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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
  • 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
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  • Drag the map to other parts of the city to switch up the game.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Our next Suds and Cinema screening: There's Something About Mary

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 5:01 PM

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Get out your hair gel and start practicing those 7-Minute Abs exercises: The Inlander's next Suds and Cinema event will feature a screening of Peter and Bobby Farrelly's raunch comedy classic There's Something About Mary.

We'll be taking over the Garland Theater on the evening of April 14, serving up a selection of beers from Iron Goat Brewing and some custom Mary-themed flavors (might I suggest Franks and Beans?) courtesy of Brain Freeze Creamery. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the movie starts around 7:30. Our December screening of Christmas Vacation sold out handily, so plan to arrive early.

The Farrellys' third film following Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin, There's Something About Mary was an unexpected smash, grossing $176 million on a budget of $23 million. It was a critical success, too: Gene Siskel named it one of the 10 best films of 1998, and AFI later ranked Mary 27th on its list of the 100 funniest American comedies. It's an indisputably hilarious movie, but it's all the more hilarious when you're watching it with a boisterous audience.

The event is 21+, so leave the kids at home. And after the movie, stick around for a party in the theater lobby hosted by Bon Bon, complete with a DJ, beer station and drink specials. Our sponsors for the evening are Horizon Credit Union, Sprint, Iron Goat Brewing and Brain Freeze Creamery.
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What We've Been... Watching

From nature docs to comedy, and superheroes to cinematic masters

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 12:25 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's semi-regular rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, shows we've been watching, music/podcasts we've been listening to, games we've been high-scoring, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're nerdin' out about some of the best moving pictures — a range of genres — to binge watch:

Find past installments of "What We've Been..." here.

LEGION
Legion embeds an effective commentary about stigmas of mental illness.
  • Legion embeds an effective commentary about stigmas of mental illness.
In this age of endless superhero mega-franchise reboots/prequels/sequels, it can be hard to stand out. Especially so if general audiences are not well-versed in the intricately nuanced universes of said franchises. But with Legion, the latest episodic installment in the Marvel cinematic universe, you really don't have to know a darn thing about the X-Men to understand and to enjoy the show. In fact, not knowing anything, or very little, about the mutants may just be what makes Legion so good. (It's better, for sure, than its ongoing Marvel universe counterparts on Netflix telling the origins of the Defenders: Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist.)

In part, Legion stands out because, as a self-contained story, we hear nothing about the X-Men of notoriety. No one mentions Wolverine, Storm, Professor X, etc. Instead, this story, in the simplest terms, revolves around a group of specially-abled mutants who are just trying to figure out how to control their powers/abilities while hiding from a militarized government that's hellbent on destroying them, or using them to its advantage. On the surface, Legion is a story about ostracized underdogs trying to find their place in the world, yet it also serves as careful commentary on the cultural stigma of mental illness. Main character David Haller (aka Legion, though we never hear him referred to by this name; and played wonderfully here by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey and Beauty and the Beast fame) has been told all his life that he's schizophrenic, when, in fact, his symptoms have manifested as part of his inherent mutant powers.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zags make cover of Sports Illustrated March Madness issue—see it here

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:17 AM


Okay, so did everyone else, but it's pretty cool to see big Przemek Karnowski among the four players from the NCAA men's tournament's No. 1 seeds displayed so prominently on the cover.

The issue will hit newsstands on Thursday, the same day Gonzaga tips off against South Dakota State in Salt Lake City (the game is at 11 am Pacific, and airing on TBS), and the same day our new Zags-heavy Inlander hits the streets.

Here's a look at Sports Illustrated's full cover:
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pullman artist's "cat power" design raises thousands for national, local nonprofits

Posted By on Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 5:46 PM

After separate campaigns featuring this design to support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, artist Cori Dantini is raising money for a local group. - CORI DANTINI
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  • After separate campaigns featuring this design to support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, artist Cori Dantini is raising money for a local group.

As the weather gets warmer with the arrival (finally!) of spring, opportunities to comfortably wear those pink, cat-ear beanies are going to become fewer for supporters of the Trump-era women's movement.

But thanks to a project by local artist Cori Dantini, feminists of all stripes can spread their message of support in the form of a tasteful T-shirt design by the Pullman artist, who's selling them via the online fundraiser platform Booster to raise money for national and local social-service nonprofits.

Dantini's T-shirt design came from this art she made for a Women's March sign.
  • Dantini's T-shirt design came from this art she made for a Women's March sign.
Dantini launched her first "cat POWER" campaign in late January, selling T-shirts with an original design she first doodled on a sign she carried in that month's Women's March. People loved her stylized drawing of a striped cat wearing a pink "pussy hat" pulled down over its eyes like a ski-mask, and with the word "power" emblazoned across its furry chest.

"People said they would wear it on a T-shirt, and I was like 'OK, I'm going to see what I can sort out,'" Dantini says.

Booster made the process easy for the busy artist, handling the product procurement, printing, shipping and payout to her chosen benefactor,  Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Supporters were able to choose from a variety of shirt colors and styles for men and women. By the campaign's end, more than 360 shirts sold, raising a total of $5,640.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spokane local goes Kicking and Screaming on national TV survival show

Posted on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Terry Fossum will be appearing at viewing parties of the Fox survival show Kicking and Screaming as long as he, you know, survives.
  • Terry Fossum will be appearing at viewing parties of the Fox survival show Kicking and Screaming as long as he, you know, survives.

It’s not common that 52-year-old retirees replace their empty nesting with survival competitions on Fijian tropical islands, but that’s where Terry Fossum found himself in May last year.

The former Scoutmaster for Spokane Valley’s Troop 400 is one of the expert survivalists on Fox’s reality show Kicking and Screaming. Produced by the people behind Wipeout and Fear Factor, the program pairs outdoor specialists with complete novices in a competition for $500,000.

“It was the show’s goal to team us up with our exact opposites, and they did a fine job,” Fossum says. He is partnered with Natalie Casanova, a foul-mouthed, tattooed gamer and YouTube personality. “Of course she’s looking at it from her perspective as, ‘Here’s all these young studly men and women and the old scoutmaster. Great.’”

The show was as hard for the old Scoutmaster as it looks. The contestants were dropped off in the jungle with minimal resources and spent most nights sleeping on the ground. “It was 100% survival,” Fossum said. “We were starving. We had to build shelters. We were doing real survival and the novices with us had never spent a night outdoors. We were set up for failure and it was fantastic.”

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Kinky Boots on bathroom politics: "Just Pee!"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 3:22 PM


Some Spokane attendees have noted how Kinky Boots' message of acceptance and understanding seems to offer arguments against the wave of bathroom wars now being fought in state capitals around the nation. Turns out Kinky Boots thinks so, too, and Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein cooked up this little ditty last summer with the Broadway cast members to drive home their point:

Kinky Boots continues its run at the INB Performing Arts Center through Saturday.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What We've Been... Playing

Anti-social-ish party games, word puzzles, bug battles and a long-awaited follow up

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:43 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's semi-regular rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, shows we've been watching, music/podcasts we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're telling you about the coolest, nerdiest games we've been wearing down our thumbs playing.

Find past installments of "What We've Been.." here.

SPELLTOWER
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Every so often, I go on a hyper-focused game binge on my phone, playing the same app during every spare minute until I get completely sick of it and swear off phone games, for at least a few more weeks. When I do play, I gravitate toward games that are simple enough I can almost meditatively play them while watching TV or before I fall asleep.

Recently I came back to a solid standby that’s been on my phone for a few years: SpellTower. In a nutshell, you connect letters from a seemingly random jumble to create words. The longer and more complex the word, the more points you get. The game has a few modes — you might be trying to prevent your stacks of letters from reaching the top of the screen, or you might just be trying to get the most points from a single dwindling stack.

You’re reminded at the end of each round what your all-time best word was (for me, the elusive 880-point “quarantines”) and see how your best word this round compares. I play to beat my best scores, but you can also play someone you know in multiplayer mode. It’s simple, engaging and just right for this word nerd. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What We've Been... Listening To

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 4:25 PM


Welcome back to the Inlander staff's semi-regular rundown of the cool and worthwhile things we've been into lately: words we've been reading, shows we've been watching, music/podcasts we've been listening to, and tasty treats we've been drinking/eating. This week, we're telling you about the tunes and 'casts you should be checking out right now:

Find past installments of "What We've Been..." here:

Mike Watt, “ring spiel” tour 95
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I’ve been listening to Mike Watt’s new live album, “ring spiel” tour 95, a document of the punk legend’s first solo tour after years leading The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Ostensibly, the tour was to promote Watt’s then-new album Ball-hog or Tugboat?, but the fact that his backing band was made up of folks like Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder brought a bunch of fans out of the woodwork for shows headlined by the burly, politically-minded bass player. When you listen to this live set of 16 songs culled from Watt’s various bands, you might not notice the influence of his more-famous backing players (except for when Vedder steps to the mic for “Against The '70s"), but you’ll certainly get a lesson in aggressive punk delivered with masterful musicianship and just the right amount of teetering-on-the-edge-of-sloppy performances driven by an enthusiastic crowd and an even more enthusiastic Watt. The guy is still at it 22 years later, and it’s a joy to time-travel back to when Watt was just getting his solo sea legs. (DAN NAILEN)

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Daniel Tosh bringing his "Tosh.Show on Campus" tour to Spokane

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Daniel Tosh performs in Spokane May 4.
  • Daniel Tosh performs in Spokane May 4.

Love him or loathe him — those seem to be the two default possibilities when it comes to the occasionally dark, often juvenile comedy of Daniel Tosh.

A lot of people fall in the "love" camp, obviously, given the long-running success of his Comedy Central clip show Tosh.o, and the fact that his standup tour is playing in the Spokane Arena when it comes through Spokane.

Tosh's show is Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 pm in the arena's Star Theater configuration. Tickets are $25 for students, and $45, $55 and $75 for the general public. They go on sale Friday at 10 am.

He'll be joined by writers and comedians who work on his show for this tour. Given the slate of schools Tosh is visiting on the tour, maybe this is further indication of Gonzaga basketball putting the school in the big-time.

Here's a little taste of Tosh's standup:

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