1 “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Daggy Hall, Jones Theatre, Washington State University, Pullman. Tom Stoppard’s inventive retelling of “Hamlet” from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. (800) 325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com. Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 students
2 SCC Spring Flower and Garden Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Spokane Community College, Lair-Student Center, Building 6, 1810 N. Greene St. The fourth annual event is themed “Through the Looking Glass,” with larger-than-life “Alice in Wonderland” floral exhibits. The show also features a European-style fresh flower market and will have bedding and house plants, herbs, yard art and unique arts and crafts for sale. Children’s activities also are planned. (509) 624-3457. Admission: FREE
3 D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, all Spokane Public Library branches. Celebrate beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary’s birthday by coming to the library, getting comfy and reading. (509) 444-5336. Admission: FREE
4 KPBX Kids Concert 1 p.m. Saturday, Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. A tribute to Earl Scruggs, father of the bluegrass banjo sound, with the Panhandle Polecats and banjo picker Christopher Arndt. (509) 328-5729. Admission: FREE
5 Organist Dave Wickerham, 7 p.m. Saturday, Spokane First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. The 2011 American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year will perform on the church’s historic 1914 Wurlitzer organ. (509) 466-2664. Admission: FREE, but donations to the organ fund will be appreciated.
6 15th Annual Premier Home Improvement Show Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. More than 200 vendors showcasing the latest in home remodeling and improvement including landscaping, flooring, decks and patios, kitchens and baths, pools and spas, sunrooms, windows, doors and more. Friday is 2 for 1 admission day, courtesy of Dishman Dodge. Saturday and Sunday, receive $2 off admission with the donation of two nonperishable food items to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. (509) 532-4990. Admission: $8, free for children 12 and younger.
7 Walking Corpse Syndrome, 9 p.m. Saturday, the Checkerboard Bar, 1716 E. Sprague Ave. Montana- based dark metal act goes on the road for “The Scourge Tour,” with support from Abode for the Dead and Helldorado. (509) 535-4007. Admission: FREE
8 Timothy Egan: “Voices of the Dust Bowl” 2 p.m. Sunday, Whitworth University, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Egan will share Dust Bowl survivors’ stories based on research, writings and first-hand interviews collected for “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.” Sponsored by the North Spokane Friends of the Library, Whitworth University and Humanities Washington. Admission: FREE
9 “The Power of Art in the Egyptian Revolution” 6 p.m. Thursday, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. Mohammed Abla, an Egyptian contemporary artist and activist, will talk. Abla frequently uses art to confront pressing social and environmental issues, and he has been a strong proponent of the January 25 revolution since 2011, serving on the Constitutional Draft Committee of Egypt. His artwork, always politically charged, has mirrored the tumultuous transition following the revolution in his paintings. He’s touring to promote art as a bridge between cultures and religions. (509) 467-7071. Admission: FREE
!0 “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” Thursday through April 26 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, North Idaho College, Boswell Hall, Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. A decade after creating “The Laramie Project,” Moisès Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project explored the long-term effects of the Matthew Shepard murder on the town of Laramie, Wyo. What they found was a story complex enough that what was intended as an epilogue became a full-length play. Audience talkbacks will be held on April 18, 19 and 25. This play is intended for mature audiences. (208) 769-3220. Admission: FREE