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  • May 4-10, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 29

News & Comment

  • Letters to the Editor

    by Chase Davis & r & & r & Road Facts & r & As we read the guest editorial from Chase Davis of the Sierra Club ("Near Freeway, Near Perfect," 4/27/06), we felt a need to comment. First off, we welcome the continuing debate on this transportation facility and woul
  • Meet the Elites

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & K, Mr. Average Bloomie. You walk the course in two hours and change, coming in somewhere around 20,000th place. Good on you. But let's have some respect for those skinny African guys on the TV screen.
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & American Haunting -- In the early 1800s, John Bell died of what the state of Tennessee called "Spirits," making him the only person U.S. history to have been killed, in the eyes of a state government, by a ghost. The event, suppose
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Bring Change & r & You're halfway through the Bloomsday run on Sunday. You're hot and tired. But don't think those dollar bills you stuffed between your shoelaces will do you any good, man. Because near Mukogawa, at the Sans Souci Ap
  • The Boss's Boss

    by Jonathan Valania & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's no accident you don't really know what Pete Seeger did. Or that he's truly larger than life -- an American original, the kind who walks out of storybooks, like Paul Bunyan or Johnny Appleseed, bu
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Scalawag's -- Scalawag's takes basic diner fare up a notch with creative and downright unusual sandwiches and salads. The paninis and wraps are especially tasty. Throw caution to the wind with the PDB (peanut butter and bacon). And
  • 30 Bloomin' Years

    & & by Michael Bowen & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & isten up, Bloomies. Things are different now. You don't have to get there early and sit on the pavement for two hours. Everybody's starting (in waves) on the same street. There is no merge point
  • Lewis & amp;amp; Clark - May 4-10, 1806

    by Robert Carriker & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & sing a shortcut trail from the Columbia River to the Clearwater River in late April and early May of 1806 proved to be more difficult than expected for the Corps of Discovery. Nevertheless, the Lewis
  • Now Playing

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Akeelah and the Bee -- That Larry Fishburne -- boy, can he act. Here he plays mentor to a Crenshaw youth with a gift for stringing letters together in the way that creates language. Full of accessible tropes, it's at once an underdo
  • Book Review

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & The Swamp by Michael Grumwald & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & he Everglades is a test. If we pass, we may get to keep the planet." That's the signature quote, from an Everglades defender, in Michael Grunwald's sprawling
  • Risen Woman

    & & by Suzanne Schreiner & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & tripped down to its bones, you might justly consider the plot of Giuseppe Verdi 's & lt;i & La Traviata & lt;/i & ("The Fallen Woman") the stuff of clich & eacute;s. A beautiful woman named Violetta is a courtes
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    by Ann M. Colford & amp; Susan Hamilton & r & & r & Metamorphosis DINING & r & When Craig Larsen opened Jimmy'z in downtown Spokane in 1990, it proved to be a colorful spot to buy newspapers, magazines, sheet music and cigars. Ten years later, Larsen expanded Jimmy'z
  • Fateful Meeting

    by Dale Roloff & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & ven though the Lewis and Clark expedition never got any closer to the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area than about 100 miles, reaching the northernmost reaches of the Snake River in what is now Whitman County,
  • DVD Review

    by Josh Smith & r & & r & Nine Lives & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & riter-director Rodrigo Garcia has made a film that is difficult to watch. Not because of poor writing, miserable acting or horrible cinematography -- in fact, quite the opposite. Nine Lives i
  • 30 Bloomin' Years

    & & by Michael Bowen & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & isten up, Bloomies. Things are different now. You don't have to get there early and sit on the pavement for two hours. Everybody's starting (in waves) on the same street. There is no merge point
  • Avast Ye Brigands!

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen Spokane's first 70-degree day hits, it draws everyone, even bleary-eyed scribes, blinking into the sunshine. But on the aggressively beautiful day that Josh Smith and I drop in at Scalawag's, a sm
  • Dreams Come True

    I was an illegal immigrant after my family moved to the United States from Greece in 19
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Brain Age; Rated Everyone; Nintendo DS & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's time for another age. The New Age is old. The Space Age is getting us nowhere and the Machine Age has gone digital. We could be in for a New Middle Age gi
  • Summer in the City

    & & by Joel Smith & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n our "Best of the Inland Northwest" issue last year, we asked readers to give us their No. 1 gripe about living in this area. It was a blowout. The overwhelming response was that our readers are f
  • Polyester/Polyamorous

    by Bryan Jackson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & ernie craves sexual conquest; Danny yearns for the "right" woman. Fearful of being victimized, Joan busily builds walls; for Deborah, it's all about finding her ideal match. David Mamet's 1974 play wit
  • Take Two

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & Stick It & lt;/i & & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ust in time for pre-summer, & lt;i & Bring It On & lt;/i & writer Jessica Bendinger attempts to capitalize on the success of her irreverent look into the world of young femal
  • Cracking Wheeze

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & G & lt;/span & uy walks into a bar wearing a bright orange beret. Bartender says, "What's that on your head, a squashed pumpkin? Hey, I remember that hat -- it's mine. You stole it from me." Guy says, "Obviously you'r
  • The Life O'Riley

    by Howie Stalwick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ccording to a tired old joke, the only thing worse than track is field. True, track and field has seen better days in the United States. Only a handful of college and high school meets draw more than
  • Creative Types

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & ake a shy kid from Spokane: He grows up near GU, goes to Gonzaga Prep and volunteers as program director of KPBX. Then he books for Stanford, takes urban studies, English and economics, and then retur
  • Urban Warrior

    & & by Robert Herold & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ane Jacobs died last week at age 89. A writer who made no claim to professional standing of any sort, she published her classic work, & lt;i & The Death and Life of Great American Cities & lt;/i & , in 1961.
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Klinko de Mayo & r & We always expect Cinco de Mayo -- following the upstanding tradition of vaguely ethnic excuses to get piss drunk (see also: St. Patrick's Day, Baumgarten's infamous "Croatian Beer, Serbian Stripper" theme parties,
  • Nice Works, If You Get Them

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ho's Ira Gershwin, you ask? Uh, only like the best lyricist of all time. The relatively unheralded partner and older brother of composer George Gershwin penned, throughout his lifetime, some incredi
  • Reclaiming History

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he proverbial phoenix -- what the Egyptians called the Bennu bird -- symbolized the soul of the sun, the continuation of life at each dawn. As the story goes, only one exists at a time, and as the aging
  • Dark Horizons

    Bassist and vocalist Kyle Ewegan puts it simply. "We hate hardcore kids and their cheerleading dancing." And they j
  • Making Kids Visible

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hree young guys making a documentary about kids in peril on the other side of the globe have somehow galvanized teenagers in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. Hundreds of local kids walked to the parking lot
  • CD Reviews

    by Carey Murphy and Andrew Matson & r & & r & Apathy & 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%252FviewAlbum%253Fs

Music & Film

  • It Also Means Goodbye

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the hype-driven world of indie music, slow and steady rarely wins the race. Sometimes, though, it manages quietly to impress. This was readily apparent when Aloha played New York City several week
  • Impossible Spectacle

    by Cole Smithey & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ission Impossible: III is a perfect summer blockbuster movie. From its failed-experiment opening sequence to its sharp dialogue, exotic locations and pure spectacle, this high-test action picture brilli

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