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Alexander’s bad day makes a good family movie

Whatever else children take from Judith Viorst’s delightful “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” the sly subtext of this picture-heavy book is how exhