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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Want to be in a James Franco movie? Head to Yakima.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 10:52 AM


In Dubious Battle, a film directed by and starring James Franco, based on a John Steinbeck novel of the same name, is looking to cast extras for scenes being shot in Yakima, Washington, starting next weekend, Sept. 27-28. 

A Portland-based casting company, Extras Only, is seeking to hire men and women over the age of 18 to portray apple pickers in scenes of the film, which chronicles a 1930s fruit picker labor movement in California. Two casting notices have gone out, another of which says the film is looking for men with long beards, so that might give you an edge, dudes. 

Oscar nominee Franco, who's been taking more time behind the camera than in front of it lately, is a big Steinbeck fan, having also played the role of George in the Broadway revival of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

So far, much of In Dubious Battle has been filmed in the idyllic town of Bostwick, Georgia. Besides directing, Franco is playing the role of the novel's character Mac McLeod, leader of the "Party," who helps organize a major worker strike. 

Other stars cast in the film include Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, Ed Harris, Robert Duvall, Zach Braff, Nat Wolff and Vincent D'Onofrio. It's set to release sometime in 2016.

Here's the flier detailing the Yakima casting call:


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What to watch for in tonight's GOP presidential debate

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 9:28 AM

The interwebs are exploding today with excitement and glee for tonight's debate of Republican presidential hopefuls. The plot lines are predictable. ... What will Trump do? Can Fiorina land any good jabs? Will any of the other guys step into the spotlight?

At 3 pm today, there's a debate of Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham. Then at 5 pm, the main event: The Donald, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina.

• ABC has 5 things to watch for...
No. 1: Donald Trump and whether he can fight a war on 10 fronts.

• NBC has 7 things to watch for...
No. 1: Can anyone reveal cracks in Trump's armor?

• MSNBC has 4 things to watch for...
No. 1: Donald Trump, then everyone else.

• Here's a list of 12 reasons why watching might actually be a lot of fun.
For example: Rand Paul's eye rolls, and Chris Christie's Dad Dance.

• Finally, the Chicago Tribune has also suggestions on what to drink while you watch...
Fiorina? "That one's easy: Gin and tonic, with plenty of bitters."

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New study ranks Washington among both happiest AND most depressed states

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM

How happy are you? Compared to your friends in other states, would you say you’re way more happy than your Oregon bros, but maybe not as stoked on life as your Florida friends?

You probably haven’t put that much thought into such comparisons of your happy-meter. Thankfully, the people at some website called have done it for you, measuring 25 different metrics in the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia! We see you, D.C.!), including things like emotional health, sports participation and income levels to determine just which states have the happiest campers among their citizens.

Washington? We rank No. 7 overall, and our Idaho neighbors are No. 12. Not too shabby on either score. Oregon comes in at No. 28, and we can only assume this list was put together before weed got legalized for our neighbors to the south.

Top of the charts? Utah! I’m a former Utahn and know that a high percentage of the population are high on religion, and from the lack of oxygen at altitude, but I was still surprised. Hawaii is happier than Washington or Idaho, too, and that makes sense. North Dakota, on the other hand, does not. Have you seen North Dakota? This is a North Dakota mountain shot: 

The Wallethub folks break down their study into several categories, with some noteworthy results: 
  • Washington and Oregon are the two states with the highest rates of depression; - - - Idaho is 14 states less depressed than its neighbors. 
  • Washington and Oregon are both among the top five states in terms of people participating in sports; Idaho comes in at No. 17. 
  • Washington ranks 17th in people getting adequate sleep, and Idaho ranks 8th in same. 
  • Washington has the 11th lowest obesity rate, and Idaho is No. 28. 
You can explore the various categories yourself right here
Source: WalletHub

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Friday, September 11, 2015

John Oliver lets loose on the bail system

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Our cover story this week takes a look at the local bail system and how it puts the squeeze on people who are charged with a crime but have no money to bail themselves out. You should definitely read the story, but then listen to what John Oliver has to say on the subject: 

"The frequency and cost of bail has risen dramatically, and it is disproportionately hurting the poor," Oliver says. "In fact, in 2013, an analysis of New Jersey's jail population found that nearly 40 percent were being held solely because they couldn't meet the terms of their bail, which is crazy. Jail is supposed to be for dangerous criminals." 

