Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sharma Shields reading from her new book, which you can see in person tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:29 PM


Last week, I wrote a big story about Sharma Shields, the Spokane author who's new book The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is finally out today. 

If you haven't heard, it's one hell of a book that takes place mostly in the Inland Northwest and, yes, features a sasquatch. Or...maybe it doesn't. That's up to you — when you read the book.

Shields will be at Auntie's Bookstore tonight at 7 pm to read from (and sign) copies of the book, which has already received some very positive reviews from national publications. Here's sample of what to expect from the Shields and her book.

And here's Shields giving some background on how she was inspired to write the novel.
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Kinnear running for city council

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 2:37 PM


Lori Kinnear, legislative assistant to Councilwoman Amber Waldref, tells the Inlander that she’s filed paperwork to run for city council in District 2.

The position is currently held by Mike Allen, who hasn’t announced if he’s running for reelection later this year. Downtown business owner and perennial candidate John Waite has announced he’s running.

Kinnear has served as a legislative assistant for the past six years, working on legislation that encompasses dangerous dogs, economic development, human trafficking and other issues. “I’ve learned a lot and I think it’s time to apply what I’ve learned,” says Kinnear, who also wants to work with her boss as more of an equal.

Kinnear says that she is particularly proud of recent work done by the city council on development incentives meant to avoid urban sprawl as well as a neighborhood notification system that apprises residents of cell tower construction and other development.

“I am excited about this,” she says. “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. It’s a way of giving back to the community.”

Kinnear says that she’ll likely have to cut back on her hours as a legislative assistant as the campaign picks up, but she says she has no intention of resigning at this point and has the blessing of Waldref.

“I work at the pleasure of Councilmember Waldref, and the rules clearly say that she can hire me and fire me,” she says.

Kinnear, who previously lived in Seattle, has worked as a newspaper reporter, an ad copywriter, a small business owner and for TINCAN, a defunct nonprofit that helped people access technology.

She moved to Spokane in 2000 with her husband, whose family has lived here since 1896.


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City council is ready for some football (and some cute boys and fried chicken)

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 12:05 PM

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Sometimes city council meetings can be heated and divisive events. But last night, city council appeared united on one topic: football.

The Inlander caught up with a few of the 12th men (and women) to see what they’re doing for the game.


Councilman Mike Allen
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What’s going to be the score?

“I think Seattle, defense under 20 points.”

Where are you watching the game?

"We're hosting a house party."

Do you have any rituals or food you’re planning?

“Pomegranate martinis.”






Councilman Jon Snyder
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What’s going to be the final score?

That’s going to be a tough one. 24-17, Seahawks.

Where are you going to watch the game?

“Probably at home with family and friends.”

Snyder says he doesn’t have cable, but does have an “ancient antenna” on his roof that allows him to watch the game.

Any special rituals or food?

“I gotta watch the game with people interested in the game. I always wear the colors. I gotta eat before because I get too nervous.”

“Last year’s game was the perfect Super Bowl because if you’re rooting for the perfect team you want no doubt. But this year could be a nail-biter.”




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Council President Ben Stuckart

What will be the final score?

“Seahawks, 34-24.”

Where will you watch it?

“At home with my wife and mother.”

Do you have any rituals?

“I just yell a lot and cook good food.”

What do you cook?

“I think we are going to have prime rib this year.”




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Councilwoman Karen Stratton



So where are you watching the game?

“I don’t pay any any attention to it. I look for the cute ones and point them out to my husband who tells me who they are, and then I watch the commercials. I don’t understand it.”






Councilwoman Amber Waldref
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What will be the final score?

“Seahawks by 14.”

Where will you watch it?

“At home. We’ll project it onto a wall and have people over.”

“I’m much more the football fan than my husband, so I gotta twist his arm.”

This weekend Waldref will be attending a conference in Baltimore. She told her husband that by

“Sunday you better have this figured out.”

Any special rituals or food?

“KFC this year.”

