“The Science of Murder,” interactive dinner theater 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Clearwater Steakhouse & Saloon, 383 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, all ages, $30 includes dinner 884-7605
Don’t get too full after the five-course meal. The audience will be invited to solve the crime by interviewing the suspects, portrayed by some of Mission: Improv’s best performers. The story is about Doctor Mingus, a scientist on the cusp of an important discovery, and his subjects, a married couple who don’t see eye to eye anymore.
Janet Johnson 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Tastebuds Coffee & Wine, 212 Fifth St., no cover 888-2783
Spokane singer-songwriter Janet Johnson combines smooth jazz-tinged vocals with folk rock guitar and mandolin.
“Heaven to Broadway” 7 p.m. Friday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 625 Elliott Ave. S.; $15 per person, $40 family 662-4569
Two world-class performers play everything from gospel to Mozart to Broadway. Pianist Wilson P. Alvarez was one of South America’s top classical musicians and the principal piano player for the National Ecuadorian Symphony Orchestra in Quito before moving to Wenatchee. Soprano singer Amedee Moore performs with the Des Moines Metro Opera and was a finalist last year in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Washington D.C.
The Wicks, Brad Loomis 8 p.m. Saturday, Der Hinterhof, 321 Ninth St., free 548-5250
The Wicks — a husband and wife duo from Cashmere — bring a mix of folk and soul to Der Hinterhof’s indoor digs. The Wicks are working on a video collage of their song, “First Christmas Away from Home” dedicated to military personnel who have spent the holidays far from family. They invite anyone to email pictures of their loved ones along with their name and dates of service to firstchristmas firstname.lastname@example.org, by Saturday. Check out their website, thewicksmusic.com for details.
Lindee Hoshikawa, singer-songwriter 7 p.m. Saturday, Icicle Brewing Co., 935 Front St., no cover 548-2739
Lindee Hoshikawa is a filmmaker, voice actor, photographer and producer based in Seattle. But Saturday, she’ll be enchanting the Icicle Brewery crowd with her deep, mellow voice and guitar.
“Opera On Tap” 6 p.m. Saturday, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, 7409 Icicle Road, $45, icicle.org 548-6347
This opera feels more like an after hours party than a classical affair. Professional singers have a little fun with opera’s biggest hits for a casual, relaxed night in the mountains. Delicious tapas and dessert are included with admission.
“Hail to Neil,” Neil Young tribute by Billy Farmer 8 p.m. Friday, the Vogue Liquid Lounge, 117 East Woodin Ave., by donation 888-5282
Master guitarist Billy Farmer of Tacoma plays two hours of the most enchanting hits from every era of Neil Young’s extensive music catalog. Farmer said he hopes to emulate Young’s passion and bring out the rich imagery of his lyrics. Grab a cup of coffee or wine from Chelan’s favorite coffee shop — not a bad way to spend a cold December night.
Atomic Bombshells 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Winthrop Barn, 51 Highway 20, $21 advance, $27 door, table rates available, 997-4004
Vintage burlesque at its best: Professional choreography, classy acts and just enough bust-and-tease to sizzle the senses. The troupe includes Seattle’s top performers and burlesque teachers, including Miss Indigo Blue, Honey D. Luxe and Lily Vanderloo.
’50s Benefit Dance 6 p.m. Saturday, Vicki’s Unique Boutique, 1423 Main St., Oroville, $10 adults, $5 children, orovillewashington.com.
Go Johnny, go, go. Orville throws a ’50s-style sock hop with two or three bands, a hula hoop contest and prizes for the best outfit. Get a banana split for the kids, and maybe some wine for the adults. Proceeds benefit North Valley Community Schools.
John Marzluff 6 p.m. Tuesday, Winthrop Barn, 51 Highway 20, Winthrop, free 996-2870
People have more in common with crows than you might think. University of Washington scientist John Marzluff will explain about how crows use tools, recognize faces, turn on lights to stay warm and work in tandem. Afterward, he’ll sign his latest book, “Gifts of the Crow.”
Danbert Nobacon — 3rd Biennial 7 p.m. Friday, Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp, $5 996-9265
A writer and musician, Danbert Nobacon delivers a night of stand-up comedy, one-legged comedy and other theatrical feats, all for a pre-fiscal cliff recession special, $5. Consider the content PG-13.
— Compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff