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t’s Sunday morning, April 27: temperature cold, in the high 40s, and wet. Out at Qualchan Golf Course, the golfers are arriving. Thirty-seven cars are in the lot by 10:50. To my drive-by view, the greens and fairways seem in good shape. A few fairways haven’t begun growing yet, but all in all for springtime in Spokane? No complaints. I drive from Qualchan out to Esmeralda. I arrive at 11:20 and already 66 cars are parked. A light rain is falling. From Esmeralda I drive over to Downriver, where I count 73 cars in the lot and on the street. Then I make the drive over to Indian Canyon and find… seven cars in the lot!
ffhand, I can think of maybe a dozen or so quintessential Spokane “things” — you know, people, buildings, civic accomplishments — that transcend the narrow confines of our little universe out here behind, as one wag put it, “the pine tree curtain.” On my list: Kirtland Cutter, especially the Davenport Hotel; opera diva Patrice Munsel; Expo ’74; the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox; John Stockton; Bing Crosby; plus a couple of writers, most notably Jess Walter (who has stuck around). To that list, we must add Indian Canyon Golf Course. In addition to presenting the grandest view of the city anywhere, the course has hosted two United States Amateur Public Links championships, one U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship and two Washington State Amateur Championships. For years, the Canyon appeared on Golf Digest’s list of the 100 best public courses in America. The four-round course record is held by the great Byron Nelson. Today, the annual Rosauers Open Invitational tournament, the creation of head professional Gary Lindeblad, raises money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Clinic and is the largest PGA competition in the Northwest Section. Designed by Chandler Egan, who was largely responsible for the redesign of Pebble Beach and many other famous courses, Indian Canyon was built during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration. And I haven’t even begun to discuss the important Native American part of the story. Suffice to say, Indian Canyon is more than a golf course; it is our history. So how is it that the city has allowed the course to deteriorate to the point that, when the city’s other three courses are drawing large numbers, fewer than a handful show up to play the Canyon? Walk to the clubhouse door and you have your answer: five holes are still on temporary greens, and no golfer wants to play on temporary greens.
Forget looking in the direction of the most beleaguered target; I refer to the head professional. The head professionals do not control the care of the courses; that responsibility falls to the course superintendent who is hired by the Parks Department, which reports directly to
the Park Board. The cause of this year’s problem at the Canyon? According to Ross Kelley, Park Board Golf Committee chair, the problems resulted from a decision, supported by all four greens superintendents, to not cover the greens during the winter months. As a result, five greens are now terribly stressed. A reasoned, but in retrospect, bad decision.
suggest that today’s greens problems are merely representational. Our community treasure has been largely ignored for years (for example, its antiquated watering system), and actually has been under siege for the past seven years. You see, from 2007 through 2012, the driving range flooded every spring — thanks to the city’s absurd decision to permit a developer to direct his runoff water onto the Send comments to course. It took five years to email@example.com. correct the problem. Then, last year, came the first greens disaster. And now, in spring of 2014, we look at the second year of greens not being ready to play. Loss of play translates into loss of income, both to the head professional and the city. While greens fees go back to the city, the play numbers translate into cart rentals, restaurant revenue, driving range revenue, club sales, lessons and all the sources of income for the staff. Kelley points out that the Canyon, because of its elevation and siting, has always confronted the biggest weather challenges. There is some good news; it seems that the Canyon’s fairways survived the winter, and, says Kelley, today are in “the best shape of any of the city’s courses.” Once the greens have responded, play could well return. The bad news is that the Canyon’s poor condition relative to many of our other area courses is creating a snowball effect. What’s needed is the recognition that the course is important to our city’s history, that it has unique symbolic importance and that years of neglect must be addressed, and not merely as just one course among four. n
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Hail to the King BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.
n Sunday we celebrate 40 years since Expo ’74’s grand opening. But it all really started 50 years ago, in 1964, when an up-andcoming California urban planner by the name of King Cole moved to Spokane. Alarms about the future of the Lilac City had been sounding: In 1958, Sears left downtown; in 1961 the Ebasco Report advised the city that it needed a big shot of urban renewal, pronto, before it was too late; voters said no thanks. That’s where Cole came in, with Spokane at a dead end, desperation starting to set in. I visited Cole one afternoon in 1999, just before the 25th anniversary of Expo. “The reason for the World’s Fair was not to have a party, not to become important, not to create a park,” he told me that sunny April day. “It was to save the downtown.” And that’s exactly what they did. People say there are no silver bullet solutions, that the world just doesn’t work that way, but Expo ’74 was an improbable, audacious moon shot — and the single most transformative event in our history. “I lost track at about 15 miracles,” Cole recalled that day, “and I don’t mean coincidence or serendipity. I mean real, it-can’t-be-done and — bang! — it got done.” Cole and his team made their own luck, but he also had an ace in the hole — a secret ingredient that tied everything together. The Ebasco Report reminded locals of their forgotten Spokane River. So when Cole got to town, he was smart enough to stake out that piece of common ground and build a vision around it. After 10 years of scratching and clawing, they had reclaimed the Spokane Falls, surrounded them with a World’s Fair and wrapped it all up in a story of environmental redemption that inspires us to this day. I won’t forget the last thing Cole told me: “You can’t do something that big,” he said of the improvements around the Spokane River, “and expect it to last longer than 25 or 30 years.” That was 25 years after Expo; here we are, 40 years out, still talking about updating those old fairgrounds. Time is running out. Not only did Cole and so many others leave us an amazing public space, but if you look carefully, you’ll see they left behind the instructions, too — a how-to guide for again making Spokane a can-do kind of place. All month, I’ll be devoting my column to ideas about how we can build on the work King Cole and Spokane’s leaders started a half-century ago. Next week: Building a Better Park. JEN SORENSON CARTOON
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COMMENT | IDENTITY to take them on a walking tour of the past six years. I want to show them how more people than ever are pushing us all to take risks on awesome, increasingly fringe things, and what a large, enthusiastic and diverse group of Spokies shows up in support of such things.
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ast week I broke a rule I set for myself at the end of January. I promised I wouldn’t wade into debates with people who have stridently negative feelings about Spokane. But then a year-and-a-half-old LA Weekly blog questioning why any band would ever want to play in Spokane made the rounds on social media, and I fell off the wagon. My name is Luke. It’s been 10 days since my last angry repost. I created the rule during the height of Date-Grape-Koolaid gate, when the comments sections of national media outlets
overflowed with malcontented former Spokies saying Date Grape was a symptom of Spokane’s unredeemable Spokane-ness. I spent an hour trying to convince someone who had hated living here a decade ago that things were better than he remembered. It didn’t work. A number of other people defended Spokane’s honor in smart, clear ways. It didn’t matter. Others sprang in to help with pom-poms blazing. Those people came off as rubes. That’s fine sir, but did you know we had an Expo? An Expo! It was awful. It sometimes seems like we have a citywide case of Stockholm syndrome. We crave the acceptance of our abusers. I know I do. I don’t get angry at these people. I want
In some bullied, esteem-sensitive part of my brain, I think I worry that those outsized, obnoxious opinions will somehow stall all the progress we’ve been making. Not just the cool shit that’s happening, but the good feelings I have as a person who is learning to love his city. In a different part of my brain, though — a part that’s more comfortable with who I am and more sure of the direction I want to push my life — I’ve come to believe the opposite. The trolls aren’t holding Spokane back. Worrying about the trolls is holding Spokane back. It’s a common and self-defeating preoccupation of underdogs and also-rans to try to impress the people who think you’re a failure. It’s a much more satisfying and liberating thing to pursue obsessively those things you believe in, and trust that you’ll find a community of people who appreciates your particular brand of weird. Spokane has started down that latter road. We’re a profoundly strange town in a completely unique place and we’re finally beginning to embrace it. We’ve begun to tell a story that is distinctly and authentically ours, and for the first time since I’ve been alive, we’re actually enjoying the story we’re telling. There’s a lot to look forward to. We’re going to miss it if we keep looking back. n Luke Baumgarten, a creative strategist at Seven2 and former culture editor of the Inlander, is a co-founder of Terrain and the founder of Fellow Coworking. He tweets @lukebaumgarten.
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(4/17/14). I believe that most average people are not fully aware of the negative impact that militarism has had on America and the rest of the world. I recently visited a country that has not had an army since 1948. They have free health care, dental care and free college for all. The people are truly happy and love their country. That country is Costa Rica. Americans could be happy as well if our leaders spent their time doing what was best for us instead of building empires and sowing mass destruction. War only benefits the wealthiest while the rest of us (the 99 percent) pay the price. Try to imagine how things could be today in America if we had done what Costa Rica did in 1948. All of our wars since would not have occurred. We would have a physically and mentally healthy and educated society. We still can, if we move the money out of the military and invest it in our people. CHRISTY ANDERSON-CROSEN Ford, Wash. Send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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as more of an accounting headache than a useful sum. The city contributes $155,000. By March, the gears at the county and city were moving again, and today the open slots have been filled. While the city and county are moving toward restoring funding to the Historic Preservation Office, the tactics the county used against the Landmarks Commission spotlights an ongoing divide between the two governments. “It speaks to the underlying tension,” Stuckart says.
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or the first two months of this year, the joint City/ County Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission was paralyzed. Instead of reviewing nominations to the local historic register or helping property owners take advantage of related tax credits, the commission could do nothing. It didn’t even have enough members for a quorum. Five of its 11 seats were vacant, waiting to be filled by the city and county. Plenty of applications had been turned in for those openings, but months went by without new appointments. The city of Spokane blames “staff transitions” for leaving its positions unfilled. On the county’s part, the backlog was intentional. County commissioners wanted to send a message, an expression of their displeasure. Their intended target: Kristen Griffin, then the city’s Historic Preservation Officer who provided support to the Landmarks Com-
mission. County commissioners have complained about everything from Griffin’s performance, to the lack of historic preservation outreach to unincorporated areas, to a case involving a small farmhouse. Griffin, who quit in February amid frustration, says the county never told her the delay was a pointed message or attempted to communicate its meaning at all. City Council President Ben Stuckart says the county’s purposeful foot-dragging “to teach a lesson is really an example of bad government,” and Councilman Jon Snyder calls the tactics a “ridiculous politicizing of the historic preservation process.” “There are a lot of folks that are really mad that they tried to manipulate this process,” Snyder adds. It wasn’t the first blow to historic preservation. In 2012, the county slashed its funding of the Spokane Historic Preservation Office from a peak of $40,000 to only $5,000 — a number the city of Spokane complains serves
A toy dump truck, celebrating the county’s success in attracting a Caterpillar manufacturing plant, is parked on a shelf in County Commissioner Al French’s office. It’s a coup that French is particularly proud of. A former developer and architect, French has fought intensely to attract developers and manufacturers to the region and protect their interests. Case in point: The city council recently raised French’s ire with an ordinance restricting the expansion of certain utilities to developments in areas still open to legal challenges. Despite Mayor Condon vetoing the ordinance, French drew on hardball tactics, firing off a 36-point records request, requiring councilmembers to cite evidence for their arguments and even asking the city to send over Snyder’s oath of office. Last year, the Landmarks Commission became part of another land-use fight. The Sarsfield farmhouse in the West Plains, constructed in the Craftsman style in 1905, ...continued on next page
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“POLITICS OF PRESERVATION,” CONTINUED... became a flashpoint when WEMCO, a heavy equipment manufacturer, wanted to build next door. That’s when the Landmarks Commission weighed in. In June of 2013, it looked at evidence that the WEMCO facility’s construction and presence could hurt the farmhouse. Griffin and the Landmarks Commission repeatedly called for additional environmental review, as required by terms of a 2002 rezone, before development. Ultimately, Griffin says, the warehouse was approved without the review she wanted. The county commissioners, however, remained unhappy with Griffin’s involvement. “Part of our frustration, last year, was we felt that [Griffin] was advocating for an outcome as opposed to advocating for a process,” French said in a meeting with city Planning Director Scott Chesney in February. “And that then put the department in a position contrary to the interests of the county. As Commissioner [Todd] Mielke indicated, we want to make sure everybody is rowing in the same direction.” In French’s eyes, it was a conflict of philosophies. A county focused on property rights on one side. A city government that believes historic preservation projects can impact neighboring properties on the other. “You cannot rob a neighbor’s underlying rights because you’ve chosen to engage in historic preservation activity,” French said. But Landmarks Commission Chair Lynn Mandyke points to the county’s code, which
specifically gives the commission authority to comment on assessments of “historic resources or adjacent properties.”
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French says the farmhouse was far from the only point of contention. On one hand, he doesn’t believe that historic landmarks should impede adjacent properties. On the other, he would like to see more county properties on the historic register. The Landmarks Commission has been too concentrated on the city, he says, without enough outreach or education to the unincorporated areas. As a result, most properties added to the register have been within the city’s borders. He wasn’t happy with Griffin’s leadership, period. “We weren’t getting updated on the efforts,” French says. “She would come to us once a year, and that presentation was to ask for more money.” Griffin disputes that her presentations were about funding, but says that when the commissioners complained about the Landmarks Commission’s narrow results, she took it to heart. She added new workshops, for example, to help barns countywide get on the historic register. French says he didn’t raise any of his problems with Griffin to her superiors. Instead, he tried to get Griffin’s attention by stalling Landmarks Commission applications. “We were frustrated because the communication had broken down,” French says. “We weren’t going
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to start processing any applications until we had established that communication.” But Griffin says no one told her why the applications weren’t being approved. French says county staff communicated with city staff, but he wasn’t part of the conversation. Griffin says she asked county clerical staff about the delay, but never got an explanation. “The first that I heard that this was an effort to deliver a message was in the Spokesman-Review [on Feb. 13],” Griffin says. “A better way to have delivered a message would have been to convey something to me directly.” If the county wanted Griffin gone, they got it. She resigned in February, taking a new job on Whidbey Island. Griffin says it was difficult to leave, but she’d hit a low point. Her department had been absorbed into the city’s Department of Building and Planning. She was saddled with more work and given fewer resources and less support. The county’s blocking of Landmarks Commission applications made her morale even worse. “I never heard a single complaint until I saw it in the paper,” Stuckart says of Griffin’s work. “If there are issues, we can all get together to talk about them.” Yet with Griffin gone, and the city searching for her replacement, French is happy with the direction of historic preservation. He praises Chesney, the city planning director, and the interim historic preservation officer. French says the county is willing to “ramp up its funding” as long as the new officer is willing to look at historic preservation on a “true regional basis.” On Monday, Chesney sent the county a memorandum of understanding, proposing the county increase its investment in the Historic Preservation Office sixfold to $30,000. As the city and county plan to kick off talks on May 12 over regional planning and revenue sharing, French says he’s optimistic. “We are going to do, through this joint planning effort, what I think the city and county have always talked about doing for 13 years,” he says. n email@example.com
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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA after he was caught on tape asking his girlfriend not to associate with black people or bring them to games. In other racist old-guy news, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy suggested in an interview with the New York Times that African-Americans were “better off as slaves, picking cotton.”
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A Spokane Valley woman was found dead in the trunk of her car on the South Hill. Investigators believe she may have been in there for weeks. Her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend have been charged with her murder.
Mayor David Condon has asked voters to support a new park bond and street levy this November to pay for ongoing road maintenance and $60 million in renovations at Riverfront Park.
Two people were shot last Friday in Spokane Valley and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators believe the double shooting may have gang ties. On Thursday, a bouncer at Lion’s Lair bar downtown was shot in the leg. A suspect is in custody. Immaculee Mukakalisa, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, lights a candle at Spokane’s Temple Beth Shalom on Sunday for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. The observance, attended by about 400 people, was not only a commemoration of the Holocaust, but also of more recent acts of genocide in Rwanda, Sudan and elsewhere in the world.
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The number of Idahoans who have signed up for health insurance on the online exchange, exceeding the state’s enrollment target by nearly 40,000 people.
What’s Creating Buzz The percentage of Spokane Facebook users who prefer the Mariners over every other major league baseball team, according to a study by the social network based on “likes.”
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A Superior Court judge sided with the local firefighters union Friday, ruling that the city’s reorganization of the fire department to allow for more mayor-appointed positions is illegal under state CIVIL SERVICE law. Last year, Mayor David Condon supported, and the city council approved, the reorganization of the fire, police and parks departments to make them divisions with multiple departments. Since each city department is allowed two mayor-appointed leadership positions, those reorganizations increased potential exempt positions in the three departments from six to 40. (Since the change, one of the fire department’s exempt positions has been filled, though it remains unclear how this ruling will affect that position.) Supporters argue that appointed positions provide needed flexibility in creating strong leadership teams. Opponents, like Council President Ben Stuckart, say the changes wrongly circumvent civil service testing, which is intended to prevent nepotism. While the administration has not yet announced whether it will appeal the decision, Condon said Monday he believes the changes were legal. Stuckart says he plans to bring forward an ordinance in coming weeks to return the fire department to its previous organization. Since the case was specific to the fire department, it will not immediately affect the police or parks reorganizations. — HEIDI GROOVER
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While overall calls for service dropped, a newly released 2013 annual report indicates Coeur d’Alene Police Department officers have seen a dramatic increase in calls to “involuntarily detain” citizens debilitated by mental health, suicidal or drug intoxication issues. The report shows such detainments jumped to 299 last year, up from 185 in 2012. “We’ve seen such an incredible increase,” Sgt. Christie Wood says. “It’s something that all law enforcement is dealing with.” INVOLUNTARY DETAINMENTS at the department had dropped down as low as 168 in 2009, the report states, but have overall increased by 31 percent since 2005. Wood says most detainments involve taking a mentally unstable, suicidal or dangerously intoxicated person to an evaluation at Kootenai Medical Center. Officers can be tied up for hours, and if the hospital is full, they must sometimes drive subjects to Lewiston — a four-hour round trip. “It is extremely time consuming,” Wood says. “Law enforcement was never designed to be the fallback for caring for the mentally ill.” — JACOB JONES
Washington state had a big first last week: It became the first state to officially lose its NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND WAIVER. And that’s costing schools statewide control of an estimated $40 million. No Child Left Behind, passed in 2001, required public schools to make “adequate yearly progress” on state standardized math and reading tests, or face sanctions. Yet as the years progressed, the law required the percentage of students passing those tests to get higher and higher. By 2014, 100 percent of students were supposed to be passing. While Congress hasn’t repealed or amended No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration has offered states conditional waivers. But last year, the federal Department of Education demanded that Washington state use standardized test scores as at least one piece of its teacher evaluation. Early this year, the state legislature faced pressure from teachers unions — which believe standardized tests can’t judge teacher performance — and from the governor and state superintendent, who warned refusing to require standardized test scores in teacher evaluations could cost schools dearly. The legislature didn’t pass any of the bills to change the evaluations, and Washington state lost its waiver. Spokane’s poverty level means the school district relies a great deal on federal Title 1 funding. With the loss of the waiver, Spokane Public Schools will lose control of 20 percent of that funding, about $2 million. That money will now go to assist parents in sending their students to different schools if they choose and to private tutoring programs. — DANIEL WALTERS
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The Super Users To rein in rising health care costs and misuse of emergency services, doctors, firefighters and service providers focus on “hot spotters” BY DEANNA PAN
verybody knows Randall Sluder. The homeless shelters. The police. The fire department. The emergency room doctors. He was a guy who always had a Bud in his hand and enough money in his pocket at the beginning of the month to buy beers for his buddies downtown. He was the guy who’d drink until he was blackout drunk and wake up in a strange place with the cops kicking his shoes. His rap sheet — two pages long — includes more than three dozen minor charges for trespassing and public drinking. In the course of two months in 2012, he was picked up and transported to the emergency room 40 times. “Randall was a guy who would walk out of one ER and call the ambulance in the parking lot to go to another ER,” says Darin Neven, an emergency room physician at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. But Sluder boasts that he’s a changed man, and his doctors and case managers say as much. Since he moved into his house eight months ago, he’s visited the ER once — after buying a six-pack of beer in February, he slipped down an icy hill near his home and smacked his head on the ground. “Today is my 120th day of being sober,” Sluder announces, eyes twinkling, at his home
near Hangman Creek. “I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol. A drop. Unbelievable. It’s unbelievable for me.” Sluder is a so-called “super user,” as Neven says, currently benefiting from intense case management from the Spokane Hot Spotters Group. A collaborative effort led by the Spokane County Medical Society, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and the Spokane Fire Department, the group focuses its efforts on the community’s most vulnerable and complex people — “super users” like Sluder who cycle through emergency rooms and suck up unnecessary medical services without improving their odds of stability. The group gets them into housing and wraps services — financial planning, medical care, housing assistance and rehabilitation — around them. “It is the lowest-hanging fruit. You can work with one person and maybe eliminate 100 emergency room visits a year, or you can work with 100 people who have one emergency room visit a year,” Neven says. “If we’re going to go after this from a resource utilization standpoint, we should go after the one person with 100 emergency room visits.” So far, for Sluder, the approach is working. At 57, he looks 70. He’s just over 5-foot-4, with a cheeky smile. His fine gray hair is combed,
mustache groomed, and his home is impeccably neat. From a filing cabinet in his bedroom, he retrieves a stack of black and manila folders, all individually labeled. He has one for his receipts, another for court documents, one for SNAP assistance, and two to separate his Spokane County Jail records from his Airway Heights prison paperwork. He ticks off the names of people helping him get his life together: the judge at Community Court, the prosecutor, his doctor, case manager and even the journalist in the room. “I have a lot of people pulling for me,” Sluder says. “It’s unbelievable. I praise them every day for helping me, for getting me through this.”
hen Neven first started working in the emergency department at Providence Sacred Heart, he noticed many patients who’d show up at the ER over and over and over again. But the hospital’s care wasn’t making a difference in their health or behavior. Most of the time, they were just looking for a place to sleep, or food to eat and respite from the jails or shelters. “The way our [emergency] system works is they have to do everything possible to make sure you’re safe,” says Lee Taylor, director of strategic initiatives at the Spokane County Medical Society. “That makes it difficult to deal with patients who are there for the wrong reasons, and patients who aren’t going to get the care they need. They need a primary care doctor. They need a behavioral health professional, and they need someone to help them deal with their substance abuse issues. ... The ER isn’t going to make them well.” The costs of treating them add up. Emergency room care can cost thousands of dollars. A single ambulance transport to the hospital is a $500 expense. In the United States, approximately 1 percent of patients account for 22 percent of all health care spending. What’s most frustrating, Neven says, is that super users inhibit emergency responders’ capacity to take care of people in real medical emergencies. “Someone who is dying can have their care delayed because there is no other social system to take care of these people,” he says. Identified through Washington’s Emergency Department Information Exchange, a computer network system that tracks patient visits to hospital emergency rooms statewide, they use emergency medical services 30 to 100 times a year. Neven says they’re typically serial inebriates, intoxicated more often than they’re sober. They often have a mental illness as well. Half the time, they’re homeless. The Hot Spotters group is working with six of them, including Sluder; their goal is to expand to 25 clients by the end of the year and cut their medical, emergency and legal costs by $1 million. “These are people who live at rock bottom,” Neven says. “They’ve grown accustomed to sleeping outside, being drunk all the time. There’s really not much farther they can go.”
very Monday, Sluder rides his Harley about two and a half miles to the downtown library and reports to Judge Mary Logan at Community Court for a second-degree trespassing charge from last April. He’s required to take disulfiram — which produces immediate and severe negative reactions when alcohol is consumed — attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, group counseling sessions, and submit to two urinalysis tests a month. He’s counting down to the end of his probation on May 28; each passing day is crossed out in black pen in a pocket planner. At the library, Sarah Bates, a community health worker for the Spokane County Medical Society, raves about Sluder’s progress. Once a week, he calls her to check in. “It’s hard to even describe. He’s so much more articulate. He’s very focused. He looks fantastic all the time. He’s meticulous now,” Bates says. “To think where we were a year ago… ” But deep down, Sluder knows the path to recovery is often a bumpy one. “My mind is still hurting. It’s going to be hurting the rest of my life more or less, you know what I mean? I don’t want to fall off the wagon,” Sluder admits. “But in the back of my mind still, I got that little bug, saying ‘[just] one’ and that’s not good for me. Just that one could get me right back. It’s so easy.”
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by the numbers 300 MILLION
Cost in 1974 dollars to build and stage the World’s Fair in Spokane. Immediate economic impact on Spokane was calculated at $700 million. The boom included Nordstrom locating its first store outside Seattle in downtown Spokane, and the renovation of the Flour Mill into a shopping center anchored by Clinkerdagger restaurant.
Miles of cable used in the U.S. Pavilion in the center of the Expo Fairgrounds. The structure was paid for by the federal government and stands 14 stories tall; the steel ring at the top weighs 60,000 pounds. The IMAX Theater inside the Pavilion featured a 6,000-squarefoot screen — the largest in the world at the time. Covered during the Fair, the Pavilion’s white canvas started to fail within a few years and was removed.
Number of visitors to Spokane to experience Expo ’74. Along with tourists, dignitaries and heads of state, a series of entertainers made their way through Spokane during the Fair’s 184-day run, from Lawrence Welk to Bob Hope to Ella Fitzgerald to Zubin Mehta and the L.A. Philharmonic. Olga Korbut performed her gymnastics, and the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos even played an NFL preseason game here.
Months after Expo’s opening day when President Richard Nixon would resign office over Watergate. While hecklers joined the crowd, they were drowned out by the cheering throng just happy to see the Fair finally open. The president’s detail was so concerned, however, that Secret Service agents donned scuba gear to patrol under the waters of the Spokane River where he spoke.
At the various exhibition halls, new technologies were shared with the public for the first time, including the 911 emergency phone system, the air bag for automobiles and, most important, the invisible dog — a leash with a wire in it connected to a collar that many could be seen “walking” during their Expo visit.
Height, in feet, of the silver bust of the godfather of Communism, Vladimir Lenin, that greeted visitors to the USSR Pavilion — their first participation in a World’s Fair since 1939. More than 200 Soviets came to work the Fair, including at least a handful of documented KGB agents. A small group even made the trek down to our own Moscow in Idaho and were greeted with a parade.
Only one feature of central Spokane’s railroad history remained on the Expo site: The Great Northern Clock Tower. There were two train stations located on the grounds, along with a tangle of railroad lines, parking lots and industrial uses (including one commercial laundry that dumped its dirty suds straight into the river). It was all cleared for the Fair and future Riverfront Park. While the Clock Tower also was scheduled for demolition, a last-minute citizens’ petition saved the iconic structure.
Check out Joseph Snodgrass’ podcast on the Expo anniversary, with interviews from Spokanites who visited the exhibition nearly every day. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The Fair and the Falls, a history of Expo ’74 by J. William T. Youngs, provided background material for this section. Also thanks to John Waite and Karen Mobley.
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Spokane’s Message to the World E
xpo ’74 was a bit ahead of its time with a theme of environmental awareness and stewardship. Earth Day had only started in 1970, and surprising as it might sound today, the idea of the need for nations to limit their consumption was just beginning to enter mainstream thinking. Inside the U.S. Pavilion, the words “The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth” (attributed to Chief Seattle) dominated the entrance. But Expo also presented its credo — a statement of purpose declaring that along with all the fun, there was a serious message, delivered by a city that had to reclaim its much-abused waterfront to even host the World’s Fair. (After his visit to Spokane, Lee Iacocca, then president of the Ford Motor Company, said the World’s Fair looked like it succeeded in “recycling Spokane.”) Entitled “This We Believe,” it was delivered to the 85,000 who came to witness opening day on May 4, 1974. Just before President Richard Nixon officially opened the Fair, beloved entertainer Danny Kaye read our manifesto:
his we believe: That the universe is a grand design in which man and nature are one. “That planet earth, a small part of the universe, is the residence of mortal man whose
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needs and aspirations are limited by the finite resources of planet earth and man’s own finite existence. “That man is the custodian of his environment, as the environment is the custodian of man. “That man, in his growing wisdom, will renounce the age-old boast of conquering nature lest nature conquer man. “That the skies and the seas and the bountiful earth from which man draws his sustenance are the preserves of all mankind, and that in the brotherhood they derive from nature, the nations of the earth will join together in the preservation of the fragile heritage of our planet. “We believe in the restoration of the reverence of nature, which once filled our own land where the American Indian roamed in respectful concert with his environment. “We believe that the human spirit itself must set its own limitations to achieve a beauty and order and diversity that will fill the hearts of the children of the world with a new and happier vision of their destiny. “We believe that from this city of Spokane there goes forth today to the world the message that the time of great environmental awakening is at hand. “All this, we believe.” — TED S. McGREGOR JR.
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hile Russia — in 1974 and still today — has long served as America’s greatest international rival, the Spokane World’s Fair stands in history as a sort of friendly oasis, a celebratory demilitarized zone where President Nixon joined local residents to welcome Soviet visitors as well as future political foes from Iran. King Cole and other fair organizers put great efforts into recruiting a wide variety of nations and cultures to the event. J. William T. Youngs writes in his exhaustive history of Expo ’74, The Fair and the Falls, that officials wanted a world-class showing of international identity. Multiple countries hosted pavilions, but at 54,500 square feet, the USSR Pavilion alone covered more space than all of the foreign exhibits at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. “Along with the pavilions came dozens of foreign performance groups from the exhibitor nations and other countries, adding to the sense that Expo ’74 was indeed an international event,” Youngs writes, adding, “Spokane was, after all, prepared to host a world’s fair.” Sitting just across the river from the
Spokane Opera House, the USSR Pavilion featured an immense 4,500-pound aluminum map of the Soviet Union across the front entrance. Inside, a massive bust of Lenin greeted all visitors as they passed through exhibits on Soviet cities, technological advancements, national heritage and industrialization. A restaurant in back served borscht. Youngs explains that Nixon had recently signed an environmental accord with the Soviet Union. The president arrived aboard Air Force One amid the festivities, just days after releasing the Watergate tapes. Reports say he accidentally referenced to Gov. Dan Evans as “Governor Evidence” when first addressing locals at Fairchild Air Force Base. Iran became another enthusiastic participant with its elaborate pavilion decorated in the national colors of red, green and white. Youngs writes that exhibits included prehistoric sculpture, modern paintings and a film on the royal ceremony crowning the shah and queen. The queen would later invite Cole and his family to visit, welcoming them to the kingdom just a few years before the Iranian Revolution
would sever the country’s political ties with the U.S. in 1979. Bellhops at the Ridpath Hotel also grew fond of the Iranian visitors, Youngs writes. One bellman recalled he could make more than $300 a night serving the Iranians, who he says threw money around “like you couldn’t believe.” Security tensions still prevailed in some cases. The Secret Service positioned snipers on rooftops and Soviet ambassadors had a strict 25-mile travel limit. The Soviet security chief repeatedly expressed concerns about the B-52 bombers flying in and out of Fairchild. “Why is it that your bombers fly over our pavilion?” he asked suspiciously. At the time, more Soviets worked in Spokane than in either the United Nations in New York City or the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C., Youngs writes. Many locals found the Russian visitors somewhat “gruff” or “stubborn,” but the two nations also made many diplomatic inroads. “Drinking contests were common between the Soviets and the Americans,” he writes, “with the victory usually going to the Soviets.” n
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here’s no folklife in the Pacific Northwest. That’s what the Smithsonian Institution concluded after some cursory fieldwork across the region. Originally slated to sponsor a folklife festival at the World’s Fair in Spokane, the Smithsonian hired a filmmaker from New York named Bob Glatzer to coordinate a program showcasing foreign, American and indigenous traditions from the Pacific Northwest. Glatzer and his band of fieldworkers spent months combing the region in search of talented craftsmen and performers. But when they started their search, the Smithsonian wasn’t impressed with what they found. As Glatzer told the Spokesman-Review in 1974, “the feeling by the Smithsonian was that the Northwest was the least interesting part of the nation.” “And in the their ultimate wisdom, [the Smithsonian] decided there wasn’t enough folklife in the Pacific Northwest to maintain a six-month World’s Fair presentation,” remembers Mike Kobluk, the director of performing and visual arts at the fair. “So they pulled out.” Glatzer was devastated. But he and his director of programming, Susanne Tedesco, were committed to finishing what they started, and they discovered that the culture and heritage of the Pacific Northwest was much richer than anyone had imagined. Staged along the north bank of the Spokane
River, exhibitors traveled to Spokane from all over Washington, Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia to demonstrate their craft and culture in exchange for room and board at Gonzaga University and a $15 per-day stipend. Lumberjacks scaled 80-foot poles, chopped wood and rolled logs. A Norwegian woodworker from the Puget Sound spent six months on site building a boat by hand. Old miners taught kids how to pan for gold (and occasionally slipped a piece of metal on the ground for children to find.) Northwest Indians constructed a traditional longhouse. Union Pacific loaned an old steam engine. Every week, on a designated site, a new ethnic group was invited to share their traditions. Russian Old Believers from Oregon showed off their beeswax candle-making. Estonians from Vancouver, B.C., performed traditional dances. A Chinese acupuncturist from Seattle displayed his work on a doll. Scots from the region played the bagpipe and served shortbread and haggis. East Indians did magic tricks. “It was an ever-changing demonstration of authentic Northwest folklife,” Kobluk says. “You as a resident could go back there every week and a half, and it would be different. It would be a different group, different presentations, and you would get to know more about what this part of the country is all about. … It was dynamic. It was fabulous.”
