• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 25 - May 1, 2002
  • Vol. 9, No. 28

News & Comment

  • Tall, Dark and Handsome

    One taste is all it takes. Chocolate reawakens our sensuality, bringing us pleasure and enjoyment. Newly opened PAULA'S EUROPEAN PASTRIES features quality chocolate confections and pastries that melt on your tongue like butter with a ric
  • Buzz Bin

    Little House in the Rockies -- For those of us growing up on a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie, the chance to go back in time and experience the heartwarming and homespun fun of life on the American frontier seems tempting. B
  • The End of Oprah-Lit

    In 1999, Robert Morgan had never written a bestseller. A writing professor at Cornell University and native of North Carolina from a Welsh background, Morgan had published The Hinterlands (1994), The Truest Pleasure (1995), Gap Creek (1
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Olive Garden -- The Olive Garden provides food that is well above average for a chain restaurant. The San Remo seafood dip appetizer ($7), a blend of crab, shrimp and cheese with a small amount of chunky tomato marinara baked in a li
  • The Context of the Conflict

    Turn on the evening news just about any night lately, and you'll be treated to images of carnage and words of desperation, beamed at you from the Middle East. Such mayhem without context can cause some to harden their allegiance to one si
  • Prof, Be Not Proud

    Margaret Edson's play Wit, about a demanding English professor who's dying of cancer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999. Numerous productions, naturally, have resulted. (The current production at the Civic's Studio Theater continue
  • Opening Films

    Jason X -- Or, "In space, no one can hear you scream." It's now the year 2455 and a professor (David Cronenberg) takes his students on a space pod field trip of the abandoned Old Earth. While there, they discover a cryogenically frozen man wearing a hocke
  • Bi-Polar Budgeting

    While we can hope for something constructive to come out of the city's budget woes, so far the news isn't reassuring. On one side of the debate, we have Councilman Eugster, who proposes to reduce the city to what he terms "basic services"
  • No Strings Attached

    Sometimes success is all about how you define yourself. But for the stars of the show Barrage, performing at the Spokane Opera House this Tuesday night, the definitions can get a little bit tricky. The show's seven stars go from playing
  • Now Playing

    Alaska -- A solid natural history documentary that explores the beauty and harsh realities of nature in an extreme environment, Alaska is deserving of its 1997 Oscar for best documentary short. Gorgeous cinematography shows Alaska through the seasons, fro
  • Leno Prestini Revisited

    Over the first weekend in May, Inland Northwest residents will have an opportunity to view the most complete exhibit ever presented on the artwork and life of Leno Prestini.
  • DVD Review-Mulholland Dr

    Mulholland Drive is a David Lynch film, which means that invariably after watching it, some of your friends will admit that they were utterly confused by the film, while others will try to explain exactly what it meant. It also means tha
  • Last Word- Marathon Man

    Night baseball was not yet created. A bullpen was a place to keep your cattle. And Prohibition -- the banning of alcohol in America -- had just begun. Yet if ever two men deserved relief -- be it in the form of a drink or a fresh arm -- it w
  • Big Bad Hair

    I have no major complaints about this gig -- about sharing my thoughts on movies that, unlike almost everyone else who has to pay to see them, I get paid to see. I sit through good ones and bad ones. I take notes, fashion a review, and then a
  • Leno's World

    Over the past few months, many visitors to the new Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture's "Small Towns" exhibit have stopped in front of a singular glass case.
  • High-Tech Tip

    It's good to know that wherever you go, there you are. But what's even better is to know where that is. Whether you're camping, hiking, canoeing or simply out strolling, knowing your precise point of location on the planet has gotten a l
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Well, Whatever -- Mark your calendars for Spokane's May 28-29 "Poverty Summit." Strike that. Mark your calendars for the "Prosperity Summit." Strike that. Mark your calendars for "One Spokane." One Spokane? Yeah -- it's a summit. About po
  • News In Brief

    Assessor's Race Is On -- SPOKANE -- This election year looks like a hot one for the Spokane County Assessor's Office: Two Republicans have announced primary runs for the position. The winner expects to face Democratic incumbent Sadie Char
  • Citizen Cops

    It's almost 9 o'clock on a Saturday night, and the COPS station on West Boone shines like an oversized Christmas display. The blue glare of neon lights falls through the big windows onto the sidewalk. Inside the Community Oriented Policin
  • A Wilder Washington

    The idea's been around for years: Convince Congress to give federal wilderness protection to the Kettle River Range, an archipelago of mountains west of Colville. The idea has waxed and waned. It lost out the last time Congress designat
  • Crossover Artist

    HARRY CONNICK JR. is a man of many talents. As a singer, musician, composer, actor and even inventor, Connick has consistently pushed the boundaries and surprised audiences with his versatility and seemingly limitless gifts. Connick is a
  • CD Review - The Anniversary

    I admit to harboring high hopes for Your Majesty (Vagrant). The buzz around young Lawrence, Kansas quintet The Anniversary has been steadily growing since the release of its 2000 debut, Designing a Nervous Breakdown. And on a first listen

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