• Issue Archive for
  • Jul 5-11, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 38

News & Comment

  • What's In a Flower?

    & & by PAUL K. HAEDER & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n garlic patches across the Northern Hemisphere, green shoots are silently creeping from the tops of plants. Over the next few weeks these shoots will curl themselves around in circles like coi
  • Remote Possibilites

    (Season One currently available via iTunes) & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & ra Glass had been hosting his show on public radio for years before someone had the idea of making it into a half-hour program on Showtime.
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Crush & r & & r & Rated Everyone 10+; PSP & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & don't require my videogames to have stories. When they work, videogame stories are usually nothing more than amusing movies that play between sessions of
  • He Shares Many Horses

    STORY BY KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & o an outsider, the Spokane Indian Reservation can seem cryptic, inexplicable. Like the sign on the tree, the sign shaped like a directional arrow, pointing down an anonymous and empty road annou
  • Buzz Bin

    You've been promising to skate or ride out to the Idaho border, but there's that gosh-darn (and literal) roadblock just west of Argonne. No more excuses: After nearly two months, the water and sewer l
  • The Big Tease

    & & by MICHAEL BOWEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ould you lay yourself (and all your imperfections) bare for neighbors and co-workers to see? Maybe not. But if you thought you were going to make money doing it -- and if you were out of a job, y
  • Opening Films

    Michael Moore's harangues aside, torture movies have turned out to be the most relevant genre of cinema in the age of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. But that might change with the addition of Lindsay Lohan, who un
  • Take Two

    & & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & Sicko & lt;/i & & & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & y the time Michael Moore gets three volunteers from the cleanup of the World Trade Center bombing site on a fishing boat barreling toward Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, demanding
  • Book Review

    by J.K. Rowling & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter hours spent reading what seemed like endless text, I have become content. The Deathly Hallows, not to mention the cliffhanging plot elements J.K.
  • Flotsam Framed

    & & by CARRIE SCOZZARO & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & rtist Kim Kopp traces the origins of her "calendar project" to 1995, shortly after she had earned an MFA from the University of Chicago and had moved to Port Townsend. As she explains in an ar
  • Now Playing

    $175 million? Seriously? In this hyper-expensive "comedy" about a present-day flood and the present-day man present-day God tasks with saving northeastern Virginia, the story blows, the special effects aren't special,
  • Remote Possibilites

    & & History Detectives & & (Mondays at 9 pm, PBS) ?? & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e are a nation of packrats, and when you combi
  • Recently Reviewed

    Peering through the Beacon's floor-to-ceiling windows onto Sherman Avenue is a bit like watching television with the sound turned down.The potato hummus and grilled pita ($5) is a European twist on the original and is d
  • Defending Your Space

    by TIM BROSS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & modern-day Smokey the Bear follows Tom Buckley around the perimeter of Buckley's rural North Spokane home. Smokey is Garth Davis, a forest fire prevention specialist for the Spokane County Conservation Di
  • Buzz Bin

    Been wondering what exactly the "Superstars of Country Live in Concert (The Ultimate Tribute)" entails? According to the blog of one of the backup singers, it entails "celebrity impersonators of Reba,
  • DVD Review

    by BOB GRIMM & r & & r & Army of Shadows & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & nreleased in the United States until last year, this 1969 masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville was panned by French critics upon its original release for multiple reasons. Some said t
  • Opening Films

    A metaphysical groaner with what looks like mob-thriller (!) elements, Angel-A is Luc Besson (Fifth Element, The Professional) at his most palatably French. Sure it's in black and white, and it's Francophone, but it's got
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    Beans are not allowed in the official competition chilies at the second annual IDAHO STATE CHILI COOK-OFF, but organizers still expect the event to be a real toot... er, hoot. On Saturday, cou
  • What's In a Flower?

    & & by ARI LEVAUX & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n garlic patches across the Northern Hemisphere, green shoots are silently creeping from the tops of plants. Over the next few weeks these shoots will curl themselves around in circles like coiled
  • A Beautiful Legacy

    by PAT WILLIAMS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ost often we don't even know the names of people who have made our lives better: a kindness from a long-forgotten neighbor of our youth, the effect of which still silently reverberates these decades lat
  • Book Review

    by Tim Kurkjian & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n his new book Is This a Great Game, or What? ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian shares stories and anecdotes culled from 25 year
  • Piscatorial Theology

    by IRLE WHITE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y father was raised on a farm on the shore of Montana's Flathead Lake at the turn of the last century. The local rivers were all trout streams then, teeming with salmon, cutthroat and rainbow. For Dad, fl
  • Now Playing

    Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel, A Clockwork Orange, is a grotesque, shockingly violent and fascinating commentary on morality and the meaning of free will set in a dehumanized
  • The Player

    Rated Everyone; Nintendo DS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & mmediately upon being appointed mayor in SimCity DS, I signed an oath pledging to "create a city sound and whole and to safeguard the health and happi
  • Recently Reviewed

    The signature Chang's chicken in soothing lettuce wraps ($8) appetizer gave us hearty coarsely chopped chicken, water chestnuts, onions and mushrooms in a pleasantly sweet, dark sauce, wrapped in cool, cr
  • Red Tape in Albania

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & & & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & arvel Nichols has taken on a doozy of a medical rescue mission. The Spokane woman is arranging for a 12-year-old girl she met in a small Alpine village in northern Albania to come to Sp
  • Flying the Columbia

