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xactly a year ago, the Riverfront Park Master Plan Advisory Committee met for the first time. I’ve had the privilege to lead that group, and I’m happy to report that we have concluded our work and are ready to share it. Careful readers know that I’ve been a bit disappointed by the state of our beloved park. “Fixing up this old park could be the most important thing we could do to keep Spokane on the upswing,” I wrote in 2008, “yet we simply don’t.” So I was a little surprised to be asked by Mayor David Condon and Park Board President Randy Cameron to lead this effort. Turns out, a lot of us were feeling that a renovation is long overdue. Twenty of us served on the committee, from all corners of our community, and we started by establishing our guiding values — among them to create a balance of uses, to make the park safer and to add more “Wow!” Then we looked for inspiration: We love what we see right here in the Pacific Northwest at Seattle Center and Portland’s Pioneer Square. Of course we were inspired by our own Expo ’74 and King Cole. One crucial thing Cole did was create a vision that everyone could get behind. We knew that would not be easy with a committee made up of so many different people, but I believe we succeeded. We are delivering a plan to make Riverfront Park a place where people will love to spend time — a piece of common ground that can take its place among the very best public spaces in the world. Riverfront Park is hallowed ground to all of us, and we had some very heartfelt, honest discussions, underlining the concerns you, the citizens, will have, too. How do we best preserve our green spaces? How do we create a more active, dynamic park? Along the way, we tried to be respectful stewards of this community treasure. So tonight we’ll present our top five recommendations for the park. But that’s not all; we’re also detailing additional recommendations, we’re advocating some policy changes and we’re outlining how to make the whole package sustainable. Now it’s your turn to take a look at our work and join us in this exciting project.  There are two public hearings on the Citizens Advisory Committee’s report: tonight, April 17, at 6 pm at Spokane City Hall, in the Council’s Chambers, and on April 24, again at 6 pm in Council’s Chambers. You can also review and comment upon all the work of the committee at Call: 363-5425. JEN SORENSON CARTOON

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face peers up from a field, larger than most of the nearby homes, making direct eye contact with anyone who cares to look down from above. The art piece, #NotABugSplat, was rolled out in northwestern Pakistan last week as a memorial to the young girl depicted, who was killed in a drone strike. She is telling one story about the U.S. military and the role of militarism in her world. The stories of militarism are not happy ones. Veterans returning from combat without the tools to heal lash out in violence. The government does little

to undo the damage, and PTSD and sexual violence in the military continue unabated. Our cultural myths tell us that war is a fact of life and a part of human nature. Even if that myth were true, it would be dishonest to pretend that we aren’t heavily tipping the scales in war’s favor, sowing chaos and suffering along the way. This year in Washington state, the average taxpayer spent $3,227 to support the U.S. military. That’s 27 cents of each dollar, a larger proportion than any other type of federal spending. Three thousand dollars may not sound like much, but adding up each taxpayer around the nation, small businesses and the corporations who pay federal taxes, the grand total comes to $682 billion.

That’s more than the next 10 nations spend on their militaries combined, and it overwhelmingly comes from average people who may not even realize what it is that they’re funding. One pro-military argument is that we’re simply following the Constitution’s mandate to “provide for the common defense,” but 900 bases in 120 different countries is not defense; it’s an empire. The past few years are the first in which U.S. military spending, as a share of total global military spending, has dropped. While the U.S. military itself may be drawing out of many of the countries it’s embroiled in, our corporations are not. Our policies have paved the way for a handful of powerful corporations to trample throughout the globe with few consequences for their actions. The U.S. military and its private allies have stood guard during this process, knowingly or not, for decades to make this destruction possible. Meanwhile, the corporations that profit in the trillions from this activity, like ExxonMobil and Honeywell, pay no significant federal tax themselves. Their subsidies generally cover their rates, and when they have a mishap, like the Exxon Valdez spill, taxpayers like you end up covering the cost because their litigation fees qualify as business-related deductions. In our system, control of the budget is granted to candidates selected and promoted by the very elite discussed above. We can’t “vote with our dollars” on this one, because federal taxes are sucked up to the top with or without your consent. It’s been a long process of education, struggle and disappointment, but every year more Americans get together to figure out how we can move forward into a demilitarized world. April 14, just before Tax Day, was also the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (, so this week, ask yourself: What would I do with hundreds of billions of dollars? n


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CHELSEA MALONE: Yahoo! Good. He does not deserve to go to jail. Good job jury! SUSAN PATTERSON JOSIFEK: Being found “not guilty” of manslaughter, does not, in any way, suggest that Mr. Gerlach did not cause someone to die. It simply means he was not found guilty of manslaughter as the law defines “manslaughter.” He will live the rest of his life knowing that he caused a person to die. Let he and his maker deal with it from here. JOSH STERN: I am pretty surprised! A win for people tired of getting their shit stolen! CAROL VOOGD: And a dangerous precedent for those who are quick to use guns when not needed. It was a car, not a kidnapping. LUCAS MCINTYRE: Was his SUV really worth a human life?

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he scene was surreal. On a Tuesday morning in March inside the House of Charity homeless shelter, a man screamed at the top of his lungs. House of Charity staff tried in vain to calm him down. He thought he was being shot at. “You’re trying to kill me!” he hollered. An employee at House of Charity called a mental health crisis line for help. But seconds turned into minutes and tensions were rising. The place was packed. A fistfight erupted that had mild-mannered Ed McCarron, the shelter’s director, rolling on the floor to break the combatants up. “You’re going to shoot me!” So the shelter employee dialed 911. “It’s just like that here every day,” says House of Charity case manager Heather Schleigh with a shrug in her cramped office. “It’s life or death. They’re either immediately suicidal or we’re worried for somebody’s safety.” At House of Charity, mental health crises are commonplace. Nationwide, homeless individuals disproportionately experience severe and persistent mental illness — at least four times the rate of the general population, according to the National Alliance

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warm clothes, a place to stay or a hot meal. Their goal is to build relationships and gently ease the homeless into mental health treatment if they need it. “A lot of people don’t have that insight that the challenges they are trying to overcome every day are related to a treatable mental disorder,” she says.

Since January, Frontier has experienced a 20 percent increase in patients seeking services. Frontier CEO Jeff Thomas points to a “pent-up demand.” But staffing levels at Frontier haven’t kept up with its capacity needs. Case managers at House of Charity are frustrated with long delays after placing calls on Frontier’s First Call for Help

crisis line. Hours will pass, they say, before a mental health professional shows up to de-escalate the situation. This year, the legislature approved additional investments in Washington’s mental health care system, including $3 million for county Regional Support Networks, Frontier’s primary source of funding. When that money is doled out to service providers, Thomas hopes to beef up his clinical staff. “I don’t think people sometimes understand the volume that we’re working with through crisis response,” says Jan Dobbs, Frontier’s chief operating officer. “We’re probably triaging easily 700, 800 calls a month that are requests for assistance.” Frontier has been instrumental in the recovery of Hector Ortiz, a House of Charity patron. Last December, Ortiz, 29, “snapped.” He was anxious and angry all the time, threatening other men at the homeless shelter, goading them into fights. This wasn’t like him, he says, but the stresses of being homeless for the first time in his life were wearing him down. “I’m here in a place where I have to keep watching my back, watching my surroundings, being careful about who I talk to, what I say, where I go,” he says. “So slowly but surely, it just, you know, was steaming inside me and I blew up. Next thing you know I started being a smart-ass and behaving in a negative way.” After speaking with a case manager at House of Charity, Ortiz agreed to receive help and signed up for state Medicaid. In January, when his benefits kicked in, he got treatment and medication at a Frontier rehabilitation center. He has a biweekly appointment with his counselor, and a stable regimen of antianxiety, anti-depressant and sleeping pills. Now Ortiz is enrolled in House of Charity’s vocational program, hoping to get a job he’ll enjoy in Spokane. He says that thanks to Frontier he’s “on the right path.” “I’m just getting my mind right,” he says. 




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The Big News of the Past Week



Spokane resident Gail Gerlach, whose bullet killed car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham as he fled in Gerlach’s SUV in March 2013, was acquitted of manslaughter last Thursday. Gerlach claimed he thought that Kaluza-Graham was pointing a gun at him when he shot him.


A fire at North Spokane’s Brick Haven apartment complex on Saturday displaced 55 residents. The Red Cross responded by opening a temporary shelter for the families at Spokane Friends Church.


Coldwater Creek, a women’s clothing retailer headquartered in Sandpoint, filed for bankruptcy after failing to turn a profit since 2007. It plans to close more than 370 stores.


White supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, shot and killed three people at a Jewish community center and a retirement complex in Kansas. He served as a witness against North Idaho Aryan Nations head Richard Butler back in 1988.


Jose Villa pastes a photo of local artist Isamu Jordan during the Sunday installation of “Maddness,” a local art exhibit addressing the stigma of mental illness. It will be on display indefinitely at Boots Bakery & Lounge in downtown Spokane. Part of the international “Inside Out” project, the “Maddness” exhibit was in part inspired by the death of Jordan, who committed suicide last year.





Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s oft-attacked Health and Human Services Secretary, announced her resignation last Thursday. Despite a disastrous website launch and multiple delays, the government’s new health-care exchanges exceeded their targeted number of signups this month.

Percent pay raise approved for Spokane City Council members, the first since 2008. A salary review commission approved the plan last Thursday, which brings Council President Ben Stuckart’s annual salary to $57,200 and the rest of the council to $31,200.



What’s Creating Buzz Proposed hourly minimum wage in Seattle; if the proposal receives enough signatures, it would then go before city voters for approval.

ZOMBIES: A new zombie TV show is going to be filmed in Spokane and it needs extras. More online. MUSIC: With just a week left in the Indiegogo campaign to renovate in the now-closed Big Dipper, the city has stepped in to help the project.


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McDonald’s in the Middle Washington’s Senate Majority Leader plans to retire; plus, prosecutors find police were justified in shooting DEVELOPMENT ON HOLD

After weeks of controversy over a new drive-through-only McDonald’s taking shape in the Logan neighborhood, the Spokane City Council voted Monday to impose a “pause” on similar projects in the area for the next six months. The TEMPORARY MORATORIUM will prevent the city from issuing permits to any drive-through facilities or buildings that do not extend all the way to the edge of the street along Hamilton Street from Trent Avenue/Spokane Falls Boulevard to North Foothills Drive. Introduced by Councilwoman Amber Waldref, the move was a response to neighborhood outcry that the new vehicle-focused McDonald’s runs counter to the dense development and pedestrian emphasis neighborhood leaders have advocated and planned for. While the action doesn’t affect the already underway McDonald’s project and Waldref says there are currently no projects “in the pipeline,” it’s meant to prevent similar developments while the city finalizes new zoning rules for that area. The neighborhood and city planning department have been working on “form-based zoning” codes, which will outline specific requirements for new projects in that area — things like building height, architecture

“I have always said that health and family are the most important values — and beyond campaign slogans — I really do try to live by those values,” Tom says in a statement. “It has been an incredible honor to serve in the legislature and to serve the people of the 48th district over the past 12 years. Working with the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) and serving as the Majority Leader, has been historic for Washington and an opportunity of a lifetime for me personally.” — DEANNA PAN


and on-street parking, meant to make the neighborhood feel more urban and pedestrian-focused. Because it was a “special consideration,” there was no public notice that the council would be voting on the ban Monday, which prompted concern from Councilman Steve Salvatori, who cast the lone “no” vote. The city is required to hold a public hearing on the moratorium within 60 days. — HEIDI GROOVER


After more than a decade in Olympia, Washington Senate Majority Leader RODNEY TOM announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in the fall. The Democrat from Medina, who cited personal and his family-health reasons for his retirement, was a controversial leader of the legislature’s upper chamber. Before the 2013 legislative session, Tom, who began his political career as a Republican before switching parties for his 2006 senate bid, joined forces with the Republican caucus, allowing them to take control of the floor. Tom said his 85-year-old father was hit by a car in a grocery store parking lot last week and will require his help in addition to several months of physical therapy.

Nearly 11 months after the first shooting took place, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced last week it had found two fatal 2013 OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS by Spokane Police Department officers “justified” after reviewing the investigation records. The Spokane City Council also recently drafted a letter requesting speedier reviews of such high-profile cases, which often take several months to complete. Chief criminal deputy prosecutor Jack Driscoll cleared seven SPD officers of criminal charges in both the shooting of 21-year-old Justin Cairns on May 16 in Nine Miles Falls and the shooting of 40-year-old Danny Jones on Aug. 22 outside the Salvation Army. Driscoll determined Cairns, who police say had just killed a man in a separate dispute, presented a threat when he reached for a cellphone in his waistband. Jones posed a “threat of serious physical harm” when he used his truck to ram patrol vehicles. The most recent officerinvolved shooting found unjustified was an off-duty shooting by SPD Officer James Olsen in 2006. City council members plan to vote next week on the letter to the Prosecutor’s Office calling for more timely review of such cases. In the letter, officials ask Prosecutor Steven Tucker to dedicate more personnel or resources to future reviews. — JACOB JONES

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Gail Gerlach briefly addresses reporters following his acquittal on manslaughter charges last week.

‘No Winners Here’


Inside the Gerlach acquittal and how Washington’s self-defense law leaves some questions open to interpretation BY JACOB JONES


itting in the dark wooden box of the witness stand, Gail Gerlach levels an invisible pistol out across the crowded courtroom. He raises his right arm out straight, bracing it with his left hand, sighting down the sleeve of his charcoal sports coat as he continues his testimony. “It’s like a car wreck,” he explains. “There’s a lot of detail in a very short period of time.” As his stolen SUV pulled away on March 25, 2013, Gerlach chased after it, waving and shouting, he says, when the driver turned back and pointed something at him. Fearing he had seen a gun, Gerlach pulled his own 9mm Springfield XD pistol from a holster on his hip. Gerlach, 57, says it took him one stride to draw the gun from beneath his shirt. With a second step, he cocks back the slide. Slamming to a stop, he raises the weapon and fires a single shot through the back window of the fleeing SUV. “As the gun comes up … I know that the driver, who’s the threat to me, is sitting in the driver’s seat,” he says. “As soon as I have that gun aligned with the driver’s seat — I fired.” He snaps his fingers: “Boom.” His bullet smashed out the SUV’s rear window, drilled through the driver’s seat headrest and struck 25-year-old Brendon Kaluza-Graham

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in the back of the skull — killing him. The bluesky spring morning shattered, forever scarring two families, and splitting the Spokane community over how and when a citizen may lawfully take another’s life. A jury of 13 women (including two alternates) and one man listen dutifully on April 9, all eyes turned on Gerlach as he recounts the shooting. It no longer matters that Kaluza-Graham was never armed. Washington self-defense law hinges on how the “slayer” perceives any potential threat. Gerlach’s fate depends on his story, and how these particular jurors hear it. Do they see themselves in his shoes? Do they believe he feared for his life? Did he do what he had to do? “If I could have avoided such a thing,” Gerlach tells them, “I would have avoided it.”


n the age of Trayvon Martin and “Stand Your Ground” laws, self-defense has come to mean many things. It’s the last resort of an honest man, a convenient excuse for violent vigilantism, or likely something in between. Attorneys spent nearly two days selecting the Gerlach jury, culling dozens of potential jurors through hours of questioning. They asked jurors about justice and victimization. They asked about gun rights

and the NRA. And repeatedly, they asked about frustrations regarding local property crime rates and how far one may go in self-defense. More than many cases, the Gerlach charges leave room for jury interpretation. One juror may feel deadly force is only justifiable under the narrowest of circumstances while another, fed up with local crime, may believe any car thief deserves to be shot — regardless of the law. As jurors prepared to deliberate last week on the manslaughter charges against Gerlach, Superior Court Judge Annette Plese urges them to separate personal feelings from the facts of the case and the letter of the law. “You must not let your emotions overwhelm your rational thought process,” she warns. Legal analysts and armchair attorneys suspected the case would always come down to how the jury interpreted Gerlach’s testimony. Did he really feel the fear he described or had he embellished his perception of the threat to excuse his anger and strengthen his legal cover? “This is a case where it’s all about jury selection,” says ABC legal expert Dan Abrams in a recent segment. “It’s going to be really hard to have found 12 jurors who are willing to put aside the fact that [Gerlach’s] car was stolen and just look at this sort of in a vacuum, which makes this a much tougher case for prosecutors.” Dave Workman, a former member of the NRA Board of Directors and self-defense instructor now writing about Northwest gun issues, tells the Inlander the case not only divided Spokane residents, but many regional gun owners. Following news reports and online discussions, Workman found people both celebrating and condemning the shooting. “There’s a lot of support for what he did … and not a lot of sympathy for [Kaluza-Graham],” Workman says. “[But] the gun community was never of a single mind on this case. … This is the kind of thing we all hope we never have to face.” The jury took just four hours to return a unanimous verdict last Thursday. They found Gerlach not guilty on all counts. In a special verdict, they decided 10-2 the shooting was “justified,” allowing his attorneys to seek reimbursement from the state for close to $300,000 in legal costs.

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hile both Washington and Idaho do not have explicit “Stand Your Ground” statutes, case law has established nearly identical standards for the use of deadly force. Jury instructions for both states include the right to “stand one’s ground” without any “duty to retreat” from a perceived threat of imminent danger. Laws give the surviving slayer significant leeway in defining what he or she considered to be a threat at the time. In the acquittal of George Zimmerman last summer in the Martin shooting, jurors later indicated that Florida state law left them little choice. Meanwhile, a juror in the Gerlach case says the group collectively agreed not to speak with the media regarding its decision. Its reasons remain unknown. Friends and family of both Gerlach and Kaluza-Graham pack the pews of the courtroom last Thursday as the verdict comes down. The presiding juror, the only man on the jury, hands up its decision and Judge Plese announces the final “not guilty” verdict. Gerlach’s attorneys pat him on the shoulders triumphantly. A sharp inhale sounds from the row representing Kaluza-Graham’s family as supporters on both sides break into tears. Gerlach turns to embrace his wife and accept a barrage of congratulatory handshakes. Stepping out of the courtroom into the glow of TV cameras, he reads a short statement. “This was a tragedy,” he says. “As Christians, we believe in redemption. The greatest tragedy is that Mr. Brendon KaluzaGraham will not have a chance to turn his life around. We give our condolences.” The family of Kaluza-Graham ducks past, red-eyed and weary. Turning to the cameras, defense attorney David Stevens acknowledges the heavy toll the case has taken on both the families and the community. “This has been a terrible thing,” he says, “for not only [the Gerlachs], but for Kaluza-Graham’s family as well. There are no winners here.” 

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The Outliers The region’s small cities prepare for legal marijuana BY HEIDI GROOVER


n some parts of Washington, banning marijuana has been an easy argument. Take Yakima, for example, where nearly 60 percent of voters in the county opposed Initiative 502. When the city council there passed a ban on newly legal marijuana businesses, lawmakers argued they were simply following the will of the voters. But here on Washington’s eastern edge, where election results were more mixed, doing what the voters want has been less clear. In Spokane County, 52 percent of voters supported the initiative, but that number was as high as 70 percent in some parts of the city and as low as 40 percent in parts of Liberty Lake. Now, even as the liquor board has finalized its rules, issued licenses to marijuana growers and begun the lottery process to select retail locations, some local lawmakers are creating a patchwork of new rules, while others are standing on the sidelines. In small cities with fewer staff and police and budgets a fraction of the size of those in cities like Spokane, the coming industry has overwhelmed some with its ambiguity. “The city felt it prudent given the size of our city — we’re less than one square mile — to say, ‘Wait a minute.

Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos says the city is trying to craft “common sense” marijuana regulation. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO Let’s see where this is going before we do something stupid,’” says Tom Metzger, the attorney for both the county of Pend Oreille and the city of Newport, Wash., where lawmakers have adopted a one-year moratorium and a plan to monitor how the law’s rollout goes in other cities before deciding what to do. In January, the Washington state attorney general issued an opinion saying cities could legally ban marijuana. While the opinion doesn’t carry the weight of a court ruling, it’s been treated by some cities as a green light to block the new market either temporarily or for good. In Liberty Lake, where the exit into town is one of the first after leaving Idaho (where marijuana is still illegal, medicinally and recreationally), lawmakers are nervous. In January, the town’s city council passed a six-month moratorium. Councilman Dan Dunne — who sits on the community development and public safety


committees, which both have dealt with the issue — says he was concerned that if hopeful pot entrepreneurs applied for city business licenses before the state finalized its process for licensing stores, the city would be required to issue those licenses even if the business was later determined illegal by the state. “This is not an action of values as much as procedure,” Dunne says. “As soon as the procedure is resolved, we will advance.” It’s true the climate around marijuana legalization is full of unanswered questions and unfinished work. The state legislature did not pass medical marijuana reform in this past session, a step some argued should have happened before recreational marijuana arrived. The drug remains federally illegal, making banks hesitant to work with businesses even in states that have legalized. Cities large and small are unsure just how expensive the impact


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For the Record…

County Commissioner Al French wants answers from the Spokane City Council, and he’s using public record law to get them BY DANIEL WALTERS


ublic record requests are often used by investigative journalists to uncover wasteful spending or activists to catch politicians breaking campaign law. But last week, County Commissioner Al French sent the City of Spokane a sprawling public records request — with 36 different bullet points — for another reason: to get four Spokane city council members to cite their sources. The four council members — Candace Mumm, Amber Waldref, Jon Snyder and Council President Ben Stuckart — passed a city ordinance that they saw as closing a gaping loophole in the state’s growth management law. As is, developers “vested” in a newly expanded Urban Growth Area can proceed with projects — even if the urban expansion is later found to be invalid. The city ordinance would have denied certain utility services in such areas until an expansion’s legal challenges had been cleared up. But in the end, Mayor David Condon vetoed it. That hasn’t stopped French from objecting to statements made by the council members. “The justification for taking the action that the city

The request asks for responses before April 30, in anticipation of a May 12 forum. French argues that many of the council statements radically mischaracterize the nature of the county’s growth expansion, the cost to the city and the impact to city utility ratepayers. It begins with some relatively basic requests — asking for studies and policies related to the city’s utility services. But other points seem rhetorical: One bullet point asks for a list of Spokane neighborhoods willing to have areas “demolished to … to achieve the City’s desired density.” Another wants proof the vesting process can be considered a loophole at all. “Mr. [Jon] Snyder in Send comments to his closing comments on March 17, 2014 stated, ‘We are simply trying to close a loophole,’” the request says. “Please provide copies of any legal authority or any court ruling or statute upon which the concept of ‘vesting’ is defined as a loophole.” Several bullet points target Snyder personally: “Please provide a copy of the Oath of Office wherein Mr. Snyder swore to uphold the laws of the State of Washington,” the request says after pointing out current vesting laws are state law. Stuckart sees the commissioner as posturing. “It seems personal. The questions were very snarky,” he says. “A very interesting way to start a cooperative dialogue.” But French reiterates that it’s just about the facts. “If there’s actually documentation to support it, then what’s the issue?” French says. “If there’s not factual documentation, why did you say there was?” n


County Commissioner Al French: “You need a good foundation of facts and not a bunch of rumor. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO wanted to take, was, in my opinion, driven more by politics and not by facts,” French says. Instead of a press release or press conference, he says, this records request forces the council to stick to the evidence. “You need a good foundation of facts and not a bunch of rumor and accusations and innuendo.”

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GREEN Polluted air. Trash-filled oceans. Deforestation. Weird metals in our smartphones. We know, we know — the environment is important and humans are still doing a lot more to hurt than help. So why is it so hard to change our ways? Inlander staffers turned their lives into “green” experiments to try to answer that question and see what difference small changes can make. ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRIS BOVEY

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Why we often fall short in our efforts to live more sustainably, and why there’s hope BY LISA WAANANEN


re you an environmentalist?” I was at Boots Bakery talking with some of the organizers of Spokane’s Earth Day, and the question threw me off. I don’t usually own up to any “ist” labels other than journalist, and besides: I care about the Earth, but I’m not very good at it. Sure, I cringe when someone puts a can in the garbage instead of the recycling, but I rarely bring reusable bags to the grocery store. I don’t turn off my computer at night. I usually stop reading about climate change when it gets too depressing. That’s not uncommon. A survey by advertising and marketing giant Ogilvy & Mather found that about 18 percent of people are “Green Rejectors” who don’t care about environmental effects and another 16 percent are “Super Greens” who follow through with pro-environment behaviors. The rest — 66 percent — have “good green intentions” but don’t want to change their lifestyles. This shows up in polls, too. Gallup’s latest poll shows that more than 65 percent of Americans worry about the quality of the environment a great deal or a fair amount, but in a separate poll asking about a range of national problems, climate change comes in near the bottom, far below the economy, Social Security and the possibility of future terrorist attacks. This is what’s sometimes called the “Green Gap” — we care about the environment, we just don’t do much to reflect that. What it means to be “green” encompasses so many different (and sometimes conflicting) values and actions that we often don’t know where to begin. Even when we do, it’s well-established that people make choices in irrational ways, and decisions that affect the environment are no exception. A few examples:  A study in Arizona hotels showed that guests were more likely to reuse their towels if told — along with an environmental message — that most other guests in the hotel had reused their towels. The effect was even stronger when guests were told what percentage of previous guests in their exact room had reused their towels.  A new study of grocery bills at a California supermarket showed that shoppers who brought their own reusable bags were more likely to buy “virtuous” items like organic produce — and were also more likely to “treat themselves” with items like ice cream, cookies and chips.  Multiple studies have shown that the weather outside on any given day affects how much people believe in global warming. They’re also more likely to believe in global warming if there’s a dead-looking plant nearby, and less likely if there’s a leafy plant. “All this research is confirming that outside temperature has an effect on our belief in global warming,” says Jeff Joireman, a Washington State University professor who researches consumer choices and authored one of the global warming studies. People have a tendency to discount big, distant problems, he says. We’re easily influenced by our immediate environ-

ment, as well as social factors. We try to do what everyone else is doing or what everyone expects of us: If you think other people think you should recycle, you’re more likely to do it. But habits are hard to break. And the biggest opportunities for change can pass us by if we’re not paying attention: how close we live to work, how big our homes are, what type of vehicles and appliances we use every day. “A lot of times it’s these big decisions that have an impact — these one-time decisions that lock you into a consumption pattern,” Joireman says. In Pullman, Joireman typically drives to work. But he lives close enough to campus that he can walk, and recently he’s been walking because construction on campus is making parking scarce. He acknowledges that he’d probably drive right up to the door of his building if that convenience were an option — but since it’s not, his habits are changing. “The trick is to try to design the environment in a way to encourage the behavior we want,” he says. That’s what Spokane-based Ecova does on a national scale for multi-site companies managing locations all over the country, like chain stores. Ecova, which was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency this year with a Sustained Excellence Award, started out managing utility bills for these complex companies, and soon realized all that data about energy use could help their clients figure out how to use less. Changes that seem small — energy-efficient appliances, turning off lights at night, keeping doors closed when the AC is on — can add up quickly as savings that offset the initial investment. The primary motivation for most companies is efficiency and saving money, says Ecova’s product management director Alison Liaboe, but many also care about public perception. Given the choice, customers overwhelmingly want to do business with companies that value sustainability. “We vote every day with our dollars,” Liaboe says. “We’re not just bystanders in our economy.” Sharing a similar message of empowerment, the volunteers organizing Spokane’s Earth Day (see p. 32) were happy to say that sure, I’m an environmentalist, even if my habits aren’t perfect. At this year’s celebration at Riverfront Park, people will be able to learn about serious environmental threats at booths — oil trains, climate change, the Midnite uranium mine — but shouldn’t leave feeling helpless. “We want to educate and inform people of all ages,” Earth Day volunteer Mike Beasley says, “but do it in a way that they embrace it, appreciate it and are motivated by it.” “Not depressed,” his wife April Beasley adds with a laugh. Research shows that identity — whether we think of ourselves as environmentalists, recyclers, outdoors people or part of a socially conscious community — is one of most powerful factors in the decisions we end up making. “I think what really cultivates change more than fear or anger about an injustice is a love for something,” says Sherri Urann, another Earth Day volunteer. “We’re trying to plan an event that opens up a space for people to just love what we have, and be grateful for it, and then out of that have the action arise.” n

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 11 am - 2 pm John A. Finch Arboretum Spokane County residents who complete the activities may take home a free compost bin. Limit one per household. Bins provided by the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System and the Washington State Department of Ecology. Please arrive no later than 1:30 pm and bring proof of residency.

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A SPOKANE LOCAVORE’S DILEMMA Or, how I almost ate a dozen eggs in one day BY DEANNA PAN


My breaking point came last Tuesday at 8 pm in the form of three gnarled purple potatoes, the size and shape of mottled baby fists, and two raw, globular beets as red and calloused as a scab. I was hungry. I was groggy. And I was reeling with indigestion. I tore open my fridge and yanked a tub of Greek yogurt from the second shelf. It was all over from there. Now don’t get me wrong. I like potatoes. (Who doesn’t?) And truthfully, I love beets. Roasted with rosemary or steamed with goat cheese — when beets are on the menu, I rarely pass them up. They’re my favorite vegetable — subtly sweet, moist and earthy, rich in potassium, fiber and folate. I’ll even eat canned beets with impunity. When it comes to beets, as controversial and maligned as they are, I am firmly in the pro-beet camp. Beets are the best! But beets are inconvenient. That’s why I usually buy mine pre-steamed and vacuum-sealed from Trader Joe’s. And last Tuesday evening, I was in no mood to spend 15 minutes peeling them, five minutes chopping them and another 40 minutes waiting for them to roast in the oven while I scrubbed beet juice from my cuticles. My challenge for this week’s issue: Eat only

local foods for one day, which at the outset of my experiment, I arbitrarily defined as anything produced or sourced within 100 miles or so. For shopping advice, I called Craig Goodwin, the pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, who in 2008, along with his family, ate only local foods for a whole year. (He chronicled his experiment in the book Year of Plenty.) To make it work, Goodwin’s family relied heavily on local farmers markets during the summer and fall. In the winter months, he got vegetables, left over from the growing seasons, from farmers in Green Bluff. Meanwhile, he and his family learned to live without fast food, seafood, and sugar: The closest sugar beet factory, Goodwin learned, was in Boise. Honey, thankfully, is produced in abundance in the region. The Goodwins made at least one compromise that year: allowing themselves to buy rock salt so they could make their own ice cream from local milk. “There’s got to be some room for flexibility,” Goodwin says. “We do the best we can.” Now, he says his family isn’t nearly as strict as they were in 2008, though they still take advantage of farmers markets and raise their own chickens for eggs.

“A strict 100-mile diet would be awfully difficult to sustain over the long haul, primarily because of convenience, time — those are the things that tend to drive our consumption patterns,” he says. “My fear is people would go into it as an all-or-nothing, and if you’re too puritanical about it, I don’t think it’s sustainable.” As it turned out, I couldn’t have picked a less convenient time than mid-April to engage in local-only eating habits. Farmers markets don’t open until May or June, and winter vegetable stocks are thinning out. When I walked into the Main Market Co-op, I initially was overwhelmed: tomatoes from Mexico, pears from Argentina, almost everything else from California. Thanks to a couple of helpful employees, I quickly identified a few items from the produce section and bulk bins aisles that met my criteria. Those particular beets came from Ronnigers Farm in North Idaho (114 miles), and my purple potatoes were from Deer Park (25 miles). I also purchased some carrots from Latah (39 miles), raw lentils from the Palouse (70 miles) and a dozen free-range eggs for $3.85 from a family farm in Spangle (18 miles). While I eat a lot of fish — usually twice a day — I don’t eat meat; if I did, I would have had more options, like local beef, chicken, goat and lamb. Main Market’s fresh seafood, on the other hand, was sourced from Alaska. I prepped two of my main meals and a couple of snacks for the following day. After I got home from the gym on Tuesday morning, I had a ramekin of cooked, spiced lentils and split peas waiting for me in the refrigerator. I dug a small hollow in the center and cracked an egg inside before popping it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. For lunch, I concocted a salad of shredded carrots and purple and green cabbage, which I topped with yellow lentils and boiled egg whites. For snacks at work, I brought some chopped carrots and, yes, two more boiled eggs. Here’s the thing about lentils: They’re delicious and stickto-your-ribs satisfying, but if you don’t soak them for a couple of hours before cooking them, you’re in for a world of hurt. I learned this the hard way. Lentils are also high in tryptophan, an amino acid that makes you sleepy. I had planned to make a beet-and-potato hash with my leftover eggs, but when I got home from work, I was exhausted (and I couldn’t have any coffee all day). I slumped over on the couch next to my dog and woke up two hours later. It all seemed so unjust: Here I was — doing something good for the environment and our local food system — and I felt like crap. And was I even making a difference? The next day, I asked Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, an associate professor of soil science at Washington State University, about the benefits of eating locally. Economically, she said, you can make a strong argument in favor of choosing local foods: When you buy from local farmers and stores, more of your dollars stay in your community. But environmentally? Making that case is a bit more complicated. Reducing the distance your food travels means fewer greenhouse gas emissions and a smaller carbon footprint. But there are other factors to consider beyond transportation in your food’s life cycle, like water use, energy consumption and dozens of other cultivation and harvesting techniques that impact our earth and climate. “Because we ship, for instance, massive truckloads of food from California,” she says. “Pound for pound, that’s actually energetically efficient, to move goods from California to your grocery store. Whereas it’s inefficient, pound for pound, to move a few boxes of food from an individual small farmer using an inefficient 1960s small pickup truck from the local market to your home. You’re not necessarily saving much, if anything.” There’s an environmental trade-off, just as there are trade-offs in cost, convenience and personal preference when you choose local food. So I took Craig Goodwin’s advice that night and did my best: I made a trade-off. I promised myself I’d make the best damn beet-and-purple-potato hash with $4 eggs this weekend, as long as I could have my probiotic yogurt tonight. 

