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hat does a housing crisis look like? Recently, the head of a local lab at a large medical facility and one of our region’s largest employers contacted me to let me know that his employees are all seeing rent increases of over 30 percent in the next 60 days. He is worried that none of his full-time employees can afford to live in Spokane. Markets work like this: When there is no supply, prices increase. There are simply no other options for the employees at this facility. The people who check our groceries, draw our blood and flip our burgers ought to be able to afford to live inside the city limits. What does housing mean? We have the rental market (which are mostly apartments), home ownership and low-income housing. Low-income housing is defined as apartments or homes that were built with government subsidy and can accept housing vouchers. The other two are considered market rate. Housing discussions should include all three. Is there really a housing crisis? As of last week, nationwide data showed Spokane saw the largest rent increases in the country over the last year. Market-rate apartment rents have

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risen almost 30 percent and market-rate home prices have risen by 29 percent during that time, but wages have not kept pace. Low-income housing is becoming impossible to find. If you lose your job and apartment, the average time to get into low-income housing is three years. This is bad for Spokane — not only because community members can’t afford to live here, but also because more people are moving farther and farther away. Spokane, once the urban core of our region, is now on the edge, with Liberty Lake and Kootenai County in Idaho building more and more housing, draining Spokane’s growth. If this continues, in 20 years Spokane will be a suburban shell and the center of commerce will have moved east.


f we know the issue is lack of supply, why aren’t we building? Current homeowners are seeing their wealth escalate. They see a nest egg for retirement. Current homeowners don’t

want their neighborhoods to change at all. These are the people who vote. Politicians know that. The folks in charge of funding more low-income housing, changing zoning to allow more apartments and changing regulations to allow townhomes in current single-family-zoned areas know who votes. The wants of the people who vote are very different from the needs of people who rent an apartment, work two minimum-wage jobs and still spend 50 percent of their income on rent. Voter turnout in wealthy neighborhoods swamps turnout in poor neighborhoods. To make matters worse, the state’s Growth Management Act prohibits urban sprawl, but lacks tools to mandate density in existing urban areas. Spokane has strong neighborhood councils. Most citizens who can afford to attend monthly meetings and influence policy want their neighborhood to stay the same. When you combine strong neighborhoods, a law that limits sprawl and a populace who enjoys seeing their wealth increase, you get stagnation and lack of supply. Do solutions exist? Yes, build more low-income housing and do it in every neighborhood. Mixed-income neighborhoods are healthier, more connected and safe. They stop us from “othering” members of our community. Our community has $200 million in discretionary American Recovery Plan funding. Let’s set aside 20 percent of the funds for low-income housing, so someone who loses their apartment or ends up on the streets has a roof over their head. The city and the county have a proposal in front of them to put $40 million immediately into low-income housing and could act right away. That would equate to 2,000 more people housed.

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e also must allow for more diversity of housing in single-family zones. People get frightened when they hear the terms “end single family zoning,” but what it really means is to change the transitional lot rules, the setback rules and other regulations to allow townhomes, duplexes and triplexes in areas that now consist of houses with big lawns. This will increase ownership opportunities and allow for infill on vacant lots all around town. The city knows which code to change, and this can be done in the next 90 days. Imagine wanting to downsize when the kids go to college and being able to do that in the same neighborhood. Think Kendall Yards-style housing variety. Finally, we must create density in appropriate areas of our community. Spokane has had a comprehensive plan for the last 30 years focused on a “centers and corridors” strategy. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of these areas are surrounded by singlefamily homes. A small business cannot survive on car traffic alone. For these small walkable business districts to be successful, you need to have foot traffic. Let’s create a quarter-mile radius from each center and corridor boundary and rezone to allow multifamily housing. Business districts will thrive. By creating the density, we create walkable neighborhoods and public safety is proven to increase. Housing prices will stabilize. When rents and home prices skyrocket and there is no low-income housing available, you have a crisis. The short-term consequences may be nice if you currently are a landlord or if you own a home, but in 20 years we will be but a shell of a community. Now is the time to act like a community and make decisions for the betterment of all of us. n Ben Stuckart was born in Spokane and attended Lewis and Clark High School and Gonzaga University. He spent 13 years working in the event-ticketing industry, started a couple nonprofits and was City Council president from 2012-19. He is currently the executive director of the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium as well as doing some side consulting.

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ANTHONY ENNAMORATO: Everyone’s saying R “bad,” D “good,” but if there were two-term limits this article would have never been printed.

WILL HUME: Finally some real, thoughtful content. Time for new representation. Her primary claim to usefulness is as an obstructionist, and that is the last thing we need right now.

JOY COURTNEY WOOD: She gets a free pass because unlike others in her position, she isn’t even doing anything all that BAD either. She just... doesn’t… do… anything. Ever. A few weeks after a major event, after the dust has settled and EVERYONE else has spoken out, she might finally make her little nonsense statement. She doesn’t take any major leadership roles. She doesn’t respond to concerns from voters. She just collects her salary and poses for photos. We need a leader. Not an office fixture.

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BARB LAIDLAW MURPHY: I’ve called her a mannequin since I moved here 10 years ago. They pose her when they want a woman in the picture. She doesn’t do one thing for the country, much less her district. PACO ZEE: Maybe I missed it, or maybe this is just a specific audience, but is there anyone on this thread willing to defend anything about her? Yet, the silent majority still votes her in. DAVID SEESHOLTZ: The posts are almost unanimous against her, yet she still wins reelection, and it’s never close. I think a Bernie-style Democrat could beat her, but the DNC keeps putting center-leaning candidates against her. I think fake conservative depresses the vote.

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As vaccination rates lag in rural northeast Washington, health officials fear COVID ‘onslaught’ BY WILSON CRISCIONE


am Artzis is exhausted. As both an emergency room doctor and the public health officer in rural northeast Washington, he’s spent more than a year trying to convince people to take COVID-19 seriously. But now more than ever, he fears there’s a “perfect storm” brewing that will devastate his community. In the Northeast Tri County Health District — where Artzis is health officer — just over one-third of people 16 and older have initiated vaccination. Yet the more contagious Delta variant has arrived as the dominant strain there, and people are attending large indoor gatherings more now that the state has lifted restrictions. It’s a recipe for “the next onslaught” of preventable disease, death and economic fallout, he says. “I’m past frustrated. I’m tired,” he says. “But what we

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need to do now is just focus on the next challenge and try to be as prepared as we can with the limited resources we have in the Tri County area.” In Washington as a whole, more than 70 percent of people 16 and older have initiated vaccination for COVID-19. But that number doesn’t reflect the wide disparity between urban and rural vaccination rates, and health officials like Artzis are warning that rural Eastern Washington remains vulnerable to deadly COVID-19 outbreaks and possibly more shutdowns. Efforts to vaccinate more people in rural areas, meanwhile, have stalled. The low vaccination rates in northeast Washington are no longer due to a lack of supplies or resources. It’s more often due to people’s politics and ideology — something that health officials say they have a

difficult time overcoming. “We believe we’ll continue to see cases long in excess of what heavily vaccinated communities will,” says Northeast Tri County Health District administrator Matt Schanz. “We’re going to be dealing with this much longer than others.”


While there’s a stark difference in vaccination rates between rural and urban areas in Washington, population density isn’t actually the best predictor of vaccination rates. A stronger correlation is with the presidential election: Counties with a higher share of votes for Donald Trump have had lower vaccination rates. ...continued on page 12

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Asked how to address this problem, Gov. Jay Inslee says the state has made “Herculean efforts” to share scientific information with the public about the vaccines, through social media, television and engagement from the medical community. He urges Washingtonians to “forget ideology” and to make decisions for their health. “The most persuasive people about this are not politicians,” Inslee says. “They’re physicians and nurses and physician’s assistants.” That reflects how the messaging on vaccines has shifted in rural areas. At first, rural health districts like Northeast Tri County were holding mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics, ensuring access for everyone who wanted a vaccine. The Range Community Clinic, a mobile clinic affiliated with Washington State University, has traveled to rural parts of Eastern Washington as well to vaccinate residents there. IncreasLETTERS ingly, howSend comments to ever, there’s not enough demand to justify staffing mobile or pop-up clinics, Schanz says. If people haven’t got their vaccine by now, convenience or access is unlikely to change that. “Now it’s down to a conversation with physicians and their patients,” he says. Some doctors have had success with that. Thomas Boone, a doctor in Chewelah, says his practice has given out about 500 vaccine shots on its own — a high number for a town with a population of less than 3,000. Boone says the sheer amount of misinformation he hears from patients can at times be difficult to overcome. He’s heard from patients that the vaccine is going to change their DNA, that it’s going to make them sterile, or that it will give them COVID — all verifiably false claims. “We had one patient that said she didn’t get

the vaccine because a friend got it, and after the friend got it her dog died,” Boone says. Schanz says the health district is assessing subtle differences in vaccination rates within the health district. Ferry County, for example, is beating Stevens County in vaccinations by 10 percentage points, according to state data. Artzis says that may be because of an outbreak this spring in Republic — a town located in Ferry County. Ferry County saw a spike in vaccinations right afterward, but it didn’t last. He adds that certain members Sam Artzis of the medical community, like hospital leadership at Ferry County Hospital, have taken a proactive role in vaccine outreach. Ultimately, people in northeast Washington aren’t going to trust the government, Artzis says. Artzis says he has much better luck persuading people to get a vaccine when he’s speaking as a patient’s doctor at Ferry County Hospital than he does as the public health officer. “I tell them I’ve dealt with people who have had COVID-19, I’ve dealt with families that have had deaths, and the devastation it causes,” Artzis says. “I have not seen one person come in the hospital ill enough to be hospitalized that has been vaccinated. Everybody we put in the hospital who has died has not been vaccinated.” Relying on medical providers to persuade patients only works, however, if the providers

themselves believe in the vaccine. But in northeast Washington, Artzis says based on his conversations with health care leadership in the area, only about half of providers have taken the vaccine. “I think that’s wrong. They’re not going to give their patients good information to make that decision to get vaccinated if they themselves have reservations, whether it’s political, religious, philosophical, or scientifically based,” Artzis says. “So yeah. I do not see, objectively, our numbers getting significantly better anytime soon.”


Artzis considers himself an optimist. The future he envisions for northeast Washington, however, is grim. Without a significant uptick in vaccination rates, and without any statewide restrictions on indoor gatherings, the Delta variant will take off. It already has become the dominant strain in northeast Washington, making up 58 percent of cases since June 20, local data says. Yet concerts and community events will be held, with some people not following guidelines and attending even though they’re feeling sick, Artzis says. As a result, COVID-19 hospitalizations in the area will keep increasing. The hospitals are struggling with capacity already, Artzis says. That’s only going to get worse.

“To tell people that we’re going to have to do this again, it’s going to be a real challenge. ... It’s going to be ugly.” “Come this fall, with hospitals not having capacity, knowing the Delta variant’s coming, knowing people have made decisions not to be vaccinated, it only is the most reasonable conclusion that we’re going to be in trouble,” Artzis says. Artzis will see more and more COVID patients in the hospital. Many won’t show up until they’re severely sick, increasing their chances of dying. The hospitals, unable to increase their staffing, might have to cancel elective surgeries. Patients seeking non-COVID health care will find it difficult to get the care they need. Cancer patients may have to wait for procedures. Patients with severe back issues won’t be able to get relief. “There’s going to be an extended suffering period for those people as well,” Artzis says. There won’t be enough staff to do contact tracing. More localized COVID-19 outbreaks may go undetected until it’s too late. Then, Artzis says, schools are going to open fully in-person. He anticipates controversy over whether teachers and students will have to wear masks or not. Without masks, the outbreak will worsen, he says. Businesses will suffer. If the spread of COVID-19 is bad enough, Artzis worries there will need to be more restrictions placed on businesses again. It won’t go over well. “We’ve had a taste of the good life for a month, with people feeling normal again,” he says. “To tell people that we’re going to have to do this again, it’s going to be a real challenge. And we have great resistance to that — not just here, but in [Spokane] as well. It’s going to be ugly.” Essentially, it’s the same scenario he feared last year, right when the pandemic arrived in Washington. Granted, it took longer than he expected for COVID-19 to make much of an impact in northeast Washington, but when it did, it was just like the outbreaks in urban centers. This time, with vaccine rates as low as they are, rural Eastern Washington will get hit worse than the bigger cities. “I hope that I’m wrong,” Artzis says. “I really hope that I’m wrong.” n

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The Politics of Bullying Researchers find LGBTQ+ students harassed at higher rate in counties that voted for Trump BY NATE SANFORD



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new study from Washington State University found that LGBTQ+ students in conservative-voting school districts experience higher levels of bullying and psychological distress than their peers in liberal areas. Steven Hobaica, who recently graduated from WSU with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and co-authored the study, was motivated to research the issue because of his own experience growing up as a cisgender gay student in a conservative school district. He says many people intuitively know there’s a connection between conservatism and LGBTQ+ bullying in schools, but that there’s a lack of literature on the issue. By documenting the connection, he hopes to aid the development of policy that can better protect LGBTQ+ youth down the road. “So that all kids are protected — no matter how they LETTERS identify,” Hobaica says. Send comments to To examine the connection between bullying and political beliefs, Hobaica and the other researchers compared data from the 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey with how school districts voted in the 2016 presidential election. District-level data isn’t publicly available because of student privacy concerns, but even at the county level, the differences in bullying patterns are noticeable. In Spokane County, which went for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, 41.3 percent of gay, lesbian or bisexual 10th graders said they had been bullied at some point in the past 30 days, according to 2018 Healthy Youth Survey data. Only 18.7 percent of straight students said they had been bullied. In King County, which overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton, 24.8 percent of gay, lesbian or bisexual 10th graders reported being bullied. For straight students the number was 13.84 percent. “I think it’s hard to doubt that there is that connection,” says Paul Kwon, a professor of psychology at WSU who co-authored the study. “Trump said many things that were inflammatory towards the LGBTQ+ community, and worse, he advocated for a lot of policies at the federal level that were quite discriminatory.”

