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merica seems like it’s perpetually in a state of needing an escape. There is so much to be stressed out about, seemingly all the time, that finding a way to change the channel in your brain tuned in to the real world around you is always welcome. At least, it is for me, and movies have long been one of my primary ways to escape my day-to-day life and enter another world, even just for a couple of hours. In our SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE (page 12), our screen editor, Seth Sommerfeld, leads a crew of writers delving into some primo escapist fare coming in the weeks and months ahead, from indie flicks to scary films to, of course, new entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Buy a ticket, take the ride and save me an aisle seat. Also this week, reporter Nate Sanford delves into how the state is preparing for the inevitable onset of wildfire season (page 8), Carrie Scozzaro introduces the creative cuisine from East, a new restaurant at Northern Quest Resort & Casino (page 26), and Chey Scott joins the coolest biker gang in town for a chilly, mild ride (page 23). — DAN NAILEN, editor

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Way back in the ’90s, the Animorphs did have a TV show, but it sucked. And we now have better technology and TV shows are better, and it’s one of my favorite series of all time. I think it’s something that could easily be updated for a bit more of a modern retelling.

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The Other Side of Mother’s Day

The author’s mom.

Let’s all finally agree that motherhood is far too complex to be boxed into a holiday greeting card or Facebook post BY CMARIE FUHRMAN

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’m asking the people who love their mother, whether they’re here or not, to post a photo of the woman who gave birth to you!” The goal, someone had copied and pasted, was “to flood FB with positive…” I stopped reading, irritated at the presumptiveness of the request. Granted, Facebook is not the most reliable source for thoughtful engagement, but what stung was being reminded, again, that adoption is the forgotten other in the Mother’s Day conversation — in so many conversations about family. “Not every mother gave birth to their child,” I

typed into the comment box and hit send. Normally, I would say nothing. I understand about blind spots, but I also know that it is the person in the blind spot who is either required to forgive or educate. Either position is unpleasant, but after decades of worrying about hurting the feelings of those who claim ignorance, my coat of appeasement has worn thin.


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am an adoption story. The transracial one. The one that has a story, not pictures. The one about the dark-haired, brownskinned girl who looked nothing like the red-headed, nearly translucent skinned sister three years ahead of her in elementary school, embedding the family name so that teachers would always ask, “How are you related to Janet?” The fourth grader who pointed out her mom at field day and having her teacher respond with that trying-to-make-sense-of-it-head-tilt. “I’m adopted,” I told her, and the head tilted to the other side, spilling the words, “Oh, I’m so sorry. I didn’t know.” Tell an eight-year-old you are sorry when they share their family story and they will always associate adoption with shame. Then there are those who say, “Your mom and dad must have really wanted you.” They did; I’m lucky for the childhood they gave me and for the love and support I receive still, but the conjecture assumes relinquished children were at once unwanted. (I have read many narratives from adoptees, and even more from biological children, whose childhoods were horrible.) I’ve been on both sides of the adoption equation. There is not a cell in me that didn’t want my child, but something deeper, that spoke in love and fear, made the choice harder. Even now, when I mention giving up a child at 19, people say, “We all make mistakes when we are young.” The child who is not a mistake found me recently and The Fuhrman family, summer 1974. wrote, “Families come in so many different forms.” His parents had been waiting for over a decade when I chose them from an album of hundreds waiting to adopt. That child is not their mistake either. And please, don’t bring me into the current argument by telling me how lucky either of us are not to have been aborted. I refuse my experience to be used to justify another in their argument about women’s rights. No matter which side they are on. Shame also stalks the mother who adopts. “Why couldn’t your mom have kids,” I’m asked, as if infertility is a prerequisite and a woman must have an open heart and an open womb. My mom, a child of the rural 1930s, defended my dad and her choice to adopt even when her friends said it was risky. You just don’t know what you’ll get... and to take on an Indian kid… an orphan? My mom took on more than insensitive comments. Of all the assumptions made about her body, a body that could have borne children, the one no one ever made was that she bore the secret of my father’s infertility for 60 years. She waited for him to die before revealing the truth.

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here is the Mother’s Day post asking for pictures of mothers like my mom? Mothers who made great sacrifices that allowed another to raise their child? Where are the Mother’s Day cards that celebrate foster moms? And what day have we set aside for kids in orphanages and the women that mother them? Or for the mothers who tried and couldn’t? When will consanguinity and physical resemblance stop determining belonging and defining family? In how many ways will society keep ignoring mothers with its limited and colonizing ways that claim to honor them? n CMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals including Emergence Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Cutthroat a Journal of the Arts, Whitefish Review, Platform Review, Poetry Northwest, as well as several anthologies. Fuhrman resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho.

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In September 2020, wildfires were so close and fierce that smoke blanketed downtown Spokane. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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IN THE FACE OF FIRE There are reasons to be optimistic this fire season, but to beat the threat Spokane County residents will have to work together

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onnie Cobb moved to the Four Mounds area in 1959 when she was 2 years old. She’s lived there ever since. Her house is a half-hour drive from Spokane, at the end of a gravel road in a wooded area with a breathtaking view of a canyon cut by the Spokane River. In 1991, Cobb watched that canyon fill with fire. She was there with her two children. Together they watched the fire jump out of the canyon and roar over the house, taking out the smaller buildings on the property and leveling dozens of trees. It was Cobb’s first real exposure to wildfire. She and her children were safe, but the near miss opened her eyes to the threat. “It woke me up to the fact of how dangerous fire can be,” Cobb says. Three decades later, Cobb is standing in front of her house with Hilary Franz, the Washington state commissioner of public lands. They’re there to talk about the Department of Natural Resource’s new Wildfire Ready

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BY NATE SANFORD Neighbors program, which debuted as a pilot last year and is now rolling out in full force in vulnerable counties across the state. The program’s basic premise is this: If you live in a high-risk part of Spokane County, you can go to wildfirereadyneighbors.com and request a consultation with an expert who will visit your home — free of charge — to help create a wildfire protection plan that works for your property, budget and lifestyle needs. The goal is to help people create defensible space — an area free of flammable materials that extends about 100 feet from their home. The thing about wildfire is that it spreads really, really fast. A spark can easily fly from a tree to a decorative shrub to a wooden porch to a person’s home. Creating defensible spaces means clearing gutters, trimming or removing trees and getting rid of anything that could carry a spark. Cobb is the fire commissioner for Spokane County

Fire District Five around Nine Mile Falls. She regularly meets with residents to talk about the importance of defensible space. Community members are key to the Wildfire Ready Neighbors program, Franz says. While a homeowner might balk at a government worker like Franz showing up at their door with unsolicited advice, a neighbor like Cobb is much more likely to be persuasive. But for some residents, the main impediment to creating defensible space isn’t trust — it’s money. “We’re a bit of a low-income area,” Cobb says. “So a lot of residents, when you ask them to spend $5,000 to get rock [lawns] or get fuel reduction, they’re like, ‘Oh, probably not.’” Cobb says she’s seeking a grant that would support wildfire reduction projects for 50 homes — about a quarter of a percent of the homes in the district. There are additional grants homeowners can apply for through the state. ...continued on page 10


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“TEAMWORK IN THE FACE OF FIRE,” CONTINUED... Along with money, Cobb says homeowners There’s also the money. House Bill 1168, sometimes hesitate to create defensible space for which passed unanimously and went into effect aesthetic reasons. She says people often tell her last July, allocates $125 million every two years they moved to the area because of the trees, why to support wildfire response, forest restoration would they cut them down? They want natural and community resilience efforts like the Wildfire beauty, not a direct sightline to their neighbor’s Ready Neighbors Program. house. But more resources and a wet spring don’t Cobb tries to help address those hesitations necessarily mean Washington is in the clear. through education: A homeowner might not want Heavy rain helps grass grow, and a week or two to remove their trees, but sometimes just trimof dry weather is all it takes to turn it into what ming them or removing the ones within 3 feet of is basically gasoline, Franz says. Trimming grass their home is enough to make a big difference. near your home is a key part of creating defenIn many ways wildfire is like COVID-19, sible space. Franz says. She compares 100 feet of defensible And even with the additional funding from space to the 6 feet of social distancing that people HB 1168, the DNR isn’t immune to the challearned during the pandemic. Like COVID-19, lenges that have gripped the rest of the workforce wildfire requires comin recent years. While firefighter wages munity action. If only vary by district, Franz says they’re one person gets vaccitypically not as high as they should be, nated and wears a mask, which has made it increasingly difficult it won’t do much to to recruit people. stop the virus. Similarly, “We have, right now, fewer people clearing fuel sources from who are wanting to go into this work,” your property offers Franz says. “It’s not for the faint of heart; some protection, but if it is very challenging work. Also, unforyour neighbor has piles tunately, the pay is not really commensuof dry leaves stacked up rate with the level of the job challenge.” next to their wooden paThe housing crisis has also made tio furniture, that’s your recruitment difficult. Housing costs in problem, too. Washington’s rural communities have “Wildfires don’t see skyrocketed in recent years and driven property lines, and people out people who might otherwise be with homes in areas at involved in firefighting efforts. Franz Hilary Franz high risk of wildfires are says the DNR is looking at the possibilonly as strong as their weakest link,” Franz says. ity of building housing for their temporary and Wildfire Ready Neighbors launched as a long-term firefighting workforce. pilot program in Spokane County last year. They had 651 people sign up for home assessments, fter taking questions from the press, exceeding their goal by 22%. This year, they’re Franz and Cobb are joined by wildland expanding the program to include new counties and forest health specialist Garrett Wallike Yakima. To help incentivize people, Franz ters to walk around Cobb’s property and demsuggests approaching the new initiative with a bit onstrate a mock wildfire readiness assessment. of friendly competition. Franz — who has hinted at a run for governor “I would see this as a game: ‘Who’s gonna — picks up Cobb’s adorable 3-year-old grandson make their communities the most resilient to and carries him with her for the tour. wildfire?’” Franz says. “Honestly, we all become Cobb’s home is better protected than most. winners when we do that.” She has a metal roof, well-trimmed grass and a concrete patio. Her deck furniture is metal and he need for defensible space has become the few trees on her property are well-trimmed more urgent as wildfires across the West to prevent them from catching sparks. The house increase in scale and devastation. Last itself is made of wood, but that’s OK, Walters year was Washington’s second-worst wildfire says, because the defensible space she’s created season on record. Fueled by historic drought, should prevent flames from getting close enough 18,175 fires burned more than 600,000 acres of to ignite it. land. Hazardous levels of smoke filled the skies. “But what if I have stacks of firewood so it’s Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes. easier for me to carry it into the house?” Cobb The Inlander asks Franz how she’s feeling jokes. about the upcoming fire season. Walters laughs: “I understand the ease of “Hopeful and optimistic,” Franz says. having a firewood pile right next to your strucNothing is certain yet, but there’s reason to ture, but I highly recommend you have that wood think things won’t be as bad this year. For startpile away from the structure.” ers, it’s been a wet spring. Last year, Washington With summer approaching rapidly, Cobb saw an unprecedented 220 fires in the month of says she plans to keep reaching out to comApril. There were only 46 fires in April this year. munity members and educating them on the That doesn’t necessarily mean things won’t get importance of defensible space. She’s confident worse this summer, but it does mean fire crews in the power of community resilience to spread will be less exhausted when the more intense faster than wildfire. fires start this summer. “Once you get one neighbor doing it, then “It means that we have a little bit more pretty soon the next neighbor starts doing it,” time to sort of get everything in line, catch our Cobb says. “It’s just kind of a domino effect.” n breath,” Franz says. nates@inlander.com

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Just Zip It A zipline running down into the Spokane River gorge just took another step toward reality BY DANIEL WALTERS

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he dream of a zipline near the Spokane River has become tantalizingly closer. In a resolution passed last week, the Spokane City Council endorsed a general plan to build a zipline — or a “1,400 foot long ecotourism and cultural experience” as the council resolution calls it — from the top of the CSO tanks across from the downtown library, under the Monroe Street Bridge, and to the bottom of Redband Park in Peaceful Valley. City Director of Parks and Recreation Garrett Jones says the idea is nearly a decade old, going back before the community finalized its master plan to upgrade Riverfront Park in 2014. The central question: What downtown attractions would appeal to different age groups? Cue the brainstorming sessions for “big thinking-outside-the-box type of attractions that would really gather that excitement of park users coming downtown.” “And you can imagine during that discussion: a lot of it was, ‘Hey, man, let’s have a zipline go across the river,’” Jones says. But that proposal ran into a whole thicket of issues relating to the federal regulations on Avista’s dams at that location, forcing a change of plans.

