• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 4-10, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 51

News & Comment

  • Election Direction

    By TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Resolution 4204 & r & Simple Majority for School Levies & r & ((YES)) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n 1944, the Washington Legislature bumped up the requirement for passing school levies from a simple 50 percent plus one to
  • The Player

    & & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & & & & & lt;i & Halo 3 & r & Rated Mature & lt;/i & & & & & ; Xbox 360 & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he left joystick moves me forward, backward and from side to side. I can pan the view right or left, up or down, depending on the ti
  • Clean-Cut Radicals

    & & By MICK LLOYD-OWEN & & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hey looked innocuous enough when they started: Clean-cut, dressed in subdued suits and ties with nary a whisker on their youthful, beaming faces. There was none of that unwholesome stuff with the
  • Next Year, Next Century

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR & r & at Interplayers through Nov. 3 & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & know what the critics say about this play," says Interplayers' Esta Rosevear, who's directing Same Time, Next Year, Bernard Slade's senti
  • Continental Invasion

    & & By HOWIE STALWICK & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hey arrive in North America each fall, starry-eyed teenagers who leave family and friends behind to move thousands of miles away to live in the homes of strangers and play hockey in a foreign l
  • Remote Possibilities

    Worst New TV & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Early fall is an exciting, disappointing time to be a TV fan. The best new shows won't show their true luster for weeks, but the worst are already totally obvious. Here are the early losers, in no order other
  • Borowitz Report

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ust days after former Vice President Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on global warming, the United States Supreme Court hand
  • Take Two

    & & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are a lot of films -- especially difficult, complex, idealistic films -- that redeem themselves in the final 10 minutes. Taking a tangle of ideas and characterizations and imagery and conde
  • What's In A Year?

    by CHRISTINA KELLY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ine is not like a soda pop or beer that tastes the same with every bottle. No two bottles of wine will taste the same from year to year, due to differences in the weather, soil and viticultural pract
  • Buzz Bin

    Potential Pulitzer Poems & r & & r & EWU creative writing professor Nance Van Winckel has learned that her new volume of poetry, No Starling, will be nominated to be considered as a finalist for the big award. She'll read from her most recent work on Friday at
  • Buzz Bin

    In one sequence, Snoop was one of four
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & THE COMEBACKS & r & Washed-up coach takes over the football program at Heartland State. His team's hopeless and populated by stereotypes: the klutz, the egomaniac, the runt, the nerd, the girl. Naturally, they hone their skills, win
  • Remote Possibilities

    & & by & & & & Luke Baumgarten & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & oilet paper slowly soaks up blood from a shaving mishap. A knife hacks through flesh that turns out to be a ham steak. An egg is cooked over-easy, then gutted with knife and fork and sp
  • Recently Reviewed

    Wolf Lodge Steakhouse Some of the steakiest steaks in the Inland Northwest can be found a short drive east of Coeur d'Alene along I-90. Rubbed in seasoning, cooked over an open fire and delivered with a genuine attention to don
  • Book Review

    by JULIET WATERS & r & & r & The Orange Trees of Baghdad & r & by Leilah Nadir & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & brahim Nadir describes his childhood home in Baghdad: "Rose bushes lined the walls and orange trees hung over the blossoms and dark leaves.... We had
  • Book Review

    & & by SHIRA RICHMAN & & & r & & & & lt;i & The Septembers of Shiraz & lt;/i & & & & r & & & by Dalia Sofer & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen he became the ruler of Iran in 1979 -- and before he could create an Islamic Republic -- Ruhollah Khomeini first needed to er
  • Big Backers

    Who's funding Mary Verner and Dennis Hession's campaigns?
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & ACROSS THE UNIVERSE & r & With a love story (involving Evan Rachel Wood) set in the peace-loving '60s -- and with an all-Beatles soundtrack -- millions will be muttering "Don't mess it up." But if ever a director could pull off a psyched
  • Opening Films

    & & by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & & & & & THE HEARTBREAK KID & & & r & & r & Ben Stiller suffers at the hands of a series of hollow, one-dimensional harpies in the Farrelly Brothers' remake of Neil Simon's 1972 original. The old one hit No. 91 on AFI's list of the fu
  • Hope Harvest

    by CHRISTINA KELLY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ashington State's grape harvest is in full swing this month, with a flurry of trucks loaded with plastic bins filled to the brim with inky purple, rusty red and pale green grapes, gently transported
  • Body Language

    "We look at our dance as having no boundaries
  • A Conventional Dither

    & & By MICHAEL BOWEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "R & lt;/span & acism is bad." Not exactly the newsflash today that it was a half-century ago (even if we still haven't fully learned the lesson). Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific is appreciated today m
  • Lost Forever

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & aybe this film is so good because its source material is by Dennis Lehane, the novelist who also wrote Mystic River. Maybe it's because Casey Affleck is coming into his own, with a terrific acting job both
  • Now Playing

    & & BALLS OF FURY & & A Ping-Pong prodigy is needed for a "top-secret mission," so Randy (Dan Fogler) goes off to train with Master Wong (James Hong), before finally facing the menacing Mr. Feng (Christopher Walken). The Pi
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    Mamasan means mother in Thai, says MAMASAN'S owner Nadja Lane, who remembers crushing peanuts for her mo
  • Regan's Ghost

    By TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen Richard Nixon told America "I'm not a crook," everybody knew exactly what that meant. Less than nine months later, he was fleeing the White House in disgrace, with the nation's faith in its i
  • Ballot Builders

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & esides Tim Eyman's tax limitation Initiative 960 and Referendum 67, which has been the subject of television ads for weeks, there are four other state issues, all proposed constitutional amend
  • DVD Review

    Black Book & r & & r & by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & In America, we've enjoyed Paul Verhoeven's popcorn films like Robocop and Basic Instinct (and we've even mocked him for Showgirls), but back home in the Netherlands, he's a cultural treasure. So it was a hom
  • DVD Review

    & & by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & rom the moment when Jake Holman whispers "Hello, ship" from the darkness of a Chinese river landing, viewers join him in boarding a tawdry little gunship, the USS San Pablo, just as it gets up s
  • The Player

    Rated Everyone & lt;/i & & & & & ; Nintendo DS & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was blissfully sailing the ocean, churning up a frothy wake behind my ship, as I scavenged for
  • Going Nowhere

    By BRUCE REED & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & onths after 9/11, in one of the low points in bureaucratic history, the U.S. government mailed visas to two hijackers who had flown planes into the World Trade Center. From Iraq to the home front, America
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    & & DINING & & Calling Popeye & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here's a new little place on the South Hill, tucked in behind the stores and restaurants of 29th Avenue, and it's a quiet refuge with tasty light meals and a comfortable atmosphere. Paula H
  • Borowitz Report

    & & By ANDY BOROWITZ & & & r & & r & & & AHMADINEJAD INVITES SEARCH FOR GAYS & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ust days after asserting that there are no homosexuals in Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today invited United Nations inspectors in
  • Goddess on the Edge

    & & By CLASSICAL GODDESS & & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & Dear Classical Goddess & lt;/i & & & & lt;i & , & lt;/i & & r & & r & & & & lt;i & A friend invited me to one of the Symphony on the Edge concerts last year at the Big Easy and I loved it! I don't like a lot of contemporary music but the music o
  • Bomb Garden

    & & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & & The Rabbit Hole & & & r & & r & On Sunday, Radiohead announced that its new album will drop Oct. 10. They're calling it In Rainbows. It's big news for fans and one more huge headache for a dying music CD-manufacturing indust
  • Sound Advice

    Check what's happening at local nightspots for the next week. Thursday, 10/18 Big Easy, DJ Graffix Bluz at the Bend, Triology Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol ella's, Barry Aiken Quartet Far West, Acoustic Night Fizzie Mulligan's
  • Mmm, Donuts...

    & & by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen Tim Eyman and Spokane's Jack and Mike Fagan proposed Initiative 695 to voters in 1999, the choice was clear: Do you want to pay only $30 for vehicle tabs? Notwithstanding the ramifications of t
  • Fickle Fans?