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WASTE NOT, WANT . . . A LOT The time I went a weekend without producing any garbage BY LAURA JOHNSON


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The first morning of my weekend dedicated to producing zero waste, I awoke with a question on my mind: “Can I compost floss?” I smiled at the thought, though — I may finally have found a valid excuse not to floss. So I Googled it. According to, floss is not biodegradable because of the wax coating, making it unworthy of the compost bin. However, I could spend money on silk floss and biodegradable flossers if I wanted. The rules were simple: For three nights and two days I wouldn’t throw anything away. This meant finding a home for each waste item by recycling, reusing or composting. If this way of life seems difficult, it’s because initially it is. Yet more households across America are turning to a garbage-free/reduced lifestyle to save energy and money. Before the grand experiment I spoke with Juliet Sinisterra of Spokane’s Sun People Dry Goods, which is reopening in May. She says her family recycles about 90 percent of all waste. While not generating any garbage is the goal, she says that’s often unattainable, and that starting small is key — like knowing exactly what can go in those blue recycle bins. “It is ridiculous how many people don’t recycle,” Sinisterra says. “It’s so easy now with the blue bins right at your own home. It doesn’t take that much longer to divide your trash.” Throughout the weekend, little things would trip me up. While digging a reusable bag out from under my bed before grocery shopping, I found a fuzzy hairball attached. Grossed out, I immediately went to the garbage to dispose of it — only to realize my situation. At Huckleberry’s, I tried to use as few plastic bags for my produce as possible. Everything I placed in my reusable bag went in with extreme caution. I was paralyzed by the thought that whatever I bought for my relatively safe jambalaya recipe would have to be thrown away. To be sure, I learned a lot,

including that there are such things as compostable toothbrush sticks and other hygiene products. Finding a spot for my compost at a community garden at a local church in my neighborhood was a real highlight and something I will continue. I always believed I was an excellent recycler, but after this weekend I realized just how often I toss items into the garbage without thinking. For those who are curious, I didn’t use floss for an entire weekend. I hope my dentist is reading this now.


Get rid of the liners in your garbage can. The Friday I started my waste-free plan, I ditched the trash liner in the can so I would have to seriously stop and think before dumping. Most “wet” items can be composted anyway. Find a local garden to take your compost. Especially when you live in an ancient apartment building without a garbage disposal as I do, it’s tempting to just toss all food scraps in the trash. There are worm compost bins created for your living room, but I’m still not sure how I feel about worms in my living room. As a great alternative, I found a community garden at a local church in my neighborhood that takes compost. This means my compost scraps go into the soil that helps grow neighbors’ gardens that will in turn feed people. Now that is awesome. Order draft and fountain beverages while eating out, and request no straw. Make less waste for a restaurants by not ordering drinks out of cans or bottles. Straws get thrown in the garbage, and you can do without. Bring your own tea to work. Making your own tea or coffee (bags and grounds are compostable) at home can significantly save you money and eliminate what you throw away. Pack your lunch in reusable containers rather than plastic baggies. n


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THE GREENEST BABY ON THE BLOCK What to do when your household adds another footprint BY MIKE BOOKEY


In the first days of parenthood, you don’t think about your newborn’s environmental impact or how you’re going to keep the planet intact for his future. You’re mostly just trying to keep your brain from exploding upon realizing that you’ve been tasked with caring for a human being. It doesn’t take long for that to change, and I saw it happen within the past year. You think about the environment when you drop another diaper in the trash, or bump up the thermostat one more time, or run a load of puke-drenched laundry, or put a few days of dirty bottles through the dishwasher. You’re buying more stuff — baby stuff — most of it inexplicably packaged in several layers of cardboard, plastic, staples and other high-security wrapping. It’s easy to forget you’ve added another human to your household and that we humans leave a massive wake. This means more garbage, more energy usage (probably a higher power bill) and a larger overall impact on the environment coming out of your household. When you bring a child into your home, you’re no longer just thinking of your own


needs, you’re mostly thinking about your child’s needs and what’s comfortable and safe for them, notes Tom Lienhard, Avista’s chief efficiency engineer. Babies are often put near the floor — maybe in a rocker or on a blanket — and the parent gets down on the floor to check on them, then notices it’s colder down there. So up go temperatures in the house, Lienhard says. If you run warm, as I do and always have, those first few months of parenthood will be a sweaty time for you. Also sweaty will be the moments after opening your first utility bill as a parent, especially if your son has reflux and pukes with aplomb on both your clothes and his. What really gets you feeling environmentally guilty is the poop and the pee. Well, not the poop and the pee themselves, but how you catch it. There’s a lot of it, too. A 1998 study in the United Kingdom found that during the time a baby is in diapers (2.5 years on average) he or she will produce as much as 133 gallons of urine and 107 pounds of fecal mater. Gross. The first few weeks of parenting seemed to be a drowsy blur punctuated only by diaper

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DO SOMETHING PRESERVE YOUR PRODUCE Food safety and preservation specialist Anna Kestell leads a class on the basics of canning, freezing and drying fresh produce. Offered April 21-June 2 at Spokane County Library District branches; dates and locations vary. Visit for more info. COEUR D’ALENE EARTH DAY FAIR Family event offering tips and information on reducing your carbon footprint, getting involved in community sustainability efforts, and other activities and crafts including an Easter egg hunt, yoga, food and live music. Sat, April 19 from noon-3 pm. Free. CdA Public Library, 720 E. Front Ave. (208-6679093) COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council is hosting a community tree planting on a section of public land along Maple Street in North Spokane. April 19. Visit emersongarfield. org for details. SOUTH PERRY FARMERS MARKET The indoor market is open on Thursdays from 3-6 pm through April 24, hosting more than a dozen local produce, meat and artisan vendors, as well as live entertainment and other activities. (The summer market at the Shop returns starting Thursday, May 17, from 3-7 pm.) Inside the Buddhio, 915 S. Perry St. (720-8449) WILD EDIBLES WALK Food expert and author Sergei Boutenko leads a nature walk to search for edible, native weeds,

greens and herbs. Sat, April 19, at 10 am. Coeur d’Alene. $10, tickets available at Pilgrim’s Market in CdA. (208-676-9730) SANDPOINT EARTH DAY CELEBRATION The annual community celebration hosts Earth Day-related events from April 16-26, including speakers, natural area cleanups (City Beach, Sand Creek), workshops, a potluck and film screenings. sandpointannualearthday (208-2659565) DAMNATION PREMIERE Premiere of the award-winning film on the national movement to restore rivers and remove outdated dams, including several along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Hosted by Save Our Wild Salmon, Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited and EarthJustice. Q&A discussion with filmmakers and local stakeholders following film. Wed, April 23, at 6 pm. $10. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. (747-2030) EARTH DAY SPOKANE This year’s community celebration also recognizes the 40th anniversary of Expo ’74 and includes live music, food, vendors, farmers market and activities including the “Procession of the Species March,” a local tradition. More details online. Sat, April 26, from 10 am-5 pm. Free. Riverfront Park. SPOKANE RIVER GORGE CLEANUP Kendall Yards hosts a trail cleanup along the Spokane River gorge in recognition of Earth Day, from Maple Street to Summit Boulevard, and

the planting of 10 ponderosa pines on the hillside below the Centennial Trail. Sat, April 26 from 8:30-10:30 am. The Nest at Kendall Yards, 1335 W. Summit Pkwy. kendallyards MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE & GARDEN FAIR Annual sale hosted by the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County, offering a variety of plants for sale with a special focus on native plants, as well as info booths, gardening clinics and more. April 26, from 9 am-2 pm. Free admission. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana. H2O BREAKFAST Tom Weisner, mayor of Aurora, Ill., shares his perspectives on cleaning up the polluted waterfront of Aurora’s downtown riverfront core, including implementing infrastructure for stormwater runoff and other measures. Mayor David Condon also talks about the Spokane Integrated Clean Water Plan. Tues, May 6 from 8-10:30 am. $15/person, registration required. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. TURNBULL COMMUNITY WORK PARTY Community work party hosted by the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and the Spokane Audubon Society to restore native riparian habitat and plant native saplings. Potluck lunch provided at noon. Sat, May 10 from 9 am-noon, pre-registration requested. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Rd., Cheney. (235-4723)

SPRING SALE LOVE YOUR LAKE Community celebration of Medical Lake, with fish and wildlife, fly fishing and bird watching presentations, a nature walk and community hotdog lunch. Sat, May 10, from noon-4 pm. Free. Waterfront Park, Medical Lake. GARDEN EXPO 2014 The Inland Empire Gardeners club hosts its annual expo, with more than 250 vendors including plant sellers and crafters, along with seminars, demos, live music, food and more. Sat, May 10, from 9 am-5 pm. Free admission and parking. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. BIKE TO WORK WEEK 2014 The annual community event promotes awareness of the cycling community and encourages residents to bike instead of drive when they can. Events include commuter challenges, lunch hour bike rides, the Ride of Silence and other activities. May 12-16. SCIENCE ON TAP Monthly talks held on the second Tuesday, hosted by the University of Idaho, provide opportunities for the public to ask questions and learn in a casual, informal setting. May’s talk is by Dr. Jim Elkins, titled “Water-wise Households: Save Money, Use Less Water and Keep Your Local Stream or Lake Clean.” Tue, May 13, at 5:30 pm. Free. Fort Ground Grill, 705 W. River Ave., CdA. (208-699-0421) THE ROOTS PURSUIT A team cycling event with 12

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Behind the Signs

Faythe Levine and why the hand-painted sign still matters BY CARRIE SCOZZARO

Scenes from the documentary Sign Painters, which looks into an art form and trade that’s been nearly lost to time.


alk is cheap, words even cheaper. At least to the folks in mainstream America, who may never have noticed the shift from traditional, hand-painted signage to computer-generated vinyl or screenprint. In our busy day-to-day, inundated with words and images of all shapes and sizes — on vehicles, billboards, storefronts, placards — what did it matter that cost efficiency replaced artistry when it came to America’s sign painters? It mattered to Faythe Levine, a Milwaukee-based artist, photographer, curator, and filmmaker who, along with Chicago-based filmmaker Sam Macon, produced first a book, Sign Painters, and then a documentary by the same name. For the 80-minute film, she and Macon interviewed more than 50 painters ranging in age from 24 to 89, says Levine. “Most of the folks we met were from following leads, after starting with interviewing a handful of people I grew up with that inspired me to make the film in the first place. From that point we just started to gather lists of ...continued on next page

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“BEHIND THE SIGNS,” CONTINUED... names, and it was a very journalistic approach to researching the industry,” says Levine, who appears at a pair of lectures in the region next week. In an October 2013 interview, Chicago-based filmmaker Macon described what he saw in the differences between old-school sign painters — the industry is mostly based on apprenticeship — and the new guard. “The game has changed. There are fewer and fewer venues to really learn the trade, the unions are less prevalent, and the work is often harder to come by, thanks to chain sign stores and cheap alternatives,” he told Regardless, notes Macon, “Much of the younger crowd truly respects the old-timers, while a lot of the older painters seem to be really energized by the up-and-comers.” “It seems as if sign painting has made somewhat of a comeback, along with a lot of other traditional techniques and processes,” says Levine. “Folks in general seem to have an interest in where [and] how things have come from or who made them.” This is the second film for Levine, who will discuss her work as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, with a lecture at both SFCC and EWU, as well as a screening of Sign Painters at the Museum of Arts and Culture. She described the upside of documentary filmmaking: “Working with friends, collaborating to create a documentation of something I feel is important, and being able to create a platform for larger discussion is an ideal situation as an artist.” Levine’s first film, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design, featuring 50 designers from 15 cities nationwide, initially attracted the MAC’s Ryan Hardesty to Levine’s work. “I had become interested in Faythe’s chronicling of the rise of a ‘maker’ society through the do-it-yourself ethos,” he says. “While her film Sign Painters illustrates a lost art form in the face

of a changing (and now overwhelmingly digital) industry, there is perhaps a growing segment of our population desiring the authentically handmade.” Prior to producing films — or, perhaps more accurately, interspersed among her filmmaking — Levine’s experience ranged from running a gallery to designing and selling handmade goods to playing the musical saw for the band Wooden Robot. The one constant, says Levine, has been photography. “Noticing small details and compulsive documentation just lent to shooting the style that has now become apparent when I look back over 20 years of images,” she says. “Thank goodness for digital cameras, because now I can spend my money on producing films instead. There is just never a lack of things to shoot, plus I am always in motion, and when I first see a space it inspires me to no end.” Combined, Levine’s films, books, and artwork bridge realms traditionally (and sometimes separately) described as craft and art. “The art/ craft discussion seems like it will always be ongoing,” she says, adding that she intentionally engages only in some parts of the conversation. “My agenda as a filmmaker and artist is to draw attention to process, and to create dialogue surrounding how things get made and why that’s important,” says Levine. “I want people to pay attention, and my films are hopefully a Kickstarter to that mentality.”  Faythe Levine lecture • Wed, April 23, at 11:30 am • Spokane Falls Community College, sn-w’ey’-mn Building, Room 110 Sign Painters screening • Wed, April 23, at 6:30 pm • Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture • 2316 W. First Faythe Levine lecture • Thu, April 24, at noon • Eastern Washington University Art Auditorium • Free


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A mosaic by Patty Franklin is among the detail-heavy pieces on display at the Very Carefully show. ALEJANDRO PALLARES PHOTO


ll visual art requires focus and vision, but some artistic media relies on laser-precise brushstrokes or the selection of just the right colored tile for a mosaic. At Watch Alejandro Pallares’ the City of Spokane’s video preview of the Chase Gallery through July 3, you can see the show at work of four artists who toil in the details of their work, often spending countless hours working on what we might consider the


little things. “Very Carefully” includes the still-life paintings of Portland artist Sarah Fagan, wood sculptures by local Hank Chiappetta; mosaics from Woodinville, Wash., artist Patty Franklin, and Rik Nelson of Liberty lake, who is best known for his fish sculptures made from used bottle caps. — MIKE BOOKEY Very Carefully • On display through July 3 • Chase Gallery • 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • art/chase-gallery

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CULTURE | BOOKS After writing a story about a grisly 1934 lynching, he was contacted by a literary agent, asking if he had book ideas. He did. One of them was about Emma Gatewood, a 67-yearold woman who hiked the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail… three times. We got on the phone with Montgomery last week to talk about old ladies and reporting on the past, and generally nerd out on journalism.

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Made For Walking

Did you find you related to something about her in some way? She embodied this spirit of adventure and independence that I’ve always been jealous of. I’m an adventurous person, but I’ve got three kids, and I’ve got a mortgage, and I’ve got a car payment, and I’ve got a wife, and I’ve got a 9-to-5 job. And I’m stuck in the Middle America inertia, and so what she did — stepping out, blowing past everything that was expected of her, and striking out in the wilderness to test herself against the Earth, is incredibly compelling.

In 1955, an old lady went on a 2,000-mile walk; Ben Montgomery wrote a book trying to figure out why BY LEAH SOTTILE


t was the wrinkly old lady with the denim rucksack that got him. Florida journalist Ben Montgomery always knew he’d write a book someday, and was just waiting for the right story to come along and take a seat

INLANDER: What was it about Grandma Gatewood’s story that made you know it was a book more than any other story you’ve told before? MONTGOMERY: I didn’t really. … My mother used to tell me stories about Grandma Gatewood — she was my mom’s great aunt. I remembered hearing fascinating stories as a boy, and it always existed as a possibility in my mind, but I didn’t realize nobody had yet done a biography of her.

next to him. The Tampa Bay Times reporter and long-form journalist (admired by many a writer here at the Inlander) has long been praised for his enterprising stories and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting in 2010.

I always like to ask other narrative journalists what sort of themes they might be exploring in their work. Is independence a theme you are attracted to? It is — and people trying to get away from pain. She





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nature.” What I come to find in the book is … I think in a bigger way she was finally doing something that she wanted to do without the baggage of oppression. And so in that way it’s a story of triumph. I remember reading your story about the lynching of Claude Neal, and being so baffled at how you could tell a story from the past, where all of your sources were likely not alive. You do that again here, in some ways. It’s all about the reporting. This was just like the lynching story in that it was a big, long stack of facts without having the ability to interview someone who is already gone. You’re left with trying to understand the circumstances of their life, and that involves reporting, reporting, reporting.

was a victim for 30 years. And stuck in this spot where she was regularly abused, beaten within an inch of her life a number of times by her oppressive, hard-fisted husband. And she lived in a town that kept secrets. Everybody knew who he was and what he was doing to her, and everyone chose to mind their own business. That’s appealing to me. … She was asked a million times by reporters, “Why?” And she told them all something different: “I did it on a lark. I did it because I loved


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So which is more satisfying for you: the writing or the reporting? Oh, man. The reporting. The writing can go f--- itself. I really, really, really like reporting, and writing for me is very painful. … I almost wish I had a job where I could go find all this stuff and do all the interviews and turn this over to someone else who could put it all together. The writing is such a chore. But I’m told it’s pretty decent. So I’m happy with that. 

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Working the Dirt Students at Whitworth hope to grow the campus food themselves BY JO MILLER


t’s Aaron Sommerville’s lunch break, but he has a shovel in hand, a wheelbarrow beside him as he readies to haul heaps of woodchips across a steep slope on the west side of the Whitworth University campus. The woodchips — and other organic materials like leaves, grass clippings and buried logs — are being used to turn a once-sandy hillside into rich soil poised to capture plenty of rainwater. The goal: create an on-campus food forest. Sommerville and three other Whitworth Facilities Services workers interested in permaculture came up with the idea. Since last fall, they’ve been using their lunch breaks and early mornings to restore the soil on

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the land that the school let them use. “This is our experiment in agriculture,” Sommerville says. “This [land] wouldn’t have been used for anything.” Food forests, unlike gardens, are meant to be self-sustaining, mirroring what happens in a woodland ecosystem. Movements have sprung up in the past several years to create food forests on a citywide level. In Seattle, work began in 2009 on the 7-acre Beacon Food Forest, and the Spokane permaculture community is currently working toward starting public food forests in our city. The fruit trees, berries, vegetables and seasonings Sommerville says they plan to plant on the terrace at

Whitworth won’t be irrigated, but the idea is to prepare the land, bring in saplings and seeds and let it grow. “We’re trying to rebuild the soil, and in turn it will grow whatever we want,” he says. The food forest is for the students, says Sommerville. Once produce starts growing (which won’t be for several years) students can come, pick and eat what they want. “The facilities team here is very motivated to do sustainable things,” says Chris Grochowski, a senior and president of Kipos, Whitworth’s community garden club, which is collaborating with Sommerville on developing the food forest. Last week, Facilities also began implementing their

compost tea project. They intend to replace the chemical fertilizer used on campus with organic fertilizer made from compost. Compost tea works just as it sounds. A giant tea bag filled with compost soaks in a vat of water. The nutrients and microorganisms seep into the water and Facilities will then spray it on the campus lawns as well as Kipos’ garden plots. This will be the garden club’s third season growing organic produce. For two years, Kipos has grown raspberries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and other vegetables at their backyard plot behind the school’s Marriage and Family Therapy Wellness Center. That garden has been turned into a community plot this year, with 12 beds being rented to students and faculty to cultivate themselves. The club has another garden behind a nearby theme house, which serves as their group-learning plot, says Grochowski. At this spot, students work together to tend the garden. Some of the produce gets donated to organizations like Second Harvest, some is sold at a low cost to off-campus students, some gets used for the club’s events like their harvest festival and Earth Day celebration, and some will be used in the cafeteria by Sodexo, the school’s food provider. “Directly, the garden is teaching people that they can be a part of their food process, that they can get involved in thinking about what they’re eating, where their food is coming from,” Grochowski says. “They can learn some sustainable gardening techniques, very practical things like that.”

Chris Grochowski with a hydroponic system at Whitworth’s Hixson Union Building. The club began in 2011 after a talk Michelle Youngblom gave on community gardens in her international relations class. She spoke to some friends about it and they decided, “Why don’t we have one here?” says Youngblom, a senior and Kipos vice president. “Our kind-of motto ended up being ‘Start small, dream big,’ she says. “And so we had a ton of big pipe dreams that we never really thought would happen so fast.” Some of those dreams included community garden plots, a food forest, and their newest project, a hydroponics system. Tucked in a sunny corner of Whitworth’s cafeteria, a studentdesigned and student-built apparatus of PVC pipes, 90 mesh plant cups and a water pump will soon grow herbs, and possibly vegetables like tomatoes and spinach, for Sodexo to use in campus meals. Youngblom says she sees the club’s projects as not only a way to promote sustainability, but also social justice, and to spark discussions about inner city food and urban gardening. For Sommerville, it’s about leaving a meaningful mark. “If we don’t experiment or step out, how can we expect other people to?” he says. “It’s easy to have ideas, but if there’s no action to your ideas, you don’t even believe it yourself.” n

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i Casa is tucked into a corner of downtown, right by the STA Plaza in a spot once occupied by the Greek restaurant Niko’s. In a word, this is “traditional” Mexican food. The walls are pleasantly bright yellow, and if you’re lucky you might experience Latino-styled dubstep, part of the tunes pumping through the speakers, and something I’d never heard before. Luis Perez owns the restaurant, which opened two weeks ago. He’s planning a grand opening in a week or two, but wants everyone to know that the doors are open and the burners are ablaze. Perez, a 14-year Spokane resident, originally came to the area to help his brother open the Casa de

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enchiladas and the fried, stuffed jalapeños. Though nothing revolutionary, it’s aiming at authenticity. And it’s exceptionally filling for a good price. Perez also offers a full bar and talks about extending hours, so maybe Mi Casa will challenge the Satellite for late night munchies. Since it’s right next to the Volstead Act and the Plaza, what could be better then grabbing quality craft cocktails, followed up with authentic Mexican food and guilt-free transportation out of downtown?  Mi Casa • 14 N. Post • Open daily from 8 am-10 pm • 443-3420


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Wisconsinburger brings savory Midwest goodness to Spokane BY LISA WAANANEN


ere in the Northwest we tend to think we’ve got it way better than Midwesterners. We’ve got mountains, for one, and an ocean not far off. Less humidity, better coffee, smaller mosquitoes. But there are plenty of things the upper Midwest does better than anywhere else: roller coasters, indoor malls, state fairs and — not unrelated — cheese curds. Thanks to Wisconsinburger, which opened in a warmly lit retro-style space on the South Hill last week, Spokanites now have the opportunity to enjoy genuine, deep-fried cheese curds in all their Midwestern glory. The new restaurant from Jeff Nordvall and Laura Paisley, who previously owned what was once known as the Lantern Tavern, offers up a menu of hearty burgers and “fried goodies” that defy anyone who believes

fresh-and-local is a synonym for health food. “It’s not necessarily the least greasy food on the planet,” Nordvall says. “But we’re trying to do everything as fresh as possible.” Favorites so far include the Spooner ($9) — a burger topped with Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, a fried onion ring — and the Beloit Blue, made with blue cheese. The beef, from the Tri-Cities, is ground on-site daily. Even the hefty vegetarian burger, which contains beans and greenery, manages to taste both wholesome and indulgent. Beer drinkers will correctly intuit that this sort of meal is best with a pint, and Wisconsinburger offers eight beers on tap, including Miller High Life for the sake of authenticity. The family-friendly joint also boasts a refrigerator case stocked with so many types of craft beer, it could be mistaken for a neighborhood bottleshop. (A fact about Wisconsin: Kids can sit at the bar and drink as long as they’re with their parents.) Nordvall grew up in Milwaukee and went to college in Eau Claire — then, he says, got out as fast as he could: “And now I kind of miss it.” The truth is, Spokane’s got a lot of the Midwest in it, and expats from Green Bay and Minneapolis and Des Moines should stop by Wisconsinburger just to eavesdrop as servers explain the concept of cheese curds to the uninitiated. Customers have been spotted eating cheese curds with a fork — come on, Spokane, don’t be afraid to get your fingers greasy. n








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SANDWICHES BROOKLYN DELI & LOUNGE 122 S. Monroe | 835-4177 This cozy, East Coast-style joint is nestled between train tracks and a bedrock foundation, just below street level. By day the popular (extremely busy) deli serves giant pickles, fresh salads, and artisan soups and sandwiches. By night, the lounge offers a small selection of craft beers on tap, and a full yet simple bar. JOE’S PHILLY 102 Church St. | Sandpoint 208-263-1444 The aroma of grilling meat and onions might lure you from First Avenue to check out this side-street eatery. Burgers, egg sandwiches and, of course, cheesesteaks (beef and chicken both) served up hot and fast. Call ahead and they’ll have ‘em ready when you arrive. MONKEY BUSINESS CAFE 1913 W. Maxwell | 325-7792 The name of this West Central sandwich shop, opened in August 2011, refers to the hassle that owner Jocelyn Lill says she went through

with the city just to open it. Lill has designed a simple but sweet menu, consisting of hearty sandwiches and salads. Each sandwich is wellbalanced — like the BLTT ($6.60), with bacon, lettuce, tomato, turkey and cream cheese, and the option to add avocado, provolone or cranberries. As an added touch, every meal comes with a Dum Dum lollipop.

ermann, who named Smacky’s after the pet monkey he owned when he was growing up in the Philippines. The shop has earned a passionate following for its array of deli sandwiches, French dips, panini, wraps, and a few Smack Attack sandwiches, including the massive Napoleon — and each sandwich always comes with pretzels and a pickle.

REFLECTIONS KAFFEE HAUS & EATERY 618 W. Riverside, Suite 200 456-2323 Reflections goes a step up with baguette and panini sandwiches, German specialties like bratwurst and schnitzel, entrée-sized salads like the taco and mango chicken, a full espresso bar and comfortably appointed seating. They even serve wine and beer. Try the Italian hero panini if you’re having some trouble making up your mind.

STELLA’S CAFE 917 W. Broadway | 326-6475 Stella’s offers vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike a variety of yummy lunch options. The tofu banh mi is the cafe’s most popular dish so far, consisting of soy and ginger marinated tofu topped with pickled daikon radish, pickled cucumber, pickled carrots, pickled red pepper, cilantro and Sriracha aioli. 

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Just when you think Johnny Depp can’t play a weirder role, he gives us Transcendence.

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Runner, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and 2001: A Space Odyssey. To them I say, pay attention to what’s going on in this intelligent, visually dazzling, and often creepy film about the wonders and dangers and uncertainties of science. Because of where the plot eventually turns, I’m fine with calling this a mad scientist movie. But despite the decisions made by Will Caster, decisions that just might be heading things toward the grimness at the beginning, there’s plenty of madness spinning around him among other characters. One of my favorite components of the script is the idea that it’s very difficult to figure out who’s right or wrong, who’s bad or good. Would a genius, once hooked up to the limitless possibilities and power of the are folks out there — let’s call them the anti-technology Internet — literally a human in a machine — work for the crowd — who want him and his work stopped before betterment or detriment of mankind? it’s “too late.” And like certain factions of the far right It’s also cool to have these sorts of philosophical dis(though specific political sides aren’t mentioned here), cussions sharing screen time with high-octane explosions. they’ll do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. Yes, Which brings me back to the words that includes killing. “visually dazzling.” This is a first shot at No, the Johnny Depp character isn’t TRANSCENDENCE directing for veteran cinematographer exactly taken out early on, like Janet Rated PG-13 Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, Inception), Leigh in Psycho, but he sure does go Directed by Wally Pfister through some changes. For clarity’s sake, Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and he’s a double winner here. The look Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman of the film, no surprise, is amazing, and let’s say his mind goes through some since a cinematographer works in such changes. He’s in bad physical shape, extight quarters with actors and directors, Pfister has made cellent mental shape, and his experiments in A.I. involve great use of his prior experience; he’s gotten some terrific the Internet. The only spoiler I’ll give up is that, with surperformances from his actors, and though the story gets reptitious help from his wife and his pal, that very special complicated, he’s figured out how to tell it well. mind becomes one with the Internet. The final couple minutes of the film are going to lead This is where, in some quarters, the movie makes a to discussions among viewers as to whether or not it’s an quantum leap up the interest ladder. In others, it draws upbeat or downbeat ending. I won’t let on as to which accusations of being derivative of other films. Nitpicking side I’m on, but you can be sure that it led to a few goodfellow critics have argued with me that Transcendence bornatured arguments.  rows too much from, among other films, RoboCop, Blade

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elcome to the Berkeley, Calif., of the not-toodistant future, where things aren’t going too well. No phones, no power and (gasp!) no Internet. Ah, well, another movie that starts with the ending, then flashes back — in this case, five years earlier — to how and why it all happened. Note to all screenwriters: Enough, already. Just tell me the story; save the ending for the end. Sorry. Had to get that out. Five years earlier, we meet brilliant scientist-researchers Will and Evelyn Caster (Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall), taking a break from work by listening to some tasty Jorma Kaukonen on the turntable (these are obviously old-school scientists). There’s also their best pal and co-scientist-researcher Max Waters (Paul Bettany) — not to worry, not even a hint of a clichéd love triangle can be found in this sometimes cerebral, sometimes action-packed science fiction thriller. Will Caster is the foremost authority on artificial intelligence, and he’s making incredible advances. But there

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This DisneyNature documentary is sure to make you say “aww” at least once. The latest documentary by Disney focuses on a group of Alaskan bears traveling across the terrain as the older bears teach their cubs important life lessons, like how to hunt, survive and care for others. Narrated by John C. Reilly, this one is sure to please both the young and old. (PS)


Charming, artistic mouse Celestine (voiced by Mackenzie Foy) is tired of everyone telling her she should grow up to be something sensible, like a dentist. Ernest the bear (voiced by Forest Whitaker), on the other hand, is just looking for his next meal and sees mice on the menu. Instead of eating Celeste, the two become unlikely companions, stirring up all kinds of trouble as their subsequent people — the sewer mice and the aboveground bear — try to tear the pair apart in this beautiful, animated classic. At Magic Lantern (ER) PG


Potentially one of the dumbest movies to come out all year, Haunted House 2 takes this spoof franchise to new heights of sheer stupidity. Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) moves into his dream home with his new girlfriend and her two children for a happily-ever-after. But when paranormal events once again begin to stir up trouble, Malcolm decides to fight fire with fire by making blood sacrifices and racist jokes. Oh joy. (ER) Rated R


This somber romantic comedy tells a tale of rekindling lost love. The charismatic Lindsay Duncan and the hilarious Jim

Broadbent star as an aging couple returning to Paris, the destination of their honeymoon, in one last desperate attempt to save their marriage. Past, present and future collide as they try to figure out what it all means for them. (PS)


Bollywood never fails to disappoint, even in the United States. In this Mumbai romance, the famously efficient lunch delivery system, Dabbawalas, makes a mistake and causes a grieving widower and a lonely and unhappy housewife to find each other. This causes the two to eventually develop a relationship when they send each other notes through their shared lunchbox. At Magic Lantern (PS)


Johnny Depp’s big glasses make him look smart in this science fiction thriller about the positives and negatives of technology. But this is intelligent sci-fi even without the glasses. Anti-tech terrorists do awful things to our hero, resulting in his mind being linked to the Internet. So, with that kind of power, will he help or harm mankind? (ES) Rated PG-13


In this strange drama, director Jonathan Glazer explores the curiosity of living in a new world all through the use of a creature that should not be there. A little bit bizarre, a little bit beautiful, Under the Skin follows an alien (Scarlett Johansson) in Scotland, while she’s on the prowl to seduce men. Like a Venus fly trap, she sucks them into a darkened vortex, using only her sexuality and a blank smile. Slowly, but surely though, the alien intruder is beginning to feel. (ER) Rated R




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

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. (MB) Rated R

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. 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








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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


Look for the sticker at The Inlander’s more than 1,000 locations throughout the Inland Northwest and pick up your weekly edition.

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 watching. 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. (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. (CB) Rated PG-13


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. (LJ) Rated R


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


No, you really didn’t have to see Raid: Redemption to make sense of this insanely


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. (MJ) Rated G


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 has been stripped of its brutality as well as, some will lament, its corny humor. (ES) Rated PG-13


This film will capture audiences and take them through the journey of Jesus, portrayed here by Diogo Morgado, who also played Jesus in the History Channel’s mini series The Bible. Using captivating cinematic techniques, Son of God tells the story of this religious figure from birth to ultimate resurrection. (MB) PG-13


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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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. 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





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BY MIKE BOOKEY here are reasons to love The Big Lebowski. And not just the fact that the Coen Brothers’ 1998 film is a prominent enough piece of the pop culture zeitgeist to warrant a cocktail-party-wide gasp if casual conversation reveals you don’t like the film. Or worse yet, haven’t seen it. And we’re going to celebrate those reasons at the Bing Crosby Theater for the next installment of the Suds and Cinema series. There will be beer and a costume contest and, hopefully, a spirited sing-along (actually, two sing-alongs) to Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me.” Mostly, though, it’s a chance to enjoy Lebowski outside of your living room and revel in a film that has a hell of a lot more going on in it than just some losers finding themselves caught up with the wrong people. You’ve got a movie about war — the country is flirting with it in the Middle East (“This aggression will not stand”) — while John Goodman’s Walter Sobchak is clearly still dealing with Vietnam. It’s a film about dichotomies: rich vs. poor, the powerful vs. the powerless, the old-timers vs. the counterculture, control vs. chaos. It’s also a movie that, for reasons perhaps only known to


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the Coens, is framed as a classic Western. You could write a master’s thesis on how it’s a recalibrated take on film noir. Mostly though, we love the film for its characters. The Dude is one of the most quotable men in the last half-century of cinema, but he’s hardly the only one to impact our culture. You’d be hard-pressed to find another minor film character who’s influenced as many Halloween costumes as The Jesus, a better-than-average bowler and dancer who, not to discourage that costume choice, is also a registered sex offender. Donny — you’ve had a friend like him. And Walter alone could have been the inspiration for a sitcom or sequel or line of outdoor clothing. This is a movie that has left a mark while at the same time causing most of a generation to hate the f---ing Eagles. And if for some reason you don’t like The Big Lebowski, well, that’s just your opinion, man. n


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’m told to sit in the center of the mint-green couch, where the listening experience is optimal. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours kicks up over the sound system. The music soon engulfs everything, swirling through the room into the sound absorption panels on the walls and ceiling. Listening to records in Laura Skaer’s gleaming white, vaulted-ceiling audio room is almost like being in the sound booth where the album was first recorded. That’s exactly the way she envisioned it. “I had my designer design around where I wanted the speakers to be,” says Skaer of the space she added on to her house a few years ago. “The sound came first.” The 66-year-old executive director of the American Exploration & Mining Association has more than 2,000 records in her collection, alphabetized by genre on tall, wooden bookshelves lined against the room’s back wall. The shelves are also home to CDs, live concert DVDs, music biographies and posters. For her, there is something spiritual about listening to a record. “It’s the ritual of it all,” she says. “Pulling it out of the sleeve and placing it on the record player. But it’s the sound I like best. It’s more natural. We speak analog, that’s how we should hear music too.” Skaer is not alone in her sentiment. Thanks to the growing popularity of vinyl records, Saturday’s Record Store Day has the potential to be the biggest ever.


Audiophile Paradise Record Store Day has helped bring a renewed interest in vinyl, but some have always appreciated it BY LAURA JOHNSON Laura Skaer poses with part of her estimated 2,000-strong record collection, which includes her first record, The Buddy Holly Story, purchased in 1959. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

t’s no secret that the CD no longer reigns supreme as the music consumer’s medium of choice. Last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, CD sales dropped 14.5 percent while vinyl sales grew 32 percent, from 4.5 million units bought in 2012 to 6 million in 2013. Vinyl sales took off in 2007, the same year that Record Store Day was conceived. For Bob Gallagher, the owner of 4,000 Holes in Spokane who has been in business for 25 years, there’s no question that Record Store Day saved his business; because of it, he’s able to pay the bills and stay open. He says that last year the line to get into his store on Record Store Day wrapped around the corner. “I’ve never seen more people in my store at one time,” says Gallagher. The serious collectors, though, the ones who never gave up on the format, seemingly aren’t bothered in the least that collecting records is cool again. Local vinyl collector Tim Bacheller says the more people involved with Record Store Day, the better. Bacheller, who caught the audiophile bug seven years ago — “it happens to a lot of guys” — says he wants everyone to enjoy what he views as the superior listening format. He’s bought many one-of-a-kind items at Record Store Day and plans to do so this year. “Anyone can do this,” says Bacheller, ...continued on next page

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kaer got her first record at 11 — a well-worn Buddy Holly album she still owns — but it was at the University of Missouri in the late 1960s, first as an undergrad and later in law school, that she started a collection. Back then, she says, she didn’t take care of records the way she does now. “See here, my name on this,” she says pointing to the front of an album. “In the dorm, I wouldn’t have ever seen it again if I didn’t do that.” Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Skaer says she was a diligent collector, but then she bought in to the “perfect sound forever lie” that compact discs promised. When she became a widow in the early aughts, Skaer picked up her vinyl habit once more “to occupy time and space.” As to why more men collect records than women, Skaer says she doesn’t have an answer, but that in the past decade she’s seen

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4,000 HOLES, 1610 N. Monroe, 325-1914: Live music by the Camaros and Brian Young. Special limited edition RSD poster available. RECORDED MEMORIES, 1902 N. Hamilton, 483-4753: Open early at 10 am.

Laura Skaer and Jeff Gold’s 101 Essential Rock Records. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO more women at record shows than ever before. For Record Store Day, she says she plans to purchase a couple of limited edition records. While many record collectors believe in keeping rare items sealed to maintain value, Skaer doesn’t subscribe to that philosophy. She pulls out a limited edition U2 record as evidence. “It ain’t sealed anymore!” she says. “If I’m going to buy it, I’m going to listen to it.” n

THE BACHELOR PAD (formerly Unified Groove Merchants), 2607 N. Monroe, 326-4842: No RSD exclusives; large sidewalk sale with 30 percent off items and a BBQ. Store opens early at 10 am.



DEADBEAT RECORDS, 114½ E. Third St., Moscow, 865-DEADBEAT: Every record in-store (except RSD releases) is buy one, get one free. Opens early at 10 am. THE LONG EAR, 2405 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, 208-765-3472





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new record, every time a newspaper like this one won’t print all of the letters of their name. When Topon Das founded the band 15 years ago as a simple recording project, he named it

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F--- the Facts hits to the Hop! next Wednesday. after a 14-second song called “F--- the Facts” from avant-garde composer John Zorn’s acclaimed album Naked City. The name was the perfect representation of his intentions: to make experimental music that never adhered to one sound or genre boundary. “That [title] really spoke to me with what I wanted to do with this project: be open-minded and grab all my influences and just go for it,” Das says. “This is 15 years ago or so. I never even really thought, ‘This is badass because it says f--and stuff!’” F--- the Facts is hardly the only band to take the risk of putting the f-bomb in its name: there’s F--- Buttons, F---ed Up, Starf---er, the F---ing

Champs, Total F---ing Destruction. Das says he still sees the consequence of this choice: some venues still won’t book his band, and record labels that have put out the band’s music have told him the name has affected U.S. album sales. “I’ll admit there was a point where I was like, ‘Maybe we should change the name, maybe this is f---ing us over,’” he says. “But that’s not really the way I want to be doing this. I do this because I love it. To sacrifice something to please other people would be going totally against everything I’d built to that point.” What Das and his band have built over the years is an impressive repertoire of brutally heavy, experimental music — music that varies from album to album in the carefree spirit of Zorn. With each record, F--- the Facts gets more comfortable in their skin, more honest about who they are. The band’s 2013 EP Amer is the band’s first record with lyrics entirely in French — which Das says is interesting enough, given that when singer/lyricist Mel Mongeon joined the band 12 years ago, she didn’t even speak English. With each new record, with each packed crowd that lines up for their shows around the world, Das is reminded of the strength of this band as an artistic outlet. And he’s reaffirmed in his decision to say a confident “f--- you” to all musical genres all those years ago.  F--- the Facts with The Drip, Losing Skin, Skies Burn Black and Cold Blooded • Wed, April 23, at 7 pm • $5 • All-ages • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe • • 328-5467

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ow does a band that’s already made eight albums together re-conjure their songwriting inspiration? They grab their surfboards, instruments and video cameras and tear up legendary surf spots around the world. Surfing is, after all, what first brought San Diego band Switchfoot together. The result: a movie that’s part surf film, part rock documentary and their ninth album written during their travels, both named Fading West. Here, the Christian-rooted band penned songs that stay true to their alt-rock (sometimes pop-rock) sound, but are a bit more electronic and anthemic. Saturday, Switchfoot plays at the Fox with thankfully healed frontman Jon Foreman. Their Fading West tour was nearly delayed after a surfing accident meant nearly 30 stitches to put his face back together. — JO MILLER Switchfoot with the Royal Concept • Sat, April 19, at 7 pm • $28-$38 • All-ages • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • • 624-1200


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t’s always fascinating watching two people unabashedly in love play music together on stage. In the case of married couple Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope, they keep their stage persona raw and engaging, never making their audience feel like unwanted Peeping Toms. A ragtag duo if there ever was one, the South Carolina-based band plays their haunting folk melodies on instruments they literally scrounged from trash heaps. Hearst’s voice elevates the band above all those other acoustic-couple duos — her voice is one of the best out there. It’s soulful, throaty and glorious. Listening to it will give you chills every time. Shovel & Rope’s Bartlett show is technically sold out, but a limited amount of tickets will be offered at the door. — LAURA JOHNSON Shovels & Rope with Parker Millsap • Sat, April 19, at 8 pm • Sold out • All ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

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LIBRARY LOUNGE (747-3371), Karaoke with Ed MAX AT MIRABEAU, Chris Rieser & The Nerve NYNE, DJ C-Mad THE PINES ON SILVERLAKE (2993223), Bobby Bremer Band RAZZLES (208-635-5874), Dragonfly J RED ROOM LOUNGE, Iska Dhaaf, Ouija Bored ROADHOUSE COUNTRY ROCK BAR, The Usual Suspects, Last Chance Band J THE SHOP, EWU/GU/SFCC Guitar Night ZOLA, Karmas Circle

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J CALYPSOS (208-665-0591), Circle Takes the Square, Hooves, A God or an Other, The Hallwd Ground, Blacktracks THE CELLAR, Dueling Pianos DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church J THE HOP!, Combichrist, William Control, New Years Day J KNITTING FACTORY, MGK J LINCOLN CENTER (327-8000), Still Burning 420 feat. Kalya Scintilla, The Nadis Warriors, Marv Ellis, Perkulat0r ZOLA, Bill Bozly


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Monday, 04/21

BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (3217480), Open Mic J CALYPSOS (208-665-0591), Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills J RICO’S, Open Mic ZOLA, Nate Ostrander Trio

Tuesday, 04/22

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub J THE BARTLETT, Open Mic BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BORRACHO TACOS & TEQUILERIA (822-7789), DJ D3VIN3 THE CELLAR, Eric Neuhausser FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness LION’S LAIR (456-5678), DJs Nobe and MJ SPLASH, Bill Bozly THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Q ZOLA, Ron Greene and the Wright

Wednesday, 04/23 J THE BARTLETT, The Holy Broke, Mike Edel, Tyson Motsenbocker, Elsie Story BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ (3217480), Reggae Night feat. DJs Tochanan, Poncho, Tara and MC Splyt THE CELLAR, Pat Coast

EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho J THE HOP!, F--- the Facts (See story on page 54), The Drip, Losing Skin, Skies Burn Black, Cold Blooded JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz LA ROSA CLUB, Jazz Jam with the Bob Beadling Group LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Starlite Motel J MOOTSY’S, Sarah Berentson & Claire of Mama Doll VS Ian Miles, Matthew Winters, & Tyler Aker J THE PHAT HOUSE, Open Mic RED ROOM LOUNGE, Poncho’s Soul Experience SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, Open mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared ZOLA, The Boss of Me

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KNITTING FACTORY, Three 6 Mafia (now Da Mafia 6ix), Twisted Insane, Whitney Peyton, Sozay, Alan Winkle, Illest Uminati, Cordell Drake, Unique, April 24 JOHN’S ALLEY, Bradford Loomis, April 24 THE BARTLETT, The Hague, Drag Like Pull, Moon Talk, April 25 KNITTING FACTORY, Too Broke to Rock feat. Royal Bliss, Acidic, AntiMortem, Therion X, April 25 SWAXX, Love and Light, Psymbionic, Storme, April 25 JOHN’S ALLEY, The Dimestore Prophets, April 25 JONES RADIATOR, Eyes Like Time Machines, The Finns, April 26 BEASLEY COLISEUM, WSU Springfest feat. Snoop Dogg with Astro, April 26 THE BARTLETT, Dead Serious Lovers, Echolarks, April 26 THE BIG DIPPER, Big Dipper Benefit feat. Blackwater Prophet, Pyramids of Panic, Bandit Train, T & The Beav, April 26 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, April 27 KNITTING FACTORY, Kirko Bangz, April 27 NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, Blue Oyster Cult, April 27 BING CROSBY THEATER, Jake Shimabukuro, April 28 KNITTING FACTORY, Manchester Orchestra, Balance & Composure, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, April 28 THE CELLAR, Robby French, April 29 KNITTING FACTORY, Los Lonely Boys, April 30 BING CROSBY THEATER, Steep Canyon Rangers, May 1 KNITTING FACTORY, Eli Young Band, Home Free, May 1 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Halftone feat. H. Hershler, Mirror Mirror, Blackwater Prophet, BIAS, Water Monster, May 2 KNITTING FACTORY, Pigs on the Wing (Pink Floyd Tribute), May 2 RED ROOM LOUNGE, Dirt Nasty, Pink Bead, KNE, May 2

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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A strange formation is set to take form next week on WSU’s campus, just beyond Martin Stadium. It’s not a spaceship, or a larger-than life molecular compound model, although the inflated silvery shapes are reminiscent of both. It’s not a children’s bouncy house, either. Setting up shop for a quick four days, the immersive structure is a luminarium, made of a special inflatable plastic. Called Miracoco, it consists of illuminated, interconnected caverns and domes for visitors to explore and contemplate. Miracoco is part of a family of traveling installations by Architects of Air, a UK-based venture which seeks to move people “to a sense of wonder through the particular phenomenon of luminous colour.” — CHEY SCOTT Architects of Air: Miracoco • April 23-26 • $5/student, $10/ public, $15/family • WSU Grimes Way Playfield • 1950 Grimes Way, Pullman • • 335-3503

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The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later • April 17-19 and April 24-26, 7:30 pm • Free • NIC Schuler Performing Arts Center • 880 W. Garden Ave., CdA • 208-769-3220

Mohamed Abla: The Power of Art in the Egyptian Revolution • Thu, April 17, at 6 pm • Free • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague

Rewriting history is a futile effort, but that didn’t stop the citizens of Laramie, Wyo., from trying to get rid of the records of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard’s murder, denounced as a hate crime because Shepard was gay. North Idaho College’s presentation of Tectonic Theatre Project’s The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later takes a look back at Shepard’s 1998 murder, showing the effects it had on the small-town community. Originally intended as an epilogue to The Laramie Project, its writers discovered the interviews were complex enough to warrant a separate play. — PAUL SELL

The Egyptian revolution is, in many ways, still underway and has been complicated, especially for those of us watching it from afar. Giving us a look inside the tumult that changed Egypt is Mohamed Abla, a visual artist and political activist who was in the thick of things in Tahrir Square during the 2011 uprising. Abla’s art conveys the chaotic years the country has experienced since then. At the same time he hopes his work can help to bring people together, which is part of what he’ll be discussing in his free appearance at The Fox. — MIKE BOOKEY


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Mildred Bailey

A woman who sang about sitting in a rocking chair while demanding gin deserves some respect. Spokane-raised jazz icon Mildred Bailey did just that in her song “Rockin’ Chair,” and as April is Jazz Appreciation Month, it’s a great time to celebrate the Queen of Swing. Next Thursday, the show “Thanks for the Memory: Spokane Songbirds Sing a Tribute to Mildred Bailey” hits the Bing Crosby Theater’s stage — quite appropriate since Bailey was partly credited for helping its namesake crooner get his start. Performers include Spokane jazz vocalists Julia Keefe and Heather Villa, along with all-female folk band Mama Doll and the Mukogawa Women’s Ensemble. Proceeds benefit the Holy Names Music Center. — LAURA JOHNSON


Thanks for the Memory: Spokane Songbirds Sing a Tribute to Mildred Bailey • Thu, April 24, at 7 pm • $15-$20 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague •

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With competing teams including the Willamette Kidney Thieves, Guns N Rollers and the Kill Jills, the second annual Spokarnage women’s flat track roller derby tourney — hosted by the local Spokannibals — sounds totally brutal. Whizzing around on eight wheels and bashing into other players at full speed isn’t for the faint of heart, but this is exactly what makes the growing sport of roller derby so damn exciting to watch. There’ll be plenty of hard hits, falls and bruises, but these tough all-women teams from around the Northwest are into the sport for more than the hard-core action. The character-building, athleticism and team spirit make it a fantastic sport for spectators and players alike. — CHEY SCOTT Spokarnage • April 18-20, event times vary • $8-$15/day or $20-$25/ weekend pass • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • • 456-5812

THE SPOKANE AURORA NW ROTARY CLUB INVITES ALL CYCLISTS STARTING AT SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE • First century ride of the season • 15, 25, 50, 66, 100 miles • All levels of riders are welcome • Course is monitored • Rest stops along the course • End of ride baked potato feed with all the fixin’s for all riders to enjoy HURRY! ONLY 1 WEEK AWAY!


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FERRANTE’S ADOPT A ROOM The 4th annual 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. (624-0500) SEND A FRIEND A GOAT Wishing Star Foundation’s benefit fundraisers allows community members to send a live baby goat to an unsuspecting recipient in the greater Spokane area. Once the goat is delivered, the recipient is asked to make a donation for its “removal.” Through April 18. $50 donation. (744-3411) CANINES ON THE CATWALK Second annual pet fashion charity event with proceeds benefiting the Spokane Humane Society. April 19, 5:30 pm. $20$50. Comfort Inn University District, 923 E. Third. spokanehumanesociety. org (467-5235 Ext. 228) HOME SCHOLARSHIP TEA “Downton Abbey” is the theme for the 16th annual childcare scholarship fundraiser tea, benefiting EWU’s student parents. April 23, 2-4 pm. $10-$25. EWU Monroe Hall, 526 Fifth St. (359-2829) OUTSPOKANE MURDER MYSTERY DINNER 5th annual murder-mystery dinner benefit, featuring a 3-course dinner while actors mingle with guests to try to find out who committed the crime. Prize for the winner who solves. April 24, 6 pm. $35/person. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (720-7609) REIGNING CATS & DOGS Annual fundraiser benefiting the SCRAPS Hope Foundation, with food booths, pet parade, silent and live auction and guest appearance by Maddie the Gonzaga Bulldog. SCRAPS is also accepting auction item donations. April 25, 5:30 pm. $25-$30. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. (477-2760) BASSET BLAST 16th annual fundraiser benefiting Washington Basset Rescue, featuring a dog parade, raffle, silent auction, vendors, food, activities and more. April 26, 11 am-4 pm. $10-$15/ dog. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (9288049 or 590-9667) DANCING WITH CELEBRITIES The 7th annual event features local celebrities paired with professional dance instructors to benefit CYT Spokane children’s theater. $1/vote. April 26, 7 pm. $15-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (509-227-7404) MARCH FOR BABIES This annual teambased 3-mile walk/run supports March of Dimes’ programs for babies born premature or with a compromising health condition. April 26, 10 am. Entry by donation. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone. (328-1920) SIP, SWIRL AND SAVOR The Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser benefits student scholarship programs and features a 5-course gourmet dinner paired with award-winning wines, a raffle and auctions. April 26, 5 pm. $125/person. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene. ccs.spokane. edu/SipSwirlSavor (434-5123) ST. MATTHEWS AUCTION & DINNER First annual fundraiser dinner and auction. At the Northpointe Business Plaza, 605 E. Holland Ave. April 26, 4:30 pm. $10.

