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From what I understand, there’s a lot of stuff that’s getting changed. They’re gonna be putting center islands in here. This whole area over here is gonna get cleaned up, and they’re trying to make it more appealing to the college. What change would you like to see? Clean up all the whores and the junkies, you know? I mean, it’s what’s here.
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Well, I would hope that it would connect to the colleges that are so close. What change would you like to see? Probably more money from the city going towards nighttime lighting and sidewalks. As well as just businesses, so people might be able to walk around and pop into our shop, pop into someone else’s, get some coffee or that kind of thing.
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ot surprisingly, few of Obama’s critics have much to say about Ukraine as a country, except to leave us with an impression that what we have here is a beleaguered nation of people who just want “truth, justice and the American way.” You know, people who want to be like us. The New Republic’s always thoughtful Anne Applebaum argues that we really should begin with a closer look at Ukraine, which, she observes, is a nation-state without a “nation” at its center. Applebaum rolls back the tape two generations when “there were Ukrainians who, caught between two of the most murderous dictatorships in history, collaborated with the Nazis against the Soviet Union.” Some Ukrainians, she notes, “participated in the mass murder of Poles, and some participated in the mass murder of Jews.” She also reports that some five million Ukrainian peasants were deliberately starved to death by the Communists from 1922 to 1933. She recalls these bits of history to make a point relevant to today’s situation — that when the Soviet Union finally broke up, there weren’t cadres of “textbook nationalists” waiting in the wings to build a new nation. Rather, Ukraine was “a nation filled with people who had no national identity at all” — no national pride in gaining sovereignty, no widespread sense of national alliance, “only
confusion.” Into this cultural and political vacuum poured corrupt oligarchs who have little or no patriotic sense, people who just gravitate to where they can get the best deal, whether that’s with Europe or Russia. The area we call Ukraine has had a serious identity crisis at least since World War II. Obama clearly understands this. We can assume the State Department does too. There can be no doubt about one thing; Obama has jettisoned the George W. Bush xenophobic interpretation of “American exceptionalism,” which can be reduced to Dubya’s oft-used line: “You’re either with us or against us.”
nstead, Obama set about rediscovering George Kennan, the American diplomat called “the father of containment” for his post-World War II strategies for dealing with the Soviet Union. For Kennan, containment was less about the military than the diplomatic — he preferred coalition building, foreign aid and economic leverage to isolate and punish the enemy. Kennan feared the Truman Doctrine’s implied militaristic emphasis favored by Paul Nitze, who became the chief architect of the nation’s Cold War military buildup. Nitze’s famous (but top-secret) NSC 68 memo spawned the “domino theory” of Communism, which of course led us into Vietnam. Kennan and Nitze were lifelong friends who argued over the meaning of “containment” for the next half-century. (Kennan lived to be 101 and died in 2005; Nitze lived to be 97 and died in 2004.) For Obama, the choice was simple; he agrees with Kennan, for whom the Marshall Plan, not the NSC 68-driven “Military-Industrial Complex,” represented the ideal strategy. So rather than engaging in “clueless ad hocism,” Obama is really channeling his inner George Kennan. Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter and a well known hard-liner when it comes to Soviet Union and now Russia, recently wrote: “On the whole, I support the actions the president has taken so far. Considering the kind of democratic alliance we have, I think he generally did as well as is possible under present circumstances.” Brzezinski does fault Obama, not for how he is handling the situation, but for not explaining what he is doing and why he is doing it the way he is doing it. And that’s a fair critique. n
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COMMENT | EDUCATION Bar, to design a recurring event called “Pub Science” where bar patrons can learn in the self-driven, collaborative way that is most useful for adult brains, while simultaneously drinking with friends. Alcohol can add fuel to any debate, for better or worse, but in this case the bar location is meant to add atmosphere as well as inebriation. “Having a few beers and talking about important topics sometimes elevates the conversation to a point where it’s annoying, or Pub Science features Lionel we need to stop,” Garcia leading a class titled says Barney. “Are You A Racist?” on May “A lot of times, 15 at 8:30 pm at the Baby though, truth Bar, 827 W. First. comes out, and truth comes out in a way that never would [without] the atmosphere.” The first Pub Science at the beginning of May drew about a dozen participants who gathered to learn about learning. A high density of smartphones in the room aided groups in researching different didactic methods, and then each team shared what they were learning with the rest in the room. In the spirit of student-driven learning, technology was again employed to gather the topics that interest people, using a program that collected phrases via a text line. Climate change, music theory, propaganda, pastries, Spokane as utopia, sexism, feminism and other subjects soon popped up on the screen. “There are some controversial topic ideas,” Barney says, “but that’s what people are interested in.” In an aggressively meaningless media landscape, many American adults are not equipped with the cognitive skill and sharpness honed through intentional learning that they need to become reaquainted with objective reality, truth and analysis. Perhaps one place to start addressing this pressing issue is where people already gather: the neighborhood watering hole. n
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or many adults in our society, learning intentionally is left behind after education’s formal end. Almost a quarter of Americans did not read a book in the past year. Americans also rank near the bottom in problem-solving among 20 other industrialized nations. Despite our widespread access to technology and information, we also fare poorly in math, literacy and general knowledge. We engage in heated debate and experimentation when it comes to educating children, but seldom consider the role of learning for adults — the very people who maintain our society’s systems
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REPRESENTATIVES: TAKE ON REAL ISSUES I just read Mr. George Nethercutt’s column, “Tuning Out” (5/8/14), and must say that I agree almost entirely! For me that is very surprising. I almost always disagree with his comments that are almost always pro-GOP and anti-Obama. We must change the flavor of our political discourse if we hope to have change. It seems like everyone is so very divisive and our elected leaders only work for their own interests. I am not a fan of our current congresswoman who keeps sending me emails that say absolutely nothing of substance. All of the pressing issues that Send comments to face our region and our country get no attention email@example.com. while she keeps trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act. What about immigration reform? We need and deserve a representative — Republican or Democrat — who will work on the real issues. No wonder the “millennials” are not interested in becoming voters.
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FELONS DON’T NEED TO BE CODDLED “Not in My Backyard” (5/8/14) features Open Gate director Terri Mayer and quotes her as saying, “They kept getting a no on a job, a no on a house. They have no place to go, nothing. Why wouldn’t they commit a new charge to go back?” I can think of several reasons. Like: prison sucks; crime doesn’t pay, criminal behavior demeans them. They want something better. They miss their kids. They can go to local agencies for emergency shelter and meals. Criminal behavior is a crappy lifestyle. I can think of lots and lots of reasons. The fact it’s tough when you come back into the community changes nothing. ROSEANNE LASATER Spokane Valley, Wash.
COMMUNITIES CREATE ‘CRIMINALS’ The issue brought to light by “Not in My Backyard” (5/8/14) is yet another great example of how our society breeds “criminals.” It’s things like this, and our pathetic excuse for mental health care. We lock these people up because “out of sight, out of mind,” and tell ourselves that there is “justice” being done. After they do their time and learn their lesson and change themselves, we let them out into a now-foreign world and give them nothing to work with. Thank goodness there are struggling assistance programs like Open Gate, because you can’t get your ID and your Social Security card without an address and enough money to pay the fees. And you can’t get a job without those two things and a phone number. And a place to live? If you don’t know someone who will let you squeeze in, you’re S.O.L. without one of these overfilled programs. So many of these people are not a threat to their neighbors, and never were. They learned from their mistake and they just want to get on with their lives. RACHEL JORDAN Spokane, Wash.
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etema Ross has never been convicted of a crime. But four years ago, Ross, a state psychiatric patient who had been exonerated as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, watched as his rights slowly were stripped away at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake. First, the Department of Social and Health Services banned patients’ community reintegration trips — visits to Walmart and Auntie’s Bookstore, lunches at McDonald’s, Spokane Indians games. Soon, patients couldn’t even take a walk on hospital grounds without a judge’s permission. The only legal channel available to patients seeking their freedom had become mired in so much bureaucratic red tape, Ross saw many of his peers on the ward lose all hope of ever getting out. Now he’s joined two other patients at Eastern and Western State hospitals in a lawsuit against the state, alleging that these current restrictions violate their constitutional and civil rights to adequate mental health treatment. ...continued on next page
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NEWS | MENTAL HEALTH “SECOND CHANCES,” CONTINUED... The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, names Gov. Jay Inslee, the state Department of Social and Health Services and DSHS Secretary Kevin Quigley as defendants. The advocacy nonprofit Disability Rights Washington is the fourth plaintiff in the case, representing all patients at Washington’s psychiatric hospitals. The plaintiffs are asking the court to invalidate two laws passed in 2010 in the aftermath of Eastern NGRI patient Phillip Paul’s high-profile escape from the Spokane County Fair. The first law effectively bans NGRI patients from leaving hospital grounds, except under special circumstances, like medical and legal appointments or funerals of immediate family members. On those rare occasions, DSHS requires patients to leave in shackles. The second law established the governor’s Public Safety Review Panel, an independent board comprised of clinicians, law enforcement members and attorneys, to review patients’ requests for conditional releases for grounds privileges or visits into the community. The suit alleges that the panel delays and deters patients trying to reintegrate into society. “What people don’t understand, which I hope this lawsuit can help in its own small way, is that mental illness is not a character flaw,” says Andrew Biviano of Scott Law Group in Spokane, the lead attorney in the case. “It’s not something people choose to have, and it’s worthy of the same patience and understanding and accommodation as any other kind of illness.” A former mental health case manager for Spokane Mental Health, Biviano says he was inspired to pursue the case by an Inlander story (“Patients and Prisoners,” Feb. 13), detailing the punitive conditions at Eastern State
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a daily basis, to balance the rights and recovery needs of the individuals who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity with the safety of the public.” Studies show that the majority of defendants who are acquitted using the insanity defense often spend far more time — sometimes twice as long, if not much longer — confined in state psychiatric hospitals than defendants convicted of the same charges in prison. But data shows that NGRI patients’ recidivism Attorney Andrew Biviano YOUNG KWAK PHOTO rates are remarkably lower than those of offenders in Department of Corrections custody. For example, at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, 0.6 percent of the hundreds of patients released into the community on the hospital’s recommendation since 1978 have committed new crimes. By comparison, the recidivism rate for mentally ill prisoners in Washington is 25.8 percent. Ross, along with the other plaintiffs, is not seeking any compensatory damages from the state, but says he expects the suit will draw more attention to the prison-like conditions at state hospitals — and more important, restore patients’ hope. “If we win, it will be a win for all patients at Eastern State Hospital and Western State Hospital,” he says. “[And] for every clinician who believes people do recover from mental illness, and any and everyone who believes in second chances.” n firstname.lastname@example.org
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On Monday, the City of Spokane and Spokane County began their urban growth talks, with everything from density to annexation on the table.
Also on Monday, the Spokane Board of County Commissioners approved new rules for events like weddings to be held on Green Bluff. Despite objections from some neighbors, farms will be able to hold up to 25 weekend events per season, as long as they end by 9 pm.
Jacqueline van Wormer has been tapped to help shepherd criminal justice reforms. JACOB JONES PHOTO
uided by a five-year plan for reforming the Spokane criminal justice system, WSU assistant professor Jacqueline van Wormer will pilot the daunting effort to upend how law enforcement, courts, judges and jails work together in the pursuit of justice and improved community safety. Van Wormer, a faculty member with WSU’s Spokane-based Criminal Justice department, says no other community of Spokane’s size has attempted such an ambitious, comprehensive overhaul of its entire justice system across multiple jurisdictions and branches of government. “It’s hard for people … to stop and think about the system as a whole and their impact across the system,” she says of police, court and jail administrators. “What we’re really trying to do is create efficiency across the system.” Four months after the county’s three-person Spokane Regional Criminal Justice Commission released a 60-page “blueprint” for restructuring the local justice system around modern
best practices, county officials have hired van Wormer to manage the first steps toward five years of proposed reform. Her $26,000 contract lasts one year — with the money going to WSU to “buy out” her class load, freeing her up for the reform work. Local Smart Justice advocates have championed the reform plans, arguing that justice programs should address the individual risks or needs of an offender instead of doling out heavy-handed, costly incarceration. New proposals include expanding electronic home monitoring, increased social service integration and other rehabilitation programs shown to undermine recidivism. In a recent briefing on the issue, County Commissioner Todd Mielke compared the sweeping and interconnected reforms to “threedimensional chess,” saying the separation of departmental powers and individual motives may complicate attempts to shift priorities throughout the system. He says advocates, at-
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torneys, officials and especially judges will have to “buy in” to the reforms. Mielke also expressed early hesitation at relinquishing authority on budget decisions to other stakeholders in the process, as recommended in the reform plan. He argues that criminal justice takes up 74 percent of the county’s general funding and should remain under the control of elected officials. Van Wormer, who has experience restructuring juvenile court systems, says the first real challenge involves re-establishing the Law & Justice Council, a committee that Spokane County previously disbanded. Officials have proposed a 19-member board of law enforcement leaders, judges, prosecutors and other officials, with subcommittees assigned to reform areas. “Most important right now is the governance structure,” van Wormer says. “We’ve got to start somewhere and we’ve got to get moving.” — JACOB JONES
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Michael Sam became the first openly gay player in the NFL on Saturday when he was drafted in the seventh and final round by the St. Louis Rams.
The National Climate Assessment, released on May 6, warned of an increase in global temperatures by as much as 9.7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, with serious impacts on the Pacific Northwest.
A bus driver in the Davenport school district was charged with counts of child molestation and rape in court on Tuesday. Last week, a former Colville police officer charged with child rape denied that he had sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in Wenatchee.
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And So It Begins... A federal lawsuit alleges Spokane County withheld meds for a mentally ill inmate; plus, who’s running for office? LAWSUIT CHALLENGES JAIL POLICY
A newly filed federal lawsuit alleges that Spokane County, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and jail officials violated a 19-year-old bipolar inmate’s civil rights by failing to provide essential mental health medications for nine days despite repeated attempts by the man’s family to arrange treatment. The family argues that JAIL MEDICATION POLICIES contain widespread delays and contradictions that result in unnecessary suffering and safety risks. Danny Lee, who has bipolar and other impulse disorders, was booked into the Spokane County Jail in May of 2013. His family says they had notified the jail in advance of his medication needs, obtained a court order approving meds and supplied pharmacy-sealed bottles of his prescribed medications. The lawsuit states that jail staff refused the meds, citing security protocols. The family’s attorney, Jeffry Finer, says several others have come forward with similar complaints about delays in receiving medical or mental health medications while incarcerated at the county jail or Geiger Corrections Center. John McGrath, director of county Detention Services,
has acknowledged inconsistencies in jail medication policies and launched a review of practices. Knezovich, who oversaw jail operations until June of 2013, says he considers the lawsuit legal retaliation for the son’s incarceration. “I don’t really believe that it is that big of an issue,” Knezovich says. “We have one individual who is trying to make it an issue.” — JACOB JONES
TIGHTENING THE PURSE STRINGS
When Councilman Steve Salvatori decided earlier this year to gift $15,000 to the city’s warming center program for the homeless, the reaction was almost universally positive. But then came the rest of the details. Among other expenditures, Salvatori had also transferred $5,000 to the Spokane Angel Alliance, an entrepreneurship group of which he is a board member. That spurred complaints that Salvatori and Council President Ben Stuckart, who signed off on the spending, had violated the city’s code of ethics. In a 3-3 tie last week, the city’s ETHICS COMMITTEE dismissed those complaints, but changes to council policy may result from the controversy. The money Salvatori allocated had been set aside for a full-time legislative assistant, which the councilman says
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FILING WEEK for candidates running for office in Washington state began on Monday. Statewide, 10 U.S. Congressional seats will be up for grabs on this year’s ballot, as are all 98 state House seats and roughly half of the state Senate’s 49 seats. Candidates have until Friday to officially enter the 2014 race. Here’s a look at some of the local candidates who’ve filed so far: In the 5th Congressional District, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is officially seeking her sixth term in office. Independent Dave Wilson, the founder and former president of Interface College in Spokane, has filed to run against McMorris Rodgers. Rep. Leonard Christian, R-Spokane Valley, who was tapped to fill former Rep. Larry Crouse’s seat after his retirement from the legislature, is running for his 4th District House seat. Bob McCaslin Jr., son of late 4th District Sen. Bob McCaslin, also filed to run. The primaries will be held on Aug. 5. The general election will take place on Nov. 4. — DEANNA PAN
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Congressman Mike Simpson, left, and challenger Bryan Smith
Redder than Red
The race in Idaho’s 2nd District has become a battle waged between two types of conservatism BY DANIEL WALTERS
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he background music comes from a children’s song. “Mr. Rhino,” the performer sings, acoustic guitar happily strumming along. “You got one tail, four feet, 12 toes.” This video isn’t a children’s TV show or a zoo commercial. It’s a negative ad branding Mike Simpson, U.S. Representative for Idaho’s 2nd District over the eastern half of the state, with the dreaded label RINO: Republican In Name Only. In one of the country’s most heated GOP primaries, Simpson’s defense against challenger Bryan Smith comes down to the purity of his conservatism. His tag line, after all, is “Mike Simpson, Idaho Tough, Proven Conservative.” He can point to plenty of proof. National Journal’s 2013 vote rankings scored Simpson as more conservative than the majority of the House — a body controlled by Republicans — in every area, and only a few points lower than Tea Party favorite Raúl Labrador, who represents Idaho’s 1st District. Simpson has a perfect rating from the National Right to Life Committee, and the NRA is one of his major donors. All of those go-nowhere Republican votes to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act over the past four years turn out to be not so useless in a heated primary: On his website, Simpson brags that he voted against Obamacare 49 times. But to the Club for Growth, the national anti-tax group responsible for the RINO ad, all those conservative moments can’t wash away the stain of the exceptions. “We don’t really concern ourselves with what other groups do or say. He’s a 57 percent on our scorecard,” says Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller. “That’s abysmal.” After all, Simpson voted for the initial Wall Street bailout. He voted to expand a federal health insurance program to cover more children. He defends earmarks. He said you can’t just get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency. To
the Club for Growth, it’s obvious: Simpson isn’t just moderate — he’s practically liberal. While it would be easy to reduce this race to another hard-line attempt to purge the impure, it’s more than that. It’s a proxy war between two strains of conservatives: Big Business on one side; Big Ideology on the other.
ed-meat red-staters have long objected to Simpson. That includes his own House colleague: After Simpson opined that Labrador had lost his credibility by refusing to vote to re-elect John Boehner as Speaker of the House last year, Labrador called Simpson a “bully” who came to Congress to “compromise.” He’s declined to endorse Simpson in this race. “Previous candidates who have run against Mike Simpson had trouble putting two nickels together,” Keller says. Even then, during the Tea Party wave of 2010, Simpson received only 58 percent of the vote in the primary. Now, thanks to the Club for Growth and other outside groups, Smith has been able to mount the most serious challenge yet. They’ve poured nearly $500,000 into Idaho to defeat Simpson. On top of that, nearly two-thirds of the amount raised through individual donations for Smith in 2013 — more than $400,000 — was earmarked and bundled by the group. The Club for Growth has already left a mark on national politics. In 2012, it funneled $6.5 million to help attorney Ted Cruz beat a sitting lieutenant governor in a Texas GOP Senate primary. Cruz went from a near-unknown to a Time magazine Person of the Year runner-up, a filibustering grandstander, and a catalyst for last year’s government shutdown. Not every Republican is thankful. Consider former Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette, a self-styled arch-nemesis to groups like the Club for Growth. “They try to create a Ted Cruz printing press,
and print 50 Ted Cruzes,” LaTourette says. “The country doesn’t need 50 Ted Cruzes.” He points to weak candidates who lost elections after the Club for Growth helped them beat more viable Republican incumbents. “We’d be the majority party today if they hadn’t attacked or entered into the general election races,” LaTourette says. “All the things they hate wouldn’t have happened.” Behind the curtain, the Simpson-Smith race pits LaTourette’s group, the Republican Main Street Partnership, against the Club for Growth. “Mike Simpson is a very conservative Republican,” LaTourette says. “But Mike Simpson also is a pragmatist. He values public land, for instance. He thinks it’s Here are a few other highlights from the not a bad thing for kids to state’s May 20 GOP primary: have health care.” Russ Fulcher, one of Gov. Butch Otter’s primary opponents, has been he Main Street hammering Otter for not doing enough group is funded to stand up to the federal government. almost entirely by He’s earned an unlikely duo of endorselabor unions. LaTourette ments: Rep. Raúl Labrador and former says the group’s separate Democratic state Rep. Branden Durst. 501(c)(4) arm, which isn’t Both praise Fulcher’s conviction. required to disclose do In much of North Idaho, the nors, is comprised mostly story is reversed, as conservative of large business donors. incumbents are being threatened by That matches the rest more moderate groups. The North of Simpson’s donation Idaho Political Action Committee is base. He still has a big pushing five candidates to unseat North financial lead, with most Idaho incumbents, including Coeur donations coming from d’Alene Reps. Kathy Sims and Bob political action committees. Nonini. Scroll through his donor Idaho’s controversial Superinlist, and see a myriad of tendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna businesses related to agdecided not to run for re-election. Four ricultural, mining, timber Republicans are running to replace him. and gambling interests: Only John Eynon, a teacher in the rural Simplot, Monsanto, town of Cottonwood, has pledged to Potlatch, CH2M HILL try to reverse the state’s support of the and the Hecla Mining beleaguered Common Core standards. Company. Simpson is Despite her resounding defeat supported by the Chamber in last year’s Coeur d’Alene mayoral of Commerce, which runs election, candidate Mary Souza hasn’t pro-Simpson ads featurtaken much of a break from politics. At ing former presidential her Mary Souza for Idaho Senate page, candidate Mitt Romney an ad with a martial drumbeat plays — another moderate automatically as she slams State Sen. Republican associated with John Goedde’s support for health insurbig business. ance exchanges and Common Core. By contrast, Smith is — DANIEL WALTERS unyielding in his call for low taxes, less spending and fewer regulations. He supports eliminating the Department of Education and ditching the Common Core standards. But even Smith’s record isn’t perfectly conservative. An Idaho Falls trial lawyer, Smith not only opposed a 2003 Idaho bill to cap lawsuit damages, he recently used Simpson’s support of federal tort reform to gin up donations from his fellow attorneys. Here, the Club for Growth is OK with imperfect. “Getting a 95 percent on our scorecard means you didn’t get everything right,” Keller responds. “[But we] need more 95s.” It’s an underlying question — when is compromise strategic and when is it surrender? — that continues to define the race, and the larger division in the Republican Party. “To me, that’s a win, not a loss, if you get 80 percent of what you want,” Simpson said at Sunday’s debate. “If you’re not willing to do that, you’re not going to get anything done in Congress, and you’ll just be howlin’ at the moon.” Smith didn’t buy that nuance. “I’m not a politician. I haven’t been in Washington as part of the problem for 16 years,” Smith concluded. “I am a true conservative, who is not afraid to stand up for us.” email@example.com
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The sun rises over the Liberty Lake Golf Course and sets over the Airway Heights Corrections Center. It spends the day suspended over the lavish Davenport Hotel and the bustling bus plaza, little houses and dark dive bars, strip malls and the Deja Vu. In the shadow of Interstate 90, Sprague connects us from east to west and divides our north and south. It’s a place for lifers and the just-passing-throughs. Like plenty in Spokane’s history, Sprague’s name was an attempt to lure the affection of others, a nod to a Northern Pacific executive who we hoped would run the railroad through town. Since then, Sprague has undergone a massive transformation from orchards and townships with booster names like “Opportunity” to an exhaust-belching thoroughfare to a serial killer’s hunting grounds and the butt of our jokes. Yet all along, something more has been there: A crooked, imperfect spine holding the whole city in place, carrying our successes alongside our failures, our past next to our future. For this project, a team of 10 Inlander reporters split Sprague’s 17 miles, each assigned a different area to discover. Along the way, we walked both the dark corners and the bright spots, finding peaceful sleepers, acid trips, joy in an untamed field and rebirth at a wounded church. We listened and watched, taking note of the things you see on Sprague, the things you overhear and the things you just feel. This is a collection of what we found, a portrait of our city, a patchwork of weird.
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AIRWAY MOTOCROSS PARK Beyond Hayford Road, at the far west terminus — on a stretch few realize still bears the moniker of a city’s defining street — Sprague Avenue first emerges from the wild, tall grass of the West Plains as a broad strip of gravel lot. Revving two-stroke engines cut the air as dozens of nearby dirt bikers lean into the banked curves winding through the Airway Motocross Park. In the final race of the day, elementary-age riders buzz around the dirt track on 60cc motorcycles, catching pint-sized air off each jump. One rider brakes hard into a sharp turn and tumbles over. He quickly rights his bike and rejoins the race. “Good job, buddy!” a woman shouts from the metal bleachers. “Good job!” The riders gun their motorcycles through the last lap. Oil and exhaust carry on the wind as the announcer calls out each finisher. The scattered crowd cheers as the checkered flag welcomes the last rider. Nearby, Joshua Hitchens, a roofing contractor and lifelong rider, explains that he took ownership of the park in February. “It’s just a dream job for me,” he says. “It just gets into your blood.” Wearing short stubble and a beanie, Hitchens beams with pride looking out at the dirt tracks and gravel lot full of RVs. He says the first couple of months have taken a lot of work. He traded lazy days on his dirt bike for business paperwork, finances and the many hours spent smoothing the course with a tractor. Most nights, he says, he camps at the park to save commute time. “It’s beyond a full-time job,” he says. “It’s a way of life, basically.” A mother hands her weekend pass over to Hitchens. She does not plan to return on Sunday, saying: “I don’t think I can handle seeing my son crash again.” Hitchens nods knowingly. He can rattle off the broken bones and injuries he has suffered over the years. But it’s in his blood. He sees racing as a family, a community of friendly competitors and thrill seekers. It’s a way to get kids off videogames and out into the world, taking risks — living free.
Young racers crowd around a trophy booth after the final event, checking their names against the day’s results. Cole Kelly, 15, of British Columbia, steps up in his shin-topping motorcycle boots and confirms wins in two different racing classes. “It was awesome,” he says, a trophy in each hand. “I just went out there and did my thing.” Kelly and the other racers wander back to the rows of RVs where their families have set up camp for the night. The engines have gone quiet. Kids cruise
just a handful of businesses lined nearby Highway 2. “It’s really grown,” Haynes says of the West Plains. “Houses have come closer and closer to the institution.” As development closes in, officials have erected a new perimeter fence to keep people from throwing contraband over to the inmates, Haynes says. Warning signs went up to deflect the occasional drunk strayed from the casino. But officials also try to be good neighbors. One of just two Department of Corrections facilities in Eastern Washington,
by on BMXs. Dogs tug at leashes. And campfires catch light as everyone gathers round for dinner, the smoke rising out over the sun-bleached fields. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Hitchens says.
the other being Walla Walla, the Airway Heights institution houses approximately 2,150 offenders in minimum- and medium-security units. Rehabilitation programs put those inmates to work on facility maintenance, educational classes, job training and community service projects. “Idle hands are the Devil’s playground,” he says, “so we try to keep them busy. … People think of prison as a negative place, but I think we do a lot of good things.” While opportunities inside the prison may grow, the outside world continues to lean in, calling attention to the freedom beyond the gates. The casino lights glow bright against the night sky. And just out of sight, the roar of racing engines carries over the low rolling hills. “You can hear it really well,” Haynes says. “It’s deafening.”
AIRWAY HEIGHTS CORRECTIONS CENTER Ringed by razor wire and high-power spotlights, the medium-security Airway Heights Corrections Center rises from the edge of a new suburbia. Once isolated amid acres of open plain, the prison now has new housing developments butting up adjacent to its chain-link fencing. Northern Quest Resort & Casino shimmers in the distance. A gas station operates to the east. Associate superintendent Ron Haynes has worked at AHCC for nearly 20 years. He remembers the vast emptiness stretching far beyond the fences, back when
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Around 9:35 am on a Tuesday in September 1992, Chris Lindholm got off the bus at the Greyhound station on West Sprague, saw a black man and a white woman waiting at a change machine, pulled a .38-caliber handgun and shot them five times. “I shot him first, then her, then him, then her, then him,” Lindholm said later, after he’d been tracked down in Colorado. “I tried to hit him three times and her twice. I don’t know how it turned out.” Police, who weren’t around to respond because of understaffing, initially said it was drug-related. It turned out to be more frighteningly senseless: Lindholm, who’d come from Texas to join white
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supremacists at Hayden Lake, had taken the victims for an interracial couple and decided they should die. Both Tracee Raider, 19, and Miguel Legrada, 29, survived. But the shooting remained an unsettling escalation from the drugs, prostitution and miscellaneous crime that had become expected on the blocks around the bus terminal. By the early ’90s the depot was long past the shining promises of its opening in 1947, when it was considered the finest and most modern bus depot in the West. It had sparkling porcelain washrooms, a barbershop, a beauty parlor, a state-of-theart restaurant. An ad proclaimed: “Every comfort imaginable.” Not long after the shooting, the buses moved elsewhere. The building was later purchased by the Cowles company, and today exists for Spokesman-Review distribution and general storage. Mustard-colored paint peels from the tiled walls along the
sidewalk, and tattered plastic covers the windows where passengers once watched for their buses and two people were once shot by the gumball machines. Lindholm, sentenced to 24 years, remains in prison.
RAINBOW CONNECTION DAYCARE On the block beyond the Plaza, where the scent of stale exhaust and cigarettes drops off into the silent canyon of the bank towers, the windows on the south side of Sprague are filled with children. In the first window, toddlers play with bright toys beneath a garland pinned with drawings on paper plates; in the next, preschoolers lay out a trail of foam squares and wear serious expressions as they treat each other’s make-believe illnesses with all the technology of modern toy medicine. But in the early afternoon, all is still. The children nap on tiny cots, with tiny hands and pudgy legs sprawled out
beneath blankies, disarmingly unconcerned with the world beyond the glass. All eyes are closed, save those of one towhead baby in the far corner who stares back at a passerby with heavy eyelids. It’s easy to imagine someone tempted to break the spell, to tap on the glass — but owner Pam Haley says they don’t have many problems. Building security keeps a close watch on the area. “People watch out for us,” she says.
A DOWNTOWN BAR He had wanted shrooms, but he’ll take what he can get. With a swirl of his wrist, the ice clinks in his all-but-empty glass of vodka and soda. It’s his sixth, maybe seventh since sometime after lunch. He already has his concert tickets, and the Arena doors open in just a couple of hours. That’s why he’s asked about the shrooms, but the bartender says she only has acid. That should do. He’ll take four, no… eight. So she slips a white tab of paper under his drink coaster. He passes a few $20 bills across the bar, all while grinning at his friend on the next barstool. Just a little longer, he says, then he’ll duck into the bathroom to piss and drop his first hit of acid. Let’s get this show started. (JACOB JONES)
P.M. JACOY’S Of all the cafes, florists, boutiques, barbershops, drugstores and other spots that have lined the downtown blocks of Sprague over
the years, only one exists with the same location and name it carried a century ago: P.M. Jacoy’s at the northwest corner of Sprague and Washington. P.M. Jacoy, known as Pete, opened a cigar shop in 1897 and moved to the current location in 1904. He sold cigars, candy bars, gum, playing cards, periodicals, fishing tackle and fruit, and when a fire gutted the building in 1939 he moved back in the following
year with a bigger space and a modern soda fountain. Behind the counter now is genial proprietor John Ko, who’s owned the store for 19 years with his wife, Jenny. The shop still does brisk business in cigarettes, candy bars and soda, as well as beer and assorted groceries. Many people stop in just looking for directions. Ko chats about the weather with a burly man buying a bottle of Sprite and a handful of snacks. “It’s nice, getting warmer.” “Where I’m from, it’s already hot,” the man says. He’s from North Carolina, working in Spokane, and he tells Ko about the time when he was young and worked in Nome for a season. He went to Anchorage, too, where his boss lived, and ended up winning $5,000 in a fishing derby. Ko listens and nods, and continues smiling behind the counter as the man exits the store.
SPRAGUE AND DIVISION The intersection of Sprague and Division, where the trains rumble overhead, is the site of Spokane’s single deadliest disaster. On a late afternoon in September 1890, at least 24 men died when more than 200 pounds of dynamite exploded too soon at the Northern Pacific railyard. Now the corner is better known for its mural, a massive marmot face that scowls down at the passing traffic. The artist, Tom Quinn, calls it “grotesque.” “Even I don’t think it looks like a marmot,” he says. “People would come by and say, ‘Is that a gorilla?’” Quinn has other well-known murals around town — the Gonzaga mural that’s now in storage, the faded train murals in Hillyard, the Felts Field mural at the airport, the fish mural farther down Sprague — but the marmot mural was his first, painted in two weeks in June of 1993. An underpass like that is a difficult place for a mural. “Greasy mud” and pigeon guano drips down, Quinn says. The relative privacy means people pee on the walls. Then there’s the vandalism, too — someone recently felt the need to leave a miniature graffito in the marmot’s nostril. “I would love to repaint that sometime,” he says.
Sprague By Thom Caraway, Spokane Poet Laureate Stoplights and asphalt. Six lanes and turn lanes, suicide lanes and more stoplights. On one side of the street, veterans holding signs, on the other, slick men hawking cars. You see potholes and blown reds, meat markets and pawn shops. Few streets define a town, but we have a heart, north from south. There’s nothing you can’t sell, can’t buy, seed and flesh, sustenance, shelter, salvation. /// Blast-cut basalt, exposed hexagonal piers. The gravel that remained — crushed and made into road. Out on the West Plains — jack rabbits and coyotes, reminders of Spokane’s wilderness past. High water table means spring ponds means ducks means my father on his deck at sunup every morning, binoculars in one hand, bird guide in the other, enthusiasm like a child as the ducks return — teals, wood ducks, green-headed mallards. Some call it quits, make his deep water pond their home forever. He builds them shelter, keeps them fed all winter. /// We travel so many roads and arterials — veins. Always between here and there, every way the way to someplace else. /// Through industrial parks and the run-down. Past everything we show out-of-towners. The Davenport, the Bing and Fox. The city’s bright past and restored now. It’s all Sprague.
/// On final approach, if you know the details to pick out, you’ll see the whole sweep, asphalt shining and steaming in sun after rain, the bright ribbon of our long heart, barrier and bridge. When you land, you’ll know which way is home.
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JONES RADIATOR An orange BNSF locomotive, slow and immense, lurches across the overpass at Division Street, the gateway to East Sprague. Past this point, many consider the rest of Sprague a long, crumbling stretch of seedy motels, brazen prostitutes, abandoned strip malls and blacktop car lots. That is until you reach the sprawl of Spokane Valley — a whole different kind of horror. But it all seems harmless enough from the patio of Jones Radiator. One of Spokane’s earliest automotive shops, Jones Radiator re-opened in 2010 as a neighborhood pub. It provides a warm welcome to East Sprague, stocking a wellcurated selection of beer taps and a reliable schedule of local musicians. It’s the kind of place bartenders go to drink. A group of friends sip tallboys and
critique the graffiti on the passing train cars, pointing out their favorites. They talk about people from high school, who still lives around here and which cheerleaders have kids. Do you remember Mindy? “She’s a klepto when she drinks,” one observes. “It’s better than punching people in the face, I guess.” Another train crosses the overpass, shrieking and stalling along the tracks as the sun settles down behind the city, silhouetting the skyline in golden light. Half-empty tallboys clunk off one another as they raise up their cans.
RIVER CITY MODELERS Within what appears to be a boarded-up storage building, a tiny, intricate world bustles with life. Lights flicker in 4-inch-
tall houses. Miniature cars park outside miniature storefronts with fingernail-sized proprietors frozen, arms raised mid-wave. A tiny horn blasts as a model train locomotive pulls past on its way around the elaborate two-level, 41-by-48-foot display. Mike Tietz, president of the River City Modelers club, says the display has more than 19 “scale” miles of HO-sized (1/87th scale) railroad track with a complicated network of circuits and switches controlling every inch of the layout. The system can run as many as 99 trains at once. It usually takes a single train at least 90 minutes to make one complete loop of the display. “It operates exactly like a real railroad,” says Tietz (pictured above). A dispatcher sits at a central computer
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and uses pre-planned manuscripts to manage train movements by individual operators. Trains often progress along real-world itineraries, going from coal mine to power plant or logging camp to timber mill. The display is meant to represent parts of Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana. Many of the club’s 64 members once worked for regional railroads. John Langlot says he served as a brakeman for the Great Northern Railway. He now builds small replicas of the company’s trains. Retired engineers help build miniaturized bridges and electricians help wire switches. “There’s something in this hobby for everyone,” he says.
BEL-AIR 7 MOTEL A steady queue of oversized pickup trucks pulls into the Busty’s Top Espresso stand in the parking lot of the Bel-Air 7 Motel. The squat, brick motel advertises itself as “clean, spacious and very affordable,” boasting of its new bikini coffee stand along a stretch of Sprague where the “full-service” part might raise eyebrows. Guests stand on the balcony smoking. News archives show a long history of drugs, prostitution and murder — all three on some nights. Authorities have raided meth operations and prostitution rings working out of the infamous motel. Dangerous fugitives have checked into the motel only to leave in handcuffs. In 2008, investigators arrested two guests after they had allegedly killed a man over $7.25. In 2010, a 49-year-old woman died when a cigarette caught her bed on fire. In 2011, a suspected prostitute was beaten with a rock by her john. She was found bleeding out front. In 2012, police broke up an out-of-town prostitution ring. “The motel features spacious and affordable rooms,” the Bel-Air advertises. “We offer monthly, weekly, and daily rates. … Call now to make reservations for a comfortable getaway at our motel.”
PALMISTRY READING A heavy coat of dust obscures the window glass. Inside, religious relics and eclectic knickknacks yellow in the sun. A foot-tall Virgin Mary statue, arms outstretched, stands tilted on a short shelf. A business license hangs nearby, just underneath a framed photo of Jesus and a bloody crucifix. Plastic flowers cover a stout typewriter amid a collection
of tea cups and orange extension cords. The neon sign reads: “Palm READINGS.” The entrance is boarded over. Who knows what the future holds?
TEEN CHALLENGE THRIFT STORE The aged or defective can be saved. What once was worn can be renewed. At the center of the emerging International District, the Teen Challenge Thrift Store at the corner of Napa Street practices its own version of revival, selling second-hand goods and collectibles. Vintage furniture, worn paperbacks and vinyl records pack the shelves waiting for a triumphant comeback. “Look at this,” a man says, passing a stack of VHS tapes. East Sprague has started down its own path to renewal, with new restaurants and retail businesses opening in vacant storefronts. Spokane Cheesecakes posted a “Grand Opening” banner across its new location in the new Sprague Union Terrace mixed-use building.
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assiduous inspection of their bingo cards. “N-thirty-eight. N-three-eight.” They’ve come prepared for the next three hours. They’ve got five extra daubers in different colors. They’ve got food — Snack Pack puddings, Hostess cupcakes, Kraft singles, clementines, a sleeve of Ritz and Pepsis — packed in coordinating lunch bags bearing a pharmaceutical label.
“He’s calling too damn fast,” Mitzimberg mutters. Garcia and Mitzimberg have been playing bingo here a couple of nights a month for the past 12 years. This is one of their favorite ways to spend time together. About a year ago, Garcia won big — $1,600 playing Powerball. They split the money like they always do when one of them wins. “It’s something different. There’s nothing else for us to do,” Garcia says. “We’re not going to go to the bars and go dancing. Been there, done that.”
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SYSA BINGO No one speaks in the bingo hall. No one gets up. For a moment, all you can hear are the bingo balls bouncing inside the blower machine, trapped like fireflies in a jar. It’s a light pitter-patter of plastic against glass. Pop, pop, pop, pop. “O-seventy. O-seven-zero.” It’s Saturday night and there’s a decent crowd at Spokane Youth Sports Association Bingo. Families, couples, men and women are hunched over paper bingo cards, ink daubers in hand, on long cafeteria-style tables. Black flashboards light up around the room when the caller reads the next bingo number. “B-ten. B-one-zero.” Sharon Garcia, in a blue sweatshirt, blue sweatpants and white orthopedic shoes, sits across from her mother Vera Mitzimberg, wearing a peach blouse, peach pants and white tennies. They could be the same woman 20-some years apart: Same nose. Similar thin-rimmed glasses. Same
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DOUBLE EAGLE PAWN A Pawn Shop’s Manifesto as told to the Inlander: We don’t give a loan on someone’s story. I’ve prayed with people on the counter; I’ve cried with people on the counter; I’ve laughed with people on the counter. It’s a much more personable business than a bank. We stay humble here. We know what it’s like to be on both sides of the counter. Nobody’s immune. We’re all in the same boat. We’re the same people — gee, besides the guys who come in here and can just squash us with their cars that cost more than our homes! But they’re still using us. They’re still in the shop borrowing money for whatever it is they need to do, whatever problem they’re trying to solve. Medical is a big reason why people borrow money. You’ll hear about kids fighting cancer and the medical bills are crushing their families. Parents are making great money together. They have a nice home. They have multiple cars. They have two kids and one kid has cancer now. What happens? They have 20 years of accumulation in their home and the bank’s not going to give a loan for medical — ha, guarantee it. That story is something that happens all the time. It’s real; it’s everyday. If pawn shops weren’t there for those people, that would be an even scarier thought. I think the country would have collapsed long ago. I guarantee it, actually. This whole country is built on borrowing and lending.
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PATTY’S TACOS-2 Inside this boxy white truck, surrounded by a sea of parking lot, is Patty Ramirez’s American dream. When she moved from Guatemala a decade ago in search of a “better future,” Ramirez just knew she wanted to work. She never thought she’d find herself running her own business, a part of her brother-in-law’s little chain of taco trucks. Ramirez doesn’t speak English, so a family friend’s teenage son, Marvin Garcia, is here to take orders and talk to customers. He asks her about her time here, her work and her family back home and then translates her answers for me. Her responses are never more than a few words long, and she smiles shyly. She likes to cook. She likes Spokane. And snow or
shine, she says, “estamos aqui.” She has been working to get visas for the rest of her family back home. She misses them and that makes some days hard, she says. Just a few weeks earlier, her 14-yearold son Daniel finally arrived. He stands, hands in his pockets, inside the truck as cars pass on the busy stretch of blacktop, in a rush to get to somewhere else. It’s beautiful here, he says for Garcia to translate, and peaceful.
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“The taste of love is sweet. When hearts like ours meet. I fell for you like a child.” “Mom and Dad, everybody!” hollers the DJ, leading the sparsely populated bar in applause. Judy and Norman Kruger aren’t really Dan Neal’s parents, but in Friday night karaoke terms they’re damn close. For the last 10 years, the Krugers have been following Neal from bar to bar, starting at a tavern in Spangle, where they live. They love the way he works the crowd. Neal has mastered the morning radio DJ vibe here, hassling people to sign up and handing out cheesy door prizes — tonight a set of screwdrivers, a watch, a Scooby-Doo DVD. This half of the Dragon Garden, the lounge with its entrance framed by red
neon, is the kind of bar that can give any time of day the feel of the night. It’s dark enough that everyone looks a little younger, a little less tired. Egos are bigger; risks smaller. And there’s plenty of country music in the big white binder of karaoke songs. A girl in plaid belts out “Before He Cheats,” a twangy revenge story, like she knows the sentiment too well. A clean-cut guy in a neat black jacket and too much cologne does Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar.” “We got winners, we got losers, chain smokers and boozers.” Neal works days at a medical supply company. But that is nothing like this, watching singers crack smiles during the applause, filling in the gaps with his own moody performances, buying roses for the women at the bar. “When they sing,” he says, “I want to make them feel like the most important person in the room.”
ing from Amazon, people still drive out here to buy three-for-$10 DVDs and get Texmo’s advice on vibrators. No matter how many ways we have to hide our indulgences, some shoppers still want to talk to a real person. These days, they’re not afraid to do it. Put all your sexual fantasies out in the open, Ms. Kitty’s seems to say, and they won’t feel anything but normal. “It’s a different clientele now. It’s Sally housewife. It’s a lot more women,” says Texmo, 66, whose cropped gray hair and sensible tennis shoes make you feel ashamed of whatever expectations you had about what the owner of a sex shop
during an uproar over a new Ms. Kitty’s location on North Division in the ’80s. Someone set a bomb on the roof of that store; no one was hurt, but the shop didn’t last. In 1990, Texmo’s business partner, former priest John Bauer, pleaded guilty to producing and distributing child pornography. It was a shock for Texmo, who later took over ownership of the store. In a room now set aside for fetish supplies, Ms. Kitty’s used to have strippers and private booths where customers could watch the dancers or porn. When the law changed to prohibit doors on the booths, Texmo says she decided, “I don’t want to see that.”
on East Sprague would look like. Women are not only shopping here, Texmo says, but running other sex shops and product companies, nearly unheard of when she got into the business 30 years ago. (The sign out front boasts 28 years; she’ll have it changed for the store’s anniversary this summer.) The work here is calm and predictable, she says. It hasn’t always been this way. Texmo has seen pickets and hostile zoning changes. “It won’t be safe to walk your dog,” one citizen told the Spokane Chronicle
The last night women danced here was New Year’s Eve 1997. Today, the store is quiet as a few afternoon customers trickle in. “What’s the weather supposed to be like this week?” a man with a ponytail asks Texmo as he pays cash for three DVDs. A middle-aged football-coach type, with a red jacket and baseball cap, walks in the back door and heads straight for the rope. Texmo glances at the security camera feed at her desk and says, matter-of-factly, of the man’s purchase: “A lot of rope.”
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MS. KITTY’S “It all sells,” she says, surrounded by lingerie on one side and a wall of pink and purple dildos on the other. But lately, certain products have been selling especially well. Handcuffs, black nylon rope, that sort of thing. “Ever since 50 Shades of Grey,” she says. “They’re looking for light and friendly stuff, more the illusion of [bondage] than the actual is.” Whatever it is, Alex Texmo is here to help. She’s built this business — a bright, clean, windowless sex shop — on polite, straightforward customer service and longlasting relationships with people who trust her expertise. Ms. Kitty’s is at once a vestige of the past and a testament to today. In the age of free online porn and nondescript packag-
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across America — these big, sprawled-out places meant for wheels and gas, not bike lanes or walking paths. Inside a car we have space for more things, for our future children, the ability to press the accelerator down hard and feel like we’re in control of our own lives. Right here on Sprague, people from all around come to spend their money, and feel like contenders in the allAmerican race toward success.
UGM MOTORS You’ll have to go somewhere else for the luxury liners. Most of the cars on this lot have dings and scratches — imperfections, to say the least. On one pickup, a note has been scrawled on the glass window: DO NOT LOCK! This is a place to find a panel van, a truck, a PT Cruiser in a shade of yellow that can only be found inside dirty diapers. They might not all be pretty, but the cars here run. For the customers at Union
AUTO ROW Pass the jagged border between Spokane and Spokane Valley, and there are cars in every direction. Cars with shiny paint jobs arranged in long rows on big parking lots so they glitter just right in the afternoon sun. Most of them aren’t moving — they’re just-born, and they’re here on display like colorful, metallic birthday cakes, embellished with gigantic versions of children’s party decorations: red, white and blue plastic balloons, canvas flags and glittering banners that whip and click in the breeze from passing traffic. Inflatable people with goofy faces and orangutan arms lure grown adults to make giant purchases here. This is Auto Row. On this part of Sprague, there are promises of speed, of freedom, of open roads and sunsets in rear-view mirrors. Right here is where people come to dream, to indulge in these machines that have come to define cities just like this one
Gospel Mission Motors, that might be all that matters. The people who donate cars here do it because they believe in the cause. Union Gospel Mission provides food and shelter and spiritual guidance for the homeless. The car lot is one way to fund that mission.
Tom Frederick swung hammers as a carpenter before he took a job shaking hands and passing keys to happy customers at UGM Motors. Today he explains car sales in a way that few others on this stretch of Sprague might describe it: “I found myself here. I think God presented an opportunity for me,” he says. “I love working here … doing God’s work.”
TAQUERIA GUERRERO Maria O’Brien steps out from behind the counter inside her restaurant — the one painted in teal-and-peach-colored checkerboard, with the Mexican flag painted on the window that reads ¡Viva Mexico! — and points to the right half of the menu hanging above her head. That part of the menu is El Salvadoran food. That’s the food her family added to the menu when they bought this place three months ago. A few minutes later, she proudly brings out a plate of yucca frita that she just fried in the back, and a piping hot pupusa. In a backward red baseball cap, her brother emerges from the kitchen only long enough to cue up a song that fills that tiny taqueria with music: C&C Music Factory’s “Everybody Dance Now.”
house on this entire section of road. “I don’t know if he died here,” she says, smirking. “If I hear a piano or saxophone, I’m going to freak out.”
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A blonde waitress in black hot pants and a skintight tank top mops the stage with a rag, taking extra care when it comes to wiping down the metallic stripper pole. When she’s done, she grabs her drink tray and scurries back to the bar to fill it with sodas. A leggy woman wearing black glasses emerges on the stage in her underwear and platform heels, and begins writhing and crawling and spinning to what will be the first of several Eminem tracks she’ll take her clothes off to tonight. By himself, in a seat by the stage, sits one heavyset, middle-aged man — balding, glasses, red button-down shirt, still tucked in, like he came here straight from work. A few minutes
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ON THE 8000 BLOCK Laura Orthouse lights a cigarette as she stands in her kitchen. “It’s fine. I like it,” she says of her tiny white cottage. There’s not much to say. Mostly, she just hears a constant hum of cars. Orthouse’s home is strange because it’s the only one on the one-and-a-half-mile stretch between Argonne and Thierman. She likes that. It’s a little like living in the middle of a parking lot. It’s like she and her chihuahua Coco are hidden in plain sight. As she’s walking out the door for work at the nearby Flying J Travel Plaza, she offhandedly mentions that her house is kind of a landmark, actually. How so? She types a Google search into her smartphone for Billy Tipton — the famous 20th century jazz musician who made his home in Spokane, and who was discovered to be biologically female after he died. On her phone screen she enlarges an image of Billy Tipton’s Washington state driver’s license — one that says he was a male with blue eyes, who lived on East Sprague Avenue. Right here. This house. The last standing
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ing a rock for you!” The city of Spokane Valley can show you plenty of conceptual drawings with its future plans to extend Balfour Park through this property, to make it proper with manicured grass, a water feature, a vet memorial and an amphitheater. But right now, this is park in its purest form. Open space. A place to fly a kite on a windy April day.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY Hannibal Rising. A Danielle Steel romance novel, a James Patterson thriller, an Orson Scott Card paperback. A textbook titled Deviant Behavior, stamped with “Rolling Hills Academy, Temecula, CA.” A magazine, with a Norman Rockwell-style grandpa on the cover, called Good Old Days. This is one more important piece of this empty field: There are 11 books in all, a seemingly random selection, tucked away in a tiny cedar box — from far away it looks like a large bird feeder with a latch
and glass door. It’s a tiny library, one with no cards, late fees or stern librarians. Just an honor system. Take a book or leave a book. In a sense, the box is a seed: It’s part of the “Little Free Library” campaign, planted here at the intended site of a full-fledged 30,000-foot Spokane County Public Library branch. It just needs funding. In an election last month, the Spokane County Library District missed the 60-percent threshold for the bond to finally build the thing. They can try again, but the whole idea comes with a due date: If the money can’t be found to build the library by 2017, the city of Spokane Valley will take back control of the land.
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FIELD WEST OF BALFOUR PARK For now, this is just a field. Just eight acres of grass, uneven and untended, and one solitary tree. The kite in the air, a patchwork of Technicolor, dips and rises, cartwheeling through the sky. It’s attached to a rod and reel held by a bearded father named Mike Loomis. His sweatshirt is splotched with paint and he’s lying back in the grass like Tom Sawyer at the fishin’ hole. His two kids are here too. “It’s our weekend with our daddy,” says Makynzy, a 9-year-old with dashes of blue streaks in her hair. Makynzy rapidly rambles off the plot of a funny book she just got from the library, until Jack, her little brother, has something vital to say: “Daaaad!” he yells frantically. “I’m find-
expanse of grass, on a mostly vacant expanse of cracked asphalt, a vacant expanse of gray concrete rises into the air. The yellow parking lines have peeled away, and the FIRE LANE signs are so faded they’re barely readable. Tree branches obscure the letters UNIVERSITY CITY (pictured on facing page). Forty-nine years ago, the University City mall opened, with 29 stores and a parking lot for 1,500 cars. By 1980, the size of the complex had nearly doubled. But in 1997, Spokane Valley got a newer, shinier mall, one that seduced away University City’s prime tenant, J.C. Penney. It was hardly the only wound the old mall suffered, but it may have been the fatal one. Drive up the parking ramp today, and see a second-story parking structure, once packed with Christmas shoppers, that now has only a row of dinged and rusted sheriff’s cruisers and a SWATstyle van with a D.A.R.E. sticker on it. Today, part of the mall has become a training center for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, with old stores used for obstacle courses and scenario rooms. The surrounding shopping center has Rosauers and some fastfood joints, but make no mistake; this place is dominated by empty storefronts and NAI Black for-lease signs. Big red Dollar Store letters are piled up behind one window, and “Y.O.L.O.F.I.S.H.” is scrawled in the dust of what once was Hollywood Video.
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SPRAGUE AND UNIVERSITY You can’t talk about the struggles of Sprague without talking about Appleway. Drive east, and as soon as you hit Thierman, you’ll be forced off Sprague onto Appleway. It’s nearly three miles of weeds, dirt lots, chain-link fences, railroad tracks, power lines and the back ends of buildings until you hit University, where Sprague finally starts running east again. Blame Spokane County. To cut down on I-90 drive-time gridlock, it turned Sprague into a couplet with Appleway back in 2000. In less than a decade, the 34,000 cars zooming daily down Sprague slowed to a trickle of only 15,000. Businesses withered away with it. There was no going back. In 2011, the council gave Valley voters a chance to turn Sprague back into a two-way street, but with the specter of a longer commute time and higher taxes, 83 percent of voters didn’t just say no. They said “Hell, no!” Time was, Spokane Valley had a sweeping plan to transform both streets. University City was supposed to become a true city center for the center-less valley. It took six years of planning, a fortune in consultant fees and was intended to last for 30 years, but finally in October 2009, the Sprague Appleway Revitalization Plan — SARP — took effect. It would use zoning to mold and constrain the valley, forcing certain types of growth in some areas, restricting it in others. But then a new city council stormed city hall and smashed the mold to pieces. The new crowd had campaigned nearly entirely on a promise to rid the city of SARP, which they saw as handcuffing the free market’s invisible hand. They kept that promise. There’s still hope that Sprague will rise again. As Spokane Valley looks for a new spot for City Hall, Mayor Dean Grafos has said he’d prefer a site at University City across from Balfour Park. Just because the city council ditched SARP doesn’t mean they’ve given up on the revitalization of Sprague. In a simple amateur video filmed for last year’s campaign, Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace stands outside the cardboard-covered doors of University City, wind blowing through his white hair. “I hate the word blight,” Pace says, spitting out the word. “This place is an opportunity just waiting for something to happen.”
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This billboard soars just across Sprague from the Valley’s seat of power, the building housing offices for the city’s leaders and state Sen. Mike Padden. On the other side of the sign is a question — “Who Is Jesus?” — with the same phone number. A block further east stands another billboard telling passersby: “Fluoridation is Public Health Quackery!”
PUFFIN GLASS STUDIOS Walk in here, with the countless hookahs, vaporizers and bongs (excuse me, water pipes) of all shape and size, with curves and color, and you realize it isn’t just about puffin’ until you’re out of your gourd. There is art, culture, even fetishism — why else would customers come back? Really, how many tobacco water pipes does one household need? In some ways, Tiffany Anderson, 26,
is an unlikely manager of the place. She used to work at the Target on Sprague and Evergreen — “After the holiday season, I realized it wasn’t for me” — and landed this gig through a friend. Nevermind she had finished a program to become a chemical dependency counselor. “Ironic, huh?” she says with a laugh. She likes the work. Her schedule is 9 to 5, and owners are quick to thank her. “It has its ups and downs,” she admits, adding without irony, “but more ups than downs.” The store is expanding into the empty business next door, knocking down a wall and adding staff, but Anderson says it’s business as usual, despite the state’s legalization of pot. Bongs are still “water pipes.” That’s not to say the culture — or how people puff — isn’t changing. “Dabbing is the new craze,” Anderson says. “As they call it: A little dab will do ya.” A dab is a cannabis concentrate — often in the form of wax or an oil — that is heated and inhaled. It’s gained notoriety for two reasons: 1. Amateur scientists
trying to create the concentrate by themselves have been known to inadvertently blow shit up. 2. Dabbing gets you supersuper high. Anderson demonstrates how to assemble a rig for dabbing. Buyer beware: “I’m telling you, it’s like NyQuil,” she says. “Don’t make plans.”
ICHABOD’S EAST Three people — a rosy-cheeked couple in their 50s and a single guy wearing a four-day beard and a Seahawks cap — are sitting at the corner of the bar. ESPN is replaying the day’s best homers. The guy with his wife pushes a plastic basket, the type you’d fill with hot French fries, toward the bartender. The basket is filled with ripped-up paper — pull tabs, and no winners. “We’re done,” the man says, sipping from a can of Coors Light. “Unlucky tonight.” The Hawks fan picks up the conversation. Says his luck is always mixed. Up and down. But as long as it evens out, it’s entertainment, he says. Then he launches into a story he had heard from the bartender. It goes about like this:
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The other night, this pregnant woman comes in, she’s drinking and she decides to play the pull tabs. Right away, she wins 200 bucks. She keeps drinking and partying. The fan looks away from ESPN, to the couple, to show his disapproval. Then continues. The woman plays again. This time, she wins 500 bucks. And you know what tip she gave at the end of the night? On $700? Twenty bucks. Can you believe that? ... I always give 15 percent when I win. That’s my rule. The couple agree that after scoring $700, the least the drunk pregnant woman could have done was peel a hundred from off the top for the bartender. Have some class, at least. The fan checks his watch. 7:15. Almost time to go to Dave’s Bar and Grill, two doors down, where you can get a sirloin steak, fries and salad for $6.99 after 8 pm. He orders another Michelob Ultra. The clack-clack of pool balls ricocheting across felt can be heard from the tables lining the far wall, where three men are splitting a pitcher. Shoehorned between the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum and Peters Hardware, Ichabod’s changes according to the hour: blue collars and gray hairs after work, tattooed men in white tanktops closer to midnight. Within about a block, there are no fewer than three check cashing businesses. After the couple settles up and heads back out to Sprague, now glowing with headlights, I tell the Hawks fan I work as a reporter and ask what he does. “As little as possible,” he says humorlessly. He doesn’t elaborate and turns back to the TV.
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PARKING LOT OF RON’S DRIVE-IN X-Khan chin-nods at passersby, hoping to draw eye contact, hoping you’ll stop for a moment so he can fan out CDs in his hand and tell you about all the hits he’s getting on YouTube. He’s got a video cued up on his smartphone. Titled “Win Some, Lose Some,” it’s a tribute to Tupac. “One hundred and twenty-nine thousand hits,” he says, in case you don’t believe him. X-Khan (aka Milton Farrar) is a transplant from Connecticut. He moved to Spokane Valley, following his younger brothers who are also into the local music scene. There’s talk of building their own studio and label. “This is an up-and-coming young town,” X-Khan says. “It’s on the verge of being a good hip-hop town.” Like with many performers, it’s not always clear where fact ends and myth begins. Especially when he says things like this: “I’m an urban legend around here. Winning over people one by one.” Back East, X-Khan says he spent some time at Rutgers, started developing a fanbase (in part, he says, for sounding like DMX) and, over the years, worked about 50 odd jobs. Today, though, he’s just walking Sprague. He was in a car wreck last summer and is still coping with pain. “That’s my main motivation,” he says, “to come out here and walk and keep walking. … I keep walking and following my physical therapy — that’s what’s going to get me through.” Just then, a kid in black shorts and a black hoodie shouts at X-Khan from across the parking lot. “How you doing? Still at it?” “I’m still at it,” he answers, “All day.” X-Khan turns to me, proudly. “Local celeb. That’s me.”
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it’s tucked in off the street behind a mattress store and a gym, she says there are still plenty of curious walk-ins (the club offers play-by-the-hour rates and memberships), and its members come from all over to hang out and play. There’s no alcohol served, just candy and energy drinks. Customers are fine with that, she says, adding, “even if you’re older, sometimes you want to go somewhere that’s not a bar.” Tyler “Panda” Johnson has been coming here just about every day since he won an Injustice tournament last year. A gamer since he got his first Nintendo Game Boy at 3, Panda, now 18, says he likes being able to play here with friends rather than sit alone at home in front of a computer screen.
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sets a giant three-ring binder holding Black Wolf’s game library on the glass countertop. Lopez, 24, opened Black Wolf about a year ago. Most Saturdays, she says, the pool tables are packed, and the club usually hosts a LAN party (with Halo or Call of Duty) or a gaming tournament — the following weekend is a Smash Brothers tourney — until the wee hours of the morning. The location off Sprague wasn’t her first choice for the gaming club, modeled after an arcade in Seattle she’d been to, but her dad owns the property, so it made sense. Even though
BLACK WOLF GAMING CENTER In an unassuming strip mall that blends in with the bland commercial scenery stretching toward the rising hills of Liberty Lake, Black Wolf Gaming Center is a videogamers’ paradise: dark, cool and lit by little else than the glow of blinking LED console lights and rows of flat-screen TVs. On a Saturday night just before 10, there’s a couple hunching over an arcade game along the wall near the door. A few guys wander in to play pool, but the place is fairly empty other than two employees hanging out behind a counter and a group of teens playing Halo. “It’s usually a lot busier than this on a Saturday,” says Raelynn Lopez, a petite woman in a beanie with colorful tattoos down her left arm, as she
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Panda, who got the nickname because he usually wears a panda hat, describes himself as a broad spectrum gamer and has played all the games in Black Wolf’s library. “Anyone who comes in, I’ll play with them,” he says. Behind him, the Halo team is hard at battle, leaning forward in their chairs, thumbs gripped white over the controls. In between issuing commands to his teammates, one player takes a deep breath and says, “Remember, it’s just a game.”
EVERGREEN PET SHOP A faded sign on the facade reads “Serving Spokane Since 1974,” but the teal-awninged building is an empty shell (pictured above). It’s been about a year and a half since Evergreen Pet Shop’s controversial closing — its cats, dogs, rats, birds, reptiles and turtles are all long gone. The community raged over rumors that its owners, shut down by the state for owing back taxes, simply abandoned the animals inside. Many displayed signs of neglect, but pet-loving good samaritans stepped in to offer them homes. Now, beyond the front windows coated with a thin film of dust and grime, there’s just a dusty cement floor. Crisp, brown skeletons of weeds grow under the windows. Below the pet shop’s street-facing sign of two parrots on a branch, the letters that haven’t blown away yet on the reader board spell out a cryptic message: “$ 5 BAG OPEN 10.”
