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Sunday, September 17, 2017

THIS WEEK: E.T., beer festivals, Think & Drink and tons of tunes

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Earth, Wind & Fire headline the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire headline the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Monday, Sept. 18

COMMUNITY | Poet, activist and educator Dominique Christina hosts a workshop open to the public at the Jundt Art Museum on the Gonzaga campus.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

COMMUNITY | The Humanities Washington Think & Drink series kicks off another season on Spokane with a visit to the Magic Lantern and a talk about "The Divided Classroom."

FILM | Head to the Downtown Spokane Library for a free screening and panel discussion about Beyond The Wall, a documentary on U.S. incarceration practices and trends.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

FILM | Join fans nationwide in a special screening of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial in honor of the little guy's 35th anniversary.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

THIS WEEK: Method Man, Mac DeMarco, refugee photos and Fifth Harmony fun at the fair

Posted By on Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Fifth Harmony headlines a show at the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Wednesday.
  • 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).

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

THIS WEEK: Guns N' Roses, Spoon, Pigging Out, Fall Fest and First Friday

Posted By on Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Guns N' Roses headline the Gorge on Sunday, Sept. 3.
  • Guns N' Roses headline the Gorge on Sunday, Sept. 3.

The end of August already? How'd that happen? Snow will be flying any day now. Better get out and about while you can, using our handy event listings and Staff Picks as your guide. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 28

MUSIC | One of the most consistently great live bands you'll ever see comes back through in the form of Austin indie rockers Spoon, headlining the Knitting Factory. They'll be joined by rising stars White Reaper, who we interviewed in the latest issue. What a double bill! Here's a little sample from Spoon:


Tuesday, Aug. 29

FILM | The Garland Theater's Summer Camp film series comes to a close with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Terry Gilliam's solid attempt at taking Hunter Thompson's classic book to the silver screen. Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp are both in fine form.

MUSIC | If hip-hop is your thing, be sure to head to The Pin! for Mark Battles, headlining a gig that also includes Young Neves and Lee Haze.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

FESTIVAL | It's that time of year again. Time to Pig Out in the Park! It runs through Labor Day.

WORDS | Best-selling mystery author Louise Penny swings by Spokane for a talk and reading from her brand-new novel, Glass Houses. It's happening at The Bing, and it's free if you buy her book from Auntie's, or $5 without buying a copy.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

THIS WEEK: Movies with marmots, downtown powwow, giant bounce house and more

Posted By on Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 1:01 PM

The Gathering at the Falls Powwow begins Friday.
  • The Gathering at the Falls Powwow begins Friday.

Take a run through our events listings and Staff Picks to get the most out of the remaining days of summer. Here are some of the highlights I found looking at the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 21

ECLIPSE | I'm going to go ahead and assume you've heard about the big solar eclipse. If you're reading this on Sunday, you have time to check it out at one of these events. Reading this after Monday morning?  You can go play some trivia tonight at the Observatory.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

COMMUNITY | Spark Central has been enjoying a month-long birthday celebration, but tonight is special. There's free cake!

FILM | The Garland Theater's Summer Camp series continues with the classic (IMO) Smoke Signals, based on Sherman Alexie's writings. Here's a trailer, if you haven't seen it in a while:


Wednesday, Aug. 23

FILM | Enjoy a Movie with the Marmots at Glover Field as the Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council screens Benny & Joon for free at dusk.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

THIS WEEK: Lentil Fest, Sour Fest, acid trips, Salish School benefit and more

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Why yes, that IS a giant pot of lentils. You can see for yourself at the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Aug. 18-19.
  • Why yes, that IS a giant pot of lentils. You can see for yourself at the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, Aug. 18-19.

A bevy of entertaining options await, so dive into our event listings and Staff Picks and find a good reason to get out of the smoke. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 14


MUSIC | The Bartlett hosts a fine way to kick off your work with a show featuring Newman, Dancing Plague of 1518 and Walker.

Tuesday, Aug. 15

COMMUNITY | It's a Spokane Parks Free Swim Day at Comstock Pool, so get out there and get splashy, people! Summer's a-wastin'. Hit that link to see what day is free at which pool.

WORDS | Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell is hosting a town hall at Gonzaga, so get tickets if you can, or figure out a way to watch/listen to the action.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

THIS WEEK: Willie Nelson, Gleason Fest, Garland Street Fair and more

Posted By on Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Willie Nelson headlines a sold-out show at Northern Quest on Tuesday.
  • Willie Nelson headlines a sold-out show at Northern Quest on Tuesday.