“It’s behind me now. I still think about it sometimes, but I’m glad to be out of that environment.” James Byrnes, who graduated from North Central High School this year, says he doesn’t think Trump’s election was the driving force behind the homophobic bullying he experienced, but that it did empower people who were already disposed to it. “There were certainly a few kids who I knew were very avid in a lot of his ideas who probably would have had the same issues with me either way, but I feel like they felt like they had social leverage because of that,” Byrnes says. Byrnes came out to his peers in his sophomore year. He was running on the cross-country team at the time and says he quickly

noticed a paradigm shift among some of his teammates. It was subtle at first: Some kids would keep their distance on the field, avoid sharing locker rooms and make occasional homophobic remarks. It later evolved into more explicit bigotry. During one morning practice, Byrnes says a football player approached him in the locker room and told Byrnes he looked like the type of person who would go to prison on purpose and dress up like a woman so he could be easily raped. Byrnes says he was haunted by the incident. He didn’t tell people because he shared classes with the football player and didn’t want to further complicate things. “It’s behind me now,” Byrnes says. “I still think about it sometimes, but I’m glad to be out of that environment.” Despite the negative experiences, Byrnes says his high school experience wasn’t all bad — teachers were generally supportive of LGBTQ+ students, and the school’s gay-straight alliance provided him with a welcoming environment.

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Pat Benatar ruled the early MTV screen.

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MTV’s playful, pliable logo made for great visuals between videos.

“IT WAS A BLAST,” CONTINUED... The channel had issues with inclusivity early on and became pretty formulaic in time before eventually abandoning music almost completely in favor of lifestyle shows, teen-oriented programming and reality dreck. But there’s also no denying the massive influence MTV had on kids’ music tastes. Suddenly teens in middle America were being exposed to the likes of androgynous Brits like Culture Club, cool club kids like Madonna and, eventually, boundary-pushing artists like Prince. While Top 40 radio was full of Styx and REO Speedwagon when MTV appeared, it soon shifted toward what MTV was delivering, and that’s not a bad thing. Because while it took MTV a couple years to start playing Black artists, Top 40 went from lots of shlock rock balladry to include synth-pop, soul and R&B, hard rock, and New Wave, all blended together by artists from around the world. “One of the things about MTV that people don’t realize is that when it launched, it launched in very small markets. They were testing it out,” says Stephen Pitalo, a New York-based music and entertainment journalist and publisher of the new digital magazine Music Video Time Machine. “Aug. 1, 1981, is a big deal because that’s when MTV launched, but LA and New York didn’t get MTV until 1983. They were hitting these small markets, and the reason it grew so quickly is because these small markets like Tulsa, there was a huge spike in records they were selling that coincided with the music videos playing

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on MTV. When the record store in Tulsa is selling Duran Duran, there has to be some reason that it’s happening. “One of the things I love about this era is that it turned the pop charts into the most schizophrenic freefor-alls in the history of music. If you look at what was

“You’re seeing weird stuff you’re not going to see walking around Spokane.” on the charts in 1983, there’s so much going on. And the only thing they have in common is MTV — that their videos were playing.” Ann Ciasullo, a Gonzaga University English professor whose research often delves into ’80s pop culture, remembers Spokane being one of those small towns where MTV had a huge impact on her and her friends. She was 11 when the channel debuted, giving her and her fouryears-older sister, Lori, ample opportunity to watch their favorites like Pat Benatar. “My sister and I nagged our parents to get cable so we could get MTV,” Ciasullo says. “I know we had it in 1982 because I remember watching Journey’s concert, and this was a big neighborhood deal because my friends

and I were all fans. “One of the great things about MTV is, we were a small town at that point, and you’re seeing Adam and the Ants and David Bowie and a lot of weird stuff that you’re not going to see walking around the streets of downtown Spokane.” Bob Gallagher opened his record store 4,000 Holes in Spokane in 1989, and he doesn’t recall any particular sales bumps driven by MTV as he was dealing more in rare collectibles than new artists at the time. But he concurs that the arrival of the channel opened his eyes to a lot of new music he might never have heard otherwise. “There’s no denying what MTV did for rock ’n’ roll,” Gallagher says. “It just opened the doors for so many bands that I never would have experienced. Even something as simple as Def Leppard. I might hear something on the radio but never pay much attention, until the ‘Photograph’ video, then my ears perked up a bit.”


None of the music business people expected MTV to work. As author Rob Tennanbaum notes in the 2011 book he co-authored with Craig Marks, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, the overwhelming response to creating a channel dedicated to music videos was that it “seemed like an asinine idea.” ...continued on page 20


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MUSIC “IT WAS A BLAST,” CONTINUED... That asinine idea would soon become a global phenomenon, including being the subject of a $525 million bidding war five years after its debut. That was real money in the mid-1980s! By 1987, MTV Europe launched the first of many global versions of the channel, but before all the worldwide pop cultural domination could get started, MTV had to survive its first unsure steps. When the channel aired Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star” as its first video, the idea was basically to be FM radio, but on TV. The problem, though, is that the artists glutting America’s radio airwaves rarely had bothered to make a music video. That’s why the first months of MTV were so full of folks like Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, Queen and live concert clips culled from ’70s-era bands. MTV only had about 100 videos to rotate through when it launched, Tannenbaum writes, and the business plan was predicated on convincing record companies to make more videos, and to pay for making those videos, and then ultimately give those videos to MTV for free to put on the air. That seems crazy in retrospect, but damn if it didn’t work, especially after the record label suits saw those record sales increase in places like Spokane for bands getting a lot of play on MTV. “A feature of early MTV was at the top of every hour, they’d show the logo and [play] the theme,” Ciasullo says. “And they’d tell you what was coming up. So you’d tune in to see, is this an hour I want to spend hanging out to see if they’re going to show a video I want? There was a lot of anticipation involved in it. “We kind of grew up on TV, we had our own little TV room, and MTV was on all the time. All the time. I feel like we were just constantly waiting to see either a new video, or ‘When will we see Pat Benatar?’ or “When will we see Journey?’ I have a Polaroid picture of the TV with [Journey frontman] Steve Perry on it — that’s how much we were watching it.” Pitalo was growing up in Biloxi, Mississippi, when MTV hit, but his experience was much the same as Ciasullo. “We’re talking about junior high, high school and college, that was 1980 to 1990 for me, so I am the MTV generation,” Pitalo says. “It was not readily available in my region at first. And also it was an added channel, it wasn’t basic cable. You had to order it along with other channels that came along with it.” Pitalo, who’s interviewed hundreds of artists and video directors from MTV’s heyday, notes that the form was a natural for some artists who used MTV to propel themselves into stardom, folks like Madonna and Culture

MTV hits the airwaves with the video for Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star.” Most of the country has no idea it’s happening. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video debuts, and MJ scares his “girlfriend” in the vid as well as lots of children at home years before accusations of pedophilia hit.

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The inaugural MTV Video Music Awards occurs, a celebration of the year’s best videos that continues to this day despite the channel rarely playing videos anymore. Video of the year goes to the Cars’ “You Might Think.” Madonna rolls around on the stage singing “Like A Virgin,” the first of a long history of memorable VMA performances.

MTV airs the Live Aid concert raising money for Ethiopian famine victims, covering simultaneous concerts in London and Philadelphia and establishing MTV as the place in the music media business.

The “Walk This Way” video debuts, featuring the unlikely combo of ’70s rockers Aerosmith and hip-hop pioneers Run-D.M.C., and gets constant play. Run-D.M.C. adds much needed cultural diversity to MTV, and Aerosmith launches a new (mostly terrible) phase in their career.

Headbanger’s Ball debuts, helping dozens of hair-farming Sunset Strippers to land record deals and hit songs (mostly power ballads) before so-called “alternative” music wiped hair metal from the channel, at least for a while.

Club and Billy Idol. “And it was also a weird testing ground right at that moment for who was going to graduate from the ’70s and become part of this big deal.” “There was just no way to know who was going to work and who was not,” Pitalo says. “Who would have guessed that singer/songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel would thrive in this new era, then there were contemporaries of theirs that it just wouldn’t work out for.” 4,000 Holes’ Gallagher recalls the cheesy special effects of early Tom Petty videos, even as the classic rocker later made more memorable clips. And though he wasn’t enamored with all the shiny new acts on the channel, he wasn’t immune to MTV’s charms. “It was probably the beginning of an almost video game-like era, when we started sitting in front of this screen mindlessly for hours,” he says. “That was really the first time I remember sitting down and watching, well, nothing really. Just one video after another.”


MTV worked out just fine for artists across virtually every genre you can think of for most of the ’80s. As Tannenbaum writes in I Want My MTV, the channel “could make stars out of Brits in eyeliner, rappers in genie pants, permed Jersey boys, even choreographers with weak singing voices.” Readers of the MTV Generation probably know exactly who he’s talking about in each of those categories. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video for the title track of his second solo album was a cultural phenomenon and helped open doors for other Black artists who’d been largely ignored in the early days of the channel. Prince, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, as well as the slew of artists known as the “Second British Invasion” (including Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Spandau Ballet, etc.), all saw their popularity soar as MTV expanded across the United States. Within a couple years of MTV’s launch, musicians were pretty much expected to make videos to accompany their new songs. Some embraced this new aspect of the music business, while others (notably Metallica for several early albums) used their refusal to make a video as a badge of “cool.” Richard Marx’s self-titled debut arrived in 1987, and the pop-rocker tells the Inlander the effect of MTV on his career was “massive, really life-changing.” He recalls that his first single, “Don’t Mean Nothing,” was being pushed by his record label primarily to rock radio. It was a rock

song, after all, and three Eagles performed on the track, so rock radio was a natural place. Pop radio, not so much. Then, Marx says, MTV decided to air the video and declared it a “hip clip of the week,” which meant “Don’t Mean Nothing” would be played seven times a day, for seven straight days. “I remember being at 7-Eleven on Monday, and nobody even looking twice at me,” Marx says. “And then the next day going somewhere and having a crowd of people following me and coming up to me and asking for my autograph. Like, literally overnight, ‘Holy shit, I can’t believe this is happening!’” And it blew up from there. “MTV was incredibly helpful. I was giving them what they liked to play, and they were helping me sell records. It was a huge, huge component to my success.” Of course, just because they helped Marx doesn’t mean he enjoyed the process. He understood making videos was part of his job, a “really important component to keeping this train moving,” but the actual process of making them? “I absolutely hated it,” Marx says. “The actual conceptualizing, and particularly being in them, was never something I enjoyed. I hated it. It was a lot of standing around waiting, and sitting in a trailer waiting for them to light something. I didn’t have the patience for it. Every time it was time for a new video, I’d go, ‘Motherf---er, I f---ing hate this!’”

“You used to have to watch MTV, and wait. Wait for the thing you wanted to see. And you might not get to see it!”

MTV launched with the music video for Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star” in 1981.

Yo! MTV Raps debuts, marking the first time hip-hop had a dedicated space on the network. MTV Unplugged debuts, and suddenly the charts were filled with acoustic versions of songs by unexpected artists ranging from Poison to LL Cool J and from Nirvana to Jay-Z.

The Real World debuts, throwing a bunch of “artists” into a New York City loft and filming the results. Upside? Helps create reality TV (if you’re into that sort of thing). Downside? The Real World quickly devolves into a show on which folks just party instead of “getting real.”

Total Request Live, aka TRL, debuts, and Disney-pop and boy bands soon take over the world thanks to the daily votes and crazed live audiences of teenagers. Carson Daly becomes a star despite being, as Jimmy Fallon famously portrayed on SNL, a “massive tool.”

For hip-hop group Cypress Hill, MTV’s embrace of rap music and hip-hop culture toward the end of the ’80s was instrumental in connecting the band to an audience outside their Los Angeles home base. The pioneering Yo! MTV Raps showcase for hip-hop videos started on MTV in 1988 just as Cypress Hill landed a record deal. Their first single and video didn’t make much noise, but when their breakthrough “How I Could Just Kill A Man” started getting airplay, their label rushed them off tour to New York City to film a video as quickly as possible. ...continued on next page

Jackass takes a bunch of boneheaded buddies willing to cause each other enormous pain to superstardom. Several awful Johnny Knoxville movies follow, because acting isn’t the same as having things shoved up your rectum.

The Osbournes debuts, showing bat-munching metalhead Ozzy Osbourne at home with his wife and kids. Decades of celebrity reality series follow. Yay? Jersey Shore debuts, laying the groundwork for pop culture worshipping morons like the Kardashians.

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The video helped Cypress Hill explode and start one of the more successful and long-running careers in the genre, but cofounder Sen Dog told the Inlander the “Kill A Man” video started a lot of confusion about the group because of its New York setting. For years they had to explain to people they were actually an LA crew. Even so, he credits MTV and videos for helping launch the group, and says he always enjoyed the process more than Marx did. Given Cypress Hill’s predilection for massive amounts of weed, that’s not a shock. “Videos were always fun; you get a chance to hang out with your boys all day long,” Sen Dog says. “Film, smoke some herb, drink some beer, eat some good food and, you know, film a video. You get to jam your song all day long. It was fun for me; it wasn’t a thing like I felt like I was working. “When our first video, ‘The Phunky Feel One,’ came out and they put it on Yo! MTV Raps, man, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I just kept looking at myself the whole way through. The first time I saw it, I kept looking at me. Later on you watch the whole video because you get over the fact your whole entity is on MTV Raps, and you look at when they played you in the show, who they played before and after, and all that.”

REALITY KILLED THE VIDEO STAR MTV still exists, but if you go turn it on right now, it’s likely just another episode of Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness or Catfish: The TV Show. It’s been decades since music videos were the main ingredient on MTV, despite those initials allegedly meaning “music television.” Author Tannenbaum considers 1981 to 1992 to be MTV’s “golden era,” and that end date coincides with the debut of MTV’s The Real World, the first of many reality shows to take

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander and oversees the paper’s cultural coverage. He turned 10 two days before MTV hit the airwaves, and spent the next decade or so consumed by obsessive viewing of Headbanger’s Ball, 120 Minutes and Yo! MTV Raps. He can be reached at

SEVEN TO STA RT A professional VJ and music video historian offers early MTV videos you should look for online right now BY STEPHEN PITALO Early MTV videos were memorable for reasons good and bad. Here are some of the earliest clips to make a mark:


Way before Bjork was the poster girl for WTF videos, Kate Bush flew the flag for womanly weirdness on MTV. Director Keith MacMillan captured this hypnotic wide-eyed pixie dance that enraptured many and confused others. Revered in the United Kingdom but seldom charting in the U.S., she reached heavy MTV rotation with “Running Up That Hill” in 1985.


Chrissie Hynde’s tightest tune feels both combative and fun in this simple performance clip with bandmates all facing each other. It’s a great peek into the Pretenders’ dynamic at the moment, knowing now that both Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott would be dead by 1983.

PETER GABRIEL “SHOCK THE MONKEY” (1982) Catfish: The TV Show is one of the “reality” shows filling MTV since its golden years ended. over the channel, and the first major move away from playing music videos. Gonzaga professor Ciasullo recalls MTV losing its way even earlier. First the emphasis moved from the creative videos delivered by stylish, androgynous British bands to more stage performances by hard rock acts, accompanied by a side of serious misogyny. “There’s a major shift in MTV’s programming in the mid- to late ’80s toward more metal, and those videos are just, frankly, a lot less interesting,” Ciasullo says. “I remember kind of wrapping up with MTV around my first year of college. At that point, they just weren’t showing videos as often.” Pitalo reveres MTV’s golden age for its creativity in both the music and filmmaking, noting that several Hollywood heavyweights like David Fincher (working with Rick Springfield) and Michael Bay (working with Divinyls) got their starts in music videos. “The music video directors I’ve talked to, one of the things they said over and over was that the early period was just such a sweet spot,” Pitalo says. “The common opinion was, ‘We never had enough money and we never had enough time, but I never had more fun and I never enjoyed my career more than when I was doing that.’” As MTV devolved into lifestyle programming and music videos were left aside in the 40

years since the channel debuted, Pitalo thinks we’ve lost more than just an entertaining outlet. “We live in a very unfortunately on-demand society when it comes to media,” Pitalo says. “And if it’s very easy to get, there’s that part of us that thinks that it has less value. “You used to have to watch MTV, and wait. You had to wait for the thing you wanted to see. And you might not get to see it! And you have the choice of everything now. And you know what? The choice of everything now has not made it better. It has not made any form of media better.” MTV lost its way when it decided to focus more on the television than the music, Pitalo says, and while he’s depressed by how “there’s no variety on the pop charts anymore,” he does get some retrofied joy when he VJs dance parties in New York, spinning videos from MTV’s better days. “Basically, I’m a DJ but I’m playing videos on giant screens, and I stick to the ’80s and ’90s,” Pitalo says. “People come out, they want to dance. And the young, young kids who love the ’80s and ’90s don’t love it because it’s nostalgia. They love it because of what it is. Then there’s people who will come out who are my age or a little younger, that are like, ‘I love this, I haven’t seen these for so long.’ “When I’m doing a gig, and I’m mixing Toni Basil’s ‘Hey Mickey’ with Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!’ and they totally embrace it, I know there’s hope.” n

Director Brian Grant went full-Gabriel on this video, using the song’s funky synth riff to set up a paranoid corporate-versus-shaman fever dream, featuring little people in business suits, Peter running away from no one through a swamp, and sentient office equipment. In short, a masterpiece.


In a 1-minute-27-second Terminator-like intro, Nova jumps off a helicopter, grabs a laser-shooting guitar from a nerd and blasts his way into his own concert. A band performance and quick-edit denouement are equal parts power and confusion, with Nova’s leopard-print jumpsuit serving as wardrobe inspiration to thirsty MILFs for decades.


The voice of Zeppelin delivered one of his better singles, anchored by Phil Collins’ sharp drum track, which results in a head-scratching but truly memorable jaunt. Don’t miss the lemon joke, the inexplicable breakdancers and the tossed-in dove in this low-budget gem.


Dutch filmmaker Dick Maas took Golden Earring’s groovy single and made a Bond-level spy thriller, complete with a sex club, an opera house and a firing squad. But how did he capture a bullet splitting a playing card’s edge in half?


In one of my personal favorites, the former Mott the Hoople frontman falls for a waitress in an Arthur-type plotline. Hunter’s playful charisma gives him a clueless charm that buoys the tale, so we can forgive the ill-advised diner dance number. n * Indicates that the video aired on the first day of MTV Stephen Pitalo is a music video historian, New York-based VJ and publisher of the new Music Video Time Machine digital magazine. Visit for more information.

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Mateusz Wolski (left) and Arthur Heaton move part of a stage for the Opera Truck.



HAVE OPERA, WILL TRAVEL Inland Northwest Opera wants to get singers in front of more audiences. Enter an old Ford Econoline BY E.J. IANNELLI


ven before the pandemic put the kibosh on in-person performances, the leadership team at Inland Northwest Opera was aware the organization needed to find new ways of reaching audiences. It wasn’t necessarily a matter of dwindling demand. Ever since the organization launched in 2000 as a grassroots outfit called Opera Plus!, it has steadily evolved into a more ambitious and professionalized initiative — first in 2009 as Opera Coeur d’Alene, which saw its annual performances expand into full operatic seasons, then again in 2018 as Inland Northwest Opera, which reflected a shift in scope that included both sides of the WashingtonIdaho state line. Clearly, the region is home to enough

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opera lovers to make that growth possible. The larger issue, according to Melody Chang, has more to do with exposure. “From my point of view, the only challenge we have is to get people in the door. Because we know that once they’re in the door, they’re going to absolutely love what we have on stage,” she says. Chang was hired this past January as INO’s director of marketing. Soon, thanks to a mix of grant funding from the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission, Greenstone and Super 1 Foods, she was handed a powerful tool that could not only open doors to new audiences but can eliminate those barriers altogether: a white Ford E-350 Econoline.

Fittingly dubbed the Opera Truck and envisioned as an outdoor performance space on wheels, the Econoline was part of a project that had been in the works for at least a year, spearheaded by general and artistic director Dawn Wolski. “It’s a 16-foot box truck, and it had a new engine put in recently,” Chang says. “So the body is from 2002, but the engine purrs like a kitten. It’s amazing. My fiancé and I happen to be very, very into cars. Like, way too into cars. So, when I was hired on and Dawn said, ‘Hey, there’s this Opera Truck thing,’ we were like, ‘Oh, we could get behind this.’” ...continued on page 26

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CULTURE | OPERA “HAVE OPERA, WILL TRAVEL,” CONTINUED... Currently, the Opera Truck is a collaborative work in rapid progress. Wolski’s husband, Mateusz, is the first chair violinist for the Spokane Symphony and a renowned car enthusiast. He’s tasked with the overall design of the converted truck and coordinating outside assistance from body shops. Justin Schmidt, INO’s technical director, is handling the various parts of the truck’s built-in stage system. Chang’s fiancé, Arthur Heaton, is an avionics technician and automotive buff who’s overseeing the general maintenance and repair as well as construction of the complex winch system that will allow the stage to unfold. And Chang herself is responsible for the truck’s exterior wrap and keeping it in good shape. Once it’s finally overhauled, the Opera Truck will be able to take live operatic performances anywhere its tires can roll. That might include anything from a neighborhood park to a school parking lot. “Opera is for everyone, and we are opening doors wide for everyone. We are literally cutting a hole in the side of a truck and creating doors,” says Wolski, laughing.

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“The most critical thing for me is that you feel like we’re bringing a wonderful concert hall to you. You’ve got a black truck with beautiful chrome accents and our logo on the side. You open up two five-foot doors from the side, and immediately the stage comes down on winches. My husband says it’s like the opening of a flower. We have wood floors, lights, sound, curtains, the feeling of a proscenium that you have in a real theater.” For all the anticipated fanfare around the Opera Truck, it’s only one part of INO’s strategy to get opera in front of more people. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Wolski fought to continue the organization’s Opera Gram service, which allows customers to book established INO artists for private micro-performances of arias like “Sempre Libera” from La Traviata or “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. The organization’s educational program, Opera-tunities, is taking free-of-charge performances of Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood to outdoor spaces across the region this summer. And in October, the INO will return to the indoor stage with a full production of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at the Fox Theater. And the more that INO goes out to audiences, the more it finds that audiences are coming to it. Among operagoers, word has spread that INO is showcasing a mix of international talent alongside emerging local singers at ticket prices that are far more accessible than in large metropolitan areas. “We’ve started having people fly in from Seattle, from Calgary, from California, from Montana. I mean, our top ticket is a hundred bucks, and yet you’re seeing the artists that you’d pay $300 FROM LEFT: Arthur Heaton, Melody Chang, Mateusz Wolski, for that type of seat in Seattle,” Dawn Wolski and Justin Schmidt YOUNG KWAK PHOTO Wolski says. “The idea is to get the people where they are. “It’s really not that common for a region of All of our Opera Truck performances will be free our size to have a company that’s bringing in artto the public. They will incorporate both aria ists from New York and Sweden and Switzerland. favorites and a mix of different pieces from the But it’s a testament to the Inland Northwest. The standard repertoire and the best-loved repertoire. community here loves their arts and is willing to But the Opera Truck is also going to be our nurture new ideas and think outside of the box delivery vehicle, our mobile venue for our kids a bit.” outreach opera. So the truck is going to have a That reputation makes Chang’s job a little couple roles.” easier, she readily admits. The INO Opera Truck’s debut is planned “I’m pretty happy as a marketing director for Aug. 6, when it will pull onto the lawn of the because there’s no comparison to anything else Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, deploy we have here. We are the only company in this its stage, and internationally acclaimed singers area providing this product at a world-class level,” will perform well-known selections from opera she says. One heavily modded Econoline later, and musical theater. It’s a come one, come all INO is also one of the few opera companies to picnic-style gathering with no admission fee. be bringing that level of entertainment directly Wolski wouldn’t mind seeing the Opera to any space that offers a welcome and a parking Truck become as popular and as ubiquitous spot. n as the ice cream truck once was, maybe even awakening artistic career ambitions in younger A Night at the MAC with the Inland Northwest generations. Unlike your average ice cream Opera • Fri, Aug. 6 at 7 pm • Free (donations truck, however, she says that “elegance” will set accepted) • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culit apart from similar mobile and pop-up perforture • 2316 W. 1st Ave • • mance spaces. 800-418-1485



