• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 30 - Jul 6, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 37

News & Comment

  • In the Pink

    & & Summer signals outdoor baseball, the smell of barbecue on the deck, picnics and sipping a cold, frosty glass of dry rose wine on a warm, dusky night, watching the daytime shadows linger long into the amber of a summer evening. T
  • In the Pink

    Summer signals outdoor baseball, the smell of barbecue on the deck, picnics and sipping a cold, frosty glass of dry ros & eacute; wine on a warm, dusky night, watching the daytime shadows linger long into the amber of a summer evening. This is
  • Go Gothic

    Drive by the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist some Thursday evening in July and you will surely hear the dulcet tones of bells that appear to be ringing from the very sky. This is the sound of the carillon, a musical instrument loc
  • Shooting Stars

    Craig Ehlo made plenty of dough playing in the NBA, but he's hooping it up for free with 24,000 other basketball lovers this weekend at Hoopfest. Ehlo, a former Washington State standout who makes his home in Spokane, is taking pa
  • Take Two

    by Leah Sottile I like my zombies decayed, bloodthirsty, avaricious, ill-tempered and in large numbers. But one thing, in my mind, that zombies will never be is smart. It's just one of the fundamental facts of life. Cows say "moo," cats say "meow,"
  • Buzz Bin

    Magic Lantern Returns? -- Here's a big Dave Chappelle "YEAHHHH!!!" for the developers of the Saranac Renovation project. It's always most excellent to see a crummy old downtown building escape the demolition-and-blacktopping plans of par
  • Air Apparent

    If you were searching for a new executive director for Hoopfest, you'd want someone who had been responsible for securing sponsors and cajoling contributors for not-on-the-national-radar sports-related events in remote Eastern Wash
  • Opening Films

    Rebound -- When a big-time college basketball coach with a bad attitude (Martin Lawrence) gets fired, he starts over with a bunch of scrawny, no-talent junior high kids, who eventually warm his crusty heart and teach him the true meaning
  • Book Review

    by Sue Monk Kidd by Ann M. Colford Sophomore efforts inevitably draw comparisons with a novelist's debut, especially if both critics and readers have hailed that first book. Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, drew rave
  • The Ultimate Altima

    It seems to be more often that auto manufacturers are taking their old models to the drawing board and transforming them into more modern and relevant vehicles that can compete in today's buyers' market. This idea of making old models new
  • 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. Granted, he also did Spy Kids, but unlike a sc
  • Righting PBS

    In the early 1970s, a civil war erupted inside the fledgling world of public television. Upset with what they saw as its liberal news and public affairs programming, and particularly its tough coverage of the Vietnam War and the Watergate
  • Not Your Father's Dude Ranch

    It's not just about horseback riding and rustic Western living at dude ranches these days. Gourmet meals, ropes courses, yoga, fly-fishing, massage and mountain biking pamper and challenge today's dude-guests. So when I booked a week at
  • It's the End of the World...

    Just because you're the best-known, most influential filmmaker in the world, that doesn't mean you won't make some mistakes. The ending of Steven Spielberg's epic re-imagining of the H.G. Wells novel and the 1953 film is one of the bigger mis
  • The Borowitz Report

    by Andy Borowitz Where have all the real people gone? That's the question reality-show producers are asking themselves, as a new study released this week shows the number of real people who have not al
  • It's a Whole New Ballgame

    Fantasy baseball has ruined me. I used to be a maniac for this game - a purist, a fanatic, the type of person who invested in the baseball diamond the kind of high faith and devotion that Catholics invest in their cathedrals. Warm blue skies
  • DVD Review

    by Luke Baumgarten Right before he took up Batman's cape and cowl to restart the franchise, Christian Bale had to lose a lot of weight for his role in The Machinist. Giddy press releases report that he lost 63 pounds over a period of months,
  • Gutting NPR and PBS

    Efforts by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to gut the budgets of both NPR (National Public Radio) and PBS (Public Broadcasting System) underscore what is at core of the far right's agenda: Diminish -- even, if possible,
  • Recently Reviewed

    Fiesta Charra --This place offers great service and authentic, tasty Mexican food in an unpretentious, out-of-the-way location (on top of the Sunset Hill next to the Motel 6). The lunch menu is good until 3 pm and features a variety of
  • Guise and Drolls

    Guys and Dolls is playing now in London with Obi Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, as that most mystically wise of all gamblers, Sky Masterson. By all accounts, it's a drab-looking show, apparently underscoring the characters' tawdry sur
  • Out Of Africa

    Even in Idaho, where morality is legislated as often as the nearly all-Republican state lawmakers can get away with it, HIV/AIDS just won't go away. "At this point, we are still pretty lucky," says Danielle Mahoney, director of the North
  • Sound Advice

    Punk Is Dead -- That's right kids, we're calling it: Punk is dead. No, seriously guys -- this time, we think it's for real. Why now, you ask? Nike. That's why. Looks like the oh-so-honorable jocks at Nike HQ ran out of freakin' graphic
  • CD Reviews

    Doves Some Cities FOUR STARS I don't care if British music snobs think that popular UK bands (Coldplay, Doves, Bloc Party) are shite - to rock-hungry Americans like myself, I can't help but think there's something in th

Music & Film

  • It's the End of the World...

    & & by Ed Symkus & & Just because you're the best-known, most influential filmmaker in the world, that doesn't mean you won't make some mistakes. The ending of Steven Spielberg's epic re-imagining of the H.G. Wells novel and the 1953 film is one of the bigg

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