For as long as she can remember, Chelan native Olivia de la Cruz has been drawn to music. So as a young woman with a big voice, she took a job as a singing server at Tsillan Cellars, “an experience that tore down the last shreds of self-consciousness and gave her the gift of fearlessness,” according to her official bio. Nowadays, she’s part of a tight-knit group of professional musicians living in Seattle, playing her unique brand of folksy, lyrical Americana at frequent gigs around the state as her career ...
Stephanie Barbé Hammer, author of two poetry collections,will share her debut novel, "The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior," Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Leavenworth Public Library, and will sign copies of the book Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at A Book For All Seasons. Descended from Norwegian plumbers and bohemian Russians, Barbé Hammer is a Professor Emerita of comparative literature who now teaches about creativity, world literature and the imagination. She spoke with me by phone from her snug writing studio with a view of the sea, ...
WENATCHEE — Mike Notter is a realist. Even now, as a valued member of two acclaimed Seattle-based bands, the Wenatchee native is keeping his day job as a window washer. It’s the responsible thing to do, he says. But with one of those bands — indie rockers Motopony — having a bit of a moment, releasing a new album and hitting the road, there may soon come a time when Notter hangs up his squeegee.
LOS ANGELES — The team behind “The Judge” is taking on the political scene next as Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, and screenwriter Bill Dubuque are developing an untitled presidential debate dramedy for Warner Bros.
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, when four separate wildfires merged into one massive force that destroyed 300 homes in Okanogan County. While the largest wildfire in Washington history raged and smoke and panic spread through most of the Methow Valley, nearly 2,000 people gathered on a ranch just outside of Winthrop to dance and sing the blues.
Fire season is upon us. We who live in Wenatchee and in Douglas County know this is true. And they say the season gets longer every year, the fires more intense, more difficult to manage. Politicians and firefighting agencies argue about what to do and what’s to blame. After 26 years fighting fires — first with a local agency in California and then for the federal government — Jason A. Ramos is tired of the bureaucracy. He just wants to put out fires.
The summer entertainment season is upon us, and opportunities for live music, festivals and theater abound — many more than we have space to mention here. But if you twist our arms, we’ll admit that these are a few of the fun things we’re most excited about this week. Be sure to check out the Planner for an expanded list of events.