• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 16-22, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 35

News & Comment

  • Take Two

    & & The Last House on the Left meets Psycho in this stylistically thrilling but ultimately tedious French import, dubbed and recut for an Americanized R rating. Director Alexandre Aja has recently been tagged to helm the remake of Wes Cr
  • Paying to Play

    & & If you are fortunate enough, there is one spot on Earth you can go to that makes your heart sing. For my wife and me, that place is the Aravaipa Wilderness in southeastern Arizona, where we once spent an idyllic season as wildernes
  • International Man of Scandal

    & & "This isn't just a national story, it's an international story." -- Spokane City Councilman BOB APPLE, June 3, 2005 Washington, D.C. -- The Chief Cartographer of the Department of the Interior said today the agency would redraw
  • Opening Films

    & & Batman Begins -- Visionary director Christopher Nolan (Memento) instills a heightened reality to this telling of the Batman tale -- going back to the boyhood horrors that marred Bruce Wayne, taking in the young adult physical train
  • Letters to the Editor

    Piling On & & Jimmy Durante once said, "Everybody wants to get in on the act." That's what's hot in Spokane concerning the mayor. Let's rush to judgment based on a lurid media account. It's easily uttered, "No one is judging the may
  • Idaho Emancipated

    & & If ever there was an unlikely place for a Juneteenth celebration, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, it's North Idaho, former bastion of the Aryan Nations and home to a whole lot of fair-complected Euro
  • Now Playing

    & & Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D -- Don't be deterred by the kiddie-friendly name. In fact, this new flick is directed by Robert Rodriguez, the man with the plan behind Sin City, the El Mariachi trilogy, From Dusk 'til
  • Murder Behind Bars

    What had begun as a perfectly normal summer morning would end as Chris Rentz's last day of freedom, with an unpaid tank of gas landing him in a cell in the Spokane County Jail. Two months later, he would be found there, face down, l
  • Buzz Bin

    & & Shall We Imagine Dancing? -- When it comes to performing "Tim's Favorite Pat McManus Stories" (June 16-19 at CenterStage), Tim Behrens says that his favorite moments arrive when the audience is using its imagination. When "Pat" an
  • DVD Review

    & & As Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David release season after season of their brilliant sitcom, it begs the question: If you're just going to own one season of Seinfeld, which one should it be? I say the show's best was its third s
  • The Borowitz Report

    by Andy Borowitz Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean apologized today for calling Republicans "pretty much a white, Christian party," saying that he failed to mention that they wer
  • Book Review

    & lt;/i & by Wendy McClure & & by Sheri Boggs & & She had me at "herring." Specifically, a recipe card from the 1970s for something called "Mock Herring Salad" with the comment underneath "Mock Herring Salad all you want but it'll never c
  • X-treme Success

    & & Tony Hawk is, by far, the most marketable name in the weird category of sports our national media has dubbed "extreme." Kelly Slater, Parks Bonifay, Dave Mirra -- none of these big-name surfers, snowboarders and BMX riders approac
  • Paying to Play

    If you are fortunate enough, there is one spot on Earth you can go to that makes your heart sing. For my wife and me, that place is the Aravaipa Wilderness in southeastern Arizona, where we once spent an idyllic season as wilderness range
  • Letting Them Rest

    & & With rain spitting intermittently from a gray sky, the bone lady spent a chilly Sunday on a downtown Spokane street corner more often haunted by beggars or scam artists who are trying to escape the past, not preserve it. At the cor
  • Some Uneven Evening

    & & Musical revues make for good concerts and bad plays. They're more like under-produced Las Vegas floor shows than genuine theater. Songs get wrenched out of context; listeners get whipsawed from romance to comedy to poignant loss. S
  • Letters to the Editor

    Piling On Jimmy Durante once said, "Everybody wants to get in on the act." That's what's hot in Spokane concerning the mayor. Let's rush to judgment based on a lurid media account. It's easily uttered, "No one is judging the mayor's or
  • The Borowitz Report

    by Andy Borowitz & & Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean apologized today for calling Republicans "pretty much a white, Christian party," saying that he failed to mention that t
  • Not Your Mom's Volvo

    & & I have vivid memories of my family's white Volvo station wagon from back in the '80s. We took some very long drives in that car. Then, later in my childhood, my father drove a navy blue Volvo sedan. These cars are now obsolete and
  • CD Reviews

    Ellis Paul & & & lt;i & American Jukebox Fables & lt;/i & FOUR STARS Ellis Paul's songwriting chops are as strong as ever in this latest collection of stories set to music. Irish producer Flynn (one name only, please) br
  • Spokane Held Hostage- Week Six

    & & With apologies to Ted Koppel (whose Nightline started in the late 1970s as a nightly update on the Iranian hostage crisis), here's my own six-week update on our very own civic hostage situation. ITEM Mayor West says he is sorry f
  • Principled Principal

    Wallace Williams grew up poor, one of seven children raised by a single parent. He didn't realize it at the time, but his childhood was preparing him for his destiny in life. Williams, the giant bear of a man who has presided as princip
  • Inland NW Crossroads - Hope, Idaho

    & & In a burg calling itself Hope, you'd expect to find sunny, cheerful people with their eyes fixed on the horizon of the future. A life in Hope should be propelled by the prevailing winds of optimism; the city charter should outlaw
  • Time to Fly

    & & Early this month, fledgling crows began falling softly out of trees and human beings began to flap and flutter in agitation, uttering cries of distress. Springtime in the baby animal world seems to bring out the worst in people, who
  • Selling Sizzle

    & & You are being taken for a ride." As protest signs go, this placard held up by Donna Hollister was hardly a dire pronouncement that the drumming hoofbeats of the apocalypse were just around the corner. And the gates to the BNSF Railw
  • Sound Advice

    & & Random Musing No. 1 -- Just who is behind Gorilla & amp; Rabbit? Everyone has an idea who stands inside the suits (are they suits?) of Spokane's most enigmatic and disturbing garage rock duo -- but what do we really know? And what's wit

Music & Film

  • Angry Young Bat

    & & When a movie's opening sequences are as strong as these, two opposed thoughts usually go through viewers' heads: "This is terrific -- please let it stay this good" and "This is terrific -- there's no way it's going to stay this good." W

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