Sunday, January 15, 2017

THIS WEEK: Chevelle, Jewish film fest, MLK Day and Women's March on Spokane

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Chevelle headlines in Spokane this week.
  • Chevelle headlines in Spokane this week.

Start your day celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., if you have the day off or can get away from the office for a little parade action downtown, then plot a week of fun using our event listings and Staff Picks.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Jan. 16

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | You can also celebrate MLK Day by taking advantage of one of Washington state's Free State Park Days, and Monday is one of them.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

WORDS | Like to party, but quietly? Spark Central has you covered with its Silent Reading Party. Start a new book or finish off a new favorite, just keep your mouth zipped, mmmkay?

LIVE BANDS | Chevelle has had a sneaky successful career, and the trio comes through for a headlining gig at the Knitting Factory sure to please fans of its hard-driving tunes. Here's a little sample:

Wednesday, Jan. 18

COMMUNITY | The SFCC Black Student Union welcomes poet/filmmaker Donisha Rita-Claire, granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley for a talk to help celebrate MLK Day.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Gonzaga and St. Mary's finally face off — and it's all Zags

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:07 PM

Nigel Williams-Goss had a game high 19 points in a beat-down of Saint Mary's.
  • Nigel Williams-Goss had a game high 19 points in a beat-down of Saint Mary's.

It’s still technically winter break at Gonzaga, but a date with arch-rival Saint Mary’s drew the Kennel Club back to campus a few days before classes start up this week. 

After a string of games in front of docile crowds for the holiday break, the students showed a national television audience just how electric this building can be, even in a blowout.

And that youthful  energy powered the fifth-ranked Zags to a 17-0 record by dispatching the 21st ranked Gaels 79-56.

“We know it’s the toughest game on the schedule,” Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett said of the annual trip to Gonzaga.

That tough atmosphere came into play in the Zags favor over the final minutes of the first half. After a string of lackluster defensive possessions, Mark Few had his team employ a trap on a Saint Mary’s inbounds play. It frustrated the Gaels and the ball ended up with Johnathan Williams near half court. The junior forward took it to the basket for a thunderous dunk that sent the Kennel into a frenzy.

The building kept rocking as the Zags followed that by forcing a shot clock violation.

Saint Mary’s likes to play slow on the offensive end, with their possessions this season lasting an average of 20 seconds. But if they last 30 ticks, they're served with a violation. Gonzaga’s defense frustrated the Gaels all night, blocking six shots and forcing nine turnovers.

On the offensive end, Nigel Williams-Goss led the way with a game-high 19 points and six assists. Jordan Mathews (16 points), Johnathan Williams (14 points) and Zach Collins (10 points) also scored in double figures. Most impressively, however, was  the Zags' shooting touch tonight.

Of the eight Bulldogs who saw game action before garbage time, only Przemek Karnowski (nine points) shot below 50 percent from the field. Overall, Gonzaga went 65 percent from the field Saturday. And that happened against a strong defense.

Saint Mary’s gave up 56.6 points per game over their first 16 contests this season. The hot shooting Zags needed just 31 minutes to pass that mark.

Gaels’ junior center Jock Landale, an all-America candidate averaging 17.8 points per game, was held to just 10 tonight. The big Aussie went into foul trouble early in the first half, and again in the second, before fouling out of the game late.

When he picked up his fifth and final foul a full throated Kennel Club let a chant rain down on the Gael, “na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.


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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Hell's Belles, The Drip CD Release, Standing Rock benefit

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 2:08 PM

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Don't let the cold win! Go out this weekend and find a local concert to crash. Dance along, listen and scream. Let the music warm your soul.

