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arvard University recently published its spring survey results, recounting the expected voting preferences for “Millennials” aged 18-29, including college undergraduates. Its findings should signal concern for Republicans and Democrats alike as the November 2014 elections draw near. The survey found that fewer than one in four (23 percent) intend to vote in November, and there’s an increasingly lower “trust in government” — the lowest in five years for young people. Even though self-described “conservative voters” have more energy for the November midterms, all elected officials should be disturbed that young voters are so disillusioned with politics and governmental institutions. Lunchtime Politics, an online daily polling update, recently reported that only 22 percent of those polled favor re-electing their own Congressional representative, with 66 percent declaring they’d like to “look around” for someone new. Likewise, Americans have generally lost faith in President Obama. His “trustworthiness” scores have diminished due largely to Obamacare promises unfulfilled, perceptions of dishonesty relating to the IRS and Benghazi controversies, and his drawing of false “red lines” internationally. That’s not good for either representative government or our voting obligations as citizens. Likewise, many politicians have disappointed voters of all ages as a result of their intransigence on issues of the day, self-serving actions and silence about America’s place in the world. Consequently, public cynicism reigns. When a Republican congressman was recently photographed passionately kissing a staffer who was not his wife, public disgust ensued. When another Republican congressman was arrested and indicted on multiple fraud and tax evasion charges, the public was again let down. When a Democratic congressman claimed that opposition to Obama’s policies are simply race-related, the public took issue and cynicism increased.
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ith the national economy stuck in low growth, few jobs and the burden of college student debt ever-present, millennial-aged voters are asking “Where’s the hopefulness?” America has traditionally symbolized hope, where anything was possible with industriousness. PBS’ American Experience has commented on the optimism of a century ago, when an American sense of assertion and its own purpose prevailed, stemming largely from the aftermath of the Civil War and the emergence of a new nation looking positively at its future, in spite of the racial problems that would burden America in the years ahead. That common purpose has dissipated for many young people. Public officials, particularly American
presidents, are generally charged with setting a national tone, urging the public forward on social, economic and foreign policy issues, to represent the best interests of all Americans for the greater good. For the past five years, we’ve seen optimism dampened, perhaps caused by America prosecuting two messy wars, a faltering economy, the current 24-hour news cycle and self-serving leaders who seem to care more about personal ambition and political drama than national progress. Researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities recently suggested that the U.S. political system is an oligarchy, dominated by special interest organizations and the economically elite, instead of the majority of voters. President and Mrs. Obama haven’t helped that perception by vacationing lavishly and spending extravagantly while the rest of America is hurting. Under these circumstances, how can the U.S. re-engage young voters and students who will become the next generation of leaders? For starters, the quality of congressional leaders needs improvement. Leaders should be elected to serve the public good, not personal ambitions. Millennials want to believe in a candidate’s goodness, large purposes and credibility. They also need early exposure to political issues discussion. If students are exposed to political party differences in their K-12 school years, they’ll be better informed as voters at age 18.
ublic confidence can be restored if elected officials put the public interest first, with actions that demonstrate their sacrifice for public benefit. Young voters want public interest to rank above political self-interest. They want tangible results to show for their political involvement. Members of Congress should convene advisory groups of young voters to advise them through social media outlets regarding their views on policy matters — and then those members should produce results by giving progress reports on suggestions implemented. Voters also should demand that their public officials periodically explain how their service has improved the public good and offer young people hands-on projects that achieve a public or policy objective. Fair competition also means frequent candidate debates. If we don’t act now, the next generation of leaders will continue their disillusionment and the United States will suffer. n
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COMMENT | IMMIGRATION mary concerns voiced at the event were undocumented workers who pay federal taxes but cannot participate in federal programs; dedicated laborers who have savings but cannot secure a mortgage; and college students who are earning degrees but have no route to getting a job afterward. For activists like Martin, the issue hits even closer to home: “I have nieces that are undocumented in the U.S. The more years that pass by, the less of a chance they have for a college education and career. Their lives are basically on hold.” Legislation that provides a route to citizenship remains unfinished business. The bill that passed the Senate includes a lengthy process to becoming a citizen, but supporters Send comments to email@example.com. of immigration reform are OK with that. “You don’t automatically become a citizen. You have to earn it. Under this proposed process, from the time you apply to the 13th year, if you have a clean record and don’t commit a crime, you will become a citizen. Even if it’s 13 years, it would be nice to have a process,” explains Martin. Liberty Park United Methodist Church was the only faith-based organization present at last week’s rally, while the Peace and Justice Action League, Occupy Spokane, and students from Whitworth, Gonzaga and Eastern generated the rest of the crowd. Vaughn, the student organizer, hopes the voices of those present will catalyze greater momentum toward collective action: “We need people to call Cathy McMorris Rodgers and let her know they support comprehensive immigration reform.” If you don’t think this issue affects you, Meraz-Garcia reminds us that “anyone who has eaten an apple or stayed the night in a hotel has benefited from undocumented labor. We should care about not continuing to exploit the individuals who feed us.” n
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ayday, Mayday, Mayday,” seemed to be the call of more than 100 protesters lined up to march in Spokane last week, seeking urgent immigration reform. “We have written letters, gone on hunger strikes, made phone calls and are marching again to send a message to Cathy McMorris Rodgers that this issue is important to the people she represents,” said Dr. Martin Meraz-Garcia from Eastern Washington University’s Chicano Education Program. “This is about having compassion for others. It’s a humanitarian issue we should all care about.” While immigration reform is supported
by more than 70 percent of Americans, the small gathering at last Thursday’s march suggests an underrepresentation of regional voters. “All people should understand that immigration reform is important, because these people are a part of our society and the backbone of our workforce,” said Jackie Vaughn, a leader of MEChA de EWU, a Chicano student group. “We need people to be proactive and not just passively supportive.” Key legislation overwhelmingly passed the Senate in 2013, but if that bill, S. 744, does not make it to a vote in the House by this August, the movement will suffer a major setback. Most of the rally participants were college students and community members who signed individual petitions to help leverage the bill into a House vote. Among the pri-
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IDAHO’S UGLY DISREGARD FOR CITIZENS our April 24 issue has yet another article that has me regretting my
decision 12 years ago to retire to this beautiful state of Idaho. Like The Picture of Dorian Gray, which was a painting of a handsome young man who never aged in real life but turned ugly on the painting hidden away, Idaho’s lack of basic facilities to care for its population is shockingly poor and ugly. Daniel Walters’ “Far and Away” piece (4/24/14) on the utter lack of mental health facilities in Idaho is a case in point. Some years ago, while enjoying driving tours about my newly adopted state, I stopped at a tourist office in Send comments to Granger. While speaking to the lady at that location, firstname.lastname@example.org. we exchanged views on the politics of Idaho and the nation. While she expressed the opinion that taxes were being wasted by all governments, I asked if we should perhaps consider the need for care for mentally and physically handicapped citizens. She began a tirade on how developmentally disabled adults in the town were cared for by several adults who were paid by taxation. When asked who should pay for that care, she quickly answered that it was the responsibility of the parents. The more I learned about the majority opinion of enough voters in Idaho to make life often unbearable for our unfortunate citizens, the uglier the hidden painting became.
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wo weeks after they moved in, they were gone. A day later, on a hot Friday afternoon, Terri Mayer walks through the house at 5803 North Drumheller Street. It’s virtually empty now, save for a few bananas in the fridge, clean sheets in the washing machine and various pieces of furniture, stripped bare and wiped clean, throughout each of its seven bedrooms. Mayer is the executive director of Open Gate, a local nonprofit that provides reentry services — including transitional housing like this facility was two weeks ago — to recently released prisoners. Earlier that week, a flyer circulated around the Westview neighborhood, alerting the residents about the house at 5803 North Drumheller. “Every one of those residents are convicted felons,” it read in bold, black letters. “Hopefully you are as concerned as we are.” The story spread across local TV news. Neighbors said they had been blindsided by a recent influx of felons, living blocks away from Westview Elementary School, threatening their children’s safety and deflating home values. They came together at Shadle Park on a Wednesday evening in protest. Mayer stood before a crowd of more than 100 people beneath a gazebo. She could hardly get a word out over the heckling: “What about our property values? ... Would you want them in your neighborhood? … They deserve nothing! They’re criminals!” A couple of the house’s residents told Mayer they had been followed, and at that point, she was worried about their safety. So they backed down. In her office downtown, Mayer shakes her head and blinks back tears. “It was unbelievable. It broke my heart,” Mayer says. “It’s unfortunate that people get branded with a felony, and it’s kind of like a lifetime sentence for them, and it shouldn’t be.”
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ayer and her son started Open Gate in 2010. Her son, an inmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center, was sentenced to 15 years for first-degree manslaughter after accidentally shooting one of his best friends, Mayer says. He’s set to be released this month. For more than a decade, Mayer and her son watched men leave prison only to return later. “[When they’re released,] they have nothing. They’re basically just given $40, a bus pass to Spokane and told, ‘Figure it out,’” Mayer says. “They don’t have anyplace to go for the most part.” That’s where Open Gate comes in. Mayer works with the prisons to create release plans for her clients. She helps them apply for food stamps and Social Security. On the day of their release, Open Gate volunteers pick them up from Airway Heights or a bus ...continued on next page
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to prison on a new charge. “A lot of the guys would go back [to prison] because they would get out [and] they were not accepted into society here. They kept getting a ‘no’ on a job, a ‘no’ on a house. They had no place to go, nothing.” Mayer says. “Why wouldn’t they commit a new charge to go back?” But felon discrimination presents a significant barrier for the nearly 65 million Americans who have an arrest or conviction record. Ex-offenders are routinely denied jobs and housing based on their criminal history. Or, in the case of the seven men who were living on North Drumheller, pressured out of neighborhoods. “That’s a shame,” says Julie Schaffer, an attorney at the Center for Justice. “When those
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arnet Smith was one of those seven convicted felons living at 5803 North Drumheller. That Friday, he helps Mayer clean out the house. All that’s left in his old room are floral curtains and a chestnut nightstand. Smith doesn’t see himself as a “criminal.” He’s never done or dealt drugs. He’s never robbed or assaulted anyone. He’s never even gotten a speeding ticket. And he’s always had a stable job — less than a month after his release from Airway Heights Corrections Center, he’s already working as a landscaper. But in 2010 and earlier in 2005, while he was living in Seattle, Smith, 32, violated a no-contact order with a former girlfriend. (“Love makes you crazy,” he says.) He remembers walking to and from the bus stop every day, watching the blinds quiver on the houses down his street “like a peep show.” Although he’s moved into permanent housing with help from Goodwill’s veterans program, he’s still a little bitter about leaving the group home. “I felt like, ‘Are you serious?’ We’re not doing anything to you. We’re not bothering you. We never approach anyone in the neighborhood,” Smith says. “We never have loud music. We definitely don’t have parties here, so I don’t see what was so offensive about us being here.” Mayer had big plans for this house: A community garden in the backyard, a workout room in the basement, a space where residents could earn a little extra cash upholstering old furniture for resale. “We had the perfect place,” she says, sighing. “And now it’s gone.” n email@example.com
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday to allow Christian prayer at town hall meetings and other government functions, offering new protection to public nativity scenes and religious demonstrations.
Three Spokane Police Department officers shot and killed 37-year-old Jeremy Arnold last week when the homicide suspect charged into a crime scene.
Civil rights advocates have renewed calls to end the death penalty after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett last week in Oklahoma, in which he struggled for 43 minutes before dying of a heart attack.
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Hundreds attended the dedication for Avista’s Huntington Park and City Hall Plaza last Friday. A new walkway leads visitors down to a redesigned green area with views of the falls. After reconsidering its plans to name the plaza after Spokane founding father James Glover, the city is now looking for public suggestions on what to name it. Submit your idea by writing it on a piece of paper, taking a photo of yourself holding it, then posting the photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the tag @spokanecity. You can also send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at the My Spokane service desk on the first floor of City Hall.
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In 2006, Idaho voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last summer, 10 federal district courts have since ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale said she will issue a ruling in the “relatively near future.” — DEANNA PAN
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The Spokane City Council voted Monday to endorse a $310 million plan to clean up the SPOKANE RIVER. Now, the administration moves on to trying to finding that money. According to Utilities Director Rick Romero, the city will fund $250 million of the cleanup — ratepayer dollars will be used, though rates will not increase faster than inflation — but will need state and federal help for the remaining $60 million. More than 1 billion gallons of stormwater and wastewater enter the river each year, releasing PCBs and other toxins into the river. The new plan proposes a combination of design features, like swales, to soak up stormwater before it gets to the river; upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility; and new underground tanks to hold water before treatment. The push for a cleaner river is being driven by new federal standards that will take effect in 2017. The administration and council have praised the “integrated approach” as a way to reduce toxins in the river and complete multiple types of infrastructure improvements at once. (For example, the city might replace sidewalks or streets while burying a new holding tank, saving on future construction costs.) “I do believe this is exactly what we as a community deserve,” Spokane Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich told the
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A federal judge heard oral arguments on Monday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Idaho’s ban on SAME-SEX MARRIAGES. The plaintiffs, four same-sex couples who filed their suit last November, say Idaho’s ban violates their rights to equal protection and due process under the U.S. Constitution. Two of the couples are suing to marry in Idaho. The other two couples, who were married in California and New York respectively, are suing to have their unions recognized by the state. “The state can’t select a preferred group of Idaho families for special preference and recognition,” Deborah Ferguson, the plaintiffs’ attorney, told the court. “The legal interest is for all of Idaho’s families, and all of Idaho’s children, whether they’re raised by same-sex parents, stepparents, adoptive parents or grandparents.” Lawyers for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden told the court the ban benefits “future generations” of children. They also argued the ban doesn’t discriminate against same-sex couples.
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Spokane’s Next IT opens new dialogue with computers, creating opportunities and risks BY JACOB JONES
n the lobby of Next IT, on the 16th floor of the historic Paulsen Building on Riverside Avenue, a two-dimensional animated hologram glows ghostly as its artificial intelligence deconstructs a spoken question. With a smile, the lifesize, red-haired female hologram, named Erin, calls up the appropriate answer and responds with a description of the company. “Next IT,” she says in a demo video, “creates human-emulation software that is redefining the relationship between people and technology.” When speaking, Erin motions casually with her hands. She can blink and wave. She even tells a Chuck Norris joke. Her lifelike interactions serve as one of many examples of how Spokanebased Next IT uses AI software to process and interpret the complexities of language in text and speech. Mitch Lawrence, executive vice president of sales and marketing, says their virtual avatars, or “agents,” will revolutionize how we communicate with computers. They can act as digital tour guides during complicated tasks like filing insurance claims online, or they can serve as a pocket nurse to help people remember their meds or track health information. Most of the company’s products operate as friendly, animated chat-bots on corporate websites, helping customers book flights or manage investments. But in developing those, Lawrence says Next IT built massive language libraries, creating a universal framework for interpreting speech into data, which can be used to both talk with Erin and track larger patterns. Such powerful technology may unlock amazing opportunities for turning computers into digital assistants that help us navigate the world. But privacy advocates with the Electronic Frontier Foundation warn that the software also could be used to eavesdrop on huge streams of private online communications, or elicit sensitive
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information through subtle questioning. “Here’s the reality of the way a lot of people use data today — they abuse it,” Lawrence admits. “They don’t tell you what they’re doing with it. We don’t do that.” ounder and CEO Fred Brown started Next IT in 2002 in hopes of making technology more accessible, Lawrence says. A customer does not have to learn new programs or software if they can simply tell a computer what to do, like in Star Trek or other sci-fi universes. Brown’s company has since grown to 170 employees, almost entirely based out of Spokane. Some of the biggest companies and organizations in the world, including United Airlines, Merrill Lynch and the U.S. Army, now turn to Next IT for chat technology. The company recently expanded from 10 to 28 clients, Lawrence says, though some companies prefer to remain confidential. He says the latest revenues increased 50 percent over the previous year. Logging on to the Aetna health insurance website, Lawrence opens a chat window with Ann, one of the company’s newer agents. She pops up with a wide grin and dark, curly hair, looking more like a photo-quality avatar than some of the previous, obviously animated agents. Ann can recall individual medical histories, help change policies or schedule appointments. “With Ann, I can just talk to her like I’m talking to you,” he says. “She’s wicked smart.” Next IT plans to shift many of its operations toward health care technology, he says, using virtual assistants to help people live longer. Imagine an app that tracks how you’re feeling, helps you schedule medication and offers tips for a healthier diet. The app also could monitor some of your habits to help your doctor spot long-term trends in your health. “There’s a huge unmet need,” Lawrence says. “There are not enough health care providers. … [Our agent] is not as good as a nurse. It’s not as good as a doctor, but it’s as good a knowledge as you need to have to live a healthier lifestyle.” In certain cases, anonymous avatars have an edge. Lawrence says Army recruiters quickly discovered that people would ask their Sgt. STAR (Strong, Trained And Ready) agent sensitive questions they didn’t feel comfortable bringing up in person, asking about sexual orientation or showering policies. Using that new insight, the Army added new answers to Sgt. STAR’s database to help answer those questions.
ave Maass, an investigative researcher with the EFF, says the human-like illusions behind chatbot technology have always fascinated him. It takes a lot of programming to develop software that can hold its own
in a casual conversation, and Next IT leads the way in creating avatars that not only provide accurate responses, but also showcase individual personalities. Dissecting the Army’s use of Sgt. STAR, portrayed as a gruff, no-nonsense recruiter, Maass last month released a report about the potential risks of some chat programs, which he says may use human traits to socially manipulate people into providing information they would not typically share with another person. “Military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies have employed virtual people capable of interacting with and surveilling the public on a massive scale,” he writes in his report, “and every answer raises many, many more questions.” Maass learned that the Army first introduced Sgt. STAR in 2006 as post-Sept. 11 enlistment surged, leading to a 40-percent increase in live chat traffic. The Sgt. STAR program now has 835 scripted responses. He replaces about 55 human operators, engages an average of 1,550 people per day and has answered 10.5 million questions in the past five years. Next IT and Army officials both emphasize that Sgt. STAR remains an anonymous interaction. He does not save personal or even cookies data. Next IT spokeswoman Jennifer Snell contends that the EFF report focuses on hypothetical abuses while ignoring many of the program’s potential benefits. “Privacy and security is definitely a conversation that needs to be had,” Snell says. “[But] the EFF report relied on … some assumptions based on what could possibly happen. … It wasn’t necessarily grounded in facts.” Beyond chatbots, Maass says Next IT’s language interpretation software has the capability to initiate and monitor conversations online. He cites an old Next IT program called ActiveSentry that federal documents suggest once was used by the FBI and CIA to scout out conversations with suspected pedophiles or terrorists, allowing one investigator to oversee up to 30 chats at once. “That’s the most fascinating thing about this,” he says, hinting at a hidden campaign U.S. Army avatar Sgt. STAR of digital entrapment. Next IT says the ActiveSentry program primarily served as a security feature for banks to identify suspicious transactions. The company has been phasing out the program. News archives show that the former head of ActiveSentry was fired in 2007 and later sued by Next IT over alleged fraud.
ext IT reports that its virtual assistants now answer more than 60,000 questions a day, with numbers only continuing to grow as more companies adopt the technology. Lawrence says the agents save thousands of hours of personnel time and often provide more timely assistance for customers. Quality audits show they can answer about 95 percent of questions accurately. “Our technology is the most advanced on the planet for nature language processing — it just is,” he says. “We have really sophisticated algorithms for driving the technology, to understand what humans are telling us.” And the agents become more lifelike every day. Lawrence says customers appreciate agents’ unique personalities. Visitors sometimes flirt with the avatars, pushing the boundaries between humanity and technology. But he doesn’t expect software to cross that line anytime in his lifetime. “I don’t ever see artificial intelligence getting to the point … of bumping up against those human aspects of feeling — empathy, hope, those kinds of things that we experience as human beings,” he says. “At the end of the day, [it’s] a machine.” The virtual ghost behind your computer or smartphone screen still just mimics humanity. Pull up Sgt. STAR on the Army website and ask if he feels empathy. Even the disciplined cadence of his digital voice hints at an existential uncertainty. “That is a good question, however, I am not positive that I understand what you’re asking,” he replies. “Try rephrasing your question. I understand simple questions best.” n
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Mullan Road Elementary School Principal Mike McGinnis says that after construction is complete, the school still will be completely full. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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Why even the newest school buildings are already running out of room BY DANIEL WALTERS
n a Friday afternoon at Longfellow Elementary, sixth-graders huddle around Patty Ratcliffe, an art teacher wearing a necklace of colorful beads. One by one, they proudly show off their drawings of amphorae — Grecian urns — with Viking ships and professional basketball players sketched in black alongside traditional Greek designs. Unlike so many schools in the nation, Longfellow still has an art program. But today, it no longer has an art room. Thanks to a lack of space, the art room has been turned into a kindergarten. Instead, Ratcliffe makes her way from classroom to classroom, pulling two carts of art supplies. Finger paintings of dinosaurs dry on a rack on a repurposed library cart, while a medical supply cart holds crayons, markers, scissors, origami paper and the “Mona Bucks” she uses to rewards students. A modified workroom in the library serves as her office. “It has definitely compromised the program to not have the art space,” Ratcliffe says. Without an art room, she says it’s not possible to wash tempera paints — it takes too long to wash all the brushes. “I can’t use the kiln, because the kiln is in the kindergarten classroom,” Ratcliffe says. “If you have a kiln running, it makes this ‘rrrruuuuh’ sound.” It’s too disruptive. The Longfellow gym also faces challenges: Twice a week, two gym teachers teach two separate gym classes simultaneously in the same space. “It’s doable in a pinch,” Ratcliffe says. “And we’re in a pinch right now.” That pinch is being felt throughout the entire district, with music, art and resource rooms being used as conventional classrooms instead of their intended purposes.
his time, the trouble has nothing to do with budget cuts. Instead, it stems from two big, positive changes. Last fall, the full-day kindergarten
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was added district-wide. That growth took up additional classroom. There’s a bigger factor: Last year, legislation provided funding for districts to reduce kindergarten and first-grade class sizes in low-income schools to about 20 students for every teacher. It’s basic math: Fewer students per classroom means more classrooms are needed for the same amount of kids. Combine that with increasing enrollment, and Spokane has a space crisis. In February, a team of 15 administrators met to brainstorm solutions. The “art on a cart” model is currently being used at 10 elementary schools, and the committee recommended that nine more join them. In the fall, the district will build portable classrooms at three elementary schools, bringing two new classrooms to Longfellow, two to Whitman and four to Madison. Special alternative programs will be shuffled around the district to open up more space. Yet 20 students per teacher is only a modest step toward funding basic education, defined in Washington’s constitution and hammered home by the state Supreme Court as the “paramount duty” of the state. A 2010 bill requires teacher-student ratios in kindergarten through third-grade classes to average 17 students per teacher by 2018. But meeting that ratio, Spokane Public Schools estimates, would take about 140 new classrooms — the equivalent of nearly six new elementary schools.
t Mullan Road Elementary in far south Spokane County, men wearing hard hats and bright orange vests drive heavy machinery as kids bounce basketballs off the playground backboards. By December, 10 new classrooms paid for by the 2009 bond will be built, and an older part of the building demolished. But even after this construction is done, principal Mike McGinnis says, Mullan Road still will be completely full. That’s despite the fact that Mullan Road isn’t
low-income enough to qualify so far for state money to reduce class sizes. McGinnis says it’s not as simple as adding extra classrooms: “To me, it’s about the unintended consequence: You add space on, and what other issues do you create?” Art, music and gym classes don’t necessarily have time slots for extra classes. Greg Brown, Spokane Public Schools’ director of capital projects and planning, says the Mullan Road renovations were designed to allow additions. Why not add more room to grow? “We’re working on what the voters approved,” says Brown. “There isn’t a lot of wiggle room to say, ‘Let’s add $3 million for this project.’” Mullan Road isn’t the only school constructed with the 2009 bond money to immediately be at capacity. When the new Jefferson Elementary was completed last year, the district announced it would have to move the “Designated Instruction” program over to Grant Elementary to make space for full-day kindergarten. Parents, incensed that a new school built with their tax dollars was out of space, launched protests. The district backed off. The ultimate solution went like a round of musical chairs: Bancroft alternative school was moved to the empty Pratt Elementary building, the Community School in the Havermale building was switched to the Bancroft site, and Montessori programs at Balboa and Jefferson were sent to Havermale. That sparked a whole different wave of protest, this time from Montessori parents. As Spokane Public Schools prepares for another bond campaign next spring, it plans to increase the number of K-3 classrooms to handle a ratio of 20 students per teacher district-wide. That’s still three more than the ratio required by 2018. “The perception I get is everybody’s got a wait-andsee attitude,” Brown says. The district is watching to see if the legislature will veer away from its requirement or give the district the extra funding necessary to build. During this past legislative session, one bill would have budgeted $700 million in state lottery revenue for construction. It received near-unanimous support in the House but never got out of committee in the Senate. A proposed voter initiative for this fall could force the state’s hand, making it spend an estimated $3.4 billion in order to reduce class size at every grade level. “The good news is we’re trying to do great things for kids by reducing the class size numbers, and that’ll be great in the long run,” McGinnis says. “But it creates some outside issues.” n email@example.com
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e was still drinking his morning coffee when they came speeding up the driveway and circled the house, assault rifles in hand. “They got out there like they were ready for war,” says 70-year-old Larry Harvey of the state and federal agents who arrested him last year. “On went the cuffs. … It’s been downhill ever since.” On 34 acres north of Colville, Larry and his wife Rhonda hunt, fish and grow a big garden. A few years ago, they started growing pot. Larry, who has several medical conditions including severe gout, says eating marijuana-infused cookies was the first time he’d felt real relief from his symptoms and been able to sleep through the night. Now Larry, Rhonda, her son and daughterin-law and a family friend are facing federal charges for growing marijuana with the intent to distribute and possessing a firearm “in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.” In August 2012, state and federal officers served search warrants on the house, pulled the plants from the ground and seized the couple’s SUV, motorcycle, guns and $700 in cash. They returned in February 2013, when they arrested Larry, who then spent 17 days at the Spokane County Jail, where he says his health quickly deteriorated. While the family argues that they were growing for their own medical use, the government argues that a vacuum sealer, plastic bags, digital scale and sales records
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found on the property are evidence of the intent to sell, according to court documents. The trial is set to begin May 12. Meanwhile, just 6 miles north of the federal courthouse is Washington’s first legal recreational marijuana grow, operating with a state-issued license and subject to state regulations and state taxes. Fanning out around the courthouse are 18 other locations across the county where the state will soon license stores to sell recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and older. It’s the cruel irony of the modern marijuana landscape: Even as Washington and Colorado have legalized the drug for recreational use, the effects of its status as a Schedule I drug under federal law continue to shake the marijuana community, including those who use the drug as medicine. Harvey says he believed his family was operating in compliance with Washington’s medical marijuana law. That legislation limits patients to 15 plants each and no more than 45 per collective garden. Harvey says the family had doctors’ recommendations and believed the 15-plants-per-person limit allowed the group of five up to 75 plants, rather than limiting them to 45 as a collective. Harvey says he wasn’t thinking about the risks associated with breaking federal law and had never even heard of other marijuana growers being raided by the feds. “I live with my head in the sand,” he says. “I don’t take the newspaper. I live up there minding my own business.” None of that will help the family now. State and local law cannot be used as defenses for actions that remain federally illegal, and the judge will not allow any arguments about Washington state law or medical uses for marijuana in this case. “This is absolutely a reality check that we are not out of the woods,” says Hilary Bricken, a Washington attorney who represents medical and recreational marijuana businesspeople. “As we’re getting closer [to the start of the recreational market], everyone on the eastside — and the westside — needs to be cognizant that the federal government is alive and well and watchful.” Kari Boiter, the Washington state coordinator for the national medical marijuana advocacy group Americans For Safe Access, is working with the Harveys and their family on the case. Boiter says she knows federal law is not on the family’s side, but she hopes public opinion is. “I hope the jury will take a look at what’s been happening in Washington and think about the fact that retail stores are opening for distribution,” Boiter says. “I hope the jury will be smart enough to figure it out and say, ‘What are we even doing here?’” firstname.lastname@example.org
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GODZILLA May 16 Based on what we already know about the highly anticipated Godzilla remake from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., its creators are going for something as far as possible from the pain and agony fans of the franchise suffered after 1998’s terrible attempt at a reboot. Most important, our starring kaiju looks, well, like Godzilla is supposed to look. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it approaches the titanic monster’s origin story by showing us that he’s closer to a force of nature than anything else. For viewers who want a good story alongside the megamonster scenes, it also offers a strong human drama among its leading characters, a family headed by Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame playing nuclear physicist Joe Brody, who’s trying to confirm Godzilla’s existence. Godzilla, portrayed as an uncontrollable force of nature more than a murderous beast (though lots of cities are smashed in his wake), ends up fighting other monsters to save the humans. The newest trailer, for international viewers, gives us the first glimpse of a couple of otherworldly creatures lurking in the distance. (CHEY SCOTT) Rated PG-13
MOMS’ NIGHT OUT May 9 The latest in the Murphy’s Law genre of comedy — if it can go wrong, it does — this flick features three stressed-out, overprotective moms of small children who finally make time for a night out. Cue stolen minivan, missing baby, accidental Tasering, bumbling dad on a stretcher and so on, until the night of PG-rated calamities ends with a predictable but resonant lesson about embracing chaos. (LISA WAANANEN) Rated PG
NEIGHBORS May 9 Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a pair of first-time parents living blissfully with their baby daughter until a douchey fraternity and their dude-bro leader (Zac Efron) moves in next door and makes their lives a living hell. See a full review in the film section. (MIKE BOOKEY) Rated R CONTINUED ON PAGE 26 >>
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e wait for the heat of summer all winter and spring. When it finally arrives, we seek shelter in dark, air-conditioned places. Movie theaters are still part of our summer, and this year there are more than a few reasons to spend a July evening in a cool room full of strangers. It wouldn’t be a summer without blockbuster action flicks, and 2014 is giving you them in droves with Godzilla, the Tom Cruise-powered Edge of Tomorrow and the sexy sci-fi of Jupiter Ascending. Michael Bay offers a gratuitous continuation of the Transformers franchise while lending his explosion-loving talents to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The X-Men return to the big screen, as do Sylvester Stallone and his wrinkly band of Expendables, in a summer so full of sequels and remakes you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into the wrong DeLorean. There are plenty of laughs, too. Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West leads the comedy field, followed closely by Melissa McCarthy in Tammy and a Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz romp called Sex Tape. Don’t get too hung up on the high-profile stuff, though. It’s a promising season for indie films, with Richard Linklater’s Boyhood the buzziest of the bunch, followed by the Tom Hardy-powered Locke. Stay cool and happy watching. — MIKE BOOKEY, culture editor
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MILLION DOLLAR ARM May 16 When cricket players try their hand at baseball, expect hijinks to ensue. Disney’s Million Dollar Arm sees Jon Hamm playing a sports agent who is out of time and luck, but wants to make one desperate, unconventional attempt at saving his career by auditioning Indian cricket players to become baseball pitchers. Co-starring Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin and Suraj Sharma (from Life of Pi), this inspirational tale promises to bring the laughs. (PAUL SELL) Rated PG
BLENDED May 23 Remember when Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore were in a movie together? The one in Hawaii where Barrymore couldn’t remember anything, but Sandler was all, like, “I want to sail around the world, but screw it, I’d rather chase after this hot chick, even if she doesn’t remember who I am.” This time, Team Sandlermore heads to Africa. They play Jim and Lauren, a couple who endure an awful blind date, then somehow end up at the same resort half a world away. Both have kids, which makes things even crazier, right? When Lauren starts falling for these motherless kids, she’s in danger of falling for the whole package. Directed by frequent Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy) Blended is full of the sort of silliness Sandler has been taking to the bank with the Grown Ups franchise. Not for everyone, but for a lot of people. (MB) Rated PG-13
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST May 23 Earth is about to come to an end again in this prequel/sequel mashup, and only the X-Men can save it. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) sends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to the past to convince the younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) to help stop a future catastrophe. In order to accomplish this confusing turn of events, they must also spring the younger Magneto (Michael Fassbender) from his maximum-security cell, bringing the frenemies back together again. Because the film needs a few more A-list stars, Jennifer Lawrence is back as Mystique and Peter Dinklage plays a new bad guy. (LAURA JOHNSON) Rated PG-13
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST May 30 Seth MacFarlane, creator of Ted and last year’s Academy Awards opening song, “We Saw Your Boobs,” is back with his second live-action comedy — this time playing the lead. There’s a plot, of course, but just as in MacFarlane’s Family Guy TV series, expect many detours into off-color jokes, dream sequences and musical dance numbers that don’t advance the story one bit. The film follows MacFarlane as a sheep farmer in the wild west of Arizona in 1882, where characters use present-day foul language. When a stunning blonde (Charlize Theron) moves to town, he attempts to win her affections by taking down her tyrannical husband (Liam Neeson). The only problem? He doesn’t know how to use a gun. Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris add some raunch. (LJ) Rated R
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MALEFICENT May 30 Of all Disney’s great animated villains, none is so exquisitely terrifying as Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent. After all these years, she gets to reveal her side of the story in a live-action reimagining starring Angelina Jolie and her razorlike cheekbones. Directed by Robert Stromberg, who also worked on the recent live-action Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful, the film challenges the simple Good vs. Evil premise of the original, and offers the characters a new outcome. (LW) Rated PG
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS June 6 The girl has cancer, the boy is in remission from cancer; this story can only end badly. As far as teenage cancer love stories go, John Green’s recent young adult novel of the same name isn’t half bad — not nearly as sappy as A Walk to Remember. With Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, Divergent) as the lead for this film adaption, many lovesick teenage girls and their boyfriends will show up for this one. (LJ) Rated PG-13
EDGE OF TOMORROW June 6 Have you ever had déjà vu while fighting in a war for the fate of all mankind? That’s what’s happening to Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow. In the nottoo-distant future, there’s a never-ending battle with the world hanging in the balance; Cruise plays a reluctant soldier caught in this war. But he seems to keep reliving the same battle over and over again, learning from his previous mistakes each time. Edge of Tomorrow is directed by Doug Liman, who brought us The Bourne Identity — also about a man losing his sense of identity in battle — so expect this to feel like Jason Bourne beating up baddies, except with futuristic weapons. Co-starring Bill Paxton, Lara Pulver and Emily Blunt as another soldier reliving the battle, this should be a high-octane thriller with a Groundhog Day twist. (PS) PG-13
HERCULES June 6 It’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the role he was born to play: Hercules. Intended as a sequel to the famous 12 labors of the Greek demigod, it find Hercules as a hired assassin, when the King of Thrace begs him to seek and kill a tyrannical warlord and his massive army. Hercules’ strength is put the ultimate test, and he might even find love in the process. (PS) Not yet rated
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22 JUMP STREET June 13 The last time we saw officers Jenko (Channing “Abs” Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah “Two-Time Academy Award Nominee. Seriously. For Real” Hill), they were posing as high school students to bust a teenage drug ring. In 22 Jump Street (they moved across the street), the duo is back, but what could they possibly do to top their last assignment? Duh. Enroll in college. Again, the assignment is to stop a drug ring, but now at a college, while keeping their focus on fighting crime. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are back as directors; here’s hoping they keep the humor as surprisingly punchy as they did the first time around. Thankfully, Nick Offerman (you know him as Ron Swanson) is back as the take-no-crap commanding officer. (MB) Not yet rated
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 June 13 The first How to Train Your Dragon ended with hard-fought peace between Vikings and dragons. So where do you go from that happily ever after? Well, now Hiccup is a teen, and there’s a vast world to explore with his dragon friend Toothless — and it’s not all friendly out there. Director Dean DeBlois returns for the second computeranimated installment based on the book series by Cressida Cowell. (LW) Rated PG
JERSEY BOYS June 20 There’s plenty of slicked-back hair, suits and crooning in the film adaption of the Tony Awardwinning musical of the same name. Clint Eastwood directs this musical biography that follows the Four Seasons as they croon their way through the 1960s. But it’s not all smooth going. The four music group members — Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), Tommy Devito (Vincent Piazza) and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) — have their own set of personal clashes and difficult situations to make it through before they become stars. What keeps them together through Mafia threats, gambling losses and family catastrophes is the code of honor gleaned from the streets of their home. With a focus on frontman Valli, you’ll get big helpings of his falsetto, along with big concert scenes and plenty of breaking the fourth wall. (JO MILLER) Rated R
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION June 27 Time for the Autobots to roll out again as Michael Bay brings us the fourth installment in his Transformers franchise. Shia LaBeouf is replaced by Mark Wahlberg, but we have the same battle at hand — Optimus Prime and his Autobot companions fighting their never-ending war against the evil Megatron and the Decepticons. This time, Wahlberg and his daughter have discovered something that could threaten both forces of shape-shifting robots, and even the entire world. Bay, who has previously bestowed Armageddon and Pearl Harbor upon us, makes films that are low on intelligence and common sense, high on action and explosions. (PS) Not yet rated
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TAMMY July 2 At its core, Tammy is a road-trip movie, with Melissa McCarthy (the title character) and Susan Sarandon (her grandma, despite a 24-year age difference in real life) taking to the mean streets of upstate New York together. More than anything, the film serves as a vehicle for McCarthy to take her career to new heights. After box-office hits (Bridesmaids, The Heat) that prove women can be funny, she’s been given a chance to write her own script (with actor husband Ben Falcone) here. The story follows Tammy, who after being sacked from her fast-food job comes home to find her husband is cheating on her. Despondent, she sets out for Niagara Falls, ailing grandmother Pearl in tow. Tammy soon realizes that Pearl is much more of an alcoholic than she thought. Comedy ensues. (LJ) Rated R
EARTH TO ECHO July 2 If you are a fan of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Disney’s Earth To Echo will draw you in. After a group of young boys receive a series of strange text messages, they find themselves on an adventure before their parents force them to move away from one another. It’s partially filmed with that first-person Blair Witch Project approach, so expect to be kept on the edge of your seat. (PS) Rated PG
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES July 11 The highly anticipated sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes continues to tell the origin of how our world was transformed into a jungle where apes are the dominant species and humans are their servants. Taking place a decade after the previous film’s events, most of humanity has been wiped out by an airborne plague that also gave the apes their super intelligence. Now the remaining humans want a truce with the growing nation of aggressive apes, led by Caesar, in a desperate attempt to survive. But it’s short-lived, as tempers rage between the two groups and a war begins that will determine who will rule the planet. While Rise was helmed by Rupert Wyatt, the sequel is directed by Matt Reeves, who previously gave us Cloverfield. So the dawn is sure to be different from the rise. (PS) Not yet rated
PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE July 18 The high-flying adventures of Dusty Crophopper and his aerial friends return in Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue. Dusty takes a different path than he did in the previous Planes, as his engine becomes damaged and he may never be able to race again. This doesn’t stop Dusty from joining an all-terrainvehicle firefighting squad and battling a massive fire that endangers his world. (PS) Rated G
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THE INDIES CHEF May Make sure you bring a huge tub of popcorn, maybe a couple of hot dogs and some Milk Duds — anything to keep you from drooling through this film. You’ll watch chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau, who also wrote and directed) plate some delectable-looking meals. After a local food critic tears the L.A. hotshot chef to shreds, Carl quits his job and searches for what he really wants to do, finding it in a beat-up old food truck. Many familiar faces (Bobby Cannavale, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, Robert Downey Jr.) accompany Favreau in his film that won the Narrative Award for best feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. The director best known for bigbudget films like the Iron Man series and Cowboys & Aliens visually dazzles the audience, but litters his film with food porn instead of special effects. (JM) Rated R
GOD’S POCKET May It’s only been three months since we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman, but the loss feels greater as time slips by and we realize all the man did on screen. God’s Pocket, directed by Roger Sterling himself, John Slattery, has Hoffman in one of his last roles playing Mickey, a hard-gambling family man in a small town. When his wild-ass adult son is killed in what he and his wife (Christina Hendricks) are told is a construction accident, he attempts to settle his debt while also finding the truth. (MB) Rated R
LOCKE May Sandra Bullock spends Gravity in outer space, mostly in a spacesuit, and James Franco is trapped between rocks for a good portion of 127 Hours. Locke adds to a list of growing claustro-core films (movies set in one fairly confining space). Tom Hardy never leaves his car and the camera never leaves his handsomely bearded face except to sweep across out-of-focus headlights and glowing cityscapes. You only hear Hardy, who plays a man named Ivan Locke, speak in his Welsh accent to people over the phone, including his boss, wife and kids. He seems to have a good life — a job he works hard at and a family he loves — but as the calls roll in, everything begins to fall apart. (JM) Rated R
BEGIN AGAIN July Greta (Keira Knightly) is madly in love with her rock-star boyfriend Dave (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine). When he breaks it off for better prospects, she sings about it in a shady New York bar. Recently fired record label executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo) falls in love with the heartbroken Greta and decides to produce her music, whatever the cost. Writer/director John Carney’s drama follows two people just trying to pick up the pieces and start over throughout the course of one memorable summer. (EMERA L. RILEY) Rated R BOYHOOD July It’s been more than 20 years since Richard Linklater wrote, directed and produced Dazed and Confused, and in that time he’s become one of America’s cinematic treasures. Evidence: the Before Sunrise trilogy, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly and Bernie. Now Linklater takes his ambition to another level with Boyhood, a film whose concept alone could give you goose bumps. Linklater, who wrote and directs, selected a cast, including his protagonist, a then-7-year-old Ellar Coltrane, in 2002. He shot intermittently over the course of the next dozen years, and the result is a story of a boy struggling to maintain a relationship with his divorced parents, played by Patricia Arquette and Linklater favorite Ethan Hawke as the kid goes from elementary school to the brink of college. Like the revolutionary Up documentary series, it’s perhaps even more impressive as it’s a narrative film. (MB) Rated R
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It should come as no surprise that big studio megaflicks will dominate the summer’s box office. But don’t sleep on the smaller stuff. Some incredible cinema is coming to town (selected showings at either the AMC 20 or The Magic Lantern) that might fly under your radar. Don’t let that happen. Here are a few flicks not to miss.
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IF I STAY August Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, If I Stay illuminates hard choices that can make up the teenage years: college, boyfriends and, unfortunately, death. When Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) is involved in a tragic accident that kills her parents, she’s given the option to fight for her life or move on to a place unknown. The choice is made even more complicated because of boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley) whose love for Mia is tested by her self-doubt. (ER) Not yet rated
GET ON UP August James Brown might have started out as an impoverished child, but even then he was told that one day everyone would know his name. This biopic directed by Tate Taylor, who also gave us The Help, follows the legendary soul singer through several decades, showing how it happened. See the evolution of Brown’s (Chadwick Boseman) dance moves, funky tunes and iconic voice, and watch his career (and hair) grow right before your eyes. (JM) Not yet rated
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SEX TAPE July 25 Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, a couple looking to put some Sriracha back into their bedroom activities, decide to do that by making a sex tape. But because of the “cloud” (yeah, you don’t know what it is, don’t pretend), said tape goes out to all their friends and family. So the two go out and try to erase it from the Internet. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, TV’s New Girl), this familiar premise looks to produce some earnest laughs. (MB) Rated R
JUPITER ASCENDING July 18 Jupiter Jones is a girl who aspires to live among the stars, but is stuck on Earth living a poor life. That is, until she’s visited by an ex-military hunter, and Jupiter learns that she’s next in line to become the Queen of the Universe. Jupiter uses this as her chance to travel the cosmos and end the current Queen’s reign. Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones; Channing Tatum plays the genetically altered Caine, who has the difficult job of hunting down Jupiter. Also featuring Eddie Redmayne, Terry Gilliam, Douglas Booth and Sean Bean, Jupiter Ascending is directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski — who have previously given us Cloud Atlas and the Matrix trilogy — so this should be an intelligent yet exciting peek at the galaxy. (PS) Not yet rated
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES August 8 For some perspective, the kids who watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons on TV in the late ’80s now have kids of their own. If the turtles were actually teenagers when the most recent Ninja Turtles live-action movie came out in the early ’90s, they’d now be pushing 40. So it’s been a long time coming, and TMNT fans have a right to be concerned about some of the rumored changes that have floated around since Nickelodeon bought the rights in 2009. But producer Michael Bay finally quashed the rumor that the turtles would be from an alien race, rather than radioactive ooze, and the plot kicks off in a dark, violent New York City under control of The Shredder and his evil Foot Clan. The CGI-enhanced turtles are joined by Megan Fox — reportedly back on good terms with Bay after getting fired from the set of Transformers — as reporter April O’Neil. (LW) Rated PG
AUG. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY August 1 Marvel Studios has deluged us with film after film as of late; throughout those action-blasted thrill rides, we’ve always seen a bit of humor. Robert Downey Jr. gives us a few laughs, right? With this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like Marvel is letting things get earnestly hilarious. Chris Pratt (best known as lovable dumb-ass Andy on Parks and Recreation) leads an impressive cast as Peter Quill, a space pilot who has dubbed himself “Star-Lord.” Quill steals an orb and becomes the target of a manhunt, so he joins forces with a gang of misfits, including a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, in the hopes of saving the galaxy. James Gunn, an oddball filmmaker who made waves a few years ago with Super, directs. The cast also includes John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel and Zoe Saldana, who stars in NBC’s miniseries revamp of Rosemary’s Baby, but you first met in Avatar. (MB) Not yet rated
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INTO THE STORM August 8 The one Into the Storm trailer out so far gives us all we really need to know, starting with a black screen and the eerie moan of a tornado siren. This film is going to be about a terrifying-ashell tornado(es?) so strong it blows jetliners and 18-wheelers up into the sky like it’s no big deal. Other than a couple of cut scenes of people grabbing onto things and each other in hurricane-force winds, we can assume the rest of the plot is some kids trying not to blow away and die — and of course, lots of destruction and gigantic stuff flying around in wind tunnels. (CS) Rated PG-13
EXPENDABLES 3 August 15 If you’ve been around Hollywood long enough and can get enough famous friends together, the powers that be will let you do just about anything. That’s the only reasoning behind a third installment of this action franchise, in which an aging crew of do-gooder mercenaries have to challenge their group’s original founder (Mel Gibson, apparently allowed in movies again), now a ruthless arms trader. The cast includes Sylvester Stallone (who wrote the script), Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Dolph “Ivan Drago” Lundgren. (MB) Not yet rated
THE GIVER August 15 In an age of blockbuster films based on dystopian young-adult novel after novel, it must be said that The Giver — based on the Newbery Awardwinning book of the same name by Lois Lowry — was the original kid-lit dystopia. All those bookto-movie franchises to follow (Hunger Games, Divergent) owe Lowry for paving the way. While the film is based on the book, early fan dissections of the trailer have pointed out many differences from page to screen. Book fans, be warned. The screen-adapted version stars Jeff Bridges as its title character, The Giver, charged with storing the memories of a time before “Sameness.” When Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) turns 12, he begins training for his chosen career as the “Receiver of Memory,” since he’ll one day take over The Giver’s job of storing all memories of humanity before his utopian world known simply as “The Community.” As Jonas begins to learn about the past — all the good, bad and ugly — from wars to pure happiness, he begins to realize just what he and the rest of the Community are missing out on. (CS) Not yet rated
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR August 22 For those who saw the first installment of Sin City (2005), based on a graphic novel by comicbook-genre heavyweight Frank Miller, the second aims to be just as visually jarring, sexy and dark as the first. Based largely on Miller’s second book in the Sin City series, Dame merges plot threads from later books in the series, along with a few original story lines Miller created just for screen. Several members of the first film’s cast return, including Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Mickey Rourke, alongside newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta and Lady Gaga. Each of these actors takes on one of two roles: good guy or bad guy. But as with most Miller stories, even the good guys have some blood under their nails. (CS) Not yet rated
JESSABELLE August 29 Jessabelle (Sarah Snook), after returning home from a tragic car accident that put her in a wheelchair, just wants to forget. Finding videotapes of her deceased mother doesn’t help, especially when her mother spouts warnings of inevitable, tragic death. As attempts on her life grow more sinister, Jessabelle knows that her mother’s premonitions are coming true, and something is out to get her. (ER) PG-13 n
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No Rest for the Wicked
It takes 13 semi trucks and more than 100 stage hands to bring the Broadway show to Spokane by Chey Scott
caravan of 55-foot semi trucks rolled off Interstate 90 into Spokane early this past Tuesday morning. Drivers steered their loads through downtown, past the emerging skeleton of the new Convention Center hotel to the loading docks at the INB Performing Arts Center. Two additional semis unloaded into the venue days before, and inside, a mostly local crew bustles around the stage to assemble the massive, elaborate set pieces for Wicked. By the time those 11 semis pulled in, two other trucks had already unloaded, and the gears, cogs and pulleys that frame the stage are already mostly in place. At its peak, a giant, steampunk-esque, mechanical dragon hovers ominously over the workers shouting and carefully rolling in the rest of the set below. It takes the better part of three days to set up the touring Broadway show, but a mere five hours to disassemble and load back into the trucks, says Wicked company manager Ryan Lympus. “It’s a lot of stuff, but it’s what it takes to make sure the show appears as close to Broadway as possible,” Lympus says over the phone last week from Boise, the show’s stop before heading to Spokane. “We’re definitely on the bigger side of the touring world, and I think that just shows in the production itself.” Wicked travels with about 30 company stage crew, but during each tour stop, Lympus says around 100 local stagehands are hired to help install the set and its props. Then between 30 and 40 members of that local crew stay on to work through the show’s run. To put the scope of Wicked further into perspective, Lympus says a dozen locals are hired just to help dress actors during the production’s numerous, elaborate costume changes. “I think we have about a thousand costume pieces in the show, which are for the most part all individually made for the show,” he says. Those costumes alone, along with 90 wigs (handmade with human hair), fill up one of those 55-foot semis.
