Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHAT'S UP TODAY? Neil Diamond covers, rock climbers and garage rockers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM


We have a slew of event listings always online for your perusal, and Staff Picks chosen by our savvy staff of professionals. If you don't have time to go through them all, we can help. 

Here are some fine options for Thursday, Nov. 20: 

LIVE BANDS | If you didn't read our story about Super Diamond, the Neil Diamond tribute band featuring Spokane native Vince Littleton, go ahead and do that right here. Then go sing along to hits like "Forever in Blue Jeans" and "Sweet Caroline" when Super Diamond hits the Knitting Factory Thursday night. 

WORDS | Joanna Luloff is the latest guest in Gonzaga's Visiting Writer's Series, and will discuss her first published collection of short stories, The Beach at Galle Road, as well as her time in the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka. 

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | REI continues its ongoing series of helpful workshops geared to help you make the most out of your outdoor experiences. Thursday night, they host Getting To Know Your GoPro

FILM | You only get one chance in Spokane to see Reel Rock 9: Valley Uprising, the doc about the history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of the sport, and it's Thursday at Perry Street Brewing. 

LIVE BANDS | The Bartlett is hosting a super-sized triple-bill Thursday, headlined by Chicago garage-rock pups Twin Peaks, who will be joined by Meatbodies and Criminal Hygiene. Here's a bit of what Twin Peaks has to offer: 


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MB: Florida state shooting; Montana gay marriage ban struck down; WSU revokes frat

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

HERE

Turns out the formerly anonymous guy, Edward C. Jarzabek, who's handing out thousands in cash to the homeless is a convicted felon on parole for grand theft. (Inlander)

A 10-year-old North Spokane boy is in the hospital with critical injuries after a hit-and-run this morning. (KXLY)

WSU has revoked its recognition of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity for hazing and student conduct violations. (KREM)

THERE

The gunman who opened fire and wounded three students at Florida State University early this morning was killed by law enforcement. (CNN)

A federal judge has struck down Montana's ban on gay marriage. (Slate)

President Obama's immigration plans could protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, but the GOP has vowed to stop it. (NYT) 

ALSO

Thailand military leaders are arresting protesters of its totalitarian rule who are using the three-finger salute from the Hunger Games, and also canceling showings of the latest film in the franchise. (LA Times)
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

'All these other retailers are gouging people,' and other pot news

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

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Welcome back to Weed Wednesday, your weekly dose of pot news. Wondering what this is about? Click. Looking for our previous marijuana coverage? Click. Got a question or tip? Email me at [email protected]

For my final Weed Wednesday, I thought about just posting the SNL sketch from over the weekend in which Woody Harrelson wears dreadlocks and leaving it at that. But there's a lot to talk about, so skip to the end if that's all you're interested in.

Stores across Washington continue to get licensed and have now topped $40 million in sales. If you think you're noticing more edibles in those stores, you're not imagining it. More than 100 marijuana-infused products have now been approved for sale.

In Spokane, the owners of Cannabis & Glass, who we wrote about last week, continue to promote their low prices. They called us this morning to tell us everything they have in stock is $20 a gram or less and that "all these other retailers are gouging people." It's an interesting tactic in an industry where many of the players like to emphasize how they're all in it together fighting against prohibition. It is, after all, also a competitive business, too. This might be our first look at how that competition is going to play out in Spokane County, where eight stores are now vying for your dollar. (By the way, find all those stores and their contact info here.)

Washington State Liquor Control Board Chair Sharon Foster and member Chris Marr (formerly a state senator representing Spokane) will step down early next year. Marr says he plans to become a lobbyist, though not for alcohol or marijuana companies. (SR)

The state's first marijuana auction took place in Prosser over the weekend, raking in $600,000. The state-licensed grower said he was selling his crop to spend more time with his grandson. (AP)

In Colorado, regulators want the state to pre-approve all edible marijuana products. Washington already requires testing of all edibles and pre-approval of their packaging. (NYT)

Ever heard about the doomsday vault in Norway that includes a bunch of cannabis seeds? Legalization activist Tom Angell writes about the vault this week. "There are 21,500 cannabis seeds being held for safekeeping in the vault," according to Angell. "That’s more weed seeds than there are asparagus, blueberry or raspberry seeds stored at the facility. There are more marijuana genetics in the 'Doomsday Seed Vault' than there are for artichoke, cranberry and pear combined."

