• Issue Archive for
  • Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 16

News & Comment

  • Buzz Bin

    Film Fracas -- Spokane filmmaker Andy Kumpon has a bone to pick with our recent coverage of Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing. Specifically, it was a line from last week's Sundance report in which Alexie was quoted as saying "I
  • Surprise Party

    There's a little piece of business going around that might act as a hint about what to expect from this film. It was originally scheduled for release in September 2000. Then it got moved to February 2001, then to sometime last fall. And now h
  • Book Review-Kesey's Cuckoo Nest

    It is with no small amount of irony that one of the last things Ken Kesey did before he died on Nov. 10, 2001, was to write a new foreword for his first and most revolutionary novel, The updated 40th anniversary edition of One Flew Over th
  • DVD Review - Springsteen Live

    With the fancy new sound systems that come with many new DVD systems these days, it's no wonder that there are more and more concert films hitting the format. If they're done well, they can make your living room feel like a front-r
  • Arts Hub

    The town of Sandpoint, Idaho, seems to attract more than its share of creative people. Maybe it's the comfort of the surrounding Selkirk Mountains or the inspiring views of Lake Pend Oreille. Or maybe it's something in the water. Whateve
  • Visual Arts Tour

    The Visual Arts Tour, if you've never gone before, can be a little overwhelming. Where do I start? How does it work? Will people be able to tell I've never done it before? Relax. From the Mac to the Jundt, we know all the best stops and we'
  • All the Lonely People

    Looking at Scott Kolbo's art is a bit like visiting a freak show. You look. You look away. And then, before you can stop yourself, you not only look back, you stare. In spite of the carnival atmosphere, the air seems thick with human misery
  • Off the Beaten Path

    One of the most rewarding sights on the Visual Arts Tour, for those who are passionate about the arts, isn't a painting or sculpture by any particular artist. Rather, it's the crowds of people that find their way onto the sidewalks and i
  • Gluttons for Love

    For a play that won the Pulitzer, Dinner with Friends doesn't have much of a plot. Two couples are best friends; one divorces. The scoundrel who walked out trades insults with his wife, then pleads his case before his best friend. There's
  • Girls, Interrupted

    Despite the buzz, Stop Kiss isn't about gay-bashing. Instead, it's about our best reactions to anti-gay violence. The homophobic thug who beats one of the characters comatose never appears. He's relegated to the offstage, the obscene. Rig
  • Sun, Sun Go Away

    Mountains piled high with snow hold the promise of relief from last year's drought -- but it's a long winter yet. Even if 2002 is wet, the parched months of the 2001 drought will be felt for a long time to come, scientists say. Eastern W
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Deconning Meth -- The number of fires in the city has remained constant at about 200 for each of the past several years, but the Spokane Fire Department is handling a skyrocketing number of haz-mat decontaminations on people operating meth labs. In the la
  • Is Living in Spokane Bad for You?

    The asbestos contamination that is now killing people in Libby, Mont., is a stark reminder of how vulnerable we are to contaminants in our environment. Every day we breathe the air, drink the water, eat the food and pl
  • In Brief

    Fourth Time's a Charm? -- SPOKANE -- The City Council is asking residents to approve a special $50 million bond to attack ruts, potholes and other road problems. The request, which needs approval from 60 percent of voters
  • Jazz Dialogue

    Major musicians, both artists and award winners, are no strangers to the stages in Spokane. But often the stops are part of a larger tour, and their involvement in the community may be limited to a sighting at a downtown restaurant. But m
  • CD Review -the Cure

    Lost in the mythology of the Cure -- the black clothes, black eye- makeup, black worldview -- is the fact that they've made some pretty memorable music since hitting the scene back in 1979. Sure, the hordes of waif-like adherents t

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