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hen Sen. John McCain died, President Trump refused to praise him, expressing only initial condolences to McCain’s family for their loss. The American flag was lowered to half-staff on the White House recognizing McCain’s death, only to be later raised to full-staff, then lowered again. Presidents are the ones we usually turn to in times of national tragedy, and McCain’s loss was a national tragedy, regardless of his maverick political stances at times. Trump was asked repeatedly by a reporter if he had any thoughts about McCain’s service, but the president was mute, refusing to comment on the passing of a remarkable patriot and statesman — or say anything at all about McCain. President Trump missed a big opportunity to be magnanimous and presidential by failing to comfort those saddened by McCain’s death. Instead, Mr. Trump chose to be a small person, unwilling to praise another public servant, one with whom he publicly disagreed occasionally on policy matters. McCain was stubborn, too. He voted against his political party’s wishes on the repeal of Obamacare. His doing so was interpreted as a vote against Trump. In his heart, he chose to be obstructive, perhaps to spite Trump. Nevertheless, doing so for spiteful reasons was small and petty. He occasionally acted in life as Trump acted in death, McCain’s, that is. Such actions were not profiles in courage for either man.


owering the American flag to half-staff over the White House is a tradition employed by American presidents for decades. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation about when the flag should be lowered. He proclaimed then that it should be flown at half-staff for 30 days on all federal buildings after the death of a president or former president. For the death of a senator, representative, governor or the territorial resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, the flag should be flown at half-staff on the date of death and the day after in Washington, D.C., on all federal facilities, including U.S. Navy vessels, and flown at half-staff in the deceased’s home state or area. In practice, however, senators like Daniel Inouye and Ted Kennedy were honored by flags flying half-staff until they were buried. The president may also order the flag flown at half-staff in the aftermath of a tragic event or the death of officials, former officials or foreign dignitaries. Eisenhower also set flag standards for other officials as well, even establishing that the flag should be raised briskly to full-staff before being lowered slowly to half-staff.

So Trump was obligated to fly the flag at half-staff for Senator John McCain. To do otherwise was improper, petty and illustrative of the political differences they had over the Trump presidency while they served together. Regardless of one’s political differences, the president should always be above petty politics at a time of someone’s death. Perhaps it illustrates the Trump self-consciousness when he refuses to praise a man who loved America, served in the military with honor and dedication, was a champion of a strong American military, served in the U.S. Senate for more than 30 years, ran for president and was a member of the president’s own political party.


cCain suffered horribly at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors, sacrificing his own well-being for other American captives who shared captivity with him. Yes, he was heroic, undiminished by his captivity, except through the permanent injuries he suffered, showing that heroism by refusing preferred treatment at the hands of his captors. His self-sacrifice led to his being repeatedly beaten and tortured. He was heroic because he thought more of his fellow man than he did his own welfare.

“President Trump missed a big opportunity to be magnanimous and presidential by failing to comfort those saddened by McCain’s death.” He wasn’t un-heroic because he was captured. It’s shallow to say that heroes are those who weren’t caught, for McCain’s heroism was demonstrated by how he acted under duress, how he lived his life and how he came back onto U.S. soil with honor. McCain’s conduct under duress demonstrated his character far more vividly than if he was never captured in the first place. McCain exhibited courage in death as he had in life. He died a horrible death — brain cancer — and planned his own funeral, inviting honorable people to speak there, a difficult undertaking including the choosing of his own pallbearers. He showed courage and straight thought as he faced his final chapter of life, a chapter touched by pain and suffering. The president should have reciprocated to Sen. McCain in death, praising him accordingly, without political disruption. n


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Judd’s Story How we measure the degree of civilization BY INGA LAURENT


hen I was 13, I met a boy. We connected during rehearsals for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He was Pigpen. I was Veronica. Over the next decades, I came to know and love this man, though I wouldn’t ever say I fully understood him. He was fiercely loyal to family yet never at home, incessantly restless. He viewed the world uniquely, walking it aberrantly. An old soul meandering hours away while listening to classics from bygone days — artists like Cash, Creedence, Dylan, the Dead, the Band, Elton and Aretha. He possessed a

distinct tenderness but often kept it locked away. A man at odds with our present-day isolation, the darkness of modernity contrasting with his desire to believe in the light of the world. He often complained about how my cell phone disconnected us. He refused to own one. Society’s discomfort with nonconformity led to an early diagnosis, labeling and prescription pills — like Adderall and Ritalin — disquieting drugs lacking methods for curing, only quelling. We watched, feeling helpless, as frightening new addictions morphed into destructive old habits. As he grew, so did his propensity for trouble, but around 30, a weariness seemed to settle in. When I told him my momma was dying, he slowed




enough to come alongside. One evening, after devouring a delicious meal he made for us, he surprised me with an apology. The sorrow that welled beneath his words was so thick it still lingers. He grieved about failing his family, his community, me. He mourned for the man he wanted to be. He lamented over barriers — both ahead and behind — the loss of a job when companies learned of his convictions, his lack of access to voting, housing or loans for education. Though he had done his time, he felt forever shackled to past mistakes, burdened and a burden. Sadly, a few months later, he choose the only path he envisioned existed, exiting our world. I tell Judd’s story because by virtue of his passing, his burden has been passed. I tell it because collectively we determine how it progresses. But mostly, I tell his story because if as Dostoevsky writes “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons,” then we ought consider how we measure. Currently, our nation leads the world in incarceration. We make up only 5 percent of the planet’s population but hold 22 percent of all imprisoned. Most are unaware but a multi-week nationwide prison strike, with a list of demands, requesting basic human rights, just wrapped up. This story also hits close to home. Our jail is overcapacity, brimming with people suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues (80 percent). We have laws that criminalize those experiencing homelessness. Despite a $1.75 million grant and intensive strategic planning to reduce incarceration, our jail population has increased by 10 percent. During the last 20 years, 18 deaths occurred in our jail — eight within the last 15 months. We pay for this. Seventy percent of our county budget and over $43 billion nationwide fund our antiquated, retributive system. Instead of focusing on reducing recidivism through prevention (addressing root causes of crime, holistically with evidence-based practices), we perpetuate the hegemonic “tough-on-crime” myth. We enable a punitive, dehumanizing approach that strips people’s agency and dignity, yet we expect better. We conflate punishment with meaningful accountability. We neglect to provide worthwhile re-entry opportunities, necessary for 95 percent of formerly incarcerated who rejoin us. I tell Judd’s story because it’s our system, not the people within it, that’s broken. I tell it because we desperately need a new one. But mostly, I tell his story because I miss him. n Inga N. Laurent is a local legal educator and a Fulbright scholar. She is deeply curious about the world and its constructs, and delights in uncovering common points of connection that unite our shared but unique human experiences.

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Readers respond to “No Symps Allowed,” about the Spokane “Tweaker Blaster” Facebook page (9/6/18):

CLAIRE COLLINS THOMPSON: How we treat those who are struggling (in any form) says more about us than it does about them. JEREMY PEAK: The problem is Spokane’s addiction mess. This group just sheds light on a problem that you all think can be solved with Jesus and sandwiches. Get real and open your eyes spokane! ALEXANDER MANZONI: It keeps me informed of who’s doing what and where. As a mentally ill, former homeless IV drug addict, I feel this group is important. There’s a lot of white guilt in this city that causes people to want to be in denial of how bad this situation is. I feel I need to let people know that this group is OK. It keeps me from wanting to engage in criminal behavior. Do something on meth, on heroin, you get blasted! There needs to be consequences for meth heads. And part of meth is having this inflated ego that makes you feel invincible, or at least not care. Getting arrested doesn’t work. Suffering doesn’t work. Why not blast them? I watched a guy screaming obscenities kicking over every trashcan in the street in front of my apartment like two hours ago. Why do they need to be protected? MATT JACKSON: The big problem with the group though is you simply don’t know if the person your “blasting” is actually a drug addict or not. I know people with homes and jobs who dumpster dive. I know people who live in their vehicles but work a full time career (and not flipping burgers). Tweaker blast is bad because of gross generalization and insinuation. JACKIE JONES: It takes a pretty small and sad human to spend their life moderating a Facebook page that is set up for the sole purpose of dehumanizing and mocking others’ struggles. n

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With fewer beds at House of Charity, City Councilwoman Kate Burke says Spokane needs to act on homelessness, and fast BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


s dozens of people file through security for their community court hearings at the downtown Spokane Public Library Monday morning, City Councilwoman Kate Burke approaches individuals, asking how the city could better help address homelessness. Many of the people here have been or are homeless. They’re responding to low-level city citations for things like sitting or sleeping on public property.

Armed with a clipboard and surveys, Burke wants to know which shelter options people want. Poster boards set up against one wall show some examples. Would it be good to have designated places for tent or car camping? How about more shelter beds or apartments? What about amenities? Should the city offer vending machines with things like tampons and toiletries? What about lockers and laundry access?

The informal town hall of sorts comes only a week after House of Charity reduced its hours and the number of beds it provides in what had been the city’s 24/7 shelter open to all single adults, regardless of sobriety. Burke’s goal is to collect information from people who might be impacted by those changes, as well as the many others who don’t want to stay in shelters, and push the ...continued on next page






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“SLEEPLESS IN SPOKANE,” CONTINUED... city to rapidly address their concerns. “They’re excited we’re here to hear from them,” Burke says, “because many of them feel like they’re not being asked what they need and want when higher-ups make these decisions.” Some tell Burke they don’t have reliable access to cell phones or places to charge them, and they need more public restrooms. Others say they don’t want more shelter beds or apartments, but options for single-space occupancy, Burke says, like sheds or huts. While nearly everyone agreed that things needed to change at the downtown shelter, which in recent months had been serving upwards of 300 people, Burke is mad things were changed before an interim solution was found for the 100 or more people who will no longer have a place to sleep. “Let’s follow through on a commitment we made to the end of 2018,” Burke says over coffee one morning just before the shelter reduction. “Yes, we know it’s not working, but keep it going while we find another solution.” Instead, the city plans to find a place for a second shelter with a similar open-doors policy, but that likely won’t happen before July 2019, when the city starts its new 5-year service funding model. In the meantime, with council approval, the city will request proposals for warming shelters and other shelter space this week, but it’s not clear yet how much funding will be set aside for those services, or what that will look like, says Kelly Keenan, director of the city’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department. “We don’t intend to put a specific dollar amount in this yet because we know we may get several types of sheltering solutions that people propose,” Keenan says. “Once we receive responses … staff will summarize that and we’ll work with both the City Council and the administration to look at what the best path forward is going to be.” But while staff at the city and Catholic Charities agree the Sept. 1 reduction at House of Charity was best for health and safety, Burke says the city can and should do more. “If 100 houses burnt down on the South Hill, we wouldn’t be like, ‘Well, they’ll be fine until next spring, we’ll provide a place for them to stay warm,’” Burke says. “We’d say, ‘We gotta get our act together and house these people and get them shelter.’ But because they’re already homeless and likely don’t have a job, we don’t care about them. These are human lives that are gonna be lost.”

“If 100 houses burnt down on the South Hill, we wouldn’t be like, ‘Well, they’ll be fine until next spring, we’ll provide a place for them to stay warm.’”


ll month, Burke is taking that fiery passion into town hall meetings with people experiencing homelessness and those who work with them. At the library on Monday, Cate Patton arrives with her service dog Alphie, a German shepherd mix, to tell Burke the city needs to do more and ask how the amenity vending machines


might be managed. “I think the city as a whole needs more places that are open and accepting,” Patton says before meeting Burke. “Places in the idea that WorkSource is, helping people to get training and skills.” Patton was homeless a decade ago in Florida when her addiction to opiates took control of her life. She says job training and a clean, supportive environment at the Salvation Army there helped her get back on her feet. She now carries the overdose-reversing drug Narcan with her everywhere, as she knows too well how large the opioid crisis has gotten. Just a few blocks from Burke’s meeting, Jason Liberg and Jeremy Ransford sit in one of the alcoves on the Monroe Street Bridge, next to a rolled up sleeping mat, a box of bread and their other few belongings. The two men have been homeless off and on for the last few years and take care of each other. Liberg lost both his feet after stepping in a snowbank and they stayed cold and wet. But even after leaving the hospital in a wheelchair, he chose to stay outside.

“I felt safer sleeping under the railroad than at House of Charity,” he says. Now, Liberg walks with two prosthetics, and he and Ransford pretty much keep to themselves. They say they don’t like talking to other homeless people, and they always clean up their trash. This is their city, and they try to respect it, they say. Ransford says changes made in the last few years, including passage of the city’s sit-lie ordinance and installation of things like spikes or bars where people might otherwise rest, have successfully scattered people further from downtown. He’s not sure if that’s a good thing. “They push us from downtown, with the services, back into the neighborhoods where people live. Some people live their whole lives never having to see the riff-raff,” Ransford says. “Whoever is pushing the homeless around, it’s making everybody uneasy.” While Ransford says he’s been an addict most of his life, Liberg says he didn’t become addicted to drugs until a spiral of bad events hit in 2015, including losing his longtime job, going through a breakup, having multiple friends and family die and losing his house to foreclosure. Both men say they are HIV-positive after sharing needles. Because of their health, they’re hopeful they’ll be able to get into housing before the cold weather hits. Meanwhile, they’ll continue sleeping outside. While they’ve both been hit with citations for doing just that, they understand the need for some rules. But some things could change, Ransford says, including not making the cops be the bad

guys having to enforce sitting or sleeping rules. “I can understand why you don’t want people sleeping on the sidewalks or panhandling,” Liberg says. “But there has to be some middle ground.”


urke says she understands that not everyone likes the atmosphere at shelters, and some have been victimized there, so she hopes to help the city come up with different types of solutions. “Shelters aren’t for everyone, just like apartments aren’t for everyone,” she says. Still, like Burke, not everyone was pleased with the fact that the city didn’t start working on an interim shelter solution as soon as it became clear in June that House of Charity would need to reduce its numbers. During the Aug. 27 council meeting, Councilman Breean Beggs said he’d thought a plan was going to be in place by the time changes were made. “I was disappointed and frustrated when I recently learned that we didn’t really have that plan ready to go, and that the House of Charity was going to be capacity reduced by 50 percent this weekend and we don’t really have a solution for that,” Beggs said. “Just this morning I walked outside, and I noticed it was raining and I again was thinking, ‘What are people going to do?’” In addition to the request for proposals for warming shelters and nightly shelter space, the city has other things in the works, says Keenan, who oversees the main city department that works on homeless issues. “We know there are faith-based organizations and other groups that want to help provide some of these sheltering options,” Keenan says. “We’re looking at ways we can streamline that process and bring these groups in.” The city also recently doubled the number of professional outreach workers it supports to go out and connect people with housing services. Additionally, Keenan says, the city is providing more money for a program that helps people get signed up for Social Security benefits in an expedited queue. Service providers are also working with the city and county to update the way that people are evaluated when they’re brought into the service system. “That’s a pretty critical step right now because that’s about improving access to all of our system,” Keenan says. “It’s evaluating what’s working and what’s not working and what do we need to do to change that.” By early 2019, Spokane also plans to roll out an enhanced rental relocation program, to provide assistance to people who might otherwise become homeless after being priced out of LETTERS their rentals. With $300,000 set Send comments to aside for that program, the city will rely on a community workgroup to help set parameters for how those funds would best be used, Keenan says. “It’s necessary for us to think of ways to help people avoid entering the homeless system if there’s any way we can,” he says. In coming weeks, more changes will come before the council if Burke has anything to say about it. The councilwoman has already asked for help drafting plans for city-approved staffed campsites, and she may ask the council to consider repealing the sit-lie prohibition and camping rules. She’s also considering how to offer lockers, laundry and shower services and looking at the potential for a pilot program that could provide water/sewer hookups for RVs to ensure people are living in sanitary situations. While she understands frustrations from the community about issues associated with homelessness, she also hopes to remind people that a large portion of her district is only one paycheck or accident away from losing their housing. “I am working so hard to make sure our community can see and have empathy,” Burke says. “It’s hard for me to not have compassion and empathy for all these people. I don’t see them as anything different from all my constituents.” n

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Condon Vs. Climate The mayor vetoes the council’s latest effort to curb carbon


ayor David Condon vetoed a RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY law just one day before he and members of the City Council took off for an international conference on sustainable infrastructure and the green economy. The City Council passed the ordinance by a 6-to-1 vote last month that pushes for Spokane to move to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. That includes all electricity users: private homes, business and government. The law also requires the creation of an 11-member “Sustainability Action Committee,” made of financial, climate and public health experts to set a plan to attain that goal. The ordinance is backed by a local environmental activism group, 350 Spokane, and has been opposed by local business interests. The region’s private utility company, Avista, is supportive of the law’s aspirational goal. In a letter dated Sept. 6, Condon lays out his concerns over potential legal challenges and costs to the city and citizens — an argument he made in refusing to sign

another law passed last year that established a list of goals to combat climate change. In the veto letter, Condon also raised concerns that the new committee will have more directive, rather than advisory, authority. Councilman Breean Beggs, the ordinance’s primary sponsor, has previously said the 2030 goal is aspirational. Condon writes that the law “threatens our ability to deliver on our environmental priorities at a cost our citizens can afford.” He adds that an initial analysis indicates utility rates will increase by several hundred dollars per month — a claim City Council President Ben Stuckart calls into question. As for the international trip, Condon, along with Beggs, Stuckart and other local leaders inside and outside of government, are traveling to Denmark and Sweden this week. The purpose is to exchange ideas on sustainable and green infrastructure and initiatives. Stuckart says via email that he hopes to override the mayor’s veto at City Council’s Sept. 17 meeting. (MITCH RYALS)


This week, a new Washington State Teacher of the Year was chosen to replace Spokane’s Mandy Manning, who went on to win the national award. But Manning isn’t the only local educator to represent Spokane Public Schools in the state. Gina NaccaratoKeele, principal at Linwood Elementary, goes into the school year as 2018 elementary PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR. The award is handed out by the Association of Washington School Principals, and Naccarato-Keele is just the second person from Eastern Washington to win the award at the elementary level. Naccarato-Keele says she’s enjoyed advocating for

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Gina Naccarato-Keele, principal at Linwood Elementary kids since winning the award earlier this year. “I think I’m a good advocate for kids,” NaccaratoKeele says. “I love my job and I love my students, and I want to make sure they have everything they need, support-wise.” With Spokane Public Schools emphasizing disciplinary practices that keep kids in school, Naccarato-Keele says Linwood has developed structures aimed at supporting students. A “child study team” meets twice a month to discuss how to support certain children and to create a support plan. The school also has implemented an initiative called SLIC, Students at Linwood Improving Character, which provides extra social and emotional support to kids who may need it. Naccarato-Keele has been touring the state, meeting recently with Gov. Jay Inslee. In October, she’ll visit the White House in Washington, D.C., for a gala and a tour.

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Prosecuting homeless people for sitting or sleeping outside when there is no shelter space available is cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment, according to a recent ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case, which went before a three-judge panel, involves two Boise city ordinances, which were challenged by six people who’d been CITED FOR SLEEPING OUTSIDE. They pointed out that either shelters were full, or they were not permitted to stay at one of the religious-based shelters because they’d either reached a time limit or declined to participate in required religious programming. “A city cannot, via the threat of prosecution, coerce an individual to attend religion-based treatment programs consistently with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the 2-1 opinion states. While the decision doesn’t require cities to provide shelter, it also says that if there isn’t sufficient shelter space that doesn’t require someone to participate in a religious program, the city cannot enforce its anti-camping rule. One judge, in a partial dissent, disagreed that the city can be barred from future enforcement of the ordinances. The ruling does not appear to impact Spokane’s own ordinance making it a misdemeanor to sit or lie down in the downtown core, because it includes language preventing it from being enforced when shelter space is not available. “If there is not room for someone in a shelter, then the police department will not be issuing citations,” says City Attorney Mike Ormsby. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)



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The Reshipping Scam Daisy Smith says she was the unwitting victim of an internet scam. Police alleged she’s a criminal BY MITCH RYALS


acing a mountain of medical bills, Daisy Smith and her husband, Isaiah Alee, needed to make extra money. Alee’s health issues and surgeries put him out of work for a time, leaving Smith’s job as a nursing assistant the family’s only source of income. Last year, Alee found an ad on Craigslist for a work-from-home job as a “distribution assistant” for a company called “Fig Distribution” that appeared to ship items purchased on the internet. Smith corresponded over email with people claiming to be managers with the company, and eventually she signed a contract to work for them, which in her mind lent legitimacy to the operation. She also handed over her banking information. That’s how she was supposed to get paid. “I have received and registered all the necessary documents,” someone claiming to be from the company’s human resources department writes in an email to Smith. “Manager will send you all the detailed instructions, report templates and documents required for the working process to the email indicated in your employee profile. We appreciate your decision to advance with our company. I believe it is the beginning of a longterm mutually beneficial cooperation.” Soon, packages started arriving at their Spokane apartment. Smith was instructed to open them, check the contents, stick the prepaid label on the box and ship it out. She was promised $1,800 for a month of work.

Smith dutifully tracked the packages that filtered through her hands — items such as an iPhone 7, Teavana tea and a $2,600 camera. But, she says she never got paid. Unknown to Smith and Alee, who immigrated here from the Marshall Islands, the whole thing was a scam known as “reshipping.” Boisebased postal inspector Darin Solmon says he is constantly dealing with these types of rackets. The Better Business Bureau has also warned against similar package forwarding scams in other states. Yet, earlier this year, Smith was arrested from her Daisy Smith apartment, she says, after working a double shift as a nursing assistant. Spokane prosecutors charged her with two felonies: trafficking in stolen property and money laundering. She spent two nights in the Spokane County Jail and was fired from her job because of the charges, she says. Then, in August, Deputy Prosecutor Casey Evans dismissed the case for “evidentiary issues,” according to court documents. Evans declined to

comment further when contacted via email. So while Smith is out of legal jeopardy for now, the 34-yearold with no criminal record is struggling to put her life back together after falling victim to an internet scam that threw her into the criminal system. “Despite the fact that she was a victim, she was charged and had to go through the hellish process of going through the criminal system,” says Andrea Crumpler, Smith’s lawyer. “She has no criminal history and was put through a system that she didn’t belong in.”


he scam typically works like this, Solmon, the postal inspector, explains: Someone uses a stolen credit card to purchase an item and has it shipped to an “employee” like Smith. Typically, the thief has the item shipped to someone in the same city where they stole the credit card number, in the hopes that the credit card company won’t figure out it’s a fraudulent purchase. Once an “employee,” like Smith, receives the item, they reship it, to the thief or elsewhere. In Smith’s case, at least one item was sent to Russia, records show. “It’s an elaborate fencing operation,” says Solmon, the postal inspector, adding that he deals with similar scams on a regular basis. “Instead of a storefront, they’re running it through people’s houses. So two people are victimized: the shipper and the credit card victim.” That’s exactly what happened to Smith. Police tracked an item purchased with a credit card number stolen from a Spokane man to her apartment.

“Instead of a storefront, they’re running it through people’s houses. So two people are victimized: the shipper and the credit card victim.” Spokane Police Detective Elise Robertson says she waffled on whether to recommend charges against Smith. Ultimately, the decision came down to the fact that Smith had reshipped multiple packages and was accepting and opening packages that were not addressed to her by name. “Maybe you do it once or twice, but for an entire month?” Robertson says. “After the first couple times, wouldn’t you think something is off here? If all the packages came to her house addressed to ‘Daisy Smith,’ I wouldn’t have charged her. It would be more believable that she got scammed.” Up until the prosecutor dismissed the case, Robertson says, they were prepared to take it to trial. She says this the first time she’s handled a fraudulent “reshipping” case. “With juries, it’s a 50-50 shot, and I told him ‘If you have other stuff that’s more important, then go ahead [and dismiss it],’” she says. “This isn’t somebody I deal with all the time, but I stick by my decision [to charge her].” Solmon says it’s rare that he recommends criminal charges unless a person ignores law enforcement’s directions to stop forwarding packages. “A lot of times we don’t charge anyone because the head of the snake is someone in international territory,” he says, adding that people should check with the Better Business Bureau or their state’s attorney general’s office before agreeing to work for an employer they find online. Smith, for her part, has applied for other jobs, so far without any success. One potential employer declined to hire her due to the pending charges. Now that the case is dismissed, Smith is hopeful. Alee, her husband, says their medical bills have been sent to collections, and they still owe about $6,000. “I was scared,” Smith says. “‘Cause I didn’t do anything wrong.” n








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Welcome to College The Trump administration yanked guidelines for transgender students, but EWU and WSU put in new trans-friendly accommodations on campuses anyway BY WILSON CRISCIONE


s a freshman at Eastern Washington University, Myranda Schee never felt comfortable living in an all-female dorm. In the bathroom, Schee would go to take a shower and get strange looks. Schee identifies as nonbinary — neither male nor female. Living in a space designated for women never felt quite right. But EWU didn’t really have any other options at the time. That’s changed. Starting this school year, EWU is ready to open its first ever gender-inclusive housing floor. And Schee is the first EWU student to live there. “It makes me feel so included,” Schee says. “I feel like there’s a space for me and people like me, who don’t fall into the typical male or female gender.” Despite the Trump administration rolling back federal guidelines designed to protect transgender and gender-nonconforming students from discrimination, colleges across the country like EWU are pushing forward with new accomodations to make those students more comfortable on campus. That includes opening genderinclusive housing, bathrooms and allowing students to go by a name on university documents that may be different than their legal name. And at Washington State University, starting this year, menstrual products can be found in some men’s restrooms for transgender students who may need them.



The university is also creating a webpage showing information about gender-inclusive restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities, part of a new initiative to improve campus culture and climate. None of these changes are in response to new guidelines or laws. Rather, the universities made these changes in response to calls to action from their own students.


year ago, Schee stood in the middle of EWU’s campus among dozens of transgender students and supporters. They looked like they were ready to take a shower, wearing shower caps and holding shower caddies and bath towels. They demanded more gender-neutral showers on campus besides the showers in Patterson Hall, an academic building that would be unrealistic for many students to use. It got the attention of the college administration, says Nick Franco, an EWU instructor and the manager of the EWU Pride Center. “That prompted a conversation,” Franco says. Making accommodations for transgender students can be crucial to their success in college. Incoming transgender students report poorer emotional health when compared to their peers, according to an analysis by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU). They’re more likely to be depressed, and they’re more likely to be unemployed or homeless. The AACU recommends that colleges and universities not only create nondiscrimination policies that specifically include gender identity and expression, but also adopt policies that protect the right of students to access the locker, changing or restroom facilities designated for their gender identity. Gender-inclusive facilities should be available in every building, the AACU says. In 2016, the Obama administration sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to schools that guided them to provide facilities that are consistent with their gender identity. Those are the guidelines that the Trump administration rolled back a year later, giving states and districts more flexibility in their interpretation of the law and how to accommodate transgender students. The EWU administration discussed adding housing and restrooms that were gender inclusive for years, says Michelle Schultz, the school’s assistant director of apartments and facilities operations. Many colleges and universities, including EWU,

already have housing options like suites, where a few students are in one pod. Those can be gender neutral, but they’re often more expensive. It’s more rare to designate an entire floor in a residence hall for gender-inclusive housing that includes one shared bathroom and shared living area. “In years past this has been brought up, but it’s always been difficult to get students to actually sign up for it,” Schultz says. The demonstration last fall brought it back to the forefront of the college administration’s attention. And a university survey indicated that, indeed, hundreds of students would use such a space. The university decided to open up a floor of Dressler Hall for gender-inclusive housing. In the floor’s single bathroom, the shower stalls are private. Each stall also includes a private changing area. When applying for housing, students just have to indicate they’re interested in gender-inclusive housing, and the university won’t take gender into consideration when assigning rooms. So far, the dorms are already full, with 22 students signed up and more on the waitlist. “This is something that is quite unique,” says Franco. And Schee, who a year ago was holding signs and wearing shower caps demanding such a facility, will be the community advisor overseeing the students on the floor. “For me, it’s just a lot more affirming of my identity,” Schee says. “I don’t want to use a restroom facility that doesn’t match my identity.”


WU isn’t the only local university to make oncampus changes for transgender students following student activism. In June of 2017, responding to concerns from students, staff and faculty, Washington State University president Kirk Schulz announced a new initiative to improve campus culture and climate. From that initiative, the Gender Inclusive & Trans* Support work group was created. The group is behind the initiative to put menstrual products in the men’s bathroom and the list of gender-inclusive restrooms on campus. “That’s what our students have asked for,” says Matt Jeffries, director of the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center. “And we’re like, ‘Yeah, we can totally do that.’” Making a campus more welcoming for trans students goes beyond housing and restrooms. Franco, with the EWU Pride Center, says the fact that EWU actually has a Pride Center is huge, for one. It lets LGBTQ students socialize and coordinate ways to create a more inclusive environment. “We’re a small, public, regional comprehensive institution, and we’ve had a stand-alone pride center for almost 10 years,” Franco says. “That’s very uncommon in higher education across the country.” Secondly, EWU has a policy that allows students to apply to go by a preferred or chosen name in university documents, instead of a legal name. Imagine a transgender student who goes by Michelle, but who is legally named Michael. When a professor reads a class roster outloud on the first day of the quarter, they’ll avoid saying “Michael,” which would misgender and likely embarrass that student. Last year is the first full year that policy was in place for students, Franco says. Schee says it’s all a step in the right direction. And it’s particularly encouraging, Schee says, when a university takes those steps when “maybe our government is taking some steps back.” “I try to focus on my personal community,” Schee says. “I know I can make change within my community.” n

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iller Cane was six days into the Rosedale massacre when Heffner slid into the Legion Hall during an afternoon animal session. Miller didn’t recognize him at first, was focused on calming a howling beagle he’d just settled into a survivor’s lap. But the rage vibe was unmistakable, a disruption in the air over all the animal distraction, even as Heffner slouched and slunk and tried to keep himself small as he looked for a seat, finally taking a broken office chair by the coffee urns in back. It never would have occurred to Miller that a survivor from Cumberland would show up in Texas — a thousand miles away — at a completely different massacre. Maybe the man was just disturbed. Weren’t they all? Maybe his hurt came off as hatred. Miller had seen that before. But he couldn’t help wondering, just for a second, if the man might be another shooter, fresh on the scene to finish them all. He didn’t want to think that. Connie Lopez seemed to know something was off with the dude too, keeping an eye on him from her table in the center of the barroom as she chopped cilantro for chili. Eight days after the shooting, this was an intimate group. People came and went, grieved at their own pace, sought comfort or outlets in ways you couldn’t anticipate. Miller certainly didn’t know every person in town, and this was a small enough massacre that there hadn’t been many out of town scammers, not that this guy fit the profile of a parasite. The lights were low for calm in the Legion Hall. The survivors were focused on their animals. Miller tiptoed out the front door to get the last two dogs, a Chihuahua mix and an ancient golden. He walked back in and handed their leads to Connie’s cousin Wade, who distributed the animals. These were good people in Rosedale, like everywhere. Most of the dogs and cats here, on loan from the


OF THE INLANDER Humane Society, would find new homes today. Miller could feel the dude in back watching him, but he wasn’t going to show discomfort or acknowledgement, not yet. Maybe the man just needed to settle in. Connie said, “I need your help over here, Miller.” She handed him a cutting board and four onions. The survivors were scattered around the room on chairs and yoga mats, holding animals, whispering, putting faces against fur. Miller peeled and chopped onions. Elvin Duchamps handed his cat to the rage dude, who took it, a good sign. Miller was watching it all without looking directly at them. “Too big,” Connie said about the onions. “Cut them in half again.” At every massacre, people shed — kidneys and blood and casseroles and stuffed animals and real animals and money and cars. A rich dude in Dallas had set up a scholarship fund this morning for the Rosedale kids who’d survived. Connie Lopez gave more than anyone in Rosedale. She’d lost a husband, a son, and her mother, but she’d been baking and cooking for days, feeding the others in the Hall, where they’d set up shop for the healing or non-healing, whatever it was they were doing, a place for them to be together. This was not uncommon, people feeding each other, but most of these folks had been here a week now, moved in like an occupying army. Connie worked at a stainless steel table relocated from the kitchen to the center of the barroom so that others could handle food with her. She’d roll dough for pie, mix dough for tortillas, talking sometimes, listening sometimes, shutting down, waking up, but always working. She’d chop ...continued on next page


Samuel Ligon is the author of two other novels — Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead — and two collections of stories, Wonderland and Drift and Swerve. He’s artistic director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference and teaches at Eastern Washington University. In 2012, Ligon and his wife, Kate Lebo, started Pie & Whiskey — raucous literary events featuring pie, whiskey and readings about those eponymous things — and together they edited a 2017 collection of works from readings in Spokane and Missoula, called Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze.


MILLER CANE: A TRUE AND EXACT HISTORY vegetables and fruit and meat, pour sugar and add fat, instructing her helpers — almost everyone in this tiny town — to keep stirring, to not handle the pie dough too much, to have another brownie, more pozole, keeping herself and all of them alive, it seemed — just as long as they could stay together and keep cooking and baking and eating. “I don’t like that guy,” Connie whispered over the rain and flute sounds creaking out of the ancient PA system. Miller wasn’t going to look at him. “I told Wade to get him out of here at the slightest,” Connie said. An older woman, Ruth Dozier, lowered herself to the floor and wrapped her arms around the golden Wade had placed before her. The dog looked at Miller, seemed embarrassed, guilty, then squatted and started to pee. “Uh-oh,” Miller said walking toward them. “It’s okay,” Ruth said. “She’s not hurting anyone.” “I know,” Miller said. “I’ll just get you a towel.” He walked behind the bar and into the kitchen, still ignoring the stranger. The golden was probably overwhelmed. They all were. Miller had been on the road three years now — from Ravenswood to Marble Mountain, Springfield to Scarborough, Whiskey Flats to Cumberland, in circles it sometimes seemed, all over the country. He went wherever the work was, which was everywhere, wherever he thought he could do the most good and make the most money. And while he didn’t know how much good he’d done exactly, or how you could even measure such a thing, he did know he’d made people’s lives better, if only for a little while, because they told him so, thanked him with words and food and money and booze. Sometimes he wondered how much gratitude he deserved, how much of anything anyone deserved, but he never came up with an answer. The money seemed to feed itself, five hundred becoming five thousand becoming ten thousand becoming a hundred thousand, becoming more than he’d ever need, though need was as hard to measure as deserve. There were all kinds of things a person needed — love and food and shelter and rest. But how much food? How much love? How much shelter? How about a motorhome or a cabin in the Cascades? How about candy and gum for everyone, liquor and books and ponies and affordable health care? How about a new vaccine for a new disease? How about doing whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted to do it? His phone buzzed, but he didn’t answer. There were no clean towels — in the kitchen or in the office. The aprons were all dirty, too. He grabbed a roll of paper towels and walked it back to the barroom, past the stranger, who was turned to watch him, who Miller still ignored, but who said Miller’s name now, quietly at first, “Cane,” then a little louder: “Hey, Cane.” Miller didn’t stop. Okay, so the man knew him. Lots of people knew him. Miller turned to look at the man, but the lights were low. And then Miller recognized him. Heffner, the asshole from Cumberland, looking for problems when his problems should’ve kept him home. Miller held up the paper towels, meaning wait a

second, I’m busy. Heffner held up his cat, meaning okay, I’ll be right here, waiting. He was wearing shorts and a tee shirt, and didn’t have a bag with him or any other way to conceal a weapon. Maybe he had something outside, but nothing here now. Wade stood by Connie’s table, watching everything with his arms across his chest. Miller helped Ruth clean up after her dog. Connie rolled her garbage can over so that Miller could fill it with wet paper towels. He lifted the bag out of the can, tied it, and walked toward the bar and kitchen door,

There were all kinds of things a person needed — love and food and shelter and rest. But how much food? How much love? How much shelter?


toward Heffner’s seat by the coffee station. Most people were still in private spaces with their animals. Heffner had his cat against his chest. “I’m surprised to see you here, Jimmy,” Miller said to him, crouching. “But glad. I imagine you’ve got a lot to offer these folks.” “Oh, please,” Heffner said. “Spare me the bullshit.” Miller could hear the cat purring, could smell something rotten coming off of Heffner. “I’m here for my money,” he said.

Miller couldn’t remember any money coming from Heffner. They certainly hadn’t done a spiritual profile, though toward the end Heffner had seemed to be everywhere demanding one, becoming more and more difficult to put off. Maybe there’d been a donation Miller wasn’t aware of? He hefted the garbage bag, hoping Wade was still watching. “Why don’t we talk out front in a few minutes,” Miller said. “Give these folks some space with their animals.” “Sure,” Heffner said, the rotten smell rising off him. “Sounds swell.” Miller walked away, hoping he wasn’t about to get shot in the back. Outside, he swung the garbage bag into the dumpster, took a deep breath. And another. The air was sticky and still. His phone buzzed again in his pocket. He pulled it out as the back door swung open. Skagit County Jail, the caller ID read. So Lizzie was in trouble. No surprise there. But jail? Heffner walked toward Miller. “I want my money,” he said, the cat against his chest. Wade followed, watching. “It’s okay, Wade,” Miller said, hoping Wade wouldn’t leave. “Yeah, Wade,” Heffner said. “We’re fine here.” “Take it easy,” Miller said to Heffner. “Only way I know,” Heffner said. Wade stood by the back door watching. “Fifteen hundred for me,” Heffner said. “Fifteen for Sully. Six grand for Mrs. Aiello. Nine for Tim and Marcie.” “You’re collecting for everyone?” Miller said. “Not even close,” Heffner said. “You think I do this for money?” Miller said, and Heffner said, “Yep,” and Miller said, “I take what people give me — to help other people.” “Sure you do,” Heffner said. “Just give me my goddamn money.” The cat yelped, twisting in his grasp. Wade stepped forward. “Give me that cat,” Wade said. “Sir.” Miller’s phone buzzed in his pocket. Heffner glared at Miller, working his jaw. “Eighteen thousand,” he said. “That’s a lot of money,” Miller said. “I’d be just as happy to take a piece of you,” Heffner said. Wade inched forward. He had a hundred pounds on Heffner, but hurting him would only make things worse. Probably. “It’s okay,” Miller said to Wade. “Give him the cat,” he said to Heffner. “I’ll get you some money, whatever might help.” “Whatever might help?” Heffner said. “Nothing will help. Just give me what you owe.” And Wade said, “I’ll take that cat now.” Heffner pulled the cat closer, twisting as it yowled. “Now,” Wade said. “No, man,” Heffner said. “Neither of you — ” He went for something in his back pocket or the waistband of his jeans. Wade popped him with a right to the jaw. The sound of bones crunching and crackling. The rotten smell rising up more rotten. Heffner crumpled and the cat sprang free. ...continues with Part 2 on page 28


A fraudulent historian who makes his living conning the victims of mass shootings returns home to save the young daughter of the woman he loves, taking her with him on his roadshow across the worn-out heart of America, staying one step ahead of what’s after them.


Miller Cane: A fraudulent historian, who’s lately been making his living conning and comforting the victims of mass shootings. Carleen Callahan: The eight-year old doll-making daughter of Lizzie James and Connor Callahan. Has no idea she’s recently become an heiress or that her mother has shot her father. Has no idea that her father is after her, or what her father looks like. On the road with Miller Cane. Lizzie James: An artisan jewelry maker, and a baker at the Mount Vernon co-op, currently in Skagit County Jail for shooting her estranged husband, Connor. Has asked Miller to hide Carleen. Connor Callahan: Son and grandson and great grandson of money, which somehow skipped him, going to his daughter instead, who he hasn’t seen since she was a baby. Jimmy Heffner: A survivor of the Cumberland Massacre, whose child died there. Heffner wants his son and his money back.


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Several free events are planned to celebrate and deepen readers’ enjoyment of Miller Cane. The first is a reading set for Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 pm, at the Washington Cracker Building, located at 304 W. Pacific Ave. in Spokane. Doors open at 7 pm; wine from Overbluff Cellars and beer available. Come early to mingle with many of our brightest literary stars, including, of course, the author of Miller Cane, Samuel Ligon (above). The reading begins at 8 pm.


After debuting in the Inlander, installments of Miller Cane will be posted online at, where you also can sign up to receive updates and announcements about Miller Cane-inspired events.


The Inlander has teamed up with Spokane Public Radio, which will broadcast weekly installments of Miller Cane, beginning on Sept. 20. Each installment will air as part of the “Northwest Arts Review” on Thursdays at 12:30 pm on KPBX and 3:30 pm on KSFC and via simultaneous internet stream. You will also find those Miller Cane segments on Spokane Public Radio’s website. n


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Praise for Samuel Ligon and Miller Cane B

uckle up, gentle reader, Sam Ligon is about to take you on an outrageous road trip across American history and hysteria. It will be tempting to see your fictional guide on this serialized journey, the massacrecounselor and unhinged textbook author Miller Cane, as an unreliable narrator, but it’s the American myth that is unreliable in Sam Ligon’s razor-sharp satire. For the next 12 months, hold tight as Miller Cane barrels across the West telling its alternate history while trying to protect his young charge Carleen at a moment in time when it feels like two hundred years of violence, hypocrisy, and cultural insanity are bubbling up in the present moment. Oh, and there’s a chase. And a cat. And it’s hilarious. — Jess Walter, author of the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins


iller Cane is a jolt of straight-up, adrenalized American greed and violence. Sam Ligon’s prose is an elemental force — fierce and funny, profane and sacred — and his vision of the country’s past and present is as engrossing as it is unsparing. Read this and have a better year. — Shawn Vestal, author of Godforsaken Idaho


am Ligon is a startlingly powerful writer. How can a post-massacre feel so eerily alive on every page? Hero Villains abound. And if you think there’s nothing fresh to say about the tenacity-slashfragility of human bonds, read Miller Cane. Only in the best-told tales, like this one, may we measure and forgive one another, and ourselves. — Nance Van Winckel, author of Our Foreigner


ny story that Sam Ligon writes is cause for celebration, and now we have the wicked anticipation of what comes next. Mark your calendars and settle in for a ride that is always wild, full of tension, sharply imagined, empathetically told, funny as hell, and absolutely fearless. — Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness, a Pulitzer finalist


pokane readers, rejoice! You know Spokane is a literary town when its beloved weekly, the Inlander, serializes a novel. How cool that the Inlander joins such a rich literary tradition that brought fame to Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens, and Wilkie Collins. Kudos to the Inlander and to Sam Ligon, one of our most exciting writers, for re-introducing the serialized novel to the Inland Northwest. — Sharma Shields, author of The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac


igon is truly an original; you will read no other writer who possesses Sam’s uniquely skewed sensibility, his offbeat humor, or his menacing playfulness. Sam’s


fiction never fails to delight. — Jonathan Evison, author of the New York Times bestseller West of Here


very time I see Sam Ligon, he asks me, “What’s happening?,” which continues to throw me, as what I want to say is “Fine,” but that does not make sense, and I really can’t explain everything that is happening in such a short time. Reading the first three chapters of Sam’s new novel Miller Cane: A True and Exact History is kind of like having a social interaction with Sam: you have to up your game. Be witty and quick. Direct and ironic. And no matter what you’re talking about, you’re also talking about America. Like Miller Cane, who at one point turned my whole childhood on its head when he says, “Plenty of things didn’t work out on the prairie or on the

banks of Plum Creek.” — Laura Read, former Spokane poet laureate and author of Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral


am Ligon’s writing is whip-smart and witty and wildly entertaining. He seamlessly layers absurdity with difficult truth in a way that makes readers laugh, listen, and think. Sam’s voice is original and unflinching and utterly unique. — Kris Dinnison, author of You and Me and Him


eople clamored on the docks of New York harbor, awaiting the ship that delivered the next chapter of Charles Dickens’ serialized novels. Such is my fevered anticipation for Sam Ligon’s Miller Cane! — Daniel Orozco, professor and author of Orientation and Other Stories


n Miller Cane, we find complicated characters trying to get by in a world of massacres, smoky haze, and dysfunctional relationships. Darkly comical and soberingly grim, Miller Cane is a realistic 21st-century American Everyman: Doing his best to hold it all together, even if he’s had to con some people to get by. — Thom Caraway, Spokane’s first poet laureate


am Ligon has long been one of my favorite writers and this new one, Miller Cane: A True and Exact History, is his best yet. It’s as uproariously funny as it is heartbreaking and razor sharp pointed as it is sprawling. This novel is a blow-torch aimed right into the depraved and withering heart of America. — Robert Lopez, author of Part of the World


am Ligon is a genius. Why doesn’t everyone write like Sam Ligon? It pisses me off!!! — Chelsea Martin, author of Caca Dolce


saw Sam read an excerpt from Miller Cane at our first Lit Crawl in the Perry Neighborhood, hollering sans microphone above the traffic passing by the patio/stage. I was blown away with the rest of the audience by a taste of this beautiful, ugly, and weird Pacific Northwest thrill ride. I can’t wait to follow Miller Cane for the next year to see how fast his clunky motorhome can travel, and just where it will go. — Mark Anderson, Spokane’s poet laureate


he first time I met Sam Ligon, he had a mullet and a loud voice. The mullet is gone, but he still has a loud voice. The Hero/Villain riffs in this story loudly interrogate our moment, ask us what is noble and what is savage, what is honorable and what is disgraced. This seems to be a novel that gives us a tale of flawed characters back dropped by a massively flawed historical moment (ain’t that always the case) and asks us to assay and to fill-in-the-blanks and to true and false our way to some sense of understanding who/what/when/if America is/was/should be. I dig it. I just wish Sam Ligon had kept the mullet. (Activity: find an old picture of Sam Ligon with a mullet. Extra credit if you also had a mullet. Extra, extra credit if you had a mullet and you can name more than one of the Native Americans who were tricked and slaughtered as part of the settlement of our city. If you can’t cite your sources, then do what ’muricans always do and make shit up.) — Tod Marshall, former Washington state poet laureate


Shows like Game of Thrones and the wildly popular podcast Serial utilize the same storytelling techniques of the earliest serials.

A Brief History of Serial Fiction By Sheri Boggs


t’s hard for the modern mind to fathom, but The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens, was pretty much the Game of Thrones of its day. Published in 19 installments over 20 months, the story of four gentlemen and their gentlemanly adventures across the English countryside was a smashing success — so much so that Victorian audiences were said to have crowded the docks on publication day, eager to pay their shilling for the latest installment, and even the poorly educated lower classes knew the names of all the characters and would gather to hear it read aloud. It wasn’t the first serialized novel by any means, but it was arguably the first commercially successful one, spawning bootlegs, imitators, several theatrical productions and even a Pickwick Papers joke book. Not bad for a story without sex, violence or dragons. With publishers recognizing the lucrative power of releasing a story piece by piece, periodicals in the U.K. and the United States rushed to sign such up-and-coming authors as George Eliot, Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, Henry James, Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Serials eclipsed full-length novels in terms of popularity, due in part to their portability and their low cost. Some magazines got their start with the express purpose of publishing serial fiction and grew in popularity right along with their authors, including The Strand, Scribner’s Monthly, The Atlantic and Harper’s. The demand for serials — at least in print — ebbed in the 20th century with the advent of television and radio, but experienced a brief resurgence in the 1970s and ’80s. Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was first published in serialized form by Rolling Stone in 1971, followed by Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities in 1984. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, detailing the intertwined lives of a

handful of San Franciscans, was published in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the San Francisco Chronicle and similar location-specific serialized novels ran in their respective city newspapers in Boston, Chicago and Marin County. Television and podcasts are creating a renewed appreciation for serial storytelling. Prestige TV shows — Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Wild Wild Country and even American Vandal — deliver sweeping narrative arcs that unfold over multiple episodes and seasons, and podcasts like Welcome to the Night Vale, Lore and, of course, Serial, create demand for stories, told in 30-to-60 minute chunks, that follow a specific mystery or exemplify a theme. Serial Box, claiming to be “HBO for Readers,” is a subscription service offering audio and/ or text fiction developed by teams of writers, just like your favorite TV show. And in a bit of genius marketing, Penguin Random House launched Season of Stories, in which new stories arrive in your inbox every Tuesday and unfold in daily installments before wrapping up each Friday. The new season begins Oct. 11. In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, writer Hillary Kelly suggests that the secret ingredient of serial storytelling is tension, and how it arises not only from the text but also the removal of control from the reader. I would suggest that perhaps a return to serials’ periodical roots is also in order, particularly on a local scale. In addition to the egalitarian sensibility of a free paper, the tactile familiarity of ink and newsprint, how delicious to pick up a fresh Inlander and not only have to wait for the next chapter of an unfolding story but wonder if the characters are based on people you actually know? n Sheri Boggs is the Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Spokane County Library District and a judge for the Washington State Book Award.



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iller watched the ambulance take Heffner away. He figured he’d follow, give him what he thought was coming to him, a piece of it anyway, then escape this awful, dripping heat, this burnt, monotonous landscape, and head back to the Northwest and Lizzie. In the past three years, he’d learned all kinds of tact and politeness when people from other regions showed off their local beauty, a lot of which was stunning — the Blue Ridge, the Keys, Cape Cod, Colorado — but a lot of which wasn’t, though people said it was because it was the best they had. A survivor would take Miller somewhere to show off the local beauty — the woods, the lake, wherever — and when other survivors found out where

The only thing remarkable about Rosedale was how many people had been shot there one Sunday morning in June. they’d been, everyone would want confirmation that the beautiful place was indeed beautiful. So often it wasn’t, not compared to where he was from, but he always said it was, always found something remarkable to mention. The only thing remarkable about Rosedale was how many people had been shot there one Sunday morning in June. It wasn’t beautiful, though people there were as good and bad as everywhere. But it would be a bust for Miller. There just wasn’t time for spiritual inventories, not that there was much money in the town anyway. There was a lot of crying in the Legion Hall when

Miller said he had to leave. There was always a lot of crying in the Legion Hall. “Because of that guy?” Wade said. “Because of a problem at home,” Miller said. He still hadn’t talked to Lizzie. “What problem?” Connie said.

“You’ve got my number,” Miller said. “And I’ll put you in touch with some other folks, the survivor networks and support groups I told you about.” Connie wouldn’t let him go. “I don’t want to have to break this all down,” she said.


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Miller knew she meant her base in the Legion Hall. “Maybe you won’t have to,” he said. She couldn’t get her hold quite right on him it seemed, kept shifting her arms around. “Someday I will,” she said. “I know,” Miller said. “Then what?” Connie said. He held her a long time, until she finally pulled away and walked back to the kitchen. She didn’t want to watch him leave, she said. Wade helped him collect the rest of his things and pack up the motorhome. “I’ll take care of the animals,” he said. Miller had gathered almost three thousand in cash in Rosedale, plus credit card donations to the foundations and action committees, most of it from Wade, who handed Miller another envelope now as they said goodbye outside the Legion Hall. “Nah,” Miller said. “Keep it. You’re going to need that here.” “I’ve got plenty,” Wade said. “I’m hoping you might come back.” “I don’t think that’ll happen,” Miller said. “Take it anyway,” Wade said. Miller took it. Good people in Rosedale, like everywhere. And Wade had plenty of dough. At the hospital, forty miles north, Miller placed the envelope on Heffner’s bedside table. The man was groggy from surgery, bleary eyed, his jaw wired shut. “That’s twenty-three hundred,” Miller said. “All I’ve got.” And far more than Heffner deserved. Though deserve... Heffner’s jaw was black and purple and shiny swollen. With Lizzie in trouble, who knew how long Miller would

be off the road, unable to earn. Heffner reached for the envelope. “You,” he said through his wired jaw, or “Oooh,” his eyes flashing and tearing up as he tried to talk. “I’ll get the nurse,” Miller said. Heffner shook his head, put his hand on Miller’s arm and squeezed. “I’m sorry you’re hurting,” Miller said. “Take this money now, and if I can get you more later, I will. There’s resources we can tap.” “You fut,” Heffner said through his clenched jaw, still holding Miller’s arm. He was like a drowning man who’d pull you down with him. It was a horrible thing to think, given the man’s loss, but it was true. “Let go of me now,” Miller said. Heffner made some other sounds that must have hurt him. He squeezed his eyes and fell against the pillow, his brow crinkling. “I’m sorry about your son,” Miller said, leaning toward him. “I really am.” Heffner jerked, head butting Miller and going for his throat, growling and spitting through his wired jaw. Miller couldn’t breathe for a second, or was about to be unable to breathe. He cracked Heffner with the heel of his hand in the spot Wade had popped him earlier, right over the bruising, still hot, and Heffner let go, falling flat, tears running from his eyes as he groaned and held the side of his face. Miller picked up the envelope from the floor, considering. Heffner kept groaning. The man had suffered, was still suffering, would always be suffering. Miller placed the money on Heffner’s table and walked out of the room, headed for home. n


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Daniel Lopez’s art is becoming omnipresent in Spokane.




Artist Daniel Lopez has painted dozens of public murals around Spokane in recent years BY CHEY SCOTT


aniel Lopez is leaving his mark across Spokane. The full-time muralist’s luminous, soft-edged paintings adorn prominent buildings, traffic underpasses, back alleys and restaurant patios. Chances are high you’ve passed by one of Lopez’s pieces, whether you knew it or not. The artist’s work fans out from the Garland District, an epicenter of creativity where he both lives and has completed around a dozen murals on the sides of local businesses and along the district’s unofficial “art alley,” between Monroe and Post streets on Garland Avenue’s south side. Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dali, Batman and other figures are all realized there in spray paint via Lopez’s careful hand. Impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh

joins them, peeking out from the alley’s west end as drivers zip past southbound on Monroe. Most of these smaller works Lopez has painted freely, with permission from business and property owners. Commissions and large public arts projects, however, have allowed him to solely focus on this creative calling for the past several years. “I’ve been fortunate enough to have so much going on that I can do this full time, and I’m starting to get paid more,” he says. Lopez recently completed a highly visible commissioned mural in downtown Spokane, on the east-facing side of a brick building on Second Avenue near Division Street. American Jesus depicts the Christian figure’s face obscured by a pixelated pattern. The artist knew the

piece would be polarizing to audiences on all sides, but also acknowledges that’s the point. “The American Jesus one was not a crowd pleaser,” he reflects. “It wasn’t meant to be, it was meant to cause people to think and react. You can tell I’m saying something and I’m not showing something — that’s the takeaway. It’s hard to get that across, so it’s not always easy to get stuff up like that.”


opez’s path to becoming a well-recognized artist in Spokane has been relatively quick, though not without some stumbles along the way. The artist doesn’t like to elaborate on the personal “hell” he says he went through before finding artistic ...continued on next page





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success, preferring to focus on the positive conbooks with full-color drawings, sketches and nections and moments that have led him to the other deeply personal artistic expressions in pen, present. ink, pencil and paint. Only a fraction of this art Lopez grew up in Southern California, raised leaves these pages. by his grandmother. He dropped out of high “You have to be open to getting knocked school at 17 and got his first job at a tattoo shop. down,” he says. “Not everyone likes everything He’s been interested in art since childhood and that’s been painted — everyone has an opinion, took an advanced placement art class before and that’s a tough one for artists to take.” dropping out, dabbling in street graffiti on the Despite this lingering sense of self-doubt, it’s side. The now 36-year-old remembers the exact clear that Lopez has established a well-respected date he arrived in Spokane, on Sept. 22, 2013. image for himself and his art. He gets messages “It was the scariest time of my life. I didn’t from friends and family who tell them they know a soul, and I didn’t know take visitors to Spokane out to what was going to happen in my see Lopez’s art. Property owners life,” he recalls. seek him out for paid commisFIND DANIEL LOPEZ’S Lopez says his artistic talent sions. Other local businesses have ART AROUND SPOKANE stayed “mostly dormant” until agreed to purchase supplies and Spokane Dream Center, moving to Spokane, and that he let Lopez paint a design of his 29 W. Second Ave. was “making art more or less as choosing on the side of their buildThe Engraver, a cry for help.” Yet, not long after ings, like a piece titled Staycation 3817 N. Monroe St. arriving here, he painted an indoor at Quick’s Barbershop at Monroe Quick’s Barbershop, mural for his first local employer, and Maxwell. Paint supplies alone, 1429 N. Monroe St. Indaba Coffee Roasters, at its depending on the size of the piece, The Antiquarian, Broadway location. Soon after, can cost upwards of $700. 12 W. Sprague Ave. he was asked to paint a series As of this writing, the artist is I-90 underpass, down the side of Youth For Christ still waiting to get the greenlight on at Altamont Street Spokane’s building on Ash Street. a few murals he’s hoping to paint Ferguson’s Cafe/Brown Then he was introduced to fellow next. He ticks off a list of buildDerby (patio), muralist and former Spokane Arts ings around the downtown core 804 W. Garland Ave. Program Director Ellen Picken, he’d love to paint on if he could Fresh Soul, 3029 E. Fifth Ave who helped him land a commisget permission; the Hutton BuildRiver City Tattoo, ion for a Spokane history-themed ing, Andy’s Bar, Metro Eclectic 1528 W. Northwest Blvd. mural at Boulevard Mercantile, furniture. Boulevard Mercantile, the vintage home goods shop on While none of his public pieces 1905 N. Monroe St. North Monroe. contain artist self-portraits, people Northeast Community Center “That was the first big one I sometimes recognize Lopez on the (with Gonzaga Art Dept.), did up here, and it just escalated street. 4001 N. Cook St. from there,” Lopez recalls. “Excuse me, are you Daniel?” YFC Spokane, 1309 N. Ash St. Subsequent murals went up says a man stopping on the sidearound town, at the nonprofit minwalk outside the Rocket Bakery in istry Cup of Cool Water, on two sides of the AnGarland one August afternoon. “I’ve been keeptiquarian’s downtown building on Division and a ing tabs on your work. You gonna paint the rest huge piece depicting birds in flight on a sky-blue of the town, too?” background beneath the Interstate 90 overpass “We’ll see if they let me,” Lopez says, laughat Altamont Street. Lopez also helped paint the ing. wide, gazing eyes along the Maple Street retain“Well, good job. I just want to meet you,” the ing wall, a project overseen by prominent mural man replies. artists and brothers Cain and Todd Benson. Lopez is humbled. “I don’t remember how I stumbled upon [the “One thing about my street art is that it’s not Bensons] on social media, but Todd and I began for me,” he says. “I don’t do it so I can go look messaging, and he was very encouraging,” Lopez at this stuff all the time — it’s for the public, and recalls. “I’d done my first mural around that it’s not something I try and hold captive, you time, and nobody knew who I was. I thought, know. It’s my life and it’s my story as an artist, ‘Wow, this guy is talking to me; they’re doing but the street art is for everyone. I don’t own it these big murals.’” anymore.” n hen he’s not using urban infrastructure as his canvas, Lopez fills the Follow Daniel Lopez’s art online, at pages of Moleskine brand and on Instagram, @godffiti.



Bye Bye, Bandit MY FIRST RODE-AY-O My only exposure to rodeos prior to this weekend was that Garth Brooks song, and after visiting the Spokane Interstate Fair Rodeo on Sept. 7, I can tell you that Brooks’ “Rodeo” is pretty damn accurate. The one thing Brooks fails to mention, though, is the obnoxious rodeo clowns and the rough handling of animals. Aside from that, it was a pretty fun night. However, the highlight for me was the national anthem. I don’t consider myself a very patriotic soul, but I’ll admit I got a little choked up when Spokane Valley’s Valerie Stichweh got up to sing. It wasn’t her voice. In fact, I only heard her belt out a handful of lyrics before her microphone went out. It was awkward and cringey, but Spokane had her back. The audience picked up the slack, singing the rest of the anthem with her. Good save, you guys. (QUINN WELSCH)



ho’s the biggest movie star in the world? Tom Cruise? Jennifer Lawrence? At the end of the ’70s, that question was easy to answer: Burt Reynolds. Without a doubt. It’s almost impossible now to comprehend how he completely sucked all of Hollywood into his orbit. He almost seemed in disbelief of his fame, a smirking, mustachioed wiseguy so aware of his audience he often broke the fourth wall to let us know he was in on the joke. When Reynolds died last week, it had been awhile since he’d been in anything memorable, though he never stopped working. His defining film remains the 1977 car chase comedy Smokey and the Bandit, a film that was outgrossed only by Star Wars that year. It’s hitting theaters this weekend (and streaming on Amazon Prime), and though it holds up, here are a few films you should check out to celebrate the the most 1970s of movie stars.

THE BUZZ BIN DELIVERANCE (1972) It’s been ripped off and grossly parodied, but this backwoods thriller about big city river rafters facing off against violent, inbred hillbillies still packs a visceral, queasy wallop. It’s also the only Best Picture Oscar nominee Reynolds ever appeared in. iTunes HOOPER (1978) Burt’s a stuntman eyeing retirement, but not before one last hurrah. Plotless and flimsy but a total blast, and little more than an excuse for awesome stunt sequences, including a grand finale in which an entire village is razed and a rocket-powered car jumps a collapsed bridge. DVD on Amazon THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores Sept. 14. To wit: ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, The Crossing. An American treasure tackles immigration in a punky new set. CARRIE UNDERWOOD, Cry Pretty. The country star’s new set comes out a mere eight months before she visits Spokane Arena. PAUL WELLER, True Meanings. The ex-Jam man keeps delivering quality tunes four decades into his career. WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS, The More I Sleep The Less I Dream. The alt-rockers swing by the Bartlett Oct. 2. (DAN NAILEN)

SHARKY’S MACHINE (1981) Reynolds directs himself as an Atlanta vice squad cop investigating a prostitution and drug ring that involves a gubernatorial candidate. In terms of quality, it’s on par with the Dirty Harry sequels (and just as un-PC), but it’s twisty and surprisingly stylish. iTunes CITIZEN RUTH (1996) Alexander Payne’s debut is an equal-opportunity satire about a pregnant addict (Laura Dern) who becomes a bargaining chip for both pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Reynolds is a sleazy conservative campaign donor with a dark side, and he’s just great. iTunes BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997) As slick, porn empresario Jack Horner, Reynolds received his sole Oscar nomination for Paul Thomas Anderson’s restless, sprawling epic of the hedonism and disappointment of the disco age. He denounced his performance almost immediately, but it’s the juiciest role he ever got, and the best movie he ever made. Netflix n

PERMANENT IMPACT You’ve probably noticed the gold stars on the sidewalks surrounding the Fox Theater, each of them dedicated to people supportive of the Spokane Symphony, particularly financially — you can have your own, but it will cost you a cool $40,000. The symphony’s departing music director, Eckart Preu, received a star on the eve of his final season’s launch thanks to the fundraising efforts of more than 40 symphony lovers who wanted to thank him for his 15 years. “Obviously I didn’t make it to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but this is much more meaningful,” Preu said at the ceremony. Pointing at the new star, he added “Even though I’m leaving the Spokane Symphony, I’ll always be right there.” (DAN NAILEN)

TEENAGER, DEALER, INFORMANT, PRISONER At 14 years old, Rick Wershe Jr., a.k.a. “White Boy Rick,” became the youngest FBI informant ever. At the height of the War on Drugs, the feds paid the born-and-raised Detroit kid for information on the city’s biggest drug rings. When the dealers got suspicious, they unsuccessfully tried to have Wershe killed. The FBI abandoned him and Wershe started dealing on his own. Eventually, he would get arrested, and at 17 he was sentenced to life in prison under Michigan’s draconian drug laws. That’s only half of the legend of White Boy Rick, who, from prison, also helped bring down some of Detroit’s high-ranking cops. His full story is featured on the podcast Shattered: White Boy Rick and in a movie starring Matthew McConaughey as his father, out this Friday. (MITCH RYALS)

BELIEVE THE HYPE At the urging of my college-aged female roommates, I finally watched the much talked about Netflix rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Laura Jean, a 16-year-old Asian-American, writes letters to her past crushes to keep, but never send. You guessed it, the letters get sent and bring on the awkward encounters with boys who learn of her affections for them. The film already has a huge online fan base, with countless articles speculating whether or not two actors from the film are dating. I was wary of all the hype, but was pleasantly surprised by this viral hit. (MICHAELA MULLIGAN).





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hings have improved a lot over the years for the motley crew of designers who spend several months each year creating one-of-a-kind collections for the annual Runway Renegades fashion show. “When we had it at the Garland block party, my cousin happens to live two blocks from Garland, and we would take over her front yard and backyard,” says show creator Ronnie Ryno. “We used to have port-a-potties delivered to her house, and there’s girls stripping in the yard.” “Trying to stay behind curtains,” adds organization treasurer Kat Warnock. “It was quite the show.” After graduating to larger venues, such as Northern Quest Resort & Casino and the Spokane Convention Center, this year will be the first time that six design teams show off their labors of love at Riverside Place (the old Masonic Temple building). “The convention center was nice, but you rent a big beige box basically, and it’s hard to give it character,” Ryno says. “[Riverside Place] has got such beautiful ambiance and it’s already got a cool vibe to it.” This year marks the show’s 11th, and the first that Ryno won’t be showing a collection of her own. She originally created Renegades because she wanted a place to show her work but couldn’t find any local shows that only focused on unique, local designs. Most shows featured department store clothing and off-the-rack items. So she made her own show.

In the years since, with the hard work of models, photographers, accessory and clothing designers, hair and makeup artists and the slew of other creative people it takes to put together the show, it’s grown into one of the best in the region, participants say. “Although our fashion community is somewhat of a microcosm and our area is small,” says Oona McGuinness-Fischer, an accessory designer, “it’s kind of the general consensus we put on a bigger and better independent fashion show than what’s going on in some larger metropolitan areas.” That’s thanks largely to a major focus on production quality, Ryno says. The group works very hard not only on their unique collections, but also on music and sound quality, lighting and the general staging of the event.


ne of the designers who applied to be in the show for the first time this year is Brianna Engle, whose collection “A Walk in the Clouds” will show off her hippie, flowy style. “A lot of my stuff is a mix of like ’70s with boho-chic,” Engle says. “It’s like a jazz festival in the clouds.” One top she’ll debut is centered on a bullhead skull print, with sparkling green handbeading that took her about 100 hours to do over the last three years. On her team is Niki Zacherle, who is both her accessory designer and one of her models.

One of the pieces Zacherle is most excited for will come with a statement about its cultural appropriateness. “It is a headpiece and it does have feathers, and I don’t want people to mistake it for a headdress,” says Zacherle, a member of the Confederated Colville Tribes. “It wasn’t made as intended to be a sacred item or for a ceremony, so none of the feathers used on it were eagle feathers or hawk feathers.” But she does hope the piece, featuring peacock feathers that don’t have the commonly known eye pattern, as well as an elk skull, will shine a light on poaching. The skull came from an elk that was left dead with only the antlers taken from it. “It is gonna be not just a runway piece but a radical statement, too,” Zacherle says. “Something that was taken for its beauty is being reclaimed and brought back into the light.” While the show itself is a major artistic outlet for the local fashion community, Runway Renegades has also become an official charitable nonprofit, with all ticket sales going toward grant money for local artists. Last year’s funds went toward grants and scholarships that helped a local pet clothing designer, a student interested in design, a filmmaker, and one of this year’s designers, Gianna Rose Reynolds, who put on another mixed-media fashion show earlier this year. She’ll be showing an updated version of that collection, dubbed Nooskool 2.0, at the event. In return for the grants, recipients volunteer to work with underserved and at-risk youth and the organizations that benefit them. “For the grants, we try to make sure it’s something that benefits the community and something that excites us,” Ryno says. n Runway Renegades • Sat, Sept. 15, 7 pm • $25/$50 VIP (includes drink, hors d’oeuvres and swag bag) • Riverside Place • 1110 W. Riverside Ave. •

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Stage Flight Mary Poppins at the Spokane Civic Theatre brings magic and music to the stage BY BROOKE CARLSON


ocal director Troy Nickerson and Spokane Civic Theatre Creative Director Jake Schaefer share a magical memory. If you’ve seen the stage production of Peter Pan, you might remember this moment, too. Peter performs a seemingly impossible act, effortlessly gliding through the air on stage. “It’s literally exhilarating,” Schaefer recalls. “It makes you believe for a moment what is unreal is real, just for a moment.” Schaefer was a young child when he saw an actor fly for the first time in Nickerson’s production. “There’s always that kind of gasp and excitement. I remember seeing that as a kid, backstage or even when I directed it, there’s always that first moment where Peter flies through the nursery window that was amazing,” Nickerson says. The two hope to bring that childlike wonder back to the Civic with it’s 72nd season opener, Mary Poppins, in which several characters will take flight. The beloved story of the magical nanny that brings together a distant family is based on a series of children’s books by P.L. Travers. It was first adapted into the classic


Mary Poppins opens the Spokane Civic’s 72nd season. 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and eventually written for the stage and produced in 2004. The musical is a combination of the books and movie, drawing elements from each. The Civic’s production is directed by Nickerson. “I didn’t have to, really, feel like I had to copy the movie directly, but then again, it’s such an iconic show, there are certain things people are going to expect,” Nickerson says. “So we’re keeping it fairly traditional in a lot of ways. But you know, bringing our own style to it.” Nickerson has been a prominent name in the Spokane theater scene for many years, but still, Mary Poppins has found ways to stump him. He chuckles when he says he doesn’t “do a lot of Disney.” It’s also one of the most technically complicated shows he’s ever directed. “It’s really big, it’s a very technical show. So that has been a surprise, just tackling all of that. It’s a lot of production numbers, huge sets, big lighting, the flying, it’s just a lot of stuff,” he says. Though the Civic has flown actors before with their own system, Schaefer felt that bringing in a company dedicated to flying special effects would be necessary to achieve the magical scenes they hope to create. For that reason, they reached out to Flying by Foy, a Nevadabased company specializing in professional theatrical flight. James Hansen, the contract administrator for Flying by Foy, says the company does “a little bit of everything,” and considering their professional credits, even that is a bit of an understatement. They’ve set up their flying systems in everything from Broadway to rinky-dink high school theaters, cruise ships, churches and many more. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga were flown by Foy in their Super Bowl halftime performances in 2015 and 2017. If you’ve seen a celebrity fly on live television, there’s a


good chance this company was behind it. When flying an actor in a theater, Hansen says the set-up is, in basic terms, very similar between a large Broadway space or in a smaller community theater, like the Civic. A flying director and team will travel to the theater and attach their advanced track systems to fly systems already in place, or if that isn’t available, overhead structures like high beams. Heavy duty wires descend from there, used to lift the actors. Schaefer is thrilled to have the company involved with the Civic, first and foremost because these special effects will be the most advanced flying effects to be brought to the theater. “I think more than anything, it’s a sign that we’re working hard,” Schaefer says. While tackling the involved technical elements was daunting for Nickerson, putting his own twists on the show came more naturally. His search for a talented cast didn’t involve looking for actors who would emulate Julie Andrews or Dick Van Dyke, rather those who could truly inhabit Mary and Bert. “I just hope it’s really a beautiful, magical experience,” Nickerson says. “It’s a lot of responsibility taking something so well loved and in so many people’s childhoods, and in their memories, or people who want to share it with their kids for the first time. I just hope it’s really magical.” And as for the actors who get to experience the magic firsthand? “They’re super excited,” Nickerson says. “Who doesn’t want to fly?” n Mary Poppins • Sept. 14-Oct. 14; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $32 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • • 325-2507

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MARKET READY How local commercial kitchens support the region’s cottage food industry, helping would-be startups realize their dreams BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


aybe you’ve got an amazing recipe for salsa that friends rave about. Maybe it’s pickled asparagus from your garden people clamor for. Perhaps the gluten-free brownies you’ve been baking at home and selling at farmers markets have caught the attention of a local store. Do your thing, slap a label on it and wait for the money to roll in, right? Nope. Poor sanitation, improperly canned food, cross-contaminated allergens and other kitchen mishaps are all potential health hazards, meaning any scale of commercial food production is regulated according to what you’re making and where you plan to sell it. In Idaho, for example, Rachel Gaona and her husband Ruben originally worked from home to create


lavish custom cakes for their business, Spoonful of Sugar n’Spice. This was permissible because their cakes fall under Idaho’s sparsely regulated cottage foods law, which allows for items like non-refrigerated cakes to be made from home and sold directly to Idaho consumers, such as farmers markets or internet sales. Adding Ruben’s tamales to their lineup, however, meant the couple needed a commercial kitchen because meat products aren’t covered under that Idaho law. The Gaonas had two options: Get their place certified as a commercial kitchen, or find a licensed facility they could use. For ease of process, they chose the latter. Enter Kitchen Spokane, which actually operates three regional locations, in Spokane, Kootenai County and, this fall, Bonner County.

“Finding affordable commercial space by the hour is hard,” says Rachel Gaona, who signed on this summer with Kitchen Spokane’s new Coeur d’Alene branch in the Silver Lake Mall. The commercial kitchen, says Gaona, was a huge time saver, coming equipped with larger mixers, stoves, more prep space and a storage option. “Once we had the space nailed down, we were able to look into permits,” she says, to commercially prepare and sell their special tamale recipe of pork, chicken, queso fresco cheese blend, sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack varieties, all of which include hatch chilies.


itchen CdA, as it’s called, is one of two currently operating locations for the nonprofit commercial kitchen venture launched in 2014 by Spokane

entrepreneur and former events promoter Jayme Cozzetto. He likens the facility to a gym rental: Pay for what you need, where you need it. Storage, for example, costs $3 per day for dry, refrigerated or frozen goods, or $5 daily for all three. Kitchen rental is $15 per hour, with a four-hour minimum per usage for customers on a six-month contract. Anyone can rent from the company, says Cozzetto, who describes how a large family once cooked their entire Thanksgiving meal at the facility, which offers an open drop-in rate of $22/ hour with no minimum commitment. Cozzetto is now opening a third location inside Sandpoint’s Bonner Mall this fall. The entrepreneur sees malls as an ideal fit for commercial kitchens because of existing infrastructure like security, maintenance and ease of access. He’s also currently consulting with a group in Moscow, the Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, that’s trying to fund a commercial space at the Latah County Fairgrounds which would be available to a variety of users.

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ommercial kitchens are actually not scarce across the Inland Northwest; schools, churches, community centers and, of course, restaurants and hotels must have them. What’s scarce is such venues’ availability to others, especially at an affordable rate. Paired with the complexity of navigating food industry regulations, the need can be a real inhibitor for new food-related businesses. Had the Gaonas wanted to do business in Washington, for example, they’d have dealt with considerably more paperwork and fees. In Washington, a cottage food operations permit is $230 for a company with annual sales under $25,000, and is specific to so-called low-risk foods: jams, some non-refrigerated baked goods, vinegars, dried foods mixes and most candies. But permitting is not an easy process for cottage industries, nor the next level up, which ap-

plies to commercial processing; the latter comes via a cheaper license and allows limitless food handling, including low-acid and pickled foods. Commercial processing is the route Bob Emmons and Gail Brock took to make and sell their candied jalapenos. The couple started B&G Sweet Heat Peppers at their Spokane home in 2011, then went commercial in 2015. They now sell to Eggers Meats, Sonnenberg’s Market & Deli, and DeLeon Foods, as well as select ENTRÉE grocery stores, Get the scoop on local farmers marfood news with our weekly kets and local Entrée newsletter. Sign up events. at Getting a space in their home certified as a food warehouse for storage of completed product was fairly painless, says Bob Emmons, yet the couple decided to use Kitchen Spokane’s commercial kitchen space in Spokane Valley for production, which simplified their permitting process so they could focus on their own expertise: pickling peppers. “I don’t consider myself a stupid person,” notes Emmons, a mortgage broker who bristled at the bureaucracy of working with so many agencies to do what he saw as a simple food handling process. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which handles Washington’s food processing plant license process, for example, rejected his application over a discrepancy in measuring their food labels, which had nothing to do with safely handling food. For Heather Kratt, Kitchen Spokane is a contingency only. Her soon-to-be-completed food truck has plenty of space for her new business, Sausage Slinger, yet having access to a commercial kitchen gives her a fallback facility — if she needs more room, if there’s an issue with the truck — and also helped expedite permitting, which she’s pursuing in both Washington and Idaho. Washington, she says, has stricter standards for food trucks, which is a good thing. “The people building my trailer in southern Idaho always build to Washington specs because they are more strict, and it ensures that I can pass inspection in any state,” she says. But the permitting process for food trucks, which is overseen by local health districts, has been challenging. Washington wants her to dump her gray water at Kitchen Spokane, which is not feasible, and rejected her application because she didn’t specifically list how she’d wash her potatoes. “Being rejected is just inherently negative, and at least Idaho was good enough to give me the benefit of the doubt and assume that I know that potatoes grow in dirt and should be washed before cooking.” Having opened commercial kitchens in both states now, Kitchen Spokane owner Cozzetto knows better than most that each state takes a markedly different tack to food-based business requirements. Helping other startups navigate these complexities is a major driving force behind his venture. “We help food entrepreneurs jumpstart their business without the financial risk,” he says. n Find more about Kitchen Spokane’s services and locations at

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et your coffee and toast, too, at the sixth and newest location for Indaba Coffee Roasters. The newest store for the local roasting operation opened its doors in early September at a newly remodeled space in the heart of downtown, next door to Dodson’s Jewelers and diagonally across the street from the Bank of America building. While Indaba is known and loved by locals for its signature roasts, community-driven mission and less-mainstream espresso drinks (we’re thinking of its orange maple latte), the newest iteration is branching out to include something new: artisanal toast. “I’m excited to expand the menu into more of a well-rounded cafe-like setting,” says Indaba owner Bobby Enslow, who adds that the bright and open space has been a few years in the making. “The main focus is inspired by the Mill [bakery and roastery] in San Francisco, an elevated artisan toast menu, and not just like one avocado toast. It’s a whole menu of fun toppings, and sweet and savory options,” he continues. The toast offerings are heartier (but just as hip) as they sound. Made with ultra thick slices of bread baked just across the river at Alpine Bakery and by regional newcomer Glorious Breads, sweet options ($6.75 each) served during opening week included house smoky peanut butter with spicy jelly, house butterscotch spread with black salt and chocolate shavings, and honey-sweetened ricotta topped with Green Bluff peaches. On the savory side ($6.75-$7.75 each), choose from a housemade lentil hummus with fresh cilantro oil, house bacon peanut butter with sriracha, bacon avocado with radish, cilantro puree and garlic mayo, or a mushroom pate with feta, roma tomato and radish green pesto. Enslow’s special kimchi avocado toast is also a rotating special.

Any toast order can be made vegan, gluten free or topped with a hard-boiled egg for a small upcharge. Indaba’s toast lineup was created by chef Andrew Larson, formerly of Central Food, and a longtime friend of Enslow and his wife, Sheena. As time goes on, the plan is for Larson to experiment and introduce more food options beyond toast. Indaba’s full espresso bar lineup is also served, along with tea, matcha, chai, craft sodas, cold brew and drip coffee. Starting soon, the location will also serve wine and beer on eight taps, expanding its hours into the weekends and later evening. Enslow plans to serve cold brew nitro coffee and even iced lattes, on tap. Customers looking for a quick cup to go can order drip coffee and tea from a self-serve kiosk at the front of the space. The new location also allows Indaba to debut its new Seraphim brand pour-over system, programmable slow-brewing equipment used to brew a selection of higher-end coffee and tea. “This is a unique thing we’re doing with the coffee side, and a lot of that is in effort to free up baristas to engage in espresso and milk prep and food prep, and an effort to free them up for better engagement,” Enslow explains. Though this location is only about two blocks from Indaba’s smaller Howard Street cafe, Enslow says he sees this spot as serving different customer needs, with expanded seating, a private, rentable boardroom space, and coworkingfriendly tables in the back half of the cafe. “The focus and concentration of Indaba has really allowed us to create a lot of synergy,” Enslow explains. “Even though they’re geographically close, they have different traffic patterns and needs.” n Indaba Coffee Roasters • 518 W. Riverside Ave. • Open Mon-Fri 7 am-6 pm (hours to expand) • • 822-7182


To-Go Box Farewell to a local barbecue spot, hello to a new Spokane craft brewery and other local food and drink news HUMBLE ABODE BREWING NOW OPEN IN NORTH SPOKANE Spokane’s newest microbrewery opened last month with the arrival of Humble Abode Brewing, located at 1620 E. Houston Ave. Owned by Matt and Courtney Gilbreath, Humble Abode was partly made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that raised about $9,600. At its north side tap room and production site, the brewery recently listed a variety of styles on tap, including a rye pale ale, several IPAs (red, hazy, double), a barleywine and a vanilla coffee stout featuring cold brew from Roast House Coffee. Humble Abode is currently open Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday from noon to 9 pm and Sunday from 1 to 7 pm. (CHEY SCOTT)

Reggie Perkins is closing up his Spokane barbecue joint.


delivery in Spokane County is also offered. Meals are priced between $6-$11 each, and are made with ingredients low in fat and calories, and high in protein and other nutrients. “We created delicious food that happened to be healthy, and made it more our style instead of just healthy food,” Hegsted says. Many dishes were influenced by ethnic cuisines, with low-carb substitutions like cauliflower rice instead of white rice and potatoes. The meals feature lean meat proteins like turkey and chicken, and lots of veggies. Vital Fit’s full line-up of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be viewed and ordered online at (CHEY SCOTT)

RJ’S SO SOUTHERN BBQ CLOSES SHOP, KEEPS CATERING Reggie Perkins is one of the most fun characters I’ve met in Spokane, so it was a bummer to read on the Facebook page for his RJ’s So Southern BBQ & Catering that “due to medical reasons” he’s had to close up his brick-and-mortar spot inside Mr. Wok at the North Spokane Y, effective Oct. 1. Perkins’ Tennessee-style barbecue brings something different to the local food scene — for me, namely, the best smoked chicken in town — and if there’s an upside to Perkins’ message, it’s that RJ’s So Southern will still do catering. You can find them on Facebook. (DAN NAILEN)



Through a partnership with local supplement supplier Precizion Nutrition, local chef Adam Hegsted has launched a new health-centric meal service called Vital Fit Meals. Unlike a meal kit service where consumers prepare raw ingredients following a provided recipe, Vital Fit’s meals are sold ready to eat (some require reheating), and prepared at Hegsted’s Eat Good Co. headquarters in Liberty Lake. Orders can be purchased in person at Precizion Nutrition (6501 N. Cedar Rd.) or the Eat Good Group Cafe (24001 E. Mission Blvd., Liberty Lake), or ordered online ahead of time for pick up at either store. Local

For the eighth year, Iron Goat Brewing Co. is getting ready for the release of its communitygathered fresh hop IPA. The process launches with the SpoHop picking party on Saturday, Sept. 15. Hop growers of any variety and enthusiasts alike are encouraged to head to the downtown taproom at 11 am to drop-off or help pick the hops. This is an opportunity to spend the afternoon drinking good beer surrounded by likeminded beer aficionados. Plus, all contributors and volunteers will receive 50 percent off pints of the finished SpoHop IPA in the taproom (release TBA) while it lasts. (DEREK HARRISON)



The deadly alien returns to Earth in The Predator, a disappointing continuation of a stalled franchise BY JOSH BELL

Olivia Munn has proven she can take down predators onscreen and off, but she’s underserved in Shane Black’s muddled sci-fi sequel.


he Predator’s motivations could not be simpler: It’s an alien sport hunter, “like a bass fisherman” as one of the characters in Shane Black’s new film The Predator describes it. It hunts and kills humans (and other sentient creatures across the galaxy) for pure enjoyment, with a set of guidelines that make the experience more challenging (and ethical, in a twisted sort of way). It doesn’t need a grand mythology or a universe-conquering agenda to be scary. But Black gives it one anyway in The Predator, which is the fourth movie in the franchise (if you don’t count the two Alien vs. Predator movies, which you definitely shouldn’t). In 1987’s Predator and 1990’s Predator 2, the Predators came to Earth to hunt humans, while in 2010’s Predators, the aliens transported humans to a “game preserve” planet to hunt them there. This time around, the Predators are having some kind of space battle as the movie opens (with a grand, very Star Wars-sounding musical score), and one crash-lands on Earth in the middle of a jungle that looks a bit like the one from the original movie. There it encounters Quinn McKenna (Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook), an American black-ops military sniper whose entire team is quickly dispatched by the Predator. The Predator faced off against a similar elite military unit (led by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch) in the first movie, but Black (who played a small part as a member of that original unit) quickly switches gears here, moving the action to the United States, where McKenna is being


held by the nefarious government types who always show up in movies like this when aliens land. Sterling K. Brown plays the head government goon with a gleeful amorality that makes him the most entertaining character in the movie — and a better villain than the Predator, who escapes from captivity and starts killing background extras in a less-than-sporting manner. McKenna escapes, too, along with steely scientist Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) and a ridiculous band of misfit military rejects who were en route to a facility for the mentally unstable. Black (who co-wrote the screenplay with Fred THE PREDATOR Dekker) clearly has a lot of affinity for these guys, Rated R Directed by Shane Black but they’re not nearly as Starring Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, funny as he thinks they Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay are, and their socially awkward shtick wears out its welcome pretty quickly. This ragtag crew heads to a nearby suburb to rescue McKenna’s autistic son Rory (Jacob Tremblay), who’s figured out how to use some of the Predator tech that his dad smuggled out of the jungle, and has inadvertently summoned an even bigger, meaner, more dangerous Predator. That makes for a lot of characters to keep track of, and the movie loses sight of them at various points, sometimes within the chaotic action sequences, which have nothing on the intense battles in director John Mc-

Tiernan’s original. Black jumps into the action right from the beginning, but the movie is erratically paced, with sporadic lulls and a jumbled, confusing finale (followed by a laughable sequel-baiting coda). Holbrook has some decent action-hero swagger (if nothing else, he’s a vast improvement on Predators leading man Adrien Brody), but Munn steals his thunder pretty much any time she’s on screen, making a strong case that her snarky, resourceful and surprisingly lethal Casey should have been the main character. Black has done his best work on his original noirstyle action-comedies Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys, but he isn’t as effective when trying to integrate his rapid-fire banter and shaggy-dog plotting with the demands of a franchise blockbuster. It worked out better for him in 2013’s Iron Man 3, but since Predators aren’t really keen on witticisms, most of the glib dialogue falls flat here. As threatening as the Predators are, there isn’t much urgency to the story, and Black’s reliance on goofy touches (including “Predator dogs” that behave like deadly, overgrown puppies) undermines the potential menace. Instead of the laidback cool of Kiss Kiss or Nice Guys, The Predator is constantly strained in its efforts to seem like a rollicking good time. The simplicity of an implacable alien hunter tracking down its human prey gets lost under a whole lot of noisy chatter and incoherent action movie nonsense. n



Emily Mortimer is a widow who opens a bookstore in a 1950s British town, much to the dismay of the conservative populace. No one’s motivation seems to make much sense in this quaint but toothless period drama. At the Magic Lantern. (IH) Rated PG


Those bipedal extraterrestrial trophy hunters are back, and this time they’re genetically upgraded and squaring off against a squad of reformed soldiers. Shane Black’s attempt to refresh the action franchise mostly stumbles, save for a few memorable supporting characters. (JB) Rated R


Director Paul Feig (Spy, Ghostbusters) seriously shifts gears for a twisted mystery about suburban mom Anna Kendrick getting into sleuth mode when her wealthy, glamorous friend (Blake Lively) vanishes. (NW) Rated R


The late Burt Reynolds became a box office juggernaut with this 1977 car chase comedy, in which he’s a daredevil running beer across state lines with the fuzz on his tail. (NW) Rated PG


The continuing saga of Louis Zamperini, the real-life Olympic runner who survived a 1940s POW camp to become a celebrated Christian evangelist. (NW) Rated PG-13


Based on the wild true story of a Detroit teenager who became the FBI’s youngest-ever informant, and later a cocaine kingpin. Matthew McConaughey stars as the kid’s deadbeat dad. (NW) Rated R


In this acclaimed meditation on grief and communication, a German man travels to Norway as he translates a collection of poems left behind by his late wife. The film’s music was composed by Spokane Symphony members Jason Moody and Earecka Tregenza, better known as Cascade Duo, and they’ll be hosting a one-time Q&A following a screening of the film on Fri, Sept. 14, at 6:30 pm at the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated


An injured ice age caveman, separated from his tribe, befriends a wolf that was left behind by its pack. Unusual and ambitious, and spoken entirely in a made-up prehistoric language. (ES) Rated PG-13


Marvel’s third feature this year is the least essential of the bunch, but it’s still a breezy, mostly fun adventure. This time out, microscopic superhero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) ventures into a so-called “quantum zone,” teaming up with scientist Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) to rescue her long-lost mother. (JB) Rated PG-13


Spike Lee’s latest joint concerns the true tale of black cop Ron Stallworth, who posed as a white supremacist

and befriended David Duke in 1979. An endlessly fascinating story is occasionally undone by Lee’s own dramatic heavy-handedness. (JB) Rated R


Winnie the Pooh tracks down his former owner, now an adult played by Ewan McGregor, to help him search for his missing friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Though it devolves into mayhem, much of it floats along on gentle whimsy. (NW) Rated PG


Based on the bestsellers by Kevin Kwan, an economics professor discovers her boyfriend is actually from one of Singapore’s richest families. It hits all the traditional rom-com beats, but it’s enlivened by a winning cast and a distinct cultural identity. (JB) Rated PG-13 ...continued on next page




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The directorial debut of comedian Bo Burnham is an empathetic comingof-age story about a teenage social outcast and how she navigates adolescence in a hyper-connected world. A pure slice of life, featuring a knockout central performance by Elsie Fisher. At the Magic Lantern (SS) Rated R


After her husband dies in Iraq, a church choir director falls in love with a handsome stock car racer. From the director of God’s Not Dead. (NW) Rated PG


A dire, adults-only Roger Rabbit rip-off, in which a puppet P.I. and his human partner investigate a string of grisly felt killings. The worst comedy of the year. (NW) Rated R


The long-awaited sequel to the 2004 Pixar hit is pretty fun, but it’s hardly in the upper tier of the studio’s work. Explosive action ensues as the superhero family is called out of retirement, fighting a mind-bending supervillain who’s targeting their colleagues. (JB) Rated PG


A new and improved ABBA film musical, both a prequel and a sequel to the 2008 original, linking the past and the present on that idyllic Greek isle. Corny? Most definitely. But it still works. (NW) Rated PG-13

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Jennifer Garner goes full-on avenging angel after her husband and young daughter are gunned down by a Mexican drug cartel. Derivative, ugly, vile, improbable and stupid. (NW) Rated R


Kelly Macdonald is solid as a bored housewife who discovers she has a knack for putting jigsaw puzzles together, and so she enters the world of competitive puzzling. It ain’t exactly Rocky, though it has some fleeting charms. At the Magic Lantern. (JB) Rated R


A mystery told entirely through FaceTime calls and text conversations, as a concerned father (John Cho) tries to track down his missing teenage daughter using her laptop and social media



accounts. More than just a clever conceit. (MJ) Rated PG-13


The remarkable tale of New York triplets who were separated at birth and reunited as adults, and the troubling secrets behind their estrangement. A fascinating, unpredictable and ultimately heartbreaking documentary. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13


Fred Rogers, the Presbyterian minister and groundbreaking children’s TV show host, gets the biographical documentary treatment. Yes, it’s as heartwarming as you might expect, but it’s also a much-needed ode to gratitude and compassion. At the Magic Lantern. (JB) Rated PG-13 n


When a submersible filled with scientists is menaced by a megalodon, former Navy diver Jason Statham goes tooth to tooth with the same beast that cost him his career years ago. Could’ve been worse, but it’s no Jaws, either. (JB) Rated PG-13


Who would have thought a ’90s film inspired by a ’60s TV show would still be cranking out solid sequels? As convoluted as the plot of this sixth installment may be, the action sequences are as jawdropping as ever. (JB) Rated PG-13


The worst of the Conjuring films, an origin story about that pallid-faced mother superior that likes to pop out of dark corners. Lots of cheap boos that don’t add up to much. (NW) Rated R


In the years following WWII, a group of Mossad agents attempt to locate and capture high-ranking Nazi Adolf Eichmann. A mediocre historical thriller with solid performances from Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley. (QW) Rated PG-13


Steven Soderbergh’s shot-on-iPhones psychological thriller finds an overworked woman (Claire Foy) accidentally institutionalized, and her stalker turns out to be one of the hospital’s orderlies. Or is he? Interesting premise and bold stylistic conceit aside, this script is so preposterous that it hardly makes sense. (NW) Rated R




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The muddled British drama The Bookshop is no page-turner BY ISAAC HANDELMAN


t’s fitting that a film centered partially on friendship with Ms. Green. Brundish is so taken literary appreciation should possess a certain by her resolve that he offers his assistance in batstorybook quality. From the anonymously tling the politically powerful, socially connected narrated opening moments of Isabel Coixet’s Mrs. Gamart. The friendship that Florence and new drama The Bookshop, such a stylistic intention Brundish strike up is sweet and sporadically is made clear. At times the approach makes for poignant, but it does very little to separate itself a pleasantly simple viewing experience, but the from, or improve upon, the all too common telegraphed nature of the narrative breeds a dull archetype wherein an elderly person befriends a predictability. And despite the straightforwardyounger companion who helps him/her to see the ness of the film’s story, The Bookshop too often world’s goodness again. feels aimless and inconclusive. Making matters worse is the lingering sense The film’s protagonist, Florence Green, is of cameras on the actors at all times. Amidst played serviceably by Emily Mortimer. After what is often intentionally awkward dialogue several years mourning the death between people who either don’t of her husband, Florence returns each other or don’t know each THE BOOKSHOP like to her former home, the town of other very well, Coixet frequently Rated PG Hardborough, intent on convertstages her subjects together in the Directed by Isabel Coixet ing her old house into a bookshop frame, as opposed to in separate Starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, because, we’re told by the narrator, shots. The unintentional consePatricia Clarkson she likes books. Beyond that motiquence of this decision is a reinvation, and a brief anecdote about forcement of the artificial, filmic her husband reading to her nightly before bed, quality of the proceedings. we’re not given much reason to invest deeply in Also contributing to this issue are a multitude Florence’s iron-willed intentions. of short sequences showing nothing more than Nor are we shown just why local aristocrat characters walking and bearing nondescript facial Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson) is so dead expressions. While occasionally striking for their set on halting Florence’s plans and converting visual symmetry, these shots more often feel the old house into an art center. Some narration unnecessary and unnatural. Perhaps the intention about Florence’s naiveté with regard to human was to exaggerate the storybook nature of the nature seems geared to fill in the holes in the narrative, but these stylistic decisions clash with characters’ motivations. Humans, the narrator the film’s underdeveloped thematic subtext, and explains, are split into two groups: the “execuresult in a final product that feels caught sometioners” and the “executed.” Mrs. Gamart’s where between a quaint, pleasant small town tale blatant hostility and lust for control suggest she and a heavy philosophical meditation. Ultimately, belongs to the former group, but we’re not given The Bookshop succeeds at being neither. enough context to further understand why she There are certainly enjoyments to be found behaves the way she does. But even if one poshere, especially with regard to the performers. sesses as nihilistic a worldview as our narrator, The young Honor Kneafsey is a delight as Florit’s tough to get invested in a conflict whose ence’s spunky assistant Christine, while James stakes feel shallowly designed around a broad Lance oozes sleazy charisma as Mrs. Gamart’s cephilosophy. lebrity crony Milo North. But they’re not enough Oh, but Florence’s courage sure is admirable, to save The Bookshop, which ends up, despite its says the reclusive Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy), a seemingly simple intentions, a confused, confuslocal widower who strikes up a book group-esque ing mess. n

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used to consider the label “classic-rock” a pejorative, a backhanded way of saying a band has nothing more to say — or, at least, nothing more worth hearing. Often when a band is several decades into its career, that’s true. And then there’s Cheap Trick, still knocking out albums of winning power-pop and melodic, muscular hard-rock more than three decades after their late-’70s commercial heyday. They’ve released three new collections since being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 (if you count a totally unembarrassing Christmas album), and they’re still delivering killer live shows on stages large and small all year, every year. If they’re not proof that “classic-rock” can mean the best of both of those words, I don’t know who is. The mix of new originals and well-chosen cover songs filling 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello? and 2017’s We’re All Alright! fit nicely alongside classics like “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me” and their version of “Ain’t That a Shame,” which have become classic-rock canon. I talked with Cheap Trick guitarist and songwriter Rick Nielsen about the drive to write new songs and more. Questions and responses have been edited for length and clarity. INLANDER: So many bands just go out and play their old hits. What keeps Cheap Trick writing and making new albums? NIELSEN: Because that’s us. I can’t tell you why anybody else [doesn’t]; they don’t seem to be motivated. It costs us money to do them, they come out of our own money, but we make them because we want to make them. It’s pretty simple. Nobody’s throwing money at us telling us to do it. The critics certainly respond to you guys, and you got in the Rock Hall of Fame. Do you pay attention to those accolades? We want to play. Cheap Trick, we’ve always been the kind of band who will play anything. We open up the envelope and say, “Hey, they want us to play

at the state fair.” Or, “They want us to play a private show, but it has to be quiet. This one over here, Lynyrd Skynyrd wants us to play.” OK! “You’re doing a show with Joan Jett.” OK, that’s fine. “You’re doing the next one with Bad Company, then you’re doing one with Def Leppard.” Yeah, that’s cool. We’re not afraid of anybody. You’ve played with so many bands. Did any of them seem like the most natural fit as tourmates? Way back in the day we did months of touring with AC/DC. We were both semi-known, we’d fill the places. And some nights they’d close, and some nights we’d close, and everybody was happy. It was good. We’re not AC/ DC and AC/DC ain’t Cheap Trick. We weren’t trying to be them and they weren’t trying to be us. You’re playing here with Joan Jett. Have you played with her before? Oh, yeah, I love Joan Jett. She was the first famous person to wear the Cheap Trick T-shirt, back in the Runaways days. Your mom was a singer and your dad owned a music store. What music was prevalent when you were growing up? They did opera and religious stuff. They sang at Catholic churches and Jewish temples and black churches, Lutheran… My dad had a pilot’s license, so by the time I was 13 or 14, I’d been in 48 states and Mexico and Canada because he could fly his own plane. Were they cool with you embracing rock music? I think they were happy I did anything. Having a music store, they sold 45s, listening booths and those things. Maybe I was showing them how to be a bit hipper than Billy Graham. My father did the operatic stuff like The Messiah. The Barber of Seville, all kinds of crazy stuff. Were you a fan of any of that music? It wasn’t what I was like. I had to discover my own ...continued on next page

MUSIC | ROCK “ONE ON ONE,” CONTINUED... stuff. They weren’t playing the Ventures and Duane Eddy. I had to go get that stuff myself. What concerts inspired you when you were growing up? Some of the early shows I went to see — Gene Pitney, I saw the Beach Boys. That still wasn’t stuff I liked. The stuff I liked, I saw the Rolling Stones on their first tour, and their second tour, and they’re playing like 25 minutes and that was their whole show. After seeing them on TV, that was pretty cool. How do you touch on all Cheap Trick’s catalog putting

a setlist together? If we did one song from every album… that’s 20-something if you count the live ones. That’s a lot. There’s certain ones we should play and we do play. But it’s fun to switch stuff around. It gets stale. We play with some bands, it’s like clockwork. It’s like punching a clock. We’d like to punch ourselves [if we did that]. What’s still exciting for you to play? A song like “Lookout” on Live at Budokan, it’s still fun to play. It’s like an exercise. The house is rocking. You can’t be asleep during that one, although I’ve tried a few times. I’ve been listening to the (2009) Cheap Trick live

show covering the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. How scary was that to do? I’m not a studio musician. I can play ’em my way. But at the same time, you can’t go out and jam a Beatles song, so I actually had to go and practice, something I’ve tried not to do since 1964. You can’t just get up there and flub around on the stuff. I actually had to learn it. I learned a lot about the songs. Some of them I liked, some I didn’t so much, but we still did ’em and tried to do them how we do. n Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick • Tue, Sept. 18 at 7:30 pm • $49-$99 • All ages • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • • 481-2100

