THIS WEEK: Rock-star physicist, lots of live tunes and more

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The Shook Twins headline The Bartlett Wednesday.
  • The Shook Twins headline The Bartlett Wednesday.

The darkness that comes oh-so-early these days might have you a little disconcerted, but look at it as an opportunity to get out on the town and throw down and still get to bed at a decent hour. Or, if you REALLY love the nightlife, there's all the more to enjoy! Win-win.

Check out our event listings and Staff Picks for some great things going down around town. Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, Nov. 14

FOOD & DRINK | Just in time for the holidays, learn how to make gluten-free cookies and Mexican Cocoa at a Kitchen Engine workshop.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

COMMUNITY | Help celebrate Spokane Tribe Heritage Day at a day-long party at the Spokane County fairgrounds and Expo Center.

THEATER | More pertinent than ever is Black Boy, a theater production built from the prose of Richard Wright's exploration of growing up in the Jim Crow South. It's worth a trip to Pullman for this Literature to Life event.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

LIVE MUSIC | If you like a little ring-a-ding-ding swing as well as modern pop music, you might want to hit the Fox for Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, a band that takes current hits and twists them into classic sounds. Here's a sample:

LIVE BANDS | The Shook Twins have roots in North Idaho, and Rabbit Wilde brings some bluegrass style from Bellingham. Together, they make up an energetic double-bill at The Bartlett tonight.

Thursday, Nov. 17

WORDS | EWU hosts Lawrence Krauss, a New York Times best-selling theoretical physicist, who will offer a free lecture at The Fox on "A Universe of Nothing."

LIVE BANDS | SubPop fixtures and jaunty indie-rockers The Gotobeds headline a show at The Observatory, joined by locals Loomer and Balonely. Here's a taste of the headliner:

LIVE BANDS | The Big Dipper hosts ye olde punk dudes Guttermouth, along with Get Dead, the Cryptics and Punks in Drublic.

Friday, Nov. 18

COMEDY | Steve Rannazzisi, who you might know from The League or some old Buffalo Wild Wings commercials, brings his standup show to the Spokane Comedy Club.