• Issue Archive for
  • May 29 - Jun 4, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 33

News & Comment

  • Remote Possibilities

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & Recount & r & & r & (HBO, June 19 at midnight; on DVD Aug. 19) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & ecount deserves credit for not being half as partisan as a reasonable person would expect a dramatic reenactment of the 2000 election hulla
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    You expect LE PIASTRE to be good, knowing wunderkind Adam Hegsted is at the helm. Then you check out the menu (from $3-$8
  • A Step Closer

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "A & lt;/span & re there any of you who can't live with this plan and the minority report?" & r & & r & The ultimate moment in the adoption of a draft plan for managing wild wolves returning to the forested, Washington bac
  • Nuke LaLoosh Played Here

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & rofessional baseball came to the Pacific Northwest in 1890, not long after the arrival of the railroad made it possible to link teams in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Spokane (then Spokane Falls) to f
  • DVD Review

    Diary of the Dead & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & iary of the Dead is George A. Romero's fifth zombie movie, this one about student filmmakers chronicling the original outbreak in what was once Blair Witch Project style but shoul
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & THE HAPPENING & r & & r & Is anyone excited about an M. Night Shyamalan movie anymore? No? After the lackluster "bedtime story," Lady in the Water, Shyamalan's latest is being released with almost no fanfare -- other than the completely
  • Asian Hoedown

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's hard to imagine a more incongruous exterior for a Chinese restaurant than the red-barn fa & ccedil;ade that greets visitors to Ching Hua Garden in Greenacres. No elaborate gilded archways or red lacquer pa
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & BARDENAY & r & & r & Moist, fragrant and meaty "Wild Turkey Bourbon" pork loin chops were served with deliciously sweet and smoky cider-glazed apples and onions, garlic mashed potatoes and chef's vegetable. Our Bardenay Club sandwich
  • Choose Life

    by CHRIS CARLSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & erek Humphry, the refreshingly candid co-founder of the Hemlock Society, has reportedly said on more than one occasion that euthanasia and assisted suicide will ultimately triumph because they make eco
  • Camping, 1808 Style

    In May of 1808, David Thompson and a handful North West Company voyageurs dragged their canoe ashore at a large Kootenai encampment near the modern town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
  • Our Lady of the Goosebumps

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ily Tomlin is a storyteller, and a kind one. Ernestine is rude, Edith Ann is bossy, Trudy the bag lady is eccentric and pushy. But Tomlin herself finds the funny or redemptive side of even the most uns
  • DVD Review

    Darkon & r & & r & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & want to climb into a suit of stainless steel armor. I want to wrap my hands around a sword and hack at someone else's head. I want to scream until my throat is hoarse, charging across a
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & The World Ends With You & r & Rated Teen; Nintendo DS & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hings are complicated. Like eating food. Food needs to be digested, which takes time and activity. And only so much food can be con
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING The Italian Returns & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & sk to have your meal served blackened-style at ARLO'S RISTORANTE and you might get a Mona Lisa smile from owners Tom and Lisa Guscott. Although they have a good sense of humor, no one was lau
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Girl From Detroit & r & & r & Lily Tomlin handled all the Spokane allusions she'd inserted into her Thursday-night act, then launched into updated versions of acts she's been doing for 40 years. (A sample of Ernestine as telephone opera
  • Must Be Summertime

    by BLAIR TELLERS and CARRIE SCOZZARO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & troll under the pines, meet the artists and hear some fun tunes this weekend as summer kicks off with ArtFest, the annual outdoor arts festival presented by the MAC in Coeur d'Alene
  • Fireless Wireless

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen Mayor Jim West first flipped the switch to the Spokane HotZone in June 2004, the rest of the country took notice. CNN reported on the "largest deployment of ... wi-fi in any urban area in the United Sta
  • Viva Lost Elvis

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the middle of an evening of mindless fun, the first-act closing number in All Shook Up provides a touching moment. After all the unrequited love-longing has been set up -- boy loves girl, girl loves a
  • Take Two

    Young@Heart & r & & r & by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & 'm never gonna complain about being too old and too tired again!" exclaims a young woman -- well, one a good deal younger than 80, at least -- in Young@Heart. She's just seen a per
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Haze & r & Rated Mature; PS3 & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t takes two to fight. It also takes two ways to fight. Otherwise neither side can be victorious. Someone needs an edge. Someone needs more manpower. Someone
  • Book Review

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & America's Nuclear Wastelands & r & by Max S. Power & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne bit of news caught my eye last week: the U.S. Department of Energy has applied for a license to build an underground nuclear waste repository
  • Buzz Bin

    There's a Pepsi machine in our neighborhood, for example, that's a real taskmaster. "Only $1.00 bills," it commands. "Inse
  • The Secretary of Poetry

    by DANIEL WALTERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & oet laureates don't bother with television. At least Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green doesn't own one. His house doesn't even have much electricity, beyond what a few meager solar panels can p
  • Remote Possibilities

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Channels Flipping & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & ack in the salad days of 2003-06, when the housing market was shooting up, up and away, television reflected the nation's obsession. Homeowners glued to zillow.com had go
  • Take Two

    You Don't Mess With the Zohan & r & & r & by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & can't honestly say that I loved Zohan. But in a relative sense, given my history of hating Adam Sandler, it is a huge admission for me to say that I kinda got a
  • Of Marmots and Men

    by THE INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Society of Professional Journalists' Region 10 "Excellence in Journalism" awards were announced last week, and The Inlander brought home 11 awards, including four first-place wins. Region 10 co
  • Book Review

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & The Lodger Shakespeare & r & by Charles Nicholl & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & harles Nicholl's earlier book, The Reckoning, about the spy-murder of Christopher Marlowe, combined historical research with the conventions of the d
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & SEX AND THE CITY & r & & r & The girls are back on the boulevard, along with their Manolo Blahniks, their cosmos and their fabulous fashions -- including wedding duds! Looks like the film version sticks close to the HBO formula, with Ca
  • Sly Work

    by DAVID WILDMAN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & G & lt;/span & arth Jennings seems to be a Brit with a fascination for other cultures. You can see it in most of his work so far: directing an REM video in 2001 for Imitation of Life that made ordinary Americans at a
  • 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 several pasta dishes and a dozen enticing antipasti (appetizers). The soups
  • Big-Hearted Laker

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & hree years and one life-threatening heart operation removed from Gonzaga University, Ronny Turiaf remains the same delightfully free-spirited individual who warmed the hearts of Gonzaga fans on and of
  • Palouse Pair

    by CARRIE SCOZZARO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & hythm and movement aren't just for musical composers. In the hands of Katherine Nelson and William Turner -- exhibiting at the Chase Gallery through June 27 -- shapes, lines and colors become the notes
  • Parking in Rear

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & everly Bailey says she used to get hit up for sex every day back when she ran a therapeutic massage center on Grant Avenue, off of East Third. It was her first business, and she was a state- and national-
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & BABY MAMA & r & & r & Busy career woman Kate (Tina Fey) decides that, husband or not, it's time to have a baby. When a doctor tells her that her uterus isn't up to snuff, she goes the surrogate-mom route, but chooses white trash Angie (A
  • Boxing Match

    And some hazy blue strata of cigar smoke would have been fitt
  • Nuclear's Boom and Bust

    by MARTY DURLIN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Washington state, a 1-million-gallon plume of radioactive waste is seeping from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation toward the Columbia River. But in Washington, D.C., Dennis Spurgeon foresees a rosy futu
  • Veepstakes Picks

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ore often than not, vice presidential picks are remembered when they blow up in a candidate's face. Dwight Eisenhower almost had to dump Richard Nixon, George McGovern never recovered from the po
  • Lessons of '68

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & illary Clinton's come-from-behind strategy seems to depend on staying in the race long enough for Barack Obama to stumble. But she's the one who stumbled when she seemed to suggest she'd be ready
  • To the Streets

    by ROBBY DOUTHITT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & onning a top hat that's part Slash and part Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rik Bocook plays the blues with an undeniable passion. But nobody knows him as "Rik." His real name -- his blues name -- is written across
  • Farming Politics

    by JOHN NICHOLS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he federal farm bill that President Bush vetoed and that the Congress has enacted despite him is, to be sure, a flawed document. For instance, there are still too many of the wrong kinds of subsidies di
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 6/12 Beverly's (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Easy, DJ Fusion Bluz at the Bend, Don Emerson The Blvd., Fear Before the March of Flames, I am the Ocean, B
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 5/29 Beverly's (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Easy, DJ Graffix, DJ Fusion Bluz at the Bend, Riverside R & amp;B The Blvd., Rippledome, Aftermath, Hinged Botto
  • Not So Dark

    by ELIZABETH STRAUCH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & istening to Hillfolk Noir is kind of like visiting a movie theater from the days of yore. A black and white film reel flickers images across a tattered screen. There's no surround sound; instead, t
  • Cult Following

    by DUSTIN CARROLL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & oison the Well basically invented metalcore music. In the 10 years since, it has redefined and reinvented what it should be. As with anything, innovators spawn imitators -- in this case, dozens have po
  • Where's Our Gay Mecca?

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he idea -- a "gay district" like the Castro in San Francisco -- was made all the more provocative by the fact it was planned for staid, family-friendly Spokane. Journalists relished the juxtaposition. C
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Who Said It? & r & & r & "When the strongest nation in the world can be tied down... in a war... with no end in sight; When the richest nation in the world can't mange its own economy... and when the president of the United States canno
  • CD Reviews

    Weezer & r & & r & Weezer [The Red Album] & r & & r & 1-1/2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & rom top to bottom, the Weezer's Red Album schizophrenically shifts among well-worn musical territories. The songs are classifiable in three groups: Blue/Green Alb
  • CD Reviews

    THE COOL KIDS & r & & r & The Bake Sale & r & & r & 5 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & and claps are totally played. The new thing, as evidenced by the Cool Kids' "What Up Man," are samples of the word "clap." "Tick tick tick tick clap, tick tick ticticti
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & The Balloonies, Part Two & r & & r & Now that we have our presidential nominees, it's time to take a look back at some of the highlights of the primary election season with the Balloonies (as in, hot air -- get it?), our awards for
  • Serial Killer?

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "I & lt;/span & t's easy to get away with murder," says Kip Hollenbeck, one of Spokane's most respected homicide detectives, as he cracks open a fat file of unsolved cases. His admission is not one most cops are wil
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & SKUing Toward Vinyl & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n April, Tim Bross reported on the shift of local independent record stores away from digital CDs [April 17, "For the Record"] and toward good ol' analog vinyl. Here's the
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & People Who Care & r & & r & Bob Lefsetz is not a temperate man. The industry wonk's blog is required reading for L.A. record-exec types desperate for inspiration on how to unsink their sunk ships. It's required reading -- daily, right
  • Getting Hosed

    by ANDREW LEONARD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & can't decide whether to frame or burn the receipt from a Chevron filling station that documents how much I spent to fill the tank of my 12-year-old Nissan Quest minivan on a recent Sunday morning. At

Culture & Food

Music & Film

  • BOBbing

    by ROBBY DOUTHITT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & rmed with a vague, historical reference for a name ("The Black Hand"), our four-piece was supposed to rock 2004's BOBFest. Everyday in rehearsal, as I pounded out the rhythms of our set -- two original
  • ElkFest

    by JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's a block party. It's a pub show. It's potentially all things to all people. & r & & r & That's a stretch. & r & & r & It's ElkFest, though, so at worst it's a chance to see some great shows and grab a drink in
  • A Better Banner

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & ontrary to popular opinion, Ang Lee's 2003 film Hulk made money; not a lot, but it wasn't the box office bomb people have made it out to be. So it was natural that the studio and Marvel Comics wanted a fol
  • Bored Spitless

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Razzie Awards don't come around again until next February, but unless someone figures out how to bring Ed Wood Jr. back from the dead, it's unlikely that anything's going to get in the way of The Strang

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