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BETTER TOGETHER Summer is an exciting time for beer nerds. Regionally, the season is met with the release of Fort George Brewery’s (Astoria, Ore.) 3-Way IPA. The hoppy beer is an annual collaboration — in its ninth year — with two other regional breweries. This year’s brew is joined by Moonraker Brewing Co. (Auburn, Calif.) and Varietal Beer (Sunnyside, Wash.) For the first time, though, the juicy IPA shares a connection with the Inland Northwest. The brewers at Varietal introduced Fort George to Spokane Valley’s LINC Malt. The 2021 3-Way IPA is exclusively brewed with LINC’s organic and locally grown Elwha River Naked Spelt. The first release has come and gone, but the second iteration is currently available featuring hops from the southern hemisphere. You can find 16-ounce cans locally at grocery stores and bottle shops, or online with shipping to Washington addresses via (DEREK HARRISON)



ockey fans packed into the Hub Tavern on North Monroe for the NHL Expansion Draft, eager to find out which players the Seattle Kraken would plunder from other teams. Many wore Kraken gear, though plenty of diehard fans still sported their hometown sweaters, and the bartenders wore T-shirts printed just for the occasion: an image of the legendary sea monster with the tagline “Tentacle Festival 2021.” “We knew that we wanted to be part of it, so we did contact the team and let them know that we’re Spokane’s hockey bar, and we wanted to help them launch the team here on the east side,” said Dave Richardson, who co-owns the Hub Tavern with his wife, Mona, their son Buddy and their daughter-in-law Lea, all equal partners. “We weren’t able to hold our annual New Year’s Day ‘Winter Classic’ party, so we decided to have a version of that in July.” Hub regulars arrived three hours early to get a seat and traded predictions during the leadup to the main event. Despite news reports leaking some picks, most fans said they didn’t want to know and would rather be surprised. Amid the general din, one woman taped a goalie stick, and two men debated whether the Kraken should take St. Louis Blues’ winger Vladimir Tarasenko. “Are you insane?” one said. “They’d be crazy not to take him!” (They didn’t.) Outside, fans shot pucks at an empty net, competing to see who could hit the most targets and ribbing each other over bad shots. Later, a bar-wide game of hockey trivia was held, with prizes for the winners (Q: Who did the Seattle Metropolitans beat when they became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917? A: The Montreal Canadiens.) Spokane Chiefs mascot Boomer made an appearance, posing for photos with fans, while staff from the Spokane Chiefs talked about which NHL players had

originated from the Western Hockey League. Tim Ryan, father of Spokane-born NHL player Derek Ryan, was in attendance, as was Spokane Chiefs President Mark Miles. Many expressed excitement about how the Kraken will positively impact hockey statewide. “I think it’s going to be phenomenal,” Richardson said. “We already have a great youth hockey movement going on in Spokane, and this is only going to create a greater appreciation for the sport and sportsmanship.” Buddy Richardson, a Colorado Avalanche fan, riled up the crowd with a hand-cranked air raid siren that was so loud his mother begged him to stop. Despite the excitement of an NHL team in Washington, he wasn’t impressed by the Kraken’s initial draft picks. “They will not make the playoffs in the first year,” he predicted. “They won’t.” My sister agreed, but then her fiancée piped up. “Fifty bucks they do,” she said with a grin. More intrigue is yet to come. The expansion draft allowed the Kraken to select 30 players, which they’ll need to whittle down to a 23-man roster before the season begins. Between now and then, the Kraken will likely use their significant cap space (roughly $29 million) to secure a few high-impact players through free agent signings or trades. That means the roster could look very different by the time the Kraken play their inaugural preseason game in Spokane, against the Vancouver Canucks. That game, Sept. 26 at the Spokane Arena, sold out in 43 minutes. After all the picks had been announced and the festivities wound to a close, Richardson announced the raffle results, explaining that the proceeds would be donated to a local charity. “You raised over $1,000 for youth hockey scholarships!” he bellowed. The crowd went wild. n

SOUNDS OF SUMMER Fifty years ago the legendary record label Trojan Records put out the first-ever anthology of Jamaican music, The Trojan Story, which captured the range of sounds we’d come to know as reggae, ska and rock-steady. The 50 tracks captured in the original collection were recently re-released as a triple-CD or digital album, and the “new” set includes a great book full of reminiscences about each song from folks who worked at the label way back when. The real selling point, though, remains the music; you can’t do better for summer fun than spinning the likes of the Ethiopians, the Maytals, Desmond Dekker and a slew of others. Coming in at less than $30, it’s a sweet deal, too. (DAN NAILEN) THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST There’s noteworthy new music arriving in stores and online July 30. To wit: BILLIE EILISH, Happier Than Ever. Will one of the most insane pop music hot streaks continue now that Eilish is blonde? DURAND JONES AND THE INDICATIONS, Private Space. These modern soul cats are opening for My Morning Jacket at the Spokane Pavilion. LOS LOBOS, Native Sons. The American treasures tackle a covers album of fellow Los Angelenos including Jackson Browne, Beach Boys and Buffalo Springfield. (DAN NAILEN)

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Lantern Relit New South Perry Lantern offers eclectic food and craft beer in a restored, historic space BY CHEY SCOTT


ew ownership has brought a popular neighborhood hangout back to life in Spokane’s thriving South Perry District. Local restaurateur Jeremy Tangen signed a lease for a historic building at the corner of Grant and Perry early this year, and reopened the fully remodeled space as the South Perry Lantern on July 1. Tangen’s hospitality group also includes Borracho Tacos & Tequileria, Fast Eddie’s, Boombox Pizza, The Red Wheel and River City Brewing. While he didn’t purchase the business assets for the former Lantern Tap House operated by Mike and Melinda Dolmage, which the couple had hoped to sell last year, Tangen did seek to bring a

familiar vibe back to the Perry District. “We ended up going through with a transaction [to lease the space] knowing that there was a lot of opportunity with the community, and the growth that Perry and the South Hill has been seeing,” Tangen says. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to take something that’s been a local establishment and upgrade it and hopefully have a lot of similar offerings, but also be brand new.” Tangen says the biggest changes to the space include moving the bar from a back corner to the center of the all-ages dining room, which was also expanded. New windows were also installed to bring in more natural light. ...continued on page 30

The latest version of the Lantern debuted in early July. COURTESY PHOTO

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“LANTERN RELIT,” CONTINUED... The new South Perry Lantern offers an eclectic menu that goes beyond what’s typically expected from standard gastropub-style fare. While, yes, there are classics like wings ($18) with several house sauces, a hearty Caesar salad ($12), fish and chips ($16), and an outstanding burger ($15), South Perry Lantern’s executive chef Alex Szambelan has flexed his creativity with several internationally inspired dishes. Szambelan, a Spokane native, most recently ran a high-end hotel kitchen in Boulder, Colorado, and had been looking to move back home last year when he

became connected with Tangen. “When we started talking, it was the perfect fit with what we were looking for, and his culinary style and what the area will appreciate,” Tangen says. Among the Lantern’s many menu innovations, Szambelan crafted the seasonal Tropical Tuna ($18), an entree of sesame-crusted ahi tuna over a bed of fresh quinoa pilaf with pineapple salsa. The flavorful, bright dish is heartily portioned, yet won’t have most diners asking for a to-go box. There’s also a Korean-style ramen bowl ($16) with black pepper beef and kimchi, a vegan

cauliflower curry ($15), smoked oysters ($16), and an eggroll with Philly sandwich fillings ($14). Tangen says the sheer diversity of dishes seems to be a hit among customers. While some menu items will rotate with the seasons, items like the house burger — two smash patties with bacon jam, garlic aioli, choice of cheese and fresh toppings — will be a mainstay. “When [Szambelan] originally proposed the menu, I said ‘I’m good to go,’ and we’ll see what works and adjust as needed,” Tangen says. “We have been monitoring sales to see what people are gravitating to, and it’s showing al-


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most a perfectly balanced menu as far as ordering goes. That was 100 percent a surprise to me. I thought people would gravitate to certain items, but it’s better balanced than I would have expected.”


t the bar, South Perry Lantern has 14 rotating tap handles of craft beer from local purveyors like Lumberbeard Brewing Co., River City Brewing and some larger, regional operations like New Belgium, Lost Coast and others. Two taps are reserved for house wines custom-blended for the Lantern by local winery Barili Cellars. Weekend brunch — service starts Saturday and Sunday at 9 am — at the Lantern is also already off and running with an equally creative menu, ranging from a brunch “charcuterie” ($15) with yogurt, granola, fruit and mini pancakes, to a classic eggs-bacontoast-pancakes breakfast ($13) and sweet blintz ($12), or crepes filled with sweet cheese, strawberry and a balsamic compote. While the Lantern plans to be open until 2 am daily, the kitchen winds down during late hours with an abbreviated menu of wings, a fry basket, chicken strips and a handful of other snacks. Tangen hopes the Lantern will become a hub for more than just food and drink. The first regular community event to kick off is the return of the Lantern Run Club on Tuesdays at 6 pm, for which local running enthusiasts gather to go on group runs around the neighborhood, capped off by beer and eats. Happy hour, a mug club and other events like trivia night and special beer dinners will also be rolling out once the venue’s staff are more familiar with the ebb and flow of neighborhood activity. “Right now, we’re having an awesome reception from the neighborhood, and we’re working hard to get everyone trained and dialed in,” Tangen says. n

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YOU MUST BE D THIS TALL TO READ THIS PAGE Disney’s Jungle Cruise Has Us Considering The Best Theme Park Films BY DENA OGDEN 32 INLANDER JULY 29, 2021

oes anyone else have sky-high hopes for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which is in theaters and streaming this weekend? Personally, I love action-packed blockbuster movies with huge effects and utterly bonkers premises like this one. My own preferences aside, this film is a big deal for a couple other reasons, too. First, it serves to remind us all how wonderful Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is at playing characters who traipse through thick jungles (see also Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Jumanji: The Next Level). And second, it provides us all with the excuse to discuss an elite fraternity of films that, frankly, doesn’t get nearly enough attention: Theme Park Films. Specifically, there are two categories of Theme Park Films.  The film is mostly set in a theme park or relies

Emily Blunt (center) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson take audiences for a ride this weekend.

This isn’t Marvel vs. DC, or Harry Potter vs. LOTR, or Star Wars vs. Star Trek. No, this is Films Set In Theme Parks vs. Films Based On Rides. Which category has produced the stronger batch of films? Do we dare try to find out? This is uncharted territory. So, keep your arms and legs inside the tram and secure your loose belongings because this is going to be a ride.


What, you didn’t think I was just going to declare a winner based on my own personal taste and affinity for CGI dinosaurs, did you? Let’s get this part out of the way. Using the nine films listed for each category above as our sample populations, Box Office Mojo tells us that the worldwide box office totals are: Films Set In Theme Parks: $5,336,985,928 Films Based On Rides: $5,042,356,936 POINT: Films Set In Theme Parks


For this category, using the same batch of films, I averaged scores from popular aggregate sites Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb. As it turns out, Films Set In Theme Parks are the clear leader, according to critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the averages are 72.6 to 39.7 out of 100. On MetaCritic, it’s 62.4 to 46.1. And even IMDb, which collects viewer ratings that tend to be a bit more forgiving, scores them at 6.8 vs. 6.3 out of 10. POINT: Films Set In Theme Parks. But the closeness of the IMDb average shows us that viewers and fans, people like you and me, enjoyed both sets of films. And, as someone who grew up adoring boy bands, I have a soft spot for pop culture relics that have a beloved fandom but perhaps less support among critics. So let’s give some attention to some of the more subjective factors, shall we?


I don’t expect that everyone has seen all of these films, so we’ll boil it down to the basics. Which group of films simply sounds cooler, based on tagline alone?

heavily on the presence of said theme park for the plot of the film to work (like the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchises, Free Willy, Adventureland, Zombieland, National Lampoon’s Vacation)  The film is based on a theme park or specific ride that exists IRL (the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Tomorrowland, Mission to Mars, Haunted Mansion, The Country Bears, and soon, Jungle Cruise) Now, you might be saying, “OK, so there’s two groups of theme park movies. And your point is...?” My answer to that is, now a great responsibility has fallen upon us, dear Inlander reader. Knowledge is power, and now that we’re aware that these categories exist, we have to do what all movie fans have done, since the beginning of time, when two or more films are up for discussion. We have to compare them.

FILMS SET IN THEME PARKS Life Finds A Way (Jurassic Park) Something Has Survived (The Lost World: Jurassic Park) Disaster Is An Instinct (Jurassic Park 3) The Park is Open (Jurassic World) The Park Is Gone (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) A 12 year old street kid. A 3 ton orca whale. A friendship you could never imagine. An adventure you’ll never forget. (Free Willy) Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far. (National Lampoon’s Vacation) It was the worst job they ever imagined ... and the best time of their lives. (Adventureland) Our Land Is Their Land (Zombieland) FILMS BASED ON RIDES Prepare to be blown out of the water. (Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl) Captain Jack is back. (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest)

At the End of the World, the Adventure Begins (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) Pirate’s Life. (Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides) All Pirates Must Die. (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) The Reluctant Guest (The Haunted Mansion) Imagine a place where nothing is impossible. (Tomorrowland) Getting there was the easy part. (Mission To Mars) They’re legends. Bearly. (The Country Bears) For me, it’s a no-brainer; the second group is far more compelling. Pirates, possibilities, death, mysterious journeys, bears. Yes, please. POINT: Films Based On Rides


If it were entirely up to me and my inner fangirl, the point would go to Films Set In Theme Parks because of Free Willy’s Keiko (the whale, what a legend). But that really wouldn’t be fair to Jeff Goldblum, so let’s factor in one of the few quantifiable measures of celebrity culture: the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For all the films, I’ve taken the two top-billed actors and added up the total number of stars for each group. Here’s what we’ve got: Movies Set In Theme Parks: 7 Walk of Fame Stars (Chris Pratt x2, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy) Movies Based On Rides: 11 Walk of Fame stars (Johnny Depp x5, Orlando Bloom x2, Tim Robbins, Eddie Murphy, Penelope Cruz, Gary Sinise) POINT: Films Based On Rides Also, here’s a fun fact: George Clooney was nominated for the Walk of Fame years ago but never scheduled his star installation. Bet he’ll rethink that when he sees this.


