• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 11-17, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 52

News & Comment

  • Global Comfort

    & & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith the possible exception of booze and bread, there's no food as pervasive as noodles. Stuff's been around 4,000 years and its invention is still being contested. There's evidence on all side
  • 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 Ping-Pong action
  • Toasty Warm

    & & by CARRIE SCOZZARO & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & ver order off the kids' menu? It almost always contains the grilled cheese sandwich. That says a lot about this American classic made from simple ingredients -- bread, cheese and perhaps a litt
  • State Line, Dirty Water

    & & by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f there is pollution in the Spokane River as it runs through Idaho, and then more pollution is added to the river in Washington, it's insane to pretend the amount of pollution doesn't increase. B
  • DVD Review

    & 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 steam
  • A Conventional Dither

    & 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 more f
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    & & BENEFIT & & Seeing Pink & r & & r & October means brilliantly colored leaves and fabulous brisk fall days. It also means Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a program of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. At & & GREAT HARVEST & & , 50 percent of sales from the
  • Halo Is Hell

    & & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & alo 3, which was released on Sept. 25, is already the most popular videogame ever made. Newspapers and newsmagazines wrote articles about its impending release because the Halo games, like the Gran
  • Three Women and a Tasty Tidbit

    & & by TAMARA McGREGOR, ANNE McGREGOR, ANN M. COLFORD & & & r & & r & & & VIN ROUGE & & & r & & lt;i & 3029 E. 29th Ave. * 535-8800 & lt;/i & The phenomenon of "small plates" is catching on in the region, and it can be a great comfort for those who like variety or who often can
  • Borowitz Report

    & 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 into his country to se
  • The Player

    & & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & & & & & lt;i & Sonic Rush Adventure & r & Rated Everyone & lt;/i & & & & & ; & r & Nintendo DS & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here was a time when gamers needed to know Sonic the Hedgehog. Blue, wry, with spiky hair, he was as famous a
  • Get Even More Lit

    & & By MICHAEL BOWEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & G & lt;/span & et Lit!? It's like we can't get enough lit around here this week. Three marquee writers will parachute into town, popping up at readings with fictive fists pounding and metaphorical guns blazing
  • Buttery Bliss

    & & by ANNE McGREGOR & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ot many foods offer more comfort than a great bread. What other food can take so many forms? From chewy and dense rustic breads to delicate pastries, the union of flour and yeast is one of man's
  • DVD Review

    & & Death Proof & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was in Wyoming when Death Proof came out in theaters, so I missed it. And that killed me, because I'm a big Tarantino fan. I don't just mean I carry a torch for Pulp Fiction lik
  • Three Men and a Greasy Burger

    & & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN, MICHAEL BOWEN and TED S. McGREGOR JR. & & & r & & r & & & ZIP'S & & & r & & lt;i & multiple Inland Northwest locations & lt;/i & & r & & r & When I was a kid, my grandma ate so many regular Zip's Hamburgers that the Five Mile location named them after her. W
  • Ignorance Isn't Bliss

    & & by SHANE MAHONEY & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & midst the public debate concerning our military involvement in Iraq, remarkably little attention has been devoted to the hard-core matter of strategic American national interests in that region
  • The Fix Is In

    & & by & & & & ED SYMKUS & & & & & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ot only is Michael Clayton a classy and stylish film with an innovative approach to pitting good guys against bad guys, it also stands on its own as a two-hour study of George Clooney'
  • Buzz Bin

    & & They're 120 in Bulldog Years & r & & r & & & Sometime in the next four months, wander up to the top of the Foley Center to see some memorabilia of GU's development from a small rural college. There's an 1881 letter from the citizens of Spokane Falls asking
  • The Player

    Halo 3 Rated Mature; 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 tilt of the joystick under my
  • Goddess on the Edge

    Dear Classical Goddess, 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 on this concert was fun and quirky and
  • The Meat of the Matter

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK and ANN M. COLFORD & & & r & & r & & & DOUG: & & My wife Missy and I were talking about comfort food the other day, and off the top of her head she listed the foods that she ate all the time as a kid: shepherd's pie, hamburger and mashed p
  • Borowitz Report

    & & By ANDY BOROWITZ & & & r & & r & & & "WE WILL SCREW THIS UP," DEAN PROMISES & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & mid a growing belief that there is no way the Democrats can blow the 2008 presidential election, Democratic National Committee chief Howard D
  • Take Two

    & & The Hunting Party & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's the year 2000, and Bosnia's a pretty chill place. Sure, every concrete apartment block, every mosque, church and sidewalk in Sarajevo is littered by tiny holes --si
  • Kamikaze Pizza

    & 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 with
  • Book Review

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & & & r & & & & lt;i & Band of Sisters & lt;/i & & & & r & & & by Kirsten Holmstedt & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hatever happened to the debate about whether American women should participate in combat during wartime? It seems someone quiet
  • Take Two

    & 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 condensing
  • Continental Invasion

    & 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 land.
  • "A Most Delightful Ride"

    British Lieutenant Charles William Wilson received his first taste of Eastern Washington in June of 1860, catching a buggy ride from a Dalles steamboat agent to meet a paddle-wheeler that was about to embark on a trip up the Columbia.
  • Recently Reviewed

    & & Hills' Restaurant and Lounge & & & r & The same neighborly pub attitude and atmosphere that made Hills' first restaurant a local classic has been transported to a new, airier home across from Auntie's Books. Hills' still
  • Remote Possibilities

