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his holiday season we have been so deeply saddened and frightened by the massacre at Sandy Hook. Then, just last week, firefighters in New York state, responding to an early morning blaze, were ambushed by the homeowner who used the exact same weapons that were used by in Connecticut. Two fireman were killed, two wounded. Since the Columbine murders, we have witnessed 30 similar large-scale shootings. Yet throughout all this civic mayhem, our Congress has done nothing — we live in a gun culture, they say, as if that is an excuse. Justice Scalia hasn’t helped. I refer to his hubris-laden, ahistorical opinion in the gun control case, D.C. vs. Heller. Scalia summarily tosses out three-quarters-of-acentury of jurisprudence, asserting the “original� meaning of “individual right� instead of the “collective right,� which has pretty much been the law of the land ever since the invention of the National Guard. Worse yet, he ignores James Madison (author of the amendment), and even had the temerity to dismiss Justice Stevens for bringing it up as an issue. Scalia’s opinion threw cold water on important gun control efforts. He made it more difficult for government to “provide for the health, safety and welfare� while empowering the gun lobby.

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s I pondered our many cultural and governing failures, along comes Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln. It led me to reread Kent Graham’s provocative book, Gettysburg: A Meditation on War and Values. Graham would agree, I think, that there are dots here to be connected — that Lincoln had insights about the human condition that might help us through our time of sadness and frustration. Lincoln, who believed in a moral universe, nonetheless resisted “identifying the enemy alone as evil.� The evil of the war was shared. Lincoln was mindful that it was the northerners who made the ships used to transport the slaves; “[The North] owned the factories that made cloth from Southern cotton; the whole nation was complicit.� In Lincoln’s mind, writes Graham, “The moral universe has the curvature of the earth. Doing evil sets something in motion.� Graham acknowledges that all this has changed. “Since World War I,� he writes, “the idea of a moral universe has looked absurd, bitterly ironic, or at least questionable. Nations are not responsible to other nations; individuals likewise are responsible only to themselves, if that. “Good and evil,� Graham concludes, “are problematic categories, and the language with which we talk about them may well be a power matrix rather than a transparent medium.� So we tenants in this modern universe — this socially and morally atomized universe — find ourselves in a predicament that the Sandy Hooks

and Columbines expose. Lincoln would suggest that we try beginning at the beginning, with the recognition that, like North and South, we are interconnected; that mutual obligations and responsibilities matter. Does the gun maker have obligations beyond selling his product? Does the gun user have social responsibilities beyond the minimum that the law requires? Lincoln would say yes, they do. Madison? He would certainly urge overturning Scalia’s Heller decision, with prejudice: “Antonin,� you can imagine him saying, “with M-16 knock offs at the local Walmart and 30 round clips online, you want to turn my expedient amendment into a rigid dogma?� Talk about your mutual obligations and responsibilities. Lincoln saw slavery in this light. Slavery failed the obligations and responsibilities test; it had to go. And no one could use the threat of secession as a way of avoiding either; Lincoln believed in e pluribus unum — one nation out of many individuals. And that brings us back to the killing fields of Gettysburg and the moral questions that still haunt them.


lexis de Tocqueville observed that Americans wrestle with the tension between liberty and justice, between equality and freedom. We accept the legitimacy of both, while seeking a balance. Our efforts, for the most part, have been incremental, pragmatic and clumsy. And leadership matters. Walt Whitman thought that the Civil War could have been avoided, but the leadership was just not there to stop it. Here’s what he had to say about the politicians of the day: “The members were‌ seven-eights of them, the meanest kind of bawling and blowing officeholders, office seekers, pimps, malignants, conspirators‌ kept editors‌ lobbyers, sponges, crawling, serpentine men.â€? What Whitman saw was “sordidness, shallowness, a seediness, about the American scene and body politic.â€? He goes on to say that the Civil War was “our image of human nature, our local self portrait.â€? Is this to be the legacy of Sandy Hook? Our local self-portrait? The best that America can do? Shall we continue to be held hostage to sordidness and shallowness? Or can our leadership, finally, muster the courage needed to step outside this dismal selfportrait? Can our leaders learn from Lincoln? And can they provide the serious gun regulation that the country needs, even if it comes incrementally, pragmatically and even clumsily? n

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hen Andy Billig won the 3rd District’s Washington State Senate seat in November, he seemed to secure a narrow, 25-24 majority for Democrats. Then came news that Rodney Tom wanted to be the Senate Majority Leader instead of Ed Murray, who had been first in line for the job. So Tom — a Democrat who started his political life as a Republican — convinced another Dem, Tim Sheldon of Potlatch, to join him as they jumped the aisle to create what they are calling a “majority coalition caucus.� Not everyone is buying the branding. “This is not a coalition,� Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, told the Seattle Times. “It’s a takeover.� I had a chance to catch up with Sen. Billig over the holidays, and while he’s excited to start his new job, he cautions his constituents against viewing this arrangement as bipartisan. “There are many excellent examples of bipartisan coalitions in the Legislature,� Billig says, “but the Republican takeover of the Senate is not one of them. It’s not bipartisanship when one side dictates to the other all the terms and reserves all the power. This is not power-sharing — it’s two senators leaving the Democratic caucus to bring the Republicans to power.� Our state Senate is evenly split, so some kind of power-sharing will be required to be effective. But this plan could make things worse. For everything to work, the coalition will need to keep all 23 Republicans and two Democrats in line on every vote. How long before the cracks start to show? The GOP has to kind of sell its soul by ceding its leadership to a Democrat; Ritzville’s Mark Schoesler, the Senate’s ranking Republican, is handing the reins of his party to a multi-millionaire from Bellevue. It also will mark a quick end to Gov. Jay Inslee’s honeymoon if adopted when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 14. Inslee was already looking at a short leash after a hard-fought election. So if this is just politics — about denying the new governor victories and about Rodney Tom pulling a Machiavelli on Ed Murray — it will be a long year for Washington state. Tom says he’s only doing what’s best for Washington, which, like most states, has to find that sweet spot between austerity and investment in lean financial times. “If this was about personal ambitions, you would not do what I am doing,� Tom told the Seattle Times. “I am a man without a country now.� Billig says it’s time for legislators to get back to basics. “Whoever is in charge of the Senate,� Spokane’s new state senator says, “I plan to work with members of both parties to serve my constituents.� n

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I read the article titled “Homeland Insecurity” (12/20/12). This happened to my wife after a two-day visit to Washington state in August 2006. She was not allowed to re-enter Canada because she was living there without permission. My wife and I lived in B.C. Canada caring for her elderly mother for 10 years. After three hours of interrogation, Canadian Customs and Immigration allowed my wife to leave Canada voluntarily. Instantly uprooted from our lives in B.C., we drove to Seattle to find a place to live. My wife worked with an immigration lawyer for two years and was refused re-entry to Canada because Immigration Canada viewed her as a risk; I remained in B.C. until my work visa expired. Following this event, I was harassed and detained by Canada Customs nearly every time I crossed the border after a visit to the U.S., but they always allowed me to enter Canada. So it appears that U.S. Customs and Immigration and Canada Customs and Immigration are on the same page — no compassion for the individual or their circumstances. Canada could have allowed my wife re-entry to organize her affairs — the same applies to Reed McColm’s situation with U.S. Immigration.  I know many U.S. citizens that will not leave Canada because they know one day they will not be allowed reentry. Many Canadians will not leave the U.S. for the same reason. They are prisoners in a foreign country. STEVE SHERMAN Spokane, Wash. 

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For 12 years I have been on the Symphony or Fox Board of Trustees. In answer to Mr. Herold’s article (“Music to the Masses,” 12/20/12), I would like to express the many things our highly educated, talented, hard-working musicians and conductors do that does not make “news.” 1. Eckart Preu and Morihiko Nakahara are always trying to update and keep fresh programing without disappointing our “regular” audience. The new series “Symphony with a Splash” is designed for younger audience development, offering a one-hour concert preceded by a party and popular band. “Video Games Live” highlights the most popular video game music. And on March 23, “Cirque Musica” features circus performers on a

musical journey. 2. Last year, Spokane Symphony outreach programs touched the lives of 30,000 students, teachers and parents in the Inland Northwest. There were free instrument petting zoos, and five free concerts for 4th and 5th graders were held here and at North Idaho College. 3. High school students should check out the concert guide, as most of our guest artists are upcoming young stars. These artists give master classes, as well. 4. The popular free Comstock concert always features movie soundtrack music, as do many of the Pops concerts. In conclusion, the example of Maurice Abravanel in 1947 is not relevant to today’s marketplace filled with the competition of football, soccer, Gonzaga basketball games, etc. Last year, 150,000 listeners only provided 51 percent of our budget. We are challenged to deliver many new concepts as cost cutting has reduced our staff by eight. So now is time for our community to step up and save our amazing musicians and theater by volunteering, contributing and buying tickets. SHERRY KNOTT Spokane, Wash.

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Having witnessed the decimation of the elk herds in Idaho, I admit to being an anti-wolf guy. After reading the article about elimination of the Wedge Pack (“Managed By Rifle,” 12/6/12), I find myself siding with the rancher(s). More than likely the wolf pack found the cattle easy prey after decimating the local wildlife population. I don’t agree with the authors that wolves “understand their role in ecosystems” — that’s baloney. What the wolves do understand is the need to fill their bellies and reproduce. In between they spend much of their time teaching the youngsters in the pack the techniques of killing, whether that be a wild species or cattle. This is nature’s way and the way it will be. Washington state has a good wolf conservation plan. Let’s do our best to manage it in a balanced fashion. RAY COPELAND Spokane, Wash.

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A Speaker’s Farewell by andy borowitz


his week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) released the following holiday letter to the American people: Dear American People: It’s Speaker Boehner here, writing my first and last ever holiday letter to you. Why am I doing this after all of these years, you might ask? Well, I won’t mince words. I’ve started drinking a little early this holiday season. Yes, I’m sitting here in my man-cave, panelled in mahogany the color of me, doing a rack of Canadian Club shooters and smoking my way through a carton of Lucky Strikes as if they were the last Twinkies in creation. You see, this will be my last Christmas as Speaker of the House, all because a cabal of Tea Party miscreants in the House of Representatives doesn’t think I’m a ginormous enough asshole for their taste. Who’s more to their liking?

Virginia’s own Eric Cantor. How odious is Eric Cantor? Let me put it this way: when we have to speak to the press, I actually prefer to stand next to Mitch McConnell. What will life be like under Speaker of the House Eric Cantor? Well, he’s the guy who recommended cuts in disaster funding just hours after tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri. Nice. And it was his pathology that helped create last year’s debt-ceiling crisis. You can’t put a price tag on a performance like that. Well, actually you can: it cost the country $19 billion. Starting to miss me already, aren’t you? Happy Holidays! Speaker Boehner For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit

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Greek Tragedy by jim hightower


all Street financial hucksters can be downright satanic in their pursuit of killer profits, but here’s one that puts its hellishness right in its name: Cerberus Capital Management. In Greek mythology, “Cerberus” is the name of a three-headed dog that guards the gates of hell. This $20 billion private equity outfit found itself in a hell of a fix after the grotesque massacre of 20 school children in Newtown, Conn. Cerberus, it turns out, owns controlling interest in Freedom Group, America’s largest firearms maker, which produces the .223 Bushmaster semi-automatic assault rifle used by the murderer at Sandy Hook elementary school. The top dog of Cerberus is Stephen Feinberg, a devoted hunter who favors the Remington 700 sniper-style rifle, also made by Freedom Group. Indeed, the NRA has even hailed Feinberg & Co. for supporting gun rights and being “avid hunters and shooters.” Perhaps it’s this personal passion that has kept Feinberg’s money fund invested in the gun maker, since Freedom Group keeps losing money — which

is not the kind of financial performance that equity investors usually tolerate. Four days after the horror of Sandy Hook, however, Cerberus punted, announcing that it would sell Freedom Group. Three factors prompted the sale: one, public exposure of its ownership; two, a heightened possibility that Congress will pass an assault weapons ban, thus further lowering the gun maker’s profits; and, three, pressure from such big clients as the California Teachers Retirement System, which has $750 million invested in Cerberus, including owning a stake in Freedom Group. What? You can expect equity profiteers to have zero ethical qualms about investing in assault weapons, but why the hell have teachers been letting their pension money finance such a murderous trade? n For more from America’s populist, check out



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Remaking the Grade

Spokane Public Schools pilots a controversial new way to grade its students By Daniel Walters


or decades, students’ grades in Spokane have been simple: They get points for tests, essays and homework and maybe extra credit for attendance. Enough points, get an A. But miss too many questions, too many classes or too many deadlines, and no matter what they know, they’ll fail. Yet for some teachers at Ferris High School and Shaw Middle School, that isn’t good enough. They use a different method. Homework hardly ever counts. Extra credit doesn’t exist. Zeroes aren’t given for missing assignments. Instead, there’s only one thing that matters: whether students know their stuff, come report card time. Spokane Public Schools already uses the model called standards-based grading at elementary schools. Now, the

district is considering expanding it to middle and high schools — that is, if they can work out all the kinks.


n John O’Dell’s world history class at Ferris, the five major standards are displayed on large whiteboards: “Standard 2: I can evaluate how individuals and movements have shaped world history.” State standards have long been used to guide curricula and generate state standardized test questions. But O’Dell’s makes those standards explicit to the student. After all, they’re the metric that separates an A from a C from an F. “The funny thing is, there’s an illusion that the way we used to do grading is scientific,” says O’Dell. “It sounds good. It’s mathy.”

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Yet the numbers didn’t actually show what students knew, O’Dell says. Hard-working students could pass without understanding the material, while students with a very rocky start could fail even though they aced the final. Today, O’Dell and other Ferris teachers go standard by standard, relying mostly on tests instead of homework, and score students on a scale of 1 to 4. Does the student have good number sense? Can they explain their answers? Does their essay introduction have a compelling hook? The teachers make judgment calls, instead of just relying on a percentage of correct answers on a spreadsheet. Failing students have chances to turn their grades around completely. They can retake tests they flunked, or find some other way to prove they know the material. “It gives kids chances to grow. … I think our traditional system has often rewarded quick learners,” O’Dell says. “If a kid writes a terrible essay, let’s go back and fix the essay.” Tom Rye, a Ferris math teacher, says he spends more time grading, but it’s easier to plan lessons. “I could go on my class rosters and go kid by kid, and I could tell you what they know and they don’t know,” Rye says. ...continued on next page


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“remaking the grade,” continued... But Paula Korus, an AP world history teacher at North Central High School, wonders how it would work for her. Her course covers 12,000 years of history across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas and moves far too quickly for perpetual review. “How often do I retest a student?” she asks. “The train is already 50 miles down the track, and I don’t know if I can juggle all the stops.” That uncertainty is echoed across the district.


t Shaw, a letter went out to parents in November: “The work we do, and the process we go through, will help other middle schools in the district as we expand [standard-based grading] across the city.” Last year, the district appeared to be moving that way: Tammy Campbell, director of teaching and learning services, led a committee of 94 local teachers, parents and administrators to study the issue. The committee gave a lengthy presentation to the school board, and the board picked Ferris and Shaw to pilot standards-based grading. But this year, Campbell left the district, her position wasn’t filled, and Shelley Redinger became superintendent. Redinger decided to pause any expansion of standards-based grading. She’s focused on the the transition to new teacher evaluations and national Common Core curriculum standards. High schools deal with hundreds of state standards — and many of them might soon be out-of-date. “You can only have so many initiatives on people’s plates,” Redinger says. “We wanted to step back and make sure everything’s going in the right direction.”


The two pilot schools hit considerable bumps. “Not everything is going to go smoothly all the time, and we ask for your patience during this process,” the letter from Shaw stated. Grading software wasn’t up to code. Pearson PowerSchool was designed for the traditional point-based system, organized by the date of the assignment — ill-fitted for a model tailored to end-of-semester knowledge. “I have to jury-rig it to make it work,” says Ferris English teacher Jeff Halstead. The district recently received a proposal from a software company for how much it would cost to improve the system.


ther districts throughout the state tried to make a district-wide leap to standards-based grading, but stumbled. At Federal Way Public Schools, the transition spawned protests. A year ago, 100 students walked out of Decatur High School, carrying signs and chanting “no to standards-based.” In Kennewick, the district teachers’ union filed a grievance, claiming the new middle school grading policy increased teacher workload, violating their contract. Tom Staly, a former teacher in the district, says some teachers saw the system “buffering the bottom,” inflating grades for students who didn’t do the work. Lori Blehm, a parent in the Kennewick school district, believes that not penalizing students for absences or incomplete assignments — zeroes usually don’t exist in the gradebook, only incompletes — can teach the wrong lessons. She says it happened to her son while he attended Horse Heavens Hills Middle School.

Teacher Tom Rye, center, during an honors pre-calculus class. young kwak photo “They didn’t have to do homework. They were supposed to do it, but they weren’t penalized if they didn’t,” Blehm says. “It was unfair to the students — they were developing really bad habits.” Her son stopped doing his homework and had to spend the first semester of high school, she says, getting back his work ethic. But in Idaho, the wide variety of charter schools has resulted in broad variation. Boise’s Anser Charter School, for example, came up with a solution to the work ethic issue. As it moves toward standards-based grading this year, teachers will grade students on both academic standards and “character standards” like “responsibility” and “compassion.” In Spokane, O’Dell says when he shifted over to standardsbased grading, students didn’t get any lazier. “I was terrified that some kids wouldn’t do it unless we gave them points,” O’Dell says. “We grossly overestimated the love of points that students have. … There’s this myth that we give a kid an F and thinking that’s going to motivate him.” Lily Makarov, an eighth-grader at Shaw, says that most students do their work anyway. “There are a few students who slack off, but then they don’t get a good grade on their test,” she says. Redinger says several Spokane parents are worried the new model may hurt their kids’ college chances, despite assurances of admissions counselors. She assures them that, no matter what, the district won’t get rid of letter grades. In the last week before winter break, Redinger met with all the middle and high school principals about standards-based grading, confirming that teachers and administrators district-wide are in very different places with standards-based grading. Soon, she says, she’ll publish an official statement assuring them that Spokane isn’t yet ready for a district-wide shift. “We really haven’t set a timeline up,” Redinger says. “I’m not a fan of having parents and teachers struggle through systems that you don’t have developed.” n


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A cop in Virginia spotted Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo blowing through a red light and pulled him over. Crapo blew a .11 and was charged with a DUI. As a Mormon, Crapo — who apologized — has said he doesn’t drink.


awmakers across the country are heading back to work, and Idaho’s will return to plenty of unfinished business on Jan. 7. Here’s a look at what you’re likely to hear from Boise.

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A Spokane inmate in Benton County’s jail died after being shocked with a Taser.


It’s not news that Idaho’s revenue is lagging behind its projections for the year, but it means that spending in the new session will be an even bigger deal than usual. “That certainly tempers people’s new ideas that cost money,” says Speaker of the House Scott Bedke (R-Oakley). The state’s income for the fiscal year so far has been about $8 million less than was projected, with most of that shortfall coming from individual income taxes, which are tied to employment. (Idaho’s unemployment rate is hovering around 7 percent.)

Washington state’s minimum wage increased to $9.19 an hour, making it the highest state minimum wage in the nation, while Idaho’s remained stuck at the federally mandated bottom — $7.25 an hour. Washington’s minimum is tied to a specific calculator of inflation.


The Supreme Court didn’t overturn it and Mitt Romney didn’t win the presidency, leaving this overwhelmingly conservative Legislature with few options to continue fighting the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Butch Otter and his working groups have recommended the Legislature vote to expand Medicaid and build a state-based insurance exchange, where citizens are expected to shop for plans by this fall. While the only alternative would be to surrender control of the exchange to the feds — which is unlikely in Idaho — lawmakers say they still they expect debate on this.



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The voters sent a clear message in November’s election when they rejected the so-called “Luna laws” — education reforms that trimmed union power, paid teachers extra when their students performed better on standardized tests and would have purchased laptops for all public school students. Sen. John Goedde (R-Coeur d’Alene) says legislators expect the governor to set up a new committee to address future education reform. In the meantime, they have more than $30 million that had been appropriated to these reforms, but must now be designated elsewhere.




New taxes to be levied in Washington state on owners of electric vehicles. Since electric vehicles impact roads but aren’t subject to gas taxes, this fee will help pay for road maintenance.




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Personal property tax is a charge on movable stuff you own — for a business, that means equipment and furnishings. Business lobbyists in Idaho have long hoped to get rid of this tax, calling it a burden on small businesses and hard to enforce. But without it, cities and counties across Idaho will be left without millions they use to to provide services the state mandates. With the governor and some legislators in support of repealing the personal property tax, 2013 could finally be the year it happens, and lawmakers will have to decide the details and what, if anything, will replace that revenue. — HEIDI GROOVER

Eastern State Hospital, an institution for the mentally ill, has had its state accreditation suspended. After a patient was strangled by another patient on Nov. 20, a commission found patients had too much access to items that could be used for strangulation.


New police chief Frank Straub is working on a five-year strategic plan that may largely reorganize the Spokane Police Department. The command structure could become much flatter and more flexible.

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Spokane’s police chief eyes downtown; plus, Riverfront Park’s IMAX closes — for now You Can Always Go, Downtown

As part of efforts to increase the law enforcement presence downtown, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has said he would be interested in moving the department’s police headquarters into the city’s center. Straub, who took over the department this fall, says the downtown core makes up the economic and cultural heart of the Inland Northwest. After a recent news briefing, Straub said he would eventually like to move the headquarters into the downtown area. “This is a very broad and open-ended discussion,” he later clarified. “It is a thought — not a plan. A lot of moving parts before the conversation and/or plan goes forward.” Straub did not discuss details of a potential move, but explained the department had Police Chief Frank Straub young kwak photo already looked at potential sites to house a downtown headquarters with space for “significant operations.” Marla Nunberg, interim president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership, says local businesses would welcome the increased police presence. She acknowledges some concern about traffic or other logistical issues, but says a location outside the retail core could provide close proximity without extra congestion. News archives show the Spokane Police Department combined operations within its current home in the Public Safety Building in 1970. Law enforcement officials later opposed a city proposal in 1986 to move the police administration into City Hall, saying it would disrupt communication and department collaboration. — JACOB JONES

Lights Out

New Year’s Day was your last chance to catch a movie on the IMAX mega-screen at Riverfront Park until springtime. As the city tries to figure out what to do with the increasingly unpopular theater, the half-year closure (they’ll reopen in March, but only until Labor Day) is the first step toward what is likely to be either a complete shutdown of the theater or an upgrade to its technology, says Park Board President Randy Cameron. Attendance at the theater has plunged since the nearby AMC theater in River Park Square got an IMAX screen in 2009 and now has exclusive rights to show first-run films. The Park Board estimates the half-year closure will save the city $90,000. Riverfront Park Assistant Manager Debby Dodson declined to comment on whether she agreed with that figure. The future of the theater will be decided through “community discussion” by the end of 2013, Cameron says. When asked if a theater in the park is realistic vision for the future, he says, “The numbers — the attendance — say no, but your heart says yes.” Dodson says it’s “disappointing to watch it go in this particular direction.” “It’s one of those standing icons,” she says. “I think most school kids can remember coming to see a film here.” — HEIDI GROOVER



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Fear casts a long shadow on our lives, and as we begin a new year, we thought it appropriate to reflect on the topic — shining a light on the dark corners of our minds and, in doing so, hopefully rendering them slightly less scary. To help us explore the concept of fear, we asked dozens of local figures to choose one of three writing prompts: 1. What scares me. 2. What I used to be afraid of. 3. The role fear plays in my life or in our world. Their answers are surprising and, in a few cases, downright terrifying. — JACOB H. FRIES Inlander editor


What I Used to be Afraid Of

I remembered my fear of heights as soon as I stared over the gangplank into the chasm. A crowd of spectators began chanting, “Jump, jump, jump . . .” The voice inside my head asked, “How do I get down from here without losing face?” No answer came and I stood frozen on the edge of the Nanaimo Bridge — a suddenly reluctant Bungee Jumper. The voice of logic said, “According to the website, 10,000 people have bungeed off this bridge without dying.” The reptilian part of my brain said, “You will die if you jump — don’t do it!” My legs began to shake, I turned pale. I was trapped between the terror of jumping and the fear of publicly giving up. My paralysis stretched into what seemed like minutes, but I finally chose between what felt like certain death and the admission of weakness. I dove head first towards the river, 150 feet below. My stomach clenched and a sob wracked my body. The last voice inside my head said, “Really? You are going to kill yourself instead of people thinking you are a quitter?” Just before my head hit, the rope around my legs tightened and flung me back up towards the bridge. Like a giant rubber band, it bounced me up and down until I quietly dangled upside down a few feet from the water. While I waited to be unhooked, I realized that my greatest fear wasn’t really heights — it was showing that fear. — BREEAN BEGGS Local civil rights attorney, who represented Otto Zehm’s family

What I Used to be Afraid Of

Don’t we all struggle with fear? Fear of failure or success, fear of death, divorce, the dark, fear of heights or maybe snakes, fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, fear of disappointment, the list goes on and on. While growing up my biggest fear was that of divorce. I was afraid that if my mom, or anyone else, found out that my dad was sexually abusing me, our family would fall apart. That fear, fear of the unknown, was so strong that I couldn’t speak up and so the abuse continued. Allowing fear to hold me captive only made my situation worse. I learned that God had a better plan for me. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Fear polarizes; faith, through trusting God, produces courage to help us face our fears and overcome them. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells me to, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” He is teaching me to be strong and courageous! I’m learning to allow heavenly truth to triumph over earthly fears and believe that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13. Godly courage destroys fear! May you find courage in 2013.

“It seems ever more apparent to me how necessary it is to pass through that crucible of fear...”

— SHANN RAY, p. 20

“I somehow became convinced that Satan lived in the well...”

— JESS WALTER, p. 22

“I’m afraid that all that I’m doing might not matter in the end...”


“Two gang members stepped out of a hotel entrance and told the would-be strangler to let me go...” — LYNN EVERSON, p. 23

C O P I N G Anxiety in America, p. 24 S C I E N C E Fear as survival instinct, p. 21

— NANCY McLAUGHLIN Spokane City Councilwoman


My family communicated like other typical Italian families; whoever yelled the loudest won the argument...

— MARYANN MORENO, p. 25 “I couldn’t help but start to look twice at men in pinstripe suits...” — KATE DINNISON, p. 21

What Scares Me

What scares me is how often we don’t know what to do in relationships. When I got married I knew I’d married a marvelous person, a woman of deep intellect and fierce soul, a musician, a person who is a fire in the dark of this world. Then I proceeded to have no real clue how to relate in ways that would consistently be meaningful to her. My own selfishness and defensiveness emerged. My lack of will to change things that needed to be changed, like aforementioned over-self-focus and fortified heart, just about crushed us. I was afraid then about how difficult it is to change in order to be more present, generous, and capable of the selfsacrifice needed for love. I’m afraid for all of us because it seems ever more apparent to me how necessary it is to pass through that crucible of fear and emerge into the powerful and enduring love that exists on the other side. I hope our courage is enough to overcome our fear, for my sake, for love’s sake, and for the sake of my three daughters. — SHANN RAY Author of American Masculine Professor of Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University

What Scares Me

Fear is a deep motivator for me in my life. My career has been dedicated to being the voice for those unheard due to poverty. I have worked tirelessly with others to empower people who lack resources and to bridge them with others willing to share theirs. What I have learned is that people are all much more alike than different. Some of us have had many more opportunities than others. Some of us are healthier in mind, body and spirit. Some of us have more confidence and courage to reach our potential. Some have more sense, more grace, more humility. I fear deeply for growing division between the wealthy and the poor in our country. This deep divide results in chaos. I also fear that a major lack of understanding each other is resulting in apathy. I also fear that those living in poverty are misunderstood. I fear that the lack of knowing the truth about poverty leads people in powerful positions to be misguided with precious resources. And last, I fear that those with the means to give to others rob themselves of one of the greatest gift we have on Earth — to care for others in their time of need which results in a deep sense of personal gratitude. — MICHONE PRESTON CEO, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane


The Role of Fear in Our World

My relationship with fear is rocky and unsteady. I have the usual commonplace fears like suffering physical pain or death from falling from heights or stepping on a scorpion when in Arizona. With these types of fears I have noticeable physiological response: pounding heartbeat, sweating, feeling jittery. Deeper fears seem to originate from the general idea that something in life is going to hurt in a serious way and cause significant psychological distress, like loss of a loved one or suddenly losing a job. Fear can serve a useful purpose by having us apply appropriate caution. But the following quotation serves as a useful guide: “The more time you spend being afraid, the more you’re deprived of a fulfilling life.” — JOEL McCULLOUGH Health Officer, Spokane Regional Health District


The Role of Fear in My Life

Exposed skin. I step onto the stage and reveal to the audience myself. Here is my expression, my art. If it didn’t scare me, it would be easy and it wouldn’t be worth it. The pieces I choose to do are about me and my life. They are more than just the “razzle dazzle” of the glitter and lights. My acts are about my struggles to face my fears and overcome them. To show the love I have for myself and share myself with an intimate crowd of about 300 people. I would not have it any other way. I face my fears so others can follow in my footsteps and feel as free to love and express themselves. Each step I take as the owner/director of Pasties & Paddles and as a performance artist has an element of fear. Yet in facing risk and doubt and then overcoming it, I get that much stronger. So just remember when you walk onto the stage of life, you have the power to choose how you handle yourself. The real question will be: Will you let fear control you or will you face it and make something beautiful? — DIVINE JEWELS Burlesque performer, Pasties & Paddles

What Scares Me

My parents did right in raising me — they told me not to take candy from strangers and not to ride my bike without a helmet. But one mistake they thought they made in parenting resulted in one of the most dominant, yet rational fears I developed in my younger years: that humans can be more frightening than apparitions or monsters. When I watched The Godfather for the first time at a notably young age, when I first laid eyes on Don Corleone, fat-lipped and sinister, I came to this important realization. Since witnessing the corruption and mercilessness in that particular film, I couldn’t help but start to look twice at men in pinstripe suits and to look over my shoulder when walking alone at night. Spokane is not exactly a Mecca for organized crime, and an innocent girl like me is not exactly the type to do wrong by the mob, but the possibility of irrational human thought causing vengeful, bloody crime scares me nonetheless. My perspective on the world changed to encompass this newfangled fear of my own species, one that still haunts me from the film reels of the nightly news. — KATE DINNISON A senior at Spokane’s Lewis & Clark High School

This is Your Brain

A little almond-shaped cluster deep in the brain can make us afraid — or fearless


o better understand the nature of fear, University of Washington professor Jeansok Kim used a robotic alligator. Constructed entirely out of LEGO Mindstorms blocks, the “Robogator” has teeth made of bright orange dagger-like LEGOS and a swaying gray tail. It sits still, waiting for its prey. That’s when a rat peeks his head through a tiny door, sniffs around and heads for a pellet. The Robogator moves, lunges forward, snapping its little robotic jaws. The rat dashes away. The rat has experienced fear. And that’s healthy. “What’s surprising about fears is how the fear response in rats highly resembles the human condition,” Kim says. When a rat is scared, it either freezes, hopefully preventing a predator from seeing it, or runs away. Just like how a person tenses up watching a scary movie, and then yelps and jumps if you come up behind and suddenly place your hand on their neck. Fear in humans, rats and most other animals is deep-seated — all tied in up in self-perseveration, inhibition and millions of years of evolutionary changes. At its most basic, only two things matter in evolution: survival and reproduction. Fear is all about the former. “It’s not good to not be afraid,” says Anna Marie Medina, associate professor of psychology at Gonzaga University. “If we weren’t afraid, we would be walking up to predators before we had children.” One study, from the September 2001 issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology, shows that humans identified scary images — snakes and spiders — far faster than identifying mushrooms and flowers. The co-author of the study, Arne Öhman, speculates in National Geographic that it’s because that instinct might go back to early mammals millions of years ago when the world was dominated by reptiles. The challenge in drawing conclusions from that, other researchers say, is that the fossil record, by its very nature, can say very little about how brains perceived danger eons ago. But with respect to the modern mind, scientists have figured out quite a bit.

“We know what brain structure controls fear,” Kim says. It’s called the amygdala, a tiny almond-shaped cluster deep in the base of the brain, and it reacts to fear, hunger and even empathy. The amygdala evolved in primitive brains long before much of the rest of the brain, yet still has a powerful sway. That cluster sends far more neurons to the more “rational” parts of the brain than it receives, research has revealed. It’s why it’s so hard to talk yourself out of a silly fear, despite reading all of the statistics and understanding all of the logic. “You’re sweating, as you try to jump off the diving board,” says Medina. “You’re getting a lot more information [from the amygdala] so your body is having that fear response.” In Kim’s experiment, the healthy rat gauges how close the Robogator is before deciding to blitz out for a pellet. If it’s too close, the rat won’t make a move at all. But a funny thing happens to a rat with a damaged amygdala: It takes dumb risks. The Robogator lunges, bites threateningly, but the rat keeps moving forward, practically touching the machine with the rat’s nose. Research has shown similar behavior in humans. One study examined two women with lesions on their amygdala and found they were willing to gamble much more readily — even if the benefits were small — than those with a healthy brain. “Maybe people who have a gambling problem have no fear of losing,” Kim says. Humans with a damaged amygdala have trouble even detecting the fearful faces of others. Other research has shown that an overactive amygdala can be just as deadly. In Kim’s experiment, the rat with an amygdala stimulated by a drug injection wouldn’t venture out at all when he knows the Robogator is lurking — even if he was hungry. Humans, of course, don’t have to worry about the mighty Robogator, but there are other dangers lurking in the world. “I’m not going to walk down East Sprague at 2 am in the morning by myself. I would be afraid to do that,” Medina says. “It’s good that I’m afraid to do that.” — DANIEL WALTERS


The Role of Fear in Our World

Over the past week I have watched our nation as it struggles to make sense of a senseless act. Many have talked of their fears. Fear for the safety of our nation, our communities, our schools and our children. Listening, I began to realize that for the better part of my life fear has been a constant companion. I recalled the fear in the eyes of a grandfather when he looked up at me as he was performing CPR on his infant grandson, and his words, “Please help me.” The fear I felt that day flashed back as I remembered performing CPR on a child whose soul I knew had already left this world. I’ve seen the fear in the eyes of crime victims, in the eyes of a little girl who pulled on my pant leg and told me, “Daddy beat up Mommy.” A thought of fear’s icy grip while facing down a domestic violence suspect armed with a gun, and a five-minute conversation that seemed like an hour: “Put the gun down.” “NO!” “If that barrel moves, I’m going to have to shoot you.” “You won’t shoot me.” “Dying is only one outcome of being shot, being paralyzed is the other.” The relief of seeing the gun hit the floor. Fear is our companion in life. It reminds us of life’s risks. It helps us make our decisions. Decisions made in fear make bad politics, bad politics make bad policy. Without fear there is no courage. To truly live is to face life’s fears, and to have the courage not to allow it to destroy our hopes, our dreams or our spirit. My hope for our nation is that we will not live in fear’s cold shadow, but that we will choose to live in the eternal hope of courage’s warm light. — OZZIE KNEZOVICH Spokane County Sheriff

futures. What will their education look like? What will their jobs look like? What will they look like? Will they respect their teachers, parents and elders? Will people like them? Will they like people? How do I instill good old-fashion courtesy, kindness, consideration, passion and the intrinsic motivation to truly become successful patrons and make a positive difference in our society? So, looking at these questions as an educator, I fear parents who fear to parent! I see our youngsters feeling they are owed something for nothing due to parents befriending their kids rather than parenting their kids. This freaks me out! I fear being a parent, and I admit wholeheartedly I don’t have all the answers. However, I truly feel we need to stop enabling our kids, lay some law and hold the whippersnappers accountable. Can I get an Amen? — CHRIS MacDOUGAL Principal, Timberlake Junior High, Spirit Lake, Idaho

The Role of Fear in My Life

I am a skydiver. I am also the daughter, sister, wife, and friend of many other skydivers. Fear is a word that is used constantly when we are asked questions about our sport, and surprisingly not often used when we describe our sport to others. Although we fear accidents and injury, our sport is more about overcoming fear. Skydiving is full of people who seek to feel freedom and live life so fully that even jumping out of perfectly good planes is part of the picture and it is overcoming fear that has opened so many doors in my life. Without stepping past fear and out the door of an airplane flying at 12,000 feet above the earth, I might never have learned how full life and love can be when you step outside a box of boundaries created by fear. — KARA KRUSE Daughter of Rex Menke, Owner of West Plains Skydiving

What I Used to be Afraid of What Scares Me

OK, I admit I am afraid of something: the future, if there is one, ha. I wake up too many nights, 2ish to 3ish am (right during my REM sleep mind you) and contemplate not only my future but my sons’

When I was a kid we lived for a while on a cattle ranch. We were warned to stay away from an old well in the woods, which was covered with plywood. I somehow became convinced that Satan lived in the well. For some reason, I used to get a running start and leap over the plywood, believing

that as long as I could clear the hole, Satan would remain down there. Thankfully, it was an easy jump. But one time, I slipped on some wet leaves and went sprawling onto the plywood, which slid off the well, one of my legs dangling for a moment over that dank black hole. I can still feel the hand that rose out of the darkness to close around my ankle ... just before I scurried to my feet and ran screaming into the woods. — JESS WALTER Author of Beautiful Ruins

What Scares Me

It’s gone on too long — my fear of what other people think of me has become so intrinsic that it morphed into a deep fear of vulnerability. I often care far too much about offending people, worrying if I’m cool enough for them, or asking myself if they are judging me. The reality, of course, is that people think of me so rarely, and when they do, they’re likely not as critical as I think (unless they genuinely don’t like me which is fine, too). My fear of vulnerability has ultimately led to a wake of broken relationships stemmed from my inability to ask for what I wanted from my partner out of fear of judgment or disappointing them. It’s also led to sub-par writing out of fear of criticism from people who don’t really matter to me. This common fear is one rooted in self-protection that ultimately leads to self-destruction. All I can do from here is force myself into complete honesty with others and myself all the time (which is actually impossible, but a girl can dream). People are always going to judge me, but that changes absolutely nothing about me. People that waste their time worrying about what other people think aren’t the ones who change the world. — ALAYNA BECKER Local blogger

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— RON WELLS, p. 26

What Scares Me

Working on environmental issues is inherently fearful. If you don’t think so, consider the saying “ignorance is bliss.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to myself, “If I only knew less or didn’t spend time fretting over Issue X, Y or Z.” Oftentimes the issues, be in water pollution, global warming or others, are very complex and very layered, so the question that is often asked by people trying to read the issue is, “What keeps you up at night?” I love this question because it provides an opportunity to get the topic out of the weeds and get to the heart of the issue. But I also love it because it’s so real and raw. “What keeps you up at night?” Well, for one, I’m afraid that as a society we are wasteful and won’t fully understand the extent of this waste until it’s too late. I’m afraid that my children and other future generations won’t be able to enjoy the great outdoors like I did as a child. And I’m afraid that all that I’m doing might not matter in the end. That’s what keeps me up at night. Fear is the realist emotion. It grounds me, it motivates me, and I can’t imagine working as an environmentalist without fear. — BART MIHAILOVICH Spokane Riverkeeper

The Role of Fear in Our World

In 1989, I was hired as the first outreach worker for the HIV/AIDS Program at Spokane Regional Health District. Part of my job was to do street outreach, which included bars, alleys and flophouses in the West First area. At that time the 1100 block of West First was a hotbed of drugs, prostitution and crime. I wasn’t really afraid during the first year and a half, but then a man tried to choke me while I was walking on an icy sidewalk. Two gang members stepped out of a hotel entrance and told the wouldbe strangler to let me go… he did. I thanked the men and they said you are welcome. I had been dreading the arrival of gangs in our community and was surprised to find I had been saved by a couple of Crips from Compton, Calif. A local police officer scoffed at my surprise: Sgt. Mike Yates told me they arrived with keys to some of the buildings; of course they know who’s who in the community. Over the next few years, the folks most people in Spokane avoided were the people who watched my back, carried my boxes and generally made my life safer. I knew they committed crimes, including assaults and shootings, but I also knew them as human beings with hopes and dreams and care and concern. — LYNN EVERSON Needle Exchange Coordinator Spokane Regional Health District AIDS Program

What Scares Me

What scares me the most is being an ineffective leader, a fear I’ve faced many times. I started my career at Boeing and became a manager at a fairly young age. After only a few months, members of my group started leaving for other jobs, mainly because of my ineffectiveness. Thankfully, in the early 1990s, Boeing got heavily involved in Lean, a continuous process improvement methodology. It required a completely different leadership style — one that empowered staff to continuously improve their workplace by systematically eliminating unnecessary or wasteful activities. I was hooked and learned everything I could about this leadership style. As my organizations performed better and better on the B-2 Bomber and F-22 Raptor programs, my fear was subsiding. I returned to Spokane in 2006 to run a start-up company in Idaho. Utilizing all I learned at Boeing, we created a couple very efficient manufacturing facilities. We had early successes, growing the company to over 100 employees. Life was good, yet over the next couple years I failed as their leader to sustain these gains. The resulting layoffs devastated me and again I faced my fear. Now I lead WorkSource Spokane, our region’s one-stop employment center. Over the past couple years, using Lean methodologies, this wonderful organization’s staff has completely transformed its service delivery model to one that consistently provides very high quality services to our 60,000+ customers annually – with no customer waiting. While my fear is again subsiding, it still drives me to be a better leader. — JOHN DICKSON Spokane Area Director, Employment Security Department



This is America Anxiety is a common problem in our society, but there are ways to cope


ou could lose your job. You could get sick. Your car could get broken into. What if your kids get hurt? What if you can’t pay rent? What if you say something stupid? What if you make a fool of yourself in front of everyone? Some worries and fears are typical, and even useful, but anxiety can become so serious that it keeps people from going about their daily lives. “It is the most common mental health problem that there is,” says Dr. Patrick B. McGrath, a national expert on anxiety with Illinois-based Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. About 18 percent of adults are affected by anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Even people with normal levels of anxiety can feel overwhelmed. Americans report higher stress levels than they did 20 years ago, a

study from Carnegie Mellon University found last year. If you’re already feeling stressed, be careful about turning on the TV. Fear was used in more political ads this past election, says Travis Ridout, a Washington State University professor who studies campaign ads. “Fears calls us to attention,” Ridout says. “It calls us to make decisions instead of going merrily on our way.” This also happens with traumatic events we see happening elsewhere, like news coverage of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. The whole country can be traumatized by events like that, says Dr. Winifred Daisley, a psychologist at Spokane Psychology and Neuropsychology. “We tend to start overestimating the likelihood of a similar thing happening in our own sphere,” Daisley says. “All of a sudden it seems much more likely.” It helps to keep the situation in perspective, she says. Most of our fears are about things that haven’t happened yet and often won’t happen at all. “If you’re thinking in the moment,” she says, “most of the time you’re actually safe.” People have the similarly future-focused fears in social situations. Some of the most common fears — public speaking, meeting new people, dancing — come from our fear of being rejected. “People are concerned about being lonely in the United States,” says Vinai Norasakkunkit, a cultural psychologist at Gonzaga University who’s studied the differences between the United States and Japan. There, he says, people worry about offending others. In the U.S., we fear embarrassing ourselves. Because we have looser social relationships — it’s easy to make friends, and also to lose touch with them — first impressions are very important to Americans. Our individualistic society also values uniqueness and standing out, he says, so the pervasive message to “just be yourself” can cause anxiety for young people. “In this society, what helps you cope with the pressure to stand out and sell yourself is self-esteem,” he says. At times when you feel anxious, Daisley says, it can help to think it through. First ask yourself: “Are there actions that we could take?” Sometimes problems are out of our control, but there are still constructive actions to calm us down — write a letter, donate to a cause, go for a walk, have a cup of tea, pray. Because the body and mind work together to react to fear, you can ease your mind by taking deep breaths and relaxing your muscles. It’s almost impossible to feel worried when your body is fully relaxed, Daisley says. And, she says, it can help to keep in mind that some anxiety and fear is perfectly normal. “If we didn’t worry at all, we wouldn’t get anything done.” — LISA WAANANEN

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I fear: snakes in trees; snakes on planes (hah!); the pervasive and insidious influence of huge money that puts “snakes” into positions of power over people; and weapons of mass destruction. As a calculated-risk-taker, I don’t allow fear to be a limiting factor in my personal or professional life. I plunged into public service when I decided something must be done to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons. My fear of Mutual Assured Destruction propelled me into action on that issue, and left me with the enduring belief that society’s looming catastrophes can be averted by an informed citizenry, sustained civic dialogue, and strong, intelligent diplomats in key positions. Other than that, I find most mall Santas to be a bit scary … . — MARY VERNER Former Spokane mayor

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The Role of Fear in My Life

I fear that my business will fail. I fear that a family member will fall ill. I fear great friendships will diminish. I fear I will forget. I fear progression will come to a halt. Because of these fears motivation is in abundance. Family, friends, health, and business are the most important substances in life and to lose, forget or neglect any of them is a failure. I use fear as a motivator to deviate from failure by working hard, listening to friends, providing healthy food for the family and always remembering to support those who support you. I am a small business owner and they say, “Don’t hire friends and family,” but I say, “Hire those who will care enough to excrete your passion and love to the guests.” To lose a friendship for the satisfaction of the guest is a shame, but these are the details that swirl behind the scenes of a small business. It’s all about balance, so this is my greatest fear. So to those who have worked for me in the past and present, your dedication and hard work is and always will be greatly appreciated. The love is maybe lost sometimes, but it is not forgotten. Your loss of friendship is my fear and if it is lost, then that’s my failure. I love you all and wish only the best for each and every one of you.

What I Used to be Afraid of

I grew up outside of Newark, New Jersey, and being the granddaughter of Italian immigrants, learned quickly to never back down in the face of a bully and to stand up for myself, my family, and my friends. My family communicated like other typical Italian families; whoever yelled the loudest won the argument. Despite that, much of my adult life I was afflicted with a fear of public speaking. The thought of speaking in front of a group filled me with such trepidation that I dropped any class that required me to take the podium, and I agonized over whether to feign illness if required to speak anywhere else for any reason. Despite that, I chose law as my career. Early in my legal career, I was in court virtually every day as a public defender. It was there that I found my voice. If I couldn’t speak on behalf of my clients, who would? Over time, I’ve been called upon to speak in public many times. I still feel the butterflies. — MARYANN MORENO Spokane County Superior Court Judge

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The Role of Fear in Our World

Fear is a societal disease. Its symptoms are: oppression, suppression, repression, and depression. Fear is fueled by ignorance and has catalyzed some of the most tragic events in human history. Fear of others, terror of the unknown, and panic about losing life or possessions drive people to kill, abuse, and oppress others. Fear piloted the genocide of Natives in North America. Fear was a tool of oppression during slavery. Fear is both cause and effect in domestic violence and domestic terrorism. Fear has been used as a tool by governments to frighten citizens about impending foreign threats and rally soldiers to the cause of nationalism. Fear of hell is used by religion to suppress individual feelings and desires; these repressed feelings then often express themselves in negative or destructive ways later. Fear-saturated media leads to depression on a massive scale; constantly showing what is going wrong in the world can make us lose hope. In North Idaho, fear of others feeds racism and is set in motion by ignorance. Ignorance about the universality of the human experience, ignorance about how similar all people are genetically, ignorance about identity, ignorance about our common values and behaviors. In Black Studies courses, we use F.E.A.R. as an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Education is one of the best vaccinations against the disease of fear; we can teach truth and raise awareness in the world to eliminate fear, along with its oppressive, suppressive, repressive, and depressive symptoms.

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The Role of Fear in Our World

While the United States has become far more civil, just, fair, and verdant, I fear that our deepening local and national political divide will thwart progress towards achieving truly equal human rights and towards the dream of providing universal health care for all Americans, especially for the poor and vulnerable. Health care for all is something every other major country in the world has achieved, but we have not. Cuba’s infant mortality rate is dramatically superior to our own, indicating that something is very wrong in the United States. While those who have been blessed with great material abundance have life far better than ever, far more of our citizens than ever are struggling, and far too many can barely survive. When the right-wing Supreme Court elected George Bush president in 2000 by a vote of 5 to 4, I feared we were seeing the end of representative government and our will to care. When that Supreme Court (similarly composed) voted to allow unlimited spending on political campaigns, I feared that billions of dollars from propagandists would completely overwhelm all good judgment of the people and would take total control of the political system. We just saw an election where billions of dollars fed vicious misrepresentations, fear, lies, and distortions to an extent never seen in history, anywhere in the world. Sheldon Adelson alone contributed more than $150 million to his causes, but thankfully he “won” 0 for 8. Karl Rove raised more than $1 billion and lost dramatically more political races and issues than he won. Reactionaries lost in their vows to defeat President Obama and the progressive Democrats. They lost in their promises to end the progressive agenda. They lost send letters to eight, possibly nine seats in Congress. They lost three seats in the Senate. The Democrats, now decidedly more liberal, actually won more total votes for Congress nationally than the Republicans, yet the Republicans control the House by 232 to 203! How can that be? Gerrymandering is how. Probably the most celebrated and egregious gerrymandered district in the country is North Carolina’s Interstate 85 district, which is an extremely long, narrow boundary bordering low-cost housing near the Interstate. The Democratic congressman representing that district won with 79 percent while districts surrounding his were won by Republicans



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only by 51 percent, 53 percent, 55 percent, 57 percent, etc. Gerrymandering is an outrageous and reprehensible manipulation of our political system, regrettably just another manifestation of highly-organized fear-mongers and hate-mongers. People adamantly opposed to human rights have cleverly and diligently manipulated the system, and in this case, they have seized control unfairly and unjustly. I fear that the Supreme Court will allow this travesty to continue. I fear that the future portends more highly organized, engineered control and less equality of care. There is hope, however, because national polls consistently show that Americans who are under age 30 overwhelmingly favor a far more peaceful, civil, just, fair and verdant future. So, in years to come, as we are ruled, controlled, and engineered less and less by angry, old, white men, there is hope for finally realizing the dreams of truly equal human rights and health care for all. — RON WELLS Developer, Wells And Company

The Role of Fear in Our World

The human struggle with fear was eloquently distilled in Albert Brooks’ comedy, Defending Your Life. In the film, the protagonist Daniel Miller (played by Brooks) is forced to stand trial in the afterlife for allowing fear to control his life on Earth. For most of us, it takes a good part of adulthood to realize that all of our decisions in life are fear-based. We enter this life possessing no trepidation for what we encounter, only to acquire the fear that will ultimately guide our adult interactions with the world around us — fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of not meeting the expectations of others. Moving past fear means accepting ourselves, knowing that outcomes themselves do little to define our worth or create our happiness. The value of adversity is the self-knowledge that emerges from the trial and the experience. Like many, I spent a good part of my life making fear-based decisions to meet the expectations of those around me. Today I try to consciously make choices based on my expectations of myself. I don’t always get it right, but it feels much better. It’s a lesson each of us, like Daniel Miller, must learn in our own way. — CHRIS MARR Former Washington State Senator, 6th District


Brock Motum is averaging about 20 points per game going into Saturday’s showdown with Washington.

Points From Down Under WSU’s Brock Motum brings a scoring frenzy to the Palouse, all the way from Australia By Howie Stalwick


en Bone can’t say enough good things about Brock Motum. Usually, that is. Bone drew the line the other day when a media type asked the Washington State basketball coach if anyone can stop his star forward. “That’s a dumb question,” Bone declared. “Of course people can stop Brock. I mean, when you let him touch the ball every third pass, he’s going to score a lot.” Motum is skyrocketing toward the top 10 in career scoring at WSU, even though he’s only been a full-time starter the past season and a half. One year after leading the Pac-12 Conference in scoring with 18 points per

game, Motum is averaging about 20 points and making a determined run at another scoring title as the Cougars enter Pac-12 play against rival Washington on Saturday down in Pullman. “My teammates have been helping me out by giving the ball in good spots,” the modest Australian says. “They know where to hit me. They’re hitting shots, which allows teams not to just all sag into the key, so I’ve just been lucky.” Lucky, eh? Not too many players are “lucky” enough to score 23 or more points in five straight games like Mo...continued on next page tum did recently.


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“points from down under,” continued... “He’s really, really good,” Jackson (Miss.) State coach Tevester Anderson said after Motum dropped 27 on the Tigers last month. “He hit us inside, outside, the whole deal. He knows how to post up. He’s got good hands. He’ll play on weekends and Sundays [in the National Basketball Association] some time soon.” Gonzaga coach Mark Few recently predicted Motum will be “an 11-, 12-year NBA guy.” However, and rank the top 100 prospects for the 2013 NBA draft, and Motum wasn’t on either list at last glance. “That’s OK,” Motum insists. “That’s fine with me. I don’t think it’s up to those guys. They just write about what they see. Unfortunately, we’re not on [major networks] a lot, like ESPN, and we’re not always playing in the big games, so they probably don’t see us play a lot, especially down in Pullman.” Motum is well aware that Klay Thompson, the most recent NBA draft pick out of Washington State, was selected 11th overall by Golden State in 2011 after being ranked significantly lower in most early draft projections. “If that’s any indication of accuracy,” Motum says, “then that’s OK with me.” Bone occasionally chides Motum to bolster his defense and rebounding. The coach is quick to point out that the 6-foot-10-inch, 245-pounder has made wholesale improvements in both areas since he arrived at WSU as a gangly freshman. “He’s gotten stronger, and he plays stronger,” Bone says. “It’s one thing to gain strength, it’s another thing to actually play stronger. “He’s not just a beast on the court, but he does play much

“He’s really, really good. He knows how to post up. He’s got good hands. He’ll play in the NBA some time soon,” says an opposing coach of Motum’s skill set. stronger than people probably realize.” Motum benefits on offense from playing a European-style game. In other words, he can bang down low or step outside to drill jump shots, including 3-pointers. “He’s crafty,” Idaho coach Don Verlin says. “He’s really good at using his body. He’s just a good enough shooter that he makes you extend your defense. He’s got a lot of moves.” Motum came to the United States to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA. He was open to the idea of leaving for the NBA after last season, but when he failed to make Australia’s Olympic team, he returned to WSU for his senior year. Motum, a psychology major with “around a 3-point” grade-point average, is the lone Pac-12 representative among the 30 male basketball players nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award honors players who succeed on and off the court. Bone says he’s grateful to coach players like Motum and Mike Ladd, the Cougars’ only other senior. “No maintenance,” Bone says. “I mean, not like normal maintenance, or a little maintenance. “No, it’s zero maintenance. They’ve got the right attitude,” he adds. “They bring the right work ethic and attitude to the court, to team meetings. They represent our program well. “They’re just really good kids.” n Washington State vs. Washington • Sat, Jan. 5 at 6:30 pm • WSU’s Beasley Coliseum • Televised on ESPNU • Tickets at or (800) GO-COUGS


Crosstown Spirit At North Central and Shadle Park, the effort to keep high school spirit games at the Arena continues By Mike Bookey


or many North Central and Shadle Park “We parade from the school to the Arena. high school students, it’s one of the biggest Knowing that we’re going to this huge place reevents of the year. Some would call it just a ally pumps up the kids. Having it at that big of a couple of basketball games, but to these students, place makes the event.” it’s become something much, much bigger in the The Arena’s leadership wants to keep two decades since its inception. It’s a spirit conGroovy Shoes and the other spirit games at the test — an all out battle between the student bodies Arena, but acknowledge the economic realities of these two rival high schools. of doing so. Matt Gibson, the Arena’s general The fact that the event takes place at Spomanager, says that he is meeting with the Greater kane’s largest venue, the Spokane Arena, only Spokane League officials to work out a deal to serves to amplify the excitement — just as it does keep the games at his venue. for the Rubber Chicken game between Lewis “This building should be open to the spirit and Clark and their rival games. It’s something that we Ferris and the Stinky want to keep going for a long Sneaker that pits Univertime,” says Gibson, “I know sity against Central Valley. it’s an economic issue and it’s But even though Groovy Shoes: North Central vs. Shadle Park something we want to help tradition has anchored with.” Tue, Jan. 8 • 3:45 pm • $6 the event at the Arena, its Groovy Shoes has been future at the venue isn’t known to draw thousands to Rubber Chicken: Ferris vs. Lewis and Clark set in stone. With tighter the Arena, but a cheap ticket Thu, Jan. 10 • 5:30 pm • $6 budgets and a changing price means they need big economy, keeping these Stinky Sneaker: University vs. Central Valley crowds to offset operational “spirit games,” as they’re costs of the event. There’s Tue, Jan. 15 • 5 pm • $6 known, at the Arena has no shortage of interest, of become a challenge. course — in fact, almost all of Although school is out for the holiday break, the North Central student body marches behind Kara Stermer, a North Central junior and the a fire truck to the game from their campus in a school’s student body vice president, is busy tradition that sets the stage for the rivalry they’ll decorating the school for the Groovy Shoes spirit engage in once inside Spokane’s largest venue. week that begins shortly after the students return Camellia Nash, a substitute teacher and volfor break. Her school’s theme is Star Wars and unteer coordinator for North Central’s Groovy she’s pretty pumped about that. Shadle Park has Shoes efforts is also a 2006 graduate of the opted to go all out Scooby Doo this year. school and has seen how the event has brought But Stermer says that having the event — together the student body and the community. which consists of both boys and girls basketball “It’s the Super Bowl of our year. It’s a way to games and a collection of spirit contests — unite us and it’s a way to band together.” wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t at the Arena. And how do you help keep these traditions “The Arena is tradition. It’s what makes or going for the city’s schools? That’s easy: just go breaks Groovy Shoes,” she says. to the game. n

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1213 W. RAILROAD AVE. Barrister Winery presents, Lost Light Photography’s Dan Miller with “Past Tense” an exhibit that offers his unique interpretation of old west, ancient pueblo Indian, and automotive artifacts. Artists’ reception at 5pm with Beacon Hill’s Bistro Buffet from 6-8pm. “Lonesome” Lyle Morse plays acoustic blues from 6:30-10pm.


115 S. ADAMS STREET, SUITE A Featruing figurative ceramic sculptures by Matt Boland. Show Title: Momentous Momentum.

1401 W. 1ST Featuring photography by Lisa Ramsey: Peaces Photography!! Peaces is a diverse collection including a Montage Collage of beauty and raw emotion in the animate as well as inanimate detailed pieces of life.


10 S. POST ST. Featuring artist Tom Bowman. Drawing upon thirty+ years of award-winning illustration, he has settled into the comfortable niche of landscapes from his travels using mostly colored pencils.

808 W. MAIN AVE. (River Park Square, 3rd Level)

For the month of January we will be featuring artist Colleen Lake. Colleen has worked with a variety of glass processes for over 30 years. She will be displaying her fused glass work.


707 W. MAIN (Crescent Court Skywalk Level) New artist at Avenue West Gallery, Pamee Hohner, will be featured for the month of January, exhibit titled “Starry Sky”. Pamee’s surreal oil on canvas paintings have a dreamlike quality. They are based on a dream she had of a spiral galaxy, where the stars burst into shapes of flowers and animals. Music and refreshments, 5-8:30pm.

906 W. 2nd (across from the Steam Plant) Featuring Louise Saylor’s painting exhibit “Water Visages”. Artist reception 6-8pm.


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115 S. ADAMS ST. Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery Features the work of local artists Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore.

901 W. FIRST AVE. Come in and join us at the Sapphire Lounge. Get an amazing, handcrafted cocktail, fresh squeezed juices, and delicious flat breads. Relax and be surrounded by glass art and great music.


159 S. LINCOLN Please join us for the first First Friday of 2013, featuring mixed media sculptor Sami Perry and ceramic artist Liz Bishop showcase their creations displaying a wide range of scale. Plus, sample the Steam Plant’s handcrafted beer.


108 N. POST ST. Music, Happy Hour (4-6pm) half price EATS menu (5-8pm) and as always Spokane’s best martini’s!! Bring your friends and celebrate our beautiful city!


211 N WALL ST. Featured Artists include Joy Mizzoni, Sheri Ritchie, Ginger Oakes, and Rick Davis. Music By Tana Bachman Bland, electric & acoustic violin.


720 W. RIVERSIDE AVE. We will have jewelry and accessories with a European flair, for Women who Dare to be Different.


FIRST NIGHT SPOKANE RISING STARS “Five Years in Afghanistan”. Photographer, Casey Johnson, provides a collection of images from half a decade of living and working inside Afghanistan and offers a rare look beyond the destruction towards a more realistic portrayal of the land and its people.


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120 N. STEVENS ST. (Main & Stevens) Join Nectar Tasting Room for a First Friday in style. New art display. Artist reception starting at 5:30. Music from jazz trio, Rachel Bade McMurphy. Enjoy Spokane’s largest selection of Washington wine by the glass, appetizers and fun until 10pm. Reserve a table 509.869.1572.







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Pottery Place Plus is proud to present local fiber artist Juaquetta Holcomb. Juaquetta has been spinning yarn since 1990 and only uses regional wool and mohair. See her “cozy creations” all month.






218 N. HOWARD World-renowned fly tier John Newbury will be showing off his skills at Steelhead! His intricately crafted flies are also displayed as captured by local photographer Tony Roslund. Tony’s incredibly lit Macro photography presents the amazing detail of John’s flies.


The Ice Palace is open for day and evening skate sessions. Check out the many discounted skate sessions along with other park activities through the winter.

404 W. MAIN AVE. Please join us for January’s First Friday. We will be featuring artist Christina Deubel. Her work includes boldly colored impressionistic landscapes and figurative paintings. Live music by guitarist Doug Porter.

608 W. 2ND AVE. Join Barili Cellars on First Friday from 4-9pm and enjoy four current wine releases and art. Check out the captivating photos of Aaron Theisen, an outdoors and travel writer and photographer. Barili’s wines have been rated by the Wine Advocate.

1017 W. FIRST AVE. “Van-Gogh and Merlot”, an inter-active art event. Enjoy a glass of merlot while you paint!



32 WEST 2ND AVE. Please join EMVY and Bridgepress Cellars at the Marketplace Wine Bar to celebrate the New Year! First Friday musician will be Keri O’neill and the colorful and special art created by Melissa Cole will grace our walls during the month of January.

1 S. WASHINGTON Photography Invitational: Photos from local artists, you are invited or bring a photo and commission a painting from it.


115 W. PACIFIC AVE., Historic Warehouse District (aka SODO) We are featuring artist Julie Storrs for the month of January. 319 W. 2ND AVE. Callie Sobosky returns with her keen eye for everyday surroundings that she transforms into works of art through photography. Join us to see the new and unique pieces that she will have on exhibit. Artist’s reception.


21 W. MAIN AVE. Join us for the January First Friday. We are featuring the colorful art of Debbie McCulley. Enjoy great art, drinks and a fabulous menu. Artist reception.


2316 W 1ST AVENUE Galleries open First Friday complimentary admission, 5-8pm. Special Smithsonian exhibition: “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors”, photographs by Gertrude Käsebier plus complementary exhibit “Plateau Portraits”, photographs by Richard Lewis.

621 W. MALLON (in the Flour Mill) Rick Davis will be showing his new and favorite metal sculptures. Folk rock music by Janet Johnson and Harpist Julia Smith. We are the new location for Saunders Cheese Market. Enjoy samples of cheese, chocolate, and gelato with your servings of music and art. 5:30-8pm.


621 W MALLON AVE., FLOUR MILL Featuring the beautiful paintings of owner Ho Lan. Also, try our fabulous menu! 4-7pm.

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Resolution Eating A registered dietician tells us how eating can make us better people By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer


ou don’t have to make a New Year’s resolution, but there’s a good chance you already did. And a recent study by the University of Scranton reveals that half of the top 10 most-common resolutions have to do with improving your body. With that in mind, we consulted Craig T. Hunt, a nutritionist, registered dietician and adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University and the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, Spokane for some pointers.

acts like a sponge. So it’s kind of like when you’re doing your dishes you want to use your scraper and your sponge,” he says. Scraper foods include broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, kale and bok choy, among many others. Sponges are foods that contain soluble fiber to absorb toxins, bacteria and bile acids. You’ll find this type of fiber in whole grains; fruits like prunes, plums, apples and bananas as well as in nuts and beans. And of course, when you detox, drink plenty of water.

RESOLUTION: To convince my body that the past three weeks of over-eating never happened. Another word for this is “detox.” Hunt advises the consumption of high fiber foods for detox. “There’s two types of fiber that help clean your body out. One acts like a scraper, the other

RESOLUTION: To lose 80 pounds According to Hunt, if you want to eat healthfully the first thing you need to do is to lower the bar. “Try something ridiculously easy,” he says, “like ‘I’m going to have one more cup of water a day.’” Instead of 80 pounds, focus on losing half a


pound to two pounds per week. You also have to know your body. What works for your friends and family might not work for you. And those food apps that help monitor your intake — for some they might not be helpful at all. “I think it’s helpful for some people to keep an eye on their calories, but for other people, that kind of backfires on them. They start thinking about food all day long. They start obsessing about food,” says Hunt. He says to avoid “sneaker foods,” like nuts. Having a few is fine but don’t put a bowl out in front of you. That contributes to mindless eating and weight gain. RESOLUTION: To get rid of this hangover and to never, ever feel this way ever again. The best way to never feel as if your mouth

is lined with waxed cardboard and your skull is rimmed with a Jamaican steel drum is to never drink on an empty stomach. Personally, I never get hung over when I eat sushi. Hunt suggested that this sushi phenomenon can be attributed to the carbohydrates in rice and the protein in fish. “Alcohol lowers blood sugar so the rice should help keep your blood sugar up,” Hunt explains. “And the protein will help stabilize it.” Once the hangover hits, though, it’s all about fluid and electrolytes. So basically any beverage that ends in a misspelling of the word “aid” is probably a good choice. RESOLUTION: To quit smoking without gaining a ton of weight. I quit smoking four years ago and gained a ton of weight. No kidding. It was like after that last puff my metabolic rate said, “To hell with you, if you won’t feed me nicotine then I am not working for you anymore.” Unfortunately, there is no metabolicrate-increasing food. According to Hunt, my metabolic rate was actually saying that it needed some more activity. “It can be stretching, or yoga or Pilates. It doesn’t have to be a zumba class,” he says. To keep up a high metabolic rate make sure to eat at least three to five meals a day. Consume those detox foods, they are helpful for anyone quitting a toxic activity. RESOLUTION: To gain weight Yes, there are those who want to increase their mass. Trail mix and caloric beverages are the best way to keep weight on without feeling bloated or heavy. RESOLUTION: To look as if you’re brimming with vitality. It’s the time of year when most Spokanites begin to look a little pasty. The sun hasn’t been out in weeks and our pallor is similar to that of the fallen snow. The natural, edible cure lies in food full of carotene. Colorful fruits and vegetables, like carrots and deep green leafy vegetables, improve skin tone but not to a Veruca Salt extreme. n


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New Brew Tricksters Brewing delivers tasty beers to a Coeur d’Alene crowd that’s ready for them By Mike Bookey


s you wind through an industrial park on the west side of Coeur d’Alene, you might think your GPS or iPhone has forsaken you, leading you astray on your quest for one of the Inland Northwest’s newest breweries. But then you see the green sign for Tricksters Brewing Company with its cartoon fox winking at you and you know that you’ll soon taste beer. And good beer, at that. Pulling open the door to the freshly painted and immaculately clean Tricksters Brewing tasting room on a recent Saturday night revealed a nearly full tasting room. There were open seats at the bar, where soon sat a flight of the four beers that the brewery has been pouring since formally opening on Dec. 1. Owner and head brewer Matt Morrow began his brewing career making beer out of his home during his college days before getting a job at Ska Brewing Company in Durango, Colo. He and his wife moved up to Coeur d’Alene in February with the intention of opening a brewery, figuring the region was as good a spot as any to bring a microbrewery. The brewery is small, currently operating an 8.5-barrel brewing system capable of pumping out about 1,400 barrels per year. Morrow, however, says the space is big enough Get the scoop on the local to give Tricksters some growing room, food scene with our Entrèe which they may need, considering the newsletter. Visit Inlander. tastiness of his creations. The Cougar Bay Blonde is light and com/newsletter to sign up.





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crisp — perfect for the warmer months or palates that aren’t down with excessive hops. Going a little hoppier is the currently unnamed amber ale, which was Morrow’s original home brewing creation, and features a slightly carmel-ly front end balanced with a hoppy aftertaste. I ended up walking out with a growler ($8) of the Coyote Morning IPA, which weighs in at a healthy-but-not-over-the-top 6.3 percent alcohol and features a unique citrus finish. Tricksters will likely draw attention to its line with the Bear Trap Brown — an English-style ale with a rich and chocolatey base that fans of malty brews will find impressive. It’s just a tasting room right now — no food or frills — but look for Tricksters beers to begin popping up in North Idaho bars and restaurants soon. n Tricksters Brewing Company • 3850 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene • Open Mon-Sat, 11am–7 pm •


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Lovitt is an off-the-beaten-path gem in Colville.


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he accolades are nice — Chicago Magazine, New York Times, Sunset Magazine, Food Network, even past Inlander writers — but Lovitt Restaurant’s Norman and Kristin Six are just doing what they love. Year-round, Wednesday-Saturday (plus Sundays in summer), they serve updated comfort foods in their modestly modernized 1900s-era farmhouse, overlooking the Colville valley. Norm is a blur in the wee kitchen, while Kristen glides ebulliently through the dining rooms. Since relocating in 2005 from Kristin’s native Chicago to be closer to Norm’s family, the couple have trans-

formed the turn-of-the-century farmhouse into a dining destination. From the starter rolls to honey-vanilla ice cream atop warm apple crisp for dessert, it’s all homemade, fresh and as local as possible. Christmas meant prix fixe ($25) turkey, glazed ham or smoked sirloin and fixins’; soup or salad, and dessert ($25), or entrees like butternut squash lasagna with goat cheese from nearby Quillisascut Farms ($15). Prices are reasonable, portions are satisfying, service is excellent and low-key and everything is made with love. — CARRIE SCOZZARO


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Litz’s 204 E. Ermina Ave. | 327-7092 Sometimes, you want a sandwich and a beer in a place that’s comfortable enough to be your living room — if your living room had pool tables, pull tabs, arcade games and even a tabletop shuffleboard game. And good pub food, like burgers and melts and soup made from scratch. Bonus: there are drink specials here almost every night, and karaoke Friday and Saturday nights.

The Swinging Doors 1018 W. Francis Ave. | 326-6794 You can’t look anywhere inside the Swinging Doors without seeing a television set. They sprout from every mountable surface. That makes this just about the best place to watch sports on the north side. Frequently full of locals, the place serves cold beer and pub food (think chicken fried steak and burgers). Plus, there’s shuffleboard, a pool table and a few other games.

Kelly’s Irish Pub 726 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene 208-667-1717 Though local Irish pub joint Kelly’s has changed hands a few times in recent years, much of the ambiance and its menu have remained the same. After taking over about a year ago, new owner Megan Sullivan added a breakfast menu offered on weekends that includes scones and beignets. For lunch and dinner, Kelly’s offers all the foods you’d expect in a conventional Irish pub: fish and chips, corned beef, Reuben sandwiches, bangers and mash and stuffed Irish Nachos — French fries topped with cheese, bacon, chives, onions, tomatoes and jalapenos.

Waddell’s 4318 S. Regal St. | 443-6500 There are 50 taps at this neighborhood pub in a strip mall on the South Hill, and about 60 more beers in bottles behind the bars. Try the “Tasty Burger” — one-third of a pound of beef sandwiched with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and a hell of a lot of that mysterious Squirrelly Beaver seasoning. The flavor is explosive. The hand-dipped fish and chips, Guinness stew and Reubens are also impressive. Waddell’s claim to fame is being featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, in 2010.

Post Street Ale House 1 N. Post St. | 789-6900 Post Street’s prime downtown Spokane location, across from the Davenport Hotel, draws a mix of businessmen, concertgoers, sports fans and college kids, all looking to kick back and eat some good grub. Its alehouse sauce is the binding element of the menu — this tangy fry sauce goes well with just about everything on offer — from fried horseradish pickle chips to the popular angus burger. Wash down an in-house smoked pulled-pork sandwich with one of 26 beers on tap, 13 of which are rotating.

Black Diamond Billiards and Eatery 9614 E. Sprague Ave. | Spokane Valley 891-8357 The place is one of the best reasons to dabble in the nightlife of the Spokane Valley. The Black Diamond — or the Diamond, as the locals say — is a one-stop adult playground, filled to the brim with pool tables, live DJs, food specials and girls with giant hair. On Mondays, it hosts lasagna and spaghetti night, and you can fill yourself up with a plate of pasta, salad and garlic bread for just $7. With daily happy hour on weekdays and a full dessert menu, there are so many other reasons to love this place. n

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Post-Racial Cinema Tarantino pushes boundaries, and successfully so, with Django Unchained By Maryann Johanson


hen Quentin Tarantino is good, he’s ery called Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), dubbed downright genius. When he’s good, he so by a German mistress... which creates in Schultz, makes me say ridiculous things like: Is also a German abroad, a sense of mythic obligait possible that this nerdy white boy has made the tion for him to help Django rescue her, what with most important, most un-missable film yet about Brunhilde, her namesake, being a German national slavery in America? Could only a nerdy white boy heroine and all. And brilliantly, Tarantino dares to get away with making a movie that combines the cast the indispensable Christoph Waltz as Schultz, fractious urgency of Pulp Fiction and the visceral gore in a very different role from the Nazi he played in of splatter movies and the unfettered ranginess of Inglourious Basterds. Waltz is as deadpan funny here westerns and make it about a black man killing white as he was chilling there, and in any other film that people and riddle it with countless repetitions of the wasn’t so crammed full of awesome as this one is, “N-word”... and after all of that leave us with a sense you’d have to concede that he steals it. Here, what is that this is in no way a racist film, and is in fact quite one of the best performances of the year is just one the opposite? more bauble to be dazzled by. So many marvelous contradictions and astonishTarantino plays with the power of myth on ments to be found in Django Unchained. How is it that all sorts of levels, both overt and meta. It’s in the writer-director Tarantino can tell a story that could unexpected relationship between a brutal plantation not be more about race and make it feel post-racial? owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) — to whose enterprise Django is one of the juiciest, most complex, most Django and Schultz trace Broomhilda — and his intriguing, most human heroes pulp fiction has ever slave butler (Samuel L. Jackson), which undercuts litseen. As an unexpectedly freed slave in eral and figurative black-andDJANGO UNCHAINED Texas in 1858, there couldn’t be a less white notions about slavery Rated R color-blind role, but Tarantino treats the by exploring the complicity of mere fact of his protagonist with a kind Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino some slaves in enforcing the Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, of offhandedness that might mislead servitude of others. It’s in the Leonardo DiCaprio you into suspecting there’s nothing unexpected use of unlikely particularly unusual about the story he anachronistic pop music on has crafted around Django — and then he hands this the soundtrack, bringing together 20th- and 21strole over to Jamie Foxx, who sashays into it with century myths of open spaces and black power in a the same casual acceptance. It’s almost as if this is way that seems to slam open rooms in the American the product of some glorious future world in which story that had been exclusionary of anyone not black action heroes are as unremarkable in their white. numbers as white ones. Many filmmakers appreciate the mythic power Tarantino spins a dark fantasia of the pre-Civil of cinema, but few can so effortlessly whip up moWar South that is hilarious, ferocious, shocking ments that create their own instant mythology, as and wise, sometimes all at once. This is Tarantino Tarantino does with almost everything that Django unchained, even more so than usual. He is unafraid does onscreen, while never being self-conscious to be pointed, as with the bounty hunter who frees about it. I don’t just love this film — I love that a film Django: he is former dentist Dr. King Schultz, like this can exist and be this delicious and this smart emphasis on the “Dr. King.” He is unafraid to be and this daring and this kickass and take no shit absurd, crafting for Django a wife still bound in slavfrom anyone. n


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The horrific tsunami that wreaked havoc on Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004, is the bright and frightening flame that ignites this true story of a vacationing family that’s torn apart by its devastation. Most of the rest of the film is about them trying to get back together physically while surviving physically and emotionally. Ewan McGregor is great, Naomi Watts is outstanding, newcomer Tom Holland, as their son Lucas, is one of those revelations who takes charge, both as a character and as an actor. (ES) Rated PG-13


John Krasinski (The Office) had an idea for a script about contemporary American identity. Dave Eggers started writing it, then left. Krasinski took it up, collaborating with Matt Damon, and both of them now star in it. If you don’t know much about the controversial business of fracking for natural gas, you will by the end of this initially refreshing but eventually too by-the-numbers take on how it’s tearing poor farm communities apart. The film remains sorta apolitical, but you soon realize that Krasinski and Damon would likely tell big companies to frack

themselves. Directed by Gus Van Sant. (ES) Rated R


Aaron Paul (Jesse from Breaking Bad, bitch!) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead play a married couple who love to go out and drink their brains out. But after an especially rough night, she decided she’s going to get off the booze. This puts their relationship to the test as he continues to drink, making recovery even more difficult for her. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R

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I thought the only thing that could cheapen the excellent 1974 horror film about the hillbilly family with hefty power-tool collection would be one more remake. Nope: one step lamer would be a 3D remake, which opens in theaters this week. In this undoubtable turd of a film, a super sexy girl and her super sexy friends travel to Texas to collect a family inheritance. That inheritance? Her cousin Leatherface! Who loves killing super sexy girls who have super sexy friends! Especially in 3D! Yawn. (LS) Rated R

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This movie was made so you will hate it. At least that’s the best I can surmise from director Rick Alveson’s beyond-mumblecore study of a past-his-prime Brooklyn hipster who has all the money in the world but not a single care for it. Tim Heidecker plays Swanson, whose father is about to kick the bucket but all he can do is sit by his bedside, whiskey in hand, and convince the attending nurse that he probably has shit in his mouth. Swanson hangs with his friends — whose names, professions or history we never learn — drinking heavily and making hilarious quips that the gang is too hip to laugh at. Offensive and appalling at times and ultimately an endurance test for the viewer, The Comedy pulls through as an excellent character study. We watch as Heidecker portrays a man whose hipster irony has stripped him of emotion or any path in life. It’s as brilliant as it is completely annoying. At Magic Lantern. Not Rated. — MIKE BOOKEY


Keira Knightley plays this high-society woman who tumbles into an affair with the dashing Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Joe Wright (Atonement and Pride and Prejudice) directs this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s late-19th century novel about the Russian upper class. (JM) Rated R


In November 1979, as Iranian students took over the American embassy in Tehran, six Americans managed to

sneak out a back door and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Two months later, time is running out to bring the hidden refugees home, and the intelligence community’s options aren’t good. So CIA analyst Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a seemingly absurd plan. (SR) Rated R


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ing National Geographic photographer James Balog on what seems like an unreasonable quest to document, through years of time-lapse photography, the rapidly melting glacial ice in the Arctic. The images Balog captures of the crystal blue glaciers crumbling into house-sized chunks down into the frigid sea are seriously stunning. At Magic Lantern (CS)


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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


Seth Rogen plays an inventor who is on the brink of making it big and must travel across the country to make that happen. But things get all screwed up and pretty soon he’s toting his annoying-ass mother along for the ride. (MB) Rated PG-13


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


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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



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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.


In this parable about the financial crisis, two of the dumbest armed robbers ever (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) manage to steal  a ton of dough from a mob-protected poker game run by Markie (Ray Liotta). This heist involves multiple levels of idiocy and bad planning and is itself a near parody of the common crime thriller. At Magic Lantern (MJ) Rated R


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 MisÊrables 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


Ang Lee adds a palpable cinematic sense of wonder to his take on the hit novel about a boy and a tiger who are lost at sea and are trying to deal with each other to survive. Newcomer Suraj Sharma plays Pi, and a real tiger (with a hint of CGI assist) will keep viewers riveted, as will the stunning cinematography. (ES) Rated PG


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

Law) — there’s your good and evil — as well as the Easter Bunny (a hilarious Hugh Jackman), the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy ... the list goes on. When the Bogeyman rears his ugly head, the Guardians (protectors of children) call on Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to join them in the fight. The script is wonderfully free of any hip contemporary references, making it kinda timeless. (ES) Rated PG.


It’s a story about a middle-aged guy paralyzed from polio (John Hawkes) who hires a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) in order to lose his virginity, all the while consulting with his priest (William H. Macy) of the morality of it all. Depressing, right? Maybe. It’s a story that is fully aware of how uncomfortable the subject matter could be. At Magic Lantern (LS) Rated R


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 clichÊs. 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



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


It’s about famous folks, including Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin plays him as a Russian Cossack) and the Bogeyman (Jude

Comedy writer-director Judd Apatow gets a bit more serious this time out, keeping the relationship-related laughs coming. This sorta sequel to Knocked Up features two of that film’s characters – Debbie and Pete (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd) – dealing with the happiness and strife combo of their marriage. Each is keeping a big secret from the other, and each is having some issues with their fathers (Albert Brooks plays his, John Lithgow plays hers). It’s definitely still in comedy territory, and some of it is quite raunchy, but Apatow also gives us more of a character study, and lets both Mann and Rudd shine. (ES) Rated R n

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friend said to me the other day, “I already the screen, so I have no idea how long it lasted, saw the Clint Eastwood tsunami movie, though it seemed breath-holdingly endless. so I don’t need to see this one.â€? My reBut moments after a now-creepy calm was sponse to her came from The Beatles’ “She Said, restored, and the cameras peered around at She Saidâ€?: “No, no, no, you’re wrong!â€? an Oscar-worthy example of mass destruction Yes, Eastwood’s Hereafter production design, the film was began, like The Impossible, with a reformatted into a story of a THE IMPOSSIBLE horrific recreation of the Infamily that’s been physically Rated PG-13 dian Ocean tidal wave that swept torn apart and emotionally Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona through Indonesia on Boxing Day Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor beaten down, of people who are of 2004. Hereafter then splintered struggling to survive while tryoff into tales of life after death and ing to focus on a glint of hope spirituality, but The Impossible stays put, telling that other members are still alive and they will be the story of what happened to one family that reunited. had the bad luck to be vacationing right at that Naomi Watts goes for and attains new acting devastating act of God’s ground zero. We’re with heights in that she’s onscreen a lot, but does mom, dad and their three kids on their turbulent far more silent emoting (after plenty of initial plane ride into Thailand during their happy screaming) than delivering lines of dialogue. The Christmas together, and as they loll about with only reason Ewan McGregor, as her husband, other vacationers on the beautiful, sunny mornis slightly less effective, is that he has much less ing of Dec. 26. screentime. But the standout performance goes Then the power goes out, and the wind picks to young Tom Holland, as their son Lucas, who up, and the rain starts, and the birds fly away... practically morphs into manhood as he’s forced and there’s an otherworldly noise. Enter the to take charge in a situation no one could be visual effects team and its wall of brown water, ready for. taking out everyone and everything in its path. A couple of clichĂŠ-like gaffes pop up a couple I wasn’t looking at my watch while the of times, but they hardly make a dent on one of exhilarating, terrifying sequence played out, as the biggest, most searing and dramatic films of I couldn’t even think about glancing away from the year. n


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This We Believe

Some New Year’s resolutions for the Spokane music scene in 2013


e all agree that Spokane’s inferiority complex is not worth talking about any longer. Because at this point, thinking about anywhere but here is just spinning our wheels. Of all the great things about Spokane, the local music scene is alive and well — but it can always improve, right? With this in mind, we polled 50 people in the local music

scene about what we, the Spokane music scene, should aim to achieve here in 2013. As a community, what are our New Year’s resolutions? We were bowled over by the innovative ideas we got in return — a selection of which we’ve printed here. Ramsey Troxel, one local musician who responded to our request for ideas, framed the Spokane scene perfectly,

saying “The best thing about Spokane is that it is Spokane. We should not be trying to emulate bigger cities or be something we are aren’t. … There is something special about this place. This identity can continue to grow if we come together and grow as a community.” Here are a few great places to start. (LEAH SOTTILE)


I’d like to see more houses opened up for house shows, poetry readings, comedy shows and other creative endeavors. For the year-and-a-half or so that we hosted touring bands and local acts in our living room, a niche was filled (partially) that was left open by a dip in the boom and bust cycle of Spokane all-ages venues. Saturating one or two houses with shows isn’t a realistic long...continued on next page


MUSIC | resolutions “this we believe,” continued... term option for many reasons that we learned in 2012, so in 2013, I hope to see a larger network of people with living rooms planning events for their communities and spreading the house show love! Without expensive sprinkler systems, without cops and without booze, we were able to bring dozens of bands and hundreds of people together who would have otherwise passed by Spokane while on tour. The potential for a larger underground scene is here now... — Taylor Weech, of the Dirty Yeti house, KYRS radio host


Well, really any big rock act that could fill the Spokane Arena will do, but if they can get Pearl Jam, that would be excellent. There are a lot of reasons Pearl Jam wouldn’t play here, the first of which being the fact that they are based in Seattle and people in Spokane can easily go there if and when they decide to play. But here’s my point: the Spokane Arena should resolve to have some sort of massive concert experience each year that would cross the sort of demographical lines they’ve already begun to explore. It would be a risk and booking rock acts is a notoriously difficult task complete with contractual obligations, but wouldn’t it be rad to have a huge rock show at the Arena? That canceled Van Halen show was a start, but let’s get freaking Pearl Jam — perhaps the greatest continually touring American rock band of all time — to play here. — Mike Bookey, Inlander culture editor and devoted Pearl Jam fan


We have great large theaters in Spokane, why aren’t they being used to house acts that cater to the younger side of our city’s demographic? There were quite a few good shows at the Bing this year. But why aren’t we seeing more exciting events at the Fox? The National, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent? [Spokane also needs to] bridge the gap between classical musicians and indie musicians. With the recent Spokane Symphony strike I have been thinking a lot about how no musician right now is safe from the fact that our society continues to monetarily devalue what musicians do. … We need to continue speaking out and raising awareness but we also need to work harder to make what we do new and exciting to people. I think one way to do this could be connecting classical musicians with indie musicians or even bigger touring bands to collaborate for events. Similar to what the Seattle Rock Orchestra does, but maybe we could come up with our own spin. It would give musicians in general more of a greater communal connection in the city and push the audience’s palate on both sides to experience something new. — Karli Ingersoll, local musician, proprietress of The Bartlett


There will always be live music in bars, and there will always be all-ages venues that open and close here. But I propose that in 2013, we forget about waiting for a venue to book a show we want to see and just do it ourselves. It has worked before: back in the day here, Spokane’s punk scene was known for hosting bands in church basements, grange halls, garages and community centers. Green Day once played the Peaceful Valley Community Center, AFI rocked the Westminster Church — and that all happened before Facebook even existed. Contacting your favorite band is easier now more than ever before. My point is: don’t wait around for someone else to do the work for you. Pick up the phone, call around to some spots and see if they’re open to hosting live music. Healthy music scenes thrive on being creative. And I’d bet money that a band on tour would rather play a packed show full of kids in a weird church basement over a bar filled with


New Year’s Resolution #8: Plan a big festival. bored patrons any day of the week. — Leah Sottile, Inlander music editor


One idea that I’ve pushed for years is diverse bills for shows. While, yes, I am in a metal band, I like playing with non-metal bands. I love to mix it up and put together interesting shows. Have a metal band, a blues band and a rock band. To me it makes sense. Not everyone likes that idea but the benefit I see in it is exposing people to different worlds, letting people know that there is other quality music out there in different genres. — Jordan Hilker, bassist in local band Odyssey


I respect the service that the bar scene in Spokane does, but it has become too domineering. Bars can be an awesome environment for musicians, they can also be incredibly destructive. Music is hardly the first priority of any bar owner, and of course they do not want bands playing in their bar that are going to drive away customers. This would not be as much of a problem if there were more more spaces in town to play at besides bars. What happens, whether people are conscious of it are not, is that more and more artists start to pander to their audiences just to have opportunities to play, and this stifles any sort of true artistic progression. Finally I believe the scene can be much more supportive of the youth involved. It is these people who

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are young enough to believe they can actually make a difference, and take the reigns once we all get old, lazy and apathetic. Successful venues such as the Vera Project in Seattle and The Smell in LA (and many others) are almost entirely supported by youth volunteers. — Ramsey Troxel, local musician


This may seem like a no-brainer, but serious music fans need to know that they can easily contribute to the Inland Northwest scene on an individual level if they’re motivated. A person’s contribution isn’t limited to just starting a band. There has to be an infrastructure within the community to help get a band out of the garage and onto the stage. Being part of college and community radio, having DIY space or starting a bedroom record label are things that are within the reach of someone who simply wants to. All of these things (and more) are catalysts for live music to happen in any town. Furthermore, all of these elements must act in conjunction with each other. Networking is key. You can start a band or a DIY label, but if you don’t reach out to other bands, other labels, and other like-minded people, you won’t get far. — Kentaro Murai, a former KUOI DJ who now lives in Japan


Spokane is culturally conflicted. Those who pay attention know. It’s a tale of two cities… on one hand Spokane is a gray, post-industrial hovel that the 1970s took a big

dump on. On the other Spokane is a glimmering jewel of neocultural output. A frontier outpost of all things culturally comforting and wholesome. … So, in the pioneer spirit and with an attitude of temerity I submit my music resolution: Spokane needs a music festival. Not something commercially sick like Sasquatch or South By Southwest. Our Spokane is much too rebellious and austere for that shit. We need something that showcases the unique spirit of our bioregion and proves Spokane can dish out musical knockouts. … This fest I propose will highlight the finest, dirtiest and most ravishing bands from all around the bioregion. … Maybe it’s called Frontier Fest, maybe it will take place in venues spread across downtown, maybe it will be collectively organized by the people who think it should happen. … Maybe it will endear Spokane to the music world, maybe all the bands will be so enamored with us they will move here so we can greedily hoard them

for our own enjoyment, maybe there will be 15 bands, maybe there will be 31 bands... Let’s tell the rest of the Northwest our sweet secret for a weekend and then steal that shit back for ourselves. — Alex Davis, formerly of Leftist Nautical Antiques, a local cassette label


My own personal goals include standing strong for the local independent promoters, small business owners and “mom and pop” entities that give Spokane’s music scene it’s true character and have it ever so tough working with and against larger corporate venues, media, and retailers. … I am working on a concert series called “Built for The Bing 2013,” with Built to Spill as the kickoff show on Feb. 9. Personally I have seen the historic Bing Crosby Theater as an increasingly underutilized space in the downtown core. Many epic performances have been seen in the theater over the years, and I plan on bringing

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It would be a worthwhile exercise for the city of Spokane to critically examine the effect that some of its ordinances have on its citizens’ ability to express themselves. As evidenced by the fateful, prematurely-concluded Acid Mothers Temple show last April at Object Space, the Fire Marshall expects even a starving art gallery to ascribe to the same strict standards as a fully devoted venue if they decide to occasionally put on live music performances. A gallery may not be able to pay for the necessary safety accoutrements. … Though municipal items such as fire code are obviously intended for the public welfare, they can conflict with First Amendment rights of expression. — Chris Dreyer, local artist and Inlander contributor n

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he Inland Northwest is about as far as you can get from the heart of blues country and still be on American soil. But the blues hangs on here thanks to one man: longtime blues guitarist Sammy Eubanks. This year, Eubanks and his band (Micheal Hayes and Jake Barr) represent the Washington Blues Society at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis later this month — the first Inland Northwest musicians to do so. At last year’s challenge, 119 bands and 86 solo acts vied for cash prizes and industry attention. Eubanks hosts a show this weekend at the Knit to help raise funds for the band’s trip. — LEAH SOTTILE Sammy Eubanks • Sun, Jan. 6 at 5 pm • Knitting Factory • $10 • All-ages • • 244-3279

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Barbary Coast (489-4084), Armed and Dangerous Bigfoot, DJ Dave Bon Bon (413-1745), DJ Amoe THE Cellar, Pat Coast Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny Fedora Pub, Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy Jazz Quartet Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Marquee, MCSQUARED Moon Time, Truck Mills O’Shay’s, Open mic Phat House (443-4103), The Tone Collaborative Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and Jay Rawley Swamp, DJ Aphrodisiac Ugly Bettie’s, Reggae Night with Real Life Rockaz Zola, Cruxie

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J Baby Bar, Brothers ov Midnite Bistango (624-8464), Maxie Ray Mills Bluz at the Bend, The Fat Tones Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The Brad Perry Project Carr’s Corner, Acoustic Artist Showcase feat. David Simmons, John Michaelson, Mark Lee, Shelby McKinnon, Chelsey Heidenreich, Wayword Sons Cellar, Kosh and The Jazz Cats Coeur d’Alene Casino, Bill Bozly, Ryan Larsen Band Eichardt’s, Mike and Shana Thompson Fedora Pub, Truck Mills Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos




hether you idolize Bradley Nowell or take pleasure in stomping Sublime albums to bits, it is a fact that Sublime was one of the most popular bands of the 1990s. The southern California band broke form at the time, fusing punk rock with reggae and ska — another genre that was catching on in the ’90s. The band’s easy demeanor and catchy songs evoked a laid-back, beach party kind of vibe, making songs that were attractive to high schoolers, college kids and snowboarders. In 1996, as the band’s success was peaking, Nowell died suddenly and Sublime fizzled out. There are many, many Sublime tribute acts out there, but LBC seems to be the one that’s caught on around Spokane. — LEAH SOTTILE LBC (A Tribute to Sublime) with Long Beach Rehab • Thu, Jan. 10 at 8 pm • Knitting Factory • $13 • All-ages • • 244-3279

Inked Café (263-4315), Samantha Brown Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy Laguna Café, Robinsong J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Market Place Wine Bar (4741070), Karrie O’Neill Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQAURED Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar (8639313), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), One Street Over Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Ringo’s Little Vegas Casino (924-2055), Beauty and the Beast Rock Bar (443-3796), Triple Shot Sante, Doug Porter Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band Shore Lounge (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Silver Fox (208-667-9442), The Usual Suspects

Swaxx (703-7474), DJ Fusion Twelve String Brewing Co. (9908622), Pamela Benton Ugly Bettie’s, Moses Wiley, Sunshine Disaster Valley Eagles (928-2063), Chris Ellenberger Whitestone Winery Tasting Room (838-2427), One Match Left Zola, The Rub

Saturday, 1/5

315 Martini Bar, Janet Johnson Bluz at the Bend, The Fat Tones Bonsai Bistro (208-765-4321), The Brad Perry Project THE Cellar, Kosh and The Jazz Cats Coeur d’Alene Casino, Bill Bozly, Ryan Larsen Band Fedora Pub, Truck Mills Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos

J Ichiban, Elvis Birthday Bash and Send-off Party feat. Ben Klein as Elvis Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy J Jones Radiator, Marshall McLean, Cedar and Boyer J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQAURED Mootsy’s, Acoustic Roulette with The Longnecks and The Wreckers Mt. Spokane (238-2220), The Usual Suspects Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Ringo’s Little Vegas Casino (924-2055), Beauty and the Beast Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band Shop (534-1647), Kari Marguerite Shore Lounge (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Zola, The Rub

Sunday, 1/6

Cellar, Max Daniels Band Daley’s Cheap Shots, Blues Jam with Voodoo Church J Knitting Factory, Shufflin’ Back to Memphis Fundraiser feat. Sammy Eubanks (see story above) Marquee, Likes Girls J Swaxx (703-7474), Kutt Calhoun, Downlow, Outrageous, Tyler Denbeigh, Lei Majors, DJ J.T. Washington Ugly Bettie’s, DJ One, DJ Dave Zola, Dan Spalding and The Bucket List

Monday, 1/7

Blue Spark, Open mic Bowl’z Bitez and Spiritz (8089750), Open mic Calypsos Coffee (208-665-0591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Open mic

Phat House (443-4103), Open mic Rico’s (509-332-6566), Open mic Scout (747-3434), DJ Dave Soulful Soups (459-1190), DJ Fusion Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic Zola, Bush Doktor and Raggs

Tuesday, 1/8

Chairs Coffee (340-8787), Open mic Hot Rod’s (534-4061), DJ Dave Ichiban, DJ Beauflexx and DJ Q Lion’s Lair (456-5678), DJ Funk J Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox

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Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh J the Hop!, Agitator, Wrong Answer, High Regard, The Vagabonds JJ’s Grill (467-4267), Bakin’ Phat La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Cedar and Boyer, Holly McGarry J Luxe Coffeehouse, Jonathan Zaragoza Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar (8639313), Lyle Morse Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio Soulful Soups (459-1190), Open mic hosted by Son of Brad Swamp, Carey Brazil Zola, Island Soul

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4040), Chelsea Grin, At the Skylines, I Declare War, Upon This Dawning on Jan. 19 Knitting Factory, Sum 41, IAmDynamite, Hunter Valentine on Jan. 21 Spokane Arena (279-7000), Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Kristen Kelly on Jan. 24 Carr’s Corner, Thou Shall Kill, Rutah, Fueling the Heathen, Ichabod, Skinwalker on Jan. 26 Knitting Factory, Mystikal, M.Dot80, Outrageous, Young Trace, Rezloyal on Jan. 26 A Club, Portland Cello Project with Allelujah Choir on Jan. 27 INB Performing Arts Center (279-7000), Rain (Beatles Tribute) on Jan. 29 Mootsy’s, Terrible Buttons, The Hoot Hoots on Feb. 2 BellTower, Built to Spill, Finn Riggins, Aan on Feb. 8 Bing Crosby Theater, World Relief Benefit feat. Crème Tangerine (Beatles Tribute) on Feb. 8 Bing Crosby Theater, Built to Spill, Finn Riggins on Feb. 9 BellTower, Helio Sequence on Feb. 13 A Club, Nashville Pussy on Feb. 16 Spokane Arena (279-7000), Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes on Feb. 21 A Club, Tyrone Wells, Brett Young, Graham Colton on Feb. 27 A Club, Why? on Feb. 28

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It was supposed to be a mission to the moon. But then, 200,000 miles from Earth, an oxygen tank explodes. Three astronauts must fight for their lives. And, at Apollo 13: Mission Control, their fate rests in your hands. The interactive theater show, from the creator of Walking with Dinosaurs, is coming to Spokane after making its U.S. debut in Tacoma. The auditorium is transformed into a replica of the original Mission Control, and the show follows the events of the infamous 1970 moon expedition. Choose console seats and you’ll become part of the action. If you don’t want that kind of pressure, watch events unfold from “press gallery” seats. — LISA WAANANEN Apollo 13: Mission Control • Wed, Jan. 9 at 7 pm, with additional shows through Sun, Jan. 20 • $52.50 and $37.50 • Spokane Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. •


On the first Friday of the month, downtown Spokane gets busy, with people traversing the town to see the newest art gallery openings and take in everything else the blossoming local arts community has to offer. Make sure to check out photographer Casey Johnson’s collection of images, “Five Years in Afghanistan,” taken while he lived and worked there, and offering a glimpse into life beyond the destruction and violence. Johnson’s photos will be on display at River Park Square’s Kress Gallery. A complete listing of First Friday events can be found in this issue. — CHEY SCOTT First Friday • Fri, Jan. 4 from 5-8 pm • Free • Downtown Spokane •



For a certain faction of us, the PBR Classic sounds like something involving massive quantities of cheap beer, but for others, this PBR stands for Professional Bull Riding. This two-night event brings some of the gnarliest cowboys the country has to offer, all of whom will get up on a mean ol’ bull and see how long they can stay on the damn thing without getting tossed off and/or otherwise harmed. If that’s not exciting, did we mention that they fill the floor of the arena with dirt? — MIKE BOOKEY PBR Classic • Fri-Sat, Jan. 4-5 at 8 pm both nights • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon Ave. • $10-$30 •

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Stand-Up Comedy Local comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. (4837300) Robin Williams Live sit-down show featuring award-winning actor Robin Williams and comedian/actor/director David Steinberg. Jan. 14 at 7:30 pm. $88-$127. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Gabriel Iglesias Live comedy show. Feb. 16 at 7:30 pm. $45-$55. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (481-6700)

meals provided every Thursday from 4-6 pm. Free. 7th and Catherine Ave. Post Falls, Idaho. (208-661-5166) Legislative Workshop Before the upcoming Washington state legislative sesson, attend the Lands Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environmental Priorities Coalition workshop and learn how you can get involved. Jan. 5 from 1-5 pm. $10/ adults, free/students. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. Register by Jan. 4. (206-631-2624) Centennial Trail Gap Open House The city will present seven preliminary alternatives to address a gap in the Centennial Trail as it crosses East Mission Ave. at Perry St. Jan. 8 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. Stevens Elementary, 1717 E. Sinto Ave. (625-6318) Sullivan Bridge Community Meeting The community is invited to review updates to the new Sullivan Rd. bridge design and related projects. Jan. 9 from 4-7 pm. Free. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. (720-5411)

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I spent the last two years in the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe and just committed to another year. Before my assignment, I was dating a decent guy, but I told him it was temporary. When I was home on leave this summer, it was evident he hadn’t let the relationship go. I reiterated that I just wanted friendship, but when I was back in Europe he emailed, asking if I still love him. He’s always been really supportive, and even visited me in my first year, but I amy alkon again told him I didn’t have romantic feelings for him. He asked for time to get over us. I promised not to contact him until he contacted me. This month, after three months of silence, he messaged me saying he wanted to talk, but now he won’t respond to my emails to set up a Skype date. I miss him terribly and wonder if I made a mistake ending it with him. Then again, I’m living in a culture where women my age are all married with two kids, and I’m getting a lot of pressure to get married.  —Confused Assuming you aren’t willing or able to “date local,” this guy is effectively the last man on earth for you, at least for a year. Yeah, sure, you could go on a dating site and pique some new guy’s interest, but imagine the directions for the first date: “Hop a 16-hour transatlantic flight, take three buses, transfer to the local mule cart, and tell Szylblczlka to turn left at the second group of goats in the road.” Until recently, even with thousands of miles between you, this guy’s been conveniently located: stuck on you. It sounds like you admire his good qualities — sort of in the way a great auntie appreciates her little grand-nephew’s accomplishments in the macaroni arts. But, romance? Nuh-uh. Not feelin’ it. Friendship only. And that’s final. Well, sort of final. Because, while absence, punctuated by the occasional Skype chat, couldn’t make the heart grow fonder, there’s nothing that gins up feeling in a girl like the sudden and inexplicable disappearance of a guy after years of his tonguedragging, tail-wagging, puppydog-like reliability. Adding to this allure, you’re the single lady surrounded by all these happy villager couples. This leads to you telling yourself that maybe you’re only now recognizing the guy’s wonderfulness, but what you’re really saying is “I don’t particularly have feelings for him, but he’s always had feelings for me, and I’m kinda lonely over here in Upper Eastern Wherever, where the milkmaid next door just got married at 14.” Paraphrasing Kant on how people shouldn’t be treated as means to an end, “Don’t be a user! That’s, like, so bogue.” Instead, engage in a truly humanitarian gesture — leave the guy alone so he can get you out of his system and go find somebody else. Ideally, she’ll also “miss him terribly” when they’re apart — but not simply because he’s the one man she has contact with who lacks both a wife and the belief that pink #300 sandpaper doubles for White Cloud and a glass of warm water is the week’s bath.

Casing Amy

I’m a straight man who’s become friends with two bona-fide, card-carrying lesbians. One I met hiking and the other is a coworker. Dominique and Angelique (not their real names) are both very attractive. I consider each a good friend, have lunched with them, hugged them, and met their respective unattractive partners (each of whom looks like a man). I know they are not interested in men, yet I continue to have prurient thoughts about them, and find this continuing attraction to gay women —Wrong Hots confusing.

Wait. You’re a heterosexual man who has the hots for hot women who get it on with other women? Weird. And yet, there must be other men out there who feel as you do, considering the vast selection of videos titled “Hot Lesbian Action,” and the paucity of titles like “Two Lesbian Soccer Moms Nuzzle On The Couch While Sharing A Bag Of Kale Chips.” Guess what: You aren’t attracted to gay women; you’re attracted to extremely attractive women, some of whom happen to be gay. (Not surprisingly, when coming up with aliases for your friends, you reach for names that are more stripper than lady field hockey coach.) If you’re content to remain a les-bro — a straight guy who’s friends with lesbians — your lesbian friends can provide you with priceless benefits: unlimited insight into the bizarre thinking and behavior of women. Just be sure you always keep a firm grip on the bottom line: If they were into men, they’d be dating a man instead of a woman who kind of looks like one. n ©2012, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


events | calendar Human Trafficking Awareness Day Community vigil to raise awareness of human trafficking in Eastern Washington. Jan. 11 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Women’s Hearth, 920 W. Second Ave. (343-5091) BALLE Community Capital Series Webinar presentation of a revolving loan fund in Ohio supporting local businesses through unaccredited investors. Jan. 15 from 4-5 pm. Free. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378)


Bead Weaving Class Beginning class on loom bead weaving. Jan. 19 from 9 am-4 pm. $85. Registration required by Jan. 12. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3655)


A Course in Miracles Theological study group. Thursdays at 7 pm. Love Your Life Center, 1111 E. Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene. (208-676-9912) Video Production Class Introduction to Final Cut Pro, an industry standard in video editing. Jan. 3 at 3 pm and Jan. 22 at 5 pm. $20 or free to members. Community Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (444-3088) Country Swing Lessons Learn country-style swing dancing. Jan. 3 and 10 from 7-9 pm. $5. The Roadhouse Country Rock Bar, 20 N. Raymond Rd. (413-1894) ARTS Anonymous 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) Health & Beauty Spa Show Vendors, treatments, massages, product samples and demonstrations and more. Food and hygiene items also being collected for the YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence Program. Jan. 5-6, Sat. from 11 am-6 pm and Sun. from noon-5 pm. $5-$7. Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. (218-6519) Concentration Meditation Workshop Meditation practice and dharma talk. Held on the first and third Sundays of each month. Jan. 6 and 20 at 10 am. Community Building, 25 W. Main Ave. (263-7213) Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution Community education and activist meeting. Held monthly on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Jan. 8 and 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Dr. (844-1776) Citizenship Classes Free citizenship classes and legal services for Spokane Valley residents needing to gain U.S. citizenship. Classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 8. Free. Spokane Valley Partners, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. worldreliefspokane. org (484-9829) Community-Minded Television Orientation Learn more about Community-Minded Television and its programs at free orientations the second

Tuesday of every month. Jan. 8 at 5:30 pm. Community Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. community-minded. org (444-3081) Spokane Compass Club Annual bingo event and luncheon. Jan. 8 at 11 am. $17. Ramada Airport Inn, 8909 W. Airport Dr. Reservations due by Jan. 3 to (455-7789) Apollo 13: Misson Control From the creators of “Walking With Dinosaurs,” an interactive performance of NASA’s 1970 Apollo 13 mission. Jan. 9-20; show times vary. $38-$53. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (777-6253) STEM Connections Learn about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and what it means for the future of the area’s youth and the economy. Jan. 10 from 7:30-10 am. $10-$25. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. (321-3625) Undiscovered Worlds Explore what other planets exist outside of our solar system. Jan. 11 at 7 pm. $3-$6. SFCC Planetarium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3569) Bridal Festival Vendors, demos, prizes and more. Jan. 12-13. $7. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (208773-7049) Intro to TV Production Learn the basics of TV production including lights, cameras and audio gear. Jan. 15 at 5 pm. $20 or free to members. Community Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (444-3088)

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Open House Explore career options available through the college, tour the facility and meet with faculty and other students. Jan. 15 from 11 am-7 pm. Free. Carrington College, 10102 E. Knox Ave. (532-8888) Mobius Kids Science Workshop Learn about electricity by building a circuit board to light up the room. Jan. 16 from 4-5 pm. $10-$15. Mobius Kids, 808 W. Main Ave. (624-5437) CenterPlace Open House Tour the facility, sample food from the in-house caterer, meet with vendors and more. Jan. 17 from 4-7 pm. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. (720-5405) Black Holes See realistic simulations of the science of black holes including their formation and a look at the Milky Way’s own black hole. Jan. 18 at 7 pm. $3-$6. SFCC Planetarium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3569) Black & White Ball Formal event benefiting the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra with dancing, no-host bar, silent auction and more. Jan. 19 from 7-9 pm. $25. Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Blvd. (208-765-3200) Intro to Your Camera Learn how to operate a camera and shoot video. Jan. 24 at 5 pm. $20 or free to mem-

bers. Community Minded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. community-minded. org (444-3088) Oasis in Space Learn where water comes from in the cosmos and the conditions necessary for it to exist as a life-giving liquid. Jan. 25 at 7 pm. $3-$6. SFCC Planetarium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3569)


Wreck-It Ralph Animated family comedy. Jan. 3-6. Times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. Moscow, Idaho. (208-882-4127) Breakfast at Tiffany’s Screening as part of the Audrey Hepburn Film Festival Jan. 7 at 7 pm. $4. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. Moscow, Idaho. (208-882-4127) Casablanca Classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman shown as part of the library’s “Hollywood Goes to War” film series. Jan. 9 at 5:30 pm. Free. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (444-5336) Poisoned Waters Documentary on pollution in America’s waterways. Discussion on the Spokane River to follow. Jan. 10 from 7-9 pm. Free. Indaba Coffee, 1425 W. Broadway. washington. (939-1290) The Perks of Being a Wallflower Drama based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky. Jan. 10-13. Times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. Moscow, Idaho. (208-882-4127) Funny Face Screening as part of the Audrey Hepburn Film Festival Jan. 14 at 7 pm. $4. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) Life of Pi Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel. Jan. 17-20. Times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) 180 Degrees South Screening of the documentary “180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless.” Jan. 17 at 4 pm. Free. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Roman Holiday Screening as part of the Audrey Hepburn Film Festival Jan. 21 at 7 pm. $4. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) Banff Mountain Film Festival Touring outdoor adventure film festival. Jan. 24-26 at 7 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9191)


Winemaking 101 Learn the basics of fermentation and how to make your own wine. Jan. 5 from 2-5 pm. $15, preregistration required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Mead Tasting Sample flight of five honey meads. Jan. 5 from 2-4 pm. $5/ flight. Huckleberry’s, 926 S. Monroe. (624-1349) Bardenay Soups Chef Nick Mikkelson of Bardenay Restaurant teaches a class on soup making. Jan. 9 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Sushi 101 Learn the basic ingredients and equipment needed to get started making sushi with Chef Jim Wolters. Jan. 10 from 6-8 pm. $50. INCA at SCC,

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Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard St. Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney Fieldhouse Pizza and Pub, 4423 W. Wellesley Ave. Valhalla, 1000 NE Colorado St., Pullman


Applebees, 12217 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley Flamin Joe’s, 7015 N. Division Flamin Joe’s, 2620 E. 29th Ave. Flamin Joe’s, 11618 E. Sprague Ave. Morty’s, 5517 S. Regal St. Picnic Pines, 9212 S. Silver Lake Rd., Medical Lake Valhalla, 1000 NE Colorado St., Pullman


Applebees, 9634 N. Newport Hwy Applebees, 2007 E. 29th Ave. JJ’s Grill and Brewhouse, 8801 N. Indian Trail Rd. nYne, 232 W. Sprague Scout, 1001 W. First Ave. 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. (533-7283) Kombucha Workshop Learn how to make kombucha, a sugar-sweetened, fermented tea. Jan. 10 from 3:30-5:30 pm. $15, preregistration required. Sun People, 32 W. Second. (368-9378) Soapmaking 101 White Moon soaps leads a workshop making soap using organic oils. Jan. 11-12. Fri from 3:30-6 pm, Sat from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. $55, preregistration required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Renwood Winery Tasting Renwood Winery of Plymouth, Calif. will be sampling its zinfandel wines. Jan. 12 from 5-7 pm. $10. Studio 107, 503 Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene (208-664-1201) Chef’s Favorites from Asia Learn to cook dishes from Thailand, Korea, Japan and Vietname with Chef Steve Geving. Jan. 16 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. $25, reservations required. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Ln. (208437-0426) Duck 101 Coeur d’Alene Casino Exec. Chef Adam Hegsted shares tricks and techniques to prepare duck meat. Jan. 17 from 6-8 pm. $65. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. incaafterdark.scc. (533-7283) Gluten Free Beer Sample a selection

Soulful Soups, 117 N. Howard St. The Tailgater, 1221 N. Howard St. Valhalla, 1000 NE Colorado St., Pullman


Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney Picnic Pines, 9212 S. Silver Lake Rd., Medical Lake Sidebar and Grill, 1011 W. Broadway Ave. Valhalla, 1000 NE Colorado St., Pullman


Stella’s Café, 917 W. Broadway Ave. Picnic Pines, 9212 S. Silver Lake Rd., Medical Lake Valhalla, 1000 NE Colorado St., Pullman


The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. Valhalla, 1000 NE Colorado St., Pullman Visit for complete listings of venues hosting karaoke, trivia, bar games and open mics. of gluten-free beers. Jan. 19 from 2-4 pm. $5/flight of five. Huckleberry’s, 926 S. Monroe. (624-1349) Fermentation 101 Learn to make Sauerkraut in a hands-on workshop. Jan. 19 from 3:30-5:30 pm. $15, preregistration required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Italian Cooking Learn to make dishes inspired by Italian cuisine. Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Gordon Ramsay’s Pet Peeves Learn the correct way to saute scallops and prepare risotto with Chef Curtis Smith. Jan. 23 from 6-8 pm. $70. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. (533-7283) French Wine Dinner Seven course French meal paired with French wines. Jan. 26 from 5-8 pm. Price TBA. Studio 107 and Scratch Restaurant, 503 Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene (208-6641201) Chef’s Culinary Classic Black tie event benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Spokane featuring hors d’ oeuvres and champagne social hour, silent auction and seven-course dinner. Jan. 26 at 6 pm. $175. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. (473-6370)

Spokane Symphony Symphony with a Splash: Making Music Their Way. Jan. 11 at 7 pm. Bar open from 5-6:45 pm. $30. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) interLUDE “An Evening of Acoustic Indie Music” concert featuring Stephanie Hatzinikolis, Robbie French and Colleen Rice. Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm. $10. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) Robin Eubanks Concert by renowned jazz trombonist with an opening performance by the EWU Concert Jazz Ensemble accompanied via simulcast by musicians located around the U.S. Jan. 12 at 7:30 pm. $25-$35. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Spokane Youth Symphony “Musica Latinoamericano” concert featuring works by Latin American composers. Jan. 13 at 4 pm. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Matt Andersen Blues guitar concert. Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm. $15-$20. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls (208-457-8950) Matt Andersen Blues guitar concert. Jan. 17 at 7 pm. $10-$20. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9191) B-52s Retro pop concert featuring Berlin and Terri Nunn. Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm. $75-$100. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (481-6700) The Commandeers Jazz Ensemble Spokane Symphony Spotlight Series concert, featuring a newly revived ensemble from the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. Jan. 20 at 3 pm. Free ticketed event. Reserve seats at the box office. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Rascal Flatts Country music concert with opening acts The Band Perry and Kristen Kelly. Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm. $25$60. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) The Clumsy Lovers Bluegrass/Celtic rock concert. Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm. $10. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Fling at the Bing Concert featuring local artists Jadd Davis, Krista Kubicek, Kasey Nusbickel, Brandon O’Neill, Jessica Skerritt, Dane Stokinger and Katherine Strohmaier. Jan. 25-26 at 7:30 pm. Fri at 7:30 pm; Sat at 2 and 7 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-4704)


