1: ArtFest 2014
29th annual art fair features three days of fine music, good food, arts and crafts, and the popular Make-It-Art children’s hands-on art making area.
When: Today, noon-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be live music until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Coeur d’Alene Park, Browne’s Addition, between Second and Fourth Streets and Spruce and Chestnut Streets
Cost: Free admission
Info: (509) 456-3931 or www.northwestmuseum.org/
2: ‘Blithe Spirit’
In this comedy, novelist Charles Condomine holds a séance in his house to research for his latest book and accidentally raises the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira.
When: Runs through June 15. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Where: Ignite! Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley
Cost: $14 adults, $13 students, seniors and military in advance; $15 at the door
Info: (509) 795-0004 or email email@example.com
3: Guitarist Bill Frisell
Bill Frisell is more than a jazz guitarist. As the New York Times noted in 2013, he’s “one of the most distinctive and original improvising guitarists of our times,” someone who’s at the forefront of “jazz Americana.” We often read about musicians who’ve “worked with everyone.” Frisell is one of those: his past is dotted with names such as Elvis Costello, Bono, David Sanborn, Petra Haden, Rickie Lee Jones, Marianne Faithful, and film director Gus Van Sant. Today, he performs with Rudy Royston (drums) and Eyvind Kang (viola) from his album, “Beautiful Dreamers” in this SFCC Jazz Presents concert.
When: 1 p.m. Friday
Where: Spokane Falls Community College, Music/Performing Arts Building Auditorium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Info: (509) 533-3741 or www.ccs.spokane.edu/
4: Spokane Comicon
Eighth annual comic book and pop culture convention featuring special guests, local artists, vendors selling collectibles, all-ages costume contest, panels, gaming, exclusives, freebies and more. Some of the featured guests include Portland’s Jesse Lagers from Syfy reality show “Heroes of Cosplay”; Spokane’s own Charlie Schmidt, creator of Keyboard Cat, and a live appearance from his cat Bento; professional comic artist Joshua Covey of Coeur d’Alene; DC Comics professional artist Alex Sinclair of San Diego; and renowned Spider-Man artist Clayton Crain from Seattle. Canned food donations benefit SCC Student Food Bank.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Spokane Community College, Lair/Student Center Building 6, 1810 N. Greene St.
Admission: $8 general, free age 12 and younger; $1 off admission with canned food donation
5: Grand Funk Railroad
The “45 Years of Grand Funk” tour brings to the Inland Northwest the ’70s rock group behind the hits “We’re an American Band,” “Locomotion,” “I’m Your Captain,” “Closer to Home” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Pend Oreille Pavilion, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights
Cost: $35-$55, through the casino box office
Info: (877) 871-6772 or www.northernquest.com
6: Skyfest 2014
Fairchild Air Force Base’s open house and air show returns after a four-year hiatus, and will feature an appearance by the famous Air Force Thunderbirds.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Fairchild Air Force Base, off Highway 2 near Airway Heights
Phone: (509) 247-5705 or www.bit.ly/SkyFest
7: ‘In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles’
Award-winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles as seen through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and featuring the live music of renowned tribute band Abbey Road. This family-friendly musical tale also will feature the Ferris High School String Quartet performing five Beatles ballads.
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.
Cost: $28-$38 through TicketsWest