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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zags make cover of Sports Illustrated March Madness issue—see it here

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:17 AM


Okay, so did everyone else, but it's pretty cool to see big Przemek Karnowski among the four players from the NCAA men's tournament's No. 1 seeds displayed so prominently on the cover.

The issue will hit newsstands on Thursday, the same day Gonzaga tips off against South Dakota State in Salt Lake City (the game is at 11 am Pacific, and airing on TBS), and the same day our new Zags-heavy Inlander hits the streets.

Here's a look at Sports Illustrated's full cover:
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pullman artist's "cat power" design raises thousands for national, local nonprofits

Posted By on Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 5:46 PM

After separate campaigns featuring this design to support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, artist Cori Dantini is raising money for a local group. - CORI DANTINI
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  • After separate campaigns featuring this design to support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, artist Cori Dantini is raising money for a local group.

As the weather gets warmer with the arrival (finally!) of spring, opportunities to comfortably wear those pink, cat-ear beanies are going to become fewer for supporters of the Trump-era women's movement.

But thanks to a project by local artist Cori Dantini, feminists of all stripes can spread their message of support in the form of a tasteful T-shirt design by the Pullman artist, who's selling them via the online fundraiser platform Booster to raise money for national and local social-service nonprofits.

Dantini's T-shirt design came from this art she made for a Women's March sign.
  • Dantini's T-shirt design came from this art she made for a Women's March sign.
Dantini launched her first "cat POWER" campaign in late January, selling T-shirts with an original design she first doodled on a sign she carried in that month's Women's March. People loved her stylized drawing of a striped cat wearing a pink "pussy hat" pulled down over its eyes like a ski-mask, and with the word "power" emblazoned across its furry chest.

"People said they would wear it on a T-shirt, and I was like 'OK, I'm going to see what I can sort out,'" Dantini says.

Booster made the process easy for the busy artist, handling the product procurement, printing, shipping and payout to her chosen benefactor,  Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Supporters were able to choose from a variety of shirt colors and styles for men and women. By the campaign's end, more than 360 shirts sold, raising a total of $5,640.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spokane local goes Kicking and Screaming on national TV survival show

Posted on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Terry Fossum will be appearing at viewing parties of the Fox survival show Kicking and Screaming as long as he, you know, survives.
  • Terry Fossum will be appearing at viewing parties of the Fox survival show Kicking and Screaming as long as he, you know, survives.

It’s not common that 52-year-old retirees replace their empty nesting with survival competitions on Fijian tropical islands, but that’s where Terry Fossum found himself in May last year.

The former Scoutmaster for Spokane Valley’s Troop 400 is one of the expert survivalists on Fox’s reality show Kicking and Screaming. Produced by the people behind Wipeout and Fear Factor, the program pairs outdoor specialists with complete novices in a competition for $500,000.

“It was the show’s goal to team us up with our exact opposites, and they did a fine job,” Fossum says. He is partnered with Natalie Casanova, a foul-mouthed, tattooed gamer and YouTube personality. “Of course she’s looking at it from her perspective as, ‘Here’s all these young studly men and women and the old scoutmaster. Great.’”

The show was as hard for the old Scoutmaster as it looks. The contestants were dropped off in the jungle with minimal resources and spent most nights sleeping on the ground. “It was 100% survival,” Fossum said. “We were starving. We had to build shelters. We were doing real survival and the novices with us had never spent a night outdoors. We were set up for failure and it was fantastic.”

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Kinky Boots on bathroom politics: "Just Pee!"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 3:22 PM


Some Spokane attendees have noted how Kinky Boots' message of acceptance and understanding seems to offer arguments against the wave of bathroom wars now being fought in state capitals around the nation. Turns out Kinky Boots thinks so, too, and Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein cooked up this little ditty last summer with the Broadway cast members to drive home their point:

Kinky Boots continues its run at the INB Performing Arts Center through Saturday.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What We've Been... Playing

Anti-social-ish party games, word puzzles, bug battles and a long-awaited follow up

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:43 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's semi-regular rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, shows we've been watching, music/podcasts we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're telling you about the coolest, nerdiest games we've been wearing down our thumbs playing.

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SPELLTOWER
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Every so often, I go on a hyper-focused game binge on my phone, playing the same app during every spare minute until I get completely sick of it and swear off phone games, for at least a few more weeks. When I do play, I gravitate toward games that are simple enough I can almost meditatively play them while watching TV or before I fall asleep.

Recently I came back to a solid standby that’s been on my phone for a few years: SpellTower. In a nutshell, you connect letters from a seemingly random jumble to create words. The longer and more complex the word, the more points you get. The game has a few modes — you might be trying to prevent your stacks of letters from reaching the top of the screen, or you might just be trying to get the most points from a single dwindling stack.

You’re reminded at the end of each round what your all-time best word was (for me, the elusive 880-point “quarantines”) and see how your best word this round compares. I play to beat my best scores, but you can also play someone you know in multiplayer mode. It’s simple, engaging and just right for this word nerd. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What We've Been... Listening To

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's semi-regular rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, shows we've been watching, music/podcasts we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're telling you about the tunes and 'casts you should be checking out right now:

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Mike Watt, “ring spiel” tour 95
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I’ve been listening to Mike Watt’s new live album, “ring spiel” tour 95, a document of the punk legend’s first solo tour after years leading The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Ostensibly, the tour was to promote Watt’s then-new album Ball-hog or Tugboat?, but the fact that his backing band was made up of folks like Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder brought a bunch of fans out of the woodwork for shows headlined by the burly, politically-minded bass player. When you listen to this live set of 16 songs culled from Watt’s various bands, you might not notice the influence of his more-famous backing players (except for when Vedder steps to the mic for “Against The '70s"), but you’ll certainly get a lesson in aggressive punk delivered with masterful musicianship and just the right amount of teetering-on-the-edge-of-sloppy performances driven by an enthusiastic crowd and an even more enthusiastic Watt. The guy is still at it 22 years later, and it’s a joy to time-travel back to when Watt was just getting his solo sea legs. (DAN NAILEN)

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Daniel Tosh bringing his "Tosh.Show on Campus" tour to Spokane

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Daniel Tosh performs in Spokane May 4.
  • Daniel Tosh performs in Spokane May 4.

Love him or loathe him — those seem to be the two default possibilities when it comes to the occasionally dark, often juvenile comedy of Daniel Tosh.

A lot of people fall in the "love" camp, obviously, given the long-running success of his Comedy Central clip show Tosh.o, and the fact that his standup tour is playing in the Spokane Arena when it comes through Spokane.

Tosh's show is Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 pm in the arena's Star Theater configuration. Tickets are $25 for students, and $45, $55 and $75 for the general public. They go on sale Friday at 10 am.

He'll be joined by writers and comedians who work on his show for this tour. Given the slate of schools Tosh is visiting on the tour, maybe this is further indication of Gonzaga basketball putting the school in the big-time.

Here's a little taste of Tosh's standup:

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Local tabletop game makers find fast success for crowd-funded project Dice Throne

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 4:50 PM

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When Manny Trembley and Nate Chatellier showed up to the first day of the PAX South gaming convention in Houston last month, the Kickstarter project they set up to fund their game Dice Throne had already reached its modest goal of $15,000.

This happened in less than 48 hours.

Today, with 13 days left in the campaign, Dice Throne has received nearly $69,000 in pledges from more than 1,300 backers.

The Spokane-based game creators were at PAX (a regional version of the all-encompassing gaming convention started in Seattle by the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic) because Dice Throne was chosen as one of eight featured games for the convention's Tabletop Indie Showcase. There, Trembley and Chatellier spent three days, Jan. 27-29, demoing their game to attendees.
Trembley, left, and Chatellier, demoed Dice Throne at PAX South last month. - DICE THRONE
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  • Trembley, left, and Chatellier, demoed Dice Throne at PAX South last month.

