• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 12-18, 2001
  • Vol. 8, No. 26

News & Comment

  • Clear skies ahead

    I listened to the man at the podium address the Spokane County Commissioners regarding the proposed ban on billboards. He was irate. He could not believe that government would consider taking such an unwarranted action against business. H
  • Line and verse

    In the first line of his seminal poem "The Wasteland," the great American poet T.S. Eliot named April "the cruelest month." It's bitterly ironic, then, that April is also the month that the United States Government has designated "Nation
  • Intrigue in the Alps

    Remember Rocky Horror Picture Show? The innocent young couple has car trouble and arrives at a gothic mansion expecting help. Instead, events turn strange inside the mansion: Fear turns to fun and bizarre happenings. Interplayers' s
  • Excavating the spirit

    Walking into the new installation, Tattooed Ladies and the Dinosaur, at the EWU Art Gallery, you feel for a moment as if you've entered an ancient and sacred place. The structure of the room is circular, for starters. Then, there are the bo
  • Backstage pass

    How wide is Sting's neck? How red are Mary J. Blige's lips? And why can't Moby move his jaw? These and other pressing questions concerning rock's top-flight celebrities are answered, and amplified to concert volume and blown up to 60 x 80 f
  • Overcooked

    By the end of March, the Spokane Police Department had busted 43 methamphetamine labs -- almost twice as many as at this time last year -- and there is no sign that the numbers are going to slow down. Meth is Spokane's drug of choice, and
  • Keeping up with Jones

    That the British novel Bridget Jones's Diary was so popular made it even more important to get the screen translation just right. Yet almost immediately there were loud murmurs on both sides of the pond that Renee Zellweger was all wrong for
  • Letters to the editor

    Yikes! I've just read The Inlander's "Best of..." edition (3/29). Should I laugh or cry, that The Inlander's readers consider a hockey game the best place to propose? Romance has been truly iced, it seems. Let's hope our frequent detractors on the West Side
  • You can't take it with you

    It's clear why the central message of this screwball comedy would resonate with Depression audiences: When times are hard, the idea that material possessions don't matter can be encouraging. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart crafted their p
  • Local briefs

    SPOKANE -- Beginning Saturday, people will be able to eat with chopsticks, learn origami, wear Kimonos and consume endless amounts of sushi all without leaving the Inland Northwest. These activities, along with many others, are all part
  • American McHistory

    When Eric Schlosser set out to write about the all-American meal, on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine, he expected to have some fun analyzing the most kitschy, ubiquitous business success story of our times. Fast food, after all,
  • Soul mates

    Since arriving on the scene with 1994's Hints, Allegations And Things Left Unsaid, COLLECTIVE SOUL has made no secret of the fact that their work is rooted in a generation of music some would consider classic rock. Band members have been m
  • Desert Island Discs

    If I were a marooned island marauder, one choice would undoubtedly be Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power. Listening to singer Phil Anselmo wax neurotic is as necessarily therapeutic as squeezing pus out of a simmering boil, and twice as abr
  • CD Review - Guided By Voices

    In the kingdom of indie rock, the trouble with being unintentionally quirky and (by default) unique is that your fans come to expect it from you. And when you finally attain the status necessary to bring technically perfect production to

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