Thursday, March 7

The Yakima Valley Museum’s Mystery Movie Madness series continues with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 classic, “The 39 Steps.” The film, regarded as Hitchcock’s first real classic, features an innocent man forced by circumstance into a dark and tangled web of violence and conspiracy. In other words, it’s standard Hitchcock.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $4 in advance or $5 at the door. The museum is at 2105 Tieton Drive. For information, call 509-248-0747 or visit

Friday, March 8

Fury in the Temple is a Pantera-style metal band out of Kennewick that throws in a little bit of Alice in Chains-style grunge. They’re not groundbreaking, but they do rock. Seven Cycles out of Spokane has a cleaner sound, with Rage Against the Machine copycat vocals thrown in for good measure. They also rock.

So, if you’re looking to rock, the Fury in the Temple and Seven Cycles show at the Yakima Sports Center, 214 E. Yakima Ave., is where you want to be. The show starts at 9 p.m. It’s free. For information, visit, or centered or call 509-453-4647.

Saturday, March 9

You may remember Ernest King as the guy who painted a mural at the Tower Cafe last year while people sipped their coffee and watched. Or maybe you know him from the work he had hanging on the Essencia Artisan Bakery walls earlier this year. Well, now King, whose vibrant nature-based paintings are undeniably lively, has a show at Oak Hollow Gallery.

The exhibit, which also features Gary Dismukes’ raku pottery, opened Tuesday. But the opening reception is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hollow, 5631 Summitview Ave. For information, visit or call 509-965-9256.

You can’t really go wrong with “Carmen”; it’s probably the most widely acclaimed opera ever written. And Manuel De Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain,” while not as well-known, is considered an orchestral classic for its evocation of Spanish atmosphere. The Yakima Symphony Orchestra will play both, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St. Tickets go from $14 to $66. For information, visit or call 509-248-1414.

Adrienne Pierce is what they used to call a chanteuse. Her breathy vocals and sultry delivery would seem right at home in a smoky Paris nightclub. The Canadian-born Pierce has had some measure of success during her decade in the recording industry, opening for people like Ray LaMontagne and Jane Siberry and landing her songs on a whole bunch of TV shows.

And now, you can see her live and in person at Bill’s Place, 206 S. Third Ave. The show is free, and it starts at 9 p.m. For information, visit or call 509-575-9513.

Sunday, March 10

The folks at La Casa Hogar do so much for women and children in the Yakima Valley, particularly for new immigrants trying to find their place, you’d think they wouldn’t have any time left to plan and host really outstanding celebrations. But you’d be wrong. They do back-to-school street parties, they do elegant fashion and dance events, and this week they’re doing Cultura, a celebration of International Women’s Day.

The event, from 4-7 p.m. at the 4th Street Theatre, 14 S. Fourth St., includes dinner, live music, a fashion show and dancing. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For information, visit or call 509-457-5058.

Wednesday, March 13

Ed Stover is a former Yakima Herald-Republic reporter and just an outstanding guy, so maybe I’m being something less than objective when I tell you that the Allied Arts Poetry Open Mic Night he’s hosting will be better than 100 Super Bowls plus 200 Rolling Stones concerts. Suffice it to say, Stover is among the best in a very good group of local poets. You can be a part of that group yourself, just by attending and reading some of your work. Or you can just go and watch.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Allied Arts, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave. For information, visit or call 509-966-0930.

Thursday, March 14

If you like wine, art, animals or any combination thereof, you may want to check out the Humane Society of Central Washington’s annual Wine and Art event at the Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St. Local artists will display their work (sales of which benefit the Humane Society) and local favorites Gentlemen Wilde will play live music. There will be hors d’oeuvres and, of course, wine. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For information, visit or call 509-457-6854.

Friday, March 15

Singer-songwriter Melina Kastle is relentlessly happy in her music — to the point where it would be obnoxious if she didn’t just seem so darn sincere and cute. The Ellensburg-based Kastle says on her website that she “writes and plays songs like there’s no better thing to do in the world.” And I believe her.

You can see her for free at Gilbert Cellars, 5 N. Front St., starting at 7 p.m. For information, visit or or call 509-248-9049.

When I first heard Sunny Ledfurd, I thought he’d be some generic modern-country guy. In some ways he is, but it’s like he’s the very best of that kind of guy — just totally unpretentious, not faking it at all. When he sings about “making love on my pontoon boat on a Carolina Saturday night,” you can’t help but chuckle and tap your foot. He’s a charmer, this Sunny Ledfurd.

You can check him out for yourself at The Brick Saloon, 100 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Roslyn. Tickets cost $15. For information, visit or or call 509-649-2643.

— Pat Muir