• Issue Archive for
  • Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2003
  • Vol. 11, No. 7

News & Comment

  • 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
  • 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
  • Holiday - Go For The Glo#1E798F

    Oh sure, you can drive around town this season, clogging the city's side streets while peering through fogged car windows at the many fine (and occasionally freaky) residential displays in the Spokane area. Yeah, you can do that. And ther
  • The Real Deal

    Spokane's newest entry in the world of downtown market-rate housing is nearing completion on Railroad Alley between Jefferson and Adams. The developers of the Blue Chip Lofts - contractor Steve Thosath and Realtor Susie Luby - opened up
  • Northern Strategy

    Having plundered America's countryside and suburbs for decades, Wal-Mart is now setting its sights on unfamiliar urban territory: a grassy lot in Hartford, Conn. But as the mega-corporation expands out of America's conservative strongholds,
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff *** Bad Santa -- Billy Bob Thornton plays a foul-mouthed, sex-crazed drunkard who, with his "elf" helper (Tony Cox) gets a department store Santa job each year, then robs the seasonally bulging safe after hours. The film is overflowing w
  • Hellraiser

    Jim Hightower is mad as hell. Fortunately for those within earshot of this rabble-rousing Texan, he's also funny as hell. Furthermore, he's on our side. Hightower is a populist firebrand with the smarts and courage to whip up the apatheti
  • Spam I Am Not

    Everyone in this country (and elsewhere) has a right to pursue career goals, to do whatever they deem necessary to make a legitimate living. Yes, even if they're salespeople. Yet there's one particular kind of sales pitch that assumes way
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Staff A Peacenik Speaks -- I recently had the pleasure of listening to Frank Delaney at Spokane's annual Fall Folk Festival. His performance was thought-provoking and straight from the heart. He did, however, in his banter with the audience, m
  • Now Playing

    *** 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 N
  • Getting Into The Game

    New Christmas plays are a double bind. Theaters need to fill their coffers by putting on shows that entire families will want to attend, but most families want to see the same old stories of Tiny Tim and George Bailey and not a whole lot
  • Holiday - Seeking Santa

    Downtown Coeur d'Alene -- Santa is available for photos with the pooch at the Coeur d'Alene PetCo on Dec. 6 from noon-4 pm. He'll be ready for more photos on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 from noon-4 pm at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Plaza Shops. Cost
  • Boulevard of Bad Design

    By order of the Hearing Examiner, Trent Avenue from the Washington State University Riverpoint Campus west to Division Street has been renamed Spokane Falls Boulevard. Several members of the City Council were not pleased. Rob Higgins want
  • Getting Medieval

    Let's have a quick survey of novels by Michael Crichton that have been adapted to film. First there are the ones that have been turned into good movies: The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Then there are the
  • Buzz Bin

    Wunnerful, Wunnerful -- Already wondering what the hell you're going to give your elderly relatives this Christmas? A gift they'll enjoy that doesn't smack of surrendering to the fruitcake/decorated poinsettia/slippers/TV Guide subscript
  • Holiday - Music Events

    This month, for the eighth consecutive year, the Catholic Sisters of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen will serenade the Spokane area with a variety of Christmas concerts. You could say it's become a habit with them. By now, the
  • Holiday Dos and Don'ts

    To help you make the most out of this holiday season, The Inlander Elves offer the following advice, in the form of a handy list of "DOs and DON'Ts." 1. Do Remember That 7-Year-Olds Can't Keep Secrets -- For all the fondue pots, long d
  • DVD Review

    Technically, the title of this movie is X2: X-Men Unite, but many have taken to calling it X-Men 2, or just X2. Fortunately, the title is the only confusing thing about the movie, which is so slick and clever that, if you take away the c
  • Book Review

    Sometimes solemn, slightly precocious, and forever self-eviscerating, the unnamed narrator of Tobias Wolff's first novel thirsts for anointment to the American literati. But like recent bete noirs of American letters, his lust for unearned
  • Holiday - More Holiday E#1E798E

    AMERICAN CAROLS The Spokane Youth Orchestra and the Spokane Area Children's Chorus will perform early American Chistmas songs on Dec. 7 at 4 pm and 7 pm. Free. St. John's Cathedral, 12th Ave. and Grand Blvd. (922-3661) HEARTHSIDE HOLIDA
  • A Blooming Bistro

    With the large and growing interest in upscale casual dining, it's not surprising that bistros and brasseries are regaining their once trendy popularity," writes Elizabeth Sloan in Food Technology magazine. "Their fresh, affordable, casu
  • BB Gun Backfire

    The script of the Civic's current production of A Christmas Story (on the Main Stage through Dec. 20) is the theatrical version of a filmization of a novel based on some radio monologues. We're already at several removes from a highly ve
  • Holiday - Markets

    There are those people who can make anything with their hands. Homemade soap, wood bowls, stained glass, knit scarves, candles, painted boxes - nothing fazes these folks. But the rest of us need help. Fortunately, this weekend kicks off man
  • A Different Thanksgiving

    There is a saying among the Lakota that when the Pilgrims first landed at Plymouth Rock, they fell on their knees and prayed, and then they fell on the Indians and preyed. Perhaps it is not surprising that the stories of this country
  • Rolled Back

    It's a little more than one year ago that a handful of Hayden residents started the grassroots group Hayden First! What spurred their organization was the announcement that the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, was planning to build a 2
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Bush in Britain, Part One -- As if forcing the largest call-up of policemen in London since World War II wasn't bad enough, President Bush's trip to England was inconvenient in another way. London's Mirror reported on Sunday that the Que
  • Medi-Scared

    Don't be alarmed if the elderly members of the family are moodier than the adolescents this Thanksgiving; they've got good reason. Politicians have managed to hash out a deal by way of favors, bargains and monetary incentives, making the b
  • In Brief

    Not So Healthy? -- SPOKANE -- Most can agree that the healthcare system as we know it is ailing, but few agree on exactly what the cure looks like. On Friday, Dec. 5, the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC) is hosting a health c

Music & Film

  • Bigger Than Hair

    Typically, unruly hair problems can be eliminated with some well-placed pomade or, in extreme cases, aerosol hairspray. In the case of Wayne "Static" of Static-X, however, the hair is the thing. And God kno
  • 'Resurrection,' Tupac Shakur

    Tupac Shakur has been a lot more prophetic than everyone thought. I mean, how else can you explain his continued transcendence of death? How else can he be releasing so much new music? Dead, alive, saint, in witness protection -- whatever
  • So Bad It's Good

    You'd better watch out. This is not the new holiday movie for all ages.

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