Any excuse to bring tasty beers and food together — count me in. And next week, Spokane has the chance to join in a bunch of activities associated with Goose Island Beer Co.'s "Migration Week" that combine brews and grub.
The festivities start on Tuesday night at the Washington Cracker Company building, where the Chefs + Art + Beer throwdown will have four chefs preparing one fat pig into some killer dishes. Two of the chefs are coming with Goose Island from Chicago, Matt Troost and Mitch Cavanah, and they'll be joined by locals Aaron Crumbaugh and Chad White, as well as artwork from Chicago's Mario Gonzalez, Jr. and Spokane's Jess Pierpont.
The best part of the deal? It's only $10, and that gets you all the porky goodness and Goose Island beers (including Bourbon County Stout 2015, Bourbon County Stout Proprietors 2014, and Sofie infused with Anvil Coffee Beans) you can stomach. And all the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Chefs + Art + Beer event is Tuesday from 6 pm-10 pm, and you can buy tickets right here.
The rest of the Migration Week festivities, which are free but require registration (so pay attention to those links), include:
Rapper Andy Mineo comes to the Knitting factory tonight. Stick around after the show, you may even get pulled into a game of dodgeball.
It turns out that Christian rappers are doing big things in the mainstream these days (we explored the topic in this week’s music section). Of course, New York-based Andy Mineo qualifies in that he’s a rapper who happens to have a faith, but Mineo is one of the artists leading the charge. He plays the Knitting Factory tonight at 7 pm and tickets are $25.
Within the Seattle-based collective the Horde and the Harem's indie-rock and folk-pop songs are so many ideas. And tonight you can experience all of them at the Observatory. Pine League and Buckinghamand Company open. Cost is $5 for the 9 pm show.
Tonight, the Iron Goat Brewing hosts a grand openingcelebration at its new location (read about all the changes right here). The lineup tonight includes local acts Milonga and Mama Doll, starting at 4 pm. Then Saturday you get a whole lot more with Dead Serious Lovers, Nick Grow, Summer in Siberia, and the Fun Ladies, which begins at 11 am.
In the mood for some acoustic music madness? The Viking hosts Getchfest Saturday, which includes a whole bunch of local artists comin’ in and strippin’ down, musically speaking. The lineup features short sets by members of the Nixon Rodeo, Invasive, Free The Jester, Banish The Echo, Children Of The Sun, Tyler Lang, Sovereign Citizen and more. The whole super-long show starts at 3 pm.
Those folks you see puffing out billowing clouds of vapor from their e-cigarettes at the mall, in restaurants and other public places are going to have to find a new place to vape, at least in Spokane County.
The new county law goes into effect on July 1 of this year and makes using an e-cig in any public place illegal, including all indoor spaces and places of employment. Thus, vaping will be banned in all Spokane County restaurants, movie theaters, on public patios and other outdoor dining or business spaces. Businesses must also update signage to make patrons aware of the vaping ban.
Spokanites getting in their steps in 1979, well before Fitbit staring counting.
This will not come as a shock to anyone who lives in the Inland Northwest, but according to numbers taken from more than 10 million FitBit users in 2015, Spokane is the third-fittest city in the country.
That's right, we're looking good!
The Lilac City comes in right behind Madison, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. And while you might be surprised that a place whose culinary scene is based on cheese (that'd be Madison), and another who's weather keeps people inside for months on end (hello, Twin Cities), are both so fit, Spokane makes sense thanks to the insanely active running community full of jogging clubs and events like this Sunday's Bloomsday.
We are 35 days away from one of the most exciting Volume lineups we’ve ever announced! Of course, we’re biased; the two-day festival (June 3-4) — featuring more than 100 bands at 10 venues — is the Inlander's own event. But this year is about to be bigger than ever before.
• First, Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces is headlining the whole festival. With this act, you get one half of Digable Planets. Yes, the influential New York jazz/hip-hop band that’s currently on a reunion tour and playing this year’s Sasquatch! shares a member in Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro. Started in 2009, along with multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire, this experimental rap duo is the first hip-hop group to get signed to Sub Pop Records and they’re absolutely going to kill their closing Saturday set at Volume.
• Second, we’ve added in more music venues, meaning you’ll have to run even more between shows to see the acts you want.
Baby Bar (all-ages until 9 pm)
The Bartlett (all-ages)
Big Dipper (all-ages)
The Pin! (all-ages)
Red Room Lounge
Terrain Stage at the Cracker Co. Building (all-ages)
• Third, the lineup is packed with thrilling touring and local acts. See all below:
NEVER YOUNG * BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER * AYRON JONES & THE WAY * MARSHALL POOLE * DONORMAAL * THE BAD TENANTS * YOURYOUNGBODY * KRIS ORLOWSKI * A SHADOW OF JAGUAR * DUKE EVERS * FLYING SPIDERS * PLEATHER
* THE HOOT HOOTS * GAASP * TEKLA WATERFIELD AND THE SWEET NOTHINGS * MARSHALL MCLEAN BAND * XURS * SEBASTIAN AND THE DEEP BLUE * LOU ERA * X SUNS * MOMMY LONG LEGS * HOOP * PUFF PUFF BEER * MINI BLINDS * GRENADES * THE HAGUE * VATS * NAIL POLISH * CAVE GIRL * POWERBLEEDER * CRAZY BUGS * COUCHES * VALIDATION * CARY HAYS * SUMMER IN SIBERIA * FOLKINCEPTION * VON THE BAPTIST * THE BROKEN THUMBS * LOOMER * PINE LEAGUE * THE BACKUPS*
JAN FRANCISCO * JULIA KEEFE * BITWVLF * THE HOLY BROKE * NAT PARK AND THE TUNNELS OF LOVE * PERU RESH * DEFORMER * THE SMOKES * JUS WRIGHT * CRYSTALLINE * HOLY COWS! * BREADBOX * WATER MONSTER * THE COLOURFLIES * JA & CO * FAUS * OUTERCOURSE * HEY! IS FOR HORSES * COLD BLOODED * SUPER SPARKLE * AMPERSAND * EMPTY EYES * WAYWARD WEST * THE DANCING PLAGUE OF 1518 * FAT LADY * DEAD SEE SQUIRRELS * BENNY BLANCO * PHLEGM FATALE * SUMERIANS * LOCAL PAVLOV * MARK SHIRTZ AND THE DIRTY SHIRTZ BAND * FUN LADIES * S1UGS * DARK WHITE LIGHT * FRIENDS OF MINE * WAX808 * PÉRENNE * ITCHY KITTY * CARLI OSIKA * BANDIT TRAIN * LIZ ROGNES * BULLETS OR BALLOONS * THE BIGHT * SIAMESE SUICIDE * BREEZY BROWN * YOU DONT KNOW ME * DJ JG * PRAIRIE WAR * WIND HOTEL * GUILT GIFT * WAKE UP FLORA * DJ CASE * TWIN TOWERS * CO-OP * DJ C-MAD * BLACKHOUSE RECORDS SHOWCASE
Here’s the full schedule. Better get to planning. The lineup/schedule is subject to change, but we’ll keep you updated.
As far as tickets are concerned, they’re still just $20 for a two-day wristband. Buy those here. Note that all venues are selling weekend passes at the door during Volume. Cost moves up to $30 on Friday (June 3) for the two-day pass and $20 on Saturday (June 4) for one-day only tickets.
Man shot and killed by police in Spokane
A suicidal man at House of Charity in downtown Spokane reportedly approached police officers with a knife and urged them to "kill me, kill me." They did, by shooting him after an officer's attempt to deploy Taser was ineffective, according to police. (Spokesman-Review)
Shooting after attempting robbery at Spokane bank
A man was shot multiple times while trying to stop a bank robbery at a Wells Fargo in North Spokane. Police are searching for the attempted robbery suspect, and the man who was shot was taken to the hospital in serious condition. (KHQ)
John Boehner really doesn't like Ted Cruz
Former House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Sen. Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" at a town hall on Wednesday. Cruz responded by saying Boehner let his "inner Trump" come out. But as the Washington Post points out, Boehner has always been fond of dishing out smack-down insults, like when he asked a reporter last year, "Why would you wear socks that look like that?"
Protesters arrested at Trump rally
Protesters blocked traffic outside a Donald Trump Rally last night, and about 20 people were arrested after several scuffles broke out. Nobody had serious injuries. (CNN)
The highest NFL draft pick
The NFL draft started last night with the Los Angeles Rams choosing quarterback Jared Goff from California with the first overall pick. But the bigger news was a video that showed a projected top draft pick, Laremy Tunsil, taking a hit from a bong — like for marijuana! He ended up being picked No. 13 overall by the Miami Dolphins.
This week, I wrote about diversity on the nation's highest court. To find out why some lawyers and legal scholars think the absence of a criminal defense attorney perspective on the nine-person bench is a big deal, click here.
While reporting this article, I read several landmark cases that have shaped constitutional rights of criminal defendants. Their stories are fascinating. One is a convicted murderer, two are indigent and dropped out before finishing high school, and the fourth is considered the "Rosa Parks of the Fourth Amendment."
• Brady v. Maryland (1963): John Brady was convicted of killing a man and was sentenced to die for it. The Supreme Court overturned his sentence because prosecutors withheld evidence at trial. Here's the story:
Brady planned to rob a bank in order to provide for his family, but first he needed a get-away car. With the help of another man, Donald Boblit, Brady targeted William Brooks' Ford Fairlane. The two men drove Brooks to a nearby field, and strangled him to death. Both men were tried separately, and at trial, Brady admitted to participating in the crime, but said Boblit did the strangling. Both were convicted and sentenced to death.
While the $650,000 budget for new art in Riverfront may be less than some in the arts community had hoped for, that's still a really big deal. Riverfront Park is a veritable Carmen Sandiego's lair of iconic Spokane landmarks and art pieces. There will be a lot of pressure to match the greatness of pieces like "The Joy of Running Together," David Govedare's series of sculptures of very skinny Bloomsday racers.
But don't worry. We're here to help, offering tens of thousands of dollars' worth of artistic consultation for absolutely free, or at least that's what we'll claim on our taxes.
Any of these ideas could not only make the Riverfront Park the crown jewel of the Inland Northwest, but the theoretical economic impact could transform Spokane from "Near Nature, Near Perfect" to "Nature, Perfect."
Note: While Inlander publisher Ted S. McGregor serves on the Park Board, he has not read any of these ideas, but we assume he'll love and endorse every single one.
The 25 Best Suggestions for New Public Art Pieces in Riverfront Park
1. Damien Hirst’s "Vivisected Marmot"
2. "Amorphous Hunk of Bent Metal Meant to Clearly Symbolize Tolerance for Fellow Man."
Garrett Schoen, 23, is a self-described "wantreprenuer" who came up with the idea after seeing a post on Reddit about birthday party treasure hunts for kids. That concept was getting a lot of feedback from users, so he thought, "Why not put together something similar but for adults?"
Treasure Hunt Spokane's first "hunt" is set for Sunday, May 8, and tasks teams of two or more to solve riddle-style clues that take them from secret location to location in and around downtown Spokane. The fastest team to reach the final location on the map for the hunt (after stopping at all previous stops) wins $250 in cash.
They started as four pairs of blank, plain canvas shoes, but now those kicks might earn students at Spokane Valley's Central Valley High School $50,000.
The CVHS art department entered the Vans Custom Culture contest earlier this school year and are now one of the 50 semi-finalists for the top prize, which will benefit the entire art program. Vans provides participating high schools with the four pairs of blank shoes and then it's up to the students to conceptualize, design and paint the footwear to create what you see above.
Vans says the contest is meant to not only reward the creative efforts of young people, but to also bring attention to the dwindling arts funding available in today's public schools.
Half of the final score comes from a public vote, and you can vote for CVHS' designs once a day until May 11 right here. If CVHS makes it to the final five, they get a trip to Vans headquarters.