Next Confluence exhibit
The next new exhibit in the main gallery at The Confluence: Art in Twisp will be “Block Paper Stone: A Printmaking Party,” opening on Saturday, July 22, and continuing through Aug. 26.
Also opening that day in the community gallery is “Technica,” displaying the works of artist Don DeLeva.
There will be a free opening night reception on July 22 from 5-7 p.m.
In the main gallery, printmaking artists from the Methow Valley and beyond share their interpretations, odes to and celebrations of printmaking. The exhibit is curated by Janet Fagen and Jennifer Molesworth.
For more information, visit www.confluencegallery.org.
On Tuesday (July 18), Friends of the Winthrop Library and Trail’s End Bookstore host a reading by author Lauren Johnson, in conversation with local author Shannon Huffman Polson, at the library from 6-8 p.m. Johnson is an Afghanistan veteran and former military public affairs officer whose writing has been featured in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Boston Globe Magazine, Glamour, Yale Medicine Magazine, and elsewhere. “The Fine Art of Camouflage,” her debut book, chronicles her coming-of-age against the backdrop of war.
The Merc Playhouse will host auditions for the full production of “Ripcord,” written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Phil Quevillon, on Saturday, July 29, from 4-6 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 5-7 p.m. Performances will be between Sept. 22 and Oct. 1. Callbacks will be Saturday, Aug. 5, from 4-6 p.m. Casting will include two women in their 70s-80s, one woman in her 30s-40s, and three men ages 20s though 40s. For information, visit www.mercplayhouse.org or email email@example.com.
The comedy, promoted as “Golden Girls” meets “The Odd couple,” revolves around two women in a senior living facility who engage in an increasingly perilous competition for a prime living space.
The annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is just around the corner, on 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.
‘The Claw’ at Merc
The Merc Playhouse’s summer camp for kids will present performances of “The Claw” on Aug. 4 at 4 p.m., Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. There will be different casts for the two weekends. Admission is by donation. For information, visit www.mercplayhouse.org.
Sounds and storytelling
The Winthrop Library hosts “Storytelling through Sound: Sound Effects & Technology Workshop,” on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The program is suggested for ages 10-16. Participants will explore the sounds inside movies and video games including sound effects, dialog and soundtracks.
Live music in the valley
The information below was provided by Methow Music Monthly and other sources. For more information, visit www.methowmusicmonthly.com.
• Mazama Ukulele Group, time and space to be determined. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Sundays, classical guitarist Terry Hunt at Twisp River Tap House, 5:30 p.m. No cover.
• First Sundays, The Methow Acoustic Musicians Association — an informal gathering of local folk who like to share music and sing together — meets at Twisp Town Park, 3-5 p.m.
• Tuesdays, Roberto Salina sings operatic versions of Latin and popular songs at Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop, 5 p.m. No cover. Salina also sings at Three Fingered Jack’s on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm. No cover.
• Wednesdays (starting July 12), “Wunderkind Wednesdays,” talented youth perform at the Twisp River Tap House, curated by Ilo Curtis, 6 p.m. No cover.
• Wednesdays, Zumba with Tani at Winthrop Physical Therapy and Fitness, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (no class June 14). Free to gym members with drop-in rates available.
• Thursdays, Zumba with Brandi at Methow Valley Community Center, Room 7, 5:30-6:20 p.m. By donation.
• 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, July 13, acoustical guitarist and flautist Rojer Arnold at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Saturday, July 15, Hannah Jackson performs folksy finger-pickin’ guitar licks and vocals at Twisp River Tap House, 6 p.m. dinner show, no cover.
• Saturday, July 15, hip-hop late-night Show featuring WritRwhoRaps, Wes Wil, You’re Welcome Essential 1 and Sunz of Sound (homage) at Twisp River Tap House, 9 p.m. No cover.
• Wednesday, July 19, 16-year-old singer-songwriter and acoustical guitar prodigy Liberty Linklater offers a mix of country, folk and Americana at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Thursday, July 20, local guitarist/vocalist Fred Cooley at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Saturday, July 22, 16-year-old singer-songwriter and acoustical guitar prodigy Liberty Linklater offers a mix of country, folk and Americana at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Wednesday, July 26, local mandolin and guitar prodigy Ilo Curtis at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m.
• Thursday, July 27, acoustical guitarist and flautist Rojer Arnold at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Friday, July 28 , beach party luau and dance party with DJ Mantis at Twisp River Tap House, 7-9 p.m. No cover.
• Saturday, July 29, the Marcus Duke Project performs jazz, world, Brazilian and rock and roll at Twisp River Tap House. 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Wednesday, Aug. 2, 16-year-old singer-songwriter and acoustical guitar prodigy Liberty Linklater offers a mix of country, folk and Americana at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Thursday, Aug. 3, acoustical guitarist and flautist Rojer Arnold at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
• Friday, Aug. 4, Two Lions Band performs folk-rock band, jazz and punk at Twisp River Tap House, 6:30 p.m. No cover.