‘Mountainfilm on Tour’ this weekend
“Mountainfilm on Tour: Mazama” returns for its ninth year over Labor Day weekend, offering three days of films at the Mazama Ranch House. Food will be available on Friday and Saturday, but not on Sunday.
• Friday, Sept. 1, “The Mountainfilm Medley,” a collection of short films that is a blend of adventure, social justice and the power of the human spirit. Doors open at 6 p.m.; films start at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 2, “The Indomitable Spirit,” focused on individuals overcoming obstacles and making an impact in the world. Doors open at 6 p.m.; films start at 8 a.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 3, kids’ matinee program in the Ranch House barn. Doors open at 2 pm.; films at 3 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 3, “The Big Green World,” films that tell the stories of innovators, visionaries and stewards of the natural world. Films start at 8 p.m.
A three-day pass is $60 for adults, $45 for those 18 and younger. Tickets for each of the three main shows are $20 for adults, $15 for those 18 and younger. Tickets for the matinee are $15 for adults, $10 for those 18 and younger. For information and tickets, visit mountainfilm.org/tour, then click on the Mazama event.
Poetry reading at Trail’s End
Poet Ruth Payne will be joined by other poets for readings from her collection of inspirational verse, “Gems from the Heart,” at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop on Thursday, Sept. 7. The free event, co-sponsored by Trail’s End and Methow Press, begins at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase. Contact Greg Wright at Methow Press for more information: (425) 381-1388.
Roth reads from new book
Friends of the Winthrop Library (FOWL) and Trail’s End Bookstore will host a reading, discussion, and book signing event for local author John K. Roth’s new book, “Warnings: The Holocaust, Ukraine, and Endangered American Democracy,” on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Winthrop library from 6:30-8 p.m.
The book, one of 50 that Roth has written or edited, is co-authored by Lenny Grob, professor emeritus of philosophy at Farleigh Dickinson University. Roth taught philosophy for more than 40years at Claremont McKenna College. Both are Holocaust scholars who view social and political events through that prism.
“With democracy itself on the ballot in the 2024 American elections, ‘Warnings’ underscores the most urgent threats to democracy in the United States and show how to resist them,” according to a press release.
In September, The Merc Playhouse will host auditions for a Readers Theater production of “The Girl on the Train,” based on the Paula Hawkins thriller novel and film and directed by Jane Orme, and for the full production of “Clue,” based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and directed by Kira Wood-Cramer.
• Auditions for “The Girl on the Train” are on Sept. 5 and 6 from 4-6 p.m. Roles includes three women ages 20-40; three men ages 20-40; and one of any age or gender. Performance dates are Oct. 13-22.
• Auditions for “Clue” will be Sept. 26 and 27, from 4-6 p.m. Roles include six men ages 16-60; and five or six women ages 16-60. Performance dates are Dec. 8-17.
For information, visit www.mercplayhouse.org.
Fourth Friday at TwispWorks
TwispWorks is opening up its campus on the fourth Friday of each month for music and studio visits. The events are free and open to all. Next up is Friday, Sept. 22, music by Essential I and WritRwhoRaps from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and The Panda Conspiracy from 7:30-10 p.m.; partner studios open from 5-7 p.m.