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  • Dec 5-11, 2002
  • Vol. 10, No. 8

News & Comment

  • One Song To Leave Behind

    It's always tricky to identify the source of an artist's inspiration. But Jonathan Larson was quite clear when discussing how he started his musical Rent: It began when he was a child and his parents took him to see a puppet show of Giac
  • Sound & amp;amp; Fury

    Martin Scorsese and innumerable conspirators have struggled for almost three decades to produce Gangs of New York, and yet it is a terrible movie. A hellish horror of failed ambition, it should freeze the blood of any artist who has held too
  • Soldiers in The Classroom

    You may have read recently that buried within the new federal "No Child Left Behind Act" is the requirement that, in exchange for receiving federal dollars, secondary schools will be required to provide, upon request from military recruit
  • The Real Deal

    Do you harbor a secret desire to be the host of a bed-and-breakfast? Do you yearn to escape all the holiday bustle and pamper yourself with B & amp; B hospitality? Or maybe you're just looking for ideas for your own holiday decorations? Whate
  • Celeb Bashing

    Last March, the veteran British performer Jim Broadbent won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Iris. Broadbent has had a varied career, consistently brilliant if not high profile. He was the very fulcrum of the establishment
  • Close Observation

    Asked to define comedy and tragedy, Mel Brooks famously observed that "tragedy is my hangnail, comedy is you falling into an open manhole on your head." Aggression makes for disconcerting comedy, as Adam Sandler, among contemporary practition
  • Multimedia Guide - DVDs

    The Outer Limits: The Original Series -- Network television was never more daring -- or frightening -- than when that formless control voice of the original The Outer Limits series took over programm
  • The Real Deal

    What does it mean to age successfully? Is the attainment of a certain numerical landmark enough, or should quality of life be factored in? If so, how does one measure life's quality? Questions like these are at the heart of research tack
  • Recently Reviewed

    Europa -- Since 1982, Europa has welcomed diners looking for hearty Italian fare. The antipasto misto ($10) is always a favorite, with various combinations of tangy, marinated vegetables, rich cheeses and salty meats. Filled with a blend
  • Oprah's Hulking Stepchild

    Dr. Phil, as millions of strangers affectionately call superstar Texan psychologist Phillip C. McGraw, is huge. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, he can easily block your entire field of vision, even when he is slouching a little, trying to ge
  • Now Playing

    8 Mile -- There's a reason that Eminem is so popular on the hip-hop scene: He's good at what he does. And he's also quite good, it turns out, at acting, here playing a slightly less edgy version of himself in director Curtis Hanson's (L.
  • Book Review

    Opening the pages of To America is like sitting beside Stephen Ambrose as he tells stories from his deathbed. Dying of lung cancer, he seems to be racing with mortality to inscribe a record of his life as a historian, as an American, and
  • Multimedia Guide - Video Games

    & & Consoles -- & & Back in the 1970s, writer Gore Vidal bemoaned the influence of movies on the world of fiction. Novels, he claimed, were becoming more like movies. Now, of course, film critics wail that their medium has been tai
  • Opening Films

    Antwone Fisher -- Derek Luke plays the titular hero of this autobiographical film, based on the life of screenwriter/producer Antwone Fisher. Once a troubled sailor whose repeated fistfights land him in the office of Navy psychiatrist De
  • Letters to The Editor

    Herold Too Kind -- I read Robert Herold's editorial about Bush ("Bush at Bay," 11/28/02), and while I enjoyed it, I do feel that there are a few things that need to be pointed out. Bush prefers that other people direct the band while
  • The Price Has Been Right

    The strangest thing about Mike Price -- I mean, besides the fact that he kissed his future wife under the porch in the first grade and never had another girlfriend, and that he wasn't fired despite never putting together back-to-back winn
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff Herbal Essence Caf & eacute; -- The Herbal Essence Caf & eacute;'s understated mix of old and new results in a very open, bright and comfortable dining area. The crab cakes ($6.75) are crispy on the outside, succulent and tender on the inside. The $3.50 c
  • Multimedia Guide - Calendars

