The 31st Annual Gathering of Nations is upon us. This congregation of Native peoples, artists and entertainers starts on Thursday, but the events hyped here happen on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26. Within those two days, 35 entertainers and 60 acts perform at four venues: Stage 49 (1414 University SE), GON Arena and two strolling powwow alleys. Even hitting the highlights is challenging, but two shouldn’t-miss performances are Canadian/Stó:lō singer Inez Jasper and her informed pop and 16-year-old Burqueña Christy Bird, who’s known for singing “America the Beautiful” in Keres in that Super Bowl ad for Coca-Cola that spawned that ridiculous #SpeakAmerican hashtag. Scope the lineup in its entirety at bit.ly/GON2014. You can also catch Jasper at Sister (407 Central NW) on Saturday, April 26, at the haute fashion-themed Pink Party; this 21-plus soiree kicks off at 9pm, and presale tickets are $10.