1. Spokane Auto Show
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. See the 2017 models and the latest in auto technology and virtual reality NASCAR experience. www.spokaneautoshow.com Admission: $7/general, $6/seniors, free/age 12 and younger
2. Violet Catastrophe
3. Fast and Furious IV
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Stage Left, 108 W. Third Ave. Don’t blink! Stage Left’s fourth annual staged reading of super-short plays. This fast-paced, fun event will feature 35 new comedies and dramas written by local and national playwrights and is sure to chase away the winter blahs. (509) 838-9727 www.spokanestageleft.org. Admission: $10
4. Make a Valentine’s Day Card
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Stop by any Spokane Public Library branch to make Valentine’s Day cards for your family and friends. Bring your creativity and we will supply the paper, scissors and glue. The Shadle and South Hill branches will also have card supplies out on Monday. www. spokanelibrary.org. Admission: FREE
5. 20th Annual Gospel Explosion
7 p.m. Friday, Whitworth University, Seeley G. Mudd Chapel, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. Join Whitworth students and local praise teams for a campus celebration of Black History Month. (509) 777-4568. Admission: FREE
6. Ninth Annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Whitworth University, Robinson Teaching Theater, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. “Vanishing Borders,” Alexandra Hidalgo’s 2014 documentary about four immigrant women in New York screens Friday. A Q&A with Hidalgo follows the movie. “Inherent Vice,” a Paul Thomas Anderson movie based on the Thomas Pynchon novel, screens Saturday with a faculty panel. “Son of Saul,” set in 1944 Auschwitz about a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of other prisoners, screens Sunday. (509) 777-4605 or www.whitworth.edu/oaklandfestival. Admission: FREE
7. Snarky Valentine’s Cards
3 p.m. Saturday, Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Parkway. Create paper cards or digital memes to express your squishy Valentine’s emotions – or your loathing for love and feelings in general – through humor, sarcasm and grumpy cat photos. Register online at spark-central.org. (509) 279-0299. Admission: $5.
8. Winter Wreck
5 p.m. Saturday, The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Metal music with Traveler of Home, Over Due, We Are Captured, Sons of Donovan, Joshua Belliardo, Melefluent, Buddha Slave, Winter in June, Noctyms Decent, The Krakens, The Drag. Tickets available at www.Ticketweb.com. (866) 468-7623. Admission: $10.
9. Elephant Gun Riot
8 p.m. Saturday, Palomino Club, 6425 N. Lidgerwood St. With Over Sea Under Stone, Wandering I and The Drag. (509) 944-4911. Admission: $5.
10. Baby Fair 2017
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Businesses from all over the Inland Northwest will showcase products and services like baby clothing, medical and financial services, home safety and more. (509) 242-2516. Admission: $5, free for children 12 and younger.
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