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‘Lots of Drugs — All of Them Good’ Memories from the nearby youth encampment BY HEIDI GROOVER
he City of Spokane didn’t want to do it. Not really. But officials soon realized they didn’t have much of a choice. “[Expo] is designed to draw people,” said City Councilman Del E. Jones, according to a December 1973 Spokane Daily Chronicle report. The city could either “ignore the problem,” Jones said, or “make some contingency plans to try to take care of the young people. … I think we’d be remiss if we didn’t make some plans.” So the city set aside the area along Hangman Creek at High Bridge Park. It was a home for both hippies and politically charged “yippies,” a national movement of young people (with a Spokane contingent) who were antiauthority but very pro-marijuana. Catherine and Larry Shaw remember
the week they spent in the camp — she was 31, he was 35 and their daughter was 18 months old — sneaking into a back entrance of Expo by day and singing and talking politics by night. They spent the nights sleeping in the back of their green Volkswagen microbus. The whole thing was a sort of living example of what their movement had accomplished in the that had come before, years decade Catherine says today by phone later from the couple’s home in Mill Valley, California. “A lot of the hippie thing was seen as the next movement to freedom, personal freedom. If we had the right in our politics to vote regardless of skin color, then we have the right in our personal lives to live as we want regardless of what the fashion magazines tell us,” she says. “ was the flowering of that, the living of that.”
Catherine and Larry Shaw remember the Expo-related encampment as being “wild in the good way.” According to reports from the time, the camp started at about 50 people. As Expo continued, it grew into the thousands with “smoke-ins” and police encounters along the way. But Catherine and Larry remember a relatively calm place that was “wild in the good way,” a friendly community where free food, free clothes and free pot were common. “Lots of drugs,” Catherine says laughing, “All of them good.” “Did we have fire circles?” she asks
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Larry. They decide there were, indeed, gatherings in the evening when people would sing or talk about the big issues of the day, like war and workers’ rights. “There were a lot of political discussions and philosophical discussions: ‘Why are we here?’” Catherine remembers. “But it was kind of soft politics. Nobody was thinking about going out and blowing stuff up to change the world. It was more like, how could we live in such way to set a good example for others?”
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t all started with Time. Actually Time-Life, that huge set of glossy books that every kid had in the ’60s. Lloyd Carlson would read them to his son every night. Carlson was VP at a local design firm here in 1972 when the City of Spokane announced it was looking for a logo to be created for its World’s Fair. Officials said that a contest would be held to find the logo that would represent Spokane to the world, and Carlson jumped at it. “Dad hated this sort of nonsense,” his son Steven recalls. “The first contest was open to anyone, and there was no intention of paying for the winning design. The committee hoped that some nice amateur artist would win.” Carlson spent his free time working on the project for about six months until it hit him. He thought back to those Time-Life books. In one of them, he remembered being compelled by an article about the Möbius strip. “A fascinating, improbable shape,” Carlson noted at the time, “it has no definable beginning and no end. It is continuous.” Officials wanted the logo to embrace the theme of “continuity of life” and emphasize environmental themes such as “live in harmony … maintaining our fresh air” and
“finding solutions to our industrial pollution problems.” Since a Möbius strip is neverending and symbolizes reuse, this seemed to him a perfect fit. Carlson chose white to express the purity of air. Blue stands for the water of lakes and streams. Green represents the unspoiled, natural beauty of growing plants and trees. As soon he had the idea, he completed the finished logo in a matter of hours. The next day he submitted it to the design committee. The committee notified Carlson that he had won, and asked him for the art master. Carlson pointed out “the first contest was the freebie, and if they wanted the Möbius strip, they’d have to pay,” says Steven. They did. Steven recalls they paid about $5,000 — he wasn’t exactly sure — but they made it worth his father’s time. Carlson went on to create a flag design for the city, as well as some of Spokane’s most iconic brands. In 1986 he moved to Portland to be closer to his family; he passed away there in 2009 at the age of 90. “When I visit Spokane,” Steven says, “I see examples of logos he did half a century ago still in use — not a bad legacy.” n
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orty years later, the remnants of Expo ’74 — the Clock Tower and skeleton of the U.S. Pavilion — still define Spokane’s postcards. In the years since, Riverfront Park has seen few improvements: Sure, the old YMCA building was swapped out for more green space. And the kids play in the Rotary Fountain at the entrance, a leftover idea from Expo that took until 2005 to come to fruition. But now raccoons scurry about above the Ice Palace. The Looff Carrousel’s roof leaks. The next 40 years would bring Spokane all the way to 2054 (the same futuristic year portrayed in Minority Report). In the meantime, the Spokane Park Board and a Citizen Advisory Committee chaired by Inlander Publisher Ted S. McGregor Jr. have been dreaming up plans to
make major changes. That means moving away from the cloistered sections of the park designed for Expo’s different cultures, and to a much more open park. Riverfrontparkmasterplan.org showcases the visualization of dozens of the committee’s concepts for the park’s future, including a sprawling promenade toward Howard Street; an expanded building to hold events and protect the carousel; an upgrade to the existing Pavilion cables, allowing them to “close” into a canopy; and even a large playground with an ancient Ice Age floods theme. The committee and the Park Board are currently in the middle of analyzing options to fund the upgrades, including the use of a park bond on the ballot this November. — DANIEL WALTERS
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aybe you weren’t born yet, or you didn’t live in the Inland Northwest back in 1974. But maybe you did, and fondly recall the excitement surrounding the 1974 World’s Fair as one of the coolest things to happen in Spokane’s modern history. Expo ’74 indeed was a big deal, and the event’s 40th anniversary focuses on commemorating its significant role in shaping the Spokane of today. The first of many Expo-related events happens this Friday (May 2, at 11:15 am; free), when Avista unveils the newly renovated HUNTINGTON PARK, giving residents and visitors a new, expanded vista of the Spokane River. The new park is across Post Street from Riverfront Park, below City Hall and the historic Washington Water Power substation. The following day, the INB Performing Arts Center hosts EXPERIENCE EXPO ’74, an exhibit showcasing event photos, artifacts and memorabilia (May 3, from noon-4 pm; $4), co-curated by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. That evening, at the Spokane Convention Center, the EXPO ’74 GALA (May 3, from 6-10 pm; $74) celebrates the fair’s lasting legacy in Spokane, namely Riverfront Park, with a cocktail reception, internationally themed dinner and live entertainment. Commemorating Expo’s legacy doesn’t end there, as events continue through the year. The LEGACY OF EXPO ’74, an upcoming show at the Chase Gallery (July 9-Sept. 26), features artists whose work was exhibited at the fair, alongside historical photos and artifacts. — CHEY SCOTT Find out more about Expo ’74 40th anniversary events at expo74.org.
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Puzzling It Out
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s far as metaphors go, the notion that life is a juggling act seems about right. Each of us has responsibilities — to our employers, to our family, to our friends, to ourselves — that have to be addressed fairly and simultaneously if they are to be addressed at all, and keeping those balls aloft accounts for the frisson and frustration of everyday existence. Christopher Wooley would suggest a different metaphor: that life is a puzzle, a potentially satisfying
whole made of neatly interlocking pieces. Take one of those pieces away, or force it into a space where it wasn’t designed to fit, and the harmony of that whole is threatened. When it came time to choose a visual motif for Becky’s New Car, which Wooley is currently directing in the Civic’s downstairs studio theater, he and set designer Matthew Egan thought the puzzle imagery was especially apt. The play’s story about “a lady going through a
midlife crisis” — Becky Foster, played by Kathie DoyleLipe — seemed to hinge on the sudden rearrangement of those pieces and the unforeseen consequences. “She gets caught up in a situation that just sort of happens,” Wooley says. “I don’t want to spoil the plot too much, but life gets out of control, and so she’s forced into weird situations. That builds, and when it all comes crashing down, you’re brought into the drama and the ...continued on next page
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realism.” You see this in the play’s set. “It’s all giant puzzle pieces that are connected. Heidi Farr is our prop mistress, and some of her props that we use are puzzle pieces, too. The cellphones are puzzle pieces, as is the pizza box. From the audience’s standpoint, you can see how it all fits together,” he says. The characters, understandably, have far more trouble seeing the big picture. Were Becky able to step back and appreciate the satisfying whole of her own life, she might work harder to find the right moment to tell millionaire widower Walter Flood (Gary Pierce) that her husband is still alive. But she doesn’t, and that’s what sets the play’s events in furious motion. “It’s kind of zany in terms of how fast everything’s happening. It’s just bam, bam, bam, bam,” says Wooley. “There’s one page in the script that we’re in four different locations.” This marks the first time that Doyle-Lipe and Pierce, both longtime Civic veterans, will be on stage together, but Wooley says their “amazing dynamic” is right in line with the play’s witty dialogue and snappy pace. “Kathie has great comedic timing, so it’s really nice to have her in the lead, driving everything. The story’s about her, the show’s about her, so the audience is following her decisions, her choices, her situation,” he says. Her character’s husband, Joe, is played by Steven Blount, who is new to the Civic but has prior acting experience in Dallas and Los Angeles. Becky’s New Car also invites theatergoers to
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become pieces of the puzzle unfolding before them. Playwright Steven Dietz has his characters casually ignore the fourth wall by sharing a beer or asking an unsuspecting participant to replace the toilet paper in the bathroom. “At one point the audience helps one of the actresses get dressed,” says Wooley, grinning. He adds that the thrust stage of the studio theater allows them to involve audience members more naturally. “We’ve got an audience on three sides, so there’s action happening everywhere. There’s never a dull moment.” Becky’s New Car • May 2 to June 1: Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm • $22 • Firth J. Chew Studio at Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • spokanecivictheatre.com • 325-2507
2014 END-OF-SEASON THEATER ROUNDUP The curtain is closing on the 2013-14 theater season, which means most venues are about to stage their final
or penultimate productions — starting with the classic grim farce Arsenic and Old Lace (May 2-18) at Lake City Playhouse. That’s followed by The World Goes ’Round (May 8-25), a musical showcase featuring Cheyenne Nelson, at Interplayers. On May 16, Stage Left opens I Read About My Death in Vogue Magazine (through June 1), a wry look at the oft-proclaimed end of feminism. Also on May 16, the musical Gypsy — based on the life of the burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee — begins its month-long stint at the Civic, through June 15. Arthur Miller’s evocative drama A View from the Bridge then enjoys a brief run (May 28-June 1) at the EWU Theater at the same time a charity performance of A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters starring Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon enjoys an even briefer run (May 29-31) at Lake City Playhouse. That same weekend, Ignite! brings Noël Coward’s supernatural comedy Blithe Spirit to the stage (May 30-June 15), and The Clink, a “jailhouse musical” by local composer Tom Cooper, gets its first-ever staged reading (May 31) at Meadowbrook Community Hall in Coeur d’Alene. The Clink is also set for a reading at Stage Left on June 13 and 14. (EI)
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DVD | For a moment, albeit a brief one, one might imagine that BAD COUNTRY is the big-screen remake of HBO’s masterpiece True Detective. Set in 1980s Louisiana, the movie (released on DVD this week) casts Willem Dafoe — a hard-drinkin’, hard-smokin’, hard-boiled detective seeking a truth bigger than himself — opposite Matt Dillon, a tattooed contract killer with a wife and newborn he wants to protect. Kismet: They both sport ’70s porn-star mustaches and together try to bring down a regional organized crime syndicate. After that, every other comparison to True Detective falls short. Bad Country, unfortunately, is also full of bad acting, predictable twists and clichéd characters; so much so, I found myself shouting at the screen: “Kill them all!”
MUSIC | Why does rock music played by classical musicians seem so awesome? There are no doubt a few reasons, but in the case of 2CELLOS, it’s simply intoxicating to watch two Croatian virtuosos (Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser) jam, headbang, throw back sweaty bangs and rip through their ever-fraying cello bows during “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Or “Welcome to the Jungle.” Or “Hurt.” They’ve toured with Elton John and appeared on an episode of Glee, but their fanbase exploded last month as their rendition of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” went viral, with 17 million YouTube views and counting.
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115 S. ADAMS ST. Featuring Ceramic Artists Mardis Nenno and Terry Gieber. Closing reception “Look Back” Ceramics by Mardis Nenno and Terry Gieber. Monumental ceramics and whit and whimsy, celebrating friendships and bidding farewell to Terry Gieber retiring after 31 years at Gonzaga University.
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221 N. WALL ST., STE 226 Featuring Ira Gardner Here and There: A 25-Year Retrospective’ highlighting a quarter century of film-based photography. Gourmet chocolates and cheeses will be provided by Chocolate Apothecary.
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108 N. POST ST. Featuring Karrie O’Neill Join us in celebrating First Friday with Beautiful music, Happy Hour 4-6pm, half price on ALL Eats menu 5-8pm and Spokane’s Best Martinis 8 years running!
906 W. MAIN AVE., MAIN FLOOR LOBBY Featuring Joy Gruenewald and Fabian Napolsky. “Watercolor Awakenings”: Original watercolor paintings at the Downtown Spokane Public Library through the month of May. Artist reception from 5-9pm. Music by Pamela Benton and light refreshments.
707 W. MAIN AVE., CRESCENT COURT LEVEL Featuring Adam Henawy A recent immigrant from Darfur, Adam has been painting for most of his life. His vibrant and abstract oils and acrylics depict Sudanese culture and Darfurian folklore. A reception for the artist will be from 5-8:30pm.
2316 W. 1ST AVE. Featuring Mike Ross. Listen to Bluesy Rock and Spanish guitar solos while experiencing the current MAC exhibits, Meet Me at the Spot: The Art of Patrick Siler and 100 Stories: A Centennial Exhibition.
1325 W. 1ST AVE. Featuring Leah Kelly, Cole Bradeen, and Sam Eacker Elysian brewery will be hosting a beer tasting. Live music, good beer and friendly faces!
