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rump and Charlottesville. What can we say? One writer summed things up succinctly — in Donald Trump’s world there is no public interest, only Trump’s personal interest. He attacks anyone who criticizes anything that he has done or said, because that person is not just taking issue with a policy position; rather, he is attacking Trump personally. This is where you end up when your sense of a public interest begins and ends with your own ego. The truth of the matter is that Trump himself set all this in motion six years ago, when he charged that President Obama wasn’t born in America; the “birther” issue. Then he doubled down with “Lock her up!” referring to Hillary Clinton. Both charges were nothing more than crass appeals to his hatemonger base. And it worked. Now, it turns out that he can’t hide. And he has nowhere to run. He exposed himself on the day of the attack in Charlottesville when he refused to use the terms “white nationalists” and “racists” and asserted that there was blame to go around. The president could have defused the situation had he done the right thing by denouncing both, by calling what happened at the home of Jefferson what it was — a racist, terrorist attack, which his Attorney General has now done. But he didn’t. He just couldn’t bring himself to denounce his base — and that’s who those rioters are, his base. Were he to be straightforward, his base would feel rejected, and might then reject him, and that would just not do. So he waffled, stopping far short of saying what John F. Kennedy would have said — for that matter, what every one of the other nine presidents since Kennedy would have said. Yes, Trump really said that there was blame on both sides, another way of saying, “My base is off the hook.” After two days passed, he tried to make things right with a follow-up statement, and only succeeded in making things worse: In light of the events, his initial response and the delay, his words seemed hollow. When a CNN reporter asked Trump why he couldn’t have made this statement earlier, what did he do? Attacked the reporter for even asking the question. Back to the “fake news” diversion.
eral removed from his perch. But the debate should acknowledge certain facts: Lee thought black people inferior to whites; through his wife’s estate, he owned many slaves; and he fought for the independence of a nation founded to preserve the institution of slavery for
economic gain.” That’s the truth of the matter: The Confederacy was always more about slavery than about states’ rights. Actually, at the time, they were one and the same. All those other Confederate statues out there? Likely, many will now come under attack. Thus, with reference to McClendon’s appeal to honesty, if there are reasons why statues of Robert E. Lee or school buildings named after him should remain, it falls to supporters to make the case — and now is the time. One bottom line: Appealing to the so-called, mythical Southern “Lost Cause” won’t fix things, because the “Lost
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Cause” was — yes — the cause of slavery. Are there other justifications for keeping around Confederate statues and names? Frankly, I think so. I graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1956. Located in Arlington, Virginia, W-L, as it is known, goes by the nickname “The Generals.” So do we take away the Lee name? Take away “The Generals”? I wouldn’t support that — it would rise above my personal level of political correctness. My point: You can’t airbrush the likes of a Robert E. Lee from Virginia history. Nor should you. I mean, Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, for crying out loud. As did most of the other Founding Fathers from south of the Mason-Dixon line. Now, if you ask me if I would support taking the “George Wright” out of “Fort George Wright Drive,” I’m all in. The U.S. Army colonel is best known for hanging the Yakama chief Qualchan, who came into Wright’s camp on Latah Creek under a white flag, in September 1858. A serious President of the United States would seize on what happened in Charlottesville and use it as a teaching moment. Unfortunately, teaching moments are way, way beyond Donald Trump’s emotional, moral and intellectual capacity. What we have here is a rabble-rouser, a man who instead of attempting to teach us, can only yowl about “fake news.” n
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COMMENT | OPTIMISM Art Museum right now) that, through brilliant colors, celebrates and wonders about our place in this universe. And we need events like the Women’s March, where new leaders stand up and people come together to not just protest, but build joyful community filled with possibility for the future. The reality is that pessimism is no more inherently sophisticated or realistic than optimism. Hope alone, of course, won’t produce victories, but without a belief in the possibility of a better world, how will we know what to aim for?
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The Power of Hope Believe that progress is still possible, act on that belief, and share your vision BY JOHN T. REUTER
ur politics, on both the right and the left, have become darker, more cynical, and more about what we hate than what we hope for. We’ve come to mistake cynicism for intellect, overt darkness for depth. It’s a phenomenon that’s hardly limited to politics. Our movies, books and art all increasingly celebrate darker visions of reality. We live in the age of antiheroes, bleak canvases and tragic endings. We canonize the dreary and idolize the pessimists. It’s just all so damn depressing.
Look, I get it. There’s plenty to be depressed about. We live on a planet that we’re literally burning up. In the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, we see good people assaulted, and in one instance killed, by white supremacists driven by our species’ darkest demons. And nuclear destruction seems more plausible than it has in decades. So things are bad. But bad times were made for heroes. In fact, they demand them. What our world needs, in both our culture and our politics, is a new imagining of what’s possible. We need movies like The Martian that imagine our potential, ingenuity and ability to survive. We need art like the “Infinity Mirrors” (a show on display at the Seattle
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And right now, we must aim high. We can’t allow setbacks to cause us to set lower expectations. That said, prolonged hope — the kind we need right now — will require pragmatic idealism: The realization that progress rarely, if ever, happens in one fell swoop, but instead in a series of more minor victories, often reached through compromise, that add up over time. Being hopeful, after all, doesn’t mean we can’t also recognize that it’s not going to be an easy journey. While injustice can strike repeatedly and randomly, like lightning from a storm, justice requires a never-ending marathon to be achieved and maintained, regardless of the weather. But beyond the metaphors, the mixed metaphors and pop-cultural shout-outs, what am I actually suggesting that we do? Here are three concrete things: First, believe that progress is still possible, and that we can find ways to come together to improve this world and solve our greatest challenges. Second, act on that belief through art, activism and just plain conversation. Third, talk to people — and not just those who already agree with you. Share your vision, but also listen to theirs. Find common ground and move forward together, step by step. Not everyone will join us on this journey, but if history is any guide, enough of us will. Ultimately, I believe hope is an essential resource in reaching a better future, and one we have the power to produce more of. So be joyful, be hopeful, and in the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, ever ever ever ever give up.” n John T. Reuter, a former Sandpoint City Councilman, has been active in protecting the environment, expanding LGBT rights and Idaho’s GOP politics.
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COMMENT | FROM READERS
Readers respond to our blog post “Two days after attending white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, WSU College Republicans’ president resigns” (8/14/17):
JESSE VAUGHAN: Refusing to support in any capacity all WSU events until this guy is expelled from the university and is back home hiding behind his mommy’s apron. LUANN HUNDLEY-SURYAN: He isn’t even signed up for this year, according to one report. How can he be the head of a college group if he is not registered? BRYAN MALCOLM: He is being denied his basic American rights of free speech and assembly. Is WSU requiring ANIFA and BLM attendees to resign? No way! CHRISTINE LARKIN: I don’t like it but you are correct. Free speech applies to everyone... even those I strongly disagree with. CHRISTINE KELLEY: No, free speech means that he isn’t arrested for it, which has not happened. Free speech does NOT mean that you are safe from the consequences of your hateful nonsense. n
Readers respond to John T. Reuter’s column “How a SpokesmanReview columnist twisted the Bible to urge bigotry against transgender people” (8/13/17):
JOEL CROW: Shutting these people up doesn’t make them go away, it only makes them consider less peaceful methods of communication than talking. Let them speak, and let us denounce it. More speech is always better than less. If people truly believe this, I would like to know who they are. JOE DELLWO: I (and about a hundred other people) gave the Spokesman a piece of my mind. And their response to the issue was very disappointing. The fact the piece had information that was just plain wrong, combined with the editor’s admission to having not read it before printing it, is so wrong. JAN MYHRE: I’ve tried for years to finish a column by Steve Massey. Never have made it to the end. His interpretations are simply too narrow to be worthy of my time. This particular diatribe crossed the Rubicon. Sure, he has the right to his opinion, but so do I. JOEL MICHAEL: There is a value in writing equally large, the counterpoint to such a lopsided viewpoint as the Spokesman-Review ran. As a transplant from the wicked west side 10 years ago, I occasionally lose sight of the fact that even though the platform is often given to the most self-righteous and backward people, the silent majority here celebrates freedom, humanity and compassion over rigid partisan/ religious ideals. n
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Know Your Neighbor Inside the effort to build the region’s first cohousing development BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL
ou’re a parent with young kids. You come home from work, already tired, but tonight, instead of having to gather enough energy to figure out what to cook, your neighbor’s already got you covered: Dinner is on the table. Or you’re a retiree who wants to maintain your independence, but have more contact with younger neighbors. You want to garden, but many projects would seem too daunting if you were going it alone, so you work with your community to maintain a plot, making the workload light. A Spokane group with members in all phases of their lives is trying to make this type of community a reality, by intentionally designing a neighborhood of homes that
are eco-friendly and more socially oriented than most American dwellings. They plan to share meals with each other on a regular basis, maintain shared green space, teach each other their trades and talents, keep an eye on each other’s kids while they play, and perhaps most important: They plan to really know the people who live next door. It’s called cohousing, and it would be the first development of its kind in Eastern Washington.
alking around a 3-acre site near the Perry District in East Central, Mariah McKay points out the many amenities on the land that the Spokane Cohousing group now has a purchase agree-
ment to buy. It’s home to the studio space currently used for Spokane Yoga Shala; higher up the hill on Garfield Street, just below East Eighth Avenue, an organic urban farm takes up three-quarters of an acre between a shop and a greenhouse. On a lower portion of the property, apple trees hide behind a solar array that powers the Haystack Building, which is home to the yoga studio and a handful of apartments. The plan is to ultimately fit a total of 36 units on the multifamily site. To the 33-year-old McKay, a development novice, the site seemed too small at first, but it turns out there will be plenty of room for them to build townhouses and flats while maintaining green space for the ...continued on next page
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garden, places to meditate and room for children to play. A centralized community building with a commercial kitchen will play a key role, as it does in cohousing communities around the country. “Right now in modern neighborhoods you have as much privacy as you want,” McKay says. “In cohousing you have shared space among people you know and trust, but you can also retreat into your own place.” McKay, a public health educator in Spokane, and her husband, Jim Dawson, program director for Fuse Washington, started Spokane Cohousing with the intention of raising their future kids in a supportive community. To start, they partnered with Susan Virnig and her husband, Bob Stilger, who’ve lived a block from the site for 40 years, as well as with CHAS Health doctor Bill Lockwood and his wife, Nikki, who have two daughters — Ellary, 16, and Risa, 14. The Lockwoods will be on their way to being empty-nesters by the time the community is built. A common theme for several families involved: They’re ready to downsize from larger homes and have a desire to share the workload of day-to-day living. “I have a big, beautiful house and I’m tired of cleaning it by myself — my teenage girls, surprisingly, are not into helping with that,” Nikki Lockwood says. “I think a lot of us want to be a part of something, and not just be doing it alone.” Many cohousing communities offer guest rooms in a shared building that can be used by relatives and friends by scheduling in advance, which saves on space and keeps everyone from heating, cooling and cleaning a bunch of empty space for most of the year, McKay says. Lockwood says she loves to cook, just not all the time, so she’s drawn to the idea of living in a community where meals could be prepared by neighbors four or five days a week, with each household cooking one of the meals about once a month.
Cheney retirees Christie and John Bruntlett, 76 and 82 respectively, got involved in the project after reading a column McKay wrote about cohousing as a contributor to the Inlander. Christie had been searching for cohousing after visiting a cousin who lives in a cohousing community in Fort Collins, Colorado, last year, but while there are several cohousing communities in Western Washington, there wasn’t anything east of the Cascades. “I liked that it was a cohesive community of people who live in close proximity by choice, and that there was a cohesiveness in the group,” she says. “They look out for each other: They can look out their kitchen windows to see children playing in the walkway between homes, and parking is around the perimeter, so you don’t have cars where children are playing.”
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She and her husband have looked at retirement communities with their kids, but agreed that’s not how they want to spend the rest of their lives. Cohousing will offer them the chance to age in place. “We’ve lived in our house 50 years now. … We raised our family here. We’ve got a large house, large garden, large yard that we don’t need anymore,” she says. “I don’t have to give up gardening because I give up this huge area. [In cohousing] I can garden as much or as little as I would like to.” The community also promises the chance to keep up their activities, learn from each other, and teach: John plays trombone and racquetball regularly, and Christie does volunteer work in the community. Other members include teachers, writers, published authors, medical professionals,
musicians, engineers, scientists, activists, realtors, facilitators, an architect, a winemaker, a TV producer, organic gardeners, marketers and cycling enthusiasts. “This is an intergenerational community that we want to be part of,” she says.
he upfront costs to build housing from scratch are steep, which is partly why younger families tend not to get involved until much later in the process, McKay says. They usually aren’t able to put up as much money at the front end, and may be more wary of the risks of investing in a project that hasn’t been built yet. For now, those who are seriously interested in joining the development can become “associate members” for $150, after which they are brought more into the fold and can decide whether the investment is something they would like to make. To become a full member costs another $350, and currently the group projects that the full costs for construction (for prices three years from now, as construction costs continue to rise) will be about $225,000 for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit, and $450,000 for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, McKay says. “I really hope we are able to accommodate younger families, because I look forward to the intergenerational aspect of it,” Lockwood says. A few years ago, Abby and Rob Roose, and their daughters Robin, 14, and Lena, 10, lived near a cohousing community in Port Townsend, where they were often invited to meals and MEET UP the girls were welcome to play. The next information They moved back to session on the cohousing Spokane in 2009, and for Abby, project is Saturday, Aug. who moved around a lot when 26 from 3 to 5 pm at the she was growing up, part of Spokane Public Library’s the draw to cohousing is really Shadle branch, at 2111 knowing your neighbors well. W. Wellesley Ave. More “A lot of people have information is available at friends they may have known spokanecohousing.com. all their lives, and when you move as much as I did, you don’t really get that. I want my kids to have that,” she says. “My husband had that growing up. ... Everybody looked out for each other, he knew everybody on the street. I think that’s been lost in large part in modern society.” Their family hasn’t fully committed to the project yet, in part because of the financial considerations. It’s expensive, she says, but there are other benefits that should be considered. “I just think for us, we want to have a life with people in it, and a life that’s environmentally friendly, and is less about stuff and more about enjoying life and having great experiences,” she says. “And I think cohousing is a great way to make that happen.” One major thing that Spokane Cohousing has going for it, aside from having land under contract to purchase, is their consultant: Kathryn McCamant of CoHousing Solutions. “Besides writing the book on cohousing, she’s been involved with so many of the developments in the United States,” Lockwood says. “[Cohousing is] really unique, but it’s been tested over and over again, and it gets tested with more and more developments. That part makes it seem not as risky.” McKay says that at the various information sessions they’ve held, where as many as 70 people have attended to learn more, the most common reason people give for their interest is a feeling of social isolation. “For two-income-earner households, people don’t have the leisure time or the social flexibility that they used to,” McKay says. “Cohousing is a way to bring the accessibility of that social life back.” Over the next four to five months, the 12 full-member families will start to design the community, and move into permitting and full design as more people come on board. “It’s an all-consuming undertaking. Our group has risen to the occasion,” McKay says. “It really does take a village to build cohousing.” n firstname.lastname@example.org
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Criminally Clueless Wedding-crashing thieves in Spokane Valley tripped up by the selfie station; plus, lengthy jail wait times for mental-health treatment could cost DSHS even more SELFIE INCRIMINATION
When WEDDING CRASHERS, the raunchy 2005 Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn comedy, was released, the smartphone hadn’t been invented. The selfie was far from ubiquitous. And the “selfie station” — where wedding attendees get their photos snapped before entering a wedding — was essentially unheard of. The selfie station, ultimately, was the downfall of Joshua and Sierra Davies, authorities say. The couple, hungry and broke and having recently viewed Wedding Crashers, allegedly decided to sneak into a celebration of matrimony last week at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. But instead of just being satisfied with dancing, drinking and snacking at the taco bar, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s office press release, the couple got greedy. They decided to snatch a box of wedding cards and gifts on their way out. It could have been the perfect crime, but the thieves made one crucial mistake. They got their pictures taken at the selfie station. The newlyweds combed through the photos from the wedding and found pictures of the unin-
vited guests. After uploading the photos to social media, the Spokane community was able to not only identify the suspects, but also where they were staying. Following up on the tips, Spokane County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Thurman found the couple at the Montvale Hotel downtown, with what appeared to be some of the stolen gifts, as well as meth, heroin, and drug-dealing paraphernalia. After admitting what they did, the release says, the couple was booked into the Spokane County Jail on theft and controlled substance charges. — DANIEL WALTERS
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The amount of time that people sit in Washington state jails waiting for MENTAL HEALTH services has actually increased, despite orders from a U.S. District Court judge to fix the problem. This month, the state was ordered to pay nearly $3 million for continuing to defy Judge Marsha Pechman’s orders. And now attorneys for Disability Rights Washington, which sued the Department of Social and Health Services in 2014, are asking
her to double the fines. Currently, the state must pay between $500 to $1,000 per inmate, per day, depending on how long each person has languished in jail. A July 2017 report indicates that some people waited as long as 79 days for treatment. Others waited as long as 62 days just to be evaluated for treatment. Judge Pechman first imposed fines on the state Department of Social and Health Services in 2016 in connection with the lawsuit. Pechman imposed the fines — which are nearing $25 million — after the state initially failed to meet a deadline to reduce jail wait times by adding more beds and staff. Attorneys for Disability Rights Washington argue that the state is ignoring recommendations of a courtappointed monitor and say the contempt fines should increase. “In short, [DSHS] have the means and the solution needed to reach compliance but have failed to take all reasonable steps to comply,” Emily Cooper, attorney for Disability Rights Washington, writes in a recently filed court document. DSHS says it’s restrained by budget appropriations and insufficient staffing, despite the nearly $80 million allotted from the state budget, according to court documents. The soonest that DSHS expects to be able to comply with Pechman’s ruling is 2020. A hearing on the increased fines will be held in September. — MITCH RYALS
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CHARLOTTESVILLE Two days after Washington State University College Republicans President JAMES ALLSUP attended Saturday’s white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Allsup (pictured) resigned from his position. Allsup’s presence at the rally sparked backlash among the WSU community, and among College Republicans. The College Republican National Committee chairman released a statement condemning the terrorism and white supremacy displayed in Charlottesville, and specifically called on leaders who condone those events to resign. Allsup announced shortly thereafter that he was resigning, though he has defended his presence at the rally. “The truth is that a handful (fewer than 30) Nazi flagwaving morons totally hijacked the narrative from 1200+ others not with them,” he tweeted. A video has since surfaced of Allsup at the rally, marching with white supremacists, some carrying Nazi flags and Confederate flags, as they yell the N-word at bystanders. (WILSON CRISCIONE)
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A deeper look into the Spokane Police Department’s leak investigation BY MITCH RYALS
he Spokane Police Department spent four months chasing a leaker, trying to identify whoever tipped off a local blogger to the existence of an embarrassing video showing an SPD officer hurling profanities at a handcuffed suspect. Internal Affairs detectives interviewed fellow officers, scanned emails and reviewed printer logs in what ultimately was a fruitless effort to unmask the culprit, according to recently released police records. The fact that the department expended such effort in retracing the leak that revealed the unseemly body-camera footage — itself a matter of public record — has some worried that SPD is walking back its commitment to transparency. “For me, the public has a right to know where their tax dollars are going, what services they’re getting,” says Joe Walker, an SPD lieutenant who retired earlier this year. “Just take your medicine now, and get it out there. Those are easier to explain, and the public will believe and trust you more. But the minute you start leaving doubt out there, everybody is going to ask, ‘What else have you guys hidden?’” The department’s leak investigation follows an earlier decision to quietly scrub SPD’s website of internal investigations, which contain details of officer misconduct and how the department handled them. Officers and citizens had complained that their names appeared unredacted in those documents, Assistant Chief Justin Lundgren explained to city council members in February. Reviewing each file — some of which are a few hundred pages long — would take too much time, he claimed. In a previous interview, SPD Chief Craig Meidl said these decisions were not a matter of conspiracy or secrecy, but are due to a lack of resources. “Right now our level of transparency is limited by staffing,” Meidl said. The department has
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lost at least two clerical employees since former Chief Frank Straub left the department in 2015, he added.
fficer Chris McMurtrey thought the issue of him berating a suspect was finally behind him. Back in January of 2016, he wrote a letter to his supervisors taking responsibility for goading the man handcuffed in the Officer Chris McMurtrey back of his vehicle. McMurtrey faced no formal discipline for the profane back-and-forth, but he was put on desk duty and removed from the SWAT team — a coveted position. “To be blunt, I wish to take my lumps and move on, recognizing that I may face department punishment,” McMurtrey wrote. “I will take steps in the future to ensure this does not happen again.” By February 2016, the case was closed, and the only documentation of the incident on SPD’s website was a brief summary, which City Councilman Breean Beggs called “pretty tame” compared to the body-camera footage. McMurtrey’s name is not mentioned in the summary. The incident stayed quiet until local blogger and police gadfly Brian Breen received a portion of the full investigation. He then submitted a public records request for the rest. To his credit, Meidl called a news conference in February 2017 denouncing McMurtrey’s behavior, calling the interaction “the most atrocious demeanor I’ve seen in my career.” “This incident points out that when you have
a policy that doesn’t support transparency, it’s easier for people to justify leaking,” Beggs says. “The real solution in this case is to go back to prior policy, which is to post all IA investigations online to restore the public’s trust.”
urrently, the SPD website indicates that there were 50 internal investigations initiated in 2016. Twenty-six summaries of the incidents, including allegations against the officers and a description of how administrators handled the situation, are posted. Details of the remaining 24, and an additional seven cases obtained by the Inlander through a public records request, are not published. Documents obtained through the records request indicate that SPD initiated at least 78 internal investigations in 2016. At least 10 complaints initiated in 2016, ranging from disrespectful interactions to ethical violations, were sustained. One of those, a summary of which is not posted to SPD’s website, is the case against Sgt. John Gately.
“To be blunt, I wish to take my lumps and move on, recognizing that I may face department punishment.” In that case, Gately, the former Spokane Police Guild president, was accused of tipping off a fellow officer, Gordon Ennis, who was the target of a rape investigation. In a phone conversation, Gately told Ennis that Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives were writing a search warrant to collect Ennis’ DNA. When detectives showed up to serve the warrant, Ennis’ fingernails were clipped. Meidl sustained the allegations, and disciplined Gately with four months of unpaid leave. Walker, who reviewed the case before his retirement, wrote an addendum expressing his disgust over how multiple administrators handled the situation. “There are other concerns I have regarding the supervision and handling of this incident at a command level,” Walker writes. “The need for transparency and expectation from the public for the Spokane Police Department to be legitimate is extremely important. There were several errors in judgment or intentional acts committed that either hampered or compromised the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigation.” The investigation into Gately is not posted to SPD’s website because some of the details are tied to Ennis’ ongoing criminal case. The rest are part of a backlog and are waiting to be summarized, says Michele Anderson, the city’s public safety communications manager.
rom Beggs’ perspective, these recent examples emphasize the need for a uniform policy directing the department how and when to publicly release examples of misconduct. The leak investigation, he says, only undermines notable efforts that SPD is taking to be transparent and accessible. For example, police executives regularly show up at community events and neighborhood council meetings. Coffee with a Cop events offer opportunities for the public to get to know the officers, and familiarize themselves with police work. There are also citizens’ academies and the Spokane Police Athletic League. The department publishes crime statistics and has released an unflattering study about its officers’ disproportionate contact with minority suspects. “It wasn’t a true cover-up or anything,” Beggs says, referring to the leak investigation. “They were trying to do what they thought was best, but it didn’t turn out to be the best thing for the public — and for the department. It’s sort of an unforced error.” Walker, the retired lieutenant, agrees. “I think as long as I worked there, there have always been people leaking information,” Walker says. “They’ve got to know deep down this is not going to stop people from talking.” n email@example.com
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The local rental market squeezes ever tighter, spurring massive new apartment complexes, but also trapping low-income tenants without options STORY BY DANIEL WALTERS | PHOTOS BY YOUNG KWAK
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ad luck caused Camille Pinson, her fiancé and her two kids to lose their apartment. The red-hot Spokane rental market is preventing them from finding another one. Pinson had been through two weeks of hell, enduring a car accident, an emotional medical event and, finally, an apartment fire. And with that, the two-bedroom unit they’d been living in was gone. She and her fiancé were effectively homeless. She sent her kids to live with family — her 7-year-old son to Oregon and her 14-year-old daughter to Idaho. She and her fiancé are crashing on a couch in the East Central neighborhood near the Hells Angels clubhouse. She doesn’t want to be there. Here’s the problem: Even before the fire, the couple had been looking for five straight months for a new apartment to rent. By now, she says, she’s spent more than $600 on rental application fees, but every single application has been met with rejection. She says that she and her fiancé both have solid jobs. The biggest problem, she says, is her bad credit — dinged by medical debt and traffic tickets. These days, in this market, blemishes like poor credit, a criminal record or an eviction can doom a person’s apartment search from the get-go. Pinson is trying to make her family more attractive to landlords: She’s added a cosigner with better credit, The hot rental market has provided records showing they’re paying off debt and brought large, new projects, underscored their desperation. like the Bella Tess apartments “Our apartment caught on fire,” she tells property (below) in Spokane Valley, but managers. “We’re trying to find any place at all available. despite adding new units, the Can you please help us out?” vacancy rate has remained low. So far, no luck. “If I could cry, I would,” Pinson says. “I don’t even have any tears left to cry right now. It’s just been a whirlwind of shit.” The Inland Northwest has a lot of good things going for it right now. The recession is over. Unemployment is low. But finding a place to rent has become a nightmare. For the past two years, Spokane County’s vacancy rate has been 1.4 percent or lower, according to an apartment survey conducted by the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington. In other words, for every 100 apartment units surveyed, only one or two were available at the time. In Kootenai County, the vacancy rate is even lower — less than half a percent. ...continued on next page
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Due to the red-hot market, apartment units like this one, in the Bella Tess, are renting quicker and for a higher price per square foot than ever before.
“OUT OF ROOMS,” CONTINUED... Arielle Anderson, a housing specialist at the nonprofit group SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners), says it used to be worth an applicant’s time to have a personal conversation with a landlord, to share the context of their bad credit or criminal records, “to talk about how their lives are different now, about how now they are going to make better choices.” But today that strategy has become largely ineffective. “[Landlords] can just skip over that conversation because there’s a million and a half people looking for the same unit,” she says. For years, the region’s famously low cost of living has been one of the biggest selling points to attract new businesses and out-of-towners. But now even that might be in peril, as the basic laws of economics take hold: When a wave of high demand crashes against a low supply, prices shoot upward. Though new rental units are rapidly being constructed, they’re just as rapidly being gobbled up by the voracious demand for housing. The crisis has public officials debating what should be done to knock down barriers preventing more housing from being built — and what should be done to help renters survive the crunch. In the meantime, for residents like Pinson, the struggle to escape the rental squeeze is maddening. “Please message me if there is anything!” Pinson pleads in a recent Craigslist post. “At this point I am desperate!!!”
All property manager Kevin McKee has to do is click “post” for the deluge to start. It’s just after 10 am in his Monroe Street office when he puts up a notice about a four-bedroom house renting for $1,237 a month on Zillow. In less than 15 minutes, the first email requesting a
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Dina Khala, regional property manager for Greystar, says a major part of the market’s demand has come from millennials, who’d rather rent a swanky apartment they can show off on social media than buy a starter home. tour blips onto McKee’s desktop screen, filled with details about the renter’s monthly income, credit score, profession and target move-in date. A posting on Craigslist, McKee says, would have brought out a response even faster. “The number of calls you get on a vacancy is to the point where it is almost counterproductive,” McKee says. “You spend five minutes on a phone call. You get 40 of them. … When you’re spending the whole day talking on the phone about the property, you don’t get nearly as much time to show it.” The rental market has come a long way since the recession. Seven years ago, the vacancy rate was five times what it is today. You might have guessed that the demand for rentals would have boomed during the downturn, as homeowners lost their houses and jobs. Instead, the opposite happened to the rental mar-
ket: People started doubling up or moving back in with their relatives. Young people continued to live with their parents. Back then, landlords were the desperate ones; they’d cut prices or offer the first month of rent for free. But as the recession ended and the economy slowly began chugging forward again, the number of available units started to decrease. By 2014, vacancies had fallen below pre-recession levels. “We were all praising, ‘Hallelujah, here they come!’” says Ed Cushman, president of the Landlord Association of the Inland Northwest. In the past two years, rental vacancy rates nationwide have fallen to the lowest they’ve been in three decades — and Spokane County is five times tighter than that. It’s even harder to find a rental here than in King County, where rents have skyrocketed to absurd heights. As a general rule, the better the job market is in a region, the more people can afford to rent apartments instead of doubling up, and the more people flock there for work. “If they’re coming in for new jobs, they’re more likely to rent than to buy,” says Kim Sample, vice-president of multifamily operations for real estate developer NAI Black. And right now, the Inland Northwest is hovering around full employment. A year ago, it seemed like rents were holding steady, despite high demand. No longer. Like a rubber band pulled more and more until it suddenly snaps, the apartment market survey shows that the average monthly rent of a Spokane apartment unit jumped from $660 in March 2016 to $913 in March 2017 — an eye-popping 38 percent increase in a single year. (King County rents still reign supreme, at $1,617 per month.) The apartment survey, used to estimate both vacancies and rent, is an imperfect tool. Only some landlords respond to the survey, and it doesn’t include the newest
apartment complexes. But it’s clear that rents have been increasing rapidly, no matter how you look at it. “The rent increases have been more than I’ve ever seen,” says McKee, the local property manager. It’s not just the rent, either. It’s the extras. Browne’s Addition renter William Beyer says it took him nearly a year to find a new apartment in his price range. In the meantime, he says, he watched his one-bedroom apartment rent and utility fee jump from $565 to $665. The salt in the wound was the additional $75 for renting month-to-month. “We were trying to move out anyway,” Beyer says. “Then the rent increase hit and we were like, ‘We got to get out of here.’” Anderson, the housing specialist, says that a typical damage deposit had been equivalent to one month’s rent. Now, she says, some landlords are asking for deposits equivalent to the first and last month’s rents, and slapping a hefty nonrefundable fee on top of it. “Then what you’re looking at for a $600 rental, for initial move-in, would be $1,800,” Anderson says. After all, in the tussle between the landlord and tenant, a low vacancy rate hands extraordinary power to the landlord. Think of the store owner who can jack up the cost of flashlights when a hurricane’s coming. One Zillow sale listing this spring even referred to a “fixer upper” West Central duplex rental with long-term tenants as a “cash cow,” advertising that “repair and maintenance can be deferred” because of the “extremely low vacancy” rate. That has put tenants on edge, says Terri Anderson, a community organizer for the Tenants Union of Washington State, which seeks to organize tenants and educate them about their rights. Fourteen people — the most she’s ever seen — showed up for a tenant-counseling clinic last week. There are laws to protect tenants. Refusing to rent to someone because of a disability, for example, is illegal. But in this market, tenants have little leverage, and in these conditions, it’s hard to pressure landlords to take proper care of their property. Terri Anderson unspools a list of complaints she’s heard over the past year, including broken stoves, shattered windows, faulty ventilation, water dripping through light fixtures, raw sewage bubbling up from toilets, and mushrooms growing on the carpet. Normally, she says, tenants can threaten to move if, for instance, a landlord refuses to make repairs. Today, she says, they’re faced with a stark choice. “Do I want to live in my car or do I want to live in a place with wires hanging from the ceiling and water dripping down down the wall?” she says. Some landlords, like McKee, aren’t celebrating. He’s concerned that companies could refuse to locate in Spokane if there’s not enough housing. Lately, he’s worried about the human
cost. He’s seen the relationship between landlord and tenant turn sour, as desperation gives way to anger. “It’s not healthy. It’s not good for anybody,” McKee says about the current market. “These people are our neighbors. My daughter’s friends. We’re all on the same team.” The good news? The fact that it’s so much easier to make money on rental units right now is driving developers to finally build a lot more of them.
“Dense multifamily development” may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spokane Valley. But that’s where the Bella Tess, one of the largest apartment complexes to come on the market in the past year, has been built. What was once a vacant lot on Indiana Parkway east of the Spokane Valley Mall has been filled with three-story, garden-style apartment buildings, painted with bold blues and reds. “We want to create a resort-type feel here,”
“Do I want to live in my car or do I want to live in a place with wires hanging from the ceiling and water dripping down down the wall?” says Dina Khala, regional property manager for Greystar Spokane. She walks through the welcome center and to the model unit, bragging about the central heating and AC, the ping-pong tables, the exercise room and the modern design. “This is the fastest we’ve leased up a property,” says Khala. “And we’re also achieving higher rents than ever.” One-bedroom apartments here start at $950 a month and go up to $1,150. All told, 204 units have been built here. And this is just the start. Two cranes loom in the skyline nearby. One crane is building the second phase of the Bella Tess — 196 additional apartment units. A third phase may follow, depending on the apartment building’s success. The other crane is constructing the 132-unit Riverhouse senior living apartments, funded by a real estate investment company from Arizona. That’s what’s supposed to happen: There’s a high demand for a product, that product gets expensive, and so investors climb over themselves to offer more of it. Eventually, that drives down prices. More than 1,900 apartment units were built in Spokane County in 2015 and 2016, according to a tally from Valbridge Property Advisors. That number is only growing. As of this April, more than 2,100 new units are permitted and under construction — and nearly 2,200 more have been proposed. Some of that is affordable housing, aided by tax credits. Catholic Charities and Volunteers of America have built hundreds of apartment units to house the homeless — and have an additional 300-plus on the way. ...continued on next page
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HOUSING “OUT OF ROOMS,” CONTINUED... Others are much pricier projects, like the Falls, a high-end luxury development on the former YWCA property downtown that will include 120 apartments. “It’s going to be the best product coming online in Spokane ever,” says Sample, of NAI Black. Evidence of the boom is everywhere. When the Cowles Company — owners of the Spokesman-Review and the downtown River Park Square shopping mall — bought the Macy’s building downtown, it didn’t simply turn the property into another stack of retail stores. Instead, the proposed “M” building will include retail stores and office space, but also more than 100 apartment units. Sample says several clients of hers have sold their properties in Seattle, and invested in multifamily properties in Spokane. Even developers who had been wary of multifamily projects have leapt into the market. Dave Black, 59, first took over his father’s real estate development company when he was 26, but had long ago given up on building apartment complexes. “I never could make them work,” Black says. But he’s seen what’s happened to rents lately. They’ve doubled since the ’80s. And now he’s back in the game, developing the Palouse Prairie Apartments on the upper South Hill. Two buildings are done already — featuring wood-plank floors and 9-foot ceilings — and seven more are on the way. Projects that may have seemed too risky or pricey to develop in Spokane’s market suddenly make sense. Developer Ron Wells’ plan to turn the vacant Ridpath Hotel into a series of apartment units, including tiny “microapartments,” may have seemed iffy in 2013, back when the average apartment rent was just over $600. But today? “It’s much more feasible now,” Black says. “There’s really going to be demand for smaller units at a lower overall price.” Among some observers, there’s a sense that, perhaps, the apartment boom isn’t just a bubble. They see a generational shift as driving some of the demand. Today’s young people are less likely to dive straight into homeownership as they once were, local real estate experts say. “They don’t want to fix the roof and mow the lawn and spend their money on some furnace that goes bad,” Black says. “They want to go out and live their life.” This generation doesn’t want to be tied down, the thinking goes. They want flexibility, Sample says, and they want the sort of modern interiors and upgraded amenities that they couldn’t afford with their first home purchase. It’s why the marketing campaign for the Bella Tess apartments uses Facebook ads and Instagram ads to hit millennials. “They are wanting something different. They are wanting something upscale,” says Khala, the Greystar Spokane property manager. “They want something they can show off.” All combined, that means young people are still packing the rental market — and demanding fancier options. The question is whether all these new buildings will be enough to meet the new demand. As quickly as new apartments have been opening in the Spokane region, the vacancy rate has still mostly refused to budge.
Despite the boom, a few barriers continue to choke the growth of new rentals and have limited their locations. To begin with, Spokane — like much of the country — has a construction labor shortage. The recession blew a massive hole in the construction industry. Unemployed construction workers found new careers.
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Hayden Powell has lived in her car in Spokane for over a year, unable to find an apartment even with help from SNAP’s Rapid Re-Housing Program. “The only way it’s ever going to change is if people who are being screwed by the system say something,” she says. “Given the length of the downturn, they’ve retrained. outside a defined boundary. The intent was to concenThey’ve left the area,” says Joel White, president of trate development in a smaller area, instead of simply the Spokane Home Builders Association. “There’s not allowing sprawl to spill out wherever vacant land is the enough labor. Not enough electricians. Not enough framcheapest. ers.” The county has repeatedly attempted to expand that The single-family home market is just urban growth boundary. Sprawl, after as hot as the apartment market right now. all, has a hidden price tag: Longer LETTERS Combine the two, and the construction commutes and more expensive infraSend comments to workers who remained have more work structure costs. firstname.lastname@example.org. than they can handle. But French says that the availability White says one of his association’s of large, vacant tracts of residentially members called him to complain that the framers the zoned land has dwindled. The prospect of more massive, contractor had been working with had bailed to work on single-family home housing developments, like south a bigger project. But even major projects, like the Palouse Spokane County’s Eagle Ridge — where he lives — has Prairie Apartments, have had to wait in line for plumbbeen made more difficult, he says. A lot of people in ers. Spokane County, French says, don’t want to live packed “We’ve told all of our young people they are failures together. if they go into trades,” White laments. “We don’t want to hear the neighbor sneeze and say It’s not just the speed of building apartments that has ‘Gesundheit,’” French says. “We like to have privacy.” been hampered, he says. It’s the location. The city of Spokane has pushed in the opposite In Washington state, large apartments can’t legally be direction, aiming to concentrate development in the city built in rural areas. Al French, a developer and Spokane center. Four years ago, the city council voted to pull back County commissioner, points to the Washington State its multifamily tax exemptions from the outskirts of the Growth Management Act, which prevents dense developcity to concentrate them in the core. ment, like apartment complexes, from being constructed “We need a good plan,” says Jonathan Mallahan,
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director of the city’s living at an edge of a cliff, neighborhood and business not knowing what applies services department. “We to them.” could build all sorts of Spokane’s city council housing and not solve this took up one housing problem. It has to be in the issue earlier this year: right place, and it has to be Concerned that landlords the right type of housing.” were refusing to rent to Yet the city has a numpeople with federal housber of other hurdles that ing vouchers, the council developers have to navigate, passed an ordinance including height restrictions, banning landlords from ABOUT THE AUTHOR parking minimums, traffic discriminating based DANIEL WALTERS covers Spokane City studies and — in particular — on someone’s source of Hall, business and development for neighborhoods ready to rise income. the Inlander. Since 2008, Walters has up in revolt at the prospect of Some experts, howevfollowed house-flippers sniffing out a massive apartment building er, warn that new regulaforeclosures during the recession, dug next door. tions and restrictions can into the mess that dogged the vacant Major projects in Spobackfire, stymieing the Ridpath Hotel for nearly a decade, kane that could have dramatisort of new construction and explored the dramatic economic cally opened up the rental that could reduce rents. disparity between the swanky Kendall market have been defeated by Rent control — capping Yards and the low-income West angry neighbors. the amount that landlords Central neighborhood that borders Big-name developer Harcan charge for certain it. He currently rents a one-bedroom ley Douglass wanted to build units — is particularly apartment in Browne’s Addition. Reach more than 600 new apartdespised by economists. him at email@example.com or ment units in the high-income “It’s the closest thing 509-325-0634, ext. 263. Indian Trail neighborhood, in to dropping a nuclear a largely vacant zone on the bomb on a city that you outskirts of the city’s borders. can get,” says James The proposal was met with Young, director of the stiff resistance from neighbors who worried Washington Center for Real Estate Research. “It about traffic, park space, crowded schools and really is.” neighborhood character, and ultimately, the city In general, he says, investors and developcouncil unanimously rejected the zoning change ers want predictability. Big policy swings can that would have made the project possible. scare them off. “Regardless of what your politics Similarly, the backlash over the demolition of are, sometimes doing nothing is the best thing,” a historic home in Browne’s Addition — to make Young says. room for an apartment complex and townhomes But such patience is difficult for those still — caused the city council to put a moratorium on looking for a home. all demolition while the neighborhood pursues a Hayden Powell remembers what it felt like to historic district designation, which could further lose consciousness as her attacker — the woman limit development. she loved — tried to choke her out. When she Mallahan says the city has been working on fled her apartment in Pullman, she was thinking ways to build more housing within city limits, only of her safety, not her rental history. Spokane though he acknowledges that progress has been was supposed to be a new start. slow. The city, he adds, is planning to offer But nearly every night for the past 16 developers customized development plans for months, she’s curled up with blankets and pilsmaller pieces of land, handing them the ability lows in her crimson Subaru, trying to sleep. to construct Kendall Yards-style townhomes — or “It’s extremely uncomfortable,” Powell says. other dense developments — in more areas of the “I’m 6 feet tall. That hurts. I’m not exactly a city. spring chicken. I’m 39.” The city is also looking at loosening height She has a job, though cleaning houses doesn’t restrictions downtown, in exchange for guarpay much. She has a military record, though she antees that additional floors will be residential, was discharged from the Air Force because she’s Mallahan says. It’s expanding its multifamily gay. tax exemption program to improve longer-term “I’m a landlord’s dream,” Powell says. “I’m incentives by relaxing some of the affordable quiet. I’m clean. I’m organized.” housing requirements attached to the incentives. But she says that, since she owes thousands “If we can’t find a way to be more dense in of dollars to the landlord of the Pullman apartSpokane, rental prices will continue to rise,” Malment she fled from, no one has been willing to lahan says. “If we don’t react in a way that leads rent to her. to the creation of affordable and quality housing, The social services system is supposed to fix this problem gets worse over time.” issues like this: Powell says she spent four months waiting on a list to take advantage of SNAP’s Rapid Re-Housing program, which helps with In the middle of this building boom, Terri Anderdeposits and rent for three months. son, with the Tenants Union, wants to see more But in this market, being part of the Rapid restrictions on landlords. She wants required Re-Housing program can even backfire, she says. rental inspections, and wants the city to end “no“It almost puts a negative mark on me,” Powcause evictions,” like Seattle did long ago. ell says. “I’ve heard from landlords or reception“When you allow for a no-cause [eviction], ists, ‘Oh, we haven’t had the best luck with those then it can be arbitrary,” she says. “Tenants are renters.’” n
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Serious Laughs Michael Ian Black’s insightful approach to comedy defies easy labels BY DAN NAILEN
nyone who’s paid attention to comedy for the past 25 or so years has inevitably run across Michael Ian Black. It might have been during his early years as one of the founders of comedy troupe The State, or later acting in cult flick Wet Hot American Summer and its follow-up TV series. Perhaps it was when he lent his wit and one-liners to more than 50 episodes of VH1’s I Love the ’80s or its myriad decade-debating spin-offs. Maybe it was at the bookstore, through one of his seven children’s books, or four collections of essays and memoirs, or via one of his stand-up comedy specials. As a writer, actor, comedian and even game-show host, it’s impossible to put any easy labels on Black’s style. WASP-y smart-ass? Erudite shit-talker? One thing is certain, though, looking at the man’s schedule and résumé, it’s easy to understand why his dream job is something that simply lets him stay home. “I’m looking for, ultimately, a job where I don’t have to leave my house, and I don’t have to work particularly hard, or try,” Black says in an interview before hitting the road for a stand-up tour that brings him to both the Spokane Comedy Club and Auntie’s this weekend. “I think most people are looking for that job, so in that respect I think I’m like other people. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it gets harder, in terms of just staying excited and motivated. It’s ...continued on next page
Michael Ian Black appears at Auntie’s and the Spokane Comedy Club this weekend.
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one of the reasons I like doing stand-up. I think women are all too often accused of being. A big an audience does motivate me and does keep me difference, though, is that men are conditioned to excited.” avoid talking about it — something true for Black, Black’s career started with sketch comedy too, until he wrote a whole book about it. and acting; it was only after he was relatively “Male vanity and male insecurity isn’t someestablished, in his 30s, that he started doing thing most guys are comfortable talking about,” stand-up. It’s a different route to the stage than Black says. “We can kind of joke about it, but some, and one that was aided by the repetitive that’s the extent of it. Men are supposed to feel airings of the VH1 shows. Black says having fine about their bodies in particular, and I think some notoriety before starting a stand-up career most don’t. I think we’re just as vain and uptight helped him have a bit of a comfort zone, because and concerned about our appearances and how he could be relatively sure that “people are comwe present ourselves to the world as women are. ing to see you” rather than whoever is on stage at We just don’t know how to talk about it or deal the comedy club that night. with it.” Once people are in the auWriting the book and having the WEEKEND dience, of course, it’s on him opportunity to talk about it on stage C O U N T D OW N to create a funny, entertaining helped Black find some ways to deal Get the scoop on this night, and that’s something with the topic to some degree, but weekend’s events with he works at as a writer — and he admits, “I don’t feel like I know our newsletter. Sign up at something that never gets how to have a particularly in-depth Inlander.com/newsletter. easier. or serious conversation about it.” “Over time, I’ve developed Body-image issues are just one way the confidence that I can survive something not shifts in the culture have left many men, includworking, and refine it and change it and turn it ing himself, often confused about their roles. into something, or just jettison it and move on “The women’s movement ended up being to something else,” Black says. “That’s the only very, very good for women in that it redefined thing that’s changed. In terms of writing jokes? gender roles,” Black says. “But an unintended That’s still incredibly hard for me.” consequence of that, or maybe an intended Of course, you’d never guess that from his consequence, was that almost by definition it cool demeanor and confident performing style. reordered men’s roles in society, but there hasn’t The only time you might see Black sweat might been a commensurate conversation — a cultural be when he’s writing — whether it’s a book, an conversation — about what that means. So there’s essay, a script or a joke for the stage. a lot of flailing men out there, and for a long time “Writing’s hard,” Black says. “And sometimes I was one of them.” what works in your head doesn’t work on the Fortunately for his fans, Black’s explorations stage. Or most of the time. You just have to trust of uncomfortable and controversial topics usually the process and trust that you’ll find it, and hopeend up in laughs. n fully you do. Sometimes you don’t, and that’s OK, too.” Michael Ian Black • Thu, Aug. 17 at 8 pm The shift from sketch-comedy ace to stand-up • $15/$22 • Fri, Aug. 18 at 8 pm • $20/$30 • isn’t an unfathomable stretch for fans to make, Sat, Aug. 19 at 7:30 and 10:30 pm • $20/$30 but Black’s skills as a children’s author and • Spokane Comedy Club • 315 W. Sprague • memoirist might be more surprising. He’ll host spokanecomedyclub.com • 318-9998 “Storytime” at Auntie’s at 11 am on Saturday, reading from his kids’ book Chicken Cheeks; two Storytime with Michael Ian Black (reading hours later, he’ll read and sign copies of his 2016 from his children’s book Chicken Cheeks) • memoir Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Sat, Aug. 19 at 11 am • Signing and reading Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird). with Michael Ian Black for Navel Gazing: True It was inspired by a scary medical diagnosis Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, that Black’s mother received, as well as his own which I know sounds weird) • Sat, Aug. 19 at realization, as he entered his 40s, that men can 1 pm • Auntie’s Bookstore • 402 W. Main • be as vain and obsessed with their appearance as auntiesbooks.com • 838-0206
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Jill and Jake Gardner, husband and wife offstage, play opposite each other in Tosca.
Jake and Jill To play Tosca, soprano Jill Gardner had to learn how to hate her husband BY E.J. IANNELLI
loria Tosca hates Baron Scarpia. Absolutely and unreservedly despises him. Scarpia, you see, is Rome’s scheming, avaricious chief of police during a time of suspicion and factionalization, and he’s determined to possess the famed singer regardless of whether or not his desire is reciprocated. Tosca’s real affections, however, are reserved for the painter Mario Cavaradossi. This naturally makes Cavaradossi a target of Scarpia’s vengefulness, which in turn causes Tosca to hate him even more. To put it bluntly, and without wanting to spoil vital plot points of Giacomo Puccini’s opera for the uninitiated, Tosca wants Scarpia dead. To the extent that — given a little liberty for contemporary translation — her final words are, “Scarpia, I’ll see you in hell!” For Jill Gardner, things are a little more complicated. Gardner has flown in from her native North Carolina to perform the titular lead in this weekend’s production of Tosca by Opera Coeur d’Alene. Over the span of 12 productions and somewhere north of 50 performances across the country, it has become her signature role. But it’s only the fifth production in which the soprano has performed opposite her real-life husband, Jake. And he’s not playing Cavaradossi. “I often say that, during that rehearsal process, we work a lot of shit out,” she says, chuckling.
“The first time Jake and I ever did Tosca together, which was in Rochester, New York, I had a very difficult time. When we left the rehearsal room, I could not separate my emotions with him. We both laugh about it now, but we were out at dinner one night, and we got into a huge fight. I had a difficult time with him controlling me the way that he does within the drama of Tosca.” Since then, they’ve been able to develop their bitter onstage relationship by drawing on their offstage intimacy. “Because we’re husband and wife playing these very two strong, antagonistic characters, we have a lot of trust established between us. We can take a lot of risks and really up the ante. Because, for me, that’s where the real drama is. Scarpia is not just in love, he wants to have me. And he sings about this in one of his arias. It’s about the lust for conquest, particularly sexual conquest.”
hile hating the “mean, calculating dude” that is her husband’s character, Gardner must also manifest a fiery, passionate love for another man — Cavaradossi, the quintessential “renegade artist.” He’s played here by Roger Honeywell, a tenor with whom Gardner previously performed as a romantic couple in another Opera Coeur d’Alene production of a Puccini opera, La fanciulla del West.
“Jake and I joke about it, but the really wonderful thing is that Roger and I have a fantastic onstage chemistry together. But that’s what acting is all about. As an actor, you bring all of your experience and all of your talent to portray those relationships.” Directed by Kristen Barrett and conducted by Anthony Barrese, this tragic thriller sees its backdrop shifted from the Napoleonic Wars (specifically, the Battle of Marengo) to a more recent period that’s meant to evoke an Italy set loosely around the fascist and postwar years. “I’ve done several productions with this, shall we say, updated period, and it can really work if you have really good singing actors — which we do for this production,” says Gardner. “The beauty of a traditional production of Tosca is that it has such a quality of over-the-top melodrama, which I also love. When we update the production, we tend to work within a completely different kind of style, and for a piece like Tosca, that can have its own rewards.” But the modernized set and costuming is largely a cosmetic change. The work’s famous arias like “E lucevan le stelle” [“And the stars were shining”] and its strong theatricality aren’t going anywhere — primarily because, according to Gardner, Puccini came as close to perfection with Tosca as one can get. “The music of Tosca is just bar none. What is so perfect about this piece is how the music aligns with the drama. It’s perfect from the opening chords,” she says. “In the end, [Puccini] composed in such a way that it goes straight into your heart. If you’ve not experienced an opera, this is the best one to see for the first time. This is one of those operas that will blow your mind.” n Tosca • Fri, Aug. 18 at 7:30 pm; Sun, Aug. 20 at 2 pm • $13-$69 • Opera Coeur d’Alene • Schuler Auditorium at North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. • operacda.com • (800) 418-1485
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MEET YOUR BREWER
Mark Irvin The No-Li founder, now head brewer at Bennidito’s Brewpub, reflects on his roles in growing the region’s craft beer industry over the past decades
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SHORT POURS What’s your favorite part of the brewing process? Mashing in. I love the heat, the steam and the smell.
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remember when I shared samples of my very first pale ale,” recalls Mark Irvin, head brewer at Bennidito’s Brewpub. “People would taste it and say, ‘This is so hoppy! Oh my god, what are you thinking?’ But I knew that was where beer was going.” Irvin acknowledges that both beer and beer drinkers have changed a lot since the early ’90s when he started
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his first brewery in Spokane, Northern Lights (now No-Li Brewhouse). But in reviewing his journey through the beer industry over the decades, it’s clear there’s been a constant element: his love of making beer. Like so many professional craft brewers, Irvin’s first foray into making beer was through homebrewing. He began the hobby in the late ’80s while attending Eastern Washington University to earn a degree in business.
Besides beer, do you have another favorite beverage you enjoy? I’m new to kombucha, but I absolutely love it. I think brewers could learn a thing or two from kombucha makers with the flavors they use. When you aren’t brewing/drinking beer, what are you up to? I love to water ski, play the guitar and barbecue. I have a Traeger grill I use more than anyone else I know.
“At some point I wanted to own some form of manufacturing business,” Irvin reflects. “I wasn’t thinking beer — I just knew I wanted to make something.” He started wondering if his growing passion for making beer could also lead him to his goal of owning a business. So he contacted Tom Fisher, then owner of Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company, about a job. After some persistence, Irvin was hired in an entry-level position at the brewery. “I spent my first day shoveling snow — I was the grunt-iest of grunts,” he says. Over time, Irvin made his way into an assistant brewing position and became part of the process on a commercial scale. Not long after, in 1991, Irvin was offered a job to brew for Hale’s Brewery in Kirkland, Washington. “At Hale’s, you do everything. I really enjoyed that,” he says. “It was cool being the Spokane boy and going into the jungle.”
fter a year of brewing on the west side of the state, his work for Hale’s brought him back home to Eastern Washington, where he assisted in both decommissioning the original Hale’s facility in Colville and building a new brewing facility for the company in East Spokane. Once that project was complete, and now with significant brewing experience under his belt, Irvin decided he wanted to make his own beer. He left Hale’s in 1993, but not before purchasing the 10-barrel brewhouse and other equipment from its defunct Colville location. He quickly found a warehouse space in Airway Heights to set up the equipment, and Northern Lights was born. In June of 2002, Irvin moved Northern Lights to its current location on the Spokane River, just off Trent Avenue. Still, he recalls that particular period as a tough time financially for the business. The microbrewery “bubble” had just burst. According to a 1997 report by the Brewers Association, growth in the craft beer industry had dropped from 58 percent in 1995 to just 2 percent two years later. A vast number of small breweries across the country, including several in the greater Spokane area, shuttered their doors. “It was tough in the new location at that time; our lease and utilities were higher. We were running a restaurant, which was new to me,” Irvin says. “It was stressful.” Despite the challenges, Northern Lights survived, and business gradually picked up over the next few years: “I was stubborn. I didn’t want to give up. I didn’t want to quit. I felt I had an obligation to my employees.” That stubbornness paid off. By 2012, when craft beer industry veteran John Bryant (who’s now No-Li’s current owner) partnered with Irvin in the business, Northern Lights began to see major growth. That same year a vital rebranding turned Northern Lights into No-Li Brewhouse, and along with the new name came new logos, imagery and beers. Poised for another expansion to their facility, Irvin’s little brewery was growing up, and fast. No-Li was gaining global recognition, earning national and international awards
for its beers and making a name for Eastern Washington in the national craft beer scene. With No-Li’s rapid success came a greater demand for its product, which meant that Irvin’s role in the day-to-day brewing operations would need to expand as well. “I knew that the next phase was going to require I make a commitment to the business, really, over my family.” Irvin says. “There was no doubt it would be a huge time demand.” So in 2014, with both his sons heading into high school, Irvin decided to take a break from the brewing world and focus on his family. He sold his share of No-Li to Bryant, hung up his mash paddle, and left behind the brewery he began building more than a decade prior.
or many of Spokane’s craft beer veterans, it was the end of an era. Irvin’s work and perseverance over the previous two decades in the region’s craft beer scene had served as the impetus for other local brewers to begin their own businesses. Many a craft beer was poured upon the ground in honor of Irvin’s legacy. And then he came back. Last fall, Chris Bennett, owner of Bennidito’s Pizza in Spokane, contacted Irvin about taking over the brewing operations at his second, newer location, Bennidito’s Brewpub. “I said, ‘Sure, that sounds like fun,’” Irvin recalls. “Honestly, I was getting a little bored. You really don’t realize how much you appreciate your routine of work” until it’s gone. Irvin is now working to help build Bennidito’s beer brand and increase its distribution as he dials in some of its current brews and cranks out new ones. In many ways, Irvin has made a return to his early days of brewing. He’s back working on a 10-barrel brew system, like the one he first purchased when he founded Northern Lights. His brew schedule is a little more relaxed, as it’s dictated by the demand for Bennidito’s beer within a very localized distribution footprint. And he has the freedom to experiment more with beer styles. “It allows me to keep my skills sharp, to continue to brew beer — which is what I like to do — and to create; to taste each beer and evaluate how I missed the mark, and how I did things right,” he says. With 20-plus years of professional brewing experience, Irvin says he still gets surprised and has new learning moments when making beer at Bennidito’s. These realizations are what drives him to continue honing his craft. Reflecting on his role in the region’s craft beer revival, the details all seem to point back to what drove Irvin to make beer in the first place: “I like making beer because I like creating. I get to be creative and make beer I can enjoy with friends.” It’s a philosophy that’s brought Irvin years of success, and Spokane beer drinkers years of great brews. Here’s to hoping his work is far from over. n firstname.lastname@example.org
“At some point I wanted to own some form of manufacturing business. I wasn’t thinking beer — I just knew I wanted to make something.”
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Taste of the Past A special fundraiser dinner in Moscow explores culinary and local history BY CARA STRICKLAND
ou’re cordially invited to dine through the decades at three historic Moscow, Idaho, venues next Friday evening. Your travels will begin at the Kenworthy, which opened as a theater in 1926. This is the Jazz Age, and you’ll likely start tapping your toes along with the beat as you sip a Champagne cocktail and snack on appetizers served by “cigarette girls.” Christine Gilmore, the Kenworthy’s executive director, is collaborating with Moscow restaurants on the food and drink. A short walk or bus ride takes you back to the year 1912 for dinner, at the 1912 Center, which was the town’s original high school and is now home to the Heart of the Arts nonprofit. Jenny Kostroff, Heart of the Arts’ executive director, dug deep into the culinary (and decorative) history of the early 1900s for the main courses. 1912 is not only the year the Titanic sank, but when Oreos and Hellman’s mayonnaise came onto the market, she notes. You’ll start off your six courses with a roasted tomato — both seasonally and historically appropriate — before moving on to a vichyssoise, a cold, cream-based soup, and then a biscuit with various pickled items and locally smoked chinook salmon. The main course (No. 4) is
braised beef with potatoes, followed by a palate-cleansing grapefruit sorbet. Not only is this palate cleanser right at home in 1912, the flavor is no accident, either. “What’s fascinating to me is, in all my research, grapefruits were hugely popular in 1912,” says Kostroff. “They would do things like put some sugar on it, put it in the boiler and serve it hot.” Your last bite in 1912 will be on the lighter side; a green salad. Kostroff is also working with local chefs, farmers, and purveyors, who are enjoying the challenge of cooking in a different era. These purveyors include Deep Roots Farm, Hunga Dunga Brewing, Affinity Farm and the Kitchen Counter café, among others. Next door at the historic McConnell Mansion, you’ll head back to 1886 for coffee and pie crafted by friends of the Latah County Historical Society, all enjoyed to era-appropriate music from local favorite Cherry Sisters Revival. Dulce Kersting, executive director of the Latah County Historical Society, notes that Paradise Valley — now brimming with wheat — was once home to many orchards and fruit vendors: “There would have been a lot of cherries and apples and pears and plums available to people to make fruit
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pies. That’s kind of another homage to the agricultural heritage of our region.” All proceeds support the three hosting nonprofit organizations. If you’re unsure about attending this original and historic event, it’s only planned to happen once: “I’m a one-time, special-event type of person,” says Kostroff. “I like having special things that are unique. We live in such a repeat society, I wanted to do something that’s special all by itself — a stand-alone.” n Dine Through Time • Fri, Aug. 25 from 5-10 pm • $100/person (limited to 150 diners) • Tickets and more information at latahcountyhistoricalsociety.org • 208-882-1004
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Local couple TJ and Sarah Wallin opened Community Pint early this month.
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A new beer bar is bringing life back into a historic building on East Sprague BY CHEY SCOTT
fter sitting dormant for more than a year, the little brick building in east downtown Spokane is alive again. Workers from nearby businesses, along with friends of Community Pint owners TJ and Sarah Wallin, trickle in on a late Thursday afternoon to beat the heat and chat over pints of ice-cold beer from one of the 24 tap handles. Open since the first weekend of August in the spot last known as the home of Jones Radiator bar, Community Pint finds itself a welcome addition to this pocket of downtown Spokane — an area that’s poised for rapid growth as the adjacent University District expands in coming years with planned mixed-use projects. Citing his own love of craft beer — both consuming it and making it as a homebrewer — Wallin was inspired to open Community Pint after visiting similarly modeled beer bars and bottle shops during frequent business travel to Portland. “I thought Spokane needed one, and right after Jones closed I tried to get in here,” he says. Though its focus is on specialty beers from some of Wallin’s favorite breweries across the Pacific Northwest, Community Pint also serves wine and hard cider. The only exception to its craft beer focus are tall cans of PBR. “I just wanted to put really good stuff out, and have a good selection,” Wallin says of the bar’s tap list. “We want for people to walk out and have discovered they like a certain style of beer they’d never had before.” On a large chalk board above the bar, Community Pint’s rotating tap list includes a few local names, but the majority of available beers
are seasonal and special releases that Wallin says fellow beer lovers won’t often find at other local restaurants, bars or retailers. The Community Pint IPA, for example, is one brew that’s only served here — it’s a special release made just for the shop by TT’s Old Iron Brewing, based in the Steel Barrel brewery incubator and taproom on the west side of downtown. In addition to pours, Community Pint offers grunt and growler fills for the majority of beers on tap (those not listed for fills are higher-costing special or limited release beers). Wallin and his wife, Sarah, bought the building in January, and worked through the first half of the year to spruce up the space. They removed a corner stage to make way for a retail area selling specialty bottles and cans (including cider and gluten-free beer), which can also be enjoyed on site. An office was taken out to bring the bar around in an L-shape, and a new walk-in refrigerator behind the bar holds all the kegs for Community Pint’s 24-tap system. As the new bar gets settled in the neighborhood, the couple plan to host local art receptions for First Friday. They’re also excited to start partnering with a local nonprofit each month to receive a portion of proceeds from their special house IPA. n firstname.lastname@example.org Community Pint • 120 E. Sprague • Open Wed-Thu, noon-10 pm; Fri-Sat, noon11:45 pm; Sun, noon-8 pm • facebook.com/ communitypint
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The Unusual Suspects Steven Soderbergh comes out of retirement for the breezy, Southern-fried heist comedy Logan Lucky BY ERIC D. SNIDER
teven Soderbergh tried to retire a few years ago, but it didn’t take. Perhaps he can relate to Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), the lovable West Virginian ne’er-do-well at the center of Logan Lucky who tries to make an honest living, but keeps coming back to the bullet-pointed plan for robbing a bank that’s posted on his kitchen wall. Logan Lucky is a heist comedy like Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, mixed with the Coen Brothers-esque condescension of his The Informant! and the shaggy, unhurried pace of his Magic Mike. Written by first-timer Rebecca Blunt (which may or may not be the pseudonym of an unknown author), the film is as sunny and implausible as an old-timer’s anecdote, with a few hints at topicality (coal miners, economic anxiety, Game of Thrones) that don’t detract from its insouciance. It’s fun for fun’s sake. The conscience only nags a little bit. Jimmy, a former high school football hero who’s now paunchy and bad-kneed, is an out-of-work coal miner whose most recent job was on a project shoring up the tunnels under the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, a couple hundred miles south of the the West Virginia county where Jimmy and a lot of other drawling rednecks live. His brother, Clyde (Adam Driver), missing half an arm from a tour in Iraq, is a bartender who believes the Logan family is cursed, citing as examples his arm, “Pawpaw’s diamond, Uncle Stickly’s electrocution,” and so forth. Their sister, Mellie (Riley Keough), works in a beauty parlor, but her real skills are behind the wheel. Jimmy is close to his daughter, Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie), who’s about 10 and currently into beauty pageants, though she’s also a good assistant when Jimmy’s working on his truck.
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Sadie’s mom, Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes), exasperated film that can pause mid-heist for one of the principals from years of dealing with Jimmy’s unreliability, has to give his co-conspirators an impromptu chemistry a new husband, Moody Chapman (David Denman), lesson, for no better narrative reason than that it who owns a Ford dealership but can’t drive a stick. would be funny to do so. This is a culture where that sort of thing matters, The film takes broad swipes at West Virginia masculinity-wise. white-trash bumpkins. Joe Bang’s brothers are the bigFamily curse notwithstanding, Jimmy enlists his gest targets — misspelled tattoos, frequent malapropsiblings to help with a plan to steal the cash out of the isms, a reverence for NASCAR — but the whole enCharlotte Motor Speedway’s vault on a busy event terprise is full of rubes and goobers for us to laugh at. day. For us, the plan is made all the Tatum and Driver are semi-serious about more delicious by the fact that one LOGAN LUCKY giving the Logan brothers depth, but there’s of its key participants will need to be always the sense that they’re mocking them Rated PG-13 broken out of jail so he can help, then at the same time, play-acting like hillbillies. Directed by Steven Soderbergh returned back to his cell before he’s Which is fine if it’s funny, and it generally Starring Channing Tatum, Adam missed. That’d be Joe Bang (Daniel is. Meanwhile, Daniel Craig is doing his Driver, Daniel Craig Craig), a bleach-blond explosives own crazy thing as Joe Bang, and seems to expert whose drawl is the drawliest of love every minute of it (as do I). them all. Joe’s idiot brothers (Brian Gleeson and Jack One aspect that sticks out like a sore thumb is a Quaid) are, at his insistence, also involved, but they’re subplot with Seth MacFarlane, doing a mediocre Engsuch screw-ups that even a screw-up like Jimmy Logan lish accent as an aggressively douchey energy-drink finds them frustrating. mogul who sponsors a NASCAR driver. Where evOnce the plot is in motion, Soderbergh sits back, eryone else is doing their level best to bring the stock puts his feet up, and lets things unfold casually. Sure, characters to life, MacFarlane plays Max Chilblain like as a heist caper it has its requisite twists and switcha villain in a comedy sketch. (Of all the people in the eroos, and a few moments of giddy “will they get world to play a British jerk, why Seth MacFarlane?) caught?” tension. But Soderbergh allows plenty of time It’s like you’re watching Ocean’s Eleven and next to to enjoy the amusements of the screenplay: Jimmy and Clooney, Pitt and Damon, there’s Rob Schneider’s Clyde’s dopey brotherly rapport; Mellie’s taunting of “makin’ copies” guy from Saturday Night Live. her ex-sister-in-law’s new husband; Joe Bang’s crafty But that’s only a minor dent in what is admittedly intellect and unpredictability; the prison warden’s a leisurely, off-the-cuff sort of movie about whimsi(Dwight Yoakam) smug arrogance (“We cal decisions. Steven Soderbergh can make as don’t have shit at Monroe” is his manmany of those as he wants if it means he stays tra, spoken every time shit happens unretired. n at Monroe). It’s the kind of heist
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Based on the short life of Georg Elser, who attempted (and failed) to assassinate Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking Nazi officials in 1939 as a means of de-escalating WWII. Although it was released in Germany back in 2015, this film sure seems timely all of a sudden. From director Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose 2004 drama Downfall remains the best, most harrowing cinematic depiction of Hitler’s final days. (NW) Rated R
Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney plays James, an awkward guy who suffers two rude awakenings: Not only was he abducted as a child and raised in an underground bunker, but his favorite TV show, an educational program called Brigsby Bear Adventures, was merely the creation of his demented captor (Mark Hamill). After being returned to his biological family, James sets out to finish Brigsby’s decades-long saga himself. Despite its premise, this is a deceptively sweet (if majorly formulaic) comedy, bolstered by Mooney’s winning performance. (NW) Rated PG-13
THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
Ryan Reynolds is a professional bodyguard whose career has hit the skids, and Samuel L. Jackson is his newest charge, an assassin who must be safely transported to the Hague, where he’ll testify against a bloodthirsty Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman). The twist: Jackson has previously tried to kill Reynolds numerous times, and now they’re forced into helping each other. Anybody wanna play Buddy Comedy Cliché Bingo? (NW) Rated R
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A documentary that profiles the life and work of the spiritual leader, from his childhood to his summit with Mao to his exile to India; it also examines the precarious future of the Dalai Lama in Tibet. Directed by Mickey Lemle,
who previously profiled the current Dalai Lama in the 1993 film Compassion in Exile. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated
Cineastes, rejoice! Steven Soderbergh has re-emerged from his oh-so-verylong, four-year retirement (during which he shot and edited the Magic Mike sequel and created a TV show) and has returned to the heist genre with this leisurely, off-the-cuff movie about whimsical decisions. Like Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, it’s a sunny, deliriously implausible comedy, this time about an out-of-work coal miner (Channing Tatum) who enlists a group of misfits — including his superstitious brother (Adam Driver) and an incarcerated explosives expert (Daniel Craig) — to clean out the safe at the NASCAR speedway where he works. (ES) Rated PG-13
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Since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Amanda Lipitz’s debut documentary has racked up raves and earned comparisons to the nonfiction classic Hoop Dreams. It chronicles a group of predominantly black high school senior girls as their step-dance team prepares for a major competition, but it also considers their surroundings: the inner city of Baltimore, awash in crime, poverty and police brutality. (NW) Rated PG
Sicario and Hell or High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan takes his first crack behind the camera, and it’s another tale of subjugation and violence set against the backdrop of a vivid locale. After the body of a young woman is found on a Native American reservation in Wyoming, a local wildlife tracker (Jeremy Renner) acts as a makeshift envoy for the visiting FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) assigned to the case. (NW) Rated R
Everyone’s favorite demonic doll is back to terrorize a new batch of characters, namely a group of young orphans and their kindly nun overseer. Director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) has a nice grasp on atmosphere and visual composition, but the film quickly devolves into a series of predictable jump scares. (NW) Rated R
Charlize Theron kicks a whole lotta ass as an MI6 agent tracking down a double agents in 1989 Berlin. This second action spectacle from John Wick director David Leitch is too long and densely plotted, but it’s uber-stylish and set to a thumping soundtrack of great ’80s pop hits. (NW) Rated R
The latest genre deconstruction from writer-director Edgar Wright stars Ansel Elgort as a young, music-obsessed getaway driver who becomes wrapped up in a heist that’s destined to self-destruct. Boasts stellar car chases, a fully loaded soundtrack and a deceptively sweet love story. (SS) Rated R
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A poor masseuse is invited to a wealthy dinner party out of kindness, only to find her beliefs clashing with those of a boorish real estate magnate. Wellacted and tightly paced, though the film’s jabs at class disparity and racial intolerance are a bit mealy-mouthed. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated R ...continued on next page
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Inspired by the courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (who also wrote the script), this is the rare romcom that’s both consistently funny and genuinely emotional. Nanjiani plays himself, a stand-up who meets and falls in love with Emily (Zoe Kazan). There’s only one problem: He’s keeping their relationship a secret from his traditional Pakistani parents. This is further complicated when Emily falls into a medically induced coma. (SS) Rated R
THE DARK TOWER
Stephen King’s epic, multi-novel fantasy series finally hits the big screen, and the result is rushed, incoherent and lifeless. The interdimensional world of mythical gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) and the evil Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) was complex enough to span thousands of pages in King’s books, but all that mythology has been condensed down into 95 chaotic minutes. (NW) Rated PG-13
DESPICABLE ME 3
The hugely popular animated series continues unabated, and this time reformed bad guy Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) has just been kicked out of the Anti-Villain League. Enter his long-lost twin brother Dru, who convinces Gru to go back to his evil ways. (NW) Rated PG
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Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama, painstakingly and authentically depicting the bloody Battle of Dunkirk, is a remarkable example of sheer filmmaking craft. The only thing it’s missing is a little humanity. Although the technical skill on display is dazzling to behold, Nolan’s attempts to elicit any emotion from the audience feel strangely calculated because every character in the film is essentially a disposable pawn on a chessboard. (SS) Rated PG-13
THE EMOJI MOVIE
Dreamworks’ latest family-friendly animated allegory about the importance of individuality has a “meh” emoji discovering he has more than one emotion. Feature films have been predicated on concepts less substantial, but does that mean this needed to be made? (NW) Rated PG
The latest entry in the women-behaving-badly comedy subgenre assembles a quartet of likable actresses — Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish — and takes them on a gleefully R-rated cross-country trip, this time to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival. It’s frequently funny and surprisingly heartfelt, and Haddish announces herself as a major new comic talent. (NW) Rated R
THE GLASS CASTLE
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This adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir is buoyed by three stellar performances: Woody Harrelson as an alcoholic father who moves his family around as he outruns his debts; Naomi Watts as his wife, an aspiring artist who shirks most of her maternal responsibilities; and Brie Larson as their grown daughter, whose demure lifestyle is in sharp contrast with her nomadic childhood. (KJ) Rated PG-13
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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER
Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth was a wake-up call to anybody unaware of the dangerous implications of global warming. A decade later and we stupid humans haven’t learned our lesson, because the former Vice President is back in theaters to further explore the toll of climate change. (NW) Rated PG
When Halle Berry’s son is nabbed by strangers from the park, she morphs into an unstoppable action hero in an increasingly ludicrous high-speed pursuit. Although not long enough to be tedious, this cheap thriller is clumsily directed and full of frustrating lapses in logic. (NW) Rated R
Frances Pugh is transfixing as a young woman in 19th century rural England who begins an affair with one of her husband’s servants. Considering the title, it doesn’t end well. Beautifully photographed and unflinchingly brutal, this is a steely portrait of a woman who’s perhaps a bit too determined to have her way. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated R
The life of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, known for painting hundreds of colorful country scenes as her rheumatoid arthritis gradually worsened, is chronicled in this modest biopic. Sally Hawkins is great in the title role; less convincing is Ethan Hawke as her stern, weathered husband. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13
NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG
A white writer is contacted by a 95-year-old Native American man wanting his life story documented before he dies, and he soon finds himself ferried about the Lakota reservation on a task he feels ill-equipped for. A sensitive indie comedy-drama adapted from a novel by Kent Nerburn. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated
THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE
Remember the first Nut Job movie, in which enterprising rodents foiled a robbery? No? Well, it doesn’t matter,
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because now there’s a sequel, with Surly the Squirrel and friends thwarting a crooked mayor from bulldozing their home to build an amusement park. (NW) Rated PG
After being mistreated in his last few movies, Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego finally get another feature worthy of the character’s long history. With fresh-faced Tom Holland donning Spidey’s spandex, the Spider-Man franchise feels more grounded and human than ever, with Peter’s high school drama taking just as much precedence as the large-scale superhero set pieces. (ES) Rated PG-13
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
Luc Besson’s latest space opera is daffy, exhausting, occasionally dazzling and frequently befuddling. Inspired by a French comic series about rakish intergalactic swashbucklers, this film is so overloaded with outlandish alien creatures and neon-colored space markets that Rihanna’s appearance as a shapeshifting stripper is one of its least bizarre occurrences. (NW) Rated PG-13
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Who would have thought a reboot of Planet of the Apes would have spawned one of the best blockbuster franchises? This third installment is another sophisticated sci-fi epic, with super-intelligent primate Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his simian army taking on a human warlord (Woody Harrelson). It’s more focused on its nuanced characters than action, and it’s amazing how emotionally involved we get in the trials of CGI apes. (ES) Rated PG-13
On the heels of the lackluster Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, DC’s latest actually does justice to one of its longest-running and most beloved characters, and it turns out to be one of the better superhero origin films. Gal Gadot announces herself as a major new star, playing the Amazon princess and Lasso of Truth-brandishing warrior who saves the life of an American spy (Chris Pine) and finds herself on the front lines of the first World War. (MS) Rated PG-13 n
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In The Glass Castle, calling Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts’ parenting methods nontraditional would be an understatement.
North Star, Cretton and co-writer Andrew Lanham jog back to different points in her childhood. It takes a while to differentiate the four Walls children, but the performances — by a small army of sensitive, ginger-haired kids and adults, in three timelines — cleave you to the characters, even when you can’t remember their names. The film deftly handles these temporal shifts, particularly in a montage (delicately scored by composer Joel P. West) that introduces Jeannette as a teenager, played by Larson in a different, younger guise. Here, she is plainfaced, jaw set to escape the poverty-stricken West Virginia town the family has landed in, as well as the psychic grip her now-raging alcoholic father has on her. financial analyst on Park Avenue, and her job is kind of a By dint of the story, Larson is an impermanent prescosmic joke. ence, and Watts is something more spectral, purposefully All power suit and pearls, Jeannette makes a living — there are moments of family drama where you scan the dishing dirt, but she’s buried deep her own hardscrabble screen frantically wondering, “Where is the mother, and beginnings, as one of four children both charmed and why is she not being a mother?” In contrast, Harrelson is scarred by their parents’ peripatetic, both the film’s rock and its millstone. With anti-authoritarian lifestyle. Dad Rex THE GLASS CASTLE that mile-wide smile, he seems most at ease (Woody Harrelson) is whip-smart when Rex is manic and mythic. Rated PG-13 but can’t hold a job down, preferring But the film’s third-act reach for a Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton drink and rousing monologues about redemptive arc plays hollowly, and HarStarring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, learning self-sufficiency, staring down relson teeters over the line into hillbilly afNaomi Watts demons, damning the man, and so fectation. Still, it’s not enough to erase the on. Mom Rose Mary (Naomi Watts), memory of Harrelson’s subtler moments, an amateur painter, loves her husband blindly, and her or to ruin what is an altogether worthy adaptation. children abstractly; you get the feeling she wishes them Though I longed for the same rawness and emotional well, but doesn’t feel any special responsibility regarding immediacy of Short Term 12, there’s something to be said their care and handling. for Cretton keeping the audience at a slight remove: The Using the grown Jeannette in New York as the film’s better to admire this polished, accomplished picture. n
Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir gets the Hollywood treatment, bolstered by a trio of sterling performances BY KIMBERLEY JONES
he studios have made a habit of calling promising indie filmmakers up to the majors in a big way, resulting in some notable big-budget crash-andburns — looking at you, Josh Trank (Fantastic Four) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed). Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton provides a different case study. Following his aching 2013 breakout Short Term 12, Cretton didn’t jump the rungs to a blockbuster franchise. Instead, The Glass Castle, similarly consumed with the effects of parental neglect and anchored by his Short Term 12 star Brie Larson, feels like a natural progression, and the smarter play. Fans of the source material — Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir, a book club mainstay — can duck out for this next bit, the what’s-it-about. Larson plays the book’s author, a gossip columnist at New York magazine in the late ’80s. In a powerful course correction to her upbringing, she’s shacking up with an emotionally stable
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* Spokane punks are inspired to throw a benefit show after vandalism at the Salish School BY DAN NAILEN
he images of the graffiti scrawled on the preschool-room walls of the Salish School of Spokane flashed in Dan Elliott’s mind as he rehearsed with his band Askevault. A swastika. “F--- You Indians.” The pictures Elliott and his friends saw on local news reports stuck in his head even as he and his Askevault bandmates tore through into the intricate, aggressive punk music that’s been part of the 37-year-old’s life seemingly forever. “I was at a band practice, and I just couldn’t get this out of my head,” Elliott recalls a couple of months later. “I was like, ‘I want to do something! This sucks!’” For many in this era of hashtag activism and Facebook rants, that would have been the end of it. But Elliott and his fellow Spokane punks Kim Earl and Amber Tyree wouldn’t let that be the end of it this time. They called the school and set up a meeting. They visited school principal Chris Parkin and learned about the Salish School’s efforts to heal the damage done to the Inland Northwest’s Native peoples through saving the Salish language. They saw the classrooms where some of the school’s youngest students had to be sheltered from
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the early May hate crime. And then they got organized, planning a benefit show of supportive punk bands happening Friday night at Mootsy’s. There will be information about the Salish School’s programs, music from Sentient Divide, Mala Vida, Efflüvia and Askevault, and a fundraising raffle for prizes donated by local skate shops, tattoo artists, breweries, restaurants, jewelers and salons. “It’s outrageous what happened,” Elliott says. “We went there and it’s just kids, you know? I can’t imagine having to come in as a teacher and having to cover that up before the kids showed up. Unbelievable.” Earl recalls coming to tears watching a video on the school’s website in which a Spokane tribal elder speaks in Salish about fully expecting her language to die, having witnessed Salish beaten out of her people over years of outrageous government policies and oppression. Learning about the school’s work, Earl says, and seeing the racist graffiti lit a fire among the local punk community. “The thing about the punk scene is we all share the same values and beliefs, and recognize that colonization devastated the indigenous population and their language, their culture, their land,” Earl says. “So it was really important for us to kind of recognize what the Salish School is doing, and recognize the strength and resilience in what
their program is doing. “Right now, people are outraged about a whole lot of stuff, but that outrage only really ever results in an angry post on Facebook or social media, and then we forget after we scroll through our feed a little bit. We wanted to react in a way that was positive. So we were like, ‘Hey, let’s have a benefit show!’”
he Salish School of Spokane has grown steadily since first opening its doors in the fall of 2010 as a licensed daycare, serving just six kids in a little house on Cedar Street. Now the school serves 69 kids, ranging from 12 months old through fifth grade, on a Maple Street campus that incorporates a couple of buildings and a spacious yard. Leading a tour, Parkin, the principal, speaks in Salish to students as we move through different rooms, reverting to English to tell me about how the students and their parents come to the Salish School from throughout the area. The 69 students make the Salish School one of the 10 biggest Native language immersion schools in the lower 48 states, Parkin says, adding, “We’re far and away the largest off-reservation immersion school.” Even so, the school and its mission remains largely a ...continued on next page
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Dan Elliott and 5-year-old Kiaayo (right) work on art projects during a kindergarten class at the Salish School of Spokane.
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“FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK,” CONTINUED... mystery to the public, and that makes staying open a real challenge for a school with no ongoing source of money. “We have no regular funding,” Parkin says. “We have no organization backing us. We’re an independent nonprofit. The advantage of that is we get to escape certain politics and issues and go our own way with some strong leadership. The downside of that is we are always scratching for dollars to keep our doors open.” When something like the May break-in and vandalism happens, the cost of repairing the two affected rooms has real implications for the school’s bottom line — not to mention the immeasurable psychological damage that comes with overtly racist acts like this one. “When this happened, it was devastating,” Parkin says. “My kids are Native, my grandkids are Native. But the way it hit my wife, just [being] violated because of who you are. And where the children are, where we’re trying to make a safe space, for someone to come in and desecrate it...” Parkin trails off at the memory before adding that the “sick irony” of the crime is that the school got attention it typically wouldn’t, leading to various organizations in the community making donations to help with the repair and add a new security system to the grounds. Parkin describes the message he got from the Spokane punks on his voicemail as, “Hey, we’re some punk rockers, we hate what happened and we want to do a thing.” When he met with the group and asked what they needed from the school, “They were like, ‘Just come say a few words, we’ll do everything else.’ Awesome!”
he benefit comes at an opportune time for the Salish School, which is about to launch a Salishimmersion program for high school students thanks to a grant that originated under the Obama
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administration. The school is one of only five sites in the nation awarded a five-year, $1 million grant to explore new ways to help Native American teens succeed in high school and overcome the shockingly high rates of teen suicide and school failure in Native communities. Suicide rates among Native Americans are more than double that of Asian, African-American and Hispanic populations, and nearly double that of Caucasians. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of Native American suicides are young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and a 2016 report from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction said that Native students’ graduation rates are the lowest of any ethnic group in the state. For the Salish School, that means 15 kids this fall will take traditional high school classes online in the mornings, then take Salish language and culture immersion classes in the afternoons. The grant offers the school a great opportunity, Parkin says, “to create a Nativecontrolled Native cultural space that’s safe, inclusive and celebrates where these kids come from and who they are.” The rub? The $200,000 annual grant requires the school to match with $50,000 each year of the program, and while they managed to pull it together for year one, it will be an ongoing challenge. The money raised by the Mootsy’s benefit will go toward the teen program because, Parkin says, “it seems great to connect teenagers with rock music and a younger vibe.” For the show’s organizers, the new high school program struck a positive nerve as much as the vandalism pissed them off. “We all went to alternative high schools and know how important that is, especially for marginalized and
oppressed kids, to have somewhere that cares for them,” Earl says. “Alternative high schools totally saved me in a lot of ways,” Elliott adds. As they worked to put the show together, the organizers were taken aback at how willing their fellow punks were to come together for the cause. “People were immediately excited about it,” Elliott says of spreading the word about the show. “I guess I was a little surprised at how excited and eager people were to contribute.” “When I started looking for raffle contributions,” Tyree says, “people said yes on that day.” There was some reticence regarding having the benefit at a bar, Parkin says, given the sensitivity about alcoholism among Native people, and the fact that the benefit is for kids under 21, but he said the school’s leadership ultimately decided “we need every open hand, every partner.” “We want our kids to have a healthy lifestyle, not based on not knowing anything, but knowing everything and making healthy choices, being culturally connected to the community,” Parkin says. “That’s what protects kids from drug and alcohol abuse and other negative behaviors. We’ll take a little heat from somebody, almost assuredly. But we’re tapping into the loss of language that’s all caught up in genocide. And to fix it, you have to touch that. If you’re going to heal a wound, you’re going to touch it, and that hurts.” n A Benefit for the Salish School of Spokane featuring Sentient Divide, Askevault, Mala Vida and Efflüvia • Fri, Aug. 18 at 8 pm • 21+ • $3-$7 donation • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • Facebook: A Benefit Show for the Salish School of Spokane
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While bouncing between Spokane and Montreal, musician Dario Ré was inspired to write.
A Tale of Two Cities Spokane songwriter Dario Ré releases a new album, which reflects his time spent between Montreal and Spokane BY NATHAN WEINBENDER
ario Ré has been regularly traveling between Montreal and Spokane for some time now. The singer-songwriter lives here, where he was born and raised, but he went to college north of the border and finds himself there quite often. In fact, he’s in Canada the week before his newest album is set to drop. “I have two boys with my ex who spends summers with me in Spokane,” Ré says in a Facebook message to the Inlander, “so I’m here in Montreal bringing them back to their mom.” Ré’s eponymous band’s new full-length album, titled Aspen Artichoke, reflects that back-and-forth lifestyle. The album is appropriately loaded with (both literal and figurative) images of long country roads and longer rural highways, train tracks crisscrossing the landscape, winding rivers and sunsets. It’s also shot through with themes of displacement, of finally getting somewhere, only to have to leave soon thereafter (“I’m leaving town / The morning will come / I’ll never be found,” Ré sings on the song “Foundation”). And it features a handful of tunes written in French, Montreal’s official
language. The album is a portrait of life in both of Ré’s home cities, as well as the nebulous in-between. “This ultimately [led] to the realization of Aspen Artichoke, which packs itself with wounds and tears of having split lives, while also speaking to the beauty and liberation of following one’s own resonance,” Ré writes. Aspen Artichoke, which will be available for purchase at Ré’s Bartlett concert next Thursday, was engineered by Jimmy Hill at his Spokane studio Amplified Wax. It was recorded over the course of a month, starting in May and wrapping up on Ré’s 29th birthday in late June, and it’s an earthy, heartfelt album. “My songwriting process is quite unpremeditated yet highly intentional, if that doesn’t sound too oxymoronic,” Ré says. “So the sound of Aspen Artichoke upholds a certain eclecticism that I admire in my favorite artists — Andrew Bird, Fleet Foxes, the Barr Brothers, Arcade Fire.” The process of putting the record together turned out to be just as diverse as the influences behind it. Ré says the song “Dayfall” was done in a single take, with he
and his bandmates “huddled around a jazz mic.” And the mournful ballad “After Book of Longing” was partially recorded on the upright piano in Ré’s house. Listening to Aspen Artichoke, it’s obvious that the sparse arrangements have been painstakingly, carefully considered. From the opening track “Artery of America,” with its delicately finger-picked acoustic guitar and snatches of lush vocal harmonies and violin, to the sprawling closer “Children of the Sun,” you get the sense that one of Ré’s musical tenets is that less is often so much more. “I can’t say it was as much of an attempt to capture my back and forth between Spokane and Montreal as it was a reflection of those circumstances,” Ré says. “This balancing between two worlds (to date one of the most challenging and emotional periods of my life) manifested [itself] in a wealth of creativity in all facets of my creative practice.” n Dario Ré Album Release with Chris Molitor • Thu, Aug. 24 at 8 pm • $5 • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane.com • 747-2174
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henever a movie features a scene set in a backroad country bar, you can bet all the money in your pocket that said bar will have an effortlessly cool live country band setting the mood. Archangels Thunderbird could easily be one of those bands, and their sound certainly harkens back to the work of all the great musical outlaws. Despite the down-home flavor of their twangy laments, though, this quintet actually hails from Portland, a city that’s produced a lot of great music and yet isn’t exactly synonymous with grit. But regardless of their origins, Archangels Thunderbird is sure to hit that sweet spot for anyone who loves their country melodic and old-school. It’s best to listen with a beer in your hand, and maybe even a tear in your eye. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Archangels Thunderbird with Dapper Devils and Sulphur Banks • Fri, Aug. 18 at 9 pm • $6 • 21+ • The Observatory • 15 S. Howard • observatoryspokane.com • 598-8933
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o, not the Beach Boy everyone loves to vilify: This Mike Love is a rising reggae star, although his high energy and positive vibes aren’t too far removed from the output of the world’s foremost surf-pop group. Born and raised in Hawaii, Love has become best known for his high-energy jams (he’d be right at home in the album-rock era of the ’70s, with many tracks comfortably pushing past the 8-minute mark) and for weaving disparate influences — folk, country, classic rock, traditional R&B — into them. The title of his most recent record, 2016’s Love Overflowing, is indicative of the ebullience that seems to radiate from his music, and it’s not hard to see why his own name is so fitting. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Mike Love with Andy Rumsey • Thu, Aug. 24 at 7:30 pm • $13/$16 at the door • All-ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • bigdipperevents.com • 863-8098
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BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Dino Romanelli, Aug. 24. ZOLA, Blake Braley, Thurs.. ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Ron Greene and Friends, Aug. 24, 5:30 pm. J COEUR D’ALENE PARK, Howling Gaels, Aug. 24, 6-8 pm. CRUISERS, Open Mic Jam Slam hosted by Perfect Destruction and J.W. Scattergun, Thurs., 6-10 pm. MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Wyatt Wood, Aug. 24, 6-8 pm. RAZZLE’S BAR & GRILL, Open Mic, Thurs., 6 pm. J RIVERSTONE PARK, Chiselfish, Aug. 24, 6-8 pm. UVA TRATTORIA, Tasty Thursdays, BEEROCRACY, Open Mic, Thurs., 7 pm. BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, The Song Project, CORBY’S BAR, Open Mic and Karaoke, Thurs., 7-11 pm. J THE BIG DIPPER, Mike Love and Guests, Aug. 24, 7:30 pm. J THE BARTLETT, Dario Ré, Chris Molitor, Aug. 24, 8 pm. J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen, Thurs., 8 pm. NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), PJ Destiny, THE OBSERVATORY, Vinyl Meltdown, Thurs., 8 pm-2 am. THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler, Thurs.-8:30 pm. IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack, Aug. 24, 9 pm-1 am, Aug. 25, 9 pm-1 am and Aug. 26, 7-11 pm. THE RESERVE, Karaoke with DJ Dave, Thurs., 9 pm. CRAVE, DJ Freaky Fred, Thurs., 10 pm. BLACK DIAMOND, DJ Sterling, Fri.. J HOTEL RL AT THE PARK, British Export, Aug. 25 and Aug. 26. LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil, Wed. and Aug. 25. NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom, Sat.. ZOLA, Tell the Boys, Aug. 25 and Aug. 26. THE OBSERVATORY, Waking Things, Boat Race Weekend, Wasted Breath, Aug. 25, 9 am. PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Doug Bond, Aug. 25, 5-8 pm. J CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Riverboat Dance Band, Aug. 25, 6-10 pm and Aug. 26, 6-10 pm. NASHVILLE NORTH, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Devon Wade, Aug. 25, 6 pm. O’SHAYS IRISH PUB & EATERY, Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots, Fourth Fri. of every month, 7 pm. DI LUNA’S CAFE, Chris Webster and Nina Gerber, Aug. 25, 7:30-9:30 pm. J THE BARTLETT, Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts, Aug. 25, 8 pm. BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn, 8 pm. CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke, 8 pmmidnight.
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THEATER OUTDOOR STAGE
For more than four decades, the Bozeman-based theater company Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been touring some of the greatest pieces of drama around the country, and the summertime brings a couple of those plays to the Pacific Northwest. The best part about these free performances is that they happen outdoors as twilight approaches, in the great New York City tradition. This year’s selections: You Never Can Tell (pictured above), a late 19th-century George Bernard Shaw farce about the mishaps of a fatherless family, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the bloody tragedy of the general who commits murder to claim the Scottish throne. The Shaw comedy will be staged on Saturday night in Liberty Lake, and Macbeth in Sandpoint on Sunday. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Montana Shakespeare in the Parks • Sat, Aug. 19 at 5 pm • Pavilion Park • 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake • Sun, Aug. 20 at 6 pm • Bonner County Fairgrounds • 4203 N. Boyer Ave., Sandpoint • shakespeareintheparks.org
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SPORTS CATCHING BIG AIR
For the first time ever, the BMX Lumberjack Nationals are coming to Spokane for three days of high-flying, dirt-biking competition. There will be racers of all ages — men and women, girls and boys — racing for glory on a track carefully prepared to meet national standards and showcase the Northwest BMX scene. That shouldn’t be hard, considering the Spokane BMX local racing club is ranked No. 27 in the nation, and among our local racers is high-ranked teen rider Lizzy Bowers, who could surprise some of the out-oftown racers when they come to her home turf to take her on. — DAN NAILEN 2017 USA BMX Lumberjack Nationals • Fri-Sun, Aug. 18-20 • Free • Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly • Facebook: USA BMX Lumberjack Nationals
NIGHTLIFE THE LIVING DEAD
Break out the tubes of fake blood and other grotesque costume props for a night of brains, formal wear and more brainz. To celebrate its role all summer as a live set for the locally filmed zombie series Z Nation, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is hosting a zombie-themed, prom-inspired evening for adults. In addition to live music by local group Fun Ladies and sets from DJ Case, guests are entertained by local tarot reader Elissa Ball, and performances by contortionist Amy Brandle and members of the Vaude Villains burlesque troupe. A Royal Zombie Court is also appointed, because no prom would be complete without a few queens and kings of the night. Better hit the thrift stores fast to find the most horrifying formalwear you can (while beating the Halloween rush) and dust up on your “Thriller” dance moves. — CHEY SCOTT Zombie Prom: A Night to Dismember • Sat, Aug. 19 from 6-10 pm • $15/$20 • 21+ • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • northwestmuseum.org
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2017 FESTIVAL COME TOGETHER
Perhaps more so now than ever in recent memory, we need to come together, set aside our differences and agree to work together toward the future of equality and understanding that, of late, can feel so far from our grasps. With the tag line “Our Diversity is Our Strength,” this year’s 23rd annual Unity in the Community multicultural festival serves the important role of encouraging mutual acceptance of all cultures, including the diverse groups that make up our own local community. Guests to this year’s celebration can enjoy performances from numerous local cultural groups throughout the day, in between browsing booths from career, education and health resource organizations. Kids in need can also pick up free school supplies and bike helmets (while supplies last). — CHEY SCOTT Unity in the Community • Sat, Aug. 19 from 10 am-4 pm; parade at 9 am • Free • Riverfront Park, Clocktower Meadow • 507 N. Howard • nwunity.org
ETC. FARM TO FIELD
Thanks to the unceasing popularity of country-chic décor queen Joanna Gaines (of HGTV network fame) and her creative counterparts (both celebrity and local), the rustic, farmhouse-inspired home decorating trend doesn’t look like it’ll fade away anytime soon. Locally, the seventh annual Pickin’ on the Prairie outdoor vintage and artisan vendor fair is proof of that; this year, the growing event left behind its humble, homestead roots for Joe Albi Stadium, a bigger and more accommodating venue. Hosted by local venture Past Blessings Farm, Pickin’ on the Prairie has become one of the largest vintage/junk-salvage shows in the Inland Northwest, as it’s expanded into seven other branded vendor fairs held throughout the year around the region. — CHEY SCOTT
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W I SAW YOU
I SAW YOU FINE SOUTHERN BOY AT PILOT FLYING J — POST FALLS I stopped to get coffee, you breezed in and made a comment which I thought was about the music but it wasn’t it was a southern style compliment. We chatted for a second about teenagers, I was in a rush and honestly a little shy. Should have got your number or given you mine, biggest longshot odds ever but maybe you will see this. COLLEGE SWEETHEARTS As two very nontraditional college students, our meeting more than twelve years ago was by a long stretch, the luckiest day of my life. We have a great family, built a very nice home, added more grandchildren, travelled to wonderful places and are now ready to celebrate your very milestone birthday. (No one will ever guess which one!) You are more beautiful than ever. I’m a very lucky man. I love you so much and I’m still shooting for fifty years with you. Kemosabe PEKING PALACE 8/12 BLONDE IN AUDI A4 Hi, you were the beautiful petite blonde with short semi shaved hair in your mid 30’s that was at peking palace on 8/12 at about 7:30-8pm an it looked like you were taking your mother out for chinese food as well..I was parked beside you in the truck,we shared a cigarette outside and I wanted to talk to you but was too shy to think of anything to talk about at the time cause I looked like hell and wasnt expecting anyone like you to
be there but would love to have a 2nd chance to chat with you when I’m cleaned up if you’re interested..tell me what kind of car you were driving an the color so I know its really you and put that in “missed connections” on spokane craigslist with “peking palace 8/12 “ as your title an a way to contact you please as its private there..I hope to hear from you soon.. COFFEE CUSTOMER You still catch my attention everytime I see you, although I try not to show it anymore. I’ve tried to converse with you a couple of times, but you cut me off with your kind dismissiveness and I haven’t tried again. Unfortunately there’s something about you that keeps my attention. You’re an enigma that makes me flush every time I see you. I think we’re both at that point in life where a little spark would be fun to experience again. It makes me wish you’d stop and chat one day. If you did, I’d ask you to have a glass of wine with me. LIBERTY LAKE WAITPERSON Hey MH it was nice when you came to my table and said hi a few weeks ago. You have the most incredible smile, and you’re genuinely a good person. I can’t believe you’re still single, I guess young guys just don’t have a clue. If I wasn’t twice your age I’d fancy the idea of showering you with whatever it took to get you out to dinner. I’d still venture a glass of wine if you were up for talking some more. Regardless you’ll continue to make me smile every time I see you. Thanks :)
CHEERS FENDER BENDER 2ND & Washington 8/8 Cheers to the witness who stuck around to check on everyone and wait for the police — my heartfelt thanks. Cheers to the baristas at Dutch Bros who saw me broiling in the sun and brought over a cold drink while I waited for my tow. And cheers to the Spokanites who responded with patience and not anger to the traffic snarl we caused. Cheers to the first responders. Thanks, everyone! WILDFLOWER GENTLEMAN Cheers to you, sir. I was riding my bike along the Centennial Trail Tuesday morning, and you were probably the brightest part of it. Thank you for pointing out something
beautiful when I was going through some mental anguish. God bless you!
JEERS DISCRIMINATION? U TELL ME. At a local Clinic with locations throughout Spokane,
TO THE THIEF THAT STOLE MY PURSE FROM MY APARTMENT ON THE EVENING OF AUGUST 7TH! If you’re the thief that was roaming around the Shiloh Hills area and reading this, listen up. Your crime has been reported. I can’t believe you hopped
will ever hear. Take a lesson from Doug Clark and be more inclusive next time. And that goes for your flying monkeys too, my little pretty. If anyone enjoyed this screed please donate to KYRS, the best radio station ever. HARMONICA STEALIN’ MOFO’S Jeers to the broads that slithered their way to the
Thank you for pointing out something beautiful when I was going through some mental anguish.
an 81 years person who uses a “walker” has been told that in order to meet w/ their doctors they must call “early in the morning” of the day that they want to go in. This procedure must be adhered to because they say this elderly person has missed 3 appointments w/I a 6 month period. The truth is that this responsible senior made calls 2 times to cancel but the Clinics switchboard wasn’t open early enough to make the cancellations 4 hours before the appointment times. The patient then called when the switchboard did open. Since they cannot call the STA Paratransit for same day service, they must walk in 90 degree heat 6 blocks to either the bus stop or to the Clinic. So many patients that no one has been designated to look at individuals? Where is the human factor? COP CARS What is it with these civilian cop car owners. And what is it with the cops selling them all decked out so they still look like cop cars. I have probably watched too much Justice channel but I’m a little bit leary about being stopped by the police now. These cars still have the lights and the divider between the front and back seats. If I had a daughter I would tell her not to pull over if being stopped to call 911 to see if it is even a real cop or just a want to be with other intentions in mind. You need to strip those cars down so their just black and white and when we do see
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one we just slow down until we realize its not a cop
my 2nd floor apartment balcony and enter MY home! My entire life was in that purple purse along with my dog’s heart shaped paw print! She passed away four months ago and that paw print is very dear to me! Thanks to you, I may never see it again! My family and I had to vacate the apartment due to a treatment and afterwards we were trying to cool the place down! An open door DOES NOT INVITE YOU IN TO STEAL THINGS! and I can’t believe you had the freaking balls to do that RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY SLEEPING FATHER!! That purse was a GIFT from him! You stole from an innocent young woman who did NOTHING WRONG TO YOU! I hope you get caught soon and karma does her work against you! GARLAND STREET FAIR I was thrown out by the wicked witch of the west. You forgot your line “...and that goes for little dog too...” All we wanted to do was have a little fun and provide a few laughs. It’s a public sidewalk, witch. When I went to school in the 50’s they taught us about freedom of speech and the right to freely assemble. At least there is still a free press. If you had your way the neighborhood would be another dying corporate mall where you could stifle all spontaneity and creativity. Okay, I’m no Bruce Springsteen but at least I made the effort drag my old ass out to the street and do something besides swelter in my room playing music no one
front row at the Melissa Etheridge concert only to steal her harmonica out of her mic-stand! I wasn’t the only one who witnessed this and I’m glad someone came out from backstage to retrieve it. Way to be hospitable ya’ hussies. SORRY To the world’s largest online company for sending out an e-mail to customers that purchased eclipse glasses from them, shame. Do you think I wanted a refund and told not to use the 50 pairs I have passed out to family and friends? Not acceptable. You had time to send out a product that is “certified”. As to your $100 to be a member for “fast” shipping? I have placed over a dozen orders since I became one. I have received an order within the promised two business days once. Bigger companies aren’t always better! n
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TEAM PARKINSON’S WALK The second annual local event offers a familyoriented walking course, and helps to raise awareness, build community and raise funds for Parkinson’s care and research. Aug. 19, 8:30-10:30 am. Free. Touchmark South Hill, 2929 S. Waterford Dr. teamparkinsons.org TACO BELL LIVE MAS GOLF & GALA Join the Boys & Girls Club and its sponsor Taco Bell for a night of golf and a gala benefit. Aug. 25, 11 am. Kalispel Golf and Country Club, 2010 W. Waikiki Rd. bgcspokanecounty.org (489-0741) WHISKERS & WINE (AND SUDS!) Partners for Pets’ annual fundraiser with wine from Barrister, beer from Black Label and a selection of appetizers (vegan included). Also includes a silent auction. Aug. 26, 6-9 pm. $25$30. Spokane Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. partnersforpets.org
2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. (244-3279) GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) MICHAEL IAN BLACK The actor, comedian and author is known for his appearances on VH1’s “I Love the...” series, NBC’s Ed and many other appearances, including Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer.” Aug. 17-18 at 8 pm, Aug. 19 at 7:30 and 10:30 pm. $15-$30. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com ONCE MORE WITH FEELING In celebration of the BDT’s 20th anniversary, players revisit as many previous shows as possible each night in turbo speed. Fridays, 8 pm, Aug. 18-Sept. 22. For all ages. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. reddragondelivery.com EMILY GALATI: Emily has performed standup on the Conan on TBS, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comic’s Unleashed, Laughs, and Gotham Live. Aug. 20, 8 pm. $10-$16. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub.com (509-318-9998) THE SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Featuring comics from the Northwest and beyond, and hosted by Deece Casillas. Sundays, from 8-9:30 pm. Free. The Ridler Piano Bar, 718 W. Riverside. socialhourpod.com COMEDY OPEN MIC Five minutes for anyone who knows at least one joke. Monday nights; signups at 8:30 pm, mic starts at 9. Ages 21+. Free. Garland Drinkery, 828 W. Garland. facebook. com/drinkerynation COMEDY SHOWCASE The monthly showcase lets the audience help pick the “Best Set” of the night from among four local comedians. Third Monday, from 8-9:30 pm. No cover; two-item min. purchase. The Buzz Coffeehouse, Bar & Lounge, 501 S Thor St. thebuzzspokane.com MONDAY NIGHT COMEDY Hosted
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by Jared Chastain, with local acts followed by open mic. Mondays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Etsi Bravo, 215 E. Main. etsibravo.com (715-1037) THE PUNDERGROUND: AFTER DARK The local punning competition hosts its mature-audience version. Twelve potential punsters compete in a single elimination format. Registration at 7:30, starts at 8. Aug. 22. Free. The Observatory, 15 S. Howard. (598-8933) OPEN MIC A free open mic night every Wednesday, starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Free. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (318-9998) KERMIT APIO The past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition has performed around the U.S. and Canada. Aug. 24-26 at 8 pm, Aug. 26 at 10:30 pm. $10-$22. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (509-318-9998)
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LAKE COEUR D’ALENE CRUISES The Lake CdA Cruise fleet departs daily from The Resort all summer for scenic tours, late morning brunch and evening sunset dinner cruises. $25/adults; $23/ages 55+; $17/ages 6-17; free/age 5 and under. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. cdacruises.com LAKELAND VILLAGE OPEN HOUSE Please join all of us at Lakeland Village (2320 S. Salnave Road, Medical Lake), a state residential facility, for a day of fun with music, pizza campus tours, train rides, a petting zoo and games. Aug. 17, 9 am-3 pm. Free. (299-1800) HERITAGE GARDENS TOURS Learn about the discovery, the restoration and the two influential families of early Spokane who enjoyed them. Upcoming tours: Aug. 17 (2 pm) and 31 (5:30 pm). Free. Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, 507 W. 7th. heritagegardens.org RACE A WATERMELON Gear up for the Airway Heights Watermelon Races and paint a watermelon with your own design and library staff help you attach the wheels and compete in the race. Supplies and entry fee are provided by the library, space is limited to 10 participants (registration required). For Grades 4+. Aug. 17, 2-4 pm. Free. Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St. scld.org (893-8250) SOLAR ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES Weather permitting, the SCLD hosts events to prepare for safely viewing the partial eclipse through the big day on Aug. 21. Stop by the library to make a pinhole projector; branches also have a limited number of sun-filter viewing glasses. Events are for all ages and at all Spokane County Libraries (except the Bookend): Argonne, Cheney, Deer Park, Medical Lake, Moran Prairie, North Spokane and Spokane Valley. Free. scld.org (893-8260) SPOKANE PARKS FREE SWIM DAYS Kids can access city pools for free, thanks to underwriting by Spokane Parks Foundation, Spokane Firefighters Union 29 and the Central Lion’s Club. Aug. 14 (Comstock), 15 (Liberty), 16 (Hillyard), 17 (Witter), 18 (Cannon) and 19 (Shadle) during regular public swim hours. spokaneparks.org THURSDAY EVENING SWING Come swing dance from 6:30-10 pm (through Sept. 1). Includes beginner/ intermediate lessons; no partner or experience necessary. $8. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. strictlyswingspokane.com (509-838-5667)
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Could a ghost town become a destination for all things weed?
