“The Fluidity of Gender” sculpture by Linda Stein Reception 5 p.m. today, Robert Graves Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth St.; second reception 5 p.m. Jan. 22, on display through March 682-6776
The Robert Graves Gallery debuts an edgy, interactive show by New York artist Linda Stein. She sculpted gender-bending body armor suits made of leather, wood and found objects. Members of the audience are welcome to try them on, with assistance. Stein will talk about her work in person at the second reception Jan. 22.
First Friday 5-8 p.m. Friday, various locations, 888-6240
Wenatchee’s monthly arts walk starts off the new year with a huge variety of things to see around town, including suffragettes, colored pencil drawings, pianists, leather and bronze.
- Music and Arts Center: “My Life, In Prismacolor,” Vicki DeRooy, colored pencil drawings.
- Two Rivers Gallery: Painter Ginger Reddington, music by Tumbleweed Trio, wine by St. Laurent Winery.
- Wenatchee Valley Museum: “Moving Forward, Looking Back: Washington’s First Women in Government” opening reception.
- Tumbleweed Bead Co.: Dustin Spencer, leather crafts.
- Caffé Mela: Olivia Valentine, Jan Cook Mack and students, music by Tony Valentine.
- Lemolo Café: Painter Shelby Jo Helton.
Season Launch Party 7 p.m. Friday, Grizzly Lounge, Red Lion Inn, 1225 N. Wenatchee Ave., no cover 663-0711
It’s derby time! Get ready for Apple City Roller Derby’s second season by partying with members of the league’s three teams: The Jawbreakers, Black Label Barbies and Hydro Elektras. The first bout is Jan. 12 — Hydro Elektras versus last season’s champs Black Label Barbies. Buy tickets online or in person at one of their sponsor locations, listed at applecityrollerderby.com.
“A Mezzo Soprano Afternoon” 2 p.m. Saturday, Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St., by donation 470-7588
Vocalists Ruth Parsons and Mary Resk will sing everything from operatic arias to jazz standards, solo and as a duet. The two have been soloists with orchestras, theater productions and at festivals throughout the region. Pianists Olin Ensley and Mary Groff-Sanders, and bassist Steve Sanders will accompany. Proceeds benefit a Haitian relief fund and a scholarship in Brent Visser’s memory.
Justice for All, Peasants! and Cowboy Dan 9 p.m. Saturday, Wally’s House of Booze, 322 S. Wenatchee Ave. $5 663-1433
Snatchee Records hosts a night of folk and funk, with a touch of rock. The singer from the Peasants, a nomadic folk band from Alabama, is in town. Cashmere band Justice for All and Wenatchee’s Cowboy Dan will keep the crowd on its feet.
Follies 2013 Kick-off Party 7 p.m. Saturday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave., free, wenatcheefollies.com 663-2787
If you’ve ever wanted to join a kick line, this your chance. Director Jaime Donegan flies in from New York to explain the theme for this year’s Follies variety show, which will be staged at the PAC later this month. Tryouts are Sunday for all performers, experienced or not. Proceeds from the show will benefit The Wellness Place and Solomon’s Porch.
“Eastern Washington Forests & Fires, Then and Now” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Twisp River Pub, 201 State Route 20, free 996-2870
Photographer John Marshall spent decades chronicling changes in area forests after major wildfires. On Tuesday, he’ll talk about forest management policies in the past and possible approaches for the future.
Jazz Night at the Merc 7 p.m. Saturday, Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp, $15 adults, students 18 and under $5 mercplayhouse.org 997-7529
Snappy jazz served with a twist. The headliner includes a four-piece rhythm section, five horns and the area’s finest musicians. They’ll play original compositions written by members of the band. The new Pipestone Jazz Ensemble opens.
First Friday Jam 7 p.m. Friday, George Community Hall, 403 West Montmorency Boulevard, free 785-3041
It’s a small-town bluegrass jam. Play ‘em if you got ‘em, or just come and listen. Bring a dish for the potluck at 6 p.m.
— Compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff