• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 15-21, 2005
  • Vol. 13, No. 9

News & Comment

  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & King Kong -- Peter Jackson's dream remake of the fabled 1933 film lives up to expectations, though it's a bit long at three hours. But the story of the giant ape and the pretty blonde he goes ape over is told with excitement, humor, ho
  • Big Trouble - The Cast

    THE MURDERER-TURNED-WITNESS: Harry Orchard, a laborer and union miner who confessed to killing Steunenberg but said he was paid for the deed
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - Movies

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & What the hell are DVD players for? Seriously. On a philosophical level, what do they do? Theater ticket sales are down something like 8 percent this year, and that's being attributed to people watching War of the Worlds on their mass
  • 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
  • Basketball Smarts

    by Howie Stalwick & r & Basketball at Eastern Washington University (nee Cheney Normal School) began shortly after Dr. Naismith nailed his first peach basket to the wall. Eastern coach Mike Burns, fully aware of his school's long and occasionally glorious ba
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - Books

    by Ann M. Colford & r & Books make great gifts, especially in the depths of winter. On days like these, what's better than making a cocoon of fleece, pouring a hot cup of tea (or perhaps a stronger libation) and getting comfy with a pile of good books? Of co
  • DVD Review

    But, really, nobody had seen anything like it beca
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - Books

    & & by Ann M. Colford & & & r & Books make great gifts, especially in the depths of winter. On days like these, what's better than making a cocoon of fleece, pouring a hot cup of tea (or perhaps a stronger libation) and getting comfy with a pile of good books
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & Caf & eacute; Marron -- From the folks behind Luna, Caf & eacute; Marron took over the little spot in Browne's Addition previously occupied by the Cannon Street Grill. The name means "brown" in Spanish -- probably a reference to "Browne's" Addition. It's
  • Larger Than History

    by Ann M. Colford & r & Assassination, political intrigue and courtroom drama, set against a backdrop of xenophobia and class tensions -- sounds like the plot for a Hollywood thriller, not the subject of an art show. But sculptor Scott Fife found inspiration
  • Eating Close to Home

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & We all know how eating out at a local restaurant can affect our temperaments, our wallets, even our waistlines. But how many see the act of dining out as a step toward sustaining the livelihood of some local cheese maker or grain prod
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - Books

    by Ann M. Colford & r & Books make great gifts, especially in the depths of winter. On days like these, what's better than making a cocoon of fleece, pouring a hot cup of tea (or perhaps a stronger libation) and getting comfy with a pile of good books? Of co
  • Fresh and Tasty

    by Susan Hamilton & r & Branching Out RESTAURANTS & r & It's a problem most restaurants love to have -- growing so popular that they have to expand to fit all their customers. When a North Side bistro and bar, Twigs, recently faced such a problem, fortunately th
  • Out of the Closet

    by Sherri Boggs & r & 12:45 pm -- Please, please don't mess it up. While everyone else in the parking garage is praying for parking spots, I'm silently hoping I'm not about to see a beloved childhood memory -- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis -- complete
  • Coeur d'Alene's Angels

    by Cynthia Taggart & r & With snow decorating tree limbs, Christmas lights glittering and downtown shoppers greeting friends with smiles, Coeur d'Alene is the American small town of happy stories. Everything about the city is appealing right now, and city re
  • Eating Close to Home

    & & by Paul K. Haeder & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e all know how eating out at a local restaurant can affect our temperaments, our wallets, even our waistlines. But how many see the act of dining out as a step toward sustaining the livelihood
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & Book Him & r & Spokane has been home to a number of artists who've made a name for themselves in the comics business, from the combative Todd McFarland to the creators of the internationally famous Web site, Penny Arcade. Joe Wight, who
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - Video Games

    by Marty Demarest & r & Gamers are the luckiest people around the holidays. Book lovers make do with paperback editions of the summer's bestsellers, or else settle for newly released coffee table monstrosities. Moviegoers inevitably wind up rationalizing why
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & Happy, uh, Christmas & r & You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Christmas is a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Why, then, shouldn't you be able to say "Merry Christmas" or to even use the term "Chri
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Syriana & r & America, as a nation, preaches democracy, but survives through tyranny, shouts director/screenwriter Steven Gaghan in every frame of his latest film, the political thriller Syriana. Every character, every plot device, ever
  • Book Review

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & Dylan to English Dictionary by A.L. Weberman & r & A.J. Weberman's Dylan to English Dictionary is an unbelievably strange read. It has the veneer of a scholarly text, but the substance of personal infatuation and scorned love. He offers
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - Music

    by Joel Smith & r & With Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of the Man in Black soliciting Oscar whispers and wowing audiences (even one Cash's daughters did a double-take when she saw a trailer for the movie on TV), Johnny Cash is all the rage right now. And right
  • Doors of Perception

    by Carey Murphy & r & Riders on the Storm isn't the same as the Doors. And I'm not sure why the band wants to posture as if it were. I'll be the first to admit it: Jim Morrison certainly possessed something -- call it charisma, if you like, or dynamism, if yo
  • Woodwardgate

    by Sidney Blumenthal & r & In the beginning, seasoned political reporters at the Washington Post disdained the Watergate story as insignificant, implausible and unserious. But two young journalists from the metro desk doggedly pursued every lead to expose a
  • CD Reviews

    by Luke Baumgarten and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & Eminem & lt;a href= & quot;http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=rQy1MLe70wI & amp;offerid=78941.468630593 & amp;type=10 & amp;subid= & quot; & Curtain Call & lt;/a & ** & r & Hits! Glorious, pocket-padding, chart-busting, star-making hits! How I ha
  • Dropping the Soap

    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
  • Bishops and Pawns

    Portland, Tucson and Spokane are vastly different in many ways, but in each city, the Ca
  • Still Running

    by Joyce Millman & r & Born To Run is the frozen moment in time for many Bruce Springsteen fans. It's the soundtrack to that first post-high-school plunge into freedom, independence and higher-stakes love and sex. In Wings for Wheels, a revealing documentary
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & WASL & r & The Washington Assessment of Super-gnarly Licks convenes at the B-Side tonight. That's the nickname we've given the 2005 B-Side Awards, the (hopefully) annual celebration of everything that's awesome musically in the area. Ben

Music & Film

  • Beyond Labels

    by Darcy Caputo & r & When you talk about the Spokane music scene, there has always been one major piece of the puzzle missing. Sure, we have a nice chuck of local bands and finally enough clubs to accommodate the younger set as well as the big kids. But the
  • Evolution of an Ape

    by Ed Symkus & r & What don't I like about the new version of King Kong? Not much. It's a little too long -- three hours, before the credits. There are a couple of characters who are not necessary: a sailor named Jimmy (Jamie Bell) and the director-within-the

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