• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 21-27, 2004
  • Vol. 12, No. 1

News & Comment

  • Cheap Thrills

    Why do we go to these movies? Why do we like to sit in big, dark, crowded rooms and wait, wait, wait for something behind the door to come and scare the bejeebers out of us? Maybe it's just fun to shout out loud en masse or, for the guys in t
  • Falling for Spokane

    Nothing is so firmly impressed on the mind of the visitor to Spokane... as the great gorge into which the river falls near the center of the city." That's what the Olmsted Brothers said when they came to Spokane in the early 1900s. In a report
  • The Creep Factor

    Vampires make me giggle. I mean, it's so silly, this business of the carnival freak in the black cape: "I am Count Dracula," he pronounces, "and you are helpless before me. By biting into your neck, we are engaging in symbolic sex, and ye
  • Urban Oasis

    Crickets Deli is really quite a prize. It's been around for years and still gets it right. With dozens of sure-fire tastes on a menu that covers more than one base, it offers downtown business types unflagging support in the endless war a
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Half-Baked? -- Republicans across Washington state cringed when they opened their voters' pamphlets to find that their candidate for state auditor was ... Will Baker? The self-styled activist and roadside flower vendor, jailed more than a
  • Private Holdings

    From the moment I first heard about the MAC's private collection - thousands of pieces not currently on display - I've had this near unbearable itch to sneak over there and dig around in the basement. Or attic. Or deep climate-controlled ch
  • Recently Reviewed

    Lenny's -- Lenny's is not fancy -- in fact, in a former life it was a drive-in burger joint-- and the tiny dining room makes for tight quarters. Service is brisk, the menu is vast and dinner entrees include your choice of soup or salad. (
  • Letters to the Editor

    Put It Into Perspective About the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt told Americans: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." That's what John Kerry should say about terrorism. What Kerry should say: "Turn off your TV, turn down
  • Kellogg Mystique

    There are levels of excellence only achieved at certain points in time and by so few individuals that the when they do occur, it's almost as if it was some otherworldly force that willed them into existence: Lance Armstrong winning six To
  • Opening Films

    The Grudge -- A ghost or a curse or some such does bad things to anyone who enters a serene house in Tokyo, where Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has taken a job caring for a dementia-riddled woman. Things go wrong and get worse for our he
  • Endorsements

    John Kerry for President of the United States & & -- The swift boat veterans have turned out to be not very swift at all, but they have been right about one thing: The Vietnam War is a crucial issue in the 2004 race for the White House
  • Buzz Bin

    Easy on the Edge -- While the audience for Symphony on the Edge at the Big Easy on Friday night was varied in terms of age if not of musical temperament -- only a few responded when conductor Eckart Preu asked for a show of hands from fir
  • Now Playing

    Cellular -- Don't answer that phone! This one's kind of like Phone Booth in reverse, as a wrong number turns out to create a race against time to save whoever it is on the other end of that cell phone (Kim Basinger). Starring Chris Evans
  • Book Review

    The title of this book refers to the notion that everyone involved in the Vietnam War -- on all sides -- was motivated by patriotism. That idea might offend some people, as we tend to demonize our enemies, but after you finish Patrio
  • DVD Review

    Director Lars Von Trier seems to slither up on some people the wrong way, so if you've seen his other movies (Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves) and didn't like them, chances are slim that Dogville will do it for you. Indeed, some mov
  • America- The Book Report

    Editor's Note By now, you've all probably heard about America (The Book) by Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writers. It's No. 2 on Amazon.com right now, but we had no idea it was already being adopted as a civics textbook in our local scho
  • CD Reviews

    Interpol Antics FOUR STARS Interpol: too moody for prime time? Maybe. But damn it all to hell, I like moody. So it's a good thing indeed that Antics (Matador), the highly anticipated sophomore effort from this int
  • Back to College

    With less than two weeks remaining in the 2004 campaign, fewer than a dozen states remain of any interest to either candidate. These so-called "battleground" states are receiving exclusive attention only because of the Electoral College.
  • In Brief

    Growing Pains -- SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- You remember what it was like being young: the gangly limbs, the cracking voice. Catching a ride to the mall with your parents and sweating to fit in. Though it sounds banal, the same
  • How Bad Is It?

    For eight years now, Washington state Republicans have had the feeling that every time they get a chance to take over the governor's mansion in Olympia, they trip and fall flat on their faces. Back in 1996, a crowded primary electi
  • Cash for Kids?

    Should Washington citizens pay an extra 1 percent in sales tax to create an education trust fund for public schools? Voters will decide on Nov. 2. The fund, which would raise the state sales tax to 7.5 percent from 6.5 percent, would gener
  • Sound Advice

    Welcome to Sound Advice...your weekly nightlife scene update. Keep your eyes glued to this space for news, gossip and assorted grist for your mills relating to Spokane's many after-dark entertainment options. Have a juicy

Music & Film

  • Boyd's Boyz

    Jim Boyd always looks so stoic and stern in his promotional photos. But let me tell you, that gruff exterior is only there for the benefit of the camera eye.
  • Stranger Than Fiction

    In the past, documentary filmmakers Drury Gunn Carr and Doug Hawes-Davis of Missoula's High Plains Films have concentrated on small subjects like prairie dogs and coyotes. Naturalists and Wal-Mart parking lots were about as grandiose as th

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