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1 Author Brooke Matson 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Gonzaga University Cataldo Hall Globe Room, 502 E. Boone Ave. Matson’s talk is held in conjunction with Gonzaga’s Visiting Writers Series, and she will be joined by the 2014 Gurian Writing Award winners. Matson attended Gonzaga, where she received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Educational Leadership. Her first collection of poetry, “The Moons,” was published in 2012 from Blue Begonia Press. Matson teaches at a small experiential high school and helped found RiverSpeak, a Spokane-area arts forum (2009-2012). The Gurian Writing Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. (509) 328-4220. Admission: FREE

2 Sunday Tea Dance 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, South Side Senior Center, 2934 E. 27th Ave. The local band Variety Pak will provide live music for this event, held the fourth Sunday of each month. Hors d’oeuvres will be available and door prizes given away. (509) 535-0803. Admission: FREE

3 Singer/Songwriters of Spokane 7 p.m. Wednesday, Grande Ronde Cellars, 906 W. Second Ave. Area musicians participate in an open mic event. (509) 455-8161. Admission: FREE

4 Ravenna Woods with Modern Kin 8 p.m. Thursday, the Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. Seattle-based band, which City Art magazine likened to Trent Reznor with a beard and an acoustic guitar, is touring in support of last fall’s CD release, “The Jackal.” Admission: $8 advance, $10 day of show

5 Wrath of Vesuvius 6:30 p.m., Thursday, the Hop!, 706 N. Monroe St. California-based metal band is touring in support of “Revelation,” with friends Fall City Fall, Hammerfist, Burn Infinite, Compromised, Progenitus and Outlier. (509) 368-4077. Admission: $8

6 “New Digs for Cool Pigs – Fables From the AuditoriHAM” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through March 29, with 1:30 p.m. matinee on March 29, Ferris High School, 3020 E. 37th Ave. Ham on Regal production celebrating its 51st annual fundraiser in the new auditorium. The annual production is made up of more than 250 parents who use their hidden talents to ham it up as they sing, dance, jump and jive. Tickets are available from any Ham on Regal cast member, the Ferris High School business office, 2nd Look Books, Round Table Pizza and Rosauers on 29th Avenue. (509) 325-6000. Admission: $9 evening shows, $7 matinee

7 Goodtymes Comedy 7 p.m. Sunday, Goodtymes Bar and Grill, 9214 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Funny people doing funny things and telling funny stories. All for an excellent price. (509) 928-1070. Admission: FREE

8 Inland Northwest Bluegrass Music Association’s Music Showcase 7 p.m. Saturday, Trent Elementary School, 3303 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. Bluegrass and related acoustic music performed by local and regional bands. (509) 484-4668. Admission: $5 adults, FREE ages 12 and younger

9 Learn to Burn School of Music

7 p.m. Saturday, Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Music students get together and put on a show. (866) 468-7623. Admission: $8

!0 Helldorado CD Release Party 8 p.m. Friday, Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Spokane-based five-piece metal band releases a new CD, with friends Nixon Rodeo, Coming Alive and Evolved. helldorado13. Admission: FREE 21 and older, $5 20 and younger

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