• Issue Archive for
  • Dec 27, 2007 - Jan 2, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 11

News & Comment

  • Remote Possibilities

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Best TV of 2007 & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's been a wild year -- Oprah getting political, Bob Barker calling it quits, Ken Burns managing to make World War II boring and Stephen Colbert running for president. And i
  • A Bear of a Coug

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & ick Bennett, never one to mince words during his tenure as men's basketball coach at Washington State, got right to the point after Aron Baynes went nuclear yet again during a trying freshman season.
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM & r & & r & Red is indeed the color of Christmas. Colin and Greg Strause got fans in a froth when they won an R rating for this reprise of their terrible monster-on-monster flick from 2003. The monsters seem v
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & CHURCHILL'S & r & & r & Churchill's aims to do one thing: provide you with the best beef you've ever tasted. And these are some seriously pampered cuts of meat. The restaurant's interior harks back a century, with a pianist at the shi
  • Stories of the Year

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR., KEVIN TAYLOR, JOEL SMITH and DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t was a year of highs and lows in Spokane city government, from complaints by city council members in February about their rocky relationship with th
  • DVD Review

    & & Paris, je t'aime & r & & r & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y favorite film of 2007 is actually 20 films. Paris, je t'aime brought together dozens of the world's most interesting actors and directors with a simple challenge: Make
  • Fit For Thor

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he interior of the Viking at 10 am on Saturday looks a lot like the interior of the Viking at any other time -- dark wood, flags overhead, the fire pit burning in the center of the room, and virtually
  • Simple Gifts

    Don Head can see the thick forests, the downward sweep of open valley, twisted and g
  • The Best First Night Ever

    by DOUG NADVORNICK, MICK LLOYD-OWEN, JOEL SMITH, MICHAEL BOWEN, RACHEL SIEMENS and TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & ITINERARY: Variety & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & must confess something. I've never attended First Night, except for the year I went to see my
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Top 10 Videogames of 2007 & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & eginning my list of the year's best videogames is BioShock (No. 10), a single-player shooter that sports the year's most detailed environment. Notable among shooters,
  • Letters To The Editor

    from TOTHEEDITOR@INLANDER.COM & r & & r & Correction Corner & r & & r & Paul Lindholdt's letter regarding the firing of Spokesman-Review ombudsman Steve Blewett was in error on a very key point. Blewett was dismissed because of a disagreement over basic journalisti
  • Hampson's Home

    by ANN M. COLFORD and ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter a busy December of concerts around Europe -- including a Christmas Day event with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam -- baritone Thomas Hampson journeys home to Eastern Wash
  • The Best of '07

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here is nothing more stressful for me -- aside from a visit by my in-laws -- than putting together my Top 10 list of films. What if I forget a good one? What if I embarrass myself with an idiotic choice? But
  • Borowitz Report

    by ANDY BOROWITZ & r & & r & CHENEY BURNS CIA TAPES, WHITE HOUSE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he White House, one of the most historic structures in the nation's capital, burnt to the ground today after Vice President Dick Cheney attempted to incinerat
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & A Spokane Writer Passes & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e remember poet and author Diane Middlebrook -- who grew up in Spokane and who died recently at the age of 68. Middlebrook started her career as a poet and teacher, but la
  • Take Two

    Atonement & r & & r & by BOB GRIMM & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & irector Joe Wright has made a devastatingly sad and powerful movie with Atonement. It's one of those films whose power hits you in the last 10 minutes, and just kills you on the drive home
  • Best Books from 2007

    by MICHAEL BOWEN, ANN M. COLFORD, MARTY DEMAREST, TED S. McGREGOR JR., JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & dire report in this week's New Yorker outlines the reduction in reading among Americans over the last half-century. From the Census Bur
  • GOP Gut-Check

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen George W. Bush hired Dick Cheney to help him pick a running mate back in 2000, he got some surprising advice. Cheney recommended himself for the job, and he's shaped the Bush presidency ever
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 12/27 Big Easy, DJ Graffix Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Club Max (922-1922), DJ Sjoucase Connie's Lounge (208-255-2227), Ra
  • CD Reviews

    Seal & r & & r & System & r & & r & 2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & had a roommate once who loved that Seal song "Crazy" -- he'd play it over and over. Then Seal proved he was more than a one-hit wonder with his killer 1994 CD Seal that had "Prayer for
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Calling Music Music & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & TV.com just proclaimed 2007 "The Year the Recording Industry Broke." Hell of a history-making year to start a music column, eh? Truth is, though, the music industry ain't b

Culture & Food

  • The Best American Travel Writing 2007

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & The Best American Travel Writing 2007 & r & by Susan Orlean & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & usan Orlean has turned out the best of The Best. In her introduction to this year's compilation, Orlean, a staff writer for The New Yorker,

Music & Film

  • Top Albums of 2007

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN, ANDREW MATSON and JOEL SMITH & r & & r & Black Lips Good Bad Not Evil & r & & r & Screw crunk, this is the dirty south. Mixing the twang of southern rock with the percussive chug of Johnny Cash, Modern Lovers-esque proto-punk and a single-mic-in

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