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  • Jan 6-12, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 12

News & Comment

  • 21st Century Bulletin Board

    It seems like you can't walk five blocks in New York City without hearing someone say, "Yeah, I met this guy on craigslist last night," or "Have you tried looking on craigslist for a place?"
  • DVD Review

    Napoleon Dynamite is a perfect example of why indie films scored big this year.
  • Buzz Bin

    Hey, there, li'l cowgirls and their fellers, time to rustle up some mighty fine prose for the Sparkling Spur.
  • Where Techies Shop

    Everything seems to have moved to the Internet. You can get your notes for school, concoct a conspiracy — why, even this publication is available on the Web.
  • Book Review

    Throughout the 1970s, as chief economist for an international consulting firm, John Perkins' job was to convince Third World nations to accept enormous loans for building bridges, dams and power grids.
  • Opening Films

    Nicole Kidman plays Anna, a young widow just beginning to get her life back on track after the death of her husband when she crosses paths with a strange 10-year-old boy.
  • Soldier's Heart

    The first time Kristin Peterson's husband hit her, she was asleep in their bed. She awoke that night a split-second after Joshua's fist smashed into her face.
  • Haunted Hotel

    Just before Christmas, Davenport Hotel bellman Michael Peterson felt something while he was helping a guest to his room.
  • Beautiful Dreamer

    To get famous, you have to leave Spokane. But more often than not, you can wind up almost famous, which is where we find Spokane native John Gaetano.
  • Now Playing

    Scorsese, DiCaprio, Hughes — as in Howard — are director, star and subject of this splendid mainstream look at three busy decades in the life of the industrialist, filmmaker and airplane nut.
  • Turning Point

    The destruction caused by the second invasion of Falluja in November was met with quiet outrage by Iraqis.
  • In Brief

    Spokane is licking its wounds after losing firefighters, police, city staffers and numerous community programs to its record $18 million budget shortfall, but citizens of the Lake City may be getting a brand-new library, additional police officers, firefighters and upgrades to fire stations.
  • The Vision Thing

    Are you weary of "economic summits" that serve as little more than an excuse to spend a day with people who see things exactly as you do?
  • CD Reviews

    One of the most pervasive — and most frustrating — double standards in American culture is that male singers are allowed to age with the full support of their audiences, whereas older female artists are often dismissed as matronly.
  • TV or Not TV?

    After residents learned that Comcast, Spokane's only cable company, plans to pass a tax increase imposed by the city onto its own customers, some are saying it's time to call it quits with cable.

Culture & Food

  • Crazy for Gershwin

    Sure, Crazy for You — a 1992 rewrite of a 1930 New York musical — is less concerned with matters of plot and character than with finding excuses to sing a bunch of Gershwin songs.

Music & Film

  • Blues Plate Special

    Just about any fool who knows his way around a guitar can play the blues. I mean, mechanically play the blues.
  • Show & Tell

    Sweaty T-shirts. Mountain Dew. Inspiration. These are the signature smells of teen spirit.
  • Sound Advice

    Man, we were really starting to feel neglected there for a bit — that was until a few loyal readers and fellow music geeks responded to our query: What were your favorite records of 2004?
  • Ringside Seats

    This is a boxing movie. It's rough and it shows people getting beaten to a pulp in brutal fight scenes made all the more compelling by furious camera movements and lightning-fast editing.
  • Bobby's Back

    It's a pity that Bobby Darin is largely forgotten today. In the '60s, when the singer-composer-dancer's star was not just rising but soaring, he was a powerhouse of entertainment.

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