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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PHOTOS: “Meet the Joneses” explores the Inland Northwest

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 9:36 AM

  • Jonathan Hollingsworth
  • Lake Coeur d'Alene

Two words come to mind — bizarro and whimsical — when you encounter “Meet the Joneses,” a photo project by New York-based writer and visual artist Jonathan Hollingsworth, who’s brought to life the Jones clan, a circa 1950s family of plastic figurines making its way in the world.

Hollingsworth, who eventually plans to recount the family’s journey in a book, added to the project during a recent visit to the Pacific Northwest; find more of those images below. You can also follow the Joneses on Facebook and Instagram.

Hollingsworth's previous work includes the photo book Left Behind: Life and Death on the U.S. Border, which documented the items and artifacts left behind by immigrants who died during the perilous journey to America.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our next Suds & Cinema film is Zombieland; your zombie costume could win you money

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 3:38 PM


Calling all fans of blood, guts and beer: You won't want to miss our next Suds & Cinema event.

We'll be screening the 2009 horror-comedy hit Zombieland at the Garland Theater on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm, with Young Buck Brewing selling its delicious beer in the lobby starting at 6:30. Brain Freeze Creamery will have free (that's right — free) ice cream on hand, and our friends at Horizon Credit Union will provide free popcorn while supplies last.

And if that isn't enough of a reason to show up, you can also win some money. We'll be hosting a zombie costume contest, and whoever boasts the most gruesome and creative get-up can win a $100 Amazon gift card provided by Horizon, as well as a basket of memorabilia from the locally shot Syfy series Z Nation. There will also be some real, honest-to-god zombies on hand from the upcoming Zombie Hike in Riverside State Park, and we hear they're down for posing for a selfie or two (those could also win you an Amazon gift card).

Zombieland takes place in the aftermath of an epidemic that has brought the dead back to shuffling, flesh-eating life, and it follows a band of survivors traveling cross-country searching for their families and some Twinkies. The cast is fully loaded — Oscar nominees Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin and Oscar winner Emma Stone — and includes one of the funniest cameos in contemporary cinema (if you somehow don't know about it, we won't spoil it for you).

Doors at the Garland will open at 6:30 pm, and admission is $5; advance tickets are now available at the theater box office. Zombieland is rated R, but the event is all-ages.
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"The Truth Has Wings," and Inlander artists have a place for their sculpture at Terrain 10

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 10:59 AM

The Inlander 's newspaper boxes dotting the Inland 
Northwest are remarkably resilient things, but they're no match for a car. When one particularly sidewalk-friendly driver in Hillyard took out one of our boxes, the bright-red victim ended up stashed in a dark corner of Inlander Central Command. Whispers of a trip to the dump didn't bode well.

Then some enterprising, talented Inlander staffers got involved, turning a newspaper tragedy into an artistic homage to journalism. And the results of their labor, a sculpture called "The Truth Has Wings," has been accepted at Terrain 10. We couldn't be more proud.

"I couldn't bring myself to trash it; it looked too cool, and had a story behind it," says Justin Hynes, the Inlander's distribution manager, who worked on the project along with graphic designers Alissia Blackwood and Jessie Hynes and production manager Wayne Hunt:

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Got a great ghost story? We want to hear it

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 9:59 AM

  • Soffie Hicks photo (flickr)
Aside from all the great memes showing the shift that for many people happens from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, there really is something to be said about the shift in mood that takes place almost overnight.

The air is crisper. The nights are getting darker earlier. The stories about things that go bump in the night start to appeal to our senses.

And let's face it: Whether you're a firm believer, a skeptic, or sure that ghost stories are all b.s., the fact is, most of us either have our own ghost story, or know someone else who swears by their experience with the unexplained.

The Inlander wants to hear your best ghost story for a piece we are working on that will explore local brushes with the beyond, paranormal investigation, and dive into why people want to believe.

Please share your story in THIS GOOGLE FORM in 500 words or less.

We may share snippets or your full story in print or online, and if you leave a name and contact information, you may hear from me. Alternatively, feel free to email me directly at

Send in your best stories by Friday, Oct. 13, and look for our coverage just before Halloween. 
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Washington state poet laureate Tod Marshall takes a knee in the Seattle Times

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 1:53 PM

Tod Marshall, Spokanite and Washington state poet laureate, is in a mood to protest for freedom of speech.
  • Tod Marshall, Spokanite and Washington state poet laureate, is in a mood to protest for freedom of speech.

Eastern Washington takes a considerable amount of pride in the fact that the state's poet laureate, Tod Marshall, is a Spokane resident and Gonzaga professor.

His term as poet laureate is in the home stretch as he nears the completion of two years scampering around the state, meeting with groups large and small, encouraging people to find the poet inside themselves and enjoy the words of their fellow Washingtonians.

Lest you think Marshall is a quiet academic type, content to wallow in the wonderful wordsmiths of yesteryear, you should maybe check out his column for the Seattle Times, published online Tuesday and in the major daily in Wednesday's edition.

In his column, titled "Let's all take a knee to stand for justice and to pray for a return to decency," Marshall delves into this weekend's hysterical public relations war between the current president and the professional football players who are daring to protest for the rights of black Americans and against police brutality. Marshall is particularly perturbed by the president's use of language to sow division in the country:

"The president devalues language, abuses truth and leeches the meaning from words. As Holocaust scholar Timothy Snyder reminds us, without agreed upon language there can be no shared truths. Without shared truths democracy fails.

"Further, without shared understanding of language, we cannot have honest and open conversations about race and social justice, about economic inequalities and health-care policy, about the history of discrimination in our country and the possible routes toward transcending mistreatment of any part of the population."

Marshall's term ends in early 2018, and no doubt he'll be heard from again on the state of the country — in poems or columns.

You can read the entire Seattle Times piece here.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Your prayers for snow are working; check out this morning's scene at Schweitzer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Yes, it was smoky and hovering in the 90s a mere 
Marking the year's first snow. - SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Marking the year's first snow.
couple of weeks ago. And we ended a seemingly endless string of precipitation-free days just a couple of days ago. But for those of us interested in all things winter sports-related, the pictures sent our way from Schweitzer Mountain Resort are enough to get us salivating for snow season.

Check out the scene at the mountain's Sky House:

  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Schweitzer's Sky House

You can see on this weather radar that there's plenty of precipitation in the mountain areas between Spokane and Missoula; elsewhere in Montana, the early snow has helped with their nasty wildfire season.

Schweitzer is planning on Dec. 1 for its opening day. 49 Degrees North plans to open around Thanksgiving if possible, while Lookout Pass is aiming for Nov. 23. Silver Mountain is likely looking at Thanksgiving weekend, too, if last season is any indication.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

YMCA of the Inland Northwest welcomes refugees, immigrants with events this week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM

This week, YMCA of the Inland Northwest is joining 
other organizations around the country in welcoming immigrants and refugees to the community and thanking them for their contributions.

The week, Sept. 15 through Sept. 24, is happening in collaboration with other YMCAs and Welcoming America, a nonpartisan nonprofit that works to make communities around the country more inclusive and welcoming to immigrants and all residents.

Monday night, Spokane Mayor David Condon is expected to sign a proclamation at the city council meeting to recognize Welcoming Week, and there are two upcoming events which are open to the public:

On Wednesday, people are invited to dance and listen to African Congolese drumming, followed by a social with the chance to taste Congolese food and food made by refugees representing their respective cultures. That event will take place from 6 to 8:30 pm at the South Spokane Y, 2921 E. 57th.

On Friday, there will be a Garden Revitalization Project at 4:30 pm at the North Spokane Y, 10727 N. Newport Hwy. Music, food, tools and supplies will be provided — just arrive ready to get in the dirt, the YMCA says.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Inlander and Spokane's evolution featured in latest UW alumni magazine

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Do you read the Inlander every week? Of course you do!

Do you know the story of how Spokane's weekly paper, nearly a quarter-century old, came to be? Probably not, despite the existence of this handy "Who We Are" page on and this slick video:

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Eye Contact: Art by homeless women and teens on display for Volunteers of America's fundraiser

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 2:49 PM

On an average night, Hope House shelters 36 homeless women, giving them a safe place to sleep and connecting them with case managers whose ultimate goal is to get them into permanent housing.

Hope House sheltered 322 women last year. Meaningfully, it transitioned 108 of them into permanent housing, treatment, or transitional housing, says Stephanie Neumann, Development Director for Volunteers of America of Eastern Washington and North Idaho, which operates Hope House and the Crosswalk teen shelter.

But there's always a need for more help: the shelter turns away about a dozen women every night. Those who wind up camping can be moved along by police for staying anywhere longer than 15 minutes, Neumann says.

"Sadly, the women do not have anywhere else to go," she says. "If the police see them, they are asked to keep moving. They are in danger on the streets… it’s a tough thing to witness."

To raise money for Hope House and Crosswalk, Volunteers of America will host "Eye Contact: Humanizing Homelessness," a one-night-only art exhibit featuring art by homeless women and teens in the community.

Volunteers of America is hosting an exhibit of artwork by homeless women and children to raise money for Hope House women's shelter and the Crosswalk teen shelter.
  • Volunteers of America is hosting an exhibit of artwork by homeless women and children to raise money for Hope House women's shelter and the Crosswalk teen shelter.

"There’s this mindset of homeless people as kind of the other people in our community," Neumann says. "They feel more inspired or encouraged when members like me or you say "Hi" to them and see them as a human being. It encourages them. The goal of this event is to humanize homelessness."

In addition to artwork that's been made by people experiencing homelessness in recent years, the show will feature professional artwork up for raffle, an aerial silks performance, live art, and more.

Hors d'oeuvres and dessert will be provided by the Wandering Table and Inland Pacific Kitchen, with wine by Overbluff Cellars, and Anvil Coffee.

Tickets can be found at

Tickets: $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Event: 6 to 9 pm, Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Terrain space in the Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave.

For a look at what a night at Hope House is like, watch the following video to hear from women who've stayed at the shelter and staff who work there.

"Fortunately, Hope House is housing these women. We are very blessed to have such determined case managers to help these women get off the streets and in permanent housing," Neumann says. "Fundraisers such as Eye Contact help us fund the program."

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Second Friday at Saranac Art Projects: New works from Jenny Hyde and Katie Creyts

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Jenny Hyde
and Katie Creyts, cooperative member 
artists and faculty members at Eastern Washington University and Whitworth University respectively, debut their new works tonight from 5 to 9 pm in a two-woman exhibition at Saranac Art Projects (25 W. Main).

Hyde, a multidisciplinary artist who teaches digital art at Eastern, has exhibited at Saranac Art Projects dating back to 2009. Her works have explored cultural geography through study of landscape and the body, and she is the recent recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship. This month, she debuts a series of digital prints featuring individual American-made rifles.

An area gun shop gave Hyde permission to document 
Jenny Hyde: Collector of Interesting Experiences, 2017 - SARANAC ART PROJECTS
  • Saranac Art Projects
  • Jenny Hyde:
    Collector of Interesting Experiences, 2017
these weapons; she captured their images with a photo scanner on-site. Initially, she was interested only in the .22-caliber rifles, with the intention of viewing the guns as household tools, as they are often understood to be in many rural American homes.

But once the process began, all of the rifles became points of interest for Hyde — the old shotguns, as well as more recently manufactured models. These images reflect rural Americans' cultural identity in different ways, in particular exploring the romanticized depiction of isolation, or what is perceived as “independence.”

Katie Creyts: Corner Sky Sun Valley, 2017 - SARANAC ART PROJECTS
  • Saranac Art Projects
  • Katie Creyts: Corner Sky Sun Valley, 2017
Creyts, an associate professor of art at Whitworth for the past decade, specializes in sculpture and working with glass — she has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, among other schools and studios — and is on Artist Trust's board of directors. She received Whitworth's Innovative Teaching Award in 2011 and was named an Artist to Watch by the Inlander the following year. She also has previously exhibited her works at Saranac Art Projects.

An avid outdoorswoman, Creyts explored the West this summer on a series of hikes in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. For her, these rugged adventures became pilgrimages, as she devoted her time to exploring the theme of hope — both the dashed hopes of the past and the ever-twinkling hopefulness of the future.

Creyts hiked with a mirror ball and iPhone camera, considering spaces that would respond to the mirror ball, both in reflection and fragment, and recording images that inspired and would become part of the sculpture on view, a geodesic dome titled "Tabanakkle." She considers this to be the shrine at the end of her summer-long trek; selected images from her mirror-ball hikes also will be on view.

In addition to tonight's artist reception, the exhibition is open for viewing Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 pm. It runs through Saturday, Sept. 30.
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