• Issue Archive for
  • Jan 23-29, 2003
  • Vol. 10, No. 15

News & Comment

  • Santa Express

    Christmas is for giving, as the adage goes, so it's not surprising that kids want to be able to share gifts with family and friends. But where do you find meaningful gifts when your budget is based on your weekly allowance? The folks at
  • The Gambling Gourmet

    Several months ago in this paper, my colleague Mike Corrigan summed up buffets as giant feeding pens where patrons can make their way to the troughs as often as they like. Based on past experiences, I had to agree with his assessment. So
  • Crabby People Vs. The World

    When the Spokesman-Review got a new editor six months ago, I was confident it would mean the end of the paper's phobia about dissent. The old editors of the Review regarded civic disagreement as a malignancy. Editor Chris Peck departed
  • The Last Off-Ramp 01/16/03

    In the summer of 1999, when the River Park Square Mall was about to open, the developer ran into a big misunderstanding with AMC Theaters, the project's prize tenant along with Nordstrom. Not surprisingly, the problem centered
  • Sweet Home...Alabama?

    Jennifer Davis spent her childhood roaming the shores of Lake Martin and the Tallapoosa River in central Alabama, and the region sank its tangled and overgrown roots deep in her heart. After completing her MFA at the University of Alabam
  • Parking Is Easy

    Parking downtown just got a little easier, with help from the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District. An EasyPark coupon from participating merchants will take $1 off the cost of parking lots, garages and transit. To begin with,
  • Out Of Time

    Monty Brogan is a likeable guy. He's got a good heart, keeps close friends, treats his father well, has a loving relationship with his girlfriend. At the beginning of Spike Lee's newest ode to New York, The 25th Hour, he even rescues an angry
  • Affirmative Inaction

    President George Bush's renomination of Judge Charles Pickering and his announcement to join in opposition to the University of Michigan's affirmative action-like admission system serve to highlight the emerging dilemma confronting the pr
  • Say it ain't so, Joe

    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the American moviegoing public's ignorance of all issues relating to class, as Caryn James pointed out in a recent New York Times story. In fact, as modern Cinderella stories such as Maid in Manhatt
  • Music

    Music is part of any seasonal holiday celebration, from classic hymns and carols to new interpretations of the holiday mood, and the sound of music will fill Downtown in the coming month. Carolers serenade holiday shoppers throughout the
  • Opening Films

    25th Hour -- Spike Lee's newest joint has Edward Norton as a New York drug dealer getting ready to do seven years in the hoosegow. On his last day and night of freedom, he's seen drinking with his two best pals (Barry Pepper, Philip Seym
  • Window Dressing

    Since its founding days, Spokane has been the retail hub for the Inland Northwest. In the early years of the 20th century, holiday shoppers flocked to downtown. The Bon Marche came to town in 1947 and remains a downtown anchor, along wit
  • In The Flesh

    There's an uncanny sense, upon entering the Jundt Art Museum's new exhibit of work by E.J. Krisor, of having wandered into the quiet of the European wing of the Art Institute of Chicago or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The compositions se
  • Meet Mr. Claus

    Santa Claus is coming to town. Actually, he's already here. It's a little known fact that for much of the year Santa resides not at the North Pole but in North Spokane, where he lives disguised as the unassuming retiree, Elmer Smoak. Fri
  • Now Playing

    About Schmidt -- Jack Nicholson delivers a different-than-usual tour-de-force in this seriocomic road movie about a just-retired and just-widowed fellow who tries to make his aloof daughter see that she's marrying the wrong guy -- and get
  • Welcome!

    On behalf of Downtown Spokane, I would personally like to invite you to come be part of your city this holiday season. The Downtown holiday season comes to life on the day after Thanksgiving when the "Windows of Christmas Past" are unvei
  • Buzz Bin

    Rome Calling -- If you haven't been over to the MAC yet to check out their stunning "Young America: Treasures from the Smithsonian Art Museum" exhibit, perhaps this weekend's Lunchbox Lecture might entice you. Barbara Groseclose, profess
  • Kid's Stuff

    New interpretations of two favorite children's tales are set to delight local kids this holiday season. The Spokane Children's Theater presents Honk!, a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic, The Ugly Duckling, at the Met.
  • DVD Review

    If your children ever ask you what the 1980s were like, show them the Back to the Future Trilogy. Explain to them that it stars Michael J. Fox -- who plays Marty McFly in the movies but was also known as Alex P. Keaton and Teen Wolf durin
  • Tree Lighting