Bob Marley's family is creating its own brand of weed to sell in states with legalization. The company "will offer organically grown heirloom Jamaican marijuana strains, in keeping with Marley’s preference for high-quality marijuana grown without the use of fertilizer," reports the Washington Post.

Looking for holiday pot recipes? The Cannabist has you covered.

I have no idea if this is real, but I hope it is: Three grandmas smoke weed for the first time. "I would do it again, if I can get this bag of chips open."

Have you watched the web series about a New York City pot delivery guy, High Maintenance? Everyone basically loves it and Vimeo recently committed to fund six more episodes. Find them all here.

Now, that sketch. Woody H. is a well-known cannabis activist. (He and other famous people sit on NORML's advisory board.) It is worth pointing out, as Jezebel did, that while I'll never get enough of that look on Harrelson, New York's pot shift isn't actually aimed at helping white people get out of their apartments more.


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Meet the guy who's giving away thousands of dollars in cash to the homeless in Spokane

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

John Doe gives a stack of cash to a man on the sidewalk. - KXLY
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  • John Doe gives a stack of cash to a man on the sidewalk.

UPDATE: "John Doe," whose name is Edward Carmen Jarzabek, is a convicted felon who was recently released from Idaho prison and is on parole for grand theft, KXLY reports.  His most recent criminal charges stem from writing bad checks from closed accounts.

"There’s people dying on the streets, so who cares if five years ago I had some financial problems? I’m being scrutinized because I'm a felon," Jarzabek told the Inlander over the phone this afternoon. “I’m not running for political office. I’m handing out money. Who cares? I don’t understand what the big deal is. ...I’ve made mistakes in my past, but everyone makes mistakes."

Jarzabek, who was released from prison in July and is permitted to live in Washington, says the money he's giving to the homeless isn't connected to his criminal activity.

"The money is 100 percent legal and that’s all I can say," he said. 

EARLIER STORY: On Monday night, KXLY aired a story about a local "John Doe" who has spent the last couple of days roaming downtown in a gray North Face jacket and handing out stacks of cash to the homeless men and women on the streets. So far, Doe says he's given away more than $2,000, and he's planning on giving away tens of thousands more between now and Christmas. 

Of course, not everyone appreciates Doe's generosity. Mark Richard, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership — which, along with the city of Spokane, launched the "Give Real Change" campaign in August to discourage people from giving to panhandlers — shared his disapproval with KXLY. 

"The experts tell us it's absolutely the wrong thing to do to those people if they are generally in need, is to give them cash," Richard said. "Sometimes, what you think is doing the right thing can actually have the reverse effect."

Doe says he made his money working in finance in Southern California before moving to Spokane about a month ago to live closer to his family. He says he immediately noticed Spokane's "massive homeless population" and wondered what he and others could do to help.

“There’s so many homeless people here and nobody does anything; it doesn’t make any sense" he said. "These guys are outside sleeping in the cold all night long and nobody cares or, I think, they don't know what to do. I’m just trying to make a point that it’s not that big of a deal. You can go and hand someone a coat or hand someone some money.” 

Doe, who's tweeting about his effort here at @giveproject, spoke to the Inlander over the phone yesterday about his project, his critics and his hope to inspire others to give back, too. 

"Basically what I want to do is generate some awareness," he said. "We're only here for a short time, I think. Society as a whole can't let people rot on the side of street." 

INLANDER: How much money have you given away so far and how much money do you plan on donating between now and Christmas?

I started doing it heavily on Sunday. I handed out about $2,000 on Sunday. I was with the news crew yesterday and we did about $1,200. The goal would be [to give] $60,000.

I do random things all over the day. I don’t really have an agenda.

Whoa! How are you able to afford to do this?

I’m just a normal person. I had a pretty good upbringing. I had some early successes. I made some money. I have rich friends. I have plenty for myself. 

When you're giving your money away, where do you go? Who do you approach? What do you say? 

It’s really easy. You just go to the bank and you get money and then you walk out of the bank and you hand it to people who are freezing on the street. It’s so easy anyone can do it.

For the most part, there's not an excuse to leave someone laying on the street — that’s just my point of view. Basically, if you’re not going to give them any money or help them, they're going to die. They're going to die on the street and people are like, ‘I’m just going to keep my $10 because they’re just going to do drugs.' That makes absolutely no sense logically whatsoever.

What kind of reaction have you gotten from the people you've given to?

Nobody really gets excited. Most people are like, 'Wow, you’re recognizing me.' It’s more like a relief thing, like you’ve been stranded on an island and a boat finally shows up. Like maybe they can go to a restaurant now that they have some cash in their pocket and feel like a human being and not like a piece of shit.

How do you respond to the negative feedback from people who think you're just enabling bad habits? 

A lot of the feedback we’ve gotten so far has been really good and I’ve really appreciated it. You’re always going to have people who are going to have their opinion.

We’re not in Hawaii. We’re not in Florida, and the temperature is 20 degrees outside. When you walk by someone on the street and they don’t have anything, and you don't give anything because you're worried they’re going to go buy drugs, that doesn't make sense because they’re going to die of hypothermia. ...The fact that you're willing to risk a human life over, ‘Maybe they're going go get high’ is so absurd if you break it down.

What's the deal with this scavenger hunt you've been tweeting about?

We’re going to give away things as an incentive for people to go and help people less fortunate than themselves. ...My whole goal is to get people interacting and helping other people. ...As soon as you start helping someone less fortunate, it actually makes you feel good. It’s an organic process. ...I think the habit will stick and the person will continue that habit for the rest of their life.

Those incentives, Doe says, includes hundreds of dollars in cash prizes and brand new iPhones for anyone who helps those in need. For every 10 people who tweet a photo or video to Doe that shows them helping the homeless — whether it's donating a few bucks or buying someone a hot meal or cup of coffee — Doe says he'll post a clue on Twitter to a place where he's hidden anywhere between $200 and $2,000 or an iPhone 6 Plus.  He says he'll post the first clue as soon as he gets 50 followers on Twitter. 

Join the project and follow him here.  


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WHAT'S UP TODAY? David Bazan's bold experiment, burlesque and Pulp on film

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM


It's the middle of the week, on the downhill toward the weekend, and there are plenty of things to do if you're looking to get out of the house. You can find them in our event listings and Staff Picks

Don't have time? Don't you fret, we're here to help. Here are some of the highlights among the events for Wednesday, Nov. 19: 

LIVE BANDS | The Bartlett is hosting what should be a genuinely thrilling show Wednesday when David Bazan comes to town with the Passenger String Quartet. Bazan is one of the most distinct singer/songwriters of the Northwest, whether using his own name or monikers Pedro the Lion or Headphones. You pair him with some strings and deliver songs from throughout his career, you have the makings of something great. David Dondero opens the show. Here's a bit of what to expect: 

VISUAL ARTS | You like to get dirty? Local artists/ceramicists Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore are hosting a demonstration on wheel-throwing at Let's Get Our Hands Dirty, part of Trackside Studio's "Spokannisters" exhibit and series of events. 

FILM | The fans of Brit-pop raconteur Jarvis Cocker and his band Pulp will be thrilled to hear about the one-night-only screening of the documentary Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets at the Magic Lantern. Here's a look at the film: 


FILM | Did you check out the Burleskival back in September? Or did you miss it and wish you hadn't? Either way, you can relive all the bawdy, colorful fun at the screening of Burleskival The Movie at The Bing.
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MB: Historic buildings to be razed; Cosby accusations pile up; Keystone XL rejected

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

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Ferris High School assistant principal Todd Bender, accused of child molestation, posted bond last night after spending four hours in jail. (S-R)

Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed 26-year-old Zachary Lamb on Nov. 7. (KXLY)

Two historic downtown buildings are to be demolished after all to make way for a new Larry H. Miller Lexus showroom. (S-R)

THERE

It may be cold up here in the Inland Northwest, but be glad we're not getting more than five feet of snow like the poor folks around Buffalo, NY. (Washington Post) Five people have died so far because of the storm. (LA Times)

As rape accusations involving Bill Cosby pile up, Netflix decides to postpone a planned special with the comedian. (NYT)

The Democratic-controlled Senate has rejected legislation to complete the Keystone XL Pipeline, although Republicans plan to resurrect the measure in January. (Chicago S-T)

ALSO

Actor Chris Hemsworth is People Magazine's 2014 Sexiest Man Alive.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Zags beat up on SMU, Kevin Pangos is not human, a Kennel Clubber's miracle shot

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

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Last night was supposed to be the night we saw what Gonzaga's men's basketball program was really like. That merciless thumping of Sacramento State didn't really give us any insight, we were told.

Well, consider last night's destruction of No. 22-ranked SMU your official introduction to the 2014-2015 Gonzaga Bulldogs, a team so deep in talent that you need water wings just to approach their bench. The final score of 72-56 doesn't do the game justice. When Coach Mark Few unleashed the walk-ons with a couple minutes left, the Zags were up 71-47.

With a national television audience that arrived late to the telecast due to a big overtime upset in women's hoops, the Zags let the nation know just how dangerous they're going to be, as ESPN's Fran Fraschilla realized.
Here are a few more observations from the game.

Pangos is back, eh!
He never left, but that nagging toe injury made him a shadow of his former self at the tail end of last season. Well, last night he had the Kennel wound up to a frenzy. At one point, Kevin Pangos nailed a three, then about five seconds later dove on the floor to cause a turnover. Somewhere in there I think I saw him save a baby from a burning building and then text a cure for ebola to the CDC. It was hard to tell amidst the mania.

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He finished with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a performance that seemed even bigger than those numbers. In his senior campaign, it's nice to see the friendly Canadian off to a fiery start.

Also, his three-pointers last night were half the reason everyone in attendance got free diarrhea Taco Bell tacos!

Sabonis is better than his beard suggests!
Despite sporting a beard that doesn't quite live up to the established standards of the Pacific Northwest yet is completely appropriate in the discotheques of his native Lithuania, Domantas Sabonis is going to be Gonzaga's next mega star. Evidence to the right. 

The freshman came off the bench to score 13 points and snag nine rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. He made some silly fouls, as freshman are wont to do, but this dude is the real deal.

Kennel Club costume report
What's with the guys in banana suits? There were 10 of them throughout the student section last night.

Also entertaining was the dude dressed as the pope, a guy in a shorty shorts highway patrol uniform and a group of students who arrived in shirts, ties and dark sunglasses, only to remove said shirts to reveal that their painted chests spelled GONZAGA. Sneak attack!

Not entertaining was the kid in the Native American headdress. Look, dude, we've established that isn't a cool thing to do some time ago. Also, no one behind you can see.

The craziest shot of the game was not part of the game
At halftime, three Gonzaga students came out on the court to try their hand at a half-court shot in the hopes of winning $500. The very first contestant let it rip, and then this happened.


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TUESDAY TASTE: Awesome animation and Lorde takes on The Hunger Games in this week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM


Every week we help you figure out how to spend your home-entertainment dollar by sifting through the new music and video releases and highlighting some of the best choices. Let's do this.

