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A new book on Fox News chief Roger Ailes reveals the roots of his well-oiled propaganda machine BY ROBERT HEROLD


o it turns out that Mr. Fox “Fair and Balanced” News was a fan of the controversial German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Gabriel Sherman reports this nugget in his new biography of Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room. Liberal critics, focusing entirely on Riefenstahl’s Nazi paean, Triumph of the Will, have pounced. “Aha,” they chortle. “We always knew that Ailes was a closet Nazi.” Ironically, they are taking a knee-jerk, broadbrush page right from the Ailes playbook. Be this as it may, my interest goes not to how Goebbels and Hitler used Riefenstahl’s artistry and technique to influence Germans, but rather to how Riefenstahl’s artistry and technique influenced Ailes — her famous camera angles, for example. Ailes was never going to be an artist, but as for technique? Now that was altogether a different matter. During the 1968 presidential campaign, he talked himself onto Richard Nixon’s staff and once there borrowed from Riefenstahl’s filming techniques to create illusion — and from that propaganda. Production of propaganda; this would become Ailes’ life’s work.

all of Ailes’ visual attack ads have been, might we agree that campaigning is one thing, whereas news should be another? You would think so, but in Ailes’ world? Nope, there’s no difference; it’s all seamless. Everything is fair game. Nor has Ailes ever been about the exchange of ideas. He is into selling an illusion, a party line — propaganda. From the Monica Lewinsky fiasco to the run-up to George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, to the invasion itself, to Barack Obama, the network has engaged in relentless propaganda campaigns. It has kept alive false perceptions, from “birthers” to “death panels” to “Benghazi”

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iles started Fox News in 1996 and set about hiring reliable script readers, the more attractive the better. To no surprise, he avoided serious, independent-minded journalists — no Walter Lippmanns or Seymour Hershes; obviously the Edward R. Murrows had to be given a wide berth; even a Walter Cronkite could prove troublesome. For comic relief, he needed a few attention-getters, which explains both Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck. They would serve as the “entertainment.” What resulted was a actually a form of reality TV, similar to what we see on The Real Housewives of Orange County or Duck Dynasty. Call it “Reality News,” brought to you by your “Fox News Fair and Balanced Reporting Team.” It would turn out to be neither fair nor balanced, of course. Before Fox, there was “Roger Ailes the Campaign Advisor.” Working exclusively for Republicans, Ailes combined clever — if often misleading and vacuous — one-liners with Riefenstahl-esque visuals to successfully caricature opponents. Recall the 1988 commercial featuring candidate Michael Dukakis peering from the tank, wearing that oversized helmet that made his head appear so small. (Those camera angles again.) The visual is what made the ad. And the point? “Do you want this dweeby guy running the Pentagon?” Half-truths, innuendo and visual caricature for sure, but it worked, and in Ailes’ world, that’s what counts. He didn’t invent the devastating visual commercial — arguably, the Democrats did that with their infamous “Daisy” ad against Goldwater in 1964. Certainly, though, Ailes took negative campaigning to a new level. But as troubling as

— perceptions that derive not from fact but from the manipulation of contrived illusion with appeal to myth and conspiracy. It is all about contrived effect pitched to the most easily manipulated and the predisposed voters, also known as “the choir.”


he media problem, obviously, isn’t just Fox News. FCC Chairman Newton Minow called TV a “vast wasteland” a half-century ago. But Ailes and Fox have become the model, the archetype and the inspiration. Fox is where real housewives and real ducks meet the “real” news. And that’s the most fundamental challenge posed by “The World According to Roger.” It’s all escapism, enhanced visually through technologies that Riefenstahl didn’t have, taking us to places where reality loses definition; where it becomes but a blur, producing what political Columbia University sociologist Todd Gitlin refers to as “disposable emotion.” Gitlin elaborates: The media add up to a machinery of distraction, sensation and stimulus, and yet institutionally the protections that the media enjoy, their legal and political position in our society, are predicated on a very different model of the purposes and significance of media — namely, one in which the media are carriers of debate in which the media are intended not for steady and unbroken stimulus but for enlightenment. They are for the clarification of the public good. Walter Lippmann, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite understood and lived up to that higher calling implicit in the First Amendment. Roger Ailes has used those same protections as cover for one of the great con jobs in American history. 



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ust west of the Nez Perce Reservation border near Lewiston, Idaho, a 644,000-pound heavy-haul transporter carrying tar sands mining equipment rounded a curve at 1 am on August 6, only to find a human blockade waiting. Police in a dozen squad cars flipped on flashing lights as more than 200 Nez Perce Indians and dozens of their allies swarmed onto Highway 12. Their goal: halting the giant load to protest its transport across the reservation. Over the next hour, the sounds of chanting, drumming and singing echoed from the walls of the canyon. Then the arrests began, including eight members of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. Another tense hour passed before the mega-transport crept forward toward the Clearwater-Lochsa Wild and Scenic River corridor and the Montana border at Lolo Pass. But the protesters had spoken, and within hours varied media would carry their voices across North America. My wife, Borg Hendrickson, and I were among that group; for three years, we’ve been trying to block the effort of international corporations to industrialize U.S. 12 in Idaho. The companies say they must travel this remote route to send gargantuan mining equipment to northern Alberta’s tar sands. We say the corridor is a national treasure, a magnet for tourists and not a safe route for these monster loads. Grassroots opposition has steadily grown. So far, an ExxonMobil subsidiary has transported only one of 207 proposed megaloads over Highway 12. Last October, a General Electric subsidiary abandoned its Highway 12 megaload plans after a federal judge ordered the U.S. Forest Service to protect the Lochsa-

Clearwater Wild and Scenic River corridor. Eight miles downstream from the Nez Perce’s highway blockade, the Port of Lewiston lies on the Clearwater River’s north bank near its confluence with the Snake. The port isn’t that busy: between 2000 and 2011, the total tonnage it shipped decreased by 61 percent, including declines in every commodity — grains, lumber and paper from a nearby mill. Megaloads were to be the port’s salvation: “If one oil company is successful, many more will follow,” the Port of Lewiston proclaimed in its application for federal economic recovery funds. Which brings us to salmon. Most scientists believe that federal dams may have tipped the scale from recovery to extinction of Snake River salmon. “Someone needs to speak for the animals,” a Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member told reporters shortly before the tribe’s blockade. Our fight to preserve the ClearwaterLochsa corridor we have long called home has led my wife and me through agency offices and courtrooms to the tar sands of northern Alberta. Along the way, we’ve been joined by thousands of fellow citizens who share a love of wild rivers and wild fish. We are all concerned about the growth of corporate power and the consequent bullying of people and disregard for natural places. Like returning salmon, we swim upstream, but our numbers are growing, and our voices persist.  Linwood Laughy and his wife founded, a network working to keep megaloads off Highway 12. A version of this column first appeared in High Country News (

LILLY HAEGER: No, because it’s not fair to those who have worked many years at one job and have earned their increases. No one should be able to walk into a job and make the same as someone who has put their time in. STEVE FLATBUSH: Of course it should be higher. It should allow to people to afford basic needs at least. The whole system has to change so that small companies competing with huge corporations can afford to pay their employees minimum wage as well. BOBBY ENSLOW: As a small business owner and someone who has a graduate degree in business, I know first hand that minimum wage is a very tricky thing. On one side you don’t want it too low so as to not abuse the poor. On the other hand you don’t want it too high so as not to abuse the poor. How do I mean? If minimum wage is too high, businesses will expect a higher return on their investment. Meaning they will only hire those with higher qualifications, as a result, more people end up unemployed. MELISSA DOBEAS: I’ve put in 8 years at my job and barely make $1 over minimum wage at this point. I’m sure there are a lot of people who can say the same. People say, “go back to school.” Good idea in theory, but when I’m done with school after 4 years and in debt to the tune of $30k+ at a 10%+ interest rate, I’ll be paying so much on school loans that a few dollars of wage increase won’t do a whole lot of good. WHILL QUE SI: If we increase minimum wage to make it livable, then the incentives and motivation to actually learn a skill and get a real job some day would be gone. If you don’t like minimum wage, do something about it. I worked at garbage minimum wage jobs for 16 years before I was able to become an RN. I’ve put in my time and earned the privilege to make more money. 




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orth Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced on state television this week that he believes the pop star Justin Bieber is “just a few arrests away” from visiting North Korea as his friend. “Justin, if you are watching right now, this is my message to you,” Kim said. “I stand ready and willing to be your B.F.F.” The mercurial Kim said that he would seek Bieber’s aid in boosting North Korea’s slumping pop-music industry, which has failed to generate any hits comparable to South Korea’s “Gangnam Style.” “Justin Bieber could be our Minister of Culture,” he said. The dictator said he understood that Bieber’s fans were concerned about the direction the singer was heading of late, but he offered this reassurance: “He is heading to North Korea. It’s all good.”

Elsewhere, President Obama is about to issue an executive order that would force all Americans to purchase a monthly supply of marijuana, Fox News Channel reported this week. According to Fox’s Sean Hannity, Obama’s initiative is part of a broader plan to make weed available and affordable to every individual in the United States. Hannity said that the President hopes to have the mandatory marijuana plan up and running by 2015, “but they’re still working on the website.”  For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit


Behind the Pom-Poms BY JIM HIGHTOWER


et’s turn now to the Wide, Wide, WILD World of Sports. The big story at this time of year, of course, is the Super Bowl, that multi-multi-million-dollar showcase of super-paid superstars, billionaire owners, taxpayerfinanced sports palaces, extravagant corporate skyboxes serving deepfried caviar, and TV ads running $4 million for a 30-second spot. But behind the scenes of this big-money sports extravaganza is a sordid secret of illegal cheating. No, not the use of steroids. Rather, this scandal is about the NFL’s use of cheerleaders. Astonishingly, these athletic and very hard-working ladies — who bring sideline pizazz to the show and are used by owners to promote the team brand and ticket sales — are paid less than the beer hawkers on game day, less than a McDonald’s crew member, and way less than minimum wage. Yes, that’s illegal, which is why some Raiderettes (the popular cheerleaders for Oakland’s NFL team) have filed a lawsuit for wage theft against the owners. Overall, cheerleaders for pro-

fessional teams get $70 to $90 per game. That’s for a 12hour game day, plus uncompensated practice sessions that routinely run a grueling six hours, and mandatory promotional appearances. The teams nickeland-dime the women by shorting their hours, and even illegally fine their pep leaders for such nonsense “transgressions” as bringing the wrong pom-poms to practice. And there’s no health care for a job that puts you at constant risk of injury. Then there’s this Dickensian twist: Club management withholds all cheerleader pay — as meager as it is — until the end of the season, so the women are essentially indentured servants to teams wallowing the in wealth they siphon out of the pockets of ticketholders and taxpayers. To the NFL: BOOOOO!  For more from America’s populist, check out




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aquarium bubbles in the corner, Seinfeld plays on TV. “You want the grand tour?” the man asks. Probation officers Travis Lindsley and Mike Rafferty each oversee about 30 offenders in the city’s Electronic Home Monitoring program. Once a week, they conduct

random “field checks” to ensure that participants like this 63-year-old man comply with their court-ordered release conditions. An ankle bracelet prevents him from legally leaving the property. “We’ll check the refrigerator first,” Rafferty says, opening up the fridge and poking around for any alcohol that might be hidden away. He peers into a couple of nearby cabinets, checking for suspicious bottles or contraband. “Have you been drinking anything?” Lindsley asks. “Yes,” the man says. “Milk and juice.” In recent years, court jurisdictions across the country have increasingly turned to electronic home monitoring via GPS ankle bracelets or handheld breathalyzers instead of jail sentences to reduce recidivism and cut expenses. Research shows many benefits to electronic ...continued on next page


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monitoring, and local Smart Justice advocates a photo during the test to confirm the offender’s call it “low-hanging fruit” for improving offender identity. accountability while relieving overcrowded jails. McBride says the city’s four-year-old proThe Spokane Municipal Court expanded its gram now has capacity for 90 offenders. The city program last year and the Geiger Corrections expanded the program last year, adding an extra Center resurrected its program last probation officer in hopes of redirectweek after closing it three years ago. ing more low-level offenders out of the Many of these offenders would jail system and into community-based otherwise face traditional jail sentenc- Send comments to supervision. Thousands of offenders have since successfully completed the es, Lindsley says. This man would likely lose his trailer, his disability program. benefits, Social Security payments “It’s a popular program,” she says. and other support structures that help keep him “It’s always full.” healthy and out of future trouble. In the wake of recent recommendations from “It’s been growing,” Lindsley says of the the Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commisprogram. “We’ve been getting more and more sion, the county has also relaunched its similar people. They’re pretty happy to be on it, considelectronic home monitoring program. Ron ering what the options are.” Cunningham, a case management coordinator at the Geiger Corrections Center, says he expects onna McBride, chief probation officer the renewed project to serve about 25 offenders, for the Municipal Probation Departhelping provide a more seamless link between ment, says electronic home monitoring jail and release back into the community. Geiger has proved an invaluable tool for tracking and “hooked up” its first participant last Thursday. managing low-level criminal offenders. She “Not everybody needs to spend the time in emphasizes that high-risk or violent offenders jail,” he says, “but they need some accountability. do not qualify for the city’s program, which … It’s a great alternative.” offers several levels of monitoring for defendants 2012 data analysis from the District of awaiting trial or offenders convicted of gross Columbia Crime Policy Institute commisdemeanors. pared results from seven separate research “We needed another alternative to incarcerastudies on electronic monitoring, finding a 24 tion,” she says, adding, “[But] it’s not a cakewalk percent average reduction in arrests of offendby any means.” ers in such programs compared to traditional The highest level of monitoring involves a probation. The average cost savings per offender tamper-proof GPS ankle bracelet that records amounted to about $580. every location in real time, plotting someone’s McBride and Cunningham both touted the movements on a map. A lower-level option, Mcpotential cost savings to taxpayers, saying the Bride explains, uses a “radio frequency” anklet to electronic monitoring usually costs about $20 track when someone is home. The devices can be per offender per day, compared to approximately set to allow movement during certain times for $135 a day to house someone in the county jail. work or counseling, but otherwise enforce house In both programs, participating offenders pick up arrest. part of the tab. For offenders with restrictions on alcohol, Officials also emphasized the importance of the program also has bracelets with skin sensors keeping the option affordable. Some private monthat can detect alcohol in the system or mobile itoring vendors, which the county also utilizes, breathalyzers that the offender must blow into can cost up to $20 a day, plus a $50 initiation fee. at random intervals. The breathalyzer also takes




Probation Officers Mike Rafferty, left, and Travis Lindsley YOUNG KWAK PHOTO If an offender cannot keep up payments, they fail the program and go back to jail. The city program costs offenders about $1 to $5 a day, depending on the type of equipment needed. The new Geiger program costs from $2 to $4.25 a day. “Everybody pays something towards the cost of their incarceration,” McBride says. “That is part of the accountability, but nobody pays to the extent that they’re going to lose their home.”

“Everybody pays something towards the cost of their incarceration. That is part of the accountability.” That investment helps motivate participants, she says. They know they are paying for the program, so they want to succeed. They attend their court appearances. They want to follow the rules. McBride says the program has a less than 1 percent rate for new arrests while under electronic monitoring. “They know that it’s a privilege, not a right,” she says, “so they’re inclined to be very compliant.”


ulie Schaffer, an attorney with the nonprofit Center for Justice, says the structure and discipline help participants develop responsible habits. Offenders can learn to function in a world with strict boundaries and swift consequences. They learn to live without drugs or alcohol. She hopes to see the programs continue to expand. “It really sets people up for success,” she says. “I think it’s fantastic.” Lawanda Sparks, 62, can’t say enough good things about the electronic monitoring program. The Spokane woman says she was sentenced last year to spend 12 months on home monitoring for a shoplifting charge. The program let her serve her time while building new, healthy routines. With the help of her city probation officer Johanna Camp, Sparks registered for counseling classes and the driver’s relicensing program. “She really believed in me,” Sparks says of Camp. In October, Sparks completed the monitoring program after earning four months off for good behavior. She still goes to the classes. “I suggest it for anybody who’s really serious about not going back to getting in trouble,” she says. “It taught me to be responsible.”





The Big News of the Past Week


Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and activist, died Monday at age 94. Once traveling with Woody Guthrie, Seeger later dedicated his music to pacifism and environmentalism.


An explosion shook a northeastern Spokane neighborhood Saturday as an M-1000 firecracker went off inside a Jeep traveling down Morton Street, blowing off the driver’s left hand.


Spokane residents hoping to impose new restrictions on bikini coffee stands will have to collect at least 2,500 signatures to bring an initiative on the issue to the ballot after city council members rejected the proposal.


Investigators continue to pursue a string of nine pharmacy robberies this month throughout the county. Spokane police arrested two suspects last week in connection with several of the robberies, but a new robbery also occurred Saturday evening.


Volunteer Jesse Wharton, center, helps Charlie Foutz, right, and his 3-year-old son Raleigh, who have been homeless for a year, gather food items during Homeless Connect. The event, held at the Salvation Army on Tuesday, is an annual one-day gathering of service providers offering people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, one-stop access to things like food, clothing, haircuts and medical exams.


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Just past the halfway mark in his term as mayor, DAVID CONDON will deliver his State of the City address three times over two days this week. He’ll give the speech to a closed student assembly at North Central High School Thursday afternoon and to the public in the school’s auditorium at 6 pm Thursday. Condon will then give the speech again at Greater Spokane Incorporated Friday at 8 am. Registration for that event is at, and the cost for non-GSI-members is $55, but it will also be shown live on City Cable 5 and streamed on In a press briefing Monday, Condon said he plans to outline a new “strategic plan” for the city, including ideas for improving public safety and education. “It’s not only a vision for the city government, but a vision for the community,” he said. — HEIDI GROOVER


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COSTLY TO THE CORE Why one energy expert says the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant should be shut down for good


t lunch, you can often find Robert McCullough in the Heathman Hotel dining room. From the moment he sits down, waiters know to ferry him one latte after another as McCullough, one of the nation’s top utility consultants, works his laptop and takes client calls. His $400-an-hour fee buys a lot of coffee. With his snowy beard, rosy cheeks and round middle, McCullough could moonlight as a Nordstrom Santa. But the gifts he bears can be tough to accept. He’s a blunt, if loquacious, truth-teller. McCullough was one of the first to figure out Enron Corp. was behind the power shortages and blackouts that darkened California in 2000 and 2001. In congressional testimony in 2002, McCullough revealed exactly how the Texas energy giant crippled the economies of Western states by manipulating electricity markets. His work led to billion-dollar settlements and criminal convictions. “He’s incredibly smart — and a little bit arrogant,” says Jim Lazar, an Olympia utility economist who’s known McCullough for 30 years. “There’s no question he’s one of the most knowledgeable people about the Northwest power system.” Over the past 35 years, McCullough has often worked on complex disputes out of public view. But in December, he released the results of an investigation that affects anyone in the Pacific Northwest who pays a utility bill. He spent nine months examining the economics of


By NIGEL JAQUISS the region’s only nuclear power plant, the Columbia Generating Station, which sits on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington. McCullough is hardly anti-nuke — as a Portland General Electric executive 25 years ago, he fought to keep PGE’s now-closed Trojan Nuclear Power Plant open. But his report on the Columbia Generating Station leads to an unmistakable conclusion: It should be shut down. Not for safety reasons, but because it has become one of most expensive nuclear plants of its kind in the United States to run, and is a waste of money that needlessly costs ratepayers $200 million a year in higher electricity bills. McCullough says we could replace the plant with cheaper power and save ratepayers $1.7 billion over the next two decades. “The people who are paying for this plant,” he says, “should want it closed.”


ll the rain that falls in the Pacific Northwest yields one glorious benefit: cheap hydropower. For nearly 80 years, the federally owned dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers have made our electricity rates the envy of the rest of the U.S. Northwest power planners realized in the late 1950s, though, that population growth would require finding other forms of electricity generation. By the late 1960s, private and public utilities, as well as the federal govern-

ment, backed plans to build 10 nuclear plants in Oregon and Washington. Only two were ever completed. The first was Trojan, which PGE operated outside Rainier, Ore., for about 17 years before shutting it in 1993. The second was the Columbia Generating Station, which is owned by a con-

Robert McCullough says he’s not anti-nuke, having spent 25 years at Portland General Electric. sortium of publicly owned utilities across Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. The Columbia Generating Station was supposed to be among five plants owned by the Washington Public Power Supply System, whose acronym WPPSS was pro-

Columbia Generating Station, located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, has been operating since 1984. COURTESY OF ENERGY NORTHWEST

nounced “whoops” long before its grand nuclear dreams turned into epic failure. WPPSS launched construction on all five plants. Between 1975 and 1981, the costs ballooned from $5 billion to $24 billion. Work ceased on four plants by the mid-1980s. The result left parts of Washington state looking like a post-apocalyptic movie set: two completed but never-used 500-foot cooling towers, for instance, loom over dairy cattle in Grays Harbor County, about 30 miles west of Olympia. The consortium had borrowed the money to build the plants, assuming they would pay for themselves. WPPSS defaulted on the bonds for two unfinished plants, leaving investors out $2.25 billion — then the largest municipal default in American history. WPPSS also left the region with what today is about $5.5 billion in debts for the remaining two stillborn plants and the Columbia Generating Station. The Bonneville Power Administration, which brokers energy from the Columbia River system dams, had agreed to buy power from the WPPSS plants and, in turn, got stuck with the debt. As McCullough notes, 30 years later the costs of the WPPSS fiasco “are still being paid for by Northwest ratepayers.” Meanwhile, the Columbia Generating Station has been operating since 1984, after being completed seven years late and $2 billion over budget. When running full-tilt, the plant today is capable of

utility and opened his consulting business, McCullough Research. McCullough may not be a household name, but in energy circles, he’s a big deal. He’s been a consultant for Texas utilities and Canadian Indian tribes, and is often called as an expert witness. He assembled millions of Enron-related documents and testified for state and federal prosecutors. McCullough helped unravel Enron’s schemes for the CLAIMING BIAS cCullough, a cocky Irish kid Snohomish Public Utility District, Energy Northwest, which operates the from Chicago, landed in the which won a $1.6 billion judgment Columbia Generating Station, disputes Northwest at the tail end of against the company. Robert McCullough’s study on several the 1960s to attend Reed College. Snohomish’s former assistant grounds — that he’s biased and missed the “There were many distractions,” general counsel, Eric Christensen, larger context — and says the power plant McCullough says, “and I got involved often visited McCullough’s office. is essential to the region’s energy supply. with them all.” “It’s what you’d imagine a CIA McCullough, unsurprisingly, disagrees. His undergraduate thesis on “Eurosafe house to be,” Christensen says. dollar Credit Creation,” launched him “On the outside, it’s a nondescript into a master’s in economics at Portland State University tract home. On in the inside, there are these big banks of and a Ph.D. program at Cornell University in Ithaca, computers and analysts scattered all through the house.” N.Y., where he had too much fun and too little money to Even those who’ve been adversaries of McCullough complete his thesis at the Ivy League school. admire his work. After Portland General Electric recruited him in 1979, “When he was working for PGE, not all of the McCullough rose through the executive ranks in finance information the utility put out was great, but I’ve never and rate-setting, ending up as director of special projects found anything wrong with his work,” says public interest and assistant to PGE’s chairman. lawyer Dan Meek, who battled PGE and McCullough McCullough chafed at the utility’s culture. “At PGE, for years over closing Trojan. “He’s a highly expert and there was a suggestion that you have your sense of very careful economist.” humor surgically removed,” he says. In 1991, he left the ...continued on next page

producing 1,170 megawatts of power, enough to serve 1 million homes. That’s 4 percent of the electricity in the entire Bonneville system. The low-slung Columbia Generating Station lacks the iconic cooling towers of other nuclear plants. It was built largely below the surface of the sand and sagebrush on the Hanford reservation — and in many ways, it’s been overlooked for decades.






Columbia Generating Station



“COSTLY TO THE CORE,” CONTINUED... It’s McCullough’s reputation for independence that appealed to Physicians for Social Responsibility, a national group that campaigns against global warming, as well as nuclear weapons and energy. The organization’s Oregon and Washington chapters wanted to draw attention to potential problems with the Columbia Generating Station after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, where three nuclear reactors at Fukushima melted down and another exploded. In November, the group released reports saying the Columbia Generating Station is seismically unsafe — something the plant’s operators deny. The physicians group turned to McCullough last spring to see if he would consider evaluating the plant’s economics. He initially said no. “A lot of nuclear advocacy is emotional,” he says. “That doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but it’s not data-driven.” McCullough knew the plant had experienced problems controlling its costs. But a cursory glance at the plant’s recent annual reports piqued his curiosity — especially the Columbia Generating Station’s cost of producing power. “I’m not anti-nuke,” McCullough says. “[But] I was surprised to see the differential was so high.”


o hear the owners and operators of the Columbia Generating Station tell it, the region’s only nuclear plant is essential. Mike Paoli, a spokesman for Energy Northwest, the consortium that operates the plant, says the Columbia Generating Station provides a reliable, predictably priced source of power that backs up the Columbia River dam system. He says the cost of operating the plant puts it in the middle of the pack nationally, not at the top. He also questioned McCullough’s industry expertise and pointed to a recently released study the utility itself commissioned that contradicts his findings. Their study, by Cambridge Energy Research Associates, concludes that the plant would save ratepayers $1.6 billion by continuing to operate through its anticipated life in 2043. “You could go to the market today and easily beat Columbia [Generating Station’s] cost of power using natural gas — true,” Paoli says. “But regardless of short-term performance, we looked 30 years out, and in terms of long-term cost savings, there’s no question that Columbia comes out ahead for the ratepayer.” Paoli questions the objectivity of McCullough’s report. Physicians for Social Responsibility, he says, started


2012 for 27 operating nuclear plants built and designed on the same basis as the Columbia Generating Station. “From what we can see, it’s the most expensive,” McCullough says. As a result, he found ratepayers last year spent $418 million for power from the Columbia Generating Station. They could have purchased the same power elsewhere for $218 million. Energy Northwest spokesman Paoli acknowledges the nuclear plant has recently been more expensive than market power and other nuclear plants, but he says that is changing. “We continue to trend down toward lower cost,” Paoli says.

from the premise of wanting to close the nuclear plant, so any research the group paid for would further that goal. “They had their conclusion, and they set about proving it,” he says. McCullough disagrees. He says he had complete freedom to report what he found, not what Physicians for Social Responsibility wanted him to say. What’s more, his report draws on voluminous Energy Northwest, nuclear industry and Bonneville documents to build its case. He found there is regularly so much electricity available in the Bonneville Power Administration network that it can’t sell it all. In fact, McCullough found, in the past two years, the market has been so oversupplied that Bonneville regularly paid customers to take electricity off its hands. There are a few reasons why energy prices have fallen so low. Two consecutive rainy years have put plenty of water behind the dams. Energy companies continue rapid development of wind farms, which have become more competitive in the cost of power. And there’s fracking — the process of extracting oil and gas using pressurized water and sand — which has caused natural gas supplies to soar. It has turned North Dakota into a small slice of Saudi Arabia, goosed U.S. oil and gas production and cratered the price of natural gas. That’s why there’s been a scramble to send Wyoming coal through Washington and Idaho to proposed export terminals. Power companies often use natural gas to fire electricity-generating plants, and the cheap cost of gas has helped undercut the Columbia Generating Station’s high-cost output. The Columbia Generating Station might still be a plus for the region if its cost of making electricity were also low. But McCullough found the plant’s cost of producing a megawatt hour over the past six years is about $36, roughly 1.5 times what more efficient nuclear plants spend. McCullough also found that it appears to be the most costly nuclear plant of its kind to run in the U.S. He and his team of six analysts crunched all of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filings for 2006 through

hy is the Columbia Generating Station so expensive to run? One reason is location. Some of the most economical nuclear power operations exist where reactors are clustered together; where they are parts of companies such as Exelon, the Illinois utility that operates 17 reactors at 10 different plants; or where they are close to major population centers. Another is overhead costs. For example, McCullough found the plant employs 1,100 people — about one-and-ahalf times as many people per unit of energy produced as other nuclear plants. “At $80,000 a head, the high employment level is a continuing challenge to the plant’s economics,” McCullough says. Paoli says comparisons to other nuclear plants’ costs are a “red herring.” “As the only nuclear facility in the Northwest,” Paoli says, “our industry status doesn’t change our economic position as the best non-hydro — and clean — value for the Northwest.” And the plant is aging. The Columbia Generating Station is 29 years old, and McCullough says it’s no longer viable. “It’s like a computer-chip fabricator that makes large

“Let’s simply ask the market if there’s a better deal out there. If there’s not, then keep the plant operating.” wafer chips,” McCullough says. “That plant gets replaced because the technology is obsolete and the market has moved on.” Aging nuclear plants require lots of repairs, expensive parts and frequent shutdowns. McCullough found that Columbia Generating Station’s history has been plagued by above-average downtime and a failure to meet its targets for generating electricity. Even Bonneville, in a 2009 report, recognized this problem. “Although the plant’s safety record is solid,” the report read, “[Columbia Generating Station] now ranks very close to the bottom of all nuclear plants.” Paoli says the plant has made operational improvements, including securing a long-term, low-cost fuel supply. “We’re on our way to being one of the top-performing nuclear facilities in the nation by end of 2014,” he says. “Not there yet — but the trends have us climbing fast.” McCullough notes the plant’s budget for the next decade calls for nearly $500 million in spending for new equipment, which will make it even less economical.

Robert McCullough’s investigation of the Columbia Generating Station found the nuclear plant’s cost of producing a megawatt hour of electricity is higher than the average cost at the 27 comparable plants now operating in the United States. Columbia Generating Station

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$22.66 27 of them. But the owners have little incentive to change. They don’t have to pay the costs of running the plant, nor are they responsible for unloading its expensive power on the market. That falls to Bonneville, a massive, sophisticated energy agency with more than 3,000 employees, $3 billion-plus in annual revenues and a service area that covers 300,000 square miles and nearly 13 million people. When it comes to oversight of the nuclear plant, McCullough found, Bonneville has been an absentee landlord that has failed to address chronic problems. “It’s a bizarre set of political circumstances,” he says. “You’ve got ownership without accountability.” And the relationship between Bonneville and Energy Northwest has been difficult. “The history of this arrangement is rife with miscommunication and conflict between the two parties,” McCullough wrote in his report. McCullough’s report found that in one instance Bonneville officials refused for years to allow the Columbia Generating Station to replace its condensers, a crucial piece of the operation, contributing to the plant’s inefficiency. The report also found Bonneville has failed to enforce agreements that could have reined in costs or even brought an end to the plant’s operations years ago. In 1998, the congressional delegations from Washington and Oregon, along with the governors of both states, conducted a “market test” to assess the nuclear plant’s viability. The plan was to do such a test every two years, but for reasons that are unclear, Bonneville has not done so. “There was a suggestion that we continue,” Bonneville spokesman Doug Johnson says of the plant’s proposed cost reviews. “We did not adopt that recommendation.” At the time, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pushed for cost controls on the nuclear plant. Wyden is chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Spokesman Keith


n states with greater accountability over nuclear plants, some aging plants are being shut down. In the past few years, at least four nuclear plants — two in California and one each in Wisconsin and Florida — have been closed for economic reasons. Vermont’s only nuclear plant will close this year. McCullough doesn’t want to shut down the Columbia Generating Station without an alternative. And he has one. He says with the glut of electricity sources, Bonneville could replace the nuclear plant’s power by 2015 with long-term contracts from companies that generate electricity from wind, natural gas or other sources. “Let’s simply ask the market if there’s a better deal out there,” he says. “If there’s not, then keep the plant operating.” There’s urgency to tackle the issue: rapidly escalating shutdown costs. McCullough found the cost of complying with federal shutdown procedures is growing at 8 to 9 percent a year, far faster than inflation. The longer Energy Northwest and Bonneville wait to shut down the plant, he says, the more it will cost ratepayers. “Those costs have to be paid in any case,” he says. “Better to do it now, when the price will be lower.” But there’s enormous political support for the status quo. That’s because the Columbia Generating Station employs 1,100 high-wage workers. The plant’s officials say closing now would actually increase costs to ratepayers. “We’re the best regional value only so long as we’re operating through our full life cycle,” Paoli says. “Early LETTERS closure equals higher rates.” Send comments to Bonneville officials stand by the plant. “The plant’s license was recently extended through 2043,” says Johnson, the Bonneville spokesman. “At this time, there are no current plans to consider shutting down [the Columbia Generating Station] early.” Lazar, the Olympia utility economist, wrote his master’s thesis on WPPSS 30 years ago and has continued to study the Washington power system. He has reviewed McCullough’s 208-page report. He says Washington’s and Oregon’s governors and congressional delegations should convene an expert panel to decide the plant’s fate. “The report’s about 150 pages longer than it needs to be,” Lazar says. “But it’s highly credible and, if anything, conservative in its conclusions. The operating costs of the plant far exceed the market value of the power it produces. A private owner would not keep it open.” n Send feedback to This story is being reprinted with permission of Willamette Week, Portland’s alternative weekly.


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Chu says committee staff are looking into the issues it raises. “Ultimately the decision about whether to run this power plant has to be based on what’s best for ratepayers,” Chu says in an email. “Keeping BPA rates affordable is always a priority, and that involves keeping a close eye on all BPA costs, including the Columbia Generating Station.”


But the biggest reason the nuclear plant has been such a money sinkhole is the way it has been managed. Nearly all of the nation’s 100 nuclear power plants belong to investor-owned utilities. The discipline of having to answer to investors and a customer base that can identify more easily where its power is coming from provides a level of accountability missing at the Columbia Generating Station. The plant, as McCullough’s report found, is owned by 92 public utilities and managed by

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The Eastsiders Spokane has always been home to some of the most die-hard Seahawk fans BY MIKE BOOKEY


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n Aug. 7, 1976, Spokane got NFL football. They’d seen it before — exhibition games played between teams from far-off places — but now the city was watching its own team. They were not the Spokane Seahawks, but for those who had ventured out to the fledgling team’s training camp in Cheney that summer, they might as well have been. Todd Weaver was at that game at Joe Albi Stadium as the Seahawks, decked out in blue and gray, a sleek bird’s head stretching across their helmets, took on the Chicago Bears. It was the day after his 11th birthday, and the Spokane native was now a Seahawks fan. “We used to go down to 7-Eleven to get Slurpees and they’d have football players on the cups. All of the sudden they had Seahawk players on them,” says Weaver. Now, he had his own team, a team that he watched — along with 68,000 other fans, including several other Spokanites — win the NFC championship more than 37 years later. Weaver, a season ticket holder, is hardly the only Inland Northwest denizen to remain faithful to the Seahawks in the time between that game at Joe Albi and Sunday’s Super Bowl. And while there are bound to be the sort of bandwagon fans in Spokane who deck themselves out in blue and green, yet think Doug Baldwin is the name of one of Alec’s brothers, the Seahawks have their die-hards on this side of the mountains. That’s no accident. If we were on the East Coast, 280 miles away from an NFL team’s home

stadium, we’d likely pass through a few other teams’ territories on the way there. That’s not the case here, where 280 miles is no problem for a morning’s drive and there are no other professional teams within almost a thousand miles. If pro football was going to work in Seattle, the team’s founders realized, they’d need to make this the Northwest’s team.


he Seattle Seahawks’ very first days as a football team didn’t take place in Seattle, but in Cheney. Players, having landed by expansion draft on a team with no history, traditions or proven fans, found themselves sleeping in cement-walled dormitories and practicing on a hot grass field in a town with just a few stoplights. You’d find players like Jim Zorn and Steve Raible at local bars and restaurants, and thousands of fans lined the practice field to get a look at the NFL’s newest team. Local TV news and sportswriters were all over it, giving updates from nearly every day of camp. Pat McDonald was a Washington State University student in the early 1980s when he caught the Seahawks bug. Over the years, he’d make it up to Cheney to check out camp, returning with his kids as an adult. “The team realized that there is a true fan base out here when they saw the turnouts at the camps,” says McDonald, who now serves as president of the Spokane Valley chapter of the Sea Hawkers, the team’s official booster club. The 160-plus members of the Spokane Valley chapter pile into buses once a season for ...continued on next page



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the trek to seismically loud CenturyLink Field. On other Sundays, including this coming one, you can find them at Goodtymes Bar & Grill, cheering on their Hawks. By 1986, the Seahawks had built a practice facility in the Seattle area and decided to move training camp there. The next 11 years saw the team dabble in mediocrity and sub-mediocrity. Interest in the Northwest, the Spokane area included, waned, and there were rumors that if the team couldn’t land a new stadium, they might skip town. The Seahawks and new owner Paul Allen wanted statewide support for a stadium referendum in 1997, and shortly before the vote it was decided that the training camp would return to Eastern Washington University. McDonald has trading cards in his office signed by players during those camps. One time star receiver Joey Galloway picked his son out of the crowd and signed the back of his T-shirt. They’d hold camp in Cheney for another nine years before again returning to Seattle. “I wish [camp in Cheney] would have continued. I understand there’s a cost to it, but it meant a lot to fans over here,” says McDonald. By the time training camp moved to the west side, Inland Northwest Seahawk fans had seen their team steamroll competition in the mid2000s and appear in a Super Bowl. Those who had suffered through the era of Rick Mirer — the second overall pick in 1993, punted away after four seasons — were rewarded and newcomers had a proven bandwagon on which to jump.


ickey and Jen Tuter are going to the Super Bowl. Just a few days after deciding that they’d rather celebrate Jen’s 40th birthday and their 10th wedding anniversary at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey with their beloved Seahawks than on a cruise liner, they still don’t have tickets, but Jen has her eye on the web and she’s not worried. She’s not hung up on that cruise, either. “You can go on a cruise any time. This is the Super Bowl,” she says. The Tuters, season ticket holders for the past two seasons, are the sort of fans who took their family photo with a 12th Man flag in the back-

ground and held their Christmas party during a televised Seahawks game. It was Jen who brought the team into the family, says Mickey, a lifelong Spokanite. He was a casual fan, but Jen lived the Seahawks life during college. She nannied for longtime safety Eugene Robinson and lived with the family of kicker Todd Peterson while she was studying at Northwest University in Kirkland. The couple make it over to nearly every home game during the season, driving back to Spokane after the game. They listen to the postgame show on the radio, and when they finally get to their house, rewatch part of the game they’ve recorded on their DVR. “Yeah, you could say we’re Hawk geeks,” says Mickey.


t’s usually somewhere this side of Ellensburg when Todd Weaver starts to notice the Seahawk stickers and flags on cars heading westbound on Interstate 90. Weaver, 48, who owns a metal fabrication company, usually drives over the morning of a game. “It’s interesting how many people you drive by that have jerseys on if you’re heading that way,” he says. For the NFC Championship game, Weaver ran into several friends from Spokane he had no idea would be there. They’d found last-second tickets, then wrangled a private pilot to fly them over in time for kickoff. It’s different from the days he remembers seeing games in the Kingdome, when the fans, led by burly Bill the Beerman, made downtown Seattle rumble even when the Hawks were losing — which they did a lot. When Richard Sherman tipped that ball to Malcolm Smith, those years of fandom that began in the stands of Joe Albi Stadium almost four decades earlier were well worth it. Weaver’s 15-year-old son, indoctrinated as an eastside Seahawk fan at birth, was right there with him. “There’s definitely a sense that this is your team and you’re not jumping on the bandwagon somewhere else,” says Weaver. n Superbowl XLVIII • Seahawks vs. Broncos • 6:25 pm on FOX


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ood people.” It’s a phrase uttered several times by Margie Walsh, the lead role in this frequently funny drama by David Lindsay-Abaire, and it carries enough weight that he opted to take it as the play’s title. When Margie applies it to this person or that family, she’s not necessarily referring to their piety or philanthropy; she means someone who’s faced the same hardships as her in rough-and-tumble South Boston, aka Southie, and turned out more or less OK. Good People could have fashioned some light banter and action around this all-toofamiliar premise and left it at that. Instead it goes further. Rather than simply reassuring us that salty, working-class archetypes are capable of banding together in heartwarming displays of mutual support, Lindsay-Abaire’s characters dwell in the foggy moral relativism of the real world, where stealing a turkey is seen as less important than calling the cops on the person who did. People’s behavior — regardless of their social class — is equivocal. “Good,” like “bad,” is an imperfect absolute. Thanks in part to this ambiguity, Good People is quite possibly the most engrossing, resonant production to have hit the Interplayers stage this season, if not in years. Although a bit of Bronx occasionally creeps into the South Boston accents, the entire cast is on form under the

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SOUNDTRACK | Remember soundtracks? I’m not big on compilations, but sometimes the perfect soundtrack to a film comes along, like Rushmore, O Brother, Where Art Thou? or (and this takes me back) Heavy Metal and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Done right, they’re like a mixed tape from a particularly awesome friend, and this winter there are a couple of great ones — The Wolf of Wall Street and, best of all, AMERICAN HUSTLE. Recreating the late 1970s in New Jersey, there’s plenty of disco (“I Feel Love” by Donna Summer — killer track). And I love the ELO — three tracks. This one will help you remember that soundtracks can be great.

MEMOIR | Kid grows up in the Soviet Union, just a block from that famous statue of Lenin in St. Petersburg. Kid’s Jewish family emigrates to Queens in the late 1970s. Kid grows up to become the “It” writer of the moment, with Absurdistan and, now, LITTLE FAILURE. Only in America! Gary Shteyngart delivers on the hilarious writing he is known for, but this book is filled with serious reflection, too — on parents, on family, on what kind of kids we were and on the power of personal histories. When your own mother nicknames you “Failurchka” — “Little Failure” in English — it has to hurt, but it also means you’ve got a killer memoir inside you.

DEMON APP | Things you think about while stuck on level 86 in CANDY CRUSH: 1) Why does the chocolate keep spreading? That’s just cruel. 2) Screenplay idea: North Korea floods America with addictive apps, making us powerless to stop the invasion; Kim Jong-un accidentally tries it — and gets stuck on level 86; he feeds the programmers to sharks, allowing the resistance to form; cue sequel. 3) OK, what if I don’t clear all the jelly? You can’t make me clear the jelly! 4) I am definitely starting that screenplay — once I get past level 86. 5) Maybe the guy down at the Apple Store can show me how to delete an app. I’ll stop by… after I clear level 86.

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Spokane’s first-ever staged reading of one-minute plays BY E.J. IANNELLI


very creative medium has a special place for brevity. Writing has its “micro-” forms, TV and cinema have their shorts, music its jingles and ditties, visual art its sketches. In theater, there’s the one-minute play. When it comes to consuming these bite-sized works, the play is the only one that presents any real hurdle. All the others can be enjoyed conveniently — on your tablet, in a magazine, over the radio. For the 60-second morsel of live theater, which would involve making your way to some performance space, the ratio of effort to entertainment would seem fairly disproportionate. The solution, then, is to present one-minute plays as part of something larger. An opener for a conventional play, perhaps. Or better yet: a festival like Fast and Furious, brainchild of local playwright and director Sandra Hosking. Sixty roughly one-minute plays are set to be performed back-to-back. “I’ve seen short, short theater done before through this thing called No Shame,” says Hosking, who’s also the playwright in residence at Stage Left Theater, where Fast and Furious will be held. “It started in Roanoke, Va., [and] it all began as staged readings of theater that was written on the spot in the back of a guy’s truck in a parking lot. Some would be five minutes long, but most would be less.” This isn’t Hosking’s first experience with short plays or festival organization. In addition to having penned several short-form plays of her own, she led Hit and Run, an annual reading of 10- and 15-minute comedies, now in its eighth year. Hit and Run started in the mezzanine of Auntie’s bookstore and has since grown in popularity, filling larger spaces like the Blue Door Theatre. For its inaugural year, Fast and Furious will be limited to a staged read-

ing, which means the cast will perform without many (or any) props and with scripts in hand. Hosking says there’s a possibility that the festival will put more emphasis on full productions in the future, but that its presentation as a staged reading shouldn’t diminish the impact of the performances, particularly given the quality of the 26-member cast. “A lot of these people have been doing theater all around the Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene area for quite some time, especially Ron Ford and Penny Lucas,” she says. “A few of [the actors] are with the Blue Door ... so this will be interesting for them because it will be scripted material, not improv.” Some of this year’s plays — culled from a mix of personal requests and a call for scripts that went out roughly six months ago — include submissions from as far afield as Wales. In addition to Hosking’s own One Minute More and The Lye, two further plays from local writers will be among the mix: Writer’s Block by Mike Noel and The One-Minute Life by Brian Cheney. Hosking is looking forward to Philip Kaplan’s The Gatekeeper, a comedic monologue about a man on the phone with his boss’ little daughter, as well as Shakespeare for Toddlers by Leon Kaye, which “somehow turns into a reenactment of Julius Caesar.” “I have no idea what kind of amazing things are going to come out of this event, but that’s what I wanted to see — what would happen when you take 60 plays that are only a minute long. It’s a great challenge for these actors,” she says. “They’re going to have to use all their acting skills, all of their repertoire to do this.” n Fast and Furious • Fri, Jan. 31 and Sat, Feb. 1, 7:30 pm • $5 • Stage Left • 108 W. Third • • 838-9727


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Super Snacks Take a local chef’s advice: Serve something less traditional during the big game BY CHEY SCOTT


hances are, most of us won’t be paying much attention to what we’re shoveling into our mouths as the Seahawks take to the field against the Denver Broncos this Sunday. But watching our beloved team play in this year’s Super Bowl is reason enough to go all out with the snacks served, too. Instead of the standard football-watching fare of pizza, chips and beer, local chef Laurie Faloon suggests preparing several makeahead, savory finger foods that also look nice on a party platter. You might be tempted to allow yourself the once-a-year helping of Velveeta dip (and that’s OK, too), but Faloon thinks you can step up your culinary chops for a game of this magnitude. Earlier this month, Faloon, a part-time instructor at Spokane Community College’s

Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, led an evening class for the public teaching how to make her top Super Bowl snacks. She called the class “There’s an ‘App’ for That.” While Faloon has other snack plans for the game-watching party she and her boyfriend are hosting this year — a luau-themed menu inspired by the couple’s vacation in Hawaii the past two weeks — she promises the appetizers developed for her class are crowd pleasers. And just because the names may sound fancy, don’t worry — Faloon’s suggestions also pair well with just about any beverage of choice. “People are always looking for something different,” Faloon says from her hotel room overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “I always try to up the ante and give an alternative from the everyday food people are so used to.” 

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ometimes you stick your fork into a feathery cheesecake and it hits a rock-hard layer of graham cracker crust, bland and chalky. “We do our own crust,” says Gillian Speight, who owns Spokane Cheesecakes with her husband Thomas. “We don’t believe in graham cracker crust.” Each of their 26 kinds of cheesecake has a type of crust that complements the cheesecake flavor. The limón has a lemon crust, the pumpkin is paired with a gingersnap crust, and some of the liqueur cheesecakes feature Brazilian coffee crust. Dark chocolate orange crust lines the spicy Mayan chocolate cheesecake (the one we sank our teeth into) crowned with delectable chocolate ganache and sprinkled with Saigon cinnamon. Gillian and Thomas first started making their cheesecakes in a commercial kitchen and selling them at a spot in the Spokane Public Market in September 2011. Thomas always was a cheesecake lover and Gillian loves baking; they felt like Spokane had scant choices for good cheesecake, so they decided to make their own, Gillian says. But just a year after starting the business, the

couple found out they were having a baby, so they closed down. “Our long-term goal was to have our own space and our own kitchen,” Gillian says. “When we got pregnant, we pushed it up.” In December they opened their own Spokane Cheesecakes shop on Sprague Avenue. They have a selection of miniature cheesecakes (3 inches, $5-$5.50) always on hand. Orders can be placed for larger sizes (6-10 inches, $38-$45). Their many flavors rotate occasionally. For example, they’ll bring out several chocolate flavors for Valentine’s Day, such as raspberry white chocolate and night and day, a blend of white and dark chocolate, says Gillian. Their selection also includes fruit flavors like huckleberry and strawberry, traditional flavors like New York and cherries jubilee, and more creative flavors like a rum and raisin cheesecake with a vanilla crust.  Spokane Cheesecakes • 1420 E. Sprague • Tue-Fri, 10 am-5:30 pm; Sat, 10 am-5 pm • • 570-0658





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adies! Single? Lonely? Starved for human touch? Why not get yourself kidnapped and held hostage by an escaped convict? Guaranteed relationship starter! I couldn’t believe this is where Labor Day goes. I’m dumbfounded it does so without the slightest sense of irony or even a hint of awareness that this could be problematic. Stockholm syndrome as actually, genuinely, for-reals romantic? Are they kidding us? It’s Labor Day weekend 1987, and single mom — and very likely clinically depressed woman — Adele (Kate Winslet) is shopping with her young teen son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) when they’re approached by Frank (Josh Brolin). From the middle of a busy store, this large, shifty man, suspiciously bleeding from a wound in the gut, kidnaps Adele and Henry and forces them to take him to their home. He proceeds to tie them up, as you do when you’re an escaped convict who needs a place to hide out. Later, Frank makes breakfast, does some handyman jobs around the house, and generally engages in enacting a parody of husbandness. Later still, after some untying, Adele starts gazing at Frank in horrifyingly besotted ways, and — as desperately suggestLABOR DAY ible as she is — begins to Rated PG-13 call her son “Hank,” as Directed by Jason Reitman Frank has been doing. Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin I must stress once again that writer and director Jason Reitman, adapting a novel by Joyce Maynard, sincerely expects that we will find this all terribly romantic. In case there’s any doubt that Reitman is being straight with us — he’s better known for snark such as Young Adult and Thank You for Smoking (and some sort of contempt for the regressive attitudes on display here is desperately needed) — we’re treated to a voice-over narration by adult Henry today (Tobey Maguire), who relates these events for us, slathering them all in a gooey nostalgia for that time when he and his mom were kidnapped by an escaped convict and his mother fell in love with the guy. To reiterate, in case it’s unclear: Stockholm syndrome as romantic? Totally fine. Mom, baseball, and apple pie? Don’t be absurd. Of course Winslet and Brolin are amazing: it’s who they are. But that only makes Labor Day even more horrifyingly wrongheaded. This isn’t cheesy, sensationalistic crap we’re dealing with here. It’s elegant awards bait: Winslet was nominated for a Golden Globe, for the love of human bondage. Which is totally fine if you want to make falling in love with your violent kidnapper look gorgeous and appealing. 



In this romantic comedy, shot in Spokane and Pullman, an unhappy mom (Vera Farmiga) ends up on a college tour for her daughter on which she runs into an unhappy dad (Andy Garcia) who is bringing his own son to check out the college. The two quickly defect from the tour and go on a romp of the campus, finding out a lot about each other’s lives, and their own. It’s perfectly charming, funny and a great chance to see the campuses of Gonzaga and WSU morph into one. Garcia and Farmiga are incredible together. At Wandermere Village Centre Cinemas (MB) Rated R


Every year, the Magic Lantern Theatre brings us the films nominated in the short film categories. This year, we get our eyes on the live-action short films. The crop of nominees features films from around the world in several languages. In this program, you’ll see all of the films, one after the other. Starting on Feb. 7, you’ll also be able to see the animated films nominated for Oscars. (MB)


Life isn’t too exciting for 13-year-old Henry Wheeler and his mother Adele. But on a rare trip to town for some backto-school shopping, they meet an injured man who convinces them to let him stay in their home. Later, this man reveals he is a convict, but this doesn’t change his captivating nature. Over the long holiday weekend, this mysterious man will change the lives of Henry and Adele forever. (CF) PG-13

fascinating character study, mostly centering on the relationship between the cool, calm captain (Tom Hanks) and the determined but unsure pirate leader Muse (newcomer Barkhad Abdi). The adventure parts are thrilling, the attack and takeover is unnerving, the lifeboat sequences are claustrophobic. (ES) Rated PG-13


When a newlywed couple is surprised with a pregnancy, they believe the surprises will end there. Unfortunately, they don’t. As months pass, the husband notices increasingly dark and disturbing changes in his wife. When these changes become horrifically dismaying, questions begin to arise about what his wife is carrying inside. (CF) Rated R



New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is down on her luck. Her marriage to a wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) fell apart after he lost all their money in a Wall Street scam, forcing Jasmine to move to San Francisco to live with her sister, Ginger, a grocery store clerk. To Jasmine, it seems like there’s not much left in her life to look forward to, as she struggles to cope with her downfall from a life of luxury to one where she’s forced to decide whether she should become a dental receptionist or a nurse. In Blue Jasmine, writer/director Woody Allen presents us a modern yet familiar character study of how the haves and the havenots perceive themselves. (CS) PG-13


The true story of the Vermont cargo ship captain who delivers food and water to Africa, and whose ship is hijacked by Somali pirates is both a nail-biter and a


When one friend suffers a nasty breakup, his two best friends join him in swearing off relationships for as long as possible. But it isn’t long before these three men find love and are forced to navigate through the awkwardness of modern day relationships. Starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, this comedy is a classic portrayal of today’s dating scene. (CF) Rated R

Coming off the splendid Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell is back, bringing the stars of that film, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, along. This time, the subject matter is a little more intense: He takes us back to the glittery 1970s for a crime drama about a group of corrupt politicians living the high life in New Jersey. (MB) Rated R With snappy, southern drawls and huge screaming fiascos, August: 0sage County delves into a family feud that has been going on for years. Brought together because of a missing patriarch, three sisters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson) are once again subjected to their vicious, pill-popping mother’s (Meryl Streep,) verbal abuse. (ER) Rated R








Set in 1965 Spokane, this locally produced film tells the true story of Lyle Hatcher (who co-wrote and co-directed the film with Don Caron), who befriended a wheelchair-bound boy at his school suffering from muscular dystrophy. The film tells the story of how Hatcher, full of copious amounts of energy, tried to teach his friend to run as the two became inseparable, getting into no shortage of trouble along the way. At AMC only. (MB) Rated PG


Frozen is a princess story; Disney is doubling down on the princesses — there’s two of ’em here. But Disney is also doubling down on the hints of nascent feminism Brave hinted at, the sort of barebones feminism which accepts that girls and women might possibly want more out of life than to get married. The princesses are sisters — the elder Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel) and the younger Anna (the voice of Kristen Bell) — and ...continued on next page







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cause nothing but crises, but the determined Llewyn sings on, against all odds. Not always a good idea in a Coen Brothers film. At AMC (ES) Rated R



When Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) finally breaks away from her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson), she sets out to find her father. When she finds him, she moves in with him and his family but is soon forced to leave when she realizes she is pregnant. But a chance turn of events leads her to Father McCarthy (James Earl Jones), who watches over her and lets her stay at a shelter for pregnant teens where she’ll find the family she always needed. (CF) PG-13


In a near-future Los Angeles, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) earns a paycheck by penning intimate correspondence for those who don’t possess his way with words, but is soon left by his frustrated wife (Rooney Mara). Writer-director Spike Jonze allows his introverted sad sack to find companionship in the form of the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system. (CW) Rated R


Splitting up a novel into three movies might seem like a bad idea, but most audience members will be still trying to keep track of all the names in this fantasy flick based on the Tolkien classic. (Smaug? Biblo? Erebor? Come on, now.) This second chunk features the majority of the action as Biblo Baggins (Martin Freeman) journeys with Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 dwarves to save the dwarf kingdom of Erebor. (ER) PG-13


Almost a year after surviving The Hunger Games, victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) live torn between the bourgeois control of the Capitol and the serfdom of their home, District 12. A cloud of tension hovers over their relationship in the wake of Katniss faking a romance with Peeta in order to survive the Games, while she actually pines for Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). (SS) Rated PG-13


Dr. Frankenstein’s immortal creation is resurfacing some 200 years after its inception. Based on Kevin Grevioux’s novel, this film shows the captivating creature, Adam, as he discovers the fate of humanity lies in his hand. This action film will take you through the all-out war that is sweeping through the dystopian society as Adam engages in battle with supernatural gargoyles and demons. (CF) PG-13


Joel and Ethan Coen, following their own footsteps of filling a film with music, as they did in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this time take on the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene. The title character (Oscar Isaac) is a multi-talented folkie who has no people skills and is likely ahead of his time. The people around him seem to

While working for a billionaire in Moscow, Jack Ryan unearths a plan to take down the U.S. economy. Now he is the only one with the brains and bravery to stop this collapse. This film follows Ryan on his action-packed mission to clear his name, protect his loved ones, and save his country. Based on a character created by author Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan is played by Chris Pine, who is supported by Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner. (CF) PG-13


Spokane is finally getting its chance to see this sci-fi/horror comedy film shot here more than three years ago. Prepare to learn all about the intricacies of LARPing — live action role playing, that is. Knights takes viewers on a crazy LARPing adventure with friends Eric (Steve Zahn), Hung (Peter Dinklage) and their nonLARPing roomie, Joe (Ryan Kwanten). But when a supposedly fake spell goes wrong, the trio accidentally summon a blood-sucking demon and they’ve got to stop it before everyone dies. Joining them is hot girl Gwen (Summer Glau) as they traverse the battlefield of Evermore to right their deadly mistake. At Magic Lantern (CS) Rated R


Grab your tissue box and prepare to bawl out your eyes in the movie adaption of one soldier’s true story of survival. As the title reveals, four Navy Seals go on a mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative and are ambushed by enemy forces and, tragically, only one returns. The story though, is not only about survival, but also about the ties of brotherhood, and the consequences of choices made seemingly for the greater good. (ER) Rated R


Finding a Publishers Clearing House envelope stating that he’s won a million bucks, Woody Grant, a reckless, lonely boozer played by 77-year-old Bruce Dern, heads out from Montana to Nebraska to claim his fortune. He takes along his skep-

tical son (Will Forte), who’s humoring him, as Woody tells everyone he knows that he’s become a millionaire, gathering clingy new money-hungry friends along the way. Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, Election) shot the film in black and white, adding its already present sense of despair. At Magic Lantern (MB) R


This animated feature begins with cute little animals who are worried about starving, introduces a group of violenceminded bank robbers, sets up a confusing message about the differences (or is it the similarities) between selfishness and heroism, and features bland voice performances that go with a bunch of unappealing characters. (ES) PG


Philomena Lee, an elderly British woman, confides in her daughter that she gave birth to a son in Ireland 50 years earlier. Unwed at the time, she was forced to give him up for adoption. Martin, a former government adviser and journalist out of a job, is looking for a story idea to bring to his editor. At a party, he hears of Philomena. Together, he and Philomena investigate the life of her lost son and find themselves exploring America looking for answers. At Magic Lantern (KS) Rated R


Ice Cube and Kevin Hart team up in this action-packed comedy to deliver plenty of thrills and laughs. When Ben (Hart) is finally accepted into the police academy, he sets out to impress his girlfriend’s brother, decorated Atlanta Police Department detective James (Cube). But when James sets up a ride-along to test Ben, the night turns out to be crazier than expected, forcing them to team up to defeat the city’s most dangerous criminal. (CF) PG-13


Martin Scorsese’s satirical adaptation of a memoir by Jordan Belfort, who rose from Long Island penny stock swindler to shady Wall Street power player, is so over the top that it risks becoming what it sets out to mock. But it’s a spectacle of opulence that demands to be seen. The film is all about Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) pursuit of more: more money, more stocks, more vulgarity, more power, more excess, more sex and more drugs. (SS) Rated R.





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ot all ticking clocks are made equal. is to have tertiary characters who are quick with When Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) warns, a quip or possess a quirk or some glimmer of “Once I start the audit … ” you just magnetism — they provide texture and elevate might black out from boredom. That’s the kind the generic to the specific. What’s startling about of countdown only an IRS agent could love. Shadow Recruit is the thinness of its bench. The Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — yet another starting lineup isn’t bad, although they all come reboot of Tom Clancy’s signature creation/cash with an asterisk. Pine can do “likable everyman cow — is the kind of shrugging action movie juryhero” in his sleep, but there are few Hollywood rigged for a January audience starved for fresh leading men with shoulders broad enough to entertainment. (Even so, the film drew middling carry two franchises, and he’s better as the raknumbers in its opening weekend.) ish Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot. Kevin Writers Adam Cozad and David Koepp plod Costner, as Ryan’s CIA handler, does his low-key through the lengthy opening, which reframes rumply thing — he has a nice bit with a dog — economics whiz Ryan as a post-9/11 enlistee in and he’s fine. Director Kenneth Branagh casts the Marines who is eventually tapped to be an himself as a Russian business magnate moonanalyst for the CIA and lighting in economic terrorwork undercover on Wall ism, but he’s too controlled JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT to maximize the character’s Street. Rated PG-13 The first Jack Ryan zealotry. Directed by Kenneth Branagh picture not sourced from As a director, Branagh Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley also is in the midst of a a Clancy novel, Shadow Recruit modernizes Ryan’s reboot, shaking off his biography without injecting anything particularly heir-to-Olivier mantle to rebrand himself as a original into the franchise or the intelligence big-budget action guy. He fared better with the genre. A high-stakes motorcycle chase; a control fun, faux-epic bombast of 2011’s Thor, which room of analysts barking as they plink away on dovetailed in its own way with his previous work their computers; an Energizer Bunny-like baddie spoon-feeding Shakespeare to the masses. Shadow who won’t stay dead: We’ve seen it before — and Recruit has no such ambitions: Branagh might as better — in the Bond, Bourne and Mission: Impossible well have opened a can and dumped it on a plate, franchises. the ridges of a factory-line production still perThose films also understand how crucial it fectly visible on a gelatinous cylinder of crud. 

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t The Shop last week, local folk-rock sextet Folkinception is gathered around a stubby coffee table with mismatched seating. They chose not to meet at their usual South Perry District hangout, Lantern Tap House — the place started by guitarist Jeff Nordvall, where frontman Matt Mitchell met Nordvall, and where drummer Ben Bradley now works — because it would have been too distracting. Everyone knows them there. Still, throughout the interview here, just a block down the street, a couple of people come by to say “hello.” An air of excitement fills their circle as the band easily jokes with one another. Their debut album Tower Mountain is about to be unleashed at the Bartlett and their new T-shirts (tan with a prominently featured chocolatebrown outline of Nordvall’s old Dodge van, Moby) have arrived in the mail. There’s much to look forward to, but there was a point when it wasn’t certain the band would gel. “For a while we felt like hired guns,” says Bradley of Folkinception’s beginning two years ago. “It wasn’t meant to be that way, but Matt already had these songs and he told us what we were supposed to be doing. When each of us started doing our own thing it became stranger and more interesting and more fluid; something we felt all connected to personally.” Band members come from across the spectrum of the music world. Violinist Heather Montgomery and cellist John Bottelli have classical music backgrounds, while Nordvall, Bradley and bassist Seth Carey came from a rock point of view. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mitchell brings the folk infusion. With the use of strings and mandolin, it’s easy to peg the band as just another folk act before they even begin to play. But they’re a whole lot more than that. “Listeners at our show would think ‘Oh, it’s this kind of band’ after one song,” Bottelli explains. “But then we’ll play the next song and they’ll think something different.” Mitchell likens his band to Wilco, not because he thinks they sound like them, exactly, but because Folkinception brings a similar mix of rootsiness and rock to the table. “At the risk of sounding cheesy, I think honesty translates into good music,” Mitchell says of his true-life lyrics. Last May, they decided they had enough material to get into a studio. In just over a month, with the help of Kickstarter, Folkinception raised $7,000 toward the project. “Kickstarter has a phone app that will push notifications every time someone donated. So every time I heard my phone buzz it was just the most satisfying thing,” Mitchell recalls. It wasn’t until August that recording began at Spokane Falls Community College. They chose audio engineer Steve Gamberoni, head of the Audio Technology program at SFCC, to ...continued on next page


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s jam rockers Moon Taxi continue to rip through their set, the onstage lights grow more intense. Green lasers fly around and a strobe effect goes off; the band appears to stutter and stop. The fog machine fires up, obscuring the stage. The $50,000 light system is on full display for the 150 or so people in attendance. For a venue so spacious and open, with high, thick beams and a wraparound mezzanine, the show manages to stay personal. What was once the Dive in Sandpoint is now the Hive, a 600-capacity music and event venue. After sitting vacant since 2011, the Hive’s owners took on the barn-like space last year hoping they could create something absent from the city — a mid-size, community-friendly spot where touring and local entertainment could perform. “At first people weren’t sure they wanted to spend $10 to $20 to see a show,” says co-owner Shelby Rognstad. “But the word is getting out now and people know this place is reliable for good entertainment. The community has really embraced it.” Having a stake in a music venue has always been a dream for Rognstad, also a member of the Sandpoint City Council and owner of Common Knowledge Bookstore and Teahouse in town. Last March, Rognstad, Hive co-owner Rick Auletta and Jeff Grady of Low Country Boil Pro-

ductions, which books the Hive’s shows, found a venue they considered perfect for their needs and signed a year lease with the building’s owner. The Hive opened in May for shows, local events and parties, later bringing in music acts like Moon Taxi, the Infamous Stringdusters and Taylor Hicks for Aftival, an afterparty for the Festival at Sandpoint. Electronic dance music shows have been surprisingly popular, with a median age of 40 showing up. “We don’t have a really young demographic here in Sandpoint, but people here are healthy with a young mind-set,” Rognstad says. He acknowledges Sandpoint is out of the way for people in Spokane, but says there’s reason to make the trek north — including the intimate ambiance and the fantastic sound system. “For God sake’s, people, get out of Spokane every now and then, breathe some fresh air,” he says. The Hive’s future is uncertain after its lease ends in May, but the owners are in negotiations. Multiple music events will take place there before then, including the Shook Twins’ CD release party April 26. The Hive • 207 N. First Ave., Sandpoint •

at Club Red 6pm-10pm


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The Hive is proving there’s more to the North Idaho music scene than expected



MUG CLUB Big Game Party

Sandpoint Buzz

Dance your ASS off until 4am all weekend!

at IRV’s @ 9pm


Sunday FUN DAY! Feb 2nd

Moon Taxi jams out at the Hive last Thursday. MIKE McCALL PHOTO



Bear Cove & BBBBandits


Thursday Jan 30th Dirty Jokes, Bad Advice, Amazing Drinks Friday Jan 31st


Jan 30th - Feb 5th

25 Craft Beers & Craft Cocktails 120 E. Sprague Ave.


at Irv’s 9pm-2am

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cidic plays the sort of dense, noisy rock that’s not quite metal, not quite punk. But with its pulsing rhythms, not-too-serious lyrics and towering guitar solos, it’s the kind of rock that begs to be heard. The Los Angeles-based foursome has been working hard toward notoriety since its inception in 2008. Last year was Acidic’s biggest step forward yet, touring nonstop, dropping its most promising album and releasing a music video for the single “Copper Man” so ridiculous, nearly a million people have viewed it on YouTube. Now rolling through the upper left side of the country for what they’re dubbing the Electric Cool Aid Tour, the four-piece lands at the Knitting Factory on Saturday. — LAURA JOHNSON Acidic with Thirty Three, Dig the Kid, Evolved, Somatic • Sat, Feb. 1, at 7:30 pm • $10 • Allages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • • 244-3279


Thursday, 01/30

 BABY BAR, Cosmonauts, Mirror Mirror, Clusterf**k?!  THE BARTLETT, Dresses + Cumulus, Scott Ryan BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, DJ Yasmine  BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen THE CELLAR, Eric Neuhausser COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, PJ Destiny FORTY-ONE SOUTH (208-265-2000), Truck Mills  THE HOP!, Treveezy the Phenom, Hali’Vaye, Mouthpiece, Fly$tyle, Linda Jean Juitt, Vybe, and I.G.  LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Gretchen & the Wolf LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, Likes Girls MOON TIME (208-667-2331), Robert Meade & Anthony McCarthy O’SHAY’S, Open mic  THE PHAT HOUSE, The Tone Collaborative, Moksha, Josh Belliardo  RED ROOM LOUNGE, Scott Pemberton Trio, Lavoy THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB AND EATERY, DJ Seli ZOLA, Cruxie

