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The Wicks: On fire and back home for one night at Mela

The Wicks are coming home, at least temporarily. Husband-and-wife duo Jedidiah and Pauline Wick formed The Wicks in 2009, while they were living in Cashmere. Last year, they moved to the Fort Worth area, picked up a third member in vocalist and lead guitarist John Charles Ledbetter and continued to tour and win fans with their foot-stomping soul-folk music. Now they’re back, touring Washington and playing before a hometown crowd Friday night at Caffè Mela.

Applauding winning writers

Top awards for short fiction and nonfiction in Write On The River’s 2015 ALCOA Competition, a yearly contest with statewide eligibility, will go to six local literary artists. Jen Barger, Marlene Farrell, David Hammond, Janna Hatton, Jake Lodato and Lloyd Smith will receive $1200 in cash prizes at the opening of WOTR’s 10th Annual Writers Conference on Saturday, May 16.
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Death of a Salesman’: Thoughts from the director

It's 2 a.m. on a brisk Wednesday morning. I sit alone at my desk in my downtown apartment looking out at the silhouette of the skyline as the moon makes its way across the dark horizon. The only light is from the street lamps on the avenue, and the only sound from the occasional late-nighter making their way home through the empty stark streets of a sleepy town that is yet to awaken. It is the darkest part of the morning, an appropriate time to begin this story. Only here, ...
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Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra gets jazzy at its final concert of the season

The son and grandson of clarinet players, Jeffrey Brooks grew up in Ellensburg listening to Benny Goodman and Mozart. Saturday night, Brooks will join the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra for its final concert of the season, bringing with him his jazz-infused orchestral pops program called Clarinet Monsters. The idea is to combine the classical orchestral experience with jazz. The symphony, along with Brooks and his Seattle-based jazz quartet, will perform pieces made famous by big band legends Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, as well as a few of Brooks' originals.

And the 2016 Apple Blossom Musical is…

Music Theatre of Wenatchee and the Numerica Performing Arts Center announce their 2016 partnership to present the North Cascades Bank Apple Blossom Musical -- "Mary Poppins." The show will be produced by Kelly Atwood and directed by Daina Toevs, two MTW veterans, and feature an entirely local cast and musicians.
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Eastmont stages ‘Urinetown’

Let’s just take a moment to address the name of this satirical award-winning musical, shall we? Mark Hollmann (composer/ lyricist) and Greg Kotis (writer/lyricist), while dreaming up this outrageously funny production, at some point said to themselves, “Let’s call it 'Urinetown!' "
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The Boys in the Boat’: Local readers respond

This year’s Columbia River Reads selection is “The Boys in the Boat,” a non-fiction account of nine young rowers from the University of Washington who took home gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Author Daniel James Brown will discuss the book tonight at a free public event at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Go! asked local readers to share their thoughts about the book. Here are a few responses: