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daho’s right-wing Republican candidates are talking pie-in-the-sky again. This time, in the spirit of Cliven Bundy, they’re after control of Idaho’s federal lands. Three gubernatorial candidates and a passel of local contenders have claimed taking over the federal lands as their top legislative priority. You can be assured none of these candidates mention the possible dollar cost to the state and its taxpayers of such a radical change. Does a $1.5 billion price tag in the first 10 years grab your attention? Or the loss of 2,500 middle-class federal jobs? According to Dr. Evan Hjerpe, an economist with the Conservation Economics Institute, a state takeover of federal lands would deal that size of a cruel blow to Idaho’s treasury. The fuzzy-minded candidates may be dreaming that enormous, imaginary wealth would stream into the state treasury if they could just arrange for the state to get out from under federal regulations and sell off the timber and other natural resources — maybe even sell the land itself. They can dream on. The reality is that the transfer from federal to state of costs of fire suppression, timber management and road maintenance would far outweigh the potential revenue to the state from timber sales. And just where is this market for raw logs? China and Japan? Why did so many lumber mills disappear from North Idaho? And are the highly educated Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management positions to be replaced, in the Idaho tradition, by minimum wage jobs?
control of federal lands. Fairly recently, the U.S. Supreme Court in a New Mexico case and the Idaho Supreme Court in a Boundary County case each held that the state could not take control of federal lands. What’s more, all federal laws still apply anyplace within the United States’ boundaries. Bills and taxes still must be paid, laws to protect the environment still apply, the Endangered Species Act is still in effect. The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t going away. There’s no way to escape the long arm of the Justice Department. Bootleg whiskey would still be a risky business, too. Consider for a moment what Idaho would be like if the state controlled the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties. State law says that state lands must be managed for
“A state takeover of federal lands would deal … a cruel blow to Idaho’s treasury.”
daho legislators legitimized the wild-hare chase for control of federal lands in their 2013 legislative session by creating an interim legislative committee, whose assignment was to study all aspects of a state takeover of federal lands. The legislators haven’t declared war or promised to secede or anything very dramatic; they just asked for $20,000 to develop a strategy to oust the feds and claim the goods. In my days in the Idaho legislature, when the absurd became the norm, we often suggested some legislators were touched by “marble dust.” The condition was most likely to emerge when legislators had spent too many days and months in the marble halls of the capitol building. When symptoms of marble dust on the brain appear, it’s time for legislators to adjourn and head back home to reality. A takeover of federal lands is certainly a “marble dust” operation. The record in the U.S. Supreme Court, ever since the Constitution was written, has made it crystal clear that the federal government is in total control of all its federal lands, and that no state has the power to take
the maximum income. Would that mean that the public has no right to fish, hunt or camp on state lands? Under state management, would trees be there only to be cut down and sold? Roads are for taking resources out of the woods, not for bringing families in to fish, camp or swim?
n my experience, the federal agencies are very sensitive to local public opinion. Right now, Bureau of Land Management and City of Coeur d’Alene officials are working closely together, making plans for BLM lands within the city limits. When city/county/federal folks work together for a common goal, everybody wins. Congress may be dysfunctional right now (there’s too much marble dust in D.C., too), but hope and history lead us to believe it will return to a working body someday. When that happens, Congress will appreciate and celebrate the value that the federal lands in the West bring to the entire country. Yes, all this Bundy talk is worrisome, but I suggest we can rest assured that no scheme the Idaho legislature or our governor dreams up is going to take our national forests away from us. Or hand control of federal lands over to the state. Our Constitution won’t let that happen. n
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othing is so firmly impressed on the mind of the visitor to Spokane… as the great gorge into which the river falls near the centre of the city.” Those words could have been written by any visitor at any time, but they are from the Olmsted Brothers’ 1913 report to the Spokane Park Board. America’s preeminent landscape architects, who worked with New York, Seattle and Portland, prepared a detailed plan for Spokane; the city adopted the entire report as official policy, and we can see the results all around us today. Their top recommendation, however, remains unrealized. They argued for a great gorge park to sit at the spectacular center of the city. Part of their report was spent bemoaning a lost opportunity, because by 1907, when they made their first site visit, the area that has become Riverfront Park was already a tangle of railroads, bridges and industrial uses. All they could say was, “Spokane should certainly preserve what beauty and grandeur remains of its great river gorge.” And they turned their attention downstream. Half a century later, Spokane leaders started looking at reclaiming that abused landscape, and headlines revived the Olmsteds’ dream: “Great Gorge Park Favored” appeared in 1964, as public officials started to rally around the ideas that would culminate in Expo ’74. Thirty years after the World’s Fair, a group of citizens who wanted to draw attention to the Spokane River as a way to protect it also studied the Olmsteds’ work. The Friends of the Falls offered a master plan in 2005 that argued, again, for creating the Great Gorge Park. And here we are, considering plans to refresh Riverfront Park. As chairman of the citizens advisory committee that offered its vision to the Park Board last month, I have been in awe of how King Cole and his team were able to wrap urban renewal and Spokane pride into such an elegant-yetpowerful package. If only we could do that, too. Well, I think I’ve found our own way to tie all these threads into a beautiful bow: Let’s take the Olmsteds up on their advice and create something even bigger and better than Riverfront Park. A more expansive vision of our park is well within reach. We could connect what is now Riverfront Park via the Centennial Trail to a huge loop reaching down through Kendall Yards to Sandifur Bridge, back up through Peaceful Valley, then, with a bit of trail added, connect to the new Huntington Park. And the trail connections could go farther, as the Olmsteds wrote, “to extend this park along the right bank of the river to the street railway amusement resort called ‘Natatorium Park’ [below the western end of Boone Avenue] and along the left bank of the river to Fort Wright [where SFCC sits today]… ” After that, it’s not far to the 10,000-acre Riverside State Park. Meanwhile, the North Bank of the park near the Arena is primed for liftoff, and the Centennial Trail to the east, with some key improvements, could offer greater connectivity, too. So I am hereby proposing that Spokane change the name of all of it — Riverfront Park included — to “Great Gorge Park.” This is not a recommendation of our citizens committee; this is just me, standing on the shoulders of the Olmsteds, city leaders of 50 years past and the Friends of the Falls. There may be some sentiment attached to the name given the Expo fairgrounds in 1978, but let’s be honest: If the name “Riverfront Park” were a flavor of ice cream, it would be vanilla. “Riverfront Park” barely scratches the surface of describing this geographical treasure. “Great Gorge Park” tells the world that what we have here is wild, unique and massive — one of the great wonders of the western United States. Sometime next year, after Spokane finishes looking at improvements to the park, I would challenge the Park Board to consider this. After all, it was the Park Board that asked for the Olmsted Brothers’ advice in the first place. Great Gorge Park. It’s a journey back… to the future — a way to honor our past and mark a new beginning at the same time. Great. Gorge. Park. Three words that just won’t go away. Three words that sound like destiny.
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he volunteers of NAMI Spokane, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, applaud the Inlander for its State of Mind series of articles that highlight the many challenges facing our community regarding issues related to under-treated mental illness. Unfortunately, because there is no place for individuals with severe mental illnesses in our society, these challenges are common to most cities and counties across the country. We have yet to accept the fact that they are blameless victims of brain conditions; conditions that may interfere with their ability to participate effectively in society. And we fall victim ourselves to the power of stigma, a misplaced cloud of disgrace surrounding our brothers and sisters who live with these conditions.
It undermines our best intentions, allowing us to accept the discrimination that leads to inhumanity. NAMI has been active in Spokane for over 30 years, helping everyone understand that lapses in the mental health of individuals are common in all populations around the world and need not be feared. Our mission is described in one sentence: We are dedicated to the eradication of mental illness and to improving the lives of all who are affected by mental illness. Is the eradication of mental illness even possible? Though there is no cure yet, promising research shows that severity may be controlled through the establishment of prevention protocols involving early detection, early diagnosis and early “first strike” response. By sharing our own experiences,
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debates within a bar atmosphere in order to elevate conversation (“Wisdom in a Bottle,” 5/15/14) did not sit well. Indeed, it seems like creating environments for learning and discussion amongst adult patrons would improve our community. Introducing alcohol into the setting and making it the attraction, though, would bring about drunken arguments without merit. Because alcohol is not a stimulant, the meetings that are supposed to add to the greater good of “wisdom” could fall short, and end up as tipsy debates. Send comments to Instead of making alcoholic beverages integral, firstname.lastname@example.org. perhaps having such events at hip Spokane restaurant/coffee shops could prove more effective. Restaurants offer alcohol as an option without being forceful, and coffee shops are the epitome of community and discussion. Even though the relocation of these events would take time, effort and the permission of the establishments, a new era could be created by encouraging mature conversations about tough topics in more conducive places, with less stress on alcohol and more emphasis on fun and maturity.
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y the time police officers arrive on Feb. 12, the man has ransacked most of his house looking for it. When Sandpoint police officers ask him what “it” is, he answers mostly in nonsense. The man’s mother explains he has paranoid schizophrenia. A few months earlier, the State Hospital North psychiatric facility had released him, but the voices had returned and he needed help. “You don’t know who I am,” the man tells officers. “I am the light.” Based on his behavior and mental health history, police records show the officers took the man into protective custody — starting what would become a more than twoday process to transition him from police “mental hold”
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daho law requires police officers and deputies to take mentally unstable people into protective custody if they appear endangered. Police say a person must pose a danger to himself or others, or must qualify as “gravely disabled,” which means they cannot function safely. If someone has not committed a crime, they cannot be booked into jail, but officers remain responsible for their placement at a treatment facility. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department, which handles more protective custody calls than any other North Idaho agency, saw its involuntary holds increase by more than 100 cases in 2013, jumping from 185 to 299 calls. Even with a local psych ward, CPD Capt. Steve Childers says the check-in process can still prove time-consuming. “There’s not a lot of beds,” he says. “[The hospitals] try to get us in and out of there as fast as possible … but you could be at the hospital a couple of hours just waiting.” Most of the department’s holds take two to four hours, according to call records, but of the 299 last year, at least 24 took more than five hours. The longest racked up more than 29 hours. In all, Coeur d’Alene spent nearly 800 hours on protective custody calls last year, the equivalent of having one police officer working full-time for five months. “Is that the best use of our police officers?” Childers asks. “It certainly has an impact.” The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office reports 80 mental health holds for 2013. The Post Falls Police Department reports 82. Sandpoint reports 32. Officials say the calls often come in waves, depleting staffing as they stack up. Even a couple such calls a month can complicate scheduling or have an outsized cost on overtime budgets. Kootenai Sheriff Ben Wolfinger says mental health hold delays cost the region thousands of dollars in officer salary and transport expenses. Out-of-county transports often take two deputies off of assigned duties for their entire shifts — two deputies who can no longer respond to 911 calls, ticket speeders or protect local neighborhoods. “It’s a huge problem here,” Wolfinger says,
adding, “Any time you take a deputy off the street, it’s not a good thing.”
f a police officer needs to find a psychiatric bed at 2 am, Claudia Miewald may get a call. As director of the Kootenai Behavioral Health Center, she works closely with law enforcement agencies, trying to improve the process for checking people in for treatment. She says she understands the challenges officers face when trying to get people help. “We generally take them,” she says of mental holds. “We try to get the right person in the right bed. … We work as hard as we can.” Kootenai Behavioral Health also has seen an increase in mental health intakes. Miewald says the facility admitted more than 700 involuntary holds last year, most from police detentions. Staff often shuffle beds around to make space. From April 2013 to this past March, she says, at least 126 mental health patients spent more than 12 hours in the hospital’s emergency room waiting for a bed. “It certainly does stretch our resources,” she says. While the hospital has invested $1.2 million this year toward five additional inpatient beds and extensive safety upgrades, Miewald strongly supports the construction of a mental health crisis center. A voluntary crisis center could provide “wraparound” services to help keep people stabilized on treatment and medication, which would reduce encounters with police. If approved, a Coeur d’Alene crisis center would function similar to a 24/7 mental health service center in Billings, Montana. MarCee Neary, director of the Billings center, says local authorities immediately noticed dramatic decreases in police detentions and emergency room intakes after the crisis center first opened its doors in 2006. “[The effect] was pretty drastic,” Neary says. “We expected there would be an impact, but we didn’t think it would be that visible or measurable.” Police officers could drop off people in need of immediate mental health assistance around the clock, with just five minutes of paperwork.
Within 24 hours, those people got a mental health assessment, counseling, a case manager, food, laundry and follow-up services. “They’ve streamlined the whole process,” she says. “It has completely changed the way we’re able to help people in the community.”
uring this year’s legislative session, Idaho lawmakers considered funding for three regional crisis centers in Coeur d’Alene, Twin Falls and Boise. In the end — despite strong support from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter — legislators approved just $1.5 million of the $4.5 million request, enough for one of the three centers. The final location now remains undecided as the three communities vie for a single center. Sheriff Wolfinger, along with police chiefs from Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Spirit Lake, issued a joint letter in March, emphasizing the area’s need for additional mental health services. The letter outlines the heavy burden placed on local law enforcement and the opportunity to shift many of those calls to voluntary stays at a crisis facility. “The transports are costly and unanticipated which has a direct impact on our fiscal budgets,” the letter states. “This crisis center would benefit everyone not only in Kootenai County, but the surrounding counties as well, all of whom have the same issues with mental holds.” Wolfinger emphasized immense community support for the project from law enforcement and hospital officials. The county’s deputy prosecutor responsible for filing mental commitment cases also enthusiastically supports the center. State Rep. Kathy Sims (R-Coeur d’Alene) says she voted against the crisis center funding because she was not convinced of the benefit. She says she did not understand what good the center would provide, adding that she feels any significant spending should go before local voters instead of being passed down from the state level. “It’s not like this money falls from the sky,” she argues. “It comes out of somebody’s pocket.” State Sen. John Goedde (R-Coeur d’Alene) says many people do not recognize the increased impact that mental health holds have on law enforcement, emergency rooms and other services. He argues that a crisis center would free up officers to “do the job that they’re trained to do.” “I believe it’s a solution to a problem that’s been growing,” he says. “It’ll end up saving taxpayer dollars in the long run.”
he state’s Department of Health and Welfare has assembled a small team of behavioral health and research professionals to review the qualifications and needs of the three cities to determine where the crisis center should be located. Spokesman Tom Shanahan says the team hopes to release its decision by the end of June. “We want to stand up the crisis center as soon as possible because of the community need,” he writes in an email. Wolfinger says the other communities have more mental health resources than Coeur d’Alene. He argues that a North Idaho center could drastically improve service for the region. Childers, with the Coeur d’Alene Police, agrees, saying this year’s mental holds already approach 90 calls. “That would be a huge thing,” he says of a center. Bailey, with the Sandpoint police, will take any help he can get. In mid-May, a teenager swallowed more than 100 sleeping pills during a bout of depression. Sandpoint officers scrambled to get her into the hospital and find a psychiatric bed that could take her after doctors treated the overdose. Records show officers spent a total of 47 hours assigned to the call, watching the teen as she awaited treatment and placement. Bailey does not see any clear answers, but he says the crisis center seems like a step in the right direction — a way to get people better care and keep his officers out on the street where they can help others. “One thing’s for sure,” he says. “The problem’s not going away.” n firstname.lastname@example.org
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A 22-year-old college student named Elliot Rodger killed three people in a shooting spree Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara after allegedly stabbing three of his roommates to death. Before the rampage, Rodger uploaded a video to YouTube in which he describes taking “retribution” against the women who rejected him.
The Spokane Transit Authority board approved a $4.7 million remodeling of the inside of STA Plaza. The redesign, expected to be completed in September 2016, includes tearing down the waterfall and adding more retail spaces.
Confronted by allegations of treatment delays and mismanagement at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, President Obama vowed to fix the problems plaguing the veterans’ health care system in a press conference last week.
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Debi Hammel and Dave Blyton hug after cutting the ribbon on a new overpass at Cheney-Spokane Road and U.S. Highway 195 on Friday as Thomas Grieb, right, and local lawmakers look on. Hammel’s 16-year-old daughter, Lorissa Green, was killed at the intersection in 2009 when Blyton’s truck struck her car as she was turning left onto the highway. Since, Hammel, Blyton and Grieb, who was paralyzed in a collision at the same intersection, have lobbied for an overpass to make the intersection safer. Crews still have to complete the fourth leg of the interchange, the southbound on-ramp, but the finished bridge will eliminate left turns like the one that killed Green and another driver earlier this month. “This is a huge day,” Hammel said in a ceremony at the intersection, the bridge behind her lined with pink balloons in memory of her daughter. “This is closure for our family, and I think for a lot of our friends.”
McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene officially opened over Memorial Day weekend. The revamped 20-acre field features a new playground, splash pad, off-leash dog park, and tennis and basketball courts.
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Spokane City Councilman STEVE SALVATORI announced this week that he will resign July 8. Salvatori says personnel challenges at the company he founded — Salvatori-Scott, which represents over-the-counter medication providers and stores they sell to, like Walgreens — demand he move to Dallas, where the company’s headquarters recently relocated. Salvatori took office in 2012, leaving a year and a half of his term after he resigns. Through an application process, the remaining six councilmembers will select his replacement. During his time on council, Salvatori has advocated for business interests, pushed for increased independence for the city’s police ombudsman and led the 17-member Fire Task Team, which made recommendations for improving city fire service, including testing one-person response units for non-life-threatening medical calls. “I don’t know that anything is ever completely done, but I’m happy I got to at least work on some of those
things,” Salvatori says. Even as councilmembers disagreed, Salvatori says he’s proud they “did it professionally and did not make it into a circus.” — HEIDI GROOVER
Disability Rights Washington recently launched an awareness campaign in opposition to questions on the state’s bar exam that advocates argue discriminate against law students who have suffered with or sought treatment for mental health issues. The WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION says it has recently modified exam questions to address some of those concerns. The Seattle-based rights group called out two bar exam questions that ask about an applicant’s diagnosis or treatment for any “psychotic, mental, emotional or nervous disorder,” instead of inquiring more specifically about problems with conduct or capabilities. Applicants who answer “yes” must provide additional info. The questions imply an issue with any diagnosis or treatment, advocates say, regardless of whether it impacts a person’s ability to practice law. In a video for the campaign, Gonzaga law professor Mary Pat Treuthart says the questions may aturn people away from seeking help. DRW cites recent Justice Department findings that called similar bar exam questions in Louisiana a violation of civil rights protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Debra Carnes, spokeswoman for the Washington State Bar Association, says the exam in July will use updated language following the DOJ findings. — JACOB JONES
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Landscape architect STEPHEN SMART — a longtime donor to Todd Mielke and other conservative county commissioners — benefited mightily when his property at
Bigelow Gulch and Argonne Road was included within the county’s Urban Growth Area expansion last July. The 2014 assessment of Smart’s two-acre property, near the Smart Gardens nursery, was just over $134,500, but after the UGA expansion and a new water line, it’s for sale for over $1.02 million. The urban expansion was struck down by the Growth Management Hearings board in November, but because Smart appeared to already have his paperwork approved, the project is able to move forward anyway. But Rick Eichstaedt, an attorney challenging the zoning, says he made a discovery: Public records appeared to show that the county’s certificate of completeness for the project had been dated for August of 2013, but had only been issued when additional questions had been answered in January 2014 — months after the UGA expansion had been ruled invalid. When questioned about the document, two county employees, Building Director Randy Vissia and his employee, Julie Shatto, refused to answer, pleading the Fifth. “It tells me that these people were willing to do anything to make this project go forward,” Eichstaedt says. Smart maintains the paperwork had been completed last August. “For all the stuff that they’re alleging to be true, the county has to be corrupt…” Smart says. “I don’t think anything was backdated. I think they made a clerical error.” Since 2008, Smart’s limited liability company, DART LLC, has donated more than $1,500 to Mielke. On top of that, Smart and his businesses have donated to Commissioner Al French and former Commissioners Phil Harris and Mark Richard. Smart has long had a preexisting relationship with Mielke and French. Each worked with him on projects when they were in the construction industry. “They’re friends, too,” Smart says. — DANIEL WALTERS
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espite crime statistics that showed it wasn’t any more dangerous than in previous years, downtown’s reputation took a beating last summer. After public pressure about crime and loitering young adults in downtown, Mayor David Condon formed a task force to address the issue by the time temperatures began to warm this year. Now, the task force has a list of suggested actions, including more police officers and outreach for youth and young adults on the streets of downtown. “The whole philosophy is we’re not trying to move anyone out of downtown,” says Jonathan Mallahan, who is director of the city’s community and neighborhood service division and led the task force along with Mark Richard, president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership. “We’re trying to make it a place for everyone to enjoy.” To determine its priorities, the group surveyed downtown businesses about their perceptions of downtown and asked homeless youth and adults about their needs. In the results, businesses identified loitering young adults, camping
homeless people and “obnoxious behavior” as among the most common and important issues downtown. Among other questions, young people were asked about the reasons for their homelessness. A majority said they were runaways or “pushed out/thrown out.” Along with substance abuse and mental health help, a majority of those ages 16 and 17 said they need help finding or getting a job. Nearly 60 percent of 18-to-20-year-olds said they need help accessing housing. The plan is multifaceted, but the most immediate change will come within the next month, when five new officers will be assigned to the Spokane Police Department’s downtown precinct. Officers there — soon to be 14 in total — will focus on “quality of life crimes” like panhandling, sit-and-lie violations and riding bikes and skateboards on sidewalks. A $25,000 public awareness campaign — tagline: “Real change, not spare change” — funded by the city and DSP will encourage the public to give to nonprofits instead of panhandlers. Meanwhile, the task force hopes to connect more people with services. The city is offering a
BRING YOUR POKER FACE Complaints about teens and young adults loitering and panhandling downtown led the mayor to create a task force on the issue last year. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO six-month, $40,000 grant for outreach aimed at youth and young adults. The downtown youth shelter Crosswalk, which will apply for the grant, now runs a street outreach program focused on people younger than 18. More money would allow outreach workers to serve more young adults and provide them with connections to mental health care and training in job skills like interviewing and résumé writing. The task force also has identified longer-term needs that remain unfunded, including a youth recreation program in downtown, housing for young adults, separate housing for chronically homeless adults and a program that helps people apply for government benefits. “These are the realities of an urban city and I feel really optimistic about the approach we’re taking,” Richard says. While Spokane has a youth shelter and several adult shelters, young adults often slip through the safety net. Service providers
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he day after Idaho’s primary election, leaders from the state’s Republican Party convened at the steps of the statehouse, promising harmony and compromise in the general election and in the future. For Sen. John Goedde, the “GOP Unity Rally” was little more than an empty gesture, “like trying to put frosting on a cow pie.” “It sounds wonderful, but I have heard since the election a number of Republicans saying ‘I’m going to register as a Democrat,’” he says. Last week, Goedde, who has represented Coeur d’Alene’s 4th District for 14 years in the legislature, was defeated by a challenger from the right — failed Coeur d’Alene mayoral candidate Mary Souza, who ran on a platform pledging to take back federal lands, defy the Affordable Care Act and pull out of Common Core education standards. Goedde’s loss to Souza highlights the ideological rift between rank-and-file Republicans and a far right wing plaguing the party and threatening its grip on the Gem State. Cracks in Idaho’s GOP have been evident for years, but the divided camps came to a head this past election season, when Sen. Russ Fulcher (R-Meridian), backed by Tea Party conservatives all over the state, mounted his gubernatorial campaign against Gov. Butch Otter. Although Otter held onto the Republican nomination last Tuesday, he won by just eight percentage points — the smallest margin of victory in a Republican gubernatorial primary in at least a decade — and lost Idaho’s three most populous counties, including his native Canyon County. In the general election, where he’ll face Democratic nominee A.J. Balukoff, Otter faces a contradictory challenge: How to placate far-right Republicans without losing moderate voters? “The fight for the soul of the GOP is going to continue, and that will have a pretty significant bearing on the general election,” says David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public
Sen. John Goedde was defeated in last week’s primary. Policy at Boise State University. “If [Otter] moves even further to the right, will he essentially cede some of the middle ground to A.J. Balukoff? ... That really gives an opening for the Democratic Party to lure moderates away from the Republican Party. That’s been a hard sell, but historically, when there have been great divides in other states, that’s how parties are grown.” Every far-right challenge to statewide office holders failed last Tuesday. But Alder says that doesn’t mean the Tea Party is losing steam. In Kootenai County, all but one candidate — Rep. Luke Malek (R-Coeur d’Alene) — endorsed by the more moderate North Idaho Political Action Committee lost in their efforts to take on Tea Party candidates in state legislative races. “I did hit every single precinct in my district, and the most common thread was a misunderstanding or a lack of knowledge in regard to what the state legislature does,” Malek says. Malek, who bristles at NIPAC’s “Reasonable Republican” label (“We’re conservative politi-
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cians who aren’t afraid to take on complicated issues.”), narrowly beat his challenger, Toby Schindelbeck, a former competitive bodybuilder from California, by less than 200 votes. “There’s a lot of frustration at what’s happening in the local level of government, and a lot of outrage about what’s happening in the federal level of government,” he says. “I think I was lumped in with that.” Voter turnout was particularly low — less than 22 percent in Kootenai County and a mere 25 percent statewide. NIPAC’s Brad Corkill blames the party’s closed primary system for his group’s heavy losses, which restricts voting to registered party members only. In 2007, the right-wing-controlled Idaho Republican Party Central Committee sued the state for the right to close its primary. The party won the lawsuit in 2011. Voter turnout has since hit historic lows in Idaho, where 59 percent of the state’s 742,000 registered voters are unaffiliated with a party. “The closed primary did exactly what the party wanted it to,” Corkill says, “which was limit voter participation and ensure that more fringe candidates would get nominated.”
“The closed primary did exactly what the party wanted it to, which was limit voter participation…” Case in point — the 4th District race, where voter participation wasn’t even half as high as the Coeur d’Alene mayoral race that Souza lost last November: Seven-term incumbent Goedde lost to the conservative activist, who received nearly 54 percent of less than 3,500 votes. By comparison, roughly 8,400 people voted in the mayor’s race, where Steve Widmyer handily defeated Souza, 56 to 42 percent. “We were outmaneuvered. We were out-organized,” Corkill says. “The candidates that got the nomination are running on issues they really can’t do anything about, which is taking back federal lands and abolishing Obamacare — these are issues over which they have no influence.” For his part, Goedde says he was surprised by the outcome of the primary, but he doesn’t regret his positions on controversial issues, like supporting Idaho’s state-run health insurance exchange or voting against a guns-on-campus bill. In her campaign against Goedde, Souza criticized the Senate Education Committee chairman for, among other things, championing Common Core. “I’m sorry; raising standards students must meet to graduate is important, and rejecting those standards is asinine. I can say that now,” Goedde scoffs. “I think [Souza is] going to have a real rude awakening if she thinks she’s going to be able to change federal statutes. ... It’s great when you’re trying to entice people to the election booth, but it’s nothing more than meaningless promises.” email@example.com
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ome ideas about education seem almost ironclad: Poverty is nearly impossible to overcome. Sudden change just makes everyone angry. Swapping out administrators can’t fix a struggling school. But Chuck Salina, department chair of leadership and administration at Gonzaga University, has practical, onthe-ground experience that Chuck Salina says otherwise. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a “turnGONZAGA UNIVERSITY around’ principal, tasked with reviving a Tri-Cities high school failing by nearly every measure. The results shocked even him. “It’s freakin’ scary,” Salina says. “This is so much bigger than anything I did.”
ake no mistake, Sunnyside High School was in trouble. In the classes of 2007, 2008 and 2009, fewer than half the students had graduated — and the closure of the district’s alternative school, sending a wave of troubled students to Sunnyside, made things even worse. Few schools in Washington had as many disadvantages. Nearly the entire Sunnyside student body is Hispanic, many are bilingual, and some students can’t speak English at all. Poverty is so widespread that every student gets a federally funded free lunch and breakfast. Fights broke out in the halls. The surrounding town was beset by gang violence. There was one silver lining. Those problems made Sunnyside eligible to win a federally funded School Improvement Grant, if it was willing to dismiss its current
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principal. Salina, formerly a principal in Colville, became his replacement. “I had complete freedom,” Salina says. “They just said, ‘Just change this school.’” He wanted to bring up graduation rates, and he didn’t sugarcoat the challenge. “I remember the first assembly I had with the kids. We said, ‘Half you stand up, and half of you sit down,’” Salina says. “‘You half standing — you can leave, because you’re not going to graduate.’ … You could see the kids get serious right there.” Salina, backed by the $5 million grant, a host of academic research and a community willing to try anything to save Sunnyside, introduced a barrage of changes. They included: Restrictions that only upperclassmen could eat lunch off-campus, only if they had good grades, and only if they kept the school clean and their aggregate attendance above 94 percent. It stemmed the tide of students ditching school after lunch. Four additional hours of school a week allowed Salina to add 20 extra minutes of lunch, called “Grizzly Time.” Students with grades lower than C+ had to spend that time getting help from a teacher; students with Fs had to receive additional afterschool tutoring. Senior students were assigned colors (green, yellow, orange and red) signaling whether they were on track for graduation. With the numbers of students in each color displayed in the Sunnyside commons area, students could see their peers move from red to green throughout the year. Gonzaga grad students studying counseling and teaching partnered with Sunnyside and visited with the kids. Busloads of Sunnyside kids visited Gonzaga, whetting their appetites for higher education. Parent volunteers on a community truancy board met with students who’d been skipping school to help improve their attendance. Counselors would visit students in the classroom two or three times a week to help them achieve their goals. “Every student in the school had a guardian angel,” Salina says.
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educe Sunnyside’s success simply to a list of programs, however, and Salina will bristle. His big takeaway, outlined in a case study he co-authored for the journal Professional School Counseling, is that students need three things to succeed: high standards, social support (that list of rules and programs) and strong personal relationships with teachers, counselors and administrators. “If you really build relationships with kids, they want to graduate too,” Salina says. Spend the time and energy investing in kids, make them feel safe and valued, and it pays off. Sunnyside student Stefani Anciso says she saw the entire atmosphere change back in 2010. Many teachers and students wouldn’t interact in the halls, but Salina was an exception. “He wasn’t the best at remembering names, but he’d always stop and talk with them,” Anciso says. That began to spread. Sunnyside assistant principal Dave Martinez says it was a cultural shift, a selflessness that began with administrators, then trickled down to teachers, students, even the surrounding community. Teachers and students would greet each other in the halls. Students would give each other pep talks, pushing each other to attend class so they could earn open lunch. Morale soared. “Pretty soon we started to get a swagger,” Salina says.
unnyside had reason to be cocky. From 2009 to 2013, the graduation rate at Sunnyside rose from 49 percent to 85 percent. State test scores, attendance and grades rose as well. In a grim but positive sign, not a single Sunnyside student died of gang violence last year. Today, all the money from the grant is gone, but the academic gains remain. These days, Salina says, students are requesting to transfer into Sunnyside. Other struggling schools, like Rogers High School in Spokane, are trying to follow in Sunnyside’s footsteps. “Every kid can graduate,” Salina says. “It’s not poppycock.”
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o much waste. Millions and millions of pounds of the stuff each year — a disgusting by-product no one really wants, most of it free for the taking and chock-full of unused raw materials. Erik Coats, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Idaho, took stock of the more than 8,000 dairy farms statewide, all of them brimming with manure. Erik Coats He could smell great potential, among other odors. UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO “Historically, we’ve viewed waste streams as bad,” he says. “[But] it’s a raw resource that we can process into something valuable.”
Coats now leads the nation’s only research team successfully processing cow manure into a type of cheap, versatile and, most important, biodegradable plastic — polyhydroxyalkanoate or PHA — with a growing variety of uses. Much of his research requires working on-site at dairy farms using a mobile processing facility built within a 24-foot trailer. It means slopping through gallons of wet manure and embracing the dirty work of discovery. He notes his colleagues don’t always appreciate the aroma of his lab. “Not all researchers are willing to work in that environment,” he says. “Part of it is just the yuck factor. … Some people might not think it’s sexy, [but] there’s a real need out there.” As natural and agricultural resources dwindle, it becomes increasingly important to know how to recover valuable material from waste, he says. In pursuit of a more sustainable world, Coats says he expects more and more future research will focus on giving industrial by-products, things like cow manure, a second life through science. “It’s pretty cool stuff,” he says. “I get excited about it.”
“Some people might not think it’s sexy, [but] there’s a real need out there.”
he final product often resembles a clear sheet of film, like plastic wrap, that can serve many different functions. It’s quite similar to common petroleumbased plastics like polypropylene. Coats says it works well for single-use packaging. Being biodegradable, it also works outdoors for plant potters or erosion-control matting. But it all begins with the back end of a cow. Coats and his team of UI graduate students take raw, wet manure and process it through a fermentation tank. During fermentation, carbohydrates in the manure break down into organic acids like vinegar. Coats says it’s not so different from how beer fermentation produces alcohol. “At a certain level, it’s the same process,” he says. “[Instead of yeast], it’s just a different microorganism.” Coats then feeds those organic acids to a special bacteria that stores its leftovers as PHA. His team can then dry and harvest out granules of the plastic and purify them into usable material. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture reports the state has more than 540,000 dairy cows, each producing literally tons of manure every year. Coats says approximately 12 gallons (about 100 pounds) of raw manure can process down to five pounds of PHA plastic. While the manure-based plastic ends up very similar to other plastics, Coats acknowledges most people might hesitate to use it for some applications, such as food storage. He says the plastic would be plenty sanitary, but doesn’t plan to waste time trying to convince people when there are so many other good ways to use the product. “It’s just plastic,” he says, regarding food-storage applications. “Would it be appropriate? Sure. Is it a path we want to go down? No.”
oats says his graduate students, the true workhorses of the effort, have helped him study the process at all levels in hopes of improving the predictability of the reactions and yields. He also wants to secure funding this year for additional equipment to help separate wet and dry materials from the manure, improving the efficiency of the process. After spending years working out of a trailer, refining and studying the process on a small scale, Coats plans to move his research toward commercial viability on an industrial scale. He wants PHA to “leave the lab” and find its place within the country’s manufacturing and production practices. That’s where his dream of turning waste into resource can really shape the world. “We need to be … maximizing recovery,” he says. “We need to take that next big leap.” In 100 years, the thoughtful recovery of material from waste streams may be routine, Coats says. He hopes this work will be his contribution to that more sustainable future. “We can do better,” he says. “Leave it better.” So while some scientists chase after genomes or black holes or other glamorous projects, Coats will keep working in the muck. Somebody has to do it.
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SCHOLASTIC FANTASTIC ERGONOMICS
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n the Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab of EWU’s Department of Physical Therapy, a mannequin head lies wide-eyed next to a skeletal torso. Crowded into a corner are several beds and chairs with hard vinyl cushions and adjustable components; a photography lighting setup is jumbled in another corner. Just below the ceiling, the Dan Anton room is ringed by devices that EASTERN WASHINGTON look like large security cameras. At desk height there’s UNIVERSITY, RIVERPOINT another ring of hardware in CAMPUS the form of computer workstations. Graduate research assistant Neil Morris is standing by one of them, holding a wire. “This is an electromyography, or EMG, electrode,” he explains. “With tape it attaches to the surface of the skin, and then through the skin it picks up the amount of electrical activity in the muscle. This then plugs into this device” — he points to what could be a ham radio set — “which communicates wirelessly with the computer to record that activity.” “It’s actually a fancy voltmeter,” Dan Anton adds, referring to the ham radio. “But this thing costs $15,000, so it’s not your typical voltmeter.” Anton, an associate professor in the Physical Therapy department, heads a research effort that includes Morris and several other research assistants like Jayme Gilmore, who’s also here conducting this impromptu tour. Their grant-based research focuses on “work-related musculo-
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skeletal disorders.” That involves proactively addressing problems like tennis elbow, tendonitis and shoulder impingement — issues that develop gradually and invisibly to affect workers in a wide variety of professions. “We try to find a technique or tools that reduce the risk of injury,” says Morris, who’s on the research team specializing in construction solutions. “Think of someone running a jackhammer. There’s vibration syndrome, which can lead to carpal tunnel and all kinds of things. One solution is to use a vibration reduction glove that helps reduce the amount of vibration transmitted into the hands.” He offers for inspection a glove that wouldn’t be out of place in a sci-fi B-movie, with a thick brickwork of gray rubber padding on the palm and the digits. Anton raises a chunky, lozenge-shaped device by its center handle. “This is a portable bandsaw. It’s been out for about a year, so it’s a fairly new tool that is not widely used. What we do is we say, ‘This is cool. But is it really better than the traditional way of doing things, using a hacksaw?’” That’s where the EMG electrodes and motion-capture cameras come in. By using human subjects in the lab and real-world scenarios to measure the amount of muscle activity and the nature of movement each tool or technique requires, these researchers can analyze the data to draw conclusions about their ergonomic impact. “With electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, everybody who’s working overhead a lot, there’s a potential for shoulder injury and also overuse because you have to grip hard on the tool,” says Morris. “Obviously it takes more muscle force to use the hacksaw, but it’s a lot lighter weight than the bandsaw. The bandsaw cuts faster and easier, but it’s heavier. So is it better, particularly when cutting overhead?” After investigating these questions, the research assistants then publish their findings as “solution sheets” on a free, publicly available website overseen by CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and Training. The sheets are accessed by unions, contractors and site managers to find novel or surprisingly abiding solutions that reduce workplace injuries and long-term debilitating disorders. Anton estimates the site gets roughly 9,000 hits per month. It isn’t just handymen and heavy lifters who are prone to these kinds of issues. “About 80 percent of dental hygienists have musculoskeletal complaints, and about 15 percent have actual carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s a substantial number,” Anton says. “That’s because dental hygienists are gripping repetitively, constantly pinching very forcefully to stabilize the instrument when they’re working.” Gilmore adds that things are exacerbated by hygienists’ “awkward and static poses,” which we tend not to notice when we’re bass-mouthed captives in the dentist’s chair. Statistics issued by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries in 2011 showed dental hygienists to be the only medical practitioners within the top 25 professions for incurred costs for claims related to the musculoskeletal system. Until that point, she says, “I hadn’t realized it was such a major issue.” Her four-person team combs existing research to develop online training modules for dental hygienists. Like their construction-oriented counterparts, they consider factors like the hygienist’s posture, the patient’s position and available tools to mitigate musculoskeletal impairment. Their modules are ultimately destined for the Labor and Industries website. “Hopefully, it will create a little bit of awareness,” says Morris, “and it will get people to think, ‘Is there a better way I could be doing this?’” “That’s what ergonomics is,” Anton says: “Trying to find out if there’s a better way to do things.”
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SCHOLASTIC FANTASTIC SUSTAINABILITY
WE CAN OPEN A LOCAL MARKET TO HELP OFFSET OUR ENVIRONMENTAL SINS BY LISA WAANANEN
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he idea started coming together last year when Patrick Van Inwegen was on sabbatical at Whitworth University’s program in Costa Rica. There, the campus is built on former cow pasture land that was once tropical forest, and the community is working toward reforestation. Costa Rica as a nation is working to become carbon-neutral in the next dePatrick Van Inwegen cade, and it’s a great place for Whitworth students to learn WHITWORTH — but getting there requires a UNIVERSITY long, bad-for-the-environment flight. So visiting students spend part of an orientation day planting trees to offset the carbon emissions of their travel. This is one instance of carbon offsetting at the local level, and it’s a concept Van Inwegen, an associate professor in the Political Science department, is now bringing to Spokane. “The idea is kind of like a farmers market to bring consumers and producers together,” he says.
To understand the goal, go back several years when Whitworth did a comprehensive carbon audit as a way to judge the institution’s impact on the environment. A chart of projected emissions showed a dotted line slowly rising for the next three decades if the school changed nothing. Below it, another line sloped downward, representing emissions if Whitworth drastically reduced energy use. The school is already headed that direction with solar panels, energy-efficient light bulbs, campuswide recycling and LEED-certified buildings. But that decrease isn’t enough. Like a number of other schools, Whitworth has a goal to become carbon-neutral. That line for emissions needs to bend all the way down to zero, and that’s just not possible if Whitworth’s Spokane campus is going to keep operating. “It was very quickly evident that we could not reduce everything here, especially since we want to increase the number of students studying abroad,” Van Inwegen says. Studying abroad is a good example of the whole problem — traveling by plane contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and the only way to avoid that is by not flying anywhere. But Whitworth strongly believes that studying abroad is critical educational experience, so what can you do? That’s where carbon offsets come in: If you can’t reduce all your emissions, reduce emissions somewhere else. For a plane flight, plant trees. Most existing carbon offset markets have operated with a hereand-there type of model — if you can’t get your emissions to zero here, you can buy offsets that improve emissions somewhere else. You can help contain methane in Pennsylvania, build wind power systems in India or preserve endangered rainforest habitat in Brazil. But these faraway projects can be problematic because they’re difficult to monitor and may have unintended consequences and — most important, Van Inwegen says — they don’t teach students in a concrete way. “It could help, but then it doesn’t educate our students at all,” he says. “It doesn’t encourage engagement. … Students need to see the connection between their consumption and energy use.” With that in mind, he started coming up with a plan for a local exchange — like a farmers market, where everyone can meet faceto-face and the interactions stay local. The “vendors” in the market would be local organizations or nonprofits that already have the knowledge and infrastructure to do good, and the shoppers would be institutions like Whitworth that are working toward becoming carbon-neutral. Eventually, there may be a way for individuals to purchase offsets, too. Van Inwegen says the market would allow the community to first go after the low-hanging fruit — the “cheap, easy stuff.” Whitworth may not have any more old-fashioned light bulbs to replace on campus, for example, but it could aid programs to help more low-income households in the community get energy-efficient bulbs. “An important assumption is that no one is forced to do anything,” Van Inwegen says. “Like a farmers market, you can shop there because you want to.” This summer, the project has pilot grant funding to figure out basic questions: What groups could be part of this? What quantity of reductions could they get? What type of offsets would get the most bang for the buck? This fall, the plan is to get everyone together to talk about how to move forward with what they’ve found. For Whitworth, taking responsibility to reduce our impact on the earth is a moral imperative. Whitworth alum Olivia Hunt, who worked on community connections for the project before graduating in May, says one of the challenges was getting people to understand why offsets are important. It’s a topic she hadn’t heard about before taking one of Van Inwegen’s classes; now she’s passionate about how a functioning market could have a big impact. So what’s the key to making it happen? “Just being really creative, because there are not many voluntary carbon markets in the world right now,” she says. “It’s a really new area.”
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SCHOLASTIC FANTASTIC BIOLOGY
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n a January Science magazine story about his work, the word “heretic” is splashed in teal letters across the page. On those pages and elsewhere, he’s been called a “maverick” and a “pioneer,” winning over some of his fellow scientists while outraging others. That’s because Washington State University’s Michael Skinner has called into quesMichael Skinner tion the fundamental scientific understanding of what makes WASHINGTON STATE us susceptible to disease. Until UNIVERSITY now, he says, much of science has been built on the understanding of genetics as the way we inherit traits and on the belief that mutations in our genetic material — our DNA — are what make us susceptible to diseases like obesity and cancer. “What I’m suggesting is that the DNA sequence is very critical — we can’t live without it — but it’s only a small piece of a much bigger story,” he tells the Inlander. The rest of that story, according to Skinner, can be seen in the work of his lab. There, he and his team
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are exploring another way inheritance happens, and they’re finding links between toxicants like pesticides and jet fuel and conditions like obesity, even generations after the toxicants are introduced. “One way to explain this is that what your great-grandmother was exposed to when she was pregnant can influence your ability to get a disease that you’re going to pass on to your grandkids, even though the only one exposed was your greatgrandmother,” Skinner says. When Skinner’s lab injected pregnant female rats with toxicants while their fetuses were developing, they found that the exposure affected not those rats or their offspring, but their offspring’s offspring. And rather than genetic mutations, they saw changes in the epigenetics — the chemical modifications to DNA and proteins around the DNA that determine which genes are on and off, helping to influence things like, for example, whether a developing cell will become a brain or heart cell. The change to that epigenetic process altered the rats’ susceptibility to disease, making them more likely to get sick, and remained apparent in subsequent generations. Since its initial findings 15 years ago, the Skinner Laboratory has studied the effects of eight toxicants and found that while the results varied some, all resulted in an increased tendency toward disease across multiple generations. Not only is Skinner challenging a biological bedrock, the toxicants he’s using and the resulting diseases are getting people’s attention. The lab has exposed rats to jet fuel, the pesticide DDT and the chemical Bisphenol A (or BPA), recently banned from plastic baby bottles and sippy cups. The conditions to which the rats became more susceptible included obesity; brain abnormalities; and kidney, testes, prostate, ovarian and mammary diseases. The most recent findings around DDT come as the World Health Organization continues to encourage the use of the pesticide to fight malaria in developing countries. It’s not the first work to suggest that more than just genetics may be affecting our health. Studies of families who’ve lived through famines have shown more negative health effects among the children and grandchildren of women who were pregnant during the famine. Skinner says that along with when we’re fetuses in the womb, our most sensitive exposure periods (the times when environmental factors can change our epigenetics) are during the first five years of life and during puberty. “It’s not just pollutants,” Skinner says. “Your nutrition is your biggest exposure: the foods you eat, the waters you drink and bathe in.” While Skinner does point out the potential ramifications for humans, it’s important to note that his lab is not doing “risk assessments.” Researchers there are not necessarily exposing rats to the same amounts of toxicants that humans would encounter. They’re not measuring how much DDT it takes to cause an increased likelihood for obesity. Instead, they’ve been working to understand whether these outside factors can influence rats’ susceptibility to disease, and how. That, Skinner says, eventually could lead to more understanding of the phenomena in humans, even the possibility of mapping our personalized exposures and what diseases we may be most susceptible to, in order to focus on preventing them before they take hold. As Skinner continues his work, he is likely to continue facing skepticism from those who believe genetics alone provide the answer. But he sees the research as part of a “paradigm shift.” That he’s challenging the status quo and attracting labels like “heretic,” he says, just “means I’m doing something important.” n
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hink of it as one-stop shopping for the culturally curious. That’s one way to see ArtFest, the long-running (since 1986) Spokane festival and juried art contest that brings together more than 150 artists from the region and beyond. The festival offers a wide array of artistic media, ranging from painting to sculptures to avantgarde displays, and it’s all contained in the historic beauty of Coeur d’Alene Park in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood. The three-day event features a lot to take in — including live music, food vendors, a beer/wine garden and kids activities — but here are a few local and regional artists whose work caught our eye, and should catch yours, too. ...continued on next page
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From magnificent, sweeping Northwest landscapes to intricately detailed floral and still lifes and nature scenes, the Idaho watercolorist’s work ranges from soft and glowing to scenes so realistic, one has to look very closely to determine they’re seeing a painting, not a photo. The University of Idaho Fine Arts graduate seeks to capture images that are “next to impossible to capture with a camera, yet possible to visually create in a painting.”
SAYURI “SAJU” KELCH
The Japanese-born but now Spokanebased artist’s intricate work is inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e, a paper cutout art form developed in the 17th century. Her pieces are created using a combination of ink drawing and digital painting techniques. Common themes include Japanese culture, Gothic styles and animals.
Vibrant colors and patterns dominate this Spokane artist’s oeuvre of watercolor and acrylic paintings, which largely take on themes of nature and still-life scenery. Much of her work features striking textures, abstract patterns and a floral or animal subject, often calling to
mind a Mexican folk-art style. Tobias’ major art inspirations come from textile design, the changing of the seasons, optical illusions and her own garden.
After 25 years of painting, Boulder, Colorado’s Linda Lowry sees herself as much a storyteller as a visual artist. “I learn or I create stories as I paint,” she says. “Sometimes I am a cultural anthropologist of sorts, painting a Wyoming cowboy bar, a Buddhist shrine room, or a fountain in Luxembourg Garden.” While her work has covered subject matter ranging from still lifes to portraits to landscapes, Lowry has focused much of her recent efforts on a series called “Water Nymphs,” which features pieces that use the reflective nature of water to add an air of exploration and introspection.
If you need a crash course on the natural beauty of the Inland Northwest, Spokane artist L.R. Montgomery would be a fine teacher. The artist, who works in oil paintings, watercolors and etchings, has captured many of the region’s landmarks in his work over the years, while also providing images of the area’s lesser-known gems. In his Manito Park
Series, Montgomery provides a pastoral, throwback look at the Spokane landmark, portraying a sense of calm you don’t always find at the bustling South Hill park. At ArtFest, see if you can get a look at his woodblock pieces (wood carvings that are used to stamp ink onto paper), and you’ll have a good appreciation for this artist’s devotion to detail.
It’s not all paintings and sculptures at ArtFest. The event is open to other media, including the textile and jewelry work of artists like Virginia Jurasevich, an Oregon-based designer who creates scarves, necklaces, earrings and other wearable pieces of art. “My artwork is an adornment to be worn, felt and experienced; be it a shibori scarf, a necklace or earrings, each artistic expression is shaped to emulate organic forms and symmetry found in nature and architecture,” says Jurasevich in her artist’s statement. ArtFest • Fri, May 30, from noon to 10 pm; Sat, May 31, from 10 am to 10 pm; Sun, June 1, from 10 am to 5 pm • Free admission • Coeur d’Alene Park • 2195 S. Chestnut • northwestmuseum.org
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ime is running out to finalize your epic cosplay outfit for Comicon. The eighth-annual local pop-culture and comic book festival returns to Spokane Community College on Saturday, with perennial favorites like the aforementioned costume contest, artist meet-and-greets and vendors of everything comic book and pop culturerelated. For the convention’s final year at SCC before moving to the Spokane Convention Center in 2015, there’s plenty new to check out. Comicon organizer and founder Nathan O’Brien says he’s looking forward to an appearance by Jesse Lagers, a Portlandarea cosplay artist featured on Syfy’s 2013 documentary series Heroes of Cosplay. The show’s first and second (premiering May 27) season features Lagers — who mainly dresses as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag character Edward Kenway — and other cosplayers traveling to comic conventions across the U.S. to compete in contests for cash prizes and the chance to become cosplay legends. Lagers also is a guest judge for Comicon’s costume contest (4:15 pm). Since the convention’s launch in 2007, O’Brien has seen cosplay participation and overall acceptance by the non-geek culture grow significantly. “Every year people’s costumes continue to amaze me,” he says. “It doesn’t matter the size of a show throughout the country, people look forward to dressing up for fun, and they look for those professional [cosplay]
guests.” He notes that some hobbyist-turned-professional cosplayers like Lagers even operate businesses offering custom, commissioned costumes. Comicon guests from around the Inland Northwest include several who’ve previously been featured in the Inlander: freelance illustrator Joshua Covey; the creators of the locally produced sci-fi series Transolar Galactica; Charlie Schmidt, artist and creator of the Internet meme Keyboard Cat (Bento the Keyboard Cat also appears at 1 pm); and Ryan Beitz, the Moscow-based collector attempting to own every VHS copy of the 1994 film Speed. On the topic of cats, also debuting at Comicon is Sprocket The Comic-Cat, a Kickstarter-funded comic book series featuring Comicon’s new kitty superhero mascot. Sprocket is based on O’Brien’s cat Ed, and the comic is illustrated by Post Falls artist Matt Brazee. Attendees can purchase Sprocket’s fullcolor Spokane adventures, in which he battles an evil mole villain, “Pothole Pete,” for $5. Rounding out the lineup of this year’s guests are comic book artists Alex Sinclair, Stephen Sadowski, Matthew Clark, Clayton Crain, Colton Worley and others. — CHEY SCOTT
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Andy Warhol took Polaroid photos of celebrities like Princess Caroline of Monaco (top left) and famed pitcher Tom Seaver, as well as everyday shots like the one above taken on a street in China in 1982.
Consummate Imagemaker A new Gonzaga exhibit showcases Andy Warhol’s fascination with photography BY CARRIE SCOZZARO
ndy Warhol and Polaroid imagery have a lot in common: both have withstood the test of time and trends to become not just iconic, but significant contributors to how we have evolved — Facebook, Snapchat, Google image search, Photoshop, etc. — as a culture of image consumers and makers. Before there was Instagram, there was Polaroid itself. Instant cameras, which the company began producing in Get the scoop on this weekend’s the 1940s, hit their events with our newsletter. Visit stride in the ’70s when Inlander.com/newsletter to sign up. Polaroid released the SX-70. Unfolding like the head of robot #5 in the movie Short Circuit, the Polaroid SX-70 camera was a gateway to instant gratification in images, without which social media would not exist. With the click of a button (and a distinctive buzz-whirring sound) the SX-70 produced a single, plastic frame which almost instantly, and seemingly miraculously, materialized into a recognizable image. No more second-guessing about the viability of an image until it was processed, printed and developed; images could be made, viewed, commented on and even discarded within moments.
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For artists of the time, it opened vistas of exploration. Need to scout a location for a painting? Take a Polaroid. Playing around with a color composition? Take a Polaroid. And then there were artists like Andy Warhol, the socalled father of Pop Art whose 1968 screenprint Campbell’s Soup Cans turned the art world on its ear in its blatant commercialism and glorification of the mundane. In Warhol’s hands, Polaroid instant cameras became a means to an end, an essential tool for creating other artwork — drawings, paintings, and especially screenprints. For example, Warhol photographed well-known sports figures, including Olympic ice skater Dorothy Hamill and baseball legend Tom Seaver, to help prepare for a painting commission called the Athletes Series. Warhol’s images are now on view in “Andy Warhol: Photographs,” a new exhibit at Gonzaga’s Jundt Art Museum. The exhibition draws from the university’s permanent collection, which received a curated selection of both Warhol Polaroids and black-and-white prints as part of the Warhol Foundation’s 20th anniversary. “Warhol’s art is accessible,” says Jundt director and curator Paul Manoguerra. “His subject matter is everyday life and scenes and people, our shared visual and material culture. I think that partially accounts for his
continued popularity.” Manoguerra will give a free public walk-through Friday, May 30, in the Jundt Galleries, where seven additional Warhol works — prints acquired through the Warhol Foundation — also will be on display. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Warhol took thousands of Polaroids, according to the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, an organization whose efforts include the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. He favored the SX-70 and the Big Shot camera, which retailed for $19.95 when it was introduced in 1971 and became Warhol’s preferred portrait camera. Many of Warhol’s images were of celebrities, but many were just average Joes about whom Warhol found something compelling. “I’ve never met a person I couldn’t call a beauty,” Warhol is quoted as saying in his 1975 book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol. Occasionally, Warhol would take a Polaroid of someone or something, then turn around and photograph the same thing slightly differently in black and white, an ephemeral contrast to the tightly cropped, harshly lit, color-saturated Polaroid. Shot with a pocket-sized 35mm Minox camera, Warhol’s images were not so much poetry as a visual diary, replacing his reliance on a voice recorder to document his day-to-day. Kids flying their kite in a New York City park. The airport terminal from inside a darkened car window. A street scene in China. An almost compulsive desire to document, combined with quirky irreverence, is part of what makes Warhol so relevant to today’s media-intensive audiences. Andy Warhol: Photographs • Through Aug. 9 • Gonzaga University, Jundt Art Museum • Free public walk-through Friday, May 30, at 10:30 am • www. gonzaga.edu/jundt • 313-6613
Home At Last
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he servers sit at the bar with pens and copies of the menu, intently taking notes. They’ve been guided through the menu of craft cocktails, sampling a few drops of each one with tiny straws — everyone agrees the mint-garnished Balboa will be a hit — and now it’s time for a quiz on the extensive food menu: What is “edible dirt”? What are sweetbreads? What is bacon wrapped bacon”? In just a few hours, diners will start arriving for the soft opening. In the back, pans clatter as the kitchen staff gets ready. Out front on the sidewalk, a man screws a metal sign with the restaurant’s name into the sand-colored wall: The Wandering Table. Those who’ve followed chef Adam Hegsted’s career in the Inland Northwest will recognize the name from the pop-up restaurant he created on the side while serving as executive chef at Coeur d’Alene Casino. In that version, the Wandering Table appeared in various locations as a sort of intimate supper club of strangers, where Hegsted served a 12-course meal inspired by the seasons. With
a permanent home, the roving is over and the doors are open to all. Hegsted hopes the restaurant’s tapas-style menu of small plates will similarly let diners experience a variety of flavors and venture a bit outside their comfort zone. “People are going to be able to order two plates or three plates to share,” Hegsted says, “and maybe two of those things are safe things, and the last one is something that you usually wouldn’t order.”
t 34, with a boyish grin that often sneaks across his face, Hegsted already has a long list of honors and successes for a Spokane kid who got his start washing dishes at Marie Callender’s in the Valley. He went to culinary school in Spokane and at the Art Institute of Seattle, became executive chef at Cedars in Coeur d’Alene, made a name for himself at Brix and the shortlived Le Piastre, reworked the dining experience at Coeur d’Alene Casino and in 2012 was invited to serve dinner at the James Beard House in New York.
Through this, he’s honed a philosophy of regional, seasonal food that cleverly challenges diners’ expectations. At the Yards Bruncheon, Hegsted’s other restaurant that opened this year in Kendall Yards directly next door to the Wandering Table, that philosophy is applied to a classic diner. At Eat Good in Liberty Lake, it’s applied to cafeteria-style lunch. But the Wandering Table is a work of passion, where the vision is revealed most clearly and the stakes are highest. “It’s scary,” he says. “I had a really comfortable job at the casino where I was paid well and had benefits and all these things. To take the leap to my own place is a big leap, but it’s a different thing … When you have a chefowned restaurant, it’s different from when somebody else is owning it, because I’m willing to take a little more risk than most people.” Among those who heard about the Wandering Table in its traveling version was Kendall Yards CEO Jim Frank, who attended several of the dinners and later helped Hegsted secure the spot ...continued on next page
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FOOD | OPENING “HOME AT LAST,” CONTINUED... among Kendall Yards’ carefully selected restaurants. Making it happen is something of a family business, with Hegsted’s brother, Ryan Stoy, in charge of the day-to-day kitchen operations as chef de cuisine. (Their youngest brother, Alex, is in culinary school.) And the other key members of the staff are like family anyway, Hegsted says, because they’ve been working together so long. Manager Paul D’Orazi started working with Hegsted at Brix 10 years ago this summer. The pair are friends whose families spend time together outside of work. D’Orazi says they hire people who make good members of the team, even if it means more training, and that Hegsted — the temperamental opposite of the expletive-screaming chefs seen on TV — creates a family-like atmosphere among the staff. “The people who work for him respect him,” he says. “I’ve seen him get mad, a few times, but it’s never the Gordon Ramsay reaction. I think he brings a calming demeanor to the kitchen, which in turn can lead to a calmer demeanor in the front of the house.”
n a broad sense, the experience of dining at the Wandering Table is not unlike going to a winery or brewery to sample their full range of offerings. Why commit to a single glass when you can taste a little of everything? And why not bring a few friends to compare thoughts and reactions? Most dishes on the menu could easily make a meal for one, but guests are encouraged to share. It’s a liberating notion for those who are always trying to sneak a bite from other plates at the table. The seasonally changing menu includes traditional dishes with a modern twist, such as spaghetti stuffed meatballs ($8) and calamari Alfredo ($11). Or the bacon wrapped bacon sliders ($7), which — as your server could tell you — is pork belly served with crispy bacon. The restaurant’s ambience reflects the menu’s mix of modern and traditional, with brass-colored fixtures and salvaged windowpanes hung between the bar and the main dining area. Unfinished wood beams line the ceiling, and the names of local farmers and suppliers are listed on a chalkboard on the wall. The warmth is extended to the whiskey-focused bar, which offers a selection of strong cocktails ($6-$8) and wine by the glass and bottle. Also offered is a novel chef’s tasting menu option, where guests name the amount they want to spend per diner ($15-$65), and a customized menu is created on the spot, in a way that harkens back to the surprise element of the original Wandering Table. “I just thought that would be a fun way to have that Wandering Table-style dinner where you’re trying a couple different things,” Hegsted says, “or being able to experience something we just got in that’s not even on the menu yet, or something that we’re experimenting with — and you’d be the first one to try it.” The Wandering Table • 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. • Tue-Thu, 11:30 am-11:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30-1 am; Sun-Mon, 4-11:30 pm • thewanderingtable.com • 443-4410
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s the mobile food truck phenomenon shows little sign of slowing, many cities are grappling with how to accommodate the sometimes conflicting needs of pedestrians, drivers and permanent businesses. In some cases, food trucks park wherever they can find purchase. In Sandpoint, a city of roughly 7,400 people, Oak Street Court provides year-round parking. Located across from Farmin Park — home of Sandpoint’s Farmers’ Market — the food court features seven spots for mobile vendors and one location in which a beer-and-wine vendor is slated to go. The grassy area is partially shaded with sturdy tents, and there are numerous benches — two made from really rad snowboards. It’s all walk-up service, reasonably priced, with varying portions and styles of food such as Yogolicious frozen yogurt, which also has a brick-and-mortar location on Highway 2. Ohm’s Thai Plates serves roti, an Indian bread ($2.50) and pad thai ($6.50) while Tug’s serves kosher dogs and Wood’s Meats sausages ($1.50-$3.50). Lily’s Pad rotates their menu of healthy wraps, including Caribbean and ginger chicken ($6.50), and they’ll be adding Hawaiian shaved ice this summer. Originally from Las Vegas, Savannah Clark and husband Brad renovated a classic camper to create The Old Tin Can, which serves appropriately retro fare such as burgers ($6-$7) and fries ($3). Special touches include a toasted bun, special sauce, handformed patties and the option of raw or grilled onions. The “bad” in Bad J’s Texas BBQ might stand for badass sauce. Owner Joey Few explains that the sauce, Hogg Heaven, is from a Tennessee restaurant operated by his mother’s best gal pal (whose last name is actually Hogg). It goes over pork ribs and beef brisket, oak-smoked on-site and served with a thick slice of white bread, pickles and raw onion. Try Lone Star Tacos ($5.75) with cheesy potatoes, onions, jalapeño and mild or kick-your-ass hot sauce. Finally, Sirius Street Food covers the gamut with an evolving menu that might include falafel, burgers, pulled pork, po’ boys, or fish and chips. With its distinctive blue-and gold RV, Sirius actually was the first Sandpoint food truck to appear on our radar. Parked at Oak Street Court since midwinter, Sirius gets props for longevity,
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Queen of the Damned Angelina Jolie is fabulous, but Maleficent is a sloppy fantasy mess BY MARYANN JOHANSON
eware, children, when attempting to rehabilitate a cartoon villain. Or when updating a fairy tale or beloved classic fantasy story. For you tread on treacherous ground, and a successful completion of your quest is far from certain. As a warning to you all, behold Maleficent, the “true story” behind Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, and the lesson not learned from Disney’s previous similar outings, Oz the Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland. Unless the lesson is: Throw enough theme-park spectacle at audiences and you don’t need to bother with any of that “character” or “story” nonsense, and spin it in 3-D so you can tack a premium onto the ticket price. Like Alice and Oz, Maleficent — the first film from visual-effectsartist-turned-director Robert Stromberg — seems primarily concerned with being its own pop-up, coffee-table book of production design than anything approaching satisfying fantasy drama. But it has more in (lamented) common with the non-Disney Snow White and the Huntsman, in that it feels like the highlight reel from a threemovie epic. Check out all the “good parts”! That epic battle that comes about 15 minutes into the film? I presume that was intended to be the dramatic, exciting climax of the first film in a Maleficent trilogy, once we understood the beef between humans and fairies. Instead, there’s a random human king about whom we know nothing leading an attack against the fairy realm. Why? Something something something ancient hatreds. Humans are just terrible creatures, greedy and envious, and their king is a meanie. The fairies are kind
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and gentle and trust one another and don’t even need anyone to rule them, as they live in such easy, wondrous harmony. That lazy simplicity — of which that is only a tiny hint — is supposed to be excusable, I guess, because this is a movie “for kids.” But I suspect even “the kids” will notice such muddled world-building and the confused motives, on both the human and fairy side, that follow. If the fairies don’t need a leader, why don’t they seem to care when Maleficent sets herself up as their queen? (Angelina Jolie is fab as the vampy witch fairy. It’s a shame the movie lets her down.) Why is human Stefan (Sharlto Copley) so horrifically awful to his fairy friend Maleficent after being so nice to her? Why do three “nice” fairies (Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple) turn their backs on their homeland MALEFICENT in order to raise Rated PG human baby Aurora, Directed by Robert Stromberg apparently as a favor Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle to the cruel Stefan? Fanning, Sharlto Copley How come, if Maleficent casts a nasty revenge spell on the baby — the eternal-sleep thing — but later casts another spell to revoke it when she learns the error of her vindictive ways, it doesn’t stay revoked? Scratch the rushed, addled surface, and it all gets weirder and more disturbing, and reeks of an homage to 1950s attitudes that we should not be nostalgic for. Stefan becomes the human king when he betrays Maleficent. The previous king (Kenneth Cranham) has a daughter (Hannah New); she doesn’t get to be queen in her own right, but only after being married off to Stefan. Ugh. Contrast dutiful daughter and wife, though, with spurned lover... which is what Maleficent was to Stefan, who had claimed to be her true love before he variously abandoned her and — more ugh — tortured her. Instead of boiling a bunny, Maleficent turns her rage on Stefan’s daughter when she should have cursed him, the bastard. Disney’s most popular villain — and I imagine, its new Princess of Darkness — doesn’t warrant much of a feminist sort of vindication, it would seem. And don’t get me started on the ending, some fairy-ist bigotry that should make anyone who cares about magical folk really, really angry. But, ooooh! Look! A dragon!
