• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 28, 2006 - Jan 3, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 11

News & Comment

  • Now Playing

    APOCALYPTO Mel Gibson's abhorrent behavior can't take away the fact that he knows how to make an epic film. This is set in a Mayan forest where a peaceful tribe is attacked by ruthless marauders who take prisoners. One man tries t
  • No Fly-by-Night Topic

    By Paul Haeder & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he point of this commentary is an assessment of whether this series I started a year ago needs to go on, so right from the get go, let's seriously look at just how deeply committed Spokane is to sustaina
  • Welcome to the '60s

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ohn Waters' Hairspray -- wasn't that the movie with Ricki Lake and Divine? But the musical stage version (which premiered in Seattle before becoming a Broadway hit) is different, placing more emphasis o
  • Noshing in 2006

    Top of the Plate ANN'S YEAR IN REVIEW Several trends have emerged on Spokane's food scene this year -- really good sushi, spearheaded by places like RAW, Okane and Ding How; "small plates," as executed at Bluefish
  • Inlanders Guide to First Night

    firstnightspokane.org or call 252-5027. MUSIC CONVENTION CENTER | Eric Herman 3 -- 3:30PM; 4:30--5PM CENTERSTAGE | S
  • Going National

    by Ann M. Colford, Marty Demarest, Ted S. McGregor Jr., Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his was the year when our beloved regional writers broke their geographical bonds and landed on the nation's stage. When the National Book Award no
  • New Years Sparkle

    by Christina Kelly & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & hampagne. The word connotes celebrations, weddings, New Year's Eve parties. But the bubbly many of us know is inexpensive sparkling wine (such as Cold Duck), often tasted at weddings after the "I do'
  • Buzz Bin

    Among the many acts of giving we witnessed this season, one stands out in particular. Longtime local charitable organization, the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (formerly Foundation Northwest) recently received a major bequest fro
  • The Player

    & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & equels rule! After years of releasing copycat editions of successful games, developers have started looking at old franchises with new ideas. The result is a Top 10 list
  • Book Review

    Now imagine herding almost 500 hoofed animals across 700 miles o
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & The Good Shepard & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & tale about the roots and tentacles of the CIA told through the cipher of a fictional character, The Good Shepherd begins and ends with the Bay of Pigs. Edward Wilson (Matt Damon)
  • Big Trends

    by Carrie Scozzaro & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ow will local visual arts be remembered in 2006? Art was made, appreciated, purchased... or not. Galleries opened and closed, roughly balanced. Artists emerged, while others moved on or slipped away. S
  • Opening Films

    CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Evolution -- we're no longer too freaked out by it, but in the early parts of the 20th century, the idea that humans descended from primordial pond suckers was only beginning to gain mainstream acceptanc
  • Healers in a Hard Land

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & o more Sim-Man practice for Staff Sgt. Loretta Myers; the next chest she pounds on will be heaving and bloody. No more run-of-the-mill heart attacks and car wrecks for Sgt. 1st Class Michael Fields; the
  • CD Reviews

    Various Artists Now That It's Christmas Time 4 stars Last week at Caterina, a group of Spokane musicians released a damn good album that almost no one is going to hear. Christmas having left as quickly as it came, these eight tra
  • Strange Days

    By Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he other night I found myself once again watching my favorite '60s black comedy, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, one of the most enduring -- and hilarious -- antiwar films of all time. I quickly reali
  • Transition Year

    by Joel Smith and Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Civil War began in 1861 and ended in 1865. Some stuff happened in between, we think. It's just not as easy to say quite what. Battles were won and lost, power taken and given. T
  • Sound Advice

    Because of the way things rolled this week, we didn't have space to write about Empyrean's grand reopening. In order to rectify this, we sponsored the event, giving them a big ass ad so that you wouldn't miss any of the festiviti
  • Rap Up

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t should be obvious to everyone that all retrospective discussions of 2006 hip-hop must begin by mentioning the death of J Dilla. Simply put, Dilla (James Yancey, Jay Dee, The Ummah) was every bit as i

Music & Film

  • The Death of Selling Out

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ometime in the '90s, selling out became a serious problem. Where it started is uncertain and probably unknowable, though where it has led is well understood. Though "being indie" and "selling out" ar
  • Unseen Artistry

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Top Ten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & wouldn't be surprised if a lot of head scratching was going on among readers checking out my Top 10 films list this year. In fact, that's likely been the case for the past half-dozen or so

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