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  • Jan 11-17, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 13

News & Comment

  • Remote Possibilites

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & 24 (Mondays, 9 pm, Fox) & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & maginary mushroom clouds over American cities have helped sell Tom Clancy books -- and our invasion of Iraq. So it's no surprise that a mushroom cloud over Los Angeles (
  • Opening Films

    ALPHA DOG Nick Cassavetes (writer of Blow, director of The Notebook) brings us Justin Timberlake's first non-straight-to-DVD film! That'll be enough for most people I know to see Alpha Dog, but if you need more, it actually seems lik
  • Another Front

    By Salim Lone & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he stability that emerged in southern Somalia after 16 years of utter lawlessness is gone, the defeat of the ruling Islamic Courts Union has now ushered in looting, martial law and the prospect of another
  • Charming Sadist

    & & by Ed Symkus & r & & r & THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & berrant human behavior, from extreme na & iuml;vet & eacute; to power-induced madness, is at the fore of the new film from Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, who also made Touching the
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING A Cut Above & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t seems there's no dearth of fast-food options in Spokane Valley, especially along busy Sprague Avenue. Finding restaurants that serve meals a cut above is a diff
  • Jane's Heir

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his is a story that should not have happened. Pamela Aidan, a librarian formerly from Georgia and a long-time Jane Austen aficionado, should not be on tour with her book, supported by her national pub
  • The Player

    Rated Teen; Wii, GameCube & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he best thing about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is its deep and abiding connection to the past Legend of Zelda games.
  • Buzz Bin

    Is it possible to practice one's faith in Hollywood without becoming like that Gibson bigot? Barbara Nicolosi -- screenwriter, consultant, fund-raiser and professor, all in service of her mission as a Christian working in Hollywood
  • Opening Films

    THE HITCHER The latest '80s horror film to be remade casts Sean Bean as the hitchhiker of the title. Bean makes a great heavy and he wears a trench coat well. Sophia Bush, as one half of the hapless couple who picks him up, gets a ch
  • Super-intense, New Year's Resolution Weight Loss Miracle

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & mericans have lost faith in New Year's resolutions. So proclaimed a study conducted in late 2005 by Opinion Research Corporation in conjunction with some corporate flack with a book to sell. Noting t
  • 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
  • Winter Adventure/Spokane on Ice

    & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & re you looking for a new getaway that will satisfy the entire family? A ski getaway that's also an easy drive, offers a full array of activities and is loc
  • MY SUPER INTENSE WEIGHT LOSS MIRACLE part 2

    & & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & AY 8 | & & After six days of cardio, it feels strange to take a day off. In its place, my trainer Ben Greenfield has me circuit training at three separate points in the day. The inconvenien
  • The Player

    & & by Marty Demarest & r & & r & & & & & & lt;i & Elebits & lt;/i & & & & & Rated Everyone; Wii & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Elebits I am the child of a pair of overworked scientists who specialize in the study of small, electronic creatures known as elebits.
  • Buzz Bin

    The Decider in Chief has a running habit. And the new American ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, has run in the last two Bloomsdays. Maybe they could have a race to determine whether to increase troop levels. Oh, that's right, W's knee
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Children of Men & r & The opening sequence of Children of Men tells us a lot. As the camera rolls backward into a shabby-looking coffee shop, following Theodore Feron (Clive Owen) in to buy coffee, we hear news that the world's youn
  • Book Review

    by Joel Smith & r & The Best AmericanTravel Writing 2006 Edited by Tim Cahill & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & very year, travel writer Jason Wilson combs through hundreds of published travel essays from the last 12 months and sends the best 100 to tha
  • Now Playing

    ALPHA DOG A tale of a 20-something suburban weed dealer (Emile Hirsch) and his drug ring. The kid, unfortunately, got his street smarts from MTV. The film becomes a tragedy of errors after he takes a hostage in lieu of a drug paym
  • Recently Reviewed

    TECATE GRILL Like the Baja California town and beer it's named for, Tecate Grill offers a tropical-themed ambience and fun atmosphere. The food is a cut above most Mexican restaurants. You won't find refried beans, ground beef or
  • DVD Review

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & Idlewild & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's tempting to compare Idlewild to Moulin Rouge. Like its predecessor, Idlewild is a big, glammy musical smorgasbord -- a period piece that revels in the feel and fashion of its place and time
  • Give Me Liberty

    by Ann Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's easy to get stuck in your own little circle of favorite places while navigating through life. I know people who live in Spokane Valley who haven't been downtown for years; similarly, there are folks
  • Keeping the Faith

    by CARRIE SCOZZARO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & aith Ringgold is coming to Gonzaga's Jundt Art Museum. No superlatives needed: This is a must-see exhibit. It's one thing to see art in print or on-screen; it's quite another to experience it firstha
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Alpha Dog & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & f the few opinions I offered about Alpha Dog around the ol' water cooler this week, none was more controversial than this: Justin Timberlake is fa-han-tah-stic. I didn't expect the comme
  • Book Review

    by STEWART MASON & r & Thunderstruck by Erik Larson & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & rik Larson's The Devil in the White City combined the unexpectedly riveting story of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with the grisly exploits of a serial murderer -- appealin
  • Remote Possibilites

