• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 12-18, 2002
  • Vol. 10, No. 9

News & Comment

  • The Real Deal

    The Northwest has been blessed for many decades with relatively inexpensive and abundant energy sources, but events over the last few years -- natural, economic and political -- have shown that no one in the region can take energy resource
  • Room Service

    A colleague teased me for my flip answer to what I like about Maid in Manhattan. My answer? "Jennifer Lopez's cute little ears." "I'm gonna be wondering about your aesthetics," she said, laughing. But I'll always concede that I'm a sucker fo
  • Who Speaks For Neighborhoods?

    During debate over the City of Spokane's new budget, questions about the neighborhood councils have come up. The program was conceived to tap public opinion and funnel it into neighborhood-friendly public policy, but is it working? Who ar
  • Simply MJ

    QUESTION: My teenagers insist that I bleach their white T-shirts with chlorine bleach. Is there something else I can use that will whiten them? Perfectly white T-shirts seem to be a status symbol. -- Angela Haines via e-mail MARY JAN
  • Opening Films

    Drumline -- A young hip-hop drummer from Harlem gets the chance to attend an Atlanta university on a marching band scholarship. He quickly becomes a star -- if you can indeed become a "star" in marching band -- but his success is marred by
  • Making A Scene

    There's no denying the fact that many of the images in Scott Poole's poetry are quietly hilarious. In one, it's a slice of lunchmeat suddenly giving rise to thoughts of Andy Warhol. In another, a man comforts himself post-vasectomy "holding
  • 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.
  • High Tech Tip

    The benefits of digital cameras are pretty clear. For starters, you don't have to wait for your film to be developed. Also, most cameras have a small monitor so that you can instantly see the photo you shot, and retake it if necessary. A
  • DVD Review - Solaris (1972)

    The recent theatrical release of Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's 1961 novel Solaris presents an excellent opportunity to re-examine Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's earlier version. Fortunately, the Criterion Collectio
  • Buzz Bin

    Don't Mortgage Your Future -- What's the buzz on why you should you go to an unconventional musical like Rent (Dec. 19-22 at the Opera House)? You should go because the title song and "What You Own" bookend the show with rants against se
  • Darkness Gathers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third installment of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, is set for a release date of December 17, 2003. For anyone who goes to see The Two Towers, it's going to be a long wait. The superb second par
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff 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
  • 2002 Gift Guide

    Anchor House -- Since 1983, Anchor House has provided a structured, community-based refuge for troubled young people in North Idaho, with both live-in and day treatment for substance abuse. The residential group home can provide living q
  • Wanna Have Fun?

    Next Thursday night, Cher is calling it quits. She'll be pulling into town for the year's final performance of her latest farewell concert tour, which is called -- appropriately enough -- "Living Proof." Of course, the concert has been pro
  • All In The Family

    She may be Spokane's youngest restaurateur, but she has many years of experience under her belt at her aunt and uncle's area restaurant, Azar's. At 20, Shanez Azar knows what she wants. "You have to take a chance," Azar says. "I know ho
  • Whodunit in D.C.

    Somebody call Sherlock Holmes. Or at least the Hardy Boys. Or maybe even newly designated Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. There's a Washington mystery that needs solving. Everyone in D.C., it seems, is utterly baffled as to
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Cheney, Chaney -- Who Cares? -- Here's a little known fact: Our Vice President Dick Cheney pronounced his name the same way we pronounce our city of Cheney. That was until he got to Washington, D.C., where so many people mispronounced it
  • In Brief

    Beautiful Balloons -- SPOKANE -- Saturday morning shoppers may encounter a rather strange undertaking at River Park Square Mall. More than 2,000 balloons will be folded, twisted and bound together to create Christmas trees, penguins and a
  • Day Care Dilemma

    Parking seems to always be a controversial issue here in town. Of course, there's the River Park Square parking garage and its courtroom drama. Now it looks like the West Central Community Center has gotten caught in its own parking contr
  • Get Your Tots a-Rockin

    The members of Before Braille are all about communication. But in some unintentional deference to the unspoken alphabet from which this Mesa, Ariz., band derives its name, that communication is not necessarily verbal. Utilizing lyrics tha
  • CD Review - Rebuild The Wall

    I'm a sucker for a well-chosen cover song. When a favorite band reinterprets a classic from another group -- or, better yet, a forgotten gem -- I'm all ears. So when I heard there was a band coming through town that was known for cov

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