Thursday, Nov. 15

• OMG, you guys! There’s, like, a whole “Twilight” marathon! ... Or some such. I don’t really get the “Twilight” thing, what with its weird interspecies romance and absurd gender dynamics. But, then, it’s not really for me; it’s for other people. And those people love it. Like, really love it. For them, Grand Meridian Cinemas in Ellensburg offers all five movies, including the new one, with 15-minute breaks between them. It starts at 12:15 p.m. and ends more than 10 hours later. It’s only $30, which is a pretty good deal for five movies, but it doesn’t include the steep psychological and emotional cost of sitting through 10 hours of “Twilight.”

Grand Meridian is at 504 E. Mountain View Ave. in Ellensburg. For information or tickets, visit or call 509-962-3456.

• Coaster J. Sanchez is an amiable guy with a good heart and decent-enough flow. He may not be the best rapper in the Northwest, but he’s certainly got talent and potential; he could get there. Plus, he proudly reps the 509, giving regular shout-outs to Selah and the Yakima Valley in his songs.

You can see him and a few other local hip-hop artists at the Speakeasy, 104 S. Third St., at an all-ages benefit show for a local autistic child. Admission is just $3. The show goes from 6-11 p.m.

• There are rock stars and there are local bar bands whose members work down at the Safeway or wherever. And somewhere between those poles there is the touring professional musician. Those are the ones, scraping by on the fringes, getting occasional airplay on independent radio, developing cult fan bases, that I find the most interesting.

Singer-songwriter Christine Havrilla, who plays Bill’s Place, 206 S. Third Ave., at 8 p.m., is one of them. Her songs have a road-weariness to them but her voice is large enough that it also contains hope and resolve. The show is free. For information, visit or call 509-575-9513.

• You don’t have to know much about ballet to know that a performance of “The Great Russian Nutcracker” by the Moscow Ballet is the real stuff. The company has performed the ballet since 1993 and is still improving it with new choreography. This year, that means something called the Dove of Peace, in which two dancers combine into one soaring bird.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St. Tickets, $28.50 to $69, are available at or or 509-853-2787. For information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 17

• Farmers market season is over, but Thanksgiving is yet to come. So what is the conscientious host supposed to do about fresh vegetables for the holiday dinner?

The Kittitas County Farmers Market organization is hosting one last event just for you, the Holiday Market at the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St. in Ellensburg. The event, which goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature fruit, vegetables, crafts, herbs, pickles, jams — the whole farmers market smorgasboard. Anyway, take it while you can, because there’s no more farmers market action till spring. For information, visit

• Tracy Spring is a regular at the annual Yakima Folklife Festival and has played throughout the region for years, upholding the folk tradition of traveling and performing earnest, heartfelt songs. Her music is straightforward, buoyed by sharp guitar playing and a broad, expressive vocal range. She is a storyteller with a guitar, but she’s also very much a musician.

You can see Spring at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima, 225 N. Second St. Tickets cost $15, or $10 for students and seniors. For information, visit or call 509-965-4641.

Thursday, Nov. 22

• Listen, I know you want to change into sweatpants and pour gravy down your gullet all Thanksgiving night long, but that isn’t healthy. The Warehouse Theatre Company’s production of the classic family musical “Annie” offers a compelling alternative. So, after your third piece of pie during the second football game, maybe you ought to think about getting up and leaving the house and heading over to the theater at 5000 W. Lincoln Ave. The leftovers will still be there when you get back.

Tickets cost $18.50, or $16 for students and seniors. If you miss it on Thanksgiving, there are subsequent shows Nov. 23-24, Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Dec. 1 and 8. For information, call 509-966-0951 or visit

Friday, Nov. 23

• It’s important, when eating leftover Thanksgiving food, that you have an array of wines to pair it with. You’re going to need some rosé for that ham, maybe some riesling with those turkey sandwiches and some bubbly with, well, with everything else from potatoes to pie. The good folks of the Yakima Valley wine industry have you covered. Thanksgiving in Wine Country lasts throughout the whole weekend with dozens of wineries up and down the valley participating. For details on what those wineries are doing, visit and