• Issue Archive for
  • Feb 8-14, 2001
  • Vol. 8, No. 17

News & Comment

  • Power puff girls

    The kick-crazed decamillion-dollar girl caper Charlie's Angels is not a movie for people who take themselves seriously. Smart dumb fun, it's as much like a classic American musical as it is a genuine Hong Kong martial arts vehicle.
  • Tomorrow, tomorrow

    Through most of the 20th century, the red-ringleted moppet and her valiant canine companion have delighted first Sunday comics page readers and then Broadway-bound audiences alike. The tale of a spunky and penniless orphan
  • Postmodern politics

    It's a race between a young, up-and-coming challenger and an incumbent who is closely associated by many with all the excesses of Congress. Maria Cantwell vs. Slade Gorton? Yes, but that statement could also describe the
  • Vacant hotseat

    Complaining about the City Council's inability to get along has turned into a favorite pastime in Spokane. Now there is a perfect opportunity for anyone who feels qualified to help remedy what ails the council, because Councilm
  • Kaiser's power play

    When the news was released on Sunday afternoon, it could almost be construed as a Christmas story. Concerned corporation offers to sell its power back into the overtaxed Western electrical grid, taking the pressure off
  • Talbott's tactics

    If you've watched the recent presidential and vice presidential debates, you may have heard the refrain, & quot;We're not going to go negative & quot;more than a few times. Since everything those candidates say has been thoroughly
  • Price of success

    Since the brief, shining moment of Jason Gesser guiding the Cougs to victory in Hawaii last November, it's been a long off-season for Washington State University Head Football Coach Mike Price. Last year was a tumultuous season for the football Cougs. The
  • Disney gets its groove back

    It's no secret that practically since the beginning of its long and gloried history, the Disney studio has been turning out films that appeal to adults as well as kids. Yes, they've primarily been aimed at the much younger market,
  • Jess's world

    Jess Walter has covered the Spokane serial killer case for The Washington Post, written the book on the FBI siege at Ruby Ridge, Every Knee Shall Bow, (which was also a finalist for the PEN West literary nonfiction award in 1995)
  • Endorsements

    & & Al gore & & & & For his edge in experience and his stand on the key issues facing the nation today, Al Gore is the clear choice for president. For 24 years, Gore has held public office, with eight years in the House of Representat
  • Theater

    It's funny how, once we've taken on all the so-called trappings of adulthood -- car payments, steady jobs and sensible bedtimes -- we greet the holidays with the same kind of diminished expecta
  • Are Idaho Dems endangered?

    Once upon a time, the state of Idaho was not rock-solid Republican territory. Democratic giants, the likes of U.S. Senator Frank Church and Governor Cecil Andrus, once were elected and reelected by healthy margins. In 1990, up
  • Kids

    If you are a kid this December, not only can you expect extra special treatment around the holidays -- as in, hopefully, the fulfillment of some of the wishes on your list -- but all the usual venues are also going out of their w
  • Sinking in stuff

    by Mirinda J. Kossoff Like the angst-ridden Andie McDowell character in the movie Sex, Lies and Videotape, who worried about where all the garbage was going, I brood about what to do with all the stuff I've accumulated. I spend far too
  • Letters to the editor

    I am personally against the initiative process as it is law by special interests only. Even if I am basically for the idea, I vote no as the majority of the time the law is poorly written and r
  • Symbols and slogans

    As much as we talk about the importance of issues, even competing political philosophies, election campaigns are mostly about symbolism and slogans these days. Our mayoral election is no exception. Mayor John Talbott refers to
  • Folkdancing in the fall

    From the outside, it looks just like your typical middle school. But on the inside, it's an explosion of drumming, dancing, eating and crafts, as the Fifth Annual Fall Folk Festival takes over Glover Middle School this Saturday.
  • A Bush beginning

    All the prognostication about the Bush administration aside, one thing is clear: Four years from now, Americans should have a very clear understanding of our new president's level of success or failure. The reason for this? Si
  • Biking through beauty

    Tired of the same old bike ride around the block? How about a weekend long pedaling tour through the farmlands of the Palouse and into the pine-scented Idaho panhandle? How about lake views around every corner? What about passin
  • Endorsements

    While it may not be very politically correct to oppose this initiative, it fails to meet our criteria for a variety of reasons. The measure aims to stop the use of steel-jawed traps and some poisons, but it says noth
  • Bridging the gap

    New actors have had more eclectic careers when it comes to juicy parts. Jeff Bridges made his first professional appearance at the age of -- depending who you ask -- either 4 or 6 months when he was literally carried on in a forgetta
  • Safety in numbers

    It used to be that the Department of Corrections was mainly concerned about offenders as long as they were in jail. Once released, offenders were on their own. But since the Offender Accountability Act (OAA) passed in 1999, all
  • Top ten arts events of 2000

    Covering the arts on a weekly basis as we do at The Inlander, it's easy to get caught up in the "what's-going-on-this-week" syndrome and forget just how incredible the arts scene has been this year. With both the winter leg of th
  • Sentimental journey

    The Spokane Civic Theatre opens its 54th season with the delightful musical review Tintypes, which runs through Oct. 28. Cleverly directed by Marilyn Langbehn, with the engaging choreography of Lorna Hamilton, and under th
  • A host of heavenly voices

    Christmas is a time for choral music, especially of the sacred variety, and the image conjured up by that music features a heavenly choir in long robes, looking like angels ready to rise above the firmament. Audiences around t
  • Making a scene

    Creating a healthy, vital live music scene is kind of like whipping up a big, beefy stew -- except that in this case, more than one cook is not only a good thing, it's necessary. To get started, you need some very basic ingredie
  • A bloody good time

    Young adults, so we are told, don't read, don't vote, don't care -- and don't attend the theater. James Quinn can't fix the world's problems, but he does have a plan to invigorate the theatrical scene in Spokane. It's called mul
  • Ford's finesse

    by Ed Symkus There's no mistaking the incredibly low voice of Harrison Ford -- low in both pitch and volume, usually delivered in monotone. And no one who's ever been to one or two or 10 of his films would have any trouble picking out his
  • Lumberjacks in leotards

    by Lisa Leinberger & & stuff & & & & It's a group with one of the craziest names in the business, but the members of the Montana Logging and Ballet Company promise t
  • Gettin' literate

    It's a literary festival that opened with a film. It's a celebration of the arts in our region that featured the work of a writer who lives in Southern California. Spokane's own festival of the word, Get Lit!, finishes with a weekend ful
  • Wandering spirit

    & & DAVE ALVIN & & is a songwriter. His rough-hewn baritone is expressive but certainly won't win him any Grammy Awards. And his guitar playing, while impressive, probably won't land him in the rock god pantheon. But this guy ca
  • Classics revisited

    Have you always wanted to know more about jazz music, but didn't know where to start? For beginners and experts alike, the & & SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA & & will be kicking off its season by paying tribute to the classic songs and art
  • Something about Bob

    It's been said by this reviewer before: Robert De Niro, someone not exactly known for his comic roles, is one funny fellow, when put in the right movie with the right material. Just a year ago, he completely mastered the part of th
  • What right to vote?

    Al Gore has had a crummy week, but popular sovereignty in America has had a catastrophic one. In Tallahassee, Judge N. Sanders Sauls ruled that a lagging campaign could not contest the outcome of an election by having a court
  • Migratory mirage

    This year's large return of Pacific salmon to the waters of Idaho has some people crowing that the endangered fish are on the rebound. It certainly is a positive turn of events given the dismal runs of the last decade. But if yo
  • Sundance kid

    It seems that Robert Redford has always been a movie star. Although most of us first took notice of him -- stealing away scenes from Paul Newman with his impossibly big, absolutely genuine smile -- in 1967's Butch Cassidy and the Sun
  • Merry marquees

    Once again, with summer long behind us, we're about to enter the second most popular time of the year to go to movies -- that brief period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day in which Hollywood and the independents, as well as t
  • The primary candidates speak

    election is Tuesday, Sept. 19. Spokane county board of commissioners district one John Roskelley (D) Spokane County is on the cusp of becoming one of the Northwest's great places to live. Currently, we're still struggling w
  • Health for all

    Michael Crandell suddenly found his family without health insurance last year. He'd been without insurance for a while, regardless that he has a disability, but his son and wife were covered through his wife's group plan at wor
  • Beating a path

    & & EIGHTFOLD PATH & & may call Spokane home, but curiously, the local progressive rock quintet has found a hotbed of support in -- of all places -- Europe, specifically, Greece, Italy and Germany. Thanks to the magic of the Inter
  • Clouds over Kaiser

    Certain environmental issues have earned perennial spots in the Inland Northwest's collective consciousness over the past couple of decades. Some are easy to spot, such as the smoke-covered horizons Save Our Summers (SOS) has fought long
  • Grobal send off

    by Mike Corrigan & & stuff & & & & TERRY GROB never wanted to be a rock promoter. But that's what he became. The job just sort of fell into his lap. And Spokane's punk scene is healthy today because
  • Count nature, not money

    Every month, I get a kind of Readers Digest for people interested in the future. It's called Future Survey, issued by the World Future Society. Each month, it contains about 50 extended summaries of recent publications abo
  • Talkin' trash

    As a title, the vulgarity of Snatch is a bit of sleight-of-hand. Guy Ritchie's speedy, sarcastic, often hilarious follow-up to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels -- almost a remake, in fact -- glories in gaudy vernacular and crass
  • What's on the tube?