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Beyond Words Unusual time signatures, innovative instrumentation and live looping combine to create the cinematic grandeur of El Ten Eleven BY HOWARD HARDEE


he long-running instrumental duo El Ten Eleven makes expressive, highly visual music that doesn’t need lyrics to plant pictures in one’s imagination. Consider the song “Are You Enough” off the new album Banker’s Hill. A repetitive, pitch-bending hook is the centerpiece of the groovy and dreamlike intro, which bassist/guitarist Kristian Dunn injects with exhilarating stabs of bass distortion. The six-minute song dips toward the middle and settles into a tensely cinematic sort of vibe, like waiting for something unknown to emerge from a dense bank of fog. It’s a horse, of course — actually, two horses — as Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty come out chugging along at a full gallop, dragging the listener back to the place it all started. “Are You Enough” is special to Dunn: Nobody else liked earlier versions of the song, but he advocated for it to be included on the final cut of Banker’s Hill. “I said, ‘Let’s keep working on it,’” he says. “Nobody was on board with me at first, and it took a lot of changing things around to get it where it is now. I’m pleased I fought for it, because it’s probably my favorite song on the record and it seems to be going over really well.” Dunn is the band’s primary composer. He’s known for playing a double-neck guitar that’s half bass and half guitar, making innovative use of effects pedals and constantly layering songs with, like, 18 loop tracks. Fogarty kicks a mix of acoustic and electronic percussion, complementing Dunn’s arrangements with everything from sparse 808 beats to intricate prog-rock patterns. Dunn tells the Inlander he relies on looping to compensate for the duo’s fixed number of hands and feet (they’ve stubbornly resisted adding members to the

In defiance of their name, El Ten Eleven is made up of just Kristian Dunn (left) and Tim Fogarty. live lineup). It could be tempting to use computers to program at least some of the sounds, but he and Fogarty decided early in their careers that each and every noise would be produced in real time onstage. And they discovered that the element of risk is thrilling for everyone involved. “Part of the reason people want to come see us is because it’s exciting to see us doing everything live,” Dunn says. “One of our friends said, ‘Watching you guys live is like watching somebody walk across a tightrope. If they make it straight across, WEEKEND it’s kind of boring, but C O U N T D OW N if they lose their balGet the scoop on this ance and start to fall, weekend’s events with it’s really exciting.’” our newsletter. Sign up at On Banker’s Hill, the duo chose to work with an outside producer for the first time in its 16-year career. Dunn needed some help. “I’ve been shouldering the creative weight without any help for nine records, if you count EPs and remix records and stuff,” he says. “I had written something like 23 songs for this record, and I’d been working for so long that I had lost perspective on what was good. I couldn’t hear it anymore.” The band brought in producer and engineer Sonny


DiPerri to help Dunn sort through his not-so-good ideas. His guiding hand also made Banker’s Hill sound as deep as the ocean and a million miles wide. “He was a phenomenal engineer,” Dunn says. “He got really good performances out of us and really good sounds. For the first time in our career, you can hear the feel of Tim’s drums. We’d never captured that before.” The geographic location of the recording studio also seeped into the music. DiPerri, Dunn and Fogarty spent 12 days at Panoramic House on California’s spectacular North Coast, where they found themselves in a somewhat meditative headspace. “It’s funny, I’ve been doing this forever, even before El Ten Eleven,” Dunn says. “I’ve had a total of eight record deals and I’ve been on a million tours and I’ve recorded a million records, and I’ve always had this cynical attitude that where you record doesn’t matter. A studio’s a studio; it’s just a sterile factory where you make the music. You get it and get out. Who cares? But wow, I was wrong. I felt different there. “All of that positive energy really poured into the recording,” he says. “I just can’t imagine it didn’t affect the way it sounds.” n El Ten Eleven with Tennis System • Sat, Sept. 15 at 8 pm • $17 advance, $20 day of • All ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174


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e were stoked about experiencing the twang of Jenny Don’t & the Spurs in person at this summer’s Volume Music Festival, but their van broke down en route to Spokane. Now they’re making it up to us, and thank the ghost of Johnny Cash for that. This Portland quartet is the perfect match for anyone with a love for Hank and Patsy, though they also bring outlaw country and roots-rock vibes. They clearly know the Sun Records catalog. Featuring a couple guys you might know from punk legends Wipers, Jenny Don’t & the Spurs were recently nominated for Band of the Year at the 2018 Ameripolitan Awards. — DAN NAILEN Jenny Don’t & the Spurs with the Holy Broke and Brian Stai • Sat, Sept. 15 at 9 pm • $5-$7 • 21+ • Berserk • 125 S. Stevens • 315-5101


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ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Sara Brown J J THE BARTLETT, The Blow, Amenta Abioto BERSERK, Vinyl Meltdown BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Lincoln Durham, Jimmy Nuge, Kyle Siegel BOLO’S, Inland Empire Blues Boogie BOOMERS, Tin Cup Monkey J BOOTS BAKERY, The Song Project J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen CHECKERBOARD BAR, Witch Ripper, Merlock, King Caveman J J COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show COEUR D’ALENE EAGLES, KOSH CORBY’S BAR, Open Mic and Karaoke THE CORK & TAP, Truck Mills CRUISERS, Open Jam Night DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Usual Suspects DARCY’S, Karaoke w/DJ Dave THE GILDED UNICORN, Kori Ailene THE JACKSON ST., Songsmith Series JOHN’S ALLEY, Trevor Green J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin MOON TIME, Larry Myer NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), PJ Destiny J J NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, The Australian Pink Floyd Show THE OBSERVATORY, Tsuga, Odyssey, Ealdor Bealu, Dustfuzz RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROADHOUSE, Karaoke THE ROCK BAR & LOUNGE, Jam Series THE ROXIE, Hannah Jo Lally SLICE & BISCUIT, Bluegrass Jam J SPOKANE COUNTY FAIR & EXPO CENTER, The Nixon Rodeo ZOLA, Blake Braley




t’s a challenge to be both emotionally naked and disarmingly funny, but Slothrust’s Leah Wellbaum walks that thin line with steely conviction. She makes sure that every tossed-off one-liner feels like a bomb being lobbed right in your lap. Her lyrics are unpredictable, delightfully crass, hyper-specific: She mulls over the real importance of ramen flavor packets, pinpoints the appeal of cat people and wonders if her childhood horse has, in fact, been turned into glue by now. Following a 2017 covers EP (dig their sultry, spacey takes on “...Baby One More Time” and “Sex and Candy”), Slothrust has been dropping singles throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for a new album. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Slothrust with Summer Cannibals • Wed, Sept. 19 at 8 pm • $12 advance, $14 day of • All ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

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219 LOUNGE, Donnie Emerson Band THE AGING BARREL, Just Plain Darin J THE BARTLETT, The Lagoons, Harry Paradise J BEASLEY COLISEUM, The Everly Brothers Experience J BERSERK, Atari Ferrari CD Release Party BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BOLO’S, Dangerous Type BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke BROWN DERBY TAVERN, Soultree J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Phoenix Blues Band THE BUOY, KOSH CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Ron Greene CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke CRUISERS, Karaoke with Gary CURLEY’S, Rewind DARCY’S, Karaoke w/DJ Dave

DOWNDRAFT BREWING, Jan Harrison Blues Experience FARMHOUSE KITCHEN, Tom D’Orazi FORTY-ONE SOUTH, Truck Mills J FORZA COFFEE (G.U.), Lyle Morse J FORZA COFFEE (VALLEY), Renei Yarrow J J MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, Rodrigo y Gabriela (see page 53), Robert Ellis IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, Sandpoint Jazz Society IRON HORSE (CDA), Karma’s Circle THE JACKSON ST., Tufnel JOHN’S ALLEY, Michalangela J KNITTING FACTORY, Trevor Hall, Will Evans THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, The Lamb Band LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil MARYHILL WINERY, Dylan Hathaway MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Devon Wade MOOSE LOUNGE, NightShift

MULLIGAN’S BAR, Jon Keith Walton NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), Josh Phillips OMEGA EVENT CENTER, GinjaBred, Matmunny, Kutl3ss, Havoc the Clown, Lil Hatchet J OUTLAW BBQ, William Nover PATIT CREEK CELLARS, Ken Davis In Transit PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Ron Kieper THE PIN!, CCB Krew, Zany the Micsmith, Anthony Da Real, C-Major, Treezy & more RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos SILVER MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT (NOAH’S), Son of Brad SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Dave McRae SPOKANE EAGLES LODGE, Black Jack THIRSTY DOG, DJs WesOne & Big Mike ZOLA, Raggs and the Bush Doktor

Saturday, 09/15

219 LOUNGE, Donnie Emerson Band J 2231 CONCERTS, Christy Hays, Kaylee Goins THE AGING BARREL, Starlite Motel BARLOWS, Son of Brad J J THE BARTLETT, El Ten Eleven (see page 49), Tennis System J BERSERK, Jenny Don’t and the Spurs (see facing page), The Holy Broke, Brian Stai BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE BOARS NEST, The Double Downs BOLO’S, Dangerous Type J BUCER’S, Jon & Rand CEDAR STREET BISTRO, Bob Beadling CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Ron Greene J COEUR D’ALENE EAGLES, Dr. Phil & The Enablers COLBERT TRADING CO., The BackWoods Band

CRUISERS, Dirtbag, American Wrecking Company, Dead Animal Assembly Plant, InComing Days CURLEY’S, Rewind J DAHMEN BARN, Rev. Justin Hylton J J GORGE AMPHITHEATER, The Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Shovels and Rope THE GRAIN SHED, Feed the Soul Songwriter Series HOUSE OF SOUL, Nu Jack City and DJ P-Funk IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, Truck Mills J IRON GOAT BREWING, Nick Grow IRON HORSE (CDA), Karma’s Circle THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke JOHN’S ALLEY, The Intentions J KNITTING FACTORY, Free the Jester, From Us Comes Knowledge, Unconfined, American Heretics THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Hot Club of Spokane THE LARIAT INN, 3D Band LAUGHING DOG BREWING, Oak Street Connection LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Chuck Dunlop LITZ’S, Jan Harrison Blues Experience MARYHILL WINERY, JoLynn MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, BareGrass Band


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MOEZY INN, Quarter Monkey MOOSE LOUNGE, NightShift MULLIGAN’S, Fancee That NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), Josh Phillips J THE OBSERVATORY, Dark White Light, Belt of Vapor, Heavy Petal PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, The Ronaldos J THE PIN!, Kutl3ss, Edobo & guests REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Shannon McNally RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROXIE, William Nover SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Truck Mills SILVER MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT (NOAH’S), Rusty Jackson WESTWOOD BREWING CO., Eric Neuhauser ZOLA, Raggs and the Bush Doktor

Sunday, 09/16


PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Piano Sunday with Bob Beadling RED ROOM LOUNGE, Sol Seed, Treehouse!, Bubba Love, Icky Business J SOUTH HILL GRILL, Just Plain Darin ZOLA, The Donnie Emerson Band


Monday, 09/17

THE BULL HEAD, Songsmith Series J CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Open Mic CHECKERBOARD BAR, Open Mic CRAVE, DJ Dave EICHARDT’S, Jam with Truck Mills RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with Lucas Brookbank Brown ZOLA, Perfect Mess


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Tuesday, 09/18

219 LOUNGE, Karaoke with DJ Pat BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke CRAVE, DJ Dave GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tue. J J NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick (see page 47) J ONE WORLD CAFE, Art Michaud J THE PIN!, Sleep Signals, Fell From the Ship, Beyond the Remains POST FALLS BREWING, Devon Wade RAZZLE’S, Open Mic Jam RIDLER PIANO BAR, Open Mic/Jam THE ROADHOUSE, Karaoke J SWEET LOU’S, Just Plain Darin THE VIKING, Songsmith Series ZOLA, Dueling Cronkites

Wednesday, 09/19

219 LOUNGE, Truck Mills ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Tuxedo Junction Big Band J J THE BARTLETT, Slothrust (see, Summer Cannibals BELLWETHER BREWING CO., Dario Ré w/ Bickford and Zuniga J BLACK DIAMOND, Chris Molitor CRAVE, DJ Dave CRUISERS, Open Jam Night CRUISERS, Code Red Riot, The Jam Band, Jimmy Nuge GENO’S, Open Mic HOUSE OF SOUL, Jazz & Whiskey IRON HORSE (VALLEY), Ray Vasquez THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke LOST BOYS’ GARAGE, Jazz Weds. LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE (SOUTH HILL), Justin James RED ROOM LOUNGE, Jam Session RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROADHOUSE, Open Mic THE THIRSTY DOG, Karaoke ZOLA, CRUXIE

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J THE BARTLETT, Kinski, Peru Resh, Sep. 21 J NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, Rascal Flatts, Trent Harmon, Sep. 22 J THE BARTLETT, Carbon Leaf 25th Anniversary, Sep. 24 J BING CROSBY THEATER, Jeff Tweedy, James Elkington, Sep. 26 J MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, David Bromberg Quintet, Sep. 26


Writer, actor, monologist, SNL comedian “Pat” returns to her hometown of Spokane for an evening of stand-up comedy


Sept 28 8 PM

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater


– The New York Times

“A Temple of Satire…”

– Time Magazine


Nov 14 7:30 PM



MUSIC | VENUES 219 LOUNGE • 219 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-2639934 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 BARLOWS • 1428 N. Liberty Lake Rd. • 924-1446 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEEROCRACY • 911 W. Garland Ave. BERSERK • 125 S. Stevens • 714-9512 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUZZ COFFEEHOUSE • 501 S. Thor • 340-3099 CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY • 116 E. Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208-665-0591 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague Ave. • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S PUB • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 THE FEDORA • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208-7658888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 THE HIVE • 207 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-457-2392 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 HOLLYWOOD REVOLVER BAR • 4720 Ferrel, CdA • 208-274-0486 HOUSE OF SOUL • 120 N. Wall • 217-1961 IRON HORSE BAR • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL • 11105 E. Sprague Ave., CdA • 509-926-8411 JACKSON ST. BAR & GRILL • 2436 N. Astor St. • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow • 208883-7662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 2013 E. 29th Ave. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague • 747-2605 MARYHILL WINERY • 1303 W. Summit Pkwy, Ste. 100 • 443-3832 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan • 924-9000 MICKDUFF’S • 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208)255-4351 MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE • 208 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint • 208-265-9382 MOOSE LOUNGE • 401 E. Sherman • 208-664-7901 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MULLIGAN’S • 506 Appleway Ave., CdA • 208- 7653200 ext. 310 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR CATERING & EVENTS • 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST RESORT • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE OBSERVATORY • 15 S. Howard • 598-8933 OMEGA EVENT CENTER • 25 E. Lincoln Rd. O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PIN! • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside • 822-7938 RIVELLE’S • 2360 N Old Mill Loop, CdA • 208-9300381 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 THE THIRSTY DOG • 3027 E. Liberty Ave. • 487-3000 TIMBER GASTRO PUB •1610 E Schneidmiller, Post Falls • 208-262-9593 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416


Get to know your neighbors during the fifth annual PorchFest.



PorchFest returns to West Central for its fifth year of music festival-type feels without the high cost and large crowds. Residents open up their porches and yards to become stages for live music from local performers and spaces to get to know your neighbor. Start at one home in Kendall Yards or historic West Central and roam around to the 17 houses in total participating in the event this year. You don’t have to be a resident of the neighborhood to attend; all are invited who possess a positive attitude and want to see and experience for themselves the West Central community. — MICHAELA MULLIGAN West Central PorchFest • Sat, Sept. 15 from 3-7 pm • Free to attend • All ages • West Central Neighborhood •


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Logan Neighborhood Lit Crawl! • Sun, Sept. 16 at 4 pm • Free • Starts at Logan Tavern • 1305 N. Hamilton •

Path to Tolerance: The Photography of Robert Lloyd • Sept. 17Oct. 25, Mon-Fri from 3-6 pm • EWU Downtown Student Gallery • 404 Second St., Cheney •

That Spokane has an incredible literary community is no mystery. And the fact we also have killer neighborhoods full of friendly businesses — more than a few of them slinging delicious drinks — is likewise not news to anyone. But I still contend that the new trend of Lit Crawls is an ideal and fresh way to explore parts of the Lilac City you perhaps haven’t seen in a while. The next one is coming up Sunday in the Logan Neighborhood, and will feature readings by the likes of Kate Lebo, Kristina Poffenroth, Stephen Pitters and more, with stops including the Clover patio and Mission Park. A walk, wordsmiths and potential for whiskey? Seems like a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. — DAN NAILEN

Retired Eastern Washington professor Robert Lloyd calls his new photography show “one of quiet post-retirement observations,” but don’t let that fool you; the images on display in Path to Tolerance: The Photography of Robert Lloyd are far from simple shots of a “quiet” life. Indeed, Lloyd’s photographs, as he describes in his artist statement for the show, include stories of human trafficking and violence, international travel and cross-cultural traditions and taboos. In collecting the disparate shots in one place, Lloyd hopes the audience will reflect on their reactions to what he captured with his lens and find “a consensus of tolerance.” — DAN NAILEN


You don’t need to hop a plane to Munich to experience Oktoberfest this fall. Just an hour and a half west of Spokane, the town of Odessa goes big for Deutschesfest, an annual four-day German food, drink and culture celebration. Most importantly, there’ll be plenty of German-style ales on tap in the event’s city block-sized biergarten, along with all the traditional food staples: bratwurst, sauerkraut, pickles, soft pretzels and more. Festive live music provides the soundtrack to the weekend, which includes a community parade through town Saturday at 10 am. After a few drinks in the beer garden (which is all ages during certain hours), wander through the vendor fair in the heart of town. Other events include Thursday night’s bed races, a fun run, kids’ zone, horseshoe tourney, talent show and more. Find the complete festival schedule online. — CHEY SCOTT Deutschesfest • Sept. 13-16 • Free to attend; daily beer garden admission: $5/21+; $3/ages 13-20 • Odessa, Washington • • 982-0049

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Watching guitarists Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero, known informally as Rodrigo y Gabriela, you might start to wonder if they possess superhuman powers. A typical live show involves a flurry of fingers and lightning-fast string picking, as the longtime musical partners wield their acoustic guitars like weapons, making them duel one moment and then bringing them into glorious harmony the next. Once you witness their instrumental prowess firsthand, you won’t be surprised to learn that the duo actually started out playing heavy metal. But now the Mexican musicians mine flamenco, mariachi and Latin folk influences for a lush sound that’s both classical and fiercely contemporary. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Rodrigo y Gabriela with Robert Ellis • Fri, Sept. 14 at 8 pm • $41-$71 • All ages • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • • 624-1200

The Lilac Bloomsday Association, in cooperation with The Inlander, is now accepting submissions for the 2019 finisher’s T-shirt. If your design is selected, you’ll recieve $1,000. Submit designs by September 10th to either the Bloomsday Office or Paper & Cup in Kendall Yards. You can find full details in the “Latest News” section at






I SAW YOU WHEN GREEN MET BLUE I saw you at the North Sonic on Friday the 7th. I was wearing a green get-up and you looked fantastic in pale blue. You picked up some of my favourites and we made jokes about how awful LaCroix is. I think you have great taste. Maybe we share some other interests too? Maybe I will see you next shopping trip? I can’t get your smile and those dimples off my mind. THE STAR WITH STARMIX I saw you at the Hamilton Safeway on Sunday the 9th around 8:30 pm. You were picking up Margarita supplies and Starmix. Thanks for laughing about the packages of Hot Nuts with me and helping me pick mixers. You made my night.

