• Issue Archive for
  • Nov 15-21, 2007
  • Vol. 15, No. 5

News & Comment

  • Take Two

    P2 & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & espite how easily we mock films we hate and how we struggle to explain our love for films we think are great, it's usually easier to write a review of a really good film than a really bad o
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & PRAGO, AN ARGENTINE CAF & Eacute; & r & & r & "Eat, drink and be merry" describes Prago, though not necessarily in that order. Some menu items might not be available if the chef didn't get to them before leaving for the day, but no matter: Thi
  • Book Review

    by TODD LAZARSKI & r & & r & Why Kerouac Matters & r & by John Leland & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & ew literary brands need to be reduced in size and fable more than that of Jack Kerouac. In honor of the 50th anniversary of On the Road, the hip European cl
  • Mythological Murals

    by CARRIE SCOZZARO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ane Orleman tells beautiful stories. Her most recent exhibition of mural-sized paintings narrate the gift of the "dragon's egg" in six panels covering the walls of Spokane City Hall's Chase Gallery.
  • DVD Review

    Fantastic Planet & r & & r & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Fantastic Planet (La Plan & egrave;te sauvage) is a film by Ren & eacute; Laloux that was a prizewinner at Cannes in 1973. Like a later year's winner at that prestigious festival, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, Fantastic P
  • Remote Possibilities

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Surviving the Writers' Strike & r & & r & Media everywhere are getting buggy-whipped -- you know, those things nobody needed after Henry Ford started mass-producing cars. With so many technological choices, consumers are getting ve
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING Fresh Start & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & ight on time to feed the hordes flocking to the Fox, SCRATCH opened last Wednesday in the historic Montvale Hotel building right across the street. Chef Jason Rex (former executive chef at Fugazzi) a
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & A Night in Jazz-nesia & r & & r & Our favorite part of the Whitworth jazz concert every year is when the local kid who's most proficient on whatever instrument the guest artist plays gets to solo alongside his hero. It's like watching s
  • Bulging at the Bars

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lot of factors led to Chris Rentz's death at the Spokane County jail in October 2004. The 21-year-old -- doing time for stealing a tank of gas -- was killed by one of his cellmates, a 28-year-old felon awa
  • Bring Out Yer Dead

    by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his is the new depth of soulless, heartless, corporate filmmaking. Beowulf, like Polar Express before it, uses the latest "advance" in animation technology, but it's sterile, synthetic and almost co
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Super Mario Galaxy & r & Rated Everyone; Wii & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ear the beginning of Super Mario Galaxy, Mario bobbled through the air wearing a bee costume, his round yellow be-stingered butt dangling do
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & HANGAR 57 & r & & r & The Hangar features airplanes over moth-eaten jerseys and frontlines its 57 martinis over keg nights, but it's definitely a sports bar. The menu's focus is the stone-oven pizza -- make your own or pick from the me
  • The Graduation Game

    by ROBERT ARCHER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n June, 1988, I marched across a stage to shake a hand and receive a small piece of paper. The moment was both terribly brief and terribly momentous. As a young man just a few days away from my 18th bi
  • Book Review

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & A Weekend with Warren Buffett & r & by Randy Cepuch & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & very year, on the first Saturday in May, about 20,000 people meet at an arena in Omaha, Nebraska. They're there to hear billionaire Warren Buff
  • The Quiet Man

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here is going to be an extra leg, and a big one at that, on the Thanksgiving turkey at your house, as long as you flip on the televised holiday football fest between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Pack
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & ACROSS THE UNIVERSE & r & & r & Julie Taymor's phantasmagorical musical takes almost three dozen Beatles songs, shapes a story from their lyrics to present a spin through the '60s, complete with an anti-war stance and lotsa drugs. (ES) R
  • Take Two

