• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 24

News & Comment

  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y Wii Remote is waving around in the air between me and a home-cooked meal. On the center of my television screen, a pale yellow pat of butter sizzles in a frying pan. Clutching my Wii Remote, I sit o
  • Economies of Stale

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "S & lt;/span & mall is beautiful" is an axiom lost on many Americans bent on acquiring more material goods at t
  • Losing Her Religion

    Losing Her Religion THEATER Julia Sweeney's new show relates her journey from Catholicism to atheism with compassion, heart and plenty of humor & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or the book version of her one-woman show, Letting G
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Reign Over Me & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ifilm about a man who has lost his family to the horrors of 9/11, iReign Over Me hangs in precarious balance for its entirety. A shift itoward the solid ground of tear-jerky senti
  • Running for the Runway

    by JESLYN LEMKE & r & & r & Both commercial and fashion modeling opportunities exist, even in a mid-size city like Spokane & lt;BR & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & odels are huddled everywhere. People are tapping their feet, nervously. The scattershot lighting cas
  • Drama in Your Lap

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hile sitting at a play the other night, I displayed my ch
  • Remote Possibilites

    (weeknights, 11:35 pm, NBC) The Late Show with David Letterman (weeknights, 11:35 pm, CBS) & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you can make it through the car chases and pet stories that round ou
  • Croc Rock

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & gleaming stainless steel set with an ever-present tomb, reminder of death. A bridge. Six movable pedestals to
  • Opening Films

    Put two talented physical comedians (Will Ferrell, Jon Heder) in tights. Then put them in on ice. Together. After that setup, the plot is incidental. (It involves two disgraced ice skaters -- both dudes -- teaming up as
  • Recently Reviewed

    Twigs The minimalist vibe at Twigs is soothing, earthy and pleasingly inviting. The New Orleans shrimp appetizer ($11) had enough heat to make a statement without burning, but it was a little too oily; the Moroccan beef ($13), l
  • Buzz Bin

    Super Volunteer Nearly 20 years ago, Leonard J. Lemay helped organize the Senior Volunteer program for the Spokane Police Department, putting in thousands of hours before (and after!) his 1997 "retirement." Now the SPD's award for
  • 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
  • Raw Delights

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & asabi is addictive. It burns so good, that pale green Japanese horseradish paste, looking like guacamole but not (as we've all learned the hard way). There is nothing like the buzz of a wasab
  • Book Review

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & Punk Marketing by Richard Laermer and Mark Simmons & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 'm pretty sure I hate this book. I'm just not sure why. Maybe it's that a couple of marketers have co-opted a much co-opted term to explain how m
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING They're back! & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "W & lt;/span & e've been homeless since the end of April 2004 and almost a year in construction," says co-owner Steve Hill. Many have watched the progress at the corner of Main and Washingt
  • Love That Muddy Water

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he good people of Lewiston and Clarkston have stood solidly behind the Corps of Engineers for years, harrumphing their distaste for the hippies and former Interior secretaries who want to blow up the fo
  • Raw Delights

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & asabi is addictive. It burns so good, that pale green Japanese horseradish paste, looking like guacamole but not (as we've all
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten and Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & e was here at Whitworth a couple weeks ago with his band Hoquiam in support of Ramona Cordova, and now DAMIEN JURADO is totally back. This time, though, he's in Moscow for a gig on
  • What You Pay For

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ews that the top three executives at Avista will be making salaries of more than $1 million this coming year reminds me of a
  • CD Reviews

    AMY WINEHOUSE Back to Black 4 Stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "W & lt;/span & hat kind of f***ery is this?" cries Amy Winehouse, on "Me and Mr. Jones," her Motown coo descending momentarily into an Enfield yawp. Good questi
  • Bomb Garden

    Before they moved to Spokane, Hockey was a really good duo. As of last week, they're a great pop four piece. Bassist Jerm Reynolds and primary songwriter Ben Grubin moved here from L.A., fleeing the inconstant a
  • Swords Into Plowshares

    by Jason Mark & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he drumbeat-steady reports of U.S. casualties in Iraq carry names that are strange to most of us, sites of combat like Taji and Balad. The hometowns of the fallen soldiers and marines are often nearly as
  • Defending Budget Cuts

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hings were going smoothly Monday night at a forum on the proposed 2007-08 budget at Chase Middle School. Superintendent Brian Benzel had explained why he believes the legislature should increase fund
  • Up the Bracket

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & pokane's Iceage Cobra has seen their move to Seattle pay off. Since the hard-rocking three-piece -- Jordan West (vocals, guitar), Mitch Bratsch (drums) and Brad Kaufmann (bass) -- were lured cross-state

Music & Film

  • These Hoses are Ruptured

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t took a few days for me to get in touch with These Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook, but it wasn't for lack of effort on both our parts. Tracking down a touring band is no easy feat, and juggling
  • Worried Watchman

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or his first foray into directing, screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report) has, first, come up with another dandy script -- dissimilar to anything he's done before -- and, second

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