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wo of our favorite words: Happy Hour. It sounds like poetry and rings like Pavlov’s bell. Happy Hour! I feel the change jangling in my pocket, and I long for a cold beer from somewhere deep inside. It was from this reptilian brain that we assembled this week’s HAPPY HOUR GUIDE, with specials from more than 200 watering holes around town. Keep this issue within reach; it will serve you well for a long time to come. On a smartphone, you can also locate the Happy Hour nearest you using our Drinkspotter web app, found at Inlander.com/ Drinkspotter. Also this week: staff writer Daniel Walters looks at the firing of council aide Richard Rush (page 18), and staffer Chey Scotts explores the Lilac City Comicon, Spokane’s locally organized pop culture and comic book convention (page 23). — JACOB H. FRIES, editor





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ere’s what we should expect of Mr. Trump: that he’ll try to understand fundamental federal issues deeply and be less self-conscious; that he’ll adopt reasonable policies to attempt to sway voters who will never vote for Hillary Clinton; that he’ll adopt conservative values that turn away from big government, more federal debt and presidential power asserted LETTERS through execuSend comments to tive orders; and editor@inlander.com. that he’ll not ignore Congress as a co-equal branch of government. He should emerge as the anti-Obama/Hillary as far as public policies are concerned. Ideally, Americans should opt for conservative leaders who understand how the American political system works and have concrete plans for how to make America better. Beyond sloganeering, which plays to our hopes and fears, leaders must reassure the public that they’re in politics to do public good, not just benefit themselves. Hillary Clinton will lie about this. If Donald Trump is smart, he’ll listen to the disaffected and be honest and transparent about his intentions. He’s risen this far because many voters believe what he says. Now he has to follow through. For Trump, being an effective president includes studying to understand how the American

system works — historically, economically and in our relations with other nations. Even though many members of Congress are ignorant of it, Trump will have to know about America’s past to counter Clinton’s broad base of knowledge and her history of government service. If he does, he’ll have an advantage in his legislative negotiations with Congress. When the next president strides to the podium on January 20, 2017, to proudly take the oath of office, swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” that person should have at least read it. The same goes for every other elected or appointed federal official. All American citizens should reread it and our other founding documents. Doing so will make us all better citizens, more able to understand our system of government and better able to participate in it. Politics is a participatory undertaking, intended to engage citizens. Any president had better understand the Constitution.


f Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, every word she utters will be suspect, and the America we’ve known will change dramatically. The Supreme Court will lean further left, Republican majorities in Congress will be at risk and Americans will be more dependent on government. Dependency discourages freedom and ingenuity. If Donald Trump wins, but doesn’t fulfill the dramatic promises he’s made or otherwise proves to be far less than expected, his supporters will be dismayed with government even more. If they withdraw, government could become bigger with a more intrusive bureaucracy, further discouraging citizen participation. The best result will be the creation of a new generation of principled leaders determined to reduce America’s debt, restore American prestige abroad and support an opportunity society. The result will engender confidence in government, greater citizen participation in public affairs and encouragement for quality leaders to step up to public service. Presumably, this year of bad candidate choices is a political aberration. But disappointing election results often spur quality individuals to step forward to serve others. When they do, voters will have their hope for the future restored, confident that the United States need not settle for crudeness or dishonesty in their elected officials. Hopefully, better days lie ahead. n


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COMMENT | RACE dress. It’s on the very edge of being racist, but really, it just makes the wearer look a little foolish. It’s not harmless, though it’s not the most egregious thing someone can do either. But when someone pairs the grotesque costume of a minority group with face paint, they have stepped across ethical boundaries. And when Lowe stepped out (and posted a picture on social media) on Halloween last year with face paint while in a kimono, she crossed the line of decency and respect. She is responsible for the city’s HR policies — policies that prohibit racial discrimination. Lowe didn’t return messages seeking comment, but if she thinks that it is acceptable to engage in yellowfacing, she will have a hard time being the one to judge, support and appropriately deal with claims of racial discrimination. Her behavior completely undermines her position. There is not one person of color, in my acquaintance, who upon hearing of this behavior would be willing to submit a complaint of discrimination to her office. That is a serious problem, not only for people of color but also for anyone else who works for the city. If the HR department director is willing to “yellowface”

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ost people have heard of blackfacing, but have you heard of redfacing or yellowfacing? Well, Heather Lowe, head of human resources for the city of Spokane, clearly hasn’t. A picture of her yellowfacing for Halloween last October has recently come to light and leaves me even more concerned about the embattled department. If the person who is supposed to set and enforce ethical standards lacks an essential ethic and moral core, the rest of the city of Spokane has no chance.

Let’s break down cultural appropriation and what I call “colorfacing.” Cultural appropriation is when a dominant group shuns, ignores or opposes a non-dominant group of unique cultural norms, dress, hairstyles, body styles, etc. Then, said dominant group takes that unique cultural norm and benefits from the use either by casting white people for roles intended to belong to another race, by stealing ethnic hairstyles and being called “edgy,” or by going out on Halloween with a stereotyped costume and painting their skin a matching color. Let’s talk about the last one, because it happens all too often. It is morally questionable to wear a stereotypical Halloween costume like a kimono or deerskin Indian

It’s on the very edge of being racist, but really, it just makes the wearer look a little foolish. and belittle one protected class, what makes you think she won’t do the same for other protected classes? Based on the evidence, I have no faith that a person with a mental or physical ability difference — or any other difference — would be treated with any more respect. I know there are people who will read this and think that what Heather Lowe did wasn’t really all that wrong. I mean, come on! How could a Halloween costume cause so much drama? Well, one of the ways that racism continues to grow and thrive in our community is by blaming the victims and the people brave enough to stand up against it. We can hope our community leaders across our city learn that colorfacing is never OK. If we don’t hold ourselves and our highest-level officials to a high standard, no one will. n Tara Dowd, an enrolled Inupiaq Eskimo, was born into poverty and now owns a diversity consulting business. She is an advocate for systemic equity and sees justice as a force that makes communities better.







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COMMENT | FROM READERS JOE KENDIG: Many of these stories we hear about “suicide by cop” (almost every day now) are people who are on or withdrawing from antidepressant, psychotropic, SSRI prescription drugs. The FDA “Black Box Warnings” for these prescription drugs are “mania, psychosis, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts or actions.” We used to institutionalize many of these people, but now just write them a prescription and turn them back out on the street (because it’s “cheaper.”). I do not envy law enforcement for having to face these suicidal people every day and then having the public attack them for doing their job. EMILY OLSON-BEHAR: The “shoot to kill” approach from officers around here is disturbing and deeply concerning. Aren’t officers trained to have a certain level of precision? How is it that our officers continually aim, hit and fatally wound the assailants rather than injure with the sole intent to disarm and restrain them? LORI JESKE: Life as an law enforcement officer has to be incredibly difficult with today’s defiant, lazy, doped-up, entitled culture. To think of going to work each day and you can’t tell the difference between the dope-sick and people who are truly struggling with neurological disorders is beyond difficult. 

Reactions to a blog post about new grant funding that allows Rogers High School to teach Advanced Placement English to all junior students as a default course:

RYAN FENCL: Right ’cause English is incredibly important. I mean forget math and science. THOMAS HANSEN: Effective communication is necessary for most higher education pursuits. Being a physicist doesn’t mean much if you can’t write papers and emails. TAYLOR KRISTIAN BELOTE: It’s not a bad thing to make AP classes available to more students if it’s the right thing for them, but for it to be the only option? Not every kid is cut out for AP or college level classes. I understand that it’s a great thing that high schools are trying to get more students geared toward fouryear universities, but why has that become the end-all measurement of a high school’s success these days? And what about the students that will really struggle to keep up with AP classes? You don’t help students who already are struggling by raising the bar and making their classes more difficult… 

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a gun, according to police. In an interview with the Inlander a week after the shooting, Johnson says he wanted it all to be over. He wanted police to kill him. The officers who responded to Johnson’s calls were told he had a misdemeanor warrant, was a convicted felon and has a history of violence. But one crucial detail was missing. He’d been shot by police before. In 2014, Spokane officers shot Johnson at least eight times after he refused to drop a knife outside Truth Ministries Spokane, where he’d been staying. That night, he was acting paranoid and gave a fake name when he checked into the shelter — a markedly different demeanor from the quiet, reserved man that shelter director Marty McKinney got to know briefly. Last week, after he was forced to leave a group home following a court-ordered stint at Eastern State Hospital, his paranoid thinking appears to have taken hold again. Video surveillance footage from the West Wynn Motel shows Johnson pursuing an officer with what turned out to be a fake gun in his hand, moments before he crumples to the floor outside a block of second-story rooms. That was the final of three officer-involved shootings in a matter of five days. Two of the victims, including Johnson, are alive. One man, Mike Kurtz, died on the scene. All three had contact with the mental health system, according to police. The community is asking familiar questions: Would better police training help? Is a depleted mental health system to blame? Sharon Johnson wonders if there’s only one answer for her son. “The only solution I can see at this point is to put him back in Eastern State Hospital and never let him out,” she says. “What kind of life is that?”


Geri and Sharon Johnson with a family photo with their two adopted children, Megan and Aaron. JACOB JONES PHOTO


Between the Bullets Aaron Johnson was shot by police in 2014, bounced around and found himself, again, in an all-too-familiar scenario played out BY MITCH RYALS


haron Johnson knew this was going to happen. In 2014, after the first time her son was shot by police, she predicted it would happen again if something didn’t change. Aaron Johnson, recently kicked out of a group home

and teetering on the brink of homelessness, made three calls to police from his second-floor motel room at the bottom of Sunset Boulevard. In the first, he said his roommate hit him in the face. He called back saying his roommate had a knife, and in the third call he mentioned

ometimes it takes a few seconds for Aaron Johnson to respond to a question. From a booth at the Spokane County Jail, his eyes shift back and forth while he thinks. His medication causes him to slur his words and fogs his memory, he says. He’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but he disagrees with that assessment and sometimes refuses to take his meds. He says the government is using them to kill his spiritual gifts. “I wanted it all to end,” says Johnson, 32, of the reason he called police to his motel room. “I don’t need the medication at all. I know I wasn’t sick when I went into this.” Earlier that day, Sharon Johnson took her son to buy groceries. They ended the visit like they always do, with a hug and an “I love you,” she says. From the dining room table in her Spokane Valley home, she keeps looking over at two photos across the room: One of 15-year-old Aaron before his illness took over, the other taken at Christmastime during his most recent stay at Eastern. “That’s what the disease has done to him,” she says. Within hours after she left him, her son lay bleeding from gunshot wounds. He’s currently facing three assault charges. Last year, Eastern State Hospital psychologist Patricia Gunderson and another psychiatrist testified in Spokane County Superior Court that Aaron Johnson is “gravely disabled” and should not be allowed to leave that hospital. Both agreed that he needed hospital-level care and ...continued on next page

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his schizophrenic symptoms would intensify without medication. He was later released to Mallon Place, a local group home, with court-imposed conditions. He stayed there for about two months before he was forced to leave. He says he was aggravated by staff looking through his things. At one point, he was arrested and spent a night or two in jail, Sharon Johnson says. The confrontations continued when he returned, but she says she’s been given LETTERS few specific Send comments to details as to editor@inlander.com. why her son was forced to leave. Mallon Place staff declined to answer Inlander questions. Faced with the possibility of letting him wander the streets, his parents put him up in a room at the Downtowner Motel, then in a Motel 6 by their Spokane Valley home, and finally at the West Wynn Motel. He isn’t allowed to stay with his parents, Sharon Johnson says: “You never know what’s going on in his head.” But she still does an occasional load of laundry for him, buys his groceries or takes him for lunch at Zip’s. He usually gets a marshmallow milkshake. Johnson says he spent most of his time at the motel watching TV, and motel staff has said he didn’t cause any problems during his stay. “He’s had a terrible life, I’ll tell ya,” Sharon Johnson says. “Through the whole thing we’ve

tried to get him help and tried to get him help, and it’s just not there.”


n the days following the three shootings, law enforcement officials called for state legislators to pump more money into the mental health system. (Last year the legislature approved $40.9 million in the state’s biennial budget for the Department of Social and Health Services, in part to increase the number of beds and employees in the two state-run psychiatric hospitals.) City leaders pointed to House of Charity’s recently reduced hours of operation and dedicated $200,000 to fund the shelter, which operates at a nearly $600,000 budget deficit, for the rest of this year. The Downtown Spokane Partnership kicked in another $50,000, but more is needed, says Council President Ben Stuckart. By next year, the city plans to provide funding to keep the shelter open 24/7. “House of Charity being open 24/7/365 and Providence’s plans for more mental-healthdedicated beds are the best chances we have as a community to address this issue for the chronically homeless,” Rob McCann, executive director of Catholic Charities Spokane, wrote in a statement. “I am hopeful that with more services, more understanding and less vilification and less punishment, there will be fewer moments where courageous men and women police officers have to make heart-wrenching, instantaneous decisions in impossible situations

Aaron Johnson pictured during his most recent stay at Eastern State Hospital. with our Catholic Charities clients.” McCann is referring to a new $37 million psychiatric facility to be built in Spokane by next year, which could add 72 beds to Providence Sacred Heart’s 24-bed inpatient psychiatric facility for adults. Then there’s the continuous tension between law enforcement and those struggling with mental health. Every SPD officer has gone through 40 hours of crisis intervention training to learn how to recognize and interact with people in crisis, and as of July 2017, all new officers in Washington state will go through at least eight hours of the training at the basic academy. However, for people like Johnson, who’ve been in and out of jails and psychiatric wards and don’t believe they have a disease, it seems the solution must go beyond more money, more beds and more training. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich suggests an intermediate facility where police can take people who need supervision but don’t belong in jail. “It’s sad,” Sharon Johnson says. “Because he didn’t ask for this disease.” n

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HIGHER STANDARDS In recent years, Rogers High School has offered more and more ADVANCED PLACEMENT courses for students wanting college-level curricula. But soon, the idea is for every high school junior to take at least one AP class at Rogers. Thanks to a grant from College Spark Washington, which funds programs for low-income students, Rogers will implement a three-year progression with the goal of eventually having all 11th graders taking AP English. That’s something no other school in Spokane Public Schools is doing. It’s somewhat of an experiment, according to school officials, and there are concerns the school plans to address, including how it will prevent students who struggle with literacy from falling behind. (WILSON CRISCIONE)

UNHITCHED The city of Coeur d’Alene has settled a lawsuit brought against it by the owners of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, who worried that the city’s NONDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE would subject them to fines or jail time for refusing to perform same-sex weddings. Mike Gridley, the city’s attorney, says that the case was settled for $1,000.01, which he called a good deal for the city and taxpayers. Although Gridley says that because the Hitching Post had reorganized as a religious corporation and was exempt from the ordinance, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious liberty advocacy group, pursued a lawsuit against the city which attracted national attention. (JAKE THOMAS)


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The trial for the man accused of killing COEUR D’ALENE POLICE Sgt. Greg Moore could be pushed back until 2017, due in part to the many pending pretrial motions. Jonathan Renfro, 27, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Moore on May 5, 2015, could face the death penalty if convicted. Some of the motions, filed by Renfro’s defense team, challenge the state’s intent to seek the death penalty. Others seek to suppress evidence and have the trial moved to a new location. A judge has already ruled that Moore’s body camera footage can be admitted as evidence. The trial is currently set to take place before First District Judge Lansing Haynes in September, but attorneys for both sides discussed postponing it until next February. Haynes will hear the motion to vacate and reschedule the trial on June 13. Moore allegedly stopped Renfro just before 1:30 am. During an interrogation following his arrest, Renfro at first denied shooting Moore, but later admitted to it when

police told him they had recovered footage from Moore’s body camera, according to testimony from Idaho State Police Detective Michael Van Leuven, the lead investigator. Renfro indicated that he was concerned the sergeant would find the gun in his pocket, a violation of his felony parole. Last week, members of the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls police departments gathered for a predawn run in honor of the first anniversary of Moore’s death. They began at 1:26 am, the time he was shot, and ended in a Coeur d’Alene neighborhood where he was wounded. The city of Coeur d’Alene is also planning to build a waterfall in McEuen Park in his memory. (MITCH RYALS)


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a key permit to a company seeking to build a coal export terminal north of Bellingham that critics say would increase train traffic and AIR POLLUTION in the Inland Northwest. Earlier this week, the Army Corps determined that

the Gateway Pacific Terminal, proposed by Pacific International Holdings, LLC, would likely interfere with the fishing rights of the Lummi Nation. Last year, the tribe requested that the Army Corps withhold the necessary permit, citing how the project could infringe on their fishing rights that are recognized by treaties with the federal government. Laura Ackerman, organizer and oil policy director for the Land Council, says that had the terminal been approved it would have significantly increased rail traffic, leading to congestion in places like Sandpoint, Spokane Valley and Cheney. She also says that coal dust that blows off of the trains is carcinogenic, and is particularly harmful when mixed with diesel particulate matter. “I think it’s a win for Spokane because LETTERS as long as fossil fuel Send comments to facilities are built, we editor@inlander.com. will get the traffic,” says Ackerman. The project would have exported up to 48 million tons of coal annually from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, all of which would have been moved by train through Spokane, and environmental groups praised the Army Corps’ decision. Ackerman says that currently there is another proposed coal export terminal in Longview under review. (JAKE THOMAS)



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ew public officials have been as ardent as Ben Stuckart in condemning the city for the way it’s handled the sexual harassment allegations raised by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton against former Police Chief Frank Straub. But on March 14, Stuckart was faced with his own similar test: How would he handle a complaint about one of the city council’s own? A woman approached Stuckart and raised concerns about Richard Rush, Councilwoman Candace Mumm’s legislative aide. “Some people don’t have good boundaries,” Stuckart says. “Some people, when they ask people out on dates, and they’re told no, ask them a second time. And then sometimes they ask them a third time to go on a date, and that makes people feel uncomfortable.” This was one of those cases, Stuckart says. Two days later, Stuckart and Human Resources Director Heather Lowe met with the complainant to discuss her concerns. Stuckart says the conclusion — from HR and the city’s legal department — was that Rush’s conduct didn’t constitute any kind of harassment. No laws or city policies were violated. “There was no inappropriate touching, there was no inappropriate trying-to-kiss-somebody,” Stuckart says. “It was off-site, it was a citizen event, it wasn’t a city event.” Stuckart, Mumm and Lowe had scheduled a time to meet with Rush and discuss the issue. But before that could happen, Lowe relayed other similar concerns city employees had raised about Rush. “I did not get a lot of details,” Mumm says. But she says that didn’t matter — she’d already made the decision to fire Rush and hire another assistant. That day, March 31, she fired him. And that was it. Rush — who had spent four years as a city councilman and two years as a legislative assistant — was gone.


