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  • Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 46

News & Comment

  • Book Review

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & Black and White and Dead All Over & r & by John Darnton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & top the presses! A murder mystery set in the newsroom of the barely disguised New York Times, written by a former Times reporter? That
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Bangai-O Spirits & r & Rated Everyone 10+; Nintendo DS & r & 3 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's difficult to track Bangai-O, the mecha-robot hero that players pilot through Bangai-O Spirits. The problem isn't his pushpin s
  • & amp;quot;Punctuation & amp;quot; Paralysis

    by SHAY LOGAN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you were able to read that headline without cringing, you are part of a growing Spokane populace that has been sadly subverted by a devious destroyer of our minds. Having watched this drama unfold for l
  • DVD Review

    Miss Pettigrew & r & & r & by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hile considered a romantic comedy, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is more about the growth of friendship between two women than it is about romance. In 1939 London, two very diff
  • 2008 College Guide

    by ROBBY DOUTHITT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & our months ago, you had it all. As a senior in high school with plenty of friends, you were at the top of the food chain. You threw your graduation cap in the air with everybody else, excited to begin
  • Take Two

    Hamlet 2 & r & & r & by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou could almost entitle it Where Do Dreams Go to Die? This satire is so insightful about art and enthusiasm -- and their flip sides, anger and frustration -- that it's actually painful
  • 2008 College Guide

    & & by ROBBY DOUTHITT & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & our months ago, you had it all. As a senior in high school with plenty of friends, you were at the top of the food chain. You threw your graduation cap in the air with everybody else, excited t
  • Seriously Trivial

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f it isn't the greatest comedy in the English language, it's on the short list. Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is a thinking person's farce, with less emphasis on slamming doors than on
  • 2008 College Guide

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  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Generation Kill & r & & r & (HBO, concludes Thursday, 11pm) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s Generation Kill opens, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, the men of 1st Reconnaissance -- an elite Marine detachment that completes mu
  • College Football Preview

    by HOWIE STALWICK & r & & r & OLD MAN EAGLE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Eastern Washington Eagles are celebrating the school's 100th season of football, and Alexis Alexander wants everyone to know that there is no truth to the rumor that he played
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & THE WINE CELLAR & r & & r & Under new ownership, the restaurant has added sidewalk dining with a Spanish flair; downstairs the menu emphasizes Italy with pan-European accents, including paella. The three-course Italia menu includes a
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & BABYLON A.D. & r & & r & A dude named Toorop (Vin Diesel) is tasked with taking a very special girl to safety, out of the clutches of a cult that wants to use something in her genetic makeup to end the world. Think Children of Men meet
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Un-interaction & r & & r & Small restaurant in Cheney, Mom and early-teens daughter sitting at a table, platters of food before them. Mom's texting on her Blackberry, making the occasional (very loud) call; daughter's texting on her cel
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL Eagles' Aeries & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & heney's a college town. Like a lot of college towns, it has its fair share of fast food and pizza joints, but you'll also find some surprising one-of-a-kind dining spots that will still work for t
  • Not Adding Up

    by LAURIE ROGERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & uriosity, questions and a tape recorder: That's all I had in January 2007 when I met with former Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Brian Benzel and former Curriculum Director Karin Short. I thought
  • 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
  • Driving Unplugged

    by KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or drivers, the hand-held cellphone is losing its connection. On July 1, bans on holding a phone to your ear while driving went into effect in Washington, following the lead of New York, Connec
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Wings of Change & r & & r & There's this blackness closing in around my heart. A cynicism. It must be an election year. The last time I felt it was 2004. John Kerry. You know the story. I didn't expect that to happen this time, but it
  • This Old Park

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & h, Pig Out. This week, Riverfront Park will be filled with our hungry masses. But Pig Out is also about getting out and seeing your neighbors -- and soaking in the setting. Riverfront Park is our
  • Stacks of Amps

    by JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are two distinct kinds of hard-rock bands -- those that will write concept albums about Marie Antoinette, and those who wish they could. Jucifer, a coupled-duo from Athens, Georgia, is one of the for
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 8/28 Beverly's (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Bluz at the Bend, Mr. Happy Bottoms Up (892-1778), DJ Fusion Brooklyn Nights, The Groove Patrol Caterina, Wayne
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & House of Cards & r & & r & When John McCain recently forgot how many homes he owns (seven, or maybe eight), Democrats pounced, saying the slip-up was a seminal moment in the campaign. It proved, they said, that that aging politici
  • CD Reviews

    MISSY ELLIOTT & r & & r & Block Party & r & & r & 1-1/2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen Missy dropped Izzer Kizzer on 2002's Gossip Folks, you got up off yours and let your tail feather hit the floor. Admit it. Missy's up to the same tricks in Block
  • Seeds of a New Life

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the fairy tales, it's always something along the lines of a magic bean that turns somebody's life upside down, spawning a journey with many perils that leads, in the end, to contentment everlasting.
  • Canadiana

    by KANDIA CRAZY HORSE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & eing of so-called American Indian and African descent, I have never believed in borders. These, arbitrary, imperial lines have only wreaked havoc and sealed our fate. Still, I'm always amused by j

Music & Film

  • Raw Vulnerability

    by JARRET KEENE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ucinda Williams' voice conveys raw vulnerability. From her earliest recordings with Smithsonian Folkways to the more polished product of, say, 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, she hides nothing. What
  • Jihad Janus

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the newest offering of the subgenre that we'll call "small battle in big war" movies, writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff first tries to offer up some parallels between the Middle East of 30 years ago and

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