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 Vilden, a primitive skills instructor who lives in the Methow Valley, will present a slide show, “Journeys with the First People,” on Saturday (Jan. 24) in the Methow Valley Community Center gym at 7 p.m. The presentation will feature Vilden’s experiences with the San Bushmen in Namibia in 2014. Vilden will also screen the film Living Stone Age. Admission is by donation. For more information, call 997-2926.
Kids’ art party on Jan. 30
A kids’ art party featuring educator Jody Olson will be offered at the Methow Valley Elementary School art room on Jan. 30 from 1–5 p.m. Students in grades 1–5 will learn about making life masks. Cost is $35. For more information, call 997-2787.
Chamber music at Valentine concert
The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival presents a Valentine concert on — when else? — Feb. 14 at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp at 7 p.m. Cost is $20. The concert will feature piano quartets by Brahms and Joaquin Turina. Performing will be violinist Jasper Wood, violist Tim Christie, cellist Kevin Krentz and pianist Allan Dameron, plus works by writer Weston Gaylord. For more information, visit www.methowmusicfestival.org.
Fine art photography class coming
Visual artist and photographer Thomas Dodd will offer a class titled “Fine Art Photography: How to Make a Living Making Extraordinary Images” at Confluence Gallery in Twisp on March 8 from 1–5 p.m. The class is open to beginners and experienced photographers alike, from age 16 on up. Cost is $150 for the four-hour session; or $125 for the first six to register. Thomas will demonstrate his “painterly photo montage” style for turning photos into works of art. Students will also learn about art marketing. For information, call 997-2787.
Boys in the Boat author featured
North Central Regional Library will present an evening with Daniel James Brown, author of the best-selling The Boys in the Boat, on April 9 at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Brown’s book is a nonfiction account of how the University of Washington’s eight-oar rowing team won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. For more information, call (509) 663-1117 ext. 144.