• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 17-23, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 36

News & Comment

  • DVD Review

    Most movie studios reserve the multi-disc, collector's edition, hand-signed-in-a-special-carrying-case DVD treatment for science-fiction/fantasy extravaganzas and cult favorites. The extra time and room available on the DVD format make a
  • Little Altars Everywhere

    For everyone who grew up in a house that had one of those praying Jesus pictures, or maybe a framed copy of that "Footprints" poem, there's something almost embarrassing about religious art for the home. But it hasn't always been that way,
  • Buzz Bin

    New Directions -- Having already hired Nike Imoru to handle the artistic decisions, Spokane Interplayers Ensemble has also named a new executive director to manage fund-raising and financial decision-making. It's someone who has plenty o
  • The Voice of the Indians

    It is entirely possible that Bob Robertson, 75 years young, has spoken more words into a microphone than anyone in television and radio history. What makes that accomplishment all the more remarkable, Robertson says, is that he even did
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Bite Me Caf & eacute; -- The diverse and value-packed menu here has a noticeable south-of-the-border influence with breakfasts (served all day), burgers, sandwiches, fish and chicken baskets, burritos, tacos, sides and appetizers. The breakfa
  • All Silly Except Milly

    The movie came out 50 years ago. The musical isn't nearly that up to date. MGM premiered Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, its big-screen musical extravaganza with all the dancing lumberjacks, back in 1954. Then came some unfortunate bra-b
  • Peak Experiences

    Quick, what's the highest mountain in Eastern Washington? If you didn't know that Gypsy Peak (7,309 feet) in the northeast corner of the state was the highest point east of the Columbia River, don't feel bad. You're not alone. Most people do
  • Java on the Go

    Potato chips taste great dipped in ketchup. Pretzels are better when slathered with milk chocolate. A shot of tequila should always be mixed with a shot of Kahlua, according to one Inlander writer. They all seem like terrible ideas at firs
  • In Ron We Trust

    The media's weeklong coverage of the death of President Reagan has produced some of the most rapturous remembrances in modern times. Given Reagan's long illness, few expected the gloss to be pierced by examinations of his past as an FBI i
  • One Act Wonders

    In its 21st year, the two-evening Playwrights Forum Festival of new one-act plays is, as usual, a mixed bag. Over two evenings at the Spokane Civic's Studio Theater, you can catch some overly broad satire, some one-note plays and at least
  • Take Two

    My favorite moment in The Chronicles of Riddick is when Judi Dench first appears. Up until then, the film has almost everything a decent, epic-sized science fiction movie requires. There's a heroic central character: Riddick, played by V
  • PFD Ponderings

    Right up until the end, I thought it was a ruse. I thought the Public Facilities District was pretending to be interested in the so-called East Site to make the owner of the South Site nervous, as a used-car shopper might leave the conv
  • Love is...An Old Truck

    We've all seen them -- the old pickup driven by the guy who seems to be as old as the pickup, or older. The paint's oxidized, one of the mirrors is knocked off and some random bumper sticker like "My other car is a bass boat." They're all
  • Opening Films

    Around the World in 80 Days -- Based ever so loosely on the classic 1872 novel by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days finds none other than Jackie Chan in the role of Passepartout, a thief and martial arts expert (big surprise) who
  • Letters to the Editor

    More Trees Please -- I recently met with a growing number of concerned citizens led by Carrie Anderson, who is director of the Urban Forest Council and SaveOurPines.org. I became involved because of my interest in saving a vacant, tree
  • Ka-Pow!

    Even before I entered the Spokane County Fair & amp; Expo Center, mine eyes beheld the glory of people coming and going with firearms -- rifles, shotguns, what-have-you -- slung over their shoulders, tucked under their arms and otherwise festoon
  • Now Playing

    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
  • Game Review

    Unlike Sony or Microsoft, Nintendo has been with the video game industry since it started. It's true that games have changed drastically since then, but even the most "ground-breaking" gameplay on the Playstation 2 and Xbox still owes a
  • Hollywood East

    During the weeks before Ronald Reagan's inauguration, the Washington, D.C., establishment was drowning in a sea of depression. Not only had Jimmy Carter lost, but worse yet, his failure had cost the Democrats the Senate. The far-right GOP
  • The New Kid on the Block

    Perhaps the best chance for replacing a surface-level parking lot on Spokane Falls Boulevard is just across from the Opera House. When the Spokane Public Facilities District chose the east site over the south site for the conventio
  • Lots and Lots of Parking Lots

    Usually you have to drive out of town a while to get to the wide-open spaces, but not so in downtown Spokane. If you wander down to Spokane Falls Boulevard, you'll find nearly three city blocks sitting empty. Yes, just across the st
  • In Brief

    Public Planning -- SPOKANE -- The City of Spokane is hosting the second University District Design Charrette this Saturday, June 19, from 9 am to 3 pm on the Gonzaga University campus. Attendees will be able to analyze current maps of the

Music & Film

  • Sunny Side Up

    Recording artists usually have their game plan nailed down before they set one foot in a studio. Not so with country star Uncle Kracker (a.k.a. Matt Shafer). "I just go in with no expectations," he says. "It comes out how
  • 'Heroes to Zeroes,' Beta Band

    We've all heard the expression, "less is more," right? It's the idea that things seem more appealing when they are purer and free of complication. Visual art is often easier to understand if it uses only one color family. Music is often lu
  • One-Way Trip

    It was a real treat when Steven Spielberg made Catch Me If You Can. It was the fist time he had done comedy -- or at least a lighthearted film -- since the poorly received, but well worth watching 1941 two decades earlier. Nothing can be taken

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