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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Think you know Spokane-area movies? Take this quiz!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Select a movie on each slide that was filmed in or around the Spokane area.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: Notable runners up for "Best Local Cat" in the Best Of readers poll

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 1:43 PM


We had no idea what to expect after placing one of the most unusual questions on the ballots for this year's Best Of the Inland Northwest readers poll: Best Local Cat. 

The unlikely odds this question ended up on the ballot was actually in part thanks to this writer, who, in testing last year's online voting system, half-seriously responded to last year's "Best question we didn't ask?" with a cat-themed inquiry.

Early predictions around the Inlander office were a runaway victory by Spokane's most influential famous cat — Keyboard Cat. Yet, surprisingly, it was not Keyboard Cat who took the ultimate title, but a petite little tabby named Laney, who resides at a long-time local business, Dan's Barber Shop. I had the lovely opportunity to write about Laney in this year's Best Of issue (scroll to the bottom of the linked page for her story).

Omar Little is a feisty little guy. - ROBIN HAYNES
  • Robin Haynes
  • Omar Little is a feisty little guy.
Once the ballots were tallied, Charlie Schmidt's Keyboard Cat (who we profiled about a year ago) landed the second-place spot, followed by an unforeseen unknown in third place, a spunky rescue cat by the name of OMAR LITTLE. Pets outside of the public eye were an obvious trend in responses to this question. To find out more about Omar I tracked down his owner, Robin Haynes, a principal at the Spokane office of the law firm Witherspoon Kelley.
 
The name Omar Little may sound familiar to some — Haynes' named the cat after a stick-up man who robs drug dealers on the HBO crime drama The Wire

"He's a little gangster with a lot of personality... it's like living with a little panther," Haynes notes. "He likes to punch you in the face with his paw to get you to feed him because his bowl being empty is a problem."

Omar was adopted in 2012 at 11 months old from the Spokane Humane Society, after he'd already been in three different homes and returned to the shelter each time. At the shelter, he was known as Henri. Haynes says that while there, shelter staff taught him to play fetch, walk on a leash and do other tricks for treats. Omar is currently featured on this year's SHS desk calendar, for which he had a professional photo shoot.

Haynes is a huge fan of The Wire, and Omar's little brother is also named after a gangster character in the show. Wee-Bey, however, is Omar's total opposite. Haynes calls him the "shyest cat ever."

Scrolling through the hundreds of nominees for "Best Local Cat," I was intrigued to learn more about a few other cats with pop-culture namesakes. And in an age where cats seem to have just as good odds as humans to nab 15 minutes of fame, it's time to let the world know about some of the Northwest's most interesting feline personalities.

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX
 
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Owned by
: Jerry Schutz

Age: 2 years

Adopted from: Humane Society of the Palouse, in March 2013. (This was after Schutz found the cat wandering around his home, sneaking inside repeatedly for several hours. Once it was determined the cat was a stray, Schutz made it official.)

Name inspiration: President of the Galaxy from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Jerry writes, "As you may recall Zaphod Beeblebrox has two heads — the one without brains who signed the order to blow up the Earth, and the intelligent one that got him elected president, running the 'Don't Vote for Stupid' campaign."

If Zaphod could communicate his surprise at being nominated, what would he say? “Don't try to understand me, just be grateful that you felt the warmth of Zaphod Beeblebrox's aura on your wonderstruck face.”

SQUEEZE BOX
 
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Owned by
: Sarah Knutson

Age: 9 years

Adopted from: In September 2006, he was a kitten living at a barn in Montana where Knutson boarded her horse. He loved people, and didn't like to hang out with the other cats on the farm, so the barn owners asked if anyone would take him, and she couldn't resist.

Strangest quirk? "I swear he is a dog in cat's clothing. He begs for food, patrols the house, and waits at the door for me to come home. He is always happy to see me and follows me everywhere."

If Squeeze Box could communicate his surprise at being nominated, what would he say? He would wonder if there was food involved, particularly ice cream, which is his favorite.

CATRICK SWAYZE 
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Owned by
: Jonathan Manfredonia

Age: 1 year; his birthday was on St. Patrick's Day

Adopted from: SpokAnimal, in September 2014 

What is his strangest quirk? "He's the most seductive cat I've ever met. He immediately jumps into the lap of anyone who comes over, and swoons them into heavy petting with his big, innocent eyes and baritone purr."
 
If Catrick could communicate his surprise at being nominated, what would he say? He would quote the other Swayze from Point Break, "Little hand says it's time to rock and roll!" 

CHUPACABRA
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Owned by
: Elliot Stoll

Age: Around 6 or 7 years

Adopted from: Partners for Pets, in September 2010

Nicknames: The Chupacabra, Chup (choop), Chalupa

Strangest quirk? "Her need to announce herself with a series of meows when entering a room. However, her frequent vocalizations are what makes her unique. She's an extremely well-behaved cat, and we're glad to have her."

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RON BURGANDY 

Owned by
: Nathan and Lisa Smith

Age: 9 years

Adopted from: SpokAnimal, in March 2006

Name inspiration: "The first Anchorman came out while we were in college. We were looking for something unique with some personality, and this fit the bill. Ron Burgundy has a classy way about him."

Favorite thing about him? "He likes to be where the action is, but he is not too clingy. He has also developed a special bond with our Weimaraner, Yoda. For instance, he likes to hide behind walls and surprise him when he walks by."

If Ron could communicate his surprise at being nominated, what would he say?  Undoubtedly, he would be asking where the afterparty is.


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Tickets still available for Ham on Regal

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 12:08 PM


Since the school opened in 1963, there's been a Ham on Regal show at Joel E. Ferris High School on the South Hill.

The variety show features parents and school staff for a big ol' night of comedy, music and whatever else the Ham Players decide to throw at their audiences. The proceeds from Ham on Regal, which last year topped $100,000, go to benefit a variety of programs not  fully funded by the district and are distributed to staff through an application process.

The show runs all weekend and tickets are still available for all three nights (7:30 pm tonight, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm tomorrow). You can get those tickets at the Ham on Regal website.

A little history behind the beloved event:

Ham on Regal was born in the fall of 1963, with the opening of Joel E. Ferris High School. Two parent-teacher groups combined to put together a show that would raise funds to support school activities. The success of the show truly bonded the two groups and laid the foundation for the tremendously strong parent-school community we now enjoy at Ferris.

The Ham on Regal Players acquired its name from the title of the 1969 production. While searching for a name for the show, the chairman suggested “Ham on Regal” because the school faces Regal Street. Since then, the troupe has been known as the Ham on Regal Players or "Hams" for short. The five decade long venture stems from the work of thousands of parents and teachers over the past 52+ years. 
And here's a promo for this weekend's show.
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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.

INSTAGRAM USER ATCHOUMFAN
  • 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?

INSTAGRAM USER ATCHOUMFAN
  • Instagram user Atchoumfan

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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." 
click image "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 - LAURA NEUBERT
  • 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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