Monday, December 5, 2016

Guns N' Roses schedules show at The Gorge for September 3, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:11 PM

The current version of Guns N' Roses revolves around Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash (center three)
  • The current version of Guns N' Roses revolves around Duff McKagan, Axl Rose and Slash (center three)

Among the least predictable success stories in the music biz this year was the reunion (of sorts) of Guns N' Roses for the Coachella music festival and a slew of stadium dates across the U.S. and South America.

Billed as the "Not In This Lifetime..." tour, the reunion of volatile lead singer Axl Rose with guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan proved both a critical and commercial winner, which was surprising given the bad blood between the old bandmates and Rose's (apparently former) propensity for showing up hours late for shows. The fact that founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin wasn't involved at all, and original drummer Steven Adler was just an occasional guest for a song or two, didn't damper enthusiasm for hearing old chestnuts like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Mr. Brownstone" and "You Could Be Mine" delivered by three-fifths of one of the great rock bands of the late '80s/early '90s.

The tour proved so successful, in fact, that the band added a slew of European dates and some more American shows for 2017, including a gig at The Gorge in Washington on September 3, 2017. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday at 10 am. Early access to tickets is possible for people who join the band's fan club, Nightrain; $45 and $85 levels come with a variety of perks, t-shirts and assorted trinkets as well as the ability to buy four tickets before the public on-sale Saturday. The presale is going already.

Tickets for the public start at $90 for general admission, with seats and pit passes to the front of the stage going for $250 and up. They are available through Ticketmaster right here.

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Adopt a local family for the holidays and give back to the community

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Most of us look forward to the holidays — time spent with loved ones, gift exchanges and religious celebrations. Yet, many families in our community also view the holidays as an incredibly stressful time as they struggle to make ends meet while trying to provide holiday joy for those they love. These families need help to make their children’s wishes come true, as well as their own. If you feel grateful for your own blessings this season, consider helping provide hope and joy to other families through the following programs:

YWCA Adopt-a-Family Holiday Giving Program
This holiday giving program supports women, children and families that have been affected by domestic violence and abuse. Each mother and her children provide a list of items needed/wanted for the holidays, as well as some details about the situation the mother is in and details about her and her children’s lives. Individuals or organizations can choose to sponsor one or more of the families' wish lists. For more information, contact program coordinator Melanie Wilson, at [email protected]

Christmas Wish
Started by 92.9 ZZU’s Ken Hopkins and Dave Sposito in 1995, this program seeks to help local families in need around the holidays. You can buy a raffle ticket, donate new toys or buy a paper ornament; all gifts directly support Christmas Wish and help a family in the community have a brighter and more hopeful Christmas.

Tree of Sharing
This long-time annual program provides gifts for children and families who may not be able to receive gifts otherwise. Pick up a gift request tag at River Park Square, Spokane Valley Mall or Northtown Mall. Each tag lists the age, gender and needs of the particular child and the deadline for returning the gift (this Sunday, Dec. 11!). For those financially unable to adopt a whole family, this is a way to make a difference in a family’s Christmas that will bring joy and laughter to the children provided for.

Project Hope
This program of the Spokane County Jail Ministries seeks to provide gifts and bibles to families with children who visit the jail at Christmastime to see family members serving time there. You can adopt a family and buy the children gifts, with the option to deliver items in person to the family, or donate cash so that someone else can buy and deliver gifts. The program is a way to provide gifts to children who may have one or both primary caregivers in the jail, not able to be home with their loved ones for the holidays.
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Monday Morning Place Kicker: Eags, Zags, 'hawks roll; Cougs and Vandals go bowling

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:35 AM

The college football bowl bids are in, the NFL is barreling toward the playoffs and the Zags are already looking scary before the WCC season starts. Let's get caught up with the regional sports scene.

Gage Gubrud set a school record with 47 completed passes against Central Arkansas. - EWU ATHLETICS
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  • Gage Gubrud set a school record with 47 completed passes against Central Arkansas.


Eastern Washington won its first game of this year's FCS playoffs on Saturday, taking down Central Arkansas 31-14 after falling behind early. Quarterback Gage Gubrud threw and ran for more than 500 yards of total offense, all-world wide receiver Cooper Kupp tallied a couple of touchdowns and the team is on to the quarterfinals this Saturday for a showdown against the Richmond Spiders in Cheney.
The Big Takeaway: The Eags enjoy home-field advantage through the semi-final round if they keep winning. If there's anything for fans to worry about, it's those slow starts of recent games.
What to say to your Eags-fan friends today: "Hey, the temperature's going to get up to 32 on Saturday! What time we tailgating?"

With Washington rolling to the Pac-12 championship by beating down Colorado on Friday night, the Huskies earned a spot in the Final Four of college football. They will play No. 1-ranked Alabama on New Year's Eve in the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl. So — good luck with that, Huskies.

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Donut Parade closes, Dakota-Access pipeline delayed and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Donut Parade is closed for good.
  • Donut Parade is closed for good.


• RALLY, Kyle Gass Band and The Santaland Diaries among this week's happening happenings.

• A new three-day music festival called Tinnabulation aims to put Spokane on the concert-destination map next fall.


Spokane's long-standing breakfast-pastry epicenter Donut Parade has closed its doors, announcing its demise via Facebook (Spokesman-Review):

Santa is Watching
'Tis the season for people to steal Christmas deliveries off of front porches, as has been happening on the South Hill already. (KXLY)

Heavy metal thunder
2016 comeback kings Guns 'n' Roses are scheduled to play The Gorge on Sept. 3, 2017. Let's see if Axl, Slash et al can keep their reunion going until then. (KREM)

Good tidings
A benefit for Post Falls murder victim Bo Kirk raised more than $10,000 for his family. (KHQ)


Um, okay?
President-elect Donald Trump continued his streak of picking controversial candidates for his cabinet, today choosing Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, despite Carson reportedly saying he wasn't qualified to lead another department, Health & Human Services, because the doctor had never run a federal agency. (CNN)

Dakota pipeline delayed
The voices of water protectors and environmentalists were apparently heard in the White House, as the Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday it would not allow the Dakota Access pipeline to be built underneath a section of the Missouri River that serves the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. It is possible that decision could change when Trump takes over the White House.

Club catastrophe
The death toll stands at 35 so far as fire officials have suspended the search for victims of a warehouse fire that broke out during a concert Friday night in Oakland. Continuing the search in the unstable remains of the structure is considered to unsafe.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

THIS WEEK: RALLY, Santaland Diaries, East Sherman release party and more

Posted By on Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Local rockers East Sherman celebrate a new EP this week.
  • Local rockers East Sherman celebrate a new EP this week.

The holiday season is in full swing, with just a few weeks to go before Christmas, so peruse our event listings and Staff Picks for all kinds of ways to keep the kids and visiting relatives entertained. And go ahead and pick out something nice for yourself, too.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Dec. 5

LIVE BANDS | Bow before the power of the D! Well, half of Tenacious D, anyway, as the incredibly talented and hysterically funny Kyle Gass brings his Kyle Gass Band to the Big Dipper. Read Inlander music editor Laura Johnson's interview with Gass here, and give his band a listen as they cover Steely Dan:

Tuesday, Dec. 6

COMMUNITY | The creative minds with local arts organization Terrain quickly saw a local need to safely express and unite to share some of the emotional responses to this year's election, and the result is RALLY, an impromptu, community-driven art show opening tonight.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

What we know so far about next year's Tinnabulation Music Festival

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 5:38 PM


Spokane has hosted all sorts of music, arts and food festivals, certainly, and even a World's Fair, but we haven't had anything quite on the level of Tinnabulation Music Festival. Next September, the new festival's organizers plan to bring in a handful of national touring acts to Riverfront Park and the Spokane Convention Center, along with regional and local talent to fill out a 50-plus band lineup. The music and arts festival will run Friday through Sunday, the weekend following Pig Out in the Park.

Tinnabulation — taken from the term tintinnabulation, which means the sound of a bell ringing (the Clocktower was the major inspiration here) — is Matt Meyer's brainchild. Currently the event manager at the Spokane Convention Center, Meyer says he's been working to bring the large-scale festival to fruition for the last couple years, but that's meant convincing park planners, financial backers and more to get his vision off the ground. That the park is under construction has also made things tricky.

"My goal with this event is to help the park and Spokane in general," he says. "We want to have one more event, one last bash before summer ends."

At $150 for a three-day pass, the price tag may be a large pill for some Spokanites to swallow, but Meyers is optimistic that this will work. "It’s 50 bucks a day, and you’ll be able to see national touring bands throughout the days," he says.

Looking at other major festivals' ticket prices, this cost is quite comparable. Seattle's Bumbershoot was $225 for a three-day weekend ticket last year and Portland's MusicfestNW Project Pabst was $90 for a two-day pass.

At this point, the lineup won't be announced until May 1, with tickets going on sale May 19. And Meyer says he plans to stick to alternative, hip-hop and rock genres. He declined to comment on bands he may already have booked.

The Inlander is a sponsor for the event and our own Volume music festival will still hit earlier in the summer, this time June 2-3.
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Read notes local churchgoers wrote after Trump's election to show love to local refugees

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM

This week we have a story on how the friends, family and teachers of refugees are standing up in defense of their neighbors, survivors of war and devastation who Donald Trump's son has compared to poisonous Skittles.

And sure enough, just a few hours after we'd sent the story to print Tuesday, Trump decided to share some more of his early morning thoughts on refugees.

But in this week's story, I didn't want to focus on outrage over Trump or even on debunking misconceptions about American refugee policy. I wanted to focus on what Spokane was doing to show the people already here — many who'd gone through hell before every getting here — they were loved.

A lot of these were relatively small acts that nevertheless can matter a lot.

Like the notes that three churches — Branches, Salem Lutheran and The Porch — wrote to local refugees.

Brent Hendricks, head of the refugee employment and assistance organization Global Neighborhood, says he got the idea from a former volunteer who'd moved to Nebraska. The volunteer was teaching English as a Second Language to refugee woman, noticed some of them were really freaked out after Trump's election, and so asked some of his colleagues to write little notes of support.

He decided to steal the idea and emailed a few churches he'd partnered with.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Wreck the Halls with Bret Michaels, Kyle Gass Band, Wild Child and more

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Bret Michaels is here to wreck your halls.
  • Bret Michaels is here to wreck your halls.

Anyone trying to get into that Christmas spirit should check out tonight's show at the Big Dipper. The music venue is hosting a Pre-Holiday Get Down celebration with the help of local funky/blues acts Cattywomp, Ragtag Romantics and Dionysus and the Revelry. The all-ages show is $7 at the door and starts at 7:30 pm.

Of course you associate Bret Michaels with Christmas ... except probably not. Oh well, Michaels (sans the rest of Poison) comes through the Spokane Arena Saturday with a large crew of '80s hair metal acts for Wreck the Halls. The show includes RATT, Dokken, L.A. Guns, Warrant and Jack Russell's Great White all for $39 or $59. But that's the price you pay for a little nostalgia. Check out our interview with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer right here. And for those looking for even more sweet '80s nostalgia, this week's cover story has plenty more where that came from.

Jeremy McComb's Christmas Extravaganza kicks off for its seventh installment this Saturday at Post Falls' Nashville North, of which country singer McComb is a part owner. The evening features a bunch of Nashville songwriters including Rick Huckaby, who's written songs for Thomas Rhett and Trace Adkins, along with a few other surprise guests and Nashville North local favorite Luke Jaxon. The show, which starts at 6 pm, is $10 and proceeds go to the Post Falls Food Bank.

The KGB is coming! The Kyle Gass Band, that is. Monday, the one-half of Tenacious D that you're less likely to recognize comes to the Big Dipper along with his California cohorts for a night of lunacy and ridiculousness. The show begins at 7:30 pm and is $15 the day of. Openers include Hey! is For Horses and Supervillain. Be sure to read our interview with the singer-songwriter right here.

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Healthier health insurance, cutting-edge radiology and new issue on the street

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Former EWU professor Larry Kraft, 91, is one of six local athletes profiled in the new issue of InHealth illustrating a workout/life balance.
  • Former EWU professor Larry Kraft, 91, is one of six local athletes profiled in the new issue of InHealth illustrating a workout/life balance.

InHealth new issue on stands now!
Six local athletes-who-work share the secrets of balancing a career and fitness.

Healthier Health Insurance
In spite of all the political fretting about health insurance, NPR reports that the number of Americans who report they are struggling to pay medical bills has "plummeted" — down by 22 percent in the last five years.

In Washington State, the health plan exchange is "thriving" according to a report by the Wakely Consulting Group. Each Dec. 1, state law requires a formal update on the health of the Washington Health Plan Exchange. This year's report showed the exchange has attracted more insurers, creating more competition and stabilizing rates. "We hope our experience informs federal discussions as we transition to a new administration seeking to repeal the ACA,” says the Exchange's CEO Pam MacEwan in a press release.

The Spokane Shriners Hospital opens a new radiology suite Friday.
  • The Spokane Shriners Hospital opens a new radiology suite Friday.

On the Down Low

The Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane is cutting the ribbon today on a new radiology suite, with equipment designed to dramatically lower the dosage of radiation children receive from imaging. Shriner's new imaging system, unique in Washington state, can decrease radiation exposure by as much as 85 percent over the course of treatment.
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NIC settles rape lawsuit, slain Tacoma cop identified and morning headlines

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:49 AM


• GIFT GUIDE: Books, music, video games. You need presents, we got ideas.

• POLICE: Public records reveal the mood back in August when Mayor David Condon tapped then-Asst. Chief Craig Meidl for top cop.

• SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS: North Idaho College settled a lawsuit with a woman who accused the school of disciplining her, and not her alleged attackers, when she reported she was gang-raped at an off-campus party.


• Members of the city's Ethics Commission are crying foul after Mayor David Condon asked former city utilities director Rick Romero to help shape Condon's policy goals in his final years in office. The Ethics Commission has already rejected Romero's employment because of a city policy preventing retired employees from coming back to City Hall within a year. (Spokesman-Review)

• Retired Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis is President-elect Donald Trump's pick as secretary of defense. Mattis has been critical of President Barack Obama's strategy in the Middle East. (New York Times)
Slain Tacoma police officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez
  • Slain Tacoma police officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez

• A Washington Department of Corrections worker says he was a scapegoat for the agency's sentence-calculating glitch that ended up releasing several prisoners early. David Dunnington, an IT business manager, was identified in a report as one of the six employees who contributed to the DOC's delay in fixing the problem and was demoted. (Seattle Times)

• The Tacoma police officer who was shot and killed Thursday while responding to a domestic violence call has been identified as Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez. Witnesses say he sacrificed himself to protect his partner and the wife of the man who allegedly shot him. The 38-year-old alleged shooter has not yet been identified. (Tri-City Herald, Seattle Times)

• Public colleges and universities in Washington state have to beef up their adjudication process when a student faces expulsion, according to a state Court of Appeals ruling. Only 12 of the 27 public institutions of higher education are giving students a chance to defend themselves, the court found. (Seattle Times)
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