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121 S. CEDAR ST. Featuring Liquid Art Series. “Liquid Art” is a one-time beer created for each First Friday. Using a special style of keg, a Firkin, caskcondition and a special beer poured only on First Friday.
901 W. 1ST AVE. Come in and join us at the Sapphire Lounge. Get an artistic, handcrafted cocktail, freshsqueezed juices and delicious flatbreads. Relax and be surrounded by stained-glass art, amazing chandeliers, great music and warm, romantic vibes!
808 W. MAIN AVE., THIRD FLOOR BEHIND THE FOOD COURT First Night Rising Stars “Day of Drawing”: Inland NW Drawing School presented by Susan Whaley, artist & owner provides a mixed media exhibit that includes artwork from students ages 6 to adults whose work includes pencil, watercolor and acrylics. 5:30-7:30pm
120 N. STEVENS ST. Featuring Lena Walker. Lena Walker shares both her traditional and contemporary works with us. Joining Lena is musician Dan Conrad and visiting winery Anelare. Open until 10pm and now serving Food Flights. Call for reservations.
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BRICKWALL PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY 530 W. MAIN AVE., SKYWALK EAST OF MACY’S Featuring works by Tony Boccaccio, Colin Mulvaney, Dave Sams,Joe Nuess Rich Heinzen and others.
906 W. 2ND AVE. Featuring Artist Jami Lord. Join us for an exhibition of Jami Lord’s “Bridges,” paintings in acryllic on wood.
808 W. MAIN AVE., THIRD FLOOR Featuring Rock artist Patsy Pinch Enjoy beautifully crafted art pieces from locally gathered river rocks!
HUNTINGTON PARK AND CITY HALL PLAZA
808 W. MAIN AVE., THIRD FLOOR First Night Rising Stars Jazz bands from Rogers High School, Garry Middle School, and Shaw Middle School representing northeast Spokane will entertain you with classic jazz music favorites. 5:307:30pm
POST ST., NORTH OF SPOKANE FALLS Featuring Greater Spokane Food Truck Association. Food truck rally celebrating the re-opening of Huntington Park and City Hall Plaza, 10am-8pm.
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159 S. LINCOLN ST. peeled, cleaned, & deveined Featuring Jim Dhillon, Philip Dhillon, and ½ bottle of SHW Desi Mowry. A unique collection of artistic 1 ½ tbsp honey expressions. Works include Jim Dhillon’s ½ tbsp chili paste large-scale abstract paintings, Philip Dhillon’s 2 green onions, small diced expressive photographic studies and Desi 1 tsp salt Mowry’s delicate jewelry and metal work. Plus, sample Steam Plant’s handcrafted beer!
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108 N. WASHINGTON ST. Featuring Haley Young Haley Young will take you on a journey where traditional techniques meet unexpected avant-garde shapes and vibrant colors! . Music will start at 7:00, with Carey Brazil and Jay Condiotti laying down classics and originals alike. Wine tasting by Merry Cellars from Pullman, Washington.
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228 W. SPRAGUE AVE. Come check out INK Art Space! Doors open to Spokane for our very first, First Friday, exhibition featuring the work of students from Lewis and Clark and North Central High Schools. Instructors Chad Brazill and Amy Sinisterra will show alongside their students. Free, all ages welcome.
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331 W. MAIN AVE. Featuring Tim Lord. Tim Lord will be displaying pieces that tell his story through art. Enjoy the rich imagery of his fairy tale world. It is truly a feast for the eyes!
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232 W. SPRAGUE AVE. Featuring Josh Wing. Josh is a Spokane native who attended SFCC for Graphic Design taking early influences from artists consistent with Andy Warhol. He invites you out to experience the array of pop art he calls his own.
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BLOOMSDAY Belete Assefa won Bloomsday 2013. DENNIS MERRITT PHOTO
Bloomsday again brings some of the world’s best runners to Spokane BY MIKE BOOKEY
ou shouldn’t bet on Bloomsday. It’s a community event that raises money for charity, gets people active and brings millions in tourist bucks to Spokane. In other words, this is a feelgood race, and you shouldn’t spoil it with your wagers. Now, if you were going to bet on it, you’ve got no shortage of big names from which to choose. People always ask Bloomsday’s elite athlete coordinator Jon Neill to give them the odds on a particular runner breaking the tape at the finish line. Given that races traditionally give the No. 1 bib (or No. 101 bib for the men, in the case of Bloomsday) to the runner favored to win, there’s a bit of oddsmaking going on. With just days before the race, Neill, still contemplating who would wear those bibs, was kind enough to lay out the elite field for the Inlander. One thing was for sure — with neither of last year’s winners, Ethiopians Belete Assefa and Buzunesh Deba, competing in the race, there won’t be a repeat winner this year.
Right now, Neill thinks Allan Kiprono might be the strongest competitor in the men’s field. The 24-year-old Kiprono, coming off a thirdplace finish at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C., on April 6, will face stiff competition from his countrymen, a few of whom are Bloomsday veterans, “It figures to be a Kenyan-dominated podium. The one outside chance is an Ethiopian, Mosinet Geremew,” says Neill. Those two Kenyan veterans expected to challenge
Kiprono are Lani Rutto, who has finished in the top 10 in the past three Bloomsdays, and Simon Ndirangu, who won the 2011 race in 33:58, one of the fastest times in the past 15 years. “This is a course that really rewards veterans, so that may change things,” Neill says. As for Americans in the field, he says to keep an eye out for Patrick Smyth of Utah and Aaron Braun of Colorado.
“This is probably going to be one of the deepest fields that I’ve constructed in the past decade. In terms of the breadth of the field and the quality, this women’s field is stacked,” says Neill of the group who will tackle the 12 kilometers of Spokane streets on Sunday. He’s inclined to give the No. 1 bib to Mary Wacera. The 25-year-old Kenyan won the World’s Best 10K in Puerto Rico in February, then finished second in the world half-marathon championships in Copenhagen on March 31. “She’s legit. She will blaze,” says Neill. Also in the field is Ethiopian Gelete Burka, a two-time Olympian and past world champion in the 1,500 meters, and Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui, who won Bloomsday from 2008-2010. Neill is not counting out the most promising American in the field, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, a 2012 U.S. Olympian in the 10,000 meters. The Kenyan-born runner, who now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, last month became the only woman to win the 10k Azalea Trail Run in Mobile, Alabama, three times.
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Don’t even think about trying to park downtown. Passes to ride the bus anywhere all day are just $1.50 and can be purchased at the trade show, STA Plaza or the Bus Shop on Boone. Express shuttles also provide direct service downtown from the Spokane Valley Mall, Ferris High School, NorthTown Mall and EWU. Details at spokanetransit.com.
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Race details for runners, spectators and volunteers BLOOMSDAY POSTER EXHIBIT The Spokane Library’s downtown branch features an exhibit of more than 30 official Bloomsday posters, including this year’s poster showing runners passing by the Spokane County Courthouse. Posters are on display through May, on the library’s third floor. spokanelibrary.org (444-5307) ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA 56TH NAT’L CONVENTION The national organization’s annual convention is hosted by the Lilac City this year, featuring educational workshops, social networking and other events. Hosted by the Bloomsday Road Runners Club, the convention culminates with Sunday’s race. May 1-4. $375/person. Spokane Convention Center. rrca. org/convention BLOOMSDAY TRADE SHOW Swing by the huge pre-race trade show when you pick up your race packet. Every year the show hosts running and fitness gear vendors, along with demos and giveaways. Stock up on last-minute race accessories and talk with local fitness experts. Fri, May 2, from 11:30 am-9 pm and Sat, May 3, from 9 am-6:30 pm. Free. Spokane Convention Center. bloomsdayrun.org JUNIOR BLOOMSDAY The second annual return of the kids event, open to third- and fourth-graders (note: runners must have registered before April 15), is a one-mile race through Riverfront Park. Sat, May 3, at 9 am. $12/child. bloomsdayrun.org
MARMOT MARCH Even the youngest runners can get their own taste of Bloomsday at the annual 1-mile Marmot March through Riverfront Park. This year’s event is already full, so if you missed it, make sure to check in early next year for a chance to sign up. The noncompetitive kids walk is open to children in second grade or younger. Sat, May 3, at 10 am. $10/ child. bloomsdayrun.org
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BLOOMSDAY BIKE CORRAL As any seasoned Bloomie knows, driving to the race start is the worst idea ever. If you’re not taking the bus, walking or getting a ride, biking can be ideal. Race-day bike parking is open to both spectators and race participants. The best part? It’s free. Store your bike and gear and rest assured that it’ll be safe at this attended service. May 4, from 7:30 am-2 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard. (448-6271) POST-RACE PARTY Chill out in the park after the race and refuel your body at the food court, or hang out in the beer garden (bring ID). Sun, May 4, until 3 pm. Riverfront Park, Gondola Meadow. bloomsdayrun.org RESULTS BOOKLET Beginning on Tuesday, pick up a copy of the Inlander’s official Bloomsday Souvenir Results Booklet, available at more than 1,000 locations across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. To have a copy mailed to you, visit www.bloomsdayrun.org or call the Lilac Bloomsday Association at 838-1579. — COMPILED BY CHEY SCOTT
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How to keep finishing, year after year BY LISA WAANANEN
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This year, official race day photos can be shared directly on social media pages for free. Pictures should be posted a few days after the race at bloomsdayrun.org, under the results tab.
hen Sylvia Quinn joined her husband on the track one day in 1969, she didn’t make it even one lap. She blamed it on the shoes. So she got new athletic shoes, and she made a plan to run 600 miles while her husband was deployed from Fairchild for six months. “I decided I was going to become a runner while he was gone,” she says. At that time, the concept of “jogging” was becoming more popular across the United States. Running clubs were springing up nationwide, and some communities and clubs had started hosting road races. Quinn’s first race was the very first Bloomsday in 1977 — and she won her age group.
Now, at 77, she’s competed in every single Bloomsday since the very first, and has won her age group nearly every year. She and her husband, Patrick, are two of 99 remaining Bloomsday “perennials” who’ve never missed a single year. If it takes one type of courage to get out and take the first steps toward becoming a runner, it takes a different type of will — and good fortune — to continue lining up at the start, year after year, through injuries and course changes, and then make it to the finish line. The first Bloomsday happened right around the time Bart Haggin started running, but he signed up for the 1978 Bloomsday and hasn’t missed one since.
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“When I ran my first one, I think the farthest I’d ever run was four miles,” he says. Haggin takes the competitive part of Bloomsday seriously — he’s frequently been in the top finishers for his age group, and he’s crashed at the finish line a couple of times. He hasn’t entirely avoided injuries, and he says the important thing is to learn from them — any endurance athlete who’s training seriously has to learn how far to push without getting hurt. For those who just want to stay fit and stay with it, he says, the key is carving out space to make running a priority in your life. “That’s the trick: to figure out how to get addicted to running enough — a positive addiction — that it takes you out the door with a pair of running shoes,” he says. Quinn, who also was Bloomsday race director from 1983 to 1991, has seen the race grow from a core of runners into something much bigger. “Anyone can get out there and if they have the will, they can do it,” she says. With advanced osteoporosis, Quinn has battled stress fractures — she once ran Bloomsday with one, and ended up with two — and no longer worries as much about speed when she goes out to run. But she’s not about to miss Bloomsday, and she also competes each year in the Coeur d’Alene Marathon, which also started in 1977. She’s glad to see Bloomsday participants return year after year — many walking, or with strollers and kids — for the tradition of crossing the finish line. At the front, she says, it’s a race. At the back, it’s an event. “In Spokane, Bloomsday is like a rite of spring,” she says. “It’s a celebration.”
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If you do need to drive downtown, note when streets begin closing and reopen. Streets near the start/finish close at 5 am Sunday, and reopen around 2 pm. Streets along the rest of the course close around 7:30 am and reopen between 11 am and 2 pm, depending on when the final walkers pass.
f you’re experiencing Bloomsday for the first time, it’s going to be intimidating. Just the volume of people at the starting gate might have you wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. But congrats. You’ve already stepped out of your comfort zone, so you should do what you can to make sure the run itself is as comfortable as possible. Running, as your training should have taught you, has a way of being an inherently uncomfortable pursuit, but Mike Conrad, a sales associate at the downtown Runners Soul shop, has some tips for you.
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Conrad says that your Bloomsday wardrobe choices
aren’t just limited to what you’ll be wearing on the course, but also what you wear on your way to the starting line. It will likely be a cool morning, so you want to keep your body warm, and you’ll see some folks doing this by draping a garbage bag over their upper halves. “I could recommend wearing something that will take your body’s moisture and turn it into warmth,” says Conrad. The garbage bag works; so do pricey warmup shirts and jackets, but Conrad thinks you should honor a Bloomsday tradition by simply wearing a warm cotton shirt (medium to heavy weight) to the starting line, then toss it aside to be donated once
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you’re ready to run. “The traditional Bloomsday runner is going to wear an article of clothing to throw it in the trees to play their part in the donation side of the race,” he says. Once on the course, you want to dress for the weather, but make sure it’s a “technical T” which will draw the sweat away from your body.
This one seems obvious. You need good shoes to run 12 kilometers, but you also need shoes that are best for you. “You don’t want to be thinking about your feet when you’re on the course,” says Conrad. This means finding a shoe that’s both comfortable and effective for the paved surfaces you’ll encounter on the Bloomsday route. You might shave some time by wearing a lightweight cross-trainer, but Conrad says you first need to consider your foot style, and again do whatever’s comfortable. What about those flashy new kicks you just picked up? Can you debut them at the Bloomsday starting line? That’s a bit of a gamble.
“If you wore them around for a few hours it’s safe, but not recommended,” says Conrad.
If you’ve ever encountered chafing anywhere on your body, just reading this sentence is causing you physical pain. But it happens to the best of runners. Conrad recommends you invest in some SportShield, a roll-on anti-chafing product from a company called 2Toms. Put it on your thighs, heels, sides and — this is for dudes too, or perhaps especially — nipples. “The nipples — they always catch the material of your shirt. You are damned if they get chafed,” says Conrad. If your nipples already are chafed from running, you can try Band-Aids, which will shield the sensitive areas from friction. They’ll hurt when you yank them off, though. If any part of your body starts burning while out on the course, fear not — you’ll see Vaseline on wooden sticks at the water stations. Rub that onto the searing areas and keep trucking away in relative comfort.
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Just like last year, no backpacks or other bags are allowed in the start/finish area or on the course. Small — heavy emphasis here — belt-style packs are acceptable. Spectators are asked not to bring bags, either.
t always starts in pandemonium. The elite plunge in, silent, gaunt legs loping down Riverside. The second-seeders and corporate runners surge together soon after. Everyone’s scrambling for good placement as the colored tags flow in from behind. The streets turn into a giant Tetris puzzle. Every year, you see that one guy sprint ahead of you trying to win it, only to fizzle out and walk, huffing and puffing. You don’t want to sprint, no matter how strong the urge. Pacing is the answer. Let’s face it, not many of us trained properly for the upcoming 12k, so sprinting
from the gun will deplete us. I talked with Gonzaga University cross-country coach Pat Tyson, who has turned the program around, previously led Mead High School to nine straight state cross-country titles and used to train and live with Steve Prefontaine, for some suggestions on how a novice should pace him or herself. First, you need to realize that winning isn’t the goal. A solid finish is. Tyson explains that for anyone not hoping to win money, “the goal is to feel good about it.” The type of pacing necessary to achieve this goal is what he calls “conversational pace.”
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“You know you’re going to be fast if you can’t talk while you’re moving,” says Tyson. This may sound odd to someone hoping to set a personal best, but think about it like this — if you don’t burn out early, you have more juice for later and can sprint at the end. Of course, a more experienced athlete knows their body better, has trained well, has a clear goal and may even use a watch for splits. Tyson tells his athletes to have a “conservative first half, then go out and let the games begin.” This philosophy is based on the idea that it’s more fun to pass as many people as you can after Doomsday Hill than to be passed by sneakers and heavy breathers over the last few miles. Tyson points out that once you top Doomsday there are only two miles left. That’s 12 minutes at a six-minute pace or 16 minutes at an eight-minute pace. “So that’s only half of a TV sitcom,” he says. Tyson says you need to
morph your perspective of time and your way of thinking. Throughout a race, the mind is always engaging, but the trick is to switch it into positive selftalk, he says. We’ve all been there. At some point we’ve been running and thought something negative about our sweaty disposition. This never helps. Tyson offers rhythm, arm carriage, relaxation, form, and finding your “zone” as things to think about instead of negativity. “You just have to find a way to hang on longer than you think you want to,” he says. Think about it as creating mini-goals throughout the race. For example, passing 20 people after the hill or before an aid station; even dividing the race into more manageable sections, like from SFCC to the bridge, or just getting up the hill — all act as good pacing tools. Pacing is hardly as complex as you might presume: Tyson says it’s essentially finding ways to stay positive so you keep moving fast.
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Local high schoolers are making sure their fellow students don’t go home hungry BY EMERA L. RILEY
ewis and Clark High School’s Tiger Food Pantry features a collection of old shelves, a few recyclable bags and collapsible boxes, and of course, food. It is stacked in every corner — cans of spaghetti sauce and Campbell’s soup, fresh apples and mac ‘n’ cheese, granola bars and cereal. “Do you want anything?” Danielle Aranda offers as
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she crushes boxes. Aranda, a senior, has been working at the student-run food bank — the first of its kind in Spokane Public Schools — since October as part of her senior culminating project. The food bank was conceived out of need. “We can give kids lunch here, breakfast here… but what about dinner?” says Kathy Blancher, a counselor at
LCHS and founder of the food bank.
he Tiger Pantry attempts to do something not often offered in the high school setting: feed children outside of school. Getting food from the pantry is simple. A student just has to ask their counselor to let them into the pantry;
they are allowed to take anything they want. The process is completely anonymous and open to students of all grades. On top of that, on the third Wednesday of every month, 75 bags of fresh produce and canned food is delivered to LCHS and then taken home by students. The food bank is backed by Second Harvest, which provides both the fresh food that doesn’t keep at a regular food bank and anything else the budding Tiger Pantry might need. The rest of the food comes from donations: local grocery stores, Lewis and Clark families, and the high school’s annual food drive. The Tiger Pantry is now completely student-run. Every day, instead of taking a sixth-period class, Aranda stacks cans of food, throws away items that have gone bad, and packs and prepares bags to be given away. Thankfully, she has help. The list is long and includes students from all grades who help deliver the food on their big drop-off day. As Aranda puts it, their hard work does not go to waste. “It’s really touching to see that it is actually impacting people. It’s very heartwarming,” she says. Of course, there are still issues. Both Aranda and Blancher have expressed their need for a refrigeration system. With it, their fresh food would last longer, and they could include such things as dairy products in their regular food giveaways.
LCHS students can receive food from the pantry with no questions asked.
he food-bank bug is spreading. Since the Tiger Pantry’s successful beginnings, North Central High School also has taken up the torch. Like Lewis and Clark, Annie Metz, North Central’s Achievement Gap Intervention Specialist, noticed students who were going home hungry. She got in contact with Blancher, and soon North Central had their own pantry. North Central plans to have their leadership class eventually take over, but right now all the responsibilities fall on Metz. Weekly, she drives to Second Harvest to pick up food donations; the food bank delivers once a month for North Central’s big food giveaway, when 300 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables are taken home by students. Rogers High School also is allowing Second Harvest to assist them. Although they don’t yet have their own pantry, once a month Second Harvest delivers bags of canned goods and fresh fruit to their students. Organizers of these food banks feel that these high school programs are building a community. Students take on the responsibility of running the pantry and keeping their fellow students from going home to an empty fridge. Back at the Tiger Pantry, canned food, boxes of cereal and fresh apples stacked on metal shelves are shrouded in dim lighting in the staff parking garage beneath the school. It’s Aranda — smiling and chattering about moving the food to a place more easily accessible to students — and others like her, who so easily and willingly give up their time for their service to others, who make it so meaningful. n
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ost people who step through the doors of the new Unforgiven Lounge mutter some kind of statement of surprise: “Wow, look at this,” “Nice change,” or “This is very cosmopolitan for north Spokane.” The all-black walls glisten with chrome décor and painted silver waves. A chandelier hangs over a baby grand piano in the corner and the white bar lights up with fluorescent colors that are changed on demand via remote control. “What amazes me is everyone who walks into this place says, ‘Oh my god, it’s like Las Vegas,’” says bar owner Ardian Hashani while mixing drinks and chatting with late-afternoon customers. The now-ornate space on West Hastings Road, which opened just a little more than a month ago, is nearly unrecognizable from the yellow and orange walls, painted floor and empty backbar it had previously when it was a series of different establishments, including Lone Cactus, Mixx and Mugshots. Hashani, who is from Albania and also owns a trucking company, says he was inspired by bad customer service experiences at bars to create his own place where everyone would feel comfortable. He thought, “I’m going to open something where people have a place to go,” he says, adding
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ondays are the worst. You’ve read enough Garfield comic strips to realize this. Getting home on Mondays means you’re finally done with the day. But then you have to find something to eat for the family, and cooking after a slog through the workday is about the last thing you want to do. We’ve all got a little Garfield in us. The Stork Market Cafe, located inside Bella Cova, a store and resource center for parents, wants to help out with your Mondays. Starting this month, the cafe is hosting Feed the Flock dinners on Monday nights. The dinners are fixed-price and served family style with a set menu, says Tony Villa, who operates the business with his wife Heather, the lead singer of jazz combo 6 Foot Swing and a former Inlander advertising representative. The first dinner on May 5 is — naturally — Mexican-themed, with tacos the highlighted item. Other cuisine Villa has planned includes pastas, casseroles, barbecue and other kid-friendly but high-quality meals. “We want to provide a stress-free dinner on the first night of the week to make things go smoother. On a Monday, the last thing you want to do is get home and cook and then clean up for everyone,” says Villa, a veteran of the Spokane restaurant scene since 1995. Most recently, he managed both the Safari Room and Post Street Ale House before turning his attention to his current project. There are only 10 tables at the dinners, so reservations are required. Once you’re there, Villa, a father of two, says the goal is to have a relaxing night while you and the kids use the play area, sing kid-oriented karaoke or watch a movie. “Kids can run around, and Mom and Dad don’t have to do the dishes, and the parents don’t have to go apologize to a waiter at a restaurant if their kids are running around,” he says.
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ven if you’re a longtime patron of River Park Square, you’ll likely do a double take the next time you pass the Rock City Grill. The decade-old cafe, home of the famous Thai pizza, just got a $120,000 facelift aimed at updating the interior and opening up the space. “We pretty much started from scratch,” says owner Jim Rhoades. “When we put this together 10 years ago, it was the hottest, most fun location, and we wanted to get
back to that. Our original slogan was ‘A way cool place to eat’ and the restaurant started to get a little tired.” Rock City Grill’s rear dining room now is much more spacious, able to accommodate groups of 45 people. The pizza bar also has been expanded. Rhoades says Rock City is going to revamp its menu, likely by mid-June. But don’t worry — he says the Thai pizza isn’t going anywhere. — MIKE BOOKEY
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SUSHI voters, who flock to this small but lively midtown eatery. Expect traditional Japanese — tempura, sushi, donburi — but also dishes reflecting chef/owner Viljo Basso’s classical French training.
Ginger Asian Bistro’s Las Vegas rolls. GINGER ASIAN BISTRO 1228 S. Grand Blvd. | 315-5201 Come here if you want to feel classy. Ginger Asian Bistro, located on the South Hill, provides fresh, delicious sushi. Their most popular roll, they say, is the Las Vegas roll, containing shrimp tempura, asparagus and avocado, topped with fresh spicy tuna, sprinkled bread crumbs, mayo and eel sauce, and finished with masago (the eggs of the capelin fish) and scallions. SUSHI.COM 430 W. Main, #105 | 838-0630 If you absolutely love sushi — or are a bit on the fence about ingesting raw, water-dwelling creatures — Sushi.com’s diverse menu has something for both the pickiest and most daring eaters, from vegetarian-
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friendly fare to traditional Japanese dishes. Of course, its sushi (both raw and cooked) is the menu’s main attraction. SUSHI MARU 808 W. Main | 455-3900 Sushi Maru is perfect for the sushi eater who doesn’t know what to order. A conveyor belt carries little multicolored plates of sushi right past your table, which is ideal if you like to see your food before you order it. Each plate is a different color, which corresponds with a set price. SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFE 1401 N. 4th St. | Coeur d’Alene 208-664-2718 Seriously great sushi with a rockin’ attitude is what you’ll get at this frequent favorite of Inlander Best Of
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THE UGLY FISH 1927 W. Riverstone Dr. Coeur d’Alene | 208-667-6389 “Asian” is an all-encompassing term for a continent with 60 percent of the world’s population. Ugly Fish has a correspondingly large menu of more than 150 menu items: Japanese sushi. Korean BBQ. Chinese stir-fry. All this in a swanky interior of chrome, red, white, black and neon. YUZEN SUSHI 5204 N. Division | 242-3534 Mercer Island-based Yuzen Sushi opened its first Spokane location in the former Thai Bamboo space on North Division. It’s hard to tell whether it’s the $1 sushi menu that brings diners in, or if they’re familiar with Yuzen from westside sushi runs. At any rate, for a dollar a pop, you’ll get two pieces of tuna, salmon, octopus, baked mussel or any of a half-dozen other sushi nigiri choices. n
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Moving Spokane The 50 Hour Slam Audience Choice Awards celebrates the work of local filmmakers who didn’t get much sleep one weekend BY LAURA JOHNSON
hey always wanted to make a buddy cop movie. But every year when the 50 Hour Slam secret criteria is announced, Davin Perry and Andy Gardner’s dream is always thwarted. Once again, the filmmaking duo didn’t make that movie this year. Rather, they made a film they dreamed up Saturday around 3 am. “We have really tried to pre-plan our story,” says Gardner, who along with Perry is competing for the third time. “But it hasn’t ever been possible for it to work that way.” On a Friday evening early last month, the pair is just one of the many teams crowded into a KSPS broadcast room, eagerly awaiting their assignment for the 50 Hour Slam. When festival co-creator Juan Mas walks to the front of the room, he has to hush the group multiple times. Finally the participants, a mishmash of ages and clothing spectrums, listen intently — clearly wanting to start this beast as soon as possible. Aided by a video projector, Mas animatedly explains the process; the 50 hours each team will have to create a wholly original three-to-six-minute film, the legal paperwork that must be turned in to participate, the credits that have to be included. Finally, the secret criteria: Each film must include a safety pin, one of three provided photographs and a location in Spokane given in riddle form. The filmmakers know what’s at stake; the top 15 movies as voted on by the panel of judges will advance to the audience screening and awards ceremony on Saturday, May 3. The film crew that tweets the most will take the 16th spot. Also in the crowd that night is director Brooke Kiener and her team of seven women. There’s never been an all-female team at this event. They tried
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last year, only to see those hopes dashed after taking an Easter egg — literally a plastic Easter egg plucked from a basket containing added film criteria that, if completed, earns a team five extra points — that said, “Make a film with an all-male cast.” “That was devastating,” Kiener says. “But this year nothing can stop us.” Over the course of the weekend, Kiener says she maybe managed six hours of shuteye. Her crew pulled a grueling schedule many teams followed: Write Friday night, film Saturday, edit Sunday — turning in the final product with just 15 minutes to spare. A theater professor at Whitworth University, Kiener was extremely comfortable at the helm but says the final cut is quite ambitious. “I am so happy to know the fruits of our labor are going to be seen at least by the judges,” she says with a laugh. A couple of weeks after the kickoff party, Perry says he’s relieved to have finished his film with Gardner; that they turned it in on time Sunday night, along with 25 other teams. “For us, we’re just never totally satisfied with what we do,” Perry says. “There was a point on Friday night where we wondered if this was all worth it.” Perry compares the 50 Hour Slam to running a marathon every time: stressful at first, but an earned sense of accomplishment once it’s completed. That buddy cop genre may once more be on the back burner, Perry says. Oh well, there’s always next year. n 50 Hour Slam Audience Choice Awards • Sat, May 3, at 6 pm • $10 at the door • All-ages • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • 50hourslam.com
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OPENING FILMS THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN 2
The revamped version of Spider Man returns with even more baddies for our favorite former nerd to battle. Balancing both romance with his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone), as well as the everyday troubles of being amazing, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has a lot on his plate. The birth of a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx) who seems to be stronger than our wayward hero, brings a revelation; as Parker realizes that all evil seems to lead back to one thing: Oscorp. (ER) PG-13
THE RAILWAY MAN
Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is haunted. As a youth, Lomax fought in World War II as a British Army officer where he was taken into a Japanese labor camp and brutally tortured. Years later the abuse and violence still follows him, regardless of his loving relationship with his supportive and sensible wife, Patti (Nicole Kidman). Informed by a friend that his torturer is still alive, Lomax sets out to face his demons and exact his revenge in this quiet, haunting drama based off the best-selling autobiography from the same name. (ER) Rated R
SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER
These days, Alice Cooper is a 66-yearold dude who owns a sports bar, plays a lot of golf and, when he has the time, puts on makeup to play rock shows at county fairs. But when Cooper’s band hit the scene in the early 1970s, the sort of theatrics — guillotines, mock hangings,
pretending to kill babies — he brought to the stage frightened the bejeezus out of people. This documentary looks at how the band came to be one of the most controversial acts of all time, while also inspecting Cooper’s battle with alcoholism and rock and roll longevity. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
Finding Vivian Maier recounts the discovery by John Maloof (who co-directed this documentary with Charlie Siskel) of a reclusive photographer’s tens of thousands of mysterious photographs and the filmmakers ensuing quest to discover the artist’s identity. All evidence suggests Maier, who died in 2009, was very private; conjecture suggests she was in some way mentally ill. The word “bizarre” is used a lot, with “eccentric” not far behind. It’s not a perfectly told story by any means, but interesting until the end. At Magic Lantern (LW) Not Rated
“Speaking truth to power” is the tagline of Anita, a powerful new documentary by Academy Award-winning writer/director Frieda Lee Mock. The film sets out to do just that, bringing audiences back more than 20 years to the 1991 Senate hearings during which young Anita Hill testified against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas whom she accused of sexual harassment. The hearings set off a political firestorm. Anita examines the lasting impacts of the hearings as they relate to other victims of sexual harassment, as well as issues of social justice and equality. At Magic Lantern. (CS) Not Rated
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)
Paul Walker, in one of his last roles he played before dying in a car wreck last year, plays Damien, a Detroit cop whose father, also a cop, was killed by a notorious drug lord (played by RZA of the freaking Wu Tang Clan). Now, this cop is going into one of the city’s worst neigh-
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
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
Everyone has the power to change the world — at least that’s the case in inspirational social change biopics. In Cesar Chavez, a film following the life of civil rights activist and labor organizer of the same name, we see once again how one person can bring about change, especially when employing peaceful tactics. (LJ) PG-13
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 ...continued on next page
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a low rent kind of way. When you turn 16, you choose from one of the world’s five factions, or tribes, to live in, then take up their ways. Innocent young Tris (Shailene Woodley) opts for the tough Dauntless faction, which leads her to action, romance and political intrigue (that isn’t very intriguing). (ES) Rated PG-13
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Director Ivan Reitman (who did, among many other things, Ghostbusters) brings us a relatively accurate depiction of the NFL draft and all the backroom shenanigans that come along with it. Kevin Costner stars as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns who, on the eve of the draft, has seen both his personal life and his career wander onto shaky ground. Now, he has to decide whether or not to take a heralded quarterback as the first pick. (MB) Rated PG-13
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Wes Anderson’s latest takes us to th Grand Budapest Hotel in the “former republic of Zubowka.” Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) relates his experiences as young protégé (Tony Revolori) of the Grand Budapest’s veteran concierge, Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), in 1932. Soon, Gustave learns he’s inherited a priceless painting from one of his frequent guests, but is then framed for her murder. (SR) Rated R
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
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
In this true crime story, based on a 2005 Inlander article by Kevin Taylor, tells the story of Nate Norman and his band of teens and twenty-somethings from Coeur d’Alene who made millions smuggling marijuana over the Canadian border in the early 2000s. The film shows the extravagant lives the young men lived while becoming instantly rich, while also cataloguing their magnificent fall from grace. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated
Joe (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con who heads up day labor crews, poisoning trees so that lumber companies have an excuse to cut them down. He drives a beater truck and listens to grind metal. He smokes cigarettes and drinks cheap whiskey and pays for the company of women; Joe is a badass with a heart of gold and a liver of steel. When he meets a hardworking 15-year-old boy living with his dangerously abusive father, he has to decide whether to help the kid
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out or keep his focus on his own set of problems. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R
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)
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
THE OTHER WOMAN
Cheaters deserve what’s coming to them and in the case of The Other Woman, one man is about to be played by the three women he’s sleeping with. In this Hollywood universe, one man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) has the super-human ability to get Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton — obviously, from the get-go, this film isn’t based in reality. When they all discover he’s cheating on them, the three women band together to deliver some just desserts. (LJ) PG-13
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
THE QUIET ONES
It’s 1974 in England, and we’re introduced to Professor Coupland (Jared Harris) and his attempts, with the assistance of a couple of students/acolytes, to cure his “psychotic” subject, Jane Harper (Olivia Cooke). At first sight, their treatment of her appears abusive: She is locked in a bedroom in a small house in Oxford, the covered-up windows keeping the room dark, but it transpires that Jane approves of her situation, meant to help keep her demons at bay. Are those demons real, or imaginary? (MJ) Rated R
Rio (voiced by the oh so nerdy Jesse Eisenberg) is back and this time he’s leaving his bird sanctuary in the city and heading deep into the Amazon along with his lady Jewel (Anne Hathaway). In the jungle, Rio meets his wife’s dad, who doesn’t approve of their union, leading him to question everything as other birds battle for the affections of Jewel. (MJ) Rated G
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 scifi 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
UNDER THE SKIN
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
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Finding Vivian Maier gives us a portrait of a brilliant, unknown street photographer
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few years ago, a trove of photographs when attempting to describe a woman now outed briefly received headlines around the as a talented photographer. But they find words, world: tens of thousands of brilliant street and much of the documentary is devoted to the scenes, never before seen, had been found. The anecdotal and sometimes conflicting memories of kicker? The photographer turned out to be a these minor characters in her life. It’s an earnest Chicago nanny who whisked the children in her collection of unreliable narrators, and they evencare out for strange outings for decades like some tually stumble into something resembling truth. real-life Mary Poppins with a Rolleiflex. Ask people to find meaning in a thing, and they Finding Vivian Maier recounts that discovery will find it. by John Maloof (who co-directed with Charlie It’s an exhaustive effort, and some of the nicSiskel) and his ensuing quest to discover the artest moments occur when fragments of memories ist’s identity. The film could have asked thoughtare matched with the resulting photos — no ful questions about photography, preservation small feat. But for all of those meticulous efforts, and empathy: What right do we have to violate the filmmakers’ version of the story rings least another’s space? What do we owe the people true, perhaps because it’s the most self-serving. captured in our frames? When does Maloof seems to find curiosity become voyeurism? it genuinely unbelievFINDING VIVIAN MAIER Instead, it delves into the mystery of able that a person Not Rated Vivian Maier in a straightforward biowould bother to make graphical approach, a quest that ultimate- Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel images without the At Magic Lantern ly provides no answers that match the intention of sharing unflinching clarity of her photographs them. themselves. All evidence suggests Maier, The argument who died in 2009, was very private; conjecture is that the work is too good to remain hidden, suggests she was in some way mentally ill. The a deeply flawed argument but nevertheless a word “bizarre” is used a lot, with “eccentric” not compelling one, because Maier’s images truly far behind. are remarkable. Her insightful, compassionate The film opens with a collection of employphotographs stand in contrast to her “dark side” ers, charges and acquaintances — but not friends, exposed in the film, and at the end, the viewer is since she didn’t have any — apparently at a loss inclined to believe the photographs.
