• Issue Archive for
  • Nov 2-8, 2006
  • Vol. 14, No. 3

News & Comment

  • Opening Films

    The funniest film of the year (of the decade?) is also the most politically incorrect. And that's what makes it so funny. Sacha Baron Cohen brings his Kazakhstani TV journalist character, Borat, to the screen in a faux document
  • Book Review

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & Triangle by Katharine Weber & r & "This is what happened." So begins Katharine Weber's novel of the fictitious last living survivor of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, an all-too-real tragedy that killed 146 people -- mostly
  • 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
  • Viva Baja

    by Susan Hamilton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s my family and I pulled up to Tecate Grill at the Shadle Center on a recent weekend evening, we noticed that just about everyone leaving the restaurant was toting take-home containers -- large ones. T
  • Appreciating Alice

    One evening last spring, I picked up Kalispel elder Alice Blackbear Ignace at her house on the reservation north of Usk and drove her down to Newport so she could give a little talk.
  • DVD Review

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & Rome & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & never thought HBO could outdo Band of Brothers, but they have come pretty close with Rome. Over the course of 12 episodes (on five DVDs; a sixth contains special features), you follow Ju
  • Recently Reviewed

    DING HOW The former Moxie space in Liberty Lake's shopping plaza has been transformed into a casually eclectic room that tips a hat toward the diversity of East Asian cultures, and the menu follows suit with Chinese, Thai, Korean
  • Bright Lights, Big Goofball

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Borat & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are some films that are, as Hollywood folks like to call them, review-proof. They could be urban action-dramas or movies based on video games or perhaps some coming-of-age piece of fluff
  • Fresh and Tasty

    There's always talk in Spokane about how to keep the younger generation from migrating to the bright lights of Portland and Seattle. Now a younger-generation Spokane couple is offering some
  • Ringing in Bing

    by William Stimson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & keep going over and over it in my mind. I do remember writing an article saying Spokane needed some sort of monument to Bing Crosby. I guess I also said it would be nice if the Met Theater could be
  • Surreal Perspectives

    by Carrie Scozzaro & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith the ground rushing and whirling into your face at 120 mph, skydiving is a visceral, mesmerizing, surreal experience. That's the effect Lanny DeVuono captures in "Waiting," her exhibit at Lorinda
  • The Player

    OK. I'm going to tap this spot on the meadow grass. I'm walking to the place that you tapped. I want you to attack that cow, the one grazing placidly. Use a twig. I brandish my twig and
  • Holiday Film Preview

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Man With the Golden Franchise. The folks at EON Productions, who've controlled the rights to James Bond since the early '60s, call Casino Royale a reboot, but it's really a prequel. A reboot is li
  • Song of Everyman

    by Mick lloyd-Owen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & elieve it or not, music did not always come from Amazon.com. In a culture of celebrity-worship and MP3-laden iPods, professionally performed music saturates our daily lives. A synthetic, pocketed cas
  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & Catch a Fire & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he transition from complacency to action is a fairly common thing in everyday life, but it's disproportionately used in a heroic context for the movies. Girl gets kidnapped, hero sprin
  • Buzz Bin

    Including the Texans' bellies. Seems a guy at the Texas State Fair wanted to come up with a new taste treat. So he blended Coca-Cola syrup and strawberry syrup into a batter, deep-fried himself some little dough balls, put 'em in
  • CD Reviews

    Indigo Girls Despite Our Differences 4 stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hese girls have been around a while now: Believe it or not, they've been performing for more than 20 years, and Despite Our Differen
  • Up the Mountain

    by Carey Murphy & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & ormer K Records recording artist Phil Elverum does not sit still for long, so it was fortunate to catch him recently on brief hiatus from his relentless schedule of enthusiastically criss-crossing the c
  • Tale of Two Gigs

    by Luke Baumgarten and Anthony Stassi & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here's this preconception in Spokane that we've really wanted to tackle for a long time: Every time an out-of-town act gets whiny or angry or frustrated, the conventional wisdom pe
  • Sound Advice

    We in the music section have seriously retired any plays on the word 'lock' for anything referring to Spokane's favorite positivity-slangin' honky rapper Locke (having already used "Locke Up," "Lock Out," and probably, though we're not sure where
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f LOVEDRUG sounds like the title of an Alice in Chains song, you're onto something. It isn't, actually -- it's a band -- but Lovedrug still has that AiC flava. They don't sound remotely like Alice, eit

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