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Role Models at Home You can find examples of selfless good deeds, but not always among those we are supposed to look up to BY GEORGE NETHERCUTT

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s we watched the federal automatic budget cuts (aka the sequester “crisis”) unfold this month, we’re reminded how important truth and character are in public pronouncements. When celebrities and leaders are untruthful, it damages our national culture. It reminds me of Sir Walter Scott’s famous line, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Though there are many high-quality newsmakers in America, famous people are not where we should always look for inspiration. Dishonesty by those we trust, or should trust, lets us down, diminishes our faith in the institutions they represent and rubs raw the common moral expectation of truth in human interaction. Cycling’s Lance Armstrong, baseball greats Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens (two of 128 suspected or proven steroid users), and golf’s Tiger Woods all had fatal character flaws that seriously affected the public’s respect for superstars. Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, one of many politicians who tell deliberate lies (not to be confused with mere misjudgments or policy changes), got caught in a mentire about visiting his Argentinian mistress after reporting that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. Presidential nominees Chuck Hagel, John Brennan and Jack Lew had their confirmations delayed because of uncertainties about the truthfulness of their testimony under oath. President Obama’s dire warnings that cutting 2.4 percent from the federal budget this year would be calamitous have so far proven untrue.

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but lament, the low approval ratings of politicians. When some declare “America doesn’t have a spending problem” or “This is the most transparent administration in history,” listeners know these statements are false. The danger of untruths, both in the media and in politics, is that eventually the public ignores those who speak and pays little attention to politicians’ statements or the institutions they lead. We usually assume such speakers are truthful, and when we discover they’re not, our free society suffers: it diminishes our trust in public policymakers and makes their decisions suspect.

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e’ve become too used to insincerity and untruths in today’s culture. I wrote last month in this column that Congress deserves our respect as an important institution that makes public policies that affect lives. I haven’t changed my mind, but realize that perhaps the best place to look for examples of integrity is not always the public spotlight, but places where people of integrity do good deeds without fanfare or notice. For 21 years, Washtucna’s Caring Neighbors organization, developed through Big Bend Electric Co-op, has donated books to students and teachers to help with reading programs. The Medical Lake Kiwanis regularly serves free meals to seniors. Spokane’s Rotary clubs, Lions and other service organizations conduct their community projects quietly, helping others in need. Hecla Mining Company’s Charitable Foundation, Women Helping Women and hundreds more like them serve community needs. Read any local obituary to see the good works of quiet lives touching others. Here’s the remedy for our disillusionment with the public scene: cultivate in young people a greater sense of moral expectation, one borne of high standards, of the teachings of Biblical traditions or other religious faiths that speak to uprightness. Quality residents abound in Eastern Washington and throughout America, not always policymakers or people of prominence, but merely good citizens who start each day with others in mind, modeling how they can make another’s life better. They’re fine examples of integrity, and they’re our neighbors. They personify American goodness and integrity. The most credible American public servants are those who actually serve others — and they’re right in our midst. n


The Right Way by ted s. mcGregor jr.

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hen you answer the phone on a Sunday night, just before basketball season, chances are you’ll be coaching your son’s sixth grade Y-ball team by the time you hang up. That’s what happened to me in October. So I picked up a copy of Jerry Krause’s Basketball Skills and Drills and printed out UCLA Coach John Wooden’s famous “Pyramid of Success.” I once heard Bill Walton talk about how Coach Wooden literally coached him on how to put on his socks and shoes. In life and basketball, there’s a right way to do everything. At our first practice, just after every kid spent the warm-up jacking three-pointers, I announced my team rule: No shooting threes. My playbook was also three words long: Take good shots. Mainly I wanted to introduce the idea of team ball to kids who have been led to think basketball is all dunks and trash-talk. I even gave them some Wooden-isms to ponder, like, “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” Now I think of that quote every time I watch the Gonzaga Bulldogs play. This team shares the ball and takes good shots. But it’s not as easy as they make it look. Yes, it takes a team-first attitude, but it also takes the right coaching and the right players. Like Kelly Olynyk, for example, a nightmare matchup with flourishes of Tom Chambers and Kevin McHale in his game. Elias Harris’s one-step-to-the-basket move has left many a power forward powerless as he scores. Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell just do not turn the ball over much — it’s like putting turbo boosters on the team’s offensive efficiency. David Stockton’s genes are showing, as he puts pass after pass in the spot where his teammates would dream it to be. And Mike Hart is living proof of the classic Wooden line: “There is no substitution for work.” Most important, Mark Few could be coaching someplace like Oregon or Arizona today, but he stayed. Rather than falling into the never-ending search for greener grass that plagues his profession, he decided to build his own pyramid of success right here in Spokane, block by block. Few has been climbing the pyramid his whole career; he would know that Coach Wooden capped his creation with “faith” and “patience” as the keys. Now all the faith, teamwork and patience is paying off for Zag Nation — from players and coaches to the Kennel Club to kids who wants to grow up to be like Mike (Hart, that is) and to every Zag-shirt wearing fan in between. But why does America seem to love the Zags, too? Especially after last year’s spectacle of a team with six NBA draftees (many one-and-done) winning it all, sports fans everywhere can feel the karma of a team that is doing it the right way — the Wooden Way. n

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hen renowned zoologist Jane Lubchenco was sworn in as President Obama’s director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2009, she declared: “Science will be respected at NOAA; science will not be muzzled.” Today, she would be the first to admit that her edict was a bit naïve. Her foray into politics, which ended last month, has been a wild ride through a policy minefield. The first big media test for the former Oregon State University professor came in April 2010, when BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded. The next big test came a year later in the Northwest. In August 2011, federal District Court Judge James Redden declared that the government’s plan for bringing endangered salmon runs back from the brink of extinction had once again failed to meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act. When the battle over salmon recovery began 20 years ago, NOAA made a serious error when it gave the Bonneville Power Administration — the agency that manages many Columbia and Snake river dams — the upper hand in writing the recovery plans. Oregon joined with Indian tribes and conservation groups to challenge the first Clinton biological opinion. In all four trips to the federal bench, Oregon has prevailed. Yet somehow, thanks to politicians like Sen. Patty Murray and former Gov. Gary Locke, the official loser in this game (the BPA) has always been allowed to keep the ball. After Judge Redden threw out the last Bush administration bi-op in 2009, Locke (then Secretary of Commerce) came up with a new

plan: Let’s tinker with the Bush plan, reshuffle the deck and resubmit it. But Locke’s new biological opinion was dead on arrival in Redden’s court. Lubchenco told close friends that she had been handcuffed by politicians. Then she saw the light: As a scientist, she knew the inevitable outcome would be extinction for the fish, so in May of 2012 she directed the Northwest office of NOAA to form a task force to break the deadlock. The stakeholder approach would finally confront politicians and the BPA with the problem they have never been able to solve. Congress did not pass an Endangered Utilities Act or an Endangered Politicians Act. It passed an Endangered Species Act, and aquatic scientists are virtually unanimous in agreeing that extinction of the salmonids would be catastrophic for the Pacific Northwest’s ecosystem. The specter of such a calamity never stopped the BPA or Washington Republican Rep. Doc Hastings from gaming the process. Yet Lubchenco’s swan song — a stakeholder process on neutral ground controlled by science — brings her back to her opening declaration: “Science will not be muzzled.” While Murray has now signed on, Hastings and the BPA remain opposed because they know they can’t win on science. More trustworthy heads are taking charge this time, and with all of the stakeholders at the table, salmon recovery may actually begin in earnest. n Paul VanDevelder is a contributor to High Country News (hcn.org), where a version of this first appeared. He lives in Oregon.

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Bad News For Drones I by andy borowitz

n a possible setback for the Obama administration’s controversial drone policy, a new poll conducted by the University of Minnesota shows that a broad majority of Americans are opposed to being killed by a drone strike on U.S. soil. The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, showed that 97 percent of those surveyed “strongly agreed” with the statement “I personally do not want to be killed by a drone,” with 3 percent responding “Don’t know/No opinion.” “There’s no other way to interpret these numbers,” said the University of Minnesota’s Davis Logsdon, who oversaw the survey. “The idea of being killed by a drone is not playing well out there.” And while the poll numbers may not augur well for the administration’s expanding use of drones, the response was even more negative in a focus group of likely

drone victims. One member of that group, a 43-year-old from St. Paul, complained that “it doesn’t even seem like the government is trying to come up with alternatives to killing us with drones. “It seems like they could figure out some kind of system where instead of just being killed by a drone, people could maybe present evidence to see if they’re guilty or not,” he added. At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney tried to make the best of the poll results, telling reporters, “Look, people are afraid of getting killed by a drone. We get that. But there is still broad public support for drones killing somebody else.” n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit borowitzreport.com.

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A Boom For Whom? I by jim hightower

t’s a sign that the economy is “healing,” exclaims a happy headline. “It signals that things are getting back to normal,” says a delighted market analyst. And The New York Times heralded it as “a golden age.” The “it” they’re hailing is the Dow — that mythical and mystical force said by faithful Dowists to be “The Way” — the provider of good fortune, often by magical means. It’s the Dow Jones industrial average, and this holy measure of corporate stock prices is now smiling warmly on its acolytes. On March 5, the Dow Jones Average reached a new high, regaining every dime of the $11 trillion that Wall Street investors had lost in the 2007 crash. Worker productivity is zooming, corporate profits are soaring, wealth is flowing like a mighty river, Wall Street is buoyant — all praise the Dow! Unless, of course, your wealth is dependent not on stock prices, but on wages. In that case, you’re among the majority of Americans who are concerned about the Doug Jones Average. Forget all the buzz about “a golden age,” Doug, Darcy

and all the other Joneses can’t even afford to eat at the Golden Arches — for they’re still mired in the Great Job Depression that Wall Street’s crash caused. Washington rushed to rescue the financial elites, but the Joneses are still getting stiffed by the very elites Washington continues to coddle. United Technologies is typical. The profits of this manufacturing giant have never been higher, and it continues to be blessed with lucrative government contracts. Grand. But how are the workers doing? Only four days after its stock price reached a record high in February, United Tech’s honchos announced the firing of 3,000 workers, on top of the 4,000 they fired last year. The continued separation of the few from the rest of us is revolting. In more ways than one. n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.

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Holding the Keys Spokane County Commissioners hope taking over regional jail facilities will unlock new efficiencies BY JACOB JONES

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mid severe jail overcrowding and corrections staff shortages, Spokane County Commissioners hope centralizing authority for county jail services under their control will allow for new cooperation and efficiency between the county’s criminal justice departments. Commissioners will assume operational authority over the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center on June 1, taking control of Detention Services previously managed under the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner Todd Mielke says jail services will become a new county-level Corrections Department.

Under the new structure, he says commissioners will be able to drive inter-department collaboration between Corrections, the Sheriff’s Office, the Prosecutor’s Office and the court system. “It means there are more pieces of [the criminal justice] process that fall under the authority of the county,” he says. Detention Services previously operated under a dual authority in which the Sheriff’s Office managed day-today operations, but commissioners controlled the budget. Mielke hopes consolidating control under the commission will make it easier to negotiate jail agreements with partner agencies, implement new policies or adopt new

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inmate reintegration programs. “Having this under one authority really streamlines the process,” he says. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich first proposed the transfer of authority last year. He says centralizing the jail services under the commission should get more of the regional stakeholders — local law enforcement agencies, city officials and county departments — involved in finding solutions for the troubled jail system. “It finally gets all the community partners at the table,” Knezovich says. “It makes them have skin in the game.”

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he Sheriff’s Office reports the Spokane County Jail has struggled with “severe overcrowding” since the mid-1990s. Knezovich says the primary jail facility near downtown was initially built to hold a maximum of 472 inmates, but now averages about 650 inmates. “That’s a true safety concern,” he says. While the inmate population has increased, the number of corrections deputies available to guard prisoners has decreased. Jail officials say they have lost nearly 40 corrections deputy positions in recent years. ...continued on next page

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To maintain security with fewer guards, inmates must spend more time locked down in their cells. “They’re basically on lockdown 23 hours a day,” Knezovich says. Capt. John McGrath, who oversees the county’s Detention Services, is expected to stay on as jail manager, transferring to a county position as a department supervisor. He says he hopes the transition to the new authority structure will create a new opportunity to address some of the overcrowding and staffing issues. Since 2009, Detention Services has steadily lost funding and staffing, operating amid an atmosphere of uncertainty as each budget season brought talks of closing or reorganizing jail facilities. McGrath says the jail facilities now operate with about 300 employees on a budget of about $35 million a year, down about $4 million a year from past budgets. “I think we’ve gone through a lot of

challenges economically,” he says. With the transition of authority, McGrath says he expects most of the immediate changes to be small or superficial. Salaries and benefits will remain the same, but some occupation titles will change as corrections deputies become corrections officers. Staff will also wear different uniforms. But beyond that, McGrath hopes the new structure will give the county commissioners the authority to orchestrate significant changes in how the jail can operate, interact and collaborate with other departments. “It puts them in the driver’s seat,” he says.

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ounty officials acknowledge commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office have not always shared the same goals for running Detention Services. The previous dual authority structure occasionally led to


disagreements over jail budgets and operational priorities. “At times it has become a rub between the two offices,” Knezovich says. A county news release issued after commissioners approved the new authority structure on Feb. 27 also alluded to the different priorities between the two elected offices. Consolidating those responsibilities may refocus efforts and increase flexibility for pursuing new policies or partnerships. “The current system makes it difficult for either branch of government to map out a cohesive vision for operation of the Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections Center,” the release states. Centralizing authority, Mielke argues, should allow commissioners to work toward synchronizing the goals of the Corrections Department with the goals of other county criminal justice operations. Commissioners can take a big-picture approach to allocating resources and funding across all criminal justice departments, setting incentives for collaboration and leading a larger overall strategy. If, for example, commissioners wanted to reform the pre-trial assessment process for booking suspects into the jail, they could now exercise influence over the Corrections Department, the Prosecutor’s Office and the court system at the same level to drive change in the same direction. In a statement on the jail authority transition, County Commissioner Al French argues centralizing control serves as an important step in working toward an overhaul of the county’s entire criminal justice system. “We have had a seriously fragmented system between the county, cities, state corrections, elected officials, and labor organizations,” he says in the statement. “With approximately 70 percent of the county’s $140-million general fund budget dedicated to law enforcement and criminal justice — we … believe that having more control over how those funds are spent will encourage cooperation.”

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s the commission moves toward taking over jail operations this summer, Mielke says county officials hope to explore ways to bolster inmate reintegration programs. The county jail does not house long-term inmates like the prison system, he notes. Most of the county’s inmates are awaiting trial or serving short sentences of less than a year. “These are short-timers,” he says. “They’re going to be coming back to our neighborhoods.” Miekle says commissioners believe it’s important to support drug treatment, job training and parenting programs that promote a healthy reintegration into society. They will likely discuss national best practices along with proposals from the Smart Justice Project, which advocates for criminal justice strategies focused more on rehabilitation than incarceration. Spokane attorney Breean Beggs, who has worked closely with the Smart Justice Project, says he hopes commissioners will commit to reforming how the criminal justice system assesses and incarcerates suspects. He says the new authority structure does not mean much if commissioners don’t change how the departments interact. “It’s not so important who’s in charge, but what type of approach they take,” he says. The Smart Justice campaign argues some simple reforms, such as the expanding electronic home monitoring program, would free up space in the jail and save the county money. Beggs says he would like to see the county hire a jail administrator to oversee the implementation of new programs and facilitate new crossdepartment partnerships. County officials will have to work together to build a more just and efficient jail system, Beggs says. But with the commissioners now holding authority over all of the departments, they will have to take responsibility for driving any change. “There’s no excuse for not doing it,” he says. Miekle says commissioners look forward to discussing community recommendations and considering new programs after they finalize the upcoming transition. “We have a ton of work to do preparing for this transition on June 1,” he says. “We have a lot to keep us busy.” n jacobj@inlander.com

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Two University of Southern California basketball players have been suspended after they were allegedly involved in a fight in downtown Spokane over the weekend. They were in town after a 76-51 loss to Washington State University.

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A 15-year-old Spokane girl’s parents are suing the Central Valley School District saying a teacher molested her when she was 11 and the district failed to protect her.

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Three people are dead after a U.S. Navy war plane crashed near Harrington, Wash., on Monday. Authorities say jets regularly fly training missions over the area and are now investigating the cause.

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Secluded inside the Sistine Chapel, the cardinals of the Catholic Church are working to elect a new pope. At their first ballot Tuesday, black smoke signaled they had not yet selected a winner.

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Members of the West Valley Constructivist Learners walk off stage after receiving their Community Involvement award during the 2013 Chase Youth Awards on Monday. The Constructivist Learners, from West Valley’s alternative City School, have been meeting with the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, area colleges and other organizations to spread the gospel of constructivist learning: Instead of being focused on drills and lectures, constructivism is exploratory and project based. The Chase Youth awards, held at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox, are intended to highlight young people in the Spokane region doing amazing things.

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Getting Schooled A town hall, a plane crash and a charter school commission On the Inside

Having eked out an initiative victory for CHARTER SCHOOLS, Washington state has begun the slow process of implementation. Last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and House Speaker Frank Chopp announced their appointments for the new Charter School Commission. In most cases, anyone who wants to form a charter school has to go through the commission first. The list includes First Night co-founder Chris Martin of Spokane, former Seattle School Board member Steve Sundquist, United Way of Grays Harbor director Doreen Cato, and former state Democratic Rep. Dave Quall of Mount Vernon. But one appointee — Kevin Jacka, the superintendent of the Mary Walker School District in Stevens County — has already raised some eyebrows of conservative critics. Jacka had previously signed a petition opposing the charter initiative. The initiative text actually bars people opposed to charter schools from being appointed and requires all members to “have Send comments to demonstrated an understanding of and comeditor@inlander.com. mitment to charter schooling.” “I am concerned about any commissions stacked with opponents. One person can impose their will on the rest if they’re strong-willed enough,” says Liv Finne, with the conservative Washington Policy Center. “That raises big red flags.” Finne says she’s read about other charter systems failing because of a lack of internal support in the agencies that approve them. Owen, who appointed Jacka, says he didn’t know about the petition signature. “I don’t think it’s fair to criticize him about his commitment to education,” Owen says. “In my conversations with him, I was convinced he would work hard on it. I think he has a lot to offer.” Jacka could not be reached as of press time. — DANIEL WALTERS

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A few local lawmakers are making their way back from Olympia to hear just how pissed (or pleased) you are with them this weekend. Spokane Sen. Andy Billig and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli will hold two TOWN HALL MEETINGS Saturday. They’ll be at Shadle Park High School from 10 am to noon and Emmanuel Family Life Center from 2 to 4 pm to take your questions and feedback about this year’s legislative session. — HEIDI GROOVER

Deadly jet crash

A U.S. Navy aircrew of three died Monday when their EA-6B Prowler twin-engine jet crashed into a remote wheat field about 50 miles southwest of Spokane during a training flight. No injuries on the ground were reported. Photos from the scene show a jagged crater surrounded by scattered debris. Navy officials did not immediately identify any members of the crew. The Navy reports the crew was assigned to the Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Western Washington. Military officials have launched a safety investigation into the crash. News archives indicate a Prowler jet from the Whidbey Island base previously crashed near Pendelton, Ore., in 2006. The Navy has worked in recent years to replace the Prowler with the newer EA-18G Growler jet. — JACOB JONES

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Experimental City A group in Hillyard wants to borrow school district land to test green technologies. The district has its doubts BY HEIDI GROOVER

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n an empty lot across the street from the Northeast Community Center, littered with dead leaves and the occasional plastic bottle, Richard Burris sees the future of Spokane. There, in the far corner, will be a reflection pond. A bit closer, the greenhouse where they’ll grow produce to sell to individuals and local restaurants. He points at a purple pathway that snakes through a map of the community’s proposed design. “That’s for these,” he says, pounding his fist on the seat of the electric golf cart he drove here. Burris, soft-spoken with a background in city planning and transportation, is leading an effort he calls the “Hillyard Village Project,” in hopes of turning this 1.8-acre lot into a development where participants will live on site,

test new technologies like alternative energy sources, and measure their use of resources. He envisions people driving electric carts, solar panels producing energy, a greenhouse where food is grown year-round and a system that recycles gray water to water vegetation. It would be a way to prove which of those efforts can work and to provide the city with data no one is currently measuring. “Everybody says, ‘Gee, if I put up a solar panel, it will really help me save electricity.’ OK. How much is your return on it, really? How much sewage do you really generate? We don’t know these answers,” Burris says. “It’s not so much that I expect somebody to say, ‘Let’s tear down Spokane and build it like this village’ … [But] we can give people options.”

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planet and our pocketbooks. Bob Scarfo, a landscape architecture professor at Washington State University, teaches college students and a class at Spokane’s On Track Academy about the project and asks them to help design it. He starts with


lessons about climate change, water scarcity and the high costs of modern food production. “I say, ‘We have this opportunity and this piece of land,’ How can we begin to develop a neighborhood that anticipates the pressures coming our way?” But for all the hopefulness — Burris says he’s willing to take out loans or get grants and has plenty of prospective renters — organizers still face a major challenge. Spokane Public Schools owns the lot, and decision makers there are concerned about the liability that could accompany an experimental project like this. Spokane Public Schools Purchasing Director Kathy Ely worries about whether the village would follow rules set by the city’s health, ecology, water and sewer departments. In an email to Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart in Send story ideas to October, Ely wrote that “the district does tips@inlander.com or not see the added benefit of having this call the tip line at on our property to the extent that it has (509) 325-0634 ext. 264 been presented to date.” That’s on top of uncertainty about whether the land, just up the street from Shaw Middle School, might be used for that school’s expansion in the future. Ely says she’s asked Burris about some of her concerns about the village and “got very little depth” in his responses. “It was just not very comforting in terms of who would be taking on the liability and the responsibility,” she says. Now Stuckart is trying to help ease those worries. The Spokane Regional Health District has already sent a letter supporting the concept to the school district, and Stuckart wants the City Council to do the same. Outspoken about climate change and other environmental issues, Stuckart hopes council support could help the project gain traction and promote energy-saving measures. “The folks up in Hillyard are very forward-thinking and it’s part of our job as City Council to help them move projects forward,” he says. n heidig@inlander.com

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The Journey of Life I n m a n y way s Agwa Ta ka i s a n av e rag e S p o ka n it e . B u t t h at ’ s o n ly h a l f t h e sto ry

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y all rights, Agwa Taka should be dead. If starvation didn’t get him as a kid in Ethiopia, then disease, three wars, childhood slavery and a year in a hellhole prison certainly should have done the job. But here he is, up at 1:30 every morning, drinking a cup of coffee, the snow melting outside his kitchen window and cars passing in the distance on Grand Boulevard. Agwa (“AWG-wah”) listens to the news on the radio. He pets his dog Rosco, filling his bowl with kibble as the mutt looks back at him with a tonguey grin. He pulls on a pair of jeans, hiking boots and a polo shirt. In the dark, he maneuvers his bright red pickup truck down the South Hill, up Division, through East Spokane, past car dealers and grocery stores and taverns. At a gate, he swipes a card and parks behind a warehouse. Inside he punches a timecard, stashes lunch in a fridge and walks onto the warehouse floor. By all appearances, an average man with an average American life. But in a place of big dreams where men are considered exceptional for what they have or what they’re known for — for their wealth or their power — for some it is enough to have simply survived the ordeal. As Agwa stands on a factory line, the memory of what he’s been through will sometimes come rushing back. He thinks about how the people he works beside each day have no idea. He wonders then: Does the world see him as just a man with a truck, a dog and a warehouse job? If it were only that simple. ...continued on next page

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their hut. She checked the rope when Agwa, the youngest of five, asked how old he was. As she counted the knots, she recalled that he was born a few days before a famous man was murdered. Even in this remote corner of Ethiopia, she had learned of JFK’s assassination, but she still could not say definitively what day Agwa had come into the world. She named him Agwa, a word meaning “identity.” It was a common name for village children who had lost a parent.

Agwa doesn’t know which disease killed his own father, just that he was dead before Agwa’s birth. And by his mother giving him the name, she was telling other villagers: This boy needs your care. Agwa comes from that Ethiopia, the one Americans know from heartrending TV commercials and National Geographic — the land of bloated bellies, a place that swarmed with malarial mosquitoes, a village where poisonous snakes hid underneath the thatched grass roofs of tiny

mud huts. The Ethiopia where water was caught in plastic rain buckets, and food was hunted with sharp sticks. His people are called Anuaks — a tribe of lowlanders populating the hot, junglebordering lands of western Ethiopia. In Agwa’s homeland, it was not good being Anuak. They were seen as dogs by highlanders, whose skin was just a shade lighter than that of the Anuaks. During Agwa’s childhood, Anuak men who strayed from the villages were


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often abducted. Women were made into concubines, children were taken as slaves. Even now, Ethiopia remains a “source country for men, women and children” who end up in forced labor or prostitution, according to a 2010 U.S. Department of State report on human trafficking. By age 6 or 7, Agwa hadn’t quite learned to be wary of strangers when a highlander teacher — a man named Melcamu — brought a chalkboard into his village of Gambela and gathered Anuak children under a tree to watch as he drew

the letters of the alphabet. Agwa stared with wide eyes. The young boy followed his teacher like a shadow. He doted on Melcamu like he was the father he never had — washing his teacher’s clothing, gathering his firewood. He prepared his tea. In his young mind, he thought that the more time he could spend with him, the more of the teacher’s vast knowledge he could absorb. When time came for Melcamu to leave Gambela, he asked Agwa’s mother if he could ...continued on next page

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On a snowy winter afternoon, sitting in a Starbucks high on Spokane’s South Hill, it’s so clear to Agwa that his life could have been cut short then. Of course it’s easy now to see what a highlander man wanted from a little Anuak child. Hindsight is 20/20. But then, tempted by a teacher’s promises, how would he have known? As a boy, Agwa’s naïveté deceived him. It made him follow Melcamu. It made him

believe in people. And it made him think he was an exception to the tales he’d heard of Anuaks being plucked like low fruit on a tree — snatched out of villages to be slaves. Of course, today Agwa knows the reality of child slavery in Africa. When families send their young children out to work in fields or homes to supplement the household income, they’re often exploited because of that naïveté. A 2005 United Nations report found that more than 58 percent of Ethiopian boys between the ages of 5 and 14 were child laborers. “Child domestics work long hours and are vulnerable to sexual abuse,” the report reads. “Many are unable to attend school and are unpaid, receiving only room and board.” But back then, it took years for Agwa to realize he was one of those statistics. At first, his teacher kept his promises. In his home on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, he’d teach Agwa to read. In exchange, the young boy would make him tea. He showed him to write, and then Agwa would cook. One day after Agwa learned to read, he found a letter in his teacher’s clothing

from Agwa’s own stepfather. It begged the teacher to “bring my child back to me.” The boy ignored it. As the weeks turned to months, and months to years, his lessons became less frequent and his work — cleaning, sweeping, washing, serving — became more and more grueling. It wasn’t until some six or seven years after Agwa got into his

Her knees were bound with rags, and scars crisscrossed her heels, where her Achilles tendons had been sliced. teacher’s car that he realized he was indeed a slave. He was chatting with a neighbor. She mentioned that other people talked of stealing him to be their own slave, jealous of Melcamu’s doting young Anuak. At that moment, Agwa pictured another neighbor woman he’d met. She lived behind a building holding cows and horses, in a closet-sized space — her bed sandwiched between a stove and a large grindstone. There she lived and worked,

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Agwa Taka was raised in the Gambela region of In 1986, tempted by the promise of America and desperate for a life free from the violent struggles of Africa, Ethiopia and lived as a child slave in Addis Ababa. Taka left Sudan and flew halfway around the world, through Europe and across the United States, to his new As an adult, he sought refuge from war in Khartoum. home, a strange place very different than anywhere he'd seen before: Spokane, Washington. MAP BY LISA WAANANEN never moving more than a few steps. Agwa noticed then that her knees were bound with rags, and scars crisscrossed the backs of her heels, where her Achilles tendons had been sliced. Still, a part of Agwa, at only 13, wanted to believe he was an exception — that his teacher saw him as extraordinary. He pressed Melcamu for more education. After he did, he overheard his master laying out plans for the boy to be moved to a farm. In hushed voices, Melcamu said the boy was getting too smart. He must be tricked. Once they got him to the farm, they would cut

Agwa’s Achilles tendons. The next day, on his usual trip to buy food for his master, Agwa escaped. He just kept walking, for miles and miles, deep into the center of the bustling capital city. Alone, he would hide in the crowds.

III Penniless, the teenaged Agwa slept in building corners and alleyways where no one could sneak up on him. When the sun rose, he went from door to door, begging for

food and water. He offered to split wood for pocket change. They looked at the boy’s inky black color and told him he should be a slave with skin like that. When he had begged for enough money to buy a brush and a tin of shoe polish, Agwa crouched at the knees of travelers at the city bus station, buffing their leather shoes. He had no idea what would come next. Would he see his teacher again? Could he find his way back home? How long would it be until someone else tried to make him a

slave? He tried to be invisible. He trusted no one. After months of polishing shoes at the bus station, Agwa overheard a word he knew: Gambela. A man had caught the wrong bus and was asking a driver when the next one was leaving for the small Ethiopian village. Before he could think, Agwa rushed to the man’s side and begged to go with him to Gambela. The man, shocked at Agwa’s desperation, agreed to help. After so many years away, when Agwa returned home to Gambela, he didn’t feel the sense of relief he thought he would. The village had changed. Maybe he had just changed. As he hugged his mother — tears running down her face as she looked over the grown boy who stood before her — Agwa had the feeling that, while he was away, he lost something. Anuak words seemed jumbled, and hard for him to understand. The village didn’t look like he remembered. He felt like a stranger in his own home. A bird that can’t find its nest. ...continued on next page

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Agwa Taka watches his daughters Abang, center, and Gilo play checkers.

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IV For someone who doesn’t like American coffee, Agwa drinks a lot of it. On an icy Friday afternoon at another Starbucks, by Gonzaga University, he sits at a corner table and talks over the scream of a nearby espresso machine and the chatter of college kids studying for final exams.

He says that back in his village, it was as if survival was always on his mind — like he was programmed to always think about the ways a situation might go bad, and how he might escape it. It guided everything, even when he was the age of these kids studying here today, he says. As a student at Gambela’s high school, he remembers sizing up the female students, assessing their potential as his future wife. A good match, he explains, wasn’t about pretty smiles or a good personality. It wasn’t about

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At Azteca Mexican Restaurant, Agwa and his daughter Abang order the Chile Colorado, which they say tastes similar to doro wat — considered the national dish of Ethiopia.

“the journey of life,” continued... control of the country. Mariam declared war on these counter-revolutionaries, ordering soldiers to do houseby-house searches across all of Ethiopia in search of EPRP members. When found, they were executed. This period became known as the Red Terror, and Amnesty International estimates that as many as 500,000 people

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were murdered. Agwa recalls how the government tried to divide his own people, the Anuaks, telling them to fear those among them with education, and to resist against anyone who refused to fight. Refusal alone came with consequences. Some were

dragged by soldiers from their homes in the middle of the night and executed in front of their families as warnings to others. But from the day he saw soldiers taking his friends to the warfront, Agwa refused to go — insisting to recruiting officers that he could not leave his mother to fend for


herself. Perhaps that was his first mistake. Or maybe it was that Agwa told his friends to use the same excuse. One day, as Agwa returned home from fishing, he was told that a friend was being held at the Gambela police station and needed his help. Agwa, then 20, ran as fast as he could. At the police station, Agwa told the officers his name and who he was looking for. “Agwa Taka?” one officer asked, glancing down at a list of names. Agwa nodded, unknowingly walking into their trap. Agwa spent the next three months in a tiny jail cell before being moved to a larger prison — a long, narrow warehouse packed with criminals and other suspected rebels. The place reeked of urine and sweat, and Agwa’s new bed was the ground next to the one large pot that served as the prison’s toilet — a vat that would get so full that urine would splash on Agwa as he was sleeping. Each day, Agwa and the other suspected rebels had to empty the pot, carrying it on their shoulders through the crowd, shit and piss splashing down their bare backs. Twice a day, the prisoners shuffled outside in shifts to cook their own food over an open fire. Machinegun-wielding guards would lead the men to a large, flea-infested pile of waste, where they could squat in a circle to defecate. Starving prisoners would sometimes scavenge food from that very pile, picking moldy plants that sprouted. For a year, Agwa lived like this, surviving disease and criminals and prison uprisings. Then he felt his last hopes drop when the guards told him that a Communist leader would be there later in the day. Agwa was certain the man was coming to shoot them all. He would die in filth.

But when the leader arrived, he posed one question to the suspected rebels: Did they want to die in this prison, or die at war? Agwa did what he had to do to survive: He lied. He said he’d fight. He was briefly released from prison, allowed to go to Gambela to see his family before going to war. Instead, Agwa quickly set off on foot through the jungle, heading to Sudan — a haven for Ethiopian refugees at that time. Agwa had no weapons, no food, no water. He wore a thin T-shirt, jeans and old, gray Converse All-Stars. In his pocket he carried a tiny bag of gold dust — something he could exchange in Sudan for refuge if he needed to. He had no compass, but looked high up to the tops of the towering jungle trees for signs of moss. Moss meant shade. Moss pointed north. That and the sun would guide him to Sudan.

a women’s prison. When she was released, she fled the havoc of Ethiopia. When Agwa’s chance came to file paperwork to emigrate to America, he wrote a name under “spouse” — the name of a woman he once would have never dreamed of marrying: Ariet Oman. When she arrived in Sudan, Agwa told his old high school friend of his plan. If they married, they could go to America together. They could escape. They could support each other, watch out for each other.

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VI In Sudan, he again slept on the streets as he had done as a teenager. As Ethiopia’s violent conflicts showed no signs of slowing, Agwa obtained his legal refugee paperwork, and soon heard that American social workers were offering refuge for Ethiopians in the United States. He’d also soon hear from other Ethiopian refugees that the girl he once knew — that smart girl Ariet Oman from the Gambela classroom — was set to arrive in Sudan any day. She, too, had been recruited to the warfront, refused to conform and like Agwa paid for her dissent, in

Agwa and Ariet didn’t have a wedding — just a simple justice-of-the-peace ceremony. Americans wouldn’t understand their marriage, Agwa says now. He loved Ariet, but theirs was never a romance. It was a love grounded in a place — the village where they’d felt the same hard dirt under their bare feet, the place where they swam in the same warm river as children. That day, they pledged that they would always be there for one another, no matter what befell them. With each other — wherever they went, as far away from Ethiopia as they flew — they could always be Anuak. ...continued on page 31

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On a blue-sky afternoon after his regular * * * Sunday church service, Agwa sits in the living room of the tiny South Hill cottage he shares On Gilo’s 13th birthday — Dec. 13, 2003 with his youngest daughter. The room’s — soldiers and highlander militias destroyed yellowing white walls are sparse: paintings Gambela. They used automatic weapons and of flowers and lions, a depiction of The Last grenades, machetes, axes and clubs. They Supper. Bookshelves are lined with stacks of killed 424 Anuaks. They dragged the bodies National Geographic magazines. into the streets and ran over them with trucks, When Agwa talks about those first days according to a Genocide Watch report. he and Ariet lived in Spokane, he sometimes Schools were invaded. Soldiers put guns is in hysterics, laughing at everything they to the heads of girls and told them that their had to learn. Life sped up. race would be raped into extinction. Garbage disposals. When it all happened, Agwa was at an Dishwashers. Answering all-you-can-eat pizza joint in Spokane. He Send comments to machines. watched his daughter blow out candles on editor@inlander.com. a store-bought cake. A friend called: He Birthdays. Agwa had to make one up — Nov. 15, told Agwa his people had been murdered. 1963. Agwa wondered: Was this a sign? He Ariet liked America. She realized that had survived so much, and was God now they would never want the way they did in calling him to save his people? Africa. She used credit cards. She drank beer. Agwa launched a local campaign to build She loved pizza. an orphanage in Gambela for kids whose parAgwa marveled at the enormous suents had been killed. Abang, his 10-year-old permarkets, with gleaming vegetables and daughter, filled an oversized pickle jar with cartons upon cartons of beautiful eggs. He $625 from her elementary school classmates. cooked an egg at home. It tasted like nothing. But Americans were skeptical of Agwa’s Agwa wanted to be nothing but Anuak. efforts. They wanted more information. More And he saw that Ariet wanted to stay Anuak, time. More money. More planning. Agwa but to feel American. The tension began. made demands. His passion was interpreted Two baby girls came along. First, Gilo. as rage. Two years later, Abang. In 2007, he boarded a plane for Ethiopia Ten years after they arrived in the United alone. Under the hard sun, survivors of the States, Ariet and Agwa couldn’t agree on genocide looked as if they’d been working anything. They hurt each other. They fought. for hundreds of years. They told Agwa he They separated. They came back together. looked like he was born yesterday. They divorced. Agwa wasn’t a part of them anymore. Their vicious, public ire for each other made their American friends uneasy. But * * * behind it all, Agwa and Ariet clung to each other. Decades before, when he fled from Africa When Ariet got a job taking calls for a with the strongest woman he’d ever met, ...continued on next page local bank, she turned to Agwa. Across town,

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Agwa never would have predicted that one day she would wither, too. By 2012, Ariet had become a shut-in, wrecked by the bottle. She fell and hit her head. Doctors repaired her brain. They called it a miracle. But her liver and intestines were shot. She bounced from nursing home to hospital. With Agwa at her bedside, Ariet asked if he could forgive her. The squabbles. The court fights, the gossip, the pain. “Ariet, I forgave you years ago,” he said. He told her he had dreams of her future: She was old and in a wheelchair, grandchildren playing at her feet. He told her to hang on. In a room last November at Sacred Heart Hospital, Agwa sat by his old friend. In her final moments, as their eyes connected, Agwa could see her fear.

In her eyes, he also saw that smart girl from the Gambela schoolhouse. He saw everything they’d been through together — the pain that they’d caused each other, the things they’d survived. He saw her pleading in his eyes, begging him to stay by her side, just like they’d promised each other in Sudan.

VIII On recent a Saturday afternoon at a Hillyard warehouse, Agwa — now in his late 40s — loads a five-foot-tall stack of thin cardboard sheets into a large printing machine. On the other side it spurts out packaging: brightly colored applesauce and beer boxes, and tiny packages for bullets. He works the graveyard shift — 3 am to 1 pm. Sometimes he’ll work through the weekend.

As he walks around the warehouse floor on a break during his shift, he can’t say whether this is what he thought his life would become when he dodged slavery, homelessness, prison and war. He says he feels like a man suspended in a void between his broken homeland and the place he’s rested his head for the past 27 years — like a man without a country. He still listens to BBC Radio to hear snippets of news from Africa. He tries to remember what it was like back home. The way the warm water of the Baro River embraced his body as a boy. The chatter of the village on market day. On some nights in Spokane, he spreads a bedsheet on the floor of his living room. It reminds him of the animal skin he had as a child, and he can feel the hard ground underneath him as he sleeps. For a moment he’s home again. n


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n 2008, West Side Story — a musical that had jetéd out of a collaboration by artistic heavyweights Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim some 50 years earlier — got an update. Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of In the Heights, another Tony Award-winning hit) was recruited to translate portions of the English libretto into Spanish, giving the musical’s Puerto Rican characters what you might consider their true voice. Those revisions instantly imbued the tale of doomed romance and the self-

perpetuating violence of inner-city gangs with a cultural authenticity that the original lacked. Guy Mandia Jr., plays Action, leader of the Jets gang, in the current touring production of West Side Story. He says that the revival is “more dark and gritty” than the 1957 Broadway version, because that’s how director Laurents, who died mere months after the production closed in 2011, saw the world today. “The lights, the acting and the singing — it’s much more realistic. For instance, in the 1957 version, the Jets’

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ewis and Clark High School’s Tiger Drama program stages two musicals per academic year. Over time it’s earned a wider reputation for putting on polished productions of popular Broadway shows. Even if you haven’t been to a Tiger Drama performance, there’s a good chance you’ve seen many of the program’s leading actors and actresses treading the boards on other local stages. To say they hold their own against veteran thespians is an understatement. When these young stars appear on a single stage — as they were for In the Heights, which ran from February 28 through March 9 — you have all the evidence you need for just how good Tiger Drama productions can be. Making critical concessions for the cast’s age risks patronizing its individual and collective talent. Daniel Palomba played Usnavi, a bodega owner who is, in the blunt words of his friend Benny (Kiley Barz), “stuck to this corner like a streetlight.” Like others in his barrio, good-natured Usnavi longs for more but feels a sense of loyalty (and to some degree, resentment) toward the tight-knit community around him. He has a special filial relationship with aging Abuela Claudia (Phoibe Purcell) and a lovesick eye on Vanessa (Keyonna Knight). Benny, meanwhile, is infatuated with Nina (Brittany Mendoza-Pena), the neighborhood wunderkind who found Stanford University too much of a culture shock. She has to break her failure to her parents (Kale Dotson, Vanessa Butler) as well as busybodies like hairdresser Daniela (Maddie Rasmussen) and her gossipy clique. When Nina stays out all night with Benny, she has even more explaining to do. Palomba — thin, a wispy goatee under his chin — was a remarkably natural lead. His raps flowed effortlessly; not once did this Spokane teenager seem like anything but a charming New York City bodega owner. Although the remaining male cast had highs and lows, the female cast was consistently impressive. Rasmussen affected a convincing accent, and her singing was spirited and note-perfect (making the festive “Carnaval del Barrio” a highlight). Indicative of their roles, Mendoza-Pena’s voice was angelic, Knight’s soulful. The set, backdropped by the towering George Washington Bridge, deserves a special mention for its mix of stylization and authenticity. n


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Local Champs Spokane’s thriving slam poetry scene has brought the medium’s world championships home By Dennis Held

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t’s no secret that Spokane has a thriving performance poetry scene. At the standing-room-only January edition of the Spokane Poetry Slam, host Isaac Grambo found himself overwhelmed with prospective readers: 26 overeager versifiers clamored for a chance at honor and glory and fifty bucks, flocking to the stage and all but drowning Grambo in the throng. But Grambo had a secret himself — a secret he was eager to divulge to the 100 or so audience members packed into Scout, a bar and restaurant set up especially to accommodate the all-ages show. After he’d managed the intricate sign-up, he turned to the microphone and announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, Spokane Poetry Slam is proud to announce that Spokane has been selected to host the next Individual World Poetry Slam, October 3rd through the 5th. We’ve just signed the contracts and we’re good to go.” The room erupted in a raucous cheer, and at a front-row table, Inkera Oshun of Charlotte, N.C., beamed a beatific smile. The treasurer of the nonprofit Poetry Slam International, the umbrella organization charged with selecting the host city, Oshun mouthed

Isaac Grambo helped bring the event to Spokane. young kwak photo “Congratulations!” across the table to Karen Mobley of the Spokane Arts Fund and Ben Brast of VisitSpokane, the tourism and convention folks who help plan major events in the city.

“This is a real coup for Spokane,” Grambo says, “Most of the winning cities tend to be in the East — Boston has hosted a couple of times — but it’s been a long time since a small city in the West put together a winning bid.” The Individual World Poetry Slam was created 10 years ago “to pull poets from both certified poetry slam venues around the world, and individual poets (who) would compete to declare who was THE best poet in the world,” according to the PSI website. “In the world of performance poetry, this is a big deal — the best poets, bringing their best work,” Grambo said. “And it’s a chance for our local writers to get involved, without having to travel halfway around the world.” The host city is responsible for finding venues and securing housing for more than 200 visitors and 72 competitors. “There’s a lot work to do between now and October, but everybody’s excited, and a lot of the planning was laid out in the bid,” said Grambo, who credits Mobley and Brast with helping him prepare the complicated but ultimately successful bid. There’s still a lot of work to do. Those 200 visitors will need hotel rooms, side venues will be booked to offer preliminary bouts and workshops, and the finals will require a hall that holds at least 750 rabid fans. “This is visceral poetry,” Grambo said.  “It’s meant to get an immediate emotional response, so this is performance, this is theater, this is like a rock show for the spoken word. It sounds like Spokane’s dirty little secret — that it’s one of the most vibrant cities in the country for performance poetry — is about to be broadcast to the world. Stay tuned. n Individual World Poetry Slam Championships • Thu, Oct. 3 through Sat, Oct. 5 • spokanepoetryslam. org • More details available at facebook.com/ spokanepoetryslam

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Gooey Goodness Because it’s so popular right now, we went in search of mac and cheese in all its forms

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ne of the more peculiar (but certainly welcomed) culinary trends of the past decade has been macaroni and cheese’s ascension from make-from-a-box pacifier for picky young eaters to a staple of hip restaurant menus. We’ve swooned over mac and cheese dishes in these pages before, but now we went in search of places that are taking this seemingly simple dish and turning it on its head. What did we learn? Well, for one thing, there’s no wrong way to consume mac and cheese.

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Location varies; coupleofchefs.com Fried Mac and Cheese Balls ($3.50 for six) You don’t need a fork for this mac and cheese — which is serendipitous, because you’ll very likely eat them out on the sidewalk right after the folks at the Couple of Chefs food truck hand your order out the window. (Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to find out where they’re parked each day.) The cheesy aroma will start wafting out of the paper bag, and you’ll open it to find breaded mac and cheese balls, fried crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside. The plump noodles are bathed in a light-colored cheese sauce infused with smoky bacon and jalapeño flavor. It’s like gourmet fairgrounds food without the stick. The standard serving of six balls is filling enough for a lunch, but probably not nutritionally recommended. It’s either a shame or a blessing they don’t have latenight hours, because who among the late-night bar crowd could stumble across a truck bearing fried mac and cheese balls and resist? (LISA WAANANEN)

The Onion’s epicurean mac and cheese is a lot more than you’d find in a box.

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Famous Ed’s

2911 E. 57th Ave. Famous Ed’s Mac N’ Cheese ($10) When I’m feeling like mac and cheese and am not currently caring about the size of my waist, I’m usually thinking of a classic version of the dish. The type that might have come out of my Grandma’s oven: spare on the extras, classic cheeses, a little crunch on top. No fuss, no muss. At Famous Ed’s, a South Hill sports bar, you’ll find three versions of mac: Famous Ed’s, bacon and meat sauce and Buffalo chicken. The one named for the restaurant is a giant bowl of baked cheesy goodness that’s baked to a crisp on the surface. The four-cheese sauce that holds it together relies on classic cheeses, like provolone and cheddar, to give the dish its nuanced, sharp flavor. It’s not stringy or ridiculously fancy — just a good solid mac and cheese. While other restaurants in town might be trying to put their mark on this tried-and-true dish, Famous Ed’s delivers a simple, reliable version that you can enjoy with a pint of beer and feel really, really full at the end. (LEAH SOTTILE)

The Onion

7522 N. Division St. Epicurean Mac & Cheese ($11.25) First, a confession: I’m a 20-something adult and I still eat Kraft’s character-shaped, boxed macaroni and cheese a minimum of once a week. It’s not only a happy food memory from childhood — for anyone who devoured the stuff as a kid — but most obviously the stuff tastes damn good. Now take what you remember about the powdered-cheese-mix mac, notch it up about 20 times, and you’ll get The Onion’s sinfully rich and tangy Epicurean Mac & Cheese. It’s really not even fair to compare the two in the same category of epicness. The cheese gods had their heads in the game when they thought up this indulgent dish of baked penne pasta in a thick, creamy sauce of Brie, Asiago, and American cheeses. Topping off this mind-blowing combination is an Asiago-flavored panko crust, adding a welcome crunch to the mix. My guest and I both ordered this menu favorite so we could compare opinions, and because we both consider ourselves serious mac ‘n’ cheese enthusiasts. I ate mine slowly to savor each blissfully creamy bite, while not more than 10 minutes after our food had arrived, my guest’s plate was scraped clean. (CHEY SCOTT)

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1735 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene The Oinker ($5.45, half; $8.45 whole) Meltz, a grilled cheese joint located off of Kathleen Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, serves mac and cheese in an interesting way — grilled between two slices of bread and loaded with pulled pork, bacon, and fried onions. The Oinker crosses the line between traditional home cooking and an adventure, combining two comfort foods — grilled cheese and macaroni. The taste is balanced and rich, with barbeque and smoky cheddar cheese melting into crunchy sourdough. You can also get these bad boys grilled on a variety of breads (sourdough is the best). Their homemade potato chips are seasoned perfection and baked-daily cookies call a sweet end to the meal. The result is an almost ambrosia-like tummy-filler that will keep you happy for the afternoon. Also try a cornucopia of unique and funky grilled cheese sandwiches, from a creation containing potstickers to one featuring mashed potatoes. (SARAH MUNDS)

Zola

22 W. Main Ave. Zola Mac and Cheese ($8, $5.50/happy hour) Zola’s happy hour is one of the most popular in all of downtown Spokane, and while the $1.50 beers don’t hurt, there’s a good crowd that comes for the bar’s mac and cheese. This creation is one of the rare styles of this dish that uses high-end ingredients without abandoning the comfort-food appeal. The penne pasta is topped with a creamy sauce made from gouda and cheddar cheeses, so thick and rich that it coats the inside of your mouth in the way that any cheeselover will appreciate. Then it’s topped with hickory smoked bacon, but if you want to go veggie, you can go without. Owner Jeff Short says the mac and cheese is one of the restaurant’s all-around best sellers. After just one bite, you’ll know why. You’ll also know that you don’t want to share it. (MIKE BOOKEY) n

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ob Mackdonald exhales slowly, a cloud of thick smoke unfurling as he passes the hose to his right. Next to him, a friend blows smoke rings into the heavy air, each hazy circle dissolving as it falls softly onto the thick carpet. “How’re you guys doing? Is it getting a little harsh?” asks Gina Ramos, co-owner and manager of the Hubbly Bubbly. Shisha, a molasses and tobacco mixture used in hookahs, burns when it cooks too long, filling the lungs with harsh, dry smoke. Ramos blows through the hose after clearing the bowl, pushing stale smoke into the room. When she inhales again, fresh smoke fills the hookah’s chamber. Behind her, a row of hookahs for sale sparkle in low overhead light. Original paintings by local artist Cody Zachow hang on the walls behind sheer curtains, depicting colorful women and trippy, abstract scenes. The Hubbly Bubbly is a sister to a much larger retail store in Spokane. But in Washington, hookah lounges aren’t common or even entirely legal. Indoor smoking regulations, according to Ramos, made opening a bar in Spokane next to impossible. That’s why the Hubbly Bubbly decided to cross the border into Coeur d’Alene to open a hookah bar while maintaining its retail store in the NorthTown Mall. For more than three years, the Hubbly Bubbly in Coeur d’Alene has been one of the only operating hookah lounges in the North Idaho area. For Idahoans, the lounge is a bit of a cultural treat, an oddity. But for many in the Middle East, smoking is just part of the culture. “It’s a part of a culture in the Middle East, in northern Africa. To them, alcohol is the poison. This is what they do instead. Sit down, play cards, smoke hookah,’’ Ramos said. The most popular flavor at the Hubbly Bubbly? A fruity mixture of cantaloupe and fuzzy navel. You can even smoke your shisha out of a grapefruit instead of a traditional ceramic bowl. The Hubbly Bubbly exclusively serves washed tobacco as well, a cleaner alternative to other shishas. “It’s not just for youngsters. We have all age groups coming in here... teenagers up to 90-year- olds. We have people sit down to do their homework or to smoke with friends,” Ramos said. “It’s a fun thing. It’s a social thing. It’s not something you’re going to get addicted to.” n Hubbly Bubbly Hookah Lounge • 6288 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene • mybubbly.com • (208) 635-5237


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Poole’s Public House brings a neighborhood feel to Wandermere By Jo Miller

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cott Poole grew up in north Spokane, but after living on the South Hill with his wife Lisa, he realized he missed his former neighborhood. So this month the couple opened Poole’s Public House on Hastings Road as a way to come back north. “We’ve wanted our own place forever,” Poole says. For four years, Poole managed The Q at Northern Quest Casino, so he’s used to running a restaurant and bar, only now he does it for himself. “I wanted something that is a combination of a neighborhood pub that has good food and cold beer — a comfortable place to sit down and enjoy yourself,” Poole says. Part of the comfort comes from a reservable couched area with its own big screen, named “Templeton’s Press Box” for the Pooles’ lifelong friends and co-owners of the restaurant. Poole created a menu full of the sort of items that he likes, cooked how he likes them. It’s all made to order and done without too much reliance on a deep fryer. The “Upfront Pub Grub” part of the menu has items like stuffed jalapenos ($6) grilled and

filled with herb-seasoned cream cheese. We tried the Devils on Horseback ($7.50), an English recipe of dates marinated in soy ginger, stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon. You get a sweet coating of brown sugar on your lips and a satisfying slight crunch with each bite. Among traditional meal choices are Bangers and Mash ($13) and Myrna’s English Po Boy ($13). The menu continues with steaks, salads, fish tacos and sandwiches. Poole’s family is originally from England, so to go with some of the English eats there are 10 English brews, including Hobgoblin and Old Speckled Hen. Many Northwest brands can also be found on the lengthy beer list, which features 50 bottles and 12 taps. The full bar, handmade by a local artist, features curvy alder and black walnut wood that makes up the bar counter. The wood also provides an arty addition of pillars and shelving behind the bar. It’s one of the elements that Poole says he hopes will set his pub apart. n Poole’s Public House • 101 E. Hastings Road • Open Sun-Thu, 11 am-11 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 ammidnight • poolespublichouse.com • 413-1834

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estled into the courthouse neighborhood, this pub keeps a low profile. Charley’s has experienced a slow and steady remodel over the past year, getting new tables and a fresh paint job, as well as several flat-screens to enhance a sports enthusiast’s night out. Day manager Hollie Burke explains that the new look has “moved us out of the ’90s and into this century.” Although the establishment has experienced

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KID-FRIENDLY TOMATO STREET 6220 N. Division St. | 484-4500 The secret has long been out about this Inland Northwest mini-chain, which offers quality Italian food in a family-friendly environment. But if you’re not with the kids, do yourself a favor. When the line to get in grows into the next room, just head straight to the bar. If you can find a seat there, you can order from their full menu of pasta and other pop-Italian specialties and a gigantic menu of super-fun cocktails, like the Woo Woo and the Wild Thing. Then, of course, you can dig into a heaping plate of spaghetti. SWEET FROSTINGS BLISSFUL BAKESHOP 15 S. Washington St. | 242-3845 Everything about Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop could be described with some sort of sugary adjective. When you walk in it feels like you have just entered The Food Network. Brightly colored walls, cute decor and bubbly workers put customers in a good mood while the amazingly delicious scent of the freshly made goodies makes mouths water. The

bakery, in the heart of the downtown Spokane, offers morning pastries, whoopie pies, cheesecakes and French macarons, along with a few signature items like cake truffles (also called cake pops) and homemade pop tarts, all sure to please both adults and kids.

it takes pride in the details, whether that means a hint of goat cheese on salads, Cajun tartar sauce with the fish and chips, or chipotle aioli on a roasted portobello sandwich. Try them for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays — they serve the classics, refined.

FIESTA MEXICANA 1227 S. Grand Blvd. | 455-7117 An icon of family Mexican on the mid-South Hill, Fiesta Mexicana sports everything you’d expect from inland Tex-Mex, but with betterthan-expected offerings of fish and vegetarian options. This delicious and fresh spin on authentic cuisine has gathered many fans. The place is frequently packed, but there’s rarely a wait. If you want to eat dinner amidst a hive of activity with bottomless chips and salsa and a cool margarita, this is your joint.

PICABU NEIGHBORHOOD BISTRO 901 W. 14th Ave. | 624-2464 Picabu attributes its longstanding success to its menu’s flexibility. Rather than offering a segregated section for vegetarians or the allergy-prone, it simply tweaks its dishes to cater to customers’ needs. Try anything with fire sauce on it. Creamy, garlicky, with a spicy kick, this housemade condiment is served on everything, from prawns to pasta, or tofu, if you so desire ($8-12). And they have great desserts, including chocolate peanut butter pie and a rotating fruit crisp. n

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A Word With the Wild Man Jim Carrey talks about his roller-coaster career and why he took his shirt off in The Incredible Bruce Wonderstone By Ed Symkus

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t was easy to pin down Jim Carrey in his early days, when he was the token white male cast member on In Living Color. He was in it for the laughs. He was doing crazy physical gags, using his rubber face and over-thetop bellowing to elicit well-earned laughs. But when he switched to movies, his scope widened. He was manic in Dumb & Dumber, down-to-earth in The Truman Show, light in I Love You Phillip Morris, dark in The Cable Guy. In the new comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring opposite Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi, he’s a little bit of each. His Criss Angel-type magician character Steve Gray is talented, arrogant, nasty and funny. There are even more shades to Carrey when he sits down for an interview, which he did last week in Las Vegas, where the film is set. He’s intelligent, thoughtful, humble... and kind of a nutzoid. “There’s everything you can possibly think of in Vegas,” he said from a room in the Paris Hotel. “You look

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out there on the strip, and the energy that’s happening is blinding. I used to open here for Rodney Dangerfield years ago at Caesar’s. To see your name up there on that big sign is such a thrill for somebody when they’re starting out. But then I had a shift, and I went away from the impressions, and I started dressing weird and I had spiky hair and I started imitating cockroaches, and things like that. And I totally lost the audience. Rodney used to stand backstage, and howl with laughter at my failure. I’d get offstage and he’d say (he puts on a Dangerfield imitation), ‘Man, they’re lookin’ at you like you’re from another f---in’ planet!’ Then the maître d’ came over and said, ‘I hope you don’t expect to get asked back looking like that!’ And then Redd Foxx came by, and we got high.” Carrey has admitted that there have been plenty of highs and lows in his career. “It’s a roller coaster, for sure,” he said. “There are

Jim Carrey goes full Criss Angel. moments of your life where you go, ‘Wow, I can’t believe how insanely lucky I am.’ But then you can turn around in the next moment, and feel so completely caught up in your own wanting and desiring and needing, and feel like somehow you’re missing something.” Some would say that Carrey’s greatest talent is his ability to wing it, to take an idea and just fly. In this case he pointed out that the film had a great script, and that it’s a good thing to start with a great script. “But I always like to bring whatever I can to something,” he said. “I’m always thinking. And when we threw that long wig on the character, it kinda did a 180. It required a little bit more of ‘Who is this guy?’ He immediately struck me as someone who had a Christ complex. And the combination of what was written, and being in the moment, is always the best way. You’ve gotta start out with something solid, and then you play! That’s what keeps it alive for us.” The film also marks what might be the first time Carrey has taken his shirt off in a film, and he’s ripped! “It was good to finally do that,” he admitted. “I figured that was Matthew McConaughey’s thing, and I was just gonna leave him to it. But being in that kind of shape is really not a natural place to live. It looks great, it gets a lot of attention, but you have to eat, like, antimatter to stay in that kind of shape. It’s not a happy place to be. “But I’m back now,” he added, grabbing his belly. “I’ve got Mr. Cuddly back, and I’m happy.” n


film | shorts

opening films DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY

Arnel Pineda’s coolness points skyrocketed the day that the hit ‘80s band Journey called him, asking whether he wanted to be the new lead singer for the group. During an almost-exhaustive search for a new lead singer, Journey band members stumbled across Pineda, a Filipino singer and songwriter, in a YouTube video. Soon, Pineda was transported across the globe and into stardom on his journey world-class musician status. Follow along as Pineda fills the shoes of previous Journey singers before him, while adding his own style to the mix as a rock and roll underdog. (SM) Not Rated.

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

It’s a sweet and funny all ages movie... with an edge. Both the title character (Steve Carell), and his similarly nom de plumed pal Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) were loners as kids, but were fascinated by magic. A proposed partnership in the craft has led to them being huge old-style stars in Vegas, where

after a couple of decades, they’re kinda tired of each other. The edge enters with outrageous Criss Angel-like Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) coming to town and stealing away their crowds. The film features an amazing one-take shot of an illusion called “The Hangman,” designed by David Copperfield. (ES) Rated PG-13

THE CALL

Girls getting thrown into trunks. Girls kidnapped and killed in their homes. Every time, they call 911. Every time, that 911 call costs them their lives. “It’s already done,” an enraged serial killer whispers as he finished off his next victim. Unfortunately, this particular serial killer underestimates how much of a badass Halle Berry, the 911 dispatcher who takes these calls, turns out to be. In a race against time and an insane killer, dispatcher Jordan (Berry) must figure out the truth behind these atrocities and concoct a plan to stop them for good. (SM) Rated R.

now playing 21 AND OVER

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

AMOUR

Taking home the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year was a touching and at times jarring film about a couple in their 80s whose lives change dramatically after the wife suffers a stroke. The French-language film features an Academy Award nominated performance from Emmanuelle Riva, who plays the stricken Anne opposite of an equally impressive showing from Jean-Louis Trintignant. At Magic Lantern. (MB) Rated PG-13.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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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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

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON

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

IDENTITY THIEF

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

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER

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

THE LAST EXORCISM PART II

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

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

Despite being a CGI-heavy affair, Sam Raimi’s Oz feels incredibly alive. Fueled by the same gleeful energy that drove Raimi’s earliest work, it not only serves as a worthy tribute to the wonderland conceived by L. Frank Baum but also a celebration of moviemaking itself. This prequel to the 1939 classic fittingly opens with a circus sideshow circa 1905 where the ramshackle wooden structures instantly recall Evil Dead’s shoddy sets. This black-and-white chapter introduces Oscar “Oz” Diggs (James Franco), a lowrung magician/first-rate Lothario, who ends up in a tornado that lands him in a familiar Technicolor landscape where he encounters Theodora (Mila Kunis) and a couple of witches, played by Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. (CW) Rated PG.

SAFE HAVEN

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 deepseated 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 gutwrenching like that. (SM) Rated PG-13

SIDE EFFECTS

The newest collaboration between director Steven Soderbergh and writer Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!) is their best. It’s a twistyturny 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 ZetaJones is her former psychiatrist. Things, to a degree you couldn’t possibly guess,

go wrong, astoundingly wrong. Great writing and direction, every actor is spoton. At Magic Lantern (ES) Rated R

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

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

SNITCH

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

WARM BODIES

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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The Jewish Cultural Film Festival gives Spokane a look at rarely seen cinema he Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival is showing three films this week, hoping to expose a part of the film industry most of us have never seen. “We do it as a fundraiser for the organization,” says Larry Weiser, an organizer of the festival, which raises money for Spokane Area Jewish Family Services. “Also, the goal is to provide more of a cultural Jewish experience to the community.” The films are chosen by committee, Weiser says, and are representative of modern Israeli life. Weiser says he hopes people go to all three movies, as each provides a unique depiction of Israeli life. The festival starts on Thursday night with Mabul (The Flood). This Hebrew-language film is about a teenage boy’s confused coming of age. Although academically talented, Yoni is a scrawny weakling. He desperately wants to become stronger. Meanwhile, his mother and father are constantly fighting and use him as a messenger. Complicating things even more, his autistic brother comes home after years of living in an asylum. His return throws the family into chaos and forces them to reevaluate their relationships. On Saturday, an hour before the 8 pm film, there will be a wine and dessert reception at Boots Bakery and Lounge. Afterward, walk

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A Stranger in His Own Mind Guitar master Leo Kottke finds himself on the road again By Jon Brown

t’s hard to make sense of a musician like Leo Kottke, a man who once described his own music as sounding “like geese farts on a muggy day.” His mostly instrumental approach to music has allowed him to touch on a dizzying array of genres, from blues to classical to folk to experimental jazz improvisation. But in music stores his recordings are just as often found in the “New Age” section as any other, a classification that is as unfair as it is inaccurate. “Categories, genres, kinds, styles — it’s all baloney,” says Kottke over the phone. “Crud for sale. I’ve tried to imagine how I’d review, say, Bill Evans. I couldn’t do it. After ‘wow’ what the hell can you say?” In Kottke’s case one could easily say “virtuoso.” His devastatingly articulate technique interweaves finger-picked melodies, harmonies and syncopated rhythms so seamlessly that it often sounds as if one is listening to a disciplined phalanx of guitarists working together in perfect unison. But it’s just one guy, and one guitar. “It’s a lucky break, and a very particular doom, to be curious about a musical instrument,” says Kottke. “There are people who’ve devoted their lives to the piccolo. I envy their portability… I put my head down when I found the guitar and it’s stayed there.” Kottke’s single-minded obsession with the guitar has led to an extraordinarily prolific, decadeslong career. His first proper studio recording, 1969’s 6- and 12-String Guitar, recorded for his mentor John Fahey’s Takoma Records imprint, remains among the finest expressions of solo acoustic guitar music ever made. It was released when he was only 24 years old. “I don’t really know that guy anymore,” Kottke says of his younger self. “It’s impossible to describe what it’s like to meet up with him every time I play one of his tunes. “But here he is, a complete alien made up of parts I’m still using. It’s far easier to align only with the music; I can understand that kid in there — and I like him — but after that I really need to get away from the guy. Somebody said it’s good to look at the past but not to stare at it.” That idea — of not staring at your past — has been a defining characteristic of Kottke’s musical life. Always moving forward, his dedication to his craft saw him put ...continued on next page

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MUSIC | GUITAR “A Stranger in His Own Mind,” continued... out at least one record every year through most of the 1970s and ’80s, and through constant touring he became a beloved staple of concert halls and music festivals all over the world. But all that writing, recording and touring eventually took a toll. Kottke’s famously powerful, percussive style and the frequency with which it was employed led to serious tendon damage in his hands, a painful condition that threatened to derail his career. Instead of accepting defeat, Kottke undertook a monumental task: retraining himself to play the guitar in a way that would take some pressure off the joints and tendons that had suffered damage. After a couple of years away, learning to play in this new style, he hit the ground running and hasn’t

really stopped. While he hasn’t recorded a new solo album in almost 10 years, Kottke has continued to tour regularly and has collaborated on two records with Phish bassist Mike Gordon. “Mike Gordon and I, and with Jon Fishman (Phish’s drummer) for the first time, may be recording again,” says Kottke. “I’m also dreaming up some stuff for possible use in [Terrence] Malick’s new movie. All of these ideas could blow up… or turn into something. I’m a very bad planner and am usually the cause of things running away. It’s stupid. I retain stupid like a scar.” Whether or not Kottke ever makes another album, it has always been live performance that has best

defined him. His formative years were spent hitchhiking around the country, guitar in hand, singing for his supper. On stage he still channels that rare, bard-like spirit of the itinerant musician, engaging the audience with humorous, poignant, or often just plain bizarre monologues before launching effortlessly into his intricately complex tunes. “I’m better at performance,” says Kottke. “There’s something good and spooky about stages. I like knowing that tonight won’t happen again.” n music@inlander.com Leo Kottke • Sun, March 17, at 7 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • $30-$45 • All-ages • ticketswest.com • (800) 325-SEAT

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There and Back Again Since being tempted by a major label, indie rapper Murs is thriving again in the underground By Jordan Satterfield

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or a moment, it seemed Murs could be the king of the underground. His stage name, after all, touted his commitment to the underground: Murs stands for “Making Underground Raw Shit.” After a few underground LP releases in the late 1990s, Murs — real name Nick Carter — hit his stride when he dropped a string of fantastic solo and collaborative releases in the early aughts. His 2003 The End of the Beginning is a bombastic and thrilling underground hip-hop record, equally easy on the ears and heavy on the mind. His work with producer 9th Wonder, particularly on the album Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, was inspired and yielded some unbelievably deep results. In 2008, Murs finally caught the eye of major label Warner Bros. Records — and they must have managed to give him something he wanted bad enough to go major. His record from that year, Murs for President, is by no means unlistenable, but something is definitely missing. Uneven and slightly weak, the smarts were gone — as was the heart. Where does a rapper like Murs, so proud of his underground beginnings, go after a relatively disappointing major label debut? Thankfully, Murs’ stint as a Warner Bros. recording artist was as brief as it was unfortunate, and he went back to his roots, working with numerous

underground hip-hop labels and collectives. Which only makes his most recent record all the more exciting. After another satisfying record with collaborator 9th Wonder, Murs went back underground and started work with the legendary producer Ski Beatz in affiliation with the indie hip-hop association DD172. With the return to the underground came a surge in creativity, and his two solo records since then have been some of his better work. There’s still work to be done: not every punch lands right where he wants it to, and some of his more well-meaning raps are a little preachy. But he has, more or less, returned to form. Murs’ supposedly last collaboration with 9th Wonder, appropriately titled The Final Adventure, has been the best part of his return. Rationing intelligence, edge and some fantastic metropolitan beats, the two have created a fitting swan song for their decade-long project. So what material will the extremely prolific rapper be performing when he throws down this week in Spokane? It’s not safe to say. But then again, Murs has never really been safe. n music@inlander.com

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music | sound advice

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arage Voice is a funny little band. It purveys in the droning, time-tested sound of gospel music — a Hammond B3 organ crooning along behind the band’s guitars and drums. And the band sings songs of amazing grace, lyrics dotted with Bible verses. But Garage Voice is neither making Christian music nor poking fun at the sounds that have echoed in churches for ages, one member told The Inlander last year. Instead, Garage Voice is trying to pay respect to the traditions that came before it. They do sex things up a bit, though, making those gospel sounds into toe-tapping rock songs, getting listeners to dance in a way that schmaltzy church music never could. — LEAH SOTTILE Garage Voice with Dead Serious Lovers and the Perennials • Thurs, March 14, at 10 pm • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague Ave. • $5 • 21+ • 838-1570

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Thursday, 3/14

J Baby Bar, Catholic Guilt, The Januaries Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, DJ Dave Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks Carr’s Corner, Twisted Insane, Young Bop, Firing Squad, Nine Side, 2MuchDaHempHead, I-5 Kartel, Big Suece and Phenom, Bendavis, Chris B and Gondi, RymADay, Lyrical Alkemists The Cellar, Ron Criscione Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny Fedora Pub, Coeur d’Alene Charter Acadamy Jazz Quartet Forty-One South (208-265-2000), Truck Mills Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J THE Hop!, Alijah and Friends John’s Alley, Jaden Carlson Band J Laguna Café, Just Plain Darin J LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Marquee, MCSQAURED Moon Time, Angela Marie Project J Mootsy’s, Garage Voice (see story above), Dead Serious Lovers, The Perennials O’Shay’s, Open mic Phat House, Afrobeat Lounge Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser Swamp, DJ Aphrodisiac Zola, Cruxie

Friday, 3/15

315 Martini Bar & Tapas, Bill Bozly Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Mistaken Identity Bluz at the Bend, Big Mumbo Blues

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HARDCORE UNRESTRAINED

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f you grew up on a steady diet of Seattle bands like Kiss It Goodbye and Botch, then you’re probably going to want to get some babysitters lined up for Saturday night. Unrestrained, a Portland straight-edge hardcore outfit, will be exploding eardrums that night downtown. If you haven’t heard of the band, you wouldn’t be the first: some even say Unrestrained has been “criminally overlooked” throughout its tenure. The name is perfectly fitting: the band holds back nothing in its unrelenting onslaught of drums and screams and angular guitar lines. They’re respected for their longtime commitment to the scene, but also for never pandering and never copying what’s been done before. Get down there and buy them a ginger ale. — LEAH SOTTILE Unrestrained with Losing Skin and Deathblow • Sat, March 16, at 9:30 pm • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague Ave. • $5 • 21+ • 838-1570 Bolo’s (891-8995), Scorpius Boomer’s (368-9847), Haze Carr’s Corner, Rise From the Fallen, Universal Choke Sign, Urtek Checkerboard, Arithmetic Dog Coeur d’Alene Casino, Mark Holt, The Hitmen Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Bridges Home Cruiser’s (208-773-4706, Razin Kane Curley’s (208-773-5816), Bad Monkey Daley’s Cheap Shots, Stranglers of Bombay Fedora Pub, Truck Mills Fizzie Mulligans, Phoenix Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos Grande Ronde Cellars (4558161), Kevin Brown and Kelly Bogan J THE Hop!, Pest, Nova, Mutiny Inc., Wrath, Big P, Jay 5, Ben Ray, Young Neves, Epik, Item 9, MozezBeats, GutterHouse, Spindle, Canoe the Oracle

Hot Rods (534-4061), DJ Dave Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Jaden Carlson Band, Fruition Jones Radiator, Stephanie Hatzinikolis J Laguna Café, Diane Copeland Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Plastic Saints Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Maxie Ray Mills Mootsy’s, Baby Spiders (Flying Spiders beatbox set), Bandit Train nYne, DJ Mayhem Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Bridges Home Phat House, Mike & Evan Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Roadhose, Coyote Rose Sergio’s, Luke Jaxon Band

Stir (466-5999), Stephanie Hatzinikolis The Buckhorn (244-3991), NativeSun The Cellar, Brad Perry, RBMC Jazz The Iron Horse, Nova The Rock Bar (443-3796), Dragonfly The Shop, DJ Wax808 Twelve String Brewing Co. (9908622), Brad Keeler Viking Bar (315-4547), Raggs and Bush Doktor J Zola, Hot Club of Spokane

Saturday, 3/16

315 Martini Bar & Tapas, Nate Ostrander Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, Mistaken Identity Blue Spark, DJ Darkside Som

Bluz at the Bend, Big Mumbo Blues Bolo’s (891-8995), Scorpius Boomer’s (368-9847), Haze Boots Bakery & Lounge, Soul Brunch with DJ Darkside Som Carr’s Corner, The Green Party feat. Purpose, True Justice, Pest, So Sicc NW, Soundcast, Kagah, Krown Royal, D Logic, Spindle J the Center, Lucky You EDM Party feat. Channel Surfer, Protocall7, Heavyweight, SFD, DJs Chaos, Shauk, Snuggs, Prana, Atum, Hapi-Spo, K3rby, Mikoto Chan J Chaps (624-4182), Just Plain Darin Checkerboard, Jackhammer, Wicked Stitch, Abode for the Dead Coeur d’Alene Casino, Mark Holt, The Hitmen J Coeur d’Alene Cellars (208664-2336), One Match Left Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Brother Music


Cruiser’s (208-773-4706, Razin Kane Curley’s (208-773-5816), Bad Monkey Daley’s Cheap Shots, Stranglers of Bombay Fedora Pub, Truck Mills Fizzie Mulligans, Phoenix Gem State Club (208-245-9916), PJ Destiny Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J Huckleberry’s (624-1349, Stephanie Hatzinikolis Ichiban (747-8877), Soul Proprietor Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Turner Jones Connection

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Get your event listed in the paper and online by emailing getlisted@inlander. com. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. J Jones Radiator, The Camaros, The Blowouts La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Open mic LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Ron Greene Library Lounge, Big Hair Revolution Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Plastic Saints J Mootsy’s, Unrestrained (see story on facing page), Losing Skin, Deathblow Mt. Spokane (238-2220), Michael Lewis nYne, DJ Mayhem Phat House, Carter Freeman Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Revel77 (280-0518), Johnathan Nicholson and Friends Roadhose, Aces Up Sergio’s, Luke Jaxon Band Swamp, Angus Scott Band, B Radicals Swamp, B Radicals, The Angus Scott Band Swaxx (703-7474), Enfeeble Ataxia, Fueling the Heathen, Lei Majors, Ichabod, Twitch MC, Level Ground, Epik, Whurlwind Entertainment, In No Order, White Boy Will, Johnnicollege N Anonnmiss The Buckhorn (244-3991), Native Sun The Cellar, RBMC Jazz The Iron Horse, Nova The Lariat (466-9918), Bobby Bremer Band The Rock Bar (443-3796), Dragonfly The Shop, Lyle Morse Zola, Flying Spiders, MJ the Inhuman Beatbox, Octoninjitsu Freeforce, Third Seven

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J Bing Crosby Theater, Leo Kottke (see story on page 49) Daley’s Cheap Shots, Open mic First Street Bar (276-2320), Torino Drive

Tuesday, 3/19

J Geno’s (487-9541), Eddie Haskell Jazz Trio J THE Hop!, The Moustache Bandits, One Man Train Wreck, Midnight Release, Evergreen Ambition J Knitting Factory, Flyleaf, Drowing Pool, Stars in Stereo J Laguna Café, Robinsong Marquee, Likes Girls Palouse Community Center (878-1701), St. Paddy’s Day feat. Potatohead J Swamp, Folkinception, Dead Winter Carpenters The Cellar, Steve Ridler The Falls Club (208-773-1094), Shiner Ugly Bettie’s, DJ Dave United Church of Christ (2354193), Custer’s Grass Band, The Afterthoughs Zola, Troubador

315 Martini Bar & Tapas, Bill Bozly J Chairs Coffee (340-8787), Open mic J THE Hop!, Walk Away Alpha, Ichabod, Pro-Abortion Hot Rods (534-4061), DJ Dave John’s Alley, Polecat J Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox Marquee, DJ Paulie D J Moscow Food Co-op (208-8828537), Gypsy Dawg Phat House, The Tone Collaborative Zola, Dan Conrad, Haley Young and the Urban Achievers

Wednesday, 3/20

Monday, 3/18

Bon Bon (413-1745), DJ Darkside Som J Calypsos Coffee (208-6650591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Truck Mills John’s Alley, Dead Winter Carpenters J Red Room Lounge, Murs (see story on page 51), Prof & Lashawn, Black Cloud Rico’s (332-6566), Open mic Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic Whiskey Dick’s (474-9387), DJ Dave Zola, Nate Ostrander Trio

J Avenue Pizza, Marshall McLean Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot Pub, DJ Dave Bistro on Spruce (208-664-1774), Truck Mills Blue Spark, DJ Darkside Som Café Bodega (208-263-5911), Five Minutes of Fame open mic Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh Geno’s (487-9541), Open mic J the Hop!, Ghost Animals, Snow Golem, The Camorra, Wyatt Q. Blue and the Architects Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Left Coast Country La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Cedar & Boyer with Holly McGary Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Stephanie Hatzinikolis

Phat House, Kenny B & The Inland Worship Allstars J Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio Soulful Soups & Spirits, Open mic hosted by Son of Brad Sundown Saloon (208-765-6585), Sam Platts and the Kootenai Three The Cellar, Pat Coast The Roadhouse, Last Chance Band Zola, Island Soul

Coming Up…

Mootsy’s, Pony Time, Stickers, BBBBandits, 66beat on March 22 nYne, Rough Congress, DJ Mayhem on March 22 Knitting Factory, Volbeat, Danko Jones, Spoken on March 23 Mootsy’s, Music for Arlea 2 feat. Belt of Vapor on March 23 Knitting Factory, Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band, Lake Street Drive on March 24 Checkerboard, Naomi Punk, Rice Queen, Garlands, Normal Babies on March 25 Baby Bar, Dept. of Martyrs, Event Staph, Duck Duck Suckerpunch on March 29 Bing Crosby Theater, A Concert for Gabby feat. Tommy G and The Nug Jug Band, Raze the City, WayWard 2 on March 29 Mootsy’s, Hooves, Aranya, Mercy Brown on March 29 THE Center, Roger Clyne and The Peace Makers, Buffalo Jones on March 31

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music | venues 315 Martini bar & tapas • 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-9660 baby bar • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 the belltoWer • 125 SE Spring St., Pullman • 509-334-4195 bing Crosby theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 big Foot • 9115 N. Division • 467-9638 blue spark • 15 S. Howard St. • 838-5787 bluz at the benD • 2721 N. Market • 483-7300 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • (208) 882-5216 Carr’s Corner • 230 S. Washington • 474-1731 the Cellar • 317 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-9463 the Center • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • 742-7879 the CheCkerboarD • 1716 E. Sprague Ave • 535-4007 Coeur D’alene Casino • 37914 South Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 Daley’s Cheap shots • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 eiCharDt’s • 212 Cedar St. Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 FeDora pub • 1726 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-8888 Fizzie Mulligan’s • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 Fox theater • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 gibliano brothers • 718 W. Riverside Ave. • 315-8765 the hop! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 iChiban • 202 W. Third Ave. • 747-8877 iron horse • 407 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-7314 John’s alley • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 Jones raDiator • 120 E. Sprague Ave. • 747-6005 knitting FaCtory • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 laguna CaFé • 4302 S. Regal St. • 4480887 library lounge • 110 E. Fourth Ave • 747-3371 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 Marquee • 522 W. Riverside Ave • 838-3332 Mezzo pazzo Wine bar • 2718 E. 57th Ave. • 863-9313 Moon tiMe • 1602 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2331 Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 northern quest Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 nyne • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621 o’shay’s • 313 Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-4666 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne St. • 443-4103 roaDhouse Country roCk bar • 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 seasons oF Coeur D’alene • 209 Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 sergio’s • 825 W. Riverside Ave. • 7472085 the shop • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 soulFul soups & spirits • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 the sWaMp • 1904 W 5th Ave • 458-2337 ugly bettie’s • 211 N. Division • 747-8940 zola • 22 W. Main • 624-2416

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ART FROM THE BASEMENT

The Art Spirit Gallery is doing some spring cleaning. They’ve dug through their basement collection and are sharing their favorites in this monthlong show. With more than 850 original works and 60 artists to draw from, there will be plenty of variety. See work by notable local artists like Harold Balazs, Victoria Brace, George Carlson and Mary Farrell. The Art Spirit’s mission is to give quality local artists a professional venue in which to display their work while exposing the local area to high-quality art. — ELI FRANCOVICH Best of the Basement • Through April 6 • Free • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • theartspiritgallery.com • 208-765-6006

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LITERATURE WAR IS ABSURD

BENEFIT SAMPLING SPOKANE

Reading with with David Abrams • Tue, March 19 at 7 pm • Auntie’s Bookstore • 402 W. Main Ave. • auntiesbooks.com • 838-0206

Taste Spokane • Fri, March 15 from 6-10 pm • $35-$40 • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • tastespokane.com • 744-3411

Thanks to YouTube, we now have evidence that troops spend their deployment down time doing the Harlem Shake and lip-syncing to Lady Gaga and “Gangnam Style.” But there’s a long history of absurdity in war, and David Abrams’ Fobbit follows the satirical legacy of Catch-22, with an emphasis on military-speak that would make Orwell proud. The critically acclaimed novel is based on his own experience of 20 years in the U.S. Army, including a 2005 deployment in Iraq as a part of a public affairs team. — LISA WAANANEN

If you’ve been itching to hit the casino but don’t want to throw your cash away, then wait until Friday and blow your money on a good cause. The locally-based Wishing Star Foundation and Northern Quest Resort & Casino will be hosting some of Spokane’s finest restaurants and wineries for a glitzy taste-testing night. The proceeds will go to granting wishes for local children with life-threatening illnesses. So rest easy, throw caution to the wind, imbibe, enjoy live music and munch on some great food. — ERIC GAVELIN


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NATURE SWAN FESTIVAL

The days are growing longer, the spring bulbs are starting to sprout from the ground and the area wildlife is beginning to stir again as the Inland Northwest reawakens for another spring. This early period of the season also means hundreds of swans will traverse the Pend Oreille River Valley as they migrate north toward their breeding grounds, many stopping to rest and feed at Calispell Lake, outside of Usk, Wash. Wildlife watchers from all over the Northwest are invited to make the trip up north for this annual celebration to catch a glimpse of the majestic birds and attend presentations by local biologists and wildlife preservation advocates. — CHEY SCOTT Tundra Swan Celebration • Sat, March 16 from 10 am-3 pm • $5-$10 • Camas Wellness Center • 1821 Old LeClerc Rd., Usk, Wash. • porta-us.com • 447-5286

CONFERENCE INTELLECTUALS UNITE

Those who speak at TED or TEDx conferences are like the professors you always wish you had in school, and their lectures or “talks” enthrall even those with the shortest attention spans. The most popular TED Talk on record (with more than 15 million views) explains how schools today kill creativity; another tells you “how to live,” according to Steve Jobs. TEDxSpokane, an independently organized TED event by local educators, will focus on the themes of creativity, action and service. The event features speakers ranging in professions from choreographer to doctor to solar energy engineer, each with an important message to express to the Spokane community. — KATE DINNISON TEDxSpokane • Sat, March 16 from 9 am-4 pm • $40 • Saint George’s School • 2929 W. Waikiki Rd. • tedxspokane.com

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relationships

Advice Goddess Ex-Rated Movie

I’ve been with my boyfriend for a year. We were best friends and talked about everything — what our kids would be like, projects we’d do together, magical worlds, and even other people we found attractive. Then, on his computer, I accidentally clicked on what I thought was just some porn video, but I recognized his blanket and realized it was he and his ex-girlfriend having sex (when they were dating). I had a very hard time seeing him with amy alkon someone else and have become very sensitive and jealous, and this has set our relationship on edge. We don’t talk as we used to. So many areas have become off-limits (even just whom he had lunch with) because he’s so afraid that anything he says will upset or hurt me. I want to communicate as we used to when I was his “cool girlfriend.” —Shut Out Katharine Hepburn could have made a sex tape without anyone ever knowing, because after the 8 mm film got transferred to video, her image would have been hard to discern from that of Ernest Borgnine, Sasquatch, or Yogi Bear. Thanks to technological advances, whenever some dermatologist in Idaho clicks up Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, her agent probably gets a call telling him she’s got some 2 mm birthmark that needs looking at. As distressing as it is that you could probably pick your boyfriend’s ex out of a lineup — one from the waist down — it’s not like you found footage of him clubbing squirrels. You just got unfortunate visual confirmation of what you already knew: He had a girlfriend before you. They did more than spoon. Jealousy is a good thing when it rears its little green head to warn of an actual threat to the relationship: “Eeek! He’s having sex with another woman…” But jealousy needs a slap in the mouth from reason when there is no real threat: “…and it happened a year before we’d even met.” To help yourself think rationally, don’t be nebulously hysterical (“I’m afraaaaid!”). Verbalize exactly what you’re actually afraid of — probably that he’d leave you, maybe for his ex. Next, consider what would happen if he actually did. The world would not end. Your head would not fall off, roll under the bed, and become a cat toy. You’d probably sob into your pillow for a few months, but you’d eventually get over him and get on with your life. To get back the relationship you had, start acting as if you’d never lost it — meaning, when your boyfriend asks you the time, you just tell him; you don’t shriek that all you can see is that clock on the nightstand in his sex video. There’s a good deal of research, laid out by psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman in “The As If Principle,” that suggests that changing how you behave is actually the fastest, most effective way to change how you feel. Let your boyfriend know that you know your fears aren’t rational, that you’re going to stop acting like they are, and that he, in turn, needs to stop treating you like a bomb that could be triggered by “pass the salt.” Before long, you should be his cool girlfriend again — faster, probably, if that blanket from the video finds its way to some homeless man. Ideally, he should be one who isn’t in your neighborhood, lest your response to “Spare change?” be “You whore!”

Jest Not That Into You

Women always say they like a man with a good sense of humor. What exactly does that mean? I think I’m funny. Do I have to bust right out with a bunch of hilarity on —A Guy the first date?



If a woman agrees to go out with you, it isn’t so she can finally find out why the chicken crossed the road. She either wants a free dinner or wants to figure out whether you’re worth seeing again. You’re unlikely to score a second date by pelting her with jokes and one-liners, which suggests you prepared for the evening by memorizing the joke book on the back of the toilet. What impresses a woman are shows of wit — spontaneous expressions of humor in response to something she says or something around you. Wit reflects intelligence while communicating your worldview — telling her who you are far more interestingly than droning on about your major and your dream to someday get your boss to assign you a better parking space. That said, don’t get so caught up in making her laugh that you forget that connecting with her is the point. Make her feel like a one-woman audience for your “act” and she’ll figure out for herself why the chicken crossed the road. (Because it would rather be hit by car than listen to another one of your jokes.) n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)

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events | calendar

Comedy

Living RoomImprovised live comedy based on audience suggestions. Fridays through March 29 at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) Marc YaffeeLive comedy show. March 15-16 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) Safari Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays through March 30 at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) Tracy Morgan“Excuse my French” live comedy show by the star of “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live.” March 29 at 7:30 pm. $45-$55. Mature audiences. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200)

Community

Feed the NeighborhoodFree meals provided every Thursday from 4-6 pm. Free. (Volunteers also needed to cook meals) 7th and Catherine Ave., Post Falls, Idaho. (208-661-5166) Easter Bunny’s ArrivalCelebrate the arrival of spring with the Easter Bunny. March 15 from 11 am-8 pm. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny through March 30. Times vary. River Park Square atrium, 808 W. Main Ave. riverparksquare.com (456-3413) Spokane Valley Birthday Party Celebrate the city’s 10th anniversary with cake, a carnival, games, historical presentations, live entertainment, craft fair and more. March 16 from 10 am-3 pm. Free. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (720-5411) Unity’s 100th Anniversary Gala An evening featuring keynote speakers, music, presentations, dinner and more. March 16 at 4:30. $35 for dinner. Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. unityspokane.org (838-6518) Third District Town HallSen. Andy Billig, Rep. Timm Ormsby and Rep. Marcus Riccelli will hold two town hall meetings to hear from constituents and answer questions. March 16. Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash, from 10 am-noon. Emmanuel Family Life Center, 631 S. Richard Allen Ct., from 2-4 pm. Free. (360-786-7604) Youth Camp FundraiserWestern barbeque dinner, auction and more to benefit youth camps and activities. March 16 from 4:30-8:30 pm. $10. Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Rd. (893-1593) St. Patrick’s Day Parade35th annual parade through downtown Spokane featuring entertainment and more, hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Donations will be collected for Second Harvest Food Bank. March 16 at noon. Downtown Spokane. FriendlySonsofStPatrick.com (880-2785) St. Paddy’s Day CelebrationTraditional Irish dinner and music by local band Potatohead with performances by traditional Irish dancers. March 17 starting at 5 pm. $7-$16. Palouse Community Center, 220 E. Main St, Palouse, Wash. (878-1701) Volunteer Info SessionLearn about the volunteer opportunities with Catholic Charities. March 19 from 10-11:15 am. Free. Catholic Charities Family Services Center, 12 E. Fifth Ave.

ccspokane.org (358-4270) Peace & Economic Justice Action Conference 4th annual conference featuring skill-building, activist training, workshops and more. Keynote speaker s Allison Cook of the “Story of Stuff” project. March 15-16. Opening reception Fri from 5:30-8:30 pm (free), Conference Sat from 8 am-5:30 pm, $15-$40. Unitarian Universalist, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. peacejustice.org (838-7870) Health ForumSpokane Public Radio and City Cable 5 will present facts and myths surrounding the Affordable Healthcare Act, known as ObamaCare. March 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Free and open to all. Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (328-5729)

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A Course in MiraclesTheological study group. Thursdays at 7 pm. Love Your Life Center, 1111 E. Sherman Ave. Coeur d’Alene. (208-777-1996) Country Swing LessonsLearn country-style swing dancing with The Swinging Boots. Thursdays from 7-9 pm. $5. The Roadhouse Country Rock Bar, 20 N. Raymond Rd. (413-1894) Argentine Tango LessonsLessons for newcomers are free on Monday and Thursdays at 6 pm. Club Corazon, 2117 E. 37th Ave. (688-4587)

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Computer Sale FundraiserComputers, laptops, monitors and other equipment and electronics will be sold to benefit Ambassadors Scholarship Foundation. March 15-17. $5-$100. All computers approx. 5 years old, have been wiped clean. River Park Square, Second Floor, 808 W. Main Ave. ambassadorsgiving.org (568-7509) INW Motorcycle ShowVendors, displays, stunt show, prizes and more. March 15-17. Fri from 3-8 pm, Sat from 10 am-8 pm, Sun from 10 am-4 pm. $10. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (466-4256) TEDxSpokane Inspirational talks by local and national speakers. March 16 from 9 am-4 pm. $40. St. George’s School, 2929 W. Waikiki Rd. tedxspokane.com (jamie.tender@sgs.org) Spring BazaarCrafts, vendors, and more. March 16 from 9 am-4 pm. Free admission. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. womansclubspokane.org (838-5667) Magical Mystical Tour“Messages from the Angels and Your Loved Ones” spiritual event with psychic readings and more. March 16 from 10 am-5 pm. $45. Spokane Valley private residence. For more information call 924-6204. Historical Combat Reenactment Practice Practices open to those interested in learning and performing stage fights based on techniques in the medieval period. Saturdays through March 30 from 10 am-noon. Free. Spokane Valley Partners, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (993-0253) Social Swing DanceSocial dance including a one-hour lesson on blues dancing. March 17 from 6-10 pm; les-

son from 6-7 pm. $5-$8. German American Society Hall, 25 W. Third Ave. (954-2158) Move Your MoneyBALLE webinar series presentation on partnering with local banks and credit unions. March 19 from 4-5 pm. Free. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. sunpeopledrygoods.com (368-9378) Five Minutes of FameOpen mic night for prose, poetry, music or comedy. March 20 (third Wednesday of every month) at 6:30 pm. Café Bodega, 504 Oak, Sandpoint (208-263-5911) Inspiring Design FuturesSymposium presented by the College of Art and Architecture. March 20 from 8:30 am-7 pm. Free and open to the public. University of Idaho, SUB, 709 Deakin Ave., Moscow. (208-885-7521)

Film

Grass RoutesDocumentary screening hosted by the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. March 14 at 7 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) Saint Patrick Irish LegendScreening of the biographical film on St. Patrick, starring Patrick Bergin. March 15 at 7 pm. Free. Lidgerwood Presbyterian, 4449 N. Nevada St. (487-9667) Sci-Fi SpectacularScreening of the film “Back to the Future” with a discussion to follow on the movie with Mobius science and film experts, with admission to Mobius Science Center included. March 16 at 10 am. $15 (includes museum admission). Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Back to the FutureScreening of the sci-fi film. March 16 at 7 pm. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7638) Reel Movies for Reel NeedsFamilies with special needs children are invited to see a movie as part of a new program designed to better accommodate such children. Movies shown the first and third Sundays in March and April (March 17 and April 7 and 21) at 11 am. $6/adults; kids under 14 free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208882-4127) Producing VideoLearn the basics of getting a video ready for broadcast during a two-hour class. March 19 at 3 pm. $20/class session. CommunityMinded Enterprises, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2632) The Neverending StoryScreening of the fantasy film. March 19-20 at 7 pm. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638) Bitter SeedsDocumentary screening as part of the Moscow Food Co-op’s “Food for Thought” series. March 20 at 7 pm. $4-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-8537) Silver Linings PlaybookScreening of the Oscar-nominated film. March 2123 at 7:30 pm. $6-$7. Panida, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) Growth BustersScreening of the film on shifting to a sustainable consumer/living model. March 21 at 4 pm. Free. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Lunafest Screenings of films in the nationally touring festival of short fims by, for and about women. March 21 at 7:30 pm. $3-$15. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-885-2777)


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Local Wine SpotlightSample Spokane wineries’ award-winning wines, paired with cheese and bread. March 15 at 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 37th Ave. (3432253) Taste SpokaneSeventh annual event featuring live music, food, beverages, raffle and more, benefiting Wishing Star Foundation of Spokane. March 15 from 6-10 pm. $35-$40. Additional taste tokens $2/each or 12/$20. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. tastespokane.com (744-3411) St. Patrick’s Day DinnerAll-youcan-eat dinner of corned beef, cabbage, Irish-style ham, soda bread and desserts, and live entertainment. March 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm. $5-$10. Green Bluff Grange, 9809 E. Green Bluff Rd. (2386252) Cheesemaking 101Learn to make Greek-style yogurt and mozzarella cheese with Trish Vieira of Spokane Family Farms. March 16 from 11 am-1 pm. $35, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. sunpeopledrygoods.com (368-9378) Intro to Chicken KeepingLearn chicken keeping regulations in the Spokane area, housing, breed selection, caring for chickens and more. March 16 from 3-5 pm. $20, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Easter Brunch CookingLearn to make pastries and dishes to create an Easter brunch menu. March 18 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) Wine, RefinedSommelier Eric Cook will offer six wines with six food flavors, explaining different wine styles, tasting rituals and food pairing. March 18 from 6-8 pm. $50. Inland NW Culinary Academy at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) Bread MakingLearn how to make pizza dough, sunflower bread, braided French bread, and a stuffed bread. March 19 at 6 pm. $45. Joanie’s Magic Spoon, 10307 N. Prairie Dr. (624-6564) Baby It’s Cold OutsideLearn to cook dishes that will warm you from the inside out with Chef Steve Geving. Mar. 20 from 10:30 am-1:30 pm. $25, reservations required. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Ln. (208-437-0426) Curry in a HurryLearn to make Indian-style cheese with spinach (palek paneer) and vegetable samosas with apricot chutney. March 20 from 6-8 pm. $50. Inland NW Culinary Academy at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) Brunch for All OccasionsLearn how to make a brunch meal for the upcoming spring holidays. March 20 at 6 pm. $45. Joanie’s Magic Spoon, 10307 N. Prairie Dr. (624-6564) Sierra Nevada Beer TastingSample several new craft brews from Sierra Nevada and the new March Brewers Dozen keg. March 21 at 7 pm and 9 pm. $12. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls (208-457-9885)

Music

Spokane Area Youth ChoirsPerformance by all choirs featuing special musical guests. March 14 at 7 pm. $5-$8. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7638)

Winter Choral Concert“A Poet’s Voice” concert featuring the Cardinal Chorale and Chamber Singers. March 14 at 7:30 pm. Free. NIC Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave, Cd’A. (208-769-7734) Comtemporary Piano ConcertSolo piano performances by Donovan Johnson and Lynn Yew Evers. March 15 at 7 pm. Donations accepted. Private residence in the Five Mile Prairie area. Call for directions. (467-4496) Spokane SymphonyClassics series: “A Hero’s Life” featuring works by Strauss and Verdi. March 16 at 8 pm and March 17 at 3 pm. $14+. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. spokanesymphony.org (624-1200) Horse Crazy and Judy CoderCountry/cowboy music concert benefiting the Ritzville Art Gallery. March 16 at 7 pm. $10, refreshments and beverages by donation. Ritzville Art Gallery, 109 W. Main St. (208-968-1839) Leo KottkeConcert by Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist. Mar. 16 at 8 pm. $30. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. panida.org (208-263-9191) Leo KottkeConcert by Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist. Mar. 17 at 7 pm. $30-$45. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-4704) The Piatigorsky FoundationMembers of the renowned New York-based music foundation will perform. March 18 at 7:30 pm. $15-$20. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950) Featuring…US Concert featuring members and ensembles from the NIC Wind Symphony. March 20 at 7:30 pm. Free. NIC Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave, Cd’A. (208769-7734) Spokane SymphonyConcert including selections from the Star Wars Suite, West Side Story and Beethoven. March 20 at 7 pm. $5, free for students. Tickets at the door. Deer Park High School, 800 S. Weber Rd. (624-1200)

Sports

The Flying Irish RunWeekly 3-mile run. Thursdays at 6 pm. Free. Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division. flyingirish.org Spokane ChiefsHockey game vs. TriCity Americans. Mar. 15 at 7 pm. $9-$21. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (279-7000) Revenge of the Rubber Chicken Scholarship fundraiser basketball game between Ferris and Lewis & Clark alumni. March 15 at 6 pm. $5-$20. Ferris High School, 3020 E. 37th Ave. (951-4352) Spokane Table Tennis ClubPingpong club meets Saturdays from 1-4 pm. $2/visit. Northeast Youth Center, 3004 E. Queen Ave. (456-3581) Spokane Table TennisPing-pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. (768-1780) Tundra Swan CelebrationSwan migration viewing, presentations by biologists and more. March 16 from 10 am-3 pm. $5-$10. Kalispel Tribe Camas Wellness Center, 1821 N. LeClerc Rd. Usk, Wash. porta-us.com (509-447-7122) Bike TalkPresentation on planning a long-range bike trip with local authors and cyclists. March 16 from 11 am-noon. Free. On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E.

Palouse Hwy. (747-6294) Beginner Bike Maintenance Class Bring your bike and learn how to perform a safety check, lube the chain, fix the chain and change the rear tire. March 16 at 8 am. $25. Fitness Fanatics, 12425 E. Trent. (922-6080)

Theater

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. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) Speech and DebateComedy inspired by the 2005 scandal involving former Spokane Mayor Jim West. Through March 16. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm and select special showings on March 16 at 2 pm. $15-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) The CruciblePerformance of the Arthur Miller drama by The JACC’s Theatre Troop. Through March 17, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$15. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. thejacklincenter. org (208-457-8950) Almost, MaineRomantic comedy performed by the Mead HS Theatre Arts dept. March 13-15 at 7 pm. $5-$8. Mead High School, 302 W. Hastings Rd. Ode Original play written by EWU professor Jonathan Johnson. March 14 at 5 pm. $10; EWU students free. Eastern Washington University, Cheney. (3592459) Sindee Lou EllaA Cinderella story. Through March 24. Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 1 pm and 4 pm, Sundays at 1 pm. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. (328-4886) The Laramie ProjectDocumentary theater performance based on actual events. Through March 16. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sun at 2 pm. $6-$8. Whitworth Cowles Auditorium, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-3707) Slipperzz“The Torrid Tale of Cobb and the 12 Dancing Princesses” performed by local actors in grades 3-6. Through March 17. Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $5-$10. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave, Newport. (671-3389). Lucky EnoughLocally written play. Through March 24. Fri-Sat at 7 pm; Sun at 2 pm and Sat, March 16 at 2 pm. $13$15. Sixth Streeth Theater, 212 Sixth St. Wallace, Idaho. (208-752-8871) American WayComedy performed as a staged reading. March 15-16 at 7:30 pm. Free, donations accepted. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. ignitetheatre.org (795-0004) West Side StoryMusical as part of the Best of Broadway series. Mar. 21-24. Show times vary. $33-$73. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. inbpac.com (279-7000)

Visual Arts

Best of the BasementArt exhibit featuring the original works by local artists, curated from the gallery’s inventory of more than 850 works by more than 50 artists. March 8-April 6. Artist reception March 8 from 5-8 pm. Free. The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman, Cd’A. (208765-6006) Jan ClizerScottish- and Celtic-inspired paintings. Through March 31. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 Williams St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950)

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Pub pong, Plantation Lounge, 2012 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho Pub pong, Studio K, 2810 E. 29th Ave. Nintendo, Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St.

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Darts, Plantation Lounge, 2012 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho

Thursday

Pub Pong, The Grail, 4720 Seltice Art SamplerStudents will explore different materials to create art inspired by famous 20th century artists. Fridays from 4-5:40 pm. $15/class. Ages 8-12. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. spokaneartschool.net (325-3001) Post Falls High School Art Show Art exhibit featuring work by Post Falls High School students. March 15-April 5. Artist reception Mar. 15 from 5-7 pm. Free. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. Artist DemonstrationArtist Tom Hanson will demonstrate techniques with acrylics on canvas and display his art. March 15 from 5-7 pm. Free. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman-Mica Rd. (747-0812) Reho Barron and Kay Borland Artist reception featuring work by members of the River Ridge Association of Fine Arts. Through March 31. Artist reception March 16 from 2-4 pm. Free. Forza Coffee, 2829 E. 29th. (981-6170) Let’s PaintCreate a project while exploring color mixing, drawing and famous artists. Tuesdays from 1-2 pm. $10/class. Ages 4-7. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. (325-3001)

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Naked Lunch BreakLiterary open mic and reading series featuring a Limerick Slam. Participants must sign up to read three minutes of material. March 14 from 11:30-1:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Riverpoint Campus, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (368-6557) An Agent’s View of Picture Books Workshop with literary agent Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency. March 16 from 1-4 pm. $49-$69.

Way, Coeur d’Alene Pub pong, Litz’s, 204 E. Ermina Ave.

Saturday

Keg races & mechanical bulls, Big Al’s, 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls

Sunday

Poker, Ugly Bettie’s, 211 N. Division Poker, Studio K, 2810 E. 29th Ave. Visit Inlander.com/events for complete listings of venues hosting karaoke, trivia, bar games and open mics. River Park Square, Kress Gallery, 808 W. Main Ave, Third Level. (838-5371) Writing RallyAnnual family literacy event led by Whitworth teachers candidates and faculty of the School of Education. March 16 starting at 8 am. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4937) Jess Steven HughesThe author will sign copies of his book “The Sign of the Eagle.” March 16 from 11 am-4 pm. Free. All Things Irish, 315 E. Sherman Ave., Cd’A (208-667-0131) Gonzaga O’Leary Lecture“Science and the World’s Future” lecture by biochemist Bruce Alberts. March 18 at 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga, Cataldo Hall, 205 E. Boone Ave. (313-3888) David AbramsDiscussion, Q&A session and siging by the author of “Fobbit,” a NYT Notable Book of the Year. March 19 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Paul Lindholdt“On Attention: Portal to the Natural World” lecture hosted by the Inland Northwest Land Trust. March 19 at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. inlandnwlandtrust.org (328-2939) Inland NW Writer’s GuildHear local writers read from their latest works and participate in a quick-write session. March 20 at 6:30 pm. Free, open to all writers. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Brandon R. SchrandThe author will read from his new memoir, “Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem & Misbehavior.” March 20 at 7:30 pm. Free. Bookpeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) n

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SFCC Cute red head. You: The girl that loves The Great Gatsby, always has a bow or something cute in your hair, and always looks drop dead gorgeous. Me: Tall blonde surfer boy: I see you every day and every time it takes my breath away. You have smiled at me a few times and so if you are reading this, we should go out on a date sometime!! Thank you for being awesome!

trade numbers with you, I don’t know. Anyway, if you need help installing the new light, let me know. You definitely lit up my life that day.