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“Rather than going across the river, is there an opportunity to go parallel to the river where you can still have that same experience?” Jones asks. The council resolution calls for the parks department to move forward with a formalized process to solicit bids for a public-private partnership to design and build the zipline. Along the way, there’s a whole host of questions that need to be answered, Jones adds. How do you construct it? How do you operate it? What about shuttle transport back to the start? How do you deal with liability and insurance? How much would it cost, and would scholarships or discounts be used to make it cheaper and more accessible for some groups? Putting the proposal out to bid, Jones says, lets the city answer those questions. “It gives us an opportunity to go out and investigate to see what’s possible,” he says. There was one City Council holdout to supporting the zipline: Councilwoman Lori Kinnear says she lost her zipline enthusiasm ever since the plan to put it across from the river was nixed. The rest of those in attendance, however, were unanimous. “My grandchildren all the time ask me, ‘When is the zipline coming?’” Councilwoman Betsy Wilkerson says. Frequent City Council public commenter Kim Schimdt, meanwhile, declared it the “raddest idea I have ever heard in my entire life.” n

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BLOCKBUSTER CALENDAR Highlighting the biggest movies the summer has to offer BY SETH SOMMERFELD

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e it massive franchises, star vehicles, or family fare, there’s plenty to whet your cinematic appetite. While it doesn’t look like the most powerhouse slate ever offered up — August’s movie lineup feels like an absolute wasteland (we threw a single August feature on this list just because we felt kinda bad for the month) — most folks will be able to find at least one blockbuster that piques their interest.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK

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Television’s best animated sitcom makes the leap to the big screen, as the ever-frustrated titular burger cook must deal with the hijinks of his melodramatic wife Linda and their three rambunctious children: Louise, Gene and Tina. While the plot has been kept under wraps, it’s safe to expect the usual mix of warm-hearted Blecher family bonding, over-the-top situations, teen horndog fantasies from Tina, wily schemes from Louise, a script dense with jokes for kids and adults, and more than a few musical numbers. (Why The Bob’s Burgers Movie is opening opposite Top Gun: Maverick instead of during the cinematic wasteland that is the August movie calendar remains a mystery.)

JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION See: “Life Finds a Cliché,” page 20.

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See: “Hitting the Wrong Notes,” page 22.

Hop onto the highway to the danger zone once again, as Tom Cruise straps himself back into the cockpit of a fighter jet to teach a new crop of young Navy pilots in this Top Gun sequel. As trailers reveal, the enhancements in camera technology over the past three decades means there is going to be some absolutely bonkers footage taken from actual stunt flying jets, making this the summer blockbuster that’s most essential to experience on the big screen.

THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE

Lightyear raises some potential red flags. Lightyear is supposed to be the movie that Andy — the kid who owned Buzz and Woody in Toy Story — saw that made him want the Buzz toy. So it’s a ’70s/’80s Star Wars-esque movie that exists as a movie in the universe of another movie. If you can get over the kiddie Inception of all that, it could very well end up being a great sci-fi action flick (or it could take itself way too seriously and miss the mark).

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Fundamentally, more Pixar-created Toy Story-related movies should be a slam dunk. In terms of consistent quality, no recent cinematic franchise can touch Toy Story. But the meta-ness of

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON

JUNE 24

The world is a big and scary place, especially when you’re just a tiny shell with one googly eye and a nice pair of kicks. Jenny Slate’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On initially gained viral popularity in 2010 with a stop-motion short film displaying the miniscule Marcel’s awkward and adorable views of the world. Now Slate and director Dean Fleischer-Camp take the small creature to the big screen in this “documentary” detailing the titular shell’s adventurous search for a family, which looks like it could be a quirky and heartfelt family-friendly box office hit.

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU

JULY 1

The latest entry in the smash hit CGI-animated Despicable Me franchise, Minions: The Rise of Gru follows the yellow pill-shaped creatures trying to save their 12-year-old wannabe supervillain boss Gru after he gets on the wrong side of an actual supervillain team. Basically, it’s all an elaborate platform for a ton of goofy CGI slapstick comedy.

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER

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See: “The Real Superpower is Comedy,” page 14.

THE GRAY MAN

JULY 15

MCU staples the Russo Brothers (Engame, Infinity War) take their directing chops to the world of the spy thriller with The Gray Man. When former CIA operative and freelance hitman Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling) uncovers some dark secrets about the agency, one

of his unhinged former colleagues (Chris Evans) leads an array of international assassins on a manhunt to take him out.

PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK

JULY 15

Apparently three movies about a panda doing kung fu didn’t satiate Hollywood’s need for CGI animated fury martial arts. In Paws of Fury, the eponymous pup Hank (Michael Cera) rolls into a cat town and must learn the martial arts to defend the village from an evil cat army. … BUT WAIT! What if I told you — and I can’t believe I’m saying this — that Paws of Fury is actually a kid-friendly remake of Blazing Saddles? Well… it is. (No, really.)

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See: “Fear All Year,” page 16.

BULLET TRAIN

JULY 29

A mercenary who wants to get out of the game (Brad Pitt) gets talked into a job retrieving a briefcase on a Japanese bullet train. Unbeknownst to him, a boatload of colorful assassins on board the train are after the same thing. Hyper stylized, humorous, closequarters combat ensues in another wild action romp from director David Leitch (John Wick, Deadpool 2).

DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS

JULY 29

When the superheroes of the Justice League are incapacitated, who can humanity turn to for salvation? Pets, of course. In this CGI animated fare, Superman’s superpowered pooch Krypto the Superdog (Dwayne Johnson) leads a ragtag group of newly-powered shelter pets — an indestructible hound (Kevin Hart), a size-shifting pig, a blazing fast turtle and an electrified squirrel — on a comedyfilled journey to defeat Lex Luthor (Marc Maron).

SAMARITAN

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A young boy is convinced a superhero who went missing two decades ago (Sylvester Stallone) might actually still be around and capable of saving the day. Samaritan isn’t based on any existing comic book franchise, so it has a chance to carve out its own niche in a similar manner to Super and Hancock. n

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The god-like might of Chris Hemsworth's buffoonery was unlocked in Thor: Ragnarok.

THE REAL SUPERPOWER IS

COMEDY

How humor has always been the most important element in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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uick — what’s your favorite climactic battle in a non-Avengers film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If you’re a casual moviegoer and not a superfan who watches each movie dozens of times, can you describe any of those big fights — apart from the Avengers tentpoles of the Battle of New York, Endgame’s Battle of Earth, and maaaaybe Age of Ultron’s Battle of Sokovia — in vivid detail? I’m betting you can’t. It’s not that these moments of combat aren’t thrilling theatrical experiences in the moment, but for all their cinematic spectacle (which admittedly can get bogged down in CGI overkill at times) they’ve never been the real reason the MCU works. The key to the MCU isn’t epic superhero feats. The key to the MCU is character-building comedy. It was clear this was the case from the jump. The opening scene of Iron Man — the first MCU entry — finds Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark snarking it up in the backseat of a military convoy. Nothing that leaves his lips isn’t a joke. In under two minutes he establishes his arrogant bravado with around a dozen jokes about Maxim models, MySpace, and peace signs before the

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BY SETH SOMMERFELD convoy is surprise attacked. Humor is the bedrock upon which the MCU's comic book pop culture leviathan was founded, and it remains the case to this day. The moments that people return to are the ones where comedy breeds a warm connection with these superpowered heroes. That’s part of the reason why the DC Extended Universe pales in comparison to Marvel’s cinematic imprint. Rather than colorful comic book mirth, DCEU titles like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League leaned into a gritty testosterone-fueled violent realm that always seemed to be trying too hard to be “badass.” It’s no coincidence that the only good films in the DCEU are the ones that are far more feminine and/or funny: Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, The Suicide Squad. (It’s also not a coincidence that audiences and critics did not dig 2021’s Eternals, the MCU movie that feels most like a DCEU film thanks to its largely humorless tone.) In the MCU, we adore Chris Evans’ Captain America because he’s an uncool out-of-time dweeb who delights when he understands a reference, enjoys volleying back Stark’s verbal jabs, and can dryly nail PSA videos about high schoolers’ changing bodies.

The Guardians of the Galaxy became a hit despite being relative unknowns outside of comic book nerds because writer/director James Gunn treated the movies like action comedies where a bunch of unlikely buddies bust each others’ chops the entire time (with Chris Pratt’s Starlord as the cocky space dufus, Dave Bautista’s Drax as the overly literalist straight man, a sly-talking racoon and one-sentence-talking tree). Most everyone agreed Ant-Man was better than it needed to be because it embraced its inherent absurdity and visual size-based gags. Paul Rudd can always get across overwhelmed humor, and even side characters like Michael Peña’s speed-talking Luis had fun recurring bits. Tom Holland became the best cinematic Spider-Man because he could authentically pull off both Peter Parker’s awkward teen mishaps and the wise-ass taunts that Spidey fires off with a frequency that rivals his web-shooting. Even Black Widow and Hawkeye were able to occasionally draw humor from being the normies in the realm of ultra-powered costume-wearers. And their perspective is kind of crucial. The comedy makes the titans feel human and relatable. Without the jokes, they’d feel like hollow vessels of power.


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o character embodies the importance of humor in the MCU like Thor. Director Kenneth Branagh tried to take the character in a Shakespearian direction in 2011’s Thor. The origin story had some fish-out-of-water humor when Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder ended up in a remote New Mexico town, but it was mostly self-serious in trying to build up this mythological figure and his Asgardian lore. The sequel Thor: The Dark World — still the worst MCU movie — took things in an even moodier, less fun direction. It didn’t help that Thomas Hiddleston’s Loki, Thor’s half-brother/ rival, was allowed to chew up the scenery with trickster charm and wit. While Hemsworth would occasionally show charismatic flashes in Avengers films, his Thor still felt like a comparatively dour cardboard cutout when placed next to Iron Man or Captain America. That all changed when director Taika Waititi took the helm of the third Thor film, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. With the help of screenwriters Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L. Yost, Waititi took the stoic shackles off both the Norse god and Hemsworth. The creative team figured out that the best way to maximize Thor as a character (and use Hemsworth’s charm) was to allow him to be an irreverent doofus. Rather than brood and toil about his plight, he’d mock most obstacles in his path. Why be concerned when you’re a literal god after all? Working from that position means that every time things don’t come as easily as his arrogance would suggest, he delightfully looks like a fool. And “delightful fool” is Hemsworth’s acting wheelhouse.

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The Norse god amusingly tries to find his place in the universe in Thor: Love & Thunder. Ragnarok featured moments of hilarity beyond its titular star, ranging from Loki putting on an Asgardian play recasting himself as a hero played by Matt Damon to the drunken sloppiness of Valkyrie to the physical comedy of Bruce Banner splatting on Asagrad’s rainbow bridge instead of instantly turning into Hulk. The film also reveled in quirks of Korg, the friendly rock-man arena battle revolutionary (voice by Waititi), and drank in a heightened version of Jeff Goldblum’s signature eccentricity as the Grandmaster. In short, Ragnarok had so much fun being silly. Both critics and audiences ate up the newly comedic Thor, making the film a box office smash, one which is almost universally held up as one of the MCU’s high points. That all leads us to the most widely anticipated movie on the summer blockbuster calendar, Thor: Love & Thunder (July 8). A lot has happened in the MCU since Ragnorak — that whole Thanos eradicating half the universe’s population before the Avengers saved the day thing — and the new film looks to have Thor trying to find inner peace and his place in the cosmos while shying away from battling. A chill, battle-adverse superhero offers plenty of comedic (and potentially romantic) fertile ground, but the film is also playing off writer Jason Aaron’s acclaimed “The God Butcher” story arc for the Thor: God of Thunder comics. That being the case, there could be serious brutality via the villainous Gorr the God Butcher, played by Christian Bale in his post-Batman return to the realm of caped crusaders. Regardless, early trailers show Waititi (who returns as director and co-writer) will maintain the comedic tone that truly unlocked Thor as a character. The MCU may be loaded with vibranium shields, power suits, infinity gauntlets and mystical hammers, but the most powerful weapon in its arsenal remains a well-placed joke. n

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FEAR ALL

YEAR Box office successes have led elevated horror movies to become summer blockbuster fare BY JASON BAXTER

Ethan Hawke brings the horror as a serial killer in The Black Phone.

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f you’ve spent any time on “Film Twitter” (a catch-all term for a nebulously defined and frequently contentious community of critics, fans, and creators) in the past couple of years, then you’ve likely come across the term “elevated horror.” The classification encapsulates a varietal of the horror genre encompassing low-to-mid-budget thrillers with an art house bent. While it’s hardly a new phenomenon, elevated horror has had something of a renaissance in recent times thanks to studios like Blumhouse, Annapurna, A24, and NEON. Prime examples include much-discussed fare like Get Out, It Follows, Hereditary, Raw and The Witch. Elevated horror films separate themselves from the rest of the slasher pack by being based on original concepts instead of remaking existing intellectual property (Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 reimagining of the 1970s giallo classic Suspiria is a notable exception), and they’re often imbued with a commentary on present day or recurring societal inequalities and anxieties. Elevated horror has roots in the ’70s and ’80s, with predecessors like Alien, The People Under the Stairs, Carrie, Scream, and the works of David Cronenberg (who makes his long-overdue return to horror this summer with Crimes of the Future). While summertime has traditionally been the playground of action-stuffed blockbusters, it appears to be ceding some territory to horror, which has long been relegated to the months of February (bring your date!) or October (for obvious seasonal reasons). Along with Alex Garland’s MEN (read our review on page 28) and the aforementioned — and apparently revolting — CRIMES OF THE FUTURE (June 10), THE BLACK PHONE (June 24) is one of the first elevated horror films of Summer 2022. It’s interesting to consider that while the movie is certain to be outgrossed by Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, The Black Phone is the film original Doctor Strange director Scott Derickson opted to tackle instead after parting ways with Marvel Studios. Ethan Hawke leads the film’s modestly sized cast as The Grabber, a serial abductor and murderer with a nightmarish mask and costume. The film’s supernatural trappings, serial predator of children, and small town period setting evoke horror legend Stephen King. This should come as no

Daniel Kaluuya gets back in the saddle with writer/dirctor Jordan Peele for Nope. surprise as the film adapts a short story by King’s son, who writes under the pseudonym Joe Hill. Time will tell if The Black Phone is anywhere near as inscrutable and traumatizing as Stanley Kubrick’s elevated horror opus The Shining. The most anticipated horror film of the summer (and one of 2022's most hyped overall) is the mystery-shrouded NOPE (July 22) from Oscar-winning auteur Jordan Peele. As has become his wont, the marketing for Nope has been enigmatic, and details of its plot are scarce. The film’s official logline reads only that the film follows “residents in a lonely gulch of inland California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.” For his latest “horror epic” (Paramount Pictures’ words, not mine), Peele has assembled an outstanding cast that includes Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya, Stephen Yuen (who starred in a particularly memorable episode of Peele’s 2019 reboot of The Twilight Zone), Barbie Ferreira (HBO’s Euphoria) and the great Keith David. In another tantalizing tidbit, the credits also list prolific motion-capture performer Terry Notary, who’s worked on Avatar, Kong: Skull Island, The Lion King, and the recent Planet of the Apes films (read: Nope may well turn out to be some manner of creature feature). Closing out the season’s wave of elevated horror is BODIES BODIES BODIES (August 5), which made a big impression during its world premiere at SXSW this year. Recent thrillers have exploited social media as a vessel for suspense (Unfriended, Searching) or explored the lived experiences specific to Millennials and Gen Z (Like Me, CAM). Bodies Bodies Bodies appears to take these thematic concerns to the extreme, cheekily addressing ideas of “woke-ness” and “cancel culture” in a farcical horror context (it’s tagline “this is not a safe space” would be a dead giveaway if the film’s riotous trailer wasn’t already). Bodies Bodies Bodies’ basic set-up follows the popular party-game-gone-wrong formula, and stars Lee Pace and a cadre of promising up-and-comers: Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Sennott (Shiva Baby), shock comic Conner O’Malley, tabloid regular Pete Davidson and Maria Bakalova, who received an Oscar nomination for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. All of these films suggest that elevated horror won’t be going away anytime soon, and have incurred onto the summer landscape, providing some much needed diversity in contrast to the dominant superhero slugfests, nostalgic rehashes and CGI family fare. n


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BIG SCREEN, SMALLER SCALE Go beyond the mainstream with these indie/arthouse alternatives to the summer blockbuster boom BY NATHAN WEINBENDER

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ot all independent films are treated equally. Sometimes they’re acquired by a tech giant and, against all odds, win Best Picture (hi, CODA). Or they play in theaters for a few weeks and generate intriguing word-ofmouth buzz. Or, most likely, they languish on the proverbial back shelves of streaming platforms, destined to be fixtures on lists of hidden classics "you’ve never heard of." Eventual destinations aside, we’ve selected some of the summer’s buzziest indie titles, from recent festival favorites to the latest works by beloved arthouse directors. Could any of them be future critical darlings or Oscar hopefuls? We’ll see. (Due to limited theatrical release, some of these movies may reach the Inland Northwest later than these listed opening dates.)

actors inspire goofy show-biz satire that’s pitched at a volume somewhere between The Player and Bowfinger.

FLUX GOURMET JUNE 24

If your tastes tend toward the tasteless, then the newest whatsit from director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) might be your cup o’ tea. It centers on a performance troupe whose work combines the culinary arts with ambient soundscapes, experimental theater and, uh, some much more questionable functions. Bon appetit.

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THE FORGIVEN JULY 1

A well-off White couple are responsible for a fatal accident while on holiday in Morocco, and the fallout unearths long-simmering issues of racism and class divide. Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes headline John Michael McDonagh’s adaptation of the acclaimed Lawrence Osborne novel.

BENEDICTION JUNE 3

Writer-director Terence Davies loves an elegiac period piece about working-class torpor and romantic longing. His intellectually prodigious, emotionally repressed subject this time is queer British poet Siegfried Sassoon, whose service in World War I defined his then-controversial work. Consider this a companion piece to Davies’ last film, the 2016 Emily Dickinson portrait A Quiet Passion.

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WATCHER JUNE 3

In a throwback to ’70s psychological thrillers and Euro whodunits, Maika Monroe (It Follows) plays an American expat living in Romania who becomes convinced that the shadowy voyeur in the building across the way is a serial killer. But will anyone believe her? Fans of Rosemary’s Baby, Don’t Look Now and the early work of Dario Argento shouldn’t miss it.

BODIES BODIES BODIES AUGUST 5 See: “Fear All Year,” page 16.

I LOVE MY DAD AUGUST 5

What would you do if you were a middle-aged divorcee trying to reconnect with your estranged adult son? If you’re Patton Oswalt in I Love My Dad, you pose as a young woman on social media and strike up a queasy relationship with your own kid. Writer-director James Morosini based this cringe-comedy crowd pleaser on events from his own life — and you thought your parents were weird.

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE JUNE 10

Certified weirdo David Cronenberg’s first film in eight years looks like a depraved inventory of all his favorite proclivities — aberrant sexual fetishes, invasive technology and squishy, squirmy body horror. Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux and Cronenberg regular Viggo Mortensen star as icy, emotionally distant intellectuals forced to navigate a not-too-distant future where human biology and electronic augmentation make strange, gory bedfellows.

I Love My Dad

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OFFICIAL COMPETITION JUNE 17

Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz reunite for a nonPedro Almodóvar comedy that’s a send-up of their own industry. An aging pharma CEO decides to bankroll a bigscreen version of a culturally significant novel, and the clashing egos of a provocative director and her arrogant

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Claire Denis won best director at the Berlin Film Festival for this politically charged romantic drama about an ex-con radio journalist (Juliette Binoche) who’s torn between the affections of her husband (Vincent Lindon, from the recent arthouse curio Titane) and her exboyfriend (Grégoire Colin, star of Denis’ revered Beau Travail).

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Another year, another small-scale psychological thriller starring Rebecca Hall as a woman at the end of her emotional rope. In Resurrection, she’s haunted, perhaps literally, by an intimidating man from her past, and she drives herself insane trying to prove she’s not just imagining things. Part cerebral character study, part grisly horror, this is sure to be a divisive one. n


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Will Jurassic World Dominion have teeth or will it bite?

LIFE FINDS A CLICHÉ How the Jurassic Park franchise lost its way on the road to its (alleged) final chapter, Jurassic World Dominion

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n 1993, dinosaurs walked the Earth. Expertly weaving CGI and practical effects together, Jurassic Park was an event. Director Steven Spielberg captured the awe and terror of the magnificent extinct creatures. It is the type of work you could encase in amber, show it to people decades from now, and it’d still capture that same sense of awe. Through his sheer strength of vision, it created a legacy that’s stood the test of time. Telling the story of foolhardy humans who believed they could resurrect prehistoric creatures for a theme park, it revealed how our own arrogance would be our demise if left unchecked. This is quite an appropriate metaphor for the franchise expansion that followed the original film. Four years later there was 1997’s The Lost World, the only sequel directed by Spielberg (which makes it the best of the bunch). Shortly after that was 2001’s Jurassic Park III, a film most memorable for a strange moment where a character dreamed a dinosaur shouted their name at them. Then, more than a decade later, came 2015’s Jurassic World and 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Even with flashes of creativity, they felt derivative and lacked an understanding of what made the original so iconic. Now, we are getting Jurassic World Dominion (June 10).

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BY CHASE HUTCHINSON Set four years after Fallen Kingdom, it shows a world where dinosaurs now roam the Earth freely. It has upended the established order of life, challenging whether people are the dominant force on the planet anymore. Returning are Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, a pair of painfully shallow cardboard cutouts masquerading as the new trilogy’s lead characters. Seemingly recognizing that these new characters haven’t connected with people, the film is also bringing back a whole host of familiar faces from Jurassic Park: Sam Neill as Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Ellie Sattler and Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm. It is part of this sixth Jurassic entry attempting to pivot to what has become known as a “legacy sequel,” figuratively resurrecting the central characters that started it all and seeing where they are all these decades later. It is a move that reeks of nostalgia-fueled desperation, betraying a lack of confidence and imagination in the current trajectory of films. It is easy to see why. The first 2015 sequel was a rather rote retread. It tried to offer something new under the guise of self-awareness that only came across as defensive and hollow. The second one in 2018 was a fascinating artifact as it took two vastly different films — one a generic

action romp, the other a pseudo-fright fest — and tried to jam them into one feature. While there was a lot of fun to be had in what essentially became a haunted house with dinosaurs, it still couldn’t hold a candle to its origins. That first film still shines bright, even as many of these subsequent incarnations have done their best to dampen it. The dinosaur spectacle was the magnificent attraction, but what made Jurassic Park a cut above was its well-realized characters and how, despite all their flaws, they were an integral part of the experience. Pratt’s Owen instead is a boilerplate generic action man, devoid of the necessary charisma and charm to carry such a film. To quote Dr. Ian Malcolm, “That is one big pile of shit.” The return of the original cast is an indication the filmmakers know that, a transparent way to try to bring back some of the old magic. It is unlikely to achieve that goal. What was captured before was lightning in a bottle, handled carefully by a committed cast and master craftsman. The legacy of Jurassic Park still endures, despite all the repeated efforts to cheapen it with an excess of sequels that fall far short of the brachiosaurus heights it reached. Thankfully, we can always return to the 1993 classic and know we’ll be warmly greeted with a fullthroated “Welcome to Jurassic Park.” n


Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

STREAMING

PICKS New movies coming to streaming services this summer that might actually be worth your time

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till not in a mood to return to the multiplexes or just want to stay curled up in your pajamas, but want to watch something new? These original movies coming to popular streaming platforms might be the perfect fit.

CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS MAY 20 (DISNEY+) In this incredibly irreverent and referential hybrid animation/ live action comedy (think Who Framed Roger Rabbit), we catch up with the famed rodent Chip (John Mulaney) and Dale (Andy Samberg) decades after their Disney detective series from 198990 was canceled. When other famed toons start disappearing (again, incredibly Who Framed Roger Rabbit) the estranged partners reluctantly are back on the case. Their hijinks could be a blast in the hands of director Akiva Schaffer (The Lonely Island, Popstar, Hot Rod).

FIRE ISLAND JUNE 3 (HULU)

A queer reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, comedian Joel Kim Booster (who also wrote the script) and Saturday Night Live scene-stealer Bowen Yang star as gay best friends who struggle with romantic foibles and class issues during a vacation on the famed gay resort isle. The movie looks like it’s going to be a wild flippant ride and Yang and Booster both have more than enough chops to get an array of audiences laughing. Since summer slates are now almost entirely devoid of comedies (unless they’re animated or Marvel), Fire Island has a chance to be the breakout comedy of the season.

HUSTLE JUNE 10 (NETFLIX)

In a sports movie with more grit than Disney sheen, Adam Sandler stars as a has-been agent who discovers a Spanish street ball prospect (played by actual NBA player Juancho Hernangó-

mez) who could be his ticket back into NBA circles… if he’s willing to put in the work. Featuring plenty of Hollywood and pro hoops star power (Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, Anthony Edwards, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry), it looks like it could have a rawer edge than most feel-good sport flicks.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE JUNE 17 (HULU)

When an aging widow (Emma Thompson) hires a handsome young sex worker (Daryl McCormack) to expand her sexual horizons, their conversations find a way to extend beyond just the heat of the hotel bedroom. This critically-acclaimed, limitedscope two-hander looks a cut above typical streaming fare in terms of quality with Thompson and McCormack delivering sterling performances that manage to be steamy, funny, and heartfelt at the same time.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

SHOTGUN WEDDING JUNE 29 (AMAZON PRIME)

Typically, someone getting cold feet at a destination wedding would be the most eventful part of the day. But in the action/ comedy Shotgun Wedding, the reconsidering couple-to-be (Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel) must put aside their pre-marital squabbles when the wedding becomes a hostage situation. There’s a chance this is incredibly corny, but director Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and co-writer Liz Meriwether (New Girl) could at least raise it to silly watchability.

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THE SEA BEAST JULY 8 (NETFLIX)

Writer/director Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero 6) disembarks from Disney to tell the CGI-animated tale of a monster-hunting sailor during a time when giant sea beasts populated the oceans. His typical seafaring ways get a bit upended when a young stowaway girl unexpectedly joins him, setting off a series of family-friendly high seas adventures. n

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HITTING THE

WRONG NOTES Why does every musical biopic have to be a bummer?

