Sunday, October 16, 2016

THIS WEEK: Stirring speakers, slam poets, Suds & Cinema and more

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click to enlarge The Big Lebowski is this week's Suds & Cinema feature on Thursday.
The Big Lebowski is this week's Suds & Cinema feature on Thursday.

A bevy of excellent entertainment opportunities are out there for your consideration in our event listings and carefully selected Staff Picks. Take a virtual stroll through those when you have time. 

Here are a few highlights of the week ahead: 

Monday, Oct. 17


WORDS | Head over to Gonzaga for a talk led by University of Calgary professor Paul Chastko about the shale-energy revolution and its long-term effects on the region. The talk is called Back to the Future: North America's Petroleum Revolution and the Increased Transportation of Oil by Rail. That's a mouthful, but it's sure to be an intriguing talk. It's free, starts at 7 pm, and is in the school's Jepson Center. 

LIVE BANDS | Halestorm are rising stars in the hard-rock scene, always packing a big crowd into whatever venue they're playing. For me, though, the true headliner of Monday's show is Lita Ford, once a bandmate of Joan Jett's in The Runaways and now a solo headliner reclaiming her crown as a metal queen. Dorothy opens the show, which just sold out on Friday, so you'll have to hit Craig's List to get some tix. Here's a clip of all the ladies doing the Runaways' "Cherry Bomb:"

Tuesday, Oct. 18

WORDS | You might think you're sick of election talk, but it's different when it comes from a pro like Pete Wehner, who worked in the George W. Bush White House and has since written for a variety of outlets on politics. It's free, in the Whitworth union building at 7 pm. 

Wednesday, Oct. 19


LIVE BANDS | The Pin! hosts a bevy of hard-hitting bands tonight, including North by North, Supervillain, Buddha Slave, Lucky Chase and Peru Rush

WORDS | Spokane Falls Community College welcomes Slam Poet Neil Hilborn for a mid-day performance by the College National Poetry Slam Champion.  

Thursday, Oct. 20

THEATER | The Spokane Civic continues its run of musical classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, running Thursday through Sunday this weekend. 

FILM | Abide, people, and head to the Inlander's Suds & Cinema showcase of The Big Lebowski, a stone-classic. You don't remember how much you love it? Here's a look: 

Friday, Oct. 21


COMMUNITY | She-Tech Spokane is an open house at Startup Central Spokane led by women in industry to support girls interested in STEM education and careers. Get all your questions answered from 6-8 pm, and it's free. 

COMEDY | Reel Horror brings a bunch of funny folks together to mock ostensibly scary scenes from horror movies. It's at the newly reopened Ella's Theater

Saturday, Oct. 22

FOOD & DRINK | Love craft beer? Love Girl Scout cookies? Of course you do! Enjoy the best of both those worlds at the annual Spokane Craft Beer & Cookie Fest at the Girl Scout office. As fundraisers go, this seems dreamy. 

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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 and The Oregonian. He grew up across the country in an Air Force family and studied at...