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Division Qdoba I saw you chilling at Qdoba. You: short, spunky, long haired brunette who would jokingly talk in a mouse voice. You were eating chicken nachos. I heard you say that you really wanted to get a shout out on one of these pages. Me: a chubby and fiery redhead who loves to chill and go for drives at night. Holler back sometime, onibaku101@gmail.com SCC You: tall guy wearing a GU beanie. You had glasses and a lip ring. I had my hair up. It’s brunette with purple streaks. I also wear glasses and have a nose ring. You were outside smoking with your friends, we made eye contact. I was too shy to ask your name. Hopefuly I’ll see you around. STA Plaza You’re cute, short, with redish brown hair. You always wear a beanie cap and we both ride the same bus to Eastern. Meet for coffee sometime? I am to shy to talk to you on the bus. Shadle Area I saw you running by Shadle Park High School. Are you also training for Bloomsday? You waved and I waved back. I hope you had a good run and hope to see you again.

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Interplayers Theatre You’re the lovely dark-haired girl who served dinner for “Incorruptible” and “It’s A Wonderful Life”. I’m a small, slim guy with long-ish hair who wishes he’d at least asked your name. Not sure when I’ll be able to make it back to Interplayers, which is why I’m writing this. Maybe when you’re not working you’d like to catch a show as spectator? Lowes In Cd’A I saw you March 7th, around 3 pm. We saw each other in the plumbing department. You were wearing a Nascar visor. I was in jeans and a black and white checkered coat. It seemed you wanted to say something or you knew me from somewhere, but the only word that came out was “Hi.” If you’re interested, please reply through this column.

Downtown YMCA Cheers to the beautiful blonde child watch employee with the stunning blue eyes! Your smile brightens up my world! I find myself walking by those doors more than I need to, just to catch a glimpse of your beautiful face. You are the most gorgeous girl I know! Cheers to you

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “petals327@yahoo.com” — not “j.smith@comcast.net.” for being the amazing person you are! Keep on smiling! Urgent Care You: tall beautiful blonde waiting to be seen. Looks like you had a bad fall. I’m sorry if I asked too many questions. Me: redhead needing stitches. Want to compare injuries? STA Plaza Division north bound. You brunette female wearing headphones rocking to the music. You got off at NorthTown mall. Me: also rocking to music. We glanced at each other many times and I regret that I didn’t talk to you. I let that opportunity pass me by. I hope I see you again, I won’t let it pass me by again. Starbucks on 395 You: an attractive brunette asking employees if they knew of any good Thai restaurants in town. You told them you had recently moved from Seattle. You had a very nice smile. Me: a tall, blonde and muscular, smiling at you. I should have told you about my favorite Thai restaurant, but I was so taken back by your beauty. I could kick myself for missing out.

My Family and Friends Cheers to all the people in my life. I made a huge choice last October between a good paying job that was killing me and a minimum wage job that I love. Needless to say, choosing to work at an amazing daycare was worth it. My bosses and coworkers are awesome. Also my husband and massage therapist have encouraged me throughout the process. I’m glad I chose happiness over money and that most my friends/family supported me. Thanks! You Make Me Smile Cheers to the woman who says “call me at even if you don’t get off work till 7”, which is 2 in the morning for her. Cheers to the woman who takes it as a worthy challenge to make me smile even when I don’t want to, over Skype in my dimly lit hotel room. Cheers to the woman who I can’t wait to have back in my arms. I love you sweetheart, and I’ll see you soon. terrible February 12th, 2013, I was in a vehicle accident. I had an allergic reaction to food and blacked out while driving. Cheers to whoever called EMT’s and WSP to help me. And also the ER folks at Sacred Heart. And my hospital roomie who cheered me up. Also, my insurance guy who helped with my claim. You rule! I am doing better. Skeeter The Best Dog Ever. I would like to say, farewell to a longlegged, loyal companion. Who’s stomping grounds were in the Edgecliff Neighborhood-11th Ave. All who new him, loved him wellalso that he was fast as hell! I am truly sorry how you came to pass. So run with your master until we meet again. I miss you Skeeter, Man’s Best Friend. ER Nurse Holy Family ER. Thank you to the nurse who took care of my dad. Thank you for your kindness and compassion. People like you make a big difference in peoples lives. You’re a super nurse, keep doing what you do well.

I Love You I fell in love with you the night we met and we’ve been together for 3 years. We instantly had this deep bond like we knew each other our whole lives. You have no idea how much I appreciate everything you do for me. I look forward to what the future holds for us. We can conquer anything together. I love you. Just Say Hi Every time me and my best friend see the Inlander we both grab and start reading the “I Saw You’s. We are both hoping that maybe someone would say hi to one of us, but that doesn’t matter, we just keep on reading. Here’s a hello to my buddie Above and Beyond Cheers to the handsome young man working at the INB Performing Arts Center bar who brought us ice water. That was really sweet of you. My Granny and I were both very thankful. Thank you for understanding that it is very difficult for an 87 year old woman to use a drinking fountain and that $3 is a silly price for bottled water. I Miss You I wish it hadn’t worked out like this. But you told me once that hope trumps all, and I’m beginning to see how right you are. This heartache is the start of a new beginning. Hopefully one that involves a little more than coffee every once in awhile. If it helps soothe your heart: I love you and I’m sorry. I’d gladly say it a million times to your face if I thought you wanted to hear, but as far as I can tell you don’t. So I’m going to stand quietly by and hope.

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Happy Birthday Thomas To the best brother a sister could ask for. You should have been born on April 1st, you’ve always been a joker and a prankster. Mom and dad would be proud to see you so successful and down to earth. Have a great cruise and let’s celebrate when you get back. Love, your favorite younger sister, Chris

expletives at you and honked at you. You said, “People do this all the time!” You are very right; people do that all the time even though blocking traffic is unlawful. Despite that fact my actions toward you were inappropriate, unwarranted and inexcusable. That was the first time I’ve ever done anything like that in public and it definitely was the last. I can definitely say I’m embarrassed and ashamed for my actions. Please accept my sincere apology. If there was an easy way to do it, I would gladly buy your next cup of coffee to make up for my poor decision.

Motorcycle Maniac Jeers to the pair on the motorcycle that I called jackasses with my headlights, who zipped past me at 70kknd MPH. Wow, do you think you’re invincible? It was dark, in an area full of deer. Then you felt you needed to drop back down to me and rev your engine and swerve at me for a minute or two. Wow. I hope someday you meet someone with a temper just like yours. There won’t be enough left of you to scrape up with a putty knife.

Daughter’s Birthday Three Cheers to Laser Quest for making my daughter’s birthday an unforgettable one! The staff were friendly, and eager to help. You really made our day! You can bet we’ll be back. Thanks! Thank You! Atilano’s Cd’A for safely returning my wallet unscathed Saturday morning after I left it there Friday night! You all are awesome and so was the steak burrito! The One You were the shy one who laughed at all of my jokes. Three and a half years later and we’re still able to make each other laugh. I’ve enjoyed every second of building our life together and I can’t even imagine how much better it’s going to get. I love you.

Cheers Crowded Isles Why doesn’t anyone know how to walk in a store anymore!? Every time I go grocery shopping I get stuck in an isle full of people who can’t seem to tell left from right! And when I ask politely to get by I get a snotty response and a dirty look. And also, please stop parking your carts right in the middle of the path! I would like to get in and out just once without someone making it an absolute hassle. Please, have some respect for the other shoppers! Time Management People! To people whom show up late to appointments and then yell at the reception staff. I did not make you late. Nor do I set the rules. Learn to be on time or at least when you are late, be angry at your lack of time managment, not the friendly staff that makes 2 dollars over minimum wage! I Am Truly Sorry To the female driver of the silver car (I believe it was an Audi) parked on Division, waiting in line for Starbucks on Tuesday morning. I want to extend a sincere apology to you. I was out of line in how I acted. I should have taken the high road with our interaction but that simply was not the case that morning. I am torn apart inside with how I yelled T E C H N O

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Cell Phone Thief Jeers to the person who stole my cell phone during a concert at the Knitting Factory. Phones are not cheep these days. I am trying to work full time and go to school and I barely have enough money to afford food let alone a new phone. The real reason I’m so upset about it though is I had a lot of pictures of my family and friends on there that I will never be able to get back. Be a good person and turn it in. Karma will get you. Car Burglar 3/08/2013 my car window was smashed into at the park past Boulder Beach on Upriver Drive past Argonne. Every thing was taken out including my purse and my best friends purse. I really hate the fact that you would do this in public in the middle of broad daylight. I could care less that you took the things that are replaceable, all I ask is if you could find it in your heart, to return the memory card that was in the camera. Those pictures are the only pictures I have of my only son! All of his new born pictures and first Christmas pictures were on that card. I’m asking you from the depths of my heart that you please return it to the Pizza Rita on north Wall. No questions asked. Please! You have no idea how happy I would be!

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Future Plans? what’s up with all those kids hanging at the plaza? They never go away, same faces just hanging out for years. The least they could do is pull their pants up instead of them hanging on their hips, and wear their hats strait instead of sideways. Most of them 85% are 18, think they would be looking for a dishwashing job, that’s how I got my start at 18. Question is will any of them have the desire to work? I drank my beer every day and still worked for 25 years, I’m serious, I did drink every day, no joke! Anyway I’m done venting! I hope they read this. P.S. go get a job or at least try and quit acting like 10 year olds, think about the future 10 years from now.

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Fence Crusher To the lousy driver who crashed into our chain link fence and it wasn’t even snowing! Were you joy riding and being stupid? Now I’m stuck with the repair bill. I hope your car looks worse than our fence. Loser! To All The Drivers who cut off others in traffic without heeding the drivers ed manual rule of: doing a head check before making a lane change. I seem to be at the butt of all your driving neglect and constant mistakes. So, next time you lane change: do your head check and keep a constant speed going-aka: not slamming on your brakes the moment you arrive in your desired lane. Thank You. Merging Me: northbound in the right lane on Hwy 2, in a Subaru. You: pulling up next to me in left lane in new shiny 4WD Ford, honking your horn, yelling something and waving your middle finger. My first impulse was to follow when you turned left into the gas station to ask what the heck you were so angry about. I thought better of it. I still wonder, though. Did I cut you off? I don’t think so. You have some anger control issues and you really need to get some help for that.

Car Burglar To the idiot who broke the window in my car and found there was nothing to steal. Thank you for ruining my morning Thank you for breaking a window I can’t afford to fix and shattering my sense of security. 1st and Washington You almost ran me over. I was crossing the street while the walk sign was illuminated and you nearly ran me down. You didn’t even see me until I was inches from your truck. Pedestrians have the right-of-way. What was so important that you couldn’t wait for me to cross?

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Dorothy Schwab, left, the nurse who helped save the author. Right: Daniel Walters, in a hospital bed and later recovering at home.

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found four glorious words written on a sign by Daniel’s grandmothers: HE POOPED AND TOOTED,” the letter read.

Twenty-six years ago, a nurse made the decision that probably saved my life By Daniel Walters

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orothy Schwab wasn’t a despot, politician, acclaimed academic or entertainer, so she doesn’t get a sprawling retrospective. Instead, her obituary stretches little more than 200 words, methodically outlining former occupations, funeral arrangements and surviving children. “Dorothy trained for the nursing profession at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Yakima and was a cadet nurse in Palo Alto on the psychiatric ward treating war veterans as WW2 was ending,” it says. She wasn’t a family friend or relative. But my parents clipped out the obituary for a reason: Dorothy Schwab saved my life.

“You didn’t even wake up,” Mom says. “You’d thrown up blood.” They took me to the ER twice, and both times my illness was dismissed as a simple flu. But the second time, Holy Family Hospital kept me overnight, hooked up to IVs for dehydration. Normally, Schwab, a veteran white-haired pediatric nurse, worked days, but she happened to be at my hospital bed that night. At about 3 am, she noticed my stomach sticking out a little too far. She pressed a stethoscope against my tiny tummy, listening. Quickly, she caught a problem the other doctors missed. It was serious enough to wake up the on-call doctor, summoning him to my room. few weeks earlier, at Linnie’s Thai He ordered a barium enema and discovCuisine, my dad hands me a manila ered what was wrong. Technically, it’s called envelope. Inside, there’s a two-decadesintussusception: A section of my intestine Send comments to old document, a typewritten letter sent from had telescoped inside itself. Growing up, my editor@inlander.com. parents compared it to a kink in a garden hose, Feb. 1, 1987, explaining the thin scar bisecting my abdomen. stopping anything — waste, fluid, gas — from “To our good friends and to all of those who supgetting through. It’s immensely painful, and if untreated ported us during the battle for Daniel’s life, we would can cause death in two to five days. like to offer our appreciation and thanksgiving,” the letter Just a few hours after Schwab caught the problem, begins. I was being operated on by one of the best pediatric It had started New Year’s Eve of 1986. My mom and surgeons in the region. dad, both 26, were first-time parents, full of first-time“He could barely open his eyes and did not cry as parent exhaustion, excitement and fear. Their 9-monththey prepared him for surgery,” my parents’ letter reads. old toddler had suddenly become very sick, vomiting It took two separate surgeries, but gradually I began to for several hours before lying down to bed. The next recover. morning I was even worse. “Diana and I went for dinner and upon our return we

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never thanked the surgeon, and I won’t get a chance. Dr. Chadwick Baxter died of liver cancer in 2007. And I never thanked Schwab before she slid into dementia, before she fell and broke her femur, or before she got sick and passed away in bed in a nursing home at the age of 88. That was a mistake. I did find one of her lifelong friends, Agnes Grineau. “I can remember so many times when she was a nurse, we’d be someplace out in a shopping mall and a little kid would come running up and say, ‘Nurse Schwab, Nurse Schwab,’ ” Grineau says. She describes Schwab as a great nurse and a great friend, but a terrible navigator. On their cross-country road trips together, Schwab would become so engrossed in conversations she’d repeatedly miss important turnoffs, Grineau recalls. I also called up Julie Hoseid, one of her six children. I quickly summarized what happened to me, how I’m likely celebrating my 27th birthday because of her mother. Hoseid says her dad left when she was still young, leaving Schwab a single mom balancing work and family. In her personal effects, Hoseid found her mother had saved the simplest of sticky notes that her children had written her. (“Playing pool tonight, mom”) Schwab, her daughter adds, adored cats and loved playing pinochle, cribbage and board games. “My friends always called her Miss Schwab,” Hoseid says. And that, my own mom remembers, was what Schwab’s nametag read at the hospital. About a decade ago, Mom ran into Miss Schwab in a Safeway parking lot. “She remembered me, she remembered you,” Mom says. “She remembered working in the middle of the night and that you were a very sick boy. She was just wonderful. … I always felt like she was an angel.” n


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