“Coyote Speaks: A Benefit for Spokane’s First Language” Featuring celebrated poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie, who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit. Proceeds from this event benefit the Salish School of Spokane. Saturday, 7 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. $20. (800) 325-SEAT.
Expo ’74 40th Anniversary Gala The INB Performing Arts Center lobby will be filled with memorabilia, nostalgia and exhibits from Expo ’74. The exhibit space, done in partnership with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, will be open to the public from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. The suggested donation is $4 – the price of a one-day admission to Expo. Later that evening, friends, neighbors and community members will celebrate all that Expo ’74 did for our community, especially Riverfront Park. Cocktail reception from 6-7 p.m. in Ballrooms A, B and C in the Convention Center. Dinner and program at 7 p.m., followed by dessert and drinks among the exhibits in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. Cocktail attire is suggested – from whatever decade you choose. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $4/exhibit, $74/cocktail reception and dinner. (509) 279-7000.
Spokane Junior Livestock Show The 79th annual event takes place Wednesday through May 11 with opportunities to learn about farming and ranching, visit booths with interactive hands-on exhibits, and watch youth from the area showcase their steers, goats, pigs and lambs. An animal auction May 10 and 11 gives attendees the chance to purchase quality, locally raised meat directly from FFA and 4-H youth. Fun educational activities will be available at the Farm Fair on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Agricultural Complex in building AG A. Exhibit topics will include dairy, wheat, 4-H, bees, rabbits, chickens, cattle, wool, goats and FFA. More than 1,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students are signed up to tour the Farm Fair, which is also open to the public. www.juniorshow.org. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Free admission. (509) 535-6737.
Getting to the Good Stuff: The History of Distilling Wander down a back alley, whisper the password at the door, and you might find yourself in a speakeasy, sipping a glass of bathtub gin. Don Poffenroth of Dry Fly Distilling will take you through the fascinating and scandalous history of strong drink in America. May 8, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Free Comic Book Day The Comic Book Shop, Merlyn’s and Hastings locations are among thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the comic book art form on this day. More than 3.3 million comic books will be given away by participating stores, introducing as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books. Saturday, 10 a.m., Comic Book Shop, 3207 N. Division St. and 4750 N. Division St.; Saturday, Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave., 2512 E. 29th Ave. and 15312 E. Sprague Ave.; Saturday and Sunday, Merlyn’s, 15 W. Main Ave. Free.
Asian Heritage Month See demonstrations of the traditional Japanese arts of origami, calligraphy and kamishibai. Saturday, 3-4 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.