• Issue Archive for
  • May 3-9, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 29

News & Comment

  • Playing for Time

    & & by MICHAEL BOWEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "S & lt;/span & ugar without the diabetes": one critic's summation of The Sound of Music hits at the musical's core without being entirely fair. With smiley-faced cherubs strutting their way through "Do-Re-Mi"
  • DVD Review

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & The Amazing Screw-On Head & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & K & lt;/span & ids today don't have Saturday morning cartoons to look forward to, so they do meth. It's not just the empty hours. DVDs of failed cartoon pilots are little testaments to a
  • Take Two

    & & by & & & & MaryAnn Johanson & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & Bug & lt;/i & & & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he distant thwack thwack thwack of a helicopter. The buzzing of a dying smoke detector. They sound like bugs. Skittering around in every corner of the grungy motel
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    When Albert Commellini came to America from Italy in 1907, he worked as a steam boy on the railroad. His sister Leta arrived 15 years later, settling in Spoka
  • Buzz Bin

    He draws Superman; she kissed him. Meet Portland's Matthew Clark (of DC Comics) and Livingston, Montana's Margot Kidder (of the Christopher Reeve movies) at Spokane's debut ComiCon on Saturday, May 26, from 10 a
  • Remote Possibilites

    & & by & & & & Ted & & & & S. McG & & & & regor Jr. & & & & & r & & r & & & Cowboys and Indians & r & (Rio Grande, Sat., May 26, 3:30 pm, AMC; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Sun., May 27, 9 pm, HBO) & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his Memorial Day weekend,
  • The Player

    Rated Everyone; Nintendo DS & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the game of Pok & eacute;mon, there are no heroes. There are Pok & eacute;mon aplenty -- the boxes for Pok & eacute;mon Diamond and Pearl depict a pair of neon
  • Recently Reviewed

    & & Twigs & & The minimalist vibe at Twigs is soothing, earthy and pleasingly inviting. The Moroccan beef ($13), little chunks of beef nicely seasoned with a hint of cinnamon among other spices, served with a Gorgonzola fon
  • Book Review

    & & by KEVIN TAYLOR & & & r & & & & lt;i & The Trouble With Poetry & lt;/i & & & & & & lt;i & & lt;/i & & & & & by Billy Collins & & & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here's the trouble with poetry and then the trouble with reading poetry on deadline. Let's take the latter f
  • Dying Angry

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & eturning to some of the same territory as his award-winning play Vesta, Bryan Harnetiaux -- Spokane's best playwright of the past 25 years -- has fashioned a mostly involving 70-minute meditation on de
  • Opening Films

    & & by Inlander Staff & r & & r & BLACK BOOK & & & r & Put the director of RoboCop and Total Recall to work on a story about the Dutch Resistance during World War II, and you get something like The Revenge of Anne Frank. Someone betrayed the family of Rachel (lumi
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Next & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's a tale as old as time. Guy meets girl... in a projected future created by his subconscious. Dude falls in love with future girl, but doesn't exactly know what day in the future he's suppo
  • Greek Gusto

    by SUSAN HAMILTON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he sun-kissed climate and azure seas of the Mediterranean contribute to a certain exuberance and zest for life among many of the region's residents, and helps make the region one of my favorite areas
  • All About Harry

    & & by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n case you hadn't heard, Harry Connick Jr. grew up in New Orleans, so Hurricane Katrina hit him hard, too. Just days after it made landfall -- while FEMA was still looking for the keys to t
  • Buzz Bin

    You don't want to visit Merlyn's Science-Fiction Fantasy Store on Saturday just because they're giving away free comic books for 12 hours starting at 9 am. No, the reason you want to drop by 19 W. Main Ave. from
  • Now Playing

    & & By The Inlander & r & & r & 28 WEEKS LATER & & & r & & r & Seven months have passed since the last Rage Virus victim died of starvation in London. The U.S. Army controls the empty city's quarantined district where adolescent siblings Tammy (Imogen Poots) and And
  • Remote Possibilites

    LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Heros & r & & r & (Mondays, 9 pm, NBC) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne day, a cheerleader in Texas learns she's indestructible. A Manhattan comic artist realizes he can paint the future. A bored Japanese flack accidentally begins
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    If you've relished fresh fish-and-chips at one of Seattle's pier eateries or indulged in freshly caught seafood prepared at a fine-dining sho
  • Flowing Conversation

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n May 9, at the Spokane Valley conference where the new Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer study was unveiled, Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession mentioned to elected officials, water purveyors and others th
  • Book Review

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & House of Rain by Craig Childs & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne of archaeology's enduring mysteries is the fate of the Anasazi people. Between the 9th and 13th centuries, a highly organized culture arose in what is no
  • DVD Review

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Twin Peaks The Second Season & r & & r & I used to wish -- almost daily -- that the suits at ABC would follow up their (now out-of-print) box set of the first season of Twin Peaks with a complementary conclusion. My wish came true th
  • Opening Films

    by Inlander Staff & r & & r & LUCKY YOU & r & Here is the entirety of IMDb plot summary: "A hotshot poker player tries to win a tournament in Vegas, but is fighting a losing battle with his personal problems. Eric Bana, who plays the gambler Huck Cheever, was ex
  • The Player

    & & by Marty Demarest & r & & r & & & & & & lt;i & Touch the Dead & lt;/i & & & & & & r & & r & Rated Mature; Nintendo DS & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Z & lt;/span & ombies are evasive little suckers. As one cluster after another shamble towards me, I've come to realize that their l
  • Letters to the Editor

