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n a perverse way, obituaries are one of the most meaningful features of any newspaper. They summarize a decedent’s life, focusing readers more on life’s accomplishments and positives than on death’s sorrows. The one thing all people can agree upon is that no one escapes this life alive. The average life expectancy of a baby born today is 78.2 years. Yet just because our mortality is a certainty doesn’t mean that seniority is a nullity. A life’s value is often chronicled in an obituary. There’s something magical yet sobering about the limitations on life. Living long is precious and wondrous. Living short often accelerates perspective. National Geographic magazine reported last year that medical advances could result in a baby born today living to the ripe age of 120 or longer. A 2013 Pew Research survey found that 56 percent of those polled don’t want to live to be 120 years old in spite of medical advances that could foster that result. The oldest known person in the world is a Japanese woman who has reached 116. A New York man is 111. A French woman lived 122 years. America has more than 53,000 centenarians, people who have lived at least 100 years. Most centenarians credit sleep, clean living and low stress as the keys to their longevity. The Japanese lady attributes her 116 years to two secrets: rest and eating sushi.


egardless of how long we want to live, genetics plays a major role. The so-called aging gene, configured by scientists in 1993 by studying a worm with only a three-week life span — the C elegans — provided researchers with some definitive evidence about the aging process. The most significant lessons of life and the ones that most impact our emotions are the ones that control our outlook on daily living, even if we are facing our mortality sooner than we’d prefer. Obituaries often chronicle the ways life is lived, often incorporating tidbits of wisdom and accomplishments achieved. They’re a way of remembering someone’s life fondly. The popular, long-running CBS television program 60 Minutes ran a recent story on things one can do to live a long life. It instructed: Drink 1½ cups of coffee each day. Exercise a cumulative 45 minutes per day. Go easy on sugar in your diet. Maintain a social network. The popular book Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge is so compelling that simply reading it spurs one to exercise. The authors speak of the human body “decaying” if not used, with even the thought of “decay” being not only unpleasant but frightful. The authors simply advise: “Exercise six

days per week and stop eating crap!” Former Sen. Bob Dole famously quipped about centenarian Sen. Strom Thurmond: “When Strom eats a banana, I eat a banana.” Aging is a topic of interest for Congress, too. The Congressional statement on aging is codified in 29 USC 621, declaring support for promoting employment of older persons, prohibiting age discrimination and helping employers ease employment problems that prevent employment harm to older Americans. Hearings have been held to determine why disabilities occur among the aged in rural and urban populations, and how to prevent elder abuse. Notable in the latest national news has been the failures of veterans’ homes to address the medical needs of American veterans, particularly the elderly, in need of treatment and care. In essence, aging is a state of mind coupled with an appreciation for the fact that some body parts simply start to wear out, preventing us from being able at age 60 to do what we could at age 40. The state-of-mind part is attitudinal — if we act and think old, we’ll tend to be old. More important are the perspectives we gain with age. A longtime trial lawyer friend speaks of losing enthusiasm for trial law, but gaining enthusiasm for learning in general as he ages. That’s healthy aging. He, and others who love life, age with grace and dignity, and are appreciated for their positive outlook on their senior status. Frank Sinatra crooned of “the warm September of my years.”


rowing older means we’ve lived through the thrill of victories and the agonies of defeat, because that’s what most lives consist of — satisfactions tempered sometimes by disappointments. Hopefully, the latter yields to the former, but for some, acceptance of both with equanimity is the truest test of maturity. As we humans pass through various stages of life, with all the benefits of each, we best keep in mind that our judgments of those older than we are will soon be replaced by the judgments of those younger than we are. Aging doesn’t favor the conservative or the liberal, the Democrat over the Republican. Though some whose life is cut short can truly appreciate its preciousness, those who live a long life can maturely discern its meaning and the joys of it. Enough, of course, to fill an obituary with positives that will be long remembered. n


Stuck in a Box BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.


all it the fog of summer, but America has tuned out the bad news coming out of Iraq. We’re even watching soccer instead of paying attention to the tragic coda to our decade-long Middle Eastern adventure. We spent at least $1.7 trillion on invading and occupying Iraq. We lost nearly 4,500 of our finest men and women; more than 110,000 Iraqis were killed, according to the AP. Now all hell is breaking loose and the Iraqi Army we spent billions to train melted at the first sign of trouble. Oh, and Dick Cheney and his cronies are back on TV saying it’s not their fault. Apparently you can be spectacularly wrong (“We’ll be greeted as liberators”), and we’ll just keep asking your opinion. In the Middle East, we should have learned that it’s often more about religion than nationality. Saddam Hussein was a Sunni Muslim, the minority in Iraq, and he brutalized the majority Shia population. We fired all the Sunnis from the government; later, a Shia — Nouri al-Maliki — was elected prime minister and has done his best to become the Shia version of Saddam. Now we’re forced to back al-Maliki, while scrambling to figure out how to stop the Sunni ISIS insurgents. Also, Iran is mostly Shia, as is the ruling family of Syria, where we are backing the Sunni insurgents who are at least philosophically connected to ISIS. Yes, we are taking both sides in what looks more and more like one big religious conflict. Oh, and the Israel-Palestine fight is erupting again. In his recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Cheney charges that Obama is, in a favorite GOP talking point, “leading from behind.” I’m fine with that. Send troops again? Really? You won’t hear anyone running for office advocate for more troops — only 16 percent of Americans supported the idea when asked last month. And we just spent a decade learning that more troops and money can’t fix Iraq. Some humility to our foreign policy would be a welcome change. As Steve Coll put it in the New Yorker, “The Middle East has a way of exposing the vanities of all foreign-policy thinkers.” Still, there are functioning nations in the region — perhaps not functioning in the way we would prefer, but Jordan, Saudi Arabia and even Iran are relatively stable. The best we can hope for is to work with the neighbors to quell the Sunni-Shia conflict and find a path to something like peace. If that’s leading from behind the scenes, so be it: That’s the foreign-policy box Cheney and company left us in. 



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Into Greener Pastures

How retail cannabis could encourage a more civil society in Spokane BY RACHEL DOLEŽAL


hen I was looking for housing a year ago, several friends urged me to stay away from Spokane due to rising crime rates, drug busts, gang activity and escalating poverty in the area. I heard about police brutality and Otto Zehm, racial profiling in law enforcement, and a high dropout rate for African American male students. As a mother of two black sons, I took both the rumors and statistics seriously but ultimately decided that, with all its challenges and issues, living in Spokane would prepare my kids more for the “real world” than North Idaho had. I looked through the prob-

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lems toward what legislation and activity was in motion to improve the social conditions. Two of the brightest glimmers of hope for me were the approval of marriage equality in the state and the legalization of retail marijuana. Although I don’t personally smoke weed and rarely participate in recreational activities of any kind, I am hopeful that the culmination of this legislation with the opening of marijuana stores this week will lead to fewer petty arrests, more racial equity in law enforcing and an opportunity for economic growth. With marijuana arrests accounting for over half of all drug arrests in the United States, legalizing the substance seems like a common-sense way to reduce rates of apprehension and hammer a dent in the school-to-prison pipeline. In fact, the legalization of the drug should curb the majority

of weed-related arrests, because about 88 percent of the marijuana arrests tend to be just for possession of the substance. But until this week, with retail outlets opening, there was no foolproof way of acquiring the product for non-medical use without crossing legal boundaries. It will undoubtedly take some grace and understanding for those who are not in favor of this calming substance to accept its integration and normalization into Spokane life and culture. For some populations, this may be the tipping point of catching a break and feeling just a little more accepted here. When it comes to racial bias in law enforcement, marijuana arrests have a bad reputation for stacking the deck with African American apprehensions. And let’s remember that usage rates are equal per capita, across the racial spectrum. But in spite of equal consumption rates, blacks are almost 4 percent more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. In a place like Spokane, where racial polarity is heightened by a supra-dominant white majority population, this seemingly small detail could weigh in significantly as a helpful catalyst toward more equal opportunities and life chances for black youth and families living here. There is no doubt that Spokane could use more economic stimulation, but what remains to be seen is whether the growers and sellers of retail marijuana will be able to turn a profit. With a triple tax of 25 percent at each juncture for growers, processors and sellers, added to heightened regulations and production time, I wonder if the business of legal sales will really catch like wildfire. Will the novelty of marijuana stores be enough to offset the high overhead, inflated prices and cash-only policy? We can only hope that indeed the grass will be greener on the other side of integrating legalized retail marijuana into Spokane society. The exciting journey starts this week; may it be a step forward for our community.  Rachel Doležal, formerly of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, is an award-winning artist and activist who teaches courses in art, Africana history and culture at area universities.

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Camera Clash The ACLU says the Spokane Police Department’s proposed policy on body cameras lacks privacy protections BY JACOB JONES


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s the Spokane Police Department prepares to roll out officer-mounted body cameras in the coming months, privacy advocates with the ACLU of Washington call the department’s proposed camera-use policies “disappointing” after language was dropped that reinforced what officers must record and outlined privacy protections. Jamela Debelak, the technology and liberty director at ACLU of Washington, sent a letter to the Spokane Police last week, expressing several concerns with the proposed draft policy on body cameras. Debelak argues multiple sections were removed that helped ensure the cameras would monitor officer conduct without undermining the rights of innocent citizens. She says the pared-down policy weakens officer oversight while increasing the risk of unnecessary police surveillance. “These omissions severely limit the cameras’ value as an

accountability tool,” Debelak writes, adding, “If accountability is not the fundamental purpose of these cameras, then they serve primarily as evidence-gathering tools that can capture large quantities of information on innocent people.” In recent years, police accountability advocates have called for body cameras to improve the Spokane department’s transparency. Police officials have publicly embraced the technology, suggesting most footage will prove officers to be professional and courteous. Officers are expected to begin wearing cameras regularly by September. Throughout the public debate, SPD officials have emphasized the importance of carefully crafting a usage policy that protects both citizens and officers. The ACLU’s letter, accompanied by a 12-page draft of policy changes, offers the first public look at how those policies have come together ...continued on next page

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NEWS | POLICE “CAMERA CLASH,” CONTINUED... — defining when officers may record footage, who can access it and how it may be used. “The SPD body camera policy is not final,” SPD spokeswoman Monique Cotton clarifies via email. “We welcome and appreciate feedback as we work to develop the best possible policy for both the public and the department.”


any law enforcement agencies across the country have adopted body cameras in recent years as both a check against officer misconduct and insurance against false accusations. Footage can also serve an important role as evidence in criminal or civil cases. Accountability advocates cite police studies showing body cameras can reduce the amount of force a department uses by up to 60 percent. Law enforcement leaders say civilians also tend to act more politely toward officers when they know they’re being recorded. “Body cameras are going to be absolutely wonderful,” Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub says. “I can’t wait for body cameras.” The Spokane City Council first approved approximately $600,000 in funding for cameras in April of 2013. Police officials tested several models before purchasing 220 pager-sized, chest-worn Taser Axon Body cameras earlier this year. The department also signed a three-year contract with Taser’s video cloud-based storage program to hold and maintain the footage. The proposed SPD camera rules, Policy 703, states “most” contacts between patrol officers and citizens “shall” be recorded with body cameras for use in administrative reviews of officer performance, incident documentation or for training purposes. Most video also

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cident identified” will be kept until any associated case is resolved. Such footage is defined as “a unique or unusual incident or action from which litigation or criminal prosecution is expected or likely to result,” including arrests, uses of force, scene investigations or interactions tied to a conduct complaint. All other footage, according to the policy, would be deleted after 30 days.

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will qualify for release under public records law. The policy quickly notes any video may have limitations on angle and audio, so it should only serve as a part of the record alongside reports, witness statements and forensic evidence. SPD officers will be required to activate their cameras at the outset of each citizen interaction and must announce on camera that the encounter is being recorded, according to the draft policy. Officers should let the camera run until each call is complete, then download the footage into a tamper-resistant storage database at the end of their shifts. The policy states any footage involving a flagged “in-

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issue with several sections cut from the most recent SPD policy, including a section specifically defining when officers must record certain interactions. “Rather, police officers are free to turn the cameras on and off at their discretion,” she writes. National ACLU recommendations for camera use include clear requirements for when cameras must record. Advocates acknowledge officers should not have to record their every movement and casual conversation, but when on patrol they should record as much as possible. The ACLU suggests failure to do so should result in disciplinary ramifications and the potential impeachment of evidence. Other removed policy sections gave examples of unauthorized camera use and outlined how Internal Affairs investigators could access footage. Debelak recommends an additional section that would prevent police from using existing footage to establish any new criminal leads, which might allow an officer to record a protest crowd and then go back to look for any unlawful behavior. “The Department has an opportunity to be a leader for the state by creating strong, privacy-protecting policies for body cameras,” she writes. “Unfortunately, [this policy] does not accomplish this.” Police officials have noted they proactively asked the ACLU to review the policy. Cotton confirms that SPD officials have received the ACLU’s letter, saying the department appreciates all feedback as it continues to develop a final policy for the cameras. The Spokane Office of Police Ombudsman and the legal nonprofit Center for Justice both report they have not been provided copies of the draft policies, but they hoped the department would be able to address at least some of the ACLU’s concerns about privacy and officer accountability. “Our biggest concern,” writes Rick Eichstaedt, director of the Center for Justice, “is that this policy be vetted by other community organizations … before it is finalized.” n

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Washington made history Tuesday when a handful of recreational marijuana stores opened across the state, including one in Spokane. Full coverage starts on page 24.


The owner of the controversial Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory lost an appeal last week to reopen his evicted business. The bar drew ire when it named a drink “Date Grape Koolaid” and was evicted after the owner fell behind on rent, according to his landlord.


One of three commercial airplane bodies has been removed from the Clark Fork River in western Montana. The Boeing 737 fuselages plunged into the river when the train carrying them derailed last Thursday.



The damp soil and strong sunlight of Priest Lake makes for one of the region’s best huckleberry-picking spots. As huckleberry season kicks off in mid-July, the area is chock-full of bushes like the one pictured, discovered east of Priest Lake near Hunt Creek Falls. “[Huckleberries] taste like Priest Lake,” longtime Priest Lake local Pecky Cox says. “Priest Lakers have a special connection through that flavor.”

President Barack Obama is asking Congress to spend nearly $4 billion in emergency funding to address a wave of immigration, especially by unaccompanied children, along the country’s southern border.

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Payback State officials say Vivint will repay $150,000; plus, health care for same-sex couples MYSTERY OF THE MISSING CONTRACT Last year, VIVINT was given $150,000 through the Governor’s Economic Development Strategic Reserve Fund in order to convince the controversial alarm and home-automation company to bring a call center to Liberty Lake. Greater Spokane Inc. directed the incentives toward Vivint and announced the company would bring up to 400 new jobs. But in June, citing “reallocation of resources,” Vivint closed its Liberty Lake plant less than a year after it officially opened. The Washington State Department of Commerce, which oversees the fund, now says the company will pay back the state money it received. “State funds will be repaid in full,” says Penny Thomas, spokeswoman for the department. However, Robin Toth, VP of economic development for Greater Spokane Inc., cautions that details for the final repayment agreement are still being worked out. In the meantime, another problem in the Vivint

deal has been uncovered. The state had required GSI to provide a copy of a signed final contract with Vivint to Commerce no later than July 12, 2013, outlining repayment provisions if certain goals were not met. But that doesn’t appear to have ever happened. “I don’t think there ever was a final signed contract. … There wasn’t a signed contract that we were able to locate,” Thomas says. “That is not a good thing.” Toth says GSI doesn’t yet have the copy of the contract either. “We’ve been working to get a copy of the contract. Vivint has it in their office,” Toth says. “Because of all the changes in personnel, they can’t find it.” Vivint did not respond to a request for comment. Thomas, however, says the discovery of the oversight has inspired reform at Commerce. “We have changed our processes,” Thomas says. — DANIEL WALTERS


Same-sex couples whose domestic partnerships were converted into marriages at the end of last month are eligible to sign up for HEALTH INSURANCE through a special enrollment period. A provision under Washington’s gay marriage law automatically changed thousands of domestic partnerships into marriages on June 30. Exchange officials consider the conversation a “qualifying life event,” allowing Washington residents to purchase health insurance outside of the next open enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 15. Qualifying events also include marriages between straight couples; having or adopting a child; getting a divorce; and job loss. “The summer months are traditionally the most popular time of year for Washingtonians to get married,” says Richard Onizuka, CEO of the Washington Health

Benefit Exchange. “Any newlywed same-sex or heterosexual couple can take advantage of the opportunity to find free or low-cost coverage outside of the standard open enrollment period.” Newlywed same-sex couples have until Aug. 28 to apply for a special enrollment period. To apply, go to and complete the enrollment questionnaire. You will be asked to supply documentation, such as a marriage certificate, to the exchange, where your application will be reviewed within two to three weeks. Approved applicants will be given a 60-day enrollment window to buy qualified health plans. — DEANNA PAN


Authorities believe a domestic dispute left two people dead Tuesday after a man walked into a cancer treatment center on the DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER campus and fatally shot his wife, then himself. No other injuries were reported. Spokane Police spokeswoman Officer Teresa Fuller says investigators believe the man entered the seventhfloor treatment center at about 9:30 am Tuesday, killing his wife, an employee at the center, before turning the gun on himself. “It’s a husband and wife,” Fuller says. “Murdersuicide is what it looks like.” Dozens of emergency vehicles and responders flooded the surrounding blocks along Fifth Avenue as officers evacuated the building and secured the area. Major Crimes detectives soon took over the investigation as most of the hospital campus quickly reopened to patients and staff. Fuller says the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the identities of the couple in the coming days. — JACOB JONES

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On the Ballot A primer on the statewide initiatives Washingtonians will be voting on in November BY DEANNA PAN


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nly one ballot measure met last week’s filing deadline: Supporters of INITIATIVE 1351, a proposal to reduce class sizes in K-12 public schools, delivered nearly 330,000 signatures to the Washington Secretary of State’s office last Wednesday. Washington’s student-teacher ratio is among the highest in the nation. Backed by the state teachers’ union, the measure would direct lawmakers to phase in new funding over the next four years to lower class sizes and increase staffing levels, starting with high-poverty schools. In grades K-3, the measure aims to reduce class sizes from an average of 25 students per teacher to 17 students per teacher in non-poverty schools and 15 students per teacher in poorer schools. The measures calls for higher student-teacher ratios in older grades. Proponents of I-1351 argue that smaller classes improve student achievement, but opponents point out that research on the effectiveness of reduced class sizes is mixed and the cost is substantial: At a time when the legislature is already required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision to fund K-12 education in Washington to the tune of $4.5 billion by 2017-19 biennium, lowering class sizes and hiring more teachers and staff would cost billions of dollars more.


oters also will face two opposing gun-control measures on the November ballot: INITIATIVE 594 and INITIATIVE 591, submitted as initiatives to the legislature last year. I-594 would broaden background checks on all firearm sales and most private transfers, including gun show and online transactions. The pro-gun-control measure makes a number of exceptions: For example, family members who exchange firearms as gifts don’t have to submit to a criminal background check. Neither do certain public agents or officers acting in their official duty, or people who temporarily borrow guns for hunting and sporting activities and immediate self-defense. Antique gun sales and transfers also are exempt. The initiative has already raised more than $2.6 million, with Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donating nearly $700,000.


July 12th I-591, meanwhile, would ban state-levied background checks unless mandated by the federal government. It would also prohibit government agencies from confiscating firearms without due process. The Yes on I-591 effort has raised roughly $745,000, with more than a third of its funds coming from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, based in Bellevue. The measure recently won a high-profile endorsement from the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, the state’s largest professional law enforcement organization. An Elway poll in April found that the majority of voters paradoxically favored both initiatives, with 72 percent saying they would support I-594 to expand background checks and 55 percent saying they would back its rival, I-591.


issing from the statewide ballot this year is a measure led by Tim Eyman. The conservative initiative activist couldn’t collect enough signatures for his latest anti-tax scheme, Initiative 1325, which would pare the state sales tax from 6.5 to 5.5 percent unless supermajorities in the legislature referred to the voters a constitutional amendment requiring twothirds legislative approval to raise taxes. But Eyman’s legacy will still appear on the November ballot: Washingtonians will have the chance to weigh in on two nonbinding Voters will face two “advisory votes” on tax policy opposing gun-control measures bills the legislature passed to on the November ballot. balance the state budget — a consequence of a 2007 Eymansponsored ballot measure. One concerns the elimination of an agricultural tax preference for the marijuana industry; the other deals with a new leasehold excise tax on certain tribal properties. Your vote supporting or opposing the measures won’t require lawmakers to do anything, but you can at least let them know what you think. 


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The Fate of the Union SEIU local 775NW has major influence in Washington — but could a recent Supreme Court ruling change that? BY DANIEL WALTERS


or 12 years, home-care aide Susie Young has visited a developmentally disabled man in a home in Spokane. She’s made him meals, kept track of his medical and skin conditions, helped him shower and has given him gentle reminders to brush his teeth and put on his clothes. “Have you had a shower today?” Young says she asks him. “What do you need to do today to start your day?” As an executive board member of the Healthcare 775NW local of the massive Service Employees International Union, she fights for the wages, benefits and regulations of not only home-care workers who work for an agency like herself, but more than 26,000 individual providers. On June 30, a Supreme Court decision put the ability of that union to charge fees to those individual workers into question. In Harris v. Quinn, an Illinois mother getting paid with Medicaid dollars to care for her disabled son sued to stop an “agency fee” from being deducted from her paycheck and given to the local SEIU, even though she wasn’t a member of that union. In “right to work” states like Idaho, such fees are illegal. But in states like Illinois and Washington, they’re a major piece of keeping unions financially sound. While the Supreme Court’s conservative wing could have gutted unions entirely — stripping them of much of their financial power — the decision was limited to “partial public employees.” In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court determined that Illinois compelling those employees to pay union dues was a violation of the First Amendment. The end of the legal battle in Illinois is just the beginning of legal questions for Washington state and its unions.


oung has been a Washington state home-health worker for 25 years. At first, she says, she didn’t think she needed a union. She says the agency showed her black-and-white antiunion films. “My attitude was that, ‘I will take good care of my clients and my agency will take good care of me,’” Young says. But she soon learned that even getting boxes of gloves for working with HIVpositive patients was a battle. She pushed her agency for raises and benefits; without union backing, she couldn’t get either. But in 2001, Initiative 775 passed with nearly 63 percent of the vote, allowing even individual home-health-care providers to unionize. By 2002, Young says, they voted overwhelmingly to do just that, forming SEIU local 775NW, representing both individual and agency workers. It isn’t the only Washington state union potentially impacted by the recent Supreme Court decision — the unions for home child-care providers and language access providers could be impacted as well — but it’s certainly the biggest. Today, 775NW is one of the state’s most potent political forces. Last year, it collected nearly $20 million in union dues and spent nearly $170,000 in support of SeaTac’s initiative to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Supreme Court decision threatens that power. “The union probably would have fewer members if the union isn’t going to force people to pay dues,” says Maxford Nelsen, labor policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation. If any group would sue to ensure the Harris ruling is applied to Washington state, it’s the conservative Freedom Foundation. They’ve won Supreme Court arguments against unions before — their Davenport v. Washington case against the Washington Education Association was cited in Chief Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion.

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n Washington, 3.2 percent of home health-care workers’ wages are redirected to SEIU union dues. On a relatively meager $15,900 salary for a home health-care worker working 120 hours a month, that’s more than $500 annually. Home health aides, however, can object to the union’s political lobbying efforts and pay a lesser amount. “Of 44,000 members, we have a very, very small number that pay that [lesser] amount,” Longtime home-care aide Susie Young says Jackson Holtz, spokesman for 775NW. worries that the Supreme Court decision The question is whether could weaken her union. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO they should have to pay anything at all. For union critics, it’s an issue of freedom: Why should workers have to shell out money for a union they don’t even support? “This ruling represents a victory for parents caring for children with developmental disabilities and similarly compensated workers, who have been forced to pay union dues because they receive payments administered by the state,” the conservative Washington Policy Center proclaimed in a press release. But for unions, the issue is simple fairness. They lambaste workers who take advantage of union-obtained wage and benefit increases without paying dues as “free-riders.” SEIU argues that the Illinois decision shouldn’t apply in Washington — that the SEIU local in Washington is vastly different from the one in Illinois. “We have a far more robust collective bargaining model. Workers have been able to win a lot of benefits,” Holtz says. “In Illinois, the wage scale is enshrined in legislation.” The Freedom Foundation dismisses this distinction. The ruling applied to partial public employees, Nelsen says, and home-care aides are clearly partial public employees. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is still analyzing the effect of the ruling on the state’s unions. Until he weighs in, both sides have been lobbying Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee. “I don’t want to talk about the details of our negotiations of any elected officials… that’s a strategic part of our work,” says Holtz. “The question is, what does the state of Washington want to do to ensure that vulnerable adults can live independently and with dignity in their homes and communities?” That behind-the-scenes maneuvering has raised eyebrows from the unions’ conservative critics, who note that unions are big campaign backers of Democrats. Young, for her part, remains hopeful that even if the decision applies to her union, union workers will continue paying their dues. She says it’s worth it. “Between 2004 and 2007, we improved our wages by 40 percent,” Young says. During the recession, she says, the union fought against legislative attempts to cut wages and benefits. Most important, she says, the union is there to share workers’ stories with the legislature. “Without SEIU, I’d still be working behind closed doors.” Young says. “We had no voice. We felt invisible.” 

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Beginner’s Guide to Pot BY HEIDI GROOVER




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9.91 percent



After voters approved Initiative 502 in 2012, possessing an ounce of cannabis became legal for adults 21 and older in Washington. Since then, it’s been a complicated and wonky process of making rules for how pot would be grown and sold in the state. The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which was tasked with making the rules, started licensing growers in March, and now they’ve finally licensed 24 retail stores to sell that pot, with more to come. (One opened in Spokane Tuesday.) Yes, Colorado did this more than six months ago. There, a well-regulated medical marijuana market was in place and recreational pot was basically folded in, with locations selling both. Here in Washington, medical marijuana is legal but largely unregulated, which made state rule-makers wary of using that industry as a basis for this new one.


If you’re under 21, sorry. No recreational cannabis for you. If you’re 21 or older, you can now enter a state-licensed pot store (find one near you on page 27), show your ID and buy up to an ounce of bud (more later about limits on other forms of marijuana). Edibles also are legal, but there won’t be any in stores for a while, since the Liquor Control Board has yet to license anyone making them. Important things to remember: No public consumption (you could get a $50 ticket); no sharing with minors (that’s still a felony and the authorities are taking it very seriously); if it’s in your car, keep the packaging closed; don’t drive high (still illegal). Be careful on the feds’ turf. No rolling a joint in a national park or sending your favorite pot brownies through the mail. In Washington state parks, you can light up in your own RV or tent, but not in view of others or in a stateowned cabin or yurt.



Don’t take your weed back across the border. It’s illegal there and that’s unlikely to change in the near future. Idaho State Police officers already have been accused of “license plate profiling” drivers from Washington and Colorado.


Short answer: Yes. Despite the drug’s new status, employers are still free to enforce weed-free workplaces.

Initiative 502: changing state drug laws and adding new ones for the regulation of marijuana businesses 55.7 percent

“As far as total decriminalization, I’m not there yet at this moment. I’m a parent and I’m just not comfortable right now.” — Then-candidate Jay Inslee, press conference, June 2011 Just over 20 months

$51 million in 2015-17, then $140 million in 2017-19

Not allowed recreationally

334 will be allowed Anyone over 21 can buy one ounce of bud (other limits for edibles and concentrates)

On private property where you know the owner is OK with it; nowhere “in view of the general public”











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11.01 percent

Amendment 64: an amendment to the state constitution

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“Colorado is known for many great things — marijuana should not be one of them.” — Gov. John Hickenlooper, statement, September, 2012

Just under 14 months $98 million in the first year (up from earlier estimates of $60-70 million); allocated for education, substance abuse prevention and treatment Six recreational plants allowed per person in enclosed, locked space; no selling 144 open so far; more applying now Colorado residents can buy up to an ounce; out-ofstaters get a quarter of an ounce

Ditto: “No consumption that is commited openly and publically,” though some special events and private clubs have been able to get around the rule.

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People are doing all sorts of stuff you probably didn’t do back in your college days. The basics are here, and there’s some useful advice on page 30. Smoking: You can buy pre-rolled joints or, of course, roll them yourself. You won’t find things like spliffs, which include tobacco, since stores are only allowed to sell marijuana products. Dabbing: This technique has rapidly gained popularity and made headlines for how dangerous it can be. To do it, you need butane hash oil to smoke. The oil is made by filtering butane through marijuana and then heating the resulting product to remove the butane, a process that can cause actual explosions and leave butane residue in the oil. But when done right, it leaves you with basically pure THC that will get you super-high. (The safer and state-approved way of doing this is with a “closed system,” which keeps the flammable butane from escaping into the air near the flame, where it can ignite.) Vaping: Vaporizors and vape pens, which are like ecigarettes, use a heating element to vaporize the pot and can be more discreet than smoking. Edibles: Pretty much anything can come cannabisinfused. Most common: brownies, cookies, candy, that sort of thing. Tinctures are liquid marijuana extractions taken in drops under the tongue.


Even some of the most experienced stoners can tell horror stories about their time with pot brownies/gummy bears/banana bread. That’s because edibles produce a different kind of high and are easier to overconsume. Not only can edibles take longer (up to two hours!) to kick in, but the recommended amount of a pot-infused candy bar to eat might be just an eighth or a tenth of the whole thing. When in life do we easily practice such self-control? Be smart: Start with a little and be patient.

Beginner’s Guide to Pot


Due to pot shortages, stores may impose their own temporary limits, but legally speaking, during each purchase, you can buy up to the legal possession limit: one ounce of usable marijuana, seven grams of marijuana-infused extract for inhalation, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused solid product or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form. Stores are not required to track how many purchases you make, but if you’re caught with more than the legal limit, you’re breaking the law. The one-ounce limit may seem strict, but actually it’s probably plenty. Nonprofit researchers working for the state Liquor Control Board found that a typical joint contains a half-gram or less of marijuana. It takes a little more than 28 grams to make an ounce, so that one-ounce limit should get you around 56 joints. Costs will vary between retailers, and they’re likely to go down over time as more pot becomes available and the novelty wears off. Prices across the state Tuesday ranged from $13-25 a gram, including tax.



On labels, you’ll find the name of the product or strain and its “potency profile,” explaining how much THC — the stuff that gets you high — is in the product. You’ll also see the product’s weight, its harvest date and warnings about its intoxicating effects. Edibles will have recommended serving sizes (the state defines one serving as 10 milligrams of active THC). The results of required lab testing, which also checks for things like moisture content and bacteria, won’t be on the label, but the retailer is required to give you those if you ask.


When you go shopping, have a basic idea of what you want. It’s OK to ask for advice, but like most shopping, it’s better if you know enough to ask informed questions. As a guest, find out how your host feels about it, not just for legal purposes, but also because it’s better to know who’s OK with it before you light up in someone else’s house. And like fine wine or chocolates, plan to share if you bring it to a gathering. If you’re the host, remember those choosing not to partake may feel awkward as others pass the bong, so do your best to make everyone comfortable without making the smokers feel unwanted. Consider having a specified smoking area. And remember, that smell carries, so if you’re in an apartment building or your backyard, keep in mind that you’re not the only one taking in the aroma.


Yes, pot has been sort of legal here for more than a decade, and you or someone you know may already have a hookup. But that market is for medical users, and there are plenty of people out there who need marijuana as medicine, which is why trying to fold the two industries together has been so controversial. For now, Washington’s medical marijuana collective gardens will live on in the legal gray areas where they exist, as the more regulated and stiffly taxed recreational market grows alongside them.


Kids. Without a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana, it’s illegal for anyone under 21 to possess pot in Washington, and some researchers say it can interfere with brain development. Some, like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, also warn against the use of marijuana by anyone with risk of or a diagnosed mental illness because it can worsen symptoms of conditions like depression and anxiety. n

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The inaugural customers at Spokane Green Leaf, the first retail shop to open in the area.



fter the state licensed two dozen marijuana retailers Monday, a handful of stores opened across Washington Tuesday, officially launching the nation’s second-ever legal recreational marijuana market. While three stores have been licensed in Spokane, only Spokane Green Leaf on North Country Homes Boulevard, just off Division, was ready to open Tuesday. About 200 people lined up around the corner of the otherwise

nondescript strip mall for the chance to buy a piece of history. “Legal weed!” shouted the first group of customers allowed to enter the store, cheering after the first purchase was made. The other two stores expect to open in coming weeks, and the Liquor Control Board will continue issuing more retail licenses throughout the summer. — HEIDI GROOVER


Three Spokane County stores received their licenses this week  SPOKANE GREEN LEAF, 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm, Sunday 11 am-7 pm  SATORI, 9301 N. Division St. opening soon  GREEN STAR CANNABIS, 1403 N. Division St. opening soon

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BLESS MY WEED Frank Schade thinks he’s hit the gold rush BY DEANNA PAN


rank Schade guesses he gets about 10 calls a day from people itching to get their hands on his weed. It’s good stuff, after all — organically grown with high THC levels. Some of his plants are 8 feet tall and weigh 3 pounds, with dense and fuzzy buds, ready to be trimmed, cured, tested and packaged for sale. And boy, are sales going to be good. Schade is the “Green Surfer” — an homage to his favorite comic book character, the Silver Surfer. At his 1,400-square-foot, climate-controlled warehouse en route to Mount Spokane, he blasts Deftones on his stereo and keeps his gate locked. In his tool belt, Schade carries a pH meter, a pair of scissors, three different screwdrivers and a loaded pistol. His facility is outfitted with 32 security cameras — more than double the state liquor board requirement. He’s got a hot commodity to protect: a dozen strains of some 130 marijuana plants blooming beneath high-powered lamps. Schade, who received his grower’s

license in April, started growing pot 15 years ago after Washington legalized medical marijuana. His mother has cervical dystonia, a rare and painful neurological disorder that makes the muscles in her neck contract and her head shake. “Other than her botox injections in her neck to kill the nerves,” he says, “marijuana is the only thing that helps.” Schade’s also a businessman. He owns a recruiting company, where business falls and rises with the state of the economy. So he did the math: If he grew 10 to 20 pounds of product a month, he could easily clear a quarter of million dollars in his first year, selling at $3 a gram. But the market’s better than he originally expected. As Washington pot retailers brace for statewide marijuana shortages, Schade suspects he’s going to cash in big. “I’m here for the gold rush,” he says. “If I don’t make a million dollars my first year, I have screwed up.” n

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Washington licensed its first legal pot producers in March, allowing them to acquire seeds and plants with no questions asked. Once they get plants, growers must enter them into a state-approved traceability system, which assigns each plant a unique barcode and tracks it through growth, processing and sale.

Marijuana plants take varying amounts of time to mature, depending on strains and other variables, but need at least a few months before they can be harvested and dried.






