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Arts briefs: Dec. 23, 2015

Arts briefs: Dec. 23, 2015

Jazz night benefits MVCC The Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop will host a night of jazz on Dec. 30 to benefit the Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC). Julliard graduate and founder of the Westerlies, Riley Mulherkar, and his brother Andrew, a New England Conservatory graduate, will be joined by local talent for a night of...
Lilly Cooley takes first place in fourth annual Poetry Out Loud competition

Lilly Cooley takes first place in fourth annual Poetry Out Loud competition

By Don Nelson Freshman Lilly Cooley won the Methow Valley School District’s fourth annual Poetry Out Loud competition, featuring 13 students from Liberty Bell High School and the Independent Learning Center, on Dec. 16, edging out 2014 winner Claire Waichler. Cooley recited “Bleeding Heart,” by Carmen Gimenez Smith, and “The End of the World,” by...
Arts briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

Arts briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

High school concert on Thursday The Liberty Bell High School band and choir will present their fall concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 16) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Admission is by donation. Arctic adventures with Lynx Primitive living skills instructor Lynx Vilden will present a slide show and readings as part of...
Arts briefs: Dec. 9, 2015

Arts briefs: Dec. 9, 2015

Secret Garden presentation in Twisp The Twisp library will host a Book It Theater presentation of the children’s book The Secret Garden on Saturday (Dec. 12) at the Methow Valley Community Center. The free event begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 997‑4681. Rhyme and reason at Poetry Out Loud The fourth annual Poetry Out...
LBHS, Community School students team up to create plays for holiday production

LBHS, Community School students team up to create plays for holiday production

When you want to do a theatrical production with talking trees and chatty mice and a moon that turns into a mountain, there’s no better way than to enlist the imagination of young people. A collaboration has harnessed the creativity of elementary students at the Methow Valley Community School and Liberty Bell High School. It brings …...
Holiday Concerts celebrate 30 years of seasonal gatherings with joyous music

Holiday Concerts celebrate 30 years of seasonal gatherings with joyous music

For three decades Cascadia has gathered the community together, as performers and audience, to celebrate the holidays through music. This year Cascadia is celebrating not only the holidays but also the Cascadia Chorale’s 30th anniversary at the annual Holiday Concerts on Dec. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the Methow Valley Community Center.
Children’s Dance Theater’s Sleeping Beauty ballet features hand-crafted costumes and a dragon

Children’s Dance Theater’s Sleeping Beauty ballet features hand-crafted costumes and a dragon

By Marcy Stamper When more than 70 dancers bring the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty to the stage at the Omak Performing Arts Center this weekend, the story will come to life in part through vibrant costumes and dramatic props — including an immense dragon — that are the handiwork of Methow Valley residents Linda Dunn (costumes) and Laura Bitzes-Thomas...
Arts briefs: Dec. 2, 2015

Arts briefs: Dec. 2, 2015

Events at Trail’s End Trail’s End Bookstore hosts two events this week: • On Saturday (Dec. 5), science fiction author Michael Allen Sales will read from his popular book Jump Reactor from 4 – 7 p.m. • On Sunday (Dec. 6), the bookstore stages its annual sale to support public school libraries in the Methow Valley. Everything in...
Winter Wonder celebrates Methow holidays

Winter Wonder celebrates Methow holidays

Stories, songs and dances celebrate the holiday season in Winter Wonder II, Holidays in the Methow at The Merc Playhouse beginning Friday (Dec. 4). “It’s a really fun, family-friendly holiday mishmash,” said Missi Smith, co-director of the show.
A rich revisiting of the valley’s history in resurrected book

A rich revisiting of the valley’s history in resurrected book

Everyone who spends any time here has a Methow story. Mrs. Hugh Fraser — Mary Crawford Fraser — told hers 100 years ago in a jaunty volume that is partly gossip, partly roman â clef, partly astute observation and entirely embedded in the valley’s still-emerging history of the early 20th century. The book — a hefty but lively tome titled Seven...