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.
■ “Kids Nature Night: Polar Palooza”
5-9 p.m. Friday; Yakima Area Arboretum , 1401 Arboretum Drive; $35 first child, $20 each additional child, limited space, registration required; www.ahtrees.org, 509-248-7337
Some person: “Hey, you know there’s a place you can drop off your kids for a Friday evening, and they’ll watch them for you for, like, four hours for only $35 for the first kid and $20 for each additional kid.” Me: “Will they be fed? Is it educational? (Pause.) Hahahahaha. Kidding! I don’t care if it’s educational. It could be a dog track. That’s a great deal. I’m in.” The person: “Dog track? What? As a matter of fact, it is highly educational. And it’s fun. There are arts and crafts and science projects. And they make friends. And they get pizza. ... And you seem like a horrible parent.” Me: “Huh? I wasn’t listening. Anyway, I can’t wait to tell my wife about Friday. Date night, bay-bee!”
■ “Music from the Methow”
7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $15 all-ages balcony, $22 main floor (21 and older), $30 VIP; www.methowmusicfestival.org, www.theseasonsyakima.com, 509-453-1888
You want classical music pedigree? How about concertmaster for the Seattle Symphony? That’s Helen Kim. University of Washington violin professor? That’s Rachel Lee Priday. Kansas City Symphony principal violist with a master’s from Julliard? That’d be Christine Grossman. And then there’s the guy who put it all together, Kevin Krentz, the acclaimed cellist and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival artistic director. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more accomplished quartet playing anywhere. They’ll be running through a set of Mendelssohn and Shostakovich with a few other numbers; so the program should be a nice showcase for all of that talent.
■ Shadowfall coffee-beer festival
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday; Varietal Beer Co., 416 E. Edison Ave. in Sunnyside; $25; www.facebook.com/varietalbeerco, 509-515-2222
Well, now I’m going to have “Beer for Breakfast” by The Replacements in my head all week. I’m good with that. And I’m good with coffee-beers. I love a coffee porter or coffee stout, and there will be a whole mess of them at this event. It includes collaborations between Bale Breaker Brewing Co. and Lincoln Avenue Espresso, Single Hill Brewing Co. and Basalt Roasters, Varietal and Basalt, and several other Eastern Washington breweries and coffee roasters. Your ticket will get you a pour of each. In fact, it’s the only way to guarantee you’ll get a taste. Varietal will be open to non-ticketholders that day, but they won’t have access to all of the coffee beers.
■ Tony Furtado with Luke Price
Tony Furtado is one of those musician’s musicians. He’s adept at slide guitar, banjo and piano, making him an Americana jack of all trades. Those who know music know how good he is as an instrumentalist and they respect his unwavering commitment to getting out in front of audiences. He’s collaborated with Alison Krauss — she sang on “I Will” from Furtado’s 1992 album “Within Reach” — as well as other musician’s musicians like Kelly Joe Phelps and Jerry Douglas.
■ White Pass Craft Brew Festival
Saturday; White Pass Ski Area, U.S. Highway 12; free admission; www.skiwhitepass.com, 509-672-3101
A whole bunch of local craft beers will be on tap starting Friday up at White Pass, but the real action gets underway at 2 p.m. Saturday. That’s when brewers race each other down the ski area’s Grouse run. If this were a 1980s movie, the winner would get to keep the losers’ breweries. But even without those stakes, this should be pretty good. Then, at 4 p.m. in the Day Lodge, longtime Yakima Valley favorites Cody Beebe and the Crooks will help the winners celebrate, help the losers nurse their egos and help everyone else dance off a few of those beer calories.
— Pat Muir