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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Spin the black circle, and get a deal on drinks in the process

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM


Consider it a salon with a soundtrack. A mix of passionate conversation about music and listening party, in which you can be some combination of DJ, lecturer and fan. 

The Bartlett is hosting its first Wax Club Wednesday night, in which anyone and everyone is invited to bring some vinyl to the bar to play it for fellow guests and talk about what makes it so great. 

Kent Ueland is the organizer of the thing; you might know him better as The Holy Broke. He says the inspiration came about "having a few too many drinks at The Observatory" and talking to bartender Anthony Burgess about how to make a vinyl night like the one that used to happen at Jones Radiator more personal and appealing than simply "bring a vinyl, get in line, it might get played." 

For the Wax Club, there are a few "regulations" — mostly that you bring an album and have a couple of reasons you love it that you're willing to share, as well as two "fun facts." 

Ueland says his inaugural contribution will be Silver Tongued Devil by Kris Kristofferson, "because I believe it's one of the strongest songwriting debuts ever." He's prepared to regale attendees with stories of Kristofferson landing a helicopter on Johnny Cash's lawn, and leaving a Rhodes Scholarship behind to pursue his musical dreams. 

"That's sort of what I hope for out of this whole thing — people bring records they are truly passionate about, and are happy to argue with any naysayers that may pipe up (nicely of course)," Ueland says.

There aren't any limitations, he says, other than the Golden rule of "don't be a dick," as in don't make 30 people listen to one song that lasts a whole side of an album. "The beauty of vinyl is that there are hard limitations to how long they can be, so that helps," he says. "Be cool and let's talk tunes. That's all."

Down the line, the Wax Club might incorporate some themes, like "bring the record you think has the strongest last song" or "bring your favorite classic crooner," Ueland says. But for the time being, he just wants to let folks know that Wax Club is "open to all people, vinyl lovers or not. Just come hang and listen if that's your style. Learn something — I know I will!"

Wax Club is Wednesday, June 29, from 7-11pm. It's open to all ages, and participants get 20 percent off their bar tab. And it's free. 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Spokane music and arts scene gets its own wall — online

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM


There’s a new way to find out about what’s going on in the local music and arts scene.

No, it’s not the most state-of-the-art website, but certainly, it’s to the point. The Spokane Wall tells you about some of the coolest musicians and comedians and artists putting on shows in the area, by posting event posters on a fake brick wall. Scroll right to see more. Click on the poster and be transported to the event’s Facebook page or website. That’s it. Simple.

The Spokane Wall, was created by local musician (the Poids)/artist/poet Chris Dreyer (who has freelanced for the Inlander in the past) as a way to promote local concerts and events in a curated way that wasn’t just on Facebook.

“Primarily, promotion from people who are putting on shows set up a FB event pretty much eight times out of 10,” Dreyer says. “That works, but you are only able to reach your friends with that.”

Multiple local media, venue and city websites offer event calendars, including the Inlander’s, to keep people up to date, but the Spokane Wall offers an exclusively visual way of taking in the happenings around town.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

How Spokane's TV habits compare to the rest of the U.S.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Obviously, we're all watching Game of Thrones, and that won't change until this Sunday's epic season six finale, the longest episode ever in the show's history. 

Newly released data from Comcast Xfinity OnDemand (so yeah, this doesn't cover all TV watchers, including the growing ranks of us who do all our traditional TV watching on the Internet these days) compares the Spokane metro area's viewing habits to the rest of the U.S., and the findings are actually pretty interesting. Here's the list of Spokane Comcast customers top 10 shows:


Apparently, Big Bang Theory is a thing still these days? Side note: I recently saw a Big Bang Theory LEGO set being advertised, which seems sort of odd, considering that most other LEGO sets on the market these days cater to both adult collectors and kids (like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Ghostbusters and Marvel). Big Bang Theory though? What kids who still play with LEGOS are watching that show? 

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fame! Money! Enter our Annual Manual photo contest

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 3:29 PM


Every year we put together a killer little publication you've probably seen, the Annual Manual, offering locals and visitors to the Inland Northwest virtually everything they need to know for living and playing in our neck of the woods. 