ALLEN-HARTUNG HOMESTEAD When Burr and Edythe Allen moved from Iowa to Spokane in 1913, they stopped a ways out from the city and bought a 10-acre spread of land to farm and plant an orchard. The next year, they erected a two-story house with a big front porch along “The Appleway,” the main road through the valley east of Spokane, named so for the exuberant, blossoming apple orchards spreading out around it. A century later, the two-story white house (pictured on facing page) sits much closer to the widened five-lane road. Cars whiz by instead of clopping, horse-drawn buggies and wagons. Ob-
scured behind an enormous conifer in the front yard, the house seems all but forgotten. Plywood boards cover the windows to keep out thieves, but most of the copper was ripped out of the home earlier this year, says their grandson Allen Hartung, who grew up on the property and has strived to keep it in the family. He hopes to fully restore it someday, but economic woes have kept him from doing more than keeping it intact and protected. “A lot of people ask, ‘Why don’t you sell that?’” Hartung says. “My answer is, I can’t get anything for it. If it doesn’t have value to anyone else, it has more value to me. I guess I’m kind of sentimental about it. I had a happy youth on that spread.” Hartung was born in Spokane in 1940. He lived with his younger brother and parents in a little pink, aluminum-sided house on the east edge of the property. He remembers sitting on the porch swing of Grandma’s house, looking out at a vastly different view of Sprague. Directly across the street now is Sprague & Sullivan Storage, but Hartung remembers it being cantaloupe fields. He and his brother and their friends would sneak out at night to eat ripe cantaloupe fresh off the vine. He remembers the Stanke family had a house to the east — now Savemore Building Supply. Down on the northwest corner of Sprague and Conklin was the Dilley Barbershop. Hartung remembers riding his bike to school, and afterward going fishing at Shelley Lake just south of home. He remembers how hard his mother Dorothy worked in her flower garden. This spring, her daffodils bloom out back. The Hartung house is the oldest still-standing home that Spokane Valley Heritage Museum’s Jayne Singleton knows of along the far east stretch of Sprague past the museum. “Absolutely it’s unique. Most homes along it were torn down or relocated to different areas during the transition from a rural area to an urban area,” Singleton says. “It is certainly worthy of preservation — there aren’t many historical buildings left in the Valley on Sprague.”
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ball, the dance floor is a sea of well-coiffed hairdos and cowboy hats. On this Friday evening, the Desert Rose Band, a country cover act, has the Spokane Valley Eagles packed, and supportive blue T-shirts splashed with the band’s logo dot the room. Ford, 72, is the Eagles’ bookkeeper, but tonight she’s not working. She’s here to enjoy her fish fry dinner with family and friends and kick back on the dance floor to the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” At a nearby table, Bob Smith holds court. He’s quick to smile and flirt, especially after a couple of sips from his red
SPOKANE VALLEY EAGLES AERIE 3433 Either you’re one of the 779 current members, you’re a guest of a member or you’re a friend of the band playing for a dance there; otherwise, you’re probably not getting into the boxy, yellow Spokane Valley Eagles building. Like speakeasies nearly a century ago, there’s a doorbell that guests must ring to be buzzed in after a quick name check. This vetting process keeps trouble out. “As a single senior individual I feel comfortable here,” says Donna Ford, who joined the Aerie in 2005. She’s not the only single senior at tonight’s dance who holds that view. Other ladies espouse the party line as well. People here are like family. “You should have been here at the beginning tonight when we get here for dinner,” says Shari Sheets, in between dance numbers. “It takes us at least a half an hour until anyone sits down. We’re all just hugging one another.” Under the twisted streamers and disco
wine. His friends, including Sheets and her husband Ernie, sit around the long table watching couples, all in their 40s or older, two-stepping by. “Old people can dance too,” says Smith, who makes a point to dance with all the ladies that he can.
KING’S RESTAURANT The fluffy-haired woman with the thunderous voice wants to read her fortune to the folks clad in church clothes at her table, but the rest of the patrons at King’s Restaurant — the lone restaurant on this patch of Sprague between Conklin and Barker — hear her too. “If you continually give, you will continually have,” she reads with a snort after cracking her fortune cookie. “Can I get an amen?!” People nod in agreement as they finish their platters of stir-fried rice, juicy meat and thick noodles.
RIGHT TURN GOING EAST It’s the part of Sprague where one can get detached from the road without even knowing. Just a slight curve to the left and poof, you’re on Appleway. Here at the intersection of Corbin and Sprague, you’ll have to turn right if you want to stay on Sprague. Do so and Sprague becomes residential: not one brightly lit car wash or used auto joint in sight. Ramblers with immaculate lawns line the road. There’s a nursery. It’s 13 miles from downtown Spokane to this Greenacres neighborhood, but it feels like the country out here. Go back and stand at the corner intersection facing west, and there’s Greenacres Elementary and Relics, an adorable repurposed vintage furniture and collectables store, on the right. To the left, a huge billboard reads: “Jesus: You’re on his mind.”
GREENACRES BAPTIST CHURCH Even though it’s been around for more than 40 years, there’s a sense of freshness at Greenacres Baptist Church: Freshly mowed grass, a fresh white sanctuary and a fresh-faced pastor new to the parish (pictured on facing page). The congregation is small in number but mighty in resilience. Before Rev. Andrew Fouche took over, this was the church whose founding pastor, Wayne Scott Creach, was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in 2010. The healing process is ongoing. Fouche has been at the parish just two weeks, and he already has big plans. This sunshine-soaked Sunday, he’s preaching on finding and serving the heart of the community, his new community. “The church has been through a lot in the past few years,” Fouche says later. This is the sort of church where men still wear suits, women bright dresses. There’s an occasional “amen” from the audience during the sermon. The congregation pulls from all over Liberty Lake, Otis Orchards (where Fouche has lived since 2007 with his wife and kids), Spokane Valley and even Post Falls. Spokane Valley has no shortage of churches, and just down the road from Greenacres Baptist is Valley Real Life, one of the area’s larger churches. Through the Awana kids ministry outreach, the upcoming Vacation Bible School and more, Fouche says he’s eager to reach out, to maintain his church as a vessel for change in a growing neighborhood. “The goal is to have a good reputation with those outside of the community and be a blessing to the community,” Fouche says. “We want to love the people all around us even if they don’t believe the same as us. We’re going to speak what we believe, but in a way that strengthens rather than causes divide.”
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SPOKANE GUN CLUB There’s nothing much to see on Sprague here as it beelines through its most rural expanse. The homes remind you to beware of dogs, and pickup trucks are the vehicle of choice. But you won’t miss the Spokane Gun Club, whose sign boasts of its existence since 1892. This is true, but they didn’t come to this sprawling ranch near Greenacres until 1949. They’ve hosted shooting tournaments there since. The 1980 Inland Empire Handicap tournament was halted when the sky went dark with ash from Mt. St. Helens. The plaque for that tournament lists Mt. St. Helens as the winner for 1980.
These days, you can stop by on pretty much any weekend and find the place hopping, the region’s sportsmen shooting skeet with mountain views in the background.
LIBERTY LAKE: GOLF CART CITY Sprague disappears for a few miles but returns to form the southern border of Liberty Lake. The city, not the lake. Liberty Lake is a town with just shy of 8,000 residents, but 45 holes of wellmaintained golf course. You can see this 177-people-per-hole ratio alive in Liberty Lake as the electric-powered carts slog not only along the side of the fairways, but also on the shoulder of the road. In Liberty Lake, a city only 13 years old, it’s perfectly legal to do this. You just
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LIBERTY LAKE GOLF COURSE Todd Harper pilots his cart along the front side of Liberty Lake Golf Course, waving to an older couple striding down Sprague
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have to be 16 and have a driver’s license. You don’t need to be headed to play golf, as evidenced by an older couple trucking down the side of Sprague sans clubs or golfing equipment on a warm Friday afternoon last month. You can’t, however, get loaded on post18th-hole Coors Lights, then drive your cart home. Ben Rowe learned that the hard way last August when he tried to weave his way home through parking lots after drinking with buddies. It was the third golf-cart DUI in the young city’s history.
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on the other side of the fence. “That’s my mom and dad right there,” says Harper, as his parents wave back. They’ve lived just up the street, near the entrance to the golf course, since the late 1970s. Harper grew up with the golf course out his front window. Now, as the superintendent, he’s charged with keeping the course green and functioning. When his family relocated to this stretch of Sprague from Spokane, there were only a few other housing developments, but the golf course already had been in play since 1958. Harper started golfing the course at age 10, working on the links at 14 or 15 — he can’t quite remember. He raked the bunkers, cut the holes and mowed the rough. He kept coming back, except for one year when he opted for a job with the sewer district. “If you stick around a place long enough, well… ” he says, trailing off into a laugh. When MeadowWood Golf Course opened across the street in 1988, he worked over there. After graduating from Washington State, Harper again headed back to the golf courses. Driving along the cart paths, Harper waves to the retirees getting their holes in and points out all the changes he oversaw when the course was revamped between 2008 and 2010. “I grew up playing this golf course and learned how to play the game on this golf course, so to be the superintendent when it was changed, I had mixed feelings. It was like changing your backyard,” says Harper, now 45. He parks on the side of the tee box for the 18th hole and approaches the foursome sizing up the pin 330 yards away. “We called it the goat ranch,” one of them says. “And it was only five bucks.” “You guys probably snuck on anyway,” says Harper. Bob Kropp, who’s lived in nearby Otis Orchards for more than 30 years, crushes a drive that lands in the middle of the fairway. “You’d get off the freeway here and there was nothing. There was a cabin that sold Aplets and Cotlets. No gas station, no grocery store.
Nothing,” says Kropp. The fourth of the foursome knocks his shot into the water. The three others laugh, but Harper just hops back in his cart. On the way back to the clubhouse, he points at the grass lining the fairway. It’s supposed to all be Kentucky bluegrass, but there’s some poa annua sneaking into the mix and this drives him nuts. When the course was redone, Harper saw every blade of grass torn up. Tee boxes were reset to keep slices and hooks from landing in front yards or smashing through windshields. Greens were adjusted and water features added. But none of that would have mattered if Harper couldn’t get the grass to grow. “There were a lot of those times when I was nervous. It’s a little different to grow grass than to maintain it.” The grass did grow. The course got harder, but it looked a hell of a lot better. “Golfers seem to enjoy more challenges, even if they’re not good,” says Harper.
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THE END You’d miss the end of Sprague Avenue if you weren’t looking for it (pictured above). You descend a hill and veer to the right, and then you’re on Neyland Avenue, flanked by a handful of aging single-wides on one side and a treeheavy set of condos appropriately called The Woodlands on the other. You’re no longer in the city of Liberty Lake, even though, a half mile later, Liberty Lake itself comes into view. At the point where Sprague disappears, there’s a duplex with a crisp American flag flying from a pole in the immaculately kept yard. There’s no sign telling you that you’ve reached the end of Sprague, a stretch of road that, depending on the stretch you’re on, can be vibrant or vacant, glamorous or gritty. Sometimes it feels like the city fathers were short on asphalt when building Sprague and had to pave it with desperation instead. But out here — where everything is green and houses are spaced with suburban comfort — the road ends far from where those fathers could have ever seen it reaching.
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Back Home After a 16-year absence, Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson returns home to perform with the Spokane Symphony BY LAURA JOHNSON
ith a gleaming white smile (almost blinding to stare at) and abs of steel (not as challenging to look at), Cheyenne Jackson is somewhat of a heartthrob in the gay community (just head to Google Images). But he’s more than an appealing face: the Newport, Wash., raised talent is a Broadway actor, has made appearances on Glee and 30 Rock and sold out Carnegie Hall twice. After high school graduation, Jackson settled in Spokane for six years, taking classes at Spokane Falls Community College and performing at Spokane Civic Theatre and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Next week, after years away, Jackson returns to his roots for a musical revue accompanied by the Spokane Symphony. About a month ago, he was back in the Big Apple (he lives in Los Angeles now) performing in a oneweekend engagement of the musical The Most Happy Fella. He phones from a bustling coffee shop just hours before call time, ready to talk about the upcoming Spokane experience. INLANDER: You called me directly on the phone; you don’t have an assistant or anything? JACKSON: Hell, no. I do my own laundry and bed. How does it feel to come back to Spokane? How long has it been? I have literally not been back in 16 years; it’s going to be surreal. It kind of chokes me up thinking about it. My family is coming from California [his parents recently moved] and all my friends in the theater scene in and around, and it’s going to be a reunion of sorts. It’s twofold; I’m removed but I’ll always think of that area as home. ...continued on next page
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“BACK HOME,” CONTINUED... Why did you decide to come back and do this? In the last three years I’ve been doing a lot of concert work and I really love it. I love the freedom of it, creating my own show. I’m not shackled to playing a character. I asked my booking people to reach out to Spokane and they said, “It’s a hard area.” [The show] happened anyway. How does it feel to sing with a full orchestra behind you? Is that a favorite thing of yours? I love it, but there are definitely pluses and minuses. To stand in front like that, it’s physically and emotionally draining. It’s a wall of sound behind you and there’s nothing like it.
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Last year you released an album of your own songs and worked with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in a Liberace biopic. What are you working on next? I’m a workaholic; I’m much better with 12 things to do. There are many things coming out this year. I shot two pilots for HBO. As I’m older, I’m doing more and more things. As my face changes and I age, I’m getting better and learning from the best. You moved to New York at 26 and in six weeks got a role (understudy for Thoroughly Modern Millie). How did you deal with other people’s reaction to that? At the time I was so myopic. They needed someone who could sing baritone and fit multiple roles. I was just blind … I had the balls, I didn’t know the people I was auditioning for had won Tonys. They all thought, “Who is this guy? He doesn’t even have headshots.” But I believe I paid my dues acting other places [Spokane, Seattle] first. You’re singing from the Great American Songbook. Do you have some favorites that you have to sing? Michael Feinstein [a Grammy-winning champion of the genre] and I did the Carnegie Hall show [and also an album] together a few years ago and I’ve learned about these wonderful pieces from him. The show will be everything from the ’20s to the ’60s, songs that stand the test of time by people like Cole Porter, Gershwin. This will be an amalgam of three shows I have — crowd-pleasing and not boring. Great music is great music. I love to talk on stage, make fun of myself. And since it’s Spokane, it will be even more personal. Will your fiancé (entrepreneur Jason Landau) be coming with you? I don’t think so. I know he wants to, to see this place that means so much. He’s just so busy running two companies. n Cheyenne Jackson sings the Great American Songbook with the Spokane Symphony • Tue, May 20, at 7:30 pm • $35/$48 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • spokanesymphony.org • 624-1200
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he difference between black-and-white film and digital pixels can be subtle these days, but sometimes it’s impossible to miss. Over the past 20 years, Bill and Kathy Kostelec have explored this difference by capturing images of Spokane and other locations in black-and-white with antique large-format cameras. Find video of “Everything has this sort of a the Kostelecs at muted feel compared to a modern Inlander.com. digital shot taken of the same scene,” says Bill. “And it’s attractive, partly because of the difference.” Through a methodical and delicate process of light
metering, manual camera controls, chemical baths and trial-and-error printing, Bill and Kathy preserve the classic quality of traditional film photography. Spend a day with them (or watch the video we made after we spent a day with them, at inlander.com), and you’ll learn to appreciate the painstaking decision-making that went into many of history’s most iconic images. — ALEJANDRO PALLARES Contact Prints: Silver Platinum and Gold • On display though May 30 • Kolva-Sullivan Gallery • 115 S. Adams • visitspokane.com/listings/Kolva-Sullivan-Gallery • 458-5517
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May 2 3r throu d gh June 1st APP | There are plenty of fitness tracking apps out there, but most of them either need an expensive gadget to accompany them or require you to manually log all your activity each day. Not going to happen. Enter MOVE. It runs in the background (with a battery-saving option), working like a pedometer, but using GPS to know when you’re walking, running or cycling. It’ll log movement at the gym too, but you will have to help it know what exactly you’re doing while you’re there. The process lets you know how much exercise you’re really getting each day and where you need to step it up. One disclaimer: Facebook recently bought the app, and as with all things the mammoth social media site acquires, that could mean future data sharing. You’ve been warned.
MUSIC | Arctic Monkeys’ newest album, released last year, is full of simmering, frantic songs about lust and lost love. It’s great for windowsdown driving, late-night drinking or meeting deadlines. Pretty typical for the British rock/pop band. But make those same songs acoustic and you’ve got a completely different vibe in your headphones. New on the band’s YouTube channel (youtube. com/arcticmonkeys or just search “Arctic Monkeys live at Avatar Studios) are three ACOUSTIC VERSIONS of songs from the new album, AM. Stripped down, the melancholy lyrics come through in a whole new way, making these the songs for the morning after instead of the night of.
TV | You can’t really be faulted for being skeptical about LAST WEEK TONIGHT, the newest comedy show built on mocking mainstream media. Don’t we already have The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for that? Indeed. But just a few weeks in, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is already distinguishing itself with more international stories, segments like “John McCain Tells the Same Joke Six Different Times” and snappier take-downs. (This is a commercial-free, expletive-allowing network, remember.) Oliver proved an engaging and funny host during his time subbing for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, but with more time between episodes and his own distinct voice for the show, this is even better.
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CULTURE | THEATER
FROM LEFT: Marianne McLaughlin, playing Rose; Brie Cole, playing June; and Aubrey Shimek Davis as Louise. SARAH WURTZ PHOTO
The Civic’s new production of Gypsy combines classic family drama with even more classical set devices BY E.J. IANNELLI
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fter the famous burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee published her memoir in 1957, it didn’t even take 18 months for Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents to adapt it into a Broadway musical starring Ethel Merman. There was a reason for their eagerness. In exposing the seediness beneath the patina of glamour, hers was the kind of compelling — and titillating — tale about fame that audiences never tire of hearing. Gypsy Rose Lee had been destined for the stage but not necessarily for stardom. Her monomaniacal, overbearing mother, Mama Rose, had first set her sights on advancing the career of June, her younger sister. As a result, Gypsy (then known as Rose Louise) grew up in her sister’s shadow — quite literally, in many respects, since Mama Rose ensured the spotlight fell on June alone — until, at the age of just 15, June chose to elope. For better or worse, Louise then found herself at the center of her mother’s ambitions. Mama Rose was “the stage mom extraordinaire,” says Marianne McLaughlin (previously seen in Interplayers’ Away in the Basement), who plays the character in the Civic’s new production of Gypsy, opening on May 16. “She loves the idea of succeeding and having that feeling of being in the spotlight, and making sure that [June and Louise] are. She’s a woman who’s got a lot of flaws, but she’s got incredible strength and she really does love her daughters,” says McLaughlin. That love and that ruthless resolve are often at odds, though, which is why Aubrey Shimek Davis (The Drowsy Chaperone, Into the Woods), who plays Louise, says that Gypsy is like a case study of the dysfunctional family. “For me, the journey for Louise’s character is the quintessential abusive family relationship. What happens is that the oldest child is the one that’s very protective of the parents. And then the second child is typically the one that goes away, that separates from the abusive relation-
ship,” she says. “With June and Louise you can see that. Louise just wants to be the peacekeeper, and June just wants to get away and be a successful actress.”
irected by Troy Nickerson, this production of Gypsy promises to be a little different. “He didn’t want to do a Gypsy with all sorts of flotsam and jetsam,” says McLaughlin, referring to the usual glitz and spectacle of many productions of the musical. “It’s so easy to go down that route, and I’m so glad he didn’t. It should be about these relationships, and you shouldn’t be looking at all this crazy stuff, like cars driving on stage.” To that end, lead set designer David Baker has employed a clever stage device that actually dates back several millennia to ancient Greek theater. They’re called periaktoi — “triangle-shaped pillars,” as Davis describes them — that can revolve in unison to present different backdrops, like a Chinese restaurant or a dressing room. “He did do a double proscenium — very traditional, gold, beautiful,” McLaughlin says. “But there’s no bringing on 10 pieces of furniture and taking off the couch. You have a taste of it: a sink, a refrigerator, boom. It’s simple.” “It’s suggestive,” adds Davis, “like burlesque.” Some mild burlesque does feature in the musical, especially in the final scene. Davis says the story arc is defined in part by the contrast between the big striptease and the lighthearted cow costume of the first act. “You get to be super sexy at the end and this fun cow at the beginning. So I get to grow up, and people get to come with me on my journey from cow to stripper,” she laughs. n Gypsy • May 16 to June 15: Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm • $22-$30 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • spokanecivictheatre.com • 325-2507
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L e e g h u t m e v es o L Locally farmed green garbanzo beans are popping up on menus this year BY AMY MILLER-KREZELAK YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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very season, restaurateurs, chefs and foodies tout the latest and greatest additions to the ever-expanding culinary lexicon of our great nation. Each region encourages trends that spread throughout the states, uniting us via curiosity and appetite. But aside from the continuing dominance of kale, vegetables rarely make the top trends lists. Fresh Nature Foods is striving to shake up the status quo and offer some healthful and innovative competition in the form of green garbanzo beans. The company works with farmers who have been farming the Palouse for almost 100 years and cultivating garbanzo beans for more than 30. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that inspiration struck in the form of a younger version of a familiar legume. Green garbanzos are neither a new seed nor a new plant, but simply harvested early — 45 days early, to be precise — while they are still tender and fresh. Blonde garbanzos, the variety we purchase dried to reconstitute or canned in water, are left to dry on the vine, then harvested. Green and blonde garbanzos vary in taste and nutritional profile, but green garbanzos are just as versatile in cooking: use them to replace blonde garbanzos in hummus and soups or steamed as an alternative to edamame. Sautéed, green garbanzos make a great base for fish or chicken or a simple, quick vegetarian dish. Green garbanzos are more nutrient-filled and harvested before the natural sugars turn to starch, giving them an agreeable density that doesn’t get mushy or lose texture. “Green garbanzos are sweeter, with a buttery nuttiness. They are not nearly as bean-like as the blonde,” says Aaron Sweatt, Pacific Northwest key account manager for Fresh Nature Foods. Green garbanzos are an excellent source of folic acid and high in iron, but additional aspects of the powerhouse legume also will appeal to consumers. “Our green garbanzos boost immunity, are 100 percent natural, non-GMO, local, gluten free and allergen free. Soybeans are popular, but there are becoming more and more soy allergies. Consumers are looking for a similar product that is allergen free,” explains Sweatt. Garbanzo plants are as beneficial to the earth as they are to humans.
“The garbanzo plant naturally produces nitrogen and puts it back into the soil. It is a fantastic rotation crop and totally sustainable. Our biggest thing is to nurture the land we’ve been able to farm for years,” he says. Our corner of the Northwest, where Washington, Idaho and Oregon meet, happens to be one of the best regions to grow garbanzos. Though some areas of the U.S. have green garbanzos fresh in the pod for purchase, the short growing season here — three weeks long — has inspired further innovation by Fresh Nature Foods. The young legumes are picked, shelled, washed, blanched and flash-frozen before they are packaged, saving consumers valuable time and providing green garbanzos year-round. Local chefs have been very open to the taste, versatility and wholesomeness of the green garbanzo. The Flying Goat and Downriver Grill feature green garbanzos regularly on summer menus. The green garbanzo veggie cake, similar to falafel, is featured on the Dockside menu at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in their Best Sandwich in Town.
Aaron Sweatt of Fresh Nature Foods with a variety of garbanzo beans. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO “The Coeur d’Alene [Resort] uses them regularly and has for years in green garbanzo hummus. They’ve been a huge supporter of us over the years,” says Sweatt. Chefs aren’t the only ones who see the benefits of supporting a local, sustainable crop. “Another big push we are working on is featuring green garbanzos in the public school system and the universities, too. By federal law, schools have to serve one-half cup of legumes a week. It’s not very often that a new vegetable item comes along. This adds variety,” continues Sweatt. “District 81 and Mead are doing a pilot program right now until the end of the year. Gonzaga, Whitworth and possibly Spokane Community College are going to try implementing green garbanzos into student dining in the fall.” Green garbanzos will be harvested locally in late July, so look for them at farmers markets. Although no local groceries currently carry green garbanzos, Fresh Nature Foods hopes to have prepared foods or flash-frozen retail packs available locally by September. n
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hen most people imagine some tasty ice cream flavors, visions of rocky road, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, strawberry or — if you’re a total square — vanilla come to mind. But not Tom Purdum. He spends his time mixing up flavors like maple bacon, avocado, coffee and doughnuts, chipotle chocolate and lemon lavender. Purdum is the owner of Brain Freeze Creamery, a 13-year-old company that makes ice cream in Spokane Valley and supplies it to more than 20 local restaurants and ice cream shops. This week, Brain Freeze opened their own shop in Kendall Yards, where they serve 24 of their 100-plus flavors and plan to test out some of their new concoctions. “The nice thing about having our own store is we can do crazy things and come up with strange flavors,” Purdum says. At their new shop you can already get some of the aforementioned flavors (they’ll rotate) and other adventurous varieties like Black(less) Licorice, which tastes like black licorice but isn’t black, and Palouse crunch, a mixture of almonds, cinnamon, honey and red lentils. Some of their tamer flavors, like Cakey Doe (cookie dough and cake batter), salted caramel and regular chocolate, will be on hand, along with two vegan options and two sorbets. All flavors are $5 for
Owner Tom Purdum serves it up in Kendall Yards. CHRIS BOVEY PHOTO a scoop, $2.50 for an extra scoop, $2 for a kid scoop. The shop also will be a place to get a cup of Anvil coffee and other coffee creations like espresso shakes and affogato. You can also fill up on sandwiches. Some of Purdum’s creations include a grilled beer cheese sandwich made with their own beer cheese and the Mozzacado, stacked with avocado, basil, peppers, fresh mozzarella and tomato (around $8). The creamery also makes a coffee barbecue sauce, which will be sold by the jar in the shop; Purdum says he plans to make some kind of coffee barbecue chicken sandwich with it. As for future items? “You never know,” he says. “You might see a scoop of ice cream on a sandwich some day.” Brain Freeze Creamery • 1238 W. Summit Pkwy. • Open daily, 7 am-9 pm • brainfreeze.bz • 838-7822
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From Chopsticks to Forks The Fork opens in Coeur d’Alene with an eclectic vision
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BY CARRIE SCOZZARO
he spot where you’ll find new Coeur d’Alene restaurant the Fork used to be a place called Lemongrass, which served Vietnamese and pan-Asian cuisine. Before Lemongrass, the lakeside locale was Takara’s Japanese restaurant. While you could bring your own chopsticks, a fork is more appropriate for the salads, sandwiches and entrées served up by this joint effort from chef Will Scott and his ex-wife Monica. The Fork offers an eclectic array of ethnic dishes — Cajun, Greek, Italian, Asian — whose common core lies in fresh, seasonal ingredients and finedining detail. For example, appetizers include curried crab dip with artichoke and grilled Asiago bread ($8) and spicy tuna sashimi with sticky rice and a soy reduction ($10). The shrimp salad includes spinach, mandarin orange and blackened prawns ($7/$10), while the deconstructed seafood Cobb is a twist on an old classic: chilled scallops, smoked salmon, seared ahi and a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette ($11/$14). On the sunny day we visited — warm enough that floor-to-ceiling slider windows were open to a pleasant breeze — my dining companions were lured by sandwiches. The chicken Brie club with
arugula and chipotle mayo is served on housebaked focaccia ($10), while the Black & Blue OX pairs American Kobe beef with Gorgonzola, peppered bacon, fried onions and mushrooms on a housemade potato bun ($12). My gumbo with spicy andouille sausage included a cute little crawfish atop a pillow of fragrant rice ($6/$8). Dinner is where Scott — formerly of Hay J’s Bistro and the Oval Office — really shines, with nearly a dozen entrées ranging from herbencrusted lamb and ratatouille ($28) to grilled yellowtail snapper, prawns and scallops ($24) and a hand-cut 12-ounce rib eye with grilled asparagus ($26). Desserts are made fresh daily and frequent specials include the “soup of the moment.” With a reasonable wine and beer list, live music Wednesday and Thursday evenings and a primo downtown location, the Fork has a good handle on what it takes to draw people in.
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Messing With a Classic This remake of Godzilla provides on-screen flair, but little insight into the legendary monster BY ED SYMKUS
hy has Hollywood tried again to revive Godzilla? The first American reboot, in 1998, made some money but also earned much scorn from critics and viewers, as nothing about it came close to the spirit of the long-running series of Japanese Godzilla films. And why did they even bother to call this one Godzilla? Yes, there’s a big, charcoal-gray, dinosaur-like creature knocking down buildings and fighting other big creatures that are knocking down buildings. And he’s able to torch anything in his path with his atomic breath. In a direct nod to the original 1954 film Gojira, there’s a scientist named Dr. Serizawa, and there’s plenty of talk of atomic power gone awry. Movie history buffs know that the slow-moving monster in the original film stood in for the atomic devastation America had unleashed upon Japan nine years earlier. But Godzilla doesn’t even make an appearance in this film until the one-hour mark. Hold on. What, then, is that “massive terrestrial creature that has taken to the air” near the beginning of the film? It most likely came out of the giant eggshell that was found near an old, abandoned nuclear plant where “electromagnetic pulses are happening again, just like 15 years ago.” But the creature, of which we get a glimpse, is too sleek, something of a mix between an insect and a dinosaur. Hey! That’s not Godzilla! That, it’s later revealed, is a Muto. No, wait, there are two Mutos? They run around absorbing radioactive fuel, which makes them grow and grow. And... are they kissing? Are they going to spawn? Where the hell is Godzilla? The big gray guy eventually arrives, coming ashore preceded by a tsunami that puts kids GODZILLA and dogs in peril. And he does battle the big, Rated PG-13 nasty Mutos. But this long movie (it’s just over Directed by Gareth Edwards two hours, but feels like one of Kevin CostStarring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Juliette ner’s ’90s films) has too much talk, too many side stories, and too much exposition before it Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen gets down to the real nitty-gritty. Part of the problem with the film’s length is an unnecessary prologue at a nuclear reactor that introduces Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) as well as two married scientists, Joe and Sandra Brody (Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche), and features fossils, high radiation levels, and people in panic. Fans of Cranston and Binoche shouldn’t blink. Cut to 15 years later and say hello to military hero and explosives expert Ford Brody (a disappointingly bland Aaron Taylor-Johnson), the son of those scientists, who has come home from war to his nurse wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen). Then get ready for some convoluted stuff about that old, supposedly irradiated nuke plant being rebuilt, and how some atomic tests in 1954 weren’t actually atomic tests, but something to do with killing a big creature, and (in another nod to Gojira) a secret government project to study the new creatures but not destroy them. Things finally get around to Godzilla, reportedly heading toward Las Vegas, but we only get to see the remnants of Sin City, accompanied by Elvis crooning “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise.” Dr. Serizawa insists that “Godzilla is here to restore balance. He can defeat the Mutos.” Of course, Godzilla and the Muto couple finally go at it, and a great deal of real estate crumbles. It all comes much too late in the film. The new Godzilla can move around at a good clip, but like the old Godzilla, the movie plods.
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Without even attempting to capture the spirit of the sometimes grim, sometimes goofy series of Japanese Godzilla films that ran from 1954-2004, this second Hollywood attempt at a movie about the big, gray lizard with radioactive breath is convoluted in its story lines and plodding in its presentation. The supposed monstrous star of the film is in a supporting role, overshadowed by lots of scientific babble and two other monsters called Mutos who are more interested in making Muto babies than knocking down buildings. Of course, real estate goes down when Godzilla finally goes up against them. But that good stuff is too little and comes far too late. (ES) Rated PG-13
MILLION DOLLAR ARM
Between its underdog story, charming characters and light (but consistent) humor, Million Dollar Arm has got universal appeal. Jon Hamm stars as real-life sports agent JB Bernstein, who’s desperate for an outside-the-box idea after striking out with American pro athletes. Bernstein gets the idea to go to India to find young cricket bowlers to convert into baseball pitchers, and soon finds himself as a fish out of water (SS) Rated PG
New York bookstore owner Murray (Woody Allen) and quiet florist Fioravante (John Turturro) team up as an oddly matched pimp/gigolo duo in this film, written and directed by Turturro. The lonely, cash-strapped pair decide to try making money offering sex to lonely, older (albeit gorgeous) women, played by Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis. Somehow it works. In the end, though, this film sets out to be just what it is and nothing more: an awkward attempt at a rom-com in which Allen plays a goofy old man pimping out Turturro. (CS) Rated R RETURNING
This somber romantic comedy tells a tale of rekindling lost love. The charismatic Lindsay Duncan and hilarious Jim Broadbent star as an aging couple returning to Paris, the site of their honeymoon, in one last, desperate attempt to save their marriage. Past, present and future collide as they try to figure out what it all means for them. At Magic Lantern (PS) Rated R
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The new version of Spider Man returns with even more baddies for our favorite former nerd to battle. Balancing both romance with his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone), as well as the everyday troubles of being amazing, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has a lot on his plate. The birth of a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx) who seems to be stronger than our wayward hero, brings a new revelation. (ER) PG-13
THE AMERICAN NURSE
The Magic Lantern is screening The American Nurse, a documentary inspecting life in America through the eyes of its hospital nurses. Director Carolyn Jones follows five nurses who practice in vastly different parts of the country and disciplines, all the while investigating the question of what it means to care for people. At Magic Lantern (MB) Not Rated
The latest documentary by Disney focuses on a group of Alaskan bears traveling across the terrain as the older bears teach their cubs important life lessons, like how to hunt, survive and care for others. Narrated by John C. Reilly, this one is sure to please both the young and old. (PS)
Paul Walker, in one of his last roles he played before dying in a car wreck last year, plays Damien, a Detroit cop whose father, also a cop, was killed by a notorious drug lord (played by RZA of the freaking Wu Tang Clan). Now, this cop is going into one of the city’s worst neighborhoods to try to ferret out this bad dude and get a little payback for dear ol’ Dad. (MB) Rated PG-13
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After awakening 70 years into the future, Captain America (Chris Evans) has a lot of catching up to do. His team — Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) — are more than willing to lend a hand in his endeavors to re-adjust to modern life. This time around, the bad guy happens to be the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a former Soviet spy. (ER) PG-13
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In Cesar Chavez, a film following the life of civil rights activist and labor organizer of the same name, we see once again how one person can bring about change, especially when employing peaceful tactics. (LJ) PG-13
The first adapted entry in Veronica Roth’s trilogy of angst-filled young adult novels borrows heavily from The Hunger Games, but in a low rent kind of way. When you turn 16, you choose from one of the world’s five factions, or tribes, to live in, then take up their ways. (ES) Rated PG-13
Director Ivan Reitman (who did, among many other things, Ghostbusters) brings us a relatively accurate depiction of the NFL draft and all the backroom shenanigans. Kevin Costner stars as the GM of the Cleveland Browns who, on the eve of the draft, has seen both his personal life and his career wander onto shaky ground. Now, he has to decide whether to take a heralded quarterback as the first pick. (MB) Rated PG-13 ...continued on next page
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This documentary is about — and this is not a joke — a penis museum in Iceland that has collected a penis specimen from nearly every mammal, but still don’t have a human penis on display. The director of the Icelandic Phallological Museum goes in search of a human specimen and finds two guys willing to donate their dongs. We’ll see who wins the honor. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R
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Finding Vivian Maier recounts the discovery by John Maloof (who co-directed this documentary with Charlie Siskel) of a reclusive photographer’s tens of thousands of mysterious photographs and the filmmakers ensuing quest to discover the artist’s identity. All evidence suggests Maier, who died in 2009, was very private; conjecture suggests she was in some way mentally ill. At Magic Lantern (LW) Not Rated
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Wes Anderson’s latest takes us to th Grand Budapest Hotel in the “former republic of Zubowka.” Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) relates his experiences as young protégé (Tony Revolori) of the Grand Budapest’s veteran concierge, Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), in 1932. Soon, Gustave learns he’s inherited a priceless painting from one of his frequent guests, but is then framed for her murder. (SR) Rated R
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
This kid named Colton sees dead people. Relax, this is no Sixth Sense rehash. As spooky as that premise sounds, Colton has seen dead people because he went to heaven, he says. So his dad (Greg Kinear) decides to start telling everyone in their small town about his son’s near-death experience and trip to see all his dead relatives in heaven. This film is based on the bestselling book of the same title. (MB) Rated PG
Alejandro Jodorowsky envisioned Orson Welles, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali as some of the cast in his page-toscreen epic Dune. But it never happened. The cult filmmaker’s dreams to create one of the biggest sci-fi films in history, based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, crumbled apart after years of work. But in its wake, Dune’s death planted seeds for what are now genre classics, like Star Wars and Alien. Director Frank Pavich’s documentary on the film — the most ahead-of-its-time movie ever, some say — tells the story of what Dune could have been. (CS) Rated PG-13
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Joe (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con who heads up day labor crews, poisoning trees so that lumber companies have an excuse to cut them down. He drives a beater truck and listens to grind metal. He smokes cigarettes and drinks cheap whiskey and pays for the company of women; Joe is a badass with a heart of gold and a liver of steel. When he meets a hardworking 15-year-old boy living with his dangerously abusive father, he has to decide whether to help the kid
out or keep his focus on his own set of problems. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R
LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN
When our heroine Dorothy (Lea Michele) returns to Kansas, she finds her hometown still ravaged by the tornado that took her to Oz. So, she’s heading back to the Emerald City. Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammar) and the Cowardly Lion (James Belushi) need her help them to stop an evil jester (Martin Short) who plans to take over the happy Land of Oz. New characters abound, and of course plenty of magic is afoot as Dorothy and friends set out to stop the jester in his tracks in this animated flick. (CS) Rated PG
Bollywood never fails to disappoint, even in the United States. In this Mumbai romance, the famously efficient lunch delivery system, Dabbawalas, makes a mistake and causes a grieving widower and a lonely and unhappy housewife to find each other. This causes the two to eventually develop a relationship when they send each other notes through their shared lunchbox. At Magic Lantern (PS)
MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
The latest in the Murphy’s Law genre of comedy — if it can go wrong, it does — this flick features three stressed-out, overprotective moms of small children who finally make time for a night out. Cue stolen minivan, missing baby, accidental Tasering, bumbling dad on a stretcher and so on, until the night of PGrated calamities ends with a predictable but resonant lesson about embracing chaos. (LW) Rated PG
This film casts Seth Rogen in a comfortable role as a genial pot-smoker, and a wonderfully wild Rose Byrne in a comfortable role where she’s allowed to speak with her own Australian accent, as Mac and Kelly are forced to contend with the Delta Psi fraternity buying the suburban house next door to theirs. OK premise, awful result. (SR) Rated R
THE OTHER WOMAN
Cheaters deserve what’s coming to them and in the case of The Other Woman, one man is about to be played by the three women he’s sleeping with. In this Hollywood universe, one man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) has the super-human ability to get Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton — obviously, from the get-go, this film isn’t based in reality. When they all discover he’s cheating on them, the three women band together to deliver some just desserts. (LJ) PG-13
Directed by Mark Levinson, Particle Fever follows six scientists on the cusp of a historic discovery. Some have spent their whole careers — 30 years of research — on one claim. Together they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe through the use the Large Hadron Collider, one of the globe’s most expensive machines which could potentially create the elusive God particle on which they have staked their careers. At Magic Lantern. (ER) Not Rated
THE RAILWAY MAN
Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is haunted. As a youth, Lomax fought in World War II as a British Army officer where he was taken into a Japanese labor camp and brutally tortured. Years later the abuse and violence still follows him, regardless of his loving relationship with his supportive and sensible wife, Patti (Nicole Kidman). Informed by a friend that his torturer is still alive, Lomax sets out to face his demons and exact his revenge in this quiet, haunting drama based off the best-selling autobiography from the same name. (ER) Rated R
Rio (voiced by the oh so nerdy Jesse Eisenberg) is back and this time he’s leaving his bird sanctuary in the city and heading deep into the Amazon along with his lady Jewel (Anne Hathaway). In the jungle, Rio meets his wife’s dad, who doesn’t approve of their union, leading him to question everything as other birds battle for the affections of Jewel. (MJ) Rated G
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he term “family-friendly movie” has Angeles. become a catchall to indicate a film aimed Hamm’s sleek, roguish charisma makes the at little kids, but aren’t unbearable for role of Bernstein seem effortless, while Sharma parents to sit through. Disney’s new sports movie (Life of Pi) and Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) provide Million Dollar Arm offers a truer family-friendly the proper mix of guarded optimism, homesick package. Between its underdog story, charming hesitance and youthful zeal. The supporting cast characters, and light (but consistent) humor, it’s is strong, with Bill Paxton as upbeat pitching got actual universal appeal. guru Tom House and Alan Arkin as the curmudJon Hamm stars as real-life sports agent JB geonly baseball scout, Ray. But the character Bernstein, who’s desperate for who really holds Million Dollar Arm an outside-the-box idea after MILLION DOLLAR ARM together is Lake Bell’s Brenda. striking out with American pro Ostensibly the film’s love interest Rated PG athletes. Bernstein gets the idea Directed by Craig Gillespie opposite Hamm, the script allows to go to India to find young her to develop into a three-dimenStarring Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, cricket bowlers to convert into Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell sional character who challenges baseball pitchers, and to do Bernstein and serves as a confidant so via a reality TV competiand friend to the boys. tion. Once the two boys — Rinku Singh (Suraj Admittedly, Million Dollar Arm doesn’t really Sharma) and Dinesh Patel (Madhur Mittal) — are drill deep on any cultural issues, like the potenfound, they must race to learn a foreign sport in tially problematic socioeconomics of treating a foreign land before they show off their skills in India’s impoverished masses as little more than a a tryout for Major League Baseball scouts. market for selling hats, but the movie itself never Million Dollar Arm plays heavily on the fishfeels intentionally exploitative. It’s a Disney out-of-water dynamic. In fact, it doubles down family movie and works on that trademark fluffy, on the concept. During the first half of the film, surface-level simplicity. That’s not a knock, as the Bernstein is the one out of place, trying to navifilm is something of a throwback; an entertaining, gate India and deal with its unpredictability in his warm-hearted movie that can be enjoyed equally unlikely search for arms. Once he finds the boys, by all family members. In those terms, Million it’s their turn to experience culture shock in Los Dollar Arm finds the zone.
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‘We Are Flying Spiders’ After losing its leader, the local hip-hop orchestra returns with seven new songs BY LAURA JOHNSON
n New Year’s Day, Flying Spiders gathered for dinner at Cameron “Sparky” LaPlante’s home after a two-month break. It was a Wednesday, the day always reserved for band practice. But no music was made that night. Instead they sat in a circle in
the living room, each voting on whether or not to stay together. The decision was unanimous: they would continue the hip-hop collective after losing frontman Isamu “Som” Jordan. They would not change their name.
