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  • Dec 16-22, 2004
  • Vol. 12, No. 9

News & Comment

  • A Choirboy's Christmas

    Despite the title, this isn't Eckart's first Christmas. It isn't even Eckart Preu's first holiday concert in the States, since he led such programs when he was associate conductor of the Richmond (Va.) Symphony. To revisit Eckart's first
  • DVD Review

    In the poster for Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace, a Catholic communicant kneels to receive the Host -- except that the body and blood she'll be risking is her own: She's about to swallow a thumb-sized pellet filled with heroin.
  • Identity Crisis

    Last weekend in Florida, at a meeting of state party chairmen, a lineup of potential candidates made their cases for why they should be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. I don't have a candidate. But I do have
  • Dora's Demise

    When my daughter turned 2, among the gifts she received were a doll and a fire truck. It was the bright red plastic emergency vehicle that captured her attention for days on end, while the doll, for the most part, languished atop a p
  • The Lame Escape

    This remake of Robert Aldrich's revered 1965 classic would be 15 percent better if not for its abysmal use of pop music, and 100 percent better if Aldrich's son William had never thought to ride on his father's coattails by producing it in
  • This Is The End

    & & by Ted S. McGregor Jr & & & lt;i & Steve Corker - Former Spokane City Councilman - & lt;/i & "I'm personally disappointed that Betsy Cowles is not in the council chambers this morning, making her case before you, and the taxpayers and the citizens of Spokane. I'm s
  • Rollin' on Dubs

    While there are not many redeeming qualities to gangsta rap music and the persona that is often associated with it, it is undeniable that the genre has spawned many fads and noteworthy trends. I mean, who can forget pulling one of your pa
  • The Boise Mystique

    I've just spent three days and two nights in Boise trying to figure out why there's so much more buzz about Idaho's capital city than there is about Spokane. Boise has become a favorite hotspot for the California elite and retiree c
  • Books

    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka The Three Pigs by David Wiesner You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs - porkers, houses, a huff and a puff and one Big Bad Wolf - but that's j
  • Opening Films

    Finding Neverland -- A dramatic, yet kind of whimsical look at how J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) was inspired to write the play Peter Pan -- by meeting a widow (Kate Winslet) with four young boys who definitely could use a father figure. But
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Rossi Boxed In? -- Remember when Republican Dino Rossi was declared the winner of the first count in the governor's race? After Gregoire called for a recount, Rossi called her "sad and desperate" for fighting on. At the time, it seemed l
  • Music

    Nirvana With the Lights Out One thing about Nirvana is clear: the band defined an era in rock. And they did it without selling out their principles and without selling short the fans who had been there with them from the beginning. Fortu
  • Book Review

    By Joy Passanante by Tod Marshall I realize this might not resonate with many of you, but I could dwell in the pages of an encyclopedia for hours, immersed in information, fact, story and description. Becoming absorbed in the texts of t
  • Now Playing

    Alexander -- You know from an early scene of tiresome exposition by Anthony Hopkins that Oliver Stone's three-hour sword-and-sandal epic is doomed when a giant scar across the right side Hopkins' forehead mysteriously moves to the left s
  • News Hole

    Mary Verner's is the newest face on the 2004 Spokane City Council. At 12:13 on Saturday afternoon, she was eloquent. She was also visibly angry. "I don't personally know Betsy Cowles or any of the developers' agents," she began. "I do know
  • Movies

    Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition Don't make fun - Julie Andrews was luminous in this 1964 Disney hit and no doubt inspired more than a few hospital emergency room visits with the whole umbrella routine. This really lovely little spe
  • American Idol

    Dolly Parton is the unlikeliest of icons. Sure, she's a bona fide star -- what with her big platinum wigs, her "Hi, sugar" demeanor and that famously improbable figure. Say her name and chances are the first thing people think of isn't the s
  • Full House

    It's a bad title, it has a misleading poster, and a preview trailer that seems to be about some other movie. But this dramatic comedy about culture shock, marriage difficulties, mother-daughter relationships, nouvelle cuisine, and New Age hoo
  • Idaho's Arts Capital

    I think I was about halfway through my Ginger Tofu wrap, and about three-quarters of the way through a pint of carrot/beet/celery/spinach juice when a woman in her late 80s sat down at the table next to me. She folded a small bar napkin ov
  • Letters to the Editor

    New Districts Everywhere Although I haven't problem one with Spokane's proposed "Gay District," given that this cultural outpost is in dire need of any kind of commercial anchor district, I fail to understand just what, specifically, a
  • Games

    for GameCube Donkey Konga Watch out: This is one highly addictive game. In what must be a first in the gaming world, this comes with a set of bongo drums that you need to play. (You can buy extra sets of bongos and play with up to four p
  • Buzz Bin

    Given a Voice -- We don't want this to sound preachy, but here in the Bin we've been struck lately by how hard the holidays must be for those who struggle just to get by. We know we're not alone: The Union Gospel Mission's "What to Give
  • This Is The End

    Steve Corker Former Spokane City Councilman "I'm personally disappointed that Betsy Cowles is not in the council chambers this morning, making her case before you, and the taxpayers and the citizens of Spokane. I'm sorry that she is
  • Christmas, 1944

    December 16 was bitterly cold; in fact, that December proved to be colder than nearly anyone could remember. It was the kind of day those of us living in the Northwest know should be spent inside, preferably in front of a fire or m
  • The Boise Mystique

    I've just spent three days and two nights in Boise trying to figure out why there's so much more buzz about Idaho's capital city than there is about Spokane. Boise has become a favorite hotspot for the California elite and retiree crowds,
  • Tot Rocks

    It's Year Five for the annual Rock for Tots holiday event at the Met Theater, and you can bet that it won't be the last as long as Vertigo Bliss is still alive and kicking it. Since the first Rock for Tots in 2000, Vertigo Bliss front man
  • Sound Advice

    More Rocking for Tots -- The tots are certainly receiving a lot of rocking this week -- and one heck of a lot of toys as well. In addition to the Rock for Tots benefit show at the Met this Friday night, there will be a similarly philanthro
  • In Brief

    Washington Hearts Women -- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Well, there's good news and bad news for women in the Inland Northwest: Washington is one of the best states in the nation for women to live, ranking fourth behind Vermont, Conne
  • CD Reviews

    Barenaked Ladies Barenaked for the Holidays FIVE STARS Christmas is a lot of things at once: an orgy of consumerism and a sacred time of reflection. This CD covers that range, from silly to serious. Musically, however, it's pure bri

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