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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TUESDAY TASTE: Brandi Carlile, Purity Ring and Steve Carell's impressive nose

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM


Big news arrived in the music world in recent days with the announcement that the day for new releases will move from Tuesday to Friday — in other words, for most people, payday! How it will affect sales remains to be seen, but in the meantime, Tuesday remains big for new music and DVD releases until this summer, and we're here to guide you to the best of the bunch. 

MUSIC
Washington's own Brandi Carlile continues to release top-notch folk-rock with her new album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, a harmony-laden set of 12 songs released on the indie ATO label. Here's a taste: 
Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring returns from a jaunt home to Edmonton to record their sophomore set Another Eternity with a strong follow-up to their debut Shrines. Here's a new tune called "bodyache:"

MOVIES & TV
The major release of the day is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which is basically the first half of the last chapter of the four-film project. If you're a fan, you've probably already seen it — it made more than $336 million. If you're not, consider checking this out instead: 

Foxcatcher might have a similar name to Mockingjay, but it's a much quieter film, and showcases Steve Carell like you've never seen him, both literally and in the acting sense. If you can get past the dramatic prosthetic schnozz and get into the true story of an odd, wealthy wrestling coach, you'll be rewarded, as Carell was with a Best Actor nomination at this year's Oscars. Mark Ruffalo was similarly honored for Best Supporting Actor. Here's a look: 

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Stirring African sounds, powerful Hispanic filmmaking, and a celebration of Papa

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:01 AM


The temp is a bit colder today, but the sun is shining and all manner of good times are beckoning if you take the time to peruse our extensive event listings and Staff Picks

As I look through them, these events caught my eye for Tuesday, March 3: 

LIVE BANDS | Decades later, most Americans still know Ladysmith Black Mambazo for the group's efforts on Paul Simon's Graceland album, and with good reason. That album was arguably the high point of Simon's long, illustrious career, and the African vocalists were a major reason why. But Ladysmith has decades of music of their own that's well worth hearing, and you'll get to do just that tonight at The Bing. Here's a bit of what you'll hear: 
WORDS | Come to Papa! It's opening day for this year's Hemingway Festival at the University of Idaho, featuring all manner of discussions and readings revolving around the enduring appeal of Ernest Hemingway's work. 

FILM | There will be a free screening of Mosquita Y Mari at the EWU Riverpoint Campus tonight at 6 pm, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Aurora Guerrero. Here's a trailer for the film: 

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Nudists express concerns about bikini barista initiative

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:23 AM


Last night, Spokane City Council considered what to do with a citizen initiative that would specify what parts of the body can be bared in public. The initiative was spearheaded by a group of moms who want more restrictions on so-called “bikini baristas,” or coffee stands where scantily clad women (or women not clad in anything at all) serve drive-thru customers coffee, sometimes in plain view of children.

Guess who showed up during the public comment period to speak against the measure? If you guessed that the owners of Spokane’s bikini barista stands showed up to call the supporters of the measure a bunch of prudes who were afraid of lady parts and to denounce the initiative as a threat to their business, guess again.
Councilman Mike Fagan has been particularly outspoken about bikini barista. - JAKE THOMAS
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  • Councilman Mike Fagan has been particularly outspoken about bikini barista.


Instead, it was nudists who turned out to tell the city's legislative body that the proposed initiative should be stopped in its tracks before it could rob Spokane residents of their freedom to romp around in the buff.

“The initiative is a broad brush fix for a specific problem, which is the bikini baristas,” local nudist Kathy Smith told the council, adding, “The initiative has unintended consequences and attacks nudists who do not engage in that practice.”

Dave Smith, another nudist who is involved in local nudist organizations, told the council that some of the behaviors the initiative targets are already covered by Spokane's municipal code, and he was concerned that all the nude events held at restaurants, bed and breakfasts and private homes in Spokane could be jeopardized if it became law.