“I know for a fact Som would have wanted this band to continue, because he told me. It was one of the last things I heard him say,” says LaPlante, sitting in his living room with roommate/bandmate Michael “MJ” ...continued on next page
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Janson last weekend. “But we had to all come to a decision on our own.” Jordan was not simply an MC; he was a journalist, poet, adjunct professor at Whitworth University, husband, father of two boys and champion of the Spokane music scene for years. He was found dead at 37 of an apparent suicide at his home last September. The news was a shock to the system for his family, friends and the musicians who considered him a brother and mentor. Only a few weeks after Jordan’s death, the band decided to forge ahead and play a Red Room Lounge show they had already booked in advance, with the proceeds going to Jordan’s family. Janson, the group’s beatboxer, and fellow rapper Andrew “Nobe” Hauan stepped up to fill in vocals as best they could. The set started off with a quasi-instrumental song — where Som’s lyrics would have been, there was nothing. They didn’t get through the song without shedding tears. “I was lucky I only had to play three notes on my keyboard during that first song,” recalls multiinstrumentalist LaPlante. After the packed memorial service at the Bing Crosby Theater and a couple of fundraising events, the band collectively chose to go on hiatus at the end of October. Continuing was just too hard. “I didn’t want to do anything, I didn’t want to hang out in my basement where we used to rehearse because that was the last place I saw him,” says LaPlante, moving his fingers through his full beard. Flying Spiders was always Jordan’s organic hip-hop vision. He wrote lyrics and was the creative genius behind all of the songs, hearing everything in his head. Over its three years together, the eight-piece band expanded to include 10 members, sometimes 11, sometimes more. Now it’s back at eight. LaPlante, who teaches music at local elementary schools, recalls that he was brought on board to be the music leader, interpreting what Jordan heard in his head for the rest of the musicians. Jordan had been mentoring Janson since he was just 16. Janson jumped at the chance to join Flying Spiders years later. “I dream about him all the time,” says Janson, now 26. “When I write my lyrics, I hear his
voice in my head. I remember Som would read each line and ask, ‘OK, what does that mean?’ Because when you ask that, you have your next line.” Right before Jordan died, the group was very close to having written enough new songs for an album. But the time still isn’t right to unleash that unheard 2013 material. “Sometime in the future, just not now,” LaPlante says. Since the beginning of the year, the band has continued to meet every Wednesday, yet things obviously are different since “the apocalypse,” as LaPlante refers to the time surrounding Jordan’s death. Playing the songs Jordan wrote is too painful, so they’ve written new ones. Now the group is much more of a collaboration, with everyone writing their own parts. They’re free to make the music they want to. “We don’t have this control freak anymore,” LaPlante says. But Jordan is there in everything. The oldschool, soulful beats are still there. The positive overtones, exploration of social ideals, cuss-free lyrics: those facets will never leave, either. In newly penned lyrics from Janson and Hauan, they rap about Jordan’s passing, how hard it is to continue. The line “It’s hard to be free when the heart of you jumps up and leaves” says it all. This Friday, Flying Spiders return to the Red Room stage with a set of seven fresh songs. After last week’s rehearsal, band members are confident they’re ready to return to performing. They know there are probably some naysayers out there who think they shouldn’t go on making music as a band. But the two agree; if people don’t want to hear them, they don’t have to. “We are Flying Spiders, and we had a lot of momentum in the trajectory we were on before,” LaPlante says. “To think about Spokane not having Flying Spiders is not right. If there’s a hip-hop scene, it needs a band, and Flying Spiders is that band and will continue to be that.” firstname.lastname@example.org Flying Spiders feat. Real Life Rockaz, Smiles Davis and the Paper Cutout Crew • Fri, May 16, at 9 pm • $5 • All-ages • Red Room Lounge • 521 W. Sprague • 838-7613
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t’s been a long time coming and there’s still lots more to do. But the Big Dipper is miles past its forgotten and dilapidated state of almost a year ago, when new owner Dan Hoerner stepped in with big dreams to bring the iconic music venue back to life. A fire-suppression system needed to boost its occupancy is in the works, thanks in part to the City of Spokane’s Business and Development Services department, which offered to take care of connecting the 100-year-old building to a modernized water line. Though mostly spent now, the Dipper also raised more than $6,000 from an ambitious crowdfunding campaign. The historic downtown building on the corner of Second and Washington has sporadically hosted events — including private parties, several shows and a Get Lit! reading — since February. Now that the biggest hurdles have been cleared, Hoerner wants to make it official with a grand
Owner Dan Hoerner played with Sunny Day Real Estate. opening celebration this weekend. “I just thought, you know, it’s time to put on the big-boy pants and become a business,” he says. Hoerner, his wife Dawson and their business partners Troy Brower and Annie Grinnell spent the past 10 months and quickly exhausted their
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personal savings to make major structural and aesthetic repairs to the venue, which sat empty for two years after the Empyrean left in 2011. Hoerner knows better than most what the Dipper has the potential to become again. He nostalgically remembers playing its stage as a teen in the late ’80s, before he joined the influential Seattle-based emo group Sunny Day Real Estate. This weekend there’ll be five locally made beers on the now mostly empty taps. From the kitchen, showgoers can order Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your event Dawson Smith-Hoerner’s handmade, listed in the paper and online. We need the croissant-like pretzels, details one week prior to our publication date. paninis or mini pizzas while they rock to the evening’s headliners, Portland-based psychedelic garage rockers Wooden Indian Burial Ground. Just in time for the show, Hoerner is installing a new digital soundboard and speakers. The grand opening is limited to just over 100 people, but the addition of fire sprinklers should increase the venue’s capacity to more than 300 later this summer. With shows already booked through this fall, including a few Hoerner is outright giddy about and plans to announce soon, the Big Dipper needs those 200 more people to rock like it should. email@example.com
Big Dipper Grand Opening feat. Wooden Indian Burial Ground with 66beat and Normal Babies • Sat, May 17, at 8 pm • $8/$10 day of • All-ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • bigdipperevents.com • 863-8098
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MUSIC | SOUND ADVICE
HIP-HOP MICKEY AVALON
INDIE POP MARRIAGE + CANCER
e isn’t some rapper who grew up in the suburbs only pretending to have had a hard life in his lyrics; he’s a true comeback kid. Mickey Avalon (born Yeshe Perl) grew up selling pot alongside his mother; his dad was a heroin addict. Soon, Avalon struggled with a smack addiction of his own that would lead to prostitution. After meeting Simon Rex, aka Dirt Nasty (who recently performed at the Red Room), it was music that helped the Los Angeles-based Avalon stay clean. The shock rapJ = THE INLANDER RECOMMENDS THIS SHOW
BABY BAR, Silver Treason J THE BARTLETT, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam BUCKHORN INN, Texas Twister THE CELLAR, Echo CLUB 412 (624-3629), Wayne Static and Otep COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, PJ Destiny FEDORA PUB, CdA Charter Academy Jazz Jam THE HANDLE BAR, Open Mic/Jam Night J THE HOP!, Max D, Malcolm J.D., Deebo Adams, Treveezy, Mega Evers, Hali Vaye JOHN’S ALLEY, Wil Kinky J JONES RADIATOR, Halfway Halloween Party feat. Los Chingadores J KNITTING FACTORY, Tesla, Vial 8 J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Nick Grow
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per’s dirty music reflects much of his turbulent experiences — he’s also fairly misogynistic. He often channels glam rock in his shows, going topless with smudged-on black eye makeup. Nearly naked women are also a mainstay at these wild stage performances. — LAURA JOHNSON Mickey Avalon with Daethstar and Lou • Fri, May 16, at 8:30 pm • $20 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • sp.knittingfactory. com • 244-3279
p until last year, the Portland pop act was called Nucular Aminals. Then the fourpiece decided Marriage + Cancer better represented the noise they were making leading to a tape, Demonstrations Tour Tape, released in November under the new name. Limited numbers of that tape will be on sale during their upcoming tour stop at Mootsy’s. The music explores deep dimensions of haunted surfer
rock and elements of punk, but with the use of a Farfisa keyboard, the sound really is pop — with a singer who almost howls like he’s in serious pain. It’s Pacific Northwest indie at its best. — LAURA JOHNSON Marriage + Cancer with Ouija Bored and Teen Blonde • Thu, May 22, at 8 pm • $5 • 21+ • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570
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LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, Likes Girls O’SHAY’S, Open mic night w/ Tony Prka J THE PHAT HOUSE, Moksha, World Bandits ROADHOUSE COUNTRY ROCK BAR, Open Mic THE SHOP, Madeline McNeil THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Seli ZOLA, Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons
J BABY BAR, Dept of Martyrs, Gorilla Rabbit Chicken, DJ Smickage J THE BARTLETT, Wild Ones, Summer in Siberia BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BLIND BUCK, DJ Mayhem BOLO’S, FM BORRACHO TACOS & TEQUILERIA (822-7789), Eric Tollefson Band BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Likes Girls J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Simba and the Exceptional
Africans THE CELLAR, Fur Traders CHECKERBOARD BAR, Will Kinky Trio CLUB 412 (624-3629), Wayne Static and Otep COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Kosh, JamShack THE COUNTRY CLUB, Last Chance Band CURLEY’S, Dragonfly FEDORA PUB, Kicho FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Karma’s Circle GRANDE RONDE CELLARS, Joel Brantley THE HANDLE BAR, Slip Stream THE HOP!, Venture Crew IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-2902280), Charley Packard IRON HORSE BAR, Bruiser JOHN’S ALLEY, Tubaluba J JONES RADIATOR, Feral Anthem, Jacob Jones J KNITTING FACTORY, Mickey Avalon (See story above) with Daethstar, Lou LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil
and Jay Condiotti LIBRARY LOUNGE, Big Hair Revolution J LINCOLN CENTER (327-8000), Otaku Prom: KuroNekoCon’s Geek Prom MAX AT MIRABEAU, Johnny & the Moondogs J MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Maxie Ray Mills J NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, Thompson Square NYNE, DJ The Divine Jewels J THE PHAT HOUSE, NIck Palmieri, Flannel Math Animals J RED ROOM LOUNGE, Flying Spiders (See story on page 57), Real Life Rockaz, Smiles Davis, the Paper Cutout Crew REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Wil Kinky Trio RITZVILLE THEATER (659-1950), Garrett Bartley Band THE ROCK BAR AND LOUNGE, Usual Suspects THE SHANTY (208-664-9590), Clint May
STIR (466-5999), Solo Flamenco Guitar WEBSTER’S RANCH HOUSE SALOON (474-9040), Pacific Sons ZOLA, Raggs and Bush Doktor
BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, The Big Dipper Grand Opening (See story on page 60) feat. Wooden Indian Burial Ground, 66beat, Normal Babies THE BLIND BUCK, DJ Daethstar BOLO’S, FM BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Likes Girls J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Nate Shoemaker THE CELLAR, Fur Traders J CHAPS, Just Plain Darin CHECKERBOARD BAR, Wicked Obsession, Mojave Wizard, & Etc. COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Kosh, JamShack COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS (208-6642336), Mark Lee
THE COUNTRY CLUB, Last Chance Band CURLEY’S, Dragonfly FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Karma’s Circle THE HANDLE BAR, Slip Stream THE HOP!, Capitalist Casualties, World of Lies, Rutah, The Drip, Descendants of Damnation, Black Tracks IRON HORSE BAR, Bruiser JOHN’S ALLEY, The Freeway Revival Band JONES RADIATOR, Black Pussy, Gypsyhawk, Blackwater Prophet THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Hey! is for Horses, the Rustics, Jordan Heights THE LARIAT (466-9918), Redeye Logic
Get your event listed in the paper and online by emailing getlisted@inlander. com. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Mellad Abeid LIBRARY LOUNGE, Big Hair Revolution MAX AT MIRABEAU, Johnny & the Moondogs NYNE, DJ The Divine Jewels PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, One Street Over THE PHAT HOUSE, Saigon County, New Mud THE PINES ON SILVERLAKE (2993223), Bobby Bremer Band
RED ROOM LOUNGE, DJ D3VIN3 THE ROAD HOUSE (PRIEST RIVER) (208-448-1408), YESTERDAYSCAKE ROCKET MARKET (343-2253), Rocket Market Summer Music Series Kickoff feat. Sidhe, Karrie O’Neill, Lyle Morse THE SHOP, Jonathan Nicholson TWISP CAFE (474-9146), The Oracle’s Kitchen WILLOW SPRINGS (235-4420), Usual Suspects ZOLA, The Boss of Me
THE CELLAR, Dueling Pianos DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church THE HOP!, Everyone Dies In Utah, Kingdom of Giants, Ashylus, InDirections, What Wings Once Held, Deaf To O’SHAY’S, Hill Folk Noir THE PHAT HOUSE, Acoustic Artist Showcase ZOLA, Bill Bozly
BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Open Mic CAFE BODEGA (208-263-5911), Five Minutes of Fame CALYPSOS, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills RICO’S (332-6566), Open Mic SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (533-3500), SFCC Spring
Fling feat. Soul Proprietor ZOLA, Nate Ostrander Trio
315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub THE BARTLETT, Open Mic BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BORRACHO TACOS & TEQUILERIA (822-7789), DJ D3VIN3 THE CELLAR, Eric Neuhausser FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, Cheyenne Jackson JOHN’S ALLEY, Buckle Rash JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness KNITTING FACTORY, (HED) P.E., Soil, Sunflower Dead, Project Kings, Soblivios LION’S LAIR, DJs Nobe and MJ NYNE, Dan Conrad & The Urban Achievers THE PHAT HOUSE, Ragtime Steve, Dixie Pick-up SPLASH, Bill Bozly SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (533-3500), SFCC Spring Fling feat. Flannel Math Animal, Andy Rumsey THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Q ZOLA, The Bucket List
Wednesday, 05/21 BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Reggae Night feat. DJs Tochanan, Poncho, Tara and MC Splyt THE CELLAR, Pat Coast
EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard THE HANDLE BAR, Steve Starkey THE HOP!, Let Live, Architects, Glass Cloud, I The Mighty JOHN’S ALLEY, Buckle Rash JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz KNITTING FACTORY, James Otto, Luke Yates, Devon Wade, Nicole Lewis LA ROSA CLUB, Jazz Jam with the Bob Beadling Group LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Kevin Gardner of Spare Parts THE PHAT HOUSE, Open Mic SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, Open mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared ZOLA, The Boss of Me
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THE SHOP, Lydell Gorski, May 22 KNITTING FACTORY, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Freddie Gibbs and more, May 22 MOOTSY’S, Marriage + Cancer (See story on facing page), Ouija Bored, Teen Blonde, May 22 THE CELLAR, Bakin’ Phat, May 23-24 THE HOP!, Ripchain, May 23 SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SFCC Spring Fling feat. Raised by Wolves, May 23 CHECKERBOARD BAR, Dirty Shirley, Thunderhounds, Lust For Glory, May 24 THE HOP!, Koffin Kats, May 24
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MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 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 THE BLIND BUCK • 204 N. Division S. • 2906229 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 311 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-6971 THE COUNTRY CLUB • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROS. • 718 W. Riverside • 315-8765 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HANDLE BAR • 12005 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • 474-0933 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KELLY’S IRISH PUB • 726 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208-667-1717 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LIBRARY LOUNGE • 110 E. 4th Ave. •747-3371 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside Ave. • 456-5678 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 624-0236 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 THE ROCK BAR • 13921 E. Trent Ave. • 43-3796 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 THE WAVE • 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416
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CIVICS LAUGH AT THE MAYOR
Doug Clark, the Spokesman-Review columnist best known for his aww-shucksy take on life in the Inland Northwest, likes to call David Condon “Boy Mayor.” He’ll probably have some other things to say about him at this first-ever roast of Condon, who at 40, is decidedly not a boy. In the style of those Comedy Central celebrity pile-ons, Clark hosts this roast, which also includes planned hilarity from other local notables like KREM’s Randy Shaw, former S-R marketing manager and economic guru Shaun Higgins, Sterling Bank’s Marty Dickinson, former county Democratic chairman Tom Keefe and the current city council president, Ben Stuckart. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Bing. — MIKE BOOKEY Doug Clark’s Roast of the Spokane Mayor • Thu, May 15, at 7:30 pm • $10-$20 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • bingcrosbytheater.com
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EDUCATION MR. ROBOTO
COMMUNITY LILAC LEGACY
Inland Northwest Robotics Expo • Sat, May 17, from 9:30 am-3 pm • Free • West Valley High School • 8301 E. Buckeye • firstwa.org
Armed Forces Torchlight Parade • Sat, May 17, at 7:45 pm • Free • Downtown Spokane • spokanelilacfestival.org
Learning about science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM fields) can be as fun as playing with LEGOs. Seriously. More and more these days, as educators focus on encouraging young students to develop an interest in the future of these critical technical fields, LEGO Robotics and other similar systems, like Minds-I, are becoming popular immersive classroom tools. Teachers, parents and students of all ages can discover what all the hype is about at this weekend’s robotics expo, showcasing local students’ working projects and competitions. — CHEY SCOTT
The violet-to-lavender-colored lilac blossoms signal that one of the Lilac City’s biggest spring traditions is almost here: the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. Though not native to our region, the first lilac bushes are thought to have traveled here from Minnesota in a trunk, way back in 1882, and were planted at a homestead in the Hillyard area. Who knows if that original bush was the mother of any still-living lilacs. It did, however, lead the way to civic leaders later declaring lilacs as Spokane’s flower, and establishing a community festival that’s spanned the past seven and a half decades. — CHEY SCOTT
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CLASSICAL MOVING QUARTET
It comes as no surprise that filmmakers would incorporate classical quartet music into their movie soundtracks — after all, the string quartet is the best mix of instrumentation. The Spokane String Quartet takes advantage of that at Sunday’s concert, playing classical pieces that have been highlighted in popular films, including Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Duchess and more. KSPS’ “Saturday Night Cinema” host Shaun Higgins emcees the concert, providing introductions and background context for the evening’s program. — LAURA JOHNSON Spokane String Quartet • Sun, May 18, at 3 pm • $12-$20 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • spokanestringquartet.org
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THEATER FEMINIST RESURRECTION
These days, we’ve got endless magazine cover stories about “having it all” and “leaning in” and cheery illustrations of babies in laptop bags. But let’s back up to the 1950s, add some knowing humor, and revisit how the rise of feminism has affected women long after the mainstream media declared the feminist movement dead. I Read About My Death in Vogue Magazine, written by Lydia Sargent and being staged by the politically inclined Stage Left Theater, is a raucous satire and sharp cultural critique that carries the conversation through three decades of feminists struggling to define their own cause. — LISA WAANANEN I Read About My Death in Vogue Magazine • May 16-June 1, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $10 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W. Third • spokanestageleft.org • 838-9727
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EVENTS | CALENDAR
BLOOM IN TUNE Spokane Symphony Associates hosts a garden fundraiser event, with WSU Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions and a portion of sales benefiting the Symphony. May 15 from 9 am-6 pm at 2628 W. Northwest Blvd.; also May 16 from 9 am-6 pm at Northland Rosarium, 9405 S. Williams Lane, off Cheney-Spokane Rd. spokanesymphonyassociates.org DELTA GAMMA GARDEN FAIR The Spokane alumnae chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity hosts a spring garden fair, with proceeds supporting projects for the visually impaired through Lilac Services for the Blind. May 15, 8 am-5:30 pm. Liberty Park Florist, 1401 E. Newark Ave. (534-9381) ZUMBATHON A two-hour fitness event to raise money and awareness for ovarian cancer research and treatment. May 16, 6-8 pm. $10 suggested donation. Luxe Coffeehouse, 1017 W. First. (869-4489) 2014 SK BALL Annual barn dance fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. Event features dinner from Longhorn Barbecue, drinks, line dancing, bull riding and more. May 17, 6 pm. $75. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. (624-0500) DESTINATION IMAGINE TEAM BREAKFAST G-Prep’s Destination Imagination Team has earned the honor of representing the state at Globals in Knoxville, Tenn. This event helps the team earn the funds necessary to attend. May 17, 8-10 am. $10/person. Applebee’s, 2007 E. 29th Ave. (688-3119) FIESTA FLAMENCA! Silent and live
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auctions, food, flamenco dancing and more, benefiting the Sandpoint Waldorf School. May 17, 5:30 pm. $45. The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., Sandpoint. (208-265-2683) THE GREEN CARPET EVENT The YWCA hosts a VIP fundraiser reception before a performance of the Broadway musical “Wicked,” featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks and giveaways. May 17, 6-11 pm. $150 ($50 for season ticket holders). INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. ywcaspokane.org IN THE FIGHT TO WIN AGAINST MDS A swab-your-cheek fundraising event and barbecue to help Theresa Cahalan find a stem-cell transplant donor. Theresa needs to raise money for her transplant and her stay in Seattle while her family is here. Without a stem cell transplant she could develop leukemia within 3 years. May 17, 12-5 pm. Free. Balfour Park, 105 N. Balfour. (270-1549) PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER Proceeds benefit community projects, and plants for sale include tomatoes, chives, rhubarb, raspberries, perennials and annuals. May 17, 10 am-2 pm. Ziggy’s Building Materials, 17002 E. Sprague. (922-1800) THE ROOTS PURSUIT A team cycling event with 12 challenges (physical, mental and creative) in 2 hours throughout downtown CdA. Event benefits Community Roots Local Food Share program. May 17, 10 am-1 pm. $10$15/person, registration recommended. Shared Harvest Community Garden, 1004 E. Foster Ave. kealliance.org/rootspursuit (208-667-9093) STRUT FOR STROKE Proceeds from spa services booked benefit heat disease and
