• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2006
  • Vol. 14, No. 2

News & Comment

  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & Marie Antionette & r & To avoid any confusion, let me begin by saying that Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is not so revolutionary as to revitalize period cinema. Neither, though, is it so facile and shallow as to kill it completely
  • The Right Track?

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & ucked inside the ballots Spokane County residents received in the mail last week -- somewhere between the candidates for PUD commissioner and a vote on Deer Park school redistricting -- is a pair of proposi
  • Edward Curtis

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & dward Curtis was born in 1868 in Wisconsin and grew up in Minnesota. At 19, he moved to Washington Territory with his father and eventually settled in Seattle, where he established a photography studi
  • Opening Films

    Tim Robbins and Derek Luke star in a thriller set in the waning years of the apartheid in South Africa. A young black family man (Luke) is complacent about his lot in life -- a good job, a healthy and happy family -- until
  • Buzz Bin

    Two women were commiserating about their kids. Said one to the other: "There's not that much difference between teens and toddlers, other than age and vocabulary." Multicultural Spokane Film director Wayne Wang has helmed mainstream
  • Now Playing.nep

    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 up
  • Book Review

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman & r & The book Fragile Things begins with a lengthy tribute to Neil Gaiman's writing. Each story and poem in this 350-odd page collection of odds and ends is discussed -- what makes it a good story or poe
  • DVD Review

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & Edmond & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the plot of Edmond, David Mamet's late-'70s play now turned into a film, a middle manager (William H. Macy) decides he's bored with life. So he visits a tarot card reader, leaves his wife a
  • Fresh and Tasty

    I love my 1975 edition of JOY OF COOKING. The spine is bent in key places -- it opens easily to "Roast Turkey" -- and food splatters mark several oft-used pages. Curiously, the page about "Wild G
  • Growing Differences

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & hil Harris is like your favorite uncle. He has folksy speech patterns, can joke at his own expense and is quick with homilies. He's the kind of guy who lives his by strict rules -- golden rules, he calls
  • Through a Lens Darkly

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & oes a photograph show truth? This is an important question to carry into the current exhibition of photogravures by Edward S. Curtis at the MAC. The process of photography relies on scientific princip
  • Goldmark for Congress

    by The Inlander & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he ruling party back in the other Washington is out of control. They've lost touch with the needs of the average American -- even worse, they're flat-out corrupt. They're a wicked bunch that deserves to
  • Just the One of Us

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & espite all of this production's leg warmers and hefty cordless phones (with pull-out antennas!) -- despite the Members Only jackets, the women's shoulder pads, and a soundtrack filled with Lauper, Bowie
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Bully & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y parents drove me to private school in their boxy upper-middle-class sedan. If I had been in Grand Theft Auto III, I wouldn't have even bothered sticking a gun in the face of my mother's new
  • A Vote for Balance

    Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager With Jim West's passing, Phil Harris has become the Goliath of local politics. He has 12 years behind him and perhaps thousands of people who have been touched by his folksy charm. Say wha
  • Immaculate Receiver

    by Howie Stalwick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ichael Allan has brought the big time to the small time in a huge way. Allan, a solid but unspectacular athlete during time at Bellevue's Interlake High School, has blossomed into an NFL prospect at t
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & irty, Southern-inflected classic rock is hot right now -- ask your kid brother. You know, the one with the greasy face and bandana who's getting laid more than you. Him. Since 1978, College Music Jour
  • Swift Boating II

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & Desperate to retain control of the House of Representatives, Republicans have resorted once again to the ugly, cheap and utterly reprehensive strategy of "Swift Boating" a number of Democratic candidates: Patrick Murphy, running in
  • Nintendo Fusion Tour

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & intendo's Fusion Tour is aptly named. It's an attempt by marketers to affix the console giant's next-generation console (called the Wii, but pronounced "Wee") to your existing lifestyle. Like videoga
  • CD Reviews

    The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America 4 stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s a general rule, making Jack Kerouac references is a clear sign that you're not as smart as you think you are. It's initially terrif
  • NET POLITICS-Bloggers Bite Back

    by Ari Melber & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Mark Foley scandal has given Democrats a huge edge in the midterm elections -- almost 20 points in recent national polls -- but can they turn it into a congressional majority? Several House challengers o
  • Campaign Notebook

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith less than two weeks until the election, the television advertisement war between incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris and her Democratic challenger, rancher Peter Goldmark, is becoming more and mo
  • Sound Advice

    It's Classier This Way Among the litany -- the sheer tonnage -- of bars and clubs having Halloween parties this week, we thought we'd point out two. While any sucka can throw up some cobwebs, promote a PBR special and let the flesh-h

Music & Film

  • Rulebreaker

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the end, I never did get to actually talk to Joan Jett, though the quotes contained within this story did come from her. Even though indie-weekly fabulists are getting lectures at Harvard these day
  • Plays Unwell With Others

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Running with Scissors & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t the beginning of this darkly funny adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' more or less autobiographical bestseller about growing up in two whacked-out families, 6-year-old Auguste

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