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n an era when journalists are under threat — from bullets to body slams — I remind myself why I love this job: Every day you learn something new. That’s especially true of this week’s issue, featuring the latest breakthroughs and discoveries at our local universities in an annual section we call SCHOLASTIC FANTASTIC. Whitworth, for instance, has been studying the pressure to get married that students feel at Christian universities. Meanwhile, a University of Idaho researcher is trying to figure out just how fast sea levels may rise. Plus, insights from WSU, EWU and Gonzaga, beginning on page 24. Also this week: Here at the Inlander we’re preparing for Volume, our music festival sprawling across downtown Spokane Friday and Saturday, featuring the likes of Built to Spill, Nacho Picasso, Scarlet Parke and (my newest obsession) Small Million. Hope to see you all there! — JACOB H. FRIES, Editor



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im Fowler’s first exposure to the Inland Northwest was recreation-based; from 199296, he was co-owner of the Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area and lived in Wallace, Idaho. It was also his first experience as an entrepreneur. Fowler never lost his passion, however, for this place. In fact, he lives in Liberty Lake now. Fowler grew up in California and went to college in Colorado — thus his love of skiing. After a variety of sales positions in the tech industry, in 2003 he founded Jigsaw in Silicon Valley. Jigsaw became a leading provider of business information and data services, uniquely leveraging user-generated content contributed by a global business-to-business community. Jigsaw, which enabled access to contact information and company profiles for millions of individual and corporate users, raised a total of $18 million from top-tier venture capital funds and ultimately was sold to Salesforce in 2010 for $175 million. Along the way, Fowler built a sales and service center in Spokane that employed more than 100 people at the time of the acquisition. The company continues to have a presence in Spokane, with an office on Mirabeau Parkway. Like most serial entrepreneurs, Fowler moved on to start a new company. In 2011, he founded Owler, which crowdsources business insights by providing news alerts, company profiles and polls, and allows members to follow, track and research companies in real time. The service currently has more than 1 million active users, and Owler has raised $19 million, again from leading venture capital funds. Although Owler is based in San Mateo, California, with an office in India, the company recently leased space in downtown Spokane’s Steam Plant Square. Owler has seven employees in Spokane, yet Fowler says, “We will quickly have more employees in our Spokane office than in San Mateo.”


owler is worth listening to because he understands both Spokane and Silicon Valley; he believes Spokane is a highly attractive place to scale emerging companies. He says the local labor force has a work ethic comparable to Vikings — pointing to two Spokane arterials, Freya and Thor, that are named after Norse gods. The workforce, he says, is also “highly educated and fueled by five universities having a presence in Spokane, and several more in the vicinity.” Add in the four ski resorts, the three large lakes and numerous smaller ones, and “talent becomes easier to source than in Silicon Valley. And,” he adds, “there are no issues of musical chairs among employees.” Fowler goes on to talk about the abundance of old brick buildings offering wide-open spaces, award-winning wineries, the “blowing-up food scene” and contemporary art galleries.

“Crack open Spokane, and all the pieces are there,” Fowler says. “We just need a mentality that embraces and welcomes innovation, creativity and risktaking.” Then, of course, there’s affordability. Fowler references a key Owler employee who left a cramped, inner-city apartment in San Francisco, paying $2,000 a month, and secured a spacious South Hill home with a smaller monthly payment. Fowler, who lives in Liberty Lake, commutes among Owler’s three offices. He views this area as being an “awesome place” and says he doesn’t want the region “to become a Silicon Valley or Seattle.” “We need,” he adds, “to be sure to preserve the great attributes of Spokane.”


o encourage more successful entrepreneurs, and to draw additional tech talent, Fowler believes that this community needs to “pick a focus.” He’s been supportive of the effort to brand the region as a hub for robotics, yet he also believe there’s a “massive” opportunity to leverage our health care domain expertise to create “market separation.” “We can’t be too general,” Fowler concludes. “Just being a tech hub is too broad.” If Spokane is going to rise above the rest, Fowler asserts that “entrepreneurs in the region will have to make it happen. Free markets are the most efficient mechanisms on the planet, [yet we need] business-friendly laws to ensure entrepreneurs feel welcome.” Ultimately, Fowler believes three partners need to be aligned — “to sing from the same hymnbook,” as he puts it. Entrepreneurs themselves need to be activated to do about half of the heavy lifting, while city and/or local governments and local economic development groups should each pitch in about 25 percent of the effort it will take to pick that focus, and share it with the world outside the 509. In terms of timing, Fowler says “there’s never enough time. We need a sense of urgency. I have a son in high school, and I hope our region will have the attraction, infrastructure and resources to enable him to work for, or start, a super-successful innovative company here without having to go to Seattle or the Valley.” n Tom Simpson is an entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to startups and other businesses in the Spokane region. You can reach him at




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Under Attack Digging into the troubling incidents targeting journalists BY PAUL DILLON


efore the body-slam heard around the world, Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte dropped a dangerous hint of what was to come: Asked how to control journalists, he declared that “our biggest enemy is the news media.” He even pointed at a reporter in the crowd and said, “It seems like there’s more of us than there is of him.” So, the night before last week’s election when Gian-

forte attacked Ben Jacobs, a journalist with the Guardian, a British daily newspaper, the literal assault on the free press felt like a logical conclusion of the rising rhetoric. There’s a certain irony in responding with “I’m sick and tired of you guys!” when asked a health care question. Specifically, Jacobs wanted to know if Gianforte supported the American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office had just revealed would cause 23 million Americans to lose their insurance. A Fox News reporter standing two feet away said Gianforte grabbed Jacobs “by the neck, both hands, slid him to the side, body-slammed him, and then got on top of him and started punching and yelling at him.” Tellingly, Gianforte initially apologized to Fox News before mentioning Jacobs, and claimed that the Guardian reporter started it, because that’s what grown-ups do. Journalists facing intimidation and violence for doing their job is a creeping result of this trend. Last month, Dan Heyman of Public News Service was handcuffed and arrested at West Virginia’s state capitol building for questioning Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services. A reporter from CQ Roll Call was pinned against a wall by two security guards for asking an FCC





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e know that the Trump brand is to blame reporters and label them “enemies” — a convenient strategy that allows him to seed mistrust of the media, the one institution able to hold him accountable — so it makes sense for his acolytes to do the same. Untold gallons of ink have already been devoted to defining the elusive concept of “media.” It’s an overgeneralization, but people having partisan preferences is nothing new. In the 1950s, newspapers were perceived to have a conservative media bias. At a 1952 campaign rally in Spokane, President Harry Truman delivered a standard stump line about how he reduced the national debt, but “you’d never guess it by reading the papers.” He then stopped reading his prepared remarks and ad-libbed this gem: “Especially, if you read that second-worst newspaper in the United States, the Spokesman-Review. That paper never told the truth in politics in its life and it wouldn’t know the truth if it met it coming down the road.” Today, Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley), who has blocked local reporters on Facebook, refers to Spokane’s daily newspaper as “The Socialist Review.” Even this very newspaper you’re holding (or reading online) gets offensive calls targeting a certain columnist — hello there, haters! — because the content might respectfully disagree with your viewpoint. Politicians like Gianforte believe the news media are the enemy, but the feeling isn’t mutual. Marty Baron — the editor whose work at the Boston Globe became the focus for the Oscar-winning film Spotlight and is now executive editor of the Washington Post — said it best: “We’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work.” And in a profession that grows more necessary each day, the fight for facts won’t go quietly. Of course, Gianforte went on to win, and faces a misdemeanor charge. How fit for office are he and others who lie, or won’t explain positions on issues that affect the people they’re asked to represent? No comment. n

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WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER s an independent progressive I found the “Here in the American


Redoubt” article (Inlander 5/11/17) disturbing. It seems these conservative Christians have decided those of the liberal persuasion are the enemy and unworthy of U.S. citizenship. Had such an attitude prevailed during the Convention of 1787 there would be no U.S. Constitution. The wisdom of our founding fathers was accepting the need for compromise for the greater good. These redoubters talk about our Constitution and Christianity while ignoring what the first article of the Bill of Rights clearly states LETTERS about religion. They want to divide Send comments to our state because they don’t like “west side liberals.” I live in Spokane County, but I do not advocate that the 3rd state Legislative District secede from Spokane County because all the county commissioners are Republican. I accept the fact that the majority vote Republican without declaring Republicans as the enemy. We are citizens of the same nation and state. Fellow citizens are not the enemy because of political disagreements. DUWAYNE HUFFAKER Spokane, Wash.

Readers respond to “Unsoak The Poor” (5/25/17), our story about Washington state’s tax system that asks if there is any way for legislators to prevent taxes from punishing the poor:

ERIK JON LEE: One party fights for the poor, one for the rich. To hell with the middle class, eh? ELIZABETH PARKER: Yes. An income tax. JENNIFER EARLEY: No income tax!!! FREDERICK WOEHLER: Would love to see an income tax combined with a repeal of the sales tax. Most of us would keep more of our money and the state would still get its cut.

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‘A Chorus of Voices’ In a time of heightened campus activism, Christian schools like Whitworth University face unique pressure to please both the right and the left BY WILSON CRISCIONE


Whitworth University President Beck Taylor says “Leading a university is not a popularity contest.”

ast fall, when Beck Taylor learned that Whitworth University had a formal relationship with Planned Parenthood, he already knew he was in a no-win situation. Taylor, Whitworth’s president, could either keep the affiliation with the country’s largest provider of abortion and other reproductive health services — an affiliation that allowed students to intern or volunteer with Planned Parenthood for credit — and upset pro-life students, alumni and ...continued on next page

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A demonstration at Whitworth in January.

While activism on college campuses is nothing new, Taylor can easily identify when the level of activism really increased at Whitworth. It was just after the controversial police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. For Taylor, the level of activism is not a concern. In fact, in December 2014, he participated in a “die-in,” in which he and students and faculty lay on the ground, hoping to bring awareness to racial inequality. His concern is that across higher education, activism is being “lived out in ways, frankly, that I think are antithetical


That has set up a robust national discussion about how college administrations should respond to campus protests or controversial speakers while still balancing student freedoms and creating constructive dialogue. Private, religious colleges are positioned differently for this balancing act than other colleges. They don’t have to follow First Amendment freedoms — such as free speech and freedom of the press — like public colleges do. The colleges may believe in those principles, but they don’t have to follow them in the same way, Thomas says. “I would say they have more leeway to quash it — they’re not as constrained by the First Amendment,” she says. But that doesn’t mean they don’t face the same, or more, outside political pressure to uphold those values. Ask Thayne McCulloh, president of Gonzaga University, how it works out when the university tries to prevent a guest speaker’s speech from being open to the public. Last year, a group of students invited Dinesh D’Souza, a controversial conservative author and a convicted felon, to speak at Gonzaga, but the university initially closed the speech to the public. After backlash from people locally and across the country, Gonzaga reversed course and opened it to the public. “A lot of the issues that occur in the context of a campus become about a lot of other things, in the minds of people who hear about them, but might not be a part of that community,” McCulloh says. “So I got some grief from some people who have very little everyday connection with Gonzaga, or with Spokane, to be honest.” Making those decisions becomes about determining the “terms and conditions” under which to engage the campus community in certain issues, McCulloh says. When it came to letting the public see D’Souza, McCulloh says it

“A lot of the issues that occur in the context of a campus become about a lot of other things.”



to liberal education.” Nancy Thomas, who studies higher education’s role in democracy as director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, says that since the most recent presidential election cycle, activism has gone “way up.” The difference, more recently, is that there’s more activism on behalf of conservative principles, Thomas says.

became characterized as a political decision. But in reality, he says it was more of an academic decision for the university — opening the event to the public creates a different learning environment for students than if it were a closed event. That’s the part that gets lost in the debate about free speech, says Thomas. Colleges still should have a level of academic freedom. If somebody says they believe the earth is flat, people shouldn’t expect the institution to provide a venue and security services for that person to speak. “And some of these speakers come with a lot of baggage — they’re flamethrowers. They come with the intent of stirring things up,” she says. Taylor uses a vocabulary similar to McCulloh’s when explaining why Whitworth cut ties with Planned Parenthood, saying the decision was about “setting the conditions” for a conversation about the issue. He says his first thought when he heard about the ties to Planned Parenthood was that it was “a step too far in one direction” as the university tries to host constructive dialogue on the issue. In other words, he thought it gave the appearance that Whitworth supported Planned Parenthood. “I really did feel like having that relationship with an organization that is so politically charged and, frankly, is the largest single abortion provider in our country, did give that position too much power in the larger conversation we’re trying to have,” he says. On these issues, Thomas says that religious institutions may get even more pressure than other colleges. In private religious colleges, there’s already a perception that they censor student freedom, and that perception can ignite into outrage with one decision. Overall, Thomas advocates that presidents make decisions that set conditions for debate without relying on their own political opinions. But for that reason, she questions Whitworth’s decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood. “I think it’s crazy to shut down internships with Planned Parenthood, because Planned Parenthood does a lot of good things,” Thomas says. “I’m not sure Whitworth didn’t have a right to do it — they’re just gonna take a lot of flak for doing it.”


Taylor is not too concerned with whether or not people are upset with his decisions. Instead of thinking in terms of left and right, he says his ultimate goal is to support students and advance the mission and values of the university. “Leading a university is not a popularity contest,” he says. “Again, my job is to ensure Whitworth remains faithful to its mission. And some days that’s going to upset conservatives, and some days that’s going to upset liberals.” The desire to support students is what leads him to speak out for undocumented and international students on campus. Having more students from other countries, and having more diversity, enriches the educational experience for all, he says. Other students on campus are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Whitworth, he says, hasn’t taken a “formal position” on the issue of human sexuality in the last couple of decades, but he says the campus is supportive of LGBT students. “We welcome those students,” Taylor says. “And I think while certainly those students want to advocate for issues that are important for them, I think many of those students would say they’ve received fair treatment here, if not a welcoming space.” LETTERS As the job itself seemSend comments to ingly becomes more politicized, Taylor says he knows he will be accused of politicizing issues further simply by taking these positions for the university. But that’s further from the truth, he says. His focus is on finding the “third way,” by following the teachings of Jesus and pursuing “grace and truth” as a university. “I know I have disappointed people with a lot of decisions I’ve made,” Taylor says. “But at the end of the day, I sleep pretty well. I really do.” n

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Brian Schaeffer was officially appointed the new Spokane fire chief on Wednesday.


