Friday, January 27, 2012

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Cash, Congress and charity

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM



They may be California boys, but Cash'd Out can play Johnny Cash songs almost as good as the Man In Black himself. Head down to the Knitting Factory tonight at 7:30 pm to check out the only band outside of the Cash and Carter family to be added to the official Johnny Cash website, along with the Brummett. $10-$12. All-ages.

Now, I know what you're going to say: "Electro-pop? C'mon, who needs another Owl City sound-alike?" Sick Kids XOXO is not your average electro-pop band. The band hopes to let listeners know that they are not alone in their struggles with love, heartbreak, pain and elation. Sick Kids XOXO have experienced these problems, too, and want to help listeners work through them, one track at a time. Catch Sick Kids XOXO with DJ Drums, Bandit Train and Mirror Mirror tonight at 9 pm at Mootsy's. $5. Gotta be 21.

Los Angeles-based pop rock duo El Ten Eleven may sound familiar ... that is if you're a typography and/or graphic design nerd. Their songs have been featured in Gary Hustwit's design documentaries such as Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. Head on over to the Red Room Lounge tonight at 7 pm to catch El Ten Eleven with Races, Nude and DJ Parafyn. $5. Gotta be 21. 

It's difficult to identify the standout member of Spokane super group Rough Congress; each member brings something entirely different to the stage. Catch Rough Congress's mix of originals and covers of '60s, '70s and '80s tunes during this reunion show of sorts tonight at Zola at 9 pm. $5. Gotta be 21.


Wildcard, the hip-hop duo we wrote about this week, is faced with the interesting challenge of having one of their members behind bars. Despite the odds stacked against them, the group continues to make music and is releasing their latest album, Odyssey, tomorrow at 9 pm at the Hop! Also performing are Beauflexx, Rod Mac, Jaeda, K. Clifton, Freetime Synthetic and Lilac Linguistics. $5-$10.

Canadian quintet the Clumsy Lovers are back! Did you miss them? The fiddle- and banjo-fuelled group brings their "bluegrassified Celtic rock" to the Knitting Factory tomorrow at 7:30 pm with Folkinception. $14. All-ages.

If you didn't make it out to Rough Congress on Friday, you have another chance to check them out. Same time, same place. $5. Gotta be 21.


Our hearts go out to Brandon Bird- Chastain, an 11-year-old boy who is battling a rare cancer called embryonal rhabdomayosarcoma for the third time. A benefit concert will be held Sunday from 5-9 pm at A Club - featuring music by Formada, Tommy G, Glenn & Rachael, Morgan Mallory, Plastic Saints and Buffalo Jones. There will be a raffle and prizes all night long. For more information about this young boy's battle, visit

Martin Sexton has done it all. He's toured around the world, playing a mix of rock and soul songs, launched his own record label, KTR, and has had his songs appear in TV shows like Scrubs, Parenthood and Brotherhood. Catch him at the Bing Crosby Theater with Adam Gontier at 7:30 pm. $25. All-a

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It's OK to Laugh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM


Winter blues got you down? Let the Blue Door Theatre cheer you up with two improv-tastic shows this weekend.

Microbiography finds past Blue Door players Pat Thomas, Gretchen Oyster and Mark Robbins, better known as Freedom Association, on stage with special guests KXLY4 Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker and Good Morning Northwest Anchor Robyn Nance. Crocker and Nance will tell true stories that inspire Freedom Association's wacky improvisation.

If movie parodies are your thing, then Citizen Dwayne: Movies that Thankfully Never Got Made! is the show for you. Join host and past Blue Door player Luke Barats, of Barats and Bereta Production fame, as he asks audience members for the name of a movie, as well as a major change to the plot. Then it's up to the Blue Door players to recreate the movie with this new plot twist.

Catch Microbiography tonight, Fri, Jan. 27, at 10 pm. Tickets are $10. This show may not be suitable for all ages. You can check out Citizen Dwayne: Movies that Thankfully Never Got Made! tomorrow, Sat, Jan. 28, at 9 pm. Tickets are $7 with reservations and $9 at the door. This show is not suitable for the kiddos.

Both shows will be at the Blue Door Theatre, located at 815 W. Garland Ave. Call 747-7045 or visit for more information.

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Jacquot trial ends in hung jury

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM


The North Idaho man whose house burned to the ground shortly before authorities charged him with raping his adopted daughter has once again eluded conviction.

The second trial of David C. Jacquot, who we wrote about in our story "Narrow Escape" ended yesterday in a hung jury, according to court records.

Jacquot is also awaiting trial for two counts of tax fraud. A third trial is set for March, according to court documents.

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CAT FRIDAY: Hipster cat edition

Posted on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Look at these hipster cats with their ironic glasses. Check their back pockets and I bet you'll  find a carabiner with a chunky set of keys, a handkerchief and a dime bag of catnip.



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Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM


It'll be as if they're shooting a new episode of COPS every day if a resolution is approved by Spokane's City Council to put body cameras on every police officer. Airway Heights and Post Falls cops are already wearing them. (SR)

Closing arguments begin today in a North Idaho road rage trial. (Read our coverage of the case from August here). 

OH MY GOD DID YOU KNOW MATTHEW MODINE IS IN SPOKANE????!!!!! KXLY, KHQ and Spokane Tweeters are like pretty much totally BFFs with him.


A suicide bomber killed 32 people today at a Baghdad funeral procession. (AP)

Republican debate number 34598.8: a recap. (CBS News)

We are not alone. (MSNBC)


Nice work, 49ers. Now look what you've done.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Red Fang are Kings of Video

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Portland rockers, Red Fang, who came to Spokane last year and tore the roof off the A Club with their set of songs from Murder the Mountains, released a new music video today.

The band, who we profiled here, got famous because of their videos. Today Relapse Records revealed the band's third video for "Hank is Dead." It's funny — but not what we're used to seeing from the band. Still, the song is good, right?

Here's the new one:

The first Red Fang video, for "Prehistoric Dog," was some visionary shit:

And last year's "Wires" was pretty damn good, too.

LARPers, air guitar pros and Mad Max style milk destruction ... I guess we can't complain.

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EWU writer-athlete scores sponsorship

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

An Eastern Washington University professor was last week awarded a sponsorship by an athletic clothing company.

Every year, Athleta Chi, an online community for female athletes, awards sponsorships to female athletes. The 20 women awarded this year will receive athletic clothing from Athleta.*

While many of the selected athletes have exercise-centered jobs, or are professional athletes themselves, Rachel Toor's day job is to teach students creative writing.

She says she got into running because her dog was a couch potato. Since then, she has completed almost 60 marathons and several races that were even longer. She has also won the Black Mountain Marathon and the Gold Country Marathon, and plans to run the Boston Marathon in April of 2012.

Her running has inspired much of her writing. Her most recent book, Personal Record: A Love of Affair with Running, charts the development of her obsession with the exercise.

* An earlier version of this story mischaracterized Toor's sponsorship.

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Providence give grant to Hope House

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Providence Health Care donated $5,000 to Volunteers of America's Hope House, a women's shelter that provides beds, warm meals, and pajamas to homeless Spokane women every night.

The money will provide women with emergency hygiene necessities including deodorant, prescriptions, bus passes, and feminine products, according to Volunteers of America CEO Marilee Roloff.

The facility serves 250-350 women a year and has a budget of $400,000. Eighty-five professional staff provide medical care and educational programming with the help of 50 to 100 volunteers.

But Roloff says the shelter still struggles.

"We turn away women every night," Roloff says. "In 2011, we turned away 160. We just thank our lucky stars we're able to get by in these tough times."

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MORNING BRIEFING: Local arts: winning. Pat Sajak: losing.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:17 AM


A win for the Spokane arts scene: the Spokane Symphony announced yesterday that Eckart Preu, music director, and Morihiko Nakahara, resident conductor, have re-upped their contracts through 2014. (Bloglander)

Win number two for the arts: the Spokane International Film Festival starts today!!!  

Local stargazers are winning, too: the brand new 52-seat planetarium will open to the public in March. (KXLY)

A Post Falls second-run movie theater will close its doors this weekend after 15 years of business. (KREM)

And the drama continues in the Officer Karl Thompson/Otto Zehm world: Thompson pleads with a judge for a reduced sentence… (SR)

… Meanwhile, three people involved with the trial have become victims themselves.


Alright lets just agree: 2011 was a terrible year. Come on, out with it. Say it! (AP)

Turns out, Alaska Airlines customers don't like a helping of God with their sandwiches. (KREM)

Some Washington lawmakers are trying to nix the death penalty in the Evergreen State. Eight men are currently on death row in Washington. (KHQ)

Oh, and sometimes Pat Sajak is drunk on Wheel of Fortune


Frank Zappa was a prophet.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spokane Symphony extends contracts for music director, conductor

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

At a press conference this afternoon on the stage of the Fox Theater, the Spokane Symphony announced that both music director Eckart Preu and resident conductor Morihiko Nakahara have extended their contracts.

Nakahara, a former Eastern Washington University professor who has been with the symphony since 2003, signed a contract that will keep him onstage in Spokane through the 2013-2014 season.

Preu is now set to remain music director through the 2015-2016 season.

"It has been a truly satisfying experience, and I'm very happy to be part of the future, and shape the future, of the symphony here in Spokane," said Eckart, who became music director in 2004 and also holds the same position with the Stanford, Conn., symphony.

You can see Nakahara in action this weekend as the symphony presents "Heroes and Legends" both Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Here's the ticket info.

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