• Issue Archive for
  • Nov 1-7, 2001
  • Vol. 9, No. 3

News & Comment

  • Arts and crafts movement

    For nearly two decades, area crafts artists have marked the coming of fall and winter with a weekend of sharing their work with the public. This year, the 19th annual Inland Craft Warnings sale and exhibition takes place over three days
  • Monstrously amusing

    There are about as many ways to enjoy this film as there are weird characters in it. And it's nigh impossible to keep track of the number of characters. It works as a kids' movie because it's so funny -- and funny-looking. It works as an adult
  • Tweaking the familiar

    Like schoolchildren in the United States, young David Mach remembers being a 13-year-old transfixed by footage of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon in 1969. Watching with his family in the United Kingdom, Mach's excitement was tempered by h
  • Citizen critique- K-Pax

    Alien movies worry me. Not in the traditional sense -- I don't worry about interplanetary travelers exploding out of my chest cavity or hovering over the White House in their gigantic craft. No, what worries me is the kind of alien movie t
  • Oh so suave

    For parents of young musicians, worrying is often a second-nature activity. Even though music seems to be a relatively harmless pursuit -- urbane even -- compared to other interests such as full-contact athletics and construction work, the
  • American psycho

    Vince Vaughn is a big, strapping, gangly man, cigarette gripped between his fingers, who knows a lot about playing the bad guy. He's done it before, as Lester, the sparkling-eyed killer in the little-seen Clay Pigeons, and as Norman, the dead
  • Gentle men, rough dentist

    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Despite its scattered virtues, the weakness of the current Lake City Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors is that too often, the music overwhelms the words, in combination with the fact that virtually all
  • Through a glass, darkly

    Ursula Hegi writes without a net. Like a tightrope walker, she writes at a certain distance from the audience, balancing on a taut wire, her words coalescing out of the darkness. Inherent is a sense of danger, but there is nothing ostentati
  • Information lockdown

    Viewers of the old spy spoof Get Smart will remember the Cone of Silence--that giant plastic hair-salon dryer that descended over Maxwell Smart and Control when they held a sensitive conversation. Today, a Cone of Silence has descended ov
  • Mountain fever

    For climber and author Mark Kroese, the plan was simple. Find 50 of the best climbers on the planet and have each one choose their personal-favorite climb in North America. So, for the next 18 months he did just that. From Yosemite to Alaska,
  • Endorsements

    District One Al French After losing to Steve Corker in 1999, Al French is back running for city council again. That kind of persistence belies a dedication that may not qualify him for the office, but it certainly helps. French is t
  • Harvesting compassion

    If any good came out of the events of September 11, it was the realization that we are a community. And as attention slowly returns to civic concerns, it's time now to celebrate the success of one of our many communities. The gardening commu
  • Out of bounds

    Like a teenager hitting puberty, Spokane is growing, always growing, and feeling confined. There's no question that the city of Spokane's population will rise; the state estimates as many as 54,000 people will move into city limits withi
  • Local briefs

    SPOKANE -- The popular image of a city parking meter officer is someone lurking about, waiting for your meter to run down while you're away shopping, or maybe whirring around in a circus-like cart, racing a hapless motorist back to an expired
  • Pinching pennies

    Commercial areas generate a wave of sales tax money for whatever local government collects it. Here's how it works: Local sales tax is 8.1 percent. The city and county collect that money from businesses in their jurisdictions and send i
  • Man on a mission

    He's made a career of being on the ground near some of the hottest spots when tanks roll, nations clash and civilians flee the scene. No, he's not a special operations agent; Doug Beane is a relief worker, and since 1967 he has worked for
  • Legislation by litigation

    The city-county growth boundary dispute isn't just between the governments but between elected leaders. Perhaps the most obvious breach is on the city side, where Steve Eugster, a city councilman, filed suit against the City of Spokane
  • Bounty in a box

    She has protested the waste-to-energy plant for as long as it's been around. She's a farmer and a strong spokeswoman for small local growers, lobbying the legislature, local representatives and farm organizations to focus their attention
  • Prairie soul

    It was an amazing spectacle. One that became stuck in my brain like few things ever do. I don't know what band the crowd was there to see on that autumn night two years ago in a dimly lit Portland club. But I could tell from all the leather jackets, dyed
  • CD review-Cake

    Let's get it out of the way, shall we? There's nothing new here, but that doesn't mean Cake's newest album isn't well worth a few hundred listens. The washed-out pastels and retro cover art are the same as before, as is their quirky brand o

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