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olume, the Inlander-organized MUSIC FESTIVAL on May 31-June 1, is a movable feast of glorious abundance. At any given point — say, at 8:15 pm of the first night — you might have to decide whether you’re in the mood for the country twang of Santa Poco (playing at River City Brewing’s outdoor stage), the silky smooth R&B of MistaDC (at nYne) or the garage rock from the newly formed local band Big Raffle (at Baby Bar). Two more bands start at 8:30, two more at 8:45, two more at 9 and five more at 9:15. Yes, it can be overwhelming in the best of ways — such is a feast of 100 bands in 11 venues over two incredible nights — and in the middle of this week’s issue we have the official guide to Volume with everything you need to navigate our favorite weekend of the year. See you out there! — JACOB H. FRIES, Editor


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they associated all this with Trump. Well all those issues and more are still out there — as is Trump. So what to do? Here’s a proposed to-do list: 4 Where, oh where is Sen. Chuck Schumer? Wake him up; he needs to get in the fight. 4 Draw sharper attention to the Mueller Report, especially the parts about Russian involvement in Trump’s election. 4 Stop using the word “meddling.” Vladimir Putin was attempting, with success, to “rig” the election in Trump’s favor. 4 Trump’s “buddy-buddy” routine with Putin should be looked at more carefully — especially now. 4 Immediately take any and all contempt of Congress charges directly to court. 4 To understand Trump better, spend some time reading up on Roy Cohn, who worked for Joe McCarthy then Trump. Trump learned at the feet of Cohn, who spent the early part of his career with McCarthy, driving analysts out of government at the exact time the nation needed them most. Cohn was nasty, selfserving and hypocritical to the end. 4 Draw more attention to what the House, under Democratic leadership, is trying to accomplish. Explain both the challenges and preferred ways of addressing them. The people’s business needs to come first. 4 Underline the growing economic inequality throughout the country during this time of high employment. 4 Address the mounting burden of student loan debt. 4 Call more attention to Trump’s taxes and his many failed business dealings. 4 Decry how Trump keeps undermining our international alliances that have kept the peace for generations. 4 Regarding agricultural problems created by Trump’s tariffs, recall the Harry Truman quote that any farmer who votes against his best interests, that is who votes Republican, “ought to have his head examined.” 4 Continue to call attention to and denounce Trump’s racism and bigotry. 4 Pound away about climate change, its impacts to national security, the environment and the economy, citing all the evidence in front of our eyes that Trump has called a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. 4 Recall the Obama presidency — what he faced, how he dealt with it, along with the class he brought to the White House. Class matters to national reputation and morale. 4 Remind the country, and most importantly the Republicans in the Senate, how their party conducted themselves during the Watergate hearings compared with today. That generation of Republicans put the nation ahead of their party. 4 And while they’re working on all that, they should forget about impeachment. Unless, of course, there lurks somewhere a version of the Watergate tapes. n Robert Herold is a retired professor of public administration and political science at both Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University.


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Q&A NATHAN O’BRIEN Each year, Lilac City Comicon grows, but the event founder says the focus is still on what matters: comic books BY QUINN WELSCH


athan O’Brien is somewhat of a superhero in his own right. No, he doesn’t have any cool powers or a bitchin’ super suit (at least none that we’re aware of), but he does have the ability to grow a comic convention in Spokane each year. Now totalling 65,000 square feet of the Convention Center and 250 exhibitors (up from 200 in 2018), Lilac City Comicon promises to be bigger than ever in 2019. Outside of his day job as Gonzaga’s dining manager, O’Brien works yearround, wrangling the celebrities and icons from the multiverse of fandoms that have become omnipresent in modern pop culture. This year’s lineup includes actor Chris Kattan (A Night at the Roxbury, Undercover Brother), WWE’s Jim “Hacksaw” Dugan and comic artist Ben Templesmith, just to name a few. We caught up with him before the weekendlong event (June 1-2) to talk about the comicon, how it’s grown and the state of comics in 2019. The responses have been edited for length and clarity. INLANDER: You have more exhibitors in 2019 than ever. Who do you think is your favorite? O’BRIEN: That’s a tough call. It’s like asking who’s your favorite child. One thing that blows me away is the amount of cosplay. What’s been your favorite cosplay you’ve seen? Somebody came one year as the alien queen from Alien. It looked like it was made out of cardboard; you could see it from a mile away. Then, it’s the unique ones. Last year, there were four or five characters who mashed up horror characters with fast food restaurants. So there was a Ronald McDonald from It. Ben Templesmith seems like a big get for comic book fans. Ben Templesmith [his titles include 30 Days of Night and Fell] has been on my wishlist for years.

One of the great things for this show is that there’s so much pop culture. We’re trying to branch out a little more, beyond comic books and actors, beyond and into pop culture. I feel that pop culture is becoming more normal and common among everyday people. Things are really accessible. Comic books themselves may not be as strong as they once were. But you’re still going to have the people who seek that out. A personal pressure is trying to find a balance of variety of guests. Occasionally we’ve had a couple YouTubers come in. Just a lot of people to appear to different demographics. Being a smaller show, I can only get so many people here that fit our budget. Spokane didn’t have a regular convention until you started one. What made you start? I really thought that was a crime. I just started doing a lot of research on showrunners and artists and I said, “I’m gonna do a show. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I know it’s the right thing.” The first year was a huge learning curve. I sat down and made a huge list of things I knew I could do better. I still sit down every year and come up with these lists. With movie franchises like the Avengers, superheroes are more mainstream than ever today. How does that affect comic books and conventions? San Diego Comicon, similar to mine, started off very small. Now, it’s all about Hollywood and marketing. The comics are kind of pushed to the back corner. Maybe you want to see Ryan Reynolds [in Detective Pikachu]. That’s fine and there’s nothing wrong with that. But at the same time, my focus has always been to keep the show grounded in its roots. Our focus is supporting local artists. Yeah, we’re gonna have celebrities come to the show, but we’re not going to let that take away from the show. n


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Readers respond to an Inlander story about a city plan to potentially improve downtown Spokane’s alleyways in an effort to make them more sightly and safer (“The Axis of Alleys,” 5/16/19): DARCY HILDEBRAND: The streets in my neighborhood all are cracked and potholing with no remedial action taken by the city in 14 years. The sidewalks and curbs are crumbling into gravel and have had no remedial action by the city in 14 years. Crime reports for incidents occurring within a half-mile of my residence for this year are 317 percent of what they were over the same period last year. I don’t think I care at all what happens to the downtown alleyways. I think it is trivial fluff and wish City Hall would start being more concerned with providing adequate basic infrastructure and safety needs of many of decaying Spokane’s neighborhoods. I do not share City Hall’s apparent obsession with downtown. If the city cannot provide these very basic municipal services for the residents who are living in decaying neighborhoods, then it is not worth much as a city, no matter how attractive the downtown area is.


BRADLEY OILER: As long as minimum wage is less than $1,200 a month take home, there needs to be sub $400 rent in this city. That’s more 400-squarefoot apartments. Otherwise you might as well put cots in those alleys because that’s where people will live. CHARLES RIFFLE: Wonderful, let’s fix up the alley ways while the roadways are complete garbage. This city has gone way downhill. There was a time when medians and high edges along main streets were painted with reflective paint, now during bad weather, and darkness, I see people run into them. There are always potholes everywhere — the patchwork is ghetto and what is used in the winter for ice is such cheap garbage it destroys the cheap garbage that are Spokane roadways. So, yes, awesome, let’s pretty-up some alleyways. DONOVAN ARNOLD DELEON: Let’s make all of downtown look nice and inviting. Why not have gardens that grow food, rest rooms and have alternatives to dumpsters next to every door.


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DANIEL SCHADENFREUDE: People up on the hill need to stop crying about downtown. Instead of approaching things as a safety issue approach things as a humanitarian issue. LINDA JENKS: Fix our infrastructure all around. Then worry about safety and so many other far important issues current in Spokane, please. JIM WOOD: My wife and I love downtown Spokane! We would love to see the alleys turned into walkways. More places to explore. JOEY EMILY: Clamp down on the drugs, quit trying to appeal to the rich California hipsters, and clamp down on crime, and Spokane will be a better place. Oh, and do something about the homeless problem other than raising the rents and putting more people out on the street. n

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TRAGIC EXPECTATIONS A Sandpoint mother feared that one day her troubled son would end up dead; turns out, nothing prepares you for it BY JOSH KELETY


ustine Murray, a 43-year-old owner of a boutique in Sandpoint, saw that her phone was buzzing with calls from the medical examiner’s office while she was out for lunch with friends. She knew it had to be about her troubled 25-year-old son, Ethan Murray, who suffered from schizophrenia and meth addiction. “I know what a medical examiner is,” she tells the Inlander weeks later at the Tango Cafe in Sandpoint. “It was starting to set in and my heart was racing really fast. And I started shaking.” After leaving her table, she eventually got through to a staffer from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office. “I’m like, ‘Is he dead?’” Murray says. “She paused for a minute and then she’s like, ‘Yes.’ And then I kind of lost it.” Her son, Ethan, died after getting shot by a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy near a small homeless camp a

short distance from an apartment complex in Spokane Valley. Two deputies had responded to an early evening 911 call about a male who seemed “very high” around children outside the apartments, only to chase him through the adjacent woods and to a small homeless encampment after he failed to follow verbal commands, according to a news release from investigators. There, Murray allegedly hurled profanities and reportedly refused to comply with deputies’ orders to show them his hands before he was shot, per the release. His mother says an autopsy showed that Ethan was shot six times. One resident at the apartment complex tells the Inlander that she heard a deputy repeatedly shout “drop it” before firing. No weapon was found at the scene. For Ethan’s mother, his death at the hands of local police was both shocking and the latest tragic development in her son’s life that had been practically blown

TOP: Justine Murray (left) and her mother, Margie Polkowski, bring flowers to the site where Ethan was killed. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO ABOVE: Ethan and Justine Murray at Christmas. apart by schizophrenia, addiction and routine bouts of homelessness. His struggles with mental illness and methamphetamine landed him in jails, homeless shelters and hospitals around the country — from California to Florida. All the while, his mother grappled with a patchwork of medical and judicial systems, trying to keep him safe and get him the help he clearly needed. She also began advocating for broader awareness on mental health issues, a passion she intends to carry on into the future. “Maybe that officer thought it was just another homeless guy with nobody and that no one would speak out,” she says, referring to the deputy who shot Ethan. “But a lot of people don’t speak out and I think that should change. “It’s the system that let him down,” she adds. ...continued on next page

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riginally from Illinois, Ethan, Murray and her daughter, Cora, moved to Sandpoint from Wisconsin roughly 15 years ago. The idea was to be near the mountains and for the kids to go to a local Waldorf school. But within a couple years, Ethan started showing some challenges and getting into trouble. His teachers said he was smart but socially awkward. He started smoking marijuana at 12 and eventually spent a stint in juvenile detention over a misdemeanor drug possession charge. Murray says she tried everything from the “tough love” of reporting him to law enforcement to seeking out counselors. At the time, neither she nor anyone else suspected that deeper mental health issues may have been contributing to his behavior. “It just seemed like basic troubles of a teenager. And even counselors told me that: ‘Oh, it’s just a phase, oh it’s just marijuana. He’ll grow out of it.’” But Ethan’s issues continued to escalate. At 17 he dropped out of high school and was in and out of the family home for days at a time. He did obtain his GED and pursued work in the culinary field through a program in Moses Lake. However, he couldn’t hold down jobs. Then came the meth use and a psychotic break: In 2015, he ended up at Murray’s house and lit a fire under his old bed. Murray eventually got him down to a hospital in Coeur d’Alene — Bonner County lacks sufficient psychiatric resources, she says — where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and meth-induced psychosis. She hoped that he could eventually be committed long-term to the regional state psychiatric hospital in Orofino. So Ethan stayed at the hospital, was given medication and waited for a bed to open up. But once he was admitted to the state hospital, Murray says he was released after only six days and that the “cycle started all over again.” From there, LETTERS Ethan spent roughly Send comments to two years homeless in numerous states, getting routinely picked up by law enforcement or first responders for abnormal behavior, such as walking down Highway 101 in California or along a train track in Montana. “There might have been a couple times he would end up at home. But he’d be really delusional or very high and would reach out and get help and then finally get frustrated and just leave,” Murray says. (She adds that on the occasion that Ethan wound end up back in town, she’d phone local police to inform them of his mental

Sheriff’s deputies chased Ethan Murray to a nearby homeless camp where he was shot. illness and urge them not to shoot him when they ran into him.) Murray says that during this period she was constantly worried that Ethan might get seriously hurt or die: “I always expected the call. He is gravely disabled and the things he does are not what a normal person would do.” During this period, she began keeping a record of Ethan’s movement through journaling and posting about his whereabouts online to keep friends and family in the loop. She also started attending the meetings of a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Hearing other people tell their stories of how mental illness impacted them not only helped her manage the stress of Ethan’s situation, but also opened her eyes to how widespread the issue is, Murray says.


than ended up in Florida, where he was arrested in June 2017 for stealing a motorized shopping cart from a grocery store. He eventually got admitted to a state psychiatric hospital there, where he remained for a year and a half so that he could be restored to com-


petency. It seemed that he would get the sustained care and treatment that had so far eluded him. Meanwhile, Murray continued her dive into mental health advocacy. Through her business she organized a bike raffle and a farm-to-table dinner to raise money for NAMI and a local crisis line, and landed on eventual goals of fundraising for better mental health resources in Bonner County. She also helped bring Kissed By God — a film on the now-deceased famous surfer Andy Irons’ struggle with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction — to a local movie theater. And she began developing the idea of making a documentary about Ethan’s struggle with mental illness and addiction. “You get this sense of hopelessness when you can’t help your loved one,” she says. “I guess what I did have control over was just helping break stigma, talking about it.” After Ethan was discharged from the psychiatric hospital to jail, he was quickly released. Murray and her family scrambled to get him on a plane to Sandpoint in an effort to capitalize on his newly stabilized state.


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(He was back in Idaho by early December.) She got him a life coach, connected him with a doctor, and bought him boots and a hardhat for a job at a local mill that he enthusiastically held for a short period. “He wanted to come back here and start again,” Murray says. “Being on medication those two years [in the hospital] and then being released, that was the most stable he’s been.” But it wasn’t to last. When Ethan was home, he wasn’t on any medication — his doctor didn’t feel like he needed medication at the time. In late February, while Murray was in Los Angeles for a weekend to attend the Oscars, Ethan sold his snowboard and bought meth. By the time she got back, he was in a “full-blown attack.” Ethan ended up walking along Highway 2 in frigid sub-zero winter temperatures with Murray and Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies in tow. (He hadn’t committed a crime at that point, so law enforcement wouldn’t detain him.)

“Being on medication those two years [in the hospital] and then being released, that was the most stable he’s been.” After staying out all night, he ended up back at Murray’s house, where she found methamphetamine. She called the Sheriff’s Office again — in an attempt to keep him safe — and they arrested Ethan. Deputies found more meth on him when they booked him, and tacked on prison contraband felony charge. But yet again, as had happened so many times before, he was quickly turned back out onto the streets to fend for himself. Ethan was ordered released on March 13 with required weekly drug testing. (Murray says Ethan never was seen by a psychiatric professional while held in the Bonner County Jail.) Eventually he ended up in Spokane, where he had more run-ins with the law: On March 22 he was cited for trespassing on a railroad track near Browne’s Addition and booked for an existing warrant out of Bonner County, per court records — only to be released. Ethan, Murray says, was “just squeezed through the system over and over again.” Murray intends to keep pursuing the documentary about Ethan while she monitors the investigation into his death. (She also has plans to spread his ashes in places like Yosemite National Park and Illinois, where he was born.) The Spokane Police Department is leading the investigation into what happened, and the deputy who shot Murray, Joseph Wallace, has been placed on administrative leave. “There’s other moms, other people that need help,” she says. “I don’t think there will ever be closure because there just isn’t. So I’m just turning it into advocating.” n JAN, THE TOY LADY, AND THE PAW PATROL ARE ON THE ROLL TO SUMMER FUN: Paws ome!

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SUCCESSFUL TERMINATION An arbitrator upheld Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s FIRING of a deputy last year for purportedly breaking state law by recording a phone call without all parties’ consent and then lying to internal investigators. (The deputy, Travis Smith, had pursued a grievance against Knezovich over the termination, prompting the involvement of an arbitrator.) The development ends a contentious relationship between the sheriff and Smith. Knezovich (above) originally fired Smith in 2011 for alleged misconduct and a malicious mischief criminal violation. However, a different arbitrator ruled in that case that Smith should be reinstated, forcing Knezovich to rehire him. (JOSH KELETY)

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CHILDREN OF THE SUN The Spokane Indian Tribe, whose name has been poetically interpreted as Children of the Sun, is reinforcing its ties with the natural resource with a brand new 650-kilowatt SOLAR installation. The tribe recently celebrated the ongoing installation of the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative, which is expected to save more than $2.8 million over the next 30 years and put the tribe one step closer to energy sovereignty. The project came together in partnership with the Department of Energy, the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, SunVest and the Housing and Urban Development Northwest Office of Native American Programs. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

RAIN OF TERROR Thursday evening, Spokane got the sort of instant DOWNPOUR it hasn’t had in years. A flood of dirt, rock and debris shut down T.J. Meenach Bridge until midnight. At Francis and Cannon, vehicles were stranded because the water was so deep, city spokeswoman Marlene Feist says. The Post Street hill was closed briefly because so much water was pooling at the bottom. The accumulation of water at Fifth and Maple/Walnut ended up backing up southbound traffic all the way across the Maple Street Bridge. Check out some of our rain-drenched photos on (DANIEL WALTERS)

Stroke Prevention and Recovery: Get the Facts GIVE THEM A BREAK A new law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee will provide nurses and other health care employees in Washington uninterrupted MEAL AND REST BREAKS. Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) sponsored the bill, which he says has been discussed in some form or another for years. He says it’s a win for nurses and patients. “This is a patient safety issue,” Riccelli says. “We don’t want our nurses fatigued.” The bill allows for 12-hour shifts, but it requires that employees working more than 12 consecutive hours must be given the option to take at least eight hours of uninterrupted time off afterward. Hospitals must provide employees with meal and rest periods that are uninterrupted, except in certain situations like an emergency. (WILSON CRISCIONE)

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A Free Ride For the kids these days


nce Spokane Public Schools students go on summer break next month, they’re free to go wherever they want in the city. No, really. Students in Spokane are eligible for BUS PASSES that will let them take any bus ride for free over the summer. This week, the Spokane City Council approved $48,000 to fund the Summer Youth Card Pilot Program, which will give free bus passes to Spokane Public Schools students. Students can pick up their card at any of Spokane’s six libraries. The program will run from June 13 through Sept. 15. The card will also give students free access to other services offered by the parks department. Access to swimming pools, the skating ribbon and skate parks, for instance, will be free to Spokane students. They can also get free rentals for Skyride at Riverfront Park. All services at the Spokane Public Library will be free. The goal of the pilot program is to “help children whose parents can’t drive them places during the day” to access free city

services, according to Spokane Public Schools. Spokane Transit Authority already offers free bus passes to area college students, including those attending Community Colleges of Spokane, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth, Gonzaga and Washington State University Spokane. STA will track the free rides for the younger students and will bill the city at the end of the three-month pilot project. (WILSON CRISCIONE)


A full 25 candidates are officially running in the city of Spokane’s MAYORAL AND COUNCIL races, the largest total in years. For the mayoral race, City Council President Ben Stuckart is being challenged by four competitors to his right — West Central Neighborhood Council Chair Kelly Cruz, trivia company founder Jonathan Bingle, former KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward and firefighter Shawn Poole. Councilmen Mike Fagan and Breean Beggs are challenging each other for the council president slot, joined by former NAACP president Phil Tyler and Cindy Wendle, the co-owner of NorthTown Square and the wife of Hutton Settlement Director Chud Wendle. Councilwoman Lori Kinnear, representing the district that includes the South Hill and downtown Spokane, will be defending her seat against real estate broker Liz Fleming and previously unsuccessful candidate Tony Kiepe. Meanwhile, Councilwoman Karen Stratton, of the northwest Spokane district, is not only being challenged by Andy Rathbun — who briefly entertained running for

mayor — but also Lyft driver Christopher Savage, Express Employment account manager Jeff Rugan, former Pend Oreille Sheriff’s deputy Ken Side, and Washington state Labor and Industries employee Jeff Martin. But the most packed race is the open northeast Spokane seat being vacated by outgoing Councilman Mike Fagan, with a Battle Royale of seven different candidates. There’s Mike Fagan ally Tim Benn; school board member Jerrall Haynes; Union Gospel Mission’s Anna Ogden Hall shelter resident advisor Krys Brown; Pakistani immigrant and WSU research assistant Naghmana Sherazi; Spokane fire dispatcher Louis Lefebvre; Doug Salter, a National Guard veteran and West Valley school bus driver; and Better Spokane Director Michael Cathcart. That last one is particularly tricky, because the Better Spokane political action committee is active in political races. But PACs are barred from coordinating directly with candidates. So what happens when a PAC director is the candidate? “We wouldn’t be doing anything in my race, that’s for dang sure,” Cathcart says. “I spoke to our attorney about it. There’s no inherent conflict. There’s stuff we need to do to be careful.” Essentially, Cathcart says, Better Spokane can still spend money on council races, as long as they avoid talking about Cathcart’s district in particular. “We’re a nonprofit, we can advocate and we can lobby,” Cathcart says. “There’s no issue from a political campaign perspective.” (DANIEL WALTERS)


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ments from both sides were heard on May 16. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by Adree Edmo, a 31-year-old trans inmate convicted of child abuse — she was born male but identifies as female — held in an Idaho state prison near Boise. Edmo was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and repeatedly attempted self-castration while incarcerated. Her lawsuit alleges that the prison’s medical staff wrongfully denied her repeated requests for reassignment surgery. Her attorneys have framed the Department of Corrections’ position as a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects inmates from cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill concurred with this argument in a December ruling, alleging that prison staff were “deliberately indifferent to Ms. Edmo’s medical needs” despite her previous attempts at self-harm, and that officials have a “defacto policy or practice” of refusing to provide gender confirmation surgery to inmates. He ordered that the Department of Corrections provide the surgery within six months. “Everyday that Ms. Edmo doesn’t receive the surgery is another day of grave harm and suffering to her,” Lori Rifkin, an attorney for Edmo, tells the Inlander. In their appeal of the ruling, Idaho officials have characterized the surgery as medically unnecessary: “Ms. (Adree) Edmo has been closely followed and monitored by staff to meet her needs,” an attorney representing the state told a three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit last week, per the Associated Press. He also argued that the state provides the surgery to inmates when it is appropriate. Rifkin says that Idaho’s lawyers framed the state as the victims in the situation during their oral argument before the Ninth Circuit panel. “They have not taken consistent positions except for that they will not provide Ms. Edmo this surgery,” she says. The Ninth Circuit could issue a ruling on the case at any time. (JOSH KELETY) n

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‘Quantum Leap’ Experts say Washington’s new higher education bill is one of the smartest ways to make college more affordable BY WILSON CRISCIONE


hen Gavin Pielow chose to go to Washington State University, he knew his parents couldn’t afford to pay his tuition. Instead, he thought he’d qualify for state financial aid. But Pielow, who graduated from WSU a couple weeks ago, never saw that financial aid from the state. He was one of thousands of students who qualified for the Washington State Need Grant each year but was put on a waitlist as the program’s funds ran dry. Now, Pielow is staring at around $27,000 in student loans. “It was frustrating to see that program consistently underfunded,” Pielow says. That amount of student loan debt is about normal these days for a WSU grad. Other students have had it worse. Pielow says he’s heard countless stories about students not being able to afford basic necessities because they have to pay tuition, who have dropped out of college altogether because it wasn’t affordable, or who take out so much in loans that it cripples their future. Those stories, however, are about to become far less common in Washington state. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that will eliminate the wait list for financial aid. More than that, it guarantees that students coming from families making up to the state’s median income — $92,000 for a family of four — will receive some state financial aid. And for families of four making 50,000 or less? Their tuition will be completely covered. The bill’s name, the Workforce Education Investment Act, may be yawn-inducing, but it’s expected to vastly improve college affordability for low and middle-income families. It gives them incentive to enroll in two or fouryear colleges and apprenticeships while reducing their student debt. And as presidential candidates unveil ambitious plans for free or debt-free college, national experts say Washington’s plan does more than any other state to address college affordability. Michael Meotti, the executive director of the Washington Student Achievement Council, a state agency focusing on student success, calls it a “quantum leap” in financial aid investment. “I don’t think you will see any other state with a need-based approach to financial aid that reaches into the middle class like this will,” Meotti says.


his isn’t the first time the state’s investment in college institutions has made waves this decade. State Republicans, who controlled the state Senate for years until 2017, focused on reducing the costs of college not through financial aid, but by lowering tuition. It was nationally significant: As most of the country saw the price of college climb, Washington’s students saw it level out or go down.

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But Gov. Inslee has been calling for the state Leganother state. It’s actually closer to presidential candidate islature to expand financial aid as well. And now that Elizabeth Warren’s federal plan for free public college. Democrats control both the House and the Senate, there “I’m very supportive of Warren’s plan and I’m very was some optimism that it could get done this year. The supportive of Washington’s plan, and I think they have a only problem was finding a way to pay for it, says Rep. lot in common,” Goldrick-Rab says. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the House Higher Education Committee. ut should free college for all be the end goal? The final bill settles on a hike in the state’s business Sandy Baum, a nonresident fellow at the and occupation tax for about one-fifth of businesses who Urban Institute, likes the changes Washington pay the B&O tax, with the highest surcharge on compamade to its financial aid sytem. But she argues the larger, nies like Microsoft and Amazon. But those tech giants federal free college for all proposals are an overreaction weren’t opposed to the tax; in fact, they cheered the to the skyrocketing tuition prices. Aid money should be new legislation, with Amazon calling it a “positive step given to those who need it, not families who actually can forward” for the state. pay for college, she says. And due to educational inequaliIt’s expected to generate around $1 billion in revenue ties starting in grade school, wealthier kids are more over four years. That allows the state to create the Washlikely to seek the more prestigious, expensive programs, ington College Grant starting in 2020, which will replace which could in turn mean high-income families end up the State Need Grant. It will eliminate the wait list for the with more help than low-income families. grants by one-third next year and all the way by the following year. “We want every family in this state to realize that they now have a shot at a college or apprenticeship that they might have thought was out of reach,” Hansen says. And there was still money left for the state to make targeted investments in higher ed, including millions for community and technical colleges and the funding for WSU’s medical school to expand. Hansen envisions the revenue from the B&O tax to grow over the years, which ideally would enable the state to raise the cap on who could qualify beyond the $92,000 limit. By making financial aid accessible to everyone up to the median income and devoting millions for At Eastern Washington University, 77 percent of graduates receive some form of financial aid. EWU PHOTO higher ed programs, Washington separates itself from other states, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, That, she says, is the opposite of a progressive policy. a Temple University professor who wrote a book on the “It’s directing resources to the people who actually subject called Paying the Price: College Costs, and the Betrayal aren’t the ones who really need that,” Baum tells the of the American Dream. Other states have tried aspects of Inlander. Washington’s plan: Oregon and Tennessee made tuition Those resources would be better spent helping the free for community colleges. New York, meanwhile, has a people at the bottom of income distribution and going program giving free tuition for two and four-year colleges toward institutions that can use the money to improve for families making $125,000 or less — as long as you live student outcomes. For example, if a university provides and work in New York. And other programs often apply support for a college student so they can graduate in only to new high school graduates. four years instead of five, that student saves thousands of “Washington has avoided all that nuttiness,” says dollars. Goldrick-Rab. Experts may disagree on whether free college for all A person who has started college but never finished is a good plan or not. Goldrick-Rab, while not directly recan go back to college more easily under this plan, for sponding to Baum’s comments, says the notion that free instance. And the state grant would be on top of any college subsidizes the rich is “bullshit.” In her view, that federal financial aid available — it wouldn’t cancel it out. fails to understand the politics of financial aid. Middle Washington, too, will continue to offer financial aid to class support is crucial for these programs to be sustainthose attending private colleges and universities in the able, she says. state. Yet, both agree Washington’s plan appears to be Bruce DeFrates, director of financial aid and scholarmoving in the right direction. Goldrick-Rab maybe would ships at Eastern Washington University, says this is the have raised the cap above the median family income, but biggest leap he’s seen in state aid in his 20 years there. she says she’s “hard-pressed” to figure out what folks And it may be particularly beneficial for EWU, where would have a real problem with. more than 75 percent of undergraduates receive some And Baum says Washington’s approach of helping form of financial aid. lower and moderate-income families rather than affluent “It pretty much puts Washington at the top of states ones is a good start. that are supporting higher ed,” DeFrates says. “We’ve got “It does sound like Washington has thought more one of the best state-need programs once this goes into carefully than some other states about how to create effect.” nuances in the program,” Baum says. “Not just say, ‘It’s For Goldrick-Rab, the closest comparison to Washfree,’ but to do some thoughtful things to make college ington’s two-pronged approach to invest in funding more affordable and accessible.” n colleges and expanding financial aid isn’t found in








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Eight-year-old Carleen doesn’t know that she will inherit a massive fortune that her deadbeat father, Connor, believes is rightfully his. She doesn’t know that Connor is after her or that he nearly found her at the Pendleton Roundup. She doesn’t know that the real reason her mother is stuck in jail is because she shot Connor, who escaped with minor injuries. All she knows is that she’s with Miller Cane for now, traveling across America in his motorhome, and not sure when she can return to her real home. For his part, Miller’s been doing his best to distract Carleen with history lessons along the road and with tales of “Little House on the Prairie.” Carleen, meanwhile, has been doing some writing of her own.


Tuesday. Sitting Bull had a vision of soldiers falling into camp. The ranger was a historian Miller said and he told the story of Custer and Sitting Bull and all the others as we stood looking over the Greasy Grass. Thousands of Indians and dust from the ponies. Children playing and soldiers falling into camp. That’s when the fighting started. Not all the white men died but all Yellow Hairs did. I asked about the women putting holes in his ears. With a sewing awl the ranger said. But no one knows if its true. My grandfather knows a boy beside me said. Its hard to know for sure, Miller said. Some things


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are easier to believe than others. Like Lauras story I said. My mother could tell when I was lying she thought. The way the ranger told it was like being inside a vision. Our past tells the story of who we are Miller said. There’s lots of parts I would tell a different way I said. It doesn’t matter Miller said as long as its true. Bellas grandmother could tell the future and so could Bella. She put her hands on my head in the moho and had a vision of me and my mother. What are we doing I said. Making dolls and drinking coffee she said. I knew it was true because of the dolls and because I don’t drink coffee yet. Thursday. Miller said its going to be longer than you think but everything is longer than you think. Until its over and then its not as long as it should have been. Last night I had a vision that my mother and I were home. She was making cupcakes and I was making shrinky dinks and Miller was on the couch reading.


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She looks just like you the man at Yellowstone said. We saw the Rushmore and Crazy Horse heads coming out of the mountains. There should be girls up there I said like Mom saying it. I’m sick she said on the phone thats all. A little under the weather. I couldn’t hear her and before bed Miller said what if its just us for awhile. Who I said and he said you and me. That is what it is I said. But we’re going home after Lauras right? Of course we are he said. Sunday. Nebraska and Kansas are prairie and so is South Dakota. Lawrence Kansas is a grandfather I said and Miller laughed. What do you think about this place he said and I said good. What about this place he said and I said good. What about this place he said. Spearfish. I liked that one. I like Omaha too. It sounds like a grandmother. Wednesday. When she called I couldn’t hear her at all. ...continued on next page


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MILLER CANE: A TRUE AND EXACT HISTORY  Chapter 7, Part 3 continued... Its not always going to be like this Miller said. I had a vision but nothing happened we were just home. Did she shoot somebody I said. Why would you say that he said. Isn’t that why people go to jail. People go to jail for lots of reasons he said. Not paying taxes is stealing. She didnt mean to do it but that doesn’t matter sometimes. Jesse James’s mother was Zerelda and we went to her farm. It was his wifes name too and my great grandmothers who I never met because I never even met my grandmother. There was a cabin there and a slave cabin and you could tell it was real by the smells. A six year old boy maybe seven called me a yankee. You’re a yankee I said. No I’m not he said you are. Hush Miller said and we walked to the slave cabin. Its still ringing down here he said. What is I said. Listen he said. I could hear the river and the wind or a stream like the ocean in a shell. I don’t know if she’ll ever get out I said. Of course she’ll get out he said. But he doesn’t know when. Waffles bites my head in bed. Mom calls them love nips. Just do what Miller says she says when I finally hear her. I could live in Kansas City Miller says. Thats where dorothys from I say. But I mean on the Missouri side he says. I miss her most when he’s asleep. He loves you Millers mom says. You know that don’t

you? I call her every day Millers mom. Who is this she says. You’re a sweetheart she says. Did Miller tell you what Billy did what his mother did. He told me I say. The police killed him and his father both.

Tomorrow is Lauras house. Not from the books but where she lived later. Its going to be longer maybe Miller says. They wont tell me why. I can’t hear her when she calls. Tomorrow is Lauras house. Not from the books but where she lived later. I had a vision of children falling in snow. Laura was there as a girl and was maybe me for a minute. Mom was in the sleigh with Miller and they were Laura and Almanzo in the long winter after he saved them all. A dream is a wish your heart makes Cinderella says. Of course shes not real. Neither is Bella or Snow White or Tiana or Mulan, but Mom acts like I cant tell the difference. Even though she can’t tell the difference because she doesn’t know the ones at the roundup were real. So was Sitting Bull and his vision. So was Laura. So was Narcissa and her hair which Ive actually smelled. So was Mom and Miller and Me. Sometimes I think I’m more real than any of them. n


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A fraudulent historian who makes his living conning the survivors of mass shootings returns home to save the young daughter of the woman he loves, taking her with him on his roadshow across the worn-out heart of America, staying one step ahead of what’s after them.


Miller Cane: A fraudulent historian, who’s been making his living conning and comforting the survivors of mass shootings. Carleen Callahan: The 8-year-old daughter of Lizzie James and Connor Callahan. Has no idea she’s recently become an heiress or that her mother has shot her father. Lizzie James: An artisan jewelry maker, and a baker at the Mount Vernon co-op, currently in Skagit County jail for shooting her estranged husband, Connor. Connor Callahan: Son and grandson and great grandson of money, which somehow skipped him, going to his daughter instead.


Samuel Ligon is the author of two other novels — Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead — and two collections of stories, Wonderland and Drift and Swerve. He’s artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference and teaches at Eastern Washington University.

The Bare cast has an epiphany.




Stage Left’s first musical is Bare, a coming-of-age “popera” set in a Catholic school BY E.J. IANNELLI


f the title of Stage Left Theater’s season finale — Bare: A Pop Opera — prompts a double take, you might not be alone. When the current season was announced, the spot was initially reserved for The Threepenny Opera, the 1928 collaboration between Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill that gave us “The Ballad of Mack the Knife” and “Pirate Jenny.” Its inclusion in the lineup was significant not just for its reputation as a classic piece of sociopolitically charged theater but also its status as the venue’s first-ever musical. Plans changed a few short months ago when Wes Deitrick, who took over from Tia Wooley as the theater’s managing director, began putting the preliminary pieces in place for the production. “When it came time to do it and Wes talked to me about it, we were kind of unclear on what interpretation of the script we wanted to do,” says director Troy Nickerson. “And then we didn’t really have a musical director locked in, so it seemed a little overwhelming at that moment. There was just a lot of uncertainty around it.” There was another show that Nickerson had been “dying to do,” though, and he proposed it as a suitable replacement for The Threepenny Opera, which has since been rescheduled for this autumn. The show he had in mind was Bare, a 2000 “popera”

written and scored by two young Hollywood creatives, Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere. In portraying the social anxieties, theological misgivings and sexual awakenings of a close-knit group of teenaged students at a Catholic boarding school, Bare could also be said to be sociopolitically charged, which would keep it in the same loose vein as the musical it was to replace. “I had wanted to do Bare really badly for a long time. Somebody put me onto it maybe as long as 10 years ago, and I’m a fan of that style of musical. I loved Jesus Christ Superstar. Also, as a gay man who grew up in the Catholic school system, it told my story in a lot of ways. It just spoke to me.” Bare, moreover, “also speaks to the space we’re in,” says Nickerson. It has a “black-box feel” that seemed like an ideal fit for Stage Left’s relatively small stage and modest seating capacity. “I’m using very basic unit sets designed by Bailey Heppler, and that’s the entire set. My idea was very stripped down. And in that space, I think that’s appropriate, necessary and will have great impact on the audience. We have 15 people onstage in a few moments of the show, and it’s going to be pretty powerful in a room that size.” Those 15 people include several young actors who

had been encouraging Nickerson to “do Bare, do Bare, do Bare” for some time. “They knew about it. They were excited about it. And that made me excited about it even more,” he says. “You know, more than half of this cast I’ve never even worked with before, and a good deal of them I’ve never even met before.” One new actor to Nickerson as well as the local stage is Scott Miller, who’s been cast as Jason McConnell — someone Miller describes as “golden child, big guy on campus” — in what’s perhaps Bare’s most pivotal role. Originally from Tri-Cities, Miller has been in the Spokane area for about four years but has only recently resumed acting. His first local stage appearance was as an ensemble member in the Spokane Civic Theatre’s holiday production of Elf the Musical. “His life is pretty easy,” Miller says of his character, before adding that Bare’s tumult and tragedy arise when “he loses control and begins to realize that everything isn’t so easy and perfect. He’s also pretty complex in the relationships that he has not only with his twin sister but with God. You get to see a beautiful arc of realization and discovery.” Appearing alongside Miller as his onstage peer group ...continued on next page

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Peter (left, Brady Magruder) and Jason (Scott Miller) have a secret.


“BARE WITNESS,” CONTINUED... are Brady Magruder, who plays Jason’s illicit lover, Peter; Isabella Mesenbrink as Ivy, their mutual friend; Haley McDaniel as Nadia, Jason’s sardonic twin sister; and Jerrod Galles as Matt, another member of their student circle. The younger cast is joined by experienced stage actors like Abbey Crawford, who plays Peter’s mother; Alyssa Day as drama teacher Sister Chantelle; and Todd

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Kehne as the nameless priest. As a kind of play-within-a-play conceit, the students’ relationships are channeled and paralleled through a school production of Romeo and Juliet. “That is one of the greatest love stories ever told. And to have the writers [evoke] the similarities of Romeo and Juliet, and having that flipped with two males por-

traying it, that is so brave and so beautiful,” says Miller. Incorporating Shakespeare’s play also allows Bare to tap into timeless themes of star-crossed lovers while depicting struggles and challengWEEKEND es that echo contempoC O U N T D OW N rary headlines. Get the scoop on this “You have so weekend’s events with many layers and levels our newsletter. Sign up at within Bare itself,” he says. “The story itself pertains so much to today’s world, more so than it did 20 years ago when it was written. Sex culture, pop culture, drug abuse — all of the scenarios and situations that these kids are going through are alive in schools today.” Nickerson is inclined to agree. “There was a time that I thought maybe a show like Bare wasn’t really relevant anymore. And then, I think with what’s happening right now in the world and with people, I feel like we’ve taken a step backwards. Things have gotten so crazy, and suicide rates are up. Maybe this story now is much more relevant again and it’s a good time to share it,” he says. And that process of sharing isn’t just with the audience. “This has brought people together who probably never would have hung out otherwise. It’s been an interesting journey for everybody. It’s opened up some pretty fantastic conversations. I think theater does that in general, but in this case it’s even been a little more special.” n Bare: A Pop Opera • May 24-June 16; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $20 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W. Third • • 838-9727


PRINT SHOP STOP The newly opened Spokane Print & Publishing Center in Spokane’s West Central Neighborhood (1925 N. Ash) is a one-stop spot to learn a variety of printing skills, from letterpress to bookbinding; board game prototyping to linocuts. To help fund the purchase of new equipment to teach said skills through classes open to the public, the SP&PC is running a $4,000 fundraising campaign on Kickstarter until June 2. Find it by searching “Printmaking Shop Development.” Also follow the center on social media at (CHEY SCOTT)

We’re in the Golden Age of Really Weird Video Games




’m a giant boulder with a face, rolling over my enemies. I’m a Roomba armed with a knife, electrocuting burglars to death and then vacuuming up their blood. I’m a hip teen Frankenstein monster, trying gamely to convince a brooding Medusa to go to prom with me. I’m a voyeur spying on an elderly Hitler analogue, secretly living his last days in a nursing home. I’m a tumor-ridden mutant, arguing in an Eastern European accent with a beat-boxing eggplant. What I’m trying to say is that video games are really weird right now. And that’s a glorious thing.


THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores May 24. To wit: JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, The Saint of Lost Causes. Steve Earle’s kid has a stellar catalog of caustic country tunes his damn self, including this new addition. SEBADOH, Act Surprised. Lo-fi alt-rock dudes are turning out to be serious survivors. Leader Lou Barlow was great solo in Spokane this winter. BLACK MOUNTAIN, Destroyer. The Canadian psych-metal crew delivers on album No. 5. STRAY CATS, 40. The rockabilly revivalists’ first new album in 25 years. Cats really do have nine lives! (DAN NAILEN)

A lot has been written about “peak TV,” the explosion of original series on every cable network and streaming platform. But, for all the sheer quantity of stuff from the TV content hose, most of these shows hover in the mediocre B+ range. Only rarely do you get something truly insane, and usually only for a brief single episode. Meanwhile, yes, blockbuster video games are dominated by a steady stream of sequels and remakes and spinoffs, mostly rehashing the same mechanics with slightly different outfits. You have your multiplayer gun shooters marketed at college bros. You have your open-world games where you run around stabbing or shooting dudes in order to remove icons on a map. But the accessibility of low-cost development software means that it’s possible for tiny teams of passionate developers — the sort with crazy, zany ideas that bigger publishers would be insane to pour money into — to put their passion project out in the world. Digital distribution platforms like Steam have opened the floodgates to allow nearly any game, no matter how strange or janky, to exist on the same page as the Grand Theft Auto series. Of course, it would be easy for the truly wacky stuff to succumb to Netflix disease, and get drowned out in the deluge. But that’s where package deals like the monthly “Humble Bundle” come in. For $12 monthly subscribers not only get a big-name game — like Assassin’s Creed: Origins or Overwatch — but also a slew of smaller indie games, like those referenced at the top of the column. To those, add offerings like Minit, a top-down puzzle adventure game that kills you every 60 seconds, and Cult Simulator, an eerie single-player card game that focuses on you starting a Victorian cult. These sorts of games fail as often as they succeed — but in the Golden Age of Really Weird Video Games, just watching that experimentation is entertainment enough. n

BUMMER ALERT A culinary bummer, at least for those of us who love a legit Italian sandwich. Cassano’s Italian Grocery announced in December they were moving to a new location, but last week came word via Facebook they wouldn’t be reopening at all. Cassano’s originally opened in 1922 on East Sprague before moving to Mission Avenue in 2009. That location is in the process of being converted into the Open Doors Emergency Family Shelter. A good cause, sure, but I’m going to miss popping in for some salty cured meats. (DAN NAILEN)

DREAMIN’ BIG Spokane musician Donnie Emerson already had an unusually late-in-life burst of fame when an album he and his brother Joe made as Fruitland, Washington, teenagers, Dreamin’ Wild, suddenly found an audience 35 years later. That was seven years ago, and now their story is being turned into a movie also called Dreamin’ Wild by the Oscar-winning producer of Green Book and director of Brian Wilson bio-pic Love & Mercy. Pretty cool. (DAN NAILEN)

BIG, BEAUTIFUL, FUNKY If you haven’t already, you’re gonna want to add Lizzo’s album Cuz I Love You to your summer driving playlist. The body-positive artist perfectly mixes funky, soulful beats and her beautiful belting singing voice with catchy rap hooks, all while talking about self love and having a good time. Start with “Juice,” and just try not to dance with your windows down as she rolls into the chorus, “Ain’t my fault that I’m out here gettin’ loose/Gotta blame it on the Goose/Gotta blame it on my juice, baby.” (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

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t’s not like pro wrestling is hard to find. Each week, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) delivers five hours of the stuff on the USA Network. But all of the scripted athletic action is predetermined to fit the vision of one man: WWE owner/ chairman/CEO Vince McMahon. And oftentimes, his vision… well… it leaves something to be desired. If you’re looking for free-spirited wrestling in intimate environments, you need to dive into the world of independent wrestling. “If people have an understanding of what WWE is, they would realize independent wrestling is nothing like WWE in the absolute best way,” says Prestige Wrestling CEO William Quintana. “You essentially have guys — from top to bottom — that could be and should be in WWE as far as their talent. But they’re not in the WWE, so they’re allowed to go out there and have creative freedom.” On May 24, Prestige will run its first indie wrestling show in Spokane at the Pin. For Quintana, bringing his Hermiston, Oregon-based promotion to Spokane seemed like an obvious fit to further grow the strong Northwest indie scene, which includes Seattle’s Defy Wrestling and 3-2-1 Battle, and Portland-based DOA Wrestling. The talent Prestige books mixes rising indie stars, former WWE wrestlers looking to carve their own path, and Northwestbased grapplers. The main event features old-timey mat wrestler Simon Grimm (who wrestled as Simon Gotch in WWE) versus the half-skull face-painted, high-flying Darby Allin, one of the hotter up-andcoming indie stars. The person with the best gimmick on the card — the fearsome kabuki-styled undead bride Su Yung — faces off against the demonic Drexl in the anything-goes “Spokane Street Fight.” The six-match card also features the Spokanebased, Canadian-themed stable the Eh Team squaring off against the Wreck You Rangers. The Eh Team’s local appeal also played a factor in Prestige’s confidence in the Spokane market. “Some of our wrestlers are from Spokane — the Eh Team: Chase James, Lance Pierson, Jackson Price, a whole bunch aligned with their group,” Quintana says, “and they have a pretty tight group of friends. It just seemed like there would be a pretty good built-in scene.” Independent wrestling has taken off

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Where these people go, mayhem follows. around the globe in recent years. With the advent of streaming internet message boards and streaming video, matches by non-WWE performers in the middle of nowhere can gain huge attention. The independent scene has gotten so big that a group of top indie stars were able to sell out a 2018 Chicago-area arena show (called All In) in under 30 minutes, and the same group is now starting All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which aims to be the independentminded alternative to WWE with a weekly show coming to TNT this fall (Allin is signed to AEW). “I definitely feel like we’re entering a boom period [for indie wrestling],” Quintana says. “It’s a scary boom period, in the sense that a lot of independent talent is being taken by All Elite Wrestling and WWE, but we’ve also had the foresight to try and build stars. And there will always be more stars. Even if AEW and WWE sign everyone, give it five or six months and a new crop of stars will be discovered.” Prestige has already set its high water

mark for ticket presales for the Spokane event, which is approaching a sell-out. He has additional dates at the Pin on hold, so he’ll be ready to announce dates for Prestige’s return to Spokane soon. For Quintana, wrestling is an ideal art form because it brings together entertainment genres that are normally cordoned off from each other. And he wants Spokane to experience that bloody and beautiful blend. “I like to compare [wrestling] to movies,” Quintana says. “I specifically book our shows so that you have drama, action, horror, comedy, love stories — you have everything, and it’s all intertwined through violence and storytelling. On this show, you have your ground-and-pound match, you have your high-flying match, you have your hardcore match, you have you’re women’s match. It’s going to be incredible.” n Prestige Wrestling: The New Fury • Fri, May 24 at 7 pm • All ages • $20 • The Pin • 412 W. Sprague • • 385-1449

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It’s appropriate for all ages, with plenty of venues open all night for the under-21 crowd. It’s scattered all over downtown, with music on 11 different stages. And there’s the music itself, which encompasses all genres. We’ve got 100 acts, with every sound and style represented — punk, country, funk, R&B, hip-hop, DJs. It’s the mixtape of your dreams. 2019 marks our eighth year, and we’ve added a couple venues into the fold. Be sure to check out the new Browne’s Addition hangout Lucky You Lounge, and the outdoor stage at River City Brewing. And if you’re having a few pints at either of those places, never fear: We’ll have buses making loops around the venues, so you can hitch a ride anywhere in a matter of minutes. Oh, and the best part: The whole thing will cost you all of $29. Rock on!

