• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 3-9, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 20

News & Comment

  • Book Review

    by Mark N. Grant by Michael Bowen They don't make 'em like they used to, and Mark N. Grant knows why. Actually, they made 'em badly once before, back when musicals were slapdash vaudeville shows. Yet now, as Grant
  • Opening Films

    Be Cool -- The almost decade-late follow-up to Get Shorty is a big disappointment, in that it introduces lots of promising stories -- all within the main plot of Chili Palmer (John Travolta) discovering a new performer -- but the script ne
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Another Treaty To Ignore -- First there was the Kyoto Treaty on fighting global warming: The United States wouldn't join. Then there were the long-established Geneva Conventions governing behavior during wartime: The U.S. found parts of
  • Now Playing

    Are We There Yet? -- Are We There Yet? fulfills every low expectation that its target audience will bring to the cinema. Nick (Ice Cube) plays a 35-year-old case of arrested development who makes the mistake of playing foot servant to Su
  • Letters to the Editor

    A Global Opportunity Three years ago, Spokane and Nishinomiya, Japan, celebrated the 40th anniversary of their Sister City relationship. The value of that relationship is difficult to measure in numbers alone. Above all, it provides a
  • DVD Review

    The first time I saw this movie, it was a on a bootleg DVD a friend brought back from Malaysia. Made from a camcorder that recorded the movie as it played in a theater, the quality was less than stellar. Scenes were cut off, the sound was
  • Drawing the Line

    Tucked away in the National Archives of Washington, D.C., lies a watercolor painting of a late afternoon in Eastern Washington's channeled scablands, captured by an artist nearly 150 years ago.
  • Canned!

    Getting fired stinks, especially when you're a single dad with a mortgage and you used to work for the one horse in a one-horse town. But then a week later the sewer line at my East Central house fell apart and I had to prioritize. Hmmmn.
  • Recently Reviewed

    Northern Lights -- The Northern Lights brewpub's d & eacute;cor is spacious, inviting and enhanced by low lighting, rich greens and burgundies and recycled bowling alley butcher-block tables. The menu offers traditional pub grub with a sophistica
  • Buzz Bin

    Repossession -- Things have been tough for those in the Catholic hierarchy lately: those nagging allegations of clergy abuse, the related bankruptcy claims, an elderly pope in frail health and the precipitous drop in ordinations to repla
  • Breakfast is Back

    I'll never forget the morning, about five years ago, when I pulled into the Lindaman's parking lot intent on grabbing some joe and a blueberry kolachy before heading to work. The empty parking lot should have been a clue but still I tugged
  • Bronze Menagerie

    Spokane sculptor Bill Sanders isn't able to put his heart into his art, these days. It's not that he isn't committed to his work -- it's just that he left his original heart in Salt Lake City in 1996, when he had the transplant operation tha
  • Take Two

    Like Stella a few years ago, this new movie tells the story of how yet another black woman, Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise), jumps back in the game and gets her groove back. The characters' journeys are somewhat different, as are th
  • In Brief

    Sustainability Scorecard -- SPOKANE -- Environmentalists are hoping to have a "come to Jesus" session with the public on Wednesday, March 9, by holding a Sustainability Fair at City Hall at 7 pm. Sponsored by the Unitarian Un
  • Sound Advice

    Lucid Party -- Spokane-based hard rock unit Lucid will be giving it up live in thick, pounding doses this Saturday night, March 5, at Fat Tuesday's Concert Hall to hail the release of its new CD. Lucid first formed in 2002. While early me
  • CD Reviews

    Erasure Nightbird ***** Erasure is my favorite guilty pleasure. Like fancy-colored cigarettes and Bibicaffe, there's something deliciously affected, European and fizzily celebratory about the British synth-pop duo. Andy B

Music & Film

  • Boys on Film

    Don't blame it on Barbarella, the 1968 psychedelic sci-fi romp starring the then-curvaceous Jane Fonda. While it's true that British school chums Nick Rhodes and John Taylor lifted the name of the band they formed in 1978

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