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & Top Chef (Wednesdays, 10 pm, Bravo) & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & ver since the first Survivor burst on the scene in 2000, America has tuned in whenever people are turned against each other. Sure, the triumph of the huma
  • A Winning Hand?

    by Mick Lloyd-Owen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & eemingly vindicated after 15 years of legal wrangling with the state of Washington and the federal government, the Spokane Tribe of Indians has announced that it has finally negotiated a gaming compa
  • DVD Review

    & & by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & & & & & lt;i & Dreamland & lt;/i & & & & & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & reamland, a movie about trailer park girls, is also a serious film about overcoming self-imposed limitations and leading fulfilled lives. Then again, not too se
  • Local Legacy

    by Susan Hamilton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & ercy's co-owner Pat Kroetch knows Spokane's diners and restaurant scene so well, you'd think she grew up with it. And she did. In high school, Kroetch worked as a carhop at her dad's drive-in restaura
  • Showing Their Work

    by CARRIE SCOZZARO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's tough to earn a living as a practicing artist. That's one reason why many artists double as educators, typically in college settings. But it's not just economic; faculty artists influence the w
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    by SUSAN HAMILTON and ANN Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou might not necessarily drive out to Spokane International Airport (SIA) just to try the food, but sometimes having choices beyond a simple cup of coffee at the airport is not only de
  • CD Reviews

    The Shins Wincing the Night Away 4 stars It's no wonder James Mercer's been having a hard time sleeping. His band's been in trouble since Natalie Portman slapped a pair of headphones on Zach Braff in Garden State and
  • CD Reviews

    FLEE THE CENTURY Beyond the Moonwalker 3 Stars I wasn't that crazy about Flee the Century's last album, The Border of Light, so if I ever got a hankerin' for some FTC, I would have to march down to one of their m
  • Angle of a Deal

    by Joel SMith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & rom the top of the cliff on Hatch Road, way up on the back end of the South Hill, it seems like you can almost see to Pullman. The sun sets across the Latah Creek valley floor, behind the ridge on the opp
  • Sound Advice

    & r & Thursday, 1/18 & r & Big Easy, TechN9ne, Dead Celebrity Status, Suburban Noize Soulzaz, Potluck, Critical Bill, DJ Chris Woods Bigfoot, Donny Emerson, guests Bistang
  • New Year, New Look

    By Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & very time The Inlander takes another step forward, I can't help but remember the summer of 1990. That's when I created a business plan for the newspaper you're now holding in your hand. (It was a
  • Bomb Garden

    The Zune's gonna die, crushed under the weight of its own sprawling marketing strategy. Not since my eighth-grade yearbook photo have I seen an entity struggling so hard to be so cool, only to miss the poin
  • Space Quest

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & entral Valley school board members say they'll consider a wide range of options over the next several months to ease overcrowding in the district's schools. Administrators say that by fall 2008, clas
  • Sound Advice

    & r & Thursday, 1/11 & r & Big Easy, DJ Chris Woods Bigfoot, Donny Emerson, guests Bistango, Lindell Reason Blue Dolphin, Battle of the Bands Bluz at the Bend, Big Mumbo T
  • Rock Star-Catacomb

    by Anthony Stassi & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast Sunday, I drove to north Hillyard in search of the Market Street Market. Pulling into the empty parking lot, I was sure I had gotten bunk directions. If you've never been, it vaguely resembles an
  • Between the Bars

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast week the Spokane County Sheriff's Office launched a Web site that allows the public to access names and other information for every person currently in custody at the Spokane County Jail and at Geiger
  • Northern Territories

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou can almost set your Julian calendar by RAWK's Final Four. Every year for the past six, the Spokane-based nonprofit does more or less five weeks of hot high school band-vs.-band competition beginni
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten and Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n his recently released seven-song EP, Casual Suicide, JOSH HEDLUND's brilliance smolders, despite the album's mix being barely audible at times. (You have to max the volume to hear ba
  • A Plan to Move Backward

    By Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & ime magazine named "You" as its choice for Person of the Year. An odd choice, if I may say so. But perhaps my choice will seem even more odd, if for no other reason than my Person of the Year is actual
  • Babbit and the Jackhammer

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & he most fun I had was running a jackhammer on a small dam in Marin County. I still have a piece of the concrete on my mantel," says former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt of his days as a notorious "d
  • After Wal-Mart

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & al-Mart's Monday announcement that it won't build on a site at 44th and Regal in south Spokane brought temporary relief to residents who were fighting to keep the giant retailer out of their neighbor

Music & Film

  • Death By Numbers

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & oming up with a catchy hook for a Death by Stereo story is like shooting fish in a barrel. Their forthcoming record is called Death Alive. Their last release was titled Death for Life and their debut
  • Trial by Ire

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's often hard to judge what kind of tempest something like a band name can cause. How long it incubates, how intense the backlash, how ferocious, from what angles -- these are all impossibly tough va
  • Charming Sadist

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Freedom Writers & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & berrant human behavior, from extreme na & iuml;vet & eacute; to power-induced madness, is at the fore of the new film from Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, who also made Touching the Void. That true s
  • Tagging Essays

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Freedom Writers & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou sometimes have to wonder how many times audiences will pay to see yet another cop-buddy movie, or another losing-sports-team-pulls-together-at-the-last-minute flick, or -- and this ser

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