• Issue Archive for
  • Sep 8-14, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 47

News & Comment

  • Book Review

    by Josh Smith & r & Identity Crisis by Brian Meltzer & r & What many people find off-putting about superheroes (besides all the lycra and improbable physiology) is how inhuman they quickly become, spouting cheap moralistic trash while hurling buses and the like
  • DVD Review

    by Kevin Taylor & r & Kung Fu Hustle & r & The word "chi" in Chinese can be translated as breath, and also as essential life force. Chi, as it is expressed and trained in martial arts, is certainly central to the movies of Steven Chow, whose Kung Fu Hustle expl
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & An Unfinished Life -- About a Wyoming ranch owner, his crippled ranch hand, his estranged daughter-in-law, his granddaughter and all their baggage, this film seems tailor-made for director Lasse Hallstr & ouml;m. It's just the kind of plot-fr
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & I & amp;hearts; Trees & r & I wanted to thank you for the "In Celebration of Trees" issue (The Inlander, 8/25/05). I hope that you will consider doing an expanded pullout section in the future. I think that Paul Haeder's article "Celebrate
  • The Borowitz Report

    & & by Andy Borowitz & & & r & & & Scientists Doubt the Existence of Democrats & & & r & With President George W. Bush's approval ratings plummeting in recent weeks, the inability on the part of Democrats to capitalize on the president's waning fortunes has cause
  • The Life Above

    & & by Marty Demarest & & & r & The world-famous underwear of Leona Dare is carefully preserved between sheets of acid-free tissue paper in a box stored in the underground archives of the Northwest Museum of Arts & amp; Culture in Spokane. There, in the museum's d
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & La Luna -- If you're in the mood for Mexican, you could go to one of those places with overblown murals and waiters in serapes. Or you could try La Luna. It's nothing if not authentic. The menu's got all your standard Mexican fare: chi
  • Let Gas Prices Soar

    by Wayne Roberts & r & Not to be outdone by southern hurricanes, left- and right-leaning politicians across North America are creating a tempest of their own by calling for government action to stop the rise of gas prices. The laws of political physics, whic
  • Loco For Lowcos

    by Clint Burgess & r & Columbus rocked the paradigms of flat-earthers everywhere, proving that the Earth is round and that all things are not necessarily as they seem. For example, low riders are not sub-par mechanical vehicles owned only by gang members and
  • Z-Man in the Zone

    by Howie Stalwick & r & Sports fans know it as the Western Hockey League. Medical experts know it as the world's largest test tube of testosterone. Throw a dozen young men onto a frozen sheet of ice, equip them with clubs in their hands and knives on their f
  • Fresh and Tasty

    by Susan Hamilton & r & Seasoned Pros DINING OUT & r & Cyrus Vaughn should know all about restaurants. After all, he's developed 20 successful eateries in the Inland Northwest over the past 30 years or so. Some of these establishments may be your favorite place
  • Bought and Paid For

    by Robert Herold & r & It was Spokane County Commissioner Phil Harris's use of the word "customer" that got my attention. Seems that businesses that are operating in Spokane County and being regulated as regard to air quality by the public authority establis
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Scarf and Be Fit & r & Our foursome at Pig Out consumed two cartons of Oriental noodles, a broccoli-and-sour-cream baked potato, a carne asada plate with rice and beans, a giant corn dog, two lemonades, two diet Pepsis, a large piece of
  • Shaw's Gospel

    & & by Michael Bowen & & & r & Prostitution is just the hook -- what George Bernard Shaw really wants to do in & lt;i & Mrs. Warren's Profession & lt;/i & is change your mind about how society exploits women. Things haven't changed much, even since 1893: We pretend not to
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Underclassman & r & Let's make something clear: I like Nick Cannon. And when a person is basically given the keys to a Miramax production -- Cannon is the star, executive producer, and story writer here -- I can certainly understand the t
  • Bottling Behemoth

    by Christina Kelly & r & Go to any major grocery store in Eastern Washington, North Idaho or western Montana, and you will likely find a bottle of wine produced by Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. In fact, you will find bottles of Chateau Ste. Michelle in every
  • Running on Empty

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & It would be nice to think that Dick Cheney and George W. Bush were engaged in serious discussion about breaking the old paradigm of fossil fuel gluttony and changing it into something drastically sane and very different for this count
  • Book Review

    & & by John Dicker & & & r & & & Wrecking Crew & & by John Albert & r & John Albert's oddly joyous new book Wrecking Crew profiles what may or may not be an emerging subculture: The Born-Again Jock. These are the guys who shined sports as teens because the coach
  • Old Times Again

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & The city is currently taking suggestions for a time capsule, which they'll bury somewhere in the vicinity of the Monroe Street Bridge. That will be great for Spokane's future sentimentalists. For those of us still in 2005, though, th
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & An Unfinished Life -- About a Wyoming ranch owner, his crippled ranch hand, his estranged daughter-in-law, his granddaughter and all their baggage, this film seems tailor-made for director Lasse Hallstr & ouml;m. It's just the kind of plot-f
  • Take Two

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & & & & lt;i & Lord of War & lt;/i & & & & r & It's clear from the beginning that writer/director Andrew Niccol isn't interested in the individual effects of conflict, despotism, persecution and famine. Niccol wants you to understand the proces
  • & amp;quot;Can You Hear Me Now? & amp;quot;

    by Mad Dog & r & Well, we've done it. There are now more people with cell phones in the United States than land lines. This means we can look forward to more people appearing to talk to themselves while walking down the street, taking photos of tomatoes in t
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Ignition Sequence Initiated & r & Ignite! Community Theater is excited -- and not only because they have an exclamation mark in their name. Three weeks ago, they drew 90 listeners to their Readers' Theater production of The Crucible at Au
  • Now Playing

