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Friday, November 21, 2014

CAT FRIDAY: It's Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and Star needs a home

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I see it all too often. The playful, undeniably adorable little kittens (and puppies) are always picked over the calm, quiet, snuggly older cats (and dogs).

It's natural to gravitate toward the kittens. Baby animals are damn cute, and if someone brought me a kitten right now I wouldn't turn it away. But the senior cats and dogs, once adorable babies, too, who've been abandoned and surrendered to a shelter — these are the animals who really need more human attention and affection.

November is recognized nationally by shelters and rescue groups as "Adopt a Senior Pet Month," but this doesn't mean we should forget about those sweet oldies the rest of the year.

While the cons — health problems/risks, cost of care, emotional attachment fears — of adopting an animal nearing the end of its life are often the reasons people choose kittens first, older pets have many positive qualities often overlooked. They're calm. They're (usually) trained, or if not, they're actually better at catching on than younger animals. And, in more cases than with a younger animal, you're probably really saving a life when you adopt an older pet.

I'll admit I used to more often gravitate to the cuter and more active younger cats hanging out in the shelter's kitty room where I volunteer. But in the past couple years, a very special senior cat entered my life, and I've become totally won over by the quirks and qualities of senior cats. 

But there are too many cats out there like her who aren't as lucky to have such a loving home. Countless senior pets are patiently waiting, right now, for the day they're not overlooked, and someone comes to pick them instead of their younger, rowdy kennel neighbors. Pets like Star.

Star has been waiting to be adopted since March 2014.
  • Star has been waiting to be adopted since March 2014.

This beautiful, regal calico came to the Spokane Humane Society in March of this year, and because of her age and a (manageable) health issue, she's been waiting for a home for the eight months since. Shelter staff can't pinpoint why, because Star is the definition of a "star" cat. She's already declawed in the front, although she's so quiet and well-mannered, she'd probably never think of being destructive. 

Just because a cat has passed their kitten stage doesn't mean they're done with play time, and Star loves to bat around a toy or two when she's feeling frisky.

Since coming to the shelter, Star has been diagnosed with a very manageable condition, common in older cats, called hyperthyroidism. This requires her to take an inexpensive ($16/month) tablet twice a day, mixed into her food.

Star would do best in a calmer, quiet home. She doesn't particularly enjoy being around kids, who don't always understand she can't play all the time. All she really needs is someone who'll let her snuggle in their lap every once and a while. She doesn't really mind other cats, and lived with a feline companion before she was surrendered to the shelter. 

Star was recently featured at last weekend's Spokane Humane Society Furr Ball gala, at the Davenport Hotel, where many guests doted over her beautiful, silky fur and her incredible calmness in such a busy, loud setting. Unfortunately, even though she seemed to win the hearts of many that night, she didn't find the home she longs for. 

How wonderful if Star found a home for the holidays. She's not the only senior cat at SHS looking for a human to snuggle, though, and her other longtime friends at the shelter include Tigger, Stash, George, Fancy, Sam and Luna. SHS's partner shelters (SpokAnimal, SCRAPS) also have senior pets looking for homes, so if Star's not the cat for you, that's okay. We believe her special day will come!

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WHAT'S UP TODAY? Mountain films and improv laughs at your family's expense

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The number of options in our event listings is mind-boggling, and the Staff Picks culled by our crafty pros here at the office are always spot-on. We encourage you to peruse on your own, but if you don't have time, here are a few options that caught our eye for Friday, Nov. 21: 

FILM/SPORTS & OUTDOORS | The films that make up the Banff Mountain Film Festival each year inevitably include some mind-blowing scenery of peaks and valleys never seen before. Friday night marks the opening of three days of movies at the Bing. Here's a look at some of what we have to look forward to: 

COMEDY | Talk about an improv topic ripe for comedy, the Blue Door Theatre is spending Fridays in November doing Family Dinner, an improv show based on audience suggestions about their own family members. 

THEATER | This is your last weekend to catch The Modern Theater's take on the classic play The Glass Menagerie. You can read our story about recent changes at the theater before you go.  

WORDS | You have another opportunity to hear some readings from local poetry collection Railtown Almanac Friday night at the EWU Riverpoint campus. You can read more about the book in our story here
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Neil Diamond covers, rock climbers and garage rockers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

We have a slew of event listings always online for your perusal, and Staff Picks chosen by our savvy staff of professionals. If you don't have time to go through them all, we can help. 

Here are some fine options for Thursday, Nov. 20: 

LIVE BANDS | If you didn't read our story about Super Diamond, the Neil Diamond tribute band featuring Spokane native Vince Littleton, go ahead and do that right here. Then go sing along to hits like "Forever in Blue Jeans" and "Sweet Caroline" when Super Diamond hits the Knitting Factory Thursday night. 

WORDS | Joanna Luloff is the latest guest in Gonzaga's Visiting Writer's Series, and will discuss her first published collection of short stories, The Beach at Galle Road, as well as her time in the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka. 

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | REI continues its ongoing series of helpful workshops geared to help you make the most out of your outdoor experiences. Thursday night, they host Getting To Know Your GoPro

FILM | You only get one chance in Spokane to see Reel Rock 9: Valley Uprising, the doc about the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of the sport, and it's Thursday at Perry Street Brewing. 

LIVE BANDS | The Bartlett is hosting a super-sized triple-bill Thursday, headlined by Chicago garage-rock pups Twin Peaks, who will be joined by Meatbodies and Criminal Hygiene. Here's a bit of what Twin Peaks has to offer: 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? David Bazan's bold experiment, burlesque and Pulp on film

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

It's the middle of the week, on the downhill toward the weekend, and there are plenty of things to do if you're looking to get out of the house. You can find them in our event listings and Staff Picks

Don't have time? Don't you fret, we're here to help. Here are some of the highlights among the events for Wednesday, Nov. 19: 

LIVE BANDS | The Bartlett is hosting what should be a genuinely thrilling show Wednesday when David Bazan comes to town with the Passenger String Quartet. Bazan is one of the most distinct singer/songwriters of the Northwest, whether using his own name or monikers Pedro the Lion or Headphones. You pair him with some strings and deliver songs from throughout his career, you have the makings of something great. David Dondero opens the show. Here's a bit of what to expect: 

VISUAL ARTS | You like to get dirty? Local artists/ceramicists Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore are hosting a demonstration on wheel-throwing at Let's Get Our Hands Dirty, part of Trackside Studio's "Spokannisters" exhibit and series of events. 

FILM | The fans of Brit-pop raconteur Jarvis Cocker and his band Pulp will be thrilled to hear about the one-night-only screening of the documentary Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets at the Magic Lantern. Here's a look at the film: 

FILM | Did you check out the Burleskival back in September? Or did you miss it and wish you hadn't? Either way, you can relive all the bawdy, colorful fun at the screening of Burleskival The Movie at The Bing.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Some science, some Irish and some Brewfish

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM

The Inlander has a slew of awesome event listings available for you every single day, as well as Staff Picks pulled together by our seasoned staff of pros, but if you don't have time to get through them all, we're here to help. 

Here are some fine to-dos for Tuesday, Nov. 18: 

COMMUNITY | In one of the coolest events I've heard of in a while, Gizmo-cda hosts Science on Tap in Coeur d'Alene, a monthly beer-meets-science event when the public is welcomed to have a brew and chat with a scientist about their projects, or bigger issues. Tuesday's guest is Terence Soule, a U of Idaho Computer Science professor who will be talking about "Artificial Intelligence Through Evolution." 

LIVE BANDS | Brewfish brings a bit of reggae-tinged rock from California for a show at the Viking Bar and Grill. Here's a taste of Brewfish: 

MUSIC EVENTS | Hard to beat Celtic music in terms of sounds that can bring seriously high-energy as well as some serious emotion. Gaelic Storm is one band capable of handling all manner of traditional and modern Celtic music, having recently landed at No. 1 on the World Albums Chart for their release Full Irish. The band plays the Bing Tuesday night. Here's a bit of Gaelic Storm: 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Big bands, ballet and bellicose poets

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The start of a new week means a whole bunch of new opportunities to get out and about using our extensive event listings or Staff Picks to plan your day or evening entertainment. 

No time? We got ya covered. Here are some highlights from our listings for Monday, Nov. 17: 

PERFORMANCE ARTS | You might have noticed that the holidays are pretty much getting into full swing even though we haven't hit Thanksgiving yet. Don't fight it, especially if it means missing your chance to see dancers from the Moscow Ballet performing the holiday favorite The Nutcracker at the Bing. 

MUSIC | You've read our story about the Bob Curnow Big Band, now go see them perform tonight at The Big Dipper

WORDS | The folks behind the Spokane Poetry Slam are hosting a special event at The Bartlett tonight, the Community Cover Slam, in which local poets will perform works written not by themselves, but by their local peers. 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Manly men, Yuletide art sale and epicurean delights

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

There is an incredible amount of information available 24/7 in our event listings, and some carefully considered choices in our Staff Picks, but if you don't have time to scroll your way through all those goodies, we can help. 

Here are some highlights I found for things to do on Friday, Nov. 14: 

THEATER | Spokane Falls Community College Reveler's Drama Club tackles the classic Japanese tale about storytelling and perception in a production of Roshomon

FOOD & DRINK | The Epicurean Delight event is one serious to-do, as the 33rd annual fundraiser for the Blood Center Foundation and Inland Northwest Blood Center will host 30 local wineries and breweries and more than 30 restaurants at the Spokane Convention Center. 

VISUAL ARTS | The 35th edition of Yuletide takes over the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. All manner of art will be on sale all day long, Friday through Sunday. 

ETC | The Man Show opens up for three days of trucks, bbqs, boats, beer and more at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Cage matches, folk tunes and funny people

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

There's a seemingly endless array of awesome event listings on the Inlander website, as well as Staff Picks chosen by our professionals here in the office, but if you don't have time to peruse them yourself, we're here to help. 

Here are some highlights for Thursday, Nov. 13: 

COMEDY | The Seattle International Comedy Competition involves more than 30 comics performing in cities throughout the region for a chance to hit the finals and win $15,000 in cash later this month in Jet City. Tonight, you can catch some of the funniest comics in the Northwest performing together at the Bing

MUSIC | The husband-and-wife duo Birds of Chicago are road warriors, touring for months on end, even with a newborn in tow, to bring their brand of Americana, soul and rock to the masses. The Bartlett should prove an ideal outlet for their sound tonight; the Rustics open the show. Here's a taste of Birds of Chicago: 

MUSIC | In Sandpoint, one of the towering figures of modern folk is taking the stage tonight at the Panida Theater. If you've never seen Greg Brown regale a crowd with his excellent tunes and stellar stories, consider him a must-see before you die. Or before he does. Either way—you get the point. Here's a sample: 

SPORTS | If MMA is your thing, head to the Coeur d'Alene Casino for "King of the Cage," featuring multiple bouts starting at 7:30 pm. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY: Poetry, food drives and a big band in a Baby Bar

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Happy humpday all ye fellow frozen citizens — you're halfway to the weekend, so you've got that going for you. We have a slew of event listings to help you pass the time until Friday, including some carefully culled Staff Picks. Dive in!

No time for browsing? No problem — here are some of the best of the lot for Wednesday, Nov. 12: 

MUSIC | Did you read our interview with Mike V., leader of New Jersey rock crew The Everymen? You totally should. Then you should make your way to Neato Burrito/Baby Bar for the band's show at 10 pm. It's free! Here's a bit of what's in store: 

WORDS | Same spot, earlier in the evening, it's Broken Mic at the Baby Bar, featuring writers from the new Railtown Almanac of Spokane poetry. You can read our story about the Railtown Almanac right here

MUSIC | The folks at the Big Dipper are combining a great cause with some live tunes, as Shaman's Harvest and Aardvark provide the tunes, and you bring canned food for a Second Harvest food drive and get in for a mere $5. 

ETC | The Spokane Folklore Society hosts a weekly Contra Dance featuring live music and a caller, and it's a cheap night out at $5 for members, $7 for non-members. 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Southern soul in Sandpoint, fee-free state parks and T-Rex!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Despite the 20-degree temps, we're not willing to acknowledge winter. We're just going to keep plugging along, hitting the town and having a good time. We suggest you do the same, picking something to do from our extensive event listings and Staff Picks. Just be sure to wear a hat on this frosty Veterans Day. 

If you don't have time to make your way through the listings yourself, here are some highlights we found for Tuesday, Nov. 11: 

MUSIC | Big night in Sandpoint tonight, thanks to the Southern Soul Assembly tour stopping by the Panida Theater. Four performers who are all headliners in their own right are joining up for a night of acoustic performances and storytelling. JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson and Anders Osborne are sure to heat up your night with some great picking and singing. Here's a taste: 

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | The state has made access to all state parks totally free today for the aptly named Free State Park Day

FILM | It's Totally Tubular Tuesday at the Garland Theater, and tonight's special screening is the classic dino-flick, Jurassic Park. Haven't seen Jurassic Park? That's just insane. Here's what you've been missing: 

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