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Via filibusters, small-state senators held too much power for too long BY ROBERT HEROLD


enate Democrats’ recent vote to limit filibusters on certain presidential nominees has become the Republicans’ red herring du jour. Columnist Charles Krauthammer, Fox Nation’s intellectual-in-residence, denounced what the Democrats did as a “raw power-grab.” He charges that, in one fell swoop, they have transformed the Senate into a house without rules. Krauthammer’s histrionically charged traipse down his pathway of imaginary horribles aside, yes, Harry Reid’s Democrats reluctantly employed parliamentary procedure to their advantage. So what else is new? Since 2009, Congressional Republicans have relied on arcane Senate procedures and propaganda to derail a president they couldn’t defeat at the ballot box. To put it into perspective, this isn’t the first time the Senate has changed its rules. “Cloture” was adopted during the Woodrow Wilson years. Then in 1975, the Senate lowered the number of votes required for cloture from 66 to 60, while doing away with the requirement that filibustering senators take and hold the floor as Jimmy Stewart famously did in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Today, just by inking a petition, 40 senators from small-population states can stop business.


ndeed, this filibuster binge underscores a deeper problem, one built right into the Senate’s DNA. The Senate, from the very beginning of the Republic, has been unduly influenced by senators from over-represented states. Today, senators from states that together make up no more than 20 percent of the total U.S. population can bring the institution to a halt. Madison and Hamilton saw this coming, which is why they argued that both houses of Congress be elected on a proportional basis. But the less-populated states demanded two senators per state, and the Southern states, most also among the least populated, also demanded that their slaves count as people for purposes of population. These two unprincipled deals — two senators per state regardless of population, and slaves counting as three-fifths of a person — was the price of gaining support from smaller East Coast states and all the Southern states. The Founders did create the U.S. Senate, which has become what Lewis Gould titled his book, The Most Exclusive Club. Terms were set at six years with the expectation that longer terms would encourage deliberation and buffer senators from the passions of the moment. So how has this exclusive club done over the years? Actually, not all that well — especially on the big issues. Consider that slavery existed in America until the end of the Civil War in 1865. In the century after slavery officially ended, right up until until Lyndon Johnson’s landslide win in 1964, the Senate, influenced by over-represented Southern states that relied on the filibuster as weapon of choice, did nothing at all.


The Senate, through use of the filibuster, put off dealing with the residue of slavery — segregation and voter suppression — for almost a century. The poll tax and literacy tests were the tactics of choice, aided and abetted through shorter voting periods and polling places open for fewer hours, located in difficultto-get-to places. (Election 2012, with some of the same problems, serves as a reminder that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same.)


oving on from structural entrenchment to passions of the moment, the disastrous Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which escalated the Vietnam War, was passed by a vote of 98-2 — after less than a day of floor action and debate. Fast forward: Following 9/11, what passed for a serious deliberation on a resolution authorizing George W. Bush to invade a foreign country that had not attacked America took the form of what Gould describes as “a desultory session that often strayed from the issue at hand to discuss parochial matters; lawmakers debated the order in which they should speak with more fervor than whether

…the United States is being held hostage… the war in Iraq was wise and necessary.” Then there was the Patriot Act, viewed by Gould as “hastily adopted.” Notably, most nominee “holds” have nothing whatsoever to do with the nominee; rather, the senator has a bee in his bonnet about some unrelated political issue. Take South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, for example: He threatens to filibuster all Obama nominations until he gets the information about Benghazi that he is sure the President is hiding. He has to be hiding something: why else would Fox News charge that the administration is hiding something? Actually, Graham doesn’t care all that much about Benghazi; what he cares about is looking tough enough to survive an upcoming primary challenge. Thus it is that the government of the United States is being held hostage to the primary election fortunes of a single senator representing a state that has a population amounting to less than 1.5 percent of the nation’s total population. Where I come from, that’s what we call a “raw power-grab.” 



Why Is This So Hard? BY TED S. McGREGOR JR.


he year was 1993, and something rare was happening — both political parties were finally agreeing that something had to change about the health care system. They didn’t agree on what exactly to do about it, but they knew something had to be done. We know the rest of the story: Sweeping reforms were passed the following year, implemented in 1995 and two decades later, all citizens are now covered, people are living longer and costs are well under control. Wait, did you think I was talking about the United States? Sorry, I’m talking about Taiwan — you know, that Asian country with about the same population as Texas. It is a striking juxtaposition: At the very time the Democrats here dabbled with a single-payer system and Republicans threw their support behind the individual mandate, Taiwan’s competing political parties went ahead and just got ’er done. The results of doing something instead of punting the political football are stunning. As of 2009, Taiwan was spending about 2 percent of its GDP on health care; the U.S., as of 2011, was topping 17 percent — a ridiculous amount by international standards. Taiwan also has had zero personal bankruptcies due to lack of insurance; data from the CDC, the U.S. Census and the Commonwealth Fund show that 1.7 million households will go bankrupt over health bills in 2013. And nobody dies from lack of health insurance in Taiwan; the American Journal of Public Health counted 45,000 American deaths as being related to a lack of health insurance in 2009. Multiply those figures by 20 years, and you have a medical mystery: How did America ever vaccinate itself against what should have been a nasty case of moral outrage? What Taiwan did in a couple years with the help of one Harvard professor, as detailed in T.R. Reid’s The Healing of America, we still can’t get right. The president’s website has just barely come back from the dead, and his political opponents — the same ones who championed the central premise of Obamacare in 1993 — keep heckling and throwing stuff. Why am I bringing all this up again? Haven’t I written this column, like, a dozen times? For 20 years at least, we’ve been doing nothing but talk — meanwhile, the likes of Taiwan (seriously, Taiwan?) are passing us by. So as we embark on the messy business of implementation, and as many still want us to 46th-guess our decision, it’s worth remembering the moral and financial reasons for reform. Getting there has been way too painful, but we are doing the right thing. n


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The federal budget must be balanced. No foreign aid to countries that vote against us in the United Nations or harbor fugitives. National guard troops must not be deployed outside the U.S. or our territories. Tighten up the securities and banking laws. There is too much room for fraud. And the list goes on. We need to have confidence in our institutions. We have very little now, for good reason. HERB POSTLEWAIT Spokane, Wash.


GMO? We are all products of genetically modified organisms. If not, then we would not be here to participate in this asinine discussion. Just the simple act of reproduction is a testament to its presence in society. Cloning is not an option. VERN KAYS If it were, we would not have to Spokane, Wash. worry about overpopulation or Send comments to inadequately educated people that are led around by the nose by individuals with their own “Reform By Amendment” (11/21/13) was right on the agendas and who are not always productive to society. money. We have the best country in the world, with Societies have been modifying their food since the best framework for a government. However, our the dawn of time. The biggest and best were, and still government needs a major overhaul, starting with the are, selected for breeders — like your parents. The Supreme Court. When a Chief Justice seat opens, the fastest growing grains were put aside each year as seed next senior justice should replace them. And so on until stock for the next season. The seed from the tastiest a new justice is in place. Then the president should apple was saved to grow the next generation of fruit name a new justice, not the Chief Justice. trees. Most of the time the results were hit or miss. It We should have a national presidential primary. It was a long, slow process that only recently has been is too easy to control the selection of new candidates. improved upon using scientific methodologies. Get a Congress should have to be subject to all the laws they grip folks. Look around. How many clones do you see pass. No exemptions for them. No lifetime retirements, walking around? including health insurance, staff, etc. No amendments to a bill that are not directly related to the bill — for LEONARD R. ASKHAM example, no foreign aid on a farm bill. Pullman, Wash.



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ROBERT BARNHART: Revenue generation at its worst. This is just another hidden tax the government wants you to agree with. I actively avoid places where you need to pay a “city” to park and the businesses lose out in the long run. JAMIE HEREIAM ELLIOTT: Noooooo! I hate those. I pay my bills but I still hate those damn things! KELLY ZIMMERMAN: Pay your bills and you won’t need to see one. ASHLEY STRINE: As someone who was once dirt poor and lived in a crappy apartment downtown with nowhere to park but the street, and racked up some parking tickets I couldn’t pay, I feel this unfairly targets disadvantaged and impoverished citizens. I needed my car desperately to get to college and my job. If it had gotten booted and impounded, it would have been financially devastating. … It isn’t just a bunch of entitled irresponsible jerks who aren’t paying their tickets. It’s also real people who are struggling to make ends meet and just don’t have the money. Taking away their cars and charging them more doesn’t seem like a good solution to me. NOAH SUTHERLAND: Why do we need to buy new boots? What happened to the ones the city used years ago? Go dig them out of storage. CHRIS HAYDEN: I think this is a great idea. Instead of raising tax dollars, go after the people who owe in tickets. TERI HANSEN: Not saying people should not pay their parking tickets, but really, the city has some very obscure rules for parking that most of us are not aware of unless you have read all the laws carefully, or been caught in their net. NICOLAS VIGIL: How about fix the f-ing potholes???!!! 




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epublican critics of Obamacare rose up in anger this week, claiming that after two months of fixes, the website is now “unacceptably fast.” Leading the howls of protest was the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who accused President Obama of designing a website that operates at a “blistering, breakneck speed.” “With pages loading in milliseconds, this website is insuring people before they know what hit them,” Rep. Issa charged. “Clearly, this is what the president and his team had in mind.”

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icholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist and former farm boy, says: “The central problem with modern industrial agriculture… [is] not just that it produces unhealthy food, mishandles waste and overuses antibiotics in ways that harm us all. More fundamentally, it has no soul.” This is the driving ethic of the “good food movement.” It rebuts the insistence that agriculture is nothing but a business. It certainly is a business, but it’s a good business — literally producing goodness — because it’s “a way of life” for hardworking people who practice the art and science of cooperating with Mother Nature, rather than always trying to overwhelm her. Small-scale farmers don’t want to be massive or make a killing; they want to farm and make delicious, healthy food products that help enrich the whole community. This spirit was summed up in one word by Lee Jones, a sustainable farmer who was asked what he’d be if he wasn’t a farmer. He replied: “Disappointed.” To farmers like these, food embodies our full

“culture” — a word that is sculpted right into “agriculture” and is essential to its organic meaning. Although agriculture is now flourishing throughout the land and has forestalled the total takeover of our food by crass agribusiness, the corporate powers and their political hirelings continue to press for the elimination of the food rebels and ultimately to impose their vision of complete corporatization. This is one of the most important populist struggles occurring in our society. It’s literally a fight for control of our dinner, and it certainly deserves a major focus as we sit down to holiday meals this year. To find small-scale farmers, artisans, farmers markets and other resources in your area, visit n For more from America’s populist, check out



Tim Henry, of Las Vegas, seeks shelter in a local warming center as he makes his way south.



A Dry, Warm Place As the temperature drops, Spokane’s warming centers provide overnight refuge BY JACOB JONES


n a dim-lit corner of the Salvation Army gym, a few men huddle around the low hiss of a radio. They have spread blankets out on the hardwood of the basketball court. In dingy sweatshirts and tattered shoes, they lie propped up on their elbows as the radio announcer calls out the play-by-play of Monday night’s Seahawks game. Coming in from the evening cold, other homeless men unshoulder their bags with relief and sign in for

the night at the temporary warming center on Indiana Avenue. Dressed in stained layers and unshaven, the men pick from a stack of blankets and claim open spots along the wall. Most have stayed at the center before. Others come for the first time. As the temperature drops into the low 20s, they share quiet cheers over each Seahawks first down. Shawna Sampson, the social services director for the

local Salvation Army, welcomes in each new arrival. After waiting outside for the doors to open at 8 pm, many will roll out their bedding and go straight to sleep. “They’ve been out in the weather all day, on their feet all day, kind of in survival mode,” she says. “When they get here, they’re just exhausted.” Since 2005, the City of Spokane has funded emergency warming centers to house its homeless citizens ...continued on next page



Carrol Ann Harvey-Brock and her husband enjoy soup at the family warming center.


“A DRY WARM PLACE,” CONTINUED... during the coldest of nights. Local charities have expanded the service this year to provide more space on a more regular basis. Centers have already opened for more nights this winter than the previous two years combined. With the weather forecast falling into the single digits this week, Sampson says accommodations at the warming centers may be minimal, but they can also be potentially lifesaving. “It’s really about harm reduction,” she says. “The objective is to keep people safe.”


ozens of homeless men and women take advantage of the warming centers during the city’s worst weather. The Salvation Army now oversees the largest center, housing single men, as well as the nearby center for couples and families. Hope House, on Third Avenue, operates a similar center for single women. The centers remain open from 8 pm until 7 am. Sheila Morley of the city’s Community, Housing and Human Services department, the


program’s manager, says her office activated the centers just three nights in both 2011 and 2012. But they have changed protocols this year to open the centers on additional nights. “We want to make sure people are in a safe and warm place,” she says. City officials have extended the temperature threshold from 15 to 20 degrees, allowing for more openings. Another change centralizes operations with the Salvation Army instead of using alternating shelters downtown, which proved less consistent and potentially confusing. Early estimates suggest the centers could open as many as 30 nights this year, depending on the weather. Morley says the city has budgeted a little more than $27,000 for the program this season. She sees a busy week when she checks the forecast: “Looks like we’re hitting a cold spell.” In the Salvation Army gym, Sampson goes over the rules with a man in a black baseball cap and jeans. The most important rule is respect. Be


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courteous to the staff and the other guests. Someone can come in drunk, but they can’t drink while there. Once you’re checked in, you must remain inside for the night, she explains. No weapons. Dogs are allowed. Bikes are OK. “They’re pretty good,” she says. “We haven’t had any incidents yet. Knock on wood.” The man nods along and quietly asks for a sandwich: “I haven’t ate all day.” The men’s center does not serve food. Sampson says the center is still getting organized. They have had a hard time finding people to staff the overnight shifts; many employees stay on after working all day. “We’ve been making do with existing employees,” she says. “We’ve been kind of struggling to get caught up.”


n a neighboring building, Glenn Brock and his wife Carrol Ann Harvey-Brock check in at the couples and family warming center. They spread several wool blankets out on the linoleum, then pick through a box of snacks on the counter. “We both came down here to get out of the cold,” Carrol Ann says. “This is a good place. I’ve heard a lot about it.” Glenn heats a cup of tomato soup in the microwave. His narrow chin is accented by a sharp goatee. He keeps his beanie pulled low on his forehead. He says he has been homeless for about eight years. He stays where he can, but this is his first night at the warming center. Carrol Ann has bright eyes and a tattoo of a flower along her left cheek. She says she sometimes stays with family, but Glenn’s not always welcome. She’d rather brave the cold than be apart. As they sit on their blankets spooning soup, they offer their thanks for the open center. Carrol Ann says it brings her peace to have a warm floor for the night. “It’s a good place,” she repeats. “It’s very beautiful.” As the hours pass, more people file into the centers, dragging backpacks and plastic grocery bags of clothes. Sampson notes she has seen most of them before. Many know each other from their time on the streets. “A lot of the same faces,” she says. “You get to know their names. … They’re an interesting group.” Sampson likely will work multiple late shifts this week to keep the center open. In previous years, the centers have drawn as many as 70 people in a night. She can’t say how many they may see this week, but they will take in everyone they can. “You do what you got to do,” she says. “This is important.” A young man from Las Vegas walks in tentatively. Tim Henry says he hopes to hitchhike home, but for now he has nowhere else to go. He collects his blankets and heads for a quiet spot against the wall. “I am really, really tired,” he says. He drops his bags and slowly strips off his gloves, one and then the other. He sits to untie his shoes and kicks them off. Pulling back his cap, he scratches his scalp and pivots into his bedding. Stretching out, he draws his hood over his eyes, lays his head against his duffel bag and drifts off to sleep. n

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Local Yoke’s and Rosauers grocery stores warned customers against using credit and debit cards at the stores last week after discovering a two-month security breach of their card processing network. The breach has since been fixed.


After the Spokane City Council rejected a similar measure, the Spokane Valley City Council approved an ordinance last week in response to complaints about risqué coffee stands. The new law bans public exposure of certain body parts.


A man was arrested this week after a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy found meth hidden in a quart of ice cream in the man’s car.


Former state Rep. John Ahern, who lost his bid for Spokane City Council to incumbent Jon Snyder, is requesting a recount of four precincts. The 1,718 ballots affected are not enough to change the outcome of the race, which Ahern lost by nearly 6,000 votes.


Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joe Bodma, left, and Spokane Police Department Detective Jeff Barrington chase a puck during a hockey game between the agencies Sunday at the Arena. The event benefited the Behind the Badge Foundation, which supports law enforcement personnel who have been injured and their families, and Chiefs Care, which provides for continuing education for Spokane Chiefs players. The Spokane Police Department won 5-1.

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Give and Take Local nurses prepare to walk; plus, the state rejects Spokane County’s urban expansion ONE-DAY STRIKE

Approximately 1,000 union NURSES and hospital employees faced off against Valley Hospital and Deaconess Medical Center this week as both sides prepared for a oneday strike that union leaders described as potentially the largest health care strike in Spokane history. Local members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, representing nurses, assistants, technicians and other hospital staff, set a strike deadline for Wednesday as part of a yearlong effort to negotiate a new contract. Union workers argue insufficient staffing levels and other working conditions have left them dangerously short-handed. Teri Nicholson, a registered nurse with Valley Hospital, says union workers planned to walk off the job for 24 hours starting at 6 am Wednesday if a last-minute deal could not be reached. “We don’t want to strike, but we have to stand up for our patients,” she says in a statement. “We can’t just stand by while the hospitals cut staffing.” Sasha Weiler, communications director for Deaconess and Valley, says both hospitals have scheduled temporary workers, with proper licensing and certifications, to cover shifts during any strike. Hospital physicians as well as registered nurses at Deaconess, who are not represented by

SEIU, will continue working. “We’re planning to take care of our patients that day,” Weiler says. As of press time Tuesday afternoon, contract negotiations remained postponed and any agreement to avert a strike appeared unlikely. — JACOB JONES


For now, the county’s URBAN GROWTH AREA expansion, the long-in-the-works decision to increase the boundaries where dense development can be constructed, is dead. Land-use groups like the Center for Justice and Futurewise have confidently been predicting the UGA expansion would be rejected when it hit the Growth Management Hearings’ Board. Last week, it was. Under the Growth Management Act, counties are supposed to use population growth projections to decide how much the urban zone can expand. But according to the hearings board decision, the county’s attorney admitted the county did it the other way around: Forcing population growth projections upward to fit the size of the county’s

desired UGA expansion. But the legal problem wasn’t the apparently ad-hoc projection — it was not advertising it. By not specifically informing the public when the population growth estimation would be changed, the hearings board found the county ran afoul of the law’s public participation requirements. “They didn’t have the numbers to justify expansion, so they changed them,” says Rick Eichstaedt, executive director of the Center for Justice. “Without public participation.” The hearings board also noted that extensive environmental impact studies showed Spokane County had more than enough room without expanding its growth boundaries. “A logical conclusion from this might be that the previous In the first episode of the new InUGA boundaries were lander web series “Unsolved Secrets adequate, without any of Lost Spokane,” videographer enlargement, to accomNathan Brand digs into newspaper modate the projected archives to uncover the source growth for the County’s behind the bear and cowboy murals population,” the hearin the basement of Dutch’s pawn ings board wrote. and music shop. Visit County Commisto find out more. sioner Todd Mielke says the county it can redo its UGA expansion process, it can appeal the decision, or do both at the same time. Of course, for a few properties, the decision doesn’t matter. While the expansion has been ruled invalid, multiple properties in the county’s expanded area have already started the development process. It’s too late for them to be affected by changes. — DANIEL WALTERS


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families. Last week, the remainder of the settlement’s residual funds, $6.5 million, was awarded to eight legal service organizations across the state. “There’s a new day coming for Washington’s prisons,” says David Carlson, director of legal advocacy at Disability Rights Washington. Carlson’s Seattle-based organization received $1.75 million, which will be used to continue its advocacy and legal work for prisoners with disabilities and mental illness. He hopes that with the new funding, organizations like his will inform the public and policymakers about “sensible” ways of dealing with prisoners and ex-prisoners. “It can’t continually be a perpetuation of this use-of-force and punishment model,” he says, “but rather, how do we get people the services they need so we stop this cycle of people being prolonged in bad conditions in prison, not be reintegrated well and ending up back in prison?” That’s exactly what Spokane’s Center for Justice, the only organization in Eastern Washington to receive an award from the settlement, will do with its $350,000 award. Rick Eichstaedt, the center’s executive director, says the new funding primarily will be used to provide legal services for prisoners in the Washington State Penitentiary who are subject to civil rights violations and recently incarcerated people who face barriers to re-entry, like housing, job discrimination or difficulties obtaining their driver’s license. “One of the most frustrating things, and we see it all the time, is folks who have served their time and want to come out and now do the right thing. We don’t do a very good job helping those folks reintegrate into the community,” Eichstaedt says. Columbia Legal Services, a statewide nonprofit law firm for low-income people in civil rights cases, received the largest award, $3 million. John Midgley, CLS’ advocacy director, says the money will be used to expand the litigation and policy work of CLS’ Institutions Project, which represents prisoners and others confined in state institutional settings. CLS often hears complaints from state prisoners who are denied adequate medical attention for their health conditions. With additional funding, Midgley says CLS will investigate and advocate for improved access to health care for state prisoners. “The history is sometimes people [in prison] are not believed when they make complaints,” he says. “The medical standard is that you have to take a medical complaint that’s true. There are always cases of people who aren’t taken care of right away.” DRW’s Carlson says he’d like to see all the legal service providers that received funding from the settlement come up with a collective strategy for reforming the prison system. “What we don’t want is a large influx of money, people just spend it to spend it, and then it goes away and we didn’t have anything in return,” Carlson says. “What I want is to use that large of influx of money to be that critical mass of seed money that really pushes a reform movement that isn’t just simply putting a band-aid on things.” 

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hen the Spokane City Council last month swiftly and unanimously rejected a contract agreement with the Spokane Police Guild, they were met with praise. “Thanks for your leadership!” wrote Rick Eichstaedt, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Justice, an outspoken critic of the city and guild, on Council President Ben Stuckart’s Facebook page. “Now we start over,” wrote Mayor David Condon in a statement. Or maybe not. While some expected the mayor to return to the negotiating table to get what the council had previously demanded — an ombudsman with the authority to open his own investigations outside the police department’s internal affairs process — his latest proposal includes the rejected agreement. In addition, a new ordinance, which includes no independent investigative authority, involves a third party when the ombudsman is unsatisfied with a department investigation. (Just who that third party might be is unclear, though

the latest draft of the ordinance lists Washington State Patrol or another city’s ombudsman as possibilities.) At a press conference Monday, Condon said he believes the move will make Spokane “a model for civilian oversight.” “What has changed?” asks the Center for Justice’s Eichstaedt. “What about this remarkably gives us oversight?” Today, the civilian ombudsman is allowed to sit in on and ask questions during the internal affairs process, but cannot open his own investigations. Calls for stronger oversight have grown in recent years amid the legacy of high profile incidents like the 2006 death of Otto Zehm, an unarmed mentally ill man who died after a violent confrontation with Spokane Police. In February, 70 percent of voters added language to the Spokane City Charter requiring a “totally independent” ombudsman and a citizen commission to oversee him. While the guild agreement included the creation of the commission, it didn’t expand the ombudsman’s investigative author-


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pokane County Commissioner Al French holds up his smartphone with a stock-market app showing Boeing’s shares soaring. “If you were to do a three-year timeline, this thing looks like Mount Everest,” French says. Boeing is posting record profits. It’s the world’s largest aerospace company — No. 30 on the Fortune 500 — and it’s poised to grow even more. An aging fleet, a sizable backlog and the explosion of the middle class across Asia and the Middle East mean that Boeing’s biggest problem is meeting all that demand. The question isn’t if there will be an aerospace boom Aerospace wages in in the next few deSpokane County have cades — it’s where. risen like a rocket, Washsoaring 66 percent from Whether ington state and 2007’s $38.7 million to Spokane County $64.4 million in 2012. will be able to take advantage of Boeing’s thriving business is still very much in the air. French says nothing can be taken for granted. “This notion that they’re here, and since they’ve been here forever, they’ll be here forever, is a big threat,” French says. The latest battle has been over the 777X, Boeing’s next big fuel-efficient composite-wing plane. Gov. Jay Inslee has called it “the single most important thing for the economy in the next decade for the state of Washington.” At the beginning of November, Inslee called a special session of the legislature to pass a bill extending Boeing the biggest state tax break in U.S. history. But the aerospace giant agreed to build the plane in-state only if the machinists


union signed an eight-year contract. Boeing promised union members a $10,000 signing bonus. The majority of Boeing machinists, however, saw it as a slap in the face. The contract would have weakened future retirement benefits and slowed down wage increases for new workers. Some ripped up copies of the proposed contract. Others set it on fire. Workers rejected the offer by 2-to-1. “I’m just so proud of our brothers and sisters,” says Robley Evans, a forklift driver at Boeing’s Auburn plant. “You will not threaten us. You will not blackmail us. Period.” With that, the future of the state’s aerospace sector got a little cloudier. Washington is still in the running, but Boeing has been considering other suitors — from states like Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, Utah and Missouri — who bring promises of cheap labor and custom incentives. “The company will continue to leverage its full resources to ensure that we remain competitive,” Boeing spokesman Doug Alder says, who adds that Boeing hopes to have a site selected by sometime next year. That ultimate decision could reverberate across the Inland Northwest. In the past few years, manufacturers, politicians and educators throughout the region have been fighting to boost the aerospace industry — recruiting new companies, strengthening its supply chain and training a new workforce. A few years ago, Greater Spokane Inc. bragged about 80 aerospace-related businesses in the region. Now it can boast about having more than 100. “As I talk to companies throughout the country, the one thing that I hear that is most frustrating is ‘Wow, Spokane has that? We didn’t know that’,” French says.

“That’s our fault.” Slowly, he says, that’s changing. “We’re getting on everybody’s radar.”


When French drives to the Portland airport, he sees the surrounding property brimming with aerospace businesses and manufacturers. Not so in Spokane. “You go out to Spokane [International Airport], you see vacant land — crickets getting lonely,” French says. But he says that’s finally beginning to change. French is on the board of the Spokane International Airport and is a part of Air Spokane, an alliance of local officials and business advocates who want to grow the local aerospace industry. He says the region has finally become more aggressive in wooing aerospace companies. With labor costs expensive and space scarce in the Puget Sound area, Spokane has pitched itself as a plausible in-state alternative to help Boeing meet its demand. “If Boeing is constrained in Renton, could we provide the opportunity for a facility to be built here in Spokane?” asks Airport Director Larry Krauter. In 2011, consulting group Accenture analyzed which Washington city was most ideal in which to construct the 737 MAX. Unsurprisingly, longtime 737 manufacturer Renton ranked first. But Accenture ranked Spokane second, praising the region’s workforce pool, size and low labor cost. Boeing chose Renton, but that hasn’t stopped local leaders from promoting Spokane as an alternative if production ever outgrows the Puget Sound facility. When French sees Boeing’s big green fuselages gliding past downtown Spokane on the railroad tracks, rolling by Spokane ...continued on next page

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M A D E L O C A L LY A graphic from Inland NorthWest Aerospace Consortium showcases a broad range of area companies that contribute to the aerospace industry.

“TURBULENCE AHEAD,” CONTINUED... International and onward to westside factories, he thinks: Spokane could easily affix the wings to those fuselages. “We can give you everything Seattle can give you, except for congestion,” French says he told a Boeing executive, then quipping: “But if that’s important to you, we’ll artificially create it.” On the second floor of the Spokane International Airport, Krauter motions across a wall-sized aerial photograph of Spokane International, across the vast quantities of empty land owned by the airport. Part of that land is reserved for a future runway, but the rest is vacant. Open for business. Krauter and French want to recruit manufacturers to operate near the airport, tackling different elements of aerospace production. An assembly line of assembly lines. “You can railcar in raw materials, go to finish production and final assembly, all at the same site,” French says. “That’s the master plan.” Air Spokane plans to hire a consultant within the next two months to examine the current aerospace industry and suggest which sort of companies would be best to recruit. Pieces already are in place. On the map, Krauter points to a warehouse just off the airport: That’s Associated Painters, the company that’s painted a Colorado flag across a Southwest Airlines airplane and giant salmon across Alaska Airlines fuselages. In 2010, the company relocated its headquarters from Everett to Airway Heights.


By spring it will have a second warehouse in the region, ready to step up production and hire up to 50 employees. French estimates 20 major aerospace companies have Spokane on their radar. Aviation Technical Services, a maintenance and repair company, has narrowed down the location of its next facility to either Everett or Spokane, promising 400 to 450 new jobs. Another, a metals manufacturer with 300 more jobs, is prepared to settle in Spokane County if it can find a facility low-priced enough to meet its bottom line. A coalition of groups and businesses have even created a “site selector” website at, a place where aerospace businesses can learn nearly everything they need to know about available spots for future facilities. Spokane County is also seeking out other aerospace giants like Airbus, Bombardier and Spirit to help diversify the local industry. Even one major manufacturer moving here could result in a cascade of others doing the same. Still, Boeing’s proximity remains one of Spokane’s strongest recruiting assets — if the company ever were to leave, Spokane could lose that. “Because Boeing is here, other airline manufacturers are also looking at Spokane,” French says.


The scent of melting plastic hangs in the air as baby-blue robot arms whir back and forth over a programmed track, precisely slicing aircraft seat parts from molded

plastic. Dean Cameron, national sales manager for the Spokane Valley manufacturer Multifab, Inc., walks past rows of sewing machines and piles of tray-table pieces, business-class stow bins, class-divider curtains and bulletproof ballistic blankets. “The word ‘hurry’ — expedite, rush and hurry — is used lots around here,” Cameron says. “One of the most common phrases you’ll hear is ‘The customer is moving the delivery to the left.’ Where they may have had it scheduled for February, they need it by December.” Boeing brings the same hard-line cost-cutting philosophy it’s used in its union battles to negotiations with its suppliers. “I’m sounding like Darth Vader here,” Send comments to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney chuckled as he outlined the company’s tough stance with suppliers at an investor conference in May: Low-performing suppliers could land on a “No Fly” list — banned from selling to Boeing. Boeing already has sent letters to some suppliers, telling them they aren’t allowed to bid on the 777X. The Spokane region has adapted: Since 2006, many local aerospace manufacturers have joined together as the Inland NorthWest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC), even though many of the individual companies are competitors. Mike Marzetta, president of Liberty Lake manufacturer Altek and an INWAC chair, squints at the small gap


between his thumb and index finger. “We might be able to take this much of a slice,” he says, before spreading his arms wide, “of a pie that’s this big.” He continues: “It’s coopetition. You combine your efforts.” And it’s working. Airplane hubcaps, equipped with tire-pressuredetecting sensors, are built at Altek. Airplane wheels and brakes are built locally at UTC Aerospace. In a former Boeing plant in Airway Heights, Triumph Composite Systems churns out ductwork and floor panels for airplanes. Spokane County aerospace wages have risen like a rocket, soaring 66 percent from 2007’s $38.7 million to $64.4 million in 2012. In part, credit INWAC’s push for certification. Top-tier certifications for the aerospace industry are expensive and time-consuming to obtain, but are required to work with a company like Boeing or its suppliers. Marzetta runs a blue highlighter across a list of all the local companies who’ve recently acquired their certification: AccraFab, Altek, Apex Industries, Inland Northwest Metallurgical Services, Novation… 11 companies total. In turn, the companies have been rewarded. “Three years ago, aerospace was probably 15 percent of our business. Now it’s 45 percent of our business,” Marzetta says of Altek. Last year, aerospace was onetwentieth of L&M Precision Fabrication’s business; this year it’s nearly a third. Manufacturers once ignored at aerospace trade shows have found they get noticed when they’re part of INWAC. Suppliers and assemblers can bring their shopping list of parts to INWAC, and INWAC can match them up with local subcontractors that can build them. In one sense, the aerospace market is globalized. This year Boeing purchased 780 million parts from 1,200 suppliers in 39 different countries. Spokane plants produce parts for suppliers in Germany and France, and likely still will no matter where the 777X is built. But location ...continued on next page

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“It’s turned a competitive weakness into a competitive advantage.” ed in the once-mighty aerospace hub of Southern California. But over the past two decades, California’s aerospace industry crashed. From 1990 to 2012, aerospace jobs in Los Angeles County fell from 130,000 to less than 39,000. “They’re the worst in the United States,” Titan Spring president Jim Glenn says about California. “They love to tax, they love to regulate. You don’t get anything out of them.” Torn between Spokane and North Idaho when fleeing the Golden State, he says overhear-

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As a quarter of Boeing machinists prepare to retire, Washington has rushed to train new aerospace employees through conduits like Spokane Community College’s aviation program, pictured here. LEFT: Josh Newberg, left, and Nick Bell install solenoids. TOP RIGHT: Hoyeon In solders wires in a buzz box. BOTTOM RIGHT: Instructor Richard Kness, right, and student David Hoover prepare to lift a plane engine. ing Washington Sen. Patty Murray on the radio sent him to Idaho. “Washington state seems like they take their cue from California with their politics,” Glenn says. He doesn’t like Washington’s minimum wage — highest in the country — or the B&O tax businesses have to pay even if they lose money. “It’s a hell of a thing to lose money and have to borrow money to pay your taxes,” he says. In Airway Heights, L&M Precision Fabrication’s Fred Brown reels off his frustrations with Washington’s environmental regulations, workers’ compensation insurance structure and tax structure. He worries the business climate is repelling Boeing. “Our cost of operation would be reduced 30 percent by moving to Post Falls. I’m 63 years old. I don’t have enough life left to amortize it out,” says Brown. “That’s the only thing that has kept us in Spokane.” Yet few companies wield as much power over Washington state policy as Boeing. When the state Ecology Department sought to update inaccurate fish-consumption rate estimates, Boeing — along with other businesses — pushed back, worried it would cause stricter environmental standards. Many people, citing internal governmental emails, credit the company’s behind-thescenes lobbying efforts with repeatedly stalling Ecology’s review.

Even the sort of politicians who condemn special interests make an exception for Boeing. The progressive activist group Fuse Washington gave state Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane) the 2012 “Inter-Continental Smackdown Champion Award,” praising him for ending unjust tax breaks for special interests. Yet when it came to Boeing’s special interests, Billig recently joined 41 other state senators in extending Boeing preferential tax treatment worth $8.7 billion through 2040. “I oppose the tax incentives that don’t work,” Billig says. The Boeing tax break, he says, has been proven to work, spurring economic development and thus more tax revenue. Washington also has a variety of general tax exemptions for the aerospace industry. But those efforts haven’t stopped Boeing from pulling pieces out of the state. In 2001, Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. A decade ago, Boeing opted to farm out construction of entire sections of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner worldwide, including part of the fuselage in South Carolina. The machinists union has often clashed with Boeing. A 2008 strike lasted four weeks and cost Boeing more than $2 billion. State Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s proposed solution is to make Washington a “Right to Work” state, a change that could cripple unions by eliminating manda...continued on next page

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Fred Brown, vice-president of L&M Precision Fabrication, has seen major growth in his company in Spokane County — though he says operations would be much cheaper in Idaho.

“TURBULENCE AHEAD,” CONTINUED... tory union dues. “Look, if ‘Right to Work’ can happen in Michigan, it can happen in the state of Washington,” Baumgartner (R-Spokane) says. “Obviously, it’s a political challenge. Mandatory union donations are the No. 1 funder of Democratic candidates.” Even with the high cost of labor and contentious union negotiations, Washington has one last ace up its sleeve: The same skilled workforce that refused to take Boeing’s contract.


Washington’s trained workers are probably its best argument. As Inslee bragged on Twitter on Nov. 20: “WA has best aerospace workers in the world and hard as other states will try, they can’t replicate [local union] expertise in time to win 777X.” The 2011 Accenture study identified Washington’s skilled workforce as one of the state’s greatest strengths, but warned that other states could catch up. North Idaho College, for example, just launched an Aerospace Division this fall. It’s why the Washington State Legislature paired its big tax break for Boeing with even more funding for education. On both sides of the Cascades, local regions are investing in training. Washington State University is opening a branch campus in Everett aimed at training Boeing machinists. A $20 million federal grant to Air Washington in 2011 infused local community colleges with extra funds to improve their aerospace training. The extra funds allowed Spokane Community College to add a program focusing on composites, the material used in the 777X, and expand its aviation maintenance program by

25 percent. For his part, Inslee hasn’t just been praising Washington’s workforce; he’s been highlighting how using a less adept workforce amounts to gambling with billions of dollars. Inslee points to the 787 Dreamliner, which was plagued by new suppliers’ parts that didn’t fit and expensive mistakes made by inexperienced workers in South Carolina. Even before the 787s were temporarily grounded due to battery fires this summer, the plane had experienced three years of delays costing billions of dollars. Back at the Spokane County offices, Al French thumbs through pages from a few of the many PowerPoint presentations he’s given across the country, attempting to convince aerospace executives to invest in the Inland Northwest. The stakes remain sky-high. “There isn’t a trip I make back to D.C. that I’m not talking to someone in the aerospace industry,” he says. French says it all comes down to providing jobs. “We don’t need a big building with Boeing on it. We want the jobs,” French says. Another good thing about adding highskilled, well-paying jobs to Spokane is that they have secondary impacts. The aerospace industry carries a multiplier effect, the economist’s version of a buy-one-get-one-free policy. Adding 10 aerospace jobs, according to Greater Spokane Inc.’s estimate, creates about eight additional secondary jobs. “That’s new money — that comes from outside the community into the community, and then it ripples through,” French says. “It’s not just a job on the production line. It’s that job, plus the other jobs it supports in the community, by supporting the grocery store and the car [salesman] and the construction worker.” n


Holiday Pulse Shopping BELLA COVA (905 N. Washington • takes its name from the Italian for “beautiful nest,” and that embodies the store’s overarching philosophy. “Our whole focus is nurturing mamas and nesting babies,” says owner Heather Villa. “Covare is actually a verb that means to brood or nurture one’s young. Our number-one goal is to rebuild the village mentality among women, to create a community hub for pregnant and new mothers.” There are tons of retail items that would suit new or soon-to-be parents, such as cloth diapers or teething



necklaces made of analgesic Baltic amber. But there’s also an outreach component with more than 40 workshops and support groups — many of them free — that are just as practical. “We have a yoga studio, massage as well as breastfeeding and preemie support groups,” Villa says. “Some of these things you can’t find anywhere else in town.” Fun and education are often seen as mutually exclusive. Not so at WHIZ KIDS (River Park Square, second floor •, where you can find thousands of items that combine learning and entertainment. Sci-


ence kits, puzzles and construction sets are just a few of the IQ-boosting toys here. Thanks to excellent customer service and the care taken in sourcing its inventory, Whiz Kids consistently ranks as the top local shopping destination of its kind. The mom-and-daughter team behind FRENCH TOAST (159 S. Lincoln • frenchtoastonline. com) introduces a bit of flair into modern parenting, ensuring that your child’s nursery, playroom or first birthday party becomes the hottest thing on Pinterest.


Now Open - Riverfront Park’s Ice Palace is now open through March 2, Tue-Sun from 11 am-5 pm, and also Tue-Thu from 7-8:30 pm and Fri-Sat from 7-10 pm. Extended holiday hours TBA. Adults $4.50; kids age 3-12, military and seniors (62+) $3.50. Skate rental $3.50. (To find free admission coupons available from participating downtown retailers, good through Dec. 19, excluding skate rental, go to (625-6601)


Runs through Dec. 14 - See this classic story of small-town America at the turn of the 20th century. Performances held Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm; select Sat and Sun matinées at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers, 174 S. Howard St. (455-7529)


Runs through Dec. 22 - A holiday musical telling the true story of the ships that transported Christmas trees across the Great Lakes. Performances held weekly Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sun at 2 pm. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507)


Through Dec. 23 - Youth (ages 4-12) can shop for affordable Christmas gifts ranging from 50 cents to $8. Proceeds benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Open Mon-Sat from 10 am-8 pm and Sun from 11 am-6 pm. Crescent Court skywalk level, 707 W. Main Ave. (220-5907)


Through Dec. 15 - Eighteen elaborately decorated holiday trees are displayed and available to win as part of a fundraiser raffle benefiting the Spokane Symphony. Trees are located on the mezzanine of the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Dec. 3-14 from 10 am-9 pm, and at River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., on the second floor, Dec. 3-15, from 10 am-mall closing each day. Cost: Free to view, raffle tickets $1 each.


Dec. 5-6 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 7 at 11 am - The world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater returns to Spokane, with all its four-legged principals in tow. See 15 cats and 10 dogs — all rescued from shelters — perform cute tricks. $9-$22. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-4704)


Dec. 5-8 - Santa Barbara, Calif.’s State Street Ballet dances to the music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, performed by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sat-Sun at 2 pm. $25-$75. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (624-1200)


Dec. 7 at 8 pm - The orchestra performs its annual holiday concert “A Glenn Miller Christmas.” $20-$26. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-4704)


Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 - Bring your pet to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him he or she hasn’t been too naughty this year. Dec. 8 and 15 from 6-7 pm. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. (363-0304)




Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm - The country/gospel group celebrates 40 years with a holiday-themed concert on a festively decorated stage. $42$52. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. inbpac. com (325-7328)

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packages. Some of their drink specials include $10 pitchers of microbrews on Wednesdays, $8 Kokanee pitchers on Thursdays and $3 tall cans of PBR all day long on Fridays — which seems fitting for a place that’s chosen a bespectacled face with a comically red gin-blossom nose as its mascot. Next door is REVOLVER (221 N. Division •, a no-cover club that gets going after dark with live DJs, themed music nights, and $1 beer specials. And the newly opened BORRACHO TACOS & TEQUILERIA (211 N. Division • has replaced the old Ugly Bettie’s location with a Mexican-style sports bar featuring tasty TexMex food, innovative margaritas and an impressive array of 70 different tequilas.

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sidewalks clean, they remove snow and ice from crosswalks; look for the green uniforms. See downtown Spokane the way they did in 1913 — by horse and carriage. These free rides are sponsored by STCU and run through Christmas Eve (Fridays from 3-8 pm, Saturdays-Sundays from noon-5 pm & Tue, Dec. 24, from noon-3 pm.) Pickup is at the corner of N. Wall and W. Main. Visit: Call: 456-0580 is brought to you by the Downtown Spokane Partnership and the Business Improvement District in conjunction with the Inlander. For more info go to FOOD - Fine Dining NIGHTLIFE - Entertainment Options









STELLA’S (917 W. Broadway • is open until it closes. That might sound worryingly vague, but this mom-and-son eatery simply responds to the ebb and flow of its customers. If there’s a late evening holiday shopping crowd, they’ll stay open to make sure no one’s denied a hot bowl of homemade tomato-basil soup and one of the crave-worthy sandwiches. “I like to say that Monday through Thursday we’re always open until at least 4 pm. Friday and Saturday we’re open until at least 10 pm,” says Tony Brown, who runs Stella’s along with his mother Marta. Together they prepare everything in-house and from scratch. “Right now we have seven carnivorous sandwiches and seven vegetarian, and five of those can be vegan.” The banh mi and pulled pork are enduring favorites, but the recently introduced grilled cheese and tomato soup combo has been “flying out the door… My mother is also going to start making pies for the holidays,” Brown adds. “We’ll do all sorts, starting with pumpkin pies and then probably moving into apple

and fruit.” Ask for a “Nooner” at the HIGH NOONER (237 W. Riverside • and they’re bound to ask you which one. The Unforgettable Nooner with turkey, cream cheese, mayo, bacon, tomato, avocado and sprouts on multigrain bread? The Prime with beef, red onion and horseradish on an 8-inch sub roll? Or maybe the Veggie with lettuce, sprouts, two cheeses and cucumbers? The hard part is choosing. DOMINI (703 W. Sprague •, on the other hand, doesn’t do fancy names — just classic deli-style sandwiches stacked high with choose-your-own meat and cheese fillings. The free popcorn makes up for cash-only payment.



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Glory Days

A local filmmaker is putting 1988 Spokane on the screen BY MIKE BOOKEY


oshua Nicholson has never quite been able to shake a certain Wednesday from his memory, not that he’d necessarily want to. Now he’s reliving that day — July 20, 1988. If you were in your teens or early twenties and living in the Inland Northwest back then, you might recognize that as the hot-as-hell Wednesday when Metallica, Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken and Kingdom Come all played the same stage at Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium as part of the national Monsters of Rock tour. More than 30,000 attended, and the now-yellowed pages of the Spokesman-Review from the following day feature quotes from teens saying things like, “The world is run by old fogies who have no sense of what’s going on.” It remains one of the region’s best-attended rock concerts and very well may have been the high-water mark for teenage life in 1980s Spokane. A quarter century later, Nicholson, 42, his hair metal

days long behind him, is stepping back to the summer when he and three of his friends did everything they could to get themselves into that seemingly impossible display of rock music. About two years ago, Nicholson turned into a fulltime filmmaker, hoping to bring his movie Sunboyz to the big screen. The film is about four friends who are partying their way toward the Monsters of Rock tour, with days at the lake, cruising through downtown Spokane and engaging in the sort of behavior that made 1980s teenagers the perfect centerpieces of John Hughes’ films. “These things did happen. We did go to this Monsters of Rock concert. All of this might not have happened in the same weekend, but I threaded them together and that’s where the story came from,” says Nicholson, who is serving the feature film’s writer, director and editor. He began casting the film a year ago and shot about a third of the script last summer, but then the production went ...continued on next page


CULTURE | PROJECT “GLORY DAYS,” CONTINUED... on hiatus. After spending more than $50,000 on the production, Nicholson needed to find a way to raise the remaining cash to finish the project. This week, he launched a Kickstarter funding campaign to bring in another $55,000 to resume shooting this spring. Like any film production, Sunboyz has slammed up against no shortage of challenges. Most notably, Nicholson and his Spokane-based crew have to make sure everything in the movie — the cars, the hair, the clothes, the buildings, the streets — is true to 1988. “Logistically, it’s a nightmare. But for costumes and props, there are great outlets here in Spokane who have helped us out,” says Nicholson. Nicholson graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1990 before heading to the University of Washington — where he’d regale college buddies with the stories that eventually became Sunboyz — and spending a decade in the Seattle mortgage industry. He returned to Spokane in 2003, and his knowledge of the city helped him find the sort of locations that would have audiences believe they’d been transported back to 1988. “Being from here, I know where all the bones are buried. I know what pops on film,” says Nicholson. He then dashes off a list of true-to-the-’80s spots that appear in the film, including Dick’s, Rocky Rococo’s and the Parkade, as well as Coeur d’Alene’s Sherman Avenue and spots

on Hayden Lake. From the trailer cut from the initial round of shooting, very little appears out of place, the hairstyles look as if they required an appropriate amount of Aqua Net and there’s just the right dosage of neon. Nicholson gave the characters the actual names of his real-life friends, depicted in the film as experiencing the sort of idiotic teenage things you’d rather let your adult self forget about. But Nicholson says all three of his friends — he still calls them his “best friends” — have seen footage, and have no qualms with seeing their teenage years acted out on film. But it is a little weird, Nicholson says. Weirder than he expected. “I’m watching my childhood again. It’s almost like an out-of-body experience when you see it for the first time,” he says. “I think the initial shock has worn off for them, though.” Despite the film’s production having stalled, Nicholson says his talented local cast and crew are ready to return whenever he gives them the word. There will be more props to track down and a few vintage cars to wrangle, but Nicholson says he will finish Sunboyz. “Once you get to the point where so many things have gone wrong but you’re still working on the film, you don’t worry about it anymore. You realize you can do this.”  To view a trailer from Sunboyz and contribute to the film’s production costs, go to and search for “Sunboyz.”

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welve-year-old Sophia Caruso of Spokane doesn’t get starstruck. Not when she works with Tony Award-winning directors and international pop stars; certainly not around a 44-year-old television heartthrob like Stephen Moyer (True Blood). They’re just co-workers, after all, in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!, which airs Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8 pm. Granted, the live TV version of a Tony Award-winning Broadway play doesn’t exactly meet Sophia’s ultimate criteria for “The Big Break,” but it’s an exciting compromise. “Broadway is my dream, but I’ve always wanted to do TV, too, so it’s a mixture of both,” she says. “I feel this will boost my résumé. It’s very pedigreed experience.” Sophia, who plays Brigitta von Trapp in the production, left Spokane just over a year ago to pursue acting full-time. She has sung, danced, and auditioned solidly since then, leaving Manhattan just once this fall to perform in Secondhand Lions at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. When NBC began casting for leads in The Sound of Music Live!, Sophia submitted a video audition and flew back to Manhattan for callbacks on her one day off. Secondhand Lions producer Neil Meron also is producing The Sound of Music Live! and likely put in a good word. Sophia will belt out “Do-Re-Mi” and partake in a meticulously choreographed pillow fight with Grammy Award-winner Carrie Underwood and the other six von Trapps on a state-of-the-art sound stage inside a lavishly converted aerospace facility on Long Island. There will be no one in the audience, but NBC is counting on tens of

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It will make you smile, it will make you sing! SHIRTS | The first rule of being a news nerd is that you must have a large supply of clever-butprofessional T-shirts, and UNITED PIXELWORKERS is my go-to supplier. Pittsburgh-based web design studio Full Stop started doing this on the side several years ago, and they just announced they’re making it their full-time thing (and expanding to hats and kids’ stuff). They’ve had contributions from celebrities of the design world, like Jessica Hische and Aaron Draplin, but the idea is to recognize the many web designers who toil in obscurity. The rotating designs repping particular cities and states continue to be among the most popular — we’re still waiting on a Spokane one.

BOOK | It appears plenty of people already love the web comic HYPERBOLE AND A HALF, since all it takes is googling “dog moving comic” to rediscover one of my alltime favorites. Allie Brosh, who grew up near Sandpoint, writes memoirstyle stories — both laughing-at-thecomputer funny and darkly poignant — paired with purposely lo-fi (but always amazing) illustrations that look like they’re done in MS Paint. In 2011, she disappeared for a year and returned this past May with her story of depression, which is one of the best and most honest things I have ever read. And that’s not hyperbole. These are stories to read and reread, and the book includes some new work, too.

BLOG | Among the young veterans who write about their experiences in the New York Times, the Guardian and other publications, Don Gomez stands out for a few reasons: He served in Iraq as an infantryman, not an officer, and he’s now back in the Army after finishing grad school. He’s also an unabashed enjoyer of pop culture and an allaround independent thinker. On his blog, CARRYINGTHEGUN.COM, he writes about topics that range from the word “infidel” to women in combat (and how it relates to Hunger Games). This year, a decade since his first deployment in Baghdad, he’s been posting emails and photos from the corresponding dates, and getting drawn into the memories more than he expected.