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ALLEN DUFFY ILLUSTRATIONS
Bands line the Bloomsday course every year to pump up runners, but it’s not as simple as just playing music BY LAURA JOHNSON
ast year, their jokes were admittedly awful. “It’s all uphill from here,” the Nixon Rodeo told passing Bloomsday runners from the base of Doomsday Hill. Thanks to wireless guitar packs, the hard rock musicians could trot alongside athletes for a few paces, serving up high-fives and an extra boost of confidence. Like the other bands on the course, they wore themselves out for four hours straight. Their efforts lead to a secondplace finish in the Best Bloomsday Entertainer contest, voted on by runners.
Back for their second year, bassist Travis Singleton says his band, with a penchant for skinny jeans and flat-bill hats, wouldn’t miss the opportunity to play their spirited originals and covers again. “People found us afterward and said we were the push they needed to get up the hill,” Singleton says. A member of previous bands, Singleton is a Bloomsday veteran playing his seventh this weekend. Last year, he told Nixon Rodeo drummer Ethan Harrison to avoid serious blisters by wrapping his hands in athletic tape. “I didn’t know that the first year I played and I was
bleeding everywhere,” says Singleton, a former drummer. In the same way, lead singer Brent Forsyth also was concerned that his powerful screaming/singing voice wouldn’t hold up for the race’s duration, but with the help of tea and water he managed fine. Sunday, the four-piece will rise at 6 am, pack their gear in Milhous (a “cherry condition” ’85 GMC Vandura named after President Nixon’s middle name), down a breakfast of Monster Energy drinks and McGriddles and hustle over to the same Doomsday space. ...continued on next page
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“BLOOMIN’ MOTIVATORS,” CONTINUED... Laurel Warner, a Bloomsday entertainment committee member, also will be up early, making sure the 29 on-course bands are in position to entertain by the 9 am start. Bands have been lining the roads of Bloomsday almost since its inception, but weren’t regulated until 2004, says Warner. Since then, many bands have come back for more, opting to play in the same space many years in a row. For most, this is the only time they’ll play to a crowd of 50,000. A runner herself, Warner has participated in Bloomsday for 30 years, except the one year she was seven months pregnant and her doctor wouldn’t allow it. “I am a runner who prefers to run with music,” explains Warner, who is running again this year. “I have friends who can’t stand the idea of running with music, but it absolutely motivates me. I know it motivates a lot of other people, too.” Warner is proud of the way organizers have incorporated local musical acts of all genres over the years, from Christian metal bands to Frank Sinatra tribute soloists. Upright bass player Wayne Meredith is 75 and has participated in Bloomsday for a decade with his accordion-playing wife, Marian, and their band Good Ole Stuff. There are some things Meredith still isn’t quite prepared for. His band isn’t equipped with all of that fancy rainpreparedness equipment other groups, including the Nixon Rodeo, have.
“If it rains, you dang betcha I’d stop playing — you don’t take a bass fiddle and get it wet,” Meredith says. But in all of his years playing Bloomsday, it hasn’t rained once. “This might be the last year, because it’s an extremely tough job playing for three hours nonstop,” says Meredith, who plays a shorter set in a spot (on Riverside past the Marne Bridge) closer to the start of the course. He’s threatened to quit before and still comes back every year. Even though it can be tiresome, there is one memory keeping Meredith in the race. A few years back after every other racer had passed and his band was relaxing, two women approached wondering if they’d play for one more participant. “I don’t know who this young woman was, but she was on crutches and every step was labored,” Meredith says. They played the songs they knew best, standards from the 1880s to the 1950s, until the woman was out of sight. “It didn’t matter how long we played, that moment made that Bloomsday all the more important than all the rest,” Meredith recalls. email@example.com Remember to vote for your favorite on-course band afterward, at bloomsdayrun.org, to help them win the Best Bloomsday Entertainer award. For more Bloomsday coverage, head to page 38.
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Max Harnishfeger makes electronic music for now with his project Water Monster. GIANNA CAPUTO PHOTO
Water Monster’s Max Harnishfeger is keeping his musical options open BY AZARIA PODPLESKY
or as long as Max Harnishfeger has been playing music, he’s had a synthesizer by his side. As a teen, he would spend hours trying to figure out how Broken Social Scene made certain sounds on its self-titled third album, and he pulled inspiration from Prefuse 73’s “eye-opening” Preparations as an 18-year-old. Now 23, Harnishfeger was looking for a new musical outlet after Cathedral Pearls, the local indie-rock quartet in which he programs the synth, sings and plays bass, took a break. Given his history with the genre, it was a natural choice for Harnishfeger to create an electronic solo project, which he calls Water Monster. “I thought since I’m really into that kind of stuff and don’t feel like there’s a lot of people here in Spokane doing it, then I’d give it a shot,” he says. Noting a recent increase in the popularity of electronic music — from EDM to more avant-garde music — due to the accessibility of software, Harnishfeger says his decision to create Water Monster wasn’t based on a trend, but on his goal to challenge himself as a songwriter. But he doesn’t want electronic music to define the project, noting that he sees Water Monster as a shape-shifting entity that can bounce from one genre to the next as inspiration calls. To date, Water Monster has released several songs. The multitextured “Rest,” for example, begins with a pulsing drumbeat that
is soon layered with both the high and low ends of Harnishfeger’s vocal range, synthesizer and what sounds like marimba notes. When time allows, he, his wife Carrie, and Scott Ingersoll, brother of Cathedral Pearls bandmate Caleb, both of whom join Harnishfeger onstage, work on an EP centered on the feeling of madness lack of sleep can cause. Harnishfeger experienced that after jet lag from a trip to Germany kept him awake for three days. “I want to create more of an atmospheric environment with the music as opposed to just making songs that are going to make people dance,” he says. Harnishfeger says Water Monster allows him the freedom to build up and tear down a song as many times as necessary, even after it’s been played live, until it’s just right. “Who knows? Maybe the next one will be a complete rock record,” Harnishfeger says with a laugh. “I want to take it an album at a time. I want to be able to have an endpoint to a certain sound of the album, and then be able to move on and change from there.” n Halftone featuring Water Monster, BIAS, Blackwater Prophet, Mirror Mirror, H. Hershler • Fri, May 2, at 7 pm • $5 • All-ages • Luxe Ballroom • 1017 W. First • tinyurl.com/halftoneart
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efore the Lonely Island boys made silly, filthy white-boy rap, there was Dirt Nasty. His real name is Simon Rex, and you may remember him from his years as an MTV VJ or when he acted in Scary Movie 3 through 5 — there were a couple of solo porn releases as well. Comedy rap interested him too; he formed the group Dyslexic Speedreaders with Mickey Avalon, Andre Legacy and Beardo in the mid-aughts. Now the San Francisco-based musician with the fake douchebag persona is focusing on his rap career, recently releasing the album The White Boys with Legacy and Beardo. — LAURA JOHNSON
hey call what they do “gothgrass.” Listen for one minute to the haunting noise that Bend, Oregon-based Ariana Celestine, Cecilia Raheb and Sterling Dorrell produce, and that label becomes astonishingly accurate. There’s banjo and scrubby fiddle searing through the instrumentation, powerful alto vocals and lyrics longing to make you contemplate the human condition; everything the term “gothgrass” should be. Slaughter Daughter sound hungry to make music louder, faster and more explosive as each measure passes in their music. Here, angsty female singer-songwriter merges with Tex-Mex country and ghostly bluegrass. — LAURA JOHNSON
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Slaughter Daughters with Mama Doll, Ian L. Miles • Sat, May 3, at 10 pm • $5 • 21+ • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570
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CULTURE CRAZY FOR COMICS
For comic book lovers young and old, the first Saturday of May is like a springtime version of Christmas. Since 2002, Free Comic Book Day has used the date to celebrate this all-American art form, giving longtime fans and genre newbies the chance to get a free issue or two. Other than the freebies, FCBD has grown into a popular culture event. Local shops around the U.S., including our own Merlyn’s and the Comic Book Shop, host costume contests, local comic artists/ creators and photos with famous characters. See the 60 free titles — including Guardians of the Galaxy, Hello Kitty, Archie, SpongeBob and Transformers — offered this year at freecomicbookday.com. — CHEY SCOTT Free Comic Book Day • Sat, May 3 • Merlyn’s, 15 W. Main (also Sun, May 4) • The Comic Book Shop, both locations • Hastings Entertainment, locations in Spokane and CdA • freecomicbookday.com
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Food Truck Rally • Fri, May 2, from 10 am-8 pm • Post Street by Spokane City Hall • downtownspokane.org
Halftone • Fri, May 2, at 7 pm • $5 • All-ages • Luxe Ballroom • 1017 W. First • tinyurl.com/halftoneart
The temperature was hovering right around zero for the first food truck rally the Downtown Spokane Partnership organized in December. This time the weather should be beautiful, and the rally is moving near City Hall in conjunction with the dedication of Huntington Park on the south side of the falls. The food trucks scheduled to be in attendance offer something for all appetites: 3 Ninjas, Bistro Box, Couple of Chefs, Dawn of the Donut, Jamaican Jerk Pan, King of Tacos, the Pizza Truck, Shameless Sausages, Toby’s BBQ and Veraci Pizza. — LISA WAANANEN
Halftone, the second-annual local art and music event, organized by members of Eastern Washington University’s Visual Communications Design Club (VCDC), aims to be bigger and better than last year’s debut, hosting 22 up-and-coming local artists and graphic designers alongside five local music acts. The grassroots, allvolunteer event is encouraging arts engagement in young artists while outwardly promoting the Inland Northwest’s art community. This year’s event beneficiary is the newly established INK Art Space, a youth arts education nonprofit. — CHEY SCOTT
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FESTIVAL CELEBRATE SPRING
The Moscow Renaissance Fair is now in its 41st year of celebrating the beginning of spring and the season’s long-held traditions that have outlasted time and place. The weekend-long celebration includes two stages hosting a variety of music, from fiddling and blues to traditional Jewish klezmer music. Always an event highlight is the Maypole Dance, a tradition dating back to Renaissance times. Vendors from across the Inland Northwest also give fair attendees the chance to peruse an assortment of handmade crafts and trinkets. This event, a staple of the Moscow community, breathes life into the beginning of spring. — PAUL SELL Moscow Renaissance Fair • May 3, from 10 am-9 pm; May 4, from 10 am-4 pm • Free • East City Park • 900 E. Third St., Moscow • moscowrenfair.org
LITERATURE ALEXIE POWER
Sherman Alexie has a way of finding his way into the pages of the Inlander. Way back, we even published his fiction. This makes sense, given that Alexie is a literary powerhouse who grew up in our own backyard on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Now Alexie returns to speak and read from his celebrated works at a fundraiser for the Salish School of Spokane, which teaches youth the original language of this region in the hopes of preserving it. Expect Alexie’s engaging reading style, and perhaps most entertainingly, his hilarious side banter at this benefit for a cause very dear to his heart. — MIKE BOOKEY Coyote Speaks featuring Sherman Alexie • Sat, May 3, at 7 pm • $10-$20 • Spokane Falls Community College Gym • 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. • ticketswest.com
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EVENTS | CALENDAR
JONES RADIATOR, 120 E. Sprague, 7 pm PRESS, 909 S. Grand Blvd., 8:30 pm VALHALLA, 1000 NE Colorado, Pullman
THE BAR AT PIZZA PIPELINE, 1403 N. Division, 7 pm SHOTS, 412 W. Sprague, 7 pm VALHALLA, 1000 NE Colorado, Pullman
FIELDHOUSE PIZZA AND PUB, 4423 W. Wellesley, 7 pm MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA CO., 818 W. Riverside, 7 pm MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, 2718 E. 57th, 6:30 pm VALHALLA, 1000 NE Colorado, Pullman RICO’S, 200 E Main, Pullman, 7 pm
FLAMIN’ JOE’S, 7015 N. Division, 8 pm FLAMIN’ JOE’S, 2620 E. 29th, 8 pm FLAMIN’ JOE’S, 11618 E. Sprague, 8 pm LEFTBANK WINE BAR, 108 N. Washington, 7:30 pm MONTEREY CAFÉ, 9 N. Washington, 6 pm MORTY’S, 5517 S. Regal, 8:30 pm
APPLEBEE’S, 9634 N. Newport Hwy., 9 pm APPLEBEE’S, 2007 E. 29th, 9 pm ENOTECA, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, 7 pm NYNE BAR, 232 W. Sprague, 6 pm REPUBLIC BREWING CO., 26 N. Clark, Republic (second Thu only) SOULFUL SOUPS, 117 N. Howard, 7 pm VALHALLA, 1000 NE Colorado, Pullman WEBSTER’S SALOON, 1914 N. Monroe, 7 pm
VALHALLA, 1000 NE Colorado, Pullman
MAY DAY FLOWER SALE FUNDRAISER Members of the Southside Senior and Community Center are selling carnations at five locations on the South Hill, with proceeds benefiting the center’s programs and activities. Locations: Manito Park, Comstock Park, Unity Church, Albertson’s at Grand and 37th, and the Senior Center. May 1, 7:30 am. $1-$5. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th. sssac.org (353-0584) ONE MILLION MEALS Whitworth is teaming up with Generation Alive to packaging one million meals for those in need. Sign up to volunteer or donate. May 2-4. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. whitworth.edu/students/ millionmeals (777-4565) REACH FOR THE STARS Benefit performance supporting the Off Broadway Family Outreach Lighthouse of Hope, a local social service ministry, featuring a keynote presentation by Mayor David Condon, free dessert and more. May 2, 7 pm. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt. obfospokane.co (998-2630) COYOTE SPEAKS: SHERMAN ALEXIE The Spokane Tribe member and bestselling author/poet presents during a program benefiting the Salish School of Spokane. May 3, 7 pm. $10-$20. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3500) CUPCAKES FOR CANINES Local nonprofit Shepherds for Lost Sheep, which trains service dogs for wounded veterans, hosts a fundraiser with a keynote speakers, barbecue, cupcake
STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Local comedians; see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. bluznews.com (483-7300) LOCAL COMEDY SHOWCASE Live comedy show featuring Don Parkins, Nick Theisen, Ken McComb and Mick Akin. May 2-3 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. bluznews.com (483-7300) OPEN MIC COMEDY NIGHT Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+ only. Free. Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St. brooklyndelispokane.com (835-4177) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy, open to newcomers and experienced comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third. (475-6209) SHORT STACKS The BDT Players & Friends try out new material, rework ideas, and share comedic talents in stand-up, sketch, music, film and more. First Fridays of the month at 10 pm. Not suitable for all ages. $5. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045)
Whitworth Deborah Hansen, director Anneliese Dailey and Mac Merchant, piano
dessert and more. May 3, 1-4 pm. Donations accepted. Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Rd. valley4th.com (684-1480) CATHOLIC CHARITIES GALA Bringing Color to Life” is the theme of the 6th annual fundraiser event, featuring a special guest performer, dinner, awards and dancing. May 9, 6 pm. $60-$100/ person. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. catholiccharitiesspokane.org (358-4254)
MOTHER’S DAY IS MAY 11TH
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
24th and Grand Blvd. Admission is free
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2014 LAVENDER GRADUATION A cultural celebration recognizing graduating LGBTQA students from Spokane area colleges, universities and high schools. Keynote speaker is Emmy Award-winning actress, producer and author Crystal Chappell. Ms. Chappell also gives a lecture on the Cheney campus at 4 pm with a reception to follow at 5 pm. May 1, 6-8 pm. Free. EWU, Cheney. (359-7870) IMMIGRATION REFORM MARCH Washington Community Action Network hosts a rally calling for comprehensive immigration reform on International