Dice Throne is a two- to four-player combat game using unique dice and cards that then interact with a player's chosen hero character; each hero has its own dice and cards that aid it in combat and defense. Fast-paced and quick to learn, the game's basic dice-rolling mechanics are comparable to Yahtzee, but it draws influence and inspiration from other familiar tabletop games, like Magic: the Gathering (the game's turn phases are very similar).

Each hero offers a different style of play, and their fantasy archetypes — the game's four core characters include the Barbarian (a tank-y combat fighter), the Pyromancer (spells and fast direct damage), the Shadow Thief (a poison-flinging rogue), and the Moon Elf (ranged, with damage deflection skills) — will be familiar to anyone who dabbles in such realms.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What We've Been... Reading

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:38 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's biweekly rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, series we've been watching, music/podcast we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're nerding out about the great blogs, books and journalistic works we've come across lately.

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BE MORE WITH LESS
Capsule wardrobe bloggers can show you how freeing decluttering your closet can be.
  • Capsule wardrobe bloggers can show you how freeing decluttering your closet can be.
Every two weeks, I get obsessed with something different. Scroll through my Internet history and you’ll find the everyday Google searches then stumble upon 65 entries over three days wondering, “How to breathe properly” or “Best way to sleep.” Well, lately, it’s all about a capsule wardrobe: a compact, versatile collection of 30 items or fewer, typically to save money, closet space and reduce time spent looking through the contents of your closet, 90 percent of which you have no intention of wearing ever again. There are blogs upon blogs offering advice on how to streamline your wardrobe — that is, the “magic number” of items per season, 3, 5, 10, 20 basics you “must have” in your capsule, or “buy our $5/mo app or you’ll fail,” etc.

Be More with Less has been my go-to blog. It has a veritable ton of methods to declutter everything, positive posts on how to de-stress in general, and the ever-present reminder from blogger Courtney Carver that she is there to help, but no one knows what will work for you better than yourself. I have found I care less about the magic number of clothes, and more that nowadays I can actually remember every piece of clothing I own, so that’s a step for me.

If you’re ready (and it may hurt a little), also check out Tokyo-based organizing consultant Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a best-selling decluttering and organizing guide that took the world by storm in 2014. (RAVEN HAYNES)

SI DOES TRUE CRIME
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Sports Illustrated is best known (duh) for its photography, but the weekly mag has had its share of excellent writers and ripping good yarns during its decades of existence. And while the magazine is constantly trying new things to stay relevant in the modern media environment — hello fitness columns and ever-increasing dose of “charticles” — the Jan. 9 issue presented a new-ish feature called "SI True Crime" that really is just another name for what the magazine does best — combining some compelling storytelling with stellar photography and some interactive features online.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What We've Been... Drinking

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 3:06 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's biweekly rundown of cool things we've been watching, reading, listening to, drinking, eating, looking forward to, etc. Before you get any further, we should point out that "drinking," as you'll discover, does not strictly include beverages of the alcoholic nature, despite what stereotypical notions about journalists you may have. Enjoy!

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LA CROIX
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In between bites of breakfast (typically a hardboiled egg and a piece of fruit), I guzzle about four cups of coffee, black and piping hot. I don’t function without it, but that’s not interesting or unique, especially in this line of work. Perhaps my newfound fascination with La Croix, the hoity toity, fizzy drink popular with suburban moms and Paleo dieters, is not unusual for journalists, either, but it is what I’m drinking right now. Seriously, like right this very second, I’m sipping from a can of apricot-flavored sparkling water. Why do I like sparkling water? 'Cause I want flavor, but no sugar. And that little bite you get from the carbonation is just enough of a fix for this former two-a-day Coke drinker.

Apparently, I’m not alone. Seltzer water sales, and La Croix specifically, have been on the rise since the early 2000s, according to the International Bottled Water Association. The gallons of domestically produced sparkling water increased by 58 percent between 2010 and 2014. Also, there are even T-shirts for the uber La Croix obsessed. The only downside is that La Croix can be a bit more expensive than other seltzer waters. Around here, Target is the most reasonably priced. Otherwise, Safeway’s Refreshe line does just fine. (MITCH RYALS)

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