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Sunday, May 31, 2015

How to love and date like the Bachelorette

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2015 at 9:03 AM

JJ tries to impress Kaitlyn with his sense of humor on a stand up comedy date - PEOPLE.COM
  • JJ tries to impress Kaitlyn with his sense of humor on a stand up comedy date
Kaitlyn Bristowe commenced with the dating on ABC's the Bachelorette Monday night. Didn't have time to watch? Here's a few lessons about love and dating inspired by the episode:

Have a simple back story. Something that can be boiled down into a single word, say “dad” or “orphan” or “widower”. Don’t have one? Use a gimmick, like arriving in a cupcake with wheels, instead. Then, you can be “cupcake”.

Share the long version of the back story, in its entirety, as soon as possible. Have you had something totally awful or tragic happen? Just put it all out there on the table. First date, first conversation, whenever. Divorce? Death? Multiple broken legs? Yep, these are all hurdles surmounted and character builders and — most importantly in the Bachelorette context — sympathy-getters. Worst case scenario, your date won’t be able to deal with your past. Then you can be like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ “guess she/he just couldn’t accept me for me” and move on.

Kisses are better on rooftops. Kaitlyn says kissing on the rooftop is “next level”. Who is even going to argue with that? One might even say top level. Above top level. Oh, the possibilities.

Act REALLY EXCITED about everything! No one wants to think the date they planned is lame. If someone is taking you on a date, be excited. Done it before? Don’t even go there. It leads to all kinds of messy conversations no sane person wants to have on a first date. Or ever. Kaitlyn takes the excitement thing up a notch: Every date she goes on is the BEST DATE SHE’S EVER BEEN ON, in her entire life. Boxing? YES! Underwater photo shoot? YESSSS!!! Stand up comedy with comedian Amy Schumer? YES, YES, YES!

Wait at least a month to start an argument about… anything! If, during the second conversation you’ve ever had, you get into a bonafide argument about nothing…. ABORT. Things will probably not work out under any circumstances.

Dating is better with alcohol. Getting to know people is infinitely more entertaining with alcohol. Say no to coffee, yes to drinks.

Want to date like Kaitlyn? You can do pretty similar stuff right here in Spokane.

Boxing: The first date involved eight guys, Kaitlyn and a rendezvous at an abandoned-looking warehouse that turned out to be a boxing gym.

“Boxing is a lot like relationships: it takes focus, discipline, commitment,” says coach Laila Ali. Also, sometimes you get knocked out. Get back up. Recover. Or need emergency services.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Inlander staffers share some of their must-sees at Volume 2015

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

You might have heard Volume kicks off today, with 98 bands playing in venues all over downtown Spokane. It's pretty great. You can read up on all the bands, learn everything you need to know about navigating the thing, and set up your own schedule on the handy app that will keep you informed of who's playing when, and allow you to share your personal schedule with your friends on social media.

Cool, right? I know we'll see you out and about. In the meantime, a bunch of the Inlander staff shared short lists of artists they're particularly excited about trying to see Friday and Saturday nights. The writers are in alphabetical order, the bands they chose are in no particular order. If you don't have time to peruse the descriptions of every act playing put your trust in one of these folks: 

Lael Henterly, staff writer
All Your Friends Friends, Friday, Red Room Lounge, 9:45 pm
The Flying Spiders, Friday, Red Room Lounge, 12:30 am
Dude York, Saturday, Mootsy's, 7 pm
VATS, Saturday, Mootsy's, 8 pm
Marshall McLean Band, Saturday, Irv’s Outdoor Stage, 9 pm

Laura Johnson, music editor
Crystalline, Friday, the Bartlett, 9 pm
Age of Nefilim, Friday, Mootsy’s, 9 pm
Down North, Friday, nYne, midnight
Dude York, Saturday, Mootsy’s, 11 pm
Fauna Shade, Saturday, Red Room Lounge, 6:35 pm

Dan Nailen, staff writer
Silver Treason, Friday, Irv’s Outdoor Stage, 8 pm
Puff Puff Beer, Friday, nYne, 10:55 pm
Fun Ladies, Saturday, The Pinnacle, 7:20 pm
Cursive Wires, Saturday, Irv’s Outdoor Stage, 8:10 pm
The Shivas, Saturday, Big Dipper, 9:45 pm
Flannel Math Animal, one of our Bands to Watch in 2015.
  • Flannel Math Animal, one of our Bands to Watch in 2015.

