• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 23-29, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 23

News & Comment

  • Best of the Inland Northw#517FA

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best Place to Give a Hoot About Beer & r & My father's rule for determining a drinkable beer is whether it's got animals on the label; my standards have always been a little higher. I am, in the best and worst sense of the phrase, a
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & The Palm Court Grill -- A hotel restaurant has to negotiate some difficult territory -- people with tastes ranging from nouveau cuisine to meat-and-potatoes need to be able to get a satisfying meal. As a result, the Davenport Hotel'
  • Spokane Boys Deliver

    by Howie Stalwick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & nly the most diehard Spokane basketball fans remember Ben Howland from his single year as a Gonzaga assistant coach, but horse-racing fans might remember Howland from his days working in the restauran
  • Spokane Boys Deliver

    & & by Howie Stalwick & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & nly the most diehard Spokane basketball fans remember Ben Howland from his single year as a Gonzaga assistant coach, but horse-racing fans might remember Howland from his days working in the re
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & The World's Fastest Indian & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or a film about the extraordinary, singular drive of a New Zealander and his beloved motorcycle, The World's Fastest Indian begins in the most ordinary, pedestrian o
  • Best of the Inland Northw#51805

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best New Nickname for the Spokane Convention Center & r & What's in a name? The difference between a perfectly fitting moniker and one that just gets the job done can be huge. Compare the Ford Model T and the Ford Excursion. One conj
  • Lewis & amp;amp; Clark - March 23-#51775

    byRobert Carriker & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & eriwether Lewis, usually the more expressive of the two men who led the Corps of Discovery, noted a momentous event on March 23, 1806, with an uncharacteristic economy of words: "at 1 P. M. we bid a f
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Inside Man -- Spike Lee regains much of the ground he lost over his last few films. This is a terrific heist movie, with plenty of angles we haven't seen before. Clive Owen has planned the perfect bank job (or something), Denzel Wa
  • Best of the Inland Northw#51777

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best Place to Explore Modern Art & r & It's cutting-edge art, but don't expect to see it at Friday's Artwalk. "Lowbrow" art -- inspired by pinstripin', comics, graphic novels, pop culture, erotica and tattooing -- is grabbing the art
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Stirred and Shaken & r & Some people -- like the ones who are really, really irritated that actor Daniel Craig has been selected as the new James Bond -- need new hobbies and less disposable time. Anyway, when asked during a TV intervi
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & & r & Housing for Whom? & r & I would like to thank the ingenious individual(s) who identified the necessity for building more upscale condominiums in downtown Spokane. Our city needs to attract more wealthy Californians and other urbani
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & 16 Blocks -- Bruce Willis is a worn-out city cop, Mos Def is the chatty special witness he must escort to a court house and David Morse heads up a group of dirty cops who don't want him to get there. All three are excellent in thei
  • Best of the Inland Northw#51821

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best Places for a Sub-Par Experience & r & Golf is all about hushed tones (unless there's the quaffing of too much beer) and the kind of knit shirts we never wear. It's about stuffy memberships and boring stories touting mild accompl
  • Book Review

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong & r & & r & Karen Armstrong is best known for two deep and systematic books. A History of God explains the life spans of the three great monotheistic religions. The War for God tries to accou
  • Crosby Theater

    by William Stimson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne night during the Expo summer of 1974, I was leaving the Opera House after a show when a woman asked me if I could tell her where to catch the North Division bus. She and her two teenage children w
  • DVD Review

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & A History of Violence & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & estled in the V of Viggo Mortensen's backside is a fleshy little nub -- a sort of primordial tail. You can see it clearly in the DVD version of A History of Violence. Partway t
  • Best of the Inland Northw#5181A

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best Proofreader Who Isn't Old Enough to Drive & r & After canvassing a dozen middle schools in our area, one clear candidate for the informal title of Best Kid Speller emerged: Sarah LeRoy, an eighth-grader at Coeur d'Alene Charter
  • Best of the Inland Northw#5181F

