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now unites us. Sometimes only in opposition to it — in anger against middle-of-the-street snow berms, against hapless plow drivers who erect blockades at the bottom of driveways, against wet socks and chapped lips. Then again, it always gets me when a mom in tennis shoes pops out of her car in traffic to lean into a bumper and push a high-centered car free. Or when a neighbor shovels my walk. Or when my wife scrapes my windows. (Apparently I’m always appreciating, instead of helping.) Nevertheless, when we accept snow for what it is, there’s fun to be had, as you’ll see in this week’s SNOWLANDER section (see page 24). We have a story about wintertime bucket lists, a firstperson account of a man skiing through a blown-out Achilles and advice on how to dress for success throughout the season. Also this week: We examine questions surrounding a Spokane police shooting (page 13) and look at how today’s youth are learning to identify fake and biased news (page 46). — JACOB H. FRIES, Editor






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and Congress can and should tout the debt’s reduction, if it occurs, especially if interest rates rise and negatively impact the massive interest payments America must pay. Of course, if the debt ceiling doesn’t increase, taxpayers will face the prospect of a distasteful government shutdown. Paying down the national debt will be good for taxpayers. Millions of wage-earning workers elected Trump and kept Congress in Republican hands. They’ll be watching for policies that make their economic lives better. So will America’s minorities, who have largely been abandoned or taken for granted by Democrats eager for their vote. Republicans can mollify independent and Democratic skeptics if Trump and the party can reduce America’s balance of trade, consolidate duplicative federal programs that waste taxpayer funds or reduce the federal government’s intrusion into taxpayers’ daily lives. One of Trump’s greatest challenges is personal. He’ll have to generate greater trustworthiness by mending fences with his detractors. He’ll also be tested early by world leaders and political opponents determined to shake his resolve to change America for the better. Hopefully he won’t revert to form, lashing out at opponents as he did in the Republican primaries, because it’s a certainty that Clinton loyalists, Sanders/ Warren devotees, the national press, progressives and other Clinton supporters will criticize Trump directly and frequently, hoping he’ll overreact and tweet indiscriminately or offensively.


he test will now come as to whether his actions in office will be true to his campaign rhetoric and the statements that got him elected. He’s fudged a bit on the existence of climate change and building a “traditional” wall as understood by his supporters. As for “crushing ISIS,” that may be easier said than done. The world awaits the outcome of other policy statements, and many will be watching, like the Veterans Administration staffer I met in December who said he’d “wait and see” how President Trump handles the cleaning up of that agency. This past October, at the Washington Policy Center Dinner in Spokane, retired General Jim Mattis, soon to be Defense Secretary, and popular columnist/television celebrity Charles Krauthammer both spoke about the 2016 elections, affirming that great challenges await Trump. The Trump presidency poses many opportunities, along with challenges. We can only hope that his term is successful for our country and that much of the list above is accomplished. n


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The Landed and the White How Americans followed tradition when they voted for Trump BY TARA DOWD


o think that an egotistical, ethnocentric, rich white guy is going to be sworn in as president is par for the course. Historically speaking, besides President Obama, this is exactly who Americans vote for time and time again. This guy just happens to tweet his every elementary thought and is a little more vulgar in his racism, sexism and xenophobia than most. The sensibilities of liberals and progressives all over the country are in shock. Many are in denial, even angry, that Donald Trump is our next president. And in many

ways it is astounding, for it seemed that Hillary Clinton’s win was assured, despite deep party division and the loss of so many Bernie Sanders supporters over the controversial Democrat primary. But then Trump won, not by popular vote, but by the Electoral Ccollege. And so, because of a relic from the slavery era, he is our next president. As a woman of color, I am morbidly curious as to why so many people are shocked by Trump’s win. Why is this a shock? How can you not see how possible it is for a man with not a moral or ethical bone in his body to become president of our country? We live in a country where a system of oppression works against most Ameri-

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thing,” was for me just the opportunity I’d been waiting for, as I’d been wanting to tell the Inlander about my efforts over the last year to make a difference. This all started one day last spring: I was waiting in the car and observed the many vehicles idling through the various drive-thrus that I could see from my vantage point. I had only recently finished a novel by Neil Young titled Special Deluxe. In that book Neil goes into detail about how significant the carbon emissions being produced by all of our cars are impacting the increasing climate change. CO2 emissions are the biggest contributor to the depletion of the ozone layer. That reduction of the ozone is accelerating global warming. On that day I found myself so frustrated with the ignorance of all those drivers idling that I was motivated to do something. I wrote a letter to the White House asking President Obama to take some sort of executive action to stop the frequent and unnecessary use of drive-thrus across our nation. Several months later, I received a reply from President Obama himself. That letter came on beautiful White House stationery and had his signature at the bottom. I was so moved by his response that I was then motivated to do something more myself. How could I start a movement? How could I bring people who are like minded on the subject of climate change together, to slow down the convenient use of the drive-thru? Please go to There you and anybody who wants to make a difference can take the pledge. NO-DTs is: Good for the environment, good for your well-being, good for the local economy, and it won’t cost you anything. ROGER J. HELM Spokane Valley, Wash.

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Reactions to the news that a Spokane County deputy involved in a deadly collision with teen cyclist Ryan Holyk in May 2014 won’t face criminal charges:

JASON KEEDY: Another example of prosecutor’s office and police having a much too comfy relationship. You see this in all of the police shootings. Needs to be a completely independent investigation.


KAREN E CHRISTESON SWANSON: This contributes to public animosity… the evidence was there, the boy is dead, why is the perpetrator not being charged?


MICHAEL JOSEPH FERRELL: Shocked? Nope. Cops aren’t held to a higher standard. They get a free ride. MICHELE ZAPATA: He should have been charged and jailed. That’s why we don’t trust cops and then they wonder why he should go to jail. NIK CORR: I’m really not the type to glom on, but there really is absolutely no argument for this kind of special treatment. JEFF GRAVES: Most the people commenting here don’t want justice, they just want to see an innocent person punished. The incident was extensively investigated. The evidence just isn’t there to suggest the death was the result of the officer’s actions. Just because you feel the officer was wrong, doesn’t make it so. 

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Angela Crigger and her father, Alonzo Rogers, have hired a lawyer and other experts because they remained unconvinced by the official account of James Rogers’ death. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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The family of a man killed by Spokane Police in 2011 is still searching for answers BY MITCH RYALS


pokane Police Officer Dan Lesser says the shotgun was pointed right at him. That’s why he fired his semi-automatic rifle at James Rogers in 2011. Lesser fired two bursts in rapid succession — boom boom boom! boom boom boom! — with six shots total. Four rounds struck Rogers in the face, neck, hand and shoulder. He died at the scene. Lesser was cleared of criminal charges as well as internal policy violations. However, after reviewing the case file and autopsy, Rogers’ family is not convinced by the police narrative. In 2012, they requested that law enforcement conduct additional tests. They sought to corroborate officers’ claims that Rogers’ shotgun was pointed at Lesser. Police declined to conduct further testing of the evidence, specifically a blood spatter analysis, saying such an investigation would not lead to any reliable conclusions. That left Rogers’ family with a decision: Accept the police account of the incident or pay for more answers

out of their own pocket. “I just had to know what happened,” Rogers’ father, Alonzo, says now. “If the evidence would have shown that he was pointing the gun at these officers, I would have understood that. I would have accepted that.” Alonzo Rogers, 70, came out of retirement in order to make extra money to pay for the additional investigation. So far, he has spent $15,500, he says, in part to hire forensic expert Chesterene Cwiklik. Cwiklik, a former Washington State Patrol Crime Lab forensic scientist, ultimately concluded that the shotgun could not have been pointed at Lesser, and that Rogers was not looking at the officer when he was shot. For James Sweetser, the attorney representing Rogers’ family in a lawsuit that names Lesser and the city of Spokane, Cwiklik’s conclusion is only the latest wrinkle in an investigation he says was doomed before it started. “I’ve worked with the police, and I have reviewed investigation after investigation, and I’ve asked them to do

additional investigations,” says Sweetser, who served as the Spokane County prosecutor from 1995 to 1998. “It’s very difficult in these situations, because an investigation that shows that something is wrong can subject the city to civil liability. But that can’t be the focus when it comes to use of police power.”


ames Rogers was holed up in an overturned van with police rifles fixed on him. The 45-year-old recovering alcoholic suffered from depression and maybe bipolar disorder, his family says. He’d been through rehab and counseling, and in September 2011, he had been doing well until he wasn’t again. After a recent DUI and missed court date, Rogers was facing the possibility of losing his job at an assisted living facility for disabled people. There was a warrant out for his arrest and he was looking at possible jail time. He started drinking and decided it wasn’t worth it. He ...continued on next page






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wanted to die, a suicide note would say. Rogers took his father’s shotgun and drove to the parking lot where he worked at SL Start on the lower South Hill. He wanted to say goodbye to co-workers and friends, according to witness statements. In the parking lot, he fired the rifle into the air once and drove off. Police followed, and Rogers soon rolled the red van onto its passenger side. His body was wedged against the passenger door and the roof of the van. Local law enforcement surrounded the overturned vehicle and began negotiating with Rogers through a loudspeaker. He responded only by moving his feet and legs when asked if he needed medical attention. His sister, Angela Crigger, talked with police on the phone. James Rogers She told them that this wasn’t the first time he had attempted to end his life. The standoff lasted nearly two hours. It ended when Lesser, then a 16-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department and a member of the SWAT team, fired six shots into the van’s rear window. Lesser has been involved in three other shootings since 2003 — more than any other SPD officer, according to public records. He’s been cleared in each case. He also received a lifesaving award in 2008. In his deposition, Lesser said he was not trained to handle people with mental illnesses when he responded to Rogers, Crigger says. Seconds before Lesser fired those fatal shots, SPD negotiators were trying to get Rogers to surrender. “James, this is not a solution, bud,” police can be heard saying that night. “Your whole family is worried. They need you. We understand you have seven kids, they will need their dad in the future. They will need to talk to you… ”

Lesser fired. Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene, and his family began looking for answers. As information began trickling out, they became convinced that his death could have been avoided. Here’s why:  Officer Kellee Gately, one of the officers talking to Rogers through a loudspeaker and watching him through binoculars, spoke with investigators the day after the shooting. In that interview, she said that Rogers was pointing the gun in the opposite direction of Lesser, toward the van’s windshield, when the officer fired. In a sworn statement in January 2016, Gately reversed her account: “I saw Rogers quite deliberately move the gun in the direction of Officer Lesser,” she states in court documents.  Immediately after the shooting, Lesser and several officers on scene were taken to the Public Safety Building and waited together in the chief’s conference room for a detective to arrive. Sweetser says that fact alone raises serious concerns. “You don’t let all the witnesses get together and talk about it if you really want to get to the truth,” he says. “Separate, interrogate, don’t let them get their stories together. That’s a basic investigative technique if you want to get independent recollection that isn’t contaminated by what someone else says happened.” Jeffry Finer, an attorney with the Center for Justice who has handled police misconduct cases, agrees with Sweetser’s assertion. “It’s my impression that law enforcement in this town have been allowed to meet or interact in order to sharpen their recollections,” Finer says of his experience generally. “That is not a procedure that would be favored or allowed for citizens.”  A video taken by a citizen contradicts how multiple officers describe Officer John Gately’s voice as he negotiated with Rogers an instant before shots are fired. Multiple officers describe John Gately’s voice as “excited,” “stressed,” “urgent” or “elevated.” The video does not support those descriptions, says Sweetser, who argues that officers’ mischaracterization is purposeful to justify Lesser firing.

 The autopsy report indicates that all of the bullets that struck Rogers traveled from the left side of his body to the right. Sweetser argues that those findings indicate that Rogers was not facing Lesser when he was shot, but was looking ahead, toward the van’s floor.  A blood spatter analysis by Cwiklik, the former WSP Crime Lab forensic scientist, found spatter on the right side of the rifle, indicating that Rogers was not “shouldering” the shotgun as officers described, she says in her report. Spokane police spokeswoman Michele Anderson declined to comment for this article, citing the pending lawsuit. However, Stewart Estes, the attorney representing the city, hired his own expert who rebuts Cwiklik’s conclusions. Still, Sweetser says the detective’s and prosecutor’s refusal to conduct a blood spatter analysis is telling. “Why aren’t these questions being asked? Why aren’t they digging in that way?” he says of the blood spatter analysis. “Is this procedure of investigation involving police officers the same rigorous investigation when it comes to a homicide involving a citizen? It should be the same, because a human life is a human life.”

“You don’t let all the witnesses get together and talk about it if you really want to get to the truth.”


he James Rogers that Crigger, his sister, remembers is the guy who sat surrounded by his young kids and nephews, wearing 3-D glasses and watching Hannah Montana. “It was so cute, he was really into it with them,” she says. “He was so good with kids.” She remembers the Rogers who, when he came home on payday, would open his wallet and give a $20 to each kid in the house. He took joy from his job caring for disabled people and would regularly spend his own money to buy them pizza and birthday cake, she says. Once, he took two of his patients to Silverwood to fulfill their dream of riding a roller coaster. Yet he still struggled with alcoholism. Rogers was an Army MP, his dad says, and started drinking after he left the service. He’d spiral into depression, but always managed to pull himself back up. He’d done stints in rehab and counseling. After they pulled Rogers from the van, police found a citation for a DUI and a suicide note. It reads in part: “45 years is enough for me. I love you all and this is hard. There is nothing anyone LETTERS could do to stop me. There will Send comments to be no blame except for me and alcohol.” His blood alcohol content was .26 when he died, according to a toxicology report. The city of Spokane requested summary judgment in the lawsuit, which would have allowed a judge, rather than a jury, to decide the outcome of the case. In his motion, Estes, the attorney representing the city, relies on a police expert in use-of-force decision-making to argue that Lesser was justified in shooting Rogers, regardless of whether Rogers was pointing the shotgun. “It is irrelevant that Rogers (supposedly) did not point the weapon at Officer Lesser,” court documents read. “Deadly force was still authorized given the extreme circumstances.” Judge Stanley Bastian denied the city’s motion. He notes that officers are not justified to use deadly force on an armed suspect who has not committed a significant crime or threatened anyone. The fact that Rogers was suicidal does not justify deadly force either, Bastian ruled. If this case goes to trial, jurors ultimately will be asked whether they believe the statements of officers on the scene that night, or the physical evidence as interpreted by an expert hired by Rogers’ family. “Our position is that physical evidence doesn’t lie,” Sweetser says. “It just sits there waiting to be analyzed.” n


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CANNABIS More than a month ago, Spokane County Commissioners PASSED A MORATORIUM on new outdoor cannabis farms without telling anyone they were planning on doing so. The move prevented cannabis farmers from speaking out in opposition before the ordinance was passed. Now, those farmers are getting their chance. In advance of a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Cannabis Farmers Council wrote a letter with an accompanying report to the commissioners, explaining how the moratorium will hurt the local cannabis industry. “The positive economic benefits of cannabis farming to the county are significant, and any measure to stifle its growth will have a negative, and in many cases, severe impact on hundreds and perhaps thousands of local businesses,” says the letter. (WILSON CRISCIONE)


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SEXUAL ASSAULT In a Dec. 1 article by the Coeur d’Alene Press about a lawsuit that North Idaho College settled with the victim of an alleged November 2013 gang rape, the Press NAMED THE VICTIM. Typically, journalists do not name victims of sexual assault without permission, and the paper removed the name by the end of the day after facing backlash. The No. 1 reason the paper initially named her? They didn’t believe her, because no charges were ever filed against the men implicated in the gang rape, according to an email from the editor and comments on social media by a staffer. That line of reasoning is problematic, experts say. “The absence of charges doesn’t mean the person still isn’t a victim,” said Andrew Seaman, ethics committee chair for the Society of Professional Journalists. (WILSON CRISCIONE)


‘Hookerville’ Revisited Pedestrian bridge’s price tag draws fire before city council vote; plus, Washington, Idaho fall short in closing the achievement gap MAYOR CONDON, BRIDGE DEFENDER

For years, civic gadfly George McGrath has been referring to the planned $9.5 million University District pedestrian bridge by the derogatory name “Bridge to Hookerville” — a reference to East Sprague’s reputation for prostitution. So it was no surprise that McGrath, in a bright orange “DRAIN THE SWAMP” shirt, showed up at the city council vote to approve Garco Construction as the contractor. Even though the bridge would be largely funded by state and federal money, McGrath objected to the price tag. “This is a flagrant waste of taxpayer money!” McGrath said, arguing that the bridge would be useless for drivers and would be unused during the winter. Typically, McGrath’s comments are ignored. But this time, he got a response from the mayor himself, who had made a rare council meeting appearance at the council president’s request. “Look at this area with the need to grow the University District,” Mayor David Condon said, stressing the power of economic development. “It now has a pharmacy school with some 600 students. We’ll have two medical schools.” Condon, addressing McGrath by his first name, argued that the bridge will be crucial even for car commuters — students will be able to park on the other side of the railroad tracks. He noted that the bridge would be maintained by WSU, and that the design would make it much easier to plow during the winter. The contract was approved 6-1. (DANIEL WALTERS)

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Jennifer Davis, owner of the Scoop ice cream shop, says she’ll probably be taking on more shifts so her business can afford the $1.53 minimum-wage hike approved by voters in November. SARAH PHILP PHOTO

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Whether or not they supported the minimum wage hike, local businesses and nonprofits are scrambling to pay for it BY DANIEL WALTERS AND RAVEN HAYNES


ven before the new year hit, Rockwood Bakery posted an explanation at its register, bordered in clip-art Christmas lights, explaining why prices across the board were going up by 8 to 10 percent. “We have not raised our prices for three years, so we appreciate your understanding and wish it was not a necessity,” the sign reads. But Initiative 1433, passed by the voters in November, boosted the minimum wage from $9.47 to $11 an hour. By 2020, it will rise to $13.50. Combine that with the city of Spokane’s new sick-leave mandate, and it’s costing the Rockwood Bakery — with its baristas and cooks and dishwashers — $55,000 extra a year in labor costs. Lizzie Cullen, the bakery’s manager, says most customers have been understanding. But not everyone’s happy. “There were definitely quite a few of our older groups who came in who were a little disgruntled: ‘I can’t believe you did this,’” Cullen says. Across the city, businesses have put up similar explanations, apologizing to customers for the increase in prices. Every customer who comes through the Java Hut gets a flyer with a similar explanation about the increase in prices. Another notice is posted on the door. “Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of all small businesses in Spokane,” the notice reads. Daycares like Chapel Children’s Center in Colbert, north of Spokane, sent home “Dear Parents” letters explaining why their prices were going up. “Please understand that we do realize how this affects our families,” the letter explains. But to keep their “heads above water with the new wage increase,” upping their rates was necessary. Some business owners voted for the minimum wage increase. Some voted against it. Ever since I-1433 passed,


businesses and nonprofits with minimum-wage workers have been crunching the numbers, trying to solve a highstakes math problem: Do they raise prices? Take less profit? Lay off workers or cut jobs or hours or services? Or do they just hope that business booms enough to pay for the increase?


Jennifer Davis, owner of the South Hill ice cream shop The Scoop, calculates that she would need to sell two or three hundred more twin scoops of ice cream to pay for the wage increase under her normal staffing levels. So for now, she says she’ll take on more shifts herself instead of hiring more workers. Eventually, she may have to raise prices as well. “It’s all pretty scary,” Davis says. “We will be whiteknuckling it.” The same sort of apprehension hit Colleen Freeman, owner of the Satellite Diner. “Holy crap, what am I gonna do?” Freeman recalls saying to herself. “I’d be out of business by August at this point if I didn’t change. I’d be completely broke.” She increased some items on her new menu by about $1 as a result. She says even her employees hate it, feeling that higher prices will hurt business, and everyone will ultimately suffer. “None of my employees are happy,” Freeman says. In particular, she says, the hike irritated the veteran employees who were already making $13 or $14 an hour, and won’t be seeing any raises. Sage Wilson, spokesman for the Seattle-based worker

advocacy group Working Washington, says he gets how this can be a scary time for businesses. “[But] trying to get by on $9.47 was pretty scary as well,” Wilson says. Even in a place like Spokane with a low cost of living, paying for rent and utilities on a minimum wage salary can seem impossible. For many minimum wage employees, the hike has reduced the stress of living week to week. “Getting the raise has meant a chance to exhale,” Wilson says. “It’s literally breathing room.” Bethany Fankhauser, a Moody Bible Institute student who works at Oil & Vinegar, says the wage increase may keep her in Spokane. “It’s really causing my fiancé and I to think we’ll actually stay here for a few years,” she says. “I can live and thrive and not have to worry so much about tuition costs and debt.” America Querea, owner of the Azteca Mexican restaurant downtown, says her staff was divided. The younger employees were so excited they were literally jumping up and down, she says, but the older ones were more concerned about the unintended consequences. Querea raised prices, but says she can only raise them so high before it backfires. “If I up the price more than $1, people don’t come in to eat,” she says. Lately, amid bad weather, she’s also been cutting hours. At Atticus, a downtown coffee shop already facing the impact of upcoming road construction, owner Andy Dinnison says the room for error has become that much narrower. “If you were hurting before, you’re really hurting now,” he says. He hasn’t raised prices or cut hours yet, but he says expectations for employees are going to be even higher. That’s going to be tough on younger, more inexperienced employees. The situation, he says, has created “a more adversarial relationship between employers and employees.” The impact has been even more dramatic at the Davenport Collection’s four hotels, where, spokesman Matt Jensen says, half of the 1,000 employees are paid minimum wage. Facing a nearly $3 million gap, the Davenport hotels have made cuts: Peanut brittle will no longer be provided with turndown service. Customers will be asked to seat themselves more often at the restaurants. And — this is the big one — 50 employees have already been laid off. (The competing DoubleTree Hotel says they may be raising prices slightly, but will not be laying off workers or cutting services.) Jensen, like many employers, points out that many of his minimum wage workers were making far more — as much as $28 an hour — when you take tips into account.

“Holy crap, what am I gonna do?” the Satellite Diner owner recalls saying to herself. “I’d be out of business by August at this point if I didn’t change.” But Washington, unlike Idaho, doesn’t allow tips to be deducted from the salary. Some businesses have adapted. Vessel Coffee Roasters, which already pays employees $15 an hour, has done away with tipping entirely. Nonprofits face similar challenges. Last year, says Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest marketing manager Heather Alexander, Goodwill paid 379 individuals minimum wage to assess their skill sets and receive several months of workforce training. “They develop skills and confidence to achieve their

independence,” Alexander says. But the hike in minimum wage, Alexander says, means Goodwill will need to slash the number of work assessments it can provide by nearly 20 percent. The Spokane Humane Society managed to balance its books by slashing its marketing budget and nixing the idea of hiring new staff, but next year will bring an additional 50 cent minimum-wage hike. So will 2019. In 2020, businesses will be hit with another big $1.50 increase, making the final leap to $13.50. “We made it this year,” says interim director Kerry Wiltzius. “Our next move would be probably cutting staff. We’re bare bones as it is… The smaller nonprofits aren’t going to be able to make it.”


Wilson, the Working Washington spokesman, has seen this story before: Seattle began moving toward a $15 minimum wage in 2015, and he says businesses had the same worries businesses now have in Spokane. But predictions that Seattle’s hike would result in mass business closures or job losses proved to be wildly incorrect. A recent University of Washington study found that, while the hike had likely slowed low-wage job growth and decreased hours, the effect was so minimal as to be nearly erased by the booming Seattle economy. Spokane doesn’t have Seattle’s economy, of course. But if there’s John Waite, owner of Merlyn’s and Auntie’s one consistent story with Bookstore, is counting on increased sales to make minimum-wage hikes up for the cost of paying his employees more. across the country, it’s YOUNG KWAK PHOTO that the worst fears of opponents haven’t been realized. Studies vary in their conclusion about the results of minimum-wage hikes, but none have found them catastrophic. “Once that first emotional reaction passes by, it’s never that bad,” Wilson says. He points to a study finding that, after LETTERS an initial plunge in fast-food Send comments to worker employment ing a San Jose minimum-wage increase, employment rapidly returned to normal levels. He says businesses find ways — whether by slightly reducing portion size or improving efficiency — to make the higher wages work. And with more money to spend, low-wage workers spend some of it on local businesses. For example, Fankhauser, the Oil & Vinegar worker, says that when she goes out to eat, she plans to tip more. That sort of consumer spending is what John Waite, owner of Merlyn’s comic book shop and Auntie’s Bookstore, is counting on. “We’re not raising prices. We’re not cutting hours,” Waite says. “We’re raising wages.” He’s giving the employees at Auntie’s who were already making more than the minimum wage a higher raise as well. It’s a gamble: He’s hoping that as more low-wage workers receive big raises, they’ll plunge that money into the economy, and more people will have more money to spend on books and comics. At Merlyn’s, he has to sell about $40 more in products a day to make up for the wage increase. But he believes it’s worth it. “I just don’t see how you’re supposed to get around with the $10-dollar-an-hour minimum wage in the modern world,” Waite says. “I don’t succeed without healthy employees. I don’t succeed without healthy customers.” 



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t Sunday’s glittering Golden Globes ceremony, Viggo Mortensen sat among the Hollywood elite. With his black tuxedo and pale blue eyes, he didn’t look out of place. But Mortensen is the kind of man who prefers the wilds of North Idaho to the glamour of being a famous actor. He tolerates the limelight because he must for his job, but when not acting in films with director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises), or some other indie movie like Captain Fantastic, a film shot mostly in Washington that earned him a nomination at this year’s Globes (he lost to Casey Affleck for Best Actor, Drama). ...continued on next page



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“ROAD RULES,” CONTINUED... Mortensen, who lives in Spain, Denmark and Argentina, also spends time near Sandpoint, where he’ll be introducing a screening of Captain Fantastic this weekend. He keeps a low profile, and he’s often able to slip through the world unrecognized. In looking back at Mortensen’s career, here are some of his apparent tried and tested rules to live by:


In many of Mortensen’s film he plays the antihero, or at least a deeply flawed character. While Aragorn, the King of Gondor’s heir apparent from Lord of the Rings, is far from perfect, he is the sort of traditional strong, lead male role one finds in tales of good versus evil. It is this part that brought fame and fortune to Mortensen. Because of the successful franchise, he was able to start his own publishing company and have enough of a nest egg to not be bothered with big blockbuster movies. Now he can do what he wants.




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For the recent Esquire cover story on Mortensen, the actor/artist/poet picked up his interviewer at the airport and proceeded to take her on a road trip to his childhood home in upstate New York. This wasn’t out of the ordinary for him. Not only has he taken many solo road trips throughout his 58 years, Mortensen also takes to the road in many of his films. Obviously, there’s LOTR, but there’s also the postapocalyptic The Road, as well as a film version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and then his most recent film Captain Fantastic, where he takes his brood of children raised in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest on a crosscountry road trip for their mother’s funeral. Clearly, in both art and life Mortensen, isn’t afraid of the journey ahead.


This isn’t Mortensen’s first time helping out Sandpoint’s Panhandle Community Radio (FM 88.5 KRFY). A few years back he came through the Panida Theater for a screening of A Dangerous Method. This weekend, he’s back at the historic theater for another radio benefit show, where he’ll host an audience Q&A after a viewing of Captain Fantastic. As a longtime North Idaho resident, Mortensen has made it a priority to help small arts programs, too, even if that means going out in public and talking to people. The show also benefits Team Autism 24/7. n An evening with Viggo Mortensen • Fri-Sat, Jan. 13-14, at 7:30 pm • Sold out • Panida Theater • 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • • 208-255-7801

ton State Legislature has convened for its 2017 session, film industry professionals across the state are urging lawmakers to maintain a statewide film incentive program that’s set to expire in June. Since 2007 (except for a year-long lapse in funding in 2011-12), Washington has supported the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, which offers financial incentives for filmed projects taking place within the state that meet certain qualifications. It’s because of this program that major motion pictures like Captain Fantastic saw Washington’s diverse landscape as a viable option, instead of shooting in other more film-friendly states. With a $3.5 million annual pool, the MPCP works like a cash rebate. Films, commercials and episodic series that can show they’ve spent a set minimum in the state for goods, services and labor can apply for 30 percent back after an audit, and if there’s any money left when they apply. The program’s coffers are funded by businesses who choose to contribute to it; for doing so, they get dollar-fordollar credits against owed state business and occupation taxes, up to $1 million. While Washington’s incentive program is small and funds are often depleted early in the year, it’s helped bring projects like Syfy’s ongoing series Z Nation to our region. Supporters say the rebates are justified because projects, in turn, have spent an estimated $116 million here since 2007. Still, Washington’s film incentive cap is one of the lowest in the nation. Arguably, we lose lots of projects to Oregon — its program is now capped at $14 million annually — and Vancouver, B.C., among many other places offering more lucrative discounts. For more legislative updates on the MPCP, visit; to get involved in lobbying efforts to maintain the fund, head to — CHEY SCOTT



Sarah Edwards works with materials from nature.

irst Friday organizers at the Downtown Spokane Partnership decided to do things a little differently this month in light of the holidays, so the local arts showcase traditionally held the first Friday of the month was moved to this week. Several galleries hosted receptions last weekend, too, and will display featured art through the month. For January’s event, we recommend that arts supporters check out the featured show at East Sprague’s New Moon Art Gallery, which hosts the artwork of nature collage artist Sarah

Edwards. We published a profile on Edwards and her work last June; her colorful and creative pieces made using only materials from nature — flowers, stones, seeds, etc. — often depict faces, animals, still-life scenes or abstract geometric shapes. Meet the artist in person at this Friday’s reception, and make sure to also follow her on Instagram for daily postings: @sarah. smiles9 — CHEY SCOTT New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague

RECEPTIONS ON FRIDAY, JAN. 13, FROM 5-8 PM, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, VISIT DOWNTOWNSPOKANE.ORG OR INLANDER.COM/FIRSTFRIDAY. Avenue West Gallery, 907 W. Boone “Thoughts of Spring” features pieces by the gallery’s member artists. Barili Cellars, 608 W. Second Dramatic and colorful paintings by Jim Dhillon, from 4-9 pm. Bellwether Brewing Co., 2019 N. Monroe Northwest-centric images by Robin Meek. Bistango, 108 N. Post Music by Karrie O’Neill, with happy hour and food specials through the evening. Core Pilates and Wellness, 1230 W. Summit Pkwy. Watercolor and acrylics by Lucinda Wurtz. Craftsman Cellars, 1194 W. Summit Pkwy. Mixed-media sculptures by ceramicist Liz Bishop, and live music by the Brad Keeler Trio, with Linda Parman and Jim Pittman, from 6-8 pm. Dodson’s Jewelers, 516 W. Riverside A showcase of new paintings by Sheila Evans in a show titled “Tranquility.” Express Employment Professionals, 331 W. Main “The Nest,” by MM Hewitt. Iron Goat Brewing, 1302 W. Second “Whitewashed” by Rebekah Wilkins-

Pepiton features a variety of printmaking methods. Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams “Mary Crosses” is a sculptural exhibition by retired art professor Ross Coates. (See story on page 24.) Leftbank Wine Bar, 108 N. Washington Paintings by Todd Mires, with live music by Carey Brazil. Liberty Ciderworks, 164 S. Washington The gallery continues its showing of oil pastels by David Wang. Marmot Art Space, 1206 W. Summit Pkwy. The first local show by Japanese artist Nishiki Sugawara-Beda. Marketplace Wineries, 39 W. Pacific Art by Blake Crossley, with music by the Spare Parts Duo, from 6-8:30 pm. Missing Piece Tattoo, 410 W. Sprague Local leather artist and maskmaker Annie Libertini shows her creations. The Observatory, 15 S. Howard A group show by Mr. Danger, Pete Canfield and Megan Holden. Patit Creek Cellars, 822 W. Sprague A group show titled “Not Flowers,” featuring Joshua Hanson, Amanda Richards, Jayme Laws and Lisa Allen. Pottery Place Plus, 203 N. Washington Guest fiber artist Juaquetta Holcomb

showcases her hand-dyed and -spun natural yarns. River Park Square, 808 W. Main A collection of artwork by elementary students from Spokane Public Schools. Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main Gallery members and invited artists have created classical dinner table settings for a show titled “Spread.” Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main Music by Villa Blues n’ Jazz, featuring vocalist Heather Villa with musicians Eugene Jablonsky, Brian Flick and Michael Lenke. From 6:30-8 pm. Startup Spokane Central, 610 W. Second Artwork by Angeline Dwyer. Trackside Studio Ceramic Gallery, 115 S. Adams A closing reception for the “Cup of Joy” national invitational featuring 30+ artists. William Grant Gallery and Framing, 1188 W. Summit Pkwy. A mixed-media showcase of artists who displayed at the gallery in 2016. 


SPORTS With the Seattle Seahawks chasing another Super Bowl, it can be hard to find writers who can effectively translate the perspective of Seahawks fans to a national level. But DANNY KELLY of The Ringer does just that. The former editor of Field Gulls, a Seahawks blog, Kelly writes about all things NFL for The Ringer, Bill Simmons’ sports and pop culture website. His most memorable pieces of late include why Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was struggling (and then how he turned it around), and why the fade route is garbage. But he also seems to write more about the Seahawks than any other national writer, and he’s able to break down what makes them so great. And occasionally infuriating. Follow him on Twitter @DannyBKelly. TV Don’t feel sorry for Alec Baldwin. Sure, he’s a game show host for ABC’s MATCH GAME, but this gig is not some end-of-career, trying-to-stayrelevant job. Match Game is a reboot of the series previously hosted by Gene Rayburn that ran (mostly) for 20 years until 1982, but somehow it doesn’t seem stale. This new version premiered last year, and the Season 2 premiere aired Jan. 4. It’s an “anything goes” kind of show, at least compared to other game shows. Already this season, Wayne Brady tried to strip on set and Ellie Kemper made a “that’s what she said” joke. But really, it’s Baldwin who makes it more than your average game show. DRINK For years, I thought using a POUR-OVER COFFEE MAKER at home was a level of coffee snobbery I wasn’t ready for yet. But then my dad bought one, and told me about how his pour-over makes better coffee because it gets rid of the “gases” in your coffee beans. Feeling like I was behind the times, I went out and got a Coffee Gator pour-over coffee maker for $25. “Makes you look cool,” the product description says. “Impress your friends. If you don’t have any, this product will gain you some new ones.” I don’t know if I’m any more impressive now, but my coffee definitely tastes better. 

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Goddesses Eclectic Ross Coates’ thought-provoking “Mary Crosses” pay tribute to female spiritual icons from throughout humanity BY CHEY SCOTT


oss Coates is a collector and always has been. Trinkets and doodads and castaside relics; a menagerie of miscellaneous ephemera — another man’s trash, even — unite as a curiously coherent collection in the 84-year-old artist’s latest show, Mary Crosses. More than two dozen of the Moscow, Idaho-based artist’s mixed-media assemblages he calls “Mary Crosses” are on display together for the first time. The solo exhibition at the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery in downtown Spokane runs through January 27. Coates’ name for the collection is indeed a nod to Christianity’s mother of Jesus, yet his art’s true intent is to pay homage to female deities, icons and goddesses that have existed in life or lore across cultures and religions of the world. Coates chose the Latin-style crucifix most associated with Christianity as the basis for each assemblage, he explains, because of its uni-


versal and ancient uses pre-dating European Christianity. Each Mary Cross is named after a goddess recognized at some point in history, or still today. There’s Daurani, a South American “mother of the forest,” and Macha, an ancient Irish goddess associated with horses and war. Representative of these feminine personas, each cross features a porcelain or plastic doll head atop its vertical apex. Beneath, items Coates has collected throughout his life and world travels are thoughtfully placed and hung: colorful ribbons, African carvings, Mexican prayer charms, vials of Chinese healing elixirs, animal bones and upcycled pieces of his previous art creations. “You somehow have to find little things that will attach or relate to another little thing,” Coates explains, adding that he makes a point to include elements from the natural world in each piece. “I can’t think of them as being all mechanical,” he says.