Exactly one year before the day Rush was fired, Straub was lobbing profanity and crude insults at Cotton and other members of police leadership, according to records. The incident led to Cotton meeting behind closed doors with the mayor a few days later. She told officials Straub had “grabbed her ass and tried to kiss her.” She said she wanted a transfer to a different job, but wanted to keep it quiet. Cotton was transferred, Straub was fired six months later, and public record requests revealed false statements from city leadership. Today a $4 million lawsuit from Straub and an independent investigation into the matter are

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still ongoing. Stuckart takes out a pen, flips over a piece of paper and starts diagramming the differences between how he and Mumm handled the concerns about Rush, and how the mayor handled the much more serious concerns about Straub. “There’s vast differences,” Stuckart says. “I keep charting it out, and charting out what the mayor did, and I’m like, our chart — we did it right.” The mayor met with Cotton alone, promised her a transfer to a new position, and never initiated an HR investigation. Stuckart, by contrast, says he and Mumm went by the book, meeting

Spokane City Council Legislative Assistant Richard Rush was fired on March 31, but wasn’t told why. with the complainant with HR present and conducting an investigation. “This is all unfortunate for Richard. It’s unfortunate for the citizens who were made to feel uncomfortable. But I think we handled it correctly by asking HR to investigate,” Stuckart says. “Candace and I handled the situation pretty damn well, I think.” On the other hand, while Straub’s ouster was announced in a public press conference, Rush’s firing was handled quietly, without the public being told it had even happened. Stuckart says he didn’t announce Rush’s termination to the press because the investigation had not revealed Rush had violated city policy and because he was fired as an at-will employee. “An appointed police chief is different than a legislative aide,” Stuckart says, explaining the difference. (But in 2014, Stuckart was critical of the city’s refusal to publicly explain why it had forced the resignation of Planning Director Scott Chesney. “Government should be open and transparent,” he said then.) Even Rush was left completely in the dark. “I have an at-will employee, and I don’t have to give him a reason,” Mumm says. “He was not

let go for cause.” Before Rush was terminated, he says he was never told by anyone — not Mumm, not Stuckart, not Lowe — that there were any complaints. “HR investigation? This is the first I have heard of it,” Rush wrote after being contacted by the Inlander last Friday. “Candace let me go without explanation. Can you shed light on any of this for me?” A few hours earlier, in response to a question from the Inlander, Stuckart had openly described the concerns about Rush surrounding his termination. By then, rumors about Rush had already leaked out into the general public, thanks in part to an April 11 email that Lowe sent to a number of city managers concerning Rush’s behavior. “I thought it was inappropriate and shouldn’t have been sent out,” Stuckart says.


The council has shifted in a more liberal direction over the past six years, and Rush considers himself a crucial part of that story. He says he recruited Councilwomen Mumm and Amber Waldref to run for office, as well as former Councilman Jon Snyder. When Rush served on the council, Lori Kinnear was his legislative aide. Today, she’s a councilmember. Rush doesn’t level any criticism for the way his former colleagues handled his termination. “I don’t think I was mistreated in any way by Ben or Candace,” Rush says. But that’s not to say he’s fine with all that happened. He says he first learned about his concerns from HR in mid-April, after he’d been fired, when Lowe wrote him a letter. “[Lowe wrote] there were two city employees who had said not to bug them or not to call them,” Rush says. “I could continue to interact with the city as a citizen, but I could not call any city employees on their work time.” In his reply to Lowe, Rush says, he denied the suggestion that anything improper had occurred, and wrote that if Lowe continued to contact him about those “false allegations” he would seek legal counsel. “The target of the complaint never knows about it or hears about it, and they can’t make a defense?” Rush says. He echoes frustrations raised by Straub — that he never had the chance to defend his actions. He says his interactions with the employees named in the letter have been minimal, and nothing remotely inappropriate had occurred. “My relationships with them were cordial and civil, and quite frankly, I never heard the word ‘Stop,’ ‘No,’ ‘Back off,’ none of that,” Rush says. “One of those people I’ve seen once, or maybe three times in passing. We’re talking people I had just met; they’re acquaintances.” All of this may feel familiar. Rush faced a similar controversy when he was a city councilmember. Former County Commissioner Todd Mielke says the head of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council approached him with concerns about Rush’s interactions with a female employee. Mielke says he was told that a female staff member was bothered by how much Rush was contacting her, and the nature of his invitations to spend time together outside of work. “She was not comfortable making a formal complaint, and just wanted the activity to stop,” Mielke says. In 2008, for example, Rush emailed a female employee inviting her to have lunch at his house, if she was in the mood for a sandwich. Both Mumm and Stuckart say they hadn’t ever heard of those concerns until recently. “This is the first I’ve heard that kind of information,” Mumm says. “I wish I would have known that.” Rush says he’s familiar with the old controversy, but speculates that both the controversy then and the controversy now may be politically motivated. “Given my political success, it’s no surprise,” Rush says. “Countervailing political forces would just as soon see me sidelined.” 

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Seeking Safe Space A new website attempts to help transgender people avoid businesses where they may not be welcome BY JAKE THOMAS


handful of local activists hope that a map of red and green dots will steer transgender individuals away from discrimination and harassment. Three months ago, Spokane Trans* Map (spokanetransmap.org) went live. The website features a map of Spokane and nearby areas that designates businesses as either friendly (represented with a green dot) or unfriendly (represented with a red dot) to transgender individuals. Robbi Anthony, a community activist and web developer who worked on the site along with others, says that transgender people are more visible than ever, which creates more potential for them to be treated with hostility. “It’s kind of a guessing game for where people are safe,” says Anthony. “These are questions that [transgender] people have to ask themselves every day.” Indeed, multiple surveys have shown that transgender people are more likely to be the subject of discrimination or violence. Nationally, the number of anti-transgender hate crimes reported to the FBI increased from 31 incidents in 2013 to 98 in 2014, the most recent year that statistics were available.

Although there are laws prohibiting discrimination against people based on their gender identity, Anthony hopes that this website will allow transgender people to steer clear of unfriendly businesses altogether. To be designated as trans-friendly on the map, a business needs to have single-occupancy bathrooms that allow transgender individuals to sidestep potentially awkward or dangerous situations presented by multi-occupancy bathrooms. The website also relies on reviews submitted by users about how welcoming the business is to transgender people, not unlike how Yelp operates, in determining if it merits a green or red dot. Businesses also can submit statements about what they’ve done to be accepting of transgender people, and several already have. But Marvo Reguindin — general manager of the Inland Northwest Business Alliance, a chamber of commerce representing 200 businesses that are either owned

or are friendly to the LGBT community — has reservations about Spokane Trans* Map. He points out that the reviews are anonymous, and as with websites like Yelp, a few bad ones could stick to a business’ reputation. He says that while gays and lesbians have become a bigger part of mainstream society, the same isn’t true of the transgender community; he hopes they’ll become more engaged with the business community. “It’s hard for us to help that community if they’re not sitting at the table,” says Reguindin. Anthony says the website isn’t intended to smear any business. If a business does get a bad review, Anthony says they’ll be notified and given a chance to respond and possibly flip their red dot to a green. Anthony says the website, a first of its kind, remains a work in progress and is still reviewing businesses.

“It’s kind of a guessing game for where people are safe. These are questions that [transgender] people have to ask themselves every day.” Jude McNeil — executive director of the Odyssey Youth Movement, an organization that works with LGBTQ youth — says there are apps that help transgender people find a safe place to use the bathroom. The website, which McNeil’s organization had input in developing, serves a similar purpose. “It’s reflective of the state of our culture in Spokane,” says McNeil.  jaket@inlander.com


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The Community’s Con From modest beginnings, Spokane’s locally organized pop culture and comic book convention now celebrates its 10th year BY CHEY SCOTT


hen Nathan O’Brien made the move from Seattle to Spokane more than a decade ago, he was shocked to discover that the Lilac City had nothing even remotely close to the Emerald City’s comic convention, a three-day geekfest that annually at-

tracts tens of thousands of fans. Locals told him nothing like it had been held here for at least 13 years. So he decided to do something about it. “[In Seattle], you can easily go to four to five shows a year, and to come over here and there was nothing, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this seems wrong.’” O’Brien


recalls. “Going to some of these other shows in Seattle, I got to meet the artists and professionals and had seen them time after time, so I knew I could talk to some of them to get them to come over here and take a chance on a first-year show.” That first year, in 2007, about 300 people showed up to browse 18 vendor booths at the event on Gonzaga University’s campus. A few years later, O’Brien moved Spokane Comicon, as it was then called, to Spokane Community College’s Lair. Last year, the con — rebranded as Lilac City Comicon — graduated to the big exhibit halls of the Spokane Convention Center. “When I first started doing it, I never imagined it going 10-plus years,” O’Brien says. “It’s not even close to as big as Emerald City [Comicon] or San Diego, but it fits for Spokane because it’s affordable and fun. People look ...continued on next page

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To look more like Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen, Alaska Mauve dyes her long locks the same silvery, platinum blonde as the Mother of Dragons character. Getting her start in creative fashion as a model (which she still is), Mauve, 23, entered the world of cosplaying a year and a half ago. “I think people are getting more comfortable with geekiness,” she notes. “Being a nerd is not something to be ashamed of anymore. You can be excited about being smart and being a fan of more cerebral entertainment.” In addition to her three different Daenerys costumes, which she’ll showcase at the Comicon, this Spokane native has also created an ensemble based on the Sucker Punch film character Babydoll. Other costumes in her repertoire include one of the wives from Mad Max: Fury Road and Kaylee from the sci-fi show Firefly. “Every time I wear my costume in public places, people have been incredibly kind to me,” she says. “I don’t think Spokane is unkind to cosplay, they’re just not used to it.” Meet Alaska at table G5, and take photos with her in the Cosplay Lounge from 2-3 pm. See her work on the Facebook page “Alaska Mauve” and on Instagram @ alaskamauve.


PROFESSIONAL COMIC BOOK ARTIST Working as an artist for pulp comic house Dynamite Entertainment since 2009, Colton Worley’s work has appeared in titles such as The Spider, Dracula, Kato Origins and Battlestar Galactica. After growing up in Spokane, Worley studied graphic design at Spokane Falls Community College, and then worked a few “normal, everyday jobs for a few years.”

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That all changed when he decided to send out some samples of his work to various comic book publishers. “I sent out a whole mess of them, and Dynamite was the first one to respond and asked for more samples,” Worley says. “They asked me to do Dracula and I said ‘Sure.’ I’ve been working for them ever since.” At Lilac City, Worley will have a table selling prints of his work, along with comic books he’s illustrated. He’ll also do sketches for fans; he looks forward to meeting them and hearing their opinions. Meet Colton at table G2, and see more of his work on the Facebook page “Artist Colton Worley.”


Rayce Bird conjures up monsters for a living. Sort of. The Idaho native describes his work as “more in the monster-making and creature realm than anything else. Most of my stuff has an alien vibe, but I also do more of the friendly stuff.” By friendly, he means creatures that look more goofy than scary. Bird got his big break thanks to a stint on Season 2 of the Syfy reality TV competition Face Off, which he won. He’s since gone back to judge and mentor other competitors for later seasons. While many of his creations have been for movies he says no one’s heard of, Bird is currently working on several concepts for projects he can’t talk about publicly yet. When he’s not working on special effects projects for the screen, Bird teaches design and visualization at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Of all the cons and related events he’s been to, Bird looks forward most to attending Lilac City as an exhibitor each year. “The whole feeling and mood of it is very down-to-earth and more like a community,” he says. “It has more heart to it than the other cons... Here, you feel like you’re a part of the program — like you’re amongst family.” Meet Rayce at table G9, and see more of his work at raycebird.com. n Lilac City Comicon • Sat, May 14, from 10 am-5 pm • $5/ages 5-12; $12/ages 13+; $25/ VIP • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • lilaccitycomicon.com





Unifest promises to be an amalgamation of creative forces.


att Bogue wants you to think a little differently about art in Spokane. Or art anywhere, really. And he plans to change your mind with Unifest, the one-night visual arts and music festival he developed with his wife and fellow artist Stephanie Bogue. At Unifest, which debuts this Saturday with the intention of becoming an annual event, Bogue says that the public can see not just art hanging on a wall, but see it made in front of them. “We want people to be able to see the process that it takes, and hang out with the artist and talk to them,” says Bogue, a lifelong Spokanite who works as an art director at the Seven2 advertising agency and plays in the local band Crystalline. The live art component features a series of draw-off battles in which local artists compose pieces as the audience looks on and live music plays. They’re restricted by a few built-in challenges, like limited colors and a theme. Unifest — unlike many other art events in Spokane, including Terrain, which is also housed at the Washington Cracker Co. Building, the site of Unifest — is not free. From the initial planning stage of the festival, Bogue says he wanted to pay artists in the hopes of encouraging a culture in Spokane where artists are no longer asked to work for free. “We do a lot of great things in Spokane, but we’ve forgotten

about the talent and the time that these artists [put into] these events,” he says. As the night goes on, the emphasis turns to music. The crowd will head outside to a dome erected in the parking lot, where they’ll find electronic collective Old Love Music Group. While the audience is encouraged to get down, there are also dance performances, aerial artists and other aspects to the dance phase of Unifest. If the event feels like a lot of different things (that draw different niche groups) all happening at once, Bogue says that’s kind of the point of Unifest. “We’re pulling in from two or three different groups of people. Everyone can come as one and see what we can do if we come together and collaborate on something,” says Bogue. “With this first [Unifest] we’ve tried to stretch our boundaries with the type of talent we’re bringing in to give Spokane something new.” — MIKE BOOKEY Unifest • Sat, May 14, at 5:30 pm • Washington Cracker Co. Building • 304 W. Pacific • $16.82; group packages available • All-ages; beer and wine available with ID • unifestnorthwest. com


Coeur d’Alene native Justin Doering graduated a year early from Boise State University and wanted to make the most of the extra time on his hands. He decided to lend that time to the homeless. With his blog Fifty Sandwiches, Doering has been interviewing homeless people over lunch, and relaying their stories about how they became homeless in the hopes of dispelling misconceptions about an often overlooked segment of the population. Now, Doering is heading across the country in a van, exchanging lunches for interviews with a diverse collection of homeless people that will eventually be published in a book. If you want to donate to his project, there’s a Kickstarter campaign (kck.st/1qPdVeh) that ends on Saturday, May 14.