PUBLIC SAFETY Last Wednesday, Mayor David Condon officially made longtime local firefighter Brian Schaeffer the city’s new FIRE CHIEF. On the Inlander blog, we detail several ongoing challenges facing Schaeffer, who had already been serving as interim chief. He’ll have to maintain a good relationship with the local firefighters union, which objected to major elements of the fire chief hiring process. He’ll have to train around 70 rookie firefighters. And he’ll have to figure out what to do when the federal grant currently paying for 48 firefighters expires. That might mean pushing for a firerelated tax increase or a “fire benefit charge,” a fee that varies depending on a property’s fire risk. (DANIEL WALTERS)

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MUSIC If you couldn’t make it to the 15th annual SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL, don’t worry. We took some notes in between music sets and sips of beer. Check out for a list of festival highlights and lowlights, including a heavily bearded man doused in glitter, “secret” shows, last-minute cancellations and a drinking game involving a tree stump, nails and a hammer thrown high into the air. The festival held every year at the Gorge Ampitheatre saw a slight uptick in attendance, from about 11,000 a year ago to an estimated 14,000 festivalgoers this year, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. (MITCH RYALS) • (509) 315-8036

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SOCIAL SERVICES Daybreak Youth Services, a nonprofit that offers services to teens in Washington with substance abuse and mental health disorders, has moved its OUTPATIENT TREATMENT facility to Spokane Valley from its previous location in downtown Spokane. The organization says that will allow it to treat more clients by increasing its capacity for outpatient treatment from 70 clients to 100. The expansion comes shortly after Daybreak celebrated the opening of a new 58bed inpatient treatment center for adolescent recovery in Vancouver, Washington. Alayna Becker, Daybreak communications manager, says the long-term goal is to bring in more transitional housing to serve teens. “Everything is getting bigger and better across the board,” she says. (WILSON CRISCIONE)

WATER Hundreds of people filtered into the gym at Medical Lake High School last week to learn more about water CONTAMINATION near Fairchild Air Force Base, but they were met with answers in a different format than some expected. While the base’s commander, Col. Ryan Samuelson, did address the crowd and promise transparency, after 45 minutes of speeches by Samuelson and other experts, no time had been set aside for questions from the crowd, whose members were able to ask questions individually after the presentation. Some wanted to know if their wells could be tested. Others wondered if their serious health issues could be tied to the contaminants, which were used in firefighting foam for more than 40 years. The chemicals are found in the bodies of most Americans, as they’re used in many commercial applications, from Scotchgarding carpets to grease-resistant food packaging, but studies have found their presence to be higher in people exposed to them regularly in their drinking water. While initial testing around Fairchild focused on a few residential wells, later testing found the contamination in wells used by the city of Airway Heights, which provides water for more than 8,000 people, all of whom are now using bottled water for cooking and drinking until the problem can be fixed. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

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ENVIRONMENT In the midst of Washington’s budget planning, some lawmakers and environmental groups are trying to ensure that a key source of money used to pay for cleanup projects around the state is more stable in future years. They hope to stabilize the HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES TAX, which mainly brings in revenue from oil refineries, as it is a levy based on the wholesale value of hazardous substances brought into the state (read: mostly barrels of oil). As of now, the tax is highly volatile (the most varied tax source in the state, according to the Office of Financial Management) because it is essentially tied to the price per barrel. When oil prices are high, as they were a few years ago, the Model Toxics Control Act funds do well. If oil prices slump, as they have since 2014? Not so much. Some cleanup projects in Spokane have benefited from the cleanup accounts, but other projects weren’t able to move forward when funds fell short. To stabilize future cleanup planning, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a surcharge to ensure that the account would get a base amount each biennium, but industry pushed back, saying that the base level was too high. Negotiations continue over a tiered approach, which would raise or lower the tax rate based on how much is brought into the account. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

Call or stop by your favorite Numerica branch today! • 800.433.1837 STREETS The city of Spokane is devoting $1 million to STREET MAINTENANCE this year on roads with heavy traffic slated for complete reconstruction in 2018, Mayor David Condon (right) announced last week. The money will come from grants, and from funds left over from projects that finished under budget. Roads with an “extreme amount of damage,” especially on Northside arterials, will get the special attention, as cracks and potholes are left over from the harsh winter, Streets Director Gary Kaesemeyer says. In all, the money will be used to temporarily fix about 15 miles of roads in the next year. (FORREST HOLT)

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New Notifications County’s Alert Spokane system will deliver emergency messages via cellphone; plus, Inslee’s new Clean Air Rule faces court challenge IN CASE OF DISASTER

Spokane County has launched a new EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM that can deliver notifications directly to a person’s cellphone via text message during local emergencies. The new technology for the Alert Spokane system, launched last week, will be used for a range of emergencies, including evacuations, missing people, floods, fires or criminal activity. County residents can download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app on both Apple and Android devices, or sign up for notifications via email, text or automated phone messages. The technology can target specific areas where residents may be impacted by emergencies and deliver alerts specific to them. The Alert Spokane technology has been used by the

county for several years to call residents during emergencies, says county spokeswoman Martha Lou WheatleyBilleter, but the new software unveiled last week allows for text notifications along with the new app. The county has always called phone numbers in the public database, but people with cellphones who have not registered for notifications have been left out. The new software also makes it easier to self-register for notifications. (WILSON CRISCIONE)


Gov. Jay Inslee has long made battling climate change a priority of his administration. But turning that priority into laws through tools like a carbon tax has remained elusive. So Inslee has taken things into his own hands through the Department of Ecology’s CLEAN AIR RULE. The Clean Air Rule, which went into effect this January, impacts not just big businesses, but also the city of Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant. Facilities that emit 100,000 metric tons of carbon or equivalent greenhouse gases are required to reduce their emissions by 1.7 percent annually. It caused eight business groups and four natural gas companies — including Spokane-area utility Avista — to sue the state. The case will go before a Thurston County Superior Court judge this Friday. The businesses argue that the rule exceeds the authority of the Department of Ecology. Avista, and the three other natural gas companies which are part of the suit, put out a statement last year condemning the Clean Air Rule as a “misguided approach that will have the unintended consequence of increasing carbon emissions while penalizing customers for using clean, efficient natural gas.”

Solid Waste Disposal Director Chuck Conklin inside the Waste-To-Energy plant. DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO But Inslee’s administration argues that it has the power, pointing to a state law that was passed a halfcentury ago. “The Washington State Clean Air Act allows us to regulate pollutants,” says Camille St. Onge, climate communication manager for the Department of Ecology. “When we developed the Clean Air Rule, we closely examined the Clean Air Act.” (DANIEL WALTERS)


An attempt to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against Washington state REP. MATT SHEA (R-Spokane Valley) and Sheriff’s Office critic Scott Maclay was rejected by a judge last week. The lawsuit filed in Spokane County accuses Shea and Maclay of spreading unsubstantiated information linking Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Pendell and the Sheriff’s Office to triple murderer Roy Murray, who was convicted last year of killing his former wife’s parents and brother. In an installment of Shea’s podcast last August, the state representative said that a gun in Murray’s possession was linked to Pendell, and that the Sheriff’s Office

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was working to cover it up. That information originated with a Facebook post by Maclay on the Rattlesnakes Motorcycle Club page, according to the lawsuit. Shea’s attorney Marshall Casey argues in court documents that Pendell deliberately waited to file the lawsuit until the start of the legislative session. Filing a lawsuit against a state legislator during that time is a violation of the state Constitution, Casey argues. Shea was harassed “at his home and in his legislative office,” the motion to dismiss says, adding that the lawsuit also prompted news reporters to contact Shea — “a further interference with the legislative session.” Rather than dismiss the lawsuit, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno ruled that it would be put on hold until the legislative session ends. (MITCH RYALS)


Spokane Police say they arrested a 40-year-old man last weekend after he got onto a BNSF TRAIN and blasted the horn. When officers arrived just after 8:30 on Saturday morning, the man was blowing the whistles and locked inside the engine, which was attached to a work train, typically used for railroad maintenance and other activities. BNSF crew members helped officers turn off the locomotive, which was left idling in a BNSF yard before the man boarded it near North Helena Street, south of East Front Avenue. Police say they tried to negotiate with the man, Jeremy J. Warfield, but he didn’t cooperate. After an hour, officers put pepper spray canisters into the cab through an open window, and after several minutes, Warfield was arrested without any issues, according to Spokane Police Officer Joshua Laiva. Warfield, suspected of being under the influence of drugs at the time, was treated for exposure to the spray, and booked into Spokane County Jail on suspicion of second-degree trespassing, Laiva says in a news release. Warfield has since been released, according to the jail roster. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL) 22nd Annual

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Happy Accident? Why critics of an initiative opposing illegal immigration are feeling hopeful BY DANIEL WALTERS


n October of 2014, the Spokane City Council made official a policy that had already been in effect for the police department since 1995: It barred city employees from asking about immigration status. To City Council President Ben Stuckart, banning immigration-status inquiries was crucial for public safety. He relates stories about immigrants being trapped in abusive relationships because they worry about talking with the cops. A far-right, anti-illegal-immigration group called Respect Washington countered with a citizens initiative. If passed, the initiative would not only reverse the prohibition on immigrationstatus inquiries, it would ban the city from establishing such restrictions without approval of the city council and a vote of the people. After initially failing to get enough signatures, the Respect Washington initiative is finally heading for the ballot this November. There’s one more hurdle in its way: Last month, Center for Justice executive director Rick Eichstaedt, representing a coalition of immigration groups, sued to keep the initiative off the ballot. One of Eichstaedt’s main arguments rests on

a technicality. It turns out that the city council may have paved the way to stopping Respect Washington earlier this year, almost entirely by accident.


On March 27, at a marathon meeting, the council debated a big change to the city code. The ordinance brought together disparate sections of city code regulating “human rights” under one section, and added several new guarantees. Most of the debate at the meeting over the human rights ordinance had to do with the section banning income discrimination. Landlords warned that it could tie their hands, making renting that much riskier. Nobody was talking about the impact that the ordinance could have on the Respect Washington initiative. But Eichstaedt read the fine print. The Respect Washington initiative proposes repealing section “3.10.040,” banning inquiries about immigration status. But the human rights ordinance, technically, already repealed section 3.10.040. (It then immediately resurrected it under a new chapter of city code called “Title 18,” updating the restriction to also ban inquiries about “citizenship status,” along with “immigration status.”) “You’re asking voters to repeal and amend sections of the municipal code that no longer exist,” Eichstaedt says. He has precedent he can point to: In a 1965 case, the state Supreme Court ruled that an initiative in Yakima couldn’t be placed on the ballot because the taxes that the initiative attempted to repeal were no longer in effect. The difference here, of course, is that the ban on immigration status inquiries is very much still in force, just elsewhere in city law. Dick Stephens, the attorney representing Respect Washington, says he’s been involved in litigation over initiatives for a while, but hasn’t seen Eichstaedt’s argument used before. “What happens when you’re proposing a


Small Wonders Spokane looks to parklets to bolster its variety of public spaces BY FORREST HOLT


ublic parks are a staple of life in Spokane. Now with the approval of the public and the city council, tiny parks, called parklets, could become the newest additions to the city’s vast collection. The city has been testing the waters with parklets for two summers, allowing a few to be

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built and gauging public reaction. Councilmember Lori Kinnear, who has supported the pilot program since the beginning, has drafted an ordinance to put parklet regulations into law and establish a parklet design application. Kinnear says she hopes to pass that ordinance into law by September or October, so anyone can apply to build their own next summer. Located just outside of or across the sidewalk from a business, parklets are a bit like big patios for the public to enjoy. They can occupy space next to a business or about two parallel parking spots directly in front of one, which is more likely downtown. They have shade, tables, places to sit

Most city council members, contacted last week about the potential side effect of the human rights ordinance, say it took them by surprise. Even conservative Councilmember Mike Fagan, who has supported the immigration status initiative and decried illegal immigration in his comments opposing the city’s human rights ordinance, says he had no idea that the ordinance could undermine Respect Washington’s initiative. “If that was the original plan by some members of the council, then good on them,” he says. Councilmembers Breean Beggs and Lori Kinnear, however, say they didn’t know about the possible side effect of the human rights ordinance. “We had 25 or 27 drafts,” says Councilwom-

an Karen Stratton, the human rights ordinance’s sponsor. “That issue never came up.” But Stuckart says he knew. He says he got a call from Eichstaedt noting that the human rights ordinance had the potential to undermine the Respect Washington initiative. “He said, ‘Hey, that’s another ground to challenging that initiative,’” Stuckart says. Stuckart insists that wasn’t his primary motivation for supporting the new ordinance. “I was already supportive of the changes, before I found out that everybody working on this would have this other added benefit,” he says. It isn’t the only legal argument that Eichstaedt is leveling against the initiative: He also notes that the original initiative sponsor, Jackie Murray, withdrew as its sponsor in 2015. He argues that initiative signatures had been gathered using unapproved language, against the direction of the city attorney. And, crucially, Eichstaedt argues that the Respect Washington initiative exceeds the legislative authority of a local initiative by constraining the city’s administrative powers. “It [bars the] city from preventing any city employee from collecting and distributing immigration information,” Eichstaedt says. “The ticket-taker at Riverfront Park couldn’t be told by his boss, ‘You can’t hassle people about their immigration status.’” He says the initiative also contradicts state law preventing city attorneys from collecting immigration status information during the plea stage of criminal proceedings. But Stephens says that the court is likely to be wary of Eichstaedt’s arguments. The bar for convincing the court to toss the initiative before voters get a chance to vote on it, he says, is high. Even if initiatives are ultimately ruled to be invalid after election, Stephens says that Washington courts still see value in letting voters make their opinions known. “The court does not want to be used to stifle free discussions of political ideas,” he says. n

and plants around the top of the short wall that separates them from the street. They differ in features and appearances to match the surrounding areas and businesses, says designer Jose Barajas. Barajas, an architect at local firm Integrus Architecture, is president and one of the founders of the nonprofit YES (You Express Studio), which builds the parklets. Barajas says that YES has taken on a few other projects, including community murals, but the tiny parks were one of their first and biggest projects. He says he first saw parklets in San Francisco and Seattle, but wanted to improve on the mobility and construction time. “We take more time to design them and make them modular,” he says. Rather than constructing the entire thing on-site, which Barajas says can take more than a month, the builders at YES make interlocking pieces to the parklet and simply assemble it. “Kind of like LEGOs,” Barajas says. This also provides the ability to merely replace a piece if it is damaged or vandalized, rather than having to work on the entire unit.

YES designs its parklets to be made with more than half repurposed materials, like wood and steel, which they salvage year-round. Barajas says one of the hardest parts of the design process is making the parts work together coherently in such a small space. “How do you make a planter that’s also a bench and also sculptural and also a guardrail and also waters itself?” he says. Despite this challenge, Barajas has even more ambitious ideas for a pop-up mini-shop where a vendor could sell magazines or ice cream, though that’s not much more than an idea at this point. Ryan Hare and Jacob McLean sat at Vessel Coffee Roasters’ parklet, drinking coffee on a sunny Tuesday morning. Both had seen them before, but neither had sat in one. Hare and McLean agreed it was a comfortable place to spend time outside and would want to come back to one. “[At first] I wasn’t sure what it was, but it looked cool,” Hare says. “It’s nice. It’s very welcoming. All the plants are nice. It’s not just a boring patio.” n

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change in the law and the law gets tweaked in some way before people are allowed to vote?” Stephens says. “You could imagine the problem that would create.” Theoretically, if Eichstaedt’s argument holds water, a city council or state legislature could play a shell game, swapping a law to another section and changing the details to stop it from getting repealed. “I think there’s an argument that if they were initially trying to stymie something, the court may have a problem with that,” Eichstaedt says. But in this case, he says, that wasn’t the council’s intent.


