• Issue of
  • Apr 5-11, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 25

News & Comment

  • News
  • War Over Peace

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hether developer Mick McDowell is allowed to build a 196-foot high-rise above Spokane's Peaceful Valley neighborhood could come down to a 2006 Washington Supreme Court decision. That is, whether the city
  • News
  • Opening Films

    Is this movie over yet? That's what I was asking myself after about 15 minutes of its relentless unfunniness. A remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, it features Ice Cube as a clueless buffoon who's suckered
  • News
  • The Player

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & God of War ll Rated Mature; PlayStation 2 & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & inged creatures cannot fly if they no longer have their wings. Whether gryphons or pegasi or plain old devils -- once I rip their wings off, leaving blood
  • News
  • Corrections

    by the Inlander & r & & r & The subheadline of our 3/29/07 story "Defending Budget Cuts" was misleading. Spokane school officials have identified $12.3 million in potential budget cuts, but don't expect to have to cut that much. They say they expect a $10.5 mi
  • 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
  • Recently Reviewed

    SYRINGA It's not your typical Japanese restaurant. With its bistro-like interior, pristine presentation and European-flavored menu offerings, Syringa Japanese Caf & eacute; and Sushi Bar could easily be at home in a bigger city. Surprise:
  • News
  • Buzz Bin

    And She Was UFO-Abducted We may live in an information glut, but we cool -- we know how to detect spurious info. That must explain why, when an Arizona alt-weekly wrote a bogus story about Anna Nicole Smith's "secret Native Americ
  • News
  • Take Two

    by Luke Baumgarten & r & & r & Blades of Glory & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & U & lt;/span & nlike most 18- to-35-year-olds, I don't think Will Ferrell is God's gift to comedy. I don't really think he's very funny at all. I liked him in Old School and for fleeting periods
  • News
  • Adding Up

    by Kristine Lindeblad & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n middle and high school I studied German intently for five years. At the end of that time I could conjugate verbs, determine the case of nouns and write two forms of the past tense. However, the
  • News
  • DVD Review

    by Joel Smith & r & & r & The Vice Guideto Travel & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & his isn't your mother's Rick Steves' European Christmas. Vice magazine takes you to all the places in the world you'd pay to not visit -- the slums and hellholes and battlefiel
  • News
  • Prosser Impresses

    by Christina Kelly & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & F & lt;/span & or 25 years, Hogue Cellars has been comfortable in the value-wines niche market, making pretty good wines within the $10 to $20 price range. Not the first winery to come to mind, but they had enough
  • News
  • Book Review

    by Michael Bowen & r & American Gospel by Jon Meacham & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & omewhere between private expressions of faith and public-square politicking lies "public religion." Somewhere, that is, between the practice of religion guaranteed by
  • News
  • Remote Possibilites

    The Riches (Mondays, 10 pm, FX) & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he great trick The Riches pulls is taking America's chief cultural export, our sense of cloistered suburban normalcy, and refracting it until it seems strange to us.
  • News
  • The Color of Space

    by Marty Demarest & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "A & lt;/span & big crate just arrived from L.A. with another painting!" Lorinda Knight exclaims to me in an e-mail a week before artist Keiko Hara's show of paintings goes on display April 6 at the Lorinda Knight
  • News
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    DINING Phases of the Moon & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & pring is the time to visit Italy, according to those in the know, but Italy means great food and wine any time of year. That's the inspiration for the new Italian-nuanced
  • Comment
  • Sound Advice

    & r & Thursday, 4/5 & r & Big Easy, Roger Clyne & amp; the Peacemakers, DJ Chris Woods Ex-refreshments singer continues his bubbly pop-country excursions 7 pm. $12. Big Foot,
  • Comment
  • Bomb Garden

    & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ast week slate.com had a fascinating story on the economics of the Compact Disc. It explained why big chains (Tower Records) are dying, why niche sellers (Silver Platters of Seattle) are t
  • Comment
  • Healthy Choices

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & S & lt;/span & ince the flap over the firing of Health Officer Dr. Kim Thorburn in December, the Spokane County Board of Health has been considering its options. Last Thursday, the Board's Ad Hoc Committee held a publ
  • Comment
  • Regular Guy Rock

    by Katie Dutli & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & ith startup bands competing every day for play time on our iPods and local stations, what makes one indie/rock/emo group stand out from the next? In the case of Seven Years Absence, it's the sweeping var
  • Comment
  • Honesty Counts

    Ted S. McGregor Jr. & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & very politician worries about the last-minute story that will ruin his or her chances at election. Back in the summer of 1884, just months before the presidential election, Grover Cleveland was accu
  • Comment
  • Brains Race

    by Suzanne Schreiner & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Washington Senate may soon decide whether to pass a funding mechanism that could provide significant dollars for Spokane's fledgling Institute for Systems Medicine (ISM). The bill would allow on
  • Comment
  • Quick Hits

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN and RACHEL SIEMENS & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t makes sense that JOHANNA KUNIN toured with seminal psych-folk weirdo Robyn Hitchcock and that she shares a band member or two with Laura Veirs (Karl Blau and Tucker Martine, most notably
  • Comment
  • Big Hairy Goals

    by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he company that operates Spokane's Deaconess and Valley Medical Centers is considering how to achieve what company leaders call their "Big Hairy Audacious Goal." That goal is to become the top hospit
  • Comment
  • CD Reviews

    TIMBALAND Shock Value 2 stars & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & C & lt;/span & an you say "vanity project"? Timbaland can. Shock Value is an attempt by the nearly ubiquitous producer to get the rest of the way to ubiquity by workin
  • Comment
  • Rocky Roads

    by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & astern Washington's Ferry County is likely to lose 100 miles of paved roads next year even if federal funding for timber counties comes through. And nobody wants to think what will happen if the funds,

Music & Film

  • Music
  • Crowd Control

    by Andrew Matson & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & s Velella Velella's sound has matured from experimental beat sketches (2004's By The Wind Sailor) to focused, crowd-rocking funk (2005's Bay Of Biscay), the results have been met with surges of print a
  • Film
  • Shouldn't Have Done It

    by Ed Symkus & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & went to a Saturday morning sneak preview of ithis film last week. It was packed with kids. A i5-year-old boy kicked the back of my seat for 87 minutes straight -- and that was the best part of my film-goin

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