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VOLUME FOR DUMMIES We’ve separated a good chunk of the Volume schedule into convenient categories, which should make your navigation of the festival a whole lot easier. Keep calm and Volume on.


No reason Volume can’t serve as a good reason to throw on your cowboy boots and shine up your belt buckle. On Friday night you’ll have a tough call to make as both SILVER TREASON (Lucky You Lounge, 6:15 pm) and MEAT SWEATS (River City Brewing, 6:15 pm) get things started early. In fact, the whole lineup at River City Friday night — which includes the DAPPER DEVILS (7:15 pm), SANTA POCO (8:15 pm) and MATT MITCHELL MUSIC CO. (9:15 pm) — should make for some quality boot-scootin’. CHRIS MOLITOR (9 pm) hits the Bartlett with some folksy goodness Friday night, too, and he goes down smooth as a fine whiskey. And on Saturday night, you won’t want to miss the alt-country stylings of NICHOLAS MERZ & THE HUMBLERS (10:15 pm) at the Big Dipper.



“Rock” music has been divided into so many subgenres it can be hard to read about a band and even know if it sounds like something you’d like. “Honey, do I like lo-fi orchestral shoegaze emo with a ’70s Australian punk twist?” Never fear — if you like your rock ’n’ roll straightforward and delicious, we got options for ya. Friday night at the Pin is a great place to start thanks to the presence of DEER (7 pm), OH, ROSE (8 pm), VANNA OH! AND THE ANYS (10 pm) and INDIAN GOAT (11 pm). SPIRAL STAIRS (9:45 pm) occasionally plays it straight among his trippier experiments, so his show at Lucky You Lounge could work, too. And don’t sleep on ATARI FERRARI (7 pm) or FROTH (8 pm) on Friday at the Washington Cracker Co. Building. Saturday options include BALONELY (9:15 pm) at the Big Dipper, THE EMILYS (10:15 pm) at Red Room Lounge and FAT LADY (9:15 pm) at River City Brewing.


On Friday night, get over to the Red Room Lounge for THE MARSHALL LAW BAND (9:45 pm), and stick around for KUNG FU VINYL (11 pm), who fuse hip-hop influences into their funk-rock sound. But Saturday’s really where it’s at when it comes to hip-hop: The evening’s lineup at the Washington Cracker Building is stacked with local and touring acts. Start with TOPP at 6:30 pm and then just stay put — he’s followed by WRANQ RAMONE (7:30 pm), T.S THE SOLUTION (8:30 pm) and JANGO (9:30 pm). YUNG CROWN keeps the whole night moving as resident hype man. And if you still need to scratch that itch, head back to the Red Room for SUS at 11:15 pm.







Friday’s schedule offers DEE-EM (7:30 pm) at Berserk and SMOKEY BRIGHTS (8:30 pm) at Lucky You Lounge; both bands employ synths in interesting ways. Once 10:30 pm rolls around, you’ll have to choose between DYED at Berserk or BLACK MARBLE at the Washington Cracker Building, both taking their respective stages at the same time, and both very much worth checking out. When Saturday rolls around, you have a lot to see. Start at nYne with LAVOY (7:15 pm), who brings a synth sheen to their catchy pop, or at Berserk, which hosts PORTABLE MORLA (7:30 pm). Mootsy’s is set for a night of local electronic acts, including CONFLUX REDUX (8:45 pm), SIMMENTALL (9:45 pm), BITWVLF (10:45 pm) and BLVCK CEILING (11:45 pm). Over at Berserk, BANDIT TRAIN (10:30 pm) goes full-on chiptune, while CHONG THE NOMAD closes the night out (12:15 am) at Red Room Lounge with quirky soundscapes you won’t soon forget.

As any metal fan will tell you, the genre never goes out of style, even as it evolves into ever more extreme realms. You can catch a few metal-tinged options this year, including SENTIENT DIVIDE (9:45 pm) Friday, followed up by Arizona metalheads HEADLESS/HEARTLESS (10:45 pm) and Seattle’s throwback metal dudes in QUAYDE LAHÜE (11:45 pm) at Mootsy’s. On Saturday, the Pin is metal central thanks to the presence of SWAMPHEAVY (7 pm), LOWER SPECIES (8 pm) and THE BODY (10:15 pm).

The state of the world being what it is, we’re all in need of a little primal scream therapy every now and then. These bands could help you with that. On Friday night, get warmed up with TABLE SUGAR (9:15) and their wiry post-punk at the Baby Bar, then crank it up with the howls of CONTROL TEST (9:30 pm) at Berserk. It doesn’t get more punk than a name we’re not even allowed to print: WRETCHED F--- (6 pm) kicks off Saturday’s shenanigans at the Pin. The Idaho skate punk quartet BETTER DAZE (7:15 pm) are up next at the Big Dipper, while GAG (9 pm) hits the Pin and local stalwarts PERU RESH (9:30 pm) take over Berserk.

It’s a one-two punch of retro rhythm and blues at nYne on Friday night, when VERNITA AVENUE (6:15 pm) and BLAKE BRALEY (7:15 pm) take the stage and transport you back to the days of Motown. And don’t miss the long-running outfit LEFT OVER SOUL (8:45 pm) at Red Room Lounge. Back at nYne on Saturday, the beguiling, R&B-infused sounds of MOOREA MASA & THE MOOD (8:15 pm) are a can’t-miss. Over at the outdoor stage at River City Brewing on Saturday, FUNKY UNKLE (6:45 pm) and FAT LADY (9:15) bring the blues, funk and soul. You also won’t want to miss ALLEN STONE, who’s hosting — and singing along with — karaoke at Lucky You Lounge at 10 pm.

You won’t be able to stand still when SUPER SPARKLE hits the nYne stage on Saturday night (9:30 pm). And if you haven’t exhausted yourself already, hoof it over to Berserk shortly thereafter where FLEE THE CENTURY (11:30 pm) will bring the DayGlo weirdness. You can also get your groove on at numerous end-of-the-night DJ sets: Friday offers up ROSETHROW (10 pm, Baby Bar), DJ PATRICK (10 pm, nYne) and DAETHSTAR (12:15 am, Red Room Lounge); Saturday, meanwhile, closes out with DJ ORANGE (9 pm, Baby Bar) and DJ C MAD (10:30 pm, nYne). And DJ UNIFEST is rocking both nights at the Red Room, keeping the party going in between sets.

The temptation to rage full-on through Volume is real, but sometimes it’s wise to step back and listen to some of the quieter artistry on display. The region has a slew of killer singer-songwriters who find beauty in simplicity, and we have a bunch on the bill this year. Two of the best are playing Friday at the Bartlett back to back: LIZ ROGNES (7 pm) and GABRIELLA ROSE (8 pm). On Saturday, get back to the Bartlett for LOTTE KESTNER (7 pm) and KEVIN LONG (7:30 pm), then bounce over to the Lucky You Lounge for EMMA LEE TOYODA, who brings a backing band and a lot of style to the proceedings.



THE LINEUP ALLEN STONE R&B Surely the biggest star to ever break out of little Chewelah, Washington, Allen Stone has one of those soaring, stirring voices that makes his particular brand of blue-eyed soul, and after touring all over the country, he’s settled down in Spokane. Stone isn’t playing a traditional set at Volume: He’ll be sitting in with his friend Blake Braley’s band on Friday night at nYne, and hosting a karaoke session at Lucky You on Saturday. Sat, June 1, 10 pm, Lucky You Lounge


Seattle’s Among Authors are making waves on the other side of the state, having snagged live sets on both KEXP and NPR. Their self-produced album I Am Become has a swirling, airy vibe, and lead singer and keyboardist Ian Ketterer has one of those voices that can pull you in with its quiet confidence — but also shatter glass. The band’s heart-on-its-sleeve emotion is reminiscent of Grizzly Bear, alt-J or even OK Computerera Radiohead. Sat, June 1, 10:30 pm, The Bartlett

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ATARI FERRARI ROCK From the retro cultural signifiers in their name to the sentiments of their single “Born in the Wrong Time,” it’s obvious that local quartet Atari Ferrari is enamored of the past. It comes through in the music, too, blasts of power-pop that channel the stomp of T. Rex and the swagger of the Pretenders. Frontman Matthew Hughes can snarl with the best of ’em, then swing right into a ballad without missing a beat. Fri, May 31, 7 pm, Washington Cracker Building

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BAD MOTIVATOR ROCK “Another wasted summer down,” lament the mustachioed men of Bad Motivator on “Speed Hating.” Hey, they’re not called Good Motivator. The band may be riding the fumes of “a year of debauchery” in 2019, but it can’t be helped — “It’s the only love that we’ll know.” And there’s an upside: The punks have inked a record deal with the new-ish local label Corporat Records. How’s that for motivation? Fri, May 31, 8:45 pm, Mootsy’s

SOMETHING FOR EVERY MUSIC FAN BALONELY ROCK Songwriter Norman Robbins has gone by multiple aliases in his short career, most notably with his one-man bands Jan Francisco and Walker. But he’s really found his voice with BaLonely, where his lyrics are Lou Reed droll and his frontman energy has the he-could-explode-at-any-moment volatility of young Elvis Costello. The band’s recent debut LP Stories has a wiry energy, with deceptively catchy hooks and a knowing sense of humor. Sat, June 1, 9:15 pm, The Big Dipper



BANDIT TRAIN ELECTRONIC Brothers Chris and Mike Malsam have been playing together for more than a decade, but often with long gulfs of inactivity separating their shows. And then there was that brief detour where they performed under the name Please Draw in Me. All the while, they’ve been livening up the Spokane scene with irresistible, danceable chiptune-inspired electronica, which sounds like your Nintendo went to a rave. Sat, June 1, 10:30 pm, Berserk BETTER DAZE PUNK That’s right, skate punk never died, and North Idaho’s Better Daze sound like a band from a 1996 Warped Tour lineup was beamed right into the present day. Their album Welcome to…, released in February, is a half-hour that reminds you of a time when Green Day still had edge, with songs taking swipes at everything from Sean Hannity to celebrity self-absorption to hypocritical cultural standards. Sat, June 1, 7:15 pm, The Big Dipper BIG RAFFLE ROCK Big Raffle has only played one live gig prior to Volume, but the guys in the band have plenty of performing mileage. A supergroup/ side project formed from the dissolution of a short-lived band called Losing Streaks, the three members — Tim Lannigan, Josh Mor-

risey and Sam Bolt — are all in other active groups, and their disparate styles unite for a beer-drenched brand of garage-rock. Fri, May 31, 8:15 pm, Baby Bar BITTER OAK BLUEGRASS Bitter Oak is a band that takes you right back to the birth of American folk and country, a trio of cousins from the Pacific Northwest who were raised on bluegrass and folk music and strumming and singing together since they were old enough to pick up their instruments. Their stripped-down instrumentation — fiddle, acoustic guitar and stand-up bass — will please any bluegrass purist. Fri, May 31, 6 pm, The Bartlett BITWVLF ELECTRONIC The glitchy, industrial sound-world of Washington’s BITWVLF seems tailored for darkness. A drummer since the age of 12, the artist’s pulsing trap-like productions steal the limelight, conjuring chiaroscuro nocturnal movie-scapes fit for the dystopian RPGs of the future. Call them “darkwave” or “witch house,” the songs of BITWVLF ooze shadowy vibes and feelings of demonic disease, albeit ones best exorcised on the dance floor. Sat, June 1, 10:45 pm, Mootsy’s BLACK MARBLE ELECTRONIC The name is accurate: Existing somewhere between new wave and chillwave, producer-

songwriter Chris Stewart’s icy synths sure feel like they have an obsidian sheen to them. Check out Black Marble’s 2016 album It’s Immaterial, written and recorded as Stewart moved from New York to L.A., which is dreamy and shimmering and, yes, sometimes a little cool to the touch. It’s always beguiling. Fri, May 31, 10:30 pm, Washington Cracker Building BLAKE BRALEY SOUL Blake Braley has become something of a Spokane institution with his magnetic stage presence and his cracker-jack backing band, and he’s translated that into a weekly gig at Zola, where originals mesh with R&B classics you know by heart. He and his crew have been working on a debut album, but before that drops, see them in a live setting when they get an entire room moving, with an assist from Allen Stone. Fri, May 31, 7:15 pm, nYne THE BLÜ POP-ROCK The Blü consists of two PNW dudes who often don full-length fur coats and have a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis look going on (if Macklemore had long dreadlocks). While Micah Lübben and Zech Noel share a hardcore music background, in the Blü, the duo trades hardcore’s heavy screams for more optimistic, ebullient rock — softened by generous helpings of pop. Sat, June 1, 8:15 pm, Red Room Lounge

BLVCK CEILING ELECTRONIC The swirling, insistent soundscapes of BLVCK CEILING, the project of local producer and engineer Daniel Ocean, are evocative and descriptive without ever really saying a word. You won’t miss the lyrics, though: Each of his tracks is built atop dreamy synths or intriguing samples that practically have you writing stories in your head. Sat, June 1, 11:45 pm, Mootsy’s THE BODY METAL Probably the best noise metal band in existence, the Body may be the sweetest treat that we have been gifted this year on the Volume stages. The Portland band makes music that is terrifying and unavoidable, like

the ever-approaching monster from the horror movie It Follows. Everything they touch is poisoned by a demonic shroud, even at their tamest. Sat, June 1, 10:15 pm, The Pin [B R A C K E T S] ALT-ROCK Layered hooks and bombastic drums stand out with this Seattle band. They flirt with math rock as each loop of Chris Rasumussen and Josh Goodman’s riffs begins to cause an insatiable swell that only grows larger. The blasting tom and snare hits by drummer Aaron Ball only make you more hyper-aware of things coming untethered, but Michael Gill’s vocals keep everything aligned. Fri, May 31, 9 pm, The Pin




C MAD DJ If a sweat-induced out-of-body experience in a swirl of strangers writhing to thumping four-on-the-floor house grooves is your thang, you’ve likely heard C Mad’s late-night sets at nYne, ringing in the weekend or soundtracking a New Year’s Eve drag show. He’s the “Best Dance Club DJ� in town, says you in the Inlander’s Best of 2018 survey, and will have you “glowsticking� before you can say drop. Sat, June 1, 10:30 pm, nYne THE CAROLS POST-PUNK Seattle trio the Carols take the basic format of super-catchy bubblegum pop and filter it through the sharp angles and shifting time signatures of Wire and the tension and speak-singing of early Sonic Youth. Imagine the B-52’s were less radiofriendly and tuned down their guitars. Their debut album Honestly, It’s the Carols is a compendium of sweet-and-sour tunes about, as they describe it, “disappointing and relatable experiences.� Fri, May 31, 9:15 pm, The Big Dipper CATE ELECTRONIC Branden Cate describes his solo project — aptly titled CATE — as “haunting stories of broken hearts and love lost to the Spokane music scene.� No doubt anyone who’s been playing and listening to music in this town for long enough can relate to that. His soulful crooning meets a wash of analog synths, pianos and drum machine, supported by his brother Jackson’s low end synth and bass. Sat, June 1, 9:30 pm, The Bartlett CHONG THE NOMAD ELECTRONIC

With a name inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender and a style that’s as experimental as it is danceable, Chong the Nomad is

a quirky shape-shifter of an electronic act. It’s the project of Seattle producer Alda Agustiano, who got her start in chamber music and has been blending synthetic sounds since she was a teenager, and all that time spent at the dials means she knows how to get in your head. Sat, June 1, 12:15 am, Red Room Lounge CHRIS MOLITOR SINGER-SONGWRITER

Chris Molitor is one of those guys capable of mesmerizing with just a microphone and guitar, thanks to a knack for winning songcraft that made his solo debut Coming Home an excellent intro to his inviting, warm style. After just a few years in Spokane, Molitor is already feeling at home, and with a first album laced with soulsearching and restlessness, we can’t wait to hear what comes next. Fri, May 31, 9 pm, The Bartlett CONFLUX REDUX ELECTRONIC

One of the many synth projects of Chelsea and Tobias Hendrickson, who have parlayed their experience making live electronic music into educational workshops. CONFLUX REDUX is described as “a confluence of ideation, exploration and introspection through experimental electronic music,� mixing elements of synthesis, rhythmic patterns and atmospheric sampling. Sat, June 1, 8:45 pm, Mootsy’s CONTROL TEST PUNK The Seattle four-piece synth-punk band’s sound is scorching hot. Their bright, piercing, jagged-toothed synths lay a foreground for a filtered and reverb-heavy primal screaming vocal that equally transfixes and makes you need to move, with drums that bring the whole raw noise to life. Fri, May 31, 9:30 pm, Berserk


The second annual Volume Poster Show will feature over 40 local artists and almost 60 poster designs featuring bands performing in the festival lineup. Posters will be on display at the Bartlett (228 W. Sprague) and for sale to benefit the Spokane chapter of Songs For Kids Foundation, which brings local musicians into Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital to play music weekly for kids and their families.





DAETHSTAR DJ When Kelton Allen is on the decks, the energy is maxed out. Combining heavy hitting electronic genres old and new — from dubstep to trap to house and everywhere in between — every bass drop that he incorporates is an explosion that could only be compared to Luke Skywalker blasting the thermal exhaust port. Fri, May 31, 12:15 am, Red Room Lounge THE DAPPER DEVILS BLUEGRASS

If the name “the Dapper Devils” makes you think “stand-up bass”— you’re absolutely right. Self-described as “gritgrass,” this Spokane group also uses fiddle, banjo and even a scritchy metal washboard to pound out uptempo Americana standards like “Old Joe Clark.” A little dapper (in sharp hats and vests) and a lot raucous (with snarls and unbuttoned collars), these Devils sound like they’re fueled by cheap beer and expensive whiskey. Fri, May 31, 7:15 pm, River City Brewing DEE-EM PUNK Any time you go to a dee-em show, you’re going to get something unexpected. Maybe they’ll pull people up onstage. Maybe they’ll climb a tower of amps. The self-described “dance punk” duo specializes in a kind of multi-genre mashup, featuring sultry vocals, screaming guitar, wobbly synthesizers and


often some form of improvised spoken word. You’re in for a treat. Fri, May 31, 7:30 pm, Berserk DEER INSTRUMENTAL ROCK Much like one of their swelling, swirling songs of sonic goodness, Spokane instrumental rockers Deer have been methodically building a following through hard work and epic live shows. Earlier this year fans voted them the city’s Best Local Alt/ Experimental Band at the Bartlett Awards, and they’ve been in the studio working to capture their layered, guitar-based jams that give Explosions in the Sky a run for their money. Fri, May 31, 7 pm, The Pin DJ HEEM SZN DJ When you’re programming a night of hiphop, it’s imperative that you set the tone right from the get-go, so it’s a good thing we’ve got local DJ Heem Szn kicking off Saturday night at the Cracker Building. Specializing in house music with hip-hop leanings, he promises to deliver spins that are “uptempo and great for dancing.” Sign us up. Sat, June 1, 5:30 pm, Washington Cracker Building DJ PATRICK DJ DJ Patrick might be the scrappiest deejay this side of paradise. Ever the consummate professional, he’s been entertaining the

masses at keggers, awkward high school reunions, office Christmas parties (I did what!?), weddings, fundraisers and proms since 2001. As one testimonial puts it, DJ Patrick is simply the “best DJ we ever had.” Sold. Fri, May 31, 10 pm, nYne DJ UNIFEST DJ Need that extra spice to get that burrito dance bowl crack-a-lackin’? Shake in some DJ Unifest to the mix and make all your taste buds sweat. Matt Bogue has become one of the most reliable, dance-floor-filling spinners this side of the Mississippi — and a Volume regular — and he’ll keep things groovy in between sets at the Red Room on both Friday and Saturday nights. Fri-Sat, May 31-June 1, Red Room Lounge DYED POST-PUNK Sometimes the most direct way a band can get your attention is by simply listing an eclectic and unusual group of influences. The Seattle electro-clash outfit DYED quotes early Madonna, Iggy and the Stooges and Gary Numan, but there’s also — to our ears, at least — a little Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sonic Youth in their brooding, insistent post-punk. Fri, May 31, 10:30 pm, Berserk THE EMILYS ROCK For anyone who’s always chasing that elusive pop gem, the kind that gets hooked in your brain in two minutes and change, the Emilys are gonna be up your alley. The Spokane natives pull inspiration from bands that specialize in energetic, pick-up-andplay rock ‘n’ roll, like the Strokes and the Vaccines. Pete Robertson, a former member of that latter band, mixed the Emilys’ debut EP Speeding Kills. Sat, June 1, 10:15 pm, Red Room Lounge

EMMA LEE TOYODA POP Emma Lee Toyoda is a semi-nocturnal, nonbinary sunflower grown in Seattle. Backed by Zeke Bender on drums and Alex Martinez on bass, ELT makes empathetic soft-punk tunes for you to wipe your tears with and hug your friends to. Their recent EP i don’t wanna play ur show is a winningly self-effacing collection of songs about social disappointment and the absurdity of gender norms. Sat, June 1, 8:30 pm, Lucky You Lounge EX-PETS ROCK Somewhere between power-pop and emotive indie rock lies Ex-Pets, one of the newest bands on the Volume ticket this year and the latest project built from the ashes of defunct local band Loomer. Compared to that last band, there’s now a deeper focus on keeping things simple and cranking the jangle to maximum power, all while keeping it as dry and whiny as ever. Sat, June 1, 6:30 pm, Baby Bar FAT LADY BLUES-ROCK It’s natural to focus on Fat Lady frontman Schuyler Dornbirer when the band hits the stage, thanks to his inventive guitar work and weathered, bluesy howl. Soon enough, though, you’ll get distracted by the serious chops of the band’s other players — collectively, Fat Lady is easily one of the most musically gifted bands in Spokane. They’re going to deliver rock tunes that get a dance floor moving. Sat, June 1, 9:15 pm, River City Brewing FINE POST-PUNK Better than just fine, if you ask us. This Seattle trio, fronted by Melissa Jong, is going to be catnip for anyone who prefers Pere Ubu’s more minimalistic material, or the spacier output of Wire. That latter band is aptly refer-

enced in the title of a track from Fine’s recent tape Snarls, which revels in angular guitar sounds and lyrics that bend toward surrealism. Fri, May 31, 7:15 pm, Baby Bar FLEE THE CENTURY SYNTH-POP

These guys have been kicking around the Spokane scene for what seems like a century now, and we’re thrilled that they keep popping up for a handful of shows every year. If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending their splashy synth parties, you’ll get hooked on their neon-tinged theatrics and insidiously catchy tunes. Bring your body stocking and glow sticks. Sat, June 1, 11:30 pm, Berserk FROTH PSYCH-POP L.A.’s Froth was a band that wasn’t supposed to ever necessarily exist. Joo-Joo Ashworth and Jeff Friboug rushed to make a band to fill an open spot for a backyard festival on short notice, and the hurried process resulted in the neo-psych rock band trudging their way to soundtracking a Saint Laurent fall fashion line and a studio performance on KEXP. Fri, May 31, 8 pm, Washington Cracker Building FUN LADIES ROCK This quartet delivers infectiously raucous garage-rock with style to spare. See them once, and you’ll definitely want to see them again thanks to the energetic presence of each member, from Patty Tully’s vocals to Cameron Smith’s rock-steady backbeat, guitarist Jamie Frost’s creative riffs and Tim Lannigan’s manic bass playing. Simply put, Fun Ladies are consistently one of the best bands in Spokane, appealing to all manner of rock aficionados. Fri, May 31, 10:15 pm, The Big Dipper

YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE You find yourself at the Volume Music Festival. Achievement unlocked. But if you’re a novice — and, honestly, even if you’ve been around the block a few times — there are some things they don’t tell you when you leave the house for a festival. You need to keep your own personal comfort a priority. Otherwise you won’t have any fun. So here are five tips to make your Volume experience as pleasurable as possible. These might seem like no-brainers, but you’d be surprised how many seasoned festival goers forget these essentials.


We’ve all been there. You leave the house for a night on the town, and five blocks from your front door, you realize your dogs are barking. You’re going to be standing and walking a whole lot if you’re really doing Volume right — even if you take our convenient buses — so you should consider putting on some sensible loafers. Make your outrageous fashion statements elsewhere on your body. Keep your feet happy, and you’ll be happy.


Imbibing a little bit while you’re out on the Volume trail makes it all the more enjoyable, especially if you’re knocking back our sponsored No-Li and Rainier beers. But consider alternating every alcoholic drink with a glass of water: It’ll keep your energy from flagging, and it’ll save you from suffering through a hangover on day two, a rookie mistake. And if you plan on staying at the River City Brewing outdoor stage, don’t forget sunscreen.



If you’ve never been to Volume, you know that we like to get loud. I mean, it’s kind of in our name. The best seat in the house for any show is front and center, and being down by stacks of amps, with all those decibels beaming right into your ear canals, might result in some hearing loss come Sunday morning. Grab a pair of those foam earplugs you can buy at any convenience store; something makeshift, like cotton or paper towels, should work in a pinch.


It happens: You meet up with all your music-loving friends, you compare notes about which artists you’re dying to see, you head off in the direction of a venue. And then inevitably you break off into subgroups without even realizing it. Turns out Jeff wandered over to Browne’s Addition without telling anyone, Annie’s in line for the bathrooms at Baby Bar, and Troy — well, nobody’s totally sure where Troy is. Pick a designated landmark and time, set an alarm on everyone’s phones, and plan to meet there at a specific time on each given night. It’ll make getting home a whole lot easier. (And charge your phone before you leave!)


Take in as much music as you can, but don’t overextend yourself. Write out your itinerary — either on this guide itself or in the Notes app on your phone — and try to stick to it, but keep in mind how much effort it’s going to take to move from venue to venue. If you’d prefer to stay in one location, don’t feel bad about it; you’ll still hear great bands. And don’t forget to take breaks in between sets. After all, dancing is exercise!


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FUNKY UNKLE FUNK A supergroup composed of talented musicians hailing from some of Spokane’s most loved local acts, Funky Unkle features tight horn lines and danceable licks that keep people moving throughout their electric live performances. These guys have been around for awhile, both in this incarnation and in other projects, so when we say their grooves are tight, we mean it. Sat, June 1, 6:45 pm, River City Brewing GABRIELLA ROSE SINGER-SONGWRITER

Most artists probably don’t want to be defined by their age, but it’s impressive that Gabriella Rose’s sensitive, wistful pop is coming from the mind of a teenager. Her debut EP Lost in Translation, produced by fellow songwriter Chris Molitor (also playing Volume), is lush and slightly folky, and it has the intimacy of someone playing alone in their bedroom. Fri, May 31, 8 pm, The Bartlett GAG PUNK Heralded as hardcore’s heroes, Olympia’s GAG is here to rip your goddamn faces off. The sneering feedback and harsh treble is reminiscent of groups like the Germs, but the punchy drumming makes for a pit that may be audience members’ last (and favorite). Sat, June 1, 9 pm, The Pin GREYING HARD ROCK Featuring members of countless beloved Spokane punk and metal outfits — most notably Losing Skin — Greying is a welcome dose of unpredictability. The backbone suggests twisting post-hardcore, but there’s an intriguing top layer that closer resembles the unrelenting blasts of modern progressive noise. Whatever it is, it’s an addictive, pummeling earful. Sat, June 1, 8:30 pm, Berserk GUARDIAN OF THE UNDERDOG ROCK Everyone likes to consider themselves an underdog, and this energetic four-piece led by Bend, Ore., singer-songwriter Jeshua

Marshall produces songs that echo the struggles and nuances of being human in the modern world. You could describe the sound as folk-meets-punk, as Marshall’s anthemic, come-together lyrics blend with string-and-brass arrangements that’d make Neutral Milk Hotel proud. Fri, May 31, 8:15 pm, The Big Dipper HEADLESS/ HEARTLESS PUNK Definitely the CBGB-est band playing the Volume stages this year, Headless/ Heartless belongs to a forgotten brand of gothic dance punk that pulsates, hisses and grooves all in equal measure. A little bit of aggression and a healthy dose of grimey, old-school electro makes the group one that is definitely worth seeing live. Fri, May 31, 10:45 pm, Mootsy’s HEAT SPEAK ROCK Dario Ré has been a fixture of the Spokane scene for a while now, playing as an acoustic solo act and with various backing bands that often employ strings and keyboards. That eclectic instrumentation defines his new project Heat Speak, an “indie folk gipsy fusion” group that channels the earthy experimentation indicative of his earlier work. Fri, May 31, 10 pm, The Bartlett INDIAN GOAT ROCK In just a couple of years, high-impact fuzz-rock duo Indian Goat have made themselves one of the most popular bands in Spokane, packing venues for sweaty, stripped-down guitar-and-drums showcases pummeling in their efficiency. Singer/ guitarist Garrett Zanol and drummer Travis Tveit already have a couple of full-length albums, full of hard-hitting, bluesy riffs that would make Black Sabbath proud, but there are moments of delicate beauty in there as well. Fri, May 31, 11 pm, The Pin JANGO HIP-HOP Spokane’s hip-hop scene is still in its ascent, and Jango is one of the artists at the

forefront: Inlander readers named him the region’s best hip-hop artist, and he’s performed at festivals like Tinnabulation and Seattle’s Upstream. The 23-year-old has made a name for himself with personal, vulnerable lyrics and a whole lot of style, and he says his goal is spreading positivity through music. Sat, June 1, 9:30 pm, Washington Cracker Building KEVIN LONG SINGER-SONGWRITER

Like so many Spokane musicians before him, Kevin Long left for the sonically greener pastures of the Seattle scene years ago. He certainly found success there, touring with some of the very artists he cites as influences, including Rocky Votolato, Damien Jurado and David Bazan. Now he’s back and performing in his hometown again, a place that has shown up as a character in much of his work. Sat, June 1, 7:30 pm, The Bartlett KILLER WHALE SOFT ROCK Chill out, man. If the stresses of the real world are getting you down, put on some Killer Whale. It’s the brainchild of Thomas Johnson, a Baton Rouge native who now calls San Francisco home and who refers to his music as “audio lemonade.” It’s certainly refreshing: Their 2017 album Casual Crush is aptly named, exuding laidback hangout vibes that’d be the perfect soundtrack for watching the sun set over a beach. Sat, June 1, 8 pm, River City Brewing KUNG FU VINYL HIP-HOP Kung Fu Vinyl was birthed following the dissolution of local hip-hop fusion collective KALAJ, and like that earlier incarnation, this project almost defies you to limit it to a single genre descriptor. Let’s just say if you’re a fan of funk, a rap obsessive or just a straight-up rock ’n’ roller — or, like the guys in the band, all of the above — you’re going to find something to like. Fri, May 31, 11 pm, Red Room Lounge







Catch FREE rides on the Alpha Omega shuttles both nights of the festival.





In advance, two-day wristbands are $29. If you wait until Friday, May 31, the price for a weekend pass is $35; they will be on sale at all participating venues. One-night-only passes will also be available for $20 at the festival on Friday and Saturday.


• ONLINE: Buy tickets in advance at, and pick them up at the festival. On Friday, pick up your tickets outside the Washington Cracker Building (304 W. Pacific) from 4:30 to 9 pm. On Saturday, you can pick up tickets at the same location, 4:30 to 8 pm. Don’t miss those pick-up times! • IN PERSON: You can buy Volume passes in advance at Global Credit Union locations and at Resurrection Records. At the festival, passes will be for sale at all participating venues.



PICK-UP AT THE FESTIVAL: On Friday, pick up your tickets outside the Washington Cracker Building (304 W. Pacific) from 4:30 to 9 pm. On Saturday, pick up tickets at the same location, 4:30 to 8 pm.


Well, use your own two feet, hop on a Lime bike or scooter or, better yet, grab a FREE ride on the Alpha Omega shuttles, which will be running across downtown every 10-12 minutes, from 6 pm to midnight, on both nights.


… A PERFORMER I WANT TO SEE CANCELS: We will do our best to notify everyone of any schedule changes, but lineups are subject to change, at any time, without notice. All sales are final. … I HAVE UNDERAGE KIDS: Several of the venues welcome festival-goers of all ages, and kids 12 and under are free, provided they are accompanied by an adult with a festival pass. … I DON’T WANNA PAY FOR PARKING: You’re in luck, presenting sponsor Global Credit Union is offering up the lot at its headquarters (1500 W. Fourth) after 5 pm on both nights of Volume.






827 W. 1ST; ALL-AGES UNTIL 9 PM 6:30 pm Ex-Pets 7:30 pm Restless 8:30 pm Laminates 9 pm DJ Orange





228 W. SPRAGUE; ALL-AGES 7 pm Lotte Kestner 7:30 pm Kevin Long 8:30 pm Photo Ops 9:30 pm CATE 10:30 pm Among Authors


125 S. STEVENS 7:30 pm Portable Morla 8:30 pm Greying 9:30 pm Peru Resh 10:30 pm Bandit Train 11:30 pm Flee the Century

THE BIG DIPPER 171 S. WASHINGTON; ALL-AGES 7:15 pm Better Daze 8:15 pm The Spirit of the Beehive 9:15 pm BaLonely 10:15 pm Nicholas Merz & the Humblers



1801 W. SUNSET 7 pm Mama Doll 8:30 pm Emma Lee Toyoda 10 pm Karaoke with Allen Stone



827 W. 1ST; ALL-AGES UNTIL 9 PM 7:15 pm fine 8:15 pm Big Raffle 9:15 pm Table Sugar 10 pm ROSETHROW

THE BARTLETT 228 W. SPRAGUE; ALL-AGES 6 pm Bitter Oak 7 pm Liz Rognes 8 pm Gabriella Rose 9 pm Chris Molitor 10 pm Heat Speak

BERSERK 125 S. STEVENS 7:30 pm dee-em 8:30 pm Skelf 9:30 pm Control Test 10:30 pm DYED

THE BIG DIPPER 171 S. WASHINGTON; ALL-AGES 7:15 pm Pit 8:15 pm Guardian of the Underdog 9:15 pm The Carols 10:15 pm Fun Ladies

LUCKY YOU LOUNGE 1801 W. SUNSET 6:15 pm Silver Treason 7:15 pm Windoe 8:30 pm Smokey Brights 9:45 pm Spiral Stairs


406 W. SPRAGUE 8:45 pm Bad Motivator 9:45 pm Sentient Divide 10:45 pm Headless/ Heartless 11:45 pm Quayde LaHüe


232 W. SPRAGUE 6:15 pm Vernita Avenue 7:15 pm Blake Braley with Allen Stone 8:15 pm MistaDC 9:15 pm Parisalexa 10 pm DJ Patrick


412 W. SPRAGUE; ALL-AGES 7 pm Deer 8 pm Oh, Rose 9 pm [b r a c k e t s} 10 pm Vanna Oh! and the Anys 11 pm Indian Goat


521 W. SPRAGUE 6:30 pm DJ UNIFEST 7:45 pm Quaggadog 8:45 pm Left Over Soul 9:45 pm Marshall Law Band 11 pm Kung Fu Vinyl 12:15 am Daethstar


121 S. CEDAR 6:15 pm Meat Sweats 7:15 pm The Dapper Devils 8:15 pm Santa Poco 9:15 pm Matt Mitchell Music Co.

WASHINGTON CRACKER BUILDING 304 W. PACIFIC; ALL-AGES 6 pm Late for the Parade 7 pm Atari Ferrari 8 pm Froth 9:15 pm Mini Murders 10:30 pm Black Marble



232 W. SPRAGUE 6:15 pm Ray Badness 7:15 pm Lavoy 8:15 pm Moorea Masa & The Mood 9:30 pm Super Sparkle 10:30 pm DJ C Mad


412 W. SPRAGUE; ALL-AGES 6 pm Wretched F--7 pm SwampheavY 8 pm Lower Species 9 pm Gag 10:15 pm The Body


521 W. SPRAGUE 6:30 pm DJ UNIFEST 8:15 pm The Blü 9:15 pm Strange Ranger 10:15 pm The Emilys 11:15 pm SUS 12:15 am Chong the Nomad

RIVER CITY BREWING 121 S. CEDAR 6:45 pm Funky Unkle 8 pm Killer Whale 9:15 pm Fat Lady

WASHINGTON CRACKER BUILDING 304 W. PACIFIC; ALL-AGES Host: Yung Crown 5:30 pm DJ Heem Szn 6:30 pm TOPP 7:30 pm WranQ Ramone 8:30 pm T.S THE SOLUTION 9:30 pm Jango

CONNECT WITH VOLUME Share your thoughts on the music, offer tips on what fellow festival-goers should check out, and give the world a peek at your awesome photos of the festivities. We’ll be letting people know about any last-minute changes, sharing our photographers’ shots and more through both Inlander and Volume’s social media. Hit us up! Twitter: @TheInlander, @volumespokane #Volume2019 Instagram: @TheInlander @volumespokane Facebook: The Inlander, Volume: Inlander Music Festival



LAMINATES ROCK On the heels of a raucous EP, released in February, and a barnstorming performance at last year’s Terrain, Spokane’s own Laminates are building (laminating?) toward something. The power rock trio’s itchy Hot Snakes and Unwound-indebted noise, however, sounds primed to pummel now, come what may. It’s their time. As guitarist/vocalist Chris Pierce declares over a swirling riff, “I’ve got more to lose.” Sat, June 1, 8:30 pm, Baby Bar LATE FOR THE PARADE ROCK Probably the youngest artists on this year’s Volume lineup, Late for the Parade is a groovy, light-rocking quintet of Lewis and Clark High School students that quote John Mayer and Lake Street Dive as stylistic influences. With a six-song EP and a couple opening slots at the Bartlett already under their belts, it looks like they have a bright future ahead of them. Fri, May 31, 6 pm, Washington Cracker Building LAVOY SYNTH-POP If you’ve seen Lavoy in concert since they relocated to Spokane from Alaska, you already know that these guys really put on a show. With combustible energy, shiny synth lines and vocal hooks for days, this five-piece is one you definitely don’t want to miss in a live setting, and they’ve played with the likes of Portugal. The Man, Motion City Soundtrack and Cold War Kids. Sat, June 1, 7:15 pm, nYne

LEFT OVER SOUL SOUL Out of the ashes of beloved area band the Longnecks rises the soul-drenched groove of (aptly named) Left Over Soul. “L.O.S.” put the (wah-wah) pedal to the metal, cranking out high-RPM car-chase bangers and hazy Sunday morning jams with the chutzpah of an act that knows what the people want: rhythm! This band of revolving characters brings it in spades. Fri, May 31, 8:45 pm, Red Room Lounge



Liz Rognes was trained in classical music, but the pull of writing her own songs rooted in her own experiences proved too strong for the singer/songwriter to ignore. Starting in the Twin Cities and continuing when she moved to Spokane 10 years ago, Rognes’ songs move from traditional folk to country to indie-pop in their sound, always rooted by her magnificent vocal range. Fri, May 31, 7 pm, The Bartlett LOTTE KESTNER SINGER-SONGWRITER

Lotte Kestner is the solo project of Washington-based musician Anna-Lynne Williams, who spent the last decade as the singer and songwriter of the band Trespassers William. Her solo music has elements of her shoegaze past and influences, but lies somewhere closer to folk, relying on multilayers of vocals, rather than electric instruments, to fill in the spaces. Sat, June 1, 7 pm, The Bartlett


Sure, we suppose you could camp out in one venue all night, but where’s the fun in that? Volume is about discovery — seeing Spokane in a new light, exploring clubs you might not frequent and being blown away by all the music in the process. There are millions of different itineraries you could create, but below is one that has you seeing both incredible local acts and never-been-here touring performers. Best of all, you’ll hit all 11 venues over the two nights!


6 pm: Late for the Parade, Washington Cracker Building 6:15 pm: Meat Sweats, River City Brewing 7:15 pm: Blake Braley with special guest Allen Stone, nYne 7:30 pm: dee-em, Berserk 8 pm: Oh, Rose, The Pin 8:30 pm: Smokey Brights, Lucky You Lounge 9:45 pm: Spiral Stairs, Lucky You Lounge 10:15 pm: Fun Ladies, The Big Dipper 10:30 pm: Black Marble, Washington Cracker Building 11 pm: Indian Goat, The Pin

— Your neverending story —

See 100 bands perform live. Or die trying. Head downtown the weekend of May 31st and June 1st so you can move to the groove of 100 Northwest acts; you’ll find them live at multiple indoor and outdoor venues. And while you’re downtown, meet some friends for shopping, drinks, dinner, and other adventures. Because live music is just part of what makes downtown come alive. Plan your neverending story now at


6:30 pm: Ex Pets, Baby Bar 7:15 pm: Better Daze, The Big Dipper 8 pm: Killer Whale, River City Brewing 8:30 pm: Emma Lee Toyoda, Lucky You Lounge 9:15 pm: Strange Ranger, Red Room Lounge 10:15 pm: Nicholas Merz & the Humblers, The Big Dipper 10:30 pm: Among Authors, The Bartlett 10:45 pm: BITWLF, Mootsy’s 11:15 pm: SUS, Red Room Lounge 12:15 pm: Chong the Nomad, Red Room Lounge

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228 W. Sprague An intimate all-ages venue next door to nYne with a dialed-in sound system that showcases the best of every performer who takes the stage. Can get a little sweaty when the room’s packed, but there’s a small patio out front if you need to cool off. DURING VOLUME: The schedule features killer singer-songwriters both nights, while Saturday includes Photo Ops, who remind us a lot of Band of Horses in the best of ways.


232 W. Sprague An always popular, welcoming venue — calling itself “Spokane’s equality bar” — with high ceilings, efficient staff, big windows and a garage-style glass door that opens to an inviting patio. A nice place to post up for a while or to get some food. Turns into a dance party at the end of the night. DURING VOLUME: Friday’s the place to be for R&B fans with Parisalexa, MistaDC and Allen Stone sitting in with Blake Braley, and Saturday includes local super group Super Sparkle.


406 W. Sprague Spokane’s quintessential dive bar with great beer, devoted regulars and a small stage area that allows you to get up close and personal with performers. Gets packed during the festival, but it’s always the backup to some of the weekend’s most epic moments. Pro tip: Get there early enough and you can set up in the upstairs lounge with a great view of the mayhem below. DURING VOLUME: Friday features some heavier rock and metal, while Saturday closes out with dark electronic music from BITWLF and BLVK CEILING.


412 W. Sprague An expansive second-floor, all-ages venue with a main stage big enough to host some of Volume’s hardest rocking bands and a big bar to keep everyone properly hydrated. DURING VOLUME: Friday is all about rock (starting with Deer, Oh, Rose and closing out with local faves Indian Goat), and Saturday is the place to be for punks and metalheads (with the likes of Gag and The Body).


304 W. Pacific The uber-cool renovated commercial building is home to Overbluff Cellars wine and transforms into one of the hottest all-ages stages come Volume time. An airy patio looks out on the elevated BNSF tracks, and in the basement, when wine and beer aren’t quite enough, there’s Hogwash Whiskey Den. DURING VOLUME: Both nights are stacked with can’t-miss stuff; Friday closes out with headliner electronic act Black Marble (though Froth is going to kill it earlier); Saturday, meanwhile, is the place for hip-hop, start to finish, with Jango closing things out.



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171 S. Washington The landmark all-ages music venue has a storied history of hosting some of Spokane’s most exciting up-and-coming acts and is run by Dawson and Dan Hoerner (former lead guitarist for Seattle emo icons Sunny Day Real Estate). The lights and sound quality are top-notch, and sight lines are great thanks to tiers leading to the stage. DURING VOLUME: Friday features some high-energy rock groups (including Pit and Fun Ladies), and Saturday’s got experimental outfit The Spirit of the Beehive and a little alt-country with Nicholas Merz & the Humblers.


521 W. Sprague A deep, long bar with lots of old-school wood and brass, high ceilings, private booths and big, epic sounds coming from the stage. Pay no mind to the Jimmy’z awning over the front door; you’re in the right place. DURING VOLUME: Friday is your destination for soul and danceable hip-hop (including Seattle’s Marshall Law Band and locals Kung Fun Vinyl), and Saturday features rock (with Portland’s Stranger Ranger) and groovy tunes of funk hip-hop group SUS.


125 S. Stevens A new hangout for the cool kids that first opened its doors last year just in time to host Volume. Hip artwork, pool tables, pinball machines, polished concrete and talented bar staff make it a must. DURING VOLUME: Friday starts off with some synth punk (from the catchy dee-em to the primal screams of Seattle’s Control Test), and Saturday ends with what is sure to be one huge party led by Flee the Century.


827 W. 1st True to its name, it’s tiny, with bands performing in the connected burritocounter space. Hip, dark, with red velvet curtains in back and black velvet paintings on the walls. Beloved by hipsters and old dudes alike for long pours, great cocktails and cheap beer. All ages until 9 pm. DURING VOLUME: Both nights close out with DJs after solid doses of pop, punk and rock (including a couple new projects, Big Raffle and Ex-Pets, from longtime local musicians).


121 S. Cedar The local brewery, under new ownership, recently invited the public back to a tasting area in the brewery with a bar occupying one corner of the commercial space. But during Volume most of the action will be their parking lot with the festival’s only outdoor stage. DURING VOLUME: Friday’s stacked with toe-tapping Americana, bluegrass and country, and Saturday features the laid-back vibes of Killer Whale.