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Five insights from local universities this year

POWERFUL SPIRIT A Colville novelist and public intellectual relished her role as a bridge between cultures BY MITCH RYALS


hristine Quintasket came into this world, and left it, in her self-imposed role as a diplomat. The Colville woman, who published two books under the pen name “Mourning Dove,” was born in a canoe crossing the Kootenai River from North Idaho into Washington in 1888, according to family lore. “I really like the symbolism that she was navigating the plateau right from the moment she was born,” says Laurie Arnold, director of Native American Studies at Gonzaga University, who recently published an article on the Colville woman’s influence. For much of her life, Quintasket traveled throughout the Columbia Plateau, collecting stories of Colville and Okanogan people that she would eventually compile into a book. As the first Native American woman to publish a novel, Quintasket felt it was her role to preserve Native culture for younger generations, as well as inform those (typically white people) unfamiliar with it. As a bridge between two cultures, the story goes, Quintasket’s life came to an end in 1936. She was staying with a non-Indian couple, who repeatedly asked her to show them her “spirit power” — a private part of one’s personality that is to be honored and protected. Finally, Arnold says, Quintasket relented, in part because of her desire to facilitate understanding of tribal culture. Soon after, she became ill and never recovered. In 1988, a Colville elder said that her choice cost Quintasket her life. But perhaps more significant for Arnold, who is an enrolled member of the Sinixt Band of the Colville Confederated Tribes, are the details in between, and how they’ve been interpreted by her peers. “Scholars for a long time were hung up on this notion about [Quintasket] that framed her as suffering because of her biculturality,” Arnold says. “But that characterization is such an oversimplification.” In her article published recently in Montana: The

Magazine of Western History, Arnold aims to give a more complete picture of Quintasket as an activist and a public intellectual. “She was doing work at the time that not many people were doing — men or women,” Arnold says.


lthough she probably didn’t realize it at the time, this projLaurie Arnold GONZAGA UNIVERSITY ect started for Arnold when she was in high school, reading Quintasket’s biography. But it wasn’t until she returned to the text, after accepting her current position at GU, that she realized its flaws. “As I was reading it, I was getting more and more frustrated with the characterization of her,” Arnold says. “When you read the primary documents, it’s quite evident that she is intentionally creating cultural continuity.” Those documents include letters from Quintasket to a man named Lucullus McWhorter, a white cattle rancher and historian who acted as an editor for Quinstasket’s books. Throughout their correspondence (publicly available at the Washington State University archives), Quintasket recounts her day-to-day activities and the two discuss edits to her manuscripts. “I am going to the mountains again in August,” she writes in the spring of 1930. “When flowers of mystery are in full bloom, and then I shall ‘do my stuff.’ Our book is going to be a success. [My] Indian beliefs will prove it.” Arnold uses this quote to show Quintasket’s zest for her role as cultural advocate and ethnographer — a role she fulfilled through more than just her storytelling.

Quintasket acted as a liaison between the U.S. government and the Colville people for the Indian Reorganization Act (also known as the Howard-Wheeler Act), which she advocated for. The new law would give tribes more voice in their government, she argued. “The reason I have fought for my people is this: I owe it to them, old men and women of the Colville Indians,” she said at the Howard-Wheeler conference, which she attended as a delegate. “Let us hope that this new form of government will not be imposing on our old people, that you younger men and women will have a voice in the government of the U.S. Let us try a new deal.” The Colvilles ultimately rejected the law — a vote which remains a point of contention among members. Quintasket was also instrumental in creating the first “dictionary” for her first language — Salish. She did this as she worked on her second novel, Coyote Stories, to help McWhorter, her editor, understand the text. No known copies of the dictionary exist today, Arnold says. Quintasket also served on the Colville Tribal Council (the predecessor to today’s Colville Business Council), and founded the Colville Indian Association. In addition to all of this, she constantly traveled throughout the Northwest, collecting stories, and getting work where and when she could as a farmhand and housekeeper for non-Native folks. “After working for ten hours in the blazing sun and cooking my meals, I know I shall not have the time to look over very much …” she wrote to McWhorter one summer while revising Coyote Stories. “But fire them on, and between sand, grease, campfire and real apple dirt, I hope I can do the work.”


uintasket’s life story carries some personal significance for Arnold, who strives to fill a similar role. “I view this article, and others that I’ll do on her and other leaders, as creating a consciousness of the Native peoples of the Columbia Plateau, because there really isn’t one,” Arnold says. “Not among scholars, and not among people who live here.” Arnold is working on a book about four influential Native leaders: Lucy Covington, Paschal Sherman, Joe Garry and, of course, Quintasket. “It’s about finding ways to tell plateau stories, and illustrate the dynamism of those lives without marooning them in the past,” she says. “Which is so often what U.S. history does to Native peoples.” n

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GUT PUNCH Microscopic organisms living in our digestive tract could help unlock therapies to treat chronic diseases, like MS BY CHEY SCOTT


magine if the key to treating — or maybe even curing — a host of chronic diseases and disorders, like Alzheimer’s, autism, mental illnesses, obesity, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, was living inside of us all along. It may be, and a microbiologist at Eastern Washington University is one of many researchers around the world currently studying the complex effects that the trillions of microbes living in our digestive tracts may have on our overall health, including the onset of chronic illness. Javier Ochoa-Repáraz Since 2007, and at EWU for the past EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY two years, Javier Ochoa-Repáraz has examined anomalies in the overall makeup of microbes — referred to as the microbiome or microbiota — in the gastrointestinal tracts of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and progressive autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system and disrupts communication in the brain. This can cause paralysis, blindness and a range of other symptoms. MS is thought to affect more than 2.3 million worldwide; there is no cure or definitive known cause. Based on the findings of Ochoa-Repáraz and others in his field, so far it’s been determined that the overall composition of the gut microbiome in MS patients differs significantly from that of otherwise healthy individuals. There are also notable differences in the microbiome in MS patients who are in stages of symptom remission or relapse, OchoaRepáraz says. He theorizes that these changes in the microbiome at any stage of MS in turn impact the body’s immunological responses because of a link between the gut and the brain, and that the microbes living in our GI tract are able to affect how our immune cells function. “Until not so long ago, we pretty much ignored the microbes in our gut,” he explains. “We knew that the gut was the port of entrance for many pathogens, and we knew that microbes were important in fighting or competing against these pathogens… We now know that they’re important in the immune system… We also know that gut microbes are important in neurological development, and that they’re important in regulating metabolism.” Yet when it comes to pinpointing exactly how these microbes of the intestines and colon affect the immunology of patients with MS, things are less clear. Ochoa-Repáraz is focusing his current research, with the aid of undergraduate and graduate microbiology students at EWU, on finding out whether the presence of a specific microbiome makeup is somehow linked to the cause of MS, or if a patient’s microbiome is in turn altered by the presence of the disease.

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“It’s like the chicken and the egg — what comes first? The imbalance of microbes or the disease changing the gut microbiology?” He hypothesizes that the relationship is bidirectional; a twoway street — the microbes affect the brain, and the brain affects the microbes. Ochoa-Repáraz says the human gut microbiome — which consists of bacteria, virus, fungi and other microorganisms — is influenced by a number of known factors: The foods we eat, our genetic makeup, stress levels, age, where we live, if we have household pets or come into contact with other animals, and even how we were born or if we were breastfed as infants. “Most of the ongoing studies these days evaluate the effect of microbes on disease, and how the imbalance of the microbe composition could affect the onset or progression of a given disease,” he explains. “The main hypothesis I’m working on is how diseases affect the composition of the microbiome.”


t EWU’s research labs, Ochoa-Repáraz and his students are using mice to study the microbiome’s makeup during the secondary progressive stage of MS, which is chronic and affects up to 70 percent of MS patients. Of the drug therapies currently available for MS patients, most are not effective at this later stage, he adds. The best-case outcome of his contributions to this area of study, he says, is that it helps to eventually pinpoint a specific microbiome composition, which could allow scientists to develop a probiotic treatment for MS patients that would compensate for their gut microbe imbalances. This theoretical treatment method could also be applied to other diseases if a direct link to patients’ gut microbes is discovered. “We could also isolate the microbes we know are important in promoting beneficial immune responses, and identify the molecular compounds that promote those effects and would be protective against the disease,” he explains. Yet this particular area of the growing field of gut microbe research — as with other scientific work examining the complex relationship between our health and the microorganisms that live inside our bodies — still has a long road ahead, Ochoa-Repáraz says. To get to the crux, we still need to determine the specific functions of these trillions of microorganisms; it may not be just about the numbers or the relative abundance of certain bacteria strains versus others, he says. And while studies like this one are so far just using mice to recreate the disease, he acknowledges that more research and data on MS in humans is needed. Even though this area of disease study is still in its infancy, Ochoa-Repáraz is hopeful that his research at EWU contributes valuable insight to the scientific community’s overall understanding of how changes in the body’s microbiome can promote or inhibit disease, whether specifically in MS patients, or beyond. “We couldn’t do this 10 to 15 years ago, and that is why we were ignoring [gut microbes] — we couldn’t understand how many there were, and what they were doing down there.” n

“It’s like the chicken and the egg — what comes first?”

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SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME A University of Idaho researcher is among scientists studying Greenland glaciers to figure out just how fast the world’s sea levels might rise BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


n the next 85 years or so, scientists think sea levels will likely rise by another foot to 6 feet, says University of Idaho researcher Tim Bartholomaus. “That is a huge range,” he says. “If you tell the mayor of Seattle or the mayor of Miami that you’ve got to look forward to 1 foot or 6 feet of sea level rise, they’re going to laugh. ‘What am I supposed to do with that information?’ It’s too uncertain.” To knock down those uncertainties, we need to understand basically two things, Bartholomaus says. The first is how much carbon dioxide and other gases people are going to keep pumping into the atmosphere contribute to climate change, which will largely interconnect with political decision making. The other is, given those changes, how and why do glaciers and ice sheets melt and move in the ways they do, and how can people predict those changes with any certainty? He and an international team of scientists are working to pin down the second part. They’ve been studying some of the many glaciers on Greenland’s ice sheet, the second largest in the world behind Antarctica, and this year announced that some glaciers melt and recede a lot more than others in part because of their shape. “We’ve known for some time now that the Greenland

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ice sheet is losing ice,” Bartholomaus says. “But what we’re seeing is not all glaciers contribute in the same way.” He describes the sheet as a big pancake of ice covering the island of Greenland, which then drains out into 200 to 300 individual glaciers that “kind of poke out like fingers from the palm of the ice sheet.” Interestingly, even when glaciers are right next to each other, they don’t act the same. Of the 16 glaciers they studied on the west coast of Greenland, a single one, Jakobshavn Isbræ, accounted for more than 81 percent of Tim Bartholomaus the ice lost between 1985 and 2015. The research UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO relied on highly detailed aerial images from those time periods that the researchers used to create topographic maps and observe what each glacier looked like over time. The study found that it’s a good thing to have thin, steep portions of a glacier closer to where it meets the

ocean, Bartholomaus says. Where they meet open water, glaciers can have a pattern of ice splitting (also called calving) off into icebergs, stretching, thinning, more calving, and on in a loop. Once that loop gets going, changes to the glacier can happen incredibly fast, he says. But where the ice is thin (which could still be hundreds of feet thick) and has a steep slope, the loop goes so quickly that the action is sort of stuck there, and can’t move farther into the ice sheet, Bartholomaus says. The steep part acts as sort of a backstop or shield point, protecting the inner parts of the ice sheet. “A couple of them have that critical shield point well into the interior of the ice sheet … Because of their shape, they are allowed to see big changes,” Bartholomaus says. “Whereas other glaciers have that critical point much closer to the ocean, and are therefore insulated from big changes.” Knowing that, researchers can identify glaciers that haven’t seen the feedback loop start yet, and anticipate which would be more likely to see the most movement and change. The research was funded by NASA and the University of Texas Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department, and was published in the journal Nature Geoscience in April. Moving forward, keeping an eye on the hundreds of glaciers wouldn’t be practical, but if scientists can identify those whose shield points are farther inland than others, more attention can be given to those glaciers, as they’ll be more likely to contribute significant amounts of water, he says. “If we understand how those glaciers and ice sheets work better, we can make better forecasts,” Bartholomaus says. That forecast could make a menu of sorts: “How bad do you want it? These are the choices you get to make. You can say we’re OK with 5 feet of sea-level rise,” Bartholomaus says. “Or you can say, ‘No, that’s not OK; that’s too much sea-level rise too fast. We need to give our cities a little more time to prepare for these changes.’” n

A RING BY SPRING? Research examines how pressure to get married before graduation at Whitworth and other Christian colleges can burden students BY WILSON CRISCIONE


hen Stacy Keogh George came to Whitworth University in 2013, she noticed something familiar. As spring neared, George’s students approached her and expressed a common fear: They were ready to graduate, but they still had no engagement ring on their finger. George remembers feeling the same pressure when she was a student at a Christian college, George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. The idea was that women, by the time they graduated, should find a man to marry — that they should get a “ring by spring.” At Whitworth, some students thought their success in college was tied to their marital status. “They were clearly intelligent students pursuing a degree,” George says. “Yet they feel like they have to be married in order to be successful college students.” So George, an assistant professor of sociology, wanted to find out where the “ring by spring” culture was coming from and how it impacts students. Since 2014, she has studied the topic, conducting surveys and analyzing the results. What she’s found may provide some direction for Christian universities and students on how to Stacy Keogh George navigate dating culture in a generation that seems to WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY be getting married later and later in life. One thing her research has shown, she says, is that the “ring by spring” culture can negatively impact the dating culture for both men and women, particularly women. “I have yet to find a comment in any of my surveys that has said that ‘ring by spring’ promotes positive relationships on campus,” she says. “I think marriage is a great thing — I’m married — but in terms of dating culture and getting to know somebody, there’s so much pressure that it deters people potentially away from engaging in what I would say are healthy relationships.”


he “ring by spring” culture is not always taken seriously, George says. In her surveys, George found that students thought the pressure to get engaged before they graduate was “ridiculous,” or a joke. And very few people who graduate, George says, are actually getting married to somebody by spring of their senior year. But even if it is a joke, it can still have an impact. Emily Moline, who graduated from Whitworth in December, remembers hearing about getting a “ring by spring”

during her freshman orientation. “It was still mentioned and given air space at freshman orientation,” Moline says. “It’s still real.” From personal experience, Moline, who became George’s research assistant, noticed relationships failing because a guy or a girl, at age 19, wasn’t sure if it would result in marriage. Casually dating, she says, was not encouraged. “People don’t go out to coffee with somebody just because they don’t think they could marry them, which takes away the purpose of dating,” George says. But George’s research does suggest that women feel more pressure than men. In George’s first survey of students in 2014, nearly two-thirds of women reported some pressure to be married, or were already married. Only 22 percent of men felt any pressure at all. George acknowledges that for many Christians, taking relationships seriously, with an eye toward marriage, is not a bad thing. It’s a contrast from the “hookup culture” pervading other college campuses in the country. And a college campus, where young Christians are surrounded by like-minded people of their age, is a great place to find a partner. But she says many students think that if it doesn’t happen in college, then it never will. “And that’s just unrealistic,” she says. For Moline, it felt like a “ticking clock” as she neared spring of her senior year. “When you’re nearing the end of your four years, it’s like, what are you gonna do next year?” Moline says. “A lot of people see that as an opportunity to get engaged, and I think that having that religious affiliation puts pressure on people not to cohabitate — so if you don’t want to move in together, the best thing is to get engaged.”


n a paper published in Baylor University’s The Christian Reflection Project, George wonders where this expectation comes from. Her findings, which may not be surprising, suggest “a correlation between students who go to church frequently and the amount of pressure they feel to marry.” It also has to do with a student’s upbringing, she says. “If that’s the message they’ve been hearing their entire childhood and young adulthood, that’s certainly going to create pressure for kids,” she says. In George’s second wave of surveys, conducted last year, she found that many students who did choose to get married young may not be prepared for what they were getting into. Less than half of students were enrolled in premarital counseling, and only one in five had bought any marital books or materials. George writes that with high divorce rates among Christian marriages, it’s important for Christian colleges and the church to help students discern whether they should marry in college. In her next round of research, George says she will study how marriages of Whitworth alumni who got married in college worked out, and how the pressure to marry at Whitworth compares to other colleges, since the idea of finding a partner in college is not exclusive to Whitworth. “I’m not saying that getting a ‘ring by spring’ and getting engaged by the time you leave Whitworth is a bad thing, necessarily,” George says. “I just want to make sure students know there are other options.” n

“They feel like they have to be married in order to be successful.”

