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Methow Valley Theater to stage Gypsy in spring

Methow Valley Theater to stage Gypsy in spring

Methow Valley Theater will stage the classic musical Gypsy as its 2015 spring production, and will begin auditioning soon for a variety of roles. Auditions will be held on Nov. 2, 3, and 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. each day at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. Cast selections will be made by Thanksgiving, and...
Phoenix Festival 2014

Phoenix Festival 2014

Two music stages, art installations, a beer garden, food vendors and a paint catapult kept attendees busy and entertained at the Phoenix Festival held at TwispWorks this past Saturday (Oct. 18). Proceeds from the festival will go toward fire and flood recovery. G A L L E R Y
Rise from the ashes and celebrate at the Phoenix Festival  this weekend

Rise from the ashes and celebrate at the Phoenix Festival  this weekend

By Laurelle Walsh

“We’re done burning, man!” is the motto of the Phoenix Festival, a creative arts festival and benefit for fire and flood relief that rises from the ashes at TwispWorks on Saturday (Oct. 18) from 2-10 p.m. TwispWorks, Methow Arts Alliance and …

Concert features Tara Kaiyala Weaver in violin concerto

Concert features Tara Kaiyala Weaver in violin concerto

The Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus open their concert season this weekend with everything from Baroque music through a late-19th-century dance suite. Anyone who did not hear Methow Valley violinist Tara Kaiyala Weaver as soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in May — or who wants to experience it again — can catch her virtuosic and emotionally sensitive performance on...
Be the best-dressed ghost or goblin on your block

Be the best-dressed ghost or goblin on your block

To expand your sartorial options for Halloween, the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus (OVOC) rents costumes collected over decades of musical theater. The costume shop is at The Courtyard in downtown Omak and will be open Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 29 to 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. People can also make an appointment...
Arts briefs: October 15, 2014

Arts briefs: October 15, 2014

This week: A night in Havana on Oct. 24 and Marionettes in Winthrop on Nov. 1
Pappidas debuts as director with ‘witty thriller’ Murder by the Book

Pappidas debuts as director with ‘witty thriller’ Murder by the Book

By Ann McCreary

The theater career of Jane Pappidas spans many years and includes many stages from New York to Twisp. Pappidas is making her debut as a director with Murder by the Book, which opens at The Merc Playhouse on Friday (Oct. 10) for a three-weekend run. “I’ve never …

Arts briefs: October 8, 2014

Arts briefs: October 8, 2014

This week: Bluegrass at Spartan Art on Oct. 12, Cuba comes to Confluence on Oct. 24, Painters’ retreat on Oct. 24-25 and Cashore’s marionettes coming on Nov. 1
Community ready to rise up for Phoenix Festival

Community ready to rise up for Phoenix Festival

Music, food, art and community camaraderie will fill the day on Oct. 18 at TwispWorks, at a new event called The Phoenix Festival: “We’re Done Burning, Man!” TwispWorks is partnering with Methow Arts Alliance and Confluence Gallery & Art Center to stage the festival, which will benefit fire and flood recovery for the Methow Valley....
Merc finds familiar face for executive director role

Merc finds familiar face for executive director role

By Don Nelson
Missi Smith has played a variety of roles at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp over the past 10 years — choreographer, actor, director, board member — and this week will take on a new one: She is the community theater’s new executive director. Smith’s selection was announced last week.