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  • Nov 3-9, 2005
  • Vol. 13, No. 3

News & Comment

  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Trusting Artists & r & Local poets Laurie Lamon of Whitworth College and Gonzaga's Tod Marshall each have won a Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship for 2005 -- an unrestricted $6,000 award from the Artist Trust foundation. In the
  • Murrow In Movies

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the disastrous relief effort that followed, the press pounced. From nearly every angle came withering criticism of FEMA's response. At the level of the correspondent, everyone from Anderson
  • Winter Film Preview

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Oscar season is upon us. This is the time of year when all the studios, having given us explosions and silly sex scenes for the preceding nine months, really buckle down and go straight for the arthouse crowd's jugular. There are mor
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & Wall Street Diner -- Just north of the Garland District, the Wall Street Diner delivers with comfort food in a cozy, upscale atmosphere. The hot turkey sandwich is reminiscent of a day-after-Thanksgiving meal. House-roasted turkey, hon
  • Poet of Insomnia

    by Ann M. Colford & r & In the world of dreams, reality is fluid: time folds in upon itself, people come and go with alarming casualness, and the bird flying overhead may become the moon without warning. Picking apart a dream image can be frustrating and fru
  • Opening Films

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & & Jarhead & & --Spend some time in hot Middle Eastern sand with the Marines during Operation Desert Shield. Under the direction of Sam Mendes ( & lt;i & American Beauty & lt;/i & ), it was funny and harrowing and boring and could drive a guy
  • Recall the Mayor

    by Inlander Staff & r & Jim West might as well be Spokane in human form, which is why it's so painful to contemplate throwing him over the side to keep the city afloat. He is one of us. Raised in a modest home in East Central, his dreams were tempered by rea
  • Book Review

    & & by John Dicker & & & r & & & & lt;i & The Commitment & lt;/i & & & & & by Dan Savage & & & r & Your 6-year-old is blasting Black Sabbath while traffic is clogged like a men's room at halftime. Getting to the church on time will require a feat on par with O.J. Simpson's He
  • Gay/Lesbian Film Festival

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & The gem of this year's Gay/Lesbian Festival - taking place at EWU's Riverpoint Auditorium on Nov. 4-5 - is a story of love and struggle. Made by Spokane documentarian Frank Hays, Journey of Love: Learning To Forgive is the impassione
  • Which Gulf War?

    by Ed Symkus & r & It's a real tossup about where to start here. One could either marvel at the diversity of director Sam Mendes' subject matter and talent in the three films he's made so far, or one could bestow actor Jake Gyllenhaal with all manner of prai
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Capote & r & It wasn't until Patton that George C. Scott's craft as a character actor, his sublimation of ego, really blew our minds. So it will be with Phillip Seymour Hoffman's performance in Capote. Hoffman has created no shortage of
  • For All That Is Wild

    by Suzanne Schreiner & r & Doug Peacock has been thinking a lot about war lately. Peacock - Vietnam vet, grizzly guy and environmental activist - thinks the latest conflict, the war on terror, is "another bad war - a war not only against the people in Iraq a
  • Now Playing

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & & American Zion & & --The stirring narrative of the faith that led a persecuted people to Missouri and beyond is one of the most poignant untold tales of American history. It is the account of a valiant struggle to exercise the
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & Salty Dog--At the Salty Dog in Deer Park, the Quonset hut exterior belies a warm, wood-paneled sports bar inside, and the fried fish is some of the best around. It's a straightforward pub menu -- fish and chips, popcorn shrimp, burgers,
  • A Christmas Miracle

    by Kevin Taylor & r & My mother went to a sanitarium every year at Christmas. You know how it gets at Christmas; things pile up, pressure builds, you go a little nuts. The idea of a little getaway, a bit of a break, was no doubt terrific and healthy, but she
  • 86ing the Curse

    by Ann M. Colford & r & As I write this, the 2005 baseball season has been history for less than a week. This year, top honors went to the Chicago White Sox -- the Sox of a Different Color -- another team whose last championship came during the Wilson administ
  • DVD Review

    by Joel Smith & r & The Life and Death of Peter Sellers & r & This biopic of the genius comedic actor behind the Pink Panther series and Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove suffers the same fate afflicting every other biopic: It dulls its hero's spirit by trying
  • Saving Scrooge

    by Ann M. Colford & r & It's easy to feel smug and cynical going into a production of A Christmas Carol. Seems like we see a new film or television version of the Dickens fable every few years, sometimes with music, sometimes with puppets, sometimes even sta
  • Fangs Very Much