Finally, let’s consider the impression each set of films has left on pop culture. I originally debated another quantifiable measure, like Google hits, or a deep dive into magazine covers, or even a Twitter poll, but ultimately, that doesn’t fully represent the gut reaction we have to films, when our own feelings and values and opinions and personal experiences can affect our viewing. Nor does it factor in the collective conversations around each film, or the lines that get regularly quoted on playgrounds, in classrooms, and offices all over, or the merchandise we buy for seven-year-olds’ birthday parties. So, this is the part that factors in how I (and maybe you, too?) can still recite a 30-year-old movie line from Free Willy (“Go, Willy, go!”). How we all know exactly what a cup of water vibrating on a dashboard means. How we loyally watch Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold pursue a “fun, old-fashioned, family Christmas” every December, when we originally met Clark as he set out to take his family to Walley World. That we debated Bryce Dallas Howard running in heels from a T-Rex for the entire latter half of 2015. I think this tells us everything we need to know and how impactful these films have been. WINNER: Films Set In Theme Parks (cue confetti!) n

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Taking Back Trans History No Ordinary Man seeks to right wrongs in the media’s portrayal of Billy Tipton BY LILLIAN PIEL


fter the death of American jazz musician and longtime Spokane resident Billy Tipton in 1989, the media was thrown into a frenzy after Tipton was outed as being transgender. This came as a shock to everyone, even Tipton’s family, but the way the media told the story erased and disrespected his gender identity. The new film No Ordinary Man, opening Friday at the Magic Lantern, seeks to rewrite Tipton’s narrative by including the perspectives of members of the trans community in the retelling of Tipton’s story. “For me, the opportunity to use Billy Tipton as a way in which to investigate transmasculine history and to think about transmasculine representation and worldbuilding in the contemporary moment was most exciting,” says Chase Joynt, who co-directed the film along with Aisling Chin-Yee. The film includes a combination of audio clips, photos, videos and newspaper clippings relating to Tipton and his family. These clips are interspersed with scenes of transgender actors auditioning for the role of Billy Tipton and reflecting on the scenes in which they portray him, and clips of members of the trans community talking about how transness relates to the Billy Tipton story and the way the media portrayed him after his death. In the way the media told Tipton’s story, he began wearing men’s clothing to fit in with his other band members at the time and to be more successful as a jazz musician, since jazz was a man’s world. The media said

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Tipton then chose to present himself as male full-time, and in doing so it erased Tipton’s identity as trans by presenting him as a woman masquerading as a man for success. However, the film explains that in the 1940s, when Tipton was making a name for himself as a jazz musician, it was possible to be a woman in a big band. Although Tipton grew up in Kansas City, he eventually became a touring jazz musician in the Pacific Northwest. He later moved to Spokane, and started a family with a woman named Kathleen “Kitty” Kelly, with whom he adopted and raised three sons. The film explains that in the way Tipton’s story was told by the media, it made it seem like he was trying to fool people about his identity, and was found out. At the time, the word “transgender” was not widely used in the United States, so there was no word yet to describe Tipton’s identity. No Ordinary Man demonstrates this and the poor treatment of transgender people by the media by incorporating clips in which Tipton’s family members were interviewed by a talk show host. Although Tipton’s son, Billy Tipton Jr., and Kelly always referred to Tipton as a man and used he/him pronouns when referring to him, the interviewer not only referred to Tipton as a woman and misgendered him, but asked intrusive questions of his family members. A crucial point brought up by one of the speakers in No Ordinary Man is that transgender people often feel

Billy Tipton (center) was a renowned Spokane-based jazz musician. unsure of whether or not they will be honored as trans after they pass away, because much of the media does not portray trans people in a sympathetic light or perpetuates negative representations of them. This is exemplified by how Diane Middlebrook, who wrote a biography of Tipton, did not believe Kelly when she told her that Tipton was a man and that she did not know he was transgender, and wrote the biography in a way that erased Tipton’s identity. No Ordinary Man is both powerful and impactful because it provides a respectful representation of Tipton’s life, as told from the trans community and by Tipton’s son, who recounts memories of his father. It includes a multitude of trans voices, from the actors to the speakers to some of the filmmakers, who all speak to their own shared and individual experiences, making it an important watch to learn about trans history and issues the trans community faces. “At the very foundational level, I hope that our film is an example of what happens when you center the voices of those who are most impacted by the stories you tell, and that everyone plays a role in the making and shaping of history,” says Joynt. Joynt along with a few speakers in the film express that marginalized people have become good at finding people who reflect their own experiences and identities that came before them in history, and that Tipton was one such person. In a heartfelt moment in the film, speakers explain what questions they would ask Tipton if they could, letting the viewer see what Tipton and his story mean to them. “I liked that there was such ambiguity about Tipton’s life,” Joynt says. “I adore the fact that he did not leave a journal, that there are no moving images of him, because I think everybody deserves the right to privacy, and I think also we’re allowed to look back historically and try and find people who help us make sense of our lives and experiences and identities.” n



Dev Patel stars in a twist on King Arthur’s story as the king’s nephew who adventures to confront a giant greenskinned knight and prove his character. (DN) Rated R


Disney taps Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for a river adventure based on



the famous ride in which they journey down the Amazon and search for an ancient tree with healing powers. (DN) Rated PG-13

largely misrepresented after his death revealed he was born a woman. At the Magic Lantern. (DN) Not rated


Matt Damon plays a working-class Oklahoman who has to travel to France in hopes of exonerating his daughter from a murder charge while navigating the obvious cultural barriers. (DN) Rated R

This documentary explores the complex life of Spokane jazz musician Billy Tipton, a trans pioneer whose life was


THE GREEN KNIGHT (130 MIN) FRI/SAT: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 SUN: 12:30, 3:00, 5:30 MON/WED/THU: 3:45, 6:15 TUE: 3:45 NO ORDINARY MAN: THE BILLY TIPTON DOCUMENTARY (84 MIN) FRI/SAT: 6:30, 8:30 SUN: 2:15, 6:30 MON-THU: 5:45, 7:20 SUMMER OF SOUL (120 MIN) FRI/SAT: 1:45 SUN: 12:00 IN THE HEIGHTS (137 MIN) FRI-SUN: 4:00 MON-THU: 1:15 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS (120 MIN) MON-THU: 3:30 LAST WEEK

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A flashback in the Marvel Universe in which the title character (Scarlett Johansson) is overshadowed by her spunky sister (Florence Pugh) in an action-packed affair. (DN) Rated PG-13


The boss baby (Alec Baldwin) and his big brother (James Marsden) are all grown up in this sequel, and they’ve drifted apart only to come back together when a new boss baby shows up in their lives. (DN) Rated PG


The latest chiller about supposed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, investigating a murder suspect who claims to be possessed by a demon. (NW) Rated R


The original Escape Room movie was a lot less fun than actually going to an escape room, but was enough of a hit to warrant watching six new contenders try their luck. (DN) Rated PG-13


The long-awaited ninth episode finally hits theaters, bringing Vin Diesel’s Dom back into action to foil a plot hatched by his long-forsaken brother Jakob (John Cena). (DN) PG-13


On the morning after the annual bloodletting purge, a masked gang attacks a wealthy ranch family in Texas, and the family of ranch hands who work for them, forcing the two families to band together and fight. (DN) Rated R


Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson

are an odd couple hitman and bodyguard combo back for another actionpacked adventure, this time with Salma Hayek in the mix as a world-class con artist. (DN) Rated R


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Bronx-set musical hits the big screens under the direction of John Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), tracking a bodega owner’s dreams of forging a better life in a neighborhood full of colorful characters (and a whole lot of music). (DN) Rated PG-13


Mark Wahlberg is the incredibly unlikely choice to play an Oregon father who walks across America to bring attention to the dangers of bullying in honor of his gay son. (DN) Rated R


M. Night Shyamalan is back, this time with a tale of a secluded beach that makes its visitors age rapidly, reducing their entire lives to one day. (DN) Rated PG-13


Here comes a Peter Rabbit sequel in which the mischievous rodent finds a place beyond the garden where he’s accepted for his roguish charm. Is that enough to keep him from going home? (DN) Rated PG


Nicolas Cage plays a truffle hunter who has to leave the wilderness and head to Portland to find the person who stole his beloved pig. A recipe for some John Wickish fun. (DN) Rated R


A sequel to the hugely popular 2018 horror hit, following the original film’s family as they continue to evade mon-

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sters with hypersensitive hearing. (NW) Rated PG-13


If you’re already a fan of the chefturned-TV personality and travel host, this documentary on Bourdain’s life should be pretty satisfying. (DN) Rated R


Henry Golding plays a loner who finds a home in Japan, where he learns the ways of the ninja, only to have his past catch up with him, potentially costing him everything he’s found in his new home. (DN) Rated PG-13


Hey look, it’s another reason for people to argue over who is better, the Michael Jordan of the original Space Jam or Lebron James in this new version. (DN) Rated PG


A young girl befriends a rebellious horse named Spirit after moving to a small town, and must foil the bad guys’ plans to capture Spirit and his herd in this animated family flick featuring the voices of Julianne Moore and Jake Gyllenhaal. (DN) Rated PG

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Questlove directs this documentary about 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival, featuring incredible performances by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone and more. (DN) Rated PG-13


A deep dive into the mercurial career of former Hollywood A-Lister turned mysterious entity Val Kilmer. At The Magic Lantern. (DN) Rated R n

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Sampling the Summer Sound of Sandpoint The Festival at Sandpoint returns with outdoor rock, country, blues, R&B, and symphonic concerts for a wide range of tastes BY SETH SOMMERFELD


fter spending much of the last year and a half binging shows and movies on our couches, it’s time for a little live music binge. As concerts resume in 2021, the Festival at Sandpoint returns to offer Pacific Northwesterners a chance to indulge in two weeks of sweet summer sounds. Stationed on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, the festival — or, more accurately, concert series, as each night boasts one show and all tickets are sold separately (with most shows ranging from $45-$95) — brings together acclaimed acts from across the country to play under the stars. With a general admission capacity of only 4,000 and a lawn for blanket seating, one needn’t fear feeling like a sardine packed in a can in their return to live music. Here’s a quick look at what the 2021 edition of The Festival at Sandpoint has to offer.

Young the Giant bring modern rock to Festival at Sandpoint.

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UPCOMING SHOWS WILCO & SLEATER-KINNEY Thu., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. First Interstate Center for the Arts $35-$89.50 THE SMOKES, CATHEDRAL PEARLS, BALONELY Fri., Aug. 6, 8 p.m. Lucky You Lounge $10 ITCHY KITTY, GOTU GOTU, THE DILRODS Sat., Aug. 14, 8 pm Big Dipper $10

Gladys Knight brings a touch of classy R&B to Sandpoint.


If you’re looking for an injection of energy in your return to live music, St. Paul & the Broken Bones can provide that. Led by howling and shimmying frontman Paul Janeway, the Birmingham, Alabama-based eight-piece soul group is a lock to get people on the Sandpoint lawn dancing the night away. Let the brass section blow your socks off while bassist Jessie Phillips lays down deep funky grooves for you to sink into and Janeway flails around the stage kicking out the jams to kick off the fest.


He might not have the casual name recognition of some of the arena-touring country acts, but there’s no denying that Jake Owen is a major star in modern country. Since 2011, nine of his 15 singles have hit No. 1 on the U.S. Country Airplay charts (safe to say a 60 percent No. 1 rate is decent). Fans have flocked to his good looks and the casual charm of tunes like “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Made for You” and “Down to the Honkytonk.” Sure, it’s the type of list-heavy modern pop country songwriting that’s easily mockable, but millions of people love it, so it’s unlikely Owen gives two hoots about his critics.


The Festival at Sandpoint serves as the first post-pandemic show for folk/American singer-songwriter Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia), but his music has an innate rustic feel to it, so maybe kicking off the rust will feel equally right. It’s also the first show since the April release of Roll the Bones X, a 10th anniversary re-issue of his debut album with added new material, so expect Shakey Graves to reach back to those busker-with-a-kick-drum days that first earned him notoriety.