stroke research through the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. May 17. Glen Dow Academy, 309 W. Riverside. glendow.com (624-3244) WHATEVER GIRLS SHOPPING EVENT Rummage, vendor and bake sale also offering a car wash, massages, kids activities and more, benefiting the Whatever Girls Ministry May 17, 10 am-3 pm. Free admission. Liferoads Church, 4209 E. Pacific, Spokane. tinyurl.com/ ll8wtor (951-7822)
Email email@example.com to get your event listed in the paper and online. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. WITCHES’ NIGHT OFF Spokane AIDS Network hosts cast members of the nationally touring production “Wicked” for an evening of song and dance. Also includes live and silent auctions, offering the chance to join the company backstage during the show’s run here, through May 25. May 19, 7:30 pm. $35$70 (VIP). Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (800-325-7328) TAKING A BITE OUT OF HUNGER A food and beverage tasting auction benefiting Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest. May 21, 5-9 pm. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. 2-harvest.org (279-7000) WOMEN HELPING WOMEN FUND The annual luncheon features keynote speaker Christopher Gardner, a philanthropist and entrepreneur and author of national bestseller “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Proceeds benefit a number of local chari-
table organizations serving women and children. May 22. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. whwfspokane.org (328-8285)
DOUG CLARK’S ROAST OF THE MAYOR The Spokesman-Review columnists hosts a comedy roast of Spokane Mayor David Condon, with roasters including local community leaders. May 15, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404) OPEN MIC COMEDY NIGHT Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+ only. Free. Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St. brooklyndelispokane.com (835-4177) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy, open to newcomers and experienced comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third. (475-6209) YOU NEED A HERO Live improv comedy show during which the Blue Door Players use audience suggestions to create new superheroes. Fridays in May at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) EXHIBIT THIS!: THE MUSEUM COMEDIES A fast-paced series of 7 comedic plays and 6 monologues based on 50+ exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. May 23-June 1, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 pm. Free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-7387)
MICHAEL JR. Live comedy show featuring the veteran of TV including “The Tonight Show,” “Comedy Central,” and more. Benefits Union Gospel Mission of Spokane. May 23, 7-9 pm. $12.50-$15. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (535-8510)
BIKE TO WORK WEEK SPOKANE The annual community event promotes awareness of the cycling community and encourages residents to bike instead of drive when they can. Events include commuter challenges, lunch hour bike rides, the Ride of Silence and other activities. May 12-16. spokanebikes.net COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR More than 20 local organizations and nonprofits offer information about their services, many free and low-cost, for local families. May 15, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. North Pines Middle School, 701 N. Pines Rd. (228-5087) 17TH ANNUAL SPRING POW WOW Annual cultural celebration hosted by the SFCC Red Nations Student Assoc., featuring dancers and drummers from around the Northwest. May 16 from 7-midnight and May 17 from noonmidnight. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-4331) EASTERN WASH. HERITAGE SHOW Celebrate the history of the Spokane Valley in a fundraiser for the Heritage Museum at an event featuring displays and demos of historic tractors, engines, farm implements, wheat threshing, grain grinding, quilting, weaving, butter churning and more. May 16-18 from 10 am-5 pm each
day. $3-$15. Spokane Valley Heritage Park, 10200 E. Sprague. FOSTER YOUR FUTURE CCS’s Intercultural Leadership Program invites local foster youth and their families to an evening event on attending college, with a barbecue, give-aways, and family activities, as well as information on admissions, financial aid and more. May 16, 4:30-7 pm. Free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (363-3320) INLAND NORTHWEST ROBOTICS EXPO Showcasing local students’ (K-12) robotics projects in Jr FLL, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Robotics Challenge, and MINDS-i to meet science and technology challenges, develop teamwork, practice professionalism and have fun. May 17, 10 am-3 pm. Free. West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye. (448-2291 or 922-5488) KIDICAL MASS Part one of Summer Parkways’ community series offers a 3-mile ride on anything with wheels: bikes, scooters, etc. May 17, 1 pm. Free. Chief Garry Park, 2701 E. Sinto. summerparkways.com ROJECT HOPE TOUR DE GARDENS Project Hope, a youth job-training, community garden nonprofit hosts a bike tour of the garden plots in its system. May 17, 10 am. Free. Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. (328-6280) SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL ARMED FORCES TORCHLIGHT PARADE The annual, evening parade honors local members of the military and features regional and locally-created floats and more. May 17, 7:45 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane. spokanelilacfestival.org SPOKANIMAL YARD SALE Benefit yard sale offering used items in good condition,
with all proceeds benefiting the animals, programs, and services of SpokAnimal. At the shelter’s Event Center, 715 N. Crestline. Free Admission. SpokAnimal, 710 N. Napa. spokanimal.org (534-8133) UNDY 5000 A family-friendly 5K run/ walk created by the Colon Cancer Alliance, for which participants are encouraged to run in their boxers to bring attention to colon cancer. May 17, 8:30 am-noon. $25. Mirabeau Park Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway. (570-8422) WWII B-17 THE “MEMPHIS BELLE” The Liberty Foundations’ 2014 Salute to Veterans tour stops in Spokane with a historic Boeing B-17 the “movie Memphis Belle.” The aircraft is open to the public and available for flights ($450/person) and ground tours (by donation). May 17-18 from 10 am-5 pm. Felts Field, 6105 E. Rutter. libertyfoundation.org (918-340-0243) SPOKANE EDIBLE TREE PROJECT CANVASING The newly-formed local nonprofit is seeking volunteers to canvas the lower South Hill neighborhoods to look for fruit and nut trees to map. Meet at Cannon Hill Park and look for organizers in red shirts. May 18, 2 pm. spokaneedibletreeproject.org CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Learn about the many opportunities available through Catholic Charities. RSVP. May 20, 10-11:15 am. Catholic Charities Family Service, 12 E. Fifth. catholiccharitiesspokane.org CULTIVATE SPOKANE SALON SERIES An informal monthly meetup for those active in Spokane’s arts, culture and creative industries to share, learn and connect. Also includes a short, TED Talk-style presentation. May’s topic is Visual Thinking
Strategies presented by Heidi Arbogast. May 20, 6 pm. Free. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. tinyurl.com/krvt2ba MAMMO MAY Through the month Rockwood hosts weekly mammography parties to encourage women over the age of 40 to get their yearly screening test. Complimentary services include chair massages, mini manicures, live harp music, appetizers and wine. Tuesdays in May from 5-7 pm. Free to attend, screening fees may apply. Rockwood Breast Health Center, 12410 E. Sinto. (473-5899) OVERDRIVE DIGITAL BOOKMOBILE The 74-foot bookmobile engages readers of all ages through interaction with digital collections including eBooks, audiobooks, a gadget gallery and more. May 20, 12-6 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. spokanelibrary.org (444-5385) CPR LESSONS “Hands only” CPR lessons are offered by Spokane County Fire District 9. The simplified CPR technique emphasizes the basic chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute and drops the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation part of CPR. May 21, 5-9 pm. Free. Fire Station No. 91, 616 W. Hastings Rd. scfd9.org
AMERICAN NURSE Screening of the documentary on the nursing field in America, in recognition of Nurses Month in May. Through May 15, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383) BEYOND GAY: THE POLITICS OF PRIDE OutSpokane hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary in
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SUNSET DINNER CRUISE Featuring guest brewery Selkirk Abbey. May 15, 7:30-9:30 pm. $51.75. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. cdaresort.com (208-765-4000 x. 21) CAJUN-STYLE COOKING Chef Joshua Martin, former of Casper Fry, leads a class on making southern favorites including sausage gumbo, corn bread and bananas foster. May 15, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) WINE, RIDE & DINE An evening of local wine, food and a sky ride over the falls on the Riverfront Park Skyride. Includes wine tasting, a glass of wine on the Skyride, Skyride fee and dinner at Clinkerdagger or Anthony’s with tax and gratuity. Featuring Barrister Winery May 14-15 and May 21-22. Events from 4:30-6:30 pm. Ages 21+ $55/person, registration required. Riverfront Park. spokaneparks.org (625-6200) MIXOLOGY PT. 2: HERB GARDEN PARTY Class on infusing simple syrups with tea, spices, balsamic and fresh herbs that can be used to create cocktails, punches, spritzers, desserts, baked goods and more. Reservations required. May 16, 6-7:30 pm. $15/person; $25/couple. Spice
Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. spicetradersmercantile.com (315-4036) VINO WINE TASTING Fri, May 16 features “Affordable Imports,” from 3-6:30 pm. Sat, May 17 is themed “Wines of Spain,” from 2-4:30 pm. Wine also available by-the-glass. Tastings include cheese and crackers. Sat.. through May 17. $10/ tasting. Vino!, 222 S. Washington St. vinowine.com (838-1229) KOREAN FOOD SALE Traditional Korean dishes offered include bulgogi (Korean BBQ), jeyook-bokeum (spicy pork), gimbap, bibim-bap, kimchi fried rice and potstickers. Order 4 dishes and get 1 free. Proceeds benefit Spokane Hope CRC. May 17, 11 am-2 pm. $10/dish. Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church, 806 W. Knox Ave. (720-9646) INLAND NW VEGAN SOCIETY POTLUCK Bring a plant-based (no animal products or honey) dish to share along with an ingredient list, the recipe and your own plates and utensils. Third Sunday of the month, from 5-7 pm. Donations accepted. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. inveg.org (315-2852) PRESERVE YOUR PRODUCE Food safety and preservation specialist Anna Kestell leads a class on the basics of canning, freezing and drying fresh produce. Offered through June 2 at Spokane County Library District branches; dates and locations vary. See website for more info. Free. scld.org CHOCOLATE TASTING CLASS Learn how chocolate is grown, how it becomes chocolate we consume, terminology and tasting techniques. May 22, 7-8 pm. $15. Chocolate Apothecary, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (324-2424)
celebration of Harvey Milk Day. May 15, 7 pm. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. tinyurl.com/pm4ll5w (327-2509) THE FINAL MEMBER Special onenight screening of the documentary on Iceland’s Phallogolical Museum. May 15, 8 pm. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. (209-2383)
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I’m 30, and I’ve been married to my sweet, beautiful wife for three years. I am a bartender at a club and have numerous opportunities to cheat dangled in front of me. After coming close on several occasions, I finally told my wife I wasn’t happy, and we separated three months ago as a prelude to divorcing. I moved in with a friend and started taking advantage of my new single life. However, it’s already getting old. I miss my wife and AMY ALKON her intelligence and our connection. How do I start the conversation with her about getting back together? —Screwed Up After several years of marriage, for a lot of couples, pretty much the only way to have hot sex is to do it under an electric blanket. Ideally, you could have the security of marriage while continuing to pick up sex snacks at the mall food court of bachelorhood. (In a perfect world, Starbucks would also serve free beer.) But back here in the real world, a monogamous relationship demands trade-offs, and the biggie is giving up hot sex for love and constancy. Even couples who keep having sex almost never have it as hot (or as regularly) as they did at the start. There are just certain elements that can’t be replaced — sexual tension and suspense, for example — once you know for sure that you’ll not only be going home with your date but be waking up to them snoring and drooling on your shoulder for the next 50 years. Part of the problem is the way we view monogamy — as the inevitable next step after falling in love. It’s just assumed that a couple will be sexually faithful for a lifetime; there’s typically no discussion of how, exactly, they’ll accomplish that or whether they even can. Of course, for many people — women especially — there is no acceptable alternative to monogamy. “Open marriage, honey?” Right. You may as well suggest, “You know, I’m thinking we should spend the rest of the afternoon disemboweling squirrels.” Also, many people mistakenly believe that a happy and loving marriage is a magical fidelity wand that wards off the temptation to wander. Infidelity researcher Shirley Glass, in “Not ‘Just Friends,’” calls this a “misconception … not supported by any research,” though it is commonly cited on TV and in self-help books as a way to “affair-proof your marriage.” What it can end up being is a way to stick blame on the person who got cheated on, as if their saying “I love you” more fervently or keeping the living room better vacuumed could have kept their spouse’s underwear from ending up on someone else’s spouse’s hotel room floor. Additionally, some people seem to have a biological and psychological profile that makes them more prone to long for the sexual variety pack. One factor in this is being high in what psychologist Marvin Zuckerman calls “sensation seeking” — craving novel, varied, and intense sensations and experiences and being willing to take risks to get them. Sensation seeking has repeatedly been associated with high testosterone, and men with high testosterone tend to divorce more often and have more sex partners. This isn’t to say these factors are an excuse for cheating. (“Biology made me do it!”) You ultimately have the ability to make choices — difficult as that may be in the moment when you’re feeling very much like a penis-controlled robot. Sure, you miss your wife now, but if you get her back, will you start pining for the parade of bar floozies? Testosterone does decline significantly with age, as does sensation seeking, so you may find monogamy more doable at 40 than you do at 30. Assuming your wife, like most women, requires monogamy, what you owe her is honesty about the trouble you have with it so she can decide whether she’s willing to put herself in harm’s way. If you do get back together, talk about what you (each) need to do to avoid temptation (like, for you, maybe finding a job where you aren’t surrounded by hot drunk girls flashing you their thong for free drinks). This level of honesty is likely to bring you both closer and build trust, making your relationship deeper and stronger. You’re ultimately telling your wi fe that you see there’s a world of women out there but what matters most to you is having her — her beauty, sweetness, and intelligence, and your connection. You now understand that this requires consistent effort. (There’s a reason the saying is “relationships take work” and not “flings are like forced labor.”) You’re committing to doing your part to keep some sparks flying in your marriage — and not by having her find you in bed with another woman and then chase you around with a Taser. n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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MUSICFEST NORTHWEST CONCERT Featuring performances by local young musicians and dancers chosen as this year’s winners in the categories of ballet, brass, flute, guitar, piano, reed, string and voice. May 16 at 7:30 pm. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. musicfestnorthwest.org SPOKANE AREA YOUTH CHOIRS All choirs of the SAY Choirs present a culminating concert of the season; “Lullabies and Dreams.” May 16, 7-9 pm. $8/adults, $5/students, youth, seniors. Westminster Congregational, 411 S. Washington. SAYChoirs.org (624-7992) TANGO FUSION CONCERT Featuring performances by Richard Smith, Tico Pierhagen, the EWU faculty jazz combo, EWU Concert Jazz Orchestra and String Orchestra, Andrews Jaramillo and the EWU pop combo, Victor Smith and Satori Dance Studio. May 16, 7:30 pm. free/students, $10/public. EWU Showalter Hall, Cheney. (359-2241) MAMA’S WRANGLERS Country concert featuring a band of siblings who sing and play many different instruments. May 17, 7:30 pm. $10-$15. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. jacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) RIVERSIDE TRIO STRING GROUP The trio consists of Spokane Symphony musicians Shelley Rotz, violin; Catherine Shipley, viola; and Roberta Bottelli, cello. May 17, 3-4 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (444-5390) SONGS THAT HELPED AMERICANS THROUGH HARD TIMES As part of the “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit at the North Spokane Library, Brad Keeler and Linda Parman play music of the Dust Bowl by Woody Guthrie, along with big city jazz and swing and country blues. Saturdays at 3 pm, through June 21, branch locations vary. Free. More info at scld.org MUSICIANS’ SPRING GALA & JAM SESSION A 6-hour afternoon and evening jam session with local musicians; plus a food buffet and no-host bar. Proceeds benefit the community center. May 18, 4-10 pm. $5. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (535-0803) OPERA COEUR D’ALENE A live opera performance of “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. May 18, 2 pm. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 521 Lakeside Ave. CdA. operacda.org (415-272-5347) SPOKANE BRITISH BRASS BAND “Masters of Brass XV” concert featuring area students and professional musician solos with the Spokane British Brass Band, a 25 piece brass band directed by Collins Loupe. May 18, 3-4:30 pm. $10/ public, students free. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (999-8717) SPOKANE STRING QUARTET A concert featuring classical compositions from cinema, with KSPS’s Saturday Night Cinema host Shaun O’L. Higgins introducing music and adding context. May 18, 3 pm. $12-$20. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. spokanestringquartet.org (227-7404) SPOKANE YOUTH SYMPHONY: “FIRE” Season finale concert showcasing the talents of the SYS concerto competition winners. May 18, 4-6 pm. $12-$16. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane. org (624-1200) FIVE MINUTES OF FAME Open-
mic night for writers, musicians and performers of all kinds featuring alloriginal material. Third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, except for May, event is moved to May 19. Free. Cafe Bodega, 504 Oak, Sandpoint.(208263-5911) CHEYENNE JACKSON The Spokanenative sings hits from the Great American Songbook with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Jackson grew up in Newport, Wash. and started his career with the CdA Summer Theater before heading to Broadway and Hollywood. May 20, 7:30-9:30 pm. $35-$48. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (624-1200)
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
THURSDAY NIGHT PADDLES The Coeur d’Alene Canoe & Kayak club hosts weekly paddles, open to the public, Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Location and put in times vary. See website for details. Free. cdacanoekayakclub.com NEGATIVE SPLIT GLOW RUNS Train for the Negative Split half marathon and 5K race (July 6) at the monthly Glow Stick Runs. May 16 at 8:22 pm and June 13 at 8:48 pm. Wear bright clothes and glow. Runs start at lululemon (707 W. Main). Free. nsplit.com NORTH IDAHO SPORTSMAN EXPO Events include an off-road vehicle competition, gun show, demos, speakers, activities, vendors and more. May 16-18. $5-$7, kids 12 and under free. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. northidahofair.com (208-765-3168) BREAKTHROUGH FOR BRAIN TUMORS This annual 5K run/walk raises funds to support brain tumor research and services for those living with a brain tumor diagnosis. May 17, 8:30 am. $35. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. spokanefalls.edu (773-577-8762) DERBY SKATE FIT Spring fitness classes based on roller derby skills and drills, no experience necessary. Classes are coed and skates/gear is available to rent. Offered Saturdays at 10 am, through June 13. $8/class. Krunch! Skate Shop, 411 E. Sprague. krunchskate.com (220-9103) EVERY WOMAN CAN ZUMBATHON Cardio exercise event with a raffle and silent auction, hosted by Inland Imaging’s Every Woman Can. May 17, 10 am-noon. $15. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th. everywomancan.org (455-4455) LILAC CITY ROLLER GIRLS Spring Brawl doubleheader, featuring the Lilac City’s Violet Riot vs. Columbia Basin Roller Derby, followed by Lilac City’s coed team, Quad Forsaken vs. Co-Dead. May 17, 5:30 pm. $12-$15. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. lilaccityrollergirls.com (279-7000) NATURE & WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY Rich Leon leads a group around the wildlife refuge while giving tips about getting the best photographs. Bring a lunch and cameras and meet in the parking lot outside the Admin Bldg. Sign up via email. May 17, 10 am-1 pm. $5 suggested donation. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Rd. (235-4723) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS Ping-pong club meets Mon and Wed from 7-9:30 pm; Sat from 1-4 pm. $2. North Park
Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division St. spokanetabletennis.com (768-1780) TOUR DE CURE The American Diabetes Association of Spokane hosts the “Tour de Cure” bike ride to raise funds for diabetes research and prevention. 2-, 25-, 50-, and 100-mile rides offered. May 17, 8 am. $15 registration fee; $150 fundraising min. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. diabetes. org/spokanetourdecure (624-7478) LAKE CITY FLYERS Lake City Flyers is a community cycling group with an emphasis on vintage bicycles and cruisers, and meets monthly in Coeur d’Alene with periodic rides throughout the year. Ride starts at Fort Ground Grill, goes out to O’Shay’s, and then ends at Kelly’s. Meets on the third Sun at 1 pm. Free. Fort Ground Grill, 705 W. River Ave. (208-991-0040) SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB Meets Sun from 4:30-7 pm and Wed from 7-10 pm. $6/visit. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. wccc.myspokane.net (448-5694) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS CLUB Pingpong club meets Wed from 6:30-9 pm and Sun from 1:30-4 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (456-3581) JET BOAT RIVER RACES River Jet Boat racing featuring boats from the U.S., Canada and New Zealand on the St. Joe River. Also includes a show-n-shine and fireworks show. May 23 at 6 pm and May 24-25 at 10 am. Free for spectators. St. Maries, Idaho.facebook.com/racethejoe (208-245-3563)
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Performance of the classic comedy/farce by Joseph Kesselring. Through May 18, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $11-$17. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. lakecityplayhouse.org (208-667-1323) BECKY’S NEW CAR New comedy by Steven Dietz, directed by Christopher Wooley. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. Through June 1, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) WICKED The hit Broadway musical tells the “untold story” of the witches of Oz, based on a novel by the same name. Through May 25, Tues-Sun, show times vary. $42.50-$152.50. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. bestofbroadwayspokane.com THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND Musical comedy celebration of Broadway’s best song and dance numbers, including “All That Jazz,” “Cabaret,” and “New York, New York.” Through May 25; show times vary. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard. interplayerstheatre.org (455-7529) GYPSY Comedy/musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, directed by Troy Nickerson. May 16-June 15, ThursSat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. (May 28 show benefits SpokAnimal, tickets $35-$50, June 4 show benefits Partnering for Progress, tickets $30-$35). $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) I READ ABOUT MY DEATH IN VOGUE MAGAZINE A feminist satire. May 16June 1, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. spokanestageleft.org KILROY WAS HERE A musical WWII