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ou know what’s super fun? Music! Music can be thrilling, emotional, challenging, and invigorating. It can open up new worlds of experience and reflection. It can build community even among disparate people. Music is so fun! You know what’s not fun? Musical biopics! Somehow telling the life story of the musicians we all adore has become a cinematic haven for the most excruciating modern filmmaking. Instead of feeling like celebrations of the power of music that these great creators gave to the world, music biopics have become endurance tests asking viewers to dwell in the sorrows of these artists. There may be no cinematic genre as predictable and formulaic these days as musical biographies. Granted, that’s in part because the factual details of so many musicians fall into the same beats: meteoric rise to fame, struggles with drugs and/or romantic partners, fall from grace, etc. But there seem to be few filmmakers/screenwriters trying to approach these issues with any creativity. Heck, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story ruthlessly lampooned all these played-out tropes in 2007, and if anything music biopics have only gotten worse since then. Having a bummer time with Joy Division’s Ian Curtis (Control) makes sense, but it shouldn’t feel like a total drag living the rock ’n roll life with Johnny Cash (Walk the Line), Jimi Hendrix (Jimi:

BY SETH SOMMERFELD All Is by My Side), and Hank Williams (I Saw the Light). It’s even worse for the ladies. The recent biopics of Aretha Franklin (Respect) and Billie Holiday (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) rank among the worst movies I’ve seen in recent years, seeming to revel in dwelling on their abusive relationships more than any aspect of their music; an extension of Hollywood’s problematic love of awards-bait films built around Black suffering and trauma. This hasn’t always been the case for musical biopics. Going way back, Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) told the life of composer Jerome Kern with lavish musical majesty, foregrounding the music that people adored. Even in movies where we know the titular stars meet tragic ends like The Buddy Holly Story and Selena, the films celebrated the electric nature of their short lives and their passion for the music they crafted. Heck, even a classical composer like Mozart was made to seem like a comedic riot in Amadeus. As moviegoers, we should feel charged up watching musical biopics in a way that’s at least tangential to seeing the artists live in concert. The closest we’ve come in recent times is probably the dangerous feel of NWA concerts in Straight Outta Compton (some may make a case for Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody or Elton John in Rocketman, but mileage varies wildly on the former and the latter relies very heavily on fantasy-esque elements). And now, the King has entered the building.

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis will shake its hips into theaters on June 24. This is hardly the first film about Elvis Presley, with past efforts ranging from a half dozen documentaries, multiple comedies about Elvis meeting President Nixon, and the cult film about Elvis fighting a mummy in a retirement home (Bubba Ho-Tep). The best straight music biopic about the King of Rock and Roll to date is the hard-to-find 1979 made-for-tv movie Elvis, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell. This new blockbuster stars Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks (in heavy prosthetics) as his famed manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It’s reported that the movie will focus primarily on the pair’s dynamics, which doesn’t exactly sound ideal. We all know Elvis didn’t have a glorious end, but hopefully the journey there pulsates with a rocking spirit. Having Luhrmann in the director’s chair is reason for optimism. As the director of Moulin Rouge (in addition to Romeo + Juliet and 2013’s The Great Gatsby), he’s always been an auteur who’s scorned subtlety for garish style and emotional grandiosity. That cinematic flair could be exactly what’s needed to capture the earthshaking rock and roll revolution that Elvis’s swiveling pelvis brought to the mainstream. After all, music makes us feel alive. It makes us feel good. Is it really too much to ask for an enlivening feel-good musical biopic? n

Austin Bulter gets all shook up in Elvis.

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The Mild Riders zip through West Central Spokane.

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Scoot on Over Meet the Mild Riders, Spokane’s chillest (and only) scooter gang BY CHEY SCOTT

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hizzing through West Central Spokane on the back of a scooter, the wind whipping around your face, offers a new perspective to getting around town. Unobstructed views and the euphoric feeling of zooming through the air at 30 miles an hour are familiar sensations to anyone who rides a bike — pedal, electric or gas-powered — motorcycle, or, heck, even a Lime scooter or a skateboard. On a recent unseasonably chilly Monday evening, I’m tagging along with the Mild Riders for their one-year anniversary ride to see what the local “scooter gang” is all about. Founded last year by Spokane artists and scooter enthusiasts Tiffany Patterson and Ruben Villarreal, the Mild Riders are a small but passionate group of scooter owners who meet for weekly rides starting at Value Village north of the Spokane Arena. By definition, a scooter is a two-wheeled transport with a floorboard to place your feet, versus the straddlestyle seat of a motorcycle. Forming a friendly local scooter gang — by all accounts the city’s first and only

such congregation; North Idaho, meanwhile has the Two Percent Scooters — was a dream long envisioned by both founders. “We lived close to each other over in West Central, and knew each other beforehand just from the local art scene,” Villarreal says. “But then we would see each other around on our scooters, and I was like, man, it would be so cool to start a little scooter gang.” Both artists had been riding for several years prior to the Mild Riders’ inception. Villarreal bought his cherry red, 2009 Honda Metropolitan scooter not long after he quit drinking, and realized how much money he’d saved by not going out to bars. “Somehow it got in my head, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, a scooter would be so fun’ — summertimes in Spokane, zipping around,” he says. “So I found one on Craigslist from a retired firefighter in Coeur d’Alene.” Patterson also discovered scooters during a significant period of transition, after going through cancer treatments and ending a long-term relationship. Her first scooter, “Darla,” is a 1980s-era, cotton-candy pink Honda Elite she bought for just $250.

“I started immediately commuting on her all the time,” Patterson recalls. “And I’d see Ruben, and he told me about the scooter gang [idea] and I was like, ‘We totally need to do that!’” “I don’t know how I came up with Mild Riders,” Villarreal says. “We’re just taking it easy, not going too fast. Chill. Mild Riders.”

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ny and all scooter riders are invited to join the Mild Riders Mondays at 6 pm — updates on weekly rides are posted on the group’s Instagram, @mild.riders.spokane. Getting the word out and recruiting riders has been a gradual but steady process. Weekly rides have seen anywhere from a couple to more than a dozen riders show up, depending on the weather. “The first ride that we did, I made flyers and we posted them everywhere and we somehow got it onto some motorcycle forums,” Patterson says. “So there were all these, like, sport bikes that showed up. And we definitely had a Harley guy who was kind of playing it cool and then just left immediately once we started.” ...continued on next page

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Since many scooters in the group have a max speed of 35 to 40 miles per hour, the group picks routes that are less trafficked by cars and usually offer scenic views. Recent rides have taken them up north to the Little Spokane River area along Rutter Parkway, and south around the Latah Valley. Last summer when the region experienced a record-breaking heatwave, the Mild Riders met after dark and made a pit stop at Boulder Beach in Spokane Valley to cool off in the river. “We’re just cruising the whole time,” Villarreal says. “Some of the rides we’ve been on have been so awesome, finding and exploring roads around town that I never knew were here.”

some that more closely resemble motorcycles or dirt bikes. For the most part, Patterson and Villarreal say they’ve not had many issues, personally or as a group, with inconsiderate drivers. They do, however, encourage fellow scooter riders to remain cautious in heavy traffic. Riding in a group offers more visibility as it’s hard to miss eight or so scooters in pack formation.

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o become an “official” member of the Mild Riders, Patterson and Villarreal came up with a short list of initiation tasks, inspired by quirky rites of passage for other scooter gangs in the Pacific Northwest, and even hardcore motorcycle gangs. The first requirement is having a cup holder on your scooter. “The first time Ruben and I were riding together, we pulled up at a stoplight and he just, like, pulls out a LaCroix and cracks it open and takes a drink and puts it back,” Patterson says. “And I was like, ‘this is magic,’ so we decided one of the rules to becoming a patched member is that you have to have a cup holder.” Other prerequisites include owning your own scooter, doing a non-romantic good deed for a stranger, and, once you’ve been given a fabric patch with the group’s logo, it has to be sewn onto something like a jacket or bag. “I really wanted some of those traditions because when I went to Portland and saw scooter culture — which I didn’t know existed before then — I was like, ‘holy shit, this is amazing, how do we not have this?’” Patterson says. “I just think Spokane doesn’t know what that really looks like, and for the most part [we] kind of got skipped over with scooter gangs. And we pass people on scooters all the time,” she continues. Riding in a staggered pack through town, the Mild Riders definitely turn heads and get plenty of waves, honks and hollers from onlookers marveling at the group’s novelty. The gang’s members themselves are a diverse mix, too, in their backgrounds and their style of scooters, from sporty-looking to retro-inspired models, even

Mild Riders co-founder Ruben Villarreal. “There’s a lot of kindness just in general, riding scooters,” Villarreal says. “Everybody’s pretty kind and welcoming and it’s fun.” “You absolutely cannot have a bad time riding a scooter,” Patterson says. “I think if people tried it once, there would be a lot more people on scooters.” n Mild Riders’ Weekly Scooter Gang Rides • Mondays at 6 pm • Free • Starts at Value Village • 708 W. Boone Ave. • Instagram: @mild.riders.spokane


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WHO TELLS THEIR STORY? Diving into online genealogy and discovering my ancestors who fought for America’s independence and more BY CHEY SCOTT

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t a recent performance of Hamilton, the lump in my throat didn’t form until the emotionally charged song at the end, “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.” The lyrical conclusion struck even harder as I applied the question to myself. I don’t know if anyone will be telling my story 200 years from now, either in history books or by my family’s descendants. Both seem unlikely. I often reflect on the subjects of mortality, remembrance and heritage — run-of-the-mill existential dread as a childless 30-something. I was raised around a side of the family that placed high importance on “passing things down” and knowing the stories of those who came before us. The ancestors I know best are on that side, yet that knowledge centers just two generations back, on my paternal grandparents, who grew up during the Great Depression and World War II. Before opening an account with the online genealogy service Ancestry, I knew next to nothing about my mom’s side, the Colville line. This knowledge gap has since been swiftly filled. As you start building a family tree on Ancestry, the site begins finding connections to the public records (birth, marriage and death certificates, and much more) users can access. This, paired with others’ public research on overlapping family members, causes little green boxes to begin popping up above individual entries on the tree that say “potential mother” and “potential father.” As you expand your tree by accepting these suggestions, more green boxes appear until you hit a dead end. It felt like playing a video game and unlocking a new level or ability, over and over. (A major caveat is that these connections could be erroneous, and the further back you go, more verification is often needed.) I spent the first several evenings chasing these green boxes to see how far back I could trace my

ancestors, eventually getting to the mid- to late-1500s in England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Norway. On both sides, my family’s roots in North America date to the colonies. Some of those ancestors were born here a century or more before the United States achieved its independence. Despite following this trail of crumbs, hungry for discovery, I’ve unfortunately not learned much else about them besides dates, names and places of birth and death. My sixth great-grandmother on my father’s side, Experience Lawrence, was born in Massachusetts colony in 1711. That’s all I know about her. My fifth great-grandfather on my mother’s side, Jacob Schoff, came to Boston from Germany in 1752 and served during the Revolutionary War alongside three of his sons. One of them, John Schoff, was with George Washington at Valley Forge. As time marches on, details about more recent family connections are easier to find. My great-grandfather, Irwin Lawrence “Tim” Lien, on my mom’s side, served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. I learned this via a newspaper clipping with photos of him and his three brothers that someone else uploaded to Ancestry. Irwin’s resemblance to my mom and her siblings is unmistakable. Great-grandpa Irwin tragically died in a solo plane crash at age 56 in 1968. His obituary says he was “stunting” and failed to pull out of a spin dive. In time, I hope to piece together more of my ancestors’ lives, and to track my lineage further back. It’s sobering to realize who and where we came from can be so easily forgotten by each subsequent generation, not to mention the difficulty of tracking their timelines in the historic record. They lived, they died, and now I hope to tell at least some of their stories. n

HEARTWARMING ADAPTATION As a self-proclaimed book nerd, book-to-movie adaptations can either be a complete catastrophe or a smash hit. HEARTSTOPPER, the new Netflix adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novels of the same name, is the fluffy, queer romance we all desperately needed and, in my eyes, is extremely faithful to the original story. Nick and Charlie, the main characters of the eight-episode series, navigate bullying, coming out and complicated friendships all the while trying to keep their relationship a secret. The series only covers the first two volumes of the graphic novels, but if you’re invested in their adorable snow days and Nellie the dog as much as I am, you can find the other three volumes online or in any place books are sold. (MADISON PEARSON) EVER LISTENED TO A BOOK, ON WEED? I only recently started listening to books, thanks to the Libby app that lets me use my Spokane Public Library card to access them, and I just finished Seth Rogan’s 2021 memoir-ofsorts YEARBOOK. I can happily report that even if you’re not a fan of his movies, there’s a lot to love as Rogan regales listeners with tales of growing up Jewish in Vancouver, B.C., many (MANY) weed and psychedelic experiences, and odd encounters with celebrities like Snoop Dogg and George Lucas that really enhance Rogan’s image as a “regular guy.” I genuinely LOL’d more listening to Yearbook than I have at any of his movies, and the audio experience is particularly recommended as many of the famous folks from his stories provide their own dialogue, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Nick Kroll, Tommy Chong, and Rogan’s parents. (DAN NAILEN) THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST Noteworthy new music arriving in stores and online May 20: HARRY STYLES, HARRY’S HOUSE. Styles has basically followed Justin Timberlake’s ex-boybanderturned-solo-pop-star/part-time actor blueprint to a T, but added more flamboyant flair. WEIRD NIGHTMARE, WEIRD NIGHTMARE. The solo project of METZ singer/guitarist Alex Edkins maintains his band’s unrelenting shredding pace, but trades pummeling fury for a much more melodic rock sensibility. ZOLA JESUS, ARKHON. First single “Lost” is an enthralling, dark industrial-pop journey where Zola’s classically trained voice clashes with percussive grasps for air. Hopefully the rest of the album will feel just as urgent. (SETH SOMMERFELD)