The first Mary Cross emerged in 2008, after Coates found a painted wooden crucifix at a Boise yard sale, embellished with the names of the seven deadly sins. He’s been making several of the sculptures each year since then, gradually piecing them together in his home studio until he’s satisfied with the result. Though the now-retired artist spends most of his time reading, creating art and “tinkering” — as his wife Marilyn Lysohir, an established ceramicist, says — Coates’ illustrious art career includes more than a decade as chair of Washington State University’s Fine Arts Department. His work has been displayed around the world. The way Lysohir sees it, the Mary Crosses present a thematic summation of Coates’ art philosophy, his personality and his lifelong growth as a creative storyteller. “In a way, from the 1960s to what he’s doing now is kind of the same thing,” she reflects. “He finds things and reintroduces it, and embellishes it and has fun. I see these as fun — it’s like exploring what little things that you find, and where to put them on the cross. It’s an adventure.” n Ross Coates: Mary Crosses • Through Jan. 27: reception Fri, Jan. 13, from 5-8 pm, otherwise open by appointment • Free to view; art from $250-$350 • Kolva-Sullivan Gallery • 115 S. Adams • 458-5517

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ell, we prayed for winter and we sure got it. Multiple cold snaps and plenty of early season powder days. Area resorts saw full parking lots and busy lodges. The beautiful aspect of this time of year is the ski season has just started, with almost three more months of sliding on the slopes. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and area resorts are all offering lesson packages to fit all budgets, most of them including lift tickets, lessons and rentals for a deeply discounted price. For those just looking for any reason to get up on the hill, we’re also entering event season. Check out our calendar listings for upcoming events on local ski mountains.

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The best time of the year to be on the mountain is from now until early April. Not just for the events; traditionally, the snow depths increase. The days are getting longer and the frequency of powder days are what dreams are made of. Road trip season is right around the corner, so get the best of what is in your backyard and start planning those spring ski trips. See you on the mountain! — JEN FORSYTH, Snowlander editor

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SKI AND SURF It’s amazing what you can stuff into one day at Idaho’s Silver Mountain Resort BY DAN NAILEN

Silver’s indoor lazy river doesn’t have to be lazy.


’ve lived in places where if you have the perfect plan and ideal weather, you can manage a half-day skiing and a quick round of golf between breakfast and dinner. It wasn’t until I visited North Idaho’s Silver Mountain Resort, though, that I realized an ambitious soul could make turns through fresh powder all day, and find that surf’s up a mere three-mile, 19-minute gondola ride away. Silver Mountain’s combined offerings of a fun bunch

of ski runs and giant indoor waterpark — as well as plush rental condos and base village full of dining options — made a family jaunt to Kellogg just the ticket for a worthy start to 2017. If you ever want a skiing experience with virtually no lift lines, head to Silver on New Year’s Day. Skipping out on New Year’s Eve parties allowed us to hit the road from Spokane early and make our way across I-90 in time for the household’s 13-year-old to take a morning

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Before the 2016-17 ski season even started, there was big news for fans of North Idaho’s Silver Mountain Resort. Jeld-Wen Holdings, Inc., the company which owned the Kellogg ski spot for 20 years, announced that it was selling the resort for $5 million. The new owner is Seattle-based businessman Tryg Fortun, whose purchase includes the ski operation, gondola, nine-hole Galena Ridge golf course, condo complex and waterpark. Fortun reportedly already owned several condos in the Morning Star Lodge complex at Silver Mountain, and is a regular at the resort. In a report in Ski Area Management magazine, Fortun said Silver Mountain is his favorite resort, and he plans to “up the stoke” in Kellogg and make Silver “the preferred yearround destination resort in the Pacific Northwest.”


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CLIMATE CLARITY If you want to talk about the future of skiing, you have to talk about climate change BY JOHN STIFTER


e’re screwed. While thinking of what to say on stage to a theater full of skiers and outdoor adventure seekers the day after the most contentious election in modern American history, I couldn’t resist that negative sentiment. My colleagues and I at Powder were on tour for a ski film celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. We hiked, slept, skied and reveled in the silent beauty in Glacier, Grand Teton, Olympic, Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks. The documentary sought to advocate the protection of our public lands and impart the importance of preserving them for future generations. Yet the outcome of the election, on a local and national level, appeared like an open-hand rebuke to the ensuing health of our forests and rivers and lakes. How was I supposed to introduce the film without acknowledging the reality of half of the country’s decision to elect a climate-change denier who extolls antiquated energy policies for the benefit of the oil and gas industry, while looking to repeal climate change legislation that helps ensure the wellness of wilderness?


ven before the election, the climate stats looked ominous: 2016 was on pace to be the warmest year on record, and 16 of the 17 hottest years have occurred this century; of the 150 glaciers that existed in Glacier National Park — an easy drive from Spokane — in the 19th century, fewer than 25 remain; a million square miles of spring snowpack has vanished from the Northern Hemisphere in the last 50 years; and Cascadian spring snowpack is down 20 to 40 percent. Just a few weeks before — pre-election — I’d stood on stage at Spokane’s Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox to introduce the same film. That night, I’d felt hopeful about the future of our natural resources and confident that we could begin to reverse the trend. More Americans had jobs in renewables — solar and wind — than oil and gas and coal extraction. Solar energy outpaced natural gas in electricity-generating capacity. Walmart plans to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2020. More than half of U.S. states require utilities to incorporate renewable energy into their generation mix. The U.S. and China joined nearly 200 countries to mitigate global carbon emissions with the Paris Climate Agreement.

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President Obama had permanently protected 260 million acres of land and water, more than any other U.S. president. He renewed the Land and Water Conservation Fund and enacted the Clean Water Rule and Clean Power Plan.


ut now, with President-elect Trump’s appointment of climate-change deniers to the Departments of Energy and the Interior and EPA, I’m not so sure. Like many of you, especially lovers of the outdoors, it feels overwhelming. We’re facing a massive machine that seeks to threaten the health of our lungs and our sacred places. What do we do? One answer came in December at Terrain’s downtown Spokane event, Rally, which invited residents to express their feelings about the election through art. It was the message from one art piece that simply said “Stop Being Comfortable.” As I see it, we have no choice but to see the silver lining: that this is a call for all of us to take action, to get out of our complacency, join together and do our part to protect what we love

— be that skiing, or anything in the outdoors. We need to get involved in local organizations like Spokane Riverkeeper, among others, promote the environmental message of nonprofits like Protect Our Winters, and ensure that politicians who represent us, like Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, hear our concerns. While there are certainly huge hurdles ahead, perhaps the sense of hope I had before

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LEARNING TO ADAPT A blown-out Achilles couldn’t stop one man’s skiing streak BY NICK PONTAROLO


fell to the ground clutching the back of my leg. There was a freakish void. My Achilles had snapped, and as I hobbled off the soccer field I thought of the Streak. I had cobbled together 34 consecutive monthly trips to ski, which I’ve chronicled in the Inlander over the past two years. Come hell or high water, I was getting out there each month to find a pitch steep enough to link 10 or more turns together. In the aftermath of the injury, it was clear. No one can ski with a ruptured Achilles. Impossible. Guaranteed 12-month recovery. No, ifs, ands or buts. I made the requisite calls and was soon scheduled for surgery. Trying to stay positive, I lied to myself. “The Streak is not a big deal,” I would say. My friends saw


Friends, plus a sit ski, helped the author keep his skiing streak alive at Mt. Hood, despite his injuries. through this rhetoric. I was devastated, but behind the scenes the covert planning began. Soon after Dr. Khalid Shirzad skillfully repaired my Achilles tendon, I lived life ripping around on my knee scooter. Determined that the Streak would be the only casualty, I went about life as normal as possible. Gone were poring over topographical maps, checking trip reports and playing meteorologist in preparation for my monthly adventure into the mountains. As September crept to a close, a group of buddies put the final touches on their plan to keep the Streak alive. My ski partner and friend, Ryan Ricard, stealthily executed the coup, by locating and purchasing a sit ski. My eyes welled with tears when I learned about this.

It seemed the Streak was no longer just mine, but had become communal.


n September 29, we loaded Ryan’s truck and headed south. Numerous calls to ski industry folk were answered with, “Sorry, bro, but legally, we can’t help you. We’re closed for the season.” Mt. Hood, however, was running the Magic Mile chairlift. That was as close as we were going to get to snow in September. We awoke to bluebird skies. Ryan, Chad O’Brien, and I pulled into the parking lot of Timberline Lodge to see that the Magic Mile was not dangling a single chair, despite their website listing it as “operational.” Manage-

Heading to the mountaintop. ment gave us a shrug. We were left to plan B. Ryan had thoughtfully packed the bed of his truck with a hodgepodge of bikes, climbing ropes, beer, various pulleys and numerous backpacks. He hitched his son’s bike trailer to his mountain bike, and directed me to sit. The axle bowed as I contorted to fit. Chad, our mule, slung the awkward sit ski onto his back. We were off. When the road became too steep to ride, Chad and Ryan pushed. They labored while I drank beer in my child-size chariot. Mostly it was laugher, but they worked for every rotation of the wheel. Pouring sweat, they carried on. With hours completed and miles to go, we came upon an employee who was driving a utility truck. Without pleading, she took us to the Silcox Hut, which was taunting us in the distance.



s we looked south to Mt. Jefferson, hikers began to question our plans. What were we doing? Why was a guy in a walking boot and crutches at 7,500 feet? We headed for the ribbon of snow lingering from the Palmer Snowfield. Chad and Ryan, my arms around their necks, hoofed me to the top of the snowy patch. Standing up the sit ski, they strapped me in. Ryan hooked himself to the chair’s anchor point and Chad guided the single ski downhill. I prayed the binding was properly adjusted.With my outrigger poles set, they guided me down, in mutual distress. We slowly streaked back and forth; they barked orders to keep the chair upright and for me to keep my shoulders square, and skied to the bottom where onlookers had gathered. After a couple of cold beers over ample laugher, we embarked on the road down. A couple miles of dirt and chip-sealed trail lay between us and endless martinis. Ryan hit rollers as I watched the cotter pin on the trailer hitch seesaw back and forth from my perch in the rear. Bits of brake broke free from the caliper as the rotors heated purple, warping as he occasionally braked around corners. The trailer squirmed on the loose volcanic rock. Passing hikers, with crutches raised, we were fueled by victory. Three months after surgery, I was cleared to ski, albeit gingerly. Since then the Streak has been preserved, but only with the undying determination of friends. I am constantly reassured that skiing, at its core, is a communal sport. For without the shared memories and help from friends, it is simply a freezing-cold sport where people are sliding down hills with sticks on their feet. My hat is off to all who help others to ride snow or get outside. And if you’re interested, Ryan has a slightly used sit ski with a story to tell. n

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Heliskiing in the marvelous Monashees and making memories for a lifetime BY BOB LEGASA


hen you get to a certain stage of your life, there are certain things you want to accomplish during your short time here on Earth; creating a bucket list for yourself is one way to make you feel alive and fulfilled. Whether it’s visiting Stonehenge, skydiving or just spending some quality time with a family on a dream vacation, you feel a sense of ease and happiness. A few weeks back I received a text message on a Saturday night from Tim Shenkariuk, Kingfisher Heliskiing’s general manager and partner. Kingfisher is a relatively new heli operation based in the iconic Monashee mountains of British Columbia. Tim’s text read: “we have an open seat in the heli for Tuesday if you’re interested”; since I’d recently seen videos and photos showing insane conditions in the Monashees, it didn’t take much more than a nanosecond to respond “YES!” I rescheduled my Monday and Tuesday; before I knew it,

I was showing Customs my passport heading into British Columbia. B.C.’s Monashee Mountains are synonymous with mind-blowing powder skiing, the main reason that Shenkariuk and his longtime friend and business partner Matt Devlin set up their business here four years ago. For both Tim and Matt, this business is all about passion. “Matt and myself met 22 years ago skiing at Silver Star,” Tim says. “Matt was a ski instructor and guide and he lured me into the guiding aspect of this business. I haven’t looked back.” The Kingfisher Heli Village is a short hour-and15-minute drive from Kelowna International Airport. The heli village consists of a heliport, home for two Astar helis, three beautifully appointed guest cabins, the guides’ office and the Gold Panner cafe/bar, which turns out West Coast-inspired cuisine. After a seven-hour drive from Coeur d’ Alene, I arrived Monday night just in time

for a full-blown dinner at the Gold Panner. During dinner I was able to meet my new best friends, the crew who I’d be spending the day with, shredding the Monashee powder. I was grouped up with a family of the heli-ski virgins from Ontario, a father, son and daughter crew who were more than excited for this adventure, but seemed a little nervous. As I got to know this group, I found out they booked this heli-ski day on a whim just a few weeks earlier. I asked dad Andrew Baumen what spurred this trip. “Heliskiing with my kids has been on my bucket list for the past 20 years,” he says. “The kids finished up exams at the university and we had a four-day window. so we booked it.” Dinner at the Gold Panner was excellent, as expected, accentuated with some of the Okanagan’s local wine. “Our chefs have traveled the world; we’re West Coast ...continued on page 12




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earlier. “Dry, dry desert air comes here and dumps in the trees. There’s no wind, no sun efflavor, but with a lot of influence from Italy fect, and they’re long, steep runs.” because of the type of and abundance of our By noon we’ve made four runs through local wines,” says Tim. “Kelowna has over 350 varying terrain, from some nice, wide-open glade wineries, from Kelowna down to the U.S. border. skiing to some tighter trees, which seemed to be This is the Napa Valley of Canada.” I knew I better for our visibility due to the flat light and liked this place! snowfall. On clearer days when Kingfisher flies It was a 7 am breakfast call, followed by a in the Alpine, they ski the Pinnacle Range, which heli safety briefing. From there we gathered at rises up to 8,500 feet. “The Pinnacles give you the guides’ shack, picked up our transceivers and some long runs: up to 4,000 vertical feet,” says went through a transceiver snow hazard briefing. Tim. Now that’s some leg-crushing vert! Before we knew it, we were loaded up in the Lunch is set up on a nice, flat landing zone. Astar. A short flight over the valley and we were Here’s we’re treated to some landing at the top of Flying Ryan, well-received hot tea, vegetable one of Kingfisher’s 200 landKingfisher Heliskiing has soup and chicken wraps. The ing zones scattered throughout a wide array of heliskiing hot soup was a huge hit. Abby’s 300,000 acres. packages, single- to multitake: “I’m impressed we get to As the heli lands, we unload day, all-inclusive. Visit eat on the side of a mountain, and gather in a heli huddle at and the food is phenomenal.” the nose of the bird. Our guide After lunch we ventured Felix Viaux pulls our skis and over one drainage and tried a avalanche floatation backpacks few steeper lines. Felix was the man, setting us from the specially designed ski basket on the side up with some sweet lines perfect for working of the heli. In less than two minutes, the pilot lifts off those lunch legs. All day long, he proved his off and drops the bird down at his next pickup worth time and time again. “In the beginning, we spot. let Felix know what our skill levels and limitaReality sets in for the Baumen family; they’re tions were,” says Chris. “Felix put us on perfect standing at the top of a mountain overlooking routes every time. It was awesome.” an untouched field of powder. This was a perfect It was nearing the end of our ski day. We slope for Felix to assess our group’s skiing level. all had some tired legs, but some happy souls. There’s a little bit of hesitation from daughter Felix treated us to one more special run to cap Abby as she cuts her first heliskiing tracks, but off this great day. Ironically, it was Bucket List. halfway down the run, she’s starting to relax and He definitely saved the best for last, as we skied rely on her skiing skills. Older brother Chris knee-deep blower powder. We all gathered at has it figured out quickly, while Andrew stands the bottom and watched Andrew ski the open above, watching his bucket-list dream come alive glade. He skied into the group with a huge smile right in front of his eyes. It was cool to watch it on his face: “That was the ultimate — being out unfold; the raw emotions of the kids’ excitement, here with my kids doing this. It honestly was the mixed in with the nervousness, was heartwarmultimate experience.” ing. The randomness of Andrew booking this trip For our second run, Felix brought us through on a whim really opened my eyes. Get out there some nicely spaced old-growth cedars. “We’re and do something memorable.  famous for our tree skiing here,” Tim tells me


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JANUARY DOWNHILL DIVAS A weekly ski/snowboard instruction session for women and taught by women, offering a safe and fun learning environment for all. Fridays from 12:30-3:30 pm, through March 10. $45/ session, or $199/all 10. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. skilookout. com/downhill-divas (208-744-1301) JUNIOR FRIDAY NIGHT RACE SERIES Kids can join the Independence Race league and learn more about ski racing in this fun-focused club. Friday nights in January, from 5:30-7 pm. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) FREE SKI SCHOOL Lookout’s famous series offers instruction for newbies ages 6-17, held every Saturday through March 11. Beginners at 10 am; intermediate to advanced at 11:30 pm. Free. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. (208-744-1301) HOSTED SNOW SHOE HIKES Hosted hikes are offered throughout the winter season, with three styles to choose from for a range of skill levels. Offered Saturday and Sunday, at 10 am and 12:30 pm (times vary based on hike). $20-$30. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) FIND YOUR PARK: MT. SPOKANE SNOWSHOEING AND NORDIC SKIING Spokane Nordic Ski Association director Todd Dunfield leads a classroomstyle session on cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Mt. Spokane State Park. Jan. 12, from 6-7 pm. Free. REI Spokane, 1125 N. Monroe St. stores/spokane (328-9900) APRÈS-SKI PARTY After a day on Mt. Spokane (or in the office), enjoy prizes, food and more. Jan. 13, from 5-9 pm. Selkirk Pizza & Tap House, 12424 N. Division. (238-2220)

MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKE Explore the majestic old-growth forests by night, followed by freshbaked brie and hot soup. Jan. 13, from 4-8 pm. $40, includes rental and trail fees. Ages 13+. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) CROSS COUNTRY MOONLIGHT SKI TOUR AND DINNER Peacefully explore the moonlit woods on cross-country skis, after which you’ll enjoy a meal from Greenbluff Fresh Catering Co. Includes equipment, dinner and guides. Skiing experience recommended; Sno-Park and Discover Pass required. Offered Jan. 14 and Feb. 11, from 6-9 pm. $49/person; ages 18+. At Mt. Spokane State Park Selkirk Lodge. Register online at or call 755-2489. WOODY WAGON WEEKEND The Deschutes Brewery keg wagon returns to the village this year, bringing with it some tasty beers. Jan. 14-16. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) NIGHT SKIING To coincide with the year’s first full moon, 49 Degrees North opens up the runs under the light of the moon. Also catch live music by Just Plain Darin in the lodge, from 2-6 pm. Jan. 14. $15 lift tickets. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. (935-6649) NORTHERN LIGHTS The annual event during MLK Jr. Day weekend includes a big torchlight parade down the mountain, followed by a fireworks show in the village and celebrations at Taps. Sign up at 4:30 for one of the 70 spots to be a parade participant. Jan. 14, at 6 pm. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) LOOKOUT WINTER CARNIVAL Annual festivities include the hilarious wife-carrying contest, a 100-foot sprint

on a flat snow surface. Other events include a three-legged race, face painting and a snowman building contest. Jan. 15, wife-carrying contest at 1 pm. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. (208-744-1301) FREE STATE PARK DAYS Washington State Parks and Recreation host the next 2017 free-access days, offering visitors the chance to explore the great outdoors at state parks without a Discover Pass ($30/annual, $10/single day). Includes access locally to Riverside, Mt. Spokane and Palouse Falls state parks. Jan. 15-16. WOMEN’S SNOWSHOE TOUR Guides offer advice on how to better control your snowshoes in a noncompetitive, relaxed session. Includes a trail pass, instruction, rentals and lunch in the yurt. Offered Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 11, from 10 am-1 pm. $39/ person. Ages 15+. 49 Degrees North, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd. Register online at JAM FOR CANS A canned food fundraiser on the mountain. Registration ends at 10:30 am. Jan. 21. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane State Park Dr., Mead. (238-2220) TUBING FAMILY ADVENTURE Spokane Parks organizes a family tubing outing, with transportation to Mt. Spokane included. Jan. 22, from 10 am-1 pm. $29/person, ages 8+. Departs from Yoke’s Foods, 14202 N. Market. Register online at KPND DAY Before heading to the mountain, Lookout guests can pick up a coupon at the Ski Shack (Hayden), Mountain Gear (Spokane) or KPND 95.3 offices for a discounted lift ticket, priced at $9.53. Valid only on Jan. 26. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. skilookout. com (208-744-1301) NORDIC SKI CLINICS Guest instructor Kevin van Bueren ...continued on next page

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SNOWSHOEING BASICS REI staff lead a session on the basics of snowshoeing, including the appropriate selection of gear, and the basics of where to go to get started. Jan. 28, from 3-5 pm. Free. Riverside State Park, Bowl & Pitcher area, Spokane. stores/spokane (328-9900) ALL OUT 2017 AT KENDALL YARDS REI staff set up shop at the Kendall Yards Welcome Center to help you set your outdoor goals and make plans to reach them. Free. Jan. 28, from 6-8 pm. Free. Kendall Yards Welcome Center, 1335 W. Summit Pkwy. spokane (328-9900)

SNOWSCHOOL EXPERIENCE PROGRAM SOLE offers a family-friendly day of activities and learning centered around natural ecosystems and the outdoors. Jan. 28. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. silvermt. com (866-344-2675) MOUNTAIN BREWFEST AND SNOW BOWLING CONTEST The object of snow bowling is to push your teammate on a sled toward 10 inflatable bowling pins. Also happening concurrently is the Samuel Adams mountain brewfest all day in the loft. Jan. 29, contest (free) at 1 pm. Lookout Pass, I-90 Exit 0 at Mullan, Idaho. (208-744-1301) SNOWSHOE/HIKE ANTOINE PEAK CONSERVATION AREA Spokane Parks staff lead participants on a snowy hike around the Antoine Peak Conservation Area, which offers 360-degree views from its summit. Transportation, guides and equipment included. Jan. 29, from 9 am-2 pm. $19/ person, ages 18+. Meets at Rocket Bakery, 3315 N. Argonne. Register online at MAP AND COMPASS NAVIGATION BASICS Learn basic navigation skills using a map and compass to find your way, including how to read a topographic map. Jan. 30, from 5:30-7:30 pm. $30-$50. (328-9900)

FEBRUARY SNOW BIKE RACES Bring your fat bike up to the mountain for a two-day series of two-wheel winter races; details TBA. Feb. 4 (cross

country) and 5 (dual slalom). Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. (866-3442675) COLLEGE DAZE The mountain offers special lift ticket prices and other specials for college students showing a valid ID. Feb. 4-5. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. (208-263-9555) NIGHT SKIING 49 Degrees North opens up the runs under the light of the moon. Feb. 3 and 18. $5 lift tickets with three canned food donations; live music the night of Feb. 18. 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah. (935-6649) KAN JAM Mt. Spokane hosts the annual event series, with a rail jam on Friday and the Big Air competition on Saturday. Feb. 3, from 4-9:30 pm and Feb. 4, times TBA. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane State Park Dr., Mead. (238-2220) LADIES’ DAY A special women’s skiing event with a continental breakfast, lunch, demos and four hours of personal instruction from the mountain’s favorite female instructors. Feb. 10, 9 am-4 pm. $129. Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park, 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. mtspokane. com (238-2220) SPECIAL OLYMPICS Watch these talented local athletes compete on Noah’s and Ross’ Run. Feb. 11. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho. (866-344-2675) n

THE LAST RUN to ski wearing sunglasses and no hat.” This is absolutely the wrong time to ski in anything but down, down and more down. Even down underwear, if it’s even a thing. A helmet, goggles, a neck gaiter, hand warmers everywhere, and as many layers as it takes to achieve something between comfort and looking like the Michelin man.


Snowing hard, possibly with some wind Contrary to what one looks like when they come in from this type of skiing, this can be some of the most fun to be had out on the mountain. This brings out the hardiest of the skiers and snowboarders, and how people dress is usually all over the board. Lift rides can get cold, but the run down usually elevates your internal temperatures.

SUNNY SPRING DAYS How to dress for success

GOOD FOR ALL OCCASIONS The first question: What to wear? BY JEN FORSYTH


hen the temperatures start to do some funky things, it takes the most seasoned professional to perfect the art of dressing for the current conditions. This comes after years of having too many layers, not enough layers, the wrong goggle lens or the wrong skis for the day’s conditions.


Sunny, clear and freezing cold, usually with a wind chill These are the days that easily confuse those newer to the sport of snow skiing. It’s tempting to see sunshine and say to yourself, “Hey, this would be a perfect day

Cold in the morning, warm and sunny from mid-morning to late afternoon This calls for layering, and quick access to a backpack, car or locker will also come in handy. To simplify, on these days, it might be easier to just show up a little later once the sun has had a chance to soften up the corn snow. These are the opportunities to wear those sunglasses, go hatless, don your favorite retro onesie and any other of your favorite outfits When it really gets interesting is when it goes from storm skiing to spring skiing within the same day. The moral of the story? Read the forecast and don’t be afraid to pack extra clothes and items. But sometimes the trick is just wanting to pull yourself off the hill to make the change. 

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A Bright Spot The Kitchen Counter serves simple, seasonal fare to the lunch crowd in Moscow BY TARYN PHANEUF


new lunch spot in downtown Moscow bursts with warmth. The light streaming through the windows and skylight masks the wintry chill as friends and co-workers linger over steaming bowls of soup in amber-colored wood booths. The menu at the Kitchen Counter is small and changes weekly — all dreamed up by owner and chef Patty Brehm. It features vegetable-laden soups, sandwiches, and a few other light sides — exactly what’s called for on a January day in North Idaho. Open since June, but only on weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm, Brehm wants to do lunch really, really well. Not to impress people, but to make things warm and friendly — to “feed the neighborhood,” a phrase she uses to describe the downtown Moscow business district. But she’s been surprised by just how well the neighborhood has taken to the space and

her food. “I wasn’t expecting how much of a community spot this has become. So many people who work downtown eat here regularly. We have a lot of regulars. And a lot of people all know each other. It’s very friendly — kind of a social place,” she says. “A friend of mine who comes in for lunch a lot said, ‘I didn’t know it was missing in my life until I started coming here.’ Like it was something he wanted and didn’t know it. Now he comes here all the time because it just feels so comfortable and familiar.” Matt Brehm, Patty’s husband, business partner and a professor of architecture at the University of Idaho, says he’s less surprised. He recognized early that they’d found a hidden gem. The building, squeezed between a large coffee shop on one side and a taphouse on the other, has gone unnoticed even by some lifelong Moscow residents.

Patty and Matt Brehm, owners of the Kitchen Counter.


But they revived its old charm, removing heavy drapes that used to cover the windows and highlighting the Art Deco interior. “I sensed it was a well-kept secret as a place for people to gather and hang out — to be comfortable and see their friends,” Matt says. “It’s still surprising how quickly that has happened.” After decades in the food industry, including in restaurants, catering and natural food stores, Patty says she embraces a traditional style of cooking. She focuses on using few ingredients, putting together food that’s flavorful and maybe a little new to the eater. Her ease as a chef comes from summers spent in Italy over the past 10 years, tagging along on an annual trip with Matt’s architecture classes. “I learned a lot about Italian food, and it really influences the way I cook tremendously. Just the freshness. You shop every morning — there’s a market outside your door,” she says. “It’s like a farmers market, but every day. In a piazza. It’s awesome.” Though lunch is her current specialty, she’s experimenting with other ideas. On Jan. 21, the Kitchen Counter hosts a pop-up bakery and market with other local business owners to sell pastries, bread and sliced and smoked meat. n Kitchen Counter • 214 S. Main St., Moscow • Open weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm • • 208-596-3042



Whistle Punk Brewing will continue making beer at this Newman Lake location, but will soon have a taproom in downtown Spokane.

Beer Notes Whistle Punk lands a taproom spot in downtown Spokane, and some other brewing news BY MIKE BOOKEY


bout a year ago, we wrote about the sneaky emergence of Whistle Punk Brewing, which began placing a few tasty IPAs on the taps at beer bars and pubs around Spokane. The hop-forward brewery owned and operated by father-son duo Matt and Craig Hanson was winning over fans, but doing it without a physical location where folks could taste the Whistle Punk beer roster. The brewery will soon have a place to satisfy those

folks in downtown Spokane. Whistle Punk has plans to open a taproom off of Monroe Street in a space formerly occupied by the bar portion of Brooklyn Deli, which moved a block south this past summer. Matt Hanson says he hopes to have the spot open by mid-March, but that all production will remain out in Newman Lake. Expect to get a much wider look at what the Hansons can do at the taproom, he says. “We’re going to have one consistent IPA — our flagship — on at all times as well as the espresso stout, because people have been liking those. We’ll have 14 taps and four or five of those will be different kinds of IPAs,” he says. Upon opening, Hanson says he wants to start a founders club for about 100 people. For the club, they can buy gift certificates to use immediately in return for entry into the club, Whistle Punk gear and invites to special events. Since the former Brooklyn Deli already had a bar component, Hanson says they don’t need to do major renovations to the space, but will touch up the interior a bit and add their own tap lines. As for food, Whistle Punk will have a few snacks, but


they plan to rely on the soon-to-open Texas True Barbecue, which is taking over the former deli side, to serve most of the food. You’ll be able to order from that menu and eat it at Whistle Punk with your pint.  Laughing Dog Brewing, located in Ponderay, just outside of Sandpoint, has made a few location moves during its 11-plus years in operation in North Idaho. Now, the popular brewery, which sells its cans throughout the region and has emerged as one of the biggest breweries in Idaho, has a large-scale production facility that will help the brewery continue to grow. While the production side is pumping out beer, the restaurant and taproom is still not open. Expect that by March.  If you want a little intrigue with your beer dinner, River City Brewing and the Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen offer a Mystery Beer Dinner. The event, which pairs five courses with five different beers, is set for Jan. 26 at 6 pm. While enjoying olive oil fried mussels, roasted curry chicken, an intermezzo, braised lamb and sweet corn cake, you’ll be given a beer and asked to guess the style, and if possible, the beer name. Then you’ll engage in a discussion about the particular brew. Tickets are $55 and available by calling 392-4000. n

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one of the first places to introduce the juice bar concept to Spokane. All of its juices are organic, gluten free, raw and vegan, and are served in 100 percent compostable containers. Once you become a regular, you’ll want to pick up one of Method’s reusable Mason jars for a discount on every juice you buy. The bar offers online ordering, so downtowners can snag a fresh juice without a wait during the lunch hour. In the meantime, grab a bottle of their cold-pressed juice if you’re on the go; it’s squeezed and bottled each morning. MIZUNA 214 N. Howard | 747-2004 When it first opened, Mizuna was a vegetarian restaurant. The downtown spot has since expanded its menu to meet the needs of ominvores, too. But rest assured, vegans and vegetarians, your offerings are still prepared on a separate workspace and grill. Mizuna’s menu changes seasonally to showcase fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A great wine selection, dim lighting, exposed brick walls and elegant décor make this one of Spokane’s most romantic restaurants. Sit in the alley in the summer and pretend you’ve been transported to a quaint European city.

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Natalie Portman plays one of our most beloved First Ladies in Jackie.

Print (and Reprint) the Legend Jackie keeps repeating its intriguing ideas about turning people into icons BY SCOTT RENSHAW


efore a single image appears on screen in Jackie, there is a deeply unsettling swell of strings from Mica Levi’s score; something that begins triumphant, then dips into a kind of horror-movie dissonance. Soon, the haunted face of Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) appears — eyes red-rimmed as she walks on the Kennedy family property in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, just a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy — the music continuing its eerie swing between glorious and terrifying. It’s difficult to imagine a film announcing more spectacularly and efficiently what it’s about, before a single word is ever spoken: a disconnect between surface spectacle, and something much darker just beneath that surface. Chilean director Pablo Larraín (No) makes his English-language debut with one of America’s defining national narratives, and it’s initially intriguing to see screenwriter Noah Oppenheim attack it from a new point of view. Jackie often nails the connection between history and image, but it’s also never about to let you forget that


central idea. As gripping as the story manages to be at Johnson’s team. That material makes for some fascinatindividual moments, it’s held back from greatness by its ing procedural drama, as logistics collide with what today repeated underlining of its own thesis statements. would be called “optics,” yet it also finds Jackie repeating Larraín and Oppenheim keep the story moving more or less the same concept over and over again: It’s through the events of November 1963, darting back and all about giving Kennedy an epic send-off, something forth in time. A framing narrative finds an unnamed jourthat his achievements might not have earned, but which nalist (Billy Crudup) interviewing Jackie as she attempts would make sure he wasn’t a forgotten victim of assasto tell her own side of the tragic tale. The film weaves sination like James Garfield or William McKinley. back to the day of the assassination Jackie is engrossing enough as character JACKIE itself, and the immediate aftermath, study — particularly as it touches on Jackie’s Rated R including Jackie’s visit with a priest own conflicted emotions about lionizing a man (John Hurt). And as the widowed First Directed by Pablo Larraín whose personal flaws she knew all too well — Lady still grieves, she also tries to plan Starring Natalie Portman, Peter that it rarely feels oppressive. Portman walks an Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup a service and final resting place for effective, tricky line humanizing an icon whose President Kennedy that will anchor his goal was to render her family iconic. It’s just a place in history. shame that more of Jackie couldn’t have followed the lead Much of the tight, 96-minute running time surof that remarkable Mica Levi score, giving unexpected rounds Jackie’s detailed involvement in orchestrating twists to moments that could have been pedantic or the president’s funeral procession, often arguing with maudlin. Unlike that score, the script is content to repeat Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard) or members of Lyndon variations on a familiar theme. n



“If you say his name, or even think it, he will come for you.” That’s the jumping-off point for this teen-oriented fright flick inspired by urban legends like Slender Man, and movies like The Ring and Evil Dead. The evil of the Bye Bye Man, discovered by three college students, passes from person to person, causing them to do unthinkable acts (apparently including appearing in this movie). The most shocking aspect of this horror-thriller timed for release on a Friday the 13th? Probably its PG-13 rating. (DN) Rated PG-13


Isabelle Huppert won a Best Actress Golden Globe for this French-language revenge tale about a video game company executive who is attacked in her home, and then tracks down her assailant and engages him in a suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct), Elle is part whodunit, and part disturbing exploration of the depths a person will go to responding to a personal invasion of the most devastating kind. Thanks to the masterful Huppert, such unpleasantness is well worth watching. At AMC. (DN) Rated R


Chilean director Pablo Larraín (No) makes his English-language debut with one of America’s defining national narratives. Jackie has Natalie Portman as the title character in the days following the death of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. It often nails the connection between history and image, but it’s also never about to let you forget that central idea. (SR) Rated R


Dev Patel stars as an Australian man who was adopted by parents after getting lost on the streets of Calcutta as a child. As the memories come back to him, he sets out to find the mother



and brother who he lost that day, even though 25 years have passed. At Magic Lantern. (MB) Rated PG-13

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Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck, who also directed the film) is making a good living in 1920s Boston as a bank robber, with no desire to get involved with the mob, but — whoops — here he is falling in with them under duress. Then he gets sent to Tampa to head up the booming business in illegal booze and swanky nightclubs as his criminal empire grows and spirals out of control. (MJ) Rated R

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Tripp (Lucas Till) is a high-school dude sick of his small town and looking for something new in his life. So he does what a lot of teens are doing these days — he builds a truck out of spare pieces found in a junkyard. Then, he finds a lizard-octopus monster thing in his garage (he names it Creech), which takes up residence in his truck, giving it extra super powers. (MB) Rated PG


Boston native Mark Wahlberg plays a cop who is working on the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and is also involved in the hunt for the perpetrators behind the attack, which killed three people and injured many others. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon). Rated R


Someone has kidnapped crooked cop Vincent Downs’ (Jamie Foxx) son, and he’s not pleased. So he goes on a quest through Las Vegas to track down his child, all the while fending off bad casino owners, a cop who’s onto his shady game (Michelle Monaghan) and his son’s not-so-patient mom (Gabrielle Union). The film, based on the French picture Sleepless Night, is packed with intrigue, shoot-outs and even an acting turn from rapper T.I. (LJ) Rated R

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Annette Bening stars as a single mom in sunny SoCal in 1979 in this comedy/ drama by director Mike Mills (Beginners). Struggling to raise her teenage son, manage a boarding house and have some semblance of her own life, she recruits some of her tenants, ranging from a punk-rock girl (Greta Gerwig) to the house handyman (Billy Crudup) and one of her son’s school peers (Elle Fanning) for advice and guidance for her boy. (DN) Rated R


A 12-year-old boy named Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is struggling with a mother dying of cancer (Felicity Jones), an absent father (Toby Kebbell) and an icy grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). On top of all that, he’s also regularly bullied at school. And then, late one

night, the ancient, creepy yew tree in the churchyard that Conor can see from his bedroom window uproots itself and saunters over to talk to him. The Monster (the voice of Liam Neeson) promises to return three more times to tell Conor stories that will have some bearing on Conor’s situation. (MJ) Rated PG-13


Two assassins (Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard) meet in North Africa in 1942, each attempting to kill the same Nazi official. They fall in love, move to London, and attempt to settle down and live a life of normalcy. But when you’re on the brink of another war and you’ve known all along that the one you love is a cold-blooded killer, how can you be sure they won’t turn on you? (HM) Rated R ...continued on next page



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You can tell just by the powerhouse cast that this is not your typical cheesy video game adaptation, as Michael Fassbender takes on the role of Callum Lynch, a tough dude who — through some scifi technology wonders — taps into the memories of his ancestors, in this case a 15th century assassin, and brings those old-world skills to the modern world to take down some oppressive bad guys. Joining Fassbender in the time-traveling frenzy is Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling and Michael K. Williams, better known as legendary badass Omar from The Wire. (DN) Rated PG-13


Aisholphan is a 13-year-old girl living as part of a nomadic Kazakh tribe who wants to be the first woman in her family to learn how to hunt with an eagle, which is a tradition to her people. This uplifting documentary takes a look into a unique culture while telling an inspiring story. At AMC (MB) Rated G

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J.K. Rowling’s fanciful picture depicts magical creatures roaming throughout 1926 New York City. This is the consequence of unregistered wizard Newt Scamander letting them escape. Scamander travels the Wizarding World collecting magical creatures and keeping them in a magical case that allows them to roam in their habitats. Scamander’s arrival in America disrupts the secret magical society there and challenges societal norms regarding magical and non-magical people. (EG) Rated PG–13


You’ve probably never heard of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who were pioneers in — respectively — mathematics, computer programming and engineering at NASA, without whom it’s astronauts would never have flown. The three black women helped the space agency through its first manned space flight, as documented in this historical drama. (MJ) Rated PG


When jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) first see each other, their attraction is more than magnetic — it can bend time and space. The leads help the musical construction make sense; these two are so head over heels for each other that of course everything stops for a song-and-dance number now and again. (PC) Rated PG-13


Writer-director Jeff Nichols tells a story, and an important story in American history: the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia that rendered states’ anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, and affirmed the marriage of a white Virginia man, Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), to his “colored” wife, Mildred (Ruth Negga). On a certain level, though, Loving is about people who find that they have no choice but to insert their lives into something bigger, even when it might seem simpler and easier not to fight.






