An artist’s dialog with climate change
Local artist Perri Lynch Howard will share images and sounds from her expedition above the 78th parallel —sailing the coast of Svalbard on a barquentine tall ship with an international group of artists, scientists, and journalists through The Arctic Circle Residency Program— in a presentation on Thursday (Jan. 26) at The Confluence: Art in Twisp. The free event is from 6-8 p.m. Howard will provide an early preview of works-in-progress inspired by the journey, and illustrate how to harness the power of art to inspire new narratives in a changing climate.
Stafford poetry reading
Celebrate the life and work of William Stafford at the seventh-annual William Stafford Birthday Reading on Sunday (Jan. 29), at 7 p.m. at The Confluence: Art in Twisp. The event features Holocaust and genocide scholar John K. Roth as guest speaker. Featured readers include members of the Confluence Poets. The reading is hosted by co-founder Cindy Williams Gutiérrez. To honor Stafford’s lifelong work as a pacifist and as a lover of the natural world, Liberty Bell High School freshmen students will read their own poems envisioning their dreams for America. Bring your favorite Stafford poem or story to share
Second City on its way
Methow Arts presents the legendary Second City comedy troupe in an adults-only performance, “Second City Swipes Right: an Incomplete guide to the Ultimate Date Night,” on Feb. 11 at the Winthrop Barn.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.methowarts.org/category/events to buy tickets for what will likely be a sold-out event, or come by the Methow Arts office in Twisp. Individual tickets are $40; a Gold Premier Table is $250 for four; a Gold Table is $200 for four.
Live music in the valley
The information below was provided by Methow Music Monthly (MethowMusicMonthly@gmail.com) and other sources.
• Sundays, freestyle dance at Wellspring, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; email email@example.com to be on contact list.
• First Sundays (except this month, on Jan. 8), The Methow Acoustic Musicians Association — an informal gathering of local folk who like to share music and sing together — meets at The Cove 2, Twisp, 4-5 p.m.
• Mondays, Twisp and Mazama ukulele groups at Winthrop library community space, 4 p.m., newcomers welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
• Wednesdays, line dancing and more with Debbie Bair at Twisp River Tap House, 6-8 p.m. $10.
• Thursdays, Zumba with Brandi at Methow Valley Community Center gym, 5:30-6:20 p.m. By donation.
• Fridays, open mic jam with Gregg Hardy at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m.-close. No cover.
• Jan. 26, Okanogan County native Natalie Johnson plays a mix of folk, Americana and other classics with a dollop of rock and roll attitude at OSB Taproom, Twisp, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.
• Jan. 27, Kris Borgias plays rock, blues and folk at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, 6-9 p.m. No cover.
• Jan. 28, local musicians Sarah Stevens, Oori Silberstein, Will Kiefer and Loren Boley offer psychedelic jams to alt-country and everything in between at Twisp River Tap House. 7 p.m. No cover.
• Jan. 31, Stephen Kish at Mazama Public House, 5:30-8:30 p.m., no cover.
• Feb. 2, Wayne & Breathe offer jazz at the OSB Taproom, Twisp, 5:30-8:230 p.m. No cover.
• Feb. 3, open mic at Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, 6-9 p.m. No cover.
Reggae at Omak PAC
Reggae singer Mike Love will perform at the Omak Performing Arts Center on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Love’s sound is rooted in the message-based music of reggae and Rastafari, fusing progressive and classic rock, soul, blues, jazz, flamenco, classical and more. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets are available at Rawson’s in Okanogan, Kelley Connect in Omak, Tonasket Interiors and online at www.omakpac.org.