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Thursday, March 5, 2015

All the fake news about Gonzaga that's fit to print

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 2:50 PM

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There's a strong tradition of making fun of life on college campuses — the little in-jokes and jabs at the micro cultures that develop at places of higher learning (and higher partying) — and you probably remember that from your college paper or some independent 'zine that circulated mysteriously to the chagrin of that lousy, fun-hating, crotchety old dean.

A couple guys at Gonzaga have honored this custom by launching The Logan at the beginning of the semester. The site, which they've dubbed "Gonzaga's #1 News Source" with the slug line "Getting Gonzaga's news to you before it even happens," has the typical "had-to-be-on-campus" jokes, but is hilariously acceptable to society at large, like a recent story about the doorman at a party who really, genuinely wants to make sure everyone has a good time.

The two editors and main contributors told us their names were Vincenzo Bellucci and Andre Eskamilio. These are obviously fake names and the scribes admitted as much, but hope to retain their anonymity as to keep the targets of their satire on their toes. Yeah, we're professional journalists who could find the size of your grandma's underwear if you gave us 15 minutes and a six pack, but we'll let this one slide.

Their inspiration is, obviously, The Onion, and you can see its influence at work in The Logan, where stories are punched up with the straight-forward approach of daily hard news stories. Where The Logan hits its stride for the off-campus audience is in its coverage of Gonzaga basketball. "Przemek Karnowski To Give Up 2-Point Shots For Lent" read one headline, while another gave hardcore fans a chance to remember that there's a guy named Rem Bakamus with a story about Bakamus doubting that coach Mark Few remembered he was on the team.

It's mostly goofball knocks at the absurdity of certain aspects of life at Gonzaga, but The Logan does offer some societal critique with its satire. There's the realization that idiots and assholes sometimes win in "Kid Passed Out With Penis Drawn on Face to Someday Own Fortune 500 Company" and many other pieces point out that Gonzaga students, despite their occasional bitching, have it pretty good.

"We don’t want to do anything unethical or be intentionally offensive, but depending on what’s happening there’s a chance to point out some flaws. I think things should be called out if we get the right take on it," says Bellucci, whose fake name was probably cribbed from a leather-jacket clad 1990s stand-up comedian.

Eskamillo (sounds like a pasta place in Alaska to me) wants the social critiques to come to his readers after they have their laughs.

"The best satire is where it does have a point to it, but people don’t realize that until much later," he says.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Vince Vaughn stocks up, and so can you!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:02 PM

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In design circles, we all know it and we all hate it. Stock art. Those very cheesy photos of people in suits giving each other high fives. Granted that happens here at Inlander HQ on an hourly basis.

Vince Vaughn and co-stars of the upcoming movie Unfinished Business posed for hilarious stock photos, all which are free to use. So feel free to make those awesome motivational posters.

Here you go: 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: Meet the Internet's latest feline sensation, Atchoum

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Though there is no equal comparison and none could take the place of beloved Internet cat leader Colonel Meow, who departed this world a little more than a year ago, the latest Internet cat king bears a striking resemblance to the stern Colonel.

Meet Atchoum, a Quebec native whose piercing orange eyes and majestic fluff are a sight to behold.

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  • Instagram user Atchoumfan

Earlier this month, the French-speaking cat broke through several viral sharing sites, and has since shot to the online stardom that only cats can achieve these days. Atchoum's likeness has appropriately been said to resemble to Ewoks, David Bowie in Labyrinth, Elvis, Batman, the Lorax, a Gremlin and a devil. With a little button-black nose and such full face fur, the handsome cat often also resembles a toy dog breed, perhaps a shih-tzu.

The Montreal-based Persian's looks are surely unique, but there's a medical explanation for the floof overload. Atchoum has a rare condition called hypertrichosis, which causes excessive fur growth and also makes his fur much longer and fuller than other members of the feline species and his Persian breed. Knowing this, the translation of his name makes even more sense: Atchoum is French for the onomatopoeia sneeze sound "achoo."

