• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 6-12, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 25

News & Comment

  • Choosing Life

    & & by Niki Serquina & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & don't know why I lived. For a long time, I believed it was because I drank organic carrot juice every day and did everything "right." That is, I had a positive attitude and never believed for a
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Charley's Grill & amp; Spirits -- Charley's could credit its survival of the years-long Monroe Street bridge closure to its proximity to hungry pols and lawyers at the county courthouse. But their survival might also have something to d
  • A Dream Worth A-Keepin'

    & & by Michael Bowen & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & toy train, a tiny town, the cutest little wisps of smoke -- the current national tour of & lt;i & Oklahoma! & lt;/i & (at the Opera House, April 13-16) opens with a cinematic wide shot, as if to convince vi
  • Lewis & amp;amp; Clark - April 6-1#53597

    byRobert Carriker & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter breakfast on April 6, 1806, the Corps of Discovery broke camp near present Washougal, Wash., loaded their five canoes with the bounty from six days of uninterrupted hunting, and set a course in t
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    by Susan Hamilton and Ann M. Colford & r & & r & Bistro Experience DINING OUT & r & A bistro embodies a centuries-old Gallic love of food. Its ambience is of conviviality and pleasure, with patrons clustered around tables holding forth on topics ranging from poli
  • Rapid Transit

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou're used to the kind of park where you can lay in the sun and read a book, or throw a Frisbee to a dog. But you may not be familiar with the kind of park where you can watch kayakers toss themselves aro
  • Can't Live With(out) Her

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & e stands on a veranda, one hand thrust into the pocket of his elegant double-breasted suit, the other holding a cigarette aloft -- his hair slicked back, the pale skin of his forehead furrowed by the ar
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & ATL & r & & r & ATL is great. Too bad about the plot -- that there even is one, I mean. The film, written by Tina Gordon Chism (Drumline) and based on a story by Antwone Fisher, is full of unique characters and relationships set in a t
  • The Borowitz Report

    by Andy Borowitz & r & & r & WHITE HOUSE OUSTS PASTRY CHEF; SHAKEUP COMPLETE & r & Attempting to answer the calls within his own party to shake up his beleaguered administration, President George W. Bush last week ousted the White House pastry chef and pronounced
  • Buzz Bin

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & r & & & The Mattea Effect & & & r & We saw a fascinating cultural divide at the Opera House Saturday night for Kathy Mattea's set with the Spokane Symphony. Up front sat the orchestra's season ticket holders, a crowd that even Matt
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Take the Lead -- Here's another doctored-up Hollywood version of an "inspired by a true story" movie. In this one, Antonio Banderas, all cool and calm and smooth, gives us his take on New York ballroom instructor Pierre Dulaine, wh
  • Stem-Cell Storm

    by Lisa Sardinia & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n an increasingly polarized society, one of the most polarizing issues is embryonic stem cell research. The most harmful consequence of this division is that the issue is posed as a binary choice. The
  • Book Review

    & & by John Dicker & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & American Vertigo & lt;/i & & & & & by Bernhard-Henri L & eacute;vy & & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & ernard-Henri L & eacute;vy, one of those French intellectuals we just don't get much of stateside -- brilliant thinker, agile writer, elegant
  • 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
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & Clarification & r & In last week's story, "The Final Act?", we incorrectly wrote that Karen Mobley of the Spokane Arts Commission was the city's point person to guide film production companies through the permit process. It is Suzanne
  • Archivist of Oz

    by Sheri Boggs & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & K & lt;/span & ids collect stuff. It's as much a part of childhood as say, skinned knees and juice boxes. Most of the time the items collected are cheap (rubber bracelets, matchbox cars and snow globes) - or even free
  • DVD Review

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Everything Is Illuminated & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ow do you tell a story about yourself without exposing your rampant narcissism or opening your bizarrely earnest philosophies to an uncaring, cynical world? You go fictio
  • De-Based Conservative

    by Robert Stokes & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y first conservative hero was William F. Buckley. I was 12 when he launched The National Review in 1955. I have read that journal and Buckley's writing ever since. As I learned more about conservatism,
  • Sandwich Survivors

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & harley's Grill and Spirits never masked its displeasure with the closure of the Monroe Street bridge, just down the hill from its location on the near north side. Neither does it hide its great joy in the
  • A Prince Among Men

    by Howie Stalwick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & oy Hobbs is alive and well and playing baseball at Washington State. On second thought, comparing Jared Prince to Hobbs is unfair to Prince. After all, Prince is starring at the plate, on the mound an
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Rated Teen, XBox 360 4 out of 5 Stars & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & nce, when hiking through what seemed like miles of rocky mountainside, I discovered an abandoned mineshaft -- just two ancient timbe
  • Good Night, and Good Words

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & graduate of that liberal media bastion, the University of South Dakota, Tom Brokaw is headed to that other beacon of lefty journalism - Washington State University - to pick up one of the industry's no
  • Neo No More

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & aul Berman's recent book review titled, "Neo No More," refers to Francis Fukuyama's new book, America at the Crossroads. Seems that Fukuyama has jumped off the "Neo-Con" boat. The author of The End of
  • Voodoo Economy

    We hedonists all know there is no such thing as too much of a good thing, and the Voodoo Organist agrees. "There's nothing better than a great drummer -- so I added two," says Scott Wexton, the demonic ge
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Jack Johnsonomics & r & For about as much Curious George soundtrack goodness as you can stand without actually attending one of Jack Johnson's concerts, you should check out Damon Castillo this Saturday at the Spread. Castillo's impr
  • Omaha or Bust

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he dilemma in the name of singer-songwriter Justin Lamoureux's solo project will no doubt sound familiar to musicians plying their trade in the Inland Northwest. The Iowan transplant to Omaha, Neb., had p
  • Too Hot For New York?

    by Philip Weiss & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he slim book that was suddenly the most controversial work in the West in early March was not easy to find in the United States. Amazon said it wouldn't be available until April. You could order it on A
  • CD Reviews

    & & by Joel Smith and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & & & r & & r & & & Ghostface Killah & & & 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.wo
  • The Shield Bill's Demise

    by Nina Shapiro & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "W & lt;/span & hy does a financial services company from Texas care about a media shield bill in Washington?" It's a very good question--one posed by Bill McCartney, a senior vice president of the huge San Antonio-bas
  • Spotted Owl or Red Herring

    by Kathie Durbin & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & retty much everyone agrees that logging on federal lands in the Pacific Northwest has declined by 80 percent since its heyday in the mid-1980s. Job losses in the region's timber sector over the past tw

Culture & Food

  • A Dream Worth A-Keepin'

    & & by Michael Bowen & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & toy train, a tiny town, the cutest little wisps of smoke -- the current national tour of & lt;i & Oklahoma! & lt;/i & (at the Opera House, April 13-16) opens with a cinematic wide shot, as if to convince vi

Music & Film

  • A Great Train Fraudery

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast week, in time for the release of their A Gilded Age, and just prior to heading out on a West Coast tour, Norfolk & amp; Western principals Adam Selzer and Rachel Blumberg decided to come clean about a
  • Un-Hip-Hop

    You get a warning the moment it starts -- one of those "inspired by a true story" announcements, which more and more tend to mak

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