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  • Nov 16-22, 2006
  • Vol. 14, No. 5

News & Comment

  • Peddling Principle

    by Mick Lloyd Owen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e have to address one important fact up front: This is about shopping. Are we OK so far? Shopping is how Americans work off their Thanksgiving-day gluttony. The 24th annual Festival of Fair Trade, th
  • Crabitude!

    by Ann M. Colford and Anne McGregor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & love cooking and trying new recipes. My Inlander food colleague Anne McGregor is crazy about crab cakes. So when Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas' new cookbook I Love Crab Cakes! hi
  • Buzz Bin

    Sure, you wanna be there when they slap a new sign on the Met and call it the Bing Crosby Theater. But on Friday, Dec. 8, what exactly will you get for your $25-to-$100 ticket? Starting at noon, they'll show three Bing flicks: Going My Wa
  • Fresh and Tasty

    "Subtlety. That's what makes Washington stand out among the American wine landscape. The best wines from the state are as impressive for their graceful style as for their vivid flavors." So prono
  • Frontline Fallout

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he big loser in the Frontline story about Jim West wasn't Jim West, the accused, but the Spokesman-Review, the accuser -- especially editor Steve Smith and lead reporter Bill Morlin. Unfortunately, Spok
  • Opening Films

    Fact and fiction intertwine in writer-director-co-star Emilio Estevez's take on what might have been going on in guests' and workers' lives at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles during the hours preceding the June 1968 assassi
  • Retiring Fear

    by Robert Stokes & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & nly fools predict politics. Nevertheless, my hopes rise that the tide has finally turned against the American terrorism hysteria. During the recent campaign, Republicans played the terror card to the h
  • Now Playing

    Peter Mayle's slight novel about a London workaholic who inherits a vineyard and home in Provence gets an excellent trim and tune-up in Ridley Scott's adaptation. Russell Crowe stars and shows off his soft side as Max, a cad
  • Needs a Little Something

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you're doing a show about fighting the hidebound habits of conformity, you'd better have a unicorn in your show -- a character who's other-worldly, a little forbidding, nonconformist, unique. And the
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & FINAL FANTASY XII RATED TEEN, PS2 & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & efore I tell you how I killed that pumpkin head, I want to grab the bag of treasure he dropped. This tangly, dark knot of forest is crawling with the gaping jack
  • Book Review

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr & r & & r & The Blind Side by Michael Lewis & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & emember when Joe Theismann got his leg busted practically in half? Michael Lewis does, and he starts The Blind Side on Nov. 18, 1985. To him, that was when one o
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & arth, as it seems to have been found by the aliens in Gears of War, is a war-worshipping planet. Life is lived by masses of muscle committed to death. Masses of muscle like me: a neck resembling a tre
  • Borowitz Report

    By Andy Borowitz & r & & r & Air Force One and Jr. get grounded for life & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n yet another setback for President George W. Bush, his father, former President George H.W. Bush, appeared in the Oval Office today and demanded that
  • Now Playing

    Director Alejandro Gonz & aacute;lez I & ntilde; & aacute;rritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga make beautiful, joyless films. The third and likely final collaboration between the two concludes a really good trilogy (also including Amores Perros and 21
  • Vince Gill

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's easy to overlook Vince Gill. Maybe the nicest guy in Nashville, he's definitely got that boy-next-door thing going on. So it's easy to forget about him when, say, Keith Urban comes strutting
  • DVD Review

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & American Dreamz & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & o you ever wonder what historians will say about us when they look at reality TV and the Bush administration, two curiously symbiotic cultural phenomena of our time? Each is suppose
  • Buzz Bin

    How many people will flip through a copy of Tim Egan's National Book Award-winning The Worst Hard Time and decide not to read it simply because its topic is "too depressing"? The Dust Bowl, the Depression, people and animals choki
  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & The Queen & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he death of Diana, former Princess of Wales, though a tragedy, has been mined for more weepy moments, more sensationalism and more self-parodying Elton John/Bernia Taupin collaborations t
  • Take Two

    (wait for DVD) & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & arold Crick (Will Ferrell) just found out he's going to die. The disembodied voice of a novelist (Emma Thompson) told him so. Finding out about the dying thing se
  • A Black Sheeps Homecoming

    & & by Allan G. Hagelthorn & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t seems the quote from Tom Griffin characteristically summarizes today's culture in America. But it goes farther than just our heroes; it applies to everything from captains of industries
  • DVD Review

    by Suzanne Schreiner & r & & r & Big Love & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or suburban Salt Lake City polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), his Big Love wraps a wide embrace around three wives, three mortgages and every possible kind of trouble. Yes, he vi
  • Fresh and Tasty

    A Second Term DINING & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter 10 years and an expansion of his popular White House Grill, owner Raci Erdem opened another restaurant in Post Falls earlier this month. The OVAL OFFICE occup
  • Shuffling Off

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t one point in Interplayers' current production of Moon Over Buffalo (through Nov. 25), we're informed that an unseen actor has quit the play's fictional acting troupe, complaining that he hasn't been
  • Mixed Blessings

    by Christina Kelly & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & ruth is, there isn't a perfect wine that creates synergy with everything on the holiday table -- turkey, traditional cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, sweet potatoes with brown sugar/marshmallows and a h
  • Book Review

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & Air America: The Playbook by Al Franken & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ir America: The Playbook is about as effective a tool for change as Air America the radio network. That is: It's a dud. A kind of print-version greatest hi
  • RFK, R.I.P.

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Bobby & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & ut me in a dark room with both a moving picture and sounds that are bigger than life, and I'm a candidate for being affected emotionally. Borat made me laugh hysterically, The Exorcist kept me
  • Powder Struggle

    by Susan Hamilton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast week, when Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert Whaley issued his ruling on trail-specific bans on snowmobiling around Priest Lake, everyone involved in the lawsuit was shocked. Rather than adop
  • Opening Films

    James Bond is reborn, and the new one -- Daniel Craig -- may be poised to take over the "most popular" crown from Sean Connery. This adaptation of Ian Fleming's first novel presents the Bond that Fleming wrote about -- a gr
  • Looking for Peace

    by The Inlander & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he most wonderful time of the year is, for many, the most stressful. Through generations of practice, we've refined our bah-humbugging to an art form. We hand each other armfuls of gifts and spend hours
  • CD Reviews

    JOANNA NEWSOM Ys (4 Stars) Joanna Newsom is only 24, but her sophomore effort could quite possibly be the most ambitious indie record of the year. Beyond being a highly anticipated release, Ys has already garnered qui
  • Changing the Course

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ost days Spokane seems far removed from meaningful discussion of what to do in Iraq, but that became weirdly different in the last week. First, one of Saddam Hussein's inner circle of military advisors,
  • I'd Die Without You

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ike everything else worth knowing about (sex; not hating the player, hating the game; most curse words; Chris Rock), I discovered PM Dawn while watching Boomerang. As a tween, I had a debilitating Ed
  • The Doctor is out

    by SUZANNE SCHREINER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or the second time in little more than a year, politics appears to be trumping objectivity as elected leaders intend to fire Dr. Kim Thorburn, director of the Spokane Regional Health District.
  • Big, Bold Strokes

    by Ted S. McGregor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hese honeymoons just keep getting shorter. Used to be that after a major political sea change, you'd get at least a few months of political ceasefire. But after last week's historic elections, it onl
  • Thee Herb-mergency

    by Anthony Stassi & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & n route to their gig last Saturday, Seattle-area rockers Thee Emergency got sucker-punched by the proverbial long arm of the law. With one sniff and a poke around the van, a routine traffic stop turne
  • Sound Advice

    The cacophony surrounding this show has been loud and long-winded (didn't we see these ads in like August?!), but the Fray are finally here. America's answer to Coldplay and the horse that Grey's Anatomy backed in an attempt to remain relevant in
  • CD Reviews

    Swan Lake Beast Moans 4 Stars Most often, indie supergroups tend to lack luster -- more a sum of their parts than a cohesive whole -- and end up diluting the involved individuals' true artistic vision. This is not t
  • Sound Advice

    Killswitch Engage isn't nearly as dire and one-note as the name suggests. Though ostensibly metalcore, the rise of screamo has shifted what it means to be -core, displacing, to some extent, metal in the process. Thus metalcore becomes a bit r
  • Mixed Up Media

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "P & lt;/span & eople's feelings and impressions are always stronger than anything they're being fed," says Chris Larson, Antlerand's singer/guitarist/programmer. That's a declaration of fact, but also a reminder a
  • Frontline Feedback

    The following are excerpts from Frontline's Web site, taken from comments posted after "A Hidden Life" aired nationally on PBS on Nov. 14. To read the comments in full, go to and hit the "Join the Discussion" bu
  • Global Forming

    But Sonia Shah, journalist and author of Crude: The Story of Oil, is mo
  • Promoters on the Run

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Empyrean coffee shop closed because of a poor location. Rock Coffee was forced out of downtown after a dispute with neighbors and landlords. Fat Tuesday's closed because the venue alone couldn't s

Music & Film

  • Restraining Order

    & & by & & & & Cortney Harding & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f your mission for the coming week involves combining pop culture zeitgeist with pretty power pop, send everyone you know the following text message: "I want 2 [see the] divorce [with]
  • Winning Hand

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Casino Royale & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ake a James Bond movie and they will come. The series has brought in something close to $4 billion over the past four decades, and although the formula -- beautiful women, fast cars, bl

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