Friday, January 30, 2015

A sampling of 12th Man deals for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 12:28 PM


Before you snuggle into a cocoon of booze and chips on Sunday in honor of the Seahawks, Katy Perry, or both, you should probably consider putting your team spirit to logical use. You'll likely remain buried in various Seahawks paraphernalia all weekend, so why not be rewarded for your supportive garb? Sadly, there are far fewer financial incentives for wearing Katy Perry merchandise, but please don't let that stop you from doing so.

For the Spokane Chiefs fans, you'll want to display your Seahawks pride at the ticket office to receive their special offer of $12 tickets, in section 112. The Chiefs will duel with the Victoria Royals on Friday and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday.

The Harlem Globetrotters are also offering a special $12 ticket deal for select games. Time is very much of the essence, though, as the Globetrotters deal only runs for 12 hours - starting today at 10 am and ending swiftly at 10 pm. The $12 deal includes certain tickets to specific games only, so be sure to check their site and use the code TWELVE when ordering tickets.
Should the sweet tooth start nagging you, be sure to grab a scoop (or 12) of Brain Freeze Creamery's limited "12" flavor — a classic blueberry flavor paired with white chocolate chips and cake mix ice cream. Pints are 2 for $12 through the end of the game.

Claiming that "someone deflated their prices," Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho is offering $12 lift tickets on Sunday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. They will also be screening the big game for all guests.

If a literal high on the slopes isn't exactly your bag, then maybe get a bit more metaphorical by stopping by Cinder. On Saturday and Sunday, you'll get 12% off your greenest possible purchase just by wearing some Hawks gear. Pair your greenery with a bag of Anthony's SeaChips (pictured above), available at De Leon Foods.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Gear up for the big game with these awesome shows

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:32 AM


Nappy Roots just can’t get enough of Spokane, and we’re more than OK with that. They’re back at the Red Room Lounge Friday, bringing their tried and true Kentucky-fried hip-hop along with them. The show starts at 8 pm and is $13. No matter what, we're "Gonna Have A Good Day.”
Local rockers the Finns (who’ll release their first full-length album in March—hear the cat-friendly lead single here) and Dem Empire (check out their awesome EP here) play the Bartlett Friday. These bands are definitely up and coming and completely worth your time rocking out to. The all-ages show is just $5 and starts at 8 pm.

This weekend was originally slated to be the Hop!’s final weekend in business. Now, we know the venue will make it a while longer. Friday, the hard ass metal group Skull Fist takes over the stage (See our story here). Knight of Tears, Mercy Brown and Over Sea Under Stone open for the band. The all-ages show is $7 and begins at 7:30 pm.

Jones Radiator is back in fine form this weekend bringing in two hot shows. Friday, the local rockers Buffalo Jones take to the intimate stage with singer-songwriter Liz Rognes opening. The show starts around 9 pm. 

Practice now. Sway back and forth slowly and smoothly. This is the best way to move to G. Love & Special Sauce’s version of bluesy, folky jams laced with hip-hop. They’ve been doing it this way for more than 20 years, when the trio first crafted their sound back in Philadelphia. After a six-year break, the original lineup has reunited to write and tour behind the 2014 album Sugar, the band’s first record in nearly a decade. G. Love (aka Garrett Dutton) has experimented with solo work, but it’s nothing quite as magical as when the original three are together again. Experience this all Saturday at the Knitting Factory at 8 pm. Cost is $22.50.

Back at Jones Radiator, super fun local rock bands 66beat, Loomer and Phlegm Fatale open up for the Seattle punk act So Pitted. Our advice: Get there way early, it’s going to fill up fast and get mighty sweaty in there. This will probably one of the best shows of the month. 

No, there’s no live music happening this day, are you nuts?! Get out there and support the best football team in the world … We’re gonna win! 
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Grab a drink with Punxsutawney Phil and River City Brewing

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

If you've ever found yourself slothed out in front of the Roku box watching Bill Murray commentate the movements of a groundhog named Phil and thought if only I were drinking, then you should certainly join many others who have shared this sentiment at River City Brewing this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 3-9 pm, for their second-annual Groundhog Day Prediction Party. With drink specials aplenty, your only job is to wear your predictions on your sleeve — i.e. dress for the season you believe the tricky Philster is most likely to reveal with the presence or absence of his portly shadow.

If summer's your game, maybe you should dig up that cut-off Bon Jovi T-shirt and pair it with those cargo shorts that seem to have too many pockets and some canvas sneakers. If you're pulling for winter (what's wrong with you?), then maybe you should just wear what you were already wearing, only with more scarves and some touchscreen-friendly gloves.

River City will be tapping two kegs of Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout (one poured through the Randall) and one keg of Oako-Coco Nitro for the festivities, in addition to $3 pints and $10 growlers all day. They also have kegs on sale ($39 for a 1/5 barrel...crazy). The festivities kick off at 3 pm and wrap up around 9 pm.

For general Punxsutawney-based inspiration, we of course recommend a bit of Bill Murray circa the 1993 ultra classic Groundhog Day.

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Hockey, local literary reading, and audience participation comedy

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM

It's finally Friday! Fret not if you haven't figured out how to celebrate yet, as usual we've got plenty of events and Staff Picks to help you out with the decision. 

Here's just the tip of the iceberg for all of your Friday, Jan. 31 options: 

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS | In the mood to cheer on a local team? The Spokane Chiefs are playing the Victoria Royals at home tonight, and its bound to be a good time. If you've never made it to a game before, cheap hot dogs, constant audience engagement and the chance to see a scrappy hockey fight make it a worthwhile experience for everyone. 

WORDS | If you're looking to spend your night in a calmer environment, head to Auntie's Bookstore for a crazy cool group reading by Stringtown Press. Stringtown Press is a local publisher/press/website of literary work, and quite a few of its contributors will be in attendance to share their work and a great time with the audience. 

COMEDY | Need a to let out a good belly laugh after a long week? Don't miss the last Choose to Lose improv show at The Blue Door Theatre tonight. The show relies on audience suggestions to continue the plot line, making it not only hilarious but engagingly interactive. The best part? Tickets are only $7. 
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MB: "Add the Words" anticlimax, and a Romneyless Presidential race

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:42 AM


After days of passionate, emotional testimony, the "Add The Words" bill in Idaho dies on a predictable party-line vote. (Spokesman-Review)

A court ruling resurrects the Envision Spokane initiative. (Spokesman-Review)

The nail of the "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" slogan may soon hit even harder. (KREM)


Almost half of Republicans want to do something about climate change. (NYT)

Romney, after about a month of saucy flirtation with running for president yet again, announces he won't. (Hugh Hewitt)

What's stopping the Secret Service from being reformed? This guy. (Washington Post)


Poverty in America used to mean being really, really, really poor. (Bloomberg) 
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A roundup of four years of coverage of now-fired Deputy Brian Hirzel

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 6:41 AM

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hirzel
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hirzel
Last week, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hirzel was fired for improper personal use of county-owned vehicles, the Sheriff's office announced Wedneday. He had been disciplined for similar issues last year.

But most in Spokane County know Hirzel for different reasons — he's been involved in two separate officer involved shootings. The first was on Aug. 25, 2010, when Hirzel, responding in an unmarked patrol car to a vehicle prowling report, confronted Pastor Wayne "Scott" Creach. In a recorded statement, Hirzel claimed Creach had a gun and refused to drop it or get on the. After Hirzel hit Creach in the knee with his baton, he said, Creach reached for a gun and Hirzel shot him. 

It took longer than the required 72 hours for the Sheriff's office to release Hirzel's name.

But it was almost a full five days before he was identified as the shooter and it was made public only after questions were raised about why officials were slow to provide details of the fatal encounter.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich fumed over the media leaks concerning the incident. Sheriff's spokesman Dave Reagan inflamed matters when he said, of the slain pastor's son, "I’ve never seen a non-witness be treated so much like an eyewitness. He’s looking at adding zeroes to his check.”

For Prosecutor Steve Tucker, the Hirzel question became a key issue in his 2010 reelection campaign. 
If ever there were a lose-lose choice for Prosecutor Steve Tucker, it is deciding the fate of Brian Hirzel, the deputy who shot and killed an elderly Spokane Valley pastor in August.

If Tucker charges Hirzel with a crime, he risks losing the support of cops and law-and-order types right before the election. If he rules Hirzel did nothing wrong in shooting 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach, Tucker may add to suspicions that he's too cozy with police and won't hold them accountable.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Neko Case heads to the Bing in April

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Neko Case’s upcoming quick-run tour ravages through the Pacific Northwest this April hitting Bend, Bellingham, Vancouver, B.C., and yes, Spokane. April 20, Case’s caravan stops at the dark and more intimate Bing Crosby Theatre, where fans can easily sit while listening to the indie Americana singer-songwriter (who’s also a part of the New Pornographers).

The dates correspond perfectly with the re-release of her fantastic 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Floor, which comes out on a limited-edition red vinyl for Record Store Day April 18.

Case, who grew up in Tacoma, has the sort of voice that beats you over the head with strength and poetic grace. Her 2013 release The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You was her most intimate and haunting yet. She last toured through this area performing at 2014's Sasquatch! Music Festival. 