ALBUM Sturgill Simpson’s 2014 album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, along with a voice reminiscent of legends like George Jones or Merle Haggard, earned the Kentucky native a lot of hype as a savior of country, and rightly so. His new, self-produced release, A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH, is already generating massive buzz, but I don’t know if you can even call Simpson “country” anymore, as the songs on this one — many of them essentially letters from a father to his son on how to navigate life — transcend the genre to include soulful and genuinely funky horns and psychedelic arrangements. His languid cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” ain’t too shabby, either. TV W. Kamau Bell has tried this TV host thing before, on the frustratingly short-lived 2012-13 FXX series Totally Biased. Perhaps that show didn’t succeed because there was too much social commentary and not enough laughs from the thoughtful comedian. His new CNN series, UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA, debuted at the end of April and is almost straight documentary, with the occasional comic interlude from Bell. The first episode was a bit gimmicky, as the tall, black comic visited various KKK communities in the Deep South, but a later episode featuring life in San Quentin prison — full of deep interviews with inmates, shocking statistics and poignant personal reflections from the host — showcased the potential of Bell’s new project. BOOK The history of the vibrant Los Angeles punk scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s has been told before, most memorably in the Penelope Spheeris documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, but author John Doe adds a must-have collection of writings for anyone interested in the darker musical underbelly of sunny SoCal with UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK. Doe was a prime mover as leader of the band X, and in this book he intersperses chapters of his own memories with those of his peers, including Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey of the the Go-Go’s, The Blasters’ Dave Alvin and more. Together, they create a spirited picture of one of the best eras of modern rock. n

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The owners of Moscow’s independent video store know the way to survive is to adapt BY TARYN PHANEUF


t’s been years since Howard Hughes Video in Moscow turned a profit, but no one is keen on seeing it close. The owners turned to their customers for help, hoping to tap into Moscow’s existing collaborative spirit to turn the video store into a cooperative. The Moscow Video Co-op formed this winter and started raising money to buy the store from the current owners for $60,000. They’re about a quarter of the way there, with a goal of raising half of the total by June 15. If they make it, they could take over ownership of the store, says Melinda Schab, general manager of the Moscow Food Co-op and president of the new video co-op board of directors. “I don’t see a future where the sale doesn’t happen,” Schab says. Members can buy into the co-op for $200, which can be paid in full or in eight installments. Members get certain perks, like coupons and daily deals, and they have a say in who makes up the board of directors. To buy a share, you have to visit the video store. While the store relies on frequent visits

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from cinephiles, the co-op’s board hopes that others who simply want to see local businesses thrive also will pitch in. “We as a community need to be better about reminding one another that if you value Main Street — the connection and the community — it is your responsibility to contribute to that economic engine in some way,” Schab said. “It’s my responsibility to this community to be supportive of our local businesses because I value what they bring to the vibe.”


Howard Hughes manager Ben Hardcastle said the store started to really see its numbers decline when Redbox became popular about four years ago. As public preferences shift to streaming services and vending machines, the industry continues to shrink. In the 2000s, giants like Blockbuster put many independent stores out of business before going bankrupt themselves, unable to compete with Netflix and its ilk. Reports from when VCRs gained popularity in 1985 say the U.S. boasted

15,000 stores — a number that kept going up throughout the 1990s before peaking in 2001. But the fall was hard and fast. In 2015, the industry consisted of fewer than 3,000 businesses in the U.S., according to market researcher IBISWorld. It’s not clear how many of those are independent stores, but some estimate it’s in the hundreds. Seeing it less as a failed business venture and more as a catastrophe for the preservation of the art form, some business owners have adapted their model. A worker-owned cooperative in Portland, Maine, has stayed alive by making itself an indispensable community hangout, opening a post office and selling ice cream in addition to renting movies. Seattle’s Scarecrow Video turned its 120,000-item library into a nonprofit archive to keep a broad collection of media available. Andy Fox, one of four worker-owners at Four Star Video Cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin, said customers prize the foreign and documentary sections. “Those are films people would have trouble accessing anywhere else — lesser known but important films you can’t really find on online services, at least not the aboveboard ones,” he said. He said those movies are important because they offer a glimpse of life from someone else’s perspective — “especially ones … that aren’t products of pop culture.” Hardcastle has a similar mindset. He keeps a display of Studio Ghibli’s Japanese animation films because none of them are legally available to stream, and they’re expensive to buy. While he can only get a handful of copies of a new movie, he thinks the real advantage of the store’s 32,000-item collection is its older films, including some that weren’t ever made into new formats. “If you’re like me, you keep a couple VCRs around the house,” he said.



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Howard Hughes Video has survived a threat in the past. In 2007, a group of five friends agreed to buy the business from the owners of the appliance store of the same name. It wasn’t an interest in film that attracted them to the business. It was the ringleader, Gary Myers, who convinced the rest that it was important to keep the store open. “He was a huge supporter of local activity,” said Deb Reynolds, a co-owner. They moved the store to 520 S. Main St., where it became a neighbor to restaurants, coffee shops and stores selling books, clothes and bikes. In the decade since, Myers passed away, co-owners Pat Engle and Neil Franklin retired to Sandpoint and Reynolds’ husband Kelly Moore went back to college. His looming graduation brings the possibility that they’ll also move away to find a job. In this new season, the owners hope people will act on their love for local business — like they did nearly a decade ago. “If the community wanted this, they would step up to the plate,” Engle said. n

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204 N. Division, 443-4014 Daily 3 pm-6 pm $1 off wine, well drinks; $2 off specialty cocktails; $3 pints, $6 milk jugs, $6 appetizers

HILLS’ RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 401 W. Main, 747-3946 Mon-Fri 4 pm-6 pm $1 off beer, wine and cocktails


144 S. Cannon St., 459-6000 Tue-Thur 5 pm-6 pm $5 well drinks, $5 house wine, $4 drafts, $2 off specialty cocktails, 10% off bottled wine



525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., 747-0322 Daily 4 pm-6 pm $1 off drinks, $1 off appetizers


15 S. Howard, 598-8933 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm $4 draft beer, $5 fresh-squeezed greyhounds, screwdrivers, Pimm’s Cup, Moscow Mule, $5 rotating cider; $3 toasts and other food specials


302 W. Riverside Ave., 747-3852 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm $1 off pints, bottles and cans, daily drink specials, $5 Tito’s martinis; Half priced appetizers

113 N. Bernard St., 363-1210 Mon-Fri 3:30 pm-6 pm $2 draft beers, $3 well drinks, $4 house wine; $3 off appetizers




2001 W. Pacific Ave., 624-0236 Mon 11 am-11 pm $3 well drinks, $3 drafts Tue, Thur 11 am-11 pm $2 drafts




408 W. Sprague Ave., 499-9968 Daily 4 pm-7 pm $1 off wells, $2 domestic beers, $3 craft beers


10 S. Post St., 789-6848 Mon 3 pm-6 pm Martini Mondays Daily 3 pm-6 pm $4 house wines and draft beers






707 W. Main Ave., 926-8000 Daily 4 pm-6 pm $6 cocktails and martinis, $5 wine, $4 beer, $6 cheese or chocolate fondue, $5 salads, $5 Brie plates


9 N. Washington St., 868-0284 Mon-Sat, 4 pm-6 pm $1 off everything behind the bar, discounted special appetizers Tue 4 pm-8 pm 1/2 off whole pizzas


1331 W Summit Pkwy, 290-5239 Mon-Fri, 2 pm-5 pm $2 off glasses of wine, $1 off draft beer, $1 off appetizers


232 W. Sprague Ave., 474-1621 Tue-Sun 3 pm-6 pm $1 off wells, $1 off drafts, $1 off glasses of wine; $5 appetizers

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10 S. Post St., 789-6848 Daily 4 pm-6 pm $4 wine, $4 20-oz draft beer

245 W. Main Ave., 624-5226 Mon-Thur 3 pm-6 pm; 4-9 pm on Sunday $6 wine, $4 drafts, $6 premium cocktails, $6 specialty cocktails; $6 small plates 4-9 pm 39 W. Pacific Ave., 474-1070 Wed-Sat 4 pm-6 pm Discounts on wine and flatbreads

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1017 W. First, 244-2536 Thur 2 pm-10 pm $3 pints

108 N. Washington St., 315-8623 Mon-Sat 4 pm-6pm $2 off wine, $1 off tap beers; $6 spinach and artichoke dip, $6 house bruschetta, $12 antipasto, $10 pizzas 164 S. Washington St. Thur 4 pm-9 pm $4 draft cider, $4 donation to charity with any growler fill

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112 N. Howard St., 747-0223 Mon-Sat 2 pm-4 pm $1 off beer 1 N. Post St., 789-6900 Daily 4 pm-6 pm Half price on all draft beer and house wine


1007 W. First Ave., 456-5656 Mon-Tue all day, Wed-Sat 4 pm-6 pm, 9 pmclose $5 well drinks, $5 house wine, $4 draft beer, $7 Rain Drop martinis; $5-$12 appetizers


1406 W. Third Ave., 838-6688 Mon-Fri 4 pm-7 pm $3.25 well drinks Sat-Sun 2 pm-7 pm $3.25 well drinks


126 N. Division St., 835-5466 Daily 11 am-6 pm $0.50 off all drinks, $1 off pitchers


521 W. Sprague Ave., 838-7613 Mon-Fri 5 pm-7 pm $1 off beer, $1 off well drinks


700 N. Division St., 323-2577 Daily 4 pm-6 pm $2 well drinks, $2 Coors Light, Bud Light and Deschutes River Ale; $6 appetizers


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PJ’s has long been a neighborhood hangout on North Monroe Street.


1717 N. Monroe | 919-3788


ausing as she hauls in a load of groceries, Meadow above the bar. There’s a remodeled patio with a fish pond Frank runs down to her office to bring out a tan out back, but the bathrooms are still very much stuck in photo album with a gold border on the cover. the olive-green theme of another era. Frank is saving up “There’s a ton of old pictures in here from back in to redo them next. the day,” she says, pushing it across the bar top before When Curtin owned the business back in the midwhisking out the back door to load in more ’70s with her ex-husband — those are her Happy Hour from that afternoon’s Costco run. photos in the album — there were several Daily, from 4-7 pm Indeed, the pages are filled with scenes ceiling murals painted by a local artist. Drink specials vary by of feather-haired women and bearded men “It took five different people to tell me lounging on red upholstered couches, smok- day, including $2.50 well this before I believed the story that there was ing and drinking and posing with shiny pool drinks, $2 domestic drafts, a mural above the bar of the Starship Enter$4 craft beers, $3.50 shots prise, surrounded by paintings of regulars league trophies in the same building (conand more structed in 1921) that’s housed the Monroe looking down around it. I thought people Street hangout for decades. were lying to me for years,” says Frank. Operating as PJ’s Pub for more than What hasn’t changed at PJ’s in all that 20 of those years, not much has changed since those time is the welcoming, laid-back feeling and the sense that good times of the 1970s. Back then, it was called the Red no matter your station in life, the pub’s regulars and staff Robin Tavern. Then-owner Dorothy Curtin confirms the accept all who enter as friends and equals. story that the national Red Robin burger chain paid for It’s this “I’ve got your back” mentality that’s rethe rights to use the moniker. Then it became just “The mained with Frank since they day she walked in. Her Robin,” later The Rhino, and finally PJ’s, after two other first shift waiting tables at PJ’s was May 4, 2004. She prior owners named Pete and Jim. bought the bar two years ago when the only other option The scent of cigarettes from the smoking days clings was for it to close, which meant everyone on staff — into the walls, and the pool tables are still there, upstairs cluding her — would lose their jobs.

Since taking over, Frank has used the venue as a platform to help out anyone in need. Over the past two years she’s organized numerous fundraisers, raising thousands to help bar regulars, friends and local families facing unexpected hardships: illness, job or housing loss, the death of a family member. She recalls being in those tight situations herself, raising her now-nearly-21-year-old son as a single mom. He was born when she was only 14. “I’m very passionate about helping people, and this is a good platform for that,” Frank says. “We band together to help a lot of people.” While PJ’s is located on the edge of Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, people come from across town to spend a night there in good company. Besides the regular bar offerings of beer, shots and mixed drinks, PJ’s serves up a full pub food menu, with brunch during the week until 5 pm and breakfast on the weekends from 11 am to 4 pm. “People come from all over town, but they started coming here when they lived in the neighborhood,” Frank says. “They get better jobs and move, but they still come back and see us.” — CHEY SCOTT

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Spokane - Downtown, continued... ROCK CITY GRILL

808 W. Main Ave., 455-4400 Mon-Fri 2 pm-6 pm, Fri-Sat 9 pm-11 pm $3 domestic drafts, $4 micro drafts, $4 house wines; All menu items 25% off


111 S. Post St., 789-6800 Daily 4 pm-6 pm Half off all drinks, half off flatbread


404 W. Main Ave., 315-4613 Daily 3 pm-5 pm $2 off cocktails, $5 beers; limited “social hour” menu featuring appetizers, soup of the day, burger and more $6-$20


901 W. First Ave., 747-1041 Mon-Sat 5 pm-7 pm, Sun 5 pm-2 am $3 draft beers, $4 premium wells, $5 house wines, $5 flatbreads


21 W. Main Ave., 473-9455 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm, Sat 11 am-5 pm, all day on Sunday $1 off beer, house wine and wells, $2 domestic bottles; $5 appetizers, $3 flatbread

SATELLITE DINER & LOUNGE 425 W. Sprague Ave., 624-3952 Mon-Fri 4 pm-8 pm $1 off beer, wine and cocktails


117 N. Howard St., 459-1190 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm $1 off wells, wine by glass, and domestic beers, $2 off speciality cocktails; $5 beer-bread appetizer, $2 house house soups


322 N. Spokane Falls Ct., 744-2372 Daily 4 pm-6 pm $3 Bud Lights, $4 wine, $5 well drinks, $7 well martinis; Half off bar food


159 S. Lincoln St., 777-3900 Mon-Thur 3 pm-6 pm, all day on Sunday $3 pints, $11 pitchers, $4 seasonal beers and stouts, $5 house wine, well drinks; Half off select appetizers Fri-Sat 3 pm-6 pm $3 pints, $11 pitchers, $4 seasonal beers and stouts, $5 house wine, well drinks


218 N. Howard St., 747-1303 Daily 3 pm-6 pm, Mon-Thur 9 pm-11:30 pm, all day on Sunday $5 cocktails, $3.50 Blue Moon, Bud Light, Coors Light, Kokanee pints, $6 schooners, $6 select appetizers

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415 W. Sprague Ave., 624-4450 Mon-Sat 3 pm-8 pm, all day on Sunday $3 well drinks, $2 PBR, $3 Fireball, $4 premium liquor

6 MARTINIS $ 7 MULES $ 4 WELL DRINKS $ 4.50 MICRO DRAFTS $ 3 Soft Pork Taco $ 4 Caesar Side Salad $ 6 Jalapeno Tumblers $ 7 Blue Crab or Kobe Beef Sliders $

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912 W. Sprague, 315-4846 Daily 2 pm-4 pm $5 dessert and coffee specials Daily 4 pm-6 pm $2 off tap beer and bottles of house wine; $1 off focaccia pizzas

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808 W. Main Ave., 232-3376 Daily 3 pm-6 pm, 9 pm-11 pm $6 lemon drop, martinis, margaritas, $4 Twigs Amber Ale, $3.50 Coors Light; $5-$7 appetizers including flatbreads, fries and tacos

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1333 W. Summit Pkwy., 389-0029 Mon-Fri 3 pm-5 pm $3 draft beers, $1 off house merlot and pinot grigio, $1 off slices, half-off focaccia platter

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1221 N. Stevens St., 315-4547 Daily 2 pm-6 pm $1 off craft beers, $2.50 domestics, $3 well drinks; $5 appetizer menu


12 N. Post St., 869-2242 Mon-Sat 12 am-2 am $3 drafts and domestic bottles Mon-Sat 3 pm-7 pm $2 off seasonal specialty cocktails, $5 house wine, $4 draft beer, $5 well drinks, $3 domestic bottles Sun 5 pm-2 am $3 draft and domestic beer, $4 house wine, $5 well drinks and $7 seasonal craft cocktails


1242 W. Summit Pkwy., 443-4410 Daily 3 pm-5 pm, 9 pm-10:30 pm $3 draft beers, $3 tasting size cocktails, $3 rotating taps; $3 assorted appetizers

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Happy Hour Guide Spokane - Downtown, continued... THE WAVE

525 W. First Ave., 747-2023 Tue 5:30 pm-10 pm 25% off entire tab for all service industry workers Fri-Sat 3:30 pm-5:30 pm; Also 10 pm to midnight; Sun, noon to 9 pm for college students $4 house wine, $2 off all signature drinks, $3 draught beer, $3-4 hot saki carafes, almost 1/2 off sushi and other discounted menu items


17 W. Main Daily 5 pm-7 pm $1 off beers, $5 Pendleton


102 N. Howard St., 255-3688 Mon-Sat 3:30 pm-6:30 pm $2.50 bottled beer, $3 drafts, $3 well drinks


916 W. Second Ave., 456-7575 Mon-Thur 4 pm-5 pm $4.50 draft beer, $4 red and white wine, $3 off specialty cocktails; $3 off all entrees and appetizers


22 W. Main, 624-2416 Mon-Sat 4 pm-7 pm, all day on Sunday $2 Bud Light/Coors Light pints, $4 well cocktails, $4 house wine; $2.50-$8 appetizers


2912 E. Palouse Hwy., 448-0668 Daily 8 pm-9 pm $5 20-oz beers, $5 cocktails, $5 wine; $5 bar burger, light bites and appetizers; $1 shrimp or oyster shooters


2911 E. 57th Ave., 290-5080 Daily 3 pm-4 pm $1 domestic pints, $2 craft pints, $2 wines, $2.75 wells drinks Daily 4 pm-6 pm, 10 pm-2 am 20-ounce beers for price of 16-ouncers, $4 house wines Sat, Sun 8 am-12 pm $2 red beers, mimosas and Bloody Marys


1228 S. Grand Blvd., 315-5201 Tue-Sun 3 pm-5 pm 15% off all food and drinks


3023 E. 28th Ave., 535-2961 Mon-Thur 3 pm-6 pm, all day on Sunday Food and drink specials


2013 E. 29th Ave., 448-0887 Daily 4 pm-6 pm $3 mug of beer, $4 pints, half off wine; $5 flatbreads and other appetizers

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1004 S. Perry St., 315-9531 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm $1 off craft beers, wines and spirits; menu specials $2.50 select pints on Tuesdays after 6 pm


1235 S. Grand Blvd., 838-3000 Mon-Fri, Sat 3 pm-6 pm $2 beers, $5 house wine, $5 well drinks, $2 off spirits board


5620 S. Perry St., 448-2383 Daily 3 pm-6 pm $2 off cocktails, $1 off beer, $5 wine specials; small plate menu from $4 -$9 including sliders, pizzas, cheese du jour and more


2910 E. 57th Ave., 315-9466 Daily 2 pm-5 pm, Daily 8 pm-10 pm $3 well drinks, $1 off wines and craft pints; $0.75 wings, $6-$8.50 other appetizers


2808 E. 29th Ave., 536-4745 Mon-Thur 3 pm-5 pm $1 off beer, $2 off wine; Half-off appetizers


3011 S. Grand Blvd., 279-2671 Mon-Thur 3 pm-6 pm, 9 pm-11 pm; Fri-Sat 10 pm-12 am; Sun 11 am-11 pm $1 off glasses of beer, $1 off wine, $3 pitchers, $3 off bottles of wine; 25% off appetizers


5517 S. Regal St., 443-9123 Daily 10 am-6 pm $3 draft beer, $3 Columbia Crest wine, $3 Lauders Scotch, Wisers, Skyy, Seagrams gin, Bacardi; $2-$3 appetizers from 3 pm to 6 pm


107 W. Ninth Ave., 747-4425 Mon-Fri 5 pm-6 pm $2.25 Domestic pints

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909 S. Grand Blvd., 747-7737 Daily 3 pm-7 pm, 11 pm-2 am $1 off craft drafts, $1 off house wine, $1 off well drinks


611 E. 30th, 863-9196 Mon-Sat 2 pm-5 pm, all day on Sunday $1 off wells and all pints, $3 kill the keg pints, $5 wine glass specials, $1 off all other glass pours; food items from $1.50-$9


924 S. Perry St., 534-1647 Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun 5 pm-7 pm $3 pints, $5 wine Mon, Thur all day $3 pints

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The Cum Inn has been serving up cold ones in the Valley since the 1960s.


18221 E. Corbin Rd. | 924-6762


he sign gets all the attention. On any given day, just get over the name business. tourists and people who identify with middleThis building has stood since 1923, according to school humor stop in the Greenacres-area parkSpokane County property records, but co-owner Dennis ing lot to snap selfies with the red, white and blue sign. Bennett says it was the Cum Inn starting in the 1960s. But inside the Cum Inn, the regulars and employees call Moving through various names in the 2000s, Bennett it “cuminn” — one word with no space, like how you’d says the joint was always known by its original moniker ask someone standing at your doorstep to among the locals. In 2009, Bennett and his wife Happy Hour took over and reclaimed the name. enter your home. Daily, 4-7 pm Today, people are here for happy hour, “It’s just a hole-in-the-wall bar,” Bennett says. $2.50 PBR drafts, “This is a place where everyone feels welcome.” some right after work, others just sipping $1 off well drinks away at retirement. Although there are happy Currently, Weinstock’s whipping up a fresh hour specials, most take swigs out of their batch of $1.50 Jell-O shots, which she says is a hardfrosty Keystone Light tallboys. These, along hitting half-booze, half-gelatin recipe. On staff for with Busch, Busch Light and Natural Light cans, cost nearly three years, Weinstock is just one of the bartend$2.50 daily at the bar, and they’re the drink of choice in ers who keeps this place clean and comfortable. Plus, these parts. the beer here is the coldest in Spokane, she says. They “It used to be just farmers out here. No one thought keep the freezer at 33 degrees, and the beers go down icy of the term as bad,” says bartender Marlee Weinstock of smooth. the venue’s name. Don Lenhardt is here, drinking his one cold beer of She says the locals joke that the strip-mall spot next the day. door, Boomers Classic Rock Bar & Grill, should change “Don’t worry, I’ll be drinkin’ whiskey later at home,” its name to Pull Out. But Weinstock, who smiles easily in he says. her “Mullets Rock” T-shirt, says she thinks people should Lenhardt, an old Wisconsin man, has visited the

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Cum Inn since the ’80s, but became a regular about three years ago. He likes that everyone here knows each other, that it has that Cheers-like vibe. Four nights a week, there’s karaoke, which brings in its own type of regular crowds — “a nightclub atmosphere,” says Lenhardt of the Friday and Saturday night patrons. Happy hour is an older group of about a dozen, one that’s already seen a lot of life. On one side of the 3,000-square-foot bar, a group discusses the presidential election, using language straight out of an episode of HBO’s Deadwood. One loud man expresses his love for Condoleezza Rice, but in the next second labels George W. the worst president in history. “If I could vote, I’d put your name on the upcoming ballot,” his slightly tipsy friend tells him. “No, I’d write you in,” the loud man says. Lucky, as he’s known here, wearing blue jean pants, shirt and jacket, takes to the jukebox to offer some background noise. His taste is surprising, moving from the Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” to AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and beyond. “I like a song that gets people movin,’” he says. — LAURA JOHNSON

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Spokane - North, continued... THE ONION

7522 N. Division, 482-6100 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm $1 off pints, bottles and cans, daily drink specials, $5 Tito’s martinis; Half priced appetizers


1717 N. Monroe, 919-3788 Daily 4 pm-7 pm Drink specials vary by day, including $2.50 well drinks, $2 domestic drafts, $4 craft beers, $3.50 shots and more


101 E. Hastings Road, 413-1834 Mon-Fri 11 am-5 pm, 9 pm-12 am; Sat 11 am-3 pm, 9 pm-12 am; Sun 8 am-10 pm $1 off bottled beers, draft beers, well drinks and house wines


1914 N. Monroe, 474-9040 Daily 4 pm-7 pm $3.50 well drinks, $2 bottled beers, $6 selected appetizers


12611 N. Division St., 467-6177 Daily 3 pm-6 pm $5 house wine, Bloody Mary, house amber ale,

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margarita and Rum runner; $5 appetizer menu including sliders, fries, pizzas and more


118 W. Francis Ave., 464-3641 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm $3.50 Jack Daniels, $4.50 Crown Royal, $4 signature cocktails, $3 domestics, $3 Blue Moon, $4 house wine; $6 appetizers


12424 N. Division, 464-3644 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm, all day on Sunday $3.25 domestic pints, $3.50 craft pints, $5 house wine, $4.50 domestic mugs, $5 craft mugs, $5 house wine; $6 appetizers

THE STAR RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 1329 N. Hamilton St., 487-1530 Daily 3 pm-6 pm $0.50 off well drinks


1018 W. Francis Ave., 326-6794 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm, 9 pm-11 pm $0.75 off domestic pints and bottles, $1 off select craft beer and signature cocktails; $2 off appetizers

5406 N. Division St., 777-8424 Daily 3 pm-6 pm, Fri-Sat 9 pm-10 pm $3 house wine, $4 craft pints, $3 domestics, $5 select specialty drinks; $2-$7 select appetizers


6220 N. Division, 484-4500 Daily 4 pm-6 pm, 9 pm-11 pm $2 off classic martinis, $5 popular martinis, $5 crazy cocktails, $2.25 domestic bottles, $5 22oz. micro brews, $3.50 house wine, $1 off glasses of wine; Free pizza and half off select appetizers


6314 N. Ash St., 474-9331 Daily 4 pm-6 pm, all day on Sunday Daily food and drink specials


401 E. Farwell Rd., 465-8794 Daily 3 pm-6 pm, 9 pm-11 pm $6 lemon drop, martinis, margaritas, $4 Twigs Amber Ale, $3.50 Coors Light; $5-$7 appetizers including flatbreads, fries and tacos


1716 E. Sprague Ave., 535-4007 Mon-Fri, Sat 4 pm-6 pm


$1 off microbrews, $3 Fireball and select shots: $5 fried food $1 select beers on Wednesdays


913 E. Sharp Ave., 487-2937 Daily 3 pm-5 pm $5 draft beers and wine, $6 cocktails, $4 House-made specialties, and $7-$12 light fare menu items


1414 N. Hamilton St., 368-9087 Mon-Fri 4 pm-6 pm, 9 pm-close, all day Sunday $4 drafts, $1 off domestic bottles, $1 off well drinks, $1 off wine; 1/2 off pesto and cheese bread, chips and salsa, french fries


1212 N. Hamilton St., 473-9583 Mon-Fri 3 pm-6 pm $2 domestic beers, $3 Mexican beers, $5 margaritas, $6 flavored margaritas, $4 well drinks, $4 sangria; $6-$7.50 appetizers

THE ROCK BAR & LOUNGE 13921 E. Trent Ave., 443-3796 Mon-Fri 2 pm-6 pm $2 domestic pints


1305 N Hamilton St., 241-0208 Daily, open-close Daily drink specials

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The Checkerboard Bar first opened in 1933. Brandy Miller can now be found behind the bar. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

CHECKERBOARD BAR 1716 E. Sprague | 535-4007


isiting the Checkerboard Bar on a sunny and hot a biker playing pinball, a couple of chatting conspiracy Tuesday afternoon, there are a few indications of theorists sharing thoughts on NASA over a pint, and the place’s history. some construction workers just off work, stopping for a There’s the building, for one, a cool brick structure game of pool. on East Sprague that’s been home to a bar of one kind or Happy hour happens twice daily here, during a pretty another basically since Prohibition ended more than 80 typical 4 to 6 pm window, and again at midnight ’til years ago. The former Checkerboard Tavern closing time. If you’re lucky, you might Happy Hour has been open since 1933, and became the catch a band playing the stage tucked Checkerboard Bar just a couple of years ago, Mon-Tue and Thu-Fri, 4-6 pm in the window, and segue straight into $3 shots of Hot Donkey, Patron adding liquor to its existing beer lineup. late-night deals. Incendio, Sinfire and Fireball, $1 Inside, the long, wood-topped bar and Bartender Brandy Miller has been back-bar cupboards are the sort you only find off draft microbrews, $5 fried working at the Checkerboard for 18 food platter (jalapeño poppers, months, mostly during daylight hours. in old gems like this. The walls above the onion rings, fries) bar are dotted with some weathered adverPeople tend to focus on shots during Wed, $1 select beer all day tisements for Old Milwaukee and Molson. happy hour, she says, particularly Sinfire Hanging from a peg is a wooden mallet that and the “more syrup-y” Fireball. in the old days helped tap kegs; now it’s more of a jokey I opt for the $1-off-microbrews deal and enjoy a pale threat to anyone thinking about getting obnoxious. ale from nearby Bennedito’s Brewpub. Just a few doors That can happen at any bar, even one that has the down the block, it’s a good post-happy hour food option, everyman appeal of the Checkerboard, but all is mellow but you might just want to delve into the food at the and congenial this afternoon. The clientele today includes Checkerboard. The happy hour “Fried Food Platter”

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The Corner Club is beloved by longtime regulars and U of I students alike.



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he spot on the wall looks impossibly high. A tried it.” cement block painted black about 11½ feet from The beam isn’t there anymore — the bar was remodthe ground is all that’s left of the Corner Club’s eled when it had to be moved back from the road to favorite story about a would-be professional basketball make way for a rerouted Highway 95. The character of player showing off his vertical leap. the “old bar” is preserved even if the nail “There used to be a beam across the isn’t. Regulars stop in after work before the Happy Hour front of the bar,” says Mel Miller, a 30-year mass of college students show up for cheap Mon-Fri, 3-6 pm veteran of the Moscow establishment, telling 50¢ off all well drinks, drinks. They recount stories upon request, the story to a couple of first-time listeners. regular and premium cans, checking the facts against newspaper clipAs the story goes, Gus Johnson played pings and photos mounted on the walls. bottles, pints and tubs for the University of Idaho Vandals in 1963. Wednesday is peanut night Before it was the Corner Club, it was a He would later be selected in the second church, a convent, a brewery and a restauround of the NBA draft by the Baltimore rant, says owner Marc Trivelpiece. The pews Bullets. One night at the bar, the owner asked to see him stayed around for awhile — the Vandals football team jump. used to sit in them while their coach showed game film. Johnson touched a spot on the wall that would taunt The painted brick on the outside of the building was and challenge patrons for decades. The owner marked added after people made a fuss about the nail’s disappearthe spot with a nail. Not just a nail, Miller says. More like ance. Without it, it’s hard to really understand the height a spike. of this thing. For one, the ceiling is lower. But imagine “If you touch the nail, you get a free beer,” Miller two tall friends, one standing on the other’s shoulders. says. “Everybody tried it. For a free beer? Everybody Now imagine standing in front of them and jumping to

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give the second guy a high-five. “You had to go to the bar and go straight up and touch it,” Miller says. “There was no running start — none of that.” Nobody replicated the jump until 1986, when Joey Johnson (Seattle SuperSonics legend Dennis Johnson’s younger brother) stopped into the Corner Club with his College of Southern Idaho basketball teammates on their way to Coeur d’Alene. He hung on the nail on his third try. Listening to Miller tell the story, bartender Sarah Laurion — about to graduate from the University of Idaho — asks if you can still get a free drink if you touch the mark. “I’m sure Marc would give one to you,” Miller says. Now there’s actually an easier way to get free beer at the Corner Club. Members pay a fee for a few perks, including a regular drawing for all-day free drinks. With a handful of numbers called at a time, a member could get several free drinking days a year. — TARYN PHANEUF

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2010 N. Fourth St., 208-667-5300 Daily 3 pm-6 pm $3 wine, $3 beer bottles, $3 champagne, $4 drafts, $4 margaritas, $5 saki-tinis; $2-$7 appetizers


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210 E. Sherman Ave., 208-667-2782 Daily 3 pm-6 pm, 8 pm-10 pm $5 appetizers, $3 well drinks, $4 beers, $5 wine (In bar area only)


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MICKDUFF’S BREWING COMPANY 312 N. First Ave., 208-255-4351 Mon-Thur, Sun 3 pm-5:30 pm $1 off core beers; $6 appetizer menu


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200 E. Main St., 332-6566 Daily 4:30 pm-6 pm $0.50 off all drinks, $1 off pitchers; Half price appetizers if you buy a pitcher Daily 10:30 pm-2 am $2 PBR, $3 craft beers; Half-price select appetizers


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Spokane Craft Beer Week DAY BY DAY

If you give it some forethought, the second annual craft beer week can serve as a chance to get a crash course in the region’s beer scene. Here’s one highlight per day for Spokane Craft Beer Week. Although there’s no penalty for hitting up more than one brewery per day, of course. Monday, May 16, at 5 pm SCBW Kickoff Party Perry Street Brewing Get down to PSB for the opening ceremonies, if you will, of this celebration. You’ll find swag giveaways, drawings, and of course specialty beers. Tuesday, May 17, from 3 to 9 pm Volume Vertical and Barrel-Aged Rarities 12 String Brewing Head out to the Valley for a trio of 12 String’s anniversary beers from recent years, as well as some of their barrel-aged creations. Wednesday, May 18, from 4 to 7 pm SCBW Collaboration Festival No-Li Brewhouse One the highlights of Beer Week is the collaborative beers that come as a result of breweries teaming up. At this festival, you can try the 15 beers produced by teams of local brewers. Come back on Saturday for No-Li’s small-batch festival.

Inland Brewers Unite members Adam Boyd (left and bottom right) and James Patterson (top right). KRISTEN BLACK PHOTOS

Batch 100

A Spokane homebrew club contributes to the region’s craft beer boom — and Beer Week — from their basements and garages BY CHEY SCOTT


our first beer is rarely going to be good. Drinkable, sure, but not great. The guys of Inland Brewers Unite homebrew club can attest. “I don’t even know what mine was; it was a kit from Jim’s Home Brew. It didn’t say what it was on the bag, but it came out kind of amberish, so I was like, ‘It’s an amber!’” recalls club member Adam Boyd as he tends to the gravity-fed brew-

ing system set up in his backyard garage. Five fellow IBU members are gathered around, sipping on beers they’ve made and talking shop as Boyd brews his 100th batch since getting into the hobby four years ago. After today’s process, the saison-style beer should be ready to drink in about a month. “Mine was the Elysian clone,” IBU president Aaron ...continued on next page

Thursday, May 19, from 4 to 9 pm Barrel-Aged Beers Night Orlison Brewing Company The lager maker has been stretching its repertoire as of late; check out its barrel-aged creations at the downtown taproom. Friday, May 20, at 6 pm Kill the Firkin Black Label Brewing Black Label has a limited amount of their collaboration with Badass Backyard Brewing and Palouse Pint. Saturday, May 21, from 11 am to 3 pm Armed Forces Day Big Barn Brewing Wrap up Beer Week by heading out to Green Bluff and the pastoral setting of Big Barn Brewing, where members of the military get $3 pints and a free full growler. If you don’t want to make the drive, brother-sister restaurants Manito Tap House and The Blackbird have a Firestone Walker sour release and a Deschutes Brewery showcase, respectively. VISIT SPOKANECRAFTBEERWEEK.COM

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Fernald chimes in. “It probably didn’t taste like Elysian, but it was still a really good IPA. As soon as it was carbonated I was like, ‘Yes, I’m drinking it!’” “Mine ended up like champagne,” adds J.D. Scott. “It was super under-attenuated [beer-speak that means the sugars weren’t fully converted into alcohol during fermentation] when I put it in the bottle, so you’d pop it and pour it in a tall glass, and it would just shoot right up to the top.” Yet in the world of homebrewing, each new beer — whether a failure or success — is a valuable chance to learn, tweak, apply lessons and improve the next batch. “As an experienced brewer, you can go back and look at your process and identify what happened,” Boyd says. “As an inexperienced brewer, you’re like, ‘I did 18 things wrong, and it could have been any of those things!’” As attentive students of their craft, Boyd and the rest of the crew hanging out in his garage on this overcast, Saturday afternoon have stuck with it, sharing firsthand knowledge and ideas with each other to become quite the talented group of homebased brewmasters. Three of the brewers there — Boyd, T.J. Wallin and James Patterson — placed in the top three of about 20 entries at a peerjudged homebrew competition themed around session beers, hosted by IBU last month. The top two beers — Patterson’s firstplace session IPA and Wallin’s second-place coffee amber stout — will be featured this spring and fall, respectively, at Black Label Brewing Co. Boyd and Fernald also were recently chosen as two of the four finalists in another club event partnering with Orlison Brewing Co. A highlight of the second IBU + ORLISON annual Spokane “Beer of Summer” contest featured beers Craft Beer Week, • Dry-hopped (Citra hops) Pineapple Berliner IBU and Orlison’s Weisse: Adam Boyd Pro-Am “Beer of • Belgian Saison: Aaron Fernald Summer Show• Coffee Stout: Terry McMillan • IPA featuring Green Bullet hops: Brian Wagner down” event on Friday, May 20, lets the public vote for their favorite of four homebrewers’ beers featured at the downtown taproom. The “amateur” brewmaster whose beer wins will partner with Orlison’s “pros” to brew commercial batches for a featured tap handle, available at the tasting room from June through August. Both of these amateur/professional collaborations are new for IBU, now in its sixth year. “For us, this year, we feel like the prettiest girl at prom,” Boyd jokes. “Everyone wants to work with us and it just suddenly happened, which is really great because we feel like the club is getting some cool recognition from the pro brewers.” Of the more than 1.2 million homebrewers in the U.S. according to a 2013 survey by the American Homebrewers Association, more than 60 percent have taken up the hobby in the past 10 years. Similarly, the total number of U.S. breweries (craft, microbrewery and commercial operations) has increased by more than 73 percent over the past five years. As of last fall, the number of breweries in America broke a historic record — surpassing 4,000 operations — reports the nonprofit industry trade group the Brewers Association. If not for Inland Brewers Unite, casual homebrewers like Scott, who’s dabbled in beermaking for the past decade to carry on the legacy of his grandfather, surely wouldn’t be as active in the craft. “I’ve brewed more in the past 6 to 8 months than in the past 10 years,” he notes. “We get lots of amazing feedback, and there’s the competitions on top of that. Everyone is really encouraging to each other to get involved.” n Craft Beer Week: “Beer of Summer” Contest feat. IBU Homebrew Club • Fri, May 20, from 4-9 pm • Orlison Brewing Co. • 1017 W. First • spokanecraftbeerweek.com


Old Spot, New Vibe 1898 Public House opens the former Spokane Country Club to all comers BY DAN NAILEN


The Ultimate Reuben is one of the pub-style sandwiches available at 1898

hen the Kalispel Tribe bought the former Spokane Country Club, they tapped Executive Chef Tyler Schwenk to come up with a menu that would appeal to the public long left out of the historically private dining room. “They were going after the gastropub theme,” Schwenk says, “something family-friendly, a fun place to come four or five times a month, not just on rare occasions.” Given Schwenk’s background as former chef de cuisine at Beverly’s at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, the chance of 1898 Public House being just another boring gastropub was pretty low. And the menu he came up with for the completely remodeled space overlooking towering pines and the golf course reflects his fine-dining bona fides, as well as the Northwest’s love of a good pub. Sure, you can grab a burger or fish and chips and

a beer while you watch one of the TVs in the bar area or sit on the patio, but the burger ($16) is served with house-cured bacon and Cougar Gold white cheddar, and the fish ($15 for two pieces) is fresh cod accompanied by crispy coleslaw and housemade cocktail sauce. And the drinks? There are 16 regional craft beers on tap (ranging from $5.50 to $8), along with an array of top-shelf liquor and craft cocktails. In creating the menu, Schwenk says, “I thought of things I loved when I was younger. Like, everyone loves mac and cheese, but how can I take it to the next level?” The answer: make it lobster mac and cheese ($22), with some savory seafood mingling in the fusilli pasta. The Lollipop Lamb Chops (two for $15), fried bologna sandwich ($13) and adult grilled cheese and sun-dried tomato soup ($14) all offer upscale takes on youthful favorites.

On a recent visit, I dove into a lobster corn dog ($3) from the “Shareable” menu of small plates that also includes frog legs ($6) and foie gras French toast ($18), and I could see eating several more than the one I ordered. The black garlic roasted Brussels sprouts ($10) were excellent, delivering a nice crunch and deep garlic flavor. Paired with an Ultimate Reuben ($15) and one of their signature cocktails, the 1898 Whiskey Smash (Knob Creek bourbon, fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, simple syrup, lemon and mint; $8), I was feeling both casual and classy — a nice combo when you can find it. And you can find it here. n dann@inlander.com 1898 Public House • 2010 W. Waikiki • Open SunThu, 4-10 pm; Fri-Sat, 4-11 pm; brunch Sat-Sun, 8 am-4 pm • 466-9813 • kalispelgolf.com/dining


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Films like Pitch Perfect 2 (left) feature strong female characters while others, including Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (right), use women as merely decorative objects.

Where Are the Women? A critic’s year-long deep dive into the way movies portray half of humanity BY MARYANN JOHANSON


saintly wife who stands by her screw-up of a husband. A girlfriend kidnapped in order to spur her boyfriend into rescuing her. A gorgeous dream girl who motivates an ordinary schmoe into climbing a mountain, making art or saving the world. Movies — from mainstream blockbusters to arty indies to foreignlanguage imports — are dominated by stories about men, perhaps supported by female-shaped cardboard cutouts at their side. As a lifelong movie lover and woman, I’ve had it with this state of affairs. I wanted a way to quantify the problem that improved on the useful but limited “Bechdel Test”: Does a movie include at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man? So I developed a deeper way to examine the depiction of women onscreen with my Where Are the Women? test. WATW asks big-picture questions, such as “Is there a female protagonist?” but also more granular ones, such as “Is there a scene set in a strip club for no good reason?” The criteria were designed to sniff out whether the women in any given film are shown to be flawed, complex human beings with full lives and desires of their own, or whether they exist only in terms of what they can do for men. (All WATW rating criteria and data can be found at FlickFilosopher.com) From January 2015 through April 2016, I applied these criteria to 295 films released in the U.S., Canada and the UK. WATW scores ranged from a high of +50

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for The Divergent Series: Insurgent (a well-rounded female protagonist; numerous female supporting characters in positions of authority) to a low of -120 for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (women regularly used as decorative objects; sexualized abuse of women played for comedic effect). Then, I looked more closely at every one of the 153 movies released widely in the U.S. between Dec. 25, 2014 and Dec. 18, 2015. Of those, only 22 percent had a female protagonist, or a predominantly female ensemble (e.g. Pitch Perfect 2). A further 15 percent had female and male co-protagonists, or an ensemble that was reasonably gender-mixed. That left 63 percent of films entirely focused on men. Now, a movie with a male protagonist can still represent women well, and similarly, a movie with a female protagonist can still depict women poorly, if it reduces them to stereotypes. But the median WATW score of these 153 movies was -13, meaning that mainstream movies are, overall, not very good at treating women like people. Only 31 percent of those 153 films earned a positive WATW score. Now, invariably the first response that comes when the poor showing of women on-screen is mentioned is: “But Hollywood is a business! There’d be more movies about women if they made money!” But Where Are the Women? has proven that this nebulous notion — movies about women are risky financial prospects — is not the case at all.

CinemaScores are generated via polls of U.S. multiplex audiences on opening night for new films in wide release; scores can range from A+ to F, but most scores fall in the A-to-C range. Comparing CinemaScores to WATW scores shows that mainstream moviegoers are just as likely to give a high rating to movies about women as they are to movies about men. Audiences are not turned off by women’s stories — which contradicts the typical Hollywood “argument” that audiences do not respond to women’s stories. We find much the same result when we compare global box-office results to WATW scores: Filmgoers are just as happy to pay for a movie that treats women well as they are to pay for one that ignores women or treats women badly. Profitability is the factor that Hollywood-as-a-business supposedly cares about most, and it’s the one with the strongest argument for making more movies about women. Movies about women have a median budget almost 24 percent less than the median budget of movies with male protagonists. Yet movies that represent women well are just as likely to turn a profit as movies that don’t. Since movies about women cost less to produce and are just as likely to be profitable, movies about women are actually less risky, as business propositions, than movies about men. So, seriously, where are the women? If Hollywood really were primarily concerned with making money, we would have a movie environment overflowing with movies about women. We would be hearing men complain that they cannot find a movie that features people who look like them, and who share their concerns, worries and fantasies. And yet we see the exact opposite. Why? As the famous detective Ms. Shirley Holmes once said, when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable — Hollywood? Sexist? Never! — must be the truth. n


The Darkness


Kosher baker Nat Dayan, a widower, is struggling to keep his family business afloat as a chain grocery store moves into the neighborhood. He hires Ayyash, a refugee from Darfur who takes an apprenticeship with Nat as a cover for his real job — dealing marijuana for a dangerous small-time criminal as a way to help his mother pay the rent. Avyash is Muslim, and that causes some sideways looks in the neighborhood, but when Avyash begins putting weed in the baked goods, nobody cares enough to stop buying. At Magic Lantern (DN) Not Rated


Jodie Foster directs this suspense flick that has George Clooney as the host of a financial TV show (think Jim Cramer)

who is taken hostage live on television by a viewer who lost all his money by following bad advice from the show. Eventually, the host and his captor begin asking questions about the bad investment and soon a conspiracy in the financial world becomes apparent. (MB) Rated R


Taking your family to the Grand Canyon is a beloved and perfectly wholesome American pastime, right? Well, not if one of your kids becomes possessed by some sort of ancient ghost and mysterious black handprints begin appearing all over your walls once you return home. That’s the premise here in this Kevin Bacon-anchored horror flick. (MB) Rated PG-13


Tom Hanks ends up in the desert in his latest movie as Alan Clay, a divorced, downtrodden businessman with a poor relationship with his daughter. He travels to Saudi Arabia hoping to regain himself by selling a holographic telecommunication system to King Abdullah. Meanwhile, he meets a lovely Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury) and humorous taxi driver (Alexander Black) who help him and who, soon enough, give his trip a new meaning. (CS) Rated R


Rich and queen-like Michelle Darnell (Melissa McCarthy) is used to asserting her power until she goes to federal prison for insider trading. After she serves her time, things are different: She is broke, homeless and alone. Her old assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) is the only person willing to re-engage and offers her a place to stay. Soon the exmogul creates a business model for a

Brownie empire that will return her to former glory, though along the way, former adversaries stand as obstacles. (CS) Rated R


Meanwhile in the Marvel Universe… a disagreement between superheroes — Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) take opposing sides when the United Nations demands authority over superhero actions. Aside from a lackluster score and unnecessary visual distractions, Civil War makes for a magnificent fireworks display to kick off the first week of summer blockbuster season at the multiplex. (PC) Rated PG-13


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NOW PLAYING House received a handwritten request from Elvis (Michael Shannon) to meet with President Nixon (Kevin Spacey), resulting in a photo of the two which is now one of the most requested prints in the National Archives. (MM) Rated R



This documentary takes us inside the Met’s annual fashion event, which takes place each May and is considered by many to be one of the world’s premiere fashion shows. It’s directed by Andrew Rossi, known for his work on Page One: Inside the New York Times and Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop. At Magic Lantern (MB)


A Washington, D.C.-based punk quartet called The Ain’t Rights play an impromptu show at a rural skinhead bar in the Pacific Northwest after their original gig has fallen through. But, not content to take their money and get out of Dodge, they decide to make fun of Nazis from the stage. After they see a dead guy backstage, the band is locked up and spends the rest of the film trying to escape a murderous Patrick Stewart. (MB) Rated R


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Doris Miller (Sally Field) is a nevermarried 60-something woman whose life for years has consisted of nothing more than taking care of her elderly mother in their Staten Island home and doing data entry in the same Manhattan office. Then Doris’ mother dies, leaving her alone and adrift. At around the same time, her company hires new art director (New Girl’s Max Greenfield), inspiring an infatuation that completely takes over Doris’ thoughts. (SR) Rated R


This is mostly the tale of the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and mostly it takes place after the events of Snow White... and even ultimately negates much of what we learned in that film, which will surely piss off whatever true fans the first movie has. (MJ) Rated PG-13





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As British Intelligence forces gain eyes on a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya, Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) and Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) face complications as they command a United States operated drone to launch a missile to assassinate the terrorist group. The allied forces are faced with a decision to strike the group, which would include killing a civilian girl, or face the consequences of continued international terror. (MM) Rated R


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Jon Favreau takes a break from making the Iron Man franchise to craft this live-action adaptation of the Disney classic. There’s some genuine action to be found as Mogwai tries to escape danger, as well as a few laughs with the Bill Murray-voiced Baloo the bear, but overall it’s Disney forcing a kid-friendly feel on a genuinely engaging film. (MB) Rated PG


Rell (Jordan Peele) adopts a stray kitten named Keanu to help get over a breakup, and when a thief steals the little furball, Rell recruits his nerdy cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to help take down the gangster (Method Man) holding Keanu hostage. Stunts, gunplay and laughs ensue in this throwback to action-based buddy-flick comedies like 48 Hrs. as Key and Peele try to recapture the comic magic of their TV shows. (DN) Rated R


Based on the true story of eccentric Miss Shepherd (played by beloved British actress Maggie Smith) in Alan Bennett’s story, a temporary visit turns into 15 years when she first parks her van in Bennett’s London driveway. At first he hesitantly allows this as a favor, but soon a relationship is cultivated that permeates and changes both of their lives. At Magic Lantern (CS) Rated PG13


A young boy Alton has been secretly whisked away by his father. Soon, we find that the boy — who wears swimming goggles at all times — is possessed with other-worldly powers and is being sought by both federal agents believing him to be a dangerous weapon and a cult, which thinks he’s a prophet. Director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) experiments with the sci-fi realm while continuing to explore family dynamics. (MB) Rated PG-13


In a film starring Don Cheadle and directed by Don Cheadle, infamous professional trumpeter Miles Davis and Rolling Stone journalist Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) search through every nook and cranny of Manhattan to recover Davis’ new session tapes from



music producers. At Magic Lantern (MM) Rated R


Much like Garry Marshall’s previous holiday movie, Valentine’s Day, he’s at it again, intertwining the stories of multiple characters just in time for the annual day dedicated to the women who raise us. Television show host Miranda (Julia Roberts), love-seeking divorcee Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) and Jesse (Kate Hudson), a woman rekindling her long-lost relationship with her mother, come together for three generations of emotion and celebration in the days leading up to Mother’s Day. (MM) Rated PG-13


Ratchet is an impulsive lombax — a rare, though fictionalized species — who grew up alone. And Clank is a small, intelligent robot. Both come across a powerful weapon that can blow whole planets to smithereens. And an evil alien called Chairman Drek wants to use this weapon to wield power. To combat this, along with the benevolent Galactic Rangers, Ratchet and Clank attempt to stop Chairman Drek. (CS) Rated PG


Conor, a 15-year-old boy in Dublin, is taken out of his private Jesuit school and sent to a lesser one where he’s subjected to the indignities of bullies and petty-minded priests. After Conor tells an attractive, much-cooler girl that he needs a model for his band’s music video, he actually has to go form a band, which is the driving force behind this coming-of-age film. (MB) Rated PG-13


Judy Hopps, the first female rabbit on the big city police force, must work with a con artist fox to solve a disappearance case that no one else will take. The film is Disney’s 55th full-length feature, and it delicately explores the issues of race and discrimination in a way that’s entertaining (for kids and adults alike) and never preachy. Actors lending their voice talents include Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Jenny Slate, Kristen Bell, Shakira and even Tommy Chong. (LJ) Rated PG 



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American Music Violent Femmes co-founder Brian Ritchie opens up about still selling out shows after all these years, new material and that famous lawsuit BY LAURA JOHNSON


ome bands are late bloomers. And in 1980, when the Milwaukee three-piece Violent Femmes first formed, not everyone was ready for their doo-wop/ folk-infused rock. It wasn’t until eight years after their 1983 self-titled debut was released that the record finally went platinum. Through the past 36 years, there have been breakups — including in 2009, after bassist Brian Ritchie sued frontman Gordon Gano after he sold the advertising rights for their big hit “Blister in the Sun” to Wendy’s — a rotating roster of drummers, a new generation of angsty fans and a whole lot of touring, including a mostly sold-out run this year. This week the band rolls through the Knitting Factory, touting their March release We Can Do Anything, their first album in 16 years. Spokane is a special place for the band, as Gano’s parents lived in Spokane Valley for many years and Ritchie has a place in Washington state, although he spends most of his time in Australia. Ritchie was kind enough to answer our questions via email. Here’s what he had to say.

the country (including Spokane), after so many years. What is that like, having people show up and care? RITCHIE: We used to be able to throw darts at a map of the USA and route the tour that way, and expect every show to be sold out. Then we had a strategy of doing only protected gigs, such as festivals or other soft ticket events. Now we’re back to the clubs and theatres and selling out everything. We just finished up a 16date Australian tour that was totally sold out. I don’t know what we can attribute this to, unless it’s a sense of renewed vitality and a couple of good record releases in the last year. However, we can’t be complacent, we have to cultivate our credibility if we can hope for this renaissance to continue. It feels great, and it’s always satisfying to see young new faces, who are likely seeing the band for the first time.

INLANDER: You keep selling out your shows all over

Part of your band’s legend is that you were discovered

Where are you right now? I just woke up in Las Vegas after arriving here on the bus at 4:30 am last night. Thinking about doing yoga and practicing some shakuhachi [a Japanese flute].

outside a Pretenders show and you were invited by Chrissie Hynde to go out and open for them. Is this all true? It was summer in Milwaukee, so rather than rehearse indoors we would habitually go out on the street to play. We were playing outside a theater where Pretenders were playing and James Honeyman-Scott was watching us. We didn’t recognize him. He went in and brought out the rest of the band. After a few songs Chrissie invited us to open the show that night. About 90 percent of the audience was booing us but by the end it was only 50 percent. Thousands of people have told us they were at that show. We ask if they were the ones booing. It didn’t lead to anything, but the Pretenders’ confidence in our music boosted our self-esteem. Do you ever miss those early and wild days? Gordon and I are not nostalgic by nature. We like what we are doing now better than trying to relive the past. But looking back, the very early days before we joined the real music industry are still my favorite. It was great wandering up and down the street playing for people, house parties and guerrilla shows. Mind you, we did all that because we couldn’t get conventional gigs. Club owners thought we were very weird. In 1981 most people did not even think what we were doing was rock music. We would sit in a circle and split the money up after each adventure and we were able to live totally outside conventional structures. That changed when we signed ...continued on next page

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

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“AMERICAN MUSIC,” CONTINUED... a record deal and started touring. The ’80s at the time appeared restrictive to us, but in retrospect there was still a lot of freedom there, which seems to have dissipated now. It’s not fashionable to be a starving artist any more. For one thing, everyone needs to own a computer. We couldn’t have afforded computers in those days. No designer jeans either! First album in 16 years? Whoa. What was the writing process like for this? The songs are a combination of newly written material and some stuff lingering from upwards of 20-25 years ago. In fact, all of our albums are like that. We have never done an album of all new songs. How did you move on from the whole lawsuit stuff? Well, Velvet Underground, Talking Heads and the Beatles have all done it, so we’re in good company. Difference is we were able to put it behind us. A lot of people have expressed respect for us that we were willing to sort that out. Are the Horns of Dilemma going to be on hand for the new show? What else can we expect from the set? Besides [drummer John] Sparrow, we have Blaise Garza on sax, who has been with us since age 14. He was a secondary player for a number of years, but with the passing of the great Steve Mackay (who also played for the Stooges) he has graduated to the main sax role. We think this particular lineup of Violent Femmes and the Horns of Dilemma is the best lineup yet. Lean and mean.  Violent Femmes with Phoebe Bridgers • Tue, May 17, at 8 pm • Sold out • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • sp.knittingfactory.com • 244-3279


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Some see Turkuaz as a jam band, but they’re mighty funky, too.

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urkuaz didn’t always play such long songs on stage. In its early days — not long ago, 2008 to 2011-ish — the Brooklyn-based nine-piece generally played 25 tunes in a night, three to four minutes each. This was lean, efficient funk rooted in the tightly wound traditions of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone. Then in 2012, Turkuaz hit the road in earnest. The band began to evolve, often out of necessity. “We’d show up at dive bars and they’d say, ‘Hey, you all need to play for four hours.’ So we’d be like, ‘Uh, we should add some other solos to this song. Extend this section. Put a bass solo there,’” says band leader Dave Brandwein in an interview from Colorado. “Luckily, we have a lot of really great instrumentalists, so it came naturally to kinda open things up and extend them and jam a little bit more.” Indeed, seven out of the nine members of Turkuaz attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Brandwein founded the band with bassist Taylor Shell. (Brandwein also met his wife, Spokane native Dani Barbieri, in Boston. She oversees all of the band’s visual elements, such as photos, wardrobe and merch.) For those unfamiliar with Berklee, that means these folks can play. Which is, no doubt, one reason Turkuaz plays jam-friendly festivals and does well with the country’s legion of jam-band fans, who love displays of instrumental virtuosity only slightly less than noodle-dancing. But that’s live. On its most recent full-length

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album, Digitonium, Turkuaz is a buzzy, synthsoaked, ’80s-influenced funk monster. The idea going in, Brandwein says, was to explore a wing of the band’s influences it hadn’t really explored before. “Back in the early days when we started playing, that wasn’t the era of funk that we ever listened to,” he says. “This was everything from Talking Heads, Genesis and Peter Gabriel to Zapp & Roger, Morris Day and The Time, Prince, stuff like that … but with a pretty hi-fi, modern digital sound.” Brandwein and Shell stumbled into what’s now their career almost by accident. As friends at Berklee, the two dabbled in a number of different projects, bouncing from genre to genre. When it came time to try their hands at disco and funk, they made a demo, which found its way into a school-sponsored contest. They won, which meant they had to play a showcase. And that meant putting together a band. Five of the nine people who’ll play with Turkuaz in Spokane also played in that showcase way back in 2008, Brandwein says. They knew even then that they had something. “It really caught on, and we decided we wanted to stick with it after school,” he says. “We were like, ‘Man, I think this has potential. I think people dig this.’” n Turkuaz with Tone Collaborative • Fri, May 13, at 8:30 pm • $15-$50 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • sp.knittingfactory. com • 244-3279



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ith his recent Visions of Us on the Land, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Damien Jurado completed a loose trilogy of records, which includes 2012’s Maraqopa and 2014’s Brothers and Sisters Of The Eternal Son. Throughout the series, Jurado plays a character who goes on a journey of selfexamination — one that doesn’t always make sense. But fans of Jurado are willing to go along with him. “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,” he told the Inlander in a 2014 interview. And for his upcoming Bartlett show this Friday, Jurado will play whatever he wants. It’s going to be him with his guitar, baring a part of his soul that we may not even understand. — LAURA JOHNSON Damien Jurado with Ben Abraham • Fri, May 13, at 8 pm • $15 • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174


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non-metal fan might give a listen to Euth’s release Demo 2015 and ask, “What are they screaming about?” To which I would answer, “Have you ever been to Laramie, Wyoming?” I kid, I kid. But there’s no question that smaller, remote towns where winter stretches on for months are often founts of extreme sounds — which is why Scandinavia and metal go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Not to say that Laramie is the next Sweden, but Euth delivers a Goth-inspired, chaotic ruckus that comes through loud and clear on songs like “Mercy Killing” and “A Knife Revealed.” Pack your earplugs and get ready for some elbows thrown in the pit as the Wyoming act headlines a four-band bill. — DAN NAILEN Euth with Iwakura, East Sherman and Déformer • Wed, May 18, at 8:30 pm • free • All-ages • Baby Bar • 827 W. First • 847-1234

BEvErly’S, Robert Vaughn ThE BIg DIppEr, Spring Fling 80’s Rock feat. GS3 BlAck DIAMonD, DJ Major One Bolo’S, Chris Rieser and the Nerve BooMErS clASSIc rock BAr & grIll, Rampage J BucEr’S coFFEEhouSE puB, Original Dirt J cAlypSoS coFFEE & crEAMEry, Julie Young coEur D’AlEnE cASIno, Cris Lucas, The Cronkites curlEy’S, Nightshift FIzzIE MullIgAnS, Whiskey Rebellion FrEDnEck’S (291-3880), Ken Davis and In Transit, Joe Marchese Iron horSE BAr, JamShack JAcklIn ArTS & culTurAl cEnTEr (208-457-8950), Billy Bozly ThE JAckSon ST., The Kenny James Miller Band

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BABy BAr, Sun-Shine, Big Trughk, Sumerians BArloWS AT lIBErTy lAkE, Jan Harrison, Doug Folkins, Danny McCollim J ThE BArTlETT, Anna Tivel, Little Wolf BEvErly’S, Robert Vaughn

J ThE BIg DIppEr, The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Disentomb, Cold Blooded J BIng croSBy ThEATEr, Spokane Jazz Orchestra feat. Greta Matassa BlAck DIAMonD, DJ Major One Bolo’S, Chris Rieser and the Nerve BooMErS clASSIc rock BAr & grIll, Rampage J BucEr’S coFFEEhouSE puB, Samuel Dickison J cAlypSoS coFFEE & crEAMEry, Bryson Foster coEur D’AlEnE cASIno, Cris Lucas, The Cronkites curlEy’S, Nightshift DI lunA’S cAFE, John Craigie Concert EMErgE cDA, Gem Starks FEDorA puB & grIllE, Donnie Emerson & Nancy Sophia FIzzIE MullIgAnS, Whiskey Rebellion gArlAnD puB & grIll (326-7777),

YESTERDAYSCAKE J THE GATHERING HOUSE (7472818), BE Open Mic Night IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-5977096), John Firshi IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack THE JACKSON ST., Bakin Phat, Steve Livingston, Zaq Flanary and DJ Dave JOHN’S ALLEY, Bowen, Hagen, Jarocki, & Ward LA ROSA CLUB, Open Jam J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Daniel Mills THE LARIAT INN, Honkey Tonk a Go-Go LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Kari Marguerite LOST BOYS’ GARAGE (443-5023), Maxie Ray Mills MAX AT MIRABEAU, Mojo Box MOOSE LOUNGE, Karma’s Circle J MOOTSY’S, Lucky Boys, You Don’t Know Me, Super Secret Hot Girls Club MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Robby French NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, DJ Ramsin J THE RESERVE, Songbird Sounds with Tonya Ballman, Drew Blincow


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and Apen Deck, Kathleen Murray, Karrie O’Neill THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler J THE SHOP, Ron Criscione J THE PIN!, Flannel Fox Records Up and Rising Festival, LATE SHOW Certified Outfit THE ROADHOUSE, Steve Starkey THE VIKING BAR & GRILL, The Bucket List J WASHINGTON CRACKER CO. BUILDING, Unifest feat. Adventure, DJ Locke, Tech Tax ZOLA, Hot Club ZYTHUM BREWING COMPANY () 9986263), Random Generation

Sunday, 05/15

ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Nu Jack CIty J THE BARTLETT, Lily & Madeleine, Shannon Hayden J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Jazz Jam Session COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Kosh DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church DI LUNA’S CAFE, John Craigie Concert J EMERGE, Jam Night at Emerge THE JACKSON ST., Zaq Flanary acoustic THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Crow and the Canyon LINGER LONGER LOUNGE (208-6232211), Open jam NEWMAN LAKE GRANGE, Country Jammers

PRICHARD TAVERN (208-682-2944), One Mountain Opry, Bluegrass and More, the Group J THE PIN!, Eazz Music and Social Siucide, Kosh, Willie B, Kosmos, Destiny L3, Brotha Nature and more ZOLA, Anthony Hall and Nate Stratte

Monday, 05/16

J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills J KNITTING FACTORY, Leon Russell LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Monday Night Spotlight feat. Carey Brazil RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with MJ The In-Human Beatbox ZOLA, Fus Bol

Tuesday, 05/17

THE BOILER ROOM (863-9213), Nick Grow THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness J KNITTING FACTORY, Violent Femmes (See story on page 55), Phoebe Bridgers [Sold-out] LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tuesday MIK’S, DJ Brentano J MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP, Lynnsean Young SWAXX, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx ZOLA, The Bucket List

Wednesday, 05/18 J BABY BAR, Euth (See story on facing page), Iwakura, East Sherman, Déformer EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD & ALES (368-9087), Open Mic with T & T THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave JOHN’S ALLEY, Paa Kow THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, DJ Lydell LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 RED ROOM LOUNGE, Hip Hop Is A Culture THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Jam with Steve Ridler SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Open mic THE PIN!, DJ Freaky Fred THE ROADHOUSE, Open mic with Vern Vogel and the Volcanoes ZOLA, The Bossame

Coming Up ...

THE BIG DIPPER, Anarchy in the Music Scene feat. Elephant Gun Riot, Punks in Drublic, Unconfined, 37 Street Signs, Deschamp, Jon Glover, May 20 THE BARTLETT, James McCartney, Jan Francisco, May 20 THE BARTLETT, Ruth Moody (of the Wailin’ Jennys), Jenny Anne Mannan, May 22 THE PIN!, Anvil, Unleash the Archers, Graveshadow, May 26 GORGE AMPHITHEATER, Sasquatch! Music Festival feat. Florence and the Machine, the Cure, Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, May 27-30


MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BIG BARN BREWING • 16004 N. Applewood Ln, Mead • 238-2489 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 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 COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CALYPSOS • 116 E Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208665-0591 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • (208) 773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S • 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 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 HANDLEBARS • 12005 E. Trent, Spokane Valley • 309-3715 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 THE JACKSON ST. • 2436 N. Astor • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208-8837662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 2013 E. 29th • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 THE LARIAT • 11820 N Market St, Mead • 4669918 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MIK’S • 406 N 4th, CdA • 208-666-0450 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MULLIGAN’S • 506 Appleway Ave., CdA • (208) 765-3200 x310 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR• 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE OBSERVATORY• 15 S Howard • 598-8933 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 THE PALOMINO • 6425 N Lidgerwood St • 242-8907 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PIN! • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 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 THE RESERVE • 120 N. Wall • 598-8783 THE RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside . • 822-7938 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SWAXX • 23 E. Lincoln Rd. • 703-7474 TAMARACK • 912 W Sprague • 315-4846 TIMBER GASTRO PUB •1610 E Schneidmiller, Post Falls • 208-262-9593 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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You can keep your rabbit in a hat or your sawed-up assistant, I’ll take the magical stylings of Penn & Teller, the intensely creative duo who seem to take as much pleasure from generating laughs as they do “oohs” and “aahs” for their feats of visual trickery. Together for nearly 40 years, the tall, loquacious Penn and short, silent Teller enjoy a long-running Las Vegas residency in between making TV shows (their Showtime series, BS!, was nominated for 13 Emmys), writing books, creating films (see their documentary Tim’s Vermeer, seriously), and still occasionally get out on the road, like this show in Spokane. — DAN NAILEN Penn & Teller • Fri, May 13, at 7:30 pm • $65/$75/$95 • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • northernquest.com • 242-7000

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Music Heals: Spring Celebration • Fri, May 13, at 6 pm • Free • Antoine Andrews Memorial Hall at Spokane Tribal Pow-Wow grounds, Wellpinit • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200

Art on Garland • Sat, May 14, at 3 pm • Free • Garland Business District, Spokane • garlanddistrict.com

The Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Tribe of Indians team up this Friday to celebrate spring with a high-energy performance. The free event combines classical music with traditional tribal drumming and dancing, as well as a play performed in Salish by tribal students. Expect springtime-themed selections from composers including Vivaldi, Beethoven, Rossini and Tchaikovsky, with a large cultural exchange of dance and music at the end of the evening. This is part of the orchestra’s music education program, Music Heals, specifically designed for kids on the Spokane Indian Reservation. — LAURA JOHNSON