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ometimes what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t always stay there, and that’s a good thing. When two members of Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s management team visited Las Vegas in December 2019, they brought back bold ideas for augmenting the casino’s dining options. Michael Miho, assistant director of food and beverage, explains how he and Northern Quest General Manager Nick Pierre went to dinner at one of Pierre’s favorite restaurants, Momofuku Las Vegas. For anyone unfamiliar, the Momofuku brand emphasizes innovation, impeccable presentation and service, with a contemporary vibe. Created by world-class chef, restaurateur and media personality David Chang, Momofuku restaurants have earned industry-wide applause, including two Michelin stars, the equivalent of an Emmy and an Oscar in the culinary world. “[Pierre] said, ‘This is the vision for Northern Quest. I want to bring this to Spokane,’” Miho recalls. In April, Northern Quest launched East Pan Asian Cuisine, run by chef Brandon Pham, in the shuttered River’s Edge Buffet space. East is the newest restaurant that’s part of a larger plan to redefine Northern Quest’s dining portfolio. Adjacent to East, for example, Neon Pizza is slated to fire up in June, and Highball speakeasy arrives in the fall, with additional revisions to other venues including EPIC Sports Bar, Riverbank Taphouse and Masselow’s rolling out over the next year or so. East channels some of Momofuku’s vibe in its overall look, with boldly patterned wallpaper like the red koi or

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BY CARRIE SCOZZARO earth-toned underwater scene in one of two tatami rooms. Dark sapele wood seating, table tops and black cushions add aesthetic gravity. Adding contrasting whimsy is a wall of 600 or so stacked, white ceramic “waving cat” sculptures, or maneki-neko in Japanese, that partitions the main dining room. “The concept was to bring a more playful energy to a traditional Japanese palette,” says the project’s architect, Michael Mannhard, from the local firm HDG.

are a popular Japanese snack, similar in texture to Mexican chicharróns or pork rinds. Korea is represented on East’s menu with kimchi pork fried rice ($9) and a Korean chili-infused dressing on quick-pickled vegetables ($4). Snack on traditional Thai nang kai thot or chicken cracklings ($6) or try Thai-inspired quinoa salad ($8) with bursts of pineapple and a zesty lime vinaigrette. Neeson is partial to the Sichuan Chinese dan-dan noodles ($10), featuring house-made noodles, spicy he ambitious plan for East required rethinking an ground pork and vegetables. He also likes the pork and existing dining venue, Fai’s Noodle House, which shrimp shu mai ($8), a kind of semi-enclosed, steamed offered Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese-inspired dumpling. dishes. Although Fai’s is now closed, some of its dishes In addition to shaved ice ($5) with house-made have been revamped for East’s menu, like honey walnut syrup, Hawaiian foods on the menu include a poke-style shrimp ($18), beef and broccoli ($18), and wonton noodle salad ($14) with ahi tuna and avocado, and seasonal soup ($14). fresh fruit ($6) served with haupia, Hawaiian coconut More Fai’s faves might be included on East’s express pudding. menu, which is slated to open on the casino floor later The pepper beef lumpia ($10) has ties to Filipino and this year. But East also goes deeper into pan-Asian cuisine Indonesian culture, and is a variation on the ubiquitous than Fai’s. Asian spring roll. “If you look at our menu, it’s JapaThe drink menu features both domestic nese, Korean, Chinese, Pacific Island, and imported beer and wine, plus a few ENTRÉE Indonesian, Thai,” says Brandon canned cocktails, a few whisky options and Get the scoop on local Neeson, Northern Quest’s culinary seven sakes to choose from. food news with our weekly director and executive chef. Expect the drink menu to grow, includEntrée newsletter. Sign up The ramen ($14), for example, is ing signature cocktails and shochu, a tradiat Inlander.com/newsletter. Tokyo style, with wide noodles and a tional distilled spirit typically made from roasted pork-based broth, while one of sweet potatoes. the six grilled skewer options ($9) is the Japanese version “It’s probably one of the most popular cocktail spirits of Berkshire pork known as kurobuta. Shrimp chips ($4) in Asia in general,” Miho says.

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resh noodles are integral to the East menu and are made daily on a specialized noodle-making machine imported from Japan that looks like a space age version of a Dr. Seuss contraption. The shiny 4-and-a-half-foot-tall machine makes the process look easy: mixing the flour and water into a crumbly dough; compressing the dough onto rollers; pulling the rolled dough through the cutting blades under a faint stream of flour to keep the tender noodles from sticking. Learning how to use the device, however, involved trial and error. “So that process came on a Post-it note,” says Neeson, gesturing with his hand to indicate the note was very small. He and Miho, who’s sitting next to him for our interview, both laugh. Miho wrote the note. Noodle making is less about following steps than it is “the tactile experience behind it that you need to acclimate to and get used to so that you can spot that it’s right,” Miho says. “I found it’s always best to just dive right in,” he adds. “And for it to be fun and communal, because that’s how we’re all gonna learn.” Miho would know. His more than 30 years of culinary experience includes running a Thai restaurant in Seattle, and creating Miho Izakaya in Portland, which specialized in Japanese and Hawaiian cuisine, as well as sake. And Neeson wasn’t exactly a noodle-making novice. “When I was younger, I worked at a pasta factory for my girlfriend’s mother, who is Italian,” says Neeson, who’s originally from Belfast, Ireland. Prior to Northern Quest, Neeson was a manager at both Tito’s Italian Grill and the Davenport Hotels restaurants.

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ith the aid of the magic noodle-making machine, East can turn out 100 or more portions of noodles per hour, including the gluten-free yam noodles featured in some dishes. Although the menu doesn’t specifically denote allergen-free foods, much of it aligns with current food trends, like vegan and vegetarian eating. That’s inherent to much of Asian cooking, says Miho, who was born in Hawaii and is of Japanese heritage. There’s typically little or no dairy, nor eggs, and less of an emphasis on wheat in Asian dishes. As the management team researched the concept for East across the greater Spokane area, explains Miho, they found that the number of places serving Asian cuisine — versus European — was substantial. And growing. Why? “It’s not as heavy, like classic French, or Italian, sort of heavy pastas or stewed items,” Neeson. “This is all fresh, fun. You know, it’s lighter,” he adds. “It’s like, when you leave [you can say], ‘Oh, you had a nice healthy meal.’” n East Pan Asian Cuisine • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • Open Tue-Thu 11 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-midnight • northernquest.com/dining-bars/restaurants/east • 509-481-2131

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy in Stanley Kubrick’s isolated horror classic. And frankly? That’s not good for anybody. When the writer (Jack Nicholson) takes his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son to an isolated resort hotel for the winter to serve as its caretaker, things take a turn for the murderous when a sinister presence starts driving Jack mad and his son starts seeing psychic visions. Rated R At the Magic Lantern

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recurrent aspect of the evocative horror film Men is a series of flashbacks to an argument in an apartment that takes place before the story’s main events. Bathed in orange light, these scenes feel like moments out of time, removed from the serene world just outside. They see an exhausted Harper, played by a typically riveting Jessie Buckley (Oscar nominated for last year’s The Lost Daughter), trying to cut ties with her husband. Things start bad and get worse, ending in a death that haunts the rest of the film. This lingering dread proves to be the most enthralling when left illusive. When made more blunt, it lessens the impact of what is a largely intriguing experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen or likely ever will. The film is built around a vacation as a means of escaping the inescapable, where Harper goes out to spend time in the quiet of the English countryside. She meets the awkward and often alarming Geoffrey, one of many characters played with dastardly zeal by Rory Kinnear, who shows her around the illustrious home she will be staying in. Polite, though eager to be alone, Harper disentangles herself from the man to spend most of her time going on walks or talking on video calls with her sister. These moments of serenity are what she desires most,

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though we soon see how tenuous they are. The video call is carrying. In fact, much of the film would have been glitches to glimpses of her sister screaming. Walks turn better served had its thematic meaning not been made into pursuits as a figure who emits a terrifying, animalisso explicit through dialogue. This becomes unnecessartic cry begins stalking her through the woods. ily distracting towards the end of the film, as it feels as All of this is writer/director Alex Garland’s way of though Garland lost confidence in letting the horror-asshifting away from the aspects of science fiction that metaphor fully speak for itself. The manner in which he dominate his prior films — Ex Machina and Annihilation — lays everything out robs it of its full resonance. to more firmly plant himself in horror. While you can This makes Men his most flawed directorial effort, feel his patience and command of tension still very much though even a lesser Garland film is still something to present, Men is an entirely different beast for the director. behold. He finds a bizarre sense of beauty amid the bruMost of its time is spent with Harper on her own, where tality, making the entire experience a unique, unnerving Buckley captures the feeling of devastating loss and an one. There’s a subtle way Garland crafts frights around aching desire for healing. It is a performance that rivals otherwise normal moments that have something just a her outstanding work in films like Beast and I’m Thinking little bit off, until it all leaps fully into body horror. It is of Ending Things, both of which would make for rather disquieting in a manner that great double features with this newest creation. is both sinister and sublime without MEN The most praiseworthy aspects are the losing sight of Harper at the center Rated R manner in which Garland creates arresting viof it all. It will likely alienate those Directed by Alex Garland suals that get under your skin. From a familiar who want a more straightforward Starring Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear wound in all its gory viscera to the brief respite horror film, though it is refreshing to of a glimpse of the infinite universe, it is visual see Garland not compromise in the storytelling at its most striking. Even when Buckley is left slightest. In its final laying bare of a most significant revwith few lines in these scenes, her silence doesn’t mean elation, it finds an uneasy brilliance in stripping away any she isn’t speaking volumes about the pain her character previous misdirects to reveal fear all too close to home. n


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he subtitle of the latest Downton Abbey movie may be A New Era, but there’s nothing new about the second movie based on the beloved British period drama series. For longtime Downton fans, that shouldn’t be a problem, since the main appeal of the movie is just getting to spend a couple of hours with old friends. No one who hasn’t already been following the lives of the upper-crust Crawley family and their servants is likely to get much out of A New Era, but the movie isn’t for them anyway. The producers have recruited a director with more experience making feature films than previous helmer Michael Engler, but Simon Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) brings only minimal cinematic flair to the otherwise TV-level production. Set in 1928, A New Era opens with the wedding of two characters whose burgeoning romance was a major subplot in the previous movie, and the camera travels down the church aisle, pausing to acknowledge each major character as they beam proudly at the union of Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton). Tom and Lucy don’t get much to do in a movie that has to juggle dozens of returning characters, not to mention a few new additions, but Tom’s young daughter, Sybbie, does provide the catalyst for one of the movie’s two major storylines. Crawley family matriarch Violet (Maggie Smith) discovers that she’s been left a villa in the south of France by a man she knew when she was a young woman, and she decides to bequeath it to Sybbie, whose complicated family position means that she might not otherwise have an inheritance. Half the Crawleys and half the servants head off to France to negotiate with the deceased man’s surprised heirs, while the other half stay behind at Downton, where a film crew arrives to use the estate as a shooting location for a movie. Although there are some minor secrets revealed about Violet’s past in the France storyline,

and there’s some minor intrigue for a couple of characters amid the film shoot, A New Era is almost completely conflict-free, mostly just a parade of familiar characters showing up to smile and say something innocuous. The TV series featured plenty of betrayals and scheming, but creator/writer Julian Fellowes seems to have decided that he prefers to keep things harmonious, and much of A New Era involves methodically pairing off characters who had yet to be romantically attached. The actors still bring their full enthusiasm to the project, even the ones who only get a handful of lines this time around. As always, Smith delivers Violet’s withering put-downs with sarcastic glee, and Fellowes still writes her plenty of witty zingers. Among the other characters, Michelle Dockery finds some genuine emotion Downton in Lady Mary’s Abbey: A New Era response to her latRated PG est romantic suitor, Directed by Simon Curtis even if it’s a mostly Starring Hugh Bonneville, perfunctory develMichelle Dockery, Maggie Smith opment necessitated by the unavailability of actor Matthew Goode, who plays Mary’s husband, Henry. Hugh Dancy brings some charm to the role of the movie director who is smitten with Mary, like nearly every other handsome man who’s ever shown up at Downton. While Fellowes has been making some attempts to tackle serious issues on his HBO series The Gilded Age, there’s no such social awareness in A New Era, whose main nod to changing times is a look at the transition from silent film to sound. Fellowes clearly has affection for that classic showbiz world, and he could probably put together a fascinating series set in the 1920s film industry. It might give him something to be passionate about, since he’s clearly coasting through A New Era. Then again, coasting is all Downton Abbey really calls for at this point. n

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The colorful world of Kuinka (Nathan Hamer in overalls).

