‘Book of Liz’ is back
The Merc Playhouse Readers Theater production of “The Book of Liz” will be reprised Friday (June 2) at 7 p.m., and Sunday (June 4) at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. The play, written by Amy and David Sedaris, is directed by Phil Quevillon. It had an earlier run this year that was disrupted by rain damage.
Confluence shows open June 10
“The Healing Garden” is the next exhibit opening at The Confluence: Art in Twisp, on June 10 and continuing through July 15 in the main gallery. Works from the contributing artists reference the five universal elements: wood, fire, water, earth and metal, exemplifying living in harmony with nature. The curators are Theresa Miller and Joanne Marracci.
Also opening that day in the community gallery is “Swiftly Turning Time,” featuring new paintings by Tara Kraft drawn from her tenure as artist-in-residence at Capulin Volcano National Monument.
There will an opening reception for both exhibits on June 10 from 5-7 p.m.
For information, call (509) 997-2787.
Wylie and the Wild West coming
Wylie and the Wild West, a band fronted by cowboy, rancher, singer, songwriter and yodeler Wylie Gustafson, will perform on Friday, June 16, at the John Doran Ranch near Twisp. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; kids 11 and younger are free. Get tickets online at www.methowarts.org/category/events.
Gustafson will perform hits from three decades or recording and 24 albums.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Methow Arts.
Upcoming literary events
• June 7, 6:30 p.m. at Meza restaurant in Winthrop, book readings with E. Richard Hart and Cindy Williams Gutierrez. Historian Hart and poet Gutierrez share selected passages from their published works. With interviews conducted by host Greg Wright,; and Q&A to follow.
• June 21, 6:30 p.m., at Meza restaurant in Winthrop, book readings with David Lukas and Greg Wright. Naturalist Lukas and novelist Wright share selected passages from their published works. With interviews and Q&A to follow.
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. Ticket prices are $40 per ticket; a discounted season ticket to all four concerts is $150.
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.
Visit https://winthropbluesfestival.com for complete information.
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, 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. Through June, 50% of all donations will go to Friends of the Pool.
• 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, June 1, Three Piece Suit (Rebecca Galvin, Oori Silberstein, Phil Woras, Tim O’Dell) at Jupiter restaurant in Winthrop, 6-8 p.m. No cover.
• Thursday, June 1, Montana bluegrass band the Hardwood Hearts and Gregg Hardy’s birthday at Twisp River Tap House, 7 p.m. No cover.
• Saturday, June 3, local band The Flannel Underground performs at the Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop, 6 p.m. No cover.
• Saturday, June 3, after-Trashion Show party at Twisp River Tap House with DJ Insite, 9:45 p.m. No cover.
• Sunday, June 4, classical guitarist Terry Hunt at Twisp River Tap House, 5:30 p.m. No cover.
• Tuesday, June 6, U-Station guitar duo offers jazz standards and originals at Mazama Public House, 5-8 p.m. No cover.