• Issue Archive for
  • Jan 24-30, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 15

News & Comment

  • Local + Small = Hot

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the ever-volatile restaurant business, the only thing certain is change. Anthony Anton, president of the Washington Restaurant Association (and WSU alum), says many of the challenges facing restaura
  • The Year of the Gorilla

    by KNUTE BERGER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & ew political obits are as much anticipated as Tim Eyman's, but rumors of the Mukilteo watch salesman-turned-populist-crusader's demise are, as Mark Twain once said about his own, greatly exaggerated. In
  • The Lake House

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & script that's intelligent and subtle but far from earth-shaking requires exceptional acting to make it really shine. Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond is that kind of script, but it isn't receiving tha
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL Liberty Loaf & r & & r & Great Harvest Bread Company is a growing national franchise that looks and feels like a neighborhood operation: cheerful little storefronts with an emphasis on quality food, good customer service, educating the public about the
  • Borowitz Report

    by ANDY BOROWITZ & r & & r & 'TAUNTED' GAY TIGER ATTACKS HUCKABEE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter making remarks in which he directly equated homosexuality with bestiality, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was attacked at the San Francisco Zoo
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the LIons & r & Rated Teen; PSP & r & 5 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & inal Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions would have been my favorite game of 2007 if it hadn't already been released in 1998.
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Conservative, Older & r & & r & That's the way the Academy skews in comparison to innovative, younger filmmakers, according to the Oscar nominations. Consider Atonement's eight noms; Tommy Lee Jones; Tom Wilkinson; Hal Holbrook (well, h
  • Take Two

    Cloverfield & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & V & lt;/span & isionary movies are so rare that I get fiercely defensive about the ones I like. A visionary movie is one that puts something new on the screen, a movie based on an actual idea rather t
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & American Gladiator & r & & r & (Mondays, 8pm, NBC) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hough it gets its name from a Roman blood sport, American Gladiators takes most of its thematic cues from Greek mythology. A game-show-format test
  • Are We Not Blue Men?

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & lue Man is like the Borg on Star Trek, only fewer and funnier. Blue Man -- both misfit and wise guy -- has three latex-and-grease-paint manifestations. He is usually bewildered and alone: Two of his avat
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & UNTRACEABLE & r & & r & A psychopath is torturing people to death and broadcasting it on the Internet; Diane Lane plays the federal agent who's trying to stop him and who, inevitably, becomes his prey. Untraceable is apparently trying
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & MOJO & r & & r & Mojo appeals with its innovative format, comfort-oriented foods and gourmet-inspired flavors at less-than-gourmet prices. At the greeting station, choose from standard selections or create your own meal (salad, sandwi
  • Keeping Customers Satisfied

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ike Noder ran for mayor of Spokane last fall in part because he was miffed about the high cost of dumping garbage -- $98 a ton, among the highest in the nation -- at the county's incinerator. He claime
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & 27 DRESSES & r & & r & Twenty-seven times the maid of honor, never the bride. After a couple dozen weddings that aren't your own, you'd think it'd get easier facilitating other people's dreams while sublimating your own. It hasn't for Ja
  • Fatal Flaw

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n the second morning of the new year, the thin wash of winter dawn at last arrives at the city's core. It dips below the iron rush of morning traffic and slowly stirs the dim air between the stout pilla
  • Over a Barrel

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e're like a bunch of pathetic meth addicts. We got hooked on that sweet stuff -- light sweet crude oil, that is. Our dealer was cool, life was good -- like eight cylinders a-blazing, convertible-to
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 1/24 Artisan Room, (838-6308), DJ Fusion Big Easy, DJ Graffix Bluz at the Bend, Papa Glen Blues Brooklyn Nights, Groove Patrol Club Max, (922-1922), Area 51
  • CD Reviews

    & & Cat Power & r & & r & & lt;i & Jukebox & lt;/i & & r & & r & 4 STARS & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & at Power's newest album is a covers record -- that complicated beast -- with offerings from Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams and Joni Mitchell. Jukebox is far from your a
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Music Networking & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here's nothing like being dropped in a foreign land to make you find value in those things you take for granted. The foreign land -- for me, this week -- has been the Midwest. T
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Must-See TV & r & & r & With the writers strike dragging on in Hollywood, producers are dumping all manner of reality shows into their prime time schedules. So far in 2008, one of the surprise hits has been the presidential race.
  • Big-Time Blues

    by JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & onfession time: I'm new to Spokane. Things that seem mundane and pedestrian to you amaze me: to wit, snow. Despite having been here for nearly six months, I've only begun to discover Spokane's hot spots

Music & Film

  • Devil in the Details

    by PAIGE RICHMOND & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t 19 years of age, Mike Hranica should be living the teenage rock star's dream. He started playing in a metalcore band called The Devil Wears Prada two years ago and signed to Portland-based hardcore-
  • Oil Rigged

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & pton Sinclair devotees might not be thrilled with this sprawling, almost three-hour adaptation of his 1927 novel, Oil! Paul Thomas Anderson fans will likely wonder how or even if the slow-moving character
  • Eagle Vs. Shark

    Eagle vs. Shark & r & & r & by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & agle vs. Shark is basically Napoleon Dynamite, three years too late. The New Zealand film has the same love for the awkward, the same penchant for goofy but bone-dry characters, the

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