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YOU NEED A HERO Live improv comedy show during which the Blue Door Players use audience suggestions to create new superheroes. Fridays in May at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) GREAT IDEAS: SPOKANE Comedy lecture in the style of TED technology talks, created by and featuring members of the Blue Door Players and local comedians. May 3, 7 pm. $5-$7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (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. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) PAULA POUNDSTONE The comedian and panelist from NPR’s “Wait, Wait.. Don’t Tell Me” returns for a live show, with proceeds benefiting Spokane Public Radio. May 8, 7:30 pm. $38-$40. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404)
Workers Day. Gather at the Rotary Fountain at 2 pm, march at 2:45 pm. May 1, 2 pm. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. tinyurl.com/l2gprbs NOODLES FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD Local community leaders compete in a pasta sauce cook-off, with dinner for all attendees, followed by a Spokanespecific trivia game and kids activities. Proceeds benefit ONES (Organizations of Northeast Spokane) projects. May 1, 6-8 pm. $5/adults, $3/kids. Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St. nespokane.org (324-1637) HUNTINGTON PARK DEDICATION Dedication of Avista’s Huntington Park and the new City Hall Plaza. May 2, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (495-8578) ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH See demonstrations of the traditional Japanese arts of origami, calligraphy and kamishibai. May 3, 3 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (444-5390) EXPO ‘74 40TH ANNIVERSARY The Spokane Parks Foundation honors the contributions of all those who made Expo ’74 possible with an anniversary celebration and gala, featuring a specially-created exhibit and evening gala, with cocktails, dinner, entertainment and more (6-10 pm). May 3, 12-10 pm. $4/ exhibit; $74/gala. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. expo74.org (326-5233) FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Merlyns (15 W. Main) hosts the annual event on both May 3-4, from 10 am-9 pm. All customers can choose two free comics, and other activities include local artists on site, character photos, a costume contest and a Magic the Gathering set release. (tinyurl. com/kjsfocc) Comic books are also
handed out all day at both Comic Book Shop locations (NorthTown and at 3207 N. Division), along with photo ops with superheroes and more. May 3, 10 am. Free. thecomicbookshop.net (487-4175) LIBRARY BOOK SALE Used library books and other materials are for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Community Library Network. May 3, 10 am-2 pm. Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way. (208-772-5612) 41ST MOSCOW RENAISSANCE FAIR This annual celebration of spring includes food, live music and entertainment, 100+ craft vendors, kids’ activities and more. Info and applications for booths online. May 3 from 10 am-7 pm, May 4 from 10 am-5 pm. Free. East City Park, 900 E. 3rd St. moscowrenfair.org SPOKANE LIBRARY BOOK SALE Friends of the Spokane Public Library hosts its spring used book sale, offering books, CDs, DVDs and other used library materials. Member pre-sale ($10/year) May 7 from 4:30-8 pm. Public sale May 8-9 from 10 am-5 pm and May 10 from 10 am-3 pm. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main. (444-5336) SPOKANE VALLEY STATE OF THE CITY Spokane Valley Mayor Dean Grafos talks about the the city’s focus on bringing new businesses and jobs, strengthening infrastructure and city services and more. Two presentations offered, at noon and at 6 pm. May 8. Free. Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. spokanevalley.org (720-5411)
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Documentary on Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation
as one of the most accomplished street photographers. May 2-8, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383) MORE THAN FRYBREAD Screening of the Native American comedy, centered around the nontraditional food frybread. Proceeds benefit Idaho Mythweaver, a nonprofit educational project. May 2, 7:30 pm. $10. Panida Theater, 300 N. First, Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) 50 HOUR SLAM Premiere of this year’s top 16 local short films, each 3-6 minutes in length and created within 50 hours. Also includes live performances by the Marshall McLean Band, Water Monster and local poets. May 3, 5:30-10:30 pm. $10. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (370-3449) CANADA’S ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET: MOULIN ROUGE A special screening of the show performed by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. May 4, 7 pm. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. (209-2383) THE BOOK THIEF Screening in honor of Holocaust Remembrance week, featuring the film based on the book by Markus Zusak. May 5, 5 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. (444-5385) THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE Healthcare for All-Spokane hosts a screening of the documentary on the differences between the Canadian and US healthcare systems. Filmmakers Laurie Simmons and Terry Sterrenberg also present. May 6, 6:30 pm. Free; suggested $10 donation. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404) IRREPLACEABLE Screening of the documentary on the origins and history of family structure in various cultures. Also at Regal Cinemas Riverstone in CdA. May 6, 7:30 pm. Regal Cinemas, 4750 N. Division. (482-0209)
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Proceed with abandon! It’s a spring bursting with action. The ever-popular Sandpoint Farmers Market and Silverwood Theme Park reopen May 3. The biggest party of the year, Lost in the ’50s, is hopping with a downtown
classic car parade and show, rock ‘n’ roll concerts, car rally, fun run and more, May 15-18. Summer Sounds, a free Saturday concert series, kicks off Memorial Day Weekend. June brings opening
receptions for Artwalk, June 20, the delectable Summer Sampler, June 27, and Schweitzer’s Summer Celebration June 29. Make it a spring to remember in Sandpoint!
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Advice Goddess ALL DOC AND NO ACTION
I’ve been going to the same primary care doctor for a few years. I’m very attracted to him, and I believe he’s attracted to me, too. There’s always been a dynamic between us. I thought it was his “bedside manner,” but when I asked others, they didn’t have the same experience with him. I know he isn’t married. Also, I am very healthy and only see him annually for “well checks.” Do you have any advice on whether I should do anything? —Patiently Waiting
It’s okay for your doctor to ask you, “Can I give you a breast exam?” — but not if he adds, “…later tonight, in my Jacuzzi?” There are all sorts of places a doctor can go to meet women — bars, parties, bowling alleys, grocery stores, and hostage standoffs — but he can lose his license for dating those he picks up in his reception area. Not only does the American Medical Association deem current patients off-limits but a former patient can also be a no-go if it seems the sexual relationship started through an exploitation of trust, knowledge, or emotions from the doctor-patient relationship. Because rules can vary from place to place, it’s wise to check with your state medical board to see whether they have stricter standards. For example, Colorado’s Medical Practice Act imposes a six-month waiting period before your doctor is allowed to see you in a dress that doesn’t tie in the back and expose your butt crack. Even if your doctor does have the hots for you, he probably has an even stronger desire to avoid downscaling to “driving” a shopping cart, collecting cans, and living beside a dumpster. So, the first move, if any, must be yours — putting an unambiguous end to the medical portion of your relationship. Do this in writing, adding something like, “You’re an excellent doctor, but I would like to see a doctor closer to my house.” It doesn’t matter whether that’s true. It just has to get the message across — without impugning his skills — that you’re formally outta there. At the end, add, “I would, however, be interested in seeing you socially.” That little addition might not seem like much, but as linguist Steven Pinker notes about a remarkable feature of human psychology, even the slightest veiling of what we really mean will allow people to pretend it meant something innocuous. The deniability “doesn’t have to be plausible, only possible,” Pinker explains in a paper. So, if Dr. McDreamy doesn’t want the romantic relationship you do, he can pretend you’re just suggesting it would be nice to bump into him at a gallery opening or something, not bump into him between your sheets. But before you do anything, you should accept that you may have misread the signals, and he may not be interested. Either way, you’ll need a new doctor, whom you can search for online — ideally, on your health plan site, not Match.com.
APARTMENT 2B OR NOT 2B
I’m a single guy living in an apartment down the hall from two single girls. I find one very attractive, but the one I’m not interested in is clearly interested in me. She flirts with me overtly and keeps saying she and I should go for a drink. What I’d really like is to get something going with the other roommate.—Double Trouble Unfortunately, dropping in on the girls down the hall isn’t like visiting a frozen-yogurt shop: “I’m not crazy about the sample you offered; may I try the other flavor?” You’ve heard of The Bro Code — unwritten rules for how guys are supposed to look after their buds? There’s a female version; call it The Bra Code: Sistas before mistas, besties before testes. A girl will not date the guy her friend — especially her friend she lives with — has set her sights on. Worse yet, there’s a good chance that asking you out was something the hot one helped the other one plot. You can, of course, ask the hot one out, but unless the not-so-hot one falls desperately in love with some other guy, the hot one is unlikely to join you in anything sexier than an elevator ride to the lobby. What you can take out of this is a reminder not to get too laser-focused on one particular girl. You should always be scanning the horizon for possibilities and have a few on deck so when one falls through, you can just shift over to the next. This should keep you from clinging desperately to lost causes, like by pretending you have an identical twin brother and trying to date both the hot and not-so-hot roommate at once. (No, you can’t just feign a stomachache and run back in wearing a different hat.) n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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EVENTS | CALENDAR SFCC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL This year’s selections include “Lucky,” May 6; “Romeos,” May 13; “Together With You,” May 20. Tuesdays at 7:15 pm. $4.50/public. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. garlandtheater.com (533-3472)
FOOD & DRINK
FOOD TRUCK RALLY The third food truck rally, organized by the Downtown Spokane Partnership, is set to feature 8-10 local food vendors on Post Street between Riverfront Park and City Hall, coinciding with the grand opening of Huntington Park. May 2, 10 am-8 pm. downtownspokane.org SMALL VINEYARD’S GREATEST HITS Small Vineyards’ Tristan Ohms hosts a wine-tasting class featuring wines from Spain and France. May 2, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) VINO! WINE TASTING Fri, May 2 feat. Wine of the Month Club selections, from 3-6:30 pm. Sat, May 3 feat. Market Vineyards, from 2-4:30 pm. $10-$15/ tasting. Vino!, 222 S. Washington. (838-1229) WOK-STYLE COOKING Chef Laurie Faloon leads a class on making Pad Thai at home. May 2, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) LOOSE LEAF TEA BLENDING Sample different types of tea, learn brewing techniques of loose leaf tea and the health benefits of herbs and spices. Pre-registration required. First Sat. of every month, 3 pm. $10/person, $15/ couple. Spice Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. spicetradersmercantile.com WINE 201 & 301 “Taste and Learn” with Alana Livingston. Wine 201 covers wine components through varietal comparisons in different growing regions, May 3 at 1 pm. Wine 301 covers tasting the Noble Grapes blind, May 10 at 1 pm. (Following any Saturday class customers are welcome to attend the in-store Saturday tasting for half-off.) $30/class. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. vinowine.com (509838-1229) HOME FOOD PRESERVATION CLASS Learn home food preservation techniques including freezing, drying and canning from local expert Helen Appel. May 6-27, Tues from 1-2 pm. $13. Colfax, n/a. iel.spokane.edu/ACT2 (800-845-3324) ARTISAN BREAD BAKING Pastry chef Harry Wibisono leads a class on making various kinds of artisan bread using
4 basic ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast. May 7, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) WINE, RIDE & DINE An evening of local wine, food and a sky ride over the falls on the Riverfront Park Skyride. Includes wine tasting, a glass of wine, Skyride fee and dinner at Clinkerdagger or Anthony’s with tax and gratuity. Featuring Latah Creek Winery May 7-8. Events from 4:30-6:30 pm. 21+ $55, registration required. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. spokaneparks.org (625-6200)
GU MUSIC GUITAR NITE Classical guitar students present a program of classical repertoire including solos and ensembles. In the University Chapel, 3rd floor of College Hall. May 1, 7-8 pm. Free. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone. (313-6733) SPOKANE SYMPHONY LINK UP More than 900 local students in grades 3-5 perform recorders and sing along with the Symphony in a one-hour concert through the national music program Link Up. May 1, 7-8:30 pm. $5. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) STEEP CANYON RANGERS Concert by the Grammy-award winning group for best bluegrass album. May 1, 7:30 pm. $30. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (800-325-SEAT) COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY Season Finale concert feat works by Schubert, Mozart, Rossini and Paganini, also showcasing guest musician, 14-yearold violinist Annie Pham. May 2 and 3. May 2 and May 3. $8-$20. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cdasymphony. org (208-667-1865) GU PIANO STUDIO RECITAL Piano students from the studios of Colleen Hunter, Margee Webster and Greg Presley perform in the Music Annex. May 3, 10:30-11:30 am. Free. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. (313-6733) MINA SOMEKAWA PIANO CONCERT Piano soloist Mina Somekawa performs works by Bach and Schumann for an evening of Romantic and Baroque music. In the University Chapel, 3rd floor of College Hall. May 3, 7-8 pm. Free. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave. gonzaga.edu (313-6733) WHITWORTH WIND SYMPHONY “South by Southwest” concert featuring guest soloist Douglas Yeo, formerly of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in a program of new and traditional works. May 3, 8 pm. $5-$7. Martin Woldson
Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.org (624-1200) JAZZED FOR JUSTICE Benefit concert and cocktail party featuring music by Julia Keefe, River City Brewing beer, Whitestone Winery wine, raffles and more with proceeds supporting the Center for Justice. Tickets include appetizers, snacks, and one drink ticket. Additional drink tickets $5 each. May 7, 5:30 pm. $30. Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave. (835-5211)
REFRESH YOUR RUN A class providing training and technique insights to help get runners back in shape and/or prepare for an upcoming 5-10K, offering info on training tips, injury prevention, secondary training strategies, and qualities of a runner. May 1, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe. rei.com/spokane THURSDAY NIGHT PADDLES The Coeur d’Alene Canoe & Kayak club hosts weekly paddles, open to the public, Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Location and put in times vary. See website for details. Free. cdacanoekayakclub.com DERBY SKATE FIT Spring fitness classes based on roller derby skills and drills, no experience necessary. Classes are coed and skates/gear is available to rent. Offered Saturdays at 10 am, through June 13. $8/class. Krunch! Skate Shop, 411 E. Sprague. krunchskate.com (220-9103) THE MOMENT: MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA Live broadcast of the WBC welterweight champion fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. May 3, 6 pm. Regal Cinemas Riverstone Stadium 14, 2416 Old Mill Loop. (800326-3264) WARRIOR CAMP MMA “Proving Grounds” live, amateur mixed martial arts fights. May 3, 6 pm. $20. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, hubsportscenter.org (998-5993) BLOOMSDAY Participate in the 38th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run, an Inland Northwest tradition. This year’s benefiting nonprofit is the Northeast Community Center. May 4, 9 am. $17$35. bloomsdayrun.org (838-1579)
THE CHERRY ORCHARD Performance of the Anton Chekhov play illuminating the timeless absurdity of the human condition. Through 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)
JAN, THE TOY LADY, WEIGHS THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT LEARNING TO TIE SHOE LACES:
To trip, or not to trip? That is the question!
