56th Annual Spokane National Boat Show - Today, noon-8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $8/adults, $5/ages 12-17, free/age 11 and younger; free parking. (509) 991-1002, SpokaneBoatShow.com
“It’s a Date”- Improv comedy show based on the dating scene, for all ages. Today, 8 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $9/adults, $7/children, seniors and students with ID. (509) 747-7045
Lilac City Cheer and Dance Competition - Saturday, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Viewing: $10/adults, $6/ages 7-17, seniors and military, free/age 6 and younger. (509) 279-7000
Art Auction - Of four works by Edward W. Gilmore, to benefit Angel Ball Fundraiser of Spokane. Saturday, art on display noon-4 p.m., auction 5 p.m., Gallery of Thum, 2910 N. Monroe St. Free admission. (509) 413-1489
Saturday Climbing - Easy to moderate routes for all ages. Climbing gear provided. Saturday, 1-4 p.m., REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. Free/members, $5/nonmembers. (509) 328-9900
“Be Comfortable in Your Genes” Fashion Show and Silent Auction - Third annual event featuring models of all shapes and sizes, to benefit the Inland Northwest Coalition on Eating Disorders. Saturday, social hour 5 p.m. with wine, appetizers and silent auction, followed by the program at 6:15 p.m. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $25/adults, $20/students w/ID, in advance at The Brick House Massage and Coffee Bar in the Spokane Valley, Chatters Salon in River Park Square, or at the door. (509) 448-5996
Casey MacGill Blue 4 Trio - Former Spokane, now Seattle swing master and his band, to benefit PED: Programs for Successful Aging. Saturday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $10/door. (509) 326-1471
Safari Saturday - Fast-paced short-form improv. May not be suitable for all ages. Saturday, 9 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7. (509) 747-7045
KYRS “Big Lebowski” Night at North Bowl - Come as your favorite Lebowski character; prizes for best costume, best team and individual scores. Music by KYRS DJs. Proceeds benefit Thin Air Community Radio. Saturday, 9:30 p.m. 125 W. Sinto Ave. $22/person, $80/team of four. Register at www.kyrs.org or call (509) 747-3012.
Big Game Party - Watch the Super Bowl with former Seattle Seahawks lineman Walter Jones, with prizes and food buffet. Sunday, 1 p.m., Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights. $40 (21 and older only). (509) 481-6700
“Music Transcends Conflict One Note at a Time” - Pianist Jody Graves shares her Middle East experiences. Sunday, 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. Free. (509) 226-0811
Utah Phillips Tribute CD Release - Featuring Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Paul Rasmussen, Doug Wintch and Gigi Love. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Rick Singer Photography, 415 1/2 W. Main Ave. $15. www.ricksinger photography.com/concerts.php.
Go Red For Women Luncheon - Empowering women to take charge of their health, sponsored by Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Silent auction, educational breakout sessions, exhibits, prize drawings; heart healthy meal, keynote speaker and more. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $100/person. (509) 536-1500
Contra Dance - Presented by Spokane Folklore Society. Wendesday, 7:30-9 p.m., East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Road, Spokane Valley. $10. (509) 747-2640
“Pop a Cork for a Cause” Fundraiser - Silent auction, dinner and presentation by the Spokane District Dental Society Foundation. Proceeds will help fund Project “Dental” Access and The IDEA Clinic, which provide dental services to the underserved population in the Spokane community. Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $65/person, $120/couple. (509) 534-4600
Festival of Contemporary Art Music - Today, 3 p.m., Electroacoustic Concert, Kimbrough Concert Hall. Saturday, 8 p.m., Guest Composers Concert featuring Tania Leon, Bryan Hall Theatre. Washington State University, Pullman. Free. (509) 335-4148
Dancing at Pend Oreille Playhouse - Instruction available. Saturday, 6-9 p.m., Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport, Wash. $3. (509) 671-3389
North Idaho Boat Show - Through Feb. 13, Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tobler Marina, west on Lancaster off Highway 95, Hayden, Idaho. Free admission. (208) 772-3255
UI School of Music Mosaic Concert - Today, 7:30 p.m., Lionel Hampton Building, Haddock Performance Hall, 1010 Blake Ave., Moscow. (208) 885-6231
Priest Lake Sled Dog Races Pacific Northwest championships featuring teams from throughout the region, sponsored by the Inland Empire Sled Dog Association and local businesses. Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Highway 57 and Ravin Ranch Road (just past milepost 33), Priest Lake. $2/person, $5/car. (208) 683-2387
“Keep Hope Alive” - Address by civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson as part of the University of Idaho’s Black History Month celebration, followed by a question-and-answer period. Monday, 7 p.m., ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Way, Moscow. Free. (208) 885-7725
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