Mitch Ryals, staff writer

The Dip, Friday NYNE, 9:45 pm
Puff Puff Beer, Friday, nYne, 10:55 pm
Shaprece, Friday, Red Room, 11:15 pm
Flannel Math Animal, Saturday, Bartlett, 6:15 pm
Whiskey Dick Mountain, Saturday, Pinnacle Northwest, 10 pm

Chey Scott, listings editor
Stucco, Friday, Big Dipper, 6:15 pm
Water Monster, Friday, The Bartlett, 10 pm
Kithkin, Saturday, Red Room Lounge, 7:30 pm
Marshall McLean Band, Saturday, Irv's Outdoor stage, 9 pm
Boy Eats Drum Machine, Saturday, nYne, 10:50 pm

Jake Thomas, staff writer
Loomer, Friday, Big Dipper, 10:30 pm
Flannel Math Animal, Saturday, The Bartlett, 6:15 pm
NasalRod, Saturday, The Pinnacle, 9:20 pm
Weed, Saturday, 10:40 pm, The Pinnacle
Flee the Century, Saturday, Mootsy's, Midnight
Loomer, one of our Bands to Watch in 2015.
  • Loomer, one of our Bands to Watch in 2015.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sasquatch! 2015: The fashions people wear in the wilderness

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Butts are the new big thing this summer. - LAURA JOHNSON
  • Laura Johnson
  • Butts are the new big thing this summer.

They packed up their banana suits, their flower children costumes and the tiniest booty shorts they could find. For so many Sasquatch! Music Festival attendees, it’s all about the wardrobe. Some people have clearly planned their costumes for weeks, others choose to wear not much of anything at all. Here are some of the highlights/lowlights from the Memorial Day Weekend festival.

- Oh Captain! My captain! The nautical captain hat is still huge.
This guy fashioned a cardboard shawl out of last night's beverage containers. - LAURA JOHNSON
  • Laura Johnson
  • This guy fashioned a cardboard shawl out of last night's beverage containers.
- Glad to see Seattle Mariners hats made more of an appearance than Toronto Blue Jays hats (there were more of the latter last year).
- I only saw one of those full Indian headdresses. So glad those are going away. Hopefully, we’ll see less of the sombreros and the rice paddy hats next year.
- The flower headband is as strong as ever. Some went too far, however, wearing what looked like a whole shrub wrapped around their head.
- (Faux) Animal fur caps were super hot, in more ways than one.
- Don’t forget the large-brimmed circle hat isn’t just for Californians or hipsters. So many have one now.

Unlike most of the other fashion statements, which don’t translate to the real world, the butt-out trend is hugely on point for summer (see above). That’s right, booty shorts for women are currently the bee’s knees. And I don’t mean normal short-shorts, I mean so short the cheeks peek out. For any female who feels empowered, self-reliant and beautiful wearing these sorts of clothes, that’s awesome. For everyone else, you have my permission to not wear them. Know that it’s OK to have your butt covered. Know that it’s OK to buck the trends and wear full ass-covering bottoms. Know that personality and intellect get you much further in this world than how fine your butt looks, girl.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Giant Palouse Earthworm lives!

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 4:03 PM

It may not be three feet long, but it's still called the Giant Palouse Earthworm - HENRY MOORE JR./FRIENDS OF THE CLEARWATER
  • Henry Moore Jr./Friends of the Clearwater
  • It may not be three feet long, but it's still called the Giant Palouse Earthworm

The squirmy buggers certainly aren't easy to find, but by some miracle of nature, a Latah County resident stumbled upon not one but three specimens of the extremely rare and very real Giant Palouse Earthworm this past weekend. The discovery was made on Paradise Ridge, southeast of Moscow.

Cass Davis, who also came upon two specimens of the worm back in 2012, has been keeping an eye out for more of the elusive species since that previous discovery. The Giant Palouse Earthworm last made major headlines back in 2005 and 2010.

In 2009, the Inlander also published a profile on one researcher's quest to find the unusual creature. Lest anyone has forgotten, the Giant Palouse Earthworm (GPE) is a pale white worm that has been mythologized to grow up to three feet long, to emit a lily-like odor and also spit when aggravated. As recent as 2005, the GPE was thought to be extinct, but that same year was found by a University of Idaho graduate student near Albion, Washington. Then, in 2010, another U of Idaho researcher, Karl Umiker, found two more specimens outside Moscow.

