• Issue Archive for
  • Aug 30 - Sep 5, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 46

News & Comment

  • Take Two

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Interview & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & ierre Peders (Steve Buscemi) is meeting an actress to do an interview he really doesn't want to do. He's an aging Beltway wonk who's been busted down to "people profiles" because of some
  • College Guide

    & & by Inlander Staff & & & r & & r & & & Ten-Hut! & & & r & & r & Once you untangle yourself from your parachute, you look up to see you've been dropped in a foreign country. There are people everywhere, but they're speaking in strange tongues. The landscape is weir
  • Buzz Bin

    Spokane's Ben "Preslee" Klein is sailing through the Bahamas right now, performing his tribute act on "The Elvis Cruise" to hundreds of folks who paid handsomely ($600-$2,500) just to be surrounded for six days by
  • Remote Possibilites

    Fox, Mondays, 8 pm & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & roadly speaking, there are two kinds of TV dramas. There are shows with plots and shows with a Plot. The former usually revolves around characters going about their l
  • Brinksmanship

    & & by HOWIE STALWICK & & & r & & r & & & COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW & & Cougar fans value bowl wins over passing records, which is why quarterback Alex Brink is still on a mission & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lex Brink is on the verge of breaking virtuall
  • Opening Films

    Two decades after a Ping-Pong prodigy loses everything at the Olympic Games, he's making a living showing off his paddle work at chintzy Vegas matinee shows -- until an FBI agent says he's needed for a "top-secret mi
  • Book Review

    by Rob Gifford & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hree years ago National Public Radio correspondent Rob Gifford took what, for him, was the ultimate road trip. He'd spent much of his last 17 years in China, but felt he'd seen
  • Now Playing

    The Harlequinization of Jane Austen? Becoming Jane doesn't go that far. In fact, while the movie takes license with some hints from Austen's life, it's also a reminder that unrequited love can fuel some affecting prose
  • Swine Dining

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & FESTIVAL Spokane's tribute to food, glorious food, showcases new faces and familiar favorites & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ix solid days of gorging on meals from more than 50 food vendors: That's how Spokane bids farewell
  • Coeur d'Alene's Mayor, Too?

    by DAVE TURNER & r & & r & POLITICS Rudy Giuliani -- aka "America's Mayor" -- makes a fundraising stop in the Lake City, which is a rarity in presidential campaigns & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & ell me if I'm correct, that I'm the first presidential can
  • DVD Review

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & The Call of Cthulhu & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s I type this, the Cthulhu toy I paid $25 for watches me from atop a tower of books, comic and otherwise. About half the books were either written by or influenced by H.P. Lovec
  • Recently Reviewed

    The same neighborly attitude and atmosphere that made Hills' first restaurant a local classic has been transported to a new, airier home across from Auntie's Bookstore. Hills' still serves some of Spok
  • Saving Health Care

    by DAVID E. BROWN & r & & r & GUEST EDITORIAL Neither Michael Moore nor Ron Wyden have it right when it comes to health care reform & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was eager to read your cover story, "Is Michael Moore right about health care?" (8/9/07) t
  • Nitpicked Lit Crit

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & PLAY REVIEW All the Great Books (abridged) has lowbrow fun with highbrow books & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t opening night of All the Great Books (abridged) (at Actors Rep through Sept. 8), the crowd was buzzing with intel
  • The Player

    Rated Teen; PSP & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y great sword is three feet long and forged of solid steel. It's heavy enough to require two hands to hold it poised in the air. According to Dungeons
  • Borowitz Report

    By Andy Borowitz & r & & r & A.G. TO SPEND MORE TIME SPYING AT HOME & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ttorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned earlier this week, telling reporters that he wanted to spend more time eavesdropping on his family. Mr. Gonzales,
  • College Football Preview

    Coach: Bill Doba (25-22, fifth year) 2006 record: 6-6 overall, 4-5 Pacific-10 Conference (tied for 5th) 2007 predicted finish: 8th in Pac-10 (media poll); 54th out of 119 teams in NCAA Division I-A (Sports Illustrat
  • Choice Local Cuts

    Thursday Though Thursday is choked with Inlander-approved talent (three of this year's Inlander buzzworthy bands, an Inlander
  • Districted Out

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & Al French was defeated by a system that was intended to help candidates from his district & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t the time the Spokane City Council voted up our present districting design, the debate came down to two
  • CD Reviews

    Kala 3 Stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ll the chatter over M.I.A.'s major-label debut -- and there's considerable chatter -- lauds her for being this great hero to both dancehall kids and hipsters. Despite a distro deal with Universal, she hasn'
  • Bomb Garden

    At the end of May, one measly issue away from its first birthday, The Spokane Sidekick indelicately ("F**k you, this isn't working") closed its doors. Publisher Andy Rowse said the bimonthly entertainmen
  • Recalculating Math

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & A new report could shake up Washington's state math standards, and some parents can't wait & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & & lt;/span & When Linda Plattner left her job teaching middle school math in Moses Lake in the mid-1990s, she also
  • Culture Shock

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & HEALTH CARE An Albanian girl who was the focus of a minor diplomatic skirmish adjusts to life in Spokane & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & magine what it must be like to be 12-year-old Merita Ulaj. The shy, petite young woman
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 8/30 Big Easy, DJ Graffix Blue Spark, Sonic Death Ray Bluz At The Bend, Sammy Eubanks Bottom's Up (892-1778), Sammy Eubanks Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol C
  • Quick Hits

    by INLANDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he curtain flips open and it's on. The audience loves you if you rock, and boos you off the stage if you suck. With a miniature Gibson equipped with five different colored buttons and a whammy bar, GUITAR H

Music & Film

  • Visual Dub

    by JOEL HARTSE & r & & r & POST ROCK AND DUB The Library Science drops some synaesthetic beats & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & sually when people say music sounds "cartoony," they mean it's big, dumb, and sloppy, full of kiddie melodies and sappy lyrics.
  • Ping-Pong Pow

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & FILM REVIEW Balls of Fury may be an action film based on ... table tennis (?), but it's a laugh-out-loud hoot & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here's a universal need for getting away from everyday concerns -- from work, piles of bill

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