Fifth Harmony headlines a show at the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Wednesday.
We have a slew of entertaining options to help you get out of the smoke and enjoy what's left of summer — even though it feels like fall, thanks to school and football arriving. Scan our event picks and Staff Picks for some options. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:
Monday, Sept. 11
MUSIC: Badass bass player and evolving frontman Thundercat headlines a show tonight at the Knitting Factory. Read our story about him here, and enjoy this sample of some of his tasty tunes:
FILM | KYRS Movie Night features "The Coming War on China," an exploration of the potential for nuclear war between the U.S. and China. It screens tonight at the Magic Lantern.
Tuesday, Sept. 12
WORDS | Dr. Heather Crandall and Professor Kristina Morehouse from Gonzaga's Communications Department will host a talk at the Downtown Spokane Library on The Media's Influence and How We See The World. It's free and starts at 6 pm. (Full disclosure: Crandall is my partner in non-work life).
COMMUNITY | 350 Spokane hosts its First Public Meeting at the Community Building, where you can meet climate activists and plan for local actions.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
FESTIVAL | If you're going to pick one night to hit the Spokane County Interstate Fair, why not make it the night you can check out massive pop stars Fifth Harmony — or at least hear them sing while you roam around the frozen banana stand? Here's one of their songs that made them big winners at the MTV Video Music Awards. Yes, those still exist.
WORDS | The University of Idaho's Distinguished Visiting Writers series welcomes David Shields to campus, where the prolific author will read and talk (and probably argue with people, according to our story about him).
Thursday, Sept. 14
MUSIC | Portland's Blitzen Trapper brings their excellent roots-rock to the Bartlett for a headlining gig tonight.
MUSIC | Mac DeMarco is a phenomenon of sorts thanks to his aw-shucks demeanor and way with melodic pop-rock. He headlines the Knitting Factory tonight. Here's a taste:
Friday, Sept. 15
MUSIC | This is probably the closest we'll get to a Spokane Wu-Tang Clan show for the near future — Method Man headlines the Knit!
FOOD & DRINK | The Kitchen Engine is celebrating its 11th birthday with special deals and chef demonstrations at its Flour Mill location.
COMEDY | Jimmy Pardo is a Conan O'Brian regular and a consummate pro at stand-up comedy, and he's here for one night only at Spokane Comedy Club.
THEATER | Cyrano continues its run at the Stage Left Theater. Read our preview of the show here.
COMMUNITY | It's the 14th Annual Spokane River Cleanup, hosted by the Land Council. Give a hoot, save the Spokane!
BENEFIT | The Wild Ones play a benefit show for the Songs for Kids Foundation at the Bartlett. I wrote about the organization, and their efforts to bring tunes to sick kids, a while back. A worthy cause, for sure.
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...