‘Last Salmon’ opens at The Merc

 “The Last Salmon,” a story-telling musical based on a book by local author Phil Davis and told through music composed by award-winning songwriter Casey James, opens on Friday (Feb. 26) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.

The show tells the story of a wild salmon, Buck, who travels with his fishy friends from his river home out to the ocean and back again.

The production is written and directed by Ki Gottberg, artistic director of The Merc Playhouse and a drama professor at Seattle University.

The story is told through music and dialogue by seven singers and musicians. In addition to James, the show features Dayton Edwards on drums; Asa Daniels, percussion; George Schneider, flute and percussion; Rebecca Kenney, vocals; Andrew Tuller, guitar; and Nick Bosco, bass guitar.

Performances will be held Feb. 26, 27 and 28, and March 3 – 6. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. March 3 is “Pay What You Can” night. Tickets are $5 to $15. For more information call 997‑7529.

Post-performance discussions facilitated by the Methow Conservancy will be held immediately following the show on Feb. 27, March 3 and March 6.

Photo courtesy of Confluence Gallery “Summer storm on the Palouse,” by the late Sue Marracci, is one of the works that will be on display in the Loovre Gallery.

Photo courtesy of Confluence Gallery

“Summer storm on the Palouse,” by the late Sue Marracci, is one of the works that will be on display in the Loovre Gallery.

Photo courtesy of  Confluence Gallery “Crows,” by Janet Fagan, is part of the “Methow Open Call” exhibit.

Photo courtesy of Confluence Gallery

“Crows,” by Janet Fagan, is part of the “Methow Open Call” exhibit.

Confluence opens two shows

Two exhibits will open on March 5 at Confluence Gallery in Twisp. “Methow Open Call,” curated by Rich Daviwill, will feature artists who live or spend time in the Methow Valley. The March 5 opening reception will be from 4 – 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 9.

Also opening that day with a reception from 4 – 8 p.m. is “After the Glow: A Remembrance Collection,” featuring the works of the late Sue Marracci, a Twisp artist. The art will be displayed in the Loovre Gallery through April 9.

For more information, call 997‑2787.

Van Zandt documentary

Be Here to Love Me, a film about the turbulent life of legendary songwriter Townes Van Zandt, is the Movie Night presentation at Confluence Gallery on (Tuesday) March 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information, call 997‑2787.

Jewelry and art show

Culler Studio at TwispWorks hosts its third annual Jewelry and Fiber Art Show on March 6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., featuring art pieces and wearables by Sara Ashford and jewelry designs by Grace Ashford. For more information, call (509) 341‑4042.

Auditions at The Merc

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp will conduct auditions for its Children’s Theater production of The Wind in the Willows on March 6 and 7. Students of ages 8 through 18 are encouraged to try out. Auditions are at 6 p.m. on March 6 and 4 p.m. on March 7. Download an audition form at www.mercplayhouse.org. Forms should be returned to The Merc by March 4, either by mail or email.

The production is directed by Rod Molzahn. Rehearsals begin March 20 and performances will be from April 29-May 8. For more information, call 997‑7529.