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RESISTING THE RESISTANCE A WSU professor shows how the secrets to preventing the deadly rise of antibiotic resistance can come down to understanding different cultures BY DANIEL WALTERS


t’s one of the greatest threats to human health. If it isn’t stopped, one of humanity’s greatest achievements in modern medicine may gradually be lost. The antibiotic era began in September 1928, when Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming noticed that a certain mold was inhibiting the growth of bacteria in a petri dish. That mold became penicillin, and that penicillin ushered in a medical revolution. But today, doctors are talking about how the antibiotic era may already be ending. Antibiotics are powerful weapons Doug Call to fight disease — but they’re powerful WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY weapons that lose their effectiveness the more they’re used. Like the Borg from Star Trek, bacteria begins to adapt. The incredible power of bacteria — with its rapid growth and proliferation — also allows it to develop immunity to what once would have killed it. Already, there are strains of bacteria which are completely immune to every drug we can throw at them. “We’ve been trying to convey that importance without burying people in numbers,” says Washington State University professor Doug Call, the associate director for research and graduate education in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. “It makes it more risky to have any medical procedure. Having a baby. Having open heart surgery. Dealing with an open wound.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 23,000 people in the United States alone die annually from antibiotic resistance. “We’d lose the safety of modern childbirth: Before the antibiotic era, five women died out of every 1,000 who gave birth,” writes Maryn McKenna, author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA. “One out of every nine skin infections killed. Three out of every 10 people who got pneumonia died from it.” In the U.S., much of the antibiotics debate has centered around medical practice. But Call, who helped put together the Washington State Antimicrobial Resistance Coalition, looks at this as a global crisis. Call and WSU’s Mark Caudell, who co-authored a study in the open-access scientific journal PLOS ONE, have gone in-depth and hands-on in studying the African country of Tanzania, surveying distinct tribes regarding their cultural practices and measuring levels of antibiotic resistance in different populations. In that time, they’ve come to a crucial conclusion: The fight to slow the growth of antibiotic resistance must be tailored to each battleground; they’re not just doing battle on the microscopic level. Cultural, agricultural and economic conditions, they’ve detailed, all have major consequences

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in the bacterial realm. “Both on the human side and the animal side, you go overseas in places like Kenya and Tanzania, there’s a high disease burden,” Call says. “A big chunk of that is related to horrifying living conditions.”


he Maasai, a pastoral ethnic tribe in Tanzania, have considerably higher levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their system. Blame the cows. More specifically, blame the milk. “In the Maasai, like most pastoralists, milk plays a very important role in both status — how much milk you have reflects how big your herd is — and it’s also integrated into marriage ceremonies and funerals,” Caudell, a postdoctoral fellow at the Allen School for Global Animal Health, said at a WSU “Innovators” lecture earlier this year. That milk increases the rate of antibiotic resistance in two ways. First, many of the Maasai take care of their cattle themselves. They rarely follow the recommended veterinary practice of waiting for a period of time after administering antibiotics to the cattle and consuming the milk. That practice can introduce leftover antibiotics from the milk into the humans. Now combine that with the fact that the milk itself can make the Maasai sick. “Oftentimes they’re drinking contaminated milk — they’re drinking E. coli,” Call says. When people get sick, they take more antibiotics, increasing the chance of resistance. On the other end of the extreme from the Maasai, Call says he looked at the Chagga, another ethnic group in Tanzania. They tend to have fewer animals, and the ones they do have are cared for by veterinarians using proper antibiotics. The milk the Chagga drink tends to be fermented, which kills the bacteria. “We see lower levels of resistant E. coli,” Call says. “They’re just not exposed.” His team also looked at the Arusha, a displaced Maasai tribe. “They, culturally, are a midpoint between Maasai and Chagga,” Call says. Not surprisingly, their levels of antibiotic resistance were right between those of the Maasai and the Chagga. The solution isn’t always to change the culture, as much as work inside it. For example, some African cultures boil their milk to remove bacteria. But the Maasai traditionally believe that boiling milk robs it of its strength, causing Call to look at other options. “We can help come up with practical solutions for pasteurizing their milk,” Call says. “They’re drinking a better product. They don’t get sick.” Agricultural habits, Call says, aren’t the only issue at play. The type of antibiotic also matters, as does sanitation. In Kibera, a poverty-stricken neighborhood in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, the slum conditions mean that sickness is common and antibioticresistant bacteria is easy to spread. “No animals there,” Call says. “Ridiculous level of E. coli resistance to different drugs.” In other words, fighting one of the biggest modern threats to public health can mean returning to even older public health innovations. “You come back to the basics,” Call says. “Sanitation and water. Vaccination.” It won’t necessarily stop the march of antibiotic resistance. But it could slow it down. n

“We’d lose the safety of modern childbirth.”

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Best Fest Forward ArtFest partners with a new startup to create a fresh look and feel for a familiar event BY CARRIE SCOZZARO

ArtFest runs Friday through Sunday in Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition.


rtFest is getting a midlife makeover. After 32 years as Spokane’s start to the summer arts season, organizers at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture took a hard look at ways to update the popular festival, which takes place June 2-4 in Coeur d’Alene Park in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood. “We’re just really trying to take a different look at things and say, ‘Hey, what small things can we do to make it a little fresher?’” says Betsy Godlewski, development director at the MAC. Godlewski is the point person for the festival, which she calls an all-handson-deck event that provides necessary fundraising for the museum. It takes around 200 volunteers to run the weekend celebration. When longtime ArtFest organizer Jerry Smith retired last year, the MAC brought on Unifest CO., the 2016 startup created by the multitalented team of Matt Bogue and his wife, Stephanie, and Godlewski couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. “Matt has been fantastic to work with because he’s come in with fresh eyes,” says Godlewski, who is excited about the new lineup of food and beer vendors, as well as the rebranding. She’s especially appreciative of the updated webpage, which features a more accessible gallery of artist work. “We really want to focus on the artwork and the


artists,” says Godlewski, which she says Unifest understood innately. “It will still be all about showcasing the artists and vendors,” says Matt Bogue, who remembers hanging out with friends in Browne’s Addition and attending both ArtFest and neighboring Elkfest (with which Unifest collaborated last year to add a market booth, photo booth Some of the work featured in this year’s and popular “draw off” ArtFest (clockwise from top): Craig competition). Goodwin, Palouse Falls Milky Way Arch “All of (photograph); Denise Pfau, Relevant the historical Tradition (mixed media); Molly Willson elements will Perry, Porcelain Flower Necklace (jewelry). still be there,” adds Bogue. “Some of them will just be more polished, or offer more variety this year. We have taken care to make all of the new elements be about art and culture, so we feel the new additions only add to the theme and feel of the festival. “ For example, they’ve added a photo booth and tied the branding elements visible on the poster and website into new signage throughout the park, where approximately 150 artist booths offer everything from ceramics to painting to jewelry and fiber art. In addi...continued on next page

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CULTURE | ARTS “BEST FEST FORWARD,” CONTINUED... tion to artist booths, Bogue revamped the food, beverage and entertainment offerings. New this year is local craft beer on tap from River City Brewing, which will serve River City Red, Riverkeeper IPA, Girlfriend Golden Ale and Huckleberry Ale. Eleven food vendors will keep attendees nourished, ranging from Mac Daddy’s mac n’ cheese to Azar’s Mediterranean meals to ice cream from Mary Lou’s. The new music lineup is sure to be a draw and features an eclectic mix of folk, R&B, garage, funk, rock, island style, and electric pop. In addition to weekend DJs spinning sounds in between sets, look for bands like Funky Unkle, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Bristol and Folkinception. A musician himself — Bogue will be playing nearby at Volume, the Inlander’s music festival, during the weekend — Bogue was keen to introduce ArtFest audiences to new music, including two opportunities to hear from someone influential in his own career, his father Bryan (a Spokane Symphony percussionist who plays on Saturday with several other musicians and on Sunday with the Caribbean-inspired Moko Jumbie). It isn’t just the music or art that’s important to Bogue, or even the business niche he’s created with Unifest CO. “In our personal lives, festival-going is one of our favorite things to do,” says Bogue, who met Stephanie at the Sasquatch! Music Festival and secretly holds a desire to work his magic on that festival, too.

Jessica Bryant, Sunrise on Bottle Bay (painting). “The best part of the job for us is seeing everything come together on festival day. Seeing people come together as a community to support art and music, and to connect with one another, is a powerful and positive feeling that we love creating a space for,” he says. “Collaboration with all the talented people in our community is really rewarding for us, and that each event is different every time keeps us on our toes, and keeps the job exciting.” n ArtFest • Fri, June 2-Sun, June 4 • Free • Coeur d’Alene Park • 2195 S. Chestnut • or

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Beyond Magic Why David Blaine can’t stop pushing the envelope BY MIKE BOOKEY


avid Blaine has stayed underwater for more than 17 minutes and once stood atop a 100-foot pillar in New York City for 35 hours. He’s been encased in ice for more than three days and also went almost a week without food. That’s nothing compared to what he’s about to do. While at a rehearsal last week, Blaine says he’s not even sure he’s going to make it through the 40-date tour he’s about to embark upon. “Where are you? When’s the show?” he asks. Then he instructs his crew for a minute or so in his trademark slow, deliberate speech. He apologizes and asks the question again. I tell him it’s in Spokane on June 7. “Oh, I’ll definitely still be going by then,” says Blaine. I ask what the hell that’s supposed to mean. He’s perhaps the most significant magician — if you want to call him that — of his generation, but he isn’t sure the show he has planned can survive this grueling tour schedule? Somehow, the man who’s hung a reputation on endurance isn’t sure if he can last? But he says this isn’t about getting old (despite the fact that his first network TV special is now 17 years old, he’s only 44). Rather, he’s pushing himself harder than he ever has with this tour. “It’s the most difficult and most exciting thing I’ve

ever done, and I don’t know how I’m going to do this. It’s more difficult than any endurance stunt I’ve ever done,” he says. Blaine doesn’t want to reveal much about the show, but says that it might be hard to watch. Anyone who saw his most recent ABC special, Beyond Magic, knows what this means. In that hourlong program, he found a way to fill his gut with water, then ingest kerosene, so that he could breathe fire and then extinguish the flames with the water. Then he caught a bullet in his mouth — a stunt that shattered the custom mouthguard created for the performance, lacerating his throat. It’s gotten to the point where his own support crew is getting worried about how far he’s pushing things. “Everybody on my team is asking me to leave some things out of the show. We were fighting about it, and one guy just left the theater,” he says. Then, without covering the phone receiver, he tells someone at the rehearsal that “a pair of scissors would be good instead of a knife.” The escalation of Blaine’s stunts over the years is a fascinating arc. In May 1997, he sprung to fame with the ABC special Street Magic, in which a young Blaine mystified random folks on the sidewalk with card tricks and an illusion in which he appeared to levitate. He kept

Says David Blaine: “I’m not athletic by birth, but I am by choice and by practice.” at the card tricks, blowing the minds of celebrities in his specials, but by the early 2000s, he was moving in a different direction with what he calls endurance stunts. This wasn’t magic anymore. It was closer to extreme feats of athleticism, if you want to think of it that way. “I’m not athletic by birth, but I am by choice and by practice. I wasn’t an athletic kid, but I developed skills and perseverance,” says Blaine. A lot of that perseverance, he says, comes from watching his mother die of cancer in the mid-’90s. He saw her battle the disease with vigor, and began to think deeply on the idea of pushing beyond limits. “I became obsessed with obstacles. That’s what this all is — I give myself a difficult obstacle and go after it. It’s like a marathon or a triathlon or climbing a mountain. I think it’s the same thing,” he says. While often outrageous, his stunts have caught the attention of the scientific community. In 2005, the New England Journal of Medicine released a study about Blaine’s 44-day fast while suspended in a clear box over the River Thames in London. He lost 25 percent of his body weight during that time, and scientists were there to monitor the effects of the deprivation and how he recovered. Blaine doesn’t see himself as all that remarkable. He even thinks you could do all the insane things he’s done. You, too, could catch a bullet in your mouth if you put your mind to it. “I think that anybody can do what I do, but I don’t suggest or recommend it,” he says. “In fact, I urge you not to try this.” n David Blaine • Wed, June 7 at 8 pm • $32.50-$82.50 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague •

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Local and national meal delivery services are growing in popularity, combining convenience and healthy nutrition for people on the go BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


ulinary trends have come a long way since the advent of Chef Boyardee canned spaghetti, Swanson TV dinners, and microwaveable Hot Pockets, yet convenience is still a powerful factor in how we eat. Our on-the-go lifestyles often rely on fast food and fast-casual restaurants, takeout, delivery pizza and groceries, and even sit-down restaurant food. For the sake of convenience, however, something may have been lost in the process. As we’ve migrated away from the necessity of actual cooking, we’ve moved closer to the pros-

pect of forgetting how to cook. By the estimate of Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan, Americans spend less time cooking than in any other nation; about 27 minutes daily (nine minutes per meal), and half the time we’d spent cooking in 1965. Part of the problem, says Spokane-based nutrition and wellness consultant Jennifer Van Cott, who’s also a USA Triathlon coach, is that people lack essential knowledge. Van Cott founded her local business Pantry Fuel two years ago to provide home-cooked, healthy and locally sourced meals.

“People only know what is being marketed to them, which is not necessarily backed by sound science or non-biased research,” Van Cott asserts. Indeed, grocery stores and food purveyors can both help and harm shoppers through such simple practices as product placement and food labeling. People often don’t have the time or know what to plan, adds Van Cott, which leads them to “make choices based on hunger or convenience, versus health and nutrition support.” Lack of necessary meal prep space, equip...continued on next page

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FOOD | COOKING “DOOR TO TABLE,” CONTINUED... ment or cooking ability — and having too many individual eating habits or personal schedules to accommodate — may be problematic as well. “There are no more home economics classes being held as requirements for students, so those people not interested in cooking will not have the chance to learn basic cooking skills,” says Van Cott, who also teaches cooking classes out of a Spokane Valley space that Pantry Fuel shares with the Kitchen Engine. While grocery stores have capitalized on heat-and-eat sections to simulate home-cooked meals, delivery services continue to evolve, ranging from ready-to-eat meals to pre-portioned kits you cook at home. For example, Freshly delivers meals like meatloaf with creamy potatoes and spinach to your door in insulated boxes from its Phoenix kitchen via FedEx at a cost of $9 to $13 per meal, depending how many meals you order at a time. “The meals are cooked fresh daily, then individually packaged in a tray and vacuum-sealed for freshness,” according to Jordan Finger, Freshly’s vice president of marketing. All meals are glutenfree, include detailed nutrition information, and are typically microwaveable.


ose Backs, a busy mother of three from Hayden, Idaho, who owns the local business Elite Auction with her husband Matt, likes Hello Fresh, which delivers meal kits in three plans from around $9 to $10 per meal. “I like that it forces me to try new things. It gets me out of my chicken-and-grilled-veggie routine,” Backs notes. She also appreciates the time savings and convenience: “I don’t have to look up recipes on Pinterest, then hope that it is actually good. I feel like the food is consistent, and everything you need is in the box. It saves me from missing that one last ingredient or obscure spice.” Dale Sirek likes Blue Apron, which is similar to Hello Fresh in price and process, although Blue Apron emphasizes local and sustainable sourcing, albeit from around the company’s New York home base. “The menus are clever,” says Sirek, who shares a one-bedroom apartment with his partner Lori Novitski in Seattle. “It’s not about convenience,” he continues, but rather trying new things, and not having to commit time, money or storage space for ingredients they might only need a small amount of. “Our only critique is that you literally [only] get what you need to prepare the meal,” says Sirek. Meal-kit delivery seems to be gaining traction with millennials, according to market research firm ReportLinker, which notes that for people who do cook at home, cost savings is the No. 1 reason, followed by health. Indeed, studies find that eating minimally processed whole foods and cooking at home are key indicators of dietary health. Yet one-to-one cost comparisons of cooking with ingredients

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purchased at a local market versus using a meal service are tricky. Traditional cooking involves both time and the expense of going to the grocery store (or stores), along with prep, cooking and cleanup. It also increases the potential for wasted food. And most of us typically don’t go to the store for just one item, so figuring out the actual cost of a single meal is another challenge. For those who use meal delivery services, the decision often comes down to personal priorities, and whether the service is the right lifestyle fit. Van Cott has tried Freshly, Blue Apron and Plated, finding the companies’ price points similar to her own for Pantry Fuel ($11 to $13 per meal), yet the excessive packaging is a downside, as is the break in the local food chain, she says. By contrast, Pantry Fuel works with local vendors such as Urban Eden Farm and LINC Foods to deliver seasonal meals, with minimal and reusable packaging that customers can exchange each week. Consumers can pick up their orders at select locations, such as Farmgirlfit and Fleet Feet, or have food delivered to their door in Pantry Fuel’s cooler or their own (both options also minimize packaging). Meals — Pantry Fuel’s most popular dish is Asian turkey meatballs over brown rice, with a Washington asparagus and ginger-teriyaki sauce — can also accommodate vegetarian, dairy- and gluten-free requirements, and all come with nutritional information. Says Van Cott: “My thoughts can be summed up with, why would anyone sacrifice nutrition — which is the main reason we eat — for convenience?” n

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Eat Your Veggies A new cookbook explores the bounty of the Pacific Northwest through produce BY CARA STRICKLAND


couple of years ago, Kim O’Donnel got into a conversation with an editor at Seattle’s Sasquatch Books. “They wanted to publish a vegetarian cookbook with a Northwest focus,” says O’Donnel. “I said, ‘Well, that sounds interesting, but what does that mean to you?’ They said, ‘We don’t know, we want you to find out.’” O’Donnel started thinking back on her move to Seattle in 2008 (from the “other Washington”). At the time, she was writing a food column for the Washington Post, stopping at farmers markets along her route across the country. When she arrived in the Northwest, she was surprised by what was available here. “Like many others, I thought this was a great place to get wild seafood — and it is, but I had very little idea, beyond salmon, shellfish and berries, that the Northwest was just this cornucopia waiting to be explored.”