This year, you can be the visionary behind the cover if you win the first-ever Annual Manual Photo Contest. Not only will your shot be the cover of this glossy publication, and seen by hundreds of thousands of eyeballs over the course of a year — you'll also get a cool $250. 

You can find all the pertinent details here, but here are some basics: 

• The theme of the photo is This Is Why We Live Here. Show us the images of the people, places, and landscapes that illustrate what’s so special about living in the Inland Northwest.

• If there are people in your photos, you're going to need to have a signed model release from them, allowing their image to be used. 

• The deadline for submitting your photos is July 8 at 5 pm, and winners will be notified by July 15. 

• The photos need to have been shot after Jan. 1, 2015. You can submit as many as you like, and they can be in color or black-and-white. And we need a 100-words-or-less caption telling us what's in the picture, the story behind the photo.

• To be considered for the cover, the shot needs to be vertical. But you can submit horizontal shots to potentially be included inside the magazine. 

For all the details in terms of photo size and more, go right here

Happy shooting!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Announcing two more Suds and Cinema movies!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 4:33 PM


This year, we've been taking our Suds and Cinema series on the road, exploring different venues around the city in which we could watch a movie — usually a ridiculous movie, but sometimes one with more meat on its bones — and then, of course, drink local beer.

We've secured two more dates for Suds screenings, and they are as follows, dear readers.

On Thursday, Aug 18, we are bringing you a movie under the stars in Olmstead Park in Kendall Yards (it's the big open grass space at the west side of the neighborhood). We'll have a beer and cider garden for those with an ID, but the event will be all ages.

The movie, you ask? Uh, how about Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure? Widely considered one of the most accurate depictions of time travel in cinema, Bill and Ted's goes well with local beer and a warm evening.

We're partnering with Friends of the Centennial Trail for this event, and they'll benefit from the $5 suggested donation for your attendance. The fun and beer starts at 7 pm and the movie begins when it gets like 8:30 pm that time of year.

Should it rain that day, we'll reschedule for the following evening — Fri, August 19.

Then, on Thursday, Oct. 20, we're hosting our third annual Little Lebowski Urban Achievers Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Yes, this is The Big Lebowski — and we're doing it at the gorgeous Riverside Place (formerly know as the Spokane Masonic Temple).

As in previous years, we'll have a costume contest and other fun. This time, we'll also be serving White Russians.

We'll start that one at 7:30 pm and get the movie rolling around 8 pm, dude.

Stay tuned. We'll be announcing more about both of these events, including participating breweries, in the near future. We'll let you know of any additional Suds and Cinema events as we schedule them.
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Friday, May 13, 2016

25 ideas for "Inlander Dude II: Diddy Kong's Quest"

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Tagline: "The Dude Abides... For One Last Ride."
  • Tagline: "The Dude Abides... For One Last Ride."

Last week, we launched Inlander Dude, the Inlander's first free video game, a simulator of what would happen if the Inlander was a daily paper delivered into newspaper mailboxes like the Spokesman-Review. We haven't checked yet, but we assume some 16-year-old kid is already getting paid a six-figure salary for live-streaming it on his Twitch account. 

But we here at the Inlander are never satisfied. Understanding that video-game development is very much about finding a successful franchise and running into the ground, I'm unilaterally pitching the notion of an Inlander Dude sequel titled, Inlander Dude II: Diddy Kong's Quest. 

Here's what I've come up with so far:


Ambitious Inlander delivery technician Sean "Diddy" Kong in his quest to deliver papers in order to raise enough money to buy a vintage copy of "Donkey Kong Country II: Diddy Kong's" from Trade-A-Game.

To do this, Kong must break the vow he made to his wife and children that he would put the Inlander Dude life behind him, and once more become... The Inlander Dude. 


1. The stakes are higher than ever. Every time Inlander Dude crashes — your computer crashes too. 

2. Gender parity achieved by adding Ms. Inlander Dude, Inlander Dude with a pink bow, to the list of playable characters.

3. Public records request idle minigame! Plant your record request, then wait four months in real time until after the election for the city legal staff to release a censored version of the records you requested! Harvest and repeat!

