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September arts: Your monthly First Friday guide

The First Friday Art Walk program is alive and well in Wenatchee. In fact, it’s growing. In April the walk jumped the river, with the opening of the RadarStation Gallery in East Wenatchee — a quirky, well-curated showcase for surrealist art. And this month the Wenatchee Book Company is joining the walk. Check out what’s happening at the bookstore and the rest of the Art Walk venues here in your monthly guide.

Falling for books: 20 new titles for your bookshelf this season

Prepare to be swept away by hours of pleasurable reading. This fall’s upcoming books include novels by Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie, Geraldine Brooks and John Irving. It’s a strong season for memoirs, too, with new books by Gloria Steinem, Carrie Brownstein, Patti Smith and master swimmer Diana Nyad.

The Mockingbird Next Door” is fall’s Columbia River Reads selection

Harper Lee’s neighbor wrote a memoir about living next to the famously private author of “To Kill and Mockingbird.” Now, Marja Mills’s account, called “The Mockingbird Next Door,” has been selected as the next Columbia River Reads book — the book that we as a community read and discuss together. “The Mockingbird Next Door” is an intimate portrait of Lee and her sister, Alice Finch Lee, and the quiet lives they led together in their hometown of Monroeville, Ala. The Washington Post called the book “warm yet wistful, a lament ...

Another leap: Multi-arts event returns Saturday to the PAC

WENATCHEE — On the day we meet for coffee, Nicole Benoit’s fingernails are painted a bright, eye-catching green. She’s just wrapping up a run as Sally Bowles, the seriously self-involved nightclub dancer in a PAC production of “Cabaret,” and Sally favored green nails. But this day we’re here to discuss Benoit’s other big role this summer — organizer of the second annual LEAP event.

Starting over: A Methow Valley artist lost everything in last summer’s wildfires. A year later, she’s found it again.

TWISP — Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, was a hot, windy day in the Methow Valley. Two weeks after the largest wildfire in state history began, the hillsides still smoldered and smoke hung heavy in the air. In the early afternoon, a tire blew out on an old trailer being towed south on Highway 20 between Winthrop and Twisp. The tire rim dragged on the pavement for 1,000 feet, sparked and ignited dead grass on the side of the road.

Festival brings award-winning guitarists to Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH — When Andre Feriante came up with the idea for a peaceful weekend of guitar workshops and concerts set out in nature, he proposed calling it the Guitar Monastery and combining music sessions with meditation.

LEAP performance returning to the PAC

After a successful first event last summer, LEAP is back. LEAP — Local Enterprising Artists’ Project — is a performance and visual art piece, a showcase of local dancers, poets, musicians and other artists. It begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.