• Issue Archive for
  • Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 50

News & Comment

  • Meals of Memory

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ention favorite sandwiches from childhood, and you'll bump into some seriously strong emotions really fast. Childhood memories come wrapped in layers of nostalgia, after all, and people have firm, def
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Turn Into the Skid & r & & r & A race car driver lives in Seattle with his cancer-ridden wife, their toddler daughter and a dog. In Garth Stein's novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, the narrator, wouldn't you know it, is the mutt. And
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL Endless Summer & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & ecorated in Tiki fashion with bright oranges, yellows and blues, a huge mural of surfboard dudes in silhouette, seashells and netting in the walls, THE MONTEREY CAF & Eacute; is "a fun escape from your off
  • Book Review

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Apples & amp; Oranges & r & by Marie Brenner & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & arie Brenner's brother Carl was a perplexing soul. He was generous; he was a control freak. He went off on paranoid political rants; there were women, on the
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise & r & Rated Everyone; Xbox 360 & r & 2 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & nd now a few responses from this column's readers: & r & & r & "Either you choose to review games that you don't like or you'r
  • The Woman Who Strayed

    by MARY STOVER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & on't know opera? Think of it this way: La Traviata is like Pretty Woman without the happy ending -- or like Moulin Rouge if Nicole Kidman could have hit the really, really high musical notes. If you've se
  • Take Two

    Lakeview Terrace & r & & r & by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & h, to live to see such a rarity: a horror movie for grownups! No mad slashers. No psychopath who likes to play torture games. Just the plausible pettiness of human nastiness
  • The Good Indian?

    & & by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & & quot; & lt;/span & ... I had two hearts and have had two hearts ever since ... & quot; & r & & r & This is the heart of a quote from a man who was thrust by fate into the gristmill of change when two races, two cultures, two w
  • WASL Wars

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & his election is about getting it right. We've gone the wrong direction on the WASL. It needs to be replaced." That's the point Randy Dorn tried to hammer home when he debated incumbent Superintendent of
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Gossip Girl vs. 90210 & r & & r & (CW, Mondays, 8 pm, CW, Tuesdays, 8 pm) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's easy to lump Gossip Girl, last year's hot-as-hell teen drama, in with 90210, this year's (and also 1990's) hot-as-hell
  • He's as Free as a Squirrel

    by DANIEL WALTERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & o truly understand the Spokane-based comedian Dan Cummins, one must first consider the noble Squirrelador. The Squirrelador is a genetic miracle -- some might say abomination -- bred by the mad scientis
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & CHOKE & r & & r & A guy (Sam Rockwell) scams restaurant patrons by pretending to choke on food, then accepts money from them as they get involved in his life. Is he just a con man? It's not that simple: He needs the money so he can tak
  • 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. The surprise hit of the night was the vegetables with fried tofu -- big chunky triangles of deep-fried tofu teamed with vibrant
  • Fun Runner

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen it comes to running, Rachel Toor has the zeal of the converted. Unlike most runners, she didn't start until she was 30. She still isn't very fast 16 years later. But she can outrun your sorry butt.
  • All Roads West

    by NICHOLAS DESHAIS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f Tim Eyman gets his way this November, the non-existent car pool lanes on Inland Northwest highways will be opened to all vehicles and the already-synchronized signals on Spokane's busiest roads wi
  • Rotten Crumbs

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n times like these, Wall Street seems aptly named, as there has always been an opaque division between those few on the inside who pull the arcane levers of high finance and the rest of us. The a
  • Volume Turned Low

    "Cyrus Fell Down's going to be playing at a bookstore?" "How did they manage to get the permits for that?" "Won't it destroy that entire 2
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 9/25 Caterina, Kristen Marlo, Dave Hannon, Dane Ueland Connie's Lounge (208-255-2227), Mac Loyd Di Luna's, Bearfoot Empyrean, Kaylee Cole, Karen Finnyfrock
  • Feed Your Head
  • Feed Your Head

    The words of Gandhi are still profound some 60 years after he uttered them: "To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
  • CD Reviews

    NE-YO & r & & r & Year of the Gentleman & r & & r & 3-1/2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & e-Yo and Usher have this R & amp;B thing figured out: Chiseled, hard bodies? Check. Lyrics dedicated to adulation of the opposite sex? Check. Lyrics dedicated to sex? Che
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & On Size Mattering & r & & r & I should have planned things out a little better. I guess I just assumed I'd be able to find something to do in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was there for a day, on vacation between two places I really wa
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & End of the Honeymoon? & r & & r & Apparently all the media decided Tuesday to pull the plug on coverage of Sarah Palin's introduction to world leaders at the United Nations when the McCain campaign tried to micromanage them -- only
  • Guns For Hire

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & ntil March 31, 2004, when four men were ambushed, dragged through the streets of Fallujah and set on fire, Jeremy Scahill hadn't even heard of Blackwater. He watched the grisly news footage. "I rememb

Music & Film

  • Not Rudderless

    Turns out yours truly was watching the snowboarding flick Technica
  • Racism Buffaloed

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter the box office success of Spike Lee's Inside Man a couple of years ago, someone -- I'd guess it was a producer -- must've pulled the director aside and said, "Spike, this was your first real mainstream

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