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n March 26, MRCTV (Media Research Center TV) randomly interviewed 10 students from American University in Washington, D.C., asking them to name one Senator currently serving in the United States Senate. One student correctly answered “Rand Paul.” All others failed to identify even one Senator, but all students could name the hit song from the movie Frozen. These students were nicely dressed and obviously mainstream, and from a high-quality university. The video clip is another example that American education is failing when it concerns young people’s civic knowledge. It also defines our current culture. This spring, the nonprofit, independent foundation that bears my name has embarked on a mission to emphasize the importance of civic learning for students in Eastern Washington. The George Nethercutt Foundation is sponsoring a region-wide Citizenship Tournament for 4th-, 8thand 12th-graders, testing their knowledge about U.S. history, economics, government and foreign policy. Winning students will receive scholarships of up to $10,000, plus a trip to Washington, D.C., or Olympia with a parent and teachers to meet political leaders and learn more about how the American system of government works. Hundreds of students have entered the competition from nearly 40 local schools.

ington competition will be replicated next year in the Pacific Northwest region and possibly nationally, all in an effort to help students become better informed about good citizenship.


hen I taught a course in 2012 at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the students there warmed to the idea of civic learning, and helped me devise a series of national questions, testing the importance of a strong civics education. This is what the survey found: 1) 74 percent of Americans believe every candidate for federal office should be knowledgeable about U.S. government, history, economics and foreign policy. 2) 85 percent believe that civic learning should be a core curriculum subject in American schools. 3) 67 percent believe every American should be able to pass the immigrant citizenship test that applicants for American citizenship must pass to become citizens. As a result of the survey, I’ve patented a citizenship “app” and will offer to all federal candidates this year an opportunity to take a 20-question online test, in a multiplechoice format, surveying their knowledge of U.S. history and government. While I don’t want to embarrass candidates, I believe it important that our officeholders know at least basic information about the American system of government. It matters not how many times it takes a candidate to receive an acceptable score. I don’t plan to publish the results — the candidate has the option of doing so — but if the candidate refuses to take the survey, the public has the right to know why. The public also will be able to take the candidate questionnaire, because only by a concerted effort will future results like those in the MRCTV survey be avoided.

Civic learning is essential to the perpetuation of the principles that have made America great. In addition to demonstrating a basic knowledge of America, competing students completed five of 15 proposed citizenship tasks, choosing options such as writing a letter to their Member of Congress, interviewing a veteran, writing a thank-you note to a teacher or first responder, or tutoring a younger child about the importance of a national holiday. Each student competing and completing the tasks will receive a reward. The Spokane Education Association, Better Business Bureau, Boy Scouts and many others in our region support civic learning for young people and have supported the tournament. The intent of the competition is to help students learn about the American system, and also to get students into the habit of helping others and participating in their community. Students have enhanced their civic knowledge by purchasing an Official Study Guide for the Tournament, consisting of nearly 200 multiple-choice questions and answers relevant to the tournament’s subject matter. Finals will be held at the Spokane Falls Community College campus on Saturday, April 26, and are open to the public. The Eastern Wash-


ivic learning is essential to the perpetuation of the principles that have made America great. If officeholders don’t know about the principles of justice, human rights, liberty, the fidelity to the Constitution of laws enacted, American sovereignty, checks and balances and separation of powers, then the United States will suffer from a lack of Constitutional integrity. After all, the Constitution is the longest surviving document of its kind in world history, and it’s only been amended 27 times. It’s a blueprint worth understanding and pledging allegiance to, for it embodies the spirit of the United States, and all who have sacrificed for its security. n


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hen you stand out on the OHSU Hospital plaza overlooking the Willamette River and Portland’s famed bridges, the height is dizzying. Strange that the Rose City chose to build its medical center on land so hard to access and expand upon — in fact, Oregon Health & Science University had to build a $57 million tram to carry workers and students the 500 vertical feet from the campus to the river’s edge. Up I-5 in Seattle, the story’s the same, as the University of Washington Medical School is hemmed in between Lake Washington and the sprawling UW campus. Despite their urban and geographic restrictions, the two schools are among the best in the world and have driven their cities to greater prosperity. They are the only two major medical schools in the Pacific Northwest, with a combined annual output of 235 MDs. The state of Missouri, by comparison, seats about 500 students in its six med schools with every new class. This shortfall has been addressed in the states of Washington (Eastern Washington, in particular), Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho by WWAMI, which has educated doctors at UW to serve those relatively rural places. Since 2008, WWAMI has been the vehicle used at WSU Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus. But if you look at this from high above, you can see WWAMI is not enough anymore: We need more docs, and UW is not producing them fast enough. The Affordable Care Act calls for many more primary care physicians — 52,000 more by the year 2025. That’s because when ACA is fully implemented, some 34 million new patients are expected to be using our health care system. As I’ve watched all this play out at Riverpoint, it’s become more apparent that we will continue to struggle to achieve our dream if key decisions have to run through Seattle. UW wants to grow at its own pace, some say due to concerns over maintaining quality. But the issue of national grant funding, which would be impacted if its WWAMI mission shrinks, is part of it, too. Whatever the reasons, we have two different visions for Spokane — Seattle’s and ours. That’s why WSU President Elson Floyd and WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown are conducting a new study of the feasibility of an independent — perhaps primary-care-focused — medical school right here in Spokane. Hopefully the Cougars and Huskies can work together to meet our common goals. But if we have to go out on our own, we’re ready with focused leadership, a brand-new, expansive campus and an entire city and region ready to help make it happen. 

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e even talks about stuff like masturbation,” whispered my preteen son as he skipped math homework to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in one sitting. As a mother, I must recommend Sherman Alexie as some of the most relevant and real reading to hand your pubescent son, particularly if your son has ever been marginalized for being poor or bullied as the only nonwhite kid in his classroom. I was glad to see Scholastic, the children’s book publisher, recommend True Diary for grades 6-8, and I bought it through the flyer that came home in my son’s backpack this spring.

Not everyone is feeling love for Sherman Alexie. Last week, Idaho’s largest school district, in Meridian, banned Alexie’s book. About 100 Idaho parents and citizens spoke up about their objections to its use of slang, anatomical descriptions and “anti-Christian” rhetoric. Meridian isn’t the first district to ban the book; in fact, the National Library Association lists Diary as the second most frequently banned book, with Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James shockingly ranked after Diary at No. 4. Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner also made the Top 10 censored list. “I would perhaps not read his stories with my general classes of younger students, but being considerate in how I deliver his work is not at all the same as completely banning it,” says Kirsten Pomerantz, a teacher in

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In an historic bipartisan 68-32 vote, last June the U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, an innovative temporary worker program, and increased visa numbers for skilled foreign workers, as well as a nationwide employment eligibility verification system and stricter border control. This was a result of bipartisan cooperation among lawmakers, business groups, labor unions, agricultural interests, and immigration advocates. Although many predict that the bill would pass in the U.S. House, the majority Republican leadership there refuses to bring it up. The nonpartisan Congressional Cathy McMorris Rodgers Budget Office projects the bill would reduce federal budget deficits by $197 billion over the next decade. Furthermore, it is supported by such probusiness and pro-agriculture groups as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the local Washington Growers League, an influential Eastern Washington agribusiness association working on immigration in an unusual alliance with the Washington Federation of State Employees. Interestingly, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration has also expressed support. Cathy McMorris Rodgers needs to represent her constituents, many in business and agriculture, by standing up to U.S. House leadership so as to pass this bill. ROZ LUTHER Spokane


There is usually a direct correlation between a political candidate’s ability to win an election and the amount of money he raises. That doesn’t mean he is the best candidate, it just means he is good at raising money. In fact, it may mean he is an inferior candidate since his performance will be geared to pleasing a few rather than the many. Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution (SMAC) is currently gathering signatures for Initiative 1329 to add an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision that gave corporations the same rights as natural human beings. The Founders provided us with the amendment process for fixing government when it goes off the tracks. Please help to get the train back on the tracks by limiting campaign financing to living, breathing, enfranchised human beings as was originally intended. PETE CHASE Spokane

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t River Park Square, as the spring sun streams in through high windows and families wait in line for movie tickets, it’s easy to forget the past. Yet at any given public meeting in Spokane, the scandal surrounding this mall is likely to make it into at least one piece of public testimony. In coming months, the city will test just how fresh those bitter memories are. With hopes of helping revive the run-down Ridpath Hotel downtown, the city is eyeing $4.1 million in loans from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program — money it hasn’t touched since River Park Square. The loans require cities to act as the lender, putting their Community Development Block Grant dollars on the line. If the developer can’t pay back the loan, those funds — otherwise spent on community projects that benefit low- and moderate-income people — are diverted to repay it. The loans are specifically meant to fund projects that “principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons, aid in the elimination or prevention of slums and blight, or meet urgent needs of the community,” according to HUD. Among the many River Park Square controversies were concerns about risking grant dollars if the mall’s profits floundered, and doubts about

whether the luxury mall should have qualified for the loans to begin with. Today, the city is paying the nonprofit National Development Council $36,000 to help investigate developer Ron Wells’ plans and funding sources before advising the city on whether to go forward with the loans, and what types of protections it should put in place in case of default. “The best way to move beyond any concerns about public-private partnerships is to do them correctly,” says city Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley. “That means to do them for the right reasons and to minimize the risks associated with them.” Cooley presented the idea to the council last week, but it will be at least a month before the NDC has recommendations to present. Mike Fagan, notoriously the council’s most fiscally conservative member, says he’s staying open-minded about the deal but can’t help his skepticism. “I’m definitely leery only because of what’s happened in the past,” he says. “This time around we’re really going to be looking over folks’ shoulders.” Fagan and other councilmembers, including Steve Salvatori and Candace Mumm, say they won’t fully support or oppose using the loans until they learn more. ...continued on next page

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The last time the city used HUD Section 108 loans was for the redevelopment of River Park Square.

“THE HANGOVER,” CONTINUED... Council President Ben Stuckart sees the loans as a missed opportunity and is eyeing them for more than just the Ridpath. Last year, Stuckart launched a “targeted investment” plan, directing multiple sources of city funding — street improvement and housing rehabilitation dollars, for example — at one area of town for revitalization. For the first round of investment, Stuckart and others chose a section of East Sprague just beyond downtown. But when he first brought up Section 108 loans as a potential opportunity for that area, he says he was told “there is so much history that nobody even wanted to go near it or talk about those again.” “I can see why people are wary,” Stuckart says, “but I think we’ve come far enough as a community that if we have tools … that can help move projects forward, we need to be examining those.”


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In discussions of downtown’s overall health, getting people to actually live there, not just eat or shop, is a recurring theme. The more eyes on the street, the theory goes, the safer and, in turn, busier the area. “I have not been in a conversation about downtown in last four years that has not involved the Ridpath. … It’s like [businesses in that area] have this huge, dark cloud above them that has just killed things,” Councilman Jon Snyder said at a finance committee meeting last week. He acknowledged the risk of Section 108 loans, but pushed Cooley to move forward: “Is there some risk? Sure. But nothing good is ever achieved in the civic context without some sort of risk.” Wells and his partners currently own the top two floors of the Ridpath, part of the first floor and the sign on the roof. While he’s not the only developer who has eyed the project, his plans are the furthest along. The Section 108 loans would be part of a $16.1 million funding package, which also includes money from local investors, tax credits (because the building is on the historic register) and a separate private loan. The total, Wells says, would fund the purchase of the rest of the building and its renovation into apartments,

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including “micro-units,” and restaurant and shopping space. (With rent starting at $425 for 300 square feet, the apartments are considered low- to moderate-income housing, making them eligible for HUD loans, Cooley says.) After posting ads on Craigslist starting last fall, Wells says 161 people are on a waiting list for the apartments. While Wells is glad to see the city weighing his request for Section 108 loans, he believes Ron Wells and his partners currently one significant roadblock reown the top two floors of the Ridpath, mains at City Hall. Since River part of the first floor and the sign on Park Square, the city council the roof. passed changes to the city code requiring any developer receiving Section 108 loans to get a letter of credit from a bank, essentially stating that it will back the borrower in case of a default. Those who pushed for the reforms saw them as a major protection for citizens. Wells calls them a “poison pill” meant to prevent public-private partnerships. He says letters of credit are “functionally impossible” to get, and he’s hoping the council will grant him a waiver, which it’s allowed to do after a public hearing. “When you ask a bank to provide a letter of credit, they’d rather produce the loan because they can actually make the money off it,” Wells says. “Even if you could persuade a bank to do it, you’d basically have to prove you didn’t need [the loan] in the first place.”


s discussions continue inside City Hall, the final indicator of whether Spokane is ready to once again bet its community development dollars on a big project may be public process. In order to make a deal that includes using the loans, the city must amend its plans for how it will spend HUD grant dollars. That means first changing its “citizen participation plan” to start the discussion about the loans. Then, if the loans will be used, it must change its annual and five-year CDBG spending plans. At minimum, that means 30-day comment periods for each change, but Jonathan Mallahan, director of the city’s community and neighborhood services division, which oversees the disbursement of CDBG funds, says he hopes for more. He says his department will look for other ways to engage citizens, like hosting a telephone town hall for people who can’t make it to a physical meeting, or presenting to the Community Assembly, the meeting of all the neighborhood councils. “We want people to have the information they need to feel informed and have an opportunity to impact the decision-making,” he says. “At the end of the day, feedback and confidence from citizens is a key component.” 


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A Spokane County Sheriff’s K-9 deputy shot and killed a pit bull Monday after the dog attacked his K-9 partner Laslo. The incident came just days after a different pit bull attacked an 8-year-old girl in North Spokane.


President Obama announced an upcoming visit to see the devastation of the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County as the death toll grew to 34 confirmed fatalities this week.


Investigators say an 10-yearold boy was driving when a truck careened into a canal near Coulee City last week, killing the boy’s father and 8-year-old brother. The young driver and his 12-year-old brother survived.


A 34-year-old Army specialist opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas last week, killing three people and wounding 16 others before turning the gun on himself.


The U.S. Supreme Court — which has long held that campaign contributions count, to a certain extent, as political speech — recently issued a ruling eliminating the cap on total political donations. And last week, 11 people gathered on the corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue to protest the ruling. Former County Commissioner Bonnie Mager (left, in red) serves as WAmend’s Eastern Washington field organizer, as Carlos Acevedo (right) signs the group’s “We the People Claim Our Democracy” petition to get state Initiative 1329 on the ballot. If passed, Washington state would officially call for a constitutional amendment to clarify that corporations do not have same legal rights as people and to constrain financial influence in politics.


Defense arguments started this week in the ongoing manslaughter trial of Spokane plumber Gail Gerlach, charged with shooting and killing a man he caught stealing his SUV last year.

