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The Show Should Go On Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre has been hit by a “perfect storm,” but it’s not too late
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or 45 summers, Broadway shows on stage in Coeur d’Alene have brightened the evenings of theatergoers from all over the Inland Northwest with music and dance, comedy and drama, laughter and tears. Now the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre has been hit by what staff and board alike refer to as the “perfect storm,” which threatens to swamp the troupe’s bank balance and darken the stage for a 2014 summer season. I’m writing to urge everyone within reading and shouting distance who loves live theater to do what you can to prevent such a disaster. Certainly the potential loss of the theater’s summer magic is a devastating threat for those of us who have loved experiencing Broadway “in our own backyard” for all these many years. We remember the shaky piano accompaniments, the crowded stage and lumpy seats in the old church on Garden, before the troupe moved uptown in 1990 to the North Idaho College Schuler Auditorium. The lonely piano has long since been replaced by an orchestra with professional musicians providing the music, many from the Spokane Symphony; professional actors still sing the tunes. Together they have brought us fine, spirit-lifting entertainment. And many summer nights loaded with joyful noise and pleasure.
o what forces came together to create this unfortunate “perfect storm”? First of all, the economic downturn of 2008 pinched the pockets of most families here, as it did to pockets all over the country. The number of season ticket subscribers started dropping and has continued to drop ever since, despite the uptick in the economy. The population of theatergoers has been aging; a majority of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre attendees are over 60 years of age. Despite efforts to reach them, younger subscribers have not been moved to sign up. At the same time, expenses to put on the productions have been going up. Inflation takes its toll on basic items — lighting, microphones, stage equipment, costumes, sets. More than 100 actors are hired over the course of the summer. North Idaho College charges rent for the Shuler Auditorium; more than $70,000 each season is paid to the college for rent, technical staff and ushers. Keeping up with technological advancements is expensive. Flashy items such as the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying broom or Mary Poppins’ magic umbrella have proven to be especially costly. The board of this nonprofit organization has not been unaware of the precariousness of the financial situation, but the drop in ticket sales has been surprisingly precipitous for two successive years. Last year’s deficit ate up the organization’s cash reserves, and ticket sales for the current season have been slack. Only one of this season’s
shows — Mary Poppins — has broken even; the three remaining have taken the bank account into red-ink territory. Nothing in the long history of successful seasons had forecast the steep decline. The upshot of this very sad story is that the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre must raise $150,000 before the end of this calendar year. The Board of this nonprofit is determined to produce a new business plan, designed both to cut costs where possible and to broaden its financial base. In the meantime, supporters need to step up to the plate with donations.
hat would the loss of the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre mean to our greater community? Washington and Idaho attendees are almost evenly divided, with half coming from the Spokane area and the other half from Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and other communities in North Idaho. The infusion of dollars into the surrounding communities is huge. Those 100 actors spend every penny of the small salaries they earn. The total payroll amounts to half a million dollars. Local restaurants profit from the drinks and Tickets are still available for meals served before and after the shows. the final weekend of the comedy 9 to 5 on Thursday, Retail stores, gas stations, coffee shops all Friday, Saturday and rake in dollars from Sunday, Aug. 22-25. Prices range from $25 to $40. Call the traffic of visitors in 208-769-7780. Please send and out of the area. Lost would be donations (tax deductible) the exposure to the to Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, P.O. Box 1119, Coeur excitement and magic that goes with the d’Alene, ID 83816. performing arts and performing artists. The dream of turning Coeur d’Alene into a summer arts center has become more of a reality, season by season, and the Summer Theatre has provided the cornerstone in that progression. In these past few days, Artistic Director Roger Welch has been showered with emails and phone calls from concerned supporters. Local actress Darcy Wright was backed by 88 others in her Facebook posting: “My hometown is in dire need of help monetarily. It is an incredible professional theatre with a huge heart. If we don’t raise $150,000, it will never put on another show. I have worked here for almost 20 years. This theatre raised me as an artist and as a human being. I beg you to help in whatever way you can.”
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Made In Spokane by ted s. mcGregor jr.
he challenge: Take $100 to the South Perry Farmers Market, and using only what you find there, plan, cook and serve a meal of rustic ingredients polished with culinary skill. Chef Jeremy Hansen accepted, and you can read all about it in the current issue of INHealth or on Inlander.com. Just a few weeks later, he replicated the feat at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City. But instead of cooking it right there, he took his haul down to the James Beard House, where culinary careers are made and where he and his team served a meal to some of the most important diners in America. He seems to have won over the Manhattan mavens with his blend of fresh-from-their-very-own-market courses and imported-from-Spokane creations perfected at his downtown restaurant, Santé. (Three of his courses were from the NYC market; the others featured, among many ingredients, Rocky Ridge Ranch’s Berkshire pork, Barrister and Overbluff wines and Columbia River sturgeon from Williams Seafood.) “Spokane is on their radar now,” says Hansen, just back from his whirlwind trip. “Santé is on their radar, too.” I love Jeremy Hansen’s food. Every bite is like a tour of refined European cooking, with the familiar punch of local flavors. But I also love how he inhabits the “Born & Raised” ethic you see on all those No-Li bottles. The Shadle kid has lived and cooked all over, but now, at 37 with a young family, he’s back in his hometown — “and here to stay.” Hansen is the first Spokane chef to be invited to make a pilgrimage to America’s shrine to food; his goal was to put Spokane’s bounty — our food and our people — on the biggest stage in the business. “The funny thing was, people in New York seemed to know Spokane,” Hansen says. “We went to a cool bar in Brooklyn, and the bartender was from Spokane.” One of the James Beard House members in the dining room grew up out this way and told Hansen he was coming to Santé; a couple who have been dining at the House every week for 30 years told him that his was one of their favorite meals — ever. They’re planning a visit, too. During service, Hansen says the another-day-at-the-office looks of the permanent staff gave way to furtive smartphone Googling of “Jeremy Hansen” and “Santé” as the evening wore on. When not a single diner left before the post-meal Q-and-A, veteran servers commented that never happens. Now there’s another thing on the James Beard House’s radar: Jeremy Hansen. Did our little secret just get out? n
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As a longtime Inlander reader, I am extremely disapelection and is an affront to all citizens. If successful, it pointed with the “Megaload Mayhem” (8/15/13). I’ve will stifle lawful involvement in civic life for all but the always felt I could rely on you for reasonable and rich and powerful. factual coverage on environmental issues, but this piece No one, no matter how rich or how powerful, was a travesty. should be entitled to override the fundamental right of The fringe out there devoted to wreaking havoc citizens to vote in a validated initiative process. What and protesting against Big Oil is certainly part of the could be more un-American? story, but what about the rest of it? I would expect The Inlander to question the compatibility of the megaloads Bonnie Mager with the designation of the Wild and Scenic Corridor Cheney, Wash. and to take a close look at the legal issues. There was no mention of the federal judge’s ruling that the USFS and not IDT has the final say on Last week while visiting relatives in regulating loads through USFS administered Spokane, I had the opportunity to read lands. An exploration of whether the loads Send comments to Robert Herold’s “Expanding Our View” are meeting the terms of the permit (not email@example.com. (8/1/13), in which he critiqued President allowing traffic to pile up behind them) and Obama’s recent speech at Knox College. who exactly is issuing the permits might The president was promoting “education have been appropriate. Tribal treaty issues were not for jobs” by increasing the time given in public schools touched on. and universities to teaching mathematics, science and The Highway 12 Corridor is part of our backyard, technology. and these loads will have a huge impact on anyone As Herold correctly observed, as more time is who camps, hikes, boats, bikes, hunts or just drives that spent studying these subjects, less time will be spent highway. studying history, literature, social science and the fine arts. Undoubtedly, earning a living is necessary, but to Penny Schwyn educate students for specific kinds of jobs will make Spokane, Wash. them less well-informed citizens. Knox College is a small liberal arts college located in Galesburg, Ill. I grew up there during the 1940s and Two initiatives risk removal by those who are trying to ’50s, when the town thrived, due to six large industries. suppress the citizens’ right to vote in a legally executed Today, only one of these large industries remains. initiative process. Political decisions encouraged corporations to relocate The people’s right to be directly involved in govtheir industries out of the country. Since then, much of ernment is protected through the initiative process. It is the country has suffered. If public education becomes an important check and balance for the voter. Initiatives more narrowly focused, decisions by voters and their give the average person without paid lobbyists an representative are likely to be even less informed than important avenue for self-governance. they were in the past. Now, after going through the legal process, collectLast summer I returned to Galesburg to celebrate ing the required signatures, and getting a vote of the my 50th high school reunion. While there, I saw a City Council to move these initiatives forward, there are bumper sticker that read, “Galesburg is a Good Place those in the city of Spokane who want to claim that “we to Starve.” the people” don’t count and should be denied the fundamental right to vote on a legally prepared initiative. Andrew Tadie This lawsuit is a misguided attempt to thwart a lawful Spokane, Wash.
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n a phenomenon that occurs every August, columnists across America file pointless, contentfree “filler” columns, enabling the lazy scribes to hit the beach earlier, according to observers who have been following this trend. The “filler” columns are churned out in a matter of minutes with no loftier goal than meeting a deadline and filling up space — meaning that columnists will often resort to using the same words or phrase again and again and again and again and again. And rather than doing any original writing, the slothful columnists will rely on so-called “experts” to supply them with quotes to fill up space, experts say. “They’ll often quote people you’ve never heard of,” says Harold Crimmins, an expert on filler columns. “It’s pretty shameless.” The typical “filler” column is often a reprint of a previously published column, but the writer will later plug in one cursory reference to current events, such as the birth
of the royal baby, Prince George, to disguise this. And in order to fill up space even faster, Crimmins says, the lazy columnist will compose his summer “filler” columns with short paragraphs. Many of these paragraphs will be as short as one sentence, he says. “Or shorter,” he adds. There are other telltale signs a reader can look for in order to determine whether a writer has, in fact, filed a so-called “filler” column. One of these is a tendency to repeat information that the reader has already read earlier in the article. “They’ll often quote people you’ve never heard of,” Crimmins says. n For more fake news from Andy Borowitz, visit borowitzreport.com.
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xcellent news, consumers: Biotech giants that’ve been secretly inserting genetically engineered organisms into thousands of food products you buy have just announced that they’re coming clean! Wow, you mean no more GMO Frankenfood ingredients will be slipped into our diets? Oh, come on — these are food profiteers, so they’re not about to come that clean. So maybe they’re agreeing at last (and at least) to label any products that contain ingredients with tampered DNA. No — right-to-know labeling is what food tamperers fear most, for they know we won’t buy those items if we know what’s in them. OK then, what do they actually intend to do? They’re giving us a website. Say what? Yes, the entirety of their grand gesture of “corporate transparency” is to put a mess of PR and useless gobbledygook on a slick site called GMOAnswers.com. They say we can ask “virtually any question,” and their “experts” will be happy to tell us why GMOs are
good for us. In other words, “come clean” is an industry euphemism for “whitewash.” The website will be controlled by — and its “answers” written by — agents of Monsanto and a handful of other corporations that control the dangerous and deceitful genetic manipulation industry. “We want to get into the conversation” with those opposed to GMOs, stated a biotech exec — ignoring the fact that these same industry schemers did not allow any opponents into “the conversation” they had in back rooms with our government officials when they conspired to foist these nasties on our families. Monsanto and Gang can put all the propaganda they want on their Wizard-of-Oz website, but like putting earrings on a hog, it can’t hide their ugliness. n For more from America’s populist, check out jimhightower.com.
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ith their targets scrawled across them in red ink, five malevolent letters slipped into the U.S. Postal Service system in mid-May, falling in among millions of envelopes and packages shipped nationwide each day. Bound for the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and three Spokane-area offices, each letter carried a crude form of the deadly poison called ricin. At least two of the ricin-laced letters reached their local destinations while others were intercepted en route. Investigators have not reported any injuries, but the recent scare reinforces the often overlooked threats facing rank-and-file postal workers. “The risk is always there for us,” local letter carrier Eric Pardick says. “We’re always aware of it.” Historically braving rain and snow and gloom of night, modern postal workers now must also prepare for biochemical toxins, improvised explosives and other haz-
ardous materials. Since suffering a series of anthrax attacks in 2001, the U.S. Postal Service has heavily invested in new security safeguards and increased emergency training. Postal workers now drill on bioterrorism strikes, natural disasters, evacuation procedures and other crisis scenarios. James F. Wilson, assistant inspector in charge of the Seattle Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, says new technology and evolving threats have shifted how the agency investigates and prepares for postal attacks. While the Spokane ricin letters have left some local workers shaken, two other similar ricin cases from earlier this year out of Texas and Mississippi prove dangerous mail remains a national concern. “We live in an environment where we have to be a little more cautious,” Wilson says.
n the months following Sept. 11, 2001, five people died and many more fell ill from exposure to anthrax sent through the mail. Two postal employees were killed as letters crisscrossed the system, targeting politicians, media outlets and government officials.
Wilson says the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has always worked to keep postal employees and customers safe by investigating illegal shipments, fraud and other mail abuses. But the 2001 letters escalated how dangerous a disturbed and deliberate attacker could be. “We take it very seriously,” he says. Postal inspectors have introduced a number of new safeguards over the past decade to protect postal workers and customers. One of the most prominent measures is a Biohazard Detection System, which collects air samples from envelopes and tests for a variety of harmful substances. As letters pass through pinch points in processing and sorting conveyor lines, the detection system compresses each envelope and samples the air puffed from the letter. The system sets off an alarm if a toxic substance is detected, which can trigger evacuations and follow-up testing with the National Bioforensic Analysis Center in Maryland. The Spokane ricin letters would have passed through a Biohazard Detection System at the Spokane Processing and Distribution Center west of the city. Wilson could not offer details on how the system responded to the local letters, but investigators acknowledge multiple letters continued through to their destinations. ...continued on next page
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news | postal service “risky delivery,” continued... “There’s certain things the BDS can and can’t pick up,” Wilson says, adding only that the local system did work as it was calibrated to operate. National officials earlier this month also confirmed the Postal Service photographs and logs every piece of mail processed through the system. Officials stressed they do not open any letters, which would require a warrant, but record all of the exterior address information into databases. The information is reportedly kept for as long as a month and can be accessed by law enforcement if requested. Local postal employees also get training to watch for and recognize hazardous substances, keeping an eye out for unknown powder or leaky fluids. Workers receive additional training on spotting suspicious labeling such as excessive postage, vague return addresses or signs of deliberate deception. Joe Stephenson, a team leader with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Seattle, says inspectors have learned a lot since 2001 as they have ramped up new mail protections and responded to a variety of new threats. He says the agency continuously works to examine its own protocols and its institutional safeguards. “The mail’s safer than ever,” he says. “There are more measures now than there ever have been.”
he Spokane ricin letters hit close to home for Jack Talcott, local president of the American Postal Workers Union. One of the five letters was addressed to the downtown Spokane Post Office on Riverside Avenue, to a department where his union members typically open and sort the mail. Talcott, who represents approximately 300 Spokane-area mail clerks and sorters, says the local attack was both surreal and unsettling. He says union members approached him with safety concerns and questions about security after the letters surfaced. “It really was kind of an eye-opener,” he says. “Not just for
Federal investigators search a Browne’s Addition apartment this spring. jacob jones photo myself, but for a lot of other employees as well.” While he has enjoyed his 14 years with the Postal Service, Talcott says he has also watched security become more of an everyday concern throughout the system. Mail gets locked down. Work areas get closer monitoring. Training expands to include more emergency exercises and new terrorism scenarios. “It has changed, honestly,” he says. “Since the anthrax exposures, the training has absolutely increased. ... I think it’s even part of the employee orientation.” Talcott notes every Postal Service worker must pass a background check and their fingerprints get put on file. Most employees consider
the sanctity of the mail and its speedy delivery their highest priority, but new safety concerns add to the challenges of the job. Spokane letter carrier Pardick, who also serves as local president for the National Association of Letter Carriers, says the stress carries through to many everyday decisions. Postal workers must remain vigilant as they make their rounds, collecting mail and watching for any warning signs. Pardick says workers regularly balance their duty to deliver the mail with the potential risk they might face. Does the address on this letter look fake? Is something toxic leaking from a package? When do they decide it’s too dangerous? “It just makes us try to be a little more cautious,” he says.
ederal authorities arrested 38-year-old Matthew R. Buquet on May 22 in connection with the Spokane ricin letters after searching his apartment in Browne’s Addition. He faces charges of producing and possessing a biological toxin, mailing a threatening communication and threatening to kill the president of the United States. Court records show at least two of the letters included the language: “We have a bomb placed, we are going to Kill you!” They were signed, “Hezbollah.” U.S. District Judge Lonny Suko in Spokane recently recused himself from the case because one of the letters targeted his colleague, Judge Fred Van Sickle. The case will now go before federal Judge Ancer Haggerty of Portland. The trial is set for May 5. While the threat of bioterrorism remains an ever-present concern, Pardick and Talcott say their workers usually have much more common risks to worry about as they process packages and deliver mail out on the streets of Spokane. “Outside of the anomalies, stuff like the ricin and the anthrax and the suspicious packages, it’s actually a pretty safe place to work,” Talcott says. “The guys that have the biggest risks are the guys who are out delivering everyday — motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, trips, slips and falls — those are probably the biggest hazards.” n email@example.com
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A small plane crashed near Cataldo, Idaho, on Sunday, killing Spokane pilot John T. Lippis. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Kenoyer was fired after an internal investigation revealed he had sex on the job.
A massive wildfire near Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho, has spread over 160 square miles and forced more than 2,000 homes to evacuate. More than 1,000 firefighters are working to contain the blaze.
The Spokane City Council unanimously approved tighter restrictions on drone use by the city. Nearly 1,000 people died in clashes between security forces and civilians in Egypt in the past week.
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The city sweetens the deal for Walt Worthy’s new hotel; plus, questions emerge about Washington’s teacher evals x, y, z? As developer Walt Worthy’s plans for a 700-room, 900-parking-spot name-brand CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL take shape, some Spokane City Council members say they’ve been left out of discussions about what economic incentives the city should offer Worthy. As city staff briefed the council last week about ongoing development projects, including the hotel, council members were outwardly frustrated about the process. “What is the [incentives] proposal?” asked Councilman Jon Snyder. “I’ve been reading about it in the paper and I don’t know what it is.” The council and administration are in an ongoing debate over how to develop a policy to determine which incentives developers should receive instead of handling them on a case-by-case basis. Snyder and others thought that policy would be in place before Worthy was offered handouts. But because Worthy wanted to start on the hotel quickly, the mayor offered an incentives package that included waiving some permit fees and paying for street improvements and part of the environmental cleanup of the site, says Planning Director Scott Chesney. Chesney says policy discussions with the council will continue. “What I don’t want to see happen is every developer
with a big project in town saying, ‘Hey you gave Walt X, Y, Z. My project deserves that too,” Snyder told the committee. “If we don’t have any policy in place and we don’t have a whole lot of rhyme or reason in how we put [incentives offers] together, that becomes a difficult discussion to have.” — HEIDI GROOVER
With support from police and the business community, the Spokane City Council may consider expanding the hours and public areas in which sitting or lying on downtown sidewalks would be prohibited. Assistant City Attorney Mary Muramatsu recommended the new changes Monday, saying the city’s current SIT AND LIE ORDINANCE does not give Spokane police officers enough “teeth” to disperse recurring groups of homeless panhandlers and loitering kids. The ordinance now prohibits sitting or lying on a sidewalk between 7 am and 9 pm. The proposed amendments would extend those prohibited hours to between 6 am and 3 am. The changes would also expand the downtown enforcement zone west from Monroe Street to Maple, to the east from Washington Street to Division
A single word in a Washington state law has caused the federal Department of Education to place Washington on “high-risk” status regarding its No Child Left Behind waiver. The section of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation required schools to make increasing improvements in the percentage of students passing standardized tests. The schools that didn’t pass would eventually face consequences, including loss of funding. But as time passed, the requirements ratcheted up, making the bar nearly impossible to clear. Then the Obama administration stepped in, offering waivers to states that could show an alternative system of accountability. Most states took the waiver. Washington, however, was one of a few states granted only a conditional waiver. In a letter last week, Assistant Secretary of Education Deborah Delisle warned that Washington’s replacement to No Child Left Behind isn’t yet up to snuff. Their objection, says Nate Olson, spokesman for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, stems from a law that specifies that teacher evals “must be based on multiple measures that can include classroombased, school-based, district-based or state-based tools.” “The problem is the word ‘can,’” Olson says. The feds, he says, are concerned that districts could bargain away the use of standardized tests in the teacher evals. If the Legislature doesn’t fix the language by the start of the next school year, the letter cautions, Washington could lose its waiver entirely. Then, it’s back to No Child Left Behind, and the consequences that come with it. — DANIEL WALTERS
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Shirley Ringo plans to challenge Rep. Raul Labrador (below) for his seat in Congress: “I’m really proud to be a Democrat.” benjamin crist photo
Can Shirley Ringo convince Idahoans to vote blue? BY DEANNA PAN
n her 13 years representing the city of Moscow in Idaho’s state Legislature, Democratic Rep. Shirley Ringo has developed a reputation as an independentminded, unapologetic progressive who asks tough questions on committee and works both sides of the aisle. But are her experience and credentials enough to win her a federal election in Idaho? In an interview with The Inlander in Moscow, Ringo confirmed her plans to challenge popular incumbent, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat next year. She’s the first candidate to throw her hat into the ring against the Tea Party favorite, and she certainly isn’t naive about her chances. Idaho is a Republican stronghold, where the GOP dominates every level of government. Its electorate is socially conservative, rural and very white. The last Democratic presidential nominee to carry the state was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. “She’s an excellent candidate, but I think she’ll have
a very tough uphill fight. … She’s got a very tough opponent in Congressman Labrador,” says former Idaho state Rep. Thomas Trail, a Republican from Moscow, who served 16 years in the Legislature and co-sponsored several bills with Ringo. But that dynamic may be shifting. Idaho House Minority Leader Rep. John Rusche, D-Lewiston, says a “sea change” is coming. Sure, people still don’t like taxes, big government or the current president, but, according to David Adler, the director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, “disaffected moderate Republicans in the state are increasingly frustrated,” and Democrats couldn’t have asked for a better slate of issues to seize upon.
“[Moderate Republicans] seem not to have a particularly comfortable political home because the GOP has moved so far to the right,” he says. “[Ringo will] be an underdog. But with good issues on her side, she’ll have the opportunity to make some headway.”
daho leads the nation in its percentage of low-paid minimum wage workers and ranks second to last in per-pupil public spending. The state Legislature so far has resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for roughly 100,000 low-income adults under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Livable wages, education and health care: “Those are the bread-and-butter issues,” says Adler. “[Those are] opportunities for Democratic candidates, and they haven’t had these opportunities handed to them by the GOP for a good many years.” Idaho Democratic Party Chair Larry Kenck, who approached Ringo about running for Congress about a month ago, says internal polling numbers have “shown a big shift in moderate Republicans and independent voter perception.” “There is a real change and swing in attitude, especially in the 1st Congressional District. Man, I’m seeing it around the state,” says Kenck. “I’ve got legislators looking to move up to higher offices, not because their seats are in jeopardy or danger, but they’re really seeing there is a pathway to victory … they haven’t seen before.” Some evidence shows Kenck could be right: Last year, for instance, Idaho voters flatly overturned three education reform laws, backed by the Republican major-
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o the children who enter this room, it seems safe enough. Crayon drawings of flowers and happy suns hang on the wall. A tiny barn in a bucket is filled with plastic giraffes, dogs, elephants and dinosaurs. A brown rocking chair sits in the corner. The children might not notice the microphones embedded in the walls, the fisheye cameras hanging in the corners or the one-way mirror the police peer through. The little boy or girl will sit on top of blue carpeted steps, cut and modified to fit this room, while Karen Winston, who looks like she could be a grandma, asks them questions. And then they tell her terrible, sickening stories.
all in the family More children in Spokane County are being abused and neglected. but some families have managed to break the cycle By Daniel Walters
“I’ve heard all kinds of things,” says Winston, forensic interviewer for Partners with Families and Children. “‘He grabbed me by the neck and choked me.’ ‘He hit me.’ ‘He punched me in the stomach.’ ‘He put his mouth on my privates.’” Sometimes the kids will withdraw, or they’ll cry and curl up into a ball. She tries to make it easier for them. Do you want to whisper it to me? she might ask. Can you tell me just one thing that happened? Would it be easier to write it down? She never forces them to talk. Just a few rooms away, nurse practitioner Teresa Forshag examines and photographs any physical wounds. She’s seen bruises and belt marks and broken bones. She’s seen blows to tiny heads from big, adult fists. She’s seen sexually transmitted diseases in children. Just this year, she’s seen cigarette burns on genitals and burns on children dipped in scalding water as a punishment for potty training messes. “We’ve had some fatalities this year,” Forshag says. “Fatalities due to physical abuse.” Last year, more than 10,000 children in Spokane County were referred to Child Protective Services. CPS investigated 5,500 cases and was able to prove that at least 820 children suffered at least one incident of abuse. Moms, dads, boyfriends, grandparents and caretakers had beaten, molested, neglected and abandoned the very ones they were supposed to protect. And nobody knows how many more kids were abused, because nobody knew, saw or bothered to report them. Worse, the abuse cases have increased just as the community’s ability to help has weakened. Says Winston: “It looks a little bit like scorched earth out there at times.” ...continued on next page
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ABUSE IN IDAHO Idaho is a state that’s suffered from one of the highest suicide rates in the country and an underfunded mental health system. It has higher poverty rates and a lower median wage than Washington. All those factors can exacerbate child abuse. Yet from 2007 to 2011, neither the rate of reported abuse or confirmed cases of abuse increased significantly in Idaho. But zoom closer in, and the strain can be felt. Coeur d’Alene school resource officers, says Sgt. Christie Wood, feel they’ve sheltered more students because of neglect and abuse. Local nonprofits have struggled. iCARE, an agency that provides parenting classes to families referred by CPS, had to merge with St. Vincent de Paul in 2008 due to budget problems. After the state cut children’s mental health funding, the Children’s Village had to close down its treatment center for children who’d suffered from severe abuse. It may reopen the center’s building in order to double the size of the Village’s crisis nursery, but first they need to find the funding. — DANIEL WALTERS
Forensic interviewer Karen Winston sits down with children, asking them to describe the sexual and physical abuse they’ve experienced. young kwak photo
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Spokane County has long had higher abuse rates than the rest of the state. But in the past three years they’ve been even higher, with a rise in reports, CPS investigations and confirmed allegations. The year is barely half over, and already the number of abuse and neglect reports have blown past the year-end totals for 2007, 2008 and 2009. It’s possible that the increase is just a result of more vigilance in the community, but some evidence suggests more abuse
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is occurring. An Inlander investigation last year found a rise in domestic violence case filings and requests for help. Domestic violence often accompanies, and is a part of, child abuse. And for years, at Spokane County Juvenile Court, the number of abuse or neglect cases referred to Court Appointed Special Advocates each month ranged from 28 to 30. But lately they’ve spiked, says volunteer programs coordinator Susan Cairy. By May 2012, referrals were topping 50 every month. By June of this year, they’d climbed above 70. “We have never exceeded 70 referrals
in a month, since time began,” Cairy says. “The scariest part about 70 kids in the summer — we don’t even have teachers’ eyes on kids.” Teachers are often the first to learn about abuse and are required by law to report it. Cairy fears what September will bring. “Our families were hurting financially [even] before the economy tanked,” she says. “And people who are stressed out, have no place to live, have no transportation — stress comes out in some ugly ways sometimes on kids.” Neglect rates, in particular, have
“Many families either are estranged from their family, or their family lives in a totally different area,” Conley says. “Neighbors tend not to know neighbors anymore.”
In the past year in Spokane, downtown businesses have bemoaned the waves of local street youth who loiter, vandalize, smoke and drive away customers. But Bridget Cannon, youth services director for Volunteers of America, knows what some of them have been through. They’ve walked through the door of Crosswalk, a shelter and drop-in center for homeless youth. She’s blown away by how these kids have dealt with so much, but are still alive, standing and seeking a better life. It inspires her.
"Stress comes out
in some ugly ways sometimes on kids." When a kid sleeps at the Crosswalk shelter, they’re asked about their adverse experiences. Physical abuse is the most common. But Cannon knows that many who have been through horrible experiences don’t admit to anything, especially to someone legally bound to report any abuse. “This girl, her mom was the first one to show her how to shoot up heroin when she was 12. And she’d been sexually abused by her uncle,” Cannon says. “But she didn’t report any of that on her intake.” Cannon would love for these kids to get counseling, but many don’t want to go. “Anytime they may have asked for help in the past, they may have been smacked upside the head,” she says. Once a child is abused, there are few good options. Leave them with their ...continued on next page
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skyrocketed. Inside the Spokane County Health District building, Elaine Conley, director of community and family service programs, taps a report on the table called “Healthy Families, Better Beginnings.” On the cover, two smiling multiracial parents give piggyback rides to two delighted kids outside a suburban home. The statistics inside, however, point to families stricken by abuse, neglect and trauma. “In fact, when we look at this report, the data is pretty overwhelming,” Conley says. It’s not just child abuse. Compared with the state, more of Spokane County’s women smoked while pregnant, contracted chlamydia, had shorter pregnancies, qualified for Medicaid and suffered from adverse childhood experiences. Fewer infants were breast fed, more were born with birth defects. And Spokane County has long had a lower median income and higher poverty rates than the rest of the state. While child abuse can happen in any family, the vast majority happens to children in poverty. A report to Congress in 2010 found child abuse more than three times more common in impoverished households. Neglect was nearly seven times more common. Spokane has incredibly vast disparities. The number of reports of suspected abuse or neglect from West Central’s Holmes Elementary is 26 times greater than the upper South Hill’s Moran Prairie. Yet attempts to link increases in child abuse to economic downturns have had mixed results. Recently, a working paper studying child abuse data from California posed a possible explanation: “Male layoffs increase rates of abuse whereas female layoffs reduce rates of abuse.” After all, even though men spend less time with their kids, they more often play a role in abuse cases. In Spokane County, local industries dominated by males — like construction and manufacturing — took the first and hardest blows in the recession, leaving more laid-off men home with the children. Conley sees yet another factor: For many, the days of being able to drop off the baby with Grandma or the family next door have passed.
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IN THE SCHOOLS For the past two years, researchers from Washington State University have been in six elementary schools, training teachers and counselors to empathize and react to the traumatized minds of students. Through WSU’s instruction, teachers have been altering their lessons and shifting their disciplinary philosophy to take trauma into account. Next year, WSU will expand the program to 21 schools statewide. “We want to teach educators how to set up those supportive learning environments,” says Natalie Turner, one of the researchers. Spokane Public Schools, meanwhile, found enough room in their budget to place fulltime counselors at every single elementary school next year, crucial for working with traumatized kids. — DANIEL WALTERS
Brajee Green, second from left, grew up surrounded by abuse. But she and husband Ken have determined that raising their children, Kenny and Sophia, will be different. young kwak photo
“all in the family,” continued... parents, and risk more abuse. But take them away, and the act of separation from their mom or dad often leaves a deep wound. Cannon remembers driving down Division Street with a foster child. “He pointed to a bus stop, and said, ‘That’s the last place I saw my mom,’” Cannon recalls. “‘That’s where CPS took me away… and put me into foster care.’” The boy sat there quiet for a stretch, she says, and then said, “I must have been a really bad kid.” Cannon says a lot of kids blame
themselves for getting taken away from their parents. Kids who were hungry, who were abused, who grew up around drugs, divorce, domestic violence, who had incarcerated parents — all were significantly more likely to have chronic illness, abuse drugs, get pregnant early and attempt suicide. Social scientists refer to these situations as Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. The more ACEs in a child’s deck, the more the deck is stacked against him. “If they’re being abused, they are not able
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Unmaking a Monster
“In August 2006, I pled guilty to third-degree child assault after physically abusing my infant daughter in late 2005,” Jeremiah Donier writes in an email. “In black and white this sounds absolutely monstrous to me.” It doesn’t just sound monstrous, Donier says over the phone. “When I talk about it, it scares me,” Donier says. He’d never been a violent man, but had always been an angry one. He’d stuff down his emotions, like his dad taught him, until they came boiling over. Donier wasn’t addicted to drugs, wasn’t living in poverty, but he was incredibly overwhelmed. Visit Inlander.com to read about And when stress piles on stress David Smith’s journey: escaping without relief, studies show, the abuse and neglect as a child, danger of child abuse increases. only to care for foster children By now, he says, the details of his own. have blurred. But he remembers feeling absolutely terrified to be raising an infant daughter. He remembers working 40 hours a week for Spokane County, coming home exhausted to a wife who was falling apart and to a daughter who kept crying and crying. He wasn’t getting any sleep, and he didn’t know what to do or who to turn to or how to handle it or how to get her to shut up. So he’d lash out. He’d spank her, and worse. Then came that snowy day just after Thanksgiving, when the doctor found bruising on his infant daughter’s abdomen and ear. “I probably boxed her ear or did something,” Donier says. “I was tired that day. I don’t remember.” At Sacred Heart Medical Center, X-rays revealed broken ribs. “I didn’t realize that,” Donier says. “I squeezed my daughter so tight that I broke a couple of ribs. I didn’t realize I was so capable of being so angry.” Facing a felony, he lost his job. CPS took his little girl away, sending her to a foster home. “It did send me into bankruptcy. It did send me into despair,” Donier says. “[But] it’s not the end of the road.” For 20 hours a week, Donier met with his daughter, under intense supervision, at a house in Browne’s Addition that had been converted into a place for parents to reconnect with the children they’d lost. He’d play with his child, and staff members would give him feedback, teaching him how to understand what his daughter needed. Counselors dipped deep into his psyche and his past, unearthing reasons for his anger. Finally, after 13 months, after decorating his house with Christmas lights, he brought his daughter home. “I want other men to know, other parents to know,” Donier says. “You have to get ahold of who you are and deal with your past.” In 2009, he co-founded a program called the Spokane Parent Advocacy Network, a support group for parents involved with CPS. Those in the field, however, stress that teaching “parenting” takes an extraordinary amount of time and resources. “It’s not an information issue. It’s not: ‘Don’t leave the baby alone in the bathtub.’ It’s an emotional regulation issue,” says ...continued on next page
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Other companies that manage visitations and work to repair families are struggling too. The Nurturing Center for Children and Families has only been kept alive thanks to Salvation Army funds and is restructuring to find a way to sustain itself. Empowering Inc. Services’ visitations program has been growing, but with training costs increasing and slashed transportation reimbursements, it’s hard to break even. They’ve refinanced, sought To report abuse in Washington, private investors and cut wages. call 1-866-363-4276. In Idaho, “Literally, I have gone withcall 208-334-KIDS (5437). In an out pay for a year,” Empowering emergency call 911. Inc. executive director April For stressed-out parents Cathcart says. She knows of needing a break: Call the Vanseveral other executive directors essa Behan Crisis Nursery in who’ve done the same. She sees Spokane, 535-3155, or The Chil“a lot of animosity” between dren’s Village, 208-667-1189, in contracted service providers and North Idaho. the state over cuts. Spokane Mental Health It’s another case of the reces(838-4651) and Frontier Family sion’s two-punch cruelty: right Services (838-4128) can provide when need is greatest, help is at counseling and psychiatric help its least available. In 2011, Washfor families on Medicaid. ington state cut 5,000 families Otherwise, call the National off welfare in one stroke when Parent Helpline at 1-855-427a new five-year limit kicked in. 2736 for advice or emotional Hillyard’s Head Start program, support. offering preschool education for — DANIEL WALTERS lower-income kids, fell prey to the sequester and upcoming highway construction. Crosswalk, the homeless teen shelter, lost a $100,000 grant last year. Even agencies that managed to cobble together enough funding to avoid service cuts have to contend with increased demand. The Union Gospel Mission can comfortably house 75 women and children at its emergency crisis shelter. But in mid-June, a record 120 women and children slept at the shelter. So many women and children were seeking shelter that bunk beds had to be added. “I see children returned to unsafe situations, and I’m fearful the abuse will happen again,” Forshag, the nurse practitioner, says. She says the lack of resources only contributes to the danger. Partners with Families and Children interviewed 28 fewer alleged victims of child abuse in 2012 than 2011 — not because of fewer referrals, but because budget cuts meant they had to get rid of a part-time interviewer. Few agencies have been hit harder than the Spokane Regional Health District’s public nursing program. Thirteen years ago, Peggy Slider was one of 56 public health nurses at the Health District. Today, she’s one of only 17. Four years ago, she was a nurse in the First Steps program, meeting low-income pregnant women to help them in those crucial first months of parenthood. She was their guide through the bureaucratic labyrinth of Medicaid, welfare, housing and food stamps. She would give mothers advice on how to discipline. One mother still keeps in touch with her. “She still calls me a half-a-dozen times a year or more,” Slider
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says. “When she has a question, when she doesn’t trust the doctor, when she looks for resources.” But due to cuts in state reimbursement rates, that program, which served more than 900 clients, was eliminated in 2010. Today, Slider’s job focuses on whole neighborhoods instead of helping individual parents. The Health District still aids new mothers with the more intensive Nurse Family Partnership program, but that only serves 150 families — 50 fewer than a few years before. In all, the Health District says 11 different programs for lowincome families have been either eliminated or drastically cut in the past five years. The Early Intervention Program assisted families who had been reported to CPS but had a comparably lower risk of child abuse. It’s gone. The general field nursing program sent public health nurses out to help new parents at the request of hospitals, even if they didn’t qualify for specific programs. Gone. The Work First program found important resources for children of working parents on Medicaid. That’s gone too. If Spokane voters had different priorities, the financial situation for many of the nonprofits could have been different. In 2009, voters were asked to bump up property taxes to raise $5 million to pay for a “Children’s Investment Fund” intended to bring down school dropout rates. A quarter of that money would have funded nonprofits battling child abuse. The initiative didn’t just fail, it was blown out of the water — with nearly two-thirds of Spokane voters opposing it.
A Fresh Start
Kenny Green, a curly-haired 1-year-old, crouches at the Valley Mission Park playground, running his little hands intently through the bark, building piles, then destroying them. Kenny’s sister Sophia, a 3-year-old in pink, proudly holds up the dandelion she found. Her mother, Brajee, laces the flower through one of her blonde pigtails. Her dad sports a Cowboys baseball cap and holds a bright-pink Hello Kitty bag. Neither of these kids was planned. In fact, when Brajee first found out she was pregnant, she was so terrified she met her friends at Applebee’s in tears. Brajee, too, grew up in an abusive home. One time her dad punched her in the ear so hard that she thought her eardrum had burst. It rang for hours. “My mom and my dad both went to prison when I was young,” Brajee says. As a 6-year-old, she and her sister and brother once slept on the roof of a U-Haul truck while their mom looked for a homeless shelter or a cheap hotel. As a 12-year-old, she learned her dad had been running a prostitution business from their trailer. As a 14-year-old, struggling with suicidal thoughts, she cut herself repeatedly on her arms and thighs and landed in a psych ward. Just last week, she got a call: Dad’s back in jail. Her sister’s only 22, she says, but has had four kids in three years, and seen three of them taken away by CPS. But Brajee and her husband plan to break that cycle of abuse. Part of her success has been good fortune: escaping the abuse when she was 14, finding a community and a husband who loved and supported her. Part of it’s been government aid. Through the Health District’s Nurse Family Partnership program, Brajee had a public health nurse to talk to for the first years of parenthood. And some of her success comes down to choice. She chose to stand up to her past. “I fight against it every day. I have a lot of inner issues,” Brajee says, standing in the playground, her kids scampering around her, tears streaming down her cheeks. She struggles with anger. “I know I’m a lot better than my parents were. I just say that they taught me how not to be a parent.” And because of who she is today, she doesn’t regret a thing she’s been through. “We’re very content,” Brajee says. “Look at them, I just don’t understand how someone could abuse their children.” Her son walks down the grass, wearing her daughter’s floppy pink shoes. “I mean, look at how cute they are!” firstname.lastname@example.org
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No Laughing Matter Dana Carvey preps the Church Lady and other impersonations for Coaches vs. Cancer By Laura Johnson
ith Ambien packed safely in his suitcase, Dana Carvey is ready to travel to his next gig. His routine for getting in the correct stand-up mind-set hasn’t changed in more than 30 years in the business — although the sleep aid wasn’t always there. “I treat it like an athletic event,” says Carvey, on his way to the airport two weeks ago. Once he gets to a show venue he stretches, hits the floor for pushups, walks it out. He then scans through his notes, psyching himself up for the evening ahead. As off-the-cuff as his onstage set may seem, it’s all well rehearsed. He admits he still gets nervous. Carvey brings this diligence, and famous impersonations, to the fundraising event Coaches vs. Cancer Saturday at the Fox Theater. Now in its 12th year in Spokane, the event, hosted by Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few and his wife Marcy, has raised more than $6 million for national and local cancer nonprofits. Born in Missoula (with family members who attended college there), Carvey recalls spending time in Spokane. A phone conversation with him is exactly what one would expect. He pulls all of the crazy voices and tells it like it is. On why it took him so long to get a Twitter account: “I wasn’t against it at all, I just didn’t have one. Basically it came down to my friend [Twitter CEO] Dick Costolo telling me I needed to get one. And I didn’t want to be some grumpy old man (goes into grumpy old man voice). My father passed on computers, I didn’t want to be like that.” On why he wanted a degree in broadcast journalism: “I was wowed by the TV cameras … But you know I was doing stand-up on the side in San Francisco, and as soon as I graduated I waited tables. Once I was making $700 a week with stand-up, that was my goal, I figured I could quit and do stand-up full time. But I would have loved to do radio; you don’t have to shower and it’s total improv.” ...continued on next page
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On how he’s stayed with his wife for 30 years: “Some comedians are a little different, when you have an original wife or husband. It’s a tsunami when you sprinkle in a lot of money, and if you can make it through that first wave, you can make it. It’s a commitment. Tipper and Al Gore getting divorced after that long, that was just crazy to me (off into a Al Gore impression) ‘I’m free...’ ” On what his family thinks of him referring to them in his act: “Well, they know I’m not really talking about them at all. It’s other people’s kids, generalized teenagers and stories I’ve heard. I take the emotionality of parenting, observing it all, and everything finds its way in there.” On his relationship with George H. W. Bush (who he famously impersonated on SNL): “[George H. W. Bush laugh] He loves my
impression of him. Republicans are not trying to save the world, so they have a good sense of humor.” On who he views as the best impersonators out there: “Darrell Hammond, Kevin Pollak and Frank Caliendo. They actually can become the person. For me, it’s the style and the feeling, getting the core essence of the person, then I can have fun.” On if there ever will be a Wayne’s World 3: “I don’t know. Mike (Myers) and I, we’ve talked about it, but he has a child now. He’s happy. I don’t really know where it’s at. It’s nice that people still care, though.” On how family-friendly of a show he’ll have Saturday: “I can make it PG-13. There’re only two jokes I have with the F-word in the punch line that I’ll take out; the rest I can work around.” n email@example.com An Evening with Coaches vs. Cancer with Dana Carvey • Sat, Aug. 24 at 8 pm • Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague Ave. • $40 and up • ticketswest.com
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nterplayers’ search for a preseason replacement for the thoroughly exhausted Tuna franchise has led it to Church Basement Ladies, a musical comedy — the first in a series of five — about Lutheran do-gooders in rural mid-1960s Minnesota. As its no-frills title would indicate, this is live theater reduced to its basic elements: people dressed like other people moving around on a stage and saying things. That makes it the most rarefied form of light entertainment, stripped of all subtlety, all development, all originality, all thought, all raison d’être. The upside, perhaps, is its sheer predictability. And if your knowledge of Lutheran customs and stereotypes is spotty, Church Basement Ladies will talk (and sing) you through the broader points of lutefisk and the 95 Theses as if a Wikipedia entry were being read aloud. Yah, in a Minnesota accent, you betcha. Michael Weaver directs this twee song-anddance farce in the same way he oversaw last season’s Seeds of Change. Understandable, given that there’s not much artistic wiggle room when it comes to paint-by-numbers plays about church busybodies and their fundraisers. Also as in Seeds of Change, Kathie DoyleLipe is once again the scene-stealer. Here her physical comedy (tumbling in and out of chest freezers, somersaults on countertops) brings life to a production in which every pivotal moment occurs offstage and the passing of time is noted in dialogue. Her voice, unfortunately, is a brittle Sprechgesang that can’t quite meet the minimal demands of, say, “My Own Personal Island,”
a song about menopausal hot flashes. As it happens, those menopause gags drew the most reliable audience chuckles, which goes a considerable way toward explaining why these variations on a theme keep appearing on the Interplayers calendar. Doyle-Lipe (as Mavis Gilmerson; she also choreographed) is flanked by three less familiar female faces, namely, Jennifer Jacobs, Sarah Uptagrafft and Susan Windham. All are about as good as their respective roles allow: Jacobs as Karin Engelson, mother to politely recalcitrant Signe Engelson (Uptagrafft), and Windham as the change-averse Vivian Snustad. Jacobs and Uptagrafft have the most arresting voices of the quartet, though Windham truly comes alive for “The Cities,” a mock burlesque number that bills Minneapolis–St. Paul as the “Sodom and Gomorrah of the prairies” in one of the play’s rare flashes of inspiration. As Church Basement Ladies stumbles toward its obvious conclusion, there’s a moment when Karin employs a clumsy simile that likens herself to butter. To which Mavis responds: “We should stitch that [saying] on a dishtowel.” Suddenly, the primary source of playwrights Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke’s homespun dialogue — and with it the essence of the play’s myriad flaws — becomes clear. Church Basement Ladies • Through Sept. 1: Wed-Sat, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm • $28 ($20 senior/ military, $12 student) • Interplayers • 174 S. Howard St. • 455-7529 • interplayerstheatre.org
Sweet Repeat Two years since its downtown debut, Sweet Frostings bakery expands north By Chey Scott
n the parking lot of a far north Spokane strip mall, the aroma of sugary goodness beckons. It’s only the second day of business for the newest installment of Sweet Frostings, the popular dessert bakery that started out less than two years ago downtown at the corner of First Avenue and Washington Street. While the bakery’s owners, Judy Rozier and Sally Winfrey, didn’t make a big announcement about their Wandermere store opening last week, word of mouth travels fast and customers flocked there for signature heart-embellished cupcakes and other sweet treats. Rozier estimates as many as 1,500 people stopped into the new store on its first day of business. Patrons of the downtown Sweet Frostings should quickly recognize the colorful, whimsical space upon entering from the parking lot through heavy wooden front doors. The same vintage-inspired floral wallpaper in the downtown Sweet Frostings spans the length of a long wall across from a two-tiered bakery counter lined with white cake stands displaying fluffy, frosting-laden cupcakes. Decorative poufs of tissue paper hang above the counter in alternating colors of white, blue and pink. White metal tables and chairs that could have been plucked off the street outside a Parisian café cover the front of the long, rectangular space. While Sweet Frostings opened its flagship store just shy of two years ago, Rozier says she and Winfrey “decided that the downtown store was well on its way to doing very well and even though people up north know us, many didn’t, and that’s why we needed a location [here].” Most aspects of the new store are generally the same as downtown, Rozier says, except that no baking is done at the Wandermere location. Instead, staff at the downtown store’s bakery prepare baked goods the night
The same cupcakes and other goodies that made Sweet Frostings a hit downtown can now be found in North Spokane. jennifer debarros photo before. In the morning, the treats are transported north where the finishing touches are done. Because of its later opening hours, there won’t be pastries at the north-side store every day, just Friday and Saturday, and the treat shop’s gelato is pre-packaged into pint-sized containers to save floor space that would have been used for a case freezer, Rozier says. The newly opened store also offers a quaintly decorated party room that can be rented out for special events, like birthday parties and showers. If the north-side store is as well-received as Sweet Frostings’ downtown spot, Rozier says the plan is to expand the business across the Spokane area, with the
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upper South Hill and Spokane Valley top contenders for a third store. When she and Winfrey started the business, Rozier says they set a goal to open one store each year during their first 10 years of business. A lofty goal, no doubt, but the business partners’ model seems to be working so far. Rozier estimates Sweet Frostings’ business has increased by as much as 30 percent compared with this time last year. n Sweet Frostings • 12501 N. Division St., Ste. 3 • Open Mon-Thu, 10 am-7 pm; Fri-Sat, 10 am-9 pm • sweetfrostingsbakeshop.com • 368-9811
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Wine and Shrooms Patit Creek Cellars brings a taste of Walla Walla to downtown Spokane By Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer
cross the street from the Davenport’s Sprague Avenue entrance, Ed Dudley has opened a tasting room to showcase his Walla Walla-based winery’s bounty to those of us residing up north. Longtime Spokane residents
might remember seeing the Patit Creek Cellars sign when it graced the original winery’s location in Dayton, but newer residents will appreciate an increased selection and the opportunity to sample fruits of the vine at a location close to home.
Originally, the winery produced only merlot and cabernet sauvignon, but when winemaker Joe Forest was hired in 2008, Patit Creek began expanding its range and now produces bottles of riesling, chardonnay, tempranillo and blends like Trinité, which artfully combines syrah, grenache and mourvedre. There is an element to wine consumption, however, that many tasting rooms fail to address: Wine goes really well with food. Extremely well with good food. And even better when that food is specifically created to form a gastronomic bond with a certain type of fermented grape. Patit Creek’s tasting room has a commercial kitchen, one of the reasons why Dudley chose the space, and from that kitchen arrive plates of crimini mushroom caps lavished with creamy parmesan and a touch of cayenne ($8) or Roux Shrooms — button mushrooms simmered in Patit’s classic red Bordeaux blend ($8). A cheese and charcuterie board features smoked meats from Sante and local cheeses from Get the scoop on the local food scene Heron Pond, as well as Gouda with our Entrée newsletter. Visit from a family farm in Ferndale. Inlander.com/newsletter to sign up. The seasonal summer corn salsa ($5) pairs with chardonnay ($19/bottle) for an almost buttery (courtesy of some subtle avocado) yet bright coupling. Other summer indulgences include cucumber crisps ($6) with riesling ($16/bottle), or fresh mozzarella topped with lemon basil ($6) paired with any white wine. Patit Creek manager Sonya Morrison created the sips and bites menu and says the menu will rotate with the seasons and make use of locally produced offerings. But lest anyone think that Patit Creek wines can only be enjoyed alongside precious delicacies, both Forest and Morrison agree that “The Creek,” a red table wine ($19/bottle), pairs well with pizza. So you can always buy a bottle and take it home. n
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Simon Pegg (center) is back at it again in The World’s End.
initially places its focus squarely on its well-drawn characters. In turn, Frost reminds us what an underrated actor he is as he conveys Andy’s conflicted feelings towards a friend who’s devolved into little more than a caricature. Meanwhile, Gary’s arc appropriately follows the trajectory of a bender, with his initial delirious enthusiasm ceding to something much darker and more desperate. The film likewise takes a turn. And while anyone familiar with its premise might be prepared for its segue into a sci-fi paranoia flick inspired by The Stepford Wives and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, they can’t help but a teenaged Gary and four friends attempted a 12-pub/12marvel at how skillfully Wright and Pegg orchestrate this pint crawl that saw them fall well short of the last hurdle. transition. Too busy lamenting how Newton Haven’s When Gary is revealed to be gleefully recounting this once character-rich pubs have become interchangeable story to his recovery group, we’re reminded of Wright corporate establishments, the friends’ regard for their and Pegg’s ability to lead us to the brink of cliché — in former neighbors is so low that they don’t realize they’ve this case, a narrated flashback sequence loaded with exbeen replaced by automatons. This ultimately comes position — only to uproariously subvert our expectations. to light during a centerpiece bathroom brawl that puts Determining that he has unfinished business in his the boots to more butt than all of Kick-Ass 2’s fisticuffs hometown, Gary suits up in his vintage combined. Sisters of Mercy T-shirt, Doc Martens and THE WORLD’S END In fact, there are few “action” direcduster and convinces his estranged friends to Rated R tors who can choreograph melees with take another crack at conquering “The Gold- Directed by Edgar Wright the same inventiveness and exuberance en Mile.” Soon bound for sleepy Newton Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, as Wright. The brilliance of his irreverent Haven in Gary’s beater are teetotaler Andy Martin Freeman genre-skewering is that he also possesses (Nick Frost), posh Oliver (Martin Freeman), the technical prowess to beat blockbusters emasculated Peter (Eddie Marsan) and the unflappable at their own game. He understands that lampooning HolSteven (Paddy Considine). lywood conventions needn’t keep you from staging some Whereas Scott Pilgrim vs. The World saw Wright load of this year’s most memorable set pieces. Ultimately, The every frame with as many visual gags as he could enviWorld’s End is every bit as defiant as its lead rabble-rouser, sion (leaving them the cinematic equivalent of a comic refusing to align itself with the mindless ranks that have book panel), The World’s End finds him employing considoverrun our multiplex screens. It’s precisely that sort of erable restraint. Without sacrificing any laughs, the film resistance effort that gives a movie-lover hope. n
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg round out their Brit-laugh trilogy in style By Curtis Woloschuk
n closing out their “Cornetto Trilogy” that commenced with 2004’s zombie satire Shaun of the Dead and continued with 2007’s buddy-cop send-up Hot Fuzz, writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg suggest that underachievement and delusion aren’t attributes that age particularly gracefully. However, as these lesser qualities fester, they become even better fodder for potent, biting comedy. As the titular Shaun nine years ago, Pegg perfectly embodied a man-child who’d woken up one day to suddenly find himself on the wrong side of 30 and in possession of precious little time to get his shit together. As Gary King in The World’s End, Pegg plays a sad-sack fortysomething for whom that window has seemingly already closed, leaving him with no option other than to take solace in past glories and live life as if encased in ember. Demonstrating his customary visual flair (which includes a remarkable knack for bringing fluidity and rhythm to his hyperkinetic compositions), Wright acquaints us with our antihero’s finest hour. Fittingly, it was a failure. Setting out on a “heroic quest” 23 years earlier,
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Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s stunning documentary centers on a male orca named Tilikum who has been responsible for the death of three people, most recently the much-publicized 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer in Orlando. He was terrorized by the other whales with whom he shared a tank and also spent his early years cooped up in a tiny holding pen at a third-rate amusement park. But the film’s reach goes far beyond Tilikum’s violent history, laying out the inherently problematic issues associated with putting a massive mammal — and massively intelligent, in some ways more so than humans — into captivity. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated PG-13
New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is down on her luck. Her marriage to a wealthy husband (Alec Baldwin) fell apart after he lost all their money in a Wall Street scam, forcing Jasmine to move to San Francisco to live with her sister, Ginger, a grocery store clerk. To Jasmine, it seems like there’s not much left in her life to look forward to, as she struggles to cope with her downfall from a life of luxury to one where she’s forced to decide whether she should become a dental receptionist or a nurse. Writer/ director Woody Allen presents us a modern yet familiar character study of how the haves and the have-nots perceive themselves. (CS) PG-13
THE SPECTACULAR NOW
Sutter Keely is the most popular guy at his school. He’s funny, he parties, he has a hot girlfriend and he lives “in the moment,” that is until his girlfriend dumps him and he wakes up one morning on the lawn of “nice girl” Aimee’s house. Aimee (Shailene Woodley from is completely the opposite of Sutter: She has goals, she’s smart and a little shy and nerdy. In many ways, this plot like the typical “bad-boy-meets-girl-next-door” coming-of-age story, but this film — from the writers of modern cult classic — doesn’t take the harsh realities of youthful love and confusion about the future and tie it all up in a tidy little package. (CS) Rated R
When Craig Morrison’s wife begins to show worsening signs of dementia, he sets out to build her a new, smaller home on their rural Canadian property. But he doesn’t get any permits or anything because he thinks that sort of thing is outlandish, so the authorities shut down his building project. Soon, he’s in a battle with local government, all the while caring for his ailing wife. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated PG-13
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This uplifting British comedy introduces us to self-described “miserable old Arthur” (played by Terence Stamp, the guy who was General Zod in Superman) whose wife drags him into a senior citizen’s choir. He’s not happy about this because, well, he’s not really happy about anything, ever. But following his wife’s wishes, he begins singing hip songs with the help of a zesty young choir director. At Magic Lantern (MB) Rated PG-13
THE WORLD’S END
Gary King Simon Pegg plays a sad-sack 40-something for whom life’s window has seemingly already closed, leaving him with no option other than to take solace in past glories and live as if encased in amber. Determining that he has unfinished business in his hometown, Gary suits up in his vintage Sisters of Mercy T-shirt, Doc Martens and duster and convinces his estranged friends to take another crack at conquering “The Golden Mile” — a 12-pub/12-pint crawl that saw Gary and his friends fall well short of finishing 23 years earlier. (CW) Rated R
The Davidson family has traveled to a remote cabin for a family reunion, and everything is all peachy keen until things go sour, as they so often do at family reunions. But this isn’t sibling strife or a drunken aunt. No, here we have a gang of dudes in freaky lion masks trying to kill the family with crossbows and axes as the family fights to stay alive. (MB) Rated R
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20 FEET FROM STARDOM
We know names like Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Mick Jagger. Names like Merry Clayton, Darlene Love and Claudia Lennear aren’t so familiar. We know the stars, but we don’t know the backup sing-
ers. This moving documentary puts the women who have supported these stars in the spotlight. One story looks at singer Judith Hill, recent contestant on NBC’s The Voice, and her partnership with Michael Jackson. At Magic Lantern. (JR) PG-13
Yes, folks, there’s such thing as a really scary (and gripping) horror movie that isn’t punctuated by gore. Director James Wan (Saw) fills his based-on-fact haunted house tale with nervous cameras, dark rooms, loud noises and the stories of two families — one lives in that house, the other is trying to help them. This is really unnerving stuff, and a ball to watch in a big dark room with a bunch of strangers, most screaming as one. (ES) Rated R ...continued on next page
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In this sci-fi tale, the 1-percenters don’t just live in their own world philosophically and in terms of lifestyle; they’ve literally left the planet behind. Orbiting above Earth is the titular satellite/habitat, where those who can afford it enjoy the bliss of cure-all medical technology and breathable air, while the surface world has turned into one massive, overpopulated, disease-ridden wasteland. But then one of those lowly Earth dwellers (Matt Damon) gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation, and his only chance of survival is finding a way to get up to the medical marvels of Elysium. (SR) Rated R
This Danish film tells the story of a male kindergarten teacher who is loved by the children and his coworkers until one of the kids fabricates a story about sexual misconduct on this teacher. Soon, his life crumbles as he’s accused of a heinous crime he never committed. (LJ) Rated R
Ashton Kutcher takes a break from embarrassing himself on Two and a Half Men to star as Apple founder Steve Jobs in this biopic of the man who made the iPhone possible. You’ll learn all about how Jobs dropped out of college yet still managed to change the way we listen to music, surf the Internet and take photos of ourselves. (MB) Rated PG-13
KICK ASS 2
Our favorite wild-ass, silly-ass, violent-ass youth superheroes, Kick Ass and Hit Girl are back again this summer to totally ass things up and fight some crime. This time around, they’re joined by other masked crime fighters, including Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). They’ve teamed up to fight a bad guy (Christopher MintzPlasse) who this time around calls himself by a name we can’t print here. (MB) Rated R
ity to avoid conflicts and please people catches the eye of a White House staff recruiter, who brings Cecil on during the Eisenhower administration, beginning service that would take him into the Reagan years. Also stars Oprah Winfrey! (SR) Rated PG-13
THE LONE RANGER
Johnny Depp dons another wig as Tonto, the Native American sidekick to the notso-lonesome Lone Ranger, John Reid (Armie Hammer). Tonto lays down the wisdom in fluent broken English to transform a man of law into a masked hero. Loaded with Pirates of the Caribbean special effects and quippy humor, Depp and Hammer gallop horseback through the dust in an adventure against the Western bad guys. (BN) PG-13
Two teenagers stumble across a ruggedly handsome fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding in the Deep South from bounty hunters and the law. The boys decide to take matters into their own hands, making a pact to keep the dashing criminal hidden from hungry killers and help reunite him with his long lost love. It’s nice to see McConaughey continue his habit of appearing in movies that aren’t, by and large, romantic comedies. Let’s hope he keeps it up. (SM) Rated PG-13
So Liam Hemsworth plays a young gogetter who wanders into a big company looking for a sweet job and they give him one — except that this job requires him to go for work at another company headed up by a bald Harrison Ford (he looks as bad as you’re picturing in your head). Soon, he’s tangled in a web of lies and death threats as he tries to maneuver between his two bosses. (MB) Rated PG-13
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
The son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), ventures out into the Sea of Monsters with his friends to find the Golden Fleece, which holds the power to restore peace to their town. Full of myth, magic and adventure, this movie takes the viewer along for the quest with impressive visual effects. (JR) Rated PG
That desire to be free from your parent’s rule and live life as you choose is a common one. This film tells the story of three friends who make this romantic fantasy a reality. Running into the woods to build their own house, they come to better understand the meaning of friendship, family and what it means to rule. Delightful performances mark this unique coming of age story. At Magic Lantern (JR) Rated R
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER
Forest Whitaker plays the lead role in this loosely interpreted story of former White House butler Eugene Allen, turned here into a fellow named Cecil Gaines. His abil-
Disney has almost made the movie Cars again. This time, it’s just with planes. Dusty, voiced by Dane Cook, is a plane with dreams of becoming a champion racer, but he’s afraid of heights. With the help of his mentor Skipper (Stacy Keach), Dusty sets out to make his dreams come true. He meets goofy characters voiced by Brad Garret, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and John Cleese along the way. (JR) Rated PG
The origin of these little blue dudes and dudettes goes all the way back to 1958. Originally appearing as comic strip, the Smurfs have been reincarnated over and over again. Neil Patrick Harris starred in the 2011 version, and he’s doing it again. This time around, the Smurfs team up with Harris and other human friends to save Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) from the evil Gargamel (voiced by Hank Azaria). (JR) Rated PG
THE WAY, WAY BACK
Fox Searchlight continues to establish itself as, perhaps, the premier indie film distributor. From them we’ve received films like Sideways, Juno and Slumdog Millionaire. Their newest film seems to contain the same charm they’ve become known for. This time around, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph and a young actor named Liam James look to deliver said charm with a tale about a forlorn kid who finds a new life with a summer job at a water park. (JR) PG-13
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Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer who finds himself in major debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). He’s then forced to make a trip to Mexico to pick up some bud, and he believes he’ll keep a lower profile if he crosses the border with his family. Without one, he recruits a nerdy boy, a punk girl and a stripper (Jennifer Aniston — as a stripper!) to pose as his kin travelling in an RV. (JR) Rated R
Logan, the Wolverine, is a roiling bundle of angst and emotional torment and aching vulnerability. He is haunted by the ghost of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who keeps begging him to just figure out how to die already and join her in the afterlife. Now, he has to head to Japan and face his inner demons. (MJ) Rated PG-13 n
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Gru is back with his minions and adopted daughters in the animated sequel, picking up as the Anti-Villain League cracks down on high-tech super-criminals. The agency calls on (or rather, kidnaps) Gru for his ex-villain expertise, but will he be able to juggle the mission on top of his paternal duties? Get ready to giggle for returning voice actors Steve Carell, Kristin Wigg, Miranda Cosgrove and the adorably clumsy minions. (ES) Rated PG
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Blackfish exposes the astonishingly grim underbelly of captive orca whales By Mike Bookey
hat childhood visit to SeaWorld is about Canadian aquarium in the early 1990s and also to move out of the “cherished memories” killed a man who had snuck into his tank in folder of your brain. That “Shamu” Orlando a decade later. waving a fin at you, it turns out, probably wasn’t The most wrenching scene is file footage that happy, no matter how much the wetsuit-clad of orcas being hunted for capture in the Puget trainer insisted to the contrary. Sound in the 1970s. A baby orca is captured Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s stunning docuto be sent to an amusement park; as it’s being mentary, Blackfish, centers on a male orca named wrangled, the baby’s extended family calls out Tilikum who has been responsible for the in panic from just yards away. When one of the death of three people, most recently the muchfishermen responsible, now gray, burly, bearded publicized 2010 death of a SeaWorld trainer in and heavily tattooed, breaks down in tears at the Orlando. He was terrorized by memory more than 40 years later, BLACKFISH the other whales with whom he it all hits home. Rated PG-13 shared a tank and also spent his We never hear anything from Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite SeaWorld, though, other than early years cooped up in a tiny holding tank at a third-rate amuse- At Magic Lantern some media clips of an executive ment park. But the film’s reach telling reporters — disingenuously, goes far beyond Tilikum’s violent history, laying it turns out — that the trainer died due to her out the inherently problematic issues associated own carelessness. This can make it feel like a with putting a massive — and massively intelslam piece at times, although SeaWorld refused ligent, in some ways more so than humans — into to comment for the film, or for much of the other captivity. reporting conducted on the 2010 killing. Blackfish opens with the 911 call from SeaBlackfish is at once terrifying, informing and World alerting authorities that one of the whales outraging. It’s also impacting: the ending of the had just killed a trainer, who we later learn is upcoming Finding Nemo sequel has been changed longtime SeaWorld veteran Dawn Brancheau. because of what’s revealed in this film. This The rest of the story unfolds through interviews documentary feels like it’s pointing toward a with former SeaWorld trainers who uncover the watershed moment that will make us realize — as dark side of keeping orcas in captivity and docuone of the trainers interviewed in the film says mentation from an OSHA lawsuit filed against — that we’re going to look back on the fact that SeaWorld. Along the way, we learn that Tilikum we imprisoned intelligent mammals for our own was responsible for the death of a teenager at a entertainment and feel like barbarians. n
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For Black Sabbath, the more things change, the more they stay the same By Leah Sottile
ancing was great and all. But by 1970 — a decade and a half since Bill Haley & His Comets were credited with the first rock ‘n’ roll tune — the world was changing, and so was music. Rock ‘n’ roll had grown past adolescence and was looking to sneak out of the house, past the diner dance floors and into something edgier. It was the start of rock’s great rebellion: a time when the Jimi Hendrix Experience was making rock music bigger and flashier, when Led Zeppelin was making
it louder. And it was a time when rock was getting angrier. By the dawn of the ’70s — rock’s innocence teetering on the edge of the cliff — a band called Black Sabbath, a blues rock group from a broken English factory town, came along. They would punt rock music over the edge and into the abyss. Inspired by horror films and the allure of the occult, Black Sabbath simply wanted to scare people. Today, well into their 60s, the band’s members are considered the godfathers of heavy
metal, continuing to make a lot of people uncomfortable. “What we did [back then] was almost like watching a horror film where you get the fear,” says Tony Iommi, the band’s guitarist, over the phone a few weeks ago. “I think we tried to create that in the music — create some suspense, something you can feel and something that is heavy.” For some at the time, it was too much — too dramatic, too overdone. Rock music devoted to ...continued on next page
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the occult? With slow riffs and tolling church bells? Silliness. Rolling Stone critic Lester Bangs hated Black Sabbath’s 1970 debut: “The whole album is a shuck — despite the murky songtitles and some inane lyrics that sound like Vanilla Fudge paying doggerel tribute to Aleister Crowley, the album has nothing to do with spiritualism, the occult, or anything much,” he wrote. Bangs would eat crow over that one. Later that year, Sabbath would release Paranoid — considered by many the first heavy metal album, and one Rolling Stone would later rank as one of the greatest albums of all time. Even more than the band’s eponymous debut, Paranoid held no punches back: “War Pigs,” the album’s first track, made no attempts to veil the band’s disdain for the Vietnam War; “Paranoid” talked of a man losing his mind; “Iron Man” tells the story of a man who foresees the apocalypse. Today, Iommi says that back then the band was pissed off. They grew up in a shitty city. He’d lost two of his fingers on a factory line. Life was far from peachy. “It was reality of the things that were happening in the world,” he says. “Not many were talking about it — it was all peace and love at that time. So we went the other way. … Where we came from was quite a rough and sort of a downtrodden area. We weren’t singing nice things, it was all grim. “I think when we were doing it, it was all genuinely honest. It was a side we saw of life.” So it’s interesting that now, 43 years after the release of the band’s first album, Black Sabbath continues to make music about the grimness and heartaches of the world. On the recently released 13 (the first Black Sabbath record in 18 years), they lament war and injustice, corporate greed and the death of God. But unlike when Sabbath started, that’s hardly unique anymore. Urban Outfitters sells shirts adorned with upside-down crosses. Lady Gaga dresses up like a sexy nun in her music videos. Madonna burned crosses in the name of pop music decades ago. And Black Sabbath doesn’t exactly come from the same place of depression and poverty it did decades ago. Iommi says the band might have gotten richer over the years and several waves of dark music have come to pass, but that hasn’t changed the way he and his bandmates see the world. “I think the grimness is in life. All these
things still happen in the world. You can turn the TV on and there’s not that many nice things out there. And that’s very sad,” he says. “And our personal lives — even though we live in luxury at the moment, it still doesn’t make any difference. You still have your downsides. It’s a feeling.” So after all these years of writing songs like “War Pigs” and 13’s “End of the Beginning,” is Black Sabbath not a band calling for mayhem, like people may have guessed, but for peace? Have they been peaceniks all along? Iommi laughs. “It would be great to say, we’d love to call for peace. But, God, you look at the world today and it’s just unbelievable … if you could cure that with music, it would be brilliant. You can try. You write about the things happening in the world.” n firstname.lastname@example.org Black Sabbath with Andrew W.K. • Sat, Aug. 24, at 7:30 pm • Gorge Amphitheatre • $64$150 • All-ages • ticketmaster.com • (800) 745-3000
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ast year, Richie Rekow and Rose Windows bandmate Pat Schowe were outside a bar in downtown Seattle with when conversation turned to how crazy it would be if they got signed to Sub Pop Records, the Seattle record label that helped launch the careers of Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. “We thought it was so impossible then,” explains Rekow in a recent phone interview. In February, bar talk became reality. “I reminded Pat about that night how we had talked about it and we thought it would never happen. It’s so surreal.” Rose Windows’ roster is extensive. There are seven band members. Rekow, who contributes bass and backup vocals, was one of the last to join, in 2010. He says at one point there were nine. “It’s about who sticks around, who we vibe with,” he explains. There are pros and cons to having so many in the group. On one hand, it takes about 20 minutes just to corral everyone into the tour van, but on the other, seven people makes loading and unloading light work. “Plus, in the beginning, we knew if everyone invited a few friends and family members, we’d at least have some people at our shows,” Rekow recalls. Lead guitarist/composer Chris Cheveyo had the original vision for the indie group. It was his
house in Seattle that became Ground Zero. “That big, old house was where it all started, but it was nasty,” Rekow says fondly. “There were 11 people who lived there, I paid $150 a month — super cheap — but I wouldn’t even use the bathroom there.” Various housemates were part of the band. Practices were in the basement, where the group’s sound was cajoled and perfected into a flute-employing, female-lead-singer-rocking, Western-meets-Eastern conglomerate. Consequently, no one from the band lives in the house anymore. With a late June release, the band’s first fulllength effort, The Sun Dogs, has found favor on the college radio charts and festival stages. This year alone, the group passed through SXSW, Sasquatch! and Capitol Hill Block Party. Tuesday, Rose Windows is back to hit Neato Burrito for the second time this year, one of the initial gigs for its first-ever national tour. “We’re just a bunch of people doing the best we can,” Rekow says. “We’ve spent decades finding sounds that are good and pure, and perhaps that’s what you would experience coming to one of our shows.” email@example.com Rose Windows with Mirror Mirror, Strange Mana • Tue, Aug. 27 at 9 pm • Baby Bar/Neato Burrito • 827 W. 1st Ave. • 21+ • 847-1234
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efore Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ripped the Seattle underground hip-hop scene out of the closet, there was Blue Scholars. Also a duo, consisting of vocalist George “Geologic” Quibuyen and beat-maker Saba “Sabzi” Mohajerjasbi, the rap group has been at it since 2002 after meeting while at the University of Washington. Headlining this year’s downtown Gleason Fest, which raises money for the Gleason Initiative Foundation, an ALS awareness organization headed up by native Spokanite and former NFL player Steve Gleason, the pair heads back to Spokane, bringing its own brand of socially conscious lyricism to its fans. — LAURA JOHNSON Gleason Fest featuring Blue Scholars, Ssssnake, Delbert the Band, Hey Marseilles, Hollow Wood, Stone Tobey, Hey! is for Horses, The Rustics, Organic Beats, Keenen Magik • Division St. and Main Ave. • Sat, Aug. 24 from noon-11 pm • $15, 12 and under free • All-ages • teamgleason.org/gleasonfest13
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ocal band Entanglement rose from the ashes of metal group Kill the King earlier this year. After believing the act was done in 2012, guitarist Sam Perez convinced the others, Mike Cluckey (drums) Charly Hensley (bass) and Anthony Stalker (rhythm guitar/lead vocals), to give it another try in May. The result is a brand-new name and album, being released to the public Wednesday at a CD release party at The Center. Fans of hell-raising screamo-metal (with some melody) will want to come out and support this group. — LAURA JOHNSON Entanglement CD release party with Benign, Losing Skin, Thirion • Wed, Aug. 28 at 7 pm • The Center • 6425 N. Lidgerwood • All-ages • $8 pre-sale, $10 at the door • entanglement-tickets.eventbrite.com
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BOATS RACE ON WATER
The Inland Northwest is home to no shortage of lakes and rivers. Some locals enjoy swimming, paddling or boating — while others prefer water activities at a faster pace. At the annual U.S. Sprint Boat Races hosted at Webb’s Slough just south of Spokane, spectators watch tiny, aerodynamic boats whip through tight turns around a man-made course at top speeds. The night before the big race, spectators can meet the daredevils who man these lightning-fast boats in downtown St. John from 5-8 pm. On race day, get to the Slough early with some lawn chairs to snag a good spot. — MYCHAELA NICKOLOFF U.S. Sprint Boat Races • Sat, Aug. 24 at 10 am • $15-$33 • Rogers Rd., St. John, Wash. • webbsslough.com • 648-3393
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Shakespeare in the Park: Henry V • Sun, Aug. 25 at 5 pm • Free • Pavillion Park • 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake , Wash. • pavillionpark.org
Bill Cosby • Sat, Aug. 24 at 7:30 pm • $30–$35 • Beasley Coliseum • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. • beasley. wsu.edu • 335-3525
This summer, pop culture media outlets obsessed over the arrival of Great Britain’s king-to-be, but fascination with royals is nothing new. Even back in the 16th century, Shakespeare knew the masses couldn’t get enough royal drama and brought us Henry V. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performs Henry V for this year’s outdoor theater production in Liberty Lake. Whether you’re a fan of the Bard, out spending an evening with the family or cheating on summer reading before school starts. — MYCHAELA NICKOLOFF
If you miss The Cosby Show as much as we do, you’ll be pleased to know Cosby and his colorful sweaters are making a visit to Pullman. He’s perhaps the only comedian who can deliver an hours-long monologue on life’s most mundane situations — like the proud, defiant ear hairs that surprise us in the mirror — without a lick of profanity. At 76 years old, we’ll see if he’s updated his stance on getting old since the time he said, “When you become senile, you won’t know it.” — BETH NOTTURNO
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Last fall, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture decided to indefinitely postpone its monthly afterwork arts party, BeGin!, after the Spokane Fire Department told the museum it needed to look into its occupancy limits since the free event attracted so many people. After a considerable hiatus, BeGin! is back this month, offering the same crowd favorites of free exhibit admission, live music and a no-host bar. While you’re there, make a point to visit the exhibit “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work,” which closes on Sunday, Aug. 25. — CHEY SCOTT BeGin! • Fri, Aug. 23 from 6-9 pm • Free • All-ages • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First Ave. • northwestmuseum.org • 456-3931
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A sacred tradition for many of the tribes around the Inland Northwest, the annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow in Riverfront Park returns this weekend with a family fun night and a kids powwow beginning at 5 pm on Thursday. The weekend-long event invites people of all backgrounds — tribal members and nonmembers alike — to celebrate life, tradition and the Spokane River. Dancers, drummers and singers will show off their individual styles for the community in performances and competitions. Support local culture at the event’s Indian market, which will sell traditional handmade arts and crafts. — ANNA CLAUSEN Gathering at the Falls Powwow • Aug. 22-24, event times vary • Free • Riverfront Park, Lilac Bowl • 507 N. Howard St. • facebook.com/RiverfrontParkPowwowSpokane • 325-5502
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STAND-UP COMEDY Local comedians. Thursdays at 8 pm. Free. Uncle D’s Comedy, 2721 N. Market. (483-7300) YOU NEED A HERO Live improv comedy show based on audience suggestions. Through Aug. 30, Fridays at 8 pm. $7-$9. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) OPEN MIC COMEDY Live stand-up comedy. Fridays at 8 pm. Free. Ages 21+. Chan’s Red Dragon, 1406 W. Third Ave. (838-6688) SAFARI Short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. Saturdays at 9 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) COACHES VS. CANCER FEAT. DANA CARVEY Live comedy show; fundrais-
er for Coaches vs. Cancer. Aug. 24 at 8 pm. $40-$150. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.com (624-1200) BILL COSBY Live comedy show. Aug. 24 at 7:30 pm. $34.50. Beasley Coliseum, 225 N. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. beasley.wsu.edu (335-3525) LIVE COMEDY Live stand-up comedy shows every Sunday at 9 pm. Free. Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave. (928-1070) SHORT STACKS Live improvised comedy show. Sept. 6 at 10 pm. $5. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. bluedoortheatre.com (747-7045) COMEDY OPEN MIC Stand-up comedy open mic night. Sept. 12 and 26 at 6 pm. Free. All-ages. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (703-7223)
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Advice Goddess Barn Yesterday
For two summers, I’ve traveled to work on a small organic farm. There, this woman and I had this amazing romance, including lovemaking during summer thunderstorms and dancing naked in the fields! It was all very romantic, and this spring, I moved across the country to live with her. I soon discovered that she was infatuated with a man living several hours away. She even pointed out ways she wanted me to be more like him. After a amy alkon heartbreaking month feeling worthless, foolish, and ignored, I left. In retrospect, she showed signs of her self-centeredness on the farm (such as compulsively talking about herself) and a habit of dropping friends instead of working out conflicts. Somehow, I still long for her, and I can’t bring myself to unpack my things because they remind me of the love we shared. —Stuck The opportunity to dance naked in the fields with some hot hippiechick does explain some of the allure of your “hay-cation.” Still, my ancestors clawed their way out of some peasant existence in Eastern Europe not that long ago, so if I’m going to pick lettuce, it’ll be from a menu handed to me by a guy who also asks whether Madame would like more wine. How could you not see that you were just another crop to be rotated? Well, because you allowed yourself to fall prey to “confirmation bias,” our tendency to seek out information that confirms what we want to believe and to shut out information that says, “Come on…really?” When we make up our minds about something — especially something that shines up our self-image — we tend to make them up like beds with the sheets glued to the mattress. Understanding this tendency is the best way to root out the ugly truth, the one suggesting that the summer romance is just a summer romance, since trying to squeeze love (or a scrap of empathy) out of a narcissistic person is about as productive as trying to squeeze orange juice out of a desk lamp. Sure, in the moment, it’s more fun to believe “She loves me, she really loves me!” but forcing yourself to take a few skeptical walks through the less than ideal bits about a woman can help you avoid spending a long winter weepily harvesting everything in sight at another farm — Pepperidge Farm. To begin giving yourself a much-needed hippiechick-ectomy, unpack your things. As long as they’re together in your suitcase, they’re about her, but a lone shirt back on your shelf is just a shirt. And because research shows that trying to suppress thoughts makes the little buggers come back with a vengeance, use a surprisingly simple trick discovered by psychologists Jens Forster and Nira Liberman: In trying to stop revisiting a thought, admit that doing this is hard, which actually makes the unwanted thought far less likely to bubble up. You should also change the story you’re telling yourself. You weren’t loved by her; you were fooled by her. She might have run naked through the kale, shouting, “Shall I compare thee to a locally-sourced summer’s day?” but a woman who loves you doesn’t let you move across the country so she can spend a month comparing you unfavorably with Chad from the food co-op, with his wind-powered toilets and biodegradable sports car.
My girlfriend and I broke up, and I want to move on, but she keeps trying to talk to me. I finally told her that we cannot talk anymore. She said that if I’m unwilling to talk to her, it means that we never had a relationship at all. I feel bad that she’s hurting, so I pick up the phone sometimes, but I have nothing to say, and I’m weary of the drama. —Finished There comes a time in a man’s life when he’s so desperate to be abducted by aliens that he goes to Roswell and tries hitchhiking: “Yer galaxy or bust!” But don’t stick your ex with all the blame. After all, nothing says “I never want to speak to you again” like picking up the phone to have yet another conversation about it. Talking probably seems kind, but giving her what she wants in the short term is cruel in the long term because it gives her hope — and reason to call back. Answer one last call. Tell her only that you will no longer be answering her calls and that you need to move on. If, somehow, she sneakily gets through, gently reiterate that message and immediately hang up. Sure, it’s a stock plot of chick flicks, a girl annoying a guy into loving her. Unfortunately, if this were a movie, it would be the sort shot by your doctor using a tiny snaking camera, with your girlfriend typecast as the polyp. n ©2013, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)
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events | calendar Bada Bing Comedy ShowLive comedy show featuring Jebb Fink, Duane Goad and Ken Habib. Sept. 13 at 8 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (227-7638)
SpokeFest VolunteersVolunteers needed to help set up the course and fair, provide direction, host food/ water stops and more for the annual community cycling festival (Sept. 8) in downtown Spokane. spokefest.org (email@example.com) Thursday Night DanceCommunity dances featuring live music by local bands. Thursdays from 7:30-9:45 pm. $5.50. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (535-0803) Women & Children’s Free Restaurant Volunteers are needed as prep cooks, servers, dishwashers, food platers and more to work various shifts during the week, Mon-Fri. Positions are weekly or biweekly. Visit wcfrspokane.org to submit a volunteer application. (324-1995) Family Dance NightGet moving with the whole family. Aug. 23 from 7:308:30 pm. $5-$10. The Buddhio, 915 S. Perry St. (389-0429) Family Fun FairEvent to collect sock and underwear donations for the Mission Community Outreach Center, featuring barbecue, family activities, vendors, farmers market and more. Aug. 23 from 4-7 pm. Free. River City Chiropractic, 615 N. Sullivan. (241-3088) Mobius Extreme Science Show Live science demonstrations featuring new demos by Mobius scientists Aaron and Don. Aug. 24 at 7 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com Disc Golf Fundraiser1st annual disc golf tournament benefiting the local nonprofit Baskets for Babies. Aug. 24 at 9 am. $30. High Bridge Disc Golf Course, 500 S. A St. basketsforbabies. org (214-2634) Palousafest Annual fall kick-off event featuring activities, food, live music and more. Aug. 24 from 5-10 pm. Free and open to the public. University of Idaho, Theophilius Tower Lawn, Moscow.uidaho.edu/calendar Centennial Trail Volunteer Day Volunteers are invited to participate in light work to improve Centennial Trail heads including painting, weeding and more. Aug. 25 and 31. More info by emailing riversidestatepark1@gmail. com (795-4609) Doggie DipWell-behaved dogs are invited to take a dip into select city pools before closing for the season as part of a fundraiser for SpokAnimal. Aug. 25-27. $10. Comstock, Aug. 25, 2-5 pm; Shadle, Aug. 26, 5-8 pm; Hillyard, Aug. 27, 5-8 pm. spokaneparks. org Free Youth Dance ClassesEight free classes offered by Festival Dance Academy of Moscow to area children ages 6-12. Aug. 26-30, times vary. Free. University of Idaho PE Building, Moscow campus. festivaldance.org (208-883-3267) Make it a Mile Walking Program Walking group to train for the Spokane Heart and Stroke Walk on Sept. 14. Meets on Tue and Thu from noon1 pm, through Sept. 12. $25, includes shirt. Meets at Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain, 570 N. Howard St. Check in
at the Fleet Feet tent. (328-4786) Harry Potter PartyCelebration of the 15th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” featuring activities and more. Aug. 27 at noon, movie screening at 3 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. cdalibrary.org (208-769-2315) Feed the NeighborhoodFree meals provided every Wednesday from 4:30-6 pm. Free. (Volunteers also needed to cook and serve meals) 7th and Catherine Ave., Post Falls, Idaho. (208-661-5166) Vintage Car ShowVintage cars from 1900-1983 on display, along with food vendors, raffle and more. Sept. 7 from 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Mirabeau Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Parkway. (922-3431) Cobra Polo ClassicAnnual charity polo match benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. Sept. 8 at 12 pm. $200+. Spokane Polo Club, 7500 U.S. Hwy. 2. rmhcspokane. org Bocce Ball TournamentAnnual event featuring a raffle, silent auction, and dinner to benefit local underprivileged youth. Sept. 9 from 12-8 pm. $75. Bozarth Mansion, 12415 N. Fairwood Dr. peak7.org Glenrose Summer MarketFarmers market, live music, vendors and more. Sept. 10 from 3-7 pm. Free admission. Little Yellow Schoolhouse, corner of 37th and Fancher. (944-1085)
A Course in MiraclesTheological study group. Thursdays at 7 pm. Free. 1042 W. Mill Ave., Ste. 207 Coeur d’Alene. (208-660-7687) The White PartyWomen’s networking and social event featuring live music, entertainment and more. Aug. 22 from 5-8 pm. Free. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. (928-9664) gathering of the beardless Fundraiser event benefiting the Spokane Guilds School feat. local bands and more. Aug. 23 at 6 pm. Ages 21+. nYne Bar & Bistro, 232 W. Sprague Ave. (474-1621) Lilac City Volkssports5K or 10K walk around the park, hosted by Lilac City Volkssports Association. Aug. 24. Free. Meet at Fred Meyer at Third and Thor at 8 am to caravan to the park. lilaccityvolks.com Rolling Thunder Bike ShowHot rod and motorcycle show featuring live music, food, activities and more. Aug. 24 from 4:30-8:30 pm. Free admission. Side Street Place, 1780 E. Schneidmiller, Post Falls. (928-3977) Paws in the PoolDogs 6 mos. and older are invited to take a dip in the city pools before they close for the season. Aug. 25 and 26, times and size limits for dogs vary. $5. Valley Mission Pool, 11123 E. Mission Ave. spokanevalley.org (688-0300) Scratch Lab Programming and computer animation workshop using Scratch, for grades 4-6. Aug. 26 at 2 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. scld.org (893-8400) Madden 26 Release PartyMadden video game tournament featuring food, prizes and more. Aug. 26 from 9 pm-midnight. Free. Spokane Valley Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave. (9240667)
Soapmaking ClassA two-part class on natural clays and dies, pigments and oxides. Aug. 27-28 from 6:30-8:30 pm. $55, reservations requested. Greencastle Soap, 203 N. Stone St. greencastlesoap.com (466-7223) Beading Workshop Workshop on beading with Bobbi White of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, as part of the Schitsu’umsh Country Exhibit at the Institute. Aug. 27 from 1-4 pm. Free. Human Rights Education Institute, 414 W. Mullan Rd., CdA. (208-292-2359) Labor Day Retreat Meditative retreat on developing meditative concentration. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. $100 offering and reservation requested. Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport, Wash. (447-5549) FemFest Women’s fair featuring local organizations, clubs, businesses, vendors and more providing services to women. Aug. 30 from 11 am-1 pm. Free and open to the public. University of Idaho Commons Lawn, Moscow. uidaho.edu/calendar Funky Junk Antique Show7th annual vintage, antique, handmade and salvaged goods show, featuring life music and more. Aug. 31-Sept. 1 from 10 am-4 pm daily. $5 admission. Wood V-X Ranch, 480987 Hwy. 95, Sandpoint. funkyjunkantiqueshow.com (208-946-8500) Ringling Bros. CircusAcrobats, stunt performers, animals and more. Sept. 5-9, times vary. $10-$45. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com (325-7328) Hot September Nights Car Show 2nd annual “Hot September Nights” car show fundraiser benefiting cancer research organizations, featuring live music, beer garden and more. Sept. 7 from 1-8 pm. Free admission, $10/car entry. JJ’s Grill & Brewhouse, 8801 N. Indian Trail Rd. (467-4267) Hunting for Wild Mushrooms Learn about different species of mushrooms, where to find them in North Idaho and more. Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm. Free. Spirit Lake Library, 32575 N. Fifth Ave. (208-632-5353) Spokane Moves to Amend the Constitution The local activist group meets on the second Tuesdays of each month. Next meeting is Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Dr. (844-1776)
Peach Festival Peach picking, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Through Sept. 2. Green Bluff Growers, Mead, Wash. greenbluffgrowers.com Bonner County FairContests, activities, booths, vendors, food, live entertainment and more. Through Aug. 24. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho. co.bonner.id.us (208-263-8414) North Idaho Fair & RodeoVendors, booths, animals, exhibits, rodeo competitions and more. Through Aug. 25 from 10 am-10 pm daily. $6-$9. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. northidahofair.com (208-765-4969) Northeast Washington FairVendors, exhibits, food and drink, arts and crafts and more. Aug. 22-25. North East Washington Fairgrounds, 317 W. Astor Ave., Colville, Wash. (684-2585)
gathering at the falls Powwow Gathering of native tribes from across the Northwest and Canada, featuring traditional music and dance, an Indian Market and more. Aug. 22-24, Thu from 5-9 pm, Fri at 7 pm, Sat from 9 am-7 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (242-2400) Clayton Community FairExhibits, animals, demonstrations, activities and more. Aug. 23-25. Clayton Fairgrounds, 4616 Wallbridge Rd., Clayton, Wash. claytoncommunityfair.com (276-2444) Millwood DazeAnnual 5K fun run, pet walk, wagon parade, activities, entertainment and more benefiting Meals on Wheels Spokane. Aug. 25 from 8 am-3 pm. Downtown Millwood along Dalton Street. millwood5k.com (232-0864) Budge FestParking lot party featuring live music, food, beer garden and more. Aug. 24 from 2-9 pm. Free admission. Ages 21+. Budge Brothers Brewery, 2018 E. Riverside Ave. (426-3340) Schweitzer Fall Fest21st annual microbrew and live music festival featuring tasting tents for regional breweries and more. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho. schweitzer.com (208-255-3081) Affair on Main StreetFood, music, arts and craft vendors, car show, activites and more. Aug. 31-Sept. 1 from 10 am-4 pm. Downtown Metaline Falls, Wash. facebook.com/affaironmainstreet (509-446-2449) Coaster Classic Car ShowInland Empire Late Great Chevy Club show. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Silverwood Theme Park, Hwy 95, Athol, Idaho. silverwoodthemepark.com (208-683-3400) Fall Fest MicrobrewsNorthwest microbrews, reginal wines and ciders, family events, entertainment and more. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint. (208-263-9555) Palouse Empire FairRodeo, vendors, exhibits, animals, live entertainment and more. Sept. 5-8. $3-$6 daily admission. Palouse Empire Fairgrounds, Colfax, Wash. palouseempirefair.org
Man of SteelAction film. Aug. 29Sept. 1, showtimes vary. $3-$6. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127)
Food & Drink
Dog Days of SummerBeer tasting class featuring craft beers with the word “dog” in their name. Aug. 22 from 6:308:30 pm. $15. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. totalwine.com (4661644) Inland NW Ale Trail KickoffOfficial kickoff party for the Inland Northwest Ale Trail featuring local beers and more. Aug. 22 from 5-9 pm. Saranac Public House, 21 W. Main. inlandnwaletrail.com Laughing Dog Anniversary Party 8th anniversary party featuring live music, food, games and more. Aug. 24 from noon-7 pm. Ages 21+. Laughing Dog Brewery, 1109 Fontaine Dr., Sandpoint. laughingdogbrewing.com (208-2639222) Coffee Roaster Miguel Menendez The El Salvador-born coffee roaster will speak about coffee varietals, processing and the way it affects taste. Aug. 24. Revel77, 3223 E. 57th Ave. revel77coffee.com (280-0518) Hatch Chili RoastAnnual parking lot food festival featuring a beer and taco garden, live music, kids activities and Hatch chili peppers from Hatch, N.M. for sale. Aug. 24-25 from 10 am-7 pm. Free admission, $22/dozen hatch chiles. De Leon Foods, 102 E. Francis Ave. deleonfoods.net (483-3033) Brews CruiseThird annual pub-crawl bike ride, hosted by The Lands Council. Aug. 25 at 1 pm. Starts at Saranac Building, 25 W. Main. (209-2851) Hatch Chile CookingLearn to make three dishes using Hatch green chiles from New Mexico. Aug. 27 and 28 from 5:30-7:30 pm. $45. De Leon Foods, 102 E. Francis Ave. cookwithus.com (208665-0282) Eat to Live WorkshopSix-week workshop on the benefits and how-tos of eating a plant-based diet including cooking demos, meal planning Family Movie EventFree movie and more. Through Aug. 28, Wed from screening; viewer’s choice. Aug. 22 at noon-1:30 or 5:30-7 pm. $10/class or 2:30 pm. Free. All-ages. The Kroc, 1765 $50/program. Center for Spiritual LivW. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) ing, 2825 E. 33rd Ave. (951-5557) The Making of MomentaDocumentaPig Out in the ParkAnnual food and ry about the ecological impacts of coal music festival featuring 50+ local food mining for the Inland Northwest and vendors, beer gardens and free conbeyond, hosted by the Lake Pend Oreille certs throughout the weekend. Aug. Waterkeeper. Aug. 22 at 7 pm. $10 sug28-Sept. 2, daily from 10 am-11 pm. No gested donation. The Hive, 207 N. First items more than $9.50. Riverfront Park, Ave., Sandpoint. (208-597-7188) 507 N. Howard St. pigoutspokane.com Little GiantsOutdoor movie screenArtisan Cider and BeerTaste artisan ing as part of the Summer Moonlight ciders made from a variety of fruits. Movie Series. Aug. 23 at dusk. Free. Aug. 30 at 7 pm. $20, reservations reSunset Park, S. King St., Airway Heights. quired. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (244-4845) (343-2253) Ferris Bueller’s Day OffOutdoor Smoke on the Water Barbecue movie screening. Aug. 23 at dusk. Free. Community barbecue fundraiser benPavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty efiting the Panhandle Parks Foundation, Lake. pavillionpark.org (755-6726) featuring live music and more. Aug. 31 The AvengersScreening as part of the from 11 am-8 pm. Free admission. Coeur South Perry Summer Theater series. d’Alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd. Aug. 24 at dusk. Free. The Shop, 924 S. panhandleparksfoundation.org (208Perry St. (534-1647) 651-6271) Klink’s Resort Summer Shorts Canning 101Learn how to preserve Screening of the filmmaking contest’s your garden’s summer harvest to enjoy top entries filmed back in June in 51 during the winter. Aug. 31 from 11 am-1 hours. Aug. 24 at 7 pm. Free admission. pm. $12, registration required. Sun PeoKlink’s Resort on the Lake, 18617 Wilple Dry Goods Co., 32 W. Second Ave. liams Lake Rd., Cheney. klinksresort. sunpeopledrygoodsco.com (368-9378) com (235-2391)
Summer Concerts in Riverstone Concerts in the park featuring local bands and artists. Thursdays from 6:308 pm, through Aug. 29. Free. Riverstone Park, 1800 Tilford Lane. artsincda.org (208-292-1629) Ottmar Liebert & Luna NegraInstrumental guitar concert. Aug. 22 at 8 pm. $30-$40. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-7638) Black SabbathRock concert featuring opening act Andrew W.K. Aug. 24 at 7:30 pm. $45-$125. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd., Quincy, Wash. livenation.com Sesitshaya Marimba BandOutdoor concert. Aug. 24 at 2 pm. $8. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown. artisanbarn.org (229-3414) Gleason FestIndie music festival benefiting The Gleason Initiative Foundation, featuring performances by local and regional bands, a beer garden, vendors and more. Aug. 24 from noon11 pm. $15. Downtown Spokane, Division and Main Ave. teamgleason.org Community Music DayFree music demos and instrument lessons open to all ages and ability levels, with instruments provided. Aug. 25 from 10 am-3 pm. Free. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. hnmc.org (326-9516) Dave Matthews BandThree-day concert featuring the band. Aug. 29-Sept. 1. $62-$90. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd., Quincy, Wash. livenation.com (785-6262) Martina McBrideCountry music concert. Aug. 31 at 8 pm. $59-$99. All-ages. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. northernquest.com (481-6700) Spokane SymphonyAnnual Labor Day weekend concert in the park. Aug. 31 at 6 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake. spokanesymphony.org (624-1200) Spokane New Music Ensemble“Music for a Modern Ear” premiere concert by the newly formed chamber music group. Aug. 31 at 7 pm. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Dr. hnmc.org (326-9516) Coeur d’Alene SymphonyAnnual Labor Day concert in the park. Sept. 2 at 1 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene City Park, 415 W. Mullan Rd. cdasymphony.org (208765-3833)
Tai Chi WorkshopIntroductory lessons and demonstrations. Thursdays at 6 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Park, spokanetaichi.com (847-5915) Spokane IndiansSpokane Indians vs. Tri-City Dust Devils. Aug. 21-23 at 6:30 pm. $5-$11. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (325-7328) Spokane Table TennisPing-pong club meets on Saturdays from 1-4 pm and Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9:30 pm. $2/visit; open to the public. North Park Racquet Club, 8121 N. Division. (768-1780) U.S. Sprint Boat RacesU.S. Sprint Boat Association Jet Sprint Races. Aug. 24 at $15-$20. Webb’s Slough, St. John, Wash. webbsslough.com (648-3393) Dwight Dash5-10k trail run. Aug 24 at 9 am. $19-$29. Dwight Merkel Sports
Complex, 5701 N. Assembly St. spokaneparks.org (625-6200) Priest Lake TriathlonSprint-distance triathlon open to team and individual competitors. Aug. 24 at 8 am. Hill’s Resort, 4777 W. Lakeshore Rd., Priest Lake, Idaho. priestlakerace.com (208-946-9543) NASCAR Pro SeriesNorthwest NASCAR racers on the half-mile super oval. Aug. 24 at 4 pm. $12-$25. Spokane County Raceway, 750 N. Hayford Rd. (244-3333) Fault Lake Hike12-mile, guided round-trip hike to Fault Lake in the Selkirk Mountains. Aug. 25 from 9 am-5 pm. Free. Moderately difficult terrain. Register with firstname.lastname@example.org Free Yoga ClassesFree yoga class open to the public. Aug. 25 from 5-6 pm. Free. Moscow Yoga Center, 525 S. Main St. moscowyogacenter.com (208883-8315) Spokane Table Tennis ClubPingpong club meets Wednesdays from 6:30-9 pm. $2/visit. Southside Senior & Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. (456-3581) Spokane IndiansSpokane Indians vs. Everett AquaSox. Aug. 28-30 at 6:30 pm. $5-$11. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (325-7328) Coeur d’Alene Diamond CupNational Hydroplane race series featuring vendors, food, and more in conjunction with the races. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. $12-$50. Seating along Lake Shore Drive, Coeur d’Alene. (208-691-1612)
Mining Madness at the MillPerformance of an original play by Carol Roberts. Through Aug. 25. Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Sixth Street Melodrama, 212 Sixth, Wallace. (208-752-8871) 9 to 5Musical. Through Aug. 25. ThuFri at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $28-$42. Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-769-7780) Church Basement LadiesMusical comedy. Through Sept. 1. Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sat-Sun at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. interplayerstheatre.org (455-7529) Hamlet Performance of the Shakespeare play by Moscow Art Theatre Too. Aug. 22-31. Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm. Free. East City Park, 900 E. Third St., Moscow. moscowarttheatretoo.com (208-9181882) As You LIke It 1950s-themed rendition of the Shakespeare comedy performed by Uncommon Creative. Aug. 22-25, Thurs-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $3-$7. Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 S. Main St., Moscow. kenworthy.org (208-882-4127) The Hunt for the Pend Oreille Paddler Comedy. Aug. 23-24 at 7:30 pm. $10-$12. Panida Theatre, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. (208-263-9191) Lost in the FiftiesComedy/tragedy performed by theater students. Aug. 23-25, Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $5-$12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave. Newport, Wash. pendoreilleplayers.org (671-3389) Shakespeare in the ParkOutdoor performance of “Twelfth Night” by Montana Shakespeare. Aug. 25 from 5-9 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash. pavillionpark.
org (951-2613) Mark Twain 100 Years LaterOnenight performance by Dave Ehlert on the famous American writer. Aug. 29 at 7 pm. Free. Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way. (208-772-5612) Murder Me, Murder Me NotMysterystyle theater performance. Aug. 30Sept. 1, Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 1 pm. $12. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St., Metaline Falls, Wash. (446-4108)
Definition of PlaceExhibition featuring the work of Idaho-based artist Robert S. Neuman, created between 1950-2012. Aug. 22-Oct. 12. Artist reception Aug. 30 at 5 pm. Free. Gallery hours Tues-Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St. (208-885-3586) WSU Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition Biannual exhibition featuring artwork by the WSU Fine Art faculty. Through Sept. 14. Artist reception Aug. 22 at 6 pm. Museum of Art/WSU Gallery, Pullman campus. (335-6282) BeGin! The return of the MAC’s all-ages after work party featuring complimentary admission to the museum’s exhibits, live music and a no-host bar. Aug. 23 from 6-9 pm. Free. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) As Seen in the NorthwestArt show featuring local and regional landscapes by Inland Northwest artists. Sept. 1-30. Gallery hours Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 10 am-5 pm. Free. Gallery Northwest, 217 E. Sherman Ave. thegallerynorthwest.com (208-667-5700) Drawn to the Wall VInvitational exhibtion featuring drawing installations by Margot Casstevens, Elaine Green, Kurt Madison, Roger Ralston and Carl Richardson. Sept. 6-Oct. 12. Public reception Sept. 12 from 6-8 pm, walkthrough Sept. 13 at 10:30 am. Jundt Art Museum, 502 E. Boone Ave. gonzaga. edu/jundt (313-6611)
Katie QuirkThe Spokane native author reads from and talks about her middlegrade novel “A Girl Called Problem.” Aug. 22 at 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s, 402 W. Main Ave. (838-0206) Culture & Theology Lecture Series “Sexual Identity and Identity in Christ” lecture with Dave Lomas. Aug. 22 at 7 pm. Free. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. kroccda.org (208-667-1865) Broken MicSpoken word open mic night. Wednesdays at 6 pm. All-ages. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (847-1234) Shawn VestalThe Spokane-based writer and Spokesman-Review reporter will share from his short story collection “Godforsaken Idaho.” Aug. 29 at 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) BootSlam Poetry slam night, open to all ages. Sept. 1 at 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (703-7223) n
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North WincoI saw you at Northpoint Winco, you have a flower tattoo on your chest. and also on your forearm. You are so beautiful, we made brief eye contact although I couldn’t keep my eyes off of you. You seemed to be in a hurry so I didn’t want to bother you by asking you for your phone number. Hope to hear back from you. I feel like I missed out on a huge opportunity.
The Love Of My Life! You are an amazing person and I can’t wait to GROW OLD with you. To this day I am still madly in love with you and thank God everyday for bringing you into my life! Always thinking of you - TLC-3
Firemen/First Responders H uge cheers to the firemen and first responders who put out the fires on East 19th last week. Fighting the fires in full gear, air tanks/ masks, 90kknd temperatures and trying to save what you could of the three homes was nothing less than heroic!! I am a neighbor and appreciate what you do - not only did you save the rest of the block from going up, but one of your units stayed as long as you needed to make sure there were no hot spots and that the homes were secured properly. I realize you do this on a daily basis but sometimes it takes a wake-up call to remember to say “thank you!”
up on me but this takes the cake. Kudos for not leaving your carbon footprint on people’s lungs and sending up more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
McDonald’sThursday 8/15/13 about 9:30 PM, you were the super cute woman working the drive through at the downtown McDonald’s. I was the dark blond haired guy that couldn’t stop staring at you as you handed me my milkshake. We briefly talked about your cat rescue mishap. Maybe we can go for a walk, I’ll give you a piggyback ride until you heal up!
I Belong With YouEmbracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy, the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light. You are my hero, my love and my man. I belong with you. I`m sorry that I hurt you in the past , I want to make up for all of that and love you for the rest of our lives together. I can`t wait to see you my love.
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Valley WincoI saw you at Winco in the valley on August 18th at 9:30pm. To the tall blonde with cowboy boots and a great smile. I think you were shopping with a friend. We past a few times and exchanged smiles but I choked on my tongue when I tried to say hello. I never thought I’d write one of these until the second I walked outside and saw you drive away in a blue 4Runner. Coffee, drink or groceries? Shotnthedark@yahoo. com Dollar Store You: petite redhead shopping for your kids school supplies. You were so intent on reading the supply list that you ran your cart into mine. We shared a laugh and your smile was intoxicating. I wasn’t shopping for school supplies, the ex-wife does that. Would love to meet to fill out a shopping cart accident report.
You Saw Me Near The WaterYou saw me near the water with flaming tattoos, I think that’s me, and yes I am gorgeous, JK. If this is who I think it is, we were interrupted, I am interested too. Email at bboy. hdiron883@gmail and we’ll go for a ride, tell me what water you saw me near and I’ll tell you who did my work. There are other ways to get my escence onto your skin
Cheers My Amazing WifeI knew from the moment we met (13 years ago ), that you and I were meant to be! It was Love at First Sight and I knew at that very moment I had found
Cab DriverTo the unlucky cab driver who picked me and my male friend up from the Big City Saloon on the night of August 17th. I am so incredibly sorry that we made the back seat of your lovely cab our bedroom. Looking back (although it’s quite blurry), I apologize for our risque actions in your presence. Thanks for getting us home safely and laughing with us (or was it at us?) throughout our rather saucy behavior. You’re a champ and I appreciate your attitude towards highly intoxicated customers. Sincerely, Blondie Good SamaritanTo the man who paid for my brunch at Knights Diner on 8/17, thank you so much! It was my birthday, and the only thing we could afford to do for my birthday was go out to brunch. You didn’t even know me, talk to me or know it was my birthday and you still did something nice for a stranger. The world needs more people like you. Kyle K.I saw you standing there the other night, staring off into the distance. I concentrated on your features, and realized that I love you, and will always. You are a great man and I want to spend forever and a day with you. Shark Man“Bumped into each other while working those late night hours. Had to keep it short ‘cause we were both on shift. Any chance you want to catch up over an 8 am steak and eggs with a rum n coke? You know where to find me, Jenn”
Thank You! T hanks to whoever returned my wallet Wednesday night at the Northtown theaters. It was wonderful to get it back with everything in it. Just wish you had left your name so I could thank you in person. Hello Batman I am so sorry the Catwoman interfered with tonight (Wednesday). Was looking forward to this evening! I love you deeply and cannot wait until the next time you enter the batcave. Thinking of you constantly and wanting to be with you. Live in hope that we will connect soon. Batgirl. WillI ’m going to miss eating at the Satellite with you, and seeing movies at the theater. I’ll miss looking over at you while you drive. You’re a great person and I am so glad I met you. Thank you for everything. I hope I run into you again one day if we are ever in the same city. Love J. Paulyou are the greatest. I am thankful that you are in my life. You make me glad to get up in the morning when I know I can see you. I am so lucky to have you. Thank you for being you. You make me feel beautiful and special. I hope you know how much you mean to me. My day is not complete without seeing you or talking to you. XOXOXOX :) I Love YouThrough it all I love that I can count on you! Being married to you has been a dream come true. I love waking up to you every morning and I’m overjoyed at the idea of doing it for the rest of my life. I love you.
JROremember years ago when we wrote each other letters with the reasons we love each other? I want you to kno that I still love you for ALL of the same reasons and so many more! We wish you the best with your new job! We love you. Shnovets plus 2 SherylThanks so much for stopping me to say hello. It was great to see you. Glad your boy is doing so well, chalk it up to good upbringing. Thanks for letting me prattle on. Wish I had the nerve to let you know that 10 years later, you are still a goddess. you made my day...and then some. Hope it isn’t another 10 years before we run into each other again! To My Favorite Lady Thanks for always teaching me what it truly means to give. I invite you to an upcoming charity event, and you counter with: “Sure, but let’s work out the details.” You send me down an amazingly enlightening journey, first to Salon.com to read the story of “The Simpson’s” creator, Sam Simon, who is giving his wealth to good, as he sees it. The concept of “mission drift” that he clearly stated, helped me to understand your own passion to give the most you can. You ask me: “Why spend hundreds or thousands on dresses, hats, shoes, suits, transportation, over-priced food and drink when we can give SO much of that, in tangible goods, to the charity we think we “go” to support. Simon states it: So much is spent on the parties. So you, my darling, invite all your friends and partners to a giving party. Each must wear something they have that they love, and bring an outfit to donate, and to swap. Each brings food for the gathering and food to donate to a group or family in our 20 block radius, or a Children’s hospital, directly. I know you’ll choose Shriner’s; you always do! The value of assests collected, time and money used directly, and shared community spirit is astounding. You donate th e
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total cash amount that you would if you’d spent those dollars on getting “charity event ready”, and you give on top of that. Thanks, Sunny, for sharing Sam Simon’s story and teaching me how to truly give, charitably. It really isn’t about the parties, is it? We come together, giving what we have, and have earned to those in need, not considering who will snap our photo at a shiny event, or who will see the giant check we give for a huge tax break. You are light. You,...and Sam Simon, have taught me goodness. Love one another. Be kind to each. See you in the back yard!
girls - likely older than I - yell at me. Thank you for giving me all the more reason to move out of Spokane. I hope you have a better week than I’m having
PerplexedThis is not a jeers as much as it would fall under the catergory of “simply perplexed”. Living in Spokane, I have become accustom to the lack of certain aspects that drive metropolitan life such as literature, art, restaurants not to mention STYLE. Thus, here is my quandry, must we also lack taste? Come on Spokane! When our own Nordstrom Employees are ashamed and joke that, “No, sadly we don’t carry Saint Laurent, Burberry or even Wang,” that’s saying something. Can we be more than a town full of either sloppy sweats or decade old J.crew? Does anyone know fabric other than leather and lace? Am I the only one traipsing around town in my louboutins and chloe only to be mocked as snobbish? It’s about personal expression, not superficiality but do we have no pride? Men are rarely seen in suits in this town and for as arrogant as the downtown female shoppers are, one would think they would branch out in something that would make their husbands want them, that shows confidence not disdain for personal appearence. I’ll be damned if this even is published as people who read this are more likely to respond in jeers themselves than look around. I have witnessed homeless in Seattle and Portland wearing nicer clothing than those in my hometown, shame.
Jeers RE: SelfishI got a kick out of your letter. (Why can’t I find a good woman?) with the schools preaching freedom from religion/ morals, the increasing breakdown of families, the lack of fathers, alcohol and drug abuse, irreconcilable divorces, 50 million potential doctors, scientists, engineers or just what you’re looking for, spouses, murdered in the womb, increasing STD’s especially among the older divorced population. These are all pretty good reasons why it is hard to find a mate. Really, if you want a friend, you have to be a friend. Go to churches, (skip the bars), parks, restaurants, theaters, where the public meets. You must consider yourself a bar of gold, polish yourself and someday you will attract the right one. Not CoolTo the girls in the red El Camino/Ranchero. Thank you very much for shouting at me at 4th and Stevens on Thursday, August 15th. You probably couldn’t tell by the flannel I was wearing to cover up my broken wrist, the pants I was sporting to hide the gashes on my leg, or by the hat I was using to disguise my blood-soaked, stapled-together forehead, that I was already having a bad day. There was nothing I wanted more on my 90-degree, two-mile-long limp from Deaconess to my truck at Rockwood than to have two
Parking Enforcement To the grocery store who doesn’t enforce handicapped parking laws. You’ve lost me as a customer and hopefully other caring customers. I guess the buck comes first - A Disabled Vet. Bike ThiefTo whomever stole two BMX racing bikes from the back of a white Kia Soul on August 8 at Franklin Park Mall: The small blue Intense bike you took belonged to a six year old boy who was getting ready to race last weekend. You may have taken his bike, you loser, but you didn’t take his spirit and his desire to win! What kind of a creepy low life steals bikes from little kids? The white Redline you stole belonged to my 13 year old son and he has put every cent he earned for the past year into that bike! He was really upset but managed to borrow a bike and came in first all weekend! So, I hope the societal reject who stole these bikes from my boys enjoys them and may karma bite you in your loser ass! SelfishI got a kick out of your letter. (Why can’t I find a good woman?) with the schools preaching freedom from religion/morals, the increasing breakdown of families, the lack of fathers, alcohol and drug abuse, irreconcilable divorces, 50 million potential doctors, scientists, engineers or just what you’re looking for, spouses, murdered in the womb, increasing STD’s especially among the older divorced population. These are all pretty good reasons why it is hard to find a mate. Really, if you want a friend, you have to be a friend. Go to churches, (skip the bars), parks, restaurants, theaters, where the public meets. You must consider yourself a bar of gold, polish yourself and someday you will attract the right one.
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ail Gleason still possesses that electric smile, that “If anything goes wrong,” Gail says matter-of-factly, infectious laugh, that zest for life she passed on “then that’s going to be it. It’s to that point.” to her children. Steve, wife Michel and their young son, Rivers, have Most of the time, that is. Inevitably, there are times spent the past two summers in North Idaho. Gail, a forwhen her voice cracks and her eyes glisten and she must mer schoolteacher who now works for WSU’s studentleave work to go home and face the fact that her eldest athlete development staff, visits her son frequently. son — Spokane native, former Washington State football “His goal — and he’s always been good at meeting his and baseball player and NFL safety Steve Gleason — is goals — is to be there for Rivers when he can stand on his dying. own,” Gail said. “And it’s to make a difference, “Right now, there’s virtually nothing that which he is doing in the ALS community.” he can move on his own,” Gail says softly As soon as Steve learned he had ALS in JanuSend comments to over lunch in downtown Pullman. “His ary 2011, he went public with the news. With email@example.com. typical earnestness, he immediately began raising hands are in hand rests, and he can push the joy stick. funds and awareness to fight the dreaded disease. “He’s skeletal, so every time I see him These efforts will be on display in downtown it’s a shocker. He’s got tubes everywhere for feeding and Spokane on Saturday when the second annual Gleason urinating and for breathing. Fest, an all-day street party featuring live music, food “No,” she corrects herself. “Not for breathing yet. and a beer garden, takes over the area surrounding Main We’re not going there, all right?” Avenue and Division Street. Steve, as millions of people around the world now Steve spent nearly his entire NFL career (2000-07) realize, suffers from the neurological disease amyotrophic with New Orleans, where he was best known for his fearlateral sclerosis. There is no cure for the malady, more less play on special teams. What Steve has always poscommonly known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. sessed, dating back to his high school days at Gonzaga
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Prep in Spokane, is great courage as well as great passion for his fellow man. Steve has long been involved in charitable activities in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Steve and Gail asked the WSU community to donate backpacks filled with school supplies — and, Steve insisted, a children’s book and a stuffed animal — to aid youngsters impacted by the tragedy. Now, Gail says proudly, a WSU engineering professor has come up with another great idea. He’s directing a senior project aimed at speeding up the computer and camera apparatus that permits Steve (who can no longer speak) to type by following his eyes on a keyboard. For obvious reasons, Gail loves Cougar Nation, even though she grew up near Washington’s campus and graduated a Husky. She values the support she and her son have received from work associates and other Cougars during this trying time in their lives. “You just have to go with it,” Gail says. “I mean, as a mom. “When he was just starting to walk — we lived across from Shadle [Park] — I took him over, and there’s two slides. There’s this one and this gigantic one. I stood there, and after he had mastered this very quickly — he stood there and watched the big kids go up the big slide — the next thing I know, he’s heading up there. I thought, ‘Gail, you’ve got to be prepared to let him go and go as far as he can and just be there for him and support him.’” Three decades later and counting, Gail Gleason is doing just that. n Gleason Fest • Sat, Aug. 24 from noon-11 pm • Division St. and Main Ave. • $15/general admission, $100/ VIP, 12 and under free • teamgleason.org/gleasonfest13
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