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The Story of Our Lives It’s time to record the memories of Lake City residents BY MARY LOU REED
The Coeur d’Alene t the rosy-fingered dawn of Western hisCity Library is the tory, the poet Homer got it right. Human appropriate keeper of stories — living, breathing personal stories these histories. After — make up the tableau of who we are as individuall, that’s what libraries als, families and communities. have always been, only Homer lived and wrote 800 years before now computer discs and Christ, and his Odyssey and Iliad, translated again drives will be archived and again down through the ages, still capture alongside paper and inkour attention. We feel the pain of the wandering, filled books. homesick Odysseus and the loss in battle of the When the groundhero, Hector. breaking ceremony took A good story, like good music, will touch the place in 2006, Coeur d’Alene Tribal spokesman heart. And like good music, a good story will Cliff SiJohn, backed by tribal drums, christened bring a tear to the eye. To be human is to laugh the new City Library Building the “Lodge of the and to cry, to love and to be rejected, to play Storyteller.” Cliff’s imagery stuck. To catch the games and have fun, to celebrate and to grieve — stories, a meeting room at the library has been all the stuff of stories. designated as the recording booth. Coeur d’Alene Today, 28 centuries after Homer, our ears artist Mary Dee Dodge has covered every inch and senses are so filled with electronic comof the interior walls with brightly colored murals munication; we can barely hear ourselves think. depicting mythical figures of Native American Our children watch television in rapt attention to folklore. Artist Allen Dodge will transform the cartoons and Disneyfied interpretations of classic entrance to the recording center with sticks, myths and legends. poles and a sculpted blue jay, all dedicated to the Are we in danger of living so in the instant, memory of Cliff SiJohn. worrying about the future, that we are forgetting An additional objective of the StoryCatcher the past? Are we losing sight and sound of our project is to recruit and train a group of volunown stories? Are oral histories fading away? teers in how to conduct interviews. The benefits In the midst of their fast-paced lives, parents of the StoryCatcher Project are many. First and may take time to tell their children about their foremost, families can record and document their own heritage, about Great Granddad’s harrowing historical heritage, which can be accessed online, experiences in World War II or Great Aunt Besnow and in the years to come. sie’s job in a factory that produced airplanes, or the black-sheep ancestor who rode with family gathering during the Jesse James. holiday season offers a stellar Send comments to opportunity to share overlooked n Coeur d’Alene, the City Library firstname.lastname@example.org. family stories, as well as unappreciated is combating this perceived oral family traditions. Around the dinner history gap with the StoryCatcher table, one can make an almost believable case for Project, designed to “capture the spirit of Coeur what life was like before television, computers, d’Alene through the stories and experiences of cellphones, and, significantly, the Internet. Try its inhabitants.” Collaborating leaders are Ruth telling the one about your grandfather who rode Pratt, executive director of the Coeur d’Alene a horse 10 miles to school and back every day Library Foundation, and artist Barb Pleason through snowdrifts, uphill both directions. Mueller, who designed and produced “Portrait of I heartily applaud the goal of the StoryCatcha Town” in 2012. er Project to ”‘create community and a sense of The StoryCatcher Project is seen as a natural place through the sharing of personal experiextension of the oral histories collected while ences.” The project summary states “Stories help developing “Portrait of a Town,” with its phototo tell us who we are by showing us where we’ve graphs of individuals mounted on the wall of the been. By collecting our stories, we hope to form a historic brick building overlooking Sherman Park narrative of our town.” in downtown Coeur d’Alene. (You can check it Impossible as it is to become a modern Homout at portraitofatown.com.) er, each of us is a story that deserves to be told. The StoryCatcher project will enlist volunWe as a community are a collection of stories that teers who will conduct personal interviews with need to be heard. other members of the community, capturing their
histories on video camera and audio equipment. For the program to be genuinely successful, it must reach out to everyone who would like to tell and record the family story, explaining why they choose to live in the region, what they care about, their work and play, their hopes and dreams.
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BY JANA RICHMAN hey quietly went about their business, knocking on doors and offering various contracts for mineral leases and access to private property. The men told residents they represented Denver energy developer James K. Munn. He’s after oil, and he believes there’s some to be had underneath our small town, located in the heart — though not actually within the boundaries — of the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. My husband and I moved to Escalante five years ago to live in this desert. Both native Utahns, we had independently found solace here over the years. We still do. When residents asked the men about fracking, Munn’s representative gave this answer: We are not ruling it out. In conversations with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, the agency confirmed that the company would certainly not rule out fracking, because this controversial extraction method has become routine: Today, 95 percent of all wells in Utah are fracked. The impacts of fracking are indisputable. Air becomes foul; there is less water for drinking, gardens and agriculture, and what remains is often no longer usable. Property values plummet, trapping people in financial ruin. You might wonder why a tiny, remote town would attract the purveyors of such devastation, especially a town relies on the tourist dollars spent every year by the approximately 750,000 visitors to the monument. The answer is complicated. Many landowners here do not own the mineral rights
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under their property. Some subsurface rights are held privately, others by state or federal entities, but the bottom line is this: If Munn secures the mineral rights under my property, I have no legal right to keep him from drilling and fracking on my land. What I took for granted in Escalante, and what every visitor to the monument seeks — quiet nights, pure air and the beauty of watching the sunrise over the river gorge — is now threatened. In its place is the promise of traffic, lights, noise, storage tanks and noxious fumes. I moved here to escape that kind of thing. I fled from unrestrained growth in my hometown of Tooele, Utah, and the unbreathable air in Salt Lake City. This time, however, there will be no escape. Studies show that homes within 2.5 miles of drilling operations — even conventional, non-fracking operations — drop in value between 12 and 24 percent. In Escalante, we tend to fight a lot — we’ve been disagreeing with each other since long before the monument was designated in 1996. But I would happily return to quibbling with my neighbors over streetlights and grazing rights. We now face a larger threat, because drilling and mining is unlikely to benefit any of us who want to stay here. At what point do we engage our humanity and band together to stop a scourge that could devour every small town across the country? Jana Richman is a contributor to High Country News (hcn.org), where a version of this column first appeared.
JOAN E. HARMAN: Overall jobs improvements got better, partisan politics got worse. HOPE HUGHES: Freedom and constitutional rights got worse with the passing of the NDAA 2014 [National Defense Authorization Act] and the TPP [Trans Pacific Partnership] and TTIP [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership] getting close to being passed. NICK TAPSCOTT: Spokane Police Department didn’t get any better, property crime wasn’t taken seriously by them. SANDI BLAKE: The real estate market really improved! Health care issues have a way to go! MARY BECKER WEATHERS: Better? The new pope! Maybe he will make some inroads with conservatives who say they are Christian, but do the opposite of what Jesus said to do. MO PALMER: Seahawks got better, my waistline got worse. MELISSA DOBEAS: Bought house, bills doubled. No more sharing walls with meth head neighbors, but paying the price to have that luxury.
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ANUARY: Republicans heaped praise on President Obama’s second inaugural address, saying it had given them a detailed list of things to thwart over the next four years. FEBRUARY: Tea Party Republicans issued their official rebuttal to the State of the Union address a full 12 hours before President Obama was scheduled to deliver it. APRIL: Federal investigators said they were “baffled” as to why millions of people chose to believe something they read yesterday on Twitter, which has falsely reported the deaths of more than 75,000 different celebrities. MAY: Obama used a radio address to reassure the American people that he has “played no role whatsoever” in the U.S. government over the past four years. JUNE: By a five-to-four vote, the Supreme Court acted, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia,
“to relieve millions of Americans from the onerous burden of having to vote.” JULY: New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner stirred controversy by continuing to send dirty texts throughout a press conference devoted to apologizing for his behavior. OCTOBER: Responding to controversy over its spying on European allies, the head of the NSA said he would do everything in his power to avoid being caught in the future. DECEMBER: In his latest break with Catholic orthodoxy, Pope Francis said he was “seriously considering losing the hat,” the tall ceremonial miter that has long been a signature of papal dress. n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit borowitzreport.com.
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Not Feeling the Love H BY JIM HIGHTOWER
ere’s an odd headline: “It’s Hard to Summon Sympathy for Big Banks.” Well, yeah… and why would you try? This piece began with another odd sentence: “It’s no fun to be a banker these days.” Really? I’d think that counting those multimilliondollar annual paychecks would be jolly fun. But money doesn’t buy love, and it seems that the global princes of high finance are glum because they’re not even respected, much less loved. Well, of course not — they’ve been pigs! No offense to pigs, but bankers have gotten filthy rich through greed and plundering. So not only are they social pariahs, but bank regulators around the world are no longer as deferential as they were before the 2008 financial crash. While meek regulators haven’t exactly turned into tigers, at least they’re slapping some of the banking syndicates that caused the crash with multibillion-dollar fines — and they’re even publicly scolding a few of the banksters. This has set off a pity party among Wall Streeters and other big bankers. “At what point does this
stop?” whined a Bank of America executive. Complaining about paying out $13 billion for some of his bank’s crimes, a JPMorgan poobah said: “We should all be concerned that there doesn’t seem to be a natural end point to how high fines can go.” Note that he wasn’t concerned about an end point to the crimes bankers are committing. Likewise, the top executive of Deutsche Bank was outraged that a German official has criticized bankers there for evading regulation: “It’s irresponsible to comment in such a populist manner,” cried the haughty banker. Again, no concern for the irresponsibility of bankers who keep evading regulation. What we have here is business as usual. For bankers, it’s still all about themselves — money over ethics. And they wonder why they’re not loved? n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.
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Murder, conspiracy and fear cast several shadows across the Inland Northwest in the past year as high-profile killings and bizarre schemes propelled Spokane into national headlines. In the August beating death of World War II veteran Delbert Belton, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub says conservative pundits tried to hijack media coverage and score political points by framing the tragedy as “black-on-white” violence, pinning racial frustrations on the accused teenage attackers. Straub contends the robbery was not about race, but a “disconnected generation” of young people who lack support or investment in the community. He challenged Spokane officials and nonprofits to engage and mentor troubled youth, arguing, “It really is a community responsibility.” The 16-year-old suspects, Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, await trial on first-degree murder charges in March. Amid a nationwide series of poison-laced letter attacks on President Obama and other public agencies, Spokane resident Matthew Buquet was charged with mailing ricin
to Obama, the CIA, a local federal judge and two other targets in May. He awaits trial next year. A videotaped “sucker punch” outside a downtown diner sparked a citywide debate over public safety and “street kids,” which Straub argues largely ignored a double-digit decrease in violent crimes downtown. In March, homeowner Gail Gerlach’s fatal shooting of an alleged car thief set off a similarly intense discussion about self-defense rights. Local officers and deputies also fired their weapons several times during confrontations with suspects, resulting in four officer-involved shootings in the Spokane area and at least two in North Idaho. Straub says local officers “will without hesitation place themselves between the community and those who would seek to hurt the community.” Investigators ended the year still seeking a suspect in the case of a fatal shooting on the South Hill they believe “targeted” the victim, 63-year-old businessman Douglas Carlile, who was killed on Dec. 15. — JACOB JONES
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Last year, Kootenai County Reagan Republicans had been turning red North Idaho even redder, pushing conservative candidates for even ostensibly nonpartisan races like city council, school board and hospital board. That all changed this year when they ran into their first big roadblock: organized opposition. The pushback started in the spring, when Balance North Idaho, the newly created counterweight to the Reagan Republicans, championed three candidates for the Coeur d’Alene School District Board. Together, the bipartisan group of candidates handed the Reagan Republicans their first big defeat. That gave Balance North Idaho momentum going into the fall elections. It was a rout. Steve Widmyer easily beat long-time conservative city critic Mary Souza for Coeur d’Alene mayor. The same was true in the city council races: Every candidate Balance North Idaho supported won. — DANIEL WALTERS
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NEWS | 2013 “WHAT WE’LL REMEMBER,” CONTINUED... reorganizing city departments to reduce civil servicetested positions, expanding the city’s downtown sit-lie ban — have been decided by a four-member voting bloc. Until now, that bloc has been a conservative, businessfriendly group that often lines up behind Mayor David Condon. But with November’s election of union-backed former Plan Commission member Candace Mumm, that balance will shift. (Mumm, representing northwest Spokane, will replace conservative councilwoman and one-time Republican state senate candidate Nancy McLaughlin.) In a contentious, expensive race, Mumm and her opponent, Condon ally Michael Cannon, raised more than $150,000 between them, and PACs funded attack ads on TV and in the mail. While Mumm says she’s eager to work with everyone at City Hall, she was backed by Council President Ben Stuckart and many local progressives who supported him and left-leaning councilmembers Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref. In 2014, the council is likely to face a new set of controversial votes, and we’re likely to see the votes leaning left. That could start as soon as February with a “strong push for urban agriculture” in the city, Stuckart says. “I’m just hoping we can move forward with a strong progressive agenda that benefits everyone and our neighborhoods.” — HEIDI GROOVER
The past decade in Spokane saw the once-great Davenport Hotel restored to its former glory and the once-great Ridpath Hotel sink into further disrepair. The past year, however, brought good news for fans of both hotels. Walt Worthy, star developer behind the Davenport, decided to move forward on constructing a new high-rise hotel near the Spokane Convention Center. Last year, he had determined “that the cost to build a large convention hotel was too high … to feel comfortable moving forward,” but a scaled-downed plan and a pile of incentives from the Spokane City Council allowed construction on the 15-story hotel to begin. Whether the expanded convention center across the street will draw enough business to fill up his hotel remains to be seen. In the meantime, one of the chief villains of the Ridpath saga got his comeuppance. Greg Jeffreys, the scam artist who helped split the Ridpath into convoluted pieces and sold them off at vastly inflated values, pled guilty to four counts of criminal fraud in November. Ron Wells, the downtown real estate maven specializing in historic properties, has made considerable headway in piecing the Ridpath back together, navigating a tangle of ownership disputes and lawsuits. He wants to turn the hotel into a complex of small apartments, and he’s confident it will actually happen. By November, he was putting up Craigslist advertisements for one-bedroom apartments opening in June 2014. — DANIEL WALTERS
ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER OMBUDSMAN BATTLE
The fight to strengthen the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman continued this year with little resolution. The ombudsman is currently allowed to sit in on Spokane Police Department Internal Affairs investigations, but cannot open his own. A proposition passed by voters in February added language to the city charter calling for a “totally independent” ombudsman and a commission to oversee him or her. But this past fall, after almost two years of negotiations, the city administration announced it had reached a tentative agreement with the police guild. The agreement
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The fortunes of the long-shuttered Ridpath Hotel appear to be changing. did not, as some had expected it to, grant the ombudsman any investigative authorities outside the IA process. The mayor and police chief say they believe what was bargained for — the current ombudsman structure (inside the Internal Affairs process) plus a new oversight commission — gives citizens the independence they voted for. Police accountability advocates, like those at the nonprofit Center for Justice, are unsatisfied. Now, the council has deferred the next ombudsman vote to Feb. 3, and some members are urging the mayor to go back to the bargaining table with the guild and negotiate a contract that includes more authority for the ombudsman. “In a way, this is like chasing a ghost,” Councilman Steve Salvatori said during the vote to defer. “We could have independent investigative authority come right up in front of us and not recognize it because it means something different to everybody.” — HEIDI GROOVER
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Corridors 1” (for example, Garland Avenue near Monroe Street) to the prohibited zone. When marijuana growers, processors and stores open in the spring and summer of 2014, we’re likely to see them in the city’s industrial areas, like East Sprague and Hillyard. — HEIDI GROOVER
In a year of reform and restructuring, Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub has overseen dramatic changes to the daily operations and command hierarchy of the Spokane Police Department. A believer in data-driven, community-based policing, Straub has shifted the SPD to the CompStat model, assigning officers to crime “hot spots” pinpointed through data mapping. While property crime has continued to increase, Straub says year-to-date statistics show violent crime has dropped 8.5 percent compared to 2012. Straub credits the new targeted policing strategy as well as improved cooperation between the department and other local agencies. The year since Washington’s voted to legalize “I think we’ve begun to turn the corner,” he says. recreational marijuana has brought a flurry of public “That’s a huge, huge accomplishment.” forums, revised documents and history-making decisions. In addition to the internal re-engineering underway, (Plus, a startling number of awkward marijuana jokes the SPD has received broad reform mandates from the from elected officials.) city’s Use of Force Commission and the county’s CrimiWhile unanswered questions — like where pot businal Justice Commission. The Department of Justice also nesses will store their cash — remain, the feds have largely launched a review of department policies. Straub says the stood down as Washington and Colorado department has embraced those reform efforts. have gotten into the business of pot. Other After opening its first downtown substation, states and cities are seeing their own legalizathe SPD plans to expand its precinct-based policSend comments to tion movements, and a majority of Americans ing with captains assigned to geographic areas email@example.com. are, for the first time, in favor of seeing the throughout the city. Officers will also start weardrug legalized, according to Gallup. ing body cameras and recording race data on Tasked with creating a brand-new pot market, the citizen contacts this coming year. Straub says he expects Washington State Liquor Control Board spent the year to release a new strategic plan for 2014 later this month. crafting regulations for how marijuana growers, proces— JACOB JONES sors and sellers will be licensed, monitored and required to operate. Over a month-long window this winter, they Mention “Obamacare” in a crowded room and accepted more than 3,700 applications for marijuana busidepending on the company you keep, your ill-fated nesses and will now set about licensing those who qualify. conversation starter is bound to incite fierce defenses, Any qualifying grower or processor will be licensed, rabid mockery or outright confusion. but stores will be limited based on population. Spokane The rollout of the president’s contentious health care County will be allowed 18 stores with eight in the City reform law has gone smoother in Washington, where the of Spokane and three in the Valley. (More than 60 retail state-run online exchange has performed remarkably well applications have been filed for locations in Spokane in comparison to the federal government’s buggy insurCounty.) ance portal, HealthCare.gov. But Washington HealthMeanwhile, cities across the state, including Spokane, planfinder has been plagued with its own hiccups: In added their own zoning regulations to determine where October, a glitch caused some 8,000 people who applied pot businesses would be allowed to open. A rule written for private insurance plans through the exchange site into the voter-passed initiative keeps the businesses 1,000 to receive overestimated tax credit amounts. Insurance feet away from schools, parks and playgrounds, and shoppers also have complained of excessive waiting times Spokane added certain areas of town called “Centers and
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when attempting to reach the exchange’s customer service center in Spokane, which has been inundated with unexpectedly high call volumes. Despite these problems, Washington has been a leader in health insurance enrollments. So far, more than 213,000 Washingtonians have signed up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, including 65,000 in private insurance plans and 148,000 in Medicaid. In Idaho, lawmakers voted to build their own state-run exchange last March after two years of debate but, facing time constraints, allowed the federal government to run the IT platform. Unlike Washington, Idaho has opted not to expand Medicaid under the ACA, leaving as many as 75,000 people in the state uninsured and ineligible for financial assistance to cover the cost of their premiums. Idaho business leaders have urged Gov. Butch Otter to take the federal money and expand health care coverage for low-income people. With primary season approaching, however, it’s unlikely the Idaho Legislature will take up the issue of Medicaid expansion this session. — DEANNA PAN
GMO FOOD FIGHT
Supporters of labeling genetically engineered food suffered a big blow in November when Washington voters rejected Initiative 522, 51 to 49 percent. The ballot measure — which would have required food manufacturers to conspicuously label any products for sale in Washington that contain genetically modified ingredients — enjoyed the public’s support early in the election season. In June, polling showed that 66 percent of likely voters supported a labeling law, compared to just 22 percent who opposed it. But the tide shifted in the fall: $22 million in out-of-state money from big agribusiness and food manufacturing companies committed to defeating I-522 poured into Washington. Labeling opponents, including Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, outspent labeling backers 3-to-1. Voters in all but eight counties on the western side of the state ultimately decided against I-522. Conceding nine days after the general election, the Yes on 522 campaign vowed to return in 2016 when more voters are likely to cast their ballots. In Olympia next session, lawmakers are preparing to keep the momentum for labeling alive: Sen. Maralyn Chase (D-Shoreline) said she will introduce legislation to keep out-of-state contributors from illegally donating millions of dollars without proper disclosure, as GMA members did before the state attorney general sued the trade group for failing to register as a political committee. Rep. Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee), meanwhile, plans to address the possibility of transgenic salmon entering the state marketplace. — DEANNA PAN
MEGALOADS MARCH ON
Despite opposition from tribal members and environmental activists, there seems to be no stopping massive shipments of oil refinery equipment, otherwise known as megaloads, from rolling through the Pacific Northwest. This August, protests broke out along Highway 12 in central Idaho — a sinuous, two-lane roadway cutting through the Nez Perce Reservation and federally protected Clearwater-Lochsa Wild and Scenic River Corridor — against a 322-ton General Electric-owned water evaporator creeping toward the Canadian tar sands. More than 30 demonstrators, including several Nez Perce tribal members, were arrested for delaying the load. A month later, an Idaho district court judge sided with the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United, a conservation group, and granted an injunction blocking future megaload shipments from traveling along Highway 12. The GE subsidiary that fought the injunction dropped its appeal and found a new route for shipping its oversized loads through southern Idaho. Three more megaload shipments bound for a refinery in Montana are expected to trundle through Coeur d’Alene this month and next, and more protests are sure to follow. — DEANNA PAN
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A Spokane woman is suing plasma donation company BioLife, claiming technicians at the company’s Hayden, Idaho, clinic falsely diagnosed her with hepatitis and HIV. She is reportedly seeking more than $10,000 in damages.
A 28-year-old Air Force captain from Sandpoint was killed Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a suicide bomber attacked his convoy. David I. Lyon was serving with the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, based in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot in Spokane Valley while “roughhousing” with his grandfather on Christmas. Separately, a Spokane man shot himself in the hand while riding a bike Monday morning. Both survived.
A federal judge in New York has ruled the NSA’s collection of phone records is legal, contrasting with another federal judge’s recent ruling that the collection was unconstitutional and setting up a potential battle in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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General Store clerk Cherie South helps Gus Porco as he exchanges a pair of Carhartt coveralls two days after Christmas. Even in recent years of economic uncertainty, the days following the holiday are notoriously busy for retail return desks and stores offering post-Christmas markdowns.
Six weeks ahead of the Winter Olympics, two bombings hit Russia in two days, killing at least 32 people and prompting panic and heightened security.
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Inches of snow recorded at Spokane International Airport so far this season, well below the area’s average of about 22 inches by this time of year.
Marijuana retailers expected to open in Denver on New Year’s Day. As Washington reviews license applications, Colorado granted its first licenses in late December.
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State of the County A new report from the Spokane Regional Health District shows where local health is improving and where there’s work left to be done BY HEIDI GROOVER AND LISA WAANANEN
eet the average Spokanite: He’s partway through a 79-year residence on Earth, in good health and satisfied with his life. (Or so he tells the state Department of Health when asked.) Those insights, among others, about citizens in our region are part of a countywide health snapshot released by the Spokane Regional Health District in December. The latest biannual “Spokane Counts” report details 61 “indicators” ranging from the rates at which we binge-drink and exercise to how many of our kids are bullied or depressed. A team from the Spokane Regional Health District analyzed disparities among races, genders, income groups and other demographics within each indicator and compared local data for each one to previous
years’ measurements, state and national data and goals for 2020. A final score — the sum of each measurement and comparison — was assigned to each indicator; those scores reveal stark successes and needs. Those results can help guide public health policy and work in the community. “It wasn’t the intent of this report to identify what’s going on behind each indicator,” says Spokane Regional Health District epidemiologist Adrian Dominguez, who authored the report. “It’s just to identify what are the problem areas. … It’s for the entire county to look at, for us to work with one another to put our efforts together and address these problems.” Find the full report at srhd.org/spokane-counts.
Many of the indicators show progress, but even among those are challenges. Binge drinking by youth (grades 6-12) fell 7 percent between 2006 and 2012, but still exceeds the state rate and includes major disparities depending on gender, race and how well educated the child’s mother is. Similarly, nearly 14 percent more young people are physically active than in 2006, but racial disparities mean there’s still work to be done.
YOUTH BINGE DRINKING
Percentage of youth who had 5+ drinks in a row in the past two weeks
YOUTH DRUG USE
Percentage of youth who used an illicit drug in the past 30 days
YOUTH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Percentage of youth who are active for at least an hour five days a week
Twenty indicators made the report’s “not meeting expectations” list; some of those are especially startling because they’re not progressing over previous years. Preschool immunizations, credited in public health with controlling conditions like measles and whooping cough, are down 17 percent since 2008. Among other mental health and violence issues, bullying and youth depression are both up, with significant disparities between race and education groups.
Percentage of youth who said they were bullied in the past 30 days
Percentage of youth who said they had symptoms of depression
Percentage of young children with complete immunization records
Along with asking whether Spokane’s numbers are improving or worsening, measuring whether we’re keeping up with national and state progress can provide context. Even in some areas where we’re improving, like smoking among pregnant women, the region remains far behind.
Spokane County (2011): 15.9%
Spokane County (2011):
Spokane County (2012):
Washington state (2011):
Washington state (2011):
Percentage of births in which the mother smoked during pregnancy
Number of victims reported by Child Protective Services, per 1,000 children
8.9% United States (2010): 9.2%
Percentage of young children with complete immunization records
40% Washington state (2011):
United States (2010):
United States (2011): 44.5
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A month before it’s expected to vote, once more, on changes to the city’s Office of Police Ombudsman, the Spokane City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to expand a contract with a Seattle-based law firm advising the city on its CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS with the Spokane Police Guild. As part of its Jan. 6 consent agenda — usually routine spending and contract items, approved all at once — the council will vote to expand the maximum amount the city will pay Otto Klein and Summit Law Group from $40,000 to $100,000. (Actual payments are based on the amount of work done.) While the city’s legal team negotiates directly with the guild, the outside group gives the city advice about labor law and will remain in that role as the issue remains unsolved, says City Spokesman Brian Coddington. While the city reached a tentative contract agreement with the guild in October, it’s been the subject of public and council frustration because it does not include the authority for the ombudsman to open his or her own separate investigations outside the police department’s internal affairs process. The
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council unanimously rejected the agreement in November, but the mayor returned it to the council alongside a new ordinance he hoped would satisfy them. Still unsure, the council postponed a vote on the agreement, and some council members say they want the mayor to return to negotiations with the guild and alter the agreement before they’ll approve it. While negotiations are now technically open because of the council’s rejection of the agreement, Coddington says the parties have “nothing new to discuss” until the council’s next vote. — HEIDI GROOVER
WOLVES DODGE BULLET
After a brief legal battle in federal court last week, Idaho hunters failed to kill any wolves during a controversial two-day HUNTING DERBY this past weekend in which organizers offered $2,000 in prizes for the largest wolf and most coyotes killed. Organizers reported at least 21 coyotes were taken during the derby. Sportsman group Idaho for Wildlife recently organized the derby near Salmon, Idaho, with a $1,000 prize for the largest wolf and another $1,000 for the most coyotes killed by each two-person team. The group advocates the hunting of wolves to alleviate their impact on local big game populations. Send comments to Environmental groups, led by firstname.lastname@example.org. WildEarth Guardians, filed in U.S. District Court to block the derby, arguing the U.S. Forest Service had not enforced its own rules regarding special use permits for organized events on public lands. They also feared the competitive nature of the derby could lead to more crowded and aggressive hunting in public recreational areas. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale declined to issue a restraining order against the derby Friday, finding no evidence of potentially illegal activity or irreparable harm. Declaring victory, derby organizers reported as many as 236 hunters participated in the event, but reported Monday that no wolves were killed. — JACOB JONES
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INLANDER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER YOUNG KWAK FLIES TO KYRGYZSTAN, HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR FAIRCHILD’S REFUELING TANKERS Thirty hours. Fourteen time zones. A whole other world.
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those who have been deployed for the first
middle of Central Asia. A trip there and back.
going in and out of Afghanistan. At least for
time and others who have been to Manas
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time and again. And after a grueling flight
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Before reaching Manas, the plane stopped over at a base in England.
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< Major Robert Mehan â€” stationed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside of Atlanta, Georgia â€” waits to disembark at the Transit Center at Manas, having flown from Fairchild to England before reaching Kyrgyzstan.
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< Marine Sgt. Lloyd Beckford checks his rifle during a customs briefing, the first step to going home from a combat deployment in Afghanistan.
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Beloved Spokane artist George Flett passed in January. LEONID BERGOLTSEV PHOTO
A Year in Stories
making notes and sketching. Always a perfect gentleman, always willing to talk about his art and tribal culture, always helping, always making art, George’s gentle and encouraging presence will long be missed.
Key cultural moments in 2013, as told by the people who lived them
Nationally recognized Inland Northwest artist and Spokane Tribe member George Flett passes away at age 66 Sue Bradley, Tinman Gallery owner and Flett’s personal friend: George Flett always knew he was an artist. Hesitant to talk talk about himself, his many accomplishments were revealed by others. His cousin, Cliff SiJohn, recalled watching him in grade school: ‘We’d be listening to the teacher and George would just be drawing away in the back.’ George was a rodeo rider, and as director of the tribal museum in Wellpinit, he spent years collecting oral histories of Spokane tribal elders. He mentored other artists like Ric Gendron and Terrance Guardipee; he
sponsored annual Prairie Chicken Dances; he organized the art shows for Julyamsh and the Spokane Pow Wows. He painted every day. He made silver jewelry, he painted gourds and elk hides, he made rawhide ornaments and prairie chicken dance bustles. His ledger paintings were nationally known and collected. My favorite memory of George is when we went to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., for the launch of his book on ledger art. As part of the trip, we were were allowed into the Smithsonian’s fabled collection of tens of thousands of Indian items in the huge storage facility in Maryland. Many of the most precious artifacts were only accessible by hi-low on the upper shelves. George put the machine up as far as it would go and drove around the stacks for hours,
“SPOMa: Spokane Modern Architecture” opens at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, featuring the architectural innovations of the period between 1948 and 1973 Aaron Bragg, copywriter at Spokane design studio helveticka, which curated the exhibit: One of the things we wanted to get people to understand about Spokane architecture is that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Kirtland Cutter wasn’t the only one who ever designed a great building here. That seemed easy enough. But we really weren’t prepared for what we learned when we put together this exhibit. Like the fact that three Spokane architects studied under Walter Gropius at the Harvard Graduate School of Design — back when there was an eight-year waiting list to get into the program. Or that Progressive Architecture’s top award for the finest design in the country went to a ...continued on next page
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CULTURE | 2013 “A YEAR IN STORIES,” CONTINUED... Spokane firm — twice. Or that one Spokane architect has two projects listed in Princeton Architectural Press’ Source Book of American Architecture: 500 Notable Buildings from the 10th Century to the Present. It’s a pretty remarkable story. And it’s almost completely unknown. In fact, when I talk to people who’ve seen the exhibit, the most common response is, ‘I had no idea.’ Hopefully, SPOMa not only raises the awareness level a bit, but also gives ample reason for Spokanites to be proud of the city’s Modernist legacy.