FRIDAY
They call themselves audio terrorists, and for 10 years Richland-based the Drip has truly assaulted earholes with their extremely loud metal attacks. Today, the quintet is finally releasing their first full-length album, The Haunting Fear of Inevitability, and they come to the Observatory to share this joy with Spokane fans. This music is for people who enjoy the idea of standing out in a pulverizing thunderstorm with absolutely no shelter in sight. There are crashes and booms galore, along with tons of raging guitar licks pouring down on top of your skull. And when Brandon Caldwell starts screaming, it sounds like the end is truly near — but you won’t care. You’ll just want to keep screaming right along with him, all night long.  The show starts at 8 pm and is $8.

Tonight, the Pin! hosts a huge punk show with Scatterbox, Foxtrot Epidemic, Skunktopus and Bullets or Balloons. The super loud concert starts at 7:30 pm and is $5. For anyone who hasn't checked out the Pin! recently, they now have up and downstairs bars running.

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REVIEW: Pippin soars as high-flying journey of discovery

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:26 PM

Naysh Fox stars in the title role.
  • Naysh Fox stars in the title role.

In the late 1960s, around the time Pippin was first conceived, the notion of "finding yourself" had begun to infiltrate the popular imagination. The job that you were expected to hold from graduation until retirement, the dull routine of domesticity, the strictures of the nuclear family — in the minds of many, these came to be regarded as atavistic barriers to self-actualization. Free yourself from them and, now unencumbered by convention, you give yourself the opportunity to discover true fulfillment. Or even greatness.

Although it's largely (and inexplicably) set during the reign of Charlemagne, Pippin's plot—not to mention its songbook—bears the indelible timestamp of the era that gave rise to it. A young boy finishes university, questioning his identity and his place in the world. He ventures off to war in pursuit of glory. He takes part in orgiastic sex in pursuit of pleasure. He overthrows his father, a powerful leader, in pursuit of fairness and justice. Finally, exhausted by the futility of his quest for contentment, he winds up on a country estate with a young widow and her son. He comes to enjoy it, but he can't shake the feeling that he's destined for something extraordinary. After all, the high-flying troupe of players that encircles the action keeps telling him that.

Pippin's ultimate choice for his life runs counter to the troupe's wishes, of course, and puts paid to some of the more hedonistic stereotypes of its period. In that way, it makes for a refreshing homage to simplicity and anonymity, even though developing an appreciation for those qualities takes a lot of contrasting spectacle.

The nationally touring Broadway production of Pippin at the INB Performing Arts Center offers that spectacle in abundance. It has the acrobatics, illusions, ensemble routines and shameless glam for which this show is renowned, complemented by a top-notch and multi-talented cast of young singers, dancers and actors that is hard to fault. Naysh Fox plays a springy, charismatic Pippin who's delightful to watch; Housso Semon is a commanding Leading Player with a rich singing voice and a graceful, sensual execution of the Fosse-inspired choreography.
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SPD stiffed, Def Leppard booked (again), Roy Murry sentenced and other headlines

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 9:36 AM


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NEWS: Spokane Police billed the campaigns for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They haven't received a dime for more than $100,000 of police overtime.

MUSIC: Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla are all coming to Spokane this summer.


ART: Check out the Mary Crosses exhibition in downtown Spokane for free this evening. Ross Coates, the Moscow-based artist, says his work pays tribute to female deities, icons and goddesses.

IN OTHER NEWS:

• The U.S. Department of Justice released today a scathing report on the Chicago Police Department's systemic violation of citizens' rights. Among the investigation's most significant takeaways is the fact that police target minorities — specifically black and Hispanic people — with excessive uses of force. The "pattern and practice" is a result of failure to train officers in de-escalation, the DOJ investigation found. And the city of Chicago has policies in place that "impede investigation of officer misconduct." Read the entire report here. (Chicago Tribune)

• Barring a successful appeal, Roy Murry will die in prison. The triple murderer was sentenced to three life sentences, plus 35 years, for killing the family of his ex-wife. (Spokesman-Review)

• Mukilteo shooter Allen Ivanov was sentenced to life in prison for killing three young people at a house party last year. The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to the murders, requiring the judge to impose a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. (Seattle Times)

