THIS WEEK: Monkeys, markets, berries and Boise's best band

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The MAC opens a show dedicated to the art of animals on Saturday.
  • The MAC opens a show dedicated to the art of animals on Saturday.

We are barreling toward a holiday weekend — Independence Day, believe it or not — so let's look ahead at some of the fun you can have as you recover from Hoopfest weekend, or from avoiding downtown all Hoopfest weekend. 

Monday, June 27

COMEDY | Take a little jaunt to the North Spokane Library for a free show of Zany Zaniac Comedy from performer Alex Zerbe, who plays in the worlds of comedy, music, circus arts and self-expression.

Tuesday, June 28

LIVE BANDS | Seattle-based BOG, playing the Saranac Commons rooftop as part of the KYRS concert series. 

COMEDY | Ralphie May was inspired by meeting comedy legend Sam Kinison years ago, and his own pursuit of laughs has led him to much success, and more than a little controversy, just like his hero. May performs Tuesday and Wednesday at the Spokane Comedy Club. 

LIVE BANDS | Time for another edition of NW of Nashville, the monthly hootenanny at The Bartlett hosted by Jenny Anne Mannan and this time including the Powers, Windoe, Lucas Brown and the Brad Keeler Trio.  

Wednesday, June 29

COMEDY | Great Ideas: Spokane: Today! collects some of the funniest local minds to create a show "that boldly push the limits of powerpoint and the human mind!" at the Big Dipper. 

LIVE BANDS | Boise's mighty Built to Spill are rolling through town to the Knitting Factory as a trio, led by guitar god Doug Martsch, one of the few indie-rock dudes capable of rocking an epic guitar solo among all his killer melodies. Here's our interview with Martsch, and
here's a sample from their latest album: 

Thursday, June 30

THEATER | The Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre season is off and running, and its first production is a musical-comedy, Peter and the Starcatcher. Read our story about their season here

WORDS | Join authors Alexis Smith and Shawn Vestal for a joint reading at Auntie's of their respective works. 

Friday, July 1

FARMERS MARKET | Among the many farmers markets you can hit, the Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market stands out among the best. It's open from 3-7 pm. 

FOOD & DRINK | The Green Bluff Strawberry Festival kicks off Friday, starting two weekends of fresh berry fun and games. 

VISUAL ARTS | It's First Friday! Go downtown and see some killer art at the start of a long weekend. 

Saturday, July 2

VISUAL ARTS | Love wildlife? Then you might want to check out the MAC's Fangs, Feather and Fur: The Art of Animals exhibit, as long as taxidermy doesn't make you squeamish.