Pot Town At the edge of California’s Mojave Desert, you may soon find the country’s first cannabis-focused community BY MIKE BOOKEY
few weeks ago in this column, we introduced you to the concept of cannabis tourism and how it’s already taken off in places like Seattle. In the Emerald City, there’s everything from vaporizer rentals for out-of-towners to guided tours of producers, processors and retail shops. Here in Spokane, there are some B&Bs that allow on-premises consumption of cannabis. But what if there was a whole town dedicated to everything marijuana? Think of it as a Disneyland for weed
lovers — or something like that. It could become a reality if things continue as planned for a cannabis technology company called American Green. The publicly traded firm just bought the entire town of Nipton, California, for $5 million, which seems like a pretty good deal, though we’re a little unsure about the market price of ghost towns these days. Nipton, located near the Mojave Desert, was once a gold-rush town at the turn of the 20th century, but was home to just six residents as of last year. American Green’s purchase got it 120 acres of land, which the company plans to convert into a multifaceted cannabis tourism operation that includes marijuana growing projects, as well as an effort to create CBD-infused water to be distributed in California. “We are excited to lead the charge for a true ‘Green Rush,’” says David Gwyther, chairman and president of American Green, in a press release. “This acquisition allows us to channel the myriad interests in cannabis production and consumption for an immediate positive impact to this community’s members and to cannabis consumers across the country. As industry leaders since
2009, we are thrilled to begin work on this first-of-its-kind eco-tourism experience for conscious cannabis consumers.” The eco-tourism Gwyther mentions refers to the plan to see Nipton run on a completely self-sufficient and off-the-grid energy system through the use of solar power. American Green also plans to improve the town’s aquifer system. The more conventional tourism plans include a bed and breakfast, cannabis retailers, mineral baths and culinary events. The company acknowledges that the Nipton Project, as they refer to the purchase of the city, is an ambitious and unique undertaking. “The Nipton Project has the potential to be one of the biggest initiatives any of us at American Green have undertaken. The project holds great possibilities for our company and for the cannabis industry as a whole,” says Pat Carrigan, American Green’s chief operating officer. “It took the company over four months of negotiation with the town’s owners to get us here. Even so, the real work begins now. We are ready, willing, and able to accept the challenge at hand.” n
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EVENTS | CALENDAR COEUR D’CON 2017 A comic convention celebrating books, movies, games, manga, comics, and all of the many avenues of geek culture. The family-friendly event includes activities for all ages, as well as vendors, artists, tabletop gaming, trivia, crafts, video game tournaments and more. Aug. 19, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. coeurdcon.weebly.com (208-769-2315) COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR CHAS Health celebrates National Health Center Week with a fair offering participants the opportunity to receive free screenings for glucose, BMI, vision, blood pressure, oral cancer and more. CHAS Maple Street clinic, 3919 N. Maple. Aug. 19, 9 am-noon. Free. chas.org DROP IN & SCIENCE FOR KIDS Spark’s resident mad scientist shares experiments from the gross to the glorious, inspiring a sense of wonder. Third Saturdays, 3-5 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. spark-central.org PICKIN’ ON THE PRAIRIE VINTAGE & ARTISAN SHOW The event previously held at Past Blessings Farm has relocated to Joe Albi for its 7th year. Featuring 150 booths, it is now one of the largest outdoor vintage and artisan markets in the Northwest. Aug. 19, 9 am-6 pm and Aug. 20, 10 am-4 pm. $7 weekend admission. Joe Albi Stadium, Wellesley and Assembly St. pastblessingsfarm.com STORYTIME WITH MICHAEL IAN BLACK A special kids’ event with special guest, comedian and actor Michael Ian Black, who reads from his children’s books. Aug. 19, 11 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY The annual multicultural celebration consists of five key vendor areas: a youth fair, career and education fair, health fair, early learning fair, and general vendors. Aug. 19, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. nwunity.org ZOMBIE PROM: A NIGHT TO DISMEMBER In keeping with the spirit of Z Nation filming this summer, the museum invites guests to wear their best zombie face and formal-wear for live performances and music. Live entertainment includes Tarot reading, contortionists, the Vaude Villains, live music, a beer garden and more. Aug. 19, 6-10 pm. $15/$20. The MAC, 2316 W. First. northwestmuseum.org BUMP TO BABY FAIR The family event offers activities including bounce houses, Disney princesses, chair massages, babywearing demos, face painting, and more. Local midwives, hospitals, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, doulas and other experts are also on site. Aug. 20, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. bit.ly/2swCgXH SOLAR ECLIPSE PARTY The library hosts a community celebration and eclipse watching event. The eclipse begins at 9:13 am, and the first 100 people attending the program receive solar-eclipse glasses. Aug. 21, 8:30 am. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) SOLAR ECLIPSE WATCH EVENT Events consist of a ranger-led solar eclipse presentation, live NASA feed, cultural demonstration and more. The park will have eclipse viewers available for purchase to protect your eyes during this special occasion. The park’s location will show 95 percent totality. Aug. 21, 9-11 am. Free. Nez Perce National Historical Park, 39063 US Hwy 95. nps.gov (208-843-7020) SPARK CENTRAL’S BIRTHDAY PARTY The celebration continues all month with
special creative activities, but this special event includes free cake, color books, volunteer awards, raffle prizes and more. Aug. 22, 6-7:30 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. bit.ly/2uCW4bP THE WALL THAT HEALS A half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C comes to Spokane Valley to honor of all those who served in the Vietnam War, in tribute to those whose lives were lost, and in respect for those whose lives were forever altered. From Aug. 24 at 9 am to Sun. Aug. 27 at 4 pm. Free. Mirabeau Park Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway. ksps.org (688-0300)
MACKAY, IDAHO ECLIPSE CAMPOUT A chance to camp out and see the eclipse in its path of totality on a private ranch in The Lost River Valley, located in the Pioneer Mountains several miles north of Mackay, Idaho. Other activities include live music, food trucks, artists and more. Event opens Aug. 17 at 3 pm, and is open until 2 pm on Aug. 22. $80-$335. gemstateentertainment.com GOODGUYS GREAT NW NATIONALS The annual car show features more than 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972. Other events include a dragster exhibition, pedal car show, swap meet, live music, arts and craft vendors and more. Aug. 1820. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. good-guys.com KETTLE FALLS CAMP & JAM Musicians and music lovers from around the Northwest set up camp for three days of singing and picking their instruments. Also includes touring bluegrass bands and regional acts, food and craft vendors, workshops, open mics, jam sessions, contra dancing and more. Aug. 18-20. $15/day pass, $60/weekend pass. Happy Dell City Park, 425 W Third Ave, Kettle Falls. tricountymusic.org 20TH ANNUAL GARLIC FAIRE China Bend Winery’s event cohosted with Victory’s Organic Foods features Bobby Patterson Unplugged with Randy Knowles on bass, as well as artisan vendors, tiedye artists, coffee roasters and more. Aug. 19-20, noon-5 pm. $5. China Bend Winery, 3751 Vineyard Way, Kettle Falls. chinabend.com (732-6123) POWER BOAT REGATTA The regatta show-n-shine on the Harrison public docks includes some of the fastest boats in the Northwest. Proceeds from the event support the American Lung Association. All boats, cars and motorcycles are welcome. Aug. 19. (509-993-7158) NORTH IDAHO STATE FAIR This year’s theme is “May the Fair Be With You,” and features traditional agriculture and livestock exhibits, carnival rides, food and craft vendors, performers and live entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo and more. Aug. 23-27, from 10 am-10 pm. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Gov’t Way. northidahostatefair.com (208-765-4969)
LEGO BATMAN MOVIE One of the final films of the Garland’s free summer movie series. Aug. 14-18, at 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (327-1050) NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG A screening of the new Native American feature film based on the best-selling novel by Kent Nerburn. Aug. 17-18 and 20. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.org RIFFTRAX LIVE: DOCTOR WHO – THE
FIVE DOCTORS Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of MST3K fame take on one of the most thrilling Doctor Who adventures. Aug. 17 and 24 at 8 pm. At Regal Cinemas Northtown and Riverstone (CdA). $13. fathomevents.com DESPICABLE ME 3 The final installment of the theater’s summer matinee series. Aug. 16-17 at 1 pm. $3. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org HIDDEN FIGURES A family movie night on the lawn of the park; movie starts at dusk. Aug. 18. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. (509-755-6726) SUMMER MOONLIGHT MOVIES: GREASE A screening as part of the City of Airway Heights’ annual summer outdoor movie series. Aug. 18, 9 pm. Free. Sunset Park, S. King St. cahw.org CDA FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK Free family-friendly movies are screened in City Park at dusk. Aug. 19. Coeur d’Alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd. cdaid.org HACKSAW RIDGE Desmond Doss believed that to build a better world he needed to participate in WWII as an army medic. Instead of firing a gun, he saved his fellow soldiers on the battlefield. Aug. 19, 2 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. spokanelibrary.org KLINK’S RESORT SUMMER SHORTS A screening of films submitted for the annual local short filmmaking event. Aug. 19, 7 pm. Free. Klink’s on the Lake, 18617 Williams Lake Rd. bit.ly/2uM9Ycl SATURDAY MARKET CARTOONS Join the Kenworthy every Saturday through September from 9 am-noon for free classic cartoons on the big screen. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main. kenworthy.org SOUTH PERRY SUMMER THEATER: ROGUE ONE Films start at dusk, with a short pre-show fundraiser to help raise donations for local charities. Bring a lawn chair and blankets to set up in the parking lot of the Shop for this annual summer tradition. Aug. 19. Free. The Shop, 924 S. Perry. theshoponsouthperry.com OBSESSION Jude Law stars in the stage production of Obsession, filmed live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film. Aug. 20, 2-4 pm. $7-$15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. friendsofthebing.org GARLAND SUMMER MOVIES: THIS WILD LIFE See the new animated film based on the tale of Robinson Crusoe. Aug. 21-25, at 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (327-1050) ROCK DOG When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician. Aug. 22, 1:30 pm. Free. Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Rd. (444-5331) SUMMER CAMP: SMOKE SIGNALS A screening of the classic film as part of the Garland’s 2017 summer film series, Tuesdays at 7 pm. Aug. 22, 7 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. garlandtheater.com (327-1050) KUBO & THE TWO STRINGS A screening of the Oscar-nominated 2016 animated film. Aug. 23, 2 pm. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. spokanelibrary.org MOVIE WITH THE MARMOTS: The Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council sponsors a free showing of the film “Bennie & Joon” starting at dusk. Aug. 23, 7:30-10 pm. Free. Glover Field, 216 N. Cedar St. (747-6357)
ACID TRIP Firestone Walker Barrelworks Barrelmeister Jeffers Richardson presents an educational tasting focusing on acidity in sour beers. Attendees of this limited event get to taste four different sours and learn about them. Call to reserve a spot. Aug. 17, 6-8 pm. $25. The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen, 905 N. Washington. bit.ly/2vC4pRw (509-392-4000) BACKYARD BAR PARTY Weekly backyard parties include local beer from Slate Creek, local cider from Summit Cider, a featured wine of the week, live music, lawn games and more. Thursdays, 5:308:30 pm, through Aug. 30. Free admission. The Blackwell Hotel, 820 E. Sherman Ave. blackwellboutiquehotel.com CHOCOLATE POWERHOUSE PUDDING Stop in to try the store’s signature pudding recipe, loaded with good-for-you ingredients: cocoa powder, coconut oil, and raw honey, organic avocados and bananas. Aug. 17, 12-2 pm. Free. Natural Grocers, 4603 N. Division. (489-9900) INW FOOD NETWORK: THE SEASONAL KITCHEN The local group’s monthly, hands-on classes are designed to teach participants how to cook delicious, nutritious, locally grown seasonal foods. Preregistration required. Sessions on the third Thursday of the month, 6-8:30 pm. See link for registration and class themes. $25-$30/session. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. inlandnwfoodnetwork.org (208-457-8950) SANGRIA GRILL Enjoy making taqueriastyle tacos and the ultimate homemade Sangria. Ages 21+. Aug. 17, 6-8 pm. $59. Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, 1810 N. Greene. spokaneparks.org (533-8141) SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar during an event on the outdoor patio. Thursdays, from 6-10 pm. $15-$25. Prohibition Gastropub, 1914 N. Monroe. (474-9040) SOUR FEST 2017 A celebration of sour beers, featuring: Pfriem Sour Passionfruit, Almanac/Stillwater Blueberry Jack, Goose Island Halia, Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse, Avery Apricot Sour, Almanac Mariposa, Stillwater Fear of Ghosts, Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek, Pfriem Peche and the Heathen Mojito. Aug. 1719. Pints Alehouse, 10111 N. Newport Hwy. bit.ly/2vLIIPx (509-368-9671) THURSDAY WINE SOCIAL The weekly complimentary wine tasting event features different wine themes and samples of the shop’s gourmet goods. Thursdays, from 4-6 pm. Free. Gourmet Way, 8222 N. Government Way. (208-762-1333) FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS A summer-long event hosted by Downtown Spokane Partnership and featuring different regional food trucks each week, parked along the North 200 block of Wall Street. Fridays, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, through August. downtown.spokane.net NATIONAL LENTIL FESTIVAL The annual event celebrates the Palouse’s famous legume crop, and features cooking demos, live music, a fun run, kids activities, vendor fair/marketplace, beer/wine garden, a parade and much more. Aug. 18-19. Free. lentilfest.com RIDE & DINE DINNER SERIES Enjoy a scenic gondola ride, live music, and a savory mountain top barbecue. Lift ticket included; dessert, beer, wine and mixed drinks are available for an additional charge. Fridays through Sept. 1, from 2-8 pm. $41-$48. Silver Mountain Ski Resort,
610 Bunker Ave. silvermt.com WALLACE HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL A celebration of all things huckleberry, with live music, a street dance, raffles, a huckleberry pancake breakfast, street vendors, kids’ games, a 5K walk/run and more. Free. Downtown Wallace. wallaceidahochamber.com (208-290-7183) BREWSFEST The annual summer festival features 20 breweries, 40 craft beers and three bands. Aug. 19. $31-$50. Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. silvermt.com/Summer/Brewsfest MUSIC, MICROBREWS & BBQ The monthly summer event offers live music, local microbrews, and an all-you-can-eat barbecue. August’s event highlights beer from Selkirk Abby Brewing and music from the Emerson Band. Aug. 19, 5-9 pm. Free admission. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. cdacasino.com INVEG POTLUCK Join the local group for a community potluck on the third Sunday of the month. Please bring a plant-based dish to share (no honey, eggs, meat or dairy). Free. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. inveg.org SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING BRUNCH Guests can watch the entire eclipse progression from the Lakeview Terrace while feasting on a gourmet brunch. Includes live music, giveaways and solar eclipse viewing glasses. Advance tickets required. Aug. 21, 9:30 am-noon. $35/ adults, $20/ages 2-12. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. cdaresort.com DESSERT CLASS Eva from Just American Desserts takes attendees through recipes to help celebrate the last few weeks of summer. Aug. 22, 6-8 pm. $35. My Fresh Basket, 1030 W. Summit Pkwy. myfreshspokane.com (481-8412) PRESERVING FRUIT Learn all the ways to preserve the bounty of fruit available here in the Inland Northwest, whether you have your own orchard, picked a box or two at U-pick, or picked up a bushel of fresh fruit from the farmer’s market. Aug. 22, 6 pm. Free. East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St. (444-5331) BIG BARN BREWING CO. BENEFIT Second Harvest partners with Big Barn Brewing to host a two-hour event consisting of one part service and one part suds. Aug. 24, 5:30 pm. $25. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front Ave. secondharvestkitchen.org (252-6249) CHEF’S DINNER FEAT. STEVEN KITCHENS: A private, 20 person outdoor dinner featuring unique menu items and beer pairings. Hosted by the Kendall Yards Night Market; more details to come. Aug. 24. Kendall Yards, Summit Parkway. kendallyards.com DRINK THIS!: The Inland NW Food Network beverage tasting and education series is held every month on the fourth Thursday, from 6:30-8 pm. Locations vary; see link for schedule and registration. $10-$15. inwfoodnetwork.org VILLA MARIA WINE TASTING A special hosted tasting of four wines from the New Zealand winery. Aug. 24, 5-7 pm. $12. Enoteca, 702 N. Spokane St. corkjoy. com (208-457-9885) DINE THROUGH TIME A mostly historically accurate evening featuring appetizers, dinner, and desserts representing the three decades of each historical venue; the Kenworthy, the 1912 Center and the McConnell Mansion. Aug. 25, 6 pm. $100/ person. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org
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Advice Goddess KNIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
When my husband comes home from a stressful day at work, he likes to play shoot-‘em-up games on his phone. He says it relaxes him. I’d like to connect and talk before he goes into his mental man cave. Also, when he’s into a game, it’s annoying even to ask what he wants for dinner. Your advice? —Gaming Widow
A stressed-out woman wants to talk about her feelings; a stressed-out man wants to gun down 87 slobbering zombies on his phone in hopes that his feelings get bored
with him and go away. It turns out that in dealing with emotional stress, men and women have some different neurochemical overlords. If men’s had a name, it would be The Earl of Overkill, which is to say men tend to react neurochemically to social stress as they would to being chased through the woods by a maniac with a crossbow. First, there’s a surge of epinephrine and norepinephrine, neuromessengers (aka neurotransmitters) that are the bandleaders of the brain’s “fight or flight” reaction. These kick off survival-promoting changes in the body, like the heart beating faster, the release of the energy-mobilizing stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, and blood coursing to the arms and legs (all the better to punch or run!). Meanwhile, systems not needed to fight back or scram — like digestion and higher reasoning — get powered down. Yep. That’s right. Higher reasoning goes all lights out; nobody’s home. So trying to “connect and talk” with a stressed-out man is like trying to have an existential debate with a vacant warehouse. It’s even worse from the man’s end. He’s gotten chemically and otherwise physiologically mobilized to bolt or do battle. But when there’s no crossbow-wielding dude to run from — just a bunch of social stress — there’s no use for all of these bodily resources that have been mustered up. Psychologist John Gottman calls the effect from this “flooding,” explaining that men feel very physically uncomfortable and get extremely frustrated that their access to the brain’s departments of insight and witty bits is blocked. Not surprisingly, what makes them feel better is mentally checking out until these uncomfortable feelings go away — uh, in lieu of access to a zookeeper’s tranq gun to shoot themselves in the thigh. Unfortunately, the thing that makes men feel better is in direct conflict with what works for women. Psychologist Shelley Taylor finds that women’s reaction to emotional stress is mediated by oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that facilitates emotional bonding. This leads to what she calls a “tend and befriend” response: self-soothing through caring for and emotionally engaging with others. In other words, women tend to deal with emotional stress monsters by gabbing them down to size. But, good news. You can have what you need if you just wait for your husband to have what he needs: time to calm down and reset so his brain’s higher reasoning center is no longer in “Hello, my name is Cinderblock!” mode. Decide together how much time that needs to be — half an hour, maybe? After that, he should put down the flamethrower and “advance to the next level”: spoken-word communication, and not just the sort where you ask him, “Is that ‘mmmph’ to steak or ‘mmmph’ you just ended World War III and saved the galaxy from Nazi zombies?”
LITTLE PHOTOSHOP OF HALOS
Though the guy I broke up with recently was, ultimately, a pothead with zero ambition, I can’t stop thinking about all the sweet moments. This feels better in the moment but just keeps me pining. How can I have a more balanced mental picture? —Selective Nostalgia Nostalgia is like crime-scene cleanup for your head: “My, what lovely new tiles. You’d hardly know there was once a triple murder in this kitchen.” We’ve got tons of information back in storage in our long-term memory (picture rows of shelves and old steel file cabinets going on for, like, forever). However, we can only bring out and reflect on a few pieces of information at a time — probably four, according to memory researcher Nelson Cowan. Predictably, we gravitate to memories of ourselves as, say, a beloved partner who made smart choices — as opposed to one who jumped in without looking and then upcycled the growing pile of red flags into dog beds to sell on Etsy. You need a virtual drone cam to help you see the whole landscape at once, and it’s called “an index card.” On it, list all the bummer stuff about your ex that you need to keep in mind. Maybe save a photo of it on your phone. This should help you keep those pesky upsides in perspective, like how he was always so attentive to detail — if that’s what you’d call smoking tons of pot and spending several hours monitoring the hair on his left arm. n ©2017, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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THE COFFEY TWINS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW A 50s/60s rock and roll revue, with dinner theater options. Aug. 18-19 and 25-26; dinner at 6:30, show at 7:30 pm. $10-$35. Circle Moon Theater, Hwy 211 off Hwy 2. northwoodsperformingarts.com (208-448-1294) SESITSHAYA MARIMBA BAND The band plays traditional and contemporary songs from Sub-Saharan Africa and shares the lively rhythmic sounds of the sonorous Kwanongoma marimbas of Zimbabwe. Aug. 19, 7 pm. $15. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way. artisanbarn.org (509-229-3414) SPOKANE SYMPHONY: SOIRÉE ON THE EDGE Cool classical music is paired with wines atop the Cliff House grounds of Arbor Crest. Aug. 9 and 23 at 7 pm. Ages 21+. $30-$75. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. spokanesymphony.org (624-1200)
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KING OF THE CAGE A professional mixed martial arts event, featuring a heavyweight world title showdown between Jordan Currie and Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez. Aug. 17, 7-11 pm. $25+. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. cdacasino.com (1-800-523-2464) NUMERICA SUMMER WORKOUT SERIES Get fit with four nights of activity each week through August. All activities kick-off at 7:15 pm, and last 45-60 minutes. Free. Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, 347 N Post St. bit.ly/2veZ2Vk SPOKANE INDIANS VS. VANCOUVER Four game home series; Aug. 16-19 at 6:30 pm. $5-$20. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. spokaneindiansbaseball.com WALKING THE CAMINO Award-winning filmmaker Lydia B. Smith shares wisdom from her seven year journey in making and distributing her awardwinning, acclaimed documentary, “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.” Aug. 17, 6:30-8 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. rei.com/spokane USA BMX LUMBERJACK NATIONALS Racing for kids and adults, boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. Aug. 18-20. Free to watch. Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly St. bit.ly/2snQudg JACKASS HILL CLIMB A 7-mile trail run or bike ride up the mountain. Race begins at the gondola bay and follow a short section on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Aug. 19. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. (208-783-1111) XERISCAPE GARDENING Local garden expert Steve Nokes explains how to take a proactive stance and a true stewardship approach to reducing your use of water to garden. Aug. 19, 10-11:30 am. Free and open to the public. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. thefriendsofmanito.org SOLAR ECLIPSE AT THE SUMMIT The Great Escape Quad opens early so folks can get up to the summit to view the eclipse, which peaks at 10:28:47 am Pacific. The first 150 people on site get free eclipse-viewing safety glasses. Aug. 21, 8:30 pm. Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. silvermt.com SOLAR ECLIPSE CRUISE Lake Pend Oreille Cruises hosts a cruise from 9 am to noon so passengers can watch the
eclipse from the lake (with complimentary protective eyeware). Aug. 21. $41. Sandpoint. lakependoreillecruises.com SPOKANE INDIANS VS. TRI- CITY: Three-game home series; Aug. 23-25, at 6:30 pm. $5-$20. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana. (535-2922)
ALL SHOOK UP A performance of the rockin’ Broadway musical comedy inspired by and featuring songs of Elvis Presley. Aug. 17-27, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 1:30 pm. Also Aug. 19 at 1:30 pm and Aug. 23 at 7:30 pm. $12-$20. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave. rtoptheatre.org FROM WALLACE WITH LOVE Can Secret Agent Quintuple-O-Seven thwart the deplorable penny-counterfeiting plot of the boisterous Blohard Copperfinger? Through Aug. 27; Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Sixth Street Theater, 212 Sixth, Wallace, Idaho. sixthstreetmelodrama.com MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET A musical recapturing of the famous recording session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Through Aug 27; Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $27-$49. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. cdasummertheatre.com JINGLE Enjoy the new play by writer/ director Becky Revak (Christmas Carole, I’ll take Oliver). Aug. 18-19 and 24-26 at 7 pm. $19. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.org NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Fastpaced and packed with humor, you’ll “laugh yourself to death” over these horrifically and hysterically misunderstood flesh-eating monsters. Aug. 1819 at 7:30 pm and Aug. 20, 2 pm. $10. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com OPERA CDA: TOSCA Puccini’s moving and memorable opera. Aug. 18 at 7:30 pm, Aug. 20 at 2 pm. $13-$59. Schuler Performing Arts Center at NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave. operacda.com PLUNDER & MURDER A pirate-themed murder mystery performance. Aug. 18, at 7 pm. $40. Coeur d’Alene Cellars, 3890 N. Schreiber Way. cdamurdermysterytheatre.com (208-664-2336) SECRET SHAME An original, local production about a couple who have been in love for 25 years to the ignorance of those around them. Aug. 18-19 and 2526 at 7 pm. $12-$14. Heartwood Center, 615 S. Oak St. heartwoodsandpoint.com SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS: YOU CAN NEVER TELL A brand-new dentist, an independent woman, a pair of twins, a search for a missing father, and a helpful waiter all add up to hilarity in this Shavian farce. Aug. 19, 5 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. shakespeareintheparks.org (509-755-6726) SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS: MACBETH The traveling theater troupe from Montana State University hosts a onenight, outdoor performance of the classic tragedy. Aug. 20, 6 pm. Free. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. shakespeareintheparks.org WILD WOMEN OF BROADWAY An irreverent concert celebrating some of Broadway’s most ferocious leading ladies. Aug. 22, 7 pm. $25. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. cdasummertheatre.com
PHYGITALIDE French duo Dorianne Wotton and Xavier Exomene, along with local dancer and artist Anna Czoski, present a performance and installation. Aug. 17, 9-11 pm. Free. Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main. bit.ly/2vTCCf9 ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR OF NORTH IDAHO Celebrate the artistic community in the greater Sandpoint area as you tour the working studios of local painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, glass artists and more. Aug. 18-20, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Sandpoint. arttourdrive.org ART ON THE STREET A community artmaking event featuring several large easels, facilitated by local artist Darcy Lee Saxton. Aug. 19, 1-3 pm. Free. Spokane Art School, 809 W. Garland Ave. spokaneartschool.net (325-3001)
READING: HEATHER BRANSTETTER The author reads from and discusses her new book “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business in Doing Pleasure,” which examines the early history of silver boom town Wallace, Idaho. Aug. 17, 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org SIGNING: CHRISTOPHER KELLY The author of “America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or Been Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth,” returns for a signing of his new coauthored title, “America Invaded: A State by State Guide to Fighting on American Soil.” Aug. 18, 1:30 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com MICHAEL IAN BLACK READING + SIGNING A reading by the writer, comedian, and actor who currently appears on “Another Period,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and more. (Black also performs Aug. 17-19 at Spokane Comedy Club.) Aug. 19, 1-2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. auntiesbooks.com T.A. BRATCHER & BOB MANION An evening with two local authors. Aug. 21, 6:30 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. spokanelibrary.org AURORA DAWNING A talk with the local author, who has been writing since childhood. Aug. 22, 6:30 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. spokanelibrary.org (444-5331) READING: DAVID ABRAMS The author reads from and talks about his upcoming novel, “Brave Deeds,” a poignant storyline following six AWOL soldiers stumbling across war-torn Baghdad to make the funeral of their squad leader. Aug. 22, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) READING: SHARLA GORDER The author shares her collection of funny, inspirational stories. Aug. 23, 7-8 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. auntiesbooks.com (509-838-0206) READING: SLEEPING WITH WOLVES Dr. Ken Fischman, a geneticist, kayaker and survival teacher, reads from his new book. Aug. 24, 7-8 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) BOOK RELEASE: UNCENSORED Spokane Poetry Slam releases its first fulllength anthology. Proceeds of its sale support the upcoming Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane. Aug. 24, 6-7 pm. Free. Steel Barrel Taproom, 154 S. Madison. facebook.com/individualworldpoetryslam (979-5190) n
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“Here on Earth, we’re the only planet in the solar system that experiences this sort of eclipse,” says University of Idaho physics professor Matt Hedman.
from our perspective (when all the angles and orbits line up just right), while still allowing us to see the fiery material around the star, called the corona. “That is rare, and a spectacular treat in the solar system, and is something we should appreciate as people who live on this planet,” he notes. Hedman compares the 90 percent totality we’ll experience in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene to the amount of sunlight in the sky at twilight. “Things will seem very strange,” he says. “One of the Oregon and Idaho have been booked full for months and things people can look out for, even if they don’t have even years, and state officials are warning that road travel eclipse glasses, is to look at the shadows of trees — or in the days leading up to and after the eclipse should be any bright spot on the ground created by a hole between quite a headache. If you do want to get a little closer, other objects — and they’ll start to look like though, the cities of Pullman and little crescents.” Lewiston will see obscuration peaks NEED TO KNOW To fully experience the eclipse, Hedof 93.8 and 94.9 percent, respectively. • In Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, man suggests taking a break from whatever Walla Walla will see more than 96 the partial eclipse starts at 9:13 you’ll be up to that morning to step outside percent of the sun obscured. am on Aug. 21, reaches its peak at and view the event during its various stages 10:27 am and ends at 11:46 am. from start to finish, unless you plan to sit herever you are this • If you live here, 90.5 percent of outside during the entire two-hour-plus Monday, make sure to the sun will be obscured by the event. stop and really revel in moon’s shadow. He cautions not to look at the sun unthe moment, because the next event • No matter where you are in North less you have proper (and approved — visit like this here may not happen in our America, you’ll see at least a partial NASA’s eclipse page for guidelines on safe lifetimes: The U.S. won’t see its next eclipse. eclipse viewing) eclipse-viewing glasses or total solar eclipse until April 2024, • For a complete guide and other other equipment. It’s also easy to make but that event will cross from Texas resources on the total eclipse, visit your own projection viewer, with a pinhole on up to Maine. After that, the 2045 eclipse2017.nasa.gov in a piece of paper that can project the eclipse will pass over the continent shadowed sun onto a blank surface. from west to east again, but much Beyond watching the sun in a safe manfarther south than this year’s. An ner, Hedman also suggests stopping and observing your eclipse as spectacular as this one won’t touch the Pacific surroundings. Northwest region again for more than a century. “One thing I’ve found is that getting a very close-up “Here on Earth, we’re the only planet in the solar look of the sun is not as interesting as seeing how things system that experiences this sort of eclipse,” explains are getting dark around you, and seeing how the shadows University of Idaho physics professor Matt Hedman. are changing,” he says. “Be in the moment, and see how Our planet’s moon, he says, is just far enough away it’s affecting things around you.” n and just big enough that it can entirely cover the sun
How to enjoy the solar eclipse right here in the Inland Northwest BY CHEY SCOTT
et aside some time away from your workspace on Monday morning, because you’re not going to want to miss this. Starting just before a quarter past nine on Aug. 21 — 9:13 am, to be exact, for those of us in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene — a sliver of the moon’s shadow will begin to obscure the light of the blazing summer sun. For the next 73 minutes, the moon’s shadow over the Earth will slowly creep farther and farther over the sun’s orb, reaching a peak obscuration of 90.5 percent at 10:27 am. The second half of the partial eclipse continues until 11:46 am, as the light of our solar system’s star gradually returns to its full midday brightness. While Spokane and its neighbors won’t get to see the sun entirely obscured by the moon’s shadow, the eclipse is still projected to be a spectacular and historic event for those of us sticking around town. The last time our region experienced a solar eclipse near this scale was almost four decades ago, back in 1979. To see the sun totally obscured by the moon, you’ll need to travel a couple of hundred miles south to what’s called the “path of totality” — a roughly 70-mile band of shadow crossing the U.S. from Lincoln City on the Oregon coast to the beaches of Charleston, South Carolina. (For the 1979 eclipse, Spokane was fortunate enough to be just on the edge of the path of totality, and saw more than 99 percent of the sun obscured.) But good luck in planning any eclipse trips at the last minute. Campgrounds, hotels and other venues in central
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