In the past several weeks, the nine-month-old kitten has racked up more than 22,500 followers on his Instagram account, and is set to soon surpass 30,000 Facebook followers. Get with the program and start following him right meow, because Atchoum's star is obviously rising, and you don't want to be late to this party.

With the motto "I'm hairy, not scary!!" who couldn't adore this fancy, fluffy-faced feline?

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hey record enthusiasts: Recordings and Video sale!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 1:00 AM

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Are you the sort of dude who’s looking to collect every VHS tape of the Sandra Bullock classic Speed? Or do you like the look, feel and sound of vinyl records best? The KPBX Recordings and Video sale is here this weekend at the Lincoln Center to make things better for you.

Finally, a flea market/swap meet containing all of the cool stuff that you wish you could find every weekend in one convenient place (although you should probably check out Junk Church happening Sundays at Stella's, too). Here’s your opportunity to sort through the dust and the crowds to potentially find that one gem, donated by people in the community.

All single items are under $5 and it’s free to get in. The event is a fundraiser for the radio station. Saturday hours are from 9 am-5 pm and Sunday it goes from 11 am-5 pm.

If only we had this sort of thing every weekend. Sigh. See you all in line Saturday morning. 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Comic crafting class for teens

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 2:03 PM


Art is not solely for the artistic. Illustration is an intrinsic part of storytelling and, according to master comic Laura Neubert, can be learned by anyone with a good idea. Laura is taking her love for illustration and will be offering a comic class for teens where she will teach her tips and tricks for wielding great ides into visual story sequences that will wow audiences. 

Laura Neubert, aka Rosengeist, is the author of hauntingly beautiful webcomics such as the upcoming collection The Light Eaters. With her Masters in Sequential Art from SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and a slew of travel experience, Laura has learned that narrative and comics go hand in hand.

"It was a medium I sort of stumbled into," explains Neubert, "and in light of that, I'd like to try and help others find it more easily than I did."

Her quirky and geekish flair and passion for telling stories will make for an exciting learning experience.  

"I figured that maybe, there were other people like me out there, and now that I better understand comics, I can help pass that on to others." 
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  • Laura Neubert
  • "You don't have to put it on. You can put it down, turn around, walk away and never think of it again..." From upcoming Webcomic The Light Eaters by Rosengeist

Students will learn scripting techniques to hone in their ideas to present them as clearly as possible. They will explore the differing methods when using medias such as ink and paint, and will discover which media fits their story best. Laura will also teach how to best capture the human body, and finally, the different platforms that comics can reach audiences.

The class will begin this Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5 pm, and will continue for the next four weeks at Auntie's Bookstore. Preregistration by Saturday, Feb. 14, through Auntie's is encouraged.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

One more week to vote online for our Best of Inland Northwest issue

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM


Once a year, readers' votes determine the Best of the Inland Northwest for a special issue of the Inlander, and that issue is coming soon, hitting the streets March 19. 

The online polls are open, and will remain so for just one more week. Vote here through Monday, Feb. 16 to make your voice heard. 

If you're finding it daunting to think of 40 different local restaurants, shops, personalities and places to fill out your ballot — and you must fill in at least 40 categories for your ballot to count — we have a few suggestions: 

- For the food and dining categories, check out our complete restaurant listings and remind yourself of some of the great meals you've had over the past year. 

- Take a trip through the online version of our Annual Manual, or find a hard copy, to remind yourself of some of our cultural, shopping and dining hot spots in and around the Inland Northwest. 

- If you have a bit more time on your hands, take a deep dive into our archives and check out all the stories printed in the Inlander over the past year.

- Sign up for Inlander newsletters that keep you updated on the fun to be had around the region every weekend, and the latest restaurant news. 
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Best of the Inland Northwest Readers Poll voting is open

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 12:26 PM


It's that time of year again, when Inlander readers furiously fill out ballots or online polls to determine the best of the best in the Inland Northwest. 

You can find the 2015 ballot in the current issue (Jan. 29-Feb. 4) or vote online, meaning that voting on your favorite local places, personalities and activities couldn't be easier. We have 48 categories on this year's ballot that weren't there last year; some are brand new, and some are old favorites making a return appearance. 