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While Keb’ Mo’ grew up in Los Angeles, it’s easy to assume he was raised in the Mississippi humidity when you hear his modernized take on Delta-tinged blues. He’s got four Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album (spanning from 1996’s Just Like You to 2017’s TajMo), but he changed up the script a bit on his most recent (non-Christmas) LP, Oklahoma. While it wasn’t a wild departure from his soulful blues songwriting, it ended up in a different genre bin, winning the Grammy for Best Americana Album. Genre thin-slicing can get ridiculous, but it’s a testament to Keb’ Mo’ that critics still find his songcraft engaging after decades at his craft.


Let’s just say you don’t get a nickname like “Empress of Soul”

if you’re only an OK singer. Gladys Knight and the Pips were an undeniable force in R&B throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, leading the way for the revolution that was the Motown sound while recording transcendent and legendary tunes like “I Heard It Though the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer’s golden pipes are still going strong, so find your way over Idaho way for this one, lest you want to upset the Empress.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS WITH DELTA SPIRIT Sun., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Pavilion at Riverfront $49.95-$55 NICOLE ATKINS Thu, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Lucky You Lounge $18


Young the Giant became a bastion of the early 2010s indie-pop landscape thanks to the melancholy alt-rock hits “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” from the band’s self-titled debut LP. As radio rock has transitioned to an ever more chill aesthetic over the past decade, it becomes harder to deny that Young the Giant might just be one of the stealthier major influences of modern rock while still being part of the conversation itself.


“Keep on Loving You” wasn’t just REO Speedwagon’s first No. 1 hit, it’s also an apt way to describe how the band feels about its fans. Over 50 years after forming in Champaign, Illinois, the group keeps on rocking us. And they’re not just some watered down legacy act with only one original member, still boasting founding keyboardist Neal Doughty, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Kevin Cronin, and bassist Bruce Hall. With 13 Top 40 hits like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “That Ain’t Love,” the ’Wagon still knows how to roll all night long.


The final day of The Festival at Sandpoint offers two chances to bask in the musical glow of the Spokane Symphony and guest vocalist Whitney Claire Kaufman (a cast member of Disney in Concert and musical theater performer). The fest’s lone matinee — the family-oriented “Music from the Movies” — is an absolute steal at only $10 per ticket. Soak in the sun and a slew of instantly familiar tunes from cinema (safe bet to say some John Williams tunes will pop up). Later that night, they’ll have a wine tasting before the “Grand Finale” concert. With conductor Morihiko Nakahara leading the 70-piece orchestra, it’s sure to be a rousing end to the crammed two weeks of sonic bliss. Fittingly, the concert — and the festival — will conclude with a fireworks show on the Sandpoint shores. n

ATMOSPHERE, CYPRESS HILL AND DJ Z-TRIP Sat., Aug. 21, 6 p.m. Pavilion at Riverfront $40 MODEST MOUSE Wed., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. Knitting Factory $49.50 WARREN G, MACK 10, THE DOGG POUND Thu., Sept. 9, 8 p.m. Knitting Factory $50-$60 ANA POPOVIC Sat., Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater $27 MADELEINE PEYROUX Sun., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater $41-$68

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Each summer The Showcase brings a who’s who of golf-loving celebrities to Coeur d’Alene to swing their clubs for a great cause: raising money to battle cancer via the Community Cancer Fund. But The Showcase is no mere private soiree; the public is invited to get out on the course with the famous faces and watch them hack their way around the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort course. Among the celebs playing this year are local Stanley Cup hero Tyler Johnson, NFL Hall of Famers Marcus Allen and Eric Dickerson, Gonzaga legend Adam Morrison and men’s basketball coach Mark Few, not to mention entirely too many former Boston Red Sox for this Yankees fan’s taste (Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino). There will be food trucks and beer gardens to keep you energized for the action. The Showcase has raised more than $17 million since its start in 2014, even after being forced to keep the clubs in the bag in 2020. — DAN NAILEN The Showcase • Sat, July 31 at 7:30 am • $20; Ages 13 and under free • Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course • 900 S. Floating Green Dr., Coeur d’Alene •


It’s a rare occasion for tickets to the annual Watershed music festival hoedown throwdown to still be available a week before the big show, so this might be the year for country fans who’ve never pulled the trigger to head over to the Gorge. The lineup is stacked with artists who easily fill arenas and amphitheaters on their own, including Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi and many more spread across three days and nights at one of the more stunning concert venues in the country. The coolest aspect might be the “Next in Nashville” lineup, which includes several up-and-coming country artists, many of whom aren’t your typical White dudes; Brittney Spencer, Reyna Roberts and Tiera are among the 14 rising stars that will be featured this weekend. — DAN NAILEN Watershed • Fri, July 30-Sun, Aug. 1 • $215 for three-day pass • The Gorge Amphitheater • 754 Silica Rd., George, Wash. •

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Join Spokane native Kacy Tellessen at the book launch party for his memoir, Freaks of a Feather, and get a copy of the book, a brisket dinner, and the chance to hear more about Tellessen’s personal experiences shared in the book. Freaks of a Feather recounts Tellessen’s experiences as an infantryman, aka an “American Grunt.” Fresh out of high school, Tellessen enlisted in the Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq twice from 2005 to 2009. Though Tellessen thought his experiences might follow the path of the hero’s journey like in the stories he read growing up, what happened was far from it. In reality, his experiences were complicated, conflicting and traumatic, which he captures in the memoir. The book launch begins with food and beer for the guests, followed by a reading from the memoir and a Q&A session. — LILLIAN PIEL Freaks of a Feather Book Launch Party • Sat, July 31 from 5-8 pm • $50 • The Spangle Service Club • 165 N. Main St., Spangle •


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This inaugural arts festival from the nonprofit Friends of Manito unites the Inland Northwest’s creative community in one of the region’s most iconic settings: picturesque Manito Park. The daylong event offers artist booths from recognizable names in the arts scene, including Chris Bovey of Vintage Print, who created the festival poster featuring a design motif inspired by Manito’s Rose Garden. The festival itself takes place on the expansive green just east of Duncan Gardens. After browsing artist booths, grab a bite to eat from one of several local food trucks slated to be on-site — including boba tea from Tea’s Company and ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s — and relax on the lawn while listening to tunes from local musician Kyle Richard. There also will be kids’ craft activities and a photo booth. While you’re there, consider a stroll through Manito’s recently reopened Japanese garden, where the koi pond has been restored to conserve water. — CHEY SCOTT

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More than a half-century and going strong, Art on the Green returns for its 53rd run after last year’s online celebration. Everyone’s happy to be back for the three-day arts fete, including more than 100 artists and more than 500 volunteers who make the event possible. Held on the shaded grounds of North Idaho College just west of downtown Coeur d’Alene, which is also hosting its annual summer Street Fair that same weekend (there’s a free shuttle between the two concurrent events), Art on the Green offers the chance to buy directly from local artists. Shoppers will find everything from wood- and leatherwork to art in glass, clay, fiber and paint. Kids can get crafty in a Children’s Art Garden, plus there’s food vendors to satisfy any craving and live entertainment all weekend. — CHEY SCOTT Art on the Green • Fri, July 30 from 10:30 am-10 pm; Sat, July 31 from 10 am-10 pm; Sun, Aug. 1 from 10 am-4 pm • Free • North Idaho College • 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene •

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saving our homes. I cannot put into words how thankful I am for all the hard work you are putting in this summer. You are truly heroes.


I SAW YOU O’DONNELL’S CUTIE! You were waiting for someone who didn’t arrive; I was enjoying a Guinness and the view! We chatted about the COVID restrictions finally being lifted. I was in a blue shirt and jeans, and a bad haircut! The owner chatted us up and said he was dating someone new, and I got too shy to ask you out! Happy early or late St. Pat’s Day! SHORT GIRL — SACRED HEART DOCTOR’S BUILDING 7/20 I got the elevator on the fifth floor. You, short girl, came from the upper floors. You asked me what floor? I said, “main floor.” You said, “Good, that’s where we are going.” You sounded cute under your mask. You told me to “have a good day” as you got off the elevator. I said, “you too.” Do you want to continue this awkwardness over coffee? Leave me a message at my Google voice — 509-720-7612 — or email

CHEERS FIREFIGHTERS ARE HEROES A big thank you to all the firefighters from the West Plains, as well as the multiple surrounding communities and states for responding to the Andrus fire and

81 MILLION So the City of Spokane is Grappling with how to “Spend” $81 Million. If they are releasing $81 Million, you can imagine how much they have kept for themselves — a number that even THEY would be embarrassed by if the public would find out! So the future of this money IS a real question. In a world of frantic political correctness there are all kinds of feelgood ratholes this could go down. Support of wastrels and slackers looking for More handouts — for which there have been many opportunities. And I’m sure more to come. Don’t get me entirely wrong this has been a period of unprecedented earnings for some and frightening disaster for others — desperate to hold on. Plus as stated above the chance of a lifetime to steal as much as possible. It used to be (Yes I’m old) that people were worried about handing their children and grandchildren overwhelming debt — BOY!!! are those days gone! So my two cents? (Well, at this inflationary period, it’s probably more like 10 cents.) If you don’t support little businesses that actually make this city survive and the people they hire (when the few want to work), then it doesn’t matter how you throw this money away. The big multimillion-dollar companies have already hit the gravy train hard! Without the little firms you won’t be around in the future anyway. The continual reports are the carrion are Always there with their hand out. And the honest don’t really want to take the money, But they are the ones that make this City survive. Be Smart City Hall! For once in your lives! NEAR NATURE, NEAR GARBAGE It’s too bad the slogan for Spokane is “Near Nature, Near Perfect” because a more accurate slogan would be “Near Nature, Near Garbage.” Along much of


the Centennial Trail is exactly that. On any given day, one can see garbage vehicles parked for multiple days at the parking area just due east of the Greene Street Bridge as well as that close to Avista. Often, there is dirty clothing and other garbage on the trail close by. Dirty tents are set up on both sides of the river between the bridge and Avista, as well as east of SCC. It

SMOKERS To the person driving the silver Nissan license #***5278 on Pines Road on Friday the 23 at 7:15pm. You threw your lit cigarette out the window on the freeway bridge. Have some respect for the rest of the world. With the fire danger extreme, it’s just plain being careless and A$$hole. Grow up, mommy is not picking up after you.

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makes it really difficult for taxpayers to use and advertise the trail to others because of the filth and omnipresence of those camped out at all times along the river along with their garbage. Along these same lines, graffiti seems to be getting worse. The hardworking people who are putting up the new north/south corridor barely get a wall up and some talentless fool paints something ridiculous on it. In most cities where there is a lot of graffiti, at least it’s often interesting or well done, but that’s not the case in Spokane. Instead, it’s a silly cartoon or symbol created by someone with no talent or eye for art. Can someone get rid of these “people” (term used loosely)? Is it possible for law enforcement to move these people along? What about Seattle? That’s a nice place for people who want to live along or in bodies of water without paying for housing costs. PISSED OFF 1978 WSU ALUMNUS WSU Football Coach Nick Rolovich needs to be terminated as soon as possible. The students, coaches and WSU staff do not deserve the embarrassment this cretin has bestowed upon them. This guy is not the leader we are looking for at WSU. No more money from this alumnus until Rolovich rolls out!

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BOAT LAUNCH ETIQUETTE OK, it’s quite apparent that kayaking and paddle boarding are increasingly popular pastimes, bringing hundreds more people to area waters. That’s awesome. But with this influx comes the issue of knowing the procedure for putting your watercraft in and taking it out of a lake or river while using an official launch. There have always been people who ignore the “No Swimming / No Fishing” signs at these sites. Despite these scofflaws, they usually get the hell out of the way when I’m trying to put in or take out my small fishing boat using a boat trailer (which requires a bit of skill even without people lingering about the launch). True, some of these dullards continue swimming and fishing, letting their toddlers play within feet of my moving trailer, but they are not likely to read this, so that’s that. It’s you, my fellow outdoors people, who I’m addressing. The most common behavior I’ve dealt with is kayakers who bring their vehicle to the launch (which is fine — I get it — some people don’t have the strength to carry the kayak to the water), but then basically set up their whole goddamed day right there! I’m talking bags, coolers, paddles, flotation devices, fishing gear...whatever floats their boat! People! Do that shit

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can, move quickly and safely, but GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY! CDA CRYING ABOUT NELLY PERFORMING Jeers to everybody crying about Nelly performing at the Kootenai County Fair; diverse music is good. Nobody says anything when bro country artists come — they sing about beer, sex-getting the girl, and smoking, but it’s all good bc they mention God every now and then. Stop being hypocrites. Other people have a right to enjoy their preffered music too. I’m glad the fair board isn’t pandering to everybody crying about this. Kootenai County is changing — get over it. Some people enjoy rap — get over it. Live and let live. And GREAT JOB to the fair board!! n













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CARING FOR KIDS Morning Star Boys’ Ranch is celebrating 65 years providing essential programs to at-risk youth. This fundraiser supports the children in Morning Star’s residential, foster care, case aide and in-home wrap around care programs, and features a wine by El Corazon paired with dinner, plus live music, and dessert. Aug. 6, 5:30-9:30 pm. $150. Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. caring-for-kids (509-448-1202 x 200) CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Join the Orchard Ridge to celebrate 100 years in Coeur d’Alene. Boarding begins at 1:30, with a 1:45 departure for the Historic J.C White House. The cruise features entertainment by Kathy Colton. Call Orchard Ridge at 208-664-8119 to purchase tickets. Aug. 8, 1:30-4 pm. $100/person, $1000/table of 8. (208-664-8119) POOLSIDE YOGA ON THE FARM Enjoy an hour long, all-levels welcome, outdoor yoga class overlooking beautiful Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary. Preregistration required. Proceeds support the sanctuary. Ages 7+. Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 at 9 am. $15. Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary, 16602 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd.


ZERO LAG LAUGHS A fast-paced short-form improv show for the whole family. The format is generally gamebased and relies on audience suggestions to fuel each scene. Fridays from 7:30-9 pm through July 30. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. PHILLIP KOPCZYNSKI Born and raised in the mountains of Eastern Washington, Phillip Kopczynski started comedy at 11 doing pratfalls to make his sister laugh. Now he’s a reluctant nice guy and father who just wants to occasionally play in the wilderness and make city-dwellers laugh. Family friendly. Optional dinner at 6:45 pm. July 31, 7 pm. $15. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls. SAFARI Blue Door’s version of “Whose Line,” a fast-paced improv show with a few twists and turns added. Rated for mature audiences/ages 16+. Reservations recommended. Saturdays from 7:30-9 pm. $8. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. BILL ENGVALL The comedian, actor and writer, best known for his work on Blue Collar Comedy Tour and Them Idiots Whirled Tour, returns to Coeur d’Alene Casino. Aug. 5, 7 pm. $40+. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw, Worley, Idaho. TAYLOR TOMLINSON When Taylor’s new hour-long Netflix special, “Quarter Life Crisis,” debuted February 2020, she added another red-letter win to her already impressive comedic resume. Past performances include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, CONAN, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, and Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup. Aug. 5, 7:30 pm, Aug. 6, 7:30 & 10:30 pm and Aug. 7, 7:30 & 10:30 pm. $25-$35. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. RODNEY CARRINGTON As one of the top 10 highest-grossing touring comedians for the past 10 years, Carrington’s mingling of comedy and country music has him on track to continue that trend.

Aug. 6, 7:30 pm. $49/$59/$79. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd.


ROOTS OF WISDOM Children and families can discover the unique partnership between cutting-edge western science and traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples. Through the voices of elders and youth, storytelling, handson interactives and clever video games, visitors can take part in the growing movement towards sustainability and reclamation of age-old practices. Exhibit designed and produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Through Sept. 5; Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm. $5-$12. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. (509-456-3931) COEUR D’ALENE STREET FAIR Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s 29th annual community street fair is a festival along Sherman Ave. with vendor booths, live music, food and much more. The event is the same weekend as Art on the Green at North Idaho College, with a free shuttle bus between each. July 30-31 from 10 am-8 pm, Aug. 1 from 10 am-5 pm. Free. FREE SHRED DAY Protect yourself from identity theft with free professional document shredding. To provide this service to as many customers as possible, shredding is limited to two banker boxes per household. Shredding provided by DeVries Business Services. July 31, 10 am-noon. Free. North Spokane Library (44 E. Hawthorne Rd.) and Spokane Valley Library (12004 E. Main). (893-8350) FRIENDS OF MANITO ART FESTIVAL A celebration of local art and artists on the green east of Duncan Garden, with live music, food trucks, kids activities and more. July 31, 11 am-6 pm. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. (509-456-8038) GIZMO’S UPSCALE GARAGE SALE Electronics, tools, fabric, art supplies, bits and bobs, and doo-dads galore! We’re cleaning out the Maker Space. Come see what we have to offer on Saturday during July 31, 10 am-4:30 pm. Free. Gizmo-Cda, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Hedlund Building, Suite 142. gizmo-cda. org (208-929-4029) SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE Downtown Spokane hosts its second annual downtown-wide sidewalk sale. Local businesses are encouraged to move inventory into the fresh air and, if desired, offer discounts and promotions to help stimulate activity in downtown. July 31 and Aug. 1, 12-4 pm. downtown. MONDAY FUNDAY Riverfront Park is hosting fun activities for kids every Monday all summer. The full summer schedule is as follows: Storytime at the North Bank (Aug. 9 from 10-11:30 am); spin art at the Carrousel (Aug. 2, 11 am-2 pm); Chalk Walk at the Central Promenade (Aug. 16, 11 am-2 pm). Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. DIGITAL ART CLUB Find the perfect blend of tech and art and learn to make amazing original works. These weekly sessions explore programs like Photoshop, Procreate and Illustrator through exciting, creativity-igniting projects. No prior experience required; you’ll be given all the right tools and skills for each

project. Wednesdays from 3-5:30 pm through Aug. 25. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. spark-central. org (509-279-0299) THE 24-HOUR NEWS CYCLE & HOW IT CREATED A WORLD OF NEWS JUNKIES Presented by author and journalist Lisa Napoli, author of “Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR” and “Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News.” She discusses how key figures at CNN and NPR changed daily news for Americans forever. Presented with media partner Spokane Public Radio. Aug. 5, 6:307:30 pm. Free. Online; register at at

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53RD ANNUAL ART ON THE GREEN This summer, 115 artists, a variety of musicians and performers and volunteers come together to present the 53rd annual Art on the Green. In addition to art and entertainment, the event offers food vendors, a Children’s Art Garden and many local and national artists in the outdoor Juried Art Show. July 30-31 from 10 am-9 pm; Aug. 1 from 10 am-4 pm. Free. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. DEPARTURE FESTIVAL A live music event in a safe environment for all, while supporting the health of our planet and encouraging social consciousness and responsibility. Lineup includes: Nattali Rize, Tim Snider & Wolfgang Timber, Amber Lily, Jus Wright, The Shift River City Roots, Dead Man’s Gold, Whensday, Anthony Ray and more. Camping included with weekend pass; kids 14 and under free. Happy Meadows is a light pine forest with shady and sunny spots for camping. See website for more information. Aug. 6-8. $65. Happy Meadows Venue, 5470 Hwy. 231. departurefestival (360-774-2581) LOCALFEST Celebrate the talent of the Inland Northwest with a diverse group of vendors, musicians, food trucks and more. Highlights include 100+ vendors, all day music, international cuisine, fair food, lawn games, beer garden, inflatables and more. Aug. 8, 11 am-8 pm. $5. Greyhound Park & Event Center, 5100 Riverbend Ave. BAZAAR In addition to hundreds of locally made goods at this annual arts market, this year’s Bazaar includes other festivities including an official beer garden from Flatstick Pub and kids activities by the Botanical Alchemists inside the Atrium at River Park Square. Aug. 7, 11 am-9 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane.

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PAVILLION PARK SUMMER FEST: TOY STORY 4 Liberty Lake’s annual summer event series, with weekly outdoor movies at local parks. Screenings start at dusk. July 30. Free. Orchard Park, 20298 E. Indiana Ave. VANDAL SUMMER CINEMA SERIES Classic throwbacks, suspenseful action and comedies are center stage for the University of Idaho’s Summer Cinema series. Half of this year’s movies are on the Theophilus Tower Lawn; the other half at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center parking lot. Fridays at 9 pm through Aug. 26. Free.

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EVENTS | CALENDAR FILMED IN NORTH IDAHO MOVIE NIGHT: SMOKE SIGNALS The Museum of North Idaho presents this series in partnership with Hayden Discount Cinemas. Come at dusk for the award-winning film Smoke Signals, drive-in style. Aug. 4, 7-10 pm. $10. Hayden Discount Cinema, 300 W. Centa Ave. exhibits-tours-events/events ICE AGE MOVIE MARATHON Join Riverfront Park for an Ice Age movie marathon featuring the five-movie animated series. Movies show on Wednesday evenings at the Ice Age Floods Playground in Riverfront Park. The screen is located southwest of the large slide tower. July 14-Aug. 11; Wednesdays from 8-10 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. MET LIVE IN HD: RIGOLETTO (2013) Michael Mayer’s acclaimed production, first seen in the 2012-2013 season, sets the action of Verdi’s masterpiece in 1960 Las Vegas: a neon-lit world ruled by money and ruthless, powerful men. Aug. 4, 6-9:18 pm. $12. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. (208-882-4127)


AUTHENTIC CULTURAL DINNER Experience traditional tribal hospitality, including foods/cuisine, storytelling, dance, and drum. Dinner includes: smoked huckleberry salmon, venison stew, green salad with huckleberry vinaigrette, St. Mary’s rice pilaf, cheesecake with huckleberry sauce and vegetables. Vegan/ gluten-free options available if request made in advance. July 29, 6:30-8:30 pm. $75. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw. (800-523-2464) A NIGHT WITH FAIR ISLE BREWING Enjoy a curated list of Fair Isle’s farmhouse ales paired with a thoughtful 6-7 course food menu featuring locally sourced produce from Spokane’s neighboring farms. Fair Isle is a brewery and taproom in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood creating mixed-culture saisons that reflect the bounty of ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Reservations required. July 29. $135/person. Inland Pacific Kitchen, 304 W. Pacific Ave. facebook. com/ipkchef (509-464-6541) YAPPY HOUR Celebrate Yappy Hour with the Better Together Animal Alliance along with your canine companion at the Ponderay PetSafe Dog Park. Enjoy local beer, local music, sunshine and community. Last Thursday of the month from 4-7 pm through Sep. 30. Free. Ponderay Petsafe Dog Park, 870 Kootenai Cuttoff Rd. FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS Downtown Spokane is shutting down Wall Street every Friday this summer to offer a variety of local food trucks and entertainment. Appearances by: Mixed Plate, Skewers, Crate, One Night Stand, D. Lish’s, Mangia, Mac Daddy’s, Toby’s BBQ, Tacos Camargo, Crepe Cafe Sisters, Daily Bread, Farmer’s Daughter, Ben & Jerry’s and Bombshell Sweets. Fridays, 11 am-2 pm through Sept. 24. RIDE & DINE Every Friday in July and August, enjoy a scenic gondola ride, live music and a savory mountaintop barbecue. Lift ticket is included in the price; also includes an option to mountain bike back down the mountain. Fridays from 3-7 pm through Aug. 27. $8-$55. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. (208-783-1111)

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ROCKET WINE CLASS Rocket Market hosts weekly wine classes; sign up in advance for the week’s selections. Fridays at 7 pm. Call to reserve a seat or register online. Price varies. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) WONDER FAIR A celebration of the Wonder Building and its local vendors, including High Tide Lobster Bar, Evans Brothers Coffee and Bosco Pasta & Panini. Proceeds benefit the Wishing Star Foundation. The all-ages event includes live music by the Carter Hudson Band, DJs Unifest and Moon Wild, games, a charity raffle, kids bounce house and dunk tank. Kids 12 and under eat free from any vendor; plus there are drink and ice cream specials. Aug. 1, 11 am-4 pm. Free. The Wonder Building, 835 N. Post St. YOGA & MIMOSA A guided yoga and pilates class with local instructor Sara Randall. Open to all skill levels, bring your own mat. Tickets include bottled water, keepsake glass and one mimosa. Pre-registration required. 21+. Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and Aug. 29 at 10 am. $38. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. RIVERFRONT EATS The outdoor food truck series in the park each week features a fresh lineup of locally owned food trucks; see complete schedule at link. A portion of proceeds support free and low-cost community programming in Riverfront Park. Tuesdays from 11 am-2 pm through Aug. 31. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (509-625-6600) VISTA HOUSE BEVERAGE SERVICE Enjoy views from the historic Vista House while sipping a beer for this first-ever summer event. Each Saturday in August, staff from Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park are providing beverage service at the summit, featuring seasonal selections from local breweries, plus snacks and other beverages. Saturdays from 12-6 pm through Aug. 28. Mt. Spokane State Park, 26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. (509-238-2220)


MUSIC ON MAIN Music on Main happens in Pullman’s Pine Street Plaza each Thursday evening from 6-8 pm through September. Enjoy local artists and bands; follow the Pullman Chamber’s Facebook page for updates. FRIDAYS AT THE CLOCK The WSU School of Music is hosting this new outdoor summer music series. Located between Bryan Hall and Holland Library, concerts take place every Friday in July at 6:30 pm. Free. Bryan Hall Theatre (WSU), 605 Veterans Way. thursdays-at-the-clock (509-335-7696) JULY-O-WEEN AT NYNE FT. DJ STORME A summer Halloween costume party with DJ Storme and Sativa’s Cruella Birthday Drag Show (8 pm), plus a costume contest with $500 in cash prizes. 21+. Proof of covid vaccination required to be maskless and/or dance. July 31, 7 pm. $11.49. nYne Bar & Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave. MUSIC ON MONDAYS CONCERT SERIES: RUSTY & CHRISSY Rusty Jackson and Chrissy Summering bring the classic country music that will rock your world. Aug. 2, 6-7:30 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) BROWNE’S ADDITION SUMMER CONCERTS: RUSTY & GINGER A series of

three summer concerts in Coeur d’Alene Park, presented by the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council. Aug. 5, 6-8 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Park, 300 S. Chestnut St.


