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Sunday, March 19, 2017

THIS WEEK: Meat Puppets, STRFKR, Lilac City Fairy Tales and more

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Strfkr headlines the Knitting Factory on Thursday.
  • Strfkr headlines the Knitting Factory on Thursday.

As we officially hit spring, there's an amazing array of music and activities going down in the Inland Northwest. You can check out our staff picks and event listings yourself, or just peruse some highlights of the week ahead below:

Monday, March 20

LIVE BANDS | The Meat Puppets are one of my favorite bands of all time, a serious Top 5 situation, and I won't even pretend otherwise. They're tough to label, as they dabble in everything from cowpunk to classic-rock riffs to psychedelic freakouts. All I can say is, they're the best way to spend a Monday night that I can think of. They headline the Bartlett, and here's a little sample of their brief dalliance with the radio airwaves back in the early '90s:

Tuesday, March 21

LIVE BANDS | An epic night at The Observatory is in store Tuesday, headlined by the kickass Atlanta crew The Coathangers, a band who can veer from comically satirical to politically pissed in a second, and keep it awesome all the while. They're joined by Birth Defects, Peru Rush and Fun Ladies for what is sure to be a memorable gig. Here's a taste of Coathangers:

Wednesday, March 22

THEATER | Only the most cynical of people can deny the appeal of ABBA, or the musical inspired by and featured a ton of their tunes, Mamma Mia!, which opens a short run in Spokane tonight at the INB.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

THIS WEEK: Local album releases, Pi Day, St. Paddy's for real and more

Posted By on Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Locals Dry and Dusty host an album-release show on Wednesday.
  • Locals Dry and Dusty host an album-release show on Wednesday.

A world of opportunities are out there awaiting your entertainment dollar, and you can find them in our event listings and staff picks. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, March 13

FOOD & DRINK | Step up your brunch game in time for spring and Easter, Mother's Day and graduation season with the March Baking Class: Best Brunch at Batch Bakeshop.

Tuesday, March 14

LIVE MUSIC | Local Pavlov hosts a release party for their new cassette at The Observatory, where they'll play along with Toner and Smiley. Stay tuned for word on the 8-track release.

COMMUNITY | It's Pi Day (3/14, get it?) and among the many celebrations around town, Spark Central seems to have the widest array of activities for you 3.14 freaks.

Wednesday, March 15

BENEFIT | Ferris High's annual fundraiser Ham on Regal comedy show starts its push through the weekend tonight with a lot of laughs revolving around the theme "When Pigs Fly."

LIVE BANDS | Dry and Dusty are hosting an album release show at The Observatory, delivering some rootsy tunes along with Jenny Anne Mannan and Ripe Mangoes.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

THIS WEEK: Sextones, Microbiography V, Shelby Earl, Megan Kruse and more

Posted By on Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The Sextones headline a show Wednesday at The Observatory.
  • The Sextones headline a show Wednesday at The Observatory.

There is plenty to in the Inland Northwest as we approach, ever so slowly, toward full-on spring. Peruse our event listings and Staff Picks, and consider some highlights of the week ahead curated by yours truly:

Monday, March 6

CONCERTS | The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra takes center stage at the Fox, performing works by Spohr, Mozart and Rachmaninoff.

Tuesday, March 7

WORDS | Spark Central is hosting a Silent Writing Party, so join the fun, get some writing done, and keep your mouth shut while Matt Mitchell of Folkinception provides a subtle soundtrack to your work. It's free.

COMMUNITY | Help make your community better, including its cuddly critters, by Knitting for Shelter Pets this afternoon at the CdA library.

Wednesday, March 8

FOOD & DRINK | The Fried Chicken & Beer series continues at The Yards, with chef Adam Hegsted delivering the delicious fowl, and this month Iron Goat bringing the brew.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

THIS WEEK: Brian Posehn, Adam Devine, Kinky Boots and more

Posted By on Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Comedian Brian Posehn headlines five shows at the Spokane Comedy Club this week.
  • Comedian Brian Posehn headlines five shows at the Spokane Comedy Club this week.

Plenty of good ways to great March can be found in our event listings and Staff Picks, so check those out along with the dining options of our ongoing Inlander Restaurant Week and get out on the town.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 27

FILM/WORDS | The Moran Prairie Library hosts a free screening and discussion of Unslut, a film about so-called "slut shaming" and gender bullying. Read our story about the film here.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

THEATER | The touring version of Broadway hit Kinky Boots opens its Spokane run tonight. Read our story about it and get ready to get kinky.

LIVE BANDS | The Northwest of Nashville rootsy throwdown returns to The Bartlett tonight, with sets by Jenny Anne Mannan, Folkinception and The Holy Broke.

Wednesday, March 1

LIVE BANDS | Andy Black (aka Andy Biersack) is best known as the founder and frontman of Black Veil Brides, but on his debut solo album The Shadow Side, he jumps feet first into a world of programmed beats, ’80s-flavored synths and anthemic choruses, according to our music writer Ben Salmon. Black headlines the Knit tonight; here's a little sample of his sound:


COMEDY | Adam Devine's career could go right down the shitter from this moment forward and he'd still be a 
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legend just for helping bring the glorious Workaholics to life. I don't expect said toilet-bowling to occur, though, because he's a funny cat. And he's bringing his standup to The Bing tonight.

Thursday, March 2

LIVE MUSIC | I'm not typically one to extoll the virtues of the ukulele, having seen far too many unskilled players in my life. But I can say that Jake Shimabukuro is easily the best uke player I've ever seen (granted, a short list), and well worth seeing in person if you can. Think of him as the Jimmy Page of the uke, or Hendrix, or Eddie Van Halen. Whatever your shredder of choice — he's it on the ukulele. He's headlining the Bing. Here's a taste:

COMEDY | Brian Posehn is one of the best standups around, a veteran of the touring circuit and favored presence on shows like Mr. Show and The Sarah Silverman Program. He's playing all weekend at the Spokane Comedy Club, starting tonight.

Friday, March 3

WORDS | PBS personality Rick Steves swings by Spokane for a European Travel Talk, where you'll hear great stories and prepare to make your own.

Saturday, March 4

COMMUNITY | Join the festivities for International Women's Day in Spokane at the Women's Club of Spokane, featuring keynote speaker Favianna Rodriguez, an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and activist based out of Oakland.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

THIS WEEK: Meatbodies, Lionel Hampton fest turns 50, Taste Spokane and more

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winning bassist, plays at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow this year.
  • Esperanza Spalding, Grammy-winning bassist, plays at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow this year.

Believe it or not, this is the last full week of February. All things spring-y is are right around the corner. Celebrate with a little trip through our event listings and Staff Picks to find some fun out on the town.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 20

WORDS | The Bartlett hosts this month's edition of the Spokane Poetry Slam.

Tuesday, Feb. 21


SPORTS | A favorite for all-ages and no matter what year it is — that's the Harlem Globetrotters, the long-running basketball team that loves two things: 1. doing tricks with the basketball, and 2. destroying the dreams of the Washington Generals. They're playing at the Spokane Arena tonight.

FILM/BENEFIT | The Magic Lantern is hosting a screening of I Am Not Your Negro, the critically hailed documentary about author James Baldwin. Proceeds go to help the Black Lens newspaper. Here's a look at the film:

Wednesday, Feb. 22

LIVE MUSIC | Jerry Joseph spent three decades creating a vast catalog of music incorporating everything from roots rock to reggae, working with an impressive array of musicians including members of the Decemberists and Widespread Panic. He’s always worth the price of admission and he's playing at the Bartlett tonight with his band The Jackmormons for $10.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

THIS WEEK: Sallie Ford, A Little Night Music, BalletBoyz, Hendrix and more

Posted By on Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Sallie Ford headlines a show at The Bartlett on Wednesday.
  • Sallie Ford headlines a show at The Bartlett on Wednesday.

You can find all manner of worthwhile activities in our event listings and Staff Picks, from protests to pop music shows, so be sure to check those out often.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 13

WORDS | Jazz music can be daunting for those of us not well-versed in the form. Jazz historian Ted Gioia is here to help, offering a crash course in Moscow on Monday that's a nice prelude to the upcoming Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

MUSEUMS | Tuesdays mean half-price admission to the MAC, so go check out the new exhibit about Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons. Read all about it here in our preview story.

DANCE | Celebrate a little Valentine's Day action a bit differently with BalletBoyz: Life at the Fox. The group is an all-male dance ensemble founded by former dancers of the UK’s renowned Royal Ballet, and they offer an elegant, funny and sometimes strange take on life and death in this show.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

THIS WEEK: Nat Geo Live!, Tim O'Brien, Dead Horses and more

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Nat Geo Live! Ocean Soul stops by Spokane on Wednesday.
  • Nat Geo Live! Ocean Soul stops by Spokane on Wednesday.

A world of entertaining opportunities await in our event listings and Staff Picks, so don't let the snow, cold or any rodent's predictions of lengthy winter get in your way.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Feb. 6

WORDS | Author Tim O'Brien pretty much reached legendary status with his book The Things They Carried, but he's written plenty of amazing work since. Monday night, he'll host a free reading as part of Gonzaga's Visiting Writers Series. Read our interview with O'Brien here.

Tuesday, Feb. 7


TRIVIA | Join the Humanists of the Palouse crew for a night of brain teasers dedicated to science and reason that’s also a preamble to the group’s annual Darwin on the Palouse event on Feb. 11. Tuesday, it's Darwin on the Palouse Trivia, a celebration of science and reason hosted by Mick Wilkes and including categories like “GMOs” and “Vaccinations.” In other words, leave your Simpsons quotes and knowledge of Journey lyrics at home, and maybe pick up a science book before you go.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

COMMUNITY | In the past 50 years, 90 percent of big ocean fish have disappeared, and dozens of other saltwater species are on the brink of extinction. As part of the fascinating third season of National Geographic Live! series, award-winning National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry shares what he’s captured on film and seen with his own eyes, presenting both stunning and heart-wrenching images that offer a true portrait of our planet’s oceans in his show Ocean Soul.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

THIS WEEK: Gruitfest, Belt of Vapor reunion and more

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Bellweather hosts Gruitfest on Wednesday.
  • Bellweather hosts Gruitfest on Wednesday.

We're barreling into February will full force this week, so let's send January out with a bang, shall we? Check out our event listings and Staff Picks for some fine options for blowing it out proper.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Jan. 30

FILM | Moody Bible College hosts a screening of Poverty, Inc, an examination of what all of us do to contribute to poverty on the planet. Squirm-inducing? Probably. Valuable. Definitely.

FILM | The Spokane International Film Fest continues its run all week long at venues around town. Go get ya some!

Tuesday, Jan. 31

COMMUNITY | Current president got ya down? I hear ya. Join some like-minded folks at the Resist Trump: Community Meet-Up and learn how to get involved locally to take your mind off the national madness.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

FOOD & DRINK | The folks at Bellweather Brewing are going really old school with Gruitfest, one night dedicated to old beer styles that don't rely on hops. Read our story about the festival, and go thirsty.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

THIS WEEK: SpIFF launch, local rock and mysterious beers

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love play a show with Fat Lady Friday at The Observatory.
  • Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love play a show with Fat Lady Friday at The Observatory.

Can you feel it?
 No, not the shift in the country that came with the inauguration. I'm talking about the approaching end of January, meaning we're oh-so-close to turning the corner on winter. Celebrate in style with some worthy activities you can find in our event listings and Staff Picks.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Jan. 23

FILM | The Bing is hosting one of the great sci-fi movies you'll ever see for its Monday Night Movie: Blade Runner! Catch it on the big screen, you won't be disappointed. Here's a look as a reminder for old fans, or to tempt new ones:

Tuesday, Jan. 24

FOOD & DRINK | Europa hosts a Small Plates Wine Tasting featuring a slew of delicious vintages paired with dishes by Europa chef/owner Jeff Engel.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

LIVE BANDS | The Observatory hosts a couple of worthy rock acts in Young Jesus and Goon.

WORDS | Join authors Joshua Mohr and Brooke Matson for a reading at Auntie's.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

THIS WEEK: Chevelle, Jewish film fest, MLK Day and Women's March on Spokane

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Chevelle headlines in Spokane this week.
  • Chevelle headlines in Spokane this week.

Start your day celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., if you have the day off or can get away from the office for a little parade action downtown, then plot a week of fun using our event listings and Staff Picks.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Jan. 16

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | You can also celebrate MLK Day by taking advantage of one of Washington state's Free State Park Days, and Monday is one of them.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

WORDS | Like to party, but quietly? Spark Central has you covered with its Silent Reading Party. Start a new book or finish off a new favorite, just keep your mouth zipped, mmmkay?

LIVE BANDS | Chevelle has had a sneaky successful career, and the trio comes through for a headlining gig at the Knitting Factory sure to please fans of its hard-driving tunes. Here's a little sample:

Wednesday, Jan. 18

COMMUNITY | The SFCC Black Student Union welcomes poet/filmmaker Donisha Rita-Claire, granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley for a talk to help celebrate MLK Day.

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