    & & 30 Rock & r & & r & by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hey're killing 30 Rock -- with love. After a debut season as the critics' fave -- punctuated by winning the Emmy for best comedy -- now the show means business. And that means...
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    & 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 Hornin
  • Bernie's Got Guns

    & & By MICHAEL BOWEN & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & he's like Streisand without the moral earnestness -- and without the same pipes, though with more in the way of onstage sass. She's the pre-eminent interpreter of the late-20th-century American m
  • Remote Possibilities

    & 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 splashed with
  • Buzz Bin

    All those trucks and trailers in the Logan neighborhood last week? It was Snoop Dogg et al. filming The Golden Door, a doorman-and-girl-in-New-York-meet-cute movie that releases next June. In one sequence, Snoop was one of four people starin
  • Clean-Cut Radicals

    & 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 hips, eit
  • Philosophies of Comfort

    & & by ANN M. COLFORD & & & r & & r & & lt;span name= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & omfort food has many different meanings. It can be finding a warm soothing meal on a rainy night, when you didn't think anyplace would be open. It can be a meal that evokes memories of childhood
  • Opening Films

    ACROSS THE UNIVERSE With a love story (involving Evan Rachel Wood) set in the anti-war, peace-loving '60s -- and with an all-Beatles soundtrack -- millions of moviegoers will be muttering "Don't mess it up" (in stronger language)
  • You Win, Autumn

    & & by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & held out as long as I could, clinging to the crisp pale ales and hoppy IPAs of summer, too stubborn to face the onset of autumn like a man. I even refused to sample the new line of Oktoberfest-sty
  • Ballot Builders

    & 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 amendments
  • Opening Films

    THE HEARTBREAK KID 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 funniest movies eve
  • Book Review

    by Dalia Sofer & 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 eradicate his opposition. He created th
  • Sound Advice

    Check what's happening at local nightspots for the next week. 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 Stowell, Mike Mil
  • The City's New Plot

    & 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 seventh
  • CD Reviews

    & & LES SAVY FAV & & & r & & & & lt;i & Let's Stay Friends & lt;/i & & & & r & & & 3 Stars & & & r & & r & The long-overdue return of Brooklyn's hippest art-rockers is both a cause for joy and sorrow. Joy lies in the tunes, typical fare from Tim Harrington and his band of merry ro
  • Get a Lawyer

    & 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 alone. Karli
  • Pool and Play

    & 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 old wa
  • Bomb Garden

    & & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & & & r & & r & & & Trickle Down & r & & r & & & This Radiohead thing -- essentially giving their forthcoming album, In Rainbows, away for free as a digital download -- has created a storm of commentary, enough to make less marketable, longer-too
  • Fickle Fans?

    & 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 firs
  • Declaration of Interdependence

    & 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 getting them ki
  • Claims Review

    & 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-collar i
  • Acquisition

    & & by & & & & LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "Y & lt;/span & & lt;i & ou can find anything on Craigslist," & lt;/i & says Jared Robert Dunn, singer-guitarist for Robert Dunn & amp; the North Country. It's true. A quick scan turns up treasures of all kinds. Looki
  • Avista's $$ Trail

    & & by ROBERT HEROLD & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & ormer Spokane City Council President Rob Higgins was the first to warn us about the rapidly rising and corrupting costs of campaigning for local office. Preferred access bought and paid for woul
  • CD Reviews

    Play Drums + Bass 4 Stars 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's right -- drums and bass, the album is
  • The Gloves Come Off

    & & by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou can tell your grandkids it happened during the taping of the League of Women Voters candidate forum last Wednesday. That's when the previously civil race for Spokane mayor started to get prick
  • Bomb Garden

    The Rabbit Hole 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 industry. Releasing sans
  • Higher Ed, Indian Style

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n a windowless classroom at Gonzaga University's Schoenberg Center, Spokane Tribal Attorney Margo Hill cradles a textbook and teaches her three Native students about the diets of the people wh
  • Sound Advice

    & & Thursday, 10/11 & & Artisan Room, 6' Swing The Bing, Greg Brown Bluz at the Bend, Riverside Rhythm and Bluez The Blvd., Battle of the Bands: My Fatal Mistak
  • Council Contenders

    & & by DOUG NADVORNICK, KEVIN TAYLOR AND JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n a sunny Sunday afternoon in June former City Councilman & & Steve Corker & & approached the Inlander's booth at ArtFest in Spokane's Coeur d'Alene Park. It was th
  • The South Rises Again

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f Spokane City Councilman Al French had picked up votes anywhere south of the Spokane River he could very well still be in the race for mayor. French owned the north side, where he is a longtime resi
  • Get In The Picture

    & & by & & & & ANDREW MATSON & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & erched on the bow of a small rowboat next to a hand-crank gramophone, long-haired, wispy-bearded Jason Webley squints back at the camera like Andrew W.K. gone Grizzly Man. He floats into

Music & Film

  • Found Sound

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen I went to Paris two years ago, I left my home in the Northwest USA. Little did I know, the Northwest didn't leave me. Kicking brittle leaves and Gauloise butts, I walked into the Champs-Elysees
  • Get In The Picture

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & erched on the bow of a small rowboat next to a hand-crank gramophone, long-haired, wispy-bearded Jason Webley squints back at the camera like Andrew W.K. gone Grizzly Man. He floats into Blair Witch
  • Honeymoon in Hell

    & 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. Bobby and Peter Farrell
  • The Fix Is In

    & & by & & & & ED & & & & SYMKUS & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ot only is Michael Clayton a classy and stylish film with an innovative approach to pitting good guys against bad guys, it also stands on its own as a two-hour study of George Clooney

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