• Issue Archive for
  • Aug 7-13, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 43

News & Comment

  • West of the East

    by ARI LEVAUX & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter 24 hours in the air, the concept of jet lag seems quaint. In Beijing, I can barely figure out what day it is, much less the time. But when I see the "Fresh Furit Platter" [sic] on the hotel bar menu,
  • Book Review

    by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER & r & & r & See How They Run & r & by Elwood H. Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & ey, kids: If you want to understand all the politicking going on this year, ask your Mom or Dad to get you this book. You'll need the help, because
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & THE DARK KNIGHT & r & & r & Seldom do follow-ups ring so true to the original, then do them one better. Director Christopher Nolan revisits what he did with Batman Begins and improves everything. Christian Bale is gloomier, lonelier and
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & OISHII & r & & r & Inventiveness is a hallmark of chef Junior Solis, who designed the hip space, replete with contemporary d & eacute;cor like burnished raw steel, simulated black lacquer and pop-culture paintings of Japanese geisha and dragon
  • More Than a Racetrack

    by TODD MIELKE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & itizens expect their elected officials to plan for the future of their communities. Millions of taxpayer dollars can be wasted when local governments are reactive instead of proactive. Attempting to anti
  • DVD Review

    Batman: Gotham Knight & r & & r & by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ow that I've seen The Dark Knight enough times, I'm going through Bat-postpartum depression and spending a lot of time on my Bat-futon (really, I bought Dark Knight bedding) w
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING Neo Cuisine & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & hef de Cuisine Branden Moreau says he's lucky to have found Kara and Scott Cook, owners of Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar in Spokane Valley and their new venture, CAF & Eacute; NEO, near Whitworth University. "
  • The Sounds of Summer

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN, TED S. McGREGOR JR., SCOTT FAINGOLD and JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's hard to follow a big anniversary. You go all-out that one big year -- the 10th, 25th, 50th anniversary -- because those kinds of milestones are
  • Top Two

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & on't feel bad if you're confused about how to vote in Washington's primary this month. You're not alone. The state's primary process has flipped and flopped at least three times in the last five years -- f
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution & r & Rated Everyone 10+; Xbox 360, Playstation 3 & r & 3 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was ready to take over the world. I had balanced aggressive social activism and global presence as
  • Surviving the Dog Days

    by MAD DOG & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Dog Days of summer are upon us. This is the time of year when the thermometer hits triple digits, there's so much humidity in the air you get in the shower to dry off, and the power company sends thank-yo
  • Take Two

    Brideshead Revisisted & r & & r & by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you're one of the many PBS viewers who made the 1981 version of Evelyn Waugh's novel about the bad habits of the very rich and the bad taste of Catholicism one of the most wa
  • King Carl

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & arl Maxey's life in a list: The first black attorney in Eastern Washington. A civil rights crusader. A champion boxer. A "guy who started from scratch -- black scratch," as he once said. Maxey was part
  • Remote Possibilities

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & Rifftrax (available at www.rifftrax.com) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 'm not at all accustomed to getting what I want, so I was shocked to find that Mystery Science Theatre 3000 had been born again after I complained about its
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Snubbed! & r & & r & The Princeton Review's list of Top 20 Party Schools just came out, and while both Randolph-Macon College and Loyola of New Orleans made the cut, the list makes no mention of Wazzu. Have they never been to Pullman?
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & BRICK LANE & r & & r & Based on a best-selling novel, Brick Lane is a story of finding freedom and community after being forced into an arranged marriage and sent off to a strange land (London, in this case). Set against the backdrop o
  • Big Science Project

    by DANIEL WALTERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & eattle has a science center. You know, a place of adventure, excitement and discovery, chock full of edutainment and zany larger-than-life exhibits. Think Bill Nye the Science Guy transmogrified into
  • Getting Goosed

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "A & lt;/span & Cottager and his wife had a Hen, which laid every day a golden egg. They supposed that it must contain a great lump of gold in its inside, and killed it in order that they might get it, when, t
  • Battle for Beijing

    by HOWIE STALWICK, MICHAEL BOWEN and LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & MEET THE NEW CHINA & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & ens of billions of dollars have been spent, lavish sport venues erected and the world's biggest airport terminal built. Hundreds of thousan
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 8/7 Alterknit Lounge (244-3279), DJ Yochanan & amp; Real Life Sound Baby Bar, Smokestack & amp; the Foothill Fury, Hellblinki Sextet Bluz at the Bend, Bluefire Down T
  • O Roots, Where Art Thou?

    by JAMES ZIEGLER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his weekend as a gentle breeze blows through, carrying the tune of banjos, don't be afraid to shake your ass. The time has come for the annual Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival, the Medical Lake fest that
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Is Anybody Coming? & r & & r & First came the news that head honchos at GOP HQ were allowing Republican Senate candidates to run whatever kind of campaign they think they need to win -- that it's OK to break with President Bush's p
  • CD Reviews

    SUGARLAND & r & & r & Love on the Inside & r & & r & 4 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his looks to be Sugarland's breakout record, filled with frothy pop songs dressed up just enough to fit the Nashville model. And this duo out of Atlanta knows how to w
  • Recipe for Change

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t sounded too good to be true, so Janice and Keith Raschko climbed aboard a trusty 1984 Yamaha Venture 1200 and set off on a 3,000-mile motorcycle quest to check out rumors of a restaurant where the cus
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Meditations on Sincerity & r & & r & The air was absolutely still. There were no clouds in the sky and the sun beat fully down upon me. The team was somewhere off in left field, near the bullpen, out of earshot from where I sat in the
  • Condom Nation

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t a well-attended Central Valley school board meeting, the primary source of consternation centered on a suggested lesson for teaching kids how to use a condom correctly. The lesson began innocently e

Music & Film

  • Rock Out with your Block Out

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & either Chrisy Riddle nor Zac Fairbanks expected this kind of response. In mid-April, the Empyrean owner and her sound-man-slash-shot-slinger sat down to brainstorm their dream summer-concert bill. Th
  • The Doobie Brothers

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & any years on, the debate still rages: Who is the best stoner character in the movies? Jeff Spicoli (Fast Times), Jeffrey Lebowski (Big Lebowski), or both Harold and Kumar (White Castle)? And no, neither Ch

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