    Time may be an illusion, but we've come up with plenty of tangible ways to track its usage and mark its passing. Take calendars, for instance. Given the close proximity of Christmas and New Year's Day, calendars are popular and reasonabl
  • Talking To The Tenants

    In the current national touring production of Rent (at the Opera House, Dec. 19-22), Kevin Spencer plays Roger Davis, an aspiring rock musician. It so happens that Spencer himself is a rock musician who has "been touring for, like, eight
  • Belly Up To The Pit

    I've got one for ya. Name a place in Spokane where you can get good, honest barbecue on the fly? You know, the real stuff with the in-and-out convenience working folks on a short noon-time leash and a generation weaned on fast food have c
  • Deciphering Monk

    During the heyday of bebop, jazz icon Thelonious Monk was known for his unusual hats, his vague oracle-like pronouncements and his innovative and percussive style at the piano. Born in North Carolina, Monk came to New York with his famil
  • DVD Review - Lilo & amp;amp; Stitch

    The fun in Lilo & amp; Stitch starts at the very beginning, when the beeping lights of a spaceship draw the familiar arc over the Walt Disney logo. Moments later, we're introduced to one of Disney's least-likely heroes: Stitch, or as he's cal
  • Not Getting What You Wish For

    Now deep into litigation, and with conspiracy theories continuing to swirl, I believe that evidence is piling up that the debacle known as the River Park Square public-private partnership has a more benign, but no less damaging, explanati
  • Multimedia Guide - Music

    Pavement: Slanted & amp; Enchanted - Luxe & amp; Reduxe (Matador) -- Pavement made few inroads into the commercial rock mainstream (thankfully, they did everything they could to tear ass in the other direction). But to indie kids
  • Now Playing

    8 Mile -- There's a reason that Eminem is so popular on the hip-hop scene: He's good at what he does. And he's also quite good, it turns out, at acting, here playing a slightly less edgy version of himself in director Curtis Hanson's (L.
  • Kissinger in Charge (Again)

    Asking Henry Kissinger to investigate government malfeasance or nonfeasance is akin to asking Slobodan Milosevic to investigate war crimes. Pretty damn akin, since Kissinger has been accused, with cause, of engaging in war crimes of his own.
  • Take A Free Ride

    Did you ever picture yourself executing a 360 on skis but never had the guts to try it? Or did you ever wonder what it actually feels like to launch some serious big air on a snowboard? Me neither. But many people do, and thankfully, there are
  • Old Reliable

    Downtown Spokane has enjoyed a rebirth of sorts in the last half decade or so, with a number of new restaurants opening their doors: Fugazzi, Quinn's, Red Robin, the Sawtooth Grill, Chevy's, the Steam Plant Grill and the Palm Court ar
  • Cubicle Comedy

    Andy Richter Controls the Universe is an absurdist office comedy about a doughy technical writer named Andy (Andy Richter) who works for a huge Chicago conglomerate called Pickering Industries. Andy spends most of his time at the office,
  • Simply MJ

    Question: Every holiday season, someone gives me a poinsettia. They're probably mass-produced somewhere. It seems wasteful. Is there such a thing as an organically grown poinsettia? -- Cindy Palmer, Moorhead, Minnesota Mary Jane: 'Ti
  • Speed Demon

    Steven Spielberg is a whirlwind, a little ball of energy. He's constantly on the move, much like the shark in his first blockbuster, Jaws. But Spielberg's goal isn't to eat everything in his path, it's to tell good stories on film. His newes
  • Buzz Bin

    Against the Odds -- It's hard to believe it now, but at one time the GU Bulldogs were seen as an obscure little team from an obscure little Jesuit school, whose only prior claims to fame were crooner Bing Crosby and NBA star John Stockto
  • Year of the Poet

    Devoting one's life to poetry is one of the riskier propositions out there -- especially in light of the current economic climate -- but also one of the more rewarding. Even with the safety net of a teaching position solidly in place, however
  • Letters to The Editor

