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  • Sep 21-27, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 49

News & Comment

  • Now Playing.nep

    Steve Pink's directorial debut (he was the screenwriter on John Cusack's great black comedy Grosse Point Blank) is a slight but punchy comedy of college-aged misfits that starts out strong before slipping down a grea
  • A Plan for Pools

    By ELIZABETH SCHOEDEL, GARY LAWTON AND STEVE MCNUTT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & ools are in the public spotlight. A chorus of 700 neighbors has spoken up about the importance of preserving Comstock Pool. It is very clear that there is support for
  • Convivial Sage

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & ining out is about more than eating -- it's a social event, a way to connect with friends and family around the common experience of food. The best meals enhance the connections among the people around
  • DVD Review

    by Micheal Bowen & r & & r & I Am a Sex Addict & r & The cover photo of this DVD isn't very racy, but someone had turned it toward the wall anyway. Happens all the time, according to the Blockbuster clerk: "Anything provocative, they'll try to cover it up," she s
  • Power Politics

    by William Stimson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & xactly 75 years ago, on Sept. 21, 1931, the Associated Press sent out a news report that spread shock and disappointment among Spokane's leadership. The report said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers h
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Mario Hoops 3 & r & The most memorable thing about Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is the music. Mario's tunes often have a jaunty simplicity that translates easily from beeps and blips to whistles and hums. But Mario Hoops 3-on-3 was developed f
  • Mapping With Words

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & Home Ground by Barry Lopez & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lot of people -- pundits, poets, politicians -- think our country is in a general state of malaise, with staged "reality" masquerading as entertainment, public discour
  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & The Last Kiss & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Last Kiss is an attempt at condensing and universalizing the experience of a newish breed of twentysomething. It fails badly. It's often very raw (not unlike The Break Up) and
  • In the Driver's Seat

    In a strong production that balances comedy with searing moments of loneliness, Interplayers is putt
  • Recently Reviewed

    Caf & eacute; Carambola's salads, soups, specialty sandwiches, quesadillas and wraps all have a sizzling Latin flair. Salads are made with fresh, local produce and are bursting with flavor. Soups are both comforting and adve
  • Opening Films

    Robert Penn Warren's novel gets the ol' big screen treatment, or rather, re-treatment. A remake of a 1949 film that won several Oscars, it's a rough, fictionalized portrayal of populist politician Huey Long,
  • Buzz Bin

    & & That's the fear of finding yourself surrounded by people who know too much about fermented grape juice (or who pretend to). Sufferers from this widespread disorder can find support this weekend at the Dave
  • Fresh and Tasty

    Spokane meets Buenos Aires -- or at least an outpost of the Argentine capital -- at PRAGO, the newly opened and long-awaited Argentine caf & eacute; at Riverside and Browne. Inside, the p
  • Sound Advice

    There's this band called the Cops that we've been trying to write about for like four months now. They cancelled their first gig in Spokane (at Empyrean) with promises to return. A show on Sept. 23 featuring them popp
  • Reviewing the Review

    By Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's been nearly 12 years since the River Park Square project was first announced, and the Spokesman-Review is still trying to figure out how to cover it. To their credit, at least now their befud
  • Needle in the Hay

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & ivision Day's backstory is certainly different from the typical "four buddies from high school" narrative. The band was formed when lead singer Rohner Segnitz took a risk and moved a group of his fri
  • CD Reviews

    The Trucks & r & The Trucks & r & 4 stars & r & The Trucks are not the kind of girls you take home to mother. On their eponymous debut release, the Bellingham-based quartet -- who almost literally melted the sound system at
  • Taking Liberties

    & & by Ray Ring & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n a sunny May afternoon, Eric Dondero stood on a sidewalk in the small town of Three Forks, Mont., asking people to sign a petition. Next to him sat a knee-high poster board that said simply: "Protec
  • Tribute Band Pageant

    & & by & & & & Luke Baumgarten & & & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's hard to assign numbers to things in general, but musical performances are especially difficult. How can you assign a number to, like, a Garth Brooks tour? Do you compare him

Music & Film

  • Universal Ethereal Bus

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & usdriver has been taking fools to school for a while now, navigating not only his own hip-hop consciousness (cultivated since his dad did work on the Krush Groove screenplay), but the dense, confusing
  • D'oh Boys

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ere it is, folks. Just what we need in these troubled times of international political mayhem: a "based-on-fact" film about a handful of patriotic Americans who decide to, you know, fight for what's right.

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