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eau Baldwin, Eastern Washington University’s highly successful football coach, makes no apologies for demanding a great deal from his quarterbacks. “I want guys who are going to work toward being All-Americans,” Baldwin says. Baldwin’s latest All-American-quarterback-inwaiting is Vernon Adams. The redshirt sophomore from Pasadena, Calif., has put together one of the most sensational seasons not just in school history, but in Big Sky Conference and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision history. “Vernon’s season this year is the best I’ve seen since I’ve been a college football coach,” says Baldwin. Adams’ statistics read like something out of a fantasy league. In 12 games, he’s completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 4,059 yards and 46 touchdowns. He’s run for another 491 yards and four TDs, and that doesn’t include the countless yards he’s spent scampering behind the line of scrimmage to avoid being sacked. “It’s just amazing how athletic he is and his ability to keep the play alive,” Eastern guard Steven Forgette says. Forgette often can’t appreciate Adams’ elusiveness until he watches game film. After all, Forgette usually has his back to Adams when blocking for him. “Sometimes it’s just like, ‘What the heck’s going on?’” Forgette jokes. “But we’re all right with it. The outcome’s usually good.” Indeed, Adams is a leading candidate to win the Walter Payton Award as the FCS offensive player of the year. Not bad for a young man in his first season as a full-time starter. Adams, humble to a fault, makes it clear that he remains eternally grateful to Eastern for being one of the few colleges willing to gamble scholarship money on an undersized quarter-

back. (UCLA asked him to walk on without a scholarship.) “I’m thankful and I’m blessed,” the 6-foot, 190-pound Adams says. “I’m meeting great friends and great coaches. I’m enjoying college. I’m the first one to go to college in my whole family. It’s an awesome experience. I love it out here.” The third-ranked Eagles are 10-2 overall and won the Big Sky at 8-0. Adams has led Eastern into the national playoffs one year after splitting time at quarterback with Kyle Padron, who passed up his senior season in an unsuccessful (thus far, anyway) attempt to play pro ball. Baldwin, Forgette and Adams say hard work and dedication enabled Adams to make huge strides from a year ago. Mind you, College Sporting News tabbed Adams the FCS Freshman of the Year last season. “He was a freshman with some incredible talent,” Baldwin says, “and he made a lot of plays and won a lot of games with us as a freshman. But he chose to take it to another level [this season] in terms of, ‘I don’t just want to be a great player, I want to be a great leader. I want to understand all the nuances of the position. I want to work the position year-round.’” Forgette says Adams’ boundless energy and upbeat attitude makes him “a guy you want to be around.” Adams is quick to return the compliment. “We pride ourselves on being winners and having fun and getting it done as a family,” he says. “We wish we could have been 12-0.” n Eastern Washington (10-2) vs. South Dakota State (9-4) • NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, round two • Sat, Dec. 7 at 1 pm • EWU’s Roos Field • $20-$30 • and










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hile most local theater groups are staging variations of some of the most recognizable holiday-themed productions in the business, it should be easy for the Spokane Civic Theatre’s The Christmas Schooner to stand out. That’s the least of what can be assumed from its choice to produce the lesser-known script of The Christmas Schooner, an unfamiliar title on a list of multiple Christmas Carols and Best Christmas Pageants being produced at community theaters across the Inland Northwest this season. It’s a refreshing step away from the expected, especially considering the Civic’s choice last year to stage a repeat performance of the Bing Crosby classic White Christmas for the second time in three years. Yet despite the lackluster critical reception it received, something like White Christmas may be just what people want to see during the holidays. It’s familiar. It’s a classic — a traditional go-see for many this time of year when our nostalgia for old tradition runs high. The inability of audiences unfamiliar with the story to anticipate what happens next in the two-hour-long Christmas Schooner, which the Civic last produced in 2007, is what makes the plot seem so plodding. Based on historical events during the 1880s, the musical originally premiered in 1996 and was acclaimed during a continuous 12-year run at Chicago’s Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Directed at the Civic by Scott Doughty, the stage version’s ship is christened

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FIRST FRIDAY HOLIDAY FOOD TRUCK RALLY! Please join us on Wall St. (between Main and Riverside) during First Friday for our first ever Food Truck Rally. We have six participating food trucks, music by Spokane’s nationally award winning fiddle trio the Turner Sisters, our own Downtown carolers and lots of holiday cheer!

PARTICIPATING FOOD TRUCKS: Couple of Chefs Catering • The Jamaican Jerk Pan Bistro Box • Azar’s • King of Tacos • The Scoop

Gary Pierce (left) and Jordan Santiago (right) in The Christmas Schooner. SAMUEL SARGEANT PHOTO the Molly Doone, but the historical tale took place aboard a vessel of a different name, the Rouse Simmons. During its wintertime break from transporting lumber across the expansive Great Lakes, the schooner transported Christmas trees. As The Christmas Schooner depicts, the ship’s captain Peter Stossel (played here by Bryan Agee) and crew risked their lives each December to bring evergreens from remote Michigan forests across Lake Michigan’s frigid waters to homesick German immigrants in industrial-era Chicago. Known as “The Christmas Tree Ship,” the real-life schooner and its crew eventually met their demise in a violent storm off the coast of Wisconsin. No spoiler here, but the play handles this historical fact a little differently. As tedious as the plot may be — trudging through several years of passing time that does little else but confuse — it does lightly explore some deep emotions and human traits: cultural identity, the importance of family and the spirit of generosity. The musical’s original songs are forgettable, but the cast does its best to present the story at hand. Without question, The Christmas Schooner’s standout character is the ruddy-faced, stubborn grandfather Gustav Stossel, played by returning Civic alum Gary Pierce. Gustav’s asides are genuinely funny, and his role as the “glue” that both binds the family together and stirs heated disagreements is believable and sincere. Joining Pierce as part of the Stossel family, Agee plays the thoughtful, selfless breadwinner, returning to the stage for the second time after a minor role in the Civic’s spectacular production of Les Misérables. Though Agee’s Peter Stossel is true to form, his portrayal comes off as a little too eager to risk his life and leave his family behind, especially when contrasted with Heidi Santiago’s Alma Stossel, Peter’s doting yet fretful wife. Santiago is joined on stage by her real-life son Jordan, who plays the Stossels’ 9-year-old son Karl. Also cast is her husband Cory, playing one of the ship’s crew, and their daughter Leilani, as a member of the company. Leilani starred as young Eponine alongside her brother Jordan’s memorable portrayal of Gavroche in Les Mis. Here, the young actor believably brings to life that magical charm the Christmas season evokes. n The Christmas Schooner • Through Dec. 22, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • adults $30, seniors/military $28, students $22 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • • 325-2507


1213 W. RAILROAD AVE. Presenting Betsie Richardson’s exhibit, “Captured Moments in the Great Northwest.” Artist’s reception at 5pm with Beacon Hill’s Bistro Buffet 6-8pm. “Lonesome” Lyle Morse plays acoustic blues, 6:30-10pm.


115 S. ADAMS ST. Please join the Kolva Sullivan Gallery and Trackside Studio for the Northwest Ceramics Invitational. A unique exhibit of various works by 29 ceramic artists from Washington, Oregon, and Montana.


827 W. 1ST AVE. (directly behind Neato Burrito) We have Encaustic paintings by Ara Lyman and live music at 9pm by BBBBBandits, Rice Queen, Camaros.


10 S. POST ST. Please join us and kick off the holidays with the December First Friday. We are featuring local artist Patricia Rochford and a pianist in the Historic Lobby.


906 W. 2ND AVE. (across from the Steam Plant) Exhibit by artist Lisa Marie Brown: Before the Last Leaf Falls. Artist reception. Music by Barry Aiken Jazz Combo 7-9pm.

PATIT CREEK CELLARS TASTING ROOM 822 W. SPRAGUE AVE. (across from the Davenport) Art by Bertoni Jones and pottery by Finn

Gale. Happy Hour with the artists 5-7pm. Jazz with Kari Margurite & The Seventy Six 7-9pm. Nine Wines and Savory Bites Menu available all evening!


901 W. 1ST AVE. Come in and join us at the Sapphire Lounge. Get an artistic, handcrafted cocktail, fresh-squeezed juices and delicious flatbreads. Relax and be surrounded by stained-glass art, amazing chandeliers, great music and warm, romantic vibes!


808 W. MAIN AVE. (River Park Square, third level) We are featuring artist Sheila Bledsoe for December. Sheila’s oil painting are realistic interpretations of what she sees and loves.


707 W. MAIN AVE. (Crescent Court skywalk level) Featuring internationally renowned teacher and painter of Sumi-e (Asian style ink painting), Keiko Von Holt. Artist reception. Refreshments and music.


108 N. POST ST. “Music Under the Stars” by Tommy Gantt, Happy Hour 4-6, Half-price All Eats Menu and the best martini’s & cocktails 8 years running!


211 N. WALL ST. Bozzi Collection is featuring Melissa Cole’s new show, “New Mixed-Media Paintings and Sculptures: Flora, Fauna, and Figures with a Contemporary Flavor.” Music by classical guitarist Carlton Oakes.


BENNETT BLOCK, MAIN & HOWARD (2nd floor skywalk level)

FIND ART and more this Friday, Venues open 5 - 8 pm Featuring Deby Dixon and Tegra Stone Nuess. Deby’s show is titled: The Wolves of Yellowstone. Tegra will be showing mostly African images.


516 W. RIVERSIDE AVE. Holiday Cheer features four regional artists celebrating the winter season: Patti Simpson Ward, Vicki Broeckel, Shelle Lindholm, and Charles W. Palmer.


906 W. MAIN AVE. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County will be displaying work from their National Fine Arts program designed to enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through visual arts. Ten categories on display.


808 W. MAIN AVE. (3rd floor) Kress Gallery, 3rd Floor River Park Square (Behind Food Court): “The Art of Collaboration” Mead and Mount Spokane High School’s visual art students join artistic forces to provide a wide variety of media and expressive ideas. River Park Square, 3rd floor, Food Court, First Night Spokane Rising Stars, 5:30-7:30pm:

Award winning Ferris High School Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Ben Brueggemeier and Chase Middle School Jazz perform a variety of jazz favorites representing different times, cultures and styles. IMAX at Riverfront Park, 6-8pm - “Singing in the New Year” a karaoke style competition. Join us for the 3rd and final audition.


720 W. RIVERSIDE AVE. We have artistic clothing with a European flair and a First Friday Special from 5-8pm, 20% off jewelry.


120 N. STEVEN ST. Abstract Underground and Nectar Tasting Room present an amazing collaboration of local artists and musicians for the winter themed display, FROST. Enjoy music and some of Spokane’s premier art. Open until 10pm. 5 Wineries, 50 Wines, 1 Location.

SOULFUL SOUPS AND SPIRITS 117 N. HOWARD ST. We are featuring artist Lisa Waddle and her vivid expressionist style acrylic paintings.


218 N. HOWARD ST. Please join us for First Friday and view the wide range of photos by Jenny Lange; large black and white vinyls, scenes from an

antique auto ranch and colorful graffiti from Spain.


8 N. POST ST., SUITE 8 Make us your first stop and enjoy Debbie McCulleys beautiful, bright and lively pieces. Plus enjoy live music by the fun duo of the Angela Marie Project. 6-9pm.


402 W. MAIN (Liberty Building) 3 Minute Mic (7pm): An Open Mic Poetry Event. Open to all ages! Come read some of your own poetry or share some from a favorite poet. VERY positive and encouraging atmosphere. Isaac Grambo will host. Spokane’s Poet Laureate, Thom Caraway, will be our guest reader. Sign-ups start at 6:30.


331 W. MAIN AVE. Spokane artist Michelle Inman will display her stunning photography and unique painting style.


402 W. MAIN AVE. River Ridge Fine Arts Association mixed media showing on our 2nd floor & Art by Rachel Dolezal, Kurt Stranne, Priscilla Barnett, Kurt Schmierer & others on the Mezzanine. Mixed media showing including fiber, glue art, acrylics, oils and masks by multiple artists.

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401 W. MAIN AVE. Please join us for First Friday, Dan Black & Don Thomsen, playing “Swinging Hillbilly Blues!” 6:30-9:30pm


108 N. WASHINGTON ST., SUITE 105 Port style wines will be poured by Sun River Vintners, 5-9pm. Featuring impressionistic and expressionistic style art by Nona Moon. Musical by Carey Brazil and Jay Condiotti.


203 N. WASHINGTON ST. (main floor of Auntie’s) Featuring the SPOKANE JEWELER’S GUILD for December. Work of numerous members on sale and would make excellent Christmas gifts. Various media including: silver, copper, gold, beads and fiber.


Lyons from Buffalo Girls and Joanne Wissink from Sandland Purl. Affordable prices that make great gifts.


122 S. MONROE ST. Featuring abstract artist Troy Weber for the December First Friday.


1325 W. 1ST AVE. We are hosting a wine tasting with Patit Creek Cellars, featuring five wines for $4. Featuring artist Jordan Sandness for December.


122 S. MONROE ST. (next to Brooklyn Nights) Please join us for Tango and Salsa! Paintings by various artists on display. Party starts at 7pm and goes until 1am.


404 W. MAIN AVE. Please join us for the December First Friday. We are featuring artist Chef Jeremy L. Hansen’s black and white captures of food.

905 N. WASHINGTON ST. We are featuring oil paintings, water colors & drawings by Maurine Kalk & natural light lifestyle and birth photography by Laura Fifield.




1021 W. 1ST AVE Artemis has the perfect blend of art and holiday shopping. Come in to meet jewelry designers Ginger

621 W. MALLON AVE. (in the Flour Mill) Come enjoy the holiday season and view amazing prints from painter & sculptor Tim Lord. Sample artisan cheeses from around the world & test your

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Start off your First Friday with the dedication of Cascade, artist Kana Tanaka’s suspended glass sculpture in WSU Spokane’s new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building, 205 E Spokane Falls Blvd. Program at 4 p.m. Reception until 7 p.m. |


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December 6th! knowledge and your tastebuds with some chocolate trivia!


621 W. MALLON AVE. (in the Flour Mill) Featuring the beautiful watercolor paintings of owner Ho Lan. Don’t forget to try our fabulous menu! 4-7pm.


Join us for First Friday. We are offering a great Holiday Package for $12. Includes: 1 Ice Palace admission with rental skates, 1 ride on the Carrousel, 1 ride on the Spokane Falls SkyRide and 1 round of Mini-Golf.


608 W. 2ND AVE. Join Barili Cellars on First Friday from 4-9pm and enjoy current wine releases and fun art. For December, artist Jim Dhillon will bring his colorful and interesting paintings to Barili. Also feature handcrafted, one-ofa-kind jewelry by artist Anthony Gallaher of Fired Elements.


174 S. HOWARD ST. We are opening our new gallery store The Opening Act, located on street level & will feature a variety of local & regional artists. Guitarist, Paul Abner will be playing and juried student art exhibit in the Gellhorn Gallery. Refreshments.


exhibit. See Callie’s unique work on repurposed pieces of wood, metal, and glass! Artist reception 5-8pm.

1406 W. 3RD AVE. Museum quality, historical lifesized portraits cira 1920 China. Belly dancing in the Red Lantern Lounge starting at 5:30pm.




157 S. HOWARD ST. (across from Interplayers) We have local artist Emily Travis displaying her original acrylic paintings! Warm up with a coffee or a pastry while gazing at Emily’s artwork and learning about her techniques! Our drink specials for the night will include pumpkin spice lattes, eggnog lattes and peppermint mochas!


610 W. 2ND AVE. Join us for an evening of Christmas & contemporary jazz music by the Whitworth Jazz Combo. Musicians include: Caleb Brown, King Dawidalle, Ethan Johnson and Andrew Repsold. Presented by C.A.M--Coffee, Art & Music.


115 W. PACIFIC AVE., Historic Warehouse District (aka SODO) Bring in the season with a toast to German born, Irene Dahl. Delight in her beautiful mixed media on copper while enjoying a glass of wine with friends.


319 W. 2ND AVE. “Repurposed”, an alternative to the printed photograph through different photographic processes, by Callie Sobosky, will be on

24 W. MAIN AVE. Presenting “Long distance for instance...” the work of multimedia artist Jose Villa. A mix of recycled materials and aerosal paints accomplish a moment of serenity.


728 E. SPRAGUE AVE. We are featuring local artist Christopher Defeo who will have a permanent small gallery in our salon.


35 W. MAIN AVE. Community Building Children’s Center presents The Creativity of Children Exhibit 2013. This year’s exhibit presents the story of inquiry and exploration using three dimensional materials. Kizuri will hold a benefit shopping night for the Children’s Center and Blueprints for Learning.


44 W. MAIN AVE. Featuring amazing traditional & 3D art from Spokane’s Riverday K-6 school. Music by Ken Davis. Beer tasting (5 Seasonal ales for $6) with our in-house beer expert Brett. Also launching our new beer & happy hour service featuring 2 draft selections from a rotating set

of local breweries. Great in-house made from scratch snacks.


39 W. 2ND AVE. Christmas Fun Featuring Van Gogh and Merlot Artists. Pick up your last minute Hostess gifts or Stocking Stuffers! Enjoy Truck Mills along with Bridgepress & EMVY Cellars award winning wines. Offering a selection of beer, wines and small plates.

First Friday Bike Ride!

Starts at the Spokane Public Market, Marketplace Cork & Keg from 6-7ish and then pedaling through the city to enjoy the newly incorporated bike lanes! Purchase a “SPOKE” card and receive sweet BOGO deals at participating venues (SPOKE card funds go to support Spokane Oasis Market Garden project and the Spokane Public Market).





205 E. SPOKANE FALLS BLVD. Kick off your First Friday and join Washington State University Spokane and the Washington State Arts Commission in celebration of “Cascade” by Kana Tanaka, the newest addition to the state art collection. Program at 4pm reception to follow until 7pm. 25 W. MAIN AVE. Please join us for the first ever Saranac Members’ Holiday Art Show. Also showing new glass etchings by Katie Creyts: “Beached.”


24 W. 2ND AVE. We are featuring pottery and paintings by Lea Larson. Music by Tommy Borges. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and “holiday spirits.”

12 S. SCOTT ST. ( around the corner from Clay Connection) Join us at our newly-opened winery for live music, art and a glass of wine. Featuring new works in Encaustic, by Spokane artist, Susan Burns and live music by “CrushPad,” House Blend Acoustic Jam Band. 5-9pm

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE 1ST & HEMLOCK IN BROWNE’S ADDITION Featuring a magical selection of seasonal gifts – art, jewelry, books and artistically-inspired toys – in the MAC Store. Stop in for your final tour of SpoMA (Spokane Modern Architecture) before it closes on January 5!

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Dining by Design How one architecture and design firm is transforming the look of the Inland Northwest’s dining scene BY LISA WAANANEN


HDG co-owners Josh Hissong, left, and Armando Hurtado have designed several new Spokane restaurants. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO


he new studio is sexy. Sure, it’s a small building tucked between the vacant Ridpath and the vacant Blue Spark, but that makes it an ideal location for the bold vision of Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtado. “We make it good,” Hissong says. When the company moved in this summer, the facade was painted matte gray with the bold slogan “proof design is sexy.” Inside and upstairs, the studio is bright and airy with an elevated lounge area where clients often just come to hang out with their laptops. Out on the tiny roof deck, accessed through a glass door off the closet-like bathroom, a sign is hung strategically in view of the toilet: “DO EPIC SHIT.” The hip playfulness of the space initially disguises the fact that this is a serious office where serious work gets done, where 80-hour weeks are typical and discussions about ideas

can sound a lot like arguments. And they’ve been busy — in nearly three years since Hissong and Hurtado joined forces as HDG, they’ve transformed expectations about what restaurants in Spokane should be like. They’ve built, designed or renovated an impressive list of establishments that includes Revel 77, Sapphire Lounge, Fire Artisan Pizza locations in both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, Borracho Tacos & Tequileria, Volstead Act, Rusty Moose in Airway Heights and Top of India. Among those coming soon: the Boiler Room on the North Side (a ground-up construction), Crafted Taphouse in Coeur d’Alene (a renovation of an old muffler shop) and Nudo, their own Asian noodle shop project in the former downtown Spokane Berg’s Shoes location. Their diverse projects are modern but warm, characterized by openness, creative textures, unique fixtures and smooth transitions from indoors to outdoors. “A brand-new restaurant deserves and needs to have that eyecatching look that fits the ambience and the flavor of their food,” Hurtado says. Restaurants are by no means the only clients HDG takes on, but it’s how they got started and still accounts for more than half of what they do. That’s partially because the whole process for restaurants is complex and not every builder out there can do it. And it’s also because Hissong and Hurtado have the experience to do it very well. Suddenly, a man appears at the top of the stairs. “I’m opening a restaurant, and I’m trying to find a designer,” he says. “I think you walked into the right place,” Hurtado says.

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ooks are important — they’ll be the first to say it — but much of what HDG does is invisible to diners. It takes good design, good food and good service to make a successful restaurant, Hissong says, and he would know. He and his wife own two restaurants in Spokane — Wasabi Asian Bistro on the Northside and Ginger Asian Bistro on the South Hill — with plans to make it four with the addition of Nudo and a second Wasabi in the Tri-Cities. Hissong grew up in Post Falls, but spent his twenties managing restaurants in Los Angeles and worked as the lead designer for Spokane Restaurant Equipment after returning to the Northwest. As a restaurant owner, he knows exactly what can go wrong and what “pisses off the cook.” He knows how design details can improve service, and it’s that aspect that has ruined the dining experience for him at some restaurants HDG didn’t design. “I can see the functionality screwing up the servers’ night, and doing extra work that they shouldn’t have to do,” he says, “had the place been designed with function in mind and not just aesthetics.” HDG often ends up advising restaurant owners on everything from menus to staffing levels. A lot of clients don’t have giant budgets for graphic design, so HDG will help with that, too. In return, clients have to trust that Hissong and Hurtado know what they’re doing. They have to trust that HDG knows what they want better than they do. The client is not always right. “It’s our role to fight for what they hired us to do,” Hurtado says. “And we do fight,” Hissong says. They say Matt Goodwin, who owns the Volstead Act and the soon-to-open Boiler Room, is an ideal client — he’ll stop by the office without even asking how his projects are going. Goodwin says he knows what he’s good at, and he’s happy to leave what he’s not good at to them. “I just let them go,” he says. “They definitely have an edge to their work, and they see things differently than other architects and designers.” Their work has been described as very “not-Spokane,” which is really just a way to say that Spokane is changing. Looking out the windows from inside their studio, it feels like you could be in any city in the world. But Hissong and Hurtado see all of the Inland Northwest the way they see their studio, as a place where they can keep busy and make a statement. “Coming back from a visit at one point 12 years ago, I, for the first time, saw this area as something that not only was growing, but was gorgeous to begin with,” Hissong says. “We have so much here that we don’t have in other cities.” n

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ars of spices from all over the world speckle the wall with green, orange, bright red and pale colors. There are 120 spices and spice blends in the nautical-themed shop. Most are from the Middle East and Asia — spices like zahtar, besar, baharat and togarashi. Spice Traders Mercantile purchases its spices in small batches, so they don’t sit on the shelf for weeks or months, says Bill Coyle, who owns and runs the shop and the adjoining Plantland Nursery with his wife, Jan Love. (They refer to themselves as the Creator of Chaos and the Princess of Prosperity, respectively.) Being a specialty food shop, Spice Traders has more than just spices ($3/ounce on average). It stocks 80 kinds of loose-leaf tea, local honey from a farm down the street, craft beer in bottles, and wine from around the world not typically found in supermarkets. In the middle of the room, the numerous silver jugs of olive oil and balsamic vinegar make the shop a tasting room, too. The oils and vinegars drip out of the spigot like molasses, and a small paper cup can give you a taste of each of the 10 flavored first-cold-pressed extra-virgin ol-

ive oils and 28 kinds of balsamic vinegars (about $2/ounce). The vinegars, infused with natural flavoring with no sugar added, come in flavors like fig, strawberry, garlic-cilantro, chocolate and bergamot-lemon. “They pair extremely well with anything,” Coyle says. “It’s endless; I’m always experimenting and finding interesting things to do with [the balsamic vinegars].” Mixing balsamic vinegar with salad — what most people think to do — is way down on the list, he says. Coyle suggests using it to glaze meat, pour over ice cream or cheesecake, cover fresh-cut fruits, steam with vegetables, blend into sauces or soups, or even bake. Soon, you’ll be able to attend cooking classes at Spice Traders. The shop, which opened two years ago, is currently expanding its space to double the current size. They planning to bring in new products and hold events and classes in the additional space, which they hope to have ready by the new year, Coyle says. n Spice Traders Mercantile • 15614 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • Open Tue-Sat, 10 am-6 pm • • 315-4036

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Strength in Numbers Six of the city’s food trucks team up as part of First Friday BY MIKE BOOKEY


he food truck movement might have taken its sweet time to get to the streets of Spokane, but if you ask the chefs and business owners who run these mobile operations, they’ll tell you they’re here to stay. They’ve got each other’s backs, too. “It’s a unique business plan, but we need each other,” says Barbara Pagarigan, the owner of Bistro Box, which relocated from Seattle to Spokane this summer. She says that mobile food vendors need strength in numbers. “It’s been proven in other cities that the more trucks, and the more variety of trucks, the more it attracts people,” she says. On Friday night, six local food trucks — Bistro Box, Couple of Chefs Catering, The Jamaican Jerk Pan, Azar’s, King of Tacos and The Scoop — will set up shop in the pedestrian walkway on Wall Street, between Main and Riverside, for a food truck rally coinciding with the monthly First Friday art walk. The event, organized by the Downtown Spokane Partnership and the city of Spokane, also will feature live holiday music — and because it’s going to be cold, heat lamps. For DSP, the event

is not only a chance to showcase the city’s burgeoning food truck culture, but to bring people to a downtown spot that has been characterized as a nuisance. Andrew Rolwes, the DSP’s public policy and parking manager, says it’s also a pilot program to use the stretch of Wall Street for public events. During a trip to a conference in New York, Rolwes saw how integral food carts can be to the environment of a downtown area. Pagarigan says she’s been in contact with other truck owners who want to make this sort of rally commonplace — perhaps four times a year. She sees these plans, as well as the city’s cooperative attitude toward clarifying rules and regulations for these businesses, as a sign of things to come. “Based on the reception we’ve had since last summer, people in Spokane are ready for more great food from trucks,” says Pagarigan. 

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Bouzies Bread isn’t the only thing warm at Luna this holiday season.

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t’s been 20 years since Luna first opened its doors at the far end of the South Hill, thanks to the efforts of Marcia and William Bond, but the neighborhood fine dining establishment soldiers on. With the holidays here, Luna is busy as ever and just unveiled its holiday menu, featuring a filet mignon even Luna regulars won’t have tasted. While this is a popular spot for holiday parties, general manager Deb Haase says the restaurant never actually closes for these private


events. You can enjoy the holiday décor, along with a selection from the holiday menu and champagne by the glass, up until 9 pm on Christmas Eve. They’ll be closed on Christmas Day. Chef Zach Stone has been at the helm of the kitchen for about a year; he’s set to introduce a beef tartare, a meatier take on the already popular tuna tartare. Other than that, Luna is keeping with its successful formula. — MIKE BOOKEY


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ITALIAN FEDORA PUB 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208-765-8888 Fedora’s smoked-glass dividers and booths create a comfy, classy dining experience. The place sports 1920s gangster-shtick with servers garbed in black and — naturally — a fedora. This Italian restaurant serves authentic pasta dishes that will make your mouth water, and entrées like the prime rib that will have you craving more. Besides burgers and sandwiches, there are several “lighter side” meals, like sandwiches and salads, that are just as good as the more extravagant dishes.


ITALIA TRATTORIA 144 S. Cannon | 459-6000 Nestled into the heart of Browne’s Addition, Italia Trattoria is a homecooked hit from former Luna chef Anna Vogel. With a focus on natural and sustainable ingredients, the menu features handmade pastas, braised pork shoulder and seasonal vegetables spiced and grilled to perfection. No one is doing Italian quite like this.

LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 245 W. Main | 624-5226 Craving Italian? Voted Best Italian for more than 10 years by Inlander readers, Luigi’s serves traditional Italian favorites. Although it’s tempting to fill up on the hot sourdough bread and garlic butter, pace yourself. Minestrone soup is next (why have a salad when their homemade soup is this good?), followed by an entrée like veal piccata or chicken cacciatore. Need some gluten-free or carb-free options? No problem. MAMMA MIA’S 420 W. Francis | 467-7786 It’s all home-style southern Italian at this Northside dining room, with sauces, pastas and breads made from old-time family recipes. The menu has plenty of munchable appetizers to keep families happy, alongside traditional pastas (that you can now take home), pizzas and meat entrées (we love the garlic chicken). Mix and match any of their pastas and sauces for a new combination each time. They offer simple, hearty lunch options, too: Italian sub sandwiches, pizzas and calzones.

OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY 152 S. Monroe | 624-8916 Little ones will enjoy the kid-sized spaghetti and sauce at this familyfriendly Italian spot inside an old brick warehouse by the railroad tracks. They’ll also love the spumoni ice cream for dessert, but adults can take solace in the pasta with browned butter and grated myzithra cheese. Also, the surprisingly beautiful bar, which could be pretty cool if it weren’t, well, at the Spaghetti Factory. It was dead and closing when we arrived at 9 pm on a Friday, but the space itself was old-world chic, with a huge wood bar-back, plush booths, a backgammon tabletop and 10 or so inexpensive cocktails. n


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Tough Guy vs . Tough Guy settled, debt paid. That’s if Rodney will go through with taking the fall, improbable since he so enjoys beating the crap out of other people. There’s probably story enough there to easily fill the film’s two-hour running time. But the writers have other plans. They want to make things even more difficult for the nice people, send the problematic ones even deeper into crises, and turn the bad guys into absolute monsters. All of which could have worked, if not for some overkill in plotting. Drunk driving and a fatal car crash beget to play the ponies. When Russell spots Rodney, in broodsome prison time (the length of which is never revealed, ing mode, at an off-track betting locale, it’s quickly estabbut can sort of be followed by ever-changing beard lished that Rodney is a lost soul, and that he and Russell lengths). Post-prison predicaments lead up to a cliché share a relationship that is both tentative and close. about how people can never really change, a side story of But even before all of this familial business, the film lost love, and then to some dire situations that end up in presents its villain: the heartless, fearless, backstabbing and ensuing repercusviolence-prone and purely evil Harlan sions, along with a couple of brutal OUT OF THE FURNACE DeGroat (Woody Harrelson) who not deaths and unsurprisingly, planned Rated R only takes his girlfriend to the drive-in to retribution. Directed by Scott Cooper see Midnight Meat Train, he beats the hell The performances, notably those Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, out of her and the Samaritan who tries to of Bale, Affleck and Harrelson, hit Woody Harrelson help her. high marks, and the fight scenes’ choHarlan is a small-time but powerful reography make them frighteningly thug who runs illegal bare-knuckle street fights. So does realistic. But the movie’s heart has a sort of slow beat, the less powerful but sketchy John Petty (Willem Dafoe), and at times seems lost or just misplaced. We know who the “manager” who sets up fights for loose cannon to root for and who to wish dead, but things get dragged Rodney but owes Harlan a big chunk of change from out to the point of caring less about it all. And when the previous fights gone wrong. So maybe John can loan the abrupt ending comes swooping in, it leaves us wondering hot-headed Rodney to Harlan, have Harlan bet his wad what the heck the last few minutes were about, and what on the opponent, then have Rodney take a fall. Score the final stand-alone scene even means. 

Out of the Furnace offers amazing performances within a cumbersome story BY ED SYMKUS


f you’re going to aim for Shakespearian heights of characters and storytelling, you’d better deliver the goods. First-time scripter Brad Ingelsby, second-time writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and a castful of actors giving it their best try hard, but ultimately come up short in this grim, gritty tale of vengeance. Set in 2008, in a sad little Pennsylvania town where locals’ aspirations usually stop when they land a lifetime job at the mill, Out of the Furnace introduces two brothers with startlingly different temperaments. Russell (Christian Bale) dutifully if unhappily works at the mill, just like his father, now slowly dying of some mill-related sickness; he goes home each night to his loving girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana) and keeps a protective eye out for his troubled younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck). Rodney, a true piece of work, is recently back home from the war in Iraq, but it’s never made clear if it’s because he fulfilled his duty or he was asked to leave. What’s very clear is that he’s got problems with drinking and gambling, and that he keeps losing borrowed money




There is great beauty in The Great Beauty. You just have to know where to find it, in the hidden corners and secret rooms of Rome. That’s what once-successful novelist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) wants to do, while pondering where life has led him at age 65. He sees and feels emptiness where he craves that beauty. Director Paolo Sorrentino’s lavish love note to Rome guides Jep and all of us watching him, to a place, make that an attitude, where we’d all like to be. A lovely movie about life and death and pretty much everything in between. At Magic Lantern (ES) Unrated.


The classic coming-of-age story is once again revisited, this time by director Mike Newell, in his adaption of the famous Charles Dickens novel. Pip (Jeremy Irvine) is a “common” orphan and companion to rich girl Estella (Holliday Grainger). Encouraged by cruel mother Miss Havisham (Helena Bonham Carter) to fall in love with Estella, Pip finds himself in a situation that will inevitably end in heartbreak, until he is whisked off to London by a mysterious benefactor to be raised as a gentlemen. Unfortunately, Pip still longs for Estella, and he grows up with the intention of having her, although adulthood proves that yearning and reality are two very different things. (ER) PG-13



Opens Thursday, Dec. 12 Splitting up a novel into three movies might seem like a bad idea, but most audience members will be still trying to keep track of all the names in this fantasy flick based on the Tolkien classic. (Smaug? Biblo? Erebor? Come on, now.) This second chunk features the majority of the action as Biblo Baggins (Martin Freeman) journeys with Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 dwarves to save the dwarf kingdom of Erebor. Biblo has a magical ring, and we finally get to see our favorite Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) voice the dragon. (ER) PG-13


Can two brothers be any different? Good boy Russell (Christian Bale), resigned to working in a small-town mill, tries to keep a protective eye on his loose cannon younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) and Iraq war vet who would rather pummel opponents in bare-knuckle street fights to pay off his debts than get a job. Willem Dafoe plays a good-hearted bad guy, Woody Harrelson plays a purely evil one, everyone owes everyone else big money, brutal violence is an everyday thing, vengeance and/or revenge is on the minds of many. It’s a nasty little movie with fine acting and a lot of promise, but without the writing and directing expertise to pull it off. (ES) Rated R


Based on his autobiography, this film tells the story of Solomon Northup, the free man turned slave in pre-Civil War U.S. It’s a heart wrenchingly amazing story about a man conned into slavery despite being a free citizen and his desperate fight for freedom. Chitewel Ejiofor finally gets center stage, but the film also features an all-star cast including Brad Pitt and Paul Giamatti. Definitely a powerfully artsy take on an old subject. (KS) Rated R

return as Johnny Knoxville takes on 86-year-old Irving Zisman, while he and his grandson, Billy, played by Jackson Nicoll, travel across country. Apparently the fake old people doing bad things trope hasn’t been beaten to death with a stick just yet, as Zisman performs prank after obnoxious prank on unsuspecting victims, who can’t believe this “grandpa’s” behavior. (ER) Rated R


For those in need of a little Jesus at the multiplexes this holiday season, this film adaption of Langston Hughes’ stage production is here to please. Plus, getting to see Jennifer Hudson sing on the big screen again could be worth the price of admission. When a single-mother (Hudson) is laid off from her job, she sends her son (Jacob Latimore) to live with her estranged parents (Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker) in Harlem. Much singing and messy plot points lead up to a forgiveness-filled, feel-good finale. (LJ) Rated PG

Domhnall Gleeson knows how to be awkward, because he already looks the part. Then you add Rachel McAdams and have a dramatic romance. The story follows 21-year-old Tim who finds out he’s inherited his family’s curse: the ability to time travel. Turns out, it’s a great way to get a girlfriend. (KS) Rated R


We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eightday fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor’s magnificently primal All Is Lost. After all, how in the world are we supposed to sympathize with our soggy protagonist if we don’t know details about a rift with his daughter, or a childhood trauma he needs to overcome, or even why he’s sailing alone in the middle of nowhere? At Magic Lantern (SR) Rated PG-13


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When the Markus Zusak bestseller The Book Thief came on the scene in 2005, it was only a matter of time before a movie studio gobbled it up. Told from the perspective of the young girl Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) who goes to live with a foster family during WWII (Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush), the film depicts one family’s fight to stand up against the Nazis. (LJ) Rated PG-13 ...continued on next page

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The true story of the Vermont cargo ship captain who delivers food and water to Africa, and whose ship is hijacked by Somali pirates is both a nail-biter and a fascinating character study, mostly centering on the relationship between the cool, calm captain (Tom Hanks) and the determined but unsure pirate leader Muse (newcomer Barkhad Abdi). The adventure parts are thrilling, the attack and takeover is unnerving, the lifeboat sequences are claustrophobic. (ES) Rated PG-13


It’s 1985, and Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), an occasional bull-rider and full time electrician, lives his life between the sheets of stranger’s beds on a noxious combination of alcohol and cocaine, sheltered in a haze of his own homophobic, red-neck stereotype. When he’s diagnosed with HIV Woodroof decides to live anyway. Across the border, he discovers drugs that could prolong lives of HIV victims but that are not FDA approved. Smuggling them across the border, and teaming up with transvestite Rayon (Jared Leto,) the two work to sell drugs to a community that is quickly dying off. (ER) Rated R


Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) stars in and makes his writing-directing feature debut as Jon, a nightclub hopper who likes and regularly scores with the ladies, but gets more satisfaction watching porn at home on his laptop. There aren’t too many sex-porn-addiction comedies out there, but this one kind of shines. (ES) Rated R


Decades after Earth repelled an invasion by insect-like aliens who killed tens of millions of humans, the planet is preparing for another invasion by the “Formics” that may or may not come by training all kids in tactics and strategy. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is plucked from his regular school to attend the orbiting Battle School, because Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and Major Anderson (Viola Davis) think he could be the legendary-scale genius they’re looking for. (MJ) PG-13


Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a divorcee, is facing the possibility of an empty nest, as her daughter goes off to college. As she bonds with similarly situated Albert (James Gandolfini) and the two click, it seems like the perfect romance. Eva also befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), whose only flaw is her tendency to rag on and on about her ex-husband. (ER) Rated R


As Thanksgiving approaches, so does, apparently, the turkey buddy films. When two turkeys from opposite sides of the track team up to stop the Thanksgiving slaughter, they travel back in time to the very first Thanksgiving to take turkey off the menu, permanently. What ensues is a bunch of silliness and a lot of turkey jokes, just in time for the holiday season (ER) Rated PG


Frozen is a princess story; Disney is doubling down on the princesses — there’s two of

’em here. But Disney is also doubling down on the hints of nascent feminism Brave hinted at, the sort of bare-bones feminism which accepts that girls and women might possibly want more out of life than to get married. The princesses are sisters — the elder Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel) and the younger Anna (the voice of Kristen Bell) — and this is mostly the story of their troubled relationship because Elsa is known to turn things into ice with her magical powers. (MJ) Rated PG


Astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) perform extra-vehicular repairs on the Hubble space telescope and then all hell breaks loose when pieces of a destroyed satellite come their way. Thus begins a series of domino effect crises: Will they have enough air and/ or jetpack life to make it to the station alive? Director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) uses crazy effects that dazzle, while also sometimes distracting from the story. (SR) Rated PG-13


This is a wildly ridiculous action flick in which Jason Statham plays a former DEA agent now living in Louisiana with his preteen daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic). After being burned on an undercover drugs op in New Orleans, Broker’s now just lying low, hanging out, not looking for any trouble. But then trouble comes his way when his daughter gets in a fight at school, enraging a local redneck (Kate Bosworth) and her brother (James Franco). (MJ) Rated R


This film takes a look at the ever widening economic gap, following former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he attempts to shed light on the shrinking middle class. The 2007 Occupy Wall Street brought attention to the economic disparity that has emerged in American society today, but Reich takes it further, tracing the very origins of the gap, and discusses what can be done to improve an economy where the majority of the wealth is held in the hands of a very few. At Magic Lantern. (ER) Rated PG


If you needed evidence that Daniel Radcliffe could survive a decade as Harry Potter should really check the actor as legendary

poet Allen Ginsberg in this film about the early days of the beat movement. Here, we see Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs brought together by the murder of David Kammerer by a mutual friend. It’s a seminal moment in American literature, but one most people haven’t heard of. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated R


When Billy decides to finally tie the knot to a much younger woman, he calls out his senior friends for one last hurrah, which of course means a bachelor party in Las Vegas. This flick covers age by laughing at it. Features an all-star cast of actors including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. (ER) Rated PG-13


Philomena Lee, an elderly British woman, confides in her daughter that she gave birth to a son in Ireland 50 years earlier. Unwed at the time, she was forced to give him up for adoption. Martin, a former government adviser and journalist out of a job, is looking for a story idea to bring to his editor. At a party, he hears of Philomena. Together, he and Philomena investigate the life of her lost son and find themselves exploring America looking for answers. (KS) Rated R


After the events of The Avengers, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) battles and brings peace to the ethereal nine realms. Back on Earth, his love, astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), waits and continues to research with her quip-happy assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings). Unfortunately, the nine realms are coming into alignment for the first time in millennia, causing invisible interdimensional portals to appear, threatening to destroy the universe. (SS) Rated PG-13


Directed and written by Haifaa Al-Mansour, the first ever Saudi Arabian female filmmaker, this film gives us the life of rebellious Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) who discovers a bicycle in a store that she must have. Her mother, preoccupied with the fact that her husband may take on a second wife, dismisses the notion. Precocious Wadjda refuses to give up, though, and begins to earn money using her wits and entrepreneurship skills. At Magic Lantern. (ER) Rated PG 





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“Neighbors never tell us we’re getting too loud,” says drummer Jason Oliveira with a laugh. Their rock is not blaringly loud, but it doesn’t whisper either. Rather, their sound encircles the listener with constant vocal harmonies and multilayered sustainment. “We may be the perfect band for introverts,” offers guitarist Chris Lowe, Oliveira’s older brother. “Your music will be divisive if you’re passionate about it,” Oliveira says. “It’s OK if some people think we’re boring and others think we’re completely interesting.” That’s why the group didn’t know how their set would go off at October’s Terrain. Not on the original bill to perform, they stepped in when another band had to cancel. “We’re still not sure how we got invited to that,” says lead singer/guitarist Daniel Botkin. “There were all these psychedelic and electronic bands that went before us, so we didn’t know how the audience would take us.” But once they hit the stage and Botkin’s smooth, unaffected tenor flowed through his microphone, the milling crowds took notice of what was happening at the front of the building. “That was a fun night,” Botkin says. They’re readying for the release of

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their first album in two years, Running South, recorded in this very basement, which belongs to Oliveira and Lowe’s parents. But the idea for the album was conceived in another basement. After a string of shows had been canceled in the winter of 2011, the band found themselves stuck at a friend’s house in Wyoming surrounded by their instruments. “It was this low point for us,” Botkin recalls. “We had time to kill, and for some reason the songs just started flowing.” “There’s not a strict structure for the way we write,” explains keyboardist Jarin Bressler, the newest member of the group. “We do a lot of jamming.” Botkin, who writes the lyrics, likes to stay up late guzzling coffee; that’s when his mind works best. His words come out as extremely introspective, as if he’s endured much. “I’ve been through things, but I’ve been very lucky in my life,” Botkin explains. “I look back and realize things could have ended up different.” Listening to the album, it’s obvious it was made in winter. There’s a warmth and an iciness to it; alt-rock influences from Fleet Foxes and the National are there, too. According to Botkin, the themes touch on growing up, seasons changing, moving on. Jesus is also part of the subject matter. The

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band members attend the same church, but they’re quick to clarify they wouldn’t label their music as Christian. “I think music is naturally a spiritual experience,” Botkin says. “I don’t think there should be a separation, as it is something we’re passionate about in our lives.” “And that’s why they met on eHarmony,” Oliveira jokes. The original three members, Botkin, Oliveira and Lowe, became familiar with one another through a local open mic night. AJ Stevens was added on bass shortly after, especially after his skills as a sound technician became obvious. They met Bressler through church. The process has been a three-year journey. This night, their brand of indie rock is ricocheting off the basement’s walls. On one side of the room, stage lights are flashing on and off, cultivating a glowing ambiance. The sound hangs heavily in the air until they’ve finished the song. The guys all breathe deeply and start to talk. Their friend with the juice box claps. “Should we do that one again?” Botwin asks.  Runaway Symphony and more • Sat, Dec. 7, at 10 pm • Garland Theater • 924 W. Garland • 327-1050

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ne sultry Florida evening in 1993, a “badass guitar player,” adding to the incredible lanky, freckled-faced 14-year-old boy, level of talent in his band, whom Trucks considblond hair stuffed under an Atlanta ers family. Braves cap, cherry-red Gibson SG slung low For Trucks, staying grounded means living over a man-size T-shirt, pitted his slide against at the couple’s Jacksonville, Fla., home studio, high-voltage blues veteran Tinsley Ellis. While christened “Swamp Raga.” It’s where he recorded Ellis’ unruly curls soaked his head, the kid didn’t the Grammy Award-winning album Revelator with break a sweat. No histrionics, just unnerving the band. focus and eerie precision. Practically Zen. As far as how the decades of touring, recordFlorida native Derek Trucks picked up his ing and high-caliber collaborations — along with first guitar at 9. By 14 he was homeschooled on being ranked 16th on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest the road, sitting in for Duane Allman in his uncle Guitarists list — has affected him, he says he’s Butch Trucks’ band, the Allman Brothers. At that flattered to be in the conversation but believes point, it wasn’t clear if a boy so young would it’s a dangerous road. This enduring, humble survive the rigors of a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. style rings true when he plays with guitarists like Fast-forward 20 years. Despite touring eight Eric Clapton, saying there’s always something to months a year, Trucks says this is still where he learn. wants to be. “[Don’t] force your will on it, but “When it becomes work let it come to you … let the space it’s because of outside forces, or breathe, let the music lead. It’s really Visit for complete important to have that musical diasomebody is in it for the wrong listings of local events. reasons,” says Trucks, now 34. logue,” Trucks explains. “You got to be able to shed your His closing advice? skin and keep the inspiration in front of you, “If music becomes ‘unfun’ then there is somekeep that flame lit.” thing not right,” Trucks says. “[Look at] the AllThe flame is his 11-piece the Tedeschi Trucks man Brothers or BB King. You can see their joy Band, fronted by rootsy vocalist Susan Tedeschi, at playing music at every age. That’s what keeps who is also his wife. After 10 years of marriage you going and why you should be doing it.”  and two kids, he attributes much of his success to their “bedrock of musical appreciation” and Tedeschi Trucks Band with the London Souls the fact that “the stage forces you to confront • Wed, Dec. 11, at 7:30 pm • Martin Woldson things and keep the communication line open.” Theatre at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • $29.50 It doesn’t hurt that Tedeschi happens to be a and up • • 624-1200





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t’s weird how sometimes you think something is going to totally suck, but then it’s awesome. Like maple bars with bacon on them? I haven’t eaten one, but that seems to be a thing. Pizza and beer. Marijuana and Led Zeppelin. But classic rock songs and mariachi music? That sounds f---ing awful, right? But remember, awful things can be really funny too, and that’s what Metalachi is, mostly. The band mashes mariachi and metal together to perform covers of irrefutably perfect songs like Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills,” Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and, perhaps the most holy of classic metal songs, Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark.” You’ve got to hand it to them: it might be kind of irritating to listen to for very long, but it’s pretty hilarious. — LEAH SOTTILE Metalachi with Milonga • Thu, Dec. 12, at 8 pm • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • $12 • Allages • • 244-3279



irst it was Alaska. Then members of Historian recently moved east to try out the Rapid City, S.D., music scene. It’s closer to major cities than their old home, they say. The four-piece met in Alaska and formed their indie rock act three and a half years ago. This is the first time the band will hit the road on a Northwest tour, stopping at Mootsy’s on Friday to promote their seven-track summer release Romance. Check out their set and let their sultry, harmonious sounds wash over you. — LAURA JOHNSON Historian with Terrible Buttons, Jail Weddings • Fri, Dec. 6, at 9 pm • Mootsy’s • 406 W. Sprague • $6 • 21+ • 838-1570

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J THE HOP!, Bam Margera as F@$kface Unstoppable, Kissing Candice, Wilson, Cold Blooded, Raised By Wolves, Measures IRON HORSE BAR, The Cronkites IRV’S, DJ Prophesy JOHN’S ALLEY, Chaka Conklin JONES RADIATOR, Ugly Sweater Party feat. DJ Lydell LA ROSA CLUB, Cedar and Boyer LAGUNA CAFÉ, MoonGlow LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Truck Mills LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, Likes Girls J MOOTSY’S, Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil, Spirit Animals, Ian L. Miles


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Wednesday, 12/11

BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn THE CELLAR, Ron Criscione J CHAPS, Land of Voices with Dirk Swartz EICHARDT’S, Charley Packard FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Kicho J MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX (624-1200), Tedeschi Trucks Band (see story on page 57) J THE HOP!, Nockturnal Bass with DJ Sonic Tsunami IRV’S, DJ Prophesy LA ROSA CLUB, Jazz Jam with the Bob Beadling Group MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR, Evan Denlinger J THE PHAT HOUSE, Be Open Mic with Mike Bethely RICO’S, WSU School of Music Jazz Band SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Open mic SUKI YAKI INN, One Man Train Wreck THE VAULT, DJs Freaky Fred and MC Squared J ZOLA, Lavoy, The Bucket List

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story on facing page), Dec. 12 NYNE, Eric Himan, Dec. 12 JOHN’S ALLEY, Lorin Walker Madsen, Dec. 12 J THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Holiday Round feat. Liz Rognes, Mama Doll, Hannah Reader, Tyler Aker, Dec. 13 J KNITTING FACTORY, Will Hoge, Red Wanting Blue, Dec. 13 CARR’S CORNER, 2PIECE, Roulette Delgato, Cordell Drake, Jay Cope, Dec. 13 MOOTSY’S, Marshall McLean Band, The Holy Broke, Kori Eagle, Dec. 13 JOHN’S ALLEY, Scott Pemberton Band, Dec. 13-14 JONES RADIATOR, Oooooob and Zerox Machine, Dec. 13 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, The Holy Broke, Teen Blonde, Olivia White, Dec. 14 J REVEL 77, Gardening Angel, Lauren Haas, Naomi Dull, Dec. 14 J BING CROSBY THEATER, The Shook Twins with Morning Ritual, Dec. 14 CARR’S CORNER, KeyBoy, Grade Aye, ThizzLatin Yakima, Jay Cope, Lei Majors, EpiK, Royal Flush, Dec. 14 J KNITTING FACTORY, Blistered Earth with Helldorado, In Denial, Dec. 14 JOHN’S ALLEY, Andy Frasco & the UN, Dec. 16-17 THE CELLAR, Donny Emerson, Dec. 21 CARR’S CORNER, “A Very Merry Christmas Acoustic Tour” feat. Best of Friends, Josh Withenshaw, Dylan Jakobsen, Dec. 20

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Pounding chords and glissandos resonate from the piano, the guitar pickin’ roars through and the bass line won’t quit. That’s what happened when the four rock/country legends Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis got together one fateful day at Sun Studios in Memphis for an impromptu jam session. In 2010, the legendary story was condensed into an hour-and-40-minute jukebox musical (expect favorites like “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and more) with no intermission called Million Dollar Quartet. The show is hitting Spokane for the first time, running from next Thursday through the weekend. — LAURA JOHNSON Million Dollar Quartet • Dec 12-15, times vary • $32.50$72.50 • INB Performing Arts Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. •


This year, Lake City Playhouse’s annual holiday production takes a more cynical look at the Christmas season. Though they may seem full of cheer, the elves who spread joy at a Macy’s department store Santa’s Workshop don’t exactly have a sweet gig, as they combat both screaming children and nutso parents during the chaotic holiday rush. Based on a short story by beloved humorist David Sedaris — who used his own stint as a Macy’s elf for inspiration — SantaLand pokes fun at the stressful holiday time, all through the eyes of a man in green tights. — EMERA L. RILEY The SantaLand Diaries • Dec. 6-22, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $11-$17 • Lake City Playhouse • 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene • • 208-667-1323



’Tis the season for some groovin’ holiday music. And for all the cool Christmas cats out there, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra has just the right sounds to swing you into the holidays. Last year’s performance of Glenn Miller’s Nutcracker Suite was so successful that the SJO’s bringing it back, along with a selection of other big-band holiday hits. Guest artists include Spokane’s own Jazz Tones vocal group, along with local singers Nicole Lewis and John Brownell. It will be a cozy good time digging the grooves they’re laying out. — KATELYN SMITH Spokane Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Christmas • Sat, Dec. 7 at 8 pm • $20-$26 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638


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Whether it’s a family holiday tradition or not, attending The Nutcracker is one of the quintessential Christmastime experiences all children should get to enjoy at least once. I was 10 when I first saw the famous ballet. Many years later as an adult, seeing the dancers wordlessly tell the story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince was just as magical as I’d remembered. Based on a 197-year-old story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker’s score was written by famed Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, though it didn’t gain popularity stateside until the late 1960s. Our own Spokane Symphony, under the direction of Morihiko Nakahara, performs Tchaikovsky’s exquisite score, while dancers from California’s State Street Ballet play the major roles, joined on stage by 75 local dancers. — CHEY SCOTT The Nutcracker • Dec. 5-8, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm • $10-$72 • Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • spokanesymphony. org • 624-1200 / 509-328 -1552

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L ihas E lived dO w n .her entire Elnora describes herself as a people person who in Spokane life. Over 60 of those years were spent with her high school sweetheart whom she lost six years ago. It was during his illness that Elnora first began to rely on STA’s Paratransit service.

Now at 87, Elnora rides Paratransit to the Spokane Eye Clinic nearly every week. She also frequently joins a group of seniors who meet for ballroom dancing. “I may not be able to see well,” she says. “But I do love to dance.”

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CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE 18 holiday trees are displayed and available to win as part of a fundraiser raffle benefiting the Spokane Symphony. Trees are located on the mezzanine of the Davenport (Through Dec. 14 from 10 am-9 pm) and on the 2nd floor of River Park Square (Through Dec. 15, from 10 am-mall closing). Free to view, $1/raffle ticket. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. HOLIDAY PAWTINI PARTY Holiday party hosted by the Spokane Humane Society and the Diva Dog Pet Boutique, featuring adoptable pets, a canine fashion show, pet photos with Santa and more. Dec. 5, 6-9 pm. $5-$10. Comfort Inn University District, 923 E. Third Ave. (535-9000) CRAB FEED & AUCTION Crab feed dinner and auction benefiting local children’s organizations including the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Support Care and Networking (SCAN) and the Children’s Home Society of Washington. Dec. 7 at 4:30 pm. $65. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (279-7000) THE JACC’S SOIREE FUNDRAISER “The Sky’s the Limit” is the theme of this year’s annual soiree fundraiser, featuring dinner, live entertainment and more. Dec. 7, 5:30 pm. $125. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. , Post Falls. (208457-8950) SHARING OUR WORLD Fundraiser auction benefiting Refugee Connections Spokane featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres, and live and silent auctions. Reservations requested. Dec. 7, 5-7:30 pm. $15. Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. refugeeconnectionsspokane. org (808-2130) GINGERBREAD BUILD-OFF The annual fundraiser features elaborate gingerbread houses decorated by local culinary teams with the public voting for their favorites. Kids can also make their own gingerbread houses at a hands-on event. Dec. 15, 10 am. $1-$7. (325-4343) SPOKANE TRIBAL COLLEGE DINNER & ART AUCTION Second annual event with proceeds supporting educational programs and student benefits. Dec. 15, 6 pm. $30-$50. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. thelincolncenterspokane. com (218-7278)


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CATCHING FIRE COMPETITION A Hunger Games-inspired party with competitions and more. Grades 6 and up. Dec. 5, 4 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. (893-8350) COMMUNITY DANCE Learn folk dancing including line and square and other styles. Eight-week session starts Dec. 5 from 7-9 pm. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. (979-2607) HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE Gift drive for new or gently used board games and arts & crafts supplies, to benefit families served by rural DCFS offices in the Spokane area. Drop off unwrapped gifts Mon-Fri from 8 am-5 pm through Dec. 10. Empowering, Inc. Services, 1025 W. Indiana Ave. (624-7104) JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE 40-minute family lake cruises with a visit to Santa, during which he reads children’s names from the “nice list.” Cruises depart daily at 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm through Jan. 1. $5/ children 6-12, kids under 5/free, adults/$20, seniors/$19. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. 2nd Ave. (208-664-7268) CDA RESORT HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW The 27th annual holiday lights display features more than 1.5 million lights, and is the largest on-water display of its kind in the U.S. Through Jan. 1, 2014. CdA Resort, 115 S. 2nd. (208-765-4000) DASHING THROUGH DOWNTOWN Enjoy downtown Spokane by horse and carriage, sponsored by STCU. Through Dec. 24, Fri from 3-8 pm, Sat-Sun from noon-5 pm, and Monday, Dec. 24, from noon-3 pm. Free Corner of N. Wall St. and W. Main Ave, downtown Spokane. SANTA EXPRESS The annual kids’ gift store benefits the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and features allowance-friendly items for children to purchase gift items for friends and family. Through Dec. 23, Mon-Sat from 10 am-8 pm, Sun from 11 am-6 pm. Crescent Court Bldg., Skywalk level. Crescent Court, 707 W. Main Ave. THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE Community dances featuring live music by local bands. Thursdays, 7:30-9:45 pm. $5.50. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) TREE OF SHARING Community members can pick up a tag noting gift items requested by local charities serving those in need. Gift items must be re-

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DIY HOLIDAY GIFTS & GOODIES Workshop on making holiday gifts at home, including trail mix, tea blends, perfume, massage oils and more. Dec. 6, 3:30-6 pm. $10, reservations required. Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., CdA. (208-676-9730) FALL CRAFT FAIR Featuring handmade items by Providence staff, employees and friends. Dec. 6, 8 am-4 pm. Providence Holy Family, 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. (482-0111) VINTAGE VIXENS HOLIDAY SHOW Local vendor gift fair featuring antique, retro and primitive items, paper crafts and more. Dec. 6-7 at 10 am each day. Free admission. Riverwalk Plaza, 1003 E. Trent Ave. DECK THE FALLS Annual holiday gift and craft sale featuring work by local and regional artists. Dec. 7, 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls. (509-446-4108) HANDMADE PARADE SPOKANE Fifth annual holiday arts and crafts fair featuring work of 40+ local artisans. Held at a private residence at 2318 S. Magnolia Ct. Dec. 7, 9 am. Free admission. (533-2750) SCC FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW Local artisans and crafters offering food, artwork and more. Dec. 7, 9 am-6 pm. Free admission. SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-7000) FAIR TRADE FESTIVAL Handmade artisan items and more for sale. Dec. 8, 8 am. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 521 Lakeside Ave. (208-667-8446)


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GLUTEN-FREE HOLIDAY DELIGHTS Cooking class on gluten-free holiday treats and side dishes, including samples, recipes and more. Dec. 5, 6:30-8 pm. Free, reservations required. Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth St. (208-676-9730) TASTEFUL THURSDAYS Live music and product samples every Thursday from 5-7 pm through Dec. 19, featuring local food vendors and musicians. Free. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. 5th St. (208-882-8537) CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON “Peace on Earth” holiday luncheon fundraiser featuring live holiday entertainment and more. Dec. 6, 11 am. $15-$18. Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (327-1584) DAVENPORT HOTEL HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Enjoy a lunch in the hotel, elborately decorated for the holiday season. Dec. 6, 11:30 am-1 pm. $25. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. (789-6819) GLOBAL BUBBLY Sparkling wine tasting class, featuring nine wines from around the world. Dec. 6, 7 pm. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) NO-LI BREWHOUSE TOURS See what goes on behind the scenes and how No-Li’s beer is made. Fri at 5 om and 6 pm; Sat at 3 pm and 4 pm. Free. No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave. (242-2739) CHEESE EXTRAVAGANZA Sample cheeses from around the world and local producers, and discover new wine and cheese pairings. Dec. 7, 9 am-3 pm. Free. Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. (624-1349) REPEAL DAY The third annual celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, hosted by the Garland Theater and Bon Bon, featuring liquor tastings, local art, a burlesque performance by The Vaude Villians and live music by


BIAS and Runaway Symphony. Ages 21+. Dec. 7 at 9 pm. $10. Bon Bon, 926 W. Garland Ave. (413-1745) SMALL VINEYARDS OF SPAIN Wine tasting class featuring direct import Spanish wines. Classes are now being offered both Fri and Sat, at 7 pm. Dec. 13 and 14. $20, reservations required. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (343-2253) PORT WINE & CHOCOLATE TASTING Sample several decadent Port Wines paired with chocolate. Dec. 14, 1 pm. $10. Spice Traders Mercantile, 15614 E. Sprague. (315-4036)

MUSIC EWU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Also features the EWU Wind Ensemble. Held in the Showalter Hall Auditorium. Dec. 5, 5 pm. $3-$5. EWU, 526 Fifth St., Cheney. THE JUBILEE CHRISTMAS TOUR Southern-style gospel Christmas concert featuring The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five. Dec. 5, 7 pm. Lake City Community Church, 6000 N. Ramsey Rd. (208-676-0632) A CELTIC CHRISTMAS Holidaythemed dinner theater concert. Dec. 6-7, 10, 12 and 13-14, dinner at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. $10-$25. Circle Moon Theater, Hwy 211 off Hwy 2, Newport. (208-448-1294) COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY “Christmas at the Kroc” concert. Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm. $8-$20. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-765-3833) CRACKED PEPPER Pepper, an awardwinning barbershop quartet, presents its 6th annual Christmas show. Dec. 6, 7:30 pm and Dec. 7, 3 pm. $5-$25. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. (953-1231) GONZAGA FLUTE STUDIO RECITAL Under the direction of Sheri Jacobson, flute students perform Bach, Hindemith and more. Dec. 6, 4 pm. Free. Gonzaga, 502 E. Boone. (313-6733) THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO “Cool Yule” gypsy-jazz concert. Dec. 6, 7:30 pm. $10-$20. Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall, Washington State University, Pullman. (335-8522) ANNUNCIATA E MYSTERIUM Spokane Choral Artists’ holiday program featuring music composed for a chamber choir, including works by Poulenc, Gabrielli, Biebl, Lauridsen and more. Dec. 7, 7:30 pm. $12-$18. Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. (251-6296) BACH FESTIVAL WINTER CLASSICS Concert featuring music by Bach, Britten, Chopin, Debussy and Franck, with Zuill Bailey on cello and Natasha Paremski on piano. Dec. 7, 3 pm. $15-$30. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. (465-3591) DE COLORES HANDBELL CHOIR Concert by the Spokane-based handbell choir. Dec. 7, 6 pm. Free, donations accepted. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls. PAUL ABNER GUITAR SERIES Concerts every Saturday by the local soloist. Saturdays at 2 pm. Free. Rocket Bakery, 157 S. Howard St. (838-3887) SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA The orchestra performs its annual holidaythemed concert, “A Big Band Christmas” featuring guest vocalists Nicole


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SHREK THE MUSICAL Musical adaptation of the Dreamworks animated film. Dec. 5-14, Thurs-Sat at 7 pm, and Dec. 1214 at 2 pm and 7 pm. $15. University High School, 12320 E. 32nd Ave. (228-5293) STAGE II SHORTS Performance of shortstudent-written plays. Dec. 5, 7 pm. Whitworth Cowles Auditorium, 300 W. Hawthorne Ave. (777-3707) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Musical performed by the Lewis & Clark High School Drama Dept. Dec. 5-14, ThursSat at 7 pm. $10. Lewis and Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave. tigerdrama. com (354-7000) A CHRISTMAS CAROL Performed by StageWest Community Theatre in the style of a live radio broadcast. Dec. 6-15, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Dec. 8 at 3 pm, holiday dinner theater ($25) on Dec. 14 at 6 pm. $10-$12. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., Cheney. (235-2441) THE CHRISTMAS TOY SHOP Holidaythemed play. Through Dec. 15, show times vary. $10-$12. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia. (325-4886) A DICKENS OF A DINNER Originallyadapted production of “A Christmas Carol” with a Victorian-style dinner. Dec. 6-7, 13-14 at 6 pm. Reservations encouraged as seating is limited. $40-$45. The Lion’s Share, 1627 N. Atlantic St. (327-1113) THE SANTALAND DIARIES Holidaythemed, one-man comedy show, written by David Sedaris. Dec. 6-22, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $11-$17. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. (208667-1323)

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Although I regularly tell my boyfriend how much I appreciate him, he repeatedly reminds me of how well he treats me, often saying “You sure have a great boyfriend” or “Your boyfriend’s so good to you” — even when I’ve just done something super-nice for him! I’m not sure why he does this, but he often tells me he’s “very confident,” which screams insecurity to me. He also loves telling stories about people complimenting him and every day tells me about someone’s seeing him and saying, “Hi, Chris.” —Annoyed Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish for compliments and you annoy the crap out of everyone who knows or encounters him. Of course, if your boyfriend didn’t feel like a skin tag among men, he wouldn’t be marching around putting out mini-manifestos on his greatness. You can probably get him to cut back on the incessant self-congratulation simply by telling him it grates on you and makes you feel unappreciated. (A woman likes a man who’s quick with a compliment, but especially when at least a few of the compliments are for her.) The question is, do you even know the man you’re with? Chances are, he hides his real feelings out of fear that you’ll leave him if you get a glimpse of what he probably sees as his shamefully loserish true self. Unfortunately, somebody chasing inner security all around town is never going to find it, and if your boyfriend’s happy in your relationship, he’s unlikely to feel motivated to get into the grubby business of digging inward. Relationships involve tradeoffs, and maybe being with him is worth it to you. But you may ultimately find it too hard to respect a guy who does stuff like bragging when people say, “Hi, Chris.” Yes, it’s the highest achievement of the human spirit: “Wow, people know me, and they don’t shun me!” n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (




AUTHOR KAREN SPEARS ZACHARIAS Reading and signing of the novel “Mother of Rain.” Dec. 5, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) AUTHOR PAULA MARIE COOMER The Clarkston, Wash.-based writer and cook will sample dessert recipes from her new cookbook “Blue Moon Vegetarian.” Also featuring music by the Palouse Choral Society. Dec. 5, 5-8 pm. Free. BookPeople, 521 S. Main, Moscow. (208-882-2669) JESS STEVEN HUGHES Book signing by the author of “The Sign of the Eagle.” Dec. 6, 3-8 pm. Free. Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave. (327-6008) THREE MINUTE MIC Open mic poetry night hosted by Spokane Poetry Slam’s Isaac Grambo and featuring Spokane Poet Laureate Thom Caraway. Dec. 6, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR DEBY FREDERICKS Signing and reading of the sci-fi novel “Seven Exalted Orders.” Dec. 7, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR MICHAEL B. KOEP Reading and signing of the author’s new novel “The Invasion of Heaven.” Dec. 7, 2 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) THE TELLING OF WINTER TALES A literary reading featuring Jonathan Johnson and Shawn Vestal. Dec. 7, 3 pm. Free. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. (208-255-4410) JOHN STOCKTON AUTOBIOGRAPHY SIGNING The former Utah Jazz player and Gonzaga alum will sign copies of

his autobiography, “Assisted.” Dec. 8, noon. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR MATTHEW GONDER The author signs copies of his two memoirs, “Christmas On The Move Out West” and the sequel “Music On The Move Out West.” Dec. 10, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) CHARLES LIGHTWALKER & PAT DOUGHERTY Signing and discussion of the authors’ book “Quantum Healing: The Synergy of Chiropractic & Reiki.” Dec. 11, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) AUTHOR KEVIN DECKER Reading, discussion and book signing of the author’s book “Who is Who?” a philosophical look into the TV show “Doctor Who.” Dec. 12, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206)


ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS Lessons for beginning to advanced dancers. Thursdays, 7-9 pm. $5. Women’s Club, 1428 W. 9th Ave. (534-4617) T.W.I.N.E. Teen Writers of the Inland Empire meets on the first Thursday of the month at 4 pm (except holidays) to write and share their work. For grades 6+. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. teenwritersoftheinlandempire. (893-8400) HOLIDAY VINTAGE FASHION TEA Holiday-themed tea event featuring a live fashion show of 100 years of Spokane’s vintage fashion history. Dec. 7, 1 pm. $20. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. 9th Ave. (466-6677)

WEST COAST SWING LESSONS Workshop teaching basic to advanced moves and techniques. $45 for full day workshop, $12 for individual classes and $8 for dance following the workshop’s conclusion. Dec. 7, 12:30-5 pm. German American Hall, 25 West Third Ave. (509-747-0004) INLAND NW FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY The secular social group meets on the second Sunday (Dec. 8) of the month at 2 pm. Free. Shari’s, 240 N. Sullivan Rd. (216-4788) ARGENTINE TANGO LESSONS No experience or partner necessary. Mondays, 7-9 pm. $5-$10. Spokane Tango, 2117 E. 37th. (6884587) CAPTURING FAMILY STORIES A workshop as part of the StoryCatcher oral history project. Dec. 9 and 11 from 6-8 pm. Free, seating is limited. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2380) FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY INFO SESSION Students interested in attending the NIC Firefighter 1 Academy are invited to learn more about the program and its requirements. At the Coeur d’Alene Firestation No. 2, 3850 N. Ramsey Rd. Dec. 11, 6-7 pm. Free. nic. edu/firefighter (208-769-7732) n


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Wallace Super Stop You saw me, I saw you (Wallace,Idaho) It was in the early morning of October 26th, 2013 at the Wallace Super Stop (Conoco) gas station in Wallace, You were filling up your Green Subaru wagon on the otherside of me, I was in a Silver Toyota Tacoma 4X4 with elk decals on the sides, You started talking to me if I hunted and then stepped to my side of the pumps as we spoke about hunting and you said no but I did, I asked if you liked the wild taste of game and really can’t remember what you said because I was overwelmed by your looks, You spent the night in Wallace and I asked if you’ve been up Moon Pass, You said yes. You were wearing a white skirt, nice boots and a dark jacket.. I was wearing a blue Navy camo ballcap, brown and gray camo vest.. I hope this was faith and by me waiting so long to get back to you, I’m sorry.. Not knowing how to reach out to you my daughter suggested the (Inlander) and just hope you are searching for me and read this.. I sorry I didn’t react to you that day, I’ve been out of the dating thing for awhile and maybe next time hit me with a bat..The last thing you talked about was your grandkids, I said you were to young to have grandkids and you said you know how to make a girl feel good.. My email is ( If that day was faith I hope it works again.. We’re both from Spokane, By the way that White skirt is what caught my eye.. I’ve been kicking myself ever since that day.

that I had never met you and asked your name, which you gave as you were leaving. This was leaving me wishing I had said something else. I wouldn’t mind knowing you... I hope you read this. email me doiknowUfromsomewhere@gmail. com. Anyway, it was nice meeting you “D”

unexplainable lapse in typical bad hiring judgement when you hired this snow joy angel goddess of diesel powered gravity defying cable slinging human alpine transport machinery. She’s your superstar for 2013/14 and proves global warming can happen one happy person at a time.

been, but instead I celebrate every day that I am fortunate enough to spend with you. I love you. jj

Yokes - Deer Park I saw you 2 weeks ago in the express lane at Yoke’s in Deer Park. You asked me to see a movie with you. You danced in line and made me laugh. Didn’t have time that day but do now. Would like to see a movie with you. Write me at

Belated Happy Birthday Wish Happy 23rd Birthday to one special guy! You are sweet. You are smart. You are kind. You are caring. You are daring. You are mine. I love to love you. -Freckles

Opening Day Lodge 2 In the bar at Mt. Spokane Lodge 2 on opening Saturday. You are an exceptionally pretty alt girl with cool tats on your arms. Snowboarder, I think. Pink top, gray pants. We made eye contact a few times. We would never work, but it probably be an epic trying and failing. Because nobody remembers the safe drive to the mountain they only remember sliding half off the road, bouncing off the snowbanks, scaring everybody along for the ride, and finally pulling into the parking lot as the clouds explode and the sun sets the cold world aglow.

Elevators We keep meeting like this. In crowded elevators. Your strong frame is matched only by your soft smile and you have intrigued me.


Put a non-identifying email address in your message, like “” — not “” I hear you play guitar and you’re just as nice as you are handsome. Every time I walk away wondering if I missed my chance, stumbling as I replay whatever words I found the courage to utter. But not next time, I’m ready for you now. Chiefs Game Lower level section 105, I was in row S you were in the row in front of me. You have a big bushy red beard and was wearing a beanie. I was sitting with my aunt and a couple friends. My aunt informed me after the game that you were checking me out, coincidence that I was also checking you out? Maybe we can check out a game together and you can show me the video of the goalies fighting? My email is

Cheers Mt. Spokane Sunshine Opening day on Chair 3 at Mt. Spokane was their gift to all of us skiers and boarders: a chairlift operator with personality! She was funny, upbeat, positive, engaging and truly awesome. Top 3 of all chairlift operators I’ve experienced in over 40 years of skiing. Most are either young dudes with THC levels exceeding the MJ exports of the Mexican state of Michoacan or old frowning dudes who look like they’d skull you in a heartbeat with their shovels if they could get away with it. But this young lady was a living embodiment of all that is truly wonderful about ski people. Thank you HR dept of Mt. Spokane for a stunning and quite possibly

Cheers To Sarah W. with the beautiful long hair you are AWESOME. RE: Time Can’t Erase My SM Potatoe Pie”. The past is put away!! Hope for our futures to be with our true buddy, lover and friend!!! You know how to find me!!!! My door is open if this is you!!!! Either way I will always love you!! Me! One Step Ahead Cheers to the individual who found my debit card on Nov. 30th and reported it lost to my credit union before I even realized it was missing. Cheers!!! To the staff and volunteers at the Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Other than it being on the chilly side, the service you provided was nothing short of FIRST CLASS. Thank you all for you service and making me proud to be a veteran. Spokane Valley City Council Cheers! To the Spokane Valley City Council and other local morally outraged citizens for coming to the rescue of impressionable school youth traveling in buses, slow driving motorists, and easily offended pedestrians who may gaze upon female coffee pourers wearing less than a normal amount of clothing. You just might have saved our culture and civilization! Now, please pour your energies into outlawing electronic games that promote violence, especially towards women, sports that promote violence, especially towards any named opponent, and a military that worships violence towards any perceived threat.

Jeers Scumbags To the scumbags that jacked parts from my 1971 Fiat and vandalized it. I just wanted to say thank you so much for taking the last thing of physical value I had left in my life. I was trying to sell the car to buy a new refrigerator since my old one is dying, but now I don’t know how I’m going to pay for it. Perhaps there is some decency left in you somewhere that you’ll pay for your crimes. I know I live in a fantasy. I hope your holidays will be better than mine now. Bad Samaritan To those who know who let my friend’s dog off her tie-out, threw rocks at the dog, and caused her to get hit by a car, and talked to the driver of the car but didn’t get any info. She is refusing to help Daisy’s owners get any information. Daisy will be ok - eventually, but the offenders should be held accountable. Shame on you! Christmas Wishes To the illegal dumpers who use Valley Springs Road: Thanks for an entertaining year. In addition to the usual old furniture, beds, tires, carpet, yard debris, full diapers and general horrible garbage you toss by the side of Valley Springs Road, this year we were entertained by a camper and a car! Each day that goes by brings another pile of disgusting stuff, for someone else to pick up. You apparently believe you’re in the country, instead of our neighborhood. Well, out here in the country we’ve got two words for you: Trail Camera! We hope Santa can return your pile of garbage to your front yard, Christmas morning! Bad Parenting Jeers to the incompetent person who left two

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Do I Know You From Somewhere? Saturday night November 23rd at the Lions Lair. I turned around from from my spot at the bar just as you were walking in. You were Submit your Cheers at looking right at me. Me: 28 year old Growing Together male wearing a jean jacket. You: /sweet Getting to know slightly older, incredibly beautiful you has been one of female with blond hair. I had to and be entered to win: the most rewarding do a double take and there you experiences of my were, still staring right at me like Courtesy of life. Growing with you knew me. This continued for a you through love and while, every time I looked your way pain and everything in you were looking right back. You between is what gives my finally approached me and asked Winners drawn bi-weekly at random. life meaning. Without you the question your eyes had been Must be 18 or older to enter. I fear for what would have asking all night. I simply replied “I Saw You” is for adults 18 or older. The Inlander reserves the right to edit or reject any advertisement at any time at its sole discretion and assumes no responsibility for the content.

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small children strapped in their car seats while you did your day before thanksgiving shopping in the south west side of the Costco parking lot! It’s not bad enough that the weather was in the 20’s and the windows were closed up in the car, but you somehow thought leaving the engine running on your blue crap van would make up for the cold. I can’t imagine what the heck was so important that you would put your children in such harms way. The only thing worse was the Costco cart chaser who when I called her attention to the situation merely shrugged her shoulders and said “what can you do?”. Lucky for you she didn’t call the cops, lucky for you I was with my elderly father and he wanted out of the cold and I didn’t have my cell phone. Next time you may not be so lucky!

Jeers to fellow Ten Clubber Jeers to the person who stole my Pearl Jam t-shirt AT Pearl Jam. It was my first PJ tour t-shirt that I was ever able to afford. It was from the 2012 tour when the only nonfestival stop was Missoula, but you know that already, because the only people on the floor were Ten Club members. That shirt means a lot to me. I can’t afford very many shows, and that was my first one in six years. You should have your membership revoked. If you have a conscience, email me at dismantledwoman at gmail dot com.

you! You want to see great live music? Get out of the house and check out what little old Spokane has to offer. You’ll be delightfully surprised and your friends, family, roommates and neighbors will thank you. Sincerely, A Music Snob.

Coal In Your Stocking To the driver of the SUV on Trails Road, Sunday night/Monday morning. In case you’re wondering why you’re getting coal in your Christmas stocking, let me tell you why. Not only what you did was illegal, it was also mean and spiteful. It is people like you that instigate road-rage, and create accidents. You jerk, I had an emergency with my family. You need to find some kindness for your heart - you sure could use it. Parking Boots As I am sitting at The Garland Drinkery, skimming through The Inlander, I come across a story about the parking boots possibly coming to Spokane. I continue reading, and come across the names of the top 5 parking ticket offenders. Man Inlander, that was cold! With Facebook and everything else out there on the internet... I totally creeped them all! But everyone here agrees, jeers to you for doing that. And to them for not paying their bills.

The Biased Scrooge I was collecting food in your apartment complex for my school’s Thanksgiving food drive. Though many people said no to donating, your rejection particularly stood out. You wouldn’t donate because, as you expressed, everyone at my school is a “F@!#@ Republican.” Your assumption is silly because my political values are generally liberal. Why does my education define who I am? I could easily judge you as a redneck based on your drawl. What do political parties have to do with food driving anyway!? The food collected is not for all us crazy conservatives at my school but for people who truly need it regardless of political party, race, or religion. RE: Nickleback! Please for the love of all things holy, get yourself an Itunes account and discover BETTER MUSIC. The fact that you claim Nickleback has more talent than the Stones and the Beatles makes you look like a babbling idiot. Nickleback sucks. Really sucks. Chad Kroeger was--up until the recent “bro-country” scene-the biggest douche in the music industry. Stealing his style and sound from bands of a real grunge era. Kurt Cobain is rolling over in his grave because of people like

Ubiquitous Horrible Drivers So I see you know who you are...the crappy driver who never seems to realize no matter how fast you go, how many chances you take with everyone’s life around you, changing lanes, speeding, tailgating, cutting in and out of traffic, running traffic lights...that 99% of the time I end up right next to you at a stop light either right away or even 8 miles down the road. I write this knowing you probably can’t read, so it is just a way for me to blow off a little steam. Freakin’ morons!! The Veil Words are not things. Whatever you say it it, it isn’t. Can you drink the word water? Can you sit in the word chair? All existence is united by it’s absolute indefinability. If the word is not the thing in itself then it is a distortion of the true underlying reality and is in fact a lie. See the things not the words and the truth will set you free. I am everywhere and I am nowhere, I am neither here nor there, I am everyone and I am no one, I am up and I am down and left and right and black and white, I am you and me and anything you can conceive. “And in the deep silence the mysterious event will occur which will prove that the way has been found. Call it by what name you will, it is a voice that speaks where there is none to speak — it is a messenger that comes, a messenger without form or substance; or it is the flower of the soul that has opened. It cannot be described by any metaphor. But it can be felt after, looked for, and desired, even amid the raging of the storm. The silence may last a moment of time or it may last a thousand years. But it will end. Yet you will carry its strength with you. Again and again the battle must be fought and won. It is only for an interval that Nature can be still.”


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Reclaimed Rock

Lynn Ellsworth once sold guitars to the stars. Now he has other priorities.

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f that piece of wood hadn’t crashed onto his hardwood living room floor, he never would have heard it. Earlier this year, Lynn Ellsworth had salvaged some firewood from an acquaintance — scraps from an old dock, he was told. One chilly evening, he was feeding the flames in his fireplace when a board slipped from his grip. “It rang out like nothing I’d ever heard, and I thought it would make the most amazing guitar sound,” says Ellsworth, sitting in the Spokane Valley house where the discovery was made. “It was meant to be.” And so the great experiment began. He got out all of his old guitar-making molds and patterns and got to work with what he would soon classify, as he cut into it, as redwood — 3,000-year-old redwood. “Can you believe I was using it for scraps?” the 70-year-old asks. It felt right to use his power tools again, to work in his basement among his old guitars, creating something he wasn’t sure would end well. Hollowing inner chambers in the appropriate places, he bonded the front and back


of the body together, then attached a neck from a cheap pawnshop find — “I can’t make a neck for $50,” he says. Once strung, about eight weeks later, he played the few licks he knows from memory and was astounded. “It’s all about the sound from the body,” he says. “These guitars beat anything. They’ll eat those 1950s guitars for lunch. These are the best I’ve made.”


llsworth has made electric-guitar bodies and necks for decades. His business, Boogie Bodies, was highly regarded. He sold pieces to Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and many other stars. That was back in the 1970s and ’80s, when he lived in Palm Springs, Calif., and later Seattle, traveling often for his day job in cancer research. The first guitar body he made was a copy of a Fender for an old bandmate. From there he was hooked, always trying to find the finest quality wood to generate the best sound possible. In those days, he got around in a hearse, his Boogie Bodies logo painted on the side. “The security guards at the Paramount Theater in



Seattle got to know me really well. They’d let me park where I wanted,” Ellsworth remembers. “You don’t forget the guy who comes to shows with the hearse.” The secret to getting in behind the scenes: “Never ask for the main guy — they’ll just turn you away if you do,” Ellsworth says. “Instead, ask for the guitar tech.” When he showed Clapton’s guitar tech one of his instruments, the guy played a bit and said, “I think Eric’s going to poop his pants.” After trying his hand at the business full-time for three years, it didn’t prove lucrative enough to keep going. He chose to retire in Spokane because he thought it was the most beautiful place he visited during his years of traveling.


llsworth sits next to his wife Diane, strumming the strings of one of his reclaimed guitars, completely unplugged. The instrument resonates almost as well as an acoustic guitar. His eyes sparkle as he shows off the harmonics that seemingly ring forever. The gray body isn’t traditionally beautiful to look at, though. The material is perfect for docks because it doesn’t rot, but after decades of battling the elements the redwood is quite weathered. “Not one of these looks the same,” Ellsworth says. “Some even have nails embedded in them from long ago.” These days he’s not interested in anyone famous playing his instruments; those musicians are all mostly sponsored by Fender or Gibson, he says. “Just the local guys, that’s who I want to play them,” Ellsworth says. “These guitars are made to be played by people who are going to have a heck of a fun time playing them.” n







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