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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Free Sasquatch tickets: How to win 'em

Posted By on Sun, May 21, 2017 at 10:41 AM

We're giving way two three-day passes for Sasquatch! Music Festival, valued at $295 each, to one lucky person who buys their $25 Volume two-day pass before midnight tonight (Sunday).

If you've already bought your Volume tickets, don't worry, you're in the drawing already.

Go here to buy your Volume tickets and enter!


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Friday, May 19, 2017

"We're number 44! We're number 44!" Spokane ranked 44th most attractive city for millennials

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 10:17 AM

On a list of 100 cities that'd be best for millennials to move to, media company Growella has ranked Spokane 44th.

That's memorable, right? It's one of only, like, 9 palindr
Hey, it's better than being 50th.  - Right, millenials?
  • Hey, it's better than being 50th.
    Right, millenials?
omic numbers on the list, so that's basically like being in the top 10, right?

Or! If you divide our ranking by 2 (for the number of times you can hear that the guy who wrote "White Christmas" is from here without getting annoyed) and then divide that by 11 (think of it as a numerical representation of the smoke stacks), and then divide that by 2 again (for our 2 milk bottle-shaped buildings), we're number 1!

To be fair, Spokane was beat out for the other 43 slots by some steep competition. Really, who can upstage the perennial millennial favorite Seattle (how will we ever get out of your shadow???), or the place where you couldn't buy alcohol outside of a bar or restaurant until 2009, and still can't on Sundays: Lubbock, Texas (number 18! 18th, for blue-law's sakes!).

Ostensibly, other factors, like how far your paycheck goes, how many other young people live there, how many jobs there are, and what public transportation and the commute are like factored into the rankings to objectively rank cities around the country. The site does declare that it didn't look for hip factors, like where you can get your wine ('cause apparently we millennials all love wine), artisan coffee, or second-hand clothing.

"You’ll find no mention of the trendiness of a town, or its hipness. Grades are assigned based on statistics and our algorithm only," Growella's piece says.

Jokes aside, if you like these kinds of lists, you might be interested to know that when compared to other cities in our region, Spokane came in 6th in the West, according to the list, trailing:

5) Boise
4) Anchorage
3) Denver
2) Seattle
1) Colorado Springs
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Friday, April 28, 2017

"Unicorn" food: a soon-to-disappear fad or something more?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:42 AM

The coffee behemoth took full advantage of social media's colorful food photography trend. - STARBUCKS
  • Starbucks
  • The coffee behemoth took full advantage of social media's colorful food photography trend.

In case you missed it last week, everyone on social media was pretty much losing their minds over that "unicorn" Frappuccino from Starbucks.

Apparently you can't even order the pink-and-blue, calorie-exploding (410 calories per 16 ounces, plus 59 grams of sugar) monstrosity anymore; it's described by its creator as follows: "Magical flavors start off sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour. Swirl it to reveal a color-changing spectacle of purple and pink. It's finished with whipped cream-sprinkled pink and blue fairy powders."

OK. Not to be a hater here (I never tried the drink; its sweet-and-sour flavor combo seemed starkly divided between love it or hate it), but what is up with all these rainbow-hued foods? Clearly, I'm behind the curve: This Facebook post from USA Today literally just tried to teach me how to make "unicorn" noodles. And just the other day, a friend shared a photo of her plain bagel that was made less plain by the presence of neon, rainbow-swirled dough.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Announcing the Volume 2017 lineup; tickets on sale now!

Built to Spill, Chastity Belt, Ras Kass, Windoe, Belt of Vapor, Folkinception among featured bands

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Northwest indie-rock favorites Built to Spill and Chastity Belt will play a new outdoor stage at the Steam Plant at Volume 2017 this June 2-3, part of a sprawling lineup of nearly 100 artists ranging from hip-hop to punk, folk to synth-pop, metal to electro-rock.
Chastity Belt
  • Chastity Belt

The Inland Northwest's best bands provide the backbone for Volume, as they have every year in its six-year history. Cathedral Pearls, The Dancing Plague of 1518, Itchy Kitty, Belt of Vapor, Empty Eyes, Summer in Siberia and Jan Francisco are among the locals who will play alongside visitors like rapper Nacho Picasso (Seattle), electro-pop crew J GRGRY (Seattle), grease-slathered Southern rockers Shawn James and the Shapeshifters (Fayetteville, Arkansas), art-rockers Lithics (Portland) and California-based Ras Kass, who Pitchfork once called "one of the best rappers of all time."

That's just the start of what is the best lineup yet for the largest, most diverse music festival in the Inland Northwest. You can see the entire lineup here, or scroll down for a complete list.

Ras Kass
  • Ras Kass
The venues for Volume 2017 include The Baby Bar (all-ages), The Bartlett (all-ages), The Big Dipper (all-ages), Boots Bakery, Mootsy's, The Observatory, The Pin! (all-ages), The Red Room Lounge, nYne Bar and the Washington Cracker Co. Building (Terrain stage; all-ages), plus the new Steam Plant Outdoor Stage on Saturday (all-ages).

Tickets are just $25 in advance for two days of amazing music ($35 if you wait until the festival), and you can get those right here.

Here's a sample of Boise-based Built to Spill:

Chastity Belt formed in Walla Walla:

Ras Kass gets topical on his latest:

Myke Bogan's "Take the Night Off" featuring Blossom:

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Do you DIY, upcycle or craft? Get free materials Saturday at ZeroLandfill Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 12:35 PM

If your sewing machine never gets tucked away, your toolbox, glue and scissors are always ready for the next project, or you're just looking for some creative inspiration, ZeroLandfill Spokane has you covered.

This Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day!), people can come get free materials from the Inland Northwest City Center (a chapter of the International Interior Design Association) and save things from going to the dump.

Some of the things you might find include "fabric, carpet, wall covering, wood, tile, stone, glass, rubber, vinyl, laminate and much more," according to the event page, and there will be free activities for the kids.

"The Interior Design & Architecture community will collect expired and unwanted material samples for reuse and creative upcycling by educators, artists, DIY-ers, and crafters," says the event page. "Last year we diverted several tons of material from the waste stream."

The event goes from 9 am to 2 pm at FloForm, 5320 E. Sprague Ave., #400.

NOTE: If you want first dibs, you've got to register by 5 pm today to get in the door 30 minutes early. It's free, so what are you waiting for?

Don't forget, the event is also BYOB — bring your own bag or box to carry your finds home.

More information and pictures with crafting ideas can be found on the ZeroLandfill Facebook page:

  • IIDA Inland Northwest City Center's poster for ZeroLandfill Spokane

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bloomsday 2017 is coming; better get registered

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Bloomsday 2001
  • Bloomsday 2001

Bloomsday has been around a really long time. This year's race on May 7 will be the 41st edition of Spokane's revered road rumble.

Given its longevity — recounted in our sweet oral history published last year — I would guess that some of the runners are old-school, in the sense that they register for the race using the good ol' U.S. Postal Service. If that's you or anyone you know, you need to have your entry postmarked today to take advantage of the $18 entry fee. If you need to pick up an entry form, you can get one at area Washington Trust Banks, Albertsons and Safeway stores, Franz Bakery outlets, Premera Blue Cross, Holy Family Hospital and Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Of course, you can register online through April 23 right here.

Happy running, Bloomies!
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Help people find Gonzaga and Spokane with this T-shirt

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 1:51 PM


Perhaps you're like me and it's taken a week or so for it to really sink in that the little Jesuit school in little ol' (but still not desolate and crumbling) Spokane, Washington, played in the NCAA championship game. Further putting the school and city on the map — and hopefully to rest how to pronounce either name — Gonzaga achieved something monumental in being one of the final two of 68 out of 351.

In recognition of this historical moment, online T-shirt design company Breaking T is selling two Gonzaga-oriented shirts: one literally putting the city and school on a map, and the other reclassifying the Zags' label from "Mid-Major" to "Major." Breaking T is producing these shirts along with SB Nation's Gonzaga-focused blog The Slipper Still Fits as a fun way to cap off a historic season.

The shirts retail for $24 each, and are offered in unisex size "vintage heather" navy-blue tees.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

WA poet laureate Tod Marshall's WA 129 collection is done; he reads in Spokane tonight, Wed.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall - YOUNG KWAK
  • Young Kwak
  • Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall

When we profiled Washington state poet laureate and Spokane resident Tod Marshall last year, he was using some of his time criss-crossing the state encouraging poets of all stripes and experience levels to contribute to a communal poetry project.

The idea was to gather a collection of new poems, one for each year Washington has been a state, and put them together in a book. That book, WA 129, is now ready and will be celebrated with a public launch party on April 13 at the state capitol. The book is being published by Sage Hill Press.

Spokane residents won't have to wait, though, to hear some of the work as Marshall is currently in the midst of a series of appearances for National Poetry Month. He's appearing for a reading tonight at Shadle Library at 6:30 pm, and no doubt some of the WA 129 poems will make their way into the festivities.

On Wednesday, Marshall will be at the North Spokane Library at 6:30 pm for "Tod Marshall Presents Poetry: Six Poems That Can Change Your Life."
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

5 Gonzaga students, 20 hours, no sleep and one Grand Canyon: An Inlander intern's tales of the drive to the Final Four

Posted By on Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Brothers Tommy (left) and Andrew Walters at the Grand Canyon. - TUCK CLARRY
  • Tuck Clarry
  • Brothers Tommy (left) and Andrew Walters at the Grand Canyon.

[Editor's note: The Inlander's editorial intern Tuck Clarry left for a Final Four roadtrip on Thursday. We didn't know if we'd ever hear from him again. Thankfully, we did. He recounts his experiences of the day-long journey:]

At roughly 5 pm Thursday, five guys crammed into a mid-2000s Audi Quattro to go to the biggest game they or their university had ever seen. The timing was important because there was plenty of maneuvering to even leave that early. Freshman “Montana” Rob had a huge calc test Friday morning that he had to plead to take early. Freshman Tommy Walters had to orchestrate a series of deals with his engineering professors for the labs he’d miss at the beginning of next week.

But the others, seniors Adam Bosworth, Tommy’s older brother Andrew Walters and myself, had nothing in the way between us and and Phoenix. Andrew, whose car we took, created an itinerary to drive straight through. If we left at five we’d get there 1 pm Friday a mere 21 hours.

The 1,350-mile route had other plans.

Andrew informed the group text that he had gone through all of the necessary road trip preparations. After discovering his aux cord kit wouldn’t fit in his car’s console, he burned 38 CDs over 8 hours. He planned on getting his oil changed, but decided it wasn’t worth the asking price or the time requirement. We stopped at the first Montana gas station over the border to fill up an empty oil pan.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Ms. Spo-Pac-Man is here on Google Maps

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 9:55 AM

If you're looking for a little Friday pick-me-up, Google Maps has brought back a Ms. Pac-Man game styled to the streets around you.
  • A screengrab of Google Maps' Ms. Pac-Man game Friday, March 31

Open your maps app (update it first if needed) and you'll find a pink bubble with Ms. Pac-Man above your usual options on the right.

Click that and you can waka waka waka your way through the streets of Spokane.

Start where you are, or if, like the Inlander, your location doesn't have many side streets, drag the map to another location with a more complicated street grid to make the game more interesting.

A heads-up for anyone wanting to discreetly play at the office: the sound may play even if your phone is turned to vibrate, so you might want to pop headphones in first.

Here's what you'd see if playing the game from The Inlander's office today. - SCREENGRAB OF GOOGLE MAPS
  • Screengrab of Google Maps
  • Here's what you'd see if playing the game from The Inlander's office today.
Drag the map to other parts of the city to switch up the game. - SCREENGRAB OF GOOGLE MAPS
  • Screengrab of Google Maps
  • Drag the map to other parts of the city to switch up the game.

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