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Sound Advice

by Mike Corrigan and Leah Sottile

Welcome to Sound Advice...your weekly nightlife scene update. Keep your eyes glued to this space for news, gossip and assorted grist for your mills relating to Spokane's many after-dark entertainment options. Have a juicy little tidbit of your own you think would be perfect for Sound Advice? Well then, by all means send it to me at I'm not even kidding.

Fire's Bad, M'kay? -- Many of you have probably already heard about the recent fire over at the Ming Wah restaurant. What you may not know is that, fortunately, the blaze was quickly contained and caused only a limited amount of damage. In fact, it looks as if our favorite Chinese joint will be back in action very soon. What happened? According to owner Kam Kwong, the restaurant was full of hungry customers on Friday night (Oct. 1) when a panhandler asking for food showed up at the back door around 7:30 pm. The busy staff politely declined the panhandler's request. A few minutes later, they discovered a fire, which had been set near the back door. With the help of speedy firefighters (many of whom are Ming Wah regulars), the fire was quickly brought under control. So stay tuned, and get ready to visit the Ming Wah as soon as it re-opens. It better be soon, because I need a fix of that Imperial Chicken stat.

Two For One -- Careful readers will notice that we have added a second CD review in the space that formerly held just one. Also, in the interest of clarity, we're adopting a handy star-based rating system, thus freeing our writers up to turn in completely impenetrable reviews. Here's how to decode the system.

five stars A must-have. A classic

in its own time

four stars Excellent stuff. Highly


three stars A decent effort.

Recommended for fans of the

act or the style

two stars Weak. Though not

completely worthless

one star Should be melted. Immediately


Publication date: 10/21/04

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