“Responding to Nature in Form and Line” Tony Angell Reception 4 p.m. today, Robert Graves Gallery, inside Sexton Hall at Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 Fifth St., on display through Oct. 24, by donation 665-5977
Author, sculptor and environmentalist Tony Angell will give a gallery talk and book signing tonight for the opening of his show, “Responding to Nature in Form and Line.” If you’ve seen the black bird sculpture “Emissaries” at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth, than you’re familiar with his work. The Robert Graves Gallery will feature two large-scale sculptures and several drawings on clayboard from the Seattle artist.
St. Joe’s 14th Annual Harvest Fest 600 St. Joseph Place, free admission, prices vary for games and activities 663-2644
St. Joseph School hosts a huge family festival with carnival games, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch and live music to raise money for its school. On Saturday, the entertainment includes Velvet Elvis, Michael Carlos and an outdoor movie double-feature, “Epic” and “Rise of the Guardians.” On Sunday, check out the incredible colors and sounds of Latin America with folk dancers at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Andy and Sergio Cuevas at 12:30 p.m. and cumbia band Diamante Musical at 1:30 p.m.
“Alvin Sputnik — Deep Sea Explorer” 5 p.m., 7 p.m. Tuesday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave., advance tickets $9-$22; show day $12-$25, pacwen.org 663-2787
Australian puppeteer Tim Watts is behind an epic tale of the future — where the oceans have risen and those who have survived live atop mountains and skyscrapers. To save humanity, Alvin Sputnik journeys to the deep sea to find a new place to live, and possibly find closure in the death of his wife. The one-man production combines puppetry, mime, live and recorded music and animation in what the New York Times calls “… an endearing Australian solo show … akin to a theatrical ‘Wall-E.’ ” Recommended for ages 12 and up.
“Bel Canto Opera — The Art of Beautiful Singing” 7 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 2-23, Church of the Nazarene, 1011 S. Miller St., $150 includes ticket to the Seattle Opera Oct. 26 664-0412
Soprano and vocal instructor Leslie McEwen teaches a four-week seminar about Bel Canto opera, a movement in the late 1700s when audiences refused to see opera without the ornaments they had long been accustomed to. The discussions will be focused on three main opera composers: Gioacomo Rossini (1792-1868), Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), and Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). The seminar ends with a trip to Seattle Opera to see Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” with renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee on Oct. 26.
Four Shillings Short 7-9 p.m. Friday, Lucinda’s Artisan Gallery, 112 Cottage Ave., by donation; “Around the World in 30 Instruments” workshop 6-7:30 p.m. today, by donation (307)751-1257
A husband and wife duo mix traditional music from Ireland and Scotland with Indian and Middle Eastern sounds. Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, sings in Gaelic and English and plays a variety of woodwinds and percussion. Christy Martin from California plays hammered dulcimer and studied North Indian Sitar for 10 years with a student of Ravi Shankar. Tonight, they’ll introduce their many talents in a by-donation workshop, “Around the World in 30 Instruments.”
“Bräts in Space” 7 p.m. today, Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Road, $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, icicle.org 548-6347
Amberleaf Theatre pokes a little fun at both sci-fi and the Bavarian village with a family-friendly comedy about the crew of Starship Overpriced in search of Trader Jo. Every planet along the way strikes a familiar note of home, distant Leavenworth.
Autumn Leaf Festival and Parade Friday through Sunday, downtown Leavenworth, free 548-0929
Leavenworth’s longest-running festival celebrates the beauty of the mountains in fall. The grand parade takes off at noon at Highway 2 and Ninth Street, down Front Street to Ski Hill Drive. Stick around for entertainment downtown, including a street dance, pretzel-tossing contest, dance troupes, a kiddie parade, a climbing wall and bounce houses.
“Storms of Denali” Nicholas O’Connell 7–9 p.m. Friday, Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division St., by donation 548-0181
Meet Nick O’Connell, a mountaineer who climbed the 20,320-foot peak and walked away deeply affected by the Denali’s life-or-death risks and savage beauty. He’ll present a short video, a slide show and short readings from his book.
Framed! Photography Invitational Slideshow and live music 6-10 p.m. Friday, Icicle Brewing Co. 935 Front St., free; slideshow and movie 7 p.m. Saturday, Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Road, $15 548-2739
Icicle Brewing Co. presents a photography competition designed to capture the spirit of Leavenworth. On Friday, hang out at the brewery for live music by Rib and the V.I People and a slideshow of all the submitted photos. On Saturday, the competition goes pro with a slideshow of submissions by working photographers. Stick around for a screening of “Stand,” a documentary about an aboriginal high school class building their own stand-up paddleboards to protest a proposed oil pipeline on the west coast of British Columbia.
“Wool Work For Wine” 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Snowgrass Winery, 6701 Entiat River Road, $10 tasting fee includes glass, snowgrasswines.com 784-5101
Snowgrass presents a quilt and fiber arts show with a twist. Talk to spinners, knitters and weavers with a glass of wine in hand and live music by the Woolly Bully band. A few artists in action will work with the fleece of one of the many sheep that reside at the winery.
“Artist Practice by Armbrust, Darch and Keyser” Reception 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Confluence Gallery & Art Center, 104 N. Glover St., Twisp 997-2787
Ever wonder how established artists come up with new work? Matt Armbrust, Kayla Darch and Donna Keyser made 1-10 new pieces a day for two months. Come experiences their new work, take a peek at the sketches in their notebooks and learn from their insight.
Methow Conservancy Annual Cider Squeeze 2-4 p.m. Saturday, 17 Bean Road, Winthrop, free, methowconservancy.org 996-2870
Bring your own jugs and apples if you have them to Marilyn and Dave Sabold’s for a good old-fashioned shindig. As the juice flows from the historic apple press, The Rivertown Ramblers will perform live on stage.
“Frank Matsura in Context — His Eye and His Contemporaries” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Winthrop Barn, 51 N. Highway 20, free, methowconservancy.org 996-2870
Renowned photography historian Rod Slemmons will give a presentation about the work of Frank Matsura in context of his fellow photographers in the early 1800s. Slemmons is the former director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. The discussion is part of the 100th anniversary of the death of Matsura, a Japanese artist who photographed a wide variety of cultures and landscapes in Okanogan County 1903-1913.
Brewers’ Harvest Expo 3-8 p.m. Saturday, in front of the courthouse on C Street, $25 admission includes souvenir glass, $5 admission for designated driver 754-4656
Sample over 36 rare and speciality beers, cheeses and other treats of the harvest in North Central Washington. Here are some of the breweries attending: Ancient Lakes (Quincy), Brew Haven Brewing (Wenatchee), Ice Harbor Brewing (Kennewick), Roslyn Brewing (Roslyn) and St. Brigids (Moses Lake).
— Compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff