Thursday, Sept. 12

Discussions of serious sociocultural issues are always a little bit better with a glass of wine. With that in mind, Gilbert Cellars is hosting another Humanities Washington Think & Drink event.

This one will feature Enrique Cerna, a Yakima Valley native and host of Seattle-based news magazine KCTS 9 Connects. Cerna, whose documentary “Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington” is set to air on KCTS, will discuss the cultural, social and political evolution of Washington state as its Latino population continues to increase. Yakima Herald-Republic politics reporter Mike Faulk will lead the discussion.

Admission is free. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Gilbert tasting room, 5 N. Front St. For more information, visit or or call 509-249-9049.

Friday, Sept. 13

There are a lot of community fall festivals around these parts, but Sportsman’s Days in Naches is the only one I know of with chainsaw carving. There will also be music, rides, games, magic and food throughout the three-day festival. But, come on, man: chainsaw carving. What else do you really need?

The chainsaw carver will be there starting at 5 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission to Sportsman’s Days is free. It takes place in downtown Naches. For a full schedule of events, visit For more information, call 509-653-2165.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15

It’s hard not to like Volkswagens, right? The hippie buses and the old bugs, heck, even the new bugs.

You can celebrate all of them at the Apple Valley Volkswagen Association’s annual Volksfest in Moxee. The two-day event is free for spectators, and it includes a car show, live music and a screening of the “The Bus,” a 2012 documentary. Plus there will be free fahrvergnugen for all. The event is at Moxee City Park. For more information, visit or call 509-248-2110.

Saturday, Sept. 14

The Yakima Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2013-14 season, “Musical Milestones,” with a pops concert, “Simply Sinatra.” The program will feature Steve Lippia, who according to conductor Lawrence Golan is “the No. 1 Frank Sinatra interpreter in the world,” and according to me (having looked up some online video) is indeed quite good.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St. Tickets go from $15 to $61. For more information, visit or call 509-248-1414.

Friday, Sept. 20

Do you smell fried dough, 4-H animals, carnies and fun? That’s because the Central Washington State Fair is only a week away.

The fair, unquestionably the biggest annual entertainment event in Central Washington, is one of my personal favorite things in the world. The exhibits, the people-watching, the food. Dear lord, the food. The sugary, fatty, fried food. (There’s also plenty of wholesome, good-for-you stuff if you’re a party-pooper.)

It’s nearly upon us. And, even though it goes for a full 10 days, it’s always over before you want it to be. So don’t miss it. Daily tickets cost $13, $10 for seniors, $8 for ages 6-12, and are free for ages 5 and younger. For more information, visit or call 509-248-7160.

The people have spoken. This year’s People’s Choice movie in the Must See Movies series at Prosser’s Princess Theatre is “Back to the Future.”

I have to say, the people have pretty good taste in movies. Robert Zemeckis’ sci-fi comedy really holds up, even 28 years after its 1985 release. From Michael J. Fox’s star turn to great supporting work from Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and the always-compelling Crispin Glover, there is not a weak spot in the entire film.

You can see it for $5 at The Princess, 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. But get there early for a DeLorean show, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 509-728-2180.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Regular readers of On magazine know the esteem in which I hold Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, the weirdo Seattle band that mixes country-western music with punk and post-punk attitude. Regular readers also know that I believe the Gilbert Cellars Cave to be among the most beautiful concert venues I’ve ever been to.

So it will come as no surprise that I unreservedly recommend you go see Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at the Gilbert Cellars Cave. It’s a rare daytime show, so that will be interesting. (I always figured Amaker, like a vampire, would burst into flame if he ever came into contact with sunlight.) Tickets cost $15. The show goes from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or, or call 509-249-9049.

— Pat Muir