The quarterly event in the Northside’s quaint Garland Business District celebrates the arts and raises money for a good cause. Between stops at local businesses along the historic street to enjoy live music, food, drinks, and shopping, visitors can bid on artistdecorated satellite dishes as part of the second annual “Dishin’ for Dollars” fundraiser, which goes to fund improvements to the business district. This event happens on a Saturday, so make an afternoon/evening of it — there’s plenty of live entertainment and art in this neighborhood to fill your senses for hours. A new local fine art gallery — Little Dog Art Gallery — is also set to open its doors the same day. — CHEY SCOTT

Eastern Washington University’s College of Arts, Letters & Education Presents

Free Meditation lecture series


Professional wrestling has a way of coming in and out of the mainstream, and right now, it seems like the faux punches and ringside drama of the WWE is in. Not only it is popular, it’s also coming to Spokane on Friday night. The travelling NXT Live series lands at the arena with Asuka, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin and others set to body-slam each other for your personal enjoyment. The NXT is a development division of the WWE, which should suit us well, considering Spokane loves minor league sports, be they indoor football or the art of jumping from the top rope. — MIKE BOOKEY WWE NXT Live • Fri, May 13, at 7:30 pm • $20-$75 • Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena • 720 W. Mallon • spokanearena.com

May 16 Life, Death and beyond – Meditation May 23 Self-Love and Cultivation of Compassion – Meditation Time: 5 – 6 pm Location: Spark Center,1214 W Summit Pkwy, Spokane

With Venerable Prof. Geshe-La Thupten Phelgye

Global Scholar and Mentor in Residence Eastern Washington University


For the Lake City’s monthly community ArtWalk and celebration, held every second Friday of the month, attendees of the May event are in for a special treat as students from the Sorensen Elementary Magnet School take to the streets to dance their way through downtown. Several hundred students will gather outside the Art Spirit Gallery, which debuts a show of art by local sculpture duo Allen and Mary Dee Dodge, to dance and show off other talents, including singing, juggling, playing musical instruments and even their prowess in a game of chess. After you watch, stroll down Sherman Avenue for an immersion in local art and culture at other ArtWalk venues. — CHEY SCOTT


Coeur d’Alene ArtWalk • Fri, May 13, from 4:30-8 pm • Sherman Avenue, downtown CdA • artsincda.org • 208-292-1629



HOOKED ON CONSERVATION WITH A SPLASH Inland Northwest Land Conservancy celebrates 25 years of preservation and conservation with a benefit event, featuring author Paul Quinnett, who shares humorous stories from his new book “The Search for Elusive Trout – True Tales & Cocktails.” May 13, 6-9 pm. $75. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. inlandnwland.org BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN POKER RIDE Benefiting the Back Country Horsemen’s mission to maintain and protect horse use on public lands. Top hand wins $150. In Fish Trap, near Sprague, Wash. May 14, 9 am-noon. $15-$30. (599-9605)

DELTA GAMMA RUMMAGE SALE Hosted by Spokane Alumnae Chapter of the national women’s fraternity, collecting donated eyeglasses for the Lions Club, with proceeds from the rummage sale benefiting Lilac Services for the Blind. May 14, 8 am-2 pm. Cataldo Catholic School, 455 W. 18th Ave. cataldo.org (624-8759) HAYDEN MEADOWS GREENHOUSE SALE The self-sustaining project allows CdA elementary students have the opportunity to work in the greenhouse throughout the year. In spring, students see their hard work come to fruition, taking an active role in the annual plant sale under the supervision of the teachers and staff. May 14, 9 am-1 pm. At 900 E. Haden Ave. cdaschools.org (208-660-6707)

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I SAW YOU GORGEOUS BLUE EYES I see you sitting at your desk every day and your beauty is simply amazing. Every day your smile makes my day, but especially when it seems like it is just for me. I can easily get lost in those blue eyes of yours. If you are up for a bike ride, run or walk I'd love to steal some of your time. Some times it is difficult to get attention, but maybe one day... LOOKING So my best friend just got a GF and I don't have anyone to play with. Go to movies, dinner, enjoy some new craft beers, etc. anyone want to come play? I'm 50 and have a great love of life and adventure! I love the outdoors, and... looking for a GF! I love the Inlander, for all its cool ideas of what to do on the weekends, etc!! So... I haven't "Saw" you yet, but... cute, single, adventurous, fun... let's meet!! Drinks, coffee, some new beers, etc.! DEAR DAVID Could we fall in love tonight? @ DEMOCRACY NOW Gentleman selling tickets — I hope someone tells you everyday just how handsome you are! If not, maybe a motorcycle ride to break the ice and make it a possibility? MAY 6 - LIBERTY LAKE Buying flowers at Home Depot after 8 pm. You wore a red shirt, glasses and permanent smile. I let you go in line in front of me and saw a tattoo on you right calf. As I left I noticed

you waiting in your black Suzuki for me to leave the store. My curiosity has been awakened. Any chance I can see you there again? I need more flower supplies, will be there the next several Fridays at the same time.

YOU SAW ME VALLEY REGAL CINEMA GIRL You: ticket taking girl. I was swapping out a pair of closed captioning glasses. You said to me that I had very pretty eyes. I didn't think anything about it & just said thank you and went on my way. It been a few weeks since, but I keep thinking about what you said and wish I had complimented you in return. I wish I had asked for your #. If you see this, I'd like to get to know you. Possibly talk over lunch/dinner???

CHEERS LOST RING AT COSTCO CHEERS to you for finding my pearl and diamond ring on Sprague Costco floor March 13... Cheers for calling me. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! Wanted to wish my beautiful mother Debra a Happy Mothers Day . she is the most amazing mom and has done so much for everyone . she's got a big heart and deserves so much . I love you mom Love Ashley ! DOUBLE EAGLE PAWN On thursday the 5th my girlfriend stopped in to shop for a gift for her mother's birthday. While she was in there, the beach cruiser I got her for her birthday was stolen. Your staff was kind enough to give her a bike out of your inventory, so she wouldn't be stranded. Thank you for the act of kindness. You didn't have to do that. I will be returning the bike you loaned her, thank you very much. CLEAR LAKE KIDS FISHING DAY MAY 7 Just wanted to Thank all the volunteers, sponsors and participants at the Kids Fishing Day at Clear Lake Saturday. This was a very well organized and fun event for my three Grandchildren on Saturday, everyone involved had a wonderful experience for the first time of fishing. I was so very happy to see all the families alike having fun teaching and fishing. I am not a very good fisherman, but my Grandchildren thought they were catch-

ing the biggest fish you had ever seen. They talked about it all day long! Thanks for offering this to the Youth of the area! See you next year not all the BIG ones got away!!! THANK YOU!!! BLOOMSDAY MUSICIANS Mega cheers to the terrifically talented young musicians who entertained us at Jefferson/

physicians? Psychologists? No, you are hate mongers, self-appointed preachers who spew negativity. Be thankful that among those 50,000 passersby, not one punched you in the face. I guess you're lucky the police were nearby. Next year, would somebody please get there early and set up something positive on that grassy knoll to the left in the first leg

hand, if I'm injured and have an emergency, I'd rather my doctor have accessible parking to get in and treat me rather than circling the garage looking for a spot. BTW-It's the same number of steps from any level of the parking garage to the elevator. Sincerely, It's Just Not that Big a Deal

Kill yourself if you like while riding down some lonely country road, but please stop endangering others with your foolish stunts.

Riverside corner on Bloomsday. I and most of my neighbors in the senior building close by enjoyed your upbeat tempo and choice of tunes. You brightened our day. Thanks! Hope to hear you next year

JEERS ABORT YOUR APPROACH It's been awhile since I've penned one of these. But alas, Bloomsday arrived. Yes, that uplifting, community-engaging, familyoriented event every May. Unfortunately, in recent years, this celebration has been marred by a few proselytizing jackasses wielding large, full-color, graphic images of aborted fetuses. Shame on you for subjecting a captive audience to such imagery. Can't you express your message without those photos? I'm the runner who yelled at you to "take it down before the strollers come through," and the second time around as I pushed my small children past, there you and your gore remained, before the innocent eyes of children — yes, CHILDREN — and their parents who obviously didn't abort! But that's beside the point. You have the right to express your views, but with rights, come responsibilities. And it's incredibly irresponsible to subject people — especially children — to those images. And another thing — your homophobic poster declaring "People aren't born gay" just adds to your ignorance. Are you

SOUND OFF 1. Visit Inlander.com/isawyou by 3 pm Monday. 2. Pick a category (I Saw You, You Saw Me, Cheers or Jeers). 3. Provide basic info: your name and email (so we know you’re real). 4. To connect via I Saw You, provide a non-identifying email to be included with your submission — like “petals327@yahoo.com,” not “j.smith@comcast.net.”

of the course? Maybe then those hypocritical haters will get OUR message, sans disturbing imagery: go home. STOLEN HONDA To the person who stole a White 2002 HONDA with a broken drivers side tail light FROM Corbin Park early Sunday morning please bring it back no questions asked, or if you know the people who have the car, please contact crime check we really want our car back. Please have a heart and give it back. HARLEY TERRORIST To the Harley lunatic in his Harley jacket, I-90 westbound, Tues., May 3, 4:30 pm. I watched you ride one-handed, right leg outstretched, swerving across both lanes, nearly rearending a couple of cars, until you were on my tailpipe. Your attention and left hand were directed to your half-open jacket. Perhaps your were playing with yourself or maybe you had a chihuahua stuffed down there — I don't care. You then went past me while I, and other drivers no doubt, girded themselves for a chainreaction crash. Kill yourself if you like while riding down some lonely country road, but please stop endangering others with your foolish stunts.

EVERYONE HEARS YOU! It needs to stop! You go into your backyard to smoke and have extremely loud phone conversations about your consistently insane relationships. You yell curse words in a neighborhood of families with young children. YOU have 2 children of your own!!! It's so sad they have to hear this on a daily basis. Grow up! Get it together! Sober up! You are embarrassing your poor children and making a fool of yourself. I wish you could hear how crazy you sound while you yell into your phone. Seek help. I'm 35 years old and when I hear you scream obscenities it scares me, so I can't even imagine how your children feel. 


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EVENTS | CALENDAR KYRS MUSIC + GEAR SALE The annual music and gear sale offers vinyl, instruments and more. May 14, 8 am-noon. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. on.fb.me/1RctDp2 (747-3012) RYAN’S RAMBLE An event in memory of Ryan Holyk, killed two years ago while riding his bike in Spokane Valley. Proceeds benefits Lids for Kids, which provides bike helmets to local kids. Events include a silent auction, contests/games, hot dogs and t-shirt sale. May 14, 3-6 pm. Daley’s Cheap Shots, 6412 E. Trent Ave. bit.ly/1saK0Os (509-535-9309) STRUT FASHION SHOW This year’s event benefits Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington. May 14, 6-10 pm. $25-$50. Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. sp.knittingfactory.com (244-3279) BOOKS2EAT Students, faculty and staff at EWU are invited to create edible treats with a literary theme for this annual event benefiting the JFK Library. May 16. Eastern Washington University, 526 Fifth St. ewu.edu (359-2898) WOMEN HELPING WOMEN FUND The 24th annual benefit luncheon features keynote speaker Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of “A Path Appears - Transforming Lives and Creating Opportunity.” May 16, 12-1:15 pm. $125/person. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. whwfspokane.org (328-8285) CHANGE THE WORLD LUNCHEON The second annual event benefits FIRST Robotics teams in Washington state. May 17, 12-1:30 pm. $125/person. Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 201 W. North River Dr. firstwa.org (326-8000)

SAVE MT. SPOKANE FUNDRAISER A benefit for the Save Mt. Spokane Coalition on the Saranac Rooftop. Appetizers and refreshments are provided, with live music by Ron Reed and The Working Spliffs. May 19, 5 pm. Saranac Public House, 21 W. Main. landscouncil.org


2.0PEN MIC Locals try their best, new material at this weekly open mic, Thursdays from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. (244-3279) GUFFAW YOURSELF Open mic comedy; every other Thursday at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First. (847-1234) PAULY SHORE The stand-up actor, writer and director had his breakout in 1990 in MTV’s “Totally Pauly.” He’s since gone on to star in numerous films and on TV. May 13-14, at 7:30 and 10:30 pm. $27-$32. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com PENN & TELLER The comedic duo’s 12year run at The Rio in Las Vegas makes them one of the longest running shows in Las Vegas history, outselling every other resident magician on The Strip. May 13, 7:30 pm. $65/$75/$95. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford. (242-7000) STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third. reddragondelivery.com (838-6688) IMPROV COMEDY NIGHT A night of comedy and wine with Lilac City Improv troop at Nectar Tasting Room. Ticket price includes first glass of wine, with

food/wine available for purchase. May 14, 7-9 pm. $16.99. Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens. nectartastingroom.com RANDY LIEDTKE Live show by the Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, actor and writer. May 14, 7:15 pm. $23. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. panida.org (208-255-7801) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) STAND-UP OPEN MIC Mondays; sign-up at 9:30 pm, show at 10 pm. Ages 21+. No cover. The Foxhole, 829 E. Boone. facebook.com/thefoxholespokane TRIVIA + OPEN MIC COMEDY Trivia starts at 8 pm; stick around for open mic comedy afterward. Tuesdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. Checkerboard Bar, 1716 E. Sprague Ave. checkerboardbar.com WEED & WHISKEY: MATT DARGEN, TONY RUSSEL & SAM VIDOVICH The two comedic powerhouses behind this podcast were both forged in the crucible of Spokane, the state’s second largest city, and home of the best Dick’s in Washington. May 17, 8-10 pm. The Observatory, 15 S. Howard. observatoryspokane.com OPEN MIC A free open mic night every Wednesday, starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Free. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com


TREASURE! A touring exhibit exploring the history of treasure and treasure hunting, the technology used to look for it,

and the people obsessed with finding it. Through May 29. Museum open Tue-Sun, from 10 am-5 pm. (Half-price admission on Tuesdays.) $5-$10/museum admission. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org (456-3931) 19TH ANNUAL SPRING POW WOW Featuring dancers and drummers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Canada, and even further. First grand entry Friday at 7 pm, dancing continues until midnight. Second grand entry at 12 pm Saturday; third grand entry at 7 pm with dancing until midnight. May 13-14. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-4331) COMMUNITY DANCE FEAT. VARIETY PAK The monthly dance, held on the second Friday from 7-9:30 pm, features live music by the local, 5-piece band, performing songs to fit all dance styles. $8-$10. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) SOUTH HILL COMMUNITY GARDEN INFO MEETING Origin Church is starting a new community garden, hosting an informational meeting and orientation for interested growers. May 14, 1-2 pm. Free. Origin Church, 5115 S. Freya. (448-1311) DOG D’ALENE The annual pet fest features a costume contest, the “Doxie Dash,” musical hoops and more. May 14, 10 am-3 pm. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. on.fb.me/1pHDbCu (208-415-0116) FAMILY FUN FAIR The 6th annual parenting expo starts after the 65th Jr. Lilac Parade through downtown Spokane. Events include a petting zoo, pet adoptions, kids activities, photo ops, live entertainment, art displays, prizes and more. May 14, 9:30 am-3 pm. Free. River

Park Square, 808 W. Main. (928-9664) FIRST TEE OF THE INLAND NW OPEN HOUSE Learn how to help out the nonprofit organization that teaches young people life skills using the game of golf as the platform. At 1403 S. Grand. May 14, 10 am-noon. thefirstteeinlandnw.org BROWNE’S ADDITION CLEAN-UP DAY In partnership with the clean-up, the Artisans hosts a free eRecycling drop-off. Stop by and get rid of unwanted electronic items, working or not. May 14, 10 am-2 pm. Free. All Saints Lutheran, 314 S. Spruce. theartisans.org (325-4489) PET ADOPTION DAY The 5th annual pet event at Parker Subaru CdA (Highway 95 at Dalton) hosts four regional animal shelters, with half-off adoption fees sponsored by Parker Subaru. May 15, 11 am-3 pm. (448-5601) BIKE TO WORK WEEK PANCAKE BREAKFAST With coffee from Roast House, live music and mingling with other commuting cyclists. STA also demos how to use bus bike racks. May 16, 7-9 am. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. spokanebikes.org (448-6271) FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS Attendees are checked for spots of early symptoms of skin cancer. Open to all ages, appt. required. May 17, 3-5 pm, May 18-19, 1-3 pm. INHS Community Wellness, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. courseregistration.inhs.org BIKE TO WORK WEEK: RIDE OF SILENCE Starts at the Rotary Fountain, the 5-mile ride through downtown is in remembrance of cyclists who died in collisions with motorists. May 18, 5:45-7 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. spokanebikes.org


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EVENTS | CALENDAR MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5 An opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates running for District 5 Representative to US Congress. Incumbent Cathy McMorris Rogers has been invited, along with challengers Tom Herne, Joe Pakootas and Dave Wilson. May 18, 7-8:30 pm. Free. Spokane Friends Church, 1612 W. Dalke. (435-8053)