• Washington's newly elected superintendent of public instruction removed the department from a lawsuit against school districts across the state, including Spokane Public Schools. The lawsuit, filed by Chris Reykdal's predecessor, Randy Dorn, claims that the districts paid teacher, administrator and other salaries with local levy dollars, and argues that doing so is a violation of the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. (Columbian)

• Two members of the soul/funk band Tower of Power were hit by a train while walking to a gig in Oakland last night. Drummer David Garibaldi and bassist Marc Van Wageningen were treated at a local hospital. Doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that both men will recover. (LA Times)

• FBI Director James Comey is under internal investigation for his handling of Hillary Clinton's emails and the decision to call a news conference 11 days ahead of the election. The (New York Times)
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Def Leppard, Poison, Tesla coming back to Spokane this summer

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:09 PM

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  • Def Leppard

British classic-rockers just can't get enough of the Lilac City.

Hot on the heels of Elton John booking a gig at the Spokane Arena for the second time in less than three years, hard-rock heroes Def Leppard will do the same. They've scheduled a show for the arena on Wednesday, June 7, and will bring along Poison and Tesla for the show as well.

Tickets for the Def Leppard show are $29.50, $59.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $125, and will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 21, at the arena box office and at TicketsWest locations.

Def Leppard visited Spokane in the fall of 2015, delivering a solid show of old favorites. Tesla was on that bill as well. The addition of Poison is noteworthy as its the band's first tour in more than five years, a pause necessitated by drummer Rikki Rockett's battle with cancer.
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SPD billed Trump, Clinton and Sanders over $100,000 for police overtime — but didn't get a penny

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Trump spent plenty of time praising police in his big rallies, but won't pay the Spokane Police Department back what his rally cost the department - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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  • Trump spent plenty of time praising police in his big rallies, but won't pay the Spokane Police Department back what his rally cost the department

$100,000 is enough to pay the base salaries for two entry-level police officers. But last year, the Spokane Police Department spent more than that in overtime costs to help provide security for three presidential campaigns that held rallies in Spokane.

Hillary Clinton's appearance by Bill Clinton cost the city $2,793.28. Bernie Sanders' multiple rallies cost $33,318.73. And Trump? A whopping $65,124.69.

In June, The Spokesman-Review reported that the Spokane Police Department billed all three candidates who held major rallies in Spokane, asking for reimbursement.

But, ultimately the Clinton, Sanders and Trump campaigns didn't pay back a dime. Spokane Police Department Spokeswoman Michele Anderson says, as far as the police department knows, none of the campaigns even responded.

Police departments across the country tell similar stories. Dave Levinthal, reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, contacted numerous municipalities that attempted desperately to get the presidential candidates to reimburse them for their costs.

"They sent invoices, they sent bills, they called, they followed up," Levinthal says in an interview with The Inlander. "I don’t think Spokane is unique."

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Questions about a Spokane police shooting, sexism in Idaho House and morning headlines

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM


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NEWS: The family of a man shot by Spokane Police in 2011 remains unconvinced of the officers' accounts of what happened. Was James Rogers pointing a shotgun at the cop who killed him or trying to comply with police commands to surrender?

MUSIC: In times of turmoil, the arts flourish. This week, music editor Laura Johnson looks at ways in which local musicians stick it to the man with their music.

The River City Roots (et al) is playing a Standing Rock Benefit Concert at the Big Dipper this Saturday. $5 to get in, proceeds to the Oceti Sakowin Camp, where many protesters have lived since spring of last year.


A LESSON IN FAKE NEWS: How Spokane schools teach students to identify fake and biased news.

