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was reading last week about how books, of all things, helped Barack Obama survive eight years in the White House. The books inspired him. Perhaps more important, they helped him escape the Beltway bubble and “get in somebody else’s shoes,” he told the New York Times. At their best, compelling stories have the incredible capacity to transport us — to allow us to see beyond our horizon — and as this year’s lineup at the SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL shows, the movies (just like books) need not be a soulless escape. Our coverage begins on page 20. Also this week: education reporter Wilson Criscione examines WSU’s efforts to recruit international students (page 13) and culture writer Chey Scott explores the ancient “gruit” style of beers, made without hops (page 36). — JACOB H. FRIES, Editor














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ake Coeur d’Alene is quietly absorbing the cold on these bitter winter days. In days long past, we would hope for ice to cover its entire surface. For the nonce, the lake just lies there looking beautiful, unaware of the dilemma that clouds its future. High in the headwaters of the Coeur d’Alene River sit the now-defunct mines that once produced billions of dollars worth of silver, lead and zinc. Mines in the Idaho Panhandle’s Silver Valley gave forth industrial metals that went into the machines and automobiles that once were the pride of a prosperous nation. Unfortunately, the metals that enriched all who touched them weren’t handled with the care that their toxic nature deserved. Reportedly, 100 million tons of mine waste was swept downstream to cling to the banks of the river and end up in the sediment that lines 160 miles of the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Rivers and the entire bed of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Runoff every year spreads more lead, zinc, cadmium and arsenic throughout the flood plain. In flood years, an extra dump of toxins hits the circuit. The Superfund site, in the midst of a cleanup, is one of the largest in the country. The Environmental Protection Agency has been working over the years, tirelessly and thanklessly, to remove contaminated soils from around homes and businesses in communities including Kellogg, Smelterville, Wardner and Osburn. Recently, the EPA announced that the expanded Central Treatment Plant, along with a groundwater collection system, would capture about 30 percent of the dissolved zinc load from the upper basin.


hile we should be thrilled to know that the stream of toxic metals flowing into the Coeur d’Alene Basin will finally be slowed, a note of caution checks the applause. Zinc, that wily metal, is not only toxic to fish and mammals, its presence in the water has been keeping algae from blossoming in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Zinc’s toxic action is seasonally refreshed with the spring runoff. The quandary staring us in the face is simple but strange: Do we want to keep on polluting the basin with zinc, in order to keep the algae from taking over? Do we fully understand the impact of zinc on the fish we like to catch? Scientists looking out for the health of the Coeur d’Alene River are also worried by the alarming drop in water quality in the CdA Basin, reflecting heavy timber cutting along the course of the entire drainage. In fact, a Google Earth time-lapse video shows dramatically that at least one-third of the trees on private land along the river disappeared from the forests between 1984 and 2016.


Unfortunately, Idaho’s regulations are so lax that the companies responsible are well within their official rights. But overcutting is always more than an unnecessary damn shame. These scientists, who know a lot more than I do, are concerned that Lake Coeur d’Alene can’t take this kind of reckless inattention amid the pummeling of additional phosphorus that it is now enduring. Lots of questions emerge. Will EPA survive the new Trump administration? If so, will it carry out its plan to expand the Central Treatment Plant, at the heart of the issue in Shoshone County, and install a groundwater collection system to catch the 30 percent of the dissolved zinc load? If not, potential algae blooms in Lake Coeur d’Alene will likely be kept longer in the

Will EPA survive the new Trump administration? thrall of the existing zinc loads still coming down the river. Not a very satisfactory solution, but one we could live with. Will the state environmental steward, the Department of Environmental Quality, keep ignoring the damage to water quality caused by overcutting and not enough surveillance? Will the counties step up to protect the valuable real estate the lakes and rivers represent? Kootenai County, to the contrary, has weakened its setback requirements.


ears ago, when Representative Dean Haagenson was in the Idaho House and I was in the Idaho Senate, we made a joint effort to provide some state protection for our North Idaho lakes. Interest in that concern has long since dissipated. We worried about the lakes being loved to death. Now they are in danger of simple neglect. It takes a combination of federal, state, county and city attention to guard the quality of the water in our lakes, rivers and streams. I have one bright note to end on: We are fortunate to have the Coeur d’Alene Tribe at the table guiding plans for the restoration of the Coeur d’Alene Basin. It may indeed take a long time, even seven generations, to carry out that restoration. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is the just and appropriate body to provide the continuity, the wisdom and the caring concern for the land and the water that the task will require. n


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It is possible for two or more things to be true at once. We are so conditioned to think in “either/or” terms, we often miss out on opportunities in between. Just because your neighbor disagrees with you on one issue doesn’t mean they won’t help you on another. Remember to not see people, organizations or institutions as monolithic.


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roar breaks out as the throng takes its first steps onto the icy streets of Spokane. While no laws or elected positions changed after last weekend’s Women’s March, an era of anemic insider-driven politics officially came to an end. If you are one of the many who feel called to take back our democracy, here are six helpful hints to heed along your journey:


to a dot that says “You are here?” That is you in this new mass movement. Learn about the constellations of groups already working on your issues, rather than reinventing the wheel. Don’t know where to start? Try Google or the “three degrees” approach. Ask someone who knows someone who does. Think about your unique abilities and focus on a role that plays to your strengths.


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The specter of national politics has sucked many into a cycle of emotional reactivity. Turn your existential angst into real-world action in your own backyard. LETTERS Resources for engaging Send comments to your congressperson, like the Indivisible Guide (, are also relevant at the city, county and state levels. If just a fraction of the energy displayed at the Women’s March were channeled into local arenas, mountains would be on the move. Revolution is the business of radical relationships. Befriend those who are different from you and find ways to celebrate your common humanity. Abandon name-calling and clever insults. Be as specific and respectful with your concerns as you can be. When reaching across a political divide, don’t immediately dive into issues. Be a person first, and you may be surprised by the friendship that will follow. In the end, all these tips are about getting outside yourself. Ego is the ultimate enemy of an effective mass movement. Enjoy the liberation that comes with knowing you are not the only one! n Mariah McKay is a fourth-generation daughter of Spokane and a community organizer campaigning for racial, social and economic justice. She currently serves as a public health advocate.



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COMMENT | FROM READERS JOHN MARCHI: None of these marches mean a thing to a man like Trump. Women aren’t mad enough yet. They need to start breaking things and causing real problems before he will even notice. Until they hurt his businesses he won’t notice. It’s bottom line to him, period.


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Reactions to our photo coverage of the Women’s March on Spokane, which saw an estimated 8,000 participants carrying signs and showing their solidarity the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration:

ELIZA HUGHES: Absolutely astonishing!!! Incredible to see all sorts of people marching for soooo many different reasons. Proof that we can be united despite our differences and beliefs. DAVID BACKUS: Protests. Marches. ... What they don’t accomplish. Remove a disliked president from office. Install the president you want. Make the party that’s in control of the government change their minds and plan of action. Change the minds of voters who disagree with your politics. B: What they DO accomplish. Self soothing (Make yourself feel better after a political loss.) Let you vent and get it out of your system. (If you can do it peacefully go for it. Yell, scream, holler, shout, get it ALL out.) Gives you an illusion of control, as if somehow you will decide what happens in your country. Provokes ire, scorn, and ridicule from people who disagree with you. RICHARD HAWKS: Pretty sure marches worked to progress the civil rights movement. 

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Global Outreach Washington State University plans to admit more international students to compete with top schools. But will that hurt in-state students? BY WILSON CRISCIONE

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t’s been said that in order to be successful, one must learn from those who have already achieved success. Apparently, the same goes for Washington State University. Under President Kirk Schulz, WSU is on a mission to become one of the nation’s top 25 research universities by 2030, a goal that will likely require a university-wide transformation. But in establishing what the university needed to do to achieve that, Schulz noticed one trait WSU was lacking, one shared by those already on that list. The top research universities, Schulz says, have a high percentage of international students — somewhere between 16 and 25 percent of the student population. WSU’s student body, however, only contains about 7 percent international students.

“It’s important that we bring in more students [from] abroad to interact with our students here, socially,” Schulz says. “Preparing students to be more culturally sensitive is really a key point.” To help with that, WSU entered into an agreement last month with INTO University Partnerships, a private, for-profit company that works with several other American universities to expand international student enrollment. For WSU, the goal is to eventually bring the percentage of international students up to 18 percent within 10 to 20 years. Schulz says there’s “nothing magical about the number.” Rather, he sees it as a sort of barometer of a university’s global reputation — the more international students, the better the reputation of the school across the world. There also are financial considerations. For universi-


ties, more international students mean more revenue, since they pay more tuition than in-state students. But the initiative raises eyebrows for some faculty members. While INTO University Partnerships has delivered on its promise of increasing international enrollment at other universities, it’s not always seen as a good thing. With more international students, in-state students can suffer. Some professors report larger class sizes, lower classroom standards and a lack of integration with classmates for international students who struggle with English. Administrators at WSU say those concerns will be addressed. But those promises have been made at other schools and don’t always work out, like at Oregon State University, says Martin Erwig, a computer science profes...continued on next page






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hen Asif Chaudhry, WSU’s Vice President for International Programs, met incoming president Schulz last spring, they brainstormed how to bring WSU’s diversity “on par” with that of other universities. By the time Schulz was settled in, Chaudhry says the idea took off, resulting in serious talks with INTO University Partnerships. “For any university to be considered in the top whatever — one of the best universities — you have to have an appropriate level of diversity in the student body,” Chaudhry says. “We want to graduate citizens who are true global citizens. This provides them that exposure.” And it provides WSU with more money. Colleges are more reliant on revenue from tuition

than they used to be, and WSU is no different. In 2006, tuition made up 19 percent of WSU’s revenue. In 2015, it made up 29 percent. That correlates with a rise in the number of international students at WSU by about 85 percent in the past decade, says Craig Lawson, communications coordinator for WSU International Programs. Chaudhry, however, says revenue was “not part of the decision-making process,” but he adds that it is “definitely a tangential benefit.” Some professors have concluded that this nationwide trend of gaining revenue from international students actually ends up costing in-state students. The University of Washington is in the top 10 for international-student enrollment. But Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences, caused a stir when he emailed a list of UW professors to complain that international students weren’t engaging in class, the Seattle Times reports. “Let’s face it: These are seats that could go to Washington state students,” he said. Schulz says that more international students will not mean that fewer in-state students will be admitted. Instead, the increased international

students will be in addition to the total number of students at the school. And he says that people shouldn’t worry about competitiveness in specific programs. “We want to strongly emphasize that we’re not going to take seats away to take a higher-paying student from outside the state and put them in that slot,” Schulz says. “For high-demand programs, we’re not going to be putting students there.” Chip Hunter, dean of WSU’s Carson College of Business, says he had some initial concerns that international students would take away spots because the business program is already at capacity. But he was comforted after learning more. The university, he says, will be able to expand the capacity for programs by hiring more faculty with the money brought in from those international students. “Will we truly be able to expand capacity so we can continue to teach effectively? Or are we being asked to do more with less?” Hunter says. “I’m confident that in the College of Business, we’re set up to address that.”

“We want to strongly emphasize that we’re not going to take seats away to take a higher-paying student from outside the state and put them in that slot.”


ince partnering with Oregon State University in 2008, INTO University Partnerships says it has enabled OSU to hire an additional 250 tenure-track faculty. Ben Brewster, an OSU computer science instructor, says he’s impressed with the way that INTO has helped make international students feel at home. INTO helps students learn English until they are advanced enough to take degree-seeking classes, and Brewster says it’s made a difference. “It is so common that our classes are so diverse,” Brewster says. “It’s not even something you notice anymore.” But Erwig, the computer science professor, says problems still persist. He says class sizes are larger, while class standards are lower. And because the students don’t speak English as well, they dominate office hours and make teaching more difficult. He calls the idea that in-state students will interact with international students and be more exposed to different cultures “nonsense.” Less of an emphasis, he argues, should be given to attracting international students. “It corrupts the core mission of the university,” says Erwig. WSU says it used Oregon State University and Colorado State University as models for how the partnership could work out. Mostly, the university says it had positive effects at those schools. For everything else, there’s a plan to make sure it doesn’t happen at WSU. For example, Chaudhry says the international students coming through the INTO partnership won’t live in separate residence halls, or be segregated to one area. Instead, they will be dispersed through several residence halls. As far as class goes, Chaudhry says students will be in a “pathway” program that’s supposed to make sure students are ready for other classes, similar to OSU. The plan is for there to be no issue with lower class standards. “That is always a concern,” Chaudhry says. “And we have deliberately thought about that to make sure it doesn’t happen.” Schulz says it’s likely some minor issues will arise with the INTO University Partnerships. But he says there’s room to adjust. It is, after all, a long-term partnership. “We want this to be positive for faculty, staff and our community,” Schulz says. n




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A federal judge in Spokane allowed a lawsuit against two Spokane psychologists to move forward last week, as internal CIA emails reveal concerns over the psychologists put in charge of developing and implementing interrogation tactics, which included WATERBOARDING, sleep deprivation and starvation. The psychologists, James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, contracted with the CIA to develop and implement interrogation tactics used on suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks. Recently released internal CIA documents reveal deep concerns over the two psychologists’ ethics and qualifications. “If some untoward outcome is later to be explained, their sole use in this role will be indefensible,” one internal memo reads. The men “have both shown blatant disregard for the ethics shared by almost all of their colleagues,” states another. The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three men who claim they were tortured using Mitchell and Jessen’s harsh methods. One of the men, Gul Rahman, died two weeks after he was detained. Rahman was drenched with water and left overnight in a frigid prison in Afghanistan known as the Salt Pit, according to an investigation into his death. The attorney for the two psychologists tried to get the case thrown out, arguing that Mitchell and Jessen should be granted qualified immunity because of their work as government agents. U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush denied the motion last week. The trial is scheduled for June. (MITCH RYALS)

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Box Cutter How Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner came to sponsor a bill making it easier for felons to find jobs BY DANIEL WALTERS


or three years, Layne Pavey has been lobbying Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, urging him to “ban the box.” As the director of I Did the Time, an organization that helps felons after they’ve been released from prison, Pavey argues that preventing employers from asking about criminal history up-front will allow former prisoners to once again become productive members of society. But while ban-the-box bills have overwhelmingly passed the Democratically controlled House in years past, they’ve always died in the Senate Commerce and Labor committee chaired by the 6th District’s Baumgartner. Until this year. Last week, when Baumgartner proudly announced that he was sponsoring a ban-the-box bill himself. “We never expected Baumgartner to be a sponsor of the bill. This is a huge jump,” Pavey says. “I’m still sort of in shock.” Back in 2014, the city of Spokane eliminated criminal history questions from its own job applications. This legislation would go further, banning private businesses from asking applicants about criminal history until they’ve determined that applicants are already qualified for the job. There are exceptions: The bill wouldn’t apply to certain financial and criminal justice jobs, and wouldn’t apply to jobs involving residential home deliveries or unsupervised access to children. It wouldn’t guarantee that a felon is hired, of course. But it eliminates an initial hurdle. “My bill allows a foot in the door,” Baumgartner says. “I would put it in the realm of small but significant reforms.” Mandating this statewide, Baumgartner believes, is better than a patchwork of regulations in places like Seattle. Baumgartner objects to suggestions that he’d been skeptical of ban-the-box proposals previously — he just says the bill wasn’t ready to move in previous years. In fact, he adds, he’s been thinking about it for a long time. Baumgartner goes back to a woman he met when he was knocking on doors during his first campaign in 2010. “She told a story about her son,” Baumgartner recalls. “She was almost near tears.” Her son, Baumgartner remembers the woman saying, had had trouble with drugs and alcohol — but ever since he got out of prison he couldn’t get a job. He thinks back even further, talking about the counterinsurgency lessons he witnessed working for the State Department in Iraq: Rehabilitation is just as crucial as punishment. “Certainly people need to be punished for


State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has traditionally opposed regulations on businesses — but has come to support “ban the box” legislation. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO crimes,” Baumgartner says. “We have to do a much better job for rehabilitation. It’s something that I’ve thought about for a while.” He says the testimony for ban-the-box legislation in previous years has been particularly powerful — and he’s been working with businesses groups in Olympia to try to figure out how to make it work. He credits his legislative aide, former Washington State University linebacker Jeremiah Allison, of further affecting his views on the proposal. Democratic Sen. Andy Billig, a co-sponsor of the bill who represents the 3rd District, credits Baumgartner for keeping an open mind and praises the persistence of advocates like Pavey. “This is the legislative process at its best,” Billig says. “With citizens coming to advocate for a policy and making the case well and sticking to it.” NAACP Spokane President Phil Tyler, who has received criticism for working with Republicans like U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, points to Baumgartner’s support of ban-the-box legislation as proof of the value of reaching across the aisle. “[Baumgartner] reached out to me, and wanted to have a sit-down. I met with him at the Davenport. And we just shared our stories and our experiences,” Tyler says. “It was really worth having that conversation.” Ultimately, Baumgartner sees even more that needs to be done to help felons, from offering supervised skills training to funding college classes in prison. After all, there are also political benefits to consider in staking claim to these kinds of issues. Two years ago, Baumgartner and other Senate Republicans seized ground traditionally occupied by Democrats by successfully pushing to reduce college tuition costs. “Higher education has been an area… where Republicans can differentiate themselves from the Democrats. Criminal justice reform is an area like that as well,” Baumgartner says. “[Democrats] get confused if the marching order from Republicans is something they like.” n


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To The Rescue How Spokane Police Officer Tim Schwering yanked a woman from a locked, burning vehicle BY MITCH RYALS


he rookie cop with silver sideburns was about a mile away from the flaming vehicle in North Spokane. The woman inside had called 911 just minutes before. Smoke filled the car and flames from the engine lapped against the windshield. The electronic locks did not work, and Kimberly Novak’s attempts to kick out the windows were unsuccessful. She was trapped. Spokane Police Officer Tim Schwering sprinted toward the flaming vehicle, but the door was locked, and the flames danced higher. He bashed the driver’s side window with his baton, expecting it to shatter. The laminated glass only cracked. The fire continued to roar, and Schwering continued to crash his baton into the window — more than 30 times total. “We gotcha,” Schwering told the woman. Flashes of the inevitable explosion raced through their minds. Finally, Schwering busted through, and with a gloved hand and help from a nearby citizen, he tore the rest of the window apart, just enough for the terrified woman to crawl out. By the time firefighters arrived, the bumper had melted into a flaming pool under the car. In the days following this rescue, body camera footage, released immediately by Spokane police, gave people in Spokane and around the country a small look into the risks that police officers face. Local news stations interviewed a humble Schwering and a grateful Novak as the footage reached an international audience. For the 43-year-old, who just graduated from the police academy last June, this was perhaps the strangest situation he’s encountered in his short time as a commissioned officer. Schwering says he’s tried to research an explanation for why the car burst into flames and locked Novak inside, but has yet been unsuccessful. Schwering was hired in 2013 to lead SPD’s newly formed Strategic Initiatives Division, which included investigating officers for misconduct. He also oversaw the department’s new body camera program. But in 2016, he opted to trade a suit and polished leather shoes for a badge, a gun and thick black boots. The former stockbroker, federal investigator and civilian director in charge of a police department’s major reform effort now patrols the streets of Spokane on power shift (from about 4 pm until the early morning hours). “You’ve gotta be doing something you enjoy and that you believe in,” Schwering says. “Otherwise it’s for naught.” n


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Rich Cowan co-wrote, produced and directed The Basket. He’s since gone on to produce more than 30 feature films. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO


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The Beginning Rich Cowan looks back at The Basket, a film that helped prove Spokane could make movies



t’s been almost 18 years since Rich Cowan’s directorial debut, The Basket, hit the big screen, but he still thinks about the movie often. He still has the movie poster in his office. And he still remembers the film as a project that proved you could make movies in a place like Spokane. Last week, Cowan arrived back in Spokane after several months in Atlanta, where he was the line producer for an upcoming Al Pacino film. He laments the fact that Washington’s tax credit program for the film industry is a shadow of the one that has brought countless productions to Georgia in recent years, and wishes that Pacino film could have been shot here, because, he says, the city would have worked perfectly for the story. He’s been an evangelist for the city’s film and television industry for parts of three decades now, back before even The Basket hit theaters. By the late 1990s, Cowan had operated his production company, North by Northwest, for a few years, but had never set out to direct a film of his own before he decided to write and shoot The Basket, a family-friendly story set in the Inland Northwest during World War I. It tells of a pair of German orphans who arrive in a small farming town after being released from an internment camp and encounter hostility from the people there. When one of the boys picks up a basketball, hearts and minds change. “The real idea was to have a movie that every generation could watch together and that had a great message — that working together, we can accomplish great things as a society. That was the theme of the show,” says Cowan, who hadn’t seen the film in years until he gave it a look last week in preparation for the upcoming reunion screening. The Basket was far and away North By Northwest’s biggest undertaking at that point, featuring stars like Peter Coyote and Karen Allen, and other seasoned actors. For Cowan and his crew, which included collaborators with whom he still works, like Marc Dahlstrom, Dan Heigh and Vince DeFelice, the aim was to have the project meticulously planned out to make the most of the relatively short 24-day shoot. “Even on the call sheets, we had it broken down scene by scene with the exact time of day we wanted to shoot the scene. You usually don’t do that,” Cowan remembers with a laugh. These days, North by Northwest has made Cowan a prominent figure not just in Northwest filmmaking, but beyond. His profile eventually rose to the point that he ran against Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Congress in 2012, then against 6th District Senator Michael Baumgartner two years later. But back in the late 1990s, he had to cast a wide net for help in making the film. He also got help from someone close

to him. In the year before production began, Cowan’s father, George — who passed away earlier this month — volunteered to scout locations to shoot the film. “He drove all around the area for a year and put about 20,000 miles on his car looking for places to shoot, and found the amazing spots you see in the film,” says Cowan. In the end, the movie was shot at Spokane’s downtown Masonic Center, on the rolling hills of the Palouse, and wherever else they could find the right feel for the period piece.

Peter Coyote (right) starred in the Basket, the 1999 film directed by Rich Cowan. For a first major production, the shoot went well. Sure, Coyote would often stop scenes and ask Cowan to describe what was to happen in that point in the movie in just one word. Soon, Cowan would have a word in mind before he’d even head to the set. But there were none of the sort of disasters that can plague film shoots. The Basket made the rounds in Spokane theaters, as well as other cities, before heading to video and other avenues. The film has had a habit of popping up in Cowan’s life in the years since. He was on an airplane once when The Basket came on all the screens in the cabin. Another time, a parent who’d recently lost a child — the film features a similar circumstance — reached out to him to say how much The Basket impacted him. But the thing Cowan keeps coming back to when you ask him about The Basket was all the people who made it happen. It was hardly just his project. “I’m just one of hundreds of people that made the movie. It was such a great movie, and so many people were involved in this thing. It’s just kind of blew me away, how people came together to make this movie in Spokane,” he says.  The Basket screens as part of the SpIFF opening gala on



Till Death Do We Start

Filmmaker Adam Harum on his short film and moviemaking in Spokane




tories begin at their end,” says the late critic and writer John Berger in a 1983 episode of the British television program Voices, citing the deaths of Romeo and Juliet as an example and drawing a completed circle in the air with a finger. “That is when the story is given form.” Lifeline, a short film premiering at the 19th annual Spokane International Film Festival, quite literally begins with such an ending. One that begets an even more transformative ending, a very peculiar take on impending death that shapes the narrative arc of this strangely hilarious tale down to its final scene. What is typically occasion for weepy Hallmark Channel reflection and feigned triumph is in writer and director Adam Harum’s hands something much darker and more bizarre. Yes, there’s the drama. And the laugh-out-loud surprises. But something is off. “I’ve always really liked the idea of just a subtle little tweak or adjustment in the story, and not making as big a deal of that as it should be,” admits Harum, 28. “I’m writing a screenplay right now about a guy who can travel through time, but only when he’s drunk. That kind of thing,” he says with a chuckle. “It expands your ability to tell a story, and bring in those thematics in a way that you normally wouldn’t be able to with reality.” Harum, a Wenatchee native and longtime Spokane resident (he graduated from Eastern Washington University’s film program), has been warping reality through the camera lens since he was 9. “Good God, like two-thirds of my life is on camera somewhere,” he says. His father had access to early digital editing software and iMovie, a stroke of fortune that launched Harum’s creative ambitions into overdrive. “I was obsessed with making films,” he says. “I used to write all the time growing up, just all the time.” Fresh out of college, Harum’s passion landed him a coveted freelancing gig with writer/director/producer Kevin Noland’s Spirit Lake Pictures. Under Noland’s wing, Harum

A scene from local filmmaker Adam Harum’s short film, Lifeline. honed his craft on projects in Haiti and Germany, instilling in himself the tenets of good storytelling. “For me, as a filmmaker, that’s the kind of stuff that I think all filmmakers should do,” he suggests. “Just travel.” Upon his return to the Northwest, Harum dug in, continued to immerse himself in his art and found a tight-knit clan of filmmakers with whom to share his obsession. “It’s just an awesome film community,” he says of Spokane. He co-founded the 50 Hour Slam, which every year challenges hundreds of budding local filmmakers; he jumped into the Spokane Film Project, where he recruited greenhorns and film sages alike to help bring films like Lifeline to, well, life; he worked on Emmy Award-winning projects with his own Kinetic Energy Productions team; and he did it in a city 1,200 miles from Hollywood. “It’s funny. People will see our, you know, really amazing — in my opinion — Toyota commercials playing in a bar anywhere in Spokane, and a lot of people don’t even realize that was made just down the street,” says Harum of his work as the main editor and audio engineer (and sometimes director) at ILF Media. Lifeline, his first short to appear in SpIFF (Transolar Galactica, Harum’s sci-fi web series, was featured three years ago), is likewise a product of the Inland Empire. It was filmed in three manic days last July, specifically with SpIFF in mind. “It’s always a great festival,” says Harum. “I love being involved in it any way I can, every year.” And because the film is also a product of his imagination, it’s appropriately and morbidly skewed. “What we mourn for the dead is the loss of their hopes,” the aforementioned Berger, who died at 90 earlier this month, once remarked. In Lifeline’s dystopian future, what we mourn for the dead is all but forgotten: As Harum admits, “It’s no longer this big, huge mystery anymore.” But it sure makes for an oddly entertaining story.  Lifeline is featured in the 2017 Best of the Northwest program on Friday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater (901 W. Sprague).

Eyes on the Prize

Filmmaker Justin Whiteman’s documentary offers a nuanced portrait of Spokane boxing guru Rick Welliver



Rick Welliver (right) is the subject of Justin Whiteman’s insightful documentary Keep Your Hands Up.

ne day, an affable guy named Rick Welliver interrupted Justin Whiteman’s cup of coffee, asking the filmmaker, “What’s your story?” From there, the two became fast friends. “Rick is one of my best friends, and he’s one of many people’s best friends,” says Whiteman, a son of Spokane who now resides with his wife in Milwaukee. “He’s one of those larger-than-life personalities.” Welliver’s gregarious sociability and passionate disposition is the stuff of legend in local boxing circles, but Whiteman, a storyteller by trade, saw an opportunity to paint a more nuanced portrait of the man and his obsession, Spokane Boxing. The result is a tender and revelatory short documentary called Keep Your Hands Up. “No infomercial here,” Whiteman cautions. “This isn’t a best-buddy piece. Let’s peel that notable uniqueness away and see him in a subtly but distinctly different light, and quietly get into the heart and soul of him.” Welliver, known as “The Pitbull” during his heyday as a cruiserweight professional boxer, wears that heart on his sleeve. “We’ve forgotten as a society how to make kids feel special,” he argues. “I just know that we need to give kids more options. Boxing saved my life. And if it wasn’t for my father putting boxing into my life, I’d be in prison. Something would be amiss.” In the film, Welliver calls his father “my first hero, my first friend, my first everything.” The reverence for his old man, himself a former boxer, provides a kind of template for Welliver’s devotion to the local youths who come to his gym in search of a coach, in search of a mentor, in search of a hero. “Is there a love of service? Absolutely. Is there a love of boxing? Absolutely. He’s not doing this for the money,” says Whiteman. “He’s doing this to impress his dad, and that’s so interesting to me. We’re all trying to impress that ghost.” Keep Your Hands Up is “intentionally raw,” says White-

man, a “real gritty piece” that he hopes sheds light on Welliver’s work and the boxing scenes in Spokane and Wallace, Idaho, where some of the scenes were filmed. At the least, it was a chance to return to his beloved hometown, his “creative Mecca,” that has served as the muse for so many of his films. “For years I felt like the luckiest kid on the block,” says Whiteman. After graduating from the University of Washington, he migrated to Los Angeles and began his love affair with filmmaking. He wrote scripts, enrolled in acting classes, worked on sets and escaped back to Spokane intermittently in pursuit of inspiration. His first foray into directing, for his satirical 2001 mockumentary Newtown, was a breakthrough. “It established me as someone who could write and work with actors and put a team together and tell a story,” says Whiteman. “So from then on I’ve called myself a filmmaker.” An MFA in film direction from the American Film Institute then morphed into a five-year stint in the Navy as a mass communications specialist (he was hailed as “Outstanding New Broadcaster of the Year” for his work covering military exercises in the Pacific), which, through the GI Bill, paved his way to a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Keep Your Hands Up, Whiteman notes, was created “with much support and encouragement” from the school, particularly his mentor, television producer Bob Calo. Now, his work is tied to the storied tradition of moviemaking in Spokane and to SpIFF, which is presenting the film in its Emerging Filmmakers Showcase. Whiteman plans to attend both the screening and the Q&A to follow. “It will be part of the festival and I’m excited,” he says. “I’ve been looking for a reason to come home to Spokane.” n Keep Your Hands Up screens as part of the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase on Sat, Feb. 4, at 4 pm at the Magic Lantern Theatre (25 W. Main).