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TUESDAY TASTE: Rootsy tunes and artistic flicks highlight the week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:05 AM


Each week we sift through all manner of awful and mundane new music and home video releases to give you the lowdown on what's worth your time and money. We call it Tuesday Taste, and it's Tuesday, so let's do this: 

MUSIC
After last week's blast of riches, this week seems a bit weak by comparison when it comes to new music releases. But there are definitely a few worth checking out, particularly for fans of tunes with a dash of twang: 

The Lone Bellow has a sound that seems forged in the Deep South, but the trio actually hooked up in Brooklyn, and their songs blend a rootsy vibe with excellent vocal interplay. Then Came the Morning is the follow-up to the band's stellar self-titled debut. Here's the title track: 

The Dodos are heading to Spokane in March, meaning there's plenty of time to get to know the Bay Area's indie-rock duo's guitar/drum sound and wicked way with a song. Now 10 years into their life as a band, their new release Individ is a strong set recalling their best past work. Hear a bit right here: 
Punch Brothers are one of the most creative acoustic groups around, and led by mandolin madman Chris Thile, the group delves into classical, folk, bluegrass and rock in their music. As a live act, they're hard to beat, but their recordings are pretty special, too. Their latest is called The Phosphorescent Blues. Here's a taste: 
MOVIES & TV
The big mainstream DVD releases this week are Fury, the Brad Pitt war flick that got decent reviews, but suffered by being a bit plodding, and by having Shia Lebeouf in the cast. The Judge garnered Robert Duvall an Oscar nomination despite generally bad reviews. And while I love Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr., the 141-minute running time was too daunting for me to take on. Maybe you're different, or just have a lot of time on your hands. 

If that's the case, let me recommend a couple of lesser-seen flicks: 

The Book of Life got a wide release and did okay at the box office. But given how much money most mainstream animated fare earns, it almost seems like a bomb. That's a shame, because the story is pretty strong, delving into Mexican myths and legends, and the animation is excellent in this Day of the Dead-inspired flick. If you're the type of person who can easily get lost in the visuals of a film, give it a shot. Here's a look: 
Art and Craft is a documentary about a master art forger named Mark Landis, who wasn't interested in getting rich so much as wanting to look like a kind philanthropist as he gives away what people think are masterpieces. The movie delves into Landis' life, particularly what happens when an art expert exposes his ruse. Here's a look: 


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Dirty blues and squeaky-clean flicks

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 10:04 AM


You know we have all manner of interesting events available for your perusal 24/7, as well as Staff Picks suggested by our team of professionals. 

If you don't have the time or inclination to scroll yourself, here are some highlights for Tuesday, Jan. 27: 

LIVE MUSIC | The Bartlett hosts Bass Drum of Death at 8 pm, and the Mississippi garage rockers are sure to bring the most beautiful noise to the cozy confines of the place. Have a listen, and a look at a totally insane Bass Drum of Death vid: 
FILM | Yup, it's Totally Tubular Tuesday again at the Garland, and this week that means a cheap screening of the classic Mary Poppins at 7 pm. There must be at least a few ways to turn the Julie Andrews/Dick Van Dyke vehicle into a worthy drinking game. At the very least it could be entertaining to hear people sing along to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius" after a few pops at Bon Bon. 

TRIVIA | The Backyard Public House is a fine new watering hole (read a bit about it here), and they have trivia going on Tuesday night, so you have a perfect chance to scope the scene and test your brain at the same time. 
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MB: Good cops, bad tech firms, and more drilling for oil

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 9:32 AM


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Washington state already has the highest minimum wage in the nation. But it's looking at kicking up the minimum wage even higher, to $12. (Spokesman-Review)

The County and the sheriff square off over the future of the Drug Task Force. (S-R)

WSU presents its case for a med school in front of the legislature today. (KXLY)

A Post Falls cop helps a woman pay for gas. Warning: Video autoplays. (KREM)

