Rose Windows, SuperMother 8 p.m. Friday, Caffé Mela, 17 N. Wenatchee Ave., $8 advance, $10 show day, ticketfly.com 888-0374
Rose Windows sounds like a band out of the of the hazy days of ’60s psychedelic folk. They’re a Seattle septet that reached the top 10 in college radio charts and recently signed with Subpop Records to release their first album “The Sun Dogs.” They start their national tour in Wenatchee with Supermother, a local band fronted by Skyler Mehal of Red Means Go and Patrick Foster and the Locomotive.
First Friday 5-8 p.m. Friday, downtown Wenatchee and Wenatchee Valley College, wenatcheeworld.com/blogs/wenatchee-first-fridays
Wenatchee’s monthly arts walk boasts an eclectic mix this month. Wenatchee Valley Museum unveils the second half of its dolls exhibit, “Dolls: Life Before TV,” which features figurines from the mid-1800s to the early 1950s. Quilter Geraldine Warner will discuss the evolution of quilting at 6 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. The MAC gallery at Wenatchee Valley College gives a touching tribute to late art instructor Rae Dana, who died of cancer in 2010. Check out the full list of stops on the First Friday blog at wenatcheeworld.com.
Eric Metaxas 7 p.m. Monday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave., $5, pacwen.org 683-2824
An author and Christian commentator, Eric Metaxas got his start as a humor writer for The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly. He has also written for the childrens’ series VeggieTales and Rabbit Ears. He’s also known for writing “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” a New York Times best-seller about a German Lutheran pastor who opposed the Holocaust and was involved in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The PAC auditorium has sold out, but tickets are available for live streaming at the Wenatchee Convention Center.
Wings & Wheels Festival Thursday-Sunday, Eastmont Community Park, Red Apple Flyers Field, free, east-wenatchee.com
East Wenatchee hosts a festival so big it’s happening at two locations. At Eastmont Community Park, catch a classic car show, cruise the vendors or hop on all the carnival rides you want for $25. Take a shuttle headed for Red Apple Flyers Field to watch aerobatics, radio-controlled planes and a replica of Miss Veedol take flight over East Wenatchee.
Tyrone Hawkins 9 p.m. Friday, Clearwater Steakhouse & Saloon, 838 Valley Mall Parkway, $5 421-0548
Seattle comedian Tyrone Hawkins lightens up a gray week with two nights of stand-up laughs about everything from relationships to the government. He’s a graduate of The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati and got his start at the Comedy Underground in Seattle. On Saturday, he’s on stage at the new Blue Flame Asian Bistro in Cashmere for a free comedy show at 9 p.m.
Oktoberfest 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays, noon-midnight Saturdays, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12, 18-19, Leavenworth Festhalle, 1001 Front St., $10 Friday, $20 Saturday, leavenworthoktoberfest.com
It’s not hard to imagine yourself in Munich, Germany, with a brat in one hand, a beer in the other and a big brass band clad in Lederhosen booming oompah-oompah over the amps. The keg-tapping ceremony begins at 1 p.m. every Saturday.
Capitol Steps 7:30 p.m. Friday, Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Road, advance tickets $27, show day $30, senior discount $5 off, icicle.org 548-6347
This sketch comedy group will turn the shutdown into a show tune mocking all the major players on both sides of the aisle. The Capitol Steps was started by a group of Senate staff members as a satire act 30 years ago. They’ve released 30 albums since then; their latest is “Fiscal Shades of Gray.” They perform every weekend on the Hill and are featured regularly on NPR and the major TV networks. Get tickets now, at press time the show was nearly sold out.
“Taste of Chelan” First Friday 5-7 p.m. Friday downtown Chelan, $25 for 8 tastes 682-4322
Sample the fare at some of Chelan’s favorite restaurants, like Maki Sushi, Bear Foods Creperie and Tin Lilly for $25. A nibble here, a nibble there and by the end of the night you’ll be a local expert on the best food in Chelan. While you’re out and about, the museum will host kids’ crafts and live music. Watercolorist Renee Healy will paint live at Main Street Gallery. Stop by local businesses for a chance to win a $200 goodie bag.
“The Vampire or The Bride of the Isles” 7 p.m. Saturday, The Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., Twisp, $15 adults, $5 youth 18 and under, recommended ages 12 and up, $10 optional headphones rental, mercplayhouse.org 997-7529
Seattle group Madcap Melodrama presents a different kind of theater, delivered more through sound than sight. New Merc director Ki Gottberg adapted a 1820’s-era thriller by J.R. Planche as an audio play about a seductive, undead lord mesmerizing his way into the hearts of royalty. Four actors and a sound designer will weave the thrilling tale using only their voices, a few props and live sound effects. All proceeds benefit the Merc.
—compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff