Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jess Walter talks, Call of the Void rocks, and man-eating pigs scare us

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:31 AM

So many opportunities are waiting for you in our Event Listings and Staff Picks, it's understandable why it would be difficult to choose. 

That's where we come in. Here are some highlights among the to-dos for Tuesday, Feb. 24: 

LIVE BANDS | You like your tunes hard and heavy? Call of the Void is here to satisfy. You can read our interview with the band, then go give them a spin — just note that the show has moved to The Hop! tonight. Here's a bit of Call of the Void: 
WORDS | Local author Jess Walter is the new writer-in-residence at Whitworth for the spring semester, and tonight he's hosting In The Writer's Studio, a chat that's free and open to the public. 

THEATER | The National Geographic Live shows are pretty damn cool, offering audience members the chance to interact with the people behind some of the most stunning photography and amazing stories around. The latest edition is Grizzles, Piranhas and Man-eating Pigs, hosted by photographer extraordinaire Joel Sartore. 

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MB: Alaska legalizes pot, a California train crash and is winter over?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:52 AM


Oops. Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri drew national criticism with a pair of questions he posed about the female anatomy during a hearing about the morning after pill. (CdA Press)

The big question: Is winter over? (KHQ)

The lawyer who represented a family in Ferguson, Missouri, says he’ll represent the parents of an unarmed Mexican man shot to death by officers this month in Pasco. (Spokesman-Review)

Restaurant Week is here and people/local celebrities are already loving it. (Inlander)

It’s now legal to smoke pot in Alaska, the third state to legalize it. (NPR)

ISIS has reportedly kidnapped 90 Christians in Syria. (The Guardian)

A Seattle missionary is missing in Nigeria. It is believed she was kidnapped. (Seattle Times)

A Metrolink train slammed into a truck this morning in Oxnard, California, injuring nearly 30 people. (LA Times)

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Lawmakers support police-friendly body cameras bill

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:21 AM

As the Washington State Legislature prepares to conclude its current session, the future of police body cameras in the state could be coming into focus. Lawmakers have allowed a law enforcement-backed bill related to body cameras to clear a key legislative hurdle while letting perish a competing measure supported by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Police body cameras have been adopted by law enforcement agencies across the state, and elsewhere, as a way to bring more accountability and transparency to policing. However, the implementation of police body camera programs in Washington have collided with existing state laws governing privacy and public records that were never designed for the new realities presented by the proliferation of the surveillance devices.

Law enforcement agencies have expressed concern that the state’s public records law allows for broad and burdensome requests of footage of people in police encounters. Some of this footage, released under Washington’s public records law, depicting people in difficult positions has made its way onto the Internet for the whole world to gawk at. The situation is concerning to law enforcement agencies, and they want the law changed. The Spokane Police Department has encountered these issues as well and, because of them, has been slow to roll out its body camera program pending changes to state law.

One of the bills seeking to make Washington state law more congruent to police body cameras was written with heavy input from law enforcement and would make the state’s public records law less public.

“Law enforcement, they don’t want to be in a situation where people aren’t going to call 911 because they don’t want the police officers’ visit to their house to be on YouTube,” Rep. Drew Hansen, D- Bainbridge Island, said during a hearing on the legislation.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Out for Inlander Restaurant Week 2015: Central Food with Sharma Shields

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Sharma Shields is the author of The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, and the subject of the Inlander cover story of Jan. 22, “Monsters and Demons.” She dined at Central Food on the opening night of Inlander Restaurant Week, Friday, Feb. 20, and shared her impressions with us.

Shields writes: 
As a kid, ribs were my favorite food. No kidding. I loved them all: beef ribs, pork ribs, but most of all, lamb ribs. My parents raised sheep, and the lamb we ate was our own. Today, I’m extremely health conscious. I try to eat nine cups of vegetables or fruits per day, so I drink a lot of smoothies and eat a lot of salads. I have multiple sclerosis and am controlling it not only with medication, but with diet and exercise. I’ve lost a lot of weight and feel more fit than I have in years.

I went to dinner at Central Food with my husband, the handsome, brilliant hunk, Simeon (Sam) Mills. I stuck to the vegetarian menu, while Sam eyeballed all things meat-and-potatoes. I was glad for this, because then I could sneak bites of his meal, too.

I was delighted to find that most of the items on the vegetarian menu were vegan. Right on! Usually I have to tweak an order to render it dairy-free, but I didn’t have to do that in the slightest here. I almost felt like the meal was designed for me personally.

Sam and I have been blown away by Central Food for a couple of years now — the Kendall Yards location can’t be beat. We were given a table alongside the row of windows facing south, and despite the inky, cloudy night, the view was as tantalizing as ever. My eyes kept returning to the river, where it lay twitching and curling and slithering darkly westward, a muscular, glittering serpent. There is a lot of power in that river, and it’s a feast of its own to witness.

I ordered the Sriracha baked cauliflower, the broccoli spinach bowl and the rhubarb sorbet. The first two choices were easy: I salivate over anything drenched in Sriracha, and the spinach bowl promised fresh carrots, beets and sunflower seeds in a gingery sauce. Say the word “ginger,” and I’m there.

Sam ordered the mushroom mousse terrine, the Woods Ranch beef cheek Bourguignon and the pineapple upside-down cake. Sam loves mushrooms and eggs, and while he wasn’t sure what Bourguignon was, I promised him the meat would be tender beyond belief. That was enough. He also ordered a Jam Session IPA, from local brewery 12 String.

My Sriracha-baked cauliflower was the star of my evening, with a depth of flavor that kept expanding in my mouth long after I had swallowed. Sam’s appetizer, the terrine, was equally delicious, a heavenly texture of poached egg and mushroom mousse that Sam said he wanted to eat for breakfast every day of his life.

My second course was as fresh and colorful as I’d hoped, with the beets and carrots carved into whimsical, graceful curlicues in my bowl. Sam and I both loved his second course: The beef cheeks sent us back to childhood, where he recalled a similar dish from his mom (an excellent cook, herself), and I was reminded of my Grandma Kay’s melt-in-your-mouth roasts, meat so succulent and tender that the knife becomes completely superfluous. This, to me, is such a beautiful aspect of food — the nostalgia it can introduce, the long-dormant memories it can rouse and refresh. It not only sparks memories but also conversation, inviting intimacy and affection. The ability to bring people together through taste alone is a sign of a great chef — and a great restaurant. Chef David Blaine and Central Food do this for us over and over again.

I loved the unexpected freshness and sweetness of the rhubarb sorbet; I also broke my no-dairy rule to enjoy some of Sam’s pineapple-tinged ice cream, which was so delicious that I laughed out loud. I hadn’t had ice cream in a long time, and I’d forgotten how frickin’ good it could taste.

As we finished our meal, Sam and I spoke of how happy we are to live in Spokane. Out in the dark night, the cathedral towers of Our Lady of Lourdes shone with a light that reminded me of the lit-up architecture in Europe. We might as well have been sitting on the banks of the Guadalquivir in Spain. Spokane has become its own lovely city of light, and Central Food is one of its gems. 

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The eaters have spoken, and photographed: Early favorites from #INRestWeek

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Inlander Restaurant Week got off to a tasty, rousing start over the weekend, and if you weren't able get out to one of the 97 restaurants involved in 2015, you still have a week to get it together. If you need some information on Inlander Restaurant Week, hit our complete guide online, our coverage in the new issue of The Inlander, and our handy how-to for first-timers

When you DO get out there, be sure to help your fellow diners out by letting us know what you think of what you're eating. Hashtag your posts #INRestWeek on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot us some photos directly @TheInlander and @InlanderRW. 

