‘Lifespan of a Fact’ continues
The Merc Playhouse Readers Theater production of “The Lifespan of a Fact” concludes this week with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (April 21-22) and at 2 p.m. on Sunday (April 23).
All shows will include an intermission. Admission is by donation. For more information, visit www.mercplayhouse.org.
‘Wizard of Oz’ opens April 28
The Methow Valley Theater production of “The Wizard of Oz” open on April 28 at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, with performances continuing through May 7. All shows start at 6:30 p.m., except the April 30 and May 7 matinees, which begin at 2 p.m.
The stage directors are Nadine Van Hees and Maggie Wicken; musical director is Lynette Westendorf. Visit www.methowvalleytheater.org for more information.
Flenniken, Bacon read poetry
Former Washington Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken will join local poet Subhaga Crystal Bacon and members of the Confluence Poets in a reading and book signing for Bacon’s newest book, “Surrender of Water in Hidden Places,” at The Confluence: Art in Twisp on Friday (April 21), from 7-9 p.m.
Flenniken is the author of three poetry collections, most recently “Post Romantic” (2020). Bacon is the author of four collections including “Transitory,” forthcoming from BOA Editions in November.
The event is free and open to the public.
‘Mamma Mia!” in May
The Liberty Bell Drama Company will present the musical “Mamma Mia!” at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp on May 12, May 18, May 19 and May 20 at 7 p.m., and May 21 at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Tickets can be reserved online at http://mercplayhouse.org. Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Limited tickets will be available at the door.
Methow Valley School District students and staff as well as families of the cast and crew can obtain free tickets at the door but will have to pay the ticket price to reserve in advance.
Art Walk is coming
The annual Twisp Spring Art Walk, this year sponsored by the Twisp Chamber of Commerce, will be on May 20 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Glover Street will be closed between Second and Third avenue.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://twispwa.com/events/ if you are interested in participating as a vendor or business.
R&B Festival tickets
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, scheduled for July 21-23 at the Blues Ranch west of Winthrop.
This year’s lineup is scheduled to include Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, North Mississippi Allstars, Ruthie Foster, Marc Broussard, Judith Hill, Eddie 9V, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Jackie Venson, Veronica Lewis, Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Yates McKendree, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Tevis Hodge Jr. and the Methow Juke Joint Allstars, a collaboration to musicians.
There will also be local food and craft booths, and on-site camping.
New this year: the Friday night kick-off show will be on the Main Stage with Too Slim & the Taildraggers and Jackie Venson, concluding with an All-Star show in the Big Top Beer Garden featuring Eddie 9V and the Methow Juke Joint Allstars.
Visit https://winthropbluesfestival.com for complete information.
Chamber Music Festival
Tickets for the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival are now available for four performances in June.
The four concerts are on June 15, 17, 22 and 24. There will be many opportunities to hear music for free, including open rehearsals in the community center, plus one scheduled at Sun Mountain Lodge and one at the Mazama Public House. People can also hear selections from the concerts at the farmers market in Twisp on June 17 and 24.
Tickets can be purchased online at methowmusicfestival.org, where there will also be details about the performers and program. Ticket prices are $40 per ticket; a discounted season ticket to all four concerts is $150.
Live music in the valley
The information below was provided by Methow Music Monthly (MethowMusicMonthly@gmail.com) and other sources.
• First Sundays, 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, 3-5 p.m.
• Tuesdays (April 25), Mazama Ukulele Group at Winthrop library community space, 4-6 p.m., newcomers welcome. Email email@example.com for more information.
• Wednesdays, line dancing and more with Debbie Bair at Twisp River Tap House, 6-8:30 p.m. $10.
• Wednesdays, Zumba 101 with Tani at Winthrop Physical Therapy and Fitness, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free to gym members; drop-in rates available. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursdays, Zumba with Brandi at Methow Valley Community Center gym, 5:30-6:20 p.m. By donation. April through June, 50% of all donations will go to Friends of the Pool.
• Every other Friday (April 28), Ecstatic Dance at Methow Valley Community Center, Wellspring Room, $10.
• Fridays, open mic jam with Gregg Hardy at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m.-closing. No cover.
• Fridays, Soleil Kelley, Loren Boley and Isaac Shaw and friends, at Meza restaurant, Winthrop, 6-8 p.m. No cover.
• Thursday April 20, the Misery Whips offer bluegrass, country, Celtic traditional and other eclectic folk music at OSB Taproom, Twisp, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.
• Friday, April 21, multi-faceted musician Uncle Doug offers countryfolk and rock, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, 6-9 p.m. No cover.
• Saturday, April 22, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Nick Drummond, Twisp River Tap House, 7 p.m. No cover.
• Sunday, April 23, Tamarack String Quartet delivers an auditory genre fusion from classical to rock, to pop and everything in between, Twisp River Tap House, 6 p.m. No cover.
• Tuesday April 25, Stephen Kish performs at Mazama Public House, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.
• Friday, April 28, singer/songwriter James Coates blends rock, soul, country and R&B, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, 6-9 p.m. No cover.
• Saturday, April 29, DJ dance party with DJ Bullfrog at Twisp River tap House, 8 p.m.-close. no cover.
• Sunday April 30, classical guitarist Terry Hunt at Twisp River Tap House, 5:30 p.m. No cover.