• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 24-30, 2002
  • Vol. 10, No. 2

News & Comment

  • Opening Films

    AMC Classic Film Festival -- Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd are three unemployed parapsychology professors who battle ectoplasm, poltergeists and the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man in Friday night's showing of Ghostbusters (1984, PG
  • The Valley Speaks

    There are Chicagoans, Los Angelenos and, of course, New Yorkers, but what will we call the citizens of Spokane Valley? Valleyites? Lowlanders? That's just one of the smaller questions surrounding the new city to the east of Spokane
  • Great Horror Flicks

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974; Tobe Hooper) -- Here's an odd one -- a gore film that's considerably less gory than its title would suggest. What is it? Strange, my friend, very, very strange. The plot is familiar enough: A gr
  • Now Playing

    Abandon -- A college senior (Katie Holmes) is tormented by visions of the boyfriend who disappeared during her freshman year at an Ivy League school. Her mysterious inside knowledge of the case makes her a suspect, and she finds herself
  • Dingleworthy for Judge

    The billboard proclaims that we should "Elect John Rodgers." Some guy who's running for District Court. I don't know this John Rodgers, and I bet I'm not the only one. Not to pick on John Rodgers, but if we voters took a test on District
  • Dark Shadows

    A man of mournful visage stumbles through a dark and nightmarish dreamscape, haunted by the untimely death of his beloved. Shuffling down the cobblestone streets of a dank and decaying port town, he is tormented by memories, visions and d
  • DVD Review - Beauty & amp;amp; The Beast

    If you think this release of Beauty and the Beast has an insane number of special features, you'd be right. It's the second in Disney's "Platinum" series (the first being the reissue of Snow White). they thought of everything they
  • Cheap Advice

    Spokane County Commissioner If you've got an old beat-up truck that you never seem to be able to get rid of, you'll understand why we're endorsing Phil Harris for a third term. Like the truck, Harris is not somebody we're particularly pr
  • Buzz Bin

    Farewell, Mr. Nostalgia -- Here in the Bin, we were saddened to note the recent passing of Warren "Mr. Nostalgia" Durham, who died last week of cancer. In a 1995 interview with The Inlander, Durham talked about how his love of Big Band m
  • Uphill Battle

    If it's got two wheels and you can pedal it, Marla Emde has probably raced it. From mountain and road bikes to tandem and track racing, she's competed in nearly every discipline of bike racing one can imagine. But nothing, she says, gives
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff Chapala #1 -- Though it appears tiny from the street, Chapala is cavernous and comfortable inside. The lunch menu features 28 different authentic Mexican selections ranging from tacos, enchiladas and burritos to more interesting fare lik
  • Book Review

    The main character in Jeffrey Eugenides' second novel, Middlesex, begins life with the name Calliope, after the muse of epics. Appropriate for a 544-page book. But the tome quickly changes from unwieldy to intimately comic as we learn th
  • The Real Deal

    Americans are notorious for wanting to be self-sufficient. They want to keep up with the Joneses, remodel the kitchen and make homemade cookies for the grade school class Halloween party while they stay in shape, in fashion and in the loo
  • Perfect Potluck

    A potluck is always a bit of a dubious undertaking. In the best case, the food may look really enticing, but there's always a faint worry -- you never know what the conditions were in the kitchen where the food was prepared. Was the co
  • Big-Time Religion

    For once, a contemporary play that takes religious faith seriously. Admittedly, in God's Man in Texas, Bibles are thumped, sermons are fervent and sinners are saved, but David Rambo's characters are deeper than stereotypes. These are temp
  • The House on Jackson

    When the idea for a story on haunted houses around the Spokane area came up, it seemed like it would be easy enough. After all, what kid doesn't have memories of fumbling around in a dark maze, the sounds of a carnival barely audible beh
  • Playing Charades

    Before Jonathan Demme became a Hollywood A-List director, the man responsible for such films as Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Something Wild and his Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, he wanted to be a veterinarian. "But within one
  • Letters To The Editor

    Split Government -- Bob Herold, regarding the case you made for split government (10/17/02), I could not agree with you more. I used to vote very carefully, examining the candidates on their individual merit, not so much on their party
  • Simply MJ

    QUESTION: I'm trying to cut back on the amount of coffee I need. Don't suggest quitting! -Mike McCoy, Moscow, ID MARY JANE: You can try two things that will definitely help. Coffee drinkers are no doubt dependent on caffeine, but the
  • Taking the Fifth

    Every two years, people across the United States get to pick who'll be their man or woman in Washington. Here in the Fifth District of Washington -- stretching from the Canadian border to Walla Walla -- only three men have been chose
  • CD Review - Go Go

    I can't help but feel that OK Go's self-titled Capitol debut would have sounded so much better if it hadn't been recorded -- formulated might be a better word -- to sound like every other mainstream garage-rock-by-way-of-new-wave record out
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Go Ahead, Eat Off Your Desk -- Here's a stunner: A recent study found that the average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. We know, where do researchers come up with these riveting topics? A note in Grou
  • Pia K. Hansen

    While the Puget Sound area is choking on its congestion on a daily basis, drivers in the eastern part of Washington state are facing dangerous two-lane highways, unmarked crossings, deep ruts in freeways and bridges that need restoration.
  • Night Dumping

    Under the cover of darkness, using a bulldozer, a crew of workers from a silver and copper mine in Troy, Mont., buries dozens of 55-gallon drums of hazardous waste into the mine's tailings impoundment area. The impoundment has no liner to pr
  • Meet The Candidates

    When covering political races, there's a tendency to focus the spotlight on the differences among candidates. Applying that strategy to the Valley races this year, however, is pretty tough, because almost everyone is having too much of a
  • In Brief

    Anti-War March -- SPOKANE -- Local peace activists will join the ranks of protesters in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Seattle this Saturday, when the Peace and Action Justice League (PJALS) and the Green Party of Spokane are rallyin
  • Impostor's Ball

    Over the extended Halloween weekend (next Thursday-Saturday), the owner of the B-Side is pulling out all the stops to provide Spokane live music fans the best in top-shelf entertainment. That's right, Mr. Ben Cater has put everything on t

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