• Issue Archive for
  • Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2006
  • Vol. 14, No. 7

News & Comment

  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Viva Pi & ntilde;ata :360 & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & V & lt;/span & iva Pi & ntilde;ata is a game about pi & ntilde;ata, meaning it's a game in which 5-year-old players can bash the main characters to death and get away with it. A sickly cheer even rises from their
  • Buzz Bin

    There are members of our household who participated in the annual consumer frenzy known as Black Friday, and we're told that shoppers were snatching up portable DVD players, laptops for kids and Magnetix like, well, like they were obsessed
  • Take Two

    by Luke Bumgarten & r & & r & For Your Consideration & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ost people understand that the Academy Awards, for more than a decade, have declined into a shrine of bad taste ruled by publicists. They know this even without subscribing t
  • Book Review

    by Melinda Welsh & r & & r & The Creation by E.O. Wilson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & obody ever accused E.O. Wilson of mincing words. So the fact that his latest book arrives with a subtitle that constitutes a spectacularly bold plea to humankind -- Th
  • Opening Films

    Driving Lessons The kids from Harry Potter grow up, just like real child actors. Eventually, they'll even have to confront life outside of a major motion picture franchise. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley to you Potter fans) is the first t
  • Mutual Distrust Society

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ealth board members who were firing regional health director Dr. Kim Thorburn on Monday looked as stern and as sad as parents having to tell a favorite child why -- despite the kid's many fine qualities
  • 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
  • Letters to the Editor

    After years of reading The Inlander, I'm tempted to refer to it as the Latte Weekly -- mostly froth, little real substance. The Inlander has neither the staff talent nor the editorial will to engage in serious investigative journalism a
  • DVD Review

    by Bob Grimm & r & & r & Police Squad: The Complete Series & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne of my favorite all-time television shows finally comes to DVD. Before it morphed into a semi-funny film franchise, Police Squad was a hilarious, short-lived TV progr
  • Fresh and Tasty

    Room Service DINING Thanksgiving was last week; December starts now. No denying it -- we're in the midst of the holiday rush. Let's say you're responsible for your office holiday lunch. And let's say you haven't rea
  • Borowitz Report

    By Andy Borowitz & r & & r & 'Operation Relentless Smear' Launched in Iraq & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n a bold change of strategy in the war in Iraq, President George W. Bush announced today that the United States had begun bombarding Iraqi insurge
  • Go, Go, Go Joseph

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith Joseph, you're jumping the shark if your camels are cavorting. That's why it's reassuring when Clarissa Grace -- who plays the central role of the Narrator in the current touring production -- says,
  • Class of '96

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & o one who lived in Spokane 10 years ago can forget the mammoth ice storm that descended on the region right before Thanksgiving that year, snapping trees and power lines, and bringing life to a virtua
  • Rising From the Davenport

    by The Inlander & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's a little silly to straddle a line on a sidewalk and claim that you've got one foot inside an arts district and one foot out. But maybe a line of demarcation like that is what the Davenport District
  • Creating History

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ometimes even critics can be wrong. (Hard to imagine, I know, but true.) Browse review-snippets of Moonlight and Magnolias, a comic retelling of how Gone With the Wind was rewritten on deadline and at
  • Sound Advice

    Thanks to the stewardship of RAWK Northwest, we've had the opportunity to witness the maturation of a touring band. Shiny Toy Guns, who ply a propulsive new wave aesthetic with occasional dabblings of Police worship, have played the Big Dip a
  • Push for Precincts

    1. By adopting, exclusively, absentee voting, Spokane County has reduced what should be a civic mom
  • Paved With Good Impressions

    by CORTNEY HARDING & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & ack when I was a riot girl with plastic barrettes in my hair, I used to loudly proclaim my desire for some cool girl band to cover the Stones' classic "Under My Thumb." The thought of some tattooed E
  • In Defense of Cover Bands

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & alk into a bar -- any bar, doesn't matter. Find the hippest kid in the joint (you know what to look for, it's instinctual). Ask him who the last cover band he/she saw was. Most likely, he/she will inv
  • Why Try?

    by Michael Poulin & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & bear responsibility for suicidal desperation. My taxes paid for the Viet Nam massacre, for 35 years of Israeli occupation. My taxes are paying for the 12 years of sanctions, embargo, bombing, invas
  • CD Reviews

    TOM WAITS Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards 4 Stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 've got more Tom Waits in my music collection than many (perhaps most) whole genres, but it wasn't until hearing this supposed
  • Unhealthy District

    by Dr. Kim Marie Thorburn & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & am very proud of what we accomplished during the near decade that I was at the helm of the Spokane Regional Health District. We ranked well when measured against the Washington state public h
  • New Direction?

    & & by Suzanne Schreiner & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & day after she was fired, Dr. Kim Thorburn said the regional health board is taking a big step backward by contemplating a split of the health officer's responsibilities into two positions:
  • Code Green

    by Chris Barker & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t was 3 am, and Nicholas Patterson, a 23-year-old construction worker and amateur guitarist with "Carpe Diem" tattooed across his back, was in a quandary. Patterson stood in the entryway of a controvers

Music & Film

  • Deep Cover

    by Luke Baumgarten and Anthony Stassi & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e connect with each other over shared interests. It's how friendships are made and how relationships are sustained. Likewise, we connect with bands based on their closeness to thin
  • Unstuck in Crime

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Deja Vu & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was trying to remember the last time I saw Denzel Washington step from a car in super-slow motion, as he does in one of D & eacute;j & agrave; Vu's opening moments. Like here, he was well-dressed and carried

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