IN OTHER NEWS:

If you're reading this, it might already be too late. The snowplowing in Browne's Addition started at 9 am today. Any cars not moved from the north and south streets were towed. Tomorrow, east and west streets will be plowed. (Spokesman-Review)

• Spokane is rolling out a risk assessment tool that will assist judges in their decisions to release people accused of crimes, or hold them in jail. The tool was made possible, in part, by a $1.75 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation. (KXLY)

The repeal of Obamacare is inching closer after the Senate voted today on a resolution that clears the way for dismantling major sections of the universal healthcare law. (Washington Post)

• Ten key moments in President-elect Donald Trump's first post-election news conference, via the New York Times, in which Trump called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage," CNN "fake news" and compared the release of unverified documents to a Nazi tactic. The documents contained (again, unverified) details of Trump's connection to Russia.

• Idaho Rep. Heather Scott is at it again. The North Idaho representative could face punishment for an outburst in which she said women in the Idaho House only obtain leadership positions if they "spread their legs." (Spokesman-Review)
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What We've Been... Reading

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:38 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's biweekly rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, series we've been watching, music/podcast we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're nerding out about the great blogs, books and journalistic works we've come across lately.

Find past installments of "What We've Been..." here.

BE MORE WITH LESS
Capsule wardrobe bloggers can show you how freeing decluttering your closet can be.
  • Capsule wardrobe bloggers can show you how freeing decluttering your closet can be.
Every two weeks, I get obsessed with something different. Scroll through my Internet history and you’ll find the everyday Google searches then stumble upon 65 entries over three days wondering, “How to breathe properly” or “Best way to sleep.” Well, lately, it’s all about a capsule wardrobe: a compact, versatile collection of 30 items or fewer, typically to save money, closet space and reduce time spent looking through the contents of your closet, 90 percent of which you have no intention of wearing ever again. There are blogs upon blogs offering advice on how to streamline your wardrobe — that is, the “magic number” of items per season, 3, 5, 10, 20 basics you “must have” in your capsule, or “buy our $5/mo app or you’ll fail,” etc.

Be More with Less has been my go-to blog. It has a veritable ton of methods to declutter everything, positive posts on how to de-stress in general, and the ever-present reminder from blogger Courtney Carver that she is there to help, but no one knows what will work for you better than yourself. I have found I care less about the magic number of clothes, and more that nowadays I can actually remember every piece of clothing I own, so that’s a step for me.

If you’re ready (and it may hurt a little), also check out Tokyo-based organizing consultant Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a best-selling decluttering and organizing guide that took the world by storm in 2014. (RAVEN HAYNES)

SI DOES TRUE CRIME
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Sports Illustrated is best known (duh) for its photography, but the weekly mag has had its share of excellent writers and ripping good yarns during its decades of existence. And while the magazine is constantly trying new things to stay relevant in the modern media environment — hello fitness columns and ever-increasing dose of “charticles” — the Jan. 9 issue presented a new-ish feature called "SI True Crime" that really is just another name for what the magazine does best — combining some compelling storytelling with stellar photography and some interactive features online.

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Share your West Central stories for a new, interactive art installation

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 12:31 PM


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Payphone booths are a relic of the past — yet another victim to technology's rapid advances — but an upcoming community art project seeks to give the booths new purpose through storytelling.

The West Central Dial-A-Story Project is spearheaded by the Kendall Yards literacy and resource nonprofit Spark Central, with support from Spokane Arts, Laboratory Spokane and the Spokane Civic Theatre. But before this exciting, original project can become a reality, contributors of all ages are invited to submit their West Central-centric stories.

February 19 is the deadline to submit true, first-hand experiences set in or associated with the neighborhood. Then, 30 stories will be chosen and made available for public listening at three phone booths installed in the historic West Central neighborhood.

Project organizer and executive director of Spark Central Brooke Matson says the project seeks to share stories from West Central residents past and present, as well as students, employees, business owners and anyone else who spends time there. You don't have to be a resident of West Central, however your story should have an obvious connection to the place. Specific requirements for Dial-A-Story submissions are outlined in more detail online.

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