It’s a loaded arts-and-entertainment weekend here in the Yakima Valley, and making just one top pick wasn’t easy.
But we here at On magazine swore a sacred oath to give you, the reader, a Pick of the Week, and by god we will uphold that oath. So, um, anyway, it’s the Yakima premiere of “Cement Suitcase,” Granger native Rick Castaneda’s directorial feature debut. And if you want to go, you should probably get tickets now. The scheduled 7 p.m. showing at Yakima Cinemas, 1305 N. 16th Ave., sold out early. But the theater moved that screening to a larger room and added a 9:15 p.m. show. Even with those added seats, I wouldn’t sleep on buying tickets.
The movie, which is the cover story of today’s On magazine, was set and shot in the Yakima Valley. I saw it last week at a special screening in Prosser, and I really liked it. Not just in a pretty-good-for-a-local-guy way but in a that’s-a-legit-movie-I’d-like-even-if-I-didn’t-live-here way.
Like I said, there’s a lot going on this weekend — Jen Borst’s art show at Gilbert Cellars on Friday (with music from her Planes on Paper bandmate, Navid Eliot), the Yakima Symphony Orchestra’s pops concert on Saturday, R&B band 112 at El Dos de Oro nightclub, the Joseph Brooks Quartet doing a lunchtime show at The Seasons Performance Hall on Friday — so if you can’t get “Cement Suitcase” tickets, you’ll probably be able to find something else to do.