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pril brings daffodils, tax pay-up day and weary Idaho legislators back from Boise, home to stay. To their credit, in the just-concluded legislative session, Idaho legislators did push through the difficult birth of a state health insurance exchange. The delivery was long and contentious. After a combined 16 labored hours of House and Senate debate, all parties were exhausted — nobody, it seems, was up for taking on another caucus-wrenching battle. But the legislators should have lingered longer. Left to die in the House Health and Welfare Committee, unexplained and undebated, were two bills that would save taxpayers of Idaho millions of dollars, create hundreds of new jobs and bring medical care to thousands of Idahoans. Instead, the legislators walked away from even considering Medicaid Expansion, a proposal under the Affordable Care Act, which would pay 100 percent of the costs of newly eligible Idahoans for three years, beginning in 2014. After 2017, states would contribute 5 percent of expanding costs of those newly eligible, and after 2020 no more than 10 percent.

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ar too many Idaho legislators turn their back on accepting federal dollars, especially those delivered through the Affordable Care Act. In the eyes of the anti-feds, clean tax dollars that Idahoans sent the Internal Revenue Service this month somehow turn dirty upon arrival at the IRS office. This extreme distrust of our federal government by flag-waving “patriots” is a baffling phenomenon. All but one of the states surrounding Idaho — Washington, Oregon, Montana and Nevada — are on board the Medicaid Expansion train. Not so for Utah, other assorted red states and a predictably solid row of Southern states. Ironically, Idaho has more to gain from accepting Medicaid dollars than most other states because of the strange, expensive way Idaho deals with its medically needy. Let me try to explain Idaho’s current system: Let’s say that my mythical Idaho Cousin Mabel, living in Nampa with no health insurance, is in a serious car wreck and spends weeks in the hospital being stitched and glued back together. All the while, Cousin Mabel is piling up bills that she can’t possibly pay within five years. Mabel can take those bills to the Canyon County Courthouse and apply for help. If approved, Canyon County will pay the first $11,000 of her medical bills, and send the rest off to Boise for the state to pay from the General Fund. The strange thing about this system is that payment is episode-based on bills accumulated after a heart attack, surgery or cancer treatment. Mabel has not necessarily found a medical home to provide preventive advice and support.

It’s emergency-based medicine — the most expensive kind. In 2012, the costs to Idaho’s county and state taxpayers for helping the medically indigent through this unique Idaho system was close to $70 million dollars, with no federal match to ease the pain.

Repeat: $70 million! Officials estimate that 90 percent of Idaho’s medically indigent, like Cousin Mabel, would qualify for Medicaid under the expanded eligibility. That population would include uninsured adults between the ages of 18 and 64 who have an annual income under 138 percent of the federal poverty level. (That’s $15,415 for a single adult and $31,810 for a family of four.) Idaho’s very costly system of using the counties as gatekeepers has worked surprisingly well in the past. I have several friends who have been caught by a medical calamity and have been rescued by the county. They end up paying back $50 or so per month for the rest of their lives and do so gratefully without a grumble. But the county system and the state Catastrophic Fund have outlived their usefulness. They are breaking the bank.


he second bill that was left unheard in the legislative committee would have abolished the outdated and bankrupt Catastrophic Fund. It’s time for the Cat Fund to go, and to take advantage of the available federal Medicaid Expansion funds. The Idaho Hospital Association, the Idaho Medical Association and 46 other nonprofits have published a summary sheet endorsing the Medicaid Expansion. They claim Idaho’s adoption of the Medicaid Expansion plan would provide health care coverage to 150,000 uninsured Idahoans and save up to $84.6 million in state funds. Put simply, sticking with the status quo without accepting federal funds will help fewer medically needy Idahoans and cost us all millions more. When the report of Governor Otter’s working group came out recommending that Idaho endorse the Medicaid Expansion based on the superior medical landscape the federal dollars would help create, House Minority Leader and medical doctor John Rusche, D-Lewiston, declared “It’s a no-brainer.” I agree. I sincerely hope that Governor Otter will heed the advice of his working group, give Medicaid Expansion his blessing and start persuading Idaho’s reluctant legislators. It is time for Idaho to rejoin the Union. n

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f you wait around long enough, everything comes back. All those beards you see these days on hipsters from Portland to Spokane? They’re the same thing guys were sporting back in the pioneer days around here. And not content to just match the look, more and more are following in those well-tread footsteps by drinking and brewing local beer, too. I recently came across a story our Mike Corrigan wrote for The Inlander back Bernhardt Schade in 1909 in 1994, and I thought of it when we were pulling together this week’s section on the local brewing revival. “The miners, farmers and loggers who were striving to make something of Spokane were working up one hell of a thirst,” Corrigan wrote. “And the local brewer was more than happy to supply the refreshments.” The subject of his story was German immigrant Bernhardt Schade — immortalized to this day in the beautiful brewery-turned-office that bears his name and overlooks the University District. His story recalls a different time — a time before refrigeration and multinational corporations, when the beards were long and beer was local. Mike’s story recreated a time of “grand old breweries” — the Spokane Brewing and Malting Company near the current site of the YWCA, and Inland Brewing, which covered an entire city block on Second between Cedar and Walnut. Yeah, this was a thirsty place. Schade left Spokane’s New York Brewery and went out on his own in 1902, building his Temple of Good Times and turning on the taps. But the buzz was short-lived. On Jan. 1, 1916 — four years before the rest of the nation — Prohibition hit Washington state, and Schade was out of a job, his little piece of Bavaria boarded up. Six years later, at age 51, Schade was dead. When the Golden Age Brewery opened in the old Schade Brewery after Prohibition ended, it didn’t take long to find out the name didn’t fit. By 1933, a new world had emerged: Beer could be transported, and local brewers couldn’t compete. That’s why our dads had to drink Oly (which itself was eventually run out of business). Big Beer ruled for decades. But not forever. Since the early ’80s, when Redhook, Pyramid and Hale’s Ales started the microbrew trend, the industry has exploded — especially in the past couple years here in Spokane. This is a good thing — good business, good times. Today, our niche brewers compete very well because beer lovers have developed adventurous tastebuds — and because they realize that if they don’t support the little guys, they’ll go the way of old Bernhardt. And they’d rather shave their beards than see that happen. n





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n a sweeping format change that marks the end of an era for the nation’s first cable news outlet, CNN announced this week that it would no longer air breaking news and would instead re-run news stories of the past “that we know we got right.” The rebranded network will be called “CNN Classic.” “Breaking news is hard,” said newly installed CNN chief Jeff Zucker. “You have to talk to sources, make sure their stories check out OK, and then get on the air and not say anything stupid. I, for one, am thrilled to be getting out of that horrible business.” CNN Classic will begin its broadcast day Monday, Zucker said, “with round-the-clock coverage of Operation Desert Storm.” Zucker did not indicate what impact the new format would have on such CNN stars as Wolf Blitzer, saying only, “I can’t promise that Wolf will be a part of CNN’s future, but he will continue to be a big part

of our past.” The CNN chief also threw down this gauntlet: “We are going to win May sweeps with Hurricane

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o your heart doctor says to you: “We need to do a little open-heart surgery to make a minor tweak in your blood flow.” Whoa! Time for a second opinion! That’s why Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is such a useful citizen. When confronted with the wonky conventional wisdom of economic experts, his common sense kicks in, causing him to question authority — and seek a second opinion. For example, Sanders is presently questioning Wall Street, the corporate media, Republican lawmakers and the Obama White House for their insistence that Social Security needs a little operation. No worries, they say, for we’re only talking about a tweak called the “chained CPI.” It’s merely a reworking of the consumer price index, they claim, and it will not cut benefits, but simply “adjust” the flow of annual cost-of-living increases in the program. “B.S. ALERT!” shouts Bernie. While these well-off cognoscenti won’t notice a downward “adjustment” in their payments, it would be a real hit to typical retirees who

count on that money for more than twothirds of their incomes. Sanders points out that the change proposed by Obama would mean that today’s “65-year-old retirees would each lose more than $650 a year by their 75th birthday.” That’s not a tweak, it’s a cut! And it’s especially painful when you’re trying to make ends meet on $14,000 a year. When the elite policy wonks and politicos claim that chained CPI is a more accurate measure of inflation, they’re completely ignorant of the reality of life for the elderly. Most 75-year-olds aren’t buying new cars or 70-inch TVs — the biggest chunk of their meager incomes goes to health care, which is grossly inflationary. To stay connected to reality on the Social Security fight, connect with Bernie at n For more from America’s populist, check out

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Deadly Catch How much fish do people eat in Washington? It’s a basic question, with huge consequences By Daniel Walters


n osprey glides over a stream off the Pend Oreille River on the Kalispel Reservation. Tribal vice-chair Ray Pierre, boots planted in the muddy, weedy shore, flicks his fishing rod, sending a line soaring into the current. His three youngest kids scurry about on the rocks, casting their own lines from child-size poles and inevitably getting them tangled in the weeds. Pierre remembers, decades ago, catching whitefish at this spot as a teenager, then barbecuing them over a smoker built from a wire bed frame, chicken wire and a hole in the ground. “We’ve always been connected to the river,” Pierre says. “[But] a lot of stuff that’s happening now is keeping people away from the river. We’re getting disconnected.” First the hydroelectric dams rose up, cutting off the supply of salmon. More recently came non-native predators like the northern pike, gobbling up smaller native fish and breeding like crazy. But now, even eating those fish carries a toxic risk. Pike isn’t all that tasty. Pierre finds it mushy, bony and bland. But just like the food he hunts, he wanted to eat what he caught. “We would catch a pike and, heck yeah, we were going to eat it,” Pierre says. One time, they trucked huge amounts of pike to the food bank in Newport — and the food bank loved it. But in 2004, the state’s Departments of Health and Ecology began running tests, checking Pend Oreille pike for toxins like mercury and cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls. The tests found elevated levels of mercury,

especially in the bigger fish. The Department of Health warned anyone in the Pend Oreille area to avoid eating larger pike at all. But for many tribal members, state and local warnings won’t change a thing about their diet. “Just because some big-shot tribal fish biologists are telling tribal members that they shouldn’t be eating fish, that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be eating fish,” Pierre says.


his Thursday, as tribal chairs across Washington state meet with the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Ecology, the toxicity of fish will dominate discussion. Specifically, they’ll tackle the “fish-consumption rate,” an innocuous-sounding statistic fraught with environmental and economic consequences. The basic science is simple. Depending on the dose, anything — arsenic, botulism, chocolate sauce — can be dangerous or harmless. Toxins in fish aren’t as problematic if they’re eaten very rarely. Washington state’s water-quality standards, therefore, rely on assumptions about how much fish people eat. But in its current water-quality standards, Washington assumes each person only eats 6.5 grams of fish per day. That’s about half the amount that would fit on a soda cracker — onethirtieth of a single plate of seafood at Anthony’s restaurant. The figure’s a national average, left over from a Department of Agriculture survey in the 1970s that included those who never ate fish. ...continued on next page

Kalispel tribal vice-chair Ray Pierre fishes along the Pend Oreille River on the Kalispel Reservation near Cusick, Wash. Young Kwak photo

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“deadly catch,” continued... Local tribes say the number is wildly inaccuborders. For those upstream, those standards can rate. In the 1990s, surveys of four Indian tribes carry legal weight. In March, for example, the on the Columbia River showed the average tribal Sierra Club challenged the permit the Departmember ate nearly 10 times more fish than that. ment of Ecology gave to Spokane County’s new The run-of-the-mill tribal member, Pierre sewage treatment plant, arguing it would pump says, may not care about all the numbers, but out toxins in violation of the Spokane tribe’s high they care about what they can eat. “Do we want fish-consumption standards. to eat that much fish?” Pierre says, a tiny dimeBut enforcement is hard. “Our water-quality sized space between his thumb and finger. “No, standards are broken daily,” Pierre says. If the we’re going to eat a lot more than that. We want whole state had stricter standards, he believes, to eat this much fish. That’s the best way I can the fish at the reservation would gradually explain it to tribal members.” become healthier. For the Spokane tribe, eating fish is just as The EPA and Department of Ecology agree culturally essential. “We were known as the fishthe state’s fish-consumption number is in dire ing people,” Spokane tribal chairneed of updating. It’s up to Ecology to man Rudy Peone says. “We were find one. actually called salmon-eaters by Updating that number is more compliSend comments to other tribes.” cated than just taking a survey. The Many members of the Spokane consumption rate is supposed to include tribe, Peone says, “have high rates shellfish, but not primarily ocean-dwelling of diabetes and other medical issues. Some fish like salmon. And instead of just using a state people think it’s because we haven’t been able to average, EPA wants to measures diets of groups eat [as much] fish.” that eat fish substantially more often. Both the Spokane and Kalispel reservations If Ecology chooses a number that’s too low, use higher fish-consumption rates within their the EPA might not accept it. When Idaho tried


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to adopt a new daily fish consumption rate of 17.5 grams — nearly triple Washington’s — the EPA rejected it, pointing to proof that some Idaho populations ate far more than that. By contrast, in 2011 Oregon bumped its rate up to 175 grams per person per a day. But a higher rate means more restrictive pollution limits, and that could cost industry a fortune. It’s pitted environmental groups and Indian tribes against powerful businesses like Boeing and Inland Empire Paper Company, with Ecology stuck in the middle. “It’s probably the most difficult work that I’ve observed at the Department of Ecology,” says Ecology spokeswoman Sandy Howard. “The tribes feel we’re not moving fast enough. We have very large companies in our state that are really squawking about it.”


ince 2011, as part of its overhaul of sediment rules, Ecology has considered revising its fish consumption rates. But Republicans like Spokane Valley state Sen. Mike Padden sent a stream of emails to the governor, fretting about the impact on business. Internal emails obtained by journalists from the nonprofit InvestigateWest show the governor’s office and Ecology worried about airplane giant Boeing’s reaction. “Boeing suggested the path Ecology is currently under will cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars,” one of former Gov. Chris Gregoire’s aides wrote. Boeing spokesman Chris Villiers says the company is looking for “a balanced solution… that’s technologically feasible and economically viable and doesn’t affect the aerospace industry in Washington.” On a photo on Spokane’s Inland Empire Paper website, a clear waterfall cascades past mossy boulders. “Our first and foremost concern is the protection of our environment,” the site says, touting several hundred million dollars of investment toward cleaner technology. But in January of last year, Inland Empire Paper sent a comment urging “Ecology to suspend development of default statewide fish consumption rates … until a more thorough scientific evaluation can be performed to assess any public health benefits.” In an email, Inland Empire Paper’s Doug Krapas says the company isn’t opposed to new standards, but he wants to be sure it’s possible for business to meet them. (Disclosure: The Inlander is printed on Empire Inland Paper.) Ultimately, Ecology won’t issue even a draft of the new fishconsumption standards until next year. A ream of internal emails published by InvestigateWest indicates the process has been slowed by political concerns, but Howard objects to calling it a delay. “We’re not taking the foot off of the gas, it’s [just] going to be a little longer ride than people wanted,” the Ecology spokeswoman says. The slow pace has left many jaded. According to the EPA, most tribes won’t be participating in the state’s rulemaking process this time. “We’re really disappointed,” says Deane Osterman, the Kalispel’s executive director of Natural Resources. “Delay only increases the harm to people disproportionately impacted by eating toxic fish. … This is an environmental justice issue.” But for others, the issue is as basic as the food on their plate. “I was trying to educate the wife about [fish-consumption rates] and all this stuff,” Pierre says. “And she was saying, ‘I just want to catch some fish to feed the boys.’” n

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ext month will bring a handful of local elections in Kootenai County, some that previously passed with little contest. This year, things are different. Hard-right group Kootenai County Reagan Republicans announced it would target the nonpartisan Kootenai Hospital District Board. In response, a new political action committee formed. Bipartisan and led by some of those most outspoken in the controversial anti-recall effort in Coeur d’Alene last year, Balance North Idaho is fundraising to support its picks for the hospital (Liese Razzeto and Jim Pierce, himself a Reagan Republican) and school board (Dave Eubanks, Christa Hazel, Tom Hearn). We sat down with the PAC’s Board President Eden Irgens to learn more. INLANDER: What about the current political climate in North Idaho led you to start the PAC? IRGENS: There are some efforts that have been made to basically take over all elected seats in Kootenai County. There’s room for every single person’s perspective in life, but this effort is just one certain type of mindset and that’s not representative of the people. We started this effort as a way to kind of counter that focused effort. … We’re offering balance to a very heavy weighted-to-the-far-right political atmosphere and focusing on the best candidate for the job.

What specific impacts do you see if these ideologies take hold? One thing [is] not wanting any federal money. I’m going to use the school district as an example. There are … I want to say 60 percent of our kids … are on free and reduced lunch. That money doesn’t come out of the sky. Those kids don’t have a lot at home and money that pays for that comes out of federal coffers. We all as human beings pay federal and state taxes. I want some of that money back in my community.


Photos of the alleged bombers of the Boston Marathon were released last Thursday, sparking a citywide manhunt that shut down the entire Boston area for hours. A police shootout Friday morning left one suspect dead. That evening police finally converged on the remaining bomber, hiding in a boat in a Watertown backyard.


A fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded last Wednesday, leveling dozens of buildings, leaving a crater 93 feet wide and 10 feet deep, and killing more than four times the people of the Boston Marathon bombs.

Eden Irgens, board president of Balance North Idaho Is there a role for you in city politics? We’re going to be involved in the [Coeur d’Alene] city council races this fall. ... We’ve seen some episodes of imbalance on city council. We want, again, to have the best candidates with right ideas for our city, who have open minds to all parts of the dialogue, to be in place there. What kind of feedback are you getting? We’re getting a ton of support. It’s almost like there was a hole with things leaning so far to the right in recent years, and so much ideology thrown into things. There are people coming out of the woodwork who are so thankful to have another option locally. — INTERVIEW BY HEIDI GROOVER



The Big News of the Past Week

Total homeless people in Spokane, according to the city’s “One Day Count” data released this week, down from 1,185 last year.


Previous DUI bookings Glenn McNutt had in Kootenai County. McNutt was videotaped causing multiple accidents on I-90 Sunday.


The best chance for national gun legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting — a bipartisan measure expanding background checks — failed last Wednesday to get the 60 votes agreed upon to pass the measure.


On Sunday, as sheriff’s detectives investigating an illegal marijuana grow operation at a foreclosed South Hill house closed in, a 62-year-old man committed suicide.


