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.
■ Selah 4th of July Celebration
3 p.m. today; Carlon Park, 300 Goodlander Road in Selah; free; www.facebook.com/SelahParksandRecreation
State Fair Park in Yakima isn’t the only place to see live music and fireworks today. In fact, Selah’s got a pretty compelling lineup. Local favorites The Chase Craig Band and American Honey Band are set to play, as is Selah’s own country-rock conquerors Cody Beebe & The Crooks. Every time The Crooks play it’s a party, but back on their home turf on the Fourth of July it should be a straight-up blowout. There will also be vendors, beer and wine and, of course, fireworks. And the whole thing is hosted by Gunner and Cheyenne from 92.9 FM The Bull.
■ Rosie Saldana art opening
6-8 p.m. Friday; Collaboration Coffee, 18 S. First St.; free; www.facebook.com/collabcoffeeyakima, 509-823-4018
I don’t know much about Rosie Saldana, whose “Chicana: A Historical Discovery” is up on the walls at Collaboration Coffee this month. But the idea behind her show, incorporating contemporary Chicana images into iconic historical paintings, is intriguing. That Saldana, a fourth-generation Mexican-American, chose to explore and embrace her cultural identity through such a public venue is brave in itself. And, from the limited amount I’ve seen, she accomplishes the task with aplomb. Also, not for nothing, this is a great chance to check out Collab Coffee if you haven’t already. It has become my favorite local coffee shop in the short time it’s been open.
■ Lipbone Redding
How to describe Lipbone Redding, the throat-singing one-man band playing Prosser on Friday? He’s basically a novelty act, a parlor trick stretched to career length. Let’s start with the name. It’s a combination of “lip” and “trombone,” and it came about because this guy actually makes pretty dead-on trombone noises with just his mouth. So there’s that. But I’ll be darned if he doesn’t pull it off. I mean, here’s a guy whose uniform appears to be a fedora, a vest and two hoop earrings, and he gets up on stage making horn noises and singing like Louis Armstrong. I should hate him. But I find the audacity endearing. And I find the music pretty listenable. If for no other reason than his uniqueness, this is show you may want to see.
■ Birdie Fenn Cent
Ellensburg singer-songwriter Birdie Fenn Cent is among my favorite in the current crop of Northwest folkies. Her singing is subtle, contained and grounded without ostentatious flourishes, but it’s nevertheless emotionally evocative and vibrant. And her songs are full of killer turns of phrase. She can slay you with a whisper, but that’s not to say her songs lack intensity. Her debut album, “Gold From Rust,” is not yet a year old, and I already want more.
■ Rosé Revolution
3:30-5 p.m. Saturday; Canyon River Ranch, 14700 Canyon Road between Ellensburg and Yakima; $15; www.canyonriver.net, 509-933-2100
It’s hard to fathom, here in 2019 when rosé wine has fully infiltrated spring and summer, but as recently as a decade or two ago it was treated as the pink-haired stepchild of the wine world. It was scoffed at, considered less-than and generally treated as wine for people who didn’t really like wine. Only recently has it been rightly embraced as the sunshine-in-a-glass treat that it is. Central Washington University history professor and wine enthusiast Marji Morgan will explain its recent rise at this event, arguing that “pink wines are every bit as complex and tasty as the reds and whites we revere.” Of course, there will also be a tasting.
— Pat Muir