    With the Olympics seemingly dragging on forever (how many swimming events can there be?!), the fall's new TV shows have been pushed back later than ever. But hopefully the wait will be worth it, as most s
  • Out of Africa

    The Corner Gallery in Boswell Hall at NIC offers the haunting, impressionistic works of Ashland, Ore., artist BETTY LA DUKE for just one more week in the exhibit "Africa: Between Myth and Reality." A cultural researcher as well as
  • Tank trouble

    The aquifer has always been a tricky concept. A vast lake just below the ground we walk on, it provides storage for one of the nation's most plentiful fresh water supplies. But people didn't really even know it existed until a public edu
  • Heard it through the Loveline

    If you passed Dr. Drew Pinsky on the street, you'd hardly even notice him. And in a dress shirt and tie, this well-groomed, decent-looking, obviously successful white male wouldn't exactly strike you as any sort of major counte
  • One size does not fit all

    Your neighbor lost 20 pounds by eating steak, eggs and even butter on Protein Power. A recent episode of Dateline touts the Mediterranean Diet as both heart-healthy and figure-friendly. Your sister swears by the fuzzy-bearded, or
  • Icing the global warming debate

    Depending on how you spin it, the collapse of the climate negotiations in The Hague, Netherlands, last month could leave you confident that much progress has been made, despairing that a Bush presidency may doom the future of n
  • A mission of music

    On Wednesday, the Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ will resonate with the angelic voices of the world-renowned Luther College Choir directed by Weston Noble. Noble, who has dedicated more than a half-century t
  • Dark sun

    It must be quite the daunting task for a filmmaker to tell a multi-generational story that also manages to cover a number of the major political events of the 20th century and, at the same time, gets across a central message. In th
  • Art in the raw

    How the sun manages to find its way over the dark alley and through the windows of the City Terminal Gallery is anyone's guess. The light that warms the empty space of this building, sandwiched between two alleyways, is just
  • A pop cultural revival

    Dig those crazy Kroffts? Want to revisit all those insane shows, characters and lost worlds? Here's a few places to look: Rhino Video is the place for reissues of your favorite Krofft masterwork on VHS and DVD. Shows currently
  • Conventional wisdom

    When it comes to big public projects, a group of Spokane boosters is hoping to prove they have learned from recent mistakes. The group of volunteers collectively known as Facilities 2000 aims to prove that the path trave
  • Blanket rejection

    by Robert Herold First, an acknowledgment: I think primaries are a bad idea, at least those that don't require party membership (or, at the very least, registration) as a condition of voting. Of the two forms of primary election that d
  • Poison in jest

    There's a moment late in this comedy when the hero, Mortimer Brewster, is trying to silence his boisterous brother, who's convinced that he is Teddy Roosevelt. T.R. wants to issue a presidential proclamation. Mortimer suggests
  • The tao of tea

    In spite of near world domination by Starbucks and the encroachment of strong coffee -- served fast -- on just about every street corner locally, a revolution is underway. & quot;I think tea is becoming popular again because everyone is
  • Over the hump

    The almighty pollsters were wrong about two things: Florida (as we'll discuss below) and the turnout. While many pollsters were expecting a record low turnout, the people confounded them by going to the
  • Unnatural Selection

    On June 26, 2000, Celera Genomics Group and the National Institutes of Health announced that they have achieved a feat unique in all of history, one that will alter the destiny of all humanity for all time to come: the decoding of the entir
  • Jesus lives

    In the spring of 1982, at the age of 11, Jesus Tecu Osorio lost his parents, his younger brothers, and an older sister and her two children in a government-sanctioned massacre in Rio Negro, Guatemala. At that time, a total
  • Letters to the editor-5

    In response to the editorial in The Inlander's 12/7 edition, "Grizzlies and Democrats," I'd like to make a few points. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, which provides protections for grizzly bears and their habitat. We m
  • Denzel does Disney

    Just look at the name on the film -- Disney. Then look at the subject matter -- high school football in early-1970s Virginia and the racial problems surrounding it. But if you think you've got this movie pegged, you're probably wrong.
  • INN

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Draft Coeur d'Alene Basin Ecological Risk Assessment (ECORA) at the end of August. As expected, the draft's overall conclusion is that high concentr
  • East by East-West

    by Ed Symkus The only thing even resembling a problem in this finely acted, written and directed, ultimately very sad historical drama is the fact that it lacks a background that tells how its central characters got into the dilemma th
  • The revolution was a success

    In contrarian Spokane, here is the ultimate contrary position: Spokane is in good shape. Despite appearances of disarray, Spokane has not been in such a favorable position to do something about the nagging problems of inadequ
  • And now the fake news...

    This fall, during media hype over the recent election, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central has kept its promise to be a "fake news organization" covering "fake news events." In the face of Bush's "sumbliminable," G
  • Junkie chic

    The 1970s drug culture is the setting for Alison Maclean's second feature, the likable, loping adaptation of Denis Johnson's fine 1992 short story collection, Jesus' Son, which plays one night only at Art Cinema at The Met on Wedne
  • Scenes from an election

    The political version of the Perfect Storm, that's what we are experiencing. Popular vote close and going to Gore, electoral vote even closer and in doubt, litigation (what else is new in America?), counter litigation, demagogu
  • Keeping Christmas

    How, exactly, does a theatrical company approach one of the most well-known and most beloved Christmas stories of all time? How do you bring Scrooge and Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, and all those spirits of Christmas past
  • Sun, moon and stars

    Devoted readers of "Free Will Astrology" (found in the back of this very newspaper) already know Rob Brezsny to be a man comfortable with the outer reaches of inner space. Whether he's advising Aries to try tantric sex or recomme
  • Fat tires and Fall foliage

    It's hard to imagine a sweeter end to the mountain biking season than the METHOW VALLEY MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL, held in Winthrop this weekend, Oct. 6-8. Now in its 14th year, the scenic festival is a great way to get one last fat-tire fix,
  • Year of the dragon

    For any film to have found a place on so many top 10 lists, it must have something going for it. Crouching Tiger has many things, among them the visionary directing stamp of director Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, Eat Drink Man Wo
  • Beyond the Onion

    Ariving West on Highway 12 in southeastern Washington, it's easy to imagine you've just driven onto the canvas of an Andrew Wyeth painting. This is classic east-of-the-mountains beauty with century-old barns tucked among the gradual
  • Ellen's legacy

    In a blow to camp everywhere, NBC has cancelled Titans -- that night-time Aaron Spelling soap about a corporate family gone bad, complete with over-the-top acting, illegitimate pregnancies and Yasmin Bleeth in a gold bikini. I
  • Buttoning up for winter

    This time of year, there's always a lot of debate as to how cold and snowy the upcoming winter will be. Throw in the fact that we are in between El Nino-La Nina cycles, and it's anyone's guess. Regardless of what might happen, thou
  • Rock for tots

    No, this isn't a hip rock concert with babies moshing in their PJ's. While the upcoming holiday event isn't meant to target four-year old music tastes, & & ROCK FOR TOTS & & does, in the end, benefit youngsters in need of a lit
  • Three for the road

    & & THE MAYFIELD FOUR & & is a living, breathing example of a local band that escaped the lethargy and ambivalence of Spokane to score it big in the music industry. After scraping it out for several years in various popular loca
  • Same dance new tune

    Last year, when Gonzaga -- the tiny Catholic school from Spokane that could -- made it to the collegiate post-season Division I hoop party affectionately called the Big Dance (but otherwise known as Revenue Heaven for the NCAA),
  • A devilish good time

    Don't let Elizabeth Hurley's facade fool you. Just because she flits around, easily passing for an excitable schoolgirl, or just because she talks so fast and hard, many of her words come out italicized, or just because she likes t
  • Local CD reviews

    Spirited if somewhat formulaic guitar rock from a group of locals who seemed to have emerged from nowhere with Focus, a slick, professional sounding (and looking) package. "The Hardest Thing to Give (Is In)" opens the album wit
  • 3rd place - Baby Girl

    Spokane is beautiful in the fall. Riverfront Park looks like a rainbow as the different colors of leaves carpet its landscape. The ground looks like a handmade quilt, each color and shape adding more details to the summer's past. Hearin
  • Fighting violence in the media

    There is a wealth of scientific evidence that affirms that media in the American culture is increasingly violent and that it does have emotional and psychological consequences for our children. What does this portend f
  • Local Briefs-3

    Cheney, Wash. -- When Katie Koestner was a first-year college student almost 10 years ago, she experienced date rape. Today, she's a sexual assault prevention advocate who's been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in HBO's pr
  • General election results.htm

    100 percent of city precincts reporting: & & & & Strong Mayor & & & lt;BR & 4 John Powers 34,331 55.2% & lt;BR & 4 John Talbott 27,791 44.7% & & & & City Council President & & & lt;BR & 4 Rob Higgins 30,872 52.9% & lt;BR & 4 Steve Corker 27,454 47.0% & lt;BR &
  • Until proven guilty

    Saturday night, I journeyed out to the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene to see 12 Angry Men. I must applaud Lake City Playhouse for finding 12 competent men to fill the bill. It's obvious that the Lake City has a commu
  • Bushland vs. Goreland

