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.
7 p.m. Friday; Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive; $5 advance, $6 door; www.yvmuseum.org, 509-248-0747
You’ve probably heard the term “gaslight,” meaning “to convince someone they’re losing their mind.” It’s been a big part of the zeitgeist the past few years. Well, this classic film noir starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten and a very young Angela Lansbury is where the term comes from. It’s a harrowing, paranoia-inducing tale of murder and control. Released in 1944, the George Cukor-directed film was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Bergman won best actress for her performance, still considered her best by critics.
■ Dead Lee
Portland indie-folk duo Dead Lee was going to get noticed no matter what because it includes Blitzen Trapper drummer Brian Koch. But here’s the thing: This act is well worth your time regardless of its members’ prior resumes. Koch and partner Kara Harris, whose voice is maybe the band’s primary selling point, have their own thing going here. And it’s good. If you need proof, look up the video for “Are We Free.” It’s a killer song, plainspoken but powerful, substantive but beautiful.
■ Cody Beebe & The Crooks
Word on the street is that Cody Beebe & The Crooks have some new songs. It’s been a while. Fans are ready for something fresh from the venerable Yakima Valley roots-rockers. And that’s not all. Local favorite Blake Noble, the Aussie-born percussive guitarist, is opening. And (AND!) he and Beebe will get together for an acoustic set, featuring songs from their recently dormant project, Rust on the Rails.
■ Down North
7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday; The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.; $15 all-ages balcony advance ($17 door), $17 main floor advance ($20 door), $25 VIP; www.downnorthband.com, www.theseasonsyakima.com, 509-453-1888
There are studio bands, and there are live bands. Seattle rock-and-soul outfit Down North is the latter. Vocalist Anthony Briscoe is as dynamic a frontman as the Seattle scene has produced in the past decade. Local music fans who saw the band at Downtown Summer Nights in 2015 or 2018 certainly remember what I’m talking about. Briscoe is a fine singer with a hard-R&B growl that serves the band’s songs well. But more than that, he’s a performer. He dances. He struts. He preens and poses. It’s the sort of thing you can’t get from a recording; you’ve got to see it live.
■ “Sean Tait: The Intelligence of Trees”
7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday; Yakima Valley College, Glenn Anthon Hall, Room 215; free; www.cowichecanyon.org, 509-248-5065
OK, so hear me out. Yes, this is a lecture about how trees “talk, share, learn, make decisions and even remember.” Yes, that sounds crazy. But doesn’t it also sound fascinating? Sean Tait, owner of Leaf on the Wind Arboriculture, has been working with trees for more than two decades. He’s a licensed arborist who keeps up with research on this kind of stuff and has seen it himself in the field. So he’s got the bona fides, tree-knowledge-wise. In fact, I was just out for a walk and I heard a couple of trees say some very nice things about him.
— Pat Muir