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earl Allen was quite the seamstress. Sure, she could darn the kids’ socks with the best of them, but she could also write out their high school essays — by sewing the words onto a piece of cloth. That’s just one crazy fold in the fabric of Spokane history on display in the ambitious new show at the MAC, “100 Stories.” The complexity of the Spokane story is plenty big to require 100 items to tell it, and it adds up to an amazing, meandering journey. Along with Pearl Allen’s storytelling tapestries, there are melted poker chips from the day Spokane burned to the ground and a tusk from the days when Palouse farmers pulled woolly mammoths out of their fields. I could go on, but you really need to see it for yourself. It all started in 2010, when the British Museum and the BBC teamed up on “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” creating huge buzz about history that has been mimicked all over the world. Even after the MAC started working up its own version, the Smithsonian followed suit, and now there’s a book, Send comments to History of America in 101 Objects; author Richard Kurin will be presenting it at the MAC tonight, March 13, at 6:30. The timing is perfect for a big dose of excitement, as it’s no secret that arts institutions like the MAC have been hit hard during the recession. What’s admirable is that rather than wait it out, the MAC has gone big — emptying out the attic and putting it all up on the gallery walls. The result is like an artifact explosion; you’ll need a second — and third — visit to take it all in. I remember going on outings with my grandmother Alice to Browne’s Addition. We’d pick up her prescriptions at the Elk back when it was a drugstore (while she waited, I checked out their selection of World War II fighter plane models); we’d hit Coeur d’Alene Park, and I got to see how high I could make that swing go; and of course we’d stop in at the Cheney Cowles Museum. I still remember seeing the stained-glass image of Miss Spokane as I walked in. The stories I found inside those walls fed my imagination. So when I saw Miss Spokane up again, looming over the MAC lobby, it came back to me. Learning our stories — whether in a super-sized serving of 100 or just one at a time — is crucial to becoming a citizen of Spokane, of America, of the world. With this new show, the MAC is telling our story in big, bold strokes. 

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s a college professor and mother of an Idaho college student, I am horrified that state lawmakers passed a bill allowing concealed weapons on university campuses. With Republicans outnumbering Democrats 4-1, some may not be surprised at the 50-19 House vote in favor of the bill. I, however, am shocked that rational human beings, mothers and fathers of children, who are among the lawmakers, would set aside their humanity to support such a dangerous measure.

the hype perpetrated by the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association, which supported the bill, that students packing guns makes campuses safer. No, I agree with the Boise State University president that this bill will do just the opposite. It will endanger everyone on campus and will strike a specific type of fear into students and faculty of color. A second concern I have is the fact that concealed weapons are made for no other purpose than to kill human beings. I have heard the “hunting” defense for gun ownership. It is true that Idaho is a great wildgame-hunting state, but concealed weapons are not typically deer-hunting rifles. Hopefully we can agree that there is no wild game hunting to be done on campuses. And with a staggering rate of one in four female college students being sexually assaulted, how will the presence of guns affect the safety of our girls? My third issue with the bill, which only awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law, is the somewhat preschool level of training that is required to obtain a campus concealed weapon. No background checks, no sensitivity training or anger management classes, no lengthy explanation as to why this person feels the need to go to class armed — just eight hours of training is required. Not training by a law enforcement professional, either — just any random NRA instructor will do. Send comments to Although I taught at North Idaho College for the past eight years, I am now concentrating my instruction in the state of Washington and don’t plan on going back, if for no other reason than the passage of this bill. I can’t imagine trying to navigate tension with students over grades and assignments knowing that a loaded pistol could be pointed at me from under the student work desk. That is a special kind of terror that I hope never to face. 

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COMMENT | FROM READERS CHAR DAUTERMAN: I have neighbors who have chickens (used to have a rooster as well) and one that had a goat. I wouldn’t personally but it didn’t bother me that they did. VICKI MCBRIDE: No, did that on the farm... You cannot believe how many flies are attracted by manure.

If the city of Spokane allows it, would you keep a goat or chickens in your backyard?

CONNIE JANNEY: I wish I had a backyard. I would milk the goat and make goat cheese and have fresh eggs. It’s a good idea and then maybe more people would plant gardens and share healthy food. ROBERT FAIRFAX: Already have chickens, geese and ducks. Tried sheep but the stupid things ate everything except what they were supposed to! BRYAN GAIL: More of telling you what you can and can’t do on your own property. DIANA ROBERTS: Many people aren’t aware that goats and all mammals need to give birth in order to produce milk, plus they need regular milking. What will owners do with all the kids? Think of all the abandoned animals there would be. I could go for a market garden but not the animals. LARRY CEBULA: The neighborhood raccoons have asked me to get some chickens, but I don’t trust them. 

Readers respond to “Tiny Houses” (3/6/14) about a housing community for the homeless in Olympia

JANESSA LAWSON: This is a great idea, but I hope there would be some options for families as well as single folks. More than one person would have trouble living in such a small space. RYAN BODDY: I would donate money or volunteer to help if they did it here. LEXI BASS: I don’t think it will happen in Spokane until they change their attitudes and realize that homeless people are people. MARIAH ROSE McKAY: I’ve lived in both communities and have been involved in developing these kinds of collectives before. It is absolutely doable in Spokane.


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Sean Green, 32, owns medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane and Seattle and received the state’s first recreational marijuana producer/processor license.



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he cameras flashed. His tone was historic. “We’re living the American dream today, here, right now. ... Cannabis prohibition is over.” The crowd erupted in cheers; then came the flood of media requests. “The world wants to talk to us,” Sean Green says of

the attention that at times in the past week has overwhelmed him, starting with the ceremony in Olympia where he received the state’s first license to grow and process marijuana. The next day, in a cluttered office at Kouchlock Productions, a North Spokane medical marijuana dispensary

where he’ll open his recreational grow, Green, 32, is in jeans and sneakers. His photo and story have blanketed statewide and national media, so he says he’s “going incognito” compared to his usual suit and tie. Dozens of voicemails await him, and he keeps an eye on the feed from a security camera in the lobby as two TV reporters show up for sound bites. He doesn’t hide his annoyance with yet another interview. “I know it’s part of it, but it’s very distracting,” he says. “I have work to do. I have to go grow some cannabis. I really should be taking clones right now.” The license will allow Green to grow and process up to 21,000 square feet of marijuana to sell to retail stores. The Washington State Liquor Control Board will continue issuing producer and processor licenses this month, then move on to a lottery for retail licenses with stores expected by June. After months of inspections and back...continued on next page

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“IN THE SPOTLIGHT,” CONTINUED... ground checks, board members lauded Green as a model applicant. “You have to be a hustler to get through the system,” says board member Chris Marr. But now that the spotlights have dimmed, even the board’s model licensee is up against the uncertainties of an industry still being built.


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Spokane native, former self-employed real estate appraiser and self-taught marijuana grower, Green owns medical marijuana dispensaries in Shoreline and Spokane and has been outspoken in the I-502 rule-making process since the measure passed in November 2012. Green owns Pacific Northwest Medical, a medical dispensary with locations in Shoreline and Spokane, and his newly licensed recreational production company is called Kouchlock Productions. He doesn’t own the Spokane dispensary by the same name, but he works as a “consultant” there, leases the building where it’s housed and that’s where he’ll start his recreational grow. In his application for the license are plans for growth, too. By the spring, Green plans to expand his operations to outdoor growing on a lot in Elk. Ultimately, he hopes a retail store applicant will be approved to lease a portion of the building, pairing a demand with his supply. As part of his application, Green had to provide financial information, which shows Pacific Northwest Medical’s annual revenue at $800,000 and Green’s salary at $130,000 a year. “The applicant’s income from another busi-

ness is more than sufficient to fund the new business,” wrote the license investigators who gave Green final approval late last month. Green’s own journey mirrors that of the larger movement: self-teaching, trial and error, looming risk. Medical marijuana is now legal in nearly half of the states and American attitudes toward marijuana have been consistently shifting. Last fall, for the first time, Americans asked by Gallup said they support legalizing the drug. Now, the industry is dealing with a new identity crisis as it reconciles vestiges of stoner culture and the soonto-be big business of pot. Green also seems to be navigating that divide. While the name of his business refers to being too stoned to leave the couch, he works to present himself as a serious entrepreneur, paying his taxes and wearing suits to state and city meetings — “I want to be taken seriously when I walk through the door,” he says. Novelty aside, legalization efforts have brought the issue to the doors of politicians and rule-makers who may have never expected the job. They’re now being asked to understand a hidden industry and make judgments about regulations and people in a business they previously knew little about. In Spokane, city planning staff and councilmembers have waded into how to zone for the new businesses; Councilman Mike Fagan has made a practice of reporting to meetings about the topic with the latest count of dispensaries in Spokane from weedmaps. com. Councilman Jon Snyder started a council subcommittee dedicated to the implementation of

I-502, where Green joins rule-makers at a conference table once a month and Snyder says he’s been “clear and articulate” with his input. “Spokane has got to be committed to dismantling the black market,” Snyder says. “It’s our job to do that, and we can’t do it without successful licensees.”


reen’s not short on ideas for his new venture. He someday wants a nationwide chain of grow operations and retail stores, and since he received the license, he’s offered I-502 consulting and grow equipment for sale. But there’s a lot more work to be done first. Green will transition his first plants from medical to recreational and print the employee ID badges the liquor board requires everyone to wear in the grow room. The space is equipped with security cameras, alarms and a tracking system to follow the pot from seed to sale. Even once he starts growing, bigger issues remain, most notably in services the industry has trouble accessing because of its murky legal status. At the Liquor Control Board’s announcement, a Seattle Times reporter surprised Green when he asked about two complaints filed against him with the state Department of Labor and Industries regarding withheld wages. (One of the complaints also alleges sexual harassment of another employee, but the Times reported there have been no complaints filed against Green or his business with the Human Rights Commission, which handles sexual harassment claims.) While marijuana applicants undergo a background check, L&I complaints are not considered. Green reportedly first said he wasn’t aware of the complaints, then that

“Spokane has got to be committed to dismantling the black market. It’s our job to do that, and we can’t do it without successful licensees.”



he wouldn’t address them. Notes from the department agent who investigated the wage claims show Green and his accountant disputed them for nearly two months before paying the complainants, resolving the complaints. Today, Green dismisses the issue as “so what” and says it was the result of a lack of credible accountants willing to work with a marijuana provider. He says he has since hired a new accountant. Green’s medical businesses doesn’t have a way to take credit cards, and neither will the new recreational one until he finds a solution. He has had six bank accounts closed. While he says he’s always had a “plan b, c and d ready,” the problem of banking is a serious one that forces the marijuana industry to deal almost entirely in cash. Green briefly began accepting Bitcoin, but even the controversial online currency wouldn’t do business with a pot grower. Just this week, the owner of another Spokane dispensary reportedly shot a man outside because he worried the man was going to burglarize his business. Because of the drug’s federally illegal status, banks are hesitant to do business with marijuana growers or sellers. In February, the Justice and Treasury Departments released guidelines meant to ease banks’ concerns, instructing them to label marijuana accounts believed to be operating in good faith as lower priority than other types of illegal activity. But that’s not enough for some. Theoretically, the next administration could simply reverse the guidelines. To truly make the business risk-free, federal law would have to change and that’s unlikely for now. In Spokane, Green says he and his fellow entrepreneurs need just one bank or credit union to open its arms to the business. “I need it now. I need it yesterday. I need it last year,” Green says, exasperated. “Everything anybody wants to talk about is irrelevant, because the only thing I care about is who’s going to take our money?” n


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Spokane investigators made multiple arrests late last week in the killing of David Whitman, who was allegedly beaten with a bat, shot and dumped in Stevens County over drugs and debt. His girlfriend also reports being kidnapped by the alleged killers.


Several days passed without search parties finding any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared Saturday off the coast of Vietnam. The flight had 239 people on board.


As Newsweek returned to print last week, it published a controversial profile of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, who it portrayed as the anonymous founder of Bitcoin. Nakamoto has denied the story amid a vicious online backlash over his outing.


The FBI has launched an investigation into alleged misconduct and fraud at the private Corrections Corporation of America prison near Boise based on reports of insufficient staffing and falsified reports.

Spokane Police K-9 Officer Dan Lesser speaks with children at the Mobius Science Center during Pet Science Saturday as 9-year-old Misa reaches out to pet his K-9 partner Rav, an 8-year-old German shepherd. Lesser has served as Rav’s handler for five years.






A Spokane couple with a dog narrowly avoided injury Tuesday when the Dumpster they were sleeping in was loaded into a garbage truck. The driver stopped and let them out after hearing screams coming from the compactor.

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Last summer’s Superior Court ruling against its initiative wasn’t the end of ENVISION SPOKANE. Its legal battle over the Community Bill of Rights is ongoing since the group appealed that decision. (A date for an oral argument has not been set.) Now, the Spokane City Council is set to vote on extending the contract for the Seattle-based law firm representing the city in the case. If approved, that will allow the city to pay the firm up to $60,000 for the case. While the city didn’t bring the original challenge Envision is now appealing — that was the county and regional economic groups — it’s involved because the original challenge named the city since it forwarded Envision’s measure to the ballot. Making things more awkward, two city council members (and one now former member) joined the original suit as private citizens, arguing the Community Bill of Rights should not appear on the ballot. In a briefing Monday, Council President Ben Stuckart questioned what exactly the city was defending against in the appeal since it does not have an official position on whether the initiative is valid. City Attorney Nancy Isserlis said the city’s involvement stems primarily from it being named in the original case.

“Once you’re in a case, you’re in a case,” she said. The council is scheduled to vote on the $20,000 contract increase Monday. — HEIDI GROOVER


The Columbia Generating Station NUCLEAR POWER PLANT near Richland, Wash., required more special inspections for safety and security incidents last year than any other in the nation, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report identified three minor problems at the plant in 2013 that prompted inspections by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Security-related issues arose in February and September, details about which are not publicly available. The third issue involved a degraded air conditioning unit for rooms containing essential electrical equipment. “Time will tell whether the trio of near-misses at the Columbia Generating Station was merely bad luck or indicative of broader programmatic deficiencies,” the report states. Officials at Energy Northwest, which operates the power plant, have responded to the report, saying the issues were quickly resolved and posed no health or safety

risks to the public. But Dr. Steven Gilbert, the vice president of the Washington chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, says he believes the report’s revelations are “extremely disturbing.” “It is a terrible sign that security issues have been identified and may not have been fully corrected at the plant after the first incident,” he says in a statement. “The benefits associated with running this nuclear plant are not worth the risks.” — DEANNA PAN


When it came to enrollment, community colleges thrived in the recession. The unemployed hoped to develop new skills while waiting for the job market to improve and flocked to local two-year colleges. That was the case for NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE in Coeur d’Alene. In 2009 enrollment leaped by 10.2 percent, 12 percent in 2010, and 6.4 percent in 2011. But now, as the economy slowly begins to rise, community colleges have seen their enrollment fall back to Earth. Last year, enrollment was flat at NIC. And this year, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press, enrollment dove back down 11 percent, with the expectation of another 10 percent drop next year. Combine the loss of tuition dollars with the loss of state funding tied to enrollment, and it’s another blow to college funds. That means a budget that is $2.3 million dollars lower next year, says NIC’s Mark Browning. They’ve already cut $822,000 in the middle of the year, but they still have further to go. Turns out, when the economy’s bad, community colleges lose funds because of budget cuts. And when it gets better, they lose funds because of declining enrollment. “There have not been across-the-board raises for a number of years,” Browning says. — DANIEL WALTERS

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or decades, Spokane Public Schools had a teacher evaluation system that did very little to evaluate teachers. Twice a year, the principal would come in and observe scheduled lessons. And for those lessons, typically, teachers put on a carefully crafted performance. “I wanted to get it just perfect,” Finch Elementary Principal Kim Harmon says about her teaching days. “I’d put on a great dog and pony show when they came in. And the next day I’d go back to teaching like normal.” Teachers were graded on a wide variety of factors, yet received only a “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” in those categories. And those ratings seemed practically rubber-stamped: For the 2009-10 school year, 99.2 percent of teachers were graded “satisfactory.” Even the minuscule fraction who failed rarely felt the consequences. But last year, Spokane Public Schools and schools across the state began shifting to a new “Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project” evaluation system, one far more complicated, in-depth and detailed.

It works on a four-point scale instead of just a binary one. “I pretty clearly understood that I probably would not be getting [all] fours,” says Theresa Luciani, a second-grade teacher at Finch Elementary. The top tier of the evaluation is intended to be relatively rare, something for teachers to shoot for. Teachers meet with principals before each observation to set out expectations and goals and are required to keep close track of their own performances. Principals conduct surprise observations. Today, the teacher evaluations have teeth: Even veteran teachers who fail repeatedly risk losing tenure. Yet now, as schools adopt the new system, the biggest debate is over an element Washington state doesn’t require in its evaluations: state standardized-test scores. The federal government has demanded that standardized tests play a role in evaluations, but teachers unions across the state fervently oppose that idea. “That, to us, is a no-go,” says Jenny Rose, president of the Spokane Education Association. Despite Gov. Jay Inslee’s pleas, the legis-

lature so far has refused to change the law, and time is running out. If a bill isn’t passed this week to tie test scores to evaluations, districts statewide risk losing control of nearly $40 million in federal funds.


ack in 2001, one federal bill catalyzed a seismic shift in American education. No Child Left Behind gave state standardized tests the force of law: Schools and districts that failed to make the required yearly improvements in student test scores eventually would be penalized. But each year, the bar automatically got higher, more impossible to clear. Today, No Child Left Behind is literal, technically requiring that every single student in every district show proficiency in the reading and math portion of a state’s standardized tests. In response, the Obama administration has been handing out waivers regarding No Child Left Behind. Those come with strings attached. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education warned Washington state that unless it began using the state standardized test as a factor in its teacher evaluations, it could lose its waiver. If that happens, about $40 million in federal funds that went to low-income Washington state schools to help struggling students would be diverted to private tutoring organizations. “Right now, those dollars go straight to our schools,” says Lorna Spear, director of early learning and intervention for Spokane Public Schools. “It would come straight out of the schools if we lose that waiver.” The district has measured student performance in cases where funds have gone to Send comments to private tutoring groups, and Spear says the results have been unimpressive. “We don’t have any control over what they’re doing, how they’re interacting with kids,” she says. So far, attempts to change state law to save the waiver have fizzled. In February, a Senate bill to utilize standardized tests in evaluations suffered a surprise, bipartisan 28-to-19 defeat after a wave of pressure from the Washington Education Association. The new evaluation system already takes into account student-growth data, including the use of local district tests. But many teachers see the state tests as a different animal. Some assert that because standardized test scores come out at the very end of the year, only take a picture of one moment in time and offer limited specifics, they can’t adequately represent a teacher’s performance. And some worry that using standardized test scores on evaluations will create a disincentive, pushing teachers away from struggling students. “I’ve had a student who was completely blind. I’ve had a student with Smith-Magenis syndrome. Those were the two best experiences in 30 years [of teaching],” says Luciani. “But if my evaluation is based on test scores, a teacher gets very nervous about having struggling students in their room.” That concern is shared by the teachers union. “What’s going to happen is teachers are going to go into competition because they want to get the highest scores,” says Rose. “When you’re working with little human beings, it shouldn’t be a competition.” So far, such arguments haven’t convinced the federal government: The risk of Washington losing its waiver is real. Inslee’s staff has been talking with the federal Department of Education and has introduced a compromise bill: It would tie state tests to evaluations, but only starting in the fall of 2017. After all, the new state Smarter Balanced test, based on the controversial nationwide Common Core standards, is so new that teachers and students won’t even get scores this year. State Sen. Andy Billig says it will come down to this Thursday, the very last day of the legislative session. He’s been skeptical of tying tests to the evaluations, and says the legislature is searching for a solution that keeps the waiver but “protects the integrity of the evaluation system.” Inslee doesn’t see very many options left to preserve the state’s waiver. “The [Obama] Administration is not particularly flexible on this,” says Inslee’s spokeswoman Jaime Smith. “There’s no Plan B at this point.” 



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icholas Newell is 22 years old. He’s physically active. He eats a balanced diet. He’s never had health insurance in his life. So why start now? Insurance is expensive. Newell is a selfsupporting student at Spokane Falls Community College with bills to pay. When he’s not in class, he runs a small detailing business — specializing in slick European sports cars and private planes — where his overhead is high. “I realize things can happen. For all I know, six months from now I could get diagnosed with cancer or something that could be very expensive,” Newell says. “I’d take the risk of something happening and dealing with it as it comes, [rather] than pay for insurance and wonder how I’m going to afford tuition this quarter.” Newell is among the so-called “young invincibles”: Healthy, disease-free 18-to-34-year-olds who require little medical care and don’t see themselves needing any in the near future. The Obama administration is depending on these young adults to come to state insurance exchanges in droves. Their participation in the health insurance exchange is vital to make the Affordable Care Act work. When young invincibles purchase health insurance, they help keep premiums down for everyone by offsetting the costs of insuring older, sicker Americans. The more young people like Newell decide to opt out and pay the penalty — just $96 this year — the higher premiums will rise. White House officials hope that 40 percent of

new enrollees across the country will fall into this crucial demographic. In Washington state, where nearly half of the uninsured population is under 35, these young adults so far represent only 22 percent of new enrollees — about 20,000 people — in private insurance plans. “It’s not that they think they’re not going to die,” says DJ Wilson, president of Wilson Strategic Communications, a health care consulting firm based in Lynnwood, Wash. “They typically haven’t experienced anything in the way of major health trauma, so they don’t know how costly this stuff can be. You only really care about health care when your body starts to break or a family member becomes ill.” In an effort to reach out to more young, healthy adults, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange has launched partnerships with the state’s major ice hockey teams and eight roller derby leagues. The exchange also is spending $2.6 million on its latest advertising campaign to persuade young invincibles to buy health insurance before the March 31 deadline. Its latest push includes two new television spots featuring a fictitious pair of flashy rappers interviewing real Washington residents who signed up for health insurance — with brief interludes of them singing, dancing and beatboxing about pre-existing conditions, medical debt and “40 CCs of low-cost options.” Michael Marchand, spokesman for the exchange, compares the new ads to “Napoleon Dynamite or Anchorman-like movies.” According

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ationally, more than 27 percent of young adults are uninsured, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation — a higher rate than other age groups. That’s not because they don’t want or think they need health insurance. According to a Kaiser survey, three in four 18-to-30-year-olds agree that having insurance is very important. The problem with getting health insurance, Wilson says, is the cost, despite the fact that the majority Send story ideas to of young adults qualify for low- or no-cost or insurance on the exchange. In Washington, call the tip line at nearly 100,000 18-to-34-year-olds have (509) 325-0634 ext. 264 enrolled in Medicaid. “A lot of young people are making money for the first time in their lives, and most people don’t even buy insurance until after they have children,” Wilson says. “If you’re single and carefree and 28, and just having fun with life, as well you should be, then there’s not a lot of impetus to sign up.” For Stephanie French, insurance is a luxury she simply can’t afford. French is 31. She hasn’t had health insurance since 2011 and won’t anytime soon, despite her fears of falling seriously ill. “I’m scared to death about breast cancer because that does run strongly in my family,” she says. “And I do have a pre-existing weak heart.” She lives in West Central with her husband, two children and her husband’s brother, who has Asperger’s syndrome. French is the only member of her household who isn’t insured. Her kids are covered by Washington’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Her husband gets insurance through his job. Her husband’s brother has disability. French, who has worked as a towing dispatcher for the past 14 years, was offered insurance by her employer, but opted out rather than take the pay hit: Health coverage would have cost her $180 a month, roughly a third of her grocery budget. “We don’t get any assistance with housing or bills or food or anything else. We literally live with what we earn,” French says. “Having insurance that’s there just as a just-in-case is not going to put food in my kids’ bellies.” 


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wisting his head forward and to the adult life in and out of both corrections side, Aaron Johnson reaches back with and mental health facilities. His family his right hand, his still functioning hand, knows him as a sweet, loving kid who to point out a quarter-sized knot of purple struggled to focus and dropped out of scar tissue at the base of his skull, just high school. At 21, he went to prison on a behind his left ear. forgery charge, and psychiatrists diagnosed “There’s the exit wound,” he says. him with schizophrenia. He’s gone from A .40-caliber bullet had struck Johnson jail cells to group homes to the streets, on just below his jaw, passing through his and off meds, searching for some sense of neck and out the back. The entry wound, stability. another tinted pucker of flesh, lies hidden “I’ve been trying to get on my feet,” he beneath a patch of wiry beard. says. A third scar runs the length of His private struggles made headlines Johnson’s left forearm where one bullet this past Jan. 16, when his erratic behavior smashed the bone. Surgeons put in a plate, brought four Spokane police officers to but his left hand remains frozen in a loose a dark alley behind the Truth Ministries fist. A couple of more bullets — of nine shelter on East Sprague. In a tense mototal shots fired — ripped through his liver ment, the armed authority of law enforceand lung, coming to rest near his spine. ment confronted the unpredictability of At a lunch table in the psychiatric unit mental illness. And in an all-too-common of Providence Sacred Heart result, it ended in violence. Medical Center, he sits stiff Investigators say SPD ofwith the forced posture of a ficers surrounded Johnson. A Find related stories at plastic back brace. Between knife blade flashed as officers bites of double-cheeseburger, closed in, and they yelled comJohnson describes himself as a “good guy,” mands to drop the weapon. A repetitive beset on all sides by judicial corruption, clicking rattled off as a Taser fired. Then, government conspiracy and demonic they say, Johnson charged toward a nearby forces. officer. Johnson, 30, has spent most of his “They just opened fire,” Johnson says.



hile research studies have shown again and again that people with mental health issues do not pose a higher risk of violent behavior, serious symptoms can sometimes cause people to become disoriented, act in bizarre ways or cause disturbances in public that can attract the attention of law enforcement. With about one in 17 people suffering from a serious mental illness, police have increasingly become the first responders to mental health crises. A 2014 research analysis examining how law enforcement interacts with the mentally ill found many police organizations across the country lack consistent training on diagnosing and engaging people in mental health crisis, and as a result officers can unnecessarily use excessive or deadly force against people in need of help. “Serving as de facto psychiatric specialists, police officers often must assume roles held by nurses, social workers and case managers as the [principal] referral source to psychiatric emergency services,” the analysis states. “For these reasons, it is crucial that officers are equipped with knowledge about various mental illnesses, ...continued on page 24

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Spokane Police Officers Maurio Juarez, left, Brad Moon, center, and Greg Rogan, right, subdue fellow Officer Ron Tilley, playing the role of a psychotic subject with excited delirium during Crisis Intervention Training. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

“CHANGING OF THE GUARD,” CONTINUED... and have the appropriate communication skills to safely intervene [with an] individual who is experiencing a psychiatric crisis.” In recent years, area law enforcement agencies have drawn intense public scrutiny over high-profile tragedies between officers and the mentally ill, most notably the incustody death of Otto Zehm, a 36-year-old schizophrenic janitor badly beaten by Spokane police officers in 2006. A review of use-of-force records indicates a significant number of incidents still involve officers using force against people suffering from suicidal or mental health issues. In 2013, Spokane police officers responded to a minimum of 1,100 incidents involving citizens with mental health issues, according to the city’s police ombudsman. Most of those did not require any police action. But the ombudsman’s analysis of Taser usage between 2010 and 2012 shows almost a third of those incidents — 23 out of 79 total Taser uses — involved signs of mental instability or suicidal intent. As America’s law enforcement agencies have worked to improve officer awareness on mental health issues, many have adopted “Crisis Intervention Team” training as the gold standard for partnering with mental health

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providers. The Spokane Police Department first introduced limited, voluntary training in 2004, but a 2012 settlement with the Zehm family mandated $200,000 to put every SPD officer through the 40-hour training course. The final class graduated last Friday. Julie Schaffer, an attorney with the legal nonprofit Center for Justice that represented the Zehm family, says the expanded training serves as a much-needed step toward improving awareness and safety for both local officers and the mentally ill. Police officials must foster a department that recognizes its obligations to protect people with mental illness and connect them to treatment. “I think it is overdue,” Schaffer says. “It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to have so many incidents. … There has to be a culture change at the department.”


n a bright classroom at the Spokane Police Academy near Felts Field, SPD officers look up at a “jumper” pacing on a table top. Behind the man, thick blue mats have been set out to catch him if he leaps from the “bridge.” The jumper, another SPD officer acting as a distraught middle-aged man, shuffles precariously atop the table. He

swears at officers, waves his arms and rattles off a long list of complaints. He finally throws up his hands as he curses his life. “I’ve had it,” he tells the officers. “I’m done.” Jan Dobbs, chief operating officer for Frontier Behavioral Health, watches the scenario from a nearby seat. She has led CIT training efforts in Spokane since the start of the program more than a decade ago. Now working with SPD Sgt. Anthony Giannetto, Dobbs says the program has made an unprecedented push to train all SPD officers over the past year, putting the entire department through the weeklong regimen of lectures, demonstrations, role playing and guest speakers to instill new de-escalation and psychiatric diagnosis skills. “Police officers learn in a certain way,” she says. “They’re very visual. They’re very tactile. … You have to reach them in a different way.” National law enforcement associations as well as mental health groups, like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, recognize CIT as an “evidence-based best practice” for engaging people with mental health issues. Police officials and researchers in Memphis, Tenn., first developed the CIT program in 1988, following the fatal

officer-involved shooting of a mentally ill man. As many as 2,800 police agencies now train with what’s known as the Memphis model. This includes dozens of departments in 12 counties across Washington and 13 counties in Idaho. (See “Regional Approaches” on page 27.) Some sessions, like the jumper exercise, focus on communication strategy and real-life scenarios. Dobbs says other sessions strive to put officers in the shoes of the mentally ill, building personal understanding and empathy. Officers train alongside local mental health providers and interact with people living with mental health disorders, listening to intimate panel discussions on their everyday challenges. They learn about the difficulty of juggling meds or hearing voices.

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“It’s unfortunate that we’ve had to have so many incidents. … There has to be a culture change at the department.” This particular afternoon is mostly dedicated to the roleplaying exercises. After spending about five minutes talking with the jumper on the table, one trainee officer sees an opportunity and lunges for the man. Both trainee officers and the jumper go tumbling into the blue mats in a crashing clatter of toppled tables and muffled groans. “Whoa,” the instructor shouts, halting the scenario. “Don’t snatch people off of bridges. It’s too dangerous.” The instructor explains to the officers that he understands the instinct. Officers want to save lives. They want to pull people to safety. But with physics and weight and all the other unknowns, they could easily push someone accidentally or get pulled over themselves. “Let’s go back out and let’s do this again,” he says.

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ust a day after the jumper scenario in the January CIT training session, Aaron Johnson, then 29, arrives at check-in for the Truth Ministries shelter. Recently released from the Spokane County Jail on a probation violation, he had spent four nights in the 50-bed shelter. Director Marty McKinney says Johnson became upset when staff try to check his backpack. Johnson says later he believed the shelter had given away his bed. McKinney says cuts to mental health treatment services have brought more mentally ill through his doors. He says staff suspected Johnson might have an issue after he once signed in with a Russian name, claiming to work for the KGB. But on Jan. 16, Johnson crosses a line when he allegedly starts threatening staff with a 4x4 board. “He was acting really paranoid,” McKinney says, adding. “The police get a pretty hard time with all the shootings, but [in this case] I think they did exactly what they had to do, unfortunately.” Still carrying the board, Johnson ducks out the back of the building while shelter staff call 911. Shortly before 9 pm, several SPD officers converge on the alley behind Truth Ministries. Investigators say the officers find Johnson huddled under a blanket. But as they approach and identify themselves, he allegedly jumps out brandishing a folding knife. “I didn’t have a knife in my hand,” Johnson argues later. He acknowledges he had a knife in his pocket, but denies ever displaying it. McKinney says video cameras inside the shelter show Johnson acting erratically and waving the 4x4 board, but they never show him with a knife. The shelter did not have a camera covering the alley. SPD officers also have not yet started wearing body cameras to record encounters. “Johnson looked very agitated, and tense while gripping the ...continued on next page

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COV E R S TO RY | M E N TA L H E A LT H “CHANGING OF THE GUARD,” CONTINUED... knife,” officers observed in court records. “Johnson apparently had a strange look on his face, like a ‘thousand yard stare.’” Johnson remembers being surrounded by four officers, who the police department name as Officers Christopher Conrath, Michael Schneider and Holton Widhalm along with Sgt. Terry Preuninger. As Johnson moves close to one officer, Schneider reportedly fires his Taser. Officers report Johnson stiffens up and goes tense, but he “fought through” and charges at officers. Two officers, Conrath and Widhalm, fire nine shots, striking Johnson several times. Johnson says he remembers a short argument with officers, then with the shock of the Taser, he “started jumping everywhere.” As they opened fire, he crumples to the asphalt, bleeding and disoriented. He says he can’t remember anything else until he awoke in the hospital. “They straight wanted to kill me,” he says.


ith the lights dimmed low, CIT trainee officers stand before a curved 180-degree interactive video screen. The sophisticated training system allows officers to go through virtual enforcement scenarios to test their awareness and reaction times. Officers can change the scenario outcomes by using verbal commands or several types of force, including firearms. In this scenario, the officers follow a video officer into a home where they encounter the owner along with a wheelchair-bound man in a camo jacket. Within four seconds, the man in the jacket draws a weapon and kills the first officer as trainees return fire. “This is going to look like Spokane police shoot

Geri and Sharon Johnson, of Spokane Valley, pose with a family photo of them with their son Aaron, who was shot multiple times by Spokane police on Jan. 16. JACOB JONES PHOTO disabled veteran in a wheelchair,” the instructor says. “What I want everyone in the room to see is how fast this happens.” Dobbs, from Frontier Behavioral Health, watches from against the wall. She says she recognizes how quickly officers must react to subtle clues in behavior or

appearance. She says she admires the high level of training officers get at the department. As they move through other scenarios, officers Taser a violent homeless man. They also resort to shooting an armed suicidal man heading into an office building. All of the scenarios have been ...continued on page 28

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REGIONAL APPROACHES In IDAHO, Crisis Intervention Team training runs through regional programs in which multiple jurisdictions send officers through joint training sessions. Ann Wimberley, a NAMI advocate and Region 1 coordinator for the state’s five northern counties, says Bonner County has hosted regional training annually since 2009. Wimberley says North Idaho agencies utilize the Memphis model with an emphasis on practical “street” skills that officers can use on the job. In addition to the basic 40-hour course, they have also since introduced advanced training on “excited delirium” and youth mental health. “We have had a lot of support for this program,” she says. Many North Idaho mental health agencies also hold “services fairs,” she says, to introduce officers to local treatment facilities, staff and resources. State grants have helped fund the training and overtime costs in recent years. SPOKANE COUNTY Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says training overtime costs have become a significant limitation on the number of deputies he can send through the CIT course. He would like to see an easier, hybrid mental health training program that deputies could take online, or during shorter, routine training periods. “We need to start thinking outside the box,” he says. “We have to find a better way. … I think the skills are important.” Knezovich says he would also support integrating CIT training into the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the state level, so all officers graduate with the training. Some advocates support that idea, but others argue that state academy training would not provide officers with an introduction to local mental health agencies or resources that make up a key part of the program. — JACOB JONES

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COV E R S TO RY | M E N TA L H E A LT H “CHANGING OF THE GUARD,” CONTINUED... recreated from real-life incidents. “I don’t know that there’s a right answer,” Dobbs says of the variety of officer responses. “There could be better answers.” Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub says he has always considered mental health training and community collaboration to be high priorities, developing a mental health steering committee with local treatment providers and researchers when he first arrived. He sees expanded CIT training as an important step forward in protecting officers and transforming the regional system. “For the individual officer, the idea is to really put another tool on the officer’s belt,” he says. “We want to give officers the ability to engage people that are in crisis. … It’s a recognition that there’s a whole bunch of things you can do other than just using force.” Department records show all of the officers at Truth Ministries had previously graduated from CIT training except Preuninger, who completed the class a month later. Straub acknowledges the limits of CIT training, explaining some people in crisis may be too dangerous for de-escalation attempts. The best way to keep such people — and officers — out of harm’s way, Straub says, is to support a robust local mental health system that can provide preventative treatment. A broader community approach can help stabilize people earlier and keep them from spinning out of control. “By the time police arrive, they’re maxed out in terms of crisis intervention,” Straub says. “Then it becomes a very precarious situation as to whether the officers are going to be able to bring that person down. … We can’t

Spokane Police Sgt. Chris Crane introduces officers to several scenarios on the department’s interactive training screen. look to the police as the solution to this problem. We’re not.”


eyond officer training and education, advocates say the Crisis Intervention Team model must serve as a larger community infrastructure for partnering law enforcement with mental health facilities, hospitals, shelters and other stakeholders. Officers need to know local mental health professionals and get practical introductions to drop-off facilities or other treatment resources. Dr. Randolph Dupont, a leading national consultant


with the CIT Center at the University of Memphis, tells the Inlander the training program combines useful tactics with a new appreciation for the complexities of mental illness. “Officers value the training,” he says. “[They] usually have their hearts in the right place. … It’s good to have a lot of officers that have those skills.” Research studies by Dupont and others indicate CIT training not only protects vulnerable citizens, it can also reduce officer injuries, SWAT deployments, jail costs and use-of-force incidents. Mental health facilities may see

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more referrals for treatment services. The program can also increase diversions to treatment facilities instead of jails, which one study connected to improved psychiatric symptoms in those people three months later. Dupont took only one issue with the Spokane approach to CIT. He says the Memphis model only trains volunteers, many of whom have a pre-existing interest or awareness of mental health issues that helps motivate them. Mandatory CIT training can breed resentment or devalue the lessons. Ron Anderson, president of the Spokane chapter of NAMI, echoes some similar concerns about the mandatory program, but he notes Spokane’s voluntary training sessions sometimes failed to get enough officers to sign up and were canceled. He remains encouraged by the department’s commitment to expanding its mental health training. He says officers need to know about local resources and should understand what challenges people like his daughter may struggle with. “Mental health … is a huge factor in public safety and the welfare and well-being of our city,” he says. “We need more than just 40-hour training for our police department, [but] it’s a huge piece.” Schaffer, with Center for Justice, says the department should embrace the “social work” side of law enforcement and give additional recognition to officers who successfully avoid using force. That’s the culture change that needs to guide officer recruitment, follow-up training goals and future community partnerships on diversion programs. “That comes from the top,” she says.


Jan Dobbs, chief operating officer for Frontier Behavioral Health, says of officer responses in crisis situations: “I don’t know that there’s a right answer. There could be better answers.”


itting at their dining room table, Geri and Sharon Johnson sort through old family photos. They adopted Aaron when he was 11 weeks old. A few weeks later, they also adopted his older sister, Megan, bringing them both to live at their home in Clarkston, Wash. The Johnsons were aware of the birth mother’s alcoholism and schizophrenia, but they fell for the sweet children. “From the time that he was a baby, [Aaron] was all hugs and kisses,” Sharon Johnson says. “You dropped him off at school, and he’d give ...continued on next page


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Following a consent decree from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding use of excessive force against the mentally ill, the PORTLAND (ORE.) POLICE BUREAU last year established a central Behavioral Health Unit to expand training and proactive outreach regarding citizens with mental health issues. The unit maintains 50 officers with “Enhanced” Crisis Intervention Team training, which includes advanced training on mental health disorders and response techniques. The bureau also created a three-car Mobile Crisis Unit, in which officers and civilian mental health professionals make proactive visits with repeat or high-risk clients to monitor treatment and services. Just this month, the SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, following a similar DOJ consent decree, introduced a new policy mandating that CIT trained officers must respond to any scene involving a suspected person with mental health issues. Officers must also default to de-escalation if they can safely do so. The department also created a new Crisis Response Team to provide follow-up services for people. The LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT has long paired mental health professionals with officers to conduct proactive outreach efforts. The Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team (SMART) works to link people with local services. In 2005, the LAPD added a Case Assessment and Management Program to identify and track high-demand people to provide routine monitoring and treatment stabilization. Both of those programs operate under a central Mental Evaluation Unit, which can provide triage phone consultations to officers in the field or access medical histories on specific individuals. The NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT provides advanced mental health training to members of its tactical Emergency Service Unit, which can provide “psychological service technicians” to de-escalate confrontations. In recent months, mental health advocates have called for the NYPD to adopt the CIT training model to provide additional training to officers throughout the department. — JACOB JONES

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“CHANGING OF THE GUARD,” CONTINUED... you a kiss and a hug. He was just a real loving little guy.” But Aaron struggled to express himself as a teenager and quickly lost interest in sports or other activities, she says. He dropped out of school, later getting his GED. The family had just started looking into psychiatric care as he approached 18, but then he could no longer be forced into a treatment or medication program. He didn’t receive any consistent treatment until prison. Since the family moved to Spokane Valley, Sharon says, Aaron has bounced from jail to Eastern State Hospital to the streets, staying with them for short stretches. He can take care of himself while on medication, but he often refuses to take it. Sharon says she’s used to calling around to hospitals and county lockups, trying to keep track of where he may be on any given day. “All you can do for Aaron is pray for him,” she says. “There are times when that’s all you have.” “And when he’s off the medication,” Geri adds, “you never know when something’s going to happen.” “That’s right,” she nods. The Johnsons say Aaron can no longer live with them after a violent outburst last September, just days after Megan died at 31 of cirrhosis. Sharon says Aaron had been talking to himself when he came over and attacked her, striking her in the face and then turning on Geri. Aaron then fell to the floor and suffered a seizure while they scrambled to call 911. When they heard about the Truth Ministries shooting, they went to Sacred Heart to check on him, but could not find any records regarding his location or condition. Sharon Johnson says they spent days trying to learn if he was OK. Investigators would not provide information and medical staff cited privacy restrictions. It took two weeks before they could even visit his bedside. “That still haunts me, that I couldn’t go see him,” she says.


n the cold gray of downtown Spokane in late December, SPD officers look up at a man pacing the narrow railing on the Monroe Street Bridge. Authorities have closed the street, bringing the city’s core to a standstill, hundreds of eyes fixed on a solitary figure in bright blue, perched on a strip of concrete more than 75 feet above the thunderous

Spokane River. The 28-year-old man had taken to the railing at about 2 pm on a Wednesday. He strips off his jacket as he crisscrosses the railing. He waves his arms and kicks his feet, shaking out his legs, balancing on one, shouting and stamping. Then he leans back, arching out over the abyss below. “He’s flailing like one of those meth-heads,” one bystander mutters. Officer Davida Zinkgraf, the first to arrive, reports she could hear the man talking to himself in a loud voice. He speaks of satellites watching him and TV voices sounding in his head. He rambles about sex and death. He tells officers he wants to go to “heaven.” “At one point, he began clapping his hands,” Zinkgraf writes. “[He] would then talk very quietly to himself, and it appeared to me he was preparing himself to jump into the river below him.” Straub, who soon responds to the scene, says officers took care to calm the situation. They turn off flashing lights and give the man room to vent. They offer to operate on his terms when possible. They bring in negotiators as well as mental health professionals. “This is a very stressful thing,” Straub says. Such standoffs can easily turn tragic. In 2007, SPD officers attempted to Taser 28-year-old Joshua Levy as he stood near the railing of the same bridge. The Taser missed, and he leapt to his death. And in February, Spokane County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed Jedadiah Zillmer near the Spokane Valley Mall. The 23-year-old former Army soldier reportedly armed himself with multiple weapons and forced a confrontation with authorities to commit “suicide by cop.” “The intersection of law enforcement and mental health is a very dicey place,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says, adding, “You are at the mercy of the person that you’re dealing with. If they’re bound and determined to die that night … there’s only so much you can do.” After nearly 90 minutes of delicate negotiation on the bridge, Zinkgraf and others persuade the man to get checked out at Sacred Heart. He fights back tears as he struggles with the decision, she reports, but eventually he sits down on the railing and then slowly scoots off to the sidewalk.

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n the coming years, Straub says, the Spokane Police Department will continue to expand mental health training and outreach efforts. He says he’s impressed with programs at the Los Angeles Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon. Those programs involve multiple levels of advanced CIT training and proactive mental health units that team up with psychiatric specialists to visit high-risk individuals and monitor their ongoing treatment. (See “Alternative Programs” on the facing page.) “That’s a direction we’d like to go,” Straub says. “My goal is to continuously ramp this up, continuously go out there and find out what the best practices are that are available.” With the entire department now trained, local advocates look forward to seeing how the program moves forward and whether uses of force against the mentally ill will start to decrease. Will they see the cultural change many have called for? Can local mental health treatment shift from crisis response to preventative care? Since the Truth Ministries shooting, Aaron Johnson has volunteered for a short-term commitment in the Adult Psychiatric Unit at Sacred Heart. His parents don’t know what his future holds. They say they don’t know the long-term implications of his injuries. They don’t know what charges he may face. They don’t know where he might find a stable home. It’s all in “limbo” right now. They’re desperate for some treatment program or housing option that could give Aaron an opportunity to get his life under control. But for now... “He has no chance,” Sharon says, “ ... if something doesn’t get done.” The Johnsons, like many others, believe it will take a larger community effort to develop a mental health system that can provide a place for their son, that can keep the mentally ill out of police crosshairs and offer the help people need before they’re teetering on the brink. “This will happen again, something like this,” she says. “Somebody else is going to get hurt or killed.” 

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Jacob Petrie could have gone to Harvard, but he went into the woods instead BY MIKE BOOKEY


he sun had finally peeked through the spring clouds, and Jacob Petrie knew that this was the day he was going to tell the story of his winter. It was March of last year. He’d gone running earlier in the day and now was soaking in the sort of warmth he’d missed after several snowbound months living on the shores of Priest Lake. He was ready now. He’d been practicing for this. He was going to paint a picture, through music, of his experiment in the woods. Two days spent in a fury of inspiration later, he had seven tracks of synthesizer-driven instrumental music. The then-22-year-old called the album Live Right, a phrase that had become his personal motto after nearly a year without as much as a cellphone or Internet connection. He’s proud of the result, but in a different world, with just a few different choices, Petrie wouldn’t have spent his winter in the wilds, but in the library at the Harvard School of Law. He’d been accepted to the most prestigious law school in the country, but he wanted to make music. So he made music.


lmost all the walls of Petrie’s first-floor downtown Spokane apartment are bare. But there’s one small poster of John Lennon sitting at a white piano on the wall nearest the bank of synthesizers, mixing boards and other assorted gadgets where Petrie, with a shaved head and a defensive-back build beneath a plain T-shirt, composes his music. Things are shockingly clean — even the bathroom where his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana sits framed above the toilet and the kitchen from which he’ll pour me a glass of water. The occasional car buzzes past his window. It’s not loud, but it’s deafening compared to the sort of quiet you’ll find during a winter at Priest Lake, where the population dwindles from its summer peak down to a few hardy souls, and where everything from buying a gallon of milk to getting your mail becomes exponentially more difficult, despite the lake’s relative proximity to Spokane. I ask Petrie how he ended up at his parents’ lake cabin instead of Harvard. It will take two more meetings and nearly seven hours for him to answer that question. ..continued on next page


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CULTURE | PROFILE “INTO THE SOUND,” CONTINUED... And he does so in a near-monologue that amounts to a relatively complete record of the past three years of his life. The narrative is always linear — one step leading to another, one decision affecting the next, all of it somehow coming back to music. If I take him off course, he navigates us back to the story, even if it’s an hour later. This can be exhausting, because if you ask about Priest Lake, you need to know about college, and you’ll only grasp his college experience if you learn about his youth. “I ate lunch in the bathroom the first day of high school. It’s not a sob story, it’s just the truth,” says Petrie. He came to Ferris High School from Odyssey, a Spokane public school program for gifted youth where he was, by and large, with the same group of 20 or so kids for four straight years. By the time he was in eighth grade, his skill with the saxophone had him playing with the high school jazz band in the mornings before heading to Odyssey. He was taking a number of private lessons and had excelled at a number of instruments by the time he reached high school, where he said the initial challenge was learning how to make friends. He didn’t struggle with music, though. He studied under skilled Spokane musicians like David Dutton and Brian Bogue and played in the Spokane Youth Symphony. At the same time, he was diving headfirst into rock music, applying the same intensity. “I got lucky. My older sister is five years older than me and she had every Radiohead album that was out at that point,” says Petrie, who remembers lying on his bed and disappearing into the sounds of OK Computer. By high school, he was taking lessons for oboe, saxophone and piano while also dabbling in guitar. Music was pretty much everything, and he was damn good at it. But on the ride back from a lesson one day, Petrie waited for the car to stop before he told his mom he was done. He’d later ask his mom to sell his oboe and saxophone. “It was hard for us because we thought, ‘You have so much talent and ability that it should be part of your life,’” says his mother, Linda Petrie, an administrative law judge who works for the state of Washington. Jacob’s father, Gair, also is an attorney in Spokane. Linda and Gair figured their son was too young to be so singularly focused. So from there, Petrie tells of devoting himself to a number of pursuits for the rest of high school: the JV baseball team, debate, track and field, girls, partying, making hashbrowns. School, though, never attracted that laser focus. “I didn’t like going to class, didn’t like doing homework. I was the typical kid who wasn’t yet working to their potential,” says Petrie, who would get a C in an AP class only to smash the AP exam with a top score. He graduated with about a B average and applied to only one school — the University of Montana — and even that was on a whim. His parents were willing to pay for his school, but only if he maintained a 3.0 grade point average. He arrived in Missoula the following fall. He played lacrosse, studied psychology and figured he’d become an English teacher. Just two and a half years later, though, he was ready to graduate with a 3.99 GPA and one of the top LSAT scores in the country. He set his sights on the nation’s top law schools, Harvard being at the top of the list, and by his standards, the only school on the list.


ave you written the songs for your next album yet? “That’s a whole different conversation. Songwriting is something I do all the time.” Can you play me some? “I wasn’t prepared for that.” So, is this an album of covers? “No, no. Those are just sample tracks.” It’s a week after we’ve first met and I’m finally asking

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Jacob Petrie, aka Jakob with a K, throws an improptu dance party in an alley downtown. STEPHEN SCHLANGE PHOTO questions, but only because I’ve found myself woefully confused at what exactly Petrie is trying to show me on his computer. He’s just a few minutes removed from explaining that he’s devoting his energy toward dissecting pop songs — as in Top 40 sorta pop — to learn how to write and produce his next album, and that was confusing enough. Now, I’m staring at a bunch of marks on a screen as Petrie explains why Kesha’s “Tik Tok” provides excellent scaffolding for a poppy rock song he wants to build. This is all part of his studious intensity. If he were at Harvard, he’d be examining the minutiae of constitutional law. But in preparation for his next album, he’s studying the beats per minute of a Katy Perry song. “I view the pop format as grammar. I want to be able to speak in the language that people trust and people understand and can lose themselves in,” he says, almost defensively. This is frustratingly impressive, but I still want to know why he delayed Harvard for a year, then two years, and how he ended up at Priest Lake for a winter, and what the hell he did with all his time. And, shit, I’m just going to ask him if he thinks this whole making-music-inthe-woods a la Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon is cliché at this point. “I fully embraced that cliché. I was fine with that,”

says Petrie, who adores Vernon’s work and has read extensively about how the singer-songwriter holed up in his dad’s remote Wisconsin hunting cabin, writing the songs that he’d release under the name Bon Iver. But before we can go to the lake, we need to go to Portland, Petrie says. Before he set off to make Live Right, he was devoted almost singularly to getting into Harvard Law. In his last semester at the University of Montana in the fall of 2010, he’d studied for the LSAT with monklike intensity and slaved over law school applications. After graduating, he spent time living with his parents in Spokane, volunteering at the Center for Justice and coaching middle school lacrosse. But he had canceled his application to Harvard before it was considered because he thought it flawed, with typos and other errors. He was, however, accepted to high-level law schools like Duke and Georgetown — at age 20. Those schools were not Harvard, so Petrie decided he’d take a year and work on his applications. But he needed money. “My only marketable skill at that point was knowing how to take the LSAT,” he says. That skill, it turns out, pays well if you can teach others how to take the test, which he did. The company paid for him to live in Portland, where he’d teach a class early in the week before jetting up to Seattle and doing the same. For the better part of a year, he went back and

Then came a car ride in which the man screamed at his child and wife. The incident rattled the sensitive Petrie, who was soon set to head back to Spokane for a visit. By the time he got home, he was already uneasy about the man he’d thought was guiding him toward his musical goals. Then the wife called Petrie. She said she’d been physically and psychologically abused by the man, sometimes just moments after Petrie had left following a dinner. And the baby was in danger, too. Thankfully, Petrie says, she got away from him. But Petrie was floored. He changed his phone number. He never went back to Portland and he never wanted his creative or personal goals to rely on anyone else. “I can’t ever put myself in the position where I’m relying on someone for validation that I’m doing the right thing,” he says. “I trust other people, but my attitude with the music and my path with it shifted to this thing where I will rely on no one.”


Petrie as a high school student at Ferris (above) and riding his bike as a kid. forth, spending his 21st birthday instructing the next crop of aspiring attorneys in logic puzzles and using spare moments playing his guitar and composing music on his computer. He also got his applications dialed in to where he wanted. He was playing his guitar one day in December of 2011 when the phone rang. It was someone from Harvard. He’d been accepted. “I got the phone call and I just kept playing my guitar because I was already so much in that other focus,” he says. “But all of a sudden, I’m in this position where my family and friends are all expecting me to go to law school.” It was a little more than a month later when he decided he wasn’t going to Harvard, at least not the following fall. The school’s admissions department is clear in its support of a one-year deferral. So with music on his mind, Petrie headed back to Portland, where he found an affordable sublet and was charging ahead with the aims of recording some sort of singer-songwriter album. Soon, he’d met a skilled musician with a few professional recordings under his belt, and Petrie thought he’d found a mentor. Days were spent talking about music, and dinners were consumed with the man, his wife and their young child. It was a full immersion mentorship, Petrie recalls.

hat did you do with your time in the woods? “I would watch the weather. Seriously. It was like a performance every day,” says Petrie. He did other things, too, of course. He took long walks in the snow at night. He meditated and drank tea and laid on the ground and, more than anything, thought about music and his life and how the two intersected. Eric Gavelin met Petrie at band camp during high school and has remained a close friend. He was wrapping up his English degree at Eastern Washington University when he learned that Petrie was staying at Priest Lake, where Gavelin and Petrie had both worked at a resort during their college summers. He’d drop in on Petrie on the weekends, peeking in on a creative experiment that at one point had Petrie declaring that he was going to make seven albums in a year. Gavelin, and other friends who visited over the course of Petrie’s time at the cabin, were often brought into long conversations about art. Petrie, who by then had put off Harvard for yet another year, also taught Gavelin how to play guitar. Other friends, including Petrie’s new girlfriend, came to the lake to provide a necessary comma to the long stretches of isolation. The cabin, at least at certain times, had become a philosophical and artistic retreat. “A lot of time was spent with me painting in a room and him playing music and learning software in another, with tea breaks where I was grilled about how I came up with painting ideas,” says Gavelin. “It seems like an attempt by an emerging artist to pin down the abstractions of art, or maybe a way to find the place from which inspiration comes from.” Both of these guys talk like this unabashedly, in complete opposition to the LOL communication of their peers. It all reflects the fact that Petrie has spent an unfathomable amount of time just thinking. And that’s what he set out to do when he went to the lake. “I was on this personal, inward, introspective journey, and Find Petrie’s album music was what I was doing, but Live Right on iTunes by searching Jakob with a K ultimately it was just part of that journey. Music was just another tool I had to explore myself. I was investigating all those cliché questions — who am I, what am I doing?” He speaks voluminously about the notion of “flow,” the philosophy professing that one can enter into a state in which they excel at a task by focusing all of their energy on said task — it’s zero distraction, high-level productivity. This is why Petrie says he was taking all those long walks where he “took pictures” that he wanted to recreate


sonically. It’s also why he was painstakingly experimenting with his music software all those months. And it’s why he was sitting in the sun that morning last March. He was waiting for the moment to be right to make his music, and then he dove in for those two days and nights. There were weeks of editing and tweaking, but the bulk of the creative vision from that stretch remained. Now he has Live Right, which he released in December under the name Jakob with a K. It’s not revolutionary by any means, and Petrie doesn’t claim it to be, but it’s solid electronic music. Mixed at Portland’s Jackpot studio by famed Elliott Smith collaborator Larry Crane, the record is mostly simple but perfectly listenable, and at times dance-worthy. Sometimes, you can feel some of the emotion the young artist is working through, but mostly it’s just music, and he’s fine with you feeling that way. For Petrie, it’s a permanent and personal record of the year he decided to put down everything and go into the woods. “Instead of trying to access it in my memory, I can put on this record and I’m there.”

“I was on this personal, inward, introspective journey, and music was what I was doing, but ultimately it was just part of that journey.”


o are you heading to Harvard in the fall? “I hate to avoid the question — honestly, how I live my life, I don’t know. An asteroid could hit us, I could step outside after talking to you and I could get hit by one of the buses that rolls by Sprague,” Petrie tells me one afternoon. That day he was completing housing paperwork for Harvard, so it’s hardly off the table. But he can’t commit just yet, he says. He has this new album to complete and he has no timeline on that. The idea of a law degree from Harvard has its appeal, though. Yes, he’s aware that some of his classmates could turn out to be the next “slimy politicians,” yet others might be the next leaders of social change. It would be nice to hang out with those people, he says. But he could give a damn about the sort of money he’d make with that degree. On the other side of the coin, he’s not concerned with even his pop music aspirations yielding any cash. When he says this, you’re inclined to believe him. Either he’s the best undiscovered car salesman or the kid just has something figured out. His mom thinks it’s the latter. “The day he learned not to ride his bike with training wheels, he would ride 20 miles. The big joke was that he just kept going,” says Linda. “There was no hesitation and no looking back, he just mastered it. That is how he’s approached everything.” Petrie would like you to listen to his music if you’d like, even if he really just made it so he could remember his own story. He’s really good at telling the story about where he’s been — just don’t expect to be told what’s coming up ahead. “My priority is to breathe and be happy and to treat other people well, and if I can do those things, it really doesn’t matter what I’m doing.” n

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ylan was Ann Pelo’s primary companion that year. Days were spent splashing in rain puddles, picking blackberries along the shore of Lake Washington and watching ants crawl in and out of cracks on the sidewalk in a North Seattle neighborhood. Dylan was just a baby, less than a year old. But that year the 49-year-old author and educator spent as the infant girl’s companion and caretaker — Pelo refers to it now as “the year with Dylan” — became the basis for her latest book, The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children. Several days before the Spokane native ventures across the Cascades to discuss the book at Auntie’s Bookstore, Pelo explains what led to her to devote a year spending each day, rain or shine, exploring nature with Dylan. Dylan isn’t Pelo’s daughter (the author is unmarried and doesn’t have children), but the child of Pelo’s close friend. Coinciding with the time of Dylan’s birth, Pelo had made the choice to leave her job at Seattle’s Hilltop Children’s Center, where she’d worked for 16 years as a teacher and teacher mentor. “I felt this increasingly strong pull to live more intimately with the Earth; to be in a more unbuffered relationship than working in Seattle and living on Capitol Hill,” she says of the decision. Pelo grew up in Spokane, graduating from Gonzaga Prep, then attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, where she found her career calling in social justice and early childhood education. The Goodness of Rain is her fifth book, written largely for an audience of fellow educators. Some of Pelo’s first books on alternative early childhood education practices have incited critique, especially from those on the political right. She’s named in Fox News pundit Bernard Goldberg’s 2005 book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, landing the No. 51 spot on the anti-leftist list,




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fter Dylan’s birth, her parents sought a one-on-one caregiver for their infant daughter while they worked. Pelo realized this was her ideal chance. “The intent was to be outdoors every day, in part for my own way to live in an intimate relationship with the Earth, and wanting that for this baby,” Pelo explains over the phone as she commutes on I-5 through the metro area. She kept a journal — later the basis for the book — of her and Dylan’s daily nature adventures, in which both she and the infant discovered what it meant to find a sense of place and belonging in their environment. “The book contains stories of experiences with a young child, but as much it also contains stories of what it is to be an adult, and finding my own way into home in a little corner of the country where I felt resistance to making home,” Pelo says. Pelo’s focus as an educator of both children and other teachers is developing activist traits in young children. “By that I mean inviting children to notice and embrace difference, she explains. “Feeling empathy and solidarity with other people, and paying attention to what’s fair and what’s not fair and calling it out.” Her teaching beliefs are significantly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, developed in the Italian city of the same name, which centers on inquiry and collaborative learning between children, teachers and parents, as well as letting children have a voice in their own learning. The Goodness of Rain focuses less on the more controversial tenets followed by Pelo and many other early childhood educators. Rather, it promotes using nature to develop, in Pelo’s words, “habits of mind and heart” and engaging children more deeply with the places they visit and live, so those places become part of their identity. n

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Spanakopita, a Greek pastry, from Renatus.

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Opa Pizza is long gone, but Renatus is proving a worthy replacement BY COLLEEN FOGERTY


n April of 2012, a fire severely damaged Opa Pizza, a Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in North Spokane, but a new eatery has risen from its ashes — Renatus. “This place really burned. There wasn’t much left when we came onboard,” says general manager Shannan Marrs. Despite the fact that there was little remaining of the physical restaurant, Marrs didn’t want to completely abandon what the previous owners had built. She decided to keep serving pizza along with Greek

and Mediterranean food (including Italian fare) and even kept Opa as the corporation’s name. Given the building’s past, Renatus — Latin for “born again” — seemed a fitting moniker for the restaurant, says Marrs. Although the restaurant has been reborn, sticking to tradition remains important. “We try to stay pretty traditional to the Mediterranean and Greek cuisine, because there isn’t really anything [like it] on this end of town,” Marrs says. She doesn’t think it’s just her unique menu that makes Rena-

Taste o’ the Irish At Knockaderry, eating and drinking Irish goes beyond Guinness and whiskey BY LISA WAANANEN


n America, establishments that wave the Irish flag come in two types: those that use shamrocks and Guinness paraphernalia as an invitation to chug whiskey and beer until your inner brogue comes out, and those that emulate the pub traditions of Ireland a little more thoughtfully. Knockaderry, which opened near the courthouse the first week of March, is unquestionably the latter. With dark wood and textured mossy-green walls, the restaurant and bar is softly lit with a candle on every table. Owner Colleen Freeman, who also owns the Satellite downtown, once worked at Gabby’s Irish House and

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Grill on the now-demolished Rookery Block and thought about opening an Irish pub when she ventured out to open her own place. “Sixteen years later, I decided I’m finally going to do it,” she says. Freeman sees Knockaderry as a place where people can come to just hang out with friends or stop by after work. The former location of Sidebar & Grill is now segmented into family-friendly dining, bar-height seating in the back and cozy, private booths akin to the “snugs” of genuine Irish pubs. The fine-dining experience of the chef and kitchen

Renatus general manager Shannan Marrs.


tus stand out. “I think it’s more that we’re all homemade. Ninety percent is [made] from scratch,” she says. Marrs believes her fresh, made-to-order menu is one of her restaurant’s best attributes. Soon, it will expand. “We are just waiting for spring to come so we can open our patio. That’ll be our big hurrah for the restaurant,” Marrs said. In light of the patio’s debut, Marrs says she’ll be developing some fun finger food to pair with a glass of wine from a lengthy (and still expanding) wine list. With Renatus less than a year old, Marrs is still a rookie in the restaurant industry. With early mornings and late nights, she admits the hours have been tough and jokes about putting a cot in the back. But there’s one thing that makes it all worth it for her — “It’s the people,” she says. n Renatus • 10411 N. Newport Hwy. • Open Sun-Thu, 4-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 4-10 pm • • 3689871

staff shows in the selection of attractively plated appetizers, salads and entrées, like Guinness-battered fish and chips with housemade tartar sauce ($9), lamb shepherd pie ($15) and two types of reubens. The restaurant is also starting off with a breakfast menu, served daily until 11 am, to see how that goes for six months, Freeman says. Along with Roast House coffee, the menu includes a variety of pancakes, omelets, Benedicts and four types of side potatoes. The full bar serves up pints of Guinness and Harp, as well as the harder-to-find Kilkenny and Smithwick’s (pronounced Smittick’s), along with several taps devoted to local beers. Though Knockaderry offers much more than alcohol, it didn’t take patrons long to discover that this was a comfortable place for downing a pint or two, or four. “I was only open for two days and I blew three kegs — one of them was Guinness,” Freeman says. “I just could not believe it.” n Knockaderry • 1011 W. Broadway • 7 am-2 am daily • • 241-3738


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hile one Coeur d’Alene coffeehouse is moving up Sherman Avenue, another has dug deeper into the core downtown community. Calypsos Coffeehouse opened in 2008, offering their own roasted blends and a smattering of snacks for breakfast and lunch. In 2010 the Jenicek family bought the place, added Creamery (and ice cream) to the company name, painted the exterior yellow, black and red and upped the funk factor in the spacious eatery with comfy couches, curtainedoff seating areas and multicolored walls. A recently expanded menu and evening hours means breakfast-through-dinner options. Start with the Benedict — choose two each of eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, roast beef, avocado or tomatoes on an English muffin — swimming in a rich hollandaise ($7.49). Or get your fiber fix with hot oatmeal, fruit, walnuts, brown sugar, butter and cranberries ($4.69). The Cypria ($7.99), a grilled panini with roast beef, cheddar, tomatoes, red onions, lettuce and horseradish, is one of a dozen sandwiches and wraps, all made to order. Or try the affogato, ice cream with two shots of espresso, as you listen to local musicians or open mic night. Oh yeah: They also deliver downtown. — CARRIE SCOZZARO


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ITALIAN ANGELO’S RISTORANTE 846 N. 4th | Coeur d’Alene 208-765-2850 The dim interior at Angelo’s is decked out in nostalgic Italiana and religious iconography. The menu features an impressive list of entrées: chicken (organic) and veal four ways, seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Save room for tiramisu at this always-popular Coeur d’Alene eatery. EUROPA 125 S. Wall | 455-4051 Nice enough to take a date or Mom, Europa is a good option for dinner or splitting a bottle of wine and ordering an appetizer (from calamari to hummus and spinach-artichoke dip).

And of course, there’s pizza. The wine list is long, varied and features something for every oenophile. MAMMA MIA’S 420 W. Francis | 467-7786 It’s all home-style southern Italian at this North Side dining room, with sauces, pastas and breads made from old-time family recipes. The menu has plenty of munchable appetizers to keep families happy, alongside traditional pastas (that you can now take home), pizzas and meat entrées. Mix and match any of their pastas and sauces for a new combination each time. They offer simple, hearty lunch options, too: Italian sub sandwiches, pizzas and calzones. n

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Braking is Bad Need for Speed provides a smooth ride with Aaron Paul, but lacks top-end velocity BY SETH SOMMERFELD


or a videogame adaptation, Need for Speed is fantastic. Then again, “for a videogame adaptation” might be the biggest caveat possible, as the controller-to-bigscreen shift has produced consistently horrific works like (ugh) Super Mario Bros. Thankfully, Need for Speed succeeds by not forcing the videogame dynamic. The movie works on a serviceably entertaining level in the same way as the Fast and Furious films; no one expecting more than a fun couple of hours of car porn will be disappointed. While simple, it hits all the expected action movie beats, features two eminently likeable leads, and even offers a couple of unexpected hairpin turns. Need for Speed centers on Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), one of the best drivers who never made it as a pro racer. He now runs a mechanic shop with his pals in his hometown of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and gets his driving fix through NEED FOR SPEED local street Rated PG-13 races. Things Directed by Scott Waugh sour when his Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen old rival and Poots, Dominic Cooper Indy driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) shows up and offers him $500,000 to finish building a legendary Shelby Mustang. Through the automobile’s sale, Tobey meets Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots), a high-end British car dealer. After being framed for a crime by Dino and serving his time, Tobey, his pals, and Julia (who provides the Mustang) must speed across the country to California in 45 hours to get to DeLeon — the world’s biggest illegal underground race (run by a cartoonish Internet race show host and the film’s narrator, played by Michael Keaton) — hopefully to get a shot at redemption and revenge. In his first big role post-Breaking Bad, Paul delivers a successful leading-man turn. As Tobey, he mixes quiet, brooding anger and intensity with warm, endearing affability. The real breakout performance, however, comes from Poots, who provides a blast of radiant charm that elevates Julia above the generic love interest role. There’s an ease in her playfulness with Paul and glimpses of a stern edge, which are executed to near perfection. Load up on Poots’ stock now — she’s going to

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be big-time. Perhaps surprisingly for a videogame adaptation, the film takes a decidedly non-CGI approach to most of its special effects. The stunt drivers shine, but one of Need for Speed’s biggest flaws comes in its presentation of racing. Director Scott Waugh frequently isn’t able to convey how fast the cars are traveling. Camera shots often are close or follow the vehicles from above or behind on vast roads. It’s reminiscent of a NASCAR race on TV; a bunch of vehicles traveling the same speed can look underwhelming without a track-level view. With the frenzied pace, character development is blown past with nary a second thought. The film expects the audience to loathe Dino early without evidence, other than he kind of seems like a dick. When he offers the half-million-dollar project, it’s presented as a moral choice for Tobey, and his pals try to talk him out of it, which seems absurd at the time. Is Dino really that bad? There are plenty of moments requiring creative suspension of disbelief, like why there is aerial support and an advanced computer tracking system for a Mt. Kisco street race with a $5,000 prize. The only real wreck in Need for Speed (apart from actual car wrecks) happens when the films attempts humor. Almost every attempted joke misses, despite Scott Mescudi’s (aka Kid Cudi) charismatic effort as Tobey’s main comic-relief pal Benny. While not without a few speed bumps, Need for Speed offers an action-filled ride that runs laps around its gaming movie peers. 

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It’s another film written and directed by Tyler Perry — but don’t run away too quickly, this one does not include Perry’s alter ego, Madea. Like the film’s title suggests, the plot revolves around a group of women who are single mothers. Of course, played by the likes of Nia Long, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao and more, they’re all also gorgeous. With each other’s help, the women power through life’s obstacles. As with all Perry films, do expect a few heart-felt moments along with the over-the-top comedy. (LJ) PG-13


For a videogame adaptation, Need for Speed is fantastic. The movie works on a serviceably entertaining level in the same way as the Fast and Furious films; no one expecting more than a fun couple of hours of car porn will be disappointed. Aaron Paul plays a mechanic who can drive like a son of a bitch but never made it as a racer. He gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and is soon framed for a crime, forcing him to drive across the country looking for revenge. (SS) Rated PG-13



Director Asghar Farhadi depicts a marriage crumbled and the mess that regret often leaves behind in his latest drama. Ahmad, an Iranian, returns to France to divorce his wife only to discover she has invited another man to live with her, despite subtle consequences. When his soon-to-be-ex-wife pleads for Ahmad’s help reigning in a daughter he used to treat like his own, a secret is revealed that complicates everything. At Magic Lantern (ER) PG-13


The last season of Veronica Mars was, to most fans, deeply unsettling. There were so many unanswered questions. There were so many unsaid one-liners. There was just too much history! Set nine years after the conclusion of the show, our favorite detective, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), is now a big-shot lawyer. When exboyfriend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) asks for her sleuthing skills to help clear him of a murder charge, Veronica returns to confront a past, a boy and a town that refuses to let go of her. (ER) PG-13




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Like its predecessor — director Zack Snyder’s 2006 adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel 300 — this sequel attempts to turn ancient history into a swords-andsandals epic, only with virtually every part of its world created in digital postproduction. This time around, we have Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) leading his band of Greek warriors against impossible odds, with the fierce general

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With snappy, southern drawls and huge screaming fiascos, August: Osage 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. . At Magic Lantern (ER) Rated R


When Ron Woodroof’s wild lifestyle is interrupted by an HIV diagnosis, his eyes are opened to the lack of approved medications in the U.S. Only given 30 days to live, the Texan goes to Mexico and finds a world of alternative treatments. Ron teams up with a fellow spirited person living with AIDS, Rayon, to establish a “buyers club,” where others can find access to the treatments they smuggle into the U.S.. Ron may be dying, but he shows unwavering strength to fight the ignorance. At Magic Lantern (CF) 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


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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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From the directing team (Chris Miller and Phil Lord) who gave us the pretty good Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the hip and raunchy 21 Jump Street comes a delightful surprise. Yeah, The Lego Movie is colorful and has a message about being creative and working together to solve problems and tells of the fight between good and (corporate) evil, but it’s also totally whacked, from its dizzily stunning visuals (Legos everywhere! Non-stop action!) and its plentiful supply of references that only adults will get. (ES) Rated PG


George Clooney’s fifth outing as a director has him in a co-starring role, opposite a great ensemble: Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman, among them. It’s the (mostly) true story of the men and women who took it upon themselves to save great works

of art and architecture from plundering Nazis and gung-ho, ever-bombing Allied forces during WWII. (ES) Rated PG-13


Peabody (the voice of Ty Burrell) is a genius inventor, scientist, musician, athlete, gourmand and mixologist. Oh, and he’s a dog. I don’t know if there’s any explanation for how this is possible, and this new film never broaches it. But there is — in a move that represents how deeply nerdy a flick this is — a great deal of explanation of how a dog was allowed to adopt a boy; precedent-busting court cases were involved. What’s so perfectly plausible that it requires no explanation? Time travel. With the help of their WABAC (pronounced “way back”) machine, the duo find themselves traipsing across ancient times. (MJ) Rated PG


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 moneyhungry friends along the way. At Magic Lantern (MB) R


Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) was bored with his uneventful life in the sky until one transatlantic flight from New York to London. When he begins to receive a stream of threatening text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million to an offshore account, Marks realizes this won’t be an ordinary flight. With this mysterious enemy killing off passengers every 20 minutes, Marks must go to work to protect the innocent 40,000 feet in the air. (CF) PG-13


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 for-

mer government adviser and journalist out of a job, is looking for a story idea to bring to his editor. At a party, he hears of Philomena. Together, he and Philomena investigate the life of her lost son and find themselves exploring America looking for answers. At Magic Lantern (KS) Rated R


Not many remakes of iconic films get it right (think Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still), but RoboCop is a surprising exception. The roots are still there: Good guy Detroit cop is left for dead but re-emerges, via technology, as invincible man-machine. But this film, while still quite violent, has been stripped of its brutality as well as, some will lament, its corny humor. Instead there’s nicely done emotionalism along with edges of politics, philosophy, sociology and black satire. Lots of storytelling in the first half, plenty of action in the second. Gary Oldman and Jackie Earle Hayley give standout performances. (ES) Rated PG-13


This film will capture audiences and take them through the journey of Jesus, portrayed here by Diogo Morgado, who also played Jesus in the History Channel’s mini series The Bible. Using captivating cinematic techniques, Son of God tells the story of this religious figure from birth to ultimate resurrection. We can’t know for sure whether seeing this film will count as going to church for the week, but you can give it a try. (MB) PG-13


Hayou Miyazaki directs his newest — and last — animated masterpiece, this time detailing the real life adventures of big hearted Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who desperately wants to pilot airplanes. Upon discovering that his failing vision prohibits flying, pacifist Jiro decides to design them instead, with World War II looming in the horizon. A tumultuous love affair, a peaceful dreamer, and a colorful backdrop of vivid colors all combine to make this drama a masterpiece that concludes Miyazaki’s career. (ER) PG-13 





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Cement Suitcase brings the Yakima Valley to life with a laugh

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e Washingtonians, even over here in inadvertently become golfing buddies with the Spokane, don’t give much thought other man. And his mother’s house is nearly in to the Yakima Valley. We know it’s foreclosure, so he’s suddenly burdened with an somewhere in the middle of the state and we’re outlandish Australian roommate. thankful for its hops, but it’s mostly out of sight, As Franklin tries — or at least thinks about out of mind. trying — to get his life together, Castaneda loads Maybe that’s a shame, because the region the film with stylistic flair. These montages, serves as a weirdly beautiful backdrop to Cement animation and breaking down of the fourth Suitcase, a quirky indie comedy making its way wall (Franklin talks into the camera whenever around the film festival circuit and premiering he damn well pleases) make Cement Suitcase rise locally next week. This isn’t to say that Yakima, above other goofball comedies about down-onand specifically the tiny town of Granger, in their-luck dudes. Sometimes these tricks can feels which the film is set, is particularly alluring. In gratuitous, maybe even a bit distracting. Thankthis movie, though, the rolling, semi-desert landfully, the performances here are refreshingly scape and blue skies play well aside the hilarity funny and honest — especially that of Shawn and heartbreak found in the work of first-time Parsons as the good-guy golf pro who is unknowwriter-director J. Rick Castaneda, who grew up ingly stealing Franklin’s girlfriend — so things in Granger. always keep moving. Cement Suitcase focuses almost exclusively Cement Suitcase is sleek and attractive in its on Franklin (a talented Dwayne presentation — not something Bartholomew) a hapless twentywe’d expect to come out of the CEMENT SUITCASE something who lives in his dead relatively desolate middle of Not Rated mother’s house, drives a beater Written and directed by J. Rick Castaneda our state — and heartfelt and car, has about a hundred bucks funny in its storytelling. Who Starring Dwayne Bartholomew, Kristina in his bank account, but is an knows? It might just have you Guerrero, Nathan Sapsford excellent salesman at one of the planning a long weekend in Yakima Valley’s many wineries. Yakima.  The trouble is, he hates his job. And his girlfriend (played by E! News correspondent Kristina Screening Thu, March 20 at 7:30 pm • Guerrero, a native of nearby Sunnyside) is cheatAMC River Park Square 20 • $9 • Tickets ing on him. He’s aware of that because he has available only at


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AUTO-TUNE IN HISTORY 1997: Antares Audio Technologies releases the audio processor Auto-Tune, which was originally invented to correct vocal inaccuracies

The End of Robot Singing? T-Pain made the use of Auto-Tune in hip-hop and pop wildly popular; then musicians turned on him BY LAURA JOHNSON


he pristine, white yacht flashes in the frame. There’s Andy Samberg’s devilish grin and T-Pain’s signature dreadlocks sticking out from under a tall top hat — “I’m on a boat, motherf---er!” screams the chorus. It was 2009 when the Lonely Island’s “I’m On a Boat” music video went viral — and to this day, some idiots still can’t board a vessel without proclaiming those words. But it was T-Pain’s ability to go along with the (Grammy-nominated) parody song, poking fun at his own Auto-Tune-altered voice, that really caught the attention of millions. When Antares Audio Technologies released Auto-Tune in 1997, the product’s original intent was to correct vocal imperfections just slightly and naturally. But when used to its fullest extent, a voice could be morphed into a robotic tone. Cher was the first to utilize the new technology in popular music with her noticeably digitized 1998 hit “Believe.” Sure, vocalists had been using effects, like a Vocoder or Alive! Talk Box (think Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive!), for decades. In hip-hop, the Bloods & Crips implemented techno-sounding vocals on Bangin’ on Wax in the early 1990s, as did 2Pac’s mid-’90s hit, “California Love.” But with the arrival of Auto-Tune, voice manipulation became easier than ever. And without T-Pain, the whole trend may never have taken off in the late 2000s. Before 2005, T-Pain (real name: Faheem Rasheed Najm), with a group called Nappy Headz in Tallahassee, Fla., was just another rapper trying to succeed at his craft. That all changed when he discovered Auto-Tune, adding the voice-altering effect to his solo music. His first R&B album Rappa Turnt Sanga, featured the hits “I’m Sprung” and “I’m N Love (Wit a Stripper),” proved the technology had a significant fan base. Soon, nearly everyone ...continued on next page

1998: Cher’s “Believe” was the first single in popular music to implement the completely morphed vocal technology

2001: Daft Punk’s “One More Time” furthers the use of Auto-Tune in dance halls

2005: T-Pain sees his first radio hit with “I’m Sprung” — later that year, he’d drop a single about loving a stripper, officially merging Auto-Tune with R&B and hip-hop

2008: Kanye West releases 808s & Heartbreak, mainly featuring Auto-Tune, to critical acclaim

2009: The I Am T-Pain app is released, allowing anyone to manipulate his or her own vocals to sound robotic

2009: Jay-Z protests the use of Auto-Tune in music with his song “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” leading to a whole lot of hate directed at T-Pain

2014: A resilient T-Pain plans to release his upcoming album Stoicville: The Phoenix, which will continue his use of Auto-Tune

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MUSIC | HIP-HOP “THE END OF ROBOT SINGING,” CONTINUED... in the hip-hop industry wanted a piece of the local level. action — including big names like Lil’ Wayne “It’s really common to use for a show, not and Kanye West. only to smooth out the rough bits but also to During this time, however, the Spokane help build a confidence level,” says Sean Barhip-hop scene never really latched onto the rett, pro-audio manager at Hoffman Music trend. Local rapper Jaeda Glasgow admits she Co. in Spokane, which sells vocal processing and some of her cohorts played around with equipment. Auto-Tune, but only in jest. Listen to today’s top singles, which “I’ve learned not to hate on Auto-Tune,” include moderately filtered songs by Pharrell Glasgow says. “Those artists Williams and Katy Perry, and the aren’t actually trying, they’re death of Auto-Tune isn’t so immijust trying to get people to nent. The same can’t necessarily Visit for complete be said about T-Pain’s career. have fun.” Over the next four years, listings of local events. T-Pain’s days of being feaT-Pain was featured in more tured in Saturday Night Live boat than 50 Billboard hits, including “Low” sketches are over; he has a lot to prove, and with Flo Rida and “Buy U a Drank (Shawty currently has plans to release a new album Snappin’).” He produced a voice-altering app this year, aptly titled Stoicville: The Phoenix. and a toy microphone. But then things went As local hip-hopper and artist Jason south; T-Pain became the punching bag for a Corcoran, aka Freetime Synthetic, put it, “I general lack of creativity in pop music. Jay-Z think he is his own case. He became a parody proclaimed the death of Auto-Tune in a song of himself.” and Christina Aguilera (who has used the deBut Corcoran isn’t so sure that T-Pain or vice) wore a shirt that stated “Auto-Tune is for the use of Auto-Tune are completely over. pussies.” When T-Pain’s 2011 effort, Revolver, “If Auto-Tune is used as a filter or effect, fell far short of his previous albums’ sales, it it enables someone who can’t do something seemed the public had lost interest. well to play around with music, and that reOne of the dark secrets of the music ally can be interesting,” he says.  business is that many professional singers, as much as they may deny it, rely on Auto-Tune T-Pain and D.Worthy • Sun, March 16, at 8 or a similar technology on their records and pm • $35 and up • All-ages • Knitting Facin concert in order to appear polished and tory • 919 W. Sprague • sp.knittingfactory. perfect. This has even trickled down to the com • 866-468-7623


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Turns out Big Business isn’t just a clever band name BY LEAH SOTTILE


ay you’re a stoner rock band or a sludge metal outfit. Big deal. Who isn’t these days? The slowest and most syrupy of heavy rock genres is something that’s been around for ages — we’ve got Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer and Hawkwind to thank for laying the groundwork in the late 1960s and early ’70s. But it’s the work of bands like the Melvins (originally from western Washington), Kyuss and Sleep who have popularized the thick, bass-heavy sound, allowing a multitude of new bands to splinter off and run with it in the past decade or so. Some of those bands are terrible, but a lot of them are great. This weekend, Big Business — one of the best of the genre, a band that’s opened for Tool and has merged with sludge godfathers the Melvins — plays one of Spokane’s

smallest stages and shows us why thick, heavy rock is still relevant. Big Business’ roots are in the 1990s Seattle scene — where drummer Coady Willis manned the drum kit in Murder City Devils and bassist Jared Warren was in the trailblazing hardcore outfit Karp. The pair came together in the mid-2000s to form Big Business: a band with a lumbering, rattling low end, punctuated by Warren’s bellowing battle cries and kept afloat by Willis’ hyperactive drumming. Big Business took an atypical look at the genre, and from the get-go that made them a great band. They had a built-in fan base: People already loved Karp and the Murder City Devils, and others were fiercely loyal to Hydra Head Records (which has released three Big Business records). The duo found international acclaim with its 2007 record,

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Business End

Here Come the Waterworks. Soon thereafter, Warren and Willis merged with King Buzzo and Dale Crover to round out the Melvins — a dream for anyone who’s ever picked up a guitar or a pair of drumsticks and listened to Houdini. The stoner rock community looked at each other and wondered, “What can’t these guys do?” The next shocker came when Big Business dropped out of the music industry machine altogether and started doing everything themselves: distribution, publicity, merchandise — you name it. With that decision, the band (now a three-piece) has proven that it not only consists of visionary artists, but exemplary businessmen. “In the music industry, every step of the way, as a band, you’re being reminded that what you do has no value,” Willis recently told the Village Voice. “You’re constantly being reminded that you should drop on your knees and thank god that you’re allowed to do this, because there’s such a glut. If it’s not said, it’s implied. F--- that. What we do is worth something. It is worthwhile.” 




Stoner/sludge metal outfit Big Business is a lot more business savvy than you may expect.




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know I’m not the only gal who wishes that, for one night, I could be one of those girls at the party in Animal House: dolled up in a powderblue party dress and heels, with hair sprayed up to the heavens, dancing and twisting to Otis Day and the Knights. This Saturday night might be the chance to live that dream when Vancouver, B.C., band The Ballantynes rocks the dance floor at Mootsy’s. The seven-piece outfit makes tambourine-rattling, toe-tapping old-school R&B that will make you grin like an idiot — the kind of stuff that sounds like it was teleported straight here from a 1962 dance party. Order up a vodka gimlet from the bar, grab a partner and dance the night away with your new favorite band. — LEAH SOTTILE The Ballantynes with the Echolarks, BIAS and the Spirit Animals • Sat, March 15, at 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570


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J THE BARTLETT, Odesza, Water Monster Beverly’S, Robert Vaughn BooMerS ClASSiC roCk BAr & GRILL, DJ Yasmine J BuCer’S CoFFeehouSe PuB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen Trio J BuCkhorn inn, Texas Twister The CellAr, Kosh CluB 412 (624-3629), Raze the City Coeur d’Alene CASino, PJ Destiny GrAnde ronde CellArS, Old Time Music The hAndle BAr (474-0933), Open Mic/Jam Night JoneS rAdiATor, Hillfolk Noir, Gregory Rawlins J kniTTinG FACTory, EOTO, Wax 808, Brainfunk J lAGunA CAFé, Just Plain Darin leFTBAnk Wine BAr, Evan Denslinger luCky’S iriSh PuB, Likes Girls nyne, DJ Jeramiah Austin o’ShAy’S, Open mic, Arvid Lundin J The PhAT houSe, World Bandits red rooM lounGe, Poncho’s Soul Experience roAdhouSe CounTry roCk BAr, Open Mic The vAulT SoCiAl CluB, DJ Seli The vikinG BAr And Grill, Undercard, Midnight Mine ZOLA, Cruxie

Friday, 03/14

J BABY BAR, The Finns, Sea Giant, BIAS, Team Growl J THE BARTLETT, The Hoot Hoots, Lavoy, Bandit Train Beverly’S, Robert Vaughn BlACk diAMond (891-8357), Carli Osika The Blind BuCk (290-6229), DJ

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rontman Chris Henderson singtalks his way through Bullets or Balloons songs. Over Aaron Anderberg’s technically raging bass playing and Cory Mason Phipps’ wild drum kit, the vocal works marvelously. The band, with roots in Spokane, now resides in Olympia. But this weekend they’re back to make things super loud at the Baby Bar. Expect new songs in the set. As Bullets or Balloons’ Facebook page stipulates: “With their powers combined, they have created utter bullshit” — and while that may be true, it’s the best bullshit possible. — LAURA JOHNSON Bullets or Balloons with Bandit Train • Sat, March 15, at 10 pm • Free • 21+ • Baby Bar • 827 W. 1st • 847-1234

Mayhem Bolo’S, Phoenix BooMerS ClASSiC roCk BAr & GRILL, Dragonfly J BooTS BAkery & lounGe, Madeline McNeill BoWl’z BiTez And SPiriTz (3217480), Likes Girls J BuCer’S CoFFeehouSe PuB, Nate Shoemaker The CellAr, Bakin’ Phat Coeur d’Alene CASino, Bill Bozly, The Hitman The CounTry CluB, Torino Drive Curley’S, Bad Monkey Fizzie MulliGAnS, The Cronkites GrAnde ronde CellArS, Ides of March/St.Pat’s Concert with Dan Maher and more The hAndle BAr (474-0933), SixStrings n’ Pearls Rock Dance Band J The hoP!, Protest the Hero, Battlecross, The Safety Fire, Intervals, Night Versus

idAho Pour AuThoriTy (208-2902280), Charley Packard John’S Alley, Left Coast Country JoneS rAdiATor, Left Over Soul J kniTTinG FACTory, Revolver Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock feat. Sick Puppies, Lacuna Coil, Eyes Set to Kill, Cilver The lAnTern TAP houSe (3159531), Shea Tea leFTBAnk Wine BAr, Carey Brazil and Jay Condiotti lion’S lAir (456-5678), Von Grimorog MArkeT PlACe Winery (838-7815), Mike Ross MAx AT MirABeAu, Salty Dog J Mezzo PAzzo Wine BAr, Lonesome Lyle Morse J MooTSy’S, Cursive Wires, Karrie O’Neill neCTAr TASTinG rooM (869-1572), Tommy G nyne, The Divine Jewels

Pend d’oreille Winery, Dave McRae J The PhAT houSe, Ragtime Steve, Weary Traveler, Dimestore Prophets rePuBliC BreWinG Co., Hillfolk Noir, Gregory Rawlins roAdhouSe CounTry roCk BAr, Ryan Larsen Band The roCk BAr And lounGe (4433796), The Usual Suspects TWelve STrinG BreWinG CoMPAny (241-3697), Maxie Ray Mills The vikinG BAr And Grill, Cary Fly Band ZOLA, Raggs & Bush Doktor

Saturday, 03/15

49 deGreeS norTh, The Working Spliffs J BABY BAR, Bullets or Balloons (See story above), Bandit Train J THE BARTLETT, Hollow Wood, Dova (ft. members of Franklin)

Beverly’S, Robert Vaughn BlACk diAMond (891-8357), Sally Bop Jazz The Blind BuCk (290-6229), DJ Daethstar Bolo’S, Phoenix BooMerS ClASSiC roCk BAr & GRILL, Dragonfly J BuCer’S CoFFeehouSe PuB, Greg Hodapp The CellAr, Bakin’ Phat J ChAPS, Just Plain Darin Coeur d’Alene CASino, Bill Bozly, The Hitman Coeur d’Alene CellArS, Truck Mills, Blues Man ColdWATer Creek Wine BAr, Ray Allen The CounTry CluB, Torino Drive Curley’S, Bad Monkey el PATio (208-773-2611), Nova The FAllS CluB (208-457-1402), Shiner Fizzie MulliGAnS, The Cronkites

GEM STATE CLUB (208-245-9916), JamShack  THE HIVE EVENT CENTER (208290-3048), Dumpstaphunk  THE HOP!, The Sword, O’ Brother, Big Business (See story on page 49) HUCKLEBERRY’S NATURAL MARKET (624-1349), The Converters JOHN’S ALLEY, Left Coast Country JONES RADIATOR, Eclectic Approach  KNITTING FACTORY, Sammy Eubanks, The Border Patrol Band, Acuff & Sherfey  LAGUNA CAFÉ, Diane Copeland


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2846), Bridges Home  THE PHAT HOUSE, Inland Empire, One Way West, World Bandits, Lucas Brown POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE, Keilidh Shillelagh (evening show) RED ROOM LOUNGE, Likes Girls  REVEL 77, Dirk Lind ROADHOUSE COUNTRY ROCK BAR, Ryan Larsen Band  THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Death By Pirates, Drop Off, Dimestore Prophets, Bonfire Knights ZOLA, St. Paddy’s Day Bash with Karmas Circle

Sunday, 03/16

THE CELLAR, Dueling Pianos CLUB 412 (624-3629), Rylie Franks DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church  THE HOP!, Rock Your Locks III Benefit Show: Raised By Wolves, Deviance, Extortionist, Jake Jerome, Blacktracks  KNITTING FACTORY, T Pain (See story on page 47), D. Worthy MOOSE LOUNGE (208-664-7901), Michael’s Music Technology Circus ZOLA, Bill Bozly

Monday, 03/17

BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (3217480), Open Mic  CALYPSOS, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, Likes Girls

O’SHAY’S, Hot Punch Pipe Band  RICO’S, Open Mic ZOLA, Nate Ostrander Trio

Tuesday, 03/18

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub  THE BARTLETT, Open Mic BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE CELLAR, Carli Osika CLUB 412 (624-3629), Dennis is Dead FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills  JONES RADIATOR, Joshua Simon, Olivia Kintzele, Himes Alexander, Jay Barron  KNITTING FACTORY, Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive, Hands Like Houses, Beartooth LION’S LAIR (456-5678), DJs Nobe and MJ  THE PHAT HOUSE, Dixie Jam with Ragtime Steve SPLASH, Bill Bozly THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Q ZOLA, Ron Greene and the Wright

Wednesday, 03/19

 THE BARTLETT, Tango Alpha Tango, Static Tones BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn CAFE BODEGA (208-263-5911), Five Minutes of Fame THE CELLAR, Pat Coast  CHAPS, Land of Voices with Dirk Swartz  FERRANTE’S MARKETPLACE CAFE (443-6304), Open Mic Night

 THE HOP!, Aberration, El Tumblar, Kristen Wiig, McAlister Falls, Vincent’s Left Ear JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz  KNITTING FACTORY, Railroad Earth, The Deadly Gentlemen LA ROSA CLUB, Jazz Jam with the Bob Beadling Group  THE PHAT HOUSE, Open Mic  RED ROOM LOUNGE, Parabelle, Death By Pirates, Sleep For Dreaming, Likes Girls SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, Open mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared ZOLA, Bristol

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THE BARTLETT, Cataldo, Mama Doll, March 20 THE HOP!, Being As An Ocean, A Lot Like Birds, My Iron Lung, Idle Hands, This Wild Life, March 21 KNITTING FACTORY, Helldorado CD Release feat. The Nixon Rodeo, Coming Alive, Evolved, March 21 NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, Chicago, March 21 THE BARTLETT, Saintseneca, Vikesh Kapoor, Cold Mountain Yeti, March 21 MOOTSY’S, Oooooob, Chisholmism, Momo Ya, March 21 THE BARTLETT, Marshall McLean, Scott Ryan and more, March 22 THE GRAIL, The Adarna, Freak System, VanMarter Project, Elephant Gun Riot, Sonder, March 22

MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CARR’S CORNER • 230 S. Washington St. • 474-1731 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 311 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-6971 THE COUNTRY CLUB • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIRST STREET BAR • 122 E. First St., Deer Park • 276-2320 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROS. • 718 W. Riverside • 315-8765 THE GRAIL • 4720 E. Seltice Way, CdA • 208665-5882 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KELLY’S IRISH PUB • 726 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208-667-1717 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 624-0236 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RICO’S PUB • 200 E. Main, Pullman • 332-6566 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 STUDIO K• 2810 E. 29th Ave. • 534-9317 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 THE WAVE • 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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Most years, there is St. Patrick’s Day, a typical Tuesday or Wednesday when Todd the accountant wears a green tie and Debbie in sales paints a shamrock on her cheek and little else of consequence goes down. But then there’s the day you observe St. Patrick’s Day, which in Spokane this year will happen on Saturday, when the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick put on their annual parade in the city’s downtown. Now in its 36th year, the parade has grown to feature more than 150 different entries, all marching through town, tossing candy for the kids while the older folks count down the minutes until it’s a selfrespecting time to step into one of the many, many bars that will be celebrating in style. — MIKE BOOKEY St. Patrick’s Day Parade • Sat, March 15, at noon • Downtown Spokane • See parade route at

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Spokane Symphony Classics Series “Enchanted by Mozart” • Sat, March 15, at 8 pm; Sun, March 16, at 3 pm • $15-$54 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • • 624-1200

Best of the Basement • Opening reception March 14 from 5-8 pm, exhibit runs through April 5 • Free • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 Sherman Ave., CdA • • 208-765-6006

Sayaka Shoji of Japan has been mystifying audiences since her preteens with her mastery of the instrument. She’ll bring her talents to Spokane this weekend before heading off on a world tour. While the concert is called “Enchanted By Mozart,” there’s only one Mozart symphony on the bill. The program will begin with a contemporary John Adams piece and follow with Shoji playing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Here’s a chance to hear violin playing at the highest level. — LAURA JOHNSON

Each spring, staff at the locally renowned Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene head down the narrow stairs to the gallery basement to sort through hundreds of pieces in its unhung inventory. One glance at the Art Spirit’s 50-plus exhibiting artist list, and it’s clear this show won’t disappoint. Harold Balazs, Catherine Earle, Gordon Wilson, Ben Joyce and Mary Farrell are among the numerous other Inland Northwest fine art icons who should be recognizable to even the most casual viewers of art. — CHEY SCOTT


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We’ve all had awful birthdays. Cindy is having the worst, and she’s still singing about it in Suds. This musical begins at a laundromat and is loaded with good clean fun (laundry pun!) and some of the greatest pop hits from the ’60s: “Please Mr. Postman,” “Respect” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” to name a few. It tells the story of a young woman and the guardian angels who teach her a few things about finding true love. If you’re a sucker for nostalgia and a old-timey feel, Suds won’t disappoint: you’ll be remembering first kisses, last dances and finding love for the first time. — CLARKE HUMPHREY

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How does one define the history of our great nation simply through the selection of objects? When Dr. Richard Kurin, Under Secretary of History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian, set out to do so, he chose Thomas Jefferson’s Bible, Eli Whitney’s cotton gin and, of course, the Declaration of Independence, among 98 others. Kurin’s selections and the stories behind each were compiled into the incredible coffee-table book The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects. In the MAC’s newest exhibit, 100 Stories — A Centennial Exhibition, a similar approach was taken as museum curators selected items of historical significance to our little part of the U.S. As part of the exhibit, Kurin is visiting the museum for a lecture and book signing. Seating for the event is limited, so get there early. — CHEY SCOTT Dr. Richard Kurin • Thu, March 13 at 6:30 pm, doors at 5:45 pm • $10 suggested donation • The MAC Johnston Auditorium • 2316 W. First • • 459-3931

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BARBARY COAST, 5209 N. Market, 8 pm CHARLIE P’S, 8120 E. Sprague, 9 pm CRUISERS BAR & GRILL, 6105 W. Seltice Way, State Line, Idaho, 8 pm IRON HORSE, 11105 E. Sprague, 9 pm IRV’S BAR, 415 W. Sprague, 7 pm LITZ’S, 204 E. Ermina, 9 pm MONTEREY CAFÉ, 9 N. Washington, 9 pm MULZ’Z SHED, 37011 N. Newport Hwy., Chattaroy, 9 pm (if no live music) PJ’S BAR, 1717 N. Monroe, 9:30 pm STUDIO K, 2810 E. 29th, 9 pm STAR BAR, 1329 N. Hamilton, 9 pm STATZ BLUE KEG, 12303 E. Trent, 9 pm THE WAVE, 523 W. First, 10 pm




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GARLAND PUB, 3911 N. Madison, 5 pm IRON HORSE, 11105 E. Sprague, 8 pm IRV’S BAR, 415 W. Sprague, 9 pm MONTEREY CAFÉ, 9 N. Washington, 9 pm PJ’S BAR, 1717 N. Monroe, 9:30 pm SPLASH, 115 S. Second, CdA, 9 pm STUDIO K, 2810 E. 29th, 9 pm THE STAR BAR, 1329 N. Hamilton, 9 pm n Visit for complete listings of venues hosting karaoke, trivia, bar games and open mics.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES Local Girl Scouts are accepting pre-orders for cookies through March 20. Find a local Girl Scout by calling or emailing cookies@ or at $4/ box (Wash.), $4.25/box (Idaho). gsewni. org (800-827-9478) DINE OUT FOR THE SCOTCHMAN PEAKS A benefit event to support the group’s efforts to keep our backyard wild and protected. March 12, 3:30-6:30 pm. Little Olive, 124 S. Second, Sandpoint. (208-597-7499) FIG TREE BENEFIT BREAKFAST & LUNCH The organization celebrates 30 years serving Inland Northwest by hosting a breakfast or lunch buffet followed by inspirational speakers. March 12 at 7:15 am and March 13 at 11:45 am. Free, donationa accepted. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. (535-1813) NEVA-WOOD C.O.P.S. FUNDRAISER NIGHT A portion of sales is to be donated to the local community group. March 13, 5:308:30 pm. Shakey’s Pizza, 9602 N. Newport Hwy. (625-3353) PROM 2014 FASHION SHOW Local students model 2014 prom styles, proceeds benefit Crosswalk Teen Shelter. March 13, 7 pm. $2. Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Rd. (228-5100) TASTE SPOKANE 2014 Wishing Star Foundation’s 8th annual fundraiser features live music, food from acclaimed area restaurants/chefs and beverages from regional wineries and breweries. March 14, 6-10 pm. $35-$100 (VIP). Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (744-3411) CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY AUCTION Fundraiser auction for the private K-8 school, proceeds to benefit the school’s general operating budget scholarship fund. March 15, 6 pm. Free. Cornerstone Christian Academy, 4224 E. Fourth Ave. (835-1235) RYPIEN FOUNDATION WINEMAKERS’ DINNER Mark Rypien, Drew Bledsoe and Washington-based winemaker Chris Figgins host a gourmet dinner prepared by Masselow’s Chef Robert Rogers and paired with Walla Walla wines. The 10th annual fundraiser benefits the Rypien Foundation, which supports families of children battling cancer. March 15, 6 pm. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (747-2424) YOUTH CAMP FUNDRAISER EVENT Silent and live auction paired with a Mexican dinner (chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, toasted corn & black bean salad,

dessert). March 15, 4:30 pm. Dinner $10/ adults, $5/kids 10 and under. Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Rd. (924-7262) LITTLE BLACK DRESS OF THE YWCA Networking benefit night for area women including updates on the services and programs of the YWCA. March event includes express spa services, champagne and hors d’oeuvres. March 20, 5:30-7:30 pm. $25. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. CANINES ON THE CATWALK Doggy couture fashion show with proceeds benefiting SpokAnimal, with adoptable pets, nohost bar, silent auction, raffle and more. March 21, 6 pm. $30-$35. Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada. BEYOND PINK The 16th annual Barbiethemed fundraiser event supports the Northeast Youth Center, and includes activities for ages 3-10. March 23, 11 am4:30 pm. $32-$35. (482-0708)


INK BLOT Improv comedy show inspired by audience interpretations of Rorschach-style ink blots. Suitable for general audiences. Fridays at 8 pm through March 28. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. (838-6688) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) ALL-AGES COMEDY OPEN MIC Held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main. (703-7223) BRIAN REGAN Live comedy show. March 13, 7:30 pm. $42.50-$49.50. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) AUGGIE SMITH Live comedy show. March 14-15 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) THE ST. PADDY’S DADDYS OF COMEDY BASH St. Patrick’s Day-themed stand-up comedy featuring four acts. March 14, 9:45 pm. $10-$12. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (714-8386)

GREG KETTNER & KEN MARTIN Live comedy show. March 21-22 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300)


FREE TAX PREP SITES Qualified professionals provide free assistance to residents earning less than $51,567 in 2013. Sites remain open until April 15. See site locations and schedules at (358-3526) READY, SET, GROW Second annual gardening event, featuring information, displays, seed swap and more. March 13, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front. (208769-2315) WOMEN & LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE The annual conference hosted by SCC is titled “Women of Color: The Struggles and the Triumphs.” March 13, 8 am-noon. Free and open to the public. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8836) COMMUNITY DANCES Community dance night featuring music by local band Variety Pak. Held the second Friday of the month from 7-10 pm. $6-$8. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) CAMP FIRE’S 104TH BIRTHDAY Family activities, crafts and prizes to celebrate the camp’s 104th birthday. March 15, 1-3:30 pm. Free. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. (747-6191 x. 15) COMMUNITY DANCE Waltz lessons and open dancing from 8-10 pm, hosted by USA Dance Sandpoint chapter. March 15, 7-10 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First. (208-699-0421) THE MAC’S FREE FAMILY SATURDAY Activities are centered around the new 100 Stories and Patrick Siler exhibits, and include a clay activity, scavenger hunt, crafts, live music and a vintage photo booth. March 15, 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First. (456-3931) ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 36th annual Irish-themed parade through downtown Spokane, hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and featuring 150+ parade entries. Donations of cash and food to benefit Second Harvest accepted before, during and after parade. March 15, noon. Free. Downtown Spokane. (995-5517) WHITWORTH CELEBRATES 100 YEARS Dinner celebrating the university’s 100year relationship with the Spokane com-

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munity. March 15, 5 pm. $35. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. whitworth. edu/100yearsevents (777-4974) CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Learn about volunteer opportunities with the local social service nonprofit. March 18, 10-11:15 am. Catholic Charities Family Service, 12 E. Fifth. (358-4270) CULTIVATE SPOKANE SALON SERIES The third installment of the monthly event for those active in Spokane’s arts, culture and creative industries to meet up and share, learn and connect. Also includes a TED-talk style presentation, this month by Isaac Grambo of Spokane Poetry Slam. March 18, 6-7:30 pm. Free. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. TWEEN CLUB Monthly activities for kids in grades 4-6. Held on the third Tuesday of each month. Upcoming dates: March 18, April 15, May 20. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) FREE STATE PARK DAY Washington State Parks and Rec allows visitors access to all state parks without needing a Discovery Pass. Includes access to Riverside State Park and Mt. Spokane State Park. Spring “free” days include March 19, April 19 and 22 and May 11. More info at INSURANCE EXCHANGE WORKSHOP Learn about the new Washington Healthfinder insurance exchange, including how to compare health plans, determine financial assistance eligibility and more. March 19 from 6-8 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) CLARE VIEW SENIOR APARTMENTS DEDICATION Dedication for the completion of Clare View Seniors, a new lowincome housing project by the nonprofit Spokane Housing Ventures. March 20, 2 pm. Free. Spokane Housing Ventures, 715 E. Sprague. (232-0170 x. 209) FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE Fundraising book sale offering used library books, CDs, DVDs and other material. March 21-22 from 10 am-3 pm each day. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) DATE NIGHT Reconnect with a loved one while the kids participate in programming. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Open to ages 3 mos. to 11 years. Offered March 22 and April 19 at 6 pm. $10. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) APPLYING FOR JOBS ONLINE Get

helpful advice and tips on how to create online accounts to apply for jobs, staying organized, avoiding scams and making a good impression. March 24, 6 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350)


INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Drama, rated R. March 13-16. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St, Moscow. (208-882-4127) DO WHAT YOU WANT: WOMEN, MUSIC AND SEXUAL AGENCY Through popular music videos, explore how pop culture influences women in expressing their sexual selves. Sponsored by Gonzaga’s Women and Gender Studies Program, Whitworth’s Women and Gender Studies and The Garland Theater. March 18, 7 pm. $1-$4.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO Screening of a concert documentary of Elton John’s residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. March 18 and 26 at 7 pm, Regal Cinemas Riverstone (CdA) and Northtown. (800-326-3264) TRAIL RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL Fulllength and short films showcasing the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. Also featuring live music by The Pine Hearts. March 19, 5 pm. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. (360-870-4875) CEMENT SUITCASE Screening of an independent film about a wine salesman, written/directed by former Yakima Valley resident J. Rick Castaneda. March 20, 7:30 pm. $9. AMC River Park Square 20, 808 W. Main. (888-262-4386) LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL Screening of the national touring film festival showcasing original short films for, by and about women. March 20, 7:30-9:30 pm. $3-$8. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St, Moscow. (208-882-4127) SUNBOYZ KICKSTARTER FUNDRAISER Crowdfunding campaign kickoff party for a local film project, featuring live music by Quarter Monkey, the Rub and more. March 21, 7 pm. $25-$75. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404)


NO-LI BREWHOUSE TOURS See what goes on behind the scenes and how NoLi’s beer is made. Fridays at 4:30 pm. Free. No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave. (242-2739)

HEARTY STEWS Chef Joshua Martin leads a course on making several types of stew, and also covers the best methods for freezing and pairing other foods with slow-cooked stews. March 11, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) CHEESE TASTING CLASS Taste eight cheeses while learning how cheese is made; the six different types of cheese and how to identify them; storing and cheese care and more. March 14, 7 pm. $20. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (324-2424) OREGON WINE TRAIL Class sampling a wide range of wines from Oregon, including sparkling wines, Pinot Gris, Blanc, Noir and more. March 14, 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. rocketmarket. com (343-2253) VINO! WINE TASTING Friday (March 14) features Sonoris Wines ($10) from 3-6:30 pm, and Saturday (March 15) features Charles Smith, Ghost of 413 and Novelty Hill, from 2-4:30 pm ($10). Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (838-1229) GLUTEN-FREE BEER TASTING Sample several varieties of gluten-free brews. Reservations suggested. March 15, 3 pm. $10. Spice Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. (315-4036) GRANDE RONDE GOURMET DINNER CLUB “The Roman Dinner” featuring four courses. By registration only. March 15. $25/person. Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. Second Ave. (455-8161) KOREAN FOOD SALE Korean food fundraiser sale, offering Bulgoki (Korean BBQ beef), Jeyook-bok-keum (spicy pork), potstickers, kimchi and more. March 15, 11 am-2 pm. $10/dish. Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church, 806 W. Knox Ave. (720-9646) MELTING POT 6TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Food and prize giveaways, cider pours from Spokane’s Twilight Cider Works and more. March 15, 4-11 pm. Melting Pot, 707 W. Main Ave. tinyurl. com/khvvgav (926-8000) ST. PATRICK’S DAY PUB CRAWL 9th annual event hosted by the Irish Drinking Team club. Registration due by March 7. List of participating bars online. March 15, starting with breakfast 7 am. Downtown Spokane. (944-6777)

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On a business trip, I drank WAY too much with some work friends and ended up kissing a random girl I met at a bar, despite my having a girlfriend I love very much. I feel horrible. Until now, I’d never cheated on a woman. Is it crazy to want to tell my girlfriend? It was kissing only, and I never saw the girl again. Plus, I barely remember it. I am planning on proposing soon and don’t want us to have any secrets. —Ashamed

Honesty is not the best policy. Judicious honesty is. That’s the kind of honesty that keeps you from telling your girlfriend that her mom is a shrill harpy, her best friend has amazing boobs, and you actually haven’t stopped peeing in the shower. Getting away with something might feel good in the moment, but in time, it goes over like itchy underwear. Ruining the drunken make-out fun is one of the evolutionary underpinnings of human society, our evolved fairness-monitoring system that made it possible for us to live cooperatively in groups. This system is basically an internal accounting department, tracking who owes what to whom and using our emotions as the enforcer. When somebody’s chumping us, say, by not putting in their fair share of work, we’re goaded into getting mad (and then getting things even). Conversely, we feel guilty and long to right the balance when we’re the one breaking some agreement (like by treating monogamy as if it comes with days off for national holidays and photocopier sales expos). But is letting your girlfriend in on your lips’ browser history the right thing to do? Maybe; maybe not. Chances are, you tell yourself that you’d be confessing for your girlfriend’s benefit, that she deserves to know. Well, maybe she deserves to not know. Maybe what’s really driving your desire to confess is the weight on your conscience and how telling will lessen your load. Sorry — you did the making out; maybe you should be hauling around the unsettling feeling about it. (Think of it as your pet anvil.) What should determine whether you tell your girlfriend is why you kissed the girl and whether the past is a harbinger of what’s to come. If you’re a bad bet for remaining faithful, disclose this so your girlfriend can decide whether it’s worth it to her to put herself in harm’s way. If, however, this was a drunken one-time thing, why cause her unnecessary worry and pain? Keep your big wandering yap shut and lighten your guiltload by doing what you would’ve if you had told her — making amends. Do kind acts for people in need and basically be a fantastic boyfriend to her. (Be careful not to go noticeably overboard. A dozen roses on some random Tuesday is “Oh, you shouldn’t have”; 100 is “Wait…what the hell did you do?”) And finally, to ensure that this remains a one-time event, come up with some standards of bar-time engagement for yourself, like maybe that you need to switch to Shirley Temples after two beers. This way, you’ll be prepared to act like somebody’s boyfriend when temptation sidles up to you at the bar. (There’s a reason they call it “sloppy drunk” and not “making wise relationship decisions” drunk.)


I just started dating a sweet guy who loves taking me to nice restaurants. (He knows I can’t afford restaurants, because I’m in grad school.) Well, he’s not rich, either, but when the waiter pushes sparkling water, he always says yes, and the same goes for cappuccinos, desserts, side dishes — all the extras. It’s lovely enough that he treats me to dinner; I don’t want him to go broke doing it. —Frugal A guy on a date is in a tough position when the waiter comes over and essentially asks, “Can I offer you some sparkling water this evening, or will you be drinking out of the faucet like a dog?” Sometimes a guy will say yes to all the extras because he is a foodie and likes to have the deluxe experience. But the average guy is just afraid of coming off cheap, making him easy prey for every waiter upsell in the book. The woman he’s with can counter this by being the one to lead with the frugalities, like “Tap water works fine for me!” and “I actually don’t eat that much…I’ll just have the entree,” when the waiter pushes the caviardotted baby vegetables watered with the tears of Tibetan monks. If you do this, you’ll reassure the guy that he’s the big draw for you and not the free dinners — perhaps allowing him to devote his attention to you instead of checking his phone to see whether the bank has cleared the security deposit for your desserts. n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (

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EVENTS | CALENDAR INLAND NW VEGAN SOCIETY POTLUCK Bring a plant-based (no animal products or honey) dish to share along with an ingredient list and the recipe. Dinner is followed by a vegan cheese making demo by Tiffany Schroeder Bartell. March 16 at 5 pm. Donations accepted. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. (315-2852) LOW FAT COOKING Class on using substitutions for fats in cooking, including in soups, sauces, meats and desserts. March 16, 3-5 pm. $45. 315 Martinis and Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave, CdA. (208-667-9660) ST PATRICK’S DAY LUNCH Traditional Irish meal, with proceeds benefiting the fledgling Central Lutheran Food Bank. March 16, noon. By donation. Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. (624-9233) TAMARACK CELLARS WINEMAKERS DINNER Five-course dinner paired with wines from Tamarack Cellars. March 16, 4-7 pm. $65/person. 315 Martinis and Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave, CdA. (208-667-9660) SALAD DRESSING 101 Cooking class with Clover head chef Scott McCandless on making salad dressings using olive oil and other fresh ingredients. Food and wine offered during class. Reservations required, class held at the restaurant’s offices at 608 N. Argonne Rd. March 19, 7 pm. $40. Clover, 913 E. Sharp Ave. (623-7177) 90+ POINT VALUE WINES Sample award-winning wines from around the world at the $20/bottle price point. 7 pm through March 22. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) CHOCOLATE TASTING CLASS Learn how chocolate is grown and how it becomes consumable chocolate, about fair trade/single origin chocolate and more. March 21, 7 pm. $15. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon. (324-2424) VINO! WINE TASTING March 21 tasting (Fri) features “wines new to Spokane,” from 3-6:30 pm. March 22 tasting (Sat) features Australian wines, from 2-4:30 pm. Sat.. through March 22. $10/tasting event. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (838-1229) THE ART OF JUICING Class on juicing, including tips on buying in bulk, making smoothie packs and the nutritional benefits of juicing. March 22, 3-5 pm. $45. 315 Martinis and Tapas, 315 Wallace Ave. (208-667-9660)


CDA SYMPHONY FEAT. NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS WINNERS Concert by the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, featuring winners of the National Young Artist’s Contest. March 14 at 7:30 pm and March 15 at 2 pm. $8-$20. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-765-3833) BRIDGES HOME Celtic music performed by Tami and Dave Gunther. March 15, 7 pm. $10. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St., Bonners Ferry. (208-610-5907) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Classics Series 8: Enchanted by Mozart, conducted by Morihiko Nakahara, and featuring guest violinist Sayaka Shoji. March 15 at 8 pm and March 16 at 3 pm. $15-$54. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) SPOKANE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS PIPES & DRUMS The group performs

Irish music on pipes and drums after the downtown parade. March 15, 2 pm. Free. The Blind Buck, 204 N. Division. Starting at 6:30 pm at Birdy’s Sports Bar, 12908 N. Hwy. 395. BI-COUNTRY HONORS Band and choir concert. March 17, 7 pm. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) SFCC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Program includes SFCC’s world drumming ensemble and pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Grieg. March 17, 7 pm. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3500) WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY CHOIR Featuring guest choir from the University of Puget Sound. March 17, 8 pm. Free. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9706 N. Division St. (777-3280) SFCC CHORAL CONCERT Featuring the men’s and women’s choirs, under the direction of Nathan Lansing and featuring Danny McCollim accompanying vocal jazz performances. March 18, 7 pm. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3500) FIVE MINUTES OF FAME Open-mic night for writers, musicians and performers of all kinds featuring all-original material. Held on the third Wednesday of the month (March 19) Free. Cafe Bodega, 504 Oak, Sandpoint. (208263-5911) SFCC JAZZ NIGHT Featuring the SFCC Jazz Ensemble. March 19, 7 pm. $2-$5. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3500) GUITARIST PIERRE BENSUSAN Concert by the world guitarist as part of the “Chateau Guitar Masters” series. March 20, 7:30 pm. $15-$20. Chateau Rive, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (795-2030) FOGGY DEW WESTERN REVIEW Featuring the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band and cowboy poet Dave McClure. Proceeds benefit the elevator fund and rehabilitation of the historic Harrington Opera House, 19 S. Third St., Harrington, Wash. March 21, 7 pm. $5-$15. (253-4719) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Symphony With a Splash No. 3: “First Friday of Spring,” featuring a pre-concert happy hour (6-6:45 pm) with small plates and live music by a local band. March 21, 5 pm. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) ELVIS TRIBUTE & DINNER SHOW Featuring a performance by Brad Mitchell and the Entertainers. Choice of prime rib or salmon inclusive in ticket price. March 22, 6 pm. $35. Darcy’s Restaurant & Spirits, 10502 E. Sprague. (999-6090) SPOKANE STRING QUARTET “Brown Plays Brahms” concert featuring guest pianist Lydia Brown. March 23, 3 pm. $12-$20. The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200)


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 St. (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 St. (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. (456-3581) SPOKANE MOUNTAINEERS BACKPACK SCHOOL Registration now open for the Spokane Mountaineers’ 2014 Backpack School. Deadline March 21, see website for more details. Class begins on March 28, and ends May 24-26. $40. SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Everett Silvertips. March 12, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) BACKPACKING BASICS Overview on planning, preparation and the gear needed for a backpacking trip. March 13, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) SPOKANE CHIEFS Hockey game vs. the Tri-City Americans. March 14, 7:05 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) BLOOMSDAY TRAINING CLINICS Weekly training sessions progress in distance each week, starting with 1 mile and ending with a full 7-mile run. Each session begins with an expert presentation. Water stations and first aid stations provided. Saturdays from March 15-April 26, at 8:30 am. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (747-3081) JAM 4 CANS CHARITY RAIL JAM Ski and snowboard competition to collect food and raise money for local food banks. Event includes prize giveaways, raffle, food, sledding and more. At Summit Northwest Ministries, 1486 West Seltice Way, Post Falls. March 15, 7 pm. 15 cans of food for riders, spectators free. (208-773-5950) SPOKANE SHOCK Arena football game and season home opener vs. the Iowa Barnstormers. March 15, 7 pm. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. (242-7462) STEAMBOAT ROCK & NORTHRUP CANYON HIKE Steamboat Rock is a massive basalt rock in the middle of Banks Lake, offering a 5-mile trail. The Northrup Canyon hike (7 mi.) includes some history and a lake at the end. Hike one trail or both. Sign up online. March 15, carpool leaves Spokane at 8:30 am. $7. (270-0662) SPOKANE MOUNTAINEERS Monthly meeting featuring a presentation by Patti Godwin, who kayaked 400 miles down the Columbia River in celebration of her 60th birthday. March 17, 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Mountain Gear Corporate Offices, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. 2014 NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championships games, second and third rounds. March 20 and 22. $137+. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) 24 HOURS OF SCHWEITZER The 6th annual downhill ski event benefits Cystinosis research. Cystinosis is a rare, fatal disease, and this event honors Sandpoint’s Hank Sturgis, a young boy diagnosed with the disease as an infant. The team relay lasts for 24 hours, with participants skiing as many runs as possible. March 21-22. Schweitzer Resort, Sandpoint. (208-263-9555) THE HIGHEST MAN ON EARTH Presentation by high-altitude mountain climber Dave Mauro, who has traveled to all 7 continents and climbed the highest

summit on each. March 21, 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUALIFIER 17th annual team volleyball tournament, Events also take place at EWU and HUB Sports Center. March 21-23 and March 28-30. $15 spectator admission. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (993-3482) SPOKANNIBALS ROLLER DERBY The league’s first bout of 2014 versus Helena’s Hel’z Belles Roller Derby. March 22, 7 pm. $5-$10. Roller Valley Skate Center, 9415 E. Fourth Ave. (924-7655)


BARRYMORE Starring Patrick Treadway as John Barrymore in the Broadway production by William Luce. Through March 15, Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm; also Sat. March 15 at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529) THE BIG FIVE-OH Comedy following a newly-turned-50 man. Through March 16, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $8-$12. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway. (342-2055) COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY Play by Jeffrey Thatcher, about the 17th Century London theater scene, presented by the SFCC Revelers. Through March 16, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10 suggested donation. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3222) PAINTING CHURCHES Comedy, performed by the Jacklin Theater Troupe, directed by Heath Bingman. Through March 16, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$15. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. (208-457-8950) MACBETH Performance of the Shakespeare tragedy by the EWU Theatre Dept. Through March 15, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Also March 13 at 5 pm. $10. Eastern Washington University, 526 Fifth St. (359-2459) PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Adaptation of Jane Austen’s famous novel, directed by Brooke Kiener. Through March 15, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm. $8/public, $6/students and seniors. Whitworth Cowles Auditorium, 300 W. Hawthorne Ave. (7773707) THE SECRET GARDEN Musical adaptation of the tale of Mary Lennox, a young orphan girl sent to live on a mysterious English estate. Through March 16, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12/seniors and students; $15/adults. Woodland Theatre, Hwy 395 and 3rd Ave., Kettle Falls, Wash. (738-6626) THE SURVIVOR: A HOLOCAUST PLAY Performed by the Rogers High School Theater students. March 7-8, 13-15 at 7 pm. $5-$7. Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave. (354-6551) THE WEDDING SINGER: THE MUSICAL Musical comedy adaptation of the ’80s film of the same name, performed by East Valley drama students. March 13-15 at 7 pm, also at 2 pm on March 15. $8$10. East Valley High, 15711 W. Wellesley Ave. (927-3200) SUDS 1960s musical soap opera. March 14-April 13, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. $27. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St.

(325-2507) LAKE INDEPENDENCE Staged reading of EWU/Inland Northwest Center for Writers faculty Jonathan Johnson’s new play. March 18, 7:30 pm. Free. Eastern Washington University, 526 Fifth St. (509-359-2898) ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Musical comedy performed by CVHS drama students. March 20-29, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12. Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Rd. (927-6848) BEAUTY IS A BEAST Performed by theater students in grades 3-6. March 21-22 at 7:30 pm, March 23 at 3 pm. $5-$10. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. (447-9900)


HAND PAINTED SKATES Showcasing Paula Richard’s collection of hand painted, embellished ice skates and decorative art works. Exhibit runs through March 29. Gallery open 10 am-5 pm Tues–Fri; 10 am–2 pm Sat. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. (747-0812) BEST OF THE BASEMENT This annual show features favorites from the gallery’s basement inventory of 850+ works by more than 50 local and regional artists. March 14-April 5, opening reception March 14 from 5-8 pm. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. (208-7656006) JUSTE LE FAIRE Featuring work of the gallery’s member artists Nancy Reid Isaak, Deanna Harmann, Kathleen Morris, Chuck Harmon, Carole Cossette and Ke’vin W. Bowers. March 14 from 5-9 pm and March 15-16 from 10 am-4 pm. Studio 9, 55 N. Cedar, Post Falls. (3250471) YVONNE MCGEHEE Photography showcase of regional landscapes and the artists’ dogs. Runs through April 9. March 14, 5:30-7 pm. Free. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. 5th St. (208-882-8537)


NAKED LUNCH BREAK LITERARY OPEN MIC Weekly lunchtime literary open mic and reading series on Thursdays, featuring local writers, free pizza and an open mic for anyone who’d like to sign up to read for up to three minutes. Free. EWU Riverpoint Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. (368-6557) SPOKANE STORYTELLING LEAGUE The local group meets monthly (2nd Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm, Sept-June) for storytelling for both entertainment and instruction. Free. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland. (467-5703 or 4668672) AUTHOR ANN PELO The teacher/ educator presents from her latest book “The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children.” March 13, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) JESS STEVEN HUGHES The author signs copies of his historical novel “The Sign of the Eagle.” March 14, 3-8 pm. Free. Hastings, 2230 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow. (208-882-8912) JESS STEVEN HUGHES The local author signs copies of his historical novel “The Sign of the Eagle.” March 15, 11

am-5 pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. (922-1684) AUTHOR ROBERT HUSTRULID The author presents from his book “Men Don’t Marry for Sex.” March 16, 1 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM FEAT. JAZ SUFI Poetry slam competition featuring guest poet Jaz Sufi, who’s represented Stockton, Santa Cruz and San Francisco in national and international competitions. Ages 21+. March 16, 9 pm. $5. The Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. (315-9531) CENTRAL WASHINGTON’S GEOLOGIC CROSSROADS Slideshow lecture highlighting central Washington’s diverse geology. March 18, 7 pm. Free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8017) WHAT CAN WE LEARN? The popular lecture series hosts Gonzaga Scholars Brian Clayton and Eric Kincannon, presenting “What Can We Learn from Galileo?” March 18, 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Jepson Center at Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. gonzaga. edu (313-6750) INLAND NORTHWEST WRITER’S GUILD A panel of regional authors discuss their experiences publishing e-books. Panel members include Deby Fredericks, Terry Fossum, Ned Hayes, Kerry Schafer, Kathy Wright and Frank Zafiro. March 19, 6:30 pm. Free and open to all. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR NED HAYES The author reads from his new novel set in the 14th century, “Sinful Folk: A Novel of the Middle Ages.” March 20, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) AUTHOR SUSAN FLEMING The author shares passages from her book “Seattle Pioneer Midwife”, about her greatgrandmother Alice Ada Wood Ellis. March 20, 7-9 pm. Free. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington St. (795-9823) GONZAGA’S 38TH ANNUAL FLANNERY LECTURE “Toward a MysticalPolitical Theology of Solidarity” by M. Shawn Copeland, professor of Catholic systemic theology at Boston College. March 20, 7:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6782)


ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL TOURS Guided tours of the historic cathedral built between 1925-1929 and 19481954. Tours offered Wed, Fri and Sat from 11 am-2 pm and Sun at noon. Free. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (838-4277) GOOD MORNING GREATER SPOKANE “State of the County” networking breakfast, featuring a presentation by County Commissioner Al French. March 14, 7 am. $25-$55. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. (624-1393) INLAND NORTHWEST MOTORCYCLE SHOW Motorcycles, accessories, Budweiser Biker Bar, competitions and more. March 14-16. $10/adults, kids/$5, 5 and under/free. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. 


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One With A Pulse I saw you once in the back - from the funeral I was at - I saw you later at a show, then started working at the cemetary, saw you some more - if I only knew you didn’t like lemon cake - I would have made something else. Everyone else liked it - wanna try something else? We could try it in the kitchen?

Song Of The Day Supertramp. Thank you for not holding judgement when you easily could and for showing more patience than anyone I’ve met. Contrary to what you may think, you have indeed been there when I needed someone the most, and that is not something I take for granted. Even if our paths never meet again, I am grateful that they at least run alongside each other. You have had a great impact on me as a person, and I hope someday I will be able to repay that. Song of the day: The Blues Remain, Juan Zelada. -Superapple

13 years ago. Thanks for loving me back.

the best person I could ever love and be loved by. Thanks for helping me though all hard times. Thanks for being you! I love you from the bottom of my heart! Always and forever! Micheel&Mr. Man and your kids.

Letting Go Alex I. - I fell in love with you about a year ago and I fell hard, which is not usually my style. I just wanted to let you know that you have a beautiful heart and I know

Paris Dupieces My best friend, my soulmate, my life. We have had our highs and have definitley had our lows, we have been through alot together in these past 3 years and I am still madly in love with you. I fall harder everyday. The way you hold me, the way you make me laugh. When you walked into my life I finally got to feel what its like to truly be in love and happy. Drew, thank you for always being there and loving me the way you do. I love you so much -Your Nikki

Pizza Delivery Driver You are a downtown pizza driver. On Thursday March 6th around 6:30 you brought my order but forgot the credit card receipt. I said no I didn’t need it and we talked for a few minutes. I wished I would have told you yes, you should go get receipt and come back again....a chance to chat more. Did I miss out? Did you miss out? Safari Room March 5th at The Safari Room at 4:15. You were the bald cutie in a gray vest sitting at the high top table drinking from the copper cup ( Moscow Mule??) I was the Chubby Chasing blonde at the booth behind you. I felt like we locked eyes and exchanged a shy smile, but I was with my girlfriends and you were with what looked like your son; so our timing was off. I’m hoping we can correct what the universe failed at and give ourselves another chance to meet. I want to treat you right and fill that chubby belly with all love ( and food) it can handle. Shadle Library I look forward to my visits to the Shadle Library, hoping to see you (Thomas), my favorite librarian. I appreciate your calm, quiet demeanor and shy (?) smile. Hope to see you soon. The Yards Friday, March 7th, you the pretty cute blonde sitting by yourself in a both with a place setting for two. Eventually a girlfriend joined you and then two additional friends joined the fun. Me: brown hair, jeans, and a Northface jacket. I was seated at a table facing you. I wrongly made the assumption you were waiting for a boyfriend, so I didn’t approach you. I would very much like the opportunity to meet you there and treat you to some more delicious coffee.

You Saw Me RE: Growin Organic Damn! That sure was a sweet and nicely worded message that you wrote. In fact, it was so full of sweet (and somewhat general) comments, that half the women in Spokane might think it’s directed at them. I was going to chalk it up to coincidence, but curiosity got the best of me. Care to share a few more details so we can figure out who the message is for?

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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” that God will use it in so many different ways to make the world a better place. I am moving on and this is my final act of letting go. I hope you have a wonderful life. Power To The People We don’t want no BPA, no hormones in our meat. Stop modifying our vegetables, ‘cuz we are what we eat. Cheers to all who use their dollars to affect change in a world where the universal language seems to have become the almighty dollar. Money is power, and Greed is good, to some, it seems. So, power to the people by power of the purchase! Best Friend I never thought love could be this way... I never thought that one day we’d be this way... But it’s grand, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My darling, you bring light into my personal darkness... in everything. And for that, I thank you. C In My Arms I saw you in my dream last night. You seem to visit me more and more, every time I feel our love. Our soul intertwine and the love we had is reborn. You are the genie on my shoulder and your bottle lies in my heart. If you would grant me one more wish. I would wish to take it all back and have you in my arms where you belong. Instead I wake into this nightmare where my jasmine is gone.

Glasses Buying Hero Thank you sir, for recognizing another human being in need, when the rude and heartless receptionist at the unnamed eye clinic told the old woman using a walker (and the rest of those in the waiting room), “We don’t do welfare glasses here!” Thank you for stepping up and paying for her glasses. I personally, due to choking back tears, was hardly able to get the words, “Thank you.” out. You are a true prince.

Punctuation For The Physical Realm Cheers to the person who created the air quote finger wiggling sign. As in “Boy, that two hour staff meeting this morning certainly was (insert air quote here) empowering”. It’s made my snarky and sarcastic comments much more effective because rather than having to rely solely on tone of voice to express disbelief at the ridiculousness of life, the air quote adds a great visual aid too. I love it and use it daily! Many thanks, The Honey Badger Happy Birthday Baby! “I love you for being you.” You make me feel like a very special girl. I love the way that the day we met “WE CLICKED,” and fell in love with each other. Since then we have been a happy couple. We have both been down a rough road, but we hold each others hand and walk through all the challenges in life. We face everyday together as one. I love everyday being with you. I love going place’s as a family, I enjoy every moment we spend together. You mean the world to me. You came into my life at the right time, I’m so bless to say you are “MY BEST FRIEND,” MY LOVER. You make everything go smooth when rocks get in the road. I want to thank you for your unconditional love and support through everything. You are my hero and always will be. You make me feel like I can be myself and shine my life away to the goals I have in my life! You’re a great dad to the kids and they love you so much! You are a great parent to them! You make them shine like angels do. You are

Starbucks Drive-Thru To the soccer mom in the silver mini-van. Thank you for the surprise of pulling forward only to be told that the driver of the mini-van had paid for my drink. With my husband serving overseas and being both mom and dad to our kids, your kind gesture turned a seeming bleak day into a smile. I hope the couple behind me received as much pleasure as I did. Thank you! I Love You! To my Mr. My life began when I met you. You make every day the happiest day of my life. Thank you for walking into my life and showering me with your love. Good Samaritan Cheers to the Good Samaritan who stopped to help my wife after she lost control of her car on black ice and slid into the ditch on her way to the airport. If it had not been for your kindness, she would have missed her flight. May your good Karma come back to you 1,000 fold. Thank you! Highway 2 Accident For all those who helped me and offered support, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could repay you, but I will have to pay it forward. Again, thank you, especially the guy who helped me move the car out of the way, you saved me! I will always be a friend to you all. There is light in the world after all. Relationships You can’t lose what you never had, you can’t keep what’s not yours, and you can’t hold onto something that doesn’t want to stay. Happy Anniversary Our first Anniversary is next week and the 2 year anniversary of the day that I asked you to spend the rest of your life with me. I couldn’t be more excited! Asking you to marry me was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life and likely to be the best one I will ever make. You bring me so much joy that I can’t help but want to shout it from the roof tops... or write about it in the Inlander. I love you will all of my heart.


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I never ever should have trusted you. I was nothing but a notch on your bed post. Maybe you need to go find yourself?!

road. I hope the person that hit him will read this and think about what they have done.

No Hope For You I hope one day when you’re dying in your bed and you reflect on your life, you have nothing but regret and sorrow for the way you’ve treated us. Your father’s wife dies, and you don’t come to the funeral, or even bother to send a card. Our 94 year old grandmother dies after a long illness, and you never visited her once. Your daughter gets married, and none of us are invited. Why? What kind of a man does these things to his family? It is beyond my comprehension. I had hoped that one day you would grow a conscience, and ask for us to forgive you, which we would have done without hesitation. But it’s too late for that now. Whatever the reason, I don’t care. Neither does the rest of the family. And now your own mother and father have now written you off, and consider you irretrievable and irredeemable. So much for unconditional love. Enjoy the rest of your pathetic life without us.

Spokane Drivers To the crazy 4 wheel drivers, all wheel drivers, SUVs and pickups. Slow down! Stop ridiing bumpers and trying to pass when there are 1 1/2 lanes clear. Unlike you, some of us have two wheel drive or limited traction tires. Exceeding the speed limit anytime is dumb, but doing so on snow and ice is just plain idiotic. If you’re in a hurry and can’t pass, too bad, the life you save may be your own.

Horny Idiot To the horny idiot who drives down Addison every day, sometimes multiple times a day, and lays on the horn, honking several times as you drive down the street: PLEASE STOP IT. You wake us up every single day and earplugs don’t help when you honk 7 times in a row right as you drive by at random hours. We work shift work and have a baby and you are ruining our life. You Are Back So you watch me at work on Grove Road. All hours of the early mornings. I want to know WHY? What do you want? I’ve already said I’m sorry. Not that you ever really cared. All those things you said to me that day at my front door were all lies. You just wanted one more round. I never meant anything to you. That’s why I said what I said and did what I did.

Service I always go out to eat with the idea that I will leave a 20% tip. if the service is good I may leave a bit more. If it’s sub par I will leave less. The last time we ate in our local diner the waiter, who was young and new there, kept offering the people around us more iced tea. I had finished my soda and left it on the edge of the table where the doofus could see it. Time and again I heard “more iced tea? more iced tea? “ while he never offered me more soda. Not until I was done with my meal, then he managed to ask me if I wanted a refill. I said no and then left him a 10% tip. My wife stopped me from taking another dollar back as we left. He probably thinks I am a cheap prick and will never know why he got less of a tip. The Dating Scene Are all women big and just after money? It seems that way. I can’t seem to find a girl who doesn’t just want money and who’s in decent shape. Ugh! Hit and Run Why do people not care? They speed down my road doing 30-50 in a 25mph!!! Someone hit and killed my cat on Thursday, March 6th and it has devastated me. This is the third cat that has been killed here. I’m very sad. Do you think they could have left a note, come say sorry or apologize. I know that I would’ve. How would you feel if someone killed your kid and left him in the





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Spokane Waters These homeless people living along the river are fouling the waters of the Spokane River with both their liquid and solid waste. With the number of homeless living in the area why hasn’t anything been done. Next time you drink from your faucet just think of the drug infused solid waste floating in it from the homeless. Spokane Drivers I can’t believe how the majority of drivers here in Spokane drive. It has gone from bad to worse. Nobody uses turn signals anymore, Last month I almost got into three accidents. From now on, when I have to drive somewhere, I actually pray! I am insured to the hilt, my car isn’t worth that much, but I can’t afford a new car. anyone else notice? Customer Service “You know, some fast foods have added some decent food to their menus. Some tasty variety of burgers and chicken sandwiches. Even Latte and fancy coffee stuff. All of that means squat when the service is this bad. They are always short on help but today, Sunday March 9th was as bad as it ever is. Employees arguing behind the counter. Cashier on her cell phone and letting customers wait till she is done chatting. Food not done on time and then served cold. I wonder if they paid $10-$12 bucks per hour to start and trained people well and raised the service level to something amazing if they wouldn’t be able to far exceed their profit numbers with the increase of customers willing to walk in the door. Tipping Why do you go out to eat and drink if you don’t have the money/manners to leave a tip? I can understand if the service sucks but most of the time that is not the case and just an excuse to get out of tipping. If you are that much of a lowlife then stay home and quit bothering people who have class and work for a living. And I recommend not returning to the same bar/restaurant that you “forgot” to tip at. We remember and will make your food and drinks extra special if you know what I mean.

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LEFT: Owner Dave Drury holds a tanned deer “cape” at Knopp Taxidermy. YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS

Evolution Taxidermy is a “dying art,” but Dave Drury is willing to preserve it BY DEANNA PAN


ere, against the backdrop of a mural of Mount Kilimanjaro, baboons, monkeys, an African lion, a crested crane, elk, caribou, deer, gemsbok, bosbok, kudu and moose stand motionless on a warehouse floor. There are hundred of hides piled in waist-high mounds and inside boxes with numbered tags. It’s only slightly warmer inside the shop, where it reeks of animal hide, fiberglass and tanning oil. “It’s a stinky business, it’s dirty business, but it’s kind of fun,” says Dave Drury, the owner of Knopp Taxidermy in North Spokane. His father-in-law bought the business from brothers Walt and Jerry Knopp in 1978, back when the brothers operated a tannery on Division Street as well. In the 36

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years that Drury has been in the business, not much has changed. He still uses the same German tanning formula the Knopp brothers developed — a mixture of salt, acids and oils, and the same cutting wheel to trim the fat off of thick-skinned hides. He still does his note-taking on 39cent spiral notebooks and organizes his work orders on clipboards stacked on cabinet shelves. A thick, yellowed Rolodex of his suppliers sits on the left corner of his desk. A grimy computer chassis stands next to an old pricing poster on the floor. But the business of taxidermy has certainly evolved. The quality of the animals has gone downhill. Back then, hunters would bring in big trophy animals. Now the game is smaller, which means business is slower. When they first started, they would do more than 100 deer

every hunting season. Today they do 50. “It’s a dying art,” he says. Last fall, a group of teenagers broke into his shop and stole more than $27,000 in taxidermied animals, including a full-size polar bear and a patas monkey. Drury laughs it off. He got all of his animals back, after all. “I was young once,” he says. “I did stupid stuff.” Drury is trying to retire from taxidermy and turn the business over to one of his sons. He works less than he used to, but puts in five days a week at his shop. He’ll spend the rest of the summer working on a wildlife museum to teach children about animals — a decades-old dream of his. In his past life, he was a truck mechanic for Wonder Bread. But working on engine parts is nothing like this. He took basic biology in high school — that’s it. Now he can identify an animal and pinpoint its age simply by examining its skull or the texture of its skin. He reaches inside a box and pulls out a swath of hippo hide. It’s almost 2 inches thick. In life, it was a 9,000-pound, 5-foot-tall beast roaming the African grasslands and wading in swampy water. As a heap of leather, it’s less than half its weight, but its skin is still rough and rubbery, like a truck tire. The only animals he doesn’t do are snakes. 

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