• Issue Archive for
  • May 10-16, 2001
  • Vol. 8, No. 30

News & Comment

  • Bungalows after Brunch

    Mother's Day is fast approaching, and you might still be thinking about what to do for that special mom in your life. Well, you might want to burn off that brunch with a walking tour of one of Spokane's oldest neighborhoods. Sponsored
  • Time bandits

    For some filmmakers, nitpicky reviewers are the bane of their existence, especially those critics who carefully comb a movie for minor anachronisms -- you know, a distant airplane in a Western or a forgotten watch on the wrist of a Pilgrim -- a
  • A river runs next to it

    When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take the stage at the Gorge Amphitheater this Saturday night, kicking off the venue's 2001 season to a sold out crowd, they'll be doing it in style -- rugged and sublimely gorgeous Central Washington-st
  • Citizen Critique

    I was not overly impressed with the first Brendan Fraser mummy film, so my expectations for this sequel weren't exactly high. Well, The Mummy Returns delivered pretty much just what I expected: non-stop action, over the top computer-g
  • What energy crisis?

    Americans are using energy more efficiently than they did 20 years ago. There is no general energy crisis, and there is unlikely to be one. That is counter-intuitive among environmentalists promoting power from the sun and wind, bewilde
  • World Class Wines

    Riding the crest of what is being called "the greatest wine boom in American history," Washington is now the second largest wine-producing state in the nation (second only to California). The Evergreen State's relatively young wine indus
  • Seeking Looks-and Laughs

    I met the man I live with on a blind date. I picked him because of his personal ad: "Fierce, bright, witty, savage, poor white trash, seeks the same for global destruction, bank robbery and coffee." Our first date was in a bar. He was
  • Images of Transition

    In one image, La Frontera, a man stands in the desert with his back to the camera.
  • Unsteady market

    The good news is that the Spokane MarketPlace on Ruby and Desmet is open and is going to remain open all summer. The bad news is that its lease is up in the air again. Two years ago, in May of 1999, the MarketPlace announced its relocati
  • Local briefs

    TIF passes SPOKANE -- After being deemed unconstitutional by a Spokane judge in 1994, tax increment financing (TIF) is now an option in Washington state again. Representative Jeff Gombosky of Spokane was the prime sponsor of the bill, whic
  • Greater Spokane

    In November of 2000, a handful of people got together after work, talking about -- what else? -- how to make Spokane a better place to live. Some had lived in other areas of the country, like Seattle, for instance, and were missing somethin
  • Giving time

    At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Spokane, 54 "little brothers" and 45 "little sisters" are waiting to be matched with a volunteer role model from the community. At the Women's Drop-In Center on South Howard, one volunteer is needed to help
  • Lady sings the blues

    Her voice is not what it's all about. There are no show-stopping high notes, and her low range starts to sound more scratchy than dramatic. There is an occasional sloppiness in her diction; words seem to slur unintentionally. And don't e
  • Desert Island Discs

    I'm so busy I usually never have time to listen to my favorite tunes. So for me, being marooned would be the only way to go. What to bring? How about: Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde would be on my list. (I picked it over Highway 61 Revisited
  • CD Review - Monster Magnet

    Hey, what do ya know? New, heavy music that's actually pretty damn fun. In limited doses anyway. In an age where everything keeps getting safer, cleaner and more "correct" it's almost refreshing to bask in the shameless, visceral pleasure

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