Here are some samples from happy eaters from the weekend. Stay tuned for more shots through the week: 





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MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: Pangos' hair tweets, Zags clinch, Eags scuffle

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:07 AM

We had a pretty light sports weekend unless you're a NASCAR fan, but a couple of local hoops teams had huge games. Here's the breakdown to help you get through any watercooler chat at the office: 

Kevin Pangos and the Zags are regular season conference champs — again. - RYAN SULLIVAN
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  • Kevin Pangos and the Zags are regular season conference champs — again.

Gonzaga was bound to have a nail-biter eventually, and they got it Saturday night at St. Mary's. No shocker there, given St. Mary's success in recent years, but the Zags seemed to be on a Kyle Wiltjer-driven roll in California when tip-off came on Saturday night. 

Then they fell immediately behind, eventually trailing by 17 thanks to poor shooting and shoddy defense, before storming back late to take down the Gaels and clinch the conference regular season championship. You can call this year's Zags many things — deep, prolific on offense, really, really good in the hair department — and this game proved you can call them resilient as well. Wiltjer, coming off a 45-point night, had two at halftime, but finished with 16 (and 12 rebounds, including every significant one the last few minutes). Kevin Pangos had 14 points and seven assists. 

Most importantly, the Zags stayed in line to potentially get a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney if they win out. They'll probably want to work on their "D" and free throw-shooting the rest of the way. This week, they welcome San Diego on Thursday and finish out the regular season against BYU Saturday. Until then, enjoy Pangos reading tweets about his 'do:  
The news for the Eastern Washington hoops squad wasn't quite as good. They headed into the weekend with the conference lead in the standings, but a tough loss at Northern Arizona has them basically tied with Sacramento St. and Montana for Big Sky supremacy and the chance to host the conference tournament. And after their win, Northern Arizona is suddenly in the thick of things, too. 

EWU hosts Montana St. and Montana Thursday and Saturday in two huge games to close out their home schedule. 

Ernie Kent's first season in Pullman should be viewed as a success already, given the Cougs dismal expectations at the start of the season. But Sunday's loss to the rival UW Huskies, who were in the midst of an epic collapse via seven-game losing streak, has gotta hurt. No way the Cougars should have lost at home. Hopefully it's a lesson learned as the team stumbles toward the Pac-12 tourney. They play USC on Wednesday. 
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Ethics and religion in capitalism, an epic kayak journey and a much-needed medical fundraiser

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Are you so inspired by the Oscars that you feel a strong desire to get out of the house and live? Good call. Allow me to suggest perusing our event listings and Staff Picks for some inspiration. 

Here are some of the highlights we found for Monday, Feb. 23: 

BENEFIT | The Magic Lantern Theater is hosting a fundraiser for the Pacific Northwest Surgical Outreach nonprofit, which provides much-needed medical care in poor countries. Tonight, hear from medical student Kathryn Jones about her work for the program in Peru. 

WORDS | Yale professor of religious studies Dr. Kathryn Lofton speaks at a free event at Whitworth College, presenting a lecture called "Do Not Tamper With the Clues: What Goldman Sachs Can Tell Us About Religion," a discussion touching on her research into how public policy, corporate actions, ethics and religion interact. 

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | Kayaker Patti Godwin took an solo epic trip covering more than 400 miles of the Columbia River, and she'll talk about it tonight at the Mountain Gear corporate offices. 
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MB: Birdman soars at Oscars, Kendall Yards' new light and a local plane crash

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 9:09 AM


Kendall Yards (home to Inlander headquarters) is getting a new traffic light as the new development is bringing an increase in traffic to Monroe Street and Summit Parkway. (Spokesman-Review)

A pilot was critically injured Sunday after crashing his small plane near East Sprague and North Errie Street in Spokane. (KXLY)

Three people allegedly attempted to break in to one Spokane Valley resident’s home Sunday morning. He was not amused. (KREM)

A suicide bombing by a young girl (witnesses say she looked about 8 years old) kills six in a Nigerian market. (UPI)

A Department of Homeland Security shutdown now seems likely as Congress is, unsurprisingly, at an impasse over immigration laws. (New York Times)

Birdman won for best director and best picture at last night’s Oscars, Lady Gaga was the best of the night and it looks like early ratings say this year’s telecast had fewer viewers than last year. (Los Angeles Times)

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Riff Raff flexes and perplexes at Knitting Factory

Posted By on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 3:40 PM


“I don’t even know who Riff Raff is,” says the woman nearby in head-to-toe denim. “I’m here for the beer but I really only listen to, like, Johnny Cash.”