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & echnically, turbine-powered Unlimited class hydroplanes are "boats" only when they're at rest. At racing speeds, they don't move through the water or float on it. Instead, they essentially fly across
  • DVD Review

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & Two War Films & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he evolution of the war film, 60 years after World War II, now reaches to obscure, intimate stories of courage and endurance as shown in two little gems, El Alamein: The Line of Fir
  • Take Two

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hough I've never been formally diagnosed, I think I might be part sociopath. I can only imagine what it's like to be conscious of the feelings of other people. Some
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    I enter the front gate of Hannah's Garden Inn and follow the lawn around to the back garden. Small black metal bistro tables sit scattered on the patio and amid the lush
  • Letters to the Editor

    Hip-Hop Hooray Home improvements have made reading The Inlander a sporadic event, but I just wanted to comment that your article on the battle of the hip-hop bands ("Brittle Battle," 6/21) was so spot-on for me that I had
  • Essential Self

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & eath may be inevitable, but it's certainly a taboo topic in our culture. Nothing kills a conversation like talking about the end of life. Also off limits is dementia, perhaps because it is seen as a d
  • Bomb Garden

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast week, the record industry decided to go back to the negotiating table -- or rather, sit down with Internet radio for the first time -- and I took a nine-state Ryder truck road
  • Leaving a Mark

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne day in the early 1900s at Ellis Island, an immigrant struggled to get the authorities to understand his name at the registration desk. Frustrated, the immigration guard beat the poor man, tell
  • CD Reviews

    Easy Tiger 3 Stars Rooting against Ryan Adams is practically impossible. Look beyond the antics and the tomfoolery. Look beyond the self-aggrandizing, egomaniacal rants. Look beyond the sophomoric foolishness. Such a prolific songwriter deserv
  • Intercontinental Grammar

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & 've sold my house, paid off all my bills and I'm getting ready to embrace the experience," says 25-year-old Spokane resident Rob Wall, who has just accepted a six-month teaching assignment in Chengd
  • Carnival of Catharsis

    On record, Snoop Dogg is the smoothest murderer, the hardest, coldest gangster ever to walk Earth. A gangland master, he unites
  • Wake-Up Call

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & & & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "W & lt;/span & e are a little challenged," said Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession this week after he announced that he has appointed a 21-member task force to study the city's short- and long-term problem
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 7/26 Bluz at the Bend, Cary Fly Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Coeur d'Alene Park, Deadman's Pants ella's, Nick Herman, Gary Edighoffer Empyrean, Zac Fairban
  • Bomb Garden

    Next thing: the music industry -- and by that I usually mean the big four record labels as represented by the Recording Industry Association of America and its royalty-collecting offshoot, Sound Exchange --
  • Same Old Garbage?

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & n old wound was reopened last week at a meeting of the leaders of Spokane's Solid Waste System and members of the county's Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). The two sides were working on
  • Quick Hits

    by INLANDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & onjuring Weezer, Yo La Tengo and Pavement, POINT JUNCTURE, WA hides pure pop songs underneath bursts of loud guitar and swirling atmospheric noise. The Portland band's appeal lies in softly cooed vocals tha
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 7/5 Barrel Room No. 6, Dan Purser Big Easy, DJ Graffix Big Foot, Cary Fly The Blvd., DJ Brewski Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Caterina Winery, Open Mic w/ J
  • In the Moment

    by KATIE PEIFER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he performance space at the Empyrean wears a variety of guises. Usually it's a concert venue, sometimes it's a practice space, and on special occasions it plays host to a dance party or two. On this pas
  • Mocking the Vote

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & re you smarter than a 5th grader? That's the punchline of the latest hit game show. Contestants try to win a million bucks by answering questions lifted out of elementary-school textbooks. Viewer
  • Quick Hits

    by INLANDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & unday night on Making the Band 4, choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson told a bunch of boy-band hopefuls -- frequently white, uniformly uncoordinated -- that dance wasn't a color, it was a soul. GALACTIC, like any
  • CD Reviews

    New Maps of Hell 2 Stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & once described Bad Religion as the band Green Day desperately wanted to be when they made American Idiot. Bad Religion's signifiers are smart lyrics, more harmonizing than you'd expect,

Music & Film

  • Maverick

    by JOEL HARTSE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n an alternate universe, we would all know that the initials V.O.L. stood for Vigilantes of Love, one of the most important indie bands of the 1990s, a band universally acknowledged as a shining example
  • Old Favorite

    & & by & & & & JOEL SMITH & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lison Krauss has a voice like a crystal bell. Clear, pure and warm, it's one of the loveliest voices in music today -- possibly one of the best country music has ever heard. Used to great eff
  • Singing in Opposition

    by CORTNEY HARDING & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & o get a flavor for the mythology that surrounds Against Me!, take a gander at their Wikipedia page. At the end of pretty much every section, you'll find some variation on the following sentence: "Man
  • Undercooked

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & aving never seen the critically praised German film Mostly Martha, a bona fide art house hit in 2001, I was quite surprised to watch this treacly little American remake of it, thinking to myself, "How coul
  • Transformageddon

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you were a typical kid in the mid-1980s -- boy or girl, it didn't matter -- you likely were a fan of the Transformers cartoon series. If you had nimble fingers, you probably also put together and took apar

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