• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 22-28, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 28

News & Comment

  • Opening Films

    13 Going on 30 -- Despite resemblances to many, many movies that have come before, this Big-like bite of bubble gum -- directed by Tadpole's Gary Winick -- is the kind of flawed but effervescent romantic comedy that soars on the chemistry
  • The RPS Factor 09/25/03

    Over the next several weeks, our two mayoral finalists must make clear their positions on the River Park Square garage case. Jim West tells us that after the election he will reexamine the city's legal strategy. This amounts to a non
  • Buzz Bin

    Happy Belated Earth Day -- Although today, April 22, is Earth Day proper, a plethora of environmental groups, plus several other activist organizations, celebrated on Saturday in Riverfront Park. Local bands played while families enjoyed
  • Now Playing

    The Alamo -- Forget the Alamo. Only the most devoted of Texas history buffs should bother to be irritated by this slashed-down epic that seems not to have any special reason for hanging around. With Billy Bob Thornton as Davey Crockett,
  • The Politics of Parking 10/09/03

    Back in 2000, candidate John Powers struck a chord with a frustrated electorate: He could untangle the River Park Square mess, he said on the campaign trail, through mediation. It seemed so obvious; why hadn't anybody though
  • Fables of the Reconstruction

    As the situation in Iraq grows ever more tenuous, the Bush administration continues to spin the ominous news with matter-of-fact optimism. According to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Iraqi uprisings in half a dozen cities, accompanied
  • DVD Review

    Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino both draw heavily from their cinephile roots for inspiration in their own films. Spielberg has his 1940s adventure cliffhangers and action serials, while Tarantino routinely indulges his love of more
  • The 'K' Factor 06/06/02

    There's one character in the saga of River Park Square and its troubled parking garage whose public persona stays well below the level most other players have experienced. Everybody knows (more than they probably would like)
  • Fables of the Reconstruction

    & & As the situation in Iraq grows ever more tenuous, the Bush administration continues to spin the ominous news with matter-of-fact optimism. According to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Iraqi uprisings in half a dozen cities, acco
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Takes One to Know One -- "When I was younger, almost all Baptists were strongly committed on a theological basis to the separation of church and state. It was only 25 years ago when there began to be a melding of the Republican Party wit
  • Power-Pulling Puppies

    So you're walking your pooch quietly down the sidewalk, allowing adequate sniffing time at fire hydrants, low bushes and benches. You're thinking to yourself, "Gosh, I'm so lucky I adopted Cuddles from the pound -- he really is a nice dog"
  • Empty Chairs 06/06/02

    Mediation, not litigation! It might as well be a battle cry in the legal fight over the River Park Square parking garage. In recent weeks, more have joined the chorus in calling for all parties to sit down and work something
  • Recently Reviewed

    Metro Caf & eacute; -- The Metro has been serving lunch-hungry downtowners, cafeteria-style, at this location for 19 years. The colorful menu boards change daily and feature sandwiches, casseroles, salads and something called the Daily Fresh Carv
  • Letters to the Editor

    At Our Capacity -- The 400,000 people who depend on the Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer and the Spokane River are engaged in a war -- a war against environmental terrorism. I, for one, am appalled that industrial waste polluters Kaiser Aluminu
  • I See England...

    Jocks love the Three Stooges, stoners love Dazed and Confused, the French love Jerry Lewis: There's no accounting for taste. And then there's farce with a brain -- of which, thankfully, Steve Martin's The Underpants (at Interplayers throug
  • 12 Steps to the Table 06/06/02

    There's one character in the saga of River Park Square and its troubled parking garage whose public persona stays well below the level most other players have experienced. Everybody knows (more than they probably would like)
  • Hallowed Ground

    JoeCo Brazils fills the spot that housed the venerable Travos restaurant for many years, and later the highly popular but short-lived Quinn's. It's in a primo location, across the street from the Davenport and the Met. We stopped by
  • Tale of Two Forests

    Currency -- that green stuff in our wallets that we never seem to have enough of -- is composed of 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton. Surprisingly, there's no paper in it. One might think, therefore, that no trees are harmed in t
  • Game Review

    Just in time for the latest live- action Scooby Doo movie, here's the latest video game bearing the pawprint of everybody's favorite Great Dane. If you were expecting a sequel to the previous Scooby Doo game, Night of 100 Frights,
  • Take Two

    Connie and Carla stars two of our most hilarious screen brides: Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Toni Collette (Muriel's Wedding). Unfortunately, neither of them approaches the altar in this film, since they both spend most of
  • The Two Towers 12/18/03

    I. From a Tiny Spark -- For the past seven years, two towers have loomed large over Spokane. In their shadows, war has been waged -- a political civil war. At Riverside and Monroe sits the Spokesman-Review's Red Towe
  • Close the Jar

    Watching Jar the Floor at the Civic's Studio Theater (through May 8) is like watching several months of bad soap opera crammed into one night. A two-and-three-quarter-hour-long night. Most of the evening consists of hands on hips with th
  • In Brief

    CCX Siting a Done Deal -- SPOKANE -- When the Public Facilities District (PFD) met on Tuesday afternoon to make a decision on property acquisition, it got a bit of a surprise: board member Tom Power stood up and unveiled y
  • Stuck With Each Other

    Permit some further thoughts about the city's new legal strategy in its efforts to bring about a favorable conclusion to the parking garage debacle. Critics of Mayor Jim West's proposal to pay off the bondholders, thus transforming the ci
  • CD Review

    Weird War is indeed very weird. On If You Can't Beat 'Em, Bite 'Em (Drag City), former Make-Up frontman Ian Svenonius shouts, moans, and cries his way through 41 minutes of surrealistic yet strangely touching subversive rock. Along with fe
  • Tale of Two Forests

    Currency -- that green stuff in our wallets that we never seem to have enough of -- is composed of 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton. Surprisingly, there's no paper in it. One might think, therefore, that no trees are harmed in the manu
  • Room at the Inn?

    A name like the Sunset Inn conjures images of rolling hills, blushing skies, stellar views and cowboy tunes. That isn't quite the scenario at Spokane's Sunset Inn, a motel located on Sunset Boulevard roughly halfway between downtown and t
  • Logging's Legacy

    Decades of careless mining practices in the Silver Valley created toxic waste buildup in the sediment along the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, Lake Coeur d'Alene and the Spokane River. Now studies show that excessive clear-cutting
  • Justifying the Cut

    The Bush administration and supporters claim the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA) will protect communities from the wrath of wildfires. But that's hotly contested by environmental groups, who say the legislation is a thinly disguised

Music & Film

  • Back From the Dust

    Nothing much in rock surprises me anymore. Ramones' songs selling Budweiser. Bob Dylan as a Victoria's Secret shill. The Pixies getting back together. Yes, indeed, Hell surely froze over a very long time ago. The differen
  • Cosmopolitan Sweet

    Despite resemblances to many, many movies that have come before, 13 Going On 30 is the kind of flawed but effervescent romantic comedy that soars on the chemistry of its central duo, Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo (who are sublimely dorky t

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