    Conventional wisdom has it that Election 2000 boiled down to urban for Al Gore vs. rural for George W. Bush. A glance at the Electoral College map gives credence to that analysis, but I am left thinking that there is more to th
  • Shining star

    There's been nothing wrong with the most recent films from Sam Raimi. But something's certainly been missing from the world of cinema since the director removed his horror cap in order to concentrate on heists gone wrong (A Simple
  • We are the champions

    Okay, so Spokane doesn't have its own professional football team. Nor do we have a baseball team that could end up at the World Series. The Olympics have never been held here. And yet, Spokane has had the Gonzaga University Bulld
  • Manhattan melodrama

    Joan Chen's vision of Manhattan splinters gorgeously, a brilliant diamond of romantic decor and shameless swoon. Autumn in New York seems lost in time, a sketch-simple exemplar of an anachronistic genre -- the shameless, extravagant
  • Style and substance

    Altman. A simple name, quite common, plenty of them in any phone book. Probably translates into & quot;old man & quot; from some European language or other. But when you tack a word onto either end of it, so it comes out & quot;an Altman film, & quot; ahhh,
  • Making every vote count

    For years, many of us have called for a national conversation about what it means to be a multiracial democracy. We have enumerated the glaring flaws inherent in our winner-take-all form of voting, which has produced a steady de
  • The loudest drum

    Each summer, thousands of Native American tribes across the country celebrate their connections to tradition and spirituality in a gathering known as a pow wow. Dressed in traditional regalia, tribal members join together to pay homage to t
  • Ridin' Randy out of town

    Something was wrong, and it wasn't just that these United States seemed unable to choose a president. It was election night, and if you were glued to the No. 1 local news station in Spokane, Q-6, you couldn't help but no
  • Clap, or else

    Even murder can be funny -- if, that is, the characters are broad enough and the atmosphere harmless enough to make the audience feel secure from the effects of any violence. Tom Dulack's Breaking Legs, now at the Lake City Play
  • Goth opera

    Think back to the last time you saw a preview for a scary movie. Behind the slightly off-kilter camera angles, close-ups of characters looking terrified and plot twists just barely given away, there was probably an intense, om
  • Confectioner's sugar

    It's so tempting and so sad to consider the latter-day career of Swedish-born director Lasse Hallstrom as "My Life as a Hack." While I don't treasure his second feature, My Life as a Dog, the way some do, it remains one of the han
  • Surrender! To the dream police

    As much as any punks of the time, the members of CHEAP TRICK recognized the bloated, pompous, boring old fart that commercial rock in the mid '70s had become. With Rick Nielson's bag of guitar tricks and goofy stage persona, vocalist Robi
  • Weaving a legend

    A couple of hundred years ago, while the English king was distracted with diversions across the pond, the culture to the north in Scotland was rapidly changing. With the rise of industry, particularly textile mills, the Highla
  • Nutritional deficit disorder

    If your child didn't speak until he was 4 years old, didn't read until he was 7 and his teacher described him as "mentally slow, unsociable and adrift in his foolish dreams," you'd be concerned. Your concern might turn to desp
  • Surrey with the fringe on top

    The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! opened March 30, 1943, in New York and played for 2,212 performances. For 15 years, Oklahoma! held the record as the longest running musical in Broadway history. It was also a
  • Having an epiphany

    In baroque times, the Epiphany was a major religious celebration in Europe. In fact, this celebration of the coming of the wise men from the East was sometimes a bigger festivity than Christmas. Every other year in Spokane, the
  • Nuclear wildfires

    The recent wildfires at Department of Energy nuclear sites are among the most serious nuclear emergencies in the United States. In May, the Cerro Grande fire destroyed nearly 48,000 acres on and around the Los Alamos National Laboratory in
  • History repeats

    As the nation's attention is riveted to the presidential election and confusion abounds, people have begun to look to history for guidance and even a little comfort. If we've been through this before -- and we have -- we c
  • A glassroots gathering

    Like all artists, glassblowers delight in the process of creating their delicate objects from beginning to end. Whether it's a painter applying the first stroke to a canvas or a glassblower placing the first sheet of glass in a k
  • The real West

    As good Americans, we not only endure a presidential election, but we also tolerate the analysis that emerges afterward. This time around, the right-thinking pundits couldn't accept the simple fact that the 2000 presidential elect
  • A House divided

    Chaotic, bloody, fierce, deadly, ugly. It's being described in terms usually saved for wars. But this is not Bosnia -- it's the 2001 session of the Washington State Legislature; a take-no-prisoners civil conflict that starts this
  • Coffee table talk

    I'm still not over the demise of Might. Although it folded just three years ago, the hip, edgy and funny bimonthly magazine founded by Dave Eggers was the best thing to come out of San Francisco since Armistead Maupin's Tales of
  • Arts & amp;amp; crafts movement

    hey're as much a fall tradition as dry leaves crunching underfoot and the smell of cider and cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove. Yes, it's craft show season, and we felt like it was high time for our regular arts column to give the crafts show a littl
  • Packing a punch

    The Met is home to many productions over the course of the year, including ballet, comedy, music and film. It is not usually the site of book burnings, nor the place where one would find a flame-thrower or even miked actors interacting with
  • The Nader question

    Ralph Nader, America's indomitable public citizen, is the one great man in this presidential election. He has inspired more, done more and stood for more over the past decades than the other candidates put together. And hi
  • Oprah beats Koppel

    Scarcely a day goes by without some new commentary lamenting the dubious impact late night comedy and the daytime talk shows are having on the informationally impoverished American electorate. In essence, the critique goes lik
  • Unbroken wings

    & lt;i & "Blackbird singing in the dead of night... Take these broken wings and learn to fly... All your life... You were only waiting for this moment to arise." & lt;/i & -- from "Blackbird," by John Lennon and Paul McCartney Jennifer Lauck's e
  • Interview with a vampire

    With Nosferatu, director F.W. Murnau created the cinema's first -- and arguably most grotesque -- vampire. Released in 1922 at the height of the German Expressionist movement, the silent film introduced the unholy creature to th
  • It just happens like that

    TONY MASH bandleader WAYNE HORVITZ developed his chops and his unorthodox sensibilities playing on the '80s New York scene with such modern avant-garde jazz illuminaries as Bill Frisell and John Zorn. And like those composer/mu
  • Dance of the pharohs

    Cleo Parker Robinson is a living legend in the world of dance -- officially. In 1997, she was chosen along with four other women for the project, DanceWomen: Living Legends. She is also first vice president of the International
  • Inland Northwest News-3

    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission may have to close some state parks because it is facing a 6 percent reduction of its budget. Reductions take effect in the next biennial budget period,
  • Don Juan de Lame-o

    If men are from Mars, and women are from Venus, What Women Want is from pure desperation. While director Nancy Meyers' dreadful movie may become a monstrous, monster hit, it is stupid, patronizing trash of a very low order, even c
  • The nature of fire

    The Bitterroots and the Sapphires are burning--200,000 acres or more in eight days--and fire season has just begun. For the families in the East Fork Canyon south of Darby, whose homes went up in flames on Sunday, it is a disaste
  • A yen for yerba

    Yerba Mat & eacute;. Yes, it rhymes a little with Caramel Latt & eacute;, or an Iced Mocha Grand & eacute;. But that, my friends, is where the similarity ends. My first experience with this tea-like South American drink was not with the beverage itself, bu
  • Inlander Gift Guide - Toys

    If you have kids, chances are you're already acutely familiar with the hot toys of the 2000 Christmas season. They let you know in subtle ways, don't they? (Sure, subtle as a used car salesman trying to sell you a '76 Pinto.) T
  • Russell to the rescue

    This exciting, intense, often horrifying and all too real thriller about a South American terrorist kidnapping of an American was at one point supposed to be titillating to viewers because its two stars -- Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan
  • John Doe

    If there hadn't been a JOHN DOE, it would have been necessary for punk rock to invent him. The name itself, and the anonymity it suggests, is the perfect encapsulation of the punk ethos as it was initially conceived. In punk, names didn't
  • Stroll through time

    Historical figures like Ernest Hemmingway, Teddy Roosevelt and Mother Jones are all convening in historical Wallace, Idaho, this weekend to help celebrate its annual Heritage/Huckleberry Festival. Local actors are perfo
  • Eyeman shifts gears

    Look out, world: Tim Eyman is learning from his mistakes. The leader of Washington's tax revolt is practicing voluntary simplicity with his latest offering, Initiative 747. It would limit annual property tax increases by cities, c
  • Submerged in Sundance

    Don't give away the astonishing beginning!" A slogan that could fit Christopher Nolan's momentous Memento, a twisty thriller starring Guy Pearce as a detective who doesn't have amnesia, but about a 15-minute window of short-term me
  • Back to the woods

    First, a few thoughts on The Blair Witch Project, that little film that was made for around $30,000 and went on to bring in close to $140 million just in the United States. Despite applauding that film's monetary success, I remain
  • Dracula 2000 bites

    Yeah, yeah, the name of the film is supposed to be Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000. But first, that title is too long; second, Craven is only listed as executive producer; and third, aside from the intrusive loud rock music, this
  • Bruised inside

    The increased number of violent events in traditionally safe places, such as schools and daycare centers, over the past couple of years has left many parents, teachers and law enforcement officers with one nagging question: Why
  • Recluse in the rye

    It only took a few minutes into Finding Forrester for the joke to pop into my head: "Good Will Reading." Gus van Sant's marvelous entertainment, from a script by first-time screenwriter (and Pacific Northwest radio broadcaster) Mik
  • The road not taken

