Things to Do: January 28 – February 3, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of January 28 – February 3, 2019:

  • Tri-Cities Women Business Conference – January 30 (sold out)
  • Broadway: Stomp – January 30
  • Columbia Basin College: Lifeboat Debate – January 31
  • The Rude Mechanicals: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] – January 31, February 1 & 2
  • Hanford High School Drama presents Disney’s NEWSIES – February 1 & 2
  • Tri-City Film Club: Some Like it Hot – February 3
  • Kennewick Community Education – Winter & Spring Classes
  • Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Tri-Cities Women Business Conference – January 30 (sold out)

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Note: tickets have been sold out for this event!

The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference is Eastern Washington’s largest career and professional development event for women, drawing over 400 conference attendees, over 700 luncheon attendees and 40 show exhibitors. The inspiring experience brings together female leaders in every season of life to share insights, exchange ideas and empower their careers. The all-day conference boasts multiple keynote and breakout presentations featuring the finest, most knowledgeable experts in their fields, as well as the ATHENA Awards luncheon, which honors two of the top women leaders in our community. The Tri-Cities Women in Business Conference is the can’t-miss event of the year!

Broadway: Stomp – January 30

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $37-$77+

STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique– an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
Info & Tickets:

Columbia Basin College: Lifeboat Debate – January 31

Columbia Basin College (Room L102 in the L Building), 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Have you ever wondered who you would choose to come with you if you were stranded with only one lifeboat? Now you get that chance!

CBC Professors from various departments will provide evidence and argument in an effort to convince you to choose their field of expertise. Bring your smart phones to this fun and informative event and vote for your favorites that night! Coordinated by the CBC Communication Studies Department.

The Rude Mechanicals: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] – January 31, February 1 & 2

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Groundling $5, Adult $20, Student/Senior/Teacher/Military $18

All 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap actors weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

This show is an irreverent, fast-paced romp that may be most enjoyed by those age 13 and older. The play includes bawdy (sexual) and crude humor and stage violence.

Note: food donations are also being collected for 2nd Harvest!
Info & Tickets:

Hanford High School Drama presents Disney’s NEWSIES – February 1 & 2

Hanford High School Auditorium, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 and $16 based on location in auditorium

Inspired by the real life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899 in New York, Newsies is the tale of how a ragtag, group of newsboys unite to make the world a better place.

This high energy musical is the story of newsie Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when Pulitzer and Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike.
Future dates: February 6, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee on February 9
Info & Tickets:

Tri-City Film Club: Some Like it Hot – February 3

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Rlchland
From 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Suggested donation: $4 adults, $2 kids

The Tri-City Film Club begins its Spring 2019 Film Series with one of the all time great screen comedies, Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon at their best. Billy Wilder, one of the all time great directors, co-wrote and directed this fantastic movie. Set in 1929, Lemmon and Curtis are out of work musicians who witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Fleeing for their lives, they disguise themselves as female musicians in order to get to Florida and away from the mob.

Kennewick Community Education – Winter & Spring Classes

Community Education is the perfect opportunity to try something new or rekindle your desire for learning. Class offerings include language, crafts, arts, health, gardening, travel, music, business, finance, technology, and more. We now offer more than 100 local classes and more than 300 online classes to make learning more accessible than ever before. The Winter & Spring course catalogue is now online.

Parks & Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs

The Parks & Recreation Departments for Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland have published their Winter & Spring activity catalogs that you can view online.




Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Conservation of Mass Exhibit – through February 7

Esvelt Gallery @ Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Saturday & Sunday: closed
Free admission and open to the public

This solo exhibition will feature the ceramic sculpture of Tybre Newcomer. His most recent sculptural work is Modernist in style, taking inspiration from the forms of traditional hand tools. Concerned with the idea of the endangered craftsman, Newcomer’s work is both a look to the past, while also exploring how craft is used today, in the present. The shows runs through February 7.

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (no new admissions after 4 p.m.)
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
Info: and

Museums, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
– February 1: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– February 2: Secrets of the Sun at 2 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 3 p.m.

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Info & Tickets: and

LIGO Public Tours

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

Come take a look at LIGO! On the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility. Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration.


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