An accountant embraces risk and launches a marijuana boutique in West Spokane BY JACOB JONES


In an industrial zone along Trent Avenue, Wesley Tuttle (pictured) spends 11 hours a day planting, cloning, watering, trimming, harvesting, drying and curing marijuana at Yield Farms. His wife and co-owner Johanna comes in after her day job to manage the financials and staterequired tracking process, even scanning barcodes on plants when they are moved around the farm. After receiving their state recreational grow license in May, the Tuttles converted their medical marijuana grow business to a recreational grow. Wesley says that he wants to prove that marijuana can be a productive part of the economy: “It’s more the accomplishment of Americans, that we’re honest enough, hard-working enough, and that this can be done in a way that’s responsible and doesn’t hurt kids or society.” — YOUNG KWAK

Processors (who are sometimes also growers) package bud for sale at stores or turn it into edibles, concentrates or other products.

ink tape marks off a small rectangle of dirt adjacent to Carol Ehrhart’s home near the top of Sunset Hill in West Spokane. As Ehrhart paces around the tape, she describes her plans for the Four Twenty Friendly marijuana boutique, now nearing its expected opening in mid-August. Ehrhart, 43, a longtime accountant, envisions a 560-square-foot shop specializing in marijuana-infused edibles and select strains of marijuana. Ehrhart and her fiancée, Alissa Taylor, so far are the only applicants on the west side of Spokane to win a top spot in state’s license lottery. “We have a lot of hotels and stuff around here,” Ehrhart says, “so we figure we’ll get more of the tourists, or more of the discreet users who don’t want to be seen walking into a place on Division.” A year ago, Ehrhart never dreamed she would be launching her own marijuana business. But opportunity moves rapidly, and Ehrhart says she saw the

State rules require growers and processors to have samples of their products tested by certified labs before sending anything to stores.

chance to get in on the “ground level” of a popular new market. She has charged head-on into the challenge, navigating the complicated approval process and relearning a culture that has evolved since her high school days. “It’s a risk,” she says. “Starting any business is a huge risk. ... We are in uncharted territory.” Ehrhart realized that — with some major security enhancements — the commercially zoned property her home rests on would serve as the best location for now. She has since worked to sort out inspections and permits for the small shop. She admits it has proven a trying process, but remains excited as opening day draws near. “It’s been pins and needles for, gosh, it’s been seven months now,” she says. “[But] once the permitting process is completed, it should go pretty quick.” Dreams aren’t easy. They take patience. They’re fickle and hard-fought. “Right now, it’s pink tape,” she says. “That’s what we got.” n

Growers and processors cannot also sell pot directly to customers, so they sell their products to retail stores. The tracking software makes it possible to connect any given batch of edibles or extracts to the plants they came from.

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EXPERT ADVICE Dab? Vape? Indica? Sativa? A few tips for beginners BY LEAH SOTTILE


ot’s legal — but are you prepared for the barrage of weed terms that will come your way this week when recreational cannabis shops open? Before you step up to the counter, you might want to know the difference between an indica and a sativa, or whether you want to smoke, vaporize, dab or eat your pot. We called up Dan Skye, an editor at High Times, and asked him to break down some basics for you pot newbies out there. INLANDER: Now that legal pot is available here in Washington, there’s going to be a lot of first-timers lined up at pot shops. What advice do you have for first-time smokers? SKYE: I was there on January 1 [when Colorado’s recreational marijuana stores opened]; the funny thing is there are so many people who don’t have any experience with any types of weed. A lot of the dispensaries have 30 to 40 strains in stock. So the wait at the counters is going to be long. People don’t know what they’re doing. There’s a big learning curve: the thing for people to do is learn the difference between a sativa and an indica. If they’re going to be doing edibles, don’t buy a high dose. No, do buy a high dose, but take it in increments. And there are all kinds of different contraptions these days: pipes, joints, vaporizers. And then you get into concentrates: the very, very high-powered extractions. The nice part of [concentrates] is you can use less. Most people won’t use as much concentrates — there’s no reason to. But still, concentrates are something you approach with care. As most marijuana smokers know, everyone develops a tolerance for pot. You earn your pilot’s license, if you will. And most

people who smoke marijuana function very, very well. That’s one of the myths about marijuana: that they’re airheads walking around. That’s just not the case. You brought up indicas and sativas — what’s the difference? Indica: Basically think of it as the restful pot. It’s a very good pain reliever, because it helps you rest. People think of indica as the one that chills you out. Sativas, though, for some people, can be a very energizing strain. They can have the ability to really, really stoke your creativity. Those are the basic qualities. And edibles — they’re sneaky. I always have to remind myself that I may be able to eat an entire bag of Sour Patch Kids, but I can literally only eat ONE pot gummy candy. [laughs] That’s true. I never thought of it that way. People tend to eat things like that because they’re used to having little packages of candy. But people have to really curb their pleasure. You don’t want to wake up on the other side of the tracks, if you will. You have to exercise caution. Once again, with edibles, you have to know your dosage. When I was in Colorado [when pot was legalized], I remember asking all of these people in line, “So you’ve never tried pot in your life, huh?” It’s hard to imagine all of these people who have obeyed the law all this time, and now it’s legal, so they’ll buy it. Do you think now that it’s legal, that weed culture will change? Not to sound corny, but, for example, if you have a joint, it’s customary to

Dan Skye, a High Times editor share it... Not at all. Here’s the thing about marijuana: There’s always going to be a great part of the population that doesn’t smoke. When two people sit down and find out they both smoke weed, it’s an instant connection. … You see it with stoners: “You smoke pot?” You have a lot in common instantly. I don’t think that will ever leave, because there’s a connection that people make with marijuana that you won’t otherwise. In all seriousness, did you ever think when you started working for High Times that pot would get legalized? I never thought it would happen this quickly. It was amazing — three or four years ago, it felt like we were just slogging along. [Now High Times’] bottom line is totally up. We have 162 pages in our magazine. The ads are rolling in. Our website’s traffic has increased tenfold. You look at Sports Illustrated, they only have 68 pages. I’m totally optimistic that [legalization] is going to transform economies and people’s lives, and make people happier. n

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SMOKING, CADILLAC STYLE It’s not just joints these days BY MIKE BOOKEY


here are a lot of ways to smoke. You don’t just have to roll your own, which, as it turns out, is exponentially more difficult than Dazed and Confused may have led you to believe. You can choose from pipes and bubbles and vaporizers and bongs and other devices you’ll swear NASA consulted on. The cottage (or perhaps mega-mansion) industry that’s popping up around the marijuana trade includes some high-end smoking equipment, much of which was for sale long before the laws changed. But it was for tobacco. And many of these devices continue to be sold for tobacco, so keep that in mind when you head into your friendly local shop, which we did recently to see how classy you can get with your smoking.


$345* Vaporizing is easier on your lungs. It’s not exactly smoking, because you’re heating up your smokables to just under the point at which they combust. So you’re inhaling mostly vapors released from the plant, and less smoke and carcinogens. The Silver Surfer is one of the highest-grade tabletop vaporizers (you plug it into the wall) you’ll find around town. At Zanies, a Spokane head shop since 1972, they go for $345. They come with a three-year warranty, a good thing given the price of your investment. Made in Colorado Springs, the Silver Surfers don’t just come in silver; you can get them to match your smoking room’s décor. Zanies also said you can’t go wrong with a wood-finished vaporizer from Vapor Brothers, which they have available starting at $185.


$220 AND UP Vaporizers and edibles hardly have eliminated the act of actually smoking, and there’s no dearth of first-rate devices with which you can do that. The Perk Tech was one of many elite glass tubes we found on our search of local stores (other brands include Roor and Illadelph, to name two), and a friendly shopkeeper vouched for its quality. Its name refers to its percolation system, which cools the smoke for a smoother experience. You have to appreciate the sleek design here, and be thankful there are glassblowers devoting their scientific knowledge to such causes. One drawback? It looks as scientific as it is. If you want something, say, a bit more colorful, you’d be best off checking out a place like Puffin Glass, full of locally made glass pieces that are as much pieces of art as smoking apparatus.





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hen I was 17 my best friend came over to spend the night so we could get an early start and go snowboarding at Schweitzer. He hung up his winter coat in the front hall closet. His coat was also where he was secretly storing a dub-sack. We were looking forward to a day of fresh powder enhanced by the comforting haze of a joint or four. My parents were also going skiing, but they were headed north into Canada. We woke up the next morning, about 15 minutes after they left. This is when my friend remarked that his jacket was missing and figured my parents must have taken it. “Oh well,” I remarked. “You can borrow a jacket.” “No man,” he said. “My weed is in there.”


“Dang!” I replied. “So much for smoking on the slopes!” “Dude, your parents are going to Canada.” Suddenly the horror of the situation set in. My parents were on their way to cross an international border with our bag of pot. This was before most people had cellphones. There was only one way to stop my parents from possibly getting arrested. Thinking a little too quick, I grabbed the keys to my ’92 Chrysler LeBaron (leaving my wallet behind). We jumped into the car, picked one of the three possible border crossings they might take (the wrong one) and drove like madmen, passing cars on icy one-lane highways, averaging 20 and 30 mph over the speed limit, hoping to catch my parents before the worst might happen.


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When we reached Canada we approached the border crossing on foot, asking if my parents’ green CRV had crossed the border. We made up a story that my folks had our season passes in the car. The border agents were highly suspicious, but eventually told us that no such car had come through. The only thing left to do was hope my parents made it into Canada and call their hotel to tell them not to return to the States until they disposed of our weed. They made it to Canada, briefly freaked out when they checked into the hotel and received a message to call home (they assumed either me or my brother had been gravely injured or killed) and then later, probably after smoking our stash, thanked me for my honesty. — M.M., 29, Spokane


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he first time I smoked marijuana, I was in a car parked out behind Gonzaga Prep, after a basketball game. It was my first time smoking anything, and the hot smoke burned my throat. After I regained my post-coughing composure, I tried to swallow, but the dry scratchiness of my throat made it difficult. Suddenly I was seized by a ridiculous notion: I must have burned off the dangly thing in the back of my throat. I flew into a panic. Would I ever be able to swallow again? Would I be mute for the rest of my life? Without saying a word to my friends, I bolted out of the passenger door, ran back to my own car, jumped in and began examining my gaping maw in the rearview mirror. Sure enough, there was my dangly thing. Although I went on to have many pleasurable experiences smoking pot, that first time will always remind me of the most terrified weed-induced freak-out I’ve ever had. — Anonymous, 26, Spokane

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Allison Standley (center) and Greg Stone (right) in Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady.


Return to the Stage After an off-season on the precipice, a different Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is back BY MIKE BOOKEY


all it Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, version 2.0. The 47th year of this nonprofit organization’s season of plays is going to feel a little different than the 46th installment. First off, there’s a new venue. Then there’s a new front office and philosophy. Regardless, professional theater, just as it has every summer since 1968, will hit the stage in North Idaho. “We have a lot at stake here. We’re letting people know that we’re still open,” says Laura Little, who was

hired as the summer theater’s executive director in October after the organization’s board laid off its executive staff. A seasoned theater producer who still works on Broadway productions when not consumed with the summer theater, this is Little’s second time around on the staff of the organization. “People are going to see the quality of these productions and remember why they love this,” she says, just a few days prior to the opening night of My Fair Lady, the first show of a pared-down season.


There’s a reason some people might need a reminder that Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is alive and well. During the final weeks of last summer’s season, the group told theatergoers that due to sluggish ticket sales, they needed to raise $150,000 in order to keep the theater continuing into 2014. The organization, its former organizers told us last year, had become overly dependent on ticket sales (regardless of netting some $700,000 in sales in 2012) as opposed to fundraising and other revenue sources, and that caught up with them. After some promising initial fundraising, the summer theater’s board voted to disband the organization completely. That’s when they brought in Little, who oversaw a streamlining of the organization, which included moving from the 1,100-seat theater at North Idaho College (where ushers alone cost the organization $16,000 per season) to the Kroc Center’s 400-seat venue. It also meant going from four full productions to just two (in addition to a pair of one-night engagements) and hiring a new artistic director to replace Roger Welch, a Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre veteran for more than a quarter-century. ...continued on next page

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“RETURN TO THE STAGE,” CONTINUED... These days, Little is “watching every penny” found success in Broadway productions of Les to make for a more efficient organization that she Misérables and Miss Saigon, and recently has lit up hopes will be back on firm financial ground this the stages in Seattle. He’s the sort of actor Davis summer. Part of that means having out-of-town says can make Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre a actors stay at her home. regional attraction. Another familiar face returning this year is “This is a place where people go to work Jadd Davis, who cut his acting teeth in a Coeur in the summer. It’s a well-known summer stock d’Alene Summer Theater theater for the area,” says production of Into the Woods Davis. in 2002. A Post Falls native The organization’s and a graduate of Eastern rebuilding year is mostly My Fair Lady Washington University, Davis July 10-27 playing it safe; thus the returned to the theater during Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun matinee at 2 pm selection of My Fair Lady, his college years and has kept $27-$49 a tried-and-true classic coming back, including work last performed by Coeur as an assistant director on d’Alene Summer Theatre in Around the World in 80 Days summer theater productions. 2000. But the second show Wed, July 16, at 7:30 pm “This is my theater,” says of the season is the more $25 Davis. “I’ve turned down adventurous Addams Family, higher-paying roles to come a pop-rock musical that first The Addams Family work here in the past, just hit Broadway in 2010 and Aug. 7-24 because I’d get to be here.” Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm; Sat-Sun matinee at 2 pm toured nationally shortly Davis was performing in thereafter. $27-$49 a production of Les Misérables “The American theater last summer when he got the runs the risk of becoming The Odd Couple call about taking the artistic overly safe over the fear of Wed, Aug. 13, at 7:30 pm director job in Coeur d’Alene. $25 losing audience members,” Just weeks before he got says Davis. “As far as being that call, he had come out to a regional theater, it’s really All shows at the Kroc Center • 1765 Coeur d’Alene to help with a important to honor the W. Golf Course Rd., Coeur d’Alene • fundraiser aimed at keeping heritage of the community, • (208) 660-2958 the organization afloat. which is why we’re doing This May, the 32-yearMy Fair Lady, but it’s also old, his wife and their son were heading back to our goal to do something new like The Addams Davis’ old theater for a new job that this week Family.” found him in daylong rehearsals of My Fair Lady, With the shows beginning this week, Little which he’s directing with a cast of local and is hopeful for the future of the Coeur d’Alene nonlocal professional actors, the same mix of talSummer Theatre, both artistically and financially. ent the theater has used for decades. So far, the organization’s future looks promising, “It’s important to me to cast the best people with Little announcing this week that next year’s possible. The good news is that there are plenty schedule would feature three full-run shows. She of the good people here,” says Davis. “The [acknows things are going to look a little different, tors] from New York or Seattle or wherever are and a little smaller. But there’s a lot that hasn’t always saying, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of talent here.” changed, she insists. One of the talents Davis and Little rave “It’s the same in that we’re entertaining about is Greg Stone, who takes on the role of people and using the same great actors that we’ve Henry Higgins (the part played by Rex Harrihad in the past. Changing the venue doesn’t son in the 1964 movie). The Seattle-raised actor change that,” says Little. n



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erne Windham dreamed of Mozart. He wanted the chamber pieces in an outdoor setting, where people could savor the sound as they did in the 18th century, when Mozart first wrote music for wind ensemble. Twenty-four years later, the music director’s vision of Mozart on a Summer’s Eve in the lush gardens of Manito Park is still going strong. “Mozart you can take on any level,” says Windham, also the program director for local public radio station KPBX. “You can think of his music as cute and sweet, or you can keep going inside of it. He is casual and profound at the same time.” Much of the simpler music can be chalked up to the fact Mozart was a prepubescent when he scribbled out his first compositions. A child prodigy, he wrote his first symphony at 8 and opera at 11. Essentially, few of his 35 years on the planet were not spent writing music. While his genius is celebrated during every Mozart on a Summer’s Eve show, Windham admits that this year’s concerts will only include about 8 percent Mozart — pieces by Manuel de Falla, Heitor VillaLobos, Franz Schubert and Joaquin Rodrigo also are on the bill. “This is a lot more than a celebration of Mozart, although there’s nothing wrong with that either,” says event coordinator Gertrude Harvey. Along with the Connoisseur Concerts Wind Ensemble, which includes a handful of musicians from Spokane to Pullman, the program also is set to feature soprano Phoebe MacRae, cellist and Northwest Bach Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and classical guitarist David Leisner, marking the first time a guitarist has been included in

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the event. Leisner and Bailey are preparing to record an album in the coming months, which means listeners get a preview of what’s to come. Also on the program is a surprise instrumental finale Windham isn’t telling anyone about. Next week’s concerts see Windham in a bit of a different role, as he won’t be directing the performances from his horn chair. After a bike accident a couple of weeks ago, Windham decided to take a break from playing. “But you can’t keep me away from this,” says Windham, who has missed only one other Mozart on a Summer’s Eve performance, due to a battle with cancer. “This year I’ll be narrating and onstage — very much the host, as always.” Windham explains that after 24 years, he sees many of the same families and groups of friends coming back. “I know of people who build their family reunions around this event. It’s become a tradition,” he says. Amazingly, the concert series under the evening sky has never been moved indoors to its backup venue, St. John’s Cathedral. Harvey says there have been close calls, but it’s never actually had to move. “It’s a quiet, beautiful night at the edge of the park while the sun is going down,” Windham says. “It’s the most personal way to be elegant.”  Mozart on a Summer’s Eve • Tue-Wed, July 15-16, at 7 pm • $10 lawn seating /$30 table seating (limited tickets left) • Manito Park • 1800 S. Grand Blvd. • • 326-4942

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Salads move from something on the side to menu mainstay BY CARRIE SCOZZARO

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The Baja blackened shrimp salad at Picabu Bistro. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

hrimp and cabbage? Farro and green apples? Pancetta and spiced cashews? You bet! Salads are to summer what stews and soups are to winter: almost anything goes. Grains feature prominently at Taste Cafe (18 S. Howard), which starts each week with around 30 different salads that vary throughout the week, according to chef-owner Jane Heber. Although both the curried chicken and Asian chicken are popular, her favorites are the quinoa with edamame, asparagus and toasted almonds, as well as the wheatberry with cranberry, orange, rosemary and tarragon ($3.50-$5). Heber opened Taste with daughter Hannah more than five years ago with an all-organic, mostly vegetarian menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, comfort foods, and breakfast and baked goods. Their location downhill from the medical community means Taste has gained traction with pharmacy reps, doctors’ offices and the like, says Heber. “The people who come here know what’s good for them,” she says, explaining that she’s eaten the kind of food she serves at Taste for 40 years. Heber and other restaurants are onto something. According to a 2009 report by the Foodservice Research Institute, salads are gaining in popularity across all restaurant categories, including casual and fast casual. While salads still appear as a mere accompaniment on nearly half of the restaurant menus surveyed — picture a plate of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, shredded carrot and canned croutons — more than 80 percent of the same menus show salad as a menu mainstay. An interest in “lighter” and “healthier” fare is a driving force behind the surge in salads, according to Technomic, which notes that nearly half of all consumers order salads (up from 34 percent in 2009) and nearly two-thirds of those consumers pay attention to seasonal ingredients. Picabu Bistro (901 W. 14th), for example, tops traditional greens like lettuce and spinach with a range of textures and tastes — cheeses, meats, vegetables, nuts, pickled items — for many of their dozen or so standard salads. Some, like the Italian Cobb ($14) or Creole Salmon Caesar ($14) are variations on combinations popularized in other cultures or conventions. Their Baja Blackened Shrimp salad ($14), however, surprises with fruit salsa and crisp shaved cabbage, balancing the bolder flavors. Avocado adds a creamy mouthfeel, while cilantro-lime dressing pops with brightness. Seafood in salad is a natural for Fisherman’s Market (215 W. Kathleen Ave, Coeur d’Alene). Their Poseidon Adventure ($9.50) delivers three distinct waves of flavor. While fried cod, prawns and calamari give a slightly sweetish crunch to earthy spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon pesto dressing add plenty of tang.

The salad selections at Cafe Carambola in Coeur d’Alene. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO Try their Thai-inspired salad with lime-grilled prawns and angel hair pasta ($9), or navigate to Thai Bamboo (find a location at for Yum Talay ($17). This entrée salad combines prawns, scallops, calamari and catfish with lemongrass, fresh ginger, cilantro and mint for a salad that is truly cool and refreshing. Nuts, beans and grains are a popular alternative to meat proteins. At Cafe Carambola (610 W. Hubbard Ave., Coeur d’Alene), the savory-sweet mix of green apples, red peppers, garbanzo, pumpkin seeds and multigrain farro offers a Latin-inspired version of traditional Middle Eastern tabbouleh ($6/$10.49). A recent salad special at Santé (404 W. Main) pairs pancetta and paneer cheese with whole grains, raisins and spiced cashews ($12). And Mizuna (214 N. Howard) will keep a variaNaked lettuce might do for hamburgtion of the quinoa tabouleh ers, but when served in a salad, a little — grilled fennel, mint, red dressing is a necessity. peppers, artisan lettuce, red “A dressing should compliment onion confit — on its summerthe salad, not ‘drown’ it,” says Sandra to-fall menu. Gunn, who owns Coeur d’Alene Olive Looking to rev up your Oil Company and the Culinary Stone, repertoire when it comes a specialty food, kitchen and cooking to salads? In addition to outlet. emulating your favorite Ah, but which flavor and type? local restaurants, tap print Something creamy and thick, like resources including WilliamsSandpoint-based Litehouse Chunky Sonoma’s Salad of the Day Bleu Cheese? Coeur d’Alene Dressing’s cookbook, Jeanne Kelley’s tangy Apricot-Dijon? Try adding Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals Spokane-based Uncle Dan’s Italian for All Seasons or Terry Hope mix to your oil and vinegar and make Romero’s Salad Samurai: 100 your own. Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, As with salads, variety abounds Easy-to-Make Salads You Don’t when flavoring dressings, especially Have to Be Vegan to Love. vinaigrettes, which are typically light Just remember the basic and pair perfectly with lettuce-based guidelines that separate salad salads. from some other culinary Use the best oil you can, says categories. Serve cold (generGunn, who recommends extra virgin ally), tear or chop things into or first cold press olive oil. If you want manageable bites, go light on to get in on the latest fashion for the sauce (see sidebar) and dressing your salad, says Gunn, fruitheavy on the veggies to dress infused balsamic vinegars currently up this ancient dish dating to are trending. (CS) Greco-Roman times. n


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dd one more to the list of breweries available in the North Idaho panhandle, but leave the box unchecked for now as Paragon Brewing begins not with beer, but with food. Chef Pete Edge lived in Scotland and got inspiration for the menu from his British father, explains Kerry Kieres. She owns the pub with husband Chris and Jake Bieker, a fellow Coeur d’Alene firefighter. That means dishes like Scotch Eggs (hard-boiled eggs wrapped in housemade English sausage and deep-fried) with mustard ($8), also served in a salad with steamed potatoes, greens and Earl Grey pickled grape tomatoes ($9). Of course they have burgers ($12) and fish and chips ($12). And their version of bangers (sausage) and mash includes a roasted potato galette (or doughy cake) and sweet pea polenta with rich Scotch ale demi-glace ($13). Beer and wine accent many of the recipes. The beer-brined, breaded pork chop ($12) is served with braised Brussels sprouts and barley risotto (this dish ought to be called the Tongue Twister). Baconwrapped sliders get a Malbec reduction and gooey Gorgonzola ($12) while IPA is used in the Caesar dressing.

Local beer and wine is available until the seven-barrel brewhouse is built next door to the location formerly known as Sully’s Pub and Grill and, going even further back to the ’60s, as the Time Out Tavern. A cornerstone of Paragon’s beer menu will be Red Dog Brown, a Northern English Brown that won them best-in-show at 2013’s Helena Summer Homebrew Competition. Also planned is a pilsner named Czech Please, Maple Leaf amber, a Scotch ale called Cabar Feidh, and two IPAs: the Windy Bay and the Hiawatha Trail Pale Ale. They’re still searching for a name for their Hefeweizen and gluten-free pale, but are committed to the name of the brewery. “Paragon means a model of excellence,” explains Kerry Kieres. “Our goal is to constantly keep to that high standard with our food and beer styles.”  Paragon Brewing • 5785 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene • Open Tue-Sat, 11 am–10 pm • • 208-7729292

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expert and Tilda Swinton, all-in, loony-bin brilliant as a fanatical mouthpiece for the ruling class — and all the actors have screen presences forceful enough to round out frugal characterizations that, by design, have but a single goal. The revolutionaries’ mission? To seize the engine, manned by the train’s designer and godhead Wilford. As Curtis and his ragged band of insurgents set off to meet the wizard (and ideally slit his throat), the story advances with a video-game-like plotting, each railcar representing a new level with a new challenge. Bong and Masterson subtly contour the film with religious iconography — in the bitter irony of its stepinto-the-light trajectory (the benighted rebels are blinded the train reside the pampered first-class passengers, while by sunlight when they reach the more affluent railcars); in the very back, the poor are penned in like cattle and the emphasis on the train’s powerhouse as the “sacred plundered like a junkyard whenever first-class is in want engine”; an intriguing allusion to transubstantiation; and of a classical violinist or sous-chef. mirroring versions of a supplicant-and-divine-leader rePrimed for rebellion, the steerage class lationship, between Swinton’s Mason with rallies around a reluctant leader named the enigmatic Wilford (Ed Harris), and SNOWPIERCER Curtis. He’s played by Chris Evans, who Curtis with his steerage-class sensei Gilliam Rated R flexes some of the same muscles (deltoid, (John Hurt). Directed by Bong Joon-ho jaw) as in his day job as Captain America, But Snowpiercer holds its own; it’s an unStarring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinbut subverts the uncomplicated action ruly but rattling — and ravishing — work of ton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer heroics of the Marvel movie cycle for a art. On first watch, I wondered if there was At Magic Lantern much grimmer meditation on heroism anything to scratch beneath the surface — it here. Bong’s confidence in his leading man seemed so straightforward, I worried there to carry the third act — which includes a crucial tightwasn’t enough there — so I re-watched it almost right framed, unbroken monologue — is rewarded by the best away and was surprised to find it still left me panting. work of Evans’ career. Then again, shake a snow globe, and there’s no telling Bong has cast his film exceptionally well – including where its disparate parts will settle. I can’t wait to watch Bong regular Song Kang-ho as a drug-addled securities it again, to see where it settles next. 

Snowpiercer’s speeding train makes for one of the best sci-fi flicks of the year BY KIMBERLEY JONES


n object of blunt force and breath-catching beauty, Snowpiercer plays what-if with a familiar doomsday scenario: What if Noah’s ark never found dry land again? Would the animals turn on each other? In this English-language debut from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother), set in 2031, some 17 years after a failed experiment to counteract global warming initiated a catastrophic new ice age, a train powered by a perpetual-motion engine crosses the world on a continuous track. Humanity is now extinct, save the couple of thousand souls aboard the titular train, a fixed ecosystem with finite resources — although “soul” is a loaded word to use to describe a population reduced to its most basic, and base, instincts. Working from the French source graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Bong and his co-writer Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) use the train’s topdown layout to dramatize the class divide. At the front of

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Gretta (Keira Knightley) has been dragged onstage at a bar open-mic night by a friend (James Corden) to perform an original composition; in the crowd is Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a oncehot music industry executive whose only discoveries of late have been how quick it takes to get to the bottom of a bottle. But Dan hears something in Gretta’s song — we see what he hears in a cutesy bit where instruments float in the air, playing the arrangement in his head — and he becomes determined to record her work and get her a distribution deal. If it sounds a lot like Once, it should. It’s from the same writer/director. (SR) Rated R


It’s been a few years since James Franco’s ape Caesar took smart pills and then led every other ape in the greater Bay Area on a rampage of epic proportions. Those smart pills ended up causing a worldwide epidemic, killing off much of the human race. War took care of many others. Now, the surviving humans are bristling up against the apes, led by Caesar and the two species are on the brink of war. Gary Oldman and Keri Russell lead a stellar cast. (MB) Rated PG-13

America is a documentary film presenting a vision of how the world would be if the United States had lost the Revolutionary War. It’s based on New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza’s book, America: Imagine a World without Her. In this action packed film, the audience is taken through a recreation of the war and a re-imagination of a world without America. (MAB) PG-13


The last time we saw officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill), they were posing as high school students to bust a teenage drug ring. In 22 Jump Street (they moved across the street), the duo is back, but what could they possibly do to top their last assignment? Duh. Enroll in college. Again, the assignment is to stop a drug ring, but now at a college, while keeping their focus on fighting crime. (MB) Not yet rated


Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu MbathaRaw) has always lived her life between two worlds. The illegitimate child of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), Belle is of a higher rank than the servants, but cannot eat with her own family because of her mixed-race status. Strangled by class systems and prejudice, Belle begins to find her voice only when she falls in love with a man who wants to change the world for the better, but does not have the rank her family requires. At Magic Lantern (ER) Rated PG




Brian Nunes, a former busker turned filmmaker, displays an insider’s view of street musicians’ lives through the lens of his camera. As he follows five skilled artists, the audience begins to understand the competitive nature of street musician society and why some succumb to and even embrace living on the streets. Noteworthy artists Chris Ballew and Joshua Bell are featured throughout the film. This 90-minute journey urges you to truly think about who you are walking by on the streets. At Magic Lantern (MAB) Not Rated







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This movie is all about threes; three couples, three cities and three interconnected love stories. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis and James Franco — among others — this film is the story of three interconnected love stories in Paris, New York and Rome. Though each couple is drastically different in personality, each shares deep life commonalities including: estranged spouses and children controversies. This Paul Haggis film mirrors his former Oscarwinning film, Crash. Rated R (MAB)




In a movie together again, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore (Team Sandlermore, if you will) head to Africa. They play Jim and Lauren, a couple who endure an awful blind date, then somehow end up at the same resort half a world away. Both have kids, which makes things even crazier, right? When Lauren starts falling for these motherless kids, she’s in danger of falling for the whole package. Directed by frequent Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy), Blended is full of the sort of silliness Sandler has been taking to the bank with the Grown Ups franchise. (MB) Rated PG-13

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Eric Bana plays a New York City cop who begins investigating a series of bizarre crimes, only to find that many of the victims or perpetrators are believed to be possessed by some evil entity. He teams up with a hardscrabble Catholic priest to rid the city of this evil, which seems to be passing from person to person. On a lighter note, Joel McHale plays a cop in this ultrascary flick. (MB) Rated R


Director Ivan Reitman (who did, among many other things, Ghostbusters) brings us a relatively accurate depiction of the NFL draft and all the backroom shenanigans. Kevin Costner stars as the GM of the Cleveland Browns who, on the eve of the draft, ...continued on next page



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NOW PLAYING has seen both his personal life and his career wander onto shaky ground. Now, he has to decide whether to take a heralded quarterback as the first pick. (MB) Rated PG-13


Three neighbors and best friends, Tuck, Munch, Alex, and their families are forced to move due to a highway construction project in their neighborhood. But amidst the change the dynamic friends receive a series of coded messages leading them on an adventure of a lifetime. They enlist Emma, a school friend, to help them on their journey. What they eventually find is an alien stranded on Earth and they make it their mission to help him return home. (MAB) PG


Tom Cruise has picked his sciencefiction films wisely (Minority Report) and less so (Oblivion). But he made the right choice on this full-blown action movie about an attack on Earth by creepy, bloodthirsty aliens, and the war waged on them by our international military. It’s also a trapped-in-a-timeloop story, similar to Groundhog Day (but more violent and funnier) in which Cruise is an unwilling soldier who keeps getting killed in battle, then waking up to fight again, knowing what’s to come. (ES) Rated PG-13


The girl has cancer, the boy is in remission from cancer; this story can only end badly. As far as teenage cancer love stories go, John Green’s recent young adult novel of the same name isn’t half bad — not nearly as sappy as A Walk to Remember. With Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, Divergent) as the lead for this film adaption, many lovesick teenage girls and their boyfriends will show up for this one. (LJ) Rated PG-13


Wes Anderson’s latest features a narrative structure in which the central story isn’t merely a flashback, but a flashback nesting in a flashback nesting inside another flashback. A woman visits a memorial for a writer; that writer (Tom Wilkinson), circa 1985, describes his encounter as a young man (Jude Law) in 1968 with Mr. Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), owner of the once-glorious Grand Budapest Hotel in the “former republic of Zubowka.” At Magic Lantern (SR) Rated R


Hiccup’s father Stoick, the isle’s Viking chieftain, is ready to cede power to his dragon-master heir, Hiccup’s focus lies elsewhere, as he and his dragon best friend Toothless chart the previously unexplored world beyond Berk. Unfortunately, these travels lead to some unwanted discoveries, including the existence of dragon poachers and the tyrant Drago, who controls a dragon army. (SS) Rated PG


Taking place in Poland in 1962, Ida is the story of an aspiring nun, Anna. The graceful 18-year-old hopes to take her vows in the same convent she has lived in since being orphaned. But before her vows are complete, she is required to meet with an unknown family member that will change her perspective on life. Family secrets from the dark Nazi occupation are revealed and this sends Anna on a journey in hope of finding clarity. At Magic Lantern (MAB) Rated PG-13


The “boys” of the title are the Four Seasons, the ’60s pop-rock-doo-wop group whose tunes (Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, etc.) were staples of Top 10 lists. Clint Eastwood’s film of the still huge Broadway play (it’s a drama with music, not a musical) grabs onto both the positive and negative energy of the band’s and especially falsetto lead singer Frankie Valli’s (John Lloyd Young) story. Resistance is futile; you will sing along. (ES) Rated R


As one of the most terrifying and iconic Disney villains, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) has had many questions surrounding the origins of her background. This newly re-imagined flick seeks to explain exactly how the fallen fairy became so evil, and why she chose to act out against innocent Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). (ER) PG


This film casts Seth Rogen in a comfortable role as a genial pot-smoker, and a wonderfully wild Rose Byrne in a comfortable role where she’s allowed to speak with her own Australian accent, as Mac and Kelly are forced to contend with the Delta Psi fraternity buying the suburban house next door to theirs. OK premise, awful result. (SR) Rated R


Soon after we meet her, Donna (Jenny Slate) gets dumped. She gets sad and sloppy drunk, then sleeps with a stranger. She gets pregnant. She decides to get an abortion. Emotionally troubled but constitutionally tough, Donna keeps going about her days while also entertaining a love interest. Slate is so


It’s the future and everything is super screwed up thanks to a weather control experiment gone wrong, leaving the world completely frozen. The only remaining humans live on a train that circles the globe, never stopping. On that train, there’s a strict divide between the haves and have-nots, overseen by a fierce administrator played by Tilda Swinton. When a rebellion rises, things go way, way off the tracks. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R


The titular Tammy is a perpetual screw-up, and when she loses her job, her car and her husband in one day, she decides to take the radical step of leaving her Illinois hometown. So it’s time for a road trip, requiring the car — and the accompanying presence — of her alcoholic, diabetic grandmother Pearl (Susan Sarandon). At the outset, Tammy feels like familiar territory for McCarthy, especially as she fumbles her way through that initial crappy day. (SR) Rated R


Time for the Autobots to roll out again as Michael Bay brings us the fourth installment in his Transformers franchise. This time, Mark Wahlberg and his daughter have discovered something that could threaten both forces of shape-shifting robots, and even the entire world. (PS) Rated PG-13


We open on a nasty future: dark, postapocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) has a plan to stop the Sentinel war decades in the past, before it even begins. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender. (MJ) Rated PG-13 







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nce upon a time — in that long-ago year discoveries of late have been how quick it takes of 2007 — there was a magical musito get to the bottom of a bottle. But Dan hears cal called Once. Set in Dublin, it was something in Gretta’s song — we see what he the tale of two emotionally damaged musicians hears in a cutesy bit where instruments float in whose lives intersected just enough for them the air, playing the arrangement in his head — to start picking up the pieces, and heal through and he becomes determined to record her work their collaborative project. Writer-director John and get her a distribution deal with his former Carney — with a key assist from the songs by partner (Mos Def). It’s baffling how little Carney his stars, Glen Hansard and appears to appreciate the narrative Markéta Irglová — fashioned a efficiency he captured in Once, as BEGIN AGAIN tiny-budget miracle that became though he suddenly decided that Rated R a minor word-of-mouth indie he needed 15 minutes of KnightWritten and directed by John Carney hit, leading to an Oscar win for ley and Adam Levine sparring to Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Best Original Song and even a convey what Once communicated in Adam Levine Broadway musical version. It its single “Lies” montage. was the kind of creative lightHe’s on somewhat more solid ning that anyone is lucky to have strike once. footing where the music is concerned — though, But apparently that didn’t stop Carney from as was the case with Once, much of your reacattaching a lightning rod to his head and trying tion may hinge on whether you think the songs to chase down storm clouds. Because Begin are as amazing as the people in the movie seem Again doesn’t just try to recapture what Carney convinced they are. Mostly co-written by Gregg managed to capture in Once; it almost plays as a Alexander, they’re a solid collection of folk-pop remake — specifically, like a Hollywood remake, tunes, and Carney stages the live recording sesin the sense that it somehow misses the point of sions as gleeful celebrations of the creative act. what made the original so appealing. Yet this is also meant to be, in one form or He moves the action to New York, where another, a love story. And Begin Again spends so our two protagonists are destined, as in Once, to much time on extraneous nonsense — like Gretta meet over an emotional performance by a singer/ connecting with Dan’s daughter by offering helpsongwriter. Gretta (Keira Knightley) has been ful relationship and fashion advice — that we’re dragged up onstage at a bar open-mic night by never allowed to focus on the way these two a friend (James Corden) to perform an original people are supposed to be helping one another composition; in the crowd is Dan (Mark Ruffalo), discover crucial truths about where they want to a once-hot music industry executive whose only be, and with whom. 

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Music for More than Marmots Solar-powered and ready for its second year, Marmot Fest has a sound for every ear BY LAURA JOHNSON


armots apparently like music festivals. “They’ll be there, just in hiding,” says Lupito Flores, KYRS station manager and the brains behind the second-ever Marmot Fest (last year known as KYRS Music Fest) at Peaceful Valley’s Glover Field this weekend. While the rodents are most likely burrowed in their holes, people have the opportunity to see regional and local acts in the open air on Saturday. A fundraiser for public radio station

KYRS, the event is geared more toward families than other all-ages music festivals like Elkfest and Volume have been. Flores says he tried to bring in a diverse lineup to attract all kinds of ears to the festival — which he says is the only music festival in the area to harness solar energy to power all those microphones, instruments, speakers and other equipment. Also along the environmentally friendly track, a monitored bike corral will be set up for those who ride to the festival on two wheels. Among the kids activities, beer and

wine garden, Hula-Hoopers and drum circles, there will be a new second music stage, featuring local musical and spokenword acts. The big draw, of course, remains the main stage, which features eight bands.


Since Oakland-based Rogue Wave’s inception more than a decade ago, album after album has featured songs full of dense melancholy, joyous melody, and acoustic and pop-rock radio-friendly tunes. Each

well-crafted, lo-fi track rolls into the next. Their songs have been included on soundtracks for films including Napoleon Dynamite, (500) Days of Summer and recently The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, along with multiple shows on the CW network, but they’ve never quite caught the next wave to greater fame. And that’s OK. Their most recent album, 2013’s Nightingale Floors, a throwback to their earlier sound of more energized, muddy guitars, is a treat for fans who have hung on with them from the beginning. ...continued on next page

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MUSIC | FESTIVAL “MUSIC FOR MORE THAN MARMOTS,” CONT... Created by frontman Zach Schwartz (aka Zach Rogue), the group has seen many lineup changes over the years. The now five-piece still includes the steady beat of original drummer Pat Spurgeon, whose kidney-failure issues were documented in the 2009 film D Tour. This will be the band’s only Pacific Northwest show this summer.


Seattle act Fly Moon Royalty would fit in perfectly as a Whitney Houston opening act. Full of early-’90s, pop-styled, electro-

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blues grooves, the two-piece updates that sound for a new generation. From song to song, you never know what to expect next — sometimes rap, other times (what sounds like) pipe organ solos. Diva singer Adra Boo’s voice melds perfectly with producer/MC Mike “Action J” Illvester’s flows and beats.


You know about the Hoot Hoots — or at least you should. The Seattle band has played Spokane multiple times this year, including at Volume. The four-piece has been known to wear odd rainbow costumes on stage and plays shows that make people want to simultaneously

dance, laugh and smile all at the same time. Watch out!

blues label; much of this music has a farout, hard-rock edge to it.



Rock ‘n’ roll fans won’t want to miss Marshall Poole. They’re loud and thrashy and have two dynamite rockers on lead vocals — Melanie Radford and Rider Soran. And no one in the Boise-based three-piece is actually named Marshall Poole.


There is someone in the Vaughn Jensen Band named Vaughn Jensen; he’s the raucous lead singer and guitar player. The Texas blues crew out of the Tri-Cities plays a mix of originals and innovative R&B covers. But don’t be fooled by the

The festival’s opening comes from three Spokane acts that span the gamut of world music. Kicking things off at 1 pm is the formidable alt-rock group Angela Marie Project. At 2:05, the lively Irish band Floating Crowbar takes to the stage. Folkinception shows off their foot-stompin’ folk around 3:15. n Marmot Fest feat. Rogue Wave and more • Sat, July 12, from 1-11 pm • $20/free for kids under 13 • Glover Field • 216 N. Cedar • • 747-3012




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Rich Robinson brings his solo tunes to the Riverside Events Center next week.

Ceaseless Rocker Rich Robinson continues to create an impressive output even with the Black Crowes on hiatus BY JORDAN SATTERFIELD


hen a band sinks into the murky, vague waters of an “indefinite hiatus,” it’s easy to imagine the members putting on sweatpants and taking the time to finally binge-watch that show they’re way behind on. This is not the case for songwriter and guitarist Rich Robinson. Robinson, part of the massively popular American rockers the Black Crowes, a band he started with brother Chris, says that the Crowes’ currently indefinite hiatus is not necessarily a vacation for him; it’s given him the time to continue working on his more personal solo material. “This is my third solo record,” says Robinson, on the topic of this year’s solid The Ceaseless Sight. “So these things are coming even more naturally. Some of them were written on the spot.” Grappling with that fine line of inspired, effortless songcraft and more meticulous, calculated writing is a strenuously difficult task, but having made so many records since the early ’90s has given Robinson a confident finesse. The Ceaseless Light is a strong improvement on his previous solo work, albums that were already reliable collections of hearty Southern rock. Perhaps most impressive is Robinson’s constantly improving voice, which is steadily filling out into a complete presence alongside his more obvious focus on composition. Southern rock has never been a sound accused of subtlety, but there’s nothing showy about Robinson’s crooning, perhaps among the most earnest voices in

the genre right now. Of course, Robinson is quick to shift the credit for his success to his accompaniment: “I have a great band right now, made up of nothing but fantastic players. The shows we’re playing are only getting better and better.” Robinson will be headlining at the Riverside Event Center in what once was the historic Masonic Temple, now reopened as Riverside Place. A relatively unconventional house for a large rock show, it will be intriguing to see how the venue fares with Robinson’s rollicking, often borderline psychedelic blues rock. “People always take a risk when they come out and see something new,” Robinson says. “They’re taking a risk on a new context, and there’s something really cool about that.” Aware that the shadow of his other band is likely inescapable, Robinson seems happy to have had that success and does not seem bitter about audiences undoubtedly comparing his solo work to his time with the Crowes. Other acts do not always have this amount of humility in similar situations. “People might think they know what to expect,” Robinson says, “and they might be a bit surprised … But it’s always a hell of a show.” n Rich Robinson Band with Alpha Tango Alpha and Prophet Omega • Wed, July 16, at 8 pm • Riverside Event Center • 1108 W. Riverside • $20/$25 day of • • 747-1200

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eachers Mark Robbins and Eric Woodard of the Camaros prove that educators really can be cool. Their rock four-piece plays tunes that may come off as low-key, but build into something so infectious you’ll have to dance to the beat. After an action-packed year playing kick-ass shows — they set the stage well for Terrible Buttons’ final performance at Volume — the group will release its first album since 2012 this weekend. A couple of tracks already have been released on the band’s Facebook page, so feel free to check those out (especially fun is “Jazzed To Meet You”) before heading down to the show. — LAURA JOHNSON

ob Gallagher never thought his record store, 4,000 Holes, would make it this far. Opened in 1989, the store was hit hard by slow music sales in the early aughts and was on the brink of closing. But with a resurgence in vinyl’s popularity over the past few years and older customers introducing their children to the store, 4,000 Holes is now better than ever. To celebrate, Gallagher is holding a 25th anniversary event with music from local altcountry act Cursive Wires and giveaways from labels like Sony and Sub Pop. “I think our future looks good, which, in the past, I wasn’t able to say,” Gallagher says. “It was pretty iffy, but I think we’re going to be around for a long time.” — AZARIA PODPLESKY

The Camaros CD release party with DJ Case and the Blowouts • Fri, July 11, at 9 pm • 21+ • nYne • 232 W. Sprague • 474-1621

4,000 Holes 25th Anniversary Celebration • Sat, July 12, at 11 am • 4,000 Holes • 1610 N. Monroe • • 325-1914


Thursday, 07/10

ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Performers on the Patio feat. Ryan Larsen & Friends J BABY BAR, Normal Babies tour kick-off, Globelamp, Dragons BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, PJ Destiny CURLEY’S, YESTERDAYSCAKE GRANDE RONDE CELLARS, Old Time Music THE HANDLE BAR, Open Mic/Jam Night J THE HOP!, Within the Ruins, Lorna Shore, Verbera, Extortionist, Serpentspire JJ’S GRILL AND BREWHOUSE (4674267), Johnny & the Moondogs JONES RADIATOR, Travis Ward LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Truck Mills LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, Likes Girls J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Particlehead J NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, Happy Together 30th Anniversary Tour feat. the Turtles O’SHAY’S, Open mic J THE PHAT HOUSE, The Carcinogens, Tone Collab, Carmen Sipes J RIVERSTONE PARK, Summer Concerts at Riverstone feat. Witherow TEMPLIN’S RED LION (208-773-1611), Rockin’ on the River feat. Sammy

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Eubanks THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Seli J THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Ashland, Corey King, Debbie Hammell, Jamison Sampson ZOLA, Troubadour

Friday, 07/11

J THE BARTLETT, Ages and Ages, A Sunny Day in Glasgow BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Reggae Dance Party feat. Working Spliffs, Real Life Rockaz BLACK DIAMOND, Carli Osika BOLO’S, Krashbox BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Dragonfly BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Likes Girls BROOKLYN DELI & LOUNGE (8354177), Gil Rivas J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Jon Burnett, The Tongs CARLIN BAY RESORT, Karma’s Circle CHECKERBOARD BAR, Six Rounds COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Ryan Larsen Band, Harmony Clayton, Chairmen of Rock CURLEY’S, Phoenix FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Johnny Qlueless FORTY-ONE SOUTH, Truck Mills GATEWAY MARINA AND RESORT, Whack A Mole

GRANDE RONDE CELLARS, Spokane Singer Songwriters in the Round J THE HOP!, Saving Abel, TallBoy, The Raskins, Thirion X, Evolved IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-2902280), Charley Packard IMPULSE (877-871-6772), DJ Ramsin IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack JOHN’S ALLEY, Arthur Lee Land JONES RADIATOR, Moongrass J THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Bristol J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Paul Abner MOOSE LOUNGE (208-664-7901), Cary Fly & Chris Rieser NORTHERN ALES (738-7382), Six Strings N Pearls NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, DJ Freaky Fred J NYNE, The Camaros CD Release Party (See story above) with The Blowouts, DJ Case J PARK BENCH CAFE (456-4349), Paul Grove PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Deep Fried Anything J THE PHAT HOUSE, Ragtime Steve, 1 Phat House Band J POST FALLS FEST, YESTERDAYSCAKE, Kosh & the Jazz Cats, Acuff & Sherfey, Tell the Boys, Shiner, J RED ROOM LOUNGE, Bass Ships & Snare Planes with Cloud-D, Resonant Language, Professional Chillers, Docta Ugz, DJ D3VIN3

J REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Tony Furtato ROCKER ROOM, FM J THE SHOP, Madeline McNeill SPIKE’S PHILLYS AND MORE (4893647), B Radicals TWISP CAFE (474-9146), Tabasco Toad THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Stepbrothers ZOLA, The Cronkites

Saturday, 07/12

315 MARTINIS, Truck Mills J 4000 HOLES (325-1914), 4,000 Holes 25th Anniversary Celebration feat. Cursive Wires (See story above) BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, MarmotFest Afterparty feat. B Radicals BLACK DIAMOND, Inez & Dan BOLO’S, Krashbox BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Dragonfly J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Dan Maher CARLIN BAY RESORT, Karma’s Circle J CHECKERBOARD BAR, Mudhelmet COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Music, Micros & Barbecue, Ryan Larsen Band, Harmony Clayton, Chairmen of Rock J COEUR D’ALENE CITY PARK, The

Alliance CURLEY’S, Phoenix FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Johnny Qlueless GATEWAY MARINA AND RESORT (208-582-3883), Whack A Mole J THE HOP!, Fallstar, The Ongoing Concept, Odyssey, Dreadnought, Wayfarer, The Revision Scheme, RaisedByWolves IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY (208-2902280), Justin Lantrip IMPULSE (877-871-6772), DJ Ramsin IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack JOHN’S ALLEY, Skyfoot Band J JONES RADIATOR, Reverend Red, Servio the Tri-Tone J MARMOT FEST AT GLOVER FIELD, Rogue Wave, Fly Moon Royalty, The Hoot Hoots, Marshall Poole and more (See story on page 51) MOOSE LOUNGE (208-664-7901), Cary Fly & Chris Rieser NORTHERN QUEST CASINO, DJ Freaky Fred J NYNE, Mama Doll Album Fundraiser with Water Monster, Twin Towers J PEND OREILLE VALLEY LAVENDER FEST AT NEWPORT CITY PARK, Mila Gilbert, Laddie Ray Melvin, Bridges Home J THE PHAT HOUSE, Open Mic PICNIC PINES (299-3223), The Usual Suspects


Get your event listed in the paper and online by emailing getlisted@inlander. com. We need the details one week prior to our publication date. J LATAH VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (448-4194), Concert Under the Pines feat. the Nicole Lewis Band J NEWPORT CITY PARK, Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Fest feat. Pamela Benton, Devon Wade J POST FALLS FEST, Bill Bozly, Ryan Larsen Band, Lonesome Lyle Morse, Sean Owsley & the Richochet Band ZOLA, Son of Brad

Monday, 07/14

BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Open Mic J CALYPSOS (208-665-0591), Open Mic CHECKERBOARD BAR, Hobbs the Band EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills J THE HOP!, Drop Tank, The Camorra, Wandering I, Amnija, Over Sea Under Stone JOHN’S ALLEY, Jelly Bread J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Hannah Siglin J RICO’S, Open Mic THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Calmosa, Team Growl ZOLA, Nate Ostrander Trio

Tuesday, 07/15

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS, The Rub J THE BARTLETT, Aaron Embry (of Edward Sharpe), Duke Hogue BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BIG DIPPER, Flotsam & Jetsam,

J THE BARTLETT, Cathedral Pearls, The Tontons BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BORRACHO TACOS & TEQUILERIA (822-7789), DJ D3VIN3 BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ, Reggae Night feat. DJs Tochanan, Poncho, Tara and MC Splyt CAFE BODEGA (208-263-5911), Five Minutes of Fame EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho J FOUNTAIN CAFE (625-6656), Chris Rieser JOHN’S ALLEY, Chris O’Leary Band JONES RADIATOR, Sally Bop Jazz J KNITTING FACTORY, Rittz, Tuki Carter, Raz Simone LA ROSA CLUB, Robert Beadling and Friends THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Open Turntables Night with DJ Lydell LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J LUXE COFFEEHOUSE, Marco Polo Collective J THE PHAT HOUSE, Jeremiah Clark, Elephant Gazebo, Angela Marie Project J PRINCE OF PEACE (465-0779), Just Plain Darin J RIVERSIDE EVENT CENTER (7471200), Rich Robinson Band (See story on page 53) SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS, Open mic THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared ZOLA, The Boss of Me

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NYNE, Alyse Black, July 17 THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Lust for Glory, Colourflies, July 17 KNITTING FACTORY, The Next Big Thing, Gloriana, Kristy Lee Cook, Katie Armiger, Allison Veltz, July 17 THE BARTLETT, The Honeycutters, Sam Platts & the Kootenai Three, July 17 THE HOP!, Straight Line Stitch, Dead Horse Trauma, Tragedy, Amongst the Stars, In Denial, July 17, 8 pm. THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, All-Age Rage prefunk feat. Mayday Transmission, Storm Normandy, Banish The Echo, July 18 JACKLIN ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER, Flying Mammals, July 18 THE BARTLETT, Bonnie “Prince” Billie, David Ferguson, July 18





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ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Concerts on the Cliff feat. Sammy Eubanks THE CELLAR, Traveling Keys Dueling Piano Show COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Kosh CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, PJ Destiny DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church J THE HOP!, Matthew Azrieli, Stevie Lynne JOHN’S ALLEY, Jelly Bread J KELLY’S IRISH PUB (208-6671717), Songwriter Sundays with the Flying Mammals




Sunday, 07/13

Hatchet, Exmortus CRAFTED TAP HOUSE + KITCHEN, Kosh J EICHARDT’S, Arthur Lee Land FEDORA PUB, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills JOHN’S ALLEY, Chris O’Leary Band JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness J THE PHAT HOUSE, Folkinception, The Carcinogens J ROCKET MARKET, Starlite Motel SPLASH, Bill Bozly TRINITY AT CITY BEACH (208-2557558), Tuesdays with Ray Allen THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB, DJ Q ZOLA, The Bucket List



J POST FALLS FEST, Mustang, Cathy Colton & the Reluctants, Full Circle Americana, Bill Bozly, Paul Mata, The Cronkites RED ROOM LOUNGE, DJ D3VIN3 ROCKER ROOM, FM J ROCKET MARKET, Sidhe feat. Mechael and Keleren Millham SPIKE’S PHILLYS AND MORE (4893647), Weary Traveler J UNDERGROUND 15, Elephant Gun Riot, Death By Pirates THE VIKING BAR AND GRILL, Griffey ZOLA, Shiner

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315 MARTINIS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-6679660 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 808 W Main Ave. • 747-3903 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEVERLY’S • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 THE BLIND BUCK • 204 N. Division S. • 290-6229 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 BUCER’S • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 CARLIN BAY RESORT • 14691 Idaho 97, Harrison, • 208-689-3295 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR • 20 W. Jerry Ln., Worley • 208-263-6971 CONKLING MARINA • 20 W. Jerry Ln, Worley • 208-686-1151 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME •2401 E. Sprague • 534-9121 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 THE HANDLE BAR • 12005 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • 474-0933 THE HOP! • 706 N. Monroe St. • 368-4077 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRV’S BAR • 415 W. Sprague Ave. • 624-4450 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208-8837662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LATAH BISTRO • 4241 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 838-8338 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LIBRARY LOUNGE • 110 E. 4th Ave. •747-3371 LION’S LAIR • 205 W. Riverside Ave. • 456-5678 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 LUXE COFFEEHOUSE • 1017 W. First Ave. • 642-5514 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR • 2718 E. 57th • 863-9313 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP • 121 E. Fifth St. • 208882-8537 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PHAT HOUSE • 417 S. Browne • 443-4103 PJ’S BAR & GRILL • 1717 N. Monroe St. • 328-2153 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 THE ROCK BAR • 13921 E. Trent Ave. • 43-3796 ROCKER ROOM • 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave. • 208-676-2582 ROCKET MARKET • 726 E. 43rd Ave. • 343-2253 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SPLASH • 115 S. 2nd St., CdA • 208-765-4000 THE SWAMP • 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337 UNDERGROUND 15 • 15 S. Howard St. • 290-2122 THE VAULT • 120 N. Wall St. • 863-9597 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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There are certain corny films that that seem to demand the wisecracks mumbled by audience members. When the plot gets cheesy and the opportunity for jokes is irresistible, why not enjoy something a bit louder than a whisper? RiffTrax screenings feature a particular film repackaged with live commentary created by three of the writers and hosts of the cult-movie show Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Its comedians have tackled both B movies and blockbuster films, and their next endeavor is a movie with ties to our community: Sharknado. Its creators are the same producers who’ve been filming the Z Nation series on the streets of Spokane. — JENNA MULLIGAN RiffTrax Live: Sharknado • Thu, July 10, at 8 pm; Tue, July 15, at 7:30 pm • $12.50 • Regal Cinemas: NorthTown 12 and Riverstone Stadium 14, CdA •


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Opera on the Lake: Pirates of Penzance • Sun, July 13, at 6 pm • $50 • Departs from the Coeur d’Alene Resort • 112 S. Second Ave. • • (800) 418-1485

Wallace Blues Festival • Fri-Sun, July 11-13 • $30/advance, $35/ door • All-ages • Wallace, Idaho •

When you hear the phrase “opera on the lake” you might imagine yourself lounging near the Venice canals listening to acclaimed opera star Andrea Bocelli. For a more local opera experience, enjoy Opera Coeur d’Alene’s take on a night of opera and theater. Cruise the lake aboard the Mish-an-nock as an abridged version of the comic opera the Pirates of Penzance is performed, featuring local stars Dawn Wolski, Jadd Davis, Curt Olds and Aaron Nichols on. — MADISON BENNETT

Featuring almost 20 acts, some favorites from past years and some new, along with an additional stage at the new Fainting Goat Wine Bar, the 3rd annual Wallace Blues Festival offers entertainment for the whole family. Saturday’s headliners include Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings, The Fat Tones, David Raitt & the Baja Boogie Band, Billy D and the Hoodoos, the Chris O’Leary Band and Sammy Eubanks. Wrapping up the weekend, Sara Brown and her band provide an energetic performance, even if it’s only 8 am, at the Elk Lodge Pancake Breakfast on Sunday. — FRANNY WRIGHT



July 11th Live music Bristol


It’s a regular B&B weekend up at Sandpoint — a boats and beers weekend, that is. The 11th annual Classic Boat Festival kicks off Friday evening with a boat run, giving seafarers ample time to show off sweet antique vessels. The event continues Saturday, offering a kids boat-building booth and many model boat and vendor booths. Also on Saturday is the first-ever Sandpoint Beerfest, at MickDuff’s Brewing Co. The event, free to get into, offers beers from MickDuff’s, 21st Amendment Brewery, Alaskan Brewing Co., Bale Breaker Brewing Company, No-Li Brewhouse and others, along with local wine from Pend d’Oreille Winery. The Beerfest runs from 1-4 pm; local musician Devon Wade also will perform. — LAURA JOHNSON

July 16th


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Perry Street Fair 6:00pm

A Quaint Tap House in SPOKANE’S Perry District Specializing in craft beers, Cocktails, wine, and pub food.



1004 S. PerRy St. Spokane • 509.315.9531 •

Sandpoint Classic Boat Festival • Fri, July 11, from 5:30-7 pm; Sat, July 12, from 9:30 am-3 pm • Sandpoint waterfront • • (208) 255-1876


To beat the current record holders, you’d have to spit a pit farther than 32 feet, 9 inches (women) or 43 feet, 2 inches mark (men). There’s still time to practice, since the summertime orchard tradition — the Cherry Pickers Trot & Pit Spit — is still a week out. A community hamburger and hot dog dinner is smartly held before competitors wear out their cheeks and lungs spitting pits across the field, but make sure to save some energy for the 4-mile “trot” through the rolling orchard hills. The Green Bluff tradition also offers lots of sweet, cherry-centric desserts to indulge in, live music and a kids Tot Trot race. — CHEY SCOTT Cherry Pickers Trot & Pit Spit • Thu, July 17, from 5-7 pm • Festival is free; race entry $7/person; $50/team of 10; $5/person for families of 4 • 10321 E. Day Mt. Spokane Rd., Mead •



KIDNEY TRANSPLANT BENEFIT SALE A neighborhood garage sale to raise funds for local 14-year-old Anna Copley, diagnosed with end stage renal failure and in need of a life-saving kidney transplant costing $60K. July 12. Held on Gandy St. between Manito Blvd and Tekoa, Spokane. (230-7125) JACC’S MASQUERADE PROM The 2nd biannual fundraiser gala is a masquerade prom for adults, intended to recreate the special feeling of a high school prom while raising funds to support the art center’s programs. Ages 21+. July 12, 7:30 pm. $10/ person, $18/couple. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. (208-457-8950) JACEY’S RACE A timed 5K race/

walk and 1K kids fun run benefiting local families with children who are currently being treated for cancer or other life-threatening illness. Postrace festival includes food and kids’ activities. July 13, 8:30 am. $15-$30. Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division Ave. (208-610-8023) BYO PUTTER TOURNAMENT The CdA Chamber’s 6th annual golf tournament fundraiser includes food, networking opportunities and more. July 17, 5-7 pm. $25. Parkside Event Center, 601 E. Front Ave. (208-415-0110) ART FOR THE ANIMALS Benefiting River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary, offering guided tours, vegan food/drink, live local music, an auction and local artwork for sale. July 18, 4:30-8:30 pm. $10. River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary, 11511 W. Garfield Rd.

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Advice Goddess Is ThIs DeceIT TAken?

I’m a 54-year-old single man. I’ve discovered a troubling and apparently rampant trend among people around my age doing online dating — women not being honest about their age. I think the women doing this include the woman I started seeing, whom I otherwise like a lot. She listed her age as 55 but recently got flustered recalling the year she graduated from high school. I got suspicious and looked her up on people finder AMY ALKON sites, which list her age as 57. Should I tell her, “Hey, I’ve been doing a little detective work, and your numbers don’t add up”? —Just Trying To Find An Honest Woman After a certain point — the French tactfully call it “un certain age” — a woman’s birthday tends to come but once every two or three years. Sure, there are women who aren’t willing to compromise their ethics just to shave off a few years: my glamorous grandma, for example, who was 31 until the day she died — at 90. I’m always a little surprised when anybody’s surprised that somebody they met on the Internet lied about something. In fact, as I advise in my new book, “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” everyone on the Internet should be assumed to be lying about everything until proven otherwise. In other words, consider yourself lucky that she’s female. And a mammal. I write often about our evolutionary imperatives, like how men evolved to lust after healthy, fertile women — all the better to help them pass on their genes. The features men consider beautiful — like youth, unwrinkled skin, and an hourglass figure — are actually indicators of a woman’s fertility. And the older and further away a woman gets from peak fertility the more these features fade and the less desirable she becomes to men. Sure, a woman may grow wiser with age, and she may be a perfectly wonderful and kind person, but as I note in my book, “The penis is not a philanthropic organization and will not get hard because a woman bought a homeless guy a sandwich.” You could tell this woman you’ve caught her in a lie — if your goal is embarrassing her into liking you more. But it isn’t like she said she was 30 and turned out to be bumping up against 60. By the way, it isn’t just women who engage in attractivenessimproving fibbery. In the male camp, the lies include flashy cars beyond one’s means, liberal interpretations of 6’1”, Rogaine and the poor man’s Rogaine, spray-on “hair.” And the reality is, whenever you think you could get serious with a person, you need to look at her character over time — comparing what she says with what she does — to figure out whether she’s trustworthy. As you’re doing that with this woman, consider taking a counterintuitive approach — calling up a little compassion for where she’s coming from. Chances are, she only lied because she figured out where all the honest women are: home alone being 57 instead of having a man like you spirit them off for a romantic weekend at Club Med Guantanamo to waterboard them about their real birthdate.

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I have a friend I see about once a week, and all she ever does is vent about her various dating problems. The 10 percent of the time we actually discuss my life or anything else, she seems bored. I want to tell her I feel like she’s monopolizing our friendship with her love life, but I’m not sure how. —Ignored You couldn’t be a better friend to her, unless, of course, you could have yourself reincarnated as a giant ear. This isn’t friendship; it’s therapy without the copay. The question is, has she always been this way? Even a true friend can go through periods of being needy, moody, selfish, or otherwise hard to be around. That friend probably just needs a heads-up, like, “I know you’ve been on edge about your whole dating situation, but I’ve been feeling kind of bad that you never seem interested in what’s going on with me.” “I’m feeling bad” appeals to their sympathy, which, economist Adam Smith noted, motivates us to try to ease others’ discomfort or suffering. Tagging the problem to the “dating situation” suggests that they’re a little wrapped up in their problem rather than that they, personally, are the problem. If, however, a person is narcissistic — truly self-absorbed — and if that’s always been their orientation, there’s probably no transforming them from a talker into a listener (not without duct-taping them to a chair and gagging them with a pair of old tube socks). n ©2014, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (

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EVENTS | CALENDAR WAGS TO RICHES SpokAnimal’s first annual benefit auction and dinner, featuring a 4-course dinner, raffle, “wall of wine,” live music and silent and live auctions. July 18, 5-10 pm. $80/person, $150/couple. Mukogawa Institute, 4000 W. Randolph Rd. (5348133 x 209)


STAND-UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Local comedians; see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. (483-7300) EXPEDITION A fast-paced improvised comedy show, rated for all ages. Fridays all summer, through Aug. 29, at 8 pm (no show July 4). $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy, open to newcomers and experienced comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. (475-6209) SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows. Sundays at 9 pm. Goodtymes, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) TEEN IMPROV CLASSES Workshops on various aspects of improv comedy performing, including mime, storytelling, environment, character development and spontaneity. Meets Monday nights through Aug. 25, from 6:30-8 pm. Ages 11-18. $125. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Wednesdays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Brooklyn Deli & Lounge, 122 S. Monroe St. (835-4177)


SECOND HARVEST FOOD SORTING Join other volunteers to sort and pack produce and other bulk food items for delivery to local emergency food outlets. Ages 14+. Shift dates and times vary, sign up at inland.volunteerhub. com/events. 2nd Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front. (252-6267) INLAND EMPIRE KENNEL ASSOC. DOG SHOW All-breed dog conformation and agility show. July 12–13, daily from 6 am-6 pm. Free admission. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. (208-765-4969) INLAND NORTHWEST BLOOD DRIVE The need for blood during the summer months tends to rise as there is an increase in recreational accidents and a decrease of donors due to vacations and other activities. All donors get a free t-shirt and Kroc Day Pass. July 11, 9:30 am-2 pm. Free. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) KID’S SAFETY DAY Hosted by PrimeSource Credit Union, with local police and fire personnel on site, kids activities and the Spokane Personal I.D. team. July 11, 11 am-2 pm. Free. Prime Source, 9709 N. Nevada. (232-8918) SANDPOINT CONTRA DANCE Featuring live music by Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots with Emily Faulkner calling. Also includes a community potluck dinner. July 11, 7-10 pm. $5. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. (208-263-6751)

SPOKANE HUMANE SOCIETY’S 117TH BIRTHDAY The animals and staff celebrate 117 years providing care and finding homes for more than 2,500 animals each year, with a barbecue picnic and activities. All pets adopted from SHS and past volunteers are invited as honored guests. July 12, 11 am. Free admission. Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St. (467-5235) SWAMP RIDE: SATURDAY SUMMER SOCIAL ROLL This month’s event includes two bike rides, one is day ride to Fish Lake for swimming and a barbecue. The regular evening ride takes place as usual, starting at 8 pm and departing the bar at 9 pm. July 12, 8 pm. Swamp Tavern, 1904 W. Fifth. (458-2337) UNIQUE GOODS MARKET Featuring more than 20 vendors selling vintage items and furniture, jewelry, clothing, handmade goods, and food. July 12, 10 am-4 pm. $2/adults, free/ages 18 and under. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First. (208304-0108) CHERRY PICKER’S TROT The Green Bluff summer tradition includes the Pit Spit competition, live music, a 4-mile race, and food and family-friendly events. July 17, 5 pm. $7-$20. Green Bluff Growers, Mead. KIDS SUMMER SAFETY FAIR A health and safety event for kids and families including 25+ resource booths and safe summer activities, boating and water safety, bike safety, free food, games, face painting, sun safety, and interactive kid friendly booths. July 17, 9 am-noon. Free. Harmon-Shipley Park, 6000 N. Market. (789-0609) SUMMER PARKWAYS STREET PARTY The first annual event is a joint effort between Summer Parkways and the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council, offering festivities, booths and outdoor activities centered around Corbin Park and the surrounding streets, which are closed to vehicular traffic allowing friends, families and neighbors to stroll, cycle and party in this historic neighborhood. Volunteers are also needed. July 18, 6-9 pm. Free. Corbin Park, 2914 N. West Oval St.


