First Friday 5-8 p.m. Friday, downtown Wenatchee, free 888-6240
The treasures you’ll find along the First Friday route this month will be one-of-a-kind, whether it’s a painting from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a hand-crafted gift from Two Rivers Gallery, or a mug by Michael McClun at Tumbleweed Bead Co. Definitely worth a holiday stroll (or drive):
- St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: “In | Habit — Seeing the Spirit in the Pacific Northwest”: Works from art faculty at Grunewald Guild in Plain.
- Music and Arts Center: Art faculty exhibition.
- Two Rivers Gallery: Holiday Gift Show, music by All Strings Considered, wine by Horan Estate Winery, tickets to Wenatchee Empty Bowl Festival.
- Wenatchee Valley Museum: Beauty of Bronze reception with local fifth-graders and Art on the Avenues.
- Lila Putnam Gallery, Wenatchee: Watercolors by Lila Putnam.
- Tumbleweed Bead Co.: Michael McClun, ceramics.
- Caffé Mela: Al Piecka, photography.
- Lemolo Café & Deli: Shelby Jo Helton, paintings.
Christmas Family Fun Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St., by donation 888-6240
Kids of all ages can create mini-snow globes, snowflakes or garland at the Wenatchee Valley Museum’s annual Christmas party. Santa photos, Christmas music and holiday shopping at the museum store are all part of the fun.
Justice for All, Bill & His Six String, Blues Bellied Dante 9 p.m. Saturday, Wally’s House of Booze, 322 S. Wenatchee Ave., $5 663-1433
Wally’s is going acoustic Saturday with a three-set show that combines punk, rock and blues. Justice For All is a Cashmere outfit — you might recognize them as Steve Turner & Justice for All. Bill & His String is a punk rock singer with an acoustic style all his own. Blues Bellied Dante is a master guitarist and ukulele player who doesn’t let words get in the way of a good song. Think of him as a modern Django Reinhardt.
“The Nutcracker” 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Wenatchee High School, 1101 Millerdale Ave., $12 665-8796
The Academy of Dance & Performing Arts presents the ballet classic, “The Nutcracker” in two shows. The student production stars 11-year-old Grace Orallo as Clara, Jace Pauly as The Prince and Brenna Visser as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Buy tickets in advance at Pak-it-Rite.
“Where We Are” 7 p.m. Saturday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave., $8, pacwen.org 663-2787
The Wenatchee Kendama Team screens a premiere of their documentary, “Where We Are,” by Matthew Ballard and host a pre-film kendama showdown with battle prizes and raffle giveaways. The team will invite members of the audience, local kendama stars, and members of the national pro team, Kendama USA, to the stage for a series of mind-blowing stunts and tricks. Watch the trailer on gowedia.com.
Wenatchee Apollo Club — “Family Christmas Concert” 7 p.m. Sunday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave., $15, pacwen.org 663-2787
The 103-year-old mens choir will invite their friends and family on stage in a unique concert, starring the choir and individual ensembles. They’ll sing a mix of gospel and holiday favorites, like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and “Santa Mouse,” written by choir member Dan McConnell.
Mike Bills, Joe Guimond, Velvet Elvis 8 p.m. Friday, Devils Gulch Drinkery, 207 Mission Ave. 888-8180
It’s been a rough year with the cost of food, the job crunch and widespread fires this fall. The Velvet Elvis Band, Troy Lindsay and a few special guests from Delinda House are giving back to the community with a benefit concert Friday. They’ll donate every penny to the Cashmere Food Bank, so come out and show your support.
Backcountry Film Festival 7 p.m. today, Cashmere Riverside Center, 210 Riverside Drive, $10 667-8681
Grab a cup of joe for a selection of winter flicks that will appeal to the casual weekend warrior to the hardcore snow fanatics. The ticket includes dessert and a chance to win raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit El Sendero back country ski and snowshoe club.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Tsillan Cellars, 3875 Highway 97A, $40, brownpapertickets.com 885-5941
The Chelan Valley Players present a holiday musical about two World War II vets who team up with a sister act to save an troubled Vermont inn. On the same note, “White Christmas” is a fundraiser to help keep local theater going strong Chelan.
Icicle Creek Chamber Players Concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7409 Icicle Road; $25 general, $16 senior, $8 student, icicle.org 548-6347
Six world-class musicians perform Beethovan, Bartok and other classical favorites. On the roster: Oksana Ezhokina, piano; Madeline Slettedahl, piano; Sean Osborn, clarinet; Jennifer Rhyne, flute; Maria Sampen, violin and Timothy Christie, viola.
Yogoman Burning Band 9 p.m. Saturday, Der Hinterhof, 321 Ninth St., $7 548-5250
The Bellingham-based band is kind of ska, kind of punk, and fast becoming a local dance favorite. They’re just what a cold night calls for: A hoppin’ horn section and a positive, slightly silly vibe.
“A Christmas Carol” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 14, 15; 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 15, 16; Leavenworth Festhalle, 1001 Front St., $16-$20 548-2000
Leavenworth Summer Theater bring back the three spirits of Christmas in the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Kent Salter stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. The show is a little more than an hour, so the 1 p.m. showings give plenty of time for the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival afterward.
“Ready to Fly” and “Tiny House” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Icicle Brewing Co., 935 Front St., free, skileavenworth.com
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club hosts a Banff Mountain Film Festival winner, “Ready to Fly,” about women ski jumpers fighting to participate in the Olympics. Also up, “Tiny House,” a short film that follows skiers in their handcrafted house on wheels.
“A Christmas Story” 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-15, 20-22, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 23, Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp, $15 adults, $5 youth 18 and under, pay what you can Dec. 13 997-7529
All Ralphie Parker wants is a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but it seems everyone is against him. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Skip the TV marathon this year and watch the show live.
“Black Tie — Denim and Diamonds” 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Confluence Gallery, 104 N. Glover St., Twisp, $20 each, $35 couple, confluencegallery.com 997-2787
It’s a black tie party, Methow style. Confluence Gallery provides live music by guitarist David Weidig, champagne, appetizers and a silent auction featuring works by local artists.
— Compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff