THIS WEEK: Hoopfest, Summer Parkways, Steel Barrel birthday and Paul Simon


Paul Simon headlines Spokane Arena on Friday.
  • Paul Simon headlines Spokane Arena on Friday.

We officially reach summer this week, and there's a bevy of entertaining activities for your consideration in our event listings and Staff Picks.

Here are some highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, June 19

LIVE BANDS | Joseph Huber brings a sparse but compelling style of Americana to the Pin! for a show on Monday. Here's a little sample:

Tuesday, June 20

FILM | The Garland Theater's summer camp series continues with a personal fave, The Lost Boys! Vampires! Kiefer! Cory and Corey! A killer soundtrack! Here's the trailer:

Wednesday, June 21

SPORTS & OUTDOORS | It's the seventh annual Summer Parkways bike ride, when several Spokane streets are closed to cars to allow easy cruising. Hop on your wheels and roll!

WORDS | David Sedaris swings by Auntie's for a reading and signing of his new collection of diary entries. If you don't have a ticket, you're too late for the reading. But you can still drop by after 8 pm and get an autograph and meet the humorist.

LIVE BANDS | Experimental-rock fans unite! It's mighty big show with Ex Eye and Deer at the Bartlett. Read our interview with Ex Eye here.
Paula Poundstone is at the Bing on Thursday.
  • Paula Poundstone is at the Bing on Thursday.

Thursday, June 22

COMEDY | Comedy legend Paula Poundstone swings by Spokane for a show at the Bing. Read our interview with her here.

Friday, June 23

COMEDY | Blue Door Theatre hosts Cage Match, an improv-comedy throwdown that could result in casualties. Hopefully they'll be from laughing.

LIVE BANDS | Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon swings by the Spokane Arena for what is sure to be a night full of monster hits. This is what we call a "nice get" for the Spokane market. Watch for a story on Simon in the new issue of the Inlander.

LIVE BANDS | If delicious garage rock is your bag, head thee to the Bartlett for Radkey tonight. The trio kills it every time. Here's a little sample:

Saturday, June 24

FOOD & DRINK | The Steel Barrel celebrates its one-year anniversary with some delicious beer, games and grub from Zona Blanca, of course.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS | Um, it's Hoopfest, people! Enjoy the tourney or avoid downtown.

LIVE BANDS | A bit of a throwback show at the Big Dipper, featuring the punky stylings of Coffin Break, Big Yuck Mouth and Fun Ladies.