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Biden casts doubts on presidential run in emotional interview on "Late Night"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:26 AM

It's Stephen Colbert's first week as the host of Late Night, and early reviews are overwhelmingly positive, citing his brand of humor and intellect. Last night's show featured a candid, teary-eyed Joe Biden talking about his late son Beau, things his mom used to say and whether he has the fight left in him for a presidential run. Watch the two-part interview below.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Turns out, George R.R. Martin wasn't in Spokane last month just for Sasquan

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Spokane has been in the spotlight quite a bit this summer, for both the good and the bad, and the in-between. And in another turn of events, the Lilac City has been discovered to have served as the setting for a Spokane-made but not a Spokane-set moment tied to a very undead show being filmed here over the past year.

Last month during his visit to the World Science Fiction Convention/Worldcon/Sasquan here in Spokane, it appears A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin took some time out of his schedule to film a cameo appearance for Z Nation, Syfy Channel's zombie apocalypse series that has so far filmed two seasons in and around Spokane. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, Mr. Martin's second season cameo appears in episode eight, and as photo evidence below clearly shows, GRRM is on team zombie. He also gets punny with the "title" of his book in the show, playing off what's expected to be the title for ASOIAF's forthcoming seventh book. (Remember, we're still waiting for book No. 6, The Winds of Winter.)

Z Nation's second season premieres tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 11) at 10 pm, and local fans can catch a special big-screen showing of the first episode at the Garland Theater, as part of a benefit for KYRS radio station hosted by the Spokane Film Project.

  • Entertainment Weekly

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Rocket Market hosts party tonight celebrating the end of 43rd Ave construction

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Nicole Lewis is one of the artists helping celebrate the reopening of 43rd Avenue at Rocket Market tonight.
  • Nicole Lewis is one of the artists helping celebrate the reopening of 43rd Avenue at Rocket Market tonight.

After more than a month of construction, 43rd Avenue reopened on Tuesday, and will be "officially" reopened by Mayor David Condon after a media briefing at Rocket Market tonight.

The construction included installation of a 200,000-gallon sewer overflow, new pavement, bike lanes, sidewalks and a pedestrian crossing island near Hatch Street and Rocket Market. The changes were much needed, and will result in higher safety and fewer traffic issues, according to the city.

Following the official opening, Rocket Market will throw a block party including local food, beer, wine and music, with all proceeds benefitting Veteran Community Response, an organization that provides relief and financial help to fire victims and veterans in need in the Inland Northwest. Live music will be provided by Nicole Lewis with local guitar legend Joe Brasch, Spokane band Sidhe, consisting of brothers Michael and Kelleran Millham, and Tommy G.

Rocket Market certainly has much to celebrate, as the road closure dealt quite a blow to their business. According to Rocket Market Manager Alan Shepherd, the closure was “the most challenging thing the market has faced in 16 years of business." That said, Shepherd insisted that the city did everything it could to make it easier for Rocket Market, even including the local business in the design process of the new intersection.

Rocket Market is located at 726 E 43rd Ave. Admission is free and open to the public, and the festivities start at 6 pm. Thursday, Sept. 10. 
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Friday, September 4, 2015

Spokane's first parklet popped up overnight this week

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 2:56 PM

The new parklet on west Main outside of Wollnick's went up overnight on Wednesday, Sept. 2. - CHEY SCOTT
  • Chey Scott
  • The new parklet on west Main outside of Wollnick's went up overnight on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The passersby are gawking and stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to check out the unusual sight, but not for the typical rubber-necker reasons. They're just wondering what, exactly, the rectangular wooden structure is, how it got there and why.