Why all the fuss about a worm? The species' habitat, the native Palouse Prairie, is an incredibly endangered ecosystem, with less than 1 percent of its original area remaining. Back in the late 1800s, when the Palouse was settled and transformed into the agricultural heartland it is today, farmers plowed up the native plants and soil, effectively destroying the GPE's habitat. Researchers believe this is why finding surviving worms has become a literal quest to find a needle in a haystack. 

The GPE was petitioned by scientists and conversationalists in 2009 to be placed under protection of the Endangered Species Act, but U.S. Fish and Wildlife denied the request.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: The world's latest cat stars — Pompous Albert and Brimley

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Forgive us for the lack of new cat-filled posts — sometimes the cat culture news is slow. This week, however, we're here to introduce a particularly pissed off cat who's emerged as the next big Internet star (back off, Grumpy Cat) and a Washington-state native who's also reached celebri-cat status.

While the Grumpy Cat's retail empire has become ubiquitous from the mall to the grocery store, there's a new cat on the scene whose icy glare is even more menacing and filled with disdain. Last month, a Salt Lake City feline by the name of Albert — better known as "Pompous" Albert — surfaced on the 'Net and has since racked up more than 58,000 followers on Instagram. Here's the reason why: 

Albert is displeased you're reading about cats at the office again. - @POMPOUS.ALBERT INSTAGRAM
  • @pompous.albert Instagram
  • Albert is displeased you're reading about cats at the office again.

Albert is of the curly-haired Selkirk Rex breed, and his owners say he was a "rejected" show cat. Obviously, though, not being active in the cat show circuit looks to be Albert's gain. He's named after the famously white- and wild-haired physicist Albert Einstein, and spends his days judging the inferiority of humans at the art gallery where he resides as office overlord.

Meanwhile, a former ward of the Seattle Persian and Himalayan Rescue — the same group responsible for rehabilitating and rehoming the late, great Colonel Meow — has taken the title of "America's Next Cat Star."

Brimley, a snowy white Persian, received the honors earlier this month when he took top votes for the silly yet serious Animal Planet "reality" contest that reflects the world's growing fascination and acceptance of cats as pop-culture celebrities. 

We just want to pet that soft, soft kitty. - @BRIMLEYCAT INSTAGRAM
  • @Brimleycat Instagram
  • We just want to pet that soft, soft kitty.

The Tukwila, Washington-based cat had quite the rough start in life, which no doubt won over audiences and judges of the contest. Rescued from a breeder who'd more than given up on him, Brimley nearly lost his eyes before Seattle Persian took him under its care and nursed him back to health. He was adopted by a doting cat dad, RJ LaCount, and is living a much-deserved life of luxury, with all the belly rubs, vacuum grooming sessions (yes, really) and tasty treats he could ever dream of. You bet right if you guessed his namesake is the one and only Wilford Brimley

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

VIDEO: Running Bloomsday in two minutes

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Bloomsday has several GoPro cameras stationed on the course. They are capturing one still frame every second so that people can download their results photos. This year, the cameras captured more than 50,000 images and we thought it would be cool to combine them all into one quick video, with Summer in Siberia providing the soundtrack. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CAT FRIDAY WEDNESDAY: SHS hosts a baby shower Friday for the tiniest spring arrivals — kittens!

Posted By and on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:55 PM

It's still the beginning of the annual period from spring through late summer that animal welfare workers refer to as "kitten season" — the time of year when the most un-spayed female cats become pregnant and give birth. Even though it's early, the Spokane Humane Society has already taken in around 150 kittens born this spring, and that number will exponentially increase in the coming months.

The event offers information on how to become a foster parent for homeless kittens born this year. - SPOKANE HUMANE SOCIETY
  • Spokane Humane Society
  • The event offers information on how to become a foster parent for homeless kittens born this year.

To spread the word that these kittens rely heavily on the community's support during their early stage of life, SHS is hosting its first ever Kitten Shower this Friday evening. The event is just what the name implies — a baby shower, but for homeless kittens. The concept has proven to be a successful way for animal sheltering organizations across the United States to collect much-needed supplies and to teach the community about the intensive process of caring for kittens until they're old enough to be adopted (usually around two months). 

The drop-in event this Friday, April 17, is happening from 6-8 pm at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook, in the Hillyard neighborhood). Those interested in learning more about fostering kittens for the Humane Society are invited to attend, as well as anyone who wants to support the shelter's efforts to raise kittens — many without mothers — from their earliest days. The shelter is collecting donated supplies that are in demand this time of year (see a list of requested items below). 

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Friday, April 3, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: Cats troll the world this April Fools', and we wish it was real

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 12:14 PM

April Fools' Day is an unrelenting online troll fest these days. Since cats rule all corners of the web, it's appropriate that some of the best viral pranks this year featured cats front and center. Some of the feline-centric jokes this year were so damn good, it's depressing to cat lovers that they're not real, especially in a world where cat cafes are a thing, and anyone's cat can give Grumpy a run for her money. 

Just pushing the envelope of "it could be real" was a totally genius prank pulled by the Colorado Springs Independent alt-weekly, which actually went as far to put its joke on the cover of its April 1 issue. You can see why some readers took it seriously. The Independent used the opportunity to make light of an issue facing city developers improving a park site, which has been found to be contaminated with asbestos.


Perhaps the most viral joke this week was the clever ploy pulled off by Groupon: Grouber, an Uber-like ride service that replaced humans with feline drivers and was pitched as a service for Groupon users heading out to redeem an offer. With catchy copy like this, who could resist? 

Our drivers are spayed, neutered and have no reason to curl up in your lap and make it awkward. Trust us, these cats are cool. And every Grouber experience should be a paws-itive one.

Grouber cars are purportedly directed by a red laser beam projected from the front of the car that plots the trip's route, since you know — cats + laser pointers. 

Grouber from Groupon on Vimeo.

As much as both cat lovers and the indifferent laughed and admired the legitimate attempt of these two well-pulled pranks, this next one has no reason to not be real someday. 


The supposed launch of a cat-proof sofa from Ikea is also something that should and could be real, but sadly isn't, yet. 

Microsoft got into the game, too, with Office for Cats, a suite of products called PowerPounce, OneNap and Meow. 

Cats are (for good reason) not being trained to become seeing-eye-pets to guide blind people

Music streaming service Rdio is also not partnering with famous cats to release a new cat-centric music service, Rdio-Meowz.


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How to get the most out of the Inlander's mobile site

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM

The Inlander recently revamped our mobile site — making it more beautiful and more powerful — and for those who haven't explored its depths, we wanted to give you a quick tour. 

When you first visit on your phone, it should automatically direct to our mobile site ( Once there, it should ask you if you want to install "this web app on your phone" — meaning you'll save a shortcut on your home screen that automatically takes you to Inlander mobile. (It will look like any regular app that you've downloaded, and it will automatically launch the site when you hit it.)

If for some reason your particular browser doesn't give you a prompt to save the site to your home screen, you can manually save it by hitting the button seen here or a similar one, and then following the prompts to "add to home screen." If you're an Android user, it's as simple as going to on your phone, hitting your menu button and finding the "add to homescreen" link, as explained here


First, you'll probably notice beautiful, big photos and our great articles. Then you'll see buttons to things you'll use time and again. Search the region's best, most comprehensive listings for restaurants; sort for the nearest locations and by category, neighborhood and name. Search our database of events by category, neighborhood and featured ones selected by staff. Do the same for live music. Or you can also figure out what's playing at the movie theater nearest you.

Scroll just a little, and you'll see our Top Stories. Scroll a bit more, and find our Latest Stories. Scroll again, there are featured events. Down a bit farther, you'll see the most recent slideshows.

The Inlander's blog, Bloglander, is where you find the very latest stories — including regular features like "What's Up Today," "Weed Wednesday" and "Cat Friday."


Hit the navigation button in the top left and find short cuts to everything else: Read all of our stories from Best Of; browse through a variety of recent slideshows; enter to win free stuff in one of our contests; or peruse our issues archives to find a story in a particular edition.   
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Behind the cover: Fish Fight

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM


It is always a tricky dance on how to illustrate a story on our cover.

Does it call for a photo? Does it call for an illustration? There is not steadfast rule.

It involves a lot of hashing out with the writer and boiling the idea down to one image. For this week's cover story about how the Spokane Tribe lost its fishing rights due to the Grand Coulee Dam, I felt an illustration showing a dead fish and a trickle of water would convey the scope of the story, or at least scratch the surface. 

Look for the new issue hitting the streets Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 
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