    My name is Jules Gindraux. I am retired and have lived in Hayden for the last nine years. Prior to that, I lived at Priest Lake for 19 years. My early years were in Spokane from infancy in 1918 unti
  • Recently Reviewed

    & & by Inlander Staff & r & & r & Ambrosia & & & r & & r & Inside the attractive dining room, with its warm, richly painted walls and shiny dark wood tables, you'll find a pleasant start with the simple hummus appetizer ($7) -- clear, clean flavors of lemon, garlic a
  • Balancing the Books

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & federal judge's approval last week of a settlement to pay $48 million to nearly 200 people who were abused as children by clergy in the Catholic Church was hailed as a significant step towards healin
  • Their Own Beat

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & screenplay about an unlikely pair of kids written by an even more unlikely pair of guys in Spokane is getting favorable attention from people within the entertainment industry. Different Drummers, w
  • Now Playing

    Is this movie over yet? That's what I was asking myself after about 15 minutes of its relentless unfunniness. A remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, it features Ice Cube as a clueless buffoon who's sucker
  • Thar This Blows

    & & by ED SYMKUS & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END & lt;/i & & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t seems that just about every weekend this month, there's a second sequel to a box office smash opening somewhere. Wait, there's no seem
  • Big in Japan

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & LOCAL MUSIC 2007 & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & our band should be playing gigs in Tokyo. It's year three of The Inlander's Local Music issue and we're through screwing around. The last two years have been fun, tentative little di
  • Gotta Love It

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he sun was shining through broken clouds and the mercury approached 70 degrees as Natasha and I popped the sunroof and slipped out of town for an early dinner. More clouds rolled in as we drove nort
  • A Humane Debate

    by ROBERT STOKES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & rom earliest childhood to my late 30s, I listened to my maternal grandmother tell stories of her immigration to America as a young girl. That experience took her from a thatched roof village in 19th-
  • Water's Wisdom

    & & by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & alling water is to humans as light is to moths. Find the falling water, and you'll usually find people. If you find falling water but no people, it's probably a good place to set up camp.
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 5/3 Barrel Room No. 6, Dan Purser Big Easy, No Quarter, DJ Chris Woods Bluz At The Bend, DA and the Cruisers Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Caterina Winery,
  • Quick Hits

    But it also gave GRETA MATASSA a thorough knowledge of the jazz repertoire. Matassa relishe
  • CD Reviews

    & & & & & lt;i & The Magic Position & lt;/i & & & & & 4 Stars & & I remember dismissing Patrick Wolf two years ago. Not for his music, but for the press he was getting. Some fey British you
  • See No Weevils

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & erbicides such as 2,4-D will once again be mixed into the cold waters of North Idaho lakes as the primary tool in the second year of an intensive, statewide effort to eradicate Eurasian water milfoil.
  • Point of Origin

    Bet it took you awhile, huh? In the last few years, the concept of regionalism and local scenes has begun to disappear in music, replac
  • Bomb Garden

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & The Complaining Stops Now & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & heck out the band list that begins to your right and spreads over six pages. This is Sasquatch!, the indie festival with the deliberate Northwest bent. Each year, ami
  • CD Reviews

    & & MARY-CHAPIN CARPENTER & & & & & lt;i & The Calling & lt;/i & & & 4 Stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 've always had a soft spot for Mary-Chapin Carpenter, perhaps because she and I are nearly the same ag
  • Idaho & quot;Otter & quot; Trade with Cuba

    by NATHANIEL HOFFMAN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lbert Fox, a stocky Floridian who talks in a hushed, confidential tone, has his own custom cigar bands and a retired master cigar roller in Havana who keeps him well stocked. The tiny labels cont
  • A Humane Debate

    Immigration is a real problem about real people, and the debate should reflect that.
  • A Capitol Idea

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ometimes good deeds bring unexpected rewards. So it was for five of the 27 members of University High School's Genocide Project Team and their advisor, teacher Paul Schneider, who last winter sold mo
  • Bomb Garden

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Less Booze, More Pop & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & noticed something. Music's better now. Our scene, right now, is better than it was last year. If you're expecting some subjectivist rant, sorry. I've gone out and dug up
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 5/24 Barrel Room No. 6, The Shook Twins Big Easy, Brandi Carlile, Eliot Morris, DJ Chris Woods Big Foot, Cary Fly Bluz At The Bend, Cary Fly Caterina Winery,
  • Spirit of '91

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n West Indiana Avenue sits a dilapidated storefront. There's no commerce here anymore, but its sign remains, reading like a tombstone. Here lies the splintering hulk of the "Cybergate Coffee Caf & eacute;,"

Music & Film

  • The Fey Crusader

    by ANDREW MATSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & mong the many reasons why Batman Begins is a brilliant movie is a single line. In order to become bigger than life, says mentor/villain Henri Ducard, "You must become more than a man. You must become a
  • Sasquatch

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN, CORTNEY HARDING, ANDREW MATSON, KATIE PEIFER, JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & es, they scaled back a day. No, I don't think Sasquatch! is worse for it. I think it's worse for other reasons. Originally designed as a No
  • Thar This Blows

    & & by ED SYMKUS & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END & lt;/i & & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t seems that just about every weekend this month, there's a second sequel to a box office smash opening somewhere. Wait, there's no seem
  • Tangled Web Woven

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hird time is definitely the charm in the Spider-Man series, although charming certainly doesn't end up being the key word here. Just to throw fans off a bit, the film starts out with a rosy-outlook-on-life

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