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Meet sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson tonight

Posted by Dan Aug. 20, 2015 6:29 a.m.

Science-fiction fans should be — and many likely are — excited that Worldcon has come to town (the Spokane edition is also named Sasquan). Some of the most famous sci-fi authors in the world are walking our streets. Nathan Weinbender posted a photo on Facebook of him sitting next to, of all people, George R.R. Martin .

But not everybody can afford the Worldcon admission prices. So now we have another reason to love the Spokane County Library District.

Kevin J. Anderson. whose books you can find on the shelves of pretty much any bookstore, will make a free appearance at 7 tonight at the North Spokane Library. Anderson will no doubt talk about his latest book, "The Dark Between the Stars," which has been nominated for a Hugo Award — the winners of which will be announced at Sasquan.

But he may also share stories of his working on the more than 120 books he has published, some 50 of which have made best-seller lists. For more information about the North Spokane Library, call (509) 893-8350.

And remember: Anderson's library appearance is … free.

SPR is offering everyone some ‘Help!’

Posted by Dan Aug. 19, 2015 8:28 a.m.

Anytime you have a hard day's night, what's the thing you most need? Help, of course, which is something The Beatles knew well enough.

And so does Spokane Public Radio. Following last year's sold-out event, "SPR Goes to the Movies: 'A Hard Day's Night,' " the radio station decided to follow up with another Beatles movie extravaganza. This time it involves Richard Lester's 1965 Beatles film "Help!" which had a national U.S. opening on Aug. 25, 1965.

"Help!" will screen at the Bing Crosby Theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Unlike the "Hard Day's Night" screening, this event will not involve a live-taping of the "Movies 101" show. But "Movies 101" co-host Nathan Weinbender, along with longtime SPR personality Leonard Oakland, will be on hand to introduce the film.

Tickets to the screening are $10

(plus Bing operating fees) and are being sold through TickestWest. They also should be available at the Bing's box office (but as I wrote above, the "Hard Day's Night" screening sold out so …)

Anyway, I'd be there but I'm out of town. Poor me.

I can always use some … uh, "Help!"

Legendary rockers roll through town this fall

Posted by Nathan Aug. 18, 2015 1:18 p.m.

Although there have been rumblings on the internet in the last couple of days, it’s finally been confirmed: Neil Young is playing the Arena on Oct. 2. This marks the first time the legendary rocker has performed in Spokane since his 2007 show at the INB.

Young’s touring band is the California-based four-piece Promise of the Real, which appeared on his latest album “The Monsanto Years” and is fronted by Lukas Nelson, son of country superstar Willie Nelson. Joining the band on tour is Lukas’ brother, guitarist Micah Nelson. Set lists on the first leg of the tour have spanned Young’s decades-long career, so expect to hear plenty of classics along with newer material.

Tickets go on sale through TicketsWest on Friday at 10 A.M. and prices range from $59.50 to $125.

Also announced this week: Paul Rodgers is scheduled to perform at Northern Quest on Nov. 15. Rodgers is best known as guitarist and vocalist for Bad Company, but he’s also had hits with Free and the Firm and toured in the mid-2000s as the frontman for Queen.

Tickets start at $65 and will be on sale as of Saturday morning. They can be purchased online or through the box office at (509) 481-6700.

Below: Paul Rodgers and Bad Company perform their 1975 single “Shooting Star.”

Take a trip to the ‘Light Side’ tonight

Posted by Dan Aug. 18, 2015 6:54 a.m.

It's August and summer is hanging on, thank you. But going to the lake isn't the only thing you can do in your spare time. I'd go to a movie ("Straight Outta Compton" is worth seeing). Or you could attend a book reading. Like, tonight.

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