• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 2-8, 2008
  • Vol. 15, No. 51

News & Comment

  • Book Review

    by NICK DESHAIS & r & & r & Bretz's Flood & r & by John Soennichsen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & eading Bretz's Flood is like tooling around in our collective backyard. Through the course of the book, the character of Eastern Washington's landscape become
  • Remote Possibilities

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & Fringe & r & & r & (Fox, Tuesday, 9 pm) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fter three episodes, Fringe has a lot of things going for it, and there are thousands upon thousands of words online generated by people trying to figure out what
  • Book Review

    by ANN M. COLFORD & r & & r & The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo & r & by Stieg Larsson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ournalist Mikael Blomkvist is in trouble: He's been convicted of libel following an investigative report on business tycoon Hans-Erik Wenners
  • The Art of Food

    AMBROSIA Jeremiah Timmons Executive chef at Ambrosia and Caf & eacute; Neo Grilled salmon with aprico
  • 2008 Visual Arts Tour

    by DANIEL WALTERS, CARRIE SCOZZARO and TERRY LAWHEAD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "T & lt;/span & errain" is an opening salvo from the Wonderground Collective -- a small "guerrilla" organization dedicated to blasting Spokane's young musical and artistic talent in
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & AN AMERICAN CAROL & r & & r & By the guy who created Airplane and the Naked Gun series (read: the guy who hasn't been funny since 1986) comes a mishmash satire that asks the question: What if a Michael Moore-type documentarian were vis
  • A Highway Runs Through It

    by NICHOLAS DESHAIS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & drive down Bigelow Gulch Road is a sight to behold. On either side of the winding road, rolling hills slowly pass by, dotted with the area's historic farmhouses. Dirt driveways pull away from the r
  • Crystal Ball-itics

    by NICHOLAS DESHAIS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 'm sitting on Rose Marks' couch with my hands splayed open on my lap. The coffee table next to me is covered in psychic paraphernalia. Stacks of tarot cards. Two rows of crystals (but no crystal bal
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & THE MELTING POT & r & & r & Enter a bubble of civility at the Melting Pot, where it's all about the experience. The rich red walls and dark wood accents create a cocoon of warmth, while dim lighting induces a sense of calm. All your f
  • EPA's Mea Culpa

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen it comes to the party world of wastewater management in this region, the "A list" of celebrities and players all had invites to a huge event Sept. 26, one called by the Environmental Protection Agen
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL A Cultured Menu & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & oet Mary Oliver asked, "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?" & r & & r & The answer to that question for Rachel Young, co-owner of COFFEE SOCIAL with husband Matt Karasu, can be fou
  • Everything is Free

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & R & lt;/span & adiohead made jaws drop last year when they announced that fans could pay whatever they wanted for the band's latest album, In Rainbows. A dollar. One hundred dollars. Nothing. Whatever. It was a shocking
  • Bailout Bedlam

    by WILLIAM GREIDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & ll of the political leaders blessed the deal, but the House of Representatives spit it out anyway. The Wall Street bailout is so odious to public opinion that the "people's house" rejected it on Mond
  • DVD Review

    My Blueberry Nights & r & & r & by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & y Blueberry Nights is director Kar-wai Wong's first English-language movie. What does language have to do with Kar-wai Wong? Nothing. Like Federico Fellini and David Lynch,
  • Aboard the Ark

    Jennifer Hall, Spokane's link to the Slow Food USA movement, did just th
  • Remote Possibilities

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & South Park & r & & r & (various times, Comedy Central, and at www.southparkstudios.com) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & outh Park seems like old news, like part of the scenery beside indistinguishable seasons of The Simpsons
  • High as an Elephant's Eye

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was humming the melodies three days before I saw the show. The Civic's production of Oklahoma! (through Oct. 26) hadn't even premiered, and yet the coffee at breakfast already had me singing "Oh, what
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Star Wars: The Force Unleashed & r & Rated Teen; 360, PS3, Wii & r & 4 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he good guy is the bad guy in The Force Unleashed. That is to say, the game's hero is Darth Vader's apprentice. "The Secre
  • Sparks Fly

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his Wednesday would've been such a happy, blessed day. The forecast was for sun, it's the quietest day in our weekly editorial cycle and MillerCoors was set to release the latest incarnation of Sparks, ou
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR & r & & r & Featuring TEN NEW SONGS, the final -- barring unforeseen transcript drama -- installment of the High School Musical franchise features ... well, Zac, Ashley, Corbin, Vanessa and everyone else
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & That Idea Is Genius & r & & r & Some of last week's MacArthur "genius" grants ($100K for each of five years, with no strings attached) went to violinist Leila Josefowicz (we interviewed her a couple years ago when she played with the Sy
  • Take Two