    Love in the Time of Cholera & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & nly in the absurdist, contrary, slightly perverse mind of Gabriel Garcia Marquez could a journal of 622 sexual conquests come to be seen as a ledger of fidelity. On
  • Ice, Ice Baby

    by CHRISTINA KELLY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & any people are turned off by sweet wines, those intense and sugary vintages that the Australians refer to as "stickies" -- apropos since they literally coat your mouth with sweetness and affect all fl
  • Follow the... Footsteps?

    by KEVIN TAYLOR, JOEL SMITH, DAVE TURNER AND DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & o what put Mary Verner over the top in the Spokane mayor's race: Was it shoe leather from her volunteers? Was it Dennis Hession's negative ads? Was it the mo
  • Material Boy

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he touring musical version of the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore movie, The Wedding Singer (at the INB Center, Nov. 27-Dec. 2) centers on a love quadrangle set in New Jersey in 1985. Linda dumps Robbie at
  • DVD Review

    The Dirty Dozen & r & & r & by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n an action movie about an improbable crew of saboteurs, you'd think that the "deep behind enemy lines" bit would be the best part. I felt a distinct letdown when the 1967 WWII hi
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Quarterlife & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & ylan is a tortured writer. Her roommate Lisa is a tortured actress (and also a bit of a slut). Her other roommate, Debra, doesn't seem tortured at all, but then Debra doesn't claim
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    BRUNCH & r & & r & Just Like Mumm's & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ur story begins when a wine wholesaler visited Moxie with Jennifer DeSimone of Vino!, and they sampled several sparkling wines with the Moxie staff. "They got inspired by what they were t
  • Still Grieving

    By JOHN A. GAETANO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & o understand John F. Kennedy, you have to remember that as a Congressman, a Senator and a World War II hero, he knew coming into office that his government was secretly spending vast amounts of money
  • Go Tannenbaum

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n one of its most technically accomplished and well-directed productions in years, Spokane Civic Theatre is presenting an affecting Christmas musical reminding viewers of some of our shared values: com
  • Urban Gladiators

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 'm not exactly expecting a night at the opera as I order a beer and claim a barstool with a commanding view of the cage: A hexagon of black chain-link fence with heavily padded poles and a blood-red
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & AUGUST RUSH & r & & r & An orphaned boy named Evan (Freddie Highmore) connects his main love of music to his parents as he tries intently to find them on his own. His parents, a talented cellist from Juilliard and an Irish rock star (K
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock & r & Rated Teen; XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2 & r & 5 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he phone rang while I was in the middle of a guitar battle with Slash. (You know, the top-hat-wearing guitaris
  • Stealth Health

    by ANNE McGREGOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ho would have thought a picky child could mar the familial bliss of Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld? Oh the horror. It seems one of her three children wouldn't eat vegetables and it was ruining every family dinner
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Treasure Hunt & r & & r & From noon to 5 pm, the day after Thanksgiving, help supplement what local food banks do by bringing a can of food to each of 15 arts shops -- from the Gallery of Thum (in its new Steam Plant location) to Namaska
  • Throw Us a Lifeline

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Tom Ziegler's Grace & amp; Glorie (at Interplayers, Nov. 21-Dec. 8), a hard-driving New York businesswoman has moved into the country and volunteered to do hospice work. But when she runs into a cantanker
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & ACROSS THE UNIVERSE & r & & r & Julie Taymor's phantasmagorical musical takes almost three dozen Beatles songs, shapes a story from their lyrics to present a spin through the '60s, complete with an anti-war stance and lotsa drugs. (ES) R
  • Breakneck

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen you hear stories like Adrian McKinnon's, it's either from New York, L.A. or the movie theater. He's been on his grind as a singer, songwriter and producer for years, to mixed results. Playing gig
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 11/15 The Arena, Crave feat. Hawk Nelson, The Send, Trippple Threat Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Caterina Winery, Garage Voice, Seven Years Absence, Thoma
  • Salvaging the Atmosphere

    by RICK CRAIG & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he tornado that touched down near Bear, Idaho, in June of 2006 left a swath of the Payette National Forest looking like a giant's game of pick-up sticks. The jumble of broken ponderosa pine branches, fall
  • Mail-in Malaise

