• Issue of
  • Feb 22-28, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 19


  • Local News
  • Buzzing Oscar

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN, MICHAEL BOWEN AND ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & P & lt;/span & ut an arts editor and two film critics from opposite coasts (Ed lives in Boston) into the same Oscar chat room, and sparks will fly. Much of the following will make us lo
  • Local News
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING Spring Greens & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & had a burger at MIZUNA the other day. Now having a burger for lunch is not unusual, although this was a particularly fine burger -- ground sirloin blended with
  • Local News
  • Right on Oversight

    by Tim Connor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's probably unfair to Anne Kirkpatrick that our memory of Otto Zehm follows her around. But it doesn't surprise her. Spokane's new police chief says that when she applied for the job, she understood that
  • Local News
  • Opening Films

    THE ABANDONED Anastasia Hille is a young woman who learns she's just inherited a house -- in the middle of nowhere. When she arrives, she's joined by a man who may or may not be related to her, and they both face some wet, scary thing
  • Local News
  • Buzz Bin

    Luke Barats and Joe Bereta are at it again on YouTube, this time lip-synching over footage of chicken-dancing at a Barenaked Ladies concert in Everett and several snips of those Diet-Coke-and-Mentos pseudo-scientists at work. Plus
  • Local News
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & Wii Play Rated Everyone: Wii & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ithout the promise of a "Bonus! Wii Remote," I might not have bought Wii Play. The box stated that it contained "9 Games" and showed a smattering of pictures -- pool, pi
  • Local News
  • Now Playing

    BECAUSE I SAID SO When perpetually single mom Daphne (Diane Keaton) makes it her mission in life to find Mr. Right for her somewhat flighty youngest daughter, Milly (Mandy Moore), there is no pleasure to be found, only guilt. The
  • Local News
  • Spying a Great Meal

    by Ann M. Colford & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he sun balanced on the rim of the western horizon Sunday evening as I walked into Isabella's Restaurant and Gin Joint with my friend, who's a poet and woman of mystery -- let's call her Natasha. Althou
  • Local News
  • Book Review

    and Michael Roizen & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ost diets have it all wrong, say doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen. The reason? "It's you versus food in a lifetime
  • Local News
  • Take Two

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hat if they covered the arts the same way they do the Super Bowl? Announcers would do pre- and post-game analysis; there'd be multiple camera angles and locker room interview
  • Local News
  • Boom or Bust?

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & year ago it wouldn't have surprised many Spokanites if they'd gone to bed one night and awakened in Greenwich Village. According to real estate developers, according to the press, according to the woman
  • Local News
  • DVD Review

    by Michael Bowen & r & & r & Half Nelson & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or movies that earn only $2.7 million at the box office, a release on DVD is practically a premiere. Now lots of people will start seeing Half Nelson, the dual story of a middle school t
  • Local News
  • Recently Reviewed

    THE OVAL OFFICE At the chic little sister of the ultra-popular White House Grill, the compact bar area is sufficient for shaking up a host of concoctions, such as the most popular martini, the "Dirty Monica." The grapes-and-chees
  • Local News
  • Missing Lynch

    by Kevin Taylor and Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & o what parallel universe would you be in if you fell off your bike and nobody believed that's how you got a shiner because, you see, there were these white-hot rumors that said you r
  • Local News
  • Remote Possibilites

    by Ben Kromer & r & & r & LOST (Wednesdays, 10 pm, ABC) & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ike many cynical creeps, I've long thought of faith as a useless appendage -- the brain's appendix. My mom tells me I should read the Bible, but every time I try, I wind up


  • Opinion
  • Bomb Garden

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast week I whined about the multi-platinum stranglehold major labels have on the Grammys. Then I tried to make lemonade out of those profit-driven lemons, suggesting the award
  • Opinion
  • Rebuilding a Nation

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & fghan Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad will speak at the World Affairs Council of Spokane on March 1. Jawad spoke on the phone recently with The Inlander's Doug Nadvornick and
  • Opinion
  • A Song Away

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & eremy Reynolds needs a bigger stage. At Empyrean, gigging for a room half-full of Central Valley High teachers, Hockey's bassist has already knocked his mic stand over twice. The first time, it was c
  • Opinion
  • Echoes of Orwell

    By Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & D & lt;/span & on't underestimate the power of words. That's the message of Frank Luntz's new book, Words That Work. To prove his point, Luntz takes you back to early 1994, when he was on a walk with Newt Gingr
  • Opinion
  • Sound Advice

    & r & Thursday, 2/22 & r & The Arena, Nickelback (see above), Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin BIG DIPPER, Portugal,The Man, Seaweed Jack, The Sea Attacks, Cyrus Fell D
  • Opinion
  • Quick Hits

    by Anthony Stassi and Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n case you don't know, the RAWK FINAL FOUR is an annual competition among 20 high school-age bands from the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area. In the past five years, it has developed a r


  • Sound Advice
  • Fever Dream

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "P & lt;/span & eople really like us in Germany," says Hutch Harris, discussing the panic attack he had after finishing the Thermals' latest album. "I didn't want to offend anyone there by using Nazism and comparin


  • Movie Reviews
  • Plowing the Stars

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & J & lt;/span & ay Leno is annoying. The first time he popped up in a movie playing himself -- Dave in 1993 -- the idea was fresh and funny. Then he did it in Wayne's World 2 and in Major League II and then it became a habi

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