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & & The Aristocrats & & -- A documentary on what is allegedly the "dirtiest joke of all time." Dating to the early days of vaudeville and beloved by professional comics everywhere, the joke -- or so the documentary argues -- is les
  • Opening Films

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & & The Greatest Game Ever Played & & -- Yes, golf on film can be exciting. This Disney production tells the true story of Francis Ouimet, a caddie with dreams of becoming a golf pro, or at least of someday playing on the fancy p
  • Running on Empty

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & It would be nice to think that Dick Cheney and George W. Bush were engaged in serious discussion about breaking the old paradigm of fossil fuel gluttony and changing it into something drastically sane and very different for this count
  • Examining Growth

    by Kevin Taylor, & r & I had a weak moment," says Kootenai County planner Rand Wichman, about his agreement to take part in a series of workshops that promise to reveal the mysteries of planning and zoning. Joyce Bergen of the League of Women Voters says a s
  • What Would Billy Corrigan Do?

    by Luke Baumgarten and Alan Sculley & r & Taproot has been called many things. (Not really.) They've mostly been called nu-metal or rapcore, labels they garnered while being on the Ozzfest tour. For their new album, Blue Sky Research, the band tried to work
  • Dark City, No Hill

    by Robert Herold & r & "A shining city on a hill." This quotation, paraphrased from Matthew 5:14, was Ronald Reagan's favorite, ranking right up there with "It's morning in America." Our current White House occupant associates himself with Reagan's sentiment
  • Escape From New Orleans

    by Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonksy & r & Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreens store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets in the city's historic French Quarter remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly vi
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Bogart That Harmonica & r & The harmonica is something of a lost art form since Blues Traveler did evil, despicable things to it. (Helio Sequence also used it for ill purposes.) Lost for the better, some would say. Not me. I had a friend
  • Dreams Unrealized

    by Billy Sothern & r & I left New Orleans for Oxford, Miss., at 5:30 in the morning on Aug. 28 with my wife, my best friend, two dogs and a cat in a crappy Volvo sedan. I had spent the night at the top of a 24-foot ladder, drilling plywood into the window fr
  • CD Reviews

    by Carey Murphy and Luke Baumgarten & r & Wolf Parade & lt;a href= & quot;http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=rQy1MLe70wI & amp;offerid=78941.460524183 & amp;type=10 & amp;subid= & quot; & Apologies to the Queen Mary & lt;/a & **** & r & Until recently, Canada's two main exports were marijuana a
  • Primary Election - The Ca#37E9F

    by the canidates & r & To help voters learn more about the candidates facing elimination in the Sept. 20 Primary, we offered them 300 words to write to our readers. Unfortunately, we do not have enough space to offer this opportunity to every candidate on th
  • Lewis & Clark Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 1805

    Men Sick as usial, all The men that are able to [be] at work, at the Canoes." Clark's summary of conditions at Canoe Camp on Sept. 29, 1805 may be awkwardly phrased, but it is, nevertheless, an accurate statement. Ever since their ar
  • CD Reviews

    by Luke Baumgarten and Joel Smith & r & Death Cab For Cutie Plans ** & r & Insipid! How can a band that has made such exciting albums and been given a major-label budget come up with something this boring? Busier than previous albums, but with less going on, t
  • Lewis & Clark Sept. 8-15, 1805

    Moving north along the Bitterroot River in presentday Montana, the men of the Lewis and Clark Expedition felt uneasy. It wasn't the rain and hail, or even the unpredictable success of the hunters. For a time, there was an unfounded c
  • Good Cop, Bad Cop

    by David Axe & r & BASRA, IRAQ -- It's hard to fault Steve Vincent for having felt confident. For this New York City art critic-turned-freelance Iraq correspondent and blogger, life was good. In the Red Zone, his book about wartime Iraq, had done well and he
  • Facing the End of Oil

    by Alisa Gordaneer & r & If there's one bright spot in the whole worry about global warming, greenhouse gases and the impact of using oil for everything from powering cars and machinery to making agricultural fertilizers and plastic, it's this: Chances are h
  • The Fight Over Fish

    by Rachell Odell & r & In the late summer of 1958, the Snake River plunged through an undammed Hells Canyon for the last time. The raging water slammed against the bodies of enormous salmon as they sought their ancestral breeding grounds. On the edge of the
  • FEMA's Futility

    by Jon Elliston & r & With outrage still building over the excruciatingly inadequate federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing a political storm of its own. The question of how FEMA -- the government agency most

Music & Film

  • Shedding the Suits

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Dustin Lanker believes swing was the antidote to grunge. Or, at least, it was a scene for kids to retreat into when they got tired of Doc Martens and infrequent bathing. "I feel like clothing from previous eras is more dignified," He
  • An Unfinished Film

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Somewhere in Wyoming, Einar Gilkyson (Robert Redford) is tending dutifully to his ranch, which seems unkempt and undermanned. Also dutifully, he tends to Mitch (Morgan Freeman), the hired hand who has been working the ranch with Eina
  • Firefly Burns On

    & & by Ed Symkus & & & r & Don't let the title of this big-budget, action-filled sci-fi film fool you. It's anything but serene. The title refers to the name of the battered, spunky space ship -- the same two adjectives could be used in describing its crew -- t

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