Thursday, March 21

The three subjects of Graham Streeter’s documentary “Boys in Peril” are Latino students, trying to navigate the transition from high school to college in East Los Angeles. They deal with the temptations of street life, obligations to family and issues of legal residence — familiar themes to anyone involved in education in the Yakima Valley. Streeter’s documentary is billed as an examination of those challenges and a celebration of the teachers and institutions available to help the young men find their way.

Allied Arts of Yakima will screen “Boys in Peril” in conjunction with the Yakima School District and the Yakima Schools Foundation. The movie is free. It begins at 7 p.m. at Allied Arts, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave. For information, call 509-966-0930.

Friday, March 22

OK, guys, I know instrumental music is kind of a hard sell. And if I tell you some Aussie madman with a didgeridoo and a 12-string guitar is going to blow your delicate little minds wide open, you probably won’t believe me. You’ll think it’s hype. I completely understand. But before you write me off, Google Blake Noble. Watch the video of him playing “Tsunami” at The Chinook Music Festival. … I’ll wait. … OK, you’re back? That was pretty good, right?

Noble is based in Seattle these days, but he plays here pretty frequently. And you can see him beat the living what-have-you out of his guitar for free at 5 North at 7 p.m. along with upright bass player Isaac Castillo. For information, visit or or call 509-248-9801.

Desert Valley Stranglehold is a hard-rock band featuring a couple of guys from the defunct synth-rock band Tieton Drive, and the new incarnation works a lot better. The former band was ambitious and far-reaching, but the straightforward rock sound of the new band plays to these guys’ strengths. They’ve already developed a nice local fan base.

And now they’re asking those fans to help with a video project during their 9 p.m. show at The Speakeasy, 104 S. Third St. All you have to do is bring your video camera or camera phone and shoot footage during the show. Footage of the band, the crowd, yourself, whatever. They’ll edit it into a video and credit you at the end. The show is free.

Saturday, March 23

Central Washington University’s English-language production of Strauss’ “Die Fledermauss” is set for April 6-7 at the Capitol Theatre, but you can get a free taste of that show — plus high tea with the cast — at Yakima’s First Presbyterian Church, 9 S. Eighth Ave. from 1-3 p.m.

The “Opera-Tune-It-Tea,” as they’re calling it, will include a special performance by the First Presbyterian Temple Choir. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call 509-925-7529. For information, visit

The Yakima Symphony Orchestra is neither hoity nor toity. It’s essentially come-as-you-are. But if you’re going to go all out and do the black-tie thing, “A Salute to Tonys” is the concert for which to do it. There will be a red carpet and everything.

The selections include songs from “The Music Man,” “My Fair Lady,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “Annie,” “A Chorus Line” and “Cats.” Mezzo-soprana Kristen Drathman and baritone vocalist Sean Carter Campbell will join the full YSO for the event.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St. Tickets cost $14.50 to $51. For information, visit or call 509-248-1414.

Thursday, March 28

Artist Andy Behrle sees things most of us don’t. His work, which employs water and light to explore the passage of time and the ephemerality of humankind, is disquieting in its existential questioning. But it’s also got some wonder in it, particularly in the way that he uses liquid to bend light, providing a natural sort of laser-light show.

You may remember his Tesla-evoking piece “For Nikola” from the Light Night fundraiser at The Seasons Performance Hall. Now he’s got a solo installation at Central Washington University’s Sarah Spurgeon Gallery. It begins with an artist lecture at 4 p.m. followed by an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. The show runs through April 14. The gallery is on the CWU campus in Ellensburg. For information, visit or call 509-963-1111.

Francophiles, listen up, because the Yakima Valley Museum is about to sacre your bleus and zut your alors with “A French Flavor,” an evening of song by acclaimed Northwest musicians Denise Dillenbeck, Mark Goodenberger, Cary Lewis and Eric Parse. It’s the last installment of the museum’s dinner-and-music series, Diversions, this year and will include marimba compositions Goodenberger wrote while in France along with French piano songs and classic Jacque Brel tunes.

Dinner and drinks are at 6 p.m. The music starts at 7 p.m. The museum is at 2105 Tieton Drive. For information, visit or call 509-248-0747.

Friday, March 29

R&B singer Jonn Hart is known primarily for his 2012 hit single “Who Booty,” a sweet-sounding but lyrically graphic ode to the callipygian, in which he repeatedly asks his romantic partner to assure him that, indeed, the “booty” in question now belongs to Hart himself. The song went to No. 1 on the Rhythm Radio Music Chart and hit the Billboard Top 40 in December.

The Oakland-based Hart, signed to Epic Records, will swing through Yakima for a stop at The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave., between shows in Spokane and Seattle. Tickets for the show cost $20. It’s $40 for the show and meet-and-greet. For information, visit or or call 509-453-1888.