• Issue Archive for
  • Jul 15-21, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 40

News & Comment

  • Top Ten Backpacking Foods

    One of the biggest challenges of going backpacking is knowing what food to bring. The first time I went backpacking, those expensive bags of dehydrated meals you buy at your local outdoor supply store seemed like the obvious solution. We
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Leave 'em Be -- Summer means warmer weather, longer days and a whole new generation of wildlife. But apparently, hikers are taking the well-being of little Bambi into their own hands. Animal clinics throughout the region have reported re
  • Beyond Chicken Fried Steak

    From the ruckus it caused after being taken off of the new menu at John Michael's, formerly Solicitor's Corner, you would have thought the chicken fried steak was the best one this side of the Mississippi River. In fact, it was just a froz
  • Camping Must-Haves

    I was at Sullivan Lake with some friends eight or nine years ago when my friend Kristen pulled out a big bottle of what looked like liquid dish soap and announced "I'm going to go brush my teeth." Fascinated, I asked to look at the bottle w
  • Instant Camping

    Say you got a late start on your weekend camping trip, it's 9 pm and you've been on the road (half of it gravel) for three hours. Are you in the mood to wrestle your tent into a halfway standing position while simultaneously trying to pop y
  • Letters to the Editor

    More Moore -- Regarding the review "Love of Country" and interview "Moore to the Story," (6/24/04) about Michael Moore and his new film Fahrenheit 9/11, I hope to eventually see his movie. What I saw of the trailers looked to be partic
  • Take Two

    Ah, to be a news anchor. To have legions of citizens who regularly depend on you for every fact that enters and exits their minds. To have potent, charismatic control over a voice that, as the announcer in Anchorman puts it, "can make a
  • Buzz Bin

    A Night With Chuck -- Hooo boy, was Auntie's the place to be last Thursday night for Chuck Palahniuk's reading. With the biggest crowd they've ever had for an event (and that's including homeboy Sherman Alexie), the reading attracted mor
  • Favorite Campspots

    For some kids, it was the golden arches. For me, the most magical sign in the world was a big oblong, brown-and-cream Forest Service sign. It doesn't matter which forest -- I loved those things; still do. Most of them seem to date back to th
  • A Walk in the Woods

    & & & lt;i & "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." -- Henry Dav
  • Opening Films

    A Cinderella Story -- This war-horse fairytale gets dragged out one time too many so Hillary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) can pout around as a San Fernando Valley high school student, persecuted by her cruel step-mom Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge of
  • Book Review

    Novels about famous people rarely work. More often than not, a contemporary author takes the life of a deceased-but-once-living figure, embellishes the historical record to suit their agenda, and in the process commits the hyena/biograph
  • Escape to the Rugged Side

    As suburban as Spokane is, there are plenty of rugged surroundings that provide the perfect terrain for an SUV. If bumpy back roads and desolate dirt trails aren't enough for you, just take a spin downtown and brave the potholes -- or the
  • 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
  • Activism Now!

    America has become a battleground. Not since the days of the Vietnam War has our nation been so divided. Today, those divisions run deep along economic, social, political and philosophical lines. And people are choosing sides. Whether you
  • Driving Mick Fleetwood

    Mick Fleetwood is sitting in the passenger's seat. Behind me are Fleetwood's twin 2-year-old daughters, Ruby and Tessa. They are accompanied by Fleetwood's third wife, Lynn. Rosa is the nanny, and Phil is Fleetwood's personal assistant.
  • DVD Review

    It's not an exaggeration to say that I have watched certain Kids in the Hall sketches so many times that they run in a continuous and effortlessly memorized loop in my head. This five-man troupe from Canada (Calgary and Toronto, to be speci
  • A Walk in the Woods

    "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." -- Henry David Thorea
  • Drive In, Drive Out

    A friend once presented a compelling argument against the concept of camping, and it went something like this: Humans have endured at least 100,000 years of tortuous social and technological evolution, filled with all manner of physical h
  • Double Dare

    Child's Play might not be the best name for a dark romantic comedy. Unless it's Chucky you love. French writer-director Yann Samuell's lush and mean Love Me If You Dare was changed for American release from Jeux des Enfants, or Child's Play,
  • The Stories He Could Tell

    Now that former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay has been indicted for his role in the company's downfall, the question that needs to be asked is: Will he turn against the Bushes? Lay recently told the New York Times that it was a "tougher dec
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Beachouse -- Located just a mile or two from downtown Coeur d'Alene, the Beachouse makes the most of its faux nautical d & eacute;cor. The menu consists of basic pub fare, glammed up for an upscale crowd. There's a Cashew Chicken Salad ($8),
  • Dream Weaver

    Artist Rick Bartow's new show, currently on display at the MAC, begins with a small, haunting surprise. The moment viewers veer into gallery, immediately after they almost unconsciously pass the first painting and approach the second, th
  • Homeless Lessons

    The homeless protesters who squatted on public land for 10 days early this month were victimized by bad timing. When summer finally comes to our fair city, most of us head off to "the lake." The wealthy go to Hayden; the rest head out to
  • In Brief

    Litter Bugs -- SPOKANE -- Highway drivers throughout Washington state are litterbugs, according to the Department of Ecology. The amount of trash that's being collected by youth crews who clean up litter along the highways of Washington sta
  • Homeless Mess

    "Christ said, 'The poor will always be with you,'" says Mike Cain, program coordinator for the House of Charity as he considers the plight of the homeless in Spokane. "When people come through here on a tour, they ask, 'Where do all the p
  • CD Review

    I love creepy album titles (i.e. Iron and Wine's The Creek Drank the Cradle). What's even more fun is if they have the sense of being some kind of inside joke. Wilco's new aptly named album A Ghost is Born (Nonesuch Records) fulfills both s

Music & Film

  • High on Hiatt

    You my have never heard of John Hiatt, but maybe you've heard of Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Paula Abdul and Iggy Pop. All of these artists have heard of John Hiatt and heard enough of him to cover his songs. He
  • Catfight!

    This war-horse fairytale gets dragged out one time too many so Hillary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) can pout around as a San Fernando Valley high school student, persecuted by her cruel step-mom Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge of American Pie) and jealo

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