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o where did these Republican freshmen get the starch, the guts and gumption to stand up together on the health insurance exchange bill? Let’s re-create the scene. The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, now the law of the land, requires a state to set up a health insurance exchange or let the federal government do it for them. Governor Butch Otter opposed Obamacare vociferously in print, on TV and in the courts. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Obamacare to be constitutional, Governor Otter appointed a working group to study the pros and cons of Idaho’s options. The working group recommended that Idaho choose to run its own state exchange. Governor Otter gave in to that recommendation, but tossed the ball back to members of the Idaho Legislature to make the final decision. Many thought it would go there to die — and send a message about health care to the rest of the nation. So in January of this year, the governor’s bill, Senate Bill 1042, was introduced. It would create a state health insurance market where Idahoans could browse and shop online for insurance to cover their families’ needs. The governor’s bill presented the 16 Republican freshmen something of a challenge. As committed conservatives, aren’t they supposed to just spit out any pill related to Obamacare? But they are not ideologues. Even though they are surrounded by lobbyists, pro and con, at every turn,

they want to make up their own minds. Among the lobbying forces was the unlikely, even unwelcome, Congressman Raul Labrador, who is wildly opposed to establishing a state health insurance exchange. He wants to seriously undermine Obamacare however he can. He may also be running for governor, and is not above undermining Otter. My guess is the GOP freshmen were made uncomfortable by Labrador and others who wanted to persuade them. They were angered by veiled or unveiled threats that they might have primary opponents in the next election if they didn’t vote against the governor’s health insurance exchange bill. That’s a painful thought for any freshman who has just barely recovered from the physical and emotional ordeal of a tough campaign. And nobody likes being bullied.


o the Republican freshmen, with their wits about them, chose to come together and offer what they considered to be improvements to the legislation, changes that would include legislative oversight and open meetings the public can watch or attend. The substitute bill adds two legislators to the proposed Exchange Board, requires meetings of the Exchange Board to be open and well-publicized, and provides an exit clause for the state to bail if given cause. From my vantage point 400 miles north of the action, I assume the Republican freshmen’s goal has been to make Governor Otter’s bill more acceptable to them and their fellow Republican legislators. The freshmen also wanted to establish their allegiance to states’ rights and state sovereignty, to prove they hadn’t gone bonkers and over to the other side. I was convinced of the wisdom of managing the health insurance exchange here in Idaho by my family doctor, who pointed out that lower costs and better coverage are the two strongest arguments for keeping the exchanges under state control. (The initial costs will be funded by federal grants to the state, while continuing costs will be covered by user fees; the federal exchange option would include a 3.5 percent premium surcharge.) As I write this, the Senate has passed the governor’s bill by a comfortable 23 to 12 vote. The House freshmen’s substitute bill is still in the works, and the two measures will need to be reconciled. The prospects for our own insurance exchange look good, thanks to a welcome burst of political courage. n

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idn’t we just have an election? Wasn’t “fix the economy” the message to candidates? Yes, and yes. America is itching to start its comeback, but Congress just refuses to get out of the way. Why are Republicans in D.C. against common-sense compromises to give us the jumpstart we need? THEORY ONE The GOP is still blinded by Obama hatred. If the president says the sky is blue, they release the Kraken (FOX News) and flood the Sunday talk shows with surrogates saying it’s green. News flash: The election is over. You’re stuck with Obama for another four years. Deal with it. THEORY TWO We are witnessing the death spiral of a political party. There is precedent for this in American history (remember the Whigs?), and it can happen fast. The GOP’s own leaders have no control (John Boehner), and those who could actually help (Chris Christie) are pushed out as too liberal. The scary part is that the ship of state is getting caught in the whirlpool. THEORY THREE Doing nothing works for them. The approval rating for Congress is set to be the worst in history this year (it’s at 15 percent now), yet 90 percent of House members were returned to office in 2012. There is no penalty, so they do nothing and call it being conservative. Our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a perfect example. Thanks to the “R” after her name, she has no trouble getting re-elected. And there she is on TV defending her party’s plan to drive America over the sequester cliff. She plays the defender of Fairchild Air Force Base, but Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s chief of staff, has this to say about the looming sequester and the lack of a budget from Congress: “[They] combine to render us unable to continue our current and expected level of operations.” So how exactly is she helping Fairchild on this? The sequester could kill 750,000 jobs in 2013 — bye, bye recovery. (Of course, members of Congress made sure to protect their pay if the sequester hits.) But we asked for this — McMorris Rodgers has never been unclear about her position on bargaining. We voted for the knee-jerk “No” approach, as did Americans in many districts across the nation. We enabled a situation where, by Congress’s own design, we play chicken with our economy every couple months. All this swerving away from the cliff at the last minute is a threat to our national security. If we keep playing with fire, we run the real risk of watching as the world abandons the dollar as the planet’s gold standard. And if that happens, God help us. n

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Tim Diehl: It sent a clear message that things need to change at the Knitting Factory, and nothing gets a business’s attention like cutting off revenue. Will be interesting to see if the changes will affect anything.


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Ted S. McGregor Jr. poses an excellent question in “Squeezed Out” (2/14/13). If local medical marijuana entrepreneurs can’t beat the emerging recreational market, why not join it? Trust me, many local “gangapreneurs” would like nothing more than to do just that. In fact, transitioning into recreational markets was an integral part of most in the industry’s strategic planning. Here’s the rub: First, while Seattle- and California-based canna-business owners were making money hand-overfist over the past decade, providers in Spokane have been hindered by unresponsive and apathetic politicians and ongoing interference by both local law enforcement and the DEA. If a business is unable to keep its doors open, it can’t make a profit — no profit, no long-term business planning. Next, most local cannabis producers cultivate their product in basements, attics and outbuildings. Zoning regulations recently unveiled by the City of Spokane limit production and processing of cannabis to commercial and industrial zones. Due to political restrictions on our markets over the past few years, virtually no local providers are in a position to move their operations. Finally, members of the Liquor Control Board admitted at a recent meeting that, in order to comply with prospective regulations, meet the price point estimate, pay the 25 percent excise tax (and now, maybe even federal income taxes) and still turn a profit, an organization would have to put down a half a million dollars just to cover start-up costs. Convincing investors to put their money into this industry is virtually impossible, considering the risk. So, in conclusion, the answer to your question, Mr. McGregor, is they can’t. Ian Moody Hillyard, Wash.

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Matt Taibbi’s latest Rolling Stone piece (“Too Big To Jail,” 2/28/13) deserves close examination by Inlander readers after scant coverage of the U.S. Justice Department’s December settlement (fines representing five weeks’ worth of profits) regarding Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp.’s (HSBC’s) felonious actions (followed shortly

afterward by similar kindness for Swiss-based UBS). HSBC laundered vast sums from drug mobs and foreign entities like Iran, violating the Trading with the Enemy and Foreign Corrupt Practices acts. It appears there are two tiers of felons, not unlike pre-French Revolution society. As Taibbi pointed out, the Justice Department’s Lanny Breuer in effect “admitted… being afraid to prosecute the very powerful,” something never done even for the likes of Al Capone, Pablo Escobar or Richard Nixon, effectively conceding “some… are too important to prosecute… [and] everybody else is unimportant enough to jail.” What’ll it take to shock the consciences of those in capitalism’s driver’s seat? Robert A. Ethington Spokane, Wash.

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A bill in Olympia is pushing for Washington to require welfare applicants to be tested for drug use only if they seem suspicious to state workers. (“Welfare Tests, 2/7/13.) To me this sounds like discrimination. Still, I am not against the idea of drug testing before receiving state aid. If some people have to be tested, then they all should. I understand that an argument against the testing is that it goes against our right to unreasonable search and seizure. I say it is unreasonable to expect aid that was taken out of the paychecks of other employed citizens if you have an expensive habit such as substance abuse. It may seem demeaning to those who don’t use and want to receive welfare, but then again, giving a small urine sample is a small price to pay to feed your family. By testing for drug use, many citizens who are financially stable will feel satisfied that their taxes are going to someone who will use the aid to the betterment of their lives and their family’s lives. I can see a lot more problems arising from only testing a select few compared with every applicant. Daisha Kantola Cheney, Wash.

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Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has issued the following letter to the citizens of the world:


ear World People: For decades, North Korea was threatened by hostile foes with nuclear weapons. With our safety constantly at risk from violent intruders, we asked: How can we possibly defend ourselves? In the immortal words of my dad, the glorious Kim Jong-il: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.” I sleep safely at night knowing that a loaded nuclear silo is as close as the launch button on my nightstand. And now I understand what Dad, in his genius, instinctively knew: that the world will not be truly safe until every nation has nuclear weapons. Perhaps because these weapons are so necessary to our defense,

the U.S. government, with its lapdogs at the United Nations, is plotting to take them away from us. But as Dad used to say, “When they come for our nukes…” That is why I am founding the Nuclear Retaliation Association to defend the sovereign right of every nation on the planet to engulf that planet in a hellish inferno. If you join today, we will waive the initiation fee and send you this bumper sticker: “Nuclear weapons don’t kill people. People kill people who don’t have nuclear weapons.” Peace out! Kim Jong-un For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit

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Bubble Trouble by jim hightower


et ready for the rapture! Not the religious kind, but a financial rapture being promised to us by the holy spirits of Silicon Valley. Actually, making a financial killing is the religion of the Valleyites, and top tekkies there are currently in a quasi-religious swoon over what they prophesize to be the Next Big Thing for America. Ready for what they’re offering as our economic salvation? Online gambling. Hallelujah! Multibillions of dollars, they exult, will flow like manna from heaven as everyday gambling sweeps across the land through our iPads and even our cell phones. Gambling is to be as simple as buying an e-book, they brag. No need to go to a casino, or anywhere for that matter — you’ll have the convenience of placing bets right from the comfort of your own La-Z-Boy, while enjoying the whole experience with your “virtual friends.” Oh, how nice. Virtual, as in not actual. Gosh, I hope you are as ecstatic about this I am. Ecstatic or not, here it comes. With visions of new tax revenue flowing like a mighty river from the

munificent gods of mass online wagering, Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey are already tweaking their laws in a rush to bring this effervescent “industry” streaming into the lives of their residents. Meanwhile, top Siliconners from Amazon, Apple and Google are excitedly investing in the exuberance of this phenomenon. “Everybody,” says the co-founder of MySpace, “is really anticipating this becoming a huge business.” The game maker Zynga has jumped out front with an ad promoting its first online betting game, urging everyone to, “Live the dream!” Hmmm — notice the proliferation of such fuzzy concepts as exuberance, anticipation, and dream. Is anything about this prophecy of a new “industry” real, or are they just conjuring up another speculative bubble? n For more from America’s populist, check out


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ash Shkuratoff, a 4-year-old in a rumpled SpiderMan shirt, emphatically holds out a picture book about a baby bear lost in a snowstorm. “Can you read this to me?!” he asks. At first, he recognizes the letter M. With prodding, he begins to sound out the phrase “Mmmmaaaamma bear?”

Between the craft-covered walls of a West Central Community Center classroom, in one of Washington state’s poorest neighborhoods, 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income families have a chance to go to preschool, thanks to the federally funded Head Start program. In a span of a half-hour, they finish their breakfast, thumb

through picture books, brush their teeth, sit in a circle on alphabet carpet squares and sing songs about days of the week. Study after study stresses the importance of the first five years of education. But when it comes to preschool, Spokane has big challenges. Even if available Head Start slots in Spokane County doubled overnight, there would still be children left out. At least 737 children are waiting for 669 slots. Nationally, preschool simultaneously sits in the showcase and on the chopping block. In his State of the Union this month, President Barack Obama announced a push to provide high-quality preschool to every child in America. But the March 1 “sequester” threatens to deeply gouge federal funding, including Head Start. More than 900 low-income children could be cut from their preschool in Washington state and another 200 in Idaho. ...continued on next page






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‘We Can’t Wait’ This fall, almost 1,300 kids attended full-day kindergarten in Spokane Public Schools. A new assessment found that more than two-thirds of them, nearly 900, entered unprepared in at least one area. Children in the poorer neighborhoods — Hillyard, East Central, West Central — struggled even more. As Spokane Public Schools pores over dropout rate data, one thing has become clear: Dropout danger begins far earlier than high school. “What we are learning as a nation is we can’t wait until third grade,” Superintendent Shelley Redinger says. “We can’t wait until middle school.” Along with working to expand full-day kindergarten, Redinger has invented a new position, director of early learning, to help connect grade schools with preschools. Part of that, she says, is parental education. For any parent, finding a preschool is tough. “The biggest issue I had after moving to Spokane was finding a REAL preschool,” parent Katé Lyons-Holestine says in an email. “There are many daycare centers that promote themselves as preschools, charge as if they are a preschool, but offer no true teaching/learning activities.” She checked out seven different preschools. Some refused to give her a tour, others smelled awful, others couldn’t show her a curriculum.


Soon parents like Lyons-Holestine may be able to hop on the state’s Child Care Check site to gauge which preschools pack the biggest academic wallop. Washington state’s Early Achievers program, first rolled out last July, allows preschools to be rated on a five-point scale by the University of Washington in exchange for training, hefty financial rewards and even college scholarships for staff. Waiting lists for top schools remain long. Parent Eva Silverstone says she got her son on the waiting list for the Community Building Children’s Center almost directly after his birth — but didn’t get in until he turned nearly 3.

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Sending a single child to full-day preschool can be pricier than renting an apartment. It costs $525 a month at Bethel Christian, $600 at Rainbow Connection Too, and $715 at St. Anne’s. (The Herzog Academy, meanwhile, refuses to disclose its tuition to parents, or anyone else, without first taking them on a tour of the facility.) Parents who can’t afford such prices are left with few options. One state program, Working Connections, subsidizes daycare for the working poor. But it has the same problem as Medicare — it only reimburses a sliver of the cost, leaving the

private preschool to foot the rest of the bill. “I can’t imagine running a [preschool] that’s primarily Working Connections children and making that work,” says Anita Morgan, director of the Community Building Children’s Center. (This legislative session, State Sen. Andy Billig introduced a bill, still in committee, to bolster the program.) Washington state also has a state-funded equivalent of Head Start: The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). (Idaho is one of only 10 states without state-funded preschool.) But with occasional exceptions, ECEAP and Head Start only take children close to the poverty line. A single mom with one child, working for minimum wage full-time, usually would be too affluent for her kid to be eligible. Even those below the poverty line have trouble finding a space: Last year more than 60 percent of infants and toddlers in poverty in Spokane weren’t served by ECEAP, Head Start or Early Head Start. That’s where Obama’s plan comes in: He wants to use federal funds to expand state preschool programs and dramatically increase Early Head Start funds for infants and toddlers. Rep. Kevin Parker is skeptical of universal preschool. But he plans to push for more ECEAP slots during budget negotiations later this spring. Parker’s daughter went to an ECEAP school. The results weren’t just academic, they were philosophical. “Emelia doesn’t seem to have prejudices that some would have at her age,” Parker says. “She doesn’t seem to draw differentials between high-income and low-income friends.” To his frugal conservative colleagues, he makes an economic argument. “At the end of the day, a high school dropout costs the state $400,000,” Parker says. That’s 58 times the cost of enrolling a child in ECEAP. In his State of the Union address, Obama made a similar argument. “Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on — by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime,” Obama said. Universal preschool is a solution that, depending on who you talk to, is either clearly reinforced or conclusively refuted by the evidence. Obama refers to the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, a four-decade examination of 123 high-risk, low-income black children. The kids with home visits and intensive preschool were far more successful. But skeptics counter with the Head Start Impact Study. Yes, children who attended Head Start were substantially more prepared for kindergarten, it found, but those positive effects had nearly completely disappeared by third grade. Critics of the Head Start study point to flaws in the control group, while critics of the Perry study point to its small sample size and unrealistic cost. Some owners of private day-care preschools, like former state representative candidate Tim Benn, worry about small businesses getting squeezed out. “We’re perpetuating a spending problem, and we’re taking children away from nurturing environments in the private sector,” Benn says. Liv Finne, with the conservative Washington Policy Center, believes the focus should be on parents, not preschool. “We’re all up for early learning, but we’re fearful of institutionalizing it at even younger ages,” says Finne. “It seems to me that if society was serious with creating conditions to promote the development of the young brain, and had extra money to spend, you’d spend it on keeping parents home with their children.”

Play to Learn

But as the national debate continues, in the Head Start classroom at West Central, the focus is on these kids, now. “You love them. Your heart hurts for them if they’re going through issues, but you get to see this growth and these changes and these successes,” teacher Samantha Tuskan says. “They have such a dramatic amount of growth within the few years you have them.” Little hands dabble in shaving cream, push tiny cars down a road, grab paintbrushes, play “kitchen,” and build skyscrapers out of blocks, Duplos, pegs and brightly colored balls and sockets. It’s education masquerading as play — lessons in sharing, socializing, and creating. Whether or not it lasts, for now they’re learning. n


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t takes plenty of characters to build a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit plot: good guys, bad guys, cops, bartender witnesses. But it could be some of the most minor roles that make a difference to the viewer, according to new research from Washington State University Communications Professor Stacey Hust. People who watch crime dramas like Law and Order or CSI are more likely to step in if they see someone being sexually assaulted, according to Hust’s study, funded by WSU, co-authored with Emily Garrigues Marett of Mississippi State University, and published in January’s Journal of Health Communication The TV shows, some of the most common in prime-time lineups, often emphasize the importance of witnesses stepping into help, Hust says, teaching viewers that’s good behavior. In one SVU episode cited, detectives scold a group of high school students for not calling 911 when a friend suffered alcohol poisoning because they were afraid of getting in trouble for drinking. In another, police praise witnesses who shout at a man raping a woman and then chase him down a subway platform. While the intervention usually isn’t enough (there wouldn’t be a show without a victim), the portrayals have impact. “These programs expose people to incidents of sexual assault, and they are able to identify that it’s a crime,” Hust says. “Exposure to crime dramas tells us there’s something wrong with this, and that it’s not appropriate behavior.” The researchers surveyed 462 college students about whether they watched crime dramas and how likely they thought they’d be to intervene if they saw someone being sexually assaulted, with questions like, “If my friend was in an uncomfortable sexual situation at a party, I would make sure he/ she is OK,” and “If I saw a drug being slipped into someone’s drink, I would



Excessive force complaints Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman received in 2012. None of them were sustained. In each case, the police department’s Internal Affairs Unit investigated and determined officers were acting within their authority.


This week a federal judge will consider whether former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig should have been allowed to use campaign money to pay for his defense against charges of soliciting sex in an airport men’s room in 2007.

Law and Order: SVU may be good for the soul. warn that person.” They also asked about self-confidence and physical skill level, factors already proven to increase someone’s likelihood to intervene, and controlled for those. If researchers can identify what about TV plots encourages people to intervene, advocates could use those techniques in educating the public, Hust says. And, she adds, TV writers could write more intervention into their stories. “Bystander intervention is key to sexual assault reduction because it creates an environment where [assault] is not tolerated,” Hust says. “If we see on television that doing this behavior is going to get us praise, acceptance and value among our peers, we’re more likely to do it in our own life.” — HEIDI GROOVER




In an email from an anti-tax PAC they belong to, initiative guru Tim Eyman and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan called Gov. Jay Inslee a “lying whore” for supporting some tax increases in the state Legislature.


The Washington governor announced Friday that six underground storage tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation are leaking radioactive material. Officials say the leaks pose no immediate health threat.


About $85 billion in spending cuts are set to start at the end of this week as lawmakers trade blame for how we got to this point. Known as sequestration, the cuts will hurt military bases, parks, research, schools and assistance programs.

On Amount the state of Washington could lose in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence because of sequestration, according to the White House.

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After an early morning call for help ended in an unexplained jailhouse death, investigators continue to sort out how authorities medically evaluated and restrained 33-year-old CHRISTOPHER J. PARKER, who died at the Spokane County Jail on Sunday. Many initial questions have emerged over how Parker, a diabetic reportedly high on methamphetamine, was medically treated, booked into the jail and later Tasered before being strapped into a restraining chair. He then lost consciousness and could not be revived. Investigators say Parker called for help at 3:17 am Sunday, reporting he had ingested meth. Spokane Fire paramedics evaluated him and, because of an outstanding warrant, released him to the jail. County jail deputies report Parker became “uncooperative” to the point they Tasered him and put him in a restraint chair. In the wake of Parker’s death, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich also released a public apology Monday after the jail’s online inmate roster briefly listed Parker as deceased before his next of kin had been notified. “This should not have happened and we want to express our sincere apologies to Mr. Parker’s family for any pain this caused,” he says. The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team, comprised of detectives with the Washington State Patrol, Spokane Police Department and Spokane Sheriff’s Office, will lead the investigation into the death. The Spokane Fire Department also planned to review the incident. — JACOB JONES

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Idaho Goes a Different Way The Idaho Senate made clear its position on marijuana — recreational or medical — this week: not in our state. The resolution, now on its way to the state House, affirms the state’s position against ever legalizing or decriminalizing the drug, but comes with no legislative action since marijuana is already illegal in Idaho. Another measure would have urged the U.S. government to enforce federal marijuana law in states that legalize it — like Washington — but failed because of concerns about states’ rights.

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n May 2011, people using and selling marijuana as medicine were fighting for survival in Spokane. By that summer, steam was building behind an effort to legalize the drug for everyone, sick or not. Despite the liberation that came along with Initiative 502, which legalized small amounts of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older, the local gray market remains hazier than ever. On paper, the new law doesn’t touch the state’s medical marijuana laws. In practice, though, I-502 is adding to the confusion that’s persisted. When the Legislature passed a bill in 2011 tasking the state with regulating medical cannabis, it was all but gutted by Gov. Christine Gregoire because of concerns that state employees could be prosecuted for breaking federal laws outlawing marijuana. She vetoed things like a patient registry, licensing for medical marijuana sellers and strict requirements for patient documentation. Today, there remain few legal avenues to get medical marijuana, no uniform patient card or registry and federal uncertainty. I-502 has added questions of whether the medical market will face new taxes and new regulations,

or whether it will vanish altogether once recreational stores open. Jeff Gamble, one of three owners of Northside Alternative Wellness Center, a sleek, barely signed space in Hillyard, says his business is seeing more referrals from traditional doctors, who may feel more comfortable with cannabis than in the past. Sean Green, a Spokane native who owns a marijuana collective in Shoreline, near Seattle, restarted his local efforts in the Nevada/Lidgerwood neighborhood this January. “Monitoring the climate and politics involved, I felt comfortable [opening in Spokane],” Green says, though he’s hesitant to elaborate. According to WeedMaps, an online directory of open dispensaries nationwide, Spokane and Spokane Valley are home to 13 collective gardens, co-ops and delivery services. At least seven marijuana-related businesses have opened in the area since the November election, according to state and city business license records. In response, the Spokane City Council passed a 60-day moratorium on new medical shops in the city on

Monday. Council members were surprised earlier this month when they learned there is no special zoning for marijuana businesses and no limit on how many can be registered in the city, and said they wanted time to implement I-502 without big growth in medical outlets. State lawmakers, worried about people getting medical marijuana without a legitimate health condition, are considering a bill that would tax medical pot at the same rate as recreational. That’s a 25 percent tax at each stage — production, processing and sale. The state Liquor Control Board says it’s considering writing regulations that would exempt people who are both growers and processors from paying the tax twice. Rick Garza, the board’s deputy director, is worried too. He says the board believes as many as 90 percent of medical customers are in fact using recreationally. “We can’t have two marketplaces for recreational users,” he says, “but ... we don’t want to harm the ability of medical marijuana patients to obtain cannabis who honestly need that.” The owners of the Northside Alternative Wellness Center argue there’s no way a tax like that could be implemented without harming patients. They say some of their patients are elderly or living on fixed incomes. They’d rather see more regulation on the medical market to keep recreational buyers out. “If it’s a medicine, if it’s from your doctor, why are you paying tax on it?” says Jenn Lorz, a co-owner. “They’re just kicking [patients] when they’re down.” “They won’t even recognize us as a legal business,” Gamble adds, “but yet they’re going to tax us? It’s ridiculous.” As the nation watches Washington’s effort to build one of the first recreational marijuana markets in the country, the state’s medical community is poised to adapt. Green says he expects the medical market to fade away as more stores open in the aftermath of I-502, but Gamble hopes they can coexist. They’re both preparing to make the switch — offering recreational and medical bud to their customers — just in case. n

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ep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn’t necessarily known for her acts of environmentalism. The League of Conservation voters gave her a 6 percent rating in the 112th Congress. In fact, one of the bills she voted for last year was titled the “Stop the War on Coal Act.” But over the past two years, the congresswoman has also worked on legislation that would capitalize on one of the most overlooked potential sources of clean energy: hydropower. Solar power, wind energy and grain-based fuels like ethanol are regularly tossed about in conversations about green energy. But as the Pacific Northwest has long known, energy can be captured by letting water flow through turbines installed in river dams. Relatively speaking, it’s still a novel concept in the United States. Of the 84,000 dams in America, only about 2,200 — or less than 3 percent — are equipped to generate electricity. The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, sponsored by McMorris Rodgers, would make it easier to build smaller hydropower projects at these existing dams. It would also commission a study to figure out how to streamline the regulation process. “One study shows hydropower could expand by

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is optimistic her Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act will pass this year. jordan Beauchamp photo 60,000 megawatts [and] create 700,000 jobs in next 15 years,” says Andrew Munro, director of customer service with the Grant County Public Utility District. That’s enough juice to power between 45 million and 60 million households, according to calculations by the Electric Power Supply Association. Munro adds that there are 2,500

businesses in America that supply parts and services for hydroelectric dams. Even environmental groups have a hard time opposing it. “As a coalition, we are generally supportive of the bill,” says Rupak Thapaliya, a national coordinator with the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC), which is made up of about 150 environmental groups. Thapaliya adds that while they didn’t publicly campaign for the proposals, they support the bill because it would add electric capacity to existing dams without necessarily encouraging new dams. “If you’re talking about adding hydropower onto existing canals, conduits, pipelines,” Thapaliya says, “those are the types that are less likely to have major impact. “It does a pretty good job of distinguishing between responsible new hydropower projects and ones that are more likely to cause harm,” he adds, referring to McMorris Rodgers’ bill. What type of harm is the HRC worried about? Thapaliya points to the fact that dams block the passage of fish, and negatively affect river water flows and recreational opportunities. Munro, public utility representatives and other regional energy spokespeople, sat around a table in Spokane in late January with McMorris Rodgers to applaud her proposal. Now, everyone waits for action. In 2012, the congresswoman’s bill passed 372 to 0 in the House. But the timing was wrong. “It was late getting through the House during the last Congress, so I think the Senate didn’t have a lot of time to take it up,” says McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers says she’s had “good conversations with senators on both sides of the aisle” and is optimistic it can get to the president’s desk this year. n

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resh off the shellacking in the 2010 elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked four senators to run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and only one said yes. Few thought Democrats would be able to hold onto the Senate. But then came 2012. “Well, today the poor woman who they finally suckered into taking that job is a supergenius hero of the year,” liberal pundit Rachel Maddow said after the 2012 elections. Not a single Democratic incumbent lost. Democrats actually gained two seats. That woman, Washington Sen. Patty Murray, stood before three American flags after the election and proclaimed, “We’ve played offense every day, and we never Send comments to let up… ” and began listing all the Democratic winners to cheers. But now she’s in another nearly impossible job. She’s the head of the Senate Budget Committee. It’s either one of the most important or impotent committees on Capitol Hill, a committee that hasn’t officially passed a budget resolution in nearly four years. If Murray can’t pass a budget by next April, senators will have their paychecks withheld. Meanwhile, the $16.5 trillion national debt grows. The economic recovery continues to limp forward. Work to fix one problem, and risk inflaming the other. But first, Murray is standing on the precipice of another budget crisis, on the heels of the debt ceiling and fiscal cliff fights. Unless resolved at the last minute, on Friday the “sequester” will begin deeply slashing domestic and military spending. The $85 billion cut would hit everything


from military jobs and Head Start preschools to police officers and environmental protection funding.


Election night aside, Murray’s been a senator seeking sway, not the spotlight. Multiple profiles call the former preschool teacher “low-key” and “mild-mannered.” She spends nights poring over briefing books, not swinging by parties and fundraisers, the Olympian says. But she’s used that portrayal as a political weapon. A state legislator once dismissed her efforts in 1980 to protect a preschool program as those of a “mom in tennis shoes,” and she’s been using that line as part of her own mythology ever since. “She’s not what I would call a show horse,” says the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Bill Hoagland, a former Republican Senate aide who worked with Murray on the early years of the Budget Committee. “She’s a workhorse.” She wasn’t acerbic or boastful, Hoagland says. She just worked hard. “Budget issues have received a lot of attention over the past few years, but the conversation is too often focused on abstract numbers and the partisan back-and-forth,” Murray told the committee in its first hearing. Pay attention to her priorities. Some things she won’t compromise on. “I’m introducing a bill that [addresses the sequester] with additional revenues from the wealthiest Americans and responsible cuts, but we won’t allow Republicans to continue shifting the burden of our debt to the middle class,” Murray tells The Inlander in an email. Although taxes already increased as part of the January fiscal cliff deal, Murray wants more taxes — and nothing that impacts the middle class. They’ve sacrificed enough, she says.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray speaks during a Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing. Andrew Harrer photo Don’t expect her to compromise on veterans funding or women’s health care. Last year, she stopped veterans benefits from being included in the sequester. “Patty Murray is one of the driving forces in my caucus. If she doesn’t like it, she’ll kill the bill,” Reid told Vice President Biden, according to the Washington Post. And in a budget showdown in April 2011, when Republicans offered to avoid a government shutdown in exchange for defunding Planned Parenthood, Murray told Democrats to stand their ground. Murray’s defense of spending has made her a target. When she became budget chair, rightwing bloggers like former Seattle Times columnist Michelle Malkin savaged Murray for her history of earmarking — funding specific local projects in large spending bills. In 2009, she ranked eighth in the Senate for the practice. When a 2005 amendment threatened earmarks for a bridge in Seattle and the famous Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” she threatened that “if we start cutting funding for individual projects, your project may be next.” Today, there’s a federal earmarking moratorium.


The sequester was never supposed to happen. In 2011, Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling — with potentially massive consequences — without concessions on federal spending. President Obama offered a compromise. A “supercommittee” would join six Republicans and six Democrats from the Senate and House to find a way to cut over a trillion dollars from the budget over the next decade. The sequester was the “or else.” If they failed to find a compromise in time, the painful sequester cuts would automatically happen. But as Murray served on the committee, she said she heard one name popping up over and over again: Grover Norquist. She said Republicans were “enthralled” in the spell of Norquist, the anti-tax lobbyist who’d convinced many Republicans to pledge not to raise taxes. The bad feeling was mutual. “The Republicans are serious budget reformers; the lady from Washington,” Grover Norquist said of Murray in The New York Times, “doesn’t do budgets.” The “super-committee” failed. Murray has

said she was willing to “spill some blood” on entitlement programs, but Republicans wouldn’t budge on taxes. “I am disappointed tonight, but I am not done,” she told at the time. “What I have learned in the past three months is astounding to me.”


The Budget Committee just lays out a general blueprint, leaving the nitty-gritty of expenditures to other committees. But if it can’t get the support of the Republican-controlled House, it doesn’t hold much power. The House and Senate would have to sit down and hammer together their radically different political views into a concurrent budget resolution. Murray’s Budget seat was formerly occupied by Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad, a conservativeenough-for-North Dakota deficit hawk — and even he couldn’t make much progress with Republicans. Murray, meanwhile, was ranked by National Journal last week as the fifth-most-liberal senator. She hasn’t stopped blasting Republicans. In a Jan. 23 statement, Murray said Republicans need to stop “hostage-taking” and begin “truly engaging in an honest effort to work with us toward the balanced and bipartisan budget deal the American people expect and deserve.” Murray says the Senate will move toward a budget, no matter what Republicans choose. But set aside the Republicans for a moment. Marc Goldwein, senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, says Murray may have challenges just corralling her fellow Democrats. The Democrats on the Budget Committee range from Vermont’s Bernie Sanders — a self-described socialist — to Oregon’s Ron Wyden, who found a temporary alliance with Paul Ryan, of all people, on Medicare. “On the Budget Committee, I will continue working with my colleagues on the issues that are important to them,” Murray says in an email. “But we won’t abandon our commitment to writing a budget that helps our economy grow from the middle out, not the top down.” And even if the sequester is resolved, it’s on to the next crisis: On March 27, the resolution that keeps the federal government officially running expires. Expect Murray to be at the forefront then, too. n

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The No. 1 song in America. A world tour. Overnight fame.

Ryan Lewis is just getting started

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By Seth Somm


yan Lewis casually stretches, drinks a Red Bull and waits in the green room of Seattle’s Neptune Theatre. The atmosphere is more reserved than one might expect. The room isn’t packed with friends and family, and there’s no party vibe. It’s just Lewis and his small team of cohorts chilling out before they get down to business. It’s almost time. In the theater, a packed crowd mills around after a set by Cody ChesnuTT as part of Sasquatch! Festival’s 2013 launch party. Everyone’s now awaiting the announcement of this year’s festival lineup and a set by indie rock mainstays Built to Spill. But first, a little surprise. The event’s MC announces that some very special guests are in the house — ones who happen to have the No. 1 song in America — and everyone begins losing their minds. The uproar peaks as Macklemore and Lewis take the stage and launch into “Thrift Shop,” their hit single about bargain-bin fashion shopping. Macklemore, Ben Haggerty to his friends, has the audience hanging on every syllable with his effortless charisma, while Lewis mostly stays in the back, behind the equipment table, acting as DJ/hype man. The crowd has officially been whipped into a frenzy — even the balcony dwellers are on their feet dancing. After playing two more singles (“Same Love” and “Can’t Hold Us”), they announce that they’re one of the Sasquatch! headliners. It’s an unexpected and triumphant return home for Macklemore and Lewis, who in the past year went from buzzworthy Seattle sensation to charttopping hitmakers. And while the duo is temporarily back in their home base of Seattle for the first time since embarking on a 75-show world tour — since singing for Ellen DeGeneres (twice), since being featured in NBA All-Star Game promos, since this whole thing blew up — there’s no time to slow down. Then again, ever since his earliest days growing up in Spokane, the 24-year-old Lewis has only been trying to speed things up. ...continued on next page

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“It’s like saying you had a girlfriend when you were in sixth grade. It doesn’t really count, but at the same time it kind of does.”

“a different beat,” continued... The Lewis clan is a tight-knit, middleclass, conservative Christian family who moved from Puyallup to a home near Browne’s Mountain in Spokane when Lewis was 2. His parents, Scott and Julie Lewis, both worked for nonprofits, with his dad spending many years as regional director for the Christian youth organization Young Life. Lewis has also two sisters, Laura and Teresa, respectively two and four years older than him. Lewis was an active kid who got involved in soccer, football, skateboarding, snowboarding and anything else that could get him outside and hold his interest. A big part of his upbringing revolved around Young Life, including spending 13 summers at the group’s Malibu camp in British Columbia with the family. On the surface, the Lewis household seemed to live a perfectly charmed life, but there was a deeper, more private struggle that the family had to face every day.

* * * If you happen to catch Lewis with his sleeves rolled up, your eyes are instantly drawn to the red ink looping around the center of his right forearm and forming a ribbon. It’s the type of striking tattoo that immediately elicits questions. Then, often, an awkward exchange follows.

“The moment somebody asks, ‘What’s your tattoo of?’ they regret it,” says Lewis, “because it’s like, ‘Oh shit. I just brought up some shit.’” Lewis’ mother has AIDS. She got HIV in 1984 from a blood transfusion while giving birth to Teresa. It was a year before it became mandatory to screen blood donors for the disease. She wasn’t diagnosed until six and a half years later, in August 1990 — the week that the Lewis family moved to Spokane. The doctor gave her five years to live, if she was lucky. The trauma of the news made for a rough start to the Lewises’ Spokane days. “This was an era when people were really shunned for having HIV,” says Julie Lewis, who, defying the initial prognosis, has now lived 29 years with the disease. “So when we moved to Spokane, we didn’t actually go public telling people for four more years.” That self-imposed secrecy also extended to the children. She and Scott held off telling the children about her disease until June 1994, when Ryan was 6. Scott took each of the kids individually to Manito Park to explain the situation. Later, Julie became part of the Spokane HIV/AIDS Speakers Bureau to share her story. “It was a really interesting upbringing for my kids because literally most of

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Left to right: Three original members of One Example at Ryan Sanson’s wedding in September 2012: Jacob Leander (vocals), Ryan Sanson (bass) and Ryan Lewis (guitar).

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the people who were on that speakers bureau, who were really good friends of our family, have died,” says Julie. While it’s never been easy, rallying around Mom has made the Lewis family even closer. “I think it really just opened up the door, as a kid, to life experiences that most of my friends didn’t know anything about,” Lewis says. “On one hand, you could look at it as a really hard, shitty life thing; on the other hand, she’s been healthy for years. I didn’t get it, my sisters didn’t get it, my dad didn’t get it. It could’ve been a totally different thing. I could not be here. And she could not be here. But she is.”

* * * When he was 6, Lewis’ parents bought him his first guitar. Around age 10, he went all-in on music, playing for three, four hours a day. While his parents were supportive of his new passion, music wasn’t exactly part of the family tradition. “I’m the only person in my entire extended family that plays an instrument or sings, really,” Lewis says. “Which is kind of weird. I don’t know where I got it from.” Lewis went through many musical

phases. At the tail end of his days at Moran Prairie Elementary on Spokane’s South Hill, he and his best friend Ryan Sanson went through a stage of bumping old-school hip-hop like Tupac and Snoop Dogg. “We were the only two kids in our elementary school who wore FUBU,” says Sanson. “We stuck with each other on that one, because we got a lot of crap for that. The whitest kids in school wearing FUBU.” That first hip-hop phase ended as Lewis entered junior high and began getting seriously into rock music. Lewis and Sanson (known among friends as “The Ryans” or “R²”) began taking the bus to Guitar Center and spending hours playing all the instruments. Eventually they started their first rock band, One Example, in 2000, with Lewis writing the songs and playing guitar. The band mostly played local band competitions and youth centers. Beyond being his first band, One Example was Lewis’ first exposure to the business side of the music. He made T-shirts, designed a website, worked promotion. “It’s like saying you had a girlfriend when you were in sixth grade,” says Lewis. “It doesn’t really count, but at the same time it kind of does.” In 2004, Lewis put One Example to rest and started Schema, a band dedicat-

At 6, Ryan Lewis got his first guitar. ed to his new musical passion — screaming metal. He was really into the heavy sounds of the metal/scream/post-hardcore movement pushed by record labels like Solid State and Tooth and Nail. Bands like Norma Jean, Underoath, and The Bled became the only music he’d listen to. The only musical problem that ever

really arose in the Lewis household happened when Lewis was 12 and his father found he had bought three explicit CDs — a violation of the agreed-upon house policy banning them before high school. Feeling as though his son had betrayed his trust, Scott snapped the CDs in half. “It’s a big joke now,” says Julie, ...continued on next page

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Lewis’ band One Example, circa 2002. Lewis is on guitar in the white T-shirt.

“a different beat,” continued... “because his own music is probably not what I would’ve let him listen to, just because we didn’t allow any explicit music in the house. We would’ve asked him to get the clean version of ‘Thrift Shop.’” As a teen Lewis mostly stayed out of trouble, keeping busy with music, skateboards and schoolboy pranks. While he wasn’t an ace student at Ferris High, his parents and friends say it was more a case of him not making school a priority, and focusing his energy elsewhere. In December 2004 — midway through his sophomore year of high school — the Lewis family moved to Seattle. Thus ended Lewis’ Spokane days, but not his connection to the region.

“I have a lot of good things to say about Spokane,” says Lewis. “I love the fact that I didn’t grow up in Seattle. I grew up being outside all the time. I grew up with extremely, extremely different influences than what came later, which I think has allowed me to just be a more openminded person. So I think I’m just grateful Spokane diversified me as a person.”

* * * The move from Ferris High’s “jock school” atmosphere to the extremely artistically focused Roosevelt High in Seattle was a hard transition

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for Lewis, who became depressed. By and friend-requested an upcoming local his junior year, he started to feel like rapper named Macklemore. high school was an unfulfilling waste of his time and he needed to “escape out of there.” So he signed up for extra classes in Macklemore rolled up to the Lewthe summer to graduate a year early in ises’ North Seattle house in his silver 2005. He enrolled at North Seattle Community College a short time later, where Honda Civic with a 10-inch subwoofer in the back. He walked into the house he got into graphic design and photography while working for the school newssuper blazed and wearing fuzzy purple paper. He started his own photography velour sweats with bleach stains on business, doing promotion photo shoots them. He was a total character. with Seattle hip-hop acts, and eventually Macklemore had listened to a beat enrolled in and earned a degree from the Lewis had made and posted to MySpace University of Washington. and sent him a message inquiring about While school could often be a drag, the beat and the possibility of meeting Lewis started occupying his time up. Macklemore’s first impression didn’t faze Lewis, with a new passion: production. and the two quickly got During his junior year of high down to business. Despite school, he pirated the production Send comments to being five years older than software FruityLoops and began Lewis and much further to explore its ins and outs. He along in his career, Macklemore hit also moved past his metal phase and it off with Lewis almost immediately. became passionate about hip-hop groups Both could see the other was extremely like Wu-Tang Clan, Jedi Mind Tricks hungry and motivated, and they shared and Immortal Technique, and soon after the same aesthetics. After Lewis showed he started listening to softer indie music off his beats, samples and photography, like Beirut and Sufjan Stevens. they decided to set up a photo shoot a Things really began to change in few days later. One of the samples 2006, when he logged onto MySpace

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eventually became “The Club” on Macklemore’s The Unplanned Mixtape. Over the next couple of years the pair became friends and worked together on music and photography projects, but Macklemore struggled to stay focused and would sometimes disappear for months. Macklemore was a drug addict. His drugs of choice were alcohol (to kick it socially) and weed (to hide away from the world), but he also dabbled in Percocet and cough syrup. When Macklemore was off the grid, Lewis kept busy with his photography and working with another local rapper named Symmetry on an LP. ...continued on next page


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“a different beat,” continued... When Macklemore finally went to rehab and got clean in 2008, things began to change. The two became even closer, with Lewis fostering a healthy environment for the newly sober MC. The energy that was once focused on drugs shifted to making music. That year the pair became an official collaborative unit and plotted their next move. In 2009, they released their first album, The VS. EP, which began to catch on thanks to “Otherside,” Macklemore’s deeply personal confession about his drug use. The duo slowly grew their Seattle fanbase, with music videos playing a big role. From the over-the-top flamboyance that accompanied the absurdist party anthem “And We Danced” to “My Oh My,” a heartfelt ode to the recently deceased voice of the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus, each video drew in new fans. The guys realized they might be onto something when they unexpectedly sold out three consecutive shows at the Showbox at the Market in 2011. Lewis and Macklemore soon headed into the studio to record their first LP, The Heist. Released last October, the album felt like a declaration of arrival. They expected to sell around 20,000 copies the first week, but instead sold 78,000 — debuting at No. 1 on

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* * * When talking to people about Lewis, two works repeatedly pop up: drive and focus. “Ryan was either asleep or going hard at whatever he was into,” says his father. “He wanted to be in the next phase of life ‘now’ and not have to wait for it to come. “When Ryan was about 13, we were sitting in the Spokane Arena for an Easter service,” Scott Lewis continues. “He turned to us and asked if we knew how much it would cost to rent that place out for a show. He thought if he got enough bands together for a battle of the bands, they could pull it off.” His ambition can still be seen in how Macklemore and Lewis have stayed independent and managed all

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aspects of their music and brand without the help of a label. In fact, their burgeoning empire is primarily a four-person operation: Macklemore, Lewis, the group’s manager Zach Quillen, and Macklemore’s fiancée Tricia Davis. Apart from a few people who handle merchandise, that’s the entirety of their team. While Macklemore is the star of the crew thanks to his distinctive lyrical voice, signature pompadour and swagger — and the simple fact that he’s the man with the mic — there’s a reason why it’s “Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.” The project really is about collaboration, but for now Lewis is comfortable being the proverbial “other guy.” He’s got enough behind-thescenes duties to worry about, sometimes working as many as 90 hours a week. “Ryan is much more than a typical Macklemore and Ryan producer,” says Macklemore. “We are Lewis are the musical creative partners and do everything toguests on this week’s gether. We operate more as a label than Saturday Night Live. the typical MC/producer relationship. It’s important to me that Ryan gets seen for whom he is, and that’s 50 percent of everything.” “Ryan’s a master of many trades,” says Quillen. “I don’t know if people realize the many things that he does to make this project what it is.” In addition to making the beats, creating the music arrangements, and producing, Lewis handles some of the duo’s photography and photo editing, graphic design, web design, merchandising, co-directing, and cutting and coloring the music video. He also records, engineers, and mixes all the songs. The workload can be borderline masochistic, but it has two major advantages: No label takes a fat chunk out of the profits, and the duo maintains complete artistic control. “I’m not a control freak,” says Lewis. “I think the fact that we embraced and strived for creative control of all these


things is probably the biggest reason why we’ve done well. Because we care about the font that says “The Heist” — how thick the stroke is, how bold it’s going to be — we care about what kind of gator texture is gonna be on the box. All the tiny little things f---ing matter.”

* * * Right now, Lewis doesn’t have time to really think what’s next. There’s so much to do: Macklemore and Lewis landed the musical guest slot on this week’s Saturday Night Live, they’re finishing up putting together the video for “Can’t Hold Us,” and there’s the matter of celebrating his 25th birthday in March. Of course, if he ever gets a breather, he’s got plenty of ideas for new projects beyond a follow-up to The Heist. He’d love to produce the next record for Ray Dalton (who sings the chorus on “Can’t Hold Us”), perhaps work with some other MCs, maybe even direct or score a feature film someday. Before any of that, though, he is still working on adjusting to his new life. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had that ‘Oh shit, we’ve made it’ moment. Even now, ‘Thrift Shop’ is setting records. It’s three times platinum. The whole thing is f---ing weird.” n

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The Head, the Heart and the Hind

It takes three people to bring the majestic animals of War Horse to life By Chey Scott


he main character of War Horse is indeed a horse. But for obvious reasons, using live horses in the stage-adapted version of the 1982 children’s book by Michael Morpurgo was a no-go. Instead, War Horse’s creators went for a literally more predictable and controllable variation: puppets. And depending on who you ask, the eerily lifelike horse puppets — mainly the play’s lead horse Joey — are considered the real stars of the performance. War Horse’s puppets are a work of art in and of themselves, handcrafted from cane, aluminum, leather, aircraft cables and mesh fabric by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. Making the production’s several horses — including Joey — come to life are four teams of three actors/puppeteers who synchronize and improvise their movements and sounds with such skill, the audience could forget the horse in front of them is actually played by three actors and not an actual animal. Jon Riddleberger, a 26-year-old New Jersey native, plays the role of Joey’s “Head” in the current U.S. tour of War Horse. He’s joined by Patrick Osteen, 24, as Joey’s “Heart” and Jessica Krueger as Joey’s “Hind.” Between the three of them, the mechanical-looking frame of Joey’s body comes to life, complete with the vocalizations and characteristic mannerisms you’d see from any living, breathing horse. It’s easy for the audience to become attached to Joey, Riddleberger says. “Joey is spirited, and that covers a lot of him, but he’s at the same time incredibly affectionate and trusting,” Riddleberger says. “He’s also incredibly stubborn and, like a lot of animals, he can tell a good person from a bad person.” Set against the backdrop of World War I, War Horse explores the unspoken bond between human and animal through teenager Albert Narracott, who cares for Joey from the time the horse is a foal until it’s sold to the British cavalry at the onset of the war. Young Albert vows to reunite with his beloved horse, and eventually lies about his age to enlist in the British army on a seemingly impossible quest to find Joey and bring him home. The five-time Tony Award-winning War Horse has been traveling across the U.S. since June of last year, and makes its much-anticipated stop in Spokane next week for eight performances from March 5-9, at the INB Performing Arts Center. ...continued on next page


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Through the 2½-hour performance as Joey’s head, Riddleberger, dressed in period attire, stands alongside the life-size 120-pound puppet — the other two actors are inside its body — manipulating the movements of its head, neck and ears. Riddleberger makes Joey toss his head when he’s excited, or alertly flick his ears when he’s spoken to. The end goal, he says, is to become the horse, and essentially disappear from the audience’s perspective. At the same time, Riddleberger has to make sure his movements of Joey’s head complement and match the maneuvers controlled by his acting partners inside the horse’s frame. Playing War Horse’s Joey isn’t without some highly physical challenges, the puppeteers say. Riddleberger’s arms are held above his shoulders, and often above his head, for most of the performance. Osteen and Krueger carry the puppet’s frame, in many scenes made more than twice as heavy with the addition of an adult rider. All of War Horse’s puppeteers, most ranging in age from 23 to 31, have undergone formal training in various types of physical performance, whether that be dance, acrobatics, gymnastics or other highly specialized movement training, Riddleberger says. Because of the intense physical requirements, the puppet teams rotate roles for each performance. For one show Riddleberger, Osteen and Krueger will play Joey; the next night they’ll become regular stage actors playing townspeople or soldiers. The three also sometimes play the

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role of secondary horse Topthorn. “It gives us a break from the horse, and it’s also great because we have four different Joeys the audience can see. All the teams have a bit of a different behavior and personality,” Riddleberger says. “It lets the show be very alive every night.” As Joey’s “heart,” Osteen moves the puppet’s front two legs and creates breathing movements to give him life. Krueger bears the weight of the puppet’s back half and flicks its tail, timing her movements of the back legs to match Osteen’s manipulations of the front legs. Though Joey’s movements are scripted and choreographed through the performance, the three actors playing the leading equine still end up partially improvising their roles. When Joey needs to vocalize his feelings through a whinny, nicker or heaving sigh, the three puppeteers are responsible for mimicking — as closely as they can — a horse’s intonations. “One thing about a horse is that its lungs are three times the size of a human, so having three of us gives us a good attempt to match a horse’s sounds,” says Riddleberger. “We can really play off each other, because when you listen to a horse whinny or scream, there are so many layers inside of that sound. Having three of us allows us in a way to harmonize with each other.” n War Horse • March 5-9, showtimes vary • $37.50-$97.50 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • • 279-7000


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1213 W. RAILROAD AVE. Barrister Winery presents Spokane Artist, Randy Melcher. 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 ST., SUITE A Featuring artist Andy Cline: Are We There Yet? Andy’s photo-realistic, oil on board paintingsdepict haunting, vast landscapes, journeys through the Big Sky of Montana.


115 S. ADAMS ST. Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery features the functional and sculptural work of Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore.

cocktail, fresh squeezed juices and delicious flat breads. Relax and be surrounded by glass art and great music.


521 W. SPRAGUE AVE. Featuring painter Katey Mandley. Katey’s paintings embody grace and inspiration that encapsulates her experience and helps her to understand what is truly important. Live music by Roots/Conscious Blues singer/ songwriter Mick Croon.


159 S. LINCOLN ST. Please join us for the First Friday. We are featuring artists Kathy Swehla and Stacy Epley. Kathy Swehla creates her colorful abstract photographs, while Stacy Epley captures the colors and mood of abandoned automobiles in his realistic paintings. Plus, sample Steam Plant’s handcrafted brews.




808 W. MAIN AVE. (River Park Square, Third Level) Featuring artist Robert Morrison. Robert’s Plein Air and studio paintings are richly colored and expressively stated. Influences from French Impressionism to Abstract Impressionism.

827 W. 1ST AVE. (directly behind Neato Burrito) Please join us at the Baby Bar. We will be featuring artist Bennett P Tully’s titled show: Hiptechno.


906 W. 2ND AVE. (across from the Steam Plant) Featuring Callahan McVay “Fragile World of Callahan McVay”, blown glass exhibit. Music by Brent Edstrom Trio from 7-9pm.

HOTEL RUBY & SAPPHIRE LOUNGE 901 W. 1ST AVE. Come in and join us at the Sapphire Lounge. Get an amazing, handcrafted



707 W. MAIN AVE. (Crescent Court Skywalk Level) Artist Charlotte Yocom exhibit “Spring Beauties” will be featured for the month of March. Her paper lamp shades are cut & pierced with delicately painted watercolor designs. Music by Sound Travel & refreshments, 5-8:30pm.

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108 N. POST ST. Come in and enjoy a Spokane Restaurant Week Menu. 3 courses with Liquid Dessert! Happy Hour 4-6 & live music 5-8.


211 N. WALL ST. Featured artist Rebecca Lloyd simplifies the human form into elegant, graceful lines, creating work that is both intimately personal & accessible. Todd & Ellicia Milne performing world fusion music on the bamboo flute & harp.


BENNETT BLOCK, MAIN & HOWARD (2nd Floor skywalk level) The Brickwall Gallery will be featuring Dean Huggins for March. Dean shows mixed subject matter of sweeping landscapes, beautiful Macro images, floral knockouts, and local architecture from the Northwest. Open until 8:30pm.

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120 N. STEVENS ST. (Main & Stevens) Join Nectar Tasting Room for wine, food, music and new art from Spokane based photographer Michael Brant. Michael will be displaying images from his portfolio from the Palouse / Wheatland work as well other favorites. Music from Karrie O’Neill from 6:30-9:30pm. Buffet dinner from Qdoba Grill available (quantities limited). Reserve a table 509.869.1572


516 W. RIVERSIDE AVE. Featuring work by Tannea Zollinger: Horse Motions/Illusions of Landscapes. Artist’s reception.

218 N. HOWARD ST. 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.




35 W. MAIN AVE., SUITE 210 “It’s in Our Nature”, drawings and prints by Viza Arlington. This exhibit features animal and nature ink bubble drawings and woodblock prints. Artist’s reception and raffle. Proceeds from the event benefit Inland Northwest Land Trust.

KRESS GALLERY/RIVER PARK SQUARE 808 W. MAIN AVE. First Night Spokane Rising Stars Arts Impact! Students from ESD 101 will provide an eclectic array of visual art.

8 N. POST ST., SUITE 8 Live music, wine and local art from 6-9pm. We are featuring art by Janice Eberley and live music by Keith Eno. Light snacks!


402 W. MAIN ST. Author Bonnie Gilbert will be reading from her book Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II,






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EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS 331 W. MAIN “Come into the Garden” Flower and garden drawings and paintings by Kellie Eggers, Allison Zeman, Diane Markley, andDeb Harder. Reception and refreshments.


203 N. WASHINGTON ST. (main floor of Auntie’s) Spokane Weavers Guild - An eclectic group of weavers will be displaying their traditional hand-wovens which include wearables, sculpture, decor and utilitarian items. There will be demonstrations during the First Friday reception and throughout the month.

SANTÉ RESTAURANT & CHARCUTERIE 404 W. MAIN AVE. Please join us for March. We will be featuring artist Rebekah Littlefield. Her work includes dynamic abstract paintings bursting with color and emotion.


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


1 S. WASHINGTON ST. Student show, Sage Timm, “Are You Looking Anyway”. Also featuring a variety of artists.



610 W. 2ND AVE. On display Michelle Romberger’s “Peaceful English Rural Art Display”, in watercolor, oil and mix-media from rural North and Central England and Whales. Flautist Karen Stuart and guitarist Justin McKinney will be creating the musical ambiance.


621 W. MALLON AVE. (in the Flour Mill) Featured artist Joy Mizzoni’s playful paintings are lush and vibrant. Music by classical guitarist Carlton Oakes. Enjoy samples of cheese, chocolate, and gelato with your servings of music and art. 5:30-8pm


319 W. 2ND AVE. Denali National Park guide and naturalist, Rebecca Tifft, will be having her photography on exhibit. Come and enjoy the beauty of Alaska along with other fantastic images of our world. Artist’s reception.


621 W. MALLON AVE. (in the Flour Mill) Featuring the beautiful paintings of owner Ho Lan. Also, try our fabulous menu! 4-7pm.





608 W. 2ND AVE. Join Barili Cellars on First Friday from 4-9pm and enjoy current wine releases, original entertainment, and moving art. Featuring the vivid abstract paintings of artist Brendan Genther. And to add a little Irish to our March, performance by Free Whiskey.

714 E. SPRAGUE AVE. We will be having a Raku firing and pit firing, lots of food and beverages. FREE kids workshop (limited space, be there by 5pm!).


44 W. MAIN AVE. We are featuring artist Lynn Hanley for March. Her images are influenced by forms in nature and rhythms in music. Our deli will offer a taste of the Co-op by providing lentil brownies and cookies, as well as local milk for the event.


174 S. HOWARD ST. Please join us for great music by Patrick Morgan on bass and Allison Morgan on fiddle. Featuring artist Eric Rau in the Gellhorn Gallery.



21 W. MAIN AVE. Join us for the March First Friday. We are featuring artist/printmaker E. A. Butterworth’s titled show “Ventana: Experimental Portraiture”. Enjoy great art, drinks & a fabulous menu. Artist reception.


168 S. DIVISION ST. Please join us for First Friday. We will be featuring Sumi-e artist Keiko Von Holt.


1923 W. 1ST AVE. Please join us for Gonzaga University’s “Transformation Café” title: Walking the Talk of Leadership by JoAnn Danelo Barbour, PhD. In this 20 minute session, starting at 6:00pm, JoAnn discusses Italian novelist and essayist Italo Calvino’s final lecture notes, published posthumously as Six Memos for the Next Millennium. A compact book filled with philosophy and wisdom about literature and writing. We are also featuring the joyful, whimsical work of Connie Janney.


115 W. PACIFIC AVE., Historic Warehouse District (aka SODO) Please join us for the March First Friday. We are featuring artist Holly Lyttle’s series “Faces of Hope”.

32 WEST 2ND AVE. We are featuring artist Shirley Bird Wright. Her sensitive nature evidences itself in the subjects.

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Passing the Baton Gunther Schuller leads the Northwest Bach Festival for the last time, but a talented successor is waiting in the wings BY E.J. IANNELLI


or the past 20 years, the Northwest Bach Festival has been headed by Gunther Schuller. A composer, musician and scholar, Schuller is perhaps most widely known as the man who coined the term “Third Stream” in the 1950s to describe the hybridization of jazz and classical music. Under his guidance, the reputation of the festival has expanded from a regional to a national one, and its program has grown beyond smaller ensembles and chamber pieces to include the composer’s grander works such as masses and passions. Oddly, though, Schuller’s crowning feat as artistic director was making the Northwest Bach Festival slightly less Bach-centric. “Six years ago, I had the idea of expanding the festival to have a pre-Bach part, and a post-Bach part — meaning doing anything from as far back as Monteverdi, who was a whole century before Bach, or after that, to do Haydn and Beethoven,” Schuller says from his home in Boston. “As you know, Bach was pretty much dismissed after his death, and it took Mendelssohn to rediscover him. So I added a hundred years before and after the baroque period. The idea was to see what there was before Bach and what came after, and how different it was, or how little actual influence of Bach carried over. I think it has been hugely successful,” says Schuller. This year’s festival will be Schuller’s last as artistic director. He readily admits that, at 87, he can no longer keep up with the demands of a schedule that would daunt those half his age: an upcoming premiere in Munich, proofreading new compositions and conducting work at home and abroad. “My secretary has suffered,” he chuckles. “Pierre Boulez and I are the only conductors at this advanced age still working,” says Schuller. “Everyone else has died or quit. It’s about time that I retire from some things.” Assuming the role of artistic director will be Zuill Bailey, a cellist with a long list of releases, many on the esteemed Telarc label. In many ways, Bailey is an ideal successor. The 40-yearold has the face of an Italian fashion model and years of experience as an artistic director for the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and El Paso Pro Musica in Texas. Even more important, he feels a close personal connection to Bach, something that was made apparent by his acclaimed 2010 recording of the composer’s cello suites. “I came to Bach in my mid-20s and finally was able to have the confidence to explore his works for solo cello. It was also a time in my life when I was trying to figure myself out,” says Bailey. “I dedicated countless hours daily to reading about him, studying his works, trying to get to the core of [the question], ‘Why does this man

Gunther Schuller (above) and his successor Zuill Bailey. and his music affect us all in indescribable ways?’ “After a decade of doing that, I recorded the complete Bach cello suites. And I did it in this hero-worship kind of way: 36 movements — three hours-plus of music — in one week. I went into a concert hall in New York to record, and I came out six days later a changed man.” Bailey emphasizes that this year’s is not a “transition festival” — which is to say, despite the passing of the baton, the Bach Festival will continue as seamlessly as it has since 1978. He does, however, have loose plans to establish “a year-round presence” for the festival through supplementary concerts and educational series, much like what he has done in El Paso. “I was brought to music because it was brought to me,” says Bailey. “One of the things I have made a feature and a mission in these music festivals is to make the educational and outreach component as important as the actual concerts themselves. The concerts themselves are the cherry on top.” For his part, Schuller intends to bow out in style. He has pieces both popular and unusual planned for this year’s festival program, including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, which has a fiendishly difficult trumpet part, and the Motet for Forty Voices by the obscure 16th-century Italian composer Alessandro Striggio. n Northwest Bach Festival • March 2 to 24 • Tickets $30 ($15 student) to $50, depending on the event • St. John’s Cathedral • 127 E. 12th Ave. at Grand Blvd. • • 1-800-325-SEAT

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A Dawn Breaker breakfast from the teacher-owned Le Peep Cafe in Coeur d’Alene. Young Kwak photo


ith nearly 60 years experience between them, longtime educators Maggie Kemp and Gretchen Surber are practicing what they’ve promoted to hundreds of students over the years: there’s always something new to learn. And for the past year, they’ve been enrolled in the school of life, learning about restaurant ownership from the ground up. Last summer, after 20 years teaching reading, language arts, English as a second language and special education, Surber purchased Jimmy’s Down the Street with her husband, Mike, who retired from the Air Force. On the same day that Kemp welcomed her fourth-graders at Coeur d’Alene’s Winton Elementary, she and husband Dave opened Le Peep Cafe. Both women see parallels between their classroom experience and the restaurant business. “Just like in the classroom,” says Surber, who also worked in school administration, “I try to build an atmosphere of kindness and encouragement so that [our employees] feel safe and are willing to grow and learn.” ...continued on next page











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Surber says training and fostering a team environment are essential to being able to expand their scratch-made menu and maintain a high level of quality — their pecan rolls were a hit in 2010 when Guy Fieri profiled Jimmy’s on Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives. “It is my challenge as a teacher/co-worker/ boss to guide the process of change and growth and help to create a restaurant that values everyone that enters,” says Surber. Although Surber isn’t currently teaching, she has kept her certification current and hasn’t ruled out a return to the classroom. “When we decided to purchase the restaurant, we made the decision to make it our main focus.” At Le Peep, Dave Kemp works full-time — his 40 years of industry experience includes Wendy’s and Starbucks — while Maggie pitches in whenever and wherever needed. Busing tables, running food, even cleanup. “There’s nothing we ask [staff] to do that I wouldn’t do,” she says, adding that as a fourth-grade teacher, she’s cleaned up plenty worse. She draws on her teacher’s intuition during hiring, and sees her role as a mentor to staff, who gave her a vest adorned with the words “Mama Peep” (Dave is “Papa Peep”). Kemp enjoys working with people on both sides of the counter to create a welcoming atmosphere that feels “like home.” The decor, which she chose, includes photographs of Northwest water scenes — very calming, she says — that play off Le Peep’s location along the Spokane River (in the Riverstone development). At Jimmy’s, the atmosphere is also casual and homey, like the food. For breakfast, try the Southern Comfort Platter: two eggs, potato pancake, ham steak and either fried green tomatoes or okra, plus a slab of grilled cornbread with hints of jalapeno ($8.79). The Duke is a recent addition to the menu. It’s a bacon-infused hamburger with cheese, shaved ham, pulled pork, onion rings and deep-fried bacon, topped with their homemade Carolina-style BBQ sauce ($8.99). Le Peep’s Colorado-based corporate office sets the general menu, although the Kemps are licensees (as opposed to a franchise), so they have some

flexibility in their offerings. Standards include the Harvest Benedict with English muffin, two eggs, Hollandaise, sautéed spinach, cream cheese and veggies ($9.89), the Monte Cristo Crepes with raspberry dipping sauce ($8.79), as well as salads, burgers and sandwiches. They’ve added specials like Idaho Trout and Eggs ($9.49) and Tri-Tip Chimichanga ($8.29), with black beans, pico de gallo and the company’s Peasant Potatoes. They’ve also added beer and wine, plus appetizers like potato skins ($6.99) and spinach artichoke dip ($7.99), ideal for patio dining in warmer weather. Both Le Peep and Jimmy’s are currently limited to breakfast and lunch. It’s important, says Kemp, that staff have evenings off to be with their own families. It’s also important to give back to the community. Jimmy’s honors local law enforcement, firefighters and the military with a special “military corner,” while Le Peep has already participated in several education-oriented fundraisers. Last December, “Breakfast with Santa” raised money for the Dirne Community Health Center, while an upcoming “Breakfast with Bunny” will benefit Skyway Elementary. For her own school, says Kemp, there are plans for a benefit coinciding with Teacher Appreciation Week, starting May 7. Kemp isn’t waiting until May to invite her students to Le Peep. “They see a totally different side of me,” she says. If her students were to go into the food industry, says Kemp, she’d advise that it’s a lot of work but worth it. Surber agrees. “We are open seven days a week and so far, Mike and I have had four days off since last June,” says Surber. “Every day new challenges come up and we grow and learn with each one.” n Le Peep Cafe • 1884 W. Bellerive Ln. #101, Coeur d’Alene • Open Mon-Fri 6:30 am–2:30 pm, Sat-Sun 7 am-3 pm • • (208) 664-0404 Jimmy’s Down the Street • 1613 East Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Open daily 5:30 am2:30 pm • (208) 765-3868 •


Versatile Heat Fletcher’s Sauce Co. makes tasty, spicy sauces in your own backyard By Mike Bookey


ver the course of the past six weeks, Fletcher’s Hot Sauce has been applied to the following at The Inlander headquarters: Kung pao chicken, spaghetti noodles, pizza, mac and cheese, mac and cheese pizza (which is both a real thing and awesome), chicken noodle soup, a calzone, garlic bread, barbecue beef brisket, a Caesar salad and an assortment of raw vegetables. Needless to say, that bottle now sits empty on our conference table, a trophy of this achievement and a reminder that this hot sauce — made in Mead — can make just about anything better. About two years ago, Jeff Panagos, a longtime local restaurant worker, and his business partner, bought Fletcher’s Sauce Co. from Frank Fletcher, who had made barbecue sauces in the region for about 50 years. The company’s new ownership then moved into hot sauce while continuing to place its three types of barbecue sauces into area stores. Currently, you’ll find it at select Rosauers and Yoke’s supermarkets, Egger’s meat stores and other specialty outlets, as well as online. In addition, the sauces are used by local restaurants. The company also does private labeling — meaning they will bottle a sauce with your organization’s name or picture on it for a fundraiser. The barbecue sauces have been popular, but the hot sauce has actually topped the podium at contests. It’s not the sort of liquid fire you might be used to, but rather a vinegary concoction full of chilies and other spices that add some texture to even seemingly mundane dishes. “It’s absolutely incredible on your hashbrowns and eggs. That was our initial intent,” says Panagos, who adds that we’re not the only ones experimenting with the sauce: “People are putting it on pizza and somebody put it in a cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.” Spicy cranberries? That will have to be next on our list. Fletcher’s is currently looking at expanding its presence in both stores and restaurants while also getting their product into the Portland and Seattle markets. Panagos says they’re also working on an even spicier hot sauce expected to debut soon. n Fletcher’s Sauce Co. • Buy online at • BBQ Sauce, $4.99 all flavors; Hot Sauce, $4.99/5.4-ounce bottle, $7.99/11-ounce bottle


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ess than a month ago, Europa underwent two important changes. The first: changing ownership after 22-year owner Janice Maas retired. Luckily, an eager couple, the restaurant’s veteran chef Jeff Engels and server Aja Engels, were more than willing to spearhead the new challenge. The second: changing their name from Europa Pizzaria & Bakery to Europa Restaurant & Bakery. The change may seem small, but general manager Dawn Rayburn says they don’t want people to assume they just serve pizza, when pizza is only about 20 percent of their menu.




Since Head Chef Jeff Engels came on board about a year ago, he has made his mark on the menu, improving all of the classic Italian dishes to accommodate hungry customers, as well as the growing number of events they host in their back room. Options are extensive at Europa, but in this instance, quantity does not compromise quality. Rayburn says the management never wants Europa to be one of those places with a microwave station. That’s why everything, from the time-intensive gnocchi (with spinach and lemon sage brown butter, $15) to their acclaimed desserts, is made fresh, in-house. — KATE DINNISON

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FOOD | RESTAURANT WEEK array of restaurants,” added Shelley Redinger, superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, who visited Scratch. “The Restaurant Week event seems like a great way to expose diners to many of the gems throughout the area. … I had the signature salad, butternut squash ravioli with grilled shrimp, followed by the wonderful crème brulee.” Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn tried Clover on opening night: “We decided to order one of each of the desserts and share,” she said. Bartender Sara Barnes makes a drink at Ciao Mambo on opening night of the first-ever Spokane Restaurant Week. Young Kwak photo “While the crème brulee and chocolate ganache tart were excellent, the orangescicle cake was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. For all those who think they need to go to Seattle to enjoy a unique dining experience … I encourage you to browse the he inaugural Spokane McCarthy, KREM-2’s news Restaurant Week menus and try Restaurant Week kicked Tweet your dining experience anchor after her meal Saturday a new experience off last week, featuring a (photos are welcome) using the night. “The menu is this week.” total of 53 local restaurants offer#SpokaneRW hashtag. creative and interesting Check in at ing special fixed-price menus (at A few local celebrities got in and the food expertly Follow all the SRW news and $18 or $28) with special items. on the Restaurant Week action prepared. … We’re via Twitter at this hashtag; restaurantweekThe event continues through last week, and here’s what they lucky to have so many or check to Sunday, March 3. You can follow had to say: highly acclaimed, hear from more the happenings of Restaurant “We hadn’t been to Itacreative chefs choosing local VIPs who tried the firstWeek at, lia Trattoria before, but we’ll to make Spokane home.” year event. n @SpokaneRestaurantWk and definitely be back,” said Jane “Spokane has a wonderful

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A Big Movie Jack the Giant Slayer puts a special effects spin on an old story By Ed Symkus


he first question that came to mind after Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson), the tomwatching this movie was why didn’t they boyish, free-spirited daughter of King Brahmwell just call it Jack and the Beanstalk? After all, (Ian McShane), who is being forced to marry her it’s about a poor young lad whose mom sends off to the vile and ambitious Roderick (a joyoushim to town to sell their cow, but he instead ly snarling Stanley Tucci). Upon running away trades it for some magic beans, which grow into from the castle, there’s no wondering about who a big beanstalk, which he climbs, and arrives at she’ll bump into. Very soon, destiny brings her a place where he does battle with a giant. Well, to the home of commoner Jack (Nicholas Hoult, OK, in this version he’s selling his horse, and currently in Warm Bodies), and then literally gets those magic beans (here referred to as “holy her tangled up in that infernal beanstalk and relics”) have a history behind them, and they’ve soon after, placed inside the cage of a giant. So added a damsel in distress, along with a populathere’s your damsel-in-distress angle, one that’s a tion of giants up in the sky, not just one. But, bit of a stretch since this gal’s so feisty, she likely c’mon, it’s still Jack and the Beanstalk. could get herself out of any jam. My second reaction was Singer and a trio of JACK THE GIANT SLAYER that it was engaging and screenwriters have a good time Rated PG-13 exquisitely made. But that mixing action and adventure Directed by Bryan Singer shouldn’t have been a surwith longings for freedom and Starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, prise. Director Bryan Singer a touch of angst. They have has already done a handful of Stanley Tucci a little trouble when they also fine films, ranging from offthrow in some misguided atbeat drama (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) to comic tempts at physical humor, but the actors are all book adaptations (X-Men, Superman Returns), and game at line delivery — some of it very funny — he knows how to craft a solid movie. His move and a couple of them take the ball and run with to the family film genre looks and feels just as it. Tucci, hidden under a Sheriff of Nottingham good as everything he’s done previously. wig and behind an over-the-top British accent, is Yup, this is a family film, replete with heroes both dastardly and hilarious. But it’s Bill Nighy, and villains and romance and fantastical advenin one of those performance capture-CGI outtures and, by the way, nasty giants who seem ings, who steals the show with both vigor and to have the most fun when biting off people’s vinegar in his portrayal of the giant General Falheads. lon. Part of the greatness of his character is that Wait, it’s OK. It’s a fairy tale. Fairy tales he’s presented as a two-headed giant. are often quite violent. But the violence here is There are terrific visual effects all around, done, for the most part, either in the distance or from the look and movement of the giants to the slightly off-camera. Honest, it’s OK to bring the creation of this other world above the clouds. kids (I’d say age 7 and up). My favorite adaptation moment comes when it’s The biggest difference between this story revealed that four of General Fallon’s comrades and the one we all grew up on is the addition of are named Fee, Fye, Foe, and Fumm. n


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Kids these days. They party all night even if they’ve got a big life-altering event the next day, like a medical school entry interview. That’s basically the premise of this college debauchery flick, written by the same guys who brought us the The Hangover.  21 and Over  is a run-of-the mill, over-the-top drunken comedy, following the juvenile adventures of a trio of college friends on the night of straightA, nerdy kid Jeff Chang’s 21st birthday. Trailers for the film indicate a predictably weak plot, fluffed up by three college dudes doing gross and humiliating stuff. At least watch for the Seattle landmarks in the movie; it was partially filmed at the University of Washington. (CS) Rated R


Director Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns, The Usual Suspects) this time goes the family-friendly fairy tale route in a story that uses most of the ingredients from Jack and the Beanstalk and adds a few choice new ones. Nicholas Hoult is the poor farm boy who ascends that stalk, trying to rescue a wild child princess (Eleanor Tomlinson), and meets up with a gaggle of terrifically realized giants. Lots of adventure, some good chuckles, a bit of distant violence, some villainous scenery chewing from dastardly Stanley Tucci and giant Bill Nighy. (ES) Rated PG-13


Let’s be honest: these movies don’t really have much to do with exorcisms, do they? It seems The Last Exorcism franchise is all about finding new and interesting ways to turn the actors into contortionists. This sequel is no departure, featuring the same backbends and arthritic mutilations as the 2010 film. In  II, the girl who was possessed last time has survived, and realizes that her previous exorcism didn’t quite stick. So this time, this will be her last LAST exorcism. For reals. (LS) Rated PG-13

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Based on the first in a novel series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures is set in a small South Carolina town where 17-year-old Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) has become intrigued with the new girl in town, mysterious Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), who has moved in with her reclusive uncle Macon (Jeremy Irons). Ethan soon discovers that Lena comes from a family of magical “casters,” and that her impending 16th birthday will mark the moment when her powers will be claimed either by the forces of light or — as she fears, given family history — darkness. (SR) Rated PG-13.


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Douglas Damiano (John Magaro) is a drummer in a garage band, although he switches to front man when the lead singer misses a gig after swallowing a lit joint. Singing helps him catch the eye of Grace (Bella Heathcote), the girl who had never noticed him previously. Douglas’ aspiration for a career in music exacerbates the rift between him and his father (James Gandolfini). The conflict between father and son forms the heart of the movie, and in Gandolfini (who was also director David Chase’s Sopranos  muse) the filmmaker has an actor who deftly conveys the dissonance of the times. (MB) Rated R

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Did anybody see that short-lived ABC drama called Last Resort in which a U.S. submarine goes rogue in order to prevent starting international war? Well, that’s sort of the story in this feature film, but this time, it’s the Cold War and the Soviets are the ones going rogue. Ed Harris stars as a face-accentless Soviet Captain whose sub is sent on a mysterious mission and then is given nefarious orders by an evil dude played by David Duchovny. (MB) Rated R.


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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 ...continued on next page

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When Scorch Supernova, the galaxy’s most heroic alien warrior, gets caught on planet Earth, his nerdy brother must travel across the universe to save him. Humans have been imprisoning and researching a variety of alien species for years and now a cute little group of imprisoned aliens must escape our lovely planet in order to survive… and save all life in the galaxy. Your kids will love the antics of a mob of wily extraterrestrials, while you’ll appreciate a cast of star voice actors (Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker) and two hours of captivated and mostly quiet children. (SM) Rated PG



You never suspect the quiet ones. So when Sandy (Jason Bateman) discovers his identity has been stolen, the seemingly harmless Diana (Melissa McCarthy of Bridesmaids) is a surprising suspect. But Sandy’s trip to Miami to confront the criminal takes a twist when he discovers that Diana isn’t as innocent as she appears. The loud, annoying woman will do anything she can to avoid losing the luxurious lifestyle she has accrued at Sandy’s expense. Through many a car chase, fistfight and argument, Sandy must pull his identity and credit score out of the gutter. (SM) Rated R


Valentine’s Day is a day for romance… and also the premiere of A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment in the Die Hard  series. This time, John McClane (Bruce Willis) must travel to  Russia  to get his son, Jack, out of jail. But Jack has followed in his father’s footsteps and is deeply involved in a counter-terrorist operation that has to do with explosivesgrade uranium, trunks full of assault rifles and a beautiful woman. Now, in true Die Hard fashion, the duo must fight the foreign enemy by jumping out of windows and blowing stuff up. (SM) Rated R

Director Don Coscarelli, who has built his career on campy fantasy films like 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep, 1982’s Beastmaster and the Phantasm series, goes to extra lengths to make this flick a prototypical B-movie. We’re supposed to watch this story of two college-age kids, Dave and John, who stumble across a drug that allows its user to travel through time, then inexplicably turn into a monster spider and laugh at the absurdity of it all. Or at least that’s what they’re hoping for. At the Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R


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


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


Bill Murray plays FDR, Olivia Williams is his kind of estranged wife Eleanor, and Laura Linney is his distant cousin Daisy, who becomes his new social secretary and latest in a line of secret flings. Apparently, a wheelchair never held this guy back, when it came to the ladies. But the film isn’t as light as its preview trailers suggest. It’s 1939, the eve of WWII, and the king and queen of England are visiting FDR. Neither are things very dramatic. Aside from a strong Murray performance and a nice way with words in the script, the film is lightweight. It’s a pleasant visit with these folks, but not much more. At Magic Lantern (ES) Rated R



Prepare yourself for the classic love story by Nicholas Sparks. Katie has daddy issues, or a fear of commitment, or a history of abuse or something. Alex’s is a widower, can bench press 250 pounds, and is good with kids. They’re both pretty attractive. They run on the beach through the rain and conquer deep-seated emotional issues together. But when our heroine has to get out of town quickly, for some vague and slightly terrifying reason, their true love is tested. Or something emotional and gut-wrenching like that. (SM) Rated PG-13


The newest collaboration between director Steven Soderbergh and writer Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!) is their best. It’s a twisty-turny mystery-thriller about money, sex, (prescription) drugs,

sleepwalking, and lots more. Jude Law is a busy psychiatrist. Rooney Mara is his patient. Channing Tatum is her husband. Catherine Zeta-Jones is her former psychiatrist. Things, to a degree you couldn’t possibly guess, go wrong, astoundingly wrong. Great writing and direction, every actor is spot-on. (ES) 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 clichés. Throw in the Cooper character’s more down to earth, but still nutzoid dad (Robert De Niro, right on the mark), and the movie almost starts to sparkle. It’s just a tad too quirky for its own good, but one of the more enjoyable relationship films in a long while. (ES) Rated R


Dwayne Wolfgang Rockefeller Johnson, aka “The Rock,” stars as a dad struggling with parenting issues — namely the fact that his son got locked up after being framed in a drug deal. So The Rock has an idea: he’ll become an informant in place of his son to help get him off. Being a truck driver, he has access to the required transportation to ship copious amounts of dope, so he recruits two actual criminals (played by Shane from The Walking Dead and Omar from The Wire) to help him get connected with some big time drug dealers. (MB) Rated PG-13


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





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t turns out that even though you can take the swallowing a lit joint. (Someone left the roach boy out of episodic TV, you still can’t take clip back at Oberlin.) Singing helps him catch the him out of New Jersey. In his debut feature eye of Grace (Heathcote), the girl who had never film as a writer and director, David Chase, the noticed him previously. Douglas’ aspiration for a creator of The Sopranos (one of the best shows career in music exacerbates the rift between him ever to grace our television screens), again draws and his father (Gandolfini), who’s always quick from the northern New Jersey stomping grounds to remind him that success is 10 percent inspiraof his origin. This time, Chase chooses a period tion and 90 percent perspiration. The conflict piece about coming of age in 1960s America, between father and son forms the heart of the instead of a contemporary saga movie, and in Gandolfini (who about the work and family fruswas also Chase’s Sopranos muse) NOT FADE AWAY trations of an organized-crime the filmmaker has an actor who Rated R boss. Yet, much like The Sopradeftly conveys the dissonance of Directed by David Chase nos, Not Fade Away uses the setting Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, the times. (Gandolfini, it should be to create a fractured diorama of noted, also delivered superlative Will Brill, James Gandolfini American culture in flux. supporting performances in two While Not Fade Away has its other films this year: Zero Dark pleasures, they are scattered and unsustained. Thirty and Killing Them Softly.) Chase’s story about a garage band that hardly Essentially a callow young man, Douglas is makes it out of the driveway draws on his own fairly uninteresting as a lead character. Chase’s experiences as a young man, although the film choice to have Douglas’ little sister (Meg Gushouldn’t be misconstrued as autobiographical. zulescu) narrate the story further deflates the The soundtrack for Not Fade Away (supervised by urgency of the tale, and inexplicably privileges the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, aka Silvio her with knowledge of things she couldn’t have Dante of The Sopranos) is superb. The movie actually seen. opens with the sounds of “Peppermint Twist” Chase claims to have had this film burbling on TV being supplanted by the Rolling Stones, within him for decades, but now that he’s finally and concludes with the Sex Pistols’ cover of the gotten it out of his system, it seems evident that Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner.” he threw everything he had into it. Now that his Douglas Damiano (Magaro) is the drumpassion project is out of the way, I look forward mer in the garage band, although he switches to to seeing what Chase does next. He’s sure to frontman when the lead singer misses a gig after have his editor’s pen back in hand by then. n

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he room Paul Richter shares with his girlfriend is a tightly packed square filled with a neatly made bed, a computer, a television set, and occasionally a giant pit bull who lets out deep, deflated sighs every few minutes. It’s hot — maybe 75 degrees — from the oven, baking a turkey right now, on the other side of the wall. The walls are filled: concert posters, album covers. The articulate, lanky 27-year-old — known to most as p.WRECKS — spends his life here: he paces, one foot in front of the other, in a tight path around the bed. He fills composition notebooks with his thoughts and theories, tinkers at the computer with sounds. He talks to himself. He constantly practices: moving his mouth faster, making his lips spit out his thoughts quicker. And it’s here — in a Spokane Valley trailer park — that Richter came up with a sound that is unlike any other hip-hop artist locally (and maybe even farther than that): rap that sounds like beat poetry, words that sound like science fiction, ideas that are apocalyptic. He quotes Philip K. Dick. He preaches individuality. He wags a finger and reminds us of karma. Message always comes before rhyme. “There’s no formula. There’s no science to it. It’s just whatever I’m thinking,” he says. Getting all of these thoughts out is what drives him, what makes him get out of bed in the morning. It’s a constant chase — a battle to keep getting better and never lose the momentum he’s spent the past six years building. He says rapping is the only thing in his life that hasn’t fallen apart. And it’s keeping him alive.

Giving Yourself to Live

The long and winding journey that made p.WRECKS a force on the mic

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rowing up in tiny Othello, Wash., his parents disapproved of their son’s interest in rap. As his peers picked up footballs and basketballs, he filled notebooks with poetry. “I was little when I was in, like, junior high and high school. I got picked on a lot. And then in small towns, it’s so cliquey. and if you’re not in with this clique, you’re in with this clique. And if you’re not in with this clique, you’re nothing. And I was nothing,” he says. “It was jocks and cowboys, basically. And I was like, ‘Oh, I like hip-hop music.’” For his size, for being different, Richter found himself constantly fighting with his peers. “My mom would always tell me, ‘Just let it go! Let it go!’ But you let it go for so long and then you just snap. And that’s what happened.” He was always on the defense. “I learned that if you hurt somebody bad ...continued on next page stephen schlange photo


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MUSIC | hip-hop “giving yourself to live,” continued... enough, that they don’t want to f---ing raise their fists anymore,” he says, “Because if you hit them hard enough and fast enough, there’s nothing that they’re going to do.” After high school, Richter came up against one disappointment after another. He joined the Marines, but was discharged for medical reasons. He went to school, but couldn’t afford the tuition. He worked — as a graphic artist, a dog-sitter, at a furniture store. Nothing stuck. He lived in his car for a year. He was suicidal. His hit-hard, act-fast mentality made him angry and bitter. He ran into trouble with the law. As a graffiti artist he gave himself the name p.WRECKS. He felt like everything he touched, he wrecked. After being encouraged by two local emcees who saw promise in him — Freetime Synthetic and K. Clifton — Richter tried one more time to succeed. He took his poetry to the stage. For a minute, he thought he might wreck it: he dropped microphones, he read his lyrics directly from a notebook. But the longer he writes and performs, the more he realizes that constantly spitting his thoughts out — his unique and dark ideas about the world — the more he realizes his own worth. He’s good at this. He can succeed. The obsessive fixation on his imminent failure is welcome here. People want to hear about it. They might feel the same. “Music is a drug, right? So if you take it in, then it’s supposed to give you a different perception of stuff. So like, maybe the way that I’m saying things can give you a different perception of what is actually happening,” he says. “It’s like a f---ing Choose Your Own Adventure novel.” And he’s realized that he’s in control of his own ending. n p.WRECKS performs with Phantom Balance, the Scaletippers, Freetime Synthetic, Kagah, Concept, Chynki, Lilac Linguistics, Delfonic and Bueno Garcia • Mon, March 4, at 9 pm • Carr’s Corner • $5 • 21+ • 474-1731

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The Moondoggies cling to rollicking rock ’n’ roll roots By Jordy Byrd


evin Murphy isn’t fond of declarations. The lead singer and guitarist of Seattle band the Moondoggies isn’t concerned with the state of the scene or so-called demise of rock ‘n’ roll. “I think it’s all gibberish,” he says over the phone. “People may write and talk about the death of the genre, but for the musicians playing the music, rock ‘n’ roll is not dead.” The Moondoggies blend rock with the roadhouse music of the ’60s and ’70s. While critics have pinned their musical influences to Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, songs like “Black Shoe” and “Bogachiel Rain Blues” have a vintage quality of the Kinks. Murphy and several of his Moondoggies bandmates met in high school and formed a punk band in the vein of the Stooges. The band soon shifted its focus, however, after a pivotal listening session at band practice. “I remember being 17 and someone brought over the Band record,” Murphy says of the Canadian-American roots band that formed in 1968. “Hearing the Band was like coming full circle. It’s rock ‘n’ roll contained, a sort of less-ismore kind of a thing.” In 2005, Murphy and his friends became the Moondoggies and helped create the quake that is Seattle’s folk/roots scene. The rotating lineup of musicians combine a rollicking gothic Rhodes

organ, melodic guitars, a manic harmonica and rugged male harmonies. It’s the kind of music you could imagine happening if the Fleet Foxes drank whiskey every day for breakfast. The band’s next album, Adios I’m A Ghost, is slated for release on Hardly Art — an imprint of Sub Pop records — this August. Murphy says the music departs from their previous albums, Don’t Be A Stranger and Tidelands. “The music explores a little deeper,” he says. “People are going to want to call it Americana but other influences creep in.” Despite the Moondoggies’ national success, Murphy says the band is pigeonholed into the “flannel and bearded” scene of the Pacific Northwest. He jokes about being referred to as “old beardy Magoo” with his acoustic guitar. While Murphy does describe his beard as “gnomish,” he isn’t fazed by the comments. He isn’t unsettled by the precarious niche rock ‘n’ roll fills on the radio waves, its volume of record sales or online downloads. “Rock ‘n’ roll is such a broad category and it’s always changing,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how you categorize it, it’s always going to be around.” n The Moondoggies with John Blakesley and Tyler Aker • Fri, March 1, at 8 pm • Carr’s Corner • $8 • 21+ • 474-1731




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Thursday, 2/28

Barbary Coast (489-4084), Armed and Dangerous Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks Brooklyn Deli & Lounge (8354177), Lee Lester J THE Center, WHY? (see story at, Dream Tiger, Astronautalis CDA Casino, PJ Destiny Fedora Pub, CDA Charter Acadamy Jazz Quartet J the Hop!, Leezy Soprano, Un the Rhyme Hustla, Westcoast Psycho, So Sicc NW, Rod Mac, Jenelle Uppman, Nottus Tre, Loss Monstarz Jones Radiator, Eartha Kitt, Weird Bug, Garlands J Knitting Factory, Reverend Horton Heat, Guttermouth, David Jacobs-Strain J Laguna Café, Just Plain Darin LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Phat House, The Tone Collaborative The Cellar, Truck Mills Ugly Bettie’s, Reggae Night feat. Facedown Viking (315-4547), One Match Left Washington State University (335-8275), The Ready Set, Outasight, Master Shortie, Goldhouse Zola, Cruxie

Friday, 3/1

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Bluz at the Bend, Scooch Bolo’s (891-8995), Whack a Mole Boomer’s (368-9847), Kozmik DreamZz Buckhorn Inn (244-3991), Sammy Eubanks, Scorpius J Carr’s Corner, The Moondoggies (see story on page 49)



ack in October, The Inlander ran a story previewing Witch Mountain’s performance in Moscow, Idaho, in which the band said it hadn’t had great experiences playing Spokane, but if someone invited them back, they’d give us another shot. Well, that must’ve happened: the band is headlining a show of some of the heaviest locals this weekend at The Hop. There’s a lot to like about the Portland band, but the the interplay of female singer Uta Plotkin’s soaring vocals over a doomy, bluesy metal outfit is probably what has sent them skyrocketing to the top of most heshers’ playlists. Let’s all head out to the show and do a little Spokane PR work: big rounds of applause, hugs after the show, free drinks. It would be pretty cool if Witch Mountain liked us. — LEAH SOTTILE Witch Mountain plays with 7 Cycles, Blackwater Prophet, Hooves and Mercy Brown • Sat, March 2, at 7:30 pm • The Hop! • $7 • All-ages • 368-4077


J THE Center, The Green, New Kingston Chateau Rive (795-2030), Adrian Legg CDA Casino, Echo Elysium, Born in a Barn Coldwater Creek (208-263-6971), Touch of Jazz Curley’s (208-773-5816), Protocol Fedora Pub, Pat Coast Fizzie Mulligans, The Coleman Underground Iron Horse, The Hitmen John’s Alley, The True Spokes Jones Radiator, Working Spliffs J Knitting Factory, Black Veil Brides, William Control J Laguna Café, Pamela Benton Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind MarkeT Place Wine Bar (4741070), Maxie Ray Mills Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Radioface

J Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Ken Davis and Danny Rodriguez J Mootsy’s, Unknown Relatives, BBBBandits, Normal Babies J nYne, Silver Treason, Camaros O’Shay’s, Hanna Rebecca Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Bright Moments Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Red Room Lounge (838-7613), Mick Croon, Bakin Phat, Booze Fighters, The Longnecks Remington’s (838-5211), The Doghouse Boyz Rock Bar (443-3796), Triple Shot SCC Lair (533-7081), Camille Bloom Seasons of CDA, Truck Mills Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band Soulful Soups & Spirits, Stephanie Hatzinikolis Spokane Club (838-2310), Just Plain Darin


here was a three-year gap between Nashville indie-rock trio Paper Route’s first studio album, Absence, and its anticipated follow-up, The Peace of Wild Things, released last fall. In the high-pressure music industry, where we often see too many artists rush to release new material that ends up being less than mediocre, Paper Route used its long break between records to polish its sound. The Peace of Wild Things features a more mature, serious sound for the band, and highlights its best assets: lead singer J.T. Daly’s wide-ranging vocals and the band’s surging, anthem-worthy instrumentals. Paper Route is making its second stop in Spokane as support for Anberlin. But to be honest, we think they’ll be the ones charming the audience the most. — CHEY SCOTT Paper Route plays with Anberlin and All Get Out • Mon, March 4, at 7:30 pm • Knitting Factory • $20 • All-ages • • 244-3279 The Cellar, Donny Emerson Band, Brad Perry Twelve String Brewing Co. (9908622), Angela Marie Project Ugly Bettie’s, Scott Pemberton

Saturday, 3/2

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Bluz at the Bend, Scooch Bolo’s (891-8995), Whack a Mole Boomer’s (368-9847), Kozmik DreamZz Buckhorn Inn (244-3991), Sammy Eubanks, Scorpius Captain’s Wheel (208-683-6504), The Usual Suspects Carr’s Corner, Raze the City, Amy Shaver, Chelsey Heidenreich, Michelle Payne CDA Casino, Echo Elysium, Born in a Barn

CDA Cellars (208-664-2336), Steve Simisky Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Truck Mills Cruiser’s (208-773-4706), Steve Livingston and Triple Shot Curley’s (208-773-5816), Protocol Downtown Moscow, Idaho, Moscow Mardi Gras feat. The Clumsy Lovers, The True Spokes, Jim Basnight Band, The Fabulous King Pins, Bare Wires, Turner-Jones Connection Fedora Pub, Pat Coast Fizzie Mulligans, The Coleman Underground J The Hop!, Witch Mountain (see story above), 7 Cycles, Black Water Prophet, Hooves, Mercy Brown Iron Horse, The Hitmen John’s Alley, The True Spokes J Jones Radiator, John Craigie, Marshall McLean

J Knitting Factory, Chris Webby J LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Stephanie Hatzinikolis Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution J Luxe Coffeehouse, Bradford’s Fingerpainting Capsoul Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Radioface Mt. Spokane (238-2220), Michael Lewis Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Mega Karma Red Bull (684-2902), Mistaken Identity Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Remington’s (838-5211), The Doghouse Boyz Seasons of CDA, Talmadge and Kassandra Sergio’s, Ryan Larsen Band Shop, Kari Marguerite Spokane Valley Eagles (9223433), Blues Cats for Kids feat. The Sara Brown Band, Tuck Foster & the Mossrites, The Sidemen, Wired!, Guilt Trip The Cellar, Donny Emerson Band

Sunday, 3/3

J Geno’s (487-9541), Eddie Haskell Jazz Trio

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Monday, 3/4

J Carr’s Corner, Phantom Balance, p.WRECKS (see story on page 47), Scaletippers, Freetime Synthetic, Kagah, Concept, Chynki, Lilac Linguistics, Delfonic, Bueno Garcia Eichardt’s, Truck Mills J Knitting Factory, Anberlin, Paper Route (see story on facing page), All Get Out Red Room Lounge (838-7613), Bakin Phat Zola, Mark Shirtz

J the Center, Eye Empire, Surrender the Fall, Vial 8, The Sky Turns Red Cum Inn (924-6762), Armed and Dangerous Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh J Iron Horse Bar (Spokane Valley, 926-8411), Acuff and Sherfey John’s Alley, Steven Roth J Knitting Factory, Greensky Bluegrass, Ryan Montbleu Band J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dario Re Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Evan Denlinger J Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio SUNDOWN SALOON (208-765-6585),

Wednesday, 3/6

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J Mootsy’s, Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and The Road Home, Ian L. Miles, John K. on March 7 BellTower, Joe Ely, Joe Pug on March 8 Boots Bakery & Lounge (7037223), Brothers ov Midnite, Clusterf**k?!? on March 8 Carr’s Corner, The Finns on March 8 Spokane Community College (533-8230), Cas Haley, Tyler Hilton, Jarad Finck on March 8

Boots Bakery & Lounge (7037223), 66beat Tape Release Show with Rice Queen, Pregnancy Pact and Garlands on March 9 Knitting Factory, Owl City, Echosmith on March 10 Northern Quest Casino, Smokey Robinson on March 10 Mootsy’s, Garage Voice, Dead Serious Lovers on March 14 Bing Crosby Theater, Leo Kottke on March 17 Avenue Pizza (624-0236), Marshall McLean on March 20 Mootsy’s, Pony Time, Stickers, BBBBandits, 66beat on March 22 Knitting Factory, Josh Ritter, Lake Street Drive on March 24

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The Spokane Civic Theatre is as jumping as ever: the rock musical Next to Normal wraps up this weekend on the Studio Stage while The Drowsy Chaperone continues its run on the Main Stage. Chaperone, directed here in Spokane by Kathie DoyleLipe and Jean Hardie, is a musical-within-a-musical set in the 1920s as a fictional musical comes to life in the living room of a Broadway fan. The production, first performed in 1998, took home six Tonys and is considered one of the more popular musicals of the past decade. — MIKE BOOKEY The Drowsy Chaperone • Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm; through March 17 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard St. • $22-$29 •




Live Reptile and Animal Day • Sat, March 2 from 11 am-3 pm • Free with admission • Mobius Science Center • 811 W. Main Avenue • • 443-5669 ext. 202

Savion Glover’s SoLe Sanctuary • Sat, March 2 at 8 pm • $25-$40 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • • 624-1200

Miniature dinos are set to invade downtown Spokane. You read that correctly; north Spokane’s Rasmussen Reptiles will present their horde of the Jurassic period’s scaly descendants to the public, for one day only. They’ll host the event alongside staff at Mobius Science Center, the multisensory, hands-on focused learning center, bringing kids face-to-face with tables and tables of reptiles. The critters in the special exhibition Saturday will include pythons, chameleons, geckos, tortoises, monitors and iguanas — oh my! — ERIC GAVELIN

Tap dancing wasn’t ever truly on the level of badass performance art — until Savion Glover got a hold of it. Glover’s tap dancing departs from the stereotypical ’90s workout-video feel, approaching a pure, awesome and downright cool art. In his performance “SoLe Sanctuary,” Glover pays homage to the art form that he has honed since his childhood. On stage, Glover will dance next to two others; one will stay in silent meditation while the other taps alongside the legend. — SARAH MUNDS


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Music | Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard Music | Calypsos Coffee, 116 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene Music | Eichardt’s, 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint Music | Rico’s, 200 E. Main St., Pullman Music | Ugly Bettie’s, 211 N. Division


Music | Chairs Coffee, 133 W. Indiana Ave. Music | The Hogfish, 1920 E. Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene


Music | Iron Horse, 407 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene Spoken Word | Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave.

Music | Soulful Soups & Spirits, 117 N. Howard Music, Spoken Word | Geno’s,


Music | O’Shay’s, 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene Comedy | Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (second and fourth Thursdays)


Music | Daley’s Cheap Shots, 6412 E. Trent Ave.

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Vince MartinLive comedy show. March 1-2 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) Bill Engvall“Here’s Your Sign” live comedy show. March 2 at 7:30 pm. $50$90. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (4816700) Adult Improv ClassEight-week session emphasizing and reinforcing skills of improv comedy including creativity, spontaneity, listening and trust. Tuesdays through March 12 from 7-9 pm. $25/session or $150/8-week class. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Comedy ConcertPerformance by singer, songwriter and humorist Greg Tamblyn. March 6 at 7 pm. $15-$25. Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. (838-6518) Bada Bing! Comedy SeriesLive comedy show featuring Kermet Apio and Joe Vespaziani, with opening act by Ed Clark. March 8 at 8 pm. $17. All-ages. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404)


Feed the NeighborhoodFree meals provided every Thursday from 4-6 pm. Free. 7th and Catherine Ave. Post Falls, Idaho. (208-661-5166) Free Tax AssistanceIf you worked in 2012 and have a low to moderate income you may qualify to get your taxes done free at one of the Spokane County Tax

Sites. Through April 15. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Appointments and walk-ins accepted. (358-3526) Champions MentoringThe Champions mentoring pilot program matches community members in one-on-one or group settings with students risking academic failure. Volunteers are being recruited through March 1 and will be asked to volunteer one hour a week until June at their convenience. cisspokane. org (981-5595) City Hall at the MallCommunity members are invited to meet elected city officials and staff members and access other city information. Feb. 28 from 10 am-9 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. Indiana Ave. (720-5411) Get ConnectedLearn more about local health, wellness and community service providers at an event featuring demonstrations, activities and more. Feb. 28 from 3-6 pm. Free. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (720-5408) “Stereotypes: Really? Today?”Information fair, workshop and presentation on hate crimes by Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl A. Hicks. Feb. 28 from 8:30-11 am. Free and open to the public. Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-7185) Read Across America DayEvent hosted by the East Spokane Kiwanis Club as part of the Ernie Sacco Book Program for third graders. March 1 at 10 am. Stevens Elementary, 1717 E. Sinto Ave. (343-9203) March for MealsWalk to raise awareness and money to help feed local seniors, hosted by Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels including

prizes and more. March 1 from 7:30-9:30 am. Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. Indiana Ave. (924-6976) Got Talent? TryoutsAll forms of talent are invited to the first round of try-outs for the third annual Got Talent? competition, with 15 contestants competing in the finals. March 1. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Bad Science Friday“No Quick Fix”themed activites dispelling the myths of healing powers of magnets and psychic surgery. March 1 from 10 am-6 pm. $7$10. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669) Moscow Mardi GrasParade, kid’s carnival, live music/entertainment to benefit local children’s organizations. March 2. Free family events from 11 am-4 pm; live music from 9 pm-2 am, ages 21+. Music only $15. Venues throughout downtown Moscow, Idaho. (208-596-3145) HER DayGirls in grades 6-12 are invited to attend of day of workshops on making good choices and building self esteem, featuring speaker Mary Eberle of aNeMonE Paper Flowers. March 2 from 9:30-4 pm. $20. Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash. (800-827-9478) Swing Time Sock HopFamily dance party hosted by KPBX’s Kids’ Concerts program, featuring the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. March 2 from 1-2 pm. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (328-5729) Cruise the WorldEvent hosted by the University of Idaho International Enrichment Program featuring cultural activities, games, music, dancing and

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Household Advice Exhibit“Cookbooks, Herbals and Other Household Advice” exhibit featuring historic cookbooks and more. Through April 30. Downtown Library, Northwest Room, 906 W. Main Ave. (444-5338) GLAMagain Women’s consignment sale offering apparel, accessories, jewelry, shoes and more with unsold items benefiting local charities. Live music, refreshments, prizes and more during the event. March 1-3. $8/admission. Luxe Coffeehouse and Ballroom, 1017 W. First Ave. Register as a consigner at (220-6129) Startup WeekendDevelopers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts will get together to share ideas, form teams and launch startups during the third annual event. March 1-3. $85. Riverpoint Campus Health Science Bldg. spokane. (910-3496) EWU Health Services Conference “A Call to Action: Access, Innovation and Quality” conference. March 1 from 7:45 am-4:15 pm. $25-$50. Open to the public; continuing education units available. Riverpoint Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (828-1218) Seed StartingLearn how to start seeds indoors for your summer garden. March 2 at 11 am. $10. The Plant Farm, 14208 E. Fourth Ave. (926-9397) Pet Dental CheckupsFree pet dental checkups, demos, information and more. March 2-3 from 2-4 pm. Free. PetSmart, 9950 N. Newport Hwy. Tropical Plant Sale & LecturePresentation on the care of orchids and a tropical plant sale. March 2. Presentation at 10 am; sale from 11:30-2 pm. Free and open to the public; pre-registation for presentation required. Manito MeetBead ShowVendors and more. March ing Room, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. friend3 from 11 am-4 pm. Free admission. (456-8038) rabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. (800-366-2156) Genealogy SeminarSeminar on using online resources for genealogical Beginning SewingLearn to make walresearch, hosted by the E. Wash. Genealets, bags, knit skirts and more. New logical Society. March 2 from 8:30 am-3 class session starts March 4. Sew EZ pm. Free. Downtown Library, 906 W. Too, 603 W. Garland Ave. (325-6644) Main Ave. ( Arts & Crafts Show36th annual Seed Starting WorkshopWorkshop show presented by Custer Enterprises on selecting seeds, soil, pots and lights featuring arts and crafts vendors and to grow a vegetable garden. March 2 more. March 8-10. $7 admission good all from 11 am-1 pm. $15, pre-registration weekend. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. 404 N. Havana St. (924-0588) Second Ave. (368-9378) The History of Spokane’s Hats Learn the history of men’s and women’s hat fashions in Spokane from the 19th Reconnection WorkshopsSupport century to present day. March 5 from and skills for post-deployment military 9 am-noon. $32. Corbin Senior Center, members and their families. “Explor827 W. Cleveland Ave. (279-6027) ing Stress and Trauma” on Feb. 28 from 6-7:30 pm. Free, registration requested. Spokane Compass ClubProgram on American Red Cross, 315 W. Nora Ave. the history of Interplayers with a lunch (326-3330) buffet. March 5 at 11 am. $18. RSVP required. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. HowHome and Yard Show35th annual ard St. (455-7789) event featuring vendors, demonstrations, giveaways and more. Feb. Permaculture 101Learn how to create 28-March 3. $7 admission for the whole a living landscape that can support the weekend. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, ecosystem and produce food and other 404 N. Havana St. (924-0588)) resources. March 6 from 3-5 pm. $5, Inland Northwest Bride Expo pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. Fashion show, vendors, information, samples, prizes and more. Feb. 28 from 4-8 pm. $5-$25. Hagadone Event Center at the CdA Resort, 900 S. Floating Green Dr. (208-664-0219) “Our Media, Your Business” Video Contest “Our Media, YOUR Business” Visiting Tango InstructorsGuest themed video contest for local high instructors from Buenos Aires, Argenschool and college students, as part of tina, will teach lessons. Feb. 28 and the Our Kids: Our Business month in March 4. $35 per session. Club Corazon, April. Submission deadline is March 29. 2117 E. 37th Ave. More info at (688-4587) (313-3578) more. March 2 from 11 am-5 pm. $5-$20. University of Idaho, 709 S. Deakin St., Moscow. (208-885-7521) Social Swing DanceSocial dance including a one-hour lesson on west coast swing dancing. March 3 from 6-10 pm; lesson from 6-7 pm. $5-$8. German American Society Hall, 25 W. Third Ave. (954-2158) Jam for BreadAnnual fundraiser benefiting Crosswalk teen shelter, featuring performances by local musicians, raffle and more. March 3 at 3 pm. $10-$25. Westminster UCC, 411 S. Washington St. (624-1366) Worker Rights RallyEvent commemorating the 1909-10 Spokane Free Speech Fights and to recognize ongoing campaigns for workers’ rights. March 5 from 6-7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Hall, 3915 E. Main Ave. Blood DriveSign up or stop by to donate blood to the Inland Northwest Blood Center. March 6 from 8-11 am. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. Coeur d’Alene. (208-6671865) Spokane Valley State of the City Presentation by Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey. March 6 from noon-1 pm at Spokane Valley Mall, 2nd Floor, 14700 E. Indiana Ave. Also from 6-7 pm at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. Free. (720-4511) Spring Fashion ShowHosted by Carousel Vintage Boutique, featuring local stylists, models and DJ Eric Thorne. March 7 at 7 pm. $10-$15. All-ages. Stella’s Café, 917 W. Broadway Ave.

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Advice Goddess Gratitude Adjustment

My boyfriend of three months seems wonderful. He is attentive and tries hard to please me, even in small ways (like always making sure I get tea I like when we’re out). Soon after we started dating, a relative of mine died, and he made a real effort to check in on my well-being. He’s always excited to see me; we kiss a lot right at the door. However, he never compliments me. He did it sparingly early on, telling me I had beautiful eyes, for example, but amy alkon it’s been a while. He also seems uncomfortable being complimented. I called him handsome, and he mumbled something about it being dark. I guess I could fish for compliments, but I’m not so much looking to be complimented as I am trying to make sure I’m not being blind to some red flag.  —Underappreciated Movies reveal a lot about men’s and women’s differing expectations for how men will communicate. Chick flicks are pretty much wall-to-wall chatter, down to that final scene where the male lead gets the girl — after giving a big Oprah-worthy speech about what an idiot he was not to love her from the start. In male-targeted action pix, the guy also gets the girl. All he has to do is grunt, glare, and incinerate 55 giant slimy things from outer space. That said, the notion that men are mute lunks while women go around yapping like Yorkshire terriers, a claim made by self-help authors including UCSF neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine (in various editions of “The Female Brain”) just isn’t supported by the research. In “50 Myths Of Popular Psychology,” Scott O. Lilienfeld and his co-authors note that when psychologist Dr. Janet Hyde crunched the data from 73 controlled studies, she found only a tiny overall difference in male and female talkativeness. And when psychologist Dr. Matthias Mehl and his colleagues gave 396 college students portable audio recorders to walk around with, they found that both men and women spoke about 16,000 words a day. Where men and women do seem to differ is in emotional expression. There’s a lack of conclusive research in this area, but it’s clear that men have feelings — deep feelings. They just don’t always communicate them in a slew of words. Many seem to walk the talk — showing their feelings instead of speaking them. And frankly, shows of affection are probably a better reflection of a man’s sincerity. Any Mr. Smooth can read Man Cosmo (Maxim, Details, etc.) and rattle off 3, 8, and 9 from “10 sweet nothings that’ll have her clothes on your bedroom floor in 10 seconds or less!” Since you say you don’t really (SET ITAL) neeeeed (END ITAL) compliments, you could just decide to accept that there are two kinds of adoring boyfriends — those who compare their girlfriend’s hair to a golden meadow and those who stay up into the wee hours getting it out of her clogged drain. The thing is, research by Dr. Sara B. Algoe and others suggests that when romantic partners articulate appreciation for each other — in their thoughts and by telling their partner — both the appreciated partner and the partner doing the appreciating feel more bonded and satisfied with the relationship. It seems reflecting regularly on what you’re grateful for — how your partner thinks, how Hottie McBody they look in that sweater — helps keep you aware of what you have, making you less likely to treat your partner like an old pair of shoes you keep forgetting to put out on the curb. Your boyfriend may be uncomfortable getting compliments or just those he feels he hasn’t earned. (He exists handsome simply because he came out of the birth canal instead of making like Waco, holing up in the womb and refusing to leave.) But everybody likes to feel appreciated. Instead of remarking on his looks, tell him how he’s made life easier for you through some sweet thing he’s done, or admire how he’s solved some problem. And don’t just compliment him in words; stroke his arm or give him one of those movie kisses where all the kitchenware goes flying. To encourage him to be more verbally expressive, sweetly tease him about how he hates to be complimented, and then tell him that it makes girls happy to hear they look pretty. Explain that this doesn’t take much — just noticing stuff he likes about you and letting you know (like when he told you you have beautiful eyes). Be appreciative for whatever effort he makes, and don’t start expecting miracles. In other words, be mindful of the limitations of the typical heterosexual male, who, for example, is unlikely to ever notice your hair is different unless you get it all shaved off and the stubble dyed electric blue — or it happens to be on fire. n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


events | calendar Cafeteria ManDocumentary. Feb. 28 at 6 pm. Free. The Book Parlor, 1425 W. Broadway Ave. (328-6527) Intro to Final Cut ProLearn how to edit video with Final Cut Pro during a two-hour class. March 5 and 15 at 3 pm. $20/class session. CommunityMinded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2632) Life of PiScreening of the 2012 drama/adventure film. March 6 from 6-7:30 pm. Free, donations accepted. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. Coeur d’Alene. (208-667-1865)


Filet MignonLearn how to make a Filet Stanley, a specialty at the Big Bear Deli. Feb. 28 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Wine TastingSample 10 value red and white wines from the market’s selection. March 1 at 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 37th Ave. (343-2253) Wine, Stein and Dine17th annual event to raise money to benefit creative classroom teaching in the Post Falls School District. March 2 from 7-10 pm. $45-$60. Ages 21+. Greyhound Event Center, 5100 Riverbend Ave. (208-661-1538) Taste of the PalouseFifth annual event featuring product samples, vendors and more. March 2 and 9 from noon-4 pm. Free. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. (208-882-8537) Sausage Feed59th annual event

featuring homemade, all-you-can-eat meal with a beer garden, live music, art displays and more. March 3 from 10 am-5 pm. Uniontown Community Building and Dahmen Barn, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3655) South American CookingChef Columba of Café Carambola will teach several South American inspired dishes. March 6 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Beer TastingSample beer from Fort Collins, Colo.’s New Belgium Brewing. March 7 at 5 pm and 7 pm. $12, tickets must be purchased online. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208-457-9885)

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SPOMA SPOMA: Spokane Modern Architecture 1948-1973 is an exhibit that tells the story of Spokane’s groundbreaking modern architecture legacy. March 2-Nov. 3, 2013. Museum open Wed-Sun from 10 am-5 pm. $5-$7. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) Reptile and Animal DaySee live reptiles and other exotic critters and have questions about reptiles answered by the staff of Rasmussen

Reptiles. March 2 from 11 am-3 pm. $7-$10. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669)


Nine Pint CoggiesScottish music concert. March 2 at 7:30 pm. $10. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Northwest Bach Festival35th Annual event celebrating the music of Bach and outgoing artistic director Gunther Schuller. March 2-24; dates and times of concerts varies. $15-$30/ concert. All events at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (326-4942) Blues Cats for KidsFundraiser featuring live music performances and auctions benefiting Crosswalk’s Spokane and Cd’A teen centers. March 2 from 1-11 pm. Spokane Valley Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague Ave. (534-8185) Jim Gill’s Family Room TourInteractive family concert. March 3 at 11 am. Free. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (893-8350) Spokane Youth SymphonyThe annual Concerto Competition features members of the youth symphony performing as soloists. March 3 from 6-8:30 pm. Free. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. (448-4446) Rock and Worship Roadshow Christian rock concert featuring MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Tedashii, Kutless, Family Force 5, Luminate, Adam Cappa, Rhett Walker Band and Tim Timmons. Mar. 3 at 6 pm. $10. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000)


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Cello RecitalPerformance by music professor Kevin Hekmatpanah with pianist Caroline Hong. March 3 at 7 pm. Free. Gonzaga College Hall, 205 E. Boone Ave. (313-6733) Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra Classical concert featuring pianist Caroline Hong. March 4 at 7:30 pm. $10-$12. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Prism Saxaphone QuartetConcert as part of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series. March 5 at 7:30 pm. $10-$20. University of Idaho Auditorium, 709 S. Deakin St., Moscow (208-885-7557) Laurie RobinConcert by the mezzosoprano opera singer. March 7 at 7 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. (209-263-9191)


Masked Marvels & Wondertales Family theater featuring mime and actor Michael Cooper. March 1 at 7:30 pm. $7-$14. WSU Jones Theatre, Pullman campus. (335-8522) Savion GloverSpotlight Series: “SoLe Sanctuary” tap dance performance. March 2 at 8 pm. $25-$40. The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Swan LakePerformance by the Eugene Ballet. March 3 at 3 pm. $14-$30. Beasley Coliseum, 225 N. Grand Ave. Pullman. (335-3525)


The Flying Irish RunWeekly 3-mile run. Thursdays at 6 pm. Free. Red Lion

River Inn, 700 N. Division. Trail Running BasicsLearn about trail running techniques, training, clothing and footwear specific to the sport. Feb. 28 from 7-8:30 pm. Free, pre-registration required. REI Spokane, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) State 2B Basketball Tournament WIAA Hardwood Classic boys and girls team state tournament. Feb. 28-March 2. Times vary. $8-$28. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. Seattle Thunderbirds. Mar. 6 at 7 pm. $9$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000)


Next to NormalContemporary rock musical. Through March 3. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $26. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) Sweeney Todd Musical thriller. Through March 3. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. Cd’A. (208667-1323) The Force of HabitComedy. Feb. 28 and March 1-2 at 7:30 pm, March 3 at 2 pm. $15-$10. Preview show benefiting Our Place on Feb. 21 at 6 pm. $25. Gonzaga Magnuson Theatre, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6553) The Drowsy ChaperoneMusical comedy. Through Mar. 17. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22-$29. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507)

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Disney’s The Little MermaidMusical performance by the Christian Youth Theatre of Spokane. Through Mar. 3. Fri. at 7 pm; Sat at 3 pm and 7 pm; Sun. Mar. 3 at 3 pm. $11-$14.. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (487-6540) Alice the MusicalPerformed by the Christian Youth Theater - North Idaho. Through March 3. Show times vary. $8-$12. The Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-277-5727) Fortinbras Performed by the SFCC Revelers. Feb. 28-March 10. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $8 suggested donation. SFCC Spartan Theatre, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3592) Speech and DebateDark comedy inspired by the 2005 scandal involving former Spokane Mayor Jim West. Feb. 28-March 16. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm and select special showings on March 6 and 13 at 7:30 pm and March 9 and 16 at 2 pm. $15-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) In the HeightsMusical. Feb. 28-March 9; Thurs-Sat at 7 pm. $10. Lewis and Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave. The Little Mermaid Jr.Performed by students at the Cataldo Catholic School. Feb. 28 and March 1 at 7 pm. $5-$20. Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid. (6248759) The HobbitPerformed by the Cd’A Charter Academy Panther Players. Feb. 28-March 2 at 7 pm and March 2 at 2 pm. $5-$7. Coeur d’Alene High School Auditorium, 5530 N. Fourth. (208-676-1667) The Tortoise Vs. The HarePerformed by the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

March 2 at 2 pm and 7 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. (209-263-9191) Adventures in NeverlandFamily adventure. March 2 at 1:30 and 7 pm, March 3 at 1:30 pm. $5. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. (334-0750). War HorseDrama as part of the Best of Broadway series. Mar. 5-9. Show times vary. $38-$98. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000)