4. New Red Pickup Truck character will scream profanity at Inlander Dude for riding his bicycle on the street and will try to run him off the road.

5. Oculus rift and always-online technology will allow players to read the Inlander... on the World Wide Web! 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Voters on Reddit confirm what we already know — that WSU has the best logo

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM

The Redditors have spoken.

Recently, on the massively popular online bulletin board/social news website's college football board, a bracket to determine the college with the best logo resulted in users naming Washington State University's as No. 1.

As any alumni or Cougar fan knows, this is true. Now with the powerful backing of Reddit users (there are 106,000+ subscribers on the college football board, /r/CFB), we can proclaim this affirmation loud and clear.

Created in 1936 by art student Randall Johnson, the crimson-colored WSU logo was a gift to the school after administration accepted the design. When the then Washington State College became a university, he changed the C to a U to become the logo we see today.

Below is what the voting bracket looked like. WSU was named winner with 56.3 percent of the final vote against Michigan State's spartan silhouette. Before that, WSU beat out San Diego State, Southern California, Cal, LSU, West Virginia, and Virginia.

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Love video games? Love prizes for playing video games? We have a deal for you

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 12:44 PM


Have you played our Inlander Dude video game yet, testing your skills in delivering papers and shooting down obstacles as you cruise the Kendall Yards neighborhood? 

I have, and it wasn't pretty. But no doubt some of you are hitting some scores that I can only dream of. And that's a good thing, because Greenstone President Joe Frank has an offer to all you gamers that could put a cool $500 worth of prizes in your pocket. 

How to score that bounty?

Easy — just beat Joe's high score at Inlander Dude — that would be 47,200 — and send a screenshot of your score to the Greenstone Homes Facebook page. Two winners will get $500 worth of goodies from Kendall Yards businesses. Just be sure to enter by 5pm on May 25 to be eligible. Winners will be notified via Facebook on May 27. 

So what are you waiting for? Take Inlander Dude out for a ride!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Today in dumb internet: Budweiser's all-American folly

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 2:26 PM

  • Anheuser-Busch

You've heard of "wrapping yourself in the flag," right? The idea that one is so patriotic, so full of love for country, that any suggestion that one's motivations are less than purely for the good of the nation is simply ridiculous? 

Anheuser-Busch is reportedly taking the idea to ridiculous extremes this summer by temporarily changing the name of its signature beer from "Budweiser" to "America." 


And the internet is, predictably, going a little apeshit over the idea. There's Fox News reporting it pretty straight, Time magazine comparing the idea to several other "laughably bad brand renames," Alternet calling the move "truly ridiculous," and a whole lot of other opinions on the matter virally spiraling through your social media feed as we speak. 

The move goes into effect on May 23 — just in time for Memorial Day because, you know, veterans — and runs into November, conveniently staying on shelves through Independence Day and Election Day. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A grant means Airway Heights will have more space for outdoor sports

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 3:53 PM

A rendering of the proposed 70-acre recreational complex south of Deno Road in Airway Heights.
  • A rendering of the proposed 70-acre recreational complex south of Deno Road in Airway Heights.

Lacking parks and fields for youth sports programs, Airway Heights has received funding for a new 70-acre recreational complex to be located south of Deno Road and west of Northern Quest Resort. 

The city secured $500,000 in funding for the first phase of the Airway Heights Recreation Complex — $1.7 million project. The complex will include fields for soccer, softball and other sports. 

J.C. Kennedy, the city's parks, recreation and community services director, says the existing parks in Airway Heights don't have the open space to lay out multi-purpose fields. The city has an agreement with the Cheney School District to use their fields for youth soccer and football programs. But as the Airway Heights community grows, more space is needed, he says.

"We just don't have open, flat space to be able to put soccer fields on," Kennedy says. 

This complex should help with that. The plan is to start construction south of Deno Road in June 2017. Of the $500,000 that has been secured, $200,000 comes from a state grant that state Rep. Jeff Holy, Sen. Michael Baumgartner and Rep. Kevin Parker helped the city receive. The other $300,000 comes from the city. 

Airway Heights is waiting to find out if it will receive an additional $500,000 in funding through another state grant. 
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