Many of the new categories reflect changes in and around Spokane, such as "Best Distillery" and "Best Retail Marijuana Shop," and we're expanding the opportunities to vote on your favorite area athletes, giving readers the chance to pick a favorite from Gonzaga, Eastern Washington and Washington State. We have a special focus on Sandpoint this year as well. We even included some questions suggested by readers on last year's poll, including "Best Pho," "Best U-Pick Farm/Orchard" and "Best Place to Take Photos in the Inland NW." Check out last year's winners if you need a reminder of 2014's reader favorites.

A few things to keep in mind as you consider your votes: 
1. We only accept one ballot per person.
2. Ballots must include your full name and a verifiable email address. We won't share your information, it's just to make sure you really exist when you vote for "Best Local Cat." 
3. You must answer at least 40 questions for your ballot to count. 
4. Paper ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 9, and you can only send one ballot per envelope. 
5. We'll reject any ballots that appear to violate the spirit of the poll. 

You'll read all about the winners in our Best Of issue hitting the streets March 19. Happy voting!
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Friday, January 30, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: Vote for best local cat in our 22nd 'Best Of' Poll

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Make sure to get your votes in by Feb. 16!
  • Make sure to get your votes in by Feb. 16!

The ballots are live — let the voting begin!

But before you start, know this important fact — for its 22nd year, the Inlander's annual Best Of the Northwest readers poll has a single important question: Best Local Cat. Yes, this is real, and we are serious, however, the story of how this question came to be included on the ballot this year is a little... less serious. In fact, after a brief lapse in memory this writer (aka the only one on staff who writes the Cat Friday blog) realized she is responsible for the existence of the "best local cat" category on the 2015 poll's ballot. What goes around comes around, it seems. (Disclaimer, it was not known during ballot creation that I was the one who jokingly (sort of) nominated "best local cat" as the "best question not asked" on the 2014 Best Of ballot.)   

Before you bust out that pen (paper ballots are included in the current issue of the Inlander, Jan. 29-Feb. 4) or log on to vote online for your own feline friends, hear me out. There are lots of publicly known cats around town, so perhaps choose from the following pool of nominees instead to give a local "celbri-cat" some deserved recognition! 

Bento the Keyboard cat is unarguably Spokane's most famous feline.
  • Bento the Keyboard cat is unarguably Spokane's most famous feline.

Bento the Keyboard Cat is the reincarnation of Spokane's most famous cat, Fatso the Keyboard Cat. Fatso is also the "original" internet cat meme, and should go down in history as one of the Lilac City's most famous residents of all time. Bento may already be an obvious choice for locals who know of his important role in pop culture, but in case you didn't know, we wrote about him last year. His owner is local artist Charlie Schmidt.

A somewhat dormant Cat Friday series profiling local business's resident cats highlights a few other felines in the public eye, like the two cats of Interiors By Robin, in the Garland Business District. Dolly and KeeKee often captivate passersby by laying in the business's storefront, adjacent to the Blue Door Theatre.

While they don't actually interact with the public, the three cats of Spokane Vintage Warehouse (Zoey, Aiden and Zelda) were our first "business cat" profilees, having gained a following by photobombing pictures of the business's inventory, often shared on its Facebook page.

Maddie keeps her officemates company at Design Spike.
  • Maddie keeps her officemates company at Design Spike.

A very special cat often makes the rounds of downtown Spokane web/graphic design firm Design Spike. Maddie was the second profile in the business cat series, and continues to make appearances now and then (when she isn't too cozy to leave the house) at the second floor office in the Liberty Building, above Auntie's.

While we've not profiled (yet) the following kitties, patrons of their business homes should recognize these friendly felines. 

Alfred greets clients at the Cat's Meow in South Perry.
  • Alfred greets clients at the Cat's Meow in South Perry.

Alfred, a three-legged, jet black cat, is the official mascot of Cat's Meow Feline Veterinary Clinic in the South Perry neighborhood. 

