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China is keeping Hong Kong on a short leash, testing if its policy of silencing all internal criticism is sustainable BY GEORGE NETHERCUTT

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hina is the world’s fastest-growing economy, but what I saw in Hong Kong recently signals a challenge for continued growth in a society that has progressed largely via a government-controlled economy. True political reform in China will be elusive as long as the government there restricts the people’s natural desire to be free. China can look to United States history for lessons about human desire for freedom that bump up against a government’s control. Hong Kong is a 426-square-mile island south of China. It was ceded from Great Britain to China in 1997. Under the terms of the transfer, Hong Kong protected a “high degree of autonomy,” encompassing essentially a “one country, two systems” principle. But since the turnover, those living in Hong Kong have seen the Chinese government exercise growing dominance over the 7 million residents of this densely populated, vibrant area of the world. The people of Hong Kong want a popular election of the Hong Kong chief executive to occur by 2017, but Beijing officials believe consultation on electoral reform should not begin until most Hong Kong residents agree that any candidate who confronts the central government should not rule the city. The Chinese government asserts that a prerequisite for electing the chief executive by universal suffrage should be in line with the Basic Law of China, and that those confronting the central government should not be allowed to become the chief executive. China has ruled that criticism is allowed as long as it is for the good of the country. Not being confrontational toward Beijing means not attempting to overthrow the Communist Party leadership or change the nation’s socialist system.

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hen 56 American colonists signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they confronted an oppressive British system that restricted their freedom when Great Britain was a dominant world force. But it was their human desire to be free that propelled a fledgling group of American patriots to seek liberty and independence, not to overthrow the British government, but to be independent of it. On America’s journey to freedom, the world has seen what freedom-seeking can yield — a vibrant economy, technological ingenuity, individual liberty, personal prosperity and international dominance, all under twin principles of justice and liberty for all. There are nearly 1.4 billion Chinese living in China today. By 2020, China will have 200 cities of more than 1 million residents. A few years ago, Shanghai boasted 20,000 cranes at work in its construction industry, about one-fifth of the world’s total. China will soon possess one-half

of the global GDP with new industries and rapid growth. Hong Kong is already planning for the next 20 years of airport growth, even though it has served 571 million passengers already, its prior 20-year growth plan having been exceeded. With an Asian population expected to grow by some 4 billion by 2030, it’s no wonder that China is seeking worldwide energy and food resources, transportation and housing technologies and a military force to support them in the coming years. It’s also no wonder that China is making sure a modern, bustling financial empire like Hong Kong doesn’t stray politically.

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A truly enlightened country doesn’t fear debate. local taxes, or raise any other pressing domestic issue. Presidential campaigns wouldn’t discuss immigration policy, debate health care or express differing views on military strength or education policy. Congressional elections would lack drama without a free and open discussion of issues the candidates deemed important to the people. Why? Because a higher government official might declare such discussions “not good for the country.” A truly enlightened country doesn’t fear such debates and discussions because controlling thoughts leads to controlling actions, which leads to suppressing the natural inclinations of humans to be free to control their own destiny. The diverse and independent thought present in America today wouldn’t stand in China, even an economically progressive China slowly recognizing that it can’t forever suppress natural human inclinations toward freedom. Plenty of idealists hold China up as a paragon of economic virtue in comparison to America. But deep down, China clings to its freedom-restricting, government-controlling ways. Is it truly a good model for the world? n


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What a sad and touching story about Lorissa Green (“17 Lives,” 3/28/13). She, her mother and her family are all heroes for turning a horrible negative into an incredible positive with organ donation. Organ donation saves and improves many lives. We should all sign up. I have been driving the intersection of this accident for 28 years now, and no doubt, this crossing of 195 and Cheney-Spokane Road has been a bad one. After Lorissa’s accident, there were significant improvements made and accidents went down, but apparently not down enough and now we are getting a safer bridge crossing and ramps. This is good. But not good enough. This should just be the beginning of safety improvements for this marginally safe and aging highway. The way 195 northbound intersects with I-90 eastbound is so poorly designed it is off-the-charts dangerous. I can’t tell you how many times I have driven this off ramp/merge onto I-90 east only to come to a screeching halt because someone couldn’t, or wouldn’t, merge with eastbound traffic. I have seen many crashes there, including one of a dear friend. This nasty spot needs immediate attention from our traffic engineers. And then there is 195 and Hatch Road! We must continue to improve safety on this highway corridor. MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2013 | EVERY DAY IS PRECIOUS

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ED RENOUARD: People should be able to shop wherever they like. But they should also be aware that supporting local merchants pays dividends for the entire community. SOPHIE DUFRASNES: Spokane is not in a position to choose, everybody is welcome since there are so many buildings empty and we need the jobs. LOUISE SULLIVAN: I think there’s room for both. I would love to see IKEA come here. PAM PYRC: I would definitely welcome Whole Foods. JANET ROBEL: Welcome, Sephora! I’d rather buy from them here than in Seattle. BRIE EDWARDS: There needs to be a mixture of local and chain stores. It is a sign of progress that we are getting stores like Sephora, H&M and others, and it allows for an atmosphere that benefits local businesses as the chain stores bring more people to shopping areas. ANTHONY GILL: There’s a healthy balance. To some extent I think that national retailers are absolutely vital because they increase a city’s visibility and economic vitality. River Park Square is a great place for them because it tends to have more expensive space. … Places like SoDo, South Perry, Garland, the East and West Ends, the International District, North Monroe, and Hillyard are never going to thrive off of national retailers. And that’s good! They should be the places where our local businesses can do excellently and contribute to our urban and social/cultural vitality. 


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No Place Like Home B BY ANDY BOROWITZ

efore a rapt audience at Facebook headquarters this week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled new software that he promised “will totally change the way you are wasting your life.” Explaining the development of Facebook’s new phone software, Home, Mr. Zuckerberg said, “Our research showed that Facebook users still had a few hours a day when they were leading somewhat healthy and productive lives. Our new software will change all of that.” Mr. Zuckerberg said his developers had worked for months developing Home, “which seizes control of your phone and makes it good for little other than Facebook — much like many Facebook users themselves.” By bombarding the user with status updates on a 24-hour basis, he boasted, “Home transforms Facebook from just a social network into something akin to a neurological disorder.”

As the audience applauded that pronouncement, Mr. Zuckerberg added, “At Facebook, we want to be a million voices inside your head.” When one member of the audience worried whether Home would give Facebook even more access to private information about one’s life, Mr. Zuckerberg reassured the questioner, “After using Home for several weeks, you will have no life.” Elsewhere, in a move that has further ratcheted up tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un this week moved his entire collection of Transformers action figures to the border with South Korea. This follows published reports that Kim may also be trying to obtain a lightsaber. n

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The Pander Games W BY JIM HIGHTOWER

hat fun! The latest political game sweeping the nation is called “Pee on the Poor.” Republican lawmakers in some 30 states — including Florida, Georgia, Indiana and (of course) Texas — are competing to be national champions of this extreme right-wing sport. Being poor used to be considered its own punishment, but in a rush to pander to their fringiest antigovernment constituencies, GOP governors and legislators are trying to add state harassment to the burden of people in poverty. Bellowing such bellicose words as “moochers” and “takers” at their targets, these politicians want to force welfare recipients to submit to drug tests before getting any financial aid. Curiously, corporations — which enjoy millions more in welfare payments than the poor — are not included in any of the Republican pee-in-the-cup proposals. Curiouser yet, the Republican pushers of this overbearing state intrusion piously pose as “small government” conservatives. It turns out, though, that they’re not very skilled gamers. Florida took

an early lead in the right-wing competition, but its drug-test mandate cost taxpayers more than it saved, because so few welfare recipients tested positive. A federal appeals court recently suspended the Sunshine State’s dark law, pointedly noting that there’s no evidence that “simply because an applicant for [welfare] benefits is having financial problems, he is also drug-addicted.” Then an Indiana legislator made a run, but he was tripped up when Democrats passed an amendment requiring drug testing for state lawmakers, as well as the poor. The sad-sack Republican had to pull his bill, but he huffily claimed that he would “be happy to take the test.” Yeah, but what about an IQ test? This gaming of the poor isn’t merely mean-spirited, it’s just plain mean. n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.

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smaller parking lot and more on-street parking, or two floors instead of one for a smaller store footprint. Historically, the city of Spokane has seemed to share their caution. In 2005, planners rezoned certain commercial areas to Type 1 Center and Corridor zones, or “CC1,” calling them “pedestrian emphasis/auto accommodating” according to city code, though specifics can vary from project to project. During the zoning changes, the city held meetings “trying to find that balance between commercial and pedestrian-friendly,” says Al French, who was on the City Council at the time. The compromise, detailed in the city’s comprehensive plan, was meant to outline how citizens want Spokane to be planned in the future. In the plan, CC1 areas are described as mixed use areas with

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higher density and “streets within the centers and surrounding neighborhoods [that] enable residents to walk or bicycle for their daily service needs.” The city’s new planning director, Scott Chesney, has been vocally supportive of “form-based zoning,” where buildings are designed more around the character of their future neighborhood than simply their use. The idea gives neighborhoods more individual character and allows for more dense infill. “Cities have to grow or they die,” he told The Inlander last year. “Spokane doesn’t grow geographically very fast. It has to grow with intensity of development.” But as Black works through the regulatory steps to get the Target project off the ground, neighborhood advocates fear he’s skirting those standards. He may be following the basic minimums of the city’s zoning laws, they say, but he’s not trying to fulfill the city’s dreams for more innovative development. A smaller Target, or one designed in a more urban way, could set the standard for future development in Spokane, says Ted Teske, vice chair of the Southgate Neighborhood Council and a member of its land use committee. One that mimics the location on the North Side would hold Spokane back. ...continued on next page

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news | development “inside the box,” continued... “We’re OK with development as long as it’s smart,” Teske says. “If this [as currently planned] goes all the way to development, it doesn’t bode well for infill. If you can drop a big-box store in what’s supposed to be the most pedestrianfriendly zoning in the city, there’s a big disconnect there.”

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t’s a familiar clash. In 2008, the fight materialized in contentious City Council meetings and eventually in a lawsuit, in which residents argued the city broke state law by designating the site and others nearby commercial. In 2009, the group dropped the suit, focusing instead on upholding a set of agreements the city struck with developers about how those parcels should be developed. The agreements limited developers to 105,000-squarefoot stores and required them to follow a set of “Initial Design Standards and Guidelines for Centers and Corridors.” Those requirements include things like: “New development should not have only parking between buildings and the street,” “…clearly defined pedestrian connections should be provided,” and designers should “ensure that roof lines present a distinct profile and appearance for the building and express the neighborhood character.” “Will there be a 105,000-square-foot box? I don’t know,” Stan Schwartz, an attorney for the property owners, told the Spokesman-Review then. “Respectfully, it ain’t going to look like Shopko, if for no other reason than (this) agreement will not

allow that.” But the agreement between the city and Dave Black Properties made an exception to the square-feet rule, allowing a 135,000-square-foot store if “it involves a Target store,” and Black is planning to use every inch. He’s been “courting” Target for a decade, he says, and he’s out to build the store they want. He views the project as a balancing act between city rules and the desires of a massive company like Target, which tends to lean toward its traditional store design unless it’s building in a major city. His latest site plan shows a large spot for Target, with a parking lot dotted with trees and split on one side by a sidewalk. This, Black says, is “pedestrian emphasis.” In the far corner, a “community plaza” is labeled with a fountain and shade trees. On the northern side, a 50-foot strip of grass and trees has a bike path running through it. Black calls this “almost a park.” To neighborhood leaders, the concessions are laughable. Teske says he believes the requirements in place mean Black should create “a more downtown-city-style development,” not just a well-landscaped parking lot. He cites University Village, an open-air, mall-style development near the University of Washington in Seattle, with sidewalk access to multilevel shops: “It’s not a giant monolithic building surrounding on the fringe.” While the green dots and paths through the parking lot on Black’s plan look attractive, it’s still a fundamentally basic box-store layout, like

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others in town: one massive store, two smaller ones surrounding it, a parking lot in between. Black argues it’s the best he can do: “It’s not downtown, no matter how you slice it.”

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he next test for the project will be April 24, when Black presents his latest plan to the Design Review Board. The board is an advisory-only committee that includes one neighborhood representative and can make suggestions to developers, but can’t mandate anything concerning their projects. After seeing Black’s current plan for the site and hearing a contentious discussion between him and the neighborhood, the board suggested he do more to emphasize bike and pedestrian accessibility. (He’s since added the 50-foot green space.)

“It’s not downtown, no matter how you slice it.” In the end, with enough landscaping and walkways through the parking lot, even the neighborhood admits the plan is likely to align enough with the letter of the city code to move forward and be approved by the Planning Department. In environmental review documents filed with the city, Black lays out plans to start grading the site this May, with the intention to open Target sometime next year. Teske says the neighborhood will make its case again before the review board and scour the project’s environmental impacts to keep them in check, but his hopefulness is waning. “I don’t see any major changes. It’s a little frustrating,” he says. “It could be something magnificent. It could be Kendall Yards on the South Hill. Spokane has come a long way. The only thing holding us back is ourselves.” n heidig@inlander.com

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Roger Ebert, the famed thumbsup/thumbs-down film critic, died last Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Monday brought the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who continues to be hailed and condemned for her attacks on labor unions and state-owned agencies.

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After 15 years heading up the City of Spokane arts department, Karen Mobley stepped down as director of the Spokane Arts Fund nonprofit. Last year, the city shut down the arts department and handed off its mission to the Spokane Arts Fund.

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As Spokane County continues to be plagued by property crime, officers from Kootenai and Spokane County law enforcement agencies formed a Property Crime Task Force to combat the problem.

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The spate of armed confrontations between criminals and homeowners in Spokane continued last week when a 63-yearold grandma held a would-be burglar at gunpoint until the cops came.

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Hershel Zellman (left) speaks as a candle is lit in honor of the state of Israel by Aaron Taylor as part of the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust held at Temple Beth Shalom on Sunday. The event, honoring the victims of the Holocaust and promoting social justice, also featured music and readings of winning entries to a high school and middle school Holocaust memorial writing contest.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner ruled the death of jail inmate Christopher Parker a homicide. A meth overdose was a major cause, the examiner ruled, but the restraints officers used after they tased Parker contributed as well.

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The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans’ have already remade the Coeur d’Alene School Board in their image. They’ve successfully run candidates for Coeur d’Alene City Council and the North Idaho College Board of Trustees. But they now they have new goal: the Kootenai Hospital District Board of Trustees. “We decided we wouldn’t mind if some fiscal conservatives served on that board,” says Ron Lahr, president of the group. With considerable tax revenue controlled by non-partisan positions, the group worries it isn’t always spent wisely. But while Kootenai Medical can levy taxes, it hasn’t for over a decade. Two of the four candidates running for two trustee seats are Reagan Republicans, including Donna Montgomery, who says her goal is to “just make sure we keep the hospital running as a well-regulated business, not going in the hole.” Liese Razzetta, an incumbent running to keep her board seat, says the Kootenai hospital board shouldn’t become political. “I don’t want to speculate about why they’re trying to do what they’re trying to do,” she says of the Reagan Republicans. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Kenneth H. Binion Kenneth H. Binion, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away too soon on March 18, 2013. Born December 6, 1944, in Sayre, Oklahoma, he is survived by Marilyn, his wife of forty-four years; sons, Ronald and Brent Binion, and Steve Burn who was like a son to him; daughters-in-law, Becky Binion and Carol Binion; grandchildren, Ian and Kira; brother, Ron; and, sister-in-law, JoAnn Mehl. Ken studied industrial engineering at Oklahoma State University, but found his life’s work in banking, serving as a Vice President for Crocker, Wells Fargo, B of A and, finally, Sterling Bank where he spent his final and happiest work years, finding a new family there with whom he shared a love of cycling. He rode his Trek and Scotts on many Spokane trails, and after every ride had some tale to tell: riding alongside a deer across an old train bridge, or watching spellbound as bald eagles sunned by the river. Earlier in life Ken was a theater dad, participating enthusiastically in his sons’ puppetry and repertory theater programs. The Binion garages were turned into workshops and became the center of creative activity. Ken helped build and direct the endless projects and performances, giving guidance to his sons and many other young people. In recent years, he lovingly supported his wife in her new writing career. Ken was a founding member of a Rotary Club in Eureka, California, actively engaging in its student exchange program; sat on community boards, including a homeless shelter committee; and was host father to Japanese exchange students from Mukogawa Institute. Most of all, everyone who met Ken was treated with respect, kindness and a smile like sunshine. His final gift was the donation of his corneas which now give someone vision to see the sunrises Ken so loved. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, Alberta and Rowan, from 1 to 4 pm. Ken’s family invites all who knew him--friends, his banking families, his customers at the downtown Bank of America branch--to come and share in this special remembrance. In lieu of flowers, please donate in the name of Kenneth Binion to Friends of the Centennial Trail, P.O. Box 351, Spokane, WA 99210. To read or share more memories, visit the KENNETH BINION MEMORIAL facebook page.

