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Coeur d’Con takes over Coeur d’Alene Public Library with ‘all things geek’

Don’t expect a quiet day at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library this Saturday; Coeur d’Con is taking over.

Coeur d’Con, the library’s celebration of “all things geek,” features activities, vendors’ booths, meetups, workshops, game tournaments and more.

This year’s convention features three special panels, all held in the Community Room.

At 10:30 a.m., “Star Trek Generations: Behind the Scenes” features Victoria Slater speaking about her experience as the director’s assistant for the series.

At noon, Tom Cook, an animator and director for “Classic TV Cartoons,” presents “Saturday Morning Cartoons: My Life in Animation,” and at 1:30 p.m., Nerdwest presents “Nerdwest Geek Trivia.”

In the Gozzer Room, a local fandom group will host a “Star Trek” meetup at 10:30 a.m., followed by local author Adrienne Dellwo’s “Writing Great Dialogue” at 11:30 a.m.

Leigh Ellis will discuss “How to Survive a Bigfoot Attack” at 12:30 p.m., and Daniel Nelmar will present “VR for Content Creators.”

In the Children’s Craft Room, Mindy Jackson will host a workshop on fandom nail art at 10:30 a.m., and Emerge’s Mary Hamlin and local artist Randy Palmer will present a mini-comic workshop at 12:30 p.m.

Coeur d’Con also features all-day events both in the library and throughout the park, including game tournaments, an opportunity to meet members of the 501st Legion, a medieval re-enactment and a Jedi Training Academy.

Entries from the Fan Art Contest will be on display, and throughout the day crafty attendees can also enter the cosplay contest. Registration for the contest runs from 10-11:30 a.m. during which time participants will be scheduled to have their picture taken.

Voting by the public begins at 1 p.m., and the top 10 participants in each category, professional (self-proclaimed), youth, teen and adult, will then be judged at 3 p.m. in the Community Room to determine the final winners.

Vendor booths will also be on site, and a portion of all sales benefit the Friends of the Library and future conventions.

If you go: 10 a.m. Saturday; Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene; Free.

MAC Family Day

Has visiting the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture been on your to-do list this summer?

Haven’t gotten around to checking out the museum’s current exhibits?

Consider MAC Family Day your excuse to clear your schedule and head to the museum.

On Tuesday, the MAC’s current exhibits – “As Grandma Taught: Women, Tradition and Plateau Art,” which opened Aug. 11, “Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations” and “Edward S. Curtis: The Grand Idea” – will be on display.

But, to celebrate Family Day, there will be special presentations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kris Major, the city of Spokane solid waste disposal education coordinator, will present “Worms Eat My Garbage!”

During this presentation, Major will tell families about how worms help with compost while giving attendees a chance to study a worm up close. She will also discuss the four R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.

After checking out Ganz’s exhibition, which closes Aug. 26, visitors can also try their hand at using reclaimed objects to create a piece of artwork.

Finally, visitors can flex their artistic muscles in the museum’s Create Space.

Free parking is available on the museum’s campus.

If you go: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday. Family Day activities held between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave.; $10/adults; $8/seniors and college students; $5/children and students; free/children under 5 and museum members.

Mike Epps and Chris Cope at the Spokane Comedy Club

In need of a good laugh? Comedian/actors Mike Epps and Chris Cope have got it covered.

On Friday through Sunday, Epps will headline the comedy club.

Looking at Epps’ list of upcoming projects, it’s a wonder he finds time to sleep, let alone tour the country performing stand up.

After starring in “Uncle Drew,” which was released in June, Epps has another four films, at least, in post-production, and he is currently filming both “Last Friday,” the fourth installment in the “Friday” series, and “Dolemite Is My Name,” alongside Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes and Keegan-Michael Key.

Check Epps’ Instagram for a video of him triumphantly roller skating around the “Dolemite” set to celebrate his last day.

Also on Instagram, Epps posted a photo of himself in the studio with rapper Too $hort in early August, saying he was “putting some funny on some hits.”

If that weren’t enough, Epps also released a memoir, “Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedian’s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown,” in March.

On Thursday through Aug. 25, Cope will hit the stage.

Cope, too, splits his time between stage and screen, having appeared in “Give Till It Hurts” and “Astro” this year.

In 2016, Cope played “male patient” in an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” He was, unfortunately, able to bring some real-world experience to the role, having suffered an ascending aortic aneurysm a few years earlier.

Cope detailed the experience during his appearance on “Conan” in July, and, like a true comedian, has found the ability to make what was surely a scary moment sound hilarious in hindsight.

“I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story,” he said, after telling the audience his doctor told him he had a 15 percent chance to survive the surgery. “But I lived.”

These shows also feature Jesse Weyerick and emcee Brian Hood.

Mike Epps: 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday; Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague Ave.; $37.50/general admission; $55/premium, available through www.spokanecomedyclub. com.

Chris Cope: 8 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 24. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25; Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague Ave.; Thursday: Free/women; $8/men; $14/premium. Aug. 24: $14/general; $22/premium; Aug. 25: $16/general; $22/premium, available through www.spokanecomedyclub. com.

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