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ANDREA GUDERSKI I saw the Dip at nYne Bar in downtown Spokane. They were very entertaining and fun, they had a trumpet and saxophone player, so it just had a really cool sound. What’s your favorite kind of music? Probably, like, Indie/Christian music, the band Needtobreathe would be a good example of that.

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atching a name with a mission is not always easy. Or cheap. And it may require a stretch of the imagination. Consider the problem that Coeur d’Alene’s urban renewal agency has faced. The Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC) is and has been since 1997 “an independent, public redevelopment agency serving the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.” Over the years, the LCDC board has invested in Coeur d’Alene’s new city library, the Kroc community fitness center and concert hall, the 22.5-acre McEuen Park, the development of Riverstone, the higher education campus shared by North Idaho College, the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College, and Midtown and Downtown revitalization along with many more projects. In the 18 years of its existence, the board of LCDC, now called “ignite cda,” has invested $43 million in key projects. The total value created is now estimated at $573 million. The agency claims a total of 1,400 new jobs have been added to the economy through their projects. o the dismay of the LCDC Board, a recent survey revealed that a majority of the folks in Coeur d’ Alene do not recognize the old name, Lake City Development Corporation, or connect that name with the results of their labor. The same survey showed that while the folks on the street love these public improvements, they don’t make the connection between the agency and its good works. When questioned further, they suggest they have grave doubts about the organization, LCDC, that is responsible for funding these welcome additions to their daily lives. Now these LCDC board members are not your everyday volunteers. Each has been chosen because of his or her extraordinary involvement in community projects or due to some particular knowledge of business or real estate or politics or the law. In fact, they are a hearty band of civic leaders. So they were forced to ponder: What to do? What to do? When in doubt, change the subject. Better yet, change the name! With the help of outside advisers, the LCDC board decided to rebrand. The new brand, ignite cda, is printed in lower case. That means it doesn’t stand out and grab your eye; instead, it tends to recede into the background — unless it’s printed in a larger font. But the complete new logo, which pictures a bright red heart in the center of a flame, casts a fresh touch. For one thing, the heart in a flame is quite appropriate for Coeur d’Alene, which calls itself the city with a heart. That easily recognizable logo will soon appear at the site of each of the projects that ignite cda, formerly LCDC, has supported.

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I have been persuaded that the new name and new logo are wise moves, meant to bring the 40,000-plus members of the Coeur d’Alene community into the learning circle. That intentionally appealing logo will make it much easier for the public to connect the finished project with the funding organization. Community building should be a major byproduct of revitalizing a city. After all, LCDC, the shorthand for the old, soon-to-be-forgotten name is simply Elsee-Deecy, a meaningless acronym, which can be tossed in the wastebasket with few regrets. The new flame-with-a-heart logo was launched in June of this year. This was perhaps unfortunate timing during our hotter-than-Hades summer, when wildfires were in the news and in everyone’s fears. Some folks have simply asked “Why ignite?” My guess is “ignite” is in tune with a current trend to plug action verbs into new logos. I’ve observed the words “incite,” “embellish” and “enthrall” used in very similar ways. Added to a heart in a flame, that verb should add life to the page. Or a chuckle. tate Sen. Mary Souza, who held a public forum to hear recommendations for improving Idaho’s urban renewal laws on Sept. 17, has criticized the expenditure of $50,000 to the consultant who helped develop the new branding strategy. I mentioned earlier that it’s not cheap to clear a group’s vision. The process involves hours and hours of professional time. But consider the value of the volunteer time this top-of-the-town board brings to the table, which probably adds up to thousands of dollars an hour. And how does the logo fit with the mission? “Igniting a community” to support healthier neighborhoods; new, higher-paying jobs; attractive, open public spaces; affordable housing. Sounds like positive enlightenment to me. Why are folks leery of urban renewal? Perhaps any government-related activity is in a shadow in this present political climate. Memories may still linger of the use of eminent-domain power, even though it is virtually nonexistent in modern-day practice. Perhaps people don’t like what they cannot understand. And tax-increment financing, used by all urban renewal groups, is simply hard to understand. On that note, I’ll leave this lighter aspect of the urban renewal issue. With good weather and if the creek don’t rise, next month I’ll have more to say about the myths, untruths and needed changes to the urban renewal picture in Idaho. n

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loved learning about the prophets during Bible class in high school. A bona fide prophet, we were taught by the Jesuits at Gonzaga Prep, would “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” That’s a pretty simple job description, and I’ve cited it as a mission statement behind our social justice reporting. Prophets have been inspiring people for centuries. In his visit to America this week, Pope Francis is revealing himself to be more prophet than pope. Too often, the popes have been caught up in the pomp of the comfortable camp. This pope, however, chose to sleep in a Vatican guesthouse instead of the opulent pope’s quarters. He drives a secondhand 1984 Renault. For an outing, he often washes the feet of the poor or imprisoned. Now Pope Francis arrives in a land of great contradictions. On the surface, we’re a nation of comfort. But look closer, and you’ll find plenty of affliction. While Wall Street traders who break the law and wreck the economy face zero legal repercussions, men and women who have not been found guilty of a crime wallow in our Spokane County Jail because they can’t muster $250 for bail. Ours is a land badly in need of a prophet. Now Francis has drawn criticism for questioning the morality of capitalism and the greed it can create, along with challenging the affront to God’s creation that is climate change. Republicans in Congress — you can’t get more comfortable than that bunch — were the ones who invited Francis to speak to our nation’s leaders. Now they’re falling all over themselves to destroy his message. Guess they didn’t learn about the prophets in school. Comfortable people throughout history have shown they don’t like being afflicted, and as a result, the prophets were usually martyred. But that only guaranteed that their message would live on. Two millennia later, we still study, cherish and (try to) follow the words of Jesus. Meanwhile, those moneychangers in the Temple remain the eternal villains. “Why are the wicked so prosperous?” the prophet Jeremiah asks the Lord in the Old Testament book bearing his name. “ …You [God] have planted them, and they have taken root and prospered. Your name is on their lips, but you are far from their hearts.” Jeremiah is describing the vain, complacent, too-comfortable class of his era, around 600 BC, but he could be describing America in 2015. Our own moneychangers have the majority of Americans feeling afflicted. That’s why, despite the blatherings of most GOP leaders, Pope Francis will find America to be a fertile field to plant his own seeds. And they are seeds of hope.  JEN SORENSON CARTOON

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COMMENT | OLYMPIA ranked 35th in the country in combined state and local tax rates, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. With our unusual lack of income and capital-gains taxes, we also have the shameful distinction of being the most upside-down tax state in the entire country, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. This means that everyday people pay up to seven times more of their income than those at the top of the economic brackets. So while it’s true that average-income folks are overtaxed in our state, the wealthiest are getting away with paying less than half the national average in local and state taxes. The same can be said for business taxes. According to the Department of Revenue, large industries like aerospace, high tech, and agriculture combined paid just $100 million in business and occupation taxes in 2013, thanks to generous tax loopholes granted to their powerful corporate lobbies. Meanwhile, the rest of businesses were made to pay $3.1 billion.

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5. Schools and tunnels prove the fat. Many don’t know that there are actually three state budgets that have their own separate revenue streams. In reality, tunnels paid for by the Transportation Budget and high school remodels paid for by the Capital Budget are generally not available to help pay for Operating Budget expenses, such as education and health care.

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hen faced with a challenge, it can be tempting to deny it rather than acknowledge that a difficult solution is needed. People will accept all kinds of untruths in order to cling to the status quo. Here are some of the most common falsehoods that stand in the way of building momentum for sorely needed state budget reform. 1. We can cut our way out. The truth is, Washington has already drastically cut investments since the onset

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of the Great Recession, and most programs are nowhere near being restored to their pre-financial-collapse levels. The innocent “belt-tightening” touted by some is more like a noose slowly tightening around the necks of middle and working-class families. 2. We’re subsidizing Seattle. The last time a study was conducted by the Secretary of State’s Office of Financial Management, Spokane County residents received $1.35 in investments for every $1.00 paid in state taxes, while King County residents actually lost $0.38 on the dollar. 3. Everyone is overtaxed. Washington is currently

6. Nonprofits and churches can make up the difference. This is an attractive idea, but when you crunch the numbers, state cuts mean that real people are sentenced to suffer. Non-governmental organizations were hit by the same economic forces as our countercyclical state budget, which means that funds inconveniently dried up right when we needed them the most — and it still hurts. By getting more familiar with these state budget truths, hopefully we can get closer to the solutions we need to reach Washington’s full prosperity potential. n Mariah McKay is a fourth-generation daughter of Spokane and a community organizer campaigning for racial, social and economic justice. She has worked in biotech and government and currently serves as a public health advocate.

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shown by the article concerning Vy Thang (“Another Chance,” 9/17/15). At 17, he kicked an 85-year-old woman to death while committing a burglary because “he didn’t know what to do.” He could have run away. You could have printed some facts about the victim, her family, her friends and the impact the murder had on the community, but of course, you didn’t. Go figure. He needs to be resentenced because of a U.S. Supreme Court case mandating that juveniles’ sentences for LETTERS someone under 18 be reconsidered Send comments to with the judge taking into consideditor@inlander.com. eration any mitigating factors. As a result of the case, Washington state passed a statute setting out what should be done. Of course, as par for the course in our now criminal defendant’s system, the statute makes no mention of any consideration for aggravating factors. All this is based on scientific evidence that the brain doesn’t mature until long after the age of 18, in some cases scientists argue until the age of 25. I guess this means we will no longer be able to allow our 18-25 year-olds to enlist in the military because they obviously cannot maturely make a decision for themselves of the risks that they may not return home after being in battle. We will also have to change the laws and not allow young people to drive at 16, vote at 18, drink or use marijuana legally until 21. We better start on these changes right away because otherwise we are risk for endangering those tender lives we presently put at risk and the mistakes they may make until they “grow up.” DON BROCKETT, former Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney (1969-1994) Spokane, Wash.

Reactions to a blog post (9/18/15) examining data on police officer deaths that doesn’t support the notion there’s a “war on police.”

JOHN O’BRIEN JR.: Well, when the sheriff says “we have been providing our own oversight,” you have to wonder. I support the police doing their job (protecting the public) but if they are truly interested in maintaining the trust of citizens, they should embrace independent oversight. I doubt jailers would think prisoners should provide their own oversight. GABRIEL HANSON: So after reading this it’s not really pointing that there isn’t a war on police, but rather that police are able to handle these escalated situations better. There is still just as high as an assault rate, but the injury rate and death rate is decreased and better dealt with. Could be from training, advancements in equipment or both. MARK DAVIS: These facts coupled with the fact that cops kill more citizens than ever is reason for serious change in policing policies. LOUIS MORNINGSTAR: Maybe the guys in blue should stop boohooing and do the job they signed up for! The late night 7-Eleven clerk faces just as much potential danger in their job without weapons, body armor and special training, yet I don’t see them complain about how they feel like targets in a war! 

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t’s the most democratic three minutes in Spokane. After Council President Ben Stuckart gavels the city council’s evening legislative session to order, after the Pledge of Allegiance and a couple of proclamations are read, it’s time for open forum, when anyone gets three minutes to share their thoughts on almost any subject with the city’s lawmakers. And they do just that almost every Monday evening. Alan McDowell uses his three minutes to warn the council of the perils of legal marijuana and how the pharmaceutical industry is falsifying research. He also mentions his quest to find his missing weightlifting records from high school. Rick “Harpman Hatter” Bocook uses his three

minutes to complain about harassment of street musicians and his sidewalk chalk art being washed away by business owners. Gabriel Elliott uses his three minutes to tell the council about weekly meditation classes, “satanic sex” and eating human flesh before ending with a “namaste.” Then there’s the parade of activists who show up to speak on a range of issues. Some rehash arguments on a proposed ordinance to mandate sick-leave time for workers. Others talk about the city’s sit-lie ordinance. Others still complain about Planned Parenthood or about illegal immigration. And then there’s George McGrath, a civic gadfly who shows up nearly every week to berate the council

and has been removed from meetings several times over the years. Lately, he’s been using his three minutes to talk about abortion in graphic detail. The public can email, call and send letters to the council, but councilmembers say it’s not the same as hearing from constituents in person. Shortly after the 2011 elections, the council added an open forum at the beginning of council meetings in addition to the existing one held at the end. Stuckart had hoped that the additional open forum would foster better dialogue with the public. But it isn’t working as he had hoped. Stuckart and others are now concerned that this effort at openness has, at times, created a negative tone for meetings and is keep...continued on next page

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uring his six years on the city council, Jon Snyder says he’s seen the value of setting aside council time to hear directly from citizens. He’s heard about unfair rate structures for waste-treatment septic contractors, and more recently about concerns from cab drivers who say Uber and Lyft aren’t playing fair. “Public comment is this awesome fail-safe device to bring our attention to important issues that we are missing in some way,” he says. Councilman Mike Fagan, the council’s most conservative member, has in the past used his AM radio show to encourage people who disagree with his more liberal colleagues to give the council a piece of their mind. Fagan opposes

changing the council’s rules on open forum. “The public are the ones that put us there in office,” says Fagan, who questions how seriously his colleagues treat open forum. “We should be respecting their First Amendment rights to let them express displeasure, pleasure, concerns, whatever they’ve got on their minds.” Holding only one open forum at the end of the meeting, says Fagan, would be unfair to the public because they wouldn’t know how long they’d have to wait while council finishes business before being allowed to speak. Snyder says that it’s a tricky balance, and he probably supports the current arrangement. Debra Robole, the council’s senior research and policy analyst, has been researching how other cities handle public comment and found that Spokane stands out. Other cities require advance sign-up to speak or allow their council’s chair to limit public comment. She also found that neither Boise nor Tacoma have open forum periods like Spokane’s. Instead, they only allow the public to comment on specific agenda items. “I’m also noticing, that as my term goes on, [open forums] are getting more and more negative, and it sets a tone for the whole meeting,” says Stuckart. In May, Stuckart asked McGrath to stop using the phrase “bridge to hookerville” to refer to a planned pedestrian bridge during open forum, saying that people complained that the phrase is offensive. In weeks following the dustup, supporters of McGrath turned out for open forum, peppering their speech with the phrase. One man

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said it 30 times in a row. Councilwoman Karen Stratton, who is also concerned about the tone set during open forum, says the current arrangement creates another problem; citizens who want to comment on a specific council resolution or ordinance are reluctant to come down because they don’t know how long open forum will go. “I have had people with children at home worry about who will watch kids while they run down [to speak on an agenda item],” says Stratton, who is open to a rules change.

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oe Shogan, who preceded Stuckart as council president, was a fierce defender of the council’s rules of decorum, even once kicking out a mother with her restive child. Shogan says he warned Stuckart about introducing another open forum at the beginning of the meetings. Now, says Shogan, council meetings are “totally unhinged.” “I don’t worry if [citizens] had to stay late or not,” says Shogan of having one open forum later. “The point of council was to do the council’s business, not have open forum.” n jaket@inlander.com

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GRAMMARGATE Last week, many online commenters laid into an opinion piece written by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction SHERRI YBARRA. Their objections were over style more than substance. The article was ridden with grammatical errors, clunky sentences and errant commas, adding fuel to Ybarra’s critics’ narrative of the state superintendent as unqualified for her position. On Inlander.com, we took a crack at copy editing Ybarra’s piece and suggested that Idaho high school students do the same. (DANIEL WALTERS)

COLLEGES SCORED Last week, the Obama administration unveiled its College Scorecard, an online tool that gives would-be students a way to compare the cost, graduation rates, expected earnings and other factors of 7,000 institutions of higher education. So how do COLLEGES IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST compare with one another? If you’re looking to land a decent salary after graduation, Gonzaga University is your best bet, with graduates, on average, making a $52,800 annual salary, according to College Scorecard. Carrying a $28,155 annual price tag, Gonzaga was the priciest, but also had the highest graduation rate at 82 percent. At the bottom of the list were the area’s three community colleges. (JAKE THOMAS)


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From Peter to Paul Spokane Public Schools looks to cut after handing out raises; plus, heat-packing protesters rally against CAIR MIND THE GAP

There’s no such thing as a free lunch — or, in the case of Spokane Public Schools, no such thing as free raises for lunch ladies. The district managed to avert a strike with the union and deliver raises to its employees, but it came at a cost. Now, the district has to figure out how to cut $5.6 MILLION from its budget. District spokesman Kevin Morrison says the school board’s directive is to “keep [cuts] as far away from the classrooms as you possibly can.” Those cuts could include reducing funding for classroom supplies, discretionary budgets for buildings or funding for high-schoolers to go on college tours. “There could be some delays in the implementation of certain programs, like the dual language programs,” Morrison says. Certain curricula, such as an eighth-grade American Studies curriculum, could be delayed. Replacing outdated computers could also be delayed. “Technology is going to take a major hit on this one,” Morrison says. As a last resort, the district could also increase the costs of school lunches, after-school “Express” program fees, or the fees for outside groups to rent school facilities. Morrison says the district had budgeted a cushion

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before going into bargaining, but the deal the district ultimately agreed to far exceed it. These cuts, Morrison says, confirm what the district was saying all along: There wasn’t some secret chest with tons more money to use for raises. (DANIEL WALTERS)

ON THE LAM

An inmate at Geiger Corrections Center who drove away from the Spokane County Fair last week still has NOT BEEN FOUND. Daniel F. Murinko, 26, was picking up trash at the fairgrounds last Thursday when he hopped on a golf cart-like vehicle and never returned, according to Geiger Lt. JoAnne Lake. “When you’re dealing with people, you do everything you can with respect to putting them in the least restrictive environment and trying to promote community service, but you do take a certain amount of risk,” Lake told the Inlander last week. Murinko had been held since Sept. 9 on two DUI charges and two counts of driving with a suspended license. He is not considered a danger to the community, Lake says.

Murinko is the third person to walk away from Geiger’s work crew program this year. Most recently, Devin Johnson escaped in a stolen Spokane County fairgrounds truck in July. Johnson was found two days later. Geiger’s work crew program gives low-risk offenders the opportunity to work in the community while they wait for trial or serve their sentence. Walking away from the work crew is classified as a misdemeanor because inmates do not technically escape from a detention facility. (MITCH RYALS)

THEY CAIR A LOT

Spokane City Council drew the ire of local activists earlier this week when it passed a salutation praising the work of an ISLAMIC CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP. On Monday, ACT for America, a national organization that’s been criticized by the Southern Poverty Law Center for making inflammatory remarks about Muslims, drew about 70 people to a rally outside the Northeast Community Center, where the city council held a special meeting. The rally was intended to protest the Council on American Islamic Relations being recognized by the city for its work seeking to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims. The rally, which included individuals carrying guns, was addressed by state Rep. Matt Shea, R- Spokane Valley, who said it was impossible to pledge allegiance to Allah and the U.S. Constitution. Nevertheless, in a packed room inside the Northeast Community Center, the council passed the salutation without disruption. Council President Ben Stuckart later remarked that he had received bizarre and racist emails leading up to the meeting. Councilman Jon Snyder wrote on his blog the next day that, “I have received some of the most vitriolic and bigoted emails in my years on Council in relation to the CAIR salutation yesterday.” (JAKE THOMAS)

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ussein doesn’t want his full name printed. The 40-year-old Arabic man with a trimmed black beard doesn’t want his face in the paper, either, at least not while Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is still in power. After all, he still has family back in Syria. And he’s seen, with his own eyes, the brutality that Assad brought to his hometown of Daraa. “I saw this in front of my eyes, when the bombs were dropped on kids and women,” Hussein says. He’s had a half-dozen friends, at least, who’ve been killed amid the violence. One died when a bomb was dropped on a hospital. Two, he said, were arrested and tortured. His brother died two years ago after his breathing problems were exacerbated by smoke and gas. For a year, he says, he waited amid the violence, hoping things would get better. But life grew worse and the bombs grew bigger, until one night, Hussein, with his nine-months-pregnant wife and his children, walked across the Jordanian border. Hussein can understand most of my questions, but he’s not yet confident enough in his language skills to answer them in English. Instead, as we sit in the Spokane office of the refugee settlement agency World Relief, Hussein speaks in Arabic. A Jordanian woman named Mais Alazrai provides a rough translation. Through the translator, Hussein says his wife and his four kids lived in the Bashabsheh refugee camp in Jordan for two years before flying to Spokane. His family is the first Syrian family to arrive in Spokane as refugees. Many more may follow. With the Syrian human rights crisis growing grimmer — chemical weapons, Russian troops, and ISIS forces exacerbating the civil war — refugees have flooded into Europe. In response, the Obama administration has

announced that the U.S. would increase the cap on worldwide refugees from 70,000 to 100,000 a year. In Spokane, World Relief director Mark Kadel says the cap would rise as well. “We resettled about 490 this last year,” Kadel says. “We could see up to 600 refugees in the coming year.”

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ntil recently, Hussein had lived all his life in Syria. For 15 years in Syria he was a barber, cutting men’s hair and beards. When neck pain made that too difficult, he moved into farming, growing olives and lemons. He made a good living, he played on a soccer team and had plenty of friends. “I had a really good life in Syria,” Hussein says. But in 2011, some local children near Daraa were arrested for spray-painting anti-Assad graffiti and, Hussein says, were brutally tortured. His town quickly became the center for anti-government protests, and the target for the subsequent violent crackdown. Arrests seemed random and arbitrary. Barrel bombs — full of oil and shrapnel — were dropped from Assad’s helicopters. They specifically targeted children as they bought bread, Hussein says. “I do want to help you guys and tell my story,” Hussein says. But this is painful to talk about. He tries to forget this stuff, but talking about it makes it harder. How can you forget, he asks, the sight of a child’s body, blown apart, with his leg one place and his head somewhere else? Even once they’d escaped to Jordan, his children would jump out of bed whenever they heard fireworks. His family is far happier in America, he says. His older kids are attending Linwood Elementary and Garry Middle School, and love it. They’ve


made friends with their classmates. They’ve come to truly appreciate America’s chocolate chip cookies. But that doesn’t mean things have been easy. He was depressed when he first moved here. He misses the family members he left behind. He still struggles with English. Finding work remains a challenge. For six months, he was working at Global Neighborhood Thrift. “There’s always this portion of the refugee community that is essentially ‘unemployable,’ for lack of a better term,” says Brent Hendricks, founder of Global Neighborhood. They may not speak English. Employers may balk at calling references located in Syria or Iraq or Bhutan. The thrift store specifically employs refugees for a few months to give them work experience in the United States. “People say that, oh, this might be really hard to employ refugees, you know, with all the language and cultural barriers,” Hendricks says. “And in that sense, it is, but we have the hardestworking staff of anybody in the city. They want so badly to work hard and create this new life for themselves and their families.” Yet jobs at Global Neighborhood are only temporary. Hussein holds job paperwork, rolled up in his hands. “I can clean windows, I can do carpets,” Hussein says. “If there [are farming jobs available], I love farming.”

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esides Hendricks, other Spokane residents have helped Hussein and his family. Through World Relief’s “Good Neighbor Teams” program, First Presbyterian college group director Ross Carper and other team members took Hussein grocery shopping, drove him to appointments, gave him driving practice and helped him figure out a cellphone plan. Leslie Cohen, a 25-year-old studying the Syrian dialect of Arabic, tutors Hussein’s wife in English. Cohen says Hussein’s wife has plenty of questions. “How do I have a conversation? How do I talk to my kid’s teachers? How do I manage at the grocery store?” Cohen says. “She’s full of energy. She’s gone through so much crazy shit, and she’s eager to learn.” But not everyone is comfortable with an influx of Syrian refugees. The recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment, fears over Islam and concerns about terrorism have colored the debate over accepting great numbers of Syrian refugees into the United States. In Idaho, the Kootenai County GOP pushed for suspending all refugee resettlement until economic and security considerations could be calculated. In Twin Falls, the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center became a political flashpoint, with critics filing two versions of a ballot initiative to ban future resettlement centers in the county. “We are drowning in refugees who are destroying our Constitutional freedoms, overburdening our welfare system and posing a genuine national security threat,” the proposed initiative reads. But World Relief’s Kadel says that’s ridiculous — that the State Department scrutinizes refugees far more thoroughly than any other type of person crossing the border. “Refugees have to go through seven international and national U.S. approvals before they’re ever on the list for possible resettlement in the United States,” Kadel says. I ask Hussein what he would tell Americans who have fears about terrorism. “The Syrian people are the most peaceful people you’ll ever see,” he says. But what about the civil war, or the fights between Sunnis and Shiites, or ISIS? Hussein says Assad and Iran, not the Syrian people, are to blame. “ISIS exists because of Assad, Iran and Russia,” he says. “I am very sure of this information.” It was America’s reputation for tolerance that made Hussein want to come here. When the UN called him, letting him know his family had an opportunity to leave the Jordanian refugee camp, he said he was only willing to resettle in the U.S. or Canada. In comparison with Europe, where the clash between Islamic immigrants and nativists has grown ugly, he doesn’t see racism in America. “The human rights I found in America are priceless,” Hussein says. “They respect you as a human.”  danielw@inlander.com

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he race for Spokane City Council’s soon-to-be vacant District 2 seat has the potential to push the already liberal council majority even further left. The two candidates running to replace outgoing councilmember Mike Allen, considered part of the council’s conservative minority, bring different backgrounds to the table. One is a small-business owner; the other is a City Hall insider and current legislative aide to Councilwoman Amber Waldref. District 2 includes downtown Spokane, the South Hill and reaches out onto the West Plains. As the CEO and co-owner of Access Unified Networks, a business that installs voice and data services, LaVerne Biel says her perspective as a small-business owner is missing from the council. Biel, 63, who serves on the board for the East Central Community Organization, ran for a council seat in 2013 but didn’t make it out of the primary. She and her husband, Kent, opened their business 21 years ago. “The main reason I’m running is to make sure I represent businesses and represent the community,” Biel says. “I’m making sure that we have people who are engaged in the community instead of people who are part of City Hall.” For her part, Lori Kinnear has been the legislative aide to Waldref for the past four years (and to former Councilman Richard Rush for the two years prior to that). She touts her experience researching and drafting dozens of ordinances and establishing Spokane’s Community Garden Program in 2010 as reasons why voters should pick her over Biel. “I’ve been here for almost seven years, and I’ve done everything but vote [as a councilmember],” Kinnear says. “I bring a broad spectrum of civic, nonprofit and government work, and I think that’s the mix you need.”

PUBLIC SAFETY

At a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters last week, the two candidates spoke about their experiences talking with people in the East Central neighborhood. One issue both are hearing about over and over again is public safety. Kinnear, 62, says she would like the city to continue collaboration with the county on Smart Justice reforms, such as reducing the jail population and implementing changes to how those who come into contact with the criminal justice system are treated. “It has to start with Smart Justice reform,” she says. “I think our jails are not doing what they were intended to do.” Biel, whose son is a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy, points to the 26 recommendations from the Use of Force Commission in 2012, saying there is one left uncompleted — the cultural audit of the police department. She says that could add another layer of credibility. Both candidates agree on what they perceive as flaws in the city’s police ombudsman office. Each indicated a need for more transparency in the selection and hiring process and said a pool of interim candidates is necessary in case of another unexpected vacancy. “There was nothing in place that would require the city to put an interim ombudsman in while a search was conducted,” Kinnear says. “That’s a huge mistake.”


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One issue that divides the two candidates is the city’s proposed sick-leave ordinance. Last month, the council decided to delay a vote on the proposed ordinance until after the November election. Biel says although she provides paid sick leave for her nine employees, a law requiring certain businesses to do so could create a barrier for new businesses. Her position on the ordinance largely matches that of Allen. “I believe it was rushed into without a lot of local data from businesses,” she says, adding that she thinks paid sick leave is not something local government should consider. Kinnear says she supports the general idea of paid sick leave, but adds that she would like to conduct her own research before voicing her support for the current proposal. “A number of years ago, the discussion was about child labor laws and the 40-hour workweek, and we all take that for granted now,” Kinnear says. “In 100 years we’re all going to look back and say, ‘Why was this even an issue?’ People expect to be safe and that they’ll be treated well by an LaVerne Biel employer, so let’s honor that.”

BIG NAMES

Though the District 2 race is nonpartisan, a look at each candidate’s endorsements is revealing: Kinnear has support from Council President Ben Stuckart and Senator Andy Billig (D-Spokane), whose recent campaign she managed. “I’ve worked with her for the past three and a half years, and in the last year and a half worked on revitalization of East Sprague and the neighborhood notification ordinance,” Stuckart says. “I think she repLori Kinnear resents the view of that district very well.” Among Biel’s supporters are Allen, Mayor David Condon, and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. “She’s been a vital force in the [East Sprague] area to grow it back and to grow jobs,” Condon says. “I think [she’s] critical to have on the City Council.” If Kinnear wins, the seven-member council could see its vetoproof supermajority strengthened, with six of the seven members leaning left (Mike Fagan and Allen are the two most conservative members). Although it would take a sweep by more conservative candidates, it’s possible that majority could shrink. That would require Biel to defeat Kinnear, Fagan to retain his seat over challenger Randy Ramos in District 1 and Evan Verduin to unseat incumbent Karen Stratton.  mitchr@inlander.com

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ILLUMINATION Riverfront Park takes on an Eastern f lair, transporting its visitors to an authentic Chinese cultural experience during the month-long Lantern Festival story By Chey Scott photos by young kwak and kristen black


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iant orange koi fish and lotus blossoms in rich gem hues are resting in the afternoon sunshine inside Riverfront Park. A cluster of pandas — actually an “embarrassment,” the term for a grouping of China’s beloved bear species — with oversized heads and expressions of surprise and elation are stiffly basking on their backs and sides, their outstretched front legs frozen in open embrace. Four children gather outside a chain-link fence surrounding the colorful, curious display, pointing and staring in awe, as workers assemble the first-ever Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, which opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 1. “I’m going to go over and tell them about the event,” says Sam Song, acting director of Riverfront Park. Song strides over to the gawking group. The vibrant sculptures of fabric and wire strewn across the lawn behind him will be spread throughout the park in a spectacular display of color and light, and they shouldn’t miss it, he earnestly explains to the children’s parents. To call the Chinese Lantern Festival’s elaborate, themed displays “lanterns” almost disparages the complexity and sheer scale of the artistic pieces. The illuminated sculptures — in the shapes of tulips, flamingos, butterflies, dinosaurs, elephants, tigers and dozens of others — are entirely handmade, from the welded wire forms to the translucent fabrics cut and glued, piece by piece, onto the frames and then painted. Chinese artisans wearing matching royal-blue uniforms are scattered throughout the treed park, perching on overturned crates or atop high ladders, silently focused on these tasks until Song greets each one in their native tongue. “It’s going to shock you a little bit how majestic this is,” he remarks after attempting to explain one of the festival’s centerpiece displays, a 196-footlong dragon undulating across an expanse of grass overlooking the Spokane River. Visible

Organizers of the first-ever Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, running Sept. 26-Nov. 1, hope it becomes an annual celebration of Chinese culture in Spokane. The festival features 31 lantern displays, including a 196-foot-long dragon (pictured top left, facing page.)

from the Centennial Trail and the Division Street bridge, the dragon’s golden scales were each handpainted onto its snakelike body by one of the 20 Chinese artisans who’ve been on site since August to construct the more than 3,000 pieces making up the Lantern Festival’s 31 displays. A year and a half in the making, the Chinese Lantern Festival is the first event of its kind for Spokane, and, in a way, for all of the U.S., Song explains. The company hired to construct the festival, Sichuan Tianyu, has never displayed its work in the U.S. before, though it’s constructed shows around Europe, Australia and Asia. It was through a mutual connection that Song was able to get in contact with the Chinese-based company and invite them to showcase their work in Spokane. Sichuan Tianyu has since booked additional festivals in New Orleans and Raleigh, North Carolina, next year. A Chinese native who moved to the U.S. more than 14 years ago with his Americanborn wife, Song is well-versed in the lantern festival’s traditions and origin; it’s typically held in February or March as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. People in China would light red-colored lanterns to drive away evil spirits, he explains, but another long-held belief of the 2,000-year-old tradition is that the glowing lanterns would trick a god who wanted to punish mortals’ transgressions with a storm of fire. “Then one of the smart people said, ‘Rather than have them burn us, let’s light up lanterns so it looks like we’re already on fire,’” Song says. “So [the gods] think, ‘They’re already on fire, so just let them go.’” Lantern festivals in China are massive displays, with building-sized structures and highly detailed scenes filling parks and other public spaces. The Chinese company creating the displays in Spokane is based in Zigong, a city in southwest China’s Sichuan Province known as the “Lantern Town of the South Kingdom” for its exquisite artistry and skill in creating the complex lantern forms. “It was so impressive, I thought it wouldn’t ever hap...continued on page 25

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“CULTURAL ILLUMINATION,” CONTINUED open by reservation or to drop-in diners based on capacity. The picnic shelter seats up to 120 people, with a special chef’s table in the kitchen where diners can see each course being composed in front of them. Some less-expected highlights on Hansen’s Deng Chu menu include sea cucumber and shrimp, peking duck and sweet and sour fried carp. “I just love the culture behind everything, and the flavors and the techniques are amazing,” he summarizes. “I feel like when I’m all done, I might go over to China and work over there for a couple months, and come back and open a Chinese restaurant. That’s how much I love it.”

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week after their sunbathing adventures, the little troop of cartoon-faced pandas have relocated to a shadier spot in the park — a smart move since the day is overcast and hints at rain. Still gleeful in manner, they’ve taken to mischievously climbing rainbowhued stalks of bamboo. A pair perch on the edges of a seesaw, and another holds a tiny pink parasol above its bulbous head. “That’s one of my favorites, too. I really like the panda on the bamboo — she looks so cute,” remarks Jessie Li, a representative for the Sichuan Tianyu company. In Spokane since April helping plan the festival, Li is excited to share her country and city’s culture with the residents of Spokane. “Zigong is very famous for this; even though you see other Chinese lantern festivals in the U.S., almost all of the lantern festivals in China, they’re from Zigong artisans,” Li explains. Beyond the cute pandas and other zoo animals delightful to any age, many of the festival displays portray significant aspects of Chinese culture, like a traditional wedding scene and a pagoda three stories tall; the latter is positioned with the backdrop of the Pavilion. The festival’s nightly stage performances feature traditional Chinese dancing, acrobatics and music. Li says Spokane’s version of the lantern festival won’t differ much than those she’s seen in China since she was a child. “These are amazing. In China it’s just like this, and it’s a tradition in our hometown, so it’s bigger, but the lanterns are almost all the same,” Li says. “We’re trying to make it perfect and successful so we can have the chance to come back next year and, if possible, make it an annual event. That’s why we chose here. We hope to bring something different here.”  cheys@inlander.com

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Boyish Wonder John Mulaney could have crumbled after his sitcom bombed; instead, he returned to the stage BY SETH SOMMERFELD

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lending boyish silliness with just the slightest edginess, John Mulaney’s comedic style can crack up comedy snobs and fans of CBS sitcoms alike. On his Netflix comedy special New in Town, his topics bounce across the map with blissful abandon: his physical appearance (being bullied as a kid for mistakenly being seen as Asian American), knowing outdated commentary on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and the titular city’s grid system, not wanting the girl he’s dating to meet his parents (“Oh honey, tonight is going great. But you know what would make it perfect? Charles and Ellen Mulaney.”), Ice-T’s brilliance on Law and Order: SVU, a failed attempt to get a Xanax prescription and meta jokes about the setups ...continued on next page

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CULTURE | COMEDY “BOYISH WONDER,” CONTINUED... to his stories (“I was once on the telephone with Blockbuster Video, which is a very old-fashioned sentence.”). He can zig and zag without ever feeling disjointed. At his comedic core he’s a storyteller. The jokes he writes aren’t reliant on huge closing punch lines, but rather a continuous flow of laughs each step along the way. He can take an anecdote about playing Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?” too many times on the jukebox as an 11-year-old and turn it into a gut-busting, six-minute comedic epic. Outside of stand-up, these writing skills were showcased as a writer on Saturday Night Live for six seasons. His pièce de résistance at that gig came when he and Bill Hader co-created Weekend Update’s favorite New York City nightlife expert, Stefon. Mulaney famously would insert new, outlandish lines in the script right before Hader’s performances of the character in order to get him to break down laughing mid-bit. But Mulaney then left SNL and tried, like so many other comics before him, to create his own sitcom dynasty. Like most of those others, his show crashed and burned. Perhaps it was his comedic universality and likeability made this year’s failure of the aptly-titled Mulaney that much more unbearably painful for longtime fans. Taking most of its cues from Seinfeld, the show was all but doomed from the get-go. For some reason, Mulaney was a multi-cam show taped in front of a live studio audience, an outdated format abjectly despised by the audiences that follow Mulaney. The format alone dug a hole that was probably too deep for the show to escape from, and scripts that basically cast the lead as a nicer, blander Seinfeld were universally panned. Fans of Mulaney’s stand-up loathed Mulaney (I endured every episode, and my many Mulaney fan friends rightfully treat me like I’m

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he first eight days that best-selling author Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, she didn’t see another human being. She felt entirely alone. Behind her, back in the real world, Strayed’s ex-husband still loved her and her mother was dead. As ill-prepared mentally and physically as she was, she continued down the trail, walking away from it all. She would eventually meet people, wanderers like herself, some who would change her outlook on life. Throughout the experience, she walked 1,100 miles from California to Washington. Nearly two decades later, she wrote a book, Wild, about the trek she took back in 1995. Last year, Reese Witherspoon played Strayed in a film version of the book. Laura Dern played her mother. Strayed has inspired a whole new generation to hike the PCT, in what is being dubbed the “Wild effect.” It’s now nearly impossible to go days without running into another person. Prior to the memoir’s release in 2012, about 300 hikers would take out permits annually; now it’s closer to 3,000. Strayed has inspired others in more than just communing with nature. Her book Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of advice columns from her days as “Dear Sugar” for The Rumpus website, has redefined the genre. Each answer is told in a story format, where Strayed pulls from an incident in her own life that applies to the question. In an understanding and dynamic way, she challenges readers to stand up for themselves. Next Thursday, Strayed comes to inspire Spokane as the guest speaker for the YWCA Women of Achievement luncheon. The event honors six local women working to better this community: Artist Louise Kodis, K&N Electric CEO Janet Schmidlkofer,

MUSIC I’m always leery when a member of one of my favorite bands launches a solo career while said band is still functioning, but Craig Finn makes a good case for being able to do both on his new album FAITH IN THE FUTURE. While his band The Hold Steady seems the outlet for bigger, louder narratives, Faith and its predecessor Clear Heart Full Eyes are tamer affairs, offering the chance for some sonic and stylistic experimentation beyond The Hold Steady’s straightforward barroom blowouts. Even so, Finn’s cutting way with words comes through on songs like “Newmyer’s Roof”: “No, I’ve never been crucified, I’ve never suffered and died. I’ve never been shot. But I’ve been lied to a lot.”

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild, details her time hking the Pacifc Coast Trail. Kauffman & Associates President Jo Ann Kauffman, Umpqua Bank Executive Vice President Marty Dickinson, Spokane Falls Community College physics professor and author Asa Bradley and Peg Currie, chief nursing officer at Providence Health Care. — LAURA JOHNSON YWCA Women of Achievement luncheon feat. Cheryl Strayed • Thu, Oct. 1, 11:30 am-1:30 pm • $125 • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • ywcaspokane.org/womenofachievement • 326-1190

LOCAL CELEBRITY THE TAMBOURINE MAN HAS LEFT TOWN From late-night dive-bar shows to huge community festivals, the Spokane music scene will soon be missing one of its biggest characters. MICHAEL RANSFORD, known as Tambourine Man, as he often wields the rattling instrument, is leaving Spokane. He’s not going too far away; just far enough to make it tough to shake his buns at local shows nearly every night. Ransford is moving back to Moses Lake, his hometown. He’s moving there to rest his aching body; he says all that dancing has been hard on him. While he says he plans to come back to town for large events, the question remains: Who will step up and fill his skintight pants in the meantime?

TV If you’re not the kind of person who jumps into midseason replacement shows, you might have missed one of last season’s sleeper hits, FRESH OFF THE BOAT. Based on the memoir of Taiwanese chef Eddie Huang, it’s about childhood Eddie and his family’s move to Orlando in the mid-’90s. The laughs come not so much from tired “fish out of water” tropes, but rather from unexpected sources like the father’s decision to open a cowboythemed steakhouse, Eddie’s obsession with gangsta rap, and especially from Constance Wu, the family’s “Tiger Mom” trying to help her family navigate the confusing Land of Disney. It airs Tuesdays at 8:30 pm on ABC. BOOK You might know Leonard Pitts as the Pulitzerwinning political columnist in your morning paper, but he’s also a pretty mean novelist. GRANT PARK, his new book, is a bit of historical fiction that bounces between 2008, on the eve of President Obama’s election, and 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr. was dealing with a troubled campaign for equality in Memphis. In blending the stories of an aging black journalist trying to end his career with a bang and that of his longtime friend and white editor — as well as some bumbling white supremacists — Pitts navigates four decades of race relations in America. The book comes out Oct. 13. 

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CULTURE | THEATER

The ensemble cast of Ignite!’s production of Play On!

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lay On!, the over-the-top comedic opener to Ignite!’s 11th season, treads some dangerous ground for a community theater. This 10-actor ensemble piece by Rick Abbot (one of several pen names for Jack Sharkey, a playwright who was remarkably prolific, with rather unremarkable scripts) is a play about a community theater troupe unsuccessfully — nay, disastrously — trying to stage a play. The play within the play is Murder Most Foul, titled in ignorance of the famous Miss Marple film by Phyllis Montague (Gail CoryBetz), Sharkey’s wry self-caricature of his own profession. We don’t meet Phyllis until late in act one, but we’ve certainly heard all about her unwanted meddling from director Geraldine Dunbar (Brighid Rau), stage manager Aggie (Moira Moore) and diva-like Polly Benish (Kim Roberts), who, it turns out, has been pressing Phyllis for rewrites in the hopes of nabbing more lines for herself. Castmates Harry Benish (Jerry Uppinghouse), “Smitty” (Phletha Wynn-Hynes), Saul (Troy Heppner), Billy (Jordan Fugitt) and Violet (Tanya Morton-Brownlee) have been unhappily coping with these rewrites as well as all the plot holes and inconsistencies in Phyllis’ script, but as opening night rapidly approaches, not all of them are showing the same grasp of the material. The personalities exacerbate the circumstances. Wisecracking tippler Saul can’t resist making

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digs at Polly. Harry, her husband, simply caves when she’s being unreasonable. Smitty’s overly anxious about the exam she’s meant to be studying for. Billy and Violet are not-so-secretly in love. Louise (Lisa Johnson) is finding that there’s no way to hammer discreetly. And each rehearsal full of script revisions and missed cues leaves everyone less prepared for opening night. What makes all this so precarious is that there’s an inherent risk of the actual production devolving into the very thing it’s sending up. Although there are some minor and not uncommon problems here with actors striking the right balance between casualness and theatricality, idle blocking among such a large ensemble (Violet, for example, kills an awful lot of time doing yoga poses), or finding gradations of hysteria rather than shifting between two extremes, they’re never severe enough to cross the line into selfparody. Directed by Adam Sharp, the Ignite! cast clears the biggest potential pitfall to deliver a warm-hearted, no-frills production of Sharkey’s comedy that never becomes more chaotic than the script calls for and abounds in slapstick yucks in all the right places. n Play On! • Through Oct. 4; Fri and Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $13-$15 • Ignite! Community Theatre • 10814 E. Broadway, Spokane Valley • igniteonbroadway.org • 795-0004


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After a dry spell of more than 30 years, Oktoberfest returns to Spokane BY E.J. IANNELLI

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ver the next few days, don’t be surprised if you hear resonant shouts of “Prost!” emanating from the Spokane Convention Center. An Oktoberfest celebration is returning to Spokane after a hiatus of more than three decades. The three-day event, called Oktoberfest at the River, is being realized through the auspices of Vision Marketing in partnership with the German American Society of Spokane. It’s modeled on the widely renowned 16-day Oktoberfest that has been held annually in Munich’s Theresienwiese fairgrounds since 1810 — with a little bit of regional inspiration thrown in for good measure. “We had gone to Oktoberfest Northwest in Puyallup last year, saw what they did and how many people they had come, which was tens of

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thousands, all having a great time, and so we duplicated it here in Spokane,” says Tom Stebbins, co-owner of Vision Marketing. Emceeing the event is Manuela Horn, a multitalented actress, singer and dancer with a long international résumé in theater and entertainment. Though German-born, she’s known as the “Austrian Amazon” on account of her 6-foot-2 height. “She was taught to yodel by her father, was on America’s Got Talent, and was the swing girl at Oktoberfest in Puyallup,” says Stebbins. After the organizers there discovered she could also sing, Horn went from being a swing girl to the festival headliner. Because of her stage presence and popularity, Vision Marketing was keen to have her headline in Spokane.

“She comes on at 9 o’clock on Friday and Saturday night with her band. She’ll yodel and sing to rock songs and get the crowd going. She’ll be up on a swing hanging from the ceiling, where she’ll make announcements, and throughout the event she’ll be onstage making appearances and doing different things,” says Stebbins. Horn and her band are far from being the only scheduled entertainment. Before Oktoberfest at the River makes the shift to 21+ after 7 pm, the event is geared toward families and will feature activities like all-ages sing-alongs, arts and crafts, and root beer gardens. The AlpenBand is coming up from California to play German folk music over all three days. On Friday the German American Society choir will sing classic German songs. The Oom Pas and Mas, longtime veterans


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Yodler, actor and singer Manuela Horn hosts Oktoberfest by the River. of the Deutschesfest in Odessa, are scheduled to perform sets throughout Saturday as well. That music and dancing will be augmented by fun competitive activities like wiener dog races, Hammerschlagen (a contest of driving a nail into a log), cornhole games, and a 2-mile run called the Stein Chase. There will be plenty of TVs, too, so sports fans won’t have to miss watching their favorite collegiate and pro teams play. For food, the local German restaurant Das Stein Haus will provide affordable and authentic dishes like Wurst (sausages), Schnitzel (breaded meat cuts) and Spätzle (plump egg noodles) as well. And let’s not forget the beer. In keeping with Oktoberfest tradition, Mayor Condon will kick off the celebration by tapping the first keg on Friday evening as part of a big opening beer procession, which prominently features popular German beer Paulaner. “We’re going to have an Oktoberfest lager and a Hefeweizen,” says Stebbins. Volunteers from the German American Society — many in dirndls and lederhosen — will be helping to pour. For registered designated drivers there’s unlimited free root beer, and there’s an arrangement with Uber to drive anyone who’s indulged too much. Stebbins hopes that the free-flowing drinks and ample food, the lively atmosphere, the volunteer involvement and the exotic novelty of the event will make Oktoberfest at the River a time for community building as well. “When you go to a German beer hall, there are long picnic tables with tablecloths on them. It’s not like a four-top table where it’s just you and a couple of your friends. You’re there to be social and interact with other people, so when you sit down, you’re going to be meeting your neighbors.” “Ultimately we’re throwing a big party and we hope people come,” says Stebbins. “I’ve got my lederhosen. I’m going to get in the theme of it and have some fun.” n Oktoberfest at the River • Fri-Sun, Sept. 25-27 • $10 per day, $15/all three days, $5/Sunday • Spokane Convention Center • Additional pricing info and schedule at oktoberfestattheriver. com

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FOOD | BEER

Fill ’er Up! Steady Flow Growler House brings beer by the jugful to the Valley BY FRANNY WRIGHT

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hile stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Ashton and Cassaundra Preston lived near a bar that introduced them to world of craft beer. After moving to Colorado, the couple discovered that growlers could allow them to easily enjoy craft beer in their own home. They decided to bring this new passion back to Cassaundra’s hometown — and conveniently, where the craft beer scene was beginning to take off — Spokane. The Prestons opened Steady Flow Growler House over Labor Day weekend, giving away a free growler to the first 100 people each day of the weekend-long grand opening. “There are so many good breweries in this area and not enough places to sell their product,” Ashton says. He also emphasized the value of growlers. Opening Steady Flow Growler House — rather than a bar — provides people with an opportunity to taste a variety of beers in their own living rooms, then reuse the same growler to take something else home. Their tap list includes 39 options emphasizing seasonal beers, limited releases, brewery collaborations, favorite local craft beers, ciders, wines and cold-brewed coffee. A constantly updated slate of what’s on tap and how much

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Co-Owner Cassaundra Preston pours from one of the 39 taps at Steady Flow Growler House. of each keg is left can be found on their website. Believing that people should be able to taste a pint or half-pint before committing to filling their growler, the Prestons thought including a taproom to sample their selection was crucial. The walls of the taproom are covered in canvas prints of photographs they took of Inland Northwest breweries, indicating their priorities to offer local brews first, regional second and national third. “We just really enjoy supporting the local economy,” Preston says. “Our taps feature many breweries featured on the Inland Northwest Ale Trail, along with some from Oregon, California and Colorado.”

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Beyond supplying the best local brews, the Prestons also want to help educate Inland Northwest beer enthusiasts about the beverage, so that they can better appreciate what they’re drinking. “We’re mostly just excited to become a part of what the Spokane Valley craft beer scene already is,” says Preston. “And hopefully we can help to develop it even more.”  Steady Flow Growler House • 328 N. Sullivan Rd., Suite 8, Spokane Valley • Open Mon-Sat, 11 am-10 pm; Sun, 11 am-8 pm • steadyflowgrowlerhouse.com • 598-8297


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Glass of Health The Wellness Tree brings fresh juices to South Perry BY QUINN WESTERN

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he Wellness Tree Health Clinic and Juice Bar is like walking into an Apple store with a splash of Douglas fir. Maybe a little more than a splash. The white countertops and chairs, coupled with the wooden shelves and seating, create a clean and fresh atmosphere, just like the juice served up at the café. But when a patron walks into this juice bar on South Perry Street, they won’t just be served up a classic green drink, but a variety of healthy options prepared by doctors. Patrick Love and Lauren Boldebuck are naturopathic doctors who wanted a way to promote healthy living and their services — anything from remedies for the common cold to more serious illnesses. “Food can be medicine. That’s kind of what we’re trying to do with the juice bar — make

people feel better,” Boldebuck says. The juice bar, an open space with garagestyle windows, sits next to Perry Street Brewing. A faux wall made of Douglas fir shelving hosts plants and elixirs, and separates the bar from a waiting room and a long hallway with rooms for private sessions. Love and Boldebuck met while studying at the National University of Health Sciences in Illinois. Love, who is originally from Spokane and obtained his bachelor’s from Washington State University, is a chiropractic physician. Boldebuck is an acupuncturist with her master’s in Oriental medicine. “You can add a few herbs, make a drink that’s good for you and tastes good too,” Love says. Some of those include the refreshing Cool Down with watermelon, pear, cucumber, mint, lemon, and for a kick, cayenne and a pinch of salt. The bar also serves smoothies, coffee, acai bowls, shots and elixirs ($5-$7). Elixirs are essentially a medicinal drink, both tea- and juice-based, with herbs from South America, Love said. Wellness Tree also offers any juice steamed, which will allow customers to continue enjoying their fresh juices during the winter months. The Orangey Roots ($7) smells and tastes like hot apple cider when it’s steamed, but hold the extra sugar. It combines carrot, orange, sweet potato, lemon, burdock, ginger and turmeric. n Wellness Tree Juice Bar and Health Clinic • 1025 S. Perry • Open Tue-Sat, 7 am-5 pm • wellnesstreejuice.com • 598-8557

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$40). They’ve also made a sweet potato gnocchi dish with local Chanterelle mushrooms sautéed in a brown butter sage sauce ($25). Their 5-6:30 pm Early View special includes three courses for $28 every day. Happy hour takes place at the same time, offering half-price appetizers and special pricing on specialty drinks and beer and wine by the glass. — FRANNY WRIGHT

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BURGERS D. LISH’S HAMBURGERS 1625 N. Division | 323-7130 D. Lish’s serves up juicy burgers that are, well, delicious. Go ahead and take a pass on the many fast-food joints lining North Division and hit up this classic place for a top-quality lunch or dinner. It’s cheap fast food with a lot more taste. Some liken it to California staple In-N-Out, but truth be told, D. Lish’s very well might have an edge. HUDSON’S HAMBURGERS 207 E. Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208-664-5444 Don’t order fries (they don’t have ‘em). Don’t ask for lettuce, or tomatoes, or any frou-frou blue cheese on your burger (they don’t have any of that, either). Just order one of Hudson’s no-frills burgers. They’ll shape the patty in front of you, throw it on the grill, and once you take a bite, you’ll understand why Inlander readers consistently vote Hudson’s their Best Burger, and why after 115 years in business, it’s become an Idaho must-see.

POST STREET ALE HOUSE 1 N. Post | 789-6900 Post Street’s prime downtown Spokane location, across from the Davenport Hotel, draws a mix of businessmen, concertgoers, sports fans and college kids. If you go, try the burger, which pairs well with

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handed. Rusty’s sells three exclusive varieties of spices, as well as glassware, coffee and signature wine. THRIFTY SCOTSMAN 12024 E. Sprague | 928-2214 They weren’t joking with the thrift thing. This place is cheap. Inside the small, unadorned block building is a smattering of old-fashioned arcade machines, but the real fun is going through the drive-thru. Trust us. Try a Scotsman Burger. You’ll be glad you did. WISCONSINBURGER 916 S. Hatch | 241-3083 Thanks to Wisconsinburger, Spokanites now have the opportunity to enjoy genuine, deep-fried cheese curds in all their Midwestern glory. The restaurant offers up a menu of hearty burgers and “fried goodies” that defy anyone who believes fresh-and-local is a synonym for health food. Try the Spooner — a burger topped with Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, a fried onion ring and a spoonful of housemade bacon jam. n

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Why do people push themselves to the very edge?

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his is the kind of movie that movies were invented est. (Krakauer appears here, played by House of Cards actor for: big, visceral and intense, a heart-stopping Michael Kelly. The IMAX team is mentioned but does adventure that has you catching your breath and not appear.) gasping in shock as it takes you places most of us will By 1996, Everest had gotten commercialized. Outfits never get to, so as to engage in the sort of life-threatening like New Zealand’s Adventure Consultants, headed up thrills that, paradoxically, remind us that we are alive. by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), and Seattle-based MounThat’s an argument that safety-minded hometain Madness, led by Scott Fischer EVEREST bodies like me scoff at when risk-takers make (Jake Gyllenhaal), were taking paying Rated PG-13 it, but Everest makes you understand it deep in customers up to the top of the world, Directed by Baltasar Kormákur your gut. and there were just too many damned Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason This is true even though Everest is the story people trying to get to the summit durClarke, Josh Brolin of what had been the deadliest climbing season ing the narrow windows of opportuon the mountain until the 2014 and 2015 nity. This year, 1996, is when “traffic avalanches. The events of 1996, which led to the deaths jams” at the very highest point on the planet began. of eight people, are generally well known to the public, It’s probably a sad fact that this movie is going to thanks to adventure writer Jon Krakauer’s best-selling make things even worse on Everest: this is a spectacular first-person account Into Thin Air — he was on Everest in experience that may well make some viewers hungry for ’96 on assignment for Outside magazine. There also was the real thing. We meet Hall and some of his clients, inan IMAX team on that mountain that year, shooting cluding Doug Hansen (John Hawkes) and Beck Weathers what would become the 1998 IMAX documentary Ever(Josh Brolin), on their long trip through Kathmandu and

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up to base camp ... which, at 17,000 feet, is an achievement in itself. Director Baltasar Kormákur finds the most gorgeous vistas along the way: the trekkers passing over a narrow rope bridge above a deep mountain crevice is dizzying and breathtaking, and they haven’t even gotten to the amazing bit yet. (The film was shot partly in Nepal, including at the real Everest base camp.) The movie features a few moments in which the climbers discuss why they are doing something so dangerous, so expensive, and, some might say, so pointless. Their explanations are surprisingly compelling: Weathers finds relief from crushing depression; Hansen is motivated by the schoolchildren he inspires to imagine big things for themselves. But the clear exhilaration that the film sings out at the mountain’s summit says everything that needs to be said. “Because it’s there” suddenly makes a lot of sense to those of us down here. Those “down here” in the film include Keira Knightley and Robin Wright as, respectively, the stay-at-home yet supportive wives of Hall and Weathers, and Emily Watson as the manager of Adventure Consultants’ base camp. But they already get it. This is not an intellectual examination of what drives people to do apparently crazy things, but there are unspoken questions running through the undercurrent: “How do we most fairly police access to wild places?” might be the most important one. The unspoken answer of Everest is that this is something we need to figure out, because the only motivation we need to look to is this: Climbing a big ol’ mountain that might kill you along the way is ultimately a very human thing to do. We will push ourselves to the very edges of human endurance, because we can. If you never appreciated that before, Everest is here to show you the truth of it. n


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The all-star monster cast returns in this family-friendly comedy from Sony Pictures Animation. When Mavis pays a visit to her human in-laws, Dracula enlists his grandson Dennis in a “monster-in-training” boot camp since he has yet to show proper signs of a blossoming young vampire. Things get a little scary when great-grandpa Vlad pays a visit to the hotel and finds things aren’t quite how they used to be. (MW) Rated PG

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This thriller follows a group of college students who travel to Peru in an attempt to stop the destruction of the Amazon. Upon their arrival, the wide eyed activists are shocked to find the native people they intended to protect have other plans for them instead. Director Eli Roth will make you think twice about wanting to save the rainforest in this suspenseful horror. (MW) Rated R

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Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star in this feel-good comedy about second chances and unlikely heroes. De Niro plays a 70-year-old widower who, through the dull days of retirement, finds himself eager to get back in the game. When an opportunity arises for him to become a senior intern at

an online fashion company led by his daughter, he jumps right in and helps his younger colleagues navigate life with wisdom and wit in the process. (MW) Rated PG-13

PAWN SACRIFICE

The epic chess showdown between American kid Bobby Fischer and Russian master Boris Spassky captured the imagination of people in both countries at the height of the Cold War. Tobey Maguire stars as the Brooklynraised Fischer, trying to maintain his sanity and skills in the face of unbelievable pressure and unexpected celebrity, while Liev Schreiber plays his Russian rival in this movie that aims to make its centerpiece ’70s-era chess showdown as exciting as a Rocky IV fight scene. (DN) Rated PG-1

THE SECOND MOTHER

Val has been a nanny for a well-to-do family in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for more than a decade, enjoying a comfortable life along the way. But the daughter she left behind in her hometown to take the nanny job suddenly decides to come to Sao Paulo and live with her mother. With the addition of this outspoken young woman around the house, the structure of the family is thrown into turmoil. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R.

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Bryson (Robert Redford) is an aging travel writer setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Steven (Nick Nolte) is a down-on-his-luck old friend of Bryson’s who volunteers to hike the trail with him. Directed by Ken Kwapis, the buddy film struggles to deliver the wit you’d expect from the talent of its cast, but does land a few zingers. (PC) Rated R

Director Scott Cooper’s adaptation of Black Mass tells the story of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, played here by Johnny Depp. The cast struggles with their Boston accents and Depp’s performance is lacking in energy, even if there are some menacingly exciting scenes. As a gangster flick it’s OK, but doesn’t do justice to the insanity that was Bulger’s life. (MB) Rated R

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Jesse Eisenberg plays Mike Howell, a small-town stoner working at a convenience store whose spy-killer skills are suddenly “activated” by a mysterious stranger (Connie Britton). When dudes come to kill him, he fends off every attempt, along with some help from his girlfriend, Phoebe, played by Kristen Stewart. (MS) Rated R

BEST OF ENEMIES

This documentary takes us back to the precise moment when campaign coverage turned into entertainment as it recounts ABC News’ dramatic ratings gamble in 1968 to skip gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions in favor of a new, untested feature — a series of 10 debates between the arch-conservative magazine editor William F. Buckley, Jr. and ultra-liberal author and iconoclast Gore Vidal. (DN) Rated R

Captive tells the story of Ashley (Kate Mara), a single mother wrestling with a drug addiction, who is randomly taken hostage by a recently escaped prisoner on the run. The two form an unlikely bond as they help one another seek forgiveness, find redemption and discover the purpose of their messy and troubled lives. (MW) Rated PG-13

CAR PROWLS In recent times we’ve all noticed the surge in the criminal element to focus on cars – breaking in and stealing items of value or stealing the car entirely. It’s becoming quite an epidemic but there are things you can do to help yourself and avoid becoming a victim. • Make sure you keep your car locked at all times. Some criminals are merely opportunists who pull on doors and only enter cars that were unlocked to begin with. • Keep all items of value hidden, and do not store them in your car when possible. When an item of value is left in plain sight, it only entices criminals to take it. • If your car does not have an alarm system, consider investing in one. If an alarm system is not financially feasible, physical devices like “the Club” should also be considered as a deterrent. • When possible, park your car inside a locked garage. If that is not possible, ensure that the area your car is parked is well lit. • Finally, remember your local C.O.P.S. shop is always a great resource for dealing with crime. If your car does get broken into, C.O.P.S. volunteers will attempt to obtain fingerprints off of your vehicle to help catch the culprit through our Latent Fingerprinting program. To learn more about our programs and volunteering, visit www. spokanecops.org or www.scopespokanewa.org And remember, always call 911 for emergencies, and Crime Check to report crimes after the fact at (509)456-2233.

EVEREST

In their final ascent to reach the highest point on Earth, a group of climbers are engulfed by one of the fiercest blizzards ever experienced by man. The mountaineers are pushed to their limits as they face freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and dangerous terrain. Based on a true story, Everest shares the inspiring tale of survival against all odds. (MW) Rated PG-13 ...continued on next page

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Robyn and Simon have just moved back to Los Angeles when they run into Gordo in a shop. Simon doesn’t remember the guy at all, except that he was a bit of an oddball, which seems proven when Gordo shows up at the house without invitation several times, bearing increasingly and inappropriately extravagant gifts, and only when Robyn is home alone. Then things get even weirder. (MJ) Rated R

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Lily Tomlin, riding her hot streak from killing it in Grace and Frankie, is an acerbic loner whose 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage, shows up at her door with news that she’s pregnant. That sets off a hilarious day-long trip around the city in which she has to come to terms with the choices she’s made in life while Sage does the same. Also stars Sam Elliott, Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden and Judy Greer. (MB) Rated R

HITMAN AGENT 47

Gamers will recognize Hitman Agent 47 for the video game series it is based on. Action film fans will see it as the reboot of the 2007 film Hitman, which has a similar structure — a bald white man is a genetically modified killer with superhuman abilities and, in the next 90ish minutes, there’s lots of action and conspiracy. However, the 2015 reboot is more about that main character, known as Agent 47. (MS) Rated R

INSIDE OUT

Pixar’s newest film (following 2013’s Monsters University) is a major “emotion” picture — it’s about how choices between conflicting emotions drive the life of a Minnesota family. Young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) struggle with joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust — that’s Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling, respectively — and the personified emotions create their own problems inside Riley’s head. (MS) Rated PG

LEARNING TO DRIVE

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FANTASTIC FOUR

It’s been about a decade since the last version of the Fantastic Four came out (2005), but apparently since Marvel movies are all the rage these days, it’s already time for a reboot. This time, the new kids on the block are Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch and Jamie Bell as The Thing. The film starts from the beginning of the F4 canon, showing us how the four brainiacs got their superpowers, and immediately enters them into conflict to save the world from the despicable Dr. Victor Von Doom. (CS) Rated PG-13

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LISTEN TO ME MARLON

A remarkable documentary that charts the actor’s life through Marlon Brando’s own words, using public domain materials and never before seen or heard video clips and audiotapes from his personal archives, revealing a complicated human being who defied simple categorization by design. No talking heads here, just Marlon in all his magnificent complexity. For any cineaste, it’s a mind-blowing experience. At Magic Lantern (SD) Not Rated

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This sci-fi sequel continues the story of the Gladers, a group of teenage boys who must survive the desolate outside world known as the Scorch in order to resist the dominating WCKD. The film portrays a desolate dystopian world the Gladers must find a way to save. (MW) Rated PG-13

MERU

Meru gets its audience emotionally invested in what’s happening on screen with the efforts of three mountain climbers to scale a 21,000-foot peak known as the Shark’s Fin on India’s Mount Meru. And it does it by some simple additions to the tried-and-true tropes of lesser films in the genre; namely, by giving viewers each of the climbers’ personal backstories, exploring their respective motivations for such a death-defying lifestyle, and illustrating the importance of the team’s interpersonal relationships in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal. At Magic Lantern (DN) Rated R

MINIONS

Minions opens with a grand history of the race, starting with their evolution from tiny one-yellow-celled creatures from the Despicable Me movies floating in the primordial seas through the form we see them in now. The film is overly thick with backstory about the cute little buggers and distracts from the charm they brought to the original

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PHOENIX

Nelly Lenz was a jazz singer before she was sent to a Nazi concentration camp. She survived, but was badly disfigured and underwent facial reconstruction surgery, leaving her almost unrecognizable when she returns to Berlin in search of her husband, Johnny, who thinks she’s dead. She finds Johnny, who may have helped surrender her to the Nazis in the first place, but he doesn’t recognize her. Still, he thinks Nelly looks enough like his supposedly dead wife to have her pretend to be her so that he can get her inheritance. The German-language period piece has been compared to Hitchcock films for its thrilling take on mistaken identity. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated PG-13

RICKI AND THE FLASH

Meryl Streep plays Ricki, a mother of three who abandoned her family to become a rockstar. Ricki returns home to her remarried ex-husband, Pete, after their daughter Julie (Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer) suffers a great heartbreak. As Ricki confronts what has become her past, she seeks forgiveness and reconciliation. (MS) Rated PG-13

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Pioneering gangsta-rap crew N.W.A. gets the movie treatment their story has long deserved in this docu-drama tracing the ’80s rise of the group led by now-icons Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and EazyE. Arriving from the dangerous streets overrun by L.A.’s gang culture, the group sold millions of albums thanks to songs full of violent and misogynist fantasies, inspiring a generation of West Coast rappers to follow suit — and the F.B.I. and President George H.W. Bush to label them domestic terrorists. (DN) Rated R

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Zac Efron stars in another music-based movie as Cole Carter, a DJ who wants to make it big. He is soon torn by the people who represent his passions: his mentor who wants to help shape him into a successful DJ, his mentor’s girlfriend who he becomes romantically entangled with, and his friends with whom he has both struggled and partied. (MS) Rated R 


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46 INLANDER SEPTEMBER 24, 2015


Rocker Soccer ’83

Def Leppard, circa 1983

A busload of baby-faced rockers and a mysterious soccer match — trying to piece together an epic August day from long, long ago BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.

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ow, Def Leppard at the Arena — that’s a blast from my past. I saw them play live in Spokane… all the way back in 1983. I remember it all so clearly, their album Pyromania came out in January of ’83, the middle of my senior year at Gonzaga Prep. They provided the soundtrack to that pivotal year, but what was really cool was that before their concert here in, like, April, they played soccer at our school. Their tour bus pulled up, and the baby-faced band (they

were all in their early 20s) piled out while we wandered around taking pictures with giant “canyou-freakin’-believe-this” grins. To relive the glory, I call my old buddy Todd Weaver, who was there with me. “No,” he tells me. “I don’t remember any of that.” Wait, what? But you were taking the pictures! “Maybe,” he says. “But maybe we just heard about it. Maybe we missed it?”

Ah, the human brain — now I get why memoirs are so tricky. “I’m doing a Bing search,” Todd tells me over the phone. “Def Leppard Tours.” Bing search? Why didn’t I think of that? That Weav is always one step ahead. “There it is,” he says after a minute. “Spokane Coliseum, August 5, 1983 — the day before my 18th birthday.” August 5? I thought April. I swear we went to ...continued on next page

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“ROCKER SOCCER ‘83,” CONTINUED... that concert… didn’t we? “We definitely saw Def Leppard that night,” says Todd. “I remember the sleeveless shirts with the Union Jack flag. Chicks dug that.” So we haven’t settled anything about whether there was a soccer game, and I still feel like it was definitely April, not August. Am I crazy?

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K, that whole part you just read — Weaver fact-checking me, the soccer game I probably imagined — I wrote all that back in 2009. Def Leppard was coming to play in Spokane again, but at the last minute the show was canceled. I filed this story away in the nether folders of my desktop, only to be fished out when the word came down in February that the band was coming back. That’s when I started thinking about it all over again: Did Def Leppard play soccer at Gonzaga Prep? Todd and I played soccer at Prep, so maybe we heard about it via our teammates. I start calling the ones who not only were on the team, but who were also into music. I first heard Spinal Tap, the album, in Tom Carriker’s basement; he’d remember. “Def Leppard? Yeah, I loved those guys. I definitely went to that concert,” he tells me from Seattle. “But a soccer game? At Prep? I do not remember that at all.” C’mon, Tom, you’re leaving me high and dry here! OK, how about Dan Vollmer? His brother worked at the Magic Lantern, so he was hip to cool music — and he was our team manager. “Oh my goodness, I’m thinking…” he says from Pullman, leaving a long, uncomfortable silence during which I could ponder my sanity, or fall back on my training and start asking more questions. “Were you a Def Leppard fan?” “Oh, for sure,” Dan says. “I went to that concert — I think I had a backstage pass I won from Rock 106. But a soccer game? Nope. Nothing.” OK, people’s memories are shot, that much is clear. But computers never forget. If Weaver could drop some Bing on me, well, two can play that game. So I dial up the Google and punch it in: “Summer 1983 Def Leppard Soccer.” Jackpot. Turns out, the boys from Britain were playing benefit soccer matches against teams from local radio stations during that 1983 tour; stories from Pennsylvania and Hawaii popped up. Wait, radio stations… Dan mentioned Rock 106, our go-to Spokane station back in the day. I know a few people around town who go back that far. So next I call Brian Paul, longtime KXLY exec who is now the GM of the Tri-Cities TV station KVEW. “Wow, I would have just missed that — I started with KXLY in 1985,” Brian says. “But have you talked to GA? I’ll give him a call.”

Would Def Leppard be up for another Spokane soccer match this time around? Oh, I could feel it — I was this close to breaking this mystery wide open. Now I know how Woodward and Bernstein felt when they met Deep Throat. “So,” the voice on the other end says, “I hear you’ve been asking around about Rocker Soccer ’83?”

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hat’s right, not crazy! Gary Allen — aka “GA,” currently the program director for Rock 94.5 — says it did happen, they did pile out of their tour bus that August afternoon up at G-Prep, and they did wear those little Union Jack shortyshorts. “Just the way they got off the bus, they were totally livin’ the dream,” GA recalls. “And they were ready to kick some Yankee butt.” But in a Welcome-to-Spokane-NOT! prank, Rock 106 laced their team with ringers. Instead of a bunch of scrawny, asthmatic DJs, they brought in the Spokane Skyhawks. “I remember [lead singer] Joe Elliott running by, yelling, ‘That guy ain’t no bloody DJ!’ about our goalie,” says GA, still gloating after all these years. (What is it with KXLY and ringers? In a Hoopfest game between Team Inlander and KXLY’s Star 96.9 back in the late ’90s, the quartet of 6-foot-4 22-year-olds who pummeled us would only say they were “interns.”) “Have you talked to Calvin?” GA asks. “He was the first one off the bus.” Calvin? Turns out, one Calvin Lew, a regional director with Polygram Records back in ’83, was the band’s handler in the Northwest. Now he works at KXLY. “The guys in the band and the crew, they loved soccer,” Calvin tells me. “So I called up GA, and he put it all together.” So how’d they take the bum-rush treatment? “On the road, they were talking smack about Spokane for a week or two,” recalls Calvin. “I felt bad for my boys, but it was really funny.” I proudly tell him that I, too, was there, with a friend whose identity I’m having a little trouble with. “Do you remember what happened at the end?” A twist? Of there’s a twist. “A couple days before, in Seattle, we did a public appearance for Seafair,” Calvin recalls. “The boys were christening the radio station’s hydroplane — bottle of champagne,

the whole thing. Like, 3,000 fans showed up. No security whatsoever. And afterwards, the crowd started coming closer… and closer. Finally, it was feeling like the Beatles in Hard Day’s Night, and I screamed, ‘Run, and run fast! Go now!’” Having barely escaped whatever scrum of adulation may have befallen them, Calvin was quick to rush the boys back on the bus when the Spokane crowd started to move in after the match. Safely back on the bus, Def Leppard went on through that night in Spokane — and kept going. That summer, powered by MTV and their hairdressers, they went from rockers on the rise, to, in the immortal words of Donald Trump, “Huuuge!”

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ou know that song that’s been lodged in your brain since you were 18? At the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, professor Elizabeth Margulis argues that the “earworm effect” is neuroscience. In her book On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, she writes about that condition where people feel “that the boundary between the music and themselves has dissolved.” Everybody has music that hit their central cortex at just the right time, and those songs never let you go. For me, Def Leppard’s “Photograph” instantly evokes a moment in time. Todd Weaver still doesn’t remember going to that soccer match. But he remembers exactly where we sat that night, when he was literally on the edge of 17, listening to the sounds of our youth in the old Boone Street Barn. Life was about to change for both of us; within a few weeks, we’d be sitting in our first classes at the University of Washington. “Yeah, that was the last summer with all our friends, before everybody spread out,” Todd says when I call to tell him I finally cracked the case. We’re different now, far from those two kids rocking out after school to Def Leppard and whatever else Rock 106 was beaming into our brains. But like the music we’re powerless to resist (hey, that’s just science), we’ve kind of stayed the same, too. “So when’s the concert?” Todd asks. “We’re going, right?”  Def Leppard with Styx and Tesla • Wed, Sept. 30, at 7pm • $75 tickets only • Allages • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • spokanearena.com • 279-7000


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n the Japanese art form kintsugi, artists take broken pieces of pottery and meld them together with precious metals, highlighting the imperfections rather than trying to conceal them. Death Cab for Cutie’s new album, named after the art style, gets up close and personal with those ugly ridges. Subsequently, it’s the best record the group has made in years. The writing is tight. There’s an electronic element to the sound, but the humanity shines through just as much as it did in the emotionally driven Transatlanticism more than a decade ago. Like so many artists and musicians before him, it seems that frontman Ben Gibbard had to get his heart shattered to create something worthwhile. In 2011, his divorce from New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, an indie rocker in her own right, was made painfully public. Last year, founding DCFC member and producer Chris Walla left the band, leaving Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Jason McGerr to fend for themselves. That’s a lot of feelings to try and work out. For the band’s eighth studio album, produced by Rich Costey, Gibbard put all of that into the lyrics. In “No Room in Frame” Gibbard starkly sings the lines: “Was I in your way / When the cameras turned to face you? / No room in frame / For two.” Gibbard has distanced himself from social media — of course, not having a Twitter account

means people will create one for you, as is the case of Fat Ben Gibbard who hails from BellingHAM, Washington — but here, recorded for all to hear, is a thinly veiled experience from Gibbard’s Hollywood marriage. Gibbard wants to remain a private person living in Seattle, but in the music he exposes his soul. This is what fans liked about DCFC in the first place. Back in the late ’90s and early aughts, emo Bellingham/Seattle kids latched onto the band’s indie rock music for dear life. Soon that devotion expanded to the rest of the country (at the expense of being called sellouts back home). Now these fans are adults with cracks of their own, and Gibbard’s lyrics continue to apply. Death Cab For Cutie’s most recent Spokane show was at Gonzaga University in 2009, and Gibbard’s side project the Postal Service played here in 2013. Next Thursday, the band is back here at the INB Performing Arts Center. If recent tour setlists are any indication, the trio will play much of the new album with all the big hits sprinkled in, helping fans get in touch with their emotions once more. n lauraj@inlander.com Death Cab For Cutie with the Helio Sequence • Thu, Oct. 1, at 7:30 pm • $35/$40 day of • All-ages • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • inbpac.com • 2797000

