Rainier Redux -- If you grew up in the area during the late '70s or early '80s, you might remember the classic "motorcycle" commercial for Rainier beer. The plot, such that it was, was simple: just a motorcycle tearing down an empty highway with the engine seeming to rev "RaaaaaaaaaainneeeeeeeeeerBeeeeeeeeeer." For the first time in 20 years, this commercial, along with two other vintage Rainier commercials, is being aired during Mariners games through July on Fox Sports Northwest. Long maligned as "Dad Beer," or the more affectionate "Piss Water," Rainier is nevertheless a fondly remembered part of Northwest culture. The Pabst Brewing Company, which currently brews Rainier, hopes to tap into (heh ... get it?) a "Rainier Renaissance" with not only the vintage commercials but a new Web site, www.rememberrainier.com and a 16-oz. can based on the classic 1975 version. We'll take seven cold ones at this end of the bar, please.
Coffee Domain -- Fans of the Doma Roasting Company in Coeur d'Alene will be happy to know that now, this locally owned, European-coffee-influenced small roaster has a place to showcase their wares. Caf & eacute; Doma is opening this Saturday, June 12, at the corner of Fifth and Sherman (where the Tanglewood Bistro used to be). Co-owner Terry Patano says they'll be serving fresh, baked-from-scratch pastries along with their Italian-style coffee, and that they'll also have beer and wine to complement their late-night hours. Patano adds that their new caf & eacute; space is unlike any other in the Inland Northwest. Go check it out for yourselves this weekend! Call (208) 665-0585.
Ground War -- While rumor has it Spokane will be getting Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 when it opens on June 25, you might also, in the meantime, want to consider checking out this weekend's showing of The Fourth World War at the Panida in Sandpoint. Presented by Lost Horse Press, the Everyday Internet Caf & eacute; and Mainstage Caf & eacute;, The Fourth World War is a documentary of what the mainstream media rarely shows - the faces and voices of those "who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict." From the "war on terror" here and in Iraq, to conflicts in Korea, Argentina, Mexico, Palestine and South Africa, this film moves away from stock footage of generals speaking at podiums and video game-reminiscent graphics of bombs hitting targets to speak to those whose lives have been irrevocably altered by war. As depressing as that sounds, however, the film has been described by critics as a "remarkable, inspiring, cinematic achievement." Tickets to the 7:30 pm Saturday night showing are $5. Call (208) 255-4410.