1801 W. Sunset The new kid on the club block is a welcome addition to the Spokane music scene. It’s a spacious, inviting room with a large bar on one side and a stage on the other, with some tiered steps making for great sight lines of the action on stage. If you need a pause, take a peek at the downstairs bar that turns into a dance party late night. DURING VOLUME: Friday really has it all, from country (Silver Treason) and a singer-songwriter (Windoe) to rock (Spiral Stairs), while Saturday has heartfelt pop performer Emma Lee Toyoda and local hero Allen Stone.

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LOWER SPECIES METAL Olympia’s Lower Species is one of the promising bands that comes along not often enough, and their 2015 demo left hardcore purists hopeful that they could mature to be luminaries for the genre. Last year’s release High Roller appears to confirm those appraisals with primal kinetic sounds and constantly intriguing song structures. Sat, June 1, 8 pm, The Pin MAMA DOLL FOLK What would the Spokane music scene be like without Mama Doll? This folk quartet has been playing in various incarnations since 2013, when singer-songwriter Sarah Berentson formed the band as the long

tenure of her folk-fusion act Terrible Buttons was winding down. Her expressive voice remains Mama Doll’s driving force, haunting and ethereal one moment, upbeat and sunny the next. Sat, June 1, 7 pm, Lucky You Lounge MARSHALL LAW BAND HIP-HOP The Seattle funk and hip-hop group is the perfect accompaniment for summer weather. That fusion gives the band’s shimmering, jazzy funk space to fill the room with blissful grooves, while the songs offer truth to power on the highs and lows of this thing we call the human existence. Fri, May 31, 9:45 pm, Red Room Lounge


As a semi-savvy festival veteran of events large and small, I know that pacing is key. Schedule conflicts happen, sure, but missing one band in favor of another is a lot better than missing a band because you drank too many beers too early. Looking at all I want to see in this year’s Volume fest, I know it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and that the best laid plans can go awry on a whim. Still, I have a plan:


6:15 pm: Silver Treason, Lucky You Lounge 7 pm: Liz Rognes, The Bartlett 8 pm: Froth, Washington Cracker Building 8:15 pm: Santa Poco, River City Brewing 9:45 pm: Marshall Law Band, Red Room Lounge 10:15 pm: Fun Ladies, The Big Dipper 11 pm: Indian Goat, The Pin 11:45 pm: Quayde LaHue, Mootsy’s


6:30 pm: Ex Pets, Baby Bar 7 pm: Mama Doll at Lucky You Lounge 8:15 pm: Moorea Masa & The Mood, nYne Bar & Bistro 8:30 pm: T.S. The Solution at Washington Cracker Building 9:15 pm: BaLonely, The Big Dipper 9:30 pm: Peru Resh, Berserk Bar 10:15 pm: The Emilys, Red Room Lounge 11:30 pm: Flee the Century, Berserk Bar

MATT MITCHELL MUSIC CO. AMERICANA Matt Mitchell has been one of the dominant creative forces behind the long-running band Trego (formerly Folkinception), which straddles the line between rock, folk, country and blues. His latest solo venture dives headlong into rustic Americana, with finger-picked guitar, world-weary vocals and a little brass flare. Expect an album later this year, and a revolving door of guest musicians during the live show. Fri, May 31, 9:15 pm, River City Brewing MEAT SWEATS ROCK Local frontman Tyler Aker has been the voice behind a couple Volume regulars, including the long-running quartet Pine League and Street Tang, his witty, raucous solo project. He’s back again this year with Meat Sweats, which employs violin and Aker’s ear for hooky, happy melodies. Fri, May 31, 6:15 pm, River City Brewing MINI MURDERS ROCK This electronic psychedelia group is one of those great local bands that has each member exceeding in their respective lane. Guitarist and vocalist Vaughn Wood is able to belt out heartfelt melancholia. Tobias Hendrickson gnarls electronic basslines that bludgeon you in the chest. And Nick Tibbets’ frenetic drumming helps maintain your energy from song to song. Fri, May 31, 9:15 pm, Washington Cracker Building MISTADC R&B David Chaney can’t be cornered as simply an R&B singer or rapper, because his raspy crooning could sit well in any jazzhall cabaret. His sensibilities align with his inspirations, with the psychedelic playfulness of Andre 3000, the somber bliss of Frank Ocean and the sing-songy iteration of Childish Gambino shining through. Fri, May 31, 8:15 pm, nYne




MOOREA MASA & THE MOOD R&B Portland songwriter Moorea Masa has seen a lot. She learned to sing in a gospel choir, she studied music in Liverpool, she lived in a mountainside cave in Spain, and she toured as a backing vocalist for Allen Stone. All of those experiences define her recent album Shine a Light, which explores themes of loss and love via sultry R&B and heart-rending soul. Sat, June 1, 8:15 pm, nYne NICHOLAS MERZ & THE HUMBLERS ALT-COUNTRY The world could always use more alt-country, and Seattle’s Nicholas Merz is among the best modern acts keeping the sound alive. Clearly adept at experimenting with the tools we’ve come to associate with country as early as the 1950s, there’s an undeniable edge on display that brings to mind the infectious confidence of Beat Happening and skilled songwriting of classic bands like the Mekons and Lambchop. Sat, June 1, 10:15 pm, The Big Dipper OH, ROSE ROCK One moment the Olympia quartet Oh, Rose are lost in a daydream, floating along on dream-pop breezes. And the next, they’re layered in fuzz, with guttural, animalistic noise rattling the speakers. It’s enough loudquiet-loud whiplash to start a forest fire. It keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure, and while guitarist and songwriter Olivia Rose


has a heavenly voice, watch out — there’s also some real bite to it. Fri, May 31, 8 pm, The Pin PARISALEXA R&B ’90s R&B is in full flower through Seattle vocalist Parisalexa, who was barely even alive during that decade. The 20-year-old is truly a rising star: Her latest slow jam “Water Me” was premiered by NPR Music, she had a plum spot at last year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, and she’s set to appear on the upcoming NBC competition show Songland. Catch her before she blows up. Fri, May 31, 9:15 pm, nYne PERU RESH PUNK Aaron Bocook, James Hunt and Haili Kiehn have all separately played in some of the best local bands of recent years, but when they’re together as Peru Resh, they really click. The trio’s punchy, tightly controlled songs, many clocking in under a minute, channel the post-punk and goth-rock of the late ’70s and early ’80s, the kind of stuff you might hear on a mixtape and think, “Where has this band been all my life?” Sat, June 1, 9:30 pm, Berserk PHOTO OPS DREAM-POP Despite the plural name, Photo Ops is just one person: Terry Price. The L.A. singer-songwriter’s gentle, pastel songs have soft-rock tendencies that prove he’s completely sincere when he lists Celine Dion and Bryan Adams

as musical influences. With lyrics about “sailboats on the horizon” and album art featuring vintage photos steeped in sunset glow, Photo Ops has a nostalgic, dreamy feel that borders on yacht rock. Sat, June 1, 8:30 pm, The Bartlett PIT ROCK The purest distillation yet of local songwriter Ben Jennings’ sharp, oddly intense indierock, Pit has morphed into a group effort with one of the most complete sounds that any band in town has achieved. It scratches, it U-turns, and it pierces ears — but most importantly, it’s extremely hooky and listenable. This one is a must-see. Fri, May 31, 7:15 pm, The Big Dipper PORTABLE MORLA ELECTRONIC

An electronic music-maker from Seattle now living in Spokane, Portable Morla steers a one-person synth ship to deliver songs swirling in ethereal vocals and multi-textured moods. With knob twists and digital blips, Portable Morla creates haunting coldwave tracks that any goth (or goth-at-heart) can slowly sway to. Her 2015 release Confront the World speaks to her style of contemplative music that isn’t afraid of the dark. Sat, June 1, 7:30 pm, Berserk QUAGGADOG ROCK Dipped in ’90s nostalgia, Quaggadog specialize in the rap-rock hybrid that dominated

the FM airwaves of yore. The Colbert trio, however, lets their sound unfold into a more cosmic and heady realm, something that reaches even further back into the psychedelic annals of rock. It’s still the Long Beachinspired sound of skateboards and dreads, but with a spritz of Haight-Ashbury. Fri, May 31, 7:45 pm, Red Room Lounge QUAYDE LAHÜE METAL Certainly Olympia’s premier metal revivalists, Quayde LaHue are among the most thoughtful and faithful throwback metal acts in existence. Their obsession with ’70s fantasy metal and the golden age of British heavy metal bleeds into every power chord and horse-galloping drum beat they produce. You may find yourself really wanting to watch Heavy Metal afterwards. Fri, May 31, 11:45 pm, Mootsy’s

sure to be a favorite for both young and old alike with their classic sensibilities and fun live showmanship. Just be prepared to have their yelled hooks stuck in your head for the days following their set. Sat, June 1, 7:30 pm, Baby Bar ROSETHROW DJ Darrien Mack seems to be everywhere in Spokane. He’s a visual artist and video director. He’s a dancer in the popular soul-pop band Super Sparkle (also playing Volume). Oh, and he’s an in-demand DJ known as ROSETHROW, and his sets are a hybrid of hip-hop, R&B, synth-wave and funk, rare gems and Top 40 hits. Fri, May 31, 10 pm, Baby Bar

RAY BADNESS SYNTH-POP Be sure to bring your highlighter track jacket, fanny-pack and retrovision sunglasses when you see Ray Badness. The ’80sinspired synth-pop/rock band mixes old with new. Equally cheeky and sincere, the ballads and synth-pop bangers will no doubt be a fun way to let loose over the weekend. Sat, June 1, 6:15 pm, nYne

SANTA POCO COUNTRY Pat McHenry fronted a few bands while he lived in Spokane, most notably the jazz-pop quartet Mon Cheri. Now he’s back with the country outfit Santa Poco, which will jangle the spurs of anyone who worships Georges Strait and Jones. They’re based in Seattle, which their Facebook refers to as “the least likely of places in the entire universe,” although it won’t seem all that strange when you hear them. Fri, May 31, 8:15 pm, River City Brewing

RESTLESS POP-ROCK Transport yourself to 1979 when this Olympia band plays Volume. With songs that flirt with Cheap Trick and Big Star, the band is

SENTIENT DIVIDE METAL If there’s any experimenting left to do with extreme metal, by god, Sentient Divide are doing it as we speak. Riff-focused power

metal feels right at home with black metal gothics and death metal guitar heroics, and there’s room left over on the plate for some breakneck speed metal as well. Can’t choose a favorite between burningwitch howls or deep carnivorous growling vocals? Good news! Sentient Divide is packing both. Fri, May 31, 9:45 pm, Mootsy’s SILVER TREASON COUNTRY

For anyone who likes twang of the oldschool variety, this Spokane four-piece is gonna jangle your spurs. Frontman Kevin Cameron, a local music stalwart, pens witty, catchy hootenannies about those classic country staples — heartbreak, drinking, partying and lonely stretches of highway — assisted to great effect by Jamie Frost’s wicked pedal steel licks. Fri, May 31, 6:15 pm, Lucky You Lounge SIMMENTALL ELECTRONIC Some soundscapes are so warm that you just want to wrap yourself up in them, no matter how sweltering it might be outside. That’s the case with SIMMENTALL, another lo-fi electronic project from local synthesist and composer Tobias Hendrickson, blending experimental synthesis with lush, low-key rhythms. Sat, June 1, 9:45 pm, Mootsy’s SKELF INDIE ROCK Local singer-songwriter David Hensrud last played Volume under the twisty, arty guise of Wind Hotel before bounding off to Seattle and working on music there. But now he’s back with Skelf, and he only seems to have a couple shows and stray demos under that name. If that earlier band was any indication, then we’re excited about this one. Fri, May 31, 8:30 pm, Berserk


Seattle’s Smokey Brights call themselves “Fleetwood Psych,” and they’re obviously indebted to the sounds of the ’70s — Fleetwood Mac, sure, but also Pink Floyd and Roxy Music. Refract that through the lens of the eccentric, hook-heavy pop of contemporary acts like Arcade Fire and Florence + the Machine, and you’ll get what husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ryan Devlin and Kim West are up to. Fri, May 31, 8:30 pm, Lucky You Lounge SPIRAL STAIRS ROCK Best known as co-founder of Pavement, Spiral Stairs’ Scott Kannberg created some of that pioneering lo-fi indie band’s best moments, from “Date with Ikea” to “Kennel District,” before forming Preston School of Industry and eventually launching a solo career. He just released his third album, We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized, and its 10 songs of winning indie-rock retain the tunefulness and sonic playfulness you probably associate with the Pavement days. Fri, May 31, 9:45 pm, Lucky You Lounge THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE EXPERIMENTAL The 1973 Spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive is about a little girl who becomes convinced Frankenstein’s monster is real and hunting her. The Philadelphia band of the same name similarly toys with perception, vacillating between serenity and disorientation as bizarre, eerie audio samples give way to dreamy, sunny melodies. You never quite know which path they’re leading you down. It’s best you just follow along. Sat, June 1, 8:15 pm, The Big Dipper



I take festival planning very seriously. It’s important to make an itinerary and stick to it, but to also take the requisite breathers for eating and drinking and having some honest-to-god personal interactions. In Volumes past, I’ve tried hopping around as much as possible, and I’ll probably do the same again this year, using our own fest as an excuse to see touring acts I’ve been curious about and to catch up on local bands I’ve yet to check out.


6:15 pm: Meat Sweats, River City Brewing 7:15 pm: Pit, The Big Dipper 8 pm: Froth, Washington Cracker Building 8:30 pm Smokey Brights, Lucky You Lounge 9:45 pm: Spiral Stairs, Lucky You Lounge 11 pm: Indian Goat, The Pin


6:30 pm: Ex-Pets, Baby Bar 7 pm: SwampheavY, The Pin 7:30 pm: Portable Morla, Berserk 8:15: The Spirit of the Beehive, The Big Dipper 9 pm: GAG, The Pin 10:15 pm: Nicholas Merz and the Humblers, The Big Dipper 11:30 pm: Flee the Century, Berserk




STRANGE RANGER ROCK Isaac Eiger and Fred Nixon is the duo at the center of Strange Ranger (previously known as Sioux Falls), childhood friends who are releasing evocative indie-rock out of Portland. The band’s most recent release is an EP titled How It All Went By, which has the same introspective angst of mid-period Pavement and the dextrous guitar riffs of Built to Spill. Sat, June 1, 9:15 pm, Red Room Lounge SUPER SPARKLE POP-ROCK Put together some of Spokane’s finest purveyors of pop-centric songcraft in one band and you get Super Sparkle, a supergroup of sorts with no weaknesses. Within their songs you’ll find soaring anthems, soulful slow burners and everything in between, and you can pretty much groove to every jam. Pack some glitter and your dancing shoes. Sat, June 1, 9:30 pm, nYne SUS HIP-HOP If you saw SUS last year at Volume, you’d know exactly why you can’t miss them this year. The neo-soul, funk and hip-hop fusion band helped get people down and vibing for that magical weekend. They return to undoubtedly force your body to sway and dip to their positive energy. Sat, June 1, 11:15 pm, Red Room Lounge


SWAMPHEAVY METAL How often do you come across a band whose name sounds so much like its music that you’re actually impressed? SwampheavY is such a case, and the Seattle doom metal outfit wastes no time getting their listeners up to speed with their M.O. A powerful blend of power metal and sludgy stoner rock that is not content to stay within the confines of the glacial speeds of their contemporaries. Sat, June 1, 7 pm, The Pin TABLE SUGAR POST-PUNK Table Sugar plays short songs with a lo-fi garage sound that’s true to Olympia — the band’s home base (and epicenter of DIY indie labels and riot grrrl subculture). Their style and songs suggest Table Sugar has a deep appreciation for zines, cats and vintage cardigans. Fans of the Raincoats or Bush Tetras ought to dig this four-pieces’s approachable, inviting (but not overly sweet) post-punk tunes. Fri, May 31, 9:15 pm, Baby Bar TOPP HIP-HOP Aaron Durain Loving, aka TOPP, rhymes over self-produced soundscapes that are more reminiscent of Lagos or Chicago than his native Tri-Cities. His latest single, “Pilot Plan,” marries Journey to Silius with KIDS

SEE GHOSTS to delirious effect, a kaleidoscopic mirage in the desert of assembly-line hip-hop. Sat, June 1, 6:30 pm, Washington Cracker Building T.S THE SOLUTION HIP-HOP

Devonte Pearson, better known as T.S the Solution, has emerged as one of the city’s preeminent hip-hop voices, writing introspective, literate verses that translate into energetic live shows where he’s backed by a bassist and a DJ. He’s also one of the forces behind Panoramic Dreams, an artistic collective that has united musicians, producers, videographers and designers all working together as collaborators. Sat, June 1, 8:30 pm, Washington Cracker Building VANNA OH! AND THE ANY’S ROCK After the local rock duo Donna Donna dissolved last year, guitarist Lindsay Johnston barely stopped to catch her breath before bounding right into this project, which continues the rip-roaring, riff-centric rock we expect from her. She performs solo and with a backing band dubbed the Any’s, so called because it consists of just about anybody who’s down to play. Now that’s rock ‘n’ roll. Fri, May 31, 10 pm, The Pin

VERNITA AVENUE R&B What began as an offshoot of the popular hip-hop collective Flying Spiders has metamorphosed into something very much its own. This neo-soul act has gone through a stylistic rebirth since forming right before last year’s Volume, with a sultry sound that’s simultaneously retro and contemporary, and with maybe a tinge of hip-hop still in its DNA. Consider this a second act, or maybe even a third. Fri, May 31, 6:15 pm, nYne WINDOE SINGER-SONGWRITER

Karli Ingersoll’s latest project feels like a synthesis of her earlier musical ventures, marrying the sense of pop melody she has honed with her long-running band Cathedral Pearls and the introspection of her years as an acoustic solo artist. She recently released her debut album Great Prize, a sonically adventurous collection of reflective songs, and it’s a new chapter in a career that should have many more. Fri, May 31, 7:15 pm, Lucky You Lounge WRANQ RAMONE HIP-HOP

“Seattle rapper WranQ Ramone was found dead in a Pioneer Square alleyway,” intones a mock newsman in the opening skit of said


artist’s 2017 debut, Reincarnated. It’d be a grim end if he weren’t so clearly alive, nimbly spitting his story of redemption and gratitude across the record’s 15 dreamy, ramshackle beats. Relax, he warns: “This music is gonna take you on a ride.” Sat, June 1, 7:30 pm, Washington Cracker Building WRETCHED F--- PUNK Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: Punk has always been political, and the local three-piece Wretched F--- (and yeah, we know — it’s lame of us to censor that, but it’s protocol around here) crank out loud, thrashy discourses on pollution, fascism and mental illness. They advertise themselves as “anti-fascist, pro-queer, pro-feminist, proimmigrant, anti-racist grindcore,” so bigots best back off. Sat, June 1, 6 pm, The Pin YUNG CROWN HIP-HOP Yung Crown bills himself as “the host that smokes the most,” so you know he’s gonna bring the party. He’s become a go-to local hype-man, known for a comedic style mixed with the high energy of a club host, which keeps the vibe flowing throughout a show. You can see him in action as he emcees Saturday night’s hip-hop stage at the Washington Cracker Building. Sat, June 1, 5:30 pm, Washington Cracker Building




INCA TO NOMA How an Inland Northwest Culinary Academy graduate landed an internship at one of the best restaurants in the world BY CHEY SCOTT


f you never ask, you’ll never know. That’s the outlook Jonathan Seaman-Cwik, a student of Spokane Community College’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), had when he applied for a post-graduate internship at one of the world’s most esteemed restaurants: Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He flies out in mid-July to spend 15 weeks at the restaurant on a team of 30 culinary arts interns from around the world. Noma, helmed by groundbreaking chef René Redzepi, is a two-star Michelin restaurant that’s been named Best Restaurant in the World four times by Restaurant magazine. It first opened in 2003, but closed briefly in 2017 to relocate, reopening in February 2018. Noma is widely known for its creative re-envisioning of Nordic cuisine, highlighting hyperlocal, in-season and foraged ingredients on its daily 20-course tasting menus. New York Times food critic Pete Wells has described Noma as “rule-defying.” ...continued on next page

SCC grad Jonathan Seaman-Cwik is heading off to cook in Copenhagen. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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FOOD | PROFILE “FROM INCA TO NOMA,” CONTINUED... Seaman-Cwik, a 20-year-old Spokane native, defied routine in his own way when he applied earlier this year for internships at several of the best restaurants in the U.S. and the world, including Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill in New York City, Alinea in Chicago, Canlis in Seattle and, of course, Noma. “Noma I’ve been following since pretty much when they opened, and they are just, on a whole, different than anyone else. I thought I might as well just apply there,” he says. He emailed his application on a Monday, and was accepted by Friday.

edented opportunity immediately upon graduating. Luke Stintzi, who finished his degree earlier this year, went straight to an internship-turned-job at molecular gastronomy visionary and chef Grant Achatz’s Next in Chicago, which won a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, among dozens of accolades. To the knowledge of 16-year INCA instructor Julie Litzenberger, Stintzi and Seaman-Cwik are the only two students who’ve pursued and been offered post-grad opportunities at restaurants of such renown. “I wish more students would do it,” Litzenberger says. “That’s not to say some of the students don’t go work for great places eventually, but to go [immediately] from graduation day — Luke literally, right after his last final, got on a plane and moved to Chicago.” “I think these celebrity [chefs] and well-known chefs are looking for passionate students,” she continues. “This industry is starving for that kind of passion.” Though it’s offered through a community college, the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy isn’t as small-town Noma is a two-star Michelin restaurant that’s been named Best Restaurant in the World four times. CITY FOODSTERS PHOTO as some may think. It’s certainly budWhen Seaman-Cwik told his classmates, instructors get friendly for students, who pay around $4,000 a year and his dad, Russell Seaman, executive chef at Dockside for full-time enrollment. in Coeur d’Alene, some initially thought it might be a The Academy is accredited by the American Culijoke. nary Federation, which sets the educational standards in “I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe it,” says Curtis place at all accredited culinary schools, no matter how Smith, a chef-instructor at INCA. “When someone says well-known or costly to attend, explains Litzenberger. ‘I got an internship at the best restaurant in the world,’ it “It’s how we deliver that sets us apart. We care about doesn’t compute. It’s just amazing, and we’re so proud of these students so much, and their success,” she reflects. him. This will open up all kinds of doors.” “The delivery of it is what makes all the difference. You Seaman-Cwik isn’t the only 2019 graduate of the can go to almost any restaurant in Spokane and find one two-year culinary degree program to land an unprecof our grads there.”


he reality of getting to spend about four months in Noma’s kitchen is still sinking in for SeamanCwik. He doesn’t yet have a plane ticket or housing lined up because he’s waiting for his work visa to be approved. Graduation is June 14; he’ll leave less than a month later. When he and the other interns arrive, they’ll be sorted into an “A” group and a “B” group to delineate skill level, with top talent in the former group. “I don’t really care what team I’m on,” SeamanCwik says, laughing. “As long as you’re there. Only 30 people in the whole world will get to work there” as interns. Noma’s summer cohort arrive in the midst of vegetable season, taking advantage of the bounty of plants grown in on-site greenhouses or foraged from natural areas around the restaurant. “In this season, we will be exploring the plant kingdom and everything that is edible; cooking with what we can find underground, above ground, near the water and in the trees,” Noma’s website reads. Game and forest season — the only time meat is on Noma’s menu — begins in mid-October, which means the culinary interns get a quick glance at the period highlighting ingredients such as leg of moose, reindeer tongue, wild duck, berries, nuts and mushrooms. The third season each year is seafood, from January to June. “I hope to learn lots about foraging and fermentation, and then also how their kitchen runs,” SeamanCwik says. “Also, René leads the foraging expeditions and you go almost every day. I thought I wasn’t going to even get to talk to him.” As the young chef dives deep into a discussion on food and cooking — sharing a recent experiment making black limes, his affinity for blood sausage and sweetbreads, and a recommended recipe for gratinated leeks — his zeal for culinary exploration exemplifies why he was chosen to work and learn in Noma’s kitchens. It also sets an ambitious precedent for the future he’s about to set out on, one he hopes takes him to kitchens around the world and eventually to found his own restaurant. Until this first of many culinary adventures begins, however, Seaman-Cwik is finishing up class at INCA, and working in his dad’s kitchen, Dockside, as a cook. “In your head, don’t assume you can’t do it. That was one of the biggest things I learned from this,” he reflects. “It’s OK to fail, and it’s OK to have no idea what you’re doing. Sometimes you just go through the open door in front of you.” n

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Brunch at Bon Bon Plus, a new beer stop in Post Falls and a bakery coming to West Spokane

Of Luaus and Love Big Island BBQ in Liberty Lake aims to keep its food fresh and fun BY DAN NAILEN


ocial media is fun to blame for a lot of society’s ills, but if it weren’t for the internet, Cody and Berni Young wouldn’t be living their dream as restaurant owners bringing vibrant island flavors to Liberty Lake. For one thing, the couple probably wouldn’t be together at all without an assist from Facebook. “I started out in the islands as part of my Navy career,” explains Cody Young. “I’d been to a lot of different places as part of the Navy experience. I was in Hawaii. I was in the Philippines. I was in Malaysia. I was in Korea and finally ended my Navy career in Guam, which is the island where my wife was raised. We met when we were both a lot younger. She was 26 and I was 22. And 30 years later, we reconnected on Facebook.” “We ended up getting married two years ago,” he adds. At the time, Cody was chugging towards retirement, a day that came last October. The couple quickly realized that quiet days doing not much of anything would drive them “sort of stir crazy.” With both being fans of food culture, particularly the parties they experienced in the Pacific Islands, they started thinking about starting a food truck. And as they crunched numbers for what it would take to fire up a kitchen on wheels, they came across a brick-and-mortar spot in Liberty Lake that once housed a Quizno’s and then a bakery. “Once we started doing the math, we said, ‘Gosh, it’s really not that big a difference if we did the brick and mortar,’” Cody says. “It was fortuitous we ended up with this location. It was affordable. It was available. It was outfitted so we didn’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money on behind-the-wall stuff, like the plumb-

Big Island’s Cody and Berni Young.


ing and the power.” Before opening up, though, the Youngs used various polls and surveys on Facebook, the NextDoor app, and the like to gauge what would fly in rural Eastern Washington. First they floated the idea of a Japanese teriyaki barbecue place, and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. But in the comments, they noticed something else — “a lot of people saying the area needed a good island-style or Hawaii-style barbecue. “We’re not Hawaiians, and we’re not from Hawaii, but we both spent a tremendous amount of time in Hawaii and other islands, so we were comfortable with it,” Cody says. He launched a Facebook page for the nonexistent Big Island BBQ and got over 1,000 followers in two weeks. “We realized that there are not hundreds, but probably thousands of Pacific Islanders that live in a 100-mile radius of this location, people from Hawaii, Guam, Samoa. It was amazing how many Pacific Islanders are here.” Since opening this spring, the Youngs have welcomed a steady stream of Pacific Islanders alongside curious diners to a restaurant they’ve designed to recall the big food parties of their respective youths. Visitors choose a combination of main dishes (fish, ribs, pulled pork, etc.) and three “scoops” (a variety of rices, salads and slaws) for either $11.95 for a regular plate (two mains and three scoops) or $12.95 for a large plate (three mains and three scoops). Each day’s featured dishes are lined up for customers to peruse before they choose. “The feedback we get most often is how the tastes are so divergent, that they’re being exposed to so many flavors in one meal,” Cody says. “And that’s the whole point in island food culture. … When they have a party, it’s a big, long table. And you start at one end and walk down the table with a plate, and you fill it up as you go. We tried to mimic that a little bit, within health department confines. We wanted people to feel like they were in control of what they were ordering, that they were able to see what they were ordering before they ordered it, because the food is right there in front of them.” With a crew trained to help diners navigate the various cuisines, the only remaining challenge for customers is how to keep their eyes from being too big for their stomachs. n Big Island BBQ • 1235 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Suite 109, Liberty Lake • Open daily 11 am-8 pm • • 340-9387

Sunday brunch options just got a little bigger and better with the addition of a new affordable brunch menu at Bon Bon, the tiny bar attached to the Garland Theater. Launched this month, Sunday brunch is offered weekly from 10 am to 2 pm. The initial menu offers a collection of brunch-friendly drinks ranging from $5-$8, including the Mean Green Smoothie ($5) which can be made with a shot of rum for $3 extra. Light morning cocktails — mimosas ($7) and Aperol spritz ($8) — along with a Bloody Mary ($7) and Michelada ($5) bar are served along with nonalcoholic beverages including coffee, tea and fresh fruit juice. On the food side, Bon Bon ups its already excellent bar snack game with a veggie quiche ($6), loaded breakfast burrito ($8), a citrus salad ($6), vegan hash ($9) and pickled red onion deviled eggs ($3/$5). Don’t miss the “morning” mac and cheese ($8), topped with a five-cheese sauce, bacon, tomatoes, green onion and a sunnyside-up egg. Now that patio season has begun, get there early for a seat and plan to stay awhile. Maybe even see a movie when you’re done. (CHEY SCOTT)


More than 100 years ago, one could purchase gasoline at any number of places like pharmacies, blacksmith shops and roadside stands. Less than a decade later, the concept had evolved into the filling station: a drive-up place where one could purchase fuel for both their vehicle and self. That’s the foundation of the clever play-on-words behind the Filling Station, a downtown Coeur d’Alene place to fuel up your empty 64-ounce growler and your equally empty tummy. For those residing west of Coeur d’Alene, it’s good news indeed that the Filling Station has now expanded to Post Falls, just off Interstate 90 (and dang close enough to Post Falls Brewing Co. that you might as well make your trip a two-fer). Try the garlic hummus ($12) at the new location, or the poutine ($7). The adult mac and cheese ($13) had people swooning at 2019’s Coeur d’Alene Mac & Cheese Festival. Pop in for a pint of regional craft beer, cider or even kombucha, and feel free to take some home with you in 32 or 64-ounce growlers, which, of course, they also sell on site. (CARRIE SCOZZARO)


Early this month came the announcement from Batch Bakeshop owner Mika Maloney that the former storefront and recent popup shop has permanently closed. The good news, however, is that the bakery lives on in the form of a new business: Made With Love Bakery. Owner Callie Johnson is planning to open in Batch’s former space, at 2023 W. Dean Ave., in June. To do so, she’s hoping to crowdfund $15,000 to help purchase equipMade With Love is opening soon. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO ment, furniture and make minor updates to the space. Find her campaign on IndieGoGo under “Made With Love.” As of this writing she had raised 44 percent of her goal. Locals may already recognize Johnson and her brand — she’s been selling baked goods at the EmersonGarfield Farmers Market since 2016, and was also at last year’s South Perry Thursday Market. The Gonzaga business administration major has been baking since she was a kid, learning from her mom and grandmother, and ever since then dreaming of opening her own bakery. (CHEY SCOTT) n

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Aladdin is the latest animated Disney classic to get a stilted, clunky live-action remake BY MARYANN JOHANSON


isney’s current self-imposed chore of mounting live-action remakes of all its animated films continues to prove itself mostly an exercise in pointlessness and frustration with the second of its redos of the 1990s Disney Renaissance musicals. I’m tempted to just copy-and-paste my review of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast here, because this new Aladdin suffers from all the same problems: It’s a watered-down pastiche of itself, like one of those on-ice horrors, or the movie equivalent of how a musical’s soaring and enrapturing character showtunes get deliberately blandified and drained of all personality for the end credits on their way to the pop charts. This Aladdin appears to have been shot at the Arabia Pavilion at Epcot Center — the one that doesn’t exist yet, but surely will soon — its setting of the invented city of Agrabah a clichéd delusion of the Middle East. It’s somehow even more cartoonish for being live-action, and about as authentically exotic as a shopping-mall food-court kiosk: Halal Dolly, anyone? (Don’t worry: Aladdin is entirely free of even the most oblique reference to Islam.) Like 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, 2019’s Aladdin inevitably lacks the mojo of the original animated version, and it’s difficult to see how anyone could have imagined it would be otherwise. But surely this was made even more challenging with the assignment of this movie to director Guy Ritchie, whose filmography is full of gritty crime capers, even when gritty-crime-caper is wildly inap-

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The live-action Aladdin might show us a whole new world, but it’s certainly not a better one. propriate, as with his last movie King Arthur: Legend of the without feeling like it’s done anything substantial with all Sword. Ritchie is not exactly known for tripping the light that extra runtime. fantastic, and we can at least be grateful that he didn’t go It is, however, now a solid 40 minutes into the movie full Ritchie on “street rat” Aladdin. before we even get to the Genie, who was the real draw But the director seems hesitant — or unable — to of the ’92 film, thanks to a thoroughly bonkers voice perembrace that ineffable day-dreaminess that makes a musiformance by Robin Williams. Will Smith takes over for cal work. A musical shouldn’t be this clunky. Characters Williams here… and suddenly it kind of makes sense that here awkwardly break into stilted snippets of song at inthe movie had seemed unenthusiastic about introductervals that feel random; there’s no organic, melodic flow, ing us. Smith probably would seem more charming and and the musical numbers seem intent on crushing out funny if we didn’t have the improvisational fleetness of emotion rather than giving voice to it. It’s Williams to compare it to, but we do have as if the movie only reluctantly accepts that that, and it’s impossible not to compare the ALADDIN it’s a musical at all. The parade of the big two performances. Worse, despite the obviRated PG showstopper number, “Prince Ali,” might ous boatloads of money thrown at the film, Directed by Guy Ritchie as well be happening at Disney World; it’s the CGI that transforms Smith into a giant weary and rote, not in the least bit magical. Starring Mena Massoud, Naomi blue Genie who floats on a gaseous, legless Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Will Smith lower body is often uncomfortable to look The shoehorned-in new song, de rigueur if one hopes for an Oscar nomination, is a at, for the usual uncanny-valley reasons sub-par go-girl ballad for Princess Jasmine, an embarrassbut also because, in an unacceptable failure of craft, his ment next to the glorious 1992 songs by Alan Menken sightlines are often completely wrong, and he appears to and Howard Ashman. be looking somewhere other than where he ostensibly is. The story is lifted intact from the 1992 movie: Street This new Aladdin is perhaps the first instance I can reurchin Aladdin (Mena Massoud) woos the royal Jasmine call of being sorry that I saw a film in IMAX. The huge (Naomi Scott), daughter of the sultan (Navid Negahban) format only amplifies the movie’s problems, which also of the city-state of Agrabah, with the help of a Genie include a total lack of chemistry between the romantic (CGI’d Will Smith) who disguises Aladdin as a suitable leads and the complete lack of any bite at all on the part princely suitor for the princess. Except the new script, by of the villain, Marwan Kenzari’s Jafar, vizier to the sultan. Ritchie and John August, somehow manages to pad out It might be a whole new world here, compared to the the original film’s 90 minutes by an additional 40 minutes original cartoon, but it’s certainly not a better one. n



A bland, stiffly staged live-action retelling of the animated Disney classic about a petty thief who woos a princess with the help of a wisecracking genie. A whole new world this is not. (MJ) Rated PG


Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is a scrappy, intelligent teen comedy about two overachievers hunting down a wild party on the last night of high school. Hilarious, emotionally authentic and brilliantly cast. (NW) Rated R


In this reverse Superman parable, an alien child crashlands on Earth and is taken in by a nice human couple, but he turns out to be a very bad seed. (NW) Rated R


Werner Herzog sits down with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the

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Another new John Travolta movie you’ve never heard of hits Spokane theaters, this one a neo-noir about a PI discovering his estranged daughter is a suspect in his latest case. (NW) Rated R


The latest period piece from director Ralph Fiennes dramatizes the short, turbulent life of renowned Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, played by newcomer Oleg Ivenko. (NW) Rated R

Keanu Reeves’ stoic assassin is back for more ultraviolence, and this time he has a bounty on his head. It’s frustratingly frontloaded and way too long, but it works as a showcase for lithe action choreography. (NW) Rated R


The 21st Marvel feature goes back to the ’90s, introducing a superhuman fighter pilot (Brie Larson) who’s torn between warring factions of Earth and space. Hardly revolutionary, but fun, nostalgic and empowering. (SS) Rated PG-13


This sequel to A Dog’s Purpose — not to be confused with A Dog’s Way Home — is basically the same premise reheated, with a canine soul being repeatedly reincarnated to teach a family life lessons. (NW) Rated PG


Another take on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as grifters competing to bilk the fortune from a tech billionaire. Its stars’ best efforts aside, it mostly inspires stunned silence. (NW) Rated PG-13


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An Indian street photographer and a woman who posed for one of his snapshots pretend to be engaged to placate his grandmother. Real love is not far off. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13

Shot in 1972 and only recently finished, this concert film captures Aretha Franklin recording her titular gospel album in a packed Baptist church. A remarkable time capsule, and one of the great filmed musical performances. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated G The remaining Avengers assemble to undo Thanos’ devastating snap in Marvel’s biggest-ever feature, a dramatically and emotionally satisfying final chapter in a decade-long, 22-film saga. It made a couple bucks, too, so it’s safe to say this’ll be around for a while. (NW) Rated PG-13






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A surprisingly smart and warm political comedy in which an unsuspecting romance blossoms between a schlubby journo (Seth Rogen) and his childhood crush (Charlize Theron), a secretary of state who’s now a presidential hopeful. (JB) Rated R


A violent convict is placed into a program where prisoners rehab horses, and he bonds with a wild, unbroken stallion. Surprisingly involving and tenderly acted. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated R


The world of Japanese pocket monsters comes to vivid life in this cheeky, smartly realized feature surrounding a mystery-solving Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) hunting for his young trainer’s missing father. (SS) Rated PG


In this mom-approved comedy, Diane Keaton starts a septuagenarian cheerleading squad in her retirement community. Lightweight and predictable, but hardly as painful to sit through as the trailers suggest. (NW) Rated PG-13 ...continued on next page

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DC’s latest attempt at levity finds a scrawny kid inhabiting the body of a muscular superhero. It’s torn between the studio’s dour and goofier sensibilities, making it a curious thing, indeed. (JB) Rated PG-13


A pragmatic young woman has a meet-cute with a charming young man who believes their encounter is fate, and circumstances threaten

to separate them as they fall in love. (NW) Rated PG-13


The life of Lord of the Rings scribe J.R.R. Tolkien is dramatized to routine effect, with thuddingly obvious allusions to his fantastical worlds being ascribed to his real-life war trauma. (SS) Rated PG-13


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A group of lifelong friends spend a weekend in Napa Valley, where they confront their middle-age and guzzle barrels of wine. This is primarily a showcase for its cast of comic ringers — including Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Maya Rudolph — with a lot of funny, semi-improvised dialogue and a predictable plot. (NW) Rated R


Not Another Teen Movie Goody-two-shoes go bad in Olivia Wilde’s wickedly funny Booksmart BY NATHAN WEINBENDER


Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever break bad in Booksmart.

’m going to describe the basic details of They’ve spent every waking moment Booksmart, and it’ll sound like a hundred together since they were much younger, other movies you’ve seen before. But I confiding their deepest secrets to each promise you — it isn’t. other — like how Molly is nursing a crush It’s about two high school girls who, as on her meatheaded VP (Mason Gooding, the end of senior year approaches and the son of Cuba). Or how Amy is ga-ga for great unknown of adulthood looms, sudthe tomboy (Victoria Ruesga) who always denly realize they haven’t behaved badly seems to be skateboarding through the enough, and that all their classmates think school courtyard in slo-mo. They’re both they’re buzzkills. And they are, to an extent. too sheepish to make a move, but then So they spend the evening before graduaMolly has a disturbing revelation: All the tion trying to track down the craziest party class losers are also going to Ivy League in town, intending to go out in a colleges despite havfinal blaze of booze-fueled glory. ing coasted through BOOKSMART Easier said than done. high school. Even Rated R Yes, this is a one-crazy-night Directed by Olivia Wilde the burnout who movie, a last-day-of-school mov- Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie failed seventh grade ie, a good-kids-gone-bad movie. Feldstein, Billie Lourd, Jason Sudeikis twice has secured a But like Fast Times at Ridgemont six-figure coding job High and Clueless and Mean Girls at Google. This big before it, it’s wickedly funny and intelligent party is their salvation, then, and both of in spite of its conventions. It’s also carrying their crushes will be there. the torch of all those raunchy ’80s comedies Much of the comedy in Booksmart is that used to run in the early morning on borne out of Amy’s and Molly’s complete Comedy Central, and yet it’s scrubbed free incompetence when it comes to breaking of the cynicism and troubling sexual politics the rules. They have fake college IDs, sure, that define many of its forebears. but they’re for sneaking into the univerIt also helps that its two protagonists sity’s all-night library. When they hold a feel like real, relatable 17-year-olds. Molly pizza guy at (fake) gunpoint, he lectures (Beanie Feldstein from Lady Bird) is the them about how reckless they’re being by overachieving, Yale-bound class president getting into a car with a strange man. And who’s still trying to get policies enacted on they can’t even order a getaway Lyft withthe last day of school, when even the princiout the driver being a grown-up they know. pal (Jason Sudeikis) has checked out. Amy This premise is most immediately (Kaitlyn Dever), her best friend, is more reminiscent (perhaps not coincidentally) of reserved but no less conscientious, planning Superbad, which starred Feldstein’s brother to spend her summer vacation in Botswana Jonah Hill. It also contains fantasy sequencdoing charity work. es and moments of heightened reality that

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recall the cult classic Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, whose star, Lisa Kudrow, pops up here as Amy’s mom. But what separates Booksmart from so many other, similar films is its terrific ensemble cast, many of whom are unknowns. Each of the supporting characters feels like a specific comic creation, from the try-hard rich kid (Skyler Gisondo) who nobody likes, to the hip teacher (Jessica Williams) who might be a little too close to her students, to the overeager theater kids (Noah Galvin and Austin Crute) whose murdermystery party is way too Method, to the class eccentric (Billie Lourd) who seems to exist on another plane of reality entirely. Booksmart is the feature directorial debut of actress Olivia Wilde, and her background helming music videos comes through. We get some surprisingly evocative visual moments (credit to cinematographer Jason McCormick), including a heartbreaking realization that happens wordlessly beneath the surface of a swimming pool, a potentially friendship-ending argument that unfolds in a single take and a bizarre drug-trip sequence employing stopmotion animation. But for all that style and flash, not to mention its semi-ironic soundtrack of hiphop bangers, what Booksmart gets absolutely right is that adolescence is little more than a series of small humiliations. It might exist in the fantasy land of teen moviedom, but the characters — their relationships, their desires, their disappointments — feel totally authentic, and the film seems to genuinely love them. And that’s what matters. n

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A DECADE OF SOUNDS Spokane’s Resurrection Records celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a weekend of live music BY NATHAN WEINBENDER


ike House started selling records when he was still in high school. He always had a box full of 7-inches, LPs and tapes in the back of his car, and at lunchtime he’d do business in the school parking lot. More than a decade later and he’s still slinging vinyl, but through his Spokane-based label Resurrection Records, which has racked up a library of more than 100 individual releases and operates out of a storefront tucked away on Northwest Boulevard. House says he and a friend came up with the Resurrection moniker, and the idea to use it as a label name, when they were only 15. Nothing came of it at first, but a few years later he started hosting local bands at house shows, which then led to him producing his own music fanzine. He began trading copies of that zine to local record stores in lieu of vinyl they didn’t want, which he then sold himself. And then it came time for him to record and release his own music, and Resurrection’s first official release was a 2009 demo tape of House’s own band DMK (which, by the way, he still produces copies of). The label still focuses primarily on garage-rock, ...continued on next page

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punk and psychedelic music, and House says most of the artists he presses are either acts he’s already familiar with, or who have reached out directly to him and captured his attention. “I think it’s easier to sell it when it’s your friends’ stuff,” House says, noting that he started getting attention from artists right away. “I kind of had the network of record labels and bands and emails and stuff for the magazine. So I had people emailing me within months, you know, and I get emails every day.” The process of releasing an album goes more or less like this: Once House has decided a band is the right fit for his label, he works with the artist to put together a physical release that’s going to look appealing on a record store shelf. He usually splits the pressings (and profits) with the artists — half of the physical copies go right to the band, typically for them to sell at live shows, and the other half finds its way to brick-and-mortar stores. Resurrection’s own storefront first opened in 2012 in Santa Ana, California, in a 1,200-square-foot space that House shared with a husband-and-wife label that had been in operation since the ’80s. House moved to Spokane in September 2016, and opened another location here, tucked away on Northwest Boulevard, within a week of settling down. “I just started driving down the street and I saw a for lease sign,” he recalls. “I called the guy later that night and I was like, ‘Do you think you’d want to have a record store in there?’ And I moved in days later.” Within a couple years, Resurrection Records had moved from a closet-sized corner room in that building to the slightly larger space it still occupies a few doors down at 1927 W. Northwest Boulevard. To ring in the label’s first decade, Resurrection has put together a two-night lineup of music that will take over Berserk this weekend. Some of the bands on the lineup have released music through the Resurrection label, including the Portland-based bands Jenny Don’t and the Spurs and Dreckig, and Spokane’s Maidenhair. Also on the roster are Portland’s Dry Wedding, and local acts Pine League, Silver Treason, Runaway Octopus, Ex-Pets and Wool Eyes. House says that 10 years can catch up with you pretty quickly: Since starting in ’09, he has watched as analog music has gone from dusty collector’s concern to in-demand medium in the recent rebirth of vinyl and tape. “I haven’t done anything else for that long,” he says. “It was a niche thing. But now I feel like it’s mainstream, and that everybody wants records.” n Resurrection Records 10th Anniversary • Fri-Sat, May 24-25 at 9 pm • $12 per night, $20 for both • 21+ • Berserk • 125 S. Stevens •


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on’t let last week’s biblical levels of rain fool you: Music festival season is officially upon us. Get your fanny packs and sunscreen ready. We’re skipping some of the bigger, more established festivals you’ve already heard about — your Bumbershoots, your Capitol Hill Block Parties, your Paradisos and Watersheds. Instead, we’ve selected some summer festivals and outdoor music events that caught our attention and are a bit off the beaten path. Expand your musical horizons.

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Right off Main Avenue in Ritzville, this new all-day event coincides with the small town’s well-known classic car show. The music lineup features some impressive local artists, including Sammy Eubanks, Sara Brown Band, the Hankers and JoMomma. MAY 31-JUNE 2



Calling all folk-rock fans: There’s a new festival to sate your finger-picked fantasies. The Jackalope Jamboree will take over the Happy Canyon Arena in Pendleton, Oregon, with a lineup that’s focused primarily on folk, country and Americana acts. Headliners include American Aquarium and Shane Smith and the Saints, and camping and RV parking are available on site.

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Fourth of July fireworks continue through the weekend in Ford, Washington, where GlowFest NW brings an electronic dance party to the Happy Meadows Farm. The festival will feature sets by dozens of EDM artists, blacklight chill tents and mindblowing visual displays, and a weekend pass runs you just $30.

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The main focus of this Republic, Washington, event is recreation — biking, hiking, running, climbing, skating. But it’s also a destination MORE EVENTS for music Visit for fans who complete listings of love the local events. outdoors, as Pacific Northwest favorites the Cave Singers will perform at the Ferry County Fairgrounds on June 29. The Seattle band is currently working on a new album, so you might be in for some never-before-heard material.


Live music is one thing, but when pairedwith beautiful vistas, it’s another. This new festival happens on the 350-acre Big Mountain Ranch in Whitefish, Montana, with a lineup that follows an Americana bent. The headliners include funk collective Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and indie-rock greats Band of Horses, and the schedule is filled out by luminaries like Dwight Yoakam, Jenny Lewis and more.


You’ve never seen a marching band performance quite like this. HONK! Fest is a weekend-long gathering of boisterous brass bands that migrate through various Seattle neighborhoods, including Georgetown, Pioneer Square, Columbia City and the waterfront. The event is designed to foster community and is free to attend.

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The small town of Darrington, Washington, which is about 75 miles outside of Seattle, heats up in August when the camping and music festival Summer Meltdown turns up the temperature. The fest leans toward roots-rock, R&B, bluegrass and jam bands, so expect to get funky with the likes of Tipper, Umphrey’s McGee, Nahko and Medicine for the People.


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When the long-running music festival Sasquatch! shuttered last year, it was a major blow to PNW music fans. Luckily its founder, Adam Zacks, has a new venture starting up in Port Townsend this summer. It’s called THING, which seems appropriate, since it’s basically a grab bag of awesome stuff. As far as the music goes, it boasts a super exciting inaugural lineup — Violent Femmes, De La Soul, Jeff Tweedy, Kurt Vile and more. But it’s not just live music: You can also expect stand-up comedy, visual arts and podcast recordings.


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rovo, Utah, isn’t exactly a place synonymous with rocking and rolling, but the guys from Sego defied those preconceived notions when they started up a few years ago. The duo of band leaders Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll are in L.A. now, which feels a little more appropriate for their lean but muscular sound: Petersen often adopts the bemused, deadpan delivery of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, while Carroll’s drums recall the wily experimentation of Odelay-era Beck. Their new album is, as its title (Sego Sucks) suggests, a wry, self-deprecating collection of songs, and they’re certain to spark quite the dance party in the Lucky You’s basement bar. — NATHAN WEINBENDER


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as anyone in the history of music had a smoother, more reassuring singing voice than Nat King Cole? Many have followed in his footsteps, but nobody has captured his self-assured power. House of Soul is hosting a tribute to the storied career of the barrier-shattering pianist and crooner, fronted by saxophonist and vocalist Horace Alexander Young, who’s also an associate music professor at Washington State University. Young has performed with some of the best of ’em — B.B. King, Roberta Flack, the Spinners, Nancy Wilson and many more — so even if we’ll never see Cole in the flesh, you can expect the next best thing. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole • Thu, May 30 at 7:30 pm • $5 students, $10 adults • All ages • House of Soul • 25 W. Lincoln • • 598-8783 BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BIG BARN BREWING, Upriver Drive THE BIG DOG BAR & GRILL, DJ Dave BIGFOOT PUB, Piper’s Rush, Every Man Sins BOLO’S, Karma’s Circle BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke BORRACHO TACOS, Pamela Jean BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS, Last Chance Band J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Natalie Greenfield THE BUOY, Hannah Jo Lalley CHECKERBOARD BAR, Gonzoe with CCB Krew, Diggy SW, Bonita, Poet, Rod Mac the Ripper COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Sam Leyde CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Bobby Patterson Band CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Son of Brad CRAFTSMAN CELLARS, Starlite Motel

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12 TRIBES RESORT CASINO, Got ‘90s 219 LOUNGE, Lavoy 1210 TAVERN, Alisha & The Loose Change Band A&P’S BAR AND GRILL, DJ Exodus

J THE BARTLETT, Buffalo Jones, Liz Rognes, Telepathic Station Nine J BERSERK, Resurrection Records 10 Year Anniversary (see page 37) feat. Dreckig, Dry Wedding, Runaway Octopus, Maidenhair BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Birds In Row, Listener, Quentin Sauve BIGFOOT PUB, Into the Drift BOLO’S, Karma’s Circle BROTHERS BAR, OverTime J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Spotswood Abbey BURDICK’S NIGHTCLUB, Gonzoe CHECKERBOARD BAR, Haystak and Statik G w/ G-Real & more CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Bobby Patterson Band COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Son of Brad CRAFTED TAP HOUSE, Nate Ostrander; Wyatt Wood

CURLEY’S, Usual Suspects FREDNECK’S, William Nover GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Wild Card Band GERMAN AMERICAN HALL, Get Funky! ft. Donald Glaude, Mad Davies, Josh Johnsson, Dave Keset J THE GRAIN SHED, Tourist Union THE GROWL’N DOG, DJ WesOne & DJ Big Mike HONEY EATERY AND SOCIAL CLUB, Renei & Rhys HOP MOUNTAIN TAPROOM AND GRILL, Joey Anderson J HUCKLEBERRY’S, Guy Caillouet HUMBLE BURGER, Vanna Oh!, Mother Yeti IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, John Firshi & Harold’s IGA IRON GOAT BREWING CO., BG3 IRON HORSE (COEUR D’ALENE), Smash Hit Carnival THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke LAUGHING DOG BREWING, Jake Robin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Daniel Hall J LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Sego (see facing page), Atari Ferrari MARYHILL WINERY, Misty Mountain Pony Club


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MAX AT MIRABEAU, Kosta La Vista MOOSE LOUNGE, Dragonfly NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), JamShack ONE SHOT CHARLIE’S, The Rhythmic Collective PACIFIC PIZZA, Brotha Nature PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, BareGrass J THE PIN, Sovereign Citizen and The Non Prophets, Limberlost & Blue Helix POST FALLS BREWING, Just Plain Darin RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos SPOKANE EAGLES LODGE, Stagecoach West STORMIN’ NORMAN’S, Karaoke WESTWOOD BREWING CO., Maxie Ray Mills ZOLA, Whack A Mole

Sunday, 05/26

ARBOR CREST, Spare Parts BIG BARN BREWING CO., Daniel Hall CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Bobby Patterson Band CRAFTED TAP HOUSE + KITCHEN, Pat Coast; Kicho CRUISERS, Miller’s Sun DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Rev. Yo’s VooDoo Church of Blues Jam GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke GREENWOOD CEMETERY, Dragonfly HOGFISH, Open Mic HUMBLE BURGER, Kitten Fight, Illicit Nature, Itchy Kitty IRON HORSE (VALLEY), Nick Grow LINGER LONGER LOUNGE, Open Jam


MARYHILL WINERY, Dario Ré MATCHWOOD BREWING CO., Ken Mayginnes O’DOHERTY’S, Traditional Irish Music ONE SHOT CHARLIE’S, The Rhythmic Collective J J RITZVILLE, Music on Main feat. Sammy Eubanks, Sara Brown Band, The Hankers and JoMamma THE ROXIE, Hillyard Billys STORMIN’ NORMAN’S, Karaoke ZOLA, Lazy Love

Monday, 05/27

J THE BIG DIPPER, Your Hands Write History, Deathbreaker, Ghost Heart THE BULL HEAD, Songsmith Series J CALYPSOS COFFEE, Open Mic CHECKERBOARD BAR, Ian Nixon COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Pat Coast CRAVE, DJ Dave EICHARDT’S, Jam with Truck Mills ONE SHOT CHARLIE’S, The Rhythmic Collective RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic ZOLA, Perfect Mess

Tuesday, 05/28

219 LOUNGE, Karaoke with DJ Pat BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke CRAVE, DJ Dave GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke LITZ’S BAR & GRILL, ShuffleDawgs Blues Power Happy Hour LUCKY YOU LOUNGE, Black Taffy, BRIN, SIMMENTALL J THE PIN, Dissolution EDM RAZZLE’S, Open Mic Jam RIDLER PIANO BAR, Country Swing Dancing THE ROXIE, Open Mic/Jam SWEET LOU’S, Jimi Finn THE VIKING, Songsmith Series ZOLA, Desperate 8s

Wednesday, 05/29 219 LOUNGE, Truck Mills & Bruce Bishop BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Swingin’ Utters, Gallows Bound, Wasted Breath BOBBI’S BAR & GRILL, Redneck Robb CRAVE, DJ Dave CRUISERS, Open Jam Night GENO’S, Open Mic IRON HORSE (CDA), Open Jam IRON HORSE (VALLEY), Kevin Shay Band THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil LION’S LAIR, Storme J THE LOCAL DELI, Devon Wade LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 MILLWOOD BREWING COMPANY, Dawna Stafford J THE PIN, Pathology, Dreaming Dead RED ROOM LOUNGE, Jam Session RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Open Mic ZOLA, Cruxie

Coming Up ...

J J HOUSE OF SOUL, Unforgettable: Tribute to Nat King Cole (see facing page), May 30 J J DOWNTOWN SPOKANE, Inlander’s Volume Music Festival, May 31-June 1




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219 LOUNGE • 219 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-2639934 A&P’S BAR & GRILL • 222 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-263-2313 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 BARLOWS • 1428 N. Liberty Lake Rd. • 924-1446 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEEROCRACY • 911 W. Garland Ave. BERSERK • 125 S. Stevens • 714-9512 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS • 39 W. Pacific • 838-7815 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 THE BULL HEAD • 10211 S. Electric • 838-9717 CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY • 116 E. Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208-665-0591 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague Ave. • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 COSMIC COWBOY GRILL • 412 W. Haycraft, CdA • 208-277-0000 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S PUB • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 FIRST INTERSTATE CENTER FOR THE ARTS • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • 279-7000 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 THE HIVE • 207 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-457-2392 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 HONEY EATERY & SOCIAL CLUB • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-930-1514 HOUSE OF SOUL • 25 E. Lincoln • 598-8783 IRON GOAT BREWING • 1302 W. 2nd • 474-0722 IRON HORSE BAR • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL • 11105 E. Sprague Ave., CdA • 509-926-8411 JACKSON ST. BAR & GRILL • 2436 N. Astor St. • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow • 208883-7662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 2013 E. 29th Ave. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside • 456-5678 LUCKY YOU LOUNGE • 1801 W. Sunset LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague • 747-2605 MARYHILL WINERY • 1303 W. Summit Pkwy, Ste. 100 • 443-3832 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan • 924-9000 MICKDUFF’S • 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208)255-4351 MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE • 208 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint • 208-265-9382 MOOSE LOUNGE • 401 E. Sherman • 208-664-7901 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MULLIGAN’S • 506 Appleway Ave., CdA • 208- 7653200 ext. 310 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NORTHERN QUEST RESORT • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific • 443-5467 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PIN • 412 W. Sprague • 385-1449 POST FALLS BREWING CO. • 112 N. Spokane, Post Falls • 208-773-7301 RAZZLE’S BAR & GRILL • 10325 N. Government Way, Hayden • 208-635-5874 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside • 822-7938 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 STORMIN’ NORMAN’S SHIPFACED SALOON • 12303 E. Trent • 862-4852 THE THIRSTY DOG • 3027 E. Liberty Ave. • 487-3000 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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Wendy Franklund Miller has been in the art game for decades, something ably captured in her book, Persistence: 40 Years of Artmaking. A new exhibit of the longtime Spokane resident’s work also called Persistence opens on Friday, and shows the breadth of her skills, including work in paper-making, encaustics, mixed media or, more recently, ink drawings. “My subject matter has grown but is mostly focused on discarded objects with all their implications for our civilization,” Miller writes on her website. Explore 40 years of her entrancing work starting this Friday at the MAC. — DAN NAILEN Wendy Franklund Miller: Persistence • May 25-Aug. 18; Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm • $5-$10 admission • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • • 456-3931


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In case you were unaware, K-pop, aka Korean pop music, is pretty much ruling right now. There are bars coast to coast that play nothing but K-pop videos, and BTS, arguably the biggest band of the genre, have already performed on Saturday Night Live and this year became the first K-pop band to top the Billboard album charts. This weekend, the Shadle Library and Jecheon Sister City Association are teaming up to present an hourlong exploration of South Korean pop. Be prepared to learn some dance moves popular in the genre, and bring an appetite, too — there will be some Korean snacks available. The event is part of Spokane Public Library’s celebration of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. — DAN NAILEN K-Pop! The Korean Music Phenomenon • Sat, May 25 from 3:30-4:30 pm • Free • Shadle Library • 2111 W. Wellesley • • 444-5300


Nothing seems summer like a quick roadie to some exotic locale — like Ritzville! Don’t laugh, for some of us a trip to a cool, quaint small town doesn’t happen often enough. The inaugural Ritzville Music On Main party this weekend offers a great reason to tool on down the road about an hour west from Spokane for an afternoon of live music (Sammy Eubanks with guest Peter Rivera of Rare Earth, the Hankers, Peter Rivera and Sara Brown Band, among others), food, vendors and peeping the classic car show also filling up Main Street. That just screams “summer fun” to me. — DAN NAILEN Ritzville Music on Main • Sun, May 26 from noon-7 pm • Free • 216 E. Main St., Ritzville • 850-7371 •

Through May 27th


Experience the inspiring, mostly true story of New York City’s turn-of-thecentury “newsies,” the kid newspaper hawkers who stood up to two of history’s biggest titans of publishing — William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer — when their meager wages were at stake. The Tony Award-winning, Disney-ified version of their story, complete with infectious tunes, is taking to the stage of the Bing for a run of performances by members of Christian Youth Theater’s Spokane studio. The musical is based on a 1992 live action movie (which starred young Christian Bale and was actually a box office flop) of the same name, with a beloved score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman. The show makes for an uplifting, family-friendly theater experience. — CHEY SCOTT Disney’s Newsies • May 24-25 and May 31-June 1 at 7 pm; May 25 and June 1-2 at 3 pm • $13-$16 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638


After announcing earlier this year that its musical reach would expand to a series of yearround concerts and events, BachFest is back for week two of its titular event. This second lineup of concerts includes a tribute to ragtime music legend Scott Joplin, with programs in Spokane and Sandpoint, both featuring acclaimed pianist Richard Dowling (pictured). He’ll then join BachFest artistic director and Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey for an evening program of classical works for piano and cello at Barrister Winery in Spokane. For that concert, the duo performs pieces by its festival namesake, Johann Sebastian Bach, along with works by Bach’s classical contemporaries including Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Chopin. — CHEY SCOTT BachFest Week 2 • Sat, May 25 at 7:30 pm (Spokane); Sun, May 26 at 5 pm (Sandpoint) and Tue, May 28 at 7:30 pm (Spokane) • $15/students; $40-$45/general •

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face plastered all over social media? That’s my next step! Bring my phone back and throw it in our mailbox or something! Thanks so much for being so nice and polite, ass-wipe! WALGREEN ON NORTHWEST, 8 PM You pretty, petite blonde, me flannel shirt and flip flops. We talked about the weather and laughed about my attire. You commented on my copper jewelry; I believe that the store clerk called you by your name. You were sweet and kind and full of life. Our conversation was cut short by the checkout employee. Would love to continue, perhaps over coffee?

I SAW YOU YOU STOLE MY HEART AT OUTLAW I saw you at the Outlaw BBQ on Sunday. I couldn’t help but be impressed with your ability to carry multiple players with ease and your charismatic demeanor. We both remarked about how amazing the coleslaw was. Maybe we can grab a full meal from there and picnic sometime soon? YOU HAD FINE WRITTEN ALL OVER YOU I saw you walking near Shadle Library this weekend. The wind caught your brown curls as it picked up highlights from the spring sunlight. You were a vision in gray and blue. I was lucky enough to get a smile from you as I sat under the trees. STEALING MY PHONE Thank you... To the very nice young man, who came in to our store to buy some CBD for his fiance, who has very high anxiety. Nice guy. Talked about his construction job and that he moved here from South Carolina because his soon to be father in law got him his dream job! That’s just great! OH!!! Can you bring back my phone that you stole... right off our damn counter! Here I am trying to help you and you f*&@*in steal my phone, asshole? We have you on camera, dumb ass! Would you like your

CHEERS THANKS TO THE FICA USHERS! Many thanks to the ushers at the First Interstate Center for the Arts for being so accommodating and helpful to us when we went to see “The School of Rock” on Saturday night. I just wanted to do something nice for my 95-yearold mother for Mother’s Day, and you really went above and beyond to make it easy for us (especially for Mom) to get around and to be seated in a comfortable place. Thank you! ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Mr. Sixth Grade Teacher in the Rosauers at the Y parking lot May 14, thoroughly and genuinely engrossed in your book — I rolled my window down to ask if you were reading “Anne of Green Gables” and you told me it was the last book of the school year. I ran right over to the library and picked up a copy and just read through chapter 19. (I need to stop for tonight or else I’ll stay up too late reading it!) Thank you for the great recommendation! I hope your students are enjoying the book as much as I am! Sincerely, Mr. Another Enthusiastic Reader, who somehow had missed it until now. ROAR To all the younger women from your older, battle-hardened sisters.

We fought hard for the rights that are now being slowly taken away. We marched, we yelled, and we wouldn’t back down. Now is the time for you to take over, for this is your fight now. We will be beside you all the way, but it is time for you to take the lead. Do not let them take what we fought so hard for!

RE: WHO RAISED YOU My heart broke for you reading your Mother’s Day experience. In spite of your pain, you thought of others and went to work —that was courageous. Thank you for reminding us that is costs so little to be a bright spot in someone else’s day. As I go about my business today,

there! There is a trail for people and bikes to use! What gives you the right to discard your shit?! You can drop it off at the dump for free! USAF HARASSING CIVILIANS Jeers to the USAF survival instructor that confronted us 5-10-2019 in the Colville

We have you on camera, dumb ass! Would you like your face plastered all over social media? That’s my next step! Bring my phone back and throw it in our mailbox or something!

Do not let them send you back to the bad, dark days! Fight, yell, do not back down... these are your bodies and your rights; fight for them! This is a roar for you, we know you can do it... Lead on! A MOMENT One afternoon shortly before Mother’s Day I stopped to pull out of the parking lot of Trader Joe’s. In the middle of the street in front of me was a mother duck leading her four ducklings to safety on the other side. Facing my car and waiting to pull into the lot was another woman who had also stopped to let the mother and her babies pass in front of us. We watched the precious sight of this small, vulnerable mother protecting her young amidst the world of concrete and cars. As the ducks reached the opposite curb and our cars passed each other, the other woman and I simultaneously rolled down our windows and slowed to share the moment with each other. My exclamation of “Happy Mother’s Day!” was joined by her “Make Way for Ducklings!” as we drove away smiling.

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

I will definitely make the effort to look people in the eye and give them a smile. I will do this in honor of your mother and your son, and in honor of your courage in the face of your pain. Peace to you!

JEERS DISK GOLF Dirty needles and tons of trash at the Downriver disk golf course. I used to disk golf with my dog in the morning and pick up random garbage and then toss it in my own garbage bin but with the amount of RVs and campers down their I can’t keep up with the amount of trash that you are tossing out. And then the dirty needles! I can see those but my dog doesn’t know what those are... F---in nasty!!!! DUMPING YARD WASTE ON THE STREET To My Neighbors: The Road Closed sign at the end of our street DOES NOT mean that you can dump rocks, leaves, tree branches and whatever else that comes out of your yard

National Forest. You were dressed in tactical gear and had a large M9 bayonet on your belt. We were parked at a camping spot I’ve visited many times in the past. When we were about to leave you came tromping out of the brush and acted like you owned the place. You were deliberately intimidating and unpleasant. Civilians may be an inconvenience for you but the USAF doesn’t own the national forest. There’s no reason anyone in the USAF should be out there conducting themselves this way. Like an angry cop policing a restricted area. n



















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Events & Promotions Support

The Inlander is looking for an enthusiastic person to join our events team. This entry-level positions supports our events and promotions department, including fun local events like Inlander Restaurant Week, Volume Music Festival and Inlander Winter Party. Candidates should be organized, thrive on a team, have strong communications skills and be able to handle multiple deadlines at once. This is a full time position with benefits and requires some schedule flexibility for evening and weekend work. If you love the Inland Northwest and want to help it thrive, this may be the job for you.

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PARTY ON THE PRAIRIE An event in honor of Sheldon Maul, featuring carnival games, face painting, live music, a magic show, petting zoo and more to raise money for All Heart Infusion’s Charity Care Program. May 25, 11 am-4 pm. Varies. Moran Prairie Grange, 6006 S. Palouse Hwy. MY ROAD LEADS HOME: A DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON HOMELESSNESS A new project on homelessness; the first hour-long film in the series focuses on the Spokane Homeless Connect, an outreach event in January. May 30, 6:30 pm. $0-$18. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main. UPSCALE SALE Spokane Symphony Associates’ 11th Annual benefit event offers fine china, framed prints/art, home decor, silver flatware and serving pieces, antiques, furniture and more. May 30 ($5 admission) from 5-7 pm, May 31 and June 1 from 8 am-5 pm, June 2 from 10 am-5 pm. At 2512 E. 29th Ave. (458-8733) VOLUN-YOGA W/ THE UNION Join the Kitchen at Second Harvest for a night of food-packing fun and yoga led by The Union with snacks to follow. May 30, 5:308 pm. $25. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front.


2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (509-847-1234) THE REAL ___S OF ___VILLE Join the BDT for an all-improvised parody of reality show life, luxury and self-indulgence. Rated for general audiences. Fridays at 7:30 pm, May 10-June 14. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. STEVE-O Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) is a household name and it all started when he began producing homemade videos of dangerous stunts mixed with comical behavior. May 24 and 25 at 7:30 and 10:30 pm. $25-$50. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (318-9998) SAFARI The BDT’s version of “Whose Line,” a fast-paced short-form improv show with a few twists added. Rated for mature audiences. Fridays at 7:30 pm. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) THE SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Featuring comics from the Northwest and beyond, and hosted by Deece Casillas. Sundays, from 8-9:30 pm. Free. The Ridler Piano Bar, 718 W. Riverside Ave. (509-822-7938)


GARDEN BROS CIRCUS The show features three rings and performers from 22 countries, including horse riders, aerial artists, contortionists, motorcycles, clowns, jugglers and more. May 23, 4:30 & 7:30 pm. $18. Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Dr.

