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Small ensembles featured in Cascadia concert

Small ensembles featured in Cascadia concert

Cascadia presents a concert highlighting six small classical and jazz ensembles featuring the talents of young — and not-quite-so-young — musicians, on Sunday (Jan. 25) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Classical selections include music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann played by a viola quintet. Another classical offering is the first movement of the Concerto in D Minor for...
Arts briefs: Jan. 21, 2015

Arts briefs: Jan. 21, 2015

Open Merc is back The first Open Merc evening of the year will be on Thursday (Jan. 22) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. The free event, which offers local performers a chance to take a turn on the stage, begins at 7 p.m. For information, call 997-7529. Vilden presents ‘First People’ slide show Lynx...
Arts briefs: January 14, 2015

Arts briefs: January 14, 2015

Kids’ art class Art educator Margaret Kingston will lead a kids’ class on the art of marbleized paper on Jan. 23 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. in the Methow Valley Elementary School art room. Cost of the class, intended for students in grades 1–5, is $35. To register, call Confluence Art Gallery at 997-2787. Class size will...
New cookbook asks ‘What nourishes you?’

New cookbook asks ‘What nourishes you?’

By Laurelle Walsh

A new cookbook titled The Nourished Cook: 101 ways to feed your belly and soul is being developed in the Methow Valley by digestive health specialist Sharon Gray. The book will be “both a cookbook and self-care guide in one,” said Gray. It will feature crowd-sourced recipes with “chapters woven...

‘Tracks’ traces the past, present and future at Confluence Gallery

‘Tracks’ traces the past, present and future at Confluence Gallery

By Laurelle Walsh Mary Lou McCollum began thinking about tracks as she went on her daily walks along Wolf Creek Road near Winthrop. “Alongside the road I was seeing garbage, dried-up snake skins, cigarette butts, and I started thinking about what has been here before … the tracks of what humans leave behind,” she said....
Arts briefs: Jan. 7, 2015

Arts briefs: Jan. 7, 2015

Get some Horse Crazy harmony Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band, the Methow Valley’s award-winning Western music trio, will perform a benefit concert on Saturday (Jan. 10) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at www.mercplayhouse.org. Proceeds will benefit The Merc. Horse Crazy — Lauralee Northcott,...
Oratorio debuts at The Merc Playhouse, one night only

Oratorio debuts at The Merc Playhouse, one night only

By Laurelle Walsh
Winthrop composer Lynette Westendorf debuts her oratorio, Lonesome as the Land: The Civil War through the diaries of boy soldiers, with a performance at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.
The Duhks coming to Winthrop

The Duhks coming to Winthrop

Methow Arts will present the Grammy-nominated Canadian band The Duhks on Feb. 6 at the Winthrop Barn. According to a Methow Arts press release, “The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms.” The show begins at 7...
A legendary performance

A legendary performance

Students at the Methow Valley Community School — with help from two students at the Independent Learning Center — were transformed into coyotes, eagles, mountain lions, turtles and other denizens of the natural world to tell the story of “How Coyote Stole Fire” in their holiday performance at The Merc last week. G A L L...
Waichler wins Poetry Out Loud competition

Waichler wins Poetry Out Loud competition

Claire Waichler, who finished a close second in last year’s Poetry Out Loud competition for Liberty Bell High School students, took first place in the third annual local contest held at The Merc Playhouse on Dec. 17. Second place went to Rowan Post, while Amelia Eberline took third place among the 12 students who each...