• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 8-14, 2005
  • Vol. 13, No. 8

News & Comment

  • Brown in Browne's

    by Lauren McAllister & r & When I heard that the folks who bestowed the lovely Luna on Spokane were birthing a new restaurant, I couldn't wait to see what they would create. Caf & eacute; Marron took over the little spot in Browne's Addition previously occupied by th
  • Staying the Course

    & & by Bill Loskot & & & r & Since the death toll for U.S. forces in Iraq passed the 2,000 mark, defenders of the war have struggled to minimize the importance of this sad milestone. Scholars of war and others have tried to put this issue in "perspective" by
  • Gift Guide - In Case You're Stumped

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & So if you peruse all our recommendations and are still stumped, here are 10 Inland Northwest shops we guarantee will have something you can wrap up with pride. As an added bonus, these are all locally owned -- so while you won't f
  • Take Two

    by Ed Symkus & r & Pride and Prejudice & r & There's a great scene in the Ken Russell film The Music Lovers, in which Tchaikovsky's boss at a music conservatory disdainfully tells Pyotr that his newest composition is "women's stuff." That's exactly what I've th
  • Gift Guide - Give a Litte Bit

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr., Ann M. colford and Suzanne Schriener & r & Help in a SNAP & r & As you're filling out your list this year, don't forget to make room for those less fortunate than yourself -- people who have lost their job, been hit with an illness and me
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and Wardrobe -- The C.S. Lewis novel has its charm and fantastical imagery intact, although, happily, the religious overtones are now undertoned. During World War II, four siblings are sent
  • Ghost in the Machine

    by Mike Corrigan & r & It's true. There is an intimate personal relationship that exists between Mac users and their machines -- a relationship that is unique within the cosmos of personal computing, a relationship largely unknown to those running Windows on
  • Recall Reality

    by Joel Smith, Kevin Taylor and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & Five Mile Heights Pizza isn't normally this crowded on a Tuesday night. But on this particular Tuesday night, it's a carnival. In a low-ceilinged side room packed with arcade games and an air hockey m
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & Aeon Flux -- I wanted so desperately for this movie to be good, not just for the MTV early-'90s liquid television kitsch factor, but because the general plot -- as futuristic dystopian thrillers go -- is gritty and interesting and filled
  • Drastic Romantic

    by Michael Bowen & r & I hate The Fantasticks the way some people hate street mimes. After butting into our business, what mimes would say (if only the poor dears could speak) would be "Look at me! I have remarkable talent! You will be having fun now! Did I
  • DVD Review

    & & by Miranda Hale & & & r & & & & lt;i & The Golden Girls, & lt;/i & & & & & Season Three & & & r & I love & lt;i & the Golden Girls & lt;/i & . In the mid-1980s, I would watch it with my grandparents every Saturday night. It was laugh-out-loud funny, sassy and smart. In college, after
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & La Katrina -- You know a Mexican restaurant's the real deal when the menu features brain and tongue on its first page. The rest of the menu at La Katrina is more standard fare, but with one difference -- it's long. The seafood selection
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Two Pageants, One Sentiment & r & Over the weekend, we caught perhaps the greatest Christmas pageant ever written, Act One of Handel's Messiah. (Act Two and Three were great, too, but Act One is especially pertinent, as it recounts the N
  • The Road To Recall

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & Nobody thought it would go on this long. Conventional wisdom had it that any politician hit with this much controversy at once would curl up into the fetal position and cry. If they had the stomach to face the public, they'd quic
  • Lighting Up the Night

    by Carrie Scozzaro & r & Charlie Chaplin waddled past the Fox Theatre the other night. My friends and I were wandering downtown when we ran into a crowd gawking at the Fox's south-side exterior wall. Incongruously, there was the Li'l Tramp, projected through
  • Fresh and Tasty

    by Suzanne Schreiner and Susan Hamilton & r & You'll-a Be Real Full DINNER & r & If you go to Julebord (Christmas Table), make sure you haven't eaten for the previous 72 hours, because the Sons of Norway are serving up enough food to stuff a fjord. Ebba Ostrom,
  • Book Review

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & Andrew Jackson by H.W. Brands & r & Andrew Jackson is among the most important early presidents, but he hasn't received nearly the attention historians have been lavishing on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or even John Adams in
  • Holiday Gift Guide

    I am incapable of offering any help to you because I am, getting right down to the n
  • Democracy By Mail

    by Joel Smith & r & Glenn Armstrong started work at 11 am on Tuesday morning. Planting his feet in front of one of Spokane County's two vote-counting machines, in a tiny fluorescent-lit back room at the elections office, he began feeding stack after stack of
  • Trees Over Streets

    by Robert Herold & r & You likely weren't aware that when you cast a "yes" vote on the street repaving bond issue you were also voting for urban deforestation. Turns out, the way that the traffic engineers look it, deforestation is exactly what you put at ri
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & Prophecies Fulfilled! & r & First in the region for prognostication, The Inlander has once again conjured -- with astonishing clarity -- the story of the future! Last month, you'll recall, we urged you to shake off your post-Thanksgiving s
  • CD Reviews

    by Mike Corrigan and Luke Baumgarten & r & Comet Gain & lt;a href= & quot;http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=rQy1MLe70wI & amp;offerid=78941.468174854 & amp;type=10 & amp;subid= & quot; & City Fallen Leaves & lt;/a & ***** & r & Worth the wait and then some, Comet Gain's latest is a catchy, cas
  • Washed Clean

    by Joel Smith & r & About 30 people have spread out among a couple hundred chairs in the well-lit, yawning auditorium at CenterPlace, in the Valley's Mirabeau Point facility. Most of them are tucked away, Spokane-style, inside layers of denim and cotton and
  • Stealing Christmas

    by Michelle Goldberg & r & In 1959, the recently formed John Birch Society issued an urgent alert: Christmas was under attack. In a JBS pamphlet titled "There Goes Christmas?!" a writer named Hubert Kregeloh warned, "One of the techniques now being applied b

Music & Film

  • The Not So Pharcyde

    by Carey Murphy & r & Tre Hardson may no longer be a member of the dynamic and legendary Pharcyde, but it isn't slowing him down. His sound remains informed by the jazzy funk characteristic of his earlier work. He's still a dreamer and a visionary, and his s
  • Wardrobe Change

    by Ed Symkus & r & If my instincts are right, this action- and emotion-filled adventure fantasy is going to do for young viewing audiences today what The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad did for me when I was 8. That film, filled with magic and strange creatures and

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