Don’t know what to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered; here are this week’s top picks for entertainment in the Yakima Valley.
■ Yakima Valley College semiannual clay sale
11 a.m.-7 p.m. today; main lobby of Palmer Martin Hall, Building 20, Yakima Valley College campus; free admission; www.facebook.com/YvcClay, 59-574-4844
Good art isn’t always expensive. Just usually. For those in the know, YVC’s semiannual clay sale is a bonanza of affordable work by both students and faculty. There will be sculpture as well as usable art, like bowls, mugs and pitchers. And (AND!) most of the pieces cost $10 or less. That’s insane for work of the quality you’ll find here. If you’re looking for holiday gifts for someone who’s into cool, funky, handmade stuff, this is a must. And if you’re not looking for gifts, all the better; you can keep whatever you find for yourself.
■ “Sound of Music” sing-along
6:30 p.m. Friday; Tieton Cider Works, 619 W. J St.; free admission; www.tietonciderworks.com, 509-571-1430
Nervous to sing in public? A couple of glasses of cider might help. Tieton Cider Works’ free Friday movie night lineup is stellar. Every week there’s a movie worth watching. (They’ve already done “The Shining,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Princess Bride” and a bunch of other favorites.) The reason we’re recommending this one in particular, though, is it’s being billed as a sing-along. “The Sound of Music,” the 1965 classic starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is full of great songs. Normally at a public screening, you just have to sit through them. Here, if you want to belt out “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” or “Edelweiss,” you can actually go ahead and do it.
■ Cumulus with Tim Switzer
This is a solo show for Cumulus, meaning it’s just Alexandra Niedzialkowski. Know what? That’s fine. That’s better even. Niedzialkowski’s particular brand of catchy pop-rock has always had more substance than you recognize when you first hear her songs. So a stripped-down version should only highlight that. (For an example, look up the song “Retreat,” a pop anthem about consent and anger that distills this particular moment in history nicely.) She’ll be joined by Tim Switzer, the former Gloom frontman who has likewise returned to his singer-songwriter roots. Yakima audiences know what to expect from Switzer: heart-on-sleeve yearning sung with an earnestness that has made him a local favorite.
■ Black Light Hip-Hop Party
8 p.m.-midnight Friday; Pounder’s, 317 N. Main St. in Ellensburg; $10, 21 and older only; www.blackgrenadeent.com
Black Grenade Entertainment, the promoter of this annual event, has brought a whole new kind of nightlife to Ellensburg over the past few years. And this, the fifth edition of the Black Light Hip-Hop Party, promises to continue that progress. Six artists are slated to perform as well as a DJ, and there will be “glow art” on the walls by local artist Jae Clifton. Guests are encouraged to wear white with patterns to elevate the black-light effect. In other words, it should be a crazy psychedelic dance party with nothing but good vibes.
■ Eric Schwartz
Remember last year when that comedian posted a YouTube video of himself singing Toto’s “Africa,” but with the words changed so it was about Yakima? This is that guy. (“Ohhhhhh, THAT guy,” you probably just said to yourself.) The song was incredibly corny but also endearing. And that’s true of Schwartz’ standup, too. He’s a nerdy, likeable guy with a keen sense of the absurd and an easygoing stage presence that helps carry it all off.
— Pat Muir