If you’re not already, follow this lady on Twitter. You’ll be privy to such gems as:

@NekoCase “If someone's mullet is TOO crazy, are you allowed to cut it for them while they sleep?”
@NekoCase “I need a police escort to the toilet.”

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 am and are $35. Go to for more information. 
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A guide to 12th Man booze

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:09 PM

You should bring something to drink to that Super Bowl party on Sunday. That's just what you do, because if you're old enough to drink, you're old enough to realize that when someone invites you to their home to watch a game as enormous as this, you bring something to drink. Those are the rules.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of entrepreneurs looking to set you up to sip your way to a Seahawks victory. Here's a quick guide to the possibilities.

This Seattle brewery does some excellent brewing across the board, but caught our attention last season with their 12th Can. It's a pale ale brewed with delicious Cascade hops that's extremely session-able (that means you can have more than one) with a 4.5 percent ABV. Get these 16-ounce cans cold, like really cold, in a cooler pre-game and it will reward you throughout the contest.

Available in six packs of 12-ounce cans, there's a cool story behind this beer, brewed by Dick's Brewing in Centrailia, Wash. The guy who came up with the idea for the beer is former Seahawks kicker (1982-1990) Norm Johnson. It's a little lighter in flavor than most pales and the ABV of 4.5 percent is equally tame, but it's another solid game beer and available in most grocery stores.


You don't need to settle for one of these beers if you'd rather get a harder-to-find, draft-only brew for the game. Just put it in one of these special 12th Man growlers currently available at the South Hill location of Growler Guys, the new beer filling station we told you about a couple weeks ago. They are also giving away a Marshawn Lynch jersey to one lucky customer, so get in there. If you need some ideas as to what to put into that growler, here's a list of beers currently available.

If the first half is anything like the NFC Championship, you might need something a little stronger than beer to keep your nerves at bay. This Gig Harbor-based distiller is in its second year of distributing its Batch No. 12, a collection of three different craft spirits. There's a bourbon, a rye whiskey and a vodka. Heritage even gives you instructions on their website on how to make Skittles-infused Vodka, on honor of Marshawn Lynch's favorite "power pellets." It's not the complicated. You basically just put the skittles in the bottle and shake it.

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Start your drooling, the Inlander Restaurant Week menus are now public

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Braised Chicken from Durkin's Liquor Bar.
  • Braised Chicken from Durkin's Liquor Bar.

We might still be a few weeks away from the beginning of Inlander Restaurant Week, but it's never too early to start strategizing how you're going to take advantage of Spokane's biggest culinary event of the year. 

Almost 100 restaurants — 97 to be exact — are taking part in the third edition of Restaurant Week, which starts on Feb. 20 and runs through March 1. Yes, we know that's longer than a week. We wanted to make sure there was plenty of time for readers to take full advantage of the special fixed-price, three-course menus available for either $18 or $28. 
Pastrami Duck from the Wandering Table.
  • Pastrami Duck from the Wandering Table.

Cruise through the Restaurant Week website, and you can plan your culinary attack by area of town, or by the type of cuisine or price, and there's an incredibly easy guide to show you how this whole thing works. The most important thing to remember is the need to make a reservation as early as possible, because the restaurants will fill up. But if you do end up having to wait a bit for a table, you can always have a drink from one of many local distilleries, breweries and wineries involved. 
Cuban Pork Sandwich from the Backyard Public House.
  • Cuban Pork Sandwich from the Backyard Public House.

Between now and Feb. 20, study up at the Inlander Restaurant Week site, look for a guide around town, and start building a healthy appetite. You're going to need it. 
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Artist swap, climate change, and a megashow at Spokane Arena

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 10:07 AM

The weekend approaches, and we have all manner of events available for your perusal, as well as Staff Picks to guide you to something cool. 

Here are a few highlights from our extensive online catalog of to-dos for Thursday, Jan. 29: 

VISUAL ARTS/COMMUNITY | A really cool idea here: the Spokane Artist Trading Card Meeting is part of a national movement in which artists create small original works and then swap them, building collections of contemporary art that are really something special. Check out how it goes down at Boots Bakery Thursday night. 

ETC | Concerned with climate change and the use of trains to move resources throughout the region? Join some like-minded folks at MickDuff's Beer Hall in Sandpoint to hear about Coal Trains & Climate Change

LIVE MUSIC | Eric Church is a megastar in the country realm, and his live shows are more like full-blown rock extravaganzas. Fans and newbies alike should be entertained by his theatrical production at Spokane Arena. Halestorm opens the show. Here's a bit of his music: 

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