Thursday, Oct. 10
• I don’t really know what goes on at a Burlesque Bake Sale; for reasons unknown to me, I’ve never been to one. But it’s a safe bet there’s burlesque (ooh-la-la) and baked goods there. So do you really need to get caught up in the specifics? I mean, if that’s not enough to pique your interest, it’s probably because you’re dead.
Also worth noting: This libertine combo of titillation and cookies is all for a really good cause. It’s a fundraiser for Art in Motion, the local nonprofit performing arts program.
Tickets cost $25 to $60. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the 4th Street Theatre, 14 S. Fourth St. For information, visit www.11thavefoundation.org or call 509-457-6791.
Friday, Oct. 11
• Klipschutz, the pen name of San Francisco poet Kurt Lipschutz, is here to remind us that poetry doesn’t need to be a high-wire, high-art act of self-consciously mysterious enterprise. It can be accessible and plainspoken — and all the more profound for that.
Dig this: “A legs-for-days brunette with blonde and green streaks, makes a sudden-death entrance. I buy the next round.” Pretty good, right?
Klipschutz and Selah’s own poet laureate, Dan Peters, will read for free at 7 p.m. at Oak Hollow Gallery, 5631 Summitview Ave. For information, visit www.oakhollowframes.blogspot.com or call 509-965-9256.
• Denver, the Portland old-school country act playing The Brick in Roslyn, is perhaps the perfect act for that venue. The Brick is the sort of place where, sure, there’s some raucous and rowdy types, but they tend to be literate raucous and rowdy types. It’s not a place for hipsters to play cowboy dress-up.
And Denver, with its unpretentious take on good ol’ country, is going to tear the roof off the joint.
The show is free. It starts at 9 p.m. The Brick is at 100 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Roslyn. For information, visit www.denvertheband.com or www.bricksaloon.com or call 509-649-2643.
Saturday, Oct. 12
• Jonny Smokes has long been a favorite of the local Kid Rock, Busch beer and Skynyrd set, mostly because his show is about giving an audience what it wants. He plays originals, sure, but he also throws in plenty of covers to get people up and moving.
So, you know, grab a Jagermeister or a shot of Fireball and get out on the floor at The Speakeasy Bar, 104 S. Third St. The show is free. It starts at 9 p.m. For information, visit www.jonnysmokes.com or www.facebook.com/thespeakeasy or call 509-453-4762.
Sunday, Oct. 13
• Most musicians, even the innovative ones, fit into one category or another. I’m not sure that can be said about Baby Gramps. He’s like an Appalachian pirate with Robert Johnson’s guitar skills and the voice of Tom Waits’ dad. And he does children’s songs, too, because, you know, why not?
Just look him up; I’m doing a terrible job of describing him. Or just go see for yourself as part of Suncadia’s annual Harvest Festival. The festival is all weekend long at the resort’s Nelson Dairy Farm, 3320 Suncadia Trail in Cle Elum. Baby Gramps plays at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, visit www.babygramps.com or www.suncadia.com or call 509-649-6400.
Thursday, Oct. 17
• Quetzal is a band that’s about something. Its members clearly care deeply about sharing the cultural and sociopolitical struggle of people whose voices too often go unheard here in these ever-changing United States.
But they’re also a really stellar band. And that’s important, because as important as the message is, it can sound like a lecture if it’s not delivered right. Quetzal, based in East Los Angeles, doesn’t have to worry about that.
You can hear for yourself at a free concert at The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave. It’s part of the Yakima Valley Community College Diversity Series. For information, visit www.quetzaleastla.com or call 509-574-4800.
Friday, Oct. 18
• Give me a hunk of cheddar and a Pabst, and I’m pretty happy. But I will allow that there are perhaps more sophisticated pairings out there. I’m thinking Stilton and Stout, for instance, or perhaps brie with a nice pilsner. The possibilities are just about endless. For guidance, attend Beer & Cheese 101, hosted by the Yakima Valley Community College’s vineyard and winery technology program at the YVCC Grandview campus, 114 Grandridge Road. It’s $25 per person, 21 and older only. It goes from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration ends Friday. For information, visit www.yakimavalleyvintners.com or call 509-882-7040.
• “Young Frankenstein” is one of Mel Brooks’ funniest movies, and Mel Brooks is one of the funniest people to ever make movies. Ergo, “Young Frankenstein” is one of the funniest movies. It’s simple math. Anyway, it’s really, really funny. And you should really, really see it.
It’s on the big screen as part of the Princess Theatre’s “Must See Movies” series. Admission is $5. The show starts at 8 p.m. There is a beer-and-wine social hour for adults only at 7 p.m. The Princess is at 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser. For information, visit www.theprincesstheatre.net or call 509-786-2180.
Saturday, Oct. 19
• Seattle’s Massy Ferguson is a classic-rock-sounding band that owes a debt to Bruce Springsteen and occasionally plays Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” in concert. But their best stuff is not their covers; it’s their expression of that classic rock ethos in contemporary music. They don’t, in other words, sound like a nostalgia act (most of the time), so much as a living, breathing band in the long line of straightforward rock ’n’ roll bar bands.
They’re at Bill’s Place, 206 S. Third Ave., at 9 p.m. The show is free. For information, visit www.massyfergusonband.com or www.facebook.com/billsplace or call 509-575-9513.
— Pat Muir