• Issue Archive for
  • Sep 28 - Oct 4, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 50

News & Comment

  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Harvest Moon & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & moved to the farm to change my pace of living. Like many 21st-century Americans, I was overwhelmed with time pressure. It was no longer sufficient for me simply to kill the main alien
  • Illustrating Spokane

    Ivan Munk, who died on Sept. 6, a few months short of his 70th birthday, spent his entire life imagining Spokane's past. Everything he did in a diverse career — illustrator, painter, television producer, restorer of historic buildings — comes together in this idea: the utter importance and particularity of Spokane's moments.
  • Take Two

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & artisans think in black and white terms: My side's lily white, yours is pure evil, and anyone who chooses the wrong side is just plain dumb. But Robert Penn Warren's All the
  • Cold to Touch

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ow much of who you think you are consists of what you actually believe? Or do you just do what other people want? If you insist that music should be relaxing and that paintings should match the color o
  • Opening Films

    Kevin Costner plays an aging Coast Guard rescue instructor, Ashton Kutcher is his feistiest student, there is much clashing between them as training progresses (till the script, not very cleverly, gets them drinki
  • Buzz Bin

    Whoo, boy, did we make some mistakes in our Annual Manual. And since the next edition won't come out until, well, next year (it's an Annual), and since we do a lot of fact-checking by hand (it's a Manual), we came to believe that Buz
  • 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 greas
  • Recently Reviewed

    MickDuff's Sandpoint brewpub is rustic and comfortable, but with flecks of modernity. And a little kitsch. The floors are the original Douglas fir, buffed to a shine. There are massive old-wood pillars. But the walls ar
  • DVD Review

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his week, in select locations (i.e., not in Spokane), The Queen opens, showcasing a performance from Helen Mirren (as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II) that is reportedly withering and brilliant and hone
  • Tilting at Windmills

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & hris McCullough sees a future where all the electricity that powers our homes and offices and hair dryers comes not from smoke-belching coal plants, but burbles forth from the water, the wind, from the wa
  • Tagged for Innovation

    by Carrie Scozzaro & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & alling Jose Parla a graffiti artist would not be entirely off the wall. Sure, he uses spray paint and the distinctive lettering style found on underpasses and concrete walls -- bubble lettering, bold
  • Fresh and Tasty

    Sidewalk cafes trigger a romanticized urban yearning in Americans; stick a couple of metal tables and chairs in front of your shop, and we get all excited. Reality may trump romance when the weath
  • Soldier's Story

    essay by Kory Turnbow & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 've been asked by numerous friends and acquaintances since my return home in December of last year what I think of the War on Terror, or the War in Iraq. I get the impression that they are typical
  • Journey to Wellness

    by Susan Hamilton & r & & r & AHH THERE'S THE RUB & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & assage isn't just a relaxing spa treatment or the pleasurable touch from your partner. This therapeutic healing practice applies structured pressure, tension, motion or vibratio
  • Learn More

    Galbraith's connection with Iraq predates the March 2003 U.S. invasion by more than a decade. As a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Comm
  • The 5 Percenters

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen Panacea, Lord Jamar and Sadat X take the Spread's stage, you will be witnessing variegated shades of glory. Panacea represents the optimistic promise and eventual defeat of Rawkus Records, the la
  • CD Reviews

    Yo La Tengo & r & I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass & r & 4 and 1/2 stars & r & From the "Music That Matters" category, Yo La Tengo showcases why they are still the best band that nobody acknowledges. Georgi
  • Sharp End of the Spear

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & remember reading an anecdote told by or about the great documentary photographer W. Eugene Smith. It was still in the early years of World War II and the photographer had gone to have beers at the apar
  • Rotting Apples

    & & by Paul K. Haeder & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne of the most haunting images in the documentary Broken Limbs is a blazing pyre of bulldozed apple tree limbs, the flames rising up in the cold fall air to make way for a Home Depot across fro

Music & Film

  • Catholic Drunk Girls

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter a week trying to write about the Ian Fays, I'm convinced "Catholic guilt" is a concept invented by the Irish to avoid talking about their troubled lives and labyrinthine art. Like the souls of Jam
  • Crossers Doubled

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & School for Scoundrels & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & have to give this film a lot of credit in at least one area: Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong have done a remarkable job in completely reimagining the 1960 British film -- of the s

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