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What You Can Do Spokane to give back; plus, WSU weighs its own medical school A WEEK OF SERVICE

Saturday kicks off SPOKANE GIVES WEEK, the city’s push to get residents to volunteer on projects ranging from covering up graffiti to knitting hats for homeless youth. Last month, the city unveiled a website — — where organizations can post projects for which they need volunteers, and citizens can sign up to help with those projects. While April 12-19 is the official week of giving, city leaders hope the website stays active all year and becomes a hub for volunteers and service organizations to connect. Nearly 80 projects have been listed online so far, including park and river cleanups, community garden workdays, food sorting and packing for Second Harvest and a donation drive for Catholic Charities’ furniture bank. (Visit the site to learn more, sign up for any of the projects or register your own volunteer opportunity.) Mayor David Condon said Monday that more than 2,500 people have registered on the website as volunteers, and he urged others to follow suit. “The ultimate goal is to be a community that isn’t just compassionate next week or within the city limits,” Condon said, “but a region with a mindset of compassion and a heart for yearlong service.” — HEIDI GROOVER


Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill last week that would have restricted the use of DRONES by local and state government agencies in Washington. Inslee did, however, issue a moratorium prohibiting executive-branch state agencies from purchasing or using drones over the next 15 months. Likewise, he also has asked local law enforcement agencies to refrain from acquiring these devices with an exception for emergencies, like natural disasters. “The legislature is rightfully concerned about the effects of new technology on our citizens’ right to privacy,” Inslee says in a statement. “Unfortunately, I do not believe this bill is the appropriate first step.” Inslee says he objected to House Bill 2789 in part because the measure would require government agencies to destroy any surveillance data collected by drones. “This could lead to shielding government uses of this technology from public disclosure,” he says. “We must ensure that government transparency and accountability are amply provided, which are not clearly guaranteed in this legislation.” Inslee says his office will create a task force later this month to study the issue and craft new legislation ahead of the 2015 legislative session. — DEANNA PAN

At the end of 2013, ribbons were cut for Washington State University-Spokane’s Health Sciences building. The building was the result of years of lobbying and millions of hard-won dollars from the legislature, and it included room for students in University of Washington’s medical education program to study in Spokane. But only a few months later, as the future of the fivestate “WWAMI” partnership (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) is being studied, Washington State University is weighing an even more ambitious step: Creating a separately accredited WSU MEDICAL SCHOOL. “WWAMI is going to change,” WSU President Elson Floyd says. “Whether it changes as a consequence of our work, or what happens in Boise or Montana, it’s going to change. Let’s have a thoughtful conversation on the increased production of primary care docs.” Currently, the University of Washington’s 120 slots can only educate a fraction of the Washington students who apply to the med school, and Washington lags behind much of the country in producing new doctors. The university has launched a feasibility study, due to be completed at the end of June, to look at the possibility of the school, the impact on the region, the state and the production of medical students. While UW and WSU have long partnered in their medical education programs — and have lobbied together for funding — that relationship recently has become more strained: Last spring, WSU expressed annoyance UW failed to initially recruit enough medical students to fill all the slots in the Spokane campus. And in March, WSU objected again when UW’s three-page news release announcing a study over the future of WWAMI barely mentioned WSU at all. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Robert Lee says the Spokane County Jail needs to fix its policy for providing medication after his 19-year-old son spent several days without his mental health drugs.

Dangerous Delays Families say Spokane County Jail’s medication process risks unnecessary suffering BY JACOB JONES


ifling through a briefcase full of legal files, Robert Lee argues that he did everything he possibly could have done. As soon as he learned his son would serve six months in the Spokane County Jail, Lee scrambled to coordinate attorneys, doctors, court orders and all the proper paperwork. Lee’s 19-year-old son Danny requires medication for bipolar, attention deficit and other impulse disorders. The meds help stabilize his mental focus, anxiety and what can sometimes be violent mood swings. “His life with medication is trying,” Lee says. “Life without medication is horrific.” So before taking his son into the jail last May, Lee notified attorneys and his son’s psychiatrist, had the judge include the meds in her court order, and filled a new prescription. Lee asked the pharmacist to put a safety seal on the meds to ensure they had not been tampered with. “I have all his medical records. I have his medicine — signed, sealed and delivered,” Lee says. “You could have got those pills into Canada, but you can’t get them in the Spokane County Jail.” Jail staff refused to accept the medication, citing a longstanding practice that contradicted its own written

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policy. Even with Lee making numerous appeals, his son still went nine days without receiving his complete regimen of meds. A few days, weeks, a month — multiple complaints from inmates, family members, advocates and attorneys contend the Spokane County Jail has a system that creates unnecessary and potentially dangerous delays in providing medical and mental health medication. Jail officials say they have worked to improve the process, but Lee says it likely will take a federal civil rights lawsuit to force a true overhaul. “They knew exactly what [Danny’s] medications were,” Lee says. “They didn’t care, or they didn’t follow through. … It’s not only hard on the inmates, it’s hard on their families.”


n his downtown office at the legal nonprofit Center for Justice, attorney Jeffry Finer says he has encountered an increasing number of Spokane County inmates who have struggled to get timely access to the simple medications they needed. He says many suffer medical complications, mental instability, anxiety and other unnecessary problems.


“What we have been seeing is a lot of needless suffering and pain, a lot of medical harm,” Finer says. “[But] the apparent belief amongst many of the policy makers is that everything is fine.” John McGrath, director of the county’s Detention Services, acknowledges inconsistencies in the jail’s medication policies. He says his staff recently launched an in-depth review of all medical practices to look for ways to strengthen or improve inmate care. Part of that includes consolidating multiple contradicting policies and formalizing medication approval. McGrath says the jail cannot dispense meds unless they are approved by the in-house physician. To do that, inmates must fill out a medical release that is then faxed to their doctor, who confirms the prescription and sends it back. Then the jail physician must approve dosages and file an order to the pharmacy, which then fills and returns the prescription. “There are still some things that are beyond our control,” he says. The jail budgets about $600,000 a year to provide prescription meds, but many things can stall the process. Inmates may improperly fill out forms. Doctor’s offices can be closed. Faxes get misfiled. And up until last fall, the jail ordered all medication through a pharmacy on the East Coast. McGrath says the jail has since switched to a local provider that can fill emergency requests in less than two hours. Information about how to request medications before arriving at the jail has been added online. Jail officials have also apologized to Lee about his son’s delay. “There were some process issues that we’ve addressed,” McGrath says. “I don’t think there’s too much more we could do.”


iner notes that Danny suffered no permanent harm, but that’s not always the case. If the lack of medication had caused him to turn unpredictable or violent, he could have injured himself, a fellow inmate or corrections officers. Danny would then be punished for that behavior while the jail would potentially face new expenses over medical or legal costs. “The well-being of himself and others is at risk if he’s not on medication,” Finer explains, adding, “[But] it wasn’t a behavioral problem. He was unmedicated. They created the risk by not medicating him.” With funding from a recent grant, Finer now plans to package Lee’s legal case with other area families as part of a federal civil rights lawsuit. After filing an initial claim in February, he expects to move forward with the Lee lawsuit in the coming weeks. “His may be the best documented collapse of medical care,” Finer says, “but it’s not the only one. … I’m seeing these line up and I can’t move them fast enough.” In addition to Finer’s clients, the Inlander has also fielded independent complaints from inmates or family members. Martin Champagne called last month to report he had spent six days in the Spokane County Jail without medication for his bipolar disorder. After nearly a week, he was released when the charges were dropped. “It’s scary,” he says, explaining that he filled out multiple release forms and medical requests without success. “They put my life in danger. … I was pushing For the entire series, paper like crazy trying to visit get them to help me.” Another inmate with bipolar disorder, a 45-year-old man still incarcerated at the jail, also recently sent a long letter describing his frustrations with the medication process. He says he spent at least eight days without medication, locked down on suicide watch, during which time he experienced audio and visual hallucinations. “I was denied my psych meds,” he writes, “and was treated without dignity and respect.” The family of Amanda Cook, a 25-year-old Spokane woman, also shared its concerns about the jail’s inability to provide medication that improved Cook’s mental stability during a previous jail term. Records from the family show jail staff took more than two weeks to get a medical release, and Cook’s sister says she never received the medication she needed. Cook later killed herself in a jail’s showering area. “We got to fix this,” Finer says.


cGrath, the jail’s director, says he expects his staff to complete its policy review and provide recommendations later this year. He says he could not provide specific proposals at this point. He says he’s aware of Lee’s case and a few other complaints, but maintains the process includes several safeguards to provide emergency medication to those in dire need. After some personnel shortages, McGrath notes the medical team also will return to full staffing next month. Eventually, he would like to add an intake nurse to start the medication process right at booking — a best practice that advocates say is used at some other Washington jails. Finer says he is encouraged by the jail’s review efforts. He would like to see an intake nurse as well as improved communications with physicians. He wants to see a policy that helps families navigate the system and gets people simple medications in a timely manner. “Whether it’s got one cause or many causes,” he says, “it’s so evidently a pattern that people aren’t getting proper medical care when they need it.” Lee remains frustrated, but determined. He wants to see the jail provide better care, whether it takes a lawsuit or not, and believes it should not be that hard. He says Danny still suffers fear of small rooms and the dark since his release. “We need to make it a safe place,” Lee says of the jail. “It needs to change.” 


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WITH ANIMALS, AND THE EVOLVING PROTECTIONS FOR THEM BY LEAH SOTTILE Marsha Erskine and her Chihuahua named Chico. “Right now my little animals ... are the only thing that’s keeping me going.” YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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he smell was so overwhelming that, from a distance, someone driving by on a gravel road could tell something was wrong at Marsha Erskine’s house. When Spokane police came to her front door two years ago, they gagged on the unmistakable reek of animal urine. But it was what animal control officers saw in Erskine’s basement that they’ll never forget: cats stacked in plastic carriers and wire cages in a pitch-black, dirt-floored cave. They were standing in pools of their own feces, their stomachs burned from the urine they couldn’t escape from. There were more caged cats in the yard, covered by a tarp. There was a newborn kitten who let out a feeble cry to the last animal control officer to walk through the basement. She scooped it up from a dark corner and saw it was well past saving. It took two days for animal control officers in hazmat suits and respirators to remove 29 caged cats from Erskine’s basement; two days to unchain the 21 dogs crowded into her yard among piles of garbage and stacks of tires; two days to swat away the flies from sick animals and consider whether the humane thing to do was kill them. But even after her guilty pleas for animal cruelty charges were filed, fines paid, community service served and probation completed, the 59-year-old Erskine still says that none of this is her fault. That she had things under control. That she tried to find those cats new homes. That people kept bringing animals to her and, well, how could she say no? That what animal control officers called cruelty, she’d call love. The Humane Society of That’s all over now. At the end of the United States ranks last year, Erskine was able to bring her Idaho 49th, for its weak favorite dog — an 9-year-old long-haired legal protections for Chihuahua named Chico — home again. animals. In the past few months, she’s gotten four other pets — a cat, two more Chihuahuas and a black Pomeranian named Teddy Bear — back, too. “My little animals are like my little kids that I never had. And right now they’re the only thing I have in my life to care about,” she says. “Right now my little animals ... are the only thing that’s keeping me going. Seriously.” Officials at SpokAnimal and Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service say that since television programs like Hoarders have grown in popularity, agencies like theirs have become more aware of local hoarders and serial animal abusers than ever before. In some ways, that increased awareness is symptomatic of a greater conversation occurring — one in which people are asking moral and ethical questions about the animals we share our homes with, and the animals we eat. It’s an issue that was hotly debated in the Idaho Statehouse this session as lawmakers passed the so-called “ag-gag” law — making it a crime to surreptitiously record activities on Idaho’s farms. It’s an emotional topic that crosses party lines and political leanings. People like Erskine reflect an extreme example of that conversation. To her, animals are a matter of life and death; she says she would go so far as to hurt the person who reported her and caused her to lose her animals. “Her day is coming, baby,” Erskine says. “Seriously. I’ll kill her. With all the trouble she has caused me. … Payback’s a bitch. Believe me.”

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COVER STORY | ANIMALS “BETWEEN MAN AND BEAST,” CONTINUED... phone last week. “An animal can’t trot or fly into court and ask for a hearing, [but] they can through an owner.” Karp says that more and more people in the Northwest are viewing animals differently — less as property and more as companions. In a study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association earlier this year, Washington and Idaho were in the top 10 “pet-owning states.” In Washington, 62.7 percent of households own an animal (with Idaho following at 62 percent). In 2011, AVMA said that 63.3 percent of pet owners “considered their pets to be family members.” “I brought it up in a trial [once]. … I asked [the jury], ‘How many of you are familiar with Hurricane Katrina and the people carrying their animals on their shoulders? Or how many people said that they refused to leave, and said ‘I’m staying here with my animals,’” Karp recalls. “People make those choices, and I think that’s a dramatic way of saying how we feel about our animals.” Karp says that humans’ shifting views about their animal companions goes hand in hand with studies of fewer people having children. “Companion animals tend to fill that gap of nesting or need for companionship,” he says. George Critchlow, an associate professor at Gonzaga University School of Law, says legal communities are acknowledging scientific research that animals feel pain and experience fear, suggesting that they’re more than property. He points to the 2012 Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which was signed by some of the world’s top neuroscientists and declared that humans are hardly the sole conscious, sentient beings on the planet. (Stephen Hawking presided as guest of honor at the signing ceremony.) “Animals should be considered not as property … but they should be wards of guardians, in the same way that incompetent or incapacitated people have guardians,” Critchlow says. “It’s hard to deny the fact that a cat or a dog or a cow or a pig or a horse is not like a chair. It’s just so palpably obvious and true, that animals have to be treated differently. So the struggle, legally, is … Where is the balance?”

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A scene from a video taken inside an Idaho farm that showed a cow being dragged by a tractor. Idaho Bettencourt Dairy facility by Mercy for Animals, a nonprofit animal rights organization. Workers violently wrench cows’ tails until they bellow and moan. They wrap chains around another cow’s neck and drag it behind a tractor. A worker jumps up and down on a cow’s back. Others slap the animals with electrified cattle prods again and again and again. In the video’s final moments, a clearly injured cow drags itself on its front legs across a muddy cement floor — its hind limbs crumpled beneath it. In response, Bettencourt issued apologies, fired those employees and installed surveillance cameras in its facilities. But that footage was later used as ammunition by Idaho Sen. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, to drum up support for his controversial Senate Bill 1337, better known as the Idaho ag-gag bill. That legislation proposed that any person who enters an Idaho agricultural production facility under false pretense and then proceeds to make audio or video recordings without the owner’s permission could be punished with up to a year in prison and $5,000 in fines. Critics lashed out, asking: Did Idaho farmers have something to hide? Despite outcry from 113,000 people who signed a petition against the bill, a protest on the steps of the state Capitol and even a letter from vocal animal rights supporter and former Price is Right host Bob Barker, the bill passed. Two days later, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter swiftly signed it into law. “Senate Bill 1337 is about agriculture producers being secure in their property and their livelihood,” Otter wrote in a statement. “My signature today reflects my confidence in their desire to responsi-

bly act in the best interest of the animals on which that livelihood depends. No animal rights organization cares more or has more at stake than Idaho farmers and ranchers do in ensuring that their animals are healthy, well treated and productive.” The Idaho Dairymen’s Association backed that bill, and Bob Naerebout, the group’s executive director, says he was as shocked as anyone when he saw the video at Bettencourt. He says no farmer in his right mind would be OK with that kind of treatment. “You don’t want to lower the value of your asset. And the thing is, when you’re working with animals, they are your asset,” he says. “You raise them to be a productive unit. When you treat animals the way they were in that video, you’re damaging your asset. They don’t return value to you.” It was the next step that Mercy for Animals took — to try to shut down Bettencourt’s farms and put farmers out of business — that the dairy group took issue with. The law’s passage means that reporting animal abuse in an Idaho farm actually carries a harsher penalty than the abuse itself. A group of 17 organizations — from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union to the grassroots Sandpoint Vegetarians group — filed a lawsuit in mid-March against the law, claiming it’s unconstitutional in the way it casts a chilling effect over free speech and inhibits Idahoans from knowing the truth of how their food is raised. Naerebout argues a law like this was the only way to protect honest farmers from being hurt by animal activists, saying that animal rights groups want to penalize an entire industry because of a

few bad eggs. The Animal Legal Defense Fund doesn’t buy that. “I think that rings hollow to us,” says Matthew Liebman, a senior attorney with ALDF. “These kinds of videos are so common and so pervasive that virtually every undercover investigation finds this really gratuitous cruelty. You have to ask yourself: ‘How many bad apples before you find out the whole tree is rotten?’” Idaho’s ag-gag law is the latest ding in the state’s less-than-stellar reputation when it comes to animals. The Humane Society of the United States recently ranked Idaho in 49th place in its 2013 Humane State Ranking. That report shows that Idaho’s animal protections are not only few and far between, but often bizarre and negligent of obvious socially frowned-upon practices. For example, in Idaho it is legal:  to possess big cats, primates, wolves and crocodiles as pets;  to attend a cockfight;  for puppy mills to operate without a license or inspection;  to hold “canned hunts” — where animals are kept in fenced-in areas to increase the likelihood that hunters will make a kill. Virginia Hemingway formed her nonprofit organization, Idaho 1 of 3, in 2007 when she discovered that Idaho was one of just three states that, at that time, lacked a felony penalty for animal cruelty. For the past few years, she’s been lobbying state legislators and interest groups to make laws in the best interest of animals. Hemingway says she’s discovered animal welfare is an uphill battle in her state — a place where it seems lawmakers’ farming and ranching backgrounds and

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The way that animals are viewed by some Idaho lawmakers reflects a centuries-old way of thinking — a school of thought that Elizabeth Cherry, a professor of sociology and anthropology at Manhattanville College in New York, has made a career out of studying. She teaches courses on the way animals are a part of human society and wrote her dissertation on the evolution of the animal rights movement. Much of Cherry’s work has revolved around “the symbolic boundaries that people have constructed between humans and animals,” she says. In the United States, like other Western countries, there’s a dominant cultural belief that “humans are allowed to use animals, that using animals is a part of the status quo.” But that’s just a social boundary we, as humans, have set up for ourselves and have all decided to buy into in some way or another, she says. Cherry argues that when it comes to animals, we’ve even set up boundaries within our own boundaries. “Scholars and animal rights activists agree that humans generally do not separate com...continued on next page

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Fourth-generation rancher Beth Robinette and her father practice “low stress cow handling” with their cattle. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

“BETWEEN MAN AND BEAST,” CONTINUED... panion animals from farm animals to celebrate companion animals’ status as ‘honorary humans’; they do so in order to demarcate which animals they love, and which animals they love to eat.” Scholars argue that one reason humans moved slaughterhouses out of urban centers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was to separate ourselves from atrocities we didn’t have the stomachs for. In his book, Animal Cities: Beastly Urban Histories, Peter Atkins — a professor and writer at Britain’s Durham University — says that animals were a big part of urban society until sanitary ideas started to be widely adopted. That marked the beginning of “The Great Separation” — when humans began to become detached from the production and slaughter of their food. Before that, animals were an integral part of city life, writes Atkins: “The Victorian town would strike us as an incongruous mixture of urbanity and barnyard setting, with townhouses interspersed with stables, pigsties, and slaughter-houses, and where sheep and cows jostled with horse-traffic, and pigs and chickens dwelt in close proximity to human habitations.” The 19th century city was a smelly place, one where blood from slaughterhouses ran in street-side gutters. Cities like Paris and London were so overwhelmed with dung that Victor Hugo, in Les Misérables, was inspired to write that “a great city is the most mighty of dung makers.” But Atkins says that as Victorian-era cities urbanized and sanitation practices came into play, the dirt and the persistent odor of live animals, not to mention the gruesome factories that processed animal fat, blood and bones, were out of step with the new purity of ideas. “Within the city as a whole, the abattoir was generally pushed toward the edge,” Atkins writes. “Here society’s growing queasiness and guilt about the killing of animals could be mitigated because it was out of sight and out of mind.” Though questions of animal welfare and slaughterhouse conditions popped up sporadically through the 20th century (perhaps beginning with Upton Sinclair’s 1906 book The Jungle), Cherry often refers to the 1980s as “the first wave of animal rights activism” — seeing it as the first moment when widespread animal welfare move-

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ing them, aiding them in labor and moving them from ments emerged. pasture to pasture. “They were still focusing on fur and hunting and According to a report by the state Office of Farmanimal testing,” she says. “When you think about ’80s land Preservation, the number of farms in Washington animal rights, you think about ‘Save the Whales!’“ increased steadily from 2006 to 2011. And a 2010 Seattle But in the 1990s and 2000s, the focus of animal Times article reported that 90 percent of those Washingrights activists became less about calling for protections ton farms are owned by individuals or families, like the of species the public might not ever see, and more about Robinettes. concern for what was on the dinner plates right Tom Davis of the Washington Farm Bureau in front of them. says he can’t envision an ag-gag bill ever flying “People were focusing more on what they Send comments to in the Evergreen State. “If the bill could make it ate from an ethical point of view, no matter out of committee, that’s as far as it would go,” what view of ethics that was,” Cherry says, he says. Davis says he thinks most Washington pointing to the success of Michael Pollan’s 2006 farmers are proud to show their animals are book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and the “locavore” taken care of — and more and more, so do the stores that movement. purchase their products. Now, she says, animal rights is not just reserved for Over the years, the Robinettes have begun to practice vegetarians or vegans. It’s something that many Amerisomething called “low stress cattle handling” — which was cans practice — whether it’s a desire to buy cage-free eggs developed when cattle feedlot owners started noticing or humanely raised meat. their herds losing weight. “Beef is sold by the pound. And so, pounds go away, dollars go away,” Maurice says. On a bright, windy weekday morning, Beth RobiResearchers figured out that if cows aren’t stressed nette and her father Maurice sit at the family’s dining — aren’t corralled by horses or dogs, aren’t slapped room table sipping steaming cups of coffee. Since 1937, with electric cattle prods or yelled at all the time — they here on the same Cheney, Wash., property where they produce better meat. “There’s sort of a saying in the beef sit today, the Robinette family has owned cows. They industry: ‘You have to go slow to go fast,’” Maurice says. milked until the 1950s, when they converted to a cattle “And what that means is you’ll get your animals to where ranch. “We’ve been beef ever since,” says Maurice, who you want to go if you just take it easy.” pronounces his name “Morris.” Beth says that’s part of the problem with industrial The conversation around the breakfast table here agriculture — the ability to have respect for the animals isn’t what you might expect. The Robinettes talk of ethics gets lost in massive factory farming productions. It’s the and humanity, of systematic change and environmental system we’ve demanded as Americans, a system that enimpact. A conversation with Beth and Maurice about courages harm to animals to maximize cheap, fast output. farming is less about the price of beef and more talk of Beth says Idaho’s ag-gag law is like putting a Band-Aid desertification and sustainable grazing practices. on a gaping wound. The family’s Lazy R Ranch, a 100-cow operation, is “People having the information and the ability to small. And it’s different: Here they raise cows from birth, look inside and see what’s happening is a million times and unlike most of the beef industry, slaughter them in better than passing a law saying, ‘You can’t do this’ or the place where they’ve always lived. Most of that beef ‘You can’t do that,’” Beth says. goes directly to families, with some going to restaurants The Robinettes believe the public should understand like Spokane’s Manito Tap House. Through their lives, where their food comes from and are constantly extendthe Robinettes are the only ones herding their cows, feeding invitations to customers to see their cows slaughtered.


‘To Honor the Sacrifice’

Occasionally, they get a taker. “I think, as Americans in general, we’re very distant from the phenomena of death,” Beth says. “And having closer contact with that, I think there’s something spiritual about that.” Her voice changes when she talks about the death of her animals. She knows none of these animals will be with her forever. When it does come time to butcher them, she wants for them to die respectfully. “I owe a debt to that animal,” she says, “to honor the sacrifice.”

‘Everything Hit Us’

Marsha Erskine’s home is in a neighborhood that has more barbed wire than picket fences, more mud puddles and flippedover, gutted cars than parks or playgrounds. Most of it is zoned for industrial businesses — which explains why shipping containers are piled higher than Erskine’s roof on two sides. Her yard is filled with her possessions: animal kennels, litter boxes, two motorhomes. Tarps, tools, broken-down engines, rusty bicycles, pots, planters and decomposing cardboard boxes. A sign on her front fence reads: “Never mind the dog, beware of owner!” A cartoon revolver points at whoever is reading it. Randy Frost, a professor at Smith College and author of Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, says there isn’t much that’s known about people who are animal hoarders. What is known, he says, is that animal hoarders tend to collect other things, too. And that, many times, they are able to care for animals until something catastrophic happens in their lives. “Then they get overwhelmed with the number of animals. They simply can’t keep up,” he says. “They often have a belief that they … understand animals in a way that other people don’t, and have an ability to communicate with animals.” Erskine still maintains that she had the care of 50 animals under control until her mother died and her husband — who is in his 80s and lives in a nursing home — began to have severe medical issues. “Everything hit us all at once,” she says. Today, sitting on a stool at a Hillyard bar in a massive jean jacket that’s fraying at the cuffs and purple wire-rimmed glasses, she says that the day animal control officers removed the cats and dogs from her property, she was planning to purchase cat litter and food for the animals. And that before they were taken, she had asked SpokAnimal to adopt 10 cats, but couldn’t afford to pay $35 apiece to admit them into the shelter. She resents how the media eviscerated her over the fact that the cats in her basement and yard were caged without asking her why. “[The Humane Society] told me to keep them penned up and separated away from each other so they don’t make babies because they needed to be fixed,” she says. “So I was doing what I was told.” When Erskine talks about her animals, her voice grows soft, drawing out the syllables whenever she says “kitty cat.” And when she ponders what constitutes animal abuse — if it’s not confining cats to cages filled with feces in a dark basement — she thinks about the people in those videos beating cows or the local woman accused of starving her horses. Those are bad people, she says. “I won’t even slap my dogs for anything they do. If they bite somebody, I don’t need to slap them for it,” she says. “If they bit anybody, it would be in my yard, and I want them to bite.” She laughs at that. “You need your dogs for your watchdogs.” To this day, Erskine can’t believe that she was labeled a hoarder. She knew her house smelled and that the cats were in bad shape, but she was saving them from a worse fate. “I would buy food for the animals more than I did for myself,” she insists. “I didn’t think I was hoarding. I thought I was helping!” Those days are behind her, she says. She’s not looking to take in any more unwanted pets. She finally got her own babies back, and she’ll do anything — anything — to protect them. 

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The Most Desolate Decade Award-winning author Timothy Egan stops at Whitworth to talk about the Dust Bowl BY CHEY SCOTT


n April 14, 1935, 79 years ago, the dust storm they called Black Sunday hit. The spring day began unlike any other during those unimaginably dry, windy and dust-filled years. From the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles to southwestern Colorado and the northwest corner of New Mexico, the prairie sky awoke sunny and blue; the air calm with barely a breeze. Birds sang in the flat, dead fields for the first time many southern Plains farmers could remember in years. And though countless dust storms, or “black dusters,” had kicked up with little to no warning for the previous few years, no one expected the storm of all storms to hit later that afternoon. When the roiling clouds of fine black powder slammed into the rural prairie towns and farms, those enjoying the day’s unprecedented fair weather were caught off guard. Some died; others were blinded by the grating particles. In his 2006 book, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, award-winning author and journalist Timothy Egan, who grew up in Spokane, chronicles the decades-

old memories of Dust Bowl survivors who vividly remembered the terror of Black Sunday and the hundreds of other dust storms that came before and after it during the 1930s. As part of a new exhibit, “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression,” opening April 12 at the North Spokane branch of the Spokane County Library District, Egan is giving a keynote lecture at Whitworth University based on the research and stories in his National Book Award winner. The traveling exhibit, curated by the Washington State Historical Society and co-sponsored by Humanities Washington, is on display through June 30. Exhibit programming kicks off with Egan’s talk, followed by oral history presentations, concerts, workshops and film screenings throughout its run.


hough the recent U.S. economic crisis has drawn its own set of parallels to the Great Depression — increasing federal debt, high unemployment rates (though nothing like the 25 percent rate of the ’30s), rising cost of living and consumers’ wavering con...continued on next page

A dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, in 1935 — the height of the Dust Bowl. GEORGE E. MARSH PHOTO

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fidence — Egan is quick to say that it’s not even comparable to the horrors of the Great Depression, combined with the ecological disaster that was the Dust Bowl. “We’ve had some rough times ourselves, but there is almost no comparison to how bad [the Dust Bowl] was,” Egan says over the phone last week from Washington, D.C., where he’s researching his next book. A graduate of Gonzaga Prep and the University of Washington, Spokane native Timothy Egan Egan’s résumé includes more than nonfiction. He’s written six other books and contributed to the New York Times’ 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning series “How Race is Lived in America.” He continues to write for the Times as a columnist. “It puts our current problems in perspective,” he continues. “This was the worst economic collapse in history, and there was no Social Security, no food stamps, no health care and no support at all for people who were hungry or out of work.” On top of that, the southern Plains were dead. The previous decades’ homesteading boom, paired with the insatiable urge of sodbusting farmers to produce more grain, meant that millions of acres of native prairie grasses — holding the soil and its ecosystem in place for tens of thousands of years — were torn up to be farmed. When the land became overworked and years of drought set in, the dry, unanchored soil simply blew away in the wind. As much as The Worst Hard Time serves as a record of the Dust Bowl survivors’ stories of hardship and what it was like to live through one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history, it’s also a testament to our stewardship responsibility to the land. “In the sense of the storms themselves, it’s like global warming. It was a mini-version of climate change,” Egan says. “People say humans can’t change the climate — they did change it. … It’s a perfect example of how humans can change the climate, and that’s why it’s relevant.” Egan tells the story of the Dust Bowl through firsthand accounts of several people who homesteaded, farmed and refused to leave their homes despite it all. Though the event itself is well known for causing a mass exodus of millions of farmers fleeing the oppressive storms and dead land, Egan’s work focuses on those who stayed in a dying rural landscape until their last days. Telling those people’s stories was a main inspiration for the book, and at the time Egan began his research, he knew these survivors wouldn’t be around much longer. Since it was published in 2006, along with the PBS documentary The Dust Bowl by Ken Burns, Egan says all of its main characters have died. Of all the people Egan interviewed, and all the stories they told, Ike Osteen, a Dust Bowl survivor in his mid-80s, best summed up the unfathomable adversity of the era. Osteen also fought on Normandy Beach during World War II, and Egan asked him which was more difficult — that or living through the Dust Bowl? Osteen said of the Dust Bowl: “During the Dust Bowl days, death could be random. You didn’t know where it was going to come from, but in the war you could charge the beach and people were shooting, and it’s somewhat predictable.”  Timothy Egan • Sun, April 13, at 2 pm • Free • Whitworth University, Weyerhaeuser Hall • 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. •




he world of Game of Thrones (HBO, Sundays, 9 pm) has ice zombies and fire dragons, wizards and alchemists. It has old gods and new gods, a god of death and a god of fire. But there’s one supernatural force it certainly doesn’t have: A god who rewards good and punishes evil. Here, justice isn’t. Kindness, goodness, compassion, trust, honor — those are just synonyms for naiveté. Karma doesn’t exist. Life’s a bitch, and then rats gnaw through your chest. Now in its fourth season adapting George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, this unsentimental brutality in many ways is the series’ defining attribute. Last season was punctuated by yet another ugly massacre, showing once again how Game of Thrones refused to abide by television’s rules of fair play. Winter is perpetually coming. But in its fourth season, that pervasive injustice has begun to feel less fresh and bold and more cynical. Watching torture is, well, torture. And Game of Thrones seems intent on making viewers suffer through every lopped-limb cry. No, the not-quite-authentically-medieval nudity doesn’t compensate for it. That doesn’t do anything to detract from the job Game of Thrones has done in adapting a nearly unadaptable series on a TV budget. That’s especially true the further you get from the dreary ice wastes up north, and the closer you get to King’s Landing, the headquarters of government, backstabbing, and the show’s best act-

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Winter is always coming. ing. There, Peter Dinklage imbues the wry dwarf Tyrion Lannister with beleaguered nobility; Charles Dance brings imperial chill as Tyrion’s father; Diana Rigg issues particularly poisonous old-lady barbs as Olenna Tyrell, the “Queen of Thorns.” Each character excels alone, but thrives when allowed to banter with, batter and burn each other. Yet gritty narratives, even ones with compelling characters, need to be leavened with hope, a reason for trudging through all that suffering and nihilism. Perhaps that’s the optimism of fools, a delusion worthy of a headless Stark. Even if winter is coming, Game of Thrones could use the occasional burst of sunshine to thaw the snow. — DANIEL WALTERS

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STORY | Low-key and elusive, author Denis Johnson admits he tends to work slowly. Some of his books can take more than a decade to come together. But for the first time in years, Johnson has released a new short story, “THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN” in the March 3 issue of The New Yorker. Through the eyes of a middle-aged advertising executive, Johnson strings together common moments in unsettling ways. Within several short chapters, the character comes across bizarre strangers, even stranger friends, intimate dinner parties, an artist’s funeral and his own dwindling future. Johnson uses routine observations to subtlety unlock mystery and mortality. He tells The New Yorker it took him more than seven years to craft the story, but fear not — he also has a new novel scheduled for this fall.