Dance Classes Free dance classes offered to new students in all classes. Jan. 9-16. Festival Dance Academy, 1060 S. Rayburn St. Moscow, Idaho. (208-8833267) The New Shanghai Circus Part 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)


The Flying Irish Run Weekly 3-mile run. Thursdays at 6 pm. Free. Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division. flyingirish. org

Bull Riding Classic Wrangler Professional Bull Riding Classic presented by the General Store. Jan. 4-5 at 8 pm. $10$30. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Spokane Table Tennis Club Ping pong club meets Saturdays at 1:30 pm and Tuesdays at 6 pm. $2/visit. Salvation Army, 222 E. Indiana Ave. (456-3581) Open House Sample yoga classes. Jan. 5 from 1-7 pm. Free. Harmony Yoga, 1717 W. Sixth Ave. (747-4430) Groovy Shoes Annual Greater Spokane League basketball game, North Central vs. Shadle Park. Jan. 8 at 3:45 pm. $6. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Spokane Chiefs Hockey game vs. Seattle Thunderbirds. Jan. 9 at 7 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Rubber Chicken Annual Greater Spokane League basketball game, Lewis & Clark vs. Ferris. Jan. 10 at 5:30 pm. $6. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) GPS Navigation Basics Learn the basics of GPS navigation and how to pinpoint your location, mark waypoints and more. Jan. 10 from 7-8:30 pm. $30-$50. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) Spokane Chiefs Hockey game vs. Kootenay Ice. Jan. 12 at 7 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon (279-7000) Stinky Sneaker Annual Greater Spokane League basketball game, University vs. Central Valley. Jan. 15 at 5 pm. $6. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000)


Spring Awakening: The Revival Rock musical performed by the Lake City Playhouse. Jan 7 at 7:30 pm. $10. University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave. (208-667-1323) Escanaba in Love Comedy prequel to “Escanaba in da Moonlight.” Jan. 11-Feb. 2. Thu-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $18-$24. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) The Right to Dream Performance by Living Voices of Seattle on the 1950s60s Civil Rights Movement. Jan. 16 at 7:30 pm. $5-$10. Washington State University Jones Theatre, Pullman. (335-8522)

Visual Arts

Starry Sky Oil painting exhibit by Pamee Hohner. Jan. 4-31. Artist reception Jan. 4 from 5-8:30 pm featuring music and refreshments. Free. Avenue West Gallery, 707 W. Main Ave. (456-3178) Amy Sinisterra “No One to Drive the Car” photography exhibit, live music by the Dead Serious Lovers, refreshments and more. Jan. 4 from 4-9 pm. Free. Iron Goat Brewing, 2204 W. Mallon Ave. (714-2526) Momentous Momentum Exhibit featuring figurative ceramic sculptures by Spokane artist Matt Boland. Jan. 4-25. Artist reception Jan. 4 from 5-8 pm. Free. Gallery open Wed-Fri from noon4:30 pm. Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams St. (458-5517) Pastel Painting Basic pastel painting in three colors. Saturdays from Jan. 5-26 from 9-11 am. $50. West Plains Art Center, 111 N. Lefevre St. Medical Lake, Wash. (979-7604)

Basic Charcoal Charcoal drawing class. Saturdays from Jan. 5-16 from 1-3 pm. $50. West Plains Art Center, 111 N. Lefevre St. Medical Lake, Wash. (979-7604) Kolva-Sullivan Collection Ceramics Exhibit featuring ceramic pieces from the Spokane-based Kolva-Sullivan Gallery’s vast collection. Jan. 7-March 30. Opening reception Jan. 17 from 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public. Museum of Art/WSU, Washington State University, Pullman campus. museum. (335-1910) How to Create Picture Books Learn the parts of a story, how to create a book, write a manuscript and more. Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 7-Feb. 13. Ages 16+. $175. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. Acrylic Portraiture Learn to paint a life-like portrait with acrylic paint. Monday and Wednesday from Jan. 7-Feb. 13 from 1-3 pm. Ages 16+. $180. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Let’s Paint Create an art project with paint that explores color mixing, drawing and famous artists. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-29 from 1-2 pm. $10/class. Ages 4-7. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) PhotoShop for Photographers Learn the basics of Adobe PhotoShop to perfect your photos. Bring your own laptop with the program installed for the class. Tuesdays from Jan. 8-Feb. 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $85. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Create a Graphic Novel Learn the basics of creating at graphic novel. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 8-Feb. 14. Ages 16+. $170. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. Basic Cartooning Cartoon drawing class. Wednesdays from Jan. 9-30 from 1-3 pm. $50. West Plains Art Center, 111 N. Lefevre St. Medical Lake, Wash. (979-7604) Digital Photography Intro Learn the settings of your camera and how to use them for better photos. Wednesdays from Jan. 9-Feb. 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $66-$85. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001) Rock, Paper, Smoke! Photography exhibit by Spokane native and Inlander contributor Marshall Peterson. Jan. 9-Feb. 14. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Artist reception Jan. 9 at 6:30 pm.


Iyad Burnat Iyad Burnat, a leader of the non-violent Popular Resistance in Bil’in, Palestine in the West Bank, will speak about his experiences living in the occupied West Bank and his strategies for non-violent resistence. Jan. 11 from 7-9 pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. pjals. org (838-7870) Poetry Out Loud National poetry recitation contest hosted by the Classical Christian Academy. Jan. 17 from 6-9:30 pm. $2. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) The StoryTelling Company Live storytelling and music during dinner. Jan. 20 from 5-8 pm. $6-$10, not including dinner or drinks. All-ages. Ivano’s Ristorante, 103 S. First Ave, Sandpoint. (208-2630211) n


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Oil Can Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s You: getting your car seviced. You and your sister were headed to Mt. Spokane. You had the most stunnings eyes I have ever seen in my life. I wish I had asked you for your number, but I would love to get a coffee and chat if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re single. Riverfront Park You were ice skating and seemed like you were alone. I watched from a distance, admiring your skating skills. You wore a black

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Subway on Division Thursday, December 27th, noon. You: handsome blonde gentleman sitting by yourself Me: blond hair, in jeans and a ski jacket. We both smiled at each other and you tried to talk to me, but I was running out the door to a bring lunch to my working buddies. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather have stayed and had lunch with you. Maybe next time. Black Friday  at the north Walmart. We shared some small talk while waiting in the long, long line to pay for our Christmas gifts. The woman behind us mistook us for a couple and you smiled. We continued to talk to the lady like we were a couple. We were both so creative and it actually felt like we had know each other for a long time. You paid for your gifts and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to say to you, so I waved and you walked away. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop thinking about you and would love to stand in a long line with you again. Five Mile Rosauers  To the blonde beauty wearing an Oregon Ducks baseball cap, on Sunday, December 30th. I was the tall guy wearing the UW baseball cap. We kept running into each other. You commented on my baseball cap, that I was in Cougar country and you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like Huskies. I wanted to say something, but of course you were gone before I could. Meet me in the coffee isle? Hot Tamale  I saw you Saturday, December 29th, standing in line at the Division Taco Bell. You: tall, dark hair, irresistible smile and the coolest snow boots. Me: 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;8â&#x20AC;? short blonde hair, blue eyes. I was wearing a white snow parka and black snow boots. Although we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t speak, our eye contact spoke a thousand words, I know you felt it too. Care to meet me for a drink? Spokane Vintage Warehouse You were wearing a beanie and seemed to be enjoying your time with 3 or so male friends. I was with someone, trying on some dresses and peeking at the records. Me: Blonde and wearing an EWU sweatshirt with cherry red lipstick. You mentioned something about your â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to hear more sometime. Send me a line at pineapples_and_pirates@hotmail. com Holiday Gas Stations Sunday, December 30th, around 3 pm. at the north Division gas station. You were driving a black Chevy extra cab pickup and you pulled up behind my white Chevy pickup. We exchanged several glances and

Cheers Happy 5th Anniversary My Mrs. Jones. I know sometimes I take you for granted, but I agree with my friends that you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love you. Your, Mr. Jones CeCe You are the love of my life and I am the luckiest man alive to have such a beautiful and amazing wife. I knew I loved you the very first moment that I met you. You are such an amazing person. I fall in love with you more and more everyday. I feel blessed to have such an wonderful person to spend the rest of my life with. I love you so very much. JuJu My One and Only You know what I mean. You are not only my husband but my best friend. We have been through the best and the worst any relationship could possibly see, and yet we are still together. I think that says something about our love. I love you with all my heart and will always continue to love you. You are so beautiful and the only one I want to be with. You are my one and only love, and I thank you! J 14 Years Happy New Year to the one I love. We met 17 years ago and married 3 years later. We have had our ups and downs, but through it all, I have learned to love you even more. The memories we have made together will continue to keep us close and I am looking forward to all the other memories that we will make. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to Morro Bay, Regan Library, Sydneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Opera House, Switzerland Alps, snorkling in the Caribbean, just to name a few of our wonderful memory making adventures. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a toast for the ones that are in our future. I love you my Mr. W. I Love You! It has been a year since we had our first kiss! I still get butterflies when I get to kiss you! I get excited waiting for you to get off from work to greet you with a kiss and hug! You have become my best friend, my everything! I am the luckiest girl in the world! Paying it Forward To the van in front of me at the Arbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive thru on Friday, thank you for picking up the tab on my lunch. It was a totally unexpected treat and I plan to pay it forward! Thanks!

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adventures and memories. Cheers to you, my best friend, who has stuck by my side. I hope you know that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never ever stop loving you. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more than my soul mate, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re my best friend.

I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Wait â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so grateful to my roommate for introducing us twelve months ago! Though I thought my life was ok, adding you to the mix has just seemed to complete it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m counting down the days until next June, when we will exchange vows. I love you. The Big 50 Happy 50th. You are an amazing father to our son and daughter. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so glad you happened in my life. And, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look a year over 49. Love, your China Doll. New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resolution Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on my resolutions for 2013. 1. Find a beautiful girl. 2. Date, get to know each other. 3. Get married. 4. Have a couple of wonderful kids. Anyone outthere who would like to help me fulfill these resolutions? Richard Even though weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not together anymore, my heart still loves you. I miss my best friend, my confidante, and my everything. You are a ways away, and I wanted to wish you a happy New Year and a Happy 29th birthday. May it be a wonderful one with a wonderful year to follow. I love you and hope all is well! Lisa Good Samaritan Cheers to the person who turned in my wallet containing my debit card, drivers license, and money last Sunday, where I lost in the north Target parking lot. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a lifesaver and I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t soon forget your good deed! Snow Angels Thank you to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;snow angelsâ&#x20AC;? who plowed my driveway. As a retired widow, I so appreciated waking up to find my driveway cleared. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who did this, but thank you again. May the snow Gods always be on your side. Sweet Heart I love you so much and I am so proud of you for what you are doing for our family, working and going to school at the same time. Our kids are so lucky to have you for their dad. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you. Through lifes trials and tribulations I am your forever wife. Kristy Best Friends You know Adam, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an interesting year and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just going to get even more interesting. We are both going to graduate from college, get married and move away to make new


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My Spokane Cheers to the midsize city by the river, my home. To all of its grittiness and subtle beauties, to its modest residents and unexpectedly varied urban scene, to its self-consciousness and self-deprecating sense of humor, to its neighborhoods, and to the shared experience of belonging someplace completely average and loving it and hating it all at once. Cheers to the river that cuts so vigorously through the center of town and to the many spots along it to feed marmots, eat blackberries, and to sleep undisturbed. Cheers to the not-overly-quaint park that borders the river and cheers to the large servings of ice-cream at the carousel always under repair and to the garbage-eating goat also frequently clogged. Cheers to aging architecture that softens the skyline and reminds us of the booming city it once was and cheers to cheap apartments with vaulted ceilings that now occupy them. Cheers to conveniently located watering holes centering on a main arterial and cheers to their non-west-coast-like oevres. Cheers to the taco trucks open till three. Cheers to the potholes and to the unplowed streets in winter. Cheers to the unassuming. Cheers to the resilient, hard-working residents who make time to pig out at the park every summer. Though not glamorous or worldly, no city can hold a torch, or a light, or a parade to my working-class, lilac-fragranced city by the river. You and your ground squirrelloving residents will be greatly missed. Cheers to my family and friends, and friends of friends, and acquaintances. Cheers to eight years well-spent, my love. Happy 39th Birthday I hope you have an amazing birthday mom! You are the best-est mom, ever! I want you to know how much we love you, appreciate you and how grateful we are for you each and every day. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even begin to list all the things that you have done for us. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re such an amazing mom and what an amazing example for us girls. Each day you inspire us to become the best we can be, We are blessed to have you in our lives. Your love, patience, understanding and everything that makes you who you are make the world a better place because you are in it. We Love You and Happy 39th for the 10th time. Love, your girls Good Samaritans Thank you to the mom and her son who rescued our dog wandering on Francis Ave. Thank you for taking good care of him until we got home. My young daughter would be so heartbroken if we lost her dog. Thank you so much! My Love To the most beautiful wife in Spokane. We met in April of 1996 and since then life has not been the same. A second does not go by when I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of how lucky I am. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ring out the old and welcome the new year. I love you so much. Your Charlie

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The Ice Age

Reliving the days of the Spokane Comets By HOWIE STALWICK


alf a century ago, a season that should have been one of the most memorable in Spokane sports history came and went with little fanfare, but not without changing one little boy’s life forever. The 1961-62 Spokane Comets remain unrivaled as the greatest hockey team — and one of the greatest sports teams, period — in Inland Northwest history. I rarely missed a game that season, relentlessly pestering my heroes for pucks, sticks and autographs at the Spokane Coliseum, my home away from home at the age of 6. The Comets played in the original Western Hockey League — no relation to the current WHL, an amateur league that includes the Spokane Chiefs. The original WHL was a premier minor pro league with no shortage of outstanding players, since the National Hockey League consisted of just six teams at that time. Spokane’s star goaltender was flat-topped Eddie Johnston, a future Boston Bruins mainstay. Minor leagues icon Sandy Hucul spearheaded the defense, and legendary goon Connie Madigan added toughness on the blue line. The Comets (originally nicknamed the Flyers) rarely drew well during their five-year existence, even when they pushed Edmonton to seven games in a memorable WHL finals in 1962. Capacity at the Coliseum, a deafening barn when filled, crawled above 6,000 if temporary seating was set up on the stage at the west end. I remember that stage well. In fact, 51 years later, I retain three distinct memories from my first Comets game: 1) cigarette and cigar smoke hung in the air, thick as bacon; 2) wire screens protected fans from wayward pucks and stick only above the end boards, much to the delight of the dentists for fans seated along the sides of the rink; 3) after watching just one period of hockey, I told my best friend, Craig Butz (now the manager of Riverfront Park), “I want to be a pro hockey player when I grow up.” The next decade of my life was dedicated to fanatical pursuit of my chosen career. Unfortunately, I sucked. My hockey career peaked in Junior B, which is the hockey equivalent to one’s engineering career peaking on the lube rack at Goodyear.


That said, I was thrilled to play on the last Junior B team based out of the Coliseum, the 1973-74 Spokane Rockets (now Braves). It would be my destiny that season to unwittingly play a role in an infamous part of local hockey lore. I may not have been great at skating, but I have always been sensational at running… my mouth. As (my bad) luck would have it one day, I chose to start a lengthy argument with Rockets coach Carl Cirullo at practice, and Carl chose to end said argument by nailing me with a right cross that would have done Mike Tyson proud. I believe my jaw landed somewhere near Boone and Monroe. Damn, that hurt! Cirullo was a fearless brawler during his playing days and had more hair on his knuckles than I had on my head, so I was grateful when teammates separated us before Carl separated me from the vast majority of my blood supply. Carl and I remain friends to this day, despite his one attempt to transform my face into mashed potatoes while testing the parameters of player-coach relations. More than a few members of the Spokane hockey community have forever maintained they owe Carl a debt of gratitude for getting me to shut up, however briefly. Likewise, I owe the 1961-62 Comets a debt of gratitude for giving a little boy a dream to chase, a game to play and a lifetime of memories to cherish. n In the mood for some hockey? The Spokane Chiefs’ next home match is against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wed, Jan. 9.


Inlander 1/03/2013  
Inlander 1/03/2013