• Issue Archive for
  • Feb 17-23, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 18

News & Comment

  • DVD Review

    The title, vintage (1969), and source (Seattle-based Something Weird Video), should give you a pretty good idea about what goes on in this titillating tale of teenage corruption from the golden age of drive-in sleaze. But here's a quick s
  • Secrecy is Cheap

    When the city of Spokane was fined $22,000 last week for failing to release documents under the Washington State Public Records Act, its attorney, Laurel Siddoway, was thrilled. She told the judge that as far as the city was concerned,
  • Necessary Tension

    Kevin Sampsell -- author, zine/small press guy at Powell's Books in Portland and creator of Future Tense Publishing --has Spokane roots. Sampsell lived in Spokane for a period in the late '80s and early '90s while attending broadcasting scho
  • Russian Comfort Food

    Tofu. That's a "weird food." Tempeh: also a "weird food." Anything with the words soy, vegan or any foreign name that isn't Italian, Mexican or of Asian extraction - those are filed under "weird foods," as well. You know what I'm talking
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    30,000 -- That's the high estimate for how many jobs Washington state could lose by 2009 if President Bush enacts his plan to match Bonneville Power Administration electricity rates to the national market. The job-loss figure was calcula
  • Miners in Mutiny

    A bold hijacking leads to a devastating explosion; federal troops are dispatched to round up suspected terrorists; the troops hold more than 1,000 men in a makeshift prison camp for months without filing charges and deny the prisoners ac
  • Recently Reviewed

    Bonsai Bistro -- The Bonsai Bistro (housed in a renovated concrete building just across the street from the Coeur d'Alene resort) is a fun restaurant with a cool concept and pan-Asian foods that range from mild and comfortable to fiery a
  • Letters to the Editor

    Securing Social Security Social Security has two long-term problems: First of all, due to our steadily increasing life spans, the ratio of payers to recipients will eventually become unworkable. Second, when the system starts redeeming
  • Inland NW Cycle Show

    Now is a good time to shake off the winter doldrums, get out of the house and go look at motorcycles. Coincidentally, the Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show, sponsored by Toyota Trucks, is this weekend, Feb. 18-20, at the Spokane Convention
  • Take Two - Pooh's Heffal#25AC1E

    If you remember Disney's first recreations of A.A. Milne's children's stories back in the 1960s, the very word Heffalump will bring a rush of memories. For you, perhaps, the name Winnie the Pooh may immediately conjure up garishly p
  • Pictures From the Revolution

    They were once the scourge of the art world and the laughingstock of Europe. It's hard to imagine now, when the images of the Impressionists have been plastered onto everything from coffee mugs to calendars. But in the 1860s and '70s, the I
  • Glamorous Fascists

    In the early 20th century, Argentina was a British colony in all but name. It was a grain-for-civilization swap: You sell us your wheat, said the British, and we'll teach you how to play cricket. There was a branch of Harrods in Buenos Ai
  • Opening Films

    Because of Winn-Dixie -- Ten-year-old Opal (Annasophia Robb) is NOT happy to move to sleepy Naomi, Fla., nor is she happy with her constantly traveling preacher father (Jeff Daniels). All she wants is to make some friends and put down a
  • Buzz Bin

    Blind Chance -- Remember being a kid and experimenting with what it must feel like to be blind? For most of us, our experience with blindness is limited to The Miracle Worker or Little House on the Prairie, or maybe closing our eyes and
  • Now Playing

    Alone in the Dark -- Getting over that a place is actually called "Shadow Island" is just one of the many suspensions of disbelief you might need in order to enjoy this thriller. Christian Slater plays an X-Files-ish detective who goes t
  • Book Review

    by Cynthia Kadohata by Sheri Boggs I loved the library I went to as a child. Built in 1906, the Carnegie Library in Moscow was truly the most magical place I knew. The children's section was in the basement, and there, among the soft crinkle of
  • CD Reviews

    The Fred Hersch Ensemble Leaves of Grass FIVE STARS As Fred Hersch points out in his liner notes, since the syncopated rhythms of Walt Whitman's poems led directly to the bebop of the Beat Poets, why not set Leav
  • To the Last Dime

    Four years ago, our teenage son Timothy found himself in possession of some loose change, about $1,500 worth. He decided to become a capitalist. I suppose you could say that he joined "the ownership society." After studying up on the perf
  • The Year That Almost Wasn't

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire. That's a fair description of the past 18 months in the life of Mayor Jim West -- especially when you consider that he views his job as similar to driving a wagon train across the Great Salt De
  • In Brief

    New Meters -- SPOKANE -- No more digging around the bottom of the seat for change. Spokane could be close to replacing its parking meter system. This week, the city of Spokane began testing electronic parking kiosks (the kind
  • Sound Advice

    Time After Time -- We've heard the same song and dance a million times from local bands: "Yeah, dude. We're totally gonna record soon once we save up the money. And if we play some shows. And if we find a drummer..." Excuse

Music & Film

  • Unleash Hellfire

    The last time I saw the local band Burns Like Hellfire perform, I detected something new -- something about the band's performance I'd never noticed before. It wasn't the set list, or singer Brian Young's iridescent blue-
  • To Hell and Back

    In Constantine, Keanu Reeves plays the chain-smoking postmodern exorcist John Constantine, of DC Comics' Hellblazer graphic novels, in an overlong movie that falls between last year's terrible Van Helsing and the far more competent rival H

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