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ometimes, one night just isn’t enough. So it’s understandable that for the release of Nixon Rodeo’s third studio album, the Spokane hard rockers are performing two nights in a row at the Big Dipper and featuring different local openers at each show. Nixon Rodeo’s new album, recorded at Amplified Wax, continues the band’s forward momentum — they played the Warped Tour at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn last month. Aptly named Relentless, the record moves between power-pop rock and screamo and lyrically focuses on a theme of never giving up. “Now You Got My Attention” and “Back and Forth” are incredibly catchy and will certainly excite the band’s fans. The four-piece’s album ends with a rousing rendition of “Billie Jean” — and hey, the Michael Jackson cover angle worked for Alien Ant Farm. — LAURA JOHNSON Nixon Rodeo album release shows with the Backups, Drone Epidemic, Windowpane (Fri) and Moretta, Free the Jester, Breakdown Boulevard (Sat) • Sept. 25 & 26 at 7 pm • $12/$15 day of • All-ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • bigdipperevents.com • 863-8098

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ROCK ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS G

iven the band’s Arizona home base, it makes sense that Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers’ sound incorporates touches of mariachi along with some twangy Americana roots. In fact, the band has hosted its own festival in Mexico for years, giving its fans from both sides of the border a chance to party down with a group whose style has allowed them to share stages with everyone from Johnny Cash to Sammy Hagar. Some might remember leader Clyne from his old band the Refreshments, a crew that had some minor ’90s hits and composed the theme song for long-running TV show King of the Hill. The Peacemakers took over where the Refreshments left off, touring like crazy every year to support their seven studio albums to date. — DAN NAILEN Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers with Buffalo Jones • Tue, Sept. 29, at 7 pm • $15/$18 day of • All-ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • bigdipperevents.com • 863-8098

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facing page), Buffalo Jones BROOKLYN DELI & LOUNGE, Open Mic CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY, Groovebirds CHECKERBOARD BAR, Drunken Day of the Dead Celebration feat. Storme FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Tuesday Night Jam with Truck Mills JONES RADIATOR, Open Mic of Open-ness KELLY’S IRISH PUB, Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots J PINNACLE NORTHWEST, Caskey, Illest Uminati, Family First NW, Crowne Thorne Records SWAXX, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx ZOLA, The Bucket List

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THE BIG DIPPER, Miller Creek, the Tone Collaborative, B Radicals, Oct. 1 J INB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Death Cab for Cutie (See story on page 49), Oct. 1 WASHINGTON CRACKER CO. BUILDING, Terrain 8 feat. Wampire, Cathedral Pearls, Phlegm Fatale, Tone Collaborative, Haunted Tubes, Paisley Devil, the Backups, Twin Towers, Oct. 2 SPOKANE ARENA, Neil Young + the Promise of the Real, Oct. 2 THE BIG DIPPER, Bullets or Balloons EP Release, Bandit Train, Powerbleeder, Oct. 2 THE VIKING BAR & GRILL, Thunder & Lightning’s Spectacle of Boobs n Music feat. Witchburn, Invasive, Volcanoes on the Sun, Drop Off, Evolved, North Fork and more, Oct. 3 KNITTING FACTORY, Purity Ring, Hana, Oct. 3 THE BARTLETT, The Portland Cello Project, Oct. 3 KNITTING FACTORY, ZZ Ward, Marc Scibilia, the Young Wild, Oct. 7

MUSIC | VENUES 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BIG BARN BREWING • 16004 N. Applewood Ln, Mead • 238-2489 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington St. • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S• 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BROOKLYN DELI • 122 S Monroe St # 101• 835-4177 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUCKHORN INN • 13311 Sunset Hwy.• 244-3991 THE CELLAR • 317 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-6649463 CALYPSOS • 116 E Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208665-0591 CHAPS • 4237 Cheney-Spokane Rd. • 624-4182 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley • 800-523-2464 CONKLING MARINA & RESORT • 20 W Jerry Ln, Worley • 208-686-1151 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside Suite 101. • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • (208) 773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208263-4005 FEDORA PUB • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208765-8888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-5354 THE FLAME • 2401 E. Sprague Ave. • 534-9121 THE FOXHOLE• 829 E. Boone • 315-5327 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 GRANDE RONDE CELLARS • 906 W. 2nd • 455-8161 HANDLEBARS • 12005 E. Trent, Spokane Valley • 309-3715 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 IRON HORSE • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 THE JACKSON ST. • 2436 N. Astor • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. 6th, Moscow • 208-8837662 JONES RADIATOR • 120 E. Sprague • 747-6005 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 4302 S. Regal St. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 THE LARIAT • 11820 N Market St, Mead • 4669918 LA ROSA CLUB • 105 S. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-2100 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2605 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. • 924-9000 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR• 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST • 100 N. Hayford • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 PINNACLE NORTHWEST • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division St. • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague Ave. • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside . • 822-7938 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 ROCKET MARKET • 726 E. 43rd Ave. • 343-2253 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 SULLIVAN SCOREBOARD • 205 N Sullivan Rd • 891-0880 SWAXX • 23 E. Lincoln Rd. • 703-7474 TAMARACK • 912 W Sprague • 315-4846 UNDERGROUND 15 • 15 S. Howard St. • 290-2122 THE VIKING • 1221 N. Stevens St. • 315-4547 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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COMEDY DRY AND WRY

Don’t let the calm demeanor and almost reticent outward persona fool you; Todd Barry is a master of the stage when it comes to stand-up comedy. His carefully crafted one-liners and ad hoc improvised jokes — showcased in his recent “Crowd Work Tour” special, available on Netflix — are some of the best in the business, whether targeting the hypocrisy of hipsters, the stories behind bad tattoos or life in New York City. A friend and favorite of Louis C.K., Barry is the perfect fit for the Bartlett’s comedy night. — DAN NAILEN Todd Barry • Thu, Oct. 1, at 8 pm • $20/$23 day of • Allages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • thebartlettspokane. com • 747-2174

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MUSIC AMERICAN FAVORITES

FOOD GREEK OUT

The Beach Boys • Wed, Sept. 30, at 7:30 pm • $52-$75 • All-ages • Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • foxtheaterspokane.com • 624-1200

Greek Dinner Festival • Thu-Sat, Sept. 24-26; lunch from 11-2 pm, dinner at 4:30 pm • $15-$18 • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church • 1703 N. Washington • holytrinityspokane.org

Fifty-four years after forming, the Beach Boys are surfin’ their way to Spokane on yet another tour. Minus most of their original band members — notably Brian Wilson — singer Mike Love and bassist/ singer Bruce Johnston (who first joined the band in 1965) continue to bring the eternally fun and harmonious California-influenced hits like “I Get Around” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” to the people, whether we want it or not. This show will be just the right dose of nostalgia and sunshine in the early days of autumn. — LAURA JOHNSON

Spokane’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church opens its parish to the community for the 80th annual Greek Dinner Festival. Beginning in 1935, the celebration has integrated Greek culture and faith through shish kebabs, gyros, drinks and dancing. Experience Greek hospitality in the form of beef kapama, orzo pasta, and authentic, Greek-style pastries and kafeneon (coffee). The festival also offers a market of imported foods and artifacts, a bookstore, church tours, and plenty of dancing. — MAKAYLA WAMBOLDT


Valleyfest • Fri-Sun, Sept. 25-27, event times vary • Entry to most festival events is free • Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace Event Center, Spokane Valley • valleyfest.org • 922-3299

PERFORMANCE THE GRAND ILLUSION

Jay Owenhouse has been entertaining audiences with his mind-bending illusions since his freshman year of high school. Friday night, the Montanabased illusionist interacts with Spokane audience members, using levitation, predicting the future, and yes, sawing an audience member in half. If magic alone doesn’t quite float your boat, accompanying the illusionist are his two stunning Bengal tigers, Shekinah and Sheena. Owenhouse is truly living his dream, having wanted to perform magic shows since he was 4 years old — nearly as long as he’s loved tigers. It’s all thanks to a painting that hung in his family’s house, and a magician performing at his sister’s birthday party, that Owenhouse’s journey has led him to where he’s at today. — MAX CARTER Jay Owenhouse: Dare to Believe • Fri, Sept. 25, at 7:30 pm • $29.50-$72.50 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • ticketswest.com

EVENTS | CALENDAR

BENEFIT

KENWORTHY ANNUAL GALA An evening of drinks and entertainment by the Portland Cello Project. The gala is the theater’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds supporting its operating funds. Sept. 24, 8-11 pm. $35. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) PAINT & PINTS’ AMERICAN CHILDHOOD CANCER FUNDRAISER A $10 donation from every painters’ admission goes directly to ACCOIN to benefit Spokane children battling cancer. Call or reserve online. Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm. $35. Paint & Pints, 718 W. Riverside. paintandpints.com (893-5444) SPOKANE EDIBLE TREE PROJECT HARVEST PARTY The nonprofit’s second annual “friendraiser” is set to fea-

ture an apple press, photo booth, auction, local beer and food. Sept. 24, 6-8 pm. $20. Philanthropy Center, 1020 N. Riverside. on.fb.me/1KbA770 SPOKANE TRIVIA CHAMPIONSHIP The second annual event benefits learning and literacy for Spokane Public Library including STEM education. Form a corporate team, an individual team, or come out as one of the cheering members of the audience. Sept. 24, 7 pm. $15. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. (444-5318) GOLD DIGGERS AUCTION Annual fundraiser for the Historic Silver Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. Includes live/silent auctions, prizes, costume contest, music, food and more. Sep. 25, 5:30-9 pm. Shoshone Golf Club, 2000 Country Club Rd., Kellogg. silvervalleychamber.com

Fall Festival of Homes

Perpetually stuck in the shadow of its big brother to the west, the city of Spokane Valley isn’t about to let its biggest community festival be overlooked. Valleyfest boasts locally made hot-air balloons, the Hearts of Gold community parade and even bed races. Cross your fingers that the skies are calm and clear, so spectators all over can watch the colorful orbs floating high above the city at various times through the weekend. Now in its 26th year, one of Valleyfest’s newer events is the Lions Club Bed Races (Friday at 6:30 pm), a fundraiser that’s just what its name implies. Decorated twin beds on wheels will speed down East Sprague as costumed teams of five, including a pajama-wearing member in the bed, race to the finish line. — CHEY SCOTT

September 25-27 & October 2-4 from 10am-5pm Enter to win a $250 Visa Gift Card!† Eagle Ridge is once again a host site for one of the largest home shows in the Northwest; the Fall Festival of Homes will feature four homes from four of Spokane’s finest homebuilders. Visit us and see our unique homes by Greenstone, Hayden Homes, Morse Western Homes, and Paras Homes.

NEW HOMES STARTING IN THE $190,000’s 935 W. Basalt Ridge Drive, Spokane, WA • 509.443.2222

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EAGLE RIDGE

FESTIVAL DOWN IN THE VALLEY

†EAGLE RIDGE FALL FESTIVAL OF HOMES SWEEPSTAKES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C. 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON. Entry forms available at the model home and the Eagle Ridge Information Center. 935 W. Basalt Ridge Drive, Spokane, WA 99224. Official Rules available at the Eagle Ridge Information Center. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in Eagle Ridge to residents of Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon, or in any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. No guarantee can be made that completion of the Eagle Ridge community will proceed as described. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF REAL ESTATE HAS NOT QUALIFIED, INSPECTED, OR EXAMINED THIS OFFERING. Genstar Land Company Northwest, LLC (“Fee Owner(s)”) is the owner and developer of the Eagle Ridge Community (“Community”). Certain homebuilders unaffiliated with the Fee Owner or its related entities (collectively, “Eagle Ridge”) are building homes in the Community (“Builder(s)”). Fee Owner has retained Newland Communities solely as the property manager for the Community. North America Sekisui House has an interest in one of the members in Fee Owner. Newland Communities and North America Sekisui House are not co-developing, co-building or otherwise responsible for any of the obligations or representations of any of the Builders, and shall have no obligations to any buyer regarding a home purchase from a Builder. Purchasers of homes from any of the Builders waive any claims against Newland Communities and/or North America Sekisui House arising out of their purchase transaction. Prices, specifications, details, and availability of a Builder’s new homes are subject to change without notice. © 2015 Eagle Ridge. All Rights Reserved.Eagle Ridge is a trademark of NASH Eagle Ridge, LLC, and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without prior written permission.

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W I SAW U YOU

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I SAW YOU LET'S DO IT AGAIN We met today 'on the street'. I must say the conversation with you, although brief, was by far the most stimulating conversation I have had in too long! Your name is Cara. I hope to hear from you. You know how to reach me. Best wishes. 'Dakota' SAASHA ROSE True change comes from within, Not from outside ones self. True love last a life time, one could only hope someday comes in this lifetime, But is willing to wait for the next. I will never give up on u or ever turn u away. Thank u again for always having faith in me and never given up love you always. David Lee. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU To the couple who brought their dog to the vet today and had to say goodbye... I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell your dog meant a lot to you and I hope you can find joy in the memories you created with your pet. Take care. NORTH BARNES & NOBLE You: cute stock boy with the bald spot. Me: mysterious stranger.I saw you stocking the shelves 9/17 with Steve Jobs biography books. Those books were thick, just like my attraction for you. You lifted them so well. You must love books. I also love books. Coffee? PIZZA AND CHEESE CAKE We were talking a lot on line, almost every day. Then I saw you at the Bigfoot. We had such a good time and some laughs. It

was really inoccent night. But ever since you have pulled away. Dont know if something turned you off. I really hope note. Was a little drunk and nervous. Even asked to kiss you, what a dork. Please give me another shot at getting closer to you. And I promise we will have cheese cake. .and pizza after:-) YOUR COMPELLING BROWN EYES Friday lunch at Taste and I was mesmerized by your beautiful brown eyes (and everything below them). A gift from your Scandinavian father, you said. We talked, inside and crossing the street, but not enough and without sharing how to meet again. But you know where I work and I will have a Tasty lunch at noon every Friday, hoping you return. NYNE BAR 9/18 POOL PARTNERS We teamed up to play pool where my friend was singing some tunes and we talked and connected well I thought, you said you were a football coach at Rogers High School??? I gave you my number but I lost you in the crowd after and I don't know if you got it, I am interested and want to get in touch with you and get together for some pool again soon! Please get in touch with me if you're still interested in talking without filters about life?? :) DEAR SHANE/SEAN: I met you at Hauser Lake on 9/20/15 when you were so kind to help me load my kayak on my car. You were fishing with your son and I was too shy to talk much. I think I missed a perfect opportunity. Would love to hear from you. Coffee at Starbucks? CORRECTION I sent in "Compelling Brown Eyes" the other day and I meant to say "Captivating brown eyes", which is what I actually said. Also, I've decided not to publish an email address so if you choose my missive for publication, can you please change those two items? Thank you. UNEXPECTED HERO I saw you over two weeks ago at Manito Park. Out of nowhere you appeared at a heartwrenching moment. Your kindness and help during such a distressing event can never be repaid. I am so grateful for your presence that day, whoever you are. I hope that you feel somewhere in your own heart the gratitude that I have been sending you every day since. I will forever be grateful. I wish all good things to you.

I know you are scared to have surgery and are worried about what changes are on the horizon. You have more strength than you know. — YOU ARE LOVED

CHEERS SINGING MIKE I just came from the Rockwood Image Center on 5th & Sherman. My brother is battling stage 4 cancer. Out the door is wheeled out an old black man in a wheelchair. The receptionists seemed to know you well and called you Mike. You came out singing a song I grew up with. Surprisingly I never knew the artist. The song was "We Just Disagree." I looked up the artist and his name is Dave Mason. There you were, singing and smiling, and you brought a smile to my face that was much needed. I wanted to join in, but lost my nerve. I wanted to give you a big hug. Thank you for making me smile, I needed it. You are an angel. "So let's leave it alone, cause we can't see eye to eye... There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, there's only you and me and we just disagree." HIS & HERS @ SUBWAY Just want to give a shout out to the Subway at 1422 W. 3rd Ave. What a nice surprise to find our Subway sandwiches labeled "His" and "Hers" when we got home last night (Monday 9/14). How sweet! Thanks not only for making our sanwiches but making our day. We'll be back again soon. YOU ARE LOVED "I know you are scared to have surgery and are worried about what changes are on the horizon. You have more strength than you know. You have the strength to carry on with life, love, and have the courage, and determination to accomplish your goals. I will be by your side for every step and if you fall, pick you up and help you carry on. Love you in this life and forever. THANK YOU, SFD AND AMR! A few weeks ago I had to call 911 while volunteering downtown. The team promptly arrived were not only professional and effective, they also were kind, patient

SOUND OFF 1. Visit Inlander.com/isawyou 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 “petals327@yahoo.com,” not “j.smith@comcast.net.”

and not judgmental. Your calm, pleasant disposition and your help were so appreciated! It's great to know you're out in the community, making a difference in so many lives every day. Thank you so much! I'VE GOT YOUR BACK BABE Mike, we have had some of the weirdest, most trying times together over the past few years but I am so thankful we've had each other. I am so proud of you for going back to school to become the type of awesome teacher our school needs. It won't be easy but I know you'll kill it, and I'll always have your back while you conquer your degree. And I know I can always count on you to support me in my endeavors with nonprofit and business I've decided to tackle. All my love forever — Alicia TIRE-RAMA ON HAMILTON Cheers to Travis and his crew. They had my truck in getting new tires and went to pull it into the bay and it would not start. They pushed it in and his mechanic found an aftermarket kill switch that was keeping it from starting. They bypassed it and got it running in no time flat at no charge! They sold me a nice set of Cooper tires with an extended warranty at a great price! Thanks guys, that is why I do business there. I recommend them to everyone! AWESOME Cheers to the guy in the giant blue truck and cowboy hat who was dancing up a storm while waiting for the light to change. You made me smile and dance too. Also cheers to the other guy in a white car for giving 5$ to the homeless man on the corner. I hope your day was awesome. A few bucks is a small price to pay for good karma. This town is full of great people. #spokanedoesntsuck

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SPOKANE STREET DESIGNER HIGH DRIVE As a South Hill biker I sure enjoy the newly paved High Drive with bike trails, leading to Hatch and on to 57th. All great except the corner at the Rocket Market, where the bike trail disappears at a bad time. C'mon man.

S. HILL TURD BAGS/CITIZENS Yeah, you know who you are. "Responsible dog owners" We see you dutifully picking up after your dog, assuming someone is watching, You're responsible, right? Then a few yards down the trail or street you toss your turd bag to the side…of course you intend to pick it up on your way back…yeah right! Now that it's inside a bag it's preserved for all of us to enjoy for months to come. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, bad citizens. TIPS THE SCALE Jeers to the city of Spokane street dept. for their pisspoor job of patch work on Sunset Blvd. Comments by upper supervision of "we're just trying to save money", and "we didn't think about motorcycles" rates high on a CRAP-O-METER scale. Can only imagine the mess when they try to plow snow off that. If all they can muster is a half-assed job, then just leave the damn thing alone 

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EVENTS | CALENDAR LIBERTY LAKE & VALLEY LIONS 4TH ANNUAL BED RACES Come watch the Liberty Lake and Valley Lions host the fourth annual Bed Race fundraiser, on Sprague (between Gillis and Moffit Rd.) immediately before the Valleyfest Parade begins. Sep. 25, 6:30-7:15 pm. Free. e-clubhouse.org/sites/libertylakewa (220-1557) CHENEY FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT FUND CASH MOB The Cheney Firefighters Local 1919 hosts its Inaugural Benevolent Fund Fundraiser, which will support causes such as funeral costs for first responders, victims of disaster, scholarships and community engagement. Includes a silent auction, prizes, raffle drawing and live music. Sep. 26, 5-11 pm. Zentropa Pizzeria & Pub, 122 College. (235-4338) SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER GARAGE SALE The community center’s annual community garage sale fundraiser features clothes, toys, books, housewares, furniture and more. Sep. 27, 9 am-4 pm. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. sssac.org (535-0803) YWCA WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT LUNCHEON FEAT. CHERYL STRAYED Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, this luncheon has honored over 200 women in the region. 2015’s keynote speaker is Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir “Wild.” Oct. 1, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. $125. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. ywcaspokane.org/womenofachievement (326-1190)

COMEDY

SIDEWAYS CINEMA Blue Door Theater players take a classically bad sci-fi movie, turn off the sound and re-dub it with on-the-spot improvisations. Sept. 24 and Oct. 29, at 9 pm. $3. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) STAND-UP OPEN MIC Local comedians; see weekly schedule online. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, 2721 N. Market St. bluznews.com (483-7300) AFTER DARK A adult-rated version of the Blue Door’s monthly, Friday show; last Friday of the month, at 10 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) CREED BRATTON Live show featuring the actor know for his role on “The Office.” Sep. 25, 8 pm. $30/$20 standing. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague. thebartlettspokane.com I SAW YOU Blue Door Theater players use backpage newspaper ads and classifieds for improv inspiration. Bring your own clipped ads to the show. Fridays in Sept. at 8 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) STAND-UP COMEDY Featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third. (838-6688) A NIGHT OF IMPROV COMEDY Improv comedy show, with all proceeds supporting the Green Bluff Grange Society Scholarship Program. Sept. 26 at 7 pm. $10. Old Orchard Theatre, 9809 E. Greenbluff Rd. oldorchardtheater.com SAFARI Fast-paced short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. (Not rated.) Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. blue-

doortheatre.com (747-7045) COMEDY NIGHT WITH TODD BARRY Live stand-up show. Oct. 1, 8 pm. $20/$23. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. thebartlettspokane.com GUFFAW YOURSELF Open mic night; every other Thursday at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First. (847-1234) JOHN MULANEY Mulaney was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008, the same year he began working at Saturday Night Live where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. Oct. 1, 8 pm. $34-$49. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (624-1200)

COMMUNITY

NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR MURDER VICTIMS The Victim/ Witness Unit from the Spokane County Prosecutors office hosts a pre-function vigil for families/friends to connect (5-6 pm) and a candlelight vigil (6 pm) to honor the memories of murder victims and recognize the impact of homicide on surviving family/friends. The unit is also collecting gently-used shoes to represent each homicide victim. Volunteers of America will collect the shoes for the community. Sep. 24, 5-7:30 pm. Spokane County Public Works Building, 1100 W. Mallon Ave. (477-3640) REVIVING RURAL DOWNTOWNS WORKSHOP Held in historic downtown Ritzville, attendees can learn from more than a dozen professionals presenting a series of topical panels. Sept. 23, Ritzville Walking Tour and reception, 5:30-7 pm; Sept. 24 conference, 8 am-4:45 pm. $25$50. (509-331-2042) SPR TALKS: OUR WATER, OUR FUTURE Spokane Public Radio explores what the region-wide drought means for our communities now and in the future at an event moderated by regional Morning Edition Host Steve Jackson. Bring your questions to the forum and have them answered by the event’s panelists. Details online. Sep. 24, 6:308:30 pm. Free. Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. spokanepublicradio.org (755-2489) BREWFTOP PARTY WITH THE LANDS COUNCIL A party hosted by the Lands Council to engage local young adults in the local nonprofit’s work, with free beer, food, live music and more. Sep. 25, 6-9 pm. Free and open to the public. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. on.fb.me/1PK6qeL (232-1950) FOURTH FRIDAY PUB PEDDLERS Group cycling ride, making a few stops along the way to a final destination. Meets at 7 pm, departs at 8 pm. Free. Swamp Tavern, 1904 W. Fifth. (251-2107) JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS A sale offering gently used infant to juniors clothing and shoes, maternity, layette, strollers, baby gear, bedroom decor, books, games and tons of toys. Sept. 25, 9 am-8 pm; Sept. 26, 9 am-4 pm; Sept. 27, 8 am-1 pm (half-price and free admission). $5 admission Sat & Sun. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. spokane.jbfsale.com SPOKANE ARENA 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The open house celebration features self-guided tours, interactive photo opportunities, a chance to throw a football around on the Spokane Shock field, prize giveaways, birthday cake and a chance

to explore the backstage areas at the facility, including the Spokane Chiefs locker room, Tech World and more. Sep. 25, 5-8 pm. Free and open to the public. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (279-7000) END AIDS WALK SPOKANE Washington State’s leading HIV/AIDS organizations have joined forces to promote their largest awareness and fundraising events. This collaboration brings the Spokane, Seattle, and South Sound regions together to build momentum and awareness statewide that through a reduction in new HIV infections, an End to AIDS in Washington state is possible. Sep. 26, 11 am-2 pm. $20. Riverfront Park. endaidswalk.org (455-8993) FREE MUSEUM DAY: MUSEUM OF NORTH IDAHO The museum is open to the public for free as part of the Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day. Current exhibit on display: “History Outside the Museum,” through October. Sep. 26, 11 am-5 pm. Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd. (208-664-3448) NATIONAL BALLROOM DANCE WEEK CELEBRATION Learn the fox trot, rumba, and swing dancing from experienced local instructors. The event also offers general dancing, refreshments, mixers, door prizes, and a drawing for one month of free dance lessons. Singles, couples, teens, and all levels of dancers are welcome. Sep. 26, 7-10 pm. $5-$9. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. usadancesandpoint.org STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME WALK The seventh annual 1-mile walk hosted by Ds Connections benefits the nonprofit’s efforts to provide support and services to people in the community with Down syndrome. The walk is followed by snacks, games, prize drawings and more. Sep. 26, 9 am. $8-$12. Mirabeau Point Park, 2426 N. Discovery Place. dsconnectionsnw.org (979-2242) TOUCH A TRUCK 2015 The event provides an opportunity to turn imagination into real-life by putting kids in the driver’s seat of fire engines, police cars, garbage trucks, street sweepers, tow trucks and more. Proceeds support the Junior League of Spokane in improving child literacy in our community. Sep. 26, 9 am-2 pm. $5/person; $20/family. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. jlspokane.org (817-308-6555) HUB-APALOOZA FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL Celebrate the HUB’s 8th birthday with free drop-in basketball, volleyball, soccer and pickleball, as well as Zumba, speed/agility activities, karate and hip hop classes. Also includes a jump house, photo booth, local mascots and more. Sep. 27, 3-6 pm. Free. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. hubsportscenter.org (927-0602) MOMS CLUB OF NORTH SPOKANE SOCIAL Learn more about the local club for stay-at-home moms. Breakfast and coffee provided, kids welcome. Sep. 28, 10-11:30 am. Free; RSVP requested. Sunrise Church, 4718 N. Ash. (703-380-8446) THE RAISING OF AMERICA: VIEWING AND DISCUSSION NO. 1 View an episode of The Raising of America, followed by a group discussion. The 5-part documentary series and public engagement campaign explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America. Sep. 29, 6-8 pm. Free. Spark Center, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. sparkwestcentral.org

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Advice Goddess Do I Look InfAtuAteD In thIS?

AMY ALKON

Is there anything inherently bad about getting into a serious relationship quickly? I met this guy about a month ago. We hit it off instantly, became boyfriend and girlfriend two weeks later, and have been dropping I-love-yous. It all feels pretty great; I don’t have a history of poor relationship judgment; and I wasn’t desperate or even looking for a new partner. However, popular opinion seems to run against getting involved so fast. Your —Speedy thoughts?

Ah, yes…your love is like a summer’s day — if a summer’s day chased its lemonade with two Red Bulls and a five-shot latte. It’s easy for you to assume you’re in your right mind, just because you haven’t started throwing peanuts at people in the park while debating abortion with a squirrel. But there are three stages of love: the “falling in it” stage, the “figuring out how it’ll work” stage, and finally, the “you’re the one!” commitment stage. You’re in the starting days of the “falling in it” stage — getting hit by rushing hormones and neurotransmitters — which is to say that you’re chemically dazed. Which is to say that making any sort of decision about what you two have is like getting really high and going off to sign papers for a bank loan. In fact, according to research by psychiatry professor Donatella Marazziti, it’s likely that right now, you and this guy are each chemically different people — and thus behaviorally different people — than you will be once the chemical storm dies down. Marazziti found significant shifts in testosterone levels in both men and women who’d recently fallen in love. Compared with single people and people who’d been in relationships awhile, women newly in love had elevated testosterone, likely making them more sexually tigress-y, while the T levels of men newly in love dropped, likely making them more gooey and emotional — to the point where even a Navy SEAL might start sounding like a Valentine’s Day card. How long the biochemical inebriation lasts varies, but Marazziti’s research suggests that couples are pretty much out of the falling in love daze a year to two years later. It’s only then — once you sober up — that you find out what you actually have together. The kind of love that sticks around is not just a feeling but a feeling that inspires loving action. As novelist Marlon James, quoting a former lover, put it: “Love isn’t saying ‘I love you’ but calling to say, ‘Did you eat?’” Love that lasts should also inspire a sort of loving inaction — loving the person enough that you don’t hate them for all the ways they turn out to be a total idiot: how they can’t seem to understand that pee goes in the big white porcelain thing, not on the floor; that those gross phlegm-clearing sounds are not a mating call; and that socks left on the bedroom rug will not grow tiny legs, crawl up the hamper, and fling themselves in.

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I’m a 70-year-old man, and my wife is 68. I suffer from ED, and we both seem to have lost our sex drive. Don’t get me wrong; we are still very loving and affectionate with each other. We just don’t have sex. Is this a problem I should be addressing or just a side effect of aging? My male ego keeps telling me that I should still be a —Older Dude horndog. No need to pull out the hose if there’s no fire. So, on date night, you have a romantic dinner (early-bird special!) and then repair to bed for some rough hugging. Assuming your ED doesn’t stem from some more serious medical condition, the only thing that’s wrong with you is your thinking that something’s wrong with you. Okay, your sexparts aren’t as perky as they were back when Warren G. Harding (or whoever!) was president. Would you deem yourself less manly if you got osteoarthritis in your elbow? Probably not. But predictably, your elbow has probably stopped working as well as it did when you were 22 — just like Mr. Winky Senior. The reality is there’s much more to physical intimacy than being all Vlad the Impaler — a point sex therapist Dr. Marty Klein makes in his book “Sexual Intelligence.” Touch and affection are essential, and you have those. So instead of lamenting what you don’t have, focus on what you do. You might also consider that your level of manliness is reflected in your character — what you do when the chips are down — not by how, lately, your favorite thing to do in bed is sleep through the night without getting awakened by the twins: your bladder and your prostate. n ©2015, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)

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EVENTS | CALENDAR WEE MAC EXPLORATION SESSIONS The MAC revives its pre-K museum educational sessions, with activities to foster exploration and social development in prep for Kindergarten. Kids and a parent engage in art activities and viewing, discovery walks, songs, story time and more. Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 am. For kids ages 4-5. $5/ two people. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org (456-3931) SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES Join The MOOSE Project for beginning or intermediate sign language classes. A class for families, friends, educators, neighbors, students, health professionals, and anyone else affected by hearing loss. Sep. 30, 5-7:15 pm. $60/person. Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St. mooseproject.net (443-5905) SPOKANE FOLKLORE CONTRA DANCE Weekly Wednesday night contra dance with Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots playing and caller Susan Dankovich. No experience needed, all are welcome. Beginner workshop at 7:15 pm. Sep. 30, 7:30-9:30 pm. $5-$7. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. spokanefolklore.org (838-5667) CREEPY HALLOW The Northwest Renaissance Festival grounds convert from medieval history to creepy. Oct. 2-31; Fri-Sat from 7 pm to midnight. $5/person. Northwest Renaissance Festival, 6493 Hwy 291. facebook.com/ CreepyHallow (276-7728)

FESTIVAL

80TH GREEK DINNER FESTIVAL The annual Greek food and culture celebration offers daily lunch and dinner, with dinners to go, a Greek pastry booth, Greek Deli and boutique, dancing, church tours, a book store, taverna and more. Sept. 24-26, opening daily at 11 am. $6-$15. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. holytrinityspokane.org (328-9310) SOUTHEAST SPOKANE COUNTY FAIR The 71st year of the fair includes a parade, fun run, 3x3 basketball, exhibits, animals, entertainment, kids activities, Saturday night dance, craft vendors and more. Sept. 25-27. Free. Southeast Spokane County Fair, 100 S. First St, Rockford. sespokanecountyfair.org VALLEYFEST Spokane Valley’s 26thannual community festival includes a hot air balloon launch, the Lion’s Club Bed Races, a parade, fun run, car show, beer/food, live music and entertainment. Sept. 25-27. Free. Mirabeau Point Park, 2426 N. Discovery Place. valleyfest.org (688-0300) WASHINGTON STATE CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL The inaugural event features 30 displays of more than 3,000 pieces of lit, Chinese Lanterns, built and installed by Chinese artisans throughout Riverfront Park. Other events include five weeks of Chinese cuisine, each week featuring a culinary region of China, prepared by award-winning Chef Jeremy Hansen (Thu-Sat, 5-10 pm) and live performances by Chinese artists nightly at 6 and 8 pm. The festival runs Sept. 26-Nov. 1, and is open daily: Sun-Thu, 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5-11 pm and daytime on Sat-Sun from 11 am-4 pm. $9-$60. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. spokanelanternfestival.com FOOD TRUCK BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL Featuring live music by Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips and The Fat

Ones, samples from Spokane food trucks, micro-breweries and cider houses. Proceeds benefit the Spokane chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, who celebrates their 50th anniversary with a special smokestacks lighting ceremony at dusk. All-ages welcome. Sep. 27, 12-7 pm. $10-$25. Steam Plant Square, 159 S. Lincoln St. steamplantspokane.com

FILM

INFINITELY POLAR BEAR Mark Ruffalo is Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters, and win back the trust of his wife. Sept. 24-27, show times vary. $4-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First. panida.org MR. HOLMES The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Sherlock Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. Rated PG. Sept. 25-27, show times vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL: AN IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL WARNING: The UN General Assembly declared 2015 the “International Year of Soil.” This documentary film covers the importance of soil for food security and our sustainable future. Event sponsored by the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane, Gonzaga University, ValleyFest, Ice Age Floods Institute, and Spokane County Master Gardeners. Sep. 26, 1:30-3 pm. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. mgfsc.org (477-2193) BANNED BOOK WEEK: OF MICE AND MEN In addition to exhibits and bookmarks calling attention to books that have been historically challenged during 2015’s Banned Book Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3), the library hosts a free screening of the film based on the book of the same title written by John Steinbeck. Sep. 28, 6 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) TRAIL RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL The touring festival showcases the latest and best full-length and short films showcasing the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. Oct. 1, 6 pm. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. on.fb. me/1N0QUMc (327-1050) MANHATTAN SHORTS View and vote on the Finalist’s Film in the 18th Annual festival. Each audience member gets a card and is asked to vote for one film they think should win. The international winner is announced October 5. Screenings on Oct. 2, at 7:30 pm and Oct. 3-4, at 3 pm. $10. Panida Theater, 300 N. First. (208-255-7801) NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD See the 1968 classic, George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” at the historic Sixth Street Theatre in Wallace, Idaho. Oct. 2, 7-9 pm. $3. Sixth Street Theater, 212 Sixth St. sixthstreetmelodrama.com

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OKTOBERFEST AT PERRY STREET BREWING The brewery pours special release beers, serves up German food and more. Sept. 24-25. Perry Street Brewing, 1025 S. Perry St. on.fb. me/1LskURt (509-279-2820) YAPPY HOUR The monthly event ben-

efits the Panhandle Animal Shelter, and includes live music, drink specials and more. Sept. 24, from 4-7 pm. Pine Street Bakery, 710 Pine, Sandpoint. (208-265-7297) COEUR D’ALENE OKTOBERFEST The weekend beer festival features traditional fall beers, German food, live music and more. Sept. 25, 4-9 pm and Sept. 26, 1-8 pm. $20. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. coeurdaleneoktoberfest.com OKTOBERFEST AT THE RIVER The Spokane German American Society’s annual celebration returns after a 30year break. The event features beer tasting, live music by Maneula Horn, a German native who yodels to rock songs, and other bands performing German music. Also includes authentic German food and beer and familyfriendly activities during the day. Sept. 25-27, Fri from noon-midnight; Sat from 11 am-midnight, Sun from 11 am-6 pm. All-ages until 7 pm each night. $10$20. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. oktoberfestattheriver.com (869-0343) COLD BREW COFFEE CLASS Learn how to make your own cold brew coffee at home in a class taught by Roast House’s barista experts. Sept. 29, from 10 am-noon. Price includes a free pound of coffee to take home. $20/class. Roast House Coffee, 423 E. Cleveland. roasthousecoffee.com “AN ELUSIVE SEASON” EQUINOX DINNER The gallery’s fall equinox dinner features a three-course dinner and live music. The fall art features the work of WSU Emeritus Faculty member, Tamara Helm, in an exhibition titled “40 Years of Art, through Oct. 24. Sep. 26, 6-8 pm. $35/person. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse bankleftgallery.com (878-8425) HOPTOBERFEST ‘Tis the time of the year to celebrate the harvest and the MickDuff’s brewers have brewed up a special Wet Hop IPA and a few other special beers for this fall event, which also includes live music, special beers, games and more. Sep. 26. MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar, Sandpoint. mickduffs.com/beerhall (208-209-6700) INLAND NORTHWEST COFFEE BREWERS COMPETITION Roast House hosts an event open to baristas and coffee aficionados, who compete with their own equipment. Event also includes food, beer, live music and prizes for competitors. Roast House also celebrates the release of its new El Limonar coffee. Oct. 1, 6 pm. $10/entry fee for competitors. Roast House Coffee, 423 E. Cleveland Ave. roasthousecoffee.com INLAND NORTHWEST CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL The annual beer fest returns, with 30+ craft breweries (half are all local) from around Washington state, pouring more than 100 brews. Also includes live music and food. Oct. 2-3. $15-$25. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. washingtonbeer.com (535-2922)

MUSIC

TALES FROM THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM A performance by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, set to arrangements of old Sephardi songs. Sep. 24, 7:30-9:30 pm. Free. Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall, WSU, Pullman Campus. performingarts. wsu.edu (335-8522) THEATER ORGAN CONCERT FEAT. JOHN ATWELL The renowned theatre organist from Melbourne, Australia


makes a special appearance in Spokane, playing on the historic Wurlitzer Theatre Organ for a “Pops” concert program of music for all ages. Sep. 24, 7 pm. Donations accepted. First Church of Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. (467-8986) KENNY ENDO CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE Taiko master Kenny Endo is a leading artist in contemporary percussion and rhythm. He represents the vanguard of the taiko genre, paving new paths in Japanese-style drumming, blending taiko with rhythms influenced by his jazz background and international collaborations. Sep. 25, 7:30-9:30 pm. Free. Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall, WSU, Pullman Campus. performingarts.wsu.edu HOG HEAVEN BIG BAND The Hog Heaven Big Band has performed regularly at the Barn since its opening in 2006, and plays selections from the Great American Songbook. Sep. 26, 7:30 pm. $5. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. artisanbarn.org (229-3414) SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA SJO at the Crossroads” concert featuring Spokanebased pop-country artist Nicole Lewis. Sep. 26, 7:30 pm. $24-$26.50. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. spokanejazz.org WASHINGTON IDAHO SYMPHONY Concert program features Felix Mendelssohn, “Hebrides Overture;” Carl Nielsen, “Flute Concerto,” featuring Ann Yasinitsky, Flute,

and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major.” Sep. 26, 7:30 pm. $15-$25. Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall, WSU Pullman Campus. washingtonidahosymphony.org (335-8522) SPOKANE STRING QUARTET The quartet opens its 37th season with a salute to the old and the new, performing works by Haydn, Beethoven, and “Nightshade” by Cary Boyce, a pianist and internationally known composer, better known to local audiences as president and general manager of Spokane Public Radio. Sep. 27, 3 pm. $12-$20. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. foxtheaterspokane.com (624-1200) “WHAT CAN I DO?” SPACESHIP EARTH Presentation by Laurie Dameron, a Billboard Magazine award recipient, whose profound connection with nature is the inspiration behind “What Can I Do?” Spaceship Earth. Combining her love of art, music and nature she has created a multimedia production with simple ideas that will compel you to action to help save our planet. Sep. 30, 4:30-6 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. on.fb.me/1Juayuv

SPORTS & OUTDOORS

FREE STATE PARKS DAY In celebration

of Washington State Parks’ 102nd birthday, residents are offered access to any state park without needing a Discover Pass. Includes access locally to Riverside and Mount Spokane State Parks. Upcoming free days: Sept. 26, Nov. 11. Free. Riverside State Park, Spokane. parks.wa.gov HAPPY GIRLS RUN The popular women’s race series comes to Spokane for the second year, offering a course of varied terrain, pre- and post-race yoga, music and race swag bags. Includes 5K, 10K and half-marathon distance routes. Sep. 26. $30-$90. Mukogawa Institute, 4000 W. Randolph Rd. happygirlsrun.com/spokane MT. SPOKANE OLD GROWTH FOREST HIKE A guided, six-mile hike through Mt. Spokane’s old growth forests, hosted by the Save Mt. Spokane Coalition. Bring lunch, water and plan to spend 4-5 hours hiking. Meet at the trailhead at the Upper Kit Carson Rd. Sep. 26, 10 am. Free. Mt. Spokane State Park, 26107 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr. landscouncil.org (209-2404) RIDE THE BULL BIKE RIDE A 6-mile fall bike tour through the refuge’s gravel auto tour routes, open to adults and families with children. Helmets/safety vests required. $3 park entrance fee per car. Sep. 26, 9:30 am-noon. Free, registration required. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Rd., Cheney. fotnwr. org/activities.html (235-4723)

THEATER

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE MUSICAL Spokane Civic Theatre’s season premier of the musical about a precocious teenager whose lies take him into roles as a pilot, doctor and a lawyer, based on the hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and a true story. Through Oct. 18; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507) ROCK OF AGES A musical comedy about big bands with big egos, big hair and big guitar solos, with a score that features the hits by Journey, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. Through Oct. 10, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $23-$27. The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, 1320 E. Garden. themoderntheater.org RTOP AFTER DARK: VENUS IN FUR A new play series featuring award-winning, contemporary, adult-themed theatre. Shows may contain adult language and/ or themes. Sept. 23-26, at 8:30 pm. $10. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N Grand Ave,. rtoptheatre.org (334-0750) SOLDIERS IN PETTICOATS A onewoman show by Tames Allen, telling the historical story of the the struggles of the suffragettes. Sep. 24, 6 pm. $13-$15. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. panida.

org (208-255-7801) OTHER DESERT CITIES A multiple Tony nominee and Pulitzer finalist, this play’s superbly crafted script exploits what happens when family wounds are exposed and lines are crossed. Sept. 25Oct. 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20-$24. Modern Theater Spokane, 174 S. Howard. themoderntheater.org PLAY ON! The comedic story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty authoress who keeps revising the script. Sept. 18-Oct. 4, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$14. Ignite Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. ignitetheatre.org (509-795-0004) MAGICAL STARS VARIETY SHOW Annual stage production by the Woodland Theater. Sept. 26 at 7 pm, Sept. 27 at 2 pm. $5. Woodland Theater, 120 W. Third Ave., Kettle Falls. woodlandproductions. org (509-738-6626) OPENING NIGHT VARIETY SHOW Lewis & Clark High School’s award-winning drama department presents its 2015-16 variety show, weaving individual and group performances into a story filled with songs, scenes, and dancing. Oct. 1, 7-9 pm. By donation. Lewis and Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave. on.fb. me/1LLnNIA (354-7000)

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River Tales

A series of paintings by artist Kay O’Rourke (pictured) is hanging in Kendall Yards and has been reproduced in a book. YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS

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ay O’Rourke likes to tell her own stories. For that reason, the local painter doesn’t typically do art commissions, where someone hires an artist to do a specific creative piece. But when her old friend Jim Frank, a Spokane art collector and developer associated with the Kendall Yards neighborhood, contacted her last year about creating a series of paintings telling the story of the Spokane River, she couldn’t turn him down. A year later, The River Remembers: A Visual History of the Spokane River Gorge is complete, and all 30 paintings, contained in 20-inch-by-20-inch frames, hang from the

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walls in the Spark Center, a nonprofit learning center in Kendall Yards. The Spokane River is something people often see daily, but they’re not always aware of its past. O’Rourke says the project, open to viewing by the public, is intended to give the viewer a deeper perspective about the body of water that’s so integral to the city’s identity by telling the history of the river, from pre-human times up to Expo ’74, through art. “History only gives you facts,” says O’Rourke. “But the mythology and the folk tales give you the sound and the smells. [I tried to go] beyond the facts and capture the

essence of what was happening.” The paintings depict the relationship between Native Americans and the river’s once abundant fish. They also capture first explorers, settlers and the ensuing clashes with Native Americans, as well as historical figures such as Spokane Chief Garry, James Glover (the “Father of Spokane”), city benefactor Col. David Jenkins and other people who shaped the city. Major events, including the arrival of railroads and the Great Fire of 1889, are also present. Known for her surreal paintings, O’Rourke says it was a challenge to depict real events, people and places. To complete the project, she says she conducted historical research, sometimes having to reconcile competing narratives, and also drew on Native American folk tales to tell the story of the river as completely as she could. “We’ve always had the good and the bad,” says O’Rourke. “And a lot of time we gloss over it, but I think it’s important to know what the truths were.” n The River Remembers: A Visual History of the Spokane River Gorge • Spark Center • 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. • kayorourke.com


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