WESTERN BARBECUE & AUCTION A Western-style fundraiser offering a barbecue, beer and wine and a silent and live auction, benefiting EWU’s Lutheran campus ministry program. April 26, 5 pm. $20/person. Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. (926-5407) RACE FOR THE CURE Annual fundraiser and breast cancer awareness walk offering a 1-mile survivors’ walk and a 3-mile walk/run, with proceeds benefiting the mission of Susan G. Komen’s Eastern Washington affiliate. April 27. $15-$35. Downtown Spokane. (315-5940)


STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians, see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) OPEN MIC COMEDY Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+ . Free. Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St. brooklyndelispokane. com (835-4177) COMEDY OPEN MIC 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) 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) SPANK HARDER: THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY SEQUEL Parody stage performance, based on the best-selling series “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Ages 18+ only. April 19 at 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm. $30. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) ALL-AGES COMEDY OPEN MIC Held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (703-7223) AFTER DARK Adult-rated version of the Blue Door’s monthly, Friday night show. On the last Friday of the month at 10 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) BADA BING COMEDY SERIES Live comedy show featuring Seattle comedian Jeff Dye, who’s hosted and appeared on series for MTV and Comedy Central, and was a finalist of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Also features Harry J. Riley, Jason Komm and Ken Martin. April 25, 8 pm. $15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404) MICHAEL GLATZMAIER MUSICAL STAND-UP Also featuring Casey Strain and Phillip Kopczynski in a musical comedy stand-up show. April 26, 7 pm. $3. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045)


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)

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON MILITARY SPENDING The Peace and Justice Action League (PJALS) hosts a community protest in response to the Pentagon’s military spending. At the Ruby/Division St. couplet split, north of the Spokane River Division St. Bridge. April 17, 5-6:30 pm. (218-5386) HOPE IN HARD TIMES: WASHINGTON IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION An exhibit on how the Great Depression of the 1930s affected Washington state residents, featuring artifacts, personal accounts, events and programming. Hosted by Humanities Washington, curated by the Wash. State Historical Society. April 12-June 30, open daily during regular library hours. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. hope-in-hard-times (893-8350) NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK In celebration the library hosts events throughout the week, including a presentation by author and scholar Rodney Frey, April 17 at 7 pm, called “Re-Telling One’s Own: The Power of Story to Create the World.” Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) 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 inland.volunteerhub. com/events. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front Ave. (252-6267) SPOKANE PARKS BOARD MEETING A special meeting to gather public testimony on the proposed Riverfront Park Master Plan. April 17 and 24 from 6-8 pm. Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. riverfrontparkmasterplan. org (363-5425) SPOKANE GIVES WEEK The city of Spokane hosts a week-long, community-wide initiative to celebrate and encourage volunteerism. Volunteer opportunities are offered through the week, through April 19. See website for more details. 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) SANDPOINT EARTH DAY CELEBRATION The annual community celebration hosts Earth Day-related events through the week, including speakers, natural area cleanups (City Beach, Sand Creek), workshops, a potluck and film screenings. See full schedule online; events from April 16-26. sandpointannualearthday COEUR D’ALENE EARTH DAY FAIR Family event offering tips and info on reducing one’s carbon footprint, getting involved in community sustainability efforts and other activities and crafts including an Easter egg hunt, yoga, food and live music. April 19, 12-3 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-667-9093) COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council hosts a community tree planting on public land along Maple Street in North Spokane. See website for details. April 19.

DATE NIGHT Reconnect with a loved one while the kids participate in programming. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Open to ages 3 mos. to 11 years. April 19 at 6 pm. $10. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208667-1865) FREE STATE PARK DAY Wash. State Parks and Rec allows visitors access to all state parks without a Discovery Pass. Includes access to Riverside State Park and Mt. Spokane State Park. Upcoming 2014 “free” days include April 19, 22; May 11, June 7-8 and 14. (800-833-6388) DANCEFEST 2014 The 10th annual festival features performances of modern, Appalachian clog, folk, jazz and Highland dancing by local dance groups, as well as free workshops for all ages/abilities. April 19, 10 am. Free. West Valley HSl, 8301 E. Buckeye. (927-0972) HEMLOCK COMMUNITY GARDEN CLEAN-UP Returning and prospective gardeners can select desired beds, help clean up and assist other gardeners. At the corner of Fairview and Hemlock. April 19, 1 pm. (328-2523) 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, through June 14. $15/class or $75/six classes. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington St. (919-9162) SUPER SATURDAY AT THE MAC Activities and demonstrations are centered around the theme “Celebrate Japan!” and include arts and crafts, music by Spokane Taiko, living history tours at the Campbell House and more. April 19, 11 am-3 pm. $5-$10. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (456-3931) 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. Free. Satori, 122 S. Monroe. (919-9162) MT. SPOKANE EXPANSION PANEL Discussion on the proposed Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park expansion, hosted by Students for Mt. Spokane. Event includes a video and panel of local representatives including Brad McQuarrie, Mt. Spokane Manager; Mike Peterson, Lands Council President, and State Park Commissioner Randy Kline. April 24, 7-9 pm. Gonzaga University Admin Bldg, 502 E. Boone. (939-4830) SENIOR EMPOWERMENT RESOURCE FAIR Hosted by the City of Spokane Valley and the Spokane Valley Senior Citizens Assoc. to connect local seniors with community resources April 25, 10 am-1 pm. Free. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (720-5403) SPOKANE WOMEN’S SHOW Annual vendor show preceding the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, feat. information and products from beauty, fashion, health, cooking and other vendors, as well as presentations and live entertainment. April 25 from 1-9 pm, April 26 from 10 am-6 pm. $5, free for Race for the Cure participants. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. COMMUNITY DANCE “Dancing in the Rain” includes a country two-step lesson from 7-8 pm and open dancing from 8-10, with refreshments, line dancing and more. April 26, 7-10 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First. (208-699-0421) EARTH DAY SPOKANE 2014 This year’s community celebration also recognizes the

40th anniversary of Expo ‘74 and includes live music, food, vendors, farmers market and activities including the “Procession of the Species March.” More details on event Facebook page and online. April 26, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. (844-7841) HEALTH RESOURCE FAIR The Spokane Valley Healthy Communities Network hosts a resource fair for families. April 26, 10 amnoon. Free. CenterPlace Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (720-5408) HEALTHY KIDS DAY Community event to encourages kids to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. April 26, 9 am-noon. Free. YMCA, 2421 N. Discovery Pl. spokane-valley (777-9622) KIDICAL MASS Spokane Summer Park-

ways’ family bike ride series returns, offering the first of three 3-mile rides this spring/summer. April 26, 1 pm. Free. A.M. Cannon Park, 1920 W. Maxwell Ave. MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE & GARDEN FAIR Annual plant sale hosted by the Master Gardeners of Spokane County, offering garden plants for sale, with a special focus on native plants, as well as info booths, gardening clinics and more. April 26, 9 am-2 pm. Free admission. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St. (477-2173) PAINT-A-HELMET The 16th annual event hosted by the District 46 Kiwanis club provides bike helmets to local children ages 3-16, who can decorate it on site. Also includes safety presentations and live enter-

tainment. April 26, 9 am-2 pm. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (448-9895) SPOKANE RIVER GORGE CLEANUP Kendall Yards hosts a cleanup along the Spokane River gorge in recognition of Earth Day, from Maple St. to Summit Blvd, and the planting of ponderosa pines on the hillside below the Centennial Trail. April 26, 8:30-10:30 am. The Nest at Kendall Yards, 1335 W. Summit Pkwy. SPRINGTIME IN THE GARDENS For the season opening of the Heritage Gardens, local expert Phyllis Stephens leads a presentation ($10) “Splash of Color” in the Corbin Art Center. The historic, 1911 garden then opens to the public (free to visit gardens). April 26, 2-5 pm. Moore-Turner

Heritage Gardens, 507 W. Seventh. (999-5262) WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY A worldwide Tai Chi gathering/celebration held annually the last Saturday in April. Join local Tai Chi & Qigong students/teachers to learn, play and share the energy. April 26, 10 amnoon. Free. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. (456-8038)


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.

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PILGRIM’S FAMILY EASTER HUNT Kids can search for “Benny McBunny,” hidden in the store, for a prize. ThuSat, April 17-19, from 11 am-5 pm each day. Free. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth, CdA. (208-676-9730) MEET THE EASTER BUNNY Children can take photos with the Easter Bunny. April 17 from 11 am-8 pm, April 18-19 from 10 am-8 pm. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. riverparksquare. com DOG EASTER EGG HUNT SpokAnimal hosts its fourth annual Easter event; proceeds benefit continued maintenance of the dog park. Sat, April 19, from 9-11 am. $10 donation per dog. High Bridge Dog Park, 163 S. A St. CENTRAL GRANGE EGG HUNT Open to children ages 12 and younger. Sat, April 19, at 10 am. Free. Central Grange, 7001 E. Bigelow Gulch Rd. (926-3642) EASTER EGG FRENZY Hosted by the Sandpoint Lions Club,


open to ages 12 and younger. Sat, April 19, at 10 am. Free. Lakeview Park. (208-263-7796) SOUTH PERRY EASTER EGG HUNT Festivities include games, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Sat, April 19; egg hunts at 10:45 am, 11:05 am and 11:30 am. Free. Grant Park. EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Annual event, open to ages 5 and younger. Sat, April 19, at 11 am. Free. Eastside Marketplace, 1420 S. Blaine, Moscow. (208-882-1533) CDA EARTH DAY FAIR & EGG HUNT Community event in celebration of Earth Day, including an Easter egg hunt. Sat, April 19, from noon-3 pm. Free. CdA Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-667-9093) EASTER AT BECK’S HARVEST HOUSE Festivities include egg hunts all weekend, Easter Bunny photos and more. April 19-20, from 9 am-3 pm each day. $3-$6. Beck’s Harvest House, 9919 Greenbluff Rd. 

POWERED BY GREEN SMOOTHIES Release of the film by author, filmmaker and “green smoothie guru” Sergei Boutenko, following athletes taking a six-week green smoothie challenge. April 18, 6:30 pm. $10. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) STREAMS OF LIGHT Documentary on the history of the Buddhist Churches of America and its struggle to transform the essentially ethnic faith of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to a universal world religion. April 19, 7 pm. Free. Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. (534-7954) SFCC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL This year’s selections include “The Intouchables,” on April 22; “Captive Beauty,” on April 29; “Lucky,” on May 6; “Romeos,” on May 13; and “Together With You,” on May 20. Tuesdays at 7:15 pm. $4.50/public. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (533-3472) “DAMNATION” PREMIERE Local premiere of the award-winning film on the national movement to restore rivers and remove outdated dams, including along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Hosted by Save Our Wild Salmon, Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited and EarthJustice. Following the film is a Q&A discussion with filmmakers and local stakeholders. April 23, 6-9 pm. $10. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. (747-2030) PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL “Out of the Shadows” examines life in Palestine through film, including screenings of “Miral” on April 23 and “One Family in Gaza and Children of Ibdaa,” on April 30. Locations on campus vary. $10 suggested donation; students free.

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Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene. (838-7870) PETER GABRIEL: BACK TO FRONT Screening of the live concert doc of the musician’s Oct. 2013 performance at London’s O2 Arena. April 23, 7:30 pm. Regal Cinemas, 4750 N. Division. (482-0209) SUDS & CINEMA: THE BIG LEBOWSKI Screening of the cult classic film, hosted by the Inlander, with beer ($4/pint) from Perry Street Brewing Co.; also includes a character costume contest with prizes. Doors open at 7 pm. April 23, 8 pm. $4. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404) 50 HOUR SLAM REWIND A special screening showcasing short films by the past three years’ winners of the 50 Hour Slam contest, including organizers’ favorites April 24, 8:30 pm. $5. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. facebook. com/50HourSlam (209-2383) SHATNER’S WORLD Screening of William Shatner’s one-man, autobiographical live show. Also at Regal Cinemas NorthTown. April 24, 7:30 pm. Regal Cinemas Riverstone Stadium 14, 2416 Old Mill Loop. (800-326-3264) ANITA Opening night special screening event of the documentary about Anita Hill, followed by a discussion led by local scholar Elizabeth Kissling. Additional show times TBA. April 25, 6-8 pm. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. (209-2383) FLY FISHING FILM FESTIVAL Fly fishing films, demos, casting competition and more, with proceeds benefiting the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival.


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April 25-26 at 7 pm both nights. $12$15. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-5757)


SOUTH PERRY FARMERS MARKET The market returns for spring, open Thursdays from 3-6 pm 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) YETI FEST Featuring a vertical tasting of Great Divided Brewing Co.’s Yeti, Oakaged Yeti, Espresso Oak-aged Yeti and Chocolate Yeti. April 17, 6-8 pm. Free admission. Manito Tap House, 3011 S. Grand Blvd. (279-2671) CAJUN DINNER & JAZZ Cajun-style dinner with jazz music by Barry Aiken and North Point. April 18, 6 pm. $30, reservations required. Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. Second. (455-8161) NO-LI BREWHOUSE TOURS See what goes on behind the scenes and how NoLi’s beer is made. Fridays at 4:30 pm. Free. No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent. (242-2739) VINO! WINE TASTING Fri, April 18 feat. Tempus Cellars from 3-6:30 pm; Sat, April 19 features a blind chardonnay tasting from 2-4:30 pm. $10/tasting. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (838-1229) WASHINGTON PREMIUM REDS Tasting featuring red wines from Leonetti, Corliss, Woodward Canyon, L’Ecole

and other Washington wineries. April 18, 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) BOWL’Z BITEZ & SPIRITZ & LION’S LAIR BAR SWAP Rich (Lion’s Lair) and Jake (Bowlz) are swapping places at the bars. April 19, 9 pm. $2 event admission; $5 drinks. Bowl’z Bitez and Spiritz, 401 W. Riverside Ave. (321-7480) WILD EDIBLES WALK Food expert and author Sergei Boutenko leads a nature walk to search for edible, native weeds, greens and herbs. Tickets available at Pilgrim’s Market. April 19, 10 am. $10. CdA. (208-676-9730) INLAND NW VEGAN SOCIETY POTLUCK Bring a plant-based (no animal products or honey) dish to share along with an ingredient list and the recipe. Dinner is followed by a presentation by guest speaker is Jeff Breakey, about the benefits of sprouting and how to grow them at home. Donations accepted. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. (315-2852) PRESERVE YOUR PRODUCE Food safety and preservation specialist Anna Kestell leads a class on the basics of canning, freezing and drying fresh produce. Offered April 15-June 2 at Spokane County Library District branches; dates and locations vary. See website for more info. Free. IRON GOAT + DRY FLY DINNER A 5-course dinner featuring Iron Goat beer and Dry Fly cocktail pairings, celebrating the Lantern Tap House’s 5th Anniversary. Limited to 20 attendees. April 23, 6 pm. $60-$75/person; reser-



vations required. The Lantern, 1004 S. Perry. (315-9531) CHOCOLATE TASTING CLASS Sample chocolate and learn how it’s grown, how it becomes consumable chocolate, explanations of fair trade/single origin chocolate and other terms. Reservations recommended. April 24, 7 pm. $15. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (324-2424) SUSHI 101 Class on making sushi nigiri, maki and uramaki with Chef Joshua Martin. April 24, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) HIGH OCTANE REDS Sampling of higher-alcohol percentage wines (14-15%) including Malbec, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet, red blends and Pinot Noir. April 25 and 26 at 7 pm. $20, reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) MEAD & HONEY WINE TASTING Sample this ancient drink of the Vikings that gave the honeymoon its name, featuring meads from local meadery Hierophant. April 25, 3-7 pm. Free. Spice Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. (315-4036) NODLAND CELLARS TASTING Hosted tasting with winemaker Tim Nodland, featuring two of the winery’s recent releases with light appetizers. April 25, 5-8 pm. $15. Beverly’s, 115 S. Second St. (208-765-4000) VINO! WINE TASTING Fri, April 25 feat. Martedi Winery with winemaker Joseph Miglino, from 3-6:30 pm. Sat, April 26 feat. Walla Faces, from 2-4:30 pm. $10/tasting. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. (838-1229)

Know Your Options: Exploring an FDA-approved treatment for MS relapses

Eastern Washington University and the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation present

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.

If you’re an adult looking to learn about different options for treating your MS relapses, you plus one caregiver or friend are invited to this complimentary educational session where an MS healthcare professional will discuss: • The difference between MS relapses and pseudo-relapses • The importance of treating your MS relapses • How to talk about your MS relapses with your healthcare provider • Available treatment options for MS relapses • Insights shared by others living with MS relapses Registration Information

Event Information

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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will be provided. Please RSVP by: Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

6:00 PM 621 W Mallon Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

Remember: You and a guest are welcome at this complimentary educational session. All MS relapse therapy decisions should be made under the guidance of your healthcare professional.

