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ongress passes Senator Warren Magnuson’s amendment banning supertankers in Puget Sound.” That was the headline on Oct. 5, 1977. Sen. Warren Magnuson had, just a day before, taken to the United States Senate floor and quietly proposed “a little amendment” to the reauthorization of his 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act. His amendment, which had nothing to do with marine mammals, passed without objection. Several Washington state members of the House got it through their side of Congress, and President Jimmy Carter signed the bill. The amendment came in response to Washington’s newly elected governor, Dixy Lee Ray. She was determined to open up the Puget Sound to oil supertankers, which had been banned by the Washington State Coastal Zone Management Plan required under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. (That plan was developed with the full support of both Magnuson, a Democrat, and Gov. Dan Evans, a Republican.) All was going well for our new pro-energy governor until this aging, doughty Senator took the floor to propose his amendment. Ray, who once blamed Rachel Carson for malaria deaths in Third World countries, really pushed for those supertankers. A former chair of the Atomic Energy Commission, Ray wasn’t known as “Dixy Radiation” for nothing — nuclear power was also high on her list. She touted nuclear energy as being “as safe as any dam” in a speech, I recall, she delivered the day before the Teton Dam in Idaho collapsed. Ray had delivered a similar speech in support of supertankers on the Puget Sound. Magnuson wasn’t buying it. The rest, as they say, is history.
was thinking about Magnuson’s “stealth bill” (as it came to be known) the other night as I watched our third string of cheap, Chinesemade Christmas tree lights go kaput while listening to the whistle of the 110-car coal (or oil) train leaving from downtown. From here, it’s over to the north Puget Sound and then — lots of it, anyway — off to China. I had one of those “let me get this straight” moments: We put our environment at risk (remember the aquifer); we completely throw Amtrak’s Empire Builder line off schedule (two to four hours is typical) during the year when Amtrak is showing its best ridership ever; we permit noise pollution throughout the downtown, night after night; and we do all this so corporate America can make big bucks while we get to buy these cheap Christmas tree lights from China? No doubt I oversimplify — yes, jobs are at stake, for starters, in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. (I would note that jobs were also
at stake back then, but this didn’t stop Magnuson from taking the long view, environmentally speaking.) Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution delegates to the Congress the power “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” However, our federal system relies on state cooperation (as the health care roll-out demonstrates), even the creation of mirror agencies — they have their EPA, we have our EPA. Responsibility for railroads is shared among several bureaucracies — the Federal Railroad Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Transportation Security Administration, to name the most obvious. While states do not have the final say, they can and must weigh in. So far, I’m not seeing a Warren Magnuson on the scene, neither in Olympia nor Spokane, nor in the nation’s capital. And help from Cathy McMorris Rodgers? When corporate America has a big stake? Forget it.
conomists tell us that a train of 110 rail cars is the most efficient way to move freight. Moreover, they add, trains are less likely to have an accident than are trucks; ergo, they conclude, it follows that these 110-car trains are the most efficient and no more hazardous. But these studies fail to consider intrusion, dislocation and noise. Above all, they fail to draw a distinction between a train derailing and a truck overturning — on the risk scale, it’s a bit like comparing a tsunami to a high tide. Moreover, none of these analyses consider the need for better passenger rail transportation. Which gets us to the need for better railbeds and alternate routes around the most environmentally sensitive places. Perhaps 110-car trains should be routed around cities, not through them. (Passenger trains, of course, need to be run through cities.) And faster trains would allow more volume to be moved. A dozen years after Magnuson’s little amendment that could, his fears about an environmental disaster were made real when the Exxon Valdez spilled more than 10 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska. It wasn’t hard to imagine what a spill like that would have done to Puget Sound. Magnuson showed us there are ways to protect ourselves from environmental disasters; what we seem to be missing today is the will to enact such protections.
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always loved Ansel Adams — his photos, of course, but his autobiography was really inspiring, too. His mountains and valleys seem both etched in stone and vividly present. How does he get the light, the angle, so perfect? That’s the secret of any great artist. So I had to check out his documenting of Japanese-Americans being interned during World War II in the new show at Gonzaga’s Jundt Art Museum entitled, “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams.” I first came across the Japanese-American internment camps when we told the life story of Ed Tsutakawa. He and his family were from Seattle but were removed to Minidoka camp in Idaho, and he shared evocative sketches of his sad journey. His father died while they were at Minidoka; he also met his future wife, Hide, there. Despite it all, you couldn’t find a better citizen — of America and of Spokane — than the late, great Ed Tsutakawa. And I’ve also read about the Kooskia work camp, which the University of Idaho has documented — where Japanese-Americans helped carve out U.S. Highway 12 along one of the wildest rivers in the West, the Lochsa. You don’t have to go far in the American West to find reminders of this shameful chapter in our history. As you walk the exhibit, what hits you is how normal they made their forced confinement up at the north end of California’s Death Valley. There’s a photo of the camp’s band playing in a dirt field, a lone tree providing a sliver of shade. There’s another of internees taking in an art exhibit — of Adams’ own Manzanar photos. They had a rigorous school and even elected a mayor. In hard times, especially, we hold on to whatever bits of civilization we can. While I love Adams’ iconic photos, I do sometimes wonder about nature photographers — so much love of nature, so little interest in humanity. “Manzanar” shows another side of Adams — when the time came, he pointed his camera at people to expose injustice. Adams also found proof of his belief in the redeeming power of nature. Manzanar was a dusty little camp set against a backdrop of spectacular mountains rising up from the plains. Adams thought the setting was crucial, as he put it in his hopeful 1944 book about Manzanar, Born Free and Equal: “I believe that the acrid splendor of the desert, ringed with towering mountains, has strengthened the spirit of the people of Manzanar,” Adams wrote. “The huge vistas and the stern realities of sun and wind and space symbolize the immensity and opportunity of America — perhaps a vital reassurance following the experience of enforced exodus… ”
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always get apprehensive at the prospect of a new year, with both opportunities and challenges sure to present themselves, and daunting conundrums of every kind certain to test my character. I no longer make resolutions, but I carry a mental and spiritual repair kit wherever I go, a compendium of wisdom-containing clichés, aphorisms and truisms to be used as psychic Band-Aids. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, but I think of this stuff as akin to the medicine bags the Plains Indians used to carry, packed with totems against harm, disorder, confusion and the unexpected. Mountain men who had prolonged exposure to Native Americans took to carrying such bags, filling them with a bright stone, an eagle feather or maybe a tintype of a woman they knew in St. Louis. My personal medicine bag is pretty full now, and some of the things in it have served me well, words against the chaos. First among my personal resources is the famous serenity prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” It’s not easy to practice those words; it can be difficult to tell the difference between the things you can change and the things you can’t, but learning to accept what cannot be changed is the first building block of sanity. I also find useful truth in the line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet that reads: “There is nothing either bad nor good but thinking makes it so.” Though there are surely some things so bad that no amount of thinking can
make them better, there’s also stuff we endure that’s really only as bad as we make it out to be. If we rearrange our attitude, we can often reconfigure our own psychic pain. “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” I read that in a Tarzan comic book when I was maybe 8 years old. Tarzan had been badly mauled by some fierce critter and had climbed up in a tree to recuperate. His chances of survival seemed poor. “Where there’s life, there’s hope” appeared in a thought bubble above his bleeding head. There have been more than a few times in my life when things seemed hopeless and those words returned to offer encouragement. And hope. Mark Twain provides several nostrums, but the one that comes up most frequently is his observation that “worry is interest paid on a debt you may never owe.” I worry less than I once did, but I’m still pretty good at it. One of my own pearls of wisdom made it into my medicine bag, a thought that came to me when my eldest daughter complained that her then-boyfriend was giving her “mixed signals.” My reply to her was: “Mixed signals are clear signals.” It helped her work some things out, but I think I just got lucky when that came to mind. As scientist Niels Bohr once observed, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” With all that uncertainty, I’m just glad I’ve got so many resources in my medicine bag. A version of this column first appeared in High Country News (hcn.org).
SHEYLYN WALLS: For the whole world, I would like to see people being responsible and being accountable for their own lives and actions. STEVE FAUST: That everyone would stop using the “war on this or that” metaphor to describe policies or behaviors they don’t agree with and limit it to actual, violent conflict. MEG TRAMBITAS: Address the homeless problem... it breaks my heart to see people living outside in the cold. RICK EICHSTAEDT: Community — Contract with Police Guild that allows for Independent Police Oversight. National — Obama adopts energy policy that ends the export of dirty coal/oil to Asia. World — end to the civil war in Syria. JOHN LEMON: Less U.S. meddling and adventurism abroad, a radical cut in military spending, and prudent investment in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. WENDY GARRETT HARPER: How about the ability to obtain a loan for people with bad credit who hold steady jobs to support their families. CHRISTINA NUNES CRAWFORD: Specialized high schools like fine arts, technology, etc. for the future generations! JARAE PEARSON: I’d like to see teens being taught stress coping skills and emotional wellness habits. GRAHAM GUNDERSON: Funding for breakthrough energy. Massively important. … Alternative energy just isn’t enough to get the smog out of China or the gas out of our tanks.
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Polar Punch-Out BY ANDY BOROWITZ
he so-called polar vortex caused hundreds of injuries across the Midwest this week, as people who said “so much for global warming” and similar comments were punched in the face. Authorities in several states said that residents who had made ignorant comments erroneously citing the brutally cold temperatures as proof that climate change did not exist were reporting a sharp increase in injuries to the face and head regions. In an emergency room in St. Paul, Minn., Harland Dorrinson, 41, was waiting to be treated for bruising to the facial area after he made a crack about how the below-freezing temperatures meant that climate-change activists were full of shit. “I’d just finished saying it and boom, out of nowhere someone punched me in the face,” he said.
“This polar vortex is really dangerous.” Meteorology professor Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota issued a safety warning to residents of the states hammered by the historic low temperatures: “If you are living within the range of the polar vortex and you have something idiotic to say about climate change, do not leave your house.” Elsewhere, as the curtain came down on the Michael Bloomberg era, the three-term mayor of New York received fulsome praise at a black-tie dinner from his most appreciative constituency: the people who can still afford to live there. n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit borowitzreport.com.
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Antibacterial Blowback BY JIM HIGHTOWER
ave you had your daily minimum requirement of triclosan today? How about your dosage of triclocarban? Chances are you have but don’t know it. These two are antimicrobial chemicals, which might sound like a good thing, except that they disrupt the human body’s normal regulatory processes. Animal studies show, for example, that these triclos can be linked to the scrambling of hormones in children, disruption of puberty and the reproductive system and decreases in thyroid hormone levels that affect brain development, along with other serious health problems. Yet corporations have slipped them into all sorts of consumer products, pushing them with a blitz of advertising that claim the antibacterial ingredients prevent the spread of infections. The two chemicals originally were meant for use by surgeons to cleanse their hands before operations, but that tiny application has now proliferated, exposing practically everyone to small amounts here and there, adding up to dangerous mega-doses. Triclosan and triclocarban were
first mixed into soaps, but then — BOOM! — brand-name corporations went wild, putting these hormone disrupters into about 2,000 products, including toothpaste, mouthwashes, fabrics, and (most astonishingly) even baby pacifiers! Today, use of the chemicals is so prevalent that they can be found in the urine of three-fourths of Americans. They also accumulate in groundwater and soil, so they saturate our environment and eventually ourselves — one study found them in the breast milk of 97 percent of women tested. For decades, corporate lobbying and regulatory meekness let this chemical menace spread. But now the Food and Drug Administration is finally questioning the continued use of the two triclos. For more information and action, go to the Natural Resources Defense Council at nrdc.org. n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.
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Expect a short session in Boise this year as lawmakers prepare for the primaries in May. Politics, not policy, will dominate the Legislature, says Rep. John Rusche (DLewiston). “The very conservative are battling the conservative,” he says. “The legislative session is just going to be fertile ground to have campaign discussions in the Republican party.” That said, it’s unlikely lawmakers will entertain serious debates about big issues like Medicaid expansion or infrastructure improvements, says Sen. Dan Schmidt (D-Moscow).
Instead, he anticipates “showmanship politics” among Tea Party Republicans attempting to expose their more moderate party members. “In terms of actually getting work done,” he says. ”I’m not sure that’s going to happen.” In the months ahead, here are the issues Idaho lawmakers likely will take up:
The top priority facing the Idaho legislature likely will
be education funding. In his State of the State speech on Monday, Gov. Butch Otter outlined his five-year plan for overhauling Idaho’s beleaguered public education system, which sustained deep funding cuts during the recession. Otter’s $350 million education plan would phase in 20 improvements recommended by an education task force last August, including increased teacher salaries, investing in classroom technology and reversing cuts to K-12 education. “We’re more than $100 million short of K-12 and $50 million short of higher education funding than in 2008,” says Rusche. “The state isn’t holding up its share of the bargain.” It’s also likely that Idaho’s Common Core standards will face a legislative challenge this year. Common Core, a new set of standards for math and English language arts adopted by the Legislature three years ago, has come under renewed scrutiny from Tea Party conservatives worried about data collection and loss of local control of curricula and testing. ...continued on next page
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NEWS | LEGISLATURE “ON THE AGENDA,” CONTINUED... “The standardization of the curriculum across the United States will lead to a lack of ideas,” says Sen. Steve Vick (RDalton Gardens). “We’re better off just setting our own curriculum and our own standards.”
Last year, after intense debate, Idaho approved a state-run health insurance exchange. This year, far-right conservatives in the Legislature plan to fight to
repeal the exchange or scale back the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the state. Sen. Russ Fulcher (R-Meridian), Otter’s Tea Party challenger in the primary, has promised as much. With election season on the horizon, Rusche says it’s unlikely the Legislature will seriously debate Medicaid expansion, but lawmakers from both parties will attempt to bring it up. “If you don’t have the discussion, there’s no chance it
will pass,” says Rusche, a retired physician and supporter of the health coverage expansion. On the opposite side of the aisle, Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens) says Tea Party conservatives will “lay the groundwork” this year to keep their more moderate party members from “supporting the Democrat agenda” in an off year.
Idaho holds the ignominious distinction of having the lowest
average wages, lowest per-capita income and highest share of minimum wage workers of any state in the country. Adding insult to injury, according to a new state report, pay for public employees in Idaho has tumbled to about 19 percent below market rates. Now for the first time in six years, a joint legislative committee on state employee wages will reconvene to address the issue of raises for state workers. “Fundamentally, if you want someone working for you who
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has skills and provides good services, you should be expected to pay for it, whether you’re the government or the private sector,” says Schmidt, a committee member.
As lawmakers head to Olympia next week, they can breathe a sigh of relief. “Going in the session, it’s the first time in over five years we’re not going into a crisis of some kind,” says Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane). “The revenue has stabled out and the economy has started to pick up — but it’s not picking up for everything.” At the height of the recession, the state was forced to slash funding for social safety net, education and environmental programs. This year, Washington actually has a little bit of extra cash in its coffers. Here are the priorities at the top of our local legislators’ agendas:
Negotiations on a multibilliondollar transportation spending package are expected to resume when Washington lawmakers return to Olympia. The $10 billion deal, in its current form, would include a hefty gas tax increase — more than 10 cents per gallon — and enough money to connect the long-planned North-South Freeway in Spokane to Interstate 90. In exchange for a gas tax hike, Republican lawmakers are pushing for transportation policy reforms to reduce the costs of transportation construction in Washington. Proposed reforms include eliminating the sales tax for transportation projects, holding the state Department of Transportation accountable for expensive errors, and expediting the state’s approval process. “When we saw that bridge fall in Skagit County, we saw how quickly that can go up,” says Rep. Kevin Parker (RSpokane), referring to the Skagit River bridge collapse in May. “Why can’t we operate that quickly under normal circumstances?”
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Education commanded much of the Legislature’s attention last year as lawmakers grappled with a state Supreme Court ruling to dramatically increase school funding. This year, expect talks on education reform to continue.
Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane) is circulating a bill he hopes will close the opportunity gap between low-income and higherincome students: he’s proposing a three-year pilot program that would extend the school year for 20 days in 10 high-poverty schools and study the outcomes. “One of the significant causes for that opportunity gap is summer learning loss for low-income kids,” he says. “It’s never been studied quite this way, and we’ll know whether it was worth the investment and the money to do this and expand it.” For Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane), higher education, particularly its cost, is a priority. Baumgartner is working on a measure that would dedicate a sustainable revenue stream to Washington universities. (He’s eyeing funds from recreational marijuana sales.) “When I went to [Washington State University], it cost more than $3,000 a year. Now it costs more than $10,000,” he says. “We need to return to higher education funding at a much higher level than what we have now.”
Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), the newly appointed vice chair of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, will ask the state to consider implementing the Federal Basic Health Program Option, an opportunity under the Affordable Care Act that would allow the state to provide low-cost health care coverage to Washington residents who don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford insurance on the exchange. Spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, the program is modeled after Washington state’s Basic Health Plan for middleand low-income residents. The optional program uses federal tax subsidy dollars to offer coverage for people with incomes between 139 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal government is still hammering out the regulatory details. Riccelli says at least 100,000 people in Washington who are ineligible for Medicaid would qualify for subsidized coverage through this program. “If we pool these folks … we increase the buying power and can drive down costs,” he says. “It really just leverages the state’s purchasing power to get low-cost premiums.” n email@example.com
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BILLS, BILLS AND MORE BILLS Other ideas our lawmakers are floating
ep. Kevin Parker (RSpokane) is working on legislation that would extend the age in which children enrolled in foster care can receive services from 18 to 21. He’s also hoping to see movement on three human trafficking bills he first introduced last year. Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane) has drafted a campaign finance bill requiring nonprofit organizations that spend significantly in elections or statewide ballot measures to disclose their contributors. Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) is working on a school nutrition bill that would allow schools to apply for competitive grants to purchase kitchen equipment for cooking healthier meals. He’s also developing legislation aimed at reducing the delay in screenings for newborns. At the request of the Attorney General’s office, Sen. Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) has pre-filed a bill that would require sexually violent predators confined at the Special Commitment Center to participate in an interview and examination by the state. Padden is also proposing a bill strengthening the state’s penalties against drunk drivers. — DEANNA PAN
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Spokane endured a spate of violence over the weekend: A 10time convicted felon (with the name of our beloved city tattooed on his forehead) is suspected of shooting and killing a man on North Astor Street Friday night. That same night, a young woman with several gunshot wounds to the chest was dropped off at Sacred Heart Medical Center. On Saturday, a Deer Park man was shot to death at point-blank range while answering his front door.
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The crime didn’t end there: On Friday, three men robbed the Washington Trust Bank on Maple Street at gunpoint. The following day, a woman made off with prescription drugs from the Albertsons on North Division and Safeway on North Market.
Ninety people in Spokane County have been hospitalized with the flu, up from 45 last week. At this same time last year, only 18 people were hospitalized.
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First Day Hike participants wind their way along the Bowl & Pitcher river trail at Riverside State Park on New Year’s Day. About 20 people participated in the hike, an annual event organized by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and joined by similar events in parks across the state and country.
Washington state’s hourly minimum wage, already the highest in the nation, increased 13 cents at the start of the New Year. Next door in Idaho, which leads the country in its share of low-wage workers, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
A gust of Arctic air has spun over the eastern half of the country and brought bone-chilling temperatures with it. In parts of the Plains and the Midwest, temperatures dropped dangerously below zero.
The country’s first pot shops opened for business on New Year’s Day in Colorado, where anyone 21 or older can buy recreational marijuana legally with nothing but an ID. Months that former Hayden resident Joe Rickey Hundley will spend in federal prison for slapping a 19-month-old child on a Delta flight to Atlanta last year. He’s also been ordered to pay the child’s mother $105 in restitution and $2,500 in fines.
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Deals and Death The City Council outlines their Ombudsman demands, a local soldier dies in Afghanistan, and Washington gets to build the 777X WHAT THE COUNCIL WANTS
After months of tension between the Spokane City Council and the administration over LOCAL POLICE OVERSIGHT, Council President Ben Stuckart gave the mayor an indication last week of what the council wants. In a letter to Mayor David Condon, Stuckart wrote that for a majority of councilmembers to support a contract agreement between the city and the police guild — which the mayor negotiates but the council must approve — the agreement must grant the Office of Police Ombudsman the authority to open its own nondisciplinary investigations. Today, the ombudsman participates in Spokane Police Department Internal Affairs investigations, but cannot open his own separate investigations. The tentative contract agreement reached by the mayor and guild in the fall maintained that system and added a citizen commission to oversee the ombudsman. The council rejected that agreement in November, but the mayor returned it to them in December with an accompanying ordinance he hoped would fill in the gaps. Now, Stuckart says a majority of the council believes increased authority for the ombudsman should be in a contract agreement, not an ordinance, which could be subject to a lawsuit from
the guild. When asked Monday, Condon wouldn’t say whether his legal team will attempt to bargain a new agreement with the guild before the council is scheduled to vote, once again, on the earlier version Feb. 3. — HEIDI GROOVER
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Marine Sgt. JACOB M. HESS, a 2009 North Central graduate and standout soccer player, died on New Year’s Day in Afghanistan. Military officials have not released details of the cause or circumstances surrounding his death. Hess, 22, was assigned to an aviation logistics squadron with the North Carolina-based 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, according to the Department of Defense. He died while serving in support of combat operations in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Hess’ mother, Keirsten Lyons, serves as the regional director of the Services to Armed Forces program for the American Red Cross, working in recent years to expand local support services for veterans and military families. Last year, Lyons was awarded a Peirone Prize from the Inlander for her work. His father, Michael Hess, is a retired Naval officer. — JACOB JONES
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Washington business leaders, manufacturers and politicians can breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to a tight 51 percent vote, the Boeing machinists’ union accepted an eight-year contract, guaranteeing that Boeing’s next-generation plane, the 777X, will be built in Washington. Boeing had sweetened the initial offer the union had previously rejected, offering an additional $5,000 in 2020 to the immediate $10,000 signing bonus, improving dental benefits, and eliminating controversial changes to the pay scale. The result: Washington remains in one of the best positions in the country to take advantage of the coming aerospace boom. That includes the Spokane region, which has seen significant growth in the aerospace industry in the past few years. “Anything that keeps the manufacturing in the state of Washington, the more opportunity there is for our manufacturers to be a part of that process,” says Spokane County Commissioner Al French. To Bryan Corliss, a communications representative for the Machinists Union District Lodge 751, there never was any need for the union to blink: Washington was always the clear choice to build the 777X. “I don’t think any of our members are happy with the outcome, whichever way they voted,” Corliss says. While local Boeing union leaders opposed the terms of the contract, the national leadership at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers overrode them. That saga isn’t quite over yet. Corliss says some 8,000 union memebers weren’t able to vote because of the short notice and holiday timing of the vote. “Four of our members have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board over the timing of the election.” — DANIEL WALTERS
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t’s an issue of life and death, but you wouldn’t have known it by listening to the assembled legislators and citizens talk. The March hearing in front of the Washington state House Judiciary Committee was all official-sounding sentences and professional courtesies. The formality glossed over the raw emotion of this discussion of death and justice and capital punishment. More than 21 representatives — including one Republican — sponsored House Bill 1504 to repeal Washington’s death penalty. Former GOP Gov. Dan Evans prepared a written statement in support of repeal and about 20 citizens attended, giving their testimony in support of repeal. No one testified against. Although pro-repeal activists paint the issue as clear-cut — a practical economic decision — the issue remains in many ways an ideological one. As last year’s hearing highlighted, plenty of vocal and organized support exists for repealing the death penalty. By contrast, there’s little or no organized pro-death penalty support. But that isn’t to say there is no resistance. “You get passive dismissal from the pro folks,” says Dick Morgan, retired director of
Washington’s Division of Prisons and a board member of the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. “A lot of times you will get, ‘Oh that’s what the people want,’ but we don’t really know, because the majority of the people haven’t voted on it.” That is the crux, and hope, of the repeal argument. Washingtonians voted to reinstate the death penalty in 1981, and since then there have been no other votes. The same bill from last year is back on the agenda for the coming legislative session and has backers in all four caucuses. Rep. Timm Ormsby, D-Spokane, one of the sponsors of HR 1504, says his support is primarily based on the greater cost of deathpenalty cases and that the threat of execution doesn’t clearly deter crime. “I have not found any causal link between the death penalty and recidivism,” Ormsby says. “I’ve not seen anything. In fact, I think that the reverse could be said, that we create a culture of violence.” Many activists steer clear of painting the issue in moral tones, instead preferring to frame it as a rational decision focusing on the “facts.” “I would just urge people to just look at the
facts, regardless of what your morals are on this issue,” says Holly Ballard, outreach coordinator for the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. “The policy, as it exists, is not working, and we believe it’s not fixable.” That’s why the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is fighting for repeal, partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington under the umbrella of the Safe and Just Alternatives Campaign. Despite growing national momentum, the bill is unlikely to go anywhere this year, says Shankar Narayan, ACLU of Washington’s legislative director. This is due in large part to Senate gridlock. At the earliest, he says, the bill has a chance of passing in 2015. Until then, he says, it’s important to simply raise public awareness. According to a 2006 survey conducted by the Washington State Bar Association, a death penalty trial costs, on average, about $800,000 more than a non-death penalty trial for aggravated murder. The report concludes that the high cost of capital punishment could “cause a prosecutor in a county with financial constraints to elect not to pursue the death penalty. Such financial pressures could result in the uneven application of the death penalty across the state.” These sorts of financial considerations motivate Morgan. In 2010, he retired after nearly 35 years working in Washington state prisons — 26 spent at the penitentiary in Walla Walla, where all executions are carried out in Washington. Although he won’t discuss specifics (per prison regulations), he says that during his career he was present for three executions. In testimony given in March, he relates how, as director of the penitentiary during the 2008 recession, he was asked to close prisons and lay off employees — a move that, he says, showed him the needless expense of death row. It was the waste of state funds, more than any moral argument, that truly convinced him. “I can understand why these people would want these folks killed,” Morgan says. “And I didn't lose any sleep over the executions that I participated in. ... But I do lose sleep over the fact that my government [carried out the executions].” Repeal groups share many of the concerns voiced by prodeath-penalty lawmakers. However, for them the key issue is justice. Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, says the process takes too long and puts victims’ families through too much emotional trauma. Instead of abolishing the death penalty, Klippert believes the whole process should be streamlined. Although he hasn’t done this, he suggests reaching out to the courts and the judicial system to see how the process could be expedited. “The No. 1 thing that I think we need to pursue with the criminal justice system is just that, justice,” Klippert says. “And the death penalty is one of the tools that we have ... in our criminal justice system to do just that, pursue justice.” Part of the problem, Klippert says, is that pro-repeal activists don’t truly understand the horrendous nature of these crimes. “I worked as a police officer full time, and I’ve seen the horrible, heinous things that people do to other innocent people,” he says. “For them to say that this would be cruel or unusual ... well, they need to understand the absolute horrible, heinous crimes that [death row inmates] committed.” Klippert says there is little organized pro-death-penalty support because the push to repeal is not a true threat. When and if more momentum builds for the bill, he says, pro supporters will emerge. Although public opinion is shifting, a majority of Americans still favor capital punishment. In October, Gallup released a poll showing that 60 percent of Americans support the death penalty, the lowest level of support in more than 40 years. Nationwide, 18 states have abolished the death penalty, most recently Maryland in May. Worldwide, 140 countries have abolished the death penalty. Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, has introduced legislation to repeal the death penalty for the five years he’s been in office. Although he believes the capital punishment is ineffective and costly, his primary objection is that it’s wrong. “I think the death penalty is below us as a civilized society,” he says. “More than anything, we’ve reached a tipping point, where the data is overwhelming that this is not achieving a meaningful public policy objective. It’s a vestige of an old era.”
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How do you change a place from OK to flourishing? That’s what we were thinking about walking around downtown Spokane one hot day last summer sometime after the Blue Spark closed. What we found is that plenty of people are asking the same question, and what we’re presenting here is an eclectic collection of ideas with the potential to make our corner of the world a more vibrant and interesting place. Some of these ideas are already happening, here or elsewhere; others are less realistic. Some are familiar; others hopefully will be surprising. We don’t even expect you to like them all, but we hope you’re inspired to think about the many ways it’s possible to chip away at the status quo and make things happen.
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LET SHOPS SPILL INTO THE SIDEWALK
STATUS: GETTING BETTER Trees, seating and even sandwich-board signs — any signs of life make a sidewalk more inviting than a desolate, wide-open stretch of concrete. The Downtown Spokane Partnership works with businesses to plant better street trees with metal grates (healthier for both tree and sidewalk), and encourages street-level shops and restaurants to spill onto the sidewalk with patios, planters and music. They’re also planning more outdoor events. That activity makes a better atmosphere for anyone walking by, says DSP President Mark Richard. Pittsburgh has been recognized for taking this idea further with the “Paris to Pittsburgh” program, which proves cities can purposely build the kind of sidewalk culture that’s happened naturally in European cities (like Paris). Business owners there can get a 50-percent matching grant for a whole range of improvements — retractable awnings, facade upgrades, lighting, outdoor furniture — that are aiding Pittsburgh in its bid to become the next Portland. (LISA WAANANEN)
RE-COVER THE PAVILION
STATUS: UNDER CONSIDERATION Back during Expo ’74, the U.S. Pavilion stood above the rest of the attractions, covered in a white canopy like a giant tent. But it wasn’t meant to be permanent, and winter weather left the vinyl covering so tattered that the city assessed it as a possible safety hazard within a few years. There was some discussion of replacing the covering, but instead it was removed in 1978 and the pavilion was left as a skeleton of steel cables. Fast-forward 35 years: The parks department and a citizen advisory committee have been working on the 2014 Riverfront Park Master Plan, and one central concept is bringing back a pavilion covering. The pavilion is iconic, but ailing, and covering it is part of a plan to transform that area of the park into a versatile amphitheater for arts, performances and events like graduations. Re-covered with a durable, translucent material like Teflon-coated fiberglass, the structure could be illuminated at night. “If we had some really lovely lighting patterns that were designed for the pavilion, the whole thing could glow like a lantern,” says project manager Juliet Sinisterra. The advisory committee will be seeking public feedback as it finalizes recommendations this spring. (LW)
PUT FRUIT TREES TO WORK
STATUS: IN PROGRESS That gnarled apple tree in your backyard has a new job now — one that doesn’t involve dropping fruit onto the lawn to rot and attract insects. By registering producing fruit trees on the Spokane Edible Tree Project’s online database (spokaneedibletreeproject.org), volunteer gleaners, aka fruit harvesters, will come out and do all the picking for you. Usable fruit and nuts you wouldn’t otherwise eat — apples, cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, walnuts and more — are then donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. The fledgling project’s cofounder and president, Kate Burke, decided to start a local fruit-tree gleaning nonprofit after working in a similar capacity for a yearlong stint with AmeriCorps VISTA. Burke, a 25-year-old Spokane native, was also inspired by a similar effort putting unharvested fruit trees to better use in Portland. “We’re not just a sustainable project, we’re beyond that because we’re using already existing resources,” Burke says. “We’re not planting fruit trees and we’re not trying to build anything. Our resources are here and we’re just trying to find them and use what we have, because we have a lot and it’s all going to waste right now.” (CHEY SCOTT)
BUILD MINI-POLICE DEPARTMENTS
STATUS: IN THE WORKS An old concept, the neighborhood beat cop, is making a comeback. It makes sense. A police officer assigned to a specific geographic area can build local relationships, monitor ongoing issues and spot the out-of-place. With the opening of its first downtown substation, the Spokane Police Department launched a new precinct-based policing model that decentralizes the force, assigning officers to three distinct regions throughout the city — downtown, north and south precincts. Each sector will have a captain supervising detectives and patrol officers. In October, SPD Chief Frank Straub described the captains as “mini-police chiefs” who could handle local issues or complaints. Many like-sized police departments have expanded such investments in community policing, including a similar program at the Tacoma Police Department credited with helping bring down crime in the troubled Hilltop neighborhood. Straub says the downtown substation has anchored a more consistent police presence ...continued on page 22
sidewalk gallery What can you do with a vacant storefront? BY LISA WAANANEN A broken window delayed the debut, but soon the patchwork of butcher paper and plastic covering the front windows of the Music City building on First Avenue will come down, revealing a project that could solve Spokane’s problem with vacant buildings. Imagine the allure of a classic department store window display. Now add the work of local artists. Aside from the couple of weeks each fall when Terrain takes over the building, it’s been vacant for years. So almost a year ago, a building owner approached Terrain co-founder Ginger Ewing about doing something to make it look better year-round. It’s one example of a growing idea, in Spokane and cities worldwide, that a vacant building doesn’t need to look vacant. “It started as a simple concept, and has grown into potentially a much bigger project,” Ewing says. Variations on the street-facing gallery have been popping up all over: In Vancouver, Wash., the Windows Into Art exhibit turned the street into a museum by putting contemporary art into unused windows in 2010; a similar program called “Windows Alive” started in Yakima this year. It’s been used in tiny towns to brighten Main Street, big cities like San Francisco and Seattle and struggling suburbs of Chicago. Sometimes the projects are aided by cities and official arts groups, but remarkably often they’re started by tiny nonprofits, student art clubs or a single person. A notable success story is what happened in Newcastle, Australia, a struggling manufacturing city plagued by lifeless, decaying areas. Started in 2008, an initiative called Renew Newcastle negotiated short-term leases with property owners of underused buildings, allowing artists and other creative endeavors to use the space for cool things. A 2011 report determined that every dollar invested in the program ultimately generated at least $10 in economic activity for the city.
The benefits are threefold: Artists get their work seen, building owners are more likely to find tenants or investors, and surrounding businesses — like the restaurants and boutiques on the Music City block — have a more attractive neighborhood. “It’s only going to benefit them if that storefront is not vacant,” Ewing says. On the other side of downtown Spokane, Alan Chatham has been experimenting with interactive art displayed in the windows of Laboratory, his space at the corner of Main and Bernard, and thinking about how art can be used to get people walking. The way he sees it,
downtown Spokane has pockets of exciting, creative things happening. The trick is to create a conduit that guides people between them. He and Ewing have been talking — this is where the idea gets big — about creating a corridor that carries visitors from one lively part of town to another by getting art into other empty storefronts on First Avenue.
“All of a sudden you have this cohesive stretch of targeting window spaces that are bright at night,” he explains. “Even if it’s the same amount of pedestrians walking down the street, it doesn’t feel so lonely; it doesn’t feel so isolated.” Chatham sees the former location of Scout on the corner of First and Monroe as a “no-brainer” — welcoming guests to a hotel above a cool, pop-up art gallery sounds obviously better than a hotel above an empty former restaurant. “Even if the gallery’s not paying rent, it’s making the space more attractive to potential future clients,” he says. firstname.lastname@example.org
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meter change Can the city's new “smart meters” make downtown parking better for everyone? BY LISA WAANANEN
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Back in the early ’90s, in response to complaints about the downtown parking system, Spokane tore out its meters and made parking free. A Downtown Spokane Association ad promoting the change boasted: “About #!@*#! Time!” It turned out to be a disaster. The two-hour limit was nearly impossible to enforce, downtown workers parked in the prime street spots instead of the lots and garages, and people coming to shop or eat dinner circled the block unsuccessfully. “The whole point of parking meters is to keep traffic flowing in and out of your store,” says Jan Quintrall, director of the city’s Business and Developer Services. The variables in the equation — rates, time limits, meter locations — have long been a matter of educated guesswork. That’s changing in Spokane, as in other cities, with the installation of “smart meters” that do more than take credit and debit cards. The sensors that zero out the meter instead of leaving a few minutes for the next person — an unpopular aspect of the new technology — can also collect data that will let the
city measure parking needs and run experiments. (Not all sensors in Spokane are operating yet, which is why you may get lucky and find a smart meter with time left.) In San Francisco, the SFPark pilot program demonstrates how much is possible with this technology: Using sensors to measure supply and demand, pricing for each block is adjusted to charge the rate that optimizes parking availability. Prices can vary from block-to-block and hour-to-hour (within limits) to achieve the goal of 85 percent occupancy — about one open spot on every block at any time. With that occupancy goal in mind, Spokane is planning to add more meters — but it’s to regulate parking in places that need it, not to generate revenue, Quintrall says. Expect meters on the lower South Hill, where residents often can’t find spots near their homes because hospital workers take advantage of the free street parking. New meters will also go in around Division and the University District. This is paired with long-needed residential parking program — tested as a pilot program and made permanent in December — that allows downtown residents to pay a monthly rate of $25 to park in any 10-hour parking space. Compared to other cities, Spokane doesn’t offer many parking breaks. Most cities of similar size charge no more than $1 per hour for short-term metered parking downtown, compared to $1.20 in Spokane. Parking is often free after 5 or 6 pm, unlike 7 pm in Spokane. In Tucson’s city-owned garages, the first hour is free to lure longerterm visitors from the street parking. Boise’s electronic meters give people 20 minutes for free at the push of a button — and that’s a popular program they’ve had for more than a decade. At least some of the quarters and dollars going into Spokane meters are invested back into the downtown street experience. The Spokane City Council approved a measure in June that dedicates parking revenue, minus expenses, to paying for two new downtown police officers and a fund for downtown improvements. An advisory committee of property and business owners led by the Downtown Spokane Partnership will decide where those dollars should be reinvested. “It will allow us to put money toward everything from public safety to street trees, sidewalks, landscaping and even our entryways into downtown,” DSP President Mark Richard says. A new experiment in free parking is also beginning on the other side of the river on the new Summit Parkway, where, at the request of Kendall Yards management, parking has enforced time limits but no meters. Quintrall says it’s Kendall Yards’ call, but the city will be ready with meters if need be.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20... and reduced crime rates. “Clearly, there is a huge impact from having our officers downtown,” he says. Straub plans to continue building the framework for the north and south precincts this year. (JACOB JONES)
USE DOGS TO REDUCE CRIME
STATUS: COULD BE BETTER No, we’re not talking about specially trained K9 units and drug-sniffing canines. It turns out typical retrievers, bulldogs and poodles can also help reduce crime in urban neighborhoods. Cities have found that encouraging dog ownership, primarily through dog parks and pet-friendly leases, makes areas safer by creating an informal neighborhood watch patrol. In areas where sidewalks would otherwise be desolate at night, dog-walkers create what’s called “positive pedestrian activity.” In New York City, parks in Harlem that were overrun by drugs and crime in the 1970s were cleaned up in the late ’90s, and police credit the dog parks with providing the constant foot traffic that keeps the park safe. It’s difficult to measure how much difference dogs make, but it’s not hard to imagine how extra “eyes and ears” would stop some of the small, opportunistic crimes that plague Spokane, like car prowling. (LW)
STATUS: HAPPENING With all its hills, Pullman doesn’t seem like an obvious place for a bike share program. But since Washington State University launched Green Bikes in the fall of 2010, the program has been proving that the bike-share model can work at the campus level — and even encourage biking culture that goes beyond the program. “I have noticed more people bringing their bikes to campus, too,” says program coordinator Lance Jackson. The bike sharing concept has been around for a while, but American cities didn’t start embracing it until the past few years. WSU was ahead of the curve, and its program has grown each year. Bikes have been checked out more than 70,000 times. Part of the appeal is the ease: Students simply swipe their university card at any of the automated stations around campus to check out a bike, then return it to any station by the end of the day. The university selected a bike-share system that was already operating in cities like London, Minneapolis and Washington D.C., and has since expanded to New York, Boston and Chicago. Seattle is planning to launch a 500-bike system this year. (LW)
MAKE THE VISITOR CENTER MOBILE
STATUS: IN THE WORKS A few months ago, Spokane’s visitor center at Main Avenue and Browne closed for good, replaced by a kiosk within River Park Square. But Visit Spokane also has plans for a mobile visitor center — a trend that’s been gaining momentum across the country as way to cut costs and actively reach out to visitors. “The idea is to drive it around and park it at major events like Hoopfest,” says Peyton Scheller, Visit Spokane communications coordinator. It could also travel to events around the region to show people that Spokane’s more than what you see from I-90.
Santa Monica, St. Paul and Richmond, Va., have all debuted vehicles-asvisitor-centers in the past couple of years, typically vans or SUVs wrapped in bright photos or patterns. Austin, Texas, outfitted an old airstream trailer; Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy uses a retrofitted bread delivery truck painted in vintage-looking hues of green and orange. Visit Spokane is considering something more in the style of a taco truck, Scheller says. It could hit the streets packed with brochures and other information as soon as this spring. (LW)
FINISH THE NORTH-SOUTH FREEWAY
STATUS: IN THE NEXT 26 YEARS, HOPEFULLY Since 1946, we’ve been patiently waiting for a 60 mph, 10.5-mile highway, bridging North Spokane and downtown, with the promise of cleaner air, fewer freighters, shorter travel times, reduced congestion on Division Street and its parallel roads. But almost 70 years later, only the northern half of the long-planned North-South Freeway is finished. So what’s the holdup? The problem is the fate of the freeway fully depends on funding from the legislature, and money’s been tight. There’s still a chance, however, that we’ll see the highway completed in our lifetimes. Negotiations on a 12-year, multibillion dollar transportation package began this November and will continue when the regular session kicks off on Jan. 13. In its current form, the proposal allots $750 million to the North-South Freeway — enough to build four lanes of high-speed roadway connecting Freya Street to Interstate 90 — through 2025. Without a finalized transportation package, it’s tough to speculate when the Department of Transportation will finish the long-awaited freeway, says Al Gilson, communications manager for WSDOT’s Eastern Region. But, he adds, “It certainly wouldn’t be until 2040.” (DEANNA PAN)
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STATUS: UNDER (VERY EARLY) DISCUSSION No matter how many times local media calls them “street kids,” many of the homeless or wandering people downtown are not, in fact, kids. Instead, many of them are 18, 19 or in their 20s — too old to go to Crosswalk, the city’s youth shelter, and often looking to avoid adult shelters. “It’s one thing if you wake up in Crosswalk and look around and say, ‘These are my peers,’ but if you wake up at House of Charity, you don’t want to look around and go, ‘This is who I am.’ That’s kind of scary,” says Bridget Cannon, Crosswalk’s programs director. That’s why some cities have created shelters focused specifically on that demographic. In Seattle, the James W. Ray Orion Center serves as a shelter for those ages 18-24, and ROOTS young adult shelter serves those 18-25. (When the Orion Center’s private funding expired in December, the Seattle City Council dedicated $130,000 and the King County Council contributed $120,000, allowing the shelter to open five nights a week for the coming year.) In Spokane, there’s been some discussion about a similar effort, but, as always, funding is scarce. (HEIDI GROOVER)
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MAKE MAIN AVENUE GO BOTH WAYS
STATUS: UNDER DISCUSSION Spokane once turned its downtown streets into a one-way grid to relieve congestion. But today, the multiple lanes of I-90 mean some streets barely see a lick of traffic. And these days, urban planners see one-way streets as death for downtown retail: With too many one-way streets, getting from one downtown store to another is like navigating a maze. A maze filled with stoplights. No wonder businesses on Main west of Division have been pushing to change Main back into a two-way. It’s long been part of the Downtown Spokane Partnership’s plan, and Scott Chesney, the City of Spokane’s planning director, is a fervent believer. He sees it as not just a matter of repainting a few lines and switching some signs, but an opportunity to completely change the street’s vibe. Imagine it: Angled parking. Separated bike lanes. Trees, benches and miniature parks lining the middle. But a few downtown power players, like those in charge of River Park Square, remain worried about the impact of any more congestion. If consensus can’t be reached, it’s possible the two-way would be phased in gradually, or only along a smaller stretch of Main. (DANIEL WALTERS)
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When Jennifer Hansen moved to the South Perry neighborhood eight and a half years ago, the area’s changes were only skin deep. The streets and sidewalks looked fresh; the decorative lighting was installed. But many of the storefronts were still empty. In the time since, she’s seen the area spring to life with trendy restaurants, outdoor movie showings on warm summer nights and, most of all, a feeling of safety. “People are out jogging, they’re walking dogs, they’re on their porch, they’re saying ‘Hi’ when they’re gardening,” Hansen says. “It went from a reputation of being dangerous to a reputation of being desirable.” Now, just across the freeway, Hansen and others hope to see the same thing happen to another historically hardscrabble area of town, East Sprague. A team of city leaders chose the area for a new influx of cash, and Hansen, a health programs specialist for the Spokane Regional Health District, will lead the door-to-door effort to educate residents about the money coming their way. Called “targeted and concentrated investment,” the approach will take about $5 million from various city funds aimed at redevelopment — funds that are usually spread among different neighborhoods
across the city — and pile it all in one part of the city at once. Among the pots of money are funds to buy, rehab and resell abandoned homes, replace sidewalks and repair roads. For many, the strip of blacktop east of downtown still brings to mind used car lots and prostitution, but it’s already begun to turn around. Dotting the street are restaurants, vintage shops and Sprague Union Terrace, a glossy new mixed-use complex. Jim Hanley, who owns the Tin Roof, a furniture store his father started more than 50 years ago, says the changes on South Perry are just what he hopes to see in his area. “That’s just how things work. You start a little fire and pretty soon you’ve got a roaring bonfire, and that’s just what’s happened up there,” he says. “We’re on the way already and this will accelerate it.” But the changes on Perry took years of a little funding here and a little there. Council President Ben Stuckart compares that to “spreading peanut butter” and says it’s exactly what the city should avoid with this project. He led the effort to choose one area of town and concentrate the money there for quicker, more prevalent results. On a cold November day, city council members, neighborhood leaders and Hansen, from the Health District, wound up and down East Sprague, counting dilapidated houses and chances for revival. The area presented the most opportunity for improvement and had a group of residents and business owners already meeting regularly. The idea, largely credited to Stuckart, isn’t entirely new. Milwaukee’s “Targeted Investment Neighborhoods” focus housing rehab dollars in small areas of six to 12 city blocks for three years at a time. In Richmond, Va., “Neighborhoods in Bloom” receive an influx of city and grant dollars to improve homes and buildings and spur private economic activity. But in Spokane, where revitalization can take decades, Stuckart sees significant infrastructure improvements five years in the future. After a decade, he believes the area will see real economic growth, with more businesses and more people living in the area. Since announcing the target area, Stuckart says he’s gotten calls about resources he didn’t even know were up for grabs, like historical preservation funding and public art, that might now be headed for East Sprague. A task force will begin meeting this month to determine just what the improvements in the area will look like, but it’s likely to start the way Perry did: sidewalks, streets and trees. Hanley, from the Tin Roof, rattles off all the changes already taking place in the area, then counts the 27 studies that have been done on how to revitalize the area. “We don’t need any more studies,” he says. “This is the magic spark to get everything going.”
become known as a good restaurant town?” we wrote. “C’mon, it’s not that far outside the realm of possibility.” At the time we counted a dozen chef-owned restaurants between Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Cheney, and most of the ones we listed as favorites — Quinn’s, Cafe 5-10, Moxie — no longer exist. It took a while longer, but the idea has finally taken hold in the Inland Northwest. And they’re everything we hoped for: creative, personal, seasonal, sometimes even controversial. Of course, the latest trend is celebrity chefs in big cities owning multiple restaurants, but we can only eat out so many nights a week. (LW)
GIVE SPOKANE A REAL TROLLEY
STATUS: UNDER DISCUSSION Put in something like a light-rail system, and economic development springs up along the track. But Spokane’s not exactly the sort of city to spring for pricey light rail. There may be a way, however, to capture that economic advantage at a fraction of the cost. For more than a decade, the Spokane Transit Authority, the City of Spokane and downtown development groups have looked at creating a “Central City Line” of modern electric trolleys. We’ve had buses dressed up as trolley cars, but this would be the real thing: trolley buses without rails, but still attached to an electric wire. It may link Browne’s Addition to downtown Spokane through Gonzaga University or Spokane Community College. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council is launching a task force this year to measure the possible economic impact. The route from idea to reality, however, remains littered with roadblocks. The Amalgamated Transit Union has been hesitant to support the project. Using American-made trolleys is necessary to get federal funding for the project, but E. Susan Meyer, the CEO of STA, prefers sleek train-inspired trolleys that aren’t yet available from a single North American bus manufacturer. That hasn’t stopped Meyer: She’s been taking meetings with bus manufacturer CEOs, trying to convince them it’s time for a new design for the U.S. (DW)
EMBRACE BEER TOURISM
STATUS: IN PROGRESS There are many reasons to come to Spokane, many of them related to the outdoors, and you’ve heard these trumpeted endlessly over the last decade or more. But one tourist attraction the city, and the surrounding region, is now capitalizing upon is our rapidly growing, excellently tasty craft brewing industry. In the span of just a couple years, the Inland Northwest has seen one brewery after another open its doors. Last year, 16 of these breweries banded together to create the Inland Northwest Ale Trail, a map that allows curious beer drinkers to ramble around the region, checking off the breweries as they go. John Bryant, a partner at No-Li Brewhouse, says that Spokane is already becoming a destination for beer fans. “It’s happening. Because we have a pub and do brewery tours we can talk to people and see where they’re from,” Bryant says. “We’ve seen people fly in on their way to Coeur d’Alene, but stay in Spokane and taste at a couple breweries.” The notion of beer as a tourism vehicle
MAKE COWORKING MORE COLLABORATIVE
STATUS: OPEN FOR BUSINESS When coworking was still a novel concept, spaces advertised themselves as glorified coffee shops — places where freelancers could use the wifi, be around other humans and work on whatever they were doing individually. But once you’ve got a group of smart, motivated workers all in the same building, couldn’t you use that collaborative power to do more? That’s the idea behind new coworking spaces like Fellow, which Luke Baumgarten opened late last year. A few years earlier, back when Baumgarten was an Inlander staffer, he wrote about the emerging coworking trend. “Since I wrote that story, I feel like a lot of the coworking spaces that have come to the forefront are about more than just renting a desk and not being alone,” he says. “They’re about building community and using the networks that exist when a bunch of people get together.” Say a director of a small nonprofit needs some design work, he says, and there’s already a designer in the building. That’s beneficial for everyone — almost like having a staff, or networking without leaving work. The entrepreneur-oriented ShareSpace Spokane, located within Steam Plant Square, is another spot that builds on the coworking model with workshops and support for startups. (LW)
LEAVE IT TO THE KIDS
STATUS: POSSIBLE With two all-ages music venues open and rocking, and another supposedly on the way, Spokane’s music scene is already starting off in a better place than it has in a long time. And though it has been well-documented that all-ages music venues aren’t exactly a booming business venture, we want 2014 to be the year Spokane starts sees its youth as an investment in the future. Having places for kids to go and experience culture (like the Bartlett and the Hop!) are the first step to success. But getting those kids to take ownership and feel like they are a part of the scene is key. Seattle’s Vera Project enlists youth volunteers to help take tickets and run shows. Locally, Spokane Arts or another city group could help assemble youth, train them to be great volunteers and get them involved in the inner workings of the art and music scene. In a similar vein, Portland’s Rock and Roll Camp for Girls, which aims to build girls’ self-esteem through making music, has proven to be a wild success. Seeing a program like that in Spokane would only further ensure new generations of diverse musicians. And that’s precisely how Tom Chavez, owner of local all-ages venue The Hop!, thinks Spokane should start viewing its young artists: “Today’s young musicians are tomorrow’s great bands.” (LEAH SOTTILE)
NAME THAT ONE PART OF DOWNTOWN
STATUS: LONG OVERDUE You know, that area we’re always trying to talk about — that part of Main Avenue between Browne and Division, with Main Market, Boots, The Magic Lantern, Saranac, Merlyn’s and more, and continuing over toward Borracho and the Blind Buck? It’s not exactly a neighborhood, but it’s a distinct area that needs a name and nothing obvious has emerged. It’s been almost a year since Shawn Vestal wrote a column in the Spokesman-Review about this exact problem (“Hip block of West Main crying out for edgy moniker”) and the only good news is that Spokane indeed has too much civic pride to
call it “Little Portland.” We’ve heard “East End” to mirror the West End/Carnegie Square shopping area on the other side of downtown. Or maybe the Community Block, to honor the Community Building that symbolizes the area’s revival? We like the sound of “East Main” since it’s the east end of downtown, but sticklers will point out that East Main Avenue technically exists on the other side of Division, and we’ve also heard West Main. So then what? Central Main just sounds redundant. (LW)
KEEP A TINY MILK COW IN THE BACKYARD
STATUS: POSSIBLE Forget chickens. Imagine a milk cow small enough to comfortably live in your backyard. That’s the suggestion of Mary Jane Butters, the Moscow-area farming lifestyle guru, who hopes for a resurgence in backyard cow-keeping. But, as Butters puts it, a “full-size milk cow is way too much cow. And milk. And manure.” So Butters started trying to breed a smaller herd. In August, her miniature Jersey, Etta Jane, gave birth at the Washington State University Veterinary School to a tiny calf, Eliza Belle, who weighed only 30 pounds at birth. (They typically weigh twice that much.) Cows aren’t currently allowed as pets within Spokane city limits, but the Spokane City Council will likely consider updating the urban farming rules this year. (LW)
hasn’t been lost on the region’s tourism officials. Visit Spokane prominently lists the breweries within the city on its website and the Davenport Hotel even offers a special brewery tasting package. But it’s not just about tourism, Bryant says. A bustling craft beer industry creates jobs — No-Li alone has added six living wage, full-benefits jobs and another 20 restaurant jobs this year alone. (MIKE BOOKEY)
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GET EVERYONE IN A ROOM
STATUS: UNDER DISCUSSION This notion among the Spokane music scene that the local fire department is a bunch of fun-killers has got to stop. But after years of issues — from the closure of venues for not having sprinkler systems to the shutdown of shows in nontraditional spaces — you can start to understand why it might seem that way. In 2014, we propose sitting everyone involved in this issue — venue owners, show promoters, local bands, the fire department and city officials — down in one room in order to figure out how to solve the problem. Shannon Halberstadt, executive director of Spokane Arts, says not only is a summit of this sort entirely possible, it is key to the success of Spokane’s cultural climate. Halberstadt says clearing up the laws could be the best place to start. She points to Seattle, where a similar coalition between the city and artists resulted in a resource called “Square Feet Seattle,” which clearly spells out how to artists can create new cultural spaces. “We’ll all have a stronger, better Spokane if we work in cooperation,” she says. (LS)
GIVE MORE HIGH FIVES
STATUS: SHOULD TOTALLY HAPPEN The last time I said hello to a stranger on the street in downtown Spokane, I didn’t get a hello back. Or a nod. Or a smile. I think I was actually a few seconds away from getting pepper sprayed, the stranger clearing the sidewalk, both hands clutching his briefcase, bracing for what unsolicited pleasantry I might utter next. We need to bring back stranger-to-stranger communication on our streets. This is why I propose a “High-Five Zone” be established somewhere downtown Spokane. This 20-foot stretch of neon-painted sidewalk requires that any and all able individuals walking in opposite directions should engage in a high-five at the point of intersection. No verbal communication is required but failure to adhere to the regulations of the High-Five Zone requires one to return to the beginning of the Zone and wait to engage in a highfive before proceedings. Repeat offenders will be required to take in a lecture from a seasoned Spokanite who will remind the offender of “the good ol’ days when everyone smiled and said hello.” It’s a perfectly non-committal way to connect with strangers. (MB)
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Still Fighting After 25 years, Chuck D has seen a lot of things change — and a lot stay exactly the same BY LEAH SOTTILE
he year was 1989. America’s first actor-turned-president was handing the keys to the White House to his successor: a clean-cut Texan and former director of the CIA. The two men — Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush — represented a time when politicians were tough on crime and wars were being waged on drugs. Like a pair of John Waynes in suits and ties, they were hard-nosed, driving home a value-driven agenda that spoke to the average, white-bread American. But beyond the actor president’s flawless facade and the Texan’s no-new-taxes promises, a great number of Americans were angry. Angry at the Cold War, angry at
Reaganomics. Angry that prisons were filled with minorities. The culture of America was sizzling like a powder keg, and a young man from Queens, N.Y., was ready to make it explode. His name was Carlton Ridenhour — better known as Chuck D — and he surprised America with something new: music that was brash and contagious, that pointed a finger at the establishment and demanded that people question authority. Even today, more than 25 years after he stepped into the limelight, he continues on his mission to empower Americans of all races to stand up for the freedoms they are promised. Back in 1989, Chuck D and Public Enemy rapped with ...continued on next page
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a fearlessness and rage that was invigorating to young Americans, particularly on a track called “Fight the Power.” The song told black youth to fight for their freedoms and stand up against the establishment that was holding them down, and it shat on the good-old-boy America that Reagan and Bush represented at the time. The hip-hop group enjoyed massive success with songs like this through the 1990s; their album Fear of a Black Planet even found a home in the Library of Congress. Public Enemy was pissed, and rapped about things that mattered to the people: slow response times by ambulances in black neighborhoods, the misrepresentation of blacks in pop culture. Today, all these years later, that’s something Chuck D has spoken at length about. Hip-hop isn’t what it was when he started. “I’m a big fan of the genre,” he says over the phone. “I believe that it’s high performance art, and I don’t believe that it’s the low-art, infantile gibberish that people say that it is.” But he says that mainstream hip-hop’s infatuation with extravagance and materialism is where he finds a problem with the genre’s evolution. It isn’t about change or being a voice of the people. “It’s reduced to something that’s not being worth the effort,” he says. These days, Chuck D continues to make music with Public Enemy, but he also lectures — like the one he’ll give this week in Spokane, called “Race, Rap and Reality.” It’s a new vehicle for his outrage, and a way for him to present the
knowledge he’s gained over the past 25 years. “Race has gone through a washing machine and a dryer all at once. Every year we’re tweaking the definition of it,” he says. “I’m always going to be outraged at the exploitation of aspects of black life.” He points to the thug stereotype of African Americans, and how it has been blown up, exploited and spread through American culture. That not-so-accurate image has changed rap and hip-hop — projecting an image into the mainstream about what it means to be black in America: “I don’t like the imbalance that is portrayed through American media coverage. You have people born into that stereotype now.” He says that’s why he continues to help support underground artists who steer clear of those stereotypes. Since 1999, he’s pushed those artists on Rapstation.com, a site that puts social commentary and underground hip-hop side by side. He says that as a longtime veteran of the business, the hip-hop world was obviously going to change: “[Public Enemy was] one of the first that went around the world — that planted seeds, and now people pick the fruit.” firstname.lastname@example.org Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration with Chuck D • Wed, Jan. 15, at 10 am; doors at 9 am • Spokane Falls Community College, Bldg. 15 Music Auditorium • 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. • Free • All-ages • spokanefalls.edu
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et’s be honest: everyone likes to be close to the action. Women who like to be near famous people are often called “groupies” — and many of the gals who made lives out touring and sleeping with some of the most famous rock musicians of the 20th century have made careers out of their habit (there’s practically an entire genre of groupie memoirs on Amazon.com). But guys who are close to the action — what do we call them? Charlie Murphy, the older brother of funnyman Eddie Murphy, was one of those guys. Granted, he had the benefit of being backstage and brushing elbows with famous people during the 1970s and ’80s because of his brother, but he was still kind of a groupie. You’d be hard-pressed to find him denying that; the older Murphy has made an entire late-in-life career out of his hilarious brushes with famous people. On Comedy Central’s mid-2000s hit series, Chappelle’s Show, Charlie Murphy appeared in a recurring bit, “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories.” The gist of it was simple: Murphy talked of times he played basketball with Prince, got punched in the face by Rick James, etc. The sketch drew a huge response from fans, and propelled Charlie Murphy — then in his late 40s — to fame. After Chappelle’s Show, he went on to a successful career as a stand-up comic.
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t was 1984 and Charlie Schmidt was unemployed. For a couple of weeks that year, the Spokane artist and a group of friends took turns making goofy, improvised videos in a basement using a friend’s newly purchased Sony Betacam. The hangouts were never intended to be anything other than some guys messing around with what was then a high-end camera. No one planned to upload the nonsensical footage on a yet-to-beinvented video sharing site called YouTube, let alone share it on a fledgling thing called the Internet. Neither Schmidt nor his friends could predict how far a grainy, 55-second clip captured 30 years ago would go. In it, the camera is focused on a fluffy orange cat wearing a baby-blue shirt and a dazed expression. An offscreen force moves the cat’s paws to pound out a simple yet catchy tune on an electronic keyboard. After being uploaded back in 2007 and going viral a few years later, “Keyboard Cat - THE ORIGINAL,” has racked up more than 33 million views, becoming one of the most watched cat videos of all time and paved the way for countless cat videos to come, including those in a curated selection being screened at the Internet Cat Video Film Festival. The unpredictably popular event, which debuted at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center back in the summer of 2012, stops in downtown Spokane
next week as part of an international tour. Looking back on it all, Schmidt marvels at the unlikely chain of events that brought the clip the notoriety it has today. “It shouldn’t exist,” he says matterof-factly from his South Hill home office. “The thread between me and when I first shot that, and why and what was going on, and why it has survived and got out there — it’s mission impossible.” On the table in front of him lies Bento, or “Benny,” as Schmidt affectionately calls the 5-year-old, round-faced tabby — the modern face of the Keyboard Cat universe. Bento’s white-tipped paws are neatly resting on top of a small white keyboard, sleeves rolled up on the baby-blue, cutoff newborn onesie he’s wearing. He’s not the feline star of the original viral video — that was Fatso the cat, who reached the end of her lifespan more than a decade ago — but Schmidt couldn’t imagine a more perfectly mannered cat for the job. More of us than would like to admit have clicked “play” on a cat video. Some might even consider themselves cat video aficionados, because we live in a time when such a distinction exists. The intent of the Internet Cat Video Film Fest is to take solo viewing experiences, or those shared by small groups crowded in an office cubicle, and create a shared, social event, according to festival creator Scott Stulen, a museum curator at the progressive Walker Art Center.
It’s a social experiment that’s proven successful. The 2013 festival lineup has been screened in 15 cities, some international, and makes eight more stops this year. “The core of the event is that people want to meet other people who share their passion for cat culture,” Stulen says. He adds, “There is an aloofness and independence, and it's easy to project human characteristics on cats… and that’s why I think cat videos have so much traction online.” While the original plan was for Lil Bub, the famous dwarf cat known for her unusual looks, to make a special appearance at the Spokane screening, there was a miscommunication between the event organizers and promoters. In Bub’s place, Schmidt and Bento the Keyboard Cat were invited to attend. It will be the first major public appearance by Keyboard Cat at a local event, Schmidt says. And after all the unexpected success, including hiring a manager, air time with several mainstream ad campaigns, Keyboard Cat merchandise and being inducted into the “Internet Cat Video Hall of Fame,” Schmidt’s take on it all remains: “You can’t predict any of this, nor can you do it on purpose.” The Internet Cat Video Film Festival • Thu, Jan. 16, at 7:30 pm • $20-$35 • Allages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • ticketweb.com
Cut Out For the Job A bloody, tasty look into the life of a North Idaho butcher BY CARRIE SCOZZARO
oelle Branen has seen her husband Tim in a dumpster full of animal guts. That sight might send some spouses running, but when your better half is the owner of Tim’s Special Cut Meats, it’s the norm. “He loves to shock people by drinking the blood from the bottom of a tub that’s been full of meat,” says Noelle. Like most people in the business, Tim Branen started young, working in his parents’ Ketchum, Idaho-based grocery store. At 14, he started his own game-cutting business. After graduating from high school, Branen moved to Southern California and apprenticed with a butcher. He eventually relocated to North Idaho, working from home and specializing in mobile butchery with a specially designed rig that features a hydraulic lift gate, hanging rails and gut bins. Typically, Branen butchers game onsite — he also works with people who raise their own feed animals — and brings the meat to the shop to process. The service is especially ideal for game hunters, who abound in North Idaho. According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, more than 12.5 million people spent $22.9 billion on hunting in 2006. Around 122,000 of them hailed from North Idaho. In 2002, Branen (who ironically doesn’t hunt) opened a retail butcher shop on Government Way, growing the business to include just about everything but vegetables (which, not that ironically, he doesn’t eat). ...continued on next page
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FOOD | OPENING “CUT OUT FOR THE JOB,” CONTINUED... So in addition to 3,500 pounds of retail meat — beef, pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, rabbit, lamb, goat, elk, buffalo — Branen has around 50,000 pounds of meat and game on hand. Featuring hormone- and antibioticfree Angus beef from an outfit in Montana, the shop’s top-selling items are top sirloin and seasoned prime rib, as well as Twin Falls-based Falls Brand pork. Bulk meat packages range from the 52-pound all-beef Coeur d’Alene ($275) to the Pend Oreille ($259), which totals 75 pounds of assorted chicken, beef and pork. Over the years, Tim’s Special Cut Meats has become a hub for regional products: soups, pancakes, pasta, jams, olives and sauces; beer and wine; and soap, candy, candles and books from local vendors. Supporting worthy causes is important to Tim,
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says Noelle. The business supports local organizations — schools, churches, parks and rec leagues — as well as national causes such as Habitat for Humanity, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and efforts to battle breast cancer. In 2013, the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce’s Education Group recognized Tim’s Special Cut Meats for going “above and beyond” in helping public schools. Have a cooking question? Branen is the go-to for that, too. In addition to stocking barbecues and fire pits, he features a wide range of sauces, spices, rubs and accoutrements. His summer — when he’s not spending time with Noelle and the couple’s four children — includes catering cookouts, weddings and other events. Tim’s also carries local eggs, raw milk (goat and cow) and butter and deli items, as well as a proprietary maple bacon sausage. A typical day for Branen involves making jerky, sausage or bacon, as well as cutting and selling meat, invoicing, answering calls, and doing paperwork.
When you spend your days up to your elbows in animal parts, typical is a relative term. For Branen, that results in a wry sense of humor. The business logo features an upside-down cow, because that’s how Branen usually views the animals he slaughters. Noelle recalls a story about the time Tim catered an event for Gozzer Ranch involving an alligator. “We drove to Spokane and picked up an alligator and put it in the back of our pickup truck,” she says. “However, the tail hung off the tailgate and was swaying in the wind. People were staring at us like we were crazy.” They eventually cooked the gator over open flame, using a chainsaw to cut it open while the guests — many close enough to get sprayed — watched. n Tim’s Special Cut Meats • 7397 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene • Open Mon-Fri, 9 am-7 pm; Sat, 9 am-6 pm • timsspecialcutmeatscoe.com • 208-772-3327
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hey used to sell their wine out of the back of a van. That’s what spawned the name V du V Wines — a shortening of “Vin du Van” after winemakers John Morrow and Kirk Phillips discovered that label was already taken in Europe. The abbreviation works; the business partners no longer sling wine from a vehicle, but a newly opened winery on the corner of First and Scott. In the space since 2010, which aptly used to be a tire shop, it took until October to finish the tasting room where patrons of First Friday got to experience the small-batch, handcrafted wines. Using grapes grown in the Columbia Valley, they are fermented on site. Currently, 80 barrels of wine wait in the highceilinged storeroom. Tasters can now enjoy three varieties of red wine: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage. Expect the label’s first round of white wines as early as next spring. “We’re fans of the fruit-forward Washington lines in our wine,” Phillips says. “The spicy, the peppery, that’s what we like in our wine’s flavors.” The men first met a decade ago, and produced their first bottle of wine within a year. Their children were in elementary school together and they realized their shared passion for drinking wine. When Morrow learned Phillips had a small vineyard growing up on a farm in Lind, Wash., he made a proposition. V du V started with five people, but as the others fell away one by one, Morrow and Phillips stood by a product they believed needed to be shared. “Spokane deserves to have more wine options,” Phillips says. “Every state has a thriving wine industry now, and Washington’s is right up there.” As Morrow explains, “this is a hobby that ran amok.” Both men have outside jobs; this is what makes them happy. “The plan is to grow this business, to build it as a legacy for our children,” Morrow says. n email@example.com
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Spokane’s own Brayden Tucker (right) makes his film debut in this locally made movie.
Different Drummers is a real-life Spokane story that’s finally made it to the big screen BY MIKE BOOKEY
t can take a long time for anyone to make a movie. For Spokane’s Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher, it took a really long time. It’s been almost a decade since Hatcher walked into the North by Northwest offices in 2004 to record an audio track of a few stories from his boyhood. After Hatcher had laid down anecdotes about his childhood best friend, a wheelchair-bound kid named David to whom Hatcher tried to transfer some of his excess energy, Caron thought he’d found a great movie idea. The two set about making that movie, Different Drummers, and it debuts this weekend in downtown Spokane. “It’s one of those stories that has an original element to it, and when you’re looking for a story, that’s what you’re looking for,” says Caron, who has spent several years since meeting Hatcher working nearly full time on the film. To help make the film a reality, Caron sold his house and eventually drained his retirement funds, only to see the project nearly stall out a few years ago. Eventually, though, he and Hatcher, a successful
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investment broker, were able to take their script — which they turned into a book to help lure investors — and attract more than a million dollars in funding. All of that, like much of the film’s other resources, came from Spokane. The film itself takes place in Spokane back in 1965 and recreates a landscape and style longtime residents will undoubtedly find nostalgic. But it wasn’t just the cars and clothes that Caron and Hatcher (who both serve as the film’s co-writers and co-directors), were able to find in Spokane. They also found one of their principal actors, Brayden Tucker, a Spokane kid who’d never acted in a film yet masterfully took on the role of the young Hatcher. He plays opposite another young star, Ethan Reed McKay, a Portland native who plays Hatcher’s best friend David Dahlke, bound to a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy. For Hatcher, the film is obviously quite personal, given that it portrays his youth. Although Caron initially was reluctant to follow his partner’s desire to shoot many
of the scenes where they actually occurred, to portray the same time period and use the actual names of his childhood friends and teachers, Caron now thinks the choice has added extra weight to the film. “[Hatcher] had an instinctual understanding of the power of this story. There were times when a power was lent to the film by using the actual location where it happened,” says Caron, who also composed the film’s score. They even shot at David’s childhood home, where his elderly mother still lives. Gloria Dahlke let them shoot in her house and the pool in her backyard. “At the age of 92, Gloria was watching these reenactments from her son’s life. There was magic that was happening,” says Caron. Almost 50 years after these events happened and 10 since it was decided they should be made into a movie, Hatcher and Caron are debuting the film this weekend at the AMC theater in River Park Square, where it will run for at least a week. They have other distribution deals in the works, including possibilities of a wider theatrical run in other cities. For Caron, the story of making the movie has become almost as dynamic as the story his film tells. “As a writer you see your stories as having a plot curve. I see this real-life story as having momentum, and then going to the bottom, and going up and up and up from there,” says Caron. n Different Drummers opens on Fri, Jan. 10 at AMC River Park Square 20 and runs for at least a week.
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With snappy, southern drawls and huge screaming fiascos, August: Orange 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. Based off the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production, this movie adaption exemplifies all the hilarity and angst involved in family, as the sisters excavate long buried issues. (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
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
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
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We’re pretty sure that Keanu Reeves is actually a Japanese warrior trapped in the body of a modern American, which makes this role more than fitting. Here, we have Reeves as a one of the 47 Ronin, ancient warriors who, according to legend, went in search of the evil dudes who murdered their master. (MB) Rated PG-13
ALL IS LOST
We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eight-day fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor’s magnificently primal All Is Lost. After all, how in the world are we supposed to sympathize with our soggy protagonist if we don’t know about a rift with his daughter, or a childhood trauma, or why he’s sailing alone in the middle of nowhere? At Magic Lantern (SR) Rated PG-13
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
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Answering the question “Who benefits?” The Second Cooler attempts to create a poignant, impartial view on the immigration issue. Newbie Ellin Jimmerson writes and directs, interviewing both illegal migrants as well as professionals on the topic in Arizona and northern Mexico. Jimmerson’s film covers the abuses of the guest-worker program, anti-immigrant politics, the deaths on the border, and the impact on free trade agreements on migration, in an effort to unravel the threads of a complex issue. The documentary is subtitled in both English and Spanish. At Magic Lantern. (ER) Not Rated
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Frozen is a princess story; Disney is doubling down on the princesses — there’s two of ’em here. But Disney is also doubling down on the hints of nascent feminism Brave hinted at, the sort of barebones feminism which accepts that girls and women might possibly want more out of life than to get married. The princesses are sisters — the elder Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel) and the younger Anna (the voice of Kristen Bell) — and this is mostly the story of their troubled relationship because Elsa is known to turn things into ice with her magical powers. (MJ) Rated PG
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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Splitting up a novel into three movies might seem like a bad idea, but most audience members will be still trying to keep track of all the names in this fantasy flick based on the Tolkien classic. (Smaug? Biblo? Erebor? Come on, now.) This second chunk features the majority of the action as Biblo Baggins (Martin Freeman) journeys with Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 dwarves to save the dwarf kingdom of Erebor. (ER) PG-13
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Almost a year after surviving The Hunger Games, victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) live torn between the bourgeois control of the Capitol and the serfdom of their home, District 12. A cloud of tension hovers over their relationship in the wake of Katniss faking a romance with Peeta in order to survive the Games, while she actually pines for Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). (SS) Rated PG-13
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Joel and Ethan Coen, following their own footsteps of filling a film with music, as they did in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this time take on the early ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene. The title character (Oscar Isaac) is a multi-talented folkie who has no people skills and is likely ahead of his time. The people around him seem to cause nothing but crises, but the determined Llewyn sings on, against all odds. Not always a good idea in a Coen Brothers film. At AMC (ES) Rated R
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
Set for release in the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death, it’s almost as if the creators of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, were able to predict the future as people will be more interested in this film more than ever. With Idris Elba (The
Wire) playing the revolutionary figure who ended apartheid in South Africa, the film covers the life of Mandela until his presidential inauguration. At Magic Lantern (LJ) Rated PG-13
Finding a Publishers Clearing House envelope stating that he’s won a million bucks, Woody Grant, a reckless, lonely boozer played by 77-year-old Bruce Dern, heads out from Montana to Nebraska to claim his fortune. He takes along his skeptical son (Will Forte), who’s humoring him, as Woody tells everyone he knows that he’s become a millionaire, gathering clingy new money-hungry friends along the way. Payne (Sideways, The Descendants, Election) shot the film in black and white, adding its already present sense of despair. (MB) R
OUT OF THE FURNACE
Can two brothers be any more different? Good boy Russell (Christian Bale), resigned to working in a small-town mill, tries to keep a protective eye on his loose cannon younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) and Iraq war vet who would rather pummel opponents in bare-knuckle street fights to pay off his debts than get a job. Willem Dafoe plays a good-hearted bad guy, Woody Harrelson plays a purely evil one, everyone owes everyone else big money, brutal violence is an everyday thing, vengeance and/or revenge is on the minds of many. (ES) Rated R
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Hinted at in Paranormal Activity Four, this spin-off stars Jesse (Andrew Jacobs), who, during a party, checks out the mysterious apartment downstairs and discovers what seems to be evidence of black magic. Written and directed by Christopher Landon, this horror film is shown in traditional Paranormal fashion, as Jesse’s descent is portrayed with shaky camera movements and crappy lighting. (ER) Rated R
Philomena Lee, an elderly British woman, confides in her daughter that she gave birth to a son in Ireland 50 years earlier. Unwed at the time, she was forced to give him up for adoption. Martin, a former government adviser and journalist
out of a job, is looking for a story idea to bring to his editor. At a party, he hears of Philomena. Together, he and Philomena investigate the life of her lost son and find themselves exploring America looking for answers. (KS) Rated R
SAVING MR. BANKS
Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has a 20-year promise hanging over his head. After his daughters ask for their beloved Mary Poppins to be turned into a movie, Disney begins a quest to gain the rights from stubborn P.L Travers (Emma Thompson). Refusing him time and time again for fear Walt has a two-week window where she will listen to his proposal, and hopefully let him make his movie. (ER) PG-13
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Arriving at the offices of Life where he toils in “negative asset management,” Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) discovers that the venerable publication has been bought out and condemned to the most undignified of fates: going web-only. A frequent day dreamer, Walter soon finds himself heading out to Greenland to track down one of his photographers (Sean Penn) who has all but disappeared — thus giving Walter some real-life adventures. (CW) Rated PG
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
More advanced than the animation in Land Before Time but just as heartwarming, Walking with Dinosaurs, set in the late Cretaceous period more than 70 million years ago, follows three dinos — Patchi, Scowler, and Juniper — as they transition out of childhood into adulthood and lead their herd in migrating. cularly produced. (KS) PG
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
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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The Honest Truth Typhoon isn’t afraid to let space and size inform its sound BY LAURA JOHNSON
yle Morton doesn’t believe there are too many musicians crammed into Typhoon, his 11-piece rock orchestra. He promises that the band was never conceived as a see-how-many-people-weput-on-stage sort of ploy. “No, that’s the argument for why I ride the bus instead of taking a car,” he says over the phone last weekend. “You combine all of these people in one band and you’re saving everyone from three or four bands.” It’s a sunny afternoon in Portland and Morton is taking advantage of it, sprawled out on his front porch steps. There was a time he lived with bandmates — some of whom are friends he’s had since high school, or earlier. Now he lives apart from the band. As Typhoon’s main singer and songwriter, Morton is the natural leader. But for him, the act is about being able to create music with his friends. “I wanted a place where everyone could be included,” Morton explains. Even buddies who don’t play music have been assigned to other duties like graphics or promotions. Morton moved from Salem, Ore., in 2004 to attend Portland State University, where he took music theory classes and continued to hone his guitar technique playing in a punk band back home. The next year, the collective would take shape. “It was strictly going to be a recording project, but it was so much fun
we went ahead and signed up for a show,” Morton recalls. “Typhoon was just a working title.” After that, no one wanted to do anything else. They all moved to Portland, playing as many gigs as could be finagled. The city took notice and Typhoon soon became a favorite among its indie rock scene. When you live in Portland, Morton says, it becomes refreshing to meet someone who’s not in a band. “There is a lot of competition here,” he says. “But playing here just feels like home. We’re so blessed to have fans come out to our shows at all.” Last year, the band recorded White Lighter at Pendarvis Farm, the same stretch of green southeast of Portland where the Pickathon Music Festival is held. “We holed up there for six weeks to get it done,” Morton says. “I want to go back all of the time. To just write and be out with nature.” The record, which made many top-10 album lists of the year including the Inlander’s, was the group’s most acclaimed yet. The pop-rock is complex, to say the least. Piquing interest from the start, the syncopations, the rests, the assorted speeds, the varied time signatures and the melodic changes coherently weave through each track. “Yeah, there was a point I was worried we were becoming a prog rock ...continued on next page
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MUSIC | INDIE ROCK “THE HONEST TRUTH,” CONTINUED... band,” Morton says. “But the aesthetic works because we keep the lyrical content pretty steady. That is the thread that binds each song.” No matter how majestic and peppy the instrumentation may seem, with horns, strings, cymbals and claps, the lyrics flow out with a tinge of sadness. Health-wise, Morton has been through hell. As a kid, he contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite. It would go undiagnosed for years. There was a point when he wasn’t sure he would make it to adulthood. “I’m completely cured now,” Morton says. “I’m still working towards happiness; the peace of mind. That’s what I get to work out in my music.” With the advent of a new year comes new possibilities for the group; more writing and recording. Next week, Typhoon kicks off its third national tour, playing Spokane for the first time. Originally set to headline the new all-ages music venue, The Bartlett, last fall, the group is now poised to help kick off the rescheduled grand opening next weekend. They’ll pack into their humongous passenger van and hit the road. With so many members, the band frets about the size of the stage at their next venue. One time at a gig in Philadelphia, they were forced to put bandmates on a balcony across the room. Never again, they vowed. Yet smaller spaces can make performances more exciting. “You’re right; if someone hits another person in the eyeball with their bow or smashes a foot in a cymbal, we would just continue,” Morton says, laughing. “But in truth, we’re well aware of one another. We’ll make it work; we’re very used to this now.” The Bartlett Grand Opening Weekend • Jan. 16-18 • Typhoon with Silver Torches and guests • Fri, Jan 17, at 8 pm • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • $15/$20 day of • All-ages • thebartlettspokane.com
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t’s New Year’s Day, and Sea Giant looks like they had a rough night. The pair sits in a downtown Spokane coffee shop, where Conor Knowles nurses a cup of coffee and Kyler Ferguson props his head up between his hands, eyes just barely open. He doesn’t say much. They played a house show last night in Coeur d’Alene, one they said was packed full of dancing, jumping kids. Knowles says he’s tired because his friend was puking all over his bedroom last night. But they say they’re mostly tired because they unload everything when they’re onstage together: jumping, jerking, yelling and screaming. Sea Giant is where all of their emotions go. It’s what they live for. “Nothing else has ever meant as much to me. I’m super serious about it,” Knowles, 20, says. “I’m super serious about what we do as a band. Out of all the things I’ve been interested in, that’s the only thing that’s ever stuck around and always been there. I’ve always described it — and it’s kind of weird and doesn’t make sense to most people — my feeling toward music, and music as a whole, is what I imagine true love would feel like. It’s corny but that’s what I’ve always told people.” Knowles says the pair, who grew up in Newport, Wash. (Ferguson, 19, still lives there), always felt like outcasts. When they picked up music in high school, they played acoustic folk at
first. And Knowles says even then they still felt out of place. But now, with Sea Giant, they’re truly showing themselves to the world. The two-piece, synth-and-drum-machine-driven band makes moody 1980s-inspired pop music, and it’s the sound they’ve always wanted to make. Lyrics are desperate, confused diary pages: “I don’t think that I could save your life/I don’t think I’ll even try,” they sing on “Close.” And behind their words are wailing, circus-like harmonies and dance club beats. It’s happy music about being sad. “Writing music is how I help myself through things. I’ve always described it as my therapy,” Knowles says. “I’ve always been more driven by the darker things, the more melancholy things in life. I think happy music is great. But that’s just not how I write. It’s pretty melancholy stuff, but then there’s always kind of hope at the end.” He looks at Ferguson, who takes his head off his hands for a second and just nods. email@example.com Sea Giant • Fri, Jan. 10, at 6:30 pm • Boots Bakery & Lounge • 24 W. Main • Free • Allages • 703-7223 • Also opening for the Wild Ones • Fri, Jan. 10, at 8 pm • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • $8/$10 day of show • thebartlettspokane.com
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here are three Hilker men in the 3H Band, father Fred Hilker and his sons Jordan and Lukas. With the addition of friend Jerrick Crites, the foursome makes progressive rock ‘n’ roll, blues and jazz without the use of vocals. Their sound floats and soars with reverberating guitars and smooth transitions. Saturday, the Spokane act is debuting its fifth album, Utopia, at a belated CD release party at the Phat House. Better late then never. — LAURA JOHNSON The 3H Band • Sat, Jan 11, at 7 pm • The Phat House • 417 S. Browne • Free • All-ages • thephathouse.com • 443-4103
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PERFORMANCE CIRCUS SPECTACULAR
Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Take that chance when the edgy performance group Spokane Aerial Performance Arts hosts its first circus festival, which includes instructional workshops for all you would-be aerial silk performers and jugglers. The performance school is also hosting acclaimed aerialist Krin Haglund, who has performed on stages around the world and is the first female to perform on the Cyr wheel. The apparatus is basically a giant metal hoop a performer stands inside and manipulates to do acrobatic feats. Haglund is teaching several workshops on the wheel, but definitely don’t miss her performance alongside local aerialists at the festival finale. — CHEY SCOTT Spokane Circus Festival • Jan. 15-19, workshop times vary; performance Jan. 18 at 7 pm • $12 • West Central Community Center • 1603 N. Belt • spokaneaerial.com • 435-1576
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FAMILY MICKEY ROCKS OUT
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Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival • Sun, Jan. 12, at 1 pm • $20$50 • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • ticketswest.com
Broadway Night at the Bing • Fri, Jan. 10 at 7 pm • $15/advance, $20/door, $5/students • All-ages • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • bingcrosbytheater.com • (212) 262-5220
It’s a jumble of all your favorite Disney characters — all rocking out together on stage (no, this one isn’t on ice). That’s right, Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival brings the classic characters of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy and mixes them with cast members from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and more. Perhaps you and your family can’t make a getaway to Disneyland or Walt Disney World any time soon, so here’s a chance to see the famous characters here in your own backyard. Plus, they’ll sing a slew of today’s hits. — LAURA JOHNSON
After its acclaimed run of Les Misérables last fall, the Spokane Civic Theatre surprised us all with the announcement that it’s teaming up with the Spokane Symphony to perform a spectacular encore performance March 1-2. As those dates approach, the Bing hosts a teaser night of Broadway tunes, featuring 10 Les Mis cast members performing, cabaret-style, pieces from the play as well as other familiar and lesser-known musical numbers. Hosted by Les Mis director Douglas Webster. — CHEY SCOTT
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Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been turned into an opera, a movie with Michelle Pfeiffer and a ballet choreographed by George Balanchine. This Saturday, Spokane Youth Ballet carries on the tradition of telling the comedy without the use of words, this time with original movement by SYB’s resident choreographer Phaedra Jarrett, with artistic direction from Kristen Potts. More than 50 local dancers will take to the stage, while principal dancers from the Oakland Ballet will portray the royal fairy roles. The show should last about two hours with intermission, relatively short for a ballet. — LAURA JOHNSON A Midsummer Night’s Dream • Sat, Jan. 11, at 7:30 pm • $11-$22 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • ticketswest.com • 6241200
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Most comedy shows (hopefully) push your capacity for laughter to the edge with back-to-back-to-back comics taking the stage and maybe a host in between, also hoping to make you laugh. The Bing is shaking that formula up a bit this weekend with the Comedy and Music Spectacular, blending laughs and tunes together so you reload on laughs. Headlining the comedy portion is Spokane native Tom McTigue (pictured), a veteran comic who has graced David Letterman’s stage, along with a foul-mouthed guy named Greg the Greek. I think he’s Italian. On the music side is Joey Williams of the Blind Boys of Alabama. — MIKE BOOKEY Comedy and Music Spectacular • Sat, Jan. 11, at 8 pm • $20 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • bingcrosbytheater.com
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PANHANDLE SPECIAL NEEDS SPAGHETTI FEED Fundraiser hosted by the Hermanos Motorcycle Club and the Long Bridge Grill to benefit the organization, supporting those with disabilities. Event includes food, prizes, live music and more. Jan. 11, 2 pm. $5. The Long Bridge Grill, 471600 Hwy. 95. (995-6541) 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 off donations Mon-Fri from 9 am-5 pm, through Feb. 5. Sale Feb. 15-16 at the Lincoln Center. Spokane Public Radio, 2319 N. Monroe. spokanepublicradio.org (328-5729) HONOR FLIGHT THE MOVIE Fundraiser screening of the Honor Flight film to
benefit the 2014 Inland Northwest Honor Flight. Jan. 18, 3 pm. $5, limited seating available. Turning Point Open Bible Church, 11911 N. Division. (467-5122)
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CHOOSE TO LOSE! Live improv comedy show performed in the style of a game show. Rated for general audiences. Fridays at 8 pm through Jan. 31. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) HARRY J. RILEY Live stand-up comedy show. Jan. 10-11 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fri at 8 pm. Free. Red Dragon, 1406 W. Third. (838-6688)
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Advice Goddess DoWn on His Luxe
I’ve always loved surprising my wife with expensive jewelry and lavish vacations. However, I lost my job, and my new job pays far less. There’s barely money for necessities, let alone luxuries. My wife has been very supportive, reassuring me, “I’d love you if you were flat broke,” which makes me feel even more of a desire to wow her. But realizing we have no funds for a big trip this year, I suggested a “staycation” (where we’d just stay local and lie around and relax). She agreed to it, but I could tell she AMY ALKON was disappointed. I’m worried that the “magic” of our relationship was based in part on the lavish gifts and that we’ll lose it now that our resources have dwindled. --Underfunded A staycation doesn’t have to be a bummer -- provided you don’t make it sound like it’ll entail your wife’s climbing a mountain of dirty laundry while you go sightseeing in the basement. Sure, it’s better when living hand to mouth means being fed chocolate-dipped strawberries at a spa in Gstaad. But it wasn’t just the lavishness of your gifts that made your wife happy. The money you were able to spend camouflaged what you were really doing to delight her, which was employing the element of surprise. Over time, relationships, like powdered substances available on dodgy street corners, stop providing the buzz they did at first. Neuroscientist Wolfram Schultz found that unpredictable rewards are the most exciting kind for the brain -- maybe even three or four times as exciting as expected ones. And research by Sonja Lyubomirsky, who studies happiness, finds that one of the most effective ways to keep a relationship buzzy is by injecting surprise -- the novel, the unexpected. (Unexpected good things, that is, not having your partner come home to find you in bed with the cleaning lady.) People think they have to go big on surprise, and this keeps them from doing much that’s surprising. But it’s the surprise itself that counts, not whether you rented elephants. Recently, I was having a particularly craptastic day -- until my boyfriend, who was away on business, told me to look above the molding over my kitchen doorway. Most awesomely, he’d hidden a little bar of my favorite French chocolate there before he left. In other words, don’t worry; there should be “magic” aplenty if you just shift your surprise pipeline from, say, Tiffany the store on Fifth Avenue to Tiffany the postal worker who delivers your mail -- including a handwritten love letter you’ve mailed your wife. Likewise, in staycationing, you just need to go places and do things that are exciting and new. This takes only imagination, the events calendar from the paper, and what you’ve already shown you have: love for your wife and a desire to make her happy. While you’re out there watching the sunset instead of your bank balance, consider that there is an upside to your downturn: finding out that your wife didn’t just love you for your money. Of course, there’s no telling whether she’s just been using you for sex.
THe FLirT Locker
My boyfriend of two months doesn’t seem insecure. But last week, after we left a party, he said it was humiliating that I was flirting with this good-looking guy in front of all of his friends. That guy is a professional photographer, and I was just asking for some tips. I’m annoyed because I don’t think I did anything wrong. --Social Butterfly If you go to a party with your new boyfriend and spend a half-hour mesmerized by another guy, it helps if the guy’s wearing a feather boa and size 15 women’s shoes. Assuming your boyfriend isn’t insecure and you aren’t covertly on the prowl, it’s the optics that are the problem. A guy’s buddies are both supportive and competitive -- sometimes looking out for him and sometimes looking for his Achilles’ heel so they can poke it with a sharp stick. So, what to you is a totally platonic conversation, to the guys standing across the room with your boyfriend, comes off like you’re sitting in some dude’s lap and licking his earlobe. The good news is the optics can also be the solution. Engaging in sporadic touchyfeely with your boyfriend -hugging him, kissing or stroking his cheek -- can be a sort of ad for “I’m with him, and I plan to continue that.” It’s bad to let a boyfriend curtail who you are, but it helps to be sensitive to how even innocent extraversion can come off to an audience, especially in the early stages of a relationship. No guy wants to bring around his hot new car and then watch as some other guy gets his fingerprints all over the hood. n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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EVENTS | CALENDAR COMEDY & MUSIC SPECTACULAR Live show featuring Spokane native standup comedian Tom McTigue, with Art Krug and Grammy-winner Joey Williams. Jan. 11, 8 pm. $20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7638) SAFARI Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Not rated. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) CHARLIE MURPHY Live stand-up comedy show featuring the Chappelle Show comedian and actor. Jan. 12, 7:30 pm. $32. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404) LIVE COMEDY Stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) WANDA SYKES Live comedy show featuring the award-winning comedian. Jan. 12, 7:30 pm. $59-$79. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford. northernquest. com (481-6700)
SOCIAL JUSTICE PANEL “Making a Difference: You Can Do it Too” panel with Jackie Vaughn (immigration reform), Molly Fitzpatrick (Odyssey Youth), Angela Webster (Smart Justice campaign organizer) and Liz Moore (PJALS). Jan. 9, 1-2 pm. Free. EWU, PUB 206, Cheney. ewu.edu (359-2898) THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE Community dances featuring live music by local bands. Thurs, 7:30-9:45 pm. $5.50. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (535-0803) DATE NIGHT Reconnect with a loved one while the kids participate in programming and entertainment. Open to ages 3 mos. to 11 years, registration needed 24 hrs. in advance. Offered Jan. 11, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 19 at 6 pm. $10. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd, CdA. (208-667-1865) HUMAN TRAFFICKING CANDLELIGHT VIGIL Candlelight vigil in remembrance and awareness of victims of human trafficking, featuring performances, community speakers and more. Hosted by Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Jan. 11, 5:30-6:30 pm. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. lcsnw.org (343-5091) SCRAPS VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Learn about the volunteer opportunities available with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services. Jan. 11, 10 am. SCRAPS, 2521 N. Flora Rd. spokanecounty.org/SCRAPS (477-2769) INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE Hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society, no partner or experience necessary. Jan. 14, 7-9 pm. Suggested $3 donation. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. spokanefolklore.org (747-2640) INSURANCE EXCHANGE WORKSHOP Learn about the new Wash. Healthfinder insurance exchange, including how to compare health plans, determine financial assistance eligibility and more. Jan. 15 and March 19 from 6-8 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION Hosted by the SFCC Black Student Union, featuring rapper Chuck D, of Public Enemy, a spokesperson for Rock the Vote and other organizations. Donations accepted to benefit the MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center. Jan. 15, 10 am. Free. SFCC, Music Bldg, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3714)
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR Drama, rated NC-17. Jan. 9-12, show times vary. $3-$6. Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) DIFFERENT DRUMMERS Screening of the locally produced film about true events in Spokane in 1965, written and directed by Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher. Showing Jan. 10-30. $6.50-$10.50. AMC River Park Square, 808 W. Main. (216-2098) THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS Comedy, rated R. Jan. 14, 7 pm. $1. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. garlandtheater. com (327-2509) INTERNET CAT VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL Screening of the Walker Art Center’s second annual cat video film festival. Jan. 16, 7:30 pm. $20-$35. Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague. ticketweb.com (244-3279) BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL Screening of the 9th annual outdoor film festival, hosted by Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and the Idaho Conservation League. Jan. 17, 7 pm. $7. Coeur d’Alene Eagles, 209 Sherman Ave. backcountryfilmfestival. org (208-265-9565) THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED: Benefit screening hosted by The First Tee of the Inland Northwest with proceeds benefiting the organization’s programs that build character, instill values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Jan. 19, 4:30 pm. $3-$5. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (850-5346) INEQUALITY FOR ALL: Documentary examining widening income inequality in the US. Proceeds/donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Jan. 20, 6 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. bingcrosbytheater.com (2277404) KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM Comedy filmed in Spokane in 2010, starring Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten. Hosted by Spokane Comicon and featuring a Q&A session with local film producers/directors Rich Cowan and Adam Boyd. Jan. 21, 7:30 pm. $10. AMC River Park Square, 808 W. Main. tugg.com/ events/7280 (888-262-4386) A NIGHT OF TRANSOLAR GALACTICA Special screening event of the locallyproduced and award-winning web series “Origin Episodes,” also feat. a documentary featurette on the series. Jan. 25, 9:30 pm. $5. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. transolargalactica.com (327-1050)
BEGINNER SEWING CLASS Basic techniques and how to make a chenille scarf. Jan. 11, 10 am-3 pm. $10. BoydWalker Sewing Machine Co., 1926 E. Sprague. (535-1501) SATURDAY BRUNCH KNIT GROUP Needlework (knit, crochet, etc.) social and learning group meets on Saturdays from 11 am-2 pm. Free. Alberta Bake Shop, 5511 N. Alberta. facebook.com/ AlbertaBakeShop (241-3361)
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND WINES Sample wine from two nations gaining worldwide attention for wine production. Class offered both Jan. 10 and 11 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. rocketmarket.com (343-2253)
NECTAR TASTING ROOM’S 3RD ANNIVERSARY PARTY Wine tastings, giveaways, live music, food and more. Jan. 10-11, starting at 2 pm Friday. Free admission. Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens. nectartastingroom.com (869-1572) 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. nolibrewhouse.com (242-2739) THERE’S AN APP(ETIZER) FOR THAT Cooking class with Chef Laurie Faloon, on making appetizers for entertaining, including Superbowl parties. Jan. 10, 6-8 pm. $10. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene. incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu (2796030) VINO! WINE TASTING Friday features a winemaker-hosted tasting with Merry Cellars, Saturday features wines from South America. Wine available by the glass, tastings include cheese and crackers. Jan. 10, 3-6:30 pm and Jan. 11, 2-4:30 pm. $10/event. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. vinowine. com (838-1229) FAMILY CHOCOLATE TASTING & STORY TIME Featuring tastings of six different types/styles of chocolate, a short film, and stories from Master Chocolatier Julia Balassa-Myracle. $30/pair, preregistration required ($5 each additional child, $10/adult). Jan. 11, 11 am-12:30 pm. Chocolate Myracles, 11616 E. Montgomery. chocolatemyracles.com (922-6353) ITALIAN COOKING WITH CHEF ANGELO The chef/owner of Angelo’s Ristorante leads a class on cooking bruschetta, garlic mozzarella focaccia, chicken valdostana and more. Jan. 15, 5:30 pm. $50, reservations required. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) VINO! WINE TASTING Friday features Capitello Wines, Saturday features a blend wine tasting. Wine available by the glass, crackers and cheese offered at tastings. Jan. 17, 3-6:30 pm and Jan. 18, 2-4:30 pm. $10/event. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. vinowine. com (838-1229) WINES OF ITALY Wine tasting class featuring wines from Italy’s best wine growing regions, hosted by wine specialist Matt Dolan. Offered both Jan. 17 and 18 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. rocketmarket.com (343-2253)
SPOKANE AREA YOUTH CHOIRS AUDITIONS Second semester rehearsals for new members ages 7-18. Interview/ audition schedule now open through Jan. 15. Free. Westminster Congregational Church, 411 S. Washington. SAYChoirs.org (624-7992) BROADWAY NIGHT An evening of musical theater hosted by Douglas Webster and Jim Swoboda, director and star of the Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of Les Misérables. Also featuring Les Mis cast members performing hit Broadway songs and more. Jan. 10, 7 pm. $15-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. bingcrosbytheater.com (212-262-5220) KPBX KID’S CONCERT “Kid’s Guitar Hour” featuring classical guitarists Leon Atkinson and Verne Windham in a live taping for radio broadcast. Jan. 11, 1 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7638)
THE ROCK & WORSHIP ROADSHOW Christian music concert featuring Skillet, Third Day, Jamie Grace, Andy Mineo, Royal Tailor, Vertical Church Band, The Never Claim, We as Human, Soul Fire Revolution. Jan. 11, 6 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000) ANDY MCKEE Concert featuring the master fingerstyle guitar player. Jan. 13, 8 pm. $27. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7404) SPIRIT OF SPOKANE CHORUS Local women’s chorus specializing in four-part a capella harmony in a barbershop style. Meets Tues at 6:45 pm. Opportunity Presbyterian, 202 N. Pines Rd. (218-4799) FIVE MINUTES OF FAME Open-mic night for writers, musicians and performers of all kinds featuring all-original material. Third Wed. (Jan. 15) of every month, 6:30 pm. Free. Cafe Bodega, 504 Oak St., Sandpoint. (208-263-5911) COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY “Family Fun at the Symphony” concert featuring performances of classic orchestra compositions. Jan. 17 at 7:30 pm, Jan. 18 at 2 pm. $8-$20. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cdasymphony.org (208-765-3833) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Symphony With a Splash 2: “A Midwinter’s Friday” featuring pre-concert happy hour from 5-6:45 pm. Concert at 7 pm. Jan. 17, 5 pm. $25. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (6241200) CELLOBRATION SPOKANE “Bach and Beatles” is the theme of this year’s annual cello performance festival, featuring 60+ musicians from across the region. Jan. 18, 7:30 pm. Free, donations accepted. Eastern Washington University, 526 Fifth St., Cheney. ewu.edu (359-7078) YOUNG ARTIST’S COMPETITION Gonzaga music students compete in the categories of concerto and aria. Held in the Music Annex I building, corner of Boone and Pearl. Jan. 18, 10 am. Free. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. gonzaga.edu (313-6733) CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Fundraiser concert for the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra. In the University Chapel, 3rd floor of College Hall. Jan. 19, 4 pm. Ticket priceTBA. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone. gonzaga. edu (313-6733) SPOKANE STRING QUARTET “Baroque Duet” featuring guest soprano Dawn Wolski and Larry Jess on trumpet. Jan. 19, 3 pm. $12$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. spokanestringquartet.org (227-7404) SPOKANE YOUTH SYMPHONY The four orchestras perform in a concert titled “Water.” Jan. 19, 4 pm. $12-$16. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. spokaneyouthsymphony.org (448-4446)
SPOKANE YOUTH BALLET Performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” directed by Kristen Potts with guest artists from Oakland Ballet. Jan. 11, 7:30 pm. $14-$25. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (624-1200) DISNEY LIVE: MICKEY’S MUSIC FESTIVAL Kids’ concert featuring music and characters from Disney’s animated films. Jan. 12 at 1 and 4 pm. $20-$50. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000) SPOKANE CIRCUS FESTIVAL Performances featuring local and international performance artists, workshops, vendors and more, hosted by Spokane Aerial
Performance Arts. Jan. 15-19, workshop dates/times vary; performance night Jan. 18 at 7 pm. $12. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt. facebook.com/spokanecircusfestival (435-1576)
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WINTER CAMPING REI staff lead a presentation on how to camp when the temperatures are below freezing. Jan. 9, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe. rei.comspokane (328-9900) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Kamloops Blazers. Jan. 10, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. (279-7000) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS Ping-pong club meets Mon and Wed from 7-9:30 pm; Sat from 1-4 pm. $2. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. spokanetabletennis.com (768-1780) SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB Meets Sun from 4:30-7 pm and Wed from 7-10 pm. $6/visit. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt. wccc.myspokane. net (448-5694) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS CLUB Pingpong club meets Wed from 6:30-9 pm and Sun from 1:30-4 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (456-3581) SNOWSHOEING PRESENTATION Learn more about the winter activity including different types of snowshoes, appropriate clothing and local snowshoeing spots. Jan. 13, 6:30-8 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (444-5390) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds. Jan. 14, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000) CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING BASIC Learn about this wintertime activity and what you need to get started. Jan. 16, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe. rei.com/spokane (328-9900) WRANGLER BULL RIDING CLASSIC Professional rodeo. Jan. 17-18 at 8 pm. $10-$30. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com (279-7000) USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Elite boxing competition featuring top male and female competitors in all weight divisions from around the US. Jan. 20-25; full schedule of events TBA. Events at HUB Sports Center from Jan. 20-23; at Northern Quest Jan. 2425. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. northernquest.com (242-7000)
LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL Musical stage adaptation of the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Jan. 10-Feb. 1, Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$20. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., CdA. lakecityplayhouse.org (208-667-1323) THE RAINMAKER Romantic comedy. Jan. 10-19, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $13-$15. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. ignitetheatre.org (795-0004) THE BACK OF THE THROAT Play by Seattle-based writer Yussef El Guindi, examining how much privacy Americans are willing to give up in the name of National Security. Jan. 17-19, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. spokanestageleft.org (838-9727) CRAZY FOR YOU Tap-dancing musical comedy. Jan. 17-Feb. 9, Thurs-Sat at 7:30
pm, Sun at 2 pm. Benefit performance Jan. 16 for Holy Names Music Center ($40). Benefit performance Jan. 22 in honor of Kyle Sipe, a Post Falls teen in need of a heart and double-lung transplant. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. spokanecivictheatre. com (325-2507) SERVICEMEN’S CANTEEN Local actors and singers perform their annual USOstyle tribute program. Jan. 17-19, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $5. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. pendoreilleplayers.org (447-9900)
CURRENT Exhibition featuring the work of 17 SFCC art instructors, including Kurt Madison, Margot Casstevens, Tobe Harvey, Tom O’Day, Bernadette Vielbig, Garric Simonsen and others. Opening reception Jan. 9 from 2:30-4:30 pm. Gallery hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-3:30 pm or by appt. Free. SFCC Fine Art Gallery, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3746) MANZANAR: THE WARTIME PHOTOS OF ANSEL ADAMS Exhibition featuring 50 photographs of the Japanese-American internment camp in Manzanar, Calif. during WWII. Exhibit runs through March 29. Hosted walk-through Jan. 17 at 10:30 am. Gallery hours Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone. gonzaga.edu/jundt (313-6611) KAY O’ROURKE & WAYNE CHABRE Exhibition showcasing art by the two Walla Walla natives, featuring metal sculpture by Chabre and oil paintings by O’Rourke. Jan. 10-Feb. 7, artist talk/demo Jan. 11 at 1 pm. Gallery open Tues-Sat from 11 am-6 pm. Free admission. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave., CdA. theartspiritgallery. com (208-765-6006) DRAWING CLASS WITH ILSE KILIAN TAN Basic drawing techniques, including line, angles, balance and perspective. Ages 12+. Jan. 14-Feb. 18, meets Tues. $96, pre-registration required. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland. spokaneartschool.net (325-3001) PHOTOSHOP & DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES Learn basics of Adobe Photoshop or PhotoShop Elements to perfect your photos. Meets Tues & Wed at 6:30 pm, Jan. 14-Feb. 19. $96, pre-registration required. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland. (325-3001) WATERCOLORS DEBUNKED Class with local artist Lynn Haines. Jan. 14-Feb. 18, meets Tues at 2 pm. $126, pre-registration required. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland. (325-3001) WINTER POTTERY CLASSES Learn oxidation, reduction, raku firing methods and more in an 8-week pottery class. Two-hour classes held once a week. Ages 18+. Class size limited to 8 students. Starts on Jan. 13, 4 pm. $125. Spokane Potters’ Guild, 1404 N. Fiske. (532-8225) WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP SERIES Instruction from artist Robert Bear on basic painting techniques. Jan. 15-Feb. 19 and April 9. $20/session. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. thejacklincenter.org (208-457-8950)
MICHAEL KOEP Book talk and signing of the author’s new book “The Invasion of Heaven.” Jan. 9, 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) NAKED LUNCH BREAK Literary open mic and reading series hosted by EWU
Libraries, featuring a presentation by Kelly Rae Mathews. Matthews answers the question “why are poets important?” Jan. 9, 11:30 am, readings start at noon. Free. EWU Riverpoint Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (368-6557) AUTHOR DEBY FREDERICKS The local fantasy author signs copies of her latest novel, “The Seven Exalted Orders.” Jan. 11. Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley. debyfredericks.com (482-5288) AUTHOR DOUGLAS TOLAND Signing of the author’s biography “This Life’s Tempestuous Sea.” Jan. 11, noon. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) AUTHOR JANET RICHARDS Presentation and signing of the Moscow-based author’s book “Crossing the River Sorrow: One Nurse’s Story.” Jan. 11, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) POETRY & FOLK LITERATURE SEMINAR “Weaving Poetry and Folk Literature into the 21st Century Literary Curriculum” workshop hosted by the Inland NW Reading Council. 3 credit hours offered. Jan. 11, 8:30-11:30 am. $25. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone. northwestreading.org (425293-6706) THE WORDWRIGHT’S WORKSHOP New Spokane Poetry Slam-hosted workshop, open to all-ages. Themed poetry-writing workshops focus on writing, performance quality, and more. Second Sat. (Jan. 11) of every month, 4:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. spokanepoetryslam.org (838-0206) RELIGIOUS STUDIES LECTURE “Solidarity in the Body of Christ” lecture by Dr. Agnes Brazil, of the Philippines St. Vincent School of Theology. Jan. 15, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone. gonzaga.edu (313-6715) AUTHOR JASON DOUD Signing of the book “Convergence.” Jan. 18, 1 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM: This month’s slam includes a feature performance by Mighty Mike McGee, a national champion slam poet and renowned performer, who’s been featured on NPR’s “Snap Judgement,” and hosted multiple events at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam held here in Spokane. Jan. 19, 8:30 pm. $5. The Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. thelanterntavern.com (315-9531) AUTHOR GINA BULLIS Reading, discussion and book signing of “Splendor from Brokenness” by the Spokane-based author. Jan. 21, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) AUTHOR PATRICK DOGHERTY Reading, discussion and signing of “Do You Want to Get Better: The Future of Health Care” by the Spokane-based chiropractor. Jan. 25, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. auntiesbooks.com (838-0206) CHILDREN’S AUTHOR KRISTIN JORDAN Signing of “The Lonely Chicken,” based on a story told by the author’s son when he was 4 years old. Jan. 25, noon. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) AUTHOR BRYCE ANDREWS Presentation and signing of the author’s book “Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West” about his experiences as a Montana ranch hand. Jan. 26. BookPeople, 521 S. Main, Moscow. (208-882-7957) AUTHOR KEITH QUINCY Reading, discussion and book signing by the author of “Worse Than You Think: The Real Economy Hidden Beneath Washington’s Rigged Statistics and Where to go From Here.” Jan. 26, 1 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206)
ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS Lessons for beginning to advanced dancers. Thursdays, from 7-8 pm, dancing from 8-9 pm. $5. Women’s Club, 1428 W. 9th Ave. (534-4617) MAYOR SANDI BLOEM FAREWELL Event to celebrate the service of Coeur d’Alene’s outgoing mayor, who served from 2001-2013. Refreshments provided. Jan. 9, 6-8 pm. Free. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. kroccda.org (208-6671865) GOOD MORNING GREATER SPOKANE Local business networking series hosted by Greater Spokane Inc. Jan. 10, 7 am. $25$30. Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct. greaterspokane.org (624-1393) TANGO & SALSA DANCING Dance classes. Friday and Saturdays at 7 pm. 7 pm. $5. Satori, 122 S. Monroe. (360-550-5106) ARTS ANONYMOUS 12-step program for artists to explore, expand and receive support for their work in any media and at all skill levels. Meets Sat from 3-4:30 pm. Free. St. Luke’s Rehab Center, 711 S. Cowley. (280-0325) BEER TASTING WITH SOLE & TNT The two outdoors organizations, Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE) and True North Treks (TNT) host a beer tasting with live music, raffles and information on their programs. Jan. 11, 4-8 pm. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar, Sandpoint. soleexperiences.org (208-290-2280) BRIDAL FESTIVAL Wedding vendor fair. Jan. 11 from 10 am-5 pm and Jan. 12 from 11 am-4 pm. $9-$10 (good all weekend). Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. bridalfest.com FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS Workshop on how to discover the “black sheep” of your ancestors, i.e. pirates, bootleggers, bank robbers or thieves. Jan. 11, 1-2:30 pm. Free. Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way. (208-772-5612) NUCLEAR DISASTER SURVIVAL A former Hanford and Idaho Dept. of Energy Site Radiation Worker presents a 4-hour seminar on how to survive a nuclear disaster. Seating is limited, pre-register by e-mail. Coeur D’ Alene Days Inn, 2200 Northwest Blvd. Jan. 11, noon. $100. facebook.com/nucleardisastersurvival INLAND NW FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY The secular social group meets on the second Sunday of the month at 2 pm. Free. Shari’s, 240 N. Sullivan Rd. infreethought.org (216-4788) ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS No experience or partner necessary. Mondays from 7-9 pm. $5-$10. Spokane Tango, 2117 E. 37th. spokanetango.com (688-4587) BUDGETING 101 Financial workshop hosted by STCU, including creating a spending plan, managing spending and setting goals. Jan. 14, 6 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. spokanelibrary. org (755-3980) HOW CHILDREN GRIEVE “A Case Study of Eleanor Roosevelt and Children Who Lose a Parent” presentation by LaVona Reeves, PhD. Jan. 15, noon. Frere. EWU Monroe Hall, 526 Fifth, Cheney. (3592898) MANSFIELD CONNECTION PROJECT OPEN HOUSE Find out more about the city of Spokane Valley’s project to connect Mansfield from Houk Rd. to just west of Discovery Place. Jan. 15, 5-7 pm. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426. Discovery Place. spokanevalley.org (720-5411)
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Jimmy John’s You work at Jimmy John’s on 29th. When I come in, I always get the veggie. I don’t know your name but you went to Ferris I think. I saw you at the mall with Taylor on the 19th. I think you’re so cute. If you happen to be single, happen to look at the Inlander this week, and happen to remember me, then talk to me next time I come in or respond in the “you saw me’s”. Maybe you think this sappy stuff is lame and, like, VIDEO GAMES, but this is just a shot in the dark kind of thing anyway.
cup of coffee. We see each other there often, and I feel that there is definitely some attraction. Couldn’t help but notice that your hand was hurt the other day and you had an interesting looking splint on it. From a distance it seemed to be a camoflauge design. I hope you are an outdoorsy type because I love the outdoors too. You must have a job that requires you to be outside a lot. I like your “Jolly Green Giant” coveralls. I think you look cute all bundled up in them. I feel that you are a Christian man, and confirmed it when I saw the “mountainbible. org” sticker on your truck window. Your personality is bright and you have a wonderful laugh. It reminds me of Scooby Doo. I also know for certain you like helicopters. I noticed the silhouette pictures on the bumper of your truck as well as the military license plate. I think
write a cheers for me, as that is The Best Thank You I have ever had. The Old World Garden Spade was meant for you, I believe that. I’ll find another one sooner or later, as I, too, enjoy growing things in the sun and soil.
traffic backup by not waiting your turn at the crosswalk. Cheers for… giving me something to talk about once I got to work! I’m still shaking my head wondering how you managed to lose your trousers and yet had the wherewithal to wear a winter coat and snow boots as you jaywalked across Second Ave. Good luck out there, crazy halfnaked lady. Hope you find some pants.
Target Target store in Coeur d’Alene. Monday, December 16th. You are tall, beautiful and sexy...I could say more. We exchanged a greeting. I stood near the store entrance and watched you leave in a green Scion or Scion-like car. I think I saw a furry, peace symbol hanging from your rear-view mirror. I imagine myself sitting across from you listening, looking and having thoughts. rwe2meet@ Put a non-identifying email hotmail.com address in your message, like
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Zola’s I believe it was December 1st. I was at the bar with my girl friend. “email@example.com.” I have long brown hair, brown eyes and I had a deep turquoise cardigan helicopters are sexy and I hope on. You were with another guy and you fly them. I see you have a girl. You had the girl come up to beard and I know the military can’t me and tell me that you thought have them so I am a little confused I was beautiful. I have honestly because you are too young to be never wrote one of these so I am retired?? I like camping, fishing not entirely sure how it works. All and pretty much anything you can I know is that I wish you wouldn’t do outdoors. My favorite season is have been so nervous to approach fall, because of the leaves changing me. You waved goodbye with a sad color. I’m not much of a movie look on your face, I waved back. person, but I do enjoy one once in Hope you read the Inlander. haha. a while, but would rather sit down with a good book especially in the Fast Eddie’s Saturday (12/28) You: winter. Don’t get me wrong, I like the gorgeous blonde wearing a snow, but I like seeing it from the black sleeved shirt and jeans. You inside of the window. Just the were sitting at the bar when I went thought of being outside in the up to get some drinks. After getting cold makes me appreciate a warm up and mingling with a group of fire and someone to snuggle with. guys for a while your friends (a I believe things happen for a reason blonde and brunette) got tired of and there was a reason you walked waiting for you and left. I saw you through that door. See you soon at all a at Borracho later and kicked our local morning stop. fishngrl1@ myself for not talking to you. Me: yahoo.com Tall guy wearing a black V-neck and a red baseball hat. I felt like we Lost Boston Girl I saw you on pof. caught each other staring several We messaged a few times. I went times so if you see this I would love in to have knee surgery. Afterward, to hear from you! your profile was gone. You seemed very sweet and I would like to meet Wild Walls You: Blue striped you. firstname.lastname@example.org tank top and khakis with wicked if you’re still out there. cool glasses and nice blond hair bouldering with a friend Me: The VA Hospital Karen, on December redhead with a grey camera shirt 30th, about 3:00, we talked in the on climbing with a couple of waiting room until they called your friends. I was too shy to say hello name. Would you like to continue but nonchalantly made excuses to our conversation? walk past you or look your way.. Do you climb often? Or like coffee? We Cheers should hook up sometime! Maverick Gas Station I saw you come into the Maverick gas station in Cheney. You stopped in to get a
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I Love You “Jake Tolbert. From the first day I saw you downtown smoking that Newport in front of Brew Bros. I knew you were a gift from god. You have made me one of the happiest people in Spokane. You’re my positive when everything is going wrong. You’re my knight in shining armor that saved me from a lot of bad. We will continue to argue and have disagreements but in the end we are made for each other. I love all that you are, imperfections and all. You’re a hard worker and a go getter. You have made it further than most people have. I am so proud of the man you’re today. Let’s make this count. I love you forever and always. You’re my penguin! RE: RE: Time Can’t Erase I think that there are a few of us out here that would like to think that this posting is about us... Could you give a hint as to who this is for, like some initials or a few words that would be a clue for that certain someone? Thank you, whoever you are... Happy Birthday Boo This is a special Happy Birthday to my favorite friend and coworker. I’m so glad your parents failed at using protection on this day, twenty-something years ago. We’re all lucky to have you, but especially me because I’m the most important. Your presence in my life has been equal-parts warm, hilarious, and frustrating, and you simply cannot be replaced at this point in time. I wish for you the most fun, drunkenness, and all the random strange you can handle on your special day (or maybe I’ll find out the deets on your unrequited bank love). “Choose your choices,” E. A Giant Cheers to Toys for Tots Marines and volunteers of Spokane! You really do make it unforgettable for our little ones!! Also a big shout out to Gunnery Sgt. Evans for the beautiful stuffed puppy for our lil girl! I’ll be volunteering next year!
D.F.O.D.M.F. Thank you Dry Fly for being so cool and delicious!! Y’all about supporting our local farms, local restaurants, and general well being of the community. Much Love!! xoxo Tunnel Honkers You are a dying breed. You once filled the Washington street underpass with joyous, celebratory sound. Now when I sound my “shave and a hair cut”, I get no two cents. I get flipped off or scared looks. A car’s horn is not only a way to say “you jerk”, it is a way to say “Hey! I’m in a tunnel with you, lets celebrate!” And we can drive away with a smile and uplifted spirits. The I Saw You’s I love the I Saw You section! It’s neat to read about what good samaritans have done ( Cheers section), and even what has been submitted to the Jeers section has made me laugh at what ridiculous things people find to complain about. For example, back in 2008 or 2009, one guy wrote a loooong letter stating he was not stalking a girl when it was clear he was. I laughed so hard I cried. On the other hand, it’s sad to read about people’s property getting stolen that they’ve worked so hard to obtain. But no matter what is in the I Saw You section, it’s the first page I go when I pick up your magazine.
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most of the time I give more than I should. Case in point, it’s known as paying it forward. But when you start complaining about people who don’t tip or don’t tip enough just irritates me. Then you have the balls to say how you depend on them to survive. If that is the case, get a different job or be thankful you at least have one. I too work customer service making just above minimum, and I don’t get tips. But I still do my job and keep my customers happy, because if I don’t, and my surveys are low I lose my job. So stop the bitching or get a different job.
jeer the culprit in this column. There’s practically one every week. A potential crook does not know that you have no valuables in the bag, or that you were “smart” and didn’t leave your wallet inside the purse. They will break your window to find out for themselves. Be wise, and hide this stuff out of view, even if it contains nothing valuable. You still have to pay for the broken window, right?
of their day to sit down & pen their anger. Someone unwillingly found themselves on the receiving end of some evil brutish creature who committed a horrific act of inconsideration that resulted in the demise of their day, & they think that complaining about it via the Inlander will somehow diminish the sting? I can only presume that they somehow feel better when they can capture & share that negativity. Why a person would choose to do this is a mystery to me; perhaps someone out there can offer a bit of clarity or insight? It’s sad to have to acknowledge it; but there is a market for this, & if you are reading this right now & choosing to fill a part of your day up by taking an interest in someone else’s frustration, then you need to stop, acknowledge & accept that you are the type of reader who motivates people to continually waste time paying negativity forward. This is indeed the case, otherwise, why would the Inlander continue to allocate space in their publication for a Jeers section? Luckily (for all the Jeers Junkies among us) there will always be a steady stream of folks who are so disgruntled & replete with time that they will actually take a moment & perpetuate their disdain for the feeble minded idiots & selfish maggots who infest this world by sending in a jeer. Embrace the Cheers while shunning Jeers.
Hit and Run Spokane County Library on 1/2/14 around 1:00 PM. I was parked in my car when I heard a crunch and looked out my back window. There was a maroon Mini Van sort of vehicle that had backed into a turquoise car. I thought you were pulling over to possible write a note or find the owner. I got out of my car and you had driven off. I wish I could have gotten your license plate. No insurance??? In a hurry??? Or just a bad person??? I waited for the person to get out of the library and told her what had happened. Her right fender is crushed and front panel is dented and she couldn’t do anything about it. However, your back fender (right side) has to have damage as well. How did you explain that to your family? I hope they see this and as know the truth. Karma baby! Reckless Driver To the women that was aimlessly driving on Washington and Indiana, making a turn on MY green light. If we had collided, I would have gotten out of my car and slap you. Harshly. I was hit on my bike last year by a woman playing on her phone. Were you texting someone you care about? Well I was driving to family. Common Sense To the people who leave their purses, bags, packs, wallets, etc. in plain sight inside your parked cars, and then publicly
Smile Orbiting Space Monster. Jeers, to the horrid witch of a bartender. While out celebrating a friend’s birthday 12/27 at one of my favorite corner diners to eat breakfast, I playfully suggested you smile. You then intern freaked out and rudely complained how you were burdened with taking care of all the customers, which by the way were quite scarce. Customer service and a positive attitude are key in your line of work. If you hate your job so much why don’t you quit and find a new one. Un-knowlegable Renters People: learn to use the Redbox machine. First, it takes a card as payment & be aware other people may be waiting to rent/return their $1 flicks. P.S. There is a preview of the movies on the side of the ez-2-use red machine. B-I-N-G-O! Jeers to Jeers I have yet to find myself doing anything but shaking my head in total disbelief every time I open the Inlander. I start at the beginning and eventually arrive at the final three pages, that’s right the Cheers & Jeers section. There are far too many of you out there who look forward to each & every Thur. so you can grab the latest edition & immediately flip to the back & imbibe yourself on other peoples’ frustrations & misery. You grab, flip & dive right into the Jeers in hopes of mining some nugget of nasty unpleasantness that was so upsetting to some unfortunate soul that they volunteered a portion
Think Of Your Neighbors Why did everybody stop picking up their dog crap in Browne’s Addition? The last sunny day we went to the park & there was doggie pile every few feet! We had to navigate literally hundreds of moist turds! I saved my baby from falling down in a huge pile of ‘leavings’ Is this some kind of protest against your dog or something? Please bring a doggie bag
Customers of Spokane You assholes. Show some dignity, respect & courtesy towards your fellow human beings. Just because someone is serving your food, or ringing up your groceries does not mean you have license to verbally abuse them. Does it make you feel more powerful to attack someone who is literally helpless to do anything to stop you? Are you so starved for attention, respect or a sense of power that you have to pick on the one group ’S K E E W THIS of people that cannot fight ! back? Grow a pair, pick a fight ANSWERS with someone who’s not on the clock.
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For the People
Joan Medina hands out coffee and food to Spokane’s homeless population. JENNIFER DEBARROS PHOTO
How one woman’s pot of soup fed hundreds of hungry people BY LEAH SOTTILE
ne year ago, Joan Medina’s life changed forever — and it started with a piece of ham. Medina is a busy woman, and on one particularly busy day last January, she looked in her fridge and saw a piece of smoked ham she didn’t want to eat. Her husband Ted had just left for a six-week trip abroad, and had never gotten around to cooking it. Before she left for work that day, she chopped up the ham, threw it in a crock pot with split peas, vegetables and spices, and left. When she got home, after a day of meetings and groups and an impromptu visit over coffee and dinner with friends, her house smelled like soup. She had forgotten all about it. “It was, like, 7:30 by the time I got home. I’m thinking a) I don’t really want this soup, and b) what am I going to do with all of this stuff?” she says, seated at her kitchen table. “So I’m thinking to myself, ‘I wonder if I can take this out and share it with some people who don’t have any food?’ Because I don’t want to throw it away.” Medina, 44, jumped on Facebook and asked her friends what they thought. Within an hour, she and a friend had handed out plastic containers of split pea soup to people around downtown Spokane. Medina was hooked on how happy it made people, and the rush she felt from just giving without asking anything in return. The very next day she cooked up a new batch of soup, and her friend brought along a box of hand-knitted hats and scarves. They couldn’t stop.
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By March, when Ted returned from his trip, Medina had established a full-fledged homeless relief organization out of her kitchen, spending around $1,000 of her own money in supplies each month. That one pot of soup turned into sandwiches piled two inches high with meat, hand warmers and thick, brand-name socks. She gave out soft snacks that someone with bad teeth could chew. She handed out cough drops to soothe the rumbling coughs she kept hearing. She handed out paperback books with battery-operated book lights. The people would ask: What church was she a part of? What did they need to do in return? And she’d always say the same thing: no church, no obligation. “We wanted people to know that there are people out there like us, who will just help you without requiring anything of you to receive that help. Because I don’t think that’s right.” Along the way, Medina would look everyone in the eye and ask two questions: How are you doing? What do you need? “I was finding out that nobody is talking to them. No one is having conversations with them, no one’s treating them like a f---ing human being. And I wanted that to change.”
y December, Joan Medina was pissed off. The rosy-cheeked woman stood before Spokane’s City Council and told the stories of the people she had met over the past year in order to dissuade them from
expanding the sit-lie ordinance. “It is clear that a war has effectively been declared on these people,” she said. “A war declared by certain business owners and city leaders who would like downtown cleansed of all ‘undesirables.’” That first pot of soup wasn’t just a good deed for Medina. It was the spark that lit a fire inside of her. She wanted to feed homeless people in Spokane and keep them warm, but she wanted to defend them, too. She wanted them to know that even if it seemed like no else cared about them, she did. In one year, her passion has taken her in front of the city council, to meetings with police officers. It’s made her apply for a nonprofit status and name her group Brigid’s Cloak. And it’s opened up a whole new world to her. Tonight, you can feel the joy that it brings Medina. At her stove, she pours a gallon of organic milk into a stockpot and whisks in a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate. Ted brews coffee — organic, shade-grown — and pours it into a carafe. Jordan Hilker, who also works at the downtown library, packs tangerines and granola bars into baggies. At 9 pm, they load up the car and drive downtown. Just before they cross the Monroe Street Bridge, Joan spots a pair of guys with big backpacks and rolls down her window: “Do you want some hot coffee or a sandwich?” They look at each other and nod their heads. After a few minutes, the men have reusable Rosauers shopping totes stuffed with food and supplies. They’re holding mochas Joan has made for them, and they’re smiling. “It’s not every day a car pulls up and they say, ‘Do you want some hot coffee or hot chocolate,” one of them says to Joan. He pauses and points to his chest: “It just warms you right here.” She tells them to be safe, to stay warm. And she hops back into her car and continues her search for the people who might need her most. n email@example.com More information about Brigid’s Cloak can be found at facebook.com/BrigidsCloak
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