• Issue of
  • Aug 2-8, 2007
  • Vol. 14, No. 42


  • Local News
  • Show of Strength

    by ROBERT HEROLD & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & ffective elected leaders, as distinct from those who just manage to get themselves elected, are critics before they're boosters. Criticism goes to the question of change and priorities; boosterism is j
  • Local News
  • Now Playing

    Flipper has never been this big. But then again, he has yet to make his big screen debut at the IMAX. Greg MacGillivray's documentary reads like a children's book then transitions into a well-shot, insightful look into the
  • Local News
  • Recently Reviewed

    The dim interior at Angelo's is decked in nostalgic Italiana and religious iconography, and the menu features handcrafted foods, mostly organic. Starters like calamari saltate, antipasto misto and grilled eggpl
  • Local News
  • Buzz Bin

    Wilbur-area yellowjackets called in reinforcements for Whitestone Winery's first-ever wine dinner, served alfresco between the cab franc and merlot vines at the family's vineyard on Saturday night. The wasp
  • Local News
  • Take Two

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & The Simpsons Movie & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he Simpsons Movie opens with its iconic cartoon-within-a-cartoon characters, Itchy and Scratchy, landing on the Moon. Itchy (the mouse) first skewers Scratchy with the American
  • Local News
  • Model Program

    by Kitty Klitzke & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he City of Spokane is moving forward with new policies for our shorelines that will preserve the special places that make Spokane unique. The policies will also increase public access and encourage res
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  • Amnesiac Prey

    by ED SYMKUS & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & "N & lt;/span & obody does it better." When Carly Simon first sang those lyrics, she was referring to James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me. But that sentiment fits right in with former CIA agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) i
  • Local News
  • Fresh & amp;amp; Tasty

    You know how it is: You walk into a coffee shop, and suddenly you feel you should be wearing a black turtleneck and reading Proust. Coffee shops have an undeniable literary cachet, and now y
  • Local News
  • Book Review

    by Emma Brockes & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & here's a Richard Greenberg play in which a character resents how the word "gay" has been hijacked -- it used to mean living joyously and in the moment while retaining f
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  • Remote Possibilites

    (Mondays, 9 pm, HBO) & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & eet Bill Henrickson -- an all-American dad with great kids, beautiful wives and a successful career. Wait a minute... wives? That's right, Henrickson (Bill Paxton) is
  • Local News

    Stories by Doug Nadvornick, TED S. McGREGOR JR., DAVE TURNER, ANN M. COLFORD, TIM BROSS & r & & r & The PHILANTHROPY CONNECTION & r & & r & by Doug Nadvornick & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & hen I worked at Spokane Public Radio, part of my job involved on-air
  • Local News
  • Singing It at Sandpoint

    by TAMMY MARSHALL & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the past 25 years many famous faces have crooned all kinds of tunes at the Festival at Sandpoint: the late Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys, Tony Bennett -- to name a few. The festival in the last quarter
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  • Caf & amp;eacute; Tango

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & t's clear, with a quick look at the menu, what's important at Prago in downtown Spokane: the lists of choices for Scotch (10 to 18 years old) and for coffees (including one for $8) are longer than th
  • Local News
  • Council Race Wide Open

    by KEVIN TAYLOR & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he city's third district -- essentially west of Division and north of the river -- is the hottest race in Spokane, featuring debate over the future of Albi Stadium, the fate of municipal pools, the develo
  • Local News
  • Opening Films

    The second sequel in the Bourne series takes everything up a couple of notches, while revisiting the same territory that made the first two films so good. Matt Damon returns as the amnesia-suffering former CI
  • Local News
  • Hydro Hogs

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & W & lt;/span & e asked the city for a list of the top 20 residential and commercial water users for Spokane's municipal water system, for the year-long period between June 1 of last year and the end of this May. They wo
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  • Rickled

    by BEN KROMER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & was nervous verging on frightened when I called Don Rickles. I'd never done an interview before, and I was about to start with the Merchant of Venom. He's the guy who introduced himself to Frank Sinatra
  • Local News
  • The Player

    Rated Mature; PlayStation 3 & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & I & lt;/span & n the most recent PlayStation 3 game, I dash across the surface of a pond, tippy-toe in my tabi socks like a lightning-fast Christ. The feat is ac


  • Opinion
  • Quick Hits

    by INLANDER & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & O & lt;/span & f all the nu metal groups of the mid- to late '90s, AARON LEWIS' Staind was, by far, the most in touch with its feelings. That's a dangerous label among bands whose salve for all troubled childhoods and da
  • Opinion
  • Sound Advice

    Thursday, 8/2 Barrel Room No. 6, The Shook Twins Big Easy, Aaron Lewis, DJ Graffix Bluz At The Bend, Sammy Eubanks Caterina, Open Mic w/ Jacob Butcher, Jon Crocker Ch
  • Opinion
  • Last Little Life

    by JOEL HARTSE & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & et's get a few things out of the way. Yes, he used to be in Weezer, Yes, he quit Weezer to focus on the Rentals. Yes, the Rentals broke up after two albums. Yes, he freaked out and vanished into a small
  • Opinion
  • Soap Box Derby

    That was city councilman and candidate for mayor Al French, last week criticizing Mayor D
  • Opinion
  • Rock as Folk

    by ANDREW MATSON & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & E & lt;/span & motionalism will go down as the best album of 2007. There, I said it. Granted, we're only two-thirds through the year, but it's hard to imagine another artist or group will come close to the Avett Brot
  • Opinion
  • CD Reviews

    Being There 4 Stars This isn't just make-out music. Norwegian leader Tord Gustavsen -- having recorded Changing Places and The Ground previously on ECM with Harald Johnsen on bass and Jarle Vespestad on drums -- has assembled a more upb
  • Opinion
  • Last Gasp

    by DOUG NADVORNICK & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t the tail end of an exhausting Spokane school budgeting process that started last fall, a small group of parents is going down fighting by leading a campaign to convince the school board to drop pla
  • Opinion
  • Rapid Mood Swings

    by LUKE BAUMGARTEN & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & A & lt;/span & t a little after 11 pm last Friday, Empyrean erupted with applause. Though the front room couldn't have held more than 30 people, wedged haphazardly into the spaces between tables, the audience clamo
  • Opinion
  • Bomb Garden

    With the exception of MySpace phenoms and reality-show-constructed divas, success at the pop game requires digging yourself, inch by inch, out of dive bars and onto raised, well-lit stages. Among the most effective ways


  • Movie Reviews
  • The Black Dahlia

    by JOEL SMITH & r & & r & The Black Dahlia & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & os Angeles, 1947. The body of a beautiful, young aspiring actress is found cut in half at the waist, her cheeks slashed to give her a macabre, post-mortem smile. Chunks of her fles

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