• Issue Archive for
  • Sep 15-21, 2005
  • Vol. 12, No. 48

News & Comment

  • Fall Arts Preview - Kid's Stuff

    by Ann McGregor & r & Those shorter days mean only one thing to parents: lots more time cooped up in the house with their offspring. But there are plenty of opportunities to keep kids happy until they can play outside till bedtime again -- and they may even l
  • Sparring Over Lost Money

    by Daniel Kraker & r & In the nine-year legal battle over missing Indian Trust royalties, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth has repeatedly decided in favor of the American Indian plaintiffs. In July, Lamberth issued his most scathing opinion to date:
  • Homeland Insecurity

    by Bill Loskot & r & The spectacle of thousands of New Orleans residents -- mostly poor and black -- left to fend for themselves in the catastrophic wake of Hurricane Katrina shocked the country and the world. Previously, Americans considered natural disasters
  • Fall Arts Preview - Reading with Susan Vreeland

    & & by Suzanne Schriener & & & r & The Spokane Public Library launches another installment of Spokane Is Reading in October with the featured book Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. The story unfolds backward from the present day, when a math professor
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & Go Go Burrito -- Go Go Burrito's interior is modern, functional and stylish, with an understated psychedelic design motif featuring love beads, day-glo signage and a pink go-go boot lamp. The hefty fish burrito ($5.50) included marinat
  • Fall Arts Preview - Classical Music

    by Michael Bowen & r & SPOKANE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & r & The Spokane Symphony Orchestra's 60th season opens Friday night, Sept. 16, with Johann Strauss' "Suite from Der Rosenkavalier," Maurice Ravel's La Valse and, in the featured piece after intermission, Jean-
  • Fall Arts Preview - Visual Arts

    & & by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & & & r & & & Artists to See & & & r & & lt;i & Santiago Sierra: & lt;/i & Spokane's Visiting Artist Series has long been one of the highlights of the year -- kudos to the folks who toil to bring the Inland Northwest a taste of the larger art world.
  • Fall Arts Preview - Karrin Allyson

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & In the interest of complete disclosure: Yes, we featured the Spokane Jazz Orchestra in our Fall Arts Preview last year. They were putting out their first recording in 35 years. It merited coverage. Yes, we're featuring them again thi
  • Longing To See

    by Michael Bowen & r & In the first act of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (though Oct. 1 at Interplayers), we share squalid circumstances for more than an hour with three hoping-not-to-be-hopeless souls trapped as political prisoners. Then, just before we head
  • Fall Arts Preview - Visual Arts

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & Artists to See & r & Santiago Sierra: Spokane's Visiting Artist Series has long been one of the highlights of the year -- kudos to the folks who toil to bring the Inland Northwest a taste of the larger art world. The first artist on
  • Fall Arts Preview - Pop & amp;amp; Jazz

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & There's kind of this love/hate relationship between music and the summer months -- or so it would seem, looking at scheduled events around here lately. Summer begins with a flurry of activity, everyone and their side project out on to
  • Take Two

    & & by Mark Savlov & & & r & & & Transporter 2 & & & r & While some might complain that this sequel to the Luc Besson-scripted, Cory Yuen-helmed 2002 smash sleeper is simply too outrageous to believe, that sounds uncomfortably close to sending your bowl of panang
  • Fall Arts Preview - Books & amp;amp; Lectures

    & & by Suzanne Schriener & & & r & & & AUNTIE'S & & & r & As always, Auntie's schedule is crammed with visits from around the region and beyond. The featured speaker this month (on Sept. 26) is Michael Gurian, who claims that boys account for 90 percent of disrup
  • Fall Arts Preview - Theater

    by Michael Bowen & r & You went to the lake; now go to the theater. Crisp air and autumnal leaves are reminders of how we all need to get some culture before we (and the year) die. Wait, that makes theatergoing sound like some kind of morbid obligation. Whic
  • Fall Arts Preview - Jewish Film Festival

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & In the last half-decade or so, Spokane has been inching toward becoming a film festival kind of town, which we wholeheartedly applaud and endorse. SpIFF will turn 8 in February, the Gay/Lesbian Film Fest is 7 this year and Flicker wi
  • New Vision in Post Falls

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & Growth strategy. It seems like a non-controversial concept for any community to embrace. You get your stakeholders -- business owners, developers, movers and shakers, politicians, neighborhood advocates -- to plan for growth so that in
  • It's in the Post

    & & by Mike Corrigan & & & r & I didn't know Spokane had an official flag. But there it is, depicted in blue and white with a yellow sun, on a 1912 postcard I spied on the title page of a new book published by local historians and authors Tony and Suzanne Bam
  • Fall Arts Preview - My Fair Lady

    by Michael Bowen & r & This is a great way to open the Civic's season. It's the best makeover story going." Director Troy Nickerson is enthusiastic about his upcoming production of My Fair Lady at Spokane Civic Theatre (Sept. 30-Oct. 30). There's even an equ
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & Just Like Heaven -- A romantic comedy about a workaholic doctor (Reese Witherspoon) who dies -- well, sorta -- then goes to battle (as a spirit) with the sad, lonely guy (Mark Ruffalo) who gets her old apartment. The film is kind of tepi
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & 10 Years Gone & r & Time flies when you're having fun. That might explain how 10 years have gone by since the Spokane Arena really was new. OK, you can stop calling it "our new Arena" now. But you can celebrate, too, as the Arena is host
  • Fall Arts Preview - The Lion King

    by Michael Bowen & r & Disney's animated film of The Lion King made its debut 11 years ago, and maybe you're a little rusty, so let's review: Gazelles prance, savannah comes alive, Pride Rock rises out of the mist. King Mufasa holds his cub aloft, whispers a
  • Fall Arts Preview - Henry Rollins

    by Kevin Taylor & r & That "whoosh-whoosh-whoosh-whoosh" you heard last weekend was Henry Rollins getting off on an overnight delivery whiplash start -- from Ames, Iowa, to Ukiah, Calif., from Hartford, Conn., to Johnson City, Tenn. -- for his 25 Years of Bul
  • It's in the Post

    by Mike C orrigan & r & I didn't know Spokane had an official flag. But there it is, depicted in blue and white with a yellow sun, on a 1912 postcard I spied on the title page of a new book published by local historians and authors Tony and Suzanne Bamonte,
  • Fall Arts Preview - Visual Arts

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & Artists to See & r & Santiago Sierra: Spokane's Visiting Artist Series has long been one of the highlights of the year -- kudos to the folks who toil to bring the Inland Northwest a taste of the larger art world. The first artist on
  • 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 jus
  • Book Review

    by John Dicker & r & Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich & r & All Barbara Ehrenreich wants is a white-collar job at $50K a year plus benefits. Yeah, well, join a little club called "America," honey. In Bait and Switch, this veteran social critic deploys the
  • Fall Arts Preview - The Barber of Seville

    by Michael Bowen & r & Figaro, Figaro, Fee-gah-row!" Everybody spoofs it, but few know its operatic context. In the greatest of all comic Italian operas (written by a 24-year-old Gioacchino Rossini in 1816), the barber of Seville makes his entrance singing "
  • Fall Arts Preview - Film

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & God, that was a rough stretch. Not the summer of blockbusters per se -- there was enough good stuff floating amid the explosions and perfunctory love scenes to keep things interesting. No, it was that last couple weeks or so there, wh
  • Fall Arts Preview - Readi#38F2A

    bySuzanne Schriener & r & The Spokane Public Library launches another installment of Spokane Is Reading in October with the featured book Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. The story unfolds backward from the present day, when a math professor invites
  • Fall Arts Preview - The Mapmaker's Eye

    by Kevin Taylor & r & At first glance, the journal entry -- scratched onto the page possibly with homemade ink and a quill made from a local goose or swan's feather -- is a straightforward pay list of goods and supplies fur trader and explorer David Thompson w
  • DVD Review

    & & by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & & & r & & & Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire Live at the Greek Theatre & & & r & I've never been able to decide what I think about reunion tours of once-great bands. The Rolling Stones have become pathetic, but I also realize that's m
  • Back in Business

    by Clint Burgess & r & The Monroe Street Bridge spans more than just a ravine between downtown and the north side of the city. It spans the past and the present; it bridges the gap between the city's history and the memories of what lies ahead for it. When t
  • Fall Arts Preview - Step Afrika!

    bySuzanne Schriener & r & So you've been anticipating the launch of the fall dance season and you have a hankering for something unusual, something with lots of percussion, maybe more folk art than high art. Well, hanker no more. Step Afrika! hits Beasley Co
  • Fall Arts Preview - Emmylou Harris

    by Joel Smith & r & You're forgiven if you can't keep Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Alison Krauss, and Gillian Welch straight in your head. After all, there's a chance that you'd never heard any of those names before the surprise success of O Brother, Wh
  • Heroes Needed

    by Howie Stalwick & r & Steve Gleason is living in a hotel room. Busing to practices at a high school field. Lifting weights at Gold's Gym next to fat guys who work on the lube rack down the street. Steve Gleason, it should be noted, considers himself one of
  • Fall Arts Preview - Jewish Film Festival

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & In the last half-decade or so, Spokane has been inching toward becoming a film festival kind of town, which we wholeheartedly applaud and endorse. SpIFF will turn 8 in February, the Gay/Lesbian Film Fest is 7 this year and Fli
  • Fall Arts Preview - Lord of the Rings Symphony

    by Michael Bowen & r & After a trilogy of movies and DVDs laden with special effects, you've already made your voyages to Middle Earth. For your next return trip, why not take a different path? For your next viewing of the grudge match between Sauron and Fro
  • National Public Interrogator

    by Suzanne Schriener & r & As anyone with even a glancing exposure to Spokane Public Radio has heard, Terry Gross, host of Fresh Air, is coming to the Met on Tuesday to talk about her book, All I Did Was Ask, and to look back over some of the bumpier moments
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & Knights Who Say "Nay" & r & Usually I am very impressed with the content of The Inlander. But a comment in the college previews (9/1/05) has motivated me to respond. The tone that is conveyed in the "Avoid: The Grind" bit comes off as
  • Fall Arts Preview - Roy Lichtenstein

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & In America in the 1960s, with Batman on TV, psychedelic images on album covers and postwar consumer culture making itself comfortable, a new art form was born. Dubbed Pop Art, it took the rather pedestrian attitude that anything
  • Thai One On

    by Lauren McAllister & r & Thai food is always an occasion for me. The fresh and exotic combinations of flavors never fail to transport me. If peanuts and cilantro can taste this good together, who's to say what else is possible in life? Maybe the kids can l
  • Fall Arts Preview - Dance

    & & by Suzanne Schriener & & & r & & & Beasley Coliseum & & & r & Beginning in October, Beasley Coliseum offers a dance event every month throughout the fall, starting with Step Afrika! on Oct. 19 (see story). On Nov. 10-11, it's the Royal Circus of Moscow on Ice
  • Lewis & amp;amp; Clark Sept. 15-21, 1805

    by Robert Carriker & r & Old Toby, the Shoshone elder recruited by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to serve as their guide across the mountain passes of the Continental Divide, proved to be exceptionally trustworthy. During the two weeks it took the Corps
  • Fall Arts Preview - Visual Arts

    & & by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & & & r & & & Artists to See & & & r & & lt;i & Santiago Sierra: & lt;/i & Spokane's Visiting Artist Series has long been one of the highlights of the year -- kudos to the folks who toil to bring the Inland Northwest a taste of the larger art world.
  • Home of the Hacks

    by Robert Herold & r & FEMA's failure in New Orleans illustrates the institutional dysfunctionality that the Bush administration has fostered through its paranoid demands that, when it comes to government service, personal loyalty and ideological purity trum
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Changed, Not Cancelled & r & The Molotov Room, rumor has it, is closed, possibly forever. That's a kidney punch for fans of the harder stuff. One of the shows cancelled in the wake of this was We're From Japan, who were set to play yeste
  • CD Reviews

    by Carey Murphy and Ted S. MacGregor Jr. & r & Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Howl ** & r & Attempting an Americana shift, BRMC channels Jim Croce, Hank, Woody, Uncle Tupelo and even Radiohead (?!). Yet Howl manages to possess little of their force because channel
  • CD Reviews

    & & by Carey Murphy and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & & & r & & & Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & & & & & lt;i & Howl & lt;/i & & & & & ** & & & r & Attempting an Americana shift, BRMC channels Jim Croce, Hank, Woody, Uncle Tupelo and even Radiohead (?!). Yet Howl manages to possess lit

Music & Film

  • Ghost Truster

    by Ed Symkus & r & Some people will complain about this romantic comedy, calling it fluffy, predictable, easygoing entertainment. But that doesn't necessarily make it a bad movie. Just Like Heaven will probably be welcomed with open arms by middle-aged and o

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