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p in the attic of the Spokane County Pub$8.4 million. lic Defender’s office, longtime director But Spokane County’s top public defender alJohn Rodgers roams the packed rows of most became a bookkeeper. Raised in a conservaarchived case files, passing thousands of old court tive family on the South Hill, Rodgers went on to records filled with underdog tales, painful rulings major in accounting and literature at the University of Washington. He says he only discovered and hard-fought justice. his love of the law by happenstance. Since his first days in law school, Rodgers has “Figured I’d end up cooking the books for always found himself drawn to the stories behind some corporation eventually,” he says with a the case numbers. When a new file comes across shrug. “I applied to law school because I didn’t his desk, he will often flip first to the “facts” section just to read the colorful background informaget an accounting job.” tion on the case. While attending law school at Gonzaga, “Sometimes it’s so depraved you wonder what Rodgers first joined the Public Defender’s office as the hell’s going on,” he says of the stories. “Other a volunteer in the mid-1970s. He stayed on after times, somebody will do something so noble it’ll graduation for several years before starting his bring tears to your eyes. … You just never know.” own private practice in 1993. He returned to the Sporting round spectacles and a thick musPublic Defender’s office as director in 2003. tache, Rodgers, 61, has long served as Rodgers says the core mission of a a passionate advocate for defendants public defender remains the same as any who cannot afford legal representadefense attorney. Regardless of payment Send comments to tion. He has spent more than 35 years editor@inlander.com. or politics, they must provide the best practicing defense law in Spokane, legal defense possible for their clients. overseeing the county’s public de“It isn’t different because I work fender operations for the past decade. for the government,” he says. “It isn’t different The Spokane County Bar Association rebecause my client is poor. It’s exactly the same. … cently named Rodgers as the 2013 recipient of its My job is to see that my client’s rights are scrupulously honored.” most prestigious honor, the Smithmoore P. Myers Rodgers has argued hundreds of cases Professionalism Award, named for the renowned throughout his career, defending clients in several U.S. magistrate judge and former dean of the difficult death penalty cases as well as a notoriGonzaga University School of Law. The award ous 1997 federal case against a group of antiwill be presented at a banquet next week. government militia members accused of bombOn the heels of that honor, Rodgers has announced he plans to leave the Public Defender’s ings and bank robberies throughout the region. office at the end of this year. He loves the law and His colleagues describe him as fair-minded and hardworking. he loves the stories, but he says he’s ready for a new chapter. Spokane Superior Court Judge James Triplet, a longtime friend, says Rodgers has always shown s director of the Public Defender’s office, compassion and integrity when representing his Rodgers oversees 56 attorneys and 27 supclients. port staff members, including paralegals, “John always works hard to find out what’s investigators and administrative employees. The been going on in their lives,” Triplet says. “He office handles thousands of indigent criminal and cares about those people and what they’ve been civil cases each year on an annual budget of about through.”

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fter decades of practicing law, Rodgers says he fears the criminal justice system’s pursuit of efficiency may eventually undermine the traditional values and duties of his profession. As public defenders cope with larger caseloads, some may sacrifice face time with clients or cut mediocre deals to quickly resolve cases. “Efficiency is the enemy of due process,” he says. The system’s move toward procedure and efficiency started years ago, Rodgers says, when state legislators passed new sentencing requirements that locked in sentencing minimums for certain crimes. Now, defense attorneys primarily negotiate charges out of court to resolve cases instead of sharpening their trial skills arguing before a judge. “Some of these sentences, mandatory minimums and things like that, are so draconian that you’ve got to bargain down to something your guy can live with,” he explains. “All the things that make the world go round are no longer relevant. It is now process. Most of the lawyers practice on their computer screens, emailing back and forth with prosecutors.” Meanwhile, the public defender’s office has also slowly picked up more and more responsibility for handling different types of county cases. In addition to criminal cases, the office now covers probation matters, juvenile delinquency, dependency cases, mental health commitments and several other types of cases. “Unfunded mandates or creep or whatever you want to call it. … Those dockets, we shouldn’t be in on those. We don’t have the horses,” he says. The largest challenge looming for the Spokane office, as well as public defenders statewide, will be the impact of new caseload limits recently imposed by the state Supreme Court. The new standards, which go into effect Sept. 1, limit each attorney to 150 felony cases or 300 misdemeanor cases a year. Attorneys who surpass those limits may not be able to certify to practice in court. Records show the Spokane County office has averaged close to 150 felony cases per attorney, but the misdemeanor workload was more than double the proposed standard, with 645 cases per attorney in 2012. Rodgers says he hopes to develop a “case-weighting” system to define how much credit attorneys get for different cases based on time and complexity. “We’re doing the best we can,” Rodgers says. “It’s a big deal and everybody across the state is struggling with it.” Public defenders in Idaho face similar challenges. A 2010 report from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association states Kootenai County has struggled to fund public defense as the region’s population has increased, leaving attorneys covering excessive caseloads. The report also predicted the risk of political interference in the Kootenai office, which played out last month as the Board of County Commissioners voted to fire Chief Public Defender John Adams. He had criticized the board and recently announced he would need time off for cancer treatment. In the wake of intense public outcry, commissioners have since reversed that decision. “To me, it just underscores the importance of having independent public defense,” says Rodgers, who is appointed every four years by a nonpartisan board. “I should be able to say whatever the hell I want to whoever I want and piss them off if I have to. I shouldn’t have my job threatened because of that.”

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ttorney Matt Andersen, president of the Spokane County Bar Association, says Rodgers has long advocated on behalf of those most in need of legal defense. He says the Myers award selection committee “overwhelmingly” supported him for this year’s honor. “I have nothing but the highest regards for him,” Andersen says. “We are proud to be able to say that he is a representative of our bar association.” Sitting in his office, Rodgers notes he has plenty of work to keep him busy for the rest of the year. Devising a plan to accommodate the new caseload standards will be difficult enough. He also wants to strengthen the office’s training and specialty law programs. If he has time, he hopes to expand the office’s digital archiving to clear out some of the old file boxes up in the attic. Then, who knows? He says he will miss the busy pace and intensity of the office. He will miss the people and the stories. But he doesn’t plan to fully retire, so he will see where his story goes. “I’ve got a few miles left in me,” he says. n

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It Gets Worse

Bullies find new power in social media, but local school districts are fighting back Story by Daniel Walters Photos by Young Kwak

Now 19, Christopher Borth returns to Mt. Spokane High School, where he was terrified to attend as a freshman.

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n most mornings, the car ride was silent. As his dad’s black Chevy Cavalier wound by evergreen trees, over a creek, past the farms and suburbs of Colbert, Wash., ninth-grader Christopher Borth would just stare out the window. But when they pulled onto Newport Highway, getting closer, Christopher’s breathing became difficult. His hands would shake, his legs would quiver, and when Mt. Spokane High School finally came into view — red-brick against snowy mountains — he’d refuse to look. The car would stop in the parking lot. They’d sit there, father and son, as the buses left and the students filed in. “I can’t go,” Christopher would say. “I can’t go in.” Bob Borth would search for words. “I understand,” he’d say. “I love you. I need you.” Some days, he would put his hand on Christopher, close his eyes and pray. Sometimes he’d call the school to say Christopher was sick and then take him back home, where the teen would climb into bed with his clothes still on and lie there for hours. But other times, they knew he’d skipped too many days already. Christopher would get out of the car, cross through the parking lot and enter those doors, knowing tomorrow he’d have to face it all over again. Ever since middle school, Christopher had stood out. He loved rock bands like the Clash and the Ramones, and he dressed like his idols — tight black jeans, black spiked jacket, his hair long. His classmates called him gay, faggot, girl. In the halls, bullies shoved him. In the locker room, as he stripped down, they’d spank him or strike between his legs. The stress gave him headaches and knotted his stomach. Most class periods he’d need to excuse himself to go to the bathroom. He wanted to die. But he couldn’t do that to his dad. Bob Borth knew something had to change. He pulled Christopher out of Mt. Spokane and enrolled him in an online school, where he’d be safer. “I basically felt I was dropping him off at a zoo with the tigers,” Bob Borth says now, looking back. Every day, kids like Christopher fill the halls of middle schools and high schools across America. In 2012, nearly a third of sixth- and eighth-graders in Spokane County reported being bullied at least once in the past 30 days. This isn’t a new crisis. Bullying is embedded in eons of evolution, found in monkeys, rats, dolphins and yellow-bellied marmots. It’s ...continued on next page

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“it gets worse,” continued... a cruelty found at Wilson Elementary, where a cute boy asks a girl if she’ll go out with him, but only as a joke. It’s found at Chase Middle School, where a student yanks away a kid’s three-ring binder and throws it against a locker. And it’s found on a Coeur d’Alene school bus where upperclassmen threaten to kick in the teeth of a younger girl. But worse, as technology changes, social media has given bullies new power, letting them harass further, faster and without fear of reprisal. Yet that very technology has made bullying more visible. The problems that have always existed are now being recorded on video, text messages and Facebook. Bullies are being blamed for high-profile suicides, teen depression, dropout rates and mental illness. In area school districts, however, parents, students and administrators are finding new ways — online and off — to fight back.

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Deon Watson, a tall man with glasses, is here at the Feb. 5 Coeur d’Alene school board meeting to plead for his daughter. He looks down at the podium, carefully reading from pre-written notes — his wife says he rambles — and says he’s gone through the most painful experiences he’s

Christopher Borth was bullied in middle school and high school. His father (pictured top right) said of the schools: “I basically felt I was dropping him off at a zoo with the tigers.” ever had as a father. His daughter loved playing volleyball — but not this year at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene. She hated how other teammates ganged up on her, critiqued her play and made her race — she’s black — a topic of discussion. She hated

how they treated her friends. “Also...” he pauses for a moment, composes himself, “... Sorry, I’m getting emotional. What was more disturbing was the district’s and the school’s refusal to deal with it. They failed on every level.”

Lake City’s head volleyball coach resigned at the end of the season, and the district responded in numerous ways, but Watson wanted more. He wanted districtwide change. Doneisa Eborall comes to the microphone, hoarse with emotion. Three

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months of severe bullying led doctors to put her seventh-grade daughter on antidepressants. “She missed 25 days one semester because I literally had to drag her out of the car to go in,” Eborall says, shaking her head. “I love this community, but I hate this community, you know?” Then the parents on the other side of the dais begin to share: District Superintendent Hazel Bauman talks about her son in middle school. “He didn’t want to go to school. Kids called him ‘gay’ — he was in bed crying. I held him in my arms, too. I rocked him, and told him how my heart was breaking for him,” Bauman says. Terri Seymour, a school board member, takes a deep breath before speaking. “I can make a stand right now. It’s going to stop, and I will do everything within my power, with this board’s help,” Seymour says. Her voice is stern, hammering each word. “It will not continue.” The district already had been searching for ways to stop bullying, but that moment in February slammed down the gas pedal. By March, the board had summoned teachers, board members, students, counselors, parents, administrators and police officers to an anti-bullying task force meeting. Several task force members stand up and say how they want Coeur d’Alene to become a model for the nation. On big sheets of yellow butcher paper, task force members tape assumptions about bullying — “Kids don’t want to tell because it won’t help,” “We aren’t strict enough” — onto the wall. The group defines bullying using Idaho’s state code: If a cruel action is not repeated, and it’s not one-sided, it’s not bullying. Subcommittees discuss experts to bring in, big events to hold and new curriculums to adopt. Another works line-by-line through the district’s four separate bully-related policies, tweaking language for clarity. The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations has promised to help fund the district’s efforts, but only if they can

prove they’re using a meaningful program. Efforts in the state Legislature, however, have continually stalled. Former Idaho State Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, had tried to raise the issue for years. Her 2012 bill mandated that school districts train staff to stop bullying and establish clear policies to protect children. But the Idaho School Board Association complained about liability, vagueness and the lack of funding, and rose

“It’s going to stop, and I will do everything within my power, with this board’s help.” up against it. The bill passed the Senate twice, but never received a vote of the full House. And since LeFavour left the Senate last year, nobody’s championed the cause. Washington state lawmakers have had more success. In 2010, a bill to give teeth to the state’s bullying law passed unanimously. Every district then had to pick one staff member to be in charge of complying with state bullying law. If parents feel a district has failed, they can complain to the state Office of the Education Ombudsman. That office has intervened in 88 cases of bullying in Spokane County in the past three years. Since Washington’s anti-bullying law passed, complaints statewide have decreased, according to Adie Simmons, director of the office. But the fight isn’t close to being over. They haven’t begun to figure out how to respond to the rise of online bullying, she says. “That is new, uncharted territory,” says Simmons.

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“it gets worse,” continued... Facebook and Instagram notification chimes rings Exposed,” and that one was even worse. from her iPad. Brown starts up her mother’s laptop and begins “By the time I had my shoes off, I was checkmethodically taking screenshots of the page, post ing my Facebook,” Brown says. In her profile, she by post. The attacks are vile and personal: He has smiles with a friend in a tiara at the Miss Spoa small penis, she has gross nipples. He’s gay, he’s kane competition. The hyper-involved a cross-dresser, and she cheats on her 17-year-old works at a dress shop, tutors boyfriend. She’s a “fat whore.” a fifth-grader, coaches a cheer squad Brown’s up late into the night, Send comments to and sits on boards of the Chase Youth working Facebook and email, texting editor@inlander.com. Commission, the Spokane County Fair, and calling, telling everybody she can Riverfront Park and Camp Fire. For reach to report the page. She dumps all Brown, Facebook is as crucial — maybe more so — the screenshots into a document and sends them as a phone or email. to the district superintendent, the athletic director, A Facebook chat message pops up: “Hey go to the principal and counselors at Ferris. She sends a my friends and type in ferris confesions and look Facebook message to school board member Deana what they said about me.” Brower, who says she’ll check it out in the mornBrown types in the phrase, and finds the “Fering. ris Confesions” [sic] page. “I didn’t go to the bathroom. Didn’t get water. It’s covered with profane, sexually explicit and Didn’t eat,” Brown says. “If I don’t take a break, cruel gossip about Ferris High School students; it the faster it will go down.” uses a secondary website to gather the comments, Facebook fields millions of abuse complaints which are then posted on Facebook. every week, and only has so much staff devoted The users lobbing insults are anonymous. to taking down problem pages. Such decisions are Those being insulted aren’t. One post calls two made after the briefest of glances. “We optimize for specific freshman girls “the most annoying/thirsty a half a second,” a Facebook staffer told Slate. freshman whores I have ever seen. Maybe if they But this night, at nearly 2 am, the Ferris page spent more time doing their homework and less finally goes down. Yet Brown’s relief feels time [having oral sex] they wouldn’t be called the hollow. She’s worried about the kids who’ve ‘sluts of the school.’ ” already been hurt. “The Ferris page was so disgusting, every And Ferris’ wasn’t the only confessingle post was extremely vulgar, and vile and sions page. In the same way an Internet heinous,” Brown says frantically. “It made me cat meme goes viral, confession pages want to puke.” did too. In little over a week, verTo Brown, the page is a time bomb that has to sions sprung up at Mead, Rogers, be defused before someone really gets hurt. “The University, Central Valley, things they are posting are what kids kill themShadle Park and Lake City selves over,” Brown says. “It could push you over high schools. In five days, the edge so easily.” North Central’s page Brown’s taken down Facebook pages before. racked up more than The first was a page called “Spokane Whores 230 separate anony-

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When a friend of 17-year-old Gonzaga Prep student Julia Brown alerted her to an abusive anonymous Facebook page targeting Ferris High School, she stayed up late fighting to get it taken down.

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mous “confessions.” The principal at Lewis and Clark High School sent a telephone message to the parents of every student in the school, calling the LC confessions page an embarrassment, a disruption and “really just plain cruel.” The underlying lesson was clear: The Internet can turn into a megaphone for bullying. Tormentors have greater reach and invisibility. Anyone could strike without fear of being hit back. When a chubby French Canadian kid videotaped himself frantically swinging a golf-ball retriever like a double-sided lightsaber, his classmates uploaded it to the Internet. It became one of the biggest viral sensations of all time, and ultimately landed the “Star Wars Kid” in therapy. The problem isn’t just Facebook. It’s texting and smartphone cameras and Twitter and Instagram and Skype and Gchat and Snapchat. In Coeur d’Alene, one student photographed a less popular girl changing in the locker room and sent the picture to all her friends. At Sacajawea Middle School, anonymous students uploaded a collection of student photos to Instagram, slapped on cruel captions and called it the “Sac Burn book.” The page came down quickly, but the social damage lingered. Asked if she’d rather be humiliated on Facebook or at a pep rally, the answer’s obvious to Brown. She has more than 2,000 Facebook friends — double the population of her high school. “If somebody humiliates you at a pep rally, half the student body will forget it the next day,” she says. But get humiliated on the Internet? It’d stick around until deleted, staring back at her — or future employers — forever.

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eff Bengtson, principal of Lakes Magnet Middle School, walks in 30 minutes late to his interview with The Inlander. He says he’d spent a half-hour arbitrating a student conflict involving Instagram. “I didn’t even know what Instagram was,” Bengtson says. He’s been an administrator for 15 years and is seeing far fewer

physical fights these days. But the amount of time he spends dealing with bullying has doubled. “Social media is the hardest thing for us to control,” he says. “Kids used to be able to go home and get away from the bullying and harassment. Now they’re actually safer at school.” Cellphones, by Coeur d’Alene district rule, sit in lockers during the school day. But when the bell rings, and the texts start zinging back and forth, the problems start. The Internet makes it all the harder to distinguish between “home” and “school.” Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union demanded the Everett School District apologize after a middle school vice principal investigating bullying forced a student to log onto her Facebook page. But those fighting bullying are beginning to adapt with technology of their own. Coeur d’Alene School Board member Brent Regan proposes adding discipline issues and character feedback to the secure student gradebook pages. Parents could then log on to see what their children have been doing right or wrong. Spokane Public Schools has considered using QR codes to link to the bullying harassment complaint form. Students could scan them with their smartphone in the halls, connect to the form and report bullying immediately. One parent-turned-entrepreneur in Coeur d’Alene has developed a plan of her own. Hannah Masters wants to hand parents powerful tools to watch what their children are doing — and having done to them — online. With the help of a tech-savvy dad, she invented a program called aBeanstalk, which tracks social media and automatically emails or texts parents when cruel, sexual, profane or drug-related words are posted. “You know, in the beginning, the biggest criticism was parents saying, ‘I don’t want to spy on my kids.’ What they don’t realize is that Facebook is not a diary. It’s a billboard,” Masters says. “You ...continued on next page

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Spokane County students reporting they have been bullied in the past 30 days, according to 2012 data from the Healthy Youth Survey.

ingly interested in social power and positions,” says bullying researcher Elizabeth Englander. “In the middle school, just saying hello to someone as you walk past them still has meaning. You want power, so you won’t feel stressed and vulnerable.” The pain of being bullied in

6th graders 8th graders 10th graders 12th graders

middle school can linger years later. “I am 48 years old — I just had a birthday. I still have nightmares of my middle-school experience,” East Valley School Board member Mike Harris says. “People later in life called me to apologize. They go through some 12-step-program and had to

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Tommy Williams, second from the right, trains students to combat bullying with the “See It, Say It” program. Assisting him are hip-hop artists from the group Level Ground.

“it gets worse,” continued... might be the only person that doesn’t know what’s going on in their visible world.” A test run on my own phone showed aBeanstalk does far more than scan Facebook. A command center display showed hundreds of Facebook posts and Android text messages, cross-referenced with an Internet lingo dictionary. It tagged adult Facebook friends. It flagged the word “ugly” in red on a Facebook post on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A text from a Presbyterian pastor starting with “Hey, bud” triggered an automatic email explaining “bud=beer or marijuana.” And most invasively, it used the smartphone’s GPS to generate a Google Maps display of the Browne’s Addition coffee shop where this story was being written. Masters says most parents would rather laugh about a false alarm than miss something important. She offered 1,000 free Premier subscriptions to the Coeur d’Alene School District and wants to host a parent night to teach about online bullying. And at the end of March, she met with a man named Tommy Williams,

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In downtown Spokane, Tommy Williams stands in front of a diverse ring of 40 Lewis and Clark students. “You’re in the choir room,” Williams says. “So we’re starting a chorus together.” These kids are the troops drafted in this school’s battle against bullying. These aren’t just the troubled students or just the overachievers. They run the gamut, and Williams has just handed them the mission of a marketing firm: Create a campaign with posters, videos, flyers and public service announcements and blast it across

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Spokane’s radios and televisions. Harness the viral power of social media. This campaign’s message won’t be about telling bullies not to bully or telling victims to stand up for themselves. It’s aimed at all the kids in the middle who see their peers being bullied. Williams, a football star-turned-social worker, has long been trying to help low-income kids within Spokane. He knows victims of bullying can easily become bullies themselves. He remembers bullying a classmate so intensely the kid’s hair started to fall out in patches. Asked why he hasn’t tracked down his victim to apologize, he says he’s torn. “I don’t think I could handle what I would see today. I’m scared,” Williams says. “What if he’s in prison for murder because he got tired of what was happening to him? What if he’s homeless and living in a shelter?” This is, in part, a way to redeem himself. He’s brought the “See It, Say It” anti-bullying program to two Spokane middle schools, two high schools and three elementary schools.


Each time, he starts the program with an assembly. Flanked by basketball hoops, Williams, wearing a black baseball cap backward, talks about growing up chubby and tall in inner-city Chicago. “My little sister, I used to tell her to go another route so she didn’t see me get beat up,” he says over Lewis and Clark’s echoing sound system. “I had to go into the school sometimes to go the bathroom to get myself together, ’cause men wasn’t supposed to cry.” Here in Spokane, he tells the crowd in the bleachers, we’re blessed with an opportunity: “We can be reactors. Everybody say ‘reactor!’ ” He invites up the hip-hop group Level Ground, and they explain that if you’re not the bully or victim, you can choose to be either a bystander or a reactor — someone willing to intervene. Intervening, the group explains, doesn’t necessarily mean telling the bully to knock it off. Confronting bullies, one study found, was just as likely to make things worse as make things better. Instead, intervention could mean comforting victims or reporting bullying to a trusted adult. At each school, Williams forms “reactor clubs.” Those kids brainstorm names of teachers they trust enough to talk to. A few of those teachers will advise the club in the future. But mostly this is about letting students take charge. They’re the ones designing the anti-bullying campaign and teaching other students how to respond. “When they feel like they’re their solutions, it’s their program, they are so excited to get it going,” Williams says. At Shaw Middle School, the number of disciplinary referrals for bullying dropped by 33 percent after it started.

Next, he’s hoping to bring “See It, Say It” to Coeur d’Alene. “I want to take it nationally,” Williams says. “This program is designed to go national.” The Coeur d’Alene district already has quite a few options. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe promised $11,000 to bring in a national anti-bullying expert. And when news of the district’s bullying problem spread, a deluge of emails to administrators flooded in from across the country, hawking anti-bullying curricula, speakers, movies and

conferences. The district already owns numerous anti-bullying curricula. That’s part of the problem. Everything’s diluted. Some programs gather dust, others are used sporadically, half-heartedly. “There’s not a cohesive approach,” Superintendent Bauman says. Whichever program the district chooses, the important thing is that students and teachers buy into it, says Elizabeth Englander, director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center. “The attitude of the adults

is more important, frankly, than the specific program they end up using,” Englander says. “Violence prevention is sort of like exercise. Anything you do is better than nothing.”

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In the aftermath of high-profile suicides of bullied teens, schools have been condemned nationally for not taking a stricter approach to punishing bullies, adding to the pressure to dish out harsh punishments. That condemnation, however, may not be entirely fair. Federal

confidentiality laws stop schools from revealing student discipline details, making it hard to rebut parental complaints. If a student hasn’t been suspended, it can look like nothing was done. Moreover, the reality of bullying is complicated. While numerous studies have found a higher suicide risk for both victims and their bullies, it’s not so simple. In her book Sticks and Stones, author Emily Bazelon says that bullied teens who committed suicide often had other issues going on as well. ...continued on next page

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not going to change the behavior.” Instead, he focuses on in-school detention and, crucially, calling parents. Currently, Coeur d’Alene policy requires that parents be notified the second time their child is caught harassing others. Some parents say they wanted to be notified the first time. Idaho’s juvenile justice system also has a few ways to help troublemakers, including anger management classes and diversion officers. But those can only be used for misdemeanors, like threats, assault, theft and drunk driving. Idaho’s

“We start focusing on blaming and punishment instead of prevention and providing mental health services.” code counts bullying as an infraction, a mere $56 fine. “It’s like getting a speeding ticket. All you have to do is to go to court to pay that fine,” Coeur d’Alene School Resource Officer Steve Harris says. “It shows up on your driving history.” Battling bullies involves a massive cultural shift, experts say. It means making bullying less cool and “snitching” less uncool. Coeur d’Alene is still searching for how to do that. They’re still


at least a month away from having any plan to present to the board. Meanwhile, Williams, the anti-bullying advocate from Spokane, pushes for “restorative justice.” The bully meets with the victim and reads a letter of apology. Sometimes they’re still suspended. But — and here’s the point — they have to find some way to “repair the harm in the community.” Maybe they spend a few hours mopping floors, or mowing lawns, or washing windows. It might take more staff time, but Williams thinks it’s worth it. “You can’t afford not to do this,” Williams says. “Everything you’ve been doing up to this point has not been working.”

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In a perverse sort of way, the nation’s best-known anti-bullying campaign began 27 years ago at Spokane’s Shadle Park High School. That’s where Terry Miller was beaten and bloodied. That’s where high school thugs defecated on his car, scratched the paint and smashed his windows. That’s where he was tormented for being gay. In 2010, after two gay teens committed suicide, Miller shared all of this in a YouTube video, calling Spokane a “mid-sized town with a small-town mentality.” But that wasn’t the point. His point was what happened afterward. High school ended. Miller left Spokane for Seattle, where he met a guy named Dan Savage at a bar. They traded cheesy innuendo, dated for more than a decade and adopted a son. In the video, Miller and Savage share memories about walking through the streets of Paris or skiing double-black diamonds as a family. “Those moments make it so worth sticking out the bullying and pain and despair of high school,” Miller says. He told the same kind of message persecuted people have relied on for centuries: Survive the trials and tribulations, and a better world awaits. The video went viral. Countless other people, both gay and straight — from the President of the United States to twentysomethings in Spokane — recorded their own “It Gets Better” videos. For students still in school and their parents, “better” can seem a long way off. Despite all the district’s ambition, parent Anna Watson still feels like pulling her daughter from Lake City after her problems on the volleyballl team. “We just don’t believe that changes will be made. She can’t play with those girls,” she says in a text message. “I feel like she is being punished for standing up for herself and others.” But things got better for Christopher Borth, the boy who dreaded every drive to Mt. Spokane High School. He sits at a Spokane coffee shop on a sunny Saturday and smiles even as he talks about the worst time in his life. He’s wearing a gray sweater pulled over a collared dress shirt — not exactly punk. He only changed his style after he stopped getting bullied for it. Better doesn’t mean perfect. As he’s jogging, a car will drive by, and he’ll be hit with a flash of insecurity — he wonders what the driver thinks of him. But the teachers at his online school spent more time checking in on him one-on-one than they did at Mt. Spokane. He felt like they cared about him. A nonprofit called To Write Love on Her Arms helped him deal with his suicidal thoughts. “I learned I wasn’t the only one that went through depression,” Borth says. One day, he met the founder of the organization, hugged him and cried. He started giving back. Volunteering with World Vision, Union Gospel Mission and Colbert Presbyterian Church, he found renewed confidence. “It’s like Les Misérables,” he says. “To love someone is to see the face of God.” Someday, he wants to major in theology at Whitworth. Getting better didn’t just come from escaping Mt. Spokane High School. It came from becoming a different, more secure person, thanks to a father who loved him, teachers who cared about him, and churches and charities that helped him feel less alone. He recently started at Spokane Falls Community College, returning to public school for the first time since Mt. Spokane. “To tell you the truth, I have been nervous about it,” he says. But a few weeks ago, he attended student orientation and realized he shouldn’t worry. “This,” he says, “is nothing like high school.” n

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“the man and the machines,” continued... from its grated mouth, they might just think it was a radiator steaming. Some trash burning. Who would think robots? But while his neighbors have no idea about Rigg and his robots, the 50-something white-haired man is known around the globe, from Japan to Hollywood to Germany, for his creations. Some collectors save for years to add a “John Rigg Robot” to their collection. Rigg points to a framed photograph on the wall inside the frigid Robot Hut — a fading photo of a boy tinkering with his toys: “See that picture of that kid with those robots? Well, that’s me. And those are the robots that I had when I was 8, 9, 10 years old. So that’s really what started it for me.” “I was born doing it. I was wiring 110-volt circuits in kindergarten,” he says. “For some reason I was born knowing how to do electronics. I was an electronics

prodigy — and the rest of this stuff, the mechanical part, I just learned as I went on.” Around 1980, Rigg was working as head engineer for a company that made Muzak for department stores to pipe over their speakers. He found his mind often wandering back to those first robots he loved as a boy: the ones he obsessively took apart, reassembled, deconstructed, rebuilt. He disassembled those robots so many times, the tabs that held them together fell off and he was left with piles of parts that just wouldn’t be a robot anymore. As an adult, he started scouring yard sales and swap meets, trying to find his old robots. “Back when I started collecting in 1980, there wasn’t any eBay,” he says, “The fun of finding most of this stuff was driving to the store, driving to the swap meet, driving even to a toy dealer’s shop and looking at all of his shelves because they were like mini museums. It was

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he only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,” wrote Oscar Wilde. In Sirens, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play about midlife crises now at Interplayers, Wilde’s tongue-in-cheek advice is the unspoken mantra. Middle-aged songwriter Sam drools over young girls in public and flirts with them on Facebook, all ostensibly an attempt to recapture the magic that led to his catchy, oft-covered hit “Rose Adelle.” He’s been married to that song’s muse for a quarter-century, and channeling the ecstasy of young love has proven more elusive as the years wear on. There’s little wonder why. Rose’s behavior toward Sam is a mix of coddling and condescension. She’s neck-deep in passive-aggressive self-pity, lamenting their empty nest, simmering over his pitiful infidelities. When Sam leaps into the Mediterranean in rapturous pursuit of a siren’s song, he abandons Rose to finish their silver anniversary cruise alone. She mourns for all of a week before calling old flame Richard Miller. Meanwhile, Sam is stranded on some uncharted island, delirious, haggling with a petulant siren for his life. This is a comedy, by the way; but between the islands of amusing one-liners are vast wine-dark seas of pacing, whining, reminiscing, and the furious, fruitless arguments of the hopelessly self-involved. There’s considerable empty space on the set, which shrinks and isolates the actors. Tamara Schupman’s one-two comedic punch gets extra mileage out of Rose’s lines, but she’s settled on a bizarre accent (robot Jewish grandmother?). As an

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TV | GAME OF THRONES shares a quality of most HBO series, dishing out numerous characters and expecting you to keep track of them all. Many historical dramas fade into a blur of poofy dresses and obscure geography. The advantage of Game of Thrones, an unhistorical drama, is that most of the characters are so vibrant, the casting so spot-on, they elevate the drama from confusion to complexity. Yes, your favorite characters will die. But it’s worth it. (Sundays, 9 pm, HBO)

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CULTURE | VISUAL ART

Spring Medley Perennial favorites combine for the season at Art Spirit By Carrie Scozzaro

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arden perennials herald the arrival of spring, anchoring the landscape with familiar favorites. Under the care of a master gardener, newcomers are worked into the overall planting scheme for maximum effect. That’s what The Art Spirit Gallery’s Steve Gibbs might remind you of: a master gardener. As he’s done nearly every spring since 2005, Gibbs welcomes the beginning of Coeur d’Alene’s ArtWalk season with an exhibition of new work by his core group of artists, including Mary Farrell, Mel McCuddin, Gordon Wilson, and Claudia Pettis, plus a few new faces. Some artists have participated nearly every year. Although he’s mostly been working in mixed media assemblage and enamel, Harold Balazs, at 85, continues to innovate. He is set to exhibit 10 new acrylic paintings. They’re a preview to his September show with fellow veteran artist McCuddin (younger than Balazs by just five years) celebrating the gallery’s 150th exhibition. And Sister Paula Turnbull, a longtime Art Spirit exhibitor, is contributing a welded sculptural sphere that says “Peace” in 14 languages (not bad for someone in her nineties). Sprinkled among the perennial artists are newcomers like sculptors Chuck Aydlett, Kerry Moosman and Ken Fenton. Aydlett exhibited in the gallery’s clay invitational last year and hails from Montana, where by day he is the Clay Business Manager of the acclaimed Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. In his spare time, however, Aydlett creates hand-built sculpture, enhancing it with blendable “china” paints and special pencils — the marks don’t burn off even when fired to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit — to illustrate complex little narratives directly on his three-dimensional forms. “Burning Desire,” for example, captures the conflicting necessities of making art and making a living. It is a small, flattened male figure painted as if wearing bright-red long johns. Its “head” is oversized for the body, split like an open-face sandwich, onto which is drawn a figure in a room with a window, clay vessel and large potted plant. The figure, also in long johns, has one hand on the plant, the other on the window, both connecting and delineating the two halves of the interior room scene. Like Aydlett, Moosman hand-builds his pieces (versus using a mold or throwing forms on the potter’s wheel), but to a vastly different end. His elegant yet ancient-looking vessels echo Native American techniques like those employed by the late Maria Martinez, whose “blackware” achieved a liquid surface sheen prized by collectors. Moosman meticulously burnishes the clay surface, bringing out its crystalline nature — clay is, after all, decomposed rock that returns to its rock-like state once fired—in a process that might take a month or more for one vessel. He fires each piece in its own container, called a saggar,

that also contains combustible materials. Starved of oxygen inside the saggar, the combustible materials react chemically with the porous clay surface, transforming it into a range of earth tones, sometimes unexpectedly so but magical nonetheless. Fenton’s vessels might mimic the sizes and shapes typically used by a potter, yet his process is dictated by the uniquely industrial materials he uses. A retired welder whose lifetime of pipeworking experience includes repairing refineries and nuclear power plants, Fenton measures, fits, clamps and welds myriad pieces of stainless steel — bolts, pipe, assorted shapes of metal — into

Victoria Brace’s “South Freya” (top) and Gordon Wilson’s “Wayfinding” (above) are two of the pieces featured at The Art Spirit. place. Cutting, grinding and finishing the piece results in a complex and surprisingly delicate latticework of elements united in their shiny metal-ness. Whether it’s work by artists new to the gallery or new work by familiar exhibitors, the spring show offers a medley of visual appeal. n “13 Gallery Artists” • April 12-May 4; opening reception Fri, April 12, 5-8 pm • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • theartspiritgallery.com • 208-765-6006


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t would be hard to blame Alban Gerhardt if he were reluctant to return to Spokane. The last time he was here, back in 2008 to perform Elgar’s famous Cello Concerto, he received word that his mother, who had been suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease for several years, had passed away. The news came right before he went onstage. He played nevertheless. Elgar’s concerto is gut-wrenching at the happiest of times. On that occasion, suffused with the cellist’s own raw tangle of emotions, it was transformed into what was by many accounts a singularly moving experience for both the audience and the musicians of the Spokane Symphony. “[T]hat piece ... definitely has a special emotional meaning for me now, even more than before,” Gerhardt writes via email in Germantinged English, “and while it is a bit of a klischée to say it, my mother, from whom I inherited a lot of her musicality, lives on in my music. I knew she saw it like that, which is also a reason that I had to perform that night, quasi as a requiem to her.” The 44-year-old German cellist isn’t telephone-shy; these days it’s simply hard for him to find even 15 convenient minutes for a chat. In this case, he’s responding to questions during a rare respite on a flight somewhere between the last performance and the next recording session. Or is it the last recording and the next performance? He has a tough time keeping track. “A friend told me about the most recent release of [Richard Strauss’] Don Quixote which I recorded last year for Hyperion,” Gerhardt writes. “I had completely forgotten about this one.” Next week he’s going to receive the first edit of his recording of the complete works of the

“anti-modernist” composer Hans Pfitzner. That news, incidentally, was relayed to him at another recent recording session, this one of works by Henri Vieuxtemps and Eugène Ysaÿe with the Royal Flemish Orchestra. Amid that spate of activity was a live appearance in London as part of the Bach Marathon. The constant travel has taken its toll. In February his 150-year-old bow, valued at $20,000, was damaged at a TSA checkpoint at Dulles Airport. His 18th-century cello was cracked, too. Despite careful repairs, the bow split in the middle of a Dvořák concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. “During the 30 seconds of orchestra tutti I put my bow down, signaled the conductor to keep on going, walked over to the assistant principal cellist and silently asked for her bow. I will never forget the expression in her face — she must have thought I had gone mad!” he wrote on his blog. Yet Gerhardt isn’t one to hold a grudge — over loutish TSA agents, ill-fated concerts or the feverish pace of back-to-back engagements. “I don’t give much value to materialist things,” he writes from 40,000 feet, enthusing instead about his recent remarriage, his expectant wife, the “absolute honor” of recording Britten’s cello works, and his strong relationship with his teenage son. Most telling isn’t what he writes, but how he writes it. Nearly every one of his answers concludes with an smiley-face emoticon. n Alban Gerhardt performs Walton’s Cello Concerto, plus works by Sibelius and Schumann, with the Spokane Symphony • Sat, April 13, at 8 pm; Sun, April 14, at 3 pm • $14-$44 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200

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Everett Fees, owner of Garnet Cafe in Coeur d’Alene, has cooked at and owned a long list of Inland Northwest restaurants in his four-plus decades in the business. mike mccall photos

Turning the Tables

At the Garnet Café in CdA, Everett Fees continues his remarkable culinary journey By Carrie Scozzaro

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lenty of chefs start out busing tables, but who’d want to return to it? Chef Everett Fees, nodding toward the bustling kitchen inside Coeur d’Alene’s Garnet Café, has gladly done just that. “I stay out of their way,” he says, smiling. Not that he doesn’t venture into the kitchen on occasion, but he says, he doesn’t have to. “In 38 years in the industry, this

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is the first restaurant that doesn’t need to be fixed.” That’s a relief to regulars who’ve flocked to the cozy 49-seat restaurant since 2010, when Viljo and Autumn Basso opened it as a breakfast-only neighbor to their Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar. So even though Fees and partner Justin McLane took over Garnet in early spring, not much has

changed. Same great service and menu combining lowkey gourmet with a sense of humor. Housemade duck confit or rosemary bread served with a side of lemon curd, but also Spam and Eggs, or something called Green Eggs (pesto) and Ham. McLane owns Solar Stone, an alternative energy company, as well as McLane Farms in Cougar Gulch.


They grow produce and raise two- and four-legged critters that may — if all goes as planned — end up on Garnet’s menu. For that, Fees will step back into the kitchen. Doing at least a little cooking, he says, “keeps me from going nuts.” Dinner service planned for late spring will be Sunday and Monday only with a farm-to-table format, highlighting McLane Farms and other local ingredients. That’s in keeping with the current menu, which lists featured ingredients like Bristol Bay salmon, Cougar Gold cheddar cheese, Nueske’s applewoodsmoked bacon. In the meantime, Fees added Tuesday-Friday lunch specials like an open-face crab melt, deconstructed grilled chicken Caesar and tomato basil bisque with four-cheese grilled cheese. It’s the kind of kind of kicked-up comfort foods he favors, yet shows only a smidgen of his culinary range. There’s nary a local chef or restaurant with which Fees doesn’t have some sort of history. He was the executive chef at Patsy Clark’s and the Clark House and before that was a sous-chef in the early days of Beverly’s. He made casual fare at the Coeur d’Alene Casino golf course with Adam Hegsted, and — dipping into the memory vault — he worked at Soups, Etc. with 1970s-90s restaurateur Jim Duncan (Jimmy D’s, Wine Cellar). Pub grub? Fees was Kurt and Rob Widmer’s (Widmer Brothers Brewing) first corporate chef. He’s learned on the job, supplemented by classes, including with legendary chefs Jacques Pepin, Wolfgang Puck and Napa Valley’s Culinary Institutes of America. Fees has run his own catering business and owned Everetts on the Lake from 2000-04. Although it’s since changed hands many times, Fees’ turn at the Hayden Lake marina-based restaurant was, he thinks, the only one to make it year-round. Not bad for someone who fell into cooking while working construction in a place only slightly more accessible than the moon: the geographic South Pole. It was 1972 and Fees had joined his engineer Looking for a new place to eat? father working at the National Visit Inlander.com/places to search Science Foundation research the region’s most comprehensive station in Antarctica when the bar and restaurant guide. camp cook quit. “I could be outside where it was 50 below zero or in the kitchen where it was 68 degrees,” says Fees. “I discovered I liked [cooking].” Three years later, Fees returned home to California after a trip to discover he’d been robbed, his house vandalized. His father suggested Coeur d’Alene, where the elder Fees had worked during the Depression. But full-time work in the Panhandle was hard to come by, so Fees continued in both construction and cooking, alternating between California and Idaho. Eventually he relocated here permanently, becoming part of a service industry he credits with “keeping a lot of single moms alive.” The food industry can be rough, admits Fees, who says that although he loves being in the kitchen, he wants to take time to celebrate life. And mentor others. Fees reminisces about a kid from Patsy Clark’s he encouraged to go into cooking who now works at the prestigious Bellagio Las Vegas. When he talks about his grandson Nathan Evans who works in the kitchen, his eyes light up. “If you can have an impact on just one person,” he says, all the work is worth it. n

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FOOD | BOOZE

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Arsenal of Alcohol Bottles gives the Valley libation choices BY ANNEMARIE C. FROHNHOEFER

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hree thousand bottles, from as nearby as Arbor Crest Winery (less than two miles to the northeast) and as far as Israel, line the walls of Bottles in Millwood. What you can’t find can be special-ordered for you, but it’s difficult to imagine not finding something. In the rear of the store you’ll find 12-ounce microbrews: cream ales, lagers, IPAs and stouts from far too many breweries to name. Make your own six-pack and get 10 percent off. There are also larger bottles of interesting varieties like the rare and ancient ale Birra Etrusca Bronze, brewed by Dogfish Head ($16). You will also find contemporary flavors from Ninkasi and Iron Horse Brewing; a magnificent espresso stout from Oakshire Brewing and ciders from Blue Mountain and Angry Orchard. But back to the wine. Every shade of pinot is available on Bottle’s racks — grigio, noir, blanc — and they arrive from seemingly every region on the planet capable of supporting a vineyard: Spain, Italy, France, Argentina, Chile, Washington. Too many cabernet sauvignons to mention stand guard near the Sangiovese and chianti. Turn the corner to find sparkling dessert wines, rhubarb wine and

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spicy gluhwein. There is a wine for any occasion — Bitch Bubbly, Gaga Blanc, Vincent Girardin Graffigna Malbec. You might be wondering: who drinks all this stuff? According to owner Jeff Postlewait, who also owns and manages the Rocket Bakeries with his wife Julia, Bottle’s patrons are Spokane Valleyites. “There was nothing really in the Valley that was concentrated on those types of things [eclectic beers and wines] so we created a great little shop for the neighborhood and the Valley,” says Postlewait. And what do Valley-ites drink? According to Postlewaite, “They love Spokane and Washington-style wines. The Italians and French tend to be a bit drier. The Washington tends to be fruiter … oakier.” Those in the Spokane region can stick to what they know. Or they can expand their palates and attend any one of Bottle’s free bi-monthly — sometimes weekly — wine tastings. n Bottles • 3319 North Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley • Open Mon-Sat 11 am-7 pm; closed Sun • 443-4027


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SEAFOOD CEDARS FLOATING RESTAURANT 1514 Marina Dr., Blackwell Island, Coeur d’Alene | 208-664-2922 Why be landlocked when you can dine afloat? Even in the cold months, diners enjoy views of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River at Cedars — if the entrées don’t distract them, that is. Fresh fish is available daily, with salmon prepared four ways: grilled on a cedar plank, blackened in red pepper remoulade, sesame seed-crusted with Grand Marnier apricot dipping sauce, or plain.  SUSHI.COM 430 W. Main Ave. | 838-0630 Don’t bother going to Sushi.com online. It doesn’t exist. Just go to the downtown joint that rolls some of the finest sushi around. Sushi.com recently upped its game with an interior redesign, but it didn’t have to do anything to its rolls. They were always awesome. Go there at lunch for its bento-style combos. Or try the popular snow shadow appetizer, which includes salmon, snow crab and avocado wrapped in sweet white radish, topped with wasabi and miso sauce.

STEELHEAD BAR & GRILLE 218 N. Howard St. | 747-1303 With good prices, better burgers, delectable seafood and fantastic shoestring fries, the Steelhead has long been considered one of the cornerstones of downtown Spokane’s dining scene. General manager Chad Rouse attributes their success to a great happy hour. From 3-6 pm, world-weary 9-to-5ers are known to congregate over a $2.50 pint (or $5 schooner if it’s been an especially hard day). TRINITY AT CITY BEACH 58 Bridge St., Sandpoint | 208-255-7558 Location, location, location. Trinity offers a sweet view of Sandpoint’s famous City Beach from the dining room and adjacent bar. The Southern-inspired menu, huge outdoor patio and penchant for events like weekly live music makes this a popular place even when it’s not warm enough to dip your toes in the water after a meal. Trinity also offers a delectable breakfast menu, from classic staples to house creations like the Sandpoint Scramble, with eggs, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes,

sprouts and Fontina cheese. For a later brunch, try the spicy Bloody Mary alongside. On the dinner menu there are options for the most devout herbivores, as well as savory surf and turf entrées, like hazelnutcrusted trout and cioppino. GINGER ASIAN BISTRO 1228 S. Grand Blvd. | 315-5201 Come here if you want to feel classy. Ginger Asian Bistro, located on the South Hill and first opened in 2009, provides fresh, delicious sushi. They claim their most popular roll is the Las Vegas roll, containing shrimp tempura, asparagus and avocado, and topped with fresh spicy tuna, sprinkled bread crumbs, mayo, eel sauce and finished with masago (eggs from the capelin, a smelt-like fish) and scallions. n

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History Lesson Harrison Ford talks about Jackie Robinson and his role in 42 By Ed Symkus

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ut Harrison Ford in front of a few journalists with one and a half games of Little League. But the whole ata few questions, and in moments the rugged Indimosphere of anxious parents and more anxious children ana Jones and the swaggering Han Solo becomes was just too much for me. a grump. He’s not mean or rude, but he doesn’t hide the fact that he’s not a fan of interviews. And he certainly How did you prepare to play Branch Rickey? doesn’t suffer foolish questions gladly. So it was a surThere was some audiotape available of him, and I prise when Ford seemed so relaxed when he sat in studied all the photographs. Early on front of a few reporters recently to discuss his role I had the idea that the film would be 42 in 42, the story of Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 better served by a Branch Rickey looRated PG-13 became the first black baseball player to make it to Directed by Brian Helgeland kalike than a Harrison Ford lookalike, the major leagues. Ford, 70, plays Branch Rickey, Starring Harrison Ford, Chad- so I invested in the process of trying to general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who figure out what I should do and what wick Boseman earlier in his career won the World Series with the I shouldn’t do, and how to achieve the St. Louis Cardinals. It was Rickey’s decision to break the look in the character. What helped more than anything color barrier by promoting Robinson. else was [wearing] the fat suit, because it really did give me a sense of what it meant to maneuver at that size and INLANDER: Are you a baseball fan? what it would be like. Branch Rickey was around 65 at FORD: No. I’ve never followed baseball very much. the time of the telling of this story, and I liked the opI never followed sports as a kid. We moved to the subportunity of playing the younger man. That’s not gonna urbs when I was about 12 years old and I played maybe happen a lot any more.

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Harrison Ford finally acts his age in 42.

What initially attracted you to the film? I think the best movies are made not from a point of view that depends on your personal history, whether it’s the color of the skin or the politics that you’ve had or the place that you come from. The best movies are made from the point of view of an understanding of human nature, an understanding of history, an understanding of what motivates people, of what makes a good movie from an emotional place. I think this movie tends to all of those requirements. It’s a movie about the history of racial equality in the United States. There’s a kind of writing that I always try to avoid, which is, for convenience, what I call a talk story. It’s when you’re just talking about the story. What I always think is a better form of writing and a better form of filmmaking is to allow the audience to experience the story, to be emotionally involved in seeing and feeling and experiencing the story as it unfolds, rather than talking about it. Have you gotten some actual feedback from test screenings? The people I’ve talked to who have seen the film have taken away a visceral understanding that is greater than one normally has. And those are the people that will go forward in their lives and their experiences, and recognize that racism is something to be worked against, it’s something they don’t want their children exposed to, something they don’t want to see in their lives. They recognize both the truth in it and the undeniable evil of it. n


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A class act all the way, this sports bio tells the story of Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), who wore the number 42 and was the first black player to make it into the majors. His achievement was helped along by Dodgers GM Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), who braved the ire of fans and players alike to get rid of that race line. The film concentrates on Robinson’s life in the mid-to-late 1940s, even though there are tales aplenty of earlier exploits that would also make a great film. The athletic Boseman adds a genial intensity to the role, and Ford gets his meatiest and crustiest part in years. There’s much use of the N word, every bit of it to capture the reality of the situation. (ES) Rated PG-13

ON THE ROAD

Anyone who has ever wandered, been lost or yearned for either has stumbled across Jack Kerouac’s famous book,  On the Road — the Bible of the Beat generation. Based on Kerouac’s real-life travels across America, OTR is, at least partially, about finding answers, chasing girls and doing drugs. This film adaptation tracks the same storyline: Kerouac’s alter ego Sal Paradise (Sam Riley of Control) is fired up by the devil-may-care freedom of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund of Tron). Together with Dean’s wife (Kristen Stewart), they have a great adventure across 1940s America, seeking answers to life’s great questions. (LS) Rated R

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

A circus performer/motorcycle badass/ thief/new father (Ryan Gosling) turns to robbing banks to support his brand new baby son and chip-off-her-shoulder lover. A rookie, idealist cop (Bradley Cooper), complete with hopes and dreams,

tries to stop the robberies in an attempt to move up the ranks in a corrupt police department. Who is right? Who is wrong? Does the love for your family, or rather, the love of the law win out in the end? Watch the 15-year-long journey of two people as their stories entangle, altering their lives in heavy ways. (SM) Rated R

SCARY MOVIE 5

In reality, no one cares about the plot of this movie. Rather, people care about two hours of pop culture references, men getting kicked in the genitalia and cameos by the heaping spoonful. People care about being able to grunt and point at the screen while shoving gratuitous amounts of popcorn into their gaping mouths. With that being said, have fun watching Charlie Sheen and Lindsey Lohan make jokes about their substance abuse problems and spiraling life choices. Have fun losing points from your IQ score for each moment you spend watching the millionth installment of the Scary Movie series. (SM) Rated PG-13

TRANCE

A famous art auction house is prepared for any attack, any time; procedure and protocol ensure that priceless goods will stay safe and sound. But during the most recent attack during a sale, art auctioneer Simon (James McAvoy) has no idea where a painting worth several million dollars ended up. Cue action art thievery! Cue a cunning journey to locate the stolen painting! Overall, it’s safe to say that director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) never retraces his steps when it comes to the movie he makes. Now the question remains — will  Trance  join the ranks of Boyle noteworthiness? (SM) Rated R

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Sometimes a movie just veers too far from its source material, in this case the popular 2009 novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, about a Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey) who gets emotionally caught up in the application of a student who might just might be ... well, all those years ago she did give up a baby for adoption. The whole story is about parent-child relationships — the one between Fey’s character and her feisty mom (Lily Tomlin), another between the head of an alternative high school (Paul Rudd) and his adopted son. It’s sort of a comedy; there’s some funny stuff. But most of it falls flat and sinks into blandness. (ES) Rated PG-13

A PLACE AT THE TABLE

This documentary is a punch to the gut of your conscience, a reminder that while you’re bitching about the kale in your salad not being organically farmed, there are millions of people in this country who don’t have enough to eat. Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, the film dives into the complicated that is the food crisis in his country, including farm subsidies, school lunches, federal fund-

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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. (SM) Rated R.

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Like it or not, some production company threw close to $14 million at a remake of  Evil Dead. We have the same cabin in the woods. We have the same rowdy bunch of 20-somethings. But this time, the director replaced Bruce Campbell with approximately 3.5 times as much gore and 2.5 times as many rusty knives. The campy, humor-filled cult classic we all knew and loved has been transmogrified into something more serious and sinister. (Definitely don’t bring the kids to this one.) But fans seem to like it still, and if you can satisfy an  Evil Dead  junkie, I guess you’ve done something right. (SM) Rated R

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

The last G.I. Joe movie meant different things to different people. For some, it was a revitalization of childhood heroes. For others, it was a two-hour-long Channing Tatum fest. Now, the G.I. Joes are it again. They have to fight the Cobra. They have to save their paychecks from a President who has attempted to disband them. They have to fly through the air. They have to impart subliminal messages of patriotism and a pro-military agenda. But this time, we have Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock, and Bruce Willis, the Die Hard, to make the movie that much cooler. (SM) Rated PG-13

THE HOST

When Stephenie Meyer got tired of writing about sparkling vampires, she dipped her little pinky toe into the pool of sci-fi with her novel, The Host. Now, the movie adaptation combines everything Meyer is famous for (love triangles, inter-species romance, hot men) with director Andrew Niccol’s science fiction film career. The results? Humans must fight for survival against an alien race that hosts itself inside the human body, obliterating the human soul with their parasitic existence. Yes, this sounds very “body-snatchers” in both plot and science fiction mechanics, but this time, we have the added benefit of a love story. (SM) Rated PG-13

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) 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

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

JURASSIC PARK 3D

You know this one. The island out in the middle of the ocean that — spoiler alert — is home to a whole bunch of dinosaurs thanks to the ingenuity of an eccentric billionaire and a mosquito trapped in amber. Twenty years after its blockbusting release, Jurassic Park has received an anniversary 3D treatment, bringing those big, gnarly beasts right up into your face. It might feel like a gimmick to see Spielberg’s film rolled back into theaters after so many years, but the 3D reminds us why the film was so impactful upon its initial arrival. (MB) Rated PG-13.

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN

Olympus Has Fallen — about an assault by North Korean terrorists on the White House — had me muttering to myself: “Why couldn’t this have been the latest Die Hard movie?” Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is a Secret Service agent shipped from a presidential protection detail to a desk job after tragically failing to save the life of the First Lady. Eighteen months later, as tensions escalate in the DMZ, those nasty North Koreans — led by the ruthless Kang (Rick Yune) — storm 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, ultimately taking the president (Aaron Eckhart) hostage. Can Banning save the day? (SR) Rated R

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.

QUARTET

Centered around four musically inclined retirees and starring everybody’s favorite Downton Abbey actress Maggie Smith, this movie melds together our love for music and old people. The drama that ensues at this retirement center threatens the success of the annual gala concert, leaving the audience with one question: will the show go on? (KS) 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 twisty-turny mystery-thriller about money, sex, (prescription) drugs, sleepwalking, and lots more. Great writing and direction, every actor is spot-on. At Magic Lantern (ES) Rated R

SPRING BREAKERS

The premise seems simple: A quartet of hot college girls desperately want to head to Fort Lauderdale for spring break. Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Rachel Korine realize that their collected financial resources aren’t enough to get them to Florida. And that’s when director Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo) makes his mark: The girls rob a restaurant, get involved with a drug dealer (James Franco) and do anything they need to in order to live a little closer to their fantasy of having spring break last forever. At Magic Lantern (SR) Rated R n

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f you didn’t know that Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road was a seminal influence on postwar America, that it helped define a generation and even determined the course of significant aspects of modern pop culture, you would never, ever guess it from this lifeless, soulless, pointless adaptation. Director Walter Salles and screenwriter Jose Rivera bizarrely strip all cultural and historical context from a tale that desperately needs it today, 65 years after it is set — without that, their film looks like nothing so much as a random assemblage of man-boy exploits as self-indulgent layabouts smoke pot, listen to jazz, and write poetry. Just what the hell is wannabe writer — and stand-in for the author — Sal Paradise (Sam Riley) rebelling against? In what way is the world failing to meet his expectations? What is it about his new friend Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) that makes him, in Sal’s eyes, “holy”? We haven’t got a clue. Sal and Dean, as they are presented here, are no different — no different — than Bill and Ted, Wayne and Garth, the Hangover guys, or Harold and Kumar, except perhaps for their gorgeous period setting. (The film looks amazing. The same cannot be said for the content.) If we’re meant to take it that Kerouac set the stage for stoner bromances, no thank you. Sal and Dean talk about how they might get around to talking about stuff without ever actually getting around to saying anything of substance. In fact, per-

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On The Road doesn’t come close to living up to the Kerouac legacy haps the only moment consisting of something close to an authentic philosophical take on the world — as crass as it may be — comes from Amy Adams’ kooky rural Louisiana housewife, who explains to Elisabeth Moss and Kristen Stewart, the ill-treated toys of the men here, that there’s a certain necessity in giving men oral sex. The narrative is nothing but Sal chasing Dean (and once or twice Dean chasing Sal) around the country — between Denver and San FranON THE ROAD cisco and New York Rated R and New Orleans — doDirected by Walter Salles ing odd jobs and being Starring Sam Riley, Garrett miserable. Sometimes Hedlund, Kristen Stewart Sal is driven to scribble things on paper, once so inspired that he runs out of paper and has to resort to using newspaper, and even wears pencils down to stubs, but what he’s writing is left a mystery. (The suggestion is that he’s writing the very story we see onscreen, but as already noted, we get no indication as to why this story is worth telling.) It’s as if the entire film is made up of all the bits in between the interesting bits (which have been cut out). It’s a shameful waste of a fantastic cast, which also features Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi, and Alice Braga. Why did this story hit like a ton of cultural bricks in the 1950s? Why is it still important today? This On the Road has no insight and no hindsight. n

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Roy Wooten, aka Futureman, pays homage to a little-known composer with his new-world ensemble By Jordy Byrd

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oy Wooten has succumbed to fate. The musician commonly known as Futureman says fate is what dressed him in waistcoats, ruffled shirts and black tricornered hats like George Washington and Paul Revere once wore. Fate, he says, is what led him to invent a piano-like instrument, organized according to the periodic table of the elements, which plays notes unheard of on Western scales. It was fate, too, he says, that led him to compose an eight-movement symphonic work inspired by the life of a man he never knew existed.

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omewhere in Nashville, Tenn., Roy Wooten explains the golden ratio — a mathematical formula — on the other end of the phone. His sentences juxtapose scattered thoughts about music with eloquent monologues about humanity. The five-time Grammy Award-winning musician, composer and inventor is best known as the percussionist in the jazz/bluegrass band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The band finished the final tour with its original lineup last year, but Wooten’s run-in with fate began a decade ago. Wooten invented two pianos, the RoyEl and the Dorothy Graye — an instrument named after his mother — while performing with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. “From these pianos all these large-scale compositions and ideas started flowing ... like a part of your mind dropping through that you didn’t even know was there,” he says.

Wooten experimented with bass and melody on his new inventions. He composed a ballet, and over the course of several years, completed an eight-movement orchestral piece now known as the Black Mozart symphonic work — a new-world flurry of cello, violin, banjo, piccolo, flute and steel pan. “When I first started composing it sounded like a lot of chickens or a cockfight,” he says, mimicking the chaotic strings section with his voice. “Then it turned into orchestrated sword fighting and bayonets.” The music remained stagnant and was never played by musicians until Wooten discovered his unintentional muse on the cover of a book. “I was like, ‘Who is this brother wearing my stuff?’ ” Wooten says, describing the cover of The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow. The book cover features a mixed-race man in a waistcoat and ruffled shirt. “I opened the book and the chapters matched my movements almost to a T. It was like I was writing this guy’s story.” The Chevalier de Saint-George, born Joseph Boulogne, was the son of an African slave and a French plantation owner on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. He rose to fame in 18th century France — the musical era of Mozart — as a celebrated fencer, violinist, composer and conductor. He was often referred to as the Black Mozart. He later became a commander in the French Revolution, after ...continued on next page

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The Black Mozart

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MUSIC | EXPERIMENTAL “the black mozart,” continued... which his music and career faded into obscurity. “It was like I was aiming for this project the whole time,” Wooten says, unable to describe the grand correlation between his music and the life of Saint-George. “I had to invent a piano in order to create the music that would lead me to this story ... it’s not a logical thing, but maybe it’s a spiritual thing.” Today, Wooten’s symphonic work is performed by the Black Mozart Ensemble, a cast of about eight young musicians that formed in 2006 and performs original pieces by Saint-George and Wooten’s homages to the composer. The ensemble has recorded two albums, Ensemble Live and Black Mozart New World, and has since transformed the music into a theatrical production. The product includes a script, and elements of dance and spoken word, which explore the life of Saint-George and the relationship between classical music and the slave trade. “Saint-George lived in one of the most intense and tumultuous times in human history,” Wooten says. “Through his eyes we see the height of the global slave trade, the American Revolution and the French Revolution set to an epic soundtrack of Mozart, Haydn and later Beethoven.” Wooten says he plans to turn the production into a trilogy and a movie. He says the goal of the project is to honor the forgotten musician and to prove that the pen is mightier than the sword. On a deeper level, Wooten says the project has allowed him to give in to fate. “I was working on this music before I ever heard about Saint-George,” he says, still somewhat perplexed. “You live your life, and when you look back, it’s like your life was written like a novel.” n music@inlander.com Roy Wooten and the Black Mozart Ensemble • Fri, April 12, at 7:30 pm • SFCC Music Bldg. No. 15 • 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. • $12-$18 • All ages • 533-3741

Dinner & Barn Dance Saturday, May 18th, 2013 6pm appetizers 7pm dinner Dancing to follow

@ the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

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Questions? Contact Dee Knight-DuBey at deek@rmhspokane.org Ami Kunz-Pfeiffer at amik@rmhspokane.org


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One Nation, Under AWOL Sometimes you create something that’s bigger than even you could have imagined By Azaria Podplesky

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aking a break was not on singer Aaron Bruno’s mind when his band, Under the Influence of Giants, went on indefinite hiatus in 2008. Holing up in the spare bedroom in his mother’s house and, at their invitation, the Red Bull Records studio, Bruno set out to create a sound he could call his own. “If people hated it, that’s great, and if people loved it, even better,” he says. “I had no expectations either way. I just wanted to see this vision through for once.” That vision produced a fivesong EP called Back From Earth, which Bruno released through Red Bull Records under the name AWOLNATION. Though the EP was well received, it wasn’t until he had a full body of work that Bruno thought about rounding up a few friends (including ex-Under the Influence of Giants guitarist Drew Stewart) and taking the show on the road. The band’s debut album, 2011’s Megalithic Symphony, shows the lyrical and musical versatility of Bruno’s original vision. “Some Sort of Creature” is a 27-second “journal entry” that Bruno recorded on his phone, a train-of-thought clip of him explaining a brief instance that, to this day, he has yet to fully understand. Album closer “Knights of Shame,” on the other hand, is a 15-minute epic that blends a cappella, hip-hop, rock, and even ’80s pop. Bruno says he used this song to fulfill his dream of creating a long song that wasn’t bor-

ing or cluttered with guitar solos, and feels that “Knights of Shame” represents each element of the album, all on one track. “I have yet to really meet someone that says they’re bored with the song,” he says. “If people listen to the song once all the way through ever, then I’ve done my job.” Megalithic Symphony, especially the first single “Sail” (which Bruno calls a crazy accident), has opened a lot of doors for AWOLNATION. Their song “ThisKidsNotAlright” will be featured on the soundtrack for the Injustice: Gods Among Us videogame, and moviegoers will be able to hear the band’s “Some Kind of Joke” in Iron Man 3 next month. Bruno, who calls Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s scoring of There Will Be Blood one of his favorite pieces of music from the past decade, says scoring a movie is a dream of his. With all the opportunities they’re being presented, it’s hard to say exactly what the future holds for Bruno and AWOLNATION. But Bruno is sure that he’ll keep working on the band’s second album while they take on more projects that let them continue to grow. “We’re just sort of riding the shit, if you will,” he says. “We’ll see where it takes us.” n AWOLNATION with Blondfire and Mother Mother • Mon, April 15, at 7:30 pm • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague Ave. • $20 • All-ages • ticketweb. com • 244-3279

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METAL EXHUMED

J = the inlander RECOMMENDs this show J = All Ages Show

Thursday, 4/11

J Baby Bar, White Mystery, Rice Queen, Normal Babies Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bluz at the Bend, Sammy Eubanks THE Cellar, Kosh Coeur d’Alene Casino, PJ Destiny Daley’s Cheap Shots, The DBC Band Fedora Pub, Coeur d’Alene Charter Acadamy Jazz Quartet Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J tHE Hop!, Ashylus, A Sight for Sore Eyes, Deviance, Laid Up, Outlier Laguna Café, Just Plain Darin LeftBank Wine Bar (315-8623), Nick Grow J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dirk Lind Marquee, MCSQUARED J Mootsy’s, Organs, Duck Duck Suckerpunch J nYne, Elkfest Launch feat. The Real Life Rockaz O’Shay’s, Open mic Phat House, World Bandits Swamp, DJ Aphrodisiac Zola, Eric Tollefson

Friday, 4/12

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot, Phoenix Bluz at the Bend, The Cronkites Bolo’s (891-8995), YESTERDAYSCAKE Boomers (368-9847), Johnny Qlueless Buckhorn Inn (244-3991), Sammy Eubanks J Carr’s Corner, Bullets and Balloons, Bandit Train, The Cyprus Experiment the Cellar, Brad Perry, Barry Aiken & North Point Checkerboard Bar, One Match Left

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f blast beats get you hot under the collar, than Friday’s massive show at The Hop! will certainly be something you’ll want to be a part of. Legendary death-metal band Suffocation brings their “Despise the World” tour through our neck of the woods with a team of other death rattleshakers with them. Among them is Exhumed, a goregrind outfit who have been turning heads recently — including the devoted fans of Decibel magazine, where a 7-inch Exhumed flexi-disc record was tucked into the latest issue. Exhumed, like any good purveyor of the genre, sings of cadavers and bodily fluid explosions, surrounded by a goo of impossibly fast guitars and drums. Your chances of exploding at this show are high. — LEAH SOTTILE Exhumed with Suffocation, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn, Admirion, Lord of War and Zingaia • Fri, April 12, at 6 pm • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe St. • $30 • All-ages • 368-4077

PUNK HILLSTOMP

Coeur d’Alene Casino, Kosh Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Bright Moments Curley’s (208-773-5816), Sucker Punch Fedora Pub, Kosh Fizzie Mulligans, Slow Burn Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J THE Hop!, Suffocation, Exhumed (see story above), Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn, Admirion, Lord of War, Zingaia Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Turner Jones Connection Jones Radiator, Stephanie Hatzinikolis Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Limousine J Mootsy’s, Brothers Ov Midnite Nectar Tasting Room (869-1572), Ken Davis and Danny Rodriguez, Tui

nYne, DJ Mayhem Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Black Water Savants Phat House, DJ T Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve J Red Room Lounge, Thicker Than Thieves Roadhouse, Last Chance Band Rock Bar (443-3796), Armed and Dangerous Shop, DJ Wax808 Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Deuce Splash (208-765-4000), The Cruizers J Spokane Falls Community College (533-3741), Roy Wooten and the Black Mozart Ensemble (see story on page 45) Studio 107 (208-664-1201), Lonesome Lyle Morse The Center, Taddy Porter, Storm Normandy, Push

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t ain’t Hillstomp’s first rodeo in Spokane. That’s probably because the Portland punk/blues duo’s sound speaks directly to the heart of any Spokanite: it’s a little bit hillbilly, a little bit pissed off — the kind of working-class music that makes you want to drink beer and dance at the end of a long workweek. They draw undeniable comparisons to bands like the Black Keys, what with their plugged-in, from-the-heart sound. But what these guys are doing is almost a little better. More honest. More country. Nothing fancy — kind of like Spokane. — LEAH SOTTILE Hillstomp with Kwaaang and Silver Treason • Thu, April 18, at 10 pm • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague Ave. • $5 • 21+ • 838-1570

Viking Bar (315-4547), Working Spliffs Zola, Raggs and Bush Doktor

Saturday, 4/13

Beverly’s (208-765-4000), Robert Vaughn Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bigfoot, Phoenix Blue Spark, DJ Darkside Som Bluz at the Bend, The Cronkites Bolo’s (891-8995), YESTERDAYSCAKE Boomers (368-9847), Johnny Qlueless Buckhorn Inn (244-3991), Sammy Eubanks the Cellar, Barry Aiken & North Point J Chaps (624-4182), Just Plain Darin Checkerboard Bar, Big Bing Theory Coeur d’Alene Casino, Kosh

Coeur d’Alene Cellars (208-6642336), Steven Harris Coldwater Creek Wine Bar (208263-6971), Ken Rokicki Curley’s (208-773-5816), Sucker Punch Elks Lodge (926-2328), Chris Ellenberger Fedora Pub, Kosh Fizzie Mulligans, Slow Burn Gibliano Brothers, Dueling Pianos J the Hop!, Formal Chaos Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy J John’s Alley, Eric Tollefson (see story at Inlander.com) J Jones Radiator, Cathedral Pearls La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Open mic Laguna Café, Diane Copeland Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), Limousine


nYne, DJ Mayhem Panida Theater (208-263-9191), Colin Hay (Men at Work) Pearl Theater (208-610-2846), Bridges Home Phat House, Carter Freeman Red Lion River Inn (328-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Republic Brewing Co. (775-2700), Kendl Winter and The Pine Hearts J Revel77 (280-0518), Azure Rising Roadhouse, Last Chance Band Rock Bar (443-3796), DJ Sonny Splash (208-765-4000), The Cruizers The Center, Totally 80s Prom feat. DJs RynDog, Jeremy D, B52, Bagnuts The Shop, Dave Hannon Ugly Bettie’s, DJ ONE Unitarian Universalist (3256283), Emma’s Revolution Viking Bar & Grill (315-4547), B Radicals Zola, The Village

Sunday, 4/14

Calypsos Coffee (208-665-0591), Ebb & Flow Carr’s Corner, Storm Normandy,

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Monday, 4/15

Blue Spark, Open mic Bon Bon (413-1745), DJ Darkside Som J Calypsos Coffee (208-6650591), Open mic Eichardt’s, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills

J the Hop!, Mac Mumble, DJ Felon J Knitting Factory, Awolnation (see story on page 47), Blondfire, Mother Mother Red Room Lounge, Bakin Phat Ricos (332-6566), Open mic at Rico’s Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic at Ugly Bettie’s Zola, Nate Ostrander Trio

Tuesday, 4/16

THE Cellar, TC Tye J Chairs Coffee (340-8787), Open mic J THE Hop!, Smuts, Lot Lizards, Dislich, Autolycus J Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox Moscow Food Co-op (208-8828537), Ian Skavdahl Ricos (332-6566), The Underground Blues Band Roadhouse, Luke Jaxon WSU Pullman (335-8275), Florida Georgia Line Zola, Dan Conrad, Haley Young and the Urban Achievers

Wednesday, 4/17 Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bistro on Spruce (208-664-1774), Truck Mills Blue Spark, Writers Cup Round 3 with DJ Darkside Som Café Bodega (208-263-5911), Five Minutes of Fame open mic the Cellar, All That Jazz Chateau Rive (795-2030), Chateau Guitar Masters series feat. Montana Skies Checkerboard Bar, Johnny and the Moondogs, Tommy G and Friends Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh Geno’s (487-9541), Open mic J The Hop!, The Ongoing Concept, Idlehands, Apollo, The Static Tones, A Quiet Place Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy JJ’s Grill & Brewhouse (4674267), Chris Rieser and The Nerve John’s Alley, Stoneseed La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Will Foster J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dario Re Marquee, Likes Girls, DJ D3vin3

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Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Stephanie Hatzinikolis J Mootsy’s, Richard Dryfish, Encino Band, Space Movies Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio Roadhouse, Coyote Rose Sundown Saloon (208-765-6585), Sam Platts and the Kootenai Three Zola, Island Soul

Coming Up…

Jones Radiator, The Finns, Brite Lights, Strange Mana on April 18 J Mootsy’s, Hillstomp (see story on facing page) on April 18 Boots Bakery & Lounge, Josh Hedlund, Chris Staples, Cedar & Boyer on April 19 Mikey’s Gyros (208-882-0780),

Maps & Atlases, Young Man on April 19 The Center, Andre Nickatina, Roach Gigz, Mumbls on April 19 Whitworth University, Terrible Buttons, Hey Marseilles, The Cellar Door on April 19 Bing Crosby Theater, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin on April 20 Mootsy’s, Tweak Bird, Hooves, 66beat on April 20 The Center, Burnin’ 2013 feat. Real Life Rockaz, Bass Science and more on April 20 Carr’s Corner, A God or An Other, SubRosa, Eight Bells on April 21 Jones Radiator, Cursive Wires, Tyler Aker on April 26

music | venues 315 resTauranT • 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-9660 AVENUE PIZZARIA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 624-0236 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 bigfooT Pub • 9115 N. Division • 467-9638 blue sPark • 15 S. Howard St. • 838-5787 bluZ aT The bend • 2721 N. Market • 483-7300 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 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 bar • 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 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 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 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W, Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 roadhouse counTrY rock bar • 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 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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MUSICAL WHAT A FEELING

As a welder by day, exotic dancer by night, Alex must take on the big, bad world to achieve her dreams of being a ballerina. Everything is possible with hard work, determination and leg warmers! With the encouragement of her boyfriend/boss (talk about a conflict of interests), she may just reach her dance-company aspirations in this inspirational story about the American Dream and… stripping. Based on the 1983 movie of the same name, Flashdance: The Musical brings all this good stuff to the stage. It’s not recommended for kids, since this is a musical about a pole dancer, but we do suggest this show to those looking to relive their days of ’80s hair and music. — SARAH MUNDS Flashdance • April 11-14 • $33-$73 • Ages 13+ (recommended) • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • flashdancethemusical.com • 777-6253

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COMEDY BRADY’S BACK

MUSIC A VOICE FOR ALL AGES

Wayne Brady at WSU Mom’s Weekend • Sat, April 13 at 7:30 pm • WSU Beasley Coliseum • $49.50 • momsweekend.wsu.edu • 800-325-7328

KPBX’s Dylan For Kids • Sat, April 13, from 1-2 pm • Free • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • kpbx.org • 227-7638

Whose Line Is It Anyway? has been off the air for nearly six years, yet still we spend hours on YouTube watching clips of the popular improv show, starring the unforgettable Wayne Brady. From providing memorable lines on Chappelle’s Show and hosting game shows to being the television brother of the legendary Barney Stinson, we just can’t get enough of Brady. Nearly everyone is guilty of indulging themselves in this comedian’s work, and now the moms of WSU get their chance. — KARA STERMER

Children should be exposed to both traditional and contemporary forms of art, and that’s why the next KPBX Kids’ Concert features classic Bob Dylan songs and Dylan-inspired music. Performing in the upcoming concert are local band Sidetrack and musician Jenny Edgren. Since the volatile 1960s, Dylan has been a constant of the modern musical landscape. KPBX’s kids’ concert series seek to broaden children’s musical horizons while providing entertainment. As always, the concerts are open to everyone, not just children. — ELI FRANCOVICH


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It’s been harder than usual for some local fans to get pumped up for this year’s Arena Football season, given that our very own Shock — aka the Orange Mob aka the Lilac City Lords aka the 509 Bruisers aka the Boone Street Bandits — have played their first three games out of town. But the good news is that behind some high-scoring play and a league-high 24 touchdowns tossed by hometown hero Erik Meyer, the Shock remain undefeated, locking down three wins against some of the league’s better squads. Finally, the Shock get to play inside the loud and friendly confines of the Spokane Arena on Friday night when Arizona, also 3-0, visits. — MIKE BOOKEY

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PERFORMANCE SEXY SATIRE

People don’t seem to talk much anymore about the wildly popular 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but when the first of the three erotic romance books came out two years ago, women of all ages were going crazy about them. Dubbed “mommy porn” by some critics, word is that a movie adaptation is in the works. If you can’t wait for that, check out the onstage musical satire version of the naughty books, appropriately dubbed Spank!. It’s a tamer and funnier version of the books, but would still make for an exciting and memorable “girls night out.” — CHEY SCOTT Spank! The 50 Shades Parody • April 15-16 at 8 pm • $30 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • bingcrosbytheater.com • 227-7638

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Stand-Up ComedyLocal comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. Poets Up!Improv comedy show featuring rhyming, lyrics and even miming.Through April 26, Fridays at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) Wayne BradyLive stand-up comedy show as part of WSU Mom’s Weekend events. April 13 at 7:30 pm. $49.50. Beasley Coliseum, 225 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. (800-325-7328) Cage MatchTeams of improvisers take to the stage and compete against each other in a live show, with the audience voting for the winner. Through April 27, Saturday nights at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theater, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045)

Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive4th annual supply drive hosted by Inland NW Baby. Through April 13. Drop-off bins at all area Walgreens stores and other locations throughout Spokane. Inlandnwbaby.org (499-0670) Inter-Tribal ShowCultural celebration as part of American Indian Heritage Week featuring performances by Jack Gladstone and the Haida Heritage Dancers. April 11 at 7 pm. $5. Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave., CdA. nic.edu/events Big Bang BenefitBreakfast to benefit programs, scholarship and outreach opportunities for Mobius Kids

and Mobius Science Center. April 12 from 7-8:30 am. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (321-7128) Safety RallyYoung adults with developmental disabilities are invited to learn principles of personal safety to help prevent sexual abuse and other exploitation. April 12 from 11 am-1 pm. Free and open to the public. STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave. (747-8224) D.E.A.R. Drop Everything and Read event as part of National Library Week and a celebration of children’s author Beverly Cleary’s birthday. April 12 from 3-5 pm at the Downtown, Shadle and South Hill library branches. spokanelibrary.org (444-5331) An Evening of HopeDinner and silent auction benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland NW, featuring keynote speaker and three-time brain cancer survivor Michael Moyles. April 12 at 6 pm. $50. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. (924-9000) Relay for LifeCelebration of cancer survivors, remembrance of those lost to the disease and other events take place at the overnight community fundraising walk hosted by Gonzaga’s Colleges Against Cancer Club. April 12-13, from 6 pm-8 am on the 13. $10. Gonzaga University, Foley Field, 502 E. Boone Ave. relayforlife.org/gonzagawa (242-8303) Family Dance & PotluckLearn circle, line and novelty dances after a potluck dinner. April 12. Potluck at 6:30 pm, dance starts at 7 pm. All ages and abilities welcome. Free. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (533-9966)

Lands Council DinnerThe local nonprofit’s 18th annual dinner and auction is its largest fundraiser of the year and features a silent auction, three-course dinner, live auction and more. April 13 at 5 pm $65. DoubleTree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct. landscouncil.org (209-2851) Hawaiian Club LuauCultural event hosted by the Whitworth Hawaiian Club. April 13. $12-$22. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (808-345-2465) Hope Run Spokane5K, 10K and kids run benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest. April 13 at 9 am. Children of the Sun Trail at Farwell Elementary, 13005 N. Crestline St. hoperunspokane.com Community Volunteer FairLearn about volunteer opportunities with participating nonprofits around the Inland Northwest at this informational event, hosted by STCU. Vote for your favorite to win $250. April 13 from noon-5 pm. Free. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. stcu.org (363-0304) Art on the EdgeKids’ carnival featuring interactive artist booths, live performances, food and more as a benefit for Art on the Edge’s afterschool classes, workshops and more. April 13 from 10 am-3 pm. $5. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, CdA. (208-818-3342) Flashback for A Cure‘80s Prom Night-themed fundraiser event benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society featuring live DJs and more. April 13 at 7 pm. $10. The Center of Spokane,


6452 N. Lidgerwood St. (218-7490) PAINT A HELMET 15th annual bicycle helmet giveaway hosted by the District 46 Kiwanis clubs. Children ages 3-16 will receive a free fitted bike helmet they can personalize on site. April 13 from 9 am-2 pm. Free. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK Exhibits and programs will take place during the week that reflect the theme “Community Matters.” April 13-20, dates and times of programs vary. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) MOBIUS OPEN HOUSE Check out the 65 hands-on science exhibits and other live science demonstrations at Mobius. April 15 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Free admission. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main St. (443-5669) SEND A FRIEND A GOAT 8th annual fundraiser event benefitting the Wishing Star Foundation. April 15-19 from 9 am-3 pm each day. $50 to send a baby goat to a friend or colleague in the Spokane area. Wishing Star Foundation, 139 S. Sherman Ave. (744-3411) LET FREEDOM RING 57th annual event honoring men and women serving in the military, featuring keynote address by Captain Scott Smiley. April 17 from 7-9 am. $30. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. greaterspokane.org (624-1393)

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April 11 from 6-9 pm. $21. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. (279-6027) BACKYARD BOUNTY Learn useful tips for starting your garden this spring at free workshops and classes hosted by master gardeners. April 11 at 7 pm at Spokane Valley Library. May 9 at 7 pm at Spokane Valley Library. May 16 at North Spokane Library. scld.org ALZHEIMER’S GALA & AUCTION Masquerade ball and auction for the 13th annual Nancy Rockwell Alzheimer’s Gala. April 12 at 5:30 pm. $100. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. (473-3390) SPRING BAZAAR Second annual “Spring Has Sprung” event featuring antiques, primitives, farmhouse décor, hand-painted furniture and more. April 12-13 from 9 am-5 pm both days. Free admission. Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Orchard Prairie Rd. pastblessings.com (499-5099) PLANT FARM SPRING TOURS Find inspiration for your garden, get advice from gardeners, tour nine acres of greenhouses and more. April 12-13 with tours starting hourly between 11 am-3 pm. Free. The Plant Farm, 14208 E. Fourth Ave. (926-9397) HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW 14th annual event hosted by the Spokane Home Builders Association, featuring vendors, demos, information and more. April 12-14. $8 admission, kids 12 and under free. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (532-4990) CIVIL WAR READ-IN PROJECT Train to participate in a Read-In event on Washington territory’s experience with the Civil War to create a permanent, online, searchable database in

honor of the 150th anniversary of the war. April 13 from 10 am-4 pm. Free. Washington State Archives, Eastern Region Branch, 960 Washington St., Cheney. (235-7500) NW AUTISM ANNIVERSARY The organization is celebrating its 10th anniversary with dinner, a live and silent auction and more. April 13 from 5-9 pm. $60-$100. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (328-1582) SCC SPRING FLOWER SHOW Third annual show “Swimming in Flowers.” April 13 from 10 am-5 pm. Free. Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. (624-3457) NATIVE PLANTS Presentation on native plants for use by area gardeners, hosted by the Friends of Manito. April 13 at 10 am. Free and open to the public. Manito Meeting Room, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. (456-8038) PRINCESS PARTY Fundraiser event benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of America and the American Humane Association featuring manicures, pedicures, up-do stylings, makeup and more. Ages 2-10. Mani/pedi for each accompanying adult. April 13 from 9 am-1 pm. $10. Paul Mitchell The School Spokane, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. pmtsspokane.com (924-7454) HARMONY YOGA OPEN HOUSE Sample yoga classes. April 13 from 9 am-6 pm. Free. Harmony Yoga, 1717 W. Sixth Ave. harmonyoga.com (747-4430)

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Advice Goddess When You Wish Upon A Sleazebucket

I was seeing a guy for four months — a guy I liked better than I’ve ever liked anyone. Two months in, he was calling me his girlfriend, putting me on the phone with his mom, and saying that I shouldn’t look to be dating other people. Yet, I noticed that he remained on the dating website we met on and was checking in there daily. I asked him whether he was seeing other girls on the site, and he said, “Only a friend I work with and she amy alkon is older anyway.” When I’d ask whether he was sleeping with other girls, he’d always say no. Well, he left his email open on my computer, and I searched it and discovered he’d been contacting several women daily on the dating site and sleeping with at least one other woman. I contacted her and told her he’s contacting numerous other women so she’d know he’s a sociopath, a sex addict, a liar, and a cheat. Now I’m thinking about warning other women he’s contacted. Is that crazy?  —Badly Betrayed We all want to believe — in the tooth fairy and talking dogs, that Santa got to the mall on his airborne sleigh and not the bus after his car got impounded for DUIs. Sticking to your preferred version of reality works when you’re 6. At 26 or 36, it tends to end badly. You, for example, tried to ignore the wildly obvious: A guy isn’t logging in at a dating site daily because his mouse gets lost on the way to the sports scores. Eventually, Reality popped up to ask you, “Am I really going to have to bite you?” So, you asked the guy whether he was seeing anybody from the site, and he said, “Only a friend I work with.” Note that this was not a no. To a woman seeking the truth, it sounds like what it was — a truth-flavored lie. But, determined as you were to keep believing you’d found your Mr. Husband, you cut up all the red flags and did a remarkable job repurposing them into throw pillows. The fact that your suspicions finally got too big and stanky to ignore didn’t give you the right to plow through the guy’s email — the techno-quivalent of breaking in to his house and reading all his mail. People are entitled to privacy. Even scummy people. Even scummy people who are sleeping with you. If a guy’s level of sharing doesn’t match your need to know, find the door — not an opportune moment to go all Nancy Drew on his Gmail. Railing about what a bad guy your ex is and contacting every woman he ever said “‘sup?” to on some dating site is a great idea, as it will keep you far too busy to admit that you made it possible for him to skeeve you. (Your not wanting to know coincided rather neatly with his wanting to keep his options open.) You can’t control whether somebody lies to you. You can only control whether you do — and whether you treat reality like the 50-foot brick wall it is or pretend, for as long as you can, that it comes with an elastic waistband like fat men’s pants.

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I’m back in college in hopes of changing careers, and I’m interested in a woman I’ve become friendly with in one of my classes. Our schedules rarely seem to mesh, so it’s been difficult for me to find a time to express my feelings. In fact, there’s never an appropriate time to ask her out due to other students always being present. Still, I think it would be a shame not to let her know that somebody —Continuing Ed really cares for her.



There are sometimes great barriers to two people coming together — warring nations, conflicting religions, violent family feuds, and other students seated in nearby desks. You’re taking college classes, which suggests your problemsolving ability exceeds that of most boiled vegetables. This, in turn, suggests you could figure out the obvious solution: Pull this woman aside and ask her out. But maybe what you’re most interested in is a convenient excuse for spending the rest of the semester staring at the back of her head while drawing little hearts in a notebook, allowing you to feel connected to her without risking rejection. The problem is, this can cause your feelings to fester — to the point where you have such a huge one-sided relationship with her that you become unable to speak to her without seeming creepy. If you do want to date her, ask her out now, before “Wanna knock a few back at Kelly’s bar?” comes off like “You know, you’d look really pretty chained to my cabin wall.” 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 Composting WorkshopLearn different techniques for composting outdoors with members of the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System’s master composters program. April 13 from 11 am-1 pm. Free, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Lilac City VolkssportsThe local organization hosts day trips to regional destinations to explore a new place on foot. April 15 trip to Ritzville. Car pool meets at 8 am at Fred Meyer at Third Ave. and Thor. lilaccityvolks.com Companion PlantingLearn the beneficial relationships different plants can have with other plants. April 15 from 3-5 pm. $5, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378)

Film

Occupy LoveDocumentary screening. April 11 at 7 pm. Donations accepted. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main Ave. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) Les MisérablesScreening of the Oscar-nominated film. April 11-12 at 7:30 pm. $6-$7. The Panida, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) Miss RepresentationScreening of the documentary on challenging the media’s portrayal of women. April 12 from 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public. North Idaho College, Meyer Health Sciences Bldg., 1000 W. Garden Ave. akaplan@nivpc.org

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Visit Inlander.com for complete listings of local events. Bachelorette, 34Screening of a film about the pressure society places on women to get married. April 16 from noon-12:40 pm. Free and open to the public. EWU Monroe Hall, Cheney campus. (359-2898) The Invisible WarScreening of the Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual violence in the military, hosted by Lutheran Community Services NW. April 17 at 5:15 pm. Free. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (747-8224) Enjoy Your MealScreening of the documentary as part of the Food for Thought film series. April 17 at 7 pm. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127)

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Bread Making ClassLearn to make sunflower bread, braided French bread, pizza crust and more. April 11 at 6 pm. $45. Joanie’s Magic Spoon, 10307 N. Prairie Dr. (624-6564) Salute Italia! Wine ClassTaste and learn about wines from Italy’s renowned wine-growing regions. April 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $25. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. totalwine.com (466-1644) South African WineSample and learn about a lineup of wines from South Africa. April 12 at 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) Winemaker’s DinnerProceeds from the event will benefit the planned St. Luke’s Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence. April 12 at 6:30 pm. $200/

person. The Club at Black Rock, 18168 S. Kimberlite Dr., CdA. festivalofwineandflowers.com (473-6370) Mad Men Cocktail Party1960sstyle party featuring cocktails inspired by the “Mad Men” TV series. April 13 from 7-11 pm. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. corkjoy.com (208457-9885) Chocolate Tasting 5th annual chocolate tasting, lunch or dinner and art exhibition featuring art by Ariel Zakarison. April 13-14. Lunch event from noon-2 pm, $17. Dinner event only April 13 from 5:30-8 pm, $23. Bank Left Galley, 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse, Wash. (878-1800) Korean Food ExtravaganzaFood festival. April 13 from 11 am-2 pm. $10. Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church, 806 W. Knox Ave. (325-2077) Gluten Free CookingLearn to make easy-to-prepare dishes without wheat or gluten as a main ingredient. April 16 at 5:30 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St. Post Falls. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950)

museums

Museum of North Idaho“Shaping the Handle: Idaho Territory 18631890” exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the creation of Idaho Territory. The museum is now open Tues-Sat from 11 am-5 pm through October 31. Admission $1-$7. Museum of North Idaho, 115 NW Blvd. (208-664-3448) Historic Images Collection“The National Park Service Nez Perce Historic Images Collection: A Dynamic Photographic Legacy of Nimiipuu” exhibition. April 11-Sept. 15. Opening reception April 11 at 3 pm. WSU Holland Terrell Libraries, Pullman campus. (335-4558) The Rite of Spring at 100Multimedia celebration of the Igor Stravinsky ballet presented by composer Donivan Johnson. April 13 at 3 pm. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3913)

Music

Coeur d’Alene Youth Marimbas African rhythm melodies performed on wooden xylophones by 15 local students ages 9-18. April 12. $5. The Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. Post Falls. (208-457-8950) David RothConcert. April 12 at 7:30 pm. $15. Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. (838-6518) Michael BoltonConcert. April 12 at 7:30 pm. $45-$65. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. northernquest.com (481-6700) Futureman & the Black Mozart Ensemble Concert featuring Roy Wooten and The Black Mozart Ensemble. April 12 at 7:30 pm. $12-$18. SFCC Music Bldg. No. 15, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3741) Zimmerman Collegiate Choral Festival Choral concert featuring singers from local colleges. April 12 at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. (358-4290) Colin HayAn evening of music and comedy from the singer from the band Men at Work. April 13 at 8 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint,

Idaho. panida.org (208-263-9191) Spokane SymphonyClassics Series: Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony featuring cellist Alban Gerhardt. April 13 at 8 pm and April 14 at 3 pm. $14+. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) KPBX Kids ConcertBob Dylanthemed concert featuring Carlos Alden, Sidetrack and Jenny Edgren. April 13 from 1-2 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7638) MasterClass Big BandConcert showcasing young musicians and singers. April 13 from 7-9 pm. $5-$12. Empire Theatre, Tekoa. (263-3785) Gonzaga Wind SymphonyClassical concert. April 16 at 7:30 pm. $8$10, free to Gonzaga students. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Riverside Ave. (624-1200) Spokane Symphony Chamber Soiree performed by members of the Symphony; wine and appetizers served. April 16 at 7:30 pm and April 17 at 7:30 pm. $45. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. (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 ShockSeason opener arena football game vs. Arizona Rattlers. April 12 at 7 pm. $14-$35. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (242-7462) Spokane Bike SwapDonate unused cycling equipment, trade it or buy new or used cycling gear at the event, which also raises money to benefit efforts by Friends of the Centennial Trail. April 13-14 from 9 am-3 pm each day. $5 admission; ages 12 and under free. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. spokanebikeswap.com Spokane MountaineersMonthly membership meeting and program on two members’ experiences traveling to Churchill, Manitoba to view polar bears. April 15 at 7 pm. Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. (838-4974)

Theater

On Golden PondDrama. Through April 14. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $21. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) Sirens Comedy. Through April 20. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm and select special showings on April 17 at 7:30 pm and April 13 and 20 at 2 pm. $15-$28. Cheese and wine tasting before the performance on April 17, $40. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. interplayers.org (455-7529) Treasure Island Adventure. Through April 21. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $18-$24. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard. (325-2507) The GraduateComedy/drama. April 11-13 at 7:30 pm; April 14 at 2 pm. $10$15. Recommended for mature audiences. Pullman Civic Theatre, 1220 NW Nye St. (332-8406) Flashdance Musical as part of the Best of Broadway series. April 11-14. Show times vary. $33-$73. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. inbpac.com (279-7000)


Hello Dolly!Musical comedy. April 11-13, 17-20 at 7:30 pm and April 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm. $10-$20. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. rtoptheatre.org (334-0750) The Yellow WallpaperPerformance of the classic short story as part of the Second Stage Readers Theatre Series. April 11-13 at 7:30 pm. $2 suggested donation. Gonzaga Magnuson Theatre, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-3606) Harvey Comedy. April 12-13 at 7:30 pm and April 13 at 2 pm. $8-$10. WSU Jones Theatre, Pullman. (335-8522) I Hate HamletComedy. April 12-29. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. April 18 performance at 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (795-0004) You Can’t Take it With YouPulitzer Prize-winning comedy. April 12 at 7:30 pm, April 13 at 2 pm and April 14 at 7:30 pm. $7-$25. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main Ave. (208-882-4127) How I Became a PirateChildren’s musical comedy. April 13 and April 20 at 1 pm and 4 pm. $5-$10. Spokane Civic Theater, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) Stage Left Open HouseVisit this newly opened facility which is open for rental and will be showing theater productions. April 13 from 4-6 pm. Free. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. spokanestageleft.org Spank! The 50 Shades Parody Parody musical based on the bestselling “50 Shades of Grey” book trilogy. April 15-17 at 8 pm. $30. The Bing, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638)

visual Arts

Leonard Heid “Visions of the Palouse” painting exhibition. Through May 11. Gallery hours Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm. Free. Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. (325-1500) River Ridge Assoc. of Fine Arts Artist showcase featuring work by JoAnne Henault, Karen Liere and Dan Cronyn. Through April 30. Artist reception April 13 from 2-4 pm. Free. Forza Coffee, 2829 E. 29th. (535-7179) Senior Thesis ExhibitAnnual showcase of work by Gonzaga’s seniors graduating with an arts degree. April 12-May 11. Preview reception April 11 from 7-9 pm. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6613) Carolyn DoeBatiks and watercolors inspired by nature. Artist reception April 12 from 5-6:30 pm. Show runs April 12-May 8. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. (208-882-8537) ArtWalk See new gallery exhibits at participating venues. April 12 from 5-8 pm. Free. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. artsincda.org (208-292-1629) Animation Artist Tess Martin Lecture by the Seattle-based artist on April 13 at 5:30 pm. Free. Workshop with the artist, open to the community, April 14 from 9 am-3 pm. Free; space is limited. Whitworth Lied Arts Center, 300 W. Hawthorne. (777-3258) Ariel Zakarison Paintings and handmade prints exhibition. April 13May 11. Artist reception April 13 from

noon-3 pm. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge, Palouse, Wash. (878-8425) Artist Demonstration DaySeventh annual art and craft demo day featuring local artisans working with natural materials. April 13 from 11 am-4 pm. Free. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (229-3655)

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Get Lit!15th annual literature festival featuring events and presentations by authors Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, Major Jackson, Robert Wrigley, Kim Barnes, Jonathan Evison, Christopher McDougall, David Shields and others. April 11-14. $15-$45. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. outreach.ewu.edu/getlit/ Adam JohnsonThe author will read from “The Orphan Master’s Son.” April 11 at 4 pm. Free. BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) State of the PresidencyPresentation by noted constitutional scholar David Adler of Boise State University. April 11 at 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front. (208-7692315) Inland NW Writers GuildLocal published and unpublished writers are invited to read from and share their latest work. April 17 at 6:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com (838-0206) Jim Hunt“Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68” reading. April 17 at 8 pm. Free. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-3253) n

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Shadle StarbucksApril 1st. You were the very attractive curly redhead, in a white Yukon, going through the drive though and I was walking inside. When inside, we made eye contact through the drive through window or was it just my imagination. I hope it wasn’t my imagination. Single? If so, can I buy your next coffee?

stranger, we will take it to heart. It’s completely ok for us to be mean and put you down when we are on our monthly cycle, but you may not snap back for any reason. While you are at it, go make me a sandwich.

this morning with the hover over of a Hawk, once again eyeing my tiny dog. I was further blessed by seeing the eagle flying gracefully high overhead. Nature, my solace.

and mechanic positions. I usually promote from within, but I can’t promote someone with visable tattoos into any position where it requires contact with customers or the public for that matter. Regardless of how great of an employee you are, your position in my company is confined by your choice in appearance. I won’t make an exception in my hiring or promotion practices because you made a foolish fashion decision.

2 Blue Civics You explained to me why were not able to get gas. I instantly thought you were adorable, I said you were cute, must have been much louder in my head because I don’t think you heard it, wish I had your attention again. twobluecivics@yahoo.com

To MDI would love an e-mail, or just write a few words on my face book. That would make my day and night! First Day of The Rest Oof My Life Just needing to vent today so bear with me people. Turning 51 yrs old today and I’ve made some decisions that have been a long time coming. For almost 30 years now I have taken care of everybody elses needs (parents, husband, kids). I have given up doing all the things that I have always wanted

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STA PlazaI see you quite often. I am “j.smith@comcast.net.” way to shy to talk to you, you take my breath away. You are always listening to music. I think I hear Chris Brown and Maroon 5 sounds. to do so that I could be there for You: baggy jeans, black hoodie, each of you and make sure you and skater backpack. Me: short were all happy and healthy. Not complaining, this is how I chose to blonde, worker boots and hoodie. live my life and I have no regrets. However, I have reached a point Tossed and Found You were in my life where I want to do some browsing looking for an antique things just for me! That’s right you table. You: short curly reddish hair heard me, just for me! Call me and beautiful brown eyes. Me: tall, selfish if you want, I don’t care. rugged looking shopping for a gun As of today I am moving on. I am holster. I am a regular shopper on making plans for a couple of trips, Saturday’s, hope to see you again. of course I will go alone because hubby doesn’t like to travel. Fine Big Foot TavernSaturday, March by me. I am only going to see 30. You, tall and very attractive. movies that “I” want to see. Don’t You were with a group of friends think I’ve picked out a movie in 30 celebrating a birthday. We caught years, I always go to the movies each others eyes and smiled a few you all want to see. Again, not times. Me: tall, short hair, wearing a complaining, that’s fine, did it Gonzaga shirt, standing at the end because I wanted to. But, you all of the bar. Would love to see you need to understand that I am now again. Coffee maybe? taking some time to do the things that I want to do. I’m sure there Fred MeyerI saw you driving in will be some of you who will call your green SUV near Fred Meyer. me selfish, and I can live with that. You looked so beautiful with your I know that I’ve been a good wife long red hair blowing in the wind. It and mother to my family, I have made my day to see your beautiful three amazing kids to prove it. So, face and I hope we can meet. I next on the list, sky diving! Who’s drive in front of Fred Meyer every coming with me? monring, and hope to catch a glimps of your beautiful face. Hope Easter SundayIt’s a gorgeous day, to see you soon. people are celebrating with family. Kids are all dressed up looking adorable out there hunting for eggs Cheers after being visited by the “easter Women’s RulesIt doesn’t matter bunny”. I am home, celebrating not what rules you come up with, ours having to celebrate. My bird feeder are more important. Equal Rights suet holders are all full, bird bath is only apply to the good stuff, you cleaned and filled. Poop is scooped, still have to pick up the check. We laundry is done. I am blessed to only ask for your opinion so we can own a home to take care of - even if disregard it, and then when we get sometimes it feels overwhelming to the same advice from a total handle on my own. I was rewarded

Good Samaritans To the people who found my wallet at Safeway. Cash, credit cards, ID, everything was there when it was turned in to customer service. Many, many thanks to you and to the helpful Safeway clerks. Now that I’ve confirmed the kindness of strangers, my next project is to learn how to hang on to my wallet! An Act Of KindessTo the clerk at Yoke’s who noticed my pink cancer-awareness shopping bag and remarked that her aunt had died of breast cancer. I told her my daughter died from cancer last year and started to tear up. On my way out, the clerk ran after me, picked a bouquet of flowers from the display, gave them to me and said she hoped I had a better day. What an act of kindness! Liberty Lake BaristasCheers to the Starbucks and all its baristas in Liberty Lake! I have been to quite a few Starbucks in Washington and some in Idaho yet so far none have matched the friendliness and warmth at yours. After becoming quite the regular, it’s nice to come in and be greeted with familiarity and jokes. You have all made me smile in one way or another, especially when I needed it most. Coffee is a little bit of heaven, but to go get my coffee and interact with all of you, just makes the whole experience complete. I’ll be back again and again and again! I Saw YouWell buddy this is for you! Mystery! I saw you looking at the I Saw You column in the Inlander and just like me you’re always looking to see if someone is saying hi! But we never see it so I thought I would just say hi. I saw you and have a nice day!” “and also we all need to say a prayer for her mom Sue who is in the hospital, love ya both Shell

Jeers I Hate You “You called my mother names. I will never talk to you again. If I see you on the street I will just act like I never knew you. After all I did for you, go to hell. You’ll never be anything to me again.

Car BurglarTo the thief who stole my ashtray full of coins from a maroon Ford Escort station wagon parked at NorthTown Mall, April 1, 2013, between 6:38pm and 7:12pm. First and foremost, I’m glad you got away! Really! Otherwise I would be sitting in jail until I got bailed out. Secondly, it gave me an opportunity to teach my kids that there are always gonna be assholes like you in this world. To always be alert and never trust anyone, especially low life assholes like you. Glad it was only an estimated $12 mistake on my part. When people asked me why I don’t lock my door, my answer was always “There’s nothing in there that’s worth anyone’s life”. So by that logic, your life was almost worth the change in my ashtray. Someday your luck will run out and get your ass handed to you. Bans Soda size bans, tranfats bans, trampoline liablity, dog breed bans - and all in the name of making our lives safer and nicer...er, read restricted and controlled and dictated by others. New gun laws, background checks, magazine restrictions, ammunition laws, etc. are going to do absolutely nothing to deter criminals from getting firearms period. Criminals will not submit to nor be part of any background checks and any such restrictions. Current laws don’t stop them so what are new ones going to do?

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Smokers To the employees, who are well dressed, groomed men who stand outside in front of their office building every half an hour puffing on a dirty cigarettes. It looks terrible, stinks and worst yet throws the nasty butts all over the side walk.

takes a village to raise a child, but pull your head out of your ironic pants and teach your children some manners and social skills. Or, better yet, show them by example.

collision, just like any other person. When the light is green for me to turn, that means it’s my turn. Not for me and then oncoming traffic to go at the same time. This is not the first time this has happened. We already have enough reckless drivers. but, when it comes to mind, maybe they aren’t so reckless when situations like this are more frequent then you would expect.

Shape Shifting Women in this country so so fried. Slather on make up. Girdles, spanx, corsets. All to hide “shape” and construct an “image” of looking good. Until you know, you peel your make up off, cut off the spanx and put up the wig and extensions and you hear... holy f! Facebook Breakups Everytime I have a fight with my girlfriend, she blocks me from calling the house, shuts off her cell phone, and blocks me on Facebook, so that I can’t write to her, etc. She will make up with me after realizing that she overreacts, and then wants me to re-add her on Facebook again. Is this normal? We are in our mid thirties. I feel really bad. I have no idea why someone would have an argument, but go to that great of a length to just shut out the people that care about her. Personally if I have an argument with you I will be upset and then get over it, but I am not going to find every single person in the world that has ever upset me and add their phone number into my call block registry. Parenting Pacific Avenue Pizza: To the unbelievably self-absorbed “parents” who were ignoring your 3 children on the back patio on Monday night, you were awfully busy pretending it wasn’t your job to supervise them, so here’s what you missed: your baby sitting on the steps in the direct path of the wait-staff coming and going with hot food and drinks. Your son, looking for attention, coming over to our table and interrupting our conversation. Then when we ignored him (as you were doing) he decided to repeatedly ram a wooden highchair into the cement steps, all while you blithely carried on your conversation. Although during his rambunctious ramming of said high chair, you did make one suggestion to your precious little monster to use his “inside voice.” It would have been laughable if it wasn’t so bloody annoying. We had to move inside just to get away from your obnoxious kids. Listen, I am a parent myself, and I know kids can be a handful. That’s why I only have one, because I know that my spawn are my responsibility, and I certainly don’t expect other people to parent my children, especially when we’re out in public. Sure, it

Pick OneBet you can’t pick just one! 1. To all the “men” who sit on the bus while women stand, shame on you. 2. In before-work and afterwork traffic, unless you need to exit within the next 300 ft, GET OUT of the right lane, let people who are merging on have a chance. 3. I am sick to death of watching my tax dollars pay for your beef jerky, red bull, and milk shakes at the gas station, and then watching you pay cash for cigarettes. If you can afford the $9 a pack habit, you can afford to buy your own food, moocher. Drivers and PedestriansJeers to all of you remedial people who think it is a smart idea to stop your car in the middle of traffic to let a random pedestrian (who I assume is waiting for the flow of traffic to seize) cross right then and there! Do you know how dangerous that is for everyone involved?! You could be rear ended for stopping like a retard. Or the person who has to swerve around you when you stop suddenly almost clips a car to the left? Or the worst case scenario of that pedestrian getting hit by the other traffic flow in the lanes next to you because you blocked their vision and cause them to hit or even kill someone! Next time I see someone do this I hope to you endure one of these scearios to prove how unintellegent all of you who do this are. Drive your damn car or spare us all and get off the damn road you! The cross walks are there for a reason, that’s where you yield. Spokane SlumlordsA certain real estate has allowed it’s tenants to be without hot water going on 4 weeks now. Shame on you! Hope you can sleep at night after your hot shower knowing the living conditions in your buildings are sub-par. Yes, you offered a shower in an empty unit in a building down the street- that I’m sure is squeaky clean, right? I’m certain the few older people we have here who have difficulty just checking their mail everyday are very appreciative. You can take the insulting $50 you offered off our rent this month for “our patience” and shove it! Street LightsDear City of Spokane Street Department. I noticed your traffic lights have been malfunctioning, a lot. I just bought a brand new car, and I like to avoid a

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Manner of Death As a teenager, I didn’t ask questions about how my mom died. Now, I can’t escape them BY HEIDI GROOVER

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hen I learned my mom was dead, I knew I was supposed to be sad. I ran out the front door, the screen slamming behind me, and sat under a big pine tree. I pulled my knees to my chest and rocked back and forth. But after a few minutes, I went back inside. I ate dinner, and the next day I went to my third week of ninth grade as if nothing had happened. My mom had been a high-functioning alcoholic for most of my life and a lower-functioning one in the years before she died. I remember midnight dancing in our socks on the hardwood floors of our kitchen and waking up on Saturday mornings to ice rattling against a glass of gin and tonic. Even the best memories eventually soured. I started to realize what other parents weren’t doing — falling asleep before dinnertime, swerving into traffic on the drive home from school — and my naïveté morphed into anger and then apathy. When she died, I didn’t go to her funeral. But now, almost a decade later, I’m haunted by questions.

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or one: How did a woman like this — the only one of five kids to go to college, who’d worked as a clerk for a federal judge in Boise and owned her own law firm in Post Falls — die alone on the floor of a trailer before her only child graduated high school? I knew that three years before her death, she had spent a month in rehab and then moved back to north Florida, where she grew up and met my dad more than 20 years earlier. She got a job at an Irish pub, where she started drinking again. At some point, she had moved to a riverside area called Fort George, where she worked at a catering company. One morning she didn’t wake up; her death certificate says that’s because of “complications of chronic alcoholism.” I start looking for answers and dig out the obituary someone had clipped from the Florida Times-Union — I had never read the whole thing. In it, the writer includes “her companion Gene Helms” as one of her survivors. I’ve never heard of him. Between the clinging pages of my dad’s yellowed photo albums, I see her in thick plastic glasses carrying her University of Arkansas law degree, in a bikini on the beach, and grinning in a powder-blue suit in front of the Idaho Supreme Court. I ask relatives for anything they can remember. They say they never understood why she spiraled the way she did, but they know the shame of what she’d lost kept her drinking. “I don’t know if she was happy,” one of her sisters tells me. “But I know she was proud of you.” I call the restaurant and catering company where she worked, Nicole’s On The River, where there’s an American flag out front and fried chicken, shrimp, and liver and onions on the menu. In Southern drawls punctuated with words like “darlin’” and “sweetheart,” everyone says they miss Carol, and wish they’d done more to help.

“I didn’t really know how bad [her drinking] was,” a woman named Bobbi tells me. “One day she was crying and I realized she was drinking and I said, ‘Carol, what’s wrong? Have you been drinking?’ and she said, ‘I drink every day. I think about my daughter and how I don’t get to see her and it upsets me.’” Everyone tells me to talk to a woman named Miss Dawn. She’s frank and direct. She tells me Mom would ride her bike to open the restaurant at 5:30 am every day, but she’d already be drinking. When she got off in the afternoons, she’d go to a bar nearby. She was a fun drunk, Miss Dawn says, but she just didn’t know when to stop. In the three days before she died, she’d been sick with flu-like symptoms, but was afraid if she went to the emergency room, they’d force her into rehab. On the second day, Miss Dawn wanted to try to convince my mom to see a doctor, but didn’t. The next day she was determined to do so, but it was too late. That morning, my mom was found dead on the floor of her bedroom.

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request the autopsy report from the county medical examiner, and it’s both fascinating and nauseating in its simplicity. “The stomach contains a measured 321 milliliters of brown liquid, having flocculations (‘coffee grounds’), without food…” it says. “The small and large intestines are unremarkable.” At the end, the report reads, “MANNER OF DEATH: Natural.” She was 48. When I started looking for answers, I thought I was after my mom’s final moments. It bothered me not to know what exactly had killed her, or why she was on the floor instead of in her bed, or why something she’d been doing my whole life suddenly overwhelmed her. But what I’ve found is something less tangible. As a kid, I thought I was better off without her, that she deserved what happened to her. As an adult, I see that nothing is so simple. That not everything makes sense; not everyone gets what they deserve. And that while a hardened heart keeps us safe, it also keeps us from knowing those closest to us. As I get older, it becomes harder to hold on to the dispassion I felt at 14, sitting under that giant pine tree. n heidig@inlander.com

Carol Bradley Groover, the mother of the author, died in 2004 of complications of chronic alcoholism.

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