Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

ARTS
Music made in the Methow Valley: meet the Bitterroot Beets

Music made in the Methow Valley: meet the Bitterroot Beets

The Bitterroot Beets are a newly formed group from the Methow Valley. The band members were recently interviewed by email. Who are the Bitterroot Beets? Sarah Stephens (vocals): I’m a Pacific Northwest raised, nature- and music-lover. Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke and Freddie Mercury are my prolific, storytelling, musical idols.
Missoula Children’s Theatre returns after one-year absence

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns after one-year absence

The Missoula Children’s Theatre, an annual tradition for local school students, returns next week after missing last year’s performance for the first time in more than two decades. Reductions in state funding for the arts forced Methow Arts, which brings Missoula Children’s Theatre to the Methow Valley, to cut the program last year. “It wasn’t emotionally...
Merc fills active 2019 season with variety

Merc fills active 2019 season with variety

Laugh-out-loud farce, exploration of family dynamics, a psychological thriller and a world premiere — there’s enticement for everyone in The Merc Playhouse’s line-up for next year. The season starts in March with a children’s theater adaptation of the beloved E.B. White story “Charlotte’s Web.” The play follows Wilbur the pig and his friend Charlotte the spider, who’s determined...
Missoula Children’s Theatre returns

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is back in the Methow Valley this year, and local auditions will be held on Nov. 5 for the troupe’s production of “The Secret Garden.” The auditions will be from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Methow Valley Elementary School, open to students in grades 1 – 12, and no advance preparation is necessary. Not all...
Methow Arts adds more space and expands its mission

Methow Arts adds more space and expands its mission

Prominent new Twisp location will be a resource for local artists By Ann McCreary Methow Arts is moving soon into a new space and a new role, with the goal of making the arts and artists more visible and successful. The valley’s nonprofit arts organization will have a prominent location in downtown Twisp in newly...
‘Raising Lilly Ledbetter’ poetry reading at Trail’s End

‘Raising Lilly Ledbetter’ poetry reading at Trail’s End

The Confluence Poets will present a “Raising Lilly Ledbetter Poetry Reading” on Nov. 1 at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop. The free event begins at 5 p.m. Featured poets Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Vicky Douxmont, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, Christine Kendall, Kelleigh McMillan, Sam Owen and Julianne Seeman will read from the anthology “Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women...
R&B Festival proceeds benefit local organizations

R&B Festival proceeds benefit local organizations

The Winthrop Music Association (WMA), the nonprofit board that runs the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, voted at its September meeting to give back to the community by donating to several local and regional programs from proceeds of the 31st Annual festival in July: • Cove Food Bank, $3,000. • Room One, $2,500. •...
Lauralee Northcott’s new book reflects a lifetime on the trail

Lauralee Northcott’s new book reflects a lifetime on the trail

By Don Nelson Lauralee Northcott has been a singer, musician, songwriter, teacher, artist, and wilderness guide and cook. Add to that list “author.” Northcott just released a book of stories, poems, songs and recipes — collected over several decades of outdoor experiences — called “A Cowgirl’s Life in the Mountains.” All the elements are woven together in 11 chapters...
Visiting Cuban tenor adds big operatic voice to a small community

Visiting Cuban tenor adds big operatic voice to a small community

Any small town worth its salt has its secret treasures, and Winthrop is no exception. As local and visiting diners at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery (OSB) will attest, one of the Methow Valley’s most delightful surprises is the occasional impromptu opera concert delivered by Roberto Salina Elisastegui.
A well-orchestrated evening

A well-orchestrated evening

To fully appreciate this story, you should revisit the account of how Keeley Brooks treated as a prank the phone call from the Wenatchee Symphony informing her that she had won the Angela Schuster Svendsen Memorial Young Musician Competition – and inviting her to perform a violin solo with the symphony (http://methowvalleynews.com/2018/04/18/winthrop-april-18-2018).