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ollster and presidential adviser Pat Caddell, who ditched the Democratic Party back in the 1980s, now writes that the GOP is in danger of becoming completely irrelevant. It wouldn’t be the first time. Caddell notes that between 1932 and 1968, the GOP lost nine of 11 presidential elections and controlled the Congress for a grand total of four years. And it was worse than that: without Eisenhower’s two wins, the GOP would have likely lost 11 in a row. (And, as we know, Ike was hardly a fire-breathing conservative.) Since Reagan’s two terms, the Rs have lost the popular vote in seven of the last nine presidential elections. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal accepts that his GOP has become what many think it has always been, “the stupid party.” In a recent speech, he said the Republican Party “has simply lost its capacity to think about America as it is today — an America where, for example, most people no longer worry about gay marriage.”

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The GOP has some soul-searching to do, but by the looks of it they’ll double down on purity tests instead

olitical parties that become irrelevant face an uncertain future. Take the Democrats after the Civil War. Associated with the discredited Confederacy, the Democrats lost nine of 11 presidential elections between 1868 and 1908. Before the Democrats came the Whig Party. Whigs were sailing right along until they failed to address the abolition of slavery issue. In came Lincoln and the Republican Party, and out went the Whigs. By the early 1890s, the Democratic Party was being challenged by the People’s Party, the Populists. The Democrats, to avoid almost certain disaster, co-opted the Populists by nominating their candidate as the Democratic candidate in the election of 1896. The Democrats lost that election but regained relevancy. Gov. Jindal’s comments, while certainly important, don’t go nearly far enough. They could be taken to suggest that all his party has to do is spiff up it’s messaging. How about the old runway strategy? They could just add a few more token women, like our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who stands silently behind every photo op featuring the white male leadership. Maybe that would work. Or a token Hispanic could help eat into that 70 percent of the Hispanic vote that President Obama got. The real problem for Republicans runs far deeper than appearances. In order to again be seen as relevant they need to risk jettisoning their base. It isn’t that the fundamentalists have any real options — except, that is, for staying home. Democrats lost badly in 2010 in no small measure because the Obama White House had done a lousy job of keeping the base energized. Obama learned from that disaster and turned the tables in 2012. But the thing is, the Republi-

can base is turning out in strong numbers and the party is still losing — badly — in the past two national elections. Instead of remaking the party in the image of the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, Dan Evans, Everett Dirksen, Howard Baker, Bob Packwood, Mark Hatfield and Chuck Hagel, what do the Republicans do? Acting like an organizational version of a Soviet self-criticism apparatchik, they find ideologically wanting even the likes of a Bob Bennett or a Richard Lugar. They even force a right-of-center moderate such as Orrin Hatch (who supported stem cell research) to take a purity test. What we have seen, even since the 2012 debacle, is a party doubling down on ideological purity — a move that only serves to worsen its relevancy problem. The more ideologically pure the GOP becomes, the less relevant it becomes.

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he GOP seeks to deal with the losing hand that ideology and demographics have dealt it by brazenly stealing elections. I refer to gerrymandering, supermajority elections (see Proposition 2 on your Spokane ballot) and bizarre ideas about how to ditch the Electoral College while avoiding the popular vote in the process. Face-lifting won’t get it. Stealing will eventually backfire. Today’s GOP needs a public philosophy — period, end of story. Because right now, the party can’t answer the fundamental question: What does the Preamble of the Constitution mean? A more perfect union? How many Red States today are considering secessionist proposals? Justice? How do you deal with this question apart from considering the tension between equality and liberty? Domestic tranquility? They propose to maintain at all costs what amounts to a me-first society, in everything from corporate behavior to tax policy to guns. That’s not a recipe for national peace. Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity? How do you do this without being able to address questions going to fairness and intergenerational responsibilities? Democrats fumble with these questions, too, no doubt about it. But the difference is that to most Democrats, these questions beg for consideration and answers. And most Democrats reject the idea that life in the American commons can be stomped out by these doomed political dinosaurs, lurching from one unpopular idea to the next, always repeating the same two words: “Free markets.” n

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ust before Christmas, it was delivered to my office. Covered in brown paper, I unwrapped it carefully as I noticed the spine was wearing out. Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State, First Edition, 1941. I opened it to find the book’s previous owner — Jim Warren — put his mark inside under the words, “A book is a journey.” In the 1930s, thousands of artists and writers were put to work by the Work Projects Administration to produce guidebooks for every state and many cities. The team that did ours made it the second biggest in the series. Many have been reprinted in new editions, but not Washington’s, so I had to track down a copy at a tiny Seattle bookstore. Richard Correll’s linoleum-cut prints adorn the pages, and the book is filled with historical panoramas and itineraries for trips through our amazing corner of the country. Mr. Warren marked up some passages, and kept lists on the blank pages in the back; I found more of his notes on scraps of paper tucked inside. It even smells like it probably sat in his daughter’s basement for a couple decades before it found it’s way to a bookstore. Yeah, I’m a throwback. In an era of Kindles and iBooks, I still Richard Correll art love to wander around Auntie’s to see where that journey takes me. I don’t need pop-up ads on websites to tell me what I last searched; I’m out to find the things I don’t even know I’m interested in yet. And the key to it all is the printed word, made permanent between the faded green-cloth covers of my new-to-me treasure trove. It’s comforting to see others still feel strongly about words, too. On a recent 60 Minutes, Morley Safer documented how the people of New Orleans rose up to protest the news that the city’s daily, The Times-Picayune, would cut back to printing only three newspapers a week. And just last week, we printed our 1,001st Inlander — that’s a lot of words and images we’ve made permanent. All those Inlanders later, you seem to like what we’re doing, as we continue to add readers every year. Here in Spokane, volunteers are mobilizing to win support for our city libraries, which allow every citizen, young and old, rich and poor, to wade into a sea of words. Think of all those books on all those shelves as little beacons guiding every individual journey to enlightenment. n

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Trimming Senators?

I find it interesting that someone who lives next to a state (Idaho) that only has two congressman and two senators wants to change the constitution to allow Idaho to have one senator and other states like Washington, California and New York to have three senators. (“Filibustered Future,” 1/17/13.) First, I would prefer that there were more congressmen and reduce the number of people represented to, say, half of what it is now. That would provide more representatives in bigger states and expand the Electoral College as well. But taking away a senator would only marginalize smaller states more than they are now. How many times did the presidential candidates visit the small states last year? Ah! None I believe. GARY EDDY Spokane, Wash.

What About Fast and Furious?

I noticed a few things missing regarding your “fair and objective” piece questioning whether or not we should allow this government to decide what weapons we many and may not possess. (“Weapon of Choice,” 1/17/13.) Before I hand over my AR-15, I would like to ask the following: Why no mention of the deadly debacle “Fast and Furious”? I find it truly amazing that the Inlander could write up as detailed and comprehensive a report on the AR-15 and completely miss “Fast and Furious.” I find it difficult to reason that “Fast and Furious” was put together to do anything other than usurp our Second Amendment rights. Absent sufficient explanation, one can only conclude that this scheme was a very thinly-veiled attempt to manipulate a perception that all of Mexico’s firearms problems stem from our right to “keep and bear arms.” The emperor has no clothes. I’ll keep my firearms and hope to God that my possession of them alone will serve as an effective deterrent to those that would enslave my kids and grandchildren. Bet you won’t be allowed (or just refuse) to print this one. VIC BERNSTEIN Spokane, Valley, Wash.

Partisan Airwaves

Do you think it’s about time we started a call-in campaign with Clear Channel to bring back some Progressive Talk Radio to the Spokane market? I’m so tired of hearing the right-wing wackos all day, every day and night. No one is making a lick of sense. NORM ELLEFSON Spokane, Wash.

Thanks, Volunteers!

I wanted to write to thank fellow Spokane residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this past Christmas. Together we were able to pack over 20,000 shoeboxes — filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities — for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoebox Send comments to editor@inlander.com. gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries. During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993. I would like to thank the volunteers at our local collection sites and all those who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. For many of the children who receive these gifts, this shoebox will be the first gift they have ever received. There are year-round volunteer opportunities available to serve with Operation Christmas Child. Find out how you can use your gifts and talents to make a difference in children’s lives around the world at samaritanspurse.org. Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.

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Joe Pearman: MORE TRASH GOATS! Nash Swanstrom: Safe, clean, legal, brothels to get those girls out of dangerous conditions! Tommy Chavez: Support for the music community. Wil Spilker: More bike lanes. Jesse Acosta: More film festivals, particularly … classic films. A few places used to do silent films accompanied by an organ for Halloween. I’d go to something like that all year long. Ryan Lieuallen: Cowbell, people… cowbell. Shelby Baltutat: Locally owned grocery stores. Dog parks. Dance clubs. Holly Rosen: More accountability from the police department and city officials, like the mayor, city council members and other city officials. Cameron Sower: Roller coasters. Zac Fawcett: Solar-equipped houses and businesses. Sarah Darling: Things for under-21 people to do in the winter. Danielle Loucks: Recycling bins, Seattle is covered with them. Only the college campuses have them here in Spokane. Shanti Perez: Walking trails. Michael Vojtech: Spokane needs more open-minded people, who will accept you for what you have. n

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rising chorus of congressional Republicans are calling on President Obama to acknowledge that the pop singer Beyoncé lip-synched during his inaugural festivities last week and resign from office, effective immediately. “By lip-synching the national anthem, Beyoncé has cast a dark cloud over the President’s second term,” said Sen. Rand Paul (RKentucky). “The only way President Obama can remove that cloud is by resigning from office at once.” While many in the media have blamed Beyoncé for the lip-synching controversy, Mr. Paul said, “We must remember that this happened on President Obama’s watch.” Mr. Paul said that the White House’s refusal to comment on the Beyoncé crisis “only serves the

argument that this President has something to hide.” “If Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem, how do we know President Obama didn’t lip-sync his oath of office?” he said. “If that’s the case, he’s not legally president. But just to be on the safe side, he should resign anyway.” Mr. Paul also blasted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her testimony on Benghazi before the Senate last week: “Her tactic of answering each and every question we asked her didn’t fool anyone.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit borowitzreport.com.

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Speaking for the People by jim hightower

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iven his own cool reserve and his first-term penchant for pursuing a tepid, middleright governing agenda, I didn’t expect to get much warmth from Obama’s inaugural address. I was surprised. In his speech, the re-elected president actually showed some FDR, jut-jawed, presidential flair. Rooting his address in America’s solid progressive values, he issued a call for the Great Majority of our people — the middle class and the poor — to join him in a nationwide campaign to rebuild our country’s infrastructure, our ladder of upward mobility and (most importantly) our sense of shared purpose. Predictably, right-wing pundits and defenders of the corporate order decried his address as partisan and socialist. But, in fact, the best word to characterize the speech is simply “American.” It was a straightforward restatement of the grassroots principles that the founders first articulated. It’s no accident that his most-used phrase (five times) was “We the people” — the opening words of the remarkably progressive preamble to our na-

tion’s founding document. “We the people still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity,” Obama reminded us. “We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few… The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.” At this difficult juncture in America’s long and uncertain journey toward egalitarianism, when powerful forces of elitism are trying to push our society down the dark alley of plutocracy, this was the speech we needed. Read it yourself at whitehouse. gov/blog/inaugural-address. n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.

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Future U.S. District Court Judge Frank Burgess (on left) averaged 32.4 points per game to lead the NCAA in scoring as a senior at Gonzaga in 1960-61.

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Since the very beginning, Gonzaga University has embraced education with a global perspective. After all, the university grew from roots planted on the Northwest frontier by Jesuit missionaries who came to Spokane from across Europe. Fifty years ago, we went back to the cradle of the Renaissance to launch Gonzaga-in-Florence. Thousands who have participated in this pioneering overseas program testify to the transformative value of the experience. “I learned more in that one year about myself, about other people, about the world, than in the other three years of college combined,” said 2008 GU graduate Lauran Intinarelli. “It gave me a sense of independence and confidence. It changed the course of my life.” Opportunity abroad and at home For the approximately 40 percent of undergraduates who study abroad during their time at Gonzaga, Florence is just one of many possible educational destinations. The university has service learning programs based in Zambia and Benin, as well as exchange programs with schools in 18 countries. Gonzaga’s global outreach also means opportunities for foreign students to live and learn in Spokane. GU’s growing on-campus International Student Programs, housed in the Schoenberg Center, attract those studying English as a second language as well as other undergrads and graduate students. The more than 240 international students enrolled at Gonzaga this year represent 42 nations.

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Dr. Jane Goodall April 9, 2013 More than 200 foreign-born Amerasian children of U.S. servicemen got a Gonzaga education and a path to U.S. citizenship during the 1980s and ‘90s, thanks to Father Al Carroll, S.J., founder of the Amerasian Heritage Program at GU.

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n a sunny backyard, kids are running through a sprinkler and snacking on watermelon. Inside, two young women with big toothy smiles stand in the kitchen as a voiceover chimes in. “When we were trying to make ends meet last month, family came to rescue,” the woman’s voice says. “My sister told me she went to Moneytree for a payday

loan to cover unexpected costs. It couldn’t be easier.” The exchange is part of an ad for Moneytree, one of the region’s biggest payday lenders, which could soon see its operations in Idaho dwindle. Indeed, payday loans are easy to get — most people qualify with a check stub. That makes them attractive for many low-income people, but also drops them squarely

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PAYDAY LOANS: HOW THE FEES ADD UP Many people cannot pay back the short-term loans as soon as they’d planned. Often, the loan is rolled over for another term or a new loan is taken out from another lender to cover it.

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“debt trap,” continued... but 36 percent is his favored figure now.) He helped sponsor a similar bill last year, but that effort never made it out of committee. Rep. Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello, who co-sponsored it, says she got pushback from banks who worried they’d get caught up in new regulations. Meanwhile, payday lenders continue to fight caps like this because they say it limits their profits too much to stay in business. “This is a problem, and it’s a problem for the poorest among us,” Heider says. “I can’t imagine borrowing money at 36 percent. I think I’m being more than generous [to lenders].”

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oneytree CEO Dennis Bassford doesn’t see his industry as a threat to the poor, but as a savior. Short-term loans are designed to help those who don’t qualify for traditional bank loans and who have no safety net of family or friends from whom to borrow, Bassford says. The executive has raised eyebrows with his surly attitude, but also with his philanthropy and his company’s spot on Seattle Business Magazine’s “best companies to work for” list. A call to the Post Falls branch gets you a friendly greeting that ends with, “How can I provide you with outstanding service today?” although all media calls have to go through the corporate office. “It’s a great industry,” Bassford says. “Our customers love the service we provide them. It’s a great business to be in because people value what we do.” To Bassford, there’s no need to wonder about potential impacts of a 36-percent cap in Idaho. Under those rules, he could only charge

borrowers $1.40 every two weeks on a $100 loan. That, he says, would destroy his bottom line and his ability to pay employees or basic expenses. “It’s real easy,” he says. “Everybody who’s licensed in the state of Idaho, like my company, would close our doors and go out of business.” While the industry doesn’t deny the high interest rates it charges, representatives say it’s not fair to measure them by year because these loans were never meant to be used in the longterm. But advocates argue intent is irrelevant. About 12 million adults use payday loans each year, and they are disproportionately poor and not well-educated, according a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the nonprofit that runs the Pew Research Center. Of more than 30,000 borrowers surveyed, 85 percent had no college degree and about three-quarters made less than $40,000 a year. When surveyed about what they spent the money on, 69 percent of borrowers cited recurring expenses, like rent and food — not the unexpected, one-time costs the loans are marketed to cover.

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n a way, Joel Rios knew what he was getting himself into. He saw the poster in the payday loan offices he visited in Pocatello showing an interest rate of nearly 400 percent a year. But he says he just didn’t understand what that really meant. The 39-year-old, who moved to southern Idaho from South Texas, found work driving a truck during the potato harvest, but struggled during the offseason. Despite enrolling in unemployment, he says he needed money for rent

and normal monthly bills and to help care for his then-2-year-old daughter. “At first it was nice,” he says. “You really don’t think about it. They make it sound so easy.” When people like Rios take out a loan from a payday lender, they give the lender a check that’s post-dated for the date they’re expected to repay the loan. (Some lenders give money without a check for a higher interest rate.) When the time comes, a borrower who can’t afford repayment may renew the loan for another fee. Some states limit the number of times this can happen, but most allow it at least a few times, piling interest on top of the initial amount borrowed. A bounced check incurs another fee, and a failure to pay sends the debt to into default. Rios went through it all. Soon, he found himself renewing loans over and over again, or taking out loans from one payday lender to pay off another one. He lost his car to a title loan he couldn’t pay back, and soon owed more than $1,000 to five lenders around town, all while earning little or no income. Rios says lenders harassed him for their money, and then started calling the friends he’d put down as references. “It just got to the point where I couldn’t pay. I couldn’t, I couldn’t, I couldn’t,” he says. “I wouldn’t even answer phone calls because I was so scared.” Advocates for payday lending regulation often cite stories like Rios’ to show the debt spiral borrowers can find themselves in, but Bassford calls those arguments “stale.” At his branches in Washington, borrowers can apply to pay off loans in 90 or 180 days. In Idaho, they can apply for a payment plan starting at four installments, but only once per year. Bassford says those should be enough help. The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (created in the wake of the financial meltdown) has released guidelines to ensure payday lenders are following federal law. People with payday loan experience can share their stories on the Bureau’s website, and at the announcement of the new guidelines last spring, the Bureau’s director, Richard Cordray, said payday lenders would be getting “more attention” from his organization. But federal regulation looks unlikely, so states continue to set their own rules. After Montana passed a 36-percent cap on payday loans in 2010, many short-term lenders said they would close their doors. In an interview with NPR, the head of the Montana chapter of a national financial service trade group predicted most short-term lenders in the state would soon close, slashing 400-600 jobs. And many have. A Google search for payday lenders in the state’s biggest city, Billings, now yields just a few still-open lenders along with plenty of dead links. Besides losing business, lenders say increased regulation can send borrowers online, where the business is even shadier. But, according to the Pew study, that hasn’t happened in heavy-handed states. The research found that restrictive laws, like limiting interest rates, led to fewer borrowers and that only 5 percent of those would-be borrowers went online. The others just decided against using payday loans. “While online borrowing often is discussed as a problem in states without storefronts,” the Pew researchers write, “it is nearly as prevalent in states with payday loan stores.”

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oday, four years after his first payday loan, things look better for Rios. He’s working for a remodeling company and free of his payday loan debt, but that liberty came only after he filed for bankruptcy. He took a finance class through the attorney who handled his case, a class where he learned concepts that may seem simple but were new to him. “Now I know how to live on a budget. Many of these people like me didn’t know or weren’t disciplined enough,” he says. “You don’t know how to save money. ‘Save it for a rainy day’ — a lot of us don’t grow up that way. That’s when [lenders] take advantage of that.” But he says he still gets angry when he sees TV ads for payday lenders. He feels his blood boil when a cheery voice asks, “Do you need money?” and tells viewers how easy payday loans are to get. “It’s like throwing a steak out there,” he says. “These people are starving financially.” n heidig@inlander.com

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AFRICA WHY MALI MATTERS

Sometime around 10:15 last Thursday night, Gonzaga set off a bunch of fireworks to mark its 125th birthday. But at least 70 people in town didn’t know what was going on. That’s how many calls Spokane County 911 got reporting confusion over the noise.

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here’s a reason Peter Chilson calls it a “lost country.” “Mali, until March of last year, was this shining beacon of democracy and stability,” Chilson says. “Now it’s the largest Al Qaeda-held territory in the world.” Chilson, a WSU English professor, has traveled and reported in Mali and has a new e-book out this month detailing his most recent travels and the massive changes the nation has seen in less than a year. “The people of the Sahel are incredibly resilient,” Chilson says. “They’re able to keep up this real love of life in the face of horrible circumstances. I’ve never felt more alive than the years I’ve spent in West Africa.” Mali, a landlocked former French colony twice the size of Texas, was once known for its vibrant culture and a stable, if disorganized, government. Today, the country’s northern half is making headlines for French airstrikesand extreme Islamic rule. It started in early 2012, when a military coup toppled the government and the Tuaregs, a local nomadic population, rebelled. The Tuaregs have long fought for an independent secular state, arguing they were divided into arbitrary countries by colonialism, but Chilson says “jihadist elements [soon] infiltrated that rebellion.” Now, nearly half of Mali is held by rebels associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb — a wing of the terrorist network based in North Africa that follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law. They’ve destroyed mosques in the historic outpost of Timbuktu, saying residents practiced too liberal a form of Islam. In July, accounts trickled out of a couple reportedly stoned to death for having children out of wedlock. The rebels are well organized and well armed, Chilson says, in large part because many of them were soldiers in the 2011 civil war in Libya, where they stockpiled arms.Now, international concern is mounting based on fears that the rebels are establishing extremist training camps, much like those that were in operation before Sept. 11, 2001. Malian and French troops have so far been able to halt the Islamists’ movement southward and slowly push north, but it’s unclear whether they can continue to do so without more troops. (American leadership

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Darrick Skaug, a Pullman city councilman, vice president of the Associated Students of WSU and an active member of the WSU Young Democrats, was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend. He blew a .09, just above the legal limit.

WSU professor Peter Chilson is still debating its level of involvement, but has agreed to help French forces with aerial refueling and transporting soldiers.) “If we leave this space to [Al Qaeda], if we don’t fight them, we leave ourselves vulnerable to future attacks,” Chilson says. And, he adds, in a nation considered part of the cultural heart of West Africa, that’s a “tragedy.” — HEIDI GROOVER

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The Pentagon announced it would lift its ban on women in combat, though service leaders have until 2016 to recommend “exemptions” for jobs that should remain open only to men.

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Thanks to a gift commitment, she says, the school could officially announce the project on Gonzaga’s anniversary to drum up enthusiasm. In April, the administration will present the plan to its Board of Trustees. “We’re moving forward to the design and drawing phases,” Hahn says. “Go forth and draw.” — DANIEL WALTERS

‘Life Has Value’

A possible tax for Spokane Police; plus, efforts to end the death penalty Taxing Police After taking an axe to police and fire budgets this year — with close to a $10 million city budget shortfall — Spokane Mayor David Condon may be easing off his no-higher-taxes spiel. Condon is reportedly considering the prospect of higher property taxes or a city bond to help fund the Spokane Police Department. The money would likely go toward implementing a commission’s Send comments to suggestions on how to reform the editor@inlander.com. department, but Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart says it may also be used to hire more officers. The mayor has begun talking about it at committee meetings as a bond or levy put to a public vote in August, he says. But Stuckart wants any proposal to further: “I just think it needs to include both police and fire and think we can’t just go in for police.” City Administrator Theresa Sanders confirms the mayor’s cabinet is “developing a strategic plan which may result in our asking the citizens for additional investment, particularly in law enforcement.” Sanders says she doesn’t know if the package would be a bond (which would need over 60 percent in a public

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vote), a tax levy (which would need over 50 percent), or both. Sanders says the mayor’s cabinet will give Condon a recommendation on what to put forth in a few months. — JOE O’SULLIVAN

The Turning of the COG

In 1952, a new building at Gonzaga University was dubbed the “Circulus Omnium Gonzaga-orum.” The Latin title quickly became shortened to COG, an abbreviation students have used for nearly six decades. That may soon change. At Gonzaga’s fireworkheavy 125th anniversary celebration last week, President Thayne McCulloh announced the COG dining center would likely be torn down to make way for a new, fancy University Center. Still in its inception phase, the multi-story building is planned to include not only a dining center, but also an 800-foot ballroom, a 200-seat auditorium, a new (alcoholfree) pub/cafe and housing for student clubs. Gonzaga expects the center to be built to environmentally-friendly LEED Silver specifications and cost around $60 million. “It will shift the center of campus,” says Gonzaga spokeswoman Mary Joan Hahn. “It will have a dramatic impact on the experience that students have here.”

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hen Lara Strandberg graduated from took notice, and applications to law schools have Gonzaga Law School in 2009, she plummeted. left with a rock-solid resume. On top aw school’s loudest critics come from of her diploma, she had professional paralegal inside the academy: Law professors like experience and a paralegal degree. Yet, she knew, University of Colorado-Boulder’s Paul thanks to the recession, it may take her time to Campos lead a chorus of critics. “For many law find a job at a law firm. students today, law school ends up being an She didn’t know it would take nearly three economic tragedy and an intellectual years. farce,” Campos writes in his book, “I sent out hundreds and Don’t Go to Law School (Unless). “The hundreds of resumes and letters,” tragedy is that every year, tens of Strandberg says. “I couldn’t even tuition: thousands of bright, talented young get an interview.” $ people, full of energy, ambition and In the meantime, she temped hope, discover that their legal educaas a receptionist for a construcaverage debt, tions have left them saddled with tion company. She went into solo upon graduation: life-altering debts, and no realistic practice, but only made $5,000 for way of paying them off.” an entire year. $ Technology and recession, he “I was probably clinically writes, transformed the legal world: depressed,” Strandberg says. “I had The Internet made searching for case no direction where I was going to law easier; outsourcing made reviewgo. I felt like I’d wasted a heck of a ing documents cheaper; state budget lot of my family’s money.” resident tuition: cuts made government lawyer jobs Last March she was finally $ scarcer. Most students in the bottom hired as a personal injury attorhalf of their first year law class, he ney, but her struggles highlight average debt, writes, would actually be better off the crisis that’s gripped both law upon graduation: dropping out. school graduates and administraA flood of news reports trumpettors: “There’s too much supply $ ing the dangers of law school have for the demand that’s out there,” had an impact. Law school applicaStrandberg says. tions fell nearly 25 percent nationIn 2009, the American Bar wide in the past two years. The University of Association fired off an official warning: Students Idaho and Gonzaga had to weather the blow. expecting their $100,000 debts to be quickly “Every law dean has to make a decision,” washed away with six-figure salaries were likely Gonzaga Law School Dean Jane Korn says. Do mistaken. The cost of school was rising and they lower acceptance standards to fill the seats, “well-paying jobs [were] in short supply.” or lower admission numbers and weather the Gonzaga and the University of Idaho both financial blow? Gonzaga cut admissions. To fell victim to a national trend: Barely more than compensate, it had to also cut travel budgets and half the class of 2011 was employed in a longfreeze salaries. term full-time job requiring a bar credential nine Korn, and her University of Idaho countermonths after graduation. Prospective students

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part, Don Burnett, paint a more nuanced picture than the national media’s dire landscape. Burnett says that, compared to many other professions, lawyers have a lower unemployment rate. Korn says most Gonzaga grads eventually do find jobs — they just may have to wait longer, try harder and be more flexible. “A lot of times we’ll have a job and a student doesn’t want to go work there,” Korn says. “There are good paying jobs in Alaska. There might be good jobs in Yakima.” Lucrative jobs in huge firms may be disappearing, but underserved populations remain. One solo-practitioner Korn knows tried to find someone to take over his practice, but nobody wanted to move to his small town. “I think philosophically we still need to think about society’s need for those lawyers who aren’t going to make a lot of money,” says Gonzaga clinical law professor George Critchlow. “Society needs public defenders and prosecutors and city attorneys and legal aid lawyers.” But the sheer weight of debt also constrains law students. A year and half after graduating, University of Idaho student Saundra Richartz managed to find a job as a deputy prosecutor in Stevens County. But with $35,000 in debt from Whitworth University and $160,000 from Idaho — not to mention credit card debt — she lives with her mother. Even if she wanted to go back to work at her old diner job, she couldn’t afford it. “I needed to make at least $45,000-$55,000 a year to make a dent,” Richartz says. The American Bar Association cites an estimate that the average student needs a $65,000 salary to compensate the typical law school debt. It’s one reason why schools like the University of Idaho are trying to keep their costs comparatively low.

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niversity of Idaho, too, has cut admissions. Yet Burnett, the dean, stood in front of the state’s Joint FinanceAppropriations Committee last week to ask for money to continue expanding the school. His request would cost Idaho $400,000 and would add a second year and about 10 students annually to the law school’s Boise program. Burnett has faced the should-we-really-be-adding-more-lawyers question before. “In Idaho, in the most recent year, only about 26 percent of the persons who were admitted to the bar came from the University of Idaho,” Burnett says. “We are a net importer of legal talent.” Idaho has the 49th lowest number of lawyers-per-person, yet that difference hasn’t made it easier for University of Idaho graduates to quickly land lawyer jobs. Their figures are as bad as the rest of the nation. And soon, those graduates may have to compete for jobs with those from University of Concordia’s new law school in Boise. In its first year, the private nonprofit enrolled 74 students. The expansion isn’t primarily about enrollment, Burnett says. “This is a student quality and student opportunity move,” Burnett says. Law students would be closer to Idaho’s government and businesses hub, closer to internships and clerkships that can become jobs. University of Idaho and Gonzaga have started to adjust to the new legal market, focusing more on practical clinical law experience, legal writing and pro bono work. Gonzaga’s Career Services turned into the Center for Professional Development — becoming less about resumes, more about networking. “I don’t know how many emails I send out a week to talk to the alumni,” Powers says. For basketball-oblivious students, she even recently sent out 11 talking points (“Yes, David Stockton is John Stockton’s son...”) to use when interviewers ask “How ‘bout them Zags?” She places students in internships and nonprofits and encourages them to volunteer while finding work. Brian Ream, a Gonzaga student graduating this fall, says his internship with Leibow McKean, an intellectual property firm in Seattle, won him a tentative job offer. “There are other people that did the same thing I did. Get an internship and turn it into a job offer,” Ream says. “If you’re not in the top 25 percent, the top 15 percent [of the class], you’ll need a connection to get a job.” n

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asked for help. All night he drifted through the city of 23,800 people. He told others he was heading home, but never returned. His family lives with what could have been. What if he had stayed at the party? What if someone had called for help? What if he had been found sooner? His father, Bob Wiederrick, recounts his son’s many interactions along his route and sees missed chances. “It’s just a senseless tragedy,” he says. “He could have been saved at so many different times along the way.”

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orn and raised in Hailey, Idaho, Wiederrick grew up in the rugged backcountry of the Sun Valley region, east of Boise. His father says the 18-yearold enjoyed mountain biking, hiking, skiing and target shooting. He made friends easily. “He was just a great kid,” his father says. “He had a tremendous amount of friends. He was just very well liked and is very well missed.” Wiederrick, known as Joe, started at the University of Idaho in the fall. His father says he planned to study architecture. Even as a young boy, he had sketched out floor plans for buildings, giving structure to his imagination. “He’s always been a good artist,” he says. “He was way more talented than I ever was.” When many of his friends headed to the University of Idaho, Wiederrick followed along, his father says. He shared a dorm room with a childhood friend in the

In the early morning hours of Jan. 20, Joseph Wiederrick walked at least seven miles on a winding path from the University of Idaho campus to the northeast outskirts of Moscow. Investigators don’t know the exact route he took, but there are locations along the way where he was seen or left footprints. This map shows what is known at this point.

Theophilus Tower residence hall on campus. Wiederrick had barely started his second semester when another friend from Hailey invited him to a birthday party at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The large brick fraternity house sits on Deakin Avenue near the eastern edge of campus, just a half-mile from Theophilus Tower. Police Chief Duke says witnesses estimate about 120 students attended the party that night. Students reported Wiederrick was seen drinking, but they could not say how much. Nobody remembers seeing him walk out, but investigators believe he left shortly after midnight. Wearing a blue winter coat, a backpack and lightweight Vans shoes, Wiederrick disappeared into the night. His roommate returned to their dorm room around 2:30 am, Duke says, and no one was there. Wiederrick continued to wander the streets. “He was disoriented,” Duke says, “and he apparently was lost.” At about 3 am, Wiederrick called his roommate. The roommate tells authorities Wiederrick did not say where he was or hint at any distress. Wiederrick just said he was on his way home. The roommate went to sleep.

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tanding alongside a large black-and-white map of Moscow, Duke says investigators do not know exactly where Wiederrick went after leaving the party. The chief points to a secluded residential neighborhood in the northeast part of town where Wiederrick showed up two and a half hours later. A woman living along the 1100 block of Highland Drive — about two and a half miles from campus — tells authorities she heard a door open just before 3 am. When she went to check, she found Wiederrick in her basement. “He had entered a house through an unlocked door and laid down on the floor,” Duke says. “The homeowner came down thinking it was her children and saw him lay-

ing there. … He said his name was Joe.” When the woman asked why he was there, Wiederrick reportedly said he thought he was still at the fraternity house. Duke says the woman saw Wiederrick was obviously confused, but he otherwise seemed fine. She asked if she could call anyone for him. “He said no and apologized,” Duke says. “[Then he] started walking out the door and apologized again.” Investigators believe this is when Wiederrick called his roommate as he walked south along Orchard Avenue back into the city. But instead of heading toward campus, Duke says, he appears to have turned east down D Street. D Street would carry Wiederrick out past several blocks of single-family homes, past schools and playgrounds, past leafless trees and chain-link fences. A yellow “Dead End” sign stands at the far east end of the street, just shy of the city limits. Investigators say Wiederrick appears to have walked past the sign and out beyond the edge of the city, down to the end of the road where it runs into a steep pasture. Weather records show the temperature had dropped throughout the morning, nearing 24 degrees as Wiederrick struck out into the field, stomping through several inches of snow.

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s the body’s core temperature drops, people often become confused and lose coordination. Medical studies show hypothermia starts with shivering and mumbling. Decision-making becomes muddled. Fatigue sets in. Hypothermia is known to cause apathy or lack of concern about perilous conditions. “A person with hypothermia usually isn’t aware of his or her condition, because the symptoms often begin gradually and because the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness,” a Mayo Clinic report states. Alcohol can intensify the effects of hypothermia. Studies show alcohol causes blood vessels to expand, speeding up heat loss through the skin. Drinking also impairs judgment, further undermining decisionmaking. Duke says deputies tracked Wiederrick’s footprints up and over a snowy hill as he crossed through several wide fields on the outskirts of Moscow. He continued east through ankle-deep snow, away from the city. “He walked quite a distance in snow,” Duke says. “If you consider that all he had were Vans [shoes] on, then they were probably frozen [early] into his walk because he covered several miles in anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow.” Eventually, Wiederrick ran into Darby Road, northeast of the city, and appears to have returned to the pavement. Investigators found his footprints leading to a nearby house, but he either did not knock or no one heard him. Signs indicate Wiederrick turned back west toward town. He followed Darby Road until it ends in a T-intersection with

Mountain View Road. At this point, Wiederrick had wandered for nearly four hours. The temperature sat near 21 degrees. His shoes were frozen or packed with snow. The cold was likely taking hold of him. As Wiederrick came to the intersection, he faced two distinct directions. To the south, he should have been able to see the city lights of Moscow. To the north, nothing but empty fields and the jagged outline of black mountains. He turned north.

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aradise Creek, a slow, twisting stream, flows from its headwaters on Moscow Mountain down through the low, rolling pastureland outside the city. Little more than a weed-choked irrigation ditch in spots, the creek winds back and forth, skirting Mountain View Road, crossing the road under a small bridge before continuing to the Snake River. Wiederrick appears to have followed Mountain View Road for more than a mile before breaking off to approach a farmhouse at about 4 am. Investigators say his

Joseph Wiederrick tracks indicate he walked around the home, trying to get in or get someone’s attention. A woman answered the door and asked Wiederrick if he was OK, Duke says. Since the woman was alone, she asked him to seek help from the family across the street. When contacted later by a reporter, the woman confirms the encounter, but says the details are too difficult to discuss. She says she watched Wiederrick head across the street toward the neighbor’s house and returned to bed. Allison Ryan, who lives across the street, says Wiederrick never came to her door. His tracks circle up around the back of the house, but never approach the porch. The family dog barked, she says, but they did not know anyone might be in need of help. “We never heard him,” Ryan says. “That’s what I’m devastated about. He would have been welcome.” Investigators say his footprints cross the field behind their house and jump a fence. He then crossed the frozen surface of Paradise Creek as he curved back toward the road. “The trail around the house he walked in circles,” Duke says. “They weren’t straight tracks.” As he tried to cross the creek a second time, he slipped and fell, Duke says. He appears to have hit his head on the ice. Snow and water soaked his clothes. He pulled himself up under the small bridge nearby, seeking shelter below the road.

Investigators believe Wiederrick tried to call a second friend at about 4:30 am. The friend did not hear the phone, and Wiederrick did not leave a message. Tired and cold, he lay down.

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hen Wiederrick’s roommate woke up alone Sunday afternoon, he quickly reported his childhood friend missing. Police launched a search that same afternoon. Officers and deputies scoured campus. News reports broadcasted photos of the wavy-haired blond teen. Authorities found Wiederrick’s footprints in the snow late Sunday and followed them to Darby Road. Early the next morning, the Latah County Search and Rescue Council arrived with trackers, horse-mounted searchers and a rescue helicopter out of Fairchild Air Force Base. Noticing the commotion, Ryan and her son decided to check their property, she says. Her son soon found Wiederrick under the bridge just as searchers closed in on the location at about 4 pm on Jan. 21. “It’s so sad,” she says. “We’re grieving. We’re just devastated.” The Latah County Coroner later conducted an autopsy, concluding hypothermia contributed to Wiederrick’s death. Duke says toxicology reports will take another two or three weeks. Wiederrick’s parents rushed to Moscow during the search. They watched with hope as officers, horsemen and helicopters combed the fields. Afterward, they stayed to collect his things, questioning how their son’s life slipped through so many fingers. “He’d been in contact with other people that night and I don’t think they did the right thing,” Bob Wiederrick says later. “That’s been one of the distressing things for us. People need to watch out for each other.” The University of Idaho issued a statement of condolence. The national office of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity pledged to look into the circumstances leading to Wiederrick’s disappearance. His family takes some solace in the quick resolution, a small measure of closure. They hold tight to the memory of their outgoing son and brother, a dreamer of skyscrapers. “We have no regrets,” the father says. “He knew he was loved and he had a good life.” He pauses. “Even though it was short.” In the fields along Mountain View Road, footprints still stitch the snow. The banks of Paradise Creek lie broken and trampled by searchers. But a few fresh tracks have appeared by the roadside, leaving flowers at the bridge over the frozen stream. An occasional car passes with students headed to campus. This weekend many will drink and cheer and stagger home with the heady invincibility of youth. Paradise Creek will trickle on and the mountains will rise over the empty fields, ringing with a silence like an unfinished whisper. n

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he board of county commissioners can now say what they think about another casino near Airway Heights. But it took the threat of a lawsuit to do it. Until last week, a 2010 contractual agreement with Airway Heights stopped the county from taking an official stance. In exchange, the county would have been paid $120,000 a year from the casino’s operating budget for 10 years. But the only two commissioners to vote for the agreement — Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager — are no longer on the board. Al French, elected in late 2010, is still aghast over the contract. “Why would you ever consider selling your voice?” French says. “I characterize it as hush money.” That money, he says, isn’t even enough to compensate for the loss of county revenue that the building, free from county sales-tax, would bring. French’s worries are dramatic. He outlines a scenario where a KC-135 from Fairchild Air Force Base, carrying 40,000 gallons of fuel, crashes into the future casino. “There aren’t enough ambulances in Spokane County to handle that kind of disaster,” French says. And despite promises by Airway Heights and the Spokane Tribe that the building would not encroach upon Fairchild Air Force Base, threatening its future, French can envision the possibility that it could eventually cause the base to shut down, an economic loss four times the size of the Kaiser Aluminum plant’s 2000 shutdown. “There are concerns that the county has that have not been addressed by anybody else,” French says. “The absence of our comments is glaring. We’re the largest jurisdiction and we’re silent.”

With this in mind, French had been pressing Airway Heights to relieve the county of the neutrality clause in the contract. When it refused, the county threatened Airway Heights with a lawsuit. Airway Heights, Mayor Patrick Rushing says, considered a countersuit. Instead, they came to a compromise: The entire agreement, including revenue sharing, would be terminated. Rushing says the commissioners are taking a gamble. If the casino is built, county residents will lose out. “The city would have paid the county $2.1 million over the first 10 years of operation,” Rushing writes in a Facebook post headlined COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LOSE MILLIONS IN REVENUE. “The egos of the county commissioners cost the county residents millions.” In a week where the new animal control facility is being held up as model of regional collaboration, the end of this agreement has given Rushing a bitter taste. “It’s not helping our relationship any,” Rushing says. “We clearly mutually entered into an agreement that was terminated, and the reason Airway Heights terminated it is that they threatened us with a lawsuit.” The tribe still has to pass two hurdles: approval from the state governor and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Last April, the Spokane Tribe released a short advertisement highlighting Spokane County and the city of Airway Heights’ cooperation on an Environmental Impact Statement on the project. “What do you call an economic development that cooperates with all its neighbors,” the video said. “We call that the right step, for all of us.” n danielw@inlander.com

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SPECIAL EVENTS Opening Reception Talk with local filmmakers and guest filmmakers over food, drink, music and dancing. Fri, Feb. 1, at 8 pm. Free with movie ticket stub. Simply Dance Studio, 820 West Sprague Ave.

Filmmaker Forums Filmmakers will explain firsthand how their projects went from “Action!” to “That’s a wrap.” Saturdays, Feb. 2 and 9, at 2 pm. Free with pass or ticket stub. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 West Main Ave.

Best of the Northwest A collection of short films made right here in the Northwest. Audience votes to crown a winner. Fri, Feb. 1, at 5 pm. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Festival Closing Party Beverages and music will be provided. Sat. Feb, 9, at 9 pm. Free with ticket stub. Community Building Lobby, 35 West Main Ave.

Shorts From the U.S. and Canada A screening of some of the best short films from North America. Tue, Feb. 5, at 6:45 pm. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave.

ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR

9:30 pm, Fri, Feb. 8 • Magic Lantern • 100 minutes • Directed by Xan Aranda • Documentary This evenly split hybrid of concert and documentary follows indie artist Andrew Bird through a year of relentless tour dates. Bird is arguably indie-pop’s best whistler and specializes in looping equipment, integrating multiple instruments into complex pieces that please the ears of hipsters everywhere. The film provides an inside look at how he writes on the road, including a collaboration with St. Vincent set in a hotel room. We explore the early years of Bird’s career and the series of events leading him to leave his solo work behind and establish a band. As in most indie music documentaries, we get a glimpse of the ashes from which the artist crawled after early failings at landing a record deal. In this case, Bird flew away to a beautiful family farm outside Chicago where he remodeled a barn, jammed it full of recording equipment and allowed his soft music to seep out and influence the world. The filmmakers have decided to make the documentary unavailable except at festivals like SpIFF, so this may be your only opportunity to check it out. — ERIC GAVELIN

BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN

2 pm, Sun, Feb 3 • Magic Lantern • 93 minutes • Directed by Shannah Laumeister • Documentary Follows Bert Stern throughout his career, from the mail room at Look Magazine to becoming one of the first photography stars. The Original Madman explores creativity, fame and the prices paid for achievement. (EG)

BOTTLED LIFE: NESTLE’S BUSINESS WITH WATER

2:00 pm, Sat, Feb 9 • Magic Lantern • 90 minutes • Directed by Urs Schnell • Documentary An expose of a multinational corporation bent on expanding its revenue through selling water, Bottled Life will unsettle you as much as any global warming tear-jerker. The film highlights the exploits of Swiss company Nestle as it expands its bottled water business. The film tracks Nestle’s controversial practice of basically pumping the state of Maine dry at virtually no cost for its Poland Spring brand.

Director Urs Schnell also exposes the practice of the company — which also owns the Aquafina and Perrier water brands, among others — of using a pumping station outside an African refugee camp to spin some positive PR. “They’re predators, water hunters, looking for the last pure water in the world,” says one United Nations water expert. Makes you wonder when we’ll stop giving away our number one natural resource for free — and when we’ll stop buying it back at mark-up. Chilling. — JOE O’SULLIVAN

CAMERA SHY

Fri, Feb. 1 and Sat, Feb. 2, 8 pm • Magic Lantern • 91 minutes • Directed by Mark Sawers • Comedy An ambitious, manipulative politician is relaxing in a hotel room after some extramarital recreation when he realizes a cameraman is filming his every move. And, it turns out, he’s the only one who can see the cameraman. This clever satire about political corruption and conscience-reckoning plays off our age of reality TV hyper-documentation. (LW)

hardly a bummer. Yes, it begins with Russell Sawtelle (Kyle Arrington), a down-on-his luck drummer who’s just been kicked out of his band, learning that his father has died and his dad, by all accounts, kind of seemed like an ass when he was alive. When his estranged siblings, hot-shot brother (Lucas Kwan Peterson) and erratic sister (Jenni Melear) show up for the funeral, the story becomes deeply interesting, moving and thought-provoking. Given their father’s remains, old Cadillac and dingy house to look after, the three siblings come to terms with what’s happened as they get to know each other again. It’s a well-acted and smoothly shot film — with an excellent soundtrack — that might make you want to call your brother or sister after the final credits roll. — MIKE BOOKEY

DER GLANZ DES TAGES (SHINE OF DAY)

6:30 pm, Magic Lantern • 90 minutes • Tizza Covi • Foreign A successful actor named Philipp Hochmair begins work for theaters in Vienna and Hamburg, but his lifestyle leads him to lose touch with reality. (EG)

CARTOON COLLEGE

Sun, Feb. 3 at noon and Thu, Feb. 7 at 6:45 pm • Magic Lantern • 78 minutes • Directed by Josh Melrod/Tara Wray • Documentary At some point in every creative person’s life, they stand at a fork between two very different roads. On one side, they could dive head-first into their creativity, devoting their life and career to their art, knowing that they’ll never make much money but that they’ll be happy. On the other side, they start giving it all up: sidelining creativity into a weekend hobby, taking on a career and, maybe, making some money doing it. That’s a choice that every single person in the excellent comicdocumentary, Cartoon School, has grappled with. At the nation’s only comic book college, some of the finest comic artists in the country cannonball themselves into their creativity, devoting two years of their lives to a grueling, labor-intensive comic Masters program at the Center for Cartoon Studies. This doc tracks students working their way through stories, drawings and the tough decision of how devoted they are to being comic artists for life. Punctuated with wisdom from comic giants like Chris Ware, Lynda Barry and Art Spiegelman, Cartoon School lays out the hard work of making it as a comic artist. And that “making it” is never truly making it. — LEAH SOTTILE

DEAD DAD

5pm, Fri, Feb. 8 • Magic Lantern • 100 minutes • Directed by Ken Adachi • Drama The title is depressing, but somehow this film by first-time feature director Ken Adachi is

HELLBOUND?

11:30 am, Sun, Feb. 3 • Magic Lantern • 84 minutes • Directed by Kevin Miller • Documentary The documentary opens with an orgy of patriotism — banners of American flags, soldiers and mourners on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The scene, however, is misleading. The crux of the documentary isn’t about terrorism or political warfare, rather it focuses on the existence of hell and the interpretation of Christian dogma. Writer and director Kevin Miller sets out on a mission to interview authors, pastors, theologians — mostly old white men — and even members of the Westboro Baptist Church to determine if the Lake Of Fire truly exists, and if so, who will spend eternity there. Surprisingly, there is relatively limited talk of everyone’s favorite fallen angel, Satan. The documentary features protesters holding hand-drawn signs that read “Soldiers die for fag love,” Christian haunted houses depicting scenes of suicide and rape to scare children away from hell’s temptations, the heavy metal band GWAR and teenage girls with blingedout crucifixes learning how to perform an exorcism. But it’s not all fire and damnation. The documentary also sheds light on in-depth interpretations of scripture, Christian denominations and the bearded brethren of founding fathers in the early church. — JORDY BYRD

IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH: THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY

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IN THE FOG

6:30 pm, Tue, Feb. 5 • Magic Lantern • 2:03 • Sergei Loznitsa • Foreign Soviet and German soldiers are fighting a brutal resistance campaign deep in an ancient forest. (EG)

THE IRAN JOB

7 pm, Fri, Feb 1 • Bing Crosby Theater • 93 minutes • Directed by Till Schauder • Documentary American Kevin Sheppard moves to Iran in 2008 to play professional basketball. But he finds much more than a job: Sheppard befriends some outspoken Iranian women on the eve of the country’s massive Green movement protests. It’s a story of sports, freedom, politics, equality and an insight into how people from two countries that hate each other can form a bond. (JO)

JARDIN EN EL MAR (GARDEN IN THE SEA)

7:30 pm, Fri, Feb. 1; 6:45 pm, Wed Feb. 6 • Magic Lantern • 68 minutes • Thomas Riedelsheimer • Foreign The film outlines the 4-year process of making art for an island previously used by UNESCO activists. (EG)

LE TABLEAU (THE PAINTING )

1 pm, Sat, Feb 2 • Bing Crosby Theater • 76 minutes • Directed by Jean-François Laguionie • Animation An animated parable following a diverse cast of characters through different paintings, and eventually out of the canvas and into the real world. (EG)

LET MY PEOPLE GO!

7 pm, Sat, Feb. 9 • Magic Lantern • 86 minutes • Directed by Mikael Buch • Foreign A gay French-Jewish mailman is exiled from his Nordic boyfriend back to his zany Paris lifestyle. (EG)

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pokane’s International Film Festival (SpIFF) is getting even more artistic. The poster show, called “SpIFF: Posterized,” is a collection of 25 original movie posters of SpIFF entries designed by 21 different local designers. Luke Baumgarten, one of the founding organizers of Terrain, a former Inlander staffer and a SpIFF board member, came up with the Marcus Brown poster idea for the project. He says it was born out of his personal love for movie posters. “At the basic level I love movie posters,” he says. “I used to collect them. I think it’s great commercial art.” Additionally, he says that SpIFF tends to attract an older crowd. In contrast, designers tend to be younger. “SpIFF: Posterized” is a way to bring these two artistic communities together. For the most part the designers chose their own work, he says, although in some cases he had particular artists in mind. “Really it’s about letting people pick the art that they are passionate about,” he says. Although the posters will be initially displayed at the Bing, they will be moved to the Magic Lantern Theater. All posters are for sale, and a poster and a movie ticket costs $25. Half the proceeds will go to SpIFF and the other half to the designers. — ELI FRANCOVICH SpIFF: Posterized Opening Night Show • Fri, Feb 1 at 4:30 pm • The Bing Crosby Theater

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Feb. 8 at 7 pm and Feb. 9 at 4:15 pm • Magic Lantern • 107 minutes • Directed by Tom Gustafson • Drama Edward, a misunderstood and dejected 30-year-old is living at home with his culturally isolated parents on a rural Kansas corn farm. He finds temporary solace in the local familyowned Mexican restaurant, El Mariachi, where he befriends an older former mariachi band player, Alberto, who longs to pass on his musical skills to his family’s disinterested younger generation. Recently unemployed, Edward dusts off his guitar — a reminder of his teenage dream to run off and start a band — to learn some of Alberto’s mariachi songs and soon becomes fascinated by Alberto’s stories of the famous mariachis of Guadalajara, Mexico. Not long into the lessons, though, Alberto suffers a debilitating stroke. Now, without his beloved mentor or anyone else to turn to, Edward packs his bags and guitar and heads to Mexico, planning to join a mariachi band no matter how small his chances may be as an inexperienced “gringo.” Once in Guadalajara, he befriends an outgoing and beautiful local woman, Lilia, at the restaurant she owns with her mother. Lilia — who has her own troubled past — encourages

9 pm, Fri, Feb. 1 • Bing Crosby Theater • 90 Minutes • Directed by Brian Young and Todd Warger • Documentary Damn. Guys back in the day were a lot more hard-core than the sort of dudes you’d run into on the street in 2013. Need proof? Well, back in 1911, some burly men in Bellingham, Wash., were arguing about how long it would take to get from their town to the top of the nearby Mt. Baker and back again. The only solution they could come up with — presumably because they didn’t have Google — was to start a race that would take people from Bellingham to the top of the mountain and back. That’s the premise of this documentary from Brian Young and Todd Warger, which unearths a forgotten (or at least unheralded) facet of Northwest mountaineering history. Much of the film is told through shots of newspaper clippings, old photos and the narration of Kevin Tighe (Nick’s dad in Freaks and Geeks!) but it also includes a slew of re-enactments, some starring William B. Davis, best known as the “Smoking Man” on the X-Files. Sure, those reenactments are cringe-worthy in their corniness, but they hardly take away from this riveting film that reminds us of a time when people would run up a mountain, in the dark, with heavy boots and little training, just because someone said it couldn’t be done. — MIKE BOOKEY

PEOPLE’S PARK

5:45 pm, Fri, Feb.1; 6:45 pm, Sat, Feb. 9 • Magic Lantern • 78 minutes • Directed by Libbie Dina Cohn • Documentary The film is a single-shot journey through a park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, providing an interesting perspective of life in China. (EG)

Though presenting an unlikely sequence of events, the film deals with some tough issues — alcoholism, infidelity, ageing and awkward parental humor — in a very real way. Things get messy, confessions come out and, when the dust settles, beautiful romances emerge. This movie is less about a wedding (or two), and more about the messed up, yet loveable wedding party. — KATE DINNISON

journalism career, but, as the title suggests, he’s still stuck sitting between two chairs, in a cultural limbo between Russia and America. — KATE DINNISON

THE THIEVES

REBELLE (WAR WITCH)

6:30 pm, Sun, Feb. 10 • Magic Lantern • 90 minutes • Directed by Kim Nguyen • Narrative A love story set in sub-Saharan Africa, focused on two young lovers caught in a world of violence and magic. (EG)

THE PERFECT WEDDING

Sat, Feb. 2 at 8:45 pm; Sun, Feb. 3 at 6:30 pm • Magic Lantern • 83 minutes • Directed by Scott Gabriel • Comedy Disclaimer: The Perfect Wedding is not a Christmas movie. It just so happens that all of the quirky characters are brought together by the holiday and wedding planning. With impossibly picturesque Florida as the backdrop, old high school friends Roy and Vicki are invited to their friend Alana’s family home to plan her “perfect wedding,” which is somewhat compromised by her overbearing mother and ailing father. A love triangle forms between Roy, his ex-boyfriend Paul (also Alana’s brother) and Gavin, whom Roy brings along to pretend to be his boyfriend.

RÕZA/ROSE

5:30 pm, Fri, Feb. 1; 2:15 pm, Sun, Feb. 10 • Magic Lantern • 94 minutes • Directed by Wojciech Smarzowski • Narrative A tragic drama about post-WWII persecution of Mazurians. (EG)

SITTING BETWEEN TWO CHAIRS

Sat, Feb. 10 at 4:15 pm, Magic Lantern • 33 minutes • Directed by Ira Gardner • Documentary The film begins with a familiar, fatherly voice stating one of the most impactful quotes in political history — “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Though the film is not about Reagan, it exposes the life of unwillingly retired photographer and Russian-native, Leonid Bergoltsev. A drunken promise by fellow photographer, Spokanite Don Hamilton, while traveling in China led Bergoltsev away from his home in Moscow (Russia, not Idaho, he emphasizes), where he was a photojournalist. In the documentary, Bergoltsev celebrates the simplicity of un-posed, film photography and is often compared to contemporary Henri Cartier-Bresson, but with access to the Kremlin and Premier Nikita Khrushchev. This film focuses not only on the evolution of photography during his profession, but also the cultural assimilation he experienced in the United States following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, he’s satisfied with photographing his granddaughter and reminiscing about his photo-

Feb. 2 at 7 pm, Magic Lantern • 136 minutes • Directed by Dong-hoon Choi • Foreign A diamond, a casino, a reunited collection of career criminals — sound familiar? We were jokingly calling this full-length South Korean heist film “Gangnam’s Eleven,” but the honor among thieves in The Thieves is a bit more complicated. Admittedly, the subtitles can be hard to follow during rapid dialogue, and there are enough quickly introduced characters that, even with distinctive names like Chewingum and Pepsee, my companion and I had to give them nicknames like “Jail Girl” and “Fake Mustache” to keep things straight. But there’s a reason it’s Korea’s highestgrossing film ever, so don’t worry too much — soon, each character’s individual motives and tangled backstories come into focus, and the mistrust among team members is not misplaced. I don’t think it’s revealing too much to say the casino robbery doesn’t go off as everyone planned, and from there the movie turns into a multilayered game of cat-and-mouse with police chasing thieves, thieves chasing thieves and thieves chasing the elusive Chinese fence Wei Hong. Not everyone keeps up, and not everyone survives, but I couldn’t help rooting for the thieves left standing at the sequel-setting end. — LISA WAANANEN ...continued on next page

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4:30 pm, Sat, Feb. 9 • Magic Lantern • 92 minutes • Directed by Jon Ward • Drama A tormented youth compels fellow grad students to build a hi-tech device to bring himself closure. The device could be used for evil if it falls into the wrong hands. (EG)

THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

4:30 pm, Sat, Feb. 2 •Magic Lantern • 90 minutes • Directed By Marten Persiel • Documentary Forget Dogtown, this isn’t your typical “praise-the-American-rebels” skate flick. Focusing on the birth of skateboarding abroad, this film dives into the ’80s skate scene in communist East Germany. Not only did these kids have communism to rebel against, but they also took the punk lifestyle to heart, making for a gritty, teenage wasteland full of broken stuff and kids doing tricks. There’s also the underlining lesson of what skateboard culture stands for, aside from the kickflips and ollies. The movie is composed of heartfelt narratives from members of the first East German skate crew, and outlines the life of their leader known as Panik, aptly named for his disruptive habits. Juxtaposed throughout the narrative are old film clips and modernist cartoon sketches delivering a fast-paced original depiction of skateboarding outside America. — ERIC GAVELIN

UN CUENTO CHINO (CHINESE TAKE-AWAY)

4:15 pm, Magic Lantern • 93 minutes • Directed by Sebastián Borensztein • Foreign A mysterious Chinese boy named Jun appears in Buenos Aires with a tattoo on his arm that details a specific address. Roberto meets Jun and discovers the tattoo, puts his work at a  hardware store aside and becomes enmeshed in the boy’s life. (EG)

VALLEY OF SAINTS

Mon., Feb. 4 at 6:30, Fri., Feb. 8 at 5:30 • Magic Lantern • 82 minutes • Directed by Musa Syeed • Drama Gulzar and his best friend Afzal’s plans to escape the poverty and strife of Kashmir are derailed by a military curfew, trapping them in their small village on Dal Lake until the curfew is lifted. The two spend most of their time bromancing during the day and stealing materials from construction sites for money at night until they meet Asifa, a pretty young scientist in Kashmir, to study the pollution of Dal Lake. Gulzar and Afzal guide Asifa around the lake as she conducts her tests while tensions mount between the friends as they each make advances on her. Gulzar’s thoughtfulness plays foil to the brash Afzal until Asifa finally asks Gulzar to guide her around Dal Lake on his own. Still, it would be generous to call the connection between Gulzar and Asifa a budding romance. Instead, the two develop a kind of gentle bond as the time they spend on the water is juxtaposed against the polluted lake and the impoverished area surrounding it. Director Musa Syeed’s knack for finding elegance in the details, even in the most unsightly of scenes, allows the viewer to find a beauty in Dal Lake that Gulzar can’t — at least not at first. — NICK GAST

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VIOLETA SE FUE A LOS CIELOS (VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN)

6:30 pm, Thu, Feb. 7 • Magic Lantern • 119 minutes • Andres Wood • Narrative The life story of the folk artist Violeta Parra. (EG)

WHO BOMBED JUDI BARI?

11:45 am Sat, Feb 2; 2:15 pm, Sun, Feb 3 • Magic Lantern 94 minutes • Directed by Mary Liz Thomson • Documentary Within hours of a pipe bomb blowing up her car and breaking her back, environmentalist Judi Bari was arrested for the explosion. Who Bombed Judi Bari? is produced by Darryl Cherney, the only other person in the car that day in 1990. The footage, which includes extensive shots of Bari and scenes of environmentalists celebrating their 1990 protest known as Redwood Summer, shows you just how controversial environmentalism was in the Reagan era. Bari, a key member of the green radical group Earth First!, turned out to be innocent when both the Oakland Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation botched the investigation and lied eight ways to Sunday. Bari died of breast cancer before law enforcement could find who actually planted the bomb, and before a judge granted her and Cherney several million dollars in damages. So much for justice, or something. — JOE O’SULLIVAN

WONDER WOMEN!: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES

Mon, Feb. 4 at 6:45 pm and Sun, Feb. 10 at 11:30 am • Magic Lantern • 62 minutes • Kristy Guevara-Flanagan • Documentary In the midst of widespread online controversy over whether women — particularly good-looking women — can be “geeks,” this documentary takes a stab at the origins of why there aren’t more female nerds out there. Director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, who has worked on two other films chronicling the American female experience, tackles the idea of superheroes here. In her Kickstarter-funded film Wonder Women!, she tackles America’s fascination with the superhero — Batman, Spiderman, Superman — and the lack of true, strong female superheroes in comic books. Everyone wants to be a hero, but who do young girls have to look up to? Wonder Women! chronicles the true power of America’s first superheroine — Wonder Woman — around World War II: a time when America looked to its females to protect the homefront. With commentary by feminist icons Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and Shelby Knox, and actresses Lynda Carter and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), this film is essential viewing for nerds — male and female — and feminists alike. — LEAH SOTTILE

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VISUAL ARTS TOUR Friday Feb. 1 (5-9 pm) All artist receptions are Friday 5-9 pm unless otherwise stated.

The Visual Arts Tour proves it’s never too cold outside for creativity. The last Visual Arts Tour, back in October, filled the streets of downtown Spokane and beyond with curious cultureabsorbers devouring the works of local and regional artists. Sure, it’s a little on the cold side out there right now, but tough it out — wear a scarf if you need to — and head out for a fine collection of 30 venues hosting everything from watercolor paintings anid photography to performance art. There’s a little something for everyone — you just have to get out there and see it.

1. ANDY’S BAR AND GRILL

1401 W. First Ave. PHOTOGRAPHY | Lisa Ramsey’s “Pieces of Life” is a photographic collage inspired by Spokane’s First Friday. The good, bad, beautiful, young, old, new, used, animate and inanimate parts of life are pieced together with a wish for universal harmony.

2. AVENUE WEST GALLERY

707 W. Main, Crescent Court Skywalk Level ILLUSTRATION | Diane and Dane Zahner’s “Drawings from the Past: Mother & Son” combines detailed pencil drawings from the pair’s life experi-

ences. Dane is exhibiting drawings of unusual household and antique objects. Diane is exhibiting large, complicated drawings of tools, imaginative creatures and literary translations. The artist reception will also include music by Gary Burris on guitar.

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608 W. Second Ave. PAINTING | Brendan Genther’s work is all about texture, color and emotion. His complex and vivid abstract paintings easily capture viewers’ eyes. Linger a little longer at each canvas with a glass of wine and you’ll find much more in these paintings than through a casual

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1213 W. Railroad Ave. MIXED MEDIA | “Collaboration on the Parkade,” by David Buescher and Nathan Jenkins, is a mixed-media exhibit featuring a series of altered, large format photographs of the Parkade parking structure in downtown Spokane. Layered on the photos is a combination of vibrantly-colored acrylic paints and simple line work. Enjoy music by Lonesome Lyle Morse playing acoustic blues during the artists’ reception featuring a bistro buffet and wine. ...continued on next page

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5. THE BOZZI COLLECTION

221 N. Wall St., Ste. 226 MIXED MEDIA | Vibrant and playful use of color defines the abstract paintings of local artists Edward W. Gilmore, Jeffrey Loyd and Joy Mizzoni. Also on display are abstract explorations of the human form by artists Ginger Oakes, Sheri Ritchie, Rick Davis and Adam Scoggins.

6. THE BRICK WALL GALLERY

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PHOTOGRAPHY | “The Ghosts of Auschwitz” by Cole Thompson captures an unseen side of World War II. “I had not intended to photograph during my tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau. What could be captured that hasn’t been seen before? But, with every step I thought about those who walked here before me, so I photographed their ghosts,” Thompson said.

7. CAT’S EYE GALLERY

1 S. Washington St. JEWELRY | Make a Fimo clay heart pin

for someone special and enjoy art on display by Hunk-N-Hunk of Burning Art and Conrad Bagley Welded Works.

8. CHASE GALLERY IN CITY HALL

808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. MIXED MEDIA | “Explorations 13: Art from Five Regional Colleges and Universities,” brings together works in a wide variety of media by some of the best college artists in the region. Featured artists are Karie Cooper, Eric Edvalson and Inga Ilich from EWU; Claire Hart, Hanna Rose Lorenz and

Elizabeth Martinez from Gonzaga; Ramon Cansino and Mary Schulte from North Idaho College; Seng Olsen, Kat Walker and Ayrn Fields from SFCC; Hannah Hirano, Carly Schneider and Amanda Turner from Whitworth.

His photos tell the subject’s story, his story and the elusive recognition of our life’s calling and what we are meant to be. The artist reception will feature music by Curran Long on acoustic guitar and hors d’oeuvres.

9. CLEARSTORY GALLERY

10. DODSON’S JEWELERS

1202 N. Government Way PHOTOGRAPHY | “Listen to My Eyes” by Casey Lynch explores the intersections of motivation, skill, friendship and making a living in the faces and portraits of the people he cares about.

516 W. Riverside Ave. PAINTING | Paintings by Rwandan artist Emmanuel Nkuranga will be on display through the month of February and available to purchase as part of a fundraising event for Healing

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11. ECHO BOUTIQUE

176 S. Howard St. MIXED MEDIA | “Style with Substance” showcases artist Peggy Cannon’s vibrant and enthusiastic spirit through her multi-media work and her passion for color and form. “Art sisters” Melinda Melvin and Linda Malcom also express their personalities through mixed media art. Also on display is jewelry by Boise-based Union Studio Metals, whose founders

ject matter, Andrea Parrish-Geyer’s photographic works endeavor to show that imperfections, insecurities and unplanned moments often reveal true beauty. She began her photographic obsession at 12 years of age when she “borrowed” her big brother’s SLR camera. She hasn’t given it back. Enjoy music by the

min Grant, Owl Jones, Christina Deubel and others. The sale of any art on display during this month’s exhibits will benefit the family of Gabby LeDuc, a six-year-old artist-in-themaking who’s undergoing treatment in Spokane for leukemia. Enjoy live music from 5:30-8 pm, sponsored by Global Credit Union.

16. THE LANDS COUNCIL

25 W. Main Ave., Ste. 222 PHOTOGRAPHY | “Beautiful Ruins of the American Dream” by Kathy Swehla is comprised of colorful, abstract photographs of the American dream: Detroit steel. Chevys, Fords and Dodges — once the symbol of U.S. freedom and progress — now lie corroded across the country. Swehla’s photographs reveal the abstract beauty of rust and peeling paint.

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32 W. Second Ave., Spokane Public Market PAINTING | “Bright Colors” by Debbie McCulley features green, red, yellow and blue butterflies, wild animals and even wilder frogs taking flight on vividly-colored and imaginative canvases. Sample wine from EMVY and Bridgepress Cellars and enjoy live music by Brad Olmstead during the artist reception.

10 Michelle Keller and Margarett Ritter use an organic mixture of silver, bronze, brass and copper to create comfortable and wearable art.

12. FINDERS KEEPERS JEWELRY GALORE

309 W. Second Ave. JEWELRY | Finders Keepers will show off the work of its in-house jewelry designers, including owner Deena Caruso’s headbands, belt buckles and other handmade pieces that she creates for her label D. Caruso. Other unique, handmade creations will be featured, including resin pendants, earrings, rosary-style necklaces, knitted accessories and leather bracelets; as well as accessories and jewelry by Rebecka Anderson of Artishion Fox, and jewelry artist Nicole Chapman.

13. GRANDE RONDE CELLARS

906 W. Second Ave. PHOTOGRAPHY | Whatever the sub-

4 Brent Edstrom Jazz Trio during the artist’s reception.

14. HISTORIC LIBERTY BUILDING

203 N. Washington St. MIXED MEDIA | Don’t miss art by more than a dozen local artists, whose work will cover the walls of the businesses, retailers and galleries located inside the historic Liberty Building’s four floors. Artists whose work is featured this month include Richard Warrington, Kirsten Stobie, Kathleen Secrest, Bill Werle, Benja-

15. KOLVA-SULLIVAN GALLERY

115 S. Adams St. MIXED MEDIA | Robert Kraut’s “Wrappings 2013: The Paintskin Continuum” features colorful and rich imagery in various media including paint, paint skins, prints and new, three-dimensional forms. Kraut earned his Master of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University and his 37-year career includes two decades spent as an active contributor to the New York City art scene.

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18. POTTERY PLACE PLUS

203 N. Washington St. BATIK | The multi-step batiks by artist Toni Spencer feature everything from animals and nature to people, angels, bicycles, musical notes and instruments. Spencer has been a fulltime, “24-hour-a-day” artist since 1981, and she finds inspiration and design in every aspect of her life. ...continued on next page

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19. KRESS GALLERY

808 W. Main Ave., River Park Square third level MIXED MEDIA | “A Child’s Eye from West to East” features the art of Japanese students ages 6 to 12 of the Nishinomiya UNESCO Association. Their work is being displayed through a Sister City partnership with Spokane’s schools. Enjoy performances by musical ensembles from the Spokane Public Schools, presented as part of First Night Spokane’s Rising Stars, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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115 W. Pacific Ave. PAINTING | Christina Deubel, an avid Pacific Northwest outdoorswoman, is displaying her colorful and detailed acrylic paintings of fly-fishing lures.

21. ROBERTS MANSION

1923 W. First Ave. PAINTING | Recently created figurative oil paintings by Jacquelyn Wheeler will be on display. Wheeler enjoys capturing the mystery of her subject’s inner history that’s just out of reach and not always apparent to the eye.

22. SANTÉ RESTAURANT

404 W. Main Ave. PAINTING | “Depth” by Rebekah Littlefield features dynamic paintings of deep emotion. Littlefield sees her work as an extension of herself, and her paintings depict life’s pain, fear, happiness and love.

23. SARANAC ART PROJECTS

25 W. Main Ave. MIXED MEDIA | “Collage & Assemblage” features the work of artists Cory Peeke and Larry Ellingson. Peeke is a collage artist who re-contextualizes bits of collected ephemera to explore the transient, disposable nature of our culture and the need to create tradition and solidify cultural continuity. His collage work will be shown in one gallery, and in the next gallery visitors will find the work of Larry Ellingson in his first solo show. Ellingson’s work features large pieces of sculptural lost and found, salvaged junk and found objects accentuated with lights and sound.

24. SARANAC PUBLIC HOUSE

21 W. Main Ave. PHOTOGRAPHY | “A Few of My Favorite Things” by Spokane native Kris Ogren of KCO Photography highlights urban landscapes and little-noticed objects.

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25. SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY

906 W. Main Ave., first floor PHOTOGRAPHY | A closing reception for former Mexico-based photographer Marshall E. Peterson, Jr. showcases 15 photographs from the artist’s first book “Rock Tapatio—Live!” and a catalogue of work from his TV show and exhibition “Smoke Tapatio.” Acoustic performances by local musicians, raffle drawings and appetizers will also be featured at the reception.

26. STEAM PLANT

159 S. Lincoln St. SCULPTURE | “The Art of Steampunk” showcases Steampunk creations by Robert LaMonte, Miriam Wilde, Kristy Carey and Karmen Naccarato. Steampunk refers to art and other creations

made and inspired by a mix of sci-fi, industrial and Victorian materials. If you like H.G. Wells, Jules Vern and A. Conan Doyle, you’ll love this exhibit.

27. STEELHEAD BAR AND GRILLE

218 N. Howard St. PHOTOGRAPHY | “Up Close with Fly Fishing Flies” features photos by Tony Roslund of John Newbury’s hand-tied, fly-fishing lures. Roslund’s specially lit macro-photography showcases every last detail of Newbury’s professionally hand-tied flies. Newbury will be on site tying flies during the artist reception.

28. TINMAN GALLERY

811 W. Garland Ave. PAINTING | “Head in the Clouds” by

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Sheila Evans features lush, light-filled pastel paintings that can be described as fantasy botanicals. “I work from fading leaves and flowers,” Evans says. “These forms are much more interesting to me than their young, perfect counterparts.” Using leaves and petals, Evans creates winged creatures, stormy skies or whatever else enters her imagination.

29. TRACKSIDE STUDIO CERAMIC ART GALLERY

115 S. Adams St., Ste. B POTTERY | Internationally recognized artist Deborah Schwartzkopf is exhibiting her latest pottery collection, comprised of thrown and hand-built parts pieced together to yield complex forms defined by animated lines and

soft planes. “I find it rewarding and challenging to make pots people will use,” Schwartzkopf says. “I want my pots to live in the kitchen where economy and celebration infuse life with purposeful beauty.”

30. VINTAGE HILL CELLARS

319 W. Second Ave. SCULPTURE | Working with wood, copper and wine barrels, John Dunning reclaims materials to create unique pieces of art and home décor. From wine-barrel stave furniture to decorative wall hangings, the inherent character of the various media Dunning uses is explored and often accented with light.

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uch to the chagrin of adherents of the Mayan calendar everywhere, December 21 was a day like any other, and so we have to content ourselves with watching other people’s interpretations of the apocalypse instead of experiencing it firsthand. In his play boom, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb imagines that The End comes in the form of a comet. But the form that The End takes isn’t all that important (hence the lowercase letters of the play’s title). What’s more important is that The End isn’t really the end of anything, rather it’s a beginning. A new fork on the evolutionary path for many species. A new kind of world for them to inhabit. And a new set of theories and myths to explain how it all came about. Ken Urso, who previously directed Always... Patsy Cline, appears here as Jules, a biologist. He — and he alone, apparently — has identified the course and impact of the impending comet. From his bunker-style basement flat, he’s begun preparing for the catastrophe and the ensuing repopulation of the Earth. His unwitting (and unwilling) partner in this Adam-and-Eve scenario is Jo (Sofie Spillman), a pessimistic journalism student. She’s the foil to Jules’ manic optimism. Where he sees possibility, she sees pointlessness. Their performance is overseen — for reasons that become clear in time — by Barbara (Anne Mitchell, stepping in for Tamara Schupman at the eleventh hour). She controls Jo’s strange blackouts, freezes the action to offer supplementary commentary, and at one point is so consumed with self-pity that she fails to intervene while Jo attempts suicide. It shouldn’t be hard to spot a

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theological conceit lurking in all this. Barbara’s role also serves to highlight a crucial shift in the sanctioned origin narrative as her embellished story is phased out by “the management.” Of all the plays that Interplayers has staged this season, and indeed in recent seasons, boom is the most substantial. At times Nachtrieb’s play is too fulsome in its wonderment toward cosmic dice rolls and Gouldian evolution, but it is entertaining, clever and above all funny, thanks in large part to the pathetic positivity Urso brings to his character. — E.J. IANNELLI boom • Through Feb. 9 • Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm • Interplayers • 174 S Howard St. • $28 ($22 senior/military, $15 student) • interplayerstheatre.org • (509) 455-7529

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SONG | If you forgot Born Ruffians existed, we’ll forgive you. The Toronto band hasn’t released an album in almost three years. Now they’re back with a single in advance of their new record, due out in April. “WITH HER SHADOW” is a sweet and catchy single that sounds like Paul Simon could have been in the recording studio. It’s definitely a departure from the frenzied sounds we’ve heard from the band in the past, but it’ll stick with you. Find it on YouTube, Soundcloud or bornruffians.com.

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hey came from all over, close to 200 strong, packing the Spokane Falls Community College’s auditorium well beyond capacity. They came from Idaho, from Canada, from all over the Spokane area, teachers and students and nearly every visual artist who could make it. They came to hear the words of three dedicated masters of their crafts: Northwest visual arts icon Harold Balazs, painter Ric Gendron and sculptor Richard Schindler. They came, they heard and they laughed for much of the hour. The talk, which took place last week, launched the exhibit “Obsessive Behaviors/Wall to Wall,” curated by Spokane Falls Community College’s resident mad genius, Tom O’Day, who thought it would be a good idea to pack hundreds of artworks, many of them massive, into SFCC’s tiny Fine Arts Gallery. “I chose these three artists,” O’Day told the assembled throng, “because they never stop making art. Never. I admire that.” The resulting show is almost too much to look at all at once — it’s certainly too much to see. And that was the point for O’Day: to show the results of a lifetime spent making visual art that refuses to be ignored. “I was a little worried at first that Ric’s work would get lost in the massive scale of some of Harold’s work, and Richard’s, but those paintings carry their own weight, they stand up on their own,” O’Day said. Gendron agreed: “I was a little worried about that too, but hey, I love showing my work with these two guys — it’s cool.” Gendron, a member of the Confederated Colville Tribes, described his life as “pretty simple, really. Every day, I get up, I go out to my studio and get to work. After a while, I take a break, watch Gunsmoke or Have Gun Will Travel.

Then I go back to work. Sometimes I travel, and peddle my wares.” All three artists pointed to the joy of discovery as a main reason they continue their stubborn artistic practices. “For me,” Gendron said, “the best part of making art is the surprise.” Schindler, whose work in the show includes drawings as well as sculpture, finds his inspiration in his materials. “I’ll go back and forth between the drawings and the sculptures until I’ve exhausted one or the other. Then I can focus in,” he said. Balazs then stepped in with a few words from his 84 years of experience. “Richard Schindler is the finest sculptor in this region. I really believe that,” said Balazs. “And when he talks about how he makes his art, I listen.” Balazs, who has suffered medical setbacks in the last two years, was as hale and focused as ever. He talked about a recent visit to Washington, D.C., his first, and discussed the world at large and how that influences his art. “I’m more interested in the state of the world than I am in my own art. I’m unashamedly interested in everything life has to offer. The only things that don’t interest me are creamed carrots and the music of Lawrence Welk.” When Balazs looked out across the packed auditorium, he smiled and allowed that “when I look out and see all these people here I think, ‘Gee, maybe something I did actually made a difference.’” n “Obsessive Behaviors/ Wall to Wall: Balazs, Gendron, Schindler” • Through Feb. 7 • SFCC Fine Arts Gallery • 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Building 6

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Salvaged Salvation Volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council feed the needy with roadkill By Jordy Byrd

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t’s a one-man job, done on deadline and grisly stretches of highway. Volunteers from the Big Game Recovery Committee arrive on the scene of an accident, never quite sure if the animal — roadkill — is dead yet or still alive. They wield a gun and small caliber bullets just in case. Volunteers don’t know if it was a minivan, sports car, mother or pastor who hit the beast. All they know is they have about 45 minutes in the extreme heat and several hours in the bitter cold to skin and gut the animal before the meat spoils. ...continued on next page

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FOOD | CHARITY “SALVAGED SALVATION,” continued... “Most of the time the animal is struck by a vehicle,” says Ken Hoff, chairman of the Big Game Recovery Committee. “Occasionally, we have responded when the animal has been taken down by dogs or it got caught in a fence.” For the last 17 years, the committee has salvaged roadkill across Spokane County and donated the meat to Union Gospel Mission. The group operates under a special permit through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Last year, the group of 24 volunteers donated two elk, nine moose and 45 deer — totaling 7,000 pounds of meat. “There is a misunderstanding about what it is we do,” Hoff says. “We are not wildlife veterinarians. We can’t fix them up, nor are we a disposal crew that hauls always carcasses. We are the niche in between the two.”

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oadkill bloats and spoils on highways across the state. Drivers usually hit deer, moose or elk, but the occasional bighorn sheep, cougar or black bear is also struck. The Washington State Department of Transportation removes an average of 3,500 carcasses each year. The highest percentage of collisions occur right here, particularly north of Spokane, where highways intersect elk populations and white-tailed deer wintering grounds. Typically, maintenance crews remove carcasses to be burned, buried, composted or recycled at rendering plants. The Big Game Recovery Committee uses the roadkill to feed hungry people. The committee operates under the umbrella of the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council — an outdoor, hunting and conservation organization founded in Spokane in 1951. “A group of members got together and started talking about good meat going to waste alongside the road,” says Hoff, who has chaired the committee since 2007. “So they approached the department of fish and wildlife and came up with a plan.” It’s illegal to consume roadkill in Washington State. Though some say the law is wasteful, it is clearly defined. According to the Washington Administrative Code, it is illegal to possess wildlife found dead except as authorized by permit. An individual may remove and dispose of wildlife found dead on his or her property or an adjoining public roadway if they notify Washington State Patrol and follow disposal procedures as set by the city and state. The animal cannot be used for personal consumption or use, as it remains the property of the state. Two-year permits to salvage roadkill are issued through the Washington State Department of Fish and

Soon after being found, the deer are skinned and the meat harvested for distribution at local food banks. young kwak photo Wildlife. Volunteers must adhere to annual training through department officials or game wardens and carry a license. A group of volunteers, mostly retirees and members of the Pend Oreille County Sportsman’s Club, operate a similar program with help from Mason’s Meat Packing Co. in Newport. Last year, the group donated almost 4,000 pounds of meat to three food banks in Pend Oreille County. Captain Dan Rahn of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife department says he’s unsure how many similar organizations exist statewide, as permits are issued on a case-by-case basis. “If animals are hit on the highway going 60 miles per hour there may not be a lot of meat to salvage... but at least the animals don’t go to waste,” he says. The Big Game Recovery Committee works closely with the city, Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. City officials and emergency responders report roadkill findings 24-hours-a-day to the committee, which organizes volunteers by a phone tree. The animal is skinned and its head, hooves and organs are removed as quickly as possible to prevent bacteria from growing. “It takes one to four hours to get on site and get it skinned, gutted and cleaned,” Hoff says, noting volunteers donated about 210 hours last year. “All of us are hunters and we know good meat when we see it.”

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Gospel Mission fully intact, other times the animal is cut and quartered. The meat hangs and cures for three to four days inside one of two walk-in coolers before the kitchen staff butchers it. “We use the meat to feed the poor,” says Russell MacKenzie, Send comments to director of food services. “We make editor@inlander.com. about 950 meals a day at all of our properties.” The meat is typically ground and cooked in dishes that will stretch the farthest, dishes like chili, casserole and soup. Occasionally, it’s served as steak. A 900-pound moose hit and killed by a pickup on Highway 20 may end up feeding mission employees, men in the homeless shelter, women and children in the crisis shelter and the hundreds of families who receive free meals the mission serves to the public seven-days a week. The mission receives most of its meat from restaurant distribution and meat companies and a handful of local farmers. Warehouse Services Manager Denis Ridgley says donated roadkill from the Wildlife Council represents about 10 percent of all the meat the mission receives. “It’s a small percent but it’s still significant,” Ridgley says. “We are very thankful... I had no idea when I first started here that this type of thing happened. My assumption was that the meat would go to Cat Tales [a local zoological park] or something like that, but no, it comes right here to the mission and it’s a good, fresh source of protein.” n

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he next time you’re driving south of Francis Avenue down North Wall Street you may want to keep your foot hovering over your brake pedal. First you’ll see a green overhang in the distance, then a sign that includes the words: “cinnamon roll.” Apply brakes. Once inside, you’ll find yourself in a cozy space that feels like a vintage living room and greeted by a collection of baked goods — muffins, tarts, croissants, cookies, coffee cakes, Danishes and, of course, cinnamon rolls. Lisa Taylor has been baking away since she opened Morning Sun Bakery & Bean in early December. “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” she says. Taylor and her family live only six blocks away, so when the building opened up in the small commercial, but mostly residential, area she said she just had to get the spot. “Everyone’s really happy to have a neighborhood bakery,” Taylor says. The croissants and cinnamon rolls are the best-sellers, usually emptying out before the day is over. You get three choices of cinnamon rolls: cream cheese, caramel pecan and glaze . The chocolate croissants ($3.25) are cake-like and get more than just the drizzle treatment; they’re chocolate-infused. And of course there’s the bean portion of Morning Sun. They have espresso, drip coffee and pour-over, all brewed from Roast House coffee, Spokane’s organic fair trade roasting company. Taylor also makes her own chai for the chai lattes ($3.25, $3.50). You can nibble on a cinnamon roll while you sip a 12-ounce drip coffee for a $4.25 special, and once 4:30 pm hits, all the breakfast pastries are half price until close. “We have a lot more products we want to offer than what we have right now,” she says. “All in due time.” She has big plans in the next few months to put in a cold case and to offer lunch items and savory breakfast items. Also coming soon, you will be able to spot the shop by the seven-foot chicken stationed outside. It was the first thing Taylor bought for the bakery, and it will be put out once the albino bird gets a paint job. n Morning Sun Bakery & Bean • 5602 N. Wall St. • Open Thu-Tue 8:30 am–5:30 pm • 241-3871

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ick Murto was inspired by shoes. Well, specifically, the book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, the guy who founded TOMS shoes company. Murto, the owner of downtown Spokane’s Method Juice Cafe, was inspired by TOMS’ “one-for-one” philosophy. For every pair of shoes sold, the company donates a pair to a child in need. Murto wanted to do that here — but how do you do good with cups of organic juice? In the planning stage of Method, he’d also been kicking around an idea for selling and marketing his own “super oats” — an oatmeal blend that he’d made popular around his office. Once he opened Method, Murto realized that he could finally sell his signature oats — and do some good for the community at the same time. This week, the cafe started selling what it calls Good Oats ($3). They’re a lot like the durable cup of oats you can buy at Starbucks, but Method’s Good Oats are all organic. It’s a simple-but-toothsome blend of oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon and maple syrup crystals. For every cup of Good Oats the cafe sells, one

is donated to Second Harvest, a local food bank and nonprofit that runs several initiatives for those in need. One of those, a program called the school pantry program, which started in 2011 and sends 900 12- and 15-pound boxes of food home to kids at local schools each month. Those boxes contain non-perishable, shelf-stable items: things like spaghetti, soups and produce like apples, that will stay fresh for weeks. Rod Wieber, chief resource officer for Second Harvest, says he was approached by Murto about a year ago and quickly realized the Good Oats cups would be a great addition to the boxes. Good Oats are the latest addition to the juice cafe’s breakfast menu, which also includes chia seed pudding ($3) and acai berry parfaits ($6). But the oats, which are hand mixed by Murto and his staff, are the only items that encompass that “buy one, give one” philosophy. And they’re the first project of the cafe that Murto hopes will be “way bigger than Spokane.” n Method Juice Cafe • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • methodjuicecafe.com • 473-9579

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THAI BANGKOK THAI 1003 E. Trent Ave. | 325-8370 Bangkok Thai serves authentic, gourmet Thai food and an atmosphere to match. With curry, duck, chicken, veggies and seafood all on the menu, it has anything you could want from a Thai restaurant. The pineapple chicken, served in a halfpineapple shell with breaded chicken and sautéed pineapple chunks, onion, cashew nuts and bell peppers, has no competition in Spokane. A little bit pricey, but totally worth it. LINNIE’S THAI CUISINE 1301 W. Third Ave | 838-0626 The menu here is classic Thai — curries, satay, rice and noodle dishes. Linnie’s has been open for 25 years, and the staff is quick to say that they are the best Thai in town. Known for their fantastic pad thai and famous house-made peanut sauce, Linnie’s serves many dishes that can be prepared gluten-free or vegetarian. SALA THAI 12924 W. Sunset Hwy. #104 | 244-4800 Yeah, you’ll find standard appetizers and curries, but specialties like

Larb Gai salad, with a zing of fresh lemongrass, or Pad Kee Mao (rice noodle stir-fry) are a highlight. The ambience is spartan, the music is classic rock, but the food is out-ofthe-ordinary Thai. The $7.50 lunch specials include soup. Thai Bamboo 5406 N. Division St., 777-8424 | 2926 E. 29th Ave., 232-8424 | 12722 E. Sprague Ave., 444-8424 | 2010 North 4th St., CdA (208)-6675300 Since opening its first location in 2000, Thai Bamboo has made it its business to not only make great authentic Thai food, but to make it healthy. The locally owned chain’s mission is to introduce patrons to more than just delicious phad Thai and peanut sauce by also offering customers dishes with lots of veggies so they feel full and healthy. THAI GINGER BAR 300 S. Grand Ave., Pullman | 334-0477 If you don’t mind enduring a lack of atmosphere for the sake of brilliant food, then start your voyage to Thai Ginger. The curry and tom yum

soups are served in flaming bowls, and the peanut sauce is so delicious that its memory will haunt you for days. THAI KITCHEN 621 S. Pines Rd. | 926-8161 Family-owned and -operated, Thai Kitchen boasts a number of homecooked, authentic Thai dishes. If you don’t know what to order, Paul, the owner, is often nearby to help you decide. His wife is the chef and prepares everything herself. The tum kai gai soup and the cashew chicken are at the top of our yum scale, and you can choose your level of spice. THAI ON FIRST 411 W. First Ave. | 455-4288 Egg rolls, pad Thai, coconut cream, seafood soup, squid salad — the list goes on. Thai on First may not have the sharpest atmosphere around, but the food is so good you’ll be in another world completely. Watch out, though: when they say five-stars spiciness, they mean five stars. Also, make sure to visit at the right time; the restaurant closes between lunch and dinner. n

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“The Longest Daycare” landed the creators of The Simpsons in contention for an Oscar.

A rundown of all the short films vying for a golden statuette this year By Nick Gast

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ome good news and bad news. The bad? Oscarnominated docs won’t be playing in Spokane this year. The good? You can still see the animated and live action shorts starting this week at the Magic Lantern Theatre. Don’t pretend that you didn’t just want to see the cartoons anyway.

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This year’s nominee pool features two animation heavyweights, a YouTube sensation and a giant helping of schmaltz. Perhaps the most visually arresting of the bunch, “Adam and Dog,” features hand-drawn characters sauntering in and out of beautiful watercolor scenes. True to its title, “Adam” goes biblical as it tells what some would say is the very first story of man’s best friend. In what may very well be a claymation perversion of Up, “Head Over Heels” tells the story of an elderly couple with some relationship trouble. Not only have they grown more distant emotionally, they are physically separated by a little gravitational twist that leaves one’s floor as the other’s ceiling. The other love story of the bunch, “Paperman,” is a classic tale of boy meets girl,

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girl runs off, boy tries to get her attention across a busy Manhattan street using paper airplanes. And it wouldn’t be a Disney flick if magically-sentient inanimate objects didn’t lend a helping hand. The Simpsons scored its first Oscar nomination this year with Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare.” The plot follows television’s youngest 20-something, Maggie, as she struggles through her first day at Ayn Rand’s School for Tots. The short has plenty of the tongue-in-cheek humor that The Simpsons has perfected over the years, with a few sight gags thrown in to boot. The outlier of the bunch is “Fresh Guacamole,” a unique stop-motion piece by the Internet-famous animator known as PES. I’ll just say that grenades, baseballs and dice never looked so delicious.

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Four of the five live action nominees come to us from across large bodies of water, but don’t let the subtitles deter you. These shorts are as poignant and entertaining as anything in our native tongue. “Buzkashi Boys” tells the story of two young friends

struggling to accept their lot in life. Ahmad, an orphan living on the streets of Kabul, and Rafi, the son of a blacksmith, each dream of playing Buzkashi, a kind of polo played with a dead goat instead of, you know, silly hats and croquet mallets. Rafi seems resigned to take up his father’s mantle until Ahmad steals a horse and challenges Rafi’s outlook on life. Another coming-of-age tale of sorts, “Asad,” follows the film’s titular character, a young Somali boy, through a couple days in his war-torn East African village. Since Asad is too young to join his village’s pirates on a raid, he is reluctantly recruited by old man Erasto to try his hand at fishing. Though the fishing trip doesn’t go as expected, Asad learns that sometimes hope manifests itself in unexpected ways. In what is easily the most heart-wrenching of the bunch, “Henry” is the story of a pianist who begins reliving old memories after he is abducted by a strange woman. The power of the story only increases once the conceit is discovered, making this a film that, ironically, sticks with you long after it’s viewed. Filling this year’s creative sci-fi slot is “Death of a Shadow,” a story about a dead man who collects the shadows of the deceased at the moment of their death (with the help of various delightfully steampunk-y gizmos) in order to earn his own second chance at life. “Curfew,” the only English speaker of the bunch, follows drug addict Richie as he reconnects with his estranged niece, Sophia. Though this short cribs a bit from other popular indie fare and the cute, precocious kid thing is nothing new (ahem, Jonathan Lipnicki), “Curfew” pulls it all off with gusto. n

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Both veteran star Sly Stallone and veteran director Walter Hill (Hard Times, Johnny Handsome) give it all they’ve got, and they prove to still have quite a bit. This is one mean, nasty, violent, hard-boiled, noirish movie about an aging, old school hitman (Stallone) who’s forced to team up with a young, hip cop (Sung Kang, from the Fast & Furious franchise) in order to take down a brutal bad guy in New Orleans. There are many bullets to many heads, as well as a smarter-than-average script, and some downright funny stuff, courtesy of Stallone’s spot-on line delivery. (ES) Rated R

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have decided that Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin should all be in the same film. The three co-star as a gang of former criminals who decide to get back together because one of them (Walken) has to kill another (Pacino). That sounds morbid, but the film is funny because — c’mon, old people, right? (MB) Rated R

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The popular young adult novel is turned into a well intended, but flawed movie filled with gaping holes in logical storytelling. Most of the world’s population has become zombies, though survivors exist in a walled city. When human Julie (Teresa Palmer) wanders into the wrong place, she’s saved by zombie R (Nicholas Hoult), and the rest of the film is about how love can change anyone ... even a flesh-eating, conscience-less zombie. The two leads are quite good, especially in handling their ever-changing character arcs. And the mostly ’60s and ’70s soundtrack is mighty hip. Too bad that everything else is preposterous. (E.S.) Rated PG-13

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Is Mark Wahlberg the next big name in action flicks? Well, if he quits appearing in horrible movies with talking bears, that’s likely to happen, as evidenced by this film in which he plays a cop who is asked by the mayor to snoop on the mayor’s wife. Well, then that wife’s lover ends up dead and he’s framed for the murder. Tune in to see how Marky Mark gets out of this one. (MB) Rated R

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DJANGO UNCHAINED

Seems about time for Quentin Tarantino to conquer a Western movie —  seeing that he’s already done a heist flick, some samurai films, a blaxploitation homage and a war movie. Django Unchained tracks a slave (Jamie Foxx) who is promised freedom by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in exchange for helping find a pair of criminals. They also rumble with a rich Frenchie (Leonardo DiCaprio) who owns Django’s wife now. (LS) Rated R ...continued on next page

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GANGSTER SQUAD

Gangster Squad  shouldn’t work  yet it does. I kinda love this movie for its cheerful, ridiculous sensationalism. I cannot decide if the garish, overblown villain is a work of genius or lunacy. Sean Penn as 1949  Los Angeles mob boss Mickey Cohen swaggers through this, roaring his  felonious philosophy at his minions — that it is his “manifest  destiny” to rule the entire West Coast. Who will stop him? LA Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte, doing a hilarious impersonation of  Nick Nolte) puts incorruptible Sgt. John O’Mara on Cohen,  instructing the impossibly square-jawed lawman to bring down the mobster on the sly. (MJ) Rated R

HANSEL AND GRETEL

Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) leave behind the innocence of a broken childhood to start life as vigilantes of revenge. Now, the bloodthirsty pair must deal with the haunting legacy of their youth while hacking down the witches who stalk them. In the end, though,  Hansel and Gretel shines forth as another example of Hollywood’s macabre obsession with reworking children’s fairy tales into action flicks. Bonus: You get to see some heavy crossbow and shotgun action in glorious 3-D. (SM) Rated R

HITCHCOCK

The director of some of the scariest films in history was a portly British man known for his perfectionist style and sardonic tongue. And, of course, scaring the hell out of people. In this biopic, Alfred Hitchcock (portrayed by Anthony Hopkins) struggles to get funding to make his famous film Psycho come to life, leaning heavily on his wife Alma Reville (Hellen Mirren) for advice. (LS) Rated PG-13

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Part one of Peter Jackson’s three-part prequel to his outstanding Lord of the Rings trilogy is solidly acted and directed, and brimming with neat visual trickery, such as combining very big folks with very small folks in a single scene. But problems abound in the telling of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) long, treacherous journey across Middle Earth 600 years before the oh-so-similar one taken by his nephew Frodo. (ES) Rated PG-13

JACK REACHER

So, here’s the deal — there’s a killer out on the loose and he’s straight capping everybody. So the cops find a dude they think is totally the guy they were looking for. But then the real killer shows up, and guess what — it’s a hit man named Jack Reacher played by Tom “Waiting for the Spaceship” Cruise and he wants to off the guy police thought was the killer. (MB) Rated R.

LES MISÉRABLES

At the end of the day, director Tom Hooper doesn’t realize that live singing on a movie set isn’t enough to re-create the majestic Les Misérables experience — not when so many of the people involved

insist on turning it into… well, a movie. There are some strong performances, especially from Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, but overall, this filmic version of the classic doesn’t live up to the potential of its source material. (SR) Rated PG-13

LINCOLN

Steven Spielberg gets back into seriousand-important mode with his look into the last four months in the life of Abe Lincoln (certain Oscar nominee Daniel DayLewis) as president, husband, father and dandy teller of stories. This is all about his handling of the lengthy Civil War, as well as the contentious congressional battle surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation. The film has a talky script and a terrific battery of actors. (ES) Rated PG-13

MAMA

It’s not polite to tell people how to parent these days, but here’s one tip: Try not to leave your two kids out in the forest for five years to fend for themselves. That’s what happens in this horror flick and things don’t turn out so well because after the kids come to live with their aunt and uncle; it turns out that they’ve spent the last few years under the watchful eye of a ghost-mom. For those not in the know, a ghost-mom is like a normal mom, but dead and evil and terrifying. (MB) Rated R

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Kids these days seem to have a penchant for anything taboo. This film follows the journey of three youths bent on finding the most banned movie in the world. The 12 storylines, each produced by a different director, go deep into the dark, dusty depths of the Internet on the quest for the worst of the worst. This comedy assembles one of the largest masses of talent in the industry, featuring actors such as Hugh Jackman,  Halle  Berry, Emma Stone, Gerard Butler, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks and many more. (SM) Rated R

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Do you ever find yourself wondering what the hell Billy Crystal has been up to for the last five years other than appearing in black face on the Academy Awards

and receiving an apparently hefty regimen of botox to his forehead? Yeah, me too. Well, it looks like he’s resurfaced again in the comedy game, this time playing a grandfather who, along with his wife (Bette Midler), are sent to baby-sit their helicopter-parented grandkids. It’s a total generational clash with hilarious consequences. (MB) Rated PG

PARKER

Jason Statham once again takes the role of a beautifully foreign, terribly misunderstood and incredibly sexy professional thief who must navigate the tricky world of a for-hire criminal. Parker (Statham) accepts a job with an unfamiliar crew, only to be double-crossed by the leader. Though the role of Parker is nothing new for the actor, we can look forward to another movie full of Statham frolicking in well-tailored suits. (SM) Rated R

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Flirting with Disaster) continues exploring the humor and tragedy of the human situation in a story of two emotionally damaged people (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence) who meet … and, thankfully, don’t follow the rules of movie clichés. Throw in the Cooper character’s more down to earth, but still nutzoid dad (Robert De Niro, right on the mark), and the movie almost starts to sparkle. It’s just a tad too quirky for its own good, but one of the more enjoyable relationship films in a long while. (ES) Rated R

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Sure to be Oscar nominated, Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker tells the story of the almost decade-long search for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. The script focuses on CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain), whose first assignment lands her in Pakistan to help find bin Laden, and who eventually becomes consumed by the often-frustrating hunt. The film is brutal in its depictions of torture but is even more nerve-racking concerning things that might happen to the story’s heroes. The film is long and talky and tense, and viewers should be required to have a brief rest period after watching it. (ES) Rated R n

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By Ed Symkus ’m not sure that they had to put a balcony scene in this tale of a boy named R and a girl named Julie to suggest that it’s a riff on a story of star-crossed lovers by William Shakespeare. Besides, the dilemma in Shakespeare’s play is that they came from two feuding families. The problem with the kids here is that one is living and one is dead. Well, OK, he’s a zombie. We’re not told exactly what happened by the film’s narrator, R (Nicholas Hoult). Just that there was a plague eight years ago, resulting in an ever-growing population of wandering zombies, leading to survivors building a huge wall around part of Montreal. Most of them have come to grips with the idea that the world is on the way out. But wait a minute. Maybe the zombies are just ailing. Maybe (apologies to Bryan Ferry) love is the drug for them. That’s where this rather silly story heads. Hungry zombies are lumbering around in burnt-out streets. Beautiful Julie (Teresa Palmer) is in the wrong place at the wrong time, when R saves her, takes her away to his airport lair and convinces her (note: He can’t speak in any kind of communicative way) to hang out with him for a few days. Two questions bubble up: Why does he do this? Why does she even go with him, never

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mind stay? He does it because, ummm, maybe he has a conscience, or maybe he’s tired of hanging out with his grunting zombie pal M (or should I say Mercutio?), or maybe he just thinks she’s hot. She probably stays because she’s tired of living under the strict rules of her dad (John Malkovich), and because R has a very cool vinyl WARM BODIES record collection, Rated PG-13 including Dylan, Directed by Jonathan Levine Springsteen and the Starring Nicholas Hoult, TeByrds. resa Palmer, John Malkovich But motivations are never really made clear. And there’s not much more to the film, beyond garish flashbacks to pre-plague days; horrific Ray Harryhausen-like creatures called Boneys, which are what bad zombies eventually become; and the neat idea that when zombies eat someone’s brain, they immediately know everything about that person. The two leads go through character arcs that are exact opposites but arrive at the same place. That, too, is a good idea, but it’s not very convincing. Though the script attempts to build up dramatic urgency, it’s done in a slapdash way and everything comes across as being ridiculous. In the end, not a lot of sense is to be made out of the story. Kind of like love. n

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Listener is insistent on doing things their own way By Azaria Podplesky

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f you want something done right, do it yourself.” Many a band has taken this saying to heart, but perhaps none more so than Listener, a spoken word rock band. In their early days as a duo, Christin Nelson and Dan Smith made their first album, 2007’s Return to Struggleville, by hand in their Arkansas living room. During their first three years of touring they screen printed all of the shirts they sold at their “souvenir table” after shows. The band also has a penchant for house tours, as evidenced in multiple YouTube videos that show them playing intimate shows to a few dozen people crammed into a living room or basement.

In a sense, that’s where the band’s roots are. Nelson and Smith first met at a house show back in 2005. Back when he lived in Las Vegas, Nelson hosted a house show for Smith — then a hip-hop artist who was looking to stray from performing with strictly hip-hop acts. After a post-show chat about music and tattoos, Nelson and Smith decided to join forces. According to Nelson, the duo clicked right away. They recorded Return to Struggleville before they played a single show together, which helped them mesh even further as musicians. Their first practice before heading out on tour lasted about an hour. During that time, Nelson says they didn’t make it through an ...continued on next page

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“Mavericks,” continued... entire song. After the third show of the tour, though, everything came together. “That year was a bit rocky because we were still finding our way musically as a band, but we learned quite a bit from the experience,” Nelson says. The band — now a trio — calls the music they make “talk music,” a term Smith originally coined because he didn’t know what genre to file his music in. Introducing the world to that genre is hard work, but good work, the band says on its Facebook. They leave their families for months on end to play shows night after night, sleep on floors and eat, mostly, unappetizing food. “It’s a real humbling thought to imagine a person working a job they might not enjoy to make money and pay to come see us for one moment of inspiration, hope, escape or any reason they have,” Nelson says. “We don’t do this to take from people — we do it to give as much as we possibly can, and then give a little more.” This mission has produced three more independently released albums, not including Time Is A Machine, for which Nelson is currently in the studio finishing song rewrites. It only took the trio a week — of what Nelson calls a very specific process of chaos — to write the album, using bits of music and lyrics that didn’t make 2010’s Wooden Heart. “We have come to a place where we will let a song tell us what it wants to be rather [than] try to force something into a box of what we perceive it should be,” Nelson says. “Usually

I’ll have a music idea or song demo written and Dan will have his various writings and we will sit together and just see what happens and let things take shape from there.” There is no concept to Time Is A Machine, though Nelson does note that some of the songs are tinged with western themes and that, lyrically, the DIY album is more uplifting and encouraging than some of their previous releases. Though Listener is proud of their independent work ethic, Nelson says he and Smith don’t want to be grouped in with artists who use Kickstarter and similar websites to solicit donations from fans to fund projects. Nelson says these websites are for people who want to take the fast track. “We’ve never asked people for money to do what we do,” he says. “If you are really committed, you will find a way. End of story.” Nelson insists that Listener’s grassroots way of making music and touring will continue as long as the band exists, and that they’ll be practicing the same DIY principles they preach: taking their time, paying their dues and being patient with the music they create. “People try to say we are a ‘big’ band and we’ve ‘made it,’” he says. “We still don’t know what that means but we know we have more albums to make and more work to get done.” n Listener with A Quiet Place and Jake Jerome • Sat, Feb. 2 at 7 pm • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe St. • $10 • All-ages • 328-5467

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dgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Vincent Van Gogh — history has left no shortage of tragic artists who achieved their greatest success after they were dead. It’s a theme that permeates director James Cullingham’s documentary In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey, a film about late-guitarist and composer John Fahey, whose promising career fizzled out before it ever really took off. Having had a hand in the “rediscovery” of lost blues legends Skip James, Booker White and Son House, Fahey himself was, ironically, rediscovered in the late 1990s living in an Oregon motel room. He spent the last few years of his life enjoying a modest resurgence as an oddball godfather of the avant-garde music scene, cited as an influence by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, among others. “When John died in 2001, I naturally assumed someone would make a film about him right away,” says Cullingham, a journalism instructor at Toronto’s Seneca College. “After several years had passed and I realized there was still no film, I approached the Fahey Trust with an idea and they liked it.” Cullingham’s film lays out Fahey’s life story, growing up in the suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., where he started composing songs for guitar in the 1950s. Primarily influenced by the finger-picking style of Delta blues guitarists Char-

ley Patton and Mississippi John Hurt, Fahey also drew inspiration from classical music, bluegrass and other traditions. His so-called “American Primitive” approach was minimalist and unique for the time: six-string acoustic guitar, no vocals and rarely any accompaniment. “I’d loved Fahey’s music since the late 1960s,” says Cullingham. “There was an article in Rolling Stone where Pete Townshend talked about him and I became intrigued.” Despite the admiration of other prominent musicians and the following he had garnered as one of the prime movers behind the blues and folk revival of the 1960s, Fahey eschewed traditional notions of success. He despised “folkies” and “hippies” and took umbrage at their admiration, eventually running away from fame and fading into obscurity. “He was such a great writer, a painter and had such a uniquely bizarre sense of humor,” Cullingham says. “I wanted to make a film that showed Fahey as more than just a brilliant guitarist.” n music@inlander.com In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey • Showing as a part of the Spokane International Film Festival on Fri, Feb. 1 at 9:30 pm and Sat, Feb. 2 at noon • Magic Lantern Theatre • 25 W. Main Ave. • $8-$10 • All-ages • spokanefilmfestival.org • 209-2383

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GOOF-POP THE HOOT HOOTS

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Thursday, 1/31

Barbary Coast (489-4084), Armed and Dangerous Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks Bon Bon (413-1745), DJ Amoe Brooklyn Deli & Lounge (8354177), Trickster Fox, Katy Stebbins J Bucer’s, Jazz Night Buckhorn Inn (244-3991), Texas Twister Cellar, Kosh Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J THE Hop!, Loss Monstarz, DJ O Jones Radiator, Curran Long, Kent Ueland J Knitting Factory, Excision, Paper Diamond, Vaski J Laguna Café, Just Plain Darin LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Marquee, MCSQUARED Moon Time, Echo Elysium nYne, DJ C-Mad O’Shay’s, Open mic Phat House, Funk Night with The Tone Collaborative Swamp, DJ Aphrodisiac Ugly Bettie’s, Reggae Night with Real Life Rockaz Zola, Cruxie

Friday, 2/1

Avenue West Gallery (838-4999), Garry Burris J Baby Bar, Nude Pop (see story above), Strange Mana, Ramsey Troxel, Bronson Barrister Winery (465-3591), Lonesome Lyle Morse Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Suckerpunch Bolo’s (891-8995), Nova Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The

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eattle band The Hoot Hoots have probably been called weirdos. And if you hold them up against the broad spectrum of indie rock that’s out there, they are a little kooky. Like Black Moth Super Rainbow or The Rentals, The Hoot Hoots are led by the power of their synthesizers, using them to shoot their pop songs careening off into outer space. Hoot Hoots songs aren’t just upbeat, irresistible dance party starters — they’re complete mood alterers that shoot rainbows and cupcakes and kittens and sunbeams into your black little heart. The band also wears hooded rainbow cloaks when they perform. I mean, how can you not love these people? — LEAH SOTTILE The Hoot Hoots with Terrible Buttons • Sat, Feb. 2 at 10 pm • Mootsy’s • $5 • 21+ • 838-1570

ROCK NUDE POP

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ince local boys Nude wooed Seattle — from the judges at last year’s EMP Sound Off! to the crowds at Bumbershoot and Capitol Hill Block Party — the band has shown what all you can accomplish in a year. They’ve changed their name (to Nude Pop), opened for big touring bands like El Ten Eleven and overfunded a Kickstarter project to release their first EP. The band has also taken their math-y pop sound — the kind of music you can head-nod to and/or dance to — on the road in front of audiences around the Northwest. Our prediction for Nude Pop in the new year? Maybe Kimmel? Jimmy Fallon? No problem. — LEAH SOTTILE Nude Pop with Strange Mana, Ramsey Troxel and Bronson • Fri, Feb. 1 at 7 pm • Baby Bar • Free • All-ages • 847-1234

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Brad Perry Project Boomer’s (368-9847), Side Men Bucer’s, Darrell Brann Checkerboard, The Wreckers Clearstory Gallery (499-2678), Curran Long Coeur d’Alene Casino, County Line, Echo Elysium J Copa (208-635-5534), Flying Mammals Curley’s (208-773-5816), Slow Burn Fedora Pub, Ron Greene Fizzie Mulligans, Bruiser Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos Grande Ronde Cellars (4558161), Brent Edstrom Jazz Trio J the Hop!, EDM Night feat. DJs Funk, Snuggs, Theology, SDoobie, Stitch Jones, Beauflexx, Darin Bass and others Iron Goat Brewing Co. (7470722), Don Thomsen Iron Horse, Kozmik DreamZz Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy

John’s Alley, McTuff Jones Radiator, Stephanie Hatzinikolis Laguna Café, Robinsong LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Karrie O’Neill Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution Market Place Wine Bar (4741070), Brad Olmstead Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Radioface Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Nick Grow Michael’s O.P. (447-3355), Shiner Nectar Tasting Room (869-1572), Maxie Ray Mills nYne, DJ Mayhem Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Scott Reid Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Roadhouse, The Last Chance Band Rock Bar (443-3796), Triple Shot

Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band Soulful Soups & Spirits, Karrie O’Neill Splash (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn J Spokane Club (838-2310), Just Plan Darin Spokane Eagles (489-3030), Chris Ellenberger, Texas Twister Tailgater (328-9000), Garrett Bartely Band Twelve String Brewing Co. (9908622), Moses Wiley Ugly Bettie’s, Hard Money Saints, Hot Roddin’ Romeos Usher’s Corner (482-0700), Cliff Park Zola, The Rub

Saturday, 2/2,

J Asia Restaurant (448-4499), One Match Left Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Suckerpunch

Blue Spark, DJ Darkside Som Bolo’s (891-8995), Nova Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The Brad Perry Project Boomer’s (368-9847), Side Men Checkerboard, The Sad Whales Coeur d’Alene Casino, County Line. Echo Elysium J Copa (208-635-5534), Flying Mammals Curley’s (208-773-5816), Slow Burn Fedora Pub, Ron Greene Fizzie Mulligans, Bruiser Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J THE Hop!, Early show: Listener (see story on page 47), A Quite Place, Jake Jerome; Late show: Young Guap and Friends Huckleberry’s 9th Ave. Bistro (624-1349), Bill Bozly Iron Goat Brewing Co. (7470722), Will Thackeray Iron Horse, Kozmik DreamZz Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy

John’s Alley, The Mark Sexton Band Jones Radiator, Side Track Knitting Factory, Too Broke to Rock feat. Nonpoint, Hydro the Hero, 33, Flyreel, Candlelight Red La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Open mic Lariat (466-9918), Texas Twister LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Truck Mills Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Radioface J Mootsy’s, Terrible Buttons, The Hoot Hoots (see story on facing page) nYne, DJ Hype

Ugly Bettie’s, DJ One Usher’s Corner (482-0700), Cliff Park Vintage Vines (227-9463), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Zola, La Cha Cha

Sunday, 2/3

Daley’s Cheap Shots, Open mic Falls Club (208-773-1094), Bobby Bremer Band J THE Hop!, Act of Fate, I Wish We Were Robots, Vultra John’s Alley, The Mark Sexton Band Marquee, Likes Girls Ugly Bettie’s, DJ Dave Zola, The Bucket List

Monday, 2/4

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Get your event listed in the paper and online by emailing getlisted@inlander. com. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Roadhouse, The Last Chance Band Rock Bar (443-3796), DJ Sonny Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band J THE Shop, Karrie O’Neill Splash (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Spokane Eagles (489-3030), Buddy Holly Tribute feat. Chris Ellenberger Tailgater (328-9000), Garrett Bartely Band

Blue Spark, Open mic J Calypsos Coffee (208-6650591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Truck Mills John’s Alley, Tony Holiday Trio Rico’s (332-6566), Open mic Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic Zola, Nate Ostrander

Tuesday, 2/5

Hogfish (208-667-1896), Open mic Ichiban, DJs Beauflexx and Q Jones Radiator, Mark Sexton Band Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox Marquee, DJ Paulie D Moscow Food Co-op (208-8828537), Midnight Parade

Ripples (326-5577), Open songwriters night Zola, Dan Conrad and Haley Young

Wednesday, 2/6

Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Cum Inn (924-6762), Armed and Dangerous Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh J the Hop!, New York City Queens, Ian Miles, Wyatt Q. and the Architects, The Camorra, Stone Cold Slumber Party, Kaepora Iron Horse Bar (926-8411), Open mic Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Baregrass J Luxe Coffeehouse, Jonathan Zaragoza Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Stephanie Hatzinikolis J Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio Soulful Soups & Spirits, Open mic hosted by Son of Brad Swamp, Carey Brazil Zola, Island Soul

Coming Up…

BellTower, Built to Spill, Finn Riggins, Aan on Feb. 8 Bing Crosby Theater, Built to Spill, Finn Riggins on Feb. 9 THE Center, Helio Sequence, Talkdemonic, Lemolo on Feb. 14 Bing Crosby Theater, Pickwick, Kevin Long, Sera Cahoone on Feb. 15

Lincoln Center, Masterclass Big Band with Karrie O’Neill and Evan Denlinger on Feb. 16 Swaxx (703-7474), All Gussied Up, Zan, Murder the Beast, Damaged Goods, Concrete Grip, Urtek on Feb. 16 Spokane Arena (279-7000), Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes on Feb. 21 THE Center, WHY?, Dream Tiger, Astronautalis on Feb. 28 Knitting Factory, Reverend Horton Heat, Guttermouth, David JacobsStrain on Feb. 28 Carr’s Corner, The Moondoggies on March 1 Knitting Factory, Tyrone Wells, Graham Colton, Brett Young on March 3 Spokane Arena (279-7000), Rock & Worship Roadshow feat. MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band, Tim Timmons on March 3 Knitting Factory, Anberlin on March 4 Knitting Factory, Owl City, Echosmith on March 10 Northern Quest Casino, Smokey Robinson on March 10 Knitting Factory, Cradle of Filth, The Faceless, Decapitated, The Agonist on March 14 Bing Crosby Theater, Leo Kottke on March 17 Knitting Factory, Josh Ritter, Lake Street Drive on March 24

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music | venues 315 MARtini bAR & tApAs • 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-9660 bAby bAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 the belltoWeR • 125 SE Spring St., Pullman • 509-334-4195 bing cRosby theAteR • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 big Foot • 9115 N. Division • 467-9638 blue spARK • 15 S. Howard St. • 838-5787 bluZ At the bend • 2721 N. Market • 483-7300 buceR’s • 201 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • (208) 882-5216 cARR’s coRneR • 230 S. Washington • 474-1731 the cellAR • 317 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-9463 the centeR • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • 742-7879 the checKeRboARd • 1716 E. Sprague Ave • 535-4007 coeuR d’Alene cAsino • 37914 South Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 dAley’s cheAp shots • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 eichARdt’s • 212 Cedar St. Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 FedoRA pub • 1726 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-8888 FiZZie MulligAn’s • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 Fox theAteR • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 gibliAno bRotheRs • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • 315-8765 the hop! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 ichibAn • 202 W. Third Ave. • 747-8877 iRon hoRse • 407 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-7314 John’s Alley • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 Jones RAdiAtoR • 120 E. Sprague Ave. • 747-6005 Knitting FActoRy • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 lAgunA cAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 4480887 libRARy lounge • 110 E. Fourth Ave • 747-3371 luxe coFFeehouse • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MARquee • 522 W. Riverside Ave • 838-3332 MeZZo pAZZo Wine bAR • 2718 E. 57th Ave. • 863-9313 Moon tiMe • 1602 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2331 Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 noRtheRn quest cAsino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 nyne • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621 o’shAy’s • 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-4666 the phAt house • 417 S. Browne St. • 443-4103 RoAdhouse countRy RocK bAR • 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 seAsons oF coeuR d’Alene • 209 Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 seRgio’s • 825 W. Riverside Ave. • 7472085 the shop • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 soulFul soups & spiRits • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 the sWAMp • 1904 W 5th Ave • 458-2337 ugly bettie’s • 211 N. Division • 747-8940 ZolA • 22 W. Main • 624-2416

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THEATER ROCK MUSICAL

We all know relationships with our mother can get tense. And the writer of Next to Normal, Brian Yorkey, must have experienced this in a bad way, fueling his musical’s dark and dreary journey into the mind of a suburban mother in the midst of her depressed rock fantasy. The result is highpowered content rarely touched on in musicals: the woes of a stay-at-home mom. This original approach to a musical won the 2010 Pulitzer for drama, and the Civic’s take on the instant classic — directed locally by Yvonne A.K. Johnson — shouldn’t disappoint. — ERIC GAVELIN Next to Normal • Feb. 1-March 3 • Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm • $26 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • 325-2507 • spokanecivictheatre.com

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POETRY COMPETING OUT LOUD

THEATER ROCK YOUR FACE OFF

Get Lit! Poetry Out Loud Regional Final • Thu, Feb. 7 at 7 pm • Free • The Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Rock of Ages • Feb. 7-10 • Show times vary • $32.50-$72.50 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • inbpac. com • 279-7000

You should see what the kids are doing these days in their English classes. They’ve been memorizing stanzas and working out their stage jitters, because it’s time for this year’s Poetry Out Loud regional finals. They’ll recite both classical and contemporary poetry, and get judged in categories like articulation and “dramatic appropriateness.” The program is organized locally by Eastern Washington University’s GetLit! programs, and last year more than 20,000 students in Washington participated. The winners will go on to the state finals on March 9. — LISA WAANANEN

Like love stories involving small town girls and wannabe big-time rockers? Love classic ’80s rock music? Love rockin’ out? Kinda on the fence about smoky rooms that smell like cheap perfume? If you answered yes to any of these, Rock of Ages is the show for you. The five-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical features 28 of the greatest — and loudest — ’80s rock songs, including tracks by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx and REO Speedwagon. Rekindle that bygone ’80s magic and come rock out. — ELI FRANCOVICH

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Colorful costumes, energetic dance and traditional Chinese music come together in The New Shanghai Circus, a modern take on the age-old traditions of Chinese performance art. Harvest festivals celebrated 2,000 years ago in Asia formed the building blocks of this choreographed show that has spread from China around the globe. The New Shanghai Circus’ fast-paced, two-hour-long show combines a smorgasbord of strenuous and elaborate acts inspired by the artistic interpretations of director Zhao Lizhi. Showgoers will be entertained by human pyramids, contortionists and many other “ooh”-inspiring balancing feats. — SARAH MUNDS The New Shanghai Circus • Fri, Feb. 1 at 7 pm • $12.50-$25 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • inbpac.com • 279-7000

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events | karaoke

events | calendar

Comedy

Where to sing with your eyes closed this weekend

Friday Barbary Coast, 5209 N. Market Checkerboard, 1716 E. Sprague Cruiser’s, 6105 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls Doc Holiday’s, 9510 Government Way, Hayden Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney Iron Horse, 11105 E. Sprague Ave. Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague Litz’s, 204 E. Ermina Monterey Café, 9 N. Washington Peking North, 4120 N. Division PJ’s Bar, 1717 N. Monroe Studio K, 2810 E. 29th The Star, 1329 N. Hamilton The Wave, 523 W. First Ave. Usher’s Corner, 5028 N. Market

Saturday

Barbary Coast, 5209 N. Market Big Sky Tavern, 5510 N. Market Charley’s, 801 N. Monroe Checkerboard, 1716 E. Sprague

Club Rio, 106 Hwy. 2, Oldtown, ID Cruiser’s, 6105 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls Doc Holiday’s, 9510 Government Way, Hayden Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney The Flame, 2401 E. Sprague Iron Horse, 11105 E. Sprague Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague Monterey Café, 9 N. Washington Mulz’z Shed, 37011 N. Newport Hwy. Peking North, 4120 N. Division Picnic Pines, 9212 S. Silver Lake Rd., Medical Lake PJ’s Bar, 1717 N. Monroe Studio K, 2810 E. 29th The Star, 1329 N. Hamilton Usher’s Corner, 5028 N. Market Visit Inlander.com/events for more karaoke, trivia, bar games and open mic listings.

Stand-Up ComedyLocal comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) I Saw YouImprov comedy show based on audience submissions from the “I Saw You” and “Cheers and Jeers” sections of the Inlander, and other classified ads. Fridays from Feb. 1-22 at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Short StacksGet a glimpse of the new players, games and comedy material the Blue Door is working on. Feb. 1 at 10 pm. $5. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Joe FontoneLive stand-up comedy. Feb. 2 at 7 pm. Cruiser’s, 6105 W. Seltice Way. Post Falls. (208-773-4706) Safari Short form improv comedy games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays from Feb. 2-23 at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) Adult Improv ClassEight-week session emphasizing and reinforcing skills of improv comedy including creativity, spontanaeity, listening and trust. Tuesdays through March 12 from 7-9 pm. $25/session or $150/8-week class. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045)

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Feed the NeighborhoodFree meals provided every Thursday from 4-6 pm. Free. 7th and Catherine Ave. Post Falls, Idaho. (208-661-5166) Square Dance LesssonsWeekly square dance lessons open to the public. Thursdays through Feb. 21. Free. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. (979-2607) Budgeting 101Financial workshop hosted by STCU on budgeting. Jan. 31 at noon. Free. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave. stcu.org/workshops Bad Science FridayLearn why the horoscopes in the newspaper sometimes seem so eerily accurate. Feb. 1. Acitivites all day. Regular museum admission, $7-$10. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669) Free Tax AssistanceIf you worked in 2012 and have a low to moderate income you may qualify to get your taxes done free at one of the Spokane County Tax Sites. Feb. 4-April 15. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Appointments and walk-ins accepted. (358-3526) Go Red for Women Motivational speakers, health information, workshops and more. Feb. 6 from 9:30 am-2 pm. $125. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. spokanegoredluncheon.org (536-1500) Northwest Nonprofit Conference One-day educational and professional workshop with 11 workshops on topics including grant writing, sustainability, finance, leadership and more. Feb. 7. Workshop times vary. $45-$170. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. ae-consulting.net (999-6333)

Culture of Violence Panel“Pulling at the Threads: Examining Our Culture of Violence” panel and discussion with Dr. Jacob Camp, Bill Morlin, Sandra Williams, Victoria Redstarr and Tim Connor. Feb. 7 at 5:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Community Building, 25 W. Main Ave. pjals.org (838-7870) Cupid For a CauseSemi-formal date auction fundraiser featuring entertainment, food, and more to benefit Camp Goodtimes-East. Feb. 8 at 6 pm. $30$50. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (455-3400) Dog People Blood DriveDonate blood to the Inland Northwest Blood Center and bring your dog to see if it’s eligible to donate to the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank. Feb. 9 at 1 pm. Lincoln Heights Vet Clinic, 2829 E. 27th Ave. (535-3551) Chocolate Lovers Contra Dance Hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society featuring music by Floating Crowbar, free lessons for beginners (6:45 pm) and a chocolate fountain. Feb. 9 from 7-10 pm. $8-10. Open to non-members. East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Rd. spokanefolklore.org (747-2640) Community CPR TrainingHands-only CPR training hosted by Providence, AMR and the Heart Rescue Project. Feb. 9 from 10 am-3 pm. Sessions start every 30 min. Free and open to the public, registration requested. Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, 429 E. Boone Ave. phc.org (474-3081) Volunteer TrainingVolunteer orientation for those interested in reaching out to help Spokane’s homeless youth. Feb. 9 from 9 am-4 pm and Feb. 16 from

9 am-5 pm. $20-$30. Cup of Cool Water, 1106 W. Second Ave. cupofcoolwater.org (747-6686) Pizza FundraiserAnnual Boston’s Cares fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Feb. 11-17. Boston’s, 14004 E. Indiana Ave. (9274284) Sandpoint Winter CarnivalAnnual, weeklong event featuring outdoor activities and events, live entertainment, food and drink events, special events at Schweitzer Mt. Resort and more. Feb. 15-24. Prices and event times vary. Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho and Schweitzer Resort. sandpointwintercarnival.com (208-263-2161) Date With a Straight4th annual “Night Out With Our Allies” fundraiser for Spokane’s Pride Celebration. Date auction on Feb. 15 at 7 pm and date night on Feb. 16 at 8 pm. $3 cover both nights. Irv’s Bar, 415 W. Sprague Ave. outspokane.org (720-7609)

Crafts

Valentine Making PartyMake handmade paper Valentine cards. Two-hour classes offered through Feb. 13. $25, registration required. The Art Coop, 4225 N. G St. theartcoop.net (327-3726) Metal Clay JewelryMake your own metal clay charms and pendants using copper or bronze clay with local jeweler Cindy Morris. Feb. 1 from 6-8 pm and Feb. 3 from 2-4 pm. $75, including materials. Class space limited, RSVP required. Manic Moon Studios, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. (413-9101) Intermediate Bead WeavingClass

for students who have taken the beginner’s bead weaving course. Feb. 2 from 9 am-4 pm. $80, registration deadline Jan. 25. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. artisanbarn.org (229-3414) Glass Vase WorkshopCreate your own an old-world style bottle vase with artist Shanda Woodward. Feb. 2 from 1-3 pm. Cost TBA. Class space limited, RSVP required. Manic Moon Studios, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. (413-9101) Snowman on a SledWinter-themed kids’ arts and crafts workshop (ages 7+). Feb. 9 from 1-3:30 pm. $15. Register by Feb. 7. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3655) Wild Woman Pin ClassMake a “wild” pin using various material and embellishments. Feb. 9 from 1-3 pm. $25, registration required. The Art Coop, 4225 N. G St. theartcoop.net (327-3726) Scrapbook BootcampBring your own scrapbook projects and supplies and join in the opportunity to learn something new from others and at a teaching demo. Includes lunch. Ages 15+. Feb. 16 from 9 am-9 pm. $14-$20. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. Coeur d’Alene. (208-667-1865)

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A Course in MiraclesTheological study group. Thursdays at 7 pm. Love Your Life Center, 1111 E. Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene. (208-777-1996) Country Swing LessonsLearn country-style swing dancing with The Swinging Boots. Thursdays from 7-9 pm. $5. The Roadhouse Country Rock Bar, 20 N.

Raymond Rd. (413-1894) ARgentine Tango LessonsLessons for newcomers are free on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:45 pm. Club Corazon, 2117 E. 37th Ave. spokanetango.com (688-4587) Sweetheart Soap EventAn afternoon of Valentine soapmaking; class will include making a batch of “Stud Suds” and “Love Muffin” or “Sweet Musk” soap. Jan. 31 at 4:30 pm. Reservations required. Greencastle Soap & Supply, 203 N. Stone St. (466-7223) Reconnection WorkshopsSupport and skills for post-deployment military members and their families. “Communicating Clearly” on Jan. 31 from 6-7:30 pm. Free, registration requested. American Red Cross, 315 W. Nora Ave. (326-3330) ARTS Anonymous12-step program for all artists who want to explore, expand and get support for their creativity, whether professional, amateur, beginning or still searching for arts expression. Saturdays from 3-4 pm. Free, donations accepted. St. Luke’s, 711 S. Cowley. (280-0325) Two Small Pieces of GlassExplore celestial bodies through a telescope and learn about the discoveries of made by the world’s biggest telescopes. Feb. 1 at 7 pm. $3-$6. SFCC Planetarium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3569) Women’s Resource Partnership Two-day women’s event featuring spa treatments, shopping, food and more to benefit Cancer Patient Care. Feb. 1 from 4-8 pm and Feb 2 from 10 am-6 pm. The Calm, 1303 S. Grand Blvd. Prices vary for each event. (464-2256)

Vermicomposting Learn how to create your own worm composting bin and more. Feb. 2 from 10:30-12:30 pm. Free, preregistration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. sunpeopledrygoods.com (368-9378) E. Wash. Geneological Society Monthly meeting featuring presentation on the Eastern Washington branch of the Washington State Digital Archives in Cheney. Feb. 2 at 1 pm. Free and open to the public. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. ewgsi.org (328-0786) Cultural Awareness WeekSeventh annual event featuring Whitworth clubs and community groups representing traditions, beliefs and lifestyles of different cultures. Feb. 4-9. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (7774555) Soap Making WorkshopLearn to make soap and how to color, swirl and layer your soaps. Feb. 5-6. $55, reservations required. Greencastle Soap & Supply, 203 N. Stone St. (466-7223) Spokane Compass ClubVintagethemed luncheon featuring a presentation by the Spokane Preservation Advocates. Feb. 5 at 11 am. $18. Glover Mansion, 321 W. 8th Ave. RSVP by Feb. 1 to compassres@gmail.com (455-7789) Aphrodisia WorkshopLearn about herbs that can have a seductive affect on the senses in a hands-on workshop. Feb. 7 from 4-6 pm. $15, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Work It! Career ConferenceTalk to employers about internship, volunteer and job opportunities; attend a career panel and more. Professional dress en-

couraged. Feb. 8 from 1-3:30 pm. Free. EWU PUB, Cheney Campus. ewu.edu/ careerservices (359-4673) Teen SummitEvent for area teenagers on body image, media literacy, eating disorders, societal pressures and more, with films, workshops and discussions. Feb. 9 from 10 am-2 pm. Free, parental waiver required. SFCC, Bldg. #17, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. incedspokane.org

Film

Hitchcock Drama. Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. Moscow, Idaho. kenworthy. org (208-882-4127) A Royal AffairHistorical drama. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) SpIFFThe 15th Annual Spokane International Film Festival includes screenings of feature, documentary and short films made around the world that have not been released for wide distribution, film discussions and other events at various times and locations in downtown Spokane. Feb. 1-10. Festival pass $170; individual programs $5-$10. spokanefilmfestival.org (720-7743) The GodfatherScreening of the classic drama as part of the Bing Cinema Encore Series. Feb. 2 at 8 pm, Feb. 3 after the Superbowl and Feb. 4 at 5:30 pm. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Fly Fishing Film TourShort films on the sport of fly fishing. Feb. 5 at 7 pm. $15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. flyfilmtour.com (227-7638)

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relationships

Advice Goddess Vroom With A View

I’m a 34-year-old woman, dating a 27-year-old guy for three months. We have a great time together, but he’s balking at making an official commitment, meaning he doesn’t want to call us boyfriend and girlfriend. He says he feels we have long-term potential and doesn’t want to date anyone else, but needs time to be sure about us so he doesn’t get hurt again (as he did by his last girlfriend, whom he felt sure was “the one”). That makes sense, but amy alkon the other day, he told me he loves me. How can he feel that way and still not consider us boyfriend/girlfriend? I’m in my 30s, and my friends are getting married, and I get down on myself sometimes for being single. Am I selling myself short by waiting?  —On Hold An impulsive relationship is something to have with a pack of mini-cupcakes in the supermarket checkout line. If they aren’t all they seemed to be, you’ll probably complain a little — that you wasted 79 cents, not the “best years of your life” and the last of your viable eggs. Okay, it’s a little weird that a guy who blurts out “I love you” is squeamish about the B- and G-words, but keep in mind that the last woman he gave his heart to slammed it in the hurt locker. Also, people hate to fail and resist having their failures formalized. If he doesn’t call you his girlfriend, maybe those won’t be real tears you’ll cry if you break up, and he won’t have screwed up another relationship; he’ll just have dated somebody awhile and moved on. But, even if he is driven by fear, his insistence on taking it slow is a good thing: It suggests he learns from his mistakes (an important quality to have in a B-word) and means he won’t be that guy who calls you his girlfriend pronto and then treats you more and more like some woman he passed on his way to the men’s room at the corner bar. Because you can’t know how long his holding-back period will last until he stops holding back, you can start to think the worst — that he’s just toying with you or, even worse, that you’ll have a mortgage and three kids together and he’ll still be introducing you as “my lady friend.” To allay your fears, mark a deadline in your head — perhaps two or three months from now — to see whether the relationship’s progressed to a point you’re more comfortable with and to bail if it hasn’t. During that time, try not to be so goal-focused that you forget to look critically at how compatible you two actually are and explore your own motivations. For any “official commitment” to last, you have to want him, specifically. It can’t just be that he’s your last chance to experience having everyone turn and gasp as you walk down the aisle — that is, unless you’re in such a rush to get to church one Sunday that you put on stockings but forget to follow up by putting on pants.

Life In The Fastened-To-Her Lane

Every woman I’ve ever had a relationship with has freaked over my friendships with other women. Even a relationship with someone I really loved ended because she couldn’t stand my talking to and occasionally meeting up with female friends. There’s nothing romantic going on with any of these friends, nor do I have any interest in anything ever happening, but explaining that is always hopeless. —Maligned “Love is all you need,” lied the Beatles. Sure, it might start out seeming that way. You meet that special someone, butterflies whirl, Disney woodland animals break into song, and you fall into bed and see no one but each other for three to six months. Eventually, however, you start to long for contact with other humans — not because your scruples are on the blink but because you’ve heard all of each other’s most hilarious stories at least twice. Most couples keep sexytime activities on the restricted list, but there will be many other interests you share with friends and not each other. Hanging with these friends doesn’t threaten your relationship; it enhances it, making you more interesting to each other because you aren’t each other’s sole mental, social, and emotional watering hole. It takes a secure woman to understand this — one who needs you because she loves you and not because she skipped over building a self and is using you to cover up the empty slot. A secure woman accepts that there’s always a risk you’ll leave her but understands that the best way to guarantee you will is to make you feel bonded to her — like a fly writhing out its last remaining hours on a strip of flypaper. n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)

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events | calendar Intro to Final Cut ProLearn how to edit video with Final Cut Pro during a two-hour class. Feb. 5 and 13 at 3 pm; March 5 and 15 at 3 pm. $20/class session. Community-Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main. community-minded.org (209-2632) Django UnchainedDrama. Feb. 7-10. Show times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. Moscow, Idaho. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) ArbitrageScreening of the 2012 drama. Feb. 7 at 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front St. (208-769-2315) Hitchcock Drama. Feb. 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live concert film of the Stones performing in Fort Worth, Texas in 1978. Feb. 8 at 5:30 pm, 8 pm, and midnight. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Producing VideoLearn the basics of getting a video ready for broadcast during a two-hour class. Feb. 8 and 21 at 3 pm, March 11 and 19 at 3 pm. $20/ class session. Community-Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2632)

Food & Drink

Let’s Make CroissantsLearn to make plain and almond croissants with Chef Harry Wibisono. Jan. 31 from 6-8 pm. $60. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. incaafterdark.scc.spokane. edu/ (533-7283) Winter WarmersSample the newest brews in stock including winter beers, anniversary brews and more. Feb. 1 at 7 pm. $20, reservation requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) Mediterranean CookingRaci Erdem of The White House Grill teaches a class on Mediterranean cooking. Feb. 5 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) National Pancake DayAnnual fundraiser event benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and local charities. Feb. 5 from 7 am-10 pm. IHOP restaurants across the Inland Northwest. Ihoppancakeday.com Tour the MediterraneanLearn to prepare foods from Italy, Greece and India. Feb. 5 at 6 pm. $45. Joanie’s Magic Spoon, 10307 N. Prairie Dr. joaniesmagicspoon@gmail.com (6246564) Truffles for Your Sweetheart Learn to make truffles, chocolate bark and brittle with Chef Bob Lombardi. Feb. 7 from 6-8 pm. $65. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu/ (533-7283) Red Wine and ChocolateSample eight red wines paired with selections from the store’s 300 varieties of chocolate. Feb. 8 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) Wines for ValentinesWine tasting event. Feb. 9 from 2-4 pm. $5/flight of five wines. Huckleberry’s, 926 S. Monroe St. (624-1349) Dessert Wine ExtravaganzaSample eight dessert/port wines paired with cheese and bread. Feb. 9 at 7 pm.

$20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) The Romance of ParisLearn to cook in the style of French cuisine with Chef. Steve Geving. Feb. 13 from 10:30 am1:30 pm. $25, reservations required. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Ln. (208-437-0426) Puppy LoveWine tasting night benefiting SpokAnimal featuring wine and dessert. Feb. 13 from 6-9 pm. $10. Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. spokanimal.org (534-8133)

Music

Long Story, ShortAn evening of opera scenes performed by Whitworth’s opera workshop. Jan. 31 at 7 pm. Free. Whitworth Music Building, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-3280) Mosaic ConcertConcert featuring 75 student musicians from the Lional Hamptom School of Music. Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. U of Idaho, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave. Moscow. (208-8857521) Spokane Symphony SuperPops Series: Pink Martini. Feb. 2 at 8 pm. [SOLD OUT] $35-$68. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Jazz for CatsSecond annual jazz concert benefiting the Panhandle Animal Shelter’s feral cat fund, featuring local musician Bill Reid and an intermission “Kitty Litterature” reading contest. Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm. $10. DiLuna’s Café, 207 Cedar St., Sandpoint. (208-265-8323) Musical Instrument DriveThe Moscow/Pullman Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota is collecting instruments for Idaho District 2 schools. Through Feb. 3. Drop off at music depts. at WSU, U of I, Whitworth, Keeny Brothers in Moscow, Hoffman Music in Spokane or to the SAI concert on Feb. 3 at 3 pm. U of Idaho, Haddock Performance Hall, Moscow. (208-3101344) Music in Historic Homes Classical music concert by Allegro Baroque featuring guest harpischordist Mark Brombaugh. Feb. 5-6, times vary. $25. Private residence at 109 W. Sumner Ave. allegrobaroque.org (455-6865) Music Theory ClassesClasses open to all music students. Tuesdays from Feb. 5-April 9 at 4 pm and 5 pm. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (326-9516) Classical GuitarLearn the fundamentals of music and classical guitar playing in a small class setting. Ages 15+. Tuesdays from Feb. 5-March 26 from 6-7:30 pm. $140. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (3269516) Garrison, Wilson and Yang Trio Concert. Feb. 5 at 7:30 pm. $3-$5. University of Idaho, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave. (208-8857521) Pages of HarmonyLocal barbershop quartet rehearses Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (999-1598) International Guitar NightComtemporary guitar concert featuring international performers Brian Gore, Lulo Reinhardt, Marco Pereira and Adrian Legg. Feb. 7 at 7 pm. $10-$20.

Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho. panida.org (208263-9191) BearfootPerformance by the American bluegrass/roots band. Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. $10-$20. WSU Jones Theatre, Pullman campus. (335-8522) James Reid Guitar concert. Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. $3-$5. University of Idaho, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave. (208-885-7521) Rising Stars: Colby and Justin Concert featuring two local multiinstrumentalist youth: Colby Acuff and Justin Sherfey. Feb. 8 at 7 pm. $5. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Music for Double ChorusConcert by the Spokane Choral Artists and Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. Feb. 8 at 8 pm. $20. St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. (251-6296) Gospel ExplosionAn annual campus celebration of Black History Month featuring performances by Whitworth students and choirs from the area. Feb. 8 at 7 pm. Free. Whitworth’s Seeley Mudd Chapel, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4568) Spokane SymphonyClassics series No. 6: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Vadim Gluzman on violin. Feb. 9 at 8 pm and Feb. 10 at 3 pm. $14-$44. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (6241200)

performance

The New Shanghai CircusPart of the Best of Broadway series featuring Chinese circus acts. Feb. 1 at 7 pm. $13$25. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) Artist Residency“War/Peace” interactive artist residency in which participants passing through the public workspace will be interviewed on the conflicting ideas of war and peace. Feb. 9-13, with a final performance on Feb. 13 at 6 pm. Free. Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. (206310-8023)

Sports & Outdoors

The Flying Irish RunWeekly 3-mile run. Thursdays at 6 pm. Free. Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division. flyingirish. org Spokane Table Tennis ClubPing pong club meets Saturdays from 1-4 pm. $2/visit. Northeast Youth Center, 3004 E. Queen Ave. (456-3581) Spokane Table TennisPing pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Divison. www.spokanetabletennis. com (768-1780) Computer Mapping Introductory class for landowners and foresters on land mapping using computer GIS mapping interfaces. Feb. 1 from 1:304:30 pm. Free with $5 handouts. U of Idaho Bonner County Extension, Sandpoint. Pre-registration requested. (208-263-8511) Shred the LoveSki and ride day benefiting nonprofit Boarding for Breast Cancer and featuring ski and snowboard demos, info booths, per-

formance by Allen Stone and more. Feb. 2. Red Mt. Resort, Rossland, BC. (1-877969-7669) Derby Skate FitLearn the techniques of roller derby speed skating to get into shape during a 12-week session. All skill levels welcome. Free class on Feb. 3, session runs Feb. 10-April 28 on Sundays from 9:30-11 am. $122. Pattison’s North, 11309 N. Mayfair Rd. Email derbyskatefit@gmail.com for more info or to sign up. Bridal BootcampEight-week exercise program geared toward brides, grooms and wedding party members. Feb. 5-March 30; Tue and Thu from 6:30-7:30 pm, or Thu from 6-7 pm and Sat from 9-10 am. $65-$75. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (688-0300) Gals Get GoingThe women’s running team meets for once-a-week workouts during eight-week sessions. Tuesdays at 9:30 am through March 5. $79/session. galsgetgoing.com (953-6360) Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. Kelowna Rockets. Feb. 6 at 7 pm. $9$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (279-7000) Snowshoeing BasicsLearn the basics of the sport and how to select the right gear to get started. Feb. 7 from 7-8:30 pm. Free, pre-registration required. REI Spokane, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei.com/spokane (328-9900) Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. TriCity Americans. Feb. 9 at 7 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (279-7000) Lilac City Volkssports WalkParticipants will caravan to Pullman from Spokane to walk the Chipman Trail, tour the WSU campus and more. Feb. 9. Meet at Fred Meyer at Third and Thor at 8 am. Free to participate. (448-4125)

Theater

Escanaba in LoveComedy prequel to “Escanaba in da Moonlight.” Through Feb. 2. Thu-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $18-$24. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) Boom Apocalyptic comedy. Jan. 24Feb. 9. Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm, select Wednesdays on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, Sat matinees at 2 pm on Feb. 2 and 9. $15-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. interplayers.org (455-7529) The Complete Works of William ShakespeareComedy spoof of Shakespeare’s plays as a fundraiser for SFCC’s drama scholarship fund. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at 7:30 pm, Feb. 3 at 2 pm. $10. SFCC

Spartan Theater, Bldg. 5, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3592) Three Strikes to FirstPerformance of a play written by master of fine arts graduate Quinn Hatch. Jan. 31-Feb. 9. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Feb. 3 at 2 pm. $8-$10. University of Idaho Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Dr. Moscow. (208885-6465) An Evening of Sketches by Carol Burnett Comedy skits. Feb. 1-3 and 8-10. Fri and Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Dinner theater performance ($25, RSVP required) on Feb. 2 at 6 pm. $8-$12. StageWest Community Theatre, 693 Elm St. Cheney. (768-2150) Next to NormalContemporary rock musical. Feb. 1-March 3. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $26. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) Peter Pan and WendyPerformed by members of the Spokane Children’s Theatre. Feb. 1-17. Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 1 pm and 4 pm, Sundays at 1 pm. $10. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. (328-4886) Howard’s Follies10th annual performance of Howard Wildin’s vaudevillestyle show. Feb. 2-17, Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $10-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave. Newport. pendoreilleplayers.org (671-3389) Call Mr. RobesonPlay on the life of the actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. Feb. 6 at 7 pm. $12-$22. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Rock of Ages1980s Rock musical as part of the Best of Broadway series. Feb. 7-10, show times vary. $33-$73. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) The MousetrapMurder mystery. Feb. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 at 7 pm. $10-$12. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-303-6543) Sweeney ToddMusical thriller. Feb. 8-March 3. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. Coeur d’Alene. lakecityplayhouse.org (208-667-1323) The Heart of Jimmy ValentineCatered dinner theater featuring a love story performance based on the story by O. Henry. Feb. 8-10 at 6 pm. $40, reservations required by Feb. 3. Lion’s Share Theatre, 1627 N. Atlantic Ave. lionaround.org (327-1113) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Missoula Children’s Theatre will direct a performance of the play featuring local children ages K-12 in 50-60 roles.

FREE NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAM for family members of close relatives with

MENTAL ILLNESS A series of 12 weekly classes structured to help family members understand and support their ill relative while maintaining their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained volunteer family members.

Performance on Feb. 9 at 3 pm and 7 pm. $4-$6. Auditions will be held Feb. 4 at 4 pm. Moscow High School, 402 E. Fifth St. (208-883-3267)

Visual Arts

Student Art ShowIn conjuction with its production of “Boom,” Interplayers is hosting a juried art show, open to local high school and college students. Through Feb. 9. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. interplayerstheatre. org For more information on entry requirements, call 455-7529. A Question of PermanencePresentation by Seattle-based artist group SuttonBeresCuller as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Jan. 31 at noon. EWU, Cheney. (359-2494) Rwanda 2010-2012Photography exhibit by Larry Keyser with sales of art benefiting Healing Hearts Northwest and its mission to provide heart surgery to people in Rwanda. Through Feb. 20. South Perry Pizza, 1011 S. Perry St. (290-6047) Photography ExhibitColor and monochrome photos by members of the Spokane Valley Camera Club. Through March 14. Free to view, gallery open Mon-Fri. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. (924-9754) Visual Arts TourNew gallery shows, live music, food and more. Feb. 1 from 5-9 pm. See page 31 for gallery listings and times, or visit Inlander.com/spokane/firstfriday for a map of events. First Friday on GarlandNew art exhibits, music, theater and more. Feb. 1 starting at 4 pm. Venues include Bon Bon, TaFuri Studios, Glamarita, The Garland Drinkery, Rocket Bakery and the Blue Door Theatre. (216-4300) Booker’s DozenExhibit showcasing handmade books from the Idaho Center for the Book’s traveling, juried show. Feb. 1-22; gallery reception Feb. 20 from 4-6 pm. Free. Third Street Gallery, 206 E. Third St., Moscow. (208-883-7036) Oil PaintingLearn the basics of oil painting and more in a hands-on class. Feb. 1-March 15; Fridays from 12:30-3:30 pm. Ages 15+. $120/session or $20/ class. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., Moscow. (208-883-7036) Paper Cutting WorkshopLearn how to fold paper to create designs and more. Feb. 2 from 10 am-noon. $25. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. spokaneartschool.net (325-3001)

Drawing CaricaturesLearn techniques to exaggerate individuals’ features to depict someone in a way that is funny and recognizable with artist Tom Quinn. Feb. 2 from 10 am-2 pm. $30. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Photography FunshopAttend an informal session with local photographer Charles Gurche on tips and tricks to get the best shot. Feb. 2 at 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main . (838-0206) Painting on GlassLearn the techniques of painting on glass. Tuesdays from Feb. 5-26. Kids’ classes from 4-5:30 pm, $60, and adult classes from 6:30-8 pm, $60. Saturday kids’ session also available. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Moscow. (208-883-7036) Photography Workshops Fourweek course focusing on the art of photography with Richard Hamilton. Feb. 6-27. $100. The JACC, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-446-8952) Drawing ClassesDevelop hand-eye coordination and other drawing techniques. Wednesdays from Feb. 6-27. Adult classes (ages 15+) from 6-8 pm, $152, kids’ classes from 4:30-6 pm, $128. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Moscow. (208-883-7036) Maggie McGovernPhotography exhibit featuring the work of 13-year-old photographer Maggie McGovern, of Coeur d’Alene. Feb. 8-March 6. Artist reception Feb. 8 from 5-6:30 pm. Free. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. (208-882-8537) Jerri LiskExhibit featuring a series of paintings on aluminum by the artist. Feb. 8-March 2. Artist reception Feb. 8 from 5-8 pm. Free. The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. theartspiritgallery.com (208-765-6006)

Words

Naked Lunch BreakWeekly literary open mic and reading series through winter quarter with free pizza. Open to all; participants must sign up to read three minutes of material. Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 pm through March 14. Free and open to the public. Riverpoint Campus, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (3686557) Comtemporary Issues in Feminist Research “Gender, Identity and Representation in Chile” presentation by Claudia Bucciferro. Jan. 31 at noon. Free and open to the public. Eastern Washington University, Monroe Hall, Cheney. (359-2898)

What’s Happening with Marriage Equality? Panel presentation hosted by the LGBTQA office on the impacts of Ref. 74. Jan. 31 at 6 pm. Free and open to the public. University of Idaho SUB, 709 Deakin Ave. Moscow. (208-885-7521) Rebecca SolnitThe San Franciscobased author and activist will sign copies of her work and present from some of her 13 published books. Jan. 31 from 4-6 pm. Free. Bookpeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) Rick Steves“An Intimate Conversation with Rick Steves” by the travel guide, TV host and author. Feb. 2 at 2 pm. $25. Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, 429 E. Boon Ave. gonzaga.edu (313-3567) Broken MicWeekly spoken word open mic night on Wednesdays at 7 pm, hosted by Mark Anderson. Neato Burrito, 321 W. First Ave. Free; presenters must sign up to read three minutes of work. (847-1234) The Oldest Star AtlasArchaeology lecture by Nicholas David on an ancient Chinese map utilizing astronomy/astrology, dated from 500-1000 A.D. Feb. 6 from 6:30-8 pm. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (359-2235) Hanford Cleanup Presentation “Gov. Chris Gregoire: 24 Years Leading Washington’s Fight for Hanford Cleanup” presentation by Erika Holmes. Feb. 7 at noon. Free and open to the public. Eastern Washington University, Monroe Hall, Cheney. (359-2898) Poetry Out LoudRegional finals for the national high school poetry recitation contest; winners will go on to the state finals. Feb. 7 at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (359-6447) The U.S. and the Muslim WorldLecture presented by Dr. Lawrence Pintak, longtime Middle East correspondent for CBS and the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU. Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. Whitworth University, Weyerhaeuser Hall, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4937) Oceans, Ice and Climate Change Presentation by Shallin Busch, a reasearch ecologist with the NW Fisheries Science Center. Feb. 7 from 7-8 pm. Free and open to the public. U of Idaho Menard Law Building, 711 Rayburn St. Moscow. (208-885-7521) n

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STA PlazaI saw you, around 7:45 am on January 22nd. You were wearing a beige coat, jeans, brown knee high boots and a white wool headband with a flower crocheted into it. I was sitting across from you and kept catching your gaze, you are very gorgeous and I should have talked to you but was too nervous. Coffee sometime?

usually listening to headphones, sometimes with a book. I’d happily play hookie from work to buy you a cup of coffee sometime.

North Central High School Students Thanks to all of the students for the thousands of pounds of food they collected for the Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen in December. The food collected during this food drive will help feed many people in Spokane this year who would otherwise go hungry. Your generosity and hard work is much appreciated by the board, staff, volunteers and those we serve at the Restaurant. Thank you so much. You are the best.

Spokane Homeless Connect not only a possibility but a success. You are the heart of compassion, the hand of mercy that feeds, ministers and serves those afflicted by poverty, homelessness and marginalization by a sometimes indifferent culture. Special thanks go to KXLY-TV for being the only member of the media in Spokane that carried the story despite every media outlet in Spokane being notified well within time.

South Hill Gold’s Gym To the incredibly attractive young lady in the pink tank top. We were rowing side by side on the ergs Wednesday, January 23rd. Before you left, we talked for a bit about rowing technique. It was only after the fact that I realized we never traded names. I’m usually not at the gym at that time on Wednesdays, but I hope we cross paths again soon! If you want some more rowing advice, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at ironschwert@gmail.com.

Montery CafeFriday, January 25th around 10:30. Me: Blonde ponytail, black fishnet tank top, getting water in the front with two girlfriends. You: Tall, blue beanie, sitting with a few guy friends drinking beer. We made eye contact 4 or 5 times and I am sure you saw me mention you to a friend. I am sad you left before I could offer you a drink. Email me at miss_freebyrd@hotmail.com and let’s meet up again. This time, let’s exchange names

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SCC We had a class together, Humanities101, so seeing you wasn’t uncommon. I thought you were the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. You were an mma fighter you explained to the class during a group discussion. I dropped out early. I never saw you again. If you’re reading this or ever read this. I’m the Army guy. Love to hear from you. Silver MountainYou were the cute guy in the green who helped my little brother get up and get back on his skis. We should have coffee. #45 Bus January 28th, you on the morning bus, long dark hair, blue jeans and dark jacket with fur trimmed boots. You’re beautiful. Me, dressed for winter all in black, goatee with some gray,

You Saw Me RE: StarbucksI’ve always wanted to be “seen” and so you just fulfilled a life-long goal of mine. Now it is my time to return the favor. We have each been “seen” and “saw”. And you’re welcome. I try to be awesome to as many strangers as possible. But you’re cooler than most.

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Cheers My Woman You’re such a courageous and loving woman! People are awe-inspired by the stories of your past because you refused to confine yourself to the limits of your surroundings. You knew in your heart that you were meant for great things and I was immediately attracted to that in you. I love you. Good SamaritanThis is a Cheers to the angel in the huge red 4-wheel drive truck. Our truck was stuck on Division north bound during rush hour. The angels name is Josh and he is the Customer Service Expert at Car Toys on Division. He saw us struggling from across the street and came swooping in with towstrap in hand to give us a tow to a station a block away. What an unexpected service even for non customers. He would not take any money for his help, just that we send along the kindness when needed by someone else, which we gratefully will. Thank you also to his dad, as Josh said he raised him this way. God blesses! Thank You!Cheers to the wonderful couple that insisted I take some cash for helping you load a couch into your truck at the north Costco on Jan 21st. I greatly appreciate it, I was running low on gas and have been looking for a job since I was laid off 2 days after Christmas. I hope you see this or hear of it. Your friends and family are truly blessed to have you. Thank you again and I will pay it forward.

To my beautiful wife, AnaI can’t begin to tell you how much I love you and appreciate all of the things you do for me. You make me a better person. I look forward to all of the things we have in store for us in our future. It’s my privilege to be your hubby. The Boy You Make Me SmileYour style alone keeps me smiling all day. This is to the girl who I see every morning, the one who fills my mind with her beautiful looks. I can’t stop thinking about you and haven’t stopped since the first day I saw you. BTW, love the Silver Element, free for dinner on the 14th? From IW The Citizens of SpokaneI want to thank all the citizens of Spokane who have in their goodwill and kindness gave handouts to a former panhandler and alcoholic who wandered the streets with the likeminded to acquire my next drink no matter what the excuse. I have since changed my life over to the Lord and now that I rose above that desperation I realize that though we walk with the Lord or not, we instinctively have compassion for others and it is a testimony of hope in this life. I wondered what I would do since when I was approached by a person asking for a hand out, and I automatically reached into my pocket, feeling less convicted about it than ever. We may not all understand what it is to be in those shoes, but they are people walking this path as us, just lost and I can attest there is a way out and will never lose gratefulness for it. My Cosmic GirlI decided to be less anonymous this time. I know it’s only been a month since we’ve been “official” but I feel like I’ve known you forever (no creepo). Even when it’s not perfect, it’s better than anything I’ve ever had before. I love you completely and I hope this is the first of many anniversaries we have together. The Heart of Compassion  To the agencies, sponsors, donors, workers, volunteers, guests, faith groups, students and Homeless Coalition that made the 2013

Happy Birthday!To my Opelousian Accordion Playing Inamorata. You’re more beautiful, more angelic, more radiant, more steamy with each passing year. Thank you for the gift of you in my life, without you I’m utterly lost. Looking forward to another awe-inspiring year full of love, laughts, cuddles and kisses. Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours. Your Bellowsfellow. Ti vedo nei miei songi My Sweet Mint!I love you so much! You are going thru a tough time now, and I am here for you! You are loved by so many, and touch many lives! I am here for you now and forever! You are so compassionate and loving! I am the luckiest man in the world to fallen madly in love with you! And am blessed that you love me back! Just remember, I love you so much! And I am here for you! Love, Gorgeous Eyes A Big Thank You!to the three different gentlemen that stopped and helped me at the Flying J. I’ve had a terrible week, and that flat was just icing on the cake. You were all super helpful and I’m glad there is still some people like you around. And a thanks to my mom’s neighbor Mary, who drove the correct sized lug wrench to me. I’ll pay it forward for sure. Gun Owners Cheers to all responsible Spokane gun owners! I feel safer knowing you are there and that I am not the only one recognizing that these gun control issues that are running rampant are all about control and have nothing to do with guns. Thank you for using your Constitutional right wisely, and for not forgetting how important it is to protect your children from enemies foreign or domestic. I Saw You At 7-11after far to many years, that was in January of 2012 and Halloween we got married. I love you Mr. Foster and thank you for aways loving me. Mrs. Foster Homie-Lover-Friend Can’t believe we found each other. I can’t wait to see your face when you read this. Every day spent with you will never be enough.

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Dear Adorable CoupleWe met on January 26th at Jones Radiator at the Détective concert. You were on hot date night, kid-less, and loving it. You bought us a round of beers while we discussed awesome places to dine and drink at. Meeting such a kind couple like you two was the cherry on top of our night during such a great show. We hope your late night festivities went according as planned, mimosas and all. Get another babysitter and it’ll be our turn to buy you a round of drinks. Sincerely, Your new Spokane friends

seeing “darling, my love is eternal”, “I can’t remember life before you” and I couldn’t live without you”, because, I sure can, and I know the thousands of other people who read The Inlander can also, so please, refrain from putting your crap in the Inlander, and perhaps tell the “love of your life” in person, it would probibly mean more to them that way anyway.

your toes stepped on by people who are/where the reason you could stay in business. The ones who were there when you needed them. And what did you do? You got rid of them. You could not even face them. You took the cowards way out. Does this mean that you are a nice person? By no means are you nice! It just shows that being a professional person is what you are NOT. You like to think that you are a good person. Maybe in your mind you are. However, this is not so. You have done something in the past that was much worse, and we all know it. It’s nice to know that in the end you will be the loser, and we will win as we are being able to move on and not have to worry about you or the responsibility you do not have.

RE: Scam WarningThanks for the heads up! Unfortunately it comes a few weeks too late for me as I already gave this nice dressed scammer a fiver. Really, I should’ve known when he said “I promise I’m not a scammer.” Right. But I’ll cherish those warm fuzzies I felt that afternoon thinking I’d done my good deed for the day. Thanks again for taking the time to share at least others can save their good intentions for someone who really deserves them. My GanderTwo years today my love! I can’t believe it. You make me the luckiest woman in the world. Every night I fall asleep loving you and every morning I wake up and fall in love with you all over again. Never doubt that as far as I’m concerned, you are the only man in the world. Thank you for being mine. I something you, so much. Love Goosie

Jeers Scam ArtistTo the guy named Nick, who came into Spokane Art Supply Thursday the 17. Your truck had broken down, and a cab refused to take you to C’dA in order to get your pay check. We all felt very bad for you, so I lent you $40 to fill your gas tank. And you thanked me profusely saying you would be back that night. You seemed very genuine and grateful. But you have obviously proved that most people can’t be trusted. You reap what you sow, and it will come back around. Good luck ever getting help from someone again. Another Scam ArtistIt was around 8:05 pm Monday night 1/21. I was walking into the Walgreens store on Empire and Division. You walked up to me while I was on the phone and asked if you could borrow $20 for gas, and would give me $10 as a tip in doing so.You said you were a Gonzaga student and would be back in twenty minutes. I was off my guard obviously since I was busy talking on the phone, however I gave you the cash. Anyways, I waited almost a full hour for your return. I am a EWU student myself and have a test tomorrow, I was not about to wait any longer. I hope you enjoyed the free money of mine and if you come across this you are more then welcome to repay me for the gas money and my time! Cheers Love NotesJeers to all the people who put their love notes in the “Cheers” section. Last time I checked it’s not called “love letters”. Because you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ll tell ya right now- nobody wants to read about your marriage, anniversary, or other relationship. I’m tired of

Jeers To My ExI wasted ten good years of my life living, loving and working like a dog so that you could dump me for a younger woman! I can’t wait until she spends enough time with you to find out what you really are, underneath what you project to those around you. No wonder you get so tired at night, you must be exhausted from all your posturing. I cannot wait until those around you find out what you really are. Because I know you are keeping one nasty secret. Hit and Run To the selfish inconsiderate individual who impacted the rear right side of my white 2011 Cheyrolet Silverado LT with the white topper while parked at Rosauers on 29th. Your careless and selfish hit and run act will cost $2,755.00 to repair, and will require at least 6 days or more in the repair shop! You may not care, but for me as a retired and older person, this is the last new vehicle I will ever own! To think that you hit my vehicle with such impact as to push over the bumper, crinkle a tailgate and cause damage to the rear quarter panel and then run off, says a lot about your character. You didn’t even have the common courtesy or decency to even leave a note, a phone number or take any responsibility what so ever! There are at least three things you need to know: 1) the store is investigating whether you are caught in the act on their surveillance equipment 2) it is really a good thing for you and me both, that you were not caught in the act of hit and run and 3) Karma can be a bitch! Jeers To You Peoplethat don’t know how to drive in the damn snow, just stay home and let the people that know how to drive in the damn snow get to where we need to be without slow ass drivers on the road slowing us down, besides driving slow makes it just as bad as driving fast. RE: I’m SorryYou did nothing to deserve this. You have nothing to apologize for. Listen, my life has not been great since you left either. Guess what? I think about you all day and all night too. When I think about you, it does not make me smile. It makes me sad. You were so good to me, and I was an ass. But maybe this is not you, and maybe I am barking up the wrong tree. Please know that you are ever so important to me. My heart melts when I think about you, about us. Don’t Answer That PhoneJust a comment to employers who find that it is better to fire employees over the phone then in person, face to face. And to give each of those ex-employees a different reason for the firing. How dare you! What ever happened to the employer who has the balls to face the employee they are intending to fire regardless of the reasons. You had

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Soldiers in Afghanistan wait for a Black Hawk medevac helicopter to land before moving a simulated casualty during a training this month.

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A soldier’s view on last week’s announcement that women have the right to fight By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer

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ajor Militza Rivera-Cortes didn’t feel like cooking dinner so she took her 7-year-old daughter, Isabel, out to Chili’s. When the meal was over, she found another diner had covered her tab. “It’s crazy,” she says. “Everyday, people roll down their windows and say, ‘Thank you.’” She isn’t quite sure what to make of it, but is grateful for their respect. I called Rivera-Cortes for her perspective on last week’s announcement that female soldiers would be allowed in combat. The career soldier says that while civilians might see this as a major change in policy, she looks at it differently. “We’ve always been there,” she says. In the mid-’90s, Rivera-Cortes and I were 91 Bravos and members of Charlie Company, 25th Forward Support Battalion, First Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. RiveraCortes was in ambulance platoon and I was in treatment platoon. Sergeant Monasmith, another female in ambulance platoon, told stories of the first Gulf War, when she crossed into Iraq with the mechanized infantry unit she had been assigned to. Women on the front lines — that’s not new. Women as combat soldiers is an extension of reality, not a sea change. But who wants to be in the infantry anyway? I’ve met men and women with dreams of Special Forces or Ranger Battalion, but I’ve never known anyone who wanted to be a grunt. Rivera-Cortes isn’t so sure. “I think that back then, when I was young, if the recruiter had said, ‘Hey, do you want to go and do this?’ I would have said, ‘Sure. Why not?’”

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Physical training was not fun. We both recall company runs, and not fondly. Sixfoot-three, 250-pound Smitty, a male, used to run next to me as we fell farther and farther behind the formation. Our scrawny male squad leader would run back to motivate Major Militza Rivera-Cortes and our supposedly sorry daughters Isabel and Arriana asses with encouraging words like, “You’re going to let that little girl beat you, Smitty? You? Big Smitty?” There were women, like Private White, who outran me and Smitty. But when the sergeant ran back to the rest of the company and left me and Smitty shuffling in the dust, Smitty grumbled: “Shit, Frohnhoefer. My pride isn’t hurt. I don’t care. If [White] wants to run into the bullets, she can run into the bullets. I am keeping my ass back here.” Smitty kept his promise. He never served in combat. Neither did I. In 2001 I realized that I could never shoot someone. Ever. For anything. After watching the buildings collapse, the idea of more death made me sick. Those sergeants who used to yell at me and Smitty, saying that we didn’t have heart, that we couldn’t cut it,

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maybe they were onto something. But Rivera-Cortes stayed in the Army, was accepted into the physician’s assistant program and graduated in 2002 as a second lieutenant. Her first duty station was Fort Bragg. She had been assigned to a hospital, but after two weeks she received orders for Iraq and was reassigned to the 18th Airborne Corps, 20th Engineer Brigade, 37th Engineer Battalion. Combat engineers don’t build bridges; they dismantle IEDs. Those guys in Hurt Locker? They were combat engineers. As a physician’s assistant, Rivera-Cortes would put those guys back together. In Iraq, she traveled from place to place and doesn’t remember much action. But by her second deployment, to Afghanistan in 2007, there was, she says succinctly, “trauma, lots of trauma.” Now she is stationed at Fort Sam Houston and is the major officer in charge of combat medic training. “Remember,” she says, “what you and I went through? Only it’s different now. It’s four months now.” Training used to be 10 weeks. But standards change as missions change. Training now includes a greater emphasis on assault operations — in other words, combat. I ask Rivera-Cortes if she would, or could, ever fire at someone? She responds without bravado. Her voice is terse and sure as she says, “If I was out there and I had to point my weapon at somebody, I would do it in heartbeat. I wouldn’t have any second thoughts.” I tell her that this is the reason why people buy her and her daughter dinner. She’s willing to do things that the rest of us won’t do, and we thank her for it the best we can. Opening up combat roles for women may do more for civilian women than it does for those currently serving. Every woman in this country now has the opportunity (some would say the obligation) to fully participate in both good and bad portions of the American experience. We have achieved the right to equally participate, even if part of that experience is finding out that you may need other people to fight your battles. n

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