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 Loud competition for Liberty Bell High School and Independent Learning Center students will be at 6 p.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 16) at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Admission is by donation.
Students who have advanced to the competition through earlier rounds at their schools will recite two poems each. The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the Public School Funding Alliance, and Methow Arts, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
The winner of that competition will advance to the Eastern Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud contest in Spokane, and have a chance to make it to the state championship. The Washington state champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C.
Valentine concert tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival’s Valentine Concert on Feb. 13, 2016, at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.
The program includes a classical string quartet — and marimbas. Music by Schubert and Rachmaninov will be featured. Marimba virtuoso Mark Goodenberger from Central Washington University will join returning artists Grace Park, Kevin Krentz and Amber Archibald, and newcomer Luka Sesek.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.methowmusicfestival.org. Last year’s Valentine Concert sold out two weeks in advance.
‘Artist to Artist’ program coming
Confluence Gallery will launch a new artist networking/education program, “Artist to Artist,” with a meeting from 5 – 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Weagant Studios, 62 Old Twisp Highway. Each quarterly gathering will be hosted by a Methow Valley artist in their working studio. Resident artists will share something about themselves and their work at the free events. At the Jan. 9 meeting, artist Rod Weagant will present an intimate look at his work space and his art process. Confluence artist in residence Perri Howard will also provide a short presentation. For more information, call 997‑2787.