Don’t know what to do this week? We’ve got you covered. Here are this week’s five top picks for entertainment in the Yakima Valley.
■ Joel McHale
8 p.m. Friday; Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom on the Ellensburg campus of Central Washington University; $25, $18 CWU students; www.cwu.edu/tickets
You may remember Joel McHale as host of E!’s “The Soup,” a kind of “Daily Show” light that ran from 2004 to 2015. Or you may know him as Jeff Winger on the critically lauded NBC sitcom “Community,” which ran from 2009 to 2015. In either case, you know him as a snarky but ultimately decent guy whose above-it-all tone works comedically even if it sometimes makes him seem like a jerk. That’s pretty close to what you can expect from his standup, too. He’s legitimately funny, occasionally thoughtful and usually right, but very rarely earnest or sincere. I like him.
■ Geoff Tate’s “Operation Mindcrime” 30th anniversary
Before the absurdly pretentious (but still pretty good) power ballad “Silent Lucidity” made them a household name, prog-metal band Queensryche had already secured its core fanbase with the 1988 album “Operation Mindcrime.” It’s a concept album about an addict becoming an assassin and fighting against a corrupt society only to realize the cult leader he’s working for is equally corrupt. That’s ambitious for a rock band, and I get why people like it (even if I’m partial to the similarly themed 2011 concept album “David Comes to Life” by a band with an unprintable profanity in its name). I listened to it this week for the first time in forever, and I’m not sure it holds up. That said, it was hugely influential and remains a favorite among prog-metal fans. You can hear Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate and his new band, also called Operation Mindcrime, play it front to back along with other Queensryche hits on Friday.
■ Warehouse Theatre Company yard sale
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Warehouse Theatre, 1610 S. 24th Ave.; free admission; www.facebook.com/wtcyakima
I don’t know exactly what’s for sale at the Warehouse Theatre Company’s yard sale, but I remember a story we ran last year detailing all of the wonders the group had in its storage units. There were costumes and furniture and weird, one-of-a-kind props and set decorations. It was the kind of stuff you’d expect, plus a lot you wouldn’t. And there was a ton of it. They’ve cleaned those units out now, and “everything is priced to go — we are NOT going to put this back in storage,” they say on the Facebook event page. So there are deals to be had. Plus you’ll be supporting community theater. Plus you may end up with a piece of local-theater history.
■ Chalk Art Festival
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; North Third Street between Yakima Avenue and Staff Sgt. Pendleton Way in downtown Yakima; free; www.downtownyakima.com
This is downtown Yakima’s fifth annual Chalk Art Festival, and every year it ends up being better than expected. Yes, there are plenty of cute kids (and adults) doing amateur stuff to varying degrees of success. But there are also chalk-art pros, doing detailed, intricate work. Plus there’s live music, food vendors and a photo booth. This year’s theme, “My Favorite Movie,” promises to deliver plenty of interesting work.
■ Los Inquietos del Norte, Lupillo Rivera, Alex Meza
The Yakima Valley SunDome has a full day of Mexican and Mexican-American music planned, headlined by Los Inquietos del Norte, a versatile group that plays all sorts of different styles. Los Inquietos have spent the past two decades recording and touring all over the United States and Mexico, establishing themselves as stalwarts of Latin music radio along the way. If you don’t know them, and you’re wondering how big a deal they are, consider this: Their most-watched video on YouTube has more than 100 million views. That’s big.
— Pat Muir