• Issue Archive for
  • Nov 20-26, 2003
  • Vol. 11, No. 6

News & Comment

  • The Real Deal

    Architects who specialize in custom residences seldom have the opportunity to work for the same clients a second time, but Spokane architect Steve Clark got just such a chance when clients Frank and Karen Martin called back this year.
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff *** The Big Empty -- Jon Favreau is a schlubby would-be actor whose days are spent in menial set jobs and whose nights are spent practicing his various "looks" in the mirror. He is rescued from his quiet desperation by creepy neighbor Ne
  • A Case of Space

    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... convention center? If you've seen the design for Spokane's $77 million convention center expansion, it may look, more than anything, like a speedboat -- that is, a 100,000-square-foot speedboat. But that's
  • Orchestral Maneuvers

    Music is a slow art. Today, when everything in the world changes at the speed of thought, that great relic of the 18th century -- the symphony orchestra -- continues to lumber along. Or at least it tries to. This struggle -- both current a
  • Now Playing

    Brother Bear -- Disney's latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as the voice of a young man whose older brother is killed by a bear. Hoping to avenge his brother's death, Kenai (Phoenix) sets out on a heroic mission, only to find himself suddenly
  • Symphonic Divergence

    All the panelists who participated in the Gonzaga University Organizational Leadership symposium on symphony orchestras last month directed criticism at the New York Times' gloom-and-doom report on the state of symphony orchestras. Still,
  • One Last Chance

    When you're part of the eighth-ranked college football team in the country, there's little question you know how to compete. And when Washington State assistant coaches Robb Akey and Mike Walker start talking about Spokane seniors Jereme
  • DVD Review

    Dear Incoming Mayor West: If you want something to do when you get into office, can I suggest that you declare September 21 to be "Chuck Jones Day?" That's the birthday of the late, great co-father of Bugs Bunny, creator of Wile E. Coyot
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Staff Stadium Stories -- My, my, Mike Stone and Dick Carson told a few tall tales in the article "Stadium Shuffle" (10/30/03). I guess that's what you do to push your agenda through. First of all, Bonnie Olson has been development chairperson
  • Home Boy

    Unlike many of the conductors who are auditioning this year for the position of Artistic Director of the Spokane Symphony, George Hanson is already familiar with Spokane. He points out with pride that his first job was here. "I was the d
  • Cowan, Not Cohen

    For starters, there's a masturbation joke in the first 10 minutes of the film. Also, there's a wonderfully kitschy luau-themed motel, complete with hula girl lamps and freaky faux bamboo nightstands. There are small-town strangers, both all
  • Still Running

    Whitworth College students Michael Chuol, Anderia Lual and Gabriel Atem share the same birthday, even though they don't know when they were born. So, on the first day of January, they will celebrate their 21st birthday together. It's their
  • Garland of Praise

    Spokane's beloved movie theater has stood on the corner of Garland and Monroe for 58 years. It's celebrating on Saturday with showings of Pirates of the Caribbean and (perhaps) Seabiscuit, along with giveaways (including free admission to
  • Vintage Experience

    In just 20 short years, Washington state's wines have gone from a small, local following to international renown, especially for its reds," says Ed McCarthy, wine columnist for Nation's Restaurant News and co-author of the Wine for Dummi
  • Game Review

    There are two times each year when it's tough to be a gamer. One is during the summer, when it seems that the advertisements for games coming out in the winter are more exciting than the games arriving in stores. The other tough time is
  • Recently Reviewed

    Asian Restaurant -- The philosophy of simplicity is reflected in the d & eacute;cor of the Asian Restaurant, which is utilitarian and unpretentious. The lunch menu sports an affordable assortment of Chinese, Thai, and American dishes. The $5.50 P
  • Buzz Bin

    Staggering Genius -- Here in the Buzz Bin, several of us are slavering, giddy disciples of all things Dave Eggers. For some of us it goes back to dearly departed Might, the sharply witty pop culture magazine he published in the mid '90s;
  • Apples and Oranges

    A month after Spokane adopted the strong mayor form of government in 1999, David Rusk, a former mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., advised us to expect changes in the kind of people who run for city council. In an article for The Inl
  • The Valley Revisited

    Spokane Valley Mayor Mike DeVleming worries about his furniture. It's such nice stuff, he says gesturing toward his mahogany-colored conference table. He offers a doubled-up paper towel as a coaster for our diet Cokes. It's not as if furn
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    The Nukular Family -- You may have heard that the energy bill currently winding its way through Congress would jump-start the nuclear energy industry. We had a story on the subject in these very pages ("Your Own Nuclear Idaho," 10/30/03)
  • In Brief

    Binding Solution? -- SPOKANE -- The Spokane County Meth Action Team (MAT) listened very intently to Nancy Buckar, the director of government relations for the Consumer Health Care Products Association (CHPA) on Tuesday mor
  • CD Review

    Greatest hits packages are a mixed blessing. While it's nice to have a band's best songs all in one package, when it's one of your favorite bands, it makes you worry. Generally speaking, when a band starts repackaging old hits, it's

Music & Film

  • The New Feedback

    With a band name like Barenaked Ladies and a tour titled "Peep Show," fans might be expecting something a little racy when the group plays Monday night at the Opera House. The show should certainly prove to
  • Berry Scary

    OK, so a movie's first scene has little Penelope Cruz squinting her little eyes and squeezing out her small Spanish accent, telling her shrink, "He opened me like a flower of pain and it felt gooooooooood."

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