Visual Arts That Year of LivingArt exhibit honoring Black History Month featuring photos by Jeffrey Henson taken during his diagnosis and battle with cancer. Through April 6. Free. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-3101231) Silk Painting ExhibitBatik paintings by Carolyn Doe. March 1-30, artist reception March 2 from 1-3 pm. Free. Gallery open Thurs-Sun from 10 am-6 pm. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown. (229-3655) First Friday on GarlandNew art on display at area businesses including Bon Bon, TaFuri Studios, Glamarita, Eco Chic, Rocket Bakery, Garland Avenue Drinkery, Tinman Gallery and Blue Door Theatre. Events from 4 pm-2 am. Free. Garland District. (216-4300) “March Means Fishing”Art exhibit celebrating fishing featuring work by local artists. March 1-31. Artist demonstrations on Fridays through March from 5-7

pm. Free. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. (747-0812)


Naked Lunch BreakWeekly literary open mic and reading series through winter quarter with free pizza. Open to all; participants must sign up to read three minutes of material. Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 pm through March 14. Free and open to the public. Riverpoint Campus, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (3686557) Australian Bush Poet ShowPerformance by award-winning Australian bush poet Carol Heuchan with local cowboy poet Dick Warwick. March 3 at 1 pm. $5. Budding Rose Art Gallery, 510 S. Whitman St., Rosalia. (523-4200) Adventurer Spencer West“The Power of We: Overcoming Obstacles to Make a Difference” presentation by the motivational speaker and adventurer who lost his legs at age 5. March 5 at 7 pm. WSU Compton Union Building, Pullman. (335-6816) Paul LindholdtThe author will read from his new book “In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau.” March 6 from 11:30 am-1 pm. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (5333933) The Demise of Neandertals?Presentation on research by Michelle Glantz, Ph.D., of Colorado State Univ. March 6 from 6:30-8 pm. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (359-2235) n

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female BL winner lives right here in Spokane? Yes she does, and her name is Ali Vincent. I would like everyone to know, not only is she an amazing competitor, but she is an amazing human being. About three weeks ago she came into the restaurant that I work at. She was sat next to a large party in my section. I had a very unpleasant man who was making a huge stink in the restaurant and being rude to me just because he didn’t want to pay the 18% gratuity that had been added to their check. Ali politely stood up to him on the behalf of all servers who work in this industry. After realizing she was getting no where with this inappropriate man she asked me to remove the whole gratuity off of their bill and give it to her. She wanted to make sure I was taken care of so she paid the entire gratuity. Not many people would take a stand for someone who is being mis-treated but this woman did and I am truly thankful for people like her.

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Shamuss Stunning modern day Betty Paige look alike with wrist tats working as a cashier at Shamuss’ Sandwhich Shoppe Friday the 22nd. I am the long brown haired bearded man who ordered the large Famous Shamus half to stay, half to go. Would you like to meet for coffee sometime?


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3rd and Monroe You: Fed Ex employee with flawless brown skin and a killer smile. You said ‘hi’ to me as you got out of your vehicle, maybe because I was staring? I couldn’t get my eyes off you! We were at the Chevron station on 3rd and Monroe, Monday the 19th around 5pm. You put a small amount of gas in your black car. I just wanted to let you know I thought you were beautiful!

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Big City SaloonI’ve seen you a few times. You: good looking man, wearing a cowboy hat every time I see you, your smile makes your eyes light up. Last time I saw you, 2/23, I came just to see you but my nerves got the better of me. Me: tiny, petite, fun-sized blonde. You know my name but I still don’’t know yours, or even if your taken. Curiosity is getting to me, Rockwood Bakery on Sunday February 24th. Blonde with pink nail polish and a black and grey striped shirt. I sat down alone at the table in front of you. Wanted

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Cheers Customer Service To the family owned car-dealership on the corner of Garland & Division, thank you so much for your business! Your expertise, friendliness and determination to meet our needs has bought our business for life. We spent all weekend looking for a *good* Subaru in our price range, with no avail until we stopped by. The cost was right, and the car is amazing (you even freshened up my skills on driving a manual so I could buy it). Thanks again for having great employees with outstanding customer service!

February 7, 2013WTF happened? The best birthday gift I don’t remember-just bits and pieces that make me blush and make me wonder. I have to process in my own time and while I appreciate your kindness and maturity I would like to discuss WTF happened. Wonderful Server To you: bald, bearded, and wonderful - you’ve been my server a couple times now at the Flying Goat. Seeing you there has been such a nice addition to the delicious za that caps off my most recent Friday nights. Anyways, you’re always pleasant and I adore how you smile with your eyes! See you soon I’m sure! Dearest Pizzain Coeur d Alene. Cheers to you and your BBQ pulled Pork pizza that has kept my tummy full and heart happy. Cheers to my pizza makers that put there all into my cheesygarlicky nugs. Cheers to being there for all of us without a corporate taste or attitude. I love you Pepe.

Much Thanks!I would like to thank the wonderful couple who found my fiances wallet in the street and went out of their way to contact him and meet up with him to retun it. I wish we could have done more to show our appreciation. Good Karma pays!

Hey Honeycomb!Of the 5 years plus we have been together, I know we have had ups and downs. It has not been easy and I know I am 49 Degrees NorthCheers to you for mostly to blame. Cheers to you for putting on a great event this last putting up with me! And cheers weekend! Kick ass race coarse, and to you for being the best mother slope style course! our childeren could ever ask for! And cheers to you for always being there for me when I need you, and Dol SaviorsIt was 4:30 pm at being there for anyone who ever the Division and Francis Dept. asks! You are the most amazing of Licensing office. The number person I know and I promise to be board said 42 but I had number everything you need plus more, for 72! I was not looking forward to the the rest of our lives, to love and care for you the way you deserve, and give you all of my heart, for the rest of our days on earth and in heaven. I want to be the one who cares for you as we grow old. So I am writing all of this in hopes that it becomes a memory you will never let go of. I want this to be special and done the right way this time. Kyn dra , will you re - m a r r y me in a renewing Submit your Cheers at of our v o w s ceremony and be entered to win: and be my beautiful wife, forever Courtesy of and ever?

Fred Meyer Cd’ASunday, February 24th late afternoon or early evening. You: Tall handsome dark haired man with “goatee” only on lower lip. Me: Dark curly haired female with red scarf on. I first saw you in produce, then at the deli, Cheers to the fabulous manager at when you walked past me in the Outback Steakhouse on Valentine’s natural foods section I wanted to night. I believe his name was John. joke about you following me but Your restaurant was SO busy, you were gone before I had the your staff were working their tails chance. I almost got in line behind off, and you were right in there you in the checkout but chose the - lending a hand, making sure next line over since it seemed like customers were happy, and taking you were waiting on something. good care of your restaurant. After you left the checker made a I admired the way you worked comment about you paying for the hard right alongside your servers Winners drawn bi-weekly at random. next person’s groceries? I am not and hostesses. Great job! If only Biggest Loser Must be 18 or older to enter. sure if he was refering to you or not, everyone could go to the “customer Fans For all of you service school” you went to. If I Winners drawn bi-weekly at random. if so that was very generous! Either out there: Did you Must be 18 or older to enter. way I would love the opportunity were your Undercover Boss, you’d know that the first be getting a promotion, but I’m at to grab a cup of coffee and get “I Saw You” is for adults 18 or older. The Inlander reserves the right to edit or reject any advertisement at any time at its sole discretion and assumes no responsibility for the content.

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just robbed and ask for a ride. How do you live with yourself? You are a bad example to your children and future employees. Just know that everyone knows what you do.

men that didn’t bother to have the common courtesy of holding the door open for me as I was leaving Wholesale Sports on Wednesday afternoon, 1/23 at 2:30. Last time I looked I am not invisible! Shame on You! After you two so rudely barged your way passed me, you again did not hold the door for me as I was going through it and the door, which was very heavy, came back on my arm and I gotta tell hurt sooo bad I cried all the way to my car. Thanks to you I now have a big bruise and my arm is terribly sore. But I don’t think you really care, do you? Shame on You! for dissing me! I feel very sorry for the women in your life... if there any! I’d be truly surprised if there are! And whoever raised you should be equally shamed for not teaching you to be MEN, common courtesy and kindness to others.

I Love YouYou have a beautiful smile, a beautiful heart, a beautiful new home and a wonderful life. You deserve it all and so much more. I’m so happy I get to be the one to give some of it to you. Steve, Twisted Cupcake aka Bunny, wants to know if you’re okay. Please contact me. If you don’t have my contact info, please respond in the You Saw Me column with an e-mail address. I just need to know how you’re doing.

Jeers Mr. I Will Drive Slowerif you don’t stay off my backend in bad weather. Let’s look at the situation a little different because it’s not just bad weather that this happens. If you are at the airport walking to the gate do you block people behind you or just let them walk by? If you are on a sidewalk and an older person is in front of you, do you stay behind them or do you walk around them. At the grocery store do you block people with your cart that want to pass, I would bet not ever because it would not be polite. Then why do you block people in your car? If you want to drive slow because you are uncomfortable at a higher speed, why not just pull over and let the person go by? You do it all the time without hesitation when walking. Maybe you should start blocking people everywhere you walk to, I’m sure you would get the same reaction and it might help you understand the frustration everyone has behind you, because I am positive you would hear about it. State of The Union AddressJeers to those who missed the Obama’s live State of the Union address. It’s a matter of civic responsibility and a starting point for discussion to watch and listen to the President before the pundits weigh in with their easily thrown rocks. Why don’t you try being President sometime if it’s so easy? Look at the guy; he’s aged 10 years already working his ass off for you; all of you. I Know What You DidTo people who steal tips and have the nerve to smile in in the persons face they S E V E N



Thanks For NothingJeers to the local television channel that got rid of “the cool TV” and replaced it with yet another station of infomercials. Did we need more infomercials or something? You have ruined my Saturday morning ritual of cleaning my house and listening to some very interesting music. Where else could you hear a country song one moment and then 80’s rock the next. I heard stuff I would not have listed to otherwise, some very good and some where just, they where just! And the videos. Oh the videos will be missed (even Van Halen’s Pretty Woman, that one was an odd one). So jeers to you channel _ for taking away my Saturday morning ritual. Rude PeopleYou, the rude girls sitting behind us at the Carrie Underwood concert February 21. Your annoying conversations during the ENTIRE concert at a volume so loud it prevented us from hearing the music. When we politely asked you to keep it down a bit you proceeded to mock us by speaking even louder right next to our heads. Even my teenager asked you to be quiet and you pummeled her with your profanities and mean gestures. She was shaking and crying after that and we had to leave the concert after only 5 songs. For two of our kids it was their first concert and we saved for months to come up with the $400 we spent on tickets. Shame on you. You obviously thought that talking about Facebook posts and gossiping about other people was more important than respecting those around you who were trying to enjoy the concert. Grow UpJeers to the coward of the South for not dealing with your problems like a man, I guess it’s just easier to hide in your basement and play games ! A Betrayer You are the worst kind of person. You are a betrayer, you say you didn’t want love anymore but you go and find love less than a week later. It is still unbelievable what you did, when you hooked up in my house at a party you weren’t exactly invited to and lie about hooking up there when I know it was true. You broke my heart in one of the worst ways. You really are the worst kind of person. Shame On Youto the two young





Strike! To the people bowling next to us at Northbowl on Sunday February 24th, not everybody is out to get you! We had a few beers and started mocking ourselves later in the evening at how horrible we are at bowling. You know, keep the mood alive and laugh a bit until one of you decides to make a comment to your buddy, “Do you hear this? I’ll take them out to the parking lot right now, etc etc.” Seriously?! Number one, grow up and stop being so negative. Number two, we were actually complimenting your group ALL night on how good you are and you think just because we’re making fun of ourselves, mind you to have fun and not take things too serious, you think it’s about yourself and are ready to fight someone over it?! Get a grip and stop eavesdropping. I hope you feel like a real asshole and try to be more positive in life. We went bowling to have fun and you totally ruined our evening. Thanks! Hang Up!To all you people on your cell phones every second of your miserable lives hang up and live! I saw a stupid woman more concerned with her f#$@#%* text than with the fact that her little girl was about to get hit by a car backing out slowly and she couldn’t see the little girl. When I told the woman, “Ma’am your daughter is going to get hit” I was told to “Mind my own bizness” and flipped off. Really? You care so little about your own kid?! I have people yak on those damn things when I go to ring them up at the store, people still use them while they drive (where’s that law in action?), I even had an a@#$hole stand in front of my apartment window yaking on his phone. I asked him nicely to “Take it elsehwere please” and he told me it was his 1st amendment right! What about my 1st Amendment right not to hear that. The moral kids, if you can’t go 5 minutes without your damn phone or being plugged in some how, you are a f@#$%^& loser. Slighted To a certain Spokane weekly mag. for not rating Area Pubs for their ale selections and food menus. Why the slight on North Side Pubs and the emphasis on the south side of Spokane rather than the North Side.


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Christina Axtman, top, a part-time bartender at the Outlaw Tavern: “The mine keeps Mullan alive.”

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eon light catches in the cigarette smoke swirling off the afternoon drinkers at the Outlaw Tavern in Mullan, Idaho. They sip Rainier beer from heavy glass mugs while snow falls over the desolate streets of downtown, settling on vacant homes and shuttered storefronts. Baseball caps hang from the antlers of an elk head mounted near the tavern door. A muted TV plays the final laps of a NASCAR race. The jukebox pumps classic rock over quiet chatter and humming coolers. Throughout the past year, the tavern has served as an outpost for frustrated locals and stubborn survivors, a place to wait out the long months of unemployment and uncertainty. Christina Axtman, a part-time bartender and former


Army cook, paces behind the bar. She trades friendly gossip with the regulars, pausing to refill their mugs or pour a shot of whiskey. “The mine keeps Mullan alive,” Axtman says. At the edge of town, the Lucky Friday Mine drones with new activity for the first time in months. For more than 70 years, the silver mine has dominated life in the narrow valley, employing about 300 people amid a town of less than 700. Through boom or bust, as the Lucky Friday goes, so goes Mullan. So when mine inspectors ordered the Lucky Friday shut down over safety violations in January of 2012, millions of dollars instantly dropped out of the local economy. Workers left town for jobs elsewhere. Businesses

closed their doors. The town went quiet. But locals have reason to hope again. The Hecla Mining Company reopened the Lucky Friday earlier this month, rehiring veteran workers and restarting silver production for the first time in 13 months. With the resurrected hum of the mine, steady traffic passes through at the shift changes. A new barbecue restaurant, the Motherlode Bistro, opened last month. Residents debate rising property values. And Axtman has seen the familiar faces of returning miners settling back into the bar stools at the Outlaw. “I think it’s going to be great for the economy here,” she says. “It’s really helped the morale.” Hecla expects the Lucky Friday to produce close to 300 million ounces of silver this year. Hecla President Phillips Baker Jr. says 90 percent of the mine’s previous workers have returned to the job. About 150 contractors will also continue to work there as the company ramps up operations. “It’s been the lifeblood of the community for a long time,” he says of the Lucky Friday. “The community has really rallied behind the company in this challenging year.” At the Outlaw Tavern, old-timers with long, tobaccostained beards chat over drinks with workers in camouflage jackets. A woman flush from her recent income tax return buys a round for the whole place. Axtman marks the occasion by ringing a brass bell above the bar before passing around the free drinks. Eric Noordam hunches near the end of the bar. A burly man with a thick goatee, he tips back a shot of whiskey as the jukebox fills the hazy tavern with another old rock ‘n’ roll song. He looks at his empty glass. “I don’t know if it will ever be the same,” he says, “but everyone in the Silver Valley is incredibly happy.” A native of Mullan, Noordam spent several years working in the Lucky Friday after college. He says he always felt safe, even a mile underground. You get used to it like any other job. He says regulators closed the Lucky Friday because there were just too many freak accidents in a row. “We don’t want anybody to die in the Valley,” he says. “We’re a tight family … but we know there’s risks.” Two local miners, Larry Marek and Brandon Gray, died in separate accidents in the year leading up to the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s order to close the Lucky Friday. Gray, 26, used to drink at the Outlaw Tavern after his shift. Up above the bar, alongside the sports banners and bowling trophies, hangs a modest memorial sign with a pick ax and shovel crossed behind a yellow mining helmet. The neatly printed sign reads “Brando,” along with the years 1985 to 2011. “He was a good kid,” Noordam says. Gray adopted sort of a personal credo after racking up several dings and dents in his pickup truck while cruising the surrounding hills, Noordam says. The young miner always took the damage in stride, responding with a nonchalant: “Shit’ll buff out.” Mining can be dangerous work, Noordam admits, but the people in the Silver Valley live for it. As long as there is silver in the ground, they will dig deeper. No matter how many hits they take, they will always get up and keep working. Noordam offers a respectful glance to Gray’s sign above the bar. “Shit’ll buff out,” he says. n

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