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  • Oct 20-26, 2005
  • Vol. 13, No. 1

News & Comment

  • Blue Collar Rednecks

    & & by Clint Burgess & & & r & A drunken crowd, a Radio Shack microphone and not getting paid isn't exactly the kind of stand-up gig that drives a comic toward the big time. In Jeff Foxworthy's case, it also wasn't the kind of setting that drove him to the to
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Elizabethtown & r & You know those motivational posters you see in offices? The ones with photos of pastoral scenes that pepper cubicle-dwellers with big, obscure ideas like: "It is not strength but ambition that drives us" and "Shoot f
  • Shopping for a Cure

    by Ayelet Waldman & r & It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we're awash in a sea of pink. Pink ribbons, pink wristbands, pink Cartier watches, pink makeup kits, pink Tic Tacs, a pink Delta airplane, pink nail polish, a pink Montegrappa Micra Pen
  • Anatomy of a Fabulist

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & The Decemberists aren't trying to tear the whole indie thing down. Just open it up. They want to help people realize it's OK to play around inside their own heads, no matter how ridiculous it looks or sounds. They're slavishly
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & Dreamer: Inspried by a True Story -- The title is too long and the film is too packed with cliches. Failed horse owner Kurt Russell acquires a badly injured filly and intends to nurse her back to health, coached along by his precocious
  • Buzz Bin

    Why don't they see contemporary parallels in that new
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & Chic a Ria -- Located at the Five Mile Shopping Center, Chic A Ria has a large menu with a bunch of home-style favorites, including many Oktoberfest selection -- Sauerbraten, Jaeger schnitzel and a whole lot of pork. Chic A Ria has a do
  • Flocking Together

    by Cynthia Taggart & r & A few years ago, the Rev. Mark Nelson sermonized about domestic violence from his Lutheran pulpit for three consecutive Sundays and drew parishioners to his office door. They had no complaints about his sermons. They had abuse proble
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & 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 training t
  • Book Review

    & & by Micheal Bowen & & & r & & & & lt;i & My Freshman Year & lt;/i & by Rebekah Nathan & & & r & Profs know the refrain: Students don't do the assigned reading; leading a discussion in class is like pulling toenails; and then they think they have a right to an A. They paid
  • Fresh and Tasty

    by Susan Hamilton and Suzanne Schreiner & r & Pacific-Rim Fusion RESTAURANTS & r & "I'm willing to try something new and give it a shot," proclaims restaurateur Noel Macapagal. His latest addition to Spokane's dining scene is just that. Okan & eacute; on the Hill is a f
  • Ranch Alums Speak

    We lived at Morning Star Boys' Ranch for periods ranging from one to 10 years. Although several of us have been interviewed by the Spokesman-Review, our success and experie
  • DVD Review

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & The Night Stalker & r & One of the few TV shows I remember looking forward to watching as a kid was The Night Stalker. Darren McGavin's jaded journalist had a knack for running into one supernatural story after another. I guess I wa
  • Why Is Spokane So Broke? Theory No. 1

    by Joel Smith & r & Spokane Is Killing Us & r & THEORY: Spokane citizens are spreading like rats from a sinking ship, fleeing the city center for the suburbs, while the city as a whole continues to sprawl. And it's draining not only income but city livability.
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Yes, It Is Noise & r & Unified Groove Merchants is going to destroy your preconceptions of what constitutes music on Saturday at 6 pm. That's when you'll get a free dose of regional noise acts the Earwigs ("alienoise destruction"), Bruce
  • Why Is Spokane So Broke? Theory No. 4

    by Joel Smith & r & Nobody Needs Spokane Anyway & r & THEORY: The world is different now; it's wired, and business is no longer bound by place. So cities aren't as relevant as they once were, and in the 21st century, maybe a new round of ghost towns will emerge
  • Lewis & Clark Oct. 20-26, 1805

    The Corps of Discovery seldom lacked for company during their journey down the Columbia River. As they awoke on the morning of Oct. 20, for example, approximately 200 Umatilla Indians greeted the explorers at their camp near modern B
  • Waiting Game

    & & by Sidney Blumenthal & & & r & From the steakhouses of the lobbyists to the cloakrooms of the Senate, from book-launch parties to news bureaus, the main subject in Washington is who will be indicted and when. As the inquiry of independent counsel Patrick
  • CD Reviews

    by Mike Corrigan and Darcy Caputo & r & Deerhoof & lt;a href= & quot; & amp;offerid=78941.463440633 & amp;type=10 & amp;subid= & quot; & The Runners Four & lt;/a & **** & r & This delightfully odd S.F.-based quartet seems to take peculiar delight i
  • Why Is Spokane So Broke? Theory No. 3

    by Kevin Taylor & r & We're Cutting Our Own Throats & r & THEORY: Anti-tax fever, which has been infecting us for more than a decade now, is bringing on civic bankrupcty. With no way to raise enough money to deliver the kinds of services the public wants, the c
  • Gas Is So Taxing

    by Kevin Taylor & r & Over here in Spokane, it seems we miss out on all the good catfights. The "debate" over Initiative 912 (a measure that would repeal a 9.5 & cent; hike in the state gas tax that is supposed to raise $8 billion to fix our roads) is playing out l
  • Agreeable Sorts

    by Joel Smith & r & We all want to do the same things," Dallas Hawkins says of the 12 candidates who put in a bid for the Spokane City Council this fall. He's right. Without exception, every one said their top priority was to balance the city's wobbly budget

Music & Film

  • More Great Hip-Hop?!

    by Cortney Harding and Leah Sottile & r & When Lyrics Born (whose mother calls him Tom Shimura) first expressed his desire to be a hip-hop artist, a high school teacher said to him, "An Asian rapper? That'll be the day!" Luckily, he found more positive attit
  • Anatomy of a Fabulist

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & The Decemberists aren't trying to tear the whole indie thing down. Just open it up. They want to help people realize it's OK to play around inside their own heads, no matter how ridiculous it looks or sounds. They're slavishly
  • Her Little Pony

    by Ed Symkus & r & A word to parents: After this film leaves theaters and rushes like a galloping steed to the DVD rental walls, be sure, when you hurriedly reach for a copy for your undiscerning child, that you don't accidentally grab Bernardo Bertolucci's

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