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Eastern Washington University’s 16th Annual

Get Lit! Festival

Thursday, April 10 EWU Writers in the Community hosts

Youth Poetry Slam Kress Gallery 5:30 p.m. (Register 5 p.m.)

EWU Writers in the Community hosts

Middle School Poetry Slam Kress Gallery 6 :30 p.m. (Register 6 p.m.)

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Reading, Q&A, Book signing Auntie’s 7-8 p.m.

Pie & Whiskey Reading The Woman’s Club 9 p.m. 21+ only with ID.

Friday, April 11 Poetry Salon The Bartlett 228 W. Sprague 9 p.m. All Ages


Saturday April 12 Festival Readings

Writing Workshops

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Spokane Convention Center

11:30 a.m. A Reading Public Open Mic Conference Theater

Morning Session

1 p.m. David Abrams & Nathan Oates Conference Theater 2 p.m. C.B. Bernard & Buddy Levy Conference Theater 2 p.m. Trent Reedy & Rachel Toor Room 203 3 p.m. Jill Malone & Leslye Walton Conference Theater 4 p.m. Perry Glasser & Paul Lindholdt Conference Theater

$30 ($20 with student ID)

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Rants, Odes, and Images: A Poetry Workshop with George Bilgere Mining Language for Meaning: A Poetry Workshop with Alice Derry Storytelling is Neat; Life Is Sloppy: A Prose Workshop with Perry Glasser

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Speaking Pictures: A Poetry Workshop with Susan Rich Making a Living As a Writer with C.B. Bernard Place/Setting in Fiction with David Abrams High Concept Stories: A Fiction Workshop with Maureen McQuerry Pre-registration: Day of registration available on site

Anthony Doerr and William T. Vollmann Friday, April 11, Bing Crosby Theater, 7 p.m.

National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann has written more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, and has traveled across the world to write about a wide range of subjects in places as varied as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Russia, and many others. His dedication to authenticity in his work, along with his fearless willingness to explore taboo subjects, have earned the respect and adoration of countless readers. Joining him will be Anthony Doerr, author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including the forthcoming novel All The Light We Cannot See (May 2014), which has been called a “dazzling, epic work of fiction” by fellow author Jess Walter. The novel, set during World War II, explores the lives of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy, whose paths collide as they try to survive the war. Q&A and book signing to follow. $15 General Admission, free to students with ID.

Chitra Divakaruni

with Gregory Spatz Saturday, April 12, Bing Crosby Theater, 7 p.m. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, and her work has appeared in more than a hundred magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Atlantic Magazine, and Best American Short Stories. Her 2013 novel, Oleander Girl, has been called a “a superbly well-plotted, charming, yet hard-hitting novel of family, marriage, and class, a veritable Indian Jane Austen novel” (Booklist) and was an Oprah’s Book Club recommendation. She has won an American Book Award and a Light of India award, among many others. $15 General Admission, free to students with ID.

George Bilgere

with Nance Van Winckel Sunday, April 13, 11:30 a.m., Bing Crosby Theater George Bilgere, author of six collections of poetry, has been called the “cheeky nephew of Billy Collins, brash blunt brother of Tony Hoagland” by fellow poet Mark Halliday. His newest book, Imperial, has been hailed as funny, wry, surprising, and fresh. Dorianne Laux has said that “Bilgere’s poems paint a picture of American life that is equal parts sadness, matterof-fact-ness, and hilarity.” He is known for captivating audiences and for the rhythmic, colloquial speech of his poems, alive and swirling with the rich images of American life. $15 General Admission, free to students with ID. or 800.325.SEAT


Jessi Little stars as Susy in Interplayers’ Wait Until Dark. SARAH WURTZ PHOTOS

Dark Deeds

A new adaptation of the suspense-thriller Wait Until Dark ratchets the tension up a notch BY E.J. IANNELLI


umps and shuffling emanate from behind a darkened stage. Thunder rumbles in the distance. Flashes of lightning give the blinds on the rear wall a pulsating glow. A door a half-level up opens to reveal a large shadow backlit by the hallway beyond. The shadow descends the stairs and moves unhurriedly about the room as if indulging a passing curiosity. Only the faintest slivers and pinpricks of illumination hint at the room’s layout and any obstacles it might hold. Now the darkness acts as a handicap; but after a time, when the shadow wants to obscure itself from another, it will briefly become an asset. The fickle nature of darkness is the nub of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller Wait Until

Dark, currently enjoying a new lease on life in a fresh adaptation by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. Interplayers is only the third theater to stage this still-evolving adaptation (directed here by Jack Phillips, who helmed the Civic throughout the ’90s), which has trimmed some of the original’s slack — not that it was enough to hamper earlier incarnations, given their impressive theatrical runs — and predated the action to the 1940s to accentuate its noir-ish feel. Jessi Little stars as Susy Hendrix, blinded in a car accident roughly one year before the play’s events begin. For her, the dark is a constant to which she’s still adapting. Her husband Sam (Damon Mentzer) is a photographer — hardly a random choice of profession, seeing as how it’s

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An evening with Robert Sapolsky, PhD Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7 p.m. The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, Spokane Join us as Robert Sapolsky makes a rare appearance in Spokane to share his intriguing experiences and research on human stress. predicated on carefully controlled exposures to light. Roat (Gerald Browning) and Sergeant Carlino (Jonah Weston) are the play’s shady characters, the sort who lurk in shadows and skulk in the dark. They will prey on Susy’s condition in an attempt to retrieve a missing doll that holds some precious loot. As tension palpably builds and Susy grows wise to their plot, Sam’s old Army pal Mike (Tony Caprile) and mischievous little Gloria (Caroline Slater) from the upstairs apartment will help — or maybe hinder — her efforts to thwart them. The same could be said of the dark itself. Hatcher both cleans (heroin becomes diamonds) and dirties (by sprinkling a profanity or two) Knott’s original script while winding its already taut spring even tighter. This demands merciless precision in terms of timing, not least when it comes to the snappy noir dialogue, and some cast members would still seem to be fine-tuning their inner clockwork. The handful of exchanges between Little and Mentzer lack rhythm. Little’s sightlessness, however, is wholly convincing. In a play where so much hinges on the absence or presence of light and all its potential sources, lighting designer Ezra Gerlitz has done a fine job of making it a character in its own right. The fraught finale — so fraught, in fact, that it risks overpowering some of the finer points — owes as much to his lighting (or lack thereof) as it does to the threat of Browning’s shrill psychotic thug.  Wait Until Dark • Through April 19: Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm • $28 ($22 senior/military, $12 student) • Interplayers • 174 S. Howard • 455-7529 •

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Home Farming As Easter nears, a few thoughts on getting eggs from your own backyard BY ARI LEVAUX


umans have always found reason to celebrate spring. As we welcome the sun back from its hiatus, life sprouts from the rotted remains of autumn, and the world is reborn. Fertility symbols like the Easter egg were common in many such vernal celebrations, like the pagan holiday Ostara, named after the fertility Goddess ostre, which some believe is the root of the word Easter. In Persia, eggs have been painted for thousands of years as part of the spring celebration of Nowruz. Vernal egg symbolism is all the more poignant for small-flock chicken farmers, because spring is when one’s hens start laying lots of eggs again after a winter break (big producers, on the other hand, use lights and heat to

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skip winter). Not coincidentally, this is also the time of year when newly hatched chicks could stand a decent chance of survival, thanks to the warming days. Consequently, spring is when egg hatcheries will begin shipping their day-old chicks. My first flock arrived 10 years ago, just after midnight on Easter Sunday. The post office, of course, is closed at that time, but I got the call to come get them, as happens when live animals are shipped. I’ve been rocking a flock ever since. Those who raise backyard chickens will inevitably go through an obsessive phase, as the fledgling flockster (this word comes from Harvey Ussery’s book The Small-Scale Poultry Flock) ceaselessly dotes on his or her birds, inun-

dating friends with stories, photos and birthday party invitations. The eggs themselves are what drag many flocksters into the game; reverence for the egg increases their love for the mother. For others, egg appreciation starts with a love for the hens, which deepens feeling for their eggs. Flocksters and celebrants of Easter alike use eggs in their respective rituals. And lately, with the widespread availability of hens that lay eggs of various hues, members of both contingents find themselves among prettily colored eggs. My little flock includes a blue-egg-laying Araucana, a blue-greenish-egg-laying Ameraucana, and two black Australorps that lay light and dark reddishbrown eggs.

Those little bugs, when fed to chickens, make for better eggs. Proper care of my ladies this year included two bags of stale marshmallows that I found in the cupboard. After dumping them in the chicken yard, I was surprised to see the hens completely ignore the marshmallows. Then I had to deal with my kid trying to climb into the chicken yard and eat them. A few days later, one of the hens realized that if you peck hard enough on the dried outer skin of those white things, there is soft sweetness inside. At that point the marshmallows quickly vanished from the chicken yard, and the next day I found four eggs: red, white, blue and green. Though I won’t make a habit of feeding marshmallows to my hens, I’m not above pampering them. While buying some chicken feed the other day at the feed store, I picked up two healthy snacks for the girls. The first was a gallonsized pail of dried bugs. Chicken Grub Insect As we mentioned a few weeks ago in Medley, to be specific. our news section, the city of Spokane “Ingredients: Dried mealrecently passed an ordinance that, worms, dried silkworm among other things, clarifies the rules pupae, dried crickets, dried for backyard chickens in residential shrimp, dried earthworms, areas. The ordinance, to go into effect NOT FOR HUMAN by the beginning of next month, allows CONSUMPTION.” for hens (roosters aren’t allowed) in an The ingredients seem enclosed space. The number of hens is to confirm what I’d long determined by the size of the lot. suspected, that shrimp are basically saltwater bugs (“insects and crustaceans,” notes the label). As you hold the tub of creepy-crawlies with the lid off, every vibration of your hand will make them all appear to squirm around. The sight made the ladies in my coop as happy as it made me squeamish. The other treat I got for the ladies out back is a mix called poultry conditioner. Marketed as a supplement for competition and show chickens, it’s formulated with a bunch of nutrients and digestive aids to help the birds extract as many vitamins, minerals, pigments, proteins and other materials from their food as possible. I figured that these goodies, in addition to making the girls look pretty, would also make them healthier. And a healthy chicken can put more into her eggs than a malnourished one. Since I started giving the girls poultry conditioner, I honestly haven’t noticed if their feathers have gotten prettier, but the eggs have. The color of their shells is richer, and they seem to glow even brighter in the nesting box when I open the coop door. Perhaps the poultry conditioner, and maybe the bugs too, have something to do with the fact that my eggs look more like Easter eggs than ever. n


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he menu at Twisp Cafe in Liberty Lake looked a lot like a typical American coffee shop, serving sandwiches, wraps and baked goods. Then Bobby and Stacy Taninchev bought the business, and items like gyros, lamb sandwiches and phyllo dough pastries now make up much of the menu. Bobby, who is also the cafe’s chef and a 20year veteran of the hospitality industry, was born in Bulgaria and gets his culinary inspiration from the Black Sea region. “I moved a long time ago to the States, but my cooking comes from there,” he says. The couple moved to Spokane from the East Coast after Stacy got a job at Gonzaga University and they bought the Twisp Cafe last April from its former owner, who opened it in 2009. The coffee and menu have since been changed a couple of times, Bobby says. Twisp now serves beer, wine and Doma coffee, plus food with a Mediterranean flair. “What I did when I bought the business is I turned [the menu] into more healthy items and Mediterranean food,” he says. Bobby makes his own tzatziki, a Greek sauce made with yogurt and cucumbers, which can be found on the lamb sandwich ($10.79) served


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ixed with the scent of fresh paint and wood, the sweet, tart aroma of apples wafts through the air on the first day of business at downtown Spokane craft cidery Liberty Ciderworks. The opening of the local cidery’s tasting room — it’s the first downtown, and Liberty is one of just a handful of craft cider houses in the Inland Northwest — has been some time coming, and eager customers packed the tiny tasting room, perching on red metal stools during its debut last weekend. Owners Rick Hastings and Austin Dickey have been making and bottling several varieties of their traditional, English-inspired artisanal hard cider since last summer (both have made cider as a hobby for years) to not only stock the new tasting room but to keep their cider taps flowing at bars and restaurants like Manito Tap House, LeftBank Wine Bar and the Flying Goat. With all that, and the fact that both owners have other full-time careers, the tasting room construction and subsequent opening may have gone a little slower than they’d originally hoped. But in that time, they’ve made sure to oversee all the

fine details, even booking a local artist to show work there for the April First Friday event. Behind a small, five-person bartop, three wooden tap handles bearing the cidery’s logo protrude from a wall, with the cider varietals’ names and alcohol-by-volume percentages noted in chalk above them. There’s the classic English Style, which last month took home a gold medal at the 2014 Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition, a premier competition for craft cider makers. Liberty’s limited-release Jonathan singlevarietal cider also took a bronze medal, as did the New World style — blending sweeter table apples with tart crabapples — which also was a silver medalist in 2013. At the tasting room, Liberty now offers its own growler fills (they’re in the process of designing one) alongside tasting flights ($8), 10 oz. servings ($5-$6), and 500 ml and 750 ml take-home bottles ($9-$15). n Liberty Ciderworks • 164 S. Washington., Ste. 300 • Open Thu-Sat, 4-9 pm • • 321-1893



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hen we checked out the Flying Goat last Saturday, it was only a couple of minutes past noon, but we grabbed the last available table at the Northwest Boulevard pizza joint-slash-neighborhood pub. Some had gathered for a soccer match playing in the bar, but most appeared to be there for what has made the Flying Goat so popular since opening in 2010 — creative gourmet pizza and damn near any craft beer style you

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can dream up. If you’d rather have a can of Hamm’s, they’re cool with that, too. If you’ve been to the Flying Goat, you likely have a favorite pie, but always ask about the weekly special pizza. You just might find out that they’re serving, as they were last week, a pizza with burger patties, sharp cheddar cheese and marinated cucumbers. — MIKE BOOKEY


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ITALIAN FEDORA PUB 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. Coeur d’Alene | 208-765-8888 Fedora’s smoked-glass dividers and booths create a comfy, classy dining experience. The place sports 1920s gangster shtick, with servers garbed in black and — naturally — fedoras. This Italian restaurant serves authentic pasta dishes that will make your mouth water, and entrées like the prime rib that will have you craving more. Besides burgers and sandwiches, there are several “lighter side” meals, like sandwiches and salads, that are just as good as the more extravagant dishes. FERRANTE’S MARKETPLACE CAFE 4516 S. Regal | 443-6304 This family-owned neighborhood restaurant serves up true Italianstyle pies, hand-tossed and thincrusted. The toppings are simple, but chosen for their exceptional quality. Order the Palermo, and we guarantee you won’t find pepperoni like this anywhere else. It’s thicker, with more spice and none of that telltale grease. The linguini pomodoro is light and flavorful, and in the winter, the sweet Italian

house sausage served in a chianti sauce on penne pasta is the ultimate comfort food.

nation each time. They offer simple, hearty lunch options, too: Italian sub sandwiches, pizzas and calzones.

LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 245 W. Main | 624-5226 Craving Italian? Voted Best Italian for more than 10 years by Inlander readers, Luigi’s serves traditional Italian favorites. Although it’s tempting to fill up on the hot sourdough bread and garlic butter, pace yourself. Minestrone soup is next (why have a salad when their homemade soup is this good?), followed by an entrée like veal piccata or chicken cacciatore. Need some gluten- or carb-free options? No problem.

OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY 152 S. Monroe | 624-8916 Little ones will enjoy the kid-sized spaghetti and sauce at this familyfriendly Italian spot inside an old brick warehouse by the railroad tracks. They’ll also love the spumoni ice cream for dessert, but adults can take solace in the pasta with browned butter and grated myzithra cheese. The surprisingly beautiful bar could be cool if it weren’t, well, at the Spaghetti Factory. It was dead and closing when we arrived at 9 pm on a Friday, but the space itself was old-world chic, with a huge, wooden back of the bar, plush booths, a backgammon tabletop and 10 or so inexpensive cocktails. 

MAMMA MIA’S 420 W. Francis | 467-7786 It’s all home-style southern Italian at this Northside 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 (we love the garlic chicken). Mix and match any of their pastas and sauces for a new combi-

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Good Sport

Kevin Costner: the king of the sports movie. is a football movie, filled with catnip for the kind of folks who follow the buildup to their own team’s pick with feverish fascination. When Draft Day is focused on its behind-the-scenes NFL world, it’s got loads of pop; when it tries to give equal time to the behind-the-behind-the-scenes soap opera of Sonny’s life, it sags. The 15-year age difference between Costner and Garner is less of an issue than the fact that their relationship is presented as a given, with virtually no time spent allowing us to see if there’s Browns, preparing for the impending NFL draft under any connection between them. That relationship also trying circumstances. His girlfriend — co-worker and detracts from what should have been the focus of Sonny’s team salary cap-ologist Ali (Jennifer Garner) — has just psychology: the complexity of working in his father’s told him that she’s pregnant. His popularity is shaky shadow, trying to make the Browns “his team” and dealbecause he fired his own father, the team’s legendary ing with all the questionable decisions such a burden can coach, shortly before he died. And the team’s owner inspire. (Frank Langella) is putting pressure on Yet for all the unsuccessful attempts at DRAFT DAY Sonny to make a splash in the draft — which workplace banter and romantic chemistry, Rated PG-13 leads Sonny to make the perhaps-ill-advised Draft Day still has Costner in his element. Directed by Ivan Reitman decision to trade up for the No. 1 pick, There’s a twinkle in his eye when he gets presumed to be “can’t-miss” quarterback Bo Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer cooking in the scenes where Sonny is playGarner, Denis Leary Callahan (Scott Pence) ing psychological games with his fellow Draft Day revels in its NFL-approved general managers trying to make trades status, showcasing team logos, stadiums, ESPN draft — including poking at the insecurities of the Jacksonville analysts and commissioner Roger Goodell. It’s easy to Jaguars’ rookie GM by convincing him that if he doesn’t understand why the NFL would have granted its blessing make a certain deal, he’ll look stupid. Director Ivan Reitto Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph’s script: It’s as deeply man’s crowd-pleasing showcase moments here are almost immersed in the minutiae of professional football as any entirely built around the energy of Costner playing face-painted, scream-until-you’re-hoarse, cradle-to-grave someone who’s locked in with a smiling confidence that fan. The story snaps along through the various decisions he’s exactly where he belongs. For all its prime football faced by Sonny — including butting heads with the new geekery, Draft Day is a character study about a guy trying head coach (Denis Leary) — without pausing too long to prove that he’s got the right skills for the job he’s doto make sure the uninitiated can keep up. There may be ing. Other filmmakers — and Costner himself — should precious little on-field action, but make no mistake, this take a look at his work here as a case in point. 

Kevin Costner is back in a milieu that showcases him best in Draft Day BY SCOTT RENSHAW


ourney back with me, if you will, some 20 to 25 years to the prime of Kevin Costner’s reign as a movie star, forged in vehicles ranging from romances to epics to big-budget summer spectacles. He was becoming a stolid figure at the center of heroic narratives like The Untouchables, Dances With Wolves and JFK, representing integrity with a square jaw, a steely stare and resolute seriousness. And it really pissed me off. Because Costner, based on all evidence, was a delightful comedic actor just begging to be given more chances to show it off. He was charming as the loose-cannon young gunslinger in Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado, and a terrific rogue with a heart of gold in Ron Shelton’s classic baseball comedy Bull Durham. Every once in a blue moon — like reteaming with Shelton in Tin Cup — he’d provide a reminder of what an engaging presence he could be when he was encouraged to loosen up. But for the better part of two decades, he’s wasted his greatest talents on roles that never even let him crack a smile. So maybe part of what makes Draft Day more satisfying than perhaps it deserves to be is the chance to see Costner back in the milieu that shows off his best side: a contemporary sports comedy. Costner plays Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager of the Cleveland

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Director Ivan Reitman (who did, among many other things, Ghostbusters) brings us a relatively accurate depiction of the NFL draft and all the backroom shenanigans that come along with it. Kevin Costner stars as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns who, on the eve of the draft, has seen both his personal life and his career wander onto shaky ground. Now, he has to decide whether or not to take a heralded quarterback as the first pick. (MB) Rated PG-13


This kid named Colton sees dead people. Relax, this is no Sixth Sense rehash. As spooky as that premise sounds, Colton has seen dead people because he went to heaven, he says. So his dad (Greg Kinear) decides to start telling everyone in their small town about his son’s near-death experience and trip to see all his dead relatives in heaven. Directed by Randall Wallace (We Were Soldiers, Secretariat), this film is based on the bestselling book of the same title. (MB) Rated PG


The newest work of offbeat art from Danish writer-director Lars von Trier is both his steamiest and most thoughtful, is both sad and sometimes funny. Sex addict Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is found beaten to a pulp by loner Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), who takes her home, then listens to her sordid story of discovering the pleasures of sex as a young girl, and realizing she can never get enough of it. It’s all played out in flashback, with Joe at age 16 (Stacy Martin) doing the deed with a series of men, just for the sake of doing it. (ES) Not rated


For all the true horror fans out there, note Oculus is rated R, meaning it’s full of scary, bloody images — none of that lame PG-13 thriller crap. But along with the gross-outs the film has an actual

high-minded and layered plot, one that will have you guessing until the credits roll. The drama begins when a man hangs a newly acquired antique mirror in his family home. But this is no ordinary mirror. A decade later, two now-grown children re-enter the house where unspeakable atrocities occurred to prove paranormal activity killed their mother. (LJ) Rated R



No, you really didn’t have to see Raid: Redemption to make sense of this insanely violent sequel. All you have to know going in is that you’re about to have your eyes pummeled with some of the most artfully done gore porn put to screen (baseball bats and hammers are used to the fullest extent). It’s a basic premise of a guy (Iko Uwais) who must kill loads of bad guys with his martial arts skills to keep his family from being murdered and also potentially stop a war. (LJ) Rated R


Rio (voiced by the oh so nerdy Jesse Eisenberg) is back and this time he’s leaving his bird sanctuary in the city and heading deep into the Amazon along with his lady Jewel (Anne Hathaway). In the jungle, Rio meets his wife’s dad, who doesn’t approve of their union, leading him to question everything as other birds battle for the affections of Jewel. It’s all done in a 1950s sitcom style, which is enough to pass for a kid’s movie these days. (MJ) Rated G


We haven’t heard much from Donald Rumsfeld since he was at the helm of the Bush Administration’s engineering of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, director Errol Morris, who brilliantly dissected the life of Robert McNamara in 2003’s The Fog of War, is back to discuss war, but this time with Rumsfeld. Morris has Rumsfeld discuss his career, which began long before the election of George W. Bush. (MB) Rated PG-13







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Jason Bateman, in his directorial debut, also stars in this film about a proofreader who sets out to settle an old score by registering for a children’s spelling bee on the technicality that he never advanced past the eighth grade. As he fights to remain in the competition, he uses every foul and shockingly inappropriate trick he can think of to keep the kids at a disadvantage. Along the way, he befriends the young Chaitanya Chopra, another contestant who gloms onto the elder competitor’s deplorable ways.


After awakening 70 years into the future, Captain America (Chris Evans) has a lot of catching up to do. His team — sassy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and loyal Falcon (Anthony Mackie) — are more than willing to lend a hand in his

endeavors to re-adjust to modern life, as soon as three of them kick some major bad guy ass. This time around, the bad guy happens to be the elusive and mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) a former Soviet spy and Captain America’s potential undoing in a yet another action-packed, super hero flick. (ER) PG-13


Everyone has the power to change the world — at least that’s the case in inspirational social change biopics. In Cesar Chavez, a film following the life of civil rights activist and labor organizer of the same name, we see once again how one person can bring about change, especially when employing peaceful tactics. Michael Pena (End of Watch) turns in a once-in-a-lifetime performance as Chavez. America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson also star. (LJ) PG-13




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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. (MB) Rated PG

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The first adapted entry in Veronica Roth’s trilogy of futuristic, dystopian, angst-filled young adult novels borrows heavily from The Hunger Games, but in a low rent kind of way. When you turn 16, you choose from one of the world’s five factions, or tribes, to live in, then take up their ways. Innocent young Tris (Shailene Woodley) opts for the tough Dauntless faction, which leads her to action, romance and political intrigue (that isn’t very intriguing). (ES) Rated PG-13


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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! Nonstop action!) and its plentiful supply of references that only adults will get. (ES) Rated PG


Tom Berninger is living in his parents house well into adulthood and doesn’t have much going for him, other than the fact that his brother, Matt Berninger, happens to be the lead singer of indie rock megastars the National. When Matt invites Tom to work on the band’s world tour, Tom brings along a camera to make a film about the National. The super-meta film goes from interviews with the band members to looking back at Tom and his struggles to make the film you’re actually watch-

ing. It’s wildly hilarious, and a very real story all at the same time. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated


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


Be honest, you missed these furry creatures since the reboot of the Muppets franchise back in 2011. This time, the gang heads out on a world tour only to get caught up in a case of mistaken identity and jewel thievery while in Europe. All the loveable characters are back, even Walter (voiced by Peter Linz), and Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) once again writes a new batch of silly yet catchy songs. (LJ) PG


You know that story about a flood from Sunday school? This is not that story. Darren Aronofsky veers this boat in a whole new direction. Introducing fallen angels called “The Watchers,” who help Noah (Russell Crowe) build the ark and fight off hoards of blood-thirsty savages are as distracting to the story telling as Jar Jar was to The Phantom Menace. Mickey Rourke’s character sneaks on the ark and shows us the evils of eating meat. Trying to figure out who this film was actually intended for, is the best part of this movie. (CB) Rated PG-13


Directed by Mark Levinson, Particle Fever follows six scientists on the cusp of a historic discovery. Some have spent their


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. (ES) Rated PG-13


Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in another action movie, this time as the leader of an elite group of DEA agents who go around knocking down drug cartels and then saying stuff like — and we’re not making this up — “Clean up on aisle three.” But when they decide to rob millions in cash from a cartel safe house, they become the targets and are being killed one by one as they try to keep their secret safe. (MB) Rated R


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. (LJ) 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. (MB) PG-13 





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whole careers — 30 years of research — on one claim. Together they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe through the use the Large Hadron Collider, one of the globe’s most expensive machines which could potentially create the elusive God particle on which they have staked their careers. At Magic Lantern. (ER) Not Rated





The First Half

Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. I is more about characters than sex BY ED SYMKUS


ear the end of the closing credits of The film turns into a series of flashbacks of Lars von Trier’s epic sex addiction film, her discovering feelings of intense sexual desires there’s a disclaimer: “None of the profesas a young girl, then putting them to work for sional actors had penetrative sexual intercourse, her own unquenchable pleasure, and keeps reand all such scenes were performed by body turning to the bleak apartment where she’s telling doubles.” the story, while he continually drifts off into his If only that sentence was at the beginning own totally nonsexual flashbacks. of the film, I wouldn’t have been wondering, This is far more Joe’s story than Seligman’s. while watching, if that was really Shia LaBeouf He remains an enigma throughout, while she’s doing that with newcomer Stacy convinced that she is a bad perNYMPHOMANIAC: Vol. I son, and explains why. But you’ve Martin. Not Rated I know this is going to got to wonder what was going on Written and directed by Lars von Trier disappoint some of you, but in the head of von Trier to come Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan up with this bizarre, compelling Nymphomaniac: Vol. I is erotic, Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf fantasy of a strong-willed young not pornographic. Oh, there’s plenty of full-frontal male and woman (most of the flashbacks female nudity, and there are a variety of explicit are of Joe, at around 16, played by the obvisex acts. But it’s really a character study, one ously fearless Stacy Martin) as a sexual huntress, that might make you squirm and every once in recklessly determined to have as many men as a while make you laugh… until the squirming possible, not caring that she might be ruining resumes. some of their lives. Dark and moody in atmosphere, the film There’s physical violence, but it’s all done opens with a camera roaming through a dreary off-camera, and an abundance of emotional back alley, stopping to examine an unconscious, violence on display, including an amazing turn by bloodied woman on the ground, complemented Uma Thurman as an angry woman whose marby the jarring noise of German metal band riage has been turned upside down by Joe. Rammstein. An older fellow who lives nearby It’s probably a good thing that von Trier cut discovers and revives her, takes her to his aparthis disturbing, yet quite moving 5½-hour film ment to rest, then sits by while she explains what into two parts. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I ends with a led up to her predicament. She is Joe (Charlotte cliffhanger. You’ll have to wait until next week, Gainsbourg) and he is Seligman (Stellan Skarswhen Vol. II opens, to find out what led up to Joe gård). in the alley. 

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The music regional college kids make these days BY LAURA JOHNSON


ollege is the perfect time to start a band. Never again will you live in such close proximity to other creatively minded individuals; fellow musicians looking to do something big. The three Spokane-area universities — Gonzaga, Whitworth and Eastern Washington — each has a distinctive music scene on and around campus. Although folk music seems to be the most popular genre to tap into, there are groups looking for something more.


Ramsey Troxel of Strange Mana.


Spokane native Ramsey Troxel likes to keep things low-key. Even when our photographer asks him to wear a fencing mask for a photo shoot on the pine tree-covered Whitworth campus, he’s nonchalant. But he is serious about music. Troxel and his STRANGE MANA bandmate Olivia White, both seniors, are part of a recent line of musicians who have made a name for themselves in the Spokane music scene and beyond. Terrible Buttons, Dane Ueland, Nick Grow, Branden Cate of Seattlebased Barcelona and (the now defunct) Nude Pop all came out of Whitworth. Austen Case, of the all-female folk band Mama Doll, also is a student here. Troxel has been a member of many groups, having played in Spokane bands since age 15. After two years, Strange Mana is still a priority for him. As many as six players at one time, it’s been scaled back to two. Last year, the band played its biggest gig yet, opening for Seattle’s Rose Windows. Reveling in a hectic schedule before graduating next month, Troxel is also a member of Teen Blonde and has a solo electronica project called Paisley Devil, a name he says he’s going to change. Troxel says he’s looking forward to the summer, when he and White will have more time to write and take Strange Mana seriously, moving their experimental dream-pop sound into a more electronic psychedelic realm. Every day, he tries to find time to write music on his computer. “In between classes, just 10 to 15 minutes a day,” he says. “If you stick to that system, writing all falls into place.” Troxel says Whitworth has changed. Other than coffeehouse nights, bands aren’t playing at house shows and performing all over town like they once were. “It all goes in waves here,” he says. “There are folk bands that play, but there’s not a whole lot happening here. But at least the community is supportive of the music that is happening.” ...continued on next page

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B.Bo & the Zig-Zags

For the soon-to-be-scattered B.BO & THE ZIG-ZAGS, comprised of Gonzaga seniors and one grad student, house party shows, red Solo cups and all, are where they feel most at home. “You can’t go wrong playing for the drunken masses,” says bass player Keith Gledhill. “Even when you start sounding like dog crap as the party goes on, the audience doesn’t care.” The band has been entertaining Gonzaga partiers since last year, when Gledhill and drummer Maoulay Adjorlolo started jamming together and soon wanted to add a singer. “They didn’t know I could sing. They had only heard I could sing,” Brittney Boland says with a laugh. Boland (aka B.Bo) has the sort of velvety voice other kids smoke packs of cigarettes to achieve. The group is a cover band, rocking out favorites from the ’60s, ’70s and Amy Winehouse, but it’s also a jam band that improvises whole chunks of songs. Various members are a part of campus jazz ensembles, very much influencing the band’s funky sound. The six-piece practices as much as they can, espe-

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Sweet Lou and the Grind


cially now before an on-campus gig. They show up to play in Adjorlolo’s second-floor bedroom in a house just blocks from GU, going until a roommate or someone else tells them to stop. Not far away from this Logan Neighborhood house, another band is perfecting its sound in an unfinished basement. SWEET LOU AND THE GRIND is a foursome also making music different from what most groups are playing at Gonzaga. “There’s a lot of folk here,” says lead singer Leo Francovich, a music major. “I think this scene could be a lot better. There could be more bands.” The group isn’t interested in fame; they come together two to three times a week to play their bluesy rock and let off some steam. “This doesn’t feel like work at all,” says bass player Ben Cavino. “This is our outlet from school and everything else we have going on.” All are juniors except sophomore drummer Matt Friedman. While they’ve yet to play a house show, Sweet Lou has played Boone Street Hooligans sketch comedy shows on campus and Boots Bakery downtown. They

want to record and continue to pen their quick-witted lyrics — yes, they have a song about Sarah Palin. “In fact, all our songs are about Sarah Palin,” jokes Francovich.


Surrounded by patches of farmland in Cheney, one can feel far removed from downtown Spokane. But MIKKELSEN, a folk act comprised of EWU students Justin Mitchell and Brendan Colbert, try to book Spokane gigs when they can. They’ve already played at Chairs Coffee, Indaba Coffee and Boots Bakery. Their music, featuring Mitchell’s rich vocals and guitar and Colbert’s violin, works well in the coffeehouse setting. But playing on campus is where it all began for the two. Their favorite practice spot is in an especially acoustic dorm stairwell in Dressler Hall. Mitchell says students will come out and listen to them, but that they’ve also been told to shut up on more than one occasion. “Dressler is uniquely shaped like a big cylinder,” says Mitchell. “It’s an echoey, amazing space. A folk musician’s paradise.” Mitchell, a junior education major, says classes he’s

Fireside Lounge taking especially affect his songwriting. “I’m studying poetry and works of fiction; these can be inspirational to my own writing,” he says. Last year, they released a six-song EP, Through Darkened Caves; they have about 25 original songs. At Eastern, you’ll also find FIRESIDE LOUNGE, the acoustic singer-songwriter duo of Todd Membrey and Kyle Sauve who recently won the campus Battle of the Bands. “We were definitely surprised to have won,” admits Sauve, sitting in a cushy chair in the common area of the snyamncut (Salish for “place of gathering” and intentionally lowercase) residential hall where they often practice. Battle of the Bands threw the pair together. Sauve, a junior, had songs written but wanted someone who could provide beats for his tunes. Membrey, a sophomore who tends to wear Eastern gear at all times, added his djembe drum, and it fit. After winning, they’ve played the Mason Jar in Cheney. Especially now that it’s spring, they can be found playing outdoors. Mitchell also tries to play around outside on campus; he says that’s what the school needs. “I’d love to see musicians just playing outside all of the time,” Mitchell says. n

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Thursday, 04/10

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here comes a point when basic musical genres become boring — when weird is all you want to hear. Vancouver, B.C., band Maria in the Shower is just your fix for that. The three-piece could be misconstrued as downright bizarre, blending cabaret-style music with earthy folk. This kind of music would do well in a back alley café where people smoke too many cigarettes and don’t mind dancing to accordion. At once, it’s primal Celtic music that quickly turns theatrical — proof that true indie music still exists. Next Thursday, Maria in the Shower will find a perfect home on the Panida Theater stage in Sandpoint. — LAURA JOHNSON Maria in the Shower • Thu, April 17, at 7:30 pm • $8-$16 • All-ages • Panida Theater • 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • • (208) 263-9191



ot to be confused with the legendary ’roided-up home run hitter Mark McGwire, instrumental musician Mark McGuire plays a much different sort of game — dream pop. On his quest to find enlightenment, McGuire has developed a kind of drone electronica/charmingly psychedelic sound that is altogether captivating yet easily forgettable. Emerging out of the Cleveland electronic act Emeralds, the multiinstrumentalist has made a career out of trying to find himself, bringing listeners along on the journey. Monday, his meditative music will inhabit the Bartlett as part of his co-headlining tour with Norwegian polyphonic artist Jenny Hval. — LAURA JOHNSON Mark McGuire with Jenny Hval and BIAS • Mon, April 14, at 8 pm • $8/$10 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane. com • 747-2174

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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CARR’S CORNER • 230 S. Washington St. • 474-1731 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 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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So what’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld these days? You still see him on TBS every night and yadda yadda, but what about the stand-up act that gave him that TV show in the first place? I mean, what’s the deal with that? Seinfeld, somehow already almost two decades removed from his namesake sitcom, is back on stage, performing the sort of “did you ever notice…” jokes that made him one of the first names in comedy. He’s appearing in Pullman for Washington State University’s Mom’s Weekend, because moms love them some Seinfeld. — MIKE BOOKEY Jerry Seinfeld • Sat, April 12, at 7:30 pm • $74.50 ($5 discount for WSU students, faculty) • Beasley Coliseum, Washington State University, Pullman •


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CannaBiz Forum • Wed, April 16 at 7 pm • Free and open to the public • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • cannabiz

48th Annual Buttercup Hike • Sat, April 12, from 1-4 pm • Free, registration requested • Starts at Camp Caro • 625 S. Sargent Rd. •

Marijuana is legal in the state of Washington, but things don’t look all that different, do they? That’s because the actual sale of pot hasn’t started yet, but in the coming months that is all going to change and the Inlander is hosting a forum called CannaBiz to help folks understand what this change is going to mean for local businesses and the public at large. Guest speakers include Matt Cohen (pictured), a medical marijuana pioneer and business consultant; Randy Simmons, the director of the Liquor Control Board; and Hilary Bricken, an attorney specializing in the marijuana industry. — MIKE BOOKEY

For more than a few Inland Northwesterners, it’s a springtime tradition to be the first in the family to spot the earliest buttercup of spring. The tiny, waxy-petaled flowers that poke out of the crunchy, pine-needled ground can sometimes be found as early as late February, but are abundant in the ponderosa woods this time of year. Long celebrated as the first sign of spring, these early wildflowers are the namesake of the Dishman Hills Conservancy’s annual Buttercup Hike, now in its 48th year. The guided hike is led by local naturalist and retired geologist Michael Hamilton. — CHEY SCOTT

Bach, Beethoven & Broadway


CdA Sat, April 26 / 7pm Sun, April 27/ 3pm The Kroc Center Spokane Tues, April 29/ 7pm Episcopal Cathedral of St. John

Pre-concert lecture by Verne Windham 45 minutes before concert

Tickets: Adults $15 / Students & Seniors $12 |


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The trees are unfurling their green buds and the daily temps are rising above 60 degrees with frequency now, which means we all want to spend a little more time outside. It’s not entirely outdoors, but the downtown Coeur d’Alene Second Friday ArtWalk — the Lake City’s version of Spokane’s First Friday — offers enough strolling in the evening spring air to give attendees a taste of the glorious summer weather to come. The event has been on a winter hiatus since December, but galleries on and near Sherman Avenue are throwing open their doors this Friday, inviting everyone to see local artists’ newest works. — CHEY SCOTT Second Friday ArtWalk • Fri, April 11, from 5-8 pm • Free • Downtown Coeur d’Alene •


The Get Lit! Festival continues this week with readings, workshops and author panels from the crack squad of literary heroes EWU has brought in for this annual event. For a complete list of events, consult our guide in last week’s issue of the Inlander or visit











TOURNAMENT ROUND ONE 9:30am - 4:30pm on April 26th



FINALS - CHAMPIONSHIP 9:30am - 4:30pm on April 27th







If you’ve ever wanted to gain a deeper appreciation of the guitar and its many melodies and techniques, now is the chance. The 23rd annual Northwest Guitar Festival features a guitar competition showcasing some of the best upcoming artists in the area, as well as classes and lectures. The festival also includes concerts by five acclaimed and accomplished guitarists from around the world, including James Reid, a former artist on NPR’s Performance Today; David Feingold, music director at Western Washington University; young virtuoso Mak Grgic (pictured); Michael Partington, who mixes old and new styles; and the eclectic, experimental Giacomo Fiore. — PAUL SELL 23rd Northwest Guitar Festival • April 11-13, event times vary • $20/concert; some events free • At Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College and Holy Names Music Center •





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CannaBiz Forum What does Initiative 502 mean for Spokane? When Washington voters approved Initiative 502, they launched a massive experiment. Come hear from three experts about the challenges and opportunities ahead as this marketplace takes form. Each panelist will make a presentation and then take questions from the audience.

Meet the Panelists MATT COHEN

A pioneer in the medical cannabis movement, Cohen spent more than a decade as a medical marijuana grower in California’s Mendocino County. Despite working within county and state law, Cohen’s farm was raided by armed federal agents in 2011 - an event documented by PBS’s Frontline. Cohen was also featured in Doug Fine’s 2012 book, Too High To Fail. Cohen served as the expert on production issues for the Washington State Liquor Control Board as it wrote regulations to enact I-502. Today he is the founder & CEO of TriQ Systems, a software, equipment & supply company; he is currently consulting for clients in Washington.


Named the “ganja guru” by the Seattle Times for his depth of knowledge, Simmons spent 23 years in the private sector before joining the Liquor Control Board in 2002. Since last year, Simmons has been the agency’s deputy director, leading 11 different research teams as the state has grappled with creating – nearly from scratch – a regulated cannabis marketplace that is expected to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales.


For her expertise in the emerging legal field of cannabis regulation compliance, Bricken was named “Marijuana Industry Attorney of the Year” by Dope magazine. Bricken is with the Seattle-based Canna Law Group and has helped Washington state clients navigate the murky legal issues surrounding legal cannabis, from land use disputes to intellectual property rights to tax and banking issues. She has also consulted with the Liquor Control Board on I-502 implementation.

Wednesday | April 16 | 7pm The Bing Crosby Theater 901 W. Sprague, Spokane

The CannaBiz Forum is FREE & Open to the Public For more information visit

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BRYAN BOUNCE FUNDRAISER Third annual community event to raise funds for Bryan Elementary School including 12 indoor bouncers, games, face painting, photo booth, auction and more. April 11, 5:30 pm. $12-$40. CdA High School, 5530 N. 4th St. (208-664-3237) UNCORKED! 7th annual wine tasting event hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), featuring wine from local women-operated wineries, food pairings and beer, a silent auction and more. Some proceeds to benefit Transitions for Women. April 11, 6 pm. $60. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. APRIL SHOWERS The Lands Council’s 19th annual dinner and auction fundraiser. April 12, 5 pm. $65/person. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (209-2851) CHOCOLATE & CHAMPAGNE GALA Lutheran Community Services Northwest’s 30th annual fundraiser gala, featuring dessert and bubbly as well as a steak dinner. Proceeds from the formal event benefit the organization’s Sexual Assault and Family Trauma Response Center. April 12. $85/person, $170/ couple. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. (343-5078) CLIMB FOR A CURE The first annual “Climb For a Cure” benefits the American Cancer Society’s Spokane Relay for Life and includes food, beverages, live music, prizes and $5 climbing for all. April 12, 5-9 pm. $5. Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd. (242-8288) EVENING OF ELEGANCE FOR AUTISM Fundraiser gala featuring a silent and live auctions, dinner, live music, and a Dry Fly whiskey tasting, with proceeds benefiting Northwest Autism Center. April 12, 5-9 pm. $75-$140. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. (328-1582) YWCA SPRING FLING 9th annual champagne brunch and silent auction fundraiser supporting local programs and services for women and children. April 12, 10 am-12:30 pm. $50/person. Anthony’s at Spokane Falls, 510 N. Lincoln St. (326-1190) SEND A FRIEND A GOAT Benefit fundraiser allowing community members to send a live baby goat ($50) to an unsuspecting recipient in the Spokane area on the day of the sender’s choice. Once the goat is delivered, the recipient is asked to make a donation of any amount for the removal of the goat. April 14-18. (744-3411) FAMILY PROMISE OF N. IDAHO GOLF/ WALK KICKOFF Golf and walking teams can register, find out more about the event and enjoy a taco bar. Event raises funds to help homeless families with children. April 15, 6 pm. Paddy’s Sports Bar, 601 W. Appleway, CdA. (208-660-0066) FERRANTE’S RMHC FUNDRAISER The 4th Annual Adopt-A-Room fundraiser allows businesses/individuals to sponsor an RMCH guest room, ensuring families can stay at no charge. Ferrante’s is donating all profits from April 16-17, including dine-in/take out orders and gift shop sales. Ferrante’s Marketplace Cafe, 4516 S. Regal St. doitalian. com (624-0500)


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) STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians, see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. (838-6688) POETS UP! Local poets make up poems on the spot and Blue Door Players perform them. Fridays in April at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) WHITE TIE IMPROV U of Idaho’s comedy improv troupe performs a show with all proceeds supporting Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps. April 11, 8 pm. $5. University of Idaho Kiva Theater, 921 Campus Dr., Moscow. uidaho. edu (208-885-7251) JERRY SEINFELD Live stand-up comedy as part of WSU Mom’s Weekend festivities. April 12, 7:30 pm. $71.50$76.50. Beasley Coliseum, 225 N. Grand Ave. (335-3525) 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)


AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE WEEK Events hosted through the week (locations and times vary) include storytelling, dancing exhibitions, history presentations, food, live music and the InterTribal Show on April 10, among other events. April 7-12. Free and open to the public. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden. (208-769-3365) MEET THE EASTER BUNNY The Easter Bunny visits the atrium at RPS to meet children and their families for photos and more. Through April 19, times vary. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. (624-3945) “THE HOUSE I LIVE IN” SCREENING & PANEL Screening of the award-winning documentary about the US War on Drugs, followed by a panel of local policy makers, judges and leaders. April 10, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Free; lunch provided. EWU Riverpoint Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. tinyurl. com/kmwk52n (359-2331) SECOND HARVEST FOOD SORTING Join other volunteers to sort and pack produce and other bulk food items for delivery to local emergency food outlets. Ages 14+. Shift dates and times vary, sign up at events. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front. (252-6267) SPOKANE RIVERKEEPER PANEL Gonzaga hosts Spokane Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich and other local leaders for a panel discussion on the toxin PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) in the Spokane River watershed. April 10, 5:30 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave, Jepson Wolff Auditorium. (970-769-5352) WOMEN & CHILDREN’S FREE RESTAURANT VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are needed as prep cooks, servers, dishwashers, food platers and to work various other shifts during the week, MonFri. Positions are weekly or biweekly,

and a food handlers card is required. Submit a volunteer application online. (324-1995) 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) LET FREEDOM RING GSI’s annual breakfast honoring local men and women serving in the military, featuring a keynote presentation by outgoing GSI president Rich Hadley. April 11, 7 am. $25. Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 201 W. North River Dr. SANDPOINT CONTRA DANCE Live music by Turning Tide, dance steps called by Emily Faulkner, and a community potluck. April 11, 7-10 pm. $5 suggested donation. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First. (208-263-6751) STARTUP WEEKEND SPOKANE Competition for entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas and collaborate with developers and designers to create a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) within a 54-hour period. April 11-13. $85/regular, $50/ student. SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, 850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. spokane. (863-8344) MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY WORKSHOP Spokane Consumer Advocacy Network hosts a workshop to share ideas for a new mental health advocacy group. April 12, 12:30 pm. Free. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main. (844-4236) MOMMY & ME SWING For parents and children up to 5 years, a vintage swing dancing class taught by Colleen Robinson of Lindy Town USA. Held every Saturday at 11 am, April 12 through June 14. $15/class or $75/six classes. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington St. (919-9162) MOSCOW HEMP FEST The one-day community festival happens a week earlier this year, and features speakers/ info on hemp and medical cannabis, live music, food, arts/craft vendors and more. April 12, 10 am-8 pm. Free admission. East City Park, 900 E. Third. (208301-2289) SPOKANE FEMINIST FORUM The group hosts its second discussion on “Feminism and Faith – are they compatible?” April 12, 2 pm. Free. Community Building, 35 W. Main. (279-0348) SPOKANE PONDEROSA TREE PLANTING Spokane Ponderosa, the WSDOT and the Inland NW Boy Scout Council are planting 4,200 ponderosa pine seedlings at the Parksmith Interchange on the North-South freeway; event also includes educational presentations. April 12, 8 am-2 pm. WHITWORTH HAWAIIAN CLUB LU’AU 44th annual cultural celebration, featuring food, entertainment and more. Dinner served at 5:30 pm in the HUB; entertainment starts at 7 pm in the Cowles Auditorium. April 12. $12-$22. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-1000) INTRODUCTORY SWING CLASS Dropin style vintage swing classes for Jazz Appreciation Month. For beginning to novice dancers. Mondays through April 28 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes. Free. Satori, 122 S. Monroe St. (919-9162) CRIMINAL JUSTICE TOWN HALL The ACLU of Idaho is working to address shortcomings in Idaho’s criminal justice system and wants to hear from commu-

nity members. April 15, 6 pm. Human Rights Institute, 414 1/2 Mullan Ave., CdA (208-344-9750) CULTIVATE SPOKANE SALON SERIES Informal monthly meeting series for those active in Spokane’s arts, culture and creative industries to meet, share, learn and connect. This month’s guest speaker is local filmmaker Adam Boyd, discussing “Strengthening the Arts Community Through Artistic Collaboration.” April 15, 6-7:30 pm. Free. Luxe Coffeehouse, 1017 W. First. (509-6245514) 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) HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GROUNDBREAKING Groundbreaking ceremony for the Clark family’s new home, hosted by Habitat for Humanity. April 15, 9 am. Free. 414 E. “I” Street, Deer Park. (534-2552) TWEEN CLUB Monthly activities for kids in grades 4-6. Held on the third Tuesday of each month. Upcoming dates: April 15, May 20. Third Tues. of every month. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) CONNECT WITH YOUR ELECT Community/business networking event with Spokane City Council members Amber Waldref, Jon Snyder and Candace Mumm. April 16, 7:45-9:30 am. Free/members; $20/nonmebers. GSI, 801 W. Riverside Ave. (321-3630)


MOULIN ROUGE Screening of the stage musical performed by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. April 10 at 7 pm, April 12 at 1 pm and April 14 at 7 pm. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383) THE DUST BOWL: A DOCUMENTARY Screening of the Ken Burns documentary, narrated by Timothy Egan, as part of SCLD’s “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit on the Great Depression. April 16 and 17 from 6:30-9 pm at the North Spokane and Spokane Valley branches. Free. GROWING CITIES Screening as part of the Moscow Food Co-op’s “Food For Thought” film series. April 16, 7 pm. $4-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-8828537) PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL “Out of the Shadows” examines life in Palestine through film, including screenings of “al Helm/Martin Luther King in Palestine” on April 16; “Miral” on April 23 and “One Family in Gaza and Children of Ibdaa,” April 30. Locations on campus vary. $10 suggested donation; students free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. scc. (838-7870)


CHEESE TASTING CLASS Taste eight cheeses and learn the basics to help you pick from any cheese selection, as well as how to store cheese, its history and more. April 10, 7 pm. $20. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon. (324-2424)

OSKAR BLUES TASTING & TRIVIA NIGHT Hosted tasting featuring the Lyons, Colo. brewery, the first in the US to brew and can its own beer. Also includes trivia night. April 10, 5 pm. Free. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208-457-9885) SOUTH PERRY FARMERS MARKET The market returns for spring, open from 3-6 pm on Thursdays through April 24. Includes more than a dozen local produce, meat and artisan vendors, live entertainment and more. South Perry Yoga, 915 S. Perry. (443-6241) SPRING VALLEY WINE DINNER Seven-course dinner served with six wines; one white and five red, from Walla Walla’s Spring Valley Vineyards. April 10, 6 pm. $85/person. Beverly’s, 115 S. Second. LANTERN TAP HOUSE 5TH ANNIVERSARY Events celebrating the bar/ restaurant’s 5th anniversary include pouring of the “Goaterhead” Triple IPA, a beer made collaboratively by Iron Goat and Ninkasi. April 11, 5 pm. Free admission. The Lantern, 1004 S. Perry St. (315-9531) LOCAL WINE SPOTLIGHT Tasting highlighting award-winning regional and locally-made wines. April 11, 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) MARGARITAVILLE GRILL Chef Laurie Faloon leads a class to make tacqueria-style carne asada tacos and homemade margaritas. April 11 and 12 from 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene. (533-8141) MIXOLOGY 101 Sample and create several original-recipe mocktails, cocktails and summer punches. Includes beverages, refreshments, tea and balsamic mixology starter kit and recipe booklet to take home. Reservations required. April 11, 5 pm. $15/person; $25/couple. Spice Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. (315-4036) VINO! WINE TASTING Fri, April 11 features Bridgepress Cellars, of Spokane, from 3-6:30 pm. Sat, April 12 features Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, from 2-4:30 pm. $10/tasting. Vino!, 222 S. Washington. (838-1229) 6TH ANNUAL CHOCOLATE TASTING Chocolate tasting with lunch or dinner, offered April 12 from 12-2:30 pm and 5:30-7:30 pm. Also April 13 from 12-2:30 pm. Sun.. through April 13. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St, Palouse. (8788425) KOREAN FOOD SALE Monthly fundraiser food sale offering BBQ beef, spicy pork, potstickers, kimchi fried rice, bibim-bap, gim-bap and more. April 12, 11 am-2 pm. $10/dish. Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church, 806 W. Knox. (720-9646) NEW BREWS & SEASONAL RELEASES Sampling of springtime seasonal releases from session IPAs and blondes to ambers, kolsh, Belgians and barleywines. April 12, 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) HUNTING FOR SPRING MUSHROOMS Tim Gerlitz, pres. of the N. Idaho Mycological Society, shares his knowledge and experience in hunting for wild mushrooms. April 14, 6 pm. Free. Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way. (208-772-5612)

Exploring the grit and ingenuity of everyday Americans during the 1930s… Spokane County Library District presents:

Exhibit opens


This special exhibition invites you to experience the triumph of life in the midst of historic difficulty. Along with the exhibit, the Library District presents a selection of programs to make the most of your resources today. Whatever your interest, we think you’ll find a little hope with your name on it. Curated by the Washington State Historical Society Sponsored by Humanities Washington

Visit to choose the student project you believe is most deserving of the $2,500 prize.

The hundred dollar project was developed by STCU, a local not-for-profit financial cooperative. Federally insured by NCUA.

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For my New Year’s resolution, I committed to not having sex for the first six months of the year and then another six months from whenever I start dating someone. I’ve never been good at waiting. In fact, the longest I have ever waited is a month and the shortest (and perhaps more typically) is a few hours. In early January, I met a guy, and I’ve been seeing him weekly, though I think I’m being friend-zoned. He is attracted to my polar opposite (short AMY ALKON blondes) and has shown no sexual interest in me. Yet, we continue meeting up, and he even buys me dinner and drinks from time to time. Am I wasting my time, or is this how long-lasting, meaningful relationships start — as friends first? —Reformed But Confused You could tell guys you require a lot of foreplay. Like from winter to the end of spring. The third-date rule for having sex isn’t set in stone, but most guys won’t go for the 30-date rule, which means good men you want may take themselves out of the running. You also shouldn’t strain your arm patting yourself on the back for sticking to your sexual famine edict thus far, considering that you’ve succeeded in not having sex with a guy who shows no interest in having sex with you. Chances are, this guy is just running low on the type he is into — short blondes — and realized he could treat you to meals or go alone and spend the evening making witty remarks to his dinner roll. There actually are good reasons not to have sex right away, even for those of us who don’t come from a culture where virgins get traded for a bolt of cloth and herd of goats. Research by anthropologist John Marshall Townsend suggests that even women with no interest in a relationship that lasts beyond sunup are often surprised to wake up finding themselves pining for more. This is possibly due to the effect of oxytocin, a hormone associated with emotional bonding that’s released in men and women through hugs, cuddling, kissing, and especially orgasm. In males, however, sexual activity boosts testosterone, which plays the part of riot cop, refusing to let oxytocin up to its receptor. There’s a dearth of studies on these hormones’ effect on post-sex bonding, but experience should tell you that men who have sex before they have any emotional attachment tend to make like the Roadrunner shortly afterward (though usually without the “meep-meep!” and the Acme anvil falling on your head). The answer isn’t putting an arbitrary time lock on your ladygarden. Instead, try something new — the grownup-wanting-a-relationship strategy: prioritizing longterm goals over short-term romps and assessing whether a man is right for you with the organ equipped with brain cells. You need to come up with standards for what you want in a partner and take time getting to know a man so you can see whether he meets the essential ones. You should also inventory all of his less-than-ideal qualities and see whether you can live with them. Do your homework figuring out who a man is and you’ll find that you just know when it’s the right time to have sex with him — even without anybody holding Senate hearings on whether to restore visitor access to your vagina.


The girl I’m dating is pretty, funny, and exciting to hang out with, but I noticed that she always poses for photos EXACTLY the same way: left side to the camera, hand on hip, head slightly dipped, smiling slightly. On her Facebook page are dozens of photos like this, same smile, same pose. It seems to be incredibly shallow to need to stage every photo the same way. Should I see this as a red flag? —The Boyfriend The reality is, inner beauty alone usually isn’t enough, which is why Estee Lauder got rich selling face cream and not books by Gandhi. Women, especially, are judged by their looks. Chances are, your girlfriend recognizes this, along with how indelible a photograph can be these days, in The Age of Uploading. The thing is, you can clean out your closet and burn shoeboxes of photos; it’s harder to clean the Internet’s closet of that shot that makes you look like you eat oats out of a bucket. In figuring out a photo face and sticking with it, your girlfriend has some company. (Google “people who make the same face in every picture.”) As for whether you have anything to worry about — from either shallowness or insecurity on her part — look at the big picture: whether she shows an active interest in you and your welfare or whether she’s too busy prepping a pose for the paparazzi waiting for her outside Pizza Hut. 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 KNIFE SKILLS CLASS Learn knife skills to cut meat, vegetables and herbs, as well as how to butcher a chicken to create Poulet a la Printaniere with Chef Curtis Smith. April 16, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) YETI FEST Featuring a vertical tasting of Great Divided Brewing Co.’s Yeti, Oak-aged Yeti, Espresso Oak-aged Yeti and Chocolate Yeti. April 17, 6-8 pm. Free admission. Manito Tap House, 3011 S. Grand Blvd.


NORTHWEST GUITAR FESTIVAL Featuring performances by James Reid, Michael Partington, Mak Grgic, David Feingold and Giacomo Fiore. Events at EWU, SFCC and Holy Names Music Center. April 11-13, event times vary. $7-$12. (533-3500) SPOKANE SONGWRITERS The third quarterly musicians’ showcase features Tommy Borges, Jerry Reynolds and Richard Allinger. April 11, 7-9 pm. Free, donations accepted. Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. Second. (363-0144) SWEET ADELINES REGIONAL CONVENTION The North by Northwest region of Sweet Adelines International features all women who sing 4-part, acappella barbershop harmonies, from Alaska, Idaho, Mont, Ore, and Wash. The competition and convention runs Fri, April 11 at 2 pm through Sun, April 12. $25-$30. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) RENDEZVOUS SHOWCASE: A NIGHT AT THE ARTS Concert featuring bands vying to be featuring at Moscow’s summer music fest, Rendezvous in the Park. Also includes Poetry Out Loud, live art by Christopher LaPaglia and more. April 12, 7 pm. $5-$10. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Classics Series No. 9: “The Beginning and The End” featuring guest soprano Amber Wagner. April 12 at 8 pm, April 13 at 3 pm. $15-$54. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) GEORGE WINSTON The accliamed pianist returns for a performance at the historic theater. April 13, 2 pm. $20. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls. (446-4108) SHAPE NOTE A-CAPPELLA GROUP The local singing group meets monthly on the second Sunday, from 1:30-4 pm. Good Samaritan Society, 17121 E. Eighth Ave. (924-9480)

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. Free. Cafe Bodega, 504 Oak St., Sandpoint. (208-263-5911) GEORGE WINSTON: A SOLO PIANO CONCERT Concert by the veteran pianist. April 16, 7:30 pm. $25. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd., CdA. kroccda. org(208-667-1865)


BACKPACKING BY BIKE Find out more about this increasingly popular method of backpack travel, including how to outfit your bike and plan trips. April 10, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) BLOOMSDAY TRAINING CLINICS Weekly training sessions progress in distance each week, ending with a full 7-mile run. Each session begins with an expert presentation. Water stations and first aid stations provided. Saturdays through April 26, at 8:30 am. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (747-3081) DERBY SKATE FIT Spring fitness classes based on roller derby skills and drills, no experience necessary. Classes are co-ed and skates/gear is available to rent. Offered Saturdays at 10 am, April 11-June 13. $8/class. Krunch! Skate Shop, 411 E. Sprague. (220-9103) DISHMAN HILLS BUTTERCUP HIKE The 48th annual hike is a long-held tradition, and is hosted by past DHC president Michael Hamilton, a retired geologist. Free, register online. April 12, 1 pm. Hike starts at Camp Caro, 625 Sargent Rd, Spokane Valley. RONDE VAN PALOUSE “Tour of the Palouse” is a 16-mile road race circuit around Spangle, Wash. The loop features 10 miles of pavement and 6 miles of graded gravel. April 12, 11 am. $35. Liberty High School, 6404 E. SpangleWaverly Rd. (270-8347) SPOKANE BIKE SWAP New and used bicycles and accessories for sale, local vendors and more. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Centennial Trail. April 12-13, 9 am-3 pm both days. $5, kids 12 and under free. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. (477-1766) SPOKANE SHOCK Arena football game vs. the Portland Thunder. April 12, 7 pm. $14-$47. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (242-7462) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS Ping-pong