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Ove, the curmudgeon in this Swedish import, walks around with the puckered face of a man who’s seemingly spent a lifetime sucking on lemons, a true crank after the death of his wife. But the Swedish film has a charming upside, even if there are dark elements surrounding Ove. At Magic Lantern (SD) Rated PG-13


Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a handyman in several Boston-area apartment buildings, who gets news from his coastal Massachusetts hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea that his brother has died. What he does not expect upon his return — to a place filled with ghosts, and where everyone speaks his name like he’s a local boogeyman — is that Joe has named Lee as the guardian for Joe’s 16-yearold son Patrick (Lucas Hedges), forcing Lee to confront a past that has left him broken. Rated R


Jessica Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, a renowned lobbyist in D.C. with a track record of success and a history of cunning on behalf of her corporate clients. When she is asked to take on the gun lobby, she risks her career and the safety of the people she cares about. (HM) Rated R


Moana is driven to find out what lies beyond the reefs off her beautiful South Pacific island paradise, reefs beyond which her people are forbidden to venture. What makes her special is how she will achieve this: she is chosen by the ocean itself, as a reward for a kind act toward a sea creature, to take on a quest involving a long and dangerous journey that will, hopefully, save her island and her people. (MJ) Rated PG-13


Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, the film follows the life of Chiron, beginning as a 9-year-old drug dealer in Miami, as he grows up struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R


In the latest from Tom Ford (A Single Man) comes this psychological thriller



about a woman (Amy Adams) whose ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her a novel he’s written that’s dedicated to her. The problem is that it’s a revenge tale and brings her back to the awful thing she did that ended their marriage. (MB) Rated R


The starship Avalon rockets to a distant planet, carrying more than 5,000 comatose earthlings. At the end of its decades-long flight, Avalon will rouse the humans from their suspended animation, but then Jim (Chris Pratt) is roused from his cryogenic slumber about 90 years too soon Eventually, a young woman named Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) wakes up, too, and they need to figure out what’s gone wrong. (PC) Rated PG-13


Set before A New Hope, Rogue One follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). When Rebel intelligence soldier Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) rescues Jyn from prison, she becomes part of the mission to find out if there is any way to stop the new project that her father designed — the Death Star. Rated PG-13


Here’s a tale of theatrical impresario Buster Moon (voice of Matthew McConaughey), a koala, who in a last-ditch attempt to save his grand but failing theater, decides to put on a voice-talent show, open to anyone. This brings animals of all shapes and sizes to work up routines to perform. (MB) Rated PG


Kate Beckinsale returns to her role as Selene, the vampire and werewolf hunter that she introduced to the series in 2003. This time, she’s trying to protect her daughter’s life while also attempting to end the war between the lycans and the vampires. (MB) Rated R


Bryan Cranston plays a dad who joins his family on a trip to visit his adult daughter’s bad boy tech industry billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). Soon, he realizes that the ridiculously rich and ridiculously behaved d-bag is about to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage. This does not please the dad. (MB) Rated R 


Gangster’s Bore Ben Affleck directs and stars in Live by Night, but forgets to add some excitement BY MARYANN JOHANSON


ith his fourth film as director, Ben Affleck has We never really understand what Joe thinks he has finally produced a stinker. Live by Night fails learned about life, the universe, and everything through because it commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it all, because that bald plot synopsis contains about as it’s boring. Which isn’t a thing that should much engaging drama as the film itself. Live ever be true about a movie with speakeasby Night feels like two hours of highlights LIVE BY NIGHT from a 20-episode miniseries: there’s a rich ies and flappers and tommy guns and Rated R gangsters in Panama hats. tapestry of complex characters driven by Directed by Ben Affleck Joe Coughlin (Affleck, also starring) is tangled motives, doing all sorts of morStarring Ben Affleck, Brendan making a good living in 1920s Boston as a ally complicated things, but it’s only just bank robber, with no desire to get involved Gleeson, Anthony Michael Hall barely hinted at. Sure, we get the cool with the mob, but — whoops — here he is car chases with period vehicles, which do falling in with them under duress. Then he gets sent to look amazing. But all the dramatically significant action Tampa to head up the booming business in illegal booze happens offscreen and then is referred to — if we’re lucky and swanky nightclubs. Then he’s trying to start a legit — by people talking to one another, or perhaps in Joe’s casino, as a hedge for when Prohibition inevitably ends. narration, which features throughout, telling us about all Then he’s walking along a beach at sunset just before the the really interesting and exciting stuff that has happened credits roll, waxing philosophical about the fruits of his elsewhere. allegedly hard-earned wisdom. Characters spring from nowhere, clearly consequen-

Live by Night is Affleck’s fourth directing credit. tial ones played by actors such as Brendan Gleeson and Anthony Michael Hall, then disappear again without having had any impact. That’s even more infuriating when those characters are women, like the temperance preacher played by Elle Fanning or the gangster’s moll played by Sienna Miller: they are treated as pawns in men’s games when they’re obviously playing their own games, but even their actions that are vital to the story and to Joe’s journey are either sidelined or completely unaccounted for. Affleck wrote the script, working from a novel by Dennis Lehane — as he did with his first film as director, Gone Baby Gone — and he just can’t seem to wrangle his sprawling story into submission. Maybe he bit off more than he could chew by taking on so many jobs on the production, but that hasn’t been a problem for him in the past. He does seem a bit miscast as Joe, if only physically: his too-modern Batman bulk isn’t successfully hidden under boxy suits, and he just doesn’t look the part. But that would probably be OK if we understood Joe at all. How is he able to run his terrible business without cruelty? It sounds nice to hear him say that he does, but how does that actually work when you’re supervising men who don’t hesitate to kill? How does Joe inspire loyalty? How does he become a supposedly clever success in such a dangerous business realm? I’m sure that would all be fascinating stuff to discover. Maybe it’ll get covered in the TV series. n


A protestor fights the power at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation last September. JEFF FERGUSON PHOTO


The Chad Mitchell Trio always stood up for their beliefs.

River City Roots plan to record their first album this winter.






hey call themselves audio terrorists, and for 10 years Richland-based the Drip has truly assaulted earholes with their extremely loud metal attacks. This Friday, the quintet is finally releasing their first full-length album, The Haunting Fear of Inevitability, and they come to the Observatory to share this joy with Spokane fans. This music is for people who enjoy the idea of standing out in a pulverizing thunderstorm with absolutely no shelter in sight. There are crashes and booms galore, along with tons of raging guitar licks pouring down on top of your skull. And when Brandon Caldwell starts screaming, it sounds like the end is truly near — but you won’t care. You’ll just want to keep screaming right along with him, all night long. — LAURA JOHNSON The Drip CD release show with East Sherman, Xingaia and Askevault • Fri, Jan. 13, at 8 pm • $8 • 21+ • The Observatory • 15 S. Howard • • 598-8933


Thursday, 01/12

BARLOWS AT LIBERTY LAKE, Sunny Nights Duo BEEROCRACY, Open Mic BOLO’S, Inland Empire Blues Society Monthly Blues Boogie BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Randy Campbell acoustic show J BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, The Song Project J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen BUCKHORN INN, The Spokane River Band J CHAPS, Spare Parts J CHATEAU RIVE, An Evening With Wylie & The Wild West COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, PJ Destiny CRAVE, DJ Freaky Fred CRUISERS, Open Mic Jam Slam hosted by Perfect Destruction and J.W. Scattergun FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Dan Conrad FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho THE JACKSON ST., Dave McCrae LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Truck Mills O’SHAYS IRISH PUB & EATERY, Open mic with Adrian and Leo J THE OBSERVATORY, Resurrection Records Spin & Swap THE PALOMINO, Resurgence, Charlie Drown, Nogunaso, Thunder Knife, Heart Avail, Ragtag Romantics THE RESERVE, Liquid with DJ Dave RIVELLE’S RIVER GRILL, Truck Mills and special guests Jam Night THE ROCK BAR & LOUNGE (4433796), Spokane River Band J THE PIN!, This Wild Life, Royal Teeth, Oyster Kids ZOLA, Sauce Policy




ll is not so rockin’ in AC/DC world. Guitarist Angus Young is the last man standing after his brother Malcolm and longtime bassist Cliff Williams retired, drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in New Zealand for hiring a hitman and singer Brian Johnson had to quit due to hearing loss. While the band might be losing steam, songs like “Back in Black,” “T.N.T.” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” never lose their saucy charm, which helps explain the ongoing popularity of all-girl tribute band Hell’s Belles. Led by guitarist Adrian Conner in the Angus role (complete with schoolboy costume and show-long striptease) and fronted by Aussie belter Amber Saxon, Hell’s Belles deliver a fun, raucous night out every time they hit the stage. And AC/DC fans need them now, more than ever. —DAN NAILEN Hell’s Belles with Evan Egerer, Elephant Gun Riot • Sat, Jan. 14, at 8 pm • $13.50 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • • 244-3279

Friday, 01/13

ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Jan Harrison, Doug Folkins, Pat Barclay J THE BARTLETT, Robbie Walden Band, the Pearls BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, GS3 BIGFOOT PUB, YESTERDAYSCAKE BOLO’S, My Own Worst Enemy BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Single Wide COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Cris Lucas CURLEY’S, Phoenix FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Kosh FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Dangerous Type FREDNECK’S (291-3880), Deez Nutz

feat. Chris Kidd, Dee Senese THE JACKSON ST., Slow Cookin’ JOHN’S ALLEY, Flying Mammals J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil MOOSE LOUNGE, Bad Monkey MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Carli Osika MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Pat Coast NASHVILLE NORTH, Devon Wade with DJ Tom NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, DJ Patrick J THE OBSERVATORY, The Drip CD Release! (See story above) w/ East Sherman, Xingaia, Askevault PATIT CREEK CELLARS, Ken Davis In

Transit PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Ron Criscione PRIME TYME BAR & GRILL (2386253), Mojo THE RESERVE, Mojo Box THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler THE SHOP, DJ Teej SILVER FOX (208-667-9442), Triple Shot SILVER MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT (208783-1111), Son of Brad J THE PIN!, Scatterbox, Foxtrot Epidemic, Skunktopus, Bullets or Balloons

THE ROADHOUSE, Steve Starkey VICTORY SPORTS HALL (208-2924813), Bill Bozly ZOLA, Raggs and Bush Doktor

Saturday, 01/14

49 DEGREES NORTH, Just Plain Darin ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Fireside music with Isaac Walton J BABY BAR, Windoe, Scott Ryan BARLOWS AT LIBERTY LAKE, Jan Harrison, Doug Folkins, Danny McCollim, Pat Barclay J THE BARTLETT, Baloney, Cabbage Patch Cigs BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Standing Rock

Benefit Concert with River City Roots, Atlas Hugged, DustyKix, Brotha Nature, Hey is for Horses! (See story on page 32) BIGFOOT PUB, YESTERDAYSCAKE BOBBI’S BAR & GRILL (208-6861677), All Star Blues BOLO’S, My Own Worst Enemy BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Single Wide COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Cris Lucas CURLEY’S, Phoenix FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Dangerous Type IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-2902280), John Firshi THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave  KNITTING FACTORY, Hell’s Belles (See story on facing page), Evan Egerer, Elephant Gun Riot LA ROSA CLUB, Open Jam LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Karrie O’Neill MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch MOOSE LOUNGE, Bad Monkey NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, DJ Patrick POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Son of Brad REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Wild Mountain Nation

LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tuesday MIK’S, DJ Brentano  POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE (SOUTH HILL), DJ Charley RED ROOM LOUNGE, Tuesday Takeover w/ Storme THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Jam night with Gil Rivas  THE PIN!, Elektro Grave THE VENUE, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx ZOLA, 5 Second Rule


COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Scot Bruce as Elvis, Jan. 19 THE PIN!, Key Boy, J. Wheelz, Jan. 19 WOMAN’S CLUB OF SPOKANE, Third Friday Swing: The Black & White Ball, Jan. 20 KNITTING FACTORY, The Nixon Rodeo, Project Kings, Wasted Breath, Itchy Kitty, Jan. 20 THE BARTLETT, The Round No. 25 feat. Communist Daughter, Lauren Gilmore, Isaac Grambo, Ben Cartwright, Jan. 20 MOOTSY’S, Summer in Siberia, Rex Vox, Razzmatzz, Jan. 20 THE OBSERVATORY, World’s Finest, Hey! Is for Horses, Jan. 20 THE RESERVE, Ampersand, Wind Hotel, Jan. 20 JOHN’S ALLEY, Ayron Jones and the Way, Jan. 20 THE BIG DIPPER, Blackwater Prophet album fundraiser, Von the Baptist, Deer, Jan. 21 THE BARTLETT, Danny Barnes, Jan. 21 THE VENUE, Blitchard Stalks the Earth, Jan. 21 MOOTSY’S, Redvolt, Peru Resh, Wasted Breath, Jan. 21 JOHN’S ALLEY, World’s Finest, Jan. 21 THE PIN!, AJ Suede, Prison Religion, Honey Badger, Wolftone, Jan. 22 KNITTING FACTORY, Excision, Cookie Monsta, Barely Alive, Dion Timmer, Jan. 22 THE OBSERVATORY, Choir Boy, Water Monster, Local Pavlov, Jan. 22 BEEROCRACY, Comanche Joey, Dionysus And the Revelry, Jan. 22 THE PIN!, Armed for Apocalypse, Witchburn, Deathbed Confessions, Withheld Judgement, Vultra, Jan. 23 THE PIN!, Vessels, Lifelink, Guardian, Jan. 24 THE OBSERVATORY, Young Jesus, Goon, Jan. 25 JOHN’S ALLEY, Kris Lager Band, Jan.

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THE RESERVE, Chris Rieser and the Nerve THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler  THE SHOP, Laddie Rae Melvin THE ROADHOUSE, Steve Starkey THE VENUE, DJ Fred ZOLA, Raggs and Bush Doktor

Sunday, 01/15

DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church EICHARDT’S, John Firshi  EMERGE (208-818-3342), Jam Night LINGER LONGER LOUNGE (208-6232211), Open jam O’DOHERTY’S IRISH GRILLE, Live Irish Music THE VENUE, EDM show with Deorro, Dirty Audio ZOLA, Blake Braley Band

Monday, 01/16

 CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with Lucas Brookbank Brown SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, DJ Lydellski ZOLA, Kellen Rowe

Tuesday, 01/17

BABY BAR, Open mic THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave  KNITTING FACTORY, Chevelle, Black Map, Dinosaur, Pile-Up

Wednesday, 01/18 GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD & ALES (368-9087), Open Mic with T & T LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 RED ROOM LOUNGE, Kitchen Dwellers, Lucas Brown & Friends THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Piano Bar with Christan Raxter  THE PIN!, Branch Water Bill, the Drag, Jacob Vanknow, Knights of Pluto, DJ Freaky Fred THE ROADHOUSE, Open mic with Johnny Qlueless ZOLA, The Bossame

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25 THE PIN!, Killing the Messenger, For the Likes of You, the Hallows, Altaira, Jan. 26 THE BIG DIPPER, Supervillain, Duke Evers, Griffey, the South Hill, Jan. 26 THE BARTLETT, Young in the City, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Jan. 26 KNITTING FACTORY, GA’s Too Broke to Rock feat. Starset, Jan. 26 JOHN’S ALLEY, Something Like Seduction, Jan. 26 JOHN’S ALLEY, Krizz Kaliko, Jan. 27 THE OBSERVATORY, Fat Lady, Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love, Jan. 27 THE VENUE, Heart Avail, Children of

the sun, Catalyst, Dysfunctional Kaos, Jan. 28 THE BIG DIPPER, Bullets or Balloons CD Release, Boat Race Weekend, Fun Ladies, Jan. 28, 7:30 pm. NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, Sawyer Brown, Jan. 28 THE PIN!, Krizz Kaliko, Cordell Drake, misa Snipes, DJ Felon, Jan. 28 JOHN’S ALLEY, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Jan. 28, 9:30 pm. KNITTING FACTORY, Iration, Jan. 29 THE HIVE, The Nth Power, Jan. 29, CHECKERBOARD BAR, One Lauder, Jan. 29 THE OBSERVATORY, Ramona, Boat Race Weekend, Lucky Chase, Wake Up Flora, Feb. 3






MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 BARLOWS • 1428 N Liberty Lake Rd, Liberty Lake • 924-1446 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEEROCRACY • 911 W Garland THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CALYPSOS • 116 E Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208665-0591 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • (208) 773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 THE JACKSON ST. • 2436 N. Astor • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208-8837662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 2013 E. 29th • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 THE LARIAT • 11820 N Market St, Mead • 4669918 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LOON LAKE SALOON • 3996 Hwy. 292 • 233-2738 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MICKDUFF’S• 312 N First Ave., Sandpoint • (208) 255-4351 MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE • 208 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint • (208) 265-9382 MOOSE LOUNGE • 401 E. Sherman • 208-6647901 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MULLIGAN’S • 506 Appleway Ave., CdA • (208) 765-3200 x310 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR• 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE OBSERVATORY• 15 S Howard • 598-8933 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 THE PALOMINO • 6425 N Lidgerwood St • 242-8907 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PIN! • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 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 THE RESERVE • 120 N. Wall • 598-8783 THE RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside . • 822-7938 RIVELLE’S• 2360 N Old Mill Loop, CdA • (208) 930-0381 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 TIMBER GASTRO PUB •1610 E Schneidmiller, Post Falls • 208-262-9593 THE VENUE • 23 E. Lincoln Rd. • 703-7474 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416


Harold Balazs celebrates the opening of a new show at the Art Spirit Gallery on Friday. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO


Northwest art icon Harold Balazs is a name recognized by even casual observers of the region’s vibrant artistic community. Most of us know his massive installations at public spaces across the Inland Northwest and the nation, including several prominent sculptures in our own Riverfront Park. And at 88 years old, Balazs is still creating. He’s famously said about his work: “I make stuff because it is better than not making stuff.” For this month’s show at the renowned Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene — which tragically lost its owner/curator Steve Gibbs to ALS last month — Balazs displays more than 100 pieces that span every decade of his career. Though the show is titled “One More Time,” the late Gibbs said that Balazs told him that this would be the case for his annual art showcases for the past five years. — CHEY SCOTT “One More Time: Harold Balazs” • Jan. 13 to Feb. 4: reception Jan. 13, from 5-8 pm; gallery open Tue-Sat, from 11 am-6 pm • Free to view • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-765-6006


The New York Film Critics Series is much more than simply another specialty screening series. Hosted by Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers and the BBC’s Alison Bailes, the events include a nationwide screening of a new film, accompanied by a conversation with some of the movie’s cast and crew. This time up, it’s The Book of Love, a story about an architect (Jason Sudeikis) and young girl (Maisie Williams) who bond over an unusual project that helps both deal with loss in their lives. The on-screen discussion will include co-star Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake (who contributed music) and director Bill Purple. — DAN NAILEN New York Film Critics Series: The Book of Love • Thu, Jan. 12, at 7:30 pm • $8 students/$15 adults • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638



Last year revealed the ideological and often racial divisions in America, particularly through political discourse on police brutality, immigration and more. Begin 2017 by joining with the community to celebrate and reaffirm Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of civil rights activism, unity and nonviolent resistance. The annual MLK Day Unity March through downtown follows a rally at the Convention Center, also the site of the day’s Community Resource Fair. Sticking to local tradition, Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins delivers Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at two different locations: Holy Family Hospital at noon, and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center at 3 pm. MLK Day is also traditionally a day of service to the community, said to be “a day on, not a day off,” so look for volunteer opportunities at — RAVEN HAYNES MLK Day March and Celebration • Mon, Jan. 16, at 10 am • Free • Downtown Spokane and the Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. •


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Master of the slopes or wobbly newcomer, Winterfest offers something for every skier, skijorer or donut enthusiast. Bring your family and friends to this fourth annual Spokane Nordic celebration, which offers $5 ski lessons for all levels, free demos, and clinics for waxing and skijoring; the latter activity gets your favorite furry friend to do some of the work. Don’t miss the Donut Dash two-person relay sprint, with “lighthearted� and “competitive� options as you compete for the coveted, Texas-sized donut prize. Half-price cross-country ski rentals and family-friendly activities make this a great day to make your way to Mt. Spokane. — RAVEN HAYNES



Winterfest • Sun, Jan. 15, from 9 am-3 pm • $5/lesson • Mt. Spokane CrossCountry Ski Park • 26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr., Mead • spokanenordic. org/winterfest


Hope your liver’s ready post-holidays, because the winter beer season is in full swing now, and South Perry’s Lantern Tap House has a long list of seasonal specials for your discerning taste buds to sample this weekend. Three days of beer sampling comes packed with options from near and far, and live music during the evenings for your entertainment. On Day 1, Thursday, taste the creations of 10 Western breweries outside Washington (think Colorado, Idaho, Montana and California). Friday the 13th brings with it day two, highlighting 10 breweries from our Oregon neighbors. To wrap things up in style, enjoy the offerings of 10 Washington state breweries on Sunday. Live, local music accompanies the festival, which also hosts a heated outdoor, all-ages tent. — CHEY SCOTT 4th Annual Winter Beer Fest • Jan. 12-13, from 4-10 pm; Jan. 14, from 2-10 pm • $15/tasting glass and five tokens; $1/additional tokens • Lantern Tap House • 1004 S. Perry • • 315-9531






I SAW YOU THE GAME OF LOVE Hello sweetie; We’ve known each other for many a day and through lots of riverbank meetups. Life has been taking some precipitous hairpin turns the last year or so. Neither one of us has exactly handled this road all that well. But we are doing the best we can. It has become rocky and bumpy lately but since we both drive Subarus I think we’ll come through this ok. What do you think? Could we get together for another road rally? I promise not to jerk the wheel like I did last time. Be good Party on babe. You know where I park. THANK YOU STRANGER A big THANK YOU to Steve who rescued me when I got stuck pulling out on to 9th street at Monroe. I would have never been able to get my car off that ice without your help! I hope to see you in the neighborhood soon and repay the favor! Best, Katie :)

YOU SAW ME BUTTON’S BELATED NY KISS I was not happy to be buffeted about Borrachos and was feeling pretty awkward, but you saw me and struck up a conversation that had to be shouted over the loud music. Your friend came over soon after to tell you it was time to leave but we got in a belated New Year’s kiss (or 2). I tried to give you my number, but I realize now I

hung up your phone before it completed the call to mine. I’d like to connect if you’re out there and interested. E-mail BEAR AT THE BAR I was at Durkin’s downtown friday night around midnight with some friends and you bought me a drink I looked over to see you, a bear of a man eloquently garbed in a black vest, sipping on what appeared to be whiskey on the rocks. You acknowledged me with a slight head nod and a wave. I was mesmerized. Pining to walk over to introduce myself and express my gratitude for the cocktail, I ached for the right moment to leave my friends. Alas, when the opportunity arose you had vanished into the cold dark night. Will I ever see you again? Or will it be just in my dreams? — the blonde with hair flowing like a river.

CHEERS BEST CYCLE INSTRUCTOR EVER Hey Lady! Most often it is not the workout that gets you out of bed in the morning. It is the friendship and unspoken bond of those counting on you to show up! So looking forward to gettting back to class! P.S. Sorry this isn’t an “I Saw You”, one day you will get one! SOUTH HILL CHARM I come alone for breakfast and Kevin, Kurt & staff always make me feel like part of their family. Great food & Friends Thank you Kimberly CAMAS REWARDS CENTER AT NORTHERN QUEST CASINO ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 6TH AROUND 8:30 A.M. Cheers to the nice young man sitting behind the desk who helped us get new Camas Rewards cards after ours were lost. You were an excellent reminder of why we love Northern Quest so much. You were very helpful and attentive; had a beautiful smile; warm personality and kind spirit. We enjoyed talking with you as you printed out our new cards. Thank you for such awesome customer service! CHEER UP AMERICA Hurray for all the brave Americans that weren’t afraid of being criticized for voting for Trump for president. That nasty woman tried to make Trump look bad by bringing up stuff like how he treated women dis-

gracefully, and mocked the disabled, and stereotyped the Mexicans, and banned the Islams, and bragged about not paying taxes for years. Hey – that’s a smart guy people! A really great, great guy. Really great. I wish I didn’t pay taxes nuther. Actually, I’m unemployed and collecting Obama care, but it’s all good. Anyways, the whole email thingy about Hillary was just too much to have connected to our great nation’s next president. She broke

COSTCO SAMPLES You are not starving. That sample is not the last piece of food in town. Please help yourself to a sample. Say thank you. Go around as many times as you like. Its rude to take all the samples. People behind you want one also. To the man last week who screamed at the poor sample woman. She was doing her job. She wasnt’ verbally abusing you when she asked you to not take from the back tray. You Sir were in the wrong.

inside of a crowded bus with your cold/flu viruses sure ain’t the answer, pal. WHY MY SNOW SHOVEL? I stepped out this morning to do some much needed errands and decided I’d better clear my driveway of the deep snow that’d fallen overnight. I wanted to make things safe and easy for the mail man. When I reached for my snow shovel in the place I always keep it on the porch, it wasn’t

What motivates somebody to walk onto somebody’s front porch and steal their snow shovel?

the law with them mails. I hope Trump sues her, or imprisons her, or anybody that talks bad about America’s next president, because it ain’t right to criticize your leader. It ain’t right. In a bigly way, it ain’t right. That’s why that SNL show should be banned. Not good stuff. And finally we’re gonna have a leader that tells his military what to do. Bomb ‘em all if they hate us. If Trump was president the last 8 years, bin Laden would have been found quicker. And no more terror attacks, no more ices, and nobody out of work. But things are gonna be great again, thanks to real-blooded Americans, not no illegals nuther. More coal too. So instead of belly achin about losing, celebrate what most Americans voted for. In this world only the strong survive. Trump in 2020! Cheers America!

JEERS MILLION DOLLAR BRIDGE Jeers to Spokane for putting millions of dollars into a pedestrian bridge in the U-District. I think that money would be better spent elsewhere, helping clean up the homeless problem, drug addiction programs, the abandoned north/south freeway construction, turn lights at busy intersections, ect. Fix the relevant issues before you irresponsibly spend tax payer dollars on city cosmetics!

REPUBLICAN DEATH PANEL Eight years ago, Sarah Palin’s excuse for a brain farted out the slippery-slope fallacy that Obamacare would institute death panels — who would have thought that after hijacking our government, the Republicans would make a de facto death panel its first objective? Why can’t we see that Replace and Repeal is really a bait and switch to snatch away the health care of some of our most medically fragile citizens — and they can’t leave it up to any panel of doctors because they might actually act ethically! When those ass-clowns in Congress repeal, they have no intention of replacing anything — affordable or not — until enough of the risk pool has died off and they can Texas-sharpshoot the rest of it and sell us on some “amazing new plan.” Our only prayer is to hand the whole damn mess over to Melania — if we’re lucky, maybe she’ll go plagiarize some more from the Democrats. It appears that her husband’s oligarchy is incapable of anything so humane or inspired. SOME THINGS ARE BEST KEPT TO YOURSELF If you have an uncontrollable wet hacking cough then perhaps public transportation is not for you. “But I can’t/ won’t/don’t drive”, you whine, “How am I supposed to get where I need to go?” I don’t know and I do sympathize with your plight. To a point. But napalming the








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there. Now WHY, IN THE WORLD, would anybody walk onto somebody’s front porch and steal their snow shovel? Can it really net you that much at the pawn shop? I mean, they’re pretty cheap all over the county. I’ve got a bad cold and this weather isn’t helping. The roads being what they are, just driving down to the hardware store and buying a new shovel is a bit more of an undertaking than usual. What motivates somebody to walk onto somebody’s front porch and steal their snow shovel? Mental illness? Obsessive compulsive sociopathy? A passing whim? Please tell me. 












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Hiking Deep Creek Canyon by day, Spokane Symphony by night. I love this town.




BOOK SALE BENEFIT The Social Justice Ministry offers hundreds of used books for sale for a free-will offering. All proceeds support mission work in Guatemala. Jan. 14, from 9 am-1 pm and 5-7 pm; Jan. 15, from 8 am-1 pm. Donations accepted. St. Joseph’s Church (Colbert), 3720 E. Colbert Rd. (464-1497) TEAM AMANDA BENEFIT An auction and comedy show to benefit Amanda Krautkraemer, who is fighting breast cancer. Auction includes George Brett signed baseball, Tyler Johnson signed jersey, Gonzaga men’s game package, and much more. Wear pink to win a door prize. Comedians include Adam Lee, Harry J Riley, Lance Paulin, and Justin Tyme. Jan. 14, 6-10 pm. $15. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. RHETORIC IN THE RING III: STUDENTS VS. SCHOOL BOARD An event featuring Spokane Public Schools board members Robert Douthitt and Paul Schneider, who step into the boxing ring and engage in verbal sparring with Rogers Speech and Debate Club team members. Jan. 17, 5:30-6:30 pm. Donations welcome. Howard Street Gym, 165 S. Howard. bit. ly/2iafzXH


2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) CHOOSE TO LOSE Join the Blue Door Players for a wacky, all-improvised Game Show — to win, you have to lose and the loser is the winner! (P.S. there will be prizes.) Fridays, through Feb. 10, at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third. (509-838-6688) SAFARI The Blue Door’s fast-paced, short-form improv show. The gamebased format relies on audience suggestions to fuel each scene. Rated for mature audiences. Saturdays at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) SPOKANE COMEDY’S STANDUP SHOWDOWN A friendly local comedy competition. Comedians get a topic and have four minutes to perform; the crowd then votes for a winner. Tuesdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The Observatory, 15 S. Howard. (598-8933) OPEN MIC A free open mic night every Wednesday, starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Free. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. COMEDY NIGHT AT THE INN Two nights of live standup comedy, featuring Auggie Smith and Travis Nelson on Jan. 20, and Patrick Maliha and Mallory Wallace on Jan. 21. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8. Ages 21+. $15. Best Western Coeur d’Alene, 506 W. Appleway. (208-7653200) MAKE IMPROV GREAT AGAIN Liberty Lake Community Theatre’s Improv Co-op is back for the new year. Ages 18+. Jan. 21, 7 pm. Free. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway. (342-2055)

HOWIE MANDEL The award-winning comedian performs for two shows, at 4 pm and 7 pm. Jan. 22. $45/$55/$75. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (509-242-7000) AFTER DARK: An adult-rated version of the Blue Door’s monthly, Friday show; on the first and last Friday of the month, at 10 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045)


COMMUNITY OPEN DANCE An all-ages dance, offering all types of music and styles od dance. Thursdays, at 7 pm. $5. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. (979-2607) MISSION AVE PROJECT COMMUNITY MEETING Learn more about and share questions and comments on the upcoming Mission Ave Improvement Project. Jan. 12, 5:30-7 pm. Free. Greenacres Christian Church, 18010 E. Mission. (921-1000) MLK DAY CELEBRATION FEAT. JAMAL JOSEPH SCC hosts a book signing and presentation by the writer, director, producer, poet, activist and educator. Signing from 10-11 am, talk at 11:30 am in the SCC Lair Auditorium. Jan. 12. Free and open to the public. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene. (533-7032) DROP IN & SCIENCE FOR KIDS! Spark Central’s resident mad scientist shares experiments that let us learn a little more about the world around us, from the gross to the glorious, inspiring the scientist in each of us to new experiments. No registration required. Jan. 14 and Feb. 18, from 3-5 pm. No cost. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. FORT PARTY FOR KIDS Team up with friends to build the fort of your dreams before transforming your new dwelling into a colorful light party using glow-inthe-dark and light-up toys. Register online, for grades K-3. Jan. 14, 10 am-noon. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO The weekend-long wellness expo includes fitness class demos, equipment and apparel retail, classes and seminars, samples, a wine bar and more. Jan. 14-15, Sat from 10 am-6 pm and Sun from 10 am-4 pm. $4 admission for kids ages 6-12. $8/ weekend admission. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (477-1766) ZENTANGLE WITH KATIE FREY Using simple shapes combined with organic and geometric designs, learn the basics of a Zentangle tile, create Zentangle inspired cards, or try something more advanced. All levels welcome. Jan. 14, 2-4 pm. $10. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509-838-0206) WRITERS RESIST: STAND TOGETHER, SPEAK OUT On January 15, writers across the U.S. and Europe come together for a “re-inauguration” of their shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Local writers who plan to attend and read: Sheri Boggs, Thom Caraway, Kris Dinnison, Kailee Haong, Laura Read, Davy Jones Nguyen, Sharma Shields, Kat Smith, Mayra Villalobos and Nance van Winckel. Proceeds from entry support the Center for Justice. More info on the international event at Jan. 15, 1-2 pm. $5. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. (509-838-5667)

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATIONS Come to reflect and honor on one of the most culturally important figures of the 20th century. Listen to Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins recite Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech from 1963. At Providence Holy Family Hospital (5633 N. Lidgerwood), noon-1 pm, and at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (101 W. Eighth), from 3-4 pm. Jan. 16, 12-1 pm. Free. (474-3081) MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY RALLY & UNITY MARCH The city-wide rally kicks off at 10 am with guest speakers including Mayor David Condon, Whitworth President Beck A Taylor, NAACP President Phil Tyler and Reverend Happy Watkins’ rendition of “I Have a Dream.” Rally is followed by the Unity March, with a community Resource Fair to follow. Social Services and nonprofit agencies provide information and community resources; also includes youth cultural performers and a blood drive. Jan. 16, 10 am-2 pm. Free. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (455-8722) HUNGRY HEROES Every first and third Wednesday of each month, from 8-9 am, Garden Plaza serves a complimentary breakfast for veterans and war heroes. Jan. 17, 8-9 am. Garden Plaza of Post Falls, 545 N. Garden Plaza. (208-773-3701) MLK CELEBRATION: DONISHA RITACLAIRE PRENDERGAST SFCC Black Student Union presents Donisha Rita-Claire Prendergast, a poet, filmmaker and the granddaughter of Bob & Rita Marley. Jan. 18, 11:30 am-1 pm. Free and open to the public. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (509-533-3500) A MILLION REFUGEES IN YOUR HANDS Omak physician Bill Dienst shares his experiences caring for overwhelming numbers of refugees stranded in Greece, Lesbos and Macedonia. Where did they come from? Why? Who helped and who didn’t? How did aid reach them? Where are they now? Refreshments served. Jan. 18, 7 pm. Free. Rockwood Retirement, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd. (891-8545) WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE WORKSHOP A session for women of all ages, offered by Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Gere and Spokane Judo. Session covers self-defense fundamentals with opportunity to practice. Jan. 18, 5:30-9 pm. $25/person. East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone. (995-6434) CHINESE NEW YEAR FOR KIDS: Welcome the Year of the Rooster, and learn about the customs of Chinese New Year. Events include a Chinese folktale, making paper lanterns, snacks and more. For grades K-5; young children should be accompanied by a caregiver. Jan. 19, 4 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. (444-5331) COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to honor the volunteer blood donors who ensure the health and safety of nearly 4.5 million American patients each year. Jan. 19, 1:30-5:30 pm. Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St. (397-4366) WHO PUT THE MICRO IN AGGRESSION? In honor of preparing students to examine social justice issues and concerns, the MOSAIC Center presents a discussion on the definition, creator, and mannerisms in which microaggressions presents itself in our daily lives. Jan. 19, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3152)

THIRD FRIDAY SWING: THE BLACK & WHITE BALL A monthly swing dance for dancers of all swing styles: Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast, West Coast, Balboa, collegiate shag, or country swing. For men and women of all ages. This month, come dressed in semi-formal black and/or white. Jan. 20, 7-11 pm. $5. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. DROP IN & GEEK OUT Check out Spark Central’s collection of robotics toys, programming kits, and software, and connect with fellow aspiring geeks. Jan. 21, 3-5 pm. No cost. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. LEGORAMA The library’s annual program for young Master Builders invites the community to “Build a Better World” for this year’s challenge theme. Competitors also need to write a brief background story to display with their entry. One entry per participant is allowed in the contest for ages 4 to 13. Entries must be original designs (not a LEGO or compatible brand kit) built by the participant without adult assistance. Free and open to the public. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. MLK HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY BREAKFAST The annual event hosted by the Latah County Human Rights Task Force features a presentation by Mark Trahant, a Native American journalist and faculty at North Dakota University, speaking on the topic of environmental justice. Also includes a presentation of the Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Award, winners of the annual essay contest and more. Jan. 21, 9 am. $4-$8. Moscow Middle School, 1410 E. D St. (208-882-3577) PEOPLE RISE UP! A COMMUNITY INVITATION TO ACTION Join us on day 1 to resist Trump’s extremist agenda and focus on human rights, equality, and justice for all. The Peace And Justice Action League of Spokane and partners host a free, all-ages grassroots festival to sharpen our activist skills. Music, poetry, speakers, action bar, creative activities, kids’ zone, and a free soup and bread potluck to warm up after the Women’s March. Jan. 21, 2-5 pm. Free. Community Building, 35 W. Main. (232-1950) SPOKANE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ENROLLMENT FAIR Representatives from SPS schools and option programs are on site to answer questions. Also, enrollment is currently open for students who want to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Families can fill out an application online through Feb. 15. Jan. 21, 9 am-noon. Free. Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash. WOMEN’S MARCH ON SPOKANE Citizens of the Pacific Northwest are invited to gather in Spokane and join communities nation-wide as part a day long coordinated Women’s March. Activities begin at 11 am with a rally at the Convention Center, featuring speakers from human rights, justice, and women’s advocacy groups, as well as musical entertainment. A peaceful march begins at 1 pm, followed by a volunteer fair at the Center. Jan. 21, 11 am-4 pm. Free. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. SPOKANE HOMELESS CONNECT 2017 The sixth annual event offers services for those experiencing homelessness, including hot meals, medical/dental screenings, housing services, vet care for pets and more. Organized by the Spokane Homeless Coalition, with sup-

port from local nonprofits and service providers. Those interested in supporting the event can donate money or items at the Catholic Charities Annex Building (19 W. Pacific) from 8 am-5 pm. Jan. 24, 10 am-2 pm. The Salvation Army Spokane, 222 E. Indiana. salvationarmyspokane. org (509-325-6810) DROP IN & CODE Explore the world of coding using game-based lessons on and Scratch. For grades 3 and up. Jan. 25, 3:30-5:30 pm. No cost. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) INTERSECTION OF WHAT? A PRESENTATION ON INTERSECTIONALITY A presentation asking “what is intersectionality and how does this term show up in our daily lives?” Jan. 25, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3152) GSI’S BUSINESS AFTER HOURS A networking event at the fourth hotel in the Red Lion chain to get a new look emphasizing community and connections. Jan. 26, 5-7 pm. Free to members/$10 non-members. Hotel RL by Red Lion at the Park, 201 W. North River Dr. (321-3630) USA DANCE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION USA Dance’s Sandpoint chapter hosts its annual Anniversary Dance, including a one-hour, beginning Waltz lesson, followed by general dancing, refreshments, mixers, prizes, and more. Jan. 28, 7-10 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First. (208-699-0421) EASTERN WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE “Taking Responsibility: Acting Together in Faith” is the theme speakers and workshops address, in which they consider how different focus areas intersect with issues of poverty. Includes a panel discussion based on the SRHD Community Health Needs Assessment, and the 2016 Washington State Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Poverty. Jan. 28, 8:45 am-3 pm. $20/person. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th. (535-1813)


NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES: THE BOOK OF LOVE A pre-release screening of the new film starring Maisie Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel, Paul Reiser and others. The first-ever live, national in-theater screening series is moderated by Peter Travers and Alison Bailes. Jan. 12, 7:30 pm. $6-$13. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. AN EVENING WITH VIGGO MORTENSEN The Sandpoint premiere of “Captain Fantastic,” filmed in the Pacific Northwest, featuring a Q&A with the film’s lead actor Viggo Mortensen. Benefits Panhandle Community Radio and Team Autism 24/7. Jan. 13 and 14, 7:30 pm. $15. Panida Theater, 300 N. First. NATIVE HERITAGE FILM SERIES This ongoing program from the Idaho Mythweaver and the library continues with a screening of the documentary films “Spirit in Glass” and “Horse Tribe,” at 12:30 and 3 pm. Jan. 14. Free. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. (208-265-9565) SCI-FI SATURDAYS: THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY January 2 was National Science Fiction Day, in honor of author Isaac Asimov’s birthday. Celebrate at the library with month-long screenings of movie adaptations of classic sci-fi books. Jan. 14, 11 am. Free. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. (444-5331)




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K, so flower power didn’t work, so what? We start again.” John Lennon’s call to arms, amplified to thousands at an Ann Arbor, Michigan, rally in December 1971 to free activist and rabble-rouser John Sinclair from prison, was less an admission of failure than it was instructive assurance. It echoed Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, published the same year,


particularly Rule No. 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” But opposite Sinclair and Alinsky’s aims to overthrow and destroy, to many of the longhairs and outsiders of the hippie movement, Lennon’s message was instead an innocuous invitation to continue living as if. As if the war is over. As if love is all you need. As if the prohibition of marijuana and psychedelics never

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happened. Author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and the Merry Pranksters did just that, their antics nourishing the long tradition of subversive trickery and humorous misbehavior in American life that is part and parcel of liberty. “All of us are beginning to do our thing,” Kesey once said in something akin to a Prankster mission statement, “and we’re going to keep doing it, right out front, and none of us are going to deny what other people are doing.” Their “revolt of the guinea pigs” (Kesey was introduced to LSD as a participant in a government drug study), a maximalist experiment in consciousness exploration, morality and communal insubordination, foretold the anti-establishment counterculture that clearly still thrives today. “Caution: Weird Load” read a sign on the back of their infamous home, a Day-Glo school bus. That bus, called Furthur, was fueled mostly by the group’s insatiable appetite for tomfoolery. And marijuana. ...continued on page 42

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EVENTS | CALENDAR MINIONS MOVIE NIGHT A free showing of the family-friendly film, hosted by the Liberty Lake Theatre Teen Board. Concessions available for purchase. Jan. 15, 5 pm. Free. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. (342-2055) STAGE TO SCREEN: THE DEEP BLUE SEA Carrie Cracknell directs Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, a stunning portrait of Hester Collyer, (played by Helen McCrory), a woman caught between two worlds and devastated by irrevocable choices. Jan. 15, 2 pm. $17. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (509-227-7404) IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, and is recently awarded a Citizen of the Year Award. When his son is murdered for something he did not do, Nils wants revenge. And justice. Rated: R. Jan. 17, 7 pm. $5. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) NIC DISABILITY AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL The festival hosts screenings of a different film(s) each month, from September through April. See website for film titles and descriptions. Films scheduled for Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19, all showings at noon. Free. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-665-4520) BANFF MOUTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2016 The festival showcases a collection of mountain films on adventure, culture, sport and environment. Some films have adult content. Tickets available at door or Eichardt’s, Burger Express (Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry), Outdoor Experience, and Alpine Shop. Jan. 19-21, at 7 pm. $16. Panida Theater, 300 N. First. facebook. com/BanffMountainFilmFestivalSandpointIdaho (208-255-7801) SPOKANE JEWISH CULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL Since the mid-2000s, this festival has screened international films that share Jewish life and culture with the community. This year’s three films offer glimpses into the diversity of Jewish experiences in Israel and around the world. Jan. 19 and 21 at 7 pm, Jan. 22 at 2 pm. In the Hemmingson Center. $7-$10; passes/$18-$28. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. SFCC PLANETARIUM: UNDISCOVERED WORLDS Through the discovery of exoplanets, the hundreds of planets that have been found orbiting stars beyond the Sun, we have learned that our solar system is not alone in the universe and have had to redefine our understanding of planets and solar systems. Showing Jan. 19-22, times vary. $6/adults; $3/ CCS students, ages 3-18. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. EARTH, MOON & SUN KID SHOW This amusing and educational planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, a character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Recommended for ages 5-11. Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 at 3 pm. $/adult; $3/CCS students, ages 3-18. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3569) MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: BLADE RUNNER A screening of this sci-fi classic, starring Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, an ex-cop and a “blade runner,” responsible for assassinating the replicants. Jan. 23, 7-9 pm. $3-$10. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. BUDDYMOON When a former child actor is dumped by his fiancé days before the wedding, his excitable German best man

takes him on the honeymoon instead: a backcountry trek in the remote mountains of Oregon. Directed by Moscow native Alex Simmons. Jan. 24, 7 pm. $5. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy. org (208-882-4127) FRIENDS OF SCOTCHMAN PEAKS WILDERNESS 12TH ANNIVERSARY FSPW celebrates its 12th anniversary at the Little Panida Theater with a midwinter movie and music night, plus a little food, some appropriate beverages and a small silent auction. Jan. 27, 6-10 pm. $12. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave.


LANTERN WINTER BEER FEST A threeday celebration of winter beer, featuring 10 different beers each day, a heated outdoor tent, live music and more. Jan. 12-14. $15/tasting glass plus 5 tokens; $1/ additional token. The Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry. SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar from Cigar Train during an event on the headed, outdoor patio. Thursdays, from 6-10 pm. $15-$25. Prohibition Gastropub, 1914 N. Monroe. (474-9040) THURSDAY WINE SOCIAL The weekly complimentary wine tasting event features different wine themes and samples of the shop’s gourmet goods. Thursdays, from 4-6 pm. Free. Gourmet Way, 8222 N. Gov’t Way. VINO WINE TASTING The Friday, Jan. 13, tasting highlights Colter’s Creek Winery, from 3-6:30 pm. On Sat, Jan. 14 sample varietals from Kestrel Vineyards, from 2-4:30 pm. Wines also available by glass, tastings include cheese and crackers. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509-838-1229) SIP & GATHER A celebration of international and local soups, wines and pastries at the bistro, and the reopening of Dot’s Vintage Funk on the second floor of Open Eye Antiques. All three businesses offer sales and other promotions. Jan. 14, 11 am-3 pm. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge, Palouse, Wash. bankleftgallery. com (878-8425) INVEG POTLUCK Join the local group for a community potluck on the third Sunday of each month, offering delicious food and time to connect with others. After each potluck is a featured guest speaker on topics such as sprouting, nutrition, animal rights, cooking, and more. Please bring a plant-based dish to share (no honey, eggs, meat or dairy). Free. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. COOKING CLASS: BEEF WELLINGTON Join Chef Jean-Pierre as he teaches you to make beautiful individual Beef Wellingtons. Jan. 17, 6-9 pm. $45. Gourmet Way, 8222 N. Government Way. (208-762-1333) BACK-TO-BASICS DINNER AND COOKING CLASS EPIC’s Chef Judy teaches a cooking class to create your own threecourse meal of favorite comfort foods. Jan. 18, 6-9 pm. $40. EPIC, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (242-7000) TOFU TRANSFORMATION Cooking with tofu doesn’t need to be intimidating or complicated. This hands-on class is full of information, cooking techniques and secrets to preparing tofu perfectly every time. Jan. 18, 5:30 pm. $45. Kitchen En-

gine, 621 W. Mallon. (328-3335) BIG BABE CIGAR PARTY Guests can enjoy a buffet-style dinner, giveaways, samples and more at the monthly cigar party, featuring Big Babe cigars and Dalmore Whiskey. Jan. 19, 6-9 pm. $45. Legends of Fire, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (509-242-7000) PASTA MAKING CLASS Learn the secrets to creating fresh pasta by hand, including how to mix the dough and roll it through the pasta roller. Jan. 19, 5:30 pm. $45. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335) BARTENDER MIX OFF: VIVA LAS VEGAS The sixth annual event features worldchampion bartenders from the Las Vegas Flair Academy performing in a live flair and drink show. Local guest bartenders also compete for prize money in various categories. Jan. 21. $30. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. VINO WINE TASTING A wine tasting featuring Lake Roosevelt Wine Co. Tasting includes cheese and crackers. Jan. 21, 2-4:30 pm. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. (838-1229) BEEF SHORT RIBS Chef Mark teaches how to cook the meat, while keeping it moist. You will also learn how to create a sauce from the braising juices. Jan. 22, 2 pm. $49. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335) MATTHEWS WINERY PROFESSIONAL TASTING Join Vino! and distributor rep Eric Swikard to learn about eight wines. Hear stories behind the creation of each, and taste and learn about these current releases. Reservations required. Jan. 23, 5:30 pm. $15. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509-8381229) PAUL WHEATON PERMACULTURE PRESENTATION AND DINNER Paul Wheaton presents “Replacing Irrigation with Permaculture” during a community event sponsored by The Grass-fed Homestead. Jan. 23, 5-8 pm. $15. The Cellar, 317 E. Sherman Ave. (208-664-9463) SMALL PLATES WINE TASTING Distributor rep Eric Swikard guides participants through wine samples paired with small plates by Europa chef/owner Jeff Engel. Reservations required for this event cohosted by Vino! Call 838-1229 or email Jan. 24. $50/person. Europa, 125 S. Wall St. (509-455-4051) BREW BREAKS Local breweries visit on the last Wednesday of every month to sample 4-5 different beers. Jan. 25, 3:30 pm. Free. Garden Plaza of Post Falls, 545 N. Garden Plaza. (208-773-3701) COOKING CLASS: HEATHY BREAKFAST PLANNING Chef Michelle shares quick and easy protein breakfast smoothies and other recipes; all are gluten-free. Jan. 25, 6-8 pm. $40. Gourmet Way, 8222 N. Government Way. gourmetwayhayden. com (208-762-1333) POP & DROP SOUPS This class features six soup recipes you can make ahead of time; just pop into the freezer, then drop into boiling water with a few fresh veggies for a fast made-from-scratch meal. Jan. 25, 5:30 pm. $39. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon. YEAST DOUGH CINNAMON ROLLS: Learn to make the classic rolls, as well as a rich sticky bun. Also experiment with different toppings like a brown sugar smear, cream cheese icing, and a standard white glaze. Jan. 26, 5 pm. $45.

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RESURRECTION RECORDS SPIN & SWAP Everyone is encouraged to bring their crates of records to sell, swap and even spin on the house player. Resurrection will be raffling off merch and vinyl for $1 an entry. Jan. 12, 8 pm-2 am. Free. The Observatory, 15 S. Howard. (598-8933) JAM NIGHT An evening of music hosted by Coeur d’Alene Musical Arts, open to all — bring your instrument and play with the house band or play your own songs. Jan. 15 and 29, from 6-8 pm. Jan. 15 and Jan. 29. Free. Emerge, 208 N. Fourth St. (208-818-3342) BEER CHOIR! The Palouse Two Rivers Beer Choir convenes at Riverport Brewing Co. Come raise a glass and raise your voice to sing in the new year! Riverport Brewing Co., 150 Ninth, Clarkston. Jan. 18, 7-8 pm. Free. SHAOLIN MARTIAL ARTS + MUSIC PERFORMANCE Performers from the Shaolin School in Henan Province, China, will present a free martial arts and musical show. Jan. 19, 7 pm. Free. Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. kungfu (208-769-7780) COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY FEAT. FOLKINCEPTION This regular season concert features the Symphony performing original music along with local band Folkinception, among other pieces on the program that also highlight winners of the 2016-17 Youth Melody Competition and members of the CdA Youth Orchestra. Jan. 20 at 7:30 pm, Jan. 21 at 2 pm. $10-$27. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) SPOKANE SYMPHONY CLASSICS: AMERICAN VOICES Celebrate America’s vibrant musical voice in the fifth Classics Series concert, with music by Joplin, Ellington and Gershwin and more. Jan. 21 at 8 pm, Jan. 22 at 3 pm. $15-$54. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. SPOKANE SYMPHONY SUPERPOPS 4 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s signature sound continues to define the neo-swing movement of American Jazz; they perform in concert with the Symphony orchestra. Jan. 28, 8 pm. $42+. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) WASHINGTON IDAHO SYMPHONY: YOUNG ARTIST CONCERT The 40th Annual Domey/Gillespie Young Artists Fund concert features a program of works by Faure, Pavane and Haydn’s Symphony No. 103. Jan. 28, 7:30-9:30 pm. $10-$25. Pullman High School, 510 NW Greyhound Way.


ILLUSIO: TOUR OF ILLUSION See Spokane illusionist Isaiah Daniels perform his brand new show for the first time. Directed and produced by Isaiah Daniels, Jesse Davis, and Andy Schneider. Jan. 20, 7-8:30 pm. $12-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. LORITA LEUNG DANCE COMPANY Sixteen dancers, plus directors and technicians, will travel from Vancouver, BC to Moscow to present the area’s first Chinese New Year Dance Program. Jan. 21, 7:30 pm. $10-$16. University of Idaho

FULL MOON FIASCO The FBC Spokane hosts a full moon night ride through the city. Jan. 12, 7 pm. Swamp Tavern, 1904 W. Fifth. (458-2337) PROVING GROUNDS A live mixed martial arts event featuring local athletes from Warrior Camp gym. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Jan. 13, 7 pm. $20-$30. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. (509-927-0602) WRANGLER ROUGHSTOCK RODEO Presented by the General Store, new this year is bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Jan. 13-14, at 8 pm. $10-$75. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) BASKETBALL CAMP FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES A free camp with the coaches and players of the Moscow Shark AAU basketball team. For girls and boys under 18; no experience necessary. Jan. 14, 9:30 am-noon. Free. Meets at the LDS Church, 1657 S. Blaine, Moscow. (208-874-7891) FREE STATE PARK DAYS As part of the Discover Pass legislation, all Washington State Parks are open for access without an annual ($30) or one-day ($10) pass. Upcoming free days: Jan. 15-16, March 19, April 15 and 22, June 3 and 10. Includes access locally to Riverside, Mt. Spokane and Palouse Falls state parks. parks.state. SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB Meets Sundays, from 4:30-7:30 pm, and Wednesdays, from 7-10 pm. $5+/visit. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt. (448-5694) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS CLUB The club meets Wednesday, from 6-9:30 pm and Sunday, from 1-4 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (509-535-0803) WEST CENTRAL TABLE TENNIS The local ping-pong club hosts open drop-in sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Girl Scouts Center. Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and N. Idaho, 1404 N. Ash St. (342-9322) WINTERFEST A celebration of skiing and snow, with events for all ages and ski abilities at the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. Events include Donut Dash relay sprint, free demos, clinics for backcountry skiing, skijoring and waxing and more. NOTE: Sno-Park pass is required to park in the State Parks for WinterFest. Single-day passes must be accompanied by a State Parks Discovery Pass. Jan. 15, 9 am-3 pm. $5. Mt. Spokane State Park, 26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (979-6401) POLAR BEARS AND CLIMATE CHANGE Join the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club for a presentation by Steve Amstrup, chief scientist for Polar Bears International. Jan. 23, 7-9 pm. Free. Mountain Gear Corporate, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. 4TH ANNUAL FATTY FLURRY FEST A celebration of fat bikes in North Idaho, and you chance to try out a fat bike for free, from 10 am-12:30 pm. Group rides at 1 pm, with post-ride socializing and refreshments. State Park Pass required. Jan. 28, 10 am-3 pm. Free. At Round Lake State Park, 1915 Dufort Rd., Sagle, Idaho. (208-255-4496)



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My girlfriend of six years is breaking up with me. My question is: How do I let our friends and my family know? I’m thinking a mass email telling my side of the story. Then I wouldn’t have to have the same conversation over and over with different people. —Glum Sending a mass email is a great way to get some piece of information out to everybody — from your best AMY ALKON friend to 1.4 million people on Twitter to three random drunk dudes who really shouldn’t be on their phones at their boss’s funeral in Estonia. The ability we have online to dispense a little information to a whole lot of people, immediately, effortlessly, is about the coolest thing ever — and the Frankenstein monster of our time. As I write in “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” because all the groovy new digital tools are so fun and easy to use, we often “fall back on what’s technically possible” as our behavioral standard. Our chimp-like impulse to just click already derails picky-wicky concerns we might otherwise have, such as “Hmm, wonder whether sending that might get me, oh, you know, fired, ostracized, and sleeping in a refrigerator box on the corner.” Consider that anything you email can be rapidly shared — and shared and shared and shared. For example, novelist and professor Robert Olen Butler emailed five of his grad students the sad (and rather creepy) details of the demise of his marriage, asking them to “clarify the issues” for other students who wanted to know. The email quickly made the rounds in the literary world and ended up in The New York Times and on Gawker, where they “clarified” that his wife had left him to become one of four women in “Ted Turner’s collection.” But even a less tawdry, less tycoon-filled breakup email may go more viral than one might like. Anthropologist Jerome Barkow, who studies gossip, explains that we evolved to be keenly interested in information that could have some bearing on our ability to survive, mate, and navigate socially. As Barkow puts it (and as is borne out by others’ research), gossip about how soundly somebody’s sleeping is unlikely to be as spreadworthy as whom they’re sleeping with. However, our propensity to spread gossip may be both the problem with emailing your news and the solution to getting it out there. Consider going oldschool: Ask a few, um, chatty friends to put the word out to your circle, answer any questions people have, and let your wishes be known (like if you aren’t ready to talk about it). All in all, you’ll get the job done, but in a much more controlled, contained way -- one that reflects this bit of prudence from political writer Olivia Nuzzi: “Dance like no one is watching; email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.”


I’ve been seeing this woman for two months. I really like her. She’s made some mistakes — two bad marriages, some promiscuity, running from debts — but she’s determined to change. My friends think she’s bad news. But our relationship — though mostly sexual so far — has been terrific. Shouldn’t my intuition count more than my friends’ opinions? —Fretting When you’re deciding how to invest your life savings, you probably don’t say, “I’ll just take a moment to ask my penis.” Well, your intuition is about as reliable a judge of your girlfriend’s character. Intuitions (aka “gut feelings”) are conclusions we leap to — automatically, without the intervention of rational thought. Our mind flashes on this and that from our past experience, and up pops a feeling. The problem is, we’re prone to overconfidence that our intuitions are correct — mistaking strong feelings for informed feelings. Psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Gary Klein find that certain people’s intuitions are somewhat more likely to be trustworthy — those who repeatedly encounter the same situation, like a surgeon who only does appendectomies. Her hunches about a patient’s appendix are more informed because they come out of repeated experience and because she presumably gets corrective feedback when she guesses wrong (though, ideally, not from a monitor making that awful flatlining sound). But Kahneman tells the McKinsey Quarterly, “My general view … would be that you should not take your intuitions at face value.” In fact, you need to go out of your way to look for evidence that your intuitions are wrong. In this case, it will take time and challenges to her character — and your actually wanting to see whether she acts ethically or does what’s easiest. In other words, your hunches can tell you things — things that need a lot of post-hunch verification through applying higher reasoning (which, again, doesn’t simply mean calling upon any organ that’s higher than your knees). n ©2017, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (




BEST OF BROADWAY: COSTUMES An exhibition of costumes in celebration of WestCoast Entertainment’s 30th anniversary season, featuring pieces used in touring Broadway musicals including Cats, Annie, The Lion King and more. Through Feb. 19. Museum open Tue-Sun, 10 am-5 pm (to 8 pm Wed; half-price on Tue). $5-$10/admission. The MAC, 2316 W. First. PIPPIN Full of extraordinary acrobatics, magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, this new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards. Jan. 12-15; show times vary. $32.50-$72.50. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (777-6253) DISGRACED The 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play examines questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world, with an accent on the incendiary topic of how radical Islam and the terrorism it inspires have affected the public discourse. Jan. 13-29, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Mitch Albom’s well-loved story is brought to the stage in this two-man show directed by Kevin Kuban. A professor and student are reunited 16 years after graduation. What follows is one final weekly class on life. Jan. 13-29; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12-$15. Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (795-0004) NT LIVE PRESENTS: NO MAN’S LAND Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. Jan. 19, 7 pm. $12. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: ROMEO ET JULIETTE When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Jan. 21, 10 am. $20. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. CABERNET CABARET! An evening of live entertainment, wine and a threecourse dinner created by The Cellar’s Executive Chef Adam Hegsted. Cocktail hour begins at 6 pm. Features performances by Sarah Dahmen, Jadd Davis, Kasey Davis and Henry McNulty. Jan. 26-28, at 7 pm. $55. The Cellar, 317 E. Sherman Ave.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN Palouse backroads and byways en plein air is the winter exhibit theme, featuring six artists who’ve named themselves “Group Six” who display paintings of local scenery in watercolor, pastel and oil. Jan. 5-Feb. 26; Thu-Sun, 10 am-4 pm. Opening reception Jan. 8, 1-3 pm. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way. (229-3414) RURAL ALLIANCE HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW An exhibit showcasing paintings, drawings, pottery, collage, and sculpture created by local high school students from Tekoa, Rosalia, Garfield/ Palouse, Oakesdale, and St. John/Endicott. Open daily during library hours,

Jan. 7-13. Free. Colfax Library, 102 S. Main. (509-397-4366) SAGE PAISNER: MY FAMILY IS EVERYTHING / MI FAMILIA ES TODO A solo exhibition of the contemporary artist’s photography. Through Jan. 27; gallery open Mon-Fri, 10 am-6 pm; Sat, 10 am-2 pm. Bryan Oliver Gallery, Whitworth, 300 W. Hawthorne. (777-3258) RUBY PALMER: SUBJECT TO CHANGE A collaborative installation. Through Feb. 2, open Mon-Fri, 8:30 am-3:30 pm or by appt. In the SFCC Art Gallery, Bldg. 6. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3746) WATER/WAYS A traveling exhibit about the relationship between people and water from the Smithsonian. Through Jan. 21; Open Mon-Fri, 8 am-5 pm and for special Saturday hours, 10 am-2 pm on Jan. 14 and 21 (closed Jan. 16). Mon.-Sat.. through Jan. 21. Free. Third Street Gallery, City Hall, 206 E. Third. (208-883-7036) CONVERGENCE January’s show, “Convergence: narratives woven together” features art by May and Daniel Kytonen. Jan. 13, 5-8 pm. Emerge, 208 N. Fourth St. (208-818-3342) JAMES “PETE” AMELL This month’s guest artist earned a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Idaho, after which he pursued a career with the Forest Service in smoke jumping and fire management. Reception Jan. 13, from 5:30-7 pm, art on display through Feb. 8. Jan. 13. Free. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. 5th. SECOND FRIDAY ARTWALK Coeur d’Alene’s monthly celebration of local art, with local galleries around downtown hosting artist receptions, live music and original art. Second Friday of the month, from 5-8 pm. Free. (208-415-0116) HAROLD BALAZS AND FRIENDS PANEL DISCUSSION A four-person panel of Harold’s friends and colleagues answer questions and talk about the history of his experience in the arts. Harold will also be present. Jan. 14, 1-2 pm. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. HAROLD BALAZS: ONE MORE TIME Since the 1950s, the work of Mead artist Harold Balazs has been displayed in galleries, homes, churches, colleges, banks, and public spaces around the nation. At age 88, the longtime artist continues to create. “One More Time” features 100+ pieces representing every decade of Balazs’ work. Enamels, paintings, drawings, mixed media assemblages, and more are included. Jan. 13-Feb. 4; gallery open Tue-Sat, 11 am-6 pm. Opening reception Jan. 13, from 5-8 pm. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. (208-765-6006) OCEANIC ORIENTATION A collaborative show by New Moon and Little Dog Art Gallery; each venue showcases art and artisan craft representative of the sea. Begins at New Moon, 3-5 pm; at Little Dog at 5-7 pm. Includes an “Art Treasure Hunt” and a chance to win a seafood dinner. Jan. 14, 3-7 pm. New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague. (413-9101) BUILDING CODE: ART, TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL PRACTICE Presented in partnership with Laboratory Spokane: A pop-up exhibition featuring artists who work at the intersection of art, technology and social practice, curated by Laboratory Spokane resident A.M. Darke, a media artist and game devel-

oper from Los Angeles. Jan. 17, 7-9 pm. No cost. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) ANIMATE THIS! BLENDER BASICS Learn to create your own 3D graphics and basic animations using the free software Blender. Register online. Jan. 24, 7-9 pm. $10. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. SCABLAND An installation artwork by Jenene Nagy. Jan. 26-Feb. 23. Lecture Jan. 25, at noon, in room 116 of the art building, followed by an opening reception. Gallery hours Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm. Free. EWU Gallery of Art, 140 Art Building. (359-2494)


JACK CASTLE WRITING WORKSHOPS As the library prepares for the 28th annual Writers Competition, the author leads a series of workshops designed to help writers get their work published. Meets Thursdays at 7 pm, Jan. 5-26. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front. (208-769-2315) READING: ANDY BROWN The Air Force law enforcement veteran’s book shares lessons learned from the fatal tragedies in 1994 at Fairchild Air Force Base, the heroic actions of others and his experience with the effects of trauma. Jan. 12, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SHARMA SHIELDS A workshop for poets, writers and comics of all skill levels who plan to submit pieces for the third edition of Lilac City Fairy Tales. Register online. Jan. 12, 6:30-8:30 pm. $10. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. spark-central. org (279-0299) GREAT BEAR ADVENTURE Mary Sanderson will again share her nine-day kayaking trip in the Great Bear rainforest in British Columbia as part of the library’s Novel Destinations program. Jan. 13, 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. PALOUSE WRITERS RESIST HATE A grassroots group of writers from across the Palouse read from their work and the works of historical and contemporary authors. Doors open for live music by local songwriters at 5:30 pm, with readings at 6, and an open mic at 7:30. Readers include Kim Barnes, Alexandra Teague, Sayantani Dasgupta and Jeff Jones, as well as students and community members. Jan. 15, 5:30-8 pm. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM Competitive performance poetry in a “head-tohead” format; winner gets a $50 prize. Third Monday of the month at 8; doors open at 7 pm. $5. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. SILENT READING PARTY Calling all introverts, bookworms, and bibliomaniacs: Prepare to zip your lips and delve into the magic of words. Live music and wine will accompany the sweet, sweet silence. Jan. 17, 7-9 pm. No cost. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) BEFORE OUTLANDER: SCOTTISH POETRY AND CULTURE AFTER THE ‘45 Join us for a discussion of Scottish literature after the events portrayed in “Outlander” and a reading of some of Robert Burns’ best poetry. Jan. 18, 7-8 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) n

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By the end of the year, teacher Beth McGibbon hopes her AP Capstone students at Rogers will be more media literate.

Avoid Our Mistakes How Spokane schools teach students to identify fake and biased news BY WILSON CRISCIONE


n the projector screen in a Rogers High School classroom, three different articles about President Obama’s latest attempt to save part of the Affordable Care Act appear side-by-side. Each news article is coming from a different perspective: the slight left (Washington Post), the right (Fox News), and the center (NPR), as determined by the website The students in Beth McGibbon’s Advanced Placement Capstone class have been asked to break down these articles by identifying the argument, the reasoning and its effectiveness. The goal is to analyze the issue — in this case, Obamacare — from multiple angles, so that students can better evaluate sources for their credibility. In short, the AP Capstone class is learning media literacy, and how to spot fake or biased news. “That’s a huge goal,” says McGibbon. “Is this a reliable and trustworthy source? How do you know? I think that’s different thinking for kids.” Three years ago, all five high schools in the Spokane Public Schools system added the two-year AP Capstone class. Fewer than 20 other high schools have the course in Washington. The first year, students, mostly juniors, learn how to weigh source credibility. The second year teaches students how to do in-depth research. By teaching those skills, the thinking is that students will become more proficient at judging source credibility and be better prepared for college. Ann, a junior in McGibbon’s Capstone class, agrees that it’s important for all students to learn these skills,


now that she’s been in the class herself. “I think students should be taught how to identify fake news and see how people overexaggerate things, so they don’t get tricked into having these super-biased opinions just because they read a few articles on it,” Ann says.


endal, a junior in McGibbon’s Capstone class at Rogers, gets most of her news from Facebook. KHQ and Fox pop up on her feed the most, but sometimes she sees her friends share fake news. This class, she says, has helped her know what’s fake. “When I see something on Facebook, I don’t necessarily believe it,” she says. But a Stanford study this past fall suggests that this is not the way most students think. The study concluded that middle, high school and college students are easily tricked by sponsored content or fail to see how political bias can influence articles. Researchers said students’ ability to discern such information was “bleak.” Steven Gering, Spokane Public Schools’ chief academic officer, says the district added the AP Capstone courses in high schools because it’s what colleges wanted. It’s a different kind of AP program, he says, because it’s not content-specific. That means teachers can bring in their own content, such as news articles, to teach students how to look for credible sources and opposing viewpoints. The hope, says Rogers English teacher Mike Dewey, is that after the first year of the AP Capstone class, stu-


dents are able to evaluate source credibility. By the time they get to Dewey’s class, in year two, they should be able to put that to work in a research project. “Probably the most important part is the media literacy, the ability to navigate the vast amount of information out there in the world and be confident that what you’re getting is reliable and credible,” he says. Dewey says he’s already seen the benefits of these courses, but there are still issues. He says that students may be better at picking apart information, but it’s often information that they already disagree with. “One of the skills we try to teach is that when gathering information, as difficult as it may be, try as much as you can to just take all emotion out of it. Don’t read it for opinion, read it for who’s saying it and how they’re saying it,” Dewey says.


hile the AP Capstone classes are devoted to evaluating source credibility, McGibbon, a social studies teacher, says she is trying to incorporate some of those lessons in her other classes as well. She uses some curriculum based on Stanford’s “Reading Like a Historian” curriculum in her history classes. There, too, students are encouraged to balance both sides of an issue. Sometimes she has her other classes do the same assignments as her Capstone class, as with the Obamacare assignment. But it doesn’t always work out. “I don’t mean to say I’ve got this figured out,” McGibbon says. “It was a trainwreck in one of the classes.” Dewey says that if kids know what sources are reliable or credible, and if they can use those sources for their own research, then they are bound for success later in life. In college, if they can’t write an argument backed by research, then they’re not going to do well, he says. “Whatever you’re going to believe is fine,” Dewey says. “But where is the information that those beliefs are based upon coming from? Is it solid, reliable? Or is it propaganda?” n

INTREPID There’s a fearless spirit about us INLANDERS. It’s unmistakable. Maybe it’s because we have come of age adjacent to the unforgiving wilds of the middle of nowhere. Or because our secluded little spot on the map affords us the luxury of testing the waters early and often.

Regardless of origin, that intrepid spirit is one of the many things that makes us Inlanders. And we deserve a paper with that same courageous character. Because at the end of the day, the only thing we’re afraid of is the status quo.


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