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best Audible Reminder of the City's Origins & r & Cities don't just come hurtling out of the ether, you know. There is no Urban Big Bang Theory. Whirling gases don't coalesce into municipalities. When a city comes into being, there's
  • The Best of the Inland No#5186A

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ince The Inlander's first "Best of the Inland Northwest" issue back in 1994, we've faithfully reported back to you -- our readers -- on the people, places and phenomena that you voted for in our readers' ch
  • Throw a Dog a Bone

    by Gina Knudson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Spokane County shelter can be a tough place to work for an animal lover like Donna Versteeg. The thousands of dogs and cats she sees each year are in dire straits whether they are mangy or manicured,
  • Best of the Inland Northw#51825

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best Place tp Fulfill Your French Fantasies & r & Ah, Paris. Intimate cafes, exquisite food and wine. Old World elegance and magnificent art. Jerry Lewis. The French certainly know how to savor life. And those of us who crave their s
  • Wine Off the Grid

    by Christina Kelly & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & ob Newsom is a multi-talented and dedicated winemaker who produces some of the best handcrafted wines in the state while entertaining visitors as a musician, sharing thrilling tales of his adventures
  • Best of the Inland Northw#51823

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Best Site for a David Thompson Reenactment & r & There he was, gently guiding his pelt-laden canoe through the serpentine meadows of the Little Spokane River, stopping just long enough to check the next trap, glancing up to see a lon
  • The Best of the Inland No#5186C

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ince The Inlander's first "Best of the Inland Northwest" issue back in 1994, we've faithfully reported back to you -- our readers -- on the people, places and phenomena that you voted for in our readers' ch
  • Fallout Fracas

    & & by Brett Wilkonson & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lmost all of the 140 million Americans alive during the nuclear bomb tests of the 1950s were exposed, in some degree, to radioactive fallout. Thirty million have died or are expected to die of
  • A Stronger Council

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was, and remain, a strong supporter of the strong mayor form of government. I have argued that the council-manager form of government abdicated responsibility to the unaccountable "permanent governmen
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & All Grown Up & r & First, Big Wang Theory changed their name to Vax Lavala; now they're going all philanthropic. They'll play a benefit gig at Cheney High next Thursday for a kid "dealing with his second bout of cancer." Success has
  • A Stronger Council

    & & by Robert Herold & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was, and remain, a strong supporter of the strong mayor form of government. I have argued that the council-manager form of government abdicated responsibility to the unaccountable "permanent go
  • Live Litmus

    by Carey Murphy & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & ortland-by-way-of-Wasilla, Alaska, avant-indie rockers Portugal.The Man perform at the Big Dipper on Wednesday. And investing time in the live show might be the only way to answer the obvious questions
  • CD Reviews

    by Mike Corrigan and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & Mogwai & lt;a href= & quot;http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=rQy1MLe70wI & amp;offerid=78941 & amp;type=3 & amp;subid=0 & amp;tmpid=1826 & amp;RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fphobos.apple.com%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewAlbu
  • Canon Fodder

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & K, praise rockers, you want to know what your problem is? I'm gonna tell you. In 240-odd years of trying, you haven't been able to quill a song with nearly the sinner-saving resonance of "Amazing Gra
  • Worst. Desert. Ever.

    by David Axe & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & r Ramadi, Iraq. It's a slow day at the U.S. military base outside this violent city in the western province of Al Anbar. The local bad guys shot their load two nights ago with a midnight mortar barrage tha

Culture & Food

  • Spokane Boys Deliver

    & & by Howie Stalwick & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & nly the most diehard Spokane basketball fans remember Ben Howland from his single year as a Gonzaga assistant coach, but horse-racing fans might remember Howland from his days working in the re

Music & Film

  • Tower of Babble

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & ink Mountaintops are one-third of a triptych that Steve McBean is creating to some monolithic, inconstant rock god. He's wholly devoted to the task. At once architect and finish carpenter, he obsesse
  • Highbrow Heist

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's been a while since Spike Lee made the kind of films that people -- or at least critics -- referred to in positive terms. People didn't even go to his last two. But this time out, he's got a winner -- a he

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