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  • Feb 26 - Mar 3, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 20

News & Comment

  • All That Jazz

    This Sunday at 8 pm, legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis brings the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to the Opera House. Comprised of fifteen world-class musicians, the LCJO has been introducing audiences everywhere to the richness an
  • DVD Review

    I always look forward to the next film by Joel and Ethan Coen, the filmmaking brothers behind such classics as Fargo and Blood Simple. They routinely add their signature weirdness to anything they touch. So I was a bit skeptical whe
  • Peppy Depew

    The most outstanding player, arguably, in Whitworth College basketball history is also, arguably, its most unlikely success story. Bryan Depew can't jump high, can't run fast, can't lift much. He's probably a little too small, a little t
  • Oscar Grouch

    I'm an Oscar cynic. I'm one of those people who is disgusted by the obsessive attention that otherwise ordinary people pay to celebrities. I look at most of the movies regularly rewarded with those gold statuettes and see commerce masque
  • The Great Divider

    Earlier this month, Tim Russert asked George W. Bush, "Why do you think you are perceived as such a divider?" "Gosh," responded the president, "I don't know, because I'm working hard to unite the country. I must tell you it's tough here
  • Snug As A Buggy

    While watching an old-fashioned yarn like Seven Keys to Baldpate, we ought to feel all snug and cozy: Nothing much is going to be asked of us, and we can just settle in and follow the plot twists of a story that makes few demands. The vi
  • Recently Reviewed

    Northern Lights -- The Northern Lights brewpub's d & eacute;cor is spacious, inviting and enhanced by low lighting, rich greens and burgundies and recycled bowling alley butcher-block tables. The menu offers traditional pub grub with a sophistica
  • Game Review

    Now that The Return of the King is out in theaters, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is complete. For millions of Tolkien fans worldwide, the reality is just now setting in: There will be no fourth installment. Peter Jackson is not fil
  • Opening Films

    Broken Lizard's Club Dread -- If you liked Super Troopers, you'll like Club Dread. It's from the same sketch comedy troupe, Broken Lizard, and it's set in a Costa Rican swingers club, which means ample opportunity for sightings of naught
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Still Kickable -- Remember when Richard Nixon gave his famous "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" press conference after losing to Kennedy in 1960? That's probably the kind of speech former City Councilman Steve Corker wou
  • Rhymes With Glossy

    He called it "the amoeba": a sensual, writhing mass of angled limbs, white gloves and tilted bowler hats -- first coalescing in a dance-orgy, then breaking up into twos and threes. The dancers pinched in their elbows and snapped their fing
  • Mystery Ship

    In my post as The Inlander's intrepid dinner restaurant reviewer, I was a bit surprised to hear of a "new" restaurant that actually has been around for more than 25 years. That is the case with the S. S. Beryl. The North Side restaura
  • Buzz Bin

    Profiles in Filing -- There's something inherently funny about bad clip art, especially the kind of clip art you remember using in your high school journalism class. But when paired with snarky, profanity-laced dialogue and an unfolding
  • Now Playing

    50 First Dates -- Remember Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray's insufferably smug TV reporter is doomed to repeat the same day over and over until he gets Andie MacDowell to fall for his unpleasant self? 50 First Dates is a variation on th
  • Letters to the Editor

    Film History Lesson -- I have a bone to pick with Marty Demarest's review of The Triplets of Belleville (2/19/04). While the review was predominantly positive (of which I approve -- the movie is a great one), I have to wonder about his
  • Real Deal

    It takes a lot of energy to be a consumer in post-millennial America. I have to sort out what I need amid competing solicitations to my wants and desires and meet my needs without breaking the bank. Beyond those basics, however, I have t
  • The Gospel According To Mel

    In Mel Gibson's brutal, explicit 125-minute succession of graven images, The Passion of the Christ, what you will witness, if you choose to attend, is a movie more violent than most of those condemned as part of what certain groups refer to t
  • Business Guide - Lloyd Industries

    John Crow believes in "servant leadership," an alternative to the typically hierarchical style of management that has dominated American business for so long. Coined by Robert Greenleaf, the term refers to leaders who use teamwork and pe
  • Looking For Bush

    Two members of the Air National Guard unit that President George W. Bush allegedly served with as a young Guard flyer in 1972 had been told to expect him late in that year -- and they were on the lookout for him. He never showed, however;
  • CD Review

    The incomparable visionary behind the film Buffalo 66 and experimental pieces like "If You Feel Froggy Jump" rises again from seeming obscurity with his greatest work to date. Vincent Gallo is anything but conventional, and to accompany h
  • Business Guide - Next IT

    Say you're planning a trip to Canada but aren't quite sure where you want to go. You log on to the travel agency's Web site and tell the computer that you'd like to go to Calgary, or perhaps Ottawa. The computer then asks you what you'd l
  • Business Guide - Hearthbread Bakehouse

    At the HearthBread BakeHouse production facility in northeast Spokane, you know where you are by the aroma. At the hand production table, where the company's rustic breads come to life, the faintly vinegary scent of sourdough starter set
  • In Brief

    Picketing a Ticket -- SPOKANE -- Not everyone can march up to the mayor's office after they've been issued a ticket and demand justice. But that's what Mike Rowles did after receiving a $200 ticket for soliciting sales of The Rising Times,
  • Business Guide - Matrical

    Kevin Oldenburg had a problem. While working at the chemical giant DuPont, he needed an automated system to handle and store, say, two million compounds at a time. This is not an uncommon situation in the medical field, where researchers
  • On The Scene

    Swanky doesn't even begin to describe it: Valentine's Day at downtown's famed Davenport Hotel, in the Peacock Room. The lavish restaurant sparkled like a gem and swayed to the soothing sounds of Sammy Eubanks. I don't know which was more
  • Final Stretch

    It doesn't even smell like horses anymore. The barns are empty, and the half-doors to the stalls are left randomly open or closed, swinging on hinges nobody will ever grease again. On the backside -- in the room where the jockeys used to w
  • Business Guide - Manufacturing Jobs

    Everyone is talking about job creation. President George W. Bush is releasing statistics to show how many jobs his policies will create -- although nobody can quite agree on what that number is, exactly. Meanwhile, his Democratic opponents
  • Fire and Brimstone

    The Blind Boys of Alabama sound like history. Their raspy voices, their pure, deep harmonies and their lyrics of sin and salvation conjure up the indignities of segregation, the searing hope of the Civil Rights movement a
  • Business Guide - Sterling Savings Bank

    When Harold Gilkey and Bill Suppee got together to start Sterling Savings and Loan back in 1983, they got off to a fast start. They set up office at 120 N. Wall St. -- not far from where Sterling's new downtown headquarters is located toda

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