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The Army denies reports that Beau Bergdahl has been found guilty of desertion. (Army Times)

With gas prices incredibly low, the Obama White House proposes expanding drilling in the arctic. (New York Times)

The U.S.'s restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba has spurred a wave of immigration from Cuba. (Washington Post)

The firm that screwed up HealthCare.Gov is still getting paid. (WP)

HAND IT TO THEM

What's with all the obsession with hands in the movie Divergent? (AV Club)


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Calling all 12s! Fresh Brewed Tees rolls through Spokane tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM

This Fresh Brewed Tees apparel truck rolls through Spokane as part of its #TwelveTour to the Super Bowl.
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You could head over to the Grocery Outlet parking lot on West Third for some knockoff Seahawks Super Bowl swag, OR you could meet up with the Fresh Brewed Tees Seattle truck this evening. The producer of super soft and sassy (licensed) sports-themed T-shirts is stopping in Spokane from 5 to 7 pm at the Swinging Doors in its blue and green apparel truck — the whole idea being to rally the 12th Mans together before heading to Super Bowl XLIX.

“Anytime the 12s are gathered, it’s going to be a party,” says Fresh Brewed Tees partner Jamie Munson, who runs the Seattle branch.

Boutique trucks aren’t a new thing, as reported on earlier this year, but one 
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that’s road-tripping through the country en route to the Super Bowl is certainly different. The six-city tour kicked off in Seattle this morning and continues through Spokane, Boise, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas before arriving in Phoenix on Friday just in time to gear up for the big game — where the Seahawks are set to deflate the Patriots’ huge-ass egos and repeat sweet victory.

Originally from Cleveland, a city that’s had its unfair share of sports heartbreak (although Mariners fans may beg to differ), Fresh Brewed Tees started a Seattle branch after owner Tony Madalone experienced last year’s NFC Championships, when the Hawks beat the 49ers.

“Tony was blown away by the city of Seattle and its fans,” explains Munson, while stopped at a Jack in the Box to eat before taking on Snoqualmie Pass in the company van. “He decided he wanted to expand the company to the Seattle market too.”

A recent (slightly trippy) Fresh Brewed Tee design.
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Finding Munson, a Seattle native, on Twitter, the Madalone's company has successfully expanded. This week, the Fresh Brewed Tees caravan includes Munson and Madalone as well as five other people and one other vehicle. They don’t have Super Bowl tickets yet, but are still open to going if anyone is offering.

Tonight, expect various drawings, $100 worth of giveaways and no Patriots gear. While there won’t be any tees not already offered online, there will be shirts autographed by Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. 

And if the Cleveland Browns ever met the Seahawks in the Super Bowl? 

"We'd root for our respective teams," Munson says with a laugh. "Our company would be able to handle it." 
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MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: Eagles go crazy, Zags dominate and DEFLATEGATE!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM


Let's face it, the week between the end of the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl is always brutally dull, as the withdrawal for football fans gets its start before we even get to enjoy that last game. Sure, there was that utterly meaningless and impossible-to watch-Pro Bowl Sunday night, but for the most part, it's better to focus on hoops. That's what we did here at Monday Morning Placekicker, our weekly crash course to get you up to speed on the weekend's sports happening. 

ALL HAIL THE EAGLES!
The MMPK team dropped by Cheney on Saturday to witness the Eastern Washington Eagles take on North Dakota. It was my first trip to Reese Court, and I can't lie — I was mostly there just to see the nation's leading scorer, Tyler Harvey, do his thing. Read all about Harvey's journey to ass-kicking point machine in our current issue. 
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Harvey got his, dropping 26 points, but they were a pretty quiet 26. The team, though, was loud as hell in overcoming a 41-35 halftime deficit by dropping bombs from all over the damn gym in the second half, to the tune of 67 points. 67 points! In a half! NBA teams don't even do that anymore, and their halves are 20 percent longer than college ball! The final score was 102-80, and fans should really get a free chalupa at Taco Bell or something when a college team goes over 100. 