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Remembering her own excitement got her excited about the project’s potential. “Even if I only traveled a hundred miles in one direction, the climate was different and different things could grow,” she recalls. “The Northwest is not one-dimensional by any stretch; the types of things that farmers can grow and bring to market, what’s accessible to curious eaters — it’s second to California, which I don’t think a lot of

people understand. The bounty is amazing. I thought, ‘OK, I can sink my teeth into this.’” The result is PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest, a collection of recipes using ingredients native to the diverse growing regions at our fingertips. While waiting for the tomatoes to ripen, you can try your hand at rhubarb salsa. Or, up your pasta game with sage pesto and roasted winter squash, and figure out what to do with those sea beans from the farmers market by tossing them into a three-bean salad. “I thought about making sure that there was variety for folks who just want to dip their toe in, and for other folks who want to dig deeper and explore more,” O’Donnel says. No matter your level of cooking or vegetable expertise, you’ll feel at home in this cookbook, published last month. O’Donnel covers the basics, with sections on specific ingredients like sunchokes and stinging nettle, and offers helpful tips throughout to give further insight into the recipes. For its creator, the project is like a love letter to her chosen home: “I feel like we belong here now, but I didn’t grow up here, and to be able to share it through kind of an outsider eye; I’m excited. “If you had a bookshelf of cookbooks about the Northwest over the last 20 years, most of them would be about seafood or foraging,” she says. “That’s great, but I think that this book is an opportunity to show people the world beyond that. Now you have a chance to learn about this region from a produce point of view.” n Reading: Kim O’Donnel with Kate Lebo • Wed, June 7 at 7 pm • Free • Auntie’s Bookstore • 402 W. Main • • 838-0206


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East Mountain Eats North Spokane’s Five Mile neighborhood gets some gastropub grub with the new Cascadia Public House BY CHEY SCOTT


dding to a list that includes a brewpub, stone-fired pizza, German fare, a tiny sushi joint, burgers and plenty of fast food, the folks who live near or frequent the businesses of Spokane’s Five Mile Shopping Center now can add a Northwest-inspired gastropub to the tally. And though the neighborhood lost its sole Southwestern food spot before Cascadia Public House’s debut last month, the transition from Ash Street Tacos and the adjacent Tonicx bar’s departure to Cascadia’s arrival was swift. When the former two businesses’ owners decided to close up after their lease ended, Cascadia coowner Justin Oliveri says his team was quick to step in and take ownership. Their remodel of the space only took two and a half months, and Cascadia opened its doors the first week of May. Oliveri, who also owns JJ’s Tap and Smokehouse in the nearby Indian Trail neighborhood, co-owns the gastropub with his brother, Johnny, and dad, Louis, along with partners Rob Hatch and Jordan Smith. The restaurant’s menu and style is decidedly Pacific Northwest, with a focus on growers and food producers based in the Cascadia bioregion of Washington and Oregon. Beef for burgers comes from Gebbers Cattle in Brewster, Washington, and eggs from Wilcox Farms in Roy, Washington. Cheese is made in Grants Pass, Oregon, at Rogue Creamery, and buns for sandwiches are sourced from Spokane’s own Alpine Bakery. “The menu started with me; I’m a vegan at the moment,” Oliveri says. “So it started with that, and really trying to source the highest quality ingredients that are the least processed as possible, and sourcing regionally with an emphasis on sustainability.” Diners can expect to find several classics with a Northwest twist, like two beef burgers, a basic

version ($12) and the loaded Cascadia burger that’s stacked with a thick slab of bacon and a fried egg ($15). The housemade beet and bean burger ($11) offers a flavorful and richly textured option for vegetarians and vegans, who will find plenty of other satisfactory options on the menu. There are vegan ($12) and chicken ($15) versions of mac and cheese, and several colorful, produce-filled salads ($10-$14). A list of shareable appetizers, sandwiches, a plated culotte steak and pan-seared salmon round out the menu. Kids are also warmly welcomed at Cascadia, which offers young diners their own simplified versions of several menu staples. “It’s a modern, farm-to-table Northwest menu,” Oliveri summarizes, adding that they’ll update it to feature seasonally available ingredients. The restaurant’s interior features a clean, minimalist style, with grey-toned wood paneling behind the bar and a sleek, grey color palette throughout. The space’s new owners tore out a wall that separated the previous tenants’ two businesses, opening up the space and creating an all-ages dining area in addition to the bar. Cascadia’s patio on the building’s north side was revamped with the addition of three custom-made, bar-height tables with center inset fireplaces. Oliveri says to expect live music and other activities on the patio this summer, and for Cascadia to partner up with neighboring businesses to host community events, like the planned “Pug Crawl” benefiting the Spokane Humane Society, in partnership with the next-door Urban Canine pet boutique. n Cascadia Public House • 6314 N. Ash • Open Sun-Thu, 11 am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11 am-2 am • • 321-7051





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Underneath It All Captain Underpants gets its head out of the toilet, but it hardly soars BY SETH SOMMERFELD


o Kill a Mockingbird. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The Return of the King. Cinematic history is littered with Oscar-winning adaptations of timeless literary classics. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie will not be joining that club. Based on the series of children’s novels by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, the CGI-animated world of Captain Underpants revolves around elementary school best friends George (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch). The pals have incredibly creative minds, and their brainpower has two outlets: pranks, and their self-created comic book series about the titular bumblingidiot-in-tighty-whities superhero, Captain Underpants. The pranks constantly land them in hot water with their wet-blanket principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), until they use a cereal box ring (activated whenever they snap their fingers) to hypnotize Mr. Krupp into believing he’s actually Captain Underpants. While the boys merely revel in the transformation at first, it becomes useful when a new (evil) science teacher (voiced by Nick Kroll) is hired and plots to rid the world of laughter. His name? Professor Poopypants. That surname should offer an indication of the general humor level on display throughout the movie. While the juvenile bathroom humor will elicit plenty of giggles from the kids, it’s one-note. Large parts of the plot center around how the boys can’t stop laughing at the mention of the planet Uranus. Again, the movie hinges on Uranus. The physical comedy provided by the clumsy buffoonery of Captain Underpants delivers more consistent chuckles. Even for a cartoonish universe, things often seem needlessly lazy and over the top. When George and Harold prank their bookish, brown-nosing rival Melvin (Jordan Peele) at the invention fair by rewiring his toilet robot, the malfunction causes it to shoot toilet paper at the students. They instantly turn this into a dance party, where kids are bungee-jumping from the rafters using the toilet paper. It’s absurd, rather than absurdist. Occasion-

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ally, Captain Underpants manages to be slightly more clever than it needs to be, with little touches like a “Hope Dies Here” plaque on Mr. Krupp’s desk, but they’re only momentary humorous throwaways. For some reason, one — and only one — musical number is injected into the mix. Perhaps it’s because that tune, “Saturday,” about the bliss of the weekend, is frightfully bad. It’s hard not to wonder if the filmmakers are trying to make fun of the idea of songs in kids’ movies, because it’s so awful and has no flow (weirdly, it’s written by the singer of the band Cold War Kids). On a more positive note, “Weird Al” Yankovic performs the “Captain Underpants Theme Song” during the credits, so there’s some minor musical reward for enduring until the end. The film’s best moments come when tapping into George and Harold’s imaginations. Whether it’s developing a new storyline for the comic or envisioning doomsday scenarios when Mr. Krupp CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: threatens to split THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE them up into difRated PG ferent classes, the Directed by David Soren pair gets on a roll Featuring the voices of Kevin Hart, and takes things Ed Helms, Nick Kroll to humorous extremes. The film does a great job of capturing these spiraling ideas by drastically switching up the art style. Instead of CGI realms, things suddenly shift to crayon drawings, or even sock-puppet reenactments of the boys’ imaginations. It’s a fun way to set things apart from their real world. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie never puts in much effort to rise above the baseline of its source material. Getting a bunch of comedy favorites to provide voices only does so much when the lines they’re reading are paint-by-numbers potty humor for adolescents. Captain Underpants might fly, but his movie never really gets off the ground. n


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Based on Dav Pilkey’s long-running series of children’s novels, this animated feature leans heavily on toilet humor that’s strictly for the 10-and-under set. Following the plot of the original 1997 book, two mischievous kids hypnotize their militaristic elementary school principal into thinking he’s the titular superhero, who must then stop an evil scientist trying to eradicate laughter. Featuring the voices of Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms and Thomas Middleditch. (SS) Rated PG


A slice-of-life drama set amidst the lowrider car culture of East L.A., following a Latino family whose patriarch (Oscar nominee Demián Bichir) locks himself away in his garage while his sons — one’s an aspiring artist and

tagger (Gabriel Chavarria), the other’s a reformed felon (Theo Rossi) — navigate a world that aims to relegate them to society’s fringes. Eva Longoria, Melissa Benoist and Tony Revolori co-star. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13


In the wake of two widely panned but financially successful 2016 blockbusters, DC again attempts to overshadow Marvel’s cinematic oligopoly with a big-screen adaptation of one of its most beloved characters. Gal Gadot, who last popped up in Batman v. Superman, returns as the Amazon princess and lasso-brandishing superhero, saving a WWI fighter pilot (Chris Pine) and getting caught in the middle of a war between humans and gods. Early reviews are promising — let’s hope this cleanses Suicide Squad from our collective memories. (NW) Rated PG-13


Set a decade after Prometheus, this latest Alien adventure finds a crew of scientists sent to populate an Earthlike planet that is — surprise, surprise — inhabited by those chest-bursting, face-hugging creatures we’ve come to know and love. Although it’s directed by Ridley Scott, who jump-started the franchise in 1979, the film is, like its most recent predecessor, filled with questionable character motivations and intriguing ideas that the screenplay simply drops. (ES) Rated R


This big-screen take on ’90s TV’s guiltiest pleasure can’t decide if it wants to be an outrageously raunchy bro comedy or a straight-faced adaptation of the original show. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron try (and fail) to generate comedic sparks, donning those iconic red swim trunks to track down the source of a drug epidemic dogging their Florida beach. In case you were wondering, yes, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson make cameos, but like everything else in the movie, those appearances are half-assed. (NW) Rated R ...continued on next page

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Continuing the trend of remaking its animated classics as live-action features, Disney’s update of its great version of Beauty and the Beast is reverential to a fault. The plot goes more or less unchanged — the bookish Belle (Emma Watson) is taken captive by the horrifying Beast (Dan Stevens), who turns out to be cuddlier than expected — though this script provides more backstory for its central characters. Still, it’s not enough to make you forget the 1991 original, which probably shouldn’t have been monkeyed with in the first place. (SR) Rated PG


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The latest from DreamWorks Animation casts Alec Baldwin as an infant who wears a business suit, talks like Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock and offers up such pearls of wisdom as “cookies are for closers only” (because kids sure do love their Glengarry Glen Ross references). But here’s the twist: Baby Baldwin’s antics are all in the mind of his imaginative 7-year-old brother, who’s afraid the arrival of a new sibling will attract all of his parents’ attention. (NW) Rated PG


The fourth feature adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s popular book series finds title wimpy kid Greg and his family embarking on a predictably disastrous road trip that involves a piglet, a runaway minivan and a video game convention. Mom and Dad are played this time by Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott, which should make us all feel super old. (NW) Rated PG


Maddie (Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games) is an 18-year-old girl with an autoimmune disease, trapped inside a hermetically sealed suburban fortress. When a cute, adventurous boy (Nick Robinson, Jurassic World) moves in next door, she discovers she’s willing to risk her well-being to explore the outside world with him. The latest in a line of post-Fault in Our Stars teen romances based on YA novels, this one from a bestseller by Nicola Yoon. (NW) Rated PG-13


Just when the Fast and Furious crew thought they were out, they get pulled back in. The team’s eighth go-round finds them re-immersed in the criminal underworld when Dom (Vin Diesel) is seduced by a devious hacker (Charlize Theron), and it’s up to his gang — excuse us, his family — to bring him back from the dark side. F8 (“fate” — get it?) is perhaps the nadir of a seemingly endless franchise, an overstuffed, incoherent jumble of half-baked plot points and jarring tonal shifts. It’s predictably nonsensical, but it also isn’t any fun. (MJ) Rated PG-13


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turns out to be just as funny and flashy (if not quite as fresh) as its predecessor. The story this time around — as the Guardians are pursued through space, the ever-smirking ruffian Peter Quill is reunited with his swashbuckler father — is secondary to the action set pieces and the soundtrack of ’70s pop hits, but that’s just fine with us. (SS) Rated PG-13


Ace character actors Debra Winger and Tracy Letts star as a long-married suburban couple who are both engaged in ongoing affairs. As a visit from their college-aged son draws near, the spark that had faded between them is suddenly reignited, and they’re forced to confront the future of their troubled marriage. Although it stumbles a bit in its third act (and tacks on an unnecessary epilogue), writer-director Azazel Jacobs’ domestic drama is a mostly insightful examination of the unspoken compromises of long-term relationships. (NW) Rated R


Here’s something nobody really asked for: Yet another cinematic retelling of the Arthurian myth, this time slathered with an extra layer of grit and grime, starring ho-hum Charlie Hunnam as the knight of legend and an ultra-camp Jude Law as the evil king whose reign he must topple. Director Guy Ritchie uses rapid-fire editing and special effects to try and disguise the fact that this is one dull spectacle. (NW) Rated PG-13


Richard Gere is terrific as the unassuming and enigmatic Norman Oppenheimer, a self-proclaimed “fixer” who networks and glad-hands his way through the upper crust of New York City. When one of his prospects becomes the Prime Minister of Israel, Norman soon finds himself in the middle of a political scandal even he can’t sweettalk his way out of. Despite a conveniently scripted climax, this is a sharp and keenly etched character study. At the Magic Lantern. (MB) Rated R


