• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 19-25, 2006
  • Vol. 14, No. 1

News & Comment

  • Fresh and Tasty

    & r & Metro Metamorphosis DINING & r & The face of Spokane's dining and drinking scene is changing. Bluefish, Wild Sage Bistro, Bistango, P.F. Chang's, Steelhead and RAW (to name a few) have brought a more urbane chemistr
  • All Quiet on the Iraqi Front

    U.S. Senate Washington State 4 Maria Cantwell & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith millions of dollars at their disposal, statewide races for U.S. Senate are always played out on TV, where a quick sound bite is all candidates can re
  • We See Deadened People

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's a ghost story with a couple of literally scalp-tingling, goose-bump moments. It features creepy lighting and sound effects. It's performed well by a versatile pair of actors. It has that spooky, ha
  • East Wind Rising

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t was a sunny Friday, one of the last in a string of preternaturally mild October days, the kind of day that encourages writers to emerge from dank warrens and threadbare garrets, squinting in the war
  • The Value of Context

    by Carrie Scozzaro & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's more than an hour's drive to WSU's sprawling Pullman campus from Spokane -- two hours from North Idaho, where I live. That shouldn't matter when considering the merits of the University's latest a
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Lego Star Wars II & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ego Star Wars II is the latest attempt to take the original Star Wars trilogy into the universe of videogames. Like its wildly successful predecessor, Lego Star Wars II is legitim
  • Buzz Bin

    Sure, Jess and Tim are up for National Book Awards, but why? What's so good about their books? Jess Walter's novel about a suicidal cop sorting through rubble at Ground Zero is filled with telling details: nightmares about endless showers o
  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & The Grudge 2 (save your money) & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was going to use this opportunity to have a very serious and very philosophical discussion with you all. I wanted to discuss the vitally important role strict rules
  • Book Review

    by Sam Harris & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & am Harris throws theological curve balls: In his most recent book, he first presents an attack on fundamentalist Christians -- and indeed on fundamentalists
  • Opening Films

    The photo of six Marines planting an American flag on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima became iconic from the moment it ran on the covers of newspapers across the States. Clint Eastwood's film of the biographical
  • Now Playing

    Real-life footage of bugs (mainly a praying mantis and a caterpillar) tells the story of their life in the rain forest. The IMAX screen closes in on the insects with a childlike intensity, but the directors have spiced things
  • Recently Reviewed

    & r & STEELHEAD BAR & amp; GRILLE & r & It's one of the oldest buildings in downtown Spokane, the old Coeur d'Alene Hotel, and the interior design takes full advantage: exposed brick, a huge crumpled metal sculpture, and a wrought iron spiral sta
  • Borowitz Report

    By Andy Borowitz & r & & r & SIZE DOES NOT MATTER, CLAIMS KIM JON-IL & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ust days after U.S. officials expressed their doubts about the size of North Korea's recent nuclear test, North Korean president Kim Jong-Il lashed out at his
  • DVD Review

    by Bob Grimm & r & & r & A Nightmare on Elm Street & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & remember how this one gave me a severe case of the creeps when it first came out back in 1984. The repugnant child-killing character of Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englun
  • Religious Convsersion

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ayor Dennis Hession's process-laden, bloodless report to the City Council on the state of the city and his plans for the future calls to mind an article written years back by the late Senator Patrick M
  • A Brief Timeline of Creation

    Dec. 1970: Formation of the Environmental Protection Agency 1978-80: Rise of the Moral Majority, Christian Coalition and Reaganism, marking the beginning of an alliance between conservative political leaders and many conservati
  • Sound Advice

    So the Eurhapsodist will gig no more, which is sad. Before you shed the single tear that symbolizes the proud sorrow that comes from watching the decay of our musical landscape, know that the breakup may be launc
  • The Sins of the World

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n the evening of September 14, in Whitworth College's Weyerhaeuser Hall, Dr. Tom Ackerman stood before more than 200 people and gave a PowerPoint presentation that could pass for a community theater
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ISTRESS AND THE MISTERS' new album Conflagration (the first without the mistress chick -- good riddance, our e-mail boxes are half as full without her) is filthy. I'm not just saying that because I we
  • The Greening of Saint John's

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & vangelical Christians don't have a corner on the church's environmental market. A small green revolution has also been taking place in the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane. It's not a wave of environmental gu
  • CD Reviews

    Adam Gnade Shout the Rafters Down! 4 Stars Adam Gnade has been called the Jack Kerouac of his generation. He is a writer, a poet and a musician. His music puts him in the ranks of friends like Ray Raposa (Cast
  • Silence of the Shams

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & ruce Guthrie came to Spokane last week just another guy in a power suit with a list of talk-points in his run for U.S. Senate. In this way he was much like Senator Maria Cantwell, the Democratic incumbe
  • God's Politics

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & The Baylor University report, "Piety in America," suggested that the way Americans access and believe in God -- even among the most conservative -- is vastly more complicated than anyone ever guessed. To illustrate this nuance, we

Music & Film

  • Five Post-teenagers and a Vibraphone

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & h, the good old Pacific Northwest basement rock show: a chance to drink free beer, snoop in someone else's medicine cabinet while supposedly looking for toilet paper, and -- every once in a great whil
  • Planting History

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Planting History & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e've all seen the iconic photograph of six Marines raising the American flag at the top of Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. It's an image that's forever burned into o

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