There's a bevy of good things brewing in the Inland Northwest this week, so be sure to scan our event listings and Staff Picks for some worthy entertainment options. Here are some options for the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 7

LIVE BANDS | The Bartlett hosts what could turn out to be one of the best shows of the summer in Pinegrove,  a New Jersey-based indie crew with shades of Pavement and Wilco in their sound. Here's a little sample:


EDUCATION | Ever consider getting into beekeeping, either to help the bee population or generate some delicious honey for your house? There's a free Introduction to Beekeeping class tonight at Shadle Library, so buzz on over.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

LIVE BANDS | When it comes to American treasures, Willie Nelson is pretty damn high on the list. The man is known as a country star, but his shows touch on jazz, folk, rock, you name it. He's joined for this sold-out gig at Northern Quest by Kacey Musgraves, one of country's brightest rising stars. Find a ticket if you can.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

THIS WEEK: B-52s, Spokane Brewers Festival, Melissa Etheridge and more

Posted By on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 1:02 PM

The B-52s headline Friday at the Festival at Sandpoint.
  • The B-52s headline Friday at the Festival at Sandpoint.

Heading toward the dog days of summer, be sure to take advantage of every entertainment opportunity you can by perusing our event listings and Staff Picks. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, July 31

FOOD & DRINK | The Gilded Unicorn is hosting a special six-course Firestone Walker Beer Dinner, which sounds like a lovely way to start a week.

Tuesday, Aug. 1

FILM | If you dug the epic Grateful Dead documentary currently streaming on Amazon, or you just like the band, head to a Regal Cinemas nearby for the Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2017 for a screening of a 1989 show to celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

THIS WEEK: Parker Millsap, Watershed, DIY Screen Printing Party, Unifest and more

Posted By on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Parker Millsap headlines Thursday at the Bartlett.
  • Parker Millsap headlines Thursday at the Bartlett.

We're shutting down July with a week full of fun to be had throughout the Inland Northwest. You can find myriad options in our event listings and Staff Picks. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, July 24

LIVE BANDS | Baby Bar hosts a packed night of righteous rock, featuring Casual Hex, Hyane, Peru Resh and Mala Vida.

OUTDOORS | Head to the Shadle Library for a Fly-Tying Basics class. It's never too late, nor to soon, in life to become a fisherman/fisherwoman.

Tuesday, July 25

FILM | The Garland Theater's Summer Camp series tonight features an underappreciated gem of the Tom Hanks canon, The 'Burbs. It's pretty weird, features Carrie Fisher and Bruce Dern (and the surviving Corey), and generates a few decent laughs. Here's the trailer:


Wednesday, July 26

THEATER | Spokane Valley Summer Theatre's production of The Secret Garden continues its run at Central Valley High School. Read our story about the show here.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

THIS WEEK: Roger Rabbit, Rendezvous in the Park, KYRS birthday show & more

Posted By on Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? screens at The Bing Monday night.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit? screens at The Bing Monday night.

We have a pretty epic week of entertaining options ahead, so peruse our event listings and Staff Picks to find some fun. Or check out my handy cheat-sheet below:

Monday, July 10

FILM | Get thee out to the Bing for a screening of an under-appreciated modern classic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Seeing it on the big screen will be a treat, and you'll get an introduction by our very own film editor Nathan Weinbender. Here's the trailer in case you've forgotten this gem:



Tuesday, July 11


OUTDOORS | One great way to cool off is to hit the river or lake in a kayak. REI is hosting a free Kayaking Basics course tonight, so even if you've never tried it, you'll be in good shape.

FOOD | Clover is hosting its third annual Crab Boil tonight, so let them do all the work for dinner and get into some delicious crustacean, yo.

Wednesday, July 12

LIVE BANDS | Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows are co-headlining a tour sure to include all their massive hits from the '90s. Read our analysis of how these bands are stilling playing arenas before you go.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

THIS WEEK: La Luz, Fred Armisen, Cheney Rodeo and more

Posted By on Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 1:01 PM

La Luz headlines Friday at The Bartlett.
  • La Luz headlines Friday at The Bartlett.

Hard to make much out of a Tuesday holiday, but we'll take what we can get by getting out and getting after it. Do it for America!

You can find plenty of entertaining options in our event listings and Staff Picks. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, July 3

MUSIC | The Hotel RL has stepped up its music game this summer to go with the hotel's makeover. Matthew Allen will play a free show at 6 pm tonight.

Tuesday, July 4

FIREWORKS | Duh, go out with your friends and family and see some things blow up. You know, safely. Here's a handy guide.

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