In the North Monroe Business District, Laney the calico has been greeting patrons of Dan's Barber Shop for nearly the past decade.

Although Northwest Christian Thrift Store sadly lost its well-known store cat, Mouse, in recent years, Kiera the tortie has been keeping the facility under her careful watch in her stead.

Kiera (right) cuddles the late store cat Mouse, of NW Christian Thrift.
  • Kiera (right) cuddles the late store cat Mouse, of NW Christian Thrift.

Both locations of local business Northwest Seed & Pet have beloved resident kitties. Gertrude, a black, former shelter cat from SCRAPS keeps an eye on things at the East Sprague store, while Wallace and Django keep the store's animals in line on North Division.    

Gertrude became NW Seed's Sprague location mascot after life as a shelter cat.
  • Gertrude became NW Seed's Sprague location mascot after life as a shelter cat.

Wallace the Scottish Fold keeps an eye on things at the Division NW Seed store.
  • Wallace the Scottish Fold keeps an eye on things at the Division NW Seed store.

His counterpart Django covertly keeps an eye on things from the store's plant department.
  • His counterpart Django covertly keeps an eye on things from the store's plant department.


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A sampling of 12th Man deals for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 12:28 PM

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Before you snuggle into a cocoon of booze and chips on Sunday in honor of the Seahawks, Katy Perry, or both, you should probably consider putting your team spirit to logical use. You'll likely remain buried in various Seahawks paraphernalia all weekend, so why not be rewarded for your supportive garb? Sadly, there are far fewer financial incentives for wearing Katy Perry merchandise, but please don't let that stop you from doing so.

For the Spokane Chiefs fans, you'll want to display your Seahawks pride at the ticket office to receive their special offer of $12 tickets, in section 112. The Chiefs will duel with the Victoria Royals on Friday and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday.

The Harlem Globetrotters are also offering a special $12 ticket deal for select games. Time is very much of the essence, though, as the Globetrotters deal only runs for 12 hours - starting today at 10 am and ending swiftly at 10 pm. The $12 deal includes certain tickets to specific games only, so be sure to check their site and use the code TWELVE when ordering tickets.
Should the sweet tooth start nagging you, be sure to grab a scoop (or 12) of Brain Freeze Creamery's limited "12" flavor — a classic blueberry flavor paired with white chocolate chips and cake mix ice cream. Pints are 2 for $12 through the end of the game.
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Claiming that "someone deflated their prices," Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho is offering $12 lift tickets on Sunday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. They will also be screening the big game for all guests.
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If a literal high on the slopes isn't exactly your bag, then maybe get a bit more metaphorical by stopping by Cinder. On Saturday and Sunday, you'll get 12% off your greenest possible purchase just by wearing some Hawks gear. Pair your greenery with a bag of Anthony's SeaChips (pictured above), available at De Leon Foods.

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Grab a drink with Punxsutawney Phil and River City Brewing

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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If you've ever found yourself slothed out in front of the Roku box watching Bill Murray commentate the movements of a groundhog named Phil and thought if only I were drinking, then you should certainly join many others who have shared this sentiment at River City Brewing this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 3-9 pm, for their second-annual Groundhog Day Prediction Party. With drink specials aplenty, your only job is to wear your predictions on your sleeve — i.e. dress for the season you believe the tricky Philster is most likely to reveal with the presence or absence of his portly shadow.

If summer's your game, maybe you should dig up that cut-off Bon Jovi T-shirt and pair it with those cargo shorts that seem to have too many pockets and some canvas sneakers. If you're pulling for winter (what's wrong with you?), then maybe you should just wear what you were already wearing, only with more scarves and some touchscreen-friendly gloves.

River City will be tapping two kegs of Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout (one poured through the Randall) and one keg of Oako-Coco Nitro for the festivities, in addition to $3 pints and $10 growlers all day. They also have kegs on sale ($39 for a 1/5 barrel...crazy). The festivities kick off at 3 pm and wrap up around 9 pm.

For general Punxsutawney-based inspiration, we of course recommend a bit of Bill Murray circa the 1993 ultra classic Groundhog Day.


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