Author Sharma Shields emcees the Poetry Picnic at the Moran Public Library on Thursday.
Each week we scan through the Inlander event listings and carefully culled Staff Picks to let you know about some of the best entertainment and activism options of the coming days. Obviously we have a holiday weekend straight ahead, but that's no reason to put off having some fun. Take a look:
Monday, June 29
COMEDY | The weekly debate-style comedy shows at Underground 15 take on some sexual politics this week when it's teams of women comics taking on teams of men in Besties vs. Testes, going down at 8 pm. And it's free!
COMEDY | Looking for a different kind of summer camp for the kids? The Blue Door Theatre has you covered. A Summer of Improv is a Monday-night class for kids 11-18 that runs through August, and starts tonight.
Tuesday, June 30
THEATER/LIVE BANDS | The Bing plays host to another in a long line of Australian tribute acts on Tuesday. You've watching the pig fly with Australian Pink Floyd, now get your 70s disco on with The ABBA Show.
CRAFTS | It's a one-stop shop for learning how to cosplay on the cheap when the Spokane Valley Library hosts a workshop called Costuming & Cosplay on a Budget.
FILM | This week's outdoor movie at Riverfront Park is the classic Back to the Future. You should walk or use public transit to get there, because where you're going, they don't need roads. Here's a look at the flick, in case you've forgotten:
Thursday, July 2
WORDS | Local author Sharma Shields emcees the Poetry Picnic at the Moran Public Library, where you can kick it on a blanket in the shade and hear local wordsmiths Tim Greenup, Ellen Welcker, Kate Lebo and Tod Marshall. It's free and starts at 7 pm.
Friday, July 3
FESTIVAL | Idaho celebrates its anniversary of gaining statehood on July 3, 1890, on Friday, and Wallace hosts a Statehood Day Parade to celebrate.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS | The Kootenai County Fairgrounds is hosting the Northwest Mounted Shooting Show, a five-day extravaganza of an utterly unique sport where you can see people shooting targets cowboy-style from their steed's backs.
Saturday, July 4
COMMUNITY | It's the Fourth of July! There are fireworks shows everywhere from Coeur d'Alene to Riverfront Park to Liberty Lake to Sandpoint, among many more. Just please read our guide to not burning the state down shooting off your own before you light any fuses.
Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine, The Oregonian and KUER-FM. He grew up seeing the country in an Air Force family and studied...