    & & by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & e spent all summer giving his best, competing for the job, and in the end he won it. Cleveland Browns' quarterback Charlie Frye became the starter, but after throwing only 10 passes in the
  • Claims Review

    & & by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his year's candidate to be the White Rabbit/Through-the-Looking-Glass most surreal political campaign is the multi-million dollar effort to reject Washington's Referendum 67, in which a white-col
  • Cold Cash, Hot Topics

    by KEVIN TAYLOR AND DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & ennis Hession is running the most expensive campaign in Spokane mayoral history. With $223,000 raised in campaign cash and in-kind contributions to date, he has amassed close to what
  • What the Neighbors Say

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ayor Dennis Hession's relationship with Spokane neighborhood leaders has certainly had its rough patches since he took office in 2005. In no particular order, the list of issues that aroused anger in
  • CD Reviews

    ANIMAL COLLECTIVE & r & Strawberry Jam & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & Animal Collective's Strawberry Jam is the type of album that is becoming archaic in the ever-strengthening age of the single. With no one song overpowering the others and all certifiably great in their
  • Sound Advice

    & & Thursday, 10/4 & & Big Foot, Inner Sanctum Bluz at the Bend, Perones Caterina Winery, David Boone, the Side Project Club Max, Papa Green ella's, John Stowel
  • Voices For A Change

    by PAUL K. HAEDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & cross the Inland Northwest, activists are fighting in the trenches for land preservation, urban growth boundaries, organic food, clean air, clean rivers and protected aquifers. With their earned exper
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Neon Reformation & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f this column has a persistent theme, it's that the Internet makes musicians (and people who make money off musicians) do crazy things. From mp3 player wars to the lawsuit mad
  • Get a Lawyer

    & & by & & & & LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen I asked Joel Smith (local singer/songwriter, Inlander staffer) what he, as an artist, would want to ask a lawyer, he didn't have an answer. "That's not even on my mind." He's not al
  • Beyond Baby Steps

    by PAUL K. HAEDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & ompelling citizens of the world to do something about global warming is going to take more than Live Earth concerts focused on getting us to exchange our incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescen
  • Tale of Two Cities

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & o be elected mayor of Spokane means mastering a split as difficult as the 7-10 at a bowling alley. Each candidate, in these last weeks of the campaign, is taking careful aim north of the Spokane River,
  • A Long Lonesome Road

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen Karli Fairbanks plays a waltz, people weep. "Bitter Blue" -- the song that lends its name to her forthcoming album -- has set strangers to crying more than once. She's surprised by this, but also p
  • Declaration of Interdependence

    & & by & & & & LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen former Bravo Entertainment President Paul Thornton gave me reasons for wanting Rock Coffee out of his building last year (while also denying that he had the power or any hand in get
  • Beaming Bioneers

    & & by PAUL K. HAEDER AND DOUG NADVORNICK & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & hances are you've never heard of Paul Anastas and Edward Tick -- unless you're also a fan of the work of Bioneers. Bioneers is a San Rafael, Calif.-based organization that, e
  • The City's New Plot

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & ity officials are testing whether civic properties such as golf courses and parks can be sprinkled with reclaimed water instead of water pumped directly from the aquifer. The sixth tee and sev
  • CD Reviews

    & & C.O.C.O & & & r & & & & lt;i & Play Drums + Bass & lt;/i & & & & r & & & 4 Stars & & & r & & r & Here's to truth in advertising. On the Olympia-based band's latest album, Play Drums + Bass, C.O.C.O do exactly what the title suggests. With Chris Sutton and Olivia Ness on -- that
  • 20 Questions - Mayoral Quiz

    & & by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ow well do you know Spokane? What about your preferred candidate for mayor? We put the following questions to Dennis Hession and Mary Verner to find out who truly is the master of his (or her) doma
  • Pool and Play

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & Supporters of the city of Spokane's proposed $43 million parks bond issue are selling fun. Think five new outdoor swimming pools, they urge. Think 10 new spray pads in city parks -- replacing o
  • Land Rush

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & olmberg Park starts at Wall Street on Spokane's north side, where the road turns into Waikiki and heads for the Little Spokane River. At street level, it's just a little 7.5-acre park -- a baseball field,

Culture & Food

  • Kamikaze Pizza

    & & by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou've got a chi-chi wine bistro in a former fast food store on 29th. You've got a trendy lunch spot for the working crowd downtown. The obvious next choice is to build an aviation-themed sports bar

Music & Film

  • Found Sound

    Kicking brittle leaves and Gauloise butts, I walked into the Ch
  • Rockin' in the Free World (Again)

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ow that President George W. Bush's approval ratings are stagnating at around 30 percent, protest songs are fashionable again, with everyone from Pink to Pearl Jam clamoring to kick Dubya while he's d
  • Honeymoon in Hell

    & & by & & & & MARYANN JOHANSON & & & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 'll say this about the Farrelly Brothers, those potty-mouthed harbingers of the doom of what might once have been called American culture: They don't rest on their laurels. Bobb

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