• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 29 - Jul 5, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 37

News & Comment

  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & The Devil Wears Prada -- A strong, subtle (but not too subtle) and often comic performance by Meryl Streep as a magazine editor from hell almost saves this biting satire on the fashion industry. But a weak, one-dimensional portraya
  • Not Adding Up

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & s it just me, or did it just get really expensive around here? Used to be that Spokane's ace in the hole was its affordability -- in everything from housing to electricity. Not anymore. The nation
  • Birth of Two Salesman

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & uke Barats is complaining about car insurance. Having graduated from Gonzaga in May, now the filmmaker is lacking both good student discounts and the protective umbrella of parental oversight. Plus h
  • On Deck for Supes

    by J. Caleb Mozzocco & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Bryan Singer-directed Superman Returns has just opened -- is it too early to start speculating about the next Superman movie? Of course not -- Warner Brothers has already announced a 2009, Singer-
  • Waypoints of the Heart

    by Julianne Couch & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s a kid, I used to play treasure hunt, all by myself. I'd take a piece of notebook paper and draw an X for my starting point -- the front stoop of my house, or on a dead-end street. Then I'd make a ser
  • Now Playing

    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
  • Recently Reviewed

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Linnie's Thai Cuisine -- At a recent performance at the Shop, Portland singer-songwriter Krist Krueger (who plays under the name Southerly) spent much of his between-song gab time extolling the wonders of Linnie's Thai Cuisine. Whe
  • Letters to the Editor

    by Inlander Readers & r & & r & A Capital Idea & r & I love Spokane. Having lived in Connecticut, New York and Chicago, I can attest to the fact that the very strong sense of community and quality of life that we have here is rarely seen in the rest of the countr
  • The Taxman Cometh

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he rugged eastern side of Idaho's Benewah County, the area around St. Maries and the St. Joe River, has been a reliable flash point where tensions between whites and Indians are more visible than elsewh
  • Lewis & amp;amp; Clark - June 29-July 5, 1806

    by Robert Carriker & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & uring five trying days on the Lolo Trail in June 1806, the single-file Lewis and Clark Expedition looked like a solemn procession. Beginning on June 29, however, their progress took on aspects of a t
  • Handbags From Hell

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & ppity clothes hounds who drooled over the designs in Sex and the City are going to get a charge out of the novel-to-screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's supposed expose on the Manhattan fashion scene.
  • A Long, Winding Road

    by Christina Kelly & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & arolyn Lakewold went from playing professional fast-pitch softball to teaching English at the community college level to winemaking, all with the precision of an athlete -- the timing, the nuances and
  • This Plan Won't Float

    by Wes Hanson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Hagadone Corporation proposes enlarging the Blackwell Island marina at Lake Coeur d'Alene's outlet. It would excavate enormous volumes of bottom sediment, store toxic soil at an unspecified repository
  • Church of America

    by Forrest Church & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he racehorse Silky Sullivan was a Western phenom. In the late 1950s, he stopped hearts in every race he ran by spotting his opponents a 30-length lead. Halfway round the track, with the bunched contenders
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Titan, Rated Teen, PC & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 've hacked at that giant brown spider half a dozen times, and she's still scrambling after me. A single mouse-click, aimed at an empty spot on the stony floor, and I run down
  • DVD Review

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Jesus Is Magic, comedian Sarah Silverman ruthlessly plays the part of complacent upper-middle America, fiddling while the lower class burns. "I don't care if you th
  • Pad Thai-Casting

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t a performance at the Shop two weeks ago, Portland singer-songwriter Krist Krueger (who plays under the name Southerly) spent much of his between-song gab time extolling the wonders of Linnie's Thai Cuis
  • Buzz Bin

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Hoop Hard, Hoop Clean & r & Good sportsmanship appeared to be on display at Hoopfest -- though maybe that's just because one of the Buzz Bin's teams played in the family division this year. (And he -- let's call him "Jer" -- came in sec
  • Losing Our Shadows

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or grown-ups, the world has become a habit; for kids, it's full of surprises. Director Bob Sembiante opens his playful/rapturous Peter Pan (through July 15 at Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre) with an unse
  • Water, Street, Whatever

    by Pat Kennedy & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ainstream sports have it easy. Most kids have a football, basketball or baseball in their hands from the get-go. If you have the dream to play the game, the path is there: Start in high school, get a sch
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest -- Cast, director and writers are back for the midsection of the raucous trilogy about Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), William Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightl
  • Fresh And Tasty

    by Ann M. Colford and Susan Hamilton & r & & r & A Bite of Heaven DESSERTS & r & "This is heaven!" my daughter exclaimed after her first bite. With a pronouncement like that, I had to try a bite myself. Yes, it was rich, creamy, smooth and very satisfying. "It fl
  • Book Review

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & God Laughs and Play by David James Duncan & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 've always known that Montana writer David James Duncan has a spiritual bent, most frequently expressed through the miracle of trout streams and pine f
  • Buzz Bin

    There was a surprise applause line during a downtown showing of An Inconvenient Truth over the weekend. Professor Al Gore -- surprising how well PowerPoint presentations work as campaign films -- had made t
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & NFL Head Coach, Rated Everyone, PC, PS2, Xbox & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are three important seasons in the year of an NFL coach. It begins during the off-season, in an empty office, where I listen to the team's owner
  • Now Playing

    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
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Click & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & lick is essentially Variations on a Wonderful Life. It's not all "Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan" and post-Depression, big-capitalism angst, but it is a modern fair
  • The Borowitz Report

    & & by Andy Borowitz & & & r & & r & & & CHENEY STARS IN PRO-GLOBAL WARMING FILM & & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n an attempt to counteract the impact of former Vice President Al Gore's cautionary film about global warming, & lt;i & An Inconvenient Truth & lt;/i & , Vic
  • Book Review

    & & by Terri Schlicenmeyer & r & & r & & & & & & lt;i & Sbakes in Suits & lt;/i & & & & & by Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & o you flipped on the news the other night and there was another story about another executive who got into tro
  • The 2006 Spokies

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hey may represent just one guy's opinion, and the regional theater scene may have expanded to more than any one person can take in, but here they are anyway: the 2006 Spokies, honoring the year's best
  • DVD Review

    by Bob Grimm & r & & r & The Princess Bride: Buttercup Edition & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y opinion of director Rob Reiner has taken a few hits in recent years (Rumor Has It, Alex & amp; Emma). After revisiting The Princess Bride, his 1987 gem, I'm reminded o
  • CD Reviews

    & & by Micahel Bowen and Andrew Matson & r & & r & & & & & Lord Jamar & & & 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%
  • Not Timorous

    by Geroge Howland Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he internal party changes that began in January with the narrow election victory of Diane Tebelius as state GOP chair became evident to all last month, when the Washington State Republican Party r
  • Camas Culture

    by Paul K. Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he process of turning up earth and shaking off soil from the roots of a bulb is as old as human time. From Arctic regions to the American Southwest, from the foothills in Bhutan, to the outback in Aus
  • Truck U

    & & by & & & & Joel Smith & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f the Trucks' musical careers don't work out, then that's it. "It's our last hope. It's this or the noose," they say. "If we don't make some money off of this, we're just going to off oursel
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & The Oscar Goes To & r & Los Angeles experi-power pop band Gosling aren't hella soft like the goslings you might find in nature. They're hella edgy, propulsive, theatrical and even a little hard, like our fave actor Ryan Gosling (who
  • The Night Stuff

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & nough eulogies to dying venues already, it's breaking our hearts. Everyone (rightly, us included) got all teary over the passing of the B-Side, hailing it the end of an era and the end of good music
  • Sound Advice

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & The Rest of Youth & r & Fall of Snow's album, okay., comes in a sleeve made out of brown sweatpants -- and like those sweatpant shards. okay., is incredibly soft, layering snare and several types of string over singer Stephanie's hush
  • CD Reviews

    & & by Ted S. McGregor Jr. and Andrew Matson & r & & r & & & & & ZERO 7 & & & 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%252Fw
  • Quick Hits

    Don't know your World History? "Pompeii" will tell you everything you nee
  • Weed Be-Gone

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & eaweed is a nuisance. Specifically, the Eurasian milfoil variety can ruin your favorite swimming hole, choke out other plants and even upset the ecological balance that allows fish to thrive. A n

Music & Film

  • Legalizing Love

    Lately, Muncie has the most fertile soil in Indiana for unique and genuine bands to sprout. Among the
  • Back on Deck

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he biggest surprise about this film's predecessor, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was how surprisingly good it was -- a comedy-laced adventure of major proportions with, literally,

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