Thursday, Dec. 12
• Rest easy, folks: You will not have to pass another Christmas without an Elvis impersonator.
Seattle’s own Danny Vernon, who has played to rave reviews at The Seasons Performance Hall on previous occasions, is back with a holiday themed “Blue Christmas” show. It’s sure to be a holly-jolly, hip-shaking, faith-in-humanity-questioning, surreal trip of a time.
The show starts at 7 p.m. at The Seasons, 101 N. Naches Ave. For information, visit www.theseasonsyakima.com or call 509-453-1888. Or, for a real visual treat, visit www.dannyvernon.com. It’s a sparkly, neon fever dream of a website.
• This is not only the final weekend of the Warehouse Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol” (at the Akin Centre Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday), it’s also the weekend that brings us the Valley Theater Company’s production of the holiday classic. That company, based in Prosser, will present the show at 7:30 both nights at the Princess Theatre, 1226 Meade Ave. in Prosser. Tickets cost $12, $10 for students and seniors. For information, visit www.theprincesstheatre.net or call 509-786-2180.
Friday, Dec. 13
• The Royal Oui played Bill’s Place back in March, and it was one of the best surprises in Yakima’s recent live-music history. Adrienne Pierce and Ari Shine, both of whom have distinctive solo voices, are even better together.
And, with respect to Bill’s, I think their thoughtful, acoustic songs are probably better suited to a winery than a barroom. So I can only imagine their show at Gilbert Cellars, which starts at 7 p.m., will be well worth your time.
Admission is free. Gilbert is at 5 N. Front St. For information, visit www.theroyaloui.com or www.gilbertcellars.com or call 509-249-9049.
Sunday, Dec. 15
• Inga Wiehl started something noble three decades ago: a reading group dedicated to rigorous pursuit of “the best that has been thought and said.”
This was no mere social book club, in which reading the chosen texts was optional. Women in the local group had to meet the high standards of Wiehl, a former Yakima Valley Community College professor with a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington.
Wiehl details the group’s history in her own new book, “Reclaiming Our Brains Without Losing Our Minds.” She’ll talk about that book and sign copies at Oak Hollow Gallery, 5631 Summitview Ave., at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Inklings Bookshop is a co-presenter. For information, visit www.inklingsbookshop.com or call 509-965-5830.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
• If you’re in the Lower Valley and looking for a nice evening of holiday cheer, the Granger Chamber of Commerce has you covered.
The annual Granger Tour of Lights is set for 6:30 p.m. Just show up at the Granger Community Center, 121 Sunnyside Ave., and get on the bus. It’s free. The tour lasts about an hour and concludes with hot chocolate and cookies back at the center.
If you live in Granger and want your house included on the tour — which makes you eligible for a best-lights prize — you can get an application at KDNA Radio or U.S. Bank in Granger. For information, call 509-854-2446.
Friday, Dec. 20
• I don’t know much about country-folk act The Holy Broke. They (he?) don’t have much of an online presence. But they do have three songs posted on a Bandcamp page, and all three of those songs are promising. They’re cleverly written, but with a bit more depth than that word implies. And the singing and playing is infectious.
So, you know, I can’t exactly wholeheartedly guarantee they’re great. But I can say that, based on those three songs alone, they’re worth checking out for free at Gilbert Cellars. The show starts at 7 p.m. For information, visit www.theholybroke.bandcamp.com or www.gilbertcellars.com or call 509-249-9049.
Saturday, Dec. 21
• Logan Strosahl is a serious student of jazz, having won several awards at the Essentially Ellington high school jazz competition before moving on to study at the New England Conservatory. He’ll be at The Seasons Performance Hall with a trio that includes Evan Woodle of Seattle’s upstart Table and Chairs record label (the group that brought Roscoe Mitchell to Seattle in March, one of the most mind-blowing jazz shows I’ve ever seen) and up-and-coming Seattle pianist Gus Carns.
Tickets cost $10. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For information, visit www.loganstrosahl.com or www.theseasonsyakima.com or call 509-453-1888.
— Pat Muir