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This is Not a Pipe

In Here & Now on March 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm


Yes, it looks shockingly like a pastel drawing, but don’t be fooled. The chicanery of Spokane über-photographer Dean Davis may resemble fine art, but it is, in fact, a very fine photograph (pictured above) that Davis snapped at Zola (a local hot spot with one of the most deliciously filling happy hours around). See Davis’ remarkable photo technique applied to a bevy of local landmarks in the April 2009 issue of Spokane Metro Magazine. And don’t miss the larger series, dubbed “Spokane Interiors,” on display now through the month of May at Barrister Winery. Spokane Metro invites you to join our staff and to meet Dean Davis during a reception at the winery on Friday, May 1, 5-10 p.m. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave.


Just In

In Here & Now on March 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm


4/2 • Spokane Metro‘s April issue: It is here, it is gorgeous, and if you’re not a subscriber, it is available at a newsstand near you. Also, don’t miss our amazing April 2 magazine release party at The Lincoln Center just north of downtown Spokane. We’ll have decadent delicacies from Simply Gourmet, two no-host bars provided by Downriver Grill, and free Mountain Dome sparkling wine for Metro subscribers. Musical guests Cris Lucas and Karli Fairbanks will be on hand, and Metro‘s April cover artist Ed Gilmore will create a “live” painting during the event. Also, Metro shooter Jed Conklin will debut his new project, The Northwest Photo Booth, offering free snapshots for party goers. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln Street.

Symphony on The Edge

In Here & Now on March 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm


3/20 • Don a t-shirt, grab a beer and enjoy the scintillating sounds of the Spokane Symphony as they rock the Knitting Factory tonight. Conductor-in-Residence Morihiko Nakahara will lead the orchestra in an invigorating collision of progressive symphonic music by several modern composers, including Huang Ruo, Ingram Marshall, Derek Bermel, Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis and Michael Daugherty. 7:30 p.m. Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave.

Three Ways to See k.d. lang

In Here & Now on March 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm


3/21 So you snagged a pair of tickets to the k.d. lang show March 21 at The Fox. But a twangy Canadian alone does not an evening make—you still have transportation, dinner and post-concert drinks to plan. Since you’ve already shelled out a few dollars for the seats, why not skip your date-night standard and try something new? We’ve got a few tips for making it a night to remember—on any budget.

k.d. lang plays The Fox Saturday, March 21. 8 p.m. $33-$66. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.; 509.624.1200; 509.325.SEAT.

The Pipe Band Plays On

In Here & Now on March 12, 2009 at 9:55 pm


3/14 & 17 • Bill Thomas moved to Spokane from Ellensburg in 1958 with the sole purpose of joining the Angus Scott Pipe Band—one of the oldest existing bagpipe bands in the Northwest. Around the same time, Thomas founded the Shadle Park High School Pipe Band.
That’s where Kenyon Fields first encountered Thomas, as a student in the pipe band in 1970. Today, Fields leads the Angus Scott Pipe Band and Thomas, at age 77, still plays in the pipe band and works with students.
And marching with the Angus Scott Pipe Band is no walk in the park—especially on Saint Patrick’s Day.
After leading the parade, the ASPB takes one of the most grueling pub-crawls known to Spokane. If there is a restaurant or bar in town with even an inkling of Irish flair, chances are high that the ASPB will be there between parade day and St. Patrick’s Day proper, often several times in one day.
The Angus Scott Pipe Band—which, incidentally, is Scottish—marches through downtown, the North Side and Spokane Valley. Their first excursion was St. Patrick’s Day 1979, and they now constitute a tradition that the most spirited St. Patrick’s Day celebrants in Spokane have come to expect.
Thomas’ fondness for parade-day memories and the post-parade madness that ensues on the pub crawl is visible.
“One of the great experiences we had was in 1997. We were marching in a blizzard. It was blistering cold and the bagpipes require nimble fingers–that made it difficult for the band,” Thomas said.
When the Angus Scott Pipe Band enters a bar on parade day, the eruption from the crowd is often louder than the music. Fields said, “The funny part is, we might have one beer the whole weekend. After running around and doing all of these performances, we’re more interested in drinking water.” — IJ

Click here for a list of St. Patrick’s Day hotspots to catch the Angus Scott Pipe Band.

The Addys – We Won

In Here & Now on March 11, 2009 at 9:51 am


It’s official: After less than a year in business, and with a mere five issues under our collective belt in 2008, Spokane Metro is proud to call itself an award-winning magazine. Last Friday we picked up two silver Addy Awards from the Spokane Ad-Fed. Thank you to our stunningly talented Art Director Jennifer Moore and exceptional photographers Jed Conklin and Rachel Schell for their fine work on two editorial spreads that ran in Metro‘s second and third issues last year.

Soldiering On – First Friday

In Here & Now on March 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm


3/6 • Photojournalist Jed Conklin invites you to the soft opening of an exhibit tonight at the MAC featuring portraits of Spokane soldiers he photographed in Iraq this past fall. Conklin also profiled one of those soldiers, Sgt. William Jacobs (pictured above), in a story and photo essay that appear in the March issue of Spokane Metro. Conklin will be on hand this evening to answer questions from 5-7 p.m. during the exhibit’s soft opening, but the show runs now through April 23, concluding with a formal closing reception that evening from 5-7 p.m., complete with food and drinks, speakers and a color guard. All of the soldiers’ family members will be invited that evening as well. The MAC, 2316 W. 1st Ave.; 509.456.3931.

Boondoggle or Business?

In Here & Now on March 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm


3/6 • Companies across the country afraid of being accused of high-dollar junkets on the tax payers’ dime are canceling legitimate business trips and sending the service and airline industries into a tizzy. It’s an all-out media assault that could cost the Spokane region hundreds of millions of dollars in business and thousands of jobs.

Mayor Mary Verner and the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau are fighting back. On Friday, Verner will lead a rally supporting the Spokane meeting industry as an economic accelerator. The meeting industry contributes nearly $200 million to the economic vitality of Spokane County each year, and roughly 10,100 jobs are directly related to the travel industry in the region, according to the CVB.

Verner will be joined by CVB, the Spokane Public Facilities District, elected officials, local business owners and front-line hospitality employees for the event.
1:30 p.m. Friday, River Park Square atrium, 808 W. Main.

Metro March Release Party

In Here & Now on March 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm


3/5 • It’s here, it’s tonight, and it’s at the Montvale. FREE food from Catacombs, drink specials from Dry Fly, and hot jazz from Hot Club of Spokane. Oh, and you’ll have a chance to win one night’s stay at the Montvale plus dinner for two at Catacombs and two tickets to Interplayers Theatre, just up the street. 6-9 p.m. Free. The Montvale, 1005 W. 1st Ave.

Fun Out The Yin Yang

In Here & Now on February 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm


2/27-28 • Deep. Sexy. Futuristic. Spokane? Yes, and you need to get out there and embrace it or it’s going to vaporize. Check out Soul Symmetry’s funk-electro-tech-house sound at their new Yin-Yang Nights set at Aqua Asian Bistro (formerly Bluefish). DJ Eric Thorne describes it as a Friday/Saturday night concept offering a mature nightlife experience with an upscale ambiance and an international vibe. Two separate nights, two equally unique vibes: Friday night’s “Yin” is geared toward the youthful, vibrant professionals among us. Close the door on your work week, meet up with friends and head downtown. Grab a bite to eat (Metro loves the coconut prawn sushi), slip into a sexy martini and groove to the deeper side of Soul Symmetry. On the flip side, Saturday night’s “Yang” is for the weekend warrior. Throw your hands in the air and get down to some big-city dance floor fillers. It’s high octane energy with an international vibe, emulating the bolder and more masculine qualities of “Yang.”

Friday’s DJ lineup includes Soul Symmetry’s Eric Thorne & Marcus Randall, and guest DJ Mashane. Saturday’s lineup: Soul Symmetry’s Eric Thorne & Marcus Randall, and guest DJ Jah. Aqua Asian Bistro, 830 W. Sprague, across from the Davenport.

We Rule

In Here & Now on February 27, 2009 at 10:46 am


Wow. High praise indeed from SpokaneMan at the Spokane Insiders’ Blog! Obviously, we’ll be running an excerpt in the “Letters” section of our April issue. Jen, can you schedule a photo shoot with the staff riding on a white horse? I’m pretty sure we’ll all fit…

Spokane Insiders’ Blog
02/26/09 | 3:30 PM

Spokane Metro Magazine

Every great metropolitan city has one. It’s chic, it’s cool and it represents the city to visitors and locals alike. I’m not talking about a high-class restaurant or a trendy boutique. I’m talking about a quality lifestyle magazine. Seattle boasts Seattle Metropolitan. Portland touts Portland Monthly. But what about Spokane?

Up until this past August, Spokane was like Cinderella, waiting for a magazine to sweep it off of its feet. Countless suitors (who’ll remain nameless) have come and gone, trying valiantly, yet unsuccessfully to win Spokane’s love. But in the end they were like a too small shoe – they just didn’t fit.

And then along came Spokane Metro ( If a magazine could ride in on a white horse, it would have. But for the sake of this blog we’ll pretend its publishers rode in on a white horse – all three on the same horse of course – and stole Spokane’s heart with their smart, stylish and sophisticated rag about Spokane city living.

Great photography and fantastic writing set Spokane Metro apart as it informs readers about the latest and greatest going down in Spokane. Looking to find who the movers and shakers are? Open up Metro. Want to get the inside scoop on where to live, play and do business. Open up Metro. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you should – right now!

Have you read Spokane Metro? What did you think of it?

(Posted By: SpokaneMan)

Making Their Case

In Here & Now on February 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm


Entering the Spokane police property warehouse from the street, the aroma of pot is potent. “By the end of the day, I’m a little ‘woooo,’” says Shannon Hallam, facilities manager for the evidence storage building, an aging cinder-block structure tucked into the West Central neighborhood.

There, inside a 17,000 square-foot facility housing 140,000 items of police evidence, confiscated marijuana plants are dried and stored, along with some $2 million-worth of other controlled substances. During a recent media tour of the 60-year-old warehouse, Mayor Mary Verner acknowledged the building’s ventilation could be better. “These are not good working conditions,” she said.

Verner and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick are drumming up public support to build a new, $11.8 million facility to house the growing inventory of drugs, cars, TVs, weapons, money, DNA and other criminal evidence. Verner says she’s concerned the existing premises are so dilapidated that items could be compromised or destroyed. Verner said she also is concerned for the safety of the seven city employees who work there.

To read more about the proposed police warehouse facility (and to see more eerie photos of the existing one) click here.