• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 1-7, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 33

News & Comment

  • The View From Above

    About a year ago, I received an e-mail from an unknown sender with the suffix of nasa.gov. I didn't know anyone at NASA, so I hesitated for a moment, suspicious of spam, but then gave into temptation and clicked it open.
  • One World Lite

    by Ann M. Colford and Susan Hamilton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ometimes it takes awhile for a restaurant to find its identity. That's surely the case with Maaskeller's Ale House. The newly revamped restaurant had earlier incarnations as the Gar
  • Baby's First Cable

    by Mad Dog & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's amazing that it's taken this long, but finally we have a cable channel programmed for babies. I didn't say "by babies" -- that would, of course, mean Anderson Cooper is the head of programming. No, this i
  • Take Two

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & A Prairie Home Companion & lt;/i & & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & obert Altman has carved out a long, brilliant career by being rigidly contrarian. While most films depict life sped up and focus-group-homogenized
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Paradise; Rated Teen; PC & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & have no idea who Ann Smith is. After an airplane crash in Africa, she lost her memory. Now I'm helping her find it. I've watched her lie in bed and bond with a black leopa
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Wired To Win & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & MAX presents a paradoxical format. On the one hand, you've got that gorgeous, gargantuan screen. On the other, you have their placement in science centers and city parks across Am
  • Lisa Brown's Body

    & & by Joel Smith & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast year a collection of green-minded organizations called the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition asked 10 Washingtonians to submit samples of their hair, urine and blood to test for the presence of toxic
  • Earning Trust

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & nstitutions matter. Religious groups hold us to higher standards with a common code of morality. Government solves our problems through collective action. And business creates an ever-better future thr
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & The Lake House -- An interesting idea gets turned into a mess of a movie, running out of steam a third of the way in, then plodding on to a sentimental ending. Too bad, because the story of Kate (Sandra Bullock) and Alex (Keanu Ree
  • Revising Playwrights

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he four one-acts at this year's Playwrights Festival Forum, as always, offer a grab-bag of premises: A playwright yells at a critic who ridiculed her play. A man ponders the meaning of a spiritual drea
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & The Break-Up & r & It's a sexy mess when Brooke and Gary break up but refuse to move out of the condo they share. Gary's slovenly buddies, played by Jason Bateman (!) and John Favreau come to his aid while Brooke's ambiguously gay br
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & & r & Disaster Waiting To Happen & r & After the catastrophic destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, it was revealed that before the event, detailed scientific determinations showed the certainty of New Orleans' vulnerability a
  • The Player

    & & by Marty Demarest & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & Hitman: Blood Money Rated Mature & lt;/i & & & 17+; Mac, PC, PS2, Xbox, 36 & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he waiter's white jacket is a blank in the crowd of jiggling Santa's helpers and black-tuxedoed old men. Workin
  • Lewis & amp;amp; Clark - June 1-7, 1806

    by Robert Carriker & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "W & lt;/span & e begin to feel some anxiety with rispect to Sergt. Ordway and party who were sent to Lewis's river for salmon, we have received no intelligence of them since they set out." Both Meriwether Lewis an
  • 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
  • The Boys Are Back

    by Howie Stalwick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he boys of summer, Spokane edition, return to Avista Stadium on Monday night to jump-start another season of Indians baseball. Almost a quarter century has passed since the end of Spokane's baseball g
  • Children of the Code

    by Greg Burk & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & an Brown's The Da Vinci Code is a work of fiction. And like the historically verifiable passages in Bible, it makes sense of an absurd and chaotic world. Not logical sense, maybe, but intuitive sense. Peop
  • DVD Review

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & High School Musical & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ince its first telecast on the Disney Channel in January, High School Musical has charted five hit singles, gone triple platinum, sold 400,000 DVDs in one day and prompted the
  • Stranger Than Fiction

