I’ve been looking for things to do. I’m sure you have, too. Sometimes we don’t think to look in places that seem like they wouldn’t have anything new to offer. Or, sometimes, we think of places that we haven’t been yet and assume it will always be there.

My wife and I have lived here for a year and a half and we haven’t been to the Yakima Valley Museum yet. It’s a place that I want to go because I dig history and want to try the soda fountain (closed for the winter, sadly). I may end up there on Thursday, Jan. 31.

That night, the museum begins a two-part series called Mystery Movie Madness. Oh, boy, I thought. I love old movies and getting to see them on a screen bigger than my TV and with a crowd is always fun. For the first night, the museum is showing the Cary Grant classic “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

You’ll have to wait until March 7 for the second half of the series when they screen Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps.”

According to the museum’s website, pizza, popcorn, snacks and beverages will be available. Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show to start at 7 p.m.

If you like black and white murder mysteries, there’s probably not a better way to spend an evening. If you have someone who has never seen either of these movies, here’s your chance to educate them.

As for me, it will be rough to get to a 7 o’clock show on a Thursday because my day job starts at 4 a.m. the next morning. So if you call that Friday morning and I sound half asleep, you’ll know I made it to the show.

For more information, visit the Yakima Valley Museum’s website.

• Backstage Pass is a new blog on www.yakima-herald.com covering pop culture from Hollywood to your backyard. T.J. Tranchell, a freelance journalist and Herald-Republic customer service clerk, can be reached at ttranchell@yakimaherald.com.