The team shot 74 percent in the second half, which is utterly insane, and were led by a freshman named Bogdan Bliznyuk, who had a career-high 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting—and he missed about five lay-ups and short shots in the first half. He was 6-for-7 from the line, had 7 boards, and basically made us all forget that Eastern was missing Venky Jois, arguably their second-best player. 

Three Big Sky teams are packed at the top of the standings with one loss: EWU, Sacramento St. and Montana. Eastern's next game is Saturday against Idaho. 

ZAGS STILL CRUISING
Gonzaga ripped through its two home games last week, first pummeling St. Mary's in a matchup of the conference's two top teams on Thursday. Then on Saturday, they took down Pacific in short order, rolling out to an 18-point halftime lead before ultimately winning by 31, 91-60. It was a thoroughly dominating, and pretty boring to watch other than the fact Kevin Pangos tied the GU record for lifetime three-pointers, and had a couple of shots to break it before getting pulled from the game. He'll get to break the record at home when the Zags play Portland on Thursday night. 

The Gonzaga women's team also kept their roll going strong, seeing their own win streak reach 10 with a win at Pacific on Saturday. 

COUGS' TOUGH ROADIE
Earlier this month, we were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected success of the WSU men's team, ripping off three wins in a row against Cal, Washington and Oregon. Um, never mind. After Saturday's loss at Colorado, the Cougars have now lost three straight — none of them by less than 15 points. Hoo boy. The team is now in 9th place in the Pac 12. 

OKAY, OKAY, DEFLATEGATE!
This stupid "scandal" involving the Patriots footballs is nothing more than proof that we need to get rid of the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. But at least it inspired this: 

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Versatile flavors, Jekyll & Hyde, and a legendary ska crew in town tonight

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:16 AM


Why don't we consider this week one long pre-party for the Seahawks Super Bowl appearance on Sunday—deal? Great! We have a lot of options for you to consider for the festivities in our event listings and Staff Picks. 

Here are a few highlights I found for Monday, Jan. 26: 

FOOD & DRINK | Santé is hosting an "Eat What You Drink" Cocktail Dinner Monday night, and it sounds awesome. It's a seven-course dinner showcasing flavors and ingredients that show up in the food and cocktail included for each course. OOLA micro-distillery from Seattle is on hand to provide the booze and chat about their goods. Reservations required, so give a jingle quick-like. 

THEATER | Turning the famous story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — two sides of the same man — into a musical might not seem like a natural, but the touring Broadway version of Jekyll & Hyde stopping at the INB Performing Arts Center shows how the drama and deadly actions of the doctor translate well to emotional songs. 

LIVE MUSIC | The Toasters haven’t released a ton of new music of late. Doesn’t matter. These guys are one of the longest-running American ska bands, going all the way back to the early ’80s in New York City, and fans can still hear the classic 2-Tone ska sound whenever they play. Bands like No Doubt and Mighty Mighty Bosstones owe them a huge debt. The Toasters play The Hop! Monday night, along with The Camorra, the Ragtag Romantics and Collateral Damage. 

Here's a taste of The Toasters, via lo-fi video: 

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MB: Lunches, drones, and the aftermath of a dead king

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM


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A few weeks after firing Planning Director Scott Chesney, in part for employee lunches, Business and Developer Services Division head Jan Quintrall bought a staff members a $400 city lunch with city money at the Spokane Club. (SR)

The University of Idaho is struggling to convince students to attend the University of Idaho. (SR)
 
Several cities in Idaho have already  "added the words." Now the state debates following suit. (Idaho Statesman)

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Get ready for a lot of East Coast tweets: A massive blizzard is hitting New York. (NYT)

The White House has used drones on a lot of people — and now someone has returned the favor. (Washington Post)

The Saudi King is dead. What happens next? (The Atlantic)

PSH
A journey through the astounding, varied career of Philip Seymour Hoffman. (The Dissolve) 
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