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ALIVE IN SEATTLE Indie-folk group Kuinka tries to pull double duty as your new favorite ’90s cover band BY SETH SOMMERFELD 30 INLANDER MAY 19, 2022


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uinka has never really gone about things in the most traditional or straightforward way. The Seattle indie-folk outfit started off with a unique instrumentation arrangement: Miranda Zickler sang and played banjo and synthesizer, Jillian Walker played cello, Nathan Hamer manned the mandolin and ukulele, and Zach Hamer was responsible for guitar and a lot of the live percussion. It gave the group a distinct lane to stand out from the overcrowded Northwest indie-folk scene. With all four members providing bright harmonies for their soft indie-pop-leaning arrangements, they carved out their own niche. But for their latest album, 2021’s Shiny Little Corners, the band expanded things both literally and metaphorically. “I think that album is just sort of a fun next exploration for us as a band. That was our first album with our new drummer, Michelle Nuño. And so that was our first time writing with percussion and drums built into the foundation of the songs,” Nathan says. “We started more into the folk vibe musically, and so adding the drums allowed us to sort of explore that alt-rock kind of angle to things with tunes like ‘Get It’ and ‘NY, LA.’” Nuño’s addition certainly results in Shiny Little Corners feeling more like a rock record than a folk one, but the band’s core upbeat exuberance doesn’t lose a beat with a slightly edgier — if only by self-comparison — tone. Shiny Little Corners is the type of album that you’d throw on for a backyard hang where everyone is adorned in cheap neon sunglasses and blissfully soaking up the sun. Having already toured once in support of Shiny Little Corners, Kuinka decided to make this tour something a little different — a “Kuinka ’90s Throwback Party.” The band will perform two sets of tunes on the night: a selection of originals and then a full collection of memorable ’90s hits.

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his won’t be Kuinka’s first ’90s rodeo, as the group toured with a similar tribute set a few years back. While some bands might shy away from so actively being a part-time cover band — many musicians dislike the feeling of playing live and covers getting far better responses and bigger cheers than their original songs — Kuinka embraces the retro style. The band feel like it’s a way of offering a fresh — if nostalgic — experience while also being a blast for themselves. “Honestly, it’s sort of refreshing for us to dive into songs that aren’t written by us,” Nathan says. “It was just a lot of fun to sort of do our take on the songs that we grew up listening to. We’re obviously putting our own spin on the songs; there’s not a lot of ukulele or mandolin on these Third Eye Blind songs or that kind of stuff.” One of the hardest parts of playing the ’90s sets for Kuinka is figuring out what to play. There are so many hits that each member enjoys and brings to the table to try out, so they have to engage in some serious band democracy when whittling down the lot to the final 10 to 12 songs. “We’re playing ‘Dreams’ by the Cranberries, which has always been a favorite song of mine, and I’ve always wanted us to cover that,” Nathan says. “Also ‘Believe’ by Cher. I remember as a kid being at Blockbuster, and hearing that song come on the sort of little corner TV and just really being like, ‘Man, this song slaps.’” Nathan doesn’t want to give away the full set list, because the band revels in watching people light up when starting a new song and the audience slowly realizing which old fave is being played. It’s a way for Kuinka to connect with a new audience that might not be familiar with their originals. It also can fuel back into creativity when writing future Kuinka songs, as figuring out how these hits translate to the group’s atypical five-piece arrangement often leads to fresh melodic, tempo and emotional explorations. But really, Kuinka’s goal at the moment is simply to throw a retro musical bash where everyone’s invited. “Come on out, dressed in the most ’90s clothes that you can scrounge together! It’s going to be a party,” Nathan says. “Come prepared to dance and sing along and have a good time.” n Kuinka • Fri, May 20 at 8 pm • $15 • 21+ • Lucky You Lounge • 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. • luckyyoulounge.com • 509-474-0511

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INDIE-POP ESME PATTERSON

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hen Esme Patterson played the Bartlett a few years back, the Colorado-based singer/songwriter came on like a blues-rock god, delivering the kind of thunderous guitar riffs and on-stage swagger that belied her previous life in mellow indie-folk crew Paper Birds. In the half-decade or so since that Spokane gig, Patterson’s toured and collaborated with the likes of Shakey Graves and the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, and released a stunning album in 2020, There Will Come Soft Rains, that takes her gritty, raw songs and filters them through a shimmery, slick production courtesy of Denver duo Tennis. While Patterson says the tunes echo “the constant cycle of creation and destruction,” what comes through to the casual listener is a dash of Byrds-ian guitar jangle here, some dreamy surf-pop there, and top-notch songcraft everywhere. — DAN NAILEN Esme Patterson, Lucas Brown • Sun, May 22 at 8 pm • $14 • Lucky You Lounge • 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. • luckyyoulounge.com • 509474-0511

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t’s not hard to argue that 311 was ahead of the curve. Well before nu metal came along in the late ’90s and mucked up the waters, the band out of Omaha was progressively blending a core alt-rock base with elements of rap, reggae and funk to create a signature sound. It led to standout rock radio hits like “Down,” “Amber,” “All Mixed Up,” even a hit cover of the Cure’s “Love Song.” The band has never really slowed down, putting out 13 albums and continually drawing fans for kinetic live sets. While there has been some band drama of late (drummer Chad Sexton has been expressing some far-right viewpoints, and vocalist S.A. Martinez publicly posted response poetry about it), the band continues to rock as a cohesive unit for the time being. — SETH SOMMERFELD

ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Ron and the Ronaldo’s J THE BIG DIPPER, Symbolik, Singularity, Flub, Torn Open J J KNITTING FACTORY, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Chastity Belt LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Alcohol & Feelings (Covers Show) J THE MASON JAR, Spokane Symphony Quintet MOOSE LOUNGE, Country Night with Last Chance Band POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Valerie Jeanne J QQ SUSHI & KITCHEN, Just Plain Darin ZOLA, Desperate8s

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BARRISTER WINERY, Stagecoach West BERSERK, Bongo and Leeroy’s Laboratory BOLO’S BAR & GRILL, The Shift J BRICK WEST BREWING CO., West End Summer Series: DJ Unifest CHINOOK CRAFTED BY ADAM HEGSTED, Justyn Priest CURLEY’S, Rock Candy DRY FLY DISTILLING, Kicho IRON HORSE (COEUR D’ALENE), The Rub J KNITTING FACTORY, Aaron Watson LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, David Larsen and The Larsen Group J LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Kuinka MOOSE LOUNGE, Heather King Band NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), Theresa Edwards Band OSPREY RESTAURANT & BAR, Sam Leyde

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311, Teenage Wrist • Sun, May 22 at 8 pm • $48-$50 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague Ave. • sp.knittingfactory.com • 509-244-3279 RED DRAGON CHINESE, Cary Fly STOCKWELL’S CHILL N GRILL, Wiebe Jammin T’S LOUNGE, Kari Marguerite and The 76 ZOLA, The Happiness

Saturday, 05/21

J THE BIG DIPPER, NOT.GREENDAY, Deschamp Unconfined J BING CROSBY THEATER, Wishbone Ash BOLO’S BAR & GRILL, The Shift CHINOOK CRAFTED BY ADAM HEGSTED, Justyn Priest THE CORK & TAP, Just Plain Darin

J CREATE ARTS CENTER, Bridges Home, Joanne Heinz CURLEY’S, Rock Candy IRON HORSE (COEUR D’ALENE), The Rub J KNITTING FACTORY, Two Feet, Young Franco LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Jenny Don’t & The Spurs, Dog Party MOOSE LOUNGE, Heather King Band NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), Theresa Edwards Band J PONDEROSA BAR AND GRILL, Rhythmic Collective Duo POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Son of Brad

RED DRAGON CHINESE, Papa D and Studebaker Road SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Echo Elysium TEKOA EMPIRE THEATRE, A Tribute to Mildred Bailey WHIM WINE BAR, Kari Marguerite and the 76 ZOLA, Blake Braley

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ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Macey Gard J CRAFT & GATHER, Music on the Lawn: Perry & Vogel CURLEY’S, The Happiness

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KNITTING FACTORY, Animal Collective, Spirit of the Beehive ZOLA, Guilty Pleasure EICHARDT’S PUB, John Firshi LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Giant Rooks NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, Boz Scaggs


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After two years on hold, the Spokane Lilac Festival Association’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade is back for its 84th event in downtown Spokane. This year’s parade is themed “Our Town,” and celebrates the community with floats, marching bands, military members, local dignitaries and more as locals line sidewalks along the route. New this year is the already-sold-out Lilac Festival Brewfest, featuring 16 local breweries. (There’s a waitlist online for folks hoping to snag last-minute tickets.) And leading up to the parade is the annual Cruzin’ the Falls Car show (11 am-4 pm) along Spokane Falls Blvd., offering a closer look at many of the historic vehicles featured in the parade. A food truck festival and vendor fair also begins in Riverfront Park at 11 am. — CHEY SCOTT Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade • Sat, May 21 at 7:45 pm • Free • Downtown Spokane • spokanelilacfestival.org

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Few things can be as soul-crushing as a hyper-mundane, dead-end office job. It’s been fertile comedic ground for decades (see: The Office, Office Space, etc.). Yakima Valley-native writer/director Rick Castañedat decided to take this framework in a surrealist direction in his latest comedy, All Sorts. Filmed in Central Washington, the quirky story follows Diego, a data-entry specialist who discovers a hidden underground world of competitive filing. His officemate June is an ace at this unusual “sport,” and the pair’s bond grows as the competition heats up. After premiering at the 2021 Seattle International Film Festival, All Sorts finally makes its way to Spokane. The debut screening on Friday, May 20 includes a red carpet premiere with Castañeda in attendance for a post-film Q&A. The movie continues to play at the Magic Lantern for the following week. Read our interview with Castañeda at inlander.com. — SETH SOMMERFELD

“The Raincheck Tour” seems appropriate for sure, given that comedian Nate Bergatze’s career was heating up nicely, and his hotly anticipated national tour was waylaid by COVID-19 more than once. But the tour is finally happening, and the Tennessean surely hasn’t lost a comedic step despite the time off the road — time he filled with a podcast, Nateland (podcasts are apparently required by law for all standup comedians). The son of a clown (really!) made his early comedy bones in New York City, and public boosts by the likes of Marc Maron and Jim Gaffigan raised his profile considerably after he’d won both the New York Comedy Festival and Boston Comedy Festival competitions in 2013. Nearly a decade later, he has several Netflix specials (2021’s The Greatest Average American is his most recent), and his debut album hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart. You have three chances to catch him in Spokane this week. — DAN NAILEN

All Sorts • May 20-25 at 7 pm • $10-$11 • Magic Lantern Theatre • 25 W. Main Ave. • magiclanternonmain.com • 509-209-2383

Nate Bergatze • Thu, May 19 at 7 pm and Fri, May 20 at 7 pm and 9:30 pm • $42-$52 • All ages • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • bingcrosbytheater.com • 509-227-7638


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For people who aren’t all that into the traditional classical music scene, the Spokane Symphony’s Pops series is most likely the peanut butter to your jelly. Pops focuses on highlighting culturally popular and significant music that leaves a lasting impact on society, and this time the audience travels to Havana for a night of energetic and passionate music performed by the Mambo Kings, a five-piece, upbeat Latin jazz ensemble. The quintet has been performing together since 1995 and they’ve still got all their original jive. Hear musical selections from Cuba, Spain and Latin America, accompanied by star soprano Camille Zamora, and groove along in your seat to the jazzy beat. — MADISON PEARSON Spokane Symphony Pops 3: Havana Nights • Sat, May 21 at 8 pm • $43-$92 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • spokanesymphony.org • 509-624-1200

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There are quintessential Spokane spots that encapsulate our region’s natural charm. The South Hill’s High Drive bluff overlooking Latah and Qualchan creeks is one of them, with unparalleled views and more than 20 miles of hiking trails just minutes from downtown. Help the Botanical Alchemists — you’ve probably seen their organic art in River Park Square — and the allvolunteer Friends of the Bluff preserve this natural gem for future generations with a fun, free, arts-based event. Watch artists magically transform paint and canvas into their unique vision of the bluff. Or make a little art project of your own in one of four free workshops, some just for kids, in Polly Judd Park. Register for a family art hike or purchase food from Feast World Kitchen for a scenic picnic. Find parking information and trail maps at the link below. — CARRIE SCOZZARO

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I am heartbroken for the people who are forced to carry the burden of an unwanted pregnancy. Women, those assigned female at birth, and allies throughout the Inland NW, please march. Carry the message for those of us who are unable to be there. I will be watching and supporting you. People around the country are grateful for your willingness to make our voices heard. Thank you, from the depths of my soul.

I SAW YOU BILLY BOY’ History repeats itself. Always. Seems your Cali-forni-cay-”shun” ends just like the original. The string of nothots-for-long are long gone, as is the devoted partner of years. You find yourself like Davey Du, with a jucee barista, and without truth. The “kids” wonder, then under...stand. “Ah...THAT’s who he ran from?...Himself. Can she bake a cherry pie?

CHEERS MARCH FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS, MARCH FOR ME Women of the Inland NW, and those who support them; I will not be marching with you this weekend, although I wish I were able to. I will be resting at home after utilizing my right to choose. Due to the excellent services provided by Planned Parenthood, I was able to schedule a next-day appointment to receive an abortion. Our great state recognizes this procedure as medically necessary, should a person choose to access it, so it is covered in full by WA Apple Health insurance. My reasons for seeking an abortion do not matter. I am free of regret and shame. The only thing that makes me want to cry out is knowing that people across the country are not able to make this choice for themselves.

CARPENTRY ANT SAVIORS! :) Dan and Pete, thank you for saving me when I was flustered in the parking lot. It has been over 15 years since I’ve changed a tire (thanks, dad and Driver’s Ed), and I was stressed and overwhelmed. You saw me in stress, cheerfully offered to help, cracked jokes and kept me sane when I thought I was going to cry. You threw on that spare tire in minutes, all with a smile. You made my day and reminded me that there are good people out there. I really can’t thank you enough! Also shout-out to your carpenter business— The Carpentry Ant, I believe? Go in and support these guys. They are good people!!! :) ~Delaney JOURNALISM AT ITS FINEST Daniel Walters delivers again with his investigative reporting on Idaho’s “Red and Redder” article. One of many great in depth articles he’s done over the years. When I think of the “Inlander” I think of Daniel Walters. INTEGRITY Thank you, Jen Psaki, for your service as White House spokesperson. You did an extremely tough job with poise, grace, humility and most of all INTEGRITY! May God bless you in all your future indeavors.

JEERS DISGUSTING Jeers to the couple driving the white Dodge Ram truck with the American flag upside down in the parking lot of Yoke’s on Foothills Drive on Mother’s Day. Yes, I know what flying the U.S. Stars & Stripes that way means.

It’s not illegal, but totally disrespectful. Shame on you for trying to bait people to confront you, especially a veteran as myself. FREE SPEECH ISN’T FREE To those who wail about their “right to free speech” being stifled by social media, know that

being affected by HUGE rent increases. RE: BLOOMSDAY CHEERS AND JEERS Before you bash the fine and friendly folks of Spokane, take a second to learn the rules of the road. Walk on the right, pass on the left.

to Starbucks sort of as a “if I’m treating myself, I’m gonna treat someone else too,” but this makes me not want to do it anymore. How strange you say you’re tired of the kindness BS. I think there needs to be more of it in this world. Also, it’s weird you’re calling it “Frap Crap,” but you’re obviously a patron… maybe

Next time you want to talk trash, ask yourself: Would I say this to the person’s face?

the right you’re so quick to cite refers to a government’s censorship, not a private company like Facebook or Twitter. Think of it like this: If I’m a restaurant owner, and someone at one table is using foul, hateful language in earshot of an adjacent table, I have the right to ask you to stop, or leave my private establishment. Same thing with privately owned social media, which garners hate speech from otherwise reticent people. So much harmony could be accomplished if people didn’t have that veil of a screen, a pseudonym, even a protective shell of glass, metal, and wheels. Next time you want to talk trash, ask yourself: Would I say this to the person’s face? WAKE UP, GOV. INSLEE Gov. Jay Inslee, you signed Senate Bill 5615, making Pickleball officially the state sport of Washington. But don’t sign into bill rent control (sarcastic) or something inportant like the the homeless population. Our rent went up by over 30% in the past year and our income did not keep pace. How can a state with less population to our south, Oregon, have rent control at an increase of a max of 9.9% per year. Inflation with gas, food and nearly everything else has gone up, which has caused a burden on the folks on fixed income as well as pretty much all residents of Washington state. This is a very important issue, not playing pickleball but people’s lives

PROTESTERS Why do protesters of all causes think the Red Wagon at Riverfront Park is an appropriate gathering place? The iconic setting is for kids to play and be joyful. Let them be carefree children before they become joyless adults in our messed-up world. Go someplace else. Thank you. GROCERY STORE DELI ON FOOTHILLS Saturday early afternoon. Trying to eat a small meal of sandwich and soup in peace and quiet in deli of grocery on Foothills. Two deli employees eating in same deli while talking very loudly on speaker function of their cellphones. Thank you for your loud conversation. It was so loud that the two of us customers couldn’t hear one another speak. Where is the respect for the customer? RE: GREAT… NOW I’M THE BAD GUY I think this is such a strange thing to post. You’re saying the next person to buy your drink will put you in a fit of rage, but then at the end you say you just want to enjoy your free drink? I get if someone pesters you about continuing on with the “pay it forward,” but I highly doubt that they’re truly pressuring you… I mean, obviously I wasn’t there and I can’t say for sure… but it sounds more like you have your own perceptions and maybe guilt when they ask you? I don’t know. I do the “pay it forward” every time I go

just lighten up a little. No reason for negativity when someone is just trying to do a kind gesture. Hoping your next SB trip doesn’t include a “pay it forward scenario” so you don’t go into a fit of rage. Sending peace your way. LIME BIKES IN RIVERFRONT You and your little brother stopped your slow-moving Lime bikes in front of my manual bike in the only clear part of Riverfront Park, and then stared at me like I did something wrong. I had to slam on my one working set of brakes to avoid hitting you both, because if I’d hit you, you still would have blamed me! It was fine until you brought it up again half an hour later in front of your little girlfriends to make me look like a jerk. You wanna chastise me about how I ride? Go ahead and buy a $100 set of turn signals for your bike, a helmet that costs $80, and the world’s loudest bike horn, and then get back to me. n

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BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE The campaign is a critical source of funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the national leader in mentoring programs for atrisk youth. All funds raised go directly to support BBBS mentoring programs for at-risk children in the community. Go online or text 50155 to BFKSINW22 during May and June to donate. nwbigs. org (509-328-8310) THINNING THE VEIL Contemporary artist Leela Francis is this month’s featured artist at New Moon. Thirty percent of proceeds from artwork sales is being donated to the UN Ukraine refugee fund. May 12-28, Wed-Sat from 11 am-5 pm. Free admission. New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague. manicmoonandmore.com FILL THE BAG BOOK SALE This one-day sale offers gently-used books, CDs and DVDs. Stock up for summer reading, listening and watching with titles in all genres/formats. Happening at all SCLD branches on May 21. $5. scld.org CORBIN SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER 54TH ANNIVERSARY AUCTION FUNDRAISER Celebrate the center’s 54th anniversary with a social hour and live band, T&T. Tickets include a catered meal and a drink ticket. May 22, 3:308 pm. $60. Historic Flight Foundation, 5829 E. Rutter Ave. corbinseniorcenter. networkforgood.com BATTLE OF THE BANDS LIP-SYNC FUNDRAISER Daybreak Youth Services hosts this fundraiser in partnership with local individuals and businesses are competing to raise funds in support of youth in the community with mental health needs, as well as Daybreak’s newest program, which helps sextrafficked youth. May 26, 6-11 pm. $50. Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. daybreakyouthservices.org MOWTOWN DOWNTOWN Featuring live music from Nu Jack City, hor d’oeuvres, beer, wine and live/silent auctions. All donations help provide hot, nutritious meals to home-bound seniors. May 26, 6:30-10 pm. $100. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. mowspokane.org (509-456-6597) INNOVATION HS FASHION SHOW & ART EXHIBITION In addition to the fashion show, activities include a digital music/media presentation, visual arts gallery, concessions, plants, school merch and more. All proceeds benefit Innovation High School. May 27, 6-8 pm. $5. Innovation High School, 811 E. Sprague Ave. innovationspokane.org

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CRAIG CONTANT Contant recently appeared on MTV’s “Greatest Party Story Ever Told” where he received accolades for his unique comedic voice. May 19, 7:30 pm. $15. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub. com (509-318-9998) NATE BARGATZE Following the continued success of his Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid, Bargatze is extending his best-selling “Good Problem to Have” tour. May 19, 7 pm and May 20, 7 & 9:30 pm. $42-$152. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com (509-227-7404) BLUE DOORS & DRAGONS Improvised comedy celebrating table-top RPGs and inspired by a roll of the dice. Fridays at 7:30 pm through May 27. $8. Blue

Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (509-747-7045) SAFARI The Blue Door’s version of Whose Line, a fast-paced improv show with a few twists and turns. April 30-May 28, Sat at 7:30 pm. 7:30 pm through May 28. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre. com (509-747-7045) MARILYN MCGRIFF The Harald Haarfager Lodge of Sons of Norway present an afternoon of music and comedy by Marilyn McGriff, author of “Caught in the Lye,” and a historian, librarian and archivist from Minnesota. May 22, 2 pm. Free. Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. Fifth St. trinitylutherancda.org (208-262-8020) NEW TALENT TUESDAYS Comedians of all skill levels work out jokes together. Tuesdays at 7 pm (doors at 6 pm). Free. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com NICK SWARDSON Swardson is best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series Reno 911!, for his work with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and for his own sketch comedy series, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time. May 26, 7:30 pm, May 27-28, 7:30 & 10:30 pm $40$55. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com

COMMUNITY

SFR NIGHT An immersive fashion event featuring a runway show with local boutiques/designers and the ability to purchase your favorite looks on-site. May 19, 6:30 pm. $44. Montvale Event Center, 1017 W. First. sfrnight.com ESD 101 EDUCATION JOB FAIR An opportunity for recent college graduates interested in working in the field of education to connect with regional school districts. May 20, 9 am-3 pm. Free. ESD 101, 4202 S. Regal St. (509-789-3504) PANIDA’S LOST IN THE 50’S OPEN HOUSE Stop in for a tour, a cold brew or to check out classic Charlie Chaplin shorts. May 20, 2-7 pm and May 21, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.org/event/open-house A CLUELESS MURDER Show off your sleuthing skills as you piece together clues and uncover “whodunnit” during this Clue-themed murder mystery game. 21+. May 21, 6-9 pm. Coeur d’Alene Fresh, 317 Coeur d’Alene Ave. crimesceneentertainment.com DOZER DAY Let kids hop in the driver’s seat and drive dozers, loaders, excavators and much more while educating about building sustainable communities, industry opportunities and public safety. May 21-22, 11 am-4 pm. $11. Cabela’s, 101 N. Cabela Way. (208-777-6300) MOTHERS OF MAY OPEN HOUSE Play games, meet and learn about furry/ scaly friends and the wonders of animal life-cycles. May 21, 10 am-1 pm. By donation. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive. olc.wvsd. org (509-340-1028) OTIS DAYS Celebrate with a parade, a community fair and other activities. May 21, 11 am. Free. Otis Orchards Elementary, 22000 E. Wellesley Ave. reallifeotis.church (509-315-5829) SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL ARMED FORCES TORCHLIGHT PARADE The 84th annual parade is back after a

two-year hiatus with a new theme, “Our Town,” and other events to accompany the parade. See link for complete schedule. May 21, 7:45 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane. spokanelilacfestival.org TRIVIA: HAMILTON Fans of Lin Manuel Miranda’s popular musical can compete to see who knows the most. All ages. Registration required. May 25, 6:307:30 pm. Free. Online: scld.org SPOKANE GARRY: A HISTORICAL EXPEDITION Dr. David Beine of Great Northern University guides an expedition to historical sites around the region related to Spokane Garry. May 28, 9 am-1 pm. $50. Great Northern University, 611 E. Indiana Ave. dbeine. regfox.com/spokane-garry-tours

FILM

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION: THE EXHIBITION: From the makers of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls, comes an extraordinary exhibition celebrating over 25 years of DreamWorks Animation. Through Sept. 1; Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm (third Thursdays until 9 pm). $15-$20. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org (509-456-3931) MOSCOW FILM SOCIETY: FREE SECRET SCREENING Check out the Moscow Film Society Instagram (@ moscowfilmsociety) for hints. May 19, 7:30-9:30 pm. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. tinyurl.com/freesecscr ALL SORTS A lonely data-entry clerk stumbles into the world of championship folder filing. May 20-25, 7 pm. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. magiclanternonmain.com MAGIC LANTERN CLASSIC SERIES: THE SHINING Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name is this classic horror movie by Stanley Kubrick. May 20-22, Fri-Sat at 8:30 pm, Sun at 7 pm. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. magiclanternonmain.com FILM/TV CAREER FAIR Spokane Film Project is partnering with KSPS Channel 7 for a Zoom career fair for college, high school and nontraditional students in the film and television industry. May 23, 6:30 pm. Free. spokanefilmproject.com TOTALLY TUBULAR TUESDAYS The Garland’s cult favorite film series. See schedule and pre-buy tickets online. Tuesdays at 7:10 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. garlandtheater.com

FOOD & DRINK

WINE TASTING “Sicily Through the Years” with Feudo Montoni. May 20, 3-6:30 pm. $10. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. vinowine.com SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL BREWFEST Taste beers from 16 local breweries. Tickets include 10 tasting tokens and a special glass. May 21, 1-5 pm. SOLD OUT. Downtown Spokane. spokanelilacfestival.org SUKIYAKI TAKEOUT DINNER The annual dinner is takeout only this year and includes a bake sale, homemade crafts and inari sushi. Call to reserve plate and pick-up time. May 21, 124:30 pm. $18. Highland Park United Methodist Church, 611 S. Garfield St.

