• Issue Archive for
  • Jun 5-11, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 34

News & Comment

  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & CHING HUA GARDEN & r & & r & Family-style is the way to go at this Asian haven behind the red-barn fa & ccedil;ade. We began with pan-fried wontons, small stuffed dumplings, lightly browned and served with a deliciously piquant sauce that bala
  • 25 and Out

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & 25-year tradition at Spokane Civic Theatre is ending. At least it's going out strong. The Civic will celebrate 25 years of hosting its showcase of new plays, the Playwrights Festival Forum, this year,
  • 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
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL Just Pho You & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & ate lunch at the Kim Do restaurant just a couple of months ago, and so I was surprised to see a new sign out front, a Grand Opening banner over the entrance and an application for a liquor license
  • Home, But Homeless

    by DANIEL WALTERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & veryone loves veterans -- particularly politicians -- and a ribbon cutting last week to announce the opening of a transitional home for five homeless vets brought out all the local dignitaries. A repres
  • DVD Review

    Cassandra's Dream & r & & r & by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n Woody Allen's 2007 film, set in London, two brothers (Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell) are in need of some serious funds. They have a rich uncle (Tom Wilkinson), a respectab
  • Designed to be Delicious

    by CARRIE SCOZZARO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ost Americans wouldn't know real sushi if it swam up and bit them on the nose. That's the bad news. This increasingly popular dish began as a kind of Japanese fast food that used to include fermented
  • Hands Off Our Hay

    by PAUL K. HAEDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ashington's organics industry -- totaling $400 million in sales last year -- is under threat. Ironically, that threat comes from a company started by an immigrant a century ago to fight the German monop
  • Blackened Magic

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen owner Jim Sheehan was deciding what businesses to draw to his Saranac Hotel development project, he went to the community. The response, according to building manager Dave Sanders, was nearly una
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Come Again Another Day & r & & r & Where would a Northwest concert be without rain-splattered hippies dancing in a downpour? During Saturday evening's cloudburst at Elkfest, gallons of rainwater loomed over the drummer's head as the Han
  • Take Two

    Sex and the City & r & & r & by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & felt like some sort of alien anthropologist watching this movie. I drink with female friends and talk about sex... and yet I don't see myself onscreen here -- or any of the w
  • Book Review

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Nixonland & r & by Rick Peristein & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ll you really need to know about Richard Nixon can be found on page 22 of Nixonland. Of course, the remaining 726 pages of Rick Perlstein's new history are g
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Charlie Gibson's War & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ews that former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan had dropped dimes on both the administration and the media for their respective mishandling of the Iraq war was
  • A Most Worthy Mortal

    One of the great characters of the early fur trade days in the Columbia District was Finan McDonald, whose 20-year career here began with the establishment of Kootanae House at the source lakes of the Columbia in 1807.
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & KUNG FU PANDA & r & & r & The voices of Jack Black as an out-of-shape panda and Dustin Hoffman as his exasperated martial arts teacher anchor this visually dazzling, computer-animated tale about believing in yourself in order to make a
  • Weighing Risk

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast week's issue of the New Yorker magazine featured on its cover a rear view photograph of a naked man making his way through an airport metal detector. Everything he carried -- and wore -- was piled in
  • Dancing with Elephants

    by MICK LLOYD-OWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & inging and dancing? Shouting and name-calling? And you thought those Republicans ran a respectable house. Well, it's campaign season and politics is the perfect catalyst for a little emotional discha
  • The New Black

    by DUSTIN CARROLL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & eathcore. It's the new black. Apologies to all the extreme metal purists out there, but the sooner you accept it, the easier it will be. When At the Gates gets back together to go on tour, it's a sign
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & The Balloonies & r & & r & Hard to believe it's only been five months since this madness started on Jan. 3 in Iowa. But now with Montana and South Dakota in the books, it's time to take a look at some of the highlights. So here ar
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 6/5 Beverly's(208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Easy, Cordell, DJ Fusion Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks Bottoms Up (892-1778), DJ Prophesy Brooklyn Nights,
  • The Best Disinfectant

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t sounds painful as hell, examining reams of bureaucratic language for unclear or unnecessary passages. "It's interesting, but it darn sure isn't fun," says John Hughes, who sits on the state's "Sunsh
  • CD Reviews

    GOSSIP & r & & r & Live in Liverpool & r & & r & 4 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & his is for the faggots... The G-A-Y," Beth Ditto proclaims on the album's second track, pointing up the downside of concert recordings: audience interaction. Liverpool ha
  • Small Gift, Big Challenge

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t appears the first person in Spokane to put up some money and urge the city to replace a statue of a tribal leader that was razed and removed last month from a park that bears his name is ... an 8-year-o
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Response Time & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & eady for a thought experiment? It's kinda out there. It's going to require you to regard as factual some pretty obviously false statements. I promise, though, the payoff will be
  • Row, Row, Row Their Boats

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ere's a sports quiz: Which local college team this season defeated Oregon State (twice), WSU, UCLA, Virginia, Rutgers, Michigan and Navy? Answer? The Gonzaga University freshman eight crew. The school

Music & Film

  • Identity Crisis

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he band really wants to stay incognito, but it's proving difficult. The dresses, for one, are confusing. "Can you tie me in back?" asks the drummer from behind a fake handlebar mustache, after slippi
  • Fast as Lightning

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou might think that one computer-animated film looks just like the next, and to some extent there are a lot of similarities in what's being produced from today's CGI palette. But what separates the good mo

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