    What if? That's a question that's been bandied about in novels and films and TV for the longest time. What if, as Franz Kafka wrote, you woke up one morning as a big insect, or as Philip Roth wrote, as a big breast? What if, as in
  • Unsolved mystery

    All kinds of questions are going to come burbling up around this one, most of them just as the end credits roll and part of the audience is going, "Huh?" and another part is going, "Cool!" But even those who like it -- I did -- will
  • Rockin' in the Free World

    While most popular music figures of his generation are content to merely revisit (and in vain try to revive) past glories, NEIL YOUNG is constantly expanding his repertoire, already one of the most diverse and challenging in ro
  • Beyond 4-3 or 5-2

    The other day, down at the Chamber of Commerce's candidates' forum, strong mayoral candidate John Powers, when asked about his plans to bring leadership to our dysfunctional City Council, made the case for discussion, exchange,
  • Local Briefs

    & & Shared trails? & & & & BOZEMAN, Mont. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages 264 million acres across the nation, has released its Draft National Off-Highway Vehicle Strategy, and at the same time opened a publi
  • 2nd place - The Bridge

    & quot;I don't like it here, Daddy, & quot; Megan said. I look over at her for the hundredth time today, sitting on a large piece of concrete - probably fallen from the bridge above us - kicking at a beer bottle. Her brown hair and big round eye
  • Fallen heroes

    In the state of Washington, 260 law enforcement officers have been killed or died while on the job. The first in the state was Andrew Bolon in 1855; the first in Spokane County was Officer Robert Rusk in 1886. Since that firs
  • Letters to the editor-6

    Pia K. Hansen's article "Back into Society" (December 14, 2000) was exceptionally well researched and written. I am familiar with the subject because of the special emphasis the County Planning Department and Planning Commission have given to establishing
  • Fugard fights apartheid

    Athol Fugard is one of the most prolific and powerful playwrights of our time. His writing is inspiring and daunting. He deals with subjects once thought taboo, although still relevant; his commentary will sting you to th
  • Unforgettable journey

    There are times when plays seem too close to home. And there are few things in life more painful than those times when we have to leave people and places we love, not because we have stopped loving them, but simply because it is necessary t
  • Blood simpletons

    There should always be a celebration when a new film from the Coen brothers is released. Sure, there's been a blip or two on their screen, such as when they got a little too serious and not outrageous enough (or perhaps it was the
  • Santa

    Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and have a photo taken with Santa on Dec. 2 from 8-11 a.m. Cost: $3, breakfast; $1.50, photo. Call: 327-1584. The Cutter Theatre, 302 Park, Metaline Falls, Wash.
  • Lover's quarrel

    In watching stage farce, we can't deny that we take pleasure in the depiction of prohibited desires, because the absurd situations and two-dimensional characters make it safe to do so. We can, in effect, have it both ways: Alth
  • Stomper room

    Fans of Disney's Fantasia 2000 might remember the one segment from the original Fantasia that made it into the newer version -- "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," in which Mickey casts a spell he can't handle and turns one broom into a
  • Lonely bowlers club

    In 1995, Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard University, published an article in an academic journal that received the kind of attention usually reserved for television stars and best-selling writers. Within months,
  • The game of life and death

    Dennis Wright has been a diabetic for 25 years. Now 48 years old, he's managed the disease with insulin shots throughout the years, but his doctor kept suggesting an insulin pump instead. There are many arguments for switching
  • Grab your partner

    Folk music brings to mind a variety of names and places mostly from the '70s: Joan Baez, Woodstock, Woody Guthrie, plus many other people and events that by now are cultural icons. But in truth, folk's roots go a
  • Bruce Babbit's ghost

    Now that Gale Norton, the former attorney general of Colorado, has been nominated as Secretary of Interior, the four-year run of what is certain to be a fascinating play in the American West can begin. The details of the script w
  • Charities

    There are many local charities that fill an enormous need of supporting people in our community who've hit hard times for one reason or another. Most work year round, day in and day out, providing food, shelter, clothes and othe
  • Freedom--for some

    Our new president-elect George W. Bush has unconditionally supported Israel as a "true friend of the United States," and if it came down to war with Palestine and its Arab allies, the United States would be 100 percent behind th
  • College, a survival guide

    & & by Jennifer Harrington & & & & Going away to school can be tough. Associated with this rite of passage is homesickness, less than satisfactory cafeteria food, added responsibility and the anxiety of getting to know large numbers of ne
  • Stars and stripes

    From the opening dance number "In the Mood," with its energetic swing dancing and circa-1942 set, it's clear that the world premier of Our Shining Hour has high hopes. The World War II musical, directed by Timothy Childs (who wro
  • Water fight

    What do you really know about fluoride except that it's in toothpaste? Hopefully, you know something, because when you vote on Tuesday, you'll have to decide whether it should be added to the city wells in Spokane. Since this s
  • New Year's events

    Spokane Folklore Society's Traditional New Year's Eve Dance, Woman's Club, 1428 W. Ninth. Contra dancing and potluck snacks will be featured at this non-drinking/smoking event on Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by Wild Dog
  • Sucking in the '70s

    The words and sentiments in the best pop movies are singular and salutary, and knowing that, makers of movie dialogue often reduce heart and hope to trailer-ready phrases. Writer/director Cameron Crowe has at least one infernal ph
  • Grizzlies and Democrats

    Elected officials in Idaho are in a tizzy over the U.S. Fish & amp; Wildlife Service's plan to reintroduce grizzly bears into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Me? I'm all for the grizzlies. And why stop there? I say we airlift in some D
  • New components

    The Spokane String Quartet opens its 22nd season this week with not only a presentation of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Bart & oacute;k, three major names in the string quartet literature whose works span three centuries, but also w
  • Health insurance shopping tips

    Define your needs and make sure you understand the way the benefits are listed in the insurance plan. Some plans cover a certain number of physical therapy sessions -- 10 per year, for instance -- but you'll have to pay for the r
  • Writer's angst

    Every writer does it at some point. You know what I'm talking about. You want to save the world, so you go and write a short story, a novel, a play, a screenplay or, God forbid, an opera, that will plumb the depths of human emoti
  • Courthouse countdown

    With so much attention being paid to the city of Spokane's search for a new strong mayor, it's easy to forget that Spokane County faces the prospect of a major facelift on its board of commissioners. This fall, county voters will v
  • Going West's way

    I wish I had a nickel for every time the word "bipartisan" has been uttered since the 2001 session of the Washington State legislature opened January 8 in Olympia. With crucial policy and fiscal issues to be settled by April 15
  • A force of nature

    When we first met Barry Lopez, he was writing short fiction. He emerged with Desert Notes in 1976, the first in a brilliant trilogy about man's connection with the natural world. In recent years, he's become better known for lyr
  • Classical clowning

    Here's a recipe for classic Halloween fun: Take a dose of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, add the score from Jaws, top it off with a conductor in a mummy suit, and you've got yourself Spokane's own Symfunnies Halloween Spookta
  • Art house offerings

    November and chilly breezes rush from the West: It's the movie studios combining the holiday heft of wanna-be blockbusters like Little Nicky and Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas with the first salvos of "prestige" movies l
  • Optimism Index

    & & Consider the following statement: "Within the last five years, Spokane has mostly been headed in the right direction." Would you: & & Strongly agree: 11% Mildly agree: 41% Neither agree or disagree: 12% Mildly disagre
  • The growl of Cerberus

    In Greek mythology, & & CERBERUS & & was Hades' guard dog, a three-headed hellhound that patrolled the River Styx, devouring souls who tried to escape from his master's underworld. The Coeur d'Alene band Cerberus (that's SUR-bu
  • NxNW confidential

    Well, I promised a & & NORTH BY NORTHWEST & & report, so here it is. To bring everyone up to speed, I've just returned from the NxNW Music and New Media Conference, held each fall in Portland. It's a three-day music industry shi
  • Trick or treat

    Spectators root for the improv actor -- but they cover their eyes, too. As with tightrope walkers, we thrill to the best performances while secretly hoping that we might witness a spectacular downfall. Triumphs of comic timing,
  • Inland Northwest News9/7

    SPOKANE -- The non-profit organization Habitat For Humanity (HFH), which assists low-income families in building their own homes, is going to hold two meetings for potential homeowners at the East Central Community Center. "These
  • Gesser's game

    Last season was a smorgasbord of bad news for the Cougars. If it wasn't one thing, it was another. If it wasn't trouble with Johnny Law (Kevin Brown), it was academics (Chris Martin). If it wasn't season-ending injuries (James
  • Creating emotional intelligence

    There's a scene in the very funny 1991 film What About Bob in which Richard Dreyfuss, a high profile, bestselling psychiatrist, is trying to communicate with his agitated daughter. He grabs two puppets -- painted to look just like
  • Inland Northwest News Briefs

    & & Children and lead & & Kellogg, Idaho -- The Silver Valley People's Action Coalition (PAC) and the Community Lead Health Project Committee are reaching out to area residents this week. It's National Childhood Lead Poisoning Pr
  • Disabling the ADA

    The 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was celebrated a little differently on July 26 in Idaho. This year, while many disabled people are thankful that they have protection under the act, the Idah
  • The Hoover files

    Just prior to the election, it was certainly engrossing to see a play that brought up questions of intrigue, duplicity, blackmail and abuse in the higher echelons of our bureaucratic world. Reminiscent of the Spy vs. Spy
  • A nod to the past

    One of the first things you notice upon visiting the studio of local artist DENAE (who uses only her first name) is how remarkably varied her work is. There are paintings paying homage to the jazz clubs of the Harlem Renaissance, still life
  • Inland Northwest News-2

    & & Fund-raising flop & & & & SPOKANE -- Mud was flying in the county commissioner's race last week when an e-mail written by Spokane County Sheriff Mark Sterk (who was a Republican state representative in the mid '90s) turned up
  • Return to Bedford Falls

    Somehow it seems inevitable that It's a Wonderful Life should have achieved its iconic pop-culture status. Yet Frank Capra's 1946 movie went 0-for-5 at the Academy Awards, it was only mediocre at the box office and most of its
  • It goes without saying

    What do you do when your recording label doesn't know what to do with you? You bounce. You drift. You never feel at ease, never feel at home. You sure as hell don't have the luxury of falling into the black hole of complacency.
  • Arts oasis

    In spite of its melodic name, Walla Walla has not often been the inspiration behind works of stunning poetry or arresting art. More likely to be associated with the state penitentiary, onions or god-awful heat, Walla Walla to the
  • Enchanted

    The sound of Gregorian chant sends the mind hurtling back in time and conjures up visions of medieval monasteries filled with monks laboring over ancient texts. The pure tones from the cloister resonate through dim, arched hal
  • Still hungry

    This year, the Firth Chew Studio Theatre committee decided to present a full year of original plays. This is a noteworthy and ambitious project. Back in June of 1977, Bryan Harnetiaux's first play, Caution: The Surgeon Gen
  • Arts and crafts

    The holidays bring out a lot of different feelings in many of us as we stress around trying to 'make it.' Make it to the post office. Make it to the sale at The Bon. Make it to the dinner at Uncle Rick's. Make the Christmas car
  • Does treatment work?

    Sex crimes are horrendous; there is no other way of putting it, whether it's adults committing crimes against children or adults attacking adults. As accounts of rape, incest and torture flicker across the daily media grid, two
  • Bookish bacchanalia

    On the surface, it seems unlikely: a festival celebrating literature, lasting for five days and featuring dozens of writers, taking place here in the Inland Northwest. But for the third year in a row, Get Lit!, the region's ow
  • Puppy love

    It's been four years since the folks at Disney tore up the box office with their first live-action remake of one of their own animated features. And while the second 101 Dalmatians didn't quite have the charm of the cartoon, it was
  • The new Internet

    by Mike Corrigan With personal computer processor speeds surpassing the one gigahertz mark, the real bottleneck to brisk Internet access these days is your confoundingly snail-like telephone modem. Well, there's simply no reason to muck
  • Underexposed

    God how I hate the term supergroup. And I'm sure the guys in & & SEAWOLF & & are themselves cringing right now as they read this. But I would apply that rightfully maligned term to this band for one reason. Seawolf is made up of
  • Red hot harpsichord

    Autumn is a season for contrasts. Frosty nights and cold rains are tempered by mild, sunny days, and trees explode into a crazy quilt of color, to be replaced all too soon by the drab gray coat of winter. In keeping with the s
  • Winter getaways

    Here in the center of the Inland Northwest, we're blessed with not one, but six great resorts with Schweitzer, Mt. Spokane, 49 & ordm; North, Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass and Big Mountain, all within a few hours driving distance. But d
  • Letters to the editor-7

    There is a major problem facing the young people of Spokane -- discrimination! This may seem like a trivial problem given the massive racial discrimination we face in this part of the country, but it affects ALL of the young people of the greater Spokane a
  • Separation Suites

    It scares me how close I came to not opening the door. I thought it would be Mrs. Gateson complaining I'd left my laundry in the washer. And my tooth was killing me. But when I answered my door, it was the kid fro
  • Energy crisis 2000

    Amazingly, in the just-concluded presidential campaign, both candidates outdid each other with promised largess. There was little mention of the most serious threat that the new president will likely face: a major energy problem
  • Letters to the editor-2

    I happened to read Mike Corrigan's article on the local music scene last week, and I thought it was pretty good. Even though there were a couple of bands no longer together or even in the area that were listed, the article and the listings are what this r
  • Following the dream

    It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, and all over the Inland Northwest, colleges, churches and civic groups will be celebrating Dr. King's dream of equality for all and community building. Though most people get the day o
  • Tune in for laffs

    Let's face it. When it comes to comedy, you really should leave it to the professionals. To illustrate this point, I urge you to take a quick spin around the Spokane radio dial. You know what I'm taking about, right? Yeah, when
  • Being all you can be

    Office politics is an entire world of its own. Who gets promoted and who doesn't is fodder for gossip sessions at the coffee urn for many weeks, and some employees seem to always be ahead of the game. They reach their goals and
  • Rods on Riverside

    In case you haven't noticed, the folks at the Downtown Spokane Partnership have been sponsoring a little something they call Live After 5 this summer, a once-a-month, post-workday celebration of the arts in Spokane featuring li
  • Local Briefs-2

    Spokane -- Two reports released this week by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) show that the Hamilton Street Bridge site is badly contaminated with toxic compounds typically associated with gas manufacturing. "
  • Steaming for the Statehouse

    Third District (downtown Spokane and parts of the South Hill and North Side closest to downtown) State Representative, Position One Incumbent Alex Wood (D) vs. Drew Lesofski (R) Drew Lesofski is friends with Michael Parks,
  • Local Briefs-1

    SPOKANE -- Just as it gets cold, the price of natural gas may go up. Avista Corporation has approached the state utility commissions in Washington and Idaho, asking for a rate increase of 29 percent in both states. If appr
  • The creative fire

    On Friday evening, The Met will be the cosmic arena for the dance of original creation. The introduction of the four natural elements -- earth, water, air and fire--will be represented in Rebel's baroque ballet, The Elements, a
  • Give us liberty ...

    It's hard to deny the beauty of the area. Several golf courses stretch their lazy, manicured fairways in between well-planned, newly built neighborhoods. Spacious homes -- some with hefty pricetags -- line the new streets. The pa
  • A cultural dynamo

    The oral tradition -- telling stories and singing songs of past events and folklore -- is one of the oldest ways that humankind has passed memory and knowledge down through time. As history and culture pass from person to person
  • Cathedral cabaret

    There may not be can-can dancers, shot glasses of absinthe, or curling plumes of smoke from a French cigarette (in a holder, no less) in St. John's Cathedral Sunday night, but there will echoes of Gershwin, Cole Por
  • Fly like an eagle

    If Ben Franklin had gotten his way in 1782, we might be going on special cruises to watch the turkeys strut their stuff. As it is, the eagle remains the national bird, and people are waiting around to watch it glide across the
  • Closer to cleanup

    by Pia K. Hansen & & stuff & & & & The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Draft Coeur d'Alene Basin Ecological Risk Assessment (ECORA) at the end of August. As
  • Speakeasy Spelunking

    The story you are about to read has been formulated with a handful of sketchy facts and a mountain of supposition, innuendo and hearsay.
  • Up close and personal

    THE SPOKANE STRING QUARTET, in its 23rd year, is offering a sort of reprise of one of its most successful concerts of last season. Russian pianist Paul Ostrovsky will join the Quartet at The Met on Sunday for two pieces. First
  • And the loser is ...

    As the campaign season nears its end, some awards are in order. We may get some more worthy nominees here in the final days, but my guess is that no matter the late-breaking competition, we already have some winners. & & Most Disi
  • Movie screen madness

    For the movie-going public, there's never been a better time to see a film. With the opening of two huge megaplexes at the Spokane Valley Mall and River Park Square in recent years, local theater audiences have gotten downright s
  • Stranger in a strange land

    They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and at first glance, the new novel by Montana writer James Welch seems to bear this out. "Inspired by actual historical fact," as the dust jacket reads, The Heartsong of Charging Elk
  • Give the people what they want

    The myth of the citizens' initiative goes something like this: An idea is hatched. Maybe it's radical or outside-the-norm, but it has the power to improve society. Trouble is, it's ahead of its time, so it's har
  • Mountain high

    That could be happier for a critic than to start a new season by reviewing a fun show, very well done, that has the audience ecstatic? Lake City Playhouse begins the fall theater season with Smoke on the Mountain, and it's a shee
  • Have an Ice day

    Whose who control the past create the future. In the musical realm, hip-hop was birthed from the streets, taking the creative power back from the historical giants and inventing an entirely new artistic genre, which forever change
  • Wind in the Wire

    Randy Travis burst onto the country music scene in the 1980s at the vanguard of a traditionalist movement that revolutionized country music by playing ... country music. For much of the 1980s, country music basked in the warm afterglow of Urba
  • Cougar hoop preview

    Paul Graham enters his sophomore season as Washington State University's head basketball coach with just as much expectations as he had in his first season -- slim or none. But that's good. A 6-22 season (and that was after s
  • Visual Arts Tour Highlights

    In years past, we've likened the Visual Arts Tour to a midwinter Mardi Gras -- trick-or-treating for art lovers, where you move from house to house, sampling the goods. The February installment of the Spokane Visual Arts Tour is a
  • You say you want a revolution

    Rock 'n' roll might well be called the religion of modern society. Its birth in the 20th century has spawned generations of followers who turn faithfully to its rhythms and words for wisdom on life, self and the cosmos. The so
  • Stolen fair and square

    Back in the Carter years, during the debate over the future of the Panama Canal, Republican Senator S. I. Hayakawa of California put the matter succinctly. He didn't think we ought to give the canal to Panama because "we stole
  • Old house new mission

    It is one of Spokane's most prominent estates, the grand Glover Mansion situated on the South Hill right off Eighth Street, renowned for its architectural beauty and elaborate weddings. Soon, however, marriages will no longer be
  • The Davenport effect

    While Davenport Hotel owner Walt Worthy wrangles with the Spokane City Council to get a zoning variance to allow him to build a parking structure, neighbors of the grand old hotel still hope Worthy may team up with them
  • New York story

    Collected Stories, by Donald Margulies, is a soul-stirring tale of a writer and her mentor. Interplayers' second play of its 20th season is a provocative journey of two women -- a young aspiring writer and her teacher. The
  • Toxic politics

    The good news: It appears the American electorate will survive yet another mean season of highly toxic contemporary political campaigns. The bad news: The warning lights, signaling lethal dosage levels, are starting to flash. Th
  • Inland Northwest News-1

    SPOKANE -- So what's the deal with young people today? Mainstream media often classify anyone under 20 years as disenfranchised and not interested in anything other than the newest CD. Well, mainstream media may just be wrong. On
  • Community building

    It used to be a microbrewery, but you won't find kegs here any longer. Today, it's a whole different kind of matter that's brewing in this turn-of-the-century red brick building on West Main. Not only has Global Folk Art found a
  • Counting pennies

    When is a family poor? When it can't afford a car? When there isn't enough money to buy new jeans and shoes? When mom goes without food so the children can eat? Though many agree that poverty is a reality in Spokane, few agre
  • Incumbents under fire

    At political forums, the two candidates for Spokane County Commissioner, District One, are often pitted against each other as the environmentalist -- John Roskelley -- and the real estate developer -- Karl Wilkinson. While that is
  • Debates? What debates?

    I wish everyone would stop calling them "debates." Even back when the League of Women Voters first televised confrontations between presidential candidates, they weren't debates. At best they were stiff, unnatural political discussions.
  • The depths of racism

    What's the difference between something that's inspirational and something that's overwrought? Perhaps the question should have been discussed by the makers of Men of Honor. The story, based on the life of Navy Diver Carl Brashear,
  • A golden warrior

    The Olympics has long been an event where dreams come true for athletes. And for the duration of the games, the world seems to come together, united in the common goal of bringing home the gold. United States athlete Billy Mills, howe
  • Inland Northwest News

    & & Clear sailing & & & & SPOKANE -- Former Republican candidate for the 5th District, Richard Clear, has surprisingly turned around and endorsed the Democratic winner of the race, Tom Keefe. "It did surprise some people, but I r
  • Reasons to ski

    Tired of snow, sludge and gray skies? Sick of sitting around indoors in these dark winter months wedged between Christmas and springtime? Here are at least seven resort-ful reasons to get off your cold winter bum, strap on a b
  • Inland Northwest Newsc

    SPOKANE -- The agenda for Monday's City Council meeting had quite a few controversial topics on it, one of which had resurfaced from this spring. In front of a packed City Council chamber, City Attorney Jim Sloane again faced a v
  • Apple Cup 2K

    It's that time again. You know what we're talking about. Don't try to play coy. It's the time when the crunch of melting slush meets the sting of a $40 ticket, and together they form something more tasty than another president
  • Dream landscape

    During this season when shop windows full of electric colors and kinetic displays beckon people in from outside, it's rare to find an art exhibit that can keep up. In the few days that "Transcriptions," Kathleen Cavender's show a
  • Fun at the Fox

    Art is imagined. Art is built, raised up and praised. Art suffers and falls out of favor. Sometimes, an old work of art is rebuilt, reimagined and subsequently, renowned. Such is the story of the Fox, one of Spokane's architec
  • Art in orbit

    Robert Harrison stands in the middle of a landscape of his own making. He and an assistant tend to a stack of broken tiles, girded by reinforced steel fencing, watched over by four antique wood pillars with crowns of plaster and barbed wir
  • Dance smorgasbord

    Dance has been an important part of Russian culture since the days of Empress Catherine the Great more than two centuries ago. In March of 1776, a few months before some rowdy upstarts on the West side of the Atlantic decided
  • BID farewell

    he Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) stepped up in full support of preserving the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) at Monday night's City Council meeting. And though they gained a little leeway with the council, th
  • Powers proves it

    When the votes started coming in from the primary election on Tuesday night, the conventional wisdom that surrounded the strong mayor election for the past week went out the window. Political newcomer Joh
  • The joy of apples

    Apple of my eye," "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" and "as American as apple pie" are all very common phrases in our language. Be it good health, familiarity or love, all are used to denote something we hold to be very import
  • Return of the Krofft Superstars

    Once upon a summertime, just a dream from yesterday..." This cheerful verse greeted kids for the first time on Sept. 6, 1969, as they tuned their television sets to their local NBC affiliate to check out the network's crop of ne
  • Tripping to the altar

    In her first stab at physical comedy in a leading role, Jennifer Lopez does everything right. When called for, she gets the exaggerated facial expressions down pat. If need be, she can go back and forth between a quick prance and a
  • Raise the Titanic

    What is it about the story of Titanic? After the media saturation of the James Cameron movie, that song that lingered near and far like a Celtic headache for months, all of the books and other movies and TV documentaries, did we
  • White man's game

    At this month's Democratic convention one group of top-tier donors caught politicians off guard -- Native Americans. But nobody should stay surprised, as tribal members from across the nation are in a position to make themsel
  • About the fiction contest

    If fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, then it would also hold true that fiction is sometimes truer than fact. While a commentary or an article might have all the facts correct, it's fiction that reminds us what life is, what the human condition is a
  • Education on the ballot

    There are three initiatives on the Washington state ballot this fall closely connected to the way public schools are run and how much funding they receive. A yes on I-729 would allow local school boards to open charter schools
  • Leaves of grass

    For those used to living in cities, the plains of the United States can take some getting used to. Mile after mile of mostly flat countryside with only the wind blowing through the tall grass seems to give the landscape its name -- the plai
  • Festivals

    Christmas time conjures up images of big city flair -- Rockefeller Square with a thousand lights, a towering tree and a horde of people enjoying a cosmopolitan celebration of the season. Still, the small town can put on a good
  • Treasure Island

    To attain the sublime, sometimes you must tempt the ridiculous, a thought which may come to mind when you realize that you are watching a movie where Tom Hanks' best friend is a volleyball named Wilson. Cast Away is not ridiculous
  • Back into society

    If criminals make up the lowest caste in our society, then sex criminals are the lowest of the low. In jail, they are often threatened by their fellow inmates and sometimes violently assaulted -- especially the ones who have com
  • Living testimony

    Maya Angelou's basso cantante voice and ageless words of wisdom can bridge the chasms of race, class and gender. She has inspired presidents and students, commanded respect from the powerful, and shared the accumulated wisdom
  • Star light, Star bright

    Now celebrating its 18th season, the Festival at Sandpoint once again shines with a typically diverse lineup of musical acts filling nine evenings with world-class entertainment. The amphitheater in Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Pen
  • Life after Helen

    Some politicians stick to their promises about term limits, and among them is Idaho Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth-Hage. Her vacant seat in Idaho's first congressional district is up for grabs on Tuesday, and no less than four c
  • The artist's way

    Think of art lectures and you might think, tiny little art historian on a stage 35 rows away, marginally focused slides, or art terms you don't really understand. Above all, you might think, 'Stay in your seat and be quiet.' Well
  • Gamin' haven

    It's a little past noon, and Jerry Holkins is just waking up. He might get out of bed, make himself some tea, and sit down in front of his computer. Or he might just decide that he wants to go back to sleep. Either way, tens o
  • Universal coverage by vote

    The group Health Care 2000 collected nearly 100,000 signatures before the last election, trying to get a statewide health care initiative on the ballot (I-245) -- but didn't succeed. "We had a lot of problems with
  • Buffalo soldiers

    While the very sound of this double bill triggers images of the wide open plains, 10-gallon hats and men sitting high in the saddle, & & ROY ROGERS AND NORTON BUFFALO & & have nothing to do with cowboy songs. This is the blues,
  • Farewell Fort Spokane

    This weekend marks the end of an era in local live music. As of Sunday, the & & FORT SPOKANE BREWERY & & will shut its doors, bringing to a close an illustrious 11-year tenure as one of the city's premier live music venues. To s
  • City Council Poll

    As a pivotal election season quickly approaches, The Inlander has teamed with the KXLY Broadcast Group to take the pulse of the community. Together, we engaged Strategic Research Associates of Spokane, an independent research organi
  • Sleepy planet

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  • Unbroken vessels

    When singer Dan Haseltine talks about If I Left The Zoo, the current CD by his band Jars of Clay, the word fun is never too far removed from his conversation. Part of the reason that word is so prevalent is simply because the g
  • All aboard?

    There's a memorable Simpsons episode in which all of Springfield is cheering for a monorail. Sassy consultants and engineers convince the town that a monorail is all it takes to firmly place Springfield on the world map and rek
  • Monica and matches

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  • A coming out party

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  • General hospital

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  • Mixing it up

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  • The Bands

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  • Mr. Wright meets mr. wrong

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  • To hiz honor the mayor

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  • Indie auteurs unite

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  • Christmas records 2000

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  • Convenient cuisine

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  • Dance

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  • The Canadian president

    Until just a few years ago, Quebec-born actor Bruce Greenwood was making a steady living working in American television, guest spotting on Matlock and Jake and the Fatman, joining the ensemble cast of St. Elsewhere (his character,
  • X-cellent X-Men

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  • In the eye of the hurricane

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  • Polls, pundits and the vote

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  • Inland Northwest News-11/09

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  • An Olympian feast

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  • Dolls of diplomacy

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  • Cineophiles rejoice

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  • And they're off...

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  • Crisis governance

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  • Best of Broadway

    Visions of Broadway theaters past will fill the Opera House stage on Saturday night when Sandy Duncan and her creative partners, Don Correia and Guy Stroman, join the Spokane Symphony for an evening of favorites from the world
  • Pop politics

    Imagine drama without the set, without costumes, complicated lights or makeup. Forget about the blocking, and leave only a few chairs on the stage. What remains? Voice -- expressive, acute, dramatic -- the voice of the people, o
  • Reading at the Reid House

    Spokane" and "art mecca" aren't usually found in the same sentence. But word by word, book by book, the two are growing closer together these days as the local community stands in support of artists and authors. Every word cou
  • Trafficking acclaim

    Even the most ardent film fan could get confused about the career trajectory of Steven Soderbergh. His first film, the one that gave him international recognition and a Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1989, was sex, lies and videotape. He
  • Presidential politics

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  • Water, snow, ice and rock

    From the giant waves provoked by El Nino in Hawaii to frozen cascades of waterfalls in Canada, the latest IMAX movie, Extreme, presents outdoor sports triumphs in some of nature's most challenging situations. Throughout the 60-
  • Letters

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  • Don't blame Nader

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  • Don't blame Nader

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  • Just two old friends

    It's no small bit of irony that the two artists showing at Colburn's Gallery this month once traveled the same halls in downtown Spokane and studied under the same art teacher, but never met until years later. Darrell Sullens and
  • Eyeman's latest

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  • Tony's Pac-10 picks

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  • Art safari

    & & NICHOLAS SIRONKA & & is standing in an otherwise empty art department classroom at Whitworth College, patiently ironing newspaper pages and explaining aspects of his Maasai heritage. "There is an expression in my culture, 'ng-
  • Soup du jour

    The six young men of the group SOUP OF THE DAY dish up something percussionist J.R. Sorensen describes as "technical rock." "We try to put a lot of theory behind our music," he explains. "But we also really pride ourselves on our impro
  • Tell it to the judge

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  • Fresh face, old message?

    The candidate arrives on his 1997 Harley Dyna Wide Glide accompanied by two raspy-looking bikers on gigantic Harley Fatboys. At 40, John Carlson, the GOP's candidate for governor, is boyish-looking in a Harley leather baseball j
  • The end of an era

    Brief counselors tell us that every ending is a beginning. In a sense, that's the case with the closure of the Rings & amp; Things retail store in River Park Square after 28 years and three different locations. Owner Russ Nobbs pla
  • Bravo, bravo

    It started, as things so often do, with a gangly reporter from the BBC. But this was no ordinary CNN update from London, no Oxford graduate reporting from Cairo. Instead, it was the unassertive, ever-polite Louis Theroux and a TV
  • Equal opportunity

    In 1935, a young woman named Mary Marlin moved from Cedar Springs, Iowa, to Washington, D.C., with her new baby, Davey, and her husband, Senator Joe Marlin. In 1938, Joe was sent on a diplomatic mission to China, but his plan
  • Champagne en pointe

    The week between Christmas and New Year's often feels like it has slipped between the cracks of normal time. The big exception to this feeling of floating aimlessly through time comes on New Year's Eve, our big opportunity to mark time'
  • Season's bleatings

    Jesus may have said, 'Suffer little children... to come unto me,'" says the exasperated organizer of the production promised in the title of the Valley Rep's Christmas offering, "but He wasn't thinking of the Herdmans." She's ref
  • Tree trimming

    For some, it's a chance to dress up and see the latest in Christmas trees dripping with trips and prizes. For others, it's a drive through neighborhoods that seem like shrines to Reddy Kilowatt. Whatever your style, beginning thi
  • So you want to get published...

    Many people write for fun, for recreation or for keeping records, and they leave it at that. Diaries and letters, little poems, notes and cards never make it outside the writer's desk drawer or narrow circle of friends and fami
  • A philosophy of work

    Robert Gilmore's office on the second floor of the Jundt Art Museum is much like the office of any other Gonzaga faculty member. His windows face the Spokane River, his bookshelves are packed to the gills -- some on art history, s
  • Meet the Beatles

    For people who lived through World War II, December 7, 1941, is emblazoned in memory as "a day that will live in infamy." The date of John F. Kennedy's assassination -- November 22, 1963 -- is similarly fixed in the mind of anyo
  • A choir of Carols

    Ebeneezer Scrooge, the miserly and irritable protagonist of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, could be diagnosed with a handful of mental illnesses as prescribed by the DSM-IV, the diagnostic handbook and professional bible of
  • Fumble!

    In the very first frame of this tired movie, Keanu Reeves is seen in the middle of a big, wide yawn. And yes, that is a definite hint of things to come. Maybe if there wasn't already a film called Major League, about a baseball tea
  • Master of illusion

    Think fast: Name five famous magicians. Chances are, unless you're a devoted follower of magic, you'll have a hard time getting past Harry Houdini and maybe Doug Henning. One name likely to be on your list, however, regardless
  • Glimmers of greatness

    Perhaps you've heard: Interplayers is presenting yet another play with a youthful narrator figure who's tortured by memories of his parents' bickering. This time, the crumbling of the dysfunctional family mirrors the decline of
  • We're with the band

    Just a handful of rock 'n' roll movies have gotten it right. Only A Hard Day's Night and Velvet Goldmine come to mind. But here's another one to add to the list. And let's get something straight right from the get-go. There's a rea
  • Coffeehouse hijinx

    From Kerouac to Beck, coffeehouses have been a rich underground source of musical and artistic creativity for decades. Increasingly, Spokane is giving attention and interest to a scene that has always been here, but perhaps stood
  • Spring forward in fall

    Remember early last spring how desperate you were for some color and green in the garden? The winter cold and snow had departed leaving behind the brown, lifeless remains of last summer's garden. If you want to avoid this, now is t
  • Whoops they're doing it again

    Nukes got a new lease on life with deregulation. The nuclear industry is beginning to think it can also build new nuclear plants for the first time in 25 years in the United States. A surprise to nearly all involved in the electri
  • More than a pretty face

    Between 1912 and 1939, Marguerite Motie served as a symbol of Spokane's indigenous past and its pioneer present. After winning a Spokane beauty pageant, she was chosen by the Spokane Advertising Club as the face of their winnin
  • Talbott's tactics

    If you've watched the recent presidential and vice presidential debates, you may have heard the refrain, & quot;We're not going to go negative & quot;more than a few times. Since everything those candidates say has been thoroughly
  • More Spokane ballot issues

    Besides the fluoridation initiative, there are five charter amendments on the city ballot. Amendment one, "Removal of Hiring Preference," basically serves to clean out some unconstitutional language left in the city charter si
  • The Shadow Convention

    On Tuesday, busloads of people with family members incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses arrived in Philadelphia for the largest-ever gathering, of Americans protesting the drug war. But the crowds' numbers won't even approach the n
  • History comes to life

    What better analogy could there be, than to refer to the domain of politics as a theater, or to call the entire world a stage? Some of history's most significant moments have famously been given dramatic form and managed to re
  • Spokane Speaks

    & & Community interviews conducted by Pia K. Hansen on Thursday, Aug. 10, and Friday, Aug. 11. & & & & Randy B. lives in Lincoln County, but used to live in Spokane and played football for EWU. Came in to watch the Seahawk
  • Community access

    It's a snowy Friday night, and instead of having dinner with friends or spending time with their families, Dr. Amy Paris and Dr. Raymond Reyes are between tapings of their show, On Being Human. The studio is dark, but in the cent
  • High altitude art

    Watching a film at The Met usually means settling in for something delightful, European and subtitled, or something American, independent and thought-provoking. This weekend, the Best of Banff Film Festival, sponsored by Mountain
  • Covert warfare

    The newest in a series of films that are continuing to prove that Wesley Snipes is a believable action star features slick technology that would make James Bond drool, and a flurry of action that will make Bond fans feel right at h
  • The archdruid passes

    I was 20 years old and an undergraduate wildlife biology student when I first heard David R. Brower deliver "The Sermon" at the University of Colorado. I had come to Boulder to hear the famous "Archdruid," whom I had only know
  • Winter 2001 book reviews

    & & Reviewed by Marty Demarest & & & & In 1995, Adam Gopnik, a writer for The New Yorker, moved with his wife and infant son to Paris -- the city that had dominated his imagination since childhood -- for wha
  • The art of shopping

    Fendi, Calvin Klein, I. Magnin, Bloomingdale's. The names conjure up the fragrance lines, department stores and designer boutiques we all know but few can regularly afford. In big cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and even
  • Ho-rai-tei

    Imagine Fort George Wright at the turn of the century. The newly established military post just west of downtown is planted with young maples, and brand new brick buildings house soldiers fresh from Fort Spokane, 60 miles away. W
  • Packing the house

    If all the parties to attend this New Year's Eve, few will be so thumping, throbbing, grinding and grooving as the one at the Bayou Brewery's Fat Tuesday's featuring two local powerhouses, Civilized Animal and Five Foot Thick. Both of the
  • Inland Northwest News

    & & Rock Creek flap & & & & SANDPOINT, Idaho - The Rock Creek Alliance and four other environmental groups have sent a letter to Robert Castaneda, supervisor of the Kootenai National Forest, accusing him of jumping the gun in th
  • A symphony of the surreal

    American artist Jasper Johns delivered these instructions as a formula for creating Dada art: "1) Take something. 2) Do something to it. 3) Do something else to it." Appropriately enough, it seems easier to identify the obje
  • Desert Isle Discs

    Stranded in the year 2000 with a selection of my favorites from this past year, you might find me surviving nicely with: Mystery White Boy by Jeff Buckley. Who else can convincingly cover "The Man That Got Away" by Judy Garland AND launch
  • Building blocks

    River Park Square is easily one of the most vibrant and kinetic spots in downtown Spokane. Whether it's hordes of weekend shoppers trekking around the interior, or the gleam of glass and steel reflecting off the ever-moving escal
  • An even better thing

    by Kathy M. Newman & & stuff & & & & Are women becoming obsolete? I wonder this as I ponder the latest home-guru phenom, Christopher Lowell. Lowell mixes costume, cornball-humor, low-budget de
  • County Commissioners

    & & Regarding the way the Spokane County Commissioners, as a group, are currently doing their jobs, do you tend to approve, disapprove or are you neutral? & & Approve: 17% Neutral: 52% Disapprove: 28% Don't know: 3% Rega
  • Back to Earth

    If in summer our thoughts turn to the water, then autumn is the season when we return to the earth. The very colors of the trees, with their crimsons, golds and oranges, reflect this change. Autumn is a burst of color. Grapes
  • Pass it on

    Seldom does one come across something that's harder to talk about, even think about, never mind write a critical review on, than a film that starts off with one message, then turns things around so far, that the resulting message b
  • What about natural gas?

    While pundits are saying the electricity mess in California is endangering the entire Western United States, here in Eastern Washington, residents are focused on another seemingly out-of-control power source: natural gas
  • Desert Island Discs-4

    A desert island of my very own. The sun, the spray, the bugs, the lack of adequate electrical power sources. Thank goodness I spent all those hours as a kid studying the work of the Professor on Gilligan's Island. Anyway
  • Desert Island Discs-5

    To keep the spirits up, this desert isle requires variety. Full of contrast and running the gamut of moods, The Pixies' Doolittle alone could be the perfect candidate. Sweet yet ferocious, the standout track, "Wave of
  • Desert Island Discs-3

    My five favorite discs? First up would have to be Miles Davis' Kind of Blue because I could listen to this album twenty four hours a day and not get tired of it. Second up would be Otis Redding's Live in Europe, an album from
  • Desert Island Discs-6

    Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" is one of many outstanding songs played and sung brilliantly by Luther Allison on his Live in Montreux 1976-1994 masterpiece. It contains the best blues ever made. Not far behind A
  • Local briefs

    SPOKANE -- The city's Parks and Recreation Department has been working on a new plan for the North Bank area in Riverfront Park since '98. Two workshops were held this fall, and building on the ideas from the public back th
  • Desert Island Discs

    I'm stuck on a desert island and I only have five CDs? Wow, this is going to be tough! Most importantly I need CDs that would keep my spirits high and that I could listen to over and over again. Also, I would want
  • Desert Island Discs-1

    If I were to ever land on a desert isle, I would search for discs that are immortal because they are made by up-and-coming as well as legendary artists. The first among these would be the 1984 recording of West S
  • CD Review-PJ Harvey

    In her previous efforts, To Bring You My Love and Is This Desire, P.J. Harvey placed herself somewhere in the maelstrom of edgy, confrontational and sexually brazen feminism. Mixing in the dark and powerful company of such moder
  • Desert Island Discs-2

    Provided the stereo equipment would already be provided and I wouldn't have to win a trial by eating grubs, the following is my list of five: 1. Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo & amp; Juliet, Montreal Symphony, Charles Dutroit conducting. Beau
  • He knows the score

    Look, just because Spokane lacks a dedicated jazz club and just because this purely American musical form has struggled for acceptance and broad appeal in this glorified cowtown, doesn't mean that jazz doesn't thrive in the wor
  • CD Review-Ryan Adams

    Ryan Adams is the lead singer and guitarist for Whiskeytown, a twangy alt country band, but after this taste of solo success, Whiskeytown may have seen its day. As with most solo albums, Heartbreaker is a real departure, di
  • CD Review-The Apples in Stereo

    The Apples in Stereo approach their craft with a lack of self-consciousness that is extremely rare these days. Free of smirking irony, downer sentiments and unafraid to chime on about love and flowers and rainbows at the drop o
  • CD Review -- Radiohead

    Radiohead's latest effort, Kid A, finds the Oxford quintet entering a new musical frontier: deep space. Their 1997 predecessor, OK Computer, found the band pondering themes of alienation, isolation, and general unhappiness with th
  • CD Review-Joan Osborne

    & & Righteous love & & & & Five years ago, Osborne wowed us with Relish, a bluesy, edgy rant that encompassed everything from the meditative "One of Us" to the smolderingly raw "St. Teresa." It got the attention of new fans and de
  • CD Review --The Dandy Warhols

    "I really love your hairdo, yeah..." sings head Dandy, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, on "Bohemian Like You." The themes tackled on Thirteen Tales are familiar ones that we've come to expect from the Dandy Warhols: self-consciousness, at
  • CD Review -- Soul Decision

    Oh really? The big news with Vancouver-based Soul Decision (according to their press release) is that this trio actually writes their own material (wow!) and plays their own instruments (golly!). Aside from what this says about
  • CD Review -- Belle & amp;amp; Sebastian

    This latest from Belle & amp; Sebastian finds reluctant band leader Stuart Murdoch getting back on track after the confoundingly dilute Boy with the Arab Strap -- where the thematic and stylistic threads that had held so much of the
  • CD Review - Bj & amp;ouml;rk, Selmasongs

    Bj & amp;Ouml;rk's first album in nearly three years, Selmasongs is also the soundtrack for avante garde director, Lars von Trier's, Dancer in the Dark -- in which the Icelandic singer also stars. The soundtrack mirrors musical numbers
  • CD Review -- Modest Mouse

    They may call themselves Modest Mouse and embrace a soul-baring, self-effacing approach to songwriting, but one listen to anything this band has produced will convince you of one thing: These guys are ambitious. This Issaquah,
  • Gettin' neighborly

    One of the coolest neighborhoods in Spokane has, as its epicenter and cultural heart, the South Perry Street business district. Located on the near-east south side, Perry Street between 7th and 12th avenues is positively littered with hip
  • CD Review -- Badly Drawn Boy

    Over the past decades, Manchester, Englan,d has been the breeding ground for many revolutionary musical trends and visionary musical groups. Bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, 808 State, The State Roses, and Oasis have brought f
  • CD Review - The Wallflowers

    A recent story in Rolling Stone on the Wallflowers relates an anecdote in which frontman Jakob Dylan turns to guitarist Michael Ward after the band had just accepted their gold records for Bringing Down the Horse and says "I don'
  • CD Review - Jets to Brazil

    Ever since the Replacements lost their teeth, the legions of post-punkers with a soft spot for intelligent, emotional yet muscular and bracing punk-tinged guitar rock have searched the horizon for a new group of bass-guitar-drum w
  • CD Review - U2

    At 20, U2 has reached the age when most bands start either disintegrating, or playing to large crowds with lessening expectations. Not so with the boys from Dublin. Trading in the earnest sensibilities of their first decade for t
  • 'Tis the season to transition

    Mayor-elect John Powers seems slightly homeless at City Hall these days. Though he is deeply involved in organizing his new administration, he doesn't really have an office yet -- which is why this interview ends up taking place
  • CD Review - Marilyn Manson

    The latest effort from shock-rocker Marilyn Manson is a lot more of the same Marilyn that you've grown to love... or hate. Like the last two discs, Holy Wood combines much of the same aggressive guitar and drum ensembles with a s
  • CD Review - 764-HERO

    Seattle's 764-HERO (named after the phone number used to report car pool lane violators in Washington) craft intelligent, angular emo-core founded on understated guitar/bass/drums arrangements emphasizing dynamics and subtle in
  • Desert Island Discs-8

    If I got stuck on a deserted island just for the month of December, I'd bring with me the top five Christmas records to keep my holiday spirits high. I'd start with the hands-down classic: & & MERRY CHRISTMAS & & by & & BING CROSBY & lt;
  • CD review - Five Foot Thick

    Take Limp Bizkit and multiply both thrash and rap aspects of their sound by about a hundred and you'd still be nowhere close to the intensity of local band Five Foot Thick. While their stylings are similar to Bizkit, these boys ta
  • Desert Island Discs-7

    Kiss Alive from 1977 could also be called the Best of Kiss because it includes live versions of the best of the group's first three albums including one of the greatest rock anthems of all time: "Rock and Roll All Nit

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