Just days after the Spokane City Council voted to pass a resolution to allow a 60-day parklet demonstration downtown, the parklet — a patio-esque park about the size of two parallel parking spaces on the edge of the street — materialized overnight. Situated in a loading zone (and no, it's not taking up metered parking spaces that were otherwise open to the public) just outside of Wollnick's General Store, the city's first-ever parklet was set up by the local nonprofit Yes (You Express Studio), which has been championing the idea since last year. For the past two years, Yes has set up parklets at August's Garland Street Fair to show the public how functional and welcoming the spaces can be. There was also a demo parklet at last year's Terrain arts showcase.

Tonight, the parklet will transform into a performing arts space for First Friday's arts walk around downtown; the event is being hosted by Wollnick's.

Around lunchtime today, Yes event coordinator and a board member Cara Forsman had donned an apron and pair of gardening gloves to spruce up some of the greenery in box planters lining the top of the outside wall of the parklet.

Forsman says Yes was waiting for approval from the city to set up the parklet, so when they got the go-ahead at Monday's city council meeting, a team of volunteers set up the structure within hours this past Wednesday. It's been the talk of the town since. 

Wollnick's has offered to help manage the parklet, and takes the table umbrellas and chairs inside its store at night. The staff there also locks up the box-style benches and tables, and have agreed to help keep the parklet tidy and welcoming. 

While the parklet is currently scheduled to stay open on west Main through October with its 60-day permit, Forsman says there is interest in opening another near the Saranac Building and possibly outside the Nudo Ramen House on west First Avenue. 

"If the weather is nice, and next spring businesses want it outside their location, we'd like to continue what we've been calling this social experiment," she says.

The parklet's construction and materials were funded privately and by donation. Moving forward, Forsman says Yes hopes local businesses that want a parklet near them would help sponsor one since the cost to build one can run into the several thousands of dollars. Another issue the group also faces is finding a place to store the parklets once disassembled for the winter.

The parklet is set up in a little-used loading zone, not public parking spaces. - CHEY SCOTT
  • Chey Scott
  • The parklet is set up in a little-used loading zone, not public parking spaces.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Find the Inlander's Annual Manual on stands now

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 5:18 PM


With the bittersweet end of summer comes many other exciting things: football, cooler weather, fall harvests, scarves, pumpkin spice everything (if you're into that) and the Inlander's Annual Manual

Yep, our huge annual guide to all things Inland Northwest is on stands now, so get out and pick one up before your local Inlander rack runs out. If yours does, don't worry — you can still come grab a copy of it and the latest issues of the Inlander and InHealth magazine at our handy dandy rack just inside the front door of Inlander HQ in Kendall Yards. We'll try and keep racks filled through September, but don't wait too long.

Inside the 2015 edition, you'll find the typical AM fare, updated to include all that's new or has changed in the past year: a statistical overview of the region and its people in our annual report section, a snapshot of the growing local education scene and guides to all our region has to offer in food, drinks, arts, shopping and recreation. 

This year's issue also features an all-new design — we think it looks pretty classy and streamlined. So pick up an Annual Manual and go discover all the awesome experiences and places that makes the Inland Northwest special. 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Kevin Hart bringing his standup tour to Gonzaga Sept. 9

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 4:05 PM


The Kennel should get ready to howl, as one of the hottest standup comics working today is coming to town. 

It's not every standup comedian who can take his act to arenas and have it translate as well as clubs or theaters, but the diminutive Kevin Hart — arguably the biggest comic on the planet right now — is doing just that on his current What Now? Tour. On Sept. 9, he'll bring the tour to Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center. Tickets are on sale now via

Those tickets won't come cheap; they're $95.92 a pop, plus a $15 service charge. That's a grand total of $110.92. Yowza. 

You have to be pretty damn popular to ask for that sort of coin for one ticket, but there aren't many comics out there with the kind of hot streak Hart is enjoying. When he's not filling arenas with standup fans, he's starring in feature films like The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard and Ride Along, a $100 million blockbuster that has a sequel coming in 2016. None of them are exactly Oscar bait, but they generally make money, and largely do it on the strength of Hart's presence.  

Here's a bit of Hart doing standup: 
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