    By ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n Saturday, Nov. 10, four days after the election, ballots were still being counted and Mayor Hession finally conceded. The election story gone stale; the Spokesman-Review made only a one-sentence ment
  • Simple Trade

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou want simple? Imagine what it was like to go holiday shopping in the old Soviet Union. All the store's shelves lined with thousands upon thousands of the same box, stamped with whatever Cyrilli
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Thin Branding & r & & r & There was a kick-ass show last Friday at the Blvd. Cyrus Fell Down and Mistress and the Misters anchored an evening of rock, acoustic (supplied by Cris Lucas) and the totally odd alt-country as sung by Green
  • Simple Time

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ot everyone goes along with the shopping fantasy vision of Christmas that fills pages, airwaves and Websites. Giving a gift of presence, rather than presents, can be more rewarding than all the gift c
  • CD Reviews

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & lackout may be a breakthrough for Britney. After the opening over-layered "Gimme More," the songs thin out as much as Britney herself has ballooned. Occasionally they're e
  • Breaking Camp?

    by MICK LLOYD-OWENS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ll seemed calm last week at the Doug Dawson Memorial Urban Camping Center, aka the "tent city" on Napa Street off Mission Ave. The property was raked clean and a man repaired wooden pallets to keep
  • Reverence for Reverbs

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he rear interior wall of the Fox -- back there behind the last row of seats in the balcony, 120 feet from the lip of the stage -- is now covered in Fiberglas wrapped in two inches of special fabric. The
  • Simple Season

    by ANN M. COLFORD and MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & e & lt;/span & ach year, it seems, the commercial holiday season starts earlier. Big box retailers had their Christmas decorations out on the day after Halloween (which is the second-busiest shopp
  • Sound Advice

    Friday, 11/23 The Alaskan (466-7501), Nighthawk Annie Fannies (534-1212), Mr. Happy Artisan Room (838-6308), DJ Ramsin & amp; DJ Parafyn Big Easy, The Pocket Band w/ Ronnie
  • Simple Plans

    THE VELVETEEN RABBIT The day in the life of a stuffed bunny will be p
  • Foxanthropy

    The Fox may be open for business, but the fund-raising for the project is not fully completed. You can still purchase a namepla
  • Simple Art

    by CARRIE SCOZZARO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s a gift, art is like perfume: just because you think it's lovely doesn't guarantee the recipient will. Art is very individualized. But that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't find ways to share you
  • Panic Mode

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & remember a professor in one of my first classes in journalism school at the University of Missouri gushing about USA Today, which at that time in 1989 was still a new experiment. Shorter stories
  • CD Reviews

    Last year, fans fretted when Jay's uninspired retirement-breaker Kingdom Come signa
  • Forgotten Founder

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & e filed the lawsuit that busted Thomas Edison's monopoly over the movie business. He introduced the system for movie sound that is still used today. He was the first to film in widescreen format.
  • Shaping Spokane

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & nyone who wants a say in how downtown Spokane should look, feel and operate in the future is invited to a community workshop -- "Fast Forward Spokane" -- on Thursday, Nov. 29. The Downtown Spokane Part

Music & Film

  • Blueprints

    by ALAN SCULLEY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast February, for the first time in its young career, AnBerlin went into a CD knowing it had something to live up to. The group's second CD, 2005's Never Take Friendship Personal, had sold nearly 150,00
  • Rocket Man

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & wamps, gators, hoodoo, voodoo. More than perhaps any other popular American musical genre, the blues comes with an entire closet of myths, associations and a palpable kind of mysticism. From the story of
  • Foggy at Bottom

    by COLE SMITHEY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t took director Frank Darabont writing a better ending for Stephen King's 1980 novella before he could tackle making the best legitimate horror movie to come out in years. A father and young son become
  • Murder's a Toss-Up

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter a few years of disappointing films from the Coen brothers -- can you remember anything about The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty or The Man Who Wasn't There? -- they're back in fine form, returning to

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