EVENTS | FARMERS MARKETS tribute performance to the Greatest Generation. May 16-25, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sat also at 4 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Special show for veterans May 22 at 7 pm. $8-$10. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines. theaterartsforchildren.org (892-5413) PROJECT HOPE A student-directed and -performed show to raises awareness about mental illness. Proceeds benefit Frontier Behavior Health. May 16-17 at 7 pm. $5. Ferris High School, 3020 E. 37th. firstname.lastname@example.org (354-6076) RAPUNZEL, A MAGICAL MUSICAL: A stage musical adaptation of the classic fairytale, performed by 75 local members of CYT North Idaho. May 16-25, Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 3 pm. $5-$14. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cytnorthidaho. com (208-277-5727) LITTLE WOMEN Performance of the classic tale of love and forgiveness, the importance of family, performed by students at the Oaks Classical Christian Academy. May 22-24, Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sat at 2 pm. $7-$10. University High School, 12320 E. 32nd. theoakscca. org (536-5955) DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST Student actors in the local theater group perform a stage adaptation of the classic animated film, featuring hit songs from the film. May 23-June 1, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Also May 24 at 3 pm. $11$14. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. cytspokane.com
ART & SOUL 4th annual spring art festival featuring local artists Mario DeLeon, Gina Freuen and Don Audel, with live music, hands-on art and a live auction featuring original artwork by Steve Adams, Harold Balazs, Kay O’Rourke, Gordon Wilson, Mel McCuddin, Larry Montgomery, Deb & Jason Sheldon, Ric Gendron and Ken Spiering. May 15, 6-8:30 pm. $5/person, $20/family. Freeman High School, 14626 S. Jackson Rd. (291-3721 x 206) LAND OF THE STRATUS Showcasing a series of photographs by Dennis DeHart, conceptualizing place through representational, stylized and constructed photographs. Through May 30, closing reception May 30 at 10:30 am. Gallery hours Mon-Fri, from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. SFCC Bldg. 11, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3579) ANDREW MORRISON Modern American Indian Art showcase, May 16-July 4. Reception May 16 from 5-7 pm. Gallery hours Mon-Fri from 10 am-2 pm. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post falls. jacklincenter.org (208-4578950) THE HOODS 2.0 Showcasing art by local artists and graphic designers who’ve created unofficial branding and logos to signify seven Spokane neighborhoods and eight parks. May 16, 5:30-9 pm. Free. Fellow Coworking, 107 S. Howard St., Ste. 400. tinyurl.com/kp4t5rk (280-7873) DIVAS AND DAMES A group art show with a feminine theme, inspired by ancient and modern times. Artists include Vicky Cavin, Dina Carlson, Marsha Smith, Denise Steen, Clancie Pleasants, Lynn Hanley and Sherie Ritchie. Free. Manic Moon & More, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. manicmoonandmore.com (413-9101) CURATOR’S CHOICE EXHIBITION: BEHIND THE SCENES An exhibition featuring a glimpse of Museum of Art/ WSU’s operations, giving visitors the opportunity to witness and participate in the world behind gallery walls. May 20-July 3, gallery hours Tues-Fri, noon-4
pm. Free. Washington State University, Pullman campus. museum.wsu.edu (3351910) EWU STUDIO ART BFA EXHIBITION An annual thesis show featuring art by James Barrett, Kiyomi Chadwell, Karie Cooper, Teresa Dixon and Autumn Klotz. May 23June 6; reception May 23 from 6-8 pm. Gallery hours Mon-Fri from 9 am-4 pm. May 23, 6-8 pm. Free. Eastern Washington University, Cheney. (359-2494)
LOREN GRAHAM The licensed CPA reads from and answers questions about his book “Investing with Integrity” on the practice of Biblically Responsible Investing. May 15, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) SPOKANE IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION Local historian and Spokesman-Review reporter Jim Kershner talks about Spokane in the 1930s, touching on the local bank failures, WPA and CCC projects, the Grand Coulee Dam, unemployed workers and the Spokane Art Center. May 15. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld.org (893-8200) EWU VISITING WRITERS SERIES FEAT. ALBERT GOLDBARTH The distinguished and distinctive poet — who’s authored 28 collections of poems, four collections of essays, and a novel — and reads from his work. May 16, 7:30-9 pm. Free. The Big Dipper, 171 S. Washington. (359-4956) CHILDREN’S AUTHOR ANNA DEWDNEY Best known for her book, “Llama, Llama Red Pajama” the NYT Bestselling kids’ author celebrates the release of “Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too” with story time, book signing and activities. May 18, 1 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) SPOKANE POETRY SLAM Competitive performance poetry, in which poets are judged by 5 audience judges, chosen at random; winner gets a $50 prize. Held the third Monday of the month at 8 pm; doors open at 7 pm. $5. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. spokanepoetryslam.org (747-2174) HOPE IN HARD TIMES: TELL ME A STORY As part of the library’s Depression Era exhibit, members of the Spokane Storytelling League share stories, both true and fictional, about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances which tested their perseverance, resilience, and ingenuity. Dates and locations vary, see website for full details. May 20, May 29, June 3, June 11, June 18 and June 24. Free. scld.org (893-8200) JENNY MILCHMAN The author reads from and discusses her new novel, “Ruin Falls,” a follow-up to “Cover of Snow.” May 20, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) WILDERNESS READING SERIES A reading and discussion series marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. May 14 and 21, and June 4, 11 and 18 at 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front. cdalibrary.org (208769-2315 x 426) COEUR D’ALENE IN THE 20TH CENTURY A 12-month lecture series hosted by the library and the Museum of North Idaho is presented by regional historian Robert Singletary, and examines history from 1900-2000. Held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) THE SPOKANE TRIBE: CULTURE & HISTORY Spokane Tribe members share traditional culture and artifacts from their
living history in Eastern Washington, including traditional songs and handmade stone artifacts, formed centuries before modern tools and implements. May 24, 3-4 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (444-5390)
ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS Lessons for beginning to advanced dancers. Thursdays, lessons from 7-8 pm, dancing from 8-9 pm. $5. Women’s Club, 1428 W. 9th Ave. (534-4617) THE KING OF GARDENING Acclaimed English author/gardener Noel Kingsbury presents “Women, Men, and Gardening,” hosted by The Inland Empire Gardeners club. May 15, 6:30-9 pm. $10 donation. CenterPlace Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. tieg.org (535-8434) OTAKU PROM: KURONEKOCON’S GEEK PROM KuroNekoCon’s third annual “Geek formal,” featuring anime music, modern hits, J-pop, K-pop, and geek culture classics. Includes snacks, drinks, awards and a photo booth. May 16, 7-10 pm. $5. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. (251-9143) ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL TOURS Guided tours of the historic cathedral, designed by Spokanite Harold C. Whitehouse, and built between 1925-1929 and 1948-1954. Tours offered Wed, Fri and Sat from 11 am-2 pm. Free. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th. stjohns-cathedral.org (838-4277) FESTIVAL DANCE ACADEMY SPRING CONCERT “The Young Dancer’s World Celebration” and “Storybook Magic” are performed by dance students, showcasing dancers ages 4 and up. May 17, 5:30 & 7:30 pm. University of Idaho Hartung Theater, 709 Deakin, Moscow. festivaldance.org (208-882-3267) SHEPHERD’S FIELD DAY & SPIN IN The Spokane Area Sheep Producers host a community day, offering information and demonstrations in wool spinning, knitting and more, as well as local vendors. May 17, 9 am-3 pm. Clayton Fairgrounds, Clayton, Wash. (276-7160) WEST PLAINS BEEKEEPERS’ TOUR Beekeepers on the West Plains open their hives to people interested in beekeeping. Locations vary, see website for more information. May 17, 1-4 pm. wpbeekeepers.org (801-923-3797) GROW YOUR GARDEN WITH BIOCHAR Lecture on how using biochar — an organic form of charcoal that’s readily available — can improve soil and help plants thrive. May 21, 6:30-8 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth, CdA. (208-676-9730) BEGINNING WIRE WRAPPING CLASS Jewelry making class with Amy Scalise. Bring your own stones, and some will be provided. May 19 and May 27 from 6:308 pm. $25. Interplayers, 174 S. Howard . (455-7529) SPRING CRAFT FAIR The Providence Health Care Foundation hosts a craft fair to benefit local Providence pediatric services, featuring handmade jewelry, art, woodwork and other items. Held at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in the Mother Joseph and Mary Bede rooms on L3 (next to the café). All vendors are Providence volunteers, employees or family members. May 22, 8 am-4 pm. Free admission. Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 W. Eighth. (474-3081) n
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CdA Casino to Northern Quest Casino Well, it was maybe a little over a month ago that we ran into each other at the CdA casino. I was just wandering around, bored and broke and you came up to me and told me that you’d give me $10 to play the slots ‘cuz you’ve been in that same situation or whatever. After we introduced ourselves, you realized you know my husband Dj and all that good stuff, then you drove us in your rental car (a silver/grey Chevy Malibu w/ Oregon plates) to the Quest casino. Anyways, I’m just hoping that you actually will read this and you’ll e-mail me cuz I can not find your # and we are really wanting to hang out again sometime, ya know? So please, Jeff, if you do hardwood floors, live in Idaho, drive/drove a Chevy Avalanche and remember my husband and I, please get a hold of us. We’d like to hear from you.
bunch of kids. But if not, and he is the one reading this: Last time I saw you was probably 2008ish. We were in the food court at Valley Mall, you were eating and I was taking my daughters to the circus..... I had your # at one point because you worked with troubled youth and someone close to me needed your services. Anyhow, I think of you often.... There was a connection between us, in that waiting room..... Was it friendship? Or something more? I am kind of shocked that I have written this, but the truth is I’d love to hear from you!
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Dot Hello again my love, you never fail to amaze me. Everyday there is something new that makes me love you even more then the day before. I knew the moment I laid eyes on you that you would be someone special in my life, but I never dreamed you would change my life the way you have. When I look back at the past year I am astonished at the difference, I have never been happier my sweet, I fall in love with our life, with our story, every day. Thank you for everything you do for our family, you are a great man and we are blessed to have you.
Sorry I’m Awkward You lived in my friend’s neighborhood until you recently moved to Browne’s Addition. I was hoping to get a chance to talk to you more at the house show but I’m bad at that type of thing. If you want to maybe hang out sometime or something, email me at sociallyawkwarddoll@ gmail.com Chili’s Tuesday May 6th, I saw you at Chili’s around 3pm (you were our male waiter). You served me and my female friend. You were a tall darkhaired cutie who asked me if the chipotle butter sauce on my fajita was okay! I wouldn’t mind taking you out to eat sometime! Email me soon! Havacoronaonme@hotmail. com Valley Mall Everybody has that 1 person they wonder about, right? That 1 person who crosses their mind from time to time? For me that person... is a guy named Tracey with the Ford Harley truck. We met years ago in a visiting room, if he were to see this he would know where; we both spent a lot of time there every week. It has been a long time, and he is probably married by now, with a
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Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “firstname.lastname@example.org” — not “email@example.com.” Where’s Waldo I was watching you from the tree outside your window... ..Nah, I kid. I just wanted to say you’re an amazing person, you make the world a better place. You know who you are as well as you know life has it’s ups and downs. Downs..... yeah even in the downs the world is lucky to have you on it. c:
Cheers Smooth Ride Cheers to the guys at Golden Rule Brake on Francis. What my truck needed to have done was beyond my tools and knowledge. Dropped my truck off in the morning before work and they had it done before lunch. Made it easier on me and my wallet. Thanks guys Cobweb As I am packing and cleaning, a lonely cobweb above my bed still stands. I would fall asleep staring at it in remembrance of you. Five long years since I’ve seen you, yet the cobweb reminds me of how cruel, rude, and dumb I was. This not a letter of longing, it is a thank you. Thank you for teaching me in countless ways. As I sweep away the cobweb, I am stepping into a new adventure. Farewell. Best Boss In The World I just started a new job that, at first, I had my reservations about. The pay was a little bit less that what others were offering, but I could tell these were my kind of people. They have been nothing but good to me. I’ve been here less than a month and they’re already like family. Yesterday, my first paycheck was missing in action. They canceled their
Babe 1 “My “”Mr. Wonderful. It was about 24 years ago that I saw you leaning on the fence at the T-Ball field when our boys were only 5 years old. Who would have known at that time how fantastic the next 23 years of marriage would be. It was love at first sight. It is so phenomenal that we can still read each others’ thoughts. You are truly my “”soul mate”” in every way. After all these years with five children and four grandchildren, you still make me feel so very special, loved and appreciated. Thank you for accepting all my “”little quirks”” and laughing at them most of the time. It has been a wonderful 23 years of laughter, tears and adventures. Of all your little quotes, the one I love and cherish the most is when you say “”It Takes Two””. Love forever and always, Babe 2. A Kidney for Jen I am so thankful for my wife who donated a kidney to her daughter Jen. I so happy for both of you and look forward to welcoming you home soon. Your loving husband and dad.
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Jeers Re: Drug Addicts Not Criminals To the guy who said “Drug addicts are not always criminals, and if you can’t fight off a skinny, sick, weak person something is wrong with you” in last week’s Cheers and Jeers: Two years ago I was shaken and punched by some guy while walking to my car downtown. It was 8 o’clock at night the last time I looked at my watch. The police caught the guy and told me he was “strung out on crack” The guy grabbed hold of my jacket lapel and asked me for money. When I told him I didn’t have any, he shook me, then punched me across the chin like you would for a man. Luckily, the parking attendant saw me fall and called 911. You CAN’T say that drug addicts aren’t criminals! It’s NOT TRUE. I spent two days in the hospital and six months in a facility rocking back and forth in a corner. To those that get better, kudos. Sigh I’ve lived in a lot of cities around the world, but never have I lived in one as bad as Spokane. So many people here putter around in pajamas, live off welfare, have no ambition, have little to no education, have a bunch of kids and pets they can’t afford, and so on. The crime rate and drug problems are out of control given the population size. I’ve been the victim of multiple hit-and-runs and thefts. I work hard for what I have and am a good citizen, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for so many people that live here. It’s sickening that I have to live in constant fear for my safety and the safety of my daughter. Jerk I was shopping at the WalMart on Sprague on a Saturday morning, minding my own business. I unloaded my bags into the car and picked up my little dog from the car and carried him while I put away my cart so he could get a little fresh air. Out of nowhere, a man started yelling and swearing at me in front
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can not afford to replace these items. We have been homeless for over two years and are finally getting back on our feet. But the joke is on you. I had a Shaman put a spell on our items in the garage and it was to come in effect the moment I realized I had been robbed. The only way to break the spell is for you to return as many items as possible and for each of you to write a note of heartfelt apology to my daughter and me. If anyone attempts to break the spell any other way, the same thing that is now starting to happen to each of you will happen to them. I know times are hard, but all of you went too far this time.
Thief Jeers to the person that stole the World War 2-era bomb from our yard on May 10, 2014 Unprofessional I love this downtown restaurant, the food is amazing and most of the servers are great. I consider myself a regular, however, I have been in several times recently with my grandfather and have been very grossed out by one of the servers. She seems to think it is OK to take her hair down in the middle of the restaurant, shake it around, put her hands in it, and then touch plates. I find myself checking my food for long, blonde, curly hairs. It ruins the experience. This server also cannot answer simple questions about where the food comes from or the differences in the types of meats offered. I like to know
RE: An Excuse For A Man Hey I have an idea “keep your knickers on!!” ‘Ladies......why buy the cow when the milk is free? Sheesh.... have us women learnt nothing?? How can a man respect you if you don’t respect yourself? Welcome Home To the tweaker who rummaged through my car last night...I just moved and had to pawn everything I own to move into this apartment. I owe $24,000 in collection debt. I’m a single mom and one on the way. When you rummaged through my car collection papers, shutoff notices and loans, it didn’t stop you from taking my scratched Christian CDs and shorted headphones. I hope you enjoy them and maybe the CDs you stole will inspire you to change. If not the laundry soap with rat poison in it I leave in my car for drug addicted self might do the trick. Sincerely, New to Spokane. Garage Thieves You entered my sister’s garage on Broad Ave. and stole items that belonged to my daughter and me. I am on disability and
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RE: Gun Owners/Negativity to Drug Addicts First of all if you are in my house unwanted and uninvited trying to steal my property, you will be shot, end of story. For you to actually say and believe yourself that the last thing on a drug addict’s mind is to harm myself or my family, really!! Bang, bang, you’re dead. I nominate you for the Moron/Idiot award of the century. Let us know when a meth head visits your house, make sure you give him or her some hot cocoa and some cookies and send them on their merry way. Get real! Jeers to the drive-thru customers of a downtown coffee shop on Second Avenue. There is room for exactly TWO cars in the righthand drive through. TWO. Every day I watch drivers decide that they want to be the third car in line, and so they just sit there in the middle of Second Avenue with their blinker light on, expecting everyone to just go around them. It’s rude, it’s unsafe, and police should begin ticketing these terrible drivers who believe that their coffee is more important than the flow of traffic. Not to mention that there is another drive-thru on the other side of the shop that fits more than ten cars! Get over yourself and go around.
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History of the Skies
Veteran Mike Kindya, 90, inside the Memphis Belle of Hollywood fame. YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS
Only a handful of B-17 bombers still fly today — and one of them touches down in Spokane this weekend BY CHEY SCOTT
ike Kindya remembers his last mission on a B-17 bomber as fighting in the European Theater wound down in early May 1945. German forces had just surrendered in Holland, and people there were starving. “The Air Force put into operation a ‘chow town mission,’ and we loaded up the food … everything that was keepable, and we flew solo over Holland at 200 feet,” the Spokane veteran says. “We opened the bomb bay doors and the back doors and dumped all the food out. At 200 feet, you can see people’s faces, and the Dutch people, they had signs on the ground: ‘Thank you Yanks. Job well done.’” When the Oklahoma-based Liberty Foundation, a nonprofit traveling aviation museum, invited Kindya to its B-17’s stop in Spokane earlier this week, he thought someone was pulling his leg. Standing next to one of only 13 still sky-worthy Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” bombers parked on the Felts Field tarmac, Kindya, 90, tells war stories over wind gusts and the rumbling of small propengine planes taking off. On those last flights over Europe, Kindya also remembers seeing the famous Dutch tulip fields in full bloom — seas of red and yellow left untouched by the bombs and destruction.
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is crew’s prior missions were nowhere near as uplifting. As flight engineer, Kindya operated the bomber’s top turret, a domed glass bubble equipped with one of the B-17’s .50-caliber machine guns. After one mission over Merseburg, Germany, Kindya’s plane came back with 93 holes in its frame. Once, up in his turret, he lost oxygen to his mask and passed out. He also recalls when an enemy aircraft came into view of his gun’s crosshairs, being “too scared to be scared.” The historic bomber evoking Kindya’s memories — called the “Movie Memphis Belle” for playing its famous namesake in a 1990 film starring Matthew Modine — is in Spokane this week as part of the Liberty Foundation’s annual national tour. It’ll be open to the public for flights and ground tours this weekend, May 17-18. While the Memphis Belle featured in the movie was built near the end of the war and never saw combat, the original bomber became a WWII legend. In May 1943, it became one of the first B-17s to complete its 25-mission tour, returning its 10-man crew unscathed even when sustaining severe damage. The bomber was named for its pilot’s sweetheart, and its iconic nose art of a pin-up model — wearing a blue outfit on the port side, red on the starboard side — came from an April 1941 issue of Esquire.
n the decades following WWII, the original Memphis Belle wasn’t as lucky as its film stand-in. While on display in Memphis, the aircraft was gutted by war relic scavengers and battered by the elements. Reclaimed by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in 2005, it’s currently being restored for eventual display at WrightPatterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. The movie Memphis Belle served as a staff transport after the war, then operated as a water tanker, fighting forest fires through the 1970s. Former B-17 pilot David Tallichet bought the bomber and restored it to its authentic wartime look before his death in 2007. The aircraft is now leased to the Liberty Foundation. The Memphis Belle’s only duty now is to travel the country, educating the public about the Flying Fortress’ significance, and the sacrifices of countless B-17 crews. Of a total of 12,732 B-17s produced, 4,735 were lost in combat, and with them more than 40,000 men. Wearing a worn, brown leather bomber jacket with his squadron’s insignia — Bugs Bunny riding a missile — over his heart, Kindya says he used to go to reunions for the 548th Bombardment Squadron every year, but now he only knows of two other members still living besides himself. When asked his age, or what it was like to be aboard a bomber like the one behind him during chaotic, hourslong combat missions, Kindya speaks less of heroism: “We were lucky. I’m lucky.” firstname.lastname@example.org Salute to Veterans Tour feat. the “Movie Memphis Belle” B-17 bomber • May 17 and 18, from 10 am-5 pm • Ground tours by donation; 30-min. ﬂights $450/ person • Felts Field Main Terminal • 6105 E. Rutter • libertyfoundation.org • (918) 340-0243
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