• Issue of
  • Mar 18-24, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 23

News & Comment

  • News
  • The Wild West

    We stand out like a sore thumb and that's just what we wanted," proclaims co-owner Cheryl Sieveke of the restaurant she and her husband Bill recently opened. "It's definitely a different atmosphere." For Coeur d'Alene's Sherman Avenue,
  • News
  • Book Review

    The first 27 pages of Brad Land's memoir grabs you by the scruff of your neck and proceeds to slam you into a state of near-total obedience. Here's a writer with a voice that's at once breathless and controlled with a natural ability to com
  • News
  • DVD Review

    The Believer, Dave Egger's addictive lit/pop culture magazine, ran a piece in their December 2003/January 2004 issue comparing The Pianist and Schindler's List. The Pianist, writer Jim Shepard points out, presents a more impressive but less
  • News
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    Scoring Bigger -- As if getting into college isn't already fraught with enough anxiety -- for parents, at least -- now the fine folks behind the SAT are unleashing a completely new test on the college-bound public. If your kid gets a 1600
  • News
  • Five Holes and 13 Strings

    Here in the West, it's hard to contemplate instruments composed of odd-numbered elements. A violin has four strings, and guitar has six or twelve; a standard piano has 88 keys, and a saxophone has 20 keys. Even our musical signatures come i
  • News
  • Recently Reviewed

    The Porch Public House -- The Porch's rustic yet sophisticated log cabin ambience is most inviting and compliments its Hayden Lake neighborhood. The diverse menu resembles that of the Elk in Spokane and is broken down into appetizers, sa
  • News
  • Axton Answered

    Too often, college athletics is anything but fun and games these days. With billions of dollars on the line in television revenue, coaching contracts and future jackpots for pro-bound athletes, the pressure to succeed has led to an ever-
  • News
  • The Zags Go Marching On

    It's official: Blake Stepp is the greatest basketball player in Gonzaga history. How can anyone be so certain? Because John Stockton, the living legend of GU basketball, says so himself. "I talked to John, and John thought [Stepp] was t
  • News
  • Letters to the Editor

    Make the Northwest Proud -- Back in 1939, college basketball was vastly different from the game we know today. The center jump after each basket had just been eliminated, and shooting usually consisted of heaving the sphere with both h
  • News
  • Few's Good Men

    They work the same long hours as head coach Mark Few -- for significantly less pay, we might add -- and Gonzaga assistant coaches Bill Grier, Leon Rice and Tommy Lloyd can certainly identify with the rags-to-riches story of Bulldog basketb
  • News
  • Opening Films

    The Barbarian Invasions -- In this sequel to his small 1986 film Decline of the American Empire, Denys Arcand revisits the same cast of Canadian university characters. In The Barbarian Invasions, Remy is the aging patriarch and former pr
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  • All-Hair Team

    The Gonzaga men's basketball team proudly sports top-flight All American athletes, a top-five national ranking and a 19-game winning streak. They've got a good resume -- but for some reason, game announcers don't seem to care. Gon-zaw-ga is
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  • Shaken, Also Stirring

    Are Americans afraid of classical music? Classical compositions seem threaded into the fabric of modern Europe. Yet Americans, by and large, seem to have an uneasy relationship the classics. They choose in overwhelming numbers to buy and
  • News
  • Buzz Bin

    Actors in Rapport -- In the 1944 MGM musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to a 7-year-old named Margaret O'Brien -- who won a special child actor Oscar for her performance. O'Brien wen
  • News
  • Now Playing

    50 First Dates -- Drew Barrymore is cute as hell, and she has genuine sparks with a (surprisingly) sweet Adam Sandler. But neither of them brings any sense of character to this story about a relationship that must start anew each day due
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  • Met Madness

    Although it took place at a basketball arena, it was nothing like March Madness -- or perhaps, in its own way, that's just what it was. On Monday morning, about 1,000 of Metropolitan Mortgage's creditors met with the reorganization team an
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  • Jake's Take - Getting A Job

    The opening article in this series, entitled "This 24 Year-Old Returns to Spokane and Everyone Wonders Why" -- at www.inlander.com under "Jake's Take" in case you missed it -- asked this very important question: What is there to keep me in S
  • Comment
  • Stern Warning

    Declaring a "radio jihad" against President Bush, syndicated morning man Howard Stern and his burgeoning crusade to drive Republicans from the White House are shaping up as a colossal media headache for the GOP, and one they never saw com
  • Comment
  • Special Protection

    Mel Gibson's screenwriting partner, the Good Lord, thought "Thou shall not kill" was important enough to qualify for his Top Ten list. If he'd had a little more room on those tablets, he might have added, "and, while you're at it, th
  • Comment
  • In Brief

    Azteca Bought -- SPOKANE -- The Public Facilities District announced late Monday that it has decided to purchase Azteca, which is located on the site of the convention center expansion, but the PFD will not help the restau
  • Comment
  • CD Review

    A profound feeling of helplessness pervades Fabulous Muscles (on the 5 Rue Christine label), the latest offering from Oakland/Seattle crew Xiu Xiu. Subjects explored on its 10 cuts include desire, dominance, abuse and unrequited love. It
  • Comment
  • Too Quiet?

    There was a time where every Spokane City Council meeting almost guaranteed a headline in the next day's paper or a spot on the evening news. Words like "disrespect" and "dysfunctional' were often used to describe the way council members

Music & Film

  • Music
  • Been Around The Block

    Monday is a good night for the blues. The weekend's over, the workweek slog has only begun, and Friday is a long ways away. But if you want to feel good about feelin' bad, head on over to the Met this Mon
  • Film
  • Remembering When

    Is it too early to talk about next year's Oscars? Not when it comes to the category of "Writing (Original Screenplay)" and not when it's from Charlie Kaufman, who has already been nominated for his groundbreaking and mind-boggling original sc
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