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As one of the most terrifying and iconic Disney villains, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has had many questions surrounding the origins of her background. This newly re-imagined flick seeks to explain exactly how the fallen fairy became so evil, and why she chose to act out against innocent Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). As cursed child becomes young woman, Maleficent must make drastic decisions to save her kingdom of the Moors, even if it hurts her in the process. (ER) PG
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive details the story of two vampires’ romantic reunion and the turmoil caused by an unwanted visitor. Adam, a sulky musician living in Detroit, is dissatisfied with the current nature of humanity. Worried about his state of depression, Eve, his century long-lover
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In this modern western comedy, a timid sheep farmer, Albert Stark (Seth McFarlane), is dumped by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) after shying away from a gunfight. Soon after, he becomes enamored with the beautiful new woman that arrives in town (Charlize Theron). They spark a romance and she helps him develop his courage. It is not until her husband, an outlaw, arrives for revenge that Albert is inspired to truly test his newfound courage. The film is produced and co-written by Seth McFarlane. (MB) Rated R
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The new version of Spider Man returns with even more baddies for our favorite former nerd to battle. Balancing both romance with his girlfriend, Gwen (Emma Stone), as well as the everyday troubles of being amazing, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has a lot on his plate. The birth of a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx) who seems to be stronger than our wayward hero, brings a new revelation. (ER) PG-13
Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) has always lived her life between two worlds. The illegitimate child of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), Belle is of a higher rank than the servants, but cannot eat with her own family because of her mixed-race status. Strangled by class systems and prejudice, Belle begins to find her voice only when she falls in love with a man who wants to change the world for the better, but does not have the rank her family requires. (ER) Rated PG
In a movie together again, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (Team Sandlermore, if you will) head to Africa. They play Jim and Lauren, a couple who endure an awful blind date, then somehow end up at the same resort half a world away. Both have kids, which makes things even crazier, right? When Lauren starts falling for these motherless kids, she’s in danger of falling for the whole package. Directed by frequent Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy), Blended is full of the sort of silliness Sandler has been taking to the bank with the Grown Ups franchise. (MB) Rated PG-13
Paul Walker, in one of his last roles he played before dying in a car wreck last year, plays Damien, a Detroit cop whose father, also a cop, was killed by a notorious drug lord. Now, this cop is going into one of the city’s worst neighborhoods to
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returns home. The romantic reunion is interrupted when Eve’s sister unexpectedly visits and causes a disturbance with the only human Adam trusts. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R
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try to ferret out this bad dude and get a little payback for dear ol’ Dad. (MB) Rated PG-13
Nothing is terribly surprising in Chef’s plot, but its up-to-date narrative ingredients of a food truck, Twitter and the Internet add a freshness to the overall product that blends nicely with its heart and soul. It’s been more than a decade since Jon Favreau, who directs, writes and stars, has imbued a film with this kind of warmth. As the lead, Favreau plays a chef who once was at the top of the nation’s culinary scene, but is now frustrated in his role as a chef for an insufferable owner (Dustin Hoffman). So the chef sets out on his own, opening a food truck with friends and family. (MB) Rated R
Director Ivan Reitman (who did, among many other things, Ghostbusters) brings us a relatively accurate depiction of the NFL draft and all the backroom shenanigans. Kevin Costner stars as the GM of the Cleveland Browns who, on the eve of the draft, has seen both his personal life and his career wander onto shaky ground. Now, he has to decide whether to take a heralded quarterback as the first pick. (MB) Rated PG-13
The issue of obesity has been a muchtalked-about problem in our society for a couple decades now, but it seems like none of the solutions have really stuck. This documentary, narrated by news legend Katie Couric, points the finger for this epidemic at sugar and the people who put it in our kids’ food. The film takes to task everyone from presidential administrations, the FDA and, most poignantly, the mega corporations who produce the vast majority of our country’s foods. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated PG
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Finding Vivian Maier recounts the discovery by John Maloof (who codirected this documentary with Charlie Siskel) of a reclusive photographer’s tens of thousands of mysterious photographs and the filmmakers ensuing quest to discover the artist’s identity. All evidence suggests Maier, who died in 2009, was very private; conjecture suggests she was in some way mentally ill. At Magic Lantern (LW) Not Rated
Without even attempting to capture the spirit of the sometimes grim, sometimes goofy series of Japanese Godzilla films that ran from 1954-2004, this second Hollywood attempt at a movie about the big, gray lizard with radioactive breath is convoluted in its story lines and plodding in its presentation. The supposed monstrous star of the film is in a supporting role, overshadowed by lots of scientific babble and two other monsters called Mutos who are more interested in making Muto babies than knocking down buildings. Of course, real estate goes down when Godzilla finally goes up against them. But that good stuff is too little and comes far too late. (ES) Rated PG-13
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Ewa (Marion Cotillard,) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) escape from their native Poland for a better future. When Magda falls ill and is kept out of the U.S., Ewa realizes that their American dream is still far off. Tempted with the promise of freeing Magda from quarantine, Ewa is forced into prostitution that slowly but surely breaks her spirit. When magician Orlando (Jeremy Renner) steals Ewa’s heart, she rediscovers her will to live in this heartbreaking, beautiful drama directed by James Gray. (ER) Rated R
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Alejandro Jodorowsky envisioned Orson Welles, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali as some of the cast in his pageto-screen epic Dune. But it never happened. The cult filmmaker’s dreams to create one of the biggest sci-fi films in history, based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, crumbled apart after years of work. But in its wake, Dune’s death planted seeds for what are now genre classics, like Star Wars and Alien. Director Frank Pavich’s documentary on the film — the most ahead-of-itstime movie ever, some say — tells the story of what Dune could have been. (CS) Rated PG-13
Tom Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a family man and construction foreman battling a cold as he drives alone on an at-first mysterious mission. We’re tasked to piece together the source of conflict between Locke and a series of callers (heard but never seen), ranging from his boss to his wife to a hospital in London. But kick out the legs of the plot engine — where Locke is going and why — and what sticks is its stirring
portrait of a detail-oriented man trying to stay true to his self-defined code of honor. Locke also delivers a couple of soliloquies to his dead dad. (KJ) Rated R
In this Mumbai romance, the famously efficient lunch delivery system, Dabbawalas, makes a mistake and causes a grieving widower and a lonely and unhappy housewife to find each other. This causes the two to eventually develop a relationship when they send each other notes through their shared lunchbox. At Magic Lantern (PS)
MILLION DOLLAR ARM
Between its underdog story, charming characters and light (but consistent) humor, Million Dollar Arm has got universal appeal. Jon Hamm stars as reallife sports agent JB Bernstein, who’s desperate for an outside-the-box idea after striking out with American pro athletes. Bernstein gets the idea to go to India to find young cricket bowlers to convert into baseball pitchers, and soon finds himself as a fish out of water (SS) Rated PG
This film casts Seth Rogen in a comfortable role as a genial pot-smoker, and a wonderfully wild Rose Byrne in a comfortable role where she’s allowed to speak with her own Australian accent, as Mac and Kelly are forced to contend with the Delta Psi fraternity buying the suburban house next door to theirs. OK premise, awful result. (SR) Rated R
THE OTHER WOMAN
In this Hollywood universe, one man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) has the super-human ability to get Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton — obviously, from the getgo, this film isn’t based in reality. When they all discover he’s cheating on them, the three women band together to deliver some just desserts. (LJ) PG-13
Directed by Mark Levinson, Particle Fever follows six scientists on the cusp of a historic discovery. Some have spent their whole careers — 30 years of research — on one claim. Together they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe through the use the Large Hadron Collider, one of the globe’s most expensive machines which could potentially create the elusive God particle on which they have staked their careers. At Magic Lantern. (ER) Not Rated
THE RAILWAY MAN
Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is haunted. As a youth, Lomax fought in World War II as a British Army officer where he was taken into a Japanese labor camp and brutally tortured. Years later the abuse and violence still follows him, regardless of his loving relationship with his supportive and sensible wife, Patti (Nicole Kidman). Informed by a friend that his torturer is still alive, Lomax sets out to face his demons and exact his revenge in this quiet, haunting drama based off the best-selling autobiography from the same name. (ER) Rated R
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
In the latest installment of this Marvel franchise, we open on a nasty future: dark, post-apocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) has a plan to stop the Sentinel war decades in the past, before it even begins. There will be time travel and everything is gonna get fixed. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender. (MJ) Rated PG-13
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After a decade making blockbusters, Jon Favreau returns to his indie roots with Chef BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN
hef is filled to the brim with the kind of who forbids Carl from preparing anything other heart and vivacity that makes up for than the establishment’s tried-and-true dishes. the film’s familiar story line, in which a Hoffman and Favreau, in character, lash out at man returns to basics in order to rediscover his each other in delightful fits of pique, after which passion, reclaim his soul, and reconnect with his Carl packs up his knives and walks out. Cooling 10-year-old son. his heels on a trip to Miami with Inez and Percy, Nothing is terribly surprising in Chef’s plot, Carl comes into possession of a beat-up food but its up-to-date narrative ingredients of a food truck, and his new life begins. truck, Twitter and the Internet add a freshness Joined by his kitchen underling Martin (John to the overall product that blends Leguizamo) from New York nicely with its heart and soul. It’s and his son, Carl travels back to CHEF been more than a decade since Jon L.A. in the food truck, making Rated R Favreau, who directs, writes and Written and directed by Jon Favreau memorable stops along the way stars,has imbued a film with this Starring Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, to sell Cuban sandwiches in kind of warmth. That was back in New Orleans and Austin, Texas. John Leguizamo the days of Elf and Made, rather Percy promotes their food than Favreau’s more recent effects-driven fare like via Twitter and a Facebook page, which leads the Iron Man series and Cowboys & Aliens. to familiar intergenerational barbs about new Ten years before we pick up Chef’s story, Carl media. Salsa music, R&B, and New Orleans funk Casper (Favreau) was hailed by influential food play over the film’s numerous, lively food-prep critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) as one of the sequences. best new chefs in the U.S. That was when Carl Many parallels can be drawn between Chef’s was based in Miami, where, presumably, he met fictional story and Favreau’s filmmaking career. his wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). Although she’s now That need to get back to basics and allow one’s his ex-wife, Inez still feels warmly toward Carl, creative work to live or die on its own merits is and they share custody of their son Percy (Emjay intrinsic to both story arcs. Favreau serves up a Anthony). All now live in the Los Angeles area, tasty dish with Chef. So what if all the ingredients where Carl is the chef at a swanky restaurant are familiar? The result tastes fresh and handowned by Riva (Dustin Hoffman), a testy man made.
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Whoa is Him Seattle rapper Grieves still has a voice, and it’s only going to get bigger BY LAURA JOHNSON
Grieves is a whole lot more than just another white rapper from Seattle. Monday, he proves that after years of not playing Spokane.
enjamin “Grieves” Laub was terrified when he first saw his pink, fleshy vocal cords last week on a big screen. “They look like the Predator’s mouth minus the fangs, or an alien vagina — I couldn’t tell if they were looking good or not,” Laub says. Concerned he had wrecked his voice on the Midwest leg of his current tour, Laub went to a doctor to get checked out. ...continued on next page
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MUSIC | HIP-HOP “WHOA IS HIM,” CONTINUED... After crying and nearly choking on a skinny camera they lowered down his throat — “the nurses probably thought I was a pussy,” he says — the medical professionals told him his cords appeared normal. With nothing left to do but continue on, he got back into the black passenger van with its big, black trailer and continued toward Cincinnati. That’s where he is when he picks up the phone to talk to the Inlander. “I’m tired, but this is what I’m used to and what I’m good at,” says Laub, his voice sounding strong. The music he’s touting is straight out of the Northwest — he’s chosen to make Seattle his home — but it’s the Minnesota hip-hop scene that really influenced him. As a kid growing up in Chicago and Colorado, Wu-Tang Clan was everything, but then he heard artists like Brother Ali and Slug, who talked about things other than the gangster lifestyle. Now on Rhymesayers Entertainment, the label started by Slug, his style is more labored, a slower pace to get the words out pronounced perfectly, powered by bluesy electronic beats. He tells stories of survival and redemption. Love, too; he’s a sucker for a love song.
“I’m tired, but this is what I’m used to and what I’m good at.” The 30-year-old MC is especially notable in that he actually sings his own soul-infused hooks — some helped by Auto-Tune, others unaided. He says he still gets nervous singing in front of people. “Incorporating the singing in a not very scary way was a tough balance at the beginning,” he says. “It’s gotta be casually done.” On his new album Winter & the Wolves — which reached No. 57 on the Billboard charts and was co-produced with B. Lewis rather than Budo, whom he did two albums with — the blend between rapping and singing flows freely, never sounding contrived. It’s been a few years since Laub has played Spokane; he brings his band and light-filled road show to the Bartlett next week. “Hopefully, I’ll still have a voice by then,” he says. firstname.lastname@example.org Grieves with SonReal and Fearce Vill • Mon, June 2, at 8 pm • $15 • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
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After years spent trying to get big, Christian rockers We as Human finally return home BY JORDAN SATTERFIELD
orgeous Sandpoint, Idaho, has a lot going for it. It’s positioned right alongside the Pend Oreille River, it’s at the base of a stunning mountain resort, and its town square is a uniquely quaint world trapped in a better time. The town is so captivating, it was named the “most beautiful” small town in America by USA Today. It’s also the birthplace of We as Human, a popular (almost bizarrely popular) Christian hard rock band representing a side of the town that differs from its decidedly serene backdrop.
We as Human, originally out of Sandpoint, tours through Friday. They’ve been hard at work for the past few years — moved to Nashville, Tennessee, got noticed, signed to Atlantic Records — and now they’re finally coming back to the Inland Northwest to remind us all that they’ve hit it big. Singer Justin Cordle and drummer Adam Osborne both hail from Sandpoint, and bassist Dave Draggoo is a native of Spokane Valley. When their music started to take off and they got more serious about being careerists, the three of them (along with Seattle-area guitarist Justin
Forshaw) decided the most obvious move would be Nashville — “Music City” itself. Now playing with a fifth member, Texan Jake Jones, We as Human craft a particularly classic brand of Christian alternative rock, one that nestles nicely into the landscape of the safe, similarly minded alternative-metal stylings of groups like Filter and Skillet. Fittingly, it was Skillet lead singer John Cooper who discovered We as Human and originally put them in contact with Atlantic. Were it not for Cordle’s unnerving vocal style — more of a wail than a howl — the band would completely melt away into the obscenely radio-friendly Christian rock that seemed so inescapable in the mid-’90s. But there’s definitely a modern edge at work here that suggests the band’s urge to graduate beyond the dated, sludgy sound of their elders. So what’s stopping them? Is their ultimate goal to resurrect the music made by their mentors and heroes? Or is there an aching, experimental spirit lurking underneath all of the power chords and alternative-metal clichés? Surely, these are questions that could have been answered had the band’s management fulfilled our interview requests. With the remainder of a large U.S. tour ahead of them and likely another record on the horizon, We as Human seem to be riding high at the moment, so apparently their sound still hits home. But their relative success begs a question that will undoubtedly continue to plague mankind: Is Christian metal alive yet again? Did it ever really die? We as Human with Like a Storm, Veer Union, Righteous Vendetta, Blacklight District • Fri, May 30, at 8 pm • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • sp.knittingfactory.com • 244-3279
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t first, critics reamed them — but hey, that happened to Led Zeppelin too. Grand Funk Railroad persevered through the criticism to remain one of the most popular blues-rock acts of the 1970s; even Homer Simpson is an avid fan. Forty years later, with a couple of breaks in between, the group is still touring as a five-piece, including original members Don Brewer (drums and lead vocals)
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Liverpool accents aren’t too bad. At this show, Ferris High School’s string quartet joins the productions, adding an orchestral flair to five of the musical’s numbers. — MIKE BOOKEY In My Life: A Musical Tribute to the Beatles • Mon, June 2, at 7:30 pm • $30-$40 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • bingcrosbytheater.com
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315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208667-9660 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 THE BLIND BUCK • 204 N. Division S. • 2906229 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208664-9463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 311 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-6971 THE COUNTRY CLUB • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GIBLIANO BROS. • 718 W. Riverside • 315-8765 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HANDLE BAR • 12005 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • 474-0933 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208883-7662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KELLY’S IRISH PUB • 726 N. Fourth St., CdA • 208-667-1717 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LIBRARY LOUNGE • 110 E. 4th Ave. •747-3371 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside Ave. • 456-5678 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA • 2001 W. Pacific Ave. • 624-0236 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 THE ROCK BAR • 13921 E. Trent Ave. • 43-3796 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 THE WAVE • 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416
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COMMUNITY THUNDERBIRDS RETURN!
If you’re an Air Force buff who can rattle off facts at any sight of an aircraft, you’ll be in good company at SkyFest. But even if you don’t know an F-16 from a KC-135, the appeal is largely the same: cool planes doing cool stuff, up close and loud. The free air show returns to Fairchild Air Force Base for the first time in four years, with the Thunderbirds, Golden Knights parachute team and many other acts. Bring earplugs, sunscreen and lawn chairs; leave all food, pets and weapons at home. — LISA WAANANEN SkyFest 2014 Airshow and Open House • Sat, May 31 and Sun, June 1; gates open at 9 am; airshow begins at 11 am • Free • Fairchild Air Force Base, Airway Heights • bit.ly/SkyFest
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BEER ALUMINUM IS BETTER
Now in its third year, the Elk Public House’s Spo-Can festival reminds us of a truth that’s become inescapable — more and more beer is being sold in cans. Aluminum cans keep the beer away from light, which is bad, and makes for easier, cheaper and more environmentally sustainable shipping and recycling. And a lot of people are of the opinion that a nice craft beer just tastes better out of an ice-cold can. This event features live music both days starting at 2 pm and more than 50 canned beers from near and far. Crack open a can and see what all the fuss is about. — MIKE BOOKEY Spo-Can 2014 • Sat, May 31 and Sun, June 1, from noon to 7 pm • Elk Public House • 1931 W. Pacific • tinyurl.com/m458d59 • 363-1973
COMMUNITY LIGHT UP THE SKY
Here’s the gist of this festival — show up, chill out, wait for it to get dark. At an appointed time, you’re given a candle-powered lantern which will send itself skyward, along with the lanterns of everyone else there. The image of all those glowing lanterns floating overhead is supposed to be sublime. The idea is that your lantern represents your regrets and other transgressions and you’re casting them off, easing your burden. The Spokane event (actually in Post Falls) is just one of these festivals taking place across the country. — MIKE BOOKEY The Lantern Fest • Fri, May 30, at 8 pm • $25-$30, kids under 16 free • Stateline Speedway • 1349 N. Beck Rd., Post Falls • thelanternfest.com/event/spokane
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MUSIC TURN UP & TURN OUT
We’ve been talking about Volume, our two-day annual music fest, pretty much nonstop for the past month, so if you don’t know what it is yet (or you don’t have tickets) you might live under a rock. Get caught up on all the coolness that Volume is right now. The festival features more than 80 bands, most of them local, including our five “Bands to Watch” of 2014. It’s held at 10 venues across downtown, including four all-ages spots. New this year, Volume also hosts a food-truck rally, panel discussion on the state of the local music scene, and tribute to the late Isamu Jordan. Start planning your schedule ASAP, and make sure to check our our genre-curated lineups, as well as local music figures’ picks on our blog. — CHEY SCOTT Volume Music Festival • Fri, May 30 and Sat, May 31, music starting at 5 pm each night • $15/day; $17/advance two-day pass; $25/two-day pass day-of • 10 downtown Spokane venues • volume.inlander.com
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NATURE SPRINGTIME SIGHTS
Speaking from experience, don’t let it take you more than two decades of living in the Inland Northwest to make it out to the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. At more than 18,200 acres, the preserve features hundreds of marshes amid pine forests across Eastern Washington’s Channeled Scablands, formed during the Ice Age floods. For the refuge’s third annual spring celebration, learn more about its unique landscape, and why it’s a perfect place for the hundreds of species that call it home or stop there during migration. Festival events include guided hikes to view wildlife, wild flowers and geographical features across the refuge, along with kids’ activities and more. — CHEY SCOTT Floods, Flowers and Feathers • Sat, May 31, from 8 am-3 pm • Free • Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge • 25010 S. Smith Rd., Cheney • fws.gov/ refuge/Turnbull • 235-4723
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bowling event benefiting Radel Miller, and his family to assist with medical bills and expenses. June 7, 2-6 pm. $30/ person, $150/team of 5. River City Lanes, 965 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls. (208-6602197) FRIENDS OF MANITO PLANT SALE One of two annual plant sales, which raise funds to support the Friends of Manito’s improvements and projects in the park. June 7, members-only sale from 8-9 am; public sale from 9 am-4 pm. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. thefriendsofmanito. org (456-8038) HEAR ME RUN! 5K A timed race/walk along the Spokane River, benefiting Spokane HOPE School, the area’s only listening and spoken-language preschool for the deaf and hard of hearing. June 7, 9:30 am. $15-$30. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. hearmerunspokane.com (8637097) 11TH ANNUAL PARADE OF PAWS Community dog walk fundraiser supporting the Spokane Humane Society, open to groups and individuals. Pledge sheets and team packets available online. June 14, 10 am. Entry by donation and pledge collections. Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St. spokanehumanesociety.org (467-5235 x. 211)
LIGHT THE WAY DINNER & AUCTION “Hope Soars” is the 10th annual fundraiser gala benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest, offering dinner, a live and silent auction and more. May 30, 5:30-11 pm. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. acco.org/inlandnw (999-6514) U-DISTRICT FOUNDATION NIGHT OF ENCOURAGEMENT The 6th annual dinner and auction fundraiser supports the foundation’s mission to offer free fitness camps for local youth and their families. May 30. $55+. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. udistrictpt.com/foundation UPSCALE SALE Spokane Symphony Associates hosts a fundraiser sale offering antiques, jewelry, furniture, dining sets, art, china and more. May 29 presale ($5) from 5-7 pm. General sale May 3031 from 8 am-6 pm (free admission). Hosted at Larry H. Miller Lexus, at 1027 W. Third. (458-8733) 2BU YOUTH RANCH SPAGHETTI FEAST Spaghetti dinner, wine tasting, auction/ raffle and more benefiting the organization, which works with at risk children using therapy horses. $15/adults; $25/ couple; $5/kids 10 and under. Mitcham’s Barn, 21810 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. May 31, 5 pm. 2buyouthranch.com (922-1981) SPOKANE COMPASS CLUB LUNCHEON Hospice of Spokane is to receive a donation at the group’s final luncheon of this season. Officer installations conclude the luncheon. June 3, 11 am. $20, reservations required. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (455-7789) VANESSA’S PROMISE The annual luncheon raises funds to operate the crisis nursery, which offers care for children during emergency situations. June 3, 12-1 pm. Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. vanessabehan.org (535-3155) FIRE ON THE RUNWAY Local firefighters and models take to the runway in an annual fundraiser fashion show for the Red Cross, including a live auction, hors d’oeuvres and champagne. June 6, 7-11:45 pm. $50-$75. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln. redcross.org/runway (321-6055) ARTISANS GOLF TOURNAMENT Third annual event with all funds raised supporting services for individual job development, employment support and employment opportunities for local persons with disabilities. June 7, 8:30 am. $89. Esmeralda Golf Course, 3933 E. Courtland Ave. theartisans.org (325-4489) BRAIN CANCER BENEFIT A fundraiser
STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Local comedians; see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. bluznews.com (483-7300) AFTER DARK Adult-rated version of the Blue Door’s monthly, Friday night show. On the last Friday (May 30) of the month at 10 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (7477045) EXHIBIT THIS!: THE MUSEUM COMEDIES A fast-paced series of 7 comedic plays and 6 monologues based on 50+ exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Through June 1, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 pm. Free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene. (533-7387) OPEN MIC COMEDY NIGHT Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+ only. Free. Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St. brooklyndelispokane.com (835-4177) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy, open to newcomers and experienced comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. reddragondelivery.com (475-6209) YOU NEED A HERO Live improv comedy
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HOPE IN HARD TIMES: WASHINGTON IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION An exhibit on how the Great Depression of the 1930s affected Washington state residents, featuring artifacts, personal accounts, events and programming. Hosted by Humanities Washington, curated by the Wash. State Historical Society. Through June 30, open daily during regular library hours. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld.org/hope-in-hardtimes (893-8350) SECOND HARVEST FOOD SORTING Join other volunteers to sort and pack produce and other bulk food items for delivery to local emergency food outlets. Ages 14+. Shift dates and times vary, sign up at inland.volunteerhub.com/events. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front Ave. 2-harvest.org (252-6267) WOMEN & CHILDREN’S FREE RESTAURANT Volunteers are needed as prep cooks, servers, dishwashers, food platers and to work various other shifts during the week, Mon-Fri. Positions are weekly or biweekly, and a food handlers card is required. Submit a volunteer application online. wcfrspokane.org (324-1995) COMMUNITY CENTER GARAGE SALE Garage sale to benefit the Southside Senior & Community Center building’s programs and activities; plus a bake sale and lunch available for purchase. Fri from 8 am-5 pm; Sat from 9 am-3:30 pm. Sat.. through May 31. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (509-353-0584) THE LANTERN FEST A Chinese lanternlighting festival, followed by a glow-inthe-dark festival with dancing, s’mores and socialization. A portion of proceeds benefit Peak 7 Adventures. May 30, 8 pm. $25-$30. Stateline Speedway, 1349 N. Beck Rd, Post Falls. thelanternfest.com (208-773-5019) NATIVE PROJECT 25TH ANNIVERSARY A community celebration including a barbecue, music, activities and more. NATIVE Project also unveils its new logo, provides tours of its updated facility and shares plans for the next 25 years. May 30, 12-4 pm. Free. NATIVE Project, 1830 W. Maxwell Ave. nativeproject.org (4837535)
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show during which the Blue Door Players use audience suggestions to create new superheroes. Fridays in May at 8 pm. Rated for general audiences. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) MAKE ME LAUGH Live comedy show featuring comedians Andy Burgdorfer, Ken McComb, Casey Strain and Vanessa Pugh. June 1, 9 pm. Free. Revolver North, 633 W. Garland Ave. (290-6816) LIBERTY LAKE COMEDY IMPROV TROUPE Open auditions for the new comedy group, open to ages 18+ and no experience needed. June 4 and June 11 at 7 pm. Free. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. (342-2055) MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS A lighthearted theatrical comedy based on the NYT-bestselling book by John Gray, and starring Peter Story. $20 tickets with promotional code VENUS. June 5, 7:30 pm. $20-$40. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7638) COMEDY NIGHT AT THE INN Featuring comedians Dave Waite from the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and Jamie Lissow from the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” June 6 and 7, from 7-10 pm. $15. Best Western Coeur d’Alene, 506 W. Appleway Ave. (208-765-3200) SHORT STACKS The BDT Players & Friends try out new material, rework ideas, and share comedic talents in stand-up, sketch, music, film and more. First Fridays (June 6) of the month at 10 pm. Not suitable for all ages. $5. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) YOUTH/TEEN IMPROV WORKSHOPS Workshops on various aspects of improv comedy performing, including mime, storytelling, environment, character development and spontaneity. Held the first Saturday of the month from 11:30 am-2 pm. $25/session, pre-registration suggested. Ages 9-18. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) GEORGE LOPEZ Performance by the award-winning, stand-up comedian and television actor. Two shows offered, at 5 pm and 8 pm. June 8. $55-$75. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. north-
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BIG RED BARN FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays, June 21-Sept. 27, from 8 am-1 pm. Pioneer Plaza, 605 Morgan St., Davenport. facebook.com/BRBFarmersMarket (509-280-9896) BONNERS FERRY FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays through Oct. 31, from 8 am-1 pm. Corner of Hwy. 95 and Kootenai St. bonnersferryfarmersmarket.org CHENEY FARMERS MARKET | Tuesdays, June 10 to Sept. 23, from 2-7 pm. Cheney City Hall, 609 2nd. cheneyfarmersmarket.com CHEWELAH FARMERS MARKET | Fridays through Oct. 17, from 11:30 am-5:30 pm. City Park, 600 N. Park. chewelahfarmersmarket.com (936-4353) CLAYTON FARMERS MARKET | Sundays through Sept 28, from noon-4 pm. Clayton Fairgrounds, 4616 Wallbridge Rd. COEUR D’ALENE FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays through Sept. 24, from 4-7 pm. Sherman and 5th. kootenaifarmersmarkets.org COLVILLE FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays through October, from 12-5 pm. Stevens County Fairgrounds, 317 W. Astor Ave. colvillefarmersmarket.com EMERSON-GARFIELD FARMERS MARKET | Fridays, June 6 to Oct. 17, from 3-7 pm. Knox Presbyterian, 806 W. Knox. emersongarfield.org (398-9628) HAYDEN FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays through Oct. 18, from 9 am-1:30 pm. Hwy. 95 and Prairie Ave. (208-772-2290) LIBERTY LAKE FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays through Oct. 11, from 9 am-1 pm. 1421 N. Meadowwood Ln. libertylakefarmers-
market.com MILLWOOD FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays through September, from 3-7 pm. Millwood Presbyterian, 3223 N. Marguerite Rd. (924-2350) MOSCOW FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays through October, from 8 am-1 pm. Friendship Square and Main St. (208-883-7000) NE WASH. FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays and Saturdays through October, from 9 am-1 pm. Corner of Main and Astor. newfarmersmarket.org PULLMAN FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays through Oct. 22, from 3:30-6 pm. Spot Shop, 240 NE Kamiaken St. pullmanchamber.com SANDPOINT FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays through Oct. 11, from 9 am-1 pm; Wednesdays, from 3-6 pm. Farmin Park SOUTH PERRY FARMERS MARKET | Thursdays through October, from 3-7 pm. The Shop, 924 S. Perry St. thursdaymarket.org SPOKANE FARMERS MARKET | Saturdays through Oct. 29, from 8 am-1 pm and Wednesdays from 8 am-1 pm, starting June 11. 20 W. Fifth. spokanefarmersmarket.org (995-0182) STORK FARMERS MARKET | Wednesdays through Oct. 29, from 2-7 pm. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington. bellacova.com TUESDAY GROWERS’ MARKET | Tuesdays through October, from 4:00-6:30 pm. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth. WEST CENTRAL MARKETPLACE | Tuesdays, June 17 to mid-October, from 3-6 pm. A.M. Cannon Park. (703-7433)
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DADS & DUDES NIGHT An event for fathers and sons to spend quality time together, offering open basketball, volleyball, soccer and pickleball games, relay races, skill competitions and other games. Uncles and grandpas are welcome, too. May 31, 6-9 pm. $10/pair. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, Liberty Lake. hubsportscenter.org (927-0602) MOMMY & ME SWING For parents and children up to 5 years, a vintage swing dancing class taught by Colleen Robinson of Lindy Town USA. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Saturdays at 11 am, through June 14. $15/class or $75/six classes. Bella Cova, 905 N. Washington St. (919-9162) PFLAG SPOKANE’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The LGBT ally group’s anniversary celebration includes a presentation of accomplishments and live entertainment, with a no-host wine bar, coffee and appetizers. May 31, 7-9 pm. $20. Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. nectartastingroom.com SKYFEST 2014 An open house and air show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Parachute Team and ground tours of aircraft. May 31 and June 1, from 9 am-6 pm. Free. Fairchild Air Force Base, Airway Heights. fairchild. af.mil/skyfest (247-5705) SPOKANE COMICON The 8th annual festival features special guests, local artists, vendors, a costume contest, panels, gaming and more. May 31, 10 am-5 pm. $8; kids under 12 free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. spokanecomicon.com (262-8923) LEASHES & LACES The fourth annual 5K fun run and dog walk benefits the Post Falls Police K-9, with a best-dressed costume and vendors on site, and police K-9 demos. June 1, 11 am-2 pm. $25. Greyhound Park & Event Center, 5100 Riverbend Ave, Post Falls. tinyurl.com/ mlmv3kr SOUTH HILL COMMUNITY HOUSE PARTY Community members and local social and economic justice organizations gather to learn where our 6th District legislators stand on key issues in the community. June 4, 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. At 5422 S. Garfield St. tinyurl.com/m2skhyo TIEG’S 20TH BIRTHDAY FEAT. CISCOE MORRIS The Inland Empire Gardeners hosts a party with special guest Ciscoe Morris, who shares some of his favorite garden disaster stories in the hope that you’ll learn from his mistakes and make sure it never happens to you. June 5, 6-9 pm. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. tieg. org (535-8434) ROSALIA BATTLE DAYS Annual community celebration with a Friday night rodeo and talent show. Saturday starts with a community breakfast, fun run, vendors, parade (11 am), car show, 3 on 3 tournament, art show, rodeo events and family dance in the evening. Events run June 6-8, see website for details. Free. Rosalia, Wash. rosaliabattledays.com CPR DEMO DAY “Hands only” CPR lessons are offered by Spokane County Fire District 9 at its annual Demo Day and Wellness Fair. Anyone can master the technique, and free lessons take less than 10 minutes working with a trained firefighter. June 7, 10 am-2 pm. Free. Fire Station No. 92, 3801 E. Farwell Rd. (4664602) THE FARM CHICKS ANTIQUE SHOW The annual curated show, created by Spokane’s Serena Thompson, features more than 300 vendors from around the U.S. offering vintage items, home decor,
handmade goods, and more. June 7 from 9 am-6 pm and June 8 from 9 am-4 pm. $8/day; $15/weekend. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. thefarmchicks.com/antiques-show FREE STATE PARK DAY Washington State Parks and Rec allows visitors access to all state parks without a Discovery Pass. Includes access to Riverside State Park and Mt. Spokane State Park. Upcoming 2014 “free” days include June 7-8 and 14, Aug. 25, Sept. 27 and Nov. 11. discoverpass.wa.gov. (800-833-6388) GREAT STRIDES WALK A 3K walk/run along the Spokane River, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. June 7, 10:30 am. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone Ave. cff.org/great_strides (208-660-9038) REARDAN MULE DAYS The annual community festival now in its 110th year includes a parade, arts and crafts show, food vendors, live entertainment, the Reardan Library book sale, horse and mule poker ride, beer garden and much more. June 7. Free. Reardan, Wash. reardanmuledays.net (509-796-4850) BOOK SALE More than 3,000 titles of gently-used books available, including children’s books. Proceeds benefit the Book Parlor. June 13-14 from 10 am-3 pm each day. Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. (328-6280) CAR D’LANE Coeur d’Alene’s annual classic car show, featuring 1975 and pre-1975 model trucks and cars, with a parade, swap meet, winners trophies and more. June 13-14. Free. Downtown CdA. cdadowntown.com (208-415-0116)