Music journalist, rapper and cultural leader Isamu “Som” Jordan is found dead Jess Walter, author, friend of Jordan: Som was Spokane to his core and many of his raps and poems were about the city. He wrote searing social commentary and sweet nostalgia served up with equal parts love and rhyme. He was crazy for his band Flying Spiders and he loved their fans, peppering them with the refrain “sexy, intelligent people.” Som showed that, as an artist, you could burst with pride over being from Spokane and still push it to be better. He had an infectious smile and a profound sense of play and wonder. If you met Som (probably in his Flash sweatshirt, maybe buying comic books, or speaking at some community event) you never forgot him. I know I never will. Som, his wife Rachel, and his sons Caleb and Osiah are like family to my wife Anne and me, and to our three kids. We miss him dearly. But we take real inspiration from the way he lived, from his art and from his energy, and that’s what I hope his friends and fans and bandmates and all of us will do now. Take care of one another. Don’t let anyone think they’re alone. Be proud to be from here. And keep singing and writing and painting and playing and making a great place better.
Man killed in a shooting outside a Spokane music venue Tom “TC” Chavez, owner of the Hop!, all-ages music venue: People started scampering. It was kind of surreal. You never expect something to happen like that. You go through the myriad of emotions. … We pretty much went from zero on the violence scale, we went from zero to 10 in five seconds. … It makes us more apprehensive about doing certain types of events. I’m going to be looking at my calendar and I already know a couple I’m probably going to cancel. Once in awhile I’ll get a call from a parent that their kid is coming to a certain show. I say ‘Hey, look, don’t worry about it. You’re talking to the owner. When your son or daughter gets there, have them introduce themselves… I’ll keep an extra eye out on them.’ Any time you expand your circle, there’s greater chance of having a bad seed. The more seeds you plant, the greater propensity for having a bad seed.
Spokane singer Cami Bradley is a top-six finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent Cami Bradley: There are some obvious ways that my time on America’s Got Talent changed my life. The fact that I get recognized everywhere I go, the massive exposure I gained from the show, and the fan base I was able to acquire.
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Som Jordan’s sudden passing in September was felt throughout the Spokane cultural community. Then there are the subtle things being on a reality show did for me as a musician and as a person. Like the newly found passion to perform, the confidence it instilled in me, and the desire to share my music and story with the world. I never expected to walk away with so much gratitude for the overall experience. Not only has my life changed, but my idea of what my musical career could be has expanded far beyond my wildest dreams. I can’t wait to tell everyone what’s next.
Spokane Arts names a new leader Shannon Halberstadt, Executive Director of Spokane Arts: I’m a geek for the arts. I can’t really help myself — it’s the type of work I’ve been doing for many many years, and it’s really important on so many levels that there’s a healthy and vital arts scene. … So being a part of that conversation about the identity of Spokane and arts in Spokane … that’s fantastic. How can we make sure that art is a part of all of these conversations, and so it becomes part of the overall identity of Spokane? So it’s just integrated, it’s part of every conversation, it’s part of what people think of when they think of Spokane? And that’s not easy to do. … How do we make arts just indispensable? Part of the fabric of who we are?
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The Individual World Poetry Slam came to Spokane for the first time Isaac Grambo, Host City Coordinator and iWPS 2013 Event Manager: I think the event was received very well both in Spokane and beyond. There were poets who traveled from the East Cast and Canada, and fans who drove all the way from Portland and Seattle who had no other reason to visit our city. While there is always room for improvement, I think the community responded very well to the event. Preliminary round venues like Neato Burrito, Jones Radiator and the Rocket Bakery were packed to the rafters two nights in a row, and Interplayers Theatre was a fantastic home for fans who didn’t want to be jammed in, ass-to-elbows, in the other smaller venues. Perhaps most important was the support we had from volunteers and organizers. One man, who had not frequented local slams before the event but volunteered during it, shouted at me after one evening of bouts, ‘My city is crawling with poets and I love it!’ I’m proud of the support, inclusiveness, and positive attitude that Spokane showed off to the world, especially on Finals night. At the close of iWPS 2013, the Host City Committee for Spokane tentatively agreed to submit a bid to
host again in 2016. The process will be the same as before, but with one under our belt, and the response it got, I think we stand a good chance of getting it. And if this year is just a starting point, I’m excited to see where we can go from here.
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Spokane Civic Theatre wraps up a completely sold-out run of Les Misérables just months after Yvonne A.K. Johnson, the theater’s artistic director (also slated to direct Les Mis) was fired
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Douglas Webster, director of Les Misérables: I got a phone call after the big upheaval here, saying, ‘Are you available to help us out?’ I checked my schedule, and literally to the day I was available. It’s just freakish how that worked. I don’t take it as odd when things like this happen, and it’s coincidentally perfect. This is a charmed production. This has to be an enjoyable experience for people. This should be joyous. And that’s what the audience is going to see. They’re going to see as joyous a production as you can have where everybody dies in the end.
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After pushing back the opening for months, the highly anticipated, all-ages music venue The Bartlett opened its doors Karli Ingersoll, co-owner of the Bartlett: It feels amazing to be open. We have had so much fun with each show so far. Getting to hear what the bands think and seeing people enjoy their music in our space is wonderful. We finally are able to do what we set out to do — put on amazing shows. We always knew we would get open. There was never a doubt. There were definitely trying moments in the process, and we are happy to be through that part and on to serving Spokane. — COMPILED BY MIKE BOOKEY, LAURA JOHNSON, CHEY SCOTT, LEAH SOTTILE AND LISA WAANANEN
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Venues open 5 - 8 pm
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1213 W. RAILROAD AVE. Presenting oil paintings by Angelo Algarate, “Old World Reproductions.” Artist’s reception at 5pm with Beacon Hill’s Bistro Buffet 6-8pm. “Lonesome” Lyle Morse plays acoustic blues, 6:30-10pm.
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Barber Brian Beran of the Lincoln Barber Shop in downtown Spokane stands next to his holiday train set and a mountain he made with 30 copies of the Inlander. Beran made the mountain three years ago in his garage and he says it took him about two months, a lot of whisky and, obviously, a lot of paper.
For Your Consideration BY CHEY SCOTT
115 S. ADAMS ST. Featuring figurative ceramic sculptures by Matt Boland, show titled: Scream and Shine. Also featuring beautiful, functional work by Julia Galloway.
TRACKSIDE STUDIO CERAMIC ART GALLERY
115 S. ADAMS ST. Featuring the second month of the Northwest Ceramics Invitational. 29 Ceramic Artists from Washington, Oregon and Montana hosted by Kolva Sullivan Gallery and Trackside Studio.
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BEAUTY | As a frecklefaced, fair-haired person, I’ve been a dedicated mascarawearer since I was first allowed to wear makeup, to disguise my obviously lightcolored lashes. This daily cosmetic use is not without its downsides, though — brittle lashes that fall out or break. For this problem, my fellow mascara-lovers, I have found a pretty darn good fix: SMARTLASH. I began using the product about a year ago (you can find it online for about $30) and it’s definitely made a difference for me. Your lashes won’t look like an airbrushed Revlon model, but the clear serum, applied once a day, help prevents some of the damage other products can cause.
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GAME | Say you have a sudden urge to slaughter some bad guys. Or you get an itch to start an all-out, on-screen bloodbath between roommates/friends. We get it: All that visceral video game killing can be soothing, especially when your character is zipping around an old-school, 8-bit world. Enter SAMURAI GUNN, a highly anticipated indie brawler that offers local co-op for two to four players against each other, in addition to play for one to four players against sneaky AI ninjas. The game is fast-paced, quick-reflex fun. For each life, all players have is a sword to slash and three bullets. Developers are already adding updates to the newly-released arcade-style game, available now for PC in the Steam store, with a Mac version TBA.
TECHNOLOGY | In a not-so-distant future, you could be paying for that morning latte not with cash, but a digital currency like the highly volatile BITCOIN. Bitcoin entered the market in 2009, and was mostly used to buy illicit goods on the underground site Silk Road. But since the FBI shut down the site in October, Bitcoin’s value in U.S dollars has shot up to a high of more than $1,100 per coin. Its value has fluctuated over the past month, but no lower than about $530. Whether you take the risk to invest, follow the market prices (coinbase.com) or get into researching this trend, cryptocurrency is an incredibly interesting concept.
159 S. LINCOLN ST. The Art of the Dragon: A collection of individual and collaborative work created by Saint George’s Upper School art students. The works range from photography and ceramics to prints, drawings, paintings and digital prints.
DOWNTOWN CORE AREA ARBOR CREST TASTING ROOM
808 W. MAIN AVE. (River Park Square, third level) We are featuring artist Oana BaracMatei for January. Oana’s artistic style is influenced by architecture and design. She hopes her colorful floral bouquets bring you joy.
AVENUE WEST GALLERY
707 W. MAIN AVE. (Crescent Court skywalk level) Photographer Bowen Parker is the featured artist for the month of January, show titled “High Contrast.” Bowen has refined his passion to capturing the sheer beauty of the moment. Artist reception, 5-8:30pm.
906 W. 2ND AVE. (across from the Steam Plant) Exhibit by artist Lisa Marie Brown: Before the Last Leaf Falls. Artist reception. Music by Kevin Brown and Beloved Country, 7-9pm.
PATIT CREEK CELLARS TASTING ROOM
822 W. SPRAGUE AVE. (across from the Davenport) Katrina Brennan is a painter and sculptor on a mission to create art that encourages the viewer to question the reality of the world we live in. Live jazz guitar and vocals with Rachel Aldredge and Nick Shauer, Great American Songbook, 7-9pm. Happy Hour & Artist reception 5-7pm.
901 W. 1ST AVE. Come in and join us at the Sapphire Lounge. Get an artistic, handcrafted cocktail, fresh-squeezed juices and delicious flatbreads. Relax and be surrounded by stained-glass art, amazing chandeliers, great music and warm, romantic vibes!
Featured Artist Katrina Brennan at Patit Creek
and more this Friday, January 3rd! unless otherwise noted.
BOZZI COLLECTION GALLERY
211 N. WALL ST. This month Bozzi Collection is proud to feature new works from Melinda Melvin, Adam Scoggin, Rick Davis, Sam Terakedis and many more! Join us for a great evening of art!
KRESS GALLERY/RIVER PARK SQUARE
808 W. MAIN AVE. (3rd floor) Kress Gallery, 3rd Floor River Park Square (Behind Food Court): 5:30pm-8pm: Weaving Yarns and Yarns. Jen Garrison Stuber creates extraordinary art pieces spun from mohair, wool, alpaca and other fibers in a myriad of colors, textures woven and knitted into funky wearable art
NECTAR TASTING ROOM
120 N. STEVEN ST. Nectar is excited to welcome rising star artist Emily Travis. Emily, a Spokane native, is causing quite a stir in the local art community. Come see her selection of abstract acrylic painting on canvas. Live music from Karrie O’Neill. Festivities begin at 5pm, music starts at 6:30pm, open until 10pm. Nectar is now showcasing a full line up of food flights to accompany over 50 Washington wines. 509.869.1572 for reservations.
STEELHEAD BAR & GRILLE
218 N. HOWARD ST. Please join us for First Friday and view the photography of Gary Gardner. His series of prints are taken over the last three years spanning Washington, California, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Arkansas and Louisiana, for his upcoming book “Ghosts of the Road.”
EAST DOWNTOWN AREA AUNTIES BOOKSTORE
402 W. MAIN AVE. (Liberty Building) 3-Minute Mic (7pm): An Open Mic Poetry Event. All ages welcome! Come read some of your own poetry or share some from a favorite poet. Our guest poet for “Remember the Word” will be Mark Robbins, songwriter and lead singer for The Camaros, and English teacher at Lewis and
Clark High School. Chris Cook is back to host! Sign-ups start at 6:30pm.
ROBERT KARL CELLARS
115 W. PACIFIC AVE., Historic Warehouse District (aka SODO) Stop by and enjoy a glass of wine with friends while viewing works by local art student Rachel Palmer.
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331 W. MAIN AVE. Featuring the Tri-County Association of the Arts is based in Deer Park. Established in 1979, it promotes understanding and appreciation of the visual fine arts. Members’ works include paintings in a variety of mediums and photography.
VINTAGE HILL CELLARS
319 W. 2ND AVE. “Repurposed,” an alternative to the printed photograph through different photographic processes, by Callie Sobosky, will be on exhibit. See Callie’s unique work on repurposed pieces of wood, metal, and glass! Please join us.
LEFTBANK WINE BAR
108 N. WASHINGTON ST., SUITE 105 Art by Jami Lord of Spokane. Jami has an original take on the local area, expressing distinctive style that will surprise and amaze. Music for the evening provided by Carey Brazil and the LeftBank Band. Our featured winery will be The Woodhouse Wine Estates, so be prepared for a treat!
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT BOOTS BAKERY
Oana Barac-Matei at Arbor Crest
POTTERY PLACE PLUS
203 N. WASHINGTON ST. (main floor of Auntie’s) GARDEN PARTY FIBERS: Artist Juaquetta Holcomb uses locally grown wool and mohair to spin and dye her own minimally processed yarns. Her yarn-making process helps preserve the original beauty of the fiber and keeps the colors distinct. She will be demonstrating spinning in the shop at various times throughout the month of January.
SANTÉ RESTAURANT & CHARCUTERIE
404 W. MAIN AVE. Featuring black and white captures of food inside by Chef Jeremy L. Hansen and large dynamic artwork in the new Butcher Bar by Ryan Desmond.
FIRST AVENUE AREA – WEST END ROCKET BAKERY
1325 W. 1ST AVE. Please join us for First Friday! Iron Horse Brewery will be hosting a beer tasting. We also will be featuring art students’ work from Spokane Falls Community College art program.
NORTH BANK AREA BELLA COVA & STORK MARKET CAFÉ
905 N. WASHINGTON ST. “Babies and Baby Boomers Unite! Flower Power Music Flashback Party” Singing and dancing to music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s lead by the “Baby Boomer Revolution” musical group. Our featured artist on the Mama’s Eye Gallery walls, is Beautiful Photo Studio, with a special “Snow Babies” photographic display.
HO HO TERIYAKI CHICKEN
621 W. MALLON AVE., FLOUR MILL Featuring the beautiful watercolor paintings of owner Ho Lan. Don’t forget to try our fabulous menu! 4-7pm.
Join us for First Friday. There is so much to do in Riverfront Park: skating at the Ice Palace, Carrousel rides, the Spokane Falls SkyRides and Mini-Golf.
SOUTH DOWNTOWN AREA BARILI CELLARS
608 W. 2ND AVE. Join Barili Cellars on First Friday from 4-9pm and enjoy current wine releases and fun art. For January, artist Vicky Cavin will bring her bold, colorful work to the Barili tasting room.
RED DRAGON DOWNTOWN
1406 W. 3RD AVE. Museum quality, historical lifesized portraits cira 1920 China. Belly dancing in the Red Lantern Lounge starting at 5:30pm.
