• Issue Archive for
  • Mar 13-19, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 22

News & Comment

  • Skywalk Satisfaction

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & When you walk in the street-level door of downtown Spokane's Bank of Whitman building there's absolutely no indication that there's a caf & eacute; upstairs. The big circular foyer with a marble floor and curved staircase is quiet like a
  • Taking The High Road

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t first, the Duncan family didn't want to budge. They felt connected to their old house, despite all its flaws. Holes in the floor. No insulation. Space heaters in every room. One bath for seven peop
  • Bright Idea

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the film There Will Be Blood, oilman Daniel Plainview goes from town to town extracting bountiful crude from beneath each. "There's an ocean of oil under our feet," he tells the townspeople, promising t
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & 10,000 BC & r & & r & The story of some vaguely caveman-like people who get like abducted by some vaguely Arab-looking dudes who schlep them all over the place, from what looks like Argentina to what looks like Japan until they finally a
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & MAGGIE'S SOUTH HILL GRILL & r & & r & The interior at Maggie's is bright and sunny, especially in the morning, with rough-hewn sunflower-yellow walls and stained-glass upper windows. Brunch is a weekend treat. The crab benedict ($11)
  • Wheatfall Profits

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hey say money doesn't grow on trees, and they're right -- this year, it'll be growing right out of the ground. At least that's how it feels for long-suffering wheat farmers in Eastern Washington.
  • DVD Review

    Confessions of a Superhero & r & & r & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, after viewing a documentary by the titular filmmaker, a character says "I thought aspects of it seemed slightly fake." I had the
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING Thai Opulence & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he folks at THAI BAMBOO can finally replace the artist's rendering of the Coeur d'Alene location with a real photo on their Website. Not since Mad Mary's, which closed in 1998, has Coeur d'Alene ha
  • Understanding The Cost

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & oseph DeWolf went on a cruise to Mexico last week. & r & & r & DeWolf is a warrior home from battle and, sure, his boat ride from Galveston to Cozumel may not sound like the typical epic Homeric odyssey. But
  • Buzz Bin

    & & by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Worse Than Azkaban & & & r & & r & There's a group within the Vatican that oversees the absolution of sin. It's called (we are not making this up) the Apostolic Penitentiary. This week, the A.P. added several more sins to Catholics'
  • Drinking a Beer with Cody George

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & ody George is a 31-year-old entrepreneur who recently opened Vintage Hill winery with friend and former state senator Brian Murray. George was an economic adviser to the city of Spokane until two weeks ag
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & The Club & r & Rated Mature; Xbox 360, PS3, PC & r & 2 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Club begins where most videogames do: on the back of the box. "Shoot your way through 48 single-player levels," it promises. These leve
  • Book Review

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Taking The Hill & r & by Patrick Murphy & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's odd to get a memoir from somebody still in his 30s -- how much is there to talk about? -- but Patrick Murphy has packed a lot into his 35 years. A pa
  • Take Two

    10,000 B.C. & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & riter/director Roland Emmerich is a simple man with simple, revolving desires. Sometimes, he wants his films to be about Egypt [I'm putting these patterns in bold to help those of
  • Bloodied But Unbowed

    by MICHELLE NIJHUIS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & ime was, you couldn't take a step in these parts without trippin' over a pile of those goldurn paperback Westerns, crowdin' the bookshelves with cowboys and Injuns and fallen wimmin and ree-diculous
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & The Wire & r & & r & (OnDemand, HBO) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & arly in The Wire's fifth and final season, sometime informant and perpetual junkie Bubbles takes his last best shot at staying clean. During an AA meeting he at
  • Black Comedy

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or too many times since its 1979 premiere, Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart has been performed as a gathering of Southern freaks to laugh at. Lordy, those three Magrath sisters -- they play the fool ar
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & DOOMSDAY & r & & r & What do you get when you start with a super-virus-requires-quarantine-type film, cross it with an Escape From New York-ish conceit and finish with Road Warrior-type crazed barbarian clans warring on old motorcycles
  • Letters To The Editor

    from [email protected] & r & & r & Cab Kudos & r & & r & That ("Taxi!", 2/28/08) was the best story that I've read in the past decade that exposes the dark underbelly of the taxi industry. The article begs the question: Who's regulating the regulator? And, w
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 3/13 Big Al's, DJ D-Ates Bluz at the Bend, Mr. Happy The Blvd., Early Show: On The Last Day, From Aphony, My Fatal Mistake, Burn the Attic; Late Show: Sancti
  • Second Fiddles

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's rare for any band's lead guitarist to sell a ton of records solo. It says something both about how huge the band is and also how rabid its fans are that the guitarist can step out from the shadow
  • Interaction Warnings

    by JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ayne Patrick is a hopeless romantic. That aint out of the ordinary for your average musician, but Patrick extends the traditional rock 'n' roll flirtation with the intricacies of relationships into fasci
  • CD Reviews

    Sheryl Crow & r & & r & Detours & r & & r & 4 STARS & r & & r & After a great debut CD, the oddly affecting Tuesday Night Music Club, I kind of felt like Sheryl Crow was veering into pop stardom -- the bad kind. But now she's dumped Lance Armstrong, found politics and is
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Whose Hearts and Minds? & r & & r & After locking up the GOP nomination, John McCain has started wooing those skeptical parts of the Republican base. He stopped by the White House to accept George W. Bush's endorsement, but his Fe
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Stick a Pitchfork in it... & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n March 4, the Web exploded. Every media entity remotely interested in music (or the cool derived from listening to music) -- from blog Stereogum to New York Magazine t
  • Man vs. God's Laws

    by NATHANIEL HOFFMAN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & very day in the Capitol, broadcast over loud speakers, you can hear prayer. Sometimes it's the House chaplain recalling the travails of Daniel or dipping into a New Testament reflection. Or maybe i

Music & Film

  • Missionary Position

    by ELIZABETH STRAUCH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & n a Monday night at North Hills Church in Phoenix, the pulpit has made way for a drum kit and couple of guitars. Young fans crowd around a stage to scream, jump around and yell out lyrics. The wall
  • No Matter How Small

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t a Saturday morning preview screening of the newest Dr. Seuss adaptation, I was privileged to witness what happens when someone is absolutely transported by something on-screen. There's a moment in the jo

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