(509-999-1053) WINE TASTING Taste a selection of Spain’s Conde Valdemar and Valdemar Estates. Includes cheese and crackers. May 21, 2-4:30 pm. $15. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. vinowine.com PAUL HOBBS WINE DINNER An exclusive wine-pairing dinner showcasing wines from Paul Hobbs winery in Napa Valley. May 25, 6-9 pm. $136. Beverly’s, 115 S. Second St. beverlyscda.com (208-765-4000) DOUBLEBACK WINE DINNER This year’s dinner features six courses by Beverly’s Executive Chef Jim Barrett, paired with Drew Bledsoe’s awardwinning Double Back wines from Walla Walla, Washington. May 26, 6-9 pm. $195. Beverly’s, 115 S. Second St. beverlyscda.com (208-765-4000) YAYA BREWING BEER LUNCH G&R’s monthly pairing lunch in partnership YaYa, featuring 4-5 beers paired with unique courses. May 28, 11 am-2:45 pm. $85. Gander & Ryegrass, 404 W. Main Ave. ganderandryegrass.com

MUSIC

BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET The quartet has subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck. May 19, 7:30 pm. $27. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. artinsandpoint.org (208-263-6139) SPOKANE SYMPHONY OUT & ABOUT CONCERT SERIES A 45-minute concert of light classical music from small groups of two to five Spokane Symphony Musicians. May 19, 7 pm. Free. The Mason Jar, 101 F St, Cheney. spokanesymphony.org (509-359-8052) CELTIC WOMAN The ensemble celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage with a repertoire of Irish classics, contemporary songs and stirring originals. May 20-21 at 7:30 pm. $49-$79. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. northernquest.com SPOKANE SYMPHONY OUT & ABOUT CONCERT SERIES A 45-minute concert of light classical music from small groups of two to five Spokane Symphony Musicians. May 20, 5 pm. Free. Slightly Charred Wood Fired Pizza, 816 W. Sprague. spokanesymphony.org NORTHWEST BACHFEST: CHEE-YUN KIM & NATASHA PAREMSKI Guest artists Chee-Yun Kim and Natasha Paremski join Zuill Bailey for two performances of duo, solo and trio selections including Beethoven, Chopin, Kodaly, Rachmaninoff and more. May 21, 7 pm and May 22, 3 pm. $55. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. nwbachfest.com (509-465-3591) SPOKANE SYMPHONY POPS 3: HAVANA NIGHTS The Symphony is joined by soprano Camille Zamora for an adventure through the passionate music of Cuba, Spain and Latin America with the Mambo Kings. May 21, 8 pm. $43-$92. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. spokanesymphony.org (509-624-1200) MASTERS OF BRASS XXI The Spokane British Brass Band returns with a performance of British-style brass band music featuring Michael Lenke, Eric Marsh and Ryan Coles. May 22, 3-5 pm. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Whistalks Way. spokanefalls. edu (509-999-8717)

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EVENTS | CALENDAR SPOKANE STRING QUARTET Featuring guest artist John Marshall, viola. The program includes works by Joseph Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich and Johannes Brahms. May 22, 3 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. spokanestringquartet.org SPOKANE YOUTH SYMPHONY The symphony performs its “Rejoice in Inspiration” concert. May 22, 4 pm. $14$20. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.org EWU ORCHESTRA A spring orchestra concert featuring Beethoven’s Fifth symphony. Tickets available at the door. May 23, 7:30 pm. $5-$10. EWU Showalter Auditorium, Showalter Hall, Cheney. ewu. edu/music (509-359-6200) LINK UP: THE ORCHESTRA ROCKS! Students who learned to sing and play recorder perform an end-of-program concert. May 25, 7 pm. $6. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. spokanesymphony.org ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The EWU Music Program presents a concert by students, faculty and alums featuring music from Beethoven to the Beatles. May 26, 7:30 pm. $13-$23. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org (509-624-1200)

SPORTS & OUTDOORS

SPOKANE AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDWATCHING FIELD TRIPS Learn about birdwatching by tagging along with an expert. See complete schedule

of trip destinations at link. Through June 27. Free. audubonspokane.org/field-trips SPOKANE INDIANS VS. EUGENE EMERALDS Promo events during the series include Doris The Mascot’s Birthday Night (5/19), Storybook Princess and Fireworks Night (5/20), Family Feast Night (5/21) and Youth Sports Game (5 22). May 19-20, 6:35 pm, May 21, 5:09 pm and May 22, 1:05 pm. $8-$22. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. milb.com/spokane (535-2922) DAD & DUDES NIGHT A night of fun, games and activities for all ages. May 21, 6-9 pm. $5-$15. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. hubsportscenter. org (509-927-0602) SCKC SEASON KICK-OFF Learn about the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club and plans for the upcoming summer paddling season. May 23, 6-9 pm. Free. Mirabeau Park Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway. spokanevalley.org (509-710-7986) SPOKANE INDIANS VS. EVERETT AQUASOX Promos during the six-game series include Bark in the Park Night (5/24), Smokey Bear Night (5/25), Jersey Off the Back Night (5/26), Armed Forces Appreciation Night and Fireworks Night (5/27), $10,000 Grand Slam Night (5/28) and Dollars in Your Dog Day (5/29). May 24-27, 6:35 pm, May 28, 5:09 pm, May 29, 1:05 pm. $8-$22. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. milb.com/spokane

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ANNIE Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts in 1930s New York City.. May 13-29, Thu-Fri at 7 pm, Sat at

3 and 7 pm and Sun at 2 pm. $13-$15. TAC at the Lake, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. tacatthelake.com (509-432-1890) THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT Fresh out of college, Jim Fingal’s job is to fact-check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm through May 29. $10-$20. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com ALICE IN WONDERLAND Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine Alice takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world. May 20-June 5; Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. $12-$16. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. spokanechildrenstheatre.org CYT NORTH IDAHO: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT A timeless Old Testament tale set to a multitude of musical genres, spanning from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock and roll. May 20-29, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 3 pm. $14-$18. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cytnorthidaho.org (208-660-9870) HAMILTON The story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre, a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. Through May 22; times vary. $39-$249. First Interstate Center for the Arts, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. broadwayspokane.com (509-279-7000) THE BOOK CLUB PLAY When a documentary filmmaker sets up a camera

and the wine starts flowing, a lot more than literature gets discussed. May 2022; Fri 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $5. Project ID, 4209 E. Pacific Ave. projectidspokane. org (509-795-0004) SWEET DELILAH SWIM CLUB Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. May 20-22 and 27-29, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $15-$30. Chewelah Center for the Arts, 405 N. Third St. our.show/chewelah/delilah KIDS KORNER After moving to a virtual platform during the pandemic, this collection of short plays by local first-grade students returns to the stage. May 21, 7 pm and May 22, 2 pm. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. stagelefttheater.org (509-838-9727) MET LIVE IN HD: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR The Kenworthy’s annual series of MET Live in HD operas. Lucia Di Lammermoor features soprano Nadine Sierra, tenor Javier Camarena, baritone Artur Ruciński and bass Matthew Rose. May 21, 9:55 am and May 23, 6 pm. $15$20. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127)

VISUAL ARTS

NAOMI TAYLOR & JERRY JONES Exhibits in the Libey Gallery by Colfax photographer Naomi Taylor and by former Colfax resident and painter Jerry Jones. Through May 31. Free. The Bettie Steiger Center, 102 S. Main St. whitco.lib. wa.us

NOAH RIEDEL, PATRICK SILER, HELEN PARSONS, CHRIS RICCARDO & MICHAEL HORSWILL May’s show features the ceramics of Noah Riedel, the paintings of Pat Siler, the textile work of Helen Parsons, the sculptural work of Chris Riccardo and the constructions of Michael Horswill. Daily from 11 am-6 pm through May 28. Free. The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. theartspiritgallery.com (509-765-6006) BRUSH ON THE BLUFF Dozens of local artists set up easels on the bluff and draw inspiration from the natural beauty around them. The public is encouraged to walk the trail, meet artists and observe their work. May 21, 11 am-6 pm. Free. Polly Judd Park, 1802 W. 14th Ave. friendsofthebluff.org STAINED GLASS MOSAIC CLASS Explore how to create stained glass mosaics using upcycled tempered glass and scraps. Materials included. May 21, 10 am-2 pm. $35-$40. Art Salvage Spokane, 1925 N. Ash St. artsalvagespokane.com OUR STORIES, OUR LIVES: IRWIN NASH PHOTOGRAPHS OF YAKIMA VALLEY MIGRANT LABOR The bounty and diversity of Washington state’s agriculture is possible because of the labor of agricultural workers. In 1967, Irwin Nash visited the Yakima Valley to take photographs for a freelance magazine piece on valley agriculture. He returned to Yakima each season until 1976 to document the lives of these workers. In the process, he created a compelling archive of more than 9,400 photographs. May 24-Dec. 10, Tue-Fri 1-4 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm. Free. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, 1535 NE

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WORDS

WINE JARS & JAR MAKERS OF CYPRUS A lecture by Gloria London about unfired, century-old jars from Cyprus and the people who made and used them. May 19, 6:30-8 pm. Free. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. archaeological.org/society/spokane SCC PEACE STUDIES PODCAST: RUSSIA’S WAR ON UKRAINE Heather Ashby is the senior program officer for the Center for Russia and Europe at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She researches and publishes on Russia’s involvement in conflict zones and efforts to wield influence in the global south through kinetic and non-kinetic means. She also supports USIP’s work on Ukraine and strategic competition. May 19, 8:30 am. Free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. scc.spokane.edu BOOK LAUNCH DESSERT TEA Join author Patricia Meredith for a dessert tea in celebration of the release of Cupboards All Bared, book two in her Spokane Clock Tower Mysteries. May 20, 5 pm. $20. Heavenly Special Teas, 1817 N. Division

St. patricia-meredith.com (509-487-2111) STORY TIME AT THE CARROUSEL An early literacy activity designed to spark and engage the young imagination with stories, songs and preschool activities. $1 Carrousel rides offered to those who attend. Recommended for ages 2-5. May 20-Aug. 19, every third Fri of the month at 11 am in the Looff Carrousel party room. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. my.spokanecity.org (509-625-6600) MAY OUTDOOR STORY TIME Join Miss Delaney outside on the lawn behind the Children’s Library for stories and songs. Mondays from 8:30-10:15 am through May 31. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org SCRIBBLER’S SOCIETY VIRTUAL WRITING CLUB Discuss writing, share your work, and find inspiration with fellow writers. All ages. Second and fourth Mondays at 3 pm. Free. cdalibrary. org (208-769-2315) DROP IN & WRITE Aspiring writers are invited to be a part of a supportive writers’ community. Hosted by local writers Jenny Davis and Hannah Engel. Tuesdays from 5:30-7 pm. Tues., 5:30-7 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. spark-central.org (509-279-0299) BROKEN MIC Spokane Poetry Slam’s longest-running, weekly open mic reading series. Wednesdays at 6:30 pm; sign-ups at 6 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. bit.ly/2ZAbugD JUNETEENTH INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP Learn about Juneteenth’s connection to the end of enslavement of African-Americans in the U.S., why and how we honor the day and how this historic moment changed American history. May 25, 11 am-12:30 pm. Free. leadthurstoncounty.com/juneteenth n

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Illicit Markets Persist Some states continue to struggle with illegal cannabis, even years after legalization

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his year marks a decade since Washington and Colorado opened the floodgates on cannabis legalization. That was supposed to signal the beginning of the end for the illicit cannabis market. Ten years on, though, illicit markets still thrive, even in places where legal markets exist and have had time to integrate into their communities. Washington is doing relatively well, but California and Oregon are struggling. Oregon legalized cannabis eight years ago, but officials are facing an evolving illicit market. Last week, a state task force set up to work on the issue announced that foreign cartels are operating massive illicit cannabis grows in southern Oregon. Much of the illegal cannabis is being transported out of the state for sale. For the past year, law enforcement agencies in southern Oregon have

BY WILL MAUPIN been working to take out illegal outdoor grows, but now the cartels are adapting and moving to indoor grows, according to reporting from the Associated Press. One potential destination for some of that illicit Oregon cannabis is California, where despite cannabis being legal for six years, the illicit market still far outperforms the legal market. Last fall, Politico reported that California’s illicit market generated upward of $8 billion annually, more than twice that of the legal market. Gov. Gavin Newsom seems to recognize this problem and last week offered a solution. In his proposed budget, California’s cannabis industry would get a sizable tax break. Cannabis in California is currently taxed at four different stages of the process from seed to consumer. Newsom’s budget would remove the first of those four taxes, placed on growers.

Unlike our neighbors to the south, Washington has been more of a success story in eliminating its illicit market. A 2019 study from the University of Puget Sound and University of Washington found that cannabis use was increasing, but also was shifting away from the illicit market and into the state’s legal market. In 2020, cannabis data analytics firm Headset looked at cannabis prices around the country and found that Washington is home to the nation’s cheapest. That is despite having, at 37 percent, the highest cannabis excise tax in the country. Headset noted that Washington’s market is not vertically integrated, with growers and processors unable to sell directly to consumers. There are far more growers and processors in the state than retailers, which encourage competition to land on limited shelf space. Cheaper, in this case, might be better. n

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