    Greed on the Range -- Mark Dowie argues in his story, "Monopoly on the Range," which ran in the Nov. 27 edition of The Inlander, that price manipulation by packers and others on the processing and distribution end of the beef business
  • Opening Films

    Empire -- Victor Rosa (John Leguizamo) is a New York drug dealer who wants to straighten up and leave his life of crime behind. Having socked away a tidy sum of money, he's on the edge of realizing his dream when he meets an investment b
  • Multimedia Guide - Books

    This is one of those years where choosing books for our year-end gift guide was downright difficult. In addition to the things we've reviewed over the past year -- and can highly recommend -- bookstores were getting deliveries of fresh produc
  • DVD Review - The Producers

    The Producers is one of those films that succeeds on every level. The story is funny enough: A washed-up theater producer and his accountant concoct a scheme to stage the worst musical ever, Springtime for Hitler, making millions in the
  • Brother, Can you Spare A Job?

    Ron Caferro started the Ecolite Manufacturing Company back in 1970 and has run it ever since. The company has become a local success story, now employing about 150 people making components for light fixtures and air conditioning equipment
  • Simply MJ

    QUESTION: In a recent issue of your magazine MaryJanesFarm you had several pictures of animals made from food. Because of the upcoming holidays, my kids will be home more in the next two months. I'd love to keep them entertained cheap
  • Wrapped in A Riddle

    What is more beautiful than the one who has gone away? Absence makes the heart grow fonder, fantasy forgives, desire embellishes. Sentiments like these lie at the heart of Solaris, Steven Soderbergh's marital drama in a science-fiction settin
  • Buzz Bin

    Sniffing Out Good Cinema -- Seattle may have its gargantuan SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival), but here in the Inland Northwest we can boast of our own film festival, the SNIFF. Spokane's Contemporary Arts Alliance presents the
  • In Brief

    Almost There SPOKANE -- The long awaited low-power FM radio station, Thin Air Community Radio, is getting very close to landing its final approval from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). The station, located inside the Communit
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Where Are They Now -- Remember Chris Peck? He was the editor of the Spokesman-Review who left after a flurry of criticism over the paper's handling of its owners' real estate deals and with budget problems leading to staff reductions. Pe
  • CD Review -Buffy The Vampire

    There are few things that fit the clich & eacute; of "someday you'll look back on this and laugh" better than the high-school musical. Whether you love theater or not, there's an innate sense that it's going to be scary, and the best you can hope
  • Bloodless War

    Leon Daniel, as did others who reported from Vietnam during the 1960s, knew about war and death. So he was puzzled by the lack of corpses at the tip of the Neutral Zone between Saudi Arabia and Iraq on Feb. 25, 1991. Clearly there had
  • In Brief

    Guerilla a Go-Go -- PULLMAN -- Watch out, the Guerilla Girls are coming to town. Wearing gorilla masks to conceal their real identity, this female activist group is performing at WSU on Saturday, Dec. 7. These are the activists that went
  • Best in the West

    Bruce "U. Utah" Phillips is the genuine article, an artist with an archival knowledge of folk music, a humorist with a firm grasp of history and a wandering minstrel with a deep, personal connection to the working people frequently left o
  • Sounds So Easy

    Local music fans with a burning desire for a nice, big, good-looking live music venue in downtown Spokane are about to get their wish granted just in time for Christmas. Metropolitan Mortgage & amp; Securities has just unveiled the eagerly aw
  • Big Brother vs. Bin Laden

    On Aug. 28, 2001, a 33-year-old Egyptian flight-school student named Mohamed Atta walked into a Kinko's copy shop in Hollywood, Fla., and sat down at a computer with Internet access. He logged on to American Airlines' Web site, punched in
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Nixonian? -- In dropping out of the race for president, Al Gore may just be facing reality: Nobody really wants to go there again. But if history offers any clues, don't count him out. Back in 1960, Richard Nixon lost a very close race
  • Big Brother Gets Bigger

    Attorney General John Ashcroft scored a major legal victory on Nov. 18 when a secret appeals court ruled that his Justice Department can spy on Americans -- by wiretapping, searching their homes and reading their e-mail, among other measur

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