• Issue of
  • May 13-19, 2004
  • Vol. 11, No. 31

News & Comment

  • News
  • Buzz Bin

    Text in Dolby -- Just when you've started to think this city really IS cursed by the gypsies, you hear about something like what the Garland's been doing for the past few years. Next Sunday and Monday night, the venerable old North Side
  • News
  • Opening Films

    Breakin' All the Rules -- In a twist on the old "It's not you, it's me," dump-or-be-dumped mentality, Jamie Foxx plays Quincy, an aspiring psychologist still smarting over getting the boot. As a catharsis, he pens a self-help book George
  • News
  • Local Color

    One hundred years ago this spring, Spokane entrepreneur Jay P. Graves led a group of landowners who gave the city nearly 95 acres for a grand park. He was encouraged by his business associate, Aubrey L. White, who also served as presiden
  • News
  • Recently Reviewed

    Molly's Family Restaurant -- The little dog on the window knows what she's talking about. At Molly's you will be fed, and you will be fed lots. Molly's has the feel of a busy, unintentionally kitschy breakfast joint with a mid-1980s farm
  • News
  • Book Review

    Neal Stephenson is known to millions of readers as the author of Snow Crash, the dazzling, funny novel with the unforgettable main character -- Hiro Protagonist -- who was a pizza delivery man in an age of corporate glut and technological
  • News
  • Now Playing

    13 Going on 30 -- Despite resemblances to many, many movies that have come before, this Big-like bite of bubble gum -- directed by Tadpole's Gary Winick -- is the kind of flawed but effervescent romantic comedy that soars on the chemistry
  • News
  • Fun & amp;amp; Sober

    During an interview for a past article, I asked what could make Spokane a better place for people in their twenties. Tim, the interviewee, thought for a moment then offered an option that I hadn't thought about. "How about more things to do
  • News
  • Classy Cooking

    Becoming a homemaker wasn't exactly a priority for me at age 14 -- but I always loved home economics class. Watching Mrs. Harrington stir up an afternoon snack for our class under that huge cooking-show-style mirror was the perfect payoff a
  • News
  • Voices for Voting

    Reaching the age of 16 is something most American kids can hardly wait for; so is turning 21. The ages at which we can drive and drink alcohol are two major milestones in our cultural definition of adulthood. But how many newly minted 18-y
  • News
  • DVD Review

    Ah, a Tim Burton movie. Even when he's bad, it's hard not to admire the man who made Beetlejuice, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman and, yes, Planet of the Apes. His work, in an era of generic market-tested movies, is always the work of an
  • News
  • Constant Craven

    In the summer of 1984, with a pack on his back and about $80 in his pockets, Simon Thompson came to America for what he thought would be a six-month stay. "I remember landing in New York on a clear day," says the Spokane-by-way-of-England
  • News
  • Take Two

    Heaven knows where this title came from. New York Minute lasts considerably longer than a minute, I didn't hear any Don Henley and aside from some skyline-spanning camera work in Times Square, there's not much of New York in it either.
  • News
  • Quotes & amp;amp; Notes

    One in 26 billion -- The odds that two members of the same relatively small social organization -- say, Yale's Skull and Bones Club -- would face each other in a presidential election. 15,000 -- Number of workers Halliburton has employed
  • News
  • Not Close Enough

    CenterStage scored a hit last time out with I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change -- dinner theater with good food, good singing and lots of hummable commentary about relationships. With almost the same personnel, the theater is trying to
  • Comment
  • CD Review

    With some albums, first listens just don't cut it. I mean, hooks sometimes need a little time and just the right environmental conditions to dig in successfully and infect your vital bodily fluids. Hooks can be that way, you know -- so uno
  • Comment
  • Spokane, We Have Liftoff...

    When the first LaunchPad event was held at the Holley Mason Building back in February 2001, Spokane got quite a wake-up call. Not only was the place decked out with red carpet runners and lights illuminating the fa & ccedil;ade of the newly renova
  • Comment
  • SPJ Award Winners

    On Saturday night at the Ridpath Hotel, the Inland Northwest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists handed out its annual "Excellence in Journalism" awards for stories and photos published in 2003. Competing in the non-daily
  • Comment
  • In Brief

    Treatment Plant Tragedy -- SPOKANE -- There was a somber feel at City Council Chambers Tuesday morning when Mayor Jim West, Fire Chief Bobby Williams and Director of Public Works and Utilities Roger Flint faced the press a
  • Comment
  • Handling Growth

    "It's amazing how many locals ask us why we moved here. Growing up in Minnesota, I realized I needed to live near a mountain; it was always a lifetime goal. We went on ski trips with the idea of buying property and moving to Colorado, Utah
  • Comment
  • Third Time's a Charm?

    There are 234 miles of arterials and 612 miles of residential streets in Spokane, and, yes, most of them are slowly crumbling away under cars, buses and trucks every day. By the latest estimate, the city needs about $200 million to fix th

Music & Film

  • Music
  • Gas Up the Van

    There comes a time in the life of every ambitious young rock band when it must face that first major hurdle, the one that comes sometime after learning the damn songs and sometime before making it to the cover of Rolling
  • Film
  • Love and War

    Spectacle is what Troy is all about, but there's also plenty to be said about family relationships, marital strife, honor and dishonor, and the most uncontrollable thing of all: the love of power. One of the best things about this grand hist

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