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t’s not hard to be cynical about SPORTS these days, what with the spectacular piles of cash (looking at you, NCAA), the cheaters (Russia), the wife beaters (Ray Rice), the dopers (Lance Armstrong), the rapists (Mike Tyson), the murderers (Aaron Hernandez), the dog fighters (Michael Vick), the liars (Ryan Lochte) and the ball deflators (Tom Brady). But then you read about an Eastern Washington football player like Cooper Kupp, and you recall the best parts of athletics: how they reward hard work, push people to new limits and instill in players like Cupp a sense of something bigger than self — the team. Cupp’s inspiring story kicks off our football coverage, beginning on page 22. Also this week: Read about Spokane’s fight against potholes (page 13), restaurants bouncing back after hard times (page 37) and local bands weighing record deals (page 47). — JACOB H. FRIES, editor









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There are a number of them that need to be worked on. Well, Freya, which they’re doing. Oh, 44th, yeah, they need to do something about the intersection at 44th and Freya, that they just worked on last year and put all this concrete stuff in there. But it’s a downright dangerous corner, and it’s got a crosswalk for bikes and people to go across on this trail, and people coming up that hill.


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I live on the South Hill, so anything that’s not an arterial is in horrible condition. Absolutely horrible. I live on 49th and I have to take 37th, or I have to go up to 53rd just to get across. So, any of the roads in between there could definitely use it.

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et’s put this election in terms a New Yorker can understand — as a Broadway show. Trump: The Campaign started out in previews, off-off Broadway. (For the purposes of this metaphor, “previews” were the state-by-state primaries and caucuses.) The show absolutely killed it among these small crowds. Star-struck producers booked a big-name theater; critics predicted the next Hamilton. Then came opening night (the Republican National Convention), under the brightest lights, with all the world watching. Initial reviewers were puzzled, offering variations on, “I’ve never seen anything quite like it!” In the weeks to follow, a cult following remained loyal to the show, but among the masses, the buzz turned to horror. Despite all those high hopes, the show bombed; audiences stayed away in droves. Anyone can see the reaction to Trump: The Campaign in the polls. Donald Trump was tied with Hillary Clinton around the time of the conventions, but in the weeks since, his numbers have collapsed. As of Aug. 30, the New York Times had Trump’s chances of winning in November, based on the latest national and state polls, at 12 percent. He could even lose Georgia. Still, we’re entering a dangerous time, when a losing candidate can be like a cornered animal. If he chooses, Trump could inflict even more damage. However these final days play out, soon it will be time to clean up this big, hot mess. There’s a song — “Before the Deluge” by a young Jackson Browne, who imagined a Noah’s flood saving the earth from environmental devastation — that would make a great closing number for Trump: The Campaign. “And when the sand was gone and the time arrived / In the naked dawn only a few survived / And in attempts to understand a thing so simple and so huge / Believed that they were meant to live after the deluge.” Who will remain to carry on, unbesmirched by association with so cynical a candidate? For those few left after the deluge, the responsibility will be great.


he idea of a Noah’s flood in politics is an actual thing — political science types call it a landslide election year. This is looking like it could be one — a big one. Landslides sound scary, but in reality they’ve often been good for breaking logjams and bringing in fresh perspectives. Lyndon Johnson’s 22-point landslide win over Barry Goldwater in 1964 firmed up civil rights legislation and brought all kinds of new energy into government (including one young Tom Foley from Spokane). There will be new leaders elected as Democrats this year, to be sure. And we could also see a new vanguard of Republican leaders put forward over the next couple of cycles. Whether they will be more of the same fringe types or candidates with wider appeal and more rational policy

prescriptions remains to be seen. In the meantime, people like Paul Ryan and John McCain may just be too discredited to continue in leadership, leaving the likes of Mitt Romney and John Kasich to take the reins. Such Republicans have learned a lot, perhaps most bitter among the lessons the fact that rightwing media was in the tank for Trump. Roger Ailes and Sean Hannity of Fox News have both been exposed for putting their thumbs on the scale. Where did that servitude to right-wing media get them, really? Fox and others forced more and more ridiculous, out-of-step policies on them that stymied progress and led their party directly to the brink of destruction. Also consider that if Hillary Clinton wins, the era of right-wing media will have resulted in only one win in the popular vote for president out of the past seven elections. If Trump losing huuuge isn’t enough to cause them to reconsider, a 1-6 record should. And as those few survivors inspect what’s left after the election, a roadmap to rebirth will emerge. Doubling down on what didn’t work is not a wise choice, but many will want to go that route — maybe the GOP wasn’t conservative enough to win, you can already hear some pundits saying. No, the Republicans need to take a hard look in the mirror, like an addict who has hit rock bottom, and resolve to make some significant changes in the way they conduct themselves. The GOP has to rebuild, and if it can, there’s a great big, independent-minded middle of America willing to listen.


he silver lining for progressives is that opposition may be washed away, too. Democrats could take over both houses of Congress, with the Senate more likely to topple. The break from the divisiveness could enable leaders to fix Obamacare, address climate change in meaningful ways, deal with income inequality and reform our broken immigration system, among so many pressing needs. Still, as justified as it might seem to Democrats who have endured endless, unreasonable delays and petty, vindictive attacks, this is no time to punish the losers. This coming rough patch will require a kind of Marshall Plan for our political parties. Democrats need to invite Republicans — the safe and sane ones — to participate in national decisions. They need to give Republican leaders like Romney and Kasich the political space to reclaim what has been lost. And as the original Marshall Plan intended, all partisans must drop their party loyalties and pledge — as Americans — to never again descend into this kind of madness. n


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“Make your own ratings.” It’s always more convenient to attack the messenger when the truth hurts, disregarding the accountability that comes with holding public office. Blaming the media is an irresponsible strategy — and increasingly common. The victimization runs rampant — a preoccupation for politicians to blame either “liberal mainstream” or “right-wing” media for any and all: what they write about or don’t. It’s the media’s fault that Sen. Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign sends out “Media Bias of the Day” surveys, vilifying outlets like the Washington Post, New York Times and CNN for how his endless fabrications are covered.



oliticians love publicity. The legendary showman P.T. Barnum once quipped that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but in government the opposite is true. Just ask Spokane Mayor David Condon. One year ago at this time, he was comfortably cruising to re-election before the resignation of former police Chief Frank Straub generated a scandal with no end in sight. Two weeks ago, after a recall petition against Condon was filed, he exposed a characteristic often discussed but rarely seen in public: his fiery temper. It revealed itself when Condon responded petulantly to a KXLY news staffer seeking an interview by saying,

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Shifting the blame and refusing to accept responsibility only breeds cynicism. To be fair, media need to be accountable for telling the truth. We might disagree with each other, but fighting for openness in government is critical. That’s the philosophical challenge for the Condon administration, which has longed for the public sector to be closer to the private sector. City Administrator Theresa Sanders, a firm believer that the public simply doesn’t need to know what’s going on inside City Hall, called media stories on the Straub scandal “malicious and salacious” and argued that public records laws are troublesome. This attitude has driven personnel decisions, feeding the current turmoil. Running government like a corporation, the “City Of Choice” has tried to abide by the business principle that the customer is always right. But the people currently running it have forgotten who the customer is here. So why does Condon believe he should be held to a different standard than that to which politicians have traditionally been held? I know this much: When the publicity does turn bad, our mayor is classically turning his eyes to the only target left to blame other than himself. Spokane is fortunate to host some talented and responsible journalists. By shutting out local media who have legitimate and fair questions about the recall, Condon is proving he isn’t a victim of media bias, but of his own behavior. His only interview, with conservative talk-show host Mike Fitzsimmons, who formerly co-hosted a show with Mark Fuhrman — who committed perjury during the O.J. Simpson murder trial — doesn’t suffice. He felt comfortable enough with Fitzsimmons to share that by raising money for a campaign through a political action committee, he’ll be able to share the controlled message he wants the public to hear. “I will use that opportunity to tell Spokane’s story. And say where we’re going, and how we’re going to face the challenges going forward,” Condon said. “I think the people deserve to be communicated to.” They certainly do. I guess we’ll have to wait until Condon has constructed his version of Spokane’s story. The best reporting digs deep and avoids the pitfalls of taking what politicians say at face value. Our community will never outgrow our need to check institutions as long as questions remain at City Hall. Condon must answer all of those questions. We’ll be listening. 

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COMMENT | FROM READERS ISAAC JACK JR.: Hell no!!! Will not buy this dog and pony show one more minute. Condon accepting zero understanding or common sense is outstanding. Recall Condon is the fight of the people.

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Readers react to last week’s story about Mayor Condon’s reaction to a petition recently filed to recall him from office:

STEVE BERDE: I voted for Mr. Condon twice. Sad to say he brought all this on himself. While he’s done some fine things for the city, he blew this big time. Nonsense for him to blame the media or politics. He needs to look in the mirror and take the blame and move forward. We are a laughingstock and he brought it on himself. BARB LEE: First point, it is sad that a job would be considered more valuable than one’s reputation. Second, the council did not put his police chief pick in jeopardy, Condon himself did that when he totally ignored the process, the city council and the Spokane community and decided he could do whatever he wanted. Condon has personally created every one of the problems he has and then denies any responsibility for any of them. 






JOAN HANSER MCCONNELL: Hopefully, the dialogue will continue… as many have already learned, it is difficult, takes time, courage, and the ability to listen. I think this is a great example of people trying to find common ground through this hard work.

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Reactions to last week’s story and blog post regarding a Spokane County deputy’s Facebook post about the Black Lives Matter movement, which sparked debate among local law enforcement and civic leaders:

STEPHEN L. KENT: I am disappointed. Seems this article turned into a public performance evaluation for an employee who is now being pilloried by some for his personal beliefs. Not helpful. SMITH ROBBIE: When you take an oath to become a public servant you use tact and show some self respect by leaving politics out of your mouth, opinion. Whatever… that’s how you stay unbiased. GINGER NINDE: Black Lives Matter formed to combat the denial of racism in our society and shine a light on legitimate problems we need to change. Those in law enforcement and the general public that don’t admit there is a problem are unfortunately most likely part of the problem.


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How Spokane Beat Potholes Why the Condon administration reinvented the city’s approach to streets and utilities — and what that means for potholes BY DANIEL WALTERS


hen summer hit this year, holes opened up all across downtown Spokane. Not the sort of potholes that have been local humorists’ punch lines for decades — but knee-deep craters, full of chunks of concrete rubble and mountains of dirt, as backhoes went to work across the downtown core. The construction may have frustrated downtown businesses and motorists, but for city leaders like Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley, it represents one of Spokane’s biggest successes in the past decade. These holes downtown are the product of a revolutionary policy shift that impacts not just the streets, but the river and the parks as well. For decades, many of Spokane’s major arterials have been in shoddy shape, plagued by ruts, buckles, fissures, potholes, and so many interwoven cracks there’s a word for it — “alligatoring” — named after the way a damaged street can resemble the reptile’s skin. Now, from Cooley’s

perspective, the city is on the road to fixing all that, and keeping it fixed. In other words: the notorious Spokane pothole problem? “I think we’ve beaten it,” Cooley says.


Potholes are just a symptom, says former Utilities Director Rick Romero. A poorly funded street system — that’s the disease. For years, the city had been in triage mode, rushing around filling potholes and patching cracks, but putting off the sort of maintenance that would prevent more from forming. In part, blame a tax-wary public: The voters had passed a street bond in 1987, but then rejected one in 1996 and — despite facing a $180 million backlog in street repairs — rejected another in 2002. It took conservative Mayor Jim West to buck the

trend in 2004, winning over skeptical voters by going deep into specifics of how the bond would be used. He got a $117 million bond passed, but that still wasn’t enough to eliminate the backlog of deferred maintenance. In 2011, the city council began charging $20 car tab fees to create the Transportation Benefit District to pay for neighborhood street maintenance, repairing roads with chip seals and fixing more serious problems by grinding off the top layer and replacing it. When Mayor David Condon took office the next year, however, the first problem he was focused on wasn’t fixing the streets. In fact, he’d used the TBD as a bludgeon against his opponent, former Mayor Mary Verner, for approving the fee increase. It was his effort to solve the city’s stormwater problem, Romero says, that set the city on the course to solving its streets problem. When heavy rain hits asphalt, it sends a torrent of dirty water full of pollutants flooding into the city pipes. Cities can handle this problem by dumping the dirty water into the river, damaging the environment. Or they can channel the dirty water to a treatment plant — but building one that can handle all the stormwater surges is expensive. That’s where Combined Sewer Overflow tanks come in — big concrete boxes that store surging stormwater until the storm dies down, allowing wastewater treatment plants to process the excess at a more reasonable pace. But with the city still limping financially from the recession, Romero says, Condon was looking at the possibil...continued on next page






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ity of spending $300 million to $350 million on massive new CSO tanks. “That’s the way it was being cast: Either you could be environmentally responsible and spend $300 million, or be financially responsible and don’t do anything,” Romero says. But he says it was a choice Condon wasn’t willing to settle for. There was a third way: Turn the streets themselves into stormwater solutions. Rebuild them to channel water into trenches along the sides or center of the road, and fill those trenches with grasses, gardens and trees atop specially engineered soil. Instead of rainwater draining from the blacktop into city pipes, it would soak slowly through the grass and the soil — being filtered without ever entering a treatment facility. “We’re mimicking what nature does to remove pollutants,” says Marlene Feist, city utilities spokeswoman. But to do that meant marrying the utilities and streets departments, Romero says. With the departments split up into fiefdoms, such an arranged marriage wasn’t a LETTERS simple task. Send comments to “What you had going on, quite frankly, was a lot of department directors who saw their primary job as protecting the department’s own goal,” Romero says. “We had to figure out how to erase those boundaries.” It wasn’t just a managerial riddle, it was a financial one: The city had to create a system to legally allow utilities (which pays for itself through fees) to transfer money to streets. Feist brought community members on board, working with environmental activists, local tribal governments and the state Department of Ecology to develop the plan. “We are steering change that will serve us for generations,” Condon wrote in a statement. In May of 2014, the city council approved the Integrated Clean Water Plan unanimously, heaping kudos on the city staff and leadership, noting all the roadblocks they had busted through. Former Councilman Mike Allen called the plan one of the most “simple and innovative things” he’d seen in government. Ultimately the city calculated it would save $150 million on CSO tanks — allowing Condon

to put $100 million of that toward repairing streets. It came just in time: West’s street bond had come with a catch — the bonds would last for 20 years, but would only pay for 10 years of street construction. By funneling utilities savings into streets and refinancing the bond with cheaper interest rates, it meant the city could pass a levy for street projects until 2034 and a bond to improve Riverfront Park — all without raising taxes. And because of the way the 2014 levy was structured, the city will have more and more to spend on street maintenance with each passing year. Potholes will never go extinct, but they will be much more rare. “That’s the snowball rolling downhill instead of uphill,” says Cooley.


As the backhoes and jackhammers tore up the pavement downtown, what city workers found beneath hammered home the awful conditions of many of Spokane’s roads. On some streets, the wood from old railway ties and streetcar lines had rotted away, leaving space for water to collect, freeze and cause damage. In other spots, the asphalt had simply been poured over brick. In some places, the pavement was only 2 inches thick. Feist shows an illustration of the new street design: 6 inches of pavement atop 9 inches of packed gravel mix for stability. From the top and the bottom, it resists the sort of damage that could create potholes. In the past few months, City Council President Ben Stuckart says, he hasn’t been hearing many pothole complaints. “Right now I’m getting more complaints that downtown is a mess because of street construction,” Stuckart says. “Hell, we’re probably tearing up too many streets.” It’s a tension that city staff is aware of: There’s only so much street work you can do at any given time without it having an unacceptable impact on businesses and transportation. The new street repair strategy exacerbates that issue by increasing the time it takes to replace a road: Instead of tearing up the street once to fix the pavement, then tearing it up again every time the city needs to fix pipes or other utilities, the city now does all of its streets and


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utilities work in one go. Not only does combining street work and utility work save money, it’s an additional weapon against potholes. Each time you pierce the pavement to fix some pipes, says Feist, you leave a scar. Water seeps into that scar, and when it freezes, it can create a pothole. In other words, break the pavement less often and prevent more potholes.


Romero, now retired, is confident that the city’s streets strategy has been set on a path that guarantees positive results for years to come. The city has further integrated its departments. The new Public Works Division, led by Scott Simmons, officially puts utilities, streets and engineering services under one umbrella. Recently, Simmons says, the city of Spokane hasn’t had the same sort of flashy, large-scale innovation as the city’s Integrated Clean Water Plan. Part of that is intentional. “If we allowed the mayor to continue doing what he does really well, he would continue to challenge and find innovations. We had to say, a little bit, ‘Let us execute,’” Simmons says. “We are really in execution mode.” Innovation isn’t being stifled, he says. It’s happening in smaller, specific ways. All over, the city is finding ways to double the value of projects. On Havana Street, the city is building bike lanes with porous asphalt designed for stormwater to soak through, reducing stormwater runoff, and eliminating the sort of ice that busts up pavement and turns bike lanes slippery. On Sprague Avenue, street renovations are being coupled with streetscape improvements, like pedestrian lighting and curb bump-outs. As the city builds its CSO tanks, it’s planning green spaces, parking spots or public plazas atop the underground tanks. Romero is concerned about the degree to which bold innovation is possible in the current climate. He was a member of the joint committee overseeing the recent independent investigation into how the city handled allegations about former police Chief Frank Straub. As words like “liar,” “toxic,” “bully” and “politically motivated” have been lobbed, Romero has seen how the relationship between the city council and city administration has suffered. “I can guarantee you, if we had this current environment and culture that we have right now, none of this [innovation] would have happened,” Romero says. “The cost and consequence of government’s dysfunction is losing the ability to do things like this that involve risk and trust and collaboration.” Stuckart dismisses such criticism as coming from “negative nellies.” “Jesus, there are lots of ways to integrate and work together,” Stuckart says. “We’re working on a ton of different economic development projects, all over the city.” Even Cooley, despite all his optimism about the city’s direction, agrees with Romero. “The energy is going to acrimony and bickering,” Cooley says. “It’s not going toward innovation.” n

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From left: Councilwoman Karen Stratton, former Mayor Jim West and former City Councilwoman Lois Stratton on the night of West’s recall. FRONTLINE PHOTO

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POLITICS The views of Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton and Gavin Cooley, the city’s chief financial officer, diverge significantly regarding the scandal dogging Mayor David Condon, revolving around how the city handled the still-unproven sexual harassment allegations against its former police chief. But as Condon faces a recall effort, both have similar views on what Spokane’s most recent MAYORAL RECALL, against Mayor Jim West in 2005, did to the city and the man they both respected. Stratton and Cooley both were in the city back when the Spokesman-Review revealed that West had been offering internships and unpaid appointments to young men that he had met on On the blog, Stratton and Cooley recall the ugly fallout. (DANIEL WALTERS) 8



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JUSTICE As the U.S. Department of Justice weighs in on the problems inherent in the money BAIL SYSTEM, Spokane County is looking for ways to improve its local pretrial release practices. Recently, the Justice Department filed a brief in a federal case in Georgia, arguing that “bail practices that fail to account for indigence are not only unconstitutional, but also conflict with sound public policy considerations.” The defendant in the Georgia case couldn’t afford a $160 cash-only bail. A similar bail system exists in Spokane County for misdemeanor crimes. However, defendants here can post cash or a bond (the Georgia case refers to cash-only bail), and Washington court rules require defendants to appear before a judge within 48 hours of arrest. The man in the Georgia case sat in jail for six nights before appearing in front of a judge, according to court documents. Additionally, with the help of grant money from the MacArthur Foundation, Spokane will implement a new risk assessment tool, which will give judges more information about each defendant, including criminal history, employment history, mental health issues and substance abuse. Spokane is also bolstering its pretrial monitoring office to allow for more out-of-custody supervision before trial. (MITCH RYALS)



TRANSPARENCY Add another potential lawsuit to the tally of those sparked by the forced resignation of Spokane police Chief Frank Straub: Retired SPD Detective Brian Breen (pictured) has filed a legal claim against the city of Spokane, arguing that the city violated state PUBLIC RECORDS LAW. Specifically, he claims that significant documents, concerning former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton’s sexual harassment allegations against Straub, were withheld from him until after the election. In her report last month, independent investigator Kris Cappel concluded that the documents had been intentionally withheld. Breen is being represented by the Center for Justice, the same nonprofit representing the local National Organization for Women in its ethics complaint accusing Mayor David Condon of dishonesty when he denied that sexual harassment complaints had been lodged against Straub. (DANIEL WALTERS)


On the Clock The city council gives Mayor Condon a police-chief timeline; plus, Jones runs afoul of Equal Rights Washington in race for state superintendent HAIL TO THE...

The Spokane City Council is giving Mayor David Condon about one month to produce his pick for SPOKANE’S NEXT POLICE CHIEF. Councilmembers signed a letter early this week asking for a final nomination from the mayor by Sept. 30 — a little more than one year after former Chief Frank Straub was forced out amid accusations of an abusive and manipulative regime. The letter comes after Condon bypassed a public vetting process that produced two outside candidates for the chief’s job, instead selecting Capt. Craig Meidl, a 22-year SPD veteran. Meidl did not apply for the job, and his appointment sparked outrage among those who contributed to the initial search. Hours ahead of when councilmembers were set to vote to confirm or reject Meidl last week, Condon agreed to restart the process and allow Meidl to go through interviews similar to those who initially applied for the job. The letter from the city council members lays out a timeline: • Week of Aug. 29: reach out to community leaders

to again participate in interview panels of finalists. • By Sept. 15: An 11-member selection committee will review answers from all semifinalists and will vote for up to four finalists. Members of the committee include councilmembers Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs; City Administrator Theresa Sanders; former interim Chief Rick Dobrow; Pastor Shon Davis; interim ombudsman Bart Logue; Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, the city’s Director of Multicultural Affairs; Ken Hohenberg, chief of the Kennewick Police Department; and Gabe Cabellero of Spokane’s Police Leadership Advisory Committee. • Week of Sept. 19: Panelists will interview top candidates, followed by a public forum in the evening. • Sept. 30: Condon’s deadline to send his selection to the city council for approval. (MITCH RYALS)


While it remains to be seen who will be elected the next Washington state superintendent of public instruction, whoever assumes the post will almost certainly have to grapple with the contentious issue of the CIVIL

RIGHTS of gay, lesbian and transgender students. Equal Rights Washington, an LGBT advocacy organization, says that one candidate clearly understands the issues surrounding these students, while the other faces a steep learning curve. ERW has endorsed Democratic state Rep. Chris Reykdal for superintendent, writing in a statement that he “demonstrates a consistent commitment to being an ally regardless of who he is speaking to.” Monisha Harrell, chair of ERW’s board, says that while Erin Jones, an educator and former assistant state superintendent who is also running for the position, is willing to learn more about the issues, she doesn’t display the same level of understanding as Reykdal. But the big deal-breaker, says Harrell, was a written statement that Jones gave to, a conservative education blog, that asked for candidates’ stances on “teaching transgenderism.” Jones responded by stating she did “not want 4th grade students to feel additional pressure to ‘choose an orientation.’” Harrell says that ERW took issue with the statement because it enforces the idea that sexual orientation or gender identity is a choice. “It just trivializes the identity of the of LGBT individual,” says Harrell. “This is someone who is going to be leading education who doesn’t understand this very basic premise, that this is who you are. It’s not a choice. It’s not something you can catch from an early exposure.” Jones didn’t respond to a request for comment, but in the same statement to, she cited her long history of being an “advocate for the LGBTQ community.” (JAKE THOMAS)


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Under the Bridge

Flowers adorn the bridge in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood where Joe Weller died.

The story of a young man’s lonely death and his family’s struggle to help him overcome his mental illness BY MITCH RYALS


aper coffee cups and smashed beer cans litter the space under the bridge at East Main Avenue and North Altamont Street. Graffiti, too. Train whistles and the far-off clank of steel from the railroad tracks overhead disappear into the big blue sky. Dust flies on breezy days, and the air smells of tar and diesel exhaust. But under the bridge there is shade. This is where Joe Weller spent his final moments, alone. The couple in the white house overlooking the bridge are the ones who found him. He looked to be asleep at first, Bob Peeler says. It was a little after dinner time. Joe’s backpack and bedroll rested on the ground next to him. He was wearing a light jacket and Adidas gym shorts. Brown hair, glasses and a little scruff on his face. When Peeler approached, Joe was already stiff. That was July 17. The medical examiner has ruled the death a suicide, but beyond that, the circumstances that led to Joe’s death remain a mystery for Peeler, who has worked with the homeless population for 35 years as a housing specialist for SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs). Joe’s family — his sisters and mother who live in Montana — can offer some details and speculation, though the 32-yearold’s death came as a surprise to them. They didn’t even know he was in Spokane until the medical examiner called and confirmed what doctors had told the family long ago: Joe’s mental illness was severe. There likely wouldn’t be a happy ending.


s a kid in Great Falls, Montana, Joe Weller wanted to be a firefighter. He had one of those big metal trucks you could pedal around. Climbing trees, swimming, rollerblading — they were always outside, his sisters recall. In high school, Joe was a three-sport athlete — soccer, basketball and during his final year, football. He was in the marching band, too. He could play almost every instrument.


The trombone was among his favorites. As he got older, Joe wanted to be a lawyer, his older sister Arienne Konesky says. The family didn’t have much money growing up — sometimes dinner consisted of crackers and ketchup — and for years they were the target of their father’s physical and emotional abuse (which eventually led to a restraining order). The four kids forged a bond in defiance. Joe’s troubles started around age 17, about the time their parents were going through a nasty divorce. The Joe they knew — the smiling, never-standing-still little brother — turned inward. He grew sullen. They thought it was a reaction to the family turmoil. “He became what I thought was depressed,” Konesky says. “He was not my Joey.” The family mostly avoided talking about his strange new behavior. They hoped it would go away. His mother, Karen Cox, says her son got into drugs and alcohol, and a doctor would later tell her those things probably fueled his mental illness. He began hearing voices. Then the police got involved. Joe was in high school English class, and the voices started talking. He yelled at them to stop. He thought people were making fun of him, Konesky says. He’d had similar outbursts at home. “Shut up! Shut up!” he would say. “Stop talking about me!” “No one’s talking, Joey,” Konesky would tell him. His English teacher had to call the police that day. Joe got physical with the officers and was arrested. In court, an officer told the judge that Joe needed help, not punishment. He was sent to a psychiatric hospital instead of jail. There he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and prescribed medication. The pills made it easier to ignore the voices, he told his family, but they never completely disappeared. Plus, he didn’t



Under the bridge where Joe Weller was found, the family who lives nearby keeps a memorial. The sign reads: “To the gentleman who felt so lost and alone that he took his life on 7.17.16. May you find the peace, love and light that you were looking for. May those you left behind find peace and understanding in your choice. “Suicide is never the answer. If you are feeling lost, alone and helpless please think of those who love and cherish you. No one is truly alone in this world. All those who you have shared stories with, laughed with and cried with are going to be left empty and asking what if’s. “You are loved and you are important. Even if right now you feel like your world is falling apart. “Please don’t leave your friends lost and broken in this world. There is already enough ugliness. Don’t make them go through it alone.” If you or someone you know is considering suicide or struggling with mental illness, there are places to get help. In Spokane, call: First Call for Help: 509838-4428 In Idaho, call: 208-769-1406 or 888-7691405 in Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone counties. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800273-8255 or Look for these warning signs: • Talk of hurting or killing themselves. • Increased drug and/or alcohol use. • Increased anxiety or agitation, unable to sleep. • Feelings of hopelessness, withdrawal from friends, family and society • Dramatic mood changes. — MITCH RYALS For more information, visit the Spokane Regional Health District’s website at or Frontier Behavioral Health at

take the meds consistently. He would slip back into paranoia and delusion, and the cycle would start again. Though it all, Joe’s family was left to largely sit back and watch. He refused to sign over his guardianship rights to his family, which would have made it easier for them to help him. “I feel like we failed him,” his sister Rebecca Joe, left, at age 3 with his sisters. Schneckenburger says. “I have to believe he’s happier now. I know how miserable he was. He didn’t like being sick.” On top of that, his medication was extremely expensive. His family estimates it cost about $900 a month. “The deciding factor for everything that had to do with Joey’s care was money,” Konesky says. “I’m a teacher and my husband is a diesel mechanic. If my child had to take that medication every month, we’d lose our house. We had no way to pay for the help he needed.” After his first time at the state psychiatric hospital, the family learned about programs and benefits to help pay for Joe’s meds. He enrolled in disability insurance, but that created another problem. If Joe worked too many hours, he would lose his benefits. That means he was forced to choose between leading some semblance of a life and controlling the voices in his head. It was during one of his stays in the state psychiatric hospital that Konesky and Cox talked with the doctor, who gave it to them straight. Joe suffered from a severe case of paranoid schizophrenia. His meds were very powerful, and still, he heard voices. Eventually, the medication would cause liver damage and affect his neurological function. “He told us that with how severe Joey’s illness was, there wasn’t going to be a happy ending,” Konesky says. “And up until that moment we were all just praying for the miracle, like maybe he’s going to wake up and be OK.”


hen Cox got a call from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office in July, it had been about a year since she’d seen her son. She’d been trying to call for months, as she did about once a week to check in, but he didn’t answer. His family still doesn’t know why he ended up in Spokane, but they started to put the pieces together after receiving news of his death. Joe’s social worker in Missoula told Cox he stopped taking classes at the University of Montana, where he was studying computer programming, and he stopped attending group therapy sessions. Recently, he took a trip to Colorado. Cox believes he was going to see his father. When he returned to Montana, he quit his job and left. “His boss said he was a totally different person when he came back from Colorado,” Cox says. Then a conversation with a Spokane police detective all but confirmed Cox’s suspicion that her son had stopped taking his medication again. The detective told her Joe had confessed to a murder. But the police could find no evidence to corroborate his story, police spokeswoman Officer Teresa Fuller says. Joe was released. About a week later he was dead. Joe’s family scattered his ashes in the mountains near Monarch, Montana. He loved the wilderness and told his mother he wanted to live off the “sun and rain.” “He was a good kid — attending college, he had plans,” Konesky says. “He was definitely not the person he turned out to be. This shouldn’t have been his story.” n



The Spokane Tribe’s Vice Chairman David Browneagle during a rededication of Canada Island in Riverfront Park.

Shawnelle Bill, left, and Andrew Maldonado, both of the Yakama Nation, from Toppenish, Washington.


Shinaasha Pete, left, of the Navajo Shawnee, from Polson, Montana, helps her 7-year-old son Edgar Pete during the powwow.

Neil Swan dances during the powwow on Saturday.

The scene Saturday inside Riverfront Park.

Gathering by the River

Miss Omak Stampede Indian Encampment Marisa McKissen of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Tribes from all over the country gathered in Spokane to celebrate Native American culture PHOTOS BY YOUNG KWAK


ore than 3,000 people from 200-plus tribes in the United States and Canada converged last weekend at Riverfront Park’s Lilac Bowl for the annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow. During the three-day event, people gathered on the banks of the Spokane River to make new friends, watch dancing competitions, check out crafts and jewelry and eat some fry bread. During the gathering, there was a rededication of Canada Island at the park to recognize the connection between the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the landmark. Shane Garcia, the event’s co-chair, says there are plans to form a new nonprofit that will make the gathering bigger, while also raising awareness of Native American culture. (JAKE THOMAS)

Dancers take part during a grand entry at the Gathering at the Falls Powwow.




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A Grand Finale? EWU’s record-setting Cooper Kupp is back for his senior year and one more shot at a national title BY DAN NAILEN


ou can accurately say that Cooper Kupp became a man in Cheney. The blond-haired receiver still looks like a kid despite his athletic physique and efforts to grow a beard over the summer. He’s been hanging around the Eastern Washington University football fields since he was a high schooler coming to camp, so anyone who’s been around the program a few years has literally seen him grow up. A year ago, he even got hitched, his new bride putting an Eagles helmet on his head after the vows before jumping on his back for a ride down the aisle in a ceremony attended by teammates past and present. In his time at Eastern, Kupp hasn’t just become a man. He’s become The Man. The numbers are staggering. Even taking into account Coach Beau Baldwin’s pass-happy system that’s made Eastern Washington an offensive juggernaut for the past decade, the statistics that the 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior wide receiver racked up in his first three years defy all logic. Cupp averages 122 receiving yards every time he takes the field. Last season, he caught more than 10 passes per game, a Big Sky Conference record and an utterly absurd tally, considering that every team Eastern plays knows they have to stop him. Even if he merely has an average season in 2016, Kupp will finish his college career as the Football Championship Subdivision’s all-time leader in touchdown catches, receptions and receiving yards. Of course, the economics major didn’t eschew an early start to a potentially lucrative NFL career to come back and have just an average season. “I think you should always try to do better than the year before,” says Kupp, who won the Walter Payton Award winner as a junior for being the best offensive player in the FCS. “I set goals like, ‘If I have a dream season, what would it look like?’ So I’m striving to be perfect. I want excellence all the way.” For Kupp, the perfect ending to a legendary career would be leading the Eagles to an FCS national championship after a 2015 season in which the team scuffled to a 6-5 record and didn’t win the Big Sky Conference title or make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. There’s plenty of reason to be optimistic heading into 2016, even as the team has to replace its entire offensive line and faces a daunting pre-conference schedule that includes Washington State and FCS powerhouses North Dakota State (they of the five consecutive FCS titles) and Northern Iowa. That optimism starts with Kupp and his new role as a senior leader. Baldwin says Kupp has been a natural leader by example since he set foot on campus, but maybe didn’t speak up as much as he wanted out of respect for older players on the team. When the two discussed after last season ended whether or not Kupp should leave school for the NFL draft, his leadership was something both coach and player thought could improve this year.

“Now he really feels free, knowing that he’s a captain coming back, he’s a senior,” Baldwin says. “He feels free to lead to the highest level … Cooper is out there on his own, scheduling stuff, doing stuff when the guys are working hard, when no one’s even watching them. He gets them going on all that extra stuff 365 days a year.” Kupp’s work ethic and leadership isn’t limited to his fellow receivers or just the offense. “You see it bleed through our defense, too,” says Baldwin. Zach Bruce, a senior defensive back who’s spent his entire Eastern career competing against Kupp in practice, agrees with the coach. Bruce says he’s seen “amazing growth” in Kupp’s abilities and leadership through the years, and that the receiver “works harder than anyone else I’ve ever been around in my entire life. “He comes in every single day and puts the work in. There’s no days off for that guy,” Bruce says. “I’ve come in and thought I was the earliest in the weight room or the film room, watching film at 6 am, and he’s already there. And he’s already been there an hour. It makes me a little mad, like, ‘Damn, I guess I gotta come in a little earlier!’ He’s setting the standard for the entire team, and that’s what he’s done ever since he’s been here.” Kupp also has worked to improve his game on the field, of course, and he describes working on little things, adding to his “utility belt” on the field to give him an advantage over his opponents. Receiving is an art to Kupp, which is why some of the greatest to ever play the position — he cites Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Chris Carter — managed to master their craft without being carbon copies. “That’s why it’s an art,” Kupp says. “Even the best can’t copy each other.” As much as he’d like to pass on his skills to his teammates in Eastern’s receiving corps, some things can’t be taught. Anyone who’s watched an Eastern game and seen Kupp somehow get open time after time, or catch a ball in traffic and improbably shake out of a tackle for a long run, has seen something special he brings to the table. Baldwin considers Kupp’s ability to set up defenders and get open “the equivalent of the way Peyton Manning played quarterback,” and his balance and ability to stay on his feet after getting hit is unparalleled. “He’ll be able to do both those things at the next level, too,” Baldwin says. “He’ll get open, and he’ll be able to break some stuff, even at the highest level.” The NFL can wait, though, while Kupp and his Eagles teammates line up for a fall when they’ll face highranked competition and conference rivals on a weekly basis. Erasing the memory of a season that “wasn’t up to par” was part of Kupp’s motivation for returning his senior year, as was “the opportunity to play one more season with my brothers, guys who are going to be lifelong friends to me.” He prayed with his wife about the decision to return, and felt that “we’re supposed to be here this year.” “I think this is a special year for us, and I just want to be a part of that.” n



Great Expectations The Cougars have some of the nation’s most dangerous offensive weapons — and the nation has taken notice BY KELSEY JONES


n the final minutes of the Cougars’ 2015 season, it was the defense that made the final push in the snowy Sun Bowl to bring WSU its first bowl victory since 2003. The team rode into the offseason with a 9-4 record and murmurs of an even better season to come. That season is here, and people are expecting big things. Led by redshirt junior quarterback Luke Falk — it’s hard to believe he began his career in 2013 as a walk-on — the Cougars have maintained their air-raid, pass-first offense that is close to religion for head coach Mike Leach. With two new starters protecting Falk’s blind side, the offensive line that led the FBS in sacks allowed will be a weak spot, but the weapons Falk has downfield are familiar faces. Falk will have redshirt senior wide receiver Gabe Marks, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award last season who has again been named to the award’s watch list, and senior River Cracraft, who logged 5.3 receptions per game, totaling 615 yards and four touchdowns, despite missing three games late in the season. Cracraft is a reliable third-down weapon. Marks’ production and chemistry with Falk make the duo a threat. Marks came back to WSU for his senior season to finish his sociology degree, and also to help the team build on the foundation it established last season, when the Cougars were ranked in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2006. “We’ve always worked. It’s just, I think we’ve gotta make sure we handle the success the right way,” Marks said in an interview with the Seattle Times. “We’ve gotta make sure we don’t lose sight of what got us to this point. We’ve got to play with that chippiness that got us to where we were last year.” Falk has been quick to pick up the mantle of leadership. After the final scrimmage started in lackluster fashion, he said it fell on him to recognize where the team was mentally and change it. Leach also shouldered the blame for the less-thansatisfactory scrimmage, concurring with Marks’ point regarding the team’s ego. “The first offense thinks they’re a little too good, which they’re not,” Leach said after a recent practice. “We thought we could get our work done in 20 plays and it took 66 plays. You might think it takes 20 plays to get your work done, but it actually sometimes takes 66. Today it took 66. So we are about a third as good as we think we are.” Second-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch’s unit is coming off an upswing, but with the loss of Darryl Paulo and Destiny Vaeao from the defensive line, the depth up front will be tested. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Hercules Mata’afa was a force to be reckoned with in his first season, playing in all 13 games and totaling seven sacks and 32 tackles, 11 for loss. Linebacker Peyton Pelluer, a redshirt junior, returns after earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season. He led WSU in tackles and is poised to do the same this season.


Senior safety Shalom Luani made headlines last week after he was arrested and charged for allegedly breaking a WSU student’s nose outside Domino’s on Pullman’s College Hill. Leach claimed that Luani may have actually been the victim of the assault, but Luani was nevertheless absent from practices. Luani intercepted four passes last season and was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention. Luani’s arrest comes on the heels of an assault — one WSU student suffered a severely broken jaw, another a head wound and concussion — in a brawl at a party in July that was rumored to have involved a number of Cougar football players. That investigation, which the Inlander covered in its Aug. 18 issue, is ongoing as of

press time. This season the Cougars will play Stanford (No. 8 in the AP preseason Top 25 poll), No. 14 Washington, No. 16 UCLA, No. 20 USC, No. 24 Oregon and Boise State, which received 49 votes to WSU’s 68 in the AP poll. It’s not lost on this team that it’s been more than a decade since they’ve received votes in an AP preseason poll, and that Sports Illustrated ranked the Cougars 18th in their college football preview. But as Marks indicates, they have to prove it on the field. n

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 9-4 (6-3 Pac-12) PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL: unranked (29th in AP preseason Top 25 poll) NOTABLE RETURNING PLAYERS: WR Gabe Marks, QB Luke Falk, LB Peyton Pelluer NOTABLE NEWCOMERS: RB James Williams, WR Isaiah Johnson-Mack, S Jalen Thompson HEAD COACH: Mike Leach (5th season: 21-29 overall, 13-23 in Pac-12) SEASON OPENER: vs. Eastern Washington, Sat, Sept. 3, 5 pm, Pac-12 Network

Gabe Marks will look to hook up with Luke Falk for numbers that could easily lead the nation this season. WSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS PHOTO


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uch is required of the football fan. No pussyfooting around with a measly T-shirt; one must look the part. Deck yourself out in team colors, and learn all of the proper songs and traditions. Fan gear is rampant these days — especially Seahawks gear, as the team has been so dominant lately — but there are certain items that Inland Northwest team stores and pro shops can help you with beyond the obvious tops, coats, hats and cups.

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WSU Team Colors face paint and Game FX face stick.

Painting your face with your team’s insignia is an especially bold move, and the good folks at the Washington State University bookstore are here to help make that process a whole lot easier. There’s the Game FX crimson-and-silver face stick, for easy stripes, and Team Colors premium face paint that comes with colored goop on a stick, ready for easy spreading. Temporary logo tattoos also make a statement. All items run between $2 and $7. Spokane Bookie at Washington State University Spokane, 358-7860


Famed coach Vince Lombardi once patiently explained to his team, “Gentlemen, this is a football.” With this adorable Eastern Washington University onesie ($19), the baby in your life can learn early what a football is by actually embodying one. There’s certainly no age limit to fandom, and no reason the entire family can’t join in the obsession.


Plain old ping-pong balls are all around — even at grocery stores, next to the red Solo cups. Far more rare are ones displaying the University of Idaho logo. These white balls are wonderful, especially for zealous Vandals tailgaters looking to stay warm and optimistic with a rousing round of beer pong or even table tennis before heading into the Kibbie Dome. One set comes with six balls ($8).


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The Grand Experiment The Vandals have two seasons left in big-time football — let’s look back at their 20 years in the FBS BY MIKE BOOKEY


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year ago, I was wandering the vast parking lot outside of the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome on the Thursday before Labor Day. It was cooler than you’d expect for a late summer day, but that didn’t prevent fraternities, alumni groups and some fans who’d come down from Coeur d’Alene via tour bus from enjoying the first tailgate of the Vandals’ season. There was some hopeful talk about the upcoming campaign, but it was tempered, as you’d expect from a fan base who had just endured three consecutive seasons that yielded just one, solitary win each. But amidst the light-beer sipping in the parking lot, as well as those enjoying the carnival-like atmosphere of the then-new Idaho Fan Zone, there was another topic — were the Vandals’ days as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) numbered? Surprisingly, the consensus of those I spoke with, many of them longtime fans, was something along the lines of “I hope so.” What the hell was the point of be-

ing the worst team in big-time football, having to go on the road to play big-time schools just for the programsustaining paycheck? Why were they in the Sun Belt Conference, flying off to far-flung schools like Louisiana-Monroe when they could go back to the glory days of the Big Sky and let their fan base enjoy easy road trips to Cheney or Missoula or Portland? This understandably frustrated fan base was one that saw some progress last season. The Vandals went 4-8, which would be enough to incite riots at powerhouse universities. Those four wins, however, couldn’t delay the inevitable. In April, a month after learning that the Sun Belt would not be renewing Idaho’s membership following the 2017 season, the university announced it would become the first school in the FBS era to drop down to the FCS level; Idaho would join the Big Sky in 2018. “We will be successful in the Big Sky Conference and will build a vibrant football culture that is an excellent front porch for our university,” said Athletic

Director Rob Spear. Given the results from my terribly unscientific and entirely anecdotal survey of people who — almost to a person — were enjoying pregame refreshments, this move may be welcomed. There are, of course, vocal detractors. Nevertheless, here are some moments from Idaho’s experiment with big-time football as we head into the penultimate season before the Vandals head to the Big Sky.

1996: THE JUMP

In 1996, Idaho left the Big Sky, where the Vandals had found a level of dominance from the mid-’80s to 1995, making the Division I-AA playoff semifinals twice. The program also became a seemingly unlikely breeding ground for successful head coaches, with Dennis Erickson, Keith Gilbertson and John L. Smith all passing through Moscow. Transitioning to what was then called Division I (now FBS), the Vandals joined the Big West Conference.


Two years into the big time, Idaho would enjoy one of its best seasons in program history, winning the Big West Conference behind coach Chris Tormey with a 9-4 record. The Vandals traveled south to Boise for the second edition of the Humanitarian Bowl, where they beat Southern Mississippi for the school’s first-ever bowl win. In 1999, they kept up the momentum with a 7-4 record. Then came coach Tom Cable, who didn’t find success in Moscow, but became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders just five years after leaving Idaho. He’s now the assistant head coach for the Seahawks.


Dennis Erickson made his career at Idaho. At least that’s how

a lot of Vandals fans think of the guy who debuted in his first head-coaching gig at age 34 and led Idaho to I-AA success from 1982 to ’85 before going to Wyoming, then Washington State, then to Miami, where he won two national championships. After two not-so-good stints in the NFL, including four seasons with the Seahawks, sandwiched around four years of success at Oregon State, Erickson, surprisingly, returned to Idaho. “This, hopefully, is going to be my last job,” he said at a press conference announcing his hiring. It wasn’t. He led the Vandals to a 4-8 record in 2006, then went off to Arizona State. Idaho fans were not pleased with this.


After winning just three games in his first two campaigns, Robb Akey, a former Washington State defensive coordinator, took the Vandals on a memorable run in 2009. That season, the Vandals went on a five-game winning streak and finished 8-5, good enough for a trip back to the Humanitarian Bowl. There, they scored a last-second touchdown to knock off Bowling Green. From there, though, things didn’t go well. In 2011, the Vandals won just two games and in 2012 just one, before Akey was fired in the middle of the season.


IDAHO VANDALS LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 4-8 (3-5 Sun Belt) PRESEASON COACHES POLL: 8th in Sun Belt NOTABLE RETURNING PLAYERS: QB Matt Linehan, P/K Austin Rehkow, WR Callen Hightower, DL Tueni Lupeamanu NOTABLE NEWCOMERS: QB Mason Petrino, RB Isaiah Saunders HEAD COACH: Paul Petrino (4th season: 6-29 overall, 4-12 Sun Belt) SEASON OPENER: vs. Montana State, Thu, Sept. 1, at 6 pm; tickets at

To understand how differently things could have gone for Idaho, compare the Vandals to their bitter (that’s an understatement) in-state rival Boise State. Both teams left for Division I in 1996 and joined the Big West. Since 2000, the Broncos have won 176 games, the most in that period of any team in football. Idaho’s 46 victories is close to dead last. As Idaho heads toward a better fit in the Big Sky, Boise State is eying a potential move to the Big 12. n



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ell, this is awkward… in a football season when both the Cougars and Huskies are expected to be really good, a great bowl invitation might come down to the Apple Cup, when the big question will be whether the Husky D can stop the Mike Leach attack. One of the guys who’ll have to game-plan that scenario is former Cougar linebacker Bob Gregory, a product of Gonzaga Prep and Cataldo (where we were classmates). Now he’s back in the Evergreen State as the Huskies’ assistant head coach under Chris Petersen, in charge of linebackers and special teams. “Look, that’s kind of the path of a coach,” says Gregory between practices in Seattle. “The joke among us coaches is that we’re all mercenaries, really. I loved my time at Washington State, but I’ve also coached at Oregon, Cal. Still, I’ve been hearing about it more since I came [to Seattle].” Gregory walked on to the Cougar squad in 1982, ultimately earning a starting linebacker job as a fifth-year senior. But even today he traces his coaching itch back to his days at G-Prep. “We had great teams, great coaches, great teachers — Don Anderson, Ron Long, Al Falkner, Tony Maucione. Those guys and so many more were role models for me. My plan from then on was to teach and coach.”

And that’s just what he’s done, albeit in college, not high school. “Coach Petersen talks about teaching a lot,” Gregory says. “We all definitely consider ourselves teachers here.” Gregory’s defensive coaching skills are well established, as he’s been helping lead great defenses over the past two years at UW and the previous four at Boise State. This season, it’s a kind of get-the-gang-back-together deal, as his former boss at Cal, Jeff Tedford, is an offensive consultant for the Huskies. Tedford, Petersen and Gregory all coached together at Oregon from 1998 to 2000. Gregory says he’s loving being back in his home state, even if it’s across the mountains from where it all started. And, yes, he’s aware that the Apple Cup could be a huge game this season. “Believe me, I know people have strong loyalties,” Gregory laughs, mentioning the craziness of the 1982 Apple Cup, when his Cougs bumped the Huskies out of the Rose Bowl. “But for now, we’re just excited to line up against Rutgers and see where we’re at.” n The Huskies start the season against Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11 am at Husky Stadium. Tickets available at; the game airs on the Pac-12 Network.


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At Whitworth, the game is played under the trees and on real grass BY MIKE BOOKEY


n north Spokane, just a bit past the city limits, resides some excellent college football. Sure, the Whitworth Pirates always put out a competitive team, but it’s among these pine trees of the small liberal arts school that you’ll find — capitalization intended — excellent College Football. Not to wax too poetic, but while most college games in the area require a regrettable chunk of your paycheck, your day and your stamina just to attend, Whitworth serves as a throwback to simpler, easier and much more convenient times. A $20 bill will get a family of four into the Pine Bowl, home to the only natural grass playing surface for any local college. The place seats about 2,200 in the stands, but the grass hillsides can accommodate a few hundred more. “We get quite a bit of spillover to the grass on the side of the grandstands for kids to be kids. We also have the bouncy castle, of course,” says Whitworth assistant athletic director Steve Flegel. The Pine Bowl isn’t equipped with lights, so you won’t be treated to the sort of late-night kickoffs that have become annoyingly commonplace down in Pullman. For Whitworth, day games make for a different football environment. “We play all our games in the afternoon, so for some people that’s challenging, but that’s also why we get more of the family crowds,” Flegel says. This year, the Pirates, coached by Rod Sandberg, a veteran of Division III football who has continued his success in Spokane, have only four home games on their schedule, which means fans will need to hop on their chances to head to the Pine Bowl when they can. The season opener features Central College from Iowa, in that school’s first trip to the Northwest. Flegel expects them to be as pleased with the environment at Whitworth as are other teams that come to the school. “[Visiting teams] like the Pine Bowl. It’s a fun facility for them, and we get bigger crowds than most Division III places. And what’s also hard to find is a good grass field like we have,” says Flegel. n



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Check Yourself Are Seahawks fans becoming as annoying as the rest of the league thinks? Let’s put it to a test BY MIKE BOOKEY


e’re now entering our third season since becoming Super Bowl champions. You could say we Seahawks fans have become accustomed to success, which has involved a bit of a learning curve for supporters of Seattle professional sports. The Inland Northwest remains a bastion of Seahawks fandom, where “12” flags are commonplace and Sunday afternoon plans can’t be made without checking the season schedule. But if, say, you travel across the country in your Kam Chancellor jersey, you won’t get far through the airport terminal without getting some eye rolls. It should be known that the rest of the NFL hates Seahawks fans. And it’s not just because we use “we” to discuss “our” team. Yes, you can and should mark this up to jealousy that the Hawks continue to field solid and entertaining teams who play in the league’s loudest stadium. Given that this year’s squad looks to continue on that success, these Hawk Haters won’t relent. But maybe — and I’m just tossing this out there — we Seahawks fans are a little, I don’t know, over the top? Could you be an insufferable Seahawks fan? Let’s find out. 1. Do you have any of these things affixed to your motor vehicle? A. A state-issued Seahawks license plate. (5) B. A “12” car window flag. (10) C. One of those Seahawks logo decals that takes up the entire back window of your pickup truck. (15) D. A state-issued Seahawks license plate with a personalized Seahawks-related phrase… like LGNOFBM or something like that. (25) 2. Are you able to concede that Russell Wilson, although well-intentioned, is kind of a cornball? A. Yes. (0)

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B. Yes, but Ciara is working on that. (10) C. No. (50) 3. Finish this sentence: Pete Carroll is _________________________. A. A proven NFL coach. (0) B. Sexy, you know, for an older guy. (10) C. Has changed professional football forever. (15) D. Football Jesus. (40) 4. It’s OK to wear your “12” jersey to: A. A friend’s house to watch the game. (0) B. Work, when the Hawks are on Monday Night Football. (5) C. The church where you pray for wins every Sunday. (15) D. The funeral for your uncle, who was a die-hard 49ers fan. (30) 5. When the Patriots intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass, you: A. Said “There’s always next year.” (0) B. Cried. (5) C. Turned to the bottle. (10) D. Took the next day off. (20) E. Blamed it on the refs and/or Deflategate. (30) 6. You’ve been accused of a crime — nothing terribly serious, but there’s a chance of jail time if you’re convicted. Would you let Richard Sherman serve as your attorney? A. No. (0) B. Depends. How many jurors are Seahawks fans? (25) C. Yes; he is the moral compass of the Northwest. (50) 7. You became a Seahawks fan when: A. The Kingdome opened. (0) B. You got a Brian Bosworth haircut in 2nd grade. (0) C. They made the Super Bowl in the 2005 season. (10) D. They won the Super Bowl. (20) E. Everyone else at your yoga studio started cheering for them. (25) OK, go ahead and add up all the points following your chosen answers. Here’s how you rank: 0-30: The Pragmatic Fan. You are a well-adjusted fan who probably never misses a game, but lives a fruitful life outside of football. 35-75: The Die-hard. You have consumed the blue Kool-Aid, but within your bounds. 80-150: Hawked Out. Pump the brakes, friend. You are 12ing way too hard. 155-250: Insufferable. OK, fine; we can concede that within the booming confines of CenturyLink Field, you’re not doing any harm. But when you go CenturyLink Mode 24/7, that’s where we have a problem. You’re making us realize why people hate us. n

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Speaking Up KYRS’ Raise Your Voice program gives local teens the power of their own radio show BY DAN NAILEN


t’s a hot summer afternoon, and the Raise Your Voice teenage hosts have some guests in the studio as they broadcast their weekly show on KYRS radio from Spokane’s Community Building. That’s not unusual. The hour-long show’s seven rotating DJs regularly welcome community members to discuss a range of issues affecting teens in the Inland Northwest and beyond, as well as doing shows simply packed with music. These visitors, though, are 10 Italian exchange students in Spokane to learn about media and American culture. The conversation doesn’t come easy. The students are still polishing their English and the local kids have to go on the air between giving the Italians a tour and answering a few mumbled questions. A connection fi-

nally comes via the sounds of Italian-French singer Carla Bruni’s “Quelqu’un m’a dit” wafting from the studio’s speakers. Smiles of recognition cross a few Italian faces at a song they recognize from home. Just like that, strangers with little in common beside their ages have a bond through the power of radio.


orging connections between teens, and with their communities, is the heart of the Raise Your Voice program, now in its 10th year, even if it typically doesn’t have this day’s international flavor. Kimiko Hirota, a recent Shadle Park High School grad heading to Stanford in a few weeks, says the faith the station puts in the teens running the show translates into hosts being able to connect with different parts of

Spokane. “They’re giving you so many opportunities and so much trust,” Hirota says. “It exposes us to the community and Spokane, and gives us some kind of legitimacy to go out to other communities and say, ‘Hey, we want to build that bridge with you.’ As a teenager, I don’t feel like you get to do that everywhere.” Hirota got involved with Raise Your Voice when some of the show’s hosts saw her performing poetry a couple of years ago at what is now Spark Central and approached her about applying. She wasn’t particularly interested in radio, but she visited and everything changed. “They were doing a show right after Michael Brown and that whole situation (in Ferguson, Missouri), and I think they were expecting me to just sort of watch the show. I ended up taking over one of the mics and taking part. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this.”


hat ability to engage on serious issues was part of the appeal of joining Raise Your Voice for Dylan Houghton, although the 16-year-old Shadle High junior admits with a joke, “I’ve always wanted to be a star.” He and Hirota are part of the Raise Your Voice teen team that also includes Ben Read, Gavyn Fees, Monica Ionescu, Elle Collins and Raven Smith. Together, typically working via text message, social media and shared Google docs, the hosts plan episodes ...continued on next page



“SPEAKING UP,” CONTINUED... and playlists, and do promotional work and odd jobs around the station like helping with fundraising and volunteering at events. The focus, though, is on that one hour a week when they go on the air to spin their favorite songs or tackle a hot-button issue with interviews and discussion. “Whenever there’s a big issue, we want to get people in and talk about it, and what they’re feeling,” Houghton says. There have been shows dedicated to Black Lives Matter and local gentrification in recent years, and guests including Black Lens editor Sandra Williams and local teen activist Ava Sharifi. “It’s good for us, because sometimes people are just like, ‘Oh, you’re just young. You’re a kid. You don’t have to worry about these things,’ when really, this is the society we’re inheriting,” Houghton says. “We want to reach out and educate ourselves as well as our listeners.” Jeri Kopet was one of the first hosts when the show launched a decade ago before she took off for the University of Washington after graduating. When she moved back to Spokane in 2012, she was “so elated that it had stayed alive.” Kopet now co-hosts a feminist-centric show on the station called “F Yes!” and credits her experience as a teen host with introducing her to Spokane people passionate about their community. “The show really strengthened my burgeoning belief that you could make a difference as an individual,” Kopet says. “And it really spurred me to become more active in movements I cared about, like supporting progressive sex ed and feminism.”

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or host Raven Smith, KYRS offered her a way to get to know Spokane when she moved here about a year ago. The Ferris High junior volunteered in the music library when she couldn’t find a part-time job. Hearing Raise Your Voice on the air, she joined the crew and now has friends from different schools across the city. “It was really cool to get those connections with other schools that I wouldn’t have had,” Smith says. “Before, my life in Spokane was at home on the South Hill, but now it’s like I’m a downtown dweller.” While the hosts change regularly as they graduate and move on, the connections they make with each other, the community and teen listeners continue. And it might inspire them to keep doing radio; Hirota is going to visit Stanford’s college station when she gets there, and Smith might pick her college based on its radio possibilities. But even if they don’t ever do radio again, Raise Your Voice will stick with them. “I’m going to miss it because it was a good release at the end of the week,” Hirota says. “I get to be with my friends, and we’re playing good music or having a good discussion. That’s what’s great.” n Raise Your Voice airs every Friday at 3 pm on KYRS 88.1/92.3 FM, and streams at

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f you pay attention to the local art scene, you’ve probably seen Elsie Stewart’s (who paints under the name E.L. Stewart) mesmerizing, colorful abstract paintings at more than one venue around town. If you’re not familiar with this longtime local artist’s repertoire of expressive figurative works, you can discover her this weekend. Showing this month at the downtown wine bar Nectar Tasting Room, Stewart’s art ranges from sensual, soft nudes of the female form to abstract landscapes, still lifes and ethereal scenes of figures in motion, and also showing emotion. Both soft and vivid color schemes can be found in Stewart’s pieces, some of which deftly evoke the style and techniques of the expressionist movement’s masters. Born in Michigan and drawn to art as a child, Stewart’s professional career was launched in the late 1960s during the Vietnam War. That era became a strong early influence in her work, and one that still resonates with her now in her desire to create art that is peaceful in nature and in expression. — CHEY SCOTT

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MUSIC Electronic-infused indie rock band Glass Animals was catapulted to instant stardom by their debut album, Zaba, in 2014. The quartet won over troves of fans with their seductive blend of harmonic vocals and unconventional, multi-layered instrumentation, adding up to deep, danceable tunes. The Oxford, England, band follows up that resounding initial success, dodging a sophomore slump in the process, with their newly released album, HOW TO BE A HUMAN BEING. The record’s first two tracks give a preview of Glass Animals’ matured, diversified sound: “Life Itself” exudes confidence, providing an exciting, catchy chorus with the band’s signature explosions of energy, while “Youth” showcases haunting melodies and tribal tones. TV Netflix’s Making a Murderer made waves when it was released last year, but the company has another, lesserknown documentary series that’s well worth watching despite its seemingly superficial subject matter. CHEF’S TABLE is, at its core, a cooking show about restaurants. But placing it in the same tier as Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives just doesn’t feel right. Each hour-long installment in this series profiles the chef at a renowned world-class restaurant. The series ranges from an avant-garde Chicago legend to an unassuming Australian gem and beyond, and broaches some revealing territory, not just with regard to food but also the people and emotions behind it. The series’ third batch of episodes will be served up on Sept. 2, making now the perfect time to catch up on the first pair of mouth-watering seasons. VIDEO GAME The longawaited sequel to the longawaited reboot of one of gaming’s long-dormant series DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED finds itself needing to make a case, like Human Revolution had to five years ago, that Deus Ex is still a relevant property. Mankind Divided looks much more like a refinement than the total reinvention that was Human Revolution. But fans of cyberpunk settings, varied, choice-driven gameplay, and stunning visuals probably won’t mind that this title, which continues to explore the ramifications of human cyberkinetic enhancements for people and corporations, doesn’t reinvent the wheel. n

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he two characters in Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited — one of only two plays from the author of All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men and The Road — are all but nameless. On the page they’re called simply White and Black. In one sense, those are little more than labels, narrow and unsubtle references to the color of the characters’ skin. White, in keeping with type, is a university professor who digests conversational speech and spits it back in terms like “dialectic” and “homily.” He’s reached a point of suicidal, nihilistic despair because “Western Civilization ... went up in smoke in the chimneys of Dachau.” Black, an evangelical Christian and ex-con, seems to regard this as a rarefied form of suffering, but his self- (he might insist God-) appointed role as a samaritan has nevertheless led him to bring White back to his ghetto apartment for ministry after pulling him out of the path of an oncoming train. Listen to their colloquy for a moment, and it becomes clear that those designations hold a deliberate irony — or at least a deliberate ambiguity. Black wants nothing more than to help White find the goodness and light of the eternal life promised by Jesus. White finds the very notion abhorrent and “yearn(s) for the darkness” that he hopes death will bring. As an almost necessary result, their conversation around Black’s kitchen table bears out the same futility that White finds in life itself. This is Cormac McCarthy, after all. Who would expect him to allow redemption to come easily? Philosophically and theologically, McCarthy’s play isn’t much more exploratory than a wee-hours freshman dorm conversation. As a kind of intellectual exercise in which you can sense the author’s hand at work behind the characters’ artificially tidy, albeit poetic rhetoric, The Sunset Limited has loose parallels to Wittenberg, which ran here at Stage Left earlier this year. Fittingly, it’s Martin Luther who White invokes

at one point: “Ich kann nicht anders,” he mutters to Black, indifferent as to whether or not the reference hits home. He can’t be anything other than what he is. Black’s role is the more challenging of the two, and Edward Casto slips into the dialogue’s contrapuntal slang (from time to time McCarthy’s “you is” subject/verb mismatch is inauthentically clunky) and handles the emotional transformation from — at the risk of putting it too reductively — hustler to hustled with aplomb. He occasionally, and understandably, buckles under the colossal line load, though he recovers well enough. More disappointing was his halting delivery of the pivotal “jailhouse story.” Its lack of menace was exacerbated by the decision to bathe the brutal anecdote in red light. Better to leave the overt visual cues aside and let the story speak for itself. Ron Ford’s White is suitably tired, frumpy and resigned, only breaking into rage in the play’s final resolute moments. His dynamic with Casto rings true and natural, as if the pair have a solid offstage rapport as well. Throughout all this, Jennie Oliver’s direction is appropriately light, allowing the characters to shift around the clean but dim, dated space of Black’s apartment without it ever seeming like movement for its own sake. This is no small feat, as the absence of any meaningful physical action in The Sunset Limited puts it squarely in the realm of radio play. Though not without its stumbles, this production of The Sunset Limited appears to have been worth the complications that delayed its opening night by almost nine months. In some respects, it even bests the 2011 HBO film adaptation that carries a lot more star power.  The Sunset Limited • Through Sept. 11: Fri– Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm • $10 • Stage Left Theater • 108 W. Third • 838-9727 •

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Atania Gilmore shows off the new Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe space on the South Hill. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

From fires to car crashes, three local eateries are rebounding after major setbacks BY CHEY SCOTT


earing a T-shirt stamped with the logo of her family’s Spokane business, Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe, the burn scars on Atania Gilmore’s exposed arms are lasting evidence of what happened one afternoon three months ago. Just after she and her staff were wrapping up Sunday brunch service on that 95-degree June day, a fire started outside the popular north Spokane vegan restaurant, quickly engulfing the back of the building in flames. One person’s careless decision to toss a cigarette butt in some bushes along the side of building nearly devastated Gilmore’s growing local business, which she opened a year and a half ago in a spot just north of the busy Nevada-Wellesley intersection. Before six fire trucks arrived to douse the flames, Gilmore and her staff ran outside with fire extinguishers and a garden hose, trying to contain the fire.

Damage to the building, constructed in 1905, was so severe that it’ll be another three to four months before repairs needed to reopen the restaurant are complete. The fire destroyed the back outer wall near the fire’s origin, along with the roof, siding and most of the floor. In the meantime, Gilmore and her staff have been able to focus on getting Allie’s up and running sooner than projected with a new, second location on the South Hill that she plans to keep open permanently. “I was worried; I thought, we’re not going to survive this,” Gilmore recalls. “That’s when finding this location was just the best news. We’re being super aggressive, opening within a matter of weeks from getting the keys.” Formerly occupied by the now-closed Lalo’s Pizza, the space already had some of the needed infrastructure, giving Allie’s a head start. Gilmore hopes to open the South Hill restaurant, at 1314 S. Grand Blvd., Suite 6, by

mid-September. It’s thanks in part to her realtor, NAI Black, that Gilmore was able to secure this second location while waiting on the Nevada storefront. Since she’s leasing that location too, she’s not financially responsible for the building’s structural repairs. She says that damages there total more than $250,000. As a business owner, Gilmore estimates she lost $15,000 worth of inventory and could stand to lose more than $100,000 in sales between June and December. While insurance will cover the lost inventory, some relocation costs and some of her lost business income, Gilmore worries that once Allie’s does reopen, it could be like starting all over again. “My fear was losing that momentum in the community and with our customers,” she says. “Being shut down for six months is an awfully long time.” ...continued on next page





ot all unfortunate events lead to unexpected opportunities. At least, not at first. Two miles south of Allie’s, after Nevada becomes Hamilton Street as it cuts through the Logan Neighborhood, the front door of Spokane landmark Donut Parade is still boarded up with plywood. In late June, yet another misfortune befell the family-owned business when the driver of a red Honda Civic fell asleep at the wheel and plowed into the shop’s corner, shattering its glass front door and splintering the wood around it. It was the last thing that Donut Parade’s Reno family, who took over the longtime business in 2008, were equipped to deal with. They’d just publicly shared with the community, via local media outlets, that the shop was struggling to stay open. Profits are still down, and matriarch Christian Reno says the business is falling behind on bills.

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Though the accident — which didn’t hurt anyone inside the shop, though a pedestrian standing at the street corner outside was injured — was more than two months ago, the Renos are still waiting for their building’s landlord to repair the front door. They’d fix it themselves if they had the money, Christian says. “It’s like the whack-a-mole game, that’s what I keep telling people,” Reno says of their struggles as she gets ready to close up Donut Parade for the day at 1 pm. Its crowd of daily regulars, mostly retired folks, are just finishing up their coffee at the counter and settling up their bills. “People want us to stay here, and we want to stay here,” she continues. “We’re just getting by, and going day by day. The future is completely unknown.” Now, Reno is most frustrated that some customers think Donut Parade is closed because of its boarded-up front door. It’s been a tough message to communicate that no, the shop isn’t closed, especially when bringing in customers is so critical to the business’ long-term survival. Donut Parade has been continuously operating since 1968, a fact reinforced by its outdated interior. “We’re still going,” Reno says. “We’re going until we can’t go no more.”


n Coeur d’Alene, another local restaurant and bar is facing the aftermath of a situation outside of its owner’s control. In early August, a fire on the second floor of a historic downtown building, at 107 N. Fourth St., caused serious water and smoke damage to the street-level Beacon Pub. General manager Rich Morrow says Beacon may not reopen until as late as October. While the fire didn’t spread to the bar and nightclub, water to fight the flames damaged the ceiling, floor and the bar’s point-of-sale systems. Smoke from the fire also ruined about $6,000 worth of liquor in the bar, he says. One of Morrow’s main concerns with getting the business back open has been making sure his staff of about 15 aren’t without pay. “I do have to say, we’re lucky enough to live where we are. After everything happened, I had other businesses call me up and ask if it was OK if they could borrow staff for some big event weekends,” Morrow explains. In Spokane, Allie’s owner Gilmore also has been making sure her staff aren’t without work. Right after the fire, the vegan restaurant began renting space in a commercial kitchen to prepare food for event catering, and to sell at area farmers markets and festivals. “The main point is that I’ve been able to keep my staff, and that has been very important for me because the staff has made [Allie’s] successful,” she says. n


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Two for One

Square Wheel Brewing is stepping out of Arbor Crest’s shadow BY MIKE BOOKEY


hen John Mielke started Square Wheel Brewing Co., he did so out of duty to the beer drinkers who’d arrive at his family’s Arbor Crest Winery. There, they’d overlook the city from the winery’s hilltop location, but if wine wasn’t their thing, well, tough luck. “A lot of people come up there and they don’t drink wine, and so now the beer is a complement to what we already have. They have beer now, so everyone’s happy,” says Mielke, whose family has operated Arbor Crest since 1982. If you’ve never heard of a winery also making beer, that’s because Square Wheel is currently the only brewery operating alongside a winery in the state of Washington. In fact, there are only a few other wineries that have a brewing component in the entire country. While it seems like there’d be a lot of crossover between making wine and brewing beer, Mielke says Arbor Crest and Square Wheel don’t actually have a lot in common. “Basically, we keep everything separate. We don’t share anything from the winery and the brewery,” says Mielke, adding that he didn’t want to have to worry about any winemaking materials contaminating the sterile brewing process. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Square Wheel won’t make use of the ample used Arbor Crest barrels at their disposal to create barrelaged beers. Currently, Mielke is focused on

expanding the beer roster he’s cultivated in the business’ first year. While he’s always considered himself a hop-forward guy, Mielke has recently expanded his horizons. “I’ve always been fond of IPAs, and so that’s our flagship. Being that all our concerts are during the summer months, the blonde has become a top seller,” he says. Square Wheel — named after the squarewheel tractor invented by ENTRÉE Royal Riblet, Get the scoop on local who owned the food news with our weekly Arbor Crest Entrée newsletter. Sign up land before at it became a winery — also puts out a new red ale featuring a nice balance of hops and malt. As of now, Mielke says Square Wheel’s production is consumed entirely on the Arbor Crest premises, where Sunday concerts can draw more than 2,000 people drinking as many as 10 kegs at a time. He recently upgraded his brewing capacity and hopes to be on tap off-site this fall, while also serving at upcoming events. n Square Wheel Brewing Co. • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • Thu-Fri, noon to 8 pm; Sat-Wed, noon to 5 pm • • 994-2600



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here’s now a bright-orange food truck driving around Spokane serving up fresh, seasonal street food. And if its owner has anything to do with it, you’ll never get tired of the menu. Eric Johnsen was a partner and chef at Saranac Public House, but recently decided he wanted to start something fun with more of an emphasis on catering. So he found a truck that once delivered laundry around Spokane and built out the inside. Already accustomed to a frequently changing menu from Saranac, Johnsen has brought a lot of the vegan and vegetarian-inspired influence to the weekly menus he creates with sous-chef John Breckenridge. CRATE will always have sliders available, but Johnsen says they plan to offer more fusion burritos similar to the Vegan Indian Curry burrito ($7) that’s already been popular. Combining his culinary knowledge with

other creative artists is what Johnsen is looking forward to most about catering events. “People have been so excited to learn more about the truck and what we’re doing,” says Johnsen. “But maybe the coolest part is how much we’ve already been able to work with other businesses.” Thanks to social media, Johnsen is easily able to share the weekly menus and connect with other local businesses such as Vessel Coffee Roasters and Bellwether Brewing. “I was used to walking out into the restaurant and talking with people about their food, but since most people walk away while they’re eating, it’s been helpful to get some feedback online,” says Johnsen. Though CRATE opened a little late in food truck season, it will serve food year-round. CRATE currently parks at set locations Tuesday through Friday, including spots in the Valley, downtown and in north Spokane. “Even in these first few weeks, I’ve already learned why a lot of trucks have a set menu, because people come back wanting to eat what they had last time,” says Johnsen. “But hopefully with this small, weekly menu, people will just be able to trust us, and that we’ll bring them something fresh and different.” n CRATE. Food Truck • Locations at Facebook. com/cratespokane • • 542-7436

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rrogant scientists create something unnatural and underestimate how powerful it is in a lot of movies. Maybe two-thirds of all science fiction? But Morgan is the one we’re talking about now, the eager but lukewarm feature debut from director Luke Scott, whose father, Ridley, already holds a place of honor in the genre. Livelier than its dull title yet still derivative of similar movies, Morgan is a sci-fi thriller in which an all-business risk-management consultant named Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is sent by her corporation to a remote research facility where an experiment has gone awry — specifically, a lab-grown, artificial-intelligence creation called Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) has turned violent, endangering its potential as a consumer product. As explained in the exposition-rich video that head researcher Dr. Simon Ziegler (Toby Jones) shows to Weathers (who must already know all of the information it contains), Morgan is the latest iteration in a years-long project involving artificial DNA and genetic manipulation — “the next step in evolution,” yada yada yada. She — or “it,” as Weathers insists — has the


alien-like appearance of a sickly teenage girl and vast, That’s why the indispensable Paul Giamatti’s unspecified mental acuity, perhaps even telekinetic mid-film appearance as a doctor doing a psychological powers. They designed her to be super-intelligent; the evaluation of Morgan is so crucial: he’s as skeptical problem is that she might be too smart, and lacking in as we are about the idea of unleashing Morgan on empathy to boot. the world, pointing out that any subject who must be Morgan’s scientist caretakers have grown attached separated from her interviewers by a wall of protecto her, with married researchers Darren tive glass has clearly already failed her psych (Chris Sullivan) and Brenda (Vinette MORGAN evaluation. Robinson) Finch viewing themselves Written by Seth W. Owen, the screenRated R as her surrogate parents. The others play is blandly reminiscent of films like Ex Directed by Luke Scott (including an underused Jennifer Jason Machina (artificial intelligence asking hard Starring Kate Mara, Anya Leigh) seek to downplay Morgan’s occaexistential questions) and Hanna (deadly teen Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones sional sociopathic outbursts as anomalies, girls), only not as thoughtful or as elegantly lest Weathers determine that Morgan executed. It’s also laden with unnecessary must be “deactivated” (or whatever euphemism you characters (four more in addition to the ones already prefer). mentioned), yet somehow manages not to have a As is often the case with mediocre films, this one protagonist. hinges on a question whose answer is obvious: Can Still, even when it clumsily telegraphs its intenMorgan be controlled, or at least contained? (No, she tions, the film does have a zippy energy that keeps it can’t.) There are moments of tension and even horror, from being stagnant. Unoriginal it may be, but boring but there’s only so much excitement to be found in it isn’t, and Mara is good as a steely-eyed, no-nonsense watching brilliant scientists discover for themselves corporate drone, unmoved by the staff’s touchy-feelisomething that we knew the minute we walked in. ness about Morgan. Will movie scientists ever learn? n



Louis Drax is not a lucky kid. In fact, he almost died eight times before he turned 9. But on that 9th birthday, he fell off a cliff and ended up in a coma. Now, doctors are experimenting with the unconscious boy to see if they can figure out what led to his fall as things get very weird in this sci-fi thriller. (MB) Rated R


It might look like a gauzy love story about a couple of really ridiculously good-looking people (Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander) living a happy, old-timey life in a lighthouse. But given this is the work of writer/director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine),

you won’t be surprised to learn there are some dramatic twists involving miscarriages, a “stolen” baby and a vengeful mother (Rachel Weisz) trying to solve the mystery of her daughter long ago lost at sea in this period drama. (DN) Rated PG-13


A sci-fi thriller in which an all-business risk-management consultant named Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) is sent by her corporation to a remote research facility where an experiment has gone awry — specifically, a lab-grown, artificial-intelligence creation called Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) has turned violent, endangering its potential as a consumer product. (ES) Rated R


Perhaps due to the overwhelming success of Dirty Grandpa comes this raunchy flick headlined by a smattering of big-name female stars: among them, Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell. As the title suggests, it’s one of those “let loose,” party-likewe’re-young-again movies, this one chronicling the shenanigans of a group of moms who set out on a rampage of cathartic indulgence and inappropriate behavior that, at least in theory, makes for hilarious results. (IH) Rated R


Hollywood insists that this is not a remake of the classic 1959 film of the same name, but rather a re-imagining of the original 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The story centers on a Roman prince named Judah Ben-Hur who’s betrayed by his brother and cast out of his homeland. Judah must chariot-race his way back to love and glory, and encounters Jesus himself along the way. (IH) Rated PG-13


The film centers on a trio of naive young adults who believe they’ve found easy thieving prey in the form of a creaky old house inhabited by an elderly blind man. They soon discover that the resident is more capable than they’d originally assumed, and find themselves trapped and systematically hunted by a predator who is content relying on his four remaining senses. (IH) Rated R


Writer/director Mike Birbiglia (NPR’s This American Life, Sleepwalk With Me) turns his comedic eye on the improv world in this compassionate look at friendship and how (if?) it survives when shared dreams turn into splintered ones. Birbiglia stars alongside a collection of comedy heavy-hitters, including Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs as part of a troupe that gets the chance to audition for a Saturday Night Live-style show and a

chance at the big time. (DN) Rated R


Stephen Frears, who oversaw Helen Mirren in the acclaimed The Queen in 2006 and Judi Dench in Oscar-nominated Philomena in 2013, continues his streak of directing talented, older actresses in leading roles with this biopic, a dramedy centering on a largerthan-life personality. Meryl Streep takes center stage as the titular New York heiress who aspires for a career in opera, with the only barrier to entry being her abominable singing voice. Hugh Grant co-stars. (IH) Rated PG-13


Here, we see the story of poor Mississippi farmer Newton Knight (a controversial historical figure played by Matthew McConaughey) who led a group of rebels made up of farmers and slaves against the Confederate army — which led to his home of Jones County seceding from the Confederacy and becoming the Free State of Jones. (LJ) Rated R


This documentary will likely make you cry. Here, we have a film that follows Spokane native turned NFL star and hero of New Orleans, Steve Gleason, as he battles ALS. The linearly constructed film shows the disease ripping away Gleason’s physical abilities one by one, while also demonstrating the strain on his marriage and family. But there’s plenty of inspiration to be found, too. You’ll walk away wanting to be a better person. (MB) Rated R


You’ve got to hand this to Jonathan Jakubowicz, writer/director of Hands of Stone: It takes balls of stone to cast Robert De Niro in your based-on-atrue-story boxing movie. That kind of pugnacious spirit feels just about right for the story of Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán (Edgar Ramírez) and his trainer, played by De Niro. (SR) Rated R ...continued on next page








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We’ve seen all the tropes before: the bank-robbing brothers (Ben Foster and Chris Pine); the bloated Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) who’s due to retire in a few weeks; the Mexican-American partner in law enforcement (Gil Birmingham) who bears the brunt of his superior’s casual racism; the Indian casinos; the loyalty to family and signs everywhere of widespread poverty. But there’s a certain freshness to this modern-day Western. (MB) Rated R


It’s been two decades since Independence Day was released, and with the Fourth of July approaching, it’s coming back. Director Roland Emmerich is bringing the aliens back to invade planet Earth and take out the human race in the long-awaited sequel that somehow doesn’t feature Will Smith. This time the human race unites to fight off the invasion with enhanced technologies they obtained after the earlier attack. (KL) Rated PG-13




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An epic (and animated) story of a young storyteller in ancient Japan named Kubo (Art Parkinson) who, befriended by a pragmatic monkey (Charlize Theron) and a giant beetle samurai (Matthew McConaughey), must overcome the evil influences of his grandfather (Ralph Fiennes) and his creepy aunts (both played by Rooney Mara). (PC) Rated PG






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Matt Damon is back in the role of Jason Bourne after nine years away from the franchise. This installment touches on the privacy concerns that total surveillance raise via tech wunderkind Aaron Kalloor (Riz Ahmed), and it’s up to Bourne, yet again, to save the world. (MJ) Rated PG-13


The newest big-screen incarnation of the legendary jungle-dwelling, apebefriending hero is a new spin on the character. In the film, Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) returns to his home in Africa after years of living in London with his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie). (IH) Rated PG-13


When The Mechanic was released in 2011, it wasn’t clear exactly who had asked for a remake of the obscure 1972 action film starring Charles Bronson. Now, five years later, it isn’t even more unclear who asked for a sequel to that remake, but here we are with Mechanic: Resurrection. If nothing else, the action/thriller once again stars Jason Statham as the titular hitman. (IH) Rated R






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If you think a documentary about a group led by a cellist named Yo-Yo Ma sounds dry and academic, forget it. The dramatic changes of scene and gorgeous cinematography is gripping throughout, and the passion coming through as the players discuss their lives and love of music is undeniable. (DN) Rated PG-13


Park ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) discovers Pete (Oakes Fegley) living in the woods where he’s been alone for six years, after an outing with his parents ended in a car wreck that killed them. But then he reveals that he’s had the companionships of a big green dragon named Elliot. (MJ) Rated PG


Sausage Party stars an anthropomorphic hotdog and a bun — and it’s the brainchild of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who graced the world with This Is The End and The Night Before. From that description alone, most filmgoers should have no trouble deciding whether or not this crude animated laugh-fest chronicling the escapades of a bunch of talking food in a supermarket is up their alley. Don’t take the kids to this one. (IH) Rated R


Let’s start by saying that everything about this film — in which a workaholic dad played by Kevin Spacey gets trapped in the body of his daughter’s cat — is oozing with cheese and slapstick comedy (from a CGI cat, nonetheless). Spacey’s character Tom Brand is too busy building his business empire to pay attention to his wife and daughter, so quirky pet store owner (Christopher Walken) casts a spell on him with the requirement that he reconnect with his family, or be trapped in the cat’s body for the rest of his life. Antics ensue. (CS) Rated PG


Created by the team behind the Despicable Me films, The Secret Life of Pets tells the story of a dog named Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) suddenly forced to welcome another pet to his apartment in the shaggy, sloppy Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Mayhem naturally ensues,



and the two pups get lost in the city and have to find their way home with the help of a pack of Max’s friends. (DN) Rated PG


How many relationships start with a day-long non-date in which two people realize they want to be together? Plenty, probably, but not every couple goes on to be President and First Lady. Southside With You recounts Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, when the two co-workers hit a museum, took in a Spike Lee flick and talked themselves into falling in love. Starring two relative unknowns, the romance might woo you even if you’re not an Obama fan. (DN) PG-13


The Starship Enterprise and crew are unexpectedly attacked by a flurry of enemies, sent by the malicious Krall (Idris Elba). The Enterprise crash lands on an unknown planet, leaving its surviving crew members, including Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), with little to defend themselves against Krall’s forces. (CS) Rated PG-13


The premise of Suicide Squad is kind of a nifty spin on the concept of antiheroes, building a team of incarcerated “meta-humans” who have to be threatened, blackmailed and cajoled by a shadowy government operative (Viola Davis) into forming a team of disposable villain/heroes for particularly dangerous missions. They include Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the Joker (Jared Leto), Killer Croc (Adewale AkinnuoyeAgbaje) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). (MB) Rated PG-13


When 20-something David Packouz (Miles Teller) runs into his old juniorhigh-school friend in Miami in 2005, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) is making a killing in the new world of open military contracts. He’s taking jobs way too small for the mega-defense corps to pay any attention to, but ideal for a hustler like Diveroli. The two join forces, head to the Middle East and mix it up. (MJ) Rated R 



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s in his 2012 indie film breakout, Sleepresident couple, receive an invitation to audition walk With Me, writer/director Mike Birbifor the national show. glia mines what he knows: stand-up comThe group tellingly hesitates a moment too edy. The characters and settings of both films are long before congratulating the pair on the invite, based on the unknown, workaday comics who and when Sam makes the cut, the stage is set hone their craft in the dark, half-empty comedy for the slings and arrows of the unjustly overclubs that dot every major American city. looked, as well as the conflicts experienced by Although a Three Musketeers-like “all for the more measurably successful Jack in trying to one, and one for all” attitude is evident in the stay true to his roots and remain friends with his members of the comedy troupes, Birbiglia also old group. Add to the group’s woes that they’re has a keen sense of the roiling resentments and being evicted from their longtime performance sublimated jealousies that space to make way for a new infect the individuals we see Trump edifice. (How timely is DON’T THINK TWICE in Don’t Think Twice. Young, that?) Rated R creative sorts may be more Cameos from Ben Stiller Directed by Mike Birbiglia susceptible to these insidious and Lena Dunham, appearing as Starring Mike Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael and self-deprecating emotions, Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard themselves, lend additional crebut Birbiglia’s acute perspecdence to the comedy milieu that tive will pertain to almost any the film inhabits. Birbiglia plays a industry in which a few are chosen to advance character named Miles who taught improv techand the vast majority are left to wonder, “Why nique to Jack and now, at the advanced age of 36, not me?” is smarting from his own lack of advancement. The six members of the Commune improviSam, on the other hand, doesn’t wish to move sational troupe all have one another’s backs. It’s up the professional ladder, although something one of the tenets of the improv form they love so about her protests rings hollow. dearly (along with “say yes” and “don’t think”). Although his visual style is relatively flat and The Manhattan group is one of the training expository, filmmaker Birbiglia’s penetrating grounds from which Weekend Live (a fictional verobservational skills make Don’t Think Twice an exsion of Saturday Night Live) is known to pluck new ceptional film about both the comedy world and cast members. On a night when talent scouts the plight of young professionals who wonder if are known to be in the audience, Jack (Keeganthey’ve stalled out before even getting into gear. Michael Key) can’t resist showboating with his Like the chimera evoked by the Bob Dylan song impeccable Obama imitation, and later he and from which the film takes its name: “It ain’t no his girlfriend Sam (Gillian Jacobs), the group’s use to sit and wonder why.” 


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Art of the Deal

Many local bands take the DIY approach to marketing and merchandising their music. JESSIE HYNES ILLUSTRATION

Local indie labels offer artists another marketing option, but not everyone is convinced they’re necessary BY LAURA JOHNSON


he Colourflies were stranded on the side of the road in the middle of Oregon when the call came. It wasn’t a tow truck company, rather Blackhouse Records’ Scott Rozell. He said he wanted to sign the band and release their newly recorded album. He wasn’t deterred by the fact their van was dead, and they didn’t know when they’d make it back to Idaho. “Goes to show there’s a silver lining in the things life throws at you,” says Matt Legard, frontman of the Post Falls alt-rock act. Signing with the independent Coeur d’Alene record company meant the group didn’t have to pay money up front to release Been There Seen It Lived It Licensed It last December. Legard says that within a month’s time of the release, they sold enough albums to break even and

attracted fans around the world. He’s convinced none of that would be possible without the label. “Had we sold it ourselves, it wouldn’t have the ‘wow’ factor behind it,” Legard says. “The advantages to doing it all your own is you get 100 percent profit, but when you have someone who’s so invested with you, it’s not this conglomerate thing spitting out records. We dress funny and talk funny, and we’re not like everything around here. I like when people are willing to try new things, and Scott is one of the people doing that.” Critics have predicted the imminent death of the record industry for more than a decade, and certainly album sales continue to nosedive — according to Nielsen Music, physical and digital album sales declined by 6 percent in 2015 to 241.39 million (with vinyl going up

30 percent), while chain music stores continue to close, as Hastings Entertainment will this October. Major labels like Epic, Capitol and Def Jam still take on musicians, but it’s often later in the bands’ careers. Thanks to strides in home recording technology, bands are taking the DIY approach more than ever.


Ethan Harrison, the Nixon Rodeo’s manager/drummer, says his band can go just as far without a label’s support. He says his band (with more than 5,600 Facebook likes) has been approached by indie record labels, but they’ve declined. They’ve watched other acts struggle and fail once they’ve signed. “It’s a business and they need to make money. Nothing against them,” says Harrison of his seven-year-old alt-rock band, which currently supports itself mostly through merchandise sales and performances. “Labels are not a charity, and they’re not here to hand out money. But we try to live in reality. It took a long time to see that reality, but we’re here. Music-wise we want to do it as strong and professionally as long as possible — pump out as many albums, instead of waiting for a label to tell us it’s the right time.” Other bands, like local punk rockers Itchy Kitty, are fine doing everything on their own for now, but they’re not against record labels. Guitarist Ethan McCracken, ...continued on next page



Local punk rockers Itchy Kitty say they wouldn’t mind getting a record deal in the future.

“ART OF THE DEAL,” CONTINUED... a graduate of the Spokane Falls Community College audio engineering program, recorded the band’s new album Careless Whisker in his basement. The band screen-printed their black-andwhite kitty skull merchandise T-shirts in the same spot. “Eventually, we’d love to be a part of a label,” says screaming vocalist/guitarist Ami Elston. “It would help with getting the word out and booking bigger shows. But right now, we’re working on our sound. We’re not in a hurry. The ultimate goal is to do this full time and travel and make a living out of it. Any money a record label would want to give us to work on that? I wouldn’t pooh-pooh it.”


The one thing people in the local scene can agree on: You have to be your own biggest fan. That means constantly engaging on social media and making new music. This is where local singersongwriter Cami Bradley’s recent project, the folk duo the Sweeplings, has been so successful. Since recording their debut album Rise & Fall on their own Marrow MP label, multiple songs have appeared on TV shows and gained attention from National Public Radio and Spotify, through their own marketing. But even with the help of an outside label, a band must continue to work hard. “The rock myth is that you sign to a label and you get a lot of money and everything goes well for you,” says the Colourflies’ Legard. Just last year, Spokane’s Light Up the Sky announced they’d signed with Rise Records, a BMG subsidiary out of Portland, known for its stable of screamo and hardcore acts. Now, after completing two national tours, they’re headed on

another in November in support of Crown the Empire, with some stops in Japan. “Getting signed to Rise Records was something we thought wasn’t even possible,” says lead singer Ray Luna in an email. “Yet, here we are touring the world as a signed act.” Luna says his band didn’t realize how much was still expected of them to take it to the next level. Marketing, artwork and songwriting is still the band’s job. Blackhouse Records’ Rozell says a band shouldn’t let a record company do everything for them; that’s how artists get screwed out of their money. When a band signs with him, he not only gets their music distributed, he also works on a press campaign. But he doesn’t record an act’s album or manage their career. “People are doing things a whole lot smarter,” says Rozell, who owns one of the few local record labels (others include Mission Control Records and Neurot Recordings). He can understand the appeal of not working with one. Rozell says that owning a record label is akin to digging a hole, putting a bunch of money in it and then lighting it on fire. That’s why the label is just him, and it’s not his full-time job. “The first years I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve fallen on my face a hundred times,” says Rozell, who plays in the punk acts Moral Crux (out of Moses Lake) and Scatterbox (Coeur d’Alene/Spokane), two of the 17 bands on his label. He says getting to be a part of his friends’ success is what keeps him going. “There’s always going to be a music industry,” Rozell says. “Bands can take more on themselves, but labels still have the ability to help them become known, and that’s the difference.” n




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Thanks to a new record released last year, Duran Duran is seeing a career resurgence.

Duran Duran is coming to Spokane; the band continues to work in high style BY DAN NAILEN


iven their blend of club-ready songs, cinematic videos and high-fashion attire, it’s easy to pigeonhole Duran Duran as mere relics of the ’80s. That would be a mistake. Yes, the band’s visual appeal in the dawning of the MTV Age made them fodder for bedroom-wall posters. But Duran Duran’s early music was a winning amalgam of the diverse tastes of the so-called “Fab Five,” and they’ve continued to make new music full of insistent beats and sexy hooks ever since. That includes 2015’s strong Paper Gods, an album produced by Mark Ronson of Amy Winehouse and “Uptown Funk” fame. Drummer Roger Taylor says that while the music always mattered most, the band was definitely interested in its look from the very beginning. “We grew up on Bowie, Roxy Music, Iggy Pop, and it was all very visual. It was very glammy on the surface,” Taylor says. “But there was real musical content there, and all the acts we loved that brought us together were pretty glamorous in their aesthetic. To even get in this band, not only did you have to play, but you had to look the part.” Early videos like “Girls on Film” and “Hungry Like the Wolf” made Duran Duran hugely popular in England, and eventually they broke in America as leaders of the so-called “Second British Invasion.” At one point the band had five Top 20 hits off of three different albums in one year, 1983, as America bought into their sound and look. “That was an intense five years when you

think about the amount of singles we released, the amount of long-playing records, the amount of tours we did, the videos,” Taylor says. “It was pretty incredible.” Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor (unrelated) left the band in 1985, but the original lineup reunited in 2001 (Andy Taylor left again in 2006). In between, the remaining members — singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor (also no relation) — scored some massive hits (“Ordinary World,” “Notorious”). To date, Duran Duran has sold more than 70 million albums. Most of those came before Paper Gods, an album that Roger Taylor says is connecting with fans more now than when it arrived last September. “There seems to be something organic going on with Duran Duran,” Taylor says of the tour that’s seen the band headline arenas and festivals across the globe. “I don’t know what it is, but we’ve noticed the audience is expanding at the moment. Any band goes through peaks and troughs in their career, but we really seem to be at a peak. “People think of the ’80s when they think of us, but I don’t think we’re purely defined by the ’80s. It’s a great position to be able to pull from 30-something years of catalog [in concert] and not just the first three years.”  Duran Duran • Fri, Sept. 2, at 7:30 pm • $65/$85/$105 • Northern Quest Resort and Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • • 481-2100




ou go to Pig Out in the Park for the piles of delicious food (and the peoplewatching), but you stay for the music. From local to national touring acts, the lineup is jam-packed with genres for every taste this Labor Day weekend. Below is a list of headliners closing out the main Lilac Stage each night starting Thursday, as well as some of the musicians not to be missed on the other two stages.


Frontman Tim “Too Slim” Langford hails from Spokane; it makes sense that he can’t stay away from Pig Out in the Park. Though he now resides in Nashville, his blues band Too Slim & the Taildraggers is a mainstay at the annual event and a crowd favorite. Their set begins at 8:30 pm. Also see: Marshall McLean Band, Sammy Eubanks, Nicole Lewis


Sir Mix-A-Lot headlines Pig Out in the Park on Friday.


Thursday, 09/01

ARbOR CReST WiNe CellARS, Ryan Larsen Duo bARlOWS AT libeRTy lAke, Sunny Nights Duo bOOMeRS ClASSiC ROCk bAR & GRill, Randy Campbell acoustic show J bOOTS bAkeRy & lOuNGe, The Song Project J buCeR’S COFFeeHOuSe Pub, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen buCkHORN iNN, The Spokane River Band J CHAPS, Spare Parts COeuR d’AleNe CASiNO, PJ Destiny CRAFTed TAP HOuSe + kiTCHeN, Kosh CRAve, DJ Freaky Fred Fizzie MulliGANS, Kicho JOHN’S Alley, Will West & the Friendly Strangers J kNiTTiNG FACTORy, 38 Special J MONARCH MOuNTAiN COFFee (208-265-9382), Open Mic hosted by Scott Reid MOOSe lOuNGe, Chance and Kevin acoustic O’SHAyS iRiSH Pub & eATeRy, Open


mic with Adrian and Leo THe ObSeRvATORy, Vinyl Meltdown THe ReSeRve, Bellydancing Performances feat. Safar THe RidleR PiANO bAR, The Bobby Patterson Band Rivelle’S RiveR GRill (208-9300381), Truck Mills and special guests Jam Night J RiveRFRONT PARk, Pig Out in the Park feat. Too Slim & the Taildraggers (See story above), Marshall McLean Band, Nicole Lewis, Smash Hit Carnival, Starlite Hotel, Sammy Eubanks, the Backups and more THe ROAdHOuSe, Cloverdale, Christy Lee zOlA, Sauce Policy

Friday, 09/02

beveRly’S, Robert Vaughn biG Sky’S TAveRN (489-2073), Prairie Breeze bOlO’S, FM bROWNe’S TAveRN (315-9934), Jip Skippy and the Unprepared buCeR’S COFFeeHOuSe Pub, Atlas THe CellAR, Donnie Emerson and Nancy Sophia Duo CONkliNG MARiNA & ReSORT, Tell the Boys CuRley’S, Loose Gazoonz FedORA Pub & GRille, Dan Conrad FORTy-ONe SOuTH, Truck Mills GeM STATe Club (208-245-9916), JamShack

Seattle-based Sir Mix-A-Lot returns to Spokane a year after his Perry Street Shakedown performance brought out hundreds of “Baby Got Back” fans, effectively shutting down the busy South Hill street. This time around, the legendary rapper takes to the stage at 9 pm. Also see: Celebrate with Peter Rivera,

J GORGe AMPHiTHeATeR, Dave Matthews Band, Lake Street Dive idAHO POuR AuTHORiTy (208-5977096), Marty Perron and Doug Bond iRON HORSe bAR, Smash Hit Carnival JOHN’S Alley, Blue Funk Jailbreak MAx AT MiRAbeAu, Jan Harrison MOOSe lOuNGe, Riverboat Dave and the Furtraders NASHville NORTH, Luke Jaxon J NORTHeRN QueST CASiNO, Duran Duran (See story on page 49), DJ Ramsin THe ObSeRvATORy, Loopidity Episode II: MJ the Inhuman Beatbox, Brotha Nature, Dave Brady w/ special guests PeNd d’OReille WiNeRy, Powell Brothers PeNd OReille PlAyHOuSe (4479900), Open Mic POST FAllS bReWiNG COMPANy (208-773-7301), Daniel Mills THe ReSeRve, Clutch THe RidleR PiANO bAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler J RiveRFRONT PARk, Pig Out in the Park feat. Sir Mix-A-Lot (See story above), Celebrate with Peter Rivera, Rocklyn Road, Bobby Patterson Band, Stepbrothers, Flying Spiders, Barkin Katz, Atomic Jive, the Sidemand, Yellow Dog and more

Flying Spiders, Stepbrothers


At 67, Mark Farner, a founding member and lead singer and guitarist of Grand Funk Railroad, has been making solo rock records since the late 1970s. His latest album, For the People, came out in 2006. Expect his set, which starts at 9 pm, to touch on every moment of his career. Also see: Angela Marie Project, B-Radicals


While you put delicious things in your mouth at Pig Out, New Orleans-based funk group Cowboy Mouth plans to play their Southern blend of rowdy jam rock. Their 9 pm show will most likely end with their big ’90s hit “Jenny Says.” Also see: Heart by Heart


No musicians play the Lilac Stage on these days. See the Pig Out website for the full lineup on the smaller stages. — LAURA JOHNSON Pig Out in the Park • Through Mon, Sept. 5, noon-10 pm • Free • All-ages • Riverfront Park • 507 N. Howard •

J STATeliNe SPeedWAy, Redneck Rendezvous with Christy Lee, Ryan Larsen Band J THe PiN!, Wasted Breath, The Fibs, Rory OK and the Worst Band Ever, Foxtrot Epidemic; late show, Manwitnoname Un-Birthday Party zOlA, Hot Club

Saturday, 09/03

beveRly’S, Robert Vaughn bOlO’S, FM J buCeR’S COFFeeHOuSe Pub, Dr. J THe CellAR, Donnie Emerson and Nancy Sophia Duo CONkliNG MARiNA & ReSORT, Tell the Boys CuRley’S, Loose Gazoonz J CuTTeR THeATRe, Scotia Road in Concert J GORGe AMPHiTHeATeR, Dave Matthews Band, Lake Street Dive idAHO POuR AuTHORiTy, David Walsh iRON HORSe bAR, Smash Hit Carnival THe JACkSON ST., DJ Dave J kNiTTiNG FACTORy, Berner and Friends lA ROSA Club, Open Jam MAx AT MiRAbeAu, Jan Harrison MiCkduFF’S bReWiNG COMPANy, Daniel Mills MOOSe lOuNGe, Riverboat Dave and the Furtraders MOOTSy’S, Wolfstorm, Deadones USA, & Wasted Breath

NASHville NORTH, DJ Tom NORTHeRN QueST CASiNO, DJ Ramsin THe ReSeRve, Suego, DJ Americo, DJ K-Phi THe RidleR PiANO bAR, Dueling Pianos feat. Christan Raxter & Steve Ridler J RiveRFRONT PARk, Pig Out in the Park feat. Angela Marie Project, Mark Farner (See story above), Randy Oxford’s All-star Slam, B-Radicals, Cary Fly, Yellow Dog, Sara Brown Band, Steven King, Chris Rieser and the Nerve, Soul Proprietor and more J SCHWeiTzeR MOuNTAiN ReSORT, Schwitzer Fall Fest feat. Rust on the Rails, Cattywomp, Mama Doll SeASONS OF COeuR d’AleNe, Truck Mills J ST. MARieS PARk, Paul Bunyan Days feat. JamShack J STATeliNe SPeedWAy, Redneck Rendezvous with Christy Lee, Luke Jaxon, Jeremy McComb SWAxx, Dysfunktynal Kaos, Tsuga, Nogunaso J THe PiN!, Narrow Minded, Snakes/ Sermons, Rot Monger TWO RiveRS CASiNO ANd ReSORT (800-722-4031), NightShift zOlA, Hot Club

Sunday, 09/04 ARbOR CReST WiNe CellARS,

Atomic Jive BIG BARN BREWING CO. (710-2961), Jim Burry Band COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Kosh CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Tell the Boys CRAFTED TAP HOUSE + KITCHEN, Kyle Swaffard CRUISERS, Echo Elysim CURLEY’S, YESTERDAYSCAKE DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night with VooDoo Church J GORGE AMPHITHEATER, Dave Matthews Band, Lake Street Dive HARVEST HOUSE, Johnny & the Moondogs IRON HORSE BAR, Riverboat Band, Smash Hit Carnival IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL (SPOKANE VALLEY), Back Road Toad LINGER LONGER LOUNGE (208-6232211), Open jam O’DOHERTY’S IRISH GRILLE, Live Irish Music J THE OBSERVATORY, Itchy Kitty album release party (See story on page 47), S1UGS THE PALOMINO, JenTal & the huzBand J RIVERFRONT PARK, Pig Out in the Park feat. Cowboy Mouth


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(See story on facing page), Heart by Heart, Spare Parts, Mojo Box, Hot Club of Spokane, Eclectic Approach, Quarter Monkey, Gator Loops, Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips J SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT, Schwitzer Fall Fest feat. Devon Wade, the Incredible Flying Dookie Brothers, Spare Parts J SPOKANE ARENA, Carrie Underwood, Easton Corbin, the Swon Brothers ST. MARIES PARK, Paul Bunyan Days feat. JamShack J THE PIN!, Austin Jones, Trophy Wives, Run 2 Cover, Curses, Rylei Franks ZOLA, Blake Braley Band

Monday, 09/05

J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam with Truck Mills J GORGE AMPHITHEATER, Dave Matthews Band RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with MJ The In-Human Beatbox J RIVERFRONT PARK, Pig Out in the Park feat. Karrie O’Neill, Slow Cookin’, Trailer Park Girls, Men in the Making, Moses Willey, Steven King, Jazz Northwest Big Band and more J SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT, Schwitzer Fall Fest feat. Stone in Love (Journey Tribute), Marshall McLean Band

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J THE BARTLETT, Bryan John Appleby, Bart Budwig THE JACKSON ST., DJ Dave JOHN’S ALLEY, Jacob Cummings KELLY’S IRISH PUB, Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tuesday MIK’S, DJ Brentano J POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE (SOUTH HILL), DJ Charley THE RESERVE, Deschamp’s Artist Showcase THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Jam night with Gil Rivas J SPOKANE ARENA, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Black Wizard SWAXX, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx ZOLA, The Bucket List

Wednesday, 09/07 J THE BARTLETT, Joseph [Sold-out] J THE BIG DIPPER, The Return of Phobia, Rutah, Askevault, Infrablaster, East Sherman J DOWNTOWN COEUR D’ALENE, Live After 5 feat. The Encore, Singer-Songwriter Showcase EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD & ALES, Open Mic with T & T J JOHN’S ALLEY, Nappy Roots THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, DJ Lydell LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 RED ROOM LOUNGE, Hip Hop Is A

Culture THE RESERVE, EDM Wednesdays with DJs Ayzim, Radikill, Gestut THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Piano Bar with Christan Raxter THE PIN!, DJ Freaky Fred THE ROADHOUSE, Open mic with Vern Vogel and the Volcanoes THE VIKING BAR & GRILL, Burgers and brews open mic night ZOLA, The Bossame

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Now in its 37th incarnation, Pig Out in the Park has become a Spokane end-of-summer fixture. Whether or not you can get behind its endorsement of American overindulgence, it’s easy to agree that Pig Out delivers on its promise to deliver a lot of food in a small area, with no meal exceeding an advertised guaranteed maximum price of $9.95. The festival offers elephant ears aplenty for the kiddos and beer gardens galore for grown-ups. More than 90 musical acts take the stage during the festival’s six-day run at Riverfront Park, with this year’s headliner highlight being Seattle-based rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot. Due to the ongoing Riverfront Park construction, booths are located this year in the Clocktower Meadows and Lilac Bowl. — ISAAC HANDELMAN Pig Out in the Park • Aug. 31 through Sept. 5, from 11 am to 10 pm daily • Free to attend • Riverfront Park • spokanepigout. com • 921-5579




POV Lion’s Club Train Rides • Sat, Sept. 3 and Sun, Sept. 4; departs at 11 am and 1 pm • $15/adults; $10/ages 12 and under • Metaline Falls, Wash. •

Spokane Symphony Labor Day Concerts • Sat, Sept. 3, at 6 pm at Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake; Mon, Sept. 5, at 6 pm at Comstock Park • Free • • 624-1200

One option for families and groups of all ages looking for a reason to get out of town for one last summer weekend getaway: a trip up to the picturesque small town of Metaline Falls in Pend Oreille County. Nestled in the Pend Oreille River Valley, the tiny town’s annual community festival, Affair on Main Street, offers two days of events, from an arts and crafts fair to a car show, live music and more. Another main reason to head up to Metaline Falls — this year marks the final routes of the popular Lion’s Club Train Rides between there and the town of Ione, offering breathtaking views of the mountain scenery. — CHEY SCOTT

The Spokane Symphony bids farewell to the summer season in its traditional fashion — with a duo of outdoor concerts at two local parks, both attendable free of charge. The professional orchestra hauls their instruments and equipment to these outdoor venues over Labor Day weekend to perform a mix of pieces from Hollywood films and Broadway shows. The selections vary, from recognizable Harry Potter hits to a tune from the classic Broadway musical Aida and beyond. Various kid-friendly and adult-oriented activities will precede the Comstock show: an instrument petting zoo, a fall arts event preview, and more. — ISAAC HANDELMAN


If you’re not heading out of town this weekend like pretty much everyone does come Labor Day, make the most of the long weekend by planning a staycation in the Lilac City. We recommend hitting up the MAC to check out the final weekend of the museum’s big summer exhibit, the family-friendly “Fangs, Fur & Feathers.” See amazing animal-themed artwork from the 13th through 20th centuries, alongside an exciting and varied collection of more than 300 taxidermied animal specimens. Taking up two museum galleries, the exhibit is modeled in the style of European castles that were often filled with animal mounts and stunning paintings on the walls. While usually closed on Mondays, the MAC is staying open specially for Labor Day. — CHEY SCOTT Closing Weekend for “Fangs, Fur & Feathers: The Art of Animals” • Through Mon, Sept. 5, 10 am-5 pm • $5-$10/admission • The MAC • 2316 W. First •


After tackling the switch-back-intensive trek up to Schweitzer Mountain, you may feel the need to reward yourself with a beer. Thankfully, the Fall Fest at Schweitzer Mountain Resort will have 80 of them for you to choose from. The ultra-popular, high-altitude event serves as a farewell to the summer season on the mountain, and also features a bevy of kids’ activities, chairlift rides and plenty of live music. The festival offers a selection of different ways to enjoy the beer, from your own stein or pint glass, or just a plastic cup. You will not leave thirsty. — MIKE BOOKEY

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OPERA CDA GALA FUNDRAISER Offering a three-course dinner, performances by local opera singers, a live auction, drinks and more. Gala at a private residence, address provided upon ticket purchase. Sep. 1, 6-10 pm. $75. operacda. com (800-418-1485) LICK CHILDHOOD CANCER CAMPAIGN As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, $1 from every adult scoop and $0.50 from every child scoop is donated to ACCOIN, a nonprofit who serves local families who have been affected by childhood cancer. Sep. 2, 7 am-11 pm. Brain Freeze Creamery, 1238 W. Summit Pkwy. (443-4162) LIGHT UP THE STACKS Steam Plant lights up the stacks in gold, the color for Childhood Cancer Awareness. All pro-

ceeds from the restaurant’s cheesy bread benefit ACCOIN, a nonprofit that serves local families affected by childhood cancer. Sep. 2, 5 pm. Free. Stacks at Steam Plant, 159 S. Lincoln. ART IN BLOOM The third annual event benefits the mission of the Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens. Includes a silent auction, wine sale, artisan market, guided garden tours and more. Sept. 9, 12-8 pm; Sept. 10, 10 am-5 pm. $5. Corbin Art Center, 507 W. 7th. (999-5262) KYRS FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE KICKOFF PARTY Washington state Poet Laureate Tod Marshall presents on the importance of arts, culture, and community radio in Spokane. Appetizers and cash bar on site. Sep. 9, 6-9 pm. $25. Paulsen Center, 421 W. Riverside Ave. bit. ly/2bvZhX6 (747-3012)


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PICKIN’ ON THE PRAIRIE I tried to drag things out so we could “run” into each other, but things didn’t quite work. Seems like you are always on my mind. I am working on figuring this out. I know there has to be something between all and nothing that works for us. I am not sure where I stand with you but ... I miss talking to you. I miss seeing with you. I just miss you.



I SAW YOU TWIGS SUMMER You were at Twigs in the Valley, sitting outside in the sun, on your first free day of the summer, drinking some foo-foo rum drink while I downed Mojitos and watched your contented smile as the sun washed your hair and legs. There’s still some summer left girlie — lets do it again! I WAS TOO SCARED TO SPEAK I saw you Wednesday, Riverfront park at the big red wagon. You were wearing an olive green shirt, shorts and sandals and had the most beautiful mocha skin and you were playing with 2 small children. I was playing with my 4 year old son and couldn’t take my eyes off you. My son went to chase the ducks and you brought your kids closer to the water too. Were you following me? I was wearing a black T-shirt with a yellow Army logo on the front. My son was wearing a Batman t-shirt. You took your kids to the Iron Goat and my son pushed the button for them. Your son fed the goat a plastic bottle and I finally built up the nerve to speak “I didn’t know it could do that” I said. You snickered. I asked “Two and Three?” You told me they both just turned 3. My throat went numb and my mind went blank. My son headed for the carousel and I thought you were following us. I then watched as you walked towards Riverpark Square and out of my sight. If I only had the nerve to ask your name. Next Wednesday? Could you possibly be there again next Wednesday? I can’t stop thinking about you. Please let our paths cross again someday!

LINGERIE SECTION AT SHADLE WALMART You were fingering the lace on a racy little number. I peeked around the corner checking you out from the rear. I was surprised to see you there as you had told me you didn’t even know Walmart had a lingerie section... nice view from the top of your curly head to the bottom of your aching feet. Love ya babe. Party on!

climbing. I was drawing and saw your music note tattoos. You were headed up the trail to meet a couple of your girlfriends. Would me interesyes in getting to know you more. Reach me at

READING THE INLANDER AT THE COFFEE SHOP I saw you there in my hot cup of green tea as I read beneath the gaze of Heaven above. I see between my unblinded eyes words with which only friends can understand. And it is in that moment I can see you for tomorrow morning can never come soon enough in my time. Your oceans away as I sit ans walk for a time in which your watch will be at work once more for maybe more than just neighbors, but for true friendship.

MY ROSE I saw you about 2 and a half years ago. It was an impossible mission to make you mine but I went for it anyways.A year and a half into it we shared our first kiss and it was one of the best moments in my life. We spent 10 months together and in that time and made some bad mistakes and lied to you. I feel so ashamed that I showed you my worst side to the best thing that has ever happened to me you fought for my life and now I’m fighting for our love again I’ve apologized countless times but the best apology is changed Behavior and I want to show you I’m a changed person the real sorry is when you hear the sadness in the person’s voice and you look into their eyes and you can realize that they have hurt themselves just as much please forgive me and come back to me I promise if it’s not too late I will give you a beautiful fate. Love the Thorn

DOG GOT HOME Cheers to the staff of Kings Vet, “Terry” and St. Francis who combined forces to get my stubborn old Aussie home on Aug 22. Racked up good Karma there. Blitzen’s mom


OH MY SWEET SWEET RAINBOW MAN I swear you have always been my guardian angel in disguise. You are so warm and yet cold at the same time. You are the future and the past, and eyes that can see through both. Interchangeably channeling both times with your kind and compassionate heart, to inspire me and everyone who has ever known you, in ways that has changed our lives forever, thanks for teaching us how to fly! You were God’s voice to me at a time when i couldn’t hear him, and i didn’t even know it! I saw you carry me to safety when i fell that day, thank you, i love you, always and 4ever. ~Gg~ NATIVE AMERICAN EYES This is just to remind you that you’re the most beautiful,

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Mayor McCheese appoints a Chief who never even applied for the job. Say what? And now Condon unappoints the guy so he can be vetted with other candidates. If any of those original candidates say they’re

Condon, you have embarrassed the Lilac City. Please just resign and save us the trouble of recalling you.

THAT SMILE THOUGH This was a while ago... BUT!!! I saw you at Safeway in the Valley getting out of your black Scion wearing black skinny jeans and white shirt. I was standing next to my black Mazda. The first thing I noticed was your smile. You have the most amazing smile I have ever seen and those dimples!! The way I felt when you smiled at me... It is an undescribable feeling. I wish I had the guts to make my move, but you probably already have yourself the luckiest person in the world who would do anything to make you smile. If you don’t, I’d love to meet up and get a tea.

GODDESS IN THE BLACK DRESS Saw you at Minnehaha park on August 14. You were in a black dress. I was with a group rock

funny, and super great mother. That I will always love you for you. Love your Man, circles and squres.

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WISE BEYOND YOUR YEARS Happy Early Birthday to you, my friend. Thank you for your friendship all these years. I truly appreciate your patience and understanding. Lots of lemon cake with frostings to you.

JEERS UBER/LYFT RIDERS When you get a ride from an Uber or a Lyft driver, it is more than polite to tip them. I know that they tell you it isn’t necessary, but in the long run it really makes a difference for them. They are getting paid an average of $6 per hour after gas and other expenses. So, please be polite and tip the people who are dedicated to getting you where you need to go safely. TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR FAKE SERVICE DOG Your fake service dog got hurt at Costco because you wernt watching her. Real service dogs stay by there owners side. You let yours wonder off. She wouldnt have gotten run over with a cart if you took better care of her. The cart was full of stuff and piled high. They didnt see your little dog. Maybe leave your fake service dog home next time CITY HALL CIRCUS Four years ago Mayor Condon disregards everyone’s advice and hires Frank Straub for Police Chief. As they all predicted, Straub is a disaster. The fallout has left the City with two lawsuits so far and we’re nearing one year without a Chief. Now it’s deja vu all over again. Disregarding the recommendations of his search committee and interview panels,

still interested in being Spokane’s Chief of Police, I’m not sure we even want them. Condon, you have embarrassed the Lilac City. Please just resign and save us the trouble of recalling you. PARK MORONS You think it’s cute to spraypaint the N word on rocks in our Minnehaha Park, along with your other wretched “artwork”? You are pathetic losers, not representative of good people of this town. Do you not realize children pass by on this trail? Plus I am sick of picking up your trash on the park and Beacon Hill trails — pack it in, pack it out. Park workers have enough to do as it is. You are disgusting, stupid, ignorant nobodies who only feel big by spoiling things for others. Go away. Far, far away. 


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EVENTS | CALENDAR PLAY FOR GRACIE DLISH DAY A fundraising event for the Play for Gracie Foundation, which offers sports scholarship to families in need. 20 percent of all sales go to the foundation. Sep. 9, 10:30 am-9 pm. D. Lish’s Hamburgers, 1625 N. Division. dlishshamburgers CVHS BAND CAR WASH Central Valley High School Band and Colorguard programs host their annual fundraiser. Also, bring shoes for the Shoe Drive; accepted items are paired, wearable shoes of any style or size. Sep. 10, 9 am-4 pm. $5. Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Rd. (927-6848) GRANDPARENTS DAY CELEBRATION Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels’ 5th Annual celebration offers food, entertainment, a silent auction and announcement of the 2016 Grandparent of the Year. Sep. 11, 1-4 pm. $15; free/under age 10. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. (924-6976) HOWLING AT HAMILTON The pool is open for one day only for dogs to come enjoy the water. The annual fundraiser benefits the Humane Society of the Palouse. There must be one person for each dog; also includes a jumping contest at 5 pm. Sep. 11, 1-6 pm. $10. Hamilton-Lowe Aquatics Center, 830 N. Mountain View Rd, Moscow. WINE AND DINE FOR WISHES The event benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation includes a four course dinner paired with local wine, and an opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Sep. 13, 5:30 pm. Boiler Room, 6501 N. Cedar. (863-9213)


FIRST THURSDAY COMEDY Live standup comedy the first Thursday of every month in Impulse Nightclub at 8 pm (doors open at 6 pm). Each edition of the show features funny local folks from around the region. Ages 21+ only. $10. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford. GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First. (847-1234) AFTER DARK An adult-rated version of the Blue Door’s monthly, Friday show; on the first and last Friday of the month, at 10 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) 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. SAFARI Fast-paced, short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Recommended for ages 16+) Saturdays at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) IMPROV JAM SESSIONS An opportunity to try something new, polish your improv skills and have fun. Each session is led by a BDT Troupe member, and is an informal get together and not considered an improv class. For ages 18+. Meets Mondays, from 7-9 pm (see website for dates, as the event doesn’t happen weekly). Free. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) SPOKANE COMEDY’S STANDUP SHOWDOWN A friendly local comedy competition. Comedians get a topic

and have four minutes to perform; the crowd then votes for a winner. Tuesdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The Observatory, 15 S. Howard. (598-8933) TRIVIA + OPEN MIC COMEDY Trivia starts at 8 pm; stick around for open mic comedy afterward. Tuesdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. Checkerboard Bar, 1716 E. Sprague Ave. 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. (509-318-9998) DRINK N’ DEBATE: COMEDY COMPETITION Three new teams will try to knock last month’s “MasterDebaters” off their throne. Doors open at 7, show start at 8 pm. Sep. 11, 8 pm. $10. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (318-9998)


BODIES HUMAN: ANATOMY IN MOTION For the first exhibit in its new home, Mobius hosts “BODIES HUMAN: Anatomy in Motion,” which includes six whole bodies, more than 100 individual organs, and transparent body slices that have been preserved through plastination, a technique that replaces bodily fluids with reactive plastics. Exhibit runs through Dec. 31; hours are Tu-Sat, 10 am-5 pm and Sun, 11 am-5 pm. (Recommended for ages 10+.) $15. Mobius Science Center, 331 N. Post. (321-7137) CORBIN WALKERS GROUP The group meets on Thursday mornings at 8:45 am and takes the van to a different starting point each week, walks about an hour and return to Corbin for a coffee break. Walks are lead by Ardyce Pangerl and Patricia Hewitt. $2/ person. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland. (327-1584) HARVEST PARTY Activities in downtown Colfax include music, vendors and a booth at the library on the region’s rich farming history. Sep. 1, 3-7 pm. Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St. (397-4366) TAKE A BREAK SERIES The park hosts a free summer series to help residents restore, invigorate and recharge during their lunch break. Held on weekdays, from noon-2 pm, through Sept. 2. Events include yoga, backyard games, tai-chi, music and more. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. facebook. com/SpokaneRiverfrontPark BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT INFO MEETING The Service Alternatives team hosts an informational meeting on how to become a foster parent. Email to call to reserve a spot. At Service Alternatives, 1303 N Division St. (Suite B). Held monthly on the first Friday, from 3-5 pm. Free. PAUL BUNYAN DAYS The annual celebration of St. Maries’ logging community. Sept. 2-5. St. Maries, Idaho. AFFAIR ON MAINSTREET Along Main Street and in the City Park of the Northwest town is an annual arts and crafts fair, with entertainment, food, and family activities. The North Pend Oreille Lions Club also hosts train rides leaving from Metaline Falls instead of the Ione Depot. Sept. 3-4, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Metaline Falls, Wash. (509-4462449) ...continues on page 59

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FUNKY JUNK The 16th annual Labor Day weekend antique and craft show offers all styles, from salvage and retro to antique and rustic. Sept. 3-4, 10 am-4 pm. $5/weekend admission. Sandpoint. LION’S CLUB TRAIN RIDES Hosted for 35 years by the NPOV Lions Club, the 2016 season will be the club’s last offering the scenic train excursions between Ione and Metaline Falls, Wash. Train ride weekends are Sept. 3-4, and the first four weekends of October (Sat-Sun). $10-$15. UNDER THE FREEWAY FLEA MARKET Hundreds of vendors ply their wares in the protected open space underneath I-90 and on the Wallace Depot grounds. Plus live music, kids’ games, and more. Sept. 3-5. Downtown Wallace, Idaho. COMMUNITY SWING: LINDY IN THE PARK Enjoy swing music and dance, and get a free lesson from Colleen Robinson of Lindy Town, USA. Held Sundays, from 12:45-2 pm, through Sept. 4. Free. Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, 347 N Post St. BECOME DEBT FREE WORKSHOP: Attend this free workshop hosted by STCU experts to discover where your finances are now, decide where you want them to be, and learn how to use the tools that make debt-free living possible. For details and registration, visit workshops. Sep. 6, 6 pm. Free. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. https:// (855-753-0317) 19TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL Join the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest as they celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The vigil includes speakers, live music, light snacks, and arts & crafts for kids. Sep. 7, 6-8 pm. Free. Glover Mansion, 321 W. Eighth. JFS DINNER + PRESENTATION During dinner, hear a discussion on the tensions and conflicts between Jews, Muslims and Christians that appear in the news every day. Sep. 8, 6:30 pm. $7 donation appreciated. Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E. 30th Ave. (747-7394) SPOKANE VALLEY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE Spokane Valley property owners, residents, businesses and others interested in the city’s growth and development are invited to an open house to learn more about the update to Spokane Valley’s Comprehensive Plan. Sep. 8, 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public. CenterPlace Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Pl. (720-5240) INLAND NORTHWEST PERMACULTURE CONVERGENCE The sixth annual, three-day event, themed “Building ECO Community – Joyful Pathways to a Healthier Planet,” features live music, workshops, a skill-share village, vendors and children’s program. Pre-registration required. $75/person; free/children under 12; $37.50/teems; $40/single day admission. Sept. 9-11. Heartsong, 7034 Hwy. 291, TumTum. GOOD MORNING GREATER SPOKANE/VISION 2030 The Good Morning Greater Spokane breakfast series has a line-up of programs designed to update attendees on community efforts and more. Sep. 9, 7-9 am. $25/$55. Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. (321-3630) HARMONY YOGA OPEN HOUSE Sample classes free of charge. Visit to view the schedule. Sep. 10, 9

am-6:30 pm. Free. Harmony Yoga, 1717 W. Sixth. (447-4430) FETCH! SCRAPS AMAZING RACE An event benefiting SCRAPS Hope Foundation, offering a pet-friendly scavenger hunt throughout Riverfront Park. Options include long and short courses, animal-themed challenges, a photo scavenger hunt and more. Sep. 10, 10 am-3 pm. $10-$20; pledge sheets also available. Riverfront Park. (477-2752) MANITO FALL PLANT SALE During the Friends of Manito’s annual event, shoppers cna also chat with garden experts, hear live music, enter a raffle, see local art demos and more. Sep. 10, 8 am-3 pm. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. (456-8038) PARKFEST The Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park conclude a 4-month celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the park with a day of music and art, classic cars and a showing of the movie “The Music Man.” Sep. 10, 3 pm. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (456-3931) SAVE THE ONE WALK The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) of Idaho commemorates National Suicide Prevention Week with a 3.2-mile walk meant to prevent and bring awareness to suicide in North Idaho. Sep. 10, 10 am. $15. Coeur d’Alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd. parks/city-park (208-290-6161) TABLETOP GAMES STOP & SHOP Explore an expansive board game collection. If you like one, local shop Uncle’s Games will help you get your own copy. Whether competitive or cooperative, most games are geared toward ages 14+. Sep. 10, 2-4 pm. Free. Deer Park Library, 208 Forest. (893-8300) UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE FOSTER PROGRAM INFO Spokane is accepting youth from overseas refugee camps looking to flee from unimaginable situations. Youth will be placed in homes here where they will receive services necessary to make them a productive member of our society. Learn more at a series of informational sessions at LCSNW. Second Tuesday of the month, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Call 343-5018 for more info. Free. Lutheran Community Services, 210 W. Sprague. (343-5018)


SCHWEITZER FALL FEST The 24th annual event, marking the unofficial end of summer, features eight bands, and more than 60 regional beers on tap. Sept. 3-5. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. (208-263-9555) FALL NATIVE FESTIVAL AND FUNDRAISER The second annual event offers traditional Native storytelling, a youth and children’s Powwow with drumming, singing and dancing, artist demos, tipi pole setup demo, stick game demo, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, food and more. Sep. 10, 10 am-4 pm. Free. American Indian Community Center, 610 E. North Foothills Dr.


FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. Showing Sept. 1-4, times vary. $4-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7805) ROB ZOMBIE’S 31 A one-night screening of Zombie’s seventh feature, the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped on Halloween night and forced to play a terrifying game in an industrial Hell. Sep. 1, 7 pm. Regal Cinemas, 4750 N. Division. (482-0209) LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Enjoy Peter Jackson’s masterful adaptations of Tolkien’s classic, “The Lord of the Rings” on our large screen. Sep. 2, 7-10 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) SATURDAY MARKET CARTOONS Weekly cartoons are screened during farmers market hours at the Kenworthy, offered Saturdays, from 9-noon, through Sept. 24 Free Admission. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy. org (208-882-4127) STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN Come dressed in your best Star Trek gear for a screening of the movie to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Star Trek show. Sep. 3, 1 pm. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. (444-5331) CONNECTING WRITERS WITH HOLLYWOOD A three-day conference for writers, screenwriters and filmmakers, with keynote speaker Chuck Palahniuk, author and writer of “Fight Club.” Creative individuals can pitch their work to agents, managers and producers. Registration deadline Aug. 20; event on Sept. 8-10. $225. CREATED EQUAL SERIES FILM & DISCUSSION Watch the PBS film “Slavery By Another Name” and join Angela Schwendiman of EWU after the movie for a discussion. Sep. 10, 12:30 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. (444-5331) FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK See the film by Adam Nimoy about his father, Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock of Star Trek. Proceeds benefit Operation: Dog Tag; this is the only scheduled screening of the film in the Inland Northwest. Sep. 10, 10 am-2 pm. $7. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND A documentary screening hosted by Spokane Veterans for Peace, Chapter 35. Sep. 10, 4-6 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. (444-5331) ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Attend a special midnight screening of this cult classic. Starts at midnight, on the nights of Aug. 6, Sept. 10 and Oct. 29. $7. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (327-1050) EVERYMAN Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling at his 40th birthday party. He is forced to abandon his cokesnorting high-life and set out on a frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak to God in his defense. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. Sep. 11, 2 pm. $17. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague.


BUILD YOUR OWN BITTERS Sample and learn how to blend bitters, the balancing flavor in many rich cocktails. Sep. 1, 4-7 pm. $20. Masselow’s, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (481-6020) PIG OUT IN THE PARK The 37th annual

Labor Day weekend food festival hosts 44 street- and fair-food style vendors from near and far, with live music each day, beer gardens and more. Aug. 31Sept. 5, open daily 11 am-10 pm; special $3 bites menu offered from 3-5 pm and 9-10 pm daily. Free to attend. Riverfront Park. (921-5579) SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar from Cigar Train during an event on the headed, outdoor patio. Thursdays, from 6-10 pm. $15-$25. Prohibition Gastropub, 1914 N. Monroe. Gastropub.Spokane1 (474-9040) GREEN BLUFF PEACH SEASON Summer’s next favorite fruit comes in the form of juicy peaches, in season at Green Bluff’s orchards from Aug. 13 through Labor Day weekend. Green Bluff Growers. RIDE & DINE DINNER SERIES Enjoy live music and a barbecue dinner at the top of the mountain. Every Friday, through Sept. 2. Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. VINO WINE TASTING Taste September’s Wine of the Month Club selections and meet artist Travis Masingale. Tastings include cheese and crackers. Sep. 2, 3-6:30 pm. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. (838-1229) FRESH SALSA Get creative with salsa from a traditional tomato base to more unique ingredients and flavors in this hands-on class. Registration required. Sep. 6, 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. Deer Park Library, 208 Forest St. (509-893-8300) LITTLE SMOKE FESTIVAL Eastern Washington’s premium cigar festival, featuring cigar aficionados, beer and liquor vendors, barbecue food and live music. Sept. 9-10. $125-$250. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (509-242-7000) VINO WINE TASTING Sample Mionetto Proseccos, wines also available by-the- glass. Tastings include cheese and crackers. Sep. 9, 3-6:30 pm. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509-838-1229) MUSIC, MICROS & BBQ The casino’s summer food and drink continues, highlighting breweries from Eastern Washington, Oregon and California, spirits courtesy of Jim Beam Bourbons, live music from Junk Belly, and an $18 allyou-can-eat barbecue. Sep. 10, 5-10 pm. $18. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Hwy 95. (800-523-2467) RESTAURANT WARS The inaugural event unites eight local restaurants and five regional breweries for a local food and drink showcase. Bracelets ($17) allow guests the chance to sample chefs’ small plates dishes. Also includes live music, chef demos and a farmers market. Sep. 10, 4-8 pm. Free to attend. Kendall Yards.


TUMBLEWEED MUSIC FEST The annual acoustic music festival on the banks of the Columbia River features five outdoor stages hosting concerts, workshops, a contra dance and more. Sept. 2-4. Richland, Wash. SCOTIA ROAD IN CONCERT The local, singer-songwriter family band releases their second full album. Sep. 3, 7-10 pm. $15. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St. (446-4108)




AMY ALKON Please explain.

I’m a woman in my late 20s. Guys don’t have car crashes looking at me, but I am pretty and have a nice boyfriend. I have three drop-dead gorgeous girlfriends who are perpetually single, but not by choice. I realized that they all do two things: complain that things never work out with a guy and constantly post stunning selfies on Facebook. One takes a daily pic in her car, showing how hot she looks. When I mentioned this to my boyfriend, he said guys want a hot girlfriend but they don’t want one who does that. —Wondering

Sure, getting other people to like you starts with liking yourself — just not to the point where you’re dozing off in front of the mirror. Selfie posting, not surprisingly, has been associated with narcissism — being a self-absorbed, self-important user with a lack of empathy and a sucking need for admiration. But consider that there are nuances to what sort of person posts selfies and why. There are those who post selfies in keeping with their interests — like “here’s today’s outfit!” (because they’re into fashion) or “here I am about to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel” (because they are into adventure travel and are also kind of an idiot). Though these “stuff I like!” shots include a picture of the person, they’re ultimately about some hobby or interest they have. And then there’s the person — like these women you mention — who simply posts endless vanity shots, like “it’s Monday, and I’m still alive, and aren’t I pretty? #WeAllHaveOurCrossToBear” Clinical psychologist Christopher T. Barry and his colleagues found that posting a lot of “physical appearance selfies” is associated with a subtype of narcissism, “vulnerable narcissism.” Vulnerable narcissism involves self-worth that’s “highly contingent” on what others think, “hypervigilance” about rejection, and a tendency to manufacture a facade to protect against rejection. (“Grandiose narcissism” is the louder, more domineering subtype most of us think of as narcissism.) Yes, like ice cream and medical marijuana, narcissism comes in different flavors. Though you can probably feel for the vulnerable narcissists, they also come up short on empathy. They just do it more quietly. Chances are, guys who want more than a hookup or arm candy see a slew of “Worship me!” selfies as a generic sign of narcissism — and a big flashing danger sign telling them to look elsewhere. As the saying goes, “beauty fades…” but unempathetic is forever.


I was a married man for a long time, but about a year ago, after grieving my divorce, I got into friends-with-benefits things with two different women. (Neither knows about the other.) We like each other, but we don’t call or text regularly or discuss whether we’re seeing anybody else. Well, last month, I met this great woman and felt a real romantic connection. We haven’t slept together because I want to end these FWB things first. My question is: How do I do that? What does a woman who isn’t a girlfriend but has been having semi-regular sex with a man want to hear that will not hurt her? —Concerned The really terrible breakups are those where the other party just won’t let go — like when the gym chain or cable company makes you talk with three “retention specialists” and show the lease to your new place 6,343 miles away, with no access to transportation but a rickety footbridge over a 400-foot chasm. However, most helpfully, Paul Mongeau, who researches communication in relationships, finds that there are three different levels of friends-with-benefits relationships: “true friends,” “network opportunism,” and “just sex.” “True friends” mean something to each other. They know and care about each other and also have sex. “Network opportunists” are a step down from true friends. They’re people in the same social group (or “network”) who aren’t really friends but are friendly enough to go home together if neither meets anybody better at the bar. And lowest on the FWB ladder is what you have — the “just sex” thing. The just sex-ers don’t hate each other or anything, but, as the researchers explain, for them, the “friend” in FWB “is a misnomer.” They’re in each other’s life for one reason: to be sexual grout. It bodes well for the woman you want that you care so much about being kind to the women you don’t. But consider that you probably have deeper and more frequent conversations with the guy who makes your burrito at Chipotle. So, for these women, losing their “just sex” man will be inconvenient and annoying but probably not as heartbreaking as needing to find a new plumber. Just politely inform them that you have to end it because you’ve started seeing somebody (and not just for 45 minutes at 1 in the morning). n ©2016, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR SPOKANE SYMPHONY Say farewell to summer at the Symphony’s annual Labor Day Weekend concert, featuring a lineup of light classics, patriotic tunes and favorites from the world of pop, Hollywood and Broadway. Sep. 3, 6 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY A concert featuring patriotic, pops, light classical, musicals, and more. Guest artists include soprano Julie Powell and cellists Mika Hood and John Bottelli. Sep. 5, 1 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd. SPOKANE SYMPHONY The Symphony’s annual Labor Day Weekend concert. Sep. 5, 6 pm. Free. Comstock Park, 29th and Howard. STORYTELLERS: THE MARSHALL MCLEAN BAND WITH WATER MONSTER A night of music and storytelling with local music groups the Marshall McLean Band and Water Monster. Sep. 9, 8 pm. $5. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th. (838-4277) BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL An event featuring live music, microbreweries, and food trucks for all ages. One ticket provides two samples of beer (over 21). Event benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest. Sep. 10, 12-5 pm. $5-$10. Steam Plant Square, 159 S. Lincoln.


BACKPACKER GET OUT MORE TOUR Backpacker Magazine ambassador, Randy Propster visits Spokane to share a 75-minute seminar that covers a range of topics including: backpacking essentials, the latest in gear and apparel, survival skills and trail-tested tips. Sep. 1, 7 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. (328-9900) END OF SUMMER PARTY Spokane Alpine Haus offers free Perry Street Brewing Beer, raffles and a summer clearance sale. Sep. 1, 4-9 pm. Alpine Haus, 2925 S. Regal. (534-4554) SPOKANE INDIANS VS. HILLSBORO: The final home game series of the season, with promotional nights including fireworks, sweepstakes and fan appreciation night. Aug. 29 -Sept. 2, 6:30 pm. $5-$20. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (535-2922) THE GREAT INFLATABLE RACE A fun run with giant inflatable obstacles throughout the course. Sep. 3, 9 am. $25-$75. Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly. WHITWORTH FOOTBALL VS. CENTRAL IOWA Come watch the Whitworth University Pirates take on Central Iowa in their home-opener football game. Cheerleaders are also collecting donations at halftime to benefit the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest. Sep. 3, 1-5 pm. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne. (777-1000) PROVING GROUNDS FIGHT NIGHT A live amateur mixed martial arts event featuring local fighters. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Sep. 9, 7 pm. $20-$30. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. (509-927-0602) FAMILY KAYAK PADDLE ON THE LITTLE SPOKANE Take a tour of the Little

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THE SUNSET LIMITED A two character drama that mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between two strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Through Sept. 11, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. TITLE OF SHOW Hunter, Jeff, and their friends are on a journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at a festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. Sept. 2-17, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20. Ella’s Cabaret Club, 1017 W. First. (455-7529) DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST Exsurge Catholic Youth Group’s cast of all-ages actors perform the Broadway musical. Sept. 3-4, 7 pm. Donations accepted. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything. Sept. 9-Oct. 10, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $24$27. The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, 1320 E. Garden. SPOKANE CIVIC THEATRE 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA An evening benefiting the Spokane Civic Theatre, with opening night of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Begins with a silent auction/ cocktail hour at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 and curtain time at 7:30. Sep. 9, 5:30 pm. $75. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: The Civic’s season opening show on the main stage, a musical performance based on Disney’s classic adaptation. Sept. 9-Oct. 9; Thu-Sat, 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) FREUD’S LAST SESSION A performance of the play by award-winning contemporary playwright Mark St. Germain. Sept. 9-10, 7:30 pm. $10-$15. Gonzaga University Magnuson Theatre, 502 E. Boone.


FANGS, FEATHERS & FUR: THE ART OF ANIMALS This spectrum-of-life exhibit showcases the diversity of life resulting from 3.5 billion years of evolution. See more than 200 specimens and models, many from the museum’s own collection of natural history objects, including the taxidermy collection in its entirety. Also see on-tour works by artists including Francisco Jose de Goya, John James Audubon, Titan Ramsey Peale, Peter Moran, and Antoine Louis Barye. Through Sept. 5; museum open Tue-Sun, 10 am-5 pm (until 8 pm on Wed.) Special Labor Day hours, 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10/admission. The MAC, 2316 W. First. HEART OF THE WEST CDA More than 60 contemporary, Western juried artists

and galleries, including many previous Western Masters participants, exhibit their work in hotel rooms that had been emptied of furniture, creating a studio setting. Includes auction offering lots of contemporary and consigned artwork, kicked off by a Quick Draw artists’ demo to benefit a local cause. Sept. 1-4. Free. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. THE LIGHT WE CAN’T SEE: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ERV SCHLEUFER An exhibit showcasing Schleufer’s infrared photography of regional powwows. Through Sept. 4. $5-$10/admission. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (456-3931) ENTREE GALLERY: LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENTS “Art At The Lake” highlights the work of several Northwest artists with demos and special showings, Sept. 2-4. Entree Gallery, 1755 Reeder Bay Rd, Nordman, Idaho. FIRST FRIDAY Art galleries and businesses across downtown Spokane and beyond host monthly receptions to showcase new displays of art. Sept. 2, 5-8 pm. For complete details, visit MEL MCCUDDIN A show featuring 40 new works by the local figurative painter. Opening reception during ArtWalk, Sept. 9, from 5-8 pm. Artist demo Sept. 10, 1-4 pm. Show runs Sept. 9-Oct. 8, open daily from 11 am-6 pm. Free. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman. (208-765-6006)


SPOKANE AUTHORS & SELF-PUBLISHERS Join other local writers on the first Thursday of each month at 2:30 pm. Activities include a featured speaker, lunch, networking with other authors, and a raffle. Members and guests must purchase lunch to enter. Golden Corral Buffet, 7117 N. Division. (863-5536) 3 MINUTE MIC Auntie’s hosts its monthly open mic poetry event, with Chris Cook and “Remember the Word” guest Ron Feller. Bring poems to share, or just listen and enjoy. Sept. 2, 8-9:30 pm. free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) BOOTSLAM Spokane Poetry Slam’s allages performance poetry competition, with a $50 grand prize. Sign-ups at 7, slam at 7:30 pm. $5. First Sunday of the month. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. FOLLOWING THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRAIL Rick Newman and Kris Townsend discuss how they experienced and photographed 5,000 miles of the Lewis and Clark Trail the way the Corps of Discovery saw it – from a wooden boat. Sep. 6, 6 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley St. (509-444-5390) SUNSET HIKE & WRITE Bring a notepad and pen and meet at Spark Central for a stroll along the riverfront to observe the beauty of the falls with writing stops along the way. Sep. 6, 6:30-8 pm. $5. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) READING: FRANK ZAFIRO The former Spokane police officer and local author reads from his newest book, “The Short List.” Sep. 7, 7-8 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) n

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Last Chance For Gas, from left, Greg Schmidt, Robin Amend, Jim Brickey and Bruce Ellwein, play last year’s Bloomsday at their usual spot by the finish line.

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ombined, they say they have about 200 years of experience playing music. But that doesn’t mean the men of Last Chance for Gas are quitting their band any time soon. They’re having way too much fun. There was the time they accompanied the Eastern Washington University cheer squad for a school pep rally. With a flash of red and white in front, no one likely noticed the musicians in back. But mostly, the cover band plays gigs for charity — everything from fancy galas to community benefits and church fundraisers. Last Chance for Gas does so for free, instead asking groups they entertain to donate to a charity of the group’s choice. To them, music is a ministry. They say they don’t care about making money through this outlet. “Of course, we don’t want to undercut musicians. We know people are working for a living,” says bassist/clarinetist Robin Amend, who owns Amend Music Centers. “We want to make sure that people realize that music isn’t a free thing. But what we’re doing is something different.” Earlier this summer, the four-piece is goofing off at keyboardist/guitarist Greg Schmidt’s Cheney home, a cushy suburban two-story they convene at every Thursday without fail. In this band practice space, facing one another in a circle, they can shed the responsibilities of


the day and simply play. Today, they begin as they always do — practices and shows alike — with Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty.” Amend and Schmidt, along with guitarist Bruce Ellwein, sing in three-part harmony, while drummer Jim Brickey keeps the time on an electronic kit. “I don’t sing,” he later says. Amend misses a note and laughter ensues. But they keep going, getting into the groove — especially Ellwein, who has a classical guitar background and the soaring soloing skills to prove it. “I’m lucky they let me in this group,” Amend says. Last Chance For Gas started about five years ago at First Presbyterian Church with everyone but Brickey (who at 65 is the oldest, but still the one in charge of the group’s Facebook page). “We were all backup singers in the church praise band. No one was a lead singer,” Amend says. “We thought we’d make a group where we’d all be a singer. It started as fun.” Playing Bloomsday with various church groups, they soon branched out on their own. But finding a drummer proved difficult. They wanted an “old codger,” Schmidt says, a person who knew the rock ’n’ roll songs from the 1960s and ’70s and also the contemporary praise songs

they covered. Through a friend, they found Brickey. Walking into that first rehearsal wasn’t so easy for the drummer. “Six years ago, I had a bad accident, snapped my neck and was paralyzed from the neck down,” Brickey says. “My physical therapist asked, ‘What is the one thing you could do, if you could do it today, that would convince you that you were back to where you were before the accident?’ I didn’t hesitate: ‘Drumming.’” While recovering at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Brickey had to learn to walk and feed himself. Along the way he got back to picking up the drumsticks. “I got connected with these guys, and the first time I came to practice I was so discouraged. I knew how well I played when I was younger, and that was gone,” Brickey recalls. “These years playing have allowed me to gain my strength back.” After saying all of this, the rest of his band is taken somewhat aback. He’s never shared much of his story with them. “I could tell he was rusty that first rehearsal,” Schmidt says. “But the thing is, Jim nailed it. The drummer’s job is to keep the time, and he did that from the first day. He may not have the coolest fills, but who cares?” This summer, the four-piece worked on their infectious crowd-pleasers, like “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Jesus is Just Alright,” and “Margaritaville” at a handful of community fundraiser events. They say the important thing is to capture the essence of the song, not try to emulate it perfectly. In the meantime, they’ll keep on practicing. “We take our music seriously,” Brickey says. “Not ourselves.” n Find out more about the band at Facebook: Last Chance For Gas. A version of this story first appeared in InHealth, the Inlander’s glossy health magazine.


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