RIVERSTONE STREET FAIR Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone Village hosts a weekly outdoor market and street fair, hosting 200+ vendors of arts and crafts, food, live music, a farmers market and more. Thursdays from 4-9 pm, June 5-Aug. 28. Free. riverstonestreetfair. com (509-703-9345) CHEWELAH CHATAQUA The 41st annual community celebration draws more than 20,000 people to the small town, and features carnival rides, a parade, food and a beer garden, live music and entertainment, arts and craft vendors and more. July 11-13. In Chewelah City Park. Free. POST FALLS FESTIVAL Events include live music, a community parade, food and craft vendors, a beer/wine garden, kids’ activities, beach barbecue, lawnmower races and screening of “The Lego Movie” in Q’emiln Park. July 11-13. Vendor hours: Fri from 12-8 pm, Sat from 11 am-8 pm, Sun from 11 am-4 pm. Free. (208-773-0539)

SANDPOINT CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL 11th annual event, featuring a boat run from Sand Creek to the Pend Oreille River, boat show, parade of boats, displays, demos, vendors and more. July 11-12. Free admission. boatfestival SANDPOINT SUMMERFEST The 18th annual weekend community festival features live music, arts and cultural activities, yoga, movement and music classes, kids crafts and events and a group bike ride. July 11-13. Tickets offered for single day or full weekend passes. $12-$198. $. Eureka Mountain Center, 6162 Eureka Rd. (208-265-4000) CHENEY JUBILEE The annual community celebration includes a barbecue competition, live music, food vendors, a wine/ beer garden, kids pit, hay dig, arts and craft vendors and more. July 11-12. Free. GREEN BLUFF CHERRY FESTIVAL Cherries on the bluff are ripening and at the peak of harvest during mid-July, and festival weekends are July 12-13 and July 19-20. Green Bluff Growers, Mead. NORTHWEST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL The annual festival celebrate its 20th anniversary of its 1500s-era festival featuring stage shows, food and drink, music, sword fighting and a competitive jousting tournament twice daily. July 5-27, Sat-Sun from 11 am-7 pm. $10. Northwest Renaissance Festival, 6493 Hwy 291. (276-7728) PEND OREILLE VALLEY LAVENDER FESTIVAL The annual festival hosts local artisans, craft vendors and growers, live music, a garden party, food and a wine garden. Events and demos on using and crafting from lavender also scheduled. July 12-13, Sat from 9 am-6 pm and Sun from 10 am-4 pm. $5/bus tours; $6/ adults; $10/two-day pass. Newport City Park. (6710295)


CHEF Screening of the drama about an acclaimed chef who starts a food truck after ruining his own career. July 10-13, show times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Documentary on the mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later. July 10-12 at 7:30 pm. $5-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-263-9191) KIDS’ SUMMER MOVIES The Kenworthy hosts summer movie screenings every Wed/Thur (July 9-10) at 1 pm. $3/film; $20/summer pass. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St, Moscow. (208-882-4127) RIFFTRAX LIVE: SHARKNADO A hilarious take on Syfy’s instant cult classic riffed by MST3K’s Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. At Regal Cinemas Northtown and Riverstone, July 10 at 8 pm and July 15 at 7:30 pm. THE LORAX Outdoor movie screening at dusk. July 11. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd, Liberty Lake. pavillionpark. org MOONLIGHT MOVIE SERIES: THE LEGO MOVIE Screenings start at dusk in the outfield of Martella Ball Field at Sunset Park. July 11. Free. Sunset Park, S. King St., Airway Heights. FIGHT CLUB Screening of the classic (rated R) as part of the Garland’s

2014 Summer Movie series. July 12 at midnight, July 15 at 7 pm and July 17 at 9 pm. $1. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (327-1050) OPEN FILM CASTING CALL An open casting call for roles in an independent short film being produced in the Sandpoint area this summer. July 12 at 7 pm, July 13 at 3 pm. Submissions due by July 10. Sandpoint, n/a. SOUTH PERRY SUMMER THEATER: THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE Outdoor movie screening, starts at dusk. July 12. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry. (534-1647) DOLLAR SUMMER MOVIES Screening sponsored by the Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families. July 15-16, 10 am. $1. Regal Cinemas Riverstone Stadium 14, 2416 Old Mill Loop, CdA. (800-326-3264) OUTDOOR MOVIES AT RIVERFRONT PARK: THE GOONIES Showing on the big screen, with pre-film performance by Spokane Aerial Performance Arts, movie trivia and local food trucks. July 16, 7-10 pm. $5. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. (625-6601) FREE MOVIE: WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Seating is on a first-come basis. July 17, 1:30-3 pm. Free, suggested $1 donation. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) THE GREENHORNS A documentary exploring America’s growing young farming community. July 17, 6-8 pm. Free. Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth St. (208-676-9730)


SPANISH WINE ADVENTURE Class sampling 8 new wines from the Iberian Peninsula. July 11, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) MUSIC, MICROS & BARBECUE The summer series continues with beer from Tricksters Brewing Co. and live music by Harmony Clayton. Barbecue buffet ($14) from 5-9 pm. July 12, 5-9 pm. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. (800-523-2467) SANDPOINT BEER FEST The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce hosts more than 15 craft breweries and local wine with food and live music by Devon Wade. At 220 Cedar St. July 12, 1-4 pm. Free. (208-263-2161) SELKIRK ABBEY 2ND ANNIVERSARY PARTY Festivities include special beers being tapped throughout the day, with food for sale from Shameless Sausages food truck and live music through the day. July 12, 11 am-9 pm. Free admission. Selkirk Abbey Brewing, 6180 E. Seltice Way. tinyurl. com/nhkr8g3 (208-292-4901) PALOUSE ICE CREAM SOCIAL Annual community gathering. In Palouse City Park. July 13, 12-5 pm. (878-2310) NEIGHBORHOOD BARBECUE SERIES Central Lutheran Church hosts weekly neighborhood barbecues every Wednesday at 6 pm, through Aug. 27. Also includes games for all ages after the meal and the chance to get to know your neighbors. Free. Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. (624-9233) GRANDE RONDE VERTICAL MERLOT TASTING A 10-year vertical tasting of Grande Ronde’s Seven Hills Vineyard’s merlot, with food pairings and more. July 17. $50/person. Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. Second. (455-8161)

HOMEMADE CROISSANTS Learn how to make your own buttery croissants topped with fresh summer berries. July 17, 6-8 pm. $49. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), 1810 N. Greene St. (533-8141)


HNMC GUITAR SERIES: JAMES REID Concert by the acclaimed classical guitarist who’s been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, and has 8 solo projects. July 10, 7:30 pm. $7-$12. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (326-9516) JEFFREY BROUSSARD & THE CREOLE COWBOYS Featuring the accordion mastery and vocals of frontman Jeffrey Broussard, of the band Zydeco Force. July 10, 7:30 pm. $12. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7404) SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA Outdoor concert in the park hosted by the Northwest Neighborhood Association. July 10, 6:308:30 pm. Free. Audubon Park, 3908 N. Driscoll Bvld. 88 SQUARED PIANO CONCERT Concert by the husband-wife duo Jeffrey Savage and Karen Hsiao Savage, celebrating composers and sounds of American music. July 11, 7 pm. Steinway Piano Gallery, 13418 E. Nora Ave. (327-4266) COWBOY SUPPER SHOW Commemorative cowboy supper performances with a cowboy chuck wagon-style dinner in celebration of the ranch’s 20th anniversary. July 11-13, Aug. 8-10, Sept 12-14 and Oct. 11-12; FriSat shows at 6:15 pm; Sun show at 3:15 pm. $16.50/kids; $45.95/adults. Rockin’ B Ranch, 3912 N. Idaho Rd. rockinbranch. com (891-9016) WALLACE BLUES FESTIVAL Annual summer music festival featuing 18 acts. Headliners include The Chris O’Leary Band, David Raitt & The Baja Boogie Band, Billy D & The Hoodoos, Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings and Dirty Rice; with Bakin’ Phat, Sammy Eubanks, The Fat Tones, Sara Brown Band, Charlie Butts & The Filter Tips, Laffin’ Bones. July 11-13. $30. Downtown Wallace. (999-3418) 4000 HOLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY Celebrating the record shop’s 25 years in business, the event features live music by Cursive Wires (1 pm), store discounts, giveaways and more. July 12, 11 am-6 pm. 4000 Holes, 1610 N. Monroe. (325-1914) WYLIE & THE WILD WEST Concert featuring the western balladeer and Yahoo yodeler with his band. July 12, 7 pm. $20. Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St, Tekoa, Wash. (284-2000) OPERA ON THE LAKE Featuring local talents Dawn Wolski, Jadd Davis, Aaron Nicholson, and Montana native Curt Olds, fresh from Carnegie Hall, performing on a 2-hour cruise around lake Coeur d’Alene. July 13, 6 pm. $50-$65/person, reservations required. (800-418-1485) SHAPE NOTE A-CAPPELLA GROUP The local singing group meets monthly on the second Sunday, from 1:30-4 pm. Good Samaritan Society, 17121 E. Eighth Ave. (924-9480) MOZART ON A SUMMER’S EVE The 24th annual concert series directed by Verne Windham features the Connoisseur Concert’s Ensemble with cellist Zuill Baley, soprano Phoebe MacRae and classical guitarist David Leisner. July 1516 at 7 pm. $10/lawn, $30/table. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. nwbachfest.

com (326-4942) FIVE MINUTES OF FAME Open mic for music and spoken word performances. July 16, 6:30 pm. Free. Cafe Bodega, 504 Oak St, Sandpoint. (208-263-5911) JUST PLAIN DARIN Performing acoustic covers and original music; also on site is Patty’s Tacos and a food drive for 2nd Harvest Food Bank. July 16, 7-9 pm. Free. Prince of Peace, 8441 N. Indian Trail Rd. (465-0779) THE NOSTALGIA RADIO HOUR A live audience recording for the new KJRB variety radio show by Nostalgia Magazine, with live music by Hot Club of Spokane, a talk by local history experts Tony Bamonte, Dr. Larry Cebula, Tom McArthur, Julia Rinker Miller, and more. Seating limited to 100 people. July 16, 6:30 pm. Free. Glover Mansion, 321 W. Eighth Ave.


BACKPACKING BASICS FOR WOMEN An REI backpacking expert goes over answers, tips and gear recommendations that are unique to women’s experiences. July 10, 7 pm. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei. com/spokane (328-9900) SPOKANE INDIANS VS. TRI-CITY DUST DEVILS Games held daily July 8-10 at 6:30 pm. $5-$11/single game. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (535-2922) THURSDAY NIGHT PADDLES The Coeur d’Alene Canoe & Kayak club hosts weekly paddles, open to the public, Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Location and put in times vary. See website for details. WASHINGTON TRAILS ASSOC. WORK PARTY Volunteer for a day of trail work on Mt. Spokane’s hiking/mountain bike/ equestrian trail. Work takes place on trail #130 between the Bald Knob Picnic Area and the CCC cabin, and includes brushing, drainage and tread work. July 10, 12, and 22 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Mt. Spokane State Park. (921-8928) 14TH ANNUAL MOTO X Arena motocross racing event featuring local pros and amateurs, with high-flying stunts by Metal Mulisha. Also on site are local vendors, food, and a beer garden. July 11-12 and Aug. 8-9, events start at 7 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm. $10-$15. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Gov’t Way. (208-667-8515) CHENEY RODEO The 47th annual rodeo includes the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night, followed by a community dance (Fri, 7:20 pm), a community fun run (8 am) parade (11:30 am) and festival (9 am-3 pm) and Family Day at the Rodeo (Sun). July 11-13. $14-$20/adults; $7 kids. Cheney Bi-Mart Arena, 14310 S. State Route 904. (235-4848) THE BIG KAHUNA GOLF TOURNAMENT A double shotgun event, followed by a reception with prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Breathe For Gina Fund, assisting with costs for a double lung transplant. July 12, 8 am-10 pm. $100. Sundance Golf Course, 9725 N. Nine Mile Rd. (466-4040) HAUSER LAKE SLALOM & WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT Hosted by Inland Northwest INT League, at the Hauser Lake County Park (park fees apply for day use/ boat launching; no camping at event site). July 12, 8 am-5 pm. $35. Hauser, Idaho. (703-3417) HYDROPLANE BOAT RACES Annual races

on the Pend Oreille River hosted by the State Line Outboard Racing Association. July 18-20. Ione, Wash. LET’S CLIMB A MOUNTAIN Join a team or participate solo in the 34.3-mile race from the Clock Tower in Riverfront Park to the top of Mt. Spokane. Sat, July 12. $55-$70/solo; $23-$28/team member. LIBERTY LAKE LOOP NO. 17 A 4-mile community run/walk along the scenic Liberty Lake Loop, with aid stations and a kids’ race to follow. July 12, 8 am. $10$20. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. (509-755-6726) SPOKANE SHOCK VS. ARIZONA RATTLERS Arena football game. July 12, 7 pm. $14-$47. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. FIFA WORLD CUP SOCCER FINAL Live broadcast on the big screen of the World Cup final game, live from Brazil. Doors open at 11:15 am. July 13, noon. $3/kids under 14; $10/adults. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (227-7404) GREAT FAMILY HIKES IN SPOKANE: Presenter Kathy Kalich presents the ins and outs of Spokane’s best hikes for all ability levels. July 14, 6:30 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (4445390) SUMMER FUN RUN SERIES The U-District Foundation’s annual 5K fun run series is hosted by U-District PT, offering timed runs and David’s Pizza after the race. Tues, July 15 and 22, at 6:30 pm. $5-$10/ adults, kids 18 and under free. U-District PT, 730 N. Hamilton. (458-7686) ALOHA RACE SERIES Mountain Gear hosts 5 stand-up paddleboard races on Liberty Lake; race all five for the event’s Hawaiian shirt. Held July 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7 and 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $15. Liberty Lake Regional Park, 3707 S. Zephyr Rd. FESTIVAL CAMPING PREP REI staff lead a class on how to best pack and prep for overnight camping at a music or cultural festival this summer. July 17 at 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe (328-9900) SEAHAWKS 12 TOUR EAST The Seattle Seahawks come to Spokane for the Play60 Family Fest, offering a Jr. Sea Gals clinic, combine stations, inflatables, a fan forum, Lombardi Trophy viewing and more. July 18, 11 am-1 pm. Free, registration required. Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly St.


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ince Initiative 502 passed, officials and cannabis industry leaders have been concerned about the banking service restrictions (federal financial regulations forced the industry to be cash-only.) In February the departments of Justice and Treasury issued joint memos granting financial institutions a tacit go-ahead to offer banking services to legal marijuana businesses, indicating that those accounts would be a low priority for the feds. Numerica Credit Union was the first financial institution in Washington to publicly offer Check out this space every week accounts to marijuana-related businesses. Some consider the move risky, but Numerica for the latest developments. could become a trailblazer. The bank’s executive vice president and general counsel Lynn Ciani spoke with the Inlander as the first recreational marijuana shops opened this week.


INLANDER: What factors did Numerica consider when deciding to host accounts for marijuana growers and processors, but not retailers? CIANI: It is in the best interest of our members and our communities that I-502 businesses are able to safely manage their finances through a financial institution, rather than operate as a cash-only business. The possible crime associated with cash-only business is very concerning. We also know that there are issues and risks associated with accepting I-502 deposits, and realized that we don’t know how to ensure that retail businesses are not selling to minors, or to someone from another state who may take the product across borders illegally. Have you had any backlash from your customers? We have had only a few members voice their concerns, because they have very strong opinions about the legalization of marijuana. At the same time, we have also received comments from members who recognize the need. Numerica has specific rules for marijuana-related accounts, including a $5 million limit, in-person-only deposits and that no debit or credit cards will be issued.  Why is that? We wanted to mitigate the risks associated with accepting deposits from I-502 businesses while still providing the best service we can to those members. We took considerable time evaluating the risks associated with accepting these deposits, and in order to manage our risk and meet the requirements imposed by third-party vendors, we are unable to offer I-502 businesses all of the checking account services provided to non-I-502 businesses. Are you worried that Numerica is becoming the “marijuana bank?”  Of course that is a concern, but our I-502 accounts are a very small part of all that we do, and we continue to offer the entire community quality products and services. n

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EVENTS | CALENDAR TOMATO PLANT GIRL Outdoor theater performance on the Hartung lawn, picnics welcome. July 10-12, July 2426 and July 31-Aug. 2, all shows at 7 pm. $5/youth, $15/adults. University of Idaho Hartung Theater, 709 Deakin Ave. (208-885-6465) CDA MURDER MYSTERY THEATRE: A TASTE FOR WINE & MURDER A dinnertheater performance during which characters are introduced, a murder occurs, questions and clues arise, and the audience has a chance to guess who dunnit, and the mystery is eventually solved. July 11 and Aug. 22 from 6-9 pm. $30-$35. Coeur d’Alene Cellars, 3890 N. Schreiber Way. (208-664-2336) CHARLEY’S AUNT A comedy/farce in three acts. Through July 13, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$15 (includes 5 samplers). Masquers Theatre, 322 E. Main, Soap Lake, Wash. (509-246-2611) HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD Musical featuring a cast of almost all local children. July 11-13 and 17-20, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$12. Pullman Civic Theatre, 1220 NW Nye St. (332-8406) ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL The 5th annual festival, featuring 5 original plays, kicks off the theater’s 2014-15 season. July 11-12 from 7-9 pm. $5-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave, Newport. (509-447-9900) THE OUTLAWS OF CANDY KITCHEN Western melodrama comedy, presented by Out of the Woods Family Theater and featuring local children ages 10-18. July 11-12 at 7 pm. Free. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane. (208-437-0426) THE LION IN WINTER Staged reading of a script depicting twelfth-century family dysfunction in the court of King Henry II. Performance includes complimentary appetizers and a nohost wine reception at 6:30 pm. July 12, 7:30 pm. $65. Meadowinds Castle, 2493 Blaine Rd, Moscow. irt (208-885-6465) AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Staged reading fundraiser in the style of “Monty Python and The 39 Steps,” featuring five actors playing all characters in Phileas Fogg’s quest to circumnavigate the globe. July 16, 7:30 pm. $25. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-660-2958)


SUMMER MOON Art show featuring the vivid and intricate pen and ink works of David Young. Showing July 8-Aug. 6. Gallery hours Tues-Sat from 10 am-6 pm. Manic Moon & More, 1007 W. Augusta. (413-9103) TINMAN’S GREATEST HITS A special sale featuring work by local professional artists who have exhibited at the gallery in the past 11 years, as owner Susan Bradley enters her retirement. Gallery hours Tues-Fri from 10 am-6 pm and Sat from 10 am-4 pm. Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland. (325-1500) COEUR D’ALENE ARTWALK Monthly art showcase throughout downtown galleries and businesses. Second Friday of the month (July 11) from 5-8 pm. Free. (208-292-1629) GLENN GRISHKOFF & KYLE PALIOTTO Featuring the sculptural objects of

Grishkoff and the oil paintings of Paliotto. Opening reception July 11 from 5-8 pm, show runs through Aug. 3. Gallery open daily from 11 am-6 pm. Free. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave. (208-765-6006) PAINTING AT TWILIGHT Local watercolorist Kelly Merrick leads a painting class, with cider maker Will Jordan sharing the cidery’s latest releases with appetizers. July 11, 6-8:30 pm. $40/person. Twilight Cider Works, 18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. (570-8563) SIZZLING SUMMER SOCIAL A wine and cheese party to celebrate the gallery’s artists and patrons. July 12, 7 pm. Manic Moon & More, 1007 W. Augusta Ave. (413-9101) CULTIVATE SPOKANE SALON SERIES An informal monthly event for people active in Spokane’s arts, culture and creative industries to meet up and share, learn and connect. July’s event features a presentation by GU arts faculty Suzanne Ostersmith. July 15, 6-7:30 pm. Free. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. (321-9614) DAVID GOVEDARE “Something Good Will Come From This Pile” features the work of the artist best known for his large horse sculpture along the Columbia River, and the runners in Riverfront Park. Show runs July 15Sept. 30, meet the artist July 15, from 1-3 pm. Gallery open daily from 10 am-5 pm. Entree Gallery, 1755 Reeder Bay Rd. (208-443-2001)


BRENDA BURGETT The author of “Dragons, Butterflies and Buddha” talks about and signs copies of her humorous memoir. July 10, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509-838-0206) NOVELLA CARPENTER The Oaklandbased author reads from and signs copies of her latest book “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild” July 10, 7:30 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main. (208-882-2669) ANDREA SWENSON BOOK LAUNCH The local author of “Free Rein” signs copies of her book about her experiences at Free Rein Therapeutic Riding. July 11, 6-8 pm. Free. Free Rein Therapeutic Riding, 8118 S. Ramona Rd. (800-457-8746) STEVE KOONCE: IDAHO BEER A book signing and beer tasting centered around the history of beer-making in Idaho, the topic of Koonce’s book “Idaho Beer: From Grain to Glass in the Gem State.” July 11, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) DAWN YOUNG A book signing by the author of “Not Fade Away: A Memoir” telling her post-war childhood, growing up in England during the 60’s, and becoming the pregnant girlfriend of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. July 12, noon. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) GRANT ANSERT The author of “The Mirror Man” reads from and talks with the audience about his crime thriller. July 12, 2 pm. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) POET MARK HART The Colfax-native and award-winning poet reads from his work and signs copies of his book “Boy Singing to Cattle.” July 12, 1-3 pm. Colfax Library. (3974366)

THE WORDWRIGHT’S WORKSHOP Workshops hosted by Spokane Poetry Slam on the second Sat of the month, from 4:30-6 pm, focusing on writing, performance quality, and more. July’s workshop is led by Seth Marlin, who recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing from EWU and a Pushcart Award nomination. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. THOMAS PAINE & AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS Historian and author Dr. Kenneth Burchell presents the largely untold history of American democratic reform. July 12, 3 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (444-5390) ROBERT WEST BOOK TALK The former Kootenai County coroner from 1970-2011 discusses his new book “It Can (and Does) Happen Here” about his experiences. July 13, 5 pm. Free. CdA Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) TINY READING: RIVERLIT 15 A reading featuring writers and poets from the latest issue of RiverLit: Sharma Shields, Beth Cooley, Brooke Matson, Sam Mills and Kathryn Smith. July 14, 7-8 pm. $2. Spokane INK Art Space, 224 W. Sprague. POET JOHN WHALEN Whalen reads alongside local novelist Bruce Holbert. July 15, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206)


EARLY FORD V-8 SHOW Swap meet and antique/street rod car show, also featuring tractors, farm and transportation collectibles, antiques and toys. July 11-13. $5. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (994-4924) VINTAGE GOODS SALE Featuring painted furniture, farm goods, salvaged items, and Farm Chick Show leftovers. July 12-13, from 9 am-4 pm. 9424 E. Pine Tree Dr. (2 miles east of Mt. Spokane HS). Mead, Wash. SHARE THE DHARMA DAY July’s topic is “betrayal” and the day’s schedule includes guided meditation, a talk on the topic, and a vegetarian potluck lunch. Guests are invited to bring a vegetarian lunch. July 13, 9:45 am-3 pm. Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane Rd. (509-447-5549) TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN THE WEST Local cartographer John Kling presents on travel destinations in the Western U.S., highlighting scenic routes and attractions along the way. Attendees receive a souvenir booklet with handdrawn maps. July 15, 2 pm. Free, reservations required. AAA Washington, 1314 S. Grand Blvd. (358-7039) WOMEN POWER NETWORKING SUNSET CRUISE An evening cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene, hosted by NW Woman Power Networking, featuring food, live music and more. July 17, 6-10 pm. $20-$25. l97vm4k (509-928-9664) INTRODUCTION TO HANDWEAVING An introductory weaving workshop hosted by the Spokane Handweavers’ Guild. July 12, 12-3 pm. Free. Fire Station No. 82, 12100 E. Palouse Hwy. Valleyford. (9393454) n


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Rocket Market Wednesday, June 25th. You were with two of your friends enjoying a bottle of wine on a great summer night. I couldn’t help but notice your smile when you laughed with your friends. You had a jean jacket on, brown hair and brown eyes with shoulder length hair and were sitting in the middle of your two friends. I am sure you caught me glancing your way a few times from the nearby table. I tried giving you a smile, but it didn’t come out the way I was hoping. I was with a group of my friends who had just got done with a run. I was the taller one with shorter brown hair and a blue shirt on. Maybe a meet up at the Rocket Market in the future and I’ll get a bottle of wine to make up for being too shy to hi. badgerstrider@ Mootsy’s 3 years ago, tall electrician from Texas. Crowded night so we had to brush past each other to get by. We locked eyes then lips. I told you I lived in Seattle, really wish I would’ve gotten your #! RE: Stranded Redhead I could come up with a million excuses, but none of them would fully exonerate me for not helping or hitting on you. Give me a chance to prove that I’m just a shy, slightly

Calypsos 5pm June 17th, it was a rainy day and I saw you in Calypsos with 2 friends. You had a teal colored rain jacket and blond hair. I had out a few notebooks and was reading my bible. We exchanged several glances but I was to nervous to greet you. I’d like a second chance to meet you. Downtown Dominos You: Ashley. Me: Ryan. I’m your customer periodically at the downtown Dominos. Asking you out while you’re at work seems awkward, so here I am... Email me some time,

Cheers Greatest Wife! Just want everyone to know that I have the greatest wife in the world. I love you Lisa Gilden!!!! You are my everything and I Love you forever. Pat Gilden

Jeers Look Both Ways!! To the female jogger crossing 29th in between the 2 Manito Blvds, July 1st at 9:45 a.m.: Did you wait for a pause in traffic before jogging into the street? No. Did you cross at an intersection or crosswalk? No. You crossed mid-block. Did you stop and look both ways before running into the street? No. Did you dart into the street from heavy shade


Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” where you would have been hard to see, into the street with my car coming toward you about 30 feet away? Yes. Did you look toward my car to be sure I saw you and had time to slow down? No. Would I have been charged with negligent driving had I splattered your body against my windshield? Not likely, hon’. Check it out: State and city traffic laws include: “Bolting into Traffic:” No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb and move into traffic so a driver cannot stop. A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than in a marked or unmarked crosswalk must yield the right of way to all vehicles in the roadway. Pedestrians need to make sure there is a natural break in traffic prior to entering the roadway. And as any 2nd grader knows – Look both ways before crossing the

Chasing Families Away Jeers to the security guard at a local drug store. My family and I were on an outing when we decided we were thirsty and would stop in for water. We had our dog with us so the kids father stayed outside with her while the kids and my extremely pregnant self went inside. The whole time we were inside you were harassing their father telling he was loitering and needed to leave. When the children and I came out of the store we handed him his change, as he was trying to put it away you told us to, I quote “ F@#$%&g leave and a squad car is on its way to arrest us for loitering.” the kids father got angry and told you we had just come out if the store you hollered “and then I asked you to F#$%&*!G leave. You hollered rude things the whole time we walked away. I will probably never shop at there ever again. The worst part was when we drove by later the “security guard” was no where to be seen and a bunch druggies were sitting against the wall obviously strung out. Thanks for frightening the children btw..

Ignorant Fools To the ones that smashed their Mikes Hard bottles by the playground. Not cool. I thought those were sold in hard plastic bottles, so when morons such as yourself get sugar high, ignorant things like this don’t happen. Sure, I get it. You stole a couple from your mom and didn’t want to get caught in your basement with them. That’s cool, seriously, but you should be ashamed for putting children in harms way like that. Do pray that no one steps on any hidden pieces left over in the grass. Taking Food From The People Who Need It To the redhead, well off male with a home. I see you at the city gate every week or 2. Just so you know that is there for people who need it, but somehow you always have an ecig hanging from your selfish face suggesting that you have electricity at home. So I decided to follow you, to my surprise you made a b-line for the store for some beer to wash your free meal down before you walk into your apartment. On another occasion I watched you walk in and see that the food wasn’t quite good enough for you this week. I guess the food at home will just need to

RE: Obesity Hello there are you that stupid or just uneducated??? Did you even do research to know it’s just not sugar, fats, carbs, or salts that could have something to do with obesity, maybe you should get your facts straight next time you write a Jeer. I know that medical conditions can be the cause of obesity. Maybe you should do some research and before you open you’re big mouth on an issue you know nothing about. Let me go ahead an educate the idot’s out there in the world who think like you. Obesity can be caused from inactivity. If you’re not very active, you don’t burn as many calories, unhealthy diet and eating habits, pregnancy, lack of sleep, certain medications, medical problems, lack of energry and the list goes on. Since when do people have to ask for your permission to have a bite to eat?? Did you Submit your Cheers at know not everyone was born with that perfect and be entered to win:1 body or in your words “ Humans are not suppose Dozen “Cheers” Cupcake s Courtesy of to be that big.” we are not all the same body type, Celebrations Bakery so how dare you to even say something like that. If Winners drawn bi-weekly at random. you’re so tired of watching Must be 18 or older to enter. people eat maybe you should order your food or get take out. What a joke you are for even saying

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do won’t it? I work at the city gate and let me just say mister red-head ecig guy.. we all despise you here. Go eat the food you have at home or better yet buy some with your mental disability check chump.

this case a highway with groceries? Maybe that person has a large family to support and has but no choice to buy “all that stuff without thinking about it” .Ever think of that? Also,just because one rides a bus by no means makes them dirty or grimey. Nor will a bus rider using a cart leave said cart any more or less grimey than anyone else, such a statement out of your mouth just shows how undereducated you are. Get on a bus, buy some groceries and you try getting them home, it is not easy! And then tell us how it is, I pray that those judgements will be replaced by compassion.

clothes so don’t worry about it, that’s like me looking at someone and going ew how could she wear that sundress to the bank. Besides I’ve seen worst outfits than pajama clothes at the supermarket, if things like this are going to bother you I hope you never run for office or we are in trouble. And who made you the eticate king or queen, chill out enjoy life stop putting too much stock in what other people are doing. Oh and by the way I made it exceptable to wear pajama clothes in the market lol.

RE: Obesity This shout out is for the wee minded one that bashed those blessed with obesity. Really just put the fork down? Hmmmmm can you just put your big head down? Or put your brown eyes down and trade them in for green ones? Or how about being a brother or a sister down and just stop having or being these things? NO that is the answer NO!!! Why you ask? Because, because you just are these things, you can’t suddenly stop being them even if you want to. Some people just are big, it’s that simple bumble head they just are. So stop being unkind and rude, worry about yourself and move along. Smh. RE: Bus Riders To the person sending in the comment/jeers regarding bus riders. Hold the Milk Truck, I often ride the bus and it is unclassy of you and unfair of you to put all bus riders in a group and assume things. Have you ever riden a bus? Do you know how difficult it is to walk across a road or in

RE: Leave My Cat Alone! Instead of complaining about the wellmeaning “jerks” that keep taking your cat to the Humane Society, why don’t you spend a few bucks and get a breakaway collar and some tags for your cat? I would always call the owner if there was contact information on the animal before taking them to a shelter.

What Would You Do? I’ve lost feelings for my girlfriend who now lives with me. I want to end the relationship but I know she has no place to go and has a job that can’t pay all of her bills if she did get a place. I feel bad both ways one leading her on with false hopes two throwing her to the wolves to try and fend for herself. I don’t know what to do. Help!

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Noisy Neighbors The apartment building across the street - Why is it starting at 6 a.m. on a Sunday, when people usually like to sleep in, forget it you might just as well ask for the moon, about 7 a.m. someone has a high-powered machine running, sounds like vacuuming a car out. This has happened the last 2 Sunday’s in a row. I had a guest visiting and she made a comment on it. Then there is the music from the ice cream truck. Then the casino workers who come home at 3 a.m. talking and laughing loudly. I called the manager and she told me that since I don’t live there, there is nothing that she can do. I got the apartment number of the ’S K E E W IS TH unit and called the police. I was ! S R E ANSW told that they don’t bother to go on calls for disturbing the peace, that the only time they deal with it, is when someone disturbs their peace. What a concept! Then I found out who the owner is. I emailed his secretary. He just doesn’t care.

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Jerry Miller played with everyone from Willie Nelson to Jimi Hendrix.

Guitar Hero In search of Jerry Miller, the man who was almost a rock star BY MATT BENOIT


uitarist Jerry Miller doesn’t lead a life of glamor. He lives with his longtime girlfriend in a modest home surrounded by chain-link fence, in a residential neighborhood in Tacoma, the same city where he grew up. He’s played and hung out with everyone from Willie Nelson to Jimi Hendrix, and to Miller — former lead guitarist for popular 1960s band Moby Grape — that makes him a pretty lucky man. “When I was a kid, playing those Fats Domino and Little Richard records, never did I think I’d get to meet them, let alone play with ’em,” says Miller of the many musicians he’s met. Miller, who turns 71 this month, looks every bit his age. Still, he says it’s just a number. Sitting in the living room of his home, Miller — ranked 68th on Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time — has several hours before he’ll leave for a local gig, one of four he plays nearly every week. He never rehearses, and says most of his practice comes from teaching guitar two to three times a week for $50 a lesson. The local gigs and lessons — combined with Social Security, a few royalties and occasional tours with aging members from ’60s supergroups like Quicksilver Messenger Service or Jefferson Airplane — all enable Miller to “get by,” as he puts it.


t’s a Tuesday night last winter at Dave’s, a diner bar in Milton, Wash., and bassist Kim Workman is lugging in sound equipment to the corner of the main dining area. It’s here, on a small, raised portion of floor acting as a stage, that Miller joins Workman and drummer Glenn Hummel each week for four hours of music magic. “This is, like, the best gig he’s got,” says Workman,

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60, who has played with Miller for 17 years. “This is cool. People get to come see Jerry in an intimate setting. This is Jerry at his finest right here.” Miller has been playing at Dave’s for more than a year, but bar owner Mary Tompkins says she had no idea who he was until she did an Internet search. “A lot of people, when they find out … they come back and they’re like, ‘Are you kidding me? What’s he doing here?’” Miller hasn’t released new music since 1998, but he has recorded. Two sessions — one of which includes the rhythm section of John Mellencamp’s band — are currently awaiting release, but Miller says he doesn’t know when that will happen.


iller started playing guitar at age 8. Music was mostly just a hobby, but after starting a family with a high school girlfriend, Miller found himself working graveyard shifts at a local garage door manufacturer. Unable to stand the idea of slaving away at a regular job, Miller began practicing guitar religiously, playing numerous Tacoma-area taverns until he had enough local gigs to help support his family. In the early 1960s, Miller joined The Frantics, a popular regional band that migrated to California at the encouragement of Jerry Garcia. They eventually disbanded, and when Miller, drummer Don Stevenson and bassist Bob Mosley combined forces with Peter Lewis and former Jefferson Airplane member Skip Spence in 1966, Moby Grape was born. “It was magic,” says Miller of the first time they played together. “Totally cool. We knew right then we had something special.” Their first, self-titled album was released in June 1967, and received considerable radio play. By July, Jerry was making some of the best memories of his career.


He still remembers, vividly, driving his candy-apple red 1966 Jaguar X-KE across the Golden Gate Bridge on a warm, full-moon summer evening — just him and his instruments — on the way to play at the Fillmore. In 1968, Moby Grape went to New York City to record what would become a double album, Wow/Grape Jam, for Columbia Records. Instead of being one more step to even greater success, however, the trip became what Miller says was “the beginning of the end.” Lead singer Spence became involved with drugs and eventually took an ax to a hotel room door and wound up institutionalized. Moby Grape recorded their album, but with Spence out of commission, they were forced to cancel numerous gigs. The next year, the now four-man band was offered a spot at Woodstock, but Mosley shocked the rest of the band by joining the Marines before they could accept the gig. Moby Grape pressed on as a trio, continuing to record and perform. But none of it, Miller says, was quite what people wanted. Miller moved back to Tacoma in 1995 to be with his family, including his father, who passed away last year at 93. Miller says he still keeps in touch with Lewis and the other band members, including Spence’s son, Omar. (Skip died in 1999.) And he talks regularly to Stevenson, now working as a salesman in British Columbia.


ack inside his Tacoma home, Miller is flanked by several guitars, including “Beulah,” a custom-built, black-and-brown-sunburst-colored Gibson L5 jazzstyle guitar he most frequently performs with. Similar guitars fetch upward of $8,000, but Miller says he’d never part with it. When Miller holds Beulah on stage, fingers sliding deftly up and down the fretboard in the middle of a solo, his aged eyes narrow so much that it’s hard to tell whether they’re open or not. Workman, the bass player, says when Miller picks up a guitar, he seems much younger than his age. “He’s just a kid,” Workman says. “He gets too loud, and he plays too much, and he’s just crazy. He’s a free spirit.”  This article was reported by the Murrow News Service, which distributes stories by journalism students at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

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