• Issue Archive for
  • May 8-14, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 30

News & Comment

  • The Perfect Food Shortage

    by ARI LEVAUX & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he United Nations is calling the recent increase in world hunger a "silent tsunami," as if it were triggered by an event at the bottom of the ocean. I'd call the crisis a storm, brewed by several convergi
  • Dystopia U

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & avid Mamet's recent pronouncement that he is "no longer a brain-dead liberal" clarifies the imbalance in his 1992 drama about political correctness, Oleanna. Sixteen years ago, the patriarchal professo
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & CARAMEL & r & & r & Five women gossip at the local beauty shop, then go out and enjoy sweet, sticky things: There's the beauty having an affair, the not-so-much-a-virgin about to be married, the responsible one who has cared for others
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & OLIVE OILZ & r & & r & The d & eacute;cor at Olive Oilz doesn't scream Italian -- it's more Americana -- but the menu is all Mediterranean, from Spanish paella ($25) to pasta and a dozen enticing antipasti (appetizers). The soups are outstanding
  • Channeling Satchmo

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & long the narrow streets in the oldest part of New Orleans, down along Bourbon Street and Canal Street, music is everywhere, seeping from the sidewalk cracks into the soles of your feet. It's a distinc
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & 21 & r & & r & A based-on-fact, Hollywoodized story about the fellow (Kevin Spacey) who masterminded, along with a group of MIT students, a plan to take Vegas for large sums of money. They succeed, they get caught, things go awry, then t
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING Hedge Your Bets & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & lot of dining fads have come and gone in the 60 years or so since THE HEDGE HOUSE first opened in Spokane, and now the landmark yellow clapboard house with the hedge out front has reopened under
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Bevy of Bassoonists & r & & r & These are teens and twentysomethings who want to be in a band -- with a difference. At the 63rd annual MusicFest Northwest, more than 1,200 student musicians will perform, sing and dance in works by compos
  • DVD Review

    Starting Out In The Evening & r & & r & by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & ven without dialogue, the opening scene in director Andrew Wagner's terrific Starting Out in the Evening is rich in meaning. New York novelist Leonard Schiller (Fra
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Grand Theft Auto IV & r & Rated Mature; 360, PS3 & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & K, Mom and Dad: Your kids are either playing it or watching somebody who is. Don't worry about them. Just fire up Grand Theft Auto IV. T
  • Book Review

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & Wild Nights! & r & by Joyce Carol Oates & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Wild Nights!, Joyce Carol Oates imagines the final days of five literary lions: Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway. Blending fact and fiction -- ge
  • Top Chief

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Spokane Chiefs, far removed from their glory days, had finished the year in last place. Al Conroy was fired as coach and the Chiefs shocked more than a few outsiders when they opted to replace a fo
  • Take Two

    Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & found a bit of common ground with two nervously giggling, high-school-looking stoners with whom I shared a theater last Friday morning. We all thou
  • Hot Water

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & f you want to know how an elected official can get unpopular real quick, just use the word 'mandatory.'" & r & & r & This was the way Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin introduced the topic of restricting summert
  • Spiritual Ceramics

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & ew galleries in the Inland Northwest showcase contemporary ceramics the way the Art Spirit does. For the ninth year running, the Clay Invitational highlights ceramics from the functional to the fancif
  • Summer Movie Preview

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN, MICHAEL BOWEN, ANN M. COLFORD, JACOB H. FRIES, MICK LLOYD-OWEN, TAMMY MARSHALL, TED S. McGREGOR JR., DOUG NADVORNICK, JOEL SMITH and KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast year's summer movie season was all about sequels
  • Panacea or Pandering?

    by CHRIS MARR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & atching Dino Rossi roll out his $15.5 billion transportation plan in Spokane last month, it would have been hard for the average commuter to resist the temptation to join Representatives John Ahern and Ly
  • Not Those Monologues

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & urrounded by laughing/angry women during performances of The Vagina Monologues, male audience members tend to squirm. CenterStage may be producing a collection of monologues called Talking With (May 8-
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Metalocalypse / My Adult Swim Thesis & r & & r & (Cartoon Network, Mondays, Midnight) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & onfession time: I'd never seen Metalocalypse before April 30. I probably would have never watched it if the odd
  • Law and Oversight

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he civilian who oversees police conduct in Boise -- a past president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement who is often held up as a model ombudsman -- will make two appear
  • Citizen Birthrights

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & on Barbieri, the Spokane land developer and unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Congress in 2004, recently had published a letter to the editor in the Spokesman-Review calling for Avista to stop shut
  • High Gear

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the year since Jason Gilman has been riding his bike to work at Gonzaga University, he says he's lost weight and found crucial mind-clearing time in his day. It's a story typical to new commuters. But
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Did He or Didn't He? & r & & r & Arianna Huffington dropped a bit of a shocker on her Huffington Post Website last week, claiming that neither John nor Cindy McCain voted for George W. Bush in 2000. And she claims to have heard it
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 5/08 Big Easy, Early show: Opeth, Three, Between the Buried; Late show: DJ Fusion Bluz at the Bend, Emerson The Blvd., Pulseless, Flying in a Tin Can, Capt
  • Summer Camps 2008

    by TAMMY MARSHALL and BLAIR TELLERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n addition to providing all the info that parents will need to plan their children's summer, this camp guide shows that there's a camp for every kind of kid. From theater camp to spo
  • CD Reviews

    Moby & r & & r & Last Night & r & & r & 2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & o, Moby is not his DJ name -- his parents gave him the nickname in honor of their long-lost relative Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, one of the most wildly inventive novels ev
  • Spring Meltdown

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith an average temperature of 42 degrees, April in Spokane tied for the fourth coolest on record (which dates to 1881). That means that a lot of snow in the mountains that would have melted by now ha
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Face What Music? & r & & r & I was going to let the sprinklers-in-clubs issue lie for a while, but a profoundly uncritical editorial by the Spokesman-Review last week begs a response. The headline read, "Face the Music." The subhead:
  • Rolling Thunder

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & run like flashlight!" Ukrainian soldier Taras Mitchuk doesn't mean he is battery powered. In fact he quickly searches for the correct word in English to describe his sense of speed and excitement at r

Music & Film

  • Steady Your Rifles High

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's fitting that Band of Annuals will be featured in the May/June issue of No Depression, the final print edition of the august but foundering journal of alt country music. An absolutely brilliant si
  • Summer Mix Vol. 1

    Named well after the historic moment had passed -- and thus subject to some pop revisionism -- Yacht Rock is less a musical genre than a feeling. A smooth, sexy feeling. A feeling like: "Hot damn, I sho
  • There Is No Racetrack

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he unwritten rule in Hollywood (actually it's probably written all over the place, in big black boldface script) is that once you hit it big, you've got nothing left to do but outdo yourself. So there sat

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