• Issue Archive for
  • Jul 17-23, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 40

News & Comment

  • Book Review

    Back in 2005, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote a series of stories about a homeless man who
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & THE DARK KNIGHT & r & & r & Seldom do follow-ups ring so true to the original films, then do them one better. Director Christopher Nolan revisits what he did with Batman Begins and improves everything about it. Christian Bale is gloomi
  • When PIGS Fly

    by D.A. KOLODENKO & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hat's the worst thing about the suckiness of the economy? More Spam. I don't mean the stuff you filter out of your inbox; I mean actual Spam, the stuff Monty Python sings about: the slimy pink meat in
  • Biblioholic

    by GEORGE KIMBALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & arry McMurtry, the best I can tell, remains the only man to have both won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction (Lonesome Dove, 1986) and written an Academy Award-winning screenplay (Brokeback Mountain, 2005).
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & THE ALPS & r & & lt;BR & The award-winning MacGillivray-Freeman team (Everest) is back with this true story of John Harlin III, who wants to climb Eiger's North Face in the Swiss Alps. The twist is he's doing it 40 years after his dad died o
  • 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. Pan-fried wontons, lightly browned, were served with a small cabbage-carrot salad and a deliciously piquant sauce that balanced
  • Back to Iraq

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or Gov. Chris Gregoire it's the funerals. For Lietta Ruger, it's that her three grandchildren, all 7 or younger, haven't seen their father for 40 months of their lives. For Becky Smith, it was turning o
  • DVD Review

    Lost Highway & r & & r & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ost Highway is director David Lynch's least-successful feature film, described by American critics as "boring" and "pointless." Still, as Lynch's first major step off the coherency
  • Terror at Sea

    by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & yan Shuck needed a miracle. For the past two hours, bobbing in the middle of the Bering Sea, Shuck had grown colder and colder. Snow fell from the night sky. Thirty-foot swells crashed over him. And s
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL Wrap Artists & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hile Americans can't claim to have invented the sandwich, they've surely embraced its versatile format. Open-faced, battered and fried, nestled in a bun, stuffed into pita pockets or peeping from be
  • Can't We Just Get Along?

    by ROBERT STOKES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "S & lt;/span & hut up!" said the chairman of the 2008 Washington State Republican Convention, recently conducted in Spokane. The target of his ire was a Ron Paul supporter seeking clarification of when alternates co
  • Sound Off

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & osh Ritter is psyched. So are we. And for all the same reasons. Over the last nine years, the 31-year-old native resident of Moscow, Idaho, has built himself a multi-national reputation for sharp, catchy,
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift & r & Rated Everyone 10+; Nintendo DS & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ix tiny figures descend a hillside, hopping over clumps of spring-green grasses and landing atop lol
  • Borowitz Report

    by ANDY BOROWITZ & r & & r & McCAIN'S TOP 10 WAYS TO KILL IRANIANS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & iting what he called the "overwhelmingly positive response to my jokes about killing Iranians," presumptive G.O.P. presidential nominee John McCain issued t
  • Kingdome to Cooperstown

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & ave Niehaus grew up a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan, his summer nights spent on the porch watching fireflies while listening to the legendary Harry Caray bring Cardinals games to life on the family'
  • Take Two

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army & r & & r & by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & obody sees the world like Guillermo Del Toro. To the Mexican-born director, the cold, mundane streets and the pastoral, somewhat static wilderness of the visible pl
  • Buzz Bin

    In the most recent year for which stats blah blah, 2,300 teenagers and children called U.S. poison-control centers
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & 30 Days & r & & r & (Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, Season 3 readily available via iTunes and less legal means, FX) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he timing of this is bad. I've spent the last month and a half beating my head at the ke
  • 'Still Beautiful'

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & rom a giant window on the seventh floor of Sacred Heart Medical Center, the couple watched as last week's wildfire moved over Dishman Hills. Through plumes of gray smoke they saw trees explode in burs
  • Scalia's Quagmire

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n D.C. v Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court chose to use a problematic city ordinance to take up a fundamental constitutional question: Is the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment
  • The (Band) Wagon

    by ALAN SCULLEY & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & otion City Soundtrack front man Justin Pierre can't say if the band's latest CD, Even If It Kills Me, is the group's best to date. It's sure as hell a milestone, though: It's the first Pierre has made s
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 7/17 Arbor Crest, (927-9463), 6'Swing Beverly's, (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn The Big Dipper, Kaylee Cole, Barcelona The Blvd., Ikonoklast, The S1and1cate,
  • Making It

    by JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's easy to get jaded with the music business. With all of the morally questionable practices present in the industry at all levels, maintaining a desire to play music for music's sake is often an uphill
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Dem Thievin' Bastards & r & & r & With the Obama-McCain race kind of in the doldrums, luckily for us the Washington governor's race popped back up over the past few weeks, as more than 60 billboards went up all over Spokane. Under
  • CD Reviews

    COLDPLAY & r & & r & Viva la Vida & r & & r & 2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & loved Coldplay's last two albums, especially X & amp;Y. But I think Chris Martin and the boys paid too much attention to their press: Fans say they're flat-out awesome, while crit
  • Missing Canoeist Finally Found

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t seemed like a long shot -- an 18-year-old faking his own death to escape his troubles -- but friends of Kieran Norman wanted to believe it. Then, as days turned to weeks and months, it began to seem l
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & To Keith Olbermann, If I May & r & & r & Is Toby Keith the worst person in the world? It's a question I've pondered a lot since 2002's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" unabashedly beat the war gong in the lead-up to the Iraq inva
  • Koi Story

    This spring, the city's parks department began to de

Music & Film

  • Follow the Leader

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he MySpace message Tony Brown sent The Inlander wasn't desperate, exactly. Rushed, sure. It was the last week of June and he needed to put together a show at Mootsy's by mid-July. "I figured with you
  • Why So Serious?

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e've been waiting three years for a follow-up to Batman Begins, but the wait was worth it. That's because The Dark Knight joins the exalted ranks of sequels that are even better than their originals: We're

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