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NORTHWEST IN BLOOM Featuring photos by Alison Meyers and John Ashley, paintings by Andy Sewell and batiks by Toni Spencer. Exhibit runs through April 30. Free. Gallery Northwest, 217 E. Sherman Ave. (208-667-5700) SPRING INTO ART Florals and spring gardens is the theme of the gallery’s April show, including work by renowned artist Terry Isaac, alongside many local artists. Through April 30. Free. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman-Mica. (747-0812) ARTIST TRUST HAPPY HOUR Artist Trust hosts a happy hour networking and informational event. Free to Artist Trust member; $8 non-members. April 11, 4-6 pm. Object Space, 1818 1/2 E. Sprague. COEUR D’ALENE ARTWALK Monthly art showcase throughout downtown galleries and businesses. Second Friday of the month from 5-8 pm. Free. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Sherman Ave. art- (208-292-1629) MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS EXHIBITION Featuring the work of 2014 MFA candidates. Reception April 11 at 6 pm, runs through May 10. Gallery open MonSat. In the Museum of Art/WSU on the Pullman campus. (335-6282) NEW WORK BY 13 ARTISTS Featuring new works by renowned local artists including Harold Balazs, Victoria Brace, Morse Clary, Terry Gieber, Mel McCuddin, Kyle Paliotto and others. April 11-May 5. Free. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. (208-765-6006) CELEBRATION OF LIGHT Featuring the work of local designer Heidi Kite. Opening reception April 12 from 1-3 pm, runs through May 10. Free. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse. (878-8425) FLIRTING WITH PASSION Open studio show and are sale at artist Wendy Zupan’s studio; also featuring work by Louise Kodis, Teresa Adams and Dakota Dubois. April 12, 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. Wendy Zupan Designs, 2704 S. Stone St. (953-9831) I AM AN ARTIST Professional development workshop for artists of all disciplines, focusing on work samples, artist statements, pursuing funding, online promoting/marketing and more. April 12-13, 9 am-4 pm both days. $50-$145. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. (509-328-4220) VAN GOGH & MERLOT Step-by-step painting class; guests enjoy a cheese plate and glass of wine during the class; materials provided. April 13, 5 pm. $45/ person. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (324-2424) GONZAGA SENIOR THESIS ART EXHIBTION Annual showcase of artwork by the university’s graduating seniors David Ernst, Rachel Palmer and Michelle Stocking; curated by Claire Meskers. Reception April 11 from 7-9 pm, runs through May 10. Free. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6613) RING OF FIRE Installation by the Seattle artist group SuttonBeresCuller. Opening reception April 14, runs through May 15, with a closing reception from 12-1:30 pm. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3746) CAROLYN DOE Oil painting exhibit featuring works inspired by nature, birds, trees and cityscapes. Opening reception April 11 from 5:30-7 pm; runs through May 7. Free. Moscow Food Coop, 121 E. 5th St. (208-882-8537)

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Hello Batman Thinking about you as I am nearly 24 hours/day. You should drive your batmobile into the batcave to visit this batgirl. The catwoman has her claws out and holding you tightly in her grip. Cats and Bats don’t mix you know. Sun is coming out now, time to play in the warmth. Will await forever. Your Batgirl. Amazing Care To the angel’s on the 7th. Floor in Tower 7 of Deaconess Hospital. I was admitted to the Hospital March 31st. and stayed until April 3rd. We were stranger’s when I arrived and friend’s when I left. It was a pleasure getting to know you all! Thank you for your kind care. The lady in room 701.

25 Division You were on the bus Sunday heading up Division from the plaza. Pale skin, bit of scruff on your face, red lips, wearing a black button up shirt but a bit buttoned down showing your chest hair looking so right. You also wore a beanie over your semi long slicked back hair. Biceps on point. Big blue bag. I sat directly across from you. Put a non-identifying email Next time, make it directly next to address in your message, like me. Also let me get yo numba. “” — not


Can You Help Me I saw you when I walked into the department store where you work in the Spokane Valley Mall. I asked for your help in finding a dress for a friend of mine who lives overseas. I felt kinda silly shopping for a dress, I mean afterall I am a dude, and the girl isn’t even my girlfriend, she’s just a friend who wanted me to pick it up for her but she is buying it. You willingly spent a considerable amount of time with me, talking me through flowy dresses and trying to explain chiffon. We sent my friend text messages with pictures of all the choices. I was suppose to be paying attention to the dresses, but I couldn’t help but see you. Beautiful, brunette, a great smile and such a sweet personality. I wanted to ask you out, but then your co-worker sent you on lunch and took over, she didn’t impress me as much. If you’d like to grab coffee sometime, it would be my pleasure to treat you. email me at and remind me which dress we decided on and which store it was. Sapporo Beautiful Asian lady in the line at Safeway on NW Blvd, you admired my beer, I was admiring you, not just your cake. Beer and cake sometime?

Cheers Simply Amazing DC Baby! We had the most amazing weekend together a few weeks ago. We were finally able to share laughs, smiles and so much more! You deserve much better in life and I can give it to you and Ryker. You know what I’m talking about. I feel we have a

“” Wallet Locator A big thank you to the adorable door guy at Revolver last Friday night. Thank you so much for finding and keeping my wallet safe! You’re adorable and I hope good karma comes your way! Good Samaritan’s Cheers to the two fellows that jumped into action to save the little girl from being killed by that pit bull today. After watching the newsclip, I was sad that there were no words of gratitude for your selflessness. I, for one, am grateful that there are individuals such as yourselves in our community. Thank you and God bless you both. My China Cafe’ Family Cheers to my amazing work family and loyal customers for almost 20 years! My parents are the most hard working, sincere people I know and I’m thankful to be working beside them. You guys always go above and beyond to help us and give us the best. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have supported our business over the years. You’re not only our regular customers but friends as well. You are what keeps us going and why we do what we do. And last but not least, thank you to our employees for all their hard work. We make a great team. Looking forward to even better years ahead of us! -G A Belated Thank You My sincerest thanks to the young couple with the baby, who gave me cash at the Valley Winco. This must have been back in January. I was freaking out

Life Savers To the three strangers that came to my rescue, standing outside of my soon to be open bar, bleeding, and screaming for help. Words aren’t enough to thank you for all you did. You came to the aid of a complete stranger, and didn’t hesitate to call 911, call my husband, and bandage me. You stayed there and kept me calm until firefighters arrived. I wanted to let you know that I am recovering comfortably at home after a short stay in the hospital. I had surgery to repair severed tendons, but I’ll be fine in a few weeks. Without your help, it could’ve been a different story. So thank you again, and I hope you will come by when we get Underground 15 open, so I can thank you in person, and buy you a drink. And not to be forgotten...thank you Spokane Firefighters, and AMR for getting there so quickly. You guys do a great job, and helped a very frightened woman feel like everything was going to be ok. To the young man that escorted my daughter and I out of Yokes on North Foothills Drive. You tall, with a blue shirt. You mentioned that the snack I bought was very good. We left the store at 9PM (on 4/2nd). You saw that there were two men outside the doors. Thank you for walking out with us to make sure we were safe until we got in our car. Dot I find myself falling more in love with you with each passing day, I have yet to find the words to express such strong emotions but I’ll be damned if that will stop me from trying. I am in love with the way your heart beat sings me to sleep every night, the way your arms wrap around me and pull me closer to you like a sweeping wave of safety and hope. I pray for you every night as I drift off to a dream land that could never compare to the bliss I feel when I awake with you next to me. I dream only of a simple life with you by my side, that is all I want, what more could I ask for? I love you my darling, you are my soul mate now and always. Dottie Moo Happy Anniversary To my High School Sweatheart. Thank you for

Jeers Safe and Not Sorry I was already driving 10 over on a back road when you started following me at quite a close proximity. You should know, I’m a great driver, but an awful person when I drive. That’s why I slowed down to 5 over, hoping you would back off a little. Upon seeing your mannerisms in my rear view mirror and realizing you were adamant about tailgating me, I slowed down to the speed limit because should anything cause me to need to stop suddenly and have you plow into my back end, slower is safer. As we pulled around to the stop light, I was going straight and you got into the turn lane. You honked and flipped me off. I was just following the rules of the road... I’d like to apologize for making you angry, but I’d have to feel guilty for maintaining my safety to do that. Maybe you should learn to read those white signs along the road with the numbers on them? Might save you some money at a later date... Putting On Their Own Show Bruce Cockburn Thursday April 3rd at The Bing-WONDEFUL! decades of Instrumental skill and thoughtful lyrics! B.C. Never seemed to be “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll” but the ‘ladies” screaming after every song maybe didn’t know... maybe they thought it was their show not his One-Man Show!! When “asked to stopped” they screamed louder! At the end of show they ran out as fast as they could, mother (OMG) and not so grown daughter-- no wonder- wasn’t just this old lady’s ears that got pierced! Bing-Ticket money sure wasted. Spokane County Robbers Jeers to the Spokane County Waste Transfer Station bureaucracy This is highway robbery! It totally screws us countryside folk that have to take their own trash to the

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dump because the county does not provide the services. We don’t bring the big loads in, just what we have to to keep our homes sanitary. So, when you government employee dregs get your massive pay raises after you already make $15+ per hour plus luxury perks on the taxpayers, know that it is on the backs of us with fixed incomes! Shame on you! Grrrrrrr

dangerous game of chicken with so many Spokane drivers who don’t understand basic, right-of-way rules. When driving on a narrow street, like 25th Avenue, and another car is approaching from the opposite direction, here’s the basic rule of thumb: if there’s a car parked at the curb on your right, forcing you to pull to the left and pass the car before pulling back to the right, if you can’t do that safely and force the oncoming driver to slow down or stop, then you don’t have the right of way. How obvious is this? Don’t insist that you do and try to muscle past the obstacle before the oncoming car reaches you. It’s unbelievable how many stupid drivers insist that they’re right and accelerate. It’s just like driving on a country road or highway: If you’re trying to pass a car ahead of you, with oncoming traffic approaching from the other direction, if you can’t do it safely then don’t even try. Get it?

pond when it’s hot. My mom says it makes me stinky, but I think it smells yummy, and there’s this funky green stuff that gets stuck on me sometimes, it makes me a weird color, but then she makes me have a bath! Maybe I will see you at the park one day and you will see how happy I am to be with my mom during the day. Sincerely, Mugs

Inconsiderate & Lazy People It’s ridiculous just how lazy some people have become these days. Would it seriously hurt you to park in a non-handicap parking space if you are capable of walking and don’t have any health restrictions that require such? I fully understand that some people who do not require a walking aide (aka: cane, crutches, walker) may need to park closer due to legitimate health reasons. However, it has become ridiculous the number of people who use a handicap parking space that have no health problem other than being inconsiderate and lazy. I myself require crutches to walk at all times for the past five plus years. There are times that I pass on using a handicap parking space if I notice someone that could benefit from using the handicap parking space more than me, such as the elderly who struggle with walking or someone using a wheelchair or scooter. All to often I witness people using handicap parking spaces that have no issues with getting in or out of their vehicle, and walk or run into and out of the store. Seriously people, if you have no business using a handicap parking space then don’t. Chances are you are taking a handicap parking space from someone who legitimately needs the parking space. To those who are guilty of this, quit being inconsiderate and lazy. Re: Boo Idaho If you don’t like our state or the way we do things, just stay the heck out Failure To Yield I am so tired of playing this ridiculous and

Get A Clue My mom takes me to work with her a couple of days during the week. She works long days sometimes, so I don’t get to see her at home very much those days. I sleep in the car, on my big soft cushy cave bed she made from her blankies (and it has a heated pad, too, so I stay really snuggly warm if it’s chilly at all!). I have a big bowl of food and a dish of fresh water and all of my stuffed animals and my chew toys. She wakes me up from my nap to go potty. Then in the middle of the day, we go to the park and I get to run around and play with my mom and visit with the people at the park, and sometimes some of them give me cookies! They don’t even know me - can you believe it! I only get the cookies if my mom says it’s okay though. Then after we play, she drives back to her work, and I snuggle down in my bed for another nap. I like being able to see my mom through out the day, it’s sure better than being stuck at home all by myself. Of course, during the summer time I stay home where I play in the


Customer Service My husband, who is 84 years old and a veteran, has patronized a donut shop since the first week it opened for business. With the exceptions of not being in town, my husband has been there everyday at opening time. He walks, regardless of the weather. When he was still working that’s where his day began. This donut shop was a big part of his life and was truly the heart of the neighbhorhood. Two of our daughters worked there, in fact. About 4 years ago the business changed hands, my husband knew there’d be changes, price increases, menu changes, but he cheerfully continued to go every morning and enjoy his coffee, donut and newspaper. I’ve done some quick math. With the very conservative estimate of $2.00 average per day spent in this establishment over forty-five years, I have come up with a very rough estimate that my husband has spent well over $25,000 in this business. One Saturday morning, several weeks ago there was an unusally long line of customers at the counter when my husband went to pay his bill. He says he probably would have had as much as a 25 minute wait. He didn’t have exact change so he told the cashier he’d catch up with them the next business day. He was told, curtly, to get in line and wait his turn. As it happened, he really didn’t have 25 minutes to wait so he again said he’d pay next time and headed out the door. He was chased down by the new owner who gave him what can only be described as a lecture. Old habits die hard, as we all know and the change to my husband’s morning activities has been a difficult adjustment. We should all remember that when the new owners bought the business they weren’t just buying a deep fryer and a name. They were buying the goodwill generated by over 40 years of courtesy and good customer service. They have a legacy to keep alive, I’m afraid they’ve failed miserably.

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River Watching

Time to check fishing gear for another season.


Flies, nets and flow reports: Spring’s warming ritual BY JACOB JONES


ith a warming of the season comes the renewed call of the water. Down from the mountains, spring runoff comes charging through the Inland Northwest. Surging and churning, the cold current rolls by, high and swift and muddied. Water swells its banks, flooding over the low rock beds and tangled brush along area rivers. This time of year, I find myself gazing down at the Spokane River with the fascination of a hydrologist. Mentally, I notch the waterline along its steep banks, waiting impatiently. As I pass other rivers, I glance over bridge railings in search of shallow currents. As regional families ready for spring camping trips or lakeside picnics, I hunt for fishable water. The heartiest anglers can fish year-round, braving the rain and ice and cold through the winter months. I stick to the warmer seasons, which means every spring

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I get an itch to hit the water just as heavy runoff makes many rivers dangerous or unreachable. So instead I commence to watch and prepare. First, I inventory my modest collection of fly lures, counting out the blue-winged olives, bead-headed prince nymphs and elk-hair caddis flies. Each delicately hand-tied, now resting in neat rows in my fly box. How many frayed with age? How many lost last year to snagged tree branches? Then, I will assemble and disassemble my rod, checking the joints, lines and reel. Going through my fishing vest, I will ensure that all my small tools and supplies remain in proper place. Fishing licenses must be renewed, as well as a new Discovery Pass for accessing state-owned river bank. For a final stop, I swing by the nearest fly shop to restock and check the latest flow reports.

Standing around the front counter, locals take pride in the challenges of fishing the Spokane River, with its rapid currents and ever-shifting conditions. Many readily offer up their candid advice, successful fly patterns and encouragement. It’s a spring ritual like any other — based on anticipation of another year’s renewal. Life returns again to the hills we call home. The world turns green. Each day grows longer than the last. Soon, I will make my way down to the water. Rod in hand, I will step out to the gleaming river’s edge and attempt that first shaky cast of the season. And I know cast by cast, it will slowly, almost imperceptibly, turn to a warm, rhythmic tranquility all but forgotten over the long winter. In the meantime, I’ll be watching the water. n

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