They’ve been compared to the early Dixie Chicks because of their lush three-part harmonies backed by acoustic guitar, mandolin and violin in vibrant live shows. Calico the Band, a Los Angeles-based trio whose members write their own songs, appears at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop. Photo courtesy CALICO the band

They’ve been compared to the early Dixie Chicks because of their lush three-part harmonies backed by acoustic guitar, mandolin and violin in vibrant live shows. Calico the Band, a Los Angeles-based trio whose members write their own songs, appears at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop. Photo courtesy CALICO the band

Wizard of Oz opens in Omak

The Okanogan Valley Orchestra & Chorus will stage its spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, beginning Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 2 – 4) and continuing May 9 – 11 at the Performing Arts Center in Omak. The shows will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students and $8 for children under 12, and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. For more information, call (509) 332‑0261.

Mashing books and movies

Robert Horton, Seattle-based film critic, author and blogger, will appear Saturday (May 3) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp to discuss “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film.” The free event begins at 7 p.m.; donations will be accepted to benefit the Twisp library. 

Horton is the film critic for The Herald in Everett and KUOW-FM in Seattle. He also contributes to the online film review site www.rottentomatoes.com. He has co-written, with Mark Rahner, 11 comic novels about zombies in the Old West, a series called “Rotten.” His book Frankenstein (Cultographies) was published in February.

Garbage in, garbage out at Trashion Show

Confluence Gallery’s fourth annual Trashion Show is just around the corner. The tribute to recycled regalia will be on May 10 at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, beginning at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 (ages 13 and up) or $35 for VIP seating next to the judges. For more information, call 997‑2787.

The runway show will feature more than 20 designs creatively fashioned out of trash or recycled materials, including bicycle tubes, soda cans, scrap metal, egg cartons, coffee filters, newspaper and magazines, CDs, bottle caps, and more. This year’s designers range in age from 13 to 82 and come from throughout the region.

Six judges will rate each of the designs based on craftsmanship, creativity, wearability, percentage of recycled content, and presentation. Music will be provided by DJ Noah Constrictor of Boom Boom Productions. Kaarin Starr will act as MC. There will also be finger food and a no-host bar.

Love performs in Tonasket

Musician Laura Love, a Methow Valley favorite, will be joined by country/blues guitarist and vocalist Orville Johnson in concert at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket on Saturday (May 3). The concert begins at 7 p.m., preceded by an optional dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tickers are $18 for the dinner and concert for cultural center members, or $20 for non-members; the concert only is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information, call (509) 486‑2061.

MAW closes up

The Methow Asylum for Writers (MAW), a group formed to support all forms of local writing, has been disbanded, according to a MAW statement, “due to low turnout at events, and not enough momentum generated by the Methow community of writers to further develop MAW.” The group may consider hosting an annual summer event, the statement said. For more information, contact asylum98856@gmail.com.

Mother Experience Project May 11

Women and men will share stories about their experience with or as mothers at the Mother Experience Project on May 11 (Mother’s Day). Artists, musicians, writers, comics, poets and dancers will take the stage at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 997-0664.