• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 31 - Apr 6, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 24

News & Comment

  • Letters to the Editor

    Not Happy With Media -- Recently, a local network asked, "What makes you mad?" My answer: The media! Why? 1) Media was complicit in an illegal war that killed and maimed thousands of individuals with the United States additionally im
  • Opening Films

    Beauty Shop -- They're beauticians, not magicians. Still, Queen Latifah and her sassy crew aren't beyond working a few hair-related and/or interpersonal miracles in this Barber Shop spinoff. The Queen reprises her role as the sassy, boot
  • Diary of a Political Stalker

    Eastern Washingtonians have always griped about how law-makers in Olympia care only about the West Side, leaving East Siders to fend for themselves. But there seems to have been precious little mention of the fact that, seemingly overnight,
  • Now Playing

    The Aviator -- Scorsese, DiCaprio, Hughes -- as in Howard -- are director, star and subject of this splendid look at three busy decades in the life of the industrialist, filmmaker and airplane nut. The script gives plenty of leeway for DiC
  • DVD Review

    Halfway through the first of the 11 vignettes that compose Coffee and Cigarettes, I found myself with the slightest twinge of a coffee craving. And I hate coffee. In the segment, called "Weird To Meet You," deadpan comic Steven Wright sits a
  • Buzz Bin

    Relief Effort -- While it's been more than three months since a monster tsunami ravaged the Indian Ocean beaches of Sri Lanki, South India, Sumatra, Indonesia and Thailand (among others), the need for international assistance is just as
  • Book Review

    by Sherill Tippens by Michael Bowen In September 1940, George Davis, the eccentric fiction editor of Harper's Bazaar, suggested to Carson McCullers -- just 22 and fresh off her success with The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter -- that they turn a dil
  • Recently Reviewed

    Rocky Rococo -- Rocky Rococo has been serving Spokane's pizza needs for 18 years, and here's why: The location and atmosphere are great, the pies are uniquely tasty deep-dish numbers, the staff is cheerful and the salad bar is probably t
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    "Administrative Proceedings" -- A bill introduced last month by Idaho Sen. Larry Craig would ban "administrative proceedings" against gun manufacturers or sellers. That's the name of the method used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
  • Take Two

    I wish Sandra Bullock had learned her lesson about Hollywood sequels after Speed 2. Instead, we find her (painfully) working for laughs during the uninspired sequel to Miss Congeniality, which, to be sure, wasn't good enough or big enough
  • In Brief

    Boomsday -- SPOKANE -- Tough news for couch potatoes (and local music critics) who wish that Bloomsday and its athletic ilk would quit bothering them. According to a statement released by race boosters, the annual 12K suicide march is a cash
  • At War With Wal-Mart

    It's an unusually warm day for March in the Inland Northwest, but that's not the reason for the crowds. People teem around me --mothers with strollers, teenage couples, elderly people carrying cloth shopping bags. I'm standing outside the s
  • Sound Advice

    Spike on the Move -- Well, it's final. The Spike coffeehouse (also juice bar, Internet caf & eacute; and all-ages live music venue) is moving operations in April from current digs in the Railside Center to a sparkling new home in the Havermale Par
  • CD Reviews

    Andrew Bird ...And the Mysterious Production of Eggs FOUR STARS Schizophrenic indie pop? Postmodern singer-songwriter? I'm struggling to find a label that encompasses Andrew Bird's fifth's album (his second solo release si

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