    Back in 1879, the emerging hamlet of Spokane Falls held its first public Christmas celebration at the newly constructed California Hotel on the corner of Howard and Front, now the site of the Looff Carrousel. Through the years, the exact
  • Book Review

    Don't expect easy definitions from William T. Vollmann. His latest book, Argall, says conflictingly on the cover: "A Novel." Then lower: "The True Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith." Further confusing Argall's identity is the fa
  • First Night Spokane

    On New Year's Eve 2001, Spokane joined more than 200 cities and towns worldwide in celebrating First Night, a family-oriented, alcohol-free community event emphasizing the arts. In its inaugural year, First Night Spokane drew more than 1
  • Trendy Means Spendy

    Some Gonzaga fans soon will be paying nearly $300 a game to watch their beloved Zags play basketball. Still, it could be much, much worse Take the New York Knicks. Please. It costs a mere $1,600 per game to sit courtside at Madison Squ
  • Theatre

    Part of the fun of Christmas is entering into a magical world of the imagination, and Spokane's thespians have a full lineup of productions to keep the illusions flowing. The classic Dylan Thomas story, A Child's Christmas In Wales, i
  • Recently Reviewed

    Vina Asian Restaurant -- The Vina menu is diverse and very easy to navigate. You'll find elements of Cantonese, Hunan, Mandarin, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese, and meat choices that include chicken, pork and beef, squid and duck. The bar
  • Letters to The Editor

    I Second That -- I just wanted to complement Diedre Allen on her letter, "Open Letter to McCaslin" (1/9/03). I agree 100 percent with everything she said. I recently moved here from Naples, Fla., where billboards are not allowed except
  • Christmas Tree Elegance

    Christmas Tree Elegance has long been regarded as one of most, well, elegant events of the holiday season in Spokane. This year's 20th anniversary edition takes place in the newly restored Davenport Hotel, moving it up another notch on t
  • Tix Bumped, Fans Jumped

    Spokane sports fans have finally found something that gets them even more riled up than Gonzaga basketball -- Gonzaga basketball ticket prices. Since season ticket prices for the school's new arena were announced, the Bulldogs' image as
  • Focus On Children

    The health of our children is our future. We all have an interest in it. Optimal health begins before birth and requires vigilance and action from parents and the rest of our community through all stages of growth and development
  • Rebel Republicans

    As the White House gears up to sell President Bush's $674 billion economic package to Congress and the American public, Republicans could turn out to be more trouble than Democrats in getting the plan enacted. While the plan has been met
  • Balancing The Budget In Idaho

    Washington is not the only state in the nation struggling to balance its budget. Though Idaho's budget shortfall is by no means as big as Washington's, it still sits at a hefty $200 million. Last week, Governor Dirk Kempthorne proposed t
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Into the 21st Century -- Finally, you can toss those No. 2 pencils you use to work your tax forms and go online instead. That's right, the Internal Revenue Service has gone digital. Depending on your income level, the IRS' upgraded Web s
  • About This Project...

    It is thrilling for me to be able to present the launch of Growing Up Healthy, a media project carried out in partnership by Spokane Public Radio, the Spokane Regional Health District and The Inlander. During the course of the next year,
  • Peace Gets A Chance

    American flags outnumbered Palestinian and Iraqi ones at Saturday's antiwar march in Washington. Though the enormous protest was called by ANSWER, a front group for the Stalinist Workers World Party, the National Mall next to the Capi
  • Repaving The Way

    In the swirling, ever-shifting rock continuum, it's absurd to count any band -- no matter how apparently stone cold dead -- out of the game for good. Even when vital signs appear flatter than an Eastern Montana highway, the potential for re
  • Media Moguls

    Is the media really liberal? It's an ontological question of American politics that's as exhausting as it is inexhaustible. A question so loaded it makes, "Have you been to the gay bathhouse?" seem like so much idle coffee talk. A query tha
  • CD Review

    The shirtless, feather-festooned Iggy doppelganger on the cover of Precious was a turnoff. The band's name seemed to me to be totally uninspired. The track listings? About the only thing to register on my scope was the inclusion of a cove
  • In Brief

    Bikes to Africa -- MOSCOW, Idaho -- Some bikes from the Inland Northwest are serving a new purpose in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The Village Bicycle Project, which operates out of Moscow, has so far sent 2,049 bikes to the African natio
  • In A Locke Box

    What does Gov. Gary Locke's budget procedure, known as Priorities of Government, or POG, spell backwards? GOP!" That's the joke circulating among Democrats as the 105-day state legislative session opens in Olympia. The humor masks r

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