YAKIMA, Wash. -- 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.
■ Mount Saint Humulus release party
5-9 p.m. Thursday; Bale Breaker Brewing Co., 1801 Birchfield Road in Moxee; free admission; www.balebreaker.com, 509-424-4000
Hop freaks await the annual Mount Saint Humulus release each year for a reason. All of Bale Breaker’s beers are loaded with hops. But Mount Saint Humulus, its triple IPA, pushes the limits to the point of ridiculousness. It’s the bacon-wrapped bacon of beers, just indulgent beyond reason. It’s a huge, highly alcoholic bomb of a beer. It’s a testament to humankind’s hubristic ambition and willingness to gild any lily. And it’s finally here.
■ Iron Horse artist series can release
5-7 p.m. Friday; Iron Horse Brewery pub, 412 N. Main St. in Ellensburg; free admission; www.ironhorsebrewery.com, 509-834-7838
Justin Gibbens of Thorp — one of SCENE’s “artists to watch” last year — is among my favorite local artists. His paintings tend to offer a distinct (sometimes skewed) perspective on nature, subverting ideas about our relationships with the natural world. He also really likes beer. So it makes sense that Iron Horse Brewery tapped him to design the first of its artist series cans. The 16-ounce cans of the brewery’s 509 beer will make their debut at this party, and Gibbens himself will be on hand to discuss his work and sign cans and prints.
6:30 p.m. Friday; The Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave. in Prosser; free; www.theprincesstheatre.net, 509-786-2180
The Princess Theatre’s outstanding free family movie series continues with “Smallfoot,” a 2018 animated feature about a yeti who discovers humans and has to convince the rest of his species they exist. It’s a fun, funny movie starring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zendaya, James Corden, Common, Lebron James, Gina Rodriguez and Danny DeVito. It’s also an accessible commentary on people’s relationship with nature and fear of those who are different.
■ Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan
Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan are as country as it gets. They’re both daughters of country stars (Mel Tillis and George Morgan). They both did their best work in the 1980s and 1990s, before pop country really took over. And they’ve both maintained the rebellious spirit and sense of humor that are at the heart of all of the best country music.
They’ve been touring together under the Grits and Glamour banner for a decade now. The shows are loose and laid-back fun, with both women on stage at the same time, harmonizing and trading jokes. Should be a good one.
■ Ludlow, JFKFC, Robber’s Roost and Birdie Fenn Cent
If you’re into folk music that is clever, plainspoken and aggressively anti-commercial, you gotta get up to Ellensburg on Monday. Ludlow, a Colorado band named after the Ludlow Massacre, is all about radical politics and DIY style (which you could probably guess from their name). JFKFC out of Richland is a little less overtly political and a little more goofy, but these are matters of degree; both bands are political AND goofy. They’ll be joined by a pair of local acts, the crowd-pleasing roots-rock band Robber’s Roost and the beguiling Victoria Williams-style singer-songwriter Birdie Fenn Cent.