After much political wrangling, Idaho’s health insurance exchange board began meeting for the first time Monday. Health insurance exchanges allow patients to compare insurance plans and prices, but since they’re tied to Obama’s health care reform, they’ve been controversial.

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Penny Pinching The Guilds’ School takes to the streets; plus, accusations against a prison therapist Paying It Forward

In a packed chambers last August, SPOKANE GUILDS’ SCHOOL supporters pleaded with the Spokane City Council not to pass a panhandling ordinance outlawing stepping into the street to collect money from cars. They told council members the measure would cripple their annual penny drive, which raises about $60,000 a year for the school for children with developmental disabilities and delays. In the end, they only won a partial victory: The ordinance only took effect downtown, leaving the rest of the city open for such activity. Now, just days from this year’s penny drive, Guilds’ School representatives are worried. Between Spokane’s new ordinance and a similar one passed in Spokane Valley in 2010, the school is down from 18 collection sites to 13. When the Valley’s ordinance passed and the school

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“It hasn’t been easy on a lot of different fronts.” had to move to parking lot donation sites there, they saw a 10 to 15 percent drop in donations, says Development Director Ken Daniel. “Less sites means less opportunity,” Daniel says. So they’ve upped advertising efforts to compensate. “It’s been a tight year. It hasn’t been easy on a lot of different fronts. … We’ll just have to see.” They’re hoping donors will be willing to stop in parking lots and drop cash in their buckets at intersections like Francis and Nevada and 57th and Regal. The drive is Saturday, April 27, and donation locations are at — HEIDI GROOVER

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Investigators allege a female prison therapist had multiple sexual or inappropriate encounters with an inmate she was counseling through a sex offender treatment program at the Airway Heights Corrections Center. The therapist, who had worked for the Department of Corrections for several years, resigned April 11 when confronted with the allegations. Authorities have not named her pending formal charges. Prison spokeswoman Risa Klemme says an alert guard caught the therapist and inmate in an “inappropriate situation.” Officials immediately called the Airway Heights Police Department to launch a criminal investigation. “We consider any inappropriate touching or relationship to be against prison policy,” Klemme says, adding, “We have zero tolerance for sexual exploitation or inappropriate behavior between staff and offenders.” Airway Heights Police Chief Lee Bennett says interviews in the case indicate there were at least three sexual encounters between the therapist and the inmate. His department plans to recommend three charges of custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree. “We’re just putting the finishing touches on the report,” he says, expecting to file with the Prosecutor’s Office on Friday. “We believe it’s a pretty ironclad case.” — JACOB JONES

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Spokane police are spending $1.1 million on new equipment and training BY JACOB JONES


rmed with $1.1 million in newly approved funding, the Spokane Police Department plans to invest in standardizing weapons equipment, installing dashboard cameras in patrol cars and expanding officer training programs. The City Council approved the money from reserves last week to pay for equipment and training in response to recommendations from the city’s Use of Force Commission. An SPD spending memo outlines how the money will be used. About $600,000 will go toward installing 70 dashboard cameras in patrol cars along with initial licensing, server and video storage expenses. The department estimates an ongoing cost of $150,000 a year for full-time staffing and maintenance. While many community groups — including the Use of Force Commission — have strongly supported the use of officer-carried body cameras, none of this initial spending will go toward body cams. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has argued in-car dashboard cameras serve as a more reliable initial step toward recording officer interactions. “The technology here is so well-developed,” Straub said of dash cams in February. “That will be our first step, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub: “We want our officers to carry a variety of weapons systems.” young kwak photo simultaneously with the acquisition of body cams.” Police officials say they hope to pay for body cameras, along with additional police officers, through a voter-approved tax levy in November. The details of the proposed levy have not been finalized. Another $135,600 of the new funding will go toward standardizing “weapons systems” issued to officers,

replacing Tasers and batons with smaller models. Straub says the department’s current weapons systems are bulky and inconsistent from officer to officer. He says providing smaller Tasers and batons will make them easier to carry and use. “We want our officers to carry a variety of weapons systems,” Straub said in February. “We want an officer, confronted with a situation, to have as many options as possible.” The department plans to spend $110,600 to provide smaller Tasers for 104 officers now carrying older Taser models. The cost per Taser is equivalent to about $1,060. Officials will also spend about $25,000 to purchase 190 collapsible batons and carrying pouches, costing about $130 each. Another $5,280 will go toward training officers on how to use the new, smaller batons. The department plans to spend an additional $151,000 on a virtual Firearms Training System, an interactive videogame-like simulator, which can present mock law enforcement scenarios on a 360-degree screen. “This new system also allows us to use every weapons system that we have available,” Straub says, from pepper spray to firearms. “This system is also interactive. ... It will actually fire projectiles back at the officer.” Approximately $120,000 will go toward training programs and travel, paying for $42,000 in leadership courses and $30,000 in de-escalation training for Spokane officers. The training is listed as a response to the Use of Force Commission’s concerns about police culture and force practices. Commission Chairman Earl “Marty” Martin says he is encouraged by the department’s initial progress. “The equipment purchases, you can see how those would be easier to do up front,” he says, adding, “They’ve been very enthusiastic about the recommendations the commission has made.” n

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By The People Local activists want to target corporate lobbying. But is city government the right place to start? BY HEIDI GROOVER


round a pot of hot tea, a group of activists all wearing fluorescent yellow T-shirts talk about big ideas — about corruption, money as speech and politicians who are bought and paid for. They’re issues planted firmly in the national political dialogue, but this group, Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution or SMAC, wants to start addressing them here. “They’re all tainted by the system. Nobody trusts elected officials anymore because this is the way things are run,” says SMAC member Ted Hensold. The group is pushing for an initiative that would outlaw corporate lobbying at the city level. The initiative — for which the group gathered 4,520 signatures, 1,389 more than valid ones required — bans corporations from urging elected city officials to support or oppose pending legislation unless the communication happens in a public forum. It also bans corporate contributions in local elections. The group, angered by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, says this effort is the first step toward the ultimate goal of a federal constitutional amendment banning the classification of money as speech.

Ted Hensold of Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution stephen schlange photo “We can’t make a constitutional amendment happen, but what we can do is try to create an environment where this issue is out there and is being discussed,” says SMAC member Tom Bogley. “We know that a lot of people are dissatisfied with the system, but not everyone has yet tracked it to this particular problem.” Some City Council members worry about the measure’s legality. They voted Monday to move the initiative on to the county to verify signatures, but are seeking legal advice about its constitutionality. If they believe

it’s illegal, they can seek a court challenge, which could prevent it from appearing on the ballot. “We’re going to have lawsuits out the ying yang” if the initiative turns out to be unconstitutional, says Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin. “The minute we say to the people that this is OK, and if it passes, who’s going to get sued? The city’s going to get sued.” Two cases from Bellingham seem to support the council’s worries. One case blocked an initiative requiring a citizen vote on the use of red light cameras, saying the initiative overstepped the bounds of initiative power because the Legislature had specifically given power to regulate red light cameras to cities, not voters. Another focused on a Community Bill of Rights from a group called Coal-Free Bellingham. The initiative would have outlawed any corporation from transporting coal through town, and attracted a lawsuit from the city and BNSF Railway Co. Initiative supporters argued the state should allow the voters to speak before assessing the constitutionality of the issue. The city feared it would lose money and faith in the process by placing an invalid initiative on the ballot, and in the end a judge agreed, blocking the initiative. Spokane City Council legal counsel Mike Piccolo says his department has not yet issued a formal opinion on the legality of SMAC’s initiative, and he won’t speculate on whether it will meet the same fate as Bellingham’s. But, he says, “obviously there’s been some discussion” on the comparison. Spokane attorney Breean Beggs, who represented Coal-Free Bellingham during that case and has reviewed the SMAC initiative, says he doesn’t think a judge would prevent SMAC’s initiative from going to a vote but believes a court could later rule it unconstitutional. “Citizens United only had to do with federal election law, not local, but it would be a hot topic,” Beggs says. “Someone would challenge it.” n

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Bumps and Bruises

You’ll find some of the most unlikely roller derby competitors at Spokarnage By Chey Scott


aomi “Sweetart” Weitz owns a painting of herself showing off a bruise so massive it almost entirely covers her left butt cheek. The edgy piece of art hung on the wall in her home for a while until her two sons told her it was a little weird to look up and see their mom’s ass. This battle wound, now forever immortalized in oil paint by a friend and fellow derby participant, was the long-lasting effect of a hard-core fall after an opponent knocked Weitz down in a feisty flat track roller derby bout. The enormous, reddish-purple, black and brown mark — not unlike an ominous storm cloud backlit by an evening sunset — first appeared as a hot, swollen mass that looked “like another butt growing on your butt,” Weitz recalls. The impact of the fall meant she couldn’t sit down for days, but that and a few other equally bad bruises are the worst injuries the 41-year-old mother, mental health therapist, sports psychologist, coach and member of the Spokannibals all-women roller derby league has sustained during her seven-year love affair with flat track roller derby. While Weitz’s derriere may sometimes serve as a cushion to high-impact derby wipeouts, it’s also her secret weapon during competition, she says with a smirk. “I really like using my butt as a weapon,” she says. “I like when the jammer (the opposing team’s offensive player) comes up behind me and I pop it out and get them in the gut and they go ‘Uhhh.’ It’s so satisfying.” Weitz continues, “Sometimes girls will complain and say, ‘My butt’s too big,’ and I say, ‘That’s a good thing; that’s your weapon.’ ” ...continued on next page

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“bumps and bruises,” continued... This weekend, the Spokannibals show off their fast moves, camaraderie, and endurance at Spokarnage, the biggest women’s flat track roller derby tournament Spokane has hosted. The three-day event, months in the making, will draw a total of 20 teams from as far away as Alberta. “I’m hoping after this tournament people will stop saying, ‘There’s roller derby in Spokane?’” Weitz says. “After this, hopefully people are finally going to fall in love with this sport. There’s no game like it.” While Weitz may be one of the oldest women on the team, her barely lined face, toned physique and youthful hairstyle with short, shaggy bangs grazing her forehead suggest a woman a decade younger. It’s her unyielding passion for the sport that’s kept her young on the inside and out, she says. Growing up in San Francisco, Weitz competed in artistic roller skating. She says when she heard seven years ago about the blossoming roller derby scene in Spokane, she knew it was something she wanted to get involved in. She joined the Lilac City Roller Girls a few months after they formed in 2006. Two and a half years ago, Weitz left Lilac City to pursue her vision of starting a small, limited-acceptance team focusing on the basic elements of the fast-paced full-contact sport, cofounding the Spokannibals. “I have never been so addicted to something in my entire life,” she says. Roller derby even inspired Weitz to make a career change, going back to school to become a certified sports and fitness psychologist, in addition to her job working as a mental health therapist with teens. She works in both fields part-time, along with homeschooling her two sons, Asher, 10, and Skyler, 15.

With two-hour team practices three nights a week, and cross-training workouts and weekend trips to regional tournaments in between practice, it’s a busy life. Though Weitz — usually just called “Tart” by the team — and her 24 teammates come from varied backgrounds, all share an intense dedication to the highly athletic sport. Ranging in age from 19 to women in their early forties, the roster includes single college students, mothers, engineers, nurses and other professionals. Some of the women are openly “girly,” while others fit the quintessential tomboy profile some might expect from roller derby women. Participating in roller derby provides much more than a physical outlet or a perceived badass personality for Weitz and Spokannibals team captain Heidi Muat, whose derby nickname is “Ida B. ChoAzz.” The biggest takeaway, they say, is the risk taking and physical challenges roller derby has allowed them to overcome. “It’s really dangerous,” Weitz says. “It’s a full-contact sport up on skates, and people are trying to knock you down and hurt you. But there’s something about being a part of a group willing to do that, and that sets you apart right there from most people.” Muat, who says she struggled to deal with the attitudes of some of her less-hard-core teammates, adds, “I know we can all push deeper and go farther than any of us think about our own selves. I’ve experienced it myself and have seen it happen time and time again.” n Spokarnage • April 26-28 • Fri, 3:30-9 pm; Sat, 8:30 am-8:30 pm; Sun 9:30 am-2 pm • One-day admission $8-$15, three-day $20-$25 • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • • 456-5812


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hank God, an audience!” These are the first words out of Karl Marx’s mouth as he takes the stage for Marx in Soho, a one-man, one-act play penned by the activist historian Howard Zinn, who died in 2010. Leaving aside its droll irony in light of Marx’s atheism, the line itself is as interpretively pliable as Lady Bracknell’s “A handbag?” in The Important of Being Earnest. Is it said with jovial satisfaction? Gruff matter-of-factness? Relief? Shock? The manner is key, because it sets the tone of the 90-minute monologue that follows. In Stage Left’s inaugural production, Bob Nelson as Marx utters this line in casual surprise, almost as a source of private amusement, as he enters briskly through the side door. And here, in this nearly full house on opening night, one can’t help but wonder if some real-world authenticity has crept into his delivery: Stage Left has barely leapt into Spokane’s theatrical fray, yet just around the block, other theaters are struggling to fill seats at unconventional plays like this one. The premise of Marx in Soho is straightforward. Marx, ever the agitator, strikes a deal with the heavenly host to return to his old stomping ground. He wants to clear his name and distance his theories from their Sovietstyle implementation (“I am not a Marxist!”). However, a bureaucratic glitch lands him not in the familiar Soho of London during the latter half of the 19th century, but in the Soho of 20th-century New York, where the disparity of wealth in class-based capitalist society is still evident. With his bushy beard, Nelson certainly looks the part. At times he lacks the stern revolutionary zeal one might

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Art On Demand The Art-o-mat is a retrofitted vending machine that lets us all be art collectors By Lisa Waananen


y the vending machines? By the art gallery? I entered the Compton Union Building at Washington State University unsure where to find it, and scanned the main floor where students lounged between classes: A soda machine? No. Snacks? No. Redbox? No. And then there it was, gleaming under the lights at the far end of the building near the auditorium: The Art-o-mat. Its amber knobs protruded in two tight rows at the bottom; its silver casing gleamed on all sides. Once it was there before my eyes, it made perfect sense: A retrofitted vending machine that doesn’t sell candy or gum or cigarettes, but art. There are more than 100 Art-o-mat machines installed around the country, each one a refurbished cigarette vending machine salvaged from the days when every bar had one right by the jukebox. Most have an angular, retro look and reside in carefully vetted museums, libraries, universities and Whole Foods stores. This one in particular, decked out in crimson and gray, was brought to WSU as a new

long-term art exhibit. Inside, little works of art precisely the size of a pack of cigarettes wait for someone to slip a $5 bill into the machine and pull a knob. It’s easy to be paralyzed by the options: mixed-media collage, tiny crochet creations, earrings, paintings, carvings, drawings, photography and others that aren’t definable as one thing or another. Each comes from a different artist, and most seem more whimsical than serious. Finally, with a shrug, I settled on a woodburned art block from North Carolina. Because why not? With a thunk, the box that was now mine landed in the silver tray at the bottom.



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Eagerly, I opened the box, and the delight of opening it was accompanied by a feeling of insatiability. I liked my little work of art, but there were so many other boxes still in the machine. I wanted them all. Afterward, describing it to people, I kept saying “arts” in the plural — “the hard part is that there are so many little arts to choose from” — as if the action of selecting a single knob had fragmented the whole concept of art into collectible little commodities. North Carolina artist Clark Whittington, who invented the first Art-o-mat for an exhibit in 1997 and still retrofits each machine himself, laughed when I told him about my reaction of wanting more. The idea for the very first one, he says, came from a friend of his whose Pavlovian reaction to the crinkle of a snack wrapper would send him to the vending machine for a snack of his own. And this is partially the intention — the vending machine turns our nation of consumers into consumers of art. “We like to own things. We like to touch things,” he says. “We are very materialistic.” By giving ordinary folks the chance to collect affordable art, the Art-o-mat is a counterpoint to both the “stigma” around art and the exclusivity of the big-money art world. Whittington comes from an area of the South that’s very practical, he says — the kind of place where people wonder whether there’s a point to art, and where congressmen have tried to kill the National Endowment for the Arts. But he also looks critically at the modern art world, where works without any soul are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. Art-o-mat breaks through those constraints at a personal level: Art from a vending machine lets us all collect works of art, own them, love them. I ask Whittington if he ever secretly watches people interact with his inventions, just to see their reactions. Just recently, he says, he was out of town and stopped by a cafe where one had been installed. He doesn’t always go talk to people who approach the machine, but this time he decided to. “I saw that they smiled when they opened the box,” he says. 

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Smoke Free

Ben Cochran, the chef at Scout, has noticed a change in dining habits since the smoking ban was enacted in 2005. Young Kwak photo

Eight years ago, bars and restaurants banned smoking; the law had some unintended benefits By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer


n December 8, 2005, at one minute past midnight, Spokane smokers turned up their collars, stepped away from the bar and stood on the sidewalk, 20 feet from the doors of every pub, tavern, restaurant and bar. While they’ve been standing out there, some of those establishments have made changes in ambiance, menu and ownership. Ben Cochran, chef at Scout in downtown Spokane, has worked in the food industry for two decades at pizza places, delis, taverns and restaurants in Montana, Minne-

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sota and Washington. When smoking bans started going into effect, Cochran didn’t see much of a change in bar menus themselves but he did notice a change, he said, “in product mix.” “People were ordering different things… less spicy, less salty, exactly what you would think. Smokers like more flavor because they can’t taste it as well. It wasn’t so much that everybody quit smoking, it was more that non-smokers were going out and staying longer — they were so happy,” says Cochran.

Statistics from the National Restaurant Association seem to back up Cochran’s observations. Restaurant industry sales have increased by almost $200 billion since 2000. It’s difficult to claim that the increase in restaurant attendance is due to non-smokers lingering in non-smoky establishments, but the folks at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille did notice an increase in their business when they went smokeless. Theirs was one of the first Spokane bars to go smoke-free, preceding the ban by at least six months. “Usually pioneers get shot,” joked one staff member,

“but we actually did better.” The demand for smokefree dining and drinking helped O’Doherty’s corner the hospitality market for a short time. They even noticed that the “lowest clientele,” patrons who stopped in just to smoke, stopped coming in and overall traffic increased. In the Northwest, Washington led the way with its 2005 smoking ban. Oregon’s 100-percent smoke-free laws didn’t go into effect until January 2009. Montana restaurants went smoke-free in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2009 that bars and non-tribal casinos banned indoor smoke. Idaho restaurants and their attached bars went smoke-free in 2004, but stricter laws concerning smaller bars and taverns are left up to local ordinances. Since the early 2000s, cuisine had already been on the verge of a revolution that occurred simultaneously with anti-smoking legislation — as part of a general desire by the public to lead healthier lives. Some food critics credit the change in culinary direction to the publication of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential in 2000. Andrew Galarneau of The Buffalo News described Bourdain as “a hero to a generation that was coming to believe that authentic, wholesome, nourishing food was worth fighting for.” The 2004 menu at Far West Billiards — the establishment that preceded Scout — featured items like fried onion rings, garlic shrimp and a smoky, hot chili made with their “own fresh-ground chili powder.” Even the Caesar salad was topped with a “tangy dressing and lots of parmesan cheese.” Scout’s menu, on the other hand, requires some sleight of tongue. Portobella subs, white chicken chili, cornmeal encrusted trout and spring-mix salad with gorgonzola, balsamic vinaigrette and apples require a refined sense of flavor, one that can easily be lost by contact with a Camel’s filter. Even the idea of serving food in an environment that contains smoke is an affront to the culinary sensibilities of some restaurateurs. When Manito Tap House ownership decided to gut the former Pear Tree Inn, they started rebuilding with recycled and reinvented materials with an eye toward an eco-friendly dining and drinking experience. The gastropub’s current management says their restaurant wouldn’t have existed had the smoking ban not been enacted. Not much remains of the Pear Tree, an establishment one Yelper described as “a crowd of 1 pm drinkers all gathered outside for a smoke by the trash can. It’s not a classy place, but it is cheap and likely the only one of its kind on the South Hill.” Back in 2008, another patron of the Pear Tree found it to be “a damn good place to have a drink without the faux-opulence that Spokane seems obsessed with.” But lest anyone think that the end of smoking in bars was an elitist victory, or that opulent food is overpriced fluff, take a glance at the menus. In 2004, the Pear Tree served six deep-fried mozzarella sticks with marinara for $6.95. Nine years later, and for only a dollar more, Manito Tap House serves “fresh mozzarella medallions marinated in herbs and olive oil, then deep-fried; served with tomato jam and white balsamic reduction and garnished in basil.” And you can still have a beer at 1 pm. Smoking out by the garbage cans, however, is frowned upon. n

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t’s the peak of lunch rush hour, and Latin music bumps throughout the crowded entrance of Gerardo’s Authentic Mexican Food as a gathering of businessmen wait to order their fajitas and tacos. Brightly colored drinks mixing in their dispensers stand out on the counter as Edna Rios — the cashier whose husband is at the grill cooking up orders — explains the trio of beverages. The vivid yellow one is pineapple juice and the milky white one is horchata, a Mexican drink made with rice, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. The deep punchy-red beverage is jamaica (pronounced: ha-MIKE-ah). Rios’ mom, who makes the drinks, puts the jamaica flowers, the key ingredient to this sweet drink, in water to soak for a day and a half, then adds sugar. The employees at Gerardo’s are all family. Nelly Dunlap, Rios’ sister-in-law, opened Gerardo’s on North Monroe Street in February. Dunlap also owns Abelardo’s Authentic Mexican Food in Spokane Valley, and Rios says Gerardo’s is essentially a carbon copy of that eatery with the same menu. What puts the “authentic” in Gerardo’s Authentic Mexican Food is that all the dishes are ones you would find in Mexico. Everything is made fresh from scratch from Dunlap’s own recipes. Rios recommended the fajitas mix, her favorite. “It’s everything in one plate,” she says. A pile of grilled beef, chicken and shrimp combined with onions and tomatoes comes with three steaming, chewy tortillas. The fajitas mix is number 23 on a list of 24 combination plates ($6.40-$9), including carne

Gerardo’s focuses on real-deal Mexican fare. asada, machaca, fish tacos and milanesa — all served with rice and beans. The rest of the menu features handfuls of options under headings of tostadas, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, tortas and tacos. As the lunch rush comes to a close, the line waiting to order dissipates. But in the spacious dining room around the corner from the entrance — that you almost don’t realize is there — a lone man eats and reads, and a father sits with his young daughter as she munches on her quesadilla. n Gerardo’s Authentic Mexican Food • 2706 N. Monroe St. • Open Sun-Tue, 8 am-midnight; Wed-Sat, 7 am-2 am • 340-9905

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e are drinking beer. A lot of beer, in fact. As a nation, we sucked down almost $200 billion of it last year. Most of what we drink — more than 90 percent — comes from companies that use majestic Clydesdales or frosted locomotives in their Super Bowl commercials. But the rest, and a larger share every year, comes from craft brewers — smaller companies often catering to a more localized clientele. Craft brewing is no stranger to the wetter part of the Northwest, but the past few decades have seen the Inland Northwest lagging behind neighboring regions when it comes to serving up suds. That is changing, though, and fast enough that we thought you could use this guide to all things beer in our region. We’ve even included a checklist of the area’s breweries so you can keep track as you drink your way through the Inland Northwest. Cheers! — Mike Bookey, culture editor

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ark Irvin swirls his beer. He’ll recommend you do the same. You’re supposed to do this with a beer like the Silent Treatment Pale Ale the brewmaster is holding. It opens up the brew, making it more aromatic and ultimately tasty, he says. No-Li, the brewery formerly known as Northern Lights, has just announced it has received approval to of-

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ficially classify its beers as “Spokane Style” — an effort to bolster the region’s beer-making reputation — and Irvin’s had a busy day explaining the classification to the media. But for now, he’s kicking back in a far corner of No-Li’s pub, sipping a pint and talking about 20 years of making beer in Spokane. “We’re brewing beers made in Spokane for Spokane people on equipment made in Spokane with water coming from Spokane. Why isn’t this ‘Spokane style’?” asks


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xpanding, e d n a g in d n ra b After re d Spokane’s a le to y d a re is i L Nocraft beer charge By Mike Bookey Irvin, who co-founded Northern Lights in 1993, but rebranded the brewery along with partner John Bryant just a year ago. Since then, No-Li has placed its 22-ounce bottles, each of them featuring a slick design, in stores, arrived on tap lists throughout the region and took home the sort of awards locals have thought the brewery has deserved for years. In 2012 alone, No-Li won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, a gold and silver from the Japan International Beer Competition and three more medals from European competitions. It also got some

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No-Li’s award-winning beers are popping up on taps all over the region. Young Kwak photo ink in Esquire, Draft magazine and other local and months our bottles were in grocery stores. Four regional publications. If you go to a Seattle Marinights a week we’d go out and talk to people ners game at Safeco Field, you can find No-Li’s about our beer and the craft brewing commuCrystal Bitter on tap. nity,” says Bryant. As he comes up on 20 years with this brewNot only has No-Li has been pushing the ery, Irvin says there hasn’t been a bigger year boundaries of its own production and creativity, than the past one. Like most brewers, he started the brewery has also become the de facto leader what would become No-Li because — to put it of a renaissance in Spokane brewing. While the simply — he loved good beer. craft brewing industry is competitive, it’s also “When I discovered craft beer — that was collegial, and No-Li isn’t shy about engaging its at the beginning of the craft beer movement in fellow local brewers. the late ’80s — I saw this emerging market and I Bryant is active in the Inland Northwest thought it would be cool to own my own brewery Brewers Association, which brings together someday. And who doesn’t think Spokane-area and North Idaho that way? It’s such a romantic breweries and has been making idea,” says Irvin. trips to Olympia, lobbying Head over to and watch The beers were good, and against a proposed beer tax that as No-Li brewmaster Mark Irvin gives getting better, but that didn’t could deal a $15-a-barrel tax make Irvin and Northern Lights the backstory to his beers. increase to brewers. That hike, masters of the craft beer indusBryant says, would be passed try. Irvin readily admits that his skill set lies in on to consumers and bring a halt to what’s been a the brewing process more so than marketing and remarkable boom in craft brewing in this region. selling the end result of his labors. That’s where At times, it seems that Irvin and Bryant are Bryant came in. A veteran of successful breweries almost as concerned with repping Spokane’s like Deschutes and Oskar Blues among others, brewing potential as they are with their own botBryant was looking to relocate his family back to tom line. Spokane and gave Irvin a call. “Spokane is rapidly approaching a beer Things fell into place for Bryant to come on destination, and it will become one. With all the as a partner and soon the push was underway startups and the new players out there brewing that resulted in the rebranding as No-Li, the creative beer and doing a great job of it overall, sales boom and an in-progress expansion at its I’m hoping that Spokane could become like Bend, Gonzaga-area pub and production facility that Oregon, or places in Colorado where craft beer is will effectively double the brewery’s output to as an integral part of neighborhoods,” says Irvin. many as 6,000 barrels this year. This could mean jobs, increased tourism and, In many ways, it was a boots-on-the-ground as the No-Li guys see it, a better city. effort to increase the profile of not just No-Li’s “A craft brew industry here can foster a food beers, but Spokane craft brewing as a whole. culture and live music culture, too,” says Bryant. They actually went out to local stores and chatted “If you look at what we’ve already done as a team it up with people in the beer aisles. in all facets of the community, it’s exciting what “We had 20,000 conversations in the first six Spokane could become.” n


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ore than 25 years ago, Spokane resident Brian Kennedy cooked up his first pot of homemade beer in his kitchen and dumped the mixture into a garbage can to ferment. To keep out potential bacteria, he draped a towel over the top of the can. “That’s how it was in the early days,” he says, shaking his head. Unsurprisingly, the batch ended up undrinkable, but Kennedy kept at it. He now has glass fermenting bottles and uses an electric water pump to circulate his brews. As he stirs his latest batch, the wet smell of cooked grain hangs thick in the air. No longer limited to what he can find at the store, his pint glass has become a playground. He can brew up hoppy hybrids or customize old favorites. He can experiment with new ingredients or styles, testing his libations on family and friends. “I get a great deal of satisfaction from brewing,” he says. Combining the do-it-yourself movement with the craft brewery boom, homebrewing has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Hop heads looking to cook their own bubbly beverages can tap local homebrew stores, how-to books, beer-making classes and a variety of online resources for help getting started. Robert Ketcham, owner of Jim’s Homebrew Supply in Spokane, says his North Division store offers three differently sized starter kits along with other supplies to set up your own in-house brewery. First-time brewers can also find recipe manuals and an experienced staff to help them decide what they need. “There’s a lot of different ways to go about it,” says Ketcham. Making your own beer offers many rewards, often surprising and delicious. Some people enjoy the artistic or culinary challenge, he says. Some want to push the boundaries on their favorite beverages. Others just find that first cold sip of crisp ale a little better when they know they made it themselves. A homebrewer for 25 years, Ketcham advises new

Brian Kennedy inspects his homebrewing system. jacob jones photo brewers to be patient. Brewing takes a certain level of discipline because each batch often takes hours to cook and weeks to ferment. Don’t get discouraged over a single bad batch, he says. Remember to keep things clean. Start with simple beer styles and follow the instructions closely. For those seeking an almost-too-simple way to try out homebrewing, several companies offer rudimentary kits for beginners. Mr. Beer and other companies sell basic starter kits with stripped-down instructions and pre-measured ingredients. A Mr. Beer-style kit removes much of the guesswork, as well as creativity and risk, from your brewing, but can still help beginners understand how each step in the process works. The resulting beer may end up a little flat or yeasty, but it will also demonstrate how small differences in preparation, fermentation and bottling can affect taste. Contrary to what many people expect, Ketcham emphasizes that homemade beer, with practice and care, can taste as good or better than any commercially

produced beer. Most popular beers now filling taverns and taphouses started as somebody’s hobby. Regional homebrew organizations regularly host beer competitions to bring together brewers and name local champions. The Washington Homebrewers Association lists about a dozen annual competitions throughout the state. For many homebrewers, the true joy of making beer comes from creating and perfecting unique recipes. Serious brewers will meticulously track ingredients, measurements, timing and temperatures. Each batch becomes an opportunity to do better. For his latest batch, Kennedy mixes fresh hops into the boiling brew. When it’s done, he chills the mixture and drains it into a glass carboy to ferment. He adds yeast and seals the bottle. It will take at least three weeks before it is ready to drink. “Now,” he says, “I guess the fun part begins.” Kennedy pulls open the fridge where his previous batch sits cold in its keg. He pours himself a pint. Might as well have a beer while he waits. n

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Spokane breweries have suffered through Prohibition, price-fixing and a tragic yeast mix-up By Daniel Walters 1886-87: The first two breweries, the Henco and New York Brewery, open in Spokane. In those early days, the local brewing industry was driven by necessity. Lack of swift transportation and reliable refrigeration meant national distribution was essentially impossible. “Spokane was a hub for beer consumption,” says Zachary Wnek, an Eastern Washington University grad student who has studied the industry. “[It was a place teeming with] miners, loggers, so many single-resident hotels filled to the brim with active beer consumers.” 1902: German immigrant Bernhardt Schade, once brewmaster of the New York Brewery, starts construction on the Schade Brewery near the Riverpoint campus. It soon starts producing between 70,000 and 80,000 barrels a year. The building still stands today, where it holds a hair salon, a Spokane Teachers Credit Union office and several other local businesses.

1916: Thanks in part to women being allowed to vote, Washington state passes an initiative prohibiting the manufacture of liquor. Spokane and Seattle oppose it, but are outvoted by small towns and rural areas. The consequences for bootlegging are dire. “If you had a still, you could be shot and killed if you tried to run away,” local historian Tony Bamonte says. No surprise, the law devastates local breweries.

the Golden Age Brewery, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to turn it into one of the Northwest’s biggest. 1947: Golden Age Brewery closes and its physical assets are purchased by Bohemian Brewery’s president.

1921: Schade responds to Prohibition by manufacturing near-beer and soda, but his business struggles. After a long fight with illness, he shoots himself.

1949: Sick’s Spokane Brewery and Bohemian Brewery come under fire from the Federal Trade Commission for price-fixing, an illegal practice where supposed competitors agree to raise prices. Eight years earlier, the two breweries were accused of the same crime.

1930-31: Amid the Great Depression, a group of “hobos” break into the Schade Brewery building and turn it into a refuge. A year later, more than 1,000 homeless, unemployed men have taken shelter there.

1962: The last two local breweries — Rainier (formerly the Spokane Brewery) and Bohemian — close, ushering in a decades-long drought for local beer. Two years later, flames consume the former Rainier Brewery building.

1933-34: Prohibition is repealed. Breweries including Goetz, Bohemian and Sick’s Spokane almost immediately pop up. Morris Rosauer buys the old Schade building and turns it into

1985: The Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum features an exhibit on Spokane’s long-dormant brewing history, showcasing barrels, signs and account books.

The Schade Brewery, seen here in 1920, is now used as office space. MAC/Eastern Washington State Historical Society photo

1989: Four Spokane investors open the first new brewpub in the city, Fort Spokane Brewery. It’s only the third brewery in the region, joined by Hale’s Ales in Colville and Coeur d’Alene Brewing in Idaho. 1993: Mark Irvin, a veteran of Hale’s and Coeur d’Alene Brewing, opens Northern Lights Brewing Company in Spokane. Today, it goes by “No-Li.” 1996: The Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery opens. It closes seven years later. 1997: Bayou Brewing company — a huge themed entertainment complex featuring music, drinks and yes, “virtual reality video games” — opens. When it fails in 2002, Northern Lights moves into its space. 1999: A brewery and restaurant of the same name open up in Spokane’s iconic Steam Plant. 2001: Fort Spokane Brewery — cramped for space, crowded by competition from national restaurant chains, burdened by a soggy basement and doomed by six bad batches of beer after “baker’s yeast” is mislabeled “brewer’s yeast” — closes. 2009-13: Despite — or because of? — a lingering recession, the Spokane brewing scene explodes. Breweries including Iron Goat, Budge Brothers, Golden Hills and 12 String have opened in the past four years. In Idaho, the famous Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company loses its lease, but the owners replace it with Spokane’s River City Brewing. For the Inland Northwest, Happy Hour has finally arrived. n

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o-Li Brewhouse co-owner John Bryant believes Spokane is home to one of the fastest developing craft beer movements in the country, based on the growing number of breweries opening here. He says breweries here serve as an economic and cultural driver while also influencing a more diverse restaurant experience. “We’re seeing bars with 15 handles giving half to Spokane brewers, and in turn we’re growing — we’re hiring people from our area, and it’s creating a beer vibe that’s being recognized nationally,” Bryant says. The Spokane metro area alone is already well on its way to surpassing a dozen local brewing operations, and that’s not counting all the breweries in North Idaho and the Palouse, which add nearly a dozen more to the regional list. It’s hard to get an exact count of all the regional breweries since several only recently obtained operating licenses, but here’s a list of a few newcomers who’ve made serious moves to start brewing. Waddell’s Brew Pub & Grille plans to start brewing beer sometime in the fall when owners of the popular South Hill restaurant open a second location on the North Side, near Five Mile. In the tiny south Spokane County farming community of Fairfield, Wash., Zythum Brewing Company is in the process of transforming what was a former hardware store into its brewing headquarters. Black Label Brewing

Company sourced its start-up funding through the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter, raising nearly $16,000. The Inlander wrote about the fledgling brewery’s envisioned future in last week’s issue. North of Spokane in Chewelah, a new microbrewery called Beljica Brewing specializes in gluten-free ales. Its website,, says beer hounds can find its brews at Boots

“We’re growing... We’re hiring people from our area, and it’s creating a beer vibe that’s being recognized nationally.” Bakery & Lounge, Bottles and Halletts in Spokane Valley. The website for Hopped Up Brewing Company — and a Facebook page listing an address on East Sprague in Spokane Valley — shows a countdown with less than three weeks until a prospective opening date. Brewing is also coming to the trendy South Perry District. At press time we noticed a new brewery license application listing the Perry Street Brewing Company at an address near the corner of 11th Avenue and Perry, reportedly the site of a new commercial building. n

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raft beer is on fire right now, Matt Hall says, and that is one reason he thinks bars are upping the number of beers they have on tap. And he says it’s only the beginning. Hall, the craft import manager for beverage distributor Odom Corporation, says the trend took off in the past four years. Having a lot of taps means at least 16, but newer bars are starting to open with 20 or 30, and a couple even have 50. The lure of so many taps — and rotating a lot of them — is that it’s like having a menu that constantly changes, Hall says. “[The bars] like to give their customers more options,” he says.

“With expanded tap lineups they have the ability to bring new things in front of customers.” When Waddell’s Neighborhood Pub & Grille opened in 2008, it started with 20 taps and progressed to the 50 it has now, says Waddell’s owner Michael Noble. “As the craft brewery business exploded, we keep adding more,” he says. The huge increase of good beer in the area is a reason, too. “Spokane is starting to become known for having really good craft beer,” Noble says. n

WADDELL’S NEIGHBORHOOD PUB & GRILLE 4318 S. Regal St. 50 taps Waddell’s focuses on locally produced Inland Northwest beers, with about 15 continuously on tap. All local draft beers are always a $3.50-per-pint special.

MANITO TAP HOUSE 3011 S. Grand Blvd. 50 taps When Manito Tap House opened in September 2011, it started out with the 50 taps it still has, including hardto-find brews and seasonal offerings.

POST STREET ALE HOUSE 1 N. Post St. 26 taps The Davenport Hotel’s Post Street Ale House keeps more than two dozen taps, including one of the more comprehensive selections of IPAs in the region.

THE BLUE SPARK 15 S. Howard St. 26 taps The front line of eight taps at Blue Spark is dedicated to Spokane-area beer such as Paradise Creek in Pullman and Iron Goat. The back line consists of Northwest brews from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana, and one import: Guinness. “There’s so much tasty beer in the Northwest, we just need a lot of beer to satisfy palates,” says bar manager Avont Grant.

CAPONE’S PUB & GRILL 751 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene 41 taps The slogan of this sports-clad pub is “More taps than tables.” At all three of their locations — Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and the newly opened one in Hayden — they have just that.

JONES RADIATOR 120 E. Sprague Ave. 21 taps Jones had 18 taps and just added three, with plans to add more in the future. Why do they keep so many beers on draft? Because they’re beer people, says bar manager Kelli Green: “We’re in a radiator shop, so it seems fitting we should be all about beer.”

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THE VIKING TAVERN 1221 N. Stevens St. 34 taps With seven standing taps and the rest rotating, Viking has a local selection of Washington and Idaho brews along with many tried-and-true favorites.

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11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Ste. 26, Spokane Valley Founded: 2011 Barrels brewed in 2012: 383 While the decor and Kid Rock song on the radio may be a few generations behind, 12 String’s beers could be the next big thing around here. This pocket-sized operation in an industrial area of the Valley is brewing solid standbys and interesting new beers. Most recently, brewer Terry Hackler rolled out his Anniversary IPA, aged for six weeks in a Dry Fly whiskey barrel. It’s smooth with hints of sweet vanilla. Even if you don’t make it to the tasting room before this batch is gone, expect to find another beer that’s spent some time in a barrel. They’ll be expanding their brewing area in June and plan to use that new space for more barrel-aging and maybe even for bottling by sometime next year. (HEIDI GROOVER)


2018 E. Riverside Ave. Founded: 2010 If you get the feeling you’re at the wrong place when you pull up to Budge Brothers, then you’re in the right place. The stripmall-like, off-Sprague location is sparse, but inside a friendly barkeep — likely one of the Brothers Budge — is happy to pour you a flight from the light Orangutan Pale, to the dark and caramelly Extra Stout. You can take a growler to go, but on a sunny Saturday, we recommend you hang about in the BB space with some friends, take down some popcorn and kick back as many beers as the brothers will let you have. (LEAH SOTTILE) Beers: Orangutan Pale (5% ABV) Spokamber Ale (5% ABV) Extra Stout (7% ABV) Hop Train IPA (8% ABV)

Beers G String Blonde (5.4% ABV) Archtop Amber (5.5%ABV) C#7#5 IPA (6.8% ABV) Jam Session IPA (6.7% ABV) Don’t Fret Porter (5.5% ABV) Drop D Stout (6% ABV)


12921 W. 17th Ave., Airway Heights Founded: 2009 Barrels brewed in 2012: 650 Golden Hills treads somewhere in the middle — between the easy-drinking popular domestics and the bold flavors of the micros — and creates flavorful lagers that you can enjoy all night. Their inaugural beer, Clem’s Gold, is still the most popular: a good-for-all-crowds lager that will satisfy high-minded aficionados while also appealing to Coors Light fans. Brewmaster Bernie Duenwald recently hooked up with new investors, who plan to ramp up production, add new brews, begin offering cans, bottles or both, and widen distribution beyond Spokane and Seattle. Duenwald also got two new fermenters and is experimenting with new recipes. “We thought we’d grow faster, but I was always capital constrained. ... I didn’t have the resources to market properly,” Duenwald says. That’s no longer the case. “You’re going to see a lot of changes.” (JACOB H. FRIES) Beers: Clem’s Gold (5.3% ABV) Lizzy’s Lager (5.5% ABV) Ben’s Brown (4.2% ABV) 7 Seventy IPA (7% ABV)


2204 E. Mallon Ave. Founded: 2011 Barrels brewed in 2012: 179 An afternoon at Iron Goat Brewing, tucked in an unsuspecting East Spokane neighborhood, is an afternoon well spent. Inside the brick Iron Goat building is a cozy, intimate taproom with bar and table seating, perfect for doing a sampler of beers or grabbing a pint before their popular Thursday night trivia. Having moved into their current tasting room last summer, Iron Goat provides beers that aren’t for the faint of heart: A run through the sampler leans on the hoppy side, each packing a huge amount of flavor. By the end we were tipsy and decided we couldn’t pick a favorite and loved all Iron Goat beers equally. (LEAH SOTTILE) Beers: Garbage Pale Ale (5.2% ABV) Goatmeal Stout (5.2% ABV) Bleating Red Ale (5.4% ABV) Head Butt IPA (6.7% ABV) The Impaler IPA (8.5% ABV)

beer styles Beer styles are kind of like music genres — there are some rules and a lot of diverse interpretations. Every snob and cicerone is going to order a tasting differently, says certified cicerone Patrick McPherson of Manito Tap House, but generally you want to go from less-flavorful to more-flavorful.

LIGHT LAGER What you drank in college, most likely.

CREAM ALE Not actually creamy, just light.

MickDuff’s Idaho Arm Curl

Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale

WHEAT ALE Often served with a citrus wedge.

BLONDE/GOLDEN Easy-drinking lighter ale.

PILSNER Crisp lager; some are hoppier.

PALE ALE Hoppy but not overwhelming.

AMBER LAGER Darker lager style, rarely bitter.

Twelve String G String Blonde

Laughing Dog 219-er Pilsner

Budge Brothers Orangutan Pale Ale

Golden Hills Clem’s Gold

ABV (0-11% Alcohol by Volume): IBU (0-120 International Bittering Units): Local example:

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1003 E. Trent Ave. Founded: 1993 Barrels brewed in 2012: 2,400 After changing its name from Northern Lights to No-Li, this long-running Spokane brewery is celebrating a breakout year. Not only did their beers come out in new, slickly designed 22-oz. bottles, No-Li also racked up some major recognition. Publications like Esquire gave them props, and they racked up awards at the Great American Brewers Festival and contests around the world while keeping the regulars at their spacious Gonzaga-area brew pub happy. Brewer Mark Irvin and partner John Bryant don’t expect No-Li’s recent run of success to slow down anytime soon; in addition to having their “Spokane Style” claim federally recognized, No-Li is expanding its brewing facilities, allowing them to double their production in 2013. (MIKE BOOKEY) Beers: Born and Raised IPA (7% ABV) Silent Treatment Pale Ale (5.75% ABV) Crystal Bitter Ale (5.75% ABV) Jet Star Imperial IPA (8.1% ABV) Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout (9.5% ABV)


730. N. Columbus St. Founded: 2012 Estimated 2013 barrels: 1,000 Brian Guthrie is an attorney by trade, but these days most of his free time is spent making beer. As the brewer and, along with his wife, Danielle, owner of Rambin’ Road brewery, Guthrie is watching as his specialty Belgian beers — focusing on sours, farmhouse styles and other adventurous creations — are finding an audience in Spokane. The brewery began distribution in December and is essentially at maximum production already. “It’s gone really well. We’re struggling to keep up with demands until we get our newer system,” says Guthrie. Located just blocks from No-Li Brewhouse near Gonzaga and the Centennial Trail, Ramblin’ Road hopes to open a tasting room in the front of their 10-barrel brewery in the coming months. For now, though, look for their bold creations at local bars and restaurants. (MIKE BOOKEY) Beers: Witbier (5.5% ABV) Saison (7% ABV) India Farmhouse Ale (6.5% ABV) Dubbel (8.1% ABV) Tripel (8.5% ABV)

AMBER/RED ALE SCOTTISH/SCOTCH ALE BROWN ALE Many interpretations, Full-bodied and Brown, clearly; can but often malty. malty; can be smoky. be nutty or toasty.

PORTER Dark and roasty; similar to stout.

Steam Plant Highlander Scottish

Paradise Creek Postal Porter

River City Red

Trickster Bear Trap Brown

With that said, please hold onto this and check off breweries as you drink your way through the region. We’ve only listed year-round beers for the breweries, so go ahead and write in the seasonals and specialty brews as you come across them.



Beers: River City Red (5.6% ABV) River City IPA (5.3% ABV) Girlfriend Golden (5.0% ABV) Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company Huckleberry Ale (5.0% ABV) Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company VB Stout (5.6% ABV)

BEERS: Blonde Ale (4.4% ABV) Cutter’s Pale Ale (5.2% ABV) Big Brick Brown (5.6% ABV) Huckleberry Harvest Ale (4.4% ABV) Whitman’s Wheat Beer (5.8% ABV) Firebox IPA (5.4% ABV) Double Stack Stout (6.1% ABV) Pipefitter Porter (6.3% ABV)

121 S. Cedar St. Founded: 2012 Estimated 2013 barrels: 2,000 River City Brewing is one of the newest names on local tap lists, and one of the most highly anticipated. Veterans of the Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company — owner and president Gage Stromberg, along with head brewer Cody Ragan and assistant brewer Greg Piller — started brewing at the beginning of the year in downtown Spokane, and the first kegs went out in February. The brewery is tucked beneath the Eldridge Building and devoted to production, but they plan to host tastings some Friday afternoons this summer, Stromberg says. And, by popular demand, they’re planning to open a taproom by the end of the year. (LISA WAANANEN)

STOUT IMPERIAL STOUT Roasty; some have Like stout, but coffee or sweet tones. darker and stronger.

Iron Goat Goatmeal Stout

No-Li Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout

159 S. Lincoln St. Founded: 1999 Barrels brewed in 2012: 650 For good locally brewed beer in downtown Spokane, just look for the twin brick smokestacks. Follow those and soon you’ll be tasting the honed-in labors of Steam Plant Brewing Co.’s Ben Quick, the operation’s new brewer. Presently, Steam Plant’s 10-barrel brewing system is just big enough to keep up with the demand from within its pub in addition to keeping the kegerators of Spokane full thanks to their affordable keg sales. General Manager Tim Denniston says that Steam Plant has increased its beer sales 30 percent in the last two years and expects that trend to continue. (MIKE BOOKEY)

BLACK IPA A newer style, both dark and hoppy.

INDIA PALE ALE Light in color but full of hoppy flavor.

IMPERIAL IPA Extreme hops. A Northwest pride.

Slate Creek Double Black IPA

Wallace Brewing Vindicator IPA

No-Li Jet Star Imperial IPA

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1109 Fontaine Dr., Ponderay Founded: 2005 Barrels brewed in 2012: 5,000 The first thing you’ll notice about the Laughing Dog tasting room is, well, the dogs. The brewery welcomes you to bring your pet in for some dog treats while you sip on one of this Sandpointarea’s popular beers. The brewery, founded in 2005 by Fred Colby along with his wife, Michelle, has been bottling since its inception and is now distributed in 40 states and Canada, including places on the East Coast, and their efforts were rewarded last fall when Laughing Dog’s IPA won a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival, their first GABF prize. Colby says that IPA has emerged as the brewery’s flagship and top-selling beer, but its other hoppy beers, including their fresh hop ale, have also garnered a following. This year, they expect to brew as many as 7,000 barrels — while also looking into a canning line — and have begun look into new properties for an expansion that could see Laughing Dog produce 20,000 barrels in the next five years. (MIKE BOOKEY) Beers: IPA (6.4% ABV) Cream Ale (5% ABV) Rocket Dog Rye IPA (6.7% ABV) Alpha Dog Imperial IPA (8 % ABV) Huckleberry Cream Ale (5.5% ABV) Dogzilla Black IPA (6.8% ABV) Pale Ale (5.6% ABV)


312 N. First St., Sandpoint Founded: 2006 Barrels brewed in 2012: About 500 When Mickey and Duffy Mahoney decided to open a brewery more than seven years ago, they decided to do it in Sandpoint. The brothers knew the lifestyle in Sandpoint would buoy the sort of Northwest-style brewpub they wanted to own and operate. These days, the pub, located in the heart of the tourist town’s cozy downtown, is always packed with locals and visitors who’ve come to love MickDuff’s small-batch brews. It’s that success that has given the brewery reason to expand into the former Pend O’Reille Winery building, which will allow MickDuff’s to double its production this year and finally put their beers on tap outside of the pub. Growth is on the horizon, but Duffy says they’re not swinging for the fences quite yet, opting rather to let the brewing operation follow its own course. “We want to be smart about how we expand. We’ve always wanted it to happen organically,” he says. (MIKE BOOKEY)



Beers: IPA (6.5% ABV) Amber (6.1% ABV) Pale Ale (5.6% ABV)

Beers: Infidel Beligian Style IPA (8.2% ABV) St. Augustine Rye Saison (6.4% ABV) White American Wheat Ale (4.9% ABV) Deacon Pale Ale (5.5% ABV)

630 N. Almon St., Ste. 130, Moscow Founded: 2013 Estimated barrels in 2013: 300 The brand new Moscow Brewing is looking to keep things simple, at least for now. Their beers are named just by their style, and brewer Lucas Rate says they’re keeping their dreams local. “We’re starting very tiny and we’ll see where it goes,” says Rate, a 16-year home brewer who’s always dreamed of giving Moscow a microbrewery. “We’ll serve the local community first.” The brewery has a taproom, though Rate hopes to sell mostly to restaurants and bars in Moscow and Pullman. The restaurant scene is growing there, Rate says, and he’d like to see a taste for craft beer grow along with it. He’s looking to brew a hefeweizen and a kolsch this summer, a fresh-hop beer this fall and a spruce porter next spring. (HEIDI GROOVER)

Beers: The Idaho Arm Curl Lager (4.3% ABV) Tipsy Toehead Blonde Ale (4.9% ABV) Lake Paddler Pale Ale (5.8% ABV) Strom Hammer IPA (7% ABV) The Irish Redhead (5.4% ABV) Knot Tree Porter (5.5% ABV)


6180 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls Founded: 2011 Barrels brewed in 2012: 150 Nestled in between industrial-looking warehouses and facing a busy road, Selkirk Abbey doesn’t seem like the sort of awesome spot to grab a beer that it is. But that’s a straight-up misconception. The dimly lit interior is as inviting and comforting as any swanky Spokane bar. Owner and occasional brewer Jeff Whitman says he based the decor of his various life experiences. “I lived in Europe for a number of years while I was in the Navy so there are different aspects of the place that are European,” he says. The classy interior is complimented by quality beer. They have six of their own beers on tap, but are adding four more in June. Although they only brew Belgian-style beer, they do have six guest handles. (ELI FRANCOVICH)


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1710 N. Fourth St., Suite 115, Coeur d’Alene Founded: 2013 Estimated barrels in 2013: 20 In the Inland Northwest beer and nature appreciation go hand in hand, so why not bring it all under one roof? Brothers Ryan and Jason Wing did just this when they opened Slate Creek Brewery. “The whole aesthetic is kind of a Northwest outdoors lifestyle,” says Ryan. In the taproom there are some old snowboards and skis, he says. It has a rustic, industrial theme and plenty of earthy colors. The beers fit the theme with names like Mountain Monk, Paddleboard Porter and Norse Nectar. Currently Slate Creek has six beers on tap, though they generally brew anywhere between 10 and 12 different brews. Most of the beers are traditional English-style beers with a twist, says Jason, and they plan to soon begin distributing locally. (ELI FRANCOVICH) Beers: Norse Nectar (5.7% ABV) 6 Weight IPA (6.3% ABV) Salmon Run Red (5.0% ABV) Wingnut Brown (4.5% ABV) Harper’s Stout (5.5% ABV) Double Black IPA (7.5% ABV) Alpenglow Amber (5.4% ABV) Backcountry Brown (5.4% ABV)


3850 N. Schrieber Way, Coeur d’Alene Founded: 2012 Barrels brewed to date: 325 Matt Morrow, a veteran of the bustling Colorado brewing scene, opened Tricksters Brewing in December in a semi-industrial area of Coeur d’Alene. Just months later, the place is already a target for North Idaho beer lovers, who descend on the tasting room for growler fills (only $8) or a cold pint of their popular Bear Trap Brown. About 40 bars and restaurants in CdA and Moscow carry the beer, and Morrow is looking to grow that number with plans to land Tricksters on Spokane-area taps within the next eight months. Their next plan is a brewer’s dinner in coordination with the Fedora Pub and Grill, which features a five-course meal paired with five different Tricksters beers. (MIKE BOOKEY) Beers: Cougar Bay Blonde (5.2% ABV) Bear Trap Brown (4.9% ABV) Coyote Morning IPA (6.3% ABV) Inspector Stonewall’s Amber Ale (5.9% ABV)



Beers: Jackleg Stout (4.2% ABV) Idaho Select Lager (4.5% ABV) Huckleberry Lager (4.5% ABV) 1910 Black Lager (4.8 % ABV) Dirty Blonde Pale Ale (4.9% ABV) Red Light Irish Red (5.2% ABV) Vindicator IPA (7% ABV)

Beers: Pullman Water Lager (4.2% ABV) Sacred Cow Milk Stout (4.9% ABV) Paradise Hoe Wit (5.2% ABV) Postal Porter (5.5% ABV) Hop Hammer IPA (5.6% ABV) J-Dub’s Pale Ale (5.6% ABV) Dirty Blonde Ale (6.5% ABV) Over the Hop IPA (6.6% ABV)

610 Bank St., Wallace Founded: 2008 Barrels brewed in 2012: 700 Wallace Brewing strives to carry forward the Silver Valley’s rich tradition of both mining and brewing. Beer once saved the small Idaho town, serving as an alternative to the typhoid-polluted water back in 1910 as residents battled fires in the surrounding hills. Owner and founder Chase Sanborn says the brewery has grown rapidly in recent years, hiring an experienced brewmaster in 2010 and signing a new distribution contract in January to expand sales into Washington. “There’s been a lot of excitement back in the brewery, and everything’s moving really quickly,” he says. Wallace’s Vindicator IPA and awardwinning Red Light Irish Red Ale have become top sellers, but Sanborn says he enjoys offering a wide variety of styles. The downtown brewhouse opens at 1 pm Tuesday through Saturday for tastings and growler fills. (JACOB JONES)

245 SE Paradise St., Pullman Founded: 2010 Barrels brewed in 2012: 540 Housed in the historic Old Post Office in downtown Pullman, the Paradise Creek Brewery has quickly moved to refine the beer-drinking habits of an area often associated with Busch Light. General Manager Scott Mackey says the brewery stands out as a unique sanctuary for people who care about quality beer. “I think we really focus on catering to people who are into craft beer,” he says. “We’re kind of an upper-class brewpub.” More than other regional breweries, Paradise Creek has embraced Belgium-style beers like wits and tripels alongside its year-round stable of porters and IPAs. The brewery has also added a new conditioning tank and expanded its regional distribution. “We’re brewing more and more every quarter,” he says. The brewpub opens at 3 pm Tuesday through Thursday and at 11 am Friday through Sunday. (JACOB JONES)

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irst things first: We know there are lots of good beer towns around here. Spokane’s scene is growing. Portland would be an obvious pick. It’s hard to beat the scenery in Leavenworth. But we wanted to give you a few places with high concentrations of good breweries and a beer culture that encourages you to experience more than one during your visit. So, hit the road — then park your car — and get tasting.

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n an area with this many breweries (44 if you include all of King County), you’re going to either need to take some serious extra vacation days or whittle down the list to just a few. To help, Dustin Boast of ROAD DOG SEATTLE BREWERY TOURS is willing to make visiting just a few breweries a learning experience. His company offers behind-the-scenes tours of your choice of three breweries. For $79, you get an hour at each brewery with the chance to meet the brewer, tour the facility and learn about the beermaking process, sampling beer along the way. (You also get a T-shirt and pint glass.) “It’s great for people to explore different tastebuds and styles of beer, from a hefeweizen to an IPA,” says Boast, a Spokane native who started toying with the tour idea in business school at the University of Washington. And, he adds, “we go


to places most people wouldn’t go, places where the locals would go, places that are not downtown.” The city is also home to some excellent beer bars, like BROUWER’S CAFE — where there are 64 beers on tap, 300 in bottles and regular beer events like nights with local brewers or release parties for new brews — or THE PINE BOX, which is holding a beer-can derby next month. May also brings SEATTLE BEER WEEK, a massive 10-day celebration with events like brewer’s dinners, a showdown between three Canadian and three American beers, a tasting focused on women brewers, a night of pairing beer and chocolate and a beer brunch called “Kegs n’ Eggs.” Maybe you should go ahead and ask for those vacation days.

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n Bend, people take their beer seriously. The city of 78,000 is home to 18 breweries (including one in nearby Sisters) and also is home to the nation’s fifth-largest craft brewery, Deschutes. Now the city’s tourism bureau, Visit Bend, is investing in efforts to highlight the bubbling industry. Its $40,000-a-year “BEND ALE TRAIL” program gives free brewery maps and passports to visitors in hopes they’ll visit all 10 breweries on the map, get their passports stamped and come back for a free reusable silicone pint glass as their prize. (Called the Silipint, the cup was invented in Bend.) “For many years, we’ve been largely a onetrick pony. People primarily visit for outdoor recreation — that’s our bread and butter,” says Doug LaPlaca, Visit Bend’s CEO. So as he saw the beer industry there grow, he gathered local brewers to find a way to capitalize on it. He wanted to get new visitors to town, and the ones who were already there to hit the breweries. So he designed the Ale Trail. Last year about 60 percent

of people picking up visitor guides also got Ale Trail maps and passports, LaPlace says. Visiting a brewery has become the fourth most common activity among visitors, according to Visit Bend’s surveys, surpassing cycling in a town where people take that sort of thing very seriously. Now, he says, “the question in all of our minds is how far can beer tourism evolve?” The Ale Trail is walkable and bikeable, but you can also go by van, bus, pedicab, electric bike, Cycle Pub (everyone pedals; there’s a bar in the middle), 1800s-style trolley or horse-drawn carriage. We’re not kidding. If you’re looking to forge your own path, try BEERMEBEND.COM, where you’ll find not only a list of breweries, but beer-focused happy hours for each day of the week, suggestions of the best places to find good beer and good food, and where to get beer to go (including a growler fill station in a car wash and another in a gas station). ...continued on next page

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n keeping with Montana’s independent spirit, you won’t find the same guided tours here some other cities offer. But in this outdoorsy college town you’ll find six breweries pouring great beer, and two more within an hour drive, all in the state that ranks third in the nation in breweries per capita. (Find all of the state’s breweries on the MONTANA BREWERS ASSOCIATION TRAIL MAP.) Big Sky Brewing is a favorite, and for good reason, but we suggest you start with one whose beers you can’t find in Spokane: KETTLE-

HOUSE BREWING. Their original taproom is a little concrete-floored hole in the wall hidden in a mostly residential area of town. But from their thick Cold Smoke Scotch Ale to the very-Missoula Fresh Bongwater Pale Ale, you’ll find plenty to max out the state’s three-pints-per-taproom limit. Missoula’s newest brewery, DRAUGHT WORKS, has quickly gained a following with good brews, a great patio, the occasional baconand-beer brunch and the free pint they’ll give you if you fill your growler on a Monday. Save FLATHEAD LAKE BREWING


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he numbered glass mugs hang in rows above the bar at Jones Radiator until the bartender reaches up with a pole to fetch one. Mug Club member No. 61 is here for a drink. For committed drinkers who believe more beer is better beer, a mug club is the best kind of affiliation. Jones Radiator has one of the better-known mug clubs in town, and it follows

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wo things about Boomers Classic Rock Bar & Grill that you need to forget: it’s in a shopping center strip mall surrounded by grassy, empty lots; its next-door neighbor is an unrelated dive bar by the name of the Cum Inn. Once you’ve forgotten this, you’re free to enjoy the kind of place that according to co-owner Drew Blackwell “has live music and good food and drinks all in one spot, so you don’t have to really hop around to a lot of different places. Everything you are looking for is right here.” The bands play classic rock on weekends. The food on the menu is classic bar and grill — steaks, burgers, onion rings. The burgers are made from Angus beef and formed into patties on site. The result is a juicy, full-textured burger ready to be slathered in any number of condiments, meats and vegetables. The best seller is the Frankenstein ($12.50) a burger decked out in fried Spam, fried egg, deep-fried onion, chipotle brown gravy and (says the menu) an ambulance. The Patty Benatar, Mr. Mojo Rising and Sublime burger each come with their own signature extras. Dave Blackwell, Drew’s father, fellow co-owner and cook, enjoys the steaks much more than the burgers. The tender 12-ounce Angus center-cut sirloin ($17) and the steak Caesar salad ($13) have a strong following among the local dining crowd. But I was here for the classics. The Easy Rider ($9) arrives draped in chili and bedazzled with purple onion and cheddar cheese. The Watchtower ($7), a pillar of onion rings, was crisp, light and had just the right amount of translucent onion in each bite to leave me reaching for another slug of Mudslinger Ale. The tap also features Kokanee, Irish Death, Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Budweiser. Drew Blackwell is responsible for the bar’s signature Bloody Mary, cream-soda martinis and Key Lime Pie shots. Some things to remember: You can’t choose your neighbors; a secret menu on Wednesdays features California-style burritos; a patio will soon be available; jerk chicken wings should be on the menu shortly. Perhaps classic reggae will follow. n Boomers Classic Rock Bar and Grill • 18219 E. Appleway Ave., Spokane Valley • Open Tues-Fri, 4 pm-2 am; Sat, 5 pm-2 am • 368-9847

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Nearly two dozen pizzas are on the menu, with toppings like pine nuts, crumbled bleu cheese and mandarin oranges. Creative toppings rest on sourdough, natural grain, and thick or thin crust, including one that’s gluten free. Both Spokane locations (upper South Hill and the north end of Nevada Street) are spacious and work well for large groups and date nights alike. AVENUE PIZZA 2001 W. Pacific Ave. | 624-0236 Its menus come in the form of Transformer comic books, but that’s not the only draw of this trendy pizza parlor. Located in the hip and charming Browne’s Addition, hungry Spokanites can sit out on the patio up through autumn to enjoy the changing seasons while nomming on savory dishes such as the meatheavy Gladiator or the MAC, which mixes red and white sauces as well as poultry and pork. The Gourmet Barbecue Chicken pizza is definitely worth sampling, too. Vegetarians, try the Leonilda pizza. n

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tense thriller or a compelling drama about aging activists and turns it into a plodding tour through the talents of his impressive supporting cast. Here’s Sarandon getting exactly one solid scene during an interview with Shepard! Here are Richard Jenkins and Nick Nolte as a couple of Sloan’s old running buddies from back in the day! Here’s Julie Christie as Sloan’s one-time lover and Chris Cooper as his brother! Here’s Brendan Gleeson as a retired cop who may be harboring some secrets! Will they play their respective scenes as somber? Or serene? Or maybe — you know, just as a change of pace — sedate? Sarandon), a former, long-fugitive member of the radical Perhaps that inability to find a crackle of energy in 1960s Weather Underground movement, is caught by the this story comes down to Redford as actor as much as FBI, local reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) uncovers Redford as director. He has always found his greatest a secret: Jim Grant once went by the name of Nick Sloan, roles as icons rather than deeply complex men, and in who was implicated in the same botched bank robbery The Company You Keep he’s playing a guy trying to justify for which Solarz was wanted. So Grant/Sloan is forced to giving up the more openly confrontational activism of his go on the run, with both Shepard youth while still retaining his basic values. and law enforcement trying to THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Yet it’s hard for him to seem like anything figure out where he’s headed. but a mouthpiece for one side of a philoRated R For a little while, it seems as sophical debate. Directed by Robert Redford though Redford and screenwriter That leaves LaBeouf’s story line to Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Lem Dobbs are going to connect bring some vitality to the proceedings, Brendan Gleeson. the collapse of the newspaper whether in his sparring with an ex-girlfriend industry to Sloan’s story. We hear (Anna Kendrick) who serves as his FBI inplenty about the financial struggles of the paper that emformant, or vague flirting with Brit Marling, the daughter ploys Shepard, and the shaky methods Shepard employs of Gleeson’s character. No matter how many scenes Redto get a potentially huge story. Maybe The Company You ford includes of himself sneaking around trying not to get Keep will find a way to juxtapose an ever-more-cynical, caught, there’s not a speck of intensity to a story about ever-more-desperate news media with the long-ago idealpeople wrestling with the consequences of their moral ists represented by Solarz, Sloan and their colleagues. choices on others. They could just as easily be deciding Instead, Redford takes what could have been either a on a brand of toothpaste. n

Robert Redford makes the morality of activism a snooze in The Company You Keep By Scott Renshaw


obert Redford hasn’t exactly been shy about his passionate, progressive political commitment over the years. So why does it seems so hard for him to make movies about passionately committed people in which you can actually feel some sort of passionate commitment? In the more than 30 years since he first moved behind the camera to direct, Redford has often turned his attention to matters of activism, ethics and conscience. Yet while he has occasionally found tension and human drama in those areas — as in his terrific, fact-based 1994 drama Quiz Show — he has often been guilty of bringing an identical pacing and tone to virtually every story he tackles. And in recent politics-at-the-forefront examples like Lions for Lambs and The Conspirator, that pacing and tone might be referred to politely as “stately,” or less politely as “zzzzzzzzzzz.” In this workmanlike adaptation of Neil Gordon’s novel, Redford stars as an Albany, N.Y., attorney named Jim Grant, recently widowed and raising a young daughter on his own. But when Sharon Solarz (Susan

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Two teenagers stumble across a ruggedly handsome fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding in the Deep South from bounty hunters and the law. The boys decide to take matters into their own hands, making a pact to keep the dashing criminal hidden from hungry killers and help reunite him with his long lost love.  It’s nice to see McConaughey  continue his habit of appearing in movies that aren’t, by and large, romantic comedies. Let’s hope he keeps it up. (SM) Rated PG-13


When a wannabe golf pro (Colin Firth) gives up on his dreams and also life, there is only one thing left for him to do: Fake his own death and assume a new identity. Shortly after, he runs across a beautiful girl (Emily Blunt) dead-set on leaving her past behind as well. Together, they travel across the country, breaking into people’s houses along the way. A touching story of unexpected love and identity theft. A story of healing the wounds of disappointment… and also illegally entering abandoned homes. (SM) Not Rated.


Don and Ellie have been divorced for years. But their adopted son’s marriage heralds a basket full of strange and extenuating circumstances that require the divorced couple to fake their marriage after years of separation. Will they be able to pull off this quirky charade to save their son’s wedding? This star-studded movie boasts more famous actors than an Oscar after-party, so you’re basically looking at the talent of Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and many more. (SM) Rated R.


Robert Redford (who also directed this film) stars as an Albany, N.Y., attorney named Jim Grant, recently widowed and raising a young daughter on his own. But when a former, long-fugitive member of the radical 1960s Weather Underground movement, Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon), is caught by the FBI, local reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) uncovers a secret: Jim Grant was implicated in the same botched bank robbery for which Solarz was wanted. (SR) Rated R.


This documentary captures the North Atlantic fishing industry, but in a way a documentary never has before: the sounds,

setting and feel of the open sea. Critics love this movie for taking a documentary to a more serious place, expounding upon the immense tug-of-war between man and the sea. Narrative is set free from linear chains. Scenes and setting change constantly, painting a portrait of fishing life rather than just telling viewers what to think about this ancient staple of survival. At Magic Lantern (SM) Not Rated



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The true story of a trio of bodybuilders in mid-’90s Miami who grab for the American Dream via the inept kidnapping of a wealthy gym client sits at the center of this sometimes wildly funny, often darkly gruesome Michael Bay film. Yup, the guy who brought us the Transformers movies still knows how to tell a great story, as he did in Bad Boys and The Rock. Speaking of the Rock, Dwayne Johnson gives the performance of his career here, as an ex-con who sees the light, then falters. There’s great ensemble work between him, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie, some comic nastiness from Tony Shalhoub as their victim, and an air of calm from Ed Harris as a private detective. Lots of fun, but definitely not for the squeamish. (ES) Rated R David is a typical slacker who, already in his mid 40s, learns that his girlfriend is pregnant and he’s going to be a father. The only problem is that he then discovers that his serial sperm donations in his younger days resulted in the birth of 142 people, some of whom are now filing a class-action lawsuit against him. This French film has gotten major attention overseas and now’s your chance to see how a non-Apatow comedy looks. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R.

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 ...continued on next page



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And the award for this week’s most confounding art-house flick goes to Upstream Color, a film that after watching trailers and reading synopses and reviews, we still can’t quite follow. But here is what we have grasped: A small-time thief finds a special mind-controlling larva that only lives inside orchids (I know, stay with me) and decides to force feed it to some lady. He robs her and leaves, but then she has this mind-control worm living inside of her. It’s an artistic, sci-fi dream thriller brought to you by the director of Primer. If you like to get your mind messed with, watch this. (LS) Not rated

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We kinda have a feeling that The Croods, DreamWorks’ latest animated flick, which chronicles the adventures of a prehistoric cave-people family, will draw attention from all demographics. The plot is simple: a family (did they really have families then?) is forced to leave the only home they’ve known when it’s destroyed during a big natural disaster — the end of the world, maybe? Their journey to a safer place is basically the first road trip of all time, and as you can guess there are lots of unexpected twists and some semi-forced family bonding moments along the way. (CS) Rated PG

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.


Jack (Tom Cruise) is a dude trying not to get captured by the alien Scavengers still scurrying around on planet Earth, still hanging out even though they lost the war with humans. (You’d think they’d take a hint and go  home, but no.) The Scavs are intent on causing trouble, and it’s Jack’s job, as a sort of roving Maytag repairman, to keep in the air the fleet of drone  weapons that are  protecting, from Scav attack, the ginormous fusionreactor thingies that are turning Earth’s oceans into a  power source for Titan, a moon of Saturn, to which the human survivors  of the war have decamped, what with Earth reduced to a radioactive wasteland and all. (MJ) Rated PG-13

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


There’s something about Japanese animated films that captivates American audiences. We loved Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke  and  My Neighbor Totoro  for the thought-provoking themes, stunning animation and gripping plots.  Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli and  Goro Miyazaki have created yet another tale that discusses the dichotomy of change and tradition in Japanese culture. Now, see this newest addition to the Hayao ranks at a special showing at the Magic Lantern opening on April 19. (SM) Rated PG


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


This documentary dives into the disgusting but important-to-know-about issue of female subjugation. Directed by Richard E. Robbins, best known for his reporting skills, the film follows the lives of nine different girls facing a variety of injustices ranging from child slavery to arranged marriages to other atrocities. Now, they’re getting an education and hoping to break free from this cycle of injustice. (MB) Rated PG-13.



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


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. (CW) Rated PG.


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


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


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


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. 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 n





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Holy crap, Michael Bay made a really good movie BY ED SYMKUS brightness to read. Their inept approach to the kidnapping of wealthy braggart gym client Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) goes wrong from the start, and provides the film with some sparkling comedic moments. But let’s go back to Bay, and the often rough and tough sensibility he brings to his films. These criminals actually did some really loony things, but they also abandoned any normal behavior when things went wrong and they had to wing it. The comedy here turns dark, then black, then pitch black, then gruesome. But the combo of a slick, mostly PAIN & GAIN believable script Rated R from Christopher Directed by Michael Bay Markus and With Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Stephen McFeely Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony (co-writers of Shalhoub, Ed Harris Captain America and the Narnia trilogy) — and some perfectly timed ensemble acting from the three leads, a manic Shalhoub, and a calm and collected Ed Harris as a private detective — results in a film that makes you laugh while you cringe, then makes you laugh some more. It’s a bizarre, complicated story filled with jaw-dropping left turns. Some artistic license has been taken to help it go down a little easier, but a quick Google search for Daniel Lugo will reveal that you can’t just slough it off by saying it’s only a movie. 

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here are two things to deal with before giving in to this surprisingly terrific film. First, it’s produced and directed by Michael Bay. C’mon, folks, there was some pretty good pre-Transformers moviemaking from the admittedly effects-crazed Bay. Check out The Rock and the original Bad Boys. Some fun stuff there. Second, a great deal of what happens in Pain & Gain really happened, almost 10 years ago, in and around Miami, albeit with less funny business than is presented in the film. While we’re counting, let’s go for a third — a different Rock: Dwayne Johnson. The man has proven to be a competent actor during his time out of the wrestling ring, in both minor and major roles. But this time he reaches new levels, shows multiple sides of a complex character, shines just a little brighter than the other glowing folks around him. This is the story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) — a man who did time for bilking money from investors, reinvented himself as a personal trainer in a Miami gym, then went for his version of the American dream: getting as much money as possible by simply taking it from a rich guy he despised. He brought two fellow bodybuilders on boad — Paul Doyle (actually an amalgam of a couple of people), played by Johnson, and Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie). As portrayed in the film, the combined intelligence level of this trio wouldn’t provide a light bulb with enough

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Standing As Spokane’s music scene evolves, two local bands continue to lead by example By Jordan Satterfield

(Left to right) Dead Serious Lovers’ Brandon Vasquez, Vaughn Wood and Henry Nordstrom, with Belt of Vapor’s Aaron Powell, Justin Walter and Bob Homburg Young Kwak photo

t’s no news that Spokane’s local music scene is in transition. Venues are at a standstill. Audiences shrink as money gets tighter. Lineups change, bands fade away. But one thing’s for certain: the Spokane music scene is not without direction. Among all of the change, uncertainty and silence is a palpable feeling that Spokane is on the verge of ignition. We’ve got the spark, and the air smells of fuel coming this way. Perhaps no two local acts are better examples of the remarkable staying power that a band needs in order to navigate the never-ending changes in the Spokane scene than Belt of Vapor and Dead Serious Lovers. Both bands will unleash new material at the Bing Crosby Theater this week, and with the new records comes significant changes for each. “We feel like we’re just getting started,” says Aaron Powell, singer and multi-instrumentalist in Belt of Vapor. It’s not a sentiment you’d expect to hear, given that the band has played together for more than 10 years. But it’s clear what he means. Belt of Vapor’s new album, The Recluse, is undeniably their most consistent and focused recording. It teems with believable, terrifying aggression and rabid howls, but is orchestrated in a manner more calculated than ever. It has its fair share of surface grime, but more professional recording allows The Recluse to really ruin your day. In Belt of Vapor’s case, cleaner is meaner. “When you record yourself, you tend to edit yourself less,” drummer Justin Walter says. “So after recording in a studio, this album’s a lot more simplified. We kind of thought things out more.” The conservative approach works. Powell says this streamlined, more mature process was the result of a long period of relative dissatisfaction. “We really felt like we were beating a dead horse,” he admits, “playing so many shows with the same songs. The writing element was kind of on the back burner.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: Powell and Walter say that they, along with bandmate Bob Homburg, have enough material to record another full-length, with an EP planned soon after. It seems backward, but Belt of Vapor are now spitting and seething more furiously than ever — all they had to do was straighten their ties a bit. If Belt of Vapor have straightened their ties, local experimental rockers Dead Serious Lovers have taken theirs off completely. “I’ve been guilty in the past,” says Henry Nordstrom, the Lovers’ leading man, “of taking myself and my music too seriously.” Les, their new record, certainly shows Nordstrom and company’s commitment to making an emotionally leaner, more easily digested record. “We didn’t set limits on how to record the album,” he recalls, “we just tried to have some fun with it.” ...continued on next page

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But Les is by no means a comedy record. Its jaded, lackadaisical tone gives it an atmosphere that feels like a drunken, disappointed stumble alone back to your empty apartment, where week-old Chinese takeout and Law & Order reruns await you. It earnestly captures a queasy self-loathing that is all too easy to relate to. “We recorded the last album as a two-piece,” Nordstrom says, referring to guitarist Vaughn Wood, “but since then we’ve gotten a drummer, so we wanted to record and see what we could do in the studio.” The addition of drummer Brandon Vasquez is no small improvement — he shines in the new material. Les is adventurous and curious, and stunningly self-assured. At no point does the album feel like it was recorded in several living rooms — which it was. One of the most exciting things about Thursday’s record release show has to do with the concert venue itself. The Bing Crosby Theater has never been fully utilized as a space for local musicians to play (at least not since when it was The Met), making the two-band lineup something of a rarity for the concert hall. The event will be an all-ages show, something uncommon for both Belt of Vapor and Dead Serious Lovers. It’s no secret that the shortage in quality all-ages venues is seriously holding back local music, and Belt of Vapor say that making the show allages will be a key to its success. “Even though we feel old, our music appeals to the youth,” Walter says. Powell agrees. “We wanted to be able to play to a younger audience. And people aren’t only supporting us, they’re supporting a great potential all-ages venue for local artists.” If all goes according to plan, Belt of Vapor and Dead Serious Lovers might not be simply playing a great rock show, but making a case for a whole new avenue in Spokane’s local music scene. n Belt of Vapor and Dead Serious Lovers’ Double Album Release Show • Thu, May 2, at 7 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • $10 • All-ages • • (800) 325-SEAT

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aving been together for more than 25 years and released some 20 albums, there is no shortage of Cowboy Junkies music to explore. But there’s no better primer for the band’s music than The Nomad Series, a group of four separate albums the band has released since 2010. “We are known for a very focused sort of thing, which is the quiet, hushed side of what we do, which I think is a very important side of who we are,” guitarist Michael Timmins said during a recent phone interview. “But I guess the idea is there is a multi-facet to what we do. We do have a multi-faceted personality as a band. It’s not just one thing.” And The Nomad Series has done more to illustrate the multiple sides to Cowboy Junkies’ music than anything the Canadian group did before. Each album displays a distinctly different sound and style. The series of records started when Timmins came up with a concept for the first: Remnin Park. In 2008, the guitarist, his wife and their two daughters lived in China for three months. While there, Timmins took to making street recordings of street musicians, children and a host of other sounds as he explored. When he returned, he had a wealth of recordings to loop and write songs around. For the second album, the band toyed with the idea of doing a covers record. After Vic Chesnutt, the acclaimed singer-songwriter who had toured with Cowboy Junkies, died in 2009, the group quickly decided Demons should be a collection of Chesnutt covers. That idea, though, posed a challenge — even for a band like

Cowboy Junkies, whose biggest hit was a version of the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane.” “Of all the people to cover, when you listen to Vic’s material, you don’t immediately think ‘Oh, I can do that,’ because it’s so particular to him, his writing, the way he sings, his vocal style, his production style. Like, everything he does is very unique and very Vic,” Timmins says. But to the surprise of Timmins and his bandmates, once they began working on the songs, they started making sense. In concert, the band is known to jam on certain songs, showing a bluesy, psychedelic side to its sound that had never been represented on its studio albums. The third record, Sing In My Meadow, was a chance to make an album in that vein. When it came time to make the fourth album, Timmins realized the first three showcased lesser-known facets of Cowboy Junkies. The band decided to return to its familiar folky acoustic-based sound. Material from The Nomad Series figures strongly into Cowboy Junkies’ current live show, making up the first set of a two-set evening. But for the April 28 show at the Bing Crosby Theater, the band is doing something special — performing all of its platinumselling second album, 1988’s The Trinity Session, during the second set. n Cowboy Junkies • Sun, April 28, at 7:30 pm • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • $30-$35 • • (800) 325-SEAT

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he members of Portland indie rock band The Hague cut their teeth right here in Spokane. Most of the members came up through the metalcore and emo scene of the early 2000s, but have found a new, happier, more upbeat sound living in the Rose City. They told The Inlander last summer that they wanted to try a brand-new sound with this band — which ended up being the hopeful, youthful, honest, sing-along-able rock the band makes now. They’re still clinging to their roots a little: they admit — no matter who is playing — they’re always the loudest band on the bill. — LEAH SOTTILE The Hague with Drag Like Pull and Locke • Sat, April 27, at 10 pm • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague Ave. • $5 • 21+ • 838-1570

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Friday, 4/26

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know what you’re thinking when you hear the term “one man band.” Aside from being a single human who plays several instruments at once, that’s where the similarities stop. That 1 Guy — real name Mike Silverman — performs his bizarro electronic/heavy rock music with the assistance of three homemade instruments — The Magic Pipe, The Magic Boot and The Magic Saw — he tows around the country. The pipe acts like a double bass, the boot is percussive, and the saw is kind of like a theramin. As he plays them, Silverman also beatboxes and sings. It’s a juggling act that’s earned him a devout following around the world. — LEAH SOTTILE That 1 Guy with Rubberdiculous • Wed, May 1, at 7:30 pm • The Center • 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. • $15 • All-ages • • 742-7879

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Refugees, Real Life Rockaz J Jones Radiator, Cursive Wires, Tyler Aker J Knitting Factory, Sammy Eunbanks, The Bobby Bremer Band, Devon Wade Laguna Café, Diane Copeland Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), NativeSun Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Nick Grow nYne, DJ Mayhem Pend d’Oreille Winery (208-2658545), Ron Keiper Red Lion River Inn (3268-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve Ringo’s Casino (924-2055), Chris Ellenberger Roadhouse, Last Chance Band Silver Fox (208-667-9442), The Usual Suspects Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Deuce Splash (208-765-4000), Aftermath

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J Huckleberry’s (624-1349), Pamela Benton Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy John’s Alley, Jeff Crosby and The Refugees Kelly’s Irish Pub (208-667-1717), Carla Carnegie Knitting Factory, Soblivios, Benign, Aardvark, Almost Home, ETM La Rosa Club (208-255-2100), Open mic Marquee, Likes Girls, MCSQUARED Max at Mirabeau (922-6252), NativeSun J Mootsy’s, DJ Locke, The Hague (see story on facing page), Drag Like Pull nYne, DJ Hype Red Lion River Inn (3268-9526), Chris Rieser and The Nerve J Revel77 (280-0518), Sea Giant, Lucas Brookbank Brown Ringo’s Casino (924-2055), Chris Ellenberger Roadhouse, Last Chance Band Seasons of Couer d’Alene (208664-8008), Truck Mills J Shop, Johnathan Nicholson Splash (208-765-4000), Aftermath Spokane Eagles (489-3030), Sammy Eubanks Swamp, Quarter Monkey Ugly Bettie’s, DJ One viking, Karma’s Circle Zola, Shinner

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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 John’s Alley, The Mark Sexton Band J Red Room Lounge, Bakin Phat Rico’s (332-6566), Open mic Soulful Soups & Spirits, DJ Fusion J Swamp, The Horde and the Harem Ugly Bettie’s, Open mic Zola, Nate Ostrander Trio

Tuesday, 4/30

Cellar, TC Tye J Chairs Coffee (340-8787), Open mic Cruiser’s (208-773-4706), Kane Kodey J the Hop!, Lich King, Ichabod, Seasons to Cycle, Dank Submission, Damn the Sun John’s Alley, Open mic Kelly’s Irish Pub (208-667-1717), Powell Brothers J Luxe Coffeehouse, Trickster Fox J Moscow Food Co-op (208-8828537), Gefilte Trout Rico’s (332-6566), The Underground Blues Band Zola, Dan Conrad and The Urban Achievers

Wednesday, 5/1

Baby Bar, Loves It! Big City Saloon (474-0579), DJ Fusion Bistro on Spruce (208-664-1774), Truck Mills J Blue Spark, Writers Cup Final Four with DJ Darkside Som J THE Center, That 1 Guy (see story on facing page) Eichardt’s, Charley Packard Fedora Pub, Kosh Geno’s (487-9541), Open mic J the Hop!, Murder Death Kill, Level 4, Antagonist AD, Navigator, Aenimus, As Death Comes Calling, High Regard, Verbera Iron Horse Bar (926-8411), Open mic Irv’s (624-4450), DJ Prophesy JJ’s Grill & Brewhouse (4674267), Chris Rieser and The Nerve J Luxe Coffeehouse, Dario Re Marquee, Likes Girls, DJ D3vin3 Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, Maxie Ray Mills J Revel77 (280-0518), Chelsey Heidenreich Ripples (326-5577), Dru Heller Trio Sundown Saloon (208-765-6585), Sam Platts and the Kootenai Three Zola, Island Soul

Coming Up…

J Bing Crosby Theater, Belt of Vapor and Dead Serious Lovers Double Album Release Show (see story on page 57) on May 2 Carr’s Corner, Pat McHenry, The Perennials on May 2 Carr’s Corner, Ivan & Alyosha, Jay Nash, Cursive Wires on May 5 Boots Bakery & Lounge, Slingshot Dakota, Duck Little Brother Duck, The Woopass Girls, Died Laughing, Bad Hex on May 6 Knitting Factory, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt on May 8 Red Room Lounge, Mobb Deep on May 15 Mootsy’s, Couches, Myth Ship on May 17 Bing Crosby Theater, Pokey Lafarge, Cursive Wires on May 18 Northern Quest Casino, Jewel on May 31 DOWNTOWN SPOKANE, Volume on May 31 and June 1

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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Eat well, drink better and spend some money. The best part? It’s all guilt free. Every single dime you spend goes toward the renovation of the historic downtown building the Spokane Public Market calls home. Local wineries and Dry Fly Distillery will provide libations, with wine, microbrews and hard cider tastings strategically paired with appetizers to deliver the full gustatory experience. Once you’re all loosened up, there will be a silent and live auction. — ELI FRANCOVICH Barrels and Bites • Fri, April 26 at 6 pm • $50 • Spokane Public Market • 24 W. Second Ave. • spokanepublicmarket. org/events • 208-301-2289

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Lilac Century and Family Fun Ride • Sun, April 28 starting at 6:30 am • Spokane Falls Community College • $45-$55 •

Great Spokane Art Party • Sat, April 27 from 7-10 pm • The Community Building • 35 W. Main Ave. • $50 • 777-0822 •

Well, you don’t actually have to ride 100 miles at this annual cycling event — there are also 66-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile courses, in addition to other rides. Whatever length of outing you choose, you’re almost guaranteed a route full of scenic settings and a variety of both hills and flatlands. If you’re really gung-ho or looking to brush up on your triathlon transitions, sign up for a 5K race that sends you off on a run once you’re done pedaling. All proceeds benefit the charities of the Spokane Aurora Northwest Rotary Club. — MIKE BOOKEY

Blue Prints for Learning is a nonprofit aimed at bettering child care here in Spokane. Through its own program and by offering an institution for people to become child care professionals, this organization has had a huge impact on the community. Not only do kids benefit from Blue Prints, so do adults when the annual Great Spokane Art Party comes around. At this fundraiser, grown-ups are invited to sip wine while creating their own art in a hands-on experience with some of the Inland Northwest’s most innovative artists. — KARA STERMER

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Kids, strap on your helmets and break out your bikes, trikes and scooters for the first ever Kidical Mass ride, hosted and organized by the folks behind Spokane’s Summer Parkways street fests. The first of three scheduled events to take place this year, this weekend’s Kidical Mass is happening in conjunction with the West Central Neighborhood Day. The three-mile ride, open to kids of all ages and their parents, is intended to encourage neighborhood unity and teach kids safe riding skills. Anything with wheels is welcome: bikes, trailers, tandems, trikes, scooters and more! — CHEY SCOTT Kidical Mass • Sat, April 27 at 1 pm • Free • Starts at A.M. Cannon Park • 1920 W. Maxwell Ave. • •

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A kid grows up in a secular household in the Midwest, finds Christianity as a source of stability during his parents’ divorce, then comes out as gay and ends up an atheist in college. And that’s where Chris Stedman’s story took a more surprising turn — instead of shunning religion, he kept on studying it, and at 26 is a leading activist for interfaith dialogue and the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. The Compassionate Interfaith Society at Eastern Washington University is hosting Stedman for a day of discussion and readings. — LISA WAANANEN Chris Stedman at Eastern Washington University • Mon, April 29 • Events at 10 am, noon and 3 pm • Hargreaves Hall, Eastern Washington University • 526 5th St., Cheney • •

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Stand-Up ComedyLocal comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) 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) 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. (747-7045)


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North Division • (509)484-1516 Spokane Valley • (509)927-3787 Coeur d’Alene • (208)667-6995

Mon-Sat 9-6 • • North Division store open Sundays

Feed the NeighborhoodFree meals provided every Thursday from 4-6 pm. Free. (Volunteers also needed to cook meals) 7th and Catherine Ave., Post Falls, Idaho. (208-661-5166) The Fight for WildernessGonzaga students advocating for the wilderness designation for the Scotchman Peaks of North Idaho and Montana will host a speaker and two films in support of the proposal. April 25 from 7-9 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga Jepson Center, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6398) Victim Resource FairResource fair for victims of crime offering information on community agencies, programs and other available services. April 27 from 10 am-3 pm. Free. STA Plaza, second floor, 701 W. Riverside Ave. (477-3640) Discovering ResiliencyRally to cel-

ebrate survivors of child abuse and their caregivers. April 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (7478224) Reigning Cats & DogsFundraiser auction and chocolate festival benefiting the SCRAPS Hope Foundation medical fund. April 26 at 6 pm. $25-$30. Old Harley-Davidson Bldg., 6815 E. Trent Ave. (4772760) Get Money Smart Family NightMoney Smart Week kickoff event featuring a chili feed, kids activities, prizes and more. April 26 from 5:45-7:30 pm. Free. Location provided upon registration. (456-7106)

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Email to get your event listed in the paper and online. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. Barbie Fashion ShowStudents at the school will showcase their work on models inspired by Barbie and Ken for a fundraiser benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. April 27 at 6 pm. $10$15. Paul Mitchell The School Spokane, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. pmtsspokane. com (924-7454) DanceFest 2013Dance performances, workshops and more in celebration of National Dance Week, hosted by the Inland Northwest Dance Association. April 27 from 10 am-6 pm. Free. West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye Ave. inda- (927-0972) Healthy Kids DayEvent to promote healthy activity levels, diets, and reading in kids with active play and educational activities and more. April 27 from 9 am-noon. Free. Spokane Valley YMCA. (777-9622) Dancing with CelebritiesSixth annual fundraiser event benefiting CYTSpokane and featuring notable public figures from the Inland Northwest. April 27 at 7 pm. $15-$25. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. cytspokane. com (227-7638) March for BabiesThree-mile fun run event benefiting March of Dimes’ programs to help babies born premature or ill. April 27 at 9 am. Gonzaga University, Jundt Art Museum, 202 E. Cataldo Ave. (328-1920) Kidical Mass Bike RidTwo-mile family ride on anything with wheels that rolls, in conjunction with West Central Neighborhood Days, and hosted by Spokane’s Summer Parkways. April 27 at 1 pm. Free. Begins at A.M. Cannon Park, 1920 W. Maxwell Ave. Spokane Guilds’ School Penny Drive Annual penny drive fundraiser benefiting the Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center. April 27 from 9 am-2 pm. Locations vary, visit for more info. Goodwill Donation DriveDonate gently used household items, clothing, shoes, books and more to donate to Goodwill of the Inland Northwest. April 27 from 9 am-3 pm. Huckleberry’s, 926 N. Monroe St. (624-1349)

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Spring DanceLearn to dance the tango before general dancing from 8-10 pm. April 27, lesson starts at 7 pm. $5$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 203 W. First Ave. (208-699-0421) Kyle Petty Charity RideThe former NASCAR driver and 175 other motorcycle riders will begin their “Ride Across America” event to raise money for children with chronic illnesses. April 27 from 7:30-8:15 am. Donations accepted. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St. (208-699-2761) Strides for SNAPCHASE Strides for SNAP 1K or 5K fun run. April 28 at 9 am. $10-$20. Mirabeau Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway. (456-7111) Crop Hunger WalkFundraiser walk to raise money and awareness of global hunger, with proceeds benefiting the Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, Second Harvest, Family Promise and Church World Service. April 28 at 1:30 pm. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (468-4099) Spokane Humane Society Annual Meeting 116th annual meeting and volunteer recognition. April 29 at 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St. (467-5235) Fundraiser for HopeFundraiser event organized by Gonzaga University students to benefit Hope for Zambezi, a campaign to help those in Zambezi, Zambia, who are HIV/AIDS positive and lack proper nutrition. May 2. The Community Building, 25 W. Main Ave. (503-545-2562) Bad Science Friday“Perpetual Mo-

tion Machines”-themed activities on machines that supposedly generate more power than they use. May 3 from 10 am-6 pm. $7-$10. Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. (443-5669)


Quilter Ellen Anne Eddy“Thread Magic Garden” trunk show featuring Eddy’s work at the Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter Meeting. April 25 at 6 pm. $10/nonmembers. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. (863-5536) Floral Art Gala“April Showers, Rainbow Flowers” floral art design gala and more, benefiting the SCC horticulture program students. April 27 from 1-3 pm. $20. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowlane Rd. (456-6235) Fair Trade BazaarVendors and gift items for sale. April 27 from 10 am-7 pm, April 28 from 9 am-1:30 pm. Free admission. St. Joseph Parish Hall, 4521 N. Arden, Otis Orchards, Wash.


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

6:45 pm. Club Corazon, 2117 E. 37th Ave. (688-4587) Budgeting 101Learn how to set financial goals and how to establish a successful spending plan. April 25 at Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Registration required. (893-8200) Reconnection WorkshopWorkshop to provide post-deployment skill building for military families, on the topic of relating to children. April 25 at 6 pm. American Red Cross, 315 W. Nora. (3263330) Antique & Collectors SaleVintage and antique dealers, vendors and more. April 26-28. Fri from 4-9 pm, Sat from 10 am-6 pm, Sun from 10 am-4 pm. $6 admission, good all weekend. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (924-0588) Meditation Retreat“The Power of Love” weekend retreat let by Sravasti Abbey founder Thubten Chodron. April 26-28. $100, pre-registration required. Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport, Wash. (447-5549) Science SaturdaysScience workshops hosted by Mobius Science Center. April 27 at 11 am, Medical Lake Library and April 27 at 2:30 pm at Moran Prairie Library. Free. (893-8200) Spokane Preservation Advocates Gala“Mad About Mid-Century: A Black & White Affair” 7th annual gala and fundraiser featuring live and silent auctions, games and a buffet dinner. April 27 from 5:30-11 pm. $50. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. (344-1065)



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Barbary Coast, 5209 N. Market Checkerboard, 1716 E. Sprague Cruisers, 6105 W. Seltice, Post Falls Doc Holiday’s, 9510 Gov’t Way, Hayden Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney Iron Horse, 11105 E. Sprague Ave. Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague Ave. Litz’s, 204 E. Ermina Ave. Monterey Café, 9 N. Washington Peking North, 4120 N. Division PJ’s Bar, 1717 N. Monroe St. Studio K, 2810 E. 29th Ave. Sidebar, 1011 W. Broadway The Star Bar, 1329 N. Hamilton The Wave, 523 W. First Ave. Usher’s Corner, 5028 N. Market


Barbary Coast, 5209 N. Market Big Sky Tavern, 5510 N. Market Charley’s, 801 N. Monroe St. Checkerboard, 1716 E. Sprague Club Rio, 106 Hwy. 2, Oldtown, ID Cruisers, 6105 W. Seltice, Post Falls Doc Holiday’s, 9510 Gov’t Way, Hayden Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney

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The Flame, 2401 E. Sprague Ave. Iron Horse, 11105 E. Sprague Ave. Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague Ave. Monterey Café, 9 N. Washington Mulz’z Shed, 37011 N. Newport Peking North, 4120 N. Division PJ’s Bar, 1717 N. Monroe St. Studio K, 2810 E. 29th Ave. The Star Bar, 1329 N. Hamilton Usher’s Corner, 5028 N. Market


Checkerboard, 1716 E. Sprague Garland Pub, 3911 N. Madison St. Iron Horse, 11105 E. Sprague Ave. Irv’s, 415 W. Sprague Ave. Library Lounge, 110 E. Fourth Monterey Café, 9 N. Washington Peking North, 4120 N. Division St. PJ’s Bar, 1717 N. Monroe St. Roadhouse, 20 N. Raymond Rd. Splash, 115 S. Second St., CdA Studio K, 2810 E. 29th Ave. The Star Bar, 1329 N. Hamilton St. Visit for more.

Master Gardener Plant SaleNative plants and organic tomatoes for sale, information booths and more. April 27 from 9 am-2 pm. Free. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St. Spring Compost FairResidents who complete the workshop will take home a free composting bin (one per household). April 27 from 11 am-2 pm. Free; proof of residency required. Finch Arboretum, W. 3404 Woodlawn Blvd. (625-6800) Riders for Hope Gala13th annual event hosted by Lone Wolf HarleyDavidson, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, featuring cocktails, dinner, auctions and more. April 27 at 6 pm. $60. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. (800-577-6716) Fashion Show & Luncheon“Now and Then” fashion show and luncheon benefiting Safety Net, a local organization assisting youth who have aged out of the foster care system. April 27 at 11:30 am. Donations accepted. Rockwood Retirement Community, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd. (838-3200) Bee GardensLearn how to plant a garden with a bee’s needs in mind with gardener and beekeeper Beverly Bailey. April 27 from 3-4 pm. $12, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (368-9378) Open Mic ExtravaganzaMonthly fundraiser event featuring performances by local musicians. April 27 at 7 pm. $5. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, 402 E. Second St., Moscow. (208-301-5099)

Goat HusbandryIntroductory workshop on how to raise goats for milk, meat, fiber, weed control or companionship. April 27 from 1-4 pm. $5-$20. Pine Meadow Farm Center, 10425 S. Andrus Rd., Cheney. (448-3066) College Planning Night“Solve the College Maze” workshop on planning to attend college, finance an education and more. April 29 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. (444-5390) Cause for the PawsGet a flash tattoo and all proceeds benefit the animals of the Spokane Humane Society. May 4 from noon-8 pm. $50-$100. Boar’s Head Tattoo, 5 S. Washington St. (8387638)

com (227-7638) Screenwriting ClassLearn about screenwriting with a former Disney producer. April 27 from 9 am-4 pm. $125, registration required. CommunityMinded TV, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2617) SFCC International Film Festival “Hedgehog,” April 30. “Aftershock” May 7, “Yossi” May 14, “Even the Rain” May 21. All shows start at 7:15 pm. $4.50/ show. The Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (533-3222) Wait Wait…Don’t Tell MeScreening of a live broadcast of a stage-adapted version of NPR’s popular radio quiz show. May 2 at 8 pm. Regal Cinemas Northtown, 4750 N. Division St. and Regal Cinemas at Riverstone, 2416 N. Old Mill Loop, CdA.



Renewal Screening of the documentary on religious-environmental activists. April 25 from 6-8 pm. Free. The Book Parlor, 1425 W. Broadway Ave. (328-6527) Star Trek Best of Both Worlds Screening of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s third season finale and fourth season premiere in a remastered, fulllength feature. April 25 at 7 pm. Regal Cinemas Northtown, 4750 N. Division and Riverstone Stadium 14, 2416 N. Old Mill Loop. Joe Satriani: Satchurated, Live in MontrealScreening of the live concert film as part of the KKZX Classic Rock Film Festival. April 26 at 5:30 pm, 8 pm and midnight. $5. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.

Adopt-A-Room Fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. April 24-25. Ferrante’s Marketplace Café, 4516 S. Regal St. (443-6304) Beer Class“A Good Kick in the Can” beer tasting class on canned craft beers. April 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $15. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. (466-1644) Charcuterie GalaSix-course imported meal paired with wines as part of the Connoisseur’s Club. April 25 from 6-10 pm. $30, reservations recommended. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (327-8000) Barrels & BitesSecond annual tasting event featuring wine, microbrews, hard cider, spirits, food and more. April 26.

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$40-$50. Spokane Public Market, 32 W. Second Ave. spokanepublicmarket. org (624-1154) Small Vineyards of SpainLearn about and sample wines from lesserknown and small vineyards of Spain with importer Tristan Ohms. April 26 at 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (3432253) Sparkling WinesTasting event hosted by Treveri Cellars. April 26 at 3:30 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA. (208-676-9730) Spring TeaAnnual four-course tea service, silent auction and more benefiting the Women & Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen. April 27 from 11:30 am-2:30 pm. $45. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (324-1995) Winemaker’s Dinner7th annual Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation winemaker’s dinner fundraiser event. April 27 at 6 pm. $125. Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. Fresh Cheese MakingLearn how to make basic Italian cheeses at home. April 27 at 2 pm. $15, reservations required. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA. (208676-9730) Wine ExtravaganzaWine tasting event at the CdA Resort and Plaza Shops throughout downtown. April 27 from 3-7 pm. $15. Winemaker’s dinner April 27 at 6 pm. $99. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. (208-765-4000)

Kombucha TeaLearn how to make kombucha, a sugar-sweetened, fermented tea. April 27 from 11 am-1 pm. $15, pre-registration required. Sun People Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. (3689378) Winemaker’s DinnerFive-course dinner with each course paired with Elk Cove wines. April 28 from 4-7 pm. $65. 315 Restaurant at the Greenbriar Inn, 315 Wallace St., Coeur d’Alene. (208-667-9660) Forest to TableLearn to identify native edibles and mushrooms and then enjoy a five-course meal using items found during the foray, prepared by Chef Joshua Martin at Casper Fry. Limited seating. $50-$190. Foray on April 28 from 9 am-1 pm, location TBA. Dinner April 30 at 6:30 pm at Casper Fry, 928 S. Perry St. (280-6630) Beer 101Tour the brewery, sample ingredients and beer and learn how beer is made. April 29 at 6 pm. $10$15. Republic Brewing Co., 26 N. Clark Ave., Republic, Wash. republicbrew. com (509-775-2700) Fleur de Sel Pastry ClassLearn to make French pastries with Laurent Zirotti. April 29 from 5:30-8 pm. $50. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. jacklincenter. org (208-457-8950) Spring DinnerFive-course dinner by Chef Brian Hutchins. May 1 at 6 pm. $95-$115. Latah Bistro, 4241 S. CheneySpokane Rd. (838-8338) Drink One for DaneIn honor of Dutch Bros. co-founder Dane Boersma, who passed away in 2009 from

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ALS, the company’s locations throughout the U.S. will donate all proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. May 3. Dutch Bros. locations throughout the Inland Northwest. danesdrive. org


Architect Tom KundigPresentation and reception for the architect, noted for his Modernist designs, as part of The MAC’s SPOMa exhibit and the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. April 25 at 6:30 pm. Also April 26 at 8:30 am at SFCC, Bldg. 24. Free. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931)




Spokane SymphonySymphony with a Splash: Dance Mix. April 26 from 5-8 pm. Happy hour and small appetizer plates precede the concert, starting at 5 pm. Music starts at 7 pm. $30. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Riverside Ave. (624-1200) Northwest OperaSpring concert featuring the performances “Un Bel Diva” and a musical parody “Downtownton Abbey.” April 26 at 7:30 pm, April 27 at 2 pm and May 4 at 7:30 pm. $10. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2712 S. Ray St. (327-3598) Spring Choral ConcertConcert featuring the Cardinal Chorale and Chamber Singers. April 27 at 7:30 pm. Free. NIC Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave, CdA. (208-769-7734)




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I walked into my apartment and, to my horror, thought my boyfriend had been electrocuted. He was sprawled on the kitchen floor by an open electrical outlet with wires sticking out. There was a screwdriver near him, and the skin on his arm and hand was discolored. I ran over and started crying and shaking him. He started laughing and yelled, “April fools!” It hadn’t occurred to me that it was April Fools’ Day, because I truly thought he was amy alkon dead. He says he thought I’d freak for a moment and then bust out laughing. I’m finding myself unable to forgive him, despite the fact that he says he is sorry and meant it to be a joke.  —No Laughing Matter You, like a lot of women, probably love surprises — just not the sort that leave you kneeling over your boyfriend’s lifeless body, wondering whether to call EMS or the coroner. (What, was there no Saran wrap he could put across the toilet bowl?) The power of laughter can get a little oversold. (If it truly were “the best medicine,” hospitals would skip the morphine drip and hang a chimp in overalls from that metal pole by the patient’s bed.) Laughter does seem to be pretty good medicine for relationships — assuming a guy’s attempt to make a woman laugh doesn’t make her hold a grudge. Researchers have found that the ability to be funny is correlated with high intelligence — a plus in a partner — and with what cognitive psychologist Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman deems “the Woody Allen effect,” the possibility for even geeky-looking guys to get and hang on to girlfriends. (Woody Allen didn’t attract the ladies because, in pitch darkness, he looks just like Clive Owen.) As for why your boyfriend pulled this stunt, the phrase “Seemed like a good idea at the time” comes to mind. A guy can get so caught up in making authentically gruesome char marks on his arm that he never considers how hilarious you’re likely to find it when the man you love appears to be lying dead on your kitchen floor. As for your inability to forgive him, it probably feels “safer” to cling to your grudge because it puts distance between you and the potential for future hurt. Unfortunately, it also distances you from the good stuff — love, affection, connection, and the continuation of your relationship. To decide whether to break up with your grudge or your boyfriend, ask yourself a few questions: Does he now understand why you were so upset? Is this number 3,024 in a long line of painful idiocies or just a one-time painfully stupid thing? And outside of when he’s pretending to have died horribly, does he show you he cares about your feelings and well-being? Unless you have reason to believe Faked Death: The Sequel or other major insensitivities will pop up in your future, it’s probably time to give that grudge you’ve been holding a pat on the butt and a bag lunch and send it on its way.

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events | calendar Cowboy Music and PoetryAnnual benefit event featuring performances by Dick Warwick, Northfolk, Western Reunion, Educated Fellers and a home-cooked Western-style dinner. April 27 at 6 pm. $8-$10. Tum Tum Community Center, 6424 Highway 291, Milepost 18. (276-8574) The Villa Blues TrioJazz and blues concert as part of the Spring-Summer Guitar Series. April 27 at 7 pm. $7-$12. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (326-9516) Gonzaga University Choir“Mozart & Bach: A Spring Masterworks Concert” featuring the 52-member choir. April 27 at 8 pm. $10-$15. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. German-American Society Spring Concert Concert featuring performances by the Concordia Choir and the Pages of Harmony barbershopstyle men’s choir. April 27 at 7:30 pm. $15, including dinner and dancing. German-American Society Hall, 25 W. Third Ave. (747-0004) St. Patrick’s Benefit ConcertPerformances by Fr. Kenny St. Hilaire on piano and others in a benefit concert for the St. Patrick Catholic Parish and School. April 28 at 2 pm. $20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (280-2369) Music With FriendsOne-night musical showcase featuring local musicians as a fundraiser to help send Lake City Playhouse’s production of K2 to the national AACTFest in Indiana in June. April 28 at 7:30 pm. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. $10. (208-667-1323)

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Spring Dance Concert12th annual Spring Dance Concert, featuring a variety of styles performed by Gonzaga dance students. April 25-27 at 7 pm and April 27 at 2 pm. $5. Gonzaga Magnuson Theatre, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6556) Sesame Street Live“Can’t Stop Singing” musical performance. May 1 at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm. $13-$26. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (2797000)

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Spokane Symphony Fundraiser “The Great Gatsby: A Conversation, Music and a Movie” fundraiser event themed after 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald novel featuring themed music, refreshments and a screening of the film adaptation starring Robert Redford. April 28 at 3 pm. $50. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200) Whitworth Wind Symphony Spring concert. April 28 at 3 pm. $5. Whitworth University Cowles Auditorium, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (7773280) Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra Featuring violinist Tim Fain. April 29 at 7:30 pm. $10-$12. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Riverside Ave. (624-1200) Spring Jazz ConcertFeaturing the Cardinal Vocal Jazz and Jazz Ensemble. April 30 at 7:30 pm. Free. NIC Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave, CdA. (208-769-7734)

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Dodgeball TournamentTeams of six will compete in a best of three games tournament and winners of the final game could win airfare to Las Vegas for the National Dodgeball Tournament. April 27-28 from 9:30 am-4:30 pm. $15/ person. Teams of 6-10, co-ed only. Oz Fitness North Side and Valley locations. (467-1500) Table Tennis Tournament“April Attack” table tennis tournament open to all levels, hosted by Spokane Table Tennis. April 27 from noon-5 pm, warm-up at 11 am. $10. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division St. (768-1780) Lilac Century Bike Ride20th annual family bike ride event hosted by the Spokane Aurora NW Rotary Club. All levels of riders welcome. April 28 at 6:30 am. $40-$55. Starts at Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (668-9196) Spokane Table TennisPing-pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. (768-1780)


Romeo and JulietPerformance of the Shakespeare drama. April 25-27 and May 2-4 at 7 pm. $6-$8. Coeur d’Alene High School, 5530 N. Fourth St. (208-769-2999) The Dining RoomDrama performance. April 25-27 at 7 pm. $5. Lewis & Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave. (354-6907) Alice in WonderlandAdventure.

Through April 28. Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $5-$12. Pend Orielle Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. (671-3389) I Hate HamletComedy. Through April 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) Marx in SohoPlay about Karl Marx returning to Earth to talk about his life and comment on modern society. April 26-28 and May 3-4. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. Fiddler on the RoofPerformed by 8th graders at the Sandpoint Waldorf School. April 26 at 7 pm. $5-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Sandpoint. (208-265-2683) Arsenic and Old LaceDark comedy/drama. April 26-May 12. Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm, except May 12 performance, at 2 pm, with an Old Englishstyle high tea during the play ($25). All regular performances $10-$12. StageWest Community Theatre, 639 Elm St., Cheney. (235-2441) Memorization Techniques Advanced workshop for actors, April 28 from 10 am-1 pm. Workshop for general audiences April 27 from 10 am-1 pm. $45/one class, $75/both. Registration deadline April 22. Interplayers Theater, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529)

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Larry EllingsonExhibition by the Spokane-based artist featuring lost and found sculpture art. Through May 24.

Gallery hours Mon-Fri from 8 am-5 pm. Free. Third Street Gallery, 206 E. Third St., Moscow. (208-883-1036) Penny’s Palette Art ShowArt show featuring the work of artist Penny Cannon. April 25-26 from 4-7 pm. Montvale Hotel, 1005 W. First Ave. pennyspalette. com (535-4606) Dale ChihulyThe acclaimed glass artist will present as part of Gonzaga’s 125th anniversary and the coinciding Chihuly exhibition at the Jundt Art Museum (runs through July 31). April 25 at 7 pm. A limited number of free tickets to the event will be available. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (313-6095) Bloomsday Through the YearsSee the full collection of Bloomsday posters on display. Through May 31. Downtown Library, third floor, 906 W. Main Ave. (444-5336) Repurposed RevelryArt show and silent auction benefiting the Sandpoint Arts Alliance. April 26 at 5:30 pm. $10 suggested donation. Redtail Gallery, 518 S. Oak St., Sandpoint. (208-265-2787) A Touch of Class13th annual artist showcase featuring work by members of the Coeur d’Alene Art Association. April 26 from noon-8 pm and April 27 from 10 am-6 pm. Candlelight Fellowship gymnasium, 5725 N. Pioneer Dr. (208-676-9132) Art ShowArt exhibition featuring the work of Les LePere. April 27 from 10 am-2 pm. Free. Harrington Opera House, 219 S. Third St., Harrington, Wash. (509-725-1170)

The Great Spokane Art PartyFundraiser event featuring hands-on art exploration, food, beverages and more to benefit Blueprints for Learning, which supports quality early childcare and education. April 27 from 7-10 pm. $50. Community Building, 25 W. Main Ave. (777-0822) Wonders of the WoodExhibition showcasing the work of local woodworkers Lewis Payne, Vern Judkins, Jim Talley and Bill Oswald. May 1-31. Artist reception May 10 from 5-8 pm during ArtWalk. Gallery NorthWest, 217 Sherman Ave., CdA. thegallerynorthwest. com (208-667-5700)


Claire McQuerry & Ellen Walker The two poets will present some of their latest work. April 25 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Gregory Spatz & Shawn VestalThe local authors will read some of their latest work. April 26 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Stand Against RacismEvent that seeks to raise awareness of racism and injustice featuring small group-facilitated discussions and more. April 26 from noon-1 pm. Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St. (313-5835) Gordon Jackson & Gerald SittserAuthor readings and book signings. Gordon Jackson at 2 pm and Gerald Sittser at 7 pm. April 27. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206)

Local Author SaturdayFeatured writers will discuss and read from their work, sign copies and answer questions. This is the first event in an ongoing, monthly series, and features Alice Nau, Steven Branting, Priscilla Wegars and Don Orlich. April 27 from 2-5 pm. Free. BookPeople, 521 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-2669) Chris Stedman“How a Queer Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious” presentation and workshops with the author and Harvard Asst. Humanist Chaplain. April 29 at 10 am. EWU, Cheney campus. (290-5096) David Wessel“The U.S. economy and the Budget: Facing a Cliff or a Mountain?” discussion by Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel. April 30 from 11:45-1 pm. $100. Gonzaga University McCarthey Athletic Center, 801 N. Cincinnati St. (313-7036) Archaeology Lecture“Before Lake Powell: Memories of Glen Canyon Archaeology” lecture by Bill Lipe on the sites that were flooded when the Glen Canyon Dam was completed. May 1 from 6:30-8 pm. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (359-2235) An Evening of Jazz & PoetryJazz music performed by Leon Atkinson and Burton Greene, with poets Christi Kramer and Maya Jewell Zeller, hosted by Sandpoint’s Lost Horse Press. May 1 at 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (208-255-4410) n

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My KnightWow I can’t believe it’s been almost 14 years since we first laid eyes on each other. You in your green uniform, me in short shorts. You’re still the man of my dreams, my knight in shiny armor. I missed you like crazy when you had to move. I guess I went a little crazy not having the love of my life by

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” my side every day. It’s been a less than perfect 13th year for us but hey we made it through and I’m glad I have you back by my side again babe. I love you to stupid and back forever and always your sweet sweet. Looking forward to the next 14 years with you by my side man of my dreams A Wonderful Life Grandma, cheers to you and your life. You were an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. You inspired us, cared for us, and always made sure we dressed appropriately. As a “child of the depression” you never wasted and taught us the values we all still live by today. You are everywhere even though you are gone. We feel your presence in every breath, beautiful day, and smile. You live in us and always will. For myself, I want you to know that even though my heart is broken with your loss, I know you are happy now and I am glad you are not suffering anymore. I was thankful to be there in your passing and kiss your cheek and hold your soft beautiful hands. Thanks for letting me pick your flowers and shooting fireworks in the front yard. We love you very much. Great Service!Wanted to thank the young woman in the lounge at Rock City Grill for being not only amazing and quick. But one of the fastest little ladies I have ever seen! We told her we had 45 minutes, a full bar made us nervous, we would be tight on time. We watched her fly around from table to table, big

JJJ Almost 5 years and still going strong. You are my husband, my best friend and my loml. I can’t even put into words how I feel when you love on me, like you do. I know it gets hectic sometimes, but I truly am thankful and grateful for you putting so much effort into us. I really love how at the end of each day, worn and tired, you are still wanting to just spend time with me. Whether it’s just to talk, hold me, or (game) lol, you are always there, ready to put so much more into us. I’m the most blessed woman in this world. I personally promise to commit to you, my life, forever! Love you always, miss marci Responsibility Cheers to those that have chosen to NOT leave items in their car and NOT need to complain as they are safe. Cheers to those that have taken personal responsibility and recognize the power of proactive measures. Cheers to those that don’t feed the criminals. RV RepairmanTo the handsomest, hardest-working RV repairman in all the land (you know who you are): Amid all the craziness and chaos over the past year and a half in both our lives, you remain my oasis. My rock. Thank you for loving and taking care of all of us. Words can never express how much I truly love and appreciate you. Muah to the billionth power! Security StaffI would like to give a big thank you to the security staff of the AWOLNATION concert at The Knitting Factory for taking great care of my daughter and her friends at the concert. It was their first concert and I was a little apprehensive about it being at a venue with no seating but they took great care to bring them to the front and keep them within their sight the entire concert. They even brought them water when they were thirsty so they wouldn’t have to walk through the crowded floor! You guys have a tough job as it is so I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you making their experience the best it could have been.

Happy Anniversary Papi.I love you forever and for always. Love, Ter Bear To My Wife“Cheers to my hot wife for 10 years of marriage, I love you little penguin. Happy 23rd Birthday! To my amazing sister. I am so proud of the women you are growing up to be. You are my best friend and I love you with all of my heart! I hope you have a wonderful golden birthday. We love you, Nonnie! Love KK, H&F To The Girlwhose name is close to Mad Lion, who always has a smile, I see you sometimes at The Falls and we sit, chat for a while. You always say to me, “I look to see who saw me but nobody ever does.” But cheer up cheer up because now you are seen, even if you weren’t told in AP style. Happy birthday! A You Are Sorryand I so am I. I know you feel as there is nothing more you can say, and you are probably right. At the moment there isn’t. But, if sometime in the future you find that there is something then you have my number. Until then I wish you all the best. M Paying It ForwardTo the person in front of me in the red car at the drive-thru at Shadle Starbucks, thank you for paying for my coffee this morning (Thursday, April 18th).

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This week has been such a downer for everyone, the Boston Marathon tragedy, the explosion in Texas, but there are people out there, like you, who care by performing random acts of kindness. My week has been filled with highs and lows, extremely busy schedules and you totally made my day start off amazingly well. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Spokane is so lucky to have thoughtful people like you!

love you because you are who you are and you don’t care what anyone else thinks. And I appreciate you because you are a solid friend who always has my back. You mean the world to me and you’re pretty much the coolest person on earth! (I wish I could have thrown our favorite word in here somewhere but I knew they wouldn’t publish it)

RE: Lack of Reading To the dismally ill-informed reader who proclaimed that “Teenagers don’t read anything”: as an 18-year-old university student, I was outraged by your ignorant and ageist commentary. I do spend a good deal of my time reading both for education and for enjoyment, and I am by no means an anomaly. We are not, as you so tactfully put it, “increasingly stupid.” It might serve you well to be reminded that each generation has its own ignoramuses, and before you go again announcing yourself as one, you might consider easing away from sweeping, ill-founded generalizations.

Spokane Joggers Cheers to all the joggers in Spokane. In a nation known for gluttony, you’re awesome for bucking the trend and taking care of yourself. You’re all beautiful and look even better each month. Keep it up, Spokane. Thank You! To the best administrative professional staff in Spokane County - Cindy, Deb, Diane, Elizabeth, Sydney and Teri. The work you do is appreciated every day but especially on this day! From your favorite colleagues To The Love of My Life Happy 22nd Birthday babe! I’ts crazy to think that we celebrated your 15th birthday right after we started dating and here we are 7 years later still going strong! I hope you have an amazing birthday. I love you Always & Forever! And KK says Happy Birthday, Daddy! From A DistanceD from the HT Like every other man I have been looking for a good woman and like every other man I haven’t appreciated it when I have it. You are a good woman. I know you are taken, but I wanted to let you know you have a secret admirer. I appreciate you. You are sweet, sexy as hell, funny and honest. I hope knowing you are appreciated will bring a smile to your pretty little face and make your days a little better. Your secret admirer To A Solid FriendTo my best friend and neighbor. You are an amazing person with a heart of gold. You gave a family to a couple that was unable to do so themselves! And you did that at the drop of a hat, no questions asked. If you look in the dictionary for the word ‘selflessness,’ your name should be the definition. Meeting you was one of the best things that has happened to me. I love hanging out with you all the time. When I’m having a bad day or I’m stressed out, you always cheer me up right away. And when I’m in a great mood and loving life, you always enhance that! You’re a giver not a taker and a lover not a fighter. I

Jeers Dear Car ThiefYou have stolen our 1997 Honda and either left it somewhere around town or sold it for parts. I love driving around in an unreliable car that needs more work than it is worth. My elderly father also loves when I cannot make it to take him to the Dr. because my car is broken again! Thank you so much for being a selfish, inconsiderate, drain on our community. I would also like to thank you for making hard working family people such as ourselves pay for your poor decisions! Man vs. WomanAll I can say is WOW. For everytime I went into a manhole working my ass off with no fear, for everytime fixed equipment you couldn’t figure out, for everytime you let them talk shit and belittle me, after 5 years you should of had some level of respect, but you are all sad little men who could never handle what I have in my lifetime. I raised three boys who are more men than all of you pathetic guys will be. While going to school and working, I bought my own house on my own. By WORKING my ass off. You all underestimated me. Enjoy your sad little lives trying to bully women. You took a strong brave woman and made her fear for her safety at work. I have no respect, in fact out of 30 there are maybe 5 I think of as real men. The rest of you belong where I started out, far down in the depths of the city with all the rest of the waste! Ps the super had forced retirement and this is 2013. Thanks for the sabotage and retaliation. May it all come back to you someday. Remember karma is a bitch, which means, haha she is a woman! RE: Lack of ReadingTo the person who said that teenagers don’t read anything, take a step back and realize how ignorant and rude that statement is. I am a teenager and I read all the time. I read every issue of The Inlander and am also reading several books at any given time. My generation is only “stupid” if we choose to be, and I’d appreciate it if you stopped lumping me in with your stereotype, thanks.







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Jeers To The Inlanderfor only having these four categories and not a new one I would call “Oatmeal” and under “Oatmeal” people could write in all kinds of stuff related to oatmeal. Here is an example: “I saw you at the STA station and you were wearing a sweater the color of oatmeal made with love by my grandmother, God bless her soul.” Or “Yes, I am the ‘post-viking Aragorn looking dude with hair the color of cooling oatmeal’ you saw struggling with a toddler at Target. Not my toddler, some little monster trying to take my cart. Little jerk” or “Jeers to all the people who order oatmeal at the Starbucks I work at and who bitch about how watery it is, hey, it’s like wait 30 seconds and it congeals for chrissakes, or put your stupid fruit in it and brown sugar and WAIT, I just follow the corporate directions, man, stop drinking haterade with your mocha and oatmeal. It will thicken. Probably not as much as your skull” or even “Cheers to my lil pumkin oatmeal, we’ve made it 7 months and are just as in love as when we first met when your pitbull killed my pomeranian who was really annoying anyway”. C’mon Inlander, give us an Oatmeal category! To The Jerk Offthat stole my beater. How nice it was to get ready to take my son to a doctors appointment to walk outside where my great grandmothers car should have been sitting to find it gone. It was awesome to have to cancel my sons appointment and sit and wait for the Sheriff to come. I would have just taken the bus however my house is 3 miles away from the bus stop. My poor baby got outside with me and cried because he loved that we drove his great great grandmas car. I hope karma bites you in the rear end. I sure hope the sheriff that came and took the report does what he says he was going to do. Have fun with the felony that goes with it. Jeers/Cheers To All Of UsI’m not sure which it should be. All I can say is jeers to you who rob, steal, hurt peoplpe and cheers to those who stand up to them! I think you people who want to commit crimes should be aware that the rest of us are sick of it! So, we may shoot you or hit you with a baseball bat. But frankly, we’re not waiting for the cops. So, could you criminals knock it off and let’s all group together? For Christsakes, we’ve got a juvenile delinquent in North Korea we have to deal with!

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Igor Caragodin combs out the neck collar of the condor mount currently on display at the MAC’s “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work” exhibit.

Soaring Again

How the MAC brought the condor back to life By Jack Nisbet


hen Scottish naturalist David Douglas arrived in the Northwest in 1825, one of the first creatures he searched for was the bird we now call the California condor. Douglas knew that the Corps of Discovery had delivered a skin of this huge carrion-eater back to Philadelphia, and he was eager both to observe the bird’s behavior and procure a specimen for British science. Lewis and Clark’s observations proved correct, and during his time in our region, Douglas personally observed condors from the lower Columbia south along the Willamette Valley and into the Umpqua country. Fur trade hunters told Douglas how the big bird’s range followed spawning salmon up the Snake to the Rocky Mountains, and the Scot wrote clear accounts of condor behavior — including a look at that hang-dog roosting posture often captured in cartoons, highlighted by a ruff of puffy feathers around the base of the neck: “They perch on decayed trees with their heads so much retracted as to be with difficulty observed through the long, loose, lanceolate feathers of the collar.” Condors never mixed well with white settlers, and after Douglas’ time, the beautiful buzzards went into a precipitous decline. The last documented record in the state of Washington was of an adult on the ground at Grand Coulee in 1899 — perhaps following a salmon run. The last mention from the state of Oregon was submitted when a father-and-son ornithologist team spotted two flying condors in the Umpqua hills during the winter of 1902. Like Douglas, they shot at the birds and missed. Since the 1980s, when the final few California condors living in the wild were captured and kept alive at the

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San Diego Zoo, a captive breeding and release program has proved unevenly successful in California and the American Southwest. There has even been preliminary discussion about releasing condors back into the lower Columbia, where Douglas tracked them so diligently two centuries ago.


hen the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) decided to undertake a David Douglas exhibit a few years ago, this background led to talk of somehow including a condor presence in the show. Rob Faucett, ornithology curator at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum, performed clerical miracles to obtain the carcass of one of the captive release birds that had died of lead poisoning in the wild. As the Burke’s first adult condor carcass worked its way through a maze of Fish and Wildlife paperwork, Faucett called a taxidermist named Igor Caragodin to ask if he might want to tackle a large-scale project. Caragodin was born in the republic of Moldova, now an independent state located between Romania and Ukraine. A boyhood visit to a nature museum led to a houseful of snakes, rats, lizards and small birds, and by age 14, he had tried his hand at stuffing a great chickadee. In time Caragodin earned a master’s degree in ornithology (the study of birds) from the University of Kishinev, where he worked as a bird collector and preparator. In 1988 he moved to Russia’s State Darwin Museum of Natural History in Moscow, where in association with the Burke Museum he honed his skills. In 1998 Caragodin relocated to California, where today he operates a taxidermy service for museums, uni-

Rob Faucett photoS, Burke Museum, University of Washington

versities and outdoorsmen. He maintained his association with the Burke, creating a stunning wandering albatross mount for Faucett in 2008, and agreed reluctantly to try his hand at the frozen condor. Igor had worked with African vultures, and knew that compared to the albatross’ dense plumage, tight skin structure and sleek body shape, carrion eaters had loose, fuzzy feathers and dumpy bodies. But he said yes.


meticulous researcher, Caragodin prepared for his task by combing through archives for information about small details such as condor plumage succession and beak, head, and foot color in different age classes. He studied every photo and video he could find on the Internet. At the first opportunity, he traveled to the Grand Canyon to watch the flight mechanics of successfully released birds. What Caragodin could not prepare for was damage done to the condor body tapped for the Douglas exhibit. Lab analysts had chopped the bird’s head and neck to pieces, and also removed large chunks of muscle around the breast and crop, near the throat. He had to spend many hours sculpting clay to fashion a body shape before facing the aesthetic considerations that would bring the bird back to life. To create a secure mount in a realistic posture, Caragodin welded a threaded bolt into the back of his sculpted body. He draped the skin around this base like a cloak and sewed it closed with tiny invisible stitches. He airbrushed a conservative shade of orange-red onto the naked head. He bandaged the wings and feet into a dramatic turning position, then carefully combed out all the loose feathers right down to the distinctive neck ruff. After a nerve-racking month to make sure the creation was completely dry, his condor mount (along with his classic wandering albatross) arrived in Spokane just in time for the opening of the MAC’s David Douglas exhibit. There, the beautiful buzzard of the Columbia soars again. n Jack Nisbet curated the “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work” exhibit, which continues its run at the MAC through Aug. 24. The exhibit then travels to Tacoma and reopens at the Washington History Museum.

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