Check it Out

A dozen films from this year’s festival that caught our eye FEATURE FILMS

AU NOM DE MA FILLE (IN HER NAME) 87 minutes; Sat, Feb. 4 at 11:30 am, Magic Lantern Theatre Inspired by a true story: André Bamberski is a man in search of the truth. When his 14-year-old daughter is found raped and murdered at the house of his ex-wife’s new partner, a popular doctor, Bamberski is devastated and takes matters into his own hands. For 30 years, he tirelessly pursues his daughter’s killer. His quest for justice becomes his obsession, even as a kind of omertà surrounds the suspected doctor, Dieter Krombach, and judges and friends urge him to give up. (CONNOR DINNISON)

CREEPY 130 minutes; Sat, Jan. 28 at 9 pm, Magic Lantern This Japanese thriller by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (The Cure, Bright Future) follows an ex-detective and his wife who move to a house, only to discover that their new neighbor seems a little off. When the detective’s former colleagues ask for his help in solving a troubling case, he realizes that it might be connected to the creepy happenings next door. Expect some interesting and unexpected plot twists. (CHEY SCOTT) DOLORES 90 minutes; Thu, Feb. 2 at 6:30 pm, Magic Lantern The beautiful actress Dolores Moor is moving to Hollywood, but she’s going to miss her beloved mid-century modern home. Enter Georg Letterer, an eccentric introvert whose passion is exquisitely detailed architectural modeling. Moor commissions Letterer to build a “perfect” replica of her house, a task that is to take a year to complete. But his obsessive detailing of her villa soon dovetails into an obsession with the actress herself and assumes a more sinister sheen when Letterer discovers, through changes in his meisterstück (masterpiece), that he has, in reality, the miraculous power to play puppet master to Moor and the home’s visitors. (CD)


DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE 90 minutes; Fri, Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm, Bing Crosby Theater It’s the apocalypse. Civilizational collapse, anarchy, the whole shebang. It’s fight or flight and the hard-luck comedy duo (and couple) Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine head for the hills. In the face of disaster they struggle to save their sanity — and their relationship — from the clutches of scarcity, mistrust, self-degradation and gun-toting maniacs. How can two quirky creatives be useful in a violent and bizarre new world with no use for art? At least they have loyal companions in their dog, Watson, and cat, Mrs. Peel. (CD)

MÉDECIN DE CAMPAGNE (IRREPLACEABLE) 102 minutes; Sun, Jan. 29 at noon, Magic Lantern Jean-Pierre, a countryside doctor in rural France, is the last of his kind — or so he thinks. He’s revered and universally loved by his patients. But there is no one in line to succeed him, until he falls ill and Nathalie, a young female doctor, arrives from the city hospital. Her differing take on medicine and confidence intimidates Jean-Pierre, who makes her introduction to the village inhabitants as uncomfortable as possible. But Nathalie is determined to win their acceptance and the approval of the man who deemed himself irreplaceable. (CD)

NISE: THE HEART OF MADNESS 106 minutes; Wed, Feb. 1 at 6:30 pm, Magic Lantern This Brazilian selection tells the story of Dr. Nise da Silveira, who refused to treat her mentally ill patients with barbaric methods like electroshock therapy and lobotomy, despite the ridicule she received from her colleagues. Instead, da Silveira chose to use occupational therapy, inspired by the psychology of Carl Jung, and opened a painting studio for her patients — a treatment that proved to be successful for many of the formerly neglected subjects. Based on historical events, this film tells the inspiring story of Dr. da Silveira — who was eventually recognized for her pioneering methods — and her patients. (CS)

OUR LOVE STORY (YEON-AE-DAM) 99 minutes; Sun, Jan. 29 at 6:30 pm, Magic Lantern South Korean art student Yoon-ju hasn’t found love, at least not with a man. As she nears graduation she encounters a hip young woman, Ji-soo, first at a junkyard and again at the checkout counter of a convenience store. She’s intrigued. As their paths continue to cross, her curiosity turns into enchantment and eventually infatuation, as the lives of the two women entwine. Friendship blossoms into romance and their illicit love affair alters the future of both Yoonju and Ji-soo forever. (CD)


THE WOMEN’S BALCONY (ISMACH HATANI) 96 minutes; Sun, Jan. 29 at 3 pm, Magic Lantern In an Orthodox enclave of Jerusalem, a devout Jewish community is at a crossroads. During a bar mitzvah celebration, a fateful accident tests their faith and sends the congregation into chaos. A balcony of women collapses and the rabbi’s wife falls into a coma. The worshippers look to young Rabbi David for support and direction, but his domineering, traditionalist bent only divides, the men from their wives, the congregants from each other. Admiration quickly turns to distrust, and the tumult threatens to tear the synagogue apart. The women, however, have a plan to save it. (CD)


DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS 73 minutes; Sat, Jan. 28 at 7 pm & Sun, Feb. 5 at noon, Magic Lantern A Domincan park ranger in the country’s Sierra de Bahoruco National Park is found murdered in brutal fashion, struck down by a machete. But the death of Eligio Eloy Vargas wasn’t random, as the man was believed to be investigating an illegal coal production site run by Haitians in protected Dominican forests. The murder mystery reveals tensions between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over exploitation of natural resources in this film directed by Jake Kheel and Juan Mejia Botero. (DAN NAILEN) ...continued on next page

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KEDI 80 minutes; Mon, Jan. 30 at 6:30 pm, Magic Lantern This documentary about the hundreds of thousands of cats who freely roam the streets of Istanbul is either a cat lover’s dream, or their worst nightmare — you know, because they don’t have homes! Kedi, the Turkish word for cat, follows seven distinct feline personalities — Sari, “The Hustler”; Bengü, “The Lover”; Deniz, “The Social Butterfly”; and Psikopat, “The Psycho” to name four — through their daily interactions in the bustling, industrialized metropolis. (CS)

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MIXED MATCH 95 minutes; Sun, Jan. 29 at 12:30 pm, Magic Lantern Director Jeff Chiba Stearns, scheduled to attend this screening, tackles the complexities of race in a unique way, telling the stories of mixed-race blood cancer patients struggling with finding bone marrow donors who match their genetic background. With the multiracial community being one of the fastest-growing demographics in the American melting pot, this documentary is timely, and likely to remain so for generations. (DN)

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STRANGERS ON THE EARTH 96 minutes; Sat, Jan. 28 at 6:30 pm & Sun, Jan. 29 at 6 pm, Magic Lantern American cellist Dane Johansen decides to make his pilgrimage along the famous Camino de Santiago in northern Spain with his instrument in tow, seeking a renewed outlook on the meaning of his own life — one he has realized is largely driven by his own ego — along with countless other pilgrims from all corners of the world. In this documentary, as Johansen walks and performs for his fellow travelers, he discovers alongside them that the many paths in life we each take are not so different. (CS)

Phantom of the Opera

SPECIAL PROGRAMS PHANTOM OF THE OPERA WITH THE SPOKANE SYMPHONY 93 minutes; Sat, Feb. 4 at 7:30 pm, Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox The Spokane Symphony provides a live accompaniment to the 1925 version of this classic tale, with Lon Chaney Sr. in the title role, which has recently been digitally remastered. WORLD SHORTS 82 minutes; Sun, Jan. 29 at 3 pm, Magic Lantern A collection of foreign language short films from around the globe. The five films, from Bulgaria, Iceland, Germany, France, Spain and Benin, range from comedy to drama. U.S. AND CANADIAN SHORTS 91 minutes; Mon, Jan. 30 at 6:45 pm, Magic Lantern A collection of seven English-language films, including documentary, comedy and drama.

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We’re even philanthropists, supporting local charities and nonprofits every year. All the while, we remain committed to the award-winning, independent journalism you expect and deserve. It’s a big job for a hometown paper to keep innovating and changing with its readers. But we’re in this for the long haul — informing, supporting and maintaining the vibrant community we call home. And that will never change.

ANIMATION SHOWCASE 95 minutes; Thu, Feb. 2 at 6:45 pm, Magic Lantern This always-popular element of SpIFF features 10 animated films from around the world, including a pair of American-made pieces. Films range from 3 to 15 minutes in length. BEST OF THE NORTHWEST 85 minutes; Fri, Feb. 3 at 5:30 pm, Bing Crosby Theater Another favorite aspect of the festival is this program, this year bringing you seven films made by regional filmmakers, including Spokane artists. EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE Sat, Feb. 4 at 4 pm, Magic Lantern A program of short films from young filmmakers, or those new to the field. Stick around after the screening for a questionand-answer session with the filmmakers. n

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Haunting Verse Going toward the ghost with poets Jane Wong and Quenton Baker BY CATE McGEHEE


nna May Wong was a Chinese-American film star born in 1905. She possessed extraordinary talent, spoke many languages fluently, and captivated audiences across America and Europe. But she was limited to playing hackneyed, racist roles — it was illegal for her to kiss a white man on screen, and all the male leads were white. She could never be a leading lady. One of her greatest ambitions was the role of O-lan in the 1937 film adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel The Good Earth, a compassionate story set in rural China. In one of the most infamous early cases of Hollywood whitewashing, the role of O-lan was given to the German actress Luise Rainer. Anna May Wong is one of the many ghosts you’ll meet inside Seattle poet Jane Wong’s digital project the Poetics of Haunting, a multimedia collection of contemporary Asian-American poets in conversation with their specters. In The Poetics of Haunting, Jane Wong’s poem, “Anna May Wong fans her time machine,” has the starlet traveling to the future, “Where surely no one gives a puck / who I kiss: man, woman, or goldfish,” and she can play the authentic human role of “some girl from L.A., the unlikely heroine / who breaks up the brawl, saving everyone.” You also meet Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, brutally murdered at 31 in 1982, whom Jane Wong encounters when she, too, is 31. You’ll read about how Los Angeles poet Cathy Linh Che’s parents were cast as Viet Cong extras in the film Apocalypse Now, chosen with 100 other refugees to play the very people they’d fled (“My mom had to shoot a fake gun in the air,” Che says). You’ll read Seattle poet Don Mee Choi’s response to the Gwangju Uprising of May 1980, when hundreds of South Korean students were massacred and brutalized protesting martial law, and hear the song written for the “spirit wedding” of two fallen activists. The project “considers how social, historical, and political contexts ‘haunt’ the work of contemporary Asian American poets.” Jane Wong’s exquisite new collection of poetry, Overpour, dances with these same ghosts. “Ghosts don’t denote terror or a burden for me as a poet,” says Wong in an interview with the Inlander. “I seek them out to honor them. In that way, I want to draw them closer, to know my history through and through. Sometimes, that’s difficult … however, such invocation allows ...continued on next page

Poet Jane Wong’s new work interprets the present through the lens of those who lived long ago. HELENE CHRISTENSON PHOTO



Seattle poet Quenton Baker. PIOTREK MIGULA PHOTO

“HAUNTING VERSE,” CONTINUED... me to better understand where I came from.” Wong believes that “intergenerational trauma is carried forward” and informs both her poetry and day-to-day life. “I can see this even in the most minute details,” she says, “such as my eating habits. I am obsessive about not wasting food, to the point of eating other people’s leftovers sometimes. I think this comes from the Great Leap Forward, from a history of poverty and hunger, though I myself was never ‘hungry’ growing up in a restaurant.” Wong was raised in a Chinese takeout restaurant in New Jersey, and though always well fed, the tens of millions of Chinese who starved to death during the Maoist campaign still hover over her plate. Wong’s work weaves her family’s past and present into poems that ultimately look forward. “I’m certainly interested in how my parents grew up in a rural village — what they ate, what they looked at when they looked out a window, what they thought about when they fell asleep — but I am just as interested in my mother working at the post office right now in her 50s,” she says. Indeed, in Overpour you see both Wong’s mother feeding envelopes in the present day and leaving home in 1982, when “the hem of her wedding dress is 7,326 miles and what for.” Seattle poet Quenton Baker shares Wong’s interest in contextualizing the past and present for the future. His debut chapbook This Glittering Republic explores “the fact of blackness in American society,” as he says, but he sees his poetry as “not so much a conjuring as a correspondence.” “Across history, time, location, I’m mostly seeking to put people and ideas in correspondence with the modern moment,” he tells the Inlander. Baker says that the historic figures in his poems aren’t necessarily haunting. “How can a ghost haunt itself?” he says. “I’m not haunted by Mary Turner or George Stinney Jr. or Sara Baartman [all of whom appear in his poems] because they all correspond to parts of black interiority, and how blackness, throughout time and in the current moment, has always been cast as specter or bogeyman: a terrorizing menace at the edge of white consciousness. Black folks have always been the living ghosts of flesh and blood.” What might one expect from Baker’s work? “People who have an understanding of the varied textures and interiorities of black life would feel strengthened, seen, and loved,” he says. “And people who are holding on to an investment in whiteness would feel challenged, expanded, and more aware of the violence endemic to the white imagination.” n Poetics of Haunting: Jane Wong and Quenton Baker • Sat, Jan. 28 at 7 pm • Spark Central • 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. •





