• Issue Archive for
  • Feb 20-26, 2003
  • Vol. 10, No. 19

News & Comment

  • Banishing The Factions

    Three cheers for state Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D-Seattle), who has sponsored a bill that would abolish the statewide initiative, which in recent years has threatened to push Washington state into a permanent state of chaos. The initiative pro
  • 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
  • Guilty Pleasures - 'B' Movies

    Take pleasure where you find it. For some people that means a steady diet of masterpieces. But I can't do that. Life is short. I don't always have time to read several thousand pages of Proust when I need a lift, the budget to pay daily
  • Guilty Pleasures - TV Dating

    When I moved last August, it was to an old house on the South Hill where I get terrible TV reception. I thought about getting cable but decided against it when I remembered just how much time I can waste watching TV. For the most part, my g
  • DVD Review

    Nice Greek girls are expected to do three things," explains Nia Vardalos early in her enormously successful semi-autobiographical film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. "Marry Greek boys, make Greek babies and feed everyone, until the day we die."
  • Familiar Format

    For years now, photographs and paintings have moved. Of course, we call the results cartoons, films and videos, but what we are perceiving when we see those things is a painting or photograph that contains some element of motion. And wit
  • Guilty Pleasures - Tabloids

    For someone who works at a newspaper -- where you've gotta think about things like journalistic integrity, professional objectivity and truth in print -- there's something secretly compelling about tabloids. It could be the cluttered, seizure
  • The Real Deal

    Amid the news of terrorism alerts, calls for war, and depressing economic reports, a beacon of hope shines forth from the real estate market. Thanks to interest rates that have hit a 40-year low, home sales and refinancing march on at a
  • Buzz Bin

    Lake Front Property -- If you're in the market for an extremely rare historical painting of Idaho and have about $16,500 to spare, you might want to consider L.A. art dealer William A. Karges' most recent acquisition, James Everett Stuar
  • Subcontinental Cuisine

    When winter's gray days are still upon us, we often dream of exotic travel destinations in sunnier climes. Our thoughts may take us to India, with its intricate diversity of people, scenery, colors, music and unique tastes found i
  • Guilty Pleasures - Mysteries

    When you talk guilty pleasures, reading doesn't seem to qualify. After all, reading is an intellectual pursuit, the noble exchange of ideas on the page, shared from author to reader. Isn't it? Alas, history -- and the best-seller list --
  • Simply MJ

    Buttercup squash, native to our soils and indigenous to our diets, can be a healthy, regular menu item during the fall and winter months. It's easy to bake, sweet and creamy, silky smooth and rich. Served plain, people mistake it for
  • Book Review

    The journey of the Corps of Discovery, under the leadership of Lewis and Clark, is one of the most repeated tales in American history, especially now as its bicentennial approaches. But evidence from primary sources can only tell part
  • Recently Reviewed

    Kafka Coffee House -- Located on the ground floor of EWU's Brewster Hall, Kafka is bright and cozy, with a burgundy color scheme, hardwoods, a fireplace and booths conveniently wired with data ports. The coffee (and yerba and chai) was g
  • Guilty Pleasures - La Siesta

    Go" seems to be the word that describes our philosophy of progress. You've seen the Advair commercial: it's exhausting. Keep moving is our mantra for reaching our highest potential, meeting deadlines, getting it all done. Stockbrokers on W
  • Nun Too Wacky

    Let's start with a sample joke, a taste of the nonsensical fun that is Nunsense. One of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, Sr. Mary Amnesia, is telling us about her daily routine at the convent. She always knows when it's time for prayer, bec
  • Letters to The Editor

    Invasion Frustration -- A large and growing segment of the U.S. population agrees with the premises in your recent editorial ("Losing Patience," 1/30/03) that a) Saddam Hussein is an evil dictator, b) that he has biological and chemica
  • Solitary Confinement

    It's been a good few years for Adrien Brody -- years in which he's stretched his acting wings and flown high, with roles ranging from the edgy punk in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam to the soft-spoken organizer of a janitors' strike in Ken Loach's
  • Guilty Pleasures - Disco

    & & We're getting ready to bomb the crap out of some other country, the economy's in the toilet and Home Depot is all sold out of duct tape. Is there any happiness to be had? I found some: Turn your emotions over to Donna Summer
  • Leader Of The Quack

    If Mike Babcock had any doubts he'd finally hit the big time, all doubts were erased when he saw that his new hockey team has a dressing room and an undressing room. Strange but true tales of life in the National Hockey League: The Anah
  • Just Another Risk Factor

    As I write, we are in "Code Orange," the second-highest level of terrorism alert. The government tells us we should buy duct tape to seal our windows against chemical or biological attack. In Washington, D.C., police are carrying gas mask
  • Opening Films

    Dark Blue -- For those who've seen Training Day, Dark Blue may seem too close to that award-winner, which came from the same writer, David Ayer. Drawn from a short story by the astringent poet of dark-dark L.A., James Ellroy, Ron Shelton
  • Guilty Pleasures - 50s Cooking

    You know it when you see it. It's anything that's held together by a generous layer of cream of mushroom soup. It's any recipe that uses more than two packaged foods in one dish. And it's all those foods that you remember from church supper
  • Guilty Pleasures - TV Dinners

    In anticipation of frozen food month and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Swanson's introduction of the TV dinner, obscure foodstuffs expert Dave Starry and I (both of us raised on flash-frozen/flash-thawed edibles)
  • Seeking Legal Recourse

    & & by Pia K. Hansen & & It all began as the Child Protection Act of 2003. Written and introduced to the Washington State Legislature by former Spokane County Prosecutor Don Brockett, the act had a number provisions aiming at protecting children from sexua
  • Guilty Pleasures - Disco

    We're getting ready to bomb the crap out of some other country, the economy's in the toilet and Home Depot is all sold out of duct tape. Is there any happiness to be had? I found some: Turn your emotions over to Donna Summer, Abba
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    by Inlander Staff Show of Strength -- Citizens for Sensible Government, the Spokane group that's seeking a spot on the May 20 ballot to rescind the strong mayor form of government, is plugging right along, with nearly 5,000 of the 6,200 signatures needed.
  • CD Review

    UK imports Coldplay broke on these shores quietly and then not so quietly with their 2000 debut, Parachutes, which featured the hit tunes "Yellow" and "Trouble." The band enjoyed moderate radio success initially, then slowly climbed into
  • Patty, George and Osama

    by George Howland, Jr. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray unwittingly kicked the Republican effort to unseat her into high gear in December. In a high-school honors class in Vancouver, she posed a legitimate question: Why is Osama bin Laden so popular around the worl
  • In Brief

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & & Downtown Living -- & & SPOKANE -- The Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) is holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Davenport Hotel. There's the usual business on the agenda, but the DSP is also going to announc
  • Boom Times In Coeur d'Alene?

    by Cara Gardner The city of Coeur d'Alene is, paradoxically, a well known hideaway. Just last weekend, rock star Rod Stewart, sporting leather, fur and his famous shaggy mane, came trotting through the resort lobby. Rod's not the only one who's caught on
  • On The Scene - The Shop

    As coffeehouses go, they don't get any more unusual than the Shop. Once a mechanics' garage, this eclectic space has now been converted to one of the more interesting venues to catch off-beat and underground performances as well as to sat
  • Hell, Yeah!

    It couldn't have been more perfect if we'd planned it. As you have probably discovered by now, you are holding in your hands the "guilty pleasures" edition of The Inlander, a celebration of trash culture, cuisine and entertainment. Well,

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