KHQ/WORKSOURCE JOB FAIR Spokane’s largest annual hiring event, presented by KHQ, WorkSource Spokane, the Spokane Workforce Council, and BECU. May 23, 11 am-2 pm. Free for job seekers, $150/ employers. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (532-3120) STROKE SCREENINGS & PREVENTION EDUCATION Learn more about what you can do to help prevent stroke, and the many local resources available to you during recovery. Includes free blood pressure checks, carotid screenings and other educational info. May 23, 10 am-2 pm and May 28, 10 am-2 pm. Free. St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley. THURSDAY EVENING SWING Weekly swing dance classes and dances, with a dance lesson at 7 pm followed by social dancing from 8-10 pm. No partner necessary. Thursdays at 7 pm. $8/$12. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. (838-5667) A WALK THROUGH POVERTY A 30-minute documentary and accompanying art exhibit by artist Cameron Day exploring the plight and complexity of poverty in the Inland Northwest. May 10-24 (open daily). Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) DROP IN & RPG If you’ve ever been curious about role-playing games, join us to experience this unique form of gameplaying, and build a shared narrative using cooperative problem solving, exploration, imagination, and rich social interaction. Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month, from 4-7 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (509-279-0299) DANCE INTO SUMMER Includes a beginning waltz lesson followed by general dancing, refreshments, door prizes, ice breakers and more. May 25, 7 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. EXPLORE HAYSTACK HEIGHTS COHOUSING Imagine living in a neighborhood where you know your neighbors, kids can grow up in a stimulating, nurturing environment, and you can age in place surrounded by people who look out for you. Learn more at this open house session. May 25, 1-2:30 pm. Free. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. (893-8340) ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST An all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, sausage, eggs and drinks. Cash or check. May 26, 8-11 am. $3.50-$5. Green Bluff Grange, 9809 Green Bluff Rd. (979-2607) HERITAGE GARDENS TOUR Step back in time and experience this unique garden as it looked in 1915. Learn about the discovery of this lost garden, the carefully planned restoration and the two influential families of early Spokane who made this their backyard. May 26, 11 am-noon. Free. Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, 507 W. Seventh. SUNDAY FUNDAY AT RIVERFRONT Play a sidewalk game, board games or get creative with crafts from Tomato Street Downtown in the Looff Carrousel. Sundays from 1-3 pm through May 26. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard. (625-6600) MAGICAL MONDAYS Cecil’s Magic has been thrilling audiences in the Northwest for over 25 years with his unique style of magic. Mondays from 3:30-4:30 pm through May. At the Looff Carrousel. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (625-6600)

DOLLARS & SENSE: NAVIGATING YOUR CREDIT WORLD Learn how to get free access to and understand your credit report in this workshop from SNAP Spokane. May 28, 6-8 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld. FOUND ON THE AVE Join Sprague Union District retailers in a district-wide sidewalk sale shopping event. May 31 and June 1 from 10 am-5 pm. Free. Sprague Union District, 2400-1600 E. Sprague. bit. ly/30BoT9B MEGA GARAGE SALE Tables and rooms are filled typical and above average garage sale “stuff” and specialty items, including jewelry, boutique items, high quality furniture and household goods. May 31 and June 1 from 9 am-4pm. Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) LILAC CITY COMICON The 13th annual comicon is largest comic book & pop culture convention in Eastern Washington. This year’s lineup features special guests Chris Kattan (SNL), Hacksaw Jim Duggan (WWF) and Randy Havens (Stranger Things), along with over 250 exhibitors selling comics, toys, collectibles, art, games, clothing and more. June 1 from 10 am-6 pm and June 2 from 10 am-4 pm. $18/Sat; $13/Sun; $5/kids. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.


DAYTON DAYS PARADE & ACTIVITIES Travel to Dayton, Washington, to watch a parade with regional fair court royalty and local organizations, then stay to enjoy activities throughout town. Additional activities include: children’s activities and free dutch oven lunch at the Boldman House Museum; Pacific Science Center Exhibit and space-themed virtual reality event at the Dayton Memorial Library; Summer market opening with a chuck wagon lunch and more. May 25, 10 am-9 pm. Dayton, Wash.


BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE A documentary film about Alice Guy-Blache, who pioneered the movie business in 1894 and made 1,000 movies over her career. May 23 at 25 at 7 pm, May 24 at 5 pm, May 26 at 3 pm. $5-$8. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801) STORM BOY Michael Kingley recalls memories of his childhood when as a boy he rescued and raised an extraordinary, orphaned pelican, Mr. Percival. PG. May 23-26, times vary. $5-$8. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. US Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. May 24-26, times vary. $7. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main. BAD MOVIE MARATHON Join the Kenworthy for bad movies all day. Includes complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner, rounds of trivia and bad movies. Through donations, this event helps the theater replace its 30-year-old chairs. May 27, 9 pm. By donation. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. A PRAYER FOR COMPASSION This documentary strives to inspire those already on a religious or spiritual path to expand

their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species, and make choices in alignment with this value. In the SFCC SUB. May 30, 6-8 pm. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS The 20th annual Animation Show of Shows includes 15 memorable and beautiful animated, international films. Not rated. May 31 at 5:30 pm, June 1-2 at 3:30 pm, also June 1 at 7:30 pm. $5-$8. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. NY CAT & DOG FILM FESTIVALS Programs (2 hrs. each) screen back-to-back with an intermission between. The cat film festival is at 1 pm, with the dog film festival at 3:30 pm. A portion of proceeds support the Spokane Humane Society, which is on site to answer questions about adopting, fostering and volunteering. June 1. $9/program. Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main.


CRAFTS, DRAFTS & FACTS: THAT’S A WEED?! Learn how to identify, control and manage regional noxious and invasive weeds, and sample some tasty ways to use local weed species in several dishes, including dandelion pesto, sauteed cattail shoots and spring weedy salad. This event supports the Palouse Land Trust. May 23, 5:30 pm. $27.24. Rants & Raves Brewery, 308 N. Jackson St., Moscow. SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar during an event on the outdoor patio. Thursdays from 6-10 pm. $15-$25. Prohibition Gastropub, 1914 N. Monroe. Gastropub.Spokane1 BRENNA: A STEWARDSHIP RED RELEASE PARTY Celebrate the release of the new Brenna A Red Ale with food from Mixed Plate Food Truck (4-8 pm), music from Upriver Drive and Nick Grow (4-7:30 pm). Includes a raffle and auction with proceeds supporting efforts to help find a cure for ALS. May 24, 4 pm. Free. Big Barn Brewing Co., 16004 N. Applewood Ln. FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS Featuring family-friendly trivia from Bent Trivia and beer flights from local breweries. Participants receive half-off rides on the SkyRide. Fridays from 5-8 pm through May. $5 flights. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. WINE RELEASE & BARREL TASTING Sample the latest release of China Bend’s Organic Unsulfited Wines. Explore the secrets of the cellar with samples of wines aging in the barrels paired with hor d’oeuvres. May 25-27 from 12-5 pm. Free. China Bend Winery, 3751 Vineyard Way. (732-6123) SIP & SAMPLE The market’s weekly afternoon tasting, featuring 1-2 wines and something to munch on. Saturdays from noon-4 pm. Petunias Marketplace, 2010 N. Madison St. MIMOSA SUNDAY BRUNCH SERIES Chef Steven and team create a buffet brunch to pair with a mimosa bar offering a variety of choices. Sundays at 9 am and 10:30 am through May 26. $20. Nectar Catering and Events, 120 N. Stevens. (290-5182) LATAH CREEK WINE DINNER Enjoy 5 courses from Remington’s paired with wines from Latah Creek, including a 2016 Maywine paired with caprese skew-

ers to 2017 Huckleberry d’Latah paired with lavender-infused panna cotta with caramelized huckleberries. May 28, 6 pm. $42-$45. Spokane Airport Ramada Inn, 8909 W. Airport Dr. (509-838-5211) LITTLE CHEF’S COOKING CLASS A fun introduction to cooking. May 28, 6 pm. $20. Main Market Co-Op, 44 W. Main Ave. (509-458-2667) HEALTHY DINNER IN 30 MINUTES Learn to prepare a healthy and balanced meal for four in 30 minutes or less. Class covers three different entrees, starch side dishes, as well as vegetables. Two salad recipes also included. May 30, 6-8 pm. $59. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (279-6030) VEGAN COOKING 101 Glorious Artisan Bakery owner Leo Walters shares his favorite plant-based recipes. At the end of the evening, you’ll take home samples of several vegan cheeses, as well recipes. May 30, 5:30-7 pm. $30. Glorious Artisan Bakery, 1516 W. Riverside. howglorious. com/vegan-cooking-101


COEUR D’ALENE CHARTER ACADEMY: BACH TO ROCK The Academy presents its season finale concert with performances by the orchestra, band and jazz students, featuring a wide range of music and showmanship. May 23, 6-8 pm. Free. Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave. THE M SHOW NO. 2 The M Show’s Percussion Edition, hosted by Spokane Symphony concertmaster Mateusz Wolski, with special guest, boxer Chauncey Welliver, The Hillyard Hammer. This edition focuses on all things percussion, with scientific, musical and comedic exploration of instruments that crash, bang, beat, strike and knock. May 23-24 at 8 pm. $25-$60. Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific. THE NINE PINT COGGIES The Inland Northwest Scottish fiddle band is at Art Spirit Gallery for a rousing evening, performing favourite tunes from Scotland, Ireland and the Celtic countries. May 23, 7:30-9:15 pm. $10. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. (208-771-2912) BROADWAY & SYMPHONY ON A BOAT An evening lake cruise performance from Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre actors accompanied by the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. May 24, 5:30-8:30 pm. $40. RESURRECTION RECORDS 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTIES! A two-day music event. Lineup as follows. May 24: Jenny Don’t And The Spurs (Portland!), Pine League, Silver Treason, Ex-Pets, Wool Eyes. May 25: Dreckig (Portland!), Dry Wedding (Portland!), Runaway Octopus, Maidenhair. Shows start at 9 pm both nights. May 24, 9-11:59 pm and May 25, 9-11:59 pm. $12/$20. Berserk, 125 S. Stevens St. GREAT SCOTT: A CELEBRATION OF SCOTT JOPLIN Richard Dowling, piano, presents a program of Scott Joplin’s famous Ragtime music. May 25, 7:30 pm. $16.52-$42.39. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad. INNER FLAME: FEMALE JAZZ COMPOSERS A Presentation of female jazz composers including Jenny Kellogg, Alison Poteracke, Kate Skinner, Jessika Smith, Lauren McKinley and Rachel Bade-McMurphy. May 25, 6 pm. $10-$15. Bridge Press Cellars, 39 W. Pacific. imaginejazz. org (838-7815)

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In the Air Ward off allergies with CBDs BY TUCK CLARRY


or some, spring being in the air means newfound love and hope from a dreary winter that loomed well into this calendar year. But for many of us, spring being in the air is apparent by scratchy eyes and sinus headaches. But get this: turns out cannabinoids — THC and CBD — are great aids in helping the body moderate the allergens that can affect the whole body. The reason mostly is that the major cause for irritation from allergies is via inflammation, be it nasal or airway. “Cannabis seems to inhibit the inflammatory pathway,” cannabis researcher and doctor Sue Sisley told Leafly. “And that certainly does relate to allergies because if you can cut the inflammatory pathway, then it could

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certainly help the untreated allergies, all the classic symptoms: the itchy, runny nose, itchiness, hives and all those kinds of things.” It is worth pointing out that the direct action of an anti-histamine or allergy medication will probably have more noticeable or swifter response to the symptoms, but the moderate aid of cannabis’ anti-inflammation abilities is worth noting. Perhaps we could see a future of terpene sprays that are directly applied to the locations of severe inflammation? Interestingly, cannabis not only serves as an antiinflammatory but also a major reducer, or at the least leveler, of histamines throughout the body. Histamines serve an important tool as antibodies that fight off the

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Advice Goddess HAVING IT TALL

I’m a 6’2” woman. What’s the ideal way for me to respond when people (almost always men and total strangers) ask, out of the blue, “How does a woman your height find boyfriends?” –Annoyed I’d opt for the macabre approach, delivered totally deadpan: “Actually, I stretch short men on a rack in my basement. You can sometimes hear the screams from the side yard.” AMY ALKON Responding with shocking humor – in an uber-cool tone – gives you the upper hand, in a way an enraged response to their rudeness would not. And yes, people who say this to you are rude – assuming you don’t go around wearing a sign that reads “Hey, strangers, ask me anything! Nothing’s too impolite or too personal!” Of course, when people overstep (as maybe 6,055 other people have done previously), it’s natural to get angry – to go loud and ugly in calling them on their rudeness. However, that sort of directness – explicitly telling them that they’ve wronged you – is probably counterproductive. Social psychologist Elliot Aronson finds that people are highly prone to “self-justification” – the ego-defending denial that they’ve behaved badly. Making matters worse, our fight-or-flight system reflexively reacts to verbal attacks in the same adrenalized way it does to physical attacks. So, angry directness from you is likely to provoke a rudester into amping up the ugly – turning around and deeming you rude, wrong, and “Wow...testy!” for your response. Ultimately, using humor as I suggested – an over-the-top statement, delivered flatly – allows you to restructure the power balance, shifting yourself out of the victim position. You’re clearly informing the person they’ve crossed a line, with minimal aggression on your part. This is important because, as a tall girl, your energy is best put to more productive ends – folding yourself up like origami to fly in coach and fighting the Statue of Liberty for the extremely tall guys of Tinder.


My style is basically grunge rocker girl: ancient jeans, a vintage rock T-shirt, and bedhead. I need photos of myself, so late Saturday afternoon, I did a photo shoot with a professional stylist, makeup artist, and photographer. Long story short, I despise all the photos. They dressed me in “nice lady” clothes I hated and put too much makeup on me, including lipstick, which I never wear. I’m normally pretty assertive, so I don’t understand why I didn’t speak up for myself. –Irritated When your style is grunge femme – bedhead and jeans that appear to be loaners from a wino – it’s a major bummer to pay for photos that make you look like you sell high-end real estate via bus bench ads. It’s especially bummerific when you could have spoken up but instead just went along like a lap dog in a bee outfit. But the reality is, your ability to assert yourself – which comes out of a set of cognitive processes called “executive functions” – can get a little beaten down. Executive functions are basically the COO (chief operating officer) of you – the cerebral department of getting stuff done, through, among other things, planning, prioritizing, holding sets of facts in mind, and making choices. And then there’s the executive function that crapped out on you: “inhibitory control,” which, as cognitive neuroscientist Adele Diamond explains, allows you to direct your “attention, behavior, thoughts, and/or emotions.” This, in turn, empowers you to do what you know you should – like eating your green beans instead of going with what your impulses are suggesting: faceplanting in a plate of fries and soldiering on to do the same in a bowl of chocolate frosting. As I explain in my “science-help” book, “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence,” our mental energy to keep our executive functions powered up gets eroded by stress, fatigue, hunger, and even seemingly minor mental chores – like choosing between the 30 slightly different kinds of balsamic at the supermarket. Basically, as the day draws on and you put weight on your executive functions, you wear out their ability to be there for you. So, what can you do to avoid repeating this experience? Try to schedule tiring, emotionally taxing projects earlier in the day. It also helps to figure out ahead of time where your boundaries lie – stylistic or otherwise. Then, when somebody does something you’re not comfortable with, you’ve pre-identified it as a no-no, which makes it easier for you to stand up for yourself – calmly and firmly. Remember, “every picture tells a story” – and it’s best if yours doesn’t seem to be about the time the lady at the Estee Lauder counter held you down, made you up, and then pulled out her Ruger and forced you into mom jeans. n ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (

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EVENTS | CALENDAR K-POP! THE KOREAN POP MUSIC PHENOMENON K-pop has grown into a global phenomenon, amassing enormous numbers of teenage and young adult fans. Generally “popular music” within South Korea, the term is often used more narrowly to describe a contemporary form of pop music that is influenced by styles and genres from around the world. This program is one of SPL’s events celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. May 25, 3:30-4:30 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. GREAT SCOTT: A CELEBRATION OF SCOTT JOPLIN Richard Dowling, piano, presents a program of Scott Joplin’s famous Ragtime music. May 26, 5 pm. $16.52-$42.39. Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. (877-452-9011) MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING ELVIS Includes musical performances on Sunday at 1 and 3 pm by Ben Klein with the Zonky Jazz Band, along with a patriotic concert by the Spokane Brassworks Band. Includes an antique/ classic car show model train display, free food and more. May 26-27 from 9 am-5 pm. Free. Hennessey Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division. (328-2600) MUSIC ON MAIN Blues, southern rock and country sounds are destined for Main Avenue in historic downtown Ritzville. Includes music, vendors and raffle drawings and the Ritzville Classics on Main car show. May 26, noon. Free. Ritzville. (850-7371) NORTHWEST BACHFEST: EVENING OF THE CLASSICS The second week of NW BachFest 2019, featuring a concert program of classics by Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel and more, performed by cellist and artistic director Zuill Bailey and guest pianist Richard Dowling. May 28, 7:30 pm. $16.52-$47.57. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad. (465-3591) EWU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The EWU Symphony, featuring Concerto Winners and the Cheney High School Orchestra, perform the music of Tchaikovsky, Copland, Mozart and more. In Showalter Auditorium. May 29, 7:30-9 pm. $5; $3/senior, student; Free/EWU faculty, students. Eastern Washington University, Cheney. (359-2241) WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONTRA DANCE The Spokane Folklore Society’s weekly dance, with music by the River City Ramblers and caller Karen Wilson-Bell. May 29, 7:30-9:30 pm. $5-$7. Women’s Club, 1428 W. Ninth. EWU PRESENTS: THE SOUND OF AMERICAN MUSIC Hear a wide variety of EWU musicians perform American music from the past 100 years. The concert culminates with a world-premiere work by Jenny Kellogg for Jazz Band, Orchestra and Choir. May 30, 6:30 pm. $10-$25. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) UNFORGETTABLE: TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE A special tribute featuring Horace Alexander Young. May 30, 7:3010 pm. $10. House of Soul, 25 E. Lincoln Rd. (509-340-9370)


INTRO TO FLY CASTING This class is geared toward someone who has never

casted a fly rod or who has very minimal experience. Participants set-up their own rod/reel and do some fun practical drills. No equipment necessary. May 23, 5:30 pm. $15. Glover Field, 216 N. Cedar St. WASHINGTON STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK State championship competitions take place across the region May 21-25 and include the following: WIAA 2A/4A Boys & Girls State Golf Championships, May 21-22, citywide; WIAA 1B/2B/1A State Track & Field Championships, May 23-25, Roos Field, EWU; WIAA 4A State Softball Championships, May 24-25, Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. THE NEW FURY Prestige Wrestling comes to Spokane. Matches and talent TBA. May 24, 7:30 pm. The Pin, 412 W. Sprague. ARABIAN HOSE EXTRAVAGANZA The 51st Inland Empire Arabian Horse Show lets the public see these majestic horses perform in the show ring. Includes art, pottery, food and more. Enter at the back of Fairgrounds at the main covered arena. May 25, 6-9 pm. Free. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. BE BEAR AWARE The Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game and Idaho Panhandle National Forests team up to educate and empower local residents to safely live and recreate in bear country. Pre-registration required due to limited space. May 30, 6-8 pm. Free. Idaho Fish & Game Panhandle office, 2885 Kathleen Ave.


THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES Lead character of this black comedy Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zookeeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens. Through May 26; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $27. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. May 17-June 16; ThuSat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $32-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. BARE Stage Left ends its season with this contemporary rock opera that follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they face issues relevant still to today’s students. May 24-June 16; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. CADE PROPHET MEMORIAL PRODUCTIONS: SYLVIA A play for animal lovers. May 24-25 at 7 pm, May 26 at 3 pm. $11.49-$14.64. Heartwood Center, 615 S. Oak St., Sandpoint. CYT NORTH IDAHO: THE WIZARD OF OZ L. Frank Baum’s classic novel comes to life in this faithful adaptation by the Royal Shakespeare Company. May 2425, May 31-June 1 at 7 pm, May 24-26 and June 1-2 at 3 pm. $12-$15. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cytnorthi- CYT SPOKANE: NEWSIES Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message. May 24-June 2; Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 3 pm. $12-$16. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague.


FIGURA VERSATIL A collaboration featuring work by Allen and Mary Dee Dodge, Rinaldo Gil Zambrano and Ashley Vaughn. Works include steel and enamel sculpture, collage, charcoal and encaustic drawings. Through May 31; Thu-Sat from 12-4 pm. Emerge, 208 N. Fourth St. LUMINOUS: DALE CHIHULY & THE STUDIO GLASS MOVEMENT Partnering with Tacoma’s Museum of Glass and Portland-based collector George Stroemple, the MAC presents its first all-glass art exhibition. Thirty-three international artists working in glass, including Dale Chihuly, are featured. Through June 23; Tue-Sun, 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (509-456-3931) KATE VITA: NAKED A collection of 60 painted portraits of “women of a certain age” by Spokane artist Kate Vita. The artist used selfies provided by each subject, makeup-less and unsmiling. Through May 25: Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-4 pm or by appt. Free. Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams. facebook. com/katevitaart/ (990-8098) TRACES OF: EWU 2019 BFA EXHIBITION Featuring art by BFA graduates Darlene Gibson, Sierra Dawson, Tayler Parkin, Erik Sullivan and Madeline McGinn. May 24-June 6; opening reception May 23 from 6-8 pm; open Mon-Fri from 9 am-5 pm. Free admission. EWU Gallery of Art, 140 Art Building. ewu. edu/cale/programs/art/gallery THE HISTORY OF INUIT PRINTMAKING IN CANADA Today, about 10% of Inuit make their living from art sales, one of the largest economies after mining. How did this art form develop in a culture that exists above tree line where there is no wood or a culture of paper making, writing or etching? Learn more in this talk. May 25, 6:30-8 pm. $10. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (456-3931) INTRODUCTION TO RELIEF PRINTING Students are introduced to the process of relief printing: sketching and transferring of an image to a block, later to be carved and printed on an edition form. May 25, 10 am. $70. Spokane Print & Publishing Center, 1925 N. Ash St.


POETRY OPEN MIC No sign-up sheets, censors, or microphones. New poets are especially encouraged to attend. Held on the fourth Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm. Free. Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave. FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR DR. MOHAMMED BOUDOUDOU Dr. Boudoudou is currently in residence at Community Colleges of Spokane, and give this talk, “The ‘Arab World:’ Historical and Cultural Perspectives.” May 24, 4:30 pm. Free. Neill Public Library, 210 N. Grand Ave. (509-334-3595) n



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emorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, kicks off three months of jam-packed events in the city by the lake. So get out your calendar, and block out the following five weekends you won’t want to miss. Can’t swing a vacation in the Hamptons this summer? Then at least get a taste of that upscale New England haven at the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT’S Clambake by the Lake on Memorial Day. Let the Resort’s talented chefs treat you to an over-the-top New England-style buffet of clams, crab, shrimp, Hawaiian poke and much more. Enjoy spectacular lake views, oversized yard C O E U R

games and live music as you welcome the unofficial start of summer ($75 adults, $30 children 10-14, ages 9 and under eat free; Hagadone Event Center). On June 15-16, CAR D’LENE takes over downtown Coeur d’Alene. The weekend starts off with the largest classic car cruise in North Idaho from 6-9 pm. Saturday, get up close to all these classic cars and even peek under the hood at the “show n’ shine” on Sherman Avenue, 8 am-4 pm, also free. Take a break from shop talk for an Elvis tribute concert at nearby McEuen Park, benefitting Kootenai Paramedics (tickets $20).

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Coeur d’Alene Marathon MAY 26

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Join your friends and neighbors honoring America’s independence with the Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth of July parade, 10 am along Sherman Avenue, then amble to City Park for live entertainment and food vendors, 10 am-7 pm. And what’s the Fourth without fireworks? You won’t have to find out; be back downtown at dusk when the sky lights up just past the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Looking for something with a little more sparkle? Check out the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT’S website for information on fireworks cruises, a special steak n’ sparklers buffet and other events. Also in July, the second annual BREWFEST and live music event is Saturday, July 7, 2-8 pm in McEuen Park, and features several dozen of your favorite local beers and ciders, live music and food trucks. The $25 admission includes six 5-ounce pours — additional pours can be purchased for $2 — and is waived for designated drivers and children. The first weekend in August has meant ART ON THE GREEN at the campus of North Idaho College for 50 years! Event hours this year, which runs Aug. 3-5, are Friday, noon-7:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am-7:30 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Featured are nearly 200 visual and performing artists, a juried art show and numerous food vendors. The same weekend as Art on the Green is the downtown STREET FAIR on Sherman Avenue, sponsored by Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association and TASTE OF THE COEUR D’ALENES in City Park, sponsored by the Panhandle Kiwanis. Just several hundred more reasons to stroll, shop and savor your way through Coeur d’Alene this summer.

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