SECOND SPACE GALLERY
610 W. 2ND AVE. C.A.M. (Coffee, Art & Music) at Second Space Gallery will feature local watercolorists Dan Eacret and Anna Rector. Live music by cellist Denika Lam Kleinmann and pianist Dorene Dundas.
24 W. MAIN Please join us for First Friday. We are featuring the abstract art of Lana Romie.
39 W. 2ND AVE. Featuring artist Dirk Parson for January’s First Friday. Enjoy Truck Mills along with Bridgepress & EMVY Cellars award winning wines. Offering a selection of beer, wines and small plates.
SARANAC ART PROJECTS
25 W. MAIN AVE. Please join us for First Friday. We will be showing “Meta” by member artists Tobe Harvey and “Oaths” by Hannah Koeske. Harvey will exhibit 30 new works, including mixed media and digital pieces, while Koeske will show new paintings and drawings on glass.
WEST END NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE
1ST & HEMLOCK IN BROWNE’S ADDITION Please join us for the FINAL weekend of both the Plateau Indian exhibit Lasting Heritage and the multi-generational Two to Tango art exhibit.
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A Tasty Year
The loss of Scout and Catacombs left a hole in the downtown dining landscape. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
A look back at the Inland Northwest’s culinary changes and trends of 2013 BY MIKE BOOKEY
f anything, 2013 felt like a year of changes in the Inland Northwest’s food scene. As usual, some much beloved restaurants left us, while others rushed to open — sometimes in the same very building. New cuisine came to the region, evidence of diners’ increasingly sophisticated palates and a boom in restaurateurs willing to take a risk. We thought a lot about what we ate, and even went to the polls to decide if perhaps we should be thinking even more. In both Spokane and North Idaho, there was a wave of new restaurants, from food trucks to high-end, white-tablecloth eateries.
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Here are a few things we’ll remember from this year.
GOING NUTS (FOR DOUGHNUTS)
The Inlander’s food writers thought a lot about doughnuts this year, especially during a week in May when that was essentially all we ate. That’s not hyperbole. We actually ate donuts five weekdays in a row, in something we jokingly called the Chubby McPudge Memorial Doughnut Jamboree. We got acquainted with places like Donut Parade and Mike’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts while also learning, thanks to our loyal, vocal readers, that people take their doughnuts pretty damn seriously
around here. That notion was further enforced in August when hordes of breakfast pastry fans lined up around the block to get a taste of Dawn of the Donut, a zombie-themed doughnut shop on Division. The donuts proved creative — and a little intense. “We have a donut that looks like brains, we have a donut that looks like intestines. We embrace the creativity in the kitchen, and it certainly shows,” manager Jayy De Boer told us shortly after the shop — still very much popular — opened.
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SALADS Green salad or Caesar salad ENTRÉES Baby back ribs Safari Room gumbo Braised short ribs Creole chicken pot pie Herb grilled wild salmon MINI DESSERTS German Chocolate Cake • Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Crème Brûlée • Chocolate Mousse • Key Lime Pie • Cheesecake Dawn of the Donut was one of the most talked about new eateries of 2013. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
ONE BLOCK GOES DARK, ANOTHER LIGHTS UP
This summer saw one of the more shocking moments in recent memory in the Spokane restaurant industry. Scout, a Southernthemed restaurant and bar, and Catacombs Pub, both tenants of the Montvale Hotel building on the west side of downtown Spokane, abruptly closed in early June. Building owner Rob Brewster had filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year, leading to the demise of two restaurants and essentially taking out half a block of the downtown culinary scene. Inlander contributor Jo Miller dug into the circumstances surrounding the dual closures and found that the financial security of the two businesses had long been shaky. The bankruptcy was just the final blow. As of today, the two restaurants remain empty and a key block of downtown remains dark, It wasn’t all bad news for restaurants downtown, especially on the other side of the grid. The intersection of Division and Main got a makeover when Ugly Bettie’s closed; in its place opened Borracho Tacos & Tequileria. Right around the same time, directly across the street, The Blind Buck came into existence. The two openings added even more credibility to an area of downtown that’s continuing to flourish, thanks to a bevy of successful restaurants, shops and entertainment options within just a couple of blocks.
Baby Back Ribs
OTHER COMINGS AND GOINGS
It was a year of changes, and here are a few more: EJ’s Garden Bistro, the bar and restaurant operating out of a historic home in Browne’s Addition, made a promising debut near the end of 2012; by this fall, the fledgling business was closed. A fire (an apparent arson) shuttered Geno’s, the Gonzaga neighborhood mainstay. It reopened this fall under the ownership ...continued on next page
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FOOD | 2013
FOOD | REVAMP
Gina Thompson enjoys a cold one at the Flying Pig Pub.
Mad Bomber Brewing Co. gave North Idaho another craft beer option. CARRIE SCOZZARO PHOTO
“A TASTY YEAR,” CONTINUED... of the group that owns and operates the family of Elk restaurants. Across the street, what was once The Bulldog opened this winter as Chairs Public House, a combination coffee shop/beer bar. The MarQuee Lounge, a downtown Spokane dance spot, closed down over the summer, but its owners opened a craft cocktail bar just a few blocks away called The Volstead Act. Also downtown, The Blue Spark ended its 13-year run as a popular bar and dance spot, with owners citing problems with homeless people hanging around the nearby (and still vacant) Ridpath Hotel. On a promising note, we dug up an unlikely gem in Hillyard in the fall when we reviewed Donny’s Place, a quirky yet tasty finedining establishment run by a father-and-son duo. It was a good year for food on wheels. We saw several new food trucks arrive on the scene, including Bistro Box and Coupla Chefs Catering, both of which challenged our perceptions of street food by offering high-end creations on Spokane sidewalks. The city of Spokane also worked with food carts to come up with more manageable regulations. The year was capped by the first-ever food truck rally in early December, a promising sign of things to come.
WE CONTINUED TO DRINK
The Inland Northwest’s libation industry built on the momentum it created last year, with more breweries and other drink-centric businesses taking flight. In the Spokane Valley, Hopped Up Brewery opened on East Sprague with a tasting room that was more than a decade in the making. River City Brewing also opened a tasting room downtown, while Hayden got another place to sip local suds with the arrival of Mad Bomber Brewing Company, owned and operated by a group of combat veterans. In Airway Heights, the brewery formerly known as Golden Hills relaunched as Orlison Brewing Company, with a sleek new logo and marketing campaign that culminated this fall with the sale of its craft lagers in cans. Waddell’s, a longtime favorite beer bar on the South Hill, also got into the brewing game in 2013’s waning days, opening a brewery and taproom in the Five Mile neighborhood at the north end of the city. But it wasn’t all beer this year. We saw a boom in local hard cider production, a trend that was also taking off all over the West Coast. In Spokane alone, two cideries opened — Liberty Ciderworks and Twilight Cider Works. The cocktail also got plenty of attention this year. The trend toward creative, locally sourced cocktails continued in the Inland Northwest, with existing bars adding to their cocktail menus and newcomers, like the aforementioned Volstead Act. Santé’s new venture, the Butcher Bar, also provided drinks you weren’t likely to find in the region just a few years ago. n
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International White Bread The Flying Pig reconfigures the familiar BY ANNEMARIE C. FROHNHOEFER
he Flying Pig’s eponymous signature dish ($7), a cold roasted pork sandwich with herbed cream cheese, cranberry sauce and mustard stuffed between thick slices of white Wheat Montana bread, conjures up thoughts of Fourth of July luncheons and mid-century Dagwood sandwiches. It’s retro without even trying. This lack of pretense is what imbues the condiment-laden, midafternoon meal with cold comfort. The herbed cream cheese, made inhouse, is light and dotted with fresh green herbs. The cranberry sauce is tart and sweet and the mustard has zest, which leaves the tender roast pork to act as the sandwich’s stolid foundation. The Flying Pig Café opened three years ago on East Sprague, the International District’s main drag, and although the pork sandwich remains on the menu, it isn’t as popular as it once was. “Customers seem to want the burgers,” says Jacob Rauth, who co-owns the place with his wife Erin and father Hans. About two months ago, when the kitchen was expanded to include a grill and fryer, the menu grew from cold sandwiches to hot and fried food. That means some uniformly golden, crisp onion rings can
now accompany your Flying Pig sandwich or any number of hot items, from classic cheeseburgers to a pineapple-bedecked Island burger ($7-$9). There are also melts and BLTs; instead of a ham melt, vegetarians can opt for drunken mushrooms (shrooms sautéed in sherry) to accompany their melted Swiss. Even better is the café’s generous breakfast menu, a meal they serve until 3 pm, when the café side of the Pig closes and the pub side opens. About a month ago, the Rauths acquired the space next door, the former Rainbow Tavern, and have transformed it into the Pig’s Pub. There are eight rotating taps, featuring local brewers Budge Brothers, also in the International District, and a full bar. “Kind of what we are right now is a neighborhood place, our customers come in and they like our food and they tell their friends, and as far as the bar goes, we are hoping to continue that trend.” says Rauth. n The Flying Pig • 1822 E. Sprague • Mon-Wed, 7 am-10 pm; Thu-Sat, 7 am-midnight; Sun, 7 am-8 pm • ﬂyingpigspokane.com • 863-9591
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Pizza Pit Stop Adelo’s goes from take-and-bake to sit-down BY CHEY SCOTT
n a North Spokane shopping center that once was home to many food options, only a few establishments have been able to survive. Adelo’s Pizza is one of them. Adelo’s opened more than four years ago as a strictly carry-out establishment, offering ready-to-bake pizza and bottled beer, but in September moved to a nearby storefront allowing for an eat-in option and a new menu. The pizza place’s new digs are still in the Sundance Shopping Center in the Northside’s Indian Trail neighborhood. Before relocating, Adelo’s — then called Adelo’s Take-N-Bake Pizza — was sandwiched between a Subway and an Albertson’s; now it’s visible from the high-traffic arterial bisecting the neighborhood. The restaurant took over a space vacated a few years ago by a locally owned Taco Del Mar franchise; aside from the McDonald’s and Subway also in the complex, the only other sit-down restaurant in a radius of more than a mile is JJ’s Grill & Brewhouse. Adelo’s top competitor, Bennidito’s Pizza, left the Indian Trail neighborhood about a year ago, and Adelo’s co-owner Matthew Howes says that departure influenced his decision to expand both the restaurant’s size and menu. “When they shut their doors, the neighborhood wanted a pizza place,” says Howes, who
also lives in the area. “People wondered if I’d do sit-down, and business was good, but there wasn’t enough space in the old spot.” After deciding on the move, Howes and business partner Steve Vesneske hired George Turner — former chef at Geno’s, the Gonzaga-area eatery that reopened under new ownership in October — to expand the menu beyond pizza to include pasta, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Adelo’s continues to focus on offering gluten-free pizza crust, and Howe says Turner’s culinary experience was crucial to also creating gluten-free pasta options. While Adelo’s still offers mix-and-match six-packs of carry-out beer, the new spot allowed for 18 tap handles that rotate between local and regional microbrews. Customers can also fill growlers. Still, pizza is where Adelo’s excels, with generously topped specialty pies like the BBQ Pulled Pork and the Meat Madness (both $16 for a 15-inch crust). Though many customers may still prefer to bake at home, Adelo’s new stone pizza oven produces a crispy, slightly charred crust that conventional ovens just can’t match. n
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The Coen Brothers’ magic continues with Inside Llewyn Davis.
The Top 10 (plus 5) Expanded praise for a great year at the movies BY SCOTT RENSHAW
here are plenty of different ways to evaluate the top-to-bottom quality of any given cinematic year, but for me, it’s clear when I’m trying to compile a list of the year’s best. Some years, I feel like I’m stretching for those ninth and 10th titles. And then there are years like 2013, when I know with certainty I won’t have time or space for at least half a dozen terrific titles. What follows, then, is a list of 15 films from 2013 that have stuck with me — some of which likely never played in local theaters at all, some of which are still to come. If it gives you something to add to your Netflix queue, or your next trip to the theater, I’ll consider the agonizing over what to leave out to have been time well spent.
Museum Hours: Jem Cohen uses the friendship between a guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches museum and a visiting Canadian woman for a mesmerizing exploration of the connection between art and the real lives of real people.
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Upstream Color: Writer/director/editor/composer/ star Shane Carruth makes puzzle-box movies — like this tale of two people finding one another after being victims of the same psychotropic manipulation—that are deceptively simple and affecting once you stop worrying about whether you’ve figured out every little plot detail.
The Past: A family in France is shaken into upheaval by deceptions and misunderstandings, in the latest magnificently constructed work of cinematic theater by Asghar Farhadi (A Separation).
Frances Ha: This joyous collaboration between director/co-writer Noah Baumbach and co-writer/ star Greta Gerwig takes the familiar material of fumbling through youthful uncertainty and weaves it into something that’s funny and genuinely compassionate about knowing when to keep dreaming, and when to settle down and/or just plain settle.
Laurence Anyways: It’s a risky move by Xavier Dolan to make a movie about the life transition of a transgender person, and make it just as much about the partner whose life is rocked by this revelation. Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément are both brilliant in this portrait at having to relearn what love means to you.
The Great Beauty: Paolo Sorrentino follows an aging, one-hit-wonder novelist through a decadent Rome full of all the lovely, superficial distractions that can keep you from extracting anything real from your life.
From Up on Poppy Hill: It was an amazing year for the Miyazaki family, as Hayao’s son Goro topped dad’s The Wind Rises with this lovely, not-at-all-fantastical period piece about a complicated teen romance in 1963 Yokohama that’s astonishingly rich with gentle character moments and animation detail.
The Wolf of Wall Street: Martin Scorsese re-makes GoodFellas with the American finance industry as gangsters, painting a brutally funny portrait of a world so seductive, it always seems worth the possibility that it could come crashing down at any moment.
Like Someone in Love: Give Abbas Kiarostami’s mesmerizing trip through contemporary Tokyo more than one viewing to fully appreciate how it encapsulates the director’s fondness of filming people having conversations in cars: He’s fascinated by discreet units of humanity in motion, perpetually isolated from one another.
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The Act of Killing: Joshua Oppenheimer’s audacious documentary conceit — allowing perpetrators of genocide in Indonesia free rein to celebrate their crimes cinematically — provides a consistently jaw-dropping tale of what it looks like when history’s brutal winners never have to wrestle with what it cost their souls to win.
Her: Spike Jonze’s melancholy science-fiction charmer about a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s artificial-intelligence operating system gets at thorny matters of relationship dynamics with a clear-eyed vision of how much we’re already living in this world.
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Hinted at in Paranormal Activity Four, this spin-off stars Jesse (Andrew Jacobs), who, during a party, checks out the mysterious apartment downstairs and discovers what seems to be evidence of black magic. When he wakes up with a bite on his arm, at first he writes it off as nothing but a wild night. Losing time, pulling black, goopy things coming out of his eyeballs and running into a pair of creepy, chanting sisters convince his friends as well as Jesse that he’s been invaded by dark forces. Written and directed by Christopher Landon, this horror film is shown in traditional Paranormal fashion, as Jesse’s descent is portrayed with shaky camera movements and crappy lighting. (ER) Rated R
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We’re pretty sure that Keanu Reeves is actually a Japanese warrior trapped in the body of a modern American, which makes this role more than fitting. Here, we have Reeves as a one of the 47 Ronin, ancient warriors who, according to legend, went in search of the evil dudes who murdered their master. This martial arts film is full of dazzling visuals and otherworldly violence, giving Reeves a postMatrix chance to shine. (MB) Rated PG-13
ALL IS LOST
We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eight-day fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor’s magnificently primal All Is Lost. After all, how in the world are we supposed to sympathize with our soggy protagonist if we don’t know about a rift with his daughter, or a childhood trauma, or why he’s sailing alone in the middle of nowhere? At Magic Lantern (SR) Rated PG-13
Keanu Reeves in the samurai tale, 47 Ronin.
Coming off the splendid Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell is back, bringing the stars of that film, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, along. This time, the subject matter is a little more intense: He takes us back to the glittery 1970s for a crime drama about a group of corrupt politicians living the high life in New Jersey. Soon most of the cast is tangled in the web of the mafia as some become FBI informants. (MB) Rated R
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
In their 2004 masterpiece Anchorman, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell captivated audiences with his uncompromising profile of legendary San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy. He brought his lens to bear not just on the cutthroat atmosphere of internal and external news rivalries, but on the entire 1970s zeitgeist — gender equality, male ego. Anchorman 2 leaps forward into the next decade, where an older, presumably wiser Burgundy must reckon with the dialectical tensions inherent to class, race, sexual ethics and death itself. Also, scotchy scotch scotch. (DW) PG-13
THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Few athletes have accomplished the sort of career faceplant performed by Lance Armstrong over the course of the past decade. The Texan went from winning seven consecutive Tour de Frances, convincing most of America to wear yellow rubber bracelets for a cause they didn’t necessarily understand, to essentially becoming Voldemort on a bicycle. Director Alex Gibney began following Armstrong in 2008 when he was mounting a comeback. Armstrong tells lie after lie about his drug use, fooling a public that — as Gibney points out — may have wanted to be fooled all along. (MB) R
With this tour documentary Justin Bieber invites all of us to become Beliebers. “Produced by Scooter Braun,” the trailer says, referring both to the movie and Bieber’s adolescent, teenage, and young adult years. Believe looks past all the vandalism, drugs, sagging pants and mopbucket urination, and lets Bieber explain how he stays humble and level-headed amid all the adulation. Then it’s back to the high-pitched cooing, from both fans and singer. This time in 3D. (DW) Rated PG.
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When the Markus Zusak bestseller The Book Thief came on the scene in 2005, it was only a matter of time before a movie studio gobbled it up. Told from the perspective of the young girl Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) who goes to live with a foster family during WWII (Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush), the film depicts one family’s fight to stand up against the Nazis. (LJ) Rated PG-13
The true story of the Vermont cargo ship captain who delivers food and water to Africa, and whose ship is hijacked by Somali pirates is both a nail-biter and a fascinating character study, mostly centering on the relationship between the cool, calm captain (Tom Hanks) and the determined but unsure pirate leader Muse (newcomer Barkhad Abdi). The adventure parts are thrilling, the attack and takeover is unnerving, the lifeboat sequences are claustrophobic. (ES) Rated PG-13
Frozen is a princess story; Disney is doubling down on the princesses — there’s two of ’em here. But Disney is also doubling down on the hints of nascent feminism Brave hinted at, the sort of barebones feminism which accepts that girls and women might possibly want more out of life than to get married. The princesses are sisters — the elder Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel) and the younger Anna (the voice of Kristen Bell) — and this is mostly the story of their troubled relationship because Elsa is known to turn things into ice with her magical powers. (MJ) Rated PG
Sylvester Stallone, of course, was Rocky Balboa and Robert De Niro played Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. So they both know the world of fictitious boxing fairly well. So why not make a movie that features both? That’s essentially the thinking beyond this bizarrely conceived film about two former boxing rivals who come together 30 years after their most recent fight to go at each other one more time. The conceit is ridiculous, but Stallone and De Niro might have the comedic chops to liven it up. They get help from Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin and Kim Basinger in a solid cast that might save this clumsy concept. (MB) Rated PG-13
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Splitting up a novel into three movies might seem like a bad idea, but most audience members will be still trying to keep track of all the names in this fantasy flick based on the Tolkien classic. (Smaug? Biblo? Erebor? Come on, now.) This second chunk features the majority of the action as Biblo Baggins (Martin Freeman) journeys with Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 dwarves to save the dwarf kingdom of Erebor. (ER) PG-13
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Almost a year after surviving The Hunger Games, victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) live torn between the bourgeois control of the Capitol and the serfdom of their home, District 12. A cloud of tension hovers over their relationship in the wake of Katniss faking a romance with Peeta in order to survive the Games, while she actually pines for Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Their vic-
tory sparked the hope that President Snow feared, and to quell the potential for uprising, he and the conniving new gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymor Hoffman) concoct a plan to destroy the symbol Katniss has become. (SS) Rated PG-13
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Joel and Ethan Coen, following their own footsteps of filling a film with music, as they did in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this time take on the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene. The title character (Oscar Isaac) is a multi-talented folkie who has no people skills and is likely ahead of his time. The people around him seem to cause nothing but crises, but the determined Llewyn sings on, against all odds. Not always a good idea in a Coen Brothers film. (ES) Rated R
KILL YOUR DARLINGS
If you needed evidence that Daniel Radcliffe could survive a decade as Harry Potter you should really check out the actor as legendary poet Allen Ginsberg in this film about the early days of the beat movement. Here, we see Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs brought together by the murder of David Kammerer by a mutual friend. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
Set for release in the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death, it’s almost as if the creators of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, were able to predict the future as people will be more interested in this film more than ever. With Idris Elba (The Wire) playing the revolutionary figure who ended apartheid in South Africa, the film covers the life of Mandela until his presidential inauguration. (LJ) Rated PG-13
Finding a Publishers Clearing House envelope stating that he’s won a million bucks, Woody Grant, a reckless, lonely boozer played by 77-year-old Bruce Dern, heads out from Montana to Nebraska to claim his fortune. He takes along his skeptical son (Will Forte), who’s humoring him, as Woody tells everyone he knows that he’s become a millionaire, gathering clingy new money-hungry friends along the way. Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, Election) shot the film in black and white, adding its already present sense of despair. (MB) R
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Can two brothers be any more different? Good boy Russell (Christian Bale), resigned to working in a small-town mill, tries to keep a protective eye on his loose cannon younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) and Iraq war vet who would rather pummel opponents in bare-knuckle street fights to pay off his debts than get a job. Willem Dafoe plays a good-hearted bad guy, Woody Harrelson plays a purely evil one, everyone owes everyone else big money, brutal violence is an everyday thing, vengeance and/or revenge is on the minds of many. (ES) Rated R
Philomena Lee, an elderly British woman, confides in her daughter that she gave birth to a son in Ireland 50 years earlier. Unwed at the time, she was forced to give him up for adoption. Martin, a former government adviser and journalist out of a job, is looking for a story idea to bring to his editor. At a party, he hears of
Philomena. Together, he and Philomena investigate the life of her lost son and find themselves exploring America looking for answers. (KS) Rated R
THE PUNK SINGER
This insightful doc inspects the life of one of punk rock’s most influential players, Kathleen Hanna, who fronted the revolutionary act Bikini Kill. She was part of a wave of female-fronted punk bands in the early ’90s that gave birth to the “riot grrrl” (which also happened to be the name of the feminist magazine she helped publish) movement. If you’re a fan of ’90s indie rock, check this out and you’ll see plenty faces you grew up with. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated
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Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has a 20-year promise hanging over his head. After his daughters ask for their beloved Mary Poppins to be turned into a movie, Disney begins a quest to gain the rights from stubborn P.L Travers (Emma Thompson). Refusing him time and time again for fear Walt has a two-week window where she will listen to his proposal, and hopefully let him make his movie. Telling the story of how once again Walt Disney made magic, as well as where the famous Poppins originated from, this film ironically Disney-ifies the truth of the story, giving it an unnecessary happy ending. (ER) PG-13
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Martin Scorsese’s satirical adaptation of a memoir by Jordan Belfort, who rose from Long Island penny stock swindler to shady Wall Street power player, is so over the top that it risks becoming what it sets out to mock. But it’s a spectacle of opulence that demands to be seen. The film is all about Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) pursuit of more: more money, more stocks, more vulgarity, more power, more excess, more sex and more drugs. It’s the warping of the American dream into pure basal depravity. (SS) Rated R.
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Local shows that took our breath away this year SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME MOOTSY’S | MARCH 7
At the end of a heart-wrenching acoustic show by Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly and his side band, The Road Home, Kelly stepped up to the mic, looked at every single one of the two dozen or so patrons surrounding him and said, “I’d like to dedicate this song to you and your families, whatever that means to you. Whoever those people are to you. The people you look out for.” The words were so real, so genuine, there was many a teary eye in the house as he launched into his gorgeous “We Burn Through the Night.” And then, oddly, everyone ate birthday cake. (LEAH SOTTILE)
parents scouted the place from their car with binoculars, looking for their young teenager who snuck out of the house to go to the show (I know, because I asked them what the hell they were doing). Their fear might have been justified: Tyler and his cohorts squeezed every last drop of youthful optimism, energy and pure rage from that crowd. For young people, it was invigorating and inspiring — a wild, unhinged night that they alone owned. For their parents? Yeah, that would’ve been a scary sight. (LS)
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entered into the annual 50 Hour Slam competition, arts community movers and shakers filled the seats of the Magic Lantern Theater and spilled out onto the rooftop patio of the Saranac. The sky was black when charming indie quartet Cathedral Pearls took the stage, illuminated by glowing string lights and paper lanterns. As the band played its soulful music, the intimate crowd sang along and swayed in unison. A pair of maracas passed from hand to hand during the final song of the night, the infectious “Tin Can Phone.” (CHEY SCOTT)
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The best show I saw in Spokane this year was one of the greatest live experiences I’ve ever had: Seattle noise rock trio Haunted Horses at Mootsy’s. The true surprise gem of the Volume Music Festival, Haunted Horses were unlike anything else that night delivered — a deafening fury of calculated feedback locked into intoxicating grooves by chains of loop pedals. These dudes have as much control of their instruments as Eddie Van Halen, and they know how to work a crowd, too. An audible astonishment came as guitarist/vocalist Colin Dawson dropped his instrument and fell to his knees, pounding on his loopers with his bare hands. (JORDAN SATTERFIELD) ...continued on next page
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MUSIC | 2013 “BEST IN SHOW,” CONTINUED... pop duo was on fire that night, blazing through more a dozen of their quick and scuzzy earworms with an impressive confidence. The fantastic Chastity Belt followed up with the grace of a band that’s been playing shows for decades, churning out nearly every track from their lovely debut LP No Regerts (sic), with which I am now obsessed. (JS)
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SPOKANE ARENA | NOV. 19
There might be a time in your life when you might give up on music — think there’s nothing left to hear, nothing more to add. And then you might go see Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails and get slapped across the face for thinking such ridiculous things. Reznor gave Spokane the gift of two dozen perfect songs spanning his 20-plusyear career and a brilliant, otherworldly light show to boot. It wasn’t a concert: more like a resuscitation, and a reminder that sound and music can still be incredibly powerful. (LS)
MEAT PUPPETS THE HOP! | NOV. 23 Eddie Vedder, with his band Pearl Jam, rocked a packed house hard at the Arena, Nov. 30.
PIG OUT IN THE PARK | AUG. 29
Terrible Buttons have a tendency to play to your ribcage. Their sound just feels alive. At their Pig Out in the Park performance, the resounding echoes of a heart pounding in time to a deafening trumpet solo gave me goose bumps. I clenched the grass in my fingers and wished I could cement the end of summer, the chill already bleeding into my fuzzy coat, in this moment. Singers Kent Ueland and Sara Berentson played a mixture of gothic folk, weaving stories that left the whole audience swaying. It was a seamless blend of new and old as they performed hits off their latest album and earlier EPs. At the end they thanked us; in return, we blared their tunes all the way home. (EMERA RILEY)
LUXE BALLROOM | AUG. 31
For the under-21 scene, The Strangers, a jazzy rock band, were everything. Playing small cafes, art galleries and Volume, the group tested their abilities in 2013 and gained something of a cult following in the process. On the last night of August, The Strangers — Eric Kegley, John Haven, Isaac Grubb and Char Smith — played their final show in their hometown. Their last chance to give back to Spokane before leaving for Seattle, the boys gave
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MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS SPOKANE ARENA | OCT. 23
Homecomings are always a mixed bag. There’s the excitement of getting to see everyone again. But there’s the dread that it won’t be like the old days. When producer Ryan Lewis showed up in his hometown with his better-known partner in crime, it absolutely wasn’t like old times. Instead of a smaller venue like the Knitting Factory, where the duo played last year, they sold out the Arena. That night, among all those thrift store-attired teenagers and their mothers, I experienced a party of the highest order. Flexible dancers, Sonics jerseys, confetti, trombones — all there. My surprise at how well they pulled it off was genuine. Most likely, this was the best show the duo did on tour — other than the three in Seattle, of course. (LAURA JOHNSON)
PONY TIME AND CHASTITY BELT BABY BAR | NOV. 4
Pony Time has made the trip here from Seattle at least four times in the least two years, but their show this fall at the Baby Bar was especially noteworthy. The noisy
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their fans and friends a lasting memory full of dancing, singing and laughing. When the group gave their last “Bones!” to the crowd, everyone in the room echoed it back in unison. (KARA STERMER)
The young and old gathered to hear the Meat Puppets play their first show in Spokane in years. The mid-sized space of The Hop! was the perfect setting for a group that’s rocked together since the early ‘80s, adding an intimate feel to the rambunctious set. The well-known songs were all there, but the deeper cuts easily kept everyone’s interest. Curt Kirkwood was especially incredible; he’s seriously one of rock’s most underrated guitarists. The show was just magic. (LJ)
SPOKANE ARENA | NOV. 30
You’re probably getting tired of listening to me discuss Pearl Jam — how they should come to Spokane, why they’re the great American rock band, how amazing their show turned out, etc.. But one last time — Pearl Jam’s appearance at the Spokane Arena was the sort of thing that can revive one’s faith in rock and roll. Eddie Vedder, drinking mightily from a massive bottle of wine from Spokane’s own Townshend Cellar, brought the goods to a city more than 20 years removed from their last show. Native son Steve Gleason, battling ALS, put together the set list. It proved to be one of the best of the band’s entire tour, replete with classics from Ten, rarities from Yield and even a couple of Van Halen tunes. When guitarist Mike McCready climbed into the stands to play the final notes of the show-closing “Yellow Ledbetter” right next to Gleason’s wheelchair, it became impossible not to recognize that something special had happened here. (MIKE BOOKEY)
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MUSIC | 2013
The best records of 2013, according to the Inlander’s music writers LAURA JOHNSON MIKE BOOKEY GAWAIN FADELEY 10. Paul McCartney: New 9. White Denim: Corsicana Lemonade 8. The Civil Wars: The Civil Wars 7. The Lonely Island: The Wack Album 6. Queens of the Stone Age: …Like Clockwork 5. Typhoon: White Lighter 4. The Avett Brothers: Magpie and the Dandelion 3. Local Natives: Hummingbird 2. The National: Trouble Will Find Me 1. Kanye West: Yeezus He’s an asshole, he’s misogynistic, he likens himself to a god, he even named his kid North West. Yet Kanye West has some right to his big-headedness: Yeezus is the year’s best album, pushing the barriers of hip-hop. So many feelings are accessed when listening to his work: Sweet rage, horror, melancholy, the urge to dance/make out, utter happiness. The lead single “Black Skinhead,” with that breathing beat, the chanting, the squawking, is pure genius; this sentiment is continued throughout. It’s both terrible (lyrics that express an arrogance unprecedented even by a rapper) and incredible (innovative music, flows that blow your mind) at the same time, just like the man who created it.
10. Windhand: Soma 9. Wooden Shjips: Back to Land 8. Queens of the Stone Age: …Like Clockwork 7. Author & Punisher: Women & Children 6. Beyonce: Beyonce 5. Tim Hecker: Virgins 4. Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty 3. Lord Dying: Summon the Faithless 2. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats: Mind Control 1. True Widow: Circumambulation In all aspects of life, I’d like to think that the braggarts and showmen among us — the bold and brash, the jocks and politicians — will fail. And the thinkers and mediators will come out on top, and make the biggest impact. This year, Dallas’ True Widow drove that point home for me. The band carefully constructed a sound that drones and idles like a purring engine. It never revs, never speeds too far ahead. It stops to take in the scenery and revels in a beautiful, almost pastoral sound. True Widow proves with Circumambulation that there are still new paths to be forged in modern music. Even more, they showed that music can be slow and meditative and still be heavy as hell.
10. The Head and the Heart: Let’s Be Still 9. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City 8. Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt 7. Dismemberment Plan: Uncanny Valley 6. Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight... 5. The Lonely Wild: The Sun as it Comes 4. Haim: Days are Gone 3. Arcade Fire: Reflektor 2. Typhoon: White Lighter 1. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
I waited until I was in the car to listen to the latest from these French robots, and 10 seconds into the opener, “Give Life Back to Music,” I was hooked. I blasted this record for a solid couple of months, only easing up after “Get Lucky” became the sonic wallpaper of the summer. I had to take a break, because it’s not even close to one of the best songs on this fine-tuned record. If only “Clink and Clack” (as Stephen Colbert dubbed them) would get back on tour, everything would be right with the world.
10. M.I.A.: Matangi 9. Said the Whale: hawaiii 8. Swearin’: Surfing Strange 7. Tancred: S/T 6. Wimps: Repeat 5. Mansions: Doom Loop 4. The Thermals: Desperate Ground 3. Colleen Green: Sock It to Me 2. Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt 1. Lorde: Pure Heroine A deep-seated sense of isolation permeates Lorde’s sterling debut LP Pure Heroine. The roots of the seclusion are multifaceted: Growing up in a remote locale (New Zealand), general teenage angst (being an actual teenager) and an element of musical separation. But Lorde’s outsider mentality pushes the pop paradigm forward. With layered snaps, claps, and her deep, dramatic voice, Lorde forges a new brand of minimalist electronic pop that, compared to the rest of the radio-friendly landscape, sounds jarringly sparse. But each of Pure Heroine’s isolationist anthems outshines any of the overproduced status quo. As she proclaims, “Let ’em talk ’cause we’re dancing in this world alone.”
10. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City 9. Shuggie Otis: Inspiration Information/Wings of Love 8. Dur-Dur Band: Volume 5 7. William Tyler: Impossible Truth 6. Various Artists: Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound 5. Dr. Dog: B-Room 4. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories 3. Bombino: Nomad 2. Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight... 1. Haim: Days Are Gone Like many of their contemporaries, L.A.’s Haim draw on the music of the ’80s for inspiration. But unlike other bands, they recall some of the least-cool artists of the “me” decade, like post-Tusk Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins and even Wilson Phillips. What could easily come off as an exercise in misguided irony instead emerges as the most genuinely awesome album of the year, due in no small part to excellent songwriting and inspired production. With the charming voice of Danielle Haim out front, the three Haim sisters — who grew up playing in a cover band with their folks — are also excellent players. This debut album is packed with subtle grooves that beg for repeated listens.
10. Inter Arma: Sky Burial 9. KEN Mode: Entrench 8. Exhumed: Necrocracy 7. Carcass: Surgical Steel 6. Unkind: Pelon Juuret 5. Skeletonwitch: Serpents Unleashed 4. VHOL: Vhol 3. Melt-Banana: Fetch 2. Beaten To Death: Dødsfest! 1. Kvelertak: Meir I still can’t understand a word they’re saying (mainly because they’re singing in their native Norwegian) and I still don’t know what’s up with their owl obsession, but boy howdy, can these dudes pen a tune. All the black metal, prog punk and Southern boogie ingredients that went into their debut seem to have been shot outward and upward in a million directions. In the end, everything falls back to Earth in one cohesive whole. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, throw on a set of cans and you discover that their third guitarist actually is contributing an astonishing share of wellthought-out layers. Amazing stuff. n
Thursday Jan 2nd
DRU HELLER TRIO Friday Jan 3rd
Artist: Beth McRae & Brent Foster Music: Cursive Wires, Ampersand & the Go Man Go’s
Saturday Jan 4th
Dead Man’s Pants Sunday FUN DAY! Jan 5th
MOVIE TIME & HAPPY TIME PRICES Monday Jan 6th
TRIVIA! Starts at 7pm Tuesday Jan 7th
HOOCH & BEER & GOOD FOLKS HERE! Wednesday Jan 8th
WHISKEY WEDNESDAY & Sally Bop Jazz
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MUSIC | SOUND ADVICE
AMERICANA THE DUSTY 45s
n 2011, the Dusty 45s played backing band to rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson when she opened for Adele on the West Coast leg of her tour. Back in Spokane Tuesday, the band brings its flavorful brand of Americana to nYne, with every bit of force it had while touring with two of the finest female vocalists of all time. The act has been together since 1997, and in that time, it’s perfected the craft of mixing Dixie country, jump blues and surf rock.. — LAURA JOHNSON The Dusty 45s • Tue, Jan. 7 at 7 pm • nYne Bistro • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621
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COUNTRY CURSIVE WIRES
BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, DJ Yasmine BUCKHORN INN, Texas Twister COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, PJ Destiny COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, Devon Wade FEDORA PUB, CdA Charter Academy Jazz & Choir Combos JONES RADIATOR, Dru Heller Trio J MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE (208-265-9382), Open mic hosted by Scott Reid O’SHAY’S, Open mic J THE PHAT HOUSE, Open Mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB AND EATERY, DJ Seli J ZOLA, Lavoy
ere’s a country band that is unafraid to play shows with any sort of musical act. But rest assured, this music is country in its purest form. The five-piece electric country band has only been together since last year, but in the meantime they’ve written ramblin’ man ditties that’ll make you want to two-step for sure. It’s the real deal. — LAURA JOHNSON Cursive Wires with Go Man Gos and Ampersand for First Friday • Fri, Jan. 3 at 9 pm • Jones Radiator • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005
315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, Bill Bozly BARRISTER WINERY (465-3591), Lyle Morse J BELLA COVA (327-6378), Baby Boomer Revolution BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BLIND BUCK (290-6229), DJ Mayhem BOLO’S, Chris Rieser and The Nerve THE CELLAR, Pat Coast J CHAIRS COFFEE (340-8787), Open Mic of Open-ness COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Karma’s Circle COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, Ron Kieper Jazz Trio CURLEY’S, Shiner FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho GRANDE RONDE CELLARS, Kevin Brown & The Beloved Country J THE HOP!, Black & White Party feat. Flystyle IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-2902280), Charley Packard IRON HORSE BAR, Bruiser
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J JONES RADIATOR, Go Man Gos, Cursive Wires (See story above), Ampersand LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil & the Leftbank Band LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, Likes Girls MARKET PLACE WINE BAR (8387815), Truck Mills J MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Son of Brad NECTAR TASTING ROOM (869-1572), Karrie O’Neill O’SHAY’S, Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots PATIT CREEK CELLARS (868-4045), Rachel Aldredge, Nick Shauer PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Bright Moments J THE PHAT HOUSE, Ragtime Steve, T1M2 THE ROCK BAR AND LOUNGE (4433796), DJ JWC SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Kosh WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON (474-9040), Dan Conrad
ZOLA, The Rub
49 DEGREES NORTH (935-6649), The Usual Suspects BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BLIND BUCK (290-6229), DJ Daethstar BOLO’S, Chris Rieser and The Nerve THE CELLAR, Pat Coast J CHECKERBOARD BAR, Mudhelmet, Vultra COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Karma’s Circle COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS (208-6642336), Those Jazz Guys COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, The Cole Show CURLEY’S, Shiner FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho GRANDE RONDE CELLARS (4558161), Brent Edstrom Jazz Trio J THE HOP!, Neon Life feat. Hot Boi Productions
IRON HORSE BAR, Bruiser J JONES RADIATOR, Dead Man’s Pants KNITTING FACTORY, In This Moment, Devour the Day, Butcher Babies, All Hail the Yeti LA ROSA CLUB, Baregrass LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Truck Mills LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, Likes Girls J THE PHAT HOUSE, Paul Abner SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Ed Graves WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON (474-9040),, Dan Conrad ZOLA, The Rub
DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church MOOSE LOUNGE (208-664-7901), Michael’s Music Technology Circus ZOLA, Bill Bozly
BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (3217480), Open mic J CALYPSOS (208-665-0591), Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Blues Jam hosted by Truck Mills MOON TIME (208-667-2331), Truck Mills J RICO’S, Open mic ZOLA, Nate Ostrander & Friends
J THE BARTLETT, Open Mic BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills J THE HOP!, Elektro Grave LION’S LAIR (456-5678), DJs Nobe and MJ J NYNE, The Dusty 45s (See story above) J THE PHAT HOUSE, Urban Jazz Legends
J RED ROOSTER COFFEE CO. (3217935), Open mic THE ROCK BAR AND LOUNGE (4433796), Open mic with Frank Clark SPLASH, Bill Bozly THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB AND EATERY, DJ Q ZOLA, Dan Conrad & the Urban Achievers
BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J CARR’S CORNER, Cold Blooded Tour Kickoff with Dislich, Bloody Gloves J CHAPS, Land of Voices with Dirk Swartz J THE HOP!, Meleficent Vigor, Xingaia JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz LA ROSA CLUB, Jazz Jam with the Bob Beadling Group J MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Dirk Lind J THE PHAT HOUSE, Be Open Mic with Mike Bethely SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, Open mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB AND EATERY, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared ZOLA, The Bucket List
BING CROSBY THEATER, Andy McKee, Jan. 13 KNITTING FACTORY, Reel Big Fish, Suburban Legends, The Mighty Mongo, The Maxies, Jan. 13 THE BARTLETT, Bartlett Grand Opening Weekend feat. Noah Gundersen, Jan. 16 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, Mike & Shana Thompson, Jan. 17 THE BARTLETT, Bartlett Grand Opening Weekend feat. Typhoon, Jan. 17, KNITTING FACTORY, Meltdown Music Fest feat. Helldorado, Project Kings, I Hate This City, Invasive, Jan. 17 LOTUS SELF DEFENSE SCHOOL, KYRS Benefit Concert Feat. Real Life
Rockaz, DJ Major One, Jan. 17 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS, Eric Neuhausser, Jan. 18 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, Ben Baker, Jan. 18 THE BARTLETT, Bartlett Grand Opening Weekend feat. Surfer Blood, Jan. 18 BING CROSBY THEATER, The Rustics Album Release Party feat. Cami Bradley, Hey! is for Horses, Jan. 18, KNITTING FACTORY, Tribal Seeds, Through the Roots, Jan. 18 CARR’S CORNER, The Drip, Rutah, Losing Skin, Dislich, Jan. 18 REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Lindsey Lou & the Flatbellys, Jan. 21 KNITTING FACTORY, Buckcherry, Jan. 21, 7:30 pm.
KNITTING FACTORY, Excision, Dirtyphonics, Ill. Gates, Jan. 22 THE BARTLETT, Crooks on Tape, Jan. 22 THE BARTLETT, Disappears, Dead Serious Lovers, Jan. 23 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, The Causeway, Jan. 24 KNITTING FACTORY, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, DJ Hoppa, Wildcard, Illest Uminati, Jan. 24 REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Indie Rock Extravaganza feat. King Washington, The Janks, The Lucky Lonely, Jan. 25 CHECKERBOARD BAR, Jordan Collins, Sweet Rebel D, Chelsey Heidenreich, Gardening Angel and more, Jan. 25
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JONES RADIATOR, Sidney York, Jan. 9. ZOLA, Fus Bol, Jan. 9 THE PHAT HOUSE, The Tone Collaborative, Joshua Belliardo, Bodhi Drip, Moksha, Jan. 9 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, PJ Destiny, Jan. 9 CARR’S CORNER, Chelsey Heidenreich, Tommy G, Alex Alamos, Shelby McKinnon, Weary Traveler, Jan. 10 JONES RADIATOR, Working Spliffs, Jan. 10 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Bare Grass, Jan. 10. BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, Sea Giant, Jan. 10 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, Bright Moments Jazz, Jan. 10, O’SHAY’S, Wee Whiskey, Jan. 10 KNITTING FACTORY, Hyper Crush, Daethstar, Jan. 10 THE BARTLETT, Wild Ones, Jan. 10 JONES RADIATOR, Lavoy, Jan. 11 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS, Mark Lee of One Match Left, Jan. 11 THE PHAT HOUSE, The 3H Band CD Release Party, Jan. 11 CHECKERBOARD BAR, Eartha Kiit, Move the Earth, Ashes of Yesterday, Wicked Obsession, Jan. 11 KNITTING FACTORY, Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Old Man Markley, Jan. 11 KNITTING FACTORY, Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Jan. 12
Somehow, “workout” doesn’t capture how much fun this is gonna be.
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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CARR’S CORNER • 230 S. Washington St. • 474-1731 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 311 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-6971 THE COUNTRY CLUB • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIRST STREET BAR • 122 E. First St., Deer Park • 276-2320 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROS. • 718 W. Riverside • 315-8765 THE GRAIL • 4720 E. Seltice Way, CdA • 208665-5882 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KELLY’S IRISH PUB • 726 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208-667-1717 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 624-0236 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RICO’S PUB • 200 E. Main, Pullman • 332-6566 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 STUDIO K• 2810 E. 29th Ave. • 534-9317 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 THE WAVE • 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416
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WORDS SLAMMIN’ AT BOOTS
The name BootSlam may lead your mind to wander to the term “knocking boots,” but we assure you BootSlam is a highly appropriate event for anyone to attend (though SPS always includes the disclaimer “discretion is advised.”) This month, the ongoing night of competitive performance poetry at cozy Boots Bakery & Lounge offers a new twist — poets get one extra point for performing a “world premiere poem” — one that’s never been performed before — in the first round. Other rules are the same. Poets have three minutes to perform an original work, hoping to impress five judges randomly chosen from the audience. BootSlam is open to anyone with enough guts. — LAURA JOHNSON BootSlam • Sun, Jan. 5, at 7:30 pm, sign-ups at 7 pm • $5/$5 to compete • All-ages • Boots Bakery & Lounge • 24 W. Main • 703-7223
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HOOPS COUGS COME NORTH
Pullman is just far enough away to keep even diehard Spokanebased Cougar fans from making the trek south on a winter weeknight. Good news: Washington State is coming to the Spokane Arena next week for a Pac-12 matchup against Colorado. The Buffaloes are currently ranked in the Top 25; the Cougars, led by scoring machine DaVonté Lacy, will need you in the Arena for one of their toughest conference games this season. Colorado has looked good in nonconference games, winning 10 straight and nearly knocking off Oklahoma State in mid-December. C’mon, Spokane Cougs: You don’t have an excuse this time around. — MIKE BOOKEY Washington State vs. Colorado • Wed, Jan. 8 at 6 pm • $10-$60 • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • spokanearena.com
VISUAL ARTS PRISONERS AT HOME
It’s a piece of America’s history often brushed aside as less significant or too painful to remember. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese-American citizens living along the West Coast were rounded up and sent to “War Relocation Camps” in remote areas of the country. Life in these camps was no vacation, as depicted in a traveling exhibition of 50 images by renowned photographer Ansel Adams, who in 1943-44 captured scenes from one of the largest internment camps, in Manzanar, Calif. — CHEY SCOTT Manzanar: The Wartime Photos of Ansel Adams • Jan. 4-March 29, public walk-through Jan. 17 at 10:30 am • Free • Jundt Art Museum • 502 E. Boone • gonzaga.edu/jundt • 313-6611
JOE Photo by Bowen Parker, whose work is on display at Avenue West Gallery.
VISUAL ARTS NEW YEAR, NEW ART
If like many lucky folks you’ve been off since Christmas Eve, there’s a chance you’re starting to run out of things to do during all this downtime. Maybe navigating all the art events as part of First Night Spokane a couple of days ago was too much of a challenge, with big crowds and a full list of other things to do and see. If any of this rings true, the first First Friday of 2014 should be on your agenda. Several galleries are continuing their December exhibits, giving us another chance to see them before February’s big Visual Arts Tour. It’s also the final weekend for the MAC’s Lasting Heritage and Two to Tango exhibits; admission to the museum is free for the evening. — CHEY SCOTT
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First Friday • Fri, Jan. 3 from 5-8 pm, some event times vary • Free • Downtown Spokane and beyond • Event map at Inlander.com/FirstFriday
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OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third. reddragondelivery.com (838-6688) SAFARI Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Allages. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) HARRY J. RILEY Live stand-up comedy show. Jan. 10-11 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) CHARLIE MURPHY Live stand-up comedy show featuring the Chappelle Show comedian and actor. Jan. 12, 7:30 pm. $32. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404)
WANDA SYKES Live show featuring the award-winning comedian. Jan. 12, 7:30 pm. $59-$79. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. northernquest.com (481-6700)
CAMPBELL HOUSE HOLIDAYS See what the historic mansion would have been like during the holiday season, with local actors portraying the home’s residents and visitors. Through Jan. 5, from 12-4 pm each day. Included in regular admission. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (363-5355) MLK DAY VIDEO ESSAY CONTEST Film essay contest hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center, open to high school and college students. Deadline Jan. 3. Free. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outreach Center, 845 S. Sherman. facebook.com/mlkspokane/ events (455-8722 Ext. 202)
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I’m 22 and deeply in love with the wrong person — my uncle-in-law (my mom’s sister’s husband). We started confiding in each other, one thing led to another, and we’ve been sleeping together for over a year. I’m so drawn to him. He’s magnetic, charming, a great person, and a devoted dad. I know I need to end this, and before my family discovers it, but my lust for him seems insatiable. —Drowning
It’s sometimes good to confide things of a personal nature to one’s uncle — like that your mother always loved your brother more, not that you aren’t wearing any panties. Don’t kid yourself that you’re into the guy for all of his great qualities, like what a “devoted dad” he is — a term not typically used to describe a dad devoted to sneaking out to meet his niece for sex. Your “insatiability” is textbook behavioral conditioning. Lab rats that only sporadically get a pellet when they push the little bar become obsessed with pushing it. Rats that get a pellet every time will stop pushing when they’re no longer hungry and go about their ratty business. Likewise, if this guy were totally available — if you could get sex pellets on demand — you’d stop seeing him through a junkie’s glazed eyes and notice who he actually is: a guy who doesn’t care enough about devastating his wife and kids to keep his willy in its cage. You aren’t going to stop lusting after Uncle Romeo; what you can stop is the behavior that follows: running off to have a sex date with him. Tell him it’s over, and then come up with replacement behavior — maybe doing an hour of killer cardio — to plug in whenever the uncle lust bubbles up. To help maintain your resolve, especially at first, consider the kind of woman you want to be. Do the sorts of things this woman would do and avoid doing the sorts of things (and people) she wouldn’t. For example, it might be nice to find a guy who loves being around your family, but not because he’s already married to somebody in it. And finally, when you’re thinking of activities more in keeping with the new you, consider the obvious — that if you’re meeting your sex partners at family gatherings, you really need to get out more.
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After three years of dating, I’m ready to propose to my girlfriend. She’s in college across the country now, so I’m waiting until late February when she’ll be home to visit. My plan is to take her on our favorite hike and ask her there. The thing is, we’ve been arguing about when (and if) I’m going to propose. It’s starting to get awkward and maybe even hurting our relationship, but I’d hate to ruin the surprise by telling her I’ll be proposing in a few months and not to worry. Any ideas on how I can keep the peace while keeping my secret? —The Gloom At a certain point, a woman starts to believe the only way she’ll get rice thrown at her is to start a food fight at a Chinese restaurant. Of course you want to propose just right, out in nature, complete with small woodland animals holding the “Will you marry me?” sign and breaking out in song. The reality is, you’ll probably do okay with just about any proposal that includes a diamond ring and the words, “Will you marry me?” (Ever hear of a woman complaining, “Yeah, all he did is get down on one knee, pull out the little velvet box and tell me he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together”?) So maybe what’s better than the perfect proposal is the perfect-enough proposal — the one that comes before your girlfriend builds up so much resentment that she changes her voicemail message to “Sorry, can’t come to the phone right now. I’m having revenge sex with the guy in the next dorm room.” You’re smart to want to take advantage of the romantic power of surprise, but you can do that on any old Wednesday. My suggestion is that you get on the phone with her one morning (extremely soon) and make like your boss has interrupted your call. Tell her you’ll talk to her later, and do that — at her door on one knee. The unexpectedness and the extravagance of your flying there will give her a romantic story to tell in class the next day, and doing it sooner rather than later will allow her to spend the next few months engaged instead of enraged. (Not to worry — you’ll have a lifetime of opportunities to make her so pissed off that she refuses to have sex with you ever again.) n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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EVENTS | CALENDAR SQUARE DANCING Introductory lessons with live callers. Jan. 4, 8 pm. Free. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan. squaredancespokane.org (979-2607) SOCIAL JUSTICE PANEL “Making a Difference: You Can Do it Too” panel featuring Jackie Vaughn (immigration reform), Molly Fitzpatrick (Odyssey Youth), Angela Webster (Smart Justice campaign organizer) and Liz Moore (PJALS). Held in PUB 206. Jan. 9, 1-2 pm. Free. EWU, Cheney. (359-2898) SCRAPS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Learn about the volunteer opportunities available with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services. Jan. 11, 10 am. SCRAPS, 2521 N. Flora Rd. spokanecounty.org/SCRAPS (4772769) INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE Hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society, no partner or experience necessary. Jan. 14, 7-9 pm. Suggested $3 donation. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. spokanefolklore.org (747-2640) INSURANCE EXCHANGE WORKSHOP: Learn about the new Wash. Healthfinder insurance exchange, including how to compare health plans, determine financial assistance eligibility and more. Jan. 15 and March 19 from 6-8 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION Hosted by the SFCC Black Student Union, featuring rapper Chuck D, of Public Enemy. Donations accepted to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center. In the SFCC Music Bldg. Jan. 15, 10 am. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. spokanefalls. edu (533-3500)
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 4 PREVIEW Friends of Idaho Public Television host a one-hour preview of Downton Abbey’s season 4 premiere, with hors d’oeuvres, no host bar and a costume contest. Jan. 4, 3 pm. $15. Hampton Inn & Suites, 1500 W. Riverstone Dr., CdA. (800 543-6868) THE MATRIX Action film, rated R. Jan. 7, 7 pm. $1. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (327-2509) DIRECTOR PELIN ESMER Screening of the Turkish independent filmmaker’s project “Watchtower,” and a post-screening talk back, presented by Caravanserai and the JACC. Jan. 8, 6 pm. $15-$20. Regal Cinemas Riverstone Stadium 14, 2416 Old Mill Loop, CdA. thejacklincenter.org. (208-457-8950) INTERNET CAT VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL Screening of the Walker Art Center’s second annual cat video film festival. Jan. 16, 9 pm. $20-$35. Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague. sp.knittingfactory. com (244-3279) KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM Comedy film shot in Spokane in 2010. Hosted by Spokane Comicon and featuring a Q&A session with local film producers/directors Rich Cowan and Adam Boyd. Jan. 21, 7:30 pm. $10. AMC River Park Square, 808 W. Main. tugg.com/ events/7280 (888-262-4386)
VINO! WINE TASTING Friday features tastings of Vino’s Wine of the Month Club selections, Saturday features bargain wines for the new year’s budget. Wine also available by-the-glass; tast-
ings include cheese and crackers. Jan. 3, 3-6:30 pm and Jan. 4, 2-4:30 pm. $10/ event. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. vinowine.com (838-1229) ROAST HOUSE ANNIVERSARY PARTY The local coffee roaster celebrates its 4th anniversary with a buffet by The Wandering Table’s Adam Hegsted. No charge, reservations requested by Jan. 2. Jan. 6, 4-6 pm. Roast House Coffee, 423 E. Cleveland, Ste. C. facebook.com/ events/1378929882361782 (995-6500) THERE’S AN APP(ETIZER) FOR THAT Cooking class with Chef Laurie Faloon, on making appetizers for entertaining, including Superbowl parties. Jan. 10, 6-8 pm. $10. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene. incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu (279-6030) VINO! WINE TASTING Friday features a hosted tasting with Merry Cellars, Saturday features wines from South America. Wine available by the glass, tastings include cheese and crackers. Jan. 10, 3-6:30 pm and Jan. 11, 2-4:30 pm. $10/event. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. vinowine.com (838-1229) ITALIAN COOKING WITH CHEF ANGELO The chef/owner of Angelo’s Ristorante leads a class on cooking bruschetta, garlic mozzarella focaccia, chicken valdostana and more. Jan. 15, 5:30 pm. $50, reservations required. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls (208-457-8950)
Ages 16+. Classes start on Jan. 4. $100. Deutsches Haus, 25 W. Third. ironcrown. us (385-8710) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Everett Silvertips. Jan. 4, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) SPOKANE SIZZLER Indoor co-ed sixon-six volleyball tournament. Jan. 4-5. Ages 18+. Team registration full, tickets for spectators still available. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. spokanesizzler.com (456-5812) DETOX FLOW YOGA SERIES Fourweek course, some yoga or fitness experience suggested. Must pre-register by email. Wed at 6 pm starting Jan. 8. $48. Mellow Monkey Yoga, 9017 E. Euclid. (270-0001) INTRO TO YOGA SERIES Four-week beginner series; no experience necessary. Must pre-register by email. Wed at 7:15 pm starting Jan. 8. $48. Mellow Monkey Yoga, 9017 E. Euclid. mellowmonkeyyoga.com (270-0001) WSU MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. COLORADO PAC 12 conference regular season game. Jan. 8, 6 pm. $10-$60. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Kamloops Blazers. Jan. 10, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000)
SPOKANE AREA YOUTH CHOIRS AUDITIONS Second semester rehearsals for new members ages 7-18. Audition schedule now open through Jan. 15. Free. Westminster Congregational, 411 S. Washington. SAYChoirs.org (624-7992) AARON ST. CLAIR NICHOLSON Concert featuring Opera Coeur d’Alene’s asst. director. Jan. 4, 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. thejacklincenter. org (208-457-8950) SPIRIT OF SPOKANE CHORUS Local women’s chorus specializing in four-part a capella harmony in a barbershop style. Meets Tues at 6:45 pm. Opportunity Presbyterian, 202 N. Pines. (218-4799) THE ROCK & WORSHIP ROADSHOW Christian music concert featuring Skillet, Third Day, Jamie Grace, Andy Mineo, Royal Tailor, Vertical Church Band, The Never Claim, We as Human, Soul Fire Revolution. Jan. 11, 6 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000) ANDY MCKEE Concert featuring the master fingerstyle guitar player. Jan. 13, 8 pm. $27. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404)
SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Victoria Royals. Jan. 3, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) HARMONY YOGA OPEN HOUSE Sample yoga classes including “Intro to Yoga Teacher Training.” Full schedule of open house classes online. Jan. 4, 9 am-6:30 pm. Free. Harmony Yoga, 1717 W. Sixth. harmonyoga.com (747-4430) MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE MARTIAL ARTS 12-week beginner’s course to facilitate awareness of these historical fighting forms, including fundamental concepts, movements and techniques.
AWAY IN A BASEMENT Holidaythemed musical comedy starring the lovable Church Basement Ladies. Through Jan. 5, Wed-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Also Jan. 2 and 4 at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard. interplayerstheatre.org (4557529) PLAY IN A DAY CYT North Idaho’s annual fundraiser event during which local children will produce the play “Hansel and Gretel” in 24 hours. Free to participate for ages 10-18, sign-ups online. Performance held Jan. 3 at 7:30 pm. $10-$15. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. CdA. cytnorthidaho.org (208-765-8600)
CABIN FEVER Paintings, fine crafts and photography by local and regional artists. Jan. 2-31, 10 am. Free. Gallery Northwest, 217 E. Sherman, CdA. thegallerynorthwest.com (208-667-5700) FIRST FRIDAY Local galleries and businesses display new artwork for the month of January. Fri, Jan. 3, most artist receptions from 5-8 pm. Free to attend. Locations throughout downtown Spokane and beyond. Map and event descriptions at Inlander.com/FirstFriday MANZANAR: THE WARTIME PHOTOS OF ANSEL ADAMS Exhibition featuring 50 photographs of the Japanese-American internment camp in Manzanar, Calif. during WWII. Exhibit runs Jan. 4-March 29. Hosted walk-through Jan. 17 at 10:30 am. Gallery hours Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone. gonzaga.edu/ jundt (313-6611) ROBIN HARVEY Acrylic, graphite, oil, pastel, watercolor and scratchboard art by the Asotin, Wash.-based artist. Jan 5-26, reception Jan. 5 from 1-4 pm. Gallery open Thurs-Sun 10 am-4 pm. Free to view. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown. artisanbarn.org (229-3414)
IDAHO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY Traveling art show featuring jury-selected paintings, including selected works from the N. Idaho and the Palouse. Show runs through Jan. 31, reception Jan. 16 from 5-7 pm. Gallery open Mon-Fri from 8 am-5 pm. Third Street Gallery, City Hall, 206 E. Third, Moscow. (208-883-7036) ARTWALK Monthly art showcase throughout downtown galleries and businesses. Jan. 10 from 5-8 pm. Free. Downtown CdA. artsincda.org (208-292-1629) SPOKANE ART SCHOOL CLASSES Winter classes begin the second week of January and offer instruction in photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and more. Prices vary, pre-registration required. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland. spokaneartschool.net (325-3001)
3 MINUTE MIC Monthly poetry open mic, featuring Mark Robbins, reading the works of Raymond Carver and William Carlos Williams. Hosted by Chris Cook. Jan. 3, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) BOOTSLAM Competitive performance poetry night. Jan. 5, 7:30 pm. $5 to compete; $5 audience (suggested donation). Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main. spokanepoetryslam.com (703-7223) MICHAEL KOEP Book talk and signing of the author’s new book “The Invasion of Heaven.” Jan. 9, 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) AUTHOR DEBY FREDERICKS The local
fantasy author signs copies of her latest novel, “The Seven Exalted Orders.” Jan. 11. Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley. debyfredericks.com (482-5288)
T.W.I.N.E.: Teen Writers of the Inland Empire meets on the first Thursday of the month (except holidays) to write and share work. For grades 6+. Jan. 2, 4 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. teenwritersoftheinlandempire. blogspot.com (893-8400) FLOWER POWER MUSIC FLASHBACK Social event geared toward Baby Boomers, featuring oldies music, food, drinks and more. Jan. 3, 5-8 pm. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington St. (362-5963)
HEALTH SEMINAR “Discover Your Optimal Health” hosted by health coach Cindy Esch with samples of healthy snacks. Jan. 4 at 2 pm and Jan. 16 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) SNOWSHOEING PRESENTATION Learn more about the winter activity including different types of snowshoes, appropriate clothing and local snowshoeing spots. Jan. 4, 2-3 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. (444-5331) SHARING THE DHARMA DAY The Buddhist monetary’s monthly event is themed “learning to cherish others”, and includes tea, guided meditation, a vegetarian potluck (12 pm) and more. Jan. 5, 9:45 am-3 pm. Free. Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane Rd., Newport. sravasti.org (447-5549)
CARRINGTON COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE Information on the technical school’s programs in the health care profession. Jan. 7, 11 am-7 pm. Free. Carrington College, 10102 E. Knox. carrington.edu (532-8888) SPOKANE COMPASS CLUB The group’s monthly event takes the form of an evening dinner, with music by the Spokane Youth Quartet. Open to spouses and friends. Reservations required by Jan. 3 to email@example.com Jan. 7, 5:30 pm. $25. Glover Mansion, 321 W. Eighth Ave. (455-7789) SPOKANE MOVES TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION The local activist group meets on the first Tuesdays of the month (Jan. 7) at 6:30 pm. Donations accepted. Liberty Park Methodist Church, 1526 E. 11th Ave. (844-1776)
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Walmart We saw each other at check out at the North Walmart on Thursday. You with your Keystone, and me with my Bud Light lime. We talked about the holidays and college. I was a stupid idiot - I didn’t get any contact info. I go to Walmart every Thursday at about the same time. Maybe we will see each other again. The first beer is on me.
of biblical history, because those are more like warriors who lay the rage down in the name of their deity. I guess I mean more like the fabricated bastardization of angels by strippers and companies like hallmark. I’ve spent a lot of time working on the man boob problem – did you notice them too? Tell me what shirt I was wearing if this is you. I love the stories of missed connections like this that could have been amazing. The people who are bordering stalkers (it’s a fine line). Those people who pay it forward! and the people who have nothing better to do than make up a fake I saw you ad just to get your attention. If you have any amazing stories from the I SAW YOU section, send them to ChrisB@inlander.com because we are going to be doing a story about them. Thanks!
country in the best way possible. You had two weeks leave to come home and I want to say thank you for being in my life and a part of my family. You are the best thing that has came into my world and I will forever cherish every single moment we have together. I love you and can’t wait to be your wife.
Drivers Concerning the people writting in about slow winter drivers, when it snows or is icey what do they say \\\”DRIVE FOR CONDITIONS\\\” that means slow down, I have noticed that out of the 14 wrecks I seen it wasnt the slow drivers in them it was the creep going way to fast...who had 4 wheel drive or what ever.. you are the ones in the slide offs, rollovers ect..I always want to stop when I see you in your accident and tell you that you should have slowed down. They always say when reporting these accident that speed was a factor..so dont put us down for driving slow, we are not in the ditch..YOU ARE..get up earier if you need to be at work dont wait till the last minute...and stay off our backends cause I personally will drive slower, just because!!!.. or you can buy my next car for me...A**Hole...
Valley Target You: amazingly gorgeous brunette wearing glasses who was sitting in the corner table having lunch. After finishing your lunch you started reading a book till you had to leave, and go back to work. We glanced at each other a couple of times and you gave me a smile that totally made my day. Me: the short dark guy wearing a white t-shirt who was sitting on the opposite corner by the order line having lunch with a friend. I wish could have come to your table and introduce myself. I’m kicking myself in the head for not doing it so. As you left you took my breath away just hoping to someday see you again...what about coffee sometime? I’m still thinking about you. Was that love at first sight? Walgreen’s Empire and Division, December 22nd. You: looking drop-dead gorgeous with long curly blonde hair, shopping for last minute holiday gifts. I didn’t see a ring. You were buying children’s toys - for nieces? Where are you dreamgirl?
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I Saw You
UPS I went into the UPS Store to mail Christmas presents and you were working and you literally took my breath away. You helped me and were really sweet when I didn’t know the address and helped me out a lot. I didn’t catch your name but you looked like Gerald Butler and I was wondering if we could have coffee sometime and get to know each other? Hope you read this! I saw you walking. I was behind you, and I noticed your great pants and black top, and I thought to myself, “now there’s someone I’d like to get to know.” And do you remember that moment when fate intervened and we made eye contact? As I looked over into the windows of the stores we passed to see if my man boobs were sticking out in the specific shirt I was wearing, you looked too, and in the reflection we made eye contact. In that single moment I wondered if it were possible that something unearthly had come down to Spokane to throw a wrench in the slowly rotting cogs of my heart, and I don’t mean unearthly like goblins or aliens, more like angels. And not those creepy fallen angels that rebelled either. The regular ones – well, not even the regular ones in the sense
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Cheers Thank You! To the wonderful family that took my dog to the Pet Emergency Clinic last Saturday. Maggie would not have made it if not for your quick action and care. Your kindness is deeply appreciated, on behalf of Maggie and myself thank you for helping save her life. Happy Birthday Jessie Every morning when I open my eyes, your beauty brings a smile to my face. I am the luckiest man in the world to be allowed to be a part of yours. We have been through tough times already and still standing strong together. You deserve to have your praises sung to the world every day my heart. Here’s to you my love. Happy Anniversary 5 years of Magic! I love our life together! I feel as if I was looking for you my entire life and I am so glad I found youeven if it was at the Holy Family ER! I can’t wait grow old with you. I look forward to making you giggle and see your eyes light up for the rest of our lives. My love forever and always. Okay baby! My Everything You’re everything beautiful in my life. You’re the sunrise, the sunset, and most of all, that fuzzy feeling of taking the very first sip of a perfectly made cup of coffee early in the morning. You’re my coffee. I love you My Miltary Man You’re serving our
I Love You! I think of you daily, your wonderful smile and your charming ways. I know you probably won’t see this, but if you do, know that I love you. Thank You! So, here it is... this one is finally for you. Thank you for all the good times we shared in our 15 years. Thank you for the times that you were there for me. Thank you for being comfort thru our many battles, and for sticking with it as long as you did. Although I’m disappointed we found our end, I’m proud of the many battles we won together. You are the love of my life, and I will always make myself available for you. May life be kind to you. Here’s To Spokane Here’s to 20 years of chaos, unhealthy; failed relationships, arthritis due to bi-polar up and down weather. Hooray to the City for laying me off! Over priced tuition, tacky school instructions; sucks I have to wait another year to start. No jobs, really. It’s about who you know; who I know are in the same boat. To road construction, plaza rats, suits, degenerates, pit bulls, crazy drivers & red light cameras. Thank you SPD for not shooting me. Cheers to growing up in complete chaos the only thing you know how to learn is how to stay alive. To all my fellow alcoholics downtown (whether you’d like to admit it or not), keep Spokane drunk! I’ve hit rock bottom and am checking out. To the rest of you, thank goodness you found a healthy way of living, your mother should be proud. Peace out Spokane, and thanks for so many great years and memories; on to something more refreshing and enlightening!
Dog Walkers It is not okay to let your dog poop all over the grass on your neighbors yard. Not only does it look and smell horrible, dogs carry worms, diseases and parasites that your dog will pass on to all the other dogs in the area. I walk my dog everyday and always clean up after her because as a pet owner it is my responsibility. I am begging you to please pick up after your dog Irresponsible Pet Owners Please spay and neuter your cats and dogs! It is heartbreaking to have to euthanize so many sweet, friendly house pets (cats particularly) due to irresponsible owners not taking proper care of their pets then dumping them and their litters, overwhelming the shelter and forcing so many sweet animals to be put to sleep. A spay/neuter voucher can be obtained for the price of a license at the County shelter. People having to bring in pets who have undergone true hardship have less chance of rehoming their pets when cats have to be put to sleep after only a few
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Merging Traffic Jeers to all of you idiots that don’t know how to merge going north onto the bridge from Riverside. You come to a stop? Really? The speed limit on that bridge is 45 mph. Do you stop trying to merge onto I-90 too? Learn the simple art of merging or take another route. You’re going to cause an accident due to being a merge challenged idiot.
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your kids somewhere they can burn off some excess energy while you drink your beer, there is a place for that it’s called Chucky Cheese. I’m continually surprised by the lack of respect you have for others when you let your kids run wild, scream, climb on tables, and make a huge mess. If you want to go to a restaurant other than Chucky Cheese get a flippin babysitter. Show some respect for others and teach your kids the way they should behave in public!
off, and not at you for your public display of stupidity, but at the cyclists, all because you don’t know basic traffic laws. Ask yourself this simple question...if that bike rider were a car or truck, would you stop for them to let them cross? A law abiding and knowledgeable bike rider wants nothing more and expects nothing less, than to be treated like every other vehicle on the road. So pull your head out of your ass and drive like you know what you’re doing.
Idiot Drivers To all the drivers in this town who ‘think’ they are going out of their way to be kind and oh so polite. Knock it off!! I’m talking about the drivers whom, when driving on an arterial or major roadway, will see a cyclist stopped on a side street waiting to cross said arterial. These bicyclists always have a stop sign, they are legally required to stop for, and as a designated “vehicle” under Washington State traffic code(s), they are required to stop, wait for traffic to clear, and only when it is safe to do so, cross the street. You ignorant goody two shoes will come along, and being short on working brain cells, see a bike rider and decide to stop to let them cross. You will come to a complete stop, backing up traffic in both directions while you feel good about yourself. Meanwhile, all these cars are getting pissed
Groupon Users To all you groupon users (and any coupon for that matter) I can’t believe how cheap you all are. When you go to a restaurant and bring in a coupon for half off and decide you will tip less than 10 percent of the discounted bill it makes me sick. We bust our butts for you whether you pay the whole bill or not. Us servers remember people who don’t take care of us and I promise you that the next time you come in your service will be horrible. Maybe you don’t realize servers only make min. wage and depend on their tips to survive. Just in case you just didn’t know, this will help you, on a non discounted bill 15 to 20% is a decent tip, on a discounted bill 20 to 30 percent of the original bill is decent. Stop being cheap. Stay home if you can’t afford to go out.
Party Animals Jeers to the girl who lives in a very upscale apartment complex who has complete disrespect for her neighbors by partying every night of the week. I understand you will hear your neighbors from time to time, but this girl is completely out of control, wasted every single night of the week with a new boyfriend every other day. You are loud, obnoxious, gross and continually intoxicated. Do you even have a job or do mommy and daddy pay the rent? If you really want to live that lifestyle, go buy a house so you can do whatever you want! We pay a lot of money to live there and have some the best views in town, besides having to run into you every once in awhile. It’s time to grow up sweetie, unless you plan on being the Spokane version of Lindsay Lohan. Parenting Restaurants are not play grounds! When you come in and let your children run wild it not only is disruptive, and completely rude to the people paying money to enjoy a quiet meal, but it is also a hazard to your kids as well as the servers. If you want to take
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Car Valuables Jeers to the Inlander for posting the same Jeers every week. Wahhhhh my car got broken into, wahhhh my purse, my wallet my cell phone, my iPod etc, was taken. Here’s a thought don’t leave valuables in your car where people might see them! Sure you may know it’s a brand new purse that hasn’t been used yet and has nothing in it or it’s really just a diaper bag or the cell phone is broken anyway but a thief doesn’t and chances are, he doesn’t care! He can probably still make a buck off your stuff. Just about everything is for sale including your college text books or your work uniform. So lock your cars, hide anything that might even remotely be of value to someone else and quit your bitchin’- yeah - a great New Year’s resolution.
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Clockwise from left: Visitors rest at a temple complex in Kanchipuram; the Matrimandir in Auroville; temple entrance in Kanchipuram; “Krishna’s Butterball” in Mamallapuram.
Letter from India
The learning curve of traveling, and what we see in the places we visit and the places we live BY LISA WAANANEN
e’re at the airport in Chennai now. I’ll be home in 40 hours or so, assuming everything stays on schedule, which sounds like an impossibly long time — but that’s what it takes to travel to the other side of the world. I haven’t been jet-lagged yet. It mostly just feels like waking up hungover for no reason. I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of this, but I’m also glad to be heading home. India was good, but I don’t know that I have anything interesting to say about it. My parents and I visited a lot of impressive, ancient stone carvings and temples. We saw paintings made thousands of years ago in temple alcoves and women dressed in all-red saris, hundreds of them, to visit other temples. We saw an elephant, but it was a small one with tired skin beside vendors selling trinkets, and I wish I hadn’t. It seems like most of traveling is stopping to look at things. And maybe that’s the point, because that’s one thing we almost never make time to do in our regular lives. It’s like how people who are asked to sketch their
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own street — I think I read this somewhere — they get all kinds of details wrong. They go down that street every day, but they’re never really looking at it. The best part of the whole trip so far was seeing my little sister, and not just because that was the whole reason for going. I’d imagined her study abroad program as some sort of central campus with occasional trips to research sites, or something, but it’s a lot more independent than that. She and her classmates scattered to different cities, moving every month or so and meeting up by rickshaw and bus on the weekends. Her notebook was filled with sketches of fish from a previous city on the coast. We flipped through at lunch one day and pointed out the “cute” ones. You could see it in her face sometimes, just how much we were tourists. She’d tell us about eating with your right hand, and we’d eagerly ask questions — “Can you tear your bread with your left hand? Is it the same for Dad if he’s left-handed?” — and then keep on eating with forks.
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It seems to me you learn as much about living in a place the first day as you do in the following week, and as much in that week as in the next year. My sister was in the sweet part of the curve, where you feel comfortable in a place but still take delight in its strangeness. I know that feeling, and maybe that’s why everywhere we went in India just made me think of New York. It’s been a year now since I left, but I lived in New York City once, for almost four years, and for some reasons that seemed like a very important fact as we walked down the rocky beach in Pondicherry or toured temples in Kanchipuram. I never really tired of just seeing New York. Even something as simple as taking the subway to work day after day took on the beauty of a ritual — each morning, coming out of the tunnel onto the Brooklyn Bridge with the light glittering on the broad water of the harbor and the sky reflected in the glass of Manhattan skyscrapers. Each day One World Trade Center stood a little higher above the rest. They’ve finished construction now, but in my memory it keeps on rising. People who love to travel must love that steep part of the learning curve. But these quick, hectic days in India only made me crave that part beyond the curve — that comfortable plateau where a place can more slowly reveal its rhythms and gems. So I guess what I’m trying to say is: India was good. Now I know how much I haven’t seen. And if you’re ever in New York, take the Q train into Manhattan right after the sun’s come up and take a few moments — that’s all it takes — to see that skyline for me. It won’t be the same. But it will be worth it. n
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