Thursday, May 2
• Painter Javier Lopez Ortiz of Morelia, Mexico, has history with Yakima. He was an Allied Arts artist in residence in 2008 and had a show of his smoke-based watercolor work at Gilbert Cellars in 2011.
Now, in conjunction with the Yakima Valley Community College Latin Music Celebration, he returns for a weeklong series of art outreach programs. The week kicks off with an exhibit opening at Allied Arts, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be music by the festival faculty. Admission is free. The show will hang until May 18.
For information, visit www.alliedartsyakima.org or call 509-966-0930.
Friday, May 3
• Five bucks for a lunchtime show is always a bargain, which is the primary appeal of The Seasons Performance Hall’s monthly Brown Bag Concerts. This one will feature the Tri-Cities based Mid-Columbia Bell Ringers, a troupe of students from the Tri-City Junior Academy. The Bell Ringers have performed as far away as Toledo, Ohio, and are just wrapping their spring concert tour.
The show starts at noon at The Seasons, 101 N. Naches Ave. Admission is $5. For information, visit www.theseasonsyakima.com or call 509-453-1888.
• If you’re a terrible person — or if you just enjoy watching terrible people — you’re probably a big fan of “Bad Girls Club” on the Oxygen network. The appeal is beyond me, but I grudgingly recognize it exists. So I suppose I’m obligated to inform you that Raquel “Rocky” Santiago, the breakout “star” of Season 10, will be on hand at Tuscans 2 nightclub for a “Bad Girls” Pre Cinco de Mayo Party, starting at 8 p.m. She’ll host this party, which means, well, I have no idea what that means.
It’s $12 to get in, $25 for a meet-and-greet. Tickets are available through www.brownpaper tickets.com. For information, call 509-901-2708.
Tuesday, May 7
• If you haven’t been to Yakima Valley Community College’s annual Department of Visual Art student and faculty exhibit before, you’ll be surprised at the quality of work. The annual show, which opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., is a great showcase for faculty work. But it’s not just that; sometimes the student work, though not as consistently high-level, is just as accomplished.
It’s free to attend the opening, at the Larson Gallery on the YVCC campus. The show will be up through June 1. For information, visit www.larsongallery.org or call 509-574-4875.
Wednesday, May 8
• The weeklong Yakima Valley Community College Latin Music Festival includes several public performances along with numerous student workshops. And it culminates with a grand finale concert at The Seasons Performance Hall. The concert features the award-winning YVCC Salsa Band featuring the University of Washington Steel Drum Ensemble as well as scholastic groups from throughout the Yakima Valley and festival faculty such as renowned Latin jazzman Memo Acevedo.
It’s about as much good music as you’re ever going to get for a measly $5. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Seasons is at 101 N. Naches Ave. For information, visit www.theseasons yakima.com or call 509-453-1888.
Friday, May 10
• Melissa Villasenor is weird in just the most lovable way. Like most comedians, she probably has deep-seated psychological problems and a desperate need for validation, but in Villasenor those things manifest themselves as a charming sort of self-aware awkwardness.
Plus, and this is important, she’s really funny. She does killer impressions, but her best stuff is when she’s just talking and being weird.
She’ll be at Central Washington University for family weekend. Her show starts at 8 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre. Tickets cost $7, or $3 for students. They’re available at www.cwu.edu/tickets. For information, visit www.melissavillasenor.com or call 509-963-1111.
• It’s only been open for a couple of weeks, but Bale Breaker Brewing Co. is taking the leap into the live music game with a Dusty 45s concert. Well, it’s probably not that big of a leap; you can’t get much more of a guaranteed crowd-pleasing draw around here than The Dusty 45s. Seattle’s swingingest, swaggeringest rockabilly outfit, The Dusty 45s are just right for a place full of beer.
Tickets cost $10. The show is all-ages. So if you haven’t seen Bale Breaker yet, or if you haven’t seen the Dusty 45s, get over there. If you’ve seen both already, you don’t need to be told. The show starts at 7 p.m. The brewery is at 1801 Birchfield Road. For information, visit www.balebreaker.com.
— Pat Muir