Hot Bodies in Motion, Bellamaine 7 p.m. Friday, Centennial Park, 130 S. Wenatchee Ave., free, 888-0374
What’s better than live music? Try free live music. Since their humble beginnings in a Seattle basement only three years ago, Hot Bodies In Motion have released two albums. Their most recent, “Principle A,” is filled to the brim with a little something soulful and a little something spunky. Not sure exactly what that sounds like? Find out this Friday, when they play live at Centennial Park as the last concert of the Summer Concert Series. It’s your last chance to see them before they play at Bumbershoot, and you don’t even have to make the drive to Seattle.
Mela has also made sure you aren’t bored this Saturday either, when they invite Ivan & Alyosha, a five-piece folk-pop Seattle-based band to play. They were recently featured on NPR promoting their new album “All The Times We Had,” which has a robust indie flavor that will go well with some Mela espresso. You can still get tickets in advance for $10 at ticketfly.com or $13 at the door.
Friday Funnies by Apple City Improv 9 p.m. Friday, Clearwater Steakhouse & Saloon, 838 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, $5, 884-7605
Usually a cheap laugh isn’t a good thing, but this just might be the exception. For five bucks you can catch the last summer performance of the Apple City Improv’s Friday Funnies. The Apple City Improv troupe performs a “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” style comedy with a few 100 percent local twists. With a totally unscripted and completely unrehearsed act, the possibilities are endless and potentially hilarious. Enjoy a drink, suggest a topic and maybe even get on stage.
Good Baaa to Summer Wine and Cheese Tasting noon–5 p.m. Saturday, Snowgrass Winery, 6701 Entiat River Rd., $10 784-5101
We gather here today to mourn the loss of something very dear to us: all of the good company, good food and good music of summer. But it doesn’t have to be too sad. In fact, with wine from Snowgrass Winery, cheese from The Cheesemonger’s Shop in Leavenworth, and live music from The Woolly Bully Band you could even consider it a little fun. The name of the event, “Good Baaa To Summer,” is a not-so-subtle tribute to the winery’s sheep, which mow the vineyard and renew its soil. And the cheese being provided for the event? All of it will be made from sheep’s milk.
“Footloose” 2 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Aug. 28, Festhalle Theater, 1001 Front St.; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30; Hatchery Park stage, 12790 Fish Hatchery Road; “The Sound of Music” 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Aug. 27, 29, 31, Sept. 1, Ski Hill Amphitheater, 10698 Ski Hill Drive, $14-$30, leavenworthsummertheater.org 548-2000
As if you needed one more reminder that summer really is on its way out, Leavenworth Summer Theater is closing in on its final performances for this year. If you haven’t seen Ren McCormack bring new life to Bomont in “Footloose” this is your last chance. And if you haven’t watched Joseph overcome the wickedness of his brothers in “Joseph” or seen the classic story “The Sound of Music” in its 19th season yet, the last shows are coming up. The good news is, there are still tickets available. You can grab one for yourself, visiting friends or family that have yet to see the show at leavenworthsummertheater.org or by calling the box office. And if you leave the show inspired, or you’ve already seen all three, tickets for the winter show “It’s a Wonderful Life” are on sale now.
Guest Chef Night 7 p.m. Friday; Tomatofare 6 p.m. Saturday, White Heron Cellars, 23832 Fine Wine Road NW, $10, whiteheronwine.com 797-9463
It’s gonna be a good weekend at White Heron. On Friday night, Cashmere’s Smokeblossom Catering sends over chef Tim Putnam to construct and serve his “Angry American Tapas” for Guest Chef Night. Don’t miss the sometimes exotic and always delicious cuisine, this is the only Guest Chef Night of the year. On Saturday night, Sun Dial Bistro will showcase their heirloom tomatoes for Tomatofare along side heirloom growers from throughout Grant County. You can nibble, buy and then enjoy dinner by Chef Dani Vennetti from 6–8 p.m. They will be accompanied by the highly danceable music of Jip Sea Party. Because what complements tomatoes like a blend of polka and punk?
Okanogan River Garlic Festival 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday, History Park, State Route 20, free, 486-1328
“I like garlic,” you say. “Sure, I eat garlic stuff all the time,” you say. That’s cute and all, but this event isn’t for people who just “like” garlic, this event is for people who LOVE garlic. This is for people who don’t just want to eat garlic, they want to breathe it. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh. And gross. But really, you better be ready to commit. This three day event is not for the faint of heart, with non-stop entertainment from early afternoon to around 8 every night, six food vendors, a variety of snack booths, vendors with art, jewelry, and more, a dunk tank (to rid you of that garlic stank), and a beer garden, open from noon–8 every night. If for any reason you need more incentive, check out some items from Pastime Bar and Grill’s all-garlic menu: elephant garlic chips, two dipping sauces, an aioli and humus, a warm garlicky linguine salad and fresh tomato bruschetta. All of the garlic is grown locally, and the wine and beer will be provided by Esther Bricques Winery and Alpine Brewing Company. If you’re brave enough grab a pack of breath mints and hit the road.
NCW Fair today-Sunday, NCW Fairgrounds, 601 Monroe St., adults $8, students and seniors $6, kids 5 and under free, douglascountywa.net 745-8480
If you like rodeos, carnivals, animals of any shape or size, live music, good food, horse racing, and really anything else that comes with a good ‘ol fashioned fair, you’re in for a treat. The annual North Central Washington District Fair is here, and it boasts all that and more. Come see all the contests, the Native American Relay Race, the horse racing, wild cow milking, and of course, the rodeo. The headliners are: Christian singer Phillip Larue playing at 7 p.m. today and country duo Love and Theft performing 7:15 Friday.
— Compiled by Holly Thorpe, World staff