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DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (FERRIS) Performance of classic animated film adapted for stage in musical format by students of Ferris High School’s Theatre Arts program, in the newly remodeled Ferris Auditorium. May 1-3 and 9-10 at 7 pm, also Sat, May 3 and 10 at 2 pm; matinees are preceded by “Tea Time with Belle” at 12:30 pm ($20). $10-$12. Ferris HS, 3020 E. 37th. (354-6000) THE DIVINERS The CdA High School Theater Dept. performs the drama about a boy with a special gift in Depression-era Indiana. May 1-3 at 7 pm. $5-$8. Coeur d’Alene HS, 5530 N. Fourth. chstheater. org (208-667-4507) THE MASKED CANARY Musical comedy performed by members of the Liberty Lake Community Theatre. Through May 3, Thur-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. (342-2055) ARSENIC & OLD LACE Performance of the classic comedy/farce by Joseph Kesselring. May 2-18, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $11-$17. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. lakecityplayhouse.org (208-667-1323) THE BAD SEED Psychological thriller performed by Sandpoint Onstage. May 2-3 at 7:30 pm. $12-$14. Heartwood Center, 615 S. Oak. sandpointonstage. com (208-304-6543) BECKY’S NEW CAR New comedy by Steven Dietz, directed by Christopher Wooley. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. May 2-June 1, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) HONESTLY, NOW Crime comedy, performed by StageWest Community Theatre, directed by Phil West. Through May 11, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Dinner theater May 3 at 6 pm ($25, reservations required). $10-$12. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., Cheney. (235-2441) WICKED The hit Broadway musical tells the “untold story” of the witches of Oz, based on a novel by the same name. May 7-25, Tues-Sun, show times vary. $42.50-$152.50. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. bestofbroadwayspokane.com
RAW ENERGY May’s featured exhibit showcases the work of Spokane artist Melissa Cole. May 1-25, opening reception May 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown. artisanbarn.org (229-3414) TIMOTHY ELY The Colfax-based bookbinder and artist’s work is on display, and an artist
reception includes a presentation titled “Rare Books and Digressions.” May 1, 5:307:30 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main. (208-882-2669) FIRST FRIDAY Local businesses and galleries host new art for the month of May, offering artist receptions from 5-8 pm; some offering refreshments, live music and other events in conjunction. May 2, 5-8 pm. Free. See a full list of gallery events and an interactive map at inlander.com/firstfriday HALFTONE An evening of local art, music, and design focused on bringing Spokane together to raise funds for the local arts community. This year’s beneficiary is the new nonprofit INK Art Space. Featured bands include H. Hershler, Mirror Mirror, Blackwater Prophet, BIAS and Water Monsters. May 2, 7 pm. $5. Luxe Ballroom, 1017 W. First. tinyurl.com/m2uoz6m
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Girl With A Soul You: Red Chevy, maroon to be exact. Long blonde/ brown hair, mesmerizing stare, loud rap music. You drove past me while I was running down 5th. I tried to get your attention but your music was too loud. You are stunning. Please make my day and respond. Let me get to know the mind behind the gorgeous face.
seem like something the universe had planned for me yet here I am, wanting to remind you that I am just that ... at a minimum of every 24 hours. My pessimistic view of the general population of humans has changed drastically. You’re amazing, beautiful, caring, hard working, ethical and an all-around brilliant human being. Thanks for loving me out of a mundane view of life and love. You’re my wonder Wallin. Happy Birthday my love.”
Dot I normally take this opportunity to talk about how wonderful you are and cheers you for all the things I love about you; but just this once my love, here is a cheers to the bad. I know it’s a strange thing to do but I have come to appreciate even the things about you that drive me a bit crazy from time to time, because that’s part of what makes you who you are and I wouldn’t change a thing my friend. Cheers to extremely loud snoring and your inability to sit still for long even when you’re tired, to touching my nose and tickling me when I’m mad. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate your finer moments, though, so here is to keeping your cool when “Mommy?.....” rings out very unexpectedly at 4 am, making the only pancakes I have ever actually enjoyed and your attempt at waffles! I love you sweetheart, all of you. Your loving moo
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Library Boy “I’ve seen you at least six times at the Spokane Valley Library and various thrift stores surrounding it, always looking at books, over the past two years. You: tall, brown hipster hair, with Rayban-type eye glasses. Me: I’m not sure how I’d describe myself as my hair always changes lengths. I have brown hair and freckles. I wear dresses a lot and flats. The last two times I saw you, I carried a bright teal bag. I saw you at the Arc of Spokane downtown two weeks ago as I was paying, Tuesday, April 15, after not seeing you for 10 months. I finally had the nerve to say hello, but I ran my bags out to my car first and when I came back in, you were not at the books anymore. I didn’t want to follow you like some crazy person. We met eyes as you went out the exit and I wandered off to the bathroom, or at least I think we met eyes. I had forgotten about you and the universe made me smile by bumping into you again. I feel like you’ve seen me too. You’re always alone, as am I, so I hope you are single. If you want to meet, email me at thriftstorecutie27@ yahoo.com. Tell me what kind of shoes you always wear, so I know it’s you. Because you are always looking at books, you must have quite the collection. I am an English major and a book nerd too. I would love to talk books with you. -Thrift Store Cutie
Cheers Happy Birthday Love! Sometimes when my brain drifts into day dreams of you, my heart swells. So much that it fills up my being, leaving no more room for sadness, loneliness or anxiety. I never thought I’d fall in love. It just didn’t
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Jeers Not So Decent Last Saturday, “Holy Saturday,” my friend was walking her dog along the Centennial Trail near the Central Food restaurant. She saw a young man who had fallen down the embankment. He was obviously hurt and was trying to crawl back up to the trail. She is an older lady and would’ve tried to help him, but he said he didn’t want her to get hurt. She asked several men and women for help and all refused emphatically. A couple wouldn’t even let her finish her sentence! I couldn’t believe it, but what really frosts me is the
Gun Owners I am not understanding all of the negativity towards gun owners. I have several guns of various types; they are used for two things in my family: hunting and entertainment. We happen to really bond well together as a family when we target shoot and especially when we hunt. I know lots of families that enjoy the same things as we do. However I would also use my gun as a last resort to protect my family if an intruder broke into my house and intended to harm us. The type of people that would break into a house are not usually upstanding, pillarof-society types of people just swinging in to say hello. They are usually scary drugged-out losers looking for their next fix and they want to steal your stuff to sell it to buy their drugs and possibly hurt or kill you in the process. If you chose not to own a gun, what are you going to do when a situation like this occurs? I don’t think trying to negotiate with a drugged-out criminal is a good idea. You probably won’t be able to physically overtake him because he will be all hopped up. You could call 911 if you were able to get to your
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Help! What am I doing wrong? I’ve found myself back in the dating scene after the end of a 10 year marriage. I’ve met a couple of guys, gone out a couple of times, and then they just stop talking to me. I’m not obsessive over them. If I text, I’m not hounding them, wondering why they aren’t responding. We are all busy and reply when we can. I don’t expect to see them every day, or even talk to them every day. No sex has been involved, and it was discussed that I am not ready to jump into that quite yet. So, what am I doing that causes them to not want to continue, and to just stop talking instead of saying, “Hey, I’m sorry but this just isn’t working out.” Does anyone have any ideas?
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Bicycle Riders Time for licensing bikes! They should have to pay for the pavement and painting of the bike lanes just like people who drive cars do. Those who have paid for the roads with licenses and gas taxes should not pay for bike lanes we cannot use. I think a $100 per bike would be a good start — and if you ride in a bike lane without a license you get a $500 fine. Help pay for the cost of adding these lanes and maintenance as well as enforcement of laws on bikers. If someone biking fails to stop at stop signs or lights, they should get the same fines as cars. If they fail to signal their turns, they get a ticket; if they cut across all lanes or an intersection improperly, they get a ticket. It is time to make our bicyclists obey the traffic laws and pay for their share of the road. If they do, then there will be less tension between cars and bikes.
Thief I just wanted to say thanks to the loser who broke into the job box and stole my tools. Thanks for stealing my way to support my family. I sincerely hope you overdose on whatever you get for my tools. Meth Jeers to meth for taking our loved ones into psychosis. And cheers to those who love, that seek to understand their torment. 4 Way Stop People, a four-way stop means just that — four way! Not
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‘Did You Cry Today?’ The intersection of masculinity, mediocrity and the modern world BY SHANN RAY We know that the wildest and most moving dramas are played not in the theatre but in the hearts of ordinary men and women who pass by without exciting attention, and who betray to the world nothing of the conflicts that rage within them. — Carl Jung
Often when I return home from working with people and trying to help them face the great darknesses they inevitably must face, one of my daughters will ask me, “Did you cry today?” The fierce and gorgeous heart of that simple question overturns the tenacious grip of despair in omething sacred happens in a genuine relationship the world. with someone who helps us see a little more clearly I think of tragedy as love’s very close sister or brother. into our own heart. Unfortunately, we often venture In tragedy we can be completely undone, inconsolable, into difficult territory alone. In fact, the tragedy of unreand yet grief is also a beloved other whose voice we ignore solved loneliness and sorrow can often haunt us throughat our own peril. Another of Carl Jung’s great notions out our lives. involves drawing grief close as we would a good brother or Carl Jung, the great psychologist of the last century, felt sister and listening to what it whispers in our ear. a burden for people and the world. Wisely, he said there One could say an extreme mediocrity exists in much can be no doubt we are, on the whole, less good than we of American masculinity today, characterized by emptiimagine ourselves to be. Jung believed that whatever is ness, impoverished relational capacity, an overblown or wrong in the world is also found in the self, and if we can underdeveloped sense of self, and a life with others that learn to embrace our own shadow, we have done “someis often devoid of meaning. Such men are filled of things thing real for the world.” We have “succeeded in shoulderlike excess television, excess debt, excess videogames, ing at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic … problems excess sexual focus, emotional shallowness, and the man’s of our day.” agenda at the expense of others. No words for feelings. What is the human shadow? Violence. Privilege for privilege’s sake, which results in It is a “reservoir for human darkness” decadence, and in the end decay, and finally death. Send comments to and also, paradoxically, the “seat of creThe Western world, which, in feminist bell hooks’ email@example.com. ativity.” The vastness of the natural wilterminology, is inherently white, supremacist and patriarderness comes to mind, and the vastness chal, is currently experiencing this decadence, decay and of the human heart. When the sun goes down we enter a death. Jung gave a mysterious, fear-invoking expression of depth of night seemingly unfathomable. But even the darkthe masculine and the feminine. For Jung, the masculine is ness is rent by a flurry of stars. There is intimacy in the symbolized by the logos, which he referred to as the power wilderness, and danger, just as there is intimacy and danger to make meaning, to be meaningful, and to be experiin our small towns, our cramped trailers, our homes and enced as meaningful by loved ones and by the collective sprawling cities. There are families in which children suffer humanity around us. Not the super-rational Western man, great harm, and families in which children thrive. incapable of emotion and in fact regret, but a man who In my job as a psychologist I find the inner life not lives deeply, loves well, and is well loved. A question then only irreducibly complex, but also infused with great light. rises: How many men do you know who are experienced
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as meaningful? Meaningful from a depth perspective: in their relationships with women and other men, as well as with their own children. Jung conceived of the feminine as the eros, but not the glammed and glitzed porn culture of American media and unconscious masculine agendas. Rather, he conceptualized the eros as the womblike existence that gives peace, the life-giving sacrificial essence willing to undergo almost anything to preserve life, the wild mystery at odds with all who might try to come against the child, the family or the future. For me, Mochis, the Cheyenne woman warrior whose ferocity is legendary, comes to mind. Not to mention my Czech grandmother who we called the Great One. All of us have masculine and feminine within us, and to the extent to which we hide or subdue either of these, we suffer. When we deny our faults, we are consumed by shadow. When we are consumed by shadow, we project our shadow onto the world with harmful results — we refuse to take responsibility for life and in fact block others, rather than inviting them to help us change and become more whole. To be more whole is to be more capable of honoring the feminine and the masculine in ourselves and others. In order to heal our fears, and heal our inability to love deeply and well, Jung believed we must have two things: insight and good will. In the language of family, we need understanding and love. When we become more whole, the shadow shifts and we become more aligned with creativity. In Camus’ words, we create dangerously. I’m reminded of poet Mary Oliver’s radiant question: “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I’m also reminded of her open-hearted answer: “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” Shann Ray is professor of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He is the author of Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life; American Masculine: Stories; and Balefire: Poems.
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