ESCAPE IN THE PACIFIC: 1943 A special film screening and discussion with John D. Lukacs, whose book inspired the documentary on the heroism of Spokane native and Gonzaga alumnus Sam Grashio, who led the only successful group escape from a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II. May 29, 7 pm. Free and open to the public, reservations requested. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone Ave. zagsonline.org/escape1943 (313-5999) FED UP Food-industry documentary narrated by Katie Couric, and produced by Oscar-winning producer Laurie David. Through June 5, show times vary. $8. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. magiclanternspokane.com (209-2383) LIVING DANGEROUSLY Monday night screenings of the Showtime documentary series on the current and intensifying effects of climate change on Americans. Presentations sponsored by the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition and the Environmental Task Force and Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse. Mondays, through June 16 at 7 pm. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St, Moscow. kenworthy.org (208-883-0910) EVERYDAY ESCAPES: FILMS OF THE DEPRESSION Dale Soden, Whitworth professor of history, hosts screenings of popular films during the Great Depression, which served as an escape for Americans. Event is part of the Hope In Hard Times exhibit at the library. June 5 at 6:30 pm. Also June 11 at 6:30 pm at the Spokane Valley branch. Free admission. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. scld.org/hope-in-hard-times (8938350) FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF Outdoor showing on the big screen, with pre-film performance by Spokane Aerial Performance Arts, movie trivia and local food trucks.. June 11, 7-11 pm. $5. Riverfront
Park, 705 N. Howard St. (-625-6601) THE MILKY WAY DOCUMENTARY Documentary covering the sensitive, informative and sometimes challenging treatment of the very personal matter of breastfeeding, hosted by Bloom Spokane, Spokane Feminist Forum and Maile Allen. *Event will happen only if at least 71 tickets are sold by June 7. June 14, 2:30 pm. $10. Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave. magiclanternspokane.com (509-209-2383)
FOOD & DRINK
STONE BREWING CO. TASTING Beer flights and brewery-themed prizes during trivia night. May 29, 5-9 pm. Free Admission. Enoteca, 112 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls. corkjoy.com (208-457-9885) SUNSET DINNER CRUISE Hosted cruise on Lake CdA featuring Sandpoint’s Laughing Dog Brewery’s beers. May 29, 7:30-9:30 pm. $51.75. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. cdaresort.com (208765-4000 x 21) GREAT GRILLIN’ REDS A wine tasting class highlighting a selection of 8 bold red wines ideal for pairing with grilled foods. May 30, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. rocketmarket.com (343-2253) IDAHO GIRLS’ PINT OUT Wallace Brewing hosts a tap takeover, with a representative handing out prizes. Admission includes tastes of all of the Wallace beers, a pint of one beer and pizza. May 30, 6-9 pm. $20. Nate’s New York Pizza, 920 N. Hwy. 41, Post Falls girlsbeerblog.com (208-991-0040) NO-LI BREWHOUSE TOURS See what goes on behind the scenes and how NoLi’s beer is made. Fridays at 4:30 pm. Free. No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave. nolibrewhouse.com (242-2739) THAI ON ONE Cooking class on how to make veggie spring rolls, sticky rice, chicken satay, peanut ginger sauce and more. May 30, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) VINO WINE TASTING Fri, May 30 showcases Emvy Cellars of Spokane, from 3-6:30 pm ($10). Sat, May 31 highlights Montescarlatto Estate Winery of Red Mountain, from 2-4:30 pm ($15). Wine also available by-the-glass, tastings include cheese and crackers. $10-$15/tasting. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. vinowine.com (838-1229) SPO-CAN 2014 The second annual craft canned-beer festival, offering more than 50 canned beers and live music by local bands. May 31-June 1. Free admission. The Elk Public House, 1931 W. Pacific Ave. tinyurl.com/m458d59 (363-1973) PRESERVE YOUR PRODUCE Food safety and preservation specialist Anna Kestell leads a class on the basics of canning, freezing and drying fresh produce. Offered through June 2 at Spokane County Library District branches; dates and locations vary. See website for more info. Free. scld.org VEAL 101 Chef Angelo instructs class attendees on how to buy veal, remove meat from bone, and how to pound and cook it. June 4, 5:30-8 pm. $50, registration required. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. thejacklincenter. org (208-457-8950) HOMEMADE BREAD & BAGUETTES: Pastry chef Harry Wibisono leads a class on making bread at home to complement
meals. June 5, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141) GARDEN PARTY Grand Opening event featuring live music, a beer garden, local art displays, prizes, food and more. June 6-7 from 12-7 pm each day. Free. Earth Rhythms Cafe, 838 Kootenai Cutoff Rd., Ponderay, Idaho. breadoflifegf.com (208255-4863) HARD CIDER HOE DOWN Free hard cider tasting featuring a diverse medley of Finn River Ciders, of Chimacum, Wash. June 7, 11 am-3 pm. Free. Spice Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. spicetradersmercantile.com (315-4036)
BILL FRISELL & BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS Also featuring Rudy Royston (drums) andEyvind Kang (viola). In Bldg. 15 Auditorium. May 30, 1-2:30 pm. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3741) CRESCENDO COMMUNITY CHORUS:The local group ends its 10th anniversary season with “We Sing Together in All Kinds of Weather” spring concert. CCC offers youth grades 2-12 a professional choral experience. May 30. $5. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. crescendocommunitychorus.org (714-0555) FRIVOLITY, FUN & FANCY Northwoods Performing Arts presents an evening of eclectic choral music from around the world, directed by Mark D. Caldwell. May 30-31, June 6-7, 10 and 13-14. Dinner and show $25; show only $10-$12. Circle Moon Theater, Hwy 211 off Hwy 2, Newport. (208-448-1294) NORTHWEST OPERA Fourth season opener “Orpheus in the Underworld” sung in English. May 30-31, Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2715 S. Ray St. (327-3598) VOLUME MUSIC FESTIVAL The Inlander hosts its annual two-day music festival at 10 venues throughout downtown Spokane, featuring more than 80 local and regional bands. May 30-31. A portion of proceeds from Volume benefit INK Art Space, a new youth arts nonprofit. $15$25. volume.inlander.com BRIDGES HOME Concert featuring the local Celtic music duo of Tami and Dave Gunter. May 31, 7 pm. $10-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave, Newport. pendoreilleplayers.org (671-3389) MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ WORKSHOP/ PERFORMANCE Featuring local Spokane middle school jazz bands working with guest clinicians, culminating with a performance featuring Jazz Conspiracy with Clark Bondy, at 6 pm at The Bartlett. ($5-$10) Workshops May 31, from 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (354-5575) SONGS THAT HELPED AMERICANS THROUGH HARD TIMES As part of the “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit at the North Spokane Library, Brad Keeler and Linda Parman play music of the Dust Bowl by Woody Guthrie, along with big city jazz and swing and country blues. Saturdays at 3 pm, through June 21, branch locations vary. Free. scld.org THE STATE OF THE SPOKANE MUSIC SCENE As part of Volume: Inlander Music Festival, a panel discussion on the local music scene and its future, with Shannon Halberstadt (Spokane Arts); Patrick Kendrick (Platform Booking, Terrain, Volume, etc.); Tina Morrison (Professional Musicians of the Inland NW, Local 105 AFM); Marshall Powell (Elkfest); Audrey Connor (house shows/DIY); and Leah Sottile
(Volume, The Inlander). May 31, 2-3 pm. Free. INK Art Space, 224 W. Sprague. tinyurl.com/qc4kaga VOLUME 2014 SOUL BRUNCH A tribute brunch event in memory of Isamu Jordon, who hosted weekly “Soul Brunches” at Boots. Featuring DJs Supervillain and Breezy Brown. May 31, 11 am-2 pm. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. tinyurl.com/ovdn7lb (703-7223) CRESCENDO COMMUNITY CHORUS AUDITIONS Auditions for the 201415 season, for the Preparatory Choir, (grades 2-5); and the Chamber Choir, (grades 5-12). Both choirs are open to singers with unchanged voices. Auditions by appointment. June 2-6. Free. crescendocommunitychorus.org (714-0555) IN MY LIFE (BEATLES TRIBUTE) An award-winning musical biography of the Beatles, as told through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, performed with live music by tribute band Abbey Road. June 2, 7:30 pm. $30-$40. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (325-7328) SPIRIT OF SPOKANE CHORUS Local women’s chorus specializing in four-part a capella harmony in a barbershop style. Meets Tuesdays, 6:45 pm. Opportunity Presbyterian, 202 N. Pines. (218-4799) EWU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Concert featuring concerto competition winners performing the First Symphony by Brahms. June 5, 7:30-9 pm. $5; EWU students free. Eastern Washington University, Showalter Hall. tinyurl.com/l3p5vsh (359-2241) NYC JAZZ MUSICIAN DAVE DOUGLAS Performance by jazz trumpeter, hailed as the “unassuming king of independent jazz.” June 5, 7:30-9:30 pm. $10/ students, seniors; $15/adult. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. tinyurl.com/nb3a7xc (533-3500) SPOKANE ACCORDION ENSEMBLE Americana concert led by guest conductor Beverly Fess, from Calgary, Alberta. June 7, 7-9 pm. $10 suggested donation. Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. Fifth St, CdA. (208-610-8426) LOVE/HATE A recital by Ann Benson, messo soprano; Eric Moe, trumpet; and Mac Merchant, piano. Featuring a new setting of Henry David Thoreau poems by American composer Francine Trester, as well as favorites by Bach, Enesco, Saint-Saens and Bizet. June 8, 2-3:30 pm. Donations accepted. Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. (624-9233) SHAPE NOTE A-CAPPELLA GROUP The local singing group meets monthly on the second Sunday, from 1:30-4 pm. Good Samaritan Society, 17121 E. Eighth Ave. (924-9480) CHORO DAS 3 Concert by the Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father, performing a form of urban jazz native to Brazil. Also offering a workshop ($35) and private lessons ($100). June 11, 7:30 pm. $20. Rick Singer Photography Studio, 415 1/2 W. Main Ave. ricksingerphotography.com (838-3333) ERIC TAYLOR IN CONCERT Singersongwriter and master storyteller Eric Taylor performs. Taylor is credited with influencing artists such as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPR’s “Morning Edition” and BBC Radio. June 12, 7:30-11 pm. $20. Indie Air Radio, 1514 S. Cedar St. indieairradio.com (871-1871)
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Advice Goddess QUE SYRAH SYRAH
I’ve been dating a fun, very attractive woman for about a month, and things have been going great. However, on our last date, we were out at dinner, and the female server accidentally spilled an entire glass of red wine on her dress. Though the server seemed mortified and apologized profusely, my date absolutely lost it — going into a rage and yelling at the poor server, telling her she needs to learn how to do her job, etc. Except for this AMY ALKON incident, this woman has been sweet to me and generally acts like a nice person. Should I give her some leeway on this? —Concerned Red wine and clothing have been problematic companions for centuries. Impressive as it is that Jesus turned water into wine, if only he’d developed a way to turn wine back into water, he could have opened a highly successful chain of dry cleaners. And while it’s pretty awful when somebody spills red wine all over your outfit, it’s especially awful when you are on a date and want to be at your sexy, pulled-together best. (If you felt a 2006 Bordeaux would have improved your look, you would have thrown a glass of it on yourself before leaving the house.) But as I note in my new book, “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck” (June 3, St. Martin’s Press), when you’ve just started dating someone, the butter-paws waiter who gives them a red wine bath is probably doing you a favor. Significant character flaws (like rage issues) are unlikely to be revealed in the early stages of dating, when the biggest source of stress you see your date experiencing is the kitchen’s forgetting to leave off the parsley garnish on their medallions of duck. If, when you’re dating someone new, you never get seated in the clumsy waiter’s section, go camping together, collaborate on a project, or engage in other stress-producing activities that strain a person’s patience and party manners. Bad personality traits, if any, are likely to scurry around like cockroaches after somebody turns the lights on. As for this woman, it doesn’t look good. Her behavior suggests not only a lack of compassion but poor “self-regulation,” psychologists’ term for the ability to control one’s emotional reactions. You also don’t mention her expressing embarrassment or apologizing afterward as people acting out in uncharacteristic ways tend to do. If you decide to stick around, be wary of succumbing to “optimism bias” — our tendency to project a rosy future for ourselves: silver linings all around; hold the clouds. This leads to selective eyesight, like focusing on how hot a woman is rather than how hot-headed. This may work for you for a while — perhaps until she’s melting your ear in the drugstore aisle: “WHERE ARE THE TAMPONS I TOLD YOU TO GET, YOU BIG MORON?” Of course, at that point, there’s only one thing to say to her: “Sorry, ma’am. I think you’ve mistaken me for somebody else.”
JUNIOR HIGH AND MIGHTY
I’m a 23-year-old guy dating a beautiful and exciting 33-year-old woman. Because she’s older than everybody in my circle, my buddies have taken to calling her “Mom” (though not to her face) and ripping on me for dating her. She really is fantastic, but I have to admit this is having an impact on me — making me both angry at my friends and embarrassed that she and I stick out for the age difference. —Peer-Pressured Ten years seems like a big deal now, but when you’re 139, she won’t even be 150 yet. It’s understandable that you’re feeling all woundy from these razzings, but being male is about being a competitor — ultimately for women — down to the smallest scale. As one sperm taunted the other, “You swim like you expect to end up in an old tube sock.” The power of your buddies’ mockery isn’t surprising, considering the finding by UCLA’s Matthew Lieberman and Naomi Eisenberger that our brains react to social pain in much the same way they do to physical pain. This makes sense, as we are a social species and, early on, our survival may have depended on what other people thought of us. But there’s being aware of people’s remarks and there’s letting them drive you like a joystick. Also, the way to pretty much ensure that guys keep ripping on you is showing that you’re vulnerable to it, like by dumping your hot mama girlfriend so you don’t stick out from the pack. Remember, “age is just a number” — like zero, the amount of sex many of them are having and would probably like to see you having, too. n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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SPORTS & OUTDOORS
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS Class covering basic camera functions, exposure settings, composition, file type/size and more. May 29, 6:30 pm. $30-$50. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei. com/spokane (328-9900) THURSDAY NIGHT PADDLES The Coeur d’Alene Canoe & Kayak club hosts weekly paddles, open to the public, Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. See website for details. Free. cdacanoekayakclub.com CONQUEST OF THE CAGE Mixed martial arts event featuring local fighters Dave Courchaine, Kristen Stenzel, Elizabeth Phillips, Stevie Vanassche and Joseph Cleveland. May 30, 7 pm. $45-$75. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. northernquest.com (481-6700) SPOKANE SHOCK Arena football game vs. the Portland Thunder. May 30, 7 pm. $14-$47. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (242-7462) DERBY SKATE FIT Spring fitness classes based on roller derby skills and drills, no experience necessary. Classes are co-ed and skates/gear is available to rent. Offered Saturdays at 10 am, through June 13. $8/class. Krunch! Skate Shop, 411 E. Sprague Ave. krunchskate.com (2209103) FAMILY HIKES IN THE SPOKANE AREA Kathy Kalich present the ins and outs of Spokane’s best hikes for all abilities levels, including families of all ages. May 31, 3 pm. Free. Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Rd. (444-5331) FLOODS, FLOWERS AND FEATHERS Third annual spring festival featuring guided tours and hikes, informational booths, kids activities, and more. May 31, 8 am-3 pm. Free. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Rd. fws. gov.refuge/Turnbull (235-4723) SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS Ping-pong club meets Mon and Wed from 7-9:30 pm; Sat from 1-4 pm. $2. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division St. spokanetabletennis.com (768-1780) SWEET FEET 5K A family-friendly 5K run/walk, organized by On Track senior Elizabeth McNally, benefiting the Hillyard neighborhood. Race starts and ends at the park, which hosts local vendors and entertainment. May 31, 9 am. $10-$20. Harmon-Shipley Park, 6000 N. Market St. sweetfeet5k.com IRON EAGLE SPRINT TRIATHLON The 27th annual races includes a 500-meter swim, 10-mile bike and a 5k run. Swim heats are based on estimated times, includes 5 men’s and women’s age groups. June 1, 8 am-noon. $15/EWU students, $30/public. Eastern Washington University, Cheney. ewu.edu/ campusrec (359-4836) NATIONAL TRAILS DAY Attend a volunteer work party at the Little Spokane River Natural Area to redirect a portion of the Knothead Trail that runs on private property onto state land. Following the project is a ribbon-cutting, food, beer and live music by Bodhi Drip. Open to all-ages. No Discover Pass required for volunteers. June 1, 1-4 pm. Free; registration requested. Riverside State Park. j.mp/1lwZ5Pb (570-2763) SPOKANE BADMINTON CLUB Meets Sun from 4:30-7 pm and Wed from 7-10 pm. $6/visit. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. wccc.myspokane.net (448-5694)
SPOKANE TABLE TENNIS CLUB Pingpong club meets Wed from 6:30-9 pm and Sun from 1:30-4 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (456-3581) WINDERMERE MARATHON The USATF Certified and Boston Marathon qualifier race offers both full and half-marathon distances. Proceeds benefit the Windermere Foundation, which assists local low-income families. June 1, 7 am. $80$115. Liberty Lake. windermeremarathon.com GETTING OUT IN A CANOE OR KAYAK Rich Landers, local outdoorsman and author of “Paddle Routes of the Inland Northwest” hosts a session on where to go to enjoy local paddle destinations. June 5, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei.com/spokane (328-9900) HAGUE MEMORIAL CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT The four-person scramble tournament benefits NIC athletics, and entry includes cart rental and dinner. Registration due May 30. June 6, 1 pm. $100/person; $375/team of four. Avondale Golf Club, 10745 N. Avondale Loop. (208-769-3348) BEGINNING BIRD WATCHING Hosted by Friends of Turnbull and Spokane Audubon Society. Offered Saturdays, June 7 and July 12, from 9-11 am. $5/ person; $10/family, pre-registration required. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Rd. fws.gov/ refuge/turnbull (448-0659) HOOPFIRST TOURNAMENT A preHoopfest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, for youth entering grades 4-12. Three games guaranteed with T-shirts for all players. June 7, 9 am-6 pm. $95/team. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo, Liberty Lake. hubsportscenter. org (927-0602) SPOKANE-AREA SWIMMING CLINICS USA Swimming-certified coaches provide individual swimming stroke analysis, stroke theory, tips and more. June 6, June 28 and Aug. 9 from 9-10 am. *(These are not swim lessons; participants must be able to swim freestyle for 50 meters.) Free. Witter Pool at Mission Park, 1208 E. Mission. spokaneareaswimming.org SPOKANE CLUB ANNUAL JUNIOR TRIATHLON Spokane’s youth are encouraged to participate in a small distance triathlon with a post-race buffet and prizes for the top two finishers. June 7, 8:30-11 am. $25/person or $45/team. Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. spokaneclub.org/events (459-4571 x 501) BAY TRAIL FUN RUN The second annual 5 or 10K trail run/walk along the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail in Sandpoint, with proceeds benefiting the preservation and enhancement of the trail. June 8, 9 am. $25-$30. pobtrail.org USA GYMNASTICS TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING ELITE CHALLENGE US gymnasts compete in trampoline and tumbling events, including the level 5-7 national championships. June 1215. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. spokanesports.org 11TH ANNUAL BIGFOOT GOLF CLASSIC Shotgun start scramble; proceeds benefit CCS student athletes. Participates get a golf cart, customized tee, goodie bag and finish with a 19th hole barbecue. June 13, 1:30-7 pm. $125/ person, $500/team of four. Downriver Golf Course, 3225 N. Columbia Circle. bigfootgolfclassic.com (434-5064) NEGATIVE SPLIT GLOW RUNS Train for the Negative Split half marathon and
