• Issue of
  • Feb 1-7, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 16

News & Comment

  • News
  • Buzz Bin

    Did anybody catch those Orville Redenbacher ads during the Golden Globes? The popcorn magnate has been dead for 11 years, but they used a stand-in and 3-D animation to revivify him. At least one website cracked wise about "Orville U
  • News
  • Now Playing

    ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES Bowie, Madonna, De Niro... they brought out the big guns to do the voices of the fairies who populate this CGI-laden adventure. Freddie Highmore enlists help to fend off evil real estate developers, who are
  • News
  • Recently Reviewed

    PERCY'S CAF & Eacute; AMERICANA An inviting atmosphere, good food and fast service make this locally owned Spokane Valley restaurant a perennial favorite. Weekend three-course dinners for two ($32) feature special dishes, like medallions
  • News
  • Ghost Gutting

    By Robert Herold & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ur city's three strong mayors have all sought to address the city's budget problems. John Powers believed that the city staff should pitch in. He also wanted to maintain existing levels of service. Thi
  • News
  • Postmodern Blues

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & B & lt;/span & lue Man Group is to arena rock shows as Jackson Pollock was to the art world -- it's all about the process. You'll find all the rock show accoutrements, like flashing lights, wailing guitars, pounding
  • News
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Notes on a Scandal & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & udy Dench's thighs and shoulders cut harrowing lines in bath water. She's laying half-submerged, covering her breasts with one hand, pinching a cigarette with the other. She sta
  • News
  • Book Review

    by Michael Bowen & r & 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & isten up: Brilliant writer -- Mount Holyoke, MacArthur genius grant, Pulitzer Prize, she's da bomb, all right? -- lives with her cats and her blues-musician husb
  • News
  • Mythbuster

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Letters from Iwo Jima & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he great white Western filmmaker (played here by Clint Eastwood) has finally tackled, with his trademark sour seriousness, the great Western icon of Iwo Jima. Holding steadfas
  • News
  • Gridiron Wines

    by Christina Kelly & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ine is not the traditional beverage that comes to mind when watching the Super Bowl. In fact, it seems like a collision of food cultures -- where spicy chicken wings, beer nuts, pizza, chips and chili
  • News

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ne day in early January, two weeks after I'd finished my initial 21-day weight-loss workout routine, some guy called me a "fat ass." It was around 1 o'clock and I was walking back to work from lunch.
  • News
  • Remote Possibilites

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & The Daily Show (Mondays-Thursdays, 11 pm, Comedy Central) & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & o a lot of people, Jon Stewart is an American folk hero. Like Will Rogers and Mark Twain before him, he uses his razor wit to slice th
  • News
  • Built to Spill

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & verything about dams in the Spokane River, from the electricity they crank out to the effects on fish, pollution, water quality and even the answer we give puzzled visitors -- "Well, they turn off the ri
  • News
  • DVD Review

    by Ann. M. Colford & r & & r & Reds: 25th Anniversary Edition & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the early days of the Reagan presidency, while many Americans embraced supply-side economics and holding back the "evil empire" of communism, Warren Beatty convinc
  • News
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    CASUAL A Bigger Scoop & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ocal ice cream aficionados have anxiously awaited the return of THE SCOOP ever since it moved from the South Perry district late last summer. Finally, in early
  • News
  • Executioners' Songs

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & ver the past 15 years, I've seen most of the shows presented in the Civic's Studio Theater. Assassins is better than nearly all of them -- it's certainly among the three or four best over that span. If
  • News
  • Opening Films

    BECAUSE I SAID SO After playing some really great roles (Kay Corleone in The Godfather series, Annie Hall) Diane Keaton has settled into a comfortable post-middle-age career playing characters who a) wear tons of pearls and b) nag in
  • News
  • Toss the WASL

    by Donald C. Orlich & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & rt Buchwald's commentary "Only a Failure Works" was published on Aug. 12, 1979. Political satirist extraordinaire Buchwald observed how the government will only fund an educational program "providin
  • News
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Sid Meier's Pirates! & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & 'm thinking of retiring early from piracy. Sailing the aquamarine seas of Sid Meier's Pirates!, even on the lovely palm-sized screen of the PSP, is starting to lose its charm.
  • Comment
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten and Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & uch has been made of the Moog dalliances of MARC DOTY, but personally, we think his analog synth noodling is one of the less interesting things about his most prominent project, Aut
  • Comment
  • Defining an Emergency

    by Suzanne Schreiner & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you've read Malcolm Gladwell's book, The Tipping Point, or even just heard the buzz about it a few years back, you probably know something about the Law of the Few. It's nothing new. Economists h
  • Comment
  • Locke Step

    by Anthony Stassi & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ocke (aka Andrew Walters) is an ex-Spokie emcee who once served as a central figure in the local music community but now pursues his hip-hop endeavors in the Emerald City. The show at the Blvd last Fr
  • Comment
  • Lincoln Weeps

    by Keith Quincy & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e are told in Genesis that God had Adam name the species. Why? The idea seemed to be that naming something makes you its owner, and God wanted Adam, and his heirs, to have dominion over all living thing
  • Comment
  • Civic Scrutiny

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & pokane city councilmembers have begun picking through a long-awaited study about inefficiencies in Spokane city government. Palo Alto, Calif., consultant Richard Brady presented the nearly 500-page r
  • Comment
  • CD Reviews

    CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Some Loud Thunder 3 Stars Outside of the March release of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, few early-year releases have been as anticipated as the sophomore effort by indie rock's favorite Brooklyn/Philly-based sons
  • Comment
  • Sound Advice

    & r & Thursday, 2/1 & r & Big Easy, Everclear, Johnny Lives!, Punchline, Alternate Route, DJ Chris Woods Bigfoot, Donny Emerson, guests Blue Dolphin, Battle of the Bands
  • Comment
  • Bomb Garden

    Iby Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & rowd Control"I'm excited to introduce Saul Williams," said one of SFCC's English professors, blushing a bit, "because he's something of a rock star to me." There was an uproar. The professor laughed
  • Comment
  • Spokane Inc.

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & pokane's two major economic development agencies -- the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Area Economic Development Council (EDC) -- have formally integrated. President Rich Hadley s

Music & Film

  • Music
  • Hit Maker

    by Cortney Harding & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & confession: I had no idea who Aqualung was when I first agreed to do this piece. For a while, I thought it was some sort of Jethro Tull cover band, and I was getting ready to snark on a pack of clas
  • Film
  • Fauns Under Franco

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & Pan's Labyrinth & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & eave the kids at home -- please leave the kids at home, unless you want to inflict some emotional damage on them -- and enjoy this rarity: Though it's seen through the eyes of a child, Gui

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