Friday Funnies, improv 8 p.m. Friday, Clearwater Steakhouse, 838 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, $5 670-8233
After months of political ads and natural disasters, it’s time for a laugh with Wenatchee’s Mission: Improv. The acting troupe will play their favorite improv games and skits with plenty of local color.
Holiday Wine Walk 1-6 p.m. Saturday, downtown Wenatchee; eight tastes $15, 15 tastes for two people $25 669-5808
Take the edge off holiday shopping with a sip or two of the area’s best wine. Light appetizers will be served, and the glass is complimentary. Even better, you’re shopping and eating local.
“Derby Baby!” 7 p.m. Saturday, Liberty Theater, 111 S. Mission St., $15, applecityrollerderby.com.
The story of derby is one of love, addiction and bright-colored bruises. “Whip It” star Juliette Lewis narrates a documentary about one of the fastest-growing sports for women locally and abroad. Dress in derby attire (fishnets and face paint) and show some love for the hosts, Apple City Roller Derby. Advance tickets are available at Tastebuds Coffee & Wine in Wenatchee and The Hat Shop in Leavenworth.
“Phantom of the Opera” 7:30 p.m. Today-Saturday, Nov. 14-17, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; Wenatchee High School, 1101 Millerdale Ave., $20 adults, $15 students through grade 12, seniors ages 65 and up 888-0780
“Phantom of the Opera” promises to be a grand-scale theater production with a flying chandelier, fantastic costumes and a cast of star vocalists, including Drew Jaeger as the Phantom and Christine Daae as Emily Crane. Paul Atwood, Dan Jackson and Matt Lodge direct. Buy advance tickets at Pak-it-Rite.
Pickled Okra 7 p.m. Saturday, George Community Hall, George, $3 admission plus $8-$12 hat pass, georgecoffeehouse.com.
Seattle stringband Pickled Okra puts a playful spin on bluegrass with soulful vocals and a style tinged with old time fiddle, delta blues, pop, rock and reggae.
Sandra Byrd, Trent Reedy 1-3 p.m. Saturday, A Book for All Seasons, 703 Highway 2; book signing of “The Secret Keeper,” “Stealing Air,” free 548-1451
New York Times best-selling author Sandra Byrd presents “The Secret Keeper,” a historical novel about the turbulent court of Henry VIII. Author Trent Reedy will also be on hand to talk about “Words in the Dust,” about a courageous girl in Afghanistan. The event was rescheduled due to heavy wildfire smoke in September.
Broadway Dance Revue 7 p.m. today-Saturday, Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp, $10 adults, $5 youth 18 and under, mercplayhouse.org 997-7529
Methow choreographers throw in line dancing, belly-dancing, ballet and music theater into a songlist of hit Broadway tunes, including “Beauty School Dropout”, “Aquarius” and “One.” The audience will award “People’s Choice” to one of the acts each night.
“Festival of Light” Reception 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Confluence Gallery, 104 N. Glover St., Twisp, on display through Jan. 5 997-278
Confluence Gallery illuminates the darkest time of the year with art centered on spirit, humor and imagination. If you can’t make it Saturday, the gallery will host Sip and Shop every Friday night in December, with live music, wine, hors d’oeuvres and socializing until 7 p.m.
“Scrooge, The Musical” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17, 30; Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15; 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9; Masquers Theatre, 322 Main Ave. E., $15 246-2611
A few new characters and rousing songs breathes life into the old Charles Dickens classic about a grumpy old miser’s redemption. With Eric Van Woert and Cheri Barbre directing, Bob Jasman stars as Scrooge and Bob Goeden is Bob Cratchet.
Other cast: in the show are Joanne Bracht, Jessica Hogge, Peggy Dubey, Blake Taylor, Ruth Bresee, Kameron Goetz, Jennifer Schwartz, Emma Lee Taylor, Nicole Thomas, Joshua Bresee, Ellie Hansen, Danielle Price, Cameron Hogge, Dalila Shawhan, Christa Clouter, Aaron Martsch, Addisen Hansen, Sabia Underwood and Alec Lobe.
— compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff