• Issue Archive for
  • Apr 17-23, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 27

News & Comment

  • Time on My Side Dish

    by ARI LEVAUX & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was in the kitchen making the slowest 20-minute pasta lunch ever. The pan was sputtering, the magic was wafting and my housemates gathered around the stovetop like dogs, nostrils flaring toward the sourc
  • Earth Day

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e can't allow Earth Day to slide into the landfill of history. It's as important as ever. Some 20 million Americans participated in the very first one, in 1970. They rallied. They cleaned rivers. They
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & 10,000 BC & r & & r & The story of some vaguely caveman-like people who get 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 arrive
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & BISTRO ON SPRUCE & r & & r & The warm atmosphere of the Bistro took the chill off a cool spring weeknight, as did the glass of excellent Mark West Pinot Noir. An assortment of appetizers is always a good sign and we began with the Ahi
  • Dim Sum Diversity

    by GREG PRESLEY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & inding music for a non-traditional symphonic concert can be challenging. For instance, the Spokane Symphony's associate conductor, Morihiko Nakahara, first encountered composer John Mackey through Macke
  • DVD Review

    Wristcutters: A Love Story & r & & r & by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter a young man named Zia (Patrick Fugit) decides to slit his wrists, the unthinkable happens -- he ends up in a world even crappier than this one. In Wristcutters, h
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    BENEFIT Wine and Tulips & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & pringtime means flowers -- well, most years -- and flowers mean it's time to enjoy the warming weather and raise funds to support St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute. At this year's FESTIVAL OF WI
  • Wolff at Your Door

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he boy at the center of This Boy's Life, a well-known memoir set in Washington state, is now a distinguished professor in his 60s, a teacher of creative writing. He's clearly among the handful of great
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Culdcept SAGA & r & Rated Teen; 360 & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & n old bandit confronts a hulking fire giant. The bandit's one good eye hangs twinkling from a scar on his forehead like a jewel on a crude chain. Jus
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Wrapping Himself in the Flag & r & & r & You know Ivar Haglund. He was the "flounder" of all those fish restaurants. Always telling over-excited people to "keep clam." A real card, that Ivar. Patriotic, too -- loved his Seattle-area Four
  • Stirrings of Revolution

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & ack in 1776, as the American Revolution was coming to a head, writer Thomas Paine issued a small booklet, a pamphlet -- a common form of publication at the time -- called Common Sense. In it, he enumera
  • Take Two

    Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t no point in Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days is the audience allowed to get comfortable. Writer/director Cristian Mungiu sets us down, mid-scramble, into
  • Book Review

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & The Rest Is Noise & r & by Alex Ross & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s a title, The Rest Is Noise has the literary pretentiousness appropriate to its author's day job: classical music critic for the New Yorker magazine. But Alex
  • On the '80s Road

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & wenty years ago today, on April 17, 1988, I embarked on one of the great adventures of my life -- a journey of 11,350 miles by car across the United States and back again. The trip took three months an
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Battlestar Galactica & r & & r & (Fridays, 10pm, Sci-Fi) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hree years ago, the Cylons, a race of androids, completely destroyed the colonies of Kobol and most of the people who resided there. The sur
  • Strippers, Skinheads and Larry Craig

    by NATHANIEL HOFFMAN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or 18 years, Jack Van Valkenburgh has led the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. When Boise required strippers to cover their nipples, he was there, passing out pasties (with "ACLU" printed o
  • Get Interactive

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & eading is usually a solitary pursuit; Get Lit! makes it interactive. & r & & r & When books first come into our hands -- from the library, from Auntie's, from Uncle Jeremy -- and we read them and get asked ab
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & THE COUNTERFEITERS & r & & r & A hell of a true story: After being arrested in Germany and put in a concentration camp, Jew and master counterfeiter Salomon Sorowitsch is asked to help fund the Nazi war machine by cranking out counterf
  • Losing with ACEs

    by MICK LLOYD-OWENS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & r. Robert F. Anda is one of the principal investigators in the ongoing "ACE Study" conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente. One of the largest scientific st
  • Earth Day Wish

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter you cruise the strip, on the hunt for the best price on gas, and after you've settled on the least obscene price, slid in your debit card and popped the nozzle into your tank, there's a mome
  • Bad Advice?

    by STEPHEN GILLERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Justice Department is investigating the lawyers whose memos gave the Bush Administration the legal support it needed for waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques. We are "examining
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 4/17 Beverly's,(208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Easy, DJ Graffix Bluz at the Bend, Insomniacs The Blvd., Elephant, Catacomb, Atte Brooklyn Nights, Groove P
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Mating Call & r & & r & It's never too early to indulge in pointless speculation about who the various presidential candidates might pick to be their running mates. So far, John McCain is the only one who knows he'll need one, and
  • Independant Streak

    by ELIZABETH STRAUCH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n a room flooded with backlight from a window directly ahead, a young woman appears, picks up some items from the floor, and disappears again. A cat is now in the window, and several cuts later, St
  • Regulators and Titans

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's not every day you find the top law officials from around the country in the same room with oil titans and car manufacturers. But that's exactly what's going to happen next month at the Coeur d'Ale
  • CD Reviews

    Tapes 'n Tapes & r & & r & Walk It Off & r & & r & 4 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & y allowing Dave Fridmann control of the production board, Tapes 'n Tapes hope to follow in the footsteps of other indie luminaries (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, and to
  • Refuge for Kids

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & et's say you're a 13-year-old girl and you're walking in your neighborhood. You hear someone yell something threatening or derogatory and you realize it's directed at you. Your heart starts pounding
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Karli's Space & r & & r & Touring is a tough thing. Always was, always will be. It's fraught with peril, and only getting more complicated. Back in the day, Problem Number One was a nasty breakdown outside Duluth or running out of mon
  • Putting Water on the Table

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s water naturally seeks its own level, water policy is seeking a regional political level, exemplified by today's (April 17) meeting at the Convention Center between the mayors of Spokane and Post Falls

Music & Film

  • For the Record

    by TIM BROSS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou might remember a heartwarming scene from Almost Famous, the movie about an aspiring journalist sent to cover a fictional band named Stillwater. Penny Lane, the damsel searching for distress, explains he
  • Supersad

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f just one lesson is to be learned in this newest offering from the Judd Apatow school of contemporary comedy, it's that dating and working together just don't mix. Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) is the co-

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