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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...
Nobacon’s new song channels The Bard to focus on climate change

Nobacon’s new song channels The Bard to focus on climate change

As world leaders prepare to convene in Paris on Nov. 30 to discuss climate change, local songwriter and performer Danbert Nobacon asks the musical question, “To Be or Not to Be?” That is the name of a new song by Nobacon that looks at the issue of climate change. The song will be released Dec. 1,...
Arts briefs: Nov. 25, 2015

Arts briefs: Nov. 25, 2015

Learn about the Salish Sea The Methow Conservancy’s annual year-end community social will be on Tuesday (Dec. 1) at the Winthrop Barn and will feature a presentation by renowned marine scientists and writers Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joe Gaydos: “Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest.” The free event begins at 7 p.m. The presentation...
Horse Crazy named group of the year by Western Music Association

Horse Crazy named group of the year by Western Music Association

Trio adds to long list of awards, accolades By Ann McCreary Winthrop resident Lauralee Northcott and Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band members Jennifer Epps and Judy Coder of Ellensburg have won the top award from the nationa Western Music Association (WMA). Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band was named the 2015 WMA Group of the Year at the...
Arts briefs: November 18, 2015

Arts briefs: November 18, 2015

Winter Wonder at The Merc The Merc Playhouse in Twisp will stage Winter Wonder II, Holidays in the Methow — a reprise of last year’s holiday production with all-new material — on two weekends in December. The show will run Dec. 4 – 6 and Dec. 9 – 12, and will feature poems, stories, live music, dance and sketches, all performed by local...
Confluence Gallery makes a big point with miniature art exhibit

Confluence Gallery makes a big point with miniature art exhibit

The wonder and whimsy of tiny art will invite viewers to get up-close at Confluence Gallery’s new exhibit, “It’s the Little Things: Miniature Art Exhibition.” The show opens Saturday (Nov. 21) and runs through the holiday season, offering a wide range of “tiny but mighty” works of art to appreciate and …
Arts briefs: Nov. 11, 2015

Arts briefs: Nov. 11, 2015

Herb and Dorothy at movie night Movie night at Confluence Gallery in Twisp will feature Herb and Dorothy on Friday (Nov. 13) at 6:30 p.m. The film by Megumi Sasaki is about a New York postman and librarian who amassed one of the most important collections of conceptual and minimalist art in history with very...