• Issue Archive for
  • Aug 19-25, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 45

News & Comment

  • 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
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Tuned In or Out? -- Should it matter whether the president reads the paper? That's the question many were asking after George W. Bush told Fox News that he did not follow the news. "What's in the newspapers worth worrying about?" he aske
  • Making Her Mark

    To wander into Keiko Hara's new installation at the MAC is to feel as if you've just come across a Tea Room of the subliminal and subconscious. There is the same quiet reverence, the same panels made of wood and paper, but everywhere there
  • Moxie Moves In

    Moxie had its first home in a humble strip mall at Liberty Lake. The tiny restaurant closed (the space is now home to Solstice) when Chef Ian Wingate was hired to take over the brand-new Palm Court at the Davenport Hotel. Wingate left
  • Letters to the Editor

    Sick System -- I am a health care professional here in Spokane, Washington. At present, there is a severe problem with layoffs happening at all or most of the hospitals in our area. This affects not only hospital personnel but everyone
  • Geared for Gals

    Imagine walking into an automobile dealership ready to buy your next new vehicle. You've carefully calculated every angle you're going to work the salesman on, and you've come to terms with dropping between $20,000 and $30,000 (depending
  • Supersize This

    Size matters. Especially when it comes to the five big movies slated to show at this week's IMAX Film Festival. Would a hammerhead shark be as impressive on a dinky little 26-inch TV screen? Would a lava-spouting volcano induce as many oooh
  • Buzz Bin

    Speak Out -- If ever there was a time to mobilize for the arts, that time is now. Proposed budget cuts recently announced by Mayor Jim West in order to address a deficit of $6 million would effectively disable or eliminate such popular a
  • Opening Films

    Benji: Off the Leash -- Although the writer and director of the 1974 original (Joe Camp) is still at the helm, you can bet this Benji is, uh, several generations removed. Whoever's playing him, he's still a cute li'l fella, and this time
  • Book Review

    What would you do if your husband tried to kill you? Call the cops? Offer your exclusive to the National Enquirer? In Carl Hiaasen's south Florida, the answer is that you get sweet revenge. On her second anniversary cruise, Joey Pe
  • 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. Alien vs. Predator -- Hollywood has been trying to get
  • Bard to the Bone

    If your British Lit teacher made you count syllables in lines of iambic pentameter - well, this one's for you. That's because The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), with its self-mocking title, represents the revenge of all
  • The Art of Yard Signs

    Lowered taxes? Balancing the budget? Pulling out of Iraq? What about stem-cell research, gay marriage or health care? Oh, all that rubbish. Sure, those are the issues that are important to any elected official -- but, after all, this is pol
  • DVD Review

    Fresh off his glorious coronation in Return of the King, Viggo Mortensen chose the based-on-actual-events tale of Frank T. Hopkins for his curtain call. Hopkins was a real cowboy who witnessed the massacre at Wounded Knee, traveled
  • Fruits of Labor

    Despite pressing issues such as health care, jobs and the war in Iraq, Cathy McMorris doesn't seem to mind discussing more mundane topics -- like fruit. "Peach trees require more maintenance that apple trees," she explains. "You have to sq
  • Recollections of a Falle#129EDF

    Dan Ellis and I played music in this town at the same time, in the very same clubs, but never in the same band. I didn't even really know him then, except by reputation, as his drumming with the Flies, Bellyful of Lead and others was lege
  • Sidebar- McMorris on the Issues

    HEALTH CARE -- As with most of the key issues in this race, McMorris' views are similar to her fellow Republican candidates'. She supports tort reform and opposes a single-payer health care plan run by the government. But McMorris doesn't
  • Personal Politics

    Last Thursday, my day started at 8 o'clock in the morning speaking together with New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine at a breakfast sponsored by ANGLE -- an organization consisting of the gay and lesbian leadership of Southern California and
  • Political Cage Match

    Gandhi would be worried. These days, putting a liberal and a conservative in the same room would cause any advocate of non-violence to reconsider. Wouldn't they just start throwing things at each other? Introduce into the conversation a t
  • In Brief

    Iron Honey Not So Sweet -- COEUR d'ALENE-- Environmental groups celebrated the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in their favor after a lengthy lawsuit against the Idaho Panhandle National Forest (IPNF). The court found the Forest Ser
  • The Religion Gap

    Three-quarters of Americans think there's nothing wrong with President George W. Bush saying he relies on his religious beliefs to make decisions," says Luis E. Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. "Half wouldn't vo
  • Father Knows Best

    Once upon a time, the nation had a leader who really was a uniter. Despite never using those words himself, he was elected to two terms as president. "Father of Our Country" almost seems too tame a phrase to describe George Washingto
  • The Publishing Wars

    This season, books critical of the Bush administration are all the rage -- and making book publishers a ton of dough. They're clogging the shelves of your local print reseller. And clogging the adjoining shelves are books critical of those
  • Drowning in Polls

    In case you missed it, John Kerry apparently didn't pick up any momentum in the polls after the long infomercial that was the July Democratic Convention. Then again, President Bush wasn't doing so well in July 2003, either, though he start
  • Taking Back Words

    In the land of the sound bite, labels -- both positive and negative -- have become the workhorses of political discourse. Orators in the 19th century could take hours to work up to a key point, but now things are different. Our 24/7 news b

Music & Film

  • Allison Wonderland

    Advice columns and Cosmo are often all a-twitter about how best to break up with one's boyfriend or girlfriend. But Mose Allison (covering early Nat King Cole) had the right idea back in the '50s in "Meet Me in No Specia
  • 'One Plus One is One,' Badly Drawn Boy

    Damon Gough looks like his music sounds. On his third album, the northern Englishman who refers to himself as Badly Drawn Boy starts to play the music that fits with his woolen-clad head, Norseman scruff and unmanageable wardrobe. Dubbed o
  • One-Man Show

    It's not enough to work hard in a show business career, nor be as dedicated as you are talented. Zach Braff has been there, done that, for the past three seasons as J.D., the intern-turned-resident on the hit show Scrubs. A peek at his resum & eacute;

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