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  • Dec 13-19, 2007
  • Vol. 15, No. 9

News & Comment

  • Multimedia Gift Guide - MUSIC

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. and JOEL SMITH & r & & r & Old School & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you've got some whippersnapper on your list whose little mind you want to blow, there are some great new repackagings of epic classic rock. As record companies
  • Snow News - LEARNING All Ways

    by JEN FORSYTH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hink outside the box when the word "learning" is used in the context of skiing or snowboarding or just winter recreation, in general. Learning just doesn't occur when you walk into your favorite mountain
  • Snow News - Stick To The Code

    by BRAD McQUARRIE & r & & r & A Letter from the President & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ow! What a way to start the month of December. One storm after another rolling in and dumping snow in the mountains! This is the year to get out and enjoy the snow.
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Project Runway & r & & r & (Bravo, Wednesdays 10pm) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & eality shows inevitably begin to suck. It's like a law of the universe. No matter how great they are to begin with, they all suck by Season Four
  • Liquid Assets

    The waters didn't part, but they were the topic of a
  • High C's in HD

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Salzburg two years ago, some people paid $7,000 just to hear Anna Netrebko sing. In Spokane this Saturday morning, you can listen to her for 22 bucks. Netrebko, the Totally Hot Opera Babe of our era,
  • Snow News - Schweitzer

    Longest Run: 1.7 miles Base Elevation: 4,000 feet Village Elevation: 4,700 feet To
  • The Original American Idol
  • The Original American Idol

    Evel Knievel, this planet's most celebrated motorcycle daredevil, who inspired a generation of boys to climb upon their own two-wheelers and damn near kill themselves, died last month at the age of 69.
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    COFFEE Two for the Road & r & & r & The coffee business in Spokane is, as they say, quite well developed, making a challenge for new business owners who want to break into the market and find a niche. So bonus points for creativity should go to Ryan Liesche of
  • Beatboxing in Church

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & ven if you don't like brass bands or, God forbid, classical music, you should still watch the video on the Clarion Brass Website, Trumpeters toot and trombonists blare as their ani
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - MOVIES ON DVD

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are the obvious, prominent choices for DVD gift-giving, and then there are the not-so-obvious selections. And if you're giving someone a movie to be watched and watched again, you don't want to du
  • Snow News - HOW TO Run a Ski Resort

    by JEN FORSYTH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t all started when Dan Nylund went down to Timberline, Ore. -- Mt. Hood -- for their annual Cutters Camp. It's a weeklong camp designed for people who work in terrain parks all over the world. On the way
  • Snow News - SNOW SHOW Snapshots

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's become the official kick-off to the Inland Northwest ski and snowboard season, and this year it was bigger and better than ever. For two days, Nov. 16-17, at the Spokane Convention Center, Ski the N
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS & r & & r & For anyone living in the last quarter of the 20th century, this needs no introduction. The classic Ruby-Spears cartoon is live-action and computer-graphic-ized here, then fortified with Jason Lee as
  • Letters To The Editor

    from [email protected] & r & & r & Hillary Fatigue & r & & r & Excellent article about next year's election ("Hillary Fatigue," 11/29). Actually, I do know a few New Yorkers who are pro-Hillary but that's their problem, not mine. I agree with Mr. Herold's as
  • Dealing with Wii-jection

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & o this is hunting and gathering, 21st-century style. That's what I'm thinking as I race down to Fred Meyer, well before the crack of dawn. In our era, there's no need to fight for food -- instead,
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - VIDEO GAMES

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & THE Wii & r & & r & According to the offices of Santa Claus, Chanukah Harry and the vastly more-informed Consumer Affairs, this is the second winter in a row that Nintendo's Wii ($250) has topped gamers' holiday wish lists. While I'm s
  • Snow News - Mt. Spokane

    Longest Run:1.5 miles Base Elevation: 4,200 feet Top Elevation: 5,889 feet Vertical Drop: 2,000 fe
  • Snow News - THE FREERIDE League

    by JEN FORSYTH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ell, the time is upon us for the kick-off to the Northwest Winter Freeride League, Inland Northwest Series. Throughout the season, the series will be making the rounds to all of the region's mountain res
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Ratchet & amp; Clank Future: Tools of Destruction & r & Rated Everyone 10+; Playstation 3 & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & Apparently robots are hilarious. George Lucas populated Star Wars primarily with squawking and beeping androids. Douglas Adams' wi
  • Snow News - BV's BIG POWDER Day

    by BOB LEGASA & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & magine ripping down a steep slope of blower powder, each turn leaves a vapor trail of cold smoke and you're spitting out snow from one face shot after another. That's any snow rider's dream. For over 20 y
  • Snow News - SKI THE NORTHWEST ROCKIES is Here to Help

    by JEN FORSYTH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ki the Northwest Rockies has some programs that you will definitely want to take advantage of this winter. Back again are some popular and affordable (perhaps even free!) programs that are sure to get yo
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & AMERICAN GANGSTER & r & & r & Denzel Washington is the New York drug kingpin who does lots of business under the radar of the Italian Mob in the late 1960s. Russell Crowe is the clean cop who's out to clean up the streets. By interweavin
  • Borowitz Report

    By ANDY BOROWITZ & r & & r & HUCKABEE NAMES JESUS AS RUNNING MATE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n a bold move that could dramatically alter the playing field of the 2008 GOP presidential race, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee this week named Jesus Chr
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & Villaggio & r & & r & The ambiance at Villaggio (Italian for village) is upscale: a dozen dark wood tables, folded white cloth napkins, little red table candles, new age/fusion jazz background music. Pizzas from the brick wood-fired o
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Moira and Mary & r & & r & Retired NIC theater instructor Tim Rarick researched his family heritage back to 18th-century Ireland -- and along the way, encountered a nun who had taught Rarick's mother at Our Lady of Lourdes School (attach
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - TV ON DVD

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & etween Netflix and BitTorrent, we're not exactly sure why people still buy TV series on DVD (or anything on DVD, really, you luddite pack rats). The collector impulse? TV series DVDs are so damn expe
  • Snow News - STYLE ON the Slopes

    by KRAMER McNETT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are two primary types of style: riding style and whatever outerwear you decide to represent. Whether you like crazy neon colors or simple earth tones, "Style is the expression of one's self," says
  • Take Two

    Hitman & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & gent 47 is an assassin. He has no name because he doesn't need to interact with society at large, other than to murder little individual pieces of it. He was secreted from an orphanage
  • A Butte Farewell

    by BART MIHAILOVICH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f only the good die young, then only the greatest make it as long as Robert Craig Knievel. And when a guy like Evel dies and a city like Butte hosts the funeral, what proceeds is a thing of beauty.
  • Multimedia Gift Guide - BOARD GAMES

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. and DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & Heroclix & r & & r & Created by the Seattle-based WizKids, Heroclix is as cool to look at as it is to play. Anybody who loves comic books is a potential player, since you get to use -- potentially -- every superh
  • Stark's Last Stand

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n his four years on the Spokane city council, Brad Stark has weathered his share of conflicts. In fact, he caused several of them himself. The city's youngest-ever council member, Stark has been known for
  • Snow News - BRANDENBURG AT the Gates of Europe

    by BRANDON MOON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ocal ski racer Will Brandenburg is seeing his boyhood dream unfold before his very eyes. The Mead High School grad and Schweitzer Alpine Racing School alumnus is on the fast track to the big time. Last
  • DVD Review

    Live Free or Die Hard & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & In the 1980s and early '90s, action movies had heroes. And these heroes didn't just do one movie and quit; they stuck with it and made sequels. Yet the era of the action hero has passed. Some might say it'
  • Fruitful Labor

    by CHRISTINA KELLY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t the age of 16, while still in high school, Michael Haig became vineyard manager, cellar rat and general laborer at his parents' vineyard dotting the shores of Lake Roosevelt near the sleepy, farm t
  • Book Review

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Tree of Smoke & r & by Denis Johnson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & espite being set during the Vietnam War, Denis Johnson's novel Tree of Smoke is not a Vietnam story. And even with passages that make that war sound current ("
  • KYOTO - The California Experiment

    by COSMO GARVIN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you wiped California off the face of the planet, just made it disappear -- left behind no car or SUV, politician, person or cow -- you'd eliminate only about 1.6 percent of the greenhouse gases that are
  • CD Reviews

    It's been 14 years since Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) changed hip-hop forever. Entirely produced by Clan-leader RZA as grimy f
  • KYOTO 10 Years Later

    ABOUT THIS PACKAGE & r & & r & The Kyoto climate change agreement is back in the news, with the passage of its 10th anniversary and last week's decision by new Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to ratify the treaty. The U.S. is now the only major power not
  • KYOTO - Breakthrough In Bali?

    by KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n the first day of the United Nations climate change conference in Bali, which continues through Dec. 14, the United States had already garnered a dubious achievement award. In a crowded exhibi
  • What's Next?

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you read William Youngs' excellent history of Expo '74, The Fair and the Falls, you understand how desperately Spokane's leading citizens wanted to save downtown back in the 1960s and '70s. Wha
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Granted & r & & r & Back in the way back, rich people would find an artist they liked and bankroll homey. This was called patronage. There'd sometimes be a return on investment -- first pick of a painter's paintings -- but it was usuall
  • KYOTO - You're Getting Warmer

    by BILL McKIBBEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & remember so well the final morning hours of the Kyoto conference. The negotiations had gone on long past their scheduled evening close, and the convention-center management was frantic -- a trade show
  • The Hunting of Man

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "R & lt;/span & aise your hands if you go to Whitworth," says Karli Fairbanks from Empyrean's front stage. In the main audience section, almost every hand raises, somewhat reluctantly. In the rest of the room -- a s
  • KYOTO - The View From Kyoto

    by ED SMELOFF & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & en years. In geologic time, 10 years is hardly noticed -- a speck of dust. But for sentient beings, much happens in 10 years. Children grow up, parents and friends pass away, wars start and end, presidents
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 12/13 Big Easy, DJ Graffix Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Caterina Winery, Kevin Morgan, Jonathan Nicholson, David Hannon Clu

Music & Film

  • Holiday Pops

    by ANDREW MATSON & r & & r & DO IT FOR THE KIDS, JERK & lt;BR & & lt;BR & Head downtown to Spokane's big rock venue and hear various takes on the big, corporate rock sounds of tomorrow. Four bands will rock relatively hard, but the fun part will be deciding which has the b
  • Not With a Bang...

    by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's the end of the world as we know it -- again -- but Hollywood's emphasis is horrifically, hauntingly different for this movie outing. There are no invading aliens blowing up our cities and landmark

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