CHEERS ABOUT TIME! After six long years, you finally revealed a crush that was mutual! Sparks flew and here we are today, crazy in love. Thanks for your patience, kindness and for sharing a life with me I never imagined was possible. You’re the best, Roo! All my love. - Chief THE THIRSTIEST THURSDAY I was taking a stroll ‘round the witching hour. You were on your back, passed out, in the doorway of a coffee shop on

Sprague; using the entrance as a pillow. My plan was to keep going but, with the police precinct in spitting distance, I stopped and turned around. It took two taps with a shoe before you’re coming to. While you might not have seen me, I watched as both your eyes rolled back into place, as though from out of the blue. Was it English you mumbled in the process of sittingup? I don’t know... I’m not even sure they were words, really. Either way, I patted you on the shoulder only to wander off into the night. Carry on my drunkward son!

JEERS DOGS AT PIG OUT IN THE PARK Why oh why do you dog people think your pet wants to go listen to loud music and try to make their way through the sea of feet they encountered at Pig Out In The Park. Dog’s hearing is very sensitive. The people standing right in front of me very close to the stage were holding their dog on their shoulders. The poor thing looked incredibly miserable! Another dog was trying to get through a crowd of people while you appeared unaware of it’s distress. Please leave your dogs at home or, if it’s cool at night, in your car rather than subject them to something that scares them! I have also been made aware that there are signs all over the park stating No Dogs! SOUTH HILL SCUMBAGS After three soul sucking weeks working like a dog on your bathroom remodel, you left all my tools and equipment outside your house and locked all the doors and hid inside like cowards. You paid me less than half of what you owed me. At first you said you were going to get someone else to finish the job. Really? One day before it’s done? I call BS. Shame on you for taking the food out of my baby’s mouth. Shame on you for wasting a working mom’s time while you sat on your fat butt watching. Good luck with that karma, and your self involved, entitled little world. What goes around comes around.

HATERS To all those who rag on the homeless, you cry because you see the homeless but you stupid landlords ask us to make three times the rent to qualify for a place. To all those businesses who yell about the new Catholic Charities apartments, where do you want the homeless to go?

lanes. Then I’ll memorize your plate number. Then I’ll honk, then flip you off, go home, and call the police (usually Idaho). If you want to help cure the shitty traffic problems along the interstate and in the valley, then learn the concepts of public transportation and/or carpooling. Until the idiots in

told to leave and never come back. Not even for Men’s Prayer. I was not given a reason why other than some people don’t like me as a veteran for some reason. This church does not deserve to have any members going to it. It is unbelievable that a church would remove a disabled veteran because

That is not how a church should operate and it is not how we treat our disabled veterans who are trying to re-integrate back into society after war.

Auschwitz? To all these cities who send their homeless to Spokane, Stop it! Do what Catholic Charities is doing and build them homes. You are all one to two paychecks away to being out there. Remember that. TRAFFIC JAM LANE HOGS ---- ARGH! Okay. We all understand the daily Spokane Valley traffic on eastbound I-90 causes a massive jam that often backs up all the way to Sunset Hill. And, yes, we all analyze the interstate for open slots to move along quicker. Yet, everyday, rain or shine, starting at around 3:30pm, eastbound assholes use the Hamilton EXIT lanes to rapidly move ahead of other vehicles, often causing near or actual accidents while slowing down to re-enter the main lanes. People, the exit lanes are for drivers exiting onto Hamilton for points north. It is illegal for you to block those lanes just so you can get ahead of the Smiths and the Joneses! Yes!!! That’s me in the silver Legacy crazily honking at you stupid, selfish idiots. Here is my new plan: to further prevent you from injuring or killing me and my kid, I’m going to *slow down* in front of you when I see your turn signal, so you cannot enter the main

SOUND OFF 1. Visit by 3 pm Monday. 2. Pick a category (I Saw You, You Saw Me, Cheers or Jeers). 3. Provide basic info: your name and email (so we know you’re real). 4. To connect via I Saw You, provide a non-identifying email to be included with your submission — like “,” not “”

the DOT fix the situation, this is life now. Just STOP placing mine and my family’s in danger every day. PREACHERS AND TEACHERS Anybody who is upset that teachers salaries are being raised because of increased taxes needs to move to a remote island. Personally, I’m more than willing to pay more taxes for social programs - and no, I’m not rich; I’m middle class with kids, but I know we are responsible for taking care of each other. I know some of you need more tax cuts so you can buy a bigger house to prove you’re better than your neighbors, but in the end, we all have to pay for our sins. Greed is a sin, and not taking care of your neighbors is an even bigger sin. CHURCH GROUP KICKS OUT DISABLED VETERAN I was invited to attend a Christian church. I went there a few times and started to volunteer there. I am a disabled veteran with three combat tours overseas. I have PTSD and Paranoid Schizophrenia and was looking for somewhere I could go to re-socialize and reintegrate back into the community. I was invited to the church. After a few weeks I was

ONE member does not like them.

SHAME ON YOU My friend is a disabled veteran in this community and suffers from schizophrenia, PTSD and TBI. He was attending a church as a part of his healing process and finding a support group. The church he was at rudely asked him to leave and not come back after two Sundays because of his mental health issues. Shame on you! That is not how a church should operate and it is not how we treat our disabled veterans that are trying to re-integrate back into society after war. n


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EYE CONTACT: HOMELESS ART EXHIBIT AND FUNDRAISER This one-night event brings together local artists to showcase their work while drawing attention to the needs of some of Spokane’s most vulnerable residents. Enjoy food and beverage, live music, performance art, and support the work of Volunteers of America. Sep. 13, 6-9 pm. Free with registration. Washington Cracker Building, 304 W. Pacific. (688-1104) MEDVENGERS 2 The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is hosting an evening of entertainment, appetizers, cocktails, dinner, and a live auction and to raise scholarship support for students. Sep. 14, 6-10 pm. $150. Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. medvengers (368-6832) MICAH TYLER BENEFIT CONCERT The singer/songwriter and Texas native has served in youth ministry for almost a decade. Benefits A Child’s Hope Spokane. Sep. 14, 7-9 pm. $20. Life Center Church, 1202 N. Government Way. (328-2700) 12TH ANNUAL NIGHT IN BLACK & WHITE This event gathers civic and business leaders and community members for an evening of silent and live auctions and a chance to mix and mingle with Boys and Girls Club supporters over hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dinner. Sep. 15, 5:30-11 pm. $100. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. DIY PRINT SHOP Learn to print like a pro with Chris Bovey, creator of the Vintage Spokane Prints series. This is a free workshop, and it’s also a “friend-raiser;” you’ll have the chance to purchase upgrades like T-shirts, fancy paper and extra supplies to support Spark Central. Sep. 15, 7-9 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. RUNWAY RENEGADES The 11th annual benefit fashion show supports six local designers and gives local underserved youth an opportunity to work with those designers featured in the show. Sep. 15, 8 pm. $25-$50. Riverside Place, 1108 W. Riverside. PLAY FOR GRACIE MEMORIAL FOOTGOLF TOURNAMENT A one-day tournament benefitting the local foundation, which gives sports and activities scholarships to kids in need. Sept. 15, 8 am-6 pm. $70. Eagle Ridge Short Course, 5840 S. Meadow Lane Rd. (939-7540) ALL HEART INFUSION ANNIVERSARY The nonprofit celebrates its first anniversary with wine, appetizers, a silent auction and raffle. Also hear from patient Gina Moriarty. Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free, donations accepted. Manito Country Club, 5303 S. Hatch Rd. (309-2230)


2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. COMEDY NIGHT Mark Morris comedy brings laughs to Springdale with nationally touring comedian Josh Teaford and documentarian Monica Nevi. Sep. 13, 7-8:30 pm. $10. Brothers Bar, 111 W. Shaffer Ave. (509-258-8875) FUNNY GAMES: ANTHONY JESELNIK After selling out more than 40 theaters, this leg of the tour kicks off in Spokane.

Sep. 13, 8-10 pm. $47.61. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. bingcrosbytheater. com (1-800-325-SEAT) GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (509-847-1234) BADA BING COMEDY SERIES: CATHY LADMAN & KAT SIMMONS An evening of comedy from two of standup’s funniest ladies. Sep. 14, 8-10 pm. $15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. BLUE RIBBON Improv skits based on county fair-themed prompts and suggestions. For general audiences. Fridays at 8 pm, Aug. 17-Sept. 14. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) HOWL AT THE HARVEST MOON Mark Morris comedy presents featured comedian Josh Teaford along with Monica Nevi and guest host Ronni Taylor. Sep. 14, 8-9:30 pm. Harvest Moon Restaurant, 20 S. First St., Rockford. (509-291-4313) 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. (838-6688) COMEDY NIGHT Mark Morris Comedy presents nationally-touring comedian Josh Teaford along with documentarian Monica Nevi. Sep. 15, 8-9:30 pm. Goodtymes Bar & Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. SAFARI A fast-paced improvised show relying on audience suggestions to fuel each scene. Saturdays at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) A NIGHT OF COMEDY Mark Morris comedy brings featured comedian Josh Teaford and documentarian Monica Nevi to the stage with guest host Ronni Taylor. Sep. 16, 7-8:30 pm. $3/$5. Eagle’s Pub, 414 First St., Cheney. (235-6294) THE SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Featuring comics from the Northwest and beyond, and hosted by Deece Casillas. Sundays, from 8-9:30 pm. Free. The Ridler Piano Bar, 718 W. Riverside Ave. (509-822-7938) SPOKANE’S FUNNIEST COMICS: JARED MUNSON & FRIENDS Jared Munson, voted Best Local Comedian in the Inlander’s Best Of poll in 2017, is bringing some of his funniest friends to The Bartlett, including 2018 Best Of winner Casey Strain. Sep. 16, 8 pm. $5/$7. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. COMEDY SHOWCASE The Monday night showcase lets the audience help pick the “Best Set” of the night from among four local comedians. Third Monday of the month, from 8-9:30 pm. No cover; two-item min. purchase. The Buzz Pizzeria, Bar and Lounge, 501 S Thor St. (509-340-3099) MONDAY NIGHT COMEDY Hosted by Jared Chastain, with local acts followed by open mic. Mondays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Etsi Bravo, 215 E. Main, Pullman. (715-1037) SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Comedy returns to The Pin as The Social Hour presents Michael Glatzmaier, Deece Casillas, and Folger Emerson, with special guest Sophie Thomi, and hosted by Ronni Taylor. Sept. 17, 8-9:30 pm. $7/$10. The Pin!, 412 W. Sprague. (368-4077)


LOGAN NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY Spend time enjoying food, mu-

sic, activities more, all while getting to know your neighbors. Everyone who lives, learns, works or worships in Logan Neighborhood is welcome. Sept. 13, 3:307 pm. Free. Fourth Memorial Church, 2000 N. Standard St. STARTUP SPOKANE OPEN HOUSE Learn about the center’s resources, programs and services and take a tour of the coworking space while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages and mingling with local entrepreneurs and service providers. Sept. 13, 3-5 pm. Free. Startup Spokane Central, 610 W. Second. DROP IN & RPG If you’ve ever been curious about role-playing games, join us to experience this unique form of gameplaying, and build a shared narrative using cooperative problem solving, exploration, imagination, and rich social interaction. Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month, from 4-7 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. FRIENDS OF THE DEER PARK LIBRARY BOOK SALE Proceeds from the sale of used books support various library programs and services. Sept. 14-15 from 9 am-4 pm and Sept. 16 from 11 am-3 pm. Free. Deer Park Auto Freight, 2405 E. Crawford Ave. HOMESTEAD VINTAGE SHOW A vintage show featuring wares from local vendors. Sept. 14 from 2-6 pm and Sept. 15 from 9 am-3 pm. Free admission. At 12424 E. Bigelow Gulch Rd. CIVIC ACTION FESTIVAL Includes a free community concert, food trucks, craft cocktails, a “Rock the Vote” activity, an opportunity to register to vote, meet local Idaho candidates, and connect with community organizations, learn about voter issues and more. Sep. 15, 4-8 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd. CODE KIDS Get a passport to discover new computer science concepts, and a new sticker for each concept you master. Sign up online; for grades 3-6. Sep. 15, 10 am-noon. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. COPS, CARS & CRUISERS The Liberty Lake Police Department’s event supports the Special Olympics and features a variety of First Responder Police, Fire and EMS vehicles and equipment including SWAT and an Air Unit. At 22710 E. Country Vista Dr., Liberty Lake. Sep. 15, 10 am-4 pm. CRUISE ON MONROE Experience the North Monroe Business District and the newly completed road construction with a classic cruise and car show, and other activities throughout the district, including a community mural painting project. Sep. 15, 10 am-4 pm. Free to attend; $10/car. North Monroe Business District, North Monroe Street. GLOBAL KIDICAL MASSIVE BIKE RIDE Just like the regular Kidical Mass, but during a global event. This family-friendly afternoon bike ride of about 3 miles heads out from Spark Central through Kendall Yards and back on the Centennial Trail. Sep. 15, 1-3 pm. Free. Kendall Yards, Summit Parkway. INDABA FEST A community celebration with food trucks, live music, coffee, donuts and more. Sept. 15, 11 am-6 pm. Free. Olmsted Brothers Green, N. Nettleton St. and Summit Pkwy. LET’S DANCE: NORTH IDAHO PRIDE SILVER ALLIANCE A monthly dance and social for LGBTQ and Allies, open to

all ages and genders. Includes refreshments and an 80s-themed dance. Sept. 15, 6-9:30 pm. $5 suggested donation. Human Rights Education Institute, 414 W. Fort Grounds Dr. PORCHFEST The 5th annual neighborhood celebration, hosted by residents of Kendall Yards and West Central Spokane. Meet your neighbors and enjoy live, local music. Sep. 15, 3-7 pm. Free. facebook. com/PorchFestWestCentral/ SPOKANE COUNTY REPTILE & PET EXPO Featuring a selection of live reptiles, amphibians, insects, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, rodents, feeder bugs, books and much more, including educational and nonprofit organizations on site. Sept. 15, 10 am-4 pm. $5. The Warehouse, 800 N. Hamilton St. bit. ly/2O8SrVX (607-5832) SPOKANE RIVER CLEAN-UP Join more than 600 volunteers during the 15th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up. Each year, trash tallies grow as more volunteers show up to clean more areas along the Spokane River shoreline. Sep. 15, 9 amnoon. High Bridge Park, Riverside Ave. and A St. HERITAGE GARDENS TOUR The gardens have been restored to look as they did when the Turners entertained their guests there more than a century ago. Sundays from 11 am-noon through Sept. 30. Free. Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, 507 W. Seventh. SHARING THE DHARMA DAY “The Power of Optimism” is the theme for the next monthly talk at Sravasti Abbey, the Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Newport. The series is based on “An Open-Hearted Life,” by Shambhala and co-written by Venerable Thubten Chodron, Sravasti Abbey founder and abbess, and clinical psychologist Dr. Russell Kolts. Sep. 16, 9:45 am-3 pm. By donation. Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane Rd. sravastiabbey. org (447-5549) HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: HISTORY, DIVERSITY & LEGACIES In 1968, amidst the Puerto Rican and Mexican American civil rights movements, the observation of a Hispanic Heritage Week was initiated under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Today, Hispanic Heritage Month is observed where people from 20 different countries celebrate a common Hispanic/ Latino heritage at the same time that an anti-immigration narrative against that group increases in the U.S. Sept. 17, 6:307:30 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. (444-5300) DINING FOR WOMEN A potluck picnic hosted by members of the national organization benefiting impoverished women and girls worldwide. Meet other women from Idaho and Washington chapters, share a meal, and learn how we change the world. Sept. 18, 6-8 pm. Free. Q’Emiln Park, 12201 W Parkway Dr. PEOPLE FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT A meeting of PEG, the Spokane based non-partisan group of center-left and center-right voters who are committed to changing the current polarized and dysfunctional political climate to one of civility and common sense. Includes a presentation from Tom Trulove, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, EWU, former five-time Mayor of Cheney, on “Experiences in Effective Government.” Sep. 18, 7 pm. Free. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR MURDER VICTIMS The Victim/ Witness Unit from the Spokane County

Prosecutors Office hosts a “Celebration of Life” vigil to honor the memories of murder victims, and to recognize the impact of homicide on surviving family/friends. Attendees are encouraged to share stories, poems and pictures. Sept. 19, 5:30-7 pm. Free. Spokane County Public Works Building, 1100 W. Mallon Ave. (477-3640) BOGO SWING DANCE! Strictly Swing Spokane kicks off its fall semester with a buy-one-get-one-free dance, with a beginner lesson and open dancing. Sep. 20, 7-10 pm. $8. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. FALL GARDEN CLEANUP Master Gardener Marilyn Lloyd shares the importance of fall cleanup in the garden, along with easy steps to get it all done. Sept. 20, 1-2 pm. Free. Cheney Library, 610 First St. (509-893-8280) LILAC CITY LIVE The “late night” talk show featuring local talent at the library. September’s show features Terrain’s Ginger Ewing and Luke Baumgarten, and performances from Power 2 the Poetry and local band Lavoy. Sept. 20, 7-9 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main. SCG URBAN GARDEN TOUR A tour of the Grant Park Community Garden, refreshments, and a special class on seed saving. Show your support for the gardeners after the recent vandalism. Sep. 20, 5-6 pm. Free. Grant Park, 1015 S. Arthur. THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE! The museum hosts a monthly, rotating mix of programs including music by local artists, happy hour, gallery talks, Art@Work exhibition openings, films, courses, lectures and more. Third Thursday of the month, from 6-9 pm. $5. The MAC, 2316 W. First. (363-5324)


ODESSA DEUTSCHESFEST The Odessa community hosts a festival tribute to the small town’s German heritage, with three days of German music, homemade German food staples and more. Sept. 1316. Varies. Odessa, Hwy 21 and Hwy 28. SPOKANE COUNTY INTERSTATE FAIR Come “Turnip the Jam” at the 2018 Spokane County Interstate Fair and enjoy family-friendly rides, activities, shows and vendors. Sept. 7-16 from 10 am-10 pm daily. $8-$11. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. SOUTHEAST SPOKANE COUNTY FAIR The fair offers exhibits, live animals, entertainment, rides and games, craft vendors, horse events, a parade, a fun run, helicopter rides, a soapbox derby and food. Sept. 21, noon-9 pm; Sept. 22, 9 am-9 pm and Sept. 23, 11 am-6 pm. Free. Rockford, Wash.


YELLOW SUBMARINE A screening and sing-a-long of the Beatles’ animated movie in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Sept. 14 at 5:30 pm, Sept. 15 at 7:30 pm and Sept. 16 at 3:30 pm. $5-$9. Panida Theater, 300 N. First. DESCENT: SCI-FI SHORT FILM PREMIERE Forced to make an emergency evacuation, trapped in an escape pod plummeting toward a planet, a young astronaut makes some difficult choices. Sep. 15, 9:30 am. $5. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland. (327-1050)


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Swept Under the Rug “Shadow banning” cannabis in the world of Facebook BY TUCK CLARRY


hile marijuana may be legal in several states and all of Canada, advertising for the new cash crop is still taboo, not only in public spaces but online spaces as well. Pages containing “cannabis” or “marijuana” in their names stopped appearing in searches throughout results on the social media behemoth Facebook. The pages are active and accessible by direct linking but are otherwise hidden to those that don’t know the pages’ URLs. It’s a technique of blocking called “shadow banning.” The site allows cannabis businesses to maintain pages


as long as they are within terms of the community standards rules, but they’ve also swept thousands of pages underneath the rug for several years. “A company’s social pages are as important — if not more important — than their website,” public relations expert Rosie Mattio told Marijuana Business Daily. “This is a big hit to cannabis businesses and brands.” The shadow ban even resulted in blocked searches for the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, the government agency that regulates the recreational marijuana industry throughout the state. The Facebook

page is mainly used to inform businesses and the public of upcoming meetings and regulatory deliberations. The agency says they have received no information from Facebook as to why their page is shadow-banned. In 2010, during a legalization push in California, several advocacy efforts on Facebook were removed without explanation. When pressed, Andrew Noyes, a spokesman for Facebook said in an email to the Just Say Now legalization group, “It would be fine to note that you were informed by Facebook that the image in question was no longer acceptable for use in Facebook ads. The image of a pot leaf is classified with all smoking products and therefore is not acceptable under our policies.” Due to the silence by the social media platform in the latest controversy, it is unclear if the shadow ban is intentional or rather a search engine snafu. Users who are following or subscribed to cannabis pages are able to search for those select pages, but a direct page search remains invalid. “I think their community standards around marijuana are problematic, Oakland attorney Sylvia Chi told Marijuana Moment. “It seems like they could [update their guidelines to prohibit minors] but they just don’t want to.” n

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SATURDAY MARKET CARTOONS Cartoons are screened every Saturday through September from 9 am to noon. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. OUTMODED MEDIA SYMPOSIUM A celebration and exploration of various forms of outmoded (but beloved) forms of media, from slides to cameras, LPs to VHS. The event hosts seven guest speakers. In the art building. Sept. 17-18 from 3-6 pm. Free. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. (777-4482) AMERICAN DRESSER The film follows a hard-edged Vietnam veteran who’s recently widowed and estranged from his adult daughters. Sept. 18, 7:30 pm. $10. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. BOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL Join the Kenworthy and WSU for a night of Bollywood film and filmmaking. Every Tuesday in September at 7 pm a different featured Bollywood film is screened. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. FOOD FOR THOUGHT FILM SERIES: ALBATROSS Filmed in Midway, a remote island in the North Pacific, “Albatross” follows a family of the titular bird species as they struggle to adapt to the changing environment, now saturated by discarded plastic. The film is preceded by a short presentation by Wieteke Holtuizjen, a former environmental science researcher at University of Idaho. Sep. 19, 7 pm. Free and open to the public. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor. Sept. 20 and 22 at 7:30 pm, Sept. 23 at 3:30 pm. $5-$9. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. YELLOW SUBMARINE SING-ALONG Sing along with John, Paul, George and Ringo as the four animated heroes journey across seven seas to free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the militant Meanies, and restore music, color and love to the world. Sep. 20, 7 pm. $5. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main.


WINE & WIN An evening of networking, hosted by the Spokane Executive Women International (EWI). Includes a raffle ($10) tickets to support the group’s scholarship fund. Sep. 13, 5-8 pm. $20. Maryhill Winery, 1303 W. Summit Pkwy. COFFEE & CHOCOLATE PAIRING Sample chocolate from Cloudforest, a bean-to-bar company, paired with RH’s award-winning, organic coffees and red wine. Sept. 14, 6:30 pm. $40. First Avenue Coffee, 1017 W. First Ave. (509-201-7091) DINNER ON THE BRIDGE: CELEBRATING FARM-TO-FORK The Women & Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen’s 2nd annual benefit dinner celebrating regional farmers, culinary creativity and artisan producers during an alfresco dinner in Riverfront Park. Sept. 14, 6-9 pm. $100. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. wcfrspokane.ejoinme. org/2018bridgedinner FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY This year’s series features a wider variety of trucks,

entertainment and company. See weekly schedule online. Fridays from 11:30 am-1:30 pm through Sept. 28. Downtown Spokane. FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS Familyfriendly trivia from Bent Trivia with local food trucks and beer flights from a local brewery. Fridays from 5-8 pm through Sept. 28. At the Sky Ribbon Cafe. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. PRODUCE SWAP (DEER PARK) Bring in extra fresh produce from your garden and take home something different from another garden. Fri-Sat from 10 am-6 pm; Sun from 1-5 pm through Sept. 30. Free. Deer Park Library, 208 Forest St. SIERRA NEVADA BREWER’S DINNER A six-course dinner by chef Travis Dickinson, featuring pairings from Sierra Nevada, including the Sidecar, Torpedo and Otra Vez. Sept. 16, 6 pm. $60. Cochinito Taqueria, 10 N. Post. POWERFUL PLANT PROTEINS This class provides the opportunity to face your fears and learn how to marinate tofu and create a quinoa vegetable salad and more. Sep. 18, 5:30-7 pm. Free. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front. COMMUNITY COOKING CLASS: EAT THE RAINBOW Learn some new recipes that will make “eating the rainbow” more encouraging during this class that offers lots of options to try a variety of vegetable-based dishes. Sep. 19, 5:30-7 pm. Free. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front. GRAND OPENING PARTY Celebrate the official opening of First Avenue Coffee with Roast House coffee, the people behind our coffees, our community, and the ideas of our founder. Sept. 20, 5-8 pm. Free. First Avenue Coffee, 1017 W. First.


THE LARK & THE LOON The songwriting duo of husband/wife team Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen take sinspiration from prewar blues and jazz, Irish dance music, sea shanties and traditional American music. Sept. 14, 7:30-9:30 pm. $12/$15. Di Luna’s Cafe, 207 Cedar St. PIANISTS JAY & SANDY MAUCHLEY Jay and Sandy are professors emeriti at the University of Idaho and have collaborated together for over 35 years. Sep. 14, 7 pm. Free, RSVP requested. Steinway Piano Gallery, 13418 E. Nora Ave. (327-4266) WHAT IS KIRTAN? Kirtan is a simple and powerful way to meditate, and is a form of Bhakti yoga, the royal path. Sept. 14, 7-9 pm. $20. Spokane Yoga Shala, 731 S. Garfield. (570-4284) DREAMTIME & DEVADASI DANCE A late summer evening of live music and dance, Chinese food and drinks, with seating on the outdoor patio deck and lawn. Sept. 15, 6-8 pm. Ruby Chow’s, 3009 E. Diamond. (218-0707) MOUNTAIN DULCIMERS See the Spokane Dulcimer Guild demonstrate playing dulcimers with different tones and discuss the history of the instrument. Sep. 15, 2-4 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne.




I’ve been flirting with two guys all year. I feel a connection and chemistry with both, but neither’s asked me out yet. This weekend, I’m attending a going-away party of a grad student we all know, and I’m nervous that they’ll both show up and ask me out. (There’s also a third guy who seems interested.) What should I do? I wouldn’t want to be one of somebody’s many options. —Feeling Unfair


The first few dates are the free trial period of romantic relationships. Think of it like accepting a sample of lox spread at Costco. You’re seeing how you like it; you aren’t committing to buy a salmon hatchery. It sounds like you instead see a date as a Wile E. Coyote-style trapdoor dropping you into a relationship. You and the guy have sex for the first time, and assuming he doesn’t fake his death afterward or ditch a burner phone he’s been texting you from, you two become a thing — right on track to sign up for those cute side-by-side burial plots. The problem is, this is like getting into a relationship with the first stranger who sits down on the bus next to you. You’re skipping an essential step — the “see who the guy is and decide” part. Even when the guy isn’t just some Tinder rando — even when you’ve known him for a while — you need to see who he is as a boyfriend and how you work as a couple. Also, making matters worse, if you’re like many women, sex can act as a sort of snuff film for your objectivity, leading you to feel emotionally attached to the man you’ve just slept with. Psychologists Cindy Meston and David Buss speculate that this may come out of the orgasm-driven release of oxytocin, a hormone that has been associated with emotional bonding. (In men, testosterone goes all nightclub bouncer, blocking oxytocin so it can’t get to its receptor.) To keep sex from drugging away your objectivity, try something: unsexy broaddaylight dates with various guys for just a few hours each. Yes, various guys. It’s not only okay to date more than one guy initially; it’s ideal. (A man with rivals is a man who has to try harder.) Meanwhile, your having options should curb any tendency you might have to go all needypants on a guy who, say, doesn’t text you right back — even if his competition’s texts are more preventive distraction than romantic ideal: “What are u wearing? Also, are u good w/Excel?” Or “I know u like fashion. Here’s my penis in a beret.”


I’m a 35-year-old guy who’s been texting with this girl. She got out of a sevenmonth relationship two months ago and is still kind of emotional about it. We’ll make plans to go out, but she always cancels at the last minute, claiming that she’s “still a mess” and adding, “Hope you understand!” Should I just keep texting with her and see where things lead? —Limbo Think about the guys women get stuck on — those they can’t get to text them back, not those who put out lighted signs visible from space: “iPhone’s always on! Call 24/7! Pick me! Yaaay! Over here!” Consider FOMO — fear of missing out — or, in scientist-speak, the “scarcity principle.” That’s psychologist Robert Cialdini’s term for how the less available something is the more valuable (and desirable) we perceive it to be. This is not because it actually becomes more valuable but because scarcity triggers a motivational state — a state of “grab it or lose it!”...”don’t let it get away!” Contrast that with how available you are -- to a woman who doesn’t seem ready for a relationship but is up for the emotional perks that come with. So she sucks up the consoling texted attention she gets from you but ducks out of any in-person get-togethers that could eventually lead to your trying to, well, console her with your penis. Consider shutting off the therapy spigot and making yourself scarce until she’s ready to date. Tell her you want to take a timeout from texting and give her a little time to heal ’n’ deal and then go on a date. Pick a night — about a month from now — and ask her to put it on her calendar, explaining that it’s fine if she needs to reschedule if she still doesn’t feel ready. Putting it on the calendar makes it tangible — but putting it in the future, with an option to push it forward, takes the pressure off. And your disappearing for a while is probably your best shot at shifting your, um, zoological category -- to potential “animal in bed” from emotional support animal in the Hello Kitty diaper for the plane. n ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR DALTON GARDENS CONCERT IN THE PARK Featuring live music by The Powers, with food and craft beer for purchase. Free. Sep. 16, 3-6 pm. Ward Newcomb Memorial Park, 4th and Hanley, Dalton Gardens. DAVID PHELPS The Christian gospel artist teams with three vocalists and musical trio Cana’s Voice to present The Big Voice Tour. Sep. 16, 6 pm. $25-$50. Turning Point Open Bible Church, 11911 N. Division. WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONTRA DANCE Spokane Folklore Society’s weekly contra dance this week features the Jam Band with caller Nancy Staub. No experience necessary. Beginner workshop at 7:15. Sepy. 19, 7:30-9:30 pm. $5/$7. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. CABERNET CABARET Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre presents an evening of performances from local talent, singing songs about love, loss, humanity, purpose and meaning. Sept. 20, 7:30-9:30 pm. $30. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St.


DEMOLITION DERBY Saturday’s event features mini vans and 80s sedans. Sunday’s event is open to all cars. Sept. 15 at 7 pm and Sept. 16 at 4 pm. $6-$9. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. ALHAMBRA SEPTEMBER TOURNAMENT Join the local medieval recreation group for archery, combat and more, with a potluck “feast” around 5-6 pm. Sept. 16, 12-7 pm. First time free, then usually $5/person. Inland Grange, 37417 N. Conklin. FREE STATE PARK DAYS All Washington State Parks are open for use without needing to show a Discover Pass; includes access locally to Riverside, Mt. Spokane and Palouse Falls state parks. Sept. 22, Nov. 11 and Nov. 23. parks.


A CHORUS LINE A concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Sept. 7-23; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $23$25. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden. (208-673-7529) THE JUNGLE BOOK An adaptation of the classic adventure, presented in a readers theatre format. Sept. 6-15; ThuSat at 7 pm; also Sat at 2 pm. $8. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave. A KIND OF ALASKA Inspired by Dr. Oliver Sack’s accounts of patients awakening from decades-long comas, “Alaska” follows Deborah as she wakes up from a 29-year sleep, greeted by her doctor and sister who have been long awaiting this moment. Sept. 13-23; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $5-15. University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin. class/theatre 1984 Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 is the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Sept. 7-23; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. (838-9727) THE 39 STEPS A fast-paced whodunit

with 150+ zany characters (played by a cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance. Sept. 1415 and 20-22 at 7:30 pm. $15. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave. (334-0750) HARVEY Elwood P. Dowd and his sister Veta Louise Simmons couldn’t be more different. Veta finds Elwood a downright embarrassment, especially when he introduces everyone to his invisible friend, Harvey, an anthropomorphic rabbit. Sept. 7-23; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12-$15. Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway. (795-0004) H.O.A.: AN ORIGINAL COMEDY an original comedy about the goings on of a typical suburban neighborhood and one man awkwardly navigating his unexceptional life. This is the first production for Coeur d’Alene’s Red Bird Theater. Sept. 14-15 at 7 pm; Sept. 15 at 2 pm. $18. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. MARY POPPINS A staged musical adaptation of one of the most popular Disney movies of all time. Sept. 14-Oct. 14; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $32-$30; $50/gala on Sept. 14. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507)


AS GRANDMOTHER TAUGHT: WOMEN, TRADITION AND PLATEAU ART The exhibition celebrates the work of three Plateau women alongside historic material from the museum’s permanent collection. Through December, Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm; third Thursday of the month to 8 pm. $5-$10. The MAC, 2316 W. First. BEN FRANK MOSS: THE WHITWORTH COLLECTION Whitworth’s most prominent alumni artist Ben Frank Moss, ’59, is a nationally renowned landscape painter. Sept. 11-Nov. 2; Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm. Opening reception Sept 18 from 5-6 pm, artist talk at 6 pm. Free. Bryan Oliver Gallery, Whitworth, 300 W. Hawthorne Ave. (777-3258) FINE ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION Self•ish features the work of Doug Gast (WSU Tri-Cities), Joe Hedges (WSU Pullman), and Io Palmer (WSU Pullman). Though varied in process and mediums, all three artists have assembled an exhibition reflecting on a central theme: the formation and depiction of personhood within our multifaceted and progressively digital era. Through Oct. 6; Tue-Sat 10 am-4 pm. Reception/ artist talk Sept. 11 from noon-1:30 pm. Free admission. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, 1535 NE Wilson Rd. (509-335-1910) WILD & SCENIC RIVERS: 50 YEARS Friends of the Clearwater, along with local artist Bobbi Kelly and the students at Palouse Prairie Charter School, have produced watercolors for this special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Through Nov. 5; open Mon-Fri 9 am-6 pm. Free. 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., Moscow. (208-669-2249)


HAIR OF THE DOG: ZODIAC POETRY Join Willow Springs Books for a generative poetry workshop centered on the dog within. Participants have the opportunity for their poems to be pub-

lished next to nationally recognized poets in Volume II of the Zodiac Poetry Series Hair of the Dog, in an online pop-up magazine, and in SCRAPS dog adoption ads. Sept. 13, 7-9 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) HOT GARDENS: LESSONS FROM THE DESERT SOUTHWEST “Put your desert eyes on” is Scott Calhoun’s first advice to gardeners facing landscapes in extreme climates. Scott translates the natural beauty of the region — mountains, canyons, and incandescent sky — into water-thrifty home landscape designs. Sep. 13, 6:30-9 pm. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. (535-8434) BOOK LAUNCH: CHET CASKEY + JANE KIRKPATRICK A celebration of two new books: NYT Bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick releases “Everything She Didn’t Say,” based on the true story of pioneer Carrie Strahorn. Spokane writer and historian Chet Caskey also releases “Haunted Hillyard,” an examination of the area’s paranormal nooks. Sep. 15, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. SIGNING: M.R. RICHARDSON Drop by the store to talk to M.R. Richardson about his new debut, Galactic Mandate. Against a backdrop of war, treachery, and intrigue, Galactic Mandate tells an epic saga of god-emperors and assassins, spies and queens, princesses and slaves. Sep. 15, 1:30-3:30 pm. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. LOGAN NEIGHBORHOOD LIT CRAWL Like a pub crawl, but with poetry and prose. Enjoy drink specials at participating bars and restaurants and hear new work from local writers including Kristina Poffenroth, Shawn Vestal, AJ The Wordsmith, Kate Lebo, Elissa Ball and more. Venues, in order: The Logan Tavern, Mission Park, Clover, Geno’s. Sep. 16, 4-7 pm. Free. Logan Tavern, 1305 N. Hamilton. READING AND SIGNING: JOHN STRALEY A reading for the Alaskabased author’s new book, “Baby’s First Felony.” Straley is the Shamus Awardwinning author of “The Curious Eat Themselves” and “The Woman Who Married a Bear” and was appointed the Writer Laureate of Alaska in 2006. Sep. 17, 7 pm. Free. BookPeople of Moscow, 521 S. Main. CULTURAL APPRECIATION VS. APPROPRIATION A moderated panel discussion about how marketers and communicators can be mindful and proactive about cultural representation. Includes access to the Edward S. Curtis exhibit. Sep. 20, 3-5 pm. $10-$25.The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. MILLER CANE: A TRUE AND EXACT HISTORY Author Samuel Ligon, joined by special guests, reads from his new book, “Miller Cane: A True and Exact History,” a serialized novel published weekly in the Inlander (beginning Sept. 13). Doors open at 7 pm with wine and beer available for purchase. Come early to mingle with many of the region’s literary stars. Sep. 20, 7:30-9 pm. Free. Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific. PIVOT STORY SLAM: LESSON LEARNED: The live, local storytelling series invites anyone to an open mic story slam with the theme “Lesson Learned.” Sep. 20, 7:30 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. n

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HE ART SPIRIT GALLERY is the featured venue for September Artwalk in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Featured are works by four artists: Chris Bivins’ whimsical ceramic masks and sculptures; Laura Nuchols’ ceramic works covered in her elaborately inscribed images; Shannon Troxler’s unusual paintings over gold leaf; and works by Reid Schoonover, an accomplished potter and woodworker whose functional ware combines both. Plan to spend a chunk of time at ANGEL GALLERY FINE ART & ANTIQUES. Check out its collection of original artwork from plein air paintings to charming watercolors, custom furnishings and hand-crafted curiosities, both functional and decorative. The featured artist is contemporary realist, Paul Hill. EMERGE is going back-to-school with an exhibition of artwork by instructors who regularly share their knowledge and passion for art through classes of all


levels at Emerge. A popular stop on the Artwalk circuit, Emerge highlights upand-coming artists in its contemporary space, which also hosts live music during events. Sit in the front lounge area for a view of Sherman Avenue’s busy street during Artwalk at STUDIO 107. Or sit along the bar, closer to live music — the Tonedevil Brothers will be playing Americana Bluegrass — and treat yourself to wine and appetizers. Or just wander through, admiring the custom jewelry, extravagant displays of glass, vibrant artwork and featured works of Michaela Olinger and Nate Main. COEUR D’ALENE GALLERIES invites you to its popular Miniatures by the Lake exhibition, showcasing 122 artworks by more than 70 artists. Of course, while you’re there, you’ll want to view its collection of more than 170 contemporary and historical artists, from Kenneth Yarus to NC Wyeth.

Other Arts & Culture Alliance members participating in Artwalk include ARLON ROSENOFF FINE ART, CISCOS GALLERY and COEUR D’ALENE FRESH & BADASS BACKYARD BREWING, where Ginger Mayfield will be featured with her handpainted wine glasses. Look for original art by local artists at BLACKWELL GALLERY and remember to stop by GALLERY NORTHWEST and SUMMERS GLASS and BEADS. ArtWalk wouldn’t be complete without a bite to eat. Supporting restaurants include Cricket’s Downtown Bar and Grill, the Doghouse, Pita Pit, Seasons of Coeur d’Alene and Tito’s Italian Grill and Wine Shop.


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Upcoming Events Purple Reign: the Prince Tribute Show SEPTEMBER 13

Purple Reign delivers a show that takes audiences back in time to the era that made Prince an international superstar. This FREE event at the Coeur d’Alene Casino promises a production that capture’s Prince’s imagination and energy. Free; 7-9 pm; Coeur d’Alene Casino.

A Chorus Line SEPTEMBER 13-23

A Chorus Line captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition and explores the poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies. This beloved 1975 show won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best musical. Tickets $23-

25; Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm; Lake City Playhouse.

Coeur d’Alene Race for the Cure SEPTEMBER 16

Take steps to eradicate breast cancer at the 2018 Race for the Cure. This 5K is a powerful day of celebration and remembrance, as well an important fundraising effort. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds stay local to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostics service. The remaining 25 percent goes directly to fund breast cancer research. Visit the Idaho Susan G. Komen affiliate’s

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THE LAST BATTLE OF THE COEUR D’ALENE TRIBE TOUR September 15th, 18th & 21st Live and breathe the story for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s last battle on the Palouse. Lunch is provided at a nearby eatery. The tour concludes with the amazing scout site at the top of Steptoe Butte. All ages welcome.




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