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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.
Learn about opportunities in community theater

Learn about opportunities in community theater

By Laurelle Walsh

The Merc Playhouse is holding open auditions on Saturday (Oct. 4) at 10 a.m. This is an opportunity for people to get involved in community theater in a number of small and large ways, according to Merc Artistic Director Ki Gottberg. “I want to …

Arts briefs: October 1, 2014

Arts briefs: October 1, 2014

Gunnip’s works at The Loovre “What’s Whole is Already Broken,” an installation by local artist Laura Gunnip, is now on exhibit at The Loovre — the bathroom at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, where smaller shows can be accommodated. Gunnip’s work will be on display through Nov. 8, concurrent with the main gallery show, “The Big Sleep.” Murder...
Artists explore the sacred at Winthrop Gallery

Artists explore the sacred at Winthrop Gallery

By Laurelle Walsh A new exhibit titled “Shrines, Altars and Sacred Objects” opens this week at the Winthrop Gallery, with an artists’ reception on Saturday (Oct. 4) from 5 – 7 p.m. The show runs through Nov. 24. As fall’s harvest is brought in, the days grow shorter, and people of the northern hemisphere prepare for the...
Classical guitar concert features award-winning musician

Classical guitar concert features award-winning musician

International award-winning classical guitarist Edel Muñoz will share his artistry and music with the Methow Valley in several ways — he will perform for school students and speak to them about Cuban culture and music, give a public concert, and lead master classes for local guitarists. The master class is on Oct. 11 from 10...
Missi Smith is new executive director at The Merc Playhouse

Missi Smith is new executive director at The Merc Playhouse

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp announced on Wednesday (Oct. 1) that Missi Smith has been named as the theater’s new executive director. Smith replaces Jane Hubrig, who had been managing director for six years. Smith was most recently a book publicist for 45th Parallel Communications in Winthrop, The Merc said in a press release. Previously,...
‘Conversations on Finality’ opens at Confluence

‘Conversations on Finality’ opens at Confluence

By Ann McCreary

A Confluence Gallery art exhibit on the subject of death that opens on Saturday (Sept. 27) has been planned for more than a year — long before the Methow Valley was struck by July’s devastating firestorms and August’s destructive mudslides. As the community works to move forward — and in some cases …...

Arts briefs: Sept. 24, 2014

Arts briefs: Sept. 24, 2014

New show at Winthrop Gallery The Winthrop Gallery will host an artists’ reception on Oct. 4 in conjunction with the opening of the gallery’s “Shrines, Altars and Sacred Objects” exhibit. The free event begins at 5 p.m. The exhibit opens Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 24. For more information, call 996-3925.  Submissions sought for...
Mezcla heats up the valley with Afro-Cuban rhythms

Mezcla heats up the valley with Afro-Cuban rhythms

By Laurelle Walsh

Mezcla, an all-star Cuban band with roots in Latin jazz, rumba and Yoruba rhythms, performs at the Twisp River Pub on Friday (Sept. 19) at 9 p.m. The powerhouse group, led by Pablo Menendez on guitar and vocals, …