icked, which originally premiered on Broadway in 2003 and is still running at New York’s Gershwin Theatre, has received more than 50 awards and remains so wildly popular that two national tours of the show run concurrently, year-round. This year mark’s Wicked’s second run in Spokane — it was staged here back in May 2011 to much fanfare, including an Inlander cover story. ...continued on next page
CULTURE | THEATER “NO REST FOR THE WICKED,” CONTINUED... “From a behind-the-scenes perspective, it always shocks me that there are people who haven’t seen the show and haven’t been able to experience it,” Lympus says. “It’s as close to Broadway without being in New York… These actors are so talented, with killer voices and amazing dance abilities, and to bring that eight times a week and give that energy to audiences, who walk away with an unforgettable experience.” The musical is adapted from the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire, which parallels the storyline of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. That film, of course, was based on the 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by famed children’s author L. Frank Baum. Starting before and ending after Dorothy’s visit to Oz, Wicked shows us a friendship between two very divergent characters: Elphaba, aka the Wicked Witch of the West (not to be confused by the witch crushed by Dorothy’s house — that’s the Wicked Witch of the East) and Glinda, known as the Good Witch of the North. Woven into their path to friendship are more serious elements taken from Maguire’s book, and the musical deals with political power, race and discrimination and even animal rights. Since its debut almost a decade ago, Wicked has established itself as one of the most popular and enduring Broadway productions in recent memory. Along with two nonstop U.S. tours, it’s also been performed in the UK, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Germany.
In Wicked: The Grimmerie, a coffee-table book documenting all that went into the show’s creation, co-producer Marc Platt summarizes its cultural staying-power: “Wicked is an extremely satisfying experience for a bunch of reasons. It has accessible, tuneful music. It’s full of the spectacle you would expect from the fantasy world of Oz. It tells a story of characters you walk into the theater thinking you know. Yet, Wicked takes you to places you never expected, it twists and turns, and at the end of the evening, it moves you.” As the cast of Wicked prepare for night after night of performances in Spokane — for a total of 24 shows — the theater hums with excitement. Up on stage an enormous map of The Land of Oz hangs guarded by the grim metallic dragon. Backstage, the dressing crew flits around putting the finishing touches on the actors’ first costume change for Act I. Wigs are smoothed, face powder applied. Elphaba’s skin is transformed from alabaster to deep olive green in a process that takes up to 30 minutes. Glinda’s blonde curls are perfectly coifed and set, a tiara perched atop them. She’s dressed in a 40-lb., baby-blue gown adorned in sequins and stones, Swarovski crystal wand in hand, ready to emerge on stage and dazzle the crowd. Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz • May 7-25; Tue-Sun, showtimes vary • $42.50$152.50 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • bestofbroadwayspokane.com • 777-6253
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iscussions of tough subjects like race, income inequality and other social problems are typically reserved for town hall forums and college lecture halls. You know, stuffy sorts of places. Humanities Washington, the state’s cultural education nonprofit, wants to bring these touchy issues somewhere a bit more comfortable. You know, places that serve wine and food. The organization’s Think & Drink series plants high-level thinkers in restaurants and pubs for moderated discussions of issues like the ones slated for conversation in Spokane — race, class and education. “This is laid-back and relaxed and down-to-earth. There’s a level of intimidation in a formal setting, but this is very informal. This is the humanities in a public place,” says Humanities Washington program manager Zaki Abdelhamid. Monday’s discussion at Lindaman’s Gourmet Bistro on the South Hill is moderated by Gonzaga University professor and author (and occasional Inlander contributor) Shann Ray. GU’s chief diversity officer and associate academic vice president, Dr. Raymond Reyes, is the featured speaker. Think & Drink forums are held throughout the state, and this year Abdelhamid says all of the discussions have been focused on some aspect of race. The confluence of race, class and education seems like a timely choice, given the Supreme Court’s decision last month to uphold states’
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he songwriting duo responsible for contemporary hit musicals like Cabaret (1966), Chicago (1975) and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1992) was not two collaborators so much as a single entity with a singular sound. “We walk into the studio as John Kander and Fred Ebb,” the former is quoted as saying, “but what comes out is authentic Kander and Ebb.” The two were young men during the heyday of another inextricable pair of songwriters, Rodgers and Hammerstein, but Kander and Ebb’s first collaboration didn’t take place until each was nearly 40. That was with 1965’s Flora the Red Menace, which helped launch the Broadway career of Liza Minnelli. By the time Cabaret was staged the following year, they’d carved out a new theatrical niche that would later be dubbed the “concept musical.” “Kander and Ebb were the Rent of the ’60s and ’70s. They created an entirely new musical
genre — a hip, cool, [Bob] Fosse style,” says Cheyenne Nelson, who stars in Interplayers’ production of And the World Goes ’Round, a musical revue of their extensive body of work. “What happened in pop culture at that time was that Fosse was the name everyone picked up on,” she says. Kander and Ebb didn’t exactly go unnoticed and uncredited as a result, but their songs — instantly recognizable numbers like “New York, New York” and “All That Jazz” — took on a life independent of their creators. Like a family reunion, And the World Goes ’Round brings dozens of those songs together into one show. Accompanied by piano and drums, the cast of five sings, acts and dances its way through the Kander and Ebb songbook, reenacting the self-contained narratives that are at the heart of much of their work. “Each song is written as a story,” says director Michael Weaver. “Discoveries are made in
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he nicest thing that Ryan Beitz has been called in the past few weeks is a loser. Most of the insults hurled his way have been a lot worse than that. Since the Moscow, Idaho, man’s Kickstarter campaign for the World Speed Project — in which he attempts to collect every VHS copy of the 1994 movie Speed on the planet Earth — was featured by Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered, Vice, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, he is reminded constantly by vitriolic online commenters that his project is stupid. Even in video-collecting circles, Beitz has found himself in pissing contests. The guys collecting all of the Jerry Maguires — who have more than 5,000 copies, compared to his puny 500 Speeds — claimed he was copying their idea. Commenters brought up the Mrs. Doubtfire collectors, the Jurassic Park collectors — was he copying them, too? And why collect Speed anyway? On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Beitz — clad in offensively short jean cut-offs, a blue coat that could pass for a dress and a giant Russian fur hat on his head — is in the passenger seat of a beat-up gray sedan. He hops out of the car, runs up to a Peaceful Valley house and grabs a stack of Speeds from the front porch that have been left out for him. Even he thinks all the media attention he’s gotten is borderline hilarious. And the question he says every single reporter — including this one — has asked is simple, “Why? Just… why?” “Why is any of this happening? Who f---ing knows!” he says as we drive to Value Village. The whole reason his Speed VHS collection expanded beyond one copy, he says, is that in 2007 he was at a pawn shop and saw several copies of the film. He thought it would be hilarious to buy them all for his family members as Christmas gifts. But then he just kept them, collecting more and more and even retrieving the bulk of them from the wreckage of his house after it burned down. But why would Beitz, someone who just got into three prestigious master’s programs for philosophy, spend so much of his time on such a thing? “It totally just is an art project because art is the easiest term to apply to it,” he says. Does he think he’ll actually get every Speed tape? Not really. He admits he doesn’t try all that hard to find them, and he refuses to buy them if they aren’t under a dollar. At Value Village, he doesn’t see any Speed in the VHS section, but his two friends find a Jurassic Park and a few Jerry Maguires. He approaches a middle-aged checker and asks her if there are any Speed videos in the back. She says no, looks down and starts scanning the several Jerry Maguire tapes he’s placed on her counter. “Are you the guy who collects the Jerry Maguire films?” she asks. Beitz seems surprised. “No, we’re the Speed people.” “What does that mean?” she asks. “We collect the copies of Speed. We were on Good Morning America this morning.” “Really?” she says. “Yeah, just Google… ” She stops him mid-sentence: “I don’t have a computer.” Beitz pauses for a second. “The Jerry Maguire people are somehow more famous than me,” he says. “Well, just because you have Jerry Maguire, that’s why I asked,”
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Ryan Beitz cleansing himself in a sea of Speed. she says, apologetically. “So, $8.65.” “They have publicists. I don’t,” Beitz says. “$8.65? God, this is an expensive peace offering.” “So if you were on Good Morning America this morning, how are you back here?” “No, they didn’t interview me, they just used pictures of my project and talked about me,” Beitz says. Then, hesitantly: “Just so you know, the Jerry Maguire people started collecting two years after I started mine.” “How many Speed videos do you have?” she asks. “I only have 500.” “So how many do they have?” “They have 8,000,” he says. For the next couple of minutes as they talk, it becomes clear that Beitz feels terrible that this random, middle-aged woman without a computer knows about the Jerry Maguire collectors, who live so far from here, and not him. She reassures him: 500 is still a sizable collection of Speeds. Beitz perks up as he leaves. “OK. Maybe I’ll see you again someday,” Beitz says. “Oh yeah, I work here every day,” she says. “OK, cool. Well, I’ll come back,” he says. “If you get any copies of Speed, save them.” “I can’t do that.” “That’s OK,” he says, walking out the door, Jurassic Park and Jerry Maguire tapes in hand, walking a little less confidently than when he came in.
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A beer that’s aged for several months or longer in a barrel, typically one that’s been previously used for wine or liquor. In rare circumstances, a new barrel is used.
It’s Craft Beer Week, so you don’t want to look like an idiot
BY MIKE BOOKEY
f you’ve ever been to a beer tasting, a brewer’s dinner or brewery tour, you’re likely already a craft beer fan. But there’s a good chance you had no idea what the hell your guide was talking about most of the time. Brewing is a science, and the beer world is a vast, esoteric landscape full of so many terms that it’s easy to keep your mouth in your pint glass, rather than ask what a
mash tun is or inquire as to what those IBU figures on the side of the bottle mean. With Craft Beer Week (May 12-18) here this week, perhaps it’s time you went to school. We’ve rounded up some expert advice from near and far to help you become more fluent in brew-ese. Here’s an abridged glossary of the more elusive terms to keep on hand.
The slang term for a 22-ounce bottle of beer. This is how many small brewers break into retail sales before moving onto six-packs or cans.
A glass vessel often used for fermentation in the homebrewing process.
Beer that is carbonated naturally with no artificial carbon dioxide.
(pronounced sis-uh-rohn) An expert on beer styles and how the beer should be served and stored. Manito Tap House founder Patrick McPherson earned his cicerone certification about two years ago. It’s like a beer bar exam. “It’s a four-hour exam. You have somewhere around 150 questions, and then there’s 12 tastings you have to do. Oh, and there’s three essays,” says McPherson of the proctored exam, which will be administered on May 12 in Post Falls. Two Manito employees are studying for that test.
A beer that has had hops added to it late in the brewing process, with the intention of adding more hop taste and aroma. “I would say that almost every modern West Coast IPA is dry hopped,” says McPherson.
A 10.8-gallon container used for specialty beers. “Typically firkins are cask conditioned, and you pound a tap through it and then pour beer out of it,” says McPherson, who places his firkin on the bar top, per custom, for special events. The term for a half-firkin, if you were wondering, is a pin. CHRIS BOVEY ILLUSTRATION
“Plain water has a zero gravity. So when you measure the gravity of the beer when it’s done, it’s essentially how much dissolved material is in it,” says Orlison Brewing Co. operations manager and brewer Mark Borland.
Ground malts and grains, the first step of the brewing process.
International Bitterness Unit: a measurement for the bitterness of a beer. The statistic is actually the measurement of alpha acid per liter of beer. “The stronger the IBUs, the more alpha acids it’s going to have. But this has nothing to do with alcohol levels,” says Borland.
A loose term that implies a high-alcohol beer. “It’s kind of arbitrary. Sometimes they’ll say imperial, but it’s interchangeable with ‘double,’ ‘extra,’ ‘extreme’ or any variety of adjectives. ‘Double’ or ‘trippel’ are terms you’ll hear, too,” says McPherson.