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MB: Pot trials, gas taxes and another Clinton scandal

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 8:50 AM


HERE

Idaho's expensive boondoggle of a broadband network has collapsed. For many North Idaho school districts, that's a good thing. (Spokesman-Review)

A gas tax increase passes the Republican-controlled Washington Senate. And Democrat Andy Billig voted against it. (Spokesman-Review)

Dispatches from the "Kettle Falls Five" federal marijuana trial by former Inlander reporter Heidi Groover. (The Stranger)

The mural on the empty lot near Division Street has been vandalized. (KXLY)

THERE
Hillary Clinton may have exclusively used her private e-mail account when Secretary of State, a choice that could not only have run afoul of public records law, but may have been a significant security risk. (New York Times)

How Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu and American President Barack Obama had their falling out. (New York Times)

Because cities don't track assaults in taxi cabs, we don't know if they're any safer than an Uber ride. (The Atlantic)

COLLAPSING LIKE SOME KIND OF....
House of Cards' third season started pretty unsatisfyingly. Here's why. (Grantland)
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Alton Brown ate his way around Spokane this weekend

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:55 PM

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Social media was abuzz yesterday with the hashtag #ABRoadEatsSpokane as chef and Food Network personality Alton Brown made his way around Spokane, sampling local offerings from coffee to waffles and banh mi sandwiches.

Brown tweeted, Facebook-ed and Instagram-ed his Spokane eating experiences, stopping at Coeur Coffeehouse, The Scoop, Indaba Coffee and Stella's Cafe before heading to the INB Performing Arts Center for his Alton Brown Live! show that evening.

Indaba manager Evan Lovell wasn't working yesterday morning, but his coworkers tell him Brown ordered a traditional flat white around 10 am.

"He was glad it was a real flat white," Lovell says, adding that some coffee connoisseurs — Brown posts online often about his love of coffee — disagree on the true characteristics of the drink, made from espresso and steamed milk.

After his coffee stop, Brown headed up to The Scoop on the South Hill for breakfast. Scoop owner Jennifer Davis — a huge fan of Brown's work — was doubtful he'd make it to her ice creamery and cafe, but says she planned to be there all day just in case.

"I was just like, you know, this is kind of the place [he'd like]; we have different food, we're off the beaten path and so he could probably check us out."

Shortly after learning of Brown's stop at Indaba, Davis says a woman stopped in to ask if they served breakfast, to which Davis replied that the Scoop is locally known for its liege waffles. She adds, "then I looked out the window and there he was!"

Brown signed Kyle Bowlby's (his nickname is "Chef Freak") cutting board and spoon since the Wandering Table sous chef couldn't attend the show last night.
  • Brown signed Kyle Bowlby's (his nickname is "Chef Freak") cutting board and spoon since the Wandering Table sous chef couldn't attend the show last night.

Lucky for Brown and his crew of two, Davis says foot traffic at the cafe was unusually slow that morning, and as such they were able to enjoy the Scoop's bacon nut, breakfast and minimalist waffles in relative peace.
"He took a super awesome Instagram picture and was able to take pictures of everything for Facebook and was asking about the neighborhood," Davis says.

Later that day, Brown showed off two mouthwatering sandwiches from Stella's Cafe — a classic banh mi and roast beef with provolone, kale and hot peppers.

At some point earlier, Brown also hit up Coeur Coffee just north of the Monroe Street Bridge for an Americano.

To end the day's eating, Brown ordered a long list of items from the Wandering Table in Kendall Yards, and had the food delivered because after his show ended around 9 pm, the restaurant was getting ready to close. Sous Chef Kyle Bowlby says a courier picked up an order of the restaurant's roasted brussels sprouts, crispy cauliflower, spaghetti stuffed meatballs, gnocchi gratin, bacon-wrapped bacon sliders, roast chicken wings, umami burgers and pepper spiced chips.

Since Bowlby had to work the evening shift and thus missed Brown's show, he asked if the celebrity chef would sign an epicurean cutting board and spoon, which the courier delivered back to the restaurant.  

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Monday Morning Placekicker: Zags and Eagles mess up everyone's March

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 12:55 PM

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I couldn't have been the only Inland Northwest basketball fan realizing that it had slipped past midnight on Saturday night and that March, and all its ups and downs, was here. And it didn't feel that good. Suddenly, it seemed, everything was not as it should be heading into the most important month of the year.

The Zags had been beaten on their home court for the first time by a conference foe in four seasons and a No. 1 seed looked like it had flown out the window. Earlier that day, Eastern Washington's chances to host the Big Sky Tournament and set up a Cinderella NCAA run got slimmer. The day, as it unfolded...

