attorney general is harshing on efforts to legalize pot in the state.

Get ready for kosher pot food.

Get ready for legal pot in Washington D.C. (sort of).

Get ready for legal pot in Alaska.
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Old-timey tunes, classy jazz and broken mics

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Humpday arrives with a bevy of awesome options for you waiting in our event listings and Staff Picks, so hop to it! 

No time? No prob. Here are some highlights we found for Wednesday, Feb. 25: 

LIVE BANDS | If you're an amateur musicologist like me, you've heard about folklorist Alan Lomax and his incredible recordings of folks songs in the fields of the American South. Banjo ace Jayme Stone was so inspired by Lomax's work that he's put together Jayme Stone's Lomax Project to pay tribute to some of the amazing music Lomax found. Tonight, you can hear it at the Bing. Here's a bit of what you'll get: 

Goodbye, Old Paint // Jayme Stone's Lomax Project from Blayne Chastain on Vimeo.

MUSIC EVENTS & CONCERTS | If you're the sort of person who only makes your way to the Palouse for special occasions, today is one of those occasions as the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival kicks off. They have a pretty stellar lineup this year, as per usual, including the Grammy winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album in Dianne Reeves. I don't know jack about jazz, but I've seen Reeves and she's a remarkable performer and singer. And she's just one sliver of what's in store. 

WORDS | Ever had the desire to test your verbal acuity in front of a room full of kind-hearted, perhaps tipsy new friends? Broken Mic at Neato Burrito is your chance, and it's happening tonight. 

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MB: Keystone Pipeline vetoed and Parks and Rec over

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:17 AM


The newly expanded Spokane Convention Center re-opened its doors last night. (Spokesman-Review)

Local businesses Chaps and Lucky Detour were vandalized, leaving the owner of both to wonder if the burglaries are connected. (KHQ)

It’s home fire season. (KREM) (CdA Press)

Last night we said goodbye to NBC’s Parks and Recreation and it was sad. (A.V. Club)

Obama vetoes the Keystone XL pipeline, which no one is surprised about. (USA Today)

More than 100 Iraqi men, including nine boys, have been kidnapped by ISIS. (Al Jazeera)

The troubled ex-Marine accused of killing Chris “American Sniper” Kyle was sentenced to life in prison. (LA Times)
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More fave photos from readers and eaters enjoying #INRestWeek 2015

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Inlander Restaurant Week is at the halfway point today, and you still have five days to get to one of the 97 area restaurants involved in 2015.

If you need some information on Inlander Restaurant Week, hit our complete guide online, our coverage in the new issue of the Inlander, and our handy how-to for first-timers. And be sure to help your fellow diners out by letting us know what you think of what you're eating. Hashtag your posts #INRestWeek on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot us some photos directly @TheInlander and @InlanderRW.

Here are some photos and Tweets from happy eaters from last night and the weekend. Stay tuned for more shots through the week: 







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TUESDAY TASTE: Screaming Females, Oscar winners among week's new releases

Posted By and on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Welcome to our weekly look at the new DVDs and album releases, in which we try to steer you toward the awesome and away from the awful. Let's do it. 

There's a lot to love for classic-rock and hard-rock fans this week. First and foremost is the reissue of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, a stone-cold classic brought to new life under the knife of Jimmy Page. Also arriving this week are new sets from Kid Rock, a live album from Rob Zombie, and some Southern swamp-blues from JJ Grey.

Here, though, are some new releases that rise to the top of the pile:  

Screaming Females are a New Jersey-based punk trio who have been around for about a decade, but still seem like fresh faces on the scene. Their new album, Rose Mountain, is their fourth, and marks another leap forward into more melodic songwriting. Here's a taste: 
Torche is metal with plenty of hooks, including some killer vocal harmonizing few of their peers would dare to try. Their new release, Restarter, is their fourth full-length, and its easily as aggressive and heavy as their previous releases: 

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