    Damon Mentzer and Christopher Bange are good actors -- and a good thing, too, because they constitute the entire cast of The Mystery of
  • Murrow In Pullman

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Though he was born in rural North Carolina, Edward R. Murrow -- who until high school was known as Egbert Roscoe Murrow -- moved with his family to a homestead in Western Washington, near the present-day town of Mount Vernon in the Ska
  • Fresh and Tasty

    by Susan Hamilton and Suzanne Schreiner & r & Lure of Chinese RESTAURANTS & r & What draws us irresistibly to Chinese food? Is it the wealth of flavors and textures and the exotic ingredients? Or are we lured by the artful preparation and presentations? All tho
  • Reagan's Second Act

    & & by Sidney Blumenthal & & & r & There is no one left to rescue the Republican Party from George W. Bush. He is home alone. The Republican-establishment wise men whose words were once quiet commands are shouting unheeded warnings. The Republican leaders of
  • See It Now

    by Peter Keough & r & An elegant scolding frames Good Night, and Good Luck, George Clooney's meticulous and stirring account of the duel between broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and Red-baiter Senator Joseph McCarthy (played by himsel
  • CD Reviews

    & & by Ted S. McGregor Jr. and Carey Murphy & & & r & & & The Fiery Furnaces & & & lt;a href= & quot; & amp;offerid=78941.464504061 & amp;type=10 & amp;subid= & quot; & & lt;i & Rehearsing My Choir & lt;/i & & lt;/a & & & **** & & & r & This makes last year's fabu
  • Reagan's Second Act

    & & by Sidney Blumenthal & & & r & There is no one left to rescue the Republican Party from George W. Bush. He is home alone. The Republican-establishment wise men whose words were once quiet commands are shouting unheeded warnings. The Republican leaders of
  • Tuesday Soundcheck

    & & by Luke Baumgarten, Michael Kinney and Carey Murphy & & & r & This is a new thing we're trying to do. Tuesday is generally the worst day of the week, musically. Or rather, show-wise. So we'd like to get some feedback on the least concerted, fewest in atte
  • State Takes the Lead

    by April Reese & r & From California to Colorado and from Washington to New Mexico, Western states, tired of federal inaction on climate change, are saddling up to tackle the issue on their own. Whether it means deciding that a certain percentage of their el
  • Shelter from the Storm

    by Joel Smith & r & "I wanted to remember Arlo." Jeff Logan rises to his feet, a pained expression on his face. Homeless off and on for 12 years, 41-year-old Logan wants the assembled crowd in the cramped chapel at the House of Charity in downtown Spokane to
  • Soundtrack of His Life

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Whoever staged the first battle of the bands in Spokane opened up the floodgates. There was probably a slow build, or whatever, but it's at the point now that you can't throw a pint of Pabst in this town without hitting a BoB event s
  • Lewis & Clark Nov. 3-9, 1805

    The behavior of the Columbia River changed abruptly at Beacon Rock. In disbelief, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark watched the river on which they had logged 183 turbulent miles suddenly turn docile. Clark recognized that the Corps
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Honey Bee Norman was it? & r & In last week's Nightlife listings we erroneously listed as "Henry Bee Noone" the Seattle-based trio Henry B. No One, who rocked Rock Coffee on Saturday night with a combination of fuzzed-out guitar, alto sa
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Adams Leppard & r & If Sound Advice has any raison d'etre, it's pointing out just how bizarre it is to be an old-ass band still making a go as a touring act. Case in point: besides perhaps Bryan Adams and Poison, we can't think of a stra
  • Enough is Enough

    by Robert Herold & r & To Steve Smith and the Spokesman-Review, regarding your coverage of the Mayor West scandal: Enough already! About those computer images, spare me. I don't need to see any lewd photographs. I don't want to know the details. I don't care

Music & Film

  • Buy Local!

    by Darcy Caputo & r & Holiday buying season is upon us. Consumers rejoice! If you're a hipster -- and we know we are -- Christmas means you're going to be giving a lot of people a lot of really obscure, ultra-in CDs they'll probably never listen to. For this,
  • Evicted

    by Ed Symkus & r & Repeat after me: & quot;525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes -- how do you measure, measure a year? & quot; Then repeat it, and repeat it again and, I believe, again. Watch out, I'm complaining already. Yet the first time you hear

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