Friday, 01/31

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, Truck Mills BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BLIND BUCK (290-6229), DJ Mayhem BOLO’S, Dragonfly  BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Off the Tracks THE CELLAR, Cool Stream  CHAIRS COFFEE, Open Mic of Open-ness COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Bad Monkey COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, Bridges Home




here aren’t a lot of local bands who’ve made music videos — it’s hard enough to get a recording out, right? Spokane’s own RaisedbyWolves raised the bar last year when they released a video for “Great White Shark.” As I’m sure they intended, the video is absolutely over the top: chock-full of smoking, beer chugging, drug snorting, tons of boobs and screaming. It’s hilarious, but if it’s too strong for your tastes, you’ll probably want to avoid one of the band’s shows. RaisedbyWolves makes in-your-face thrash, packed with testosterone. If you’re looking to throw back some beers and wake up with one hell of a bangover, meet your new favorite band. — LEAH SOTTILE RaisedbyWolves with The Greenery, Call of the Void, FAUS and the Revision Scheme • Mon, Feb. 3, at 6 pm • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe • $5/$8 day of • • 328-5467 THE COUNTRY CLUB, Devon Wade Band CURLEY’S, Hollow Point FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Karma’s Circle THE FLAME, DJ Wesone  THE HOP!, Beyond Moral, 5 Times Over, Amnija, Over Sea Under Stone IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208290-2280), Charley Packard, Mac Arthur Lloyd IRON HORSE BAR, Slow Burn JOHN’S ALLEY, Eclectic Approach JONES RADIATOR, Robert Meade, Hannah Reader  KNITTING FACTORY, Soulfly, Soblivios, Thirion X  LAGUNA CAFÉ, Diane Copeland LIBRARY LOUNGE (747-3371), Big Hair Revolution  MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Brad Keeler Trio  NYNE, Bonfire Knights, Storm Normandy, Mayfair’s Promise, Banish

the Echo, DJ AC O’SHAY’S, Arvid Lundin an Deep Roots PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Justin Lantrip  THE PHAT HOUSE, Damani Philips, Kevin Woods Quintet, Ragtime Steve THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Jesse Weston Trio WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON (474-9040), Ron Greene

Saturday, 02/1

 THE BARTLETT, Folkinception Album Release Show (See story on page 41) feat. Terrible Buttons, Tyler Aker BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BLIND BUCK (290-6229), DJ Daethstar BOLO’S, Dragonfly  BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Mic Night with Ethan

Stevenson THE CELLAR, Cool Stream COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Bad Monkey COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR, Ray Allen THE COUNTRY CLUB, Devon Wade Band CURLEY’S, Hollow Point DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Sidetrack FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Karma’s Circle THE FLAME, DJ Wesone GEM STATE CLUB (208-245-9916), The Jam Band IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208290-2280), Justin Lantrip, Cody Capone IRON HORSE BAR, Slow Burn JOHN’S ALLEY, Buckhorn Brother’s  JONES RADIATOR, Bear Cove, BBBBandits  KNITTING FACTORY, Acidic (See story above), Thirty Three, Dig the Kid, Evolved THE LARIAT, Garrett Bartley Band

LIBRARY LOUNGE (747-3371), Big Hair Revolution MAX AT MIRABEAU, Laffin Bones  MT. SPOKANE SKI AND SNOWBOARD PARK (238-2220), B Radicals


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Sunday, 02/2

DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church MOOSE LOUNGE (208-664-7901), Michael’s Music Technology Circus

Monday, 02/3

BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (3217480), Open mic  CALYPSOS, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Blues Jam hosted by Truck Mills  THE HOP!, The Greenery, Call of The Void, Faus, RaisedByWolves (See story on facing page), The Revision Scheme, Black Tracks  RICO’S, Open mic

Micah Brown, Feb. 6 THE BARTLETT, Desert Noises, Aan, Moon Talk, Feb. 6 JONES RADIATOR, Ampersand, Go Man Go’s, Moon Talk, Feb. 7 O’SHAY’S, Arvid Lundin an Deep Roots, Feb. 7 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, Justin Mitchell, Feb. 7 NECTAR TASTING ROOM, Gator Loops, Feb. 7, 6:30-9:30 pm. BING CROSBY THEATER, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Feb. 7 BUCKHORN INN, NativeSun, Feb. 7-8, JOHN’S ALLEY, Whiskey Syndicate, Feb. 7 JONES RADIATOR, Polecat, Feb. 8 REVEL 77, Jo & Arden, Feb. 8 THE SHOP, Duran-Stern Duo, Feb. 8

THE BARTLETT, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Cheap Time, Primal Shakes, Feb. 8 CHECKERBOARD BAR, Amy Bleu, Tyler Cornett, Ron Greene, Feb. 8 KNITTING FACTORY, 112, Feb. 8 MOOTSY’S, Silver Treason, Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devils, The Mayfields., Feb. 8 JOHN’S ALLEY, Tracorum, Feb. 8 THE HOP!, Chelsea Grin, Feb. 9 REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Yogoman Burning Band:, Feb. 9 JOHN’S ALLEY, Dead Winter Carpenters, Feb. 10-11 KNITTING FACTORY, Rehab, Feb. 12 THE HOP!, Bloodoath, Feb. 13. MOOTSY’S, Dead Winter Carpenters,

Folkinception, Feb. 13 JOHN’S ALLEY, The Scott Pemberton Band, Feb. 13 JONES RADIATOR, New Mud, Feb. 14 KNITTING FACTORY, Battle of the Bands feat. Beyond Moral, Somatic, Framework, 5 Times Over, Rylei Franks, Beyond Today, Amnija, Move the Earth, The Finns, The Backups, Switchin’ to Whiskey, Upbeat for Sundown, Aleisha & Greg, Burning Clean, Feb. 14 CHATEAU RIVE, Suzy Bogguss, Feb. 14 CHECKERBOARD BAR, Leyden Falls, Wicked Obsession, Feb. 14 JONES RADIATOR, Sea Giant, Ditto, Black Beacon, Feb. 15.

Tuesday, 02/4

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub  THE BARTLETT, Open Mic BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills JOHN’S ALLEY, Open Mic Night LION’S LAIR (456-5678), DJs Nobe and MJ  LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Local Artis Forum (Open Mic)  THE PHAT HOUSE, T1M2 Urban Jazz  RED ROOSTER COFFEE CO. (3217935), Open mic THE ROCK BAR AND LOUNGE (4433796), Open mic with Frank Clark SPLASH, Bill Bozly THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB AND EATERY, DJ Q

Wednesday, 02/5

BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn CARR’S CORNER, DJ Wesone  CHAPS, Land of Voices with Dirk Swartz THE DISTRICT BAR (244-3279), Likes Girls FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho  THE HOP!, EDM Generation, DJ Battle IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-2902280), Highway 200 IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL, Open mic  JOHN’S ALLEY, Fruition, Turkuaz JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz LA ROSA CLUB, Jazz Jam with the Bob Beadling Group  MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Dennis Smith  THE PHAT HOUSE, Be Open Mic with Mike Bethely SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, Open mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB AND EATERY, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared ZOLA, The Bucket List

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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CARR’S CORNER • 230 S. Washington St. • 474-1731 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2467 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 311 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-6971 THE COUNTRY CLUB • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIRST STREET BAR • 122 E. First St., Deer Park • 276-2320 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROS. • 718 W. Riverside • 315-8765 THE GRAIL • 4720 E. Seltice Way, CdA • 208665-5882 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KELLY’S IRISH PUB • 726 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208-667-1717 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 624-0236 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RICO’S PUB • 200 E. Main, Pullman • 332-6566 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 STUDIO K• 2810 E. 29th Ave. • 534-9317 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 THE WAVE • 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416


Chris Taylor, playing Prospero, and Sarah Bennett, playing Ariel, in The Tempest.



In this Shakespearean drama of revenge, magic and royalty, the rightful Duke of Milan, Prospero, conjures up a storm to shipwreck the men behind his exile. While his enemies are at bay, the calculated, controlling father utilizes his enslaved spirit Ariel to carry out a plan. Through magical manipulation, Prospero strives to set up his daughter Miranda with the prince of Naples in order to restore her position as royalty. Likely the last play Shakespeare wrote on his own, this romance also gives an intimate look into the famed playwright’s career. Prospero’s relationship with magic seems to mirror Shakespeare’s relationship with the theater. For all lovers of the stage, it’s a must-see. — COLLEEN FOGERTY The Tempest • Jan. 31-Feb. 23, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $22 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard St. • • 325-2507


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Palouse Comic-Con • Sat, Feb. 1, from 10 am-6 pm • $15-$20 • SEL Event Center • 1825 Schweitzer Dr. •

Ana Popovic • Mon, Feb. 3, at 7:30 pm • $22 • All-ages • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638

Taking advantage of the droves of college students in the area, Pullman hosts the Palouse Comic-Con this weekend to bring out the nerd in us all. An impressive list of professional comic book artists are slated to attend, with classic titles such as Wolverine, G.I. Joe and Masters of the Universe on their CVs. Guest artists and vendors are coming to the convention from far and near, including North Idaho-based artist Tom Cook, who’s contributed to some of the most memorable animated series of the Y Generation: The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Ghostbusters and lots more. So get your cosplay on and get down to Pullman. — CHEY SCOTT

Take one listen to Ana Popovic’s bluesy roar of a voice and you know she could kick your ass without any trouble. The fact that she can wail hard on a guitar only hammers home the point. She also has the look of a golden goddess, which only adds to her appeal. Born in Yugoslavia in the mid-’70s, she learned the blues from her father and soon realized there was nothing else she wanted to do. She now lives in Nashville and was recently nominated for the 2014 Blues Awards in the Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year category. Her music is contemporary — it’s by no means pure blues, instead flavored with funk and soul riffs throughout. — LAURA JOHNSON




In the classic One Thousand and One Nights, the clever new wife of the Persian king stalls her execution by telling a story she leaves unfinished. The following night, Scheherazade tells another story and leaves the king with another cliffhanger. The Eugene Ballet’s kaleidoscopic interpretation, with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1888 score and choreography by the late Portland choreographer Dennis Spaight, retells the stories with exotic scenes and colorful costumes. The performance also includes artistic director Toni Pimble’s choreographic interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s famous “Boléro” and two other works. — LISA WAANANEN Eugene Ballet Company’s Scheherazade • Sat, Feb. 1, at 7:30 pm • $11-$41 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • foxtheaterspokane. com • 624-1200


As part of its Literature to Life series, New York City’s American Place Theater is nationally touring its production of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, based on the novel of the same name by Harriet Ann Jacobs. Like the book, the play is a narrative based on real events in the mid-1800s. The one-woman stage adaptation, featuring Cherita Armstrong as Jacobs, sheds light on the harsh realities of slavery and the treatment of black women and children at the time. The story ends with Jacobs sharing her experience hiding in a crawlspace in her grandmother’s attic for seven years. Pre- and post-performance discussions will explore the book’s major themes. — CLARKE HUMPHREY Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl • Wed, Feb. 5, at 7:30 pm • $7-$14 • Jones Theater at Daggy Hall, WSU Pullman • • Also Sat, Feb. 8, at 7:30 pm • Panida Theater • 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint •





CINN-A-GRAM FUNDRAISER Meals on Wheels Spokane is now accepting orders for its annual Valentine’s fundraiser. Orders must be placed by Feb. 7. Volunteers are needed on Thurs, Feb. 13 to help package cinn-a-grams, and to make deliveries on Feb. 14. $25. Meals on Wheels, 1222 W. Second. (232-0864) LEADERSHIP SPOKANE GALA “Leadership Lights the Way” is the theme of this year’s semi-formal awards gala and auction. Jan. 31, 6-9 pm. $55/ person. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (321-3639) SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY The church is collecting cans of soup and/or cash

donations for Our Place Ministries and All Saints’ supper program. The church also hosts a free game-watching party at 3 pm. Feb. 2. Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. (624-9233) KPBX RECORDINGS & VIDEOS SALE Spokane Public Radio is accepting donations of reusable CDs, DVDs, record albums, 45s and audio equipment for its annual fundraiser sale. Drop of donations Mon-Fri from 9 am-5 pm through Feb. 5. Sale set for Feb. 15-16. Spokane Public Radio, 2319 N. Monroe St. (328-5729) PUPPY LOVE A wine-tasting fundraiser benefiting the Spokane Humane Society, featuring silent auction, food and more. Feb. 12, 6-10 pm. $10-$15. Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. (869-1572)


February 21 - March 2 2014

2013 Restaurant Week Diner “Oh my! I made it my mission not to leave a crumb on the plate. It was fantastic. We’re lucky to have so many highly acclaimed, creative chefs choosing to make Spokane home.”

- Jane McCarthy KREM 2 News Anchor

Pick up the official guide in the February 20TH issue of the Inlander Menus debut online January 30th



Advice Goddess Dinner AnD A SeconD MortGAGe?

I know you’ve discussed how the guy should pay on the first few dates. I’ve been dating a pretty fabulous woman for a month, and I’m dipping into my savings to take her out to the sort of restaurants she’s used to. I earn a decent living in a creative field, but she is in finance and clearly makes far more money than I do. I may have complicated things when, on our third date, she wanted to pick up the check and I wouldn’t let her. AMY ALKON Is there a smooth way to let her know that I now need her to throw down some dough? —Can We Say Awkward? The organ that gets used on the third date isn’t supposed to be the kidney you sold on the black market to pay for dinner. It’s nice to take a woman out for a special meal from time to time, but the guy who can keep up the weekly wining and dining at restaurants where even the cockroaches speak passable French isn’t the guy you are — and probably isn’t the guy she expects you to be. Women do look for a man to be ambitious and show potential. But typically, a woman who wants a rich guy not only has calculated her date’s net worth (probably pretty successfully) long before the first date but has also trained herself to identify a fake Rolex at 50 paces and read even the subtlest signs about a man’s income like fiscal tea leaves. So, this woman is probably well aware that if you’re “managing a hedge fund,” it’s just a little money you’re putting aside to replace the dead plants on your balcony. Also, unless a man’s a spy, a woman doesn’t like him to pretend to be somebody he’s not. This isn’t to say you should have some awkward conversation with this woman about how you really do need her to pay for dinner — or hope she gets the idea when she sees you standing by the on-ramp with a cardboard sign, “Spare $264.50, plus tip?” Instead, just take her to places you can pay for painlessly and wait until you’re in a relationship to talk about money. Though women evolved to look for potential partners to show generosity, you can do that in a symbolic way, simply by treating her to something more affordable — maybe a ticket to a museum and fancy ice cream afterward — and by showing generosity of spirit: fairness, kindness, and willingness to do the right thing even when it’s hard. A woman who really likes you will really like you when you’re treating her to the shoe rental at a bowling alley. Plus, you’ll be more fun when you aren’t worrying about money, and she’ll be more relaxed when she isn’t worrying that you’ll have to file for bankruptcy if she adds shrimp to her Caesar salad.

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Am I the only one who doesn’t like to have music playing during sex? When I’m with a guy, I’m turned on by hearing his breathing and sounds he makes while aroused. If the music’s good, I’ll be listening to it rather than paying attention to him or my own arousal. If the music’s bad, I don’t want to hear it at all. I’m seeing a new guy, and I’m already worried that he’ll play some annoying pop music when we get intimate. Plus, if he needs music, I’ll think, “Well, am I boring you?” —Audibly Distracted Responding to this question on Reddit, “What is the absolute worst song to play during sex?” Redditor 5secsofpleasure posted, “Hi, I’m Sarah McLachlan, and I’m about to kill your erection.” Though for many people the right music can be a real sex enhancer, there can be tragic accidents, like when a guy doesn’t realize that he got sloppy in pulling together his HSP (Hot Sex Playlist) and the dogs barking “Jingle Bells” play at exactly the wrong moment. Regarding your suspicion that a guy would only put on a soundtrack because he finds sex with you a bore, you’re probably just falling prey to a common cognitive bias — the assumption that other people’s minds work just like our own. You simply need to make your preference known before any clothing goes flying. Maybe start talking about music and casually mention that you don’t understand why some people like to listen to music during sex — such a distraction. The guy will probably nod offhandedly, but in his brain, a tiny stenographer from the sex department will be feverishly taking notes. As for any worries you may have that this will turn a guy off, trust me; there probably isn’t a guy out there who won’t find the musical silence during sex preferable to the sound of you sitting with your arms folded on the couch. n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (




STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians, see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) CHOOSE TO LOSE! Live improv comedy show performed in the style of a game show. Fridays at 8 pm through Jan. 31. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. (838-6688) SAFARI Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) BOONE STREET HOOLIGANS Gonzaga’s sketch comedy show returns, introducing “Sweet Lou & The Grind.” Feb. 7 at 8 pm, Feb. 8 at 2 pm. Donations benefit Cup of Cool Water. Gonzaga University Magnuson Theatre, 502 E. Boone. (313-5718)


FREE MAMMOGRAM DAY Inland Imaging offers free screenings to women over 40 without health insurance and no current breast health issues. Stop by any Inland Imaging center prior to Jan. 31 to schedule an appt. For a complete list of locations, visit Jan. 31, 8 am. Free. Providence Holy Family, 5633 N. Lidgerwood. (455-4455) 365 NEWBORNS PHOTO PROJECT Local photographer Sandy Konyu is attempting to photograph 365 newborns in their first 10 days of life, in one year. Participating families get a free photo session and digital image. Special event to photograph as many newborns in one day as possible on Feb. 1, from 10 am-6 pm. Free. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington. (981-8501) CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION “Year of the Horse” celebration featuring a culture fair, local vendors, performances and more. Guests will be directed to eat a traditional Chinese New Year’s meal at a local restaurant following the event. Feb. 1, 1-5 pm. $6-$10. SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. spokanechinese. org (720-8825) COMMUNITY DANCE Open to singles, couples and families, offering a variety of dances including square, round and line dancing. Feb. 1, 8-10 pm. Free. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. (979-2607) PAC-CON PALOUSE First annual Palouse comic convention, featuring comic book artists, vendors, special guests, costume contests, games and more. Feb. 1. $15$20. Schweitzer Event Center (SEL), 1825 Schweitzer Dr. (208-329-4042) FINANCIAL WORKSHOP “Organize Your Finances” hosted by STCU, including bill-paying, records management and more. Registration required. Feb. 4, 6 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. (755-3980) LINK SPOKANE PUBLIC WORKSHOP Public workshop on integrating various city departments to handle street and public infrastructure improvements

after the 10-year street bond expires at the end of 2014. Feb. 4 from 4-6 pm at Northtown Mall, Division St. entrance. Also Feb. 5 from 12-6:30 pm, at Southside Christian Church, 2934 E. 27th; and Feb. 7 from 11:30 am-6:30 pm, at River Park Square. html (625-6300) V-MEN WORKSHOP The University Women’s Center hosts a men’s workshop to address the positive role men can have on stopping violence against women. Feb. 4, 5-7 pm. Free and open to the public. University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St. (208-885-6111) OPEN DANCE NIGHT Community dance night, open to singles, couples and families, offering a variety of dances including square, round and line dancing. Feb. 6, 7-9 pm. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. (979-2607) DOG PEOPLE BLOOD DRIVE Second annual event to screen potential canine blood donors to the Pet Emergency Clinic Blood Bank. Owners can also donate blood to the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Dogs must be over 60 lbs, between 1-6 years of age and in good health. Feb. 8, 1-5 pm. Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, 2829 E. 27th Ave. (535-3551) “WE THE PEOPLE” PETITION RALLY Statewide petition (I-1329) campaign rally at the federal courthouse (noon) followed by lunch and volunteer training (1-3 pm) at the Downtown Library, first floor. Feb. 8. Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse, 920 W. Riverside. (844-1776) ONE BILLION RISING Annual community dance flash mob as a call to end violence toward women and girls in Spokane and around the world, hosted by Lutheran Community Services and the YWCA. Feb. 14, 3 pm. Free. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. (343-5057)


CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Drama based on true events. Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm. $6-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) DIFFERENT DRUMMERS A locally produced movie about true events in Spokane in 1965. Starring Brayden Tucker (Spokane) and Ethan Reed McKay (Portland); written and directed by Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher. Through Jan. 30. $6.50-$10.50. AMC River Park Square 20, 808 W. Main. (216-2098) ABOUT MEN Feature-length documentary film following a North Idaho men’s group. Jan. 31, 7 pm. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) WINTER WILDLANDS BACKCOUNTRY FILM FEST The 9th annual festival features 10 films highlighting efforts of the Winter Wildlands Alliance and other grassroots groups’ efforts to preserve and conserve winter landscapes for quiet users. Jan. 31, 7 pm. $10-$12. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-7000) UNTIL THE VIOLENCE STOPS Documentary about the grassroots movement V-Day, spurred by the Vagina Monologues. Feb. 3, 7-9 pm. Free and open to the public. University of Idaho, 709 S. Deakin St. (208-885-6111) FLY FISHING FILM TOUR Screening of international films on the sport and outdoor hobby of fly fishing. Discount tickets available at local fly shops. Feb. 4, 7 pm. $13-$15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901

W. Sprague. (227-7404) I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST Documentary on redefining modern views of feminism. 62 min. film. Feb. 4, noon. Free. EWU Monroe Hall, 526 Fifth, Cheney. (359-2898) ONE BILLION RISING Screening of the documentary short film, followed by an optional dance lesson, for those who plan to participate in the One Billion Rising Flash Mob on Feb. 14. Feb. 6, 3:30 pm. Free. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main. (343-5057) LEONOARD A. OAKLAND FILM FEST The 6th annual festival hosts a screening of “Mud.” This year’s features follow the festival’s traditional slate: an American independent film, a documentary, and an international film. Refreshments available. Feb. 8, 7 pm. Free. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne. (777-4974)


WINERY DINNER Five course dinner featuring J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery. Jan. 30, 6:30 pm. $65-$70. The Cellar, 317 E. Sherman, CdA. (208-664-9463) GIRLS PINT OUT Attendees receive one sample paddle to try a variety of Selkirk’s beer. Jan. 31, 6-8 pm. $15. Selkirk Abbey Brewing, 6180 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208-991-0040) GLOBAL BUBBLY Sparkling wine tasting, featuring wines from Italy, Spain and France. Jan. 31, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) NO-LI BREWHOUSE TOURS See what goes on behind the scenes and how NoLi’s beer is made. Fridays at 4:30 pm. Free. No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave. (242-2739) VINO! WINE TASTING Friday features Spokane’s Emvy Cellars, from 3-6:30 pm ($15) and Saturday features Owen Roe Wines, from 2-4:30 pm ($10). Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. (838-1229) PORT, SHERRY & DESSERT WINES Learn about and taste various types of dessert wines. Feb. 1, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) SUPER BOWL POTLUCK PARTY Drink specials, community potluck and more during the Big Game. Ages 21+. Feb. 2, 3-8 pm. Free admission. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208-457-9885) GREAT GRAINS OF FIRE Learn to cook with flavorful grains grown in our region, with Chef Duane Sunwold. Feb. 5, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene. (533-8141)


THE CHIARA STRING QUARTET Concert as part of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series featuring the renowned quartet. Jan. 30, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. U of Idaho Admin. Bldg, 851 Campus Dr. (208-885-7557) SOPHOMORE VOCAL RECITAL Vocal students perform works by Hayden, Schumann, Handel, Besard and more. In the University Chapel, College Hall third floor. Feb. 1, 1 pm. Free. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone. (926-3113) ANA POPOVIC Concert by the awardwinning blues guitarist. Feb. 3, 7:30 pm. $22. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638)

CAMI BRADELY The Spokane singersongwriter performs in the Lair Student Center Auditorium. Feb. 4, 12-2 pm. Free, but tickets required. SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-7000)


SPOKANE BOAT SHOW The annual event features more than 50 dealers. Open daily Jan. 31-Feb. 9. $5-$10. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. PACIFIC COAST SLED DOG CHAMPIONSHIPS The Inland Empire Sled Dog Assoc. hosts the Priest Lake Sled Dog Races, with mushers and teams from around the NW and Canada competing in skijor, sprint and mid-distance sledding events. Feb. 1-2, events start at 9 am each day. Race site at the intersection of Ravin Ranch Rd and Hwy. 57. $4/vehicle for spectators. Priest Lake. (208-683-2387) DIE MURMELTEIRTAGFETTFAHRADFEST A German-named ride on an American holiday at a Mexican restaurant. Celebrate Groundhog Day with a 10-15 mile bike ride on snow packed trails with technical adventures. Starts at the St. Maries Golf Course, 900 Golf Course Rd. Feb. 2, noon. $5, day-of registration only. St. Maries, Idaho. (208-582-0520) 9TH ANNUAL SOUPER BOWL Annual fundraiser benefiting the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant, featuring the Sasquatch Search Poker Snowshoe hike. Lunch included. Feb. 2, 8 am. $40. Mt. Spokane State Park, 26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds. Feb. 5, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. (279-7000)

CREATE: ART BY ARTISTS OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM Traveling exhibition of work by artists with developmental disabilities. Through April 5; public reception Jan. 30 from 6-8 pm. Museum of Art/WSU, Pullman Campus. NORTHWEST CERAMICS INVITATIONAL CLOSING RECEPTION Last chance to see the 2-month ceramics exhibition at Kolva Sullivan and Trackside Studio Galleries. Jan. 31, 5 pm. Free. 115 S. Adams St. (981-9916) LANCE LUSCHNIG & DAN STILES Moscow-based photographer Luschnig and Portland-based artist Stiles’ work is featured as part of Moscow First Thursday. Feb. 6, 5-8 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main St. (208-882-2669)

Communication & Leadership Studies presents:

Communication Ethics & Diversity in Higher Education Visiting Scholar, Brenda J. Allen

February 6, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. Gonzaga University, Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium Dr. Allen will relate traditional concepts of ethics and communication to contemporary concerns about diversity. She will clarify how and why diversity matters in this era of moral complexity within society in general and in higher education specifically. Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver.



FEBRUARY COFFEE TALK Hosted by Spokane Faith & Values, featuring a panelist discussion on the topic “The Wonder of the End.” Feb. 1, 10 am. Free. Indaba, 1425 W. Broadway. (443-3566) TRENT REEDY BOOK LAUNCH The award-winning young adult author releases the third book in the “Divided We Fall” trilogy. Feb. 1, 4 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) BOOTSLAM Monthly open-mic poetry slam hosted by Spokane Poetry Slam, feat. Seattle poet Cecily Schuler. Feb. 2, 7:30 pm. $5. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main. (703-7223) POETRY OUT LOUD The E. Wash. regional finals of the national recitation contest, created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, hosted by GetLit!. Feb. 6, 7 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague.


GSI STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS GSI’s breakfast networking series hosts an update on community efforts and other current local issues. Jan. 31, 7 am. $25-$55. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (624-1393) BLOODLUST CABARET VI: Spokane’s local fetish cabaret night “The Evolution of Sin,” featuring music by ElektroGrave, local vendors, performers and more. Ages 18+. Doors open at 8 pm. Feb. 1, 9 pm. $10-$12. The Hop!, 706 N. Monroe. 


CRAZY FOR YOU Tap-dancing musical comedy. Through Feb. 9, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. (325-2507) GOOD PEOPLE Tony-nominated drama Through Feb. 8, Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, except: Sat. matinees Feb. 1 and 8 at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard. (455-7529) HELLO DOLLY! Award-winning Broadway musical starring Sally Struthers. Jan. 30Feb. 2, show times vary. $32.50-$72.50. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL Stage adaptation of the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Through Feb. 1, Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. (208-667-1323) FAST & FURIOUS Stage Left hosts its first annual staged reading of short plays, featuring work by more than 60 local and national playwrights. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm. $5. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. (838-9727) GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES A play by Rajiv Joseph about friendship and injury, physical and emotional. Jan. 30-Feb. 9, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $8-$10. University of Idaho Hartung Theater, 709 Deakin Ave. (208-885-7212) EUGENE BALLET’S SCHEHERAZADE Performance of the ballet based on stories in the “Arabian Nights.” Feb. 1, 7:30 pm. $21-$41. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) HAPPILY EVER AFTER Musical combining characters and story lines of several





classic fairytales. Jan. 31-Feb. 16, Fri at 7 pm, Sat at 1 pm and 4 pm, Sun at 1 pm. $12. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. (328-4886) PERFECT WEDDING Romantic comedy performed by StageWest Community Theater. Through Feb. 9, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Dinner theater Feb. 1 at 6 pm ($25). $10-$12. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St. (235-2441) THE TEMPEST Performance of the Shakespeare romantic comedy. Jan. 31-Feb. 23, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. (325-2507) INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL Stage adaptation of the novel by Harriet Jacobs, performed by American Place Theatre. Feb. 5, 7:30 pm. $7-$14. Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall, WSU Pullman. (335-8522)


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couldn’t ask for anything more in a wife, woman and best friend! Side by side with you I’m thrilled when I think about our potential together. Here’s to an amazing 2014!!! jj

at Fred Meyers on the northside who was dickering over prices and holding up the express line. Hey genius, if the carrots are $1.89 and they ring up 99 cents, don’t question it. You’re 90 cents ahead, so just smile, get your stuff and get on with your day.

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Happy Anniversary I’ve had so much fun with you over the last few years that I won’t mind having to change your diapers when we get old. Love ‘Your Old Fart”

Bill, Brent & Linda You’re my trio of heroes. Your kindness and generosity seems to never end. You treat me like family and not just a friend. Mere words can’t express how you’ve all touched my heart and given me hope for a brand new start after a challenging year, with a great deal of stress. Thanks to you angels I feel truly blessed!

Mammoth Love We shared a conversation about our mutual love for wooly mammoths over a Pabst at the former Coeur d’ Alene landmark, Park Side Bistro. It was early in February-miserable enough outside for you to be wearing a dark blue hoodie over gray pants. You offered to make me a turkey sandwich, but I insisted we order a pizza and keep the conversation going. I am a slow mover. Would you like to meet for another beer before one of us goes extinct?

I know you and I aren’t perfect, but together you and I rule! Dad, I will always love you. Your favorite daughter

Where Do We Go From Here Two years ago I knocked on your door. A few weeks ago I ran into you at the store. Never lose hope that my hand will always be there for you. Once in a lifetime a person may get lucky and find the loveof-his-life. Now it’s your turn to knock on my door, I’ve seen you drive by twice. Our love is like the lion walking atop the rainbow, the bridge at the Japanese Gardens, the chocolate smeared faces and crawling up the walls. You still look as beautiful as when I looked into your eyes, when the black crystal goblets sung. Wake me up, like I used to wake you up, real early in the morning, when the sun peeks, with hot coffee and a smile! I will always love you. M

Paul Thank you for being the best husband a girl could ask for. You are a true inspiration to me and you’re kind of cute too. I love you. D

Marsha Thank you for being the best thing in my life. You are my best friend, lover and a great mom. Hugs and kisses. Charlie

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Northern Quest Casino Saturday, January 11th at the roulette table. You were from Hayden Lake and was there with your best friends from college. I couldn’t take my eyes off of you and when you came back to talk to me I didn’t know what to say. Sorry I had to leave abruptly. Please let me make it up to you with a dinner and a movie.

Paying It Forward You paid for my car wash. I could have at least yelled thank you out the window, but I thought the attendant was joking. Thank you for your kindness!

Good Samaritan Thank you to the guy in the Ford truck who stopped behind me on the freeway when my car died. You put yourself in harms way to make sure I was protected from the traffic and waited with me until the tow truck driver arrived. My car is fixed and I wish I had gotten your name and number. If I have car problems again in the future, I hope you are around to rescue me again.

Tossed and Found Saturday, January 25th. Me: Blond lady, black coat. You: tall, handsome, dark hair, black shirt, nice smile, politely laughed at my attempt to be funny, I really wasn’t following you around the store and I didn’t see a thing after I noticed you. I’m curious, what were you looking for that day?



Starbucks At Shadle. I drove by you as you were walking carefully to your car with a drink from Starbucks in one hand and a breakfast muffin in the other. We made eye contact and it lasted for more than a few seconds. I was driving a silver Lexus and you got into a black 4 door car. We both headed east on Wellesley. You turned north on Monroe and I turned south. Married? Single? Applebee’s Northside. You were the blonde sitting in the corner table in the bar drinking a beer with a friend. I was the guy sitting at the


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Good Samaritan I dropped my wallet at Huckleberry’s and you returned it. To whoever found my wallet in the parking lot containing $80 cash, credit cards, my social security card and two blank checks, thank you! You could have scopped it up and walked away. Let me tell you, karma will be working on your side these days. I can’t thank you enough. Amazing Together! I can’t tell if you’re pushing me to new heights, or if it’s me that’s pushing you to new heights, but I gotta send a cheer out for how well we’ve been doing lately. We’re killing it in life right now and I couldn’t be happier with where we’re at in our relationship. I’m so happy for your positive influence in my life and I

I Met A Girl I met someone who has just turned my life upside down. This woman loves every stitch of my existence and just wants to be with me. I didn’t think after all these years I would find my dream girl. She is the reason I smile everyday. I hope everyone finds that special one. The one that makes their life all worth while. Drywall Artist Cheers to the drywall artist that textured the Café Italiano on the south hill. Your texture on the entry way ceiling is the best I have ever seen. Cheers to you, great work.

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Morning Barista There’s nothing like a snotty sarcastic attitude at 6:30 in the morning. Due to a caffeine addiction and the convenience of your location, I have been forcefully subjected to your abuse and negligence morning after morning. Is it inconvenient for you to smile or say hello? Is it that hard to remember what your regular customers order every day? Here’s the last tip you’ll ever get from me. Nobody forced you to be a coffee barista, perhaps becoming a mortician would be more suitable. The Perfect One You can’t have your cake and eat it too!l You want the security of a committed relationship with the excitement of meeting other women. You don’t know what you’ve got until it is gone. It is sad that you are wasting your life searching, when the one you need is right in front of you. Bus Riders To all the idiots that get on the bus and have no idea where they are going! Hey fools, get out the bus schedule and figure it out for yourselves. You might like it and become an ex-fool. Cheer Up I don’t think you realize how upsetting you can be. You work at one of the friendliest places, with some of the friendliest people, yet you still have an air of bitterness about you that you apparently need to rub off on everyone else. I am sorry if your life isn’t as wonderful as you would like it to be, just remember, things won’t get better until you allow happiness into your life. Laughter isn’t as painful as you think. Old Bag Jeers to the old bag eho kept talking on her cell phone during the 2:30 showing of American Hustle, Sunday. I thought someone at your age would have the common sense and manners. Customer Service This is to all you grocery stores that think volume is more important than serving people. When I am done paying for my things, at least let me get my money in my wallet/purse before you start rolling items down the belt and ignoring me to serve the next customer. Heartless Owners I would like to challenge you to take responsibility for helping this poor cat. Animals have no voice, they depend on us to do right by them, and we have

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you, get married on the beach and be your man forever. Buy you flowers for no reason. I have my flaws and I admit them, but I know you could have treated me better, but I won’t be a drugs and party guy. I am sorry I won’t cheapen us by making it purely physical. Now my hope is gone and so are you. But I wish you happiness, even if you won’t let it be with me. I will always love you.

enduring their insufferable agony in silence.

Truck Thief If the car seat in the back wasn’t a big hint, I’m a single dad and college student in Cheney. You stole our only means of transportation and my son’s only means to visit his mom. I really hope you are proud of stealing from someone that is poor and struggling and trying to make a future for their child. We’ll be thinking of you each morning while we walk to school. RE: Know The Law Know the Law yourself: To the person who jeered the food establishment which refused to serve them when they showed the staff their “service dog ID and documentation”. People with real “service animals” would know the law. There is no state or federal service animal registry or certification process, so such documentation has no legal meaning and is often purchased on the Internet. The only way to prove you have a service animal is to tell the staff what service the animal is trained to perform for you. Read the Washington State Human Rights Commission Guide To Service Animals and The Washington State Law Against Discriminaton. Vandals You vandalized our yard last week. How proud your parents must be to have raised such cowardly, unchristian, trespassing trailer trash person such as you. Do unto your neighbors as you would want your neighbors do unto you.

Vagrant You were digging through my garbage and opening the garbage bags. I don’t know what you were looking for, because you opened all of the garbage bags. What I really didn’t appreciate was the fact that you relieved yourself under my kitchen window. Hit and Run To whoever hit my black Ford truck that was parked in the Shadle Walmart parking lot. You can still make it right. You Stink Hey perfume junkies. News flash. You don’t smell nice, you stink. You so contaminate the air around you when you’re sitting near me at the movie theater or using the treadmill next to mine at the gym or waiting in line at the grocery store or trapping me in the elevator with you or sitting next to me on the bus, that I either have to flee for my life or suffer the suffocating consequences of your noxious stench. Do you want to know why you can’t smell yourself? Because the toxic fumes from your elixir of choice have long since killed off all the nerve endings to your offactory glands. You do not smell like a mountain spring, a musky stud or radiate the irresistible pheromones that would drive a potential mate wild. Unless by wild, you meanto induce temporary homicidal insanity. In which case, objective achieved. Trust me when I say the people in your life who are mercilessly subjected to your odiferous Pig-Pen-esque Aux D’Pieux are just being polite by

Jerk! To the gray Dodge truck driving north on Elk-Chattaroy Road who tried to pass me with oncoming traffic. You had to swerve over in front of my maroon Ford Taurus running me into the ditch and causing damage to my bumper. Could you find it in your heart to pay for the damages due to your reckless driving on icy roads? Oh, and thanks for not stopping to see if I was hurt. God bless. Karma Will Get You! I just wanted to say thank you for the gorgeous door ding on my brand new car! I’d also like to thank you for the note and insurance information that you didn’t leave, apologizing for your carelessness and idiocy.





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ed Hayes does his homework, a clear sign that he’s a reporter at heart. An hour-long conversation with him about writing — in a bookstore, of all places — and I immediately realize he’s well versed with anything to do with writing, from the fact that John Updike wrote in his underwear to prevent interruption, to Alice Walker’s belief that ghosts were telling her their stories and she was simply writing them down, to Stephen King’s immense frustration while writing Carrie — he threw his manuscript out, and his wife had to pick it up, dust it off and offer her assistance on how to write from a teenage girl’s perspective. The man knows what job he wants, and he’s done extensive research to make sure he gets it right. After graduating from Whitworth University with a degree in English, he started as a newspaper reporter before making the switch to high-tech. He now makes a living as a writer masquerading as a strategist at Intel in Seattle. But old research and reporting habits die hard. His most recent digging around has led to the publication


of Sinful Folk, a novel based on a real-life fire in 1377 in England that killed five young boys, and the subsequent quest to find their killer. It’s a mix of fact and fiction, and Hayes says that was the best part of writing it: There’s a lot of freedom in the capability as a novelist to take a real history and jump off from it and invent things. But as a result, he doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to return to the start: journalism. “I don’t think I’ll go back to journalism because it’s a very different set of skills and a different medium,” Hayes says. “I think I’ve destroyed some of my capabilities in that area, because now I just make stuff up.” That came with a steep learning curve, though. Hayes says he had to learn to write from different characters’ perspectives, and write about characters who don’t necessarily have anything in common with him. Sinful Folk’s protagonist is a woman, who — although she disguises herself as a man for years — doesn’t have very many shared experiences with Hayes, if she has any at all. “I just had to take one character and show her backstory. I didn’t know I’d be writing this kind of story

at all,” he says. “I just started the story and she gradually started telling me things about her life. It’s kind of like Alice Walker and her ghosts. This was the first time I ever felt compelled to write a story that wasn’t mine.” Hayes says he’s on the fence regarding ghosts, but believes there’s some truth that you have to trust your subconscious to tell a story. That’s not even the most difficult part. “Perseverance is the hardest part of writing,” he says. “You can’t expect the muse to strike every day, but if you show up every day, you’ll be there when the muse strikes.” These days, Hayes spends his daily writing time (4-8 am if he can get himself out of bed) chugging along on the first draft of a novel à la The Hours with the working title Garden of Earthly Delight, inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s painting of the same name. It’s about a pair of contemporary scholars, trying not to fall in love, who are reading love letters. They discover that a poet they thought was in one relationship was actually in another, and their love stories cross one another. “Stories that are in parallel between that era and this era are tricky, because you have to match the emotional tones. I’m still fleshing it out,” Hayes says. “But I have about three-quarters of the manuscript done.” As far as advice for aspiring writers goes, Hayes has a few nuggets of wisdom. He suggests listening to editors and teachers, taking their criticism seriously, and making the process as collaborative as possible: “Writing is never a one-man or one-woman show; it’s a collaboration of people providing valuable insight. Keep writing, be consistent and be sure that you’re writing because you want to tell a story that matters. Make your stories have import and heart. That’s my advice.” 




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