A book signing in the lobby of the theater will follow the event.

ADMISSION IS FREE FOR ALL For more information, contact Deborah Blake at 509.359.6081 or

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I’ve been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don’t like her paintings at all. They are abstract and don’t look like they take much craft, and they just don’t aesthetically appeal to me. (Maybe I’m missing something…who knows.) I haven’t told her my real feelings. But as we get more serious and as she talks about her AMY ALKON aspirations, I’m finding it more and more uncomfortable to keep playing along. I worry that we won’t have a future because of this. —Philistine There are questions you long to ask her about her work, such as, “What did you do in art school, spend four years playing Angry Birds on your phone?” Abstract art is an easy target for ridicule. The thing is, somebody who went to art school most likely had to learn formal principles and show they could draw figuratively before they could venture into abstraction. But to the untrained eye, an abstract work can look like somebody made a big mess with some paint and then stuck a mythical title on it — “Androcles And The Lion, No. 4.” You can’t help but wonder, “Sorry, but is that the lion’s paw on the left, or did somebody at the gallery opening trip and let their appetizer go flying?” Because your girlfriend’s artwork is more than a weekend hobby, your disliking it probably is a big deal. A painting is basically a striptease of the artist’s self on a piece of canvas, reflecting who they are, what they see and feel, and what they want to say. Also, it’s hard enough to try to earn a living as an artist without sharing a bed with one of your detractors. (Imagine Edvard Munch’s girlfriend seeing “The Scream” and nagging him, “Come on, Eddie, ‘The Smile’ would be so much nicer.”) And even if you can hide your true feelings for a while, there’s a good chance they’ll poke their little heads out during an argument, a la “Wanna vastly improve your work? Incorporate gasoline and a lit match.” For a relationship to work, it isn’t enough to have the hotsies for somebody. You need to have a crush on them as a human being. Fortunately, you may be able to get to this, even if her paintings don’t speak to you (save for saying “I’m ugly”). Admit that you don’t know much about art, and ask her to tell you about her work: the thinking behind it, her painting process (color, form, why she includes certain elements), and what she’s trying to say or evoke. You might find that you respect where she’s coming from and believe in her on that level, which could mean that the two of you can make a go of it. If so, keep in mind all the ways she’s just like any other girlfriend, and be prepared to fake a seizure when she asks the artist’s version of that classic lose-lose question: “Do I look untalented while painting in this dress that makes me look fat?”


Last month, I hit it off with a girl on an online dating site. The problem is, my written banter is much better than what I can achieve on a first date. I do poorly when just staring across a table at somebody. I’m worried she’ll be disappointed when she sees how bad I am at being witty on the spot, so I’ve been reluctant to ask her out. —Stalling Maybe as a preliminary step, you could make plans to go to the same Starbucks but hide behind your laptops and email each other. We need to start calling online dating sites “online meeting sites” so people will stop thinking they can get to know somebody while spending a month sitting miles away and staring deep into their computer screen. They typically end up filling in the blanks with who they want the person to be and believe they’re getting attached to them when maybe what they’re most attached to is how witty they feel while leaning on a thesaurus the size of Rhode Island. Sure, it’s tough sitting across a table from a near stranger with “SAY SOMETHING ALREADY!” ringing in your head. So don’t sit on the first date. Do something. Go somewhere you can pluck subjects of conversation out of the atmosphere: a street fair, a flea market. Play pool; go bowling. And lighten up on feeling that you need to be funny. You’ll ultimately be funnier and more likely to get a second date if you approach the first date as if your goal is getting to know a woman instead of getting her to book you for your own Comedy Central special. 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 WINE EXTRAVAGANZA WEEKEND The 3rd annual wine festival hosted by the CdA Resort expands to three days this year; with tastings and events take place at local businesses along Sherman Avenue, at the Resort and elsewhere. April 25-27. $15. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. (208-765-4000 x 21) WINE TASTING GALA & BOTTLE SALE Hosted by the Connoisseur’s Club, featuring 25 wine selections and appetizers, with wine selections available to purchase. April 25, 6-10 pm. $28/person. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (327-8000) SPRING BAZAAR & SUKIYAKI MEAL Annual spring bazaar offering takeout or dine-in options for an authentic Japanese Sukiyaki meal of sautéed beef, veggies and noodles with steamed rice and greens. Also includes a bake sale, arts and crafts, fresh hand-rolled sushi and homemade Japanese rice crackers (senbei) available for purchase. April 26, 12-6 pm. $12.50. Highland Park United Methodist, 611 S. Garfield. (534-7994) HARUMATSURI JAPANESE FOOD FESTIVAL 24th Annual Japanese Food Festival lunch featuring teriyaki chicken Bento boxes with rice and sunomono (cucumber salad) for $12; and various sushi and Japanese desserts ($4-$7). Online ordering available. April 27, 11 am-3 pm. $4-$12. Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. (534-7954)


MANITO PRESBYTERIAN CHOIR “Love So Amazing” concert featuring the Chancel Choir. April 18, 7:30 pm. Free. Manito Presbyterian, 401 E. 30th. (838-3559) SONGS THAT HELPED AMERICANS THROUGH HARD TIMES Music lifted the spirits of men and women living through the difficulties of the Great Depression. As part of the “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit at the North Spokane Library, Brad Keeler and Linda Parman play music of the Dust Bowl by Woody Guthrie, along with big city jazz and swing and country blues. Saturdays at 3 pm, April 19-June 21, branch locations vary. Free. CANAM PIANO DUO Piano concert featuring Karen Beres and Christopher Hahn, who have performed together since 2002, playing pieces by Schubert, Corigliano, Dvorak and more. April 21, 7 pm. Free. Steinway Piano Gallery, 13418 E. Nora. (327-4266)

SPIRIT OF SPOKANE CHORUS Local women’s chorus specializing in fourpart a capella harmony in a barbershop style. Tues., 6:45 pm. Opportunity Presbyterian, 202 N. Pines. (218-4799) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Chamber Soiree series No. 3: “Spring” featuring an intimate concert with wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert by Spokane Club Chef Urs Moser. April 22-23 at 7:30 pm. $20 or $48. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. (624-1200) GONZAGA WIND SYMPHONY Under the direction of Chris Grant, “Across the Sea” features sacred and secular works from North America, Europe and Africa. Also features the Mead HS Band, conducted by Rob Lewis. April 23, 7:30-9 pm. $10. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) SPOKANE SONGBIRDS: A TRIBUTE TO MILDRED BAILEY “Thanks for the Memory: Spokane Songbirds Sing a Tribute to Mildred Bailey” featuring local musicians Julia Keefe, Heather Villa, Mama Doll and the Mukogawa Women’s Ensemble. Proceeds benefit the Holy Names Music Center. April 24, 7 pm. $15-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (326-9516) AYSENUR KOLIVAR: MUSIC OF THE BLACK SEA Concert by the acclaimed Turkish folk vocalist and her ensemble. April 25, 7:30 pm. $10-$15. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. ((208) 457-8950) BACH, BEETHOVEN & BROADWAY Northwest Sacred Music Chorale’s annual spring concert, featuring classical, gospel and Broadway choral music, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Concert preceded by a lecture by Verne Windham. April 26 at 7 pm and April 27 at 3 pm. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) SPOKANE SYMPHONY SuperPops Series No. 6: “Video Games Live” featuring music from popular video games, with video footage and lights synchronized to the Symphony’s performance. April 26, 8 pm. $26-$62. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) GU CHOIRS “MISSA GAIA” Earth Week concert featuring “Missa Gaia” (Earth Mass), “Orban Mass no. 6,” “Victoria Officium defactorum.” A jazz ensemble joins the Chamber Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Timothy Westerhaus. April 27, 3-5 pm. Free. Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside. (313-6733)


BIKE MAINTENANCE FOR WOMEN This women’s specific class offers an open learning environment for beginning to avid cyclers. April 17, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe. (328-9900) CDA CANOE & KAYAK CLUB “Thursday Night Paddle” at the Boothes Park Marina, offering basic paddling safety for beginning to intermediate paddlers. Open to nonmembers. April 17, 5:30 pm. EXECUTIVE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOC. EWGA is hosting its annual season kickoff with no-host cocktails and a buffet. Reservations requested. April 17, 5:30 pm. $30/person. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. (993-4671) SPOKARNAGE 2nd annual women’s flat track roller derby tournament hosted by the Spoakannibals Roller Derby League, featuring 24 competing teams from around the Northwest. April 18-20. $8$15. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (456-5812) BLOOMSDAY TRAINING CLINICS: Weekly training sessions progress in distance each week, ending with a full 7-mile run. Water and first aid stations provided. Saturdays through April 26, at 8:30 am. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (747-3081) COMMUNITY FUN RUN A mostly flat, out-and-back 5K beginning at the Centennial Trail near CenterPlace. Registration begins at 8:45 am. April 19, 9 am. $14. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. (789-8327) 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, through June 13. $8/class. Krunch! Skate Shop, 411 E. Sprague. (220-9103) SPOKANE SHOCK Arena football game vs. the Cleveland Gladiators. April 19, 7 pm. $14-$47. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (242-7462) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS Ping-pong club meets Mon and Wed from 7-9:30 pm; Sat from 1-4 pm. $2. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division St. (768-1780) SUMMER KIDS ACTIVITIES EXPO Meet reps from 30+ local organizations hosting summer classes, camps, clinics and programs to keep kids busy all summer long. Event includes giveaways,

JUNE 28 & 29


Join us in celebrating 25 years of teamwork by volunteering to be a Court Monitor, and score some cool Nike gear, too! 509.624.2414


interactive games, free camp drawings and more. April 19, 11 am-3 pm. Free. The Warehouse, 800 N. Hamilton St. (9270602) LAKE CITY FLYERS The cycling group with an emphasis on vintage bicycles and cruisers meets monthly in CdA with periodic rides throughout the year. Ride starts at Fort Ground Grill, goes out to O’Shay’s, and then ends at Kelly’s. Meets on the third Sunday at 1 pm. Free. Fort Ground Grill, 705 W. River Ave. (208-991-0040) SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB Meets Sun from 4:30-7 pm and Wed from 7-10 pm. $6/visit. West Central Comm. Center, 1603 N. Belt. (448-5694) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS CLUB Pingpong club meets Wed from 6:30-9 pm and Sun from 1:30-4 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (456-3581) SPOKANE SHOCK 9TH MAN KIDS’ DAY Offering mini football and dance camps with Spokane Shock players and dancers, photos and autographs, as well as a free screening of “Frozen.” Ages 5-14. April 22, 4-8 pm. Free, pre-register online. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) MAP & COMPASS NAVIGATION Learn basic navigation skills using a map and compass to find your way; including reading a topographic map. April 24, 6:30 pm. $30-$50. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) FOURTH FRIDAY PUB PEDDLERS Meets the fourth Friday of the month at 7 pm, departs at 8 pm. Fourth Fri. of every month. Swamp Tavern, 1904 W. Fifth Ave. (922-3312) LEADMAN TRIATHLON Individual or team relay triathlon starting on Kellogg Peak at Silver Mountain, with ski/board, bike and running segments. Event benefits the Kellogg Rotary Club. April 26. Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. (208-783-1507)

Thurs-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $5.50$10.50. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. pendoreilleplayers. org (447-9900) THE THREE MUSKETEERS Adventure play, directed by William Marlowe. Through April 19, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $18-$25. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) WAIT UNTIL DARK Performance of the Broadway thriller. Through April 19, WedSat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. (509-455-7529) THE DIVINERS The CdA High School Theater Dept. performs a drama about a boy with a special gift in Depression-era Indiana. April 22-23 and May 1-3 at 7 pm. $5-$8. Coeur d’Alene High School, 5530 N. 4th St. (208-667-4507) THE BARON’S DAUGHTER Western drama/romance. April 23-25 at 7 pm. $5/adults; $3/students and children 3+. Christian Center School, 3639 W. Prairie Ave. (208-772-7541) CHARLOTTE’S WEB The CdA High School Theatre Department presents the childhood classic, adapted from the EB White book. April 24-26 and 29-30 at 7 pm. $5$8. Coeur d’Alene High School, 5530 N. 4th. (208-769-2999) THE CHERRY ORCHARD Performance of the Anton Chekhov play illuminating the timeless absurdity of the human condition. April 24-May 4; Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $8-$10. University of Idaho Hartung Theater, 709 Deakin Ave. (208-885-7212) A TRIBUTE TO MONTY PYTHON Comedy performed by the CdA Charter Drama Dept. April 24-25 at 7 pm and April 26 at 2 pm and 7 pm. $5. Christ the King Anglican Church, 2103 E. Mission Ave. (208-676-1667)


ART FOR ART’S SAKE Gallery show featuring abstract art by Hiromi Okumura, Mariah Boyle and Jonathan Seth Matteson. Through April 25, artist reception April 18 from 6-8 pm. Free. Ink To Media Gallery, 523 N. Pines. (863-9125) PEND OREILLE ARTS COUNCIL SHOWCASE New exhibit feat. work by 10 local artists, alongside work by members of the River Bend Artists Guild and local students in the Kaleidoscope Art Program. Exhibit runs April 18-June 6, reception April 18 from 5:30-8 pm. Free. Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St., Sandpoint. (208-265-4755) EYE4ART SHOW Artwork on display by

THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER In this follow up to “The Laramie Project,” the Tectonic Theatre Project revisits Laramie, WY to see how the community is doing 10 years after the murder of Matthew Shepard. Talkbacks with the company following the April 18, 19, and 25 performances. April 17-19 and 2425 at 7:30 pm each night. Free. Schuler Performing Arts Center at NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-769-3220) THE SECRET GARDEN Stage adaptation of the classic children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Through April 27,


Mead School District students in grades 1-12, alongside work by professional local artists including Jill Smith, Jo Fyfe, Nicholas Sironka and John Blessent. Proceeds benefit Mead Art programs. April 19, 12-5 pm. $2-$15. Mead High School, 302 W. Hastings Rd. (720-9163) FANTASY, FOLKLORE & FAIRY TALES Artist showcase featuring work by member artists Annie Libertini and Vicky Cavin, alongside guest artists Chantelle Flint and Lancer D. Roethle. April 22-May 10. Gallery hours Tues-Sat from 10 am-6 pm. Free. Manic Moon & More, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. (999.1516) ARCHITECTS OF AIR: MIRACOCO The traveling inflatable Luminarium, designed by Alan Parkinson, stops at WSU for four days, offering a stimulating and calming art experience. April 23-26, open Wed-Fri from 12-6 pm, Sat from 11 am-5 pm. $5-$15. Washington State University, 2000 NE Stadium Way. (509-335-3503) VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES: FAYTHE LEVINE The Milwaukee-based artist, curator, author and collector’s artwork has been exhibited internationally. Levine talks about her varied lines of work. April 23 at 11:30 am, at SFCC Bldg. 24, April 23 at 6:30 pm at the MAC, and April 24 at 12 pm at EWU. Free. (456-3931)


AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER HOWELL The EWU professor and poet reads from and signs copies of his work, which includes 10 full-length collections of poems. April 17, 7:30 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main. (208-882-2669) THE POWER OF ART IN THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION Lecture by renowned Egyptian artist Mohammed Abla, who has also advocated for the Egyptian revolution. Also includes a reception and display of the artist’s paintings. April 17, 6 pm. Free and open to the public. The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) AUTHOR LINDA HALL The author and U of New Mexico history professor talks about her book “Dolores del Rio: Beauty in Light and Shade.” April 18, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR BETH CAMP The author signs copies of her award-winning novel “Standing Stones.” April 19, noon. Free. Auntie’s , 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR CJ VERTEFEUILLE Reading, discussion and signing of “Private Dick Diaries: Volume 2” based on true stories of private investigators and their clients. April 19, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W.

Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR PATRICK LOCKE Reading, discussion and signing of the EWU alum, Marine Corps. vet and former behavorist’s novel “Conscripts.” April 19, 4 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) AUTHOR SUSAN FLEMING The author signs copies of her book “Seattle Pioneer Midwife Alice Ada Wood Willis: Midwife, Nurse and Mother to All.” April 19, 1:30 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main. (208-882-2669) A WIDE OPEN TOWN Local writer and historian Jim Kershner presents on some of Spokane’s interesting historical figures in “Colorful Characters from Spokane’s Wildest Era.” April 19, 2 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (444-5390) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM Competitive performance poetry, in which poets are judged by 5 audience judges, chosen at random; winner gets a $50 prize. Third Monday of the month at 8 pm; doors open at 7 pm. $5. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. (747-2174) TINY READING: RIVERLIT 14 Local writers and poets read their work featured in RiverLit 14. Featured writers include Brooke Matson, Luke Baumgarten, Cara Lorello, Jonathan Potter, Bruce Holbert, Luke Roe and Kimiko Hirota. April 22, 7 pm. $2. River City Brewing, 121 S. Cedar St. (264-3604) BEN MONTGOMERY Talk by the Tampa Bay Times enterprise reporter and founder of the narrative journalism website April 24, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) WHY ZEBRAS DON’T GET ULCERS: Lecture by Robert Sapolsky, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and professor of biology and neurology at Stanford, on the evolution of human stress responses. April 24, 7 pm. Free. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (359-6081)


ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS Lessons for beginning to advanced dancers. Thursdays, lessons from 7-8 pm, dancing from 8-9 pm. $5. Women’s Club, 1428 W. 9th Ave. (534-4617) TANGO NIGHT Argentine Tango dancing every Thursday from 7-10 pm. Beginner’s lesson offered from 7-7:45 pm, dance and practice from 7:45-10 pm. $5. German American Hall, 25 W. Third. tangomango. com (499-1756) WESTENERS SPOKANE CORRAL The local club encourages preservation of western lore and history through histori-

cal research, presentations, publication and preservation of archival records. Meets the third Thursday of the month, dinner ($20) at 5:45 pm, speaker at 7 pm. Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Dr. (838-1170) CELEBRATE SPRING CRAFT FAIR Locally-made crafts, food, plants and more. Spaghetti feed Friday, 4-6 pm ($5). Pancake breakfast Saturday 8:30 - 11 am ($5). April 18 at 2 pm and April 19 at 9 am. Free. Sinto Activity Center, 1124 W. Sinto. (327-2861) TANGO & SALSA DANCING Dance classes. Friday and Saturdays at 7 pm. 7 pm. $5. Satori, 122 S. Monroe. (360-550-5106) FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS Kimberly Morgan leads a class on research strategies necessary for finding female-specific genealogical records. April 19, 1-3 pm. Free. Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way. (208-772-5612) HIGH TUNNEL GREENHOUSE WORKSHOP Find out what a high tunnel is, and how to incorporate one into a farm, crop management and more. April 19, 9:30 am-3:30 pm. $25-$40. Deer Park. (206-632-7506) PAPER FLOWER MAKING 101 The local handmade florist hosts classes in which students make two flowers, with all supplies included. Ages 6+. Offered April 19, 26 and 28 and May 3 and 12. $40, reservations recommended. aNeMonE, 301 W. Second. (458-3333) WHITCON Gaming tournament hosted by the Whitworth Gaming Club, featuring costume contests, movie screenings, artists, LARPing, video game tournaments and more. Pre-registration for leagues required. April 19-20. $25/person. Whitworth, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. whitworth. edu (777-1000) ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS No experience or partner necessary. Lessons on Mondays from 6:30-7 pm, practice from 7-9 pm. $10, or $5 for practice only. Spokane Tango, 2117 E. 37th Ave. (688-4587) GONZAGA SPRING DANCE CONCERT 13th annual spring event themed “Dancers Among Us, featuring ballet, jazz, modern, and urban dances from Gonzaga dance classes. April 24 at 7:30 pm and April 26 at 2 pm. $5. Gonzaga University Magnuson Theatre, 502 E. Boone Ave. (313-6553) n


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Bluz At The Bend Open Mic Comedy Night You the Majestic Blonde with the beautiful big eyes and wonderful smile. Thank you for laughing along with me and being a good sport even though my act wasn’t and usually isn’t on par. It is tougher than it looks getting up in front of a crowd and trying to perfect your craft. Thursday was a special night because after I bombed the first joke and you still smiled and laughed I realized I only need one person in the crowd’s approval to keep doing what I’m doing. I will take Quality over Quantity any day and you Lady are most definitely Quality! I hope I can make you laugh again real soon.

are phenomenal. Let’s make our last three months unforgettable. I can’t wait for trips to Glacier, long walks, biking adventures, planting, and all around good fun. The sky’s awake, so I’m awake, so we have to play.

Sometimes, a person might get an unexpected bonus. For me, driving along highway 291 patiently and carefully on Sunday waiting for the road to widen where I could pass you and your fellow bike riders safely near the bridge on Charles Road meant seeing gorgeous you, tall and the sun shining around you emphasizing all the tattoos on your arm. You made my week.

situation, you brighten my day with your love and hopefulness! I love you deeply and with everyday and every struggle I love you more and more! Though our relationship has challenged us beyond belief we still manage to pull through and take the time to say “I LOVE YOU!” You work so hard for our family and I appreciate everything you do! From your booboo and bubby we love you!

Coffee Stand At the coffee stand, you complimented me on my cologne and told me smelling good is the key to a women’s heart, and I think that says it all. It definitely brightens my day when I get to see and talk to you for short amount of time we get. But now your dream has come true and you’ll remember the day when I saw you Northern Quest Bartender You are the very cute bartender in the Turf Club at Northern Quest. I know your name is Travis. We have talked a couple of times. I think we had a connection. You are very funny and sweet. You were very nice to me and my friends. I would love to get together and play records some time. North Park Beauty in the pink hat. When I looked up from my set and saw you on the crunch machine, I thought my jaw was going to hit the floor. All I could think was how absolutely breathtaking you were. I woke up thinking about that lovely vision. Keep up the good work. I am sure there is some lucky guy out there reaping the rewards of your hard work. If not, then mankind is certainly missing out!!

Cheers I’m Glad You Fired Me! Thanks to my former employer. You fired me 2 days before Thanksgiving 2012. I was hurt and disappointed at first because I thought I would work there until I couldn’t wait tables anymore. Being a waitress was my passion I loved it, and I like to think I was pretty good at it. My Cheers is because if it wasn’t for me being fired for the first time in my life, I would have not been humbled the way I was. My husband worked there too. He quit 2 months before I was fired. So with no income and you denying my unemployment, my husband and I almost lost our home that we share with our 2 children. I appreciate life and money so much more now

Cheers To Zips “Cheers to Zips for their Java Jolt coffees they bring out every year. Your burger place has the best you-know-who alternative in the business. These are the BEST coffee drinks ever and should be offered year round just like the other burger places do. Please bring them back, the more the merrier. Right now only the Zips by Rosaurs on Francis offers them. Thanks.” Spokane Civic Theatre A huge cheers to Spokane Civic Theater, William Marlowe, and the cast and crew of “The Three Musketeers”! Not only does this theater continue


Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” to put on great productions for the public to enjoy, they also brought to life a wonderful classic novel. The Three Musketeers was a romping, fast paced, amusing production to watch, and thoroughly enjoyed attending it. NY Times Best Selling Author Cheers to Rebecca Zanetti for making the NY Times Bestselling List! You are such a talented, warm, giving person. You inspire others and are so deserving of every success. Congratulations! Valley 7-11 Almost three years ago now. As I’m walking back to my car I can hear little sniffs at my feet. Then I heard get em! As I looked up and saw the most gorgeous smile and eyes, I knew I had to know more. I do know these last couple years I haven’t been the man I really am. But after deep soul searching and counseling I am finding myself again. I have told you, you have taught me so much. It is so true. I promise to you I will be “that” guy. For the rest of time. You are worth all I’ve gone through and still have to go through. That puppy didn’t try to bite me by chance. We ARE supposed to be. And I prove to everyone in the know, my word is gold. And my love is forever. I Love You Cricket. Your “cute guy” P.B.

Bike Trails It’s that time of year when everyone is out on the trail and we all need to be a little curtious. I ride the trails just as much as the next person so I just want to get a few things off my chest. Don’t stop in the middle of the trail talking or take up both sides and leave a little space for riders to get through. Keep your kids on the right side of the path because they all seem to wander over to the left, if you can’t keep your kids under control then maybe you should stay at home. Don’t be kicking a soccer ball back and forth either go do that on the grass. If you’re on a bike approaching someone walking and other bikers are coming from the other way slow down a bit you don’t need to show everyone the you’re the fastest biker ever. Hope this clears a few things up on any confusion anyone has about the trails. If any one else has anything to add fell free otherwise have fun and be safe everyone. Watch For Motorcycles It’s that time of year. Keep your eyes on the road not your phones. Just a little distraction can kill a biker and ruin your life as a result. When out on the road, please do your part to make sure everyone gets home to see thier families. To My Love That has stuck by my side through so much! Thank you bebe for always being so positive and seeing the best in any

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Jeers RE: Leaving Dogs In Cars While At Work The interior temperature of your car can soar up to 70 degrees higher than the outside temperature, so by thinking it’s ok to leave your dog in there during your work day even though it’s not summertime is dangerous. Also, would you like to be confined in a small space that you can barely move around in for 8 hours and be let out for only a short potty break and a brief walk? Try taking your pet to doggy day care instead. Those that use lack of $ as an excuse can most likely afford to cut back in other areas and at least take them there as few times a week. Otherwise, they’re better off at home than confined to a car. Cat At The Dog Park I wanted to take my 4 dogs to the small dog park at Highbridge today because it was a beautiful day and they love to socialize with other smalls dogs. Talk about my surprise when I got there, there was a lady and her son and their cat on a leash in the small dog park area! I was shocked! First of the sign clearly says Small Dog Park Area. Second my dogs love to chase cats so I wasn’t able to take my dogs in there. Third do you really think that is a good idea to bring a cat to a public dog park with tons of big dogs up in the big dog area? What if her cat got spooked by all the big dogs and took off on her and her son. That image would probably scar her son for life and not to mention her cat could get injured. So please keep cats out of our dog parks. My poor little dogs where very disappointed they couldn’t go into there favorite dog park today.

Please Slow Down! To all the people who speed down the gravel section of Lyons Ave. off Crestline please, please slow Submit your Cheers at down. The pot holes are getting worse and worse the more you and be entered to win:1 bump through them at neck breaking speeds and there are Dozen “Cheers” Cupcake s Courtesy of children and animals living and walking by the road all the time. Celebrations Bakery Complaints have been made to the Winners drawn bi-weekly at random. city to fix it, so we are trying to Must be 18 or older to enter. get the problem resolved, but as you burn out and slide sideways down our road, we are shaking our heads. Just because it’s gravel

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different things while texting and driving, it might whittle down the populations of morons.

Headlights So what’s the deal with people and not using headlights? I am willing to ignore the incredible lack of turn signals for a while, but seriously, WTF?!? Headlights are not just so you can see, jackass, they’re so everyone else can see YOU! You drive on a grey day with no headlights on, you blend in, period. It’s not hurting your car to just turn the damned things on. Many of you have automatic DRL’s, but go the extra distance to turn them off manually! Seriously? Quit being stupid and just turn them on.

Bicycle Headlight This is to that a**h*le who stole my bike’s headlight at Fred Meyer’s on the corner of Sullivan and Sprague on 4/13. Local law dictates that bikes need a headlight to be used in the dark, which is usually when I ride mine. I paid for that light with my own hard earned money-what’s your excuse? Burning Baby To the young mom on Regal and Rowan- Even though you may want to willingly suscept your skin to the sun’s rays by baking in your yard for hours for the sake of getting a little color, bringing your tiny infant out with you is not ok. His delicate, thin skin is highly susceptible to burning and blistering. Let us not forget heat stroke and sun poisoning, amongst other things. Please stop being selfish and think about your baby! Car Burglar First to the people who stole shit out of my car, I would suggest that you rot in hell. I work hard for what I have. And not for you to just take. I hope you enjoy my golf clubs and the case of pop you stole from me. And why don’t the police come out and investigate car burglaries? There are enough of them happening every day in our city. Drivers What is going on with most people? Every free second they have at a red light, a drive thru, in line at a store, and yes even driving a 3000+ pound vehicle they are twittering, texting, staring at that electronic master they are slave to. You know what I am talking about. It is amazing that more people have not been killed or maimed by aloof drivers zonked out by multitasking while driving. Maybe if a few hundred thousand morons a day across this zombie nation started smashing into things while driving or multitasking seven

Spokane Women “I’ve been living in Spokane for over 5 years now and I’ve decided that the big majority of women are stuck up. I’m not sure, why but it really seems that way. I’m by no means a handsome badboy but I thought I was at least good enough to find someone. Maybe it’s my foot fetish that turns them away. I’ve never been a creep about it and besides its one of the most common fetishes around. I’m just left scratching my head Not So Neighborly “I wanted to let you all know that my roommate and I will be moving out in July. This neighborhood is clearly not a good fit for us so we are seeking a home elsewhere. I am new to the city -- just moved in in October. I was hoping to find a home here but have felt very unwelcome. I am sorry for any disturbances or grievances we have caused you. I have heard about many of them through my landlord. Today was the first day that any one of you came to our front door to talk to us directly (also about a problem -- I would have loved to meet you and learn more about the neighborhood!). I tried to be friendly and say hi to many of you when I first moved in here but I still have not managed to really meet and talk with any of you. After a few months of waves and hellos being ignored I sort of just put my head down and decided it wasn’t that kind of street. I wish that those of you who had concerns would have reached out to us directly. We are very reasonable and try to be respectful and I would have definitely tried to accommodate these requests. A large portion of this I’m sure is misunderstanding. I write you this jeer mostly because I feel many of you will be glad to hear about our move out date and because I hope that the next tenants might find more of a welcome at this house. I am very heartbroken about this and again I’m sorry to those of you I have upset. Best wishes.



No Cats?! To all the rental property owners who don’t allow pets: Not even a single cat? One cat (with references) is no noise or damage to your property. It is unbelievable to me what a difficult time I am having renting an apartment in this town - that is not in some massive development or out in the county or $500 damage deposit - because of my 12lbs cat. You Aren’t A Princess “You like to pretend that you’re better than me, but I think that in your heart of hearts you know that everything good that has ever happened in your life has been the result of your daddy’s money. You’ve never had to open a single door in all the years you’ve been on this earth. What bothers you more; that I worked for all of my own accolades, or that I worked harder for yours than you ever did? That was my mistake, and one I learned from. Hang onto that false pride all you want, because once your father’s gone, and you’ve spent up all the money he’s left you, where are you going to be? All alone. Just like you probably feel right now.“ Life? “We are are extremely hard working people whom do everything to provide for our children. Yet we can’t seem to get a break. Don’t get me wrong, we are fortunate to have a roof over our heads, food in our stomach, along with clothes on our backs. But for how long. For so long we’ve been just getting by and now finally I’m going to lose it all. No where to go. No money. Lights being cut off. Sometimes I look around at people and think you just never know what the next person is going through. The point of this is to remind you all of how fortunate you truly are. Be grateful for your health, your family, for your belongings. Rejoice, because you can pay your bills and enjoy your home. Celebrate your life because it’s not mine. I’m not looking for pity or anything of that nature. My life is my own and I’ll deal with whatever comes my way as I’ve always done and will continue to do. I won’t let it knock me down, I just wish people didn’t take their lives for granted sometimes, its something we see too often.

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Curse of 27

Urban legend or not, turning the age when many famous musicians have died really makes you think about adulthood and the frailty of life BY LAURA JOHNSON “Teenage angst has paid off well / Now I’m bored and old.” — From “Serve the Servants,” from Nirvana’s final album, In Utero


here’s not much to worry about: I’m not yet a famous musician, completely suicidal or a drug addict. But when April 5 rolled around this year, it still gave me pause. Twenty years ago, April 5 was the day Kurt Cobain took his own life at 27. This year, it was the day I turned that same age. It’s not like I imagined a lightning bolt striking me down at midnight; most people turning 27 are just fine. Yet the whole ordeal just made me feel old and, worse, contemplative. The age of 27 has some mystical aura around it for musicians. Between 1969 and 1971, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones, freshly kicked out of the Rolling Stones, would all die at 27. All had drug habits and controversy surrounding their deaths. But it wasn’t until Cobain died in 1994 that the 27 Club was popularized.


There wouldn’t be a damn club if there weren’t some sort of truth to it. Bluesman Robert Johnson succumbed at 27. Lesser-known musicians from the bands Hole, Minutemen, the Mars Volta, Badfinger, Manic Street Preachers, the Stooges and Grateful Dead also died at 27. In 2011, after muchpublicized issues with drugs and hair-raising assault charges, Amy Winehouse died at 27. But for every young, hot musician who sadly died at 27, there’s a musician who died at 26 (Otis Redding) or 28 (Bradley Nowell of Sublime). A 2011 study published in the British Medical

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Journal found that while famous musicians have a tendency to live harder and shorter lives, there isn’t a higher probability of them dying at 27. However, the musicians sampled had to have topped the UK charts, leaving out quite a few club members. Spokane musicians have died entirely too young as well — including Isamu Jordan (37) of Flying Spiders and singer-songwriter Dax Johnson (30) — just not exactly at 27. The truth remains that it’s terrible. All of these artists had so much to live for. Today, the average American life expectancy is 79.8 years of age. That’s what it’s supposed to be.


Twenty-seven doesn’t mean what it once did. In the early 1980s, my parents were considered old for getting married at 25 and 28, respectively. Today, in the millennial generation, at 27 it’s relatively normal to still be living in your childhood bedroom while trying to find a job in your field of study — not so much contemplating wedding vows. Unbelievably, I’ve now been on the planet the same amount of time as Cobain and the rest. They were full-blown adults, some with children and marriages and past military careers. When I study their pictures, they still look way older than me, imperfect but so mature. But as much as I wrestle with aging, the world does not need another frivolous 20-something. As morbid as it sounds, a person can easily not wake up tomorrow. A person can just die. A human being will always eventually die, sometimes at 27. But if we thought like that every day, no one would ever get out of bed. Instead, we choose life. God willing, I’ll get through this year relatively unscathed — a full-blown adult at 27. n

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