• Issue Archive for
  • Jan 25-31, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 15

News & Comment

  • The Pull of Morning

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & aking the first pot of coffee in the morning is the most difficult task a coffee addict must face each day because, by definition, it must be done before having coffee. Home appliance manufacturers ha
  • Book Review

    by Michael Bowen & r & The Yellow House by Martin Gayford & r & & r & "The sadness will last forever": Vincent Van Gogh's final words, spoken after he'd shot himself in the chest. Just two years before, having obsessed about creating a "Studio of the South," this
  • 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. The conceit is grippin
  • Recently Reviewed

    HAY J'S Lunch at this a sleekly modern yet comfortable space features a strong selection of sandwiches, wraps, burgers and salads plus a variety of favorite dinner entrees. Dinner ramps up to black-napkin elegance and the menu sh
  • Blacked Out

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy is better than the production it's getting at Interplayers (through Feb. 3). Director Maynard Villers allows too many important moments to wither instead of resonate, an
  • DVD Review

    by Mick Lloyd-Owen & r & & r & Iraq for Sale & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & on't expect any comic relief from the sense of outrage engendered by Robert Greenwald's documentary about unscrupulous defense contractors and their political bedfellows in Washingto
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL Safari, So Good & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t the new Davenport Tower, Walt Worthy has been able to let his imagination run wild -- literally. The d & eacute;cor in the main floor SAFARI ROOM restaurant sets a moo
  • MY SUPER INTENSE NEW YEARS RESOLUTION WEIGHT LOSS MIRACLE

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & AY 15 | I didn't have to do cardio today, but I still found myself walking the stairs to gaze at the big, stout treadmill I've come to make mine. It's situated in the northwest corner of what I've du
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Elebits Rated Everyone; Wii & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ll this anime is obscuring my view of the snow. It descends from above the cliffs splendidly -- luminous white particles too round to be snowflakes, yet insubstantial eno
  • Letters to the editor

    Pass the Greens After reading Auden Schendler's guest commentary, "Cool Changes" (1/11/07), I was reminded why so many people think their individual actions cannot make a difference -- because people incorrectly tell them s
  • He Gags Us

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's not just that Barefoot in the Park is 45 years old; it's that its characters aren't very interesting. Yes, the conflict between crew cuts and longhairs was important in the '60s, and eventually b
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Volver & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ike many of director Pedro Amold & oacute;var's films, Volver begins in an off-kilter and lighthearted way. His camera strafes left to right in an early scene, showing dozens of wind-swept Catalan w
  • A Time to Pay

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Catholic Diocese of Spokane appears to be a week away from taking a significant, formal step to get out of bankruptcy and settle its clergy sex abuse scandal. On Feb. 1, attorneys representing the di
  • Foreign Legions

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & uilding a yearly film festival is iterative by nature. You show some films one year. If they're remotely successful, you do it again the next year, trying to get slightly better films while staying i
  • Remote Possibilites

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Dirt (Tuesdays, 10 pm, FX) & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & rom FX, the network that made its name by being the gritty extreme of basic cable, comes another show that's also supposed to be gritty and extreme. (Nip/Tuck is occasio
  • Buzz Bin

    OK, people. We've got tens of thousands of figure skating fans wandering around downtown during the next few days. Somebody remind Avista to turn on the falls. In other skating developments, not only was the Ice Palace at Rive
  • Opening Films

    BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE Perhaps the first film to combine elements of arranged marriages, forbidden love and a society of bloodthirsty werewolves, Blood and Chocolate is clearly trying to blur the line between horror and romantic comedy.
  • Sound Advice

    & r & Thursday, 1/25 & r & Big Easy, DJ Chris Woods Bigfoot, Donny Emerson, guests Blue Dolphin, Battle of the Bands The Blvd, The Racket, guests Brooklyn Nights, Groove
  • Barack Star

    By Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne thing I've always hated about American politics is how everybody's constantly running for office. No sooner do the polls close than pundits start talking about who's going to run in the next e
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten and Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he moments when BARCELONA sounds like a dour Coldplay -- hard-plucked spacey guitar and twinkling piano, but in minor keys -- are as bad as the band gets. If you're going to have a lo
  • Hand to Mouth

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & aul Williams, like Mos Def in his (sadly) fleeted salad days, is an emcee who does more than rap. Four albums and as many books testify to Williams' gift with the written word; his blistering printed o
  • Freezing for the Fight

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hile 1,800-some other University High School students slump in their desks, filling their heads with trig and biology, nine students in gloves and jackets and woolen hats are lodged in camp chairs around
  • Flee the City

    by Anthony Stassi & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & lee the Century have gone on only four or five tours, but around here that easily qualifies them as road vets. Last month, they embarked on a month-long West Coast tour reaching all the way down to Ju
  • Counting the Invisible

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & pokane County social service agencies will conduct a state-mandated "One Day Count" of the homeless Thursday. At Spokane's Hope House shelter, the women who stay Thursday night will be asked to fill
  • CD Reviews

    FLICKY The Orphan, The Bastard, and The Thief 3 Stars Local boy Sean Flikke, or "Flicky" as he is known, has been living in the Inland Northwest since he was a child. Now in his early 30s, this part-time baseb
  • Bomb Garden

    With Working Spliffs and Raggs and Bush Doktor playing only sporadically, all local reggae falls heavily on the shoulders of a DJ act, Real Life Sound. Simply calling them a DJ act, thoug
  • Class is in Session

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hat do you get when you fly in six high-minded urban design consultants to dream up the perfect university district? Street trees. Sidewalks. Cute cafes. Hipsters dropping their expendable income at local

Music & Film

  • Burning Bush

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen life gets you down and the deck is, yet again, stacked like a trophy wife, do you breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth, count to 420, pass your problems on the left hand side and dr
  • Aces Wild

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Smokin' Aces & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & very once in a while, I feel that I have to remind viewers not to be late for a movie. Let me hammer that thought home concerning this one. If you miss even the first frame of Smokin' Aces,

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