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by MICHAEL BOWEN & r & & r & Famished and Foreclosed & r & & r & In the words of director Kevin Connell, Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class "tells the story of a family trying furiously to escape the 'curse' of alcohol, fate, lost hope, and disastrous economic judgments like, 'Why not go in debt for a few grand, if all it is is numbers?'"

"Banks are loaning money right, left and center," the mother tells her son. "Everyone wants a piece of land. It's the only sure investment. It can never depreciate like a car or washing machine." Shepard's 1978 play apparently saw the future coming. See it at Gonzaga's Magnuson Theater from Friday through Nov. 2. Visit or call 313-6533.

Bear Market

"'W' Does Not Stand for 'Wildlife'": This chapter title from David Knibb's recent EWU Press book suggests his attitude toward the Bush administration's handling of the Endangered Species Act. He'll discuss Grizzly Wars and bear recovery efforts at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division, on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 pm. Call 325-9000.

Media Being Responsible

The Spokesman and Inlander editors, along with journalism professors and experts, will discuss "Where Journalism Is Going and How We Protect Its Values" tonight (Thursday) from 7-9 pm at the Riverpoint Campus, Academic Center, Room 20. Visit or call 313-6656.

Actors Rep Is Gone

Actors Repertory Theatre of the Inland Northwest is defunct. Subscribers can call the Civic (325-1413) or Interplayers (455-PLAY) for ticket exchange offers, or else make a charitable donation by mailing unused tickets by Nov. 10 to PO Box 12, Spokane WA 99210.

Hear the Children Sing

Two competing children's choirs on tap this week: the African Children's Choir sings on Sunday at 3 pm at the Fox, while the Spokane Area Children's Chorus performs the same day at 4 pm at Westminster Congregational Church, 411 S. Washington St. Visit and

We Want the Dictionary...

... and we're gonna win. Yeah, that's us popping off before Sunday's adult spelling bee at the Knitting Factory. Visit (Wait, Matt Hasselbeck and the 'Hawks lost that overtime playoff game.)

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