5K race (July 6) at the monthly Glow Stick Runs. June 13 at 8:48 pm. Wear bright clothes. Runs start at lululemon (707 W. Main). Free. nsplit.com
BECKY’S NEW CAR New comedy by Steven Dietz, directed by Christopher Wooley. In the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. Through June 1, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) CLOSING NIGHT Performance by Lewis & Clark drama students, featuring special guest performances by LC alumni and the 2014-15 season announcement. May 29, 7-9 pm. Free, donations accepted. Lewis & Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth. tigerdrama.com (354-7000) GYPSY Comedy/musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, directed by Troy Nickerson. Through June 15, ThursSat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. (June 4 show benefits Partnering for Progress, tickets $30-$35). $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) LOVE LETTERS FEAT. ELLEN TRAVOLTA AND JACK BANNON A performance of A.R. Gurney’s script, in a special series benefiting Lake City Playhouse and the CdA Public Library Foundation. May 29-31 at 7:30 pm and May 31 at 2 pm. $25. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. lakecityplayhouse.org (208667-1323) MOON OVER BUFFALO A classic, back-stage farce of mistaken identities, couples at cross-currents and slapstick pratfalls, performed by SFCC drama students. May 29-June 8, Thur-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10 suggested donation; students free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3778) A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Performance of Arthur Miller’s compelling drama about love, belonging and betrayal. May 30-31 at 7:30 pm, May 29 at 5 pm and June 1 at 2 pm. $10. Eastern Washington University, Cheney. tinyurl. com/jwrx9du (359-2459) BLITHE SPIRIT The classic Noel Coward comedy shows what happens when our pasts come back to haunt us. May 30-June 15, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $13-$15. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. ignitetheatre. org (795-0004) DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST Student actors in the local theater group perform a stage adaptation of the classic animated film, featuring hit songs from the film. Through June 1, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 3 pm. $11-$14. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. cytspokane. com (227-7404) I READ ABOUT MY DEATH IN VOGUE MAGAZINE A feminist satire telling of the events leading up to a day when 1960s feminists read about the “death of feminism” in various mainstream women’s magazines. Through June 1, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. spokanestageleft.org YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Fundraiser/auction with a performance by board members and previous directors at TAC, in a play based on characters created by Charles M. Schulz. May 30-31 at 7 pm. $10. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines. (995-6718)
26TH PLAYWRIGHTS FORUM FESTIVAL The theater revives the event, which showcased new works by playwrights across the U.S. for 25 years from 19832008. The 2014 event features five Pacific Northwest playwrights’ work. June 6-7 at 7:30 pm. $5-$10. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre. com (325-2507)
ARTFEST 2014 The annual arts festival hosted by the MAC features fine art for sale by more than 150 professional artists from the region, as well as pre-packaged gourmet foods, live music, a beer and wine garden, food vendors and kids art activities. May 30 from noon-10 pm and May 31-June 1 from 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition, Spokane. northwestmuseum. org (456-3931) OPEN STUDIO SHOW & SALE Artist Sheila Evans hosts her second annual studio sale, offering new still-life paintings, oil paintings and more, at her new studio. Light refreshments will be served. May 31, 10 am-6 pm. Free. Sheila Evans Studio, 812 S. Chandler St., Spokane. tinyurl.com/openstudio2014 (714-2526) WHEEL’N IT Group show featuring artwork themed with images of cars, old trucks and bicycles, including oils and watercolors by Andy Sewell, batiks by Toni Spencer and recycled art by Marcia Wall. Reception June 6 from 5-8 pm, show runs through June 30. Free. Gallery Northwest, 217 E. Sherman Ave, CdA. thegallerynorthwest.com (208-667-5700) MIDWEEK MONET A class designed to let participants relax over a glass of wine while an experienced local artist gives a step by step introduction to acrylic painting. Offered June 4 and 18, and Aug. 6 and 20 at 5:30 pm. $40/class. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. thejacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) PBR ART CONTEST The 2014 Spring PBR Art Contest features pieces incorporating a likeness of PBR and Mootsy’s yellow door in some form. Art pieces must be submitted by May 26, with the top piece being displayed on a local billboard for a month. June 5, 6-8 pm. Free to attend. Mootsy’s, 406 W. Sprague Ave. pabstblueribbon.com/art (838-1570) FIRST FRIDAY Local galleries and businesses display new artwork for the month of June. Locations throughout downtown Spokane and beyond. June 6, 5-8 pm. Free. Event map and descriptions at Inlander.com/FirstFriday. THE FLORA & FAUNA OF CATHERINE EARLE New, layerd acrylic paintings by the Sandpoint artist on display June 6-July 5. Opening reception June 6 from 5-8 pm during CdA ArtWalk. Artist demo June 7 at 1 pm. Gallery hours daily from 11 am-6 pm. Free. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave., CdA. theartspiritgallery. com (208-765-6006) COEUR D’ALENE ARTWALK: Monthly art showcase throughout downtown galleries and businesses. Second Friday of the month from 5-8 pm. Free. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Sherman Ave. artsincda. org (208-292-1629) LIGHT UP THE SIGN: INK BENEFIT: Spokane artists and writers at INK Art Space host a happy hour and silent auction, with wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, and socializing in a benefit for INK Art Space. INK is a new arts education nonprofit to mentor young artists and writers of
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HOPE IN HARD TIMES: TELL ME A STORY As part of the library’s Depression Era exhibit, members of the Spokane Storytelling League share stories, both true and fictional, about people facing unusual and challenging circumstances which tested their perseverance, resilience, and ingenuity. June 3, June 11, June 18 and June 24. Free. Locations vary, see website for details. scld.org (893-8200) POLLY BUCKINGHAM The award-winning writer and EWU professor reads from and discusses her collection “Year of Silence.” May 30, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com (838-0206) RICHARD HARLAN MILLER The former S-R editor reads from and discusses his second novel, “The Gas Hat: Seduction and Dismay in Marin County.” May 31, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. auntiesbooks.com (838-0206) WILDERNESS READING SERIES A reading and discussion series marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. June 4, 11 and 18 at 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315 x 426) ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE Reading and book signing by the author of essays, poetry, and fiction, and who’s published 18 books including “Wintergreen and The Tangled Bank.” Pyle is introducing his new poetry collection “Evolution of the Genus IRIS.” June 5, 7 pm. Free. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. (208255-4410) AUTHOR DEREK MUNSON The awardwinning author celebrates Father’s Day and the release of his new children’s book, “Bad Dad,” with a book reading and signing June 7, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com (838-0206) SPOKANE STORYTELLING LEAGUE The local group meets monthly (2nd Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm, Sept-June) for storytelling for both entertainment and instruction. Free. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (467-5703 or 466-8672) AUTHOR LINDA HACKBARTH Book signing for “Trail to Gold: The Pend Oreille Route” with local author Linda Hackbarth. June 14, 1-4 pm. Free. Hastings, 101 E. Best Ave. (208-664-3448)
ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS Lessons for beginning to advanced dancers. May 29, lessons from 7-8 pm, dancing from 8-9 pm. $5. Women’s Club, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. (534-4617) HAYDEN MEADOWS FOLK DANCE CLUB Part of the Jacklin’s Rising Stars series, featuring the local youth dance and drum group. May 29, 7-9 pm. $10. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. thejacklincenter.org (208-457-8950) TANGO NIGHT Argentine Tango dancing every Thursday from 7-10 pm. Beginner’s lesson offered from 7-7:45 pm, dance and practice from 7:45-10 pm. $5. German American Hall, 25 W. Third Ave. tangomango.com (499-1756) FIRE LOOKOUT PRESENTATION A program for Idaho Archeology and Historic Preservation Month, featuring Bruce Gibson, archaeologist for the St. Joe Ranger District, talking about a multi-year res-
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Cheers Good Samaritan May 20th, about 5:45 pm. I was sitting in my car on the corner of Sprague and Pines, waiting for the light to turn green. On the bus stop bench, to the right of my car, sat “the bag lady” — as many people in the Valley know her. She holds animated conversations with no one and always dresses in a puffy heavy coat, even though it may be 80 degrees outside. In the white car to my left, were 2 African American male 20 somethings, skull caps on, loud music pounding the intersection. I was shocked when one of the dudes got out of his car in the middle of the intersection, walked around my car, over to the bag lady and handed her a quart of Gatorade. It almost made me start to cry. I don’t care what other people say about Spokane... I love living here and the good people that make up this town. Thanks for making my day, guys in the white car. Thanx to Zoosk Heartache brought me to this town, but new love and
A Wicked Time CHEERS to the Inlander staff in charge of the Wicked Ticket Giveaway! Thank you so much for the tickets, we had a marvelous time! KCCO! Friend I made a new friend, she is awfully neat, pretty and pleasant, thoughtful and sweet, even makes me yummy things to eat! Her quality company is quite the treat and as far as fun friends go few could compete! It was fortune’s good favor that caused us to meet and the mutual care that we share feels complete! Hope you dig it dollface and don’t ever forget you’re beautiful and b@d@$$ beyond belief buddy. Happy Anniversary To my amazing husband Reese on our anniversary. I could never have gotten a better man! You mean the world to me. You’re my rock and I appreciate you so much. Everyday my love for you grows more and more. I look forward to growing old with you. I love you and my love will never stop. I promise to be a better wife every day that goes by. Love always your boobie!! Muah xoxo
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Birthday Cherub Even though you will never see this (unless I happened to remember to cut it out and send it to you with your present. Like I did, because you’re reading this now. Good job, me), I wish thee the merriest of birthdays a 22 year old man could ever hope to have. You’re a shining star. The greatest of pals. A basket of fun. A bushel of joy. A kick in the pants. A true gem. An utterly jovial addition to this stink-hole world. Seattle is lucky to have you; Spokane lesser to have lost you. Even when we got no food, no jobs, and our pets’ heads are fallin’ off, we will be the realest. Happy Birthday my dearest and bestest most coolest dude-friend. P.s. cb4l. Love you little cherub.
Historic Bldg, walk Downtown, Across from park, hrdwd flrs, Mahog woodwork, French drs, Storage locker & Gar parking. Cats welcome! 2 BR $800-$835, 1BR w $640-$685, City or Park views. 747-1414
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Unprofessional Behavior This time of year reminds me so much of my last job in hospitality; I was waitressing at a popular Riverside hot spot. Never had I before felt the sting of humiliation quite like I did as an employee there. So bad was the treatment that I gave up everything to go back to school. Was it the unprofessional supervisor who talked about me, in front of me, to the bartender? Was it the manager who descended from on his high horse to degrade the help in front of others? Or was it the abuse from the patrons? “How hard is your job, miss?” When an order came out wrong. Or the time I asked nicely not to feed the birds because of their mess, just to have the patron throw her whole plate of fries on the patio and say, “You can wash the chairs”? Whatever the final straw was, I’m so glad it happened now because college is the greatest thing I could have ever done for myself. Still, shame on your business for its treatment of the help.
your phone, the moment has likely passed that required your attention. Joyous moments pass so quickly... even if it is a child sliding down a slide or a big yellow butterfly, don’t miss those moments for something as inconsequential as your phone.
with your white car or truck and you didn’t have the courage to go inside the store to notify the manager about the incident or call the police, instead you fled off like it was a crime scene. Me on the other hand, had the insurance, I think you don’t have none. First of all, if you don’t have insurance, you shouldn’t be able to drive around like you own the place. What happens if it was a person instead of a car, would you run like you did? So to the irresponsible piece of junk who did this. Bravo! You got away with it! Perhaps it was a silly plastic bumper, but one day when you hit something very serious than plastic, you will know that sooner or later everything will be catching up to you and you will be paying a lot, including your freedom that you take it so granted. Have a very nice day, douchebag!
Being Present for your children does not mean simply being in their general vicinity. It saddens me to see parents who are more obsessed with their phones than their children. It is great that you take your kiddo to the park, for ice cream etc., but if your child has to call out to you 5 or 6 times before you look up from
Dogs In Stores Jeers to some Walmart stores for allowing dogs while the others don’t. Can’t wait to watch the dog fight that is bound to happen, and I hope the pee doesn’t ruin your new floor. Also, jeers to the idiot drivers who think the front of the Northpointe Walmart is their private parking spot. Park in the legitimate spaces and walk your lazy asses into the store! I won’t even bother with a jeer to the inconsiderate smokers of the world. Women Shoppers 90% of women are sloppy shoppers, leaving a trail of destruction behind their every move when shopping for clothes. How rude of you to leave all your clothes piled up in the dressing room, hanging over the racks and on the floor. A retail worker has way more things to do than to constantly clean up after your unconcerned hiney. Please be more considerate! Sincerely, Not a Maid! Hit and Run Thursday, May 15th approx. at 4:30 pm you scratched the bumper of my Grand Caravan
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Scared Dog BOO to the two motorcycle cops on Hamilton today who didn’t stop for the panicked dog running in traffic. The scared pup jumped up onto the guardrail right in front of you guys and you didn’t stop, despite him flailing around and obviously needing help! By the time we pulled over the dog was zig-zagging in traffic behind us and headed for the freeway. I hope someone was able to get the dog out of traffic and find his way home. You guys weren’t in any hurry (as you slowly continued up the road) and could have shown some compassion and helped the scared dog. It was so disappointing and distressing to see. A Broken Agreement To the jerk that borrowed $8,000 from my brother, a Vietnam vet. The business leasor is basically stealing, he has not repaid one dime and it has been over 9 months since an agreement was made. It is reprehensible and he should be ashamed. Signed pissed!
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Volume fanatic Dale Strom: “Volume is the top of the pack of the music festivals in town.” MATT WEIGAND PHOTO
Have you had a time you should have taken it off — say, a wedding? No. If it’s a fancy event, you can wear a long-sleeved shirt. I’ve got a few other things along with this band on my wrist. It’s part of the décor. I don’t have tattoos. I love other people’s, but I wanted something that helped me look more contemporary in appearance without being so permanent.
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Do you recommend other folks doing this? Absolutely, I highly recommend it. People just assume it will look bad if they keep it on. It gives someone else an opportunity to say something to you, to ask about Volume.
Why one man hasn’t taken off his Volume wristband since last year’s event
retired city planner and music promoter, Dale Strom’s favorite pastime is going out and seeing live music. Not music from his generation — “People my age are still into the Eagles; why can’t they try something new?” he says — but music from the local Spokane scene. After missing the first Volume, Strom says he was blown away by last year’s event. So much that he decided to leave the red, plastic, two-day wristband around his arm for an entire year. We had to know why. INLANDER: The big question: What possessed you to wear a Volume wristband all year? STROM: Well, it’s really high quality, and I love that blood-red color. If it started to look like crap, I wouldn’t
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wear it. Volume is a great event, and so through this I have something that’s attractive and people can ask about it, and I can talk to them about Volume. In my mind, Volume is the top of the pack of the music festivals in town. So you swear it’s not broken — no tape or glue or anything? It’s almost in pristine condition. It has little dimples on the edges because it gets showered on and slept on. But otherwise it looks great. When do you plan on taking it off? I don’t know. How long will I live?
What are you most excited to see at this year’s Volume? Rose Windows is my favorite, but I’ve seen them twice already. But Volume has really captured the local bands that are worthy, fresh and primarily doing original, creative stuff. I think it’s really well organized, but if I want to see all the stuff I haven’t seen before, I’ll have to hustle. n Volume takes place Fri, May 30 and Sat, May 31 in downtown Spokane. Two-day wristbands can still be purchased at volume.inlander.com.
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