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  • Mar 22-28, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 23

News & Comment

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  • Buzz Bin

    Family Jewel A girl on the bus was engaged in an intense cell phone conversation about her family's inheritance. "Grandma says I'm the baby of the family, and so I'm special," she said, so that everyone onboard could hear. "But Gr
  • News
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t turns out they make guns that shoot around corners. On the business end of the MR-C LW SD automatic rifle, there's a camera that's pointed at exactly what the gun sees. On the bottom of the gun is a
  • News
  • Burn Baby Burn

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ate in 2011, Spokane Waste-to-Energy plant officials may hold a gigantic mortgage burning party to celebrate making the last payment on the bonds that financed the West Plains incinerator. Around tha
  • News
  • Now Playing

    The song that would eventually come to be known as "Amazing Grace" arose out of the abolitionist movement. England's abolitionist movement. They did it first. The film chronicles the life of William Wilberforce, a Brit
  • News
  • Book Review

    by Marty Demarest & r & Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or me, one of the greatest pleasures of reading a novel by Jane Smiley is peeking at her picture on the dust jacket. Spry and slightly mousy, the middle-aged
  • News
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & The Lives of Others & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & oviet East Germany kept track of its citizens with a domestic surveillance program whose harrowing slogan was "To Know Everything." That's certainly what intelligence officers
  • News
  • Letters to the Editor

    I found the article "Condo Craze" (2/22) fascinating. I wish to share my thoughts. In response to the words spoken by Mick McDowell -- that the city pulled the carpet out from underneath his project -- this see
  • News
  • DVD Review

    by Bob Grimm & r & & r & Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he first sequence in this film is a rock operetta where the actors sing their parts. A kid playing the young Jack Black lip-syncs along to the music of Tenacious D, and
  • News
  • Recently Reviewed

    Caf & eacute; Marron The sunny tangerine-hued north wall marks this casual-yet-upscale neighborhood gathering place as a daily source for morning meals that you'd expect to find at an indulgent weekend brunch. The presentation here lifts
  • News
  • Remote Possibilites

    by Ben Kromer & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ubmitted for your approval, cartoon tales of three anthropomorphized food products and their bizarre misadventures in a landscape of madness. Specifically, the house they share in New Jersey. Often they w
  • News
  • Earthy Uplift

    by Carrie Scozzaro & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he first word that comes to mind with Mardis Nenno's newest ceramics exhibit at Gonzaga's Jundt Art Museum Arcade Gallery is "uplifting," but not because it's whimsical. On the contrary, there is a w
  • News
  • Branching Out

    by Susan Hamilton & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & leek interiors with shimmery tile and etched glass may not seem particularly arboreal, but the minimalist vibe at Twigs has a soothing, earthy quality that is pleasingly inviting. And if the d & eacute;cor doe
  • News
  • Archives Not Moldy

    I've recently moved to Spokane from the Bay Area and after a few months of searching for concerts of 20th- and 21st-century music, I am wondering if Spokane has anything resembling a new music scene
  • News
  • Opening Films

    Can Figaro help Count Almaviva disguise as a poor student in order to win Rosina away from that greedy old quack, Dr. Bartolo? On Saturday at 10:30 am, the New York Metropolitan Opera will beam a live broadcast
  • Comment
  • CD Reviews

    John Legend Once Again 5 stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here are times we need to escape through music. The mid-1970s was one of those times, and we got disco and other stuff you might call cheesy. With
  • Comment
  • Sound Advice

    & r & Thursday, 3/22 & r & Big Easy, Dave Matthews Tribute Band, DJ Chris Woods Big Foot, Schmoe Bluz at the Bend, Ten Second Tom The Blvd., DJ Stitch Brooklyn Nights, Gr
  • Comment
  • Bomb Garden

    Last Friday, KYRS showed Before the Music Dies, a documentary about the state of record labels and radio stations in America. The filmmakers argue that industry consolidation is killing music. Between the four huge
  • Comment
  • Winnerstown

    by Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & f you are a marginally talented singer with a train-wreck of a personal life, and you shave your head, the media won't be able to look away. If, however, you're a normal person who leads a solid
  • Comment
  • Quick Hits

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n a review of THE VALLEY's self-titled 2005 debut, webzine declared, "the J. Mascis generation has begun." By invoking the brain behind buzz gods Dinosaur Jr., the small Website ha
  • Comment
  • Free Your Time

    by Rachel Siemens & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen you've tired of the abrasive degradation that is the signature of so much of today's mainstream hip-hop, musical relief awaits, and closer than you might think. Spokane's Freetime Synthetic raps a

Music & Film

  • Music
  • Grind and Seek

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & tlanta band Mastodon's genre, heavy metal, is famous for attracting obsessive escapists hungry for louder, heavier, faster, bigger... basically just more music. Metal fans don't want mere competence, the
  • Film
  • Marky Marksman

    & & by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & & & ll of these guys-living-off-the-grid-action-revenge movies are starting to look alike. You know... someone screws up or gets screwed -- by the Army or the FBI or whatever. He goes off the grid and e

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