RIVERFRONT MOVES: YOGA IN THE GARDEN Join BEYOUTIFUL Hot Yoga in the Sister Cities Garden (located NW of the orange Howard St. bridge) for their free Yoga series in Riverfront Park. Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 am, July 29-Aug. 19. Free. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (509-625-6600) THE SHOWCASE: CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Enjoy a day at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course for the Showcase celebrity golf exhibition in Coeur d’Alene, and walk alongside your favorite celebrities from sport and screen. Includes food trucks, beer garden, lakeside views and more. July 29-31. $20. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. (855-998-4223) SPOKANE INDIANS VS. VANCOUVER CANADIANS Home game series continues. July 31, 6:30 pm and Aug. 1, 5:09 pm. $5-$14. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. LIBERTY LAKE KIWANIS FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT Help raise money to support the organization’s scholarship fund. July 30, 8 am. $100. Liberty Lake Golf Course, 24403 E. Sprague Ave. (509-255-6233) WOODRAT MINE HIKE Meet at the Priest Lake Museum parking lot for a fairly flat walk along the Lake with a single track path to the Woodrat Mine. Roundtrip is about two miles. July 30, 9 am-noon. Free. Priest Lake, Idaho. (206-443-2676) SPOKANE SHOCK VS. MASSACHUSETTS PIRATES Arena football. Game also scheduled to air on radio, TV and YouTube. July 31, 7:05 pm. $8-$58. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (279-7000) WEDNESDAYS IN THE WOODS A sixweek series of outdoor learning events hosted by the Riverside State Park Foundation, including sessions on cycling (Aug. 4), minimum impact recreation (Aug. 4), plants and animals in the park (Aug. 11), hiking in the Inland NW (Aug. 18) and music and horses in the park (Aug. 25). Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm through Aug. 25. Discover Pass is required to visit the park. Event locations vary, details and registration at learn.


LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE - THE MUSICAL Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s regional premier of this musical highlights the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family life from her Little House series. Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. through Aug. 1. $22-$39. University High School, 12320 E. 32nd Ave. (509-368-7897) WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT An outdoor evening performance in the MAC’s amphitheater of William Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy Twelfth Night (or What You Will). Purchase and enjoy a cold beverage (non-alcoholic, beer and wine available),

and freshly popped popcorn. Directed by Chelsea DuVall and produced by Josephine Keefe. July 29-31 at 7 pm, Aug. 1 at 5 pm. $10-$15. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. sales. (509-456-3931) A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Spokane Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Spokane Shakespeare Society to present the inaugural season of Shakespeare in the Park to Riverfront, featuring free, family-friendly performances. Shows are Aug. 6-29; Thu-Sat at 6:30 pm and Sun at 2 pm. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to showtime. Pavilion at Riverfront, 574 N. Howard St. (509-625-6000)


AMERICAN ORIGINAL: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: An exclusive selection of original prints, paintings, manuscripts and personal possessions that together tell the incredible story of a man who overcame many obstacles to attain international recognition. Through Sept. 19; Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm. $5-$12. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. (509-456-3931) COFFEE + ART IN THE GARDEN Coffee, tea, refreshments and conversation, with occasional demonstrations and music. Thursdays from 10 am-noon through Aug. 26. Free. Create Arts Center, 900 W. Fourth St., Newport. SAP PRESENTS: MARGOT CASSTEVENS, MARIAH BOYLE & JESSICE Margot Casstevens and Mariah Boyle collaborated for “Swap,” creating a series of large drawings. Breaking the ‘pandemic ice’ and reaffirming connection, they created these works through exchange, each drawing into the other’s work. Also featured is artist Jessice’s “bill and coo,” a new immersive video and sound installation. July 2-31; open Fri 4-8 pm and Sat 1-5 pm. Closing reception July 30, 5-8 p. Free. Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main Ave. (509-350-3574) ART EXHIBITION & OPEN STUDIO Local artist Adam Blalock showcases works from the previous five years (2017-21). First trained as a horticulturist, Adam switched his focus to fine art after visiting England and discovering the works of the old masters. Complimentary snack and drinks available; all are welcome to attend. At 618 W. 17th Ave., Spokane. July 31-Aug. 1, 12-8 pm. (509-570-6287) BASIC IMPRESSIONISM USING COLOR BLOCKING TECHNIQUES Trying to be looser in your landscape renderings? Painting/drawing in an impressionistic manner is about capturing the shape of something and trusting the process. Meets Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, Aug. 4-18. $80. Spokane Art School, 811 W. Garland Ave. FIRST FRIDAY Art galleries and businesses across downtown Spokane and beyond host monthly receptions to showcase new displays of art. Aug. 6, from 5-8 pm. Details at


DRAG CULTURE: BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT Join drag king performer Ceasar Hart and explore the history of drag culture and why it is so important for many in the LGBTQ+ community. July 29, noon and Aug. 27, 6 pm. Free. Online at

AFTER THE BLAST: MOUNT ST. HELENS 40 YEARS LATER In this talk, Eric Wagner goes on a journey through the blast zone, exploring not just the surprising ways plants and animals survived the eruption, but also the complex roles that people have played, all while showing how fascinating Mount St. Helens is 40 years after the blast. July 30, 11 am and Sep. 10, 2 pm. Free. Online at humanities. org ARS VITAE: COFFEE, TEA & PHILOSOPHY A book discussion of “Calling BS: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World.” Ars Vitae is a discussion group where attendees enjoy the depth of philosophical thought throughout all human history in light of art, science, culture and cuisine. July 31, 10:30-11:30 am. Free. Little Garden Cafe, 2901 W. Northwest Blvd. events/279268637/ (509-328-5500) FREAKS OF A FEATHER BOOK LAUNCH PARTY Join Kacy Tellessen and Latah Books for the launch of his memoir, “Freaks of a Feather.” Tellessen’s memoir is a glimpse of what it’s like to be an American Grunt at war. Includes a reading at 6 pm followed by a Q&A and book signing. July 31, 5-8 pm. $30-$50. Spangle Service Club, 165 N. Main St. (509394-4740) GOSSIP GIRLS LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM A special event in the Campbell House full of gossip, games and calling cards. Test your skills against living history actors in a game of croquet; or offer a calling card as you discuss the important news of the day. July 31 from 11 am-3 pm. $5-$12. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. (509-456-3931) HUMANITY IN PRINT: LITERATURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS Professor Richard Middleton-Kaplan shares stories about human rights activists he has encountered throughout his academic career. What these activists endured was shocking, yet they found meaning and beauty in literature, and so can we. July 31, 11 am. Free. Online at WRITING AS SELF-LOVE Writing a collection of poetry about trauma was never a dream of Chelsey Richardson’s, but she did want to be a writer, and expressing her pain through writing gave her a tool for self-love, joy, and liberation. In this writing workshop, Richardson fuses the ancient art of African storytelling with modern spoken word poetry to show audiences how putting difficult emotions into words can help us heal from traumatic experiences. Aug. 3, 2 pm. Free. Online at BROKEN MIC Broken Mic, Spokane’s longest-running weekly poetry open mic, makes its live return to Neato Burrito. All ages, however, this is a free speech event. Food and drink specials available. Weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30-9 pm. 6:30-9 pm through Dec. 29. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (509-847-1234) THE GIRLS WHO STEPPED OUT OF LINE BY MARI EDER For fans of “Radium Girls” and history and WWII buffs, “The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line” chronicles the lives and experiences of 15 unknown women who served, fought, struggled, and made things happen during WWII, in and out of uniform. Join Auntie’s and Major General Mari K. Eder for this free online event; register online. Aug. 4, 7-8 pm. Free. event (509-838-0206)

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BY WILL MAUPIN which is a medical term for cannabis addiction. Since 2010, the percentage of schizophrenia diagnoses associated with cannabis use disorder in Denmark has been between 6 and 8 percent. Researchers speculate that an increase in the prevalence of cannabis use, combined with an increase in cannabis potency over the same time span, is contributing to the rise in schizophrenia associated with cannabis use disorder. The study from Denmark is far from the first to look at the connection between cannabis and schizophrenia. In 2020, researchers from the California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences & Psychology systematically reviewed previous studies on cannabis and schizophrenia. Of the 12 studies they looked at, 10 showed a causal link between cannabis use and schizophrenia and eight directly implicated THC as the chemical at fault. Many of these studies found only a

causal link between cannabis and schizophrenia among people predisposed to developing schizophrenia even without cannabis use. Conversely, six of the studies looked at in the California study found that CBD could be beneficial in helping treat schizophrenia. Recently, as stigma and regulations surrounding the plant have lessened, research has increased. That’s important, because as stigma and regulaLETTERS tions recede, cannabis Send comments to use has increased as well. Which has led to a need for better understanding of the plant and its effects. This news from Denmark might not be good news, per se, but it’s better than not knowing at all. n

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Call me old-fashioned, but I find humility attractive, and I’m disturbed by the lack of it in a guy I’ve been dating. He seems to need to keep telling me how desirable he is, like by mentioning he dated some Instagram model and saying, “I’m used to being the smartest guy in the room,” when he initially lied about going to a top-tier university and had actually failed out of community college. I find his lack of humility to be a big turnoff, AMY ALKON but my friends keep telling me not to be stupid: He’s a sweet, considerate good guy, who seems to love me. —Disturbed The guy probably figures there’s a reasonable explanation for why you’re with him, like still-lingering impairment from a concussion you got walking into a pole while texting or a rogue amoeba screwing with your brain function. Though you’re getting icked out by what you see as a lack of humility — a guy preoccupied with his own greatness and shoving it at you — consider the sorts of things that require his type of hard sell: for example, cricketburger sliders — as opposed to the bacon cheeseburger variety. You might also consider that the way most people see humility — as not being a showoff, downplaying and even denying one’s talents and accomplishments — seems to be off-base. Though humility has become a hot topic of study, an evidence-based definition of humility remained elusive. Researchers have merely described the ways humble people tend to think and behave. For example, according to clinical psychologist June Tangney, humble people have an accurate view of themselves (“not an underassessment,” but a realistic one). They’re willing to acknowledge mistakes, gaps in their knowledge, and their limitations. And they’re open to “new ideas, to contradictory information, and also to advice.” Social psychologist Mark Leary observes that this description of humble people “is probably correct on average.” But it falls short of identifying the “fundamental nature of humility.” Hoping to drill down to a definition, Leary and his grad student, Chloe C. Banker, ran two studies. Their findings support his hypothesis on how humility should be defined: “Humility is characterized by the belief that, no matter how great one’s accomplishments or positive characteristics,” they don’t entitle one to special treatment. Say there’s a famous actor with more Oscars than he has cousins. If humility is one of his character traits, he won’t see his acting accomplishments as a reason he should be treated specially “overall, as a person,” Leary explains. “Overall, as a person” means that, outside the acting domain, he doesn’t feel entitled to be treated differently — better than other people — unlike the sort of pompous power lord who demands a seat on an overbooked plane with “Do you know who I am?!” Answer: “Yes, sir. You’re a tiny little man with an ego bloated like a dead body that’s been floating in the East River for days.” This brief tour of the research on humility should tell you that the problem with your man probably isn’t a lack of it. Chances are insecurity is the actual issue: his feeling not enough for you or, more problematically, being not enough for you. If it’s the latter — if you’re actually much higher in “mate value” — the problem may not be fixable. There’s a term, “positive assortative mating,” describing similar individuals being drawn to each other. Say a woman’s what we call a “10” — gorgeous and also kind, intelligent, and charismatic (basically, a major catch). The 10 and a man who’s a 9.5 (or even an 8) have a chance of making it as partners, but a 10 and a 6 likely have poor prospects. Ultimately, when the shine wears off the relationship, the partner with much higher mate value will start to see the other like a couch that looks shabby in the afternoon sunlight. But say you’re a 9 and the guy simply feels like a 5 — but is really an, oh, 8.7, or even a 9.5. If that’s the case, you can help him bridge the gap between who he is and how he feels. Research on the “dependency paradox” by psychologist Brooke C. Feeney suggests that in a relationship, when the more emotionally secure partner shows their insecure partner a lot of affection —like through frequent texts, touch, and conversation — it allows the insecure partner to relax and stop clinging. Feeney’s research is about loving dependence leading to independence, meaning it doesn’t directly apply to your situation, the constant Cirque du So Look At Me Now! Chances are you’ll eventually have to (gently) tell the guy there’s no need for this, lest he keep working overtime to dazzle you out of noticing that the pet name that suits him best is probably “sinkhole.” n ©2021, 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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