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he final scene of the series premiere of The Young Pope (HBO, Sundays, 7 pm) features newly appointed Pope Pius XIII Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) confessing to a Vatican priest that because he does not believe God can save him from himself, he does not believe in God. “What are you saying?!” the priest stammers. “Blessed father!?” And then, as the priest continues to reel over the gravity of the revelation, Belardo grants him mercy. “I was joking,” Lenny says. And the priest lets out a relieved half-laugh, like a drowning man who’s finally resurfaced. He was just joking. Supposedly. This is The Young Pope in a nutshell: It likes to toy with the viewer. The Young Pope doesn’t want you to know if it’s ridiculously serious or seriously ridiculous. It doesn’t want you to know whether it’s going for great, or it’s a big old joke. It’s not that the show doesn’t know. It just doesn’t want the viewer to know. After all, the seductive nature of the arcane and the mysterious is the show’s entire premise. At first it feints left, as the new Pope appears to nearly sweep away every bit of Catholic theology that clashes with Western cultural liberalism. And then, of course, it’s revealed to be a dream

sequence. Ultimately, Lenny is far more “strange and contradictory” than that, plotting to take the papacy back to a more opaque and unapproachable direction. That this theme often succeeds is thanks to Law’s performance; he makes every greeting sound like a threat, and every blessing sound like a loan that must be repaid with interest. In this sense, The Young Pope seems similar in genre to House of Cards, the ponderous Netflix show about Kevin Spacey’s Southern-accented scheming and his rise to the presidency. But House of Cards’ surrounding characters and setting can’t compare to Spacey’s campiness. The Young Pope, however, provides the insanity to match its central character. Dream sequences melt into fantasy sequences that shift into a sort of magical realism. A kangaroo shows up in the second episode. And the whole thing is consciously gorgeous: Every moment looks crafted and posed and iconic, as if etched in a stained-glassed window or painted by a Renaissance artist. Belardo, who injects drama and import and high gravitas into the most minor interactions — say, imperiously requesting a Cherry Coke Zero — fits perfectly into this world. He is a contradictory man, but not a subtle one. But this is not a subtle world. — DANIEL WALTERS


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Inner Conflicts Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced steps into the bramble of race and identity, exposing complexity and contradictions BY E.J. IANNELLI


aradoxically, the more that race appears as a recurring thread in the stories that dominate our information-saturated age, the more difficult it’s become to talk about it candidly. Extant institutionalized racism and the resultant identity politics have polarized and stifled discussion to the point that everyone’s motives are deemed suspect, and acknowledging the validity of any counterpoint feels like a surrender to one tyranny of thought or another. To appreciate just how anguished the issue of race continues to be, few ways are more satisfyingly inconclusive than 90 uninterrupted minutes in the company of the five characters in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, which is about to wrap up a three-week run at Stage Left Theater under the direction of Lance Babbitt. Akhtar writes with the firsthand experience of an American of Pakistani descent, yet his attitude toward his own cultural and religious

heritage — loosely embodied and vocalized by Amir Kapoor, played here by Joe Mazzie — isn’t without ambivalence. It’s tempting to say that Akhtar’s approach is impartial, but if Disgraced settles on any single idea, it’s that our views on race, however narrow or inclusive, are never entirely unclouded. They’re forged by the arbitrariness of individual experience, warped by emotion, distorted by centuries of antipathy, suspicion and prejudice. And that applies as much to Amir and his cousin Hussein (aka Abe, played by Jared Johnson) as it does the play’s white, black and Jewish characters. Our first glimpse of Amir finds him in a suit jacket and underpants, an unflattering getup for an affluent corporate lawyer. He’s reluctantly posing for his wife Emily (Aubrey Shimek Davis), an ascendant artist whose Islamic-inspired art adorns the walls of their swanky New York apartment. She’s painting Amir as an homage to

FROM LEFT: Joe Mazzie, Jared Johnson and Aubrey Davis star in Stage Left’s production of Disgraced.

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Beers of Yesteryear Local breweries collaborate to brew ancient “gruit” style beers — without hops — for an internationally celebrated event BY CHEY SCOTT


Big Barn Brewing’s Eli Deitz (left) and Bellwether Brewing’s Thomas Croskrey are both experimenting with no-hop beers. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

t’s hard to say exactly what beers brewed hundreds of years ago would have tasted like to our discerning, modern palates, but we do know with certainty that most of these old-timey ales were missing one very familiar ingredient: hops. Instead, ancient European gruitbiers (pronounced “groot-beer”) were flavored and bittered with naturally occurring herbs: yarrow, bog myrtle, rosemary, juniper, heather, mugwort and other plants. The name “gruit” comes from the German word for herb, grut. Historically, gruit ales widely fell out of favor in the 1500s following the passing of Germany’s purity law, the Reinheitsgebot, which stated that beer could only be made from water, barley and hops. Yet, thanks of a growing event now in its fifth year — International Gruit Day is observed annually on February 1 — gruit-style beers are being reintroduced by craft breweries across the U.S. In Spokane, the city’s first ever Gruit Day celebration is being organized by Bellwether Brewing Co., with participation from brewers at Young Buck, Republic, Iron Goat, Big Barn and Whistle Punk breweries. Local beer lovers can sample hop-free beers from each of the participating breweries, as well as a collaborative ale named “We are Gruit” (it’s indeed a reference to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) created by brewers with Bellwether, Whistle Punk, Republic and Young Buck. The amber ale released that day is flavored with a mix of wormwood, lemon verbena, yarrow, lemongrass, smoked chili flake, rosemary, heather, horehound and spruce tips. “The West Coast, and the Northwest, is known for its big hop bombs, and gruit ale is the quintessential opposite,” remarks event organizer and Bellwether co-owner Thomas Croskrey. “In some ways, though, you could say they are similar. I’ve made a couple [gruit ales] that are so extreme. It was mostly IPA lovers who liked them, because the flavor was so extreme.” At Bellwether, Croskrey and co-owner Dave Musser have made it their goal to introduce regional beer drinkers to a range of lesser-known, old-world brewing styles. Among the more traditional offerings currently on Bellwether’s 19 tap handles is their winter seasonal gruit, called Ancestry Ale. It’s brewed with elderberry and presents a sour-like flavor profile, although it’s not, by definition, a true bacteria-fermented sour beer. There’s also an ancient Celtic-style sour brewed with heather, named Albion, and several braggots — a Nordic style,

made with honey, that’s similar to mead. Coming up with his own versions of these old-world beers began as an unintentional discovery for Bellwether brewmaster Croskrey. The self-proclaimed historical fiction nerd began experimenting as a homebrewer years back partly because he wanted to recreate some of the beers he was reading about, like braggots. “I was using things in my garden, and later when I started studying more, I learned that was how they made beer hundreds of years ago,” he says. A true gruit beer can be flavored with one specific ingredient, or a mixture of herbs and spices, Croskrey explains. Many herbs used in the early days also served as a preserving agent. (One of the reasons for the move away from gruits, however, is because hops offer better stabilization, extending beer’s shelf life.) In some regions, medieval towns would have had a “gruitmaster” who was responsible for mixing together herbs and spices to then sell to brewers, he adds. “The brewer would get it and sometimes not know what was in it,” he says. “It was very proprietary, and brewers in Germany would have had totally different gruit than in, say, Scotland or Norway.”

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The historical, region-specific use of varying blends of herbs and spices to flavor gruit ales offers major appeal to modern craft breweries, Croskrey says. “A lot of people are trying to do foraging beers, and locally farmed ingredients. For Spokane, if I wanted to make a gruit to represent the Northwest, I might collect some spruce needles and rose hips,” he says. International Gruit Day was spearheaded in 2013 by Beau’s Brewing Co. in Ontario, Canada. Dozens of breweries have participated with their own events and special releases over the years, but none in the Inland Northwest, to the best of Croskrey’s knowledge. Since he’d already been experimenting with gruit at Bellwether, the brewmaster reached out to see if any other breweries would be interested in organizing an event highlighting the style, for local breweries making their own gruit recipes or interested in testing one out. “I’m hoping we can have a fun time and push the awareness, which might sound too serious, but with this in particular, I just love what gruit ale is — the possibilities and the historical significance,” Croskrey says. “If nothing else, it’ll be a cool time to come down and try some unusual beers.” n Gruitfest • Wed, Feb. 1 from 5-9 pm • Free admission; $5/pint and $7.50/tasting flight • All-ages • Bellwether Brewing Co. • 2019 N. Monroe • • • 328-0428

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s drudgery of winter rolls on, food lovers (which should be all of us) can find some brightness on the horizon with the knowledge that Inlander Restaurant Week (Feb. 23 to March 4) is only a few weeks away. And before that tasty stretch of days arrives, you can get an early Restaurant Week fix. New to the five-year-old Restaurant Week this year is the First Bite event on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Barrister Winery, which brings some of the participating ENTRÉE restaurants toGet the scoop on local gether to give food news with our weekly you samplings Entrée newsletter. Sign up of what they’ll at be serving later in the month. The limited event (there are only 180 tickets available, at $29 apiece) also includes two glasses of wine from Barrister and a chance to sample artisanal cheeses from four different producers, in addition to the samples from five restaurants.


The restaurants on hand with items from their Restaurant Week menus are Ruins, 1898 Public House, Dockside, Wandering Table and Uva Italian. First Bite also serves as the unveiling of the 106 Inlander Restaurant Week menus, which go live online the same day. You can also visit with industry professionals and mingle with your fellow, dare we say, “foodies,” while taking in some acoustic tunes. All of the proceeds from First Bite benefit Second Harvest, the region’s food bank and support agency. Second Harvest is also the benefiting charity for Inlander Restaurant Week, and will have representatives on hand at the event. n First Bite, Benefiting Second Harvest • Thu, Feb. 2 from 6 to 8 pm • $29 • Barrister Winery 1213 W. Railroad Ave. • tickets and more information is available at The site will also have all Restaurant Week menus available on Feb. 2

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our first clues are the maneki-neko, a Japanese lucky cat figurine, and the miniature wooden boats set against the trendy black walls, past the pale tabletops and gleaming sushi bar. Husband-and-wife owners George Liu and Xiaoyan Zhang are twisting together traditional and modern at their first restaurant, Izumi Sushi & Asian Bistro, which opened in December. Even though it’s their first endeavor, Liu and Zhang know they’re ready — Liu has been training as a sushi chef for eight years all across the country, from working along the gulf in New Orleans to learning new sushi preparations in Colorado. They also brought in chef Yufu Ge, who has cooked


authentic Chinese food for the past 30 years, to handle the bistro side of things. “We want to let people know what real Asian food tastes like, from the ingredients to the chopsticks on the table,” Zhang says. “And we’ve always wanted to create a menu that gave people more of a taste for raw fish.” They bring in a variety of seafood every week for the sushi-obsessed (and the sushicurious), including abalone or monkfish liver. Catch the classic rolls like California and shrimp tempura, or treat yourself to a Po-Boy Roll or some juicy barbecued eel. Liu and the sushi chefs prepare the sushi right out front, from fish to dish. Prefer your meat on the cooked side? They have General Tso’s chicken, curry, chow mein, fried rice and more. For lunch, Izumi makes things easy with lots of specials and bento boxes, which come with an entrée, soup, rice and California rolls, and dinner goes well with some warm Japanese plum wine or hot sake from their full-service bar. In the spring, they hope to introduce delivery, and in the summer they’ll open up the patio where customers can enjoy craft cocktails with Japanese whisky. Perhaps they’ll even open a second location if things go well, Zhang says. n Izumi Sushi • 4334 S. Regal • Open SunThu, 11 am-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am-10 pm • • 443-3865

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t may seem unusual for a Washington-based restaurant chain so closely associated with oceanfront dining to launch a place in landlocked Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Yet Anthony’s Restaurant has a focused approach to niche marketing, with a range of dining options from takeout to dinner houses, and more frequent off-ocean locations since founder Budd Gould opened his flagship restaurant in Kirkland, Washington, 43 years ago.

“We expand based on location,” says Inge Krippaehne Kaiser, Anthony’s marketing director, who notes that Gould had long wanted to open a restaurant in Coeur d’Alene and found Riverstone — the new development includes a man-made lake — ideal. Anthony’s Coeur d’Alene offers plentiful seating indoors and out, daily lunch and dinner service, and local artwork throughout the restaurant. Dinner includes seafood and steak entrées and a daily fresh sheet. Take advantage of the sunset dinner special, Monday-Friday until 6 pm, for a four-course sampling, including appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert ($24). — CARRIE SCOZZARO


Come MAX AT MIRABEAU 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley 922-6252 Max at Mirabeau is Spokane Valley’s answer to fine dining, priding themselves on creating innovative cuisine with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients they can find. For that, Max at Mirabeau has been awarded with a slew of awards at Epicurean Delight, and has earned a faithful following that extends well beyond Spokane Valley.

FINE DINING BEVERLY’S 115 S. Second St. | Coeur d’Alene 208-765-4000 Perched on the seventh floor of the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Beverly’s unparalleled panoramic views of the lake, combined with cosmopolitan décor, attentive service and a wine cellar boasting more than 14,000 bottles, combine for an elegant dining experience worthy of a special celebration. CLOVER 913 E. Sharp | 487-2937 The quaint location in a refurbished, turn-of-the-century Craftsman bungalow is enough to draw diners inside; the award-winning cocktails and a menu of local ingredients will keep them coming back again. Herbs are grown in an on-site greenhouse, and almost everything is made from scratch, including the bread used in all of Clover’s dishes. Bakery items are also offered for purchase to savor at home. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are highlighted on the ever-changing menu depending on the time of year, but for dessert you really should try the melt-in-your-mouth orangesicle cake.

Wild halibut from Clover. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO FLEUR DE SEL 4365 E. Inverness Dr. | Post Falls 208-777-7600 Located in the same building as the Highland Day Spa, with views of the neighboring golf course, Fleur de Sel caters to diners who are looking for French cuisine at an affordable price point. The restaurant changes its menus seasonally, but the best time to visit is in summer, when you can dine on their cozy, sun-drenched patio. Don’t leave too early — you’ll want to stick around and sample from Fleur de Sel’s much-lauded dessert menu.

SANTÉ RESTAURANT AND CHARCUTERIE 404 W. Main | 315-4613 There are many reasons everyone raves about this local, fine-dining stalwart. The award-winning, French inspired eatery, run by Chef Jeremy Hansen — who also recently opened the Inland Pacific Kitchen and Hogwash Whiskey Den — has an unwavering adherence to sustainable food practices, including a noseto-tail butchering philosophy and the careful selection of only the best ingredients from area farms. Almost every item (save for things like cheese) on the menu, from the meat to the sauces and bread, are made in-house, and the staff at Santé can tell you exactly where each ingredient in your dish came from. n

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o you enjoy watching men get excited about this is “inspired by true events.” Gold is based on a 1990s making lots of money? Have I got a movie for situation involving Canadian company Bre-X Minerals, you! Come on down to Gold! If you kinda liked but if you didn’t already know about that, don’t spoil the The Big Short and The Wolf of Wall Street but found them a movie for yourself by googling it. bit too pretentious with their “satire” and their “releSuffice to say that reality was altered enough by vance,” then Gold is just the thing. There’s nothing fancyscreenwriters Patrick Massett and John Zinman that they pants here... just underpants, like a potbellied Matthew could have altered it a smidge more and not been quite McConaughey prancing around in tighty so clichéd about it all. The Canadian whities. Fun for the whole family! company has become Washoe Mining GOLD Well, maybe don’t bring the kids to of Reno, Nevada, headed up by Kenny Rated R Gold: they’ll be bored with all the threeWells, played by McConaughey in what Directed by Stephen Gaghan piece, high-finance shenanigans, and we now must deem his full-on gimme-anStarring Matthew McConaughey, there’s tons of naughty language flying Bryce Dallas Howard, Edgar Ramírez Oscar mode: Not smooth or suave, but around. It’s not a terrible excuse for sweaty and blowzy and faux bald, sufferentertainment for the grown-ups: it’s just ing from a deplorable excess of personalvery, very familiar. Men and money, the struggle and the ity, showing off all the weight he gained in comic scenes hustle. Trying to bed new women, when the ones who of near nudity. stuck by ’em when they were poor are no longer stimulatWells is “a drunk, a clown” who latches on to geoloing enough. Thinking they did it all on their own and gist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramírez) and his awesome pushing away the people who supported them — or who intuition about where gold might be found in a remote actually did all the work — and got none of the kudos. valley in Indonesia. This allows director Stephen Gaghan (How familiar is this? We just had the same basic story in (in his first feature since 2005’s Syriana) to stage a couple The Founder, though that movie is a far superior telling.) of nice shots that look like something out of Raiders of the Gold represents a whole bunch of paradigms that desLost Ark, with dudes in Indiana Jones-ish hats gazing out perately require a shift, not just in Hollywood but in the over the jungle, but this is not a treasure-hunt adventure. real world, which are jumbled up together here because Soon, investors from Wall Street in their sleek suits are


desperate to invest in what looks like the “largest gold mine of the decade” (and, later, the largest one “ever”), but Wells is stubborn and wants to maintain control of his find. Except... it’s not really Wells’ find: It’s Acosta’s, and for a long while I wondered why Gold wasn’t Acosta’s story. And if it had been Acosta’s story, it would have automatically smashed many of the clichés that bring Gold down. As is, we’re meant to identify with Wells’ refusal to bow down to the big boys with their corporate might, and his tenacity in sticking with his “dream.” But in spite of McConaughey’s entertaining gusto for the character, Wells simply isn’t very interesting. Wells is, in fact, ultimately rather contemptible for reasons that — no spoilers — undermine the little bit of meat that Gold has: its mild condemnation of the house of cards that is high finance, of the corruption and collusion among governments and corporations. Gold seems to be implying, for a little while, that it’s a bad thing when everyone here seems to think that as long as they’re all getting rich, nothing else matters, not even reality — like having an actual lump of gold to hold in your hand. But the movie ends up seeming to condone such attitudes, without even realizing that it’s doing so. Wells may be bursting with purpose, but Gold certainly isn’t. 



Things didn’t start out great for this “feel good” comedy/drama about golden retriever Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad) who is reborn again and again as another dog after the end of his previous life. The day before its L.A. premiere (which was subsequently canceled), footage surfaced showing one of the canine cast members in apparent distress during a scene involving water; an investigation into the incident is ongoing. So let that influence your decision to see this film, also starring Dennis Quaid, if you will. (CS) Rated PG


Kenny Wells, played by Matthew McConaughey, is a drunken businessman who latches on to geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramírez) and his awesome intuition about where gold might be found in a remote valley in Indonesia. Soon, investors from Wall Street in their sleek suits are desperate to invest in what looks like the “largest gold mine of the decade,” but Wells is stubborn and wants to maintain control of his find — which is going to be harder than he expected. (MJ) Rated R


The sixth chapter of the video gameturned-movie franchise finds badass super-soldier Alice (Milla Jovovich) as the lone survivor of the end-of-theworld battle that closed this movie’s predecessor, Resident Evil: Retribution. Now she’s headed to The Hive, where the Resident Evil story began, to take down the Umbrella Corporation once and for all. She’s missing her psychic powers and will have to find some allies for the fight in what I’m guessing is not really the final chapter of this series. (DN) Rated R


Set in 17th century Japan, Silence takes place during the feudal shogunate era when Western influences and religions were outlawed on the islands. Catholic missionaries were banished or tortured to death if they refused to renounce their religion, which is why two Portuguese Jesuits, Fathers Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garrpe (Adam Driver), go on a martyr’s quest to find their former mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who has disappeared amid the mass exterminations and renunciations. At Village Centre Cinemas (MB) Rated R



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


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


“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


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


Ray Kroc, McDonald’s innovator and later something of a business cult leader, is portrayed here by the intense, superb Michael Keaton. He’s at once genius and evil in that banal way of greedy, insecure men; the film’s protagonist is also its villain. Director John Lee Hancock is at the helm of this wild and sometimes sinister story. (MJ)


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


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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 mar3Hriage Bulletin Board of a white Virginia man, Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), to his “colored” wife, Mildred (Ruth Negga). (SR) Rated PG-13


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 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

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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




ning 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


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


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


Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s latest masterpiece is a partly fictionalized biopic of famed Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda, who was forced to go into hiding as a fugitive in his own country after his Communist Party ties were revealed in the late 1940s. Tasked with hunting down the labeled traitor and Nobel Prize-winning poet is obsessive detective Oscar Peluchonneau, played by Gael Garcia Bernal. At Magic Lantern (CS) 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 (Jenni-



fer Lawrence) wakes up, too, and they need to figure out what’s gone wrong. (PC) Rated PG-13


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


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


James McAvoy easily takes on his most terrifying role to date in this psychological thriller/horror from M. Night Shyamalan about a man with dissociative identity disorder (aka split personality) who kidnaps three girls. The girls realize they need to leverage one of their captor’s 24 distinctly varied personalities to protect themselves from his most violent and creepy persona, “the beast.” (CS) Rated PG-13


You didn’t think Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) would return, did ya? Well, tighten up your abs and check the oil in the motorcycle, because it turns out that the badass secret agent didn’t die after all! Cage is back with the CIA to stop the nefarious villain Xiang from obtaining the heinous super weapon called… Pandora’s Box. Seriously? Pandora’s Box? A little on the nose, don’t you think? (MB) Rated PG-13 


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ather Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), whose contrasts with its thematic austerity, which curispiritual journey is the subject of Martin ously opens up the movie for endless contemScorsese’s Silence, is certain that God hears plation. Silence bears a similarity to the more the faithful’s prayers, but wonders why the same theological films of Robert Bresson and Carl God turns a deaf ear to their screams. These are Theodor Dreyer, works described as “transcenthe screams caused by physical torture, not the dental cinema” in an important essay by Paul plaintive wail of everyday woes. The agony of Schrader. The opening sequence sets the film’s His silence is almost enough to make this Jesuit overall tone, as the sound of crickets gives way to padre doubt his faith, but Father Rodrigues’ pride the thick fog that will come to envelope so many won’t allow him to believe that his ministrations of the scenes. Then the primordial-seeming landare in vain. scape opens up to a display of severed heads and Set in 17th century Japan, the film takes place the first of many scenes of the sadistic torture of during the feudal shogunate era when Western Catholic priests who refuse to apostatize. To this influences and religions were outlawed on the foreign land come two Portuguese Jesuits, Fathers islands. Catholic missionaries were Rodrigues and Garrpe (Adam Driver), SILENCE banished or tortured to death if in a martyr’s quest to find their former Rated R they refused to renounce their mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), Directed by Martin Scorsese who has disappeared amid the mass religion, and those who remained among their Japanese converts were Starring Andrew Garfield, exterminations and renunciations. Adam Driver, Liam Neeson forced underground into covert Most of the film is spoken in communities of faith and rudimenEnglish, but the effect is a little discontary rituals. It’s easy to see how the promise of certing, since the Portuguese-inflected English paradise everlasting after death appealed to the is delivered in various accents and the broken Japanese peasantry, whose brutal lives offered English spoken by the Japanese converts seems few other rewards. The film is based on the 1966 too articulate for the situation. And despite the novel by the author Shusaku Endo, and it has vivid depictions of the heartless tortures inflicted been Scorsese’s longtime desire to make a movie on Catholics, it’s impossible not to think back to from the material. Following The Last Temptation the Crusades and Inquisition, when the roles of of Christ and Kundun, this is Scorsese’s third go at the torturers were reversed. Still, great thought is strictly spiritual subject matter, and it is his most given to weighty theological matters in a way that concentrated and engaging of the trio (even at makes the current wave of Christian filmmaking more than two and a half hours). seem completely puerile and shallow. The film’s stunning beauty (it’s filmed by Silence is Scorsese’s mode of sharing the Holy Rodrigo Prieto, who also worked with Scorsese Communion. To that, every cinephile will say on his previous feature, The Wolf of Wall Street) “Amen.” 




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Rolling On A new Smithsonian project paying tribute to Woody Guthrie’s Pacific Northwest songs features some of the region’s best musicians BY DAN NAILEN


oody Guthrie is probably best known for his folk songs illustrating the life of America’s rural working class, particularly the Okies he followed to California during the Great Depression. Songs like “This Land Is Your Land,” “Do Re Mi” and “Dust Pneumonia Blues” earned Guthrie the sobriquet of “Dust Bowl Troubadour,” and his dedication to speaking truth to power through song made him a hero to artists like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Some of Guthrie’s most popular songs, though, came out of a one-month binge in 1941, when the perpetually broke performer got a temporary job from the Bonneville Power Administration to write songs about the BPA’s construction of the Grand Coulee Dam and other dams on the Columbia River then transforming life in the Pacific Northwest. Guthrie toured the region and was inspired to write 26 songs in his month-long residency. Jeff Place, the curator of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and a Guthrie expert, says the then-29-year-old songwriter was prone to sudden periods of creativity, even if “he never did work-for-hire stuff” like the BPA job before or after. “Him being hired by the government was sort of a weird thing for him,” Place says of Guthrie, who famously played a guitar adorned with the message “This Machine Kills Fascists” and associated with plenty of political radicals. “And people think it’s strange he wrote 26 songs in 26 days, but he did that kind of stuff all the time. If you look at the guy’s life, he had these incredible bursts of creative energy every so often. One time he sat down in the [Smithsonian’s] Folkways studio and recorded 76 songs in one day, so he was capable of that kind of stuff.” Place is part of a group including folk musician Joe Seamons and folklorist and former BPA employee Bill Murlin who last year decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Guthrie’s Northwest songs by recruiting modern musicians from the region to reimagine and record Guthrie’s BPA canon. The resulting album, Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs, features musicians including members of Portland bands The Decemberists ...continued on next page


MUSIC | FOLK “ROLLING ON,” CONTINUED... and Black Prairie as well as Seattle residents Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5). Among the songs are a few that became some of Guthrie’s most popular when he got around to recording them years later, including “Pastures of Plenty,” “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On” and “Hard Travelin’.” There were a few songs where only Guthrie’s lyrics were found, and the musicians had to create the sounds. “The two I chose didn’t have melodies; there was no music to them,” says Seattle country artist Cahalen Morrison. He recorded “White Ghost Train” and “Lumber is King” for the album, and took a few swings at arrangements before ultimately ending up with “non-Woody-like sounds.” Even so, they fit right in alongside other songs in the project, and Morrison says essentially co-writing a song with the long-dead legend made him feel “like I was discovering something.” “He just kind of created this whole American musical language,” Morrison says of Guthrie. “He took from different styles and put them together and made up a new style of music.” Indeed, some of the songs Guthrie wrote for the BPA borrowed their melodies from already well-known folk and blues songs like “Good Night Irene” and “Mule Skinner Blues.” The constant borrowing and tweaking of songs is part of the folk tradition, and it’s something the album’s producer, Portland musician Jon Neufeld, encouraged among the artists involved. “Growing up with folk music and seeing the way that songs evolve, it’s part of the folk-music process,” Neufeld says. “You’re kind of doing it a disservice if you’re trying to recreate what Woody did. It’s not a textbook. It’s art, so people need to be able to feel what they feel, to put the

Portland musician Jon Neufeld produced and played on the Guthrie project. song in order for other people to connect to it.” Neufeld was recruited by executive producers Seamons and Murlin to organize the recording sessions, with artists each getting to choose two songs to record during their four-hour stint in Neufeld’s studio. Some of the songs have relatively straightforward arrangements, and some, like those Morrison tackled, had no music at

all. It was up to Neufeld to get the best performances possible out of two dozen or so musicians. “It was interesting to see what songs everyone picked, and to immediately start thinking about ‘What’s that going to sound like?’ — their approach to it,” Neufeld says. “The wheels start spinning when you see an artist’s name attached before you go into the studio, and you just start hearing it.” Neufeld got to play on several of the songs; his multiinstrumental prowess as a member of Portland bands Black Prairie and Jackstraw came in handy on songs like “The Talkin’ Blues,” “Washington Talkin’ Blues” and “Grand Coulee Powder Monkey.” Place, from the Smithsonian, says the songs filling the Roll Columbia project represent more than just a unique job for Guthrie and Northwest-centric curiosity among his catalog of songs. Despite the fact that he lived until 1967, Huntington’s disease, the degenerative neurological affliction that killed Guthrie and his mother, started affecting his ability to write soon after penning these BPA songs in 1941. “When the Huntington’s disease starts to kick in, his ability to really write beautiful lyrics gets harder and harder, so the golden age of Woody Guthrie is really the early ’40s,” Place says. “The two most literate and beautiful things I think he ever did were those series of Dust Bowl ballads, and the things he wrote for the Bonneville Dam.”  Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs is being released on Jan. 27. Visit