1:12 PM: Arrive at Reese Court in Cheney
Well, the parking lot of Reese Court, to be exact. We pop tall cans and stand in the mid-day sunshine, but shivering in a brisk Cheney wind as floods of fans make their way to the stadium. By a half-hour to tip-off, there are more cars in the lot than I've seen during my entire season on the bandwagon of the nation's most exciting team.

Things looked good. Tyler Harvey, the Nation's Leading Scorer, was all healed up, as was Venky Jois and the rest of the Eagles band of hot-shooting foreigners. The Eagles were playing at home to what was going to be a huge crowd and they'd already knocked down Montana once. 

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Gonzaga recognized by Peace Corps director for alumni volunteers' dedication

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:02 AM

This evening, the Peace Corps visits Gonzaga University to honor and celebrate the school's top ranking for Peace Corps volunteers.

As a part of a Peace Corps Week event, the humanitarian organization's associate director, Helen Lowman, heads to campus to thank Gonzaga for its consistently high involvement in the program, as well as to discuss the strong partnership that has formed between the two groups.

Peace Corps Associate Director Helen Lowman is in town to recognize Gonzaga's efforts in the program.
  • Peace Corps Associate Director Helen Lowman is in town to recognize Gonzaga's efforts in the program.

Gonzaga has been in the top five in the Small Colleges and Universities category (schools with less than 5,000 undergraduate students) for the last five years, and has been in the No. 1 spot for the last three. Gonzaga has consistently had more than 20 undergraduate alumni participate in the program, while the runners-up in the category hardly ever reach the 20 mark.

Washington as a state has been a powerhouse for Peace Corps numbers, with a number of universities in the state holding top rankings in other categories. This year the University of Washington holds the No. 1 spot in the Large College category with 72 volunteers, while Western Washington University holds the top spot in the Medium College category with 47.

During 2014, 20 Gonzaga alumni volunteered with Peace Corps, and since its founding in 1961, GU has sent 330 alumni. These high numbers are in part thanks to a Peace Corps Master's International program that exists at Gonzaga through the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program. In this program, recently graduated students can earn a masters degree in TESL and Studies in Language and Culture by spending two full years in a classroom setting to build a foundation in these two areas, and then finish up by serving 27 months as a Peace Corps volunteer. 

The free event is at Gonzaga's Jundt Art Museum, in Room 110, from 4:30- 6 pm. 


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Mumford & Sons folk-rock Walla Walla in August

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:35 AM


Get this: The British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons, one of the best-selling bands of the last few years, are coming to Walla Walla as part of their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour Aug. 14-15.

Bands playing with them include Foo Fighters, the Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, the Vaccines, Dawes, tUnE-yArDs, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more. Basically, this is one of the biggest festival-esque tours to ever stop through the city of nearly 32,000 people.

Mumford & Sons have purposefully chosen to promote their upcoming album by descending on towns off the beaten tour path.

The other American stopovers take place in Salida, Colorado; Waverly, Iowa; and Seaside Heights, New Jersey — all small towns across the country. This is the second time Mumford & Sons have embarked on a stopover tour, last doing so in 2012.

Tickets will cost $199 for the two-day outdoor event happening on the Whitman College athletic fields. Tickets go on sale Friday. On-site camping is free with registration.

It’s a nearly three-hour drive to Walla Walla from Spokane. Not bad at all to see some of the biggest acts around. 


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Stirring drama, elevated dining and a leisurely cruise into synth-pop

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:05 AM


Perhaps you're high on the afterglow of Alton Brown's packed appearance in Spokane on Sunday, or still trying to shake the gloom of Gonzaga's men's basketball loss on Monday. Either way, time to get a new week off and rolling in style. We suggest a cruise through our event listings and Staff Picks for some inspiration. 

Here are some highlights for Monday, March 2: 

THEATER | Gonzaga is hosting a production of My Name is Rachel Corrie, a play about the Washington student who was killed in Palestine in 2003 while there to protest the destruction of Palestinian homes. Following the play, her parents will be part of a group discussion. 

FOOD & DRINK | Jeremy Hanson is getting warmed up for his appearance cooking at the James Beard House by delivering a practice round called Elevation tonight at Santé, the proceeds of which will help defray the cost of his team traveling to New York. 

LIVE BANDS | Synth-pop duo Leisure Cruise is touring in support of their self-titled debut, stopping by The Bartlett tonight for a dance party that seems an ideal way to greet a new month and new week. Here's a taste of what's in store: 

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