There was a time when Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow could enliven any tired script, but that ship has long since



sailed. The bloated Disney behemoth splashes back into theaters, and this fifth big-budget adventure involves a zombie pirate hunter and a magical trident… or something. It’s about as much fun as waiting in an endless amusement park line on a 100-degree day. (MJ) Rated PG-13


Emily Dickinson’s final years are examined in the latest from writer-director Terence Davies, a patiently paced, empathetic character study that avoids many of the pitfalls of traditional artist biopics. Cynthia Nixon delivers a terrific performance as the troubled but brilliant poet, who challenged the status quo and whose work wasn’t fully appreciated until after her death. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13


Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn play a mother and daughter who, while on a tropical vacation together, are kidnapped by criminals. Even if this is lousy (and the lack of early reviews suggests it might be), it’ll be nice to see Hawn back on the big screen again — this is her first film role since 2002’s The Banger Sisters — in something resembling the screwball comedies she made in the late ’80s. (NW) Rated R


During World War II, a group of filmmakers sanctioned by the British government are assigned to develop a mostly-based-on-fact war movie that will boost the nation’s morale. Part history lesson, part romance and part behind-the-scenes comedy, this is an unabashedly old-fashioned, corny and ultimately entertaining tribute to, well, old-fashioned, corny entertainment. The stellar supporting cast includes Bill Nighy, Jeremy Irons and Richard E. Grant. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated R


Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina Żabiński, who, along with her husband Jan, turned her once-thriving Warsaw Zoo into a safe haven for Polish Jews during WWII. It’s a remarkable true story, most famously documented in Diane Ackerman’s bestselling book, but this adaptation looks to be another handsome Hollywood biopic that was made to win Oscars it won’t ever receive. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13 n




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J.P. Pitts (second from right) and Surfer Blood. JOAQUIN ANICO PHOTO

CRESTING THE WAVE Surfer Blood frontman J.P. Pitts discusses the beauty of not overthinking it, and working through personal loss BY NATHAN WEINBENDER


urfer Blood’s most recent album is the sunniest, poppiest collection of songs the band has released in years, bursting at the seams with winding guitar hooks, grooving basslines and instantly hummable melodies. Upon first listen, it’s an ideal summertime record. And yet the very iciness of its title, Snowdonia, and cover image — a glacier the size of a whale jutting from the surface of a placid ocean — suggests a different feeling altogether, a reflection of the emotional turmoil that was happening behind the scenes as it was being made. Following the release of the Florida band’s 2015 LP 1000 Palms, longtime Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete passed away from the sarcoma that spread to his lungs and brain, and frontman and songwriter J.P. Pitts’ mother was diagnosed with cancer. All of this no doubt influenced the music: Dip beneath the sunny surface and Snowdonia, like the body of water on its cover, is often cold, dark and enveloping. Speaking from the band’s tour van as they’re en route

to Texas, Pitts asserts that this is nothing new: His music has always flirted with darkness, he says. “People seem to call [Snowdonia] an uplifting and optimistic record, but I’ve never been one to write anything too pessimistic, or to dwell on anything negative for too long,” Pitts says. “I don’t know, I think there’s a difference between being emotional and bittersweet and being sort of indulgent, and I don’t think we’ve ever flirted with that. There’s always been a lot of moodiness in our records.” “Matter of Time” opens Snowdonia with an irrepressible burst of power pop, and its next few tracks continue the trend. But midway through the record is the nearly eight-minute title track, a twisty, slow burner announcing the darker tone that defines the album’s second half. “Carrier Pigeon,” which imagines a kid losing his way in a crowded shopping center, closes the album on a note both harrowing and hopeful. “In a bloated universe we’re lost,” Pitts sings. “Try

and find my way in the dark / But we can’t even see who we are.” “There definitely are some songs on this record that are very poppy, very ELO-inspired,” Pitts says. “There are also some of the weirdest songs we’ve ever written, and some of the longest and most meandering. But I also wanted to write songs that were easy and fun and cathartic to play — simple, three-chord pop songs.” Surfer Blood’s roots are still in Florida — three of its four current members reside there — though Pitts has lived in California since the band recorded its second album, Pythons, in L.A. He’s now in the Bay Area, having followed his girlfriend there after she was accepted into law school at UC Berkeley. It’s a somewhat unusual arrangement: Pitts writes on one side of the country, then flies back to Florida to work through the new songs with the rest of the band. “It’s probably not the ideal situation, but we’ve made ...continued on next page

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it work for a few years,” Pitts says. “I’ve got a lot of frequent flyer miles.” The band’s current four-piece lineup — alongside Pitts is guitarist Mikey McCleary, bassist Lindsey Mills and original drummer Tyler Schwarz — has really clicked into place, Pitts says. Surfer Blood’s live shows are slightly more stripped-down than the lush, harmony-heavy production of their records, which is actually closer in style to what Pitts has wanted the band to sound like all along. “It can be a challenge, but adding more things isn’t necessarily going to make it better,” Pitts says. “We’ve been working hard getting all the harmonies right, which is something new for us. ... When this band first started, [the goal] was Beach Boys-style harmonies and overlapping vocal parts over a guitar-rock band like Pavement or something. In that sense, we’re about as close now as we’ve ever been.” As Surfer Blood enters into its newest chapter, Pitts says he’s still guided by Fekete’s confidence as a musician and songwriter. And even though the late guitarist doesn’t appear on this new record, his influence is still felt. “For every time I was a perfectionist about a guitar tone, he was always the one there saying, ‘I think you’re overthinking it. Just move on with it.’ I still hear his voice in the back of my head,” Pitts says. “He had such an important role in shaping what I thought was musically good and interesting. He really expanded my mind in that way so much that I feel like he’s a part of everything I’ll do forever. “Now I just think about things differently, and that’s from absorbing his sensibilities.” n Surfer Blood with Winter • Wed, June 7 at 8 pm • $13/$15 day of • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

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Rock of Aged Making the case for Def Leppard BY DAN NAILEN


y vocal enthusiasm for Def Leppard’s show at Spokane Arena was initially met with skepticism by a co-worker nearly 20 years my junior. After a snide (but understandable) aside about the cheesiness of “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” one of the band’s biggest (and most overplayed) hits, he challenged me to convince him of the long-running British hard-rockers’ worth. Challenge accepted. While I can’t defend every aspect of Def Leppard’s catalog — “Let’s Get Rocked”? Ugh. — I can easily make the case for the band’s ongoing worthiness and historical significance. To wit:  Street cred. When Def Leppard first formed 40 years ago and started making noise in their home country, they quickly became one of the leading lights of what rock historians call the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal.” They were among a collection of bands, including Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Judas Priest (and countless lesser-knowns), that re-injected some hard-hitting crunch into rock by fusing some of punk’s speed and aggression with the bloated bombast of bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.  Pioneering metal into the mainstream. Much to the chagrin of headbanging die-hards, Def Leppard’s

Arena rock stalwarts Def Leppard are still kicking ass. No, seriously. knack for hooks made them attractive to major labels and American audiences. They had some of the first hardrock videos on MTV, and their 1983 Pyromania album made them massive stars, eventually selling more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone. The only thing keeping them from hitting No. 1 was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Many rock bands would follow the path Def Leppard blazed with their combination of aggressive songs, serious hooks and the occasional power ballad.  Longevity. Granted, Def Leppard’s new music hasn’t been the reason they’ve sold more than 100 million albums around the world. Most of those sales came in the ’80s and early ’90s. And longevity isn’t always a good thing (I’m looking at you, KISS). But Def Leppard is still essentially the same band as when they first made it, save for guitarist Viv Campbell replacing Steve Clark after his death 26 years ago. They still make new

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music (2015 saw the release of their most recent album of originals), they still play 20,000-seat arenas, and they kill it every time they take the stage. It helps that singer Joe Elliott can still hit most of the notes he needs to.  Great taste in covers. The band doesn’t do a ton of cover songs in concert. When they last played Spokane in 2015, they played their version of David Essex’s “Rock On” and that was it. But once in a while, they’ll pull out something from their 2006 all-covers album Yeah! that shows Def Leppard grew up listening to more than metal. T. Rex, the Kinks, David Bowie, the Faces, Thin Lizzy and Badfinger are all in the band’s arsenal.  “Foolin.” Come on, that song’s a jam. n Def Leppard with Poison and Tesla • Wed, June 7 at 7 pm • $29.50-$125 • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • • 279-7000

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or Starset, it’s not enough to simply produce a high-energy live show. The Ohiobased rock band has its own conceptual sci-fi backstory (think Ziggy Stardust, or Mr. Roboto), a saga involving mysterious outer space messages and a clandestine scientific consortium that’s responsible for transmitting them. But this isn’t some kind of gimmick: Songwriter and frontman Dustin Bates is a legitimate scientist, having received a master’s degree in electrical engineering and once serving as a researcher for the Air Force, and he’s thrown elements of his own background into the music. Starset’s most recent album Vessels is a slick synthesis of mid-2000s hard rock and modern-day electronic pop, and the band’s upcoming Knitting Factory show promises to fulfill all your interplanetary wishes. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Starset with Veio and Helldorado • Mon, June 5 at 7:30 pm • $16 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • sp.knittingfactory. com • 244-3279


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ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Charla Bauman Duo with Lawrence Hammond J J THE BARTLETT, Naomi Wachira, Lucas Brookbank Brown BEEROCRACY, Open Mic J THE BIG DIPPER, ’68, Listener, The Homeless Gospel Choir, The Ongoing Concept, Boat Race Weekend BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Randy Campbell J BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, The Song Project J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen CORBY’S BAR, Open Mic and Karaoke CRAFTED TAP HOUSE + KITCHEN, Kicho CRAVE, DJ Freaky Fred CRUISERS, Open Mic Jam Slam hosted by Perfect Destruction and J.W. Scattergun FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Donnie Emerson THE JACKSON ST., Tommy G LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Ben Olson J MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE, Open Mic Hosted by Scott Reid NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), PJ Destiny J THE OBSERVATORY, Volume Kickoff Show feat. Mall Walk, Local Pavlov, Empty Eyes, Dancing Plague of 1518 J THE PALOMINO, Open Mic POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Eric Neuhausser THE RESERVE, Liquid with DJ Dave THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling

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utting a label on multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire David Lindley is laughable, but sure, we’ll go with “electro-acoustic.” Of course, that comes at the risk of ignoring his considerable world-music chops; the man incorporates the sounds of far-flung locales in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the British Isles into more familiar (to most of us) songs rooted in American country, folk and blues. No matter what style he’s diving into, watching Lindley perform on stringed instruments both familiar and foreign is a treat. He might be most famous for his years backing Jackson Browne, his collaborations with Ry Cooder or leading his own band, El Rayo-X, but I’ve seen him solo at Chateau Rive before, and Lindley’s remarkable talents and easy wit make for an entrancing evening. — DAN NAILEN David Lindley with Cindy Lee Berryhill • Wed, June 7 at 7:30 pm • $30-$35 • Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill • 621 W. Mallon •

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Friday, 06/2

BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BIGFOOT PUB, Yesterdayscake BLACK DIAMOND, DJ Sterling BOLO’S, My Own Worst Enemy CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Bob Sletner CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke CURLEY’S, Dragonfly J DOWNTOWN SPOKANE, Inlander’s Volume Music Festival (see page 52), feat. Nacho Picasso, Ras Kass,

Lithics, Myke Bogan and Blossom, Folkinception, Itchy Kitty, the South Hill and more J DOWNTOWN SPOKANE LIBRARY, Evan Denlinger THE EMPEROR ROOM, Megalodon, Midnight Tyrannosaurus FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Harmony Clayton HILLS’ RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, Back Porch Trio IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack THE JACKSON ST., Sidemen JOHN’S ALLEY, Dylan Jakobsen KING’S BAR & GRILL, Raised in a Barn Band


THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler RIVELLE’S RIVER GRILL, Bill Bozly THE ROADHOUSE, Sovereign Citizen and the Non-Prophets Album Release SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Son of Brad SLATE CREEK BREWING CO., Planes on Paper J SPOKANE TRANSIT PLAZA, Ken Davis THE THIRSTY DOG, Slow Cookin’ ZOLA, Chris Rieser and the Nerve

Saturday, 06/3

BARLOWS AT LIBERTY LAKE, Ron Greene BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BIGFOOT PUB, Yesterdayscake BLACK DIAMOND, DJ Stud BOLO’S, My Own Worst Enemy BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, One Louder CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Bob Sletner J COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Stephanie Quayle CORBY’S BAR, Colby Acuff CURLEY’S, Dragonfly J DOWNTOWN SPOKANE, Inlander’s Volume Music Festival (see page 52), feat. Built to Spill, Chastity Belt, Super Sparkle, Cathedral Pearls, Summer in Sibera and more EICHARDT’S, Lumbercat FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Keanu and Joey FLAME & CORK, Robby French FREDNECK’S, Ken Davis J HUCKLEBERRY’S NATURAL MARKET, Ron Criscione IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack THE JACKSON ST., Rosewood and Friends


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JOHN’S ALLEY, Hawthorne Roots LA ROSA CLUB, Open Jam MAX AT MIRABEAU, Tuck Foster and the Mossrites MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Moses Willey MOOSE LOUNGE, Royale MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Pat Coast NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), Smash Hit Carnival NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, DJ Patrick PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Brian Jacobs POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Wyatt Wood J REARDAN, Reardan Mule Days, feat. Stagecoach West REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Rust on the Rails THE RESERVE, Zenbotz RICO’S, Fatt Jazz THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler THE ROADHOUSE, The Hankers J ROSALIA, Rosalia Battle Days, feat. Hot Club of Spokane, Mojo Box J SOUTH HILL GRILL, Andy Rumsey STIX, Prairie Breeze Band THE THIRSTY DOG, DJ Dave ZOLA, Chris Rieser and the Nerve

Sunday, 06/4

BIG BARN BREWING CO., Moses Willey DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church

LINGER LONGER LOUNGE, Open Jam O’DOHERTY’S IRISH GRILLE, Live Irish Music J THE PIN!, Young Neves Tour KickOff, with Soul Aura, Young Smoke, Ceez Carter, Treveezy, Willie B the MC, PNL, TReal THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Sunday Karaoke Night ZOLA, The Bossame

Monday, 06/5

J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills J J KNITTING FACTORY, Starset (see facing page), Veio, Helldorado RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with Lucas Brookbank Brown ZOLA, Perfect Mess

Tuesday, 06/6

THE EMPEROR ROOM, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx THE JACKSON ST., Jody Piper LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tuesday MIK’S, DJ Brentano J THE OBSERVATORY, Mommy Long Legs, Phlegm Fatale, S1ugs J J THE PIN!, Zakk Sabbath feat. Zakk Wilde, with Beastmaker THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Open Mic and Jam Night UP NORTH DISTILLERY, Eric Neuhausser ZOLA, Whsk&Keys

Wednesday, 06/7

J J THE BARTLETT, Surfer Blood (see page 47), Winter J THE BIG DIPPER, Passafire, Bumpin Uglies BLACK DIAMOND, Nathan Chartrey J J CHATEAU RIVE, David Lindley (see facing page), Cindy Lee Berryhill J THE EMPEROR ROOM, R.A. the Rugged Man, A-F-R-O GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD & ALES, Open Mic with Host Travis Goulding JOHN’S ALLEY, Igor and the Red Elvises LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J THE NEST AT KENDALL YARDS, Nick Grow THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Live Piano RIVELLE’S RIVER GRILL, Jam Night: Truck Mills and guests THE ROADHOUSE, Open Mic with Johnny Qlueless J J SPOKANE ARENA, Def Leppard (see page 49), Poison, Tesla THE THIRSTY DOG, DJ Dave ZOLA, The Bossame

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J THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE, Elkfest, feat. Afrolicious, The Donkeys, Dustin Thomas, Marshall McLean and more, June 9-11 J KNITTING FACTORY, Black Stone Cherry, Citizen Zero, Letters from the Fire, June 9 THE PALOMINO, Anchored, Invasive, Children of Atom, Method of Conflict, India, June 9

J THE PIN!, Twista with Virginia Slim, DJ F3lon and more, June 9 THE ROADHOUSE, Patitude: A Tribute to Pat Benatar, with Vain Halen, Piper’s Rush, June 9 BABY BAR, Technophobia, Bitwvlf, Drunk on False Enlightenment, June 10 J THE BARTLETT, Hot Club of Spokane 10 Year Anniversary, June 10 J KNITTING FACTORY, Hellyeah, June 10 J THE BARTLETT, Shook Twins, June 11 J THE BIG DIPPER, Charcoal Squids, Ealdor Bealu, Dark White Light, aceslowman, June 11

J MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, Gordon Lightfoot, June 11 J BING CROSBY THEATER, An Evening with David Archuleta, June 12 J THE BARTLETT, Northwest of New Orleans feat. Hot Club of Spokane, Rachel Bade-McMurphy Quartet, Rachel Aldridge, June 13 BABY BAR, King Ropes, Lucky Chase, June 14 THE EMPEROR ROOM, Savvy Rae, Raya, King Kosha, Darck Cloud, CCB Krew, June 14 THE PALOMINO, Cash’d Out: A Tribute to Johnny Cash, June 14


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It’s finally here: Volume, the Inlander’s annual music festival that fills some of downtown’s best venues with the eclectic sounds of 100 local, regional and touring bands. Whether you hop around from place to place or merely hang tight in one location, you’re going to hear some good stuff — pop, rock, hip-hop, folk, metal, punk and everything else. Volume officially gets underway on Thursday night, with a free pre-fest concert at the Observatory that’ll feature Bay Area rockers Mall Walk alongside Spokane favorites Local Pavlov, Empty Eyes and the Dancing Plague of 1518, all of whom are playing the festival proper. So get your wristbands now and prepare to rock out. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Volume Music Festival • Thu-Sat, June 1-3 • Wristbands are $25 in advance, $35 day of • Downtown Spokane •


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Lilac City Comicon • Sat, June 3 from 10 am-6 pm; Sun, June 4 from 10 am-4 pm • $5-$10/day youth (12 and under); $10-$15/ day adults; $20-$30/weekend • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. •

The Farm Chicks Show • Sat, June 3 from 9 am-6 pm; Sun, June 4 from 9 am-4 pm • $8/day or $15/weekend pass • Spokane County Fair & Expo Center • 404 N. Havana •

Spokane’s annual comic and pop culture convention keeps growing. Now, after 11 years, it soon could give its big brothers in Seattle and Portland a run for their money. This year’s version of the con features two days packed with cosplayers, celebrity photo ops, panels and meet-and-greets with this year’s featured guests, including actor Tim Russ, perhaps best known for playing Commander Tuvok in the TV series Star Trek: Voyager. Con-goers can also meet a host of award-winning comic book artists and writers for franchises including Voltron and My Little Pony, among others. Between panels and showing off your own cosplay skills in one of the contests, with categories for all, attendees can shop from more than 175 exhibitors of games, collectibles, prints, comics and more on the convention floor. — CHEY SCOTT

The vintage/antique repurposing and upcycling trend isn’t going away anytime soon, and for that reason thousands will flock to the biggest vintage market this side of the Cascades, tote bags and rolling carts in tow. Going strong for 15 years now, the Farm Chicks Show is an annual highlight for treasure hunters from across the region and even around the world. More than 300 vendors of all sorts of old and crafty goods pack the fairgrounds’ expo halls, offering everything from rusty farm tools to vintage linens and antique furniture pieces that were almost forgotten to time. Ask any Farm Chicks fanatic (myself included), and they may tell you that each year the show presents an exciting challenge to find at least one incredible, unique item that memorably represents your personal Farm Chicks experience. — CHEY SCOTT


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Between checking out Volume, ArtFest, the Farm Chicks show, Lilac City Comicon and any of the other annual events packed into this first weekend of June, make a point to pop into one of the many local galleries and businesses participating in June’s First Friday arts showcase. Among the many highlights this month, don’t miss local favorite Tiffany Patterson’s solo show at KolvaSullivan Gallery, and an emotional display at Saranac Art Projects by Melanie Lieb that explores the heartbreaking history of anti-Semitism. Traditional Maasai batik artist Nicholas Sironka is also featured this month at Avenue West Gallery, and two innovative and interactive installations are on display at Richmond Gallery (“Spring Table”) and Object Space (by artist Dario Ré). There’s lots to see, hear and feel this weekend, so get out there. — CHEY SCOTT First Friday • Fri, June 2 from 5-8 pm • Free • Downtown Spokane and beyond • Complete details at

out of bed sometime between 6am and 3pm. 1 Get Go to work if that’s your thing. your friends at 5pm. Not literally, of course— 2 Grab that’s just rude. a gallery for free food and free fun. Repeat…oh, 3 Hit a couple dozen times before 8pm.


With Black Sabbath now retired (allegedly for good this time), lovers of the sludge-rock legends will have to look elsewhere, and Zakk Sabbath is a fine place to start. This is no typical tribute band, but a trio led by longtime Ozzy Osbourne lead guitarist and Black Label Society main man Zakk Wylde. He’s a true beast on guitar, and not too shabby a vocalist in Ozzy’s stead, either. He’s joined by longtime Ozzy and Rob Zombie bass player Rob Blasko and drummer Joey C, most recently of Queens of the Stone Age. In other words, three ace musicians delivering songs from one of metal’s most significant catalogs. They’ll be joined by Fresno, California, sludge-rockers Beastmaker. — DAN NAILEN

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I SAW YOU TALL To the guy I saw at Bugar King by the white elephant on May 21 around 8:30 am on Division by white elephant we talked a bit about the weather, and other stuff, only you and I talked about if your single, let’s talk. BRASS RING On this Carousel of life there is only one prize worth having. The Brass Ring. For many years as life has taken me round and round I have yearned to make the Brass Ring mine. On the rare occasion that life would bring me close I would dream about what it would be like to have and to hold such a fine treasure. Inevitably I would drift away and I would have to simply admire my prize from afar. It seemed unattainable, impossible to reach. I had all but given up on the idea of some day being good enough to hold it, to cherish it, to treasure it at is should be. Then one day I realized that all I had to do was reach out and take it. So I did, and it was all I had ever dreamed of and more. Just imagine my joy when I realized the Brass Ring actually wanted to be mine. Unfortunately I had wanted it for so long that I did not think about what I needed to do to keep it. Out of carelessness I nearly lost my treasure. Never again will I take my Brass Ring for granted. After all, life is not about the ups and downs or even what horse you ride. It’s about taking care of what you love. MTFBWY. CAR SALES AND MAGIC I first saw you on the lot, low sexy voice,

heart stopping dimples, filthy with a deck of cards, and pretty cute when you played your guitar too... I’m just saying... I’d probably buy any car from you just to see you again. You talked to me for hours... And for the first time in a long time all the bullshit in life started to fade away... so... I guess all I have left to say sir is... Haaaaaaaaaayyy wanna get some breakfast? ;)

YOU SAW ME TELL ME IF YOU HAVE HERD THIS ONE Tell me if you have herd this one, a man walks into a bar, strike that. A horse goes into a bar, the bartender asks, “why the long face?” The dappled colored horse look over to the bartender, with tears beading on the bottom rim of milky lids, and said, I’m going to shoot myself tonight. I love the moody Equine types. Was it a bit, or a joke, I’m not sure. All I know is I would of like if you invite me home, but “sat lah vee,” ( I must admit, I had to look up how to spell c’est la vie, and its meaning, but you will never know me, so I will let my embarrassment rest. Tonight I watched your eyes fix onto me. Upon returning your gaze, your eyes moved to the table, looking through the glass of libation, to the sheen of the deep walnut bar-top. Your drink would empty within a three count, after your lovely calloused hands moved the rim of the glass to your dry lips. For the duration I was there, at Mick’s Tea-Ball Toes sports bar, or some such nonsense, you were drinking so much. By the time you finally stood up to drive home, you were fixed on a drunken tilt, probable thinking, somewhere in the recesses of your mind, “am I tilting, or is it the world around me.” I wish you asked me to come with you. From: Sad Pinning Pixie Hipster, Tammy B.

CHEERS POTHOLE VIGILANTE First you circled the pothole that could swallow Boston with fluorescent pink paint. The city ignored it. Your response to the cities incompetence? Cement. Thank you pothole vigilante. You have saved Boston and my car. I love you. GENTLEMAN EXTRAORDINARE! Brett B:

you are the smartest man in the world. Lesser than people (me) should fall at your feet and absorb all the amazing-ness you exude. How did I get so lucky? I bet you know the answer — you always do! BARBIE FOUND KEN, BUT WILL HE STAY?? I know you probably won’t see this because you’re not one to read the

are definitely mature for a 19-year-old. I could tell that people looking down on you or passing you by on job opportunities because you are young got to you a little bit. Please do not let that discourage you. You have A LOT of potential. Do not give up hope. If you see opportunity, don’t hold back. Just keep trying. What is that Proverb? Fall seven times, stand

DOCTOR VISIT GONE WRONG It is apaulling that a patient can be injured by a doctor and just get away with it. This is what happened to me. I was referred to a major urology office in Spokane. The doctors exam was extremely rough to the point that I was physically injured and bleeding. I left in shock. The next morning I had to go to the ER because of the pain.

A fish and scorpion can be a great match even if it takes some work.

Inlander, but I’m going to write it anyways. I found you and I want nothing more than to be more than friends with you. I don’t know exactly what your intentions are, but the little bits and pieces that you keep giving me makes me more and more excited to see what you have spinning in that mind of yours. If there was ever any more of a force bringing us together I think we’re both feeling it. I know you’re not big into signs or anything like that, but we are kind of made for each other. A fish and scorpion can be a great match even if it takes some work. So, I’m hopeful to see what happens next in this journey of ours. I only see positive things coming our way as long as we both want it and I think we both do. Especially after last Friday. Oh if there is another one of those in our future it will be heaven sent. SUPERMARKET SAMARITAN Cheers to the awesome person who found an envelope with $50 cash on the floor of Rosauers Supermarket last night and turned it in. Getting paid for a gig is so much cooler when you get to keep the money. Come say hello at a Folkinception or Matt Mitchell show. I’ll throw some swag your way! TO MY SECOND “SON”...OR “SON OF MY HEART”... I enjoyed spending time with you Sunday and having such great conversation. You’re a great kid for sure. You are also very smart and intelligent and

up eight. So any time you feel knocked down, stand back up. The right job at the right time WILL come along. You are bound for success. I have no doubt of that. Just keep moving forward. I know you were going back and forth on becoming a police officer. If that is your desire, go for it since you know your family would be supportive. Just as importantly, make sure your significant other is just as supportive of this decision of yours if this is what you choose. In case you didn’t know, you definitely meet the height requirements for becoming a state trooper, in case you were ever interested in that as a career. So much opportunity awaits you. Just go for the gold! If you are ever feeling down and need encouragement, you have my email address so feel free to email me. You know I will always be there for you. And some final words, “Lebe Deinen Traum”. (German, but I’ll make you work a little bit and look up the translation).

WINDOW SMASHER To the asinine individual that smashed my window on Altamont and 1st .... I hope that you have dreams and goals. And then I hope they get ruined. Just a little bit. Enough to rattle your brain and discourage you and make you think for a second, “why try?” But most of all, I just hope you feel guilty. I am just another human struggling to keep my head above water. I hope you feel ashamed. n

JEERS TO MOTORISTS AND TO PARENTS, IN PUBLIC AND IN PRIVATE: Get OFF your goddamn “smart” phones and pay attention to the road and others around you! Better yet, TURN OFF your f---ing phone AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CHILDREN!!! You and them only live ONCE!




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They have refunded my copay for the office but refuses to refund the copay for the ER. It has been three weeks and the Dr has not called to apologize. She should make amends for her assult like exam. Be careful who your doctor is. Unfortunately she has the license to do this again to someone else














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2ND ANNUAL POAC ART PARTY: Join POAC for a gourmet dinner prepared by Tango Cafe and learn about POAC’s education programs and next year’s events schedule. The line-up includes the presentation of 2017 appreciation awards, entertainment, an art sale and a silent auction. June 3, 5 pm. $75. Pend Oreille Arts Council Gallery, 302 N. First. art-party/ (208-263-6139)


CARLOS MENCIA: The comedian known for his show “Mind of Mencia” and numerous comedy specials on HBO and Comedy Central performs live in Spokane. June 1-3; times vary. $30-$52. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (509-318-9998) MARGARET CHO: Margaret’s career spans more than 25 years and includes multiple national and international tours including Notorious C.H.O. (1999), which was recorded and released as a feature film, later picked up by Showtime. June 1, 7:30 pm. $45/$55/$75. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (509-242-7000) CAGE MATCH: Join the BDT for a “Comedy Death Match,” pitting team against team to determine Spokane’s improv comedy champs. Fridays in June, at 8 pm. For mature audiences. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) I SAW YOU: A live improv show based on the Inlander’s reader-submitted Cheers, Jeers, I Saw Yous/You Saw Me, and other classified ads. Fridays at 8 pm, through June 2. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) DRINK N DEBATE: The monthly comedy competition created by Nick Cavasier and Jeremy Person features four teams of three comedians from all over the Pacific Northwest who get a topic and 5 minutes to prepare their arguments. June 4. $10-$16. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (509-318-9998)


ARTFEST: The annual fine arts showcase hosted by the MAC features more than 150 regional artists and artisans selling handcrafted goods and fine art, along with live music, local food vendors, a beer/wine garden and kids activities. June 2-4. Free admission. Coeur d’Alene Park, 300 S. Chestnut SPOKANE FESTIVAL OF SPEED: Local race car enthusiasts display their historic vehicles and meet with the public. June 2, 2-8 pm. Downtown Spokane, n/a. CLASH OF THE CONTAINERS: The Friends of Manito hosts a plant sale offering a variety of drought tolerant, deer resistant and sun or shade garden plants. This year’s event includes a container-planting competition in front of a live audience. June 3, 8 am-3 pm. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. THE FARM CHICKS VINTAGE & HANDMADE FAIR: The “bucket list” of vintage and handmade fairs features

more than 300 curated booths from vendors around the U.S. The event is recognized as one of the best in the U.S. by Country Living, Country Home, Flea Market Style, Flea Market Decor and Woman’s Day magazines. June 3, 9 am-6 pm and June 4, 9 am-4 pm. $8/day or $15/weekend pass. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. FILIPINO FASHION SHOW: A showcasing of Filipino costumes from the varied regions of the Philippines. Various Filipino folk dances are also presented, including the famous “Tinikling” dance. June 3, 3 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. (509-444-5390) LGBTQ PRIDE CRUISE: The 21st annual event hosted by OutSpokane includes cash bars, live DJs and dancing. Ages 21+. June 3, 1-4 pm. $20/$25. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. ROSALIA BATTLE DAYS: In downtown Rosalia, WA. Parade, car show, craft beer fest, pin up girl contest, food vendors, artisan vendor market, kids carnival and performances from Hot Club of Spokane and Mojo Box. June 3. Free. Rosalia, n/a. rosalia-battle-days


VOLUME INLANDER MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Inlander’s annual local/regional music festival returns, offering two nights, 10 stages and 100 bands performing throughout downtown Spokane on June 2-3. This year’s headliners include Built to Spill, Chastity Belt, Blossom, Lithics and more. $25/ advance; $35/day of. Downtown Spokane, n/a. 11TH ANNUAL LILAC CITY COMICON: The annual event features 175+ exhibitors across 50,000 square feet, including comics, toys, collectibles, art, gaming, books, video games, T-shirts, jewelry etc. and more. This year’s special guests include: Doug Jones (Hellboy I & II, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek Voyager), Andrew Gray (Red Ranger from Power Ranger Mega Force) and more. June 3, 10 am-6 pm and June 4, 10 am-4 pm. $15/Sat; $10/ Sun. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (262-8923)


BACKYARD BAR PARTY: Weekly backyard parties include local beer from Slate Creek, local cider from Summit Cider, a featured wine of the week, live local music, lawn games and more. Thursdays, from 5:30-8:30 pm, May 25 through Aug. 30. Free admission. The Blackwell Hotel, 820 E. Sherman Ave. (208765-7799) INL FOOD TRUCK RALLY: The annual event benefits the work of Inland Northwest Light house which empowers sight-impaired individuals in the community. Featuring family-friendly activities, raffles, a beer garden, facility tours and food from seven regional food trucks. June 1, 4-7 pm. Free admission. Inland Northwest Lighthouse, 6405 N. Addison. (509-487-0405) SPOKANE COMICRAWL: Dress up as your favorite pop culture character for

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the inaugural Comicrawl and collect buttons from participating downtown bars as you sip comic-themed drink specials. See link for participating bars and check-in information. June 3, 4 pm. $12/person. Downtown Spokane, n/a.


SANDPOINT HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR SPRING FLING: Four choirs and a variety of soloists perform on the Panida main stage. June 1, 6-9:30 pm. $5. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801) JUGALBANDHI: This musical event features an ensemble of North Indian instruments: sitar, veena, tabla and mridangam. June 2, 6-9 pm. $10-$25. Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. (467-5558) SFCC MUSIC CONCERT SERIES: The spring quarter concert series features the concert band (June 5), the choir (June 6), jazz night + world drumming (June 8) and the orchestra (June 12). Free to CCS staff/students. $2-$5 general admission. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (533-3720) KEVIN COLE: The pianist performs songs like “I Got Rhythm” and “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” and shares stories of his friendship with some of America’s greatest songwriters. June 6, 7-8:30 pm. $15-$25. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-391-2867)


MOUNTAIN HAVOC NORTH AMERICAN OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP: An event featuring rock bouncers, mega trucks, custom crawlers and more, with 20 drivers battling it out for three days over five courses. Includes family-friendly entertainment and free camping. June 2-4. Mountain Mafia Entertainment, 518995 N. Highway 95 North, Bonners Ferry, Idaho. $30 (cash only). (208-2559861) BEGINNING BIRD WATCHING CLASS: The Friends of Turnbull NWR again hosts this session on the first Saturdays of April, May and June. Spokane Audubon Society member Joyce Alonso leads a classroom session, followed by a walk on the Refuge. Meet in at 8:45 am; walk is from 10:30 to noon. $3/car. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Rd. activities.html (235-4723) FREE STATE PARK DAYS: As part of the Discover Pass legislation, all Washington State Parks are open for access without an annual ($30) or one-day ($10) pass. Upcoming free days: March 19, April 15 and 22, June 3 and 10. Includes access locally to Riverside, Mt. Spokane and Palouse Falls state parks. Spokane, n/a. SPOKANE EMPIRE: Versus the Arizona Rattlers on May 12 and June 3; the Colorado Crush on May 26. Kick-off at 7 pm. June 3. $13-$95. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) ...continued on page 60

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I’m a 35-year-old masculine gay man. I’ve had relationships with (masculine) gay men, but I’m often attracted to masculine straight men. I’m not looking to “turn” them, and I’m ready for a relationship, so I’m concerned that I’m so frequently attracted to men who won’t be interested in me. What is this about? Do I need therapy? —Worried Gay Guy Like you, I happen to like men who look like their hobbies are chopping down trees and going to war with foreign powers. I am not attracted to femmy men in body glitter with My Little Pony haircuts. Luckily for me, the sort of people I am attracted to did not require me to come out to my parents (“Mom and Dad…I-I-I’m straight”), nor are my preferences considered reason for suspicion that I might be a self-loathing heterosexual. As for you, because of the ugly views and behaviors toward gays, sure, it’s possible that your being attracted to straight men is some sort of internalized version of those camps for “praying away the gay.” (If that seems to be a possibility, yes, you should look into that — perhaps with a therapist’s help.) But if you were really so self-loathing and in denial about being gay, wouldn’t you just be sneaking glances at all the manly men on your way to marrying a woman and buying a house with a lot of closet space? Your being a manly man who’s into boyfriends who wield power tools not intended for hairstyling might be explained by research on “assortative mating.” This basically means “like mates with like” — reflecting how we seem motivated to choose mates who are similar to us on various levels, from age to looks to race to personality. In the gay world, psychologist J. Michael Bailey’s research finds that masculine gay men tend to prefer masculine partners (Conan the Barbarian versus Conan the Featherboa-tarian). Increased similarity between partners is associated with happier, longer-lasting relationships. This makes sense, considering that more similarity means more compatibility — from shared beliefs to shared interests and activities. So, it’s good news you’re eyeing the manlier men, even if many are ultimately “for display purposes only.” Of course, it is possible that you’re telling yourself you want a relationship but picking people totally unavailable for one. (For straight women, this often involves a one-sided affair with a member of the British royal family.) If that isn’t the case, why worry that your ideal relationship is basically a nature preserve for chest hair and testosterone? Just accept that it might take a little more effort to find a boyfriend for whom “contouring” is not skillful makeup application but helping you get the back of your head with the Weedwhacker before your welding group arrives.



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EVENTS | CALENDAR STACHE DASH: A 5K run/walk to benefit Elevations: A Children’s Therapy Resource Foundation for kids with special needs in Spokane. June 3, 9-11 am. $15-$25. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. (385-2116) HIKES IN THE SPOKANE AREA: Holly from the Washington Trails Association shares details and photos of fun, beautiful, local trails and appropriate gear. She also discusses tips for hiking with children, how to access a website offering hiking information, and some of the ways to get involved and give back to the local hiking community. June 6, 6 pm. Free. East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St. (444-5331)


THE ARSONISTS: A play by Max Frisch that paints a darkly comedic picture of modern human complacency in the face of terrorism. May 25-June 4; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Spartan Theater at SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. resources/SpartanTheatre.aspx KISS ME, KATE: Combine Cole Porter’s music and lyrics with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to get one of Broadway’s most endearing shows. May 19-June 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $24-$32. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) CYT SPOKANE: LION KING JR.: A stage adaptation of the classic Disney animated musical. May 26, June 2-3 at 7 pm; also May 27, June 3-4 at 3 pm. $12-$15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (509-227-7404) DAVID BLAINE LIVE: Live Nation presents David Blaine, described by Howard Stern as the greatest magician that ever lived, live in Spokane. June 7, 8 pm. $32.50-$82.50. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200)


BEAUTIFUL STUFF: A collaborative art show featuring new works by Louise Kodis, Mariah Boyle, Karen Mobley and Deb Sheldon. Show runs through June 25; gallery open Tue-Sat noon-5 pm. 29th Avenue Artworks, 3128 E. 29th Ave. (509-534-7959) MOSCOW FIRST THURSDAY: The city of Moscow’s monthly community arts celebration, featuring art displays around the downtown area, live music and more. Monthly on the first Thursday, from 5-8 pm. See Facebook page for complete details. Moscow, n/a. ARTS BUZZ: A time to learn what arts and culture-related activities are in the works for the Cd’A area. Held on the first Friday of each month, at 9 am, in the chamber’s conference room. Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, 1031 N. Academic Wy. (208664-3194) FIRST FRIDAY: Art galleries and businesses across downtown Spokane and beyond host monthly receptions to showcase new displays of art. Receptions held the first Friday of the month, from 5-8 pm. Additional details at Free. Spokane, n/a. SOCIAL SKETCH CDA: Spend a casual evening being creative through sketch,

drawing, collaborating and socializing, while listening to open music night in the Emerge gallery. Some supplies provided, feel free to bring your own, too. Held every first Sunday, from 6-8 pm. $5 suggested donation. Emerge, 208 N. Fourth St. (208818-3342)


10 SKILLS EVERY WRITER NEEDS: Award-winning writer and poet Lila Bolme gives a presentation at the June meeting of Spokane Authors and SelfPublishers (SASP). Members/guests must purchase lunch to enter. June 1, 2:30-4:30 pm. Golden Corral Buffet, 7117 N. Division. HAS TECHNOLOGY SAVED HORTICULTURE?: Horticulture is now one of the fastest growing industries but “Has Technology Saved Horticulture?” From the advent of the irrigation pipe to LEDs that could illuminate crops on their way to Mars, technology has been holding hands with horticulture for centuries. Come explore this world with a well-known speaker and garden expert. June 1, 6:30-9 pm. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. (535-8434) THE PUNDERGROUND: 12 potential punsters compete and are paired up randomly. Each pair is given a topic to pun when they are called to take the stage; then they’ll each have to pun within that subject matter without repeating puns or using clichés. June 1, 7 pm. Free. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. READING: KENT HOFFMAN: Kent reads from and signs copies of the new book from the founders of Circle of Security International, “Raising a Secure Child,” published by Guilford Press. June 1, 7-8 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks. com (462-2024) THE INKLINGS: TEEN WRITERS’ GROUP: Take your creative writing to the next level with support from other teen writers and published local authors. You bring the ideas and we’ll bring the snacks. For grades 8-12; meets the first Saturday of the month, from 3:45-5 pm. No cost. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (270-0299) SIGNING: MYRON BISHOP: The local author signs copies of “Chasing Justice,” a book about homeless veterans from Spokane, homesteading a deserted Forest Service camp at Molson, Wash. June 3, 10 am-1 pm. Free. 2nd Look Books, 2829 E. 29th Ave. (535-6464) BOOTSLAM: Spokane Poetry Slam’s all-ages performance poetry competition, with a $50 grand prize. Sign-ups at 7, slam at 7:30 pm. $5 to compete or watch. Held the first Sunday of the month. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (509-703-7223) READING: KIM O’ DONNEL AND KATE LEBO: Kim O’Donnel, author of the new cookbook “PNW Veg: 100 Vegetable Recipes Inspired by the Local Bounty of the Pacific Northwest” as well as “The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook” and “The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations,” joins awardwinning writer, baker, Spokane resident, and PNW Veg contributor Kate Lebo in conversation. June 7, 7 pm.

Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509-8380206)


T.W.I.N.E.: Teen Writers of the Inland Empire meets on the first Thursday of the month (except holidays) to write and share their work. For grades 6+. First Thurs. of every month, 4 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. teenwritersoftheinlandempire. (893-8400) GRUMPY ZEN: A DISCUSSION GROUP: A non-faith based approach to Buddhism. Each week focuses on a topic/subject to be discussed for 90 minutes. Meets Tuesdays, from 11:30 am-1 pm, through Dec. 19. Donations accepted. Souls Center, 707 N. Cedar. (939-9361) SPOKANE MOVES TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION: SMAC is a local activist group advocating overturn of Citizens United vs. FEC. Monthly meetings on the first Tuesday, from 6:30-8:30 pm. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Liberty Park Methodist Church, 1526 E. 11th Ave. (844-1776) TRIBAL BELLY DANCE CLASSES: Tribal Style bellydance classes with Cindy Moon Bear. Open to all. Wednesdays, ongoing, from 6-7 pm. $12/class; $60/ six classes. Malidoma Drum and Dance Studio, 408 W. Third Ave. malidoma. biz (509-838-3507)


POTTERY PARTY WITH MIKE BUCK: Students prepare and participate in a firing using one of three methods: traditional glazing, horse hair and ferric chloride (producing oranges and reds). June 3, 12-3 pm. $45. New Moon Art Gallery, 1326 E. Sprague, Ste. B. (413-9101)


SPOKANE ELITE DANCE STUDIO RECITAL: “Part of Your World” is a celebration of the studio’s 7th Annual spring recital. June 2 at 5:30 pm, June 3 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) DANCE THE WORLD: @ Spokane Community College Theatre, E Mission and N Rebecca Heritage dances from Norte de Mexico, New Zealand, a Victorian ball, and a Vaudville showcase are part of the 70th Spring Show of the Silver spurs Youth Folk Dancers. Enjoy stomping feet and swirling skirts on Jun 4 at 2pm at the Spokane Community College Theatre. Dancers from grades K-12 share their skills and smiles as they perform dances from around the world. Open seating and tickets at the door at 1pm. June 4, 2-5 pm. $5/individual $12/family(up to 5) 0-5 free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (509-533-9966) DANCE CENTER OF SPOKANE RECITAL: The Dance Center of Spokane emphasizes bringing the enjoyment and performance of dance to all ages and levels. Performances on June 6-7 and 9; times vary. Free. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. n

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A vasectomy, thanks to the author’s health insurance in patriarchal Utah, ended up costing about $50.

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ou did a very good job shaving your testicles. You could be a professional.” As far as compliments go, I’d never heard that one before. The fact that it was coming from a man I’d only met once before, briefly, made me wonder if it was even truly a compliment, or if the guy was simply busting my balls (so to speak) about my first true manscaping effort. The fact that he turned to the four women surrounding him and pointed out my precise razor work as an example for others assured me I’d truly done good in my home preparation for this trip to the urologist. Usually the only positive comments I get at doctor appointments are things like “your body-mass index isn’t the worst I’ve ever seen” or “so you found our office OK,” so any compliment is welcome. This one, coming as my nether regions were elevated and exposed to everyone in the room, helped me relax before my imminent vasectomy, especially as my mind wandered to careers where testicle-shaving might be a profitable pursuit. I was about to start looking for a job in Spokane and had no idea what the job market was like.

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It was almost three years ago exactly when I went under the knife — more like a soldering iron, really — to end any chance of having children in the future (at least to the degree that vasectomies are mathematically effective). I hadn’t really considered the fact that getting this procedure at the University of Utah’s teaching hospital would mean three extra 20-something female students looking on as the doc and nurse did the deed. Unlike many Utah vasectomy patients, I wasn’t making the decision after having sired many, many children. That’s probably why the doctor asked “are you sure?” several times before injecting a numbing agent into my scrotum — easily the most painful part of the procedure. No, mine was a preemptive strike considered with my partner as we prepared to move in together whenever I landed a gig in Spokane. She already had children, and I wasn’t interested in becoming a father for the first time in my 40s, so it wasn’t a difficult choice. When a vasectomy first came up in conversation, it was surprisingly casual. We were in Venice Beach for a weekend during the winter, one of those meet-up

getaways you have to do when you’re in a long-distance relationship. I mentioned I was thinking of getting a vasectomy. She mentioned she would soon have to replace her IUD. A little number-crunching showed a new IUD might cost upwards of $1,000. A vasectomy, thanks to my awesome health insurance in patriarchal Utah, would end up costing me about $50. I’m not a financial planner, but this was easy. It was several months before I could get an appointment, and during that time I found out many of my friends had undergone the procedure, too, and had some great advice to share. Bags of frozen peas instead of ice cubes to fight post-surgery swelling, for one. Forget the doctor’s advice to wear a jockstrap to keep everything snug after surgery, for another; baggy shorts work just fine. I also found out from my mother that my dad, who died about six months earlier, had a vasectomy after I was born, so suddenly I had a new bond with the man — albeit kind of a weird one, and one I wouldn’t be sharing with another generation. n








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