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ne must respect democracy despite its imperfections,” bellows Bullets or Balloons frontman Chris Henderson in the opening seconds of the band’s latest record, Binary Minds. “What?!” he exclaims in baffled hysteria moments later. “I tend to be a very sarcastic person,” he admits with a chuckle. However, by the last track, “Lil’ Creeper,” Henderson’s sarcasm is MIA. He’s pissed. “Refute the

lies! Refuse to comply!” he sings-speaks-wails in what would have made an apt soundtrack for the windowsmashing anarchists of Inauguration Day in D.C. Written in the days immediately following November’s election, it’s not hard to hear the song — and the band’s third fulllength album — as a sucker punch of dissent. “It’s maybe a little bit more direct and obvious than some things that we’ve written in the past, but captured what I was thinking and feeling at that point in time,”

says Henderson, 38. “I certainly have some concerns about some things policy-wise and equality-wise and inclusiveness-wise.” Sonically the quasi-local outfit — Henderson (Olympia) on guitar, Aaron Anderberg (Coeur d’Alene) on bass and Cory Phipps (Spokane) on drums — treads some hallowed ground with a tight, dissonant bounce reminiscent of Dischord Records’ flagship punks Fugazi and, at times, the churning grooves of the Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime. Bullets or Balloons, however, has brewed up something distinctly weird with Binary Minds, something slyly melodic and uncategorizable. “I don’t think we’re a band where you would point to and say, ‘Well, they sound like fill-in-the-blank,’” muses Henderson. “I think we have crafted our own sound.” He calls it “experimental, prog-y, math-y, punk kind of stuff.” Labels aside, it’s impassioned, wry, fast, lean (true to the punk tradition, the longest song on the record is barely two minutes) and turns on a dime. Tweet-sized anthems, in other words, for the postmodern cynic intent on calling it like it is, in the very style of the tweeter-inchief. There’s little ambiguity in a line like “Our collective fates are now hanging on one very loud mouth.” “When you get into punk, hardcore, prog-rock kind of stuff, it is stepping, certainly, away from the norm and mainstream in terms of music and things like that,” says Henderson. “There is certainly an aggressiveness to the music that I think lends itself to expressing some strong thoughts and opinions.” It’s not all doom-and-gloom, however, as concertgoers will discover Saturday night at the Big Dipper at the band’s CD release show. “It’s pretty clear to anyone who ever sees us play that we’re enjoying WEEKEND ourselves up there, C O U N T D OW N and happy to have the Get the scoop on this opportunity to do it,” weekend’s events with says Henderson. “We our newsletter. Sign up at kind of just let it all fly up there on stage.” In other words, it’s fun! Sounds like a welcome respite from the pall of despair that has settled like a rancid smog on the American psyche. “Music gives you a lot of freedom for expression,” Henderson argues. “I think in a lot of cases where people feel either disenfranchised or feel like they don’t have the opportunity to maybe express things, you know, it’s an outlet, an option that we still have.” n Bullets or Balloons with Boat Race Weekend and Fun Ladies • Sat, Jan. 28, at 7:30 pm • $6-$8 • All-ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • • 863-8098

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t would be hard to find a local double bill more joyously rocking and funky than these two relatively new acts teaming up to bring some heat to a cold winter night. Fat Lady, led by Schuyler Dornbirer, familiar to many from Left Over Soul, delivers a bombastic take on 1960s power rock. The band plays originals and covers to great effect, and have been doing it for about a year now. Five-piece Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love started playing out right around last year’s Volume, and likewise evoke a bit of ’60s soul power, as filtered through British Invasion bands like the Faces and the Stones, kicking up a righteous, slightly retro ruckus that is decidedly dance-floor-friendly. — DAN NAILEN Fat Lady and Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love • Fri, Jan. 27 at 9 pm • $6 • 21+ • The Observatory • 15 S. Howard • observatoryspokane. com • 598-8933



Thursday, 01/26

BARLOWS AT LIBERTY LAKE, Sunny Nights Duo J THE BARTLETT, Young in the City, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio BEEROCRACY, Open Mic J J THE BIG DIPPER, Supervillain, Duke Evers, Griffey, the South Hill BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Randy Campbell BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, The Song Project J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen BUCKHORN INN, Spokane River Band J CHAPS, Spare Parts 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, Dirk Swartz FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho JOHN’S ALLEY, Something Like Seduction J KNITTING FACTORY, GA’s Too Broke to Rock feat. Starset J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Wyatt Wood O’SHAYS IRISH PUB & EATERY, Open mic with Adrian and Leo THE OBSERVATORY, Vinyl Meltdown POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Karrie O’Neill THE RESERVE, Liquid with DJ Dave RIVELLE’S RIVER GRILL, Truck Mills and special guests Jam Night THE PIN!, Killing the Messenger, For the Likes of You, the Hallows, Altaira TIMBER GASTRO PUB, Echo Elysium ZOLA, Sauce Policy



f you want a surreal peek at a strange time in relatively recent pop-music history, visit Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s YouTube channel. There, you can find the SoCal swing revivalists playing a Jerry Lewis telethon, chit-chatting with Regis and Kathie Lee, appearing on Party of Five, floating through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and performing on ESPN’s erstwhile morning show Cold Pizza. (Noticeably absent: the band’s scenes in the movie Swingers and their Super Bowl XXXIII halftime performance.) BBVD catalyzed the late-’90s swing revival and continue to capitalize on the fad nearly two decades later; their tour dates are a grab bag of casino gigs, private events and theater shows with local symphonies, as they’re doing Saturday night in Spokane. It’s easy to hear why they’re still in demand: BBVD’s high-energy collision of swing, jazz, big band and lounge music is every bit as timelessly danceable as it was two decades ago. — BEN SALMON Spokane Symphony Superpops: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy • Sat, Jan. 28 at 8 pm • $43-$80 • All-ages • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • foxtheaterspokane. com • 624-1200

Friday, 01/27

ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Fireside music with Karrie O’Neill J J THE BARTLETT, Anniversary week show with Super Sparkle, the Dancing Plague of 1518 BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Rekoil Northwest Tour w/ Earthlink, Kapture and Brainfunk BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Dangerous Type FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Echo Elysium FREDNECK’S, Deez Nutz feat. Chris

Kidd, Dee Senese IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack JOHN’S ALLEY, Krizz Kaliko J KNITTING FACTORY, Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Nick, Scott and Rachel Jazz Trio LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Eric Henderson NORTHERN QUEST, DJ Patrick J THE OBSERVATORY, Fat Lady, Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love (see story above)

PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Michael Lewis & One Street Over THE RESERVE, Nu Jack City THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler RIPPLES RIVERSIDE GRILL, Uppercut SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Son of Brad SILVER MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, Eric Neuhausser THE PIN!, Low Life Night with Low Life Leo, GrooveStreet, David Shawty and others


Saturday, 01/28

ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Fireside music with Sara Brown BARLOWS AT LIBERTY LAKE, Jan Harrison, Doug Folkins, Pat Barclay J J THE BARTLETT, The Bartlett Awards with Violet Catastrophe, Runaway Octopus BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J J THE BIG DIPPER, Bullets or Balloons CD Release (see story on

page 49), Boat Race Weekend, Fun Ladies BOLO’S, Dragonfly BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Dangerous Type CURLEY’S, Usual Suspects FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Tommy G FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Chris Rieser and the Nerve GARLAND PUB & GRILL, YESTERDAYSCAKE HOPPED UP BREWING CO., Wyatt Wood IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave JOHN’S ALLEY, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio LA ROSA CLUB, Open Jam J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Diane Copeland LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil MOOSE LOUNGE, Whiskey Rebellion MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Bill Bozly NORTHERN QUEST, Sawyer Brown, DJ Patrick MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, Spokane Symphony feat. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (see story on facing page) PALOMINO, Heart Avail, Catalyst, Children of the Sun, Dysfunktynal Kaos


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POST FALLS BREWING, Son of Brad REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Scratchdog Stringband THE RESERVE, Bobby Patterson Band Show THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler RIPPLES RIVERSIDE GRILL, Uppercut THE ROCK BAR & LOUNGE, DJ Steve Baker J THE SHOP, Stella Jones J J THE PIN!, Krizz Kaliko, Cordell Drake, Mista Snipes, DJ Felon THE VENUE, Heart Avail, Children of the sun, Catalyst, Dysfunctional Kaos ZOLA, Milonga

Sunday, 01/29

CHECKERBOARD BAR, One Lauder DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church J EMERGE, Jam Night THE HIVE, The Nth Power J KNITTING FACTORY, Iration, Protoje, Zach Deputy LINGER LONGER LOUNGE, Open jam O’DOHERTY’S IRISH GRILLE, Live Irish music J J THE PIN!, FAUS, Reason For Existence, Deaf To, Lions Beside Us, Ghost Heart, Wake Up Flora, Ricky, 37 Street Signs THE ROADHOUSE, Benefit for Melissa’s Fight Against Cancer with Michael Dixon, Ray Vasquez, The Hankers, Gilbert Rivas & Tin Pan Alley

ZOLA, Blake Braley Band

Monday, 01/30

J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with Lucas Brookbank Brown ZOLA, Kellen Rowe

Tuesday, 01/31

BABY BAR, Open mic THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tuesday MIK’S, DJ Brentano J OBJECT SPACE, Battle Trance RED ROOM LOUNGE, Tuesday Takeover w/ Storme THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Jam night with Gil Rivas THE VENUE, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx ZOLA, 5 Second Rule

Wednesday, 02/01 GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD & ALES, Open Mic with T & T LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Piano Bar with Christan Raxter J J THE PIN!, Inquistion, Rutah, Serpentspire, Skinwalker THE PIN!, DJ Freaky Fred THE ROADHOUSE, Open mic with Johnny Qlueless ZOLA, The Bossame

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HILLS’ RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Front Porch Trio, Feb. 3 J THE PIN!, Meade Ave, Sins and Sinners, Twelvegausesaints, Feb. 3 J THE BIG DIPPER, Twist, Sweet Rebel D, Traveler of Home, Tim Gales, Feb. 3 J JACKLIN ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER, Bluestreak, Feb. 3 THE OBSERVATORY, Ramona, Boat Race Weekend, Lucky Chase, Wake Up Flora, Feb. 3 J THE BIG DIPPER, Ayron Jones and The Way, Cattywomp, Zack Quintana, Feb. 4 J THE PIN!, Kona Bass Production, Feb. 4 THE OBSERVATORY, Belt of Vapor, Monuments, Dark White Light, Feb. 4 J THE BIG DIPPER, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Naturalystics (Brotha Nature & Lucas Brown), Feb. 8 J NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, Roots and Boots feat. Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Terri Clark, Feb. 9 J THE BARTLETT, Dead Horses, N. Sherman, Feb. 9 J KNITTING FACTORY, Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Feb. 10 THE PALOMINO, Elephant Gun Riot, Over Sea Under Stone, Wandering, The Drag, Feb. 11 THE HIVE, Lotus, Feb. 14

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


The cast of the Civic’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.



Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, as the title hints, is sibling rivalry at its most melodramatic. You don’t need to be an Anton Chekhov fan to enjoy the Civic’s production of the Tony Award-winning comedy, which pokes fun at its miserable, middle-aged characters (inspired by Chekhov’s often depressed creations). When Masha — the diva, actress and breadwinning sister — returns to her childhood home with new boy toy Spike, her siblings, Vanya and Sonia, look at their non-movie-star lives and find them wanting. Naturally, the weekend descends into chaos and woeful monologues — count on a family reunion to return anyone to their angsty young adult years. Vanya is rated PG-13. — RAVEN HAYNES Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike • Jan. 27-Feb. 19: ThuSat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $25 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard •


You might think that since you see River City Brewing’s beer all over town all the time, on tap at your favorite bar or as part of a special tasting at your favorite restaurant, that you don’t need to check out the brewery’s birthday party. That would be a mistake. Besides its community nature — the party is free and all-ages — there will be grub available from One Night Stand BBQ and live tunes from Left Over Soul and Haley Young. But the highlight, of course, is the beer, available for $2.50 per 8-ounce pour. Besides the six core beers you know, there will be a slew of special brews on tap, like the 2016 Oako-Coco Nitro, a 2014 Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout and more. — DAN NAILEN River City Brewing Fourth Anniversary Party • Sat, Jan. 28 from 3-10 pm • Free entry/$2.50 per beer ticket • All-ages • River City Brewing • 121 S. Cedar • • 413-2388



For the third concert in its current season, the Spokane String Quartet pays homage to one of classical music’s undeniable greats, Ludwig van Beethoven. The quartet musicians — all four are also members of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra — are to perform the composer’s string quartet No. 16 in F Major, the last major work he completed, in 1826, and also considered more lighthearted than the rest of his later work. The four string players are joined on stage by guest pianist Karen Savage for two piano sonatas. The evening’s program also features Savage for 20th century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor. — CHEY SCOTT Spokane String Quartet: Incomparable Beethoven • Sun, Jan. 29 at 3 pm • $12-$20 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague •

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Ringling Bros. may be calling it quits, but America’s Got Talent finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma is just getting started with a dizzying array of African variety arts, including acrobatics, contortionism, mime work, magic and more. Audiences of all ages can enjoy the colorful costumes, dramatic visuals and perhaps even learn a thing or two at this “ultimate African circus,” established in 2005 to share the continent’s many cultures with the world. These skilled performers will make human towers and handstands on chairs seem easy, but don’t try this at home. — RAVEN HAYNES Cirque Zuma Zuma • Sat, Jan. 28 at 2 and 7:30 pm • $9-$18; Free for WSU students • Jones Theatre, Daggy Hall • WSU Pullman campus •


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After its big Roman artifact exhibit last fall, Gonzaga University’s Jundt Art Museum has reopened for the spring semester with three new art displays largely featuring pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. “From the Collection: Images About the American West” runs through May 19, and showcases work by artists from the 19th through 21st centuries, including pieces from Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol. Also running through that date in the smaller Arcade Gallery is “Treasure from the Sahlin Collection,” highlighting work acquired by the museum thanks to grants from the Sahlin Foundation. Honoring the foundation’s namesake is the third spring exhibit opening this weekend, on Jan. 27, titled “Jody Sahlin: Making Things — ‘Joy’s Soul Lies in the Doing.’” A free public reception for all three exhibitions takes place next Friday, Feb. 3, from 5-9 pm. — CHEY SCOTT Three Spring Exhibitions • Individual exhibit dates vary; galleries open Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm • Free admission • Jundt Art Museum • 200 E. Desmet • • 313-6843

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I SAW YOU AT GARAGELAND I saw you for the first time a year ago at Garageland and you swept me off my’re so cool;) There won’t be nothin’ but big old hearts dancin’ in our eyes. Happy anniversary Patrick. I love you more;) MWAG!!! PJS PUB 1/13/17 We met in the smoking tent, and chatted about comic books. At the end of the night you gave me a rose. I wanted to give you my number but I couldn’t find you. Let’s get together sometime. FLAT BILL HAT LOOKING FOR PEANUTS I got to hang out with you at the office the other day in the valley. I didn’t catch a name upon my rediculous exit while cheering to “it is what it is” but I had a ton of thank you! What was it, a Friday night around 9??? Until next time, flat bills and peanuts...maybe a shot of tequila if we are lucky;)

I SAW YOU FROZEN ON MONROE i never thought i would write one of these you picked me up held my hand till you dropped me off i felt in hat car more loved and respected and that you wanted to me for who i am and not who i was if that makes since i gave you my texting number i just want to say i would do it for you what we tlked about did hit home and it took all i had not to start balling and ask you to help me. thank you for the ride....... respectfully frozen on monroe

CHEERS GREAT EWU STUDENTS It is easy to say “Thanks” for the great job all of you did on 1/16/17. I opened my apartment door & saw 3 happy faces, ready to help cleaning up. Jared handy w/the vac & Hanna & Samantha dusting & washing the kitchen & bathroom floors. Words can’t express how wonderful it was just having all of you here, the conversation was enlightening & fun. Best wishes from Fran STUCK IN THE SNOW Tuesday 1/17/17: I was turning around on the Cheney/Spangle Road off Highway 195 and got too close to the edge and ended up going into the snowed-in ditch on the side of the road. Thank you so much to all of the kind and considerate people that stopped to make sure I was okay and that I had help on the way. Gave me hope that there are good people around. Also, a shout-out to my awesome cousin was able to come and tow me out! Thanks, couz! GLOVELESS NO MORE - OR - TOGETHER AGAIN Thanks to the angel who picked up a black winter glove that fell onto the street during the Spokane Women’s march on 1/21/17. When I realized I had dropped it during the march, I re-traced my steps and found it near the curb on the east side of the street. You are awesome! Your kindness was an extension of the wonderful experience that started with the rally. NORDSTROM ACCESSORIES What a help you are! Found and returned my belongings, calmed my out-of-control nerves with a gentle hug. Your kindness means so much. Good people like you leave me feeling less woeful about my forgetfulness, and less cynical toward strangers, there to help when you least expect. WOMEN’S MARCH UPLIFTING Cheers to all the March for Women participants. You have renewed my faith in humanity.

JEERS EMPLOYERS To the employers who are complaining about a minimum wage increase, if you didn’t start a business with the intention to pay your employees a living wage, you were doomed from the start. To employers that have posted adds offering

part-time but demanded open-availability from applicants you are unreasonable. “16 hrs per week to start and it will work into more hours. Must be available to work any day of the week. Be available to work any shift.This job must be your top priority.” That’s a quote from a craigslist ad. A local coffee stand is looking for a barista for sixteen hours a week. If you can drop everything for a 130 dollars a week (that’s

for the next two straight days was third world. The floor which I could only stare at as I trembled with pain and cold was covered wall to wall with the toilet paper bits and fecal matter and water stains of the previously clogged and overflown toilet which was the only other thing in the room. Well there was one more thing; the giant toilet paper wad stalactite looming on the ceiling above. I stared at this with disgusted

JEERS TO HATERS Jeers to people who vote for politicians who support cutting funding for healthcare, public schools, social security, medicare and medicaid, and environmental and safety regulations in order to afford tax cuts for billionaires. Jeers to Donald Trump for making voters believe he was for the little guy while he fills his cabinet with haters and antienvironmental corporate greed.

Cheers to all the March for Women participants. You have renewed my faith in humanity.

net not gross) hurry and apply. In the coming years, with righteous indignation, the younger, smarter, and unified portion of the working class will submit its masters to egalitarianism. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. To the media. Shut your pie holes. You hAte the new president based on shit he said during his campaign. Also known as everywPresident in history. So before you tear him down let him be. I’m not a republican or democrat. Just a younger white male that knows this country is or should be better than it is acting at the moment. SPOKANE COUNTY JUDICIAL SYSTEM Jailers, prosecutors, public defenders, judges. You have made a perverted shameful mockery of what our judicial system is intended to be. The police have to suffer the sting of a taser before using one on another person; so should you all have to suffer a go ‘round in this sociopathic madhouse you have created. In my five days in jail I was strapped to a chair so that I could not move my limbs an inch; a chair with the lower back support cut out. I have have had spinal surgery for failing disks and lost the use of my legs temporarily from this. When I was unstrapped from this inhumane Nazi torture device I was told to stand and when I couldn’t; I was thrown to the floor and mocked. Then I was told I was to be moved to a cleaner cell. The cell I was tossed into with only a pad and packing quilt to lay on

fear and wonder as I was not provided toilet paper for three full days, despite my requests. I was not given a chance to use the phone for three days. I contracted a MRSA infection during my stay at your hell hotel you sick soulless maniacs. I was told by my doctor after release that you know the jail is full of MRSA. Yet you do not inform those who stay in your den of human rights violations that they should be treated for this after release. How many hundreds of people have you effectively murdered with this sociopathic negligence? DISTRICT 81 CARELESSNESS Jeers to decision makers during our recent snow/ice storm. You were more concerned about child care, homeless students and free breakfast. First and foremost should be student safety! Schools are a educational institution, not a day care, food stop, or shelter. You jeopardized over 29,000 students, 3,000 staff members, and countless drivers. Over 100 schools closed, WSP stated to not drive unless absolutely necessary, the airport was closed, along with numerous roads, multiple slideoffs, and accidents. Really! You’ll make up the day anyway to avoid losing federal dollars. Safety of all concerned first! Daycare is the parents responsibly. No one ever died for missing breakfast, however drivers did that day. There are other resources for the homeless. Get your priorities straight!





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ST. JOSEPH PARISH BOOK SALE 1/14/2017 To the person who took a 100 year old set of Catholic Encyclopedias {15 volumes} After a discussion with the church worker it was decided that they were not part of the sale & I would research the books for a charity auction to help the native people of Guatemala. Two other patrons overheard this conversation & examined the books as well. At the end of the 9-1 hours the books were all placed in lidded blue bins and placed underneath a table. Some time between the priest opening the church at 4pm and the sale resuming at 5pm a $10 bill and a note saying I hope this was enough was left & the books were gone. My initial estimates place the books between $25-$50 each at a minimum. There was also local history that goes with the set that is now gone along with the books into the void of greed. Enjoy the filthy lucre. 










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MEALS ON WHEELS CINN-A-GRAM Meals on Wheels Spokane once again partners with Cinnabon for the 10th Annual Cinn-A-Gram Valentine’s Day fundraiser. Each $30 offer includes two fresh Cinnabons, Roast House coffee, Moon Creek caramels, Dove chocolates, Red River Golden Trail Mix, a mug, and a personal message from you! For every CinnA-Gram purchased, seven seniors will receive a hot, nutritious meal. Call or order online before Feb. 8; deliveries made Feb. 14. (232-0864) DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT An fundraiser tournament hosted by the Junior Achievement of Washington, supporting programs for local youth. Jan. 28, 2-5 pm. $100/team of up to six players. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. (838-2310) PAIRING WITH PARASPORTS: Join Parasport for an inaugural auction fundraiser, featuring Barrister Wineries wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres and offering an evening of celebration and storytelling. Feb. 4, 6-9 pm. $45/person; $80/pair. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. (999-6466) USED BOOK SALE St. Mary’s Guatemala Mission Committee hosts a used book sale. Feb. 4, from 4-7pm and Feb. 5, from 8 am-1 pm. St. Mary’s Church, 304 S. Adams Rd., Spokane Valley. (928-6920)

THE DOPE SHOW! A comedy showcase where comedians joke, then toke, the joke some more! Presented by Tyler Smith, featuring nationally touring comedians with various tolerances to marijuana. Jan. 29, 8 pm. $16-$22. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (318-9998) 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. 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. 7 MINUTES IN PURGATORY WITH IAN ABRAMSON The Moreno Valley, Calif. comedian’s stand-up is a mix of precise wordplay, longer emotionally absurd jokes, and larger conceptual pieces. Feb. 3, 8 pm. $8-$10. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. COMEDY FOR A CAUSE Live stand-up show by Spokane comedian Philip Kopczynski, who often dissects marriage, small town life, all while trying not to make too much fun of his kids. He’ll be joined by another surprise comedian. Feb. 4, 7:30-9:30 pm. $14. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801)



2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. BRAD WILLIAMS A California native, Brad started doing stand-up at age 19 and has been touring ever since, making humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex and race. Jan. 26-27, at 8 and 10:30 pm. $12-$28. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (318-9998) GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (509-847-1234) 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) 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. (838-6688) LAUGH FOR LIFE: FAMILY FRIENDLY COMEDY NIGHT Bring the family for an evening of laughter and fun, with door prizes from local businesses. Child care available for pre-school age and under. Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Turning Point Open Bible Church, 11911 N. Division. (327-0701) 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)

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) 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) INBC BLOOD DRIVE The need for blood donations is constant. The INBC alone needs to collect at least 200 units of blood daily to satisfy the needs of the community. Make appt. online. Mobile donation unit at Living Faith Fellowship, 1035 S. Grand Blvd. Jan. 26, 3-6 pm. bit. ly/2jKZS71 MEET THE NEIGHBORS: BETHEL AME Last year’s Spokane Interfaith Council house of worship tour series returns for a second season, offering introductions to faith communities in the area and guides so that guests can learn proper ways to visit these sacred places. Jan. 26, 6-8 pm. Free, donations accepted. Bethel AME, 645 S. Richard Allen Ct. MONROE STREET PROJECT OPEN HOUSE The City of Spokane hosts an open house to gather additional input on its plans to reconstruct a section of Monroe Street between Kiernan and Indiana Avenues. Jan. 26, 4-7 pm. Free and open to the public. Knox Presbyterian Church, 806 W. Knox. (328-7540) WATER, THE HIRST DECISION & YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS Get the latest on the biggest environmental court decision of 2016. Futurewise Legal and Planning Director Tim Trohimovich explains Futurewise’s landmark Supreme Court victory to protect groundwater from overdevelopment, current proposed legislation to hold it intact and proper implementation. Jan. 26, 5 pm. Free. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. (232-1950)

BUILD GUILD A monthly networking event where designers, coders, hobbyists, and tech-focused makers of all kinds get together to talk and share ideas. Jan. 27, 6:30 pm. Free. Fellow Coworking, 304 W. Pacific. (280-7873) FOOD SUMMIT 2017 “The Value of Local Food: Community, Culture and Commerce,” highlights local food businesses, connects participants with foods that are available locally, discusses gaps in the food system and how to increase local food access for underserved populations, and provide time for action-oriented planning and networking. Jan. 27, 8:30 am-5 pm. $15+. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third, Moscow. INTRO TO PERMACULTURE A three-day class introducing the ethics and principles of the sustainable design system known as permaculture; designed to help attendees better evaluate whether permaculture has a place in their life and landscape. Jan. 27-29; Fri from 6-8 pm, Sat-Sun from 9 am-4 pm. Free. University of Idaho Research Park, 721 S. Lochsa St., Post Falls. TRAVEL FAIR See travel presentations, enjoy appetizers and meet the Corbin Tour Leaders. Everyone welcome; also sign up as a new member for half price at this fair. Jan. 27, 1-3 pm. Free. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (327-1584) USA DANCE ANNIVERSARY USA Dance’s Sandpoint chapter hosts its annual Anniversary Dance, including a onehour, beginning Waltz lesson, followed by general dancing, refreshments, mixers, door prizes, and more. Jan. 28, 7-10 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. (208-699-0421) CRUISE THE WORLD University of Idaho international students and employees will showcase the culture, food and music of about 30 countries during the annual event. Hosted by the International Programs Office (IPO), Cruise the World features a free photo booth, a passport for children to collect stamps from each country, and samples of traditional foods. Jan. 28, 11 am-5 pm. Free. University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St. EASTERN WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE “Taking Responsibility: Acting Together in Faith” is the theme speakers and workshops will address, in which they consider how different focus areas intersect with issues of poverty. Includes a panel discussion on poverty based on the SRHD Community Health Needs Assessment, and the 2016 Washington State Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Poverty. Nonprofit agencies and ministries will bring displays to share resources about their programs. Light lunch included. Jan. 28, 8:45 am-3 pm. $20/person. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave. FigTreeEvent.pdf (535-1813) FOURTH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT TOWN HALL Join Senator Mike Padden, Represenatives Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin for a Town Hall hosted by Spokane GOP District Leader Donna O’Leary. At 10920 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley. Jan. 28, 3 pm. Free. WVOLC OPEN HOUSE Come for a day of crafts and learning about winter birds and their habitat. All are invited to come meet the raptors, then stay to play. Jan. 28, 10 am-2 pm. $5 suggested donation. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive. (340-1028) OWN IT 2017: EMPOWERING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS A full-day workshop

for the female entrepreneur, offering local women the tools to find success in owning a business. OWN IT was founded in 2016 on the concept that women entrepreneurs have the opportunity to help others, change communities and grow our economy. Jan. 28, 9:15 am-5 pm. $79. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL CORONATION The queen of the 2017 Spokane Lilac Festival Court are to be chosen at this event. The annual festival’s highlights include Royal Tea Parties at the historic Davenport Hotel on April 9 and the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on May 20. Jan. 29, 3:30-5:30 pm. $15. Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash. CHINESE NEW YEAR Known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival,” this event celebrates the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Next up is the year of the Rooster — what does that mean and what does the Chinese New Year symbolize? Jan. 31, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3546) RESIST TRUMP! COMMUNITY MEETUP Fuse Washington hosts an informational meeting for community members who are interested in helping with local efforts to resist Trump and his allies’ policies. Jan. 31, 6-7:30 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave. bit. ly/2jKUPU8 (509-444-5336) FAMILY DANCE AND POTLUCK: Easyto-learn line, circle, contra, and folk dances are taught by Susan Dankovich, accompanied by live music. No partners or experience required. Potluck at 6:30 pm with dance starting at 7. First Friday of the month, from 6:30-8 pm. Free, donations accepted. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave. (533-9955) SPOKANE HOPE CONFERENCE The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation presents an educational symposium for patients, family, friends and carepartners in the Parkinson’s community. Feb. 3, 9 am-4 pm. $20. Hotel RL by Red Lion at the Park, 201 W. North River Dr.


CERTAIN WOMEN The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. Jan. 27, at 7:30 pm and Jan. 29, at 3:30 pm. $4-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801) 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. SPIFF’S OPENING GALA AND SCREENING SpIFF 2017 kicks off with an opening night celebration and special screening of the 1999 film “The Basket,” which was filmed here in the Inland Northwest. Director Rich Cowan presents the film and discusses how its conception paved the way for future film work in Spokane. Jan. 27, 7:30 pm. $13. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST The 2017 edition features 19 feature films and 39 shorts from more than 20 different countries as well as from local directors. Jan. 27-Feb. 5. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. spokanefilmfestival. org (509-209-2383)

POVERTY, INC. Moody Bible Institute hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem? Jan. 30, 7-10 pm. Free. Moody Bible Institute, 611 W. Indiana. (570-5900) FREE MOVIE: CHICAGO See a free screening of the 2002 film based on the hit Broadway musical. Presented as a concessions fundraiser for the Tekoa Community Church youth group. Feb. 1, 6 pm. Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St, Tekoa. (509-284-2102) LOVE JONES Watch the 1997 film before a panel presentation. Feb. 1, 1-3 pm. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3546) HIDDEN COLORS A series of films on the history of Black people in America. Feb. 2, 9, 13 and 23, from 1-3 pm. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3546) SPIFF’S CLOSING NIGHT Celebrating a successful SpIFF 2017 with a closing screening of “Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse.” After the screening, head on over to the Montvale Event Center for the SpIFF Awards Party, and food, drink, festivity and filmmakers. Feb. 3, 7:30 pm. $13. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.


GOURMET COOKING CLASS An evening with Chef Mark Steinmetz from Clinkerdagger. Learn to prepare a delicious meal including the restaurant’s famous pea salad, chicken dijon and burnt cream. Jan. 26, 5:30-7 pm. $50. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front Ave. (534-6678) 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. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335) MYSTERY BEER DINNER A collaborative dinner with River City Brewing, featuring five courses, each paired with an unannounced beer from River City. Jan. 26, 6-9 pm. $55/person. The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen, 905 N. Washington. bit. ly/2jVL58h (509-392-4000) SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar during an event on the headed, outdoor patio. Thursdays, 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. Government Way. (208-762-1333) VINO WINE TASTING The Friday, Jan. 27, tasting highlights Reininger Winery, from 3-6:30 pm. On Sat, Jan. 28 sample varietals from a collection of Spokanebased wineries, from 2-4:30 pm. Wines also available by glass, tastings include cheese and crackers. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. ALL ABOUT APPLE CIDER VINEGAR Learn how to use apple cider vinegar to support blood sugar regulation, a healthy body weight, heart health and more. Jan. 28, 11-11:45 am. Free. Natural Grocers, 4603 N. Division. (489-9900)



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expand the business and be able to offer our customers more options,” like new paraphernalia and products such as grow lights, he explains. Two bills related to said “home grows” were filed in Olympia earlier this month. Ludden, who says he has been lobbying legislators in support of cannabis issues for “five or six years,” calls House Bill 1092, sponsored by Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo), “plain, simple and easy.” It would allow for adults 21 or older to possess six plants and up to 24 ounces of useable marijuana (per household, no more than 12 plants and 48 ounces in aggregate, regardless of the total number of occupants). HB 1212 allows for similar amounts but also tackles reduced penalties for cannabis offenses. Should either of the bills fail to reach Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, Ludden says an initiative, the Washington State Home Grow, Sharing & Amnesty Act, will be filed before the March 8 deadline

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I’m a 27-year-old woman, dating again after a six-year relationship. I slept with a guy on the third date and was dismayed when he didn’t spend the night. It didn’t feel like just a hookup, and it wasn’t a work night. Is this just how people date now — going home immediately after sex — or does this mean he’s not serious? —Confused There are two ways to solve this problem. One is to say, “Hey, I’d really like you to stay the night.” The other is to hide his shoes and keys. The “half-night stand” — avoiding the early-morning walk of shame, often via middle-of-the-night Uber — is being proclaimed the new one-night stand. The truth is, the just-post-sex adios isn’t exactly a new phenomenon; it’s probably just more prevalent, thanks to how easy smartphones make it to swipe office supplies, Thai food, and sex partners right to your door. As for why this guy left, it’s hard to say. Maybe he’s gone for good, or maybe he just wasn’t sure you wanted him to stay. Maybe he sleepwalks, sleep-carjacks, or can’t fall asleep in a strange bed. Or maybe he’s got some early-morning thing — seeing his parole officer, walking the goat, or (more likely) making the bathroom smell like 12 dead goats. Your fretting about what the deal is suggests you might not be as comfortable as you think about having sex before there’s a relationship in place. You may unconsciously be succumbing to a form of peer pressure — peer pressure that mainly exists in your own mind — called “pluralistic ignorance.” This is social psychologists’ term for when many people in a group are personally uncomfortable with some belief or behavior but go along with it anyway — incorrectly concluding that most people are A-Okay with it and thinking they should be, too. (Basically, “monkey assume/monkey do.”) Consider how the millennial generation is supposedly “Generation Hookup.” Looking at survey data from Americans ages 20 to 24, psychologist Jean Twenge actually found that people born from 1990 to 1994 (millennials) were “significantly more likely” than those born from 1965 to 1969 (Gen Xers) to say they’d had ZERO sex partners since the age of 18. (Fifteen percent of millennials went sexless, versus 6 percent of Gen Xers.) And if millennials were clued in on pluralistic ignorance, the number in the “no sex for now” column might be even higher. For example, biological anthropologist Chris Reiber finds that women seriously overestimate other women’s comfort level with “hookup behaviors” (from “sexual touching above the waist” to sex) in situations “where a more traditional romantic relationship is NOT an explicit condition of the encounter.” Figure out what actually works for you emotionally — whether you can just say ”whatevs!” if a guy goes all nail-’n’-turn-tail or whether you might want to wait to have sex till you’ve got a relationship going. That’s when it becomes easier to broach uncomfortable subjects — so you won’t have to wonder, say, why he’s running out at 2:27 a.m. You will know: It’s not you; it’s his sleep apnea and how he likes to go home to his CPAP machine rather than die in your bed.



Resolve an argument, please. How often should married people be having sex to have a happy marriage? —Married Person

It is kind of depressing if the last time you screamed in bed was two months ago when your husband rolled over in his sleep and elbowed you in the eye. However, consider that more of a good thing is not always better. For example, having more in the boobage area is generally great — unless that means having three. Well, according to social psychologist Amy Muise and her colleagues, once you’ve got a relationship going, sex works kind of the same way. They find that having sex once a week is associated with greater happiness; however, more sex than that doesn’t make for more happiness, and it can sometimes make for less. The researchers explain that many people are exhausted and feel overwhelmed, so “the pressure to engage in sex as frequently as possible may be daunting and even stressful.” But, interestingly, comparisons with one’s peers — positive or negative — also color how people feel. Sociologist Tim Wadsworth finds that, beyond simply having sex, what really makes people happier is thinking they’re having more of it than everybody else. Having sex just once a week can keep the spouse with a stronger sex drive feeling satisfied enough while keeping the less lusty spouse from feeling like a sexual pack mule. This, in turn, helps keep resentment from taking over your relationship to the point where you go around grumbling that the last time somebody got into your pants, it was because they paid $3.79 for them at Goodwill. n ©2017, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR OPT OUTSIDE SPOKANE RIVER WALK Join The Lands Council for a walk along the Spokane River Centennial Trail to learn the issues that threaten our river’s health. We will also explore a site where The Lands Council has taken action to protect our river and discuss ways to get involved. Meets at Summit Blvd./ College Ave. in West Central Spokane. Jan. 28, 3 pm. Free. WESTERN PLEASURE SNOWSHOE ROUNDUP Snowshoe races hosted by the scenic Sandpoint ranch, offering 5k and 10k distances with both competitive and recreational opportunities. Jan. 28, 8-midnight. $25-$35. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd. INTRO TO SKIJOR CLINIC Skijoring is one way to enjoy the winter outdoors with your dog. Experience with Nordic skiing recommended for this workshop. You provide the ski gear and your dog, the skijor gear is included in the clinic fee. Class size limited. Jan. 29, 1-3:30 pm. $25. Mt. Spokane State Park, 26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. spokanenordic. org (570-8242) 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 St. 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 dropin 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) GSL BASKETBALL: STINKY SNEAKER The annual rivalry match between Central Valley and University high schools, with games at 5 and 7:30 pm. Jan. 31. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. (279-7000) GSL BASKETBALL: GROOVY SHOES The annual rivalry game between North Central and Shadle Park, with games at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Feb. 1. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. CONQUEST OF THE CAGE A mixed martial arts event featuring the return of UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips. The co-main event is a bout between Spokane’s Dan Bolen and Adam Clark. Feb. 3, 7 pm. $45-$125. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd.


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 TueSun, 10 am-5 pm (to 8 pm Wed; halfprice on Tue). $5-$10/admission. THe MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) CIRQUE ZUMA ZUMA A theatrical cirque performance by the “America’s Got Talent” finalist, featuring elements of African culture through acrobatics, contortionism, mime work, dancing and more. Shows at 2 and 7:30 pm. Jan. 28. $9-$18 (WSU students free with ID). Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall, WSU Pullman.

CABERNET CABARET! An evening of live entertainment, wine and a threecourse dinner created by Chef Adam Hegsted. Cocktail hour begins at 6 pm. Features performances by Sarah Dahmen, Jadd Davis, Kasey Davis and Henry McNulty. Jan. 27-28, at 7 pm. $55. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. DISGRACED The 2013 Pulitzer-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. Through Jan. 29, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. TRIBES BY NINA RAINE The Cascade Artists Present: a staged reading by Chris Hansen. Jan. 27-28, 7:30 pm. Spartan Theater at SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3592) 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. (509-795-0004) VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE See one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Jan. 27-Feb. 19, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $25. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. PLAY IN A DAY: HEROES An exciting, challenging, and fun workshop where participants devise, direct and act in a 15-minute play that they perform for family and friends. Jan. 28, 12-5 pm. $10. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. (342-2055) LION KING JR. A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film by Cataldo Catholic School as part of the 17th Annual Drama Production. Feb. 2-3, at 7 pm. $6.50/$7.50. Ferris High School, 3020 E. 37th Ave. (624-8759) TITUS ANDRONICUS Shakespeare’s most brutal revenge tragedy, directed by Matthew Brumlow. (Not recommended for children; contains adult language and situations). Feb. 2-12, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Free/ UI students; $5-$15/public. U. of Idaho Hartung Theater, 6th & Stadium Way. (208-885-6465)


IMAGES ABOUT THE AMERICAN WEST An exhibition featuring 65 works predominantly from the Jundt permanent collection. Featured 19th-21st century artists featured utilize the Western landscape, people, places, and events to participate in our shared understanding of the complicated American history of colonization, settlement, industrialization, preservation and appreciation of the West. Through May 13; gallery open Mon-Sat, from 10 am-4 pm. Jundt Art Museum, 200 E. Desmet. (313-6843) RICK BARTOW: THINGS YOU KNOW BUT CANNOT EXPLAIN More than 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints are displayed in the major retrospective exhibition representing 40 years of work by the Native American artist. Jan. 24-March 11; gallery hours Tue-Sat, 10 am-4 pm. Opening recep-

tion Jan. 26, 5-7 pm. Free. Museum of Art/WSU, Wilson Rd, Pullman. (335-1910) 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, Cheney. (359-2494) LIMINAL: PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAY SANDERS An exhibition exploring queerness, belonging, and bodies in process, hosted by the Women’s & Gender studies center. Event located in 207 Monroe Hall at EWU. Reception featuring music by Raven & Dylan from Raise Your Voice on KYRS. Jan. 27, 3-5 pm. Free. EWU, Cheney campus. (Lisa: 359-2898. Tay: 551-4231) LOÏE FULLER: LILY An exhibition of sculpture and photographs documents and celebrating American modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, known for her improvisational and free dance that inspired Isadora Duncan, among others. Jan. 27-April 29, Mon-Sat from 10 am-4 pm. Jundt Art Museum, 200 E. Desmet Ave. (509-313-6843) SATURATE Spokane Arts yearly February Visual Arts Tour this year highlights under-recognized artists of color working in our region. Events Feb. 3-5; details at


LOVE & OUTRAGE OPEN MIC: THE GOVERNMENT ISSUE Come and hear writers read from their original works published in the 5th Love & Outrage Zine: The Government Issue (buy your own copy for $5). Or bring works of your own to share on this theme. Everyone welcome. Jan. 27, 6:30 pm. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (703-7223) HUMANITIES WASHINGTON: JEB WYMAN, COMING HOME This talk shares stories of the men and women who signed up to serve during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and incorporates experiences and insights from famous writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath. Jan. 28, 1 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Also at 4 pm, at the North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. POETRY READING: JANE WONG & QUENTON BAKER Experience the work of Seattle poets Jane Wong and Quenton Baker as they read their poetry and discuss the Poetics of Haunting. Jan. 28, 7-9 pm. No cost. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. POETRY WORKSHOP WITH TOD MARSHALL A workshop led by the Gonzaga professor, award-winning poet, and current Washington State Poet Laureate, exploring ways to connect participants’ imaginations to the real and imagined landscapes of Washington. Jan. 28, 10:30 am. Free, donations accepted. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. (509-456-3931) POETRY OUT LOUD The annual event hosted by EWU’s Get Lit! Programs features student winners from the following regional high schools: East Valley, Lakeside, Liberty Bell, Mead, Mt. Spokane, The Oaks, Oroville, Okanogan, Quincy, Selkirk and Westside. Feb. 1, 7 pm. Free. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. n


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Scenes from Saturday’s Women’s March on Spokane. (Bottom right) Longtime women’s rights activist Sally Jackson riles up the crowd inside the Spokane Convention Center.



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’m a woman and I’ll be damned if they take my rights away!” 85-year-old activist Sally Jackson yells into a mic. “Together, we are women. Hear us roar!” The Spokane Convention Center can’t hold the roughly 8,000 people who showed up for Saturday’s Women’s March on Spokane, but from the main hall, the cramped hallways, the overflow room and the masses outside, a roar of approval comes anyway. Women, men and children are wearing pussyhats and pink clothes and holding signs, a lot of which jab a finger at President Trump: “Make America COMPASSIONATE Again” or “This Pussy Grabs Back” or “We Shall Overcomb.” Back in November, national organizers quickly addressed the elephant in the room: This is not an anti-Trump rally, they said, but a march to protect and raise awareness of women’s rights, like health care, racial justice and LGBTQ rights. So why the signs? And why, then, are people marching the day after the inauguration? Carol Bryan, 68, has her own reasons. She’s one of the marchers who can’t make it inside the Center, so


she simply waits outside under the overcast sky till it’s time to take to the streets. A longtime feminist at her first women’s rights march, Bryan remembers that, not so long ago, she couldn’t add her voice to the roar. Growing up, no one told her how to argue when her female P.E. teacher told the class that girls’ internal organs would be damaged if they played basketball, or that girls shouldn’t play drums. She also didn’t know how to confront the unsettling feeling that she hadn’t learned very much after graduating from Whitworth University with her Home Economics degree. She didn’t know what to do when people asked her at job interviews, “What does your husband do for a living?” and “Can you make good coffee?” Jackson spends much of her speech reminding everyone of what life was like as a young woman in the ’50s, when “it was OK for a guy to grab your butt, grab your boob,” often as a condition of employment. She tries to stand there as living proof that this type of behavior happened — and still does — as a warning of how easy it is to normalize that attitude and slide backward. “We just didn’t have the words then,” Bryan tells me. “There was just an icky feeling, but there was no

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