    & & by Mike Corrigan & & & r & & r & & & Skatetopia & & & r & & lt;i & Zero hour, 8 am -- Hillyard Skate Park: The air feels crisp in the lungs as the sun inches up over the hills in the east, filling the bowls of concrete with light. Featureless at midday, the slate grey
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Writerz Whut Spel Gud & r & Sometimes Zookeeper McGregor lets his trained chimps out of the Buzz Bin. This weekend at ArtFest, for example, presents you with an opportunity to view ink-stained wretches in an arts-festival environment
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Wild Noodles -- Wild Noodles offers a variety of culinary traditions, fresh food and fast service that feels more like a full-service restaurant. Diners choose from Italian, Asian or American noodle favorites. The lasagna in a bowl
  • Decoding Cannes 2006

    by Cole Smithey & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & very year, all of my best intentions to see all of the films in the main competition at Cannes are dashed by the end of the second day when the deluge of various different award sections and marketplace
  • Book Review

    by John Dicker & r & & r & Everyman by Philip Roth & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hat was it Woody Allen who said, "Death is easy and comedy is hard"? Well, Philip Roth just upended that assertion in a big way. In his latest novel, Everyman, death proves
  • Fresh And Tasty

    by Ann M. Colford and Susan Hamilton & r & & r & Sonic Boom FAST FOOD & r & Sonic Drive-In may have started in 1953 as an American Dream, but to some in Spokane, the long-anticipated arrival of the nation's largest drive-in chain is a nightmare. Neighbors in the
  • Timely Arrival

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & eema Khorammi has shot out of Seattle's east-side suburbs, a forest of software companies, used-car lots, Laundromats and teriyaki joints to arrive, unexpectedly, on the radio. You can find him on Seat
  • Shaky Future?

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & n earthquake of a 7 magnitude or higher is not to be taken lightly. If one were to hit somewhere in the Inland Northwest, it could be devastating, with structures collapsing under once-solid grou
  • Sound Advice

    & & by & & & & Inlander Staff & & & & & r & & r & & & & & Macabre Fables & & & r & If you've ever wished for the theatricality of the Decemberists, but with perhaps a more Renaissance edge (like harpsichord-sounding things), then you've been waiting for Faun Fables.
  • Flirting With Albini

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's somewhat comforting to know that legendarily contrarian lo-fi producer Steve Albini could be seduced by something as simple as some sultry flirtation with a pretty girl. That's exactly what got L
  • Cleaning Up the Cleanup

    by Paul Peters & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & G & lt;/span & ordon Sullivan finally felt some hope of vindication for his criticisms of the Environmental Protection Agency's work cleaning up the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby, Mont., when a federal investigat
  • Stories of Note

    & & by Inlander Staff & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n Saturday, local journalists gathered at CenterStage for the annual Society of Professional Journalists regional awards ceremony. Journalists from around the nation judged our work against oth
  • CD Reviews

    & & by Mike Corigan and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & & & r & & r & & 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%252FviewArti
  • The Green Thumb Quotient

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ust as gardening season descends upon us like all that Ponderosa pine pollen, Spokane may be on the cusp of major shifts in how we view our Kentucky bluegrass and water-loving ornamentals. While susta
  • Sonic Ka-Boom

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he opening of the new Sonic Drive-In is creating more than traffic jams from Spokane's lemming-esque gnawers of fast food. The national chain is demanding that a Spokane original -- Sonic Burritos -- chan
  • Call It a Comeback

    & & by Luke Baumgarten & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & eattle is at war with itself over the Weapons. On the one hand, a handful of upstart bloggers, webzinesters, and the & lt;i & Seattle Times & lt;/i & (the area's austere, grandfatherly paper of record) ar
  • Numbers Crunching

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e live in times replete with mathematical references ("Hey! Do the math if you don't believe me!"); in a society where we are praised when we "Do it by the numbers," and where it is considered a good pe
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Mistress and the New CD & r & She was gone for a while, but Mistress -- Spokane's craziest, most domineering female drummer -- is back in town, reforming Mistress and the misters like a hormonal, leather-clad Voltron. They're celebrati
  • Kicking the Oil Habit

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & diverse group of concerned community leaders gathered on May 17 to hear an equally diverse group of presenters bring global issues of sustainability into a local context. The two events -- "Community
  • Pitchfork, The New Black

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & verybody has at least one friend who can't let the playlist go untouched. If he's around an iPod, he's shuffling through it, wincing and frown-shrugging at the bad and passable. In his car, he's changi

Music & Film

  • If Not Thao, When?

    by Courtney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s anyone who has sent a missive off to their favorite rocker, actor or writer knows, fan letters generally don't provide much of a return. A signed headshot and a form letter seem to be the standard
  • Lagging Letters

    & & by Ed Symkus & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ere you go, folks, the first date movie of the season. It's a gentle and breezy story about two soulmates who, you know, have difficulty getting together. No, wait. Maybe it's a fantasy. After all,

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