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  • Dec 1-7, 2005
  • Vol. 13, No. 7

News & Comment

  • Handeling Messiah

    by Ann M. Colford & r & George Frideric Handel and his Messiah oratorio are like friends who you really only know superficially. Sure, everyone knows "Hallelujah" -- yes, it's just "Hallelujah," not "The Hallelujah Chorus" -- and selected arias and choruses li
  • Massively Mexican

    by Joel Smith & r & Not far from Fred Meyer on South Thor and across Freya from Sheridan Elementary is one of the better, more authentic Mexican joints in town. The gastronomes who crowded La Katrina's spacious, bright front dining room around lunchtime last
  • 360 Minutes of XBox 360

    by Luke Baumgarten and George Green & r & The Inlander's promotions and circulation manager, George Green, is a huge video game fanatic (read: recluse, sociopath). I myself am a casual gamer (read: nerd, sponge who's too cheap to buy his own systems). As one
  • Now Playing

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & & Capote & & -- Philip Seymour Hoffman owns this film. As Truman Capote, he deftly manages one of the most complicated egos I've ever seen on screen. Capote was a braggart, an egomaniac, a hedonist, an exploiter of people and,
  • Fresh and Tasty

    by Susan Hamilton & r & Dreams to Your Door DELIVERY & r & If you can't bear to leave the comfort of your warm and cozy home or office for food from one of your favorite downtown or South Hill restaurants, a newly expanded delivery service has got you covered.
  • Queer Eye on the Spokane Guy

    by Kevin Taylor & r & Spokane was plunged into the national media fish bowl in May when the Spokesman-Review published allegations about Mayor Jim West's sex life. National network reporters, producers and hired satellite trucks roamed the city. West himself
  • DVD Review

    by Ted McGregor Jr. & r & The Sound of Music: 40th Anniversary Edition & r & In the 40 years since The Sound of Music first hit movie theaters, the Rodgers and Hammerstein songs have had plenty of time to lodge in everyone's heads. And after you watch this spec
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Museum Plays Small Ball & r & Blockbuster exhibits get all the attention at the MAC, but we get to see some great stuff there even when the headlines are small. Case in point: This weekend, we checked out the David Thompson exhibition an
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Walk the Line & r & In general, biographical films (biopics) don't pay off well for me. (Disregard, for a moment, last week's Capote review.) I'm often quite interested in the historical personage, but as that life is stripped of depth
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & I Like Mine Phosphate-Free & r & I would like to thank Todd Mielke for taking a leadership role with regard to a proposed ban on phosphorus in dishwashing detergents and fertilizers in the Spokane region. There is no reason to continue
  • 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
  • Book Review

    by Kevin Taylor & r & Jarhead by Anthony Swofford & r & Once, when I was a kid, I got sent to wake up my dad for dinner. He was a cop and worked weird shifts. I crept into the mysterious dim room where my parents slept and started to shake his shoulder. With wh
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & Aeon Flux -- Aeon Flux, the cartoon, went a long way toward making cartoons acceptable to the twentysomethings of mainstream America when it debuted on MTV -- of all places -- in 1991. One good turn deserves another, and Aeon Flux is get
  • CD Reviews

    by Luke Baumgarten and Darcy Caputo & r & Talib Kweli & lt;a href= & quot;http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=rQy1MLe70wI & amp;offerid=78941.467642287 & amp;type=10 & amp;subid= & quot; & Right About Now & lt;/a & *** & r & In press releases, Talib Kweli laments that once his studio albums hit
  • New Rules

    Specific words, entire paragraphs and whole chapters in the new rules tr
  • Andrew Bird Transcript

    What's the Suzuki Method? I mean, exactly, It seems vaguely Orwellian... & r & The Suzuki Method is kind
  • Unlearning History

    by Sidney Blumenthal & r & One year ago, after his reelection, President Bush brashly asserted, "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style." Twelve months later, Republicans were thrashed in elections f
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Not in Time for the Holidays & r & If this kick-ass a week in music had happened before last Thursday, we wouldn't have had to stand around the cornucopia trying to avoid eye contact with our respective familial patriarchs, getting elbow
  • A Graveyard Smash

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & All right, you eyeliner jockeys: Put down your black nail polish, turn down that In Flames album, there's something you need to hear. It may come as a shock, so prepare yourselves. Goth is over. It's been over for years, frankly. If
  • Oh, And By the Way...

    by Joel Smith & r & We like Andrew Bird so much that we figured he deserved a little extra attention from discerning Spokane music fans this week. But did we mention that he's only the opening act for Saturday's show at the Big Easy? Verily. The headliners a
  • Stressed By Tests

    by Nina Shapiro & r & One morning last spring, 9-year-old Tyler Stoken awoke in his modest rambler in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, and asked his mom to make him bacon. He was about to take the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, the statewide test b

Music & Film

  • Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Words

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & "Each song is kind of like its own universe," says Andrew Bird of his new album, The Mysterious Production of Eggs. They're universes he's been creating and recreating, on and off, since he was a teenager. "I think I was 19 when thos
  • Back With a Bang

    by Ed Symkus & r & Just when you thought that film noir approaches to Hollywood movies were never going to be seen again (the last truly great one was three decades ago: Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye), here comes one that not only revives the genre, but r

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