• Issue Archive for
  • Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2008
  • Vol. 16, No. 3

News & Comment

  • Book Review

    by WAYNE HUNT & r & & r & Dear American Airline & r & by Jonathan Miles & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & H & lt;/span & onestly, reading about being stuck in an airport seemed pointless to me. The book jacket promised "Funny!" but I didn't expect much. (I didn't enjoy the 2
  • Opening Films

    by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & CHANGELING & r & & r & Clint Eastwood delivers a great study of people in distress. In late-1920s L.A., a single mom's son vanishes, and inept police insist that a different boy that they found halfway across the country is hers. Angel
  • A Serious Pair of Jokers

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ur differences are obvious. It's developing compassion that takes work. In an evening of two very different one-act plays (from Friday through Nov. 23), the actors at the Civic's Studio Theatre will fi
  • Deer Departed

    "We occasionally get a call for a chipmunk or ground squirrel, but we ignore those," sa
  • 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
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Inlander Staff & r & & r & CIAO MAMBO & r & & r & Ciao Mambo has figured out the formula for success as sort of a sexier Tomato Street. Yet they boast a wine list of nearly 40 domestic and imported red and white varieties. Part of a small chain that originates
  • Un-Sexy Money

    by DANIEL WALTERS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & N & lt;/span & ot long ago, banks bragged about their slick deals, their "no money down" loans, and their too-good-to-be-true interest rates. One mortgage lender, HCL Finance, even boasted about its "NINJA" loan -- w
  • DVD Review

    Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed & r & & r & by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & xpelled opens with archival footage of a Nazi death camp. Troops roll out barbed wire while a symphonic version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" rolls
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CANDY A Sweet Quarter & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hile wandering the Carnegie Square neighborhood a couple of weeks ago, I spied a sign for THE FRENCH QUARTER, promising fresh chocolates. I followed the signs to the door of the Studio One salon,
  • Letters To The Editor

    from [email protected] & r & & r & Dump 'em Both & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & K & lt;/span & eep 'em both? (Endorsement, 10/23/08) I know where I'd like to keep 'em. Given all the fair reporting The Inlander has done detailing the bad judgment of these two "good o
  • Bleeding Blue and Red

    by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ell, this is refreshing. In a world where we're all used to movie trailers that begin with "In a world where..." and then go on to reveal the entire plot for us, it turns out that the trailer for Pr
  • The Player

    by MARTY DEMAREST & r & & r & Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility & r & Rated Everyone; Wii & r & 3 Stars & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hile rushing to finish Tree of Tranquility, I neglected my harvest. Hopefully the local deer won't eat my carrots, because th
  • Take Two

    RocknRolla & r & & r & by MARYANN JOHANSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & G & lt;/span & uy Ritchie would surprise us if he surprised us. RocknRolla, his latest Mockney crime caper, is exactly what you'd expect it to be, if you saw his Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smo
  • Buzz Bin

    by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & It's the Bunny Hill for Us & r & & r & In our Snow Show coverage last week, we got our skis crossed. On Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 pm at the INB Center, admission to the Warren Miller film Children of Winter is $18.50 and is not included in
  • Remote Possibilities

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & Life on Mars & r & & r & (ABC, Thursdays, 10pm) & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & V land is well acquainted with time travel. You got your Quantum Leap, your Do Over, your That Was Now, your Futurama, your Journeyman, your Terminat
  • Big Love

    by JEFF ECHERT & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his country is practically full to bursting with over-earnest singer-songwriters strumming odes to their wanderlust -- confessions to their status as rambling men and women -- traipsing around the byways a
  • Inside Iraq

    by JACOB H. FRIES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Spokesman-Review laid off reporter Jim Hagengruber last year as part of deep cuts across the newsroom (not to be confused with cutbacks this fall that put another two dozen journalists out of work)
  • Hangover '08

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hew! Here in the final week before Election Day, it's impossible not to feel like the whole country is spinning. What a crazy couple of years! It wasn't that long ago that we all expected Rudy Gi
  • A Novel Scene

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he fabled Men In Black displayed a slightly more expansive color palette -- there was at least one rust-brown suit -- earlier this month in something previously alien to Spokane: a counter-terrorism secur
  • Who Is Jane Doe?

    Digging up a grave, specifically Plot #142-C-90, Detective Bill Francis feels hopeful. The sun cuts through the chilly October morning as the veteran investigator tosses out shovelfuls of dirt.
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 10/30 & & Beverly's (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big Al's, DJ D-Ates Bluz at the Bend, Chris Rieser & amp; the Nerve The Blvd., Blunt Tyme presents: L
  • Trail Mix

    by TED S. McGREGOR JR. & r & & r & End of the Trail? & r & & r & We started this weekly column back on Jan. 3, and -- no surprise -- we've never been at a loss for material. And, it seems, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In that first installment
  • CD Reviews

    COLD WAR KIDS & r & & r & Loyalty to Loyalty & r & & r & 2-1/2 STARS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he newest release from the Cold War Kids is a step backwards. Filled with atmospheric, meandering, meditative tunes, the album lacks the spontaneity and the ex
  • Shotgun Dreams

    by TARYN HECKER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he frost has just barely melted off the grass and the gray-haired men sitting at the counter drinking coffee and eating donuts look a little surprised to see a crowd of women gathering at the Coeur d'Al
  • Bomb Garden

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & The Cycle & r & & r & It's easy to compartmentalize the parts of a music career. The steps involved lend themselves to it, in a sense. Composing comes first, with some local playing, then recording and, sometimes, touring. Writing req
  • Outlaws?

    by BRITTANY WILMES & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's a cool fall morning as Jeff stands in the gravel at the intersection of Sprague Avenue and Interstate 90 holding a cardboard sign that says, "Need a job. Can you help?" Jeff, who won't give his l

Culture & Food

  • Spooked in Spokane

    On August 17, 1920, Mrs. Ellen McNamara was not feeling well prior to dinner and decided to remain upstairs.

Music & Film

  • Blood in the Water

    & & by JEFF KIRBY & & & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "E & lt;/span & at beer. Shit riffs." This is Akimbo's motto. For 10 years, the Seattle band has pummeled the world of independent rock with a barrage of classic rock-infused hardcore party jams. Their records an
  • Lost Boy

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are a few ways to tell that a movie is great. A sure-fire sign is if, when you get up at the end of it, your back and legs and arms hurt. That means you haven't been shifting around in your seat: You'

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