• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 8-14, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 21

News & Comment

  • Recently Reviewed

    DAILY GRIND UPTOWN Owner Lauren Izenberg and her staff take pride in knowing their customers and giving them great service -- not to mention scrumptious food. With daily specials like chicken pesto panini, a tuna melt and a meatba
  • DVD Review

    "It's down there on the right," he says. "In the children's section." Hold the Wensley
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING New York, New York & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & h, Brooklyn -- it's one of a kind. Brooklyn's distinctive character is a blend of its cultural diversity, strong neighborhoods, cutting-edge art scene an
  • Managed Failure

    by Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ppearing in the most recent issue of Foreign Affairs are two must-read companion articles. In the first, James Fearon, a Stanford University political scientist, observes that while the White House rem
  • Weepy Waltzing

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's important to be reminded of the need for simple compassion. We live in a world of stereotypes: It's easy to be quick about sizing up people and then, even more quickly, dismissing them. That's why
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Virtua Fighter 5 Rated Teen; PlayStation 3 & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ince the age of 4, I've wanted to have a videogame arcade at home -- in my bedroom if possible. For a kid awakening during the digital dawn, the arcade
  • Letters to the Editor

    Pot, Meet Kettle There was an Inlander story about some council members saying that poor communication with the mayor hinders his ability to work with them ("Uneasy Relationship," 2/15/07). Isn't this like the pot calling
  • Vanity of the Bonfires

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & urning a book is not easy. The tightly bound pages do not allow enough oxygen to get in for quick combustion. Burning a lot of books is even harder; a pile of books is a heavy, dense mass that doesn't
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Black Snake Moan & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & lack Snake Moan begins with two stories told in parallel. Rae (Christina Ricci) fights, moans and bawls her way through the departure of her common-law husband Ronnie (Justin Ti
  • Borowitz Report

    By Andy Borowitz & r & & r & Court gives Gore's Oscar to Bush & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ust days after former Vice President Al Gore received an Academy Award for his global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, the United States Supreme Cour
  • No Laughing Matter

    Few people are interested, and the frog dies of it." -- E. B. White & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & espite E.B. White's witticism, the humor of Tim Lee's video displays needs to be
  • Remote Possibilites

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & The Black Donnellys (Mondays, 10 pm, NBC) & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou could tell Studio 60 was destined for hiatus by how quickly creator Aaron Sorkin took the unspoken romantic energy between Jordan and Danny and t
  • Concerted Effort

    & & by Michael Bowen & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & usicians can be dangerous. Oh, when you're sitting out there in a concert hall audience, those scary people in formal wear are at a safe distance, with their music only coming at you from one di
  • Buzz Bin

    Admit it: You're flipping channels late at night, you stumble across Animal Planet, and there are the cutest canines -- everything from golden retrievers to wiener dogs -- scampering through chutes and across bridges, climbing up A-fra
  • Opening Films

    The Greek-versus-Persian battle of Thermopylae comes to bloody, exciting, eye-popping life in the CGI celebration of the Frank Miller graphic novel. Fierce, fearless and noble King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his band of 300 men
  • Subcontinental Cuisine

    by Susan Hamilton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & love Indian food. It incorporates a riot of sensory stimulation. I lappreciate how this vibrant cuisine utilizes spices -- sometimes lintensely so -- and presents a wide range of flavors, especially wi
  • Book Review

    by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER & r & Hopes and Dreams; The Story of Barack Obama by Steve Dougherty & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ccording to a Gallup survey taken last month, 94 percent of Americans queried said they'd be willing to vote for an African-Am
  • Now Playing

    The song that would eventually come to be known as "Amazing Grace" arose out of the abolitionist movement. England's abolitionist movement. They did it first. The film chronicles the life of William Wilberforce, a Brit
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & mpressively, Epitaph Records has evolved from an indie punk label to a multi-genre, three-tiered (with sister labels Hellcat and ANTI-) safe haven for truly alternative music. Releasing material by B
  • Letters to the Editor

    & & Pot, Meet Kettle & & There was an Inlander story about some council members saying that poor communication with the mayor hinders his ability to work with them ("Uneasy Relationship," 2/15/07). Isn't this like the po
  • CD Reviews

    PATTY GRIFFIN Children Running Through 4 stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & atty Griffin is the best singer-songwriter you've probably never heard of. Known more for songs covered by Emmylou Harris and the D
  • Near Nature

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ary Verner admits her newly approved "Near Nature Quality of Life Initiative" carries no enforcement powers. "It's just a statement of the city's goals for 2007," she says, "and putting into one docu
  • Bomb Garden

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Payback-ola & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & had that damn Young Dro song stuck in my head all summer. "Shoulder Lean." The one with the characterless production and ponderous lyrics about a dance step that's more like a control
  • Jekyll and Hyde

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here couldn't have been two more different scenes last week. At a Boundary Review Board annexation hearing Wednesday night, Spokane County officials accused their city counterparts of "cherry picking
  • Blue For Years

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen the members of For Years Blue took the RAWK Final Four crown in 2004 as high school freshmen, they got to record a debut album. Now, having won Seattle's Sound Off, they're getting a lot more. In
  • Help in a TIF

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & Last month, Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg threatened to sue over a proposal to help pay for the development of Kendall Yards with public funds. Since then, a wonky revenue mechanism called "tax increment financing" has been t
  • Sound Advice

    & lt;BR & Thursday, 3/8 & lt;BR & Big Dipper, Rocky Votolato, Slender Means, The Nightfly Rocky packs Spokane clubs like few others. If you don't have tickets yet, you better get

Music & Film

  • Waking Up Hungry

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & I & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & f & lt;/span & you're reading this on Thursday, David Strackany has written 324 songs. If you're reading this on Friday, he's written 325. Strackany, who plays under the moniker Paleo, has been writing a song a day
  • Graphic History

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & am man, hear me roar. Apologies to Helen Reddy, but that line popped into my head every time the Spartan army of King Leonidas -- all 300 of 'em -- braced to take on the hordes of Persian soldiers at the Ba

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