• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 13-19, 2003
  • Vol. 10, No. 22

News & Comment

  • DVD Review

    I used to catch fleeting bits of The Man Who Fell to Earth on free Showtime weekends or hacked-up fragments on late-night network TV. Intrigued by these random sightings, I've longed for an opportunity to experience it in its full, unmole
  • Artists As Underdogs

    & & High school jocks bask in their friends' adulation; students in the arts are considered nerdy and marginal. The reality, of course, doesn't match these stereotypes. But an examination of the way the fine arts are supported in Spoka
  • Cutter in the White City

    The Chicago World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893 was like a beacon to the architects of the United States, attracting the best and brightest, and Spokane's own Kirtland Cutter was no exception. In his new book, The Devil and the Wh
  • White City, Black Heart

    Like a standup comedian, a writer of literary nonfiction is only as good as his material. After writing Isaac's Storm, a critically acclaimed look at the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas, in 1900, Seattle author Erik Lars
  • Taste Of New York

    Who doesn't like Italian food? The cuisine of Italy is one of the best-known worldwide and one of the most popular as well. And for good reason. It tastes great, with its zesty tomato sauces, gooey cheese, tangy olives and anchovies, an
  • Buzz Bin

    A Thousand Words -- Speaking of Jess Walter's new book, anybody had a chance yet to check out the cool front cover? (See it for yourself on page 26.) That hazy, enigmatic photograph (of a bullet-riddled chair and the abandoned shells of
  • The Real Deal

    Many Americans feel vulnerable these days. Amid calls to war and an elevated risk of terrorism, the highly publicized recommendations to stock up on duct tape and plastic wrap do little to ease concerns. It's easy to feel helpless in the
  • Recently Reviewed

    Spencer's -- Spencer's has the easygoing but elegant ambience of a private club with deep, comfortable booths lining the walls and soft light emanating from low-hung fixtures over the tables. The entree menu features top-quality, straigh
  • Blind Leading the Blind

    Anyone who attended Jess Walter's reading last winter at Auntie's most likely remembers getting an unforgettable sneak preview of his next book. "Eli Boyle's dandruff was more than enough indignity for one child," Walter read. "In fact, the
  • Simply MJ

    Mothers. This one word evokes a multitude of meanings. Books, journals, TV shows and countless conversations have been filled with confessions about mothers, complaints and compliments, stories of the joys of motherhood and the worries that
  • Rat Bastard

    The unwritten rule of remakes has always been "is there a reason for this film to be done again." In this case, it was a coin toss. The original, a 1971 creepy little item about a young misfit named Willard (Bruce Davison) who somehow gains c
  • Letters to The Editor

    Pro-Something, Part II -- Regarding David Bray's comments, (letters, 3/6/03), on "Sally Jackson and her disgruntled band of sore losers." Like Mr. Bray, I live in the City of Spokane. However, I am not sure what was meant by the statem
  • If Only We Could Know

    Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business is the finest contemporary script Interplayers has produced in the last dozen years, and the seven-woman ensemble is among the theater's very best during that same span. Anton is about actors bemoanin
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff Agent Cody Banks -- his MAD magazine-style take on the spy genre is intermittently goofball funny; the gags are sweetly earnest even when they're a little off the mark. Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff are charming as the teen spies; the wr
  • Ectopia or Empty Quarter

    We aren't yet certain that they are seriously entertaining secession or merely stirring the pot, but as announced the other day, we do know that Republican state senators Bob Morton of Orient and Bob McCaslin of Spokane Valley have propos
  • High Tech Tip

    by Marty Demarest I'm just wondering: How many of you want to take your computer into the bathroom with you? Think about it -- surfing the Web and checking e-mail is barely more literary than bathroom reading is anyway. Why should it be limited to somethin
  • 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
  • A Third Way

    It is the eleventh hour, and the world is poised on the edge of war. Church leaders have consistently warned of the unpredictable and potentially disastrous consequences of war: massive civilian casualties, a precedent for preemptive war,
  • Good Neighbor

    I was born in Seattle in 1966, the same year that Fred McFeely Rogers moved to Pittsburgh from Toronto and adapted his 15-minute Mister Rogers sketches into 30-minute segments for WQED. Rogers, who was born and raised in Latrobe, Penn.,
  • Under One Roof

    Imagine that your family needs food, your baby's clothes don't fit and you can't afford more, or that paying your energy bill will overdraw your account. Where would you go? If you didn't have a car, how many bus transfers would it take
  • CD Review

    At the beginning of the Christian McBride Band's new CD, Vertical Vision, a slightly scratchy recording of what sounds like an emblematic bop standard starts to play. The joke is that the piece is called "Circa 1990," a comment on the ol
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    by Inlander Staff $200,000 -- That's how much, according to the New York Post, the Pentagon is paying Hollywood set designer George Allison (of Good Morning America fame) to create a backdrop in Qatar for Gen. Tommy Franks to appear before as he briefs th
  • In Brief

    Irish For A Day -- SPOKANE - The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (FSOSP) will host Spokane's annual St. Patty's Day Parade on Saturday, March 15, kicking off at noon, on Spokane Falls Boulevard. This parade is one of the largest on the West
  • A Squeaky Wheel

    by Dan Baum When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged Congress in September to give President Bush the authority to wage war on Iraq, he never mentioned the word "oil." Neither did the senators facing him. The only people in the room who drew the conne
  • One Louder

    What makes LOUDERMILK sonically distinguishable from the thousands of other guitar rock bands on the planet? Does the group's glossy DreamWorks debut, The Red Album, contain the definitive answer? Don't count on it. In fact, I can't help
  • On The Scene - The Met

    Friday night with Henry Rollins at the Met was nostalgic for me. Though I never saw Black Flag perform, I do have a sweet spot for them in the wreckage of my teenage angst -- not to mention grand memories of many a TV party inspired by the
  • Nightlife Listings

    To get listed in this section, we need your information by Thursday, one week prior to publication. Oh, and band bios and photos are always much appreciated. Send to Mike Corrigan. Fax: 444-4772; e-mail: & lt;a href= & quot;mailto:mike@inlander & quot; & [email protected] & lt;/a

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