• Issue Archive for
  • Jul 29 - Aug 4, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 42

News & Comment

  • Sandwich Generation

    Two years ago this August, a friend came over with a bucket of apricots gleaned from an undisclosed tree. Last week, the spicy chutney we made from those apricots propelled a culinary trajectory that culminated in a sandwich. But this sto
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    A Fictional Fahrenheit -- With all the hubbub surrounding Michael Moore's docu-pinion piece, Fahrenheit 9/11, is it possible that a similarly subversive film could slip under the radar? That's what New York Times pop culture columnist Fr
  • Old Guardian

    Old Guard" is often used as a term of derision. It suggests conservatives interested in protecting their privileges. This is such a distortion of the original meaning that one suspects some jealousy is at work. It is true not everyone i
  • Another Big Rise

    Some homeless teens are kicked out for being argumentative. Some have parents with addictions. Some are beaten, raped and berated until they leave. But some kids are on the streets because of the people with whom they want to have sex. I
  • Must Be In the Water

    Speedboat racers are insane. And Hunter S. Thompson knew it. In Hell's Angels, he describes the limit of speed and sanity that guys who are semi-airborne at 200 mph flirt with. He calls it "The Edge," saying that "There is no honest way to ex
  • What's Shakin'?

    You're not going to get high, but you might get healthy. That's the slogan that Fran Summerday and Chris Drahos, co-owners of Legend Foods and the creators of Hempshake, have taken on to market their hemp nut-based product. But there are
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Wine Cellar -- The Wine Cellar has been a mainstay in Coeur d'Alene for years, attracting diners interested in good food, oenophiles eager to explore the vast wine selection and people just wanting to listen to a little live music. T
  • Letters to the Editor

    More Than Money -- Sacagawea, a true American hero, may lose her place on our money. In the next couple of weeks, Congress will vote on H.R. 3916, which would remove Sacagawea's image from the dollar coin. As we celebrate the bicentenn
  • Buzz Bin

    Together, At Last -- Two great tastes that taste great together? No, not peanut butter and chocolate. I'm talking here about the marriage of Gatsby's and Fat Tuesday's. Let us explain. Fat Tuesday's Concert Hall and owner Ken Dupree have
  • Jake's Take- Takin' Off

    So here it is, the last installment of "Jake's Take." In these 900 words, I will present my answer to the question I posed in the first installment back in February: What does Spokane have to offer people in their twenties? It seemed like
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Park Bench -- Not in the mood to pack your own lunch for that afternoon romp in Manito Park? Why not let the friendly staff at the Park Bench do it for you? Its primo setting among the trees provides the perfect atmosphere for a welc
  • Take Two

    During the Discovery Channel-looking beginning of Halle Berry's new movie Catwoman, we learn that catwomen - women who dress like cats and have feline powers - have been with us throughout history. So when Berry's mousy character Patienc
  • Now Playing

    Adrenaline Rush -- Adrenaline Rush follows two young skydivers, offering a look at both the physical sensations and the psychological challenges of risk-taking. At IMAX. Not rated. Anchorman -- Anchorman isn't so much a satire of TV ne
  • Focus on the Local

    Worrisome indeed is the Spokesman-Review's most recent reduction-in-force, another significant cut in senior and experienced newsroom staff. I'm one who believes that our community should benefit from having a locally owned daily newspape
  • Beyond Nine Lives

    When the lights dimmed and fog filled the stage, a dozen human-sized felines scampered into the theater and leapt onstage, ducking quickly into hidey-holes in a cat-scaled junkyard. The lights flashed, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's familiar
  • Game Review

    Mario, Mario. Who would have guessed that an unassuming, two-dimensional video game character would become one of the world's most enduring cultural icons? When Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto invented Mario, he was supposed to
  • Opening Films

    Alien vs. Predator -- Hollywood has been trying to get these two badasses together for years, and the idea sounds fantastic. The two vicious, human-hunting alien species have already butted heads in comic books and video games, so there
  • Opening Films

    Before Sunset -- A sequel to 1995's Before Sunrise (written with co-stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) has, among its many modest yet grand virtues, that flabbergastingly rare thing -- a generous and (I'll dare to say it) perfect ending.
  • DVD Review

    I was never an X-Files fan, so when series creator Chris Carter came out with a new show, Millennium, I watched with guarded interest. Within a few episodes, I was hooked on this dark and brooding examination of our society. Lance Hen
  • Cross Examination

    & & Shaun Cross has a hard time letting things go. When his wife of 28 years, Kathy, decided finally to pitch a pair of old shoes, Shaun brought them back into the house. His housekeeper of 17 years, Rae Holland, confirms that Cross "ha
  • Feed Me!

    The scene is set early for the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater's production of Little Shop of Horrors. Even before the curtain opens, we see derelict storefronts on either side of the stage and a couple of dented trash cans - clearly the ac
  • Wrangling With Rodeos

    The rodeo season is upon us, and the sport is alive and kicking (literally) in the Inland Northwest. In Cheney, Omak, Lewiston, Worley and elsewhere, you can see ropers, riders, queens and clowns flinging limbs and eating dust in matches
  • Oedipus Next

    First came the great Richard Condon novel, next came the excellent John Frankenheimer film. Four stars to both of them. So what could have been going on in the addled Hollywood minds that thought they could do something even better in a remak
  • Old Dog, New Tricks

    When you buy a Honda, you know exactly what you're getting. It's no secret that you are paying for piece of mind, a finely crafted automobile and the longevity that is synonymous with the name, Honda. But in today's fast-paced world -- and
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Help Is On the Way -- Out -- Doctors Without Borders is leaving Afghanistan. That's mostly because in June, the Taliban murdered five DWB workers, but also because the military has attempted to co-opt DWB efforts, which puts relief worker
  • Kicked to the Curb

    You may remember the devil of 1991. It was a painting by a young homeless artist under the Washington Street train bridge, created as a part of a mural project sponsored by Crosswalk, the downtown center for homeless teenagers. Its mouth g
  • Cool to the Extreme

    The best hint that Extreme Customs in Otis Orchards isn't just any normal-looking local business? The flames painted on the front door. Once inside, you discover that you have just been inducted into an exclusive club, one where steel and
  • Tonight's the Night

    Why would Rod Stewart - the rooster-haired bad boy of cheesy '70s excess and urban legend -- record not one but two albums of easy listening-type standards? Is it a calculated attempt to reinvent the singer's image and tap into the vast Nor
  • Now Playing

    Adrenaline Rush -- Adrenaline Rush follows two young skydivers, offering a look at both the physical sensations and the psychological challenges of risk-taking. At IMAX. Not rated. Anchorman -- Anchorman isn't so much a satire of TV ne
  • Book Review

    Pavement, the most influential and original indie-rock band to come out of the '90s underground, has finally been immortalized in an authorized group biography. Pavement released seven full-length recordings along with multiple EPs and sin
  • Letters to the Editor

    Innocent Mistakes -- It just can't be true! In preparation for testifying before the 9/11 Commission, Sandy Berger, former National Security Adviser and currently a consultant to John Kerry's campaign for president, stealthily removed
  • Buzz Bin

    Heart of the Arts -- Forgive us for sounding like a great big press release, but please, listen to the following: This weekend, Coeur d'Alene is the culture vulture's place to be as three different cultural events take over the city, not
  • Rodeo Reference Guide

    Visit with a rodeo buff and you might find yourself stumped by their specialized words and phrases. Rodeo's jargon is most conspicuous in bull riding. Here's a key to some of that language: Back door: A desperation move a rider makes t
  • DVD Review

    I finally discovered what television is good for: Die Mommie Die! which was produced by the Sundance Channel, a cable channel that runs independent movies. For some reason, they had the good sense to fund the work of Charles Busch, a dra
  • Love Child

    There's Laura Love, the singer -- famous in regional music circles for her flying dreadlocks, her booty-gyrating Afro-Celtic rhythms, and her outspoken views on everything from the current administration to the evils of Wal-Mart. This Laura
  • Keepin' the Peace

    Since he arrived on the national scene with his album Who's Been Talkin' in 1980, Robert Cray's name has been practically synonymous with writing perceptive and mature songs about relationships - with a notable theme bei
  • Money Over Country

    Am I the only person who has been reduced to a fog of flabbergast by Tom Ridge's announcement that he is thinking about stepping down just after the November elections so he can make more money? Are we at war? I thought we were. Preside
  • CD Review

    Y'all know the legendary Roots crew, or at least you should after their seventh album, The Tipping Point, in which the Roots display smooth, educated rhymes and solid, unique beats that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Philly
  • Sidebar- A Victim's Stor#115259

    Victims like Mike Shea have told the Diocesan Sexual Abuse Committee, based at St. Al's, that they felt revictimized by the church when they came forward with their stories of abuse. After watching "all hell break loose" in Boston when Car
  • Reaching Out or Pulling Back?

    Don Weber had no idea what he was getting himself into when he said yes to a request made by Diocese of Spokane Bishop William Skylstad nearly a year and half ago. In February 2003, General Vicar Steve Dublinski called Weber on behalf of S
  • Cross on the Issues

    Health Care -- Cross has been endorsed by a variety of leaders in Eastern Washington's health care sector, including Skip Davis (CEO of Sacred Heart) and Dr. Kevin Sweeny (CEO of Rockwood Clinic), particularly because of his stance
  • Prepping for Surgery

    Recently, Mayor Jim West announced that the city of Spokane is facing a 2004 budget shortfall of about $6 million. Instead of dipping into the city's already dismal reserve funds, or asking the citizens to fork over more in taxes, he decid
  • Inland NW Crossroads- Kettle Falls

    North of Spokane along Highway 395, the city's suburban sprawl peters out somewhere near Deer Park and the road opens to rolling fields and tree-covered hills. Near the aptly named village of Valley, the highway enters the Colville River
  • In Brief

    Continuing the Fight -- SANDPOINT, Idaho -- It's been an uphill battle, but the Rock Creek Alliance isn't about to give up in its fight to stop Revett Silver from building the proposed Rock Creek Mine. The proposed site
  • In Brief

    One Million Down... -- COUER D'ALENE -- North Idaho College and the NIC Foundation announced they have raised more than $1 million towards equipping a new Health and Sciences building and providing scholarships for stud
  • CD Review

    Now the Young Lions are playing with the Lion King. Terence Blanchard and Christian McBride may have been among the neotraditionalists who followed in Wynton Marsalis' straight-ahead wake, but they're with the real McCoy now. McCoy Tyner

Music & Film

  • The Science of Art

    Not everyone thinks that shrunken heads are funny. And who knew if David Byrne, the famous face and voice behind the Talking Heads, was trying to get people to laugh when he decided to wear an enormous vers
  • Royal Mess

    Vaudeville is dead, but nobody bothered to tell Garry Marshall. Turning 70 in a couple of months, the veteran hack seems the most unlikely director of movies about young women, such as Runaway Bride (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001) and thi

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