MUSIC

TV On The Radio, Seeds. Unabashed alt-rock experimentalists TV On The Radio have a slightly poppier sound on their first new release since 2011 and the death of long-time bassist Gerard Smith. 

Bryan Ferry, Avonmore. The sultry man-voice behind Roxy Music is back with his 14th solo set, featuring contributions from The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Chic's Nile Rogers, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and more. 
Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. The teens-killing-teens dramas have had some seriously strong soundtracks to date. The latest iteration is being "curated" by Lorde (whatever that means), and includes tunes from her as well as Chemical Brothers, Churches, Grace Jones and Bat for Lashes. Here's the "Yellow Flicker Beat" single from Lorde: 

FILM

The big releases this week include 22 Jump Street, the not-as-funny so-so sequel to the funnier-than-expected reimagining of the genuinely terrible TV show, and the sequel to Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which was pretty much reviled by critics and audiences alike.

Your time is probably better spent checking out these flicks:

The Wind Rises is reportedly the final film from the legendary Spirited Away animator Hayao Miyazaki, who tackles the tale of a Japanese aviation designer in this one, featuring the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinki and Emily Blunt. The 2013 release was nominated for an Academy Award for "best animated feature." 

20,000 Days on Earth is not a typical rock documentary, delving into the creativity of musician Nick Cave through a fictional "day in the life" paired with real interviews with musicians, actors and friends who have worked with the cult icon, and filmed sessions between Cave and his therapist. Thankfully, there are also some stirring live performance clips filmed at the Sydney Opera House with Cave and his band the Bad Seeds. 

Alive Inside is the Sundance Film Festival audience award-winner for "best documentary" for its engaging exploration of how music can help combat memory loss. The filmmaker follows social worker Dan Cohen as he travels the country for his nonprofit Music & Memory and tries to engage with the convoluted healthcare system. 


 
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WHAT'S UP TODAY? Some science, some Irish and some Brewfish

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM


The Inlander has a slew of awesome event listings available for you every single day, as well as Staff Picks pulled together by our seasoned staff of pros, but if you don't have time to get through them all, we're here to help. 

Here are some fine to-dos for Tuesday, Nov. 18: 

COMMUNITY | In one of the coolest events I've heard of in a while, Gizmo-cda hosts Science on Tap in Coeur d'Alene, a monthly beer-meets-science event when the public is welcomed to have a brew and chat with a scientist about their projects, or bigger issues. Tuesday's guest is Terence Soule, a U of Idaho Computer Science professor who will be talking about "Artificial Intelligence Through Evolution." 

LIVE BANDS | Brewfish brings a bit of reggae-tinged rock from California for a show at the Viking Bar and Grill. Here's a taste of Brewfish: 


MUSIC EVENTS | Hard to beat Celtic music in terms of sounds that can bring seriously high-energy as well as some serious emotion. Gaelic Storm is one band capable of handling all manner of traditional and modern Celtic music, having recently landed at No. 1 on the World Albums Chart for their release Full Irish. The band plays the Bing Tuesday night. Here's a bit of Gaelic Storm: 

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MB: City hall plaza named, Manson gettin' hitched, 49 states below freezing

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 9:15 AM

HERE

Downtown Spokane business groups want the STA Plaza renovation to be smaller and retail-free to reduce competition for other businesses in the city's core. (Inlander)  

Mobius Science Center could have a new home in an Avista-owned building next to the historic Post Street Substation. (S-R)

An anonymous man is handing out lots of cash to the homeless, and local charitable and business organizations think that's a bad idea. (KXLY)

The City Hall plaza finally has a name: the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place. (S-R)

THERE

The entire US, except for Hawaii, is basically freezing. (CNN)

An exec at Uber suggested the company hire people to smear journalists critical of its services. (Boston.com)

A grand jury could decide any moment now whether officer Darren Wilson should stand trial for the shooting of Michael Brown.

ALSO

Charles Manson is getting hitched to a 26-year-old who's spent the past nine years trying to exonerate him. (AP)
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