CHENEY MAYFEST A community festival with a 3-on-3 basketball tourney, vendors, games, cars, a parade, live music and more. May 13-14. 10TH ANNUAL LILAC CITY COMICON Attend the largest single-day comic book and pop culture convention in Washington state. The all-ages show features special guests, local artists, vendors selling comics and collectibles, costume contests, gaming, panels and more. May 14, 10 am-5 pm. $12. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. lilaccitycomicon.com ART ON GARLAND Experience local art, music and live comedy at venues throughout the Garland Business District. Also includes the second annual “Satellite Dish fundraiser.” Proceeds support revitalization projects on Garland. May 14, 3 pm. Free. Garland District. garlanddistrict.com (939-8970) GARDEN EXPO The 2016 show, themed “Gardening Through the Ages: Once Upon a Vine,” hosts more than 250 garden-related booths/vendors. Free admission and parking. May 14, 9 am-5 pm. Spokane Community College, 1810

N. Greene St. tieg.org NORTHWEST SPRING FEST A family event with entertainment for all ages, food, exhibits and vendor shopping. May 14, 10 am-6 pm and May 15, 10 am-4 pm. $10/adults. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Gov’t Way. (208-765-4969) UNIFEST 2016 A new event that celebrates creativity and collaboration, featuring some of the best artists, musicians, performers and entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. May 14, 5:30 pm-1 am. $15. Washington Cracker Co. Bldg, 304 W. Pacific. unifestnorthwest.com ART & SOUL FESTIVAL The 6th annual event supports arts programs at Freeman High School. Includes live/silent auctions, with live music by Spare Parts. May 18, 5 pm. $7. Freeman High School, 14626 S. Jackson. facebook.com/fsdartnsoul ART FOR THE PARK A community celebration of the 125th anniversary of Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition, the oldest park in Spokane. Teams of artists paint large-scale art on the four intersections surrounding the park, which hosts local artists, kids activities, live entertainment and more. May 21, 9 am-5 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Park, 300 S. Chestnut St. friendsofcdapark.org


STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS Come to the Spark Center to watch the latest Star Wars film. May 13, 7-9 pm. Free. Spark Center, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. sparkwestcentral.org (279-0299) APPARITION HILL Follow the spiritual experiences of seven people who em-

bark on a journey as strangers. May 14, 2:30-7 pm. $12. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (327-2509) CCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST: WILD TALES This film tells six different unconnected wild tales of human behavior involving people in distress who are seeking revenge and lose control. May 17, 7:15 pm. $5 (free for CCS students with ID). Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. garlandtheater.com


8TH ANNUAL WINE, RIDE & DINE Taste regional wines while taking in the views of the Spokane River Falls, just a walk away from a multi-course dinner at Anthony’s or Clinkerdagger. Includes wine tasting, a glass of wine for the SkyRide, all taxes and gratuities. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6 pm, through May 19. Ages 21+. $50-$55/person. spokaneparks.org (625-6200) KOREAN FOOD SALE Spokane Hope Korean church hosts an authentic Korean food sale made by members of the church May 14, 10 am-3 pm. $10/meal. Spokane Hope Reformed Church, 806 W. Knox. spokanehope.com (325-2077) FOREST-TO-PLATE Learn how to find and identify wild mushrooms and edibles in their native setting. Foray is May 15 at a TBD location. Then, attend a wine dinner at the Cellar in CdA featuring items found on the foray. $50-$220. The Cellar, 317 E. Sherman. INVEG POTLUCK Join the local group for a community potluck on the third Sunday of each month, offering deli-

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cious food and time to connect with others. Free. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. inveg.org (5427829) MAYTOBERFEST FOOD TRUCK RALLY Join 15 of the Spokane area’s food trucks for samples from each. May 15, 12-6 pm. $15/person. Lilac Lanes, 1112 E. Magnesium. greaterspokanefoodrucks. com SPOKANE CRAFT BEER WEEK A 6-day celebration of the region’s craft beer industry, with tastings, brewery collaborations, beer dinners, tap takeovers, tasting competitions and more. Events from May 16-22. Visit spokanecraftbeerweek.com


LEON ATKINSON & LARRY JESS: BRASS WORKS A Friends of Guitar Hour Concert featuring Atkinson on guitar and Jess on brass. May 12, 7:30 pm. $32. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7638) ALAN JONES SEXTET Hear this jazz group from Portland, led by drummer/ composer Alan Jones. Free clinic at 11 am. May 13, 7:30-10 pm. $5/$7. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. facebook.com/SFCCJazzPresents MUSIC HEALS: SPRING CELEBRATION The Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Tribe of Indians perform together. Program culminates with a performance of a student play narrated in Salish, and Salish singing by tribal students. May 13, 6 pm. Free. At Antoine Andrews Memorial Hall on the Spokane

Tribal Pow-Wow Grounds, Wellpinit. spokanesymphony.org MUSICFEST NW HIGHLIGHTS CONCERT Young musicians perform movements of popular concerti and operatic arias with the Spokane Symphony. May 11 and 13, at 7:30 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. NORTHWEST OPERA The group’s spring show, “Mom’s the Word: The Diva Dialogues” pays tribute to mothers through song. May 13-14 at 7:30 pm. $12. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (327-3598) ELVIS AT THE EMPIRE Brad Mitchell, award-winning Elvis tribute artist, performs. May 14, 7-9:30 pm. $15. Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby, Tekoa. (2208375) A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION Be part of the live radio broadcast from downtown Spokane as 40-year program host Garrison Keillor records one of his last episodes. May 14, 2:45 pm. [SOLD OUT] INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA “Serenade in Blue,” featuring Greta Matassa, one of the most talented jazz singers performing today. May 14, 7:30 pm. $10-$26.50. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. spokanejazz.org SPRING CHORAL CONCERT The Cathedral Kantorei Choir, Collegium Orchestra and organist John Bodinger present Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs.” May 14, 7:30-9 pm. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (8384277)

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I’m a guy in my late 20s. Two years ago, I started a friends-with-benefits thing with a woman, which honestly has turned into one of the most relaxed, comfortable relationships I’ve had. Unfortunately, the sex isn’t that great. I’ve tried to get her to work with me on that, but she just isn’t very physical. I also get the sense that she’s holding out for a serious relationship with me (babies/marriage/house). I’m just not in love with her AMY ALKON that way. I don’t want to hijack her uterus, but I’m having trouble breaking up with her. The relationship isn’t broken, and I don’t want to hurt her. I’m not sure I have it in me to say, “You’re bad in bed, so I’m out.” —Shallow Surely, you wouldn’t find the bunny-hugging vegan “shallow” for not being up for the long haul with the guy who electrocutes the cows. The rational decision is clear: You don’t have what you need; you should move on. The problem is what the late Nobel Prize-winning cognitive scientist Herbert Simon deemed “bounded rationality.” This describes how our ability to make rational decisions is limited — by, for example, incomplete information about our alternatives, how much time we have to decide, or, as in your case, our emotions: dreading hurting somebody and feeling like kind of a pig for dumping a perfectly nice woman just because her sexual spirit animal is the paperweight. Simon didn’t just point out the decision-making problem; he came up with a solution — his concept of “satisficing.” This combo of “satisfy” and “suffice” means making a “good enough” choice — as opposed to incurring the costs of endlessly searching for the best choice. (Think of somebody who spends an hour looking for the primo parking space by the store entrance — in order to save time walking to and from their car.) To decide what’s “good enough,” figure out the minimum stuff (good sex, etc.) that you absolutely must have to be satisfied in a relationship, and keep searching until you find somebody who has it. Forget about what you “should” need. If your life is not complete unless a woman will, say, wear a doorbell on each nipple, well, ring on, bro. As for breaking up, this means telling somebody it’s over, not that their sexual technique is a ringer for hibernation. Give her only as much info as she needs to make her way to the door, like “I love you, but I’m not in love with you, and I need that.” Though she won’t be happy to hear it, what’s cruel isn’t telling her; it’s waiting to tell her. As that mildewed saying goes, “if you love something…” don’t hang on to it until its uterus sends you to the drugstore for a box of mothballs.

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Last week, I went out with a guy I met on a dating site. He was very attentive and affectionate, and he even texted me the next day. Well, I think I screwed up, messaging him at the same frequency and intensity as before our first date, which was quite a lot, and mentioning seeing him again before he suggested it. His responses were infrequent and short. I haven’t heard from him for five days, and he hasn’t made plans for a second date. Is there any way to remedy this? Should I message him with some witty banter? —Faux Pas? Sadly, our genes have not been introduced to Gloria Steinem. As I frequently explain, there’s a problem with a woman overtly pursuing a man, and it goes back millions of years. It comes out of how sex leaves a man with about a teaspoon less sperm but can leave a woman “with child” (an adorable term that makes pregnancy sound like a quick trip to the drugstore with someone under 10). From these rather vastly differing costs, explain evolutionary psychologists David Buss and David Schmitt, come differing sexual strategies. Women evolved to be the choosier sex — looking for men to show signs they’re willing and able to commit themselves and their resources — and men coevolved to expect to work to persuade them. So, when women turn the tables and act like the, well, chase-ier sex, it sends a message — of the “FREE!!! Please take me” variety you’d see taped to a toaster somebody’s put out on the curb. In other words, no, do not contact him. Not even with “witty banter.” Seeming amusingly desperate is not any more of a selling point. The way you “remedy” this is by turning it into a learning experience. In the future, sure, go ahead and be flirtatious — just not with the, um, eagerness of that guy in the hockey mask chasing people through the woods with a machete. n ©2016, 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 STORIES THAT SING Spokane Area Youth Choirs’ spring concert, featuring performances by all choirs. May 14, 4-5 pm. $5-$8. Westminster UCC, 411 S. Washington. (624-7992) WHITWORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Spring concert. May 14, 3-4:30 pm. $5-$7. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (777-3280) LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Opera Coeur d’Alene performs a fast-paced production of Seymour Barab’s hilarious children’s opera “Little Red Riding Hood.” May 15, 2 pm. Free. CdA First Presbyterian, 521 Lakeside. (208-667-8446) SPOKANE STRING QUARTET The quartet closes its season with a guest appearance by Spokane Symphony violist Tim Betts. Also features guest artists Louise Butler and John Marshall (filling in for Helen Byrne). May 15, 3 pm. $12-$20. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) SPOKANE YOUTH SYMPHONY: MUSICAL GIANTS Program featuring the Concerto Competition winners and combined orchestras, performing pieces by the musical heroes who have inspired them to pursue their talents. May 15, 4-6 pm. $12-$16. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. spokaneyouthsymphony.org SPOKANE SYMPHONY CHAMBER SOIREE: SPRING Musicians of the Spokane Symphony perform an assortment of chamber music. May 17-18 at 7:30 pm. $20-$48. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post.


WWE NXT LIVE Featuring Champion Finn Balor, Women’s Champion Asuka, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin and others. May 13, 5 pm. $20/$40/$75. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. spokanearena.com BICYCLE SCAVENGER HUNT Gather at 9:45 at the Panida and then bike to more than 24 spots around Sandpoint, answering a question at each before racing back to the Panida. May 14, 10 am-noon. $5/person; $10/family. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.org GOTH RUGBY PLAYOFFS Spokane’s boys high school rugby club plays the Tacoma Tsunami in the Rugby Washington Division 2 playoffs. The winner then proceeds to the state championships. May 14, 3-4:30 pm. Free. Spokane Polo Club, 7500 W Hwy. 2. gothrugby.com INSANE INFLATABLE 5K A fun run course filled with inflatable, bouncehouse obstacles. May 14, 8:30 am. $57$100. Dwight Merkel Sports Complex,

5701 N. Assembly. insaneinflatable5k.com KING OF THE CAGE A mixed martial arts event featuring four fighters from Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. May 19, 7-11:45 pm. $25+. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. (800-523-2467)


FICTION A successful married couple thrive on their candid relationship, but their trust begins to break down when they decide to share their diaries with each other. Through May 22, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. (325-2507) THE CEMETERY CLUB The comedy tells the story of three long-time friends who have all become widows in recent years. May 13 and 14, 7 pm. May 15 at 2 pm. $12. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls (509-446-4108) CLOWN CAR (READER’S THEATRE) Dozens of circus clowns pile out of a car. One doesn’t. Thus begins the new murder mystery comedy by Mark Aloysius Kenneally. May 13-14 and May 20 at 7 pm, also May 14 and 21 at 2 pm. $7. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. (342-2055) A FINE & PLEASANT MISERY: THE HUMOR OF PATRICK F. MCMANUS The first of all the McManus Comedies, “A Fine and Pleasant Misery,” starring Tim Behrens. May 13-14, at 7:30 pm. $20. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 236 S. Union Ave., Newport. pendoreilleplayers.org THE LADIES FOURSOME This comedy takes place during an outrageous round of golf, during which four women discuss life, love, men, sex and careers. May 13-29; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. $20-$24. Modern Theater Spokane, 174 S. Howard. (455-7529) SNOW WHITE Based on the classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, directed by Tanya Brownlee. May 13-22, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sat at 3 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $8$12. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines. tacspokane.com (995-6718)


CHANGING AMERICA: THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION The traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian National Museum examines the relationship between two great people’s movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1863, and the March on Washington, in 1963. Through May 20. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4488)

ALLEN & MARY DEE DODGE For more than four decades, Cda artists Allen and Mary Dee Dodge have taken an active role in the region’s thriving art culture. May 13-June 4; opening reception May 13, 5-8 pm. Free. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman. theartspiritgallery.com INTERSECTIONS Eemerging artists exploring techniques in technology feature their work made at Gizmo. Reception includes music, drinks and youth activities. May 13, 5-8 pm. Free. Emerge, 208 N. Fourth St. emergecda.org


READING: JOSHUA TUTTLE The Spokane author reads from his book “Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories” and leads a discussion on the book. May 12, 7-8 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) EWU VISITING WRITERS: ELIZABETH SPIRES Reading by the Baltimorebased author of six collections of poetry, and who’s also written six books for children. May 13, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) BUDDHIST WISDOM & MEDITATION FOR HUMANISM A series of lectures delivered by Venerable Professor Geshe-La Thupten Phelgye, a Global Scholar and Mentor in Residence at EWU. May 16 and 23, from 5-6 pm. Free. Spark Center, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. sparkwestcentral.org (359-2328) POEMS AFTER FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA Hear poems and stories written in response to Lorca’s work, collected in an anthology edited by poet and Open Country co-founder Natalie Peeterse. May 16, 7-8:30 pm. Free. Spark Center, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM FEAT. TALICHA JOHNSON The monthly slam features the slam poet from Atlanta, who has been competing at the national level since 2010. May 16, 7-10:30 pm. $5. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. I AM A TOWN In this workshop, write poems about places in Spokane that are significant because of the memories attached to them. Then workshop these poems and publish them in a book so memories of particular places become a collective story of our town. May 17 and 24, from 6-8 pm. Free. Spark Center, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. sparkwestcentral.org (279-0299) n

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ou’ll want a blanket for this. You need a soft place for your sliced meat and cheese and grapes and cardboard-tasting crackers. You’ll sit down here on your covered patch of grass with your limbs stretched out in front of you and the sun beaming down, kissing your skin. You’ll listen to the pleasant acoustic music for a minute and then pour the wine. Sip. Breathe. Repeat. The first week of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars’ newly expanded summer concert series is done. But there are many more to come through September, with free shows on Thursdays, most Fridays and then paid concerts on Sundays. Up the windy road you’ll drive, to the picturesque grounds perched 450 feet above the Spokane Valley, with its life-size checkerboard and rose bushes and historic mansion. Donna Dalzell has come to Arbor Crest almost as long as they’ve been open on this hill. She often brings

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out-of-town friends, or all of her five sisters, but this Friday it’s her husband, who prefers beer to wine and who still makes her laugh, after all this time. She’ll come back here again soon, she says, because it’s too beautiful to stay away. Musicians have entertained at Arbor MORE EVENTS Crest on and off for Visit Inlander.com for 25 years, but only complete listings of frequently since 2007. local events. Assistant manager Ashley Blubaugh, who books many of the acts, admits it’s a perfect way to keep the doors open. They even added a fireside series for the first time this winter. Outside the tasting room patio, Coeur d’Alene-based singer-songwriter Ron Greene bakes slowly in the sun up on his rock-lined stage. His breezy original tunes

are meant for springtime. They feel like Hawaii. One husband rests his head on his wife’s lap and closes his eyes. Greene’s covers also impress the crowd. One older gentleman pulls a woman to her feet. In the lush green, they spin and sway along to Elvis. People keep snapping pictures of the scene, but a camera phone can never sufficiently document the fragrant flowers or the cool wind. The cameras miss the tiny fly that has tried to commit suicide in my plastic cup of Sangiovese. “You guys are sounding good,” Greene lies to the crowd, as he leads everyone through a rendition of “Hotel California.” “Welcome to the Hotel California / Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place) / Such a lovely face,” we sing. “This is a lovely place,” Greene calls out, as cheering and polite clapping fade into the horizon. n lauraj@inlander.com

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