India Pale Ale. You should know this one if you live in the Northwest. These hoppy ales are among the most popular craft beer styles. According to Martyn Cornell, the author of Amber, Gold & Black: The History of Britain’s Great Beers, IPAs were first brewed in the 1760s because brewers believed beers shipped to warmer climates (i.e., India) needed more hops. He goes on to say that other beers, like porters and lagers, were already shipped to these regions for many years, casting doubt on the scientific validity of that claim.
The pattern on a glass left by a beer’s foam as it’s consumed. Lacing is often a part of the judging criteria in beer contests.
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Grains that have been germinated and put through a process that produces fermentable sugars.
The vessel in which the grist meets hot water, extracting all the needed chemicals and colors from the ingredients. “In the mash tun, you are breaking down the starches into complex sugars. This is where the wort is produced,” says Borland.
Beer that has been exposed to light (often in clear or green bottles), giving it a nasty aroma and taste.
A tasting in which the same beer, but from different years, is served — i.e., a Deschutes Abyss from 2011, 2012 and 2013. “I’ve got a cellar with 50 kegs. I’ve got one from 2011 that we’re saving for our 10-year anniversary,” says McPherson.
“This is pretty much the step before the beer is created and made into alcohol. It’s basically like sugar water,” says Borland. n Craft Beer Week is celebrated nationally May 12-18 • Manito Tap House celebrates with a tasting of Perry Street Brewing’s double IPA on Wed, May 14, at 6 pm, and the launch of Ramblin’ Road Brewery’s Belgian quad on Thu, May 15, at 6 pm.
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4th graders at the Citizen
At the inaugural Nethercutt Citizenship Tournament on April 26 at SFCC, $14,000 in scholarship money and trips to meet elected officials at work were handed out to three local students. Coming from schools around the Inland Northwest, the students answered questions about American history and government from local leaders like Spokane Mayor David Condon and County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn.
Congratulations to all the competitors, and especially the three winners for 2014 Joshua Ross Central Valley High School, senior headed to BYU to study mechanical engineering Jasleen Bains Chase Middle School, 8th grade Hannah Agwunobi St. George’s, 4th grade
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enny’s Pit Pub & Lounge operates out of what was once a video store sandwiched between a car wash, laundromat, Dashco convenience store and gas station. On Highway 53 where the upper Rathdrum prairie turns north into lake and pine country, Penny’s Pit is actually named for owners Ryan and Christina Klundt’s pit bull. Back when Penny’s was a video store, Penny the pit bull chilled with (pictures of) Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and other cool cats whose image still adorn the walls. But with video business declining, explains Christina from behind the bar, she and husband Ryan queried nearby Dashco owner Kevin Randles. He suggested they “do something with beer.” But what’s a pub without food? Klundt parlayed her prior work experience at another Rathdrum-based favorite, Burger Heaven (since passed on to the restaurant kingdom in the sky). She enlisted her father, Dave Swaving, to cook. Penny’s serves salads, wings, and similar grub, plus burgers named for screen icons: John Wayne with pepper jack ($7.19), the Classic Marilyn cheeseburger ($6.99), the Bogart smothered in chili and cheese ($7.99). The 6-inch tall Gosman ($12.59), invented by a regular customer, is two patties, each topped with pepper jack and bacon; jalapeno; onion rings; buffalo sauce; a fried egg; and bleu cheese dressing. My more manageable Presley Melt ($7.99) was a tender, flame-broiled burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese.
The Presley Melt from Penny’s Pit. CARRIE SCOZZARO PHOTO A $5 special, the Melt comes with fries or — well worth 75¢ more — onion rings. Even better: a side of battered fries topped with gooey Parmesan and garlic ($4.99/$5.99). Happy hour (4-7 pm daily) means dollar-off drafts and 50¢ wings, so my budget allowed for a red beer (choose V8 or Clamato); still, the bill was well under $10. With two tables (prime train-watching location), a kid-friendly menu and the recent addition of ice cream shakes, this is one North Idaho pit stop worth making soon. Penny’s Pit Pub & Lounge • 14319 Hwy. 53, Rathdrum, Idaho • Open Mon-Thu, noon–9 pm; Fri-Sat, noon-10 pm • facebook.com/PennysPitPubAndLounge • (208) 687-2052
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s you drive up Ash Street and cross over Five Mile Road in north Spokane, it feels like you’ve entered the land of juicy patties and cheesy pies. You have Fatburger and Burger King to your right, Five Mile Heights Pizza to your left, and Zip’s Drive-In and a newer, sit-down pizza restaurant, the Boiler Room, just a block over. In the midst of all this, the owners of Tonicx recently opened Ash St. Tacos. The new streettaco-style family restaurant is in the space attached to Tonicx, the full-service bar and patio they opened seven years ago. “We’re surrounded by pizza and burgers everywhere, so this gives us a good option for Five Mile,” says Jonathan Sorrentino, who owns Tonicx and Ash St. Tacos with his wife, Shalan. The couple previously owned the Pita Pit next door to the bar, but decided to close it to open something that suited the beer-and-cocktails vibe. “It just complements the Tonicx side better,” says Shalan. A doorway connects the inside of both, so the owners consider the two to be one restaurant: Ash St. Tacos is the food and Tonicx is the bar. Because they now own a non-franchised eat-
ery, Shalan says they’re enjoying the fact that they can do things like buy ingredients from local farmers, make their salsas daily and have a constantly changing fresh sheet. Customers order their tacos, nachos or quesadillas at their table, restaurant-style, but the small kitchen, in full view for anyone sitting at the food bar, gives it a quick-service feel. You can choose from four traditional tacos: chicken, pork, beef and fish, each $3, gluten-free and with their own distinct flavorings. For example, the fish taco comes with tilapia topped with their Chile Margarita Rub, sweet roasted corn and black bean salsa. Four global tacos are on the menu: Greek, Jamaican Jerk, Korean and Hawaiian ($4 each). The latter two can be ordered as three sliders on buns for $6. For a light-tasting choice with some sweetness mixed in, try the Hawaiian, which has pork flavored by Hawaiian barbeque sauce with grilled pineapple, slaw and cilantro petals. n Ash St. Tacos • 6314 N. Ash • Mon-Sun, 11 am-10 pm • facebook.com/tonicx.ashstreettacos • 474-9331
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Neighbors gets too easily distracted from its ideas about growing up gracefully BY SCOTT RENSHAW
’m going to make a bold statement: Elise & Zoey Vargas may be the most adorable human children ever captured on film or video. Jointly playing baby Stella Radner — the progeny of first-time parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) — in the new comedy Neighbors, the Vargas twins become generators of involuntary “awwwwww”s every time they break out a four-toothed grin or squeal of delight. Nobody was immune at the preview screening I attended: not critics, not hulking frat guys there for the gross-out comedy, nobody. So what conclusions should one draw from the fact that the single most memorable thing in an ostensibly raucous escalating battle of pranks is a cute baby? That is, perhaps, unfairly dismissive of the generally funny Neighbors, directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) from a script by first-time feature writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. It casts Rogen in a comfortable role as a genial pot-smoker, and a wonderfully wild Byrne in a comfortable role where she’s allowed to speak with her own Australian accent, as Mac and Kelly are forced to contend with the Delta Psi fraternity buying the suburban house next door to theirs. Though they initially try to play nice with the party-hearty crew led by chapter president Teddy (Zac Efron), the escalating noise levels disturbing their sleep lead them to start a conflict from which no one might escape without some sort of humiliating incident. Neighbors actually latches on to a solid notion underly-
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ing all the mayhem: the Radners’ ambivalent transition into responsible married-with-kid adulthood. Their interactions with their less-encumbered friends (Carla Gallo and Ike Barinholtz) has them thinking they can still manage to be hip even with a mortgage and precious smile machine Stella; there’s a great early scene in which their spontaneous plan to go to a rave with Stella in tow, requiring the gathering of mountains of baby gear, ends with them asleep in their own entryway before they ever leave the house. The couple’s initial efforts to play the cool pals to Teddy and company represent a desperate hope that they actually belong hanging out with college kids; their refusal to buckle when the war begins provides a similar charge of edgy risk in otherwise predictable days. And it’s perfect that they’re matched against NEIGHBORS Teddy, a senior whose Rated R quest to be worthy of the Directed by Nicholas Stoller fraternity’s Wall of Honor Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, by way of throwing a Rose Byrne legendary party is built on his fear that nothing worthwhile awaits him after graduation. Neighbors is built on the classical foundation that the antagonists are actually more alike than they realize — in this case, people clinging to their familiar sense of what makes a happy existence, digging in their heels against the perspective
adjustments required by the next transitional life moment. If that sounds a little heady for a movie in which the fraternity ultimately holds a fund-raiser in which they sell casts of their penises as dildos, or where Mac has to manually express Kelly’s milk-engorged breasts after her pump breaks — well, yeah. Like many of the movie comedies by Judd Apatow and his disciples — Stoller was a writer for Apatow’s short-lived TV series Undeclared — Neighbors is much more concerned with jokes than structure. That allows plenty of room for rambling riffs, as when Teddy and his frat brother (Dave Franco) reconcile a previous dispute with various analogs for the classic “bros before hos” sentiment, and plenty of them are good for laughs. But it becomes hard to circle back around to anything resembling a thematic idea in the middle of a fusillade of punch lines and pratfalls. And so we find ourselves with Neighbors settling for a collection of decent gags and set pieces, rather than something that coheres around the idea of growing up with a little bit of grace. Notwithstanding an exchange between Mac and Kelly at the end that sounds like an attempt at convincing us they’ve learned from this experience, the movie is far less a product of mature contemplation than it is a case of easily distracted joke-telling. You laugh, and then your attention wanders, and you laugh a little more, and then oh my God isn’t that the cutest baby you’ve ever seen in your life?
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In case you didn’t know, National Nurses Week runs through May 12 and in accordance with that, the Magic Lantern is screening The American Nurse, a documentary inspecting life in America through the eyes of its hardworking hospital nurses. Director Carolyn Jones follows five nurses who practice in vastly different parts of the country and disciplines, all the while investigating the question of what it means to care for people. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated
THE FINAL MEMBER
This documentary is about — and this is not a joke — a penis museum in Iceland that has collected a penis specimen from nearly every mammal, but still don’t have a human penis on display. The director of the Icelandic Phallological Museum goes in search of a human specimen and finds two guys willing to donate their dongs. One is an eccentric American who calls his wiener “Elmo” and has it tattooed with the Stars and Stripes. The other is an elderly Icelandic man. We’ll see who wins the honor. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R
Alejandro Jodorowsky envisioned Orson Welles, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali as some of the cast in his page-to-screen epic Dune. But it never happened. The cult filmmaker’s dreams to create one of the biggest sci-fi films in history, based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, crumbled apart after years of work. But in its wake, Dune’s death planted seeds for what are now genre classics, like Star Wars and Alien. Director Frank Pavich’s documentary on the film — the most ahead-of-its-time movie ever, some say — tells the story of what Dune could have been, and why its failure should also be celebrated. (CS) Rated PG-13
LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN
When our heroine Dorothy (Lea Michele) returns to Kansas, she finds her hometown still ravaged by the tornado that took her to Oz. So, she’s heading back to the Emerald City. Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammar) and the Cowardly Lion (James Belushi) need her help them to stop an evil jester (Martin Short) who plans to take over the happy Land of Oz. New characters abound, and of course plenty of magic is afoot as Dorothy and friends set out to stop the jester in his tracks in this animated flick. (CS) Rated PG
MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
The latest in the Murphy’s Law genre of comedy — if it can go wrong, it does — this flick features three stressed-out, overprotective moms of small children who finally make time for a night out. Cue stolen minivan, missing baby, accidental Tasering, bumbling dad on a stretcher and so on, until the night of PGrated calamities ends with a predictable but resonant lesson about embracing chaos. (LW) Rated PG
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
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
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This film casts Seth Rogen in a comfortable role as a genial pot-smoker, and a wonderfully wild Rose Byrne in a comfortable role where she’s allowed to speak with her own Australian accent, as Mac and Kelly are forced to contend with the Delta Psi fraternity buying the suburban house next door to theirs. Though they initially try to play nice with the party-hearty crew led by chapter president Teddy (Zac Efron), the escalating noise levels disturbing their sleep lead them to start a conflict from which no one might escape without some sort of humiliating incident. (SR) Rated R
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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 neighborhoods to try to ferret out this bad dude and get a little payback for dear ol’ Dad. (MB) Rated PG-13
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
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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 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 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
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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
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
THE RAILWAY MAN
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 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)
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
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
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
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
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
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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Scarlett Johansson eats men alive in Under the Skin BY MARC SAVLOV
carlett Johansson is occasionally nude: Co-written by the director and Walter Campbell, That’s all a sizable percentage of movthe script barely lets the audience in on anything, iegoers need know about Under the Skin. much less motives and meanings, which (un) They’re in for a surprise, which is like saying naturally comprises at least half of the shudderHal 9000 is just another computer. Easily the some fun. most unique science fiction film I’ve come across Johansson’s sexy beast is very much the in years, Under the Skin defies, shatters, and ultiarchetypal other, a heady and deadly brew of vomately consumes genre boundaries like a randy luptuous, do-me-booted come-hithers and vacant wolf tonguing the raw marrow out of a particuunknowability. In a way, this role mirrors her larly toothsome bone. breathtaking vocal performance in Spike Jonze’s But Jonathan Glazer’s near-wordless film isn’t Her, another recent film that played with our specifically or essentially a sci-fi picture. Although innermost desires and uppermost fears regarding the film’s title and a minimal amount of story an altogether different alien species: technology. come from author Michael Faber’s 2000 novel, What makes Under the Skin such a mindthis is Glazer’s most hyper-stylized and unnervblower has everything to do with Johansson’s ing film since Ben Kingsley got on the wrong side chillingly un-empathetic turn as the, well, whatever of Ray Winstone and Amanda Redman in the she is, coupled with cinematographer Daniel Landirector’s utterly self-assured feature debut, Sexy din’s disorienting, hallucinogenic visuals. Johnnie Beast. Up until that point, Glazer was Burn’s sound design — one known primarily as the go-to savant jagged, anxious frisson stretched UNDER THE SKIN for cutting- and bleeding-edge music to the point of collapse — is in Rated R videos and TV adverts. It was plainly Directed by Jonathan Glazer itself well worthy of an Oscar evident, even then, that this guy had Starring Scarlett Johansson, Paul nod. Add to that the sublime, an eye for arresting compositions unsettling score by avant-weird Brannigan, Krystof Hádek and a feverish sense of the outré and composer Mica Levi (aka MicaAt Magic Lantern uncanny. chu) and some startling visuals But back to the naked and the work from UK effects house dead: Johansson is an emotional blank as an One of Us (Cloud Atlas, The Tree of Life) and you alien on the prowl for earthmen, although Mars have a cinematic happening near-guaranteed to Needs Women this isn’t. In fact, the film never fully get under your skin and into your head for far acknowledges that her impassively eroticized, longer than is comfortable. Like staring into the nameless character is strictly out of this world mirror while on a bad trip, you don’t so much (other than in the obvious, male-gaze way) at all. watch this film as this film watches you.
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Singer/Songwriter Lara James in Spokane Valley. STEPHEN SCHLANGE PHOTO
Lady Sing Snapshots of three women writing, performing and finding their true voices in Spokane and beyond BY LAURA JOHNSON
he had only the chorus in her head. When LARA JAMES sang the lyrics “Why wouldn’t I / Why wouldn’t I go / Why wouldn’t I / Wouldn’t I try” into the phone for producer Jake Schaefer, he knew they had the title track for James’ EP. Later, the rest of the song would just pour out of her, written in about five minutes in his Los Angeles studio. “I’ve sung my whole life, written songs my whole life. I’ve just never done anything about it,” says James at her Spokane Valley home. Watching The Voice a couple of years ago, she found the experience almost painful. “It was a representation of what I wasn’t doing,” she says. That’s when the 32-year-old mother of two decided to take vocal coaching from Schaefer, the founder of Emphatic Artists Association, who just happened to be in Spokane. Her poppy, effervescent vocals won him over. When she told him she also wrote music, that was the game changer. “I never told anyone that before,” she says. At first, the EP was going to include a couple tracks; when Why Wouldn’t I dropped two weeks ago, it featured five tracks. The shiny upright piano in her living room is new; she’s learning to play it. She knows it’ll help even more with the writing, which up until now she’s always done vocally. When it comes to lyrics, James doesn’t shy away from talking about real-life relationships in her music, ups and downs in her marriage and being away from family. “This is a commitment as a family, and that makes me want to work harder for it,” says the stay-at-home mother. “The music industry is a nightmare for anybody. It’s not easy, but I’m not alone.” ...continued on next page
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usking in front of the Garland Theater on $2.50 movie night last fall, MADELINE MCNEILL inspired children to dance to her music, even if adults didn’t. Plucking her guitar while singing a mash-up of jazz, opera and folk tunes, she defied expectations of what one would expect to hear from a street performer. “I may have only made $8 for two hours of playing, but there were connections made there that can never be taken away,” she says. McNeill has since moved her show inside, playing mostly intimate settings around Spokane for the past six months. MARK ADDY PHOTO Last week, when her opera singing spills out of Luxe Coffee Shop’s door, a middle-aged woman walking by, talking on her cellphone, does a double take inside. Opera technique isn’t often heard in such a casual setting, especially not by a woman in a retro dress with messy black hair. “I try to describe my music as high art and low grit,” says McNeill, who has written about 10 original songs. “Like the classiness of a Parisian cafe — although I’ve never been — with the grittiness of Spokane.” She fell in love with opera at Western Washington University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. Now 34, she’s returned to music with a sound she knows is right. Also a sculptor and author, her whole life philosophy of a connective body and soul encompasses her art. “I don’t separate myself from everything we feel,” McNeill says of her lyrics. “Instead, I shine a spotlight on the hard things.”
ICOLE LEWIS relates best to country music. Dirt roads, pickup trucks, cowboy boots — these are the things she grew up with in eastern Oregon. But in performance and on her album My Kind of Paradise, released in December, there’s barely a hint of twang in her voice. “In the last year, I’ve found the sound that is true to who I am,” says J. ALAN PAUL PHOTO Lewis at a local coffee shop. “My voice is not twangy naturally, so I call it more Americana.” Part of a cover act for years before deciding she wanted to make her own music, the Gonzaga alum says finding her actual voice took patience. Through listening to her vocals over and over in the recording studio, the 28-year-old finally heard her own voice. Just back from Nashville, where she attended writer’s workshops — musicians playing originals in front of each other and an audience — and recorded demos, her next step is to improve her writing. She makes her living as a voice, piano and guitar teacher and a church music director, leaving ample time to write. Just that morning, she says she penned a new song. With her band, which includes local veterans Mellad Abeid and Joe Brasch, Lewis has surrounded herself with talented songwriters. She hopes that all of this will one day lead to a full-blown professional career. “That’s the goal, the dream,” Lewis says quietly, almost to herself. email@example.com LARA JAMES’ new album can be downloaded for free at larajamesmusic.com. MADELINE McNEILL performs Thu, May 15, at 4 pm, at the Perry Street Market. NICOLE LEWIS opens for James Otto on Wed, May 21, at the Knitting Factory.
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Damien Jurado plays an acoustic set at the Bartlett next Tuesday.
Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado speaks candidly about his new record, Christian music and performing in the Pacific Northwest BY LAURA JOHNSON
e will always be a singer-songwriter at heart. But listen to Damien Jurado’s Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, completed in two and a half days with producer Richard Swift and released in January, and that may be hard to tell. The storytelling aspect is still there (a continuation from his last album’s story line about a man on a journey) but his music is full of electronic explosions, heavy guitars and even a children’s chorus. Only one song, “Silver Joy,” features an acoustic guitar paired with his delicate vocals. For his ongoing tour promoting the album, however, Jurado has stripped everything away. “People have to realize I’m a solo artist, I’m not a band,” says Jurado over the phone from his home in Seattle. “The album is an album; it’s a complete work of art. I have no desire to create what I’ve done on a record in a live setting.” His music is by no means Christian, but it has a certain spiritual undertone that’s hard to miss (“When in doubt/I put my hand in your side,” he sings in “Life Away From the Garden”). He says that while he respects the history of contemporary Christian music, he never felt there was a place for him in that genre. “I think that as a Christian you can do any-
thing — like vacuum or pick blackberries — and still praise Him through that,” he says. “I don’t see the point of contemporary Christian music.” Jurado first came to prominence in the late ’90s with his singer-songwriter songs like “Ohio,” painting imagery with his sorrowful words. Music critics have heaped acclaim on him for years, but he’s by no means a household name. That’s just fine with him. Performing those songs and touring has always been uncomfortable. If he could stay at home and just make records, that would be ideal. “I’m a damn good performer,” he says. “I will put all of my being into the show, but it doesn’t mean I’m comfortable in the spotlight. But the performer side of me, that’s my job and I’m blessed to have it.” Playing gigs in the Pacific Northwest, like he will at the Bartlett Tuesday, are especially nervewracking. “It’s like bringing your girlfriend home,” Jurado says. “That level of nervousness is there.” n firstname.lastname@example.org Damien Jurado with Jerome Holloway • Tue, May 13, at 8 pm • $13/$15 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
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ternal Summers have mastered the art of the musical bait-and-switch. First, the Roanoke, Virginia-based trio draws listeners into their third album, March’s The Drop Beneath, with sun-soaked, distortion-friendly indie rock. Then lead vocalist/guitarist Nicole Yun’s dreamy voice breaks in with the lyric “Prove yourself if you want to die just 100 times a day” on album opener “100.” The rest of the album features the same unexpected blend of dark lyrics — especially the opening lines of lead J = THE INLANDER RECOMMENDS THIS SHOW
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single “Gouge” — with summery guitar riffs and a satisfying amount of fuzz. By the time the final notes of the alt-rock-tinged, album-closing title track come around, it’s clear that the surprising combination of light and dark is what makes The Drop Beneath so captivating. — AZARIA PODPLESKY Eternal Summers • Sun, May 11, at 7:30 pm • $10-$12 • All-ages • The Hop! • 706 N. Monroe • thehop.us • 368-4077
hen grunge music up and killed hair metal in the early ’90s, Sacramentobased Tesla felt that shift deeply. Things got so awful the hair band went on hiatus for six years. But in 2000, they staged a comeback so successful they haven’t had to quit since. Nor should they. Frontman Jeff Keith still has those scene-stealing scratchy pipes, and Frank Hannon’s fingers shred as quickly as ever. Tesla was always more innovative than those other ’80s hair metal bands — they implemented
elements of blues in their music and weren’t afraid to go acoustic. More than 30 years after the band’s inception, they still have the long-ish hair and the blues. Proving they’re not content just playing the hits (“Modern Day Cowboy,” “Love Song”), they plan to release a new album, Simplicity, this summer. — LAURA JOHNSON Tesla with Vial 8 • Thu, May 15, at 8:30 pm • $35 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • sp.knittingfactory.com • 866-468-7623
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THE CELLAR, Dueling Pianos DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church J THE HOP!, Eternal Summers (See story on facing page) O’SHAY’S, Hillfolk Noir ZOLA, Son of Brad
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315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub J THE BARTLETT, Damien Jurado (See story on page 56), Jerome Holloway BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn
THE CELLAR, Carli Osika FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills J THE HOP!, Elektro Grave JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness LION’S LAIR (456-5678), DJs Nobe and MJ J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Song Project (open mic) NYNE, Dan Conrad & The Urban Achievers SPLASH, Bill Bozly THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Q ZOLA, The Bucket List
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315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 THE BLIND BUCK • 204 N. Division S. • 290-6229 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 311 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-6971 THE COUNTRY CLUB • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROS. • 718 W. Riverside • 315-8765 THE GRAIL • 4720 E. Seltice Way, CdA • 208665-5882 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KELLY’S IRISH PUB • 726 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208-667-1717 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA • 2001 W. Paciﬁc Ave. • 624-0236 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RICO’S PUB • 200 E. Main, Pullman • 332-6566 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 THE ROCK BAR • 13921 E. Trent Ave. • 43-3796 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 THE WAVE • 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416
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COMMUNITY CELEBRATE CYCLING
Biking around the Inland Northwest in the spring is exhilarating. The organizers of Bike to Work Week Spokane know this, and hope to inspire others to enjoy the weather and use an alternate transportation method. The week of cycling-centric events starts with Monday’s kickoff breakfast (7 am; free) at Riverfront Park. Through the week, the community is invited to participate in the Commute Challenge by logging miles ridden for a chance to win prizes. On Wed, May 14, the Ride of Silence honors cyclists killed or injured on the road. The City of Spokane also hosts supported lunch-break rides for the “Commute of the Century” to showcase the city’s bike lanes. Registration is requested to track participation in events, but events are free and open to all. — PAUL SELL Bike to Work Week • May 12-16, event times and locations vary • Free, registration requested • Full event details at spokanebikes.net
OUTING WINE BY THE FALLS
Spokanites don’t always have a good excuse to enjoy their own city. A tourist who’s in town for a single day is probably more likely than a lifelong Spokanite to do the SkyRide in Riverfront Park — and more likely to appreciate our river view and fine restaurants, too. Spokane Parks’ Wine, Ride & Dine event makes it easy to be a tourist in our own downtown for an evening, with a wine tasting with regional wineries, a glass of wine for the SkyRide and a multicourse dinner at either Anthony’s or Clinkerdagger, depending on the night. Think ahead, because reservations are required. — LISA WAANANEN Wine, Ride & Dine • Thu, May 8, 15, 22 or Wed, May 14 and 21 • times from 4:30-6 pm • $55/person • Riverfront Park SkyRide• spokaneparks.org • 625-6200
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CLASSICAL RUSSIAN FINALE
When Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev agreed to score Alexander Nevsky in 1938, nothing like that had ever been done. This weekend, the Spokane Symphony performs the cantata from this harrowing piece of modern classical music. Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Meredith Arwady and the Spokane Symphony Chorale also are featured in the performance. To end the final classical concert of the year, the symphony will play Modest Mussorgsky’s (as arranged by Maurice Ravel) “Pictures at an Exhibition.” — LAURA JOHNSON Spokane Symphony Classics No. 10: “Russian Greatness” • May 10, at 8 pm, May 11, at 3 pm • $15-$54 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200
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COMMUNITY ALL ABOUT MOM
Don’t wait until the last minute to book brunch reservations or rush to the grocery store and pick up flowers and a card for mom — Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Sure, those are both perfectly acceptable ways to celebrate Mom, but also consider that she probably wants to spend some quality time with you, doing something you’ll both enjoy. The MAC’s 25th Annual Mother’s Day tour of historic homes could be that perfect option. Bond with Mom as you explore the beautiful historic homes of Spokane’s past elite in Browne’s Addition, including the Patsy Clark and EJ Roberts mansions. Then take her out for a nice mid-afternoon lunch or early dinner at one of the neighborhood’s restaurants. — CHEY SCOTT
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25th Annual Mother’s Day Tour • May 10 and 11 from noon-4 pm • $15-$20/ person • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • northwestmuseum.org • 363-5301
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Another way to celebrate Mom this weekend, especially if she has a green thumb, is The Inland Empire Gardeners’ annual Garden Expo at Spokane Community College. The one-day event has become known as one of the best places to find locally grown vegetable starts — there’s heirloom tomatoes galore — and colorful flowers to brighten up the yard all summer long. Also find funky and whimsical yard art, and learn how to grow succulents, aquatic plants or keep honeybees at some of the featured free lectures throughout the day. It’s a good idea to bring a wagon or cart if you plan to stock up on greenery to help Mom plant in her garden on Sunday. — CHEY SCOTT 15th Annual Garden Expo • Sat, May 10, from 9 am-5 pm • Free admission and parking • Spokane Community College • 1810 N. Greene • tieg.org
EVENTS | CALENDAR
BOUNCING FOR BUCKS A benefit for Crosswalk teen shelter and Life Community Services. May 9, 5-10 pm. $10/person. Sky High Sports, 1322 E. Front. jumpskyhigh.com (795-8131) CATHOLIC CHARITIES GALA “Bringing Color to Life” is the theme of the 6th annual fundraiser, featuring a special guest performer, dinner, awards and dancing. May 9, 6 pm. $60-$100/ person. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post. catholiccharitiesspokane.org (358-4254) IT’S BUNCO TIME Benefit for the Woman’s Club of Spokane, includes wine, soda, appetizers and dessert, with cash prizes. May 9, 6-9 pm. $15.
Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. 9th. womansclubspokane.org (838-5667) ‘A KIDNEY FOR JENN’ YARD SALE All items donated by local families to raise money for a local mother and wife needing a kidney transplant. Funds are to pay for surgery and anti-rejection medication. May 9-10 from 9 am-5 pm and May 11 from 9 am-2 pm. Residence at 5612 N. Fleming, Spok. sukirae@ comcast.net 7TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW Benefiting the animals and programs of the Spokane Humane Society. Opens for registration at 8 am. May 10, 10 am. Entry by donation. Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana. spokanehumanesociety.org (467-5235)
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EVENTS | CALENDAR BUILDING DREAMS A benefit for youth programs at the West Central Community Center, Northeast Youth Center and Peaceful Valley Community Center, offering food, a silent auction and more. May 10, 6 pm. $40/person. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. westcentralcc.org (323-7480) LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN Screening of the animated family film as a fundraiser for Make a Wish Foundation, preceded by a children’s carnival hosted by Empowering Youth Project. May 10, 9:30 am-1 pm. $20. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. (624-3945) PET RESCUE PLANT SALE All proceeds go to local pet rescue organizations; plants for sale include locally-grown perennials, annuals, houseplants, and more. Private residence at 1128 E. 38th Ave, Spokane. May 10, 9 am-3 pm. (570-8242)
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. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7404) DAVE FULTON Live comedy show. May 9-10 at 8 pm. $12. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market. (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
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pm. Ages 21+. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. (475-6209) YOU NEED A HERO Live improv comedy show using audience suggestions to create new superheroes. Fridays in May at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) BLUE DOOR OPEN AUDITIONS Try out to become part of the Blue Door’s improv team. Open to ages 18+. May 10, 3 pm. Free. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) IMPROV COMEDY AT THE LAKE Familyfriendly improv show with prizes for volunteers and for the best suggestion of the night. Proceeds benefit Ignite. May 10, 7-10 pm. $5. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway. (990-2834) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) DOUG CLARK’S ROAST OF THE MAYOR The Spokesman-Review columnist hosts a comedy roast of Spokane Mayor David Condon, with roasters including local community leaders. May 15, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. bingcrosbytheater.com
SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE 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. 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. Indiana. spokanevalley.org FAMILY DANCE & POTLUCK Offering easy to follow circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with live music and called by Susan Dankovich. Potluck at 6:30 pm, dancing at 7 pm. May 9, 6:30 pm. Free. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th. (533-9955) 25TH ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY TOUR This year’s annual tour showcases historically significant homes in Browne’s Addition, including the Patsy Clark Mansion and the EJ Roberts Mansion. Tours offered May 10 and 11. $15-$20. The MAC, 2316 W. First. northwestmuseum.org (456-3931) 26TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW All entries welcome, with prizes for 1-3 place in various classes. Features live music, food, and drinks. Chipman & Taylor Chevrolet, 250 SE Bishop Blvd. May 10, 9 am-3 pm. Free. Downtown Pullman. (334-3555) DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE Home and garden market offering vintage goods, handmade home and garden decor, jewelry, antiques, food and more. May 10, 10 am-4 pm. $4 admission. Greenscape Gardens, 14212 N. Market St. gardenspokane.com (990-4558) GARDEN EXPO 2014 250+ gardenrelated vendors including plants and crafts, along with seminars, demos, live music, food and more. May 10, 9 am-5 pm. Free admission. SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. tieg.org (535-8434) LOVE YOUR LAKE Community celebration of Medical Lake, with fish and wildlife, fly fishing and bird
watching presentations, a nature walk and community hotdog lunch. May 10, 12-4 pm. Free. Waterfront Park, 1386 S. Lefevre St. scld.org (869-0252) N. IDAHO VETERANS STAND DOWN A 1-day event providing services to veterans and their families who need assistance with housing, employment, medical, dental, veterinary and clothing. Admission requirement: VA/Military ID or DD214. May 10, 8 am-2 pm. Free. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. (208-704-0548) TURNBULL COMMUNITY WORK PARTY Hosted by the Turnbull Natl. Wildlife Refuge and the Spokane Audubon Society to restore native riparian habitat, plant native saplings and other tasks. Potluck lunch provided at noon. Preregistration requested. May 10, 9 amnoon. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Rd., Cheney. fws.gov/ refuge/turnbull (235-4723) 11TH ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH The annual event features an all-you-caneat buffet, and a special gift for mom. Event proceeds support Immaculate Heart’s retreat ministries. May 11, 9 am-2 pm. adults/$25; children (6-12)/$10. Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. ihrc.net (448-1224) FREE STATE PARK DAY Washington State Parks and Rec allows visitors access to all state parks without a Discovery Pass. Includes access to Riverside State Park and Mt. Spokane State Park. Upcoming 2014 “free” days: May 11, June 7-8 and 14, Aug. 25. discoverpass.wa.gov. (800-833-6388) BIKE TO WORK WEEK SPOKANE An annual community event to promote
awareness of cycling and encourage residents to bike instead of drive when they can. Events include commuter challenges, lunch hour bike rides, the Ride of Silence and other activities. May 12-16. spokanebikes.net THINK & DRINK Humanities Washington hosts an open community discussion, “On Different Tracks: Race, Class and Education.” May 12, 7:30-9 pm. Free. Lindaman’s, 1235 S. Grand Blvd. lindamans.com (206-682-1770) NORTH IDAHO CANDIDATE EXPO The CdA Chamber of Commerce hosts 53 Idaho political candidates in a “trade show” format to meet constituents, without any debates, forums, political parties, affiliates or PACs allowed to exhibit. May 13, 4:30-7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Inn, 414 W. Appleway Ave. cdachamber.com (208-415-0111) ANNUAL STATE OF THE SCOTCHMANS Event includes a presentation from Heather “Anish” Anderson, holder of the fastest unsupported time on the Pacific Crest Trail. Also serving light appetizers and a no-host bar. May 14, 6-8:30 pm. Free. Forrest M. Bird Charter Middle School, 621 S. Madison, Sandpoint. bit. ly/2014StateOfScotchmans
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. magiclanternspokane.com
SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER Special screening of the documentary on the rock star Alice Cooper. May 8 and 11 at 7:30 pm. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. (209-2383) AMERICAN NURSE Documentary on the nursing field in America, in recognition of Nurses Month in May. May 9-15, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main. magiclanternspokane.com AN EVENING WITH GLOBAL GRANDMOTHER MARGARET BEHAN The Cheyenne-Arapaho Elder from Lame Deer, Mont., presents and previews her documentary film “The Ride Home.” May 9, 7 pm. $10. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave, Sandpoint. panida.org (690-7303) DIFFERENT DRUMMERS Benefit screening of the locally-produced film, with proceeds going to Elevations, a nonprofit children’s therapy resource. May 10, 5 pm. $10. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (385-2116) SFCC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL This year’s selections include: “Romeos,” May 13; “Together With You,” May 20. Tuesdays at 7:15 pm. $4.50/public. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (533-3472) BEYOND GAY: THE POLITICS OF PRIDE OutSpokane hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary in celebration of Harvey Milk Day. May 15, 7 pm. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. tinyurl.com/pm4ll5w (327-2509) THE FINAL MEMBER Special onenight screening of the documentary on Iceland’s Phallogolical Museum. May 15, 8 pm. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383)
FOOD & DRINK
CELLAR RED VERTICAL TASTING The winery pours its 06-09 Cellar Red, and celebrates the release of it’s 2009 vintage and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Reservations requested. May 8, 6-7 pm. $15. Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. Second. granderondecellars.com (455-8161) THE HISTORY OF DISTILLING As part of programming for the “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit, Dry Fly’s Don Poffenroth presents on the history of strong drink in America. May 8, 7-8 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld. org (893-8350) 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 on the Skyride, Skyride fee and dinner at Clinkerdagger or Anthony’s. May 8, 14-15 and 21-22, from 4:30-6:30 pm. Ages 21+ $55/ person, registration required. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. spokaneparks.org (625-6200) SPRING RELEASE WEEKEND Spokane Winery Association member wineries and tasting rooms offer special events and tastings of newly released wines in celebration of Mother’s Day Weekend, May 9-11. Times and prices at participating locations vary. spokanewineries.net TEN & UNDER VALUE WINES Tasting class highlighting a broad range of wines offered at $10 or less, from bubbly to reds. May 9, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd. (343-2253) FROM FOREST TO TABLE A forestto-table 5-course dinner hosted by Gourmet Foragables with wine pairings
from Townshend Cellars. May 13 at 6 pm, featuring edibles found locally. $80/person; $150/couple, with free admission to a future guided foray of choice. Orlando’s at SCC, 1810 N. Greene. (280-6630)
BROADWAY UNBOUND 2014 Broadway-inspired performance showcasing Whitworth’s student actors, musicians and dancers. May 9, 7 pm. $3. Whitworth Cowles Auditorium, 300 W. Hawthorne. whitworth.edu/theatre/ (777-3707)
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DISNEY ON STAGE A fully-choreographed choral presentation of classic Disney film songs, performed by the Mountain Harmony Show Choir. Dinner at 6:30 pm ($25), show at 7 pm. Sat.. through May 10. $5-$25. Circle Moon Theater, Hwy 211 off Hwy 2., Newport. circlemoon.webs.com (208-448-1294) HNMC GUITAR SERIES: ART CORCORAN Concert by the concerto competition winner, who’s performed with the Spokane Symphony and other local musical groups. May 9, 7:30 pm. $7-$12. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. hnmc.org VAGABONDS Concert featuring Roma (Gypsy) Dance music with horns, fiddle, accordion, tuba and percussion. Proceeds benefit Amnesty International. May 9, 7-8:30 pm. $5-$10 suggested donation. Unitarian Universalist, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. uuspokane.org (228-8438)
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My boyfriend of eight years and I love each other to death and are very happy. Still, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me that some people think we aren’t in a “real” relationship because we aren’t married and live separately. Is there a way to get them to respect the validity of our relationship without walking down the aisle? —Unwed
Being married does allow for some convenient social shorthand. “Meet my husband” is easier than “If I eat a bad clam and end up puking my guts out at 3 a.m., this is the man who’ll be holding my hair back.” You can either rebel against convention or be accepted by the masses. Expecting to have it both ways is like running off to the jungle to live with revolutionaries and then demanding your tent be equipped with a microwave and a panini-maker. Is it possible that in some small way, you buy into the thinking of your detractors? Like one of those Louis Vuitton handbags that cost as much as a Ford Fiesta, a husband is a status symbol for women — one that women have been psychologically primed to want. Because women always have a high potential cost from any sex act — pregnancy and a mouth to feed — we evolved to look for reliable signals that a man will commit. The most reliable are what evolutionary psychologists call “costly signals” — those so pricey that only a man who truly loves a woman would be willing to shell out for. A diamond engagement ring is one of these, as is a man signing a contract to spend the rest of his life with one woman when it’s in his genetic interest (and lots of fun!) to pursue a more McDonald’s-like dream: “Billions and billions, um, serviced.” This isn’t to say your unaccredited love lacks value. In fact, a marriage license is like a dog license. If you don’t get your dog a license, it doesn’t mean he isn’t real or worthy of a head scratch. But where unmarried partnerships do fall short is in the legal protections department. Rights that come with marriage — like the right to be by your partner’s bedside in the hospital — will, for the coupled but unwed, require filling out documents to get. You can have a lawyer draw these up, but my boyfriend of 11 years and I used Nolo’s WillMaker Plus 2014 software, which, for about $40, has the essentials — a will, a living will, and power of attorney for health care and for finances (designating somebody to, say, pay your mortgage if you get clocked over the head and are too comatose to do it yourself). Unfortunately, WillMaker Plus is PC-only, but the health care directive and power of attorney only ask for names and contact info of the people you’re designating, so if you have a Mac, you could fill this out on a friend’s PC without worrying about identity theft. As for the will, Nolo’s editor suggested putting in only the most general details about your accounts and attaching a letter with the specifics. In other words, with a little paperwork, it really is possible to not have your wedding cake and eat it, too — that is, if you can come to accept that your relationship’s approval ratings will never match those of that married woman you see in the supermarket aisle screaming her husband into a small pile of ash.
AlonG CAme PolyGrAPh
My girlfriend is really insecure and gets furious that I meet my ex-girlfriend for lunch a few times a year. This ex and I broke up years ago, but I’d never cheat anyway, and I’ve explained that I have zero romantic interest in her. Still, she’s a good friend and part of my life. How can I make my girlfriend understand? —Badgered Some people read poetry; your girlfriend lives it: “How do I love thee? You’ll soon find out — after I attach this car battery to your nipples and interrogate you about your lunch.” Although your girlfriend’s the one coming at you with the clamps, the truly unreasonable person in this relationship is you — dating an insecure person and then expecting her to act otherwise. Sure, you could encourage her to build her self-esteem, but until she hits bottom — like in a breakup — she probably has no incentive to change. You need to either accept the trade-offs — the hassle, the not being trusted — or leave and get into a relationship where, as the saying goes, “love means never having to say ‘I’m sorry the shackle attaching you to the basement wall is a little tight.’” 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 WORLD MUSIC FEST Featuring music from Nepal, West Africa, and Jamaica performed by drummer/tabla extraordinaire, Navin Chettri, lense of Afrobeat, Organic Beats and Real Life Rockaz. May 9, 9-11:45 pm. $5. The Big Dipper, 171 S. Washington St. email@example.com HARPIST LAURIE RILEY Concert by the nationally-known harpist, hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society. Two workshops held during the day ($20 each). May 10, 7 pm. $15. Christ the King Anglican Church, 2103 E. Mission Ave. spokaneanglican.com (342-2617) PAGES OF HARMONY Spring concert by the local barbershop-style men’s choir, featuring a guest performance by the Spirit of Spokane Sweet Adeline’s Chorus. May 10, 2 pm. $10. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (443-1503) SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA “Latin Divas,” the 39th season finale concert features guest vocalists Ellie Tappa, Julia Keefe, Kathleen Gemberling and Jennifer Vigil. May 10, 8 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. spokanejazz.org (435-1007) SPOKANE SYMPHONY Classics Series No. 10, “Russian Greatness,” including Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Featuring the Spokane Symphony Chorale and mezzo-soprano Meredith Arwady. May 10 at 8 pm and May 11 at 3 pm. $15-$54. The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. spokanesymphony.org (624-1200) MUSICFEST NORTHWEST Featuring performances by local young musicians and dancers chosen as this year’s winners in the categories of ballet, brass, flute, guitar, piano, reed, string and voice. May 14 at 7:30 pm. Festival Highlights concert May 16 at 7:30 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. musicfestnorthwest.org SHAPE NOTE A-CAPPELLA GROUP The local singing group meets monthly on the third Sunday, from 1:30-4 pm. Good Samaritan Society, 17121 E. Eighth Ave.
THURSDAY NIGHT PADDLE The CdA 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. Coeur d’Alene. cdacanoekayakclub.com NPC EMPIRE CLASSIC Bodybuilding, fitness and figure championships, including a pro deadlift championship, outdoor expo, CrossFit competitions and more. May 9-10. $15-$35. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford. northernquest.com (481-6700) SPOKANE SHOCK Arena football game vs. the Pittsburgh Power. May 9, 7 pm. $14-$47. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (242-7462) COLFAX BIKE RODEO To celebrate national bike safety month, the Whitman County Library and other public organizations host an event for kids with an obstacle course, biking rules and safety. Bikes and helmets are inspected and new helmets are provided to children who’ve outgrown theirs. May 10, 10:3011:30 am. whitco.lib.wa.us (397-4366) RUN FOR #271 5K or 1-mile fun run to raise money for CdA School District #271. Each runner chooses a school to receives their registration fee. May 10, 11 am. $5$20. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. summerswap.org (208-755-6117) RUN OR DYE 5K race during which runners are sprayed with eco-friendly cornstarch dye every kilometer. A portion
of proceeds benefit a local charity. May 10, 9 am. $42-$57. Riverside State Park, Spokane. runordye.com SUMMER SWAP 3rd annual event offering a venue to buy/sell new and used summer sporting equipment (i.e. bikes, hiking backpacks, golf clubs, life jackets, etc), also featuring a health and fitness expo and kids activities. May 10, 9 am. $3-$5. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. summerswap.org (208-755-6117) YOGA SAMPLER Offering instruction in hatha yoga, hidden language hatha yoga, mantra yoga, yoga bliss, relaxation yoga and more. Classes are 45 min. each. May 10, 9:30 am-3:30 pm. Free. Yasodhara Yoga Spokane, 406 S. Coeur d’Alene St. radhayoga.org (838-3575)
ARSENIC & OLD LACE: Performance of the classic comedy/farce by Joseph Kesselring. Through May 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) BECKY’S NEW CAR New comedy by Steven Dietz, directed by Christopher Wooley. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. Through June 1, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) THE DOLL SHOP The 24th production of the student-produced play since 1930, featuring 250 NC students and staff. May 7-9 at 7:30 pm. $7-$8. North Central High School, 1600 N. Howard. (354-6219) 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 THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND Musical comedy celebration of Broadway’s best song and dance numbers, including “All That Jazz,” “Cabaret,” and “New York, New York”. May 8-25; show times vary. $12$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard. interplayerstheatre.org (455-7529) DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (FERRIS): Performance of the Disney film adapted for stage in musical format by students of Ferris’ Theatre Arts program. May 1-3 and 9-10 at 7 pm, also Sat, May 10 at 2 pm; preceded by Tea Time with Belle” at 12:30 pm ($20). $10-$12. Ferris High School, 3020 E. 37th. spokaneschools.org/ferris HONESTLY, NOW Crime comedy, performed by StageWest Community Theatre and directed by Phil West. Through May 11, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $10-$12. Emmanuel Lutheran, Cheney. 639 Elm St. (235-2441) ARSENIC & OLD LACE Performance of the comedy/thriller by Moscow Community Theatre. May 10, 7 pm. $12-$15. Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St, Tekoa. tekoaempiretheatre.com (284-2000)
MARIAN FLAHAVIN Through the month of May the gallery features the artist’s garden sculptures created in bronze and resin. Hours: Tues-Fri from 10 am-5 pm, Sat from 10 am-2 pm. Free. Pacific Flyway Gallery, 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd. (747-0812) RAW ENERGY May’s featured exhibit showcases the work of Spokane artist Melissa Cole. Through May 25, opening reception May 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way,
Uniontown. artisanbarn.org (229-3414) COEUR D’ALENE ARTWALK Monthly art showcase throughout downtown galleries and businesses. Second Friday of the month from 5-8 pm. Free. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Sherman Ave. artsincda.org (208-292-1629) CARY WEIGAND: May’s featured exhibit features Weigand’s sculptures that depick human and animal forms, reflecting her philosophy that animals and humans share responsibility for safekeeping the earth. May 9-31, artist reception during ArtWalk also features performances and art by young artists of the Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities. Free. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. theartspiritgallery.com TOM WAKELEY: “Through My Eyes” features contemporary paintings of Priest Lake by Tom Wakeley. May 10-31, artist reception May 25, from 1-3 pm; Mother’s Day Open House May 11. Open Sun-Thurs 10 am-4 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Free. Entree Gallery, 1755 Reeder Bay Rd. entreegallery.com (208-443-2001) VICTORIA & ALBERT INTERLUDES: The gallery hosts a high tea (11 am-2 pm) with homemade pastries and savories, and exhibits featuring antique Victorian dresses, hats and gifts, antiques, jewelry and more. Exhibits free to the public. May 10, 10 am-5 pm. $15 (high tea). Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St. (878-8425)
AUTHOR JUSTIN GO The rising new author reads from and signs copies of his debut novel “The Steady Running of the Hour.” May 9 at 7 pm. (Also at BookPeople of Moscow on May 10 at 7:30 pm.) Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. auntiesbooks.com (838-0206) THE WORDWRIGHT’S WORKSHOP Hosted by Spokane Poetry Slam on the second Saturday of the month, from 4:30-6 pm, focusing on writing, performance quality, and more. Open to anyone looking for poetry prompts and constructive critique. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. spokanepoetryslam.org WILLOW SPRINGS RAFFLE & READING An afternoon of readings from WSE’s latest publications with fundraiser raffle ($1/ticket), wine bar and complimentary appetizers. May 10, 2:30-4:30 pm. $10/ chapbook, $15/short story collection. Whitestone Winery, 115 NE Main St. whitestonewinery.com (359-4951) LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER The fourth annual Mother’s Day event features readings by local writers on motherhood. May 11, 7 pm. $15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. listentoyourmothershow. com/spokane (509-227-7404) GAIL CHUMBLEY The author presents on part one of her two-volume book, “River of January,” which includes music, pictures and discussion of the effervescent years of the early Twentieth Century. May 12, 6:30 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. (444-5385) SPOKANE STORYTELLING LEAGUE: The local group meets monthly (2nd Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm, Sept-June) for storytelling for both entertainment and instruction. Free. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland. (467-5703 or 466-8672) BACK THEN & NOW: SPOKANE POLICE BICYCLE PATROL Part of 2014 Bike to Work Week. Learn more about SPD’s Bicycle Patrol at a talk by Monica Stenzel of the Spokane Law Enforcement and Police Museum. May 14, noon. Free. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main. n
With Appreciation and Deep Gratitude for Miss Myrtle E. Woldson As we near the conclusion of our academic year, it is with gratitude and excitement that I share the following, truly significant news for Gonzaga University and the Inland Northwest. Last month, we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Miss Myrtle E. Woldson, a true friend of Gonzaga and patroness of the City of Spokane. Miss Woldson had close ties to Gonzaga for more than five decades, and had just turned 104 years old when she passed away on April 11. Her quiet, private generosity to many causes in our region over time is but one of the great expressions of her legacy of love. An accomplished Spokane businesswoman, musician, philanthropist and avid gardener, Miss Woldson held a lifelong commitment to the arts, music, and education. She has celebrated that love with a bequest to design, build and furnish a state-of-the art Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Gonzaga University. The facility will be named in her honor: The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. Estimated at 52,000 square feet, the building will include a 750-seat performance theatre, which she asked be named for Fr. Bernard J. Coughlin, S.J., Chancellor of Gonzaga, as well as areas dedicated to instruction in music, dance, and theatre arts. Many details of the facility, including its location on campus, have not yet been finalized but will be announced later this fall. This gift honors the rich heritage of the arts in the Jesuit tradition. It will usher in a new era of teaching and learning in these creative disciplines at GU, and will create a magnificent venue for the entire community to enjoy. Miss Woldson is building on the foundation for the arts at Gonzaga created by the Jundt Art Center and Museum and the Harry and Colleen Magnuson Theatre, as well as the dedicated work of our exceptional faculty and staff in these fields. The daughter of a self-made industrialist, a railroad contractor
who helped build The Great Northern Railway, Miss Woldson quietly carried on her family’s tradition of investing, industry and philanthropy. Through discipline, creativity and business acumen she became a successful businesswoman in her own right. Her love for the Spokane community can be seen in two named developments that honor her parents: The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox (home to the Spokane Symphony), and the Edwidge Woldson Park on Spokane’s South Hill. Far more frequently, her philanthropy was private and discreet. Miss Woldson’s quiet, dignified support makes her compassion all the more powerful, reflecting her lifelong commitment to hold the community she loved “in trust.” Miss Woldson was a member of the Gonzaga family; an avid Zag who attended University events and loved to cheer on the Bulldogs at basketball games. She made generous gifts to the Jundt Museum Art Endowment, Athletics, and student scholarships over the years. Miss Woldson’s generous bequest honors more than the performing and visual arts she loved. It also reflects her understanding of the University’s significant financial needs, as well as her personal recognition that the kind of Jesuit and Catholic education she knows we are committed to providing is possible only through private support. It is such a privilege to share this news of her profound generosity, and I personally will forever cherish her friendship and her memory.
Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil. University President
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North Park Beauty in the pink hat. When I looked up from my set and saw you on the crunch machine, I thought my jaw was going to hit the floor. All I could think was how absolutely breathtaking you were. I woke up thinking about that lovely vision. Keep up the good work. I am sure there is some lucky guy out there reaping the rewards of your hard work. If not, then mankind is certainly missing out!!
Cheers My Husband To My Handsome and Loving Husband: Cheers to us for 3 years of marriage!! Oops we did it again. It’s has been 12 years and I love you more than anything else in the whole world. It has gone by so fast. This last year was so rough and I am so sorry for every time I wasn’t exactly the wife you deserved. We have stuck together through good times and bad times and have dealt with them the best we could, and most importantly as a team! I cannot imagine a better husband, father, lover, and best friend to spend my life with. You are my all and everything and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life enjoying everything about you. Thank you for choosing to spend your life with me I am such a lucky woman. Happy Anniversary baby I love you sooooo much!!!! Oh and hope you enjoyed reading this with your delicious breakfast haha.
Lovely Customers So I am an employee at Zips drive-in, and today an amazing thing happened. I was working drive-thru and a couple pulled up to get their order. I greeted them and their dog, who was happily sitting in the front. We joked and laughed for a few seconds about how the dog was having the meal for lunch. They also had a mustache on the front of their van which I was very excited about, and asked the lady where she got it from. She couldn’t remember and apologized, but suggested other places she has seen them. I than asked her if her dog wanted some bacon, and of course she said yes. I gave them dog bacon and the couple their order, and it was just another nice couple, I thought. Oh I was wrong! They were amazing! After I went home for a few hours my work called me and told me that a lady came in looking for me and bought me the car mustache I was asking about! She said whoever is nice to her dog, she is nice to back. That was my first time EVER meeting her and she didn’t leave me a name or anything for me to thank her for her kindness! Whoever you are, thank you for the gift, and thank you for being a kind and amazing person!
I Will Never Forget We started our journey together about 15 months ago. Who knew one tattoo would The Work Is Insignificant It certainly turn into love? The road ahead was wasn’t Disney who said it, but they up and down, but it’s the realest say “relationships are a lot of work” thing I have ever felt. As bad as you and that rings true for me. However, remember it, I remember a lot of what they don’t tell you is that great times. Eating gummy bears, if you’re with someone like you, playing board games at Manito then the “work” doesn’t matter in Park, the first time you spent the the SLIGHTEST! The feelings I get night, chasing the rain for hours, from loving you have transcended playing bingo with no idea what anything I thought was possible was going on, picking pumpkins in this at Green Bluff, and eating at Thai Bamboo. I could go on for days. How we got here I have no idea. I do know you’re the most beautiful thing I have ever laid eyes on. I do know Courtney M. is this week’s winner of I love you and I the “Say it Sweet” promotion! also know I can’t anymore. It’s time Send in your CHEERS so you too can to let go. I wish you be entered to win 1 dozen and your son the best “Cheers” cupcakes at in life KJW. I love otter, wart and soul. Celebrations Sweet
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High School Sweetheart Hubby Thank you for being such a wonderful husband. You ask for so little and do so much for us. I cannot imagine my world without you and look forward everyday to our future. I am grateful for our amazing daughter and for the relationship you have with her. She has an amazing Daddy-O. When things get dark you always cheer me up. You do not get enough credit for the things you do. Thank you for making me laugh and for telling me everyday you love me. I promise to get you a racecar soon. I love you so much!!
Jeers RE: Bike Riders Like the police don’t have enough work already. RE: Gun Owners I am not understanding all this negativity towards drug addicts. It is a hurtful, negative stereotype that all criminals are drug addicts or that all drug addicts are criminals. Just because someone is breaking into your home does not a utomatic ally ’S mean they are THIS WEEK! a drug addict. ERS
Offensive Statement Sunday night I was at large retailer, and as I was walking by the electronics section, three employees were having a conversation in the booth. I didn’t think much of it until one of you said the phrase, “No Homo” about something. You must be too stupid to realize this, but that is a very offensive thing to say. It implies that there is something inherently bad about being gay. You should be ashamed of yourself; it made me feel CEE depressed the
Racist On The Bus Jeers to the woman on the bus who assumes a kid of Middle Eastern descent can’t speak English merely because he doesn’t respond to your rude comment about blocking the aisle. When I asked you why you thought it was OK to make that assumption about someone, you pointed and said “Look at him!” as if that made your racist assumption accurate. The kid was listening to music, almost certainly couldn’t hear you, and was never blocking the aisle in the first place. You’re a sick, bigoted witch, and I hope I never have to share oxygen with you again. On the other hand, cheers to the other decent human beings who were as disgusted as I was at her behavior. An Excuse For A Man I broke up with you because you are a selfcentered/righteous, arrogant, misguided excuse for a man and I just couldn’t take the everyday heartache anymore. You led me to think that if I waited long enough that you would come around, but I realized that all you wanted was sex... from a “considerate lover” (that would be me). The problem with that is that I loved you like I never loved anyone ever in my life and I tried to be all the things you wanted, but could never shake the feelings of “not good enough”. I know I have my own problems with esteem etc... but you saw that as well, which makes what you did even worse. Your constant comparisons to your ex were just disgusting and cruel. The only thing that makes me feel a bit better is knowing that it will happen to you again, like it did with her, and like you did to me. I will continue to get this off my chest in any way I can, and you will remain like an ostrich forever; with your inflated giant head in the ground, in denial about how you have hurt this human being. It won’t be better
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CLOCKWISE, starting top left: A mountain village near Zacapa, Guatemala; Steve Woodard numbs the gums of a Guatemalan girl; Chris Woodard assisting his father.
Spreading Smiles For more than 20 years, Spokane dentists have made a difference all over Central America BY CHRISTINE RUSHTON
eaning back in a white, plastic lawn chair, the young Guatemalan girl quivers at the sight of the American man wielding a hypodermic needle. The pain from her top teeth, rotted to stubs, unleases tears that roll down her olive-skinned cheeks. Her mouth begins to shake as two tall Americans hover around her, but the girl’s shaking body relaxes as one of the men smiles and the other holds her hand. She isn’t alone. Chris Woodard, a senior pre-dental major at Washington State University, had grasped Vilma’s hand out of instinct, a comforting reaction he learned from his father and mentor, Spokane dentist Steve Woodard. “In this village a lot of these people are indigenous, so they may have never even seen white people,” Chris says. “These kids, when a 6-foot-3 white guy comes at them with shiny metal tools, that’s pretty intimidating.” In March, the Woodards traveled to Guatemala with the mission group Hearts in Motion, a nonprofit that provides medical aid to low-income people. Vilma, like many Guatemalan people the two have helped on previous trips, lives in a remote mountain village without health services. Under the metal roof of the village’s dirt-floor shed, Steve reaches out a hand to calm Vilma. He then comforts her with the key Spanish words he’s learned. “Muy bien.”
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Helping people like Vilma not only allows Steve to give back to those in need, it gives him a chance to share his life’s work with his son.
THE FIRST TRIP
Steve, 54, practices dentistry in Spokane and started traveling to Guatemala in 2011 when Chris, then 18, went with a group of pre-med students at WSU. It was the first time either had experienced culture in a developing nation. “You go into these villages and see 8-year-olds taking care of babies while the parents are out working in the field or gathering firewood,” Steve says. “They don’t have a lot, but at the same time they do — they have their family.” With Hearts in Motion, groups travel on 10-day trips to provide health care to remote areas. Mark Paxton, an oral surgeon in Spokane, has provided medical care in foreign countries with HIM for 23 years. He performs cleft lip and palate surgeries in places including Guatemala, Honduras and Ecuador. “The need is very acute in Central America from managing not just cleft lip and cleft palate; they need basic medical care, basic dental care,” he says. Paxton and Steve Woodard have been friends for 18 years, and they share a passion for helping those in Guatemala.
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Steve saw the trip as an opportunity to challenge his skills as a dentist. He wanted to share his history as a WSU alum with Chris, a current student at the university, but didn’t realize that the experience with HIM would leave the two with indescribable memories together. Extracting teeth from 80 to 100 patients a day, Steve has taught Chris the art of preparation. “We had a lady who I had finished taking teeth out on. She was elderly and she blacked out, slumped down in the chair,” Steve recalls. “It was a real teaching moment as far as emergency medicine, in the sense that Chris was concerned about if she was going to die.” Chris decided to pursue dentistry as a career when he saw the dire circumstances in Guatemala and watched his father use his skills to offer relief. “Pulling teeth seems like a simple thing, but can make a huge difference in someone’s life, making it so they can eat and talk,” Chris says.
SHARING A LIFE
Through trips to Guatemala, cycling in Spokane and a mutual dream of sharing a dental practice, Chris and Steve agree their father-son relationship thrives on friendship. “I know what he’s thinking, he knows what I’m thinking,” Steve says. “There is not much that he can’t and doesn’t tell me.” Steve’s wife, Lisa, is a pharmacist at the WSUSpokane campus. Seeing the pictures of sweat-drenched scrubs and dirt-covered workstations, Lisa says she can only imagine what her son and husband feel. “In order to get the most out of life, we can’t lock ourselves in our own safe house so nothing bad ever happens,” she says. Steve says that he can’t put into words the shock of seeing how some people survive on limited supplies. “They stand there for hours in 100-degree weather to sit down in an old chair and crank their neck back to have two, three, five, 10, whatever number of teeth taken out,” he says. “Then they get up and give you a hug when you’re done. It’s pretty humbling.” n
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