Glowsticks are tossed from the balcony around us and from every direction, some landing in people's drinks below. But, let’s face it, if unadulterated (mindless?) fun is serious business, then Riff Raff has made quite the case for being one of its most frustratingly foremost CEOs. In fact, glowsticks landing in your $6 beer seems fitting. This is no place to sip and ponder. Any attempts to nitpick the much-debated Riff Raff persona, particularly in the wake of the Spring Breakers fallout involving James Franco, have mostly dissolved.

It was with rave-like ceremony that Riff Raff finally took the stage at the Knitting Factory last night — after overcooking the hype with a too-long series of gracious but underwhelming opening acts. Donning neon shorts, a loose tank top, and a hilarious fur hat, Riff Raff moves across the stage like that guy you knew in college who loved the Lonely Island but never laughed at them.

This is essentially Panama City Beach, YOLO reincarnate, pre-pre-molly music and, on that level, it occasionally manages to work. There is a bizarre anti-charm to someone who uses Miley Cyrus’s face as a backdrop without using her Mike WiLL Made-It collaboration “23” as a lead-in to his own ode to Jordans (“Tip Toe Wing in My Jawwdinz”), then does a brief cover of iLoveMakonnen’s ”Tuesday” on a Friday and doesn't capitalize on the easy joke.


Ultimately, it’s difficult to dismiss Riff Raff. As soon as you’re positive he’s lampooning, he lets loose a vicious sneer that implies he’s absolutely for real. Though there isn't much to speak of musically, aside from anthems “Dolce & Gabanna” and “Tip Toe Wing in My Jawwdinz," which both elicit huge responses, there still seems to be plenty to speak of with regards to the elusive identity of Horst Christian Simco, aka Jody Highroller, aka Riff Raff.

Riff Raff is still most interesting on that perceived divide between the two — between Franco and Neon Icon, between performer and art conceived.

And thankfully, he still walks the line.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Former Zag David Stockton signs NBA contract

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 12:53 PM


Few colleges pursued John Stockton when he played at Gonzaga Prep, and son David drew even less interest from recruiters while playing for the Bullpups. When Gonzaga University added David as a non-scholarship player, it was widely viewed as a favor to his Hall of Fame father, the greatest player in GU history.

While David Stockton never approached his father’s skill level, he did develop into a rock-solid point guard at Gonzaga. His hard work and talent earned him a rookie contract with Reno in the NBA Development League this season, and on Friday morning, Stockton was called up to the NBA by the Sacramento Kings.

“This is a testament to Stockton’s work ethic, and I am very excited for him to have this opportunity,” Reno coach Dave Arseneault Jr. said.

Stockton is expected to be in uniform tonight in Sacramento when the Kings take on the Boston Celtics. Kelly Olynyk, a former Gonzaga teammate of Stockton, plays for Boston. The 7 p.m. contest will not be televised locally, but some satellite TV systems in the area may be able to pick up the broadcast.

Stockton has signed a 10-day contract with the Kings. Darren Collison, Sacramento’s starting point guard, is questionable due to a hip injury.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Stockton ranks second in the NBDL with 2.4 steals per game, and he’s fourth in assists at 7.9. He’s averaging 16.6 points and shooting 46 percent from the field, including 36.4 percent on 3-pointers.

Tonight marks the Sacramento debut of veteran NBA coach George Karl, a former Seattle SuperSonics coach.
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