    Choke & r & & r & by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you're one of those cinema snobs who prejudges movies by the names and status of their directors, there's a good chance that -- for you -- this odd adaptation of the odd Chuck Palahniuk novel
  • Now Playing

    by THE INLANDER & r & & r & AN AMERICAN CAROL & r & & r & By the guy who created Airplane and the Naked Gun series comes a mishmash satire that asks the question: What if a Michael Moore-type documentarian were visited -- in Christmas Carol fashion -- by the ghosts o
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Death of the Critic & r & & r & It's a familiar line. Newspapers are slashing staff. Critics are the first to go. Everyone gets their media advice (especially on pop music) from the Web, the province of hacks and amateurs; a land of v
  • Kill the Fed

    by NICHOLAS DESHAIS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hat's in your wallet? Probably nothing much if you're like the rest of us. The economy's in the tank, houses prices are dropping, banks are on the verge of collapsing and the price of crude oil is s
  • The McCain Way

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith our financial universe teetering on the edge of a black hole, our legislative pygmies in Washington, D.C., voted down the one measure, flawed as it was, that might have restored some confidence and
  • Last Call Comes

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or two weeks, people on the Spokesman-Review's layoff list were in limbo. Their future depended on others in a cruelly mathematical way: Some could keep their jobs if others, like those near retiremen
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 10/2 Beverly's (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Al's, DJ D-Ates Bluz at the Bend, The Perones Bottoms Up (892-1778), DJ Fusion Brews Bros. (456-5858), Ben
  • Cast of Thousands

    by KEVIN TAYLOR, DANIEL WALTERS, LUKE BAUMGARTEN, JOEL SMITH and NICHOLAS DESHAIS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Spokane County Elections Office is a beacon Monday evening, sitting among an industrial block of squatty bus barns and nondescript wa
  • Sex and Death

    by JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & K & lt;/span & im Nekroman is perhaps the most metal name of all time. OK, Kim's not so metal. But Nekroman? It screams corpses and blood from each and every letter. But Mr. Nekroman doesn't play metal (blasphemy!), oh
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & A Wild Ride & r & & r & If you think the stock market has been crazy lately, just take a look at the state-by-state polling. While just a week ago it looked as if the fight for the White House would be decided in just a few swing
  • Budget Blowup

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & pokane Mayor Mary Verner made her first State of the City address to the City Council last week with a sharp in-house metaphor for how unexpected events can slice up even the most meticulously planned l
  • Making It

    by TIM BROSS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & bout three years ago, Mint Chicks vocalist Kody Nielson toted a buzzing chainsaw as he climbed aboard stage at the New York City music festival known as "Big Day Out." The machinery wasn't a prop. It was a
  • CD Reviews

    TV ON THE RADIO & r & & r & Dear Science & r & & r & 4-1/2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & VOTR's success seems more and more difficult to understand with each album. This statement should not suggest that the band is selling snake oil. The opposite happ
  • CD Reviews

    KINGS OF LEON & r & & r & Only By the Night & r & & r & 3-1/2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's all in the family with Kings of Leon, the Tennessee group of three brothers and a cousin named after their paternal grandfather. And in their fourth studio
  • Running with Sharks

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hat's an election like without lawyers? It's not a setup to a lame joke, but a serious question -- one that we certainly won't answer this time around. Just look at recent days in the race for Washingt
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Carrying Water & r & & r & Listening to Isamu Jordan is a little like hearing the monologue of a man watching his life flash before his eyes. The Spokesman-Review music writer, who had anchored -- hell, practically carried at times -- t

Music & Film

  • Bare Market

    by DAVE MAASS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & ake the CNBC analysts at their word: The U.S. financial crisis will impact every single sector of the economy -- including the small sector of the cultural economy that supports indie-rock angels from Appa
  • Chapter 27

    Chapter 27 & r & & r & by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & The early press on Chapter 27 was all about Jared Leto's preparation for the role of Mark David Chapman, the deranged psychopath who assassinated John Lennon outside the Dakota building in New York in 1980. Pretty bo
  • Darkness Visible

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & Y & lt;/span & ou'll probably know if Blindness is to your liking in the first few minutes. Here's how they go: A driver at a red light suddenly, inexplicably goes blind. Some people honk, some people try to help. A "goo

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