Riverfront Park gets a little more colorful on Friday.
There are a ton of exciting opportunities for fun in the coming week, so get into our Staff Picks and event listings and see what floats your boat.
Here are a few highlights of the week ahead:
Monday, Sept. 12
COMEDY | A PBS mainstay appealing to duct-tape lovers everywhere, Red Green swings by Spokane for a show at the Bing called Life: I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
LIVE BANDS | If you like your rock ’n’ roll with equal dollops of grit and grease, scariness and sex appeal, you probably want to make your way to the Death Valley Girls show heading to Spokane for a show at The Observatory, joined by Peru Resh and Lucky Chase. The Los Angeles quartet specializes in tunes that are both catchy as hell and a little bit foreboding, making the listening experience one of joyful whiplash. Here's a little sample:
FESTIVAL | Just because baseball season is over, that doesn't mean your enjoyment of peanuts must end. Help celebrate Mr. Peanut's 100th Birthday at the fair by checking out what must be the world's largest mobile nut.
FOOD | Clover is hosting a Logan Neighborhood Appreciation Barbecue that will not only provide free food and fun for residents and guests, but raise some cash for the Second Harvest Food Bank through any drinks sold.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
LIVE BANDS | Blues-rock legend Bonnie Raitt drops by the INB for a show in support of her fine new album Dig In Deep. Read our music editor Laura Johnson's thoughts on the low-key diva, and here's a little sample from her new album, a cover of INXS's "Need You Tonight:"
WORDS | Hit up Spark Central to take part in a collaborative poetry project led by Spokane Poet Laureate Laura Read called "I Am A Town." After workshopping some original works, your poem could be published, so get your mind working!
SPORTS | The amazing "Final Five" from the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team is part of the show for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions swinging by the Spokane Arena, the first stop on a 36-date tour.
LIVE MUSIC | It's a big fat funky feast of tunes going down at the Big Dipper Thursday, headlined by Puff Puff Beer and including Down North, Left Over Soul and The Smokes. Can you keep up with this much funk?
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...