• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 5-11, 2006
  • Vol. 13, No. 51

News & Comment

  • Buzz Bin

    In a two-night fund-raising show, Interplayers will present Good Morning, World, How Are You? By portraying Mark Twain and Will Rogers -- and by enacting an anti-war parable by James Thurber -- four actors will tell us all about how we're
  • Win by Loosing

    by William Stimson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "P & lt;/span & owerful change occurs by taking small steps each day of your life." Most dieters don't want to hear advice like that. Instead, they want to hear about how fantastic results can be achieved effortles
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Okami & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he PlayStation 2 is almost dead. A few weeks from now, an entirely new PlayStation will sweep through stores, leaving a line of new games in its wake. Among them will no doubt be the seeds of
  • Book Review

    by John Dicker & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & o one who's reconnoitered a bookstore these last few years can be ignorant of a trend in nonfiction that might as well be called "microhistory." Now firmly established, the trope finds authors pushing in
  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & Open Season & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e'll get to how stoked Demi Moore's kids must be about this movie - indeed we'll get to talking about the movie itself - in a second. First, though, a comment to the folks at Kid Cu
  • Moving Mountains

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & magine the scene: The candidate strides into the capital rotunda, followed by dark-suited men carrying briefcases. The gathered reporters open their notebooks. Camera flashes go off. On cue, the
  • VAT-Greenwood Institute

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ix artists from Chewelah's Greenwood Institute d'Art will be exhibiting their work at the Constant Creations tattoo parlor during the Visual Arts Tour (Friday, 5-9 pm, and Saturday, noon-8 pm). The Gre
  • Opening Films

    Martin Scorsese returns to form in this gritty remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Mou gaan dou. Set in contemporary Boston, the story's premise is that the cops have a rat (Leonardo DiCaprio) in mobster Jack Nicholson's Ir
  • Borowitz Report

    By Andy Borowitz & r & & r & Monica Lewinski Mulls Presidential Run in 2008 & lt;BR & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & new survey of Democratic voters indicates that in a hypothetical match-up between Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and former presidential nominee John
  • VAT-Gordon Wilson

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ike so many things that require explanation, the term en plein air is French. It means "in the open air," and refers particularly to the act of painting outside, on location. This trend developed in
  • Now Playing.nep

    Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, which sees past partisanship, isn't a great political novel just because it refuses to over-simplify American politicking. It's a layered story of an idealist turned cynical
  • Smoky Day

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here will always be people to whom "barbecue" means the same thing as "grill," but remember this distinction: grilling is fast and hot; barbecue is slow and warm. Meanwhile, there are those who'll swear
  • Rainin' on the Songs

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's arguably the finest movie musical of all time. Why should any theater, much less a nonprofessional theater, take on the challenge of attempting to produce Singin' in the Rain? Images of Gene Kelly
  • DVD Review

    by Marty Demerest & r & & r & South Park: The Complete Eighth Season & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & outh Park used to be funny -- more than just funny in the crude-kids-swearing style. South Park used to tackle real issues, with surprising wit. Jews being dum
  • Recently Reviewed

    MICKDUFF'S 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 a
  • Party With Johannes

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & ckart Preu is having a blast with Brahms. "God, I wish I could do this longer. There is not much better music in this world," he says. As music director of the Spokane Symphony, he has been preparing n
  • Bloody Entanglements

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & The Departed & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he question has been kicking around for years. Will Martin Scorsese ever return to the filmmaking glory he once had claim to? Would there be another Casino, Goodfellas, Mean Streets? Wi
  • Fresh and Tasty

    Despite Genghis Khan's best efforts, horses don't scream "Chinese restaurant" to me. And yet the cool horse out front draws all eyes to P.F. CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO, the newest addition to Spokane'
  • Victory in Defeat?

    by Shaun Cross & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ife is chock full of truths that are counterintuitive. For example, Christians (of which I'm one) believe a person must lose his life in order to save it. That's pretty counterintuitive. In a much more w
  • Sound Advice

    Brooklyn Nights has been inching toward becoming a bigger music presence in town. From occasional one-act nights, they've gradually grown to host multiple-artist events. Check out Wayne Patrick, Mark Ward and Kristen Mar
  • Goodbye GOP

    by Robert Stokes & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n a free, democratic society, political affiliation is an informed, continually evaluated decision; not a bond of blind loyalty, like that of dog to man. That said, I hereby take leave of the Republica
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith so many emcees who can't muster a decent flow, let alone make their own beats, it's nice to see a guy who's so entrenched in producing beats and just general music geekery that he works his name
  • Collaring Cops

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he ghost of Otto Zehm haunts this fall's race for Spokane County prosecutor. The name of the 37-year-old janitor, who died while in restraints after a long struggle with police last spring, is quickly i
  • Taking Liberties

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & b & lt;/span & y 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 tha
  • CD Reviews

    Viva Voce Get Yr Blood Sucked Out 3 Stars Viva Voce's first album since signing to Barsuk Records would have made a smashing EP. Unfortunately, it's a full-length -- which means you get a handful of terrific songs s
  • Check Writing Record

    by Rick Anderson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t age 70, Martin Selig still suits up for work every day, arriving at his real-estate headquarters in downtown Seattle armed with plans to build another skyscraper or tear down another historic buildin
  • Restrain This White House

    by Bruce Fein & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & uppose Democrats capture control of one or both chambers of Congress in November. A conservative would instinctively cringe. On the domestic front, Democrats still don't get Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations
  • Cat Lets Loose

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "H & lt;/span & e's coming on a Thursday night because of all the local players," says Pam Meyer, a music instructor at SFCC and organizer of the Mike Stern Band's visit tonight. "They've got their own gigs on Friday
  • And We Thought Clinton Had No Self-Control

    by Joe Scarborough & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen The Washington Monthly reached me at my office recently, a voice on the other side of the line meekly asked if I would ever consider writing an article supporting the radical proposition that Rep
  • Missing the Party

    by Lunell Haught & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 'm a Republican because my dad and mom were, their parents were, and I suppose that takes us back to Lincoln. Fourth Generation. Several of my family members have served in public office. I am also a R
  • Let's Hand the Whole Mess off to Harry and Nancy

    by Bruce Bartlett & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s a conservative who's interested in the long-term health of both my country and the Republican Party, I have a suggestion for the GOP in 2006: lose. Handing over at least one house of Congress to the
  • Let's Quit While We're Behind

    by Christopher Buckley & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & he trouble with our times," Paul Val & eacute;ry said, "is that the future is not what it used to be." This glum aper & ccedil;u has been much with me as we move into the home stretch of the 2006 mid-term electio
  • Tourniquet of Vapor

    by Anthony Stassi and Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f the Spokane music scene had anatomical features, Belt of Vapor would undoubtedly be the balls. And lucky for us, they get a lot of play. When they aren't gigging in Portland, Sea
  • Ideology Rules

    by Jeffrey Hart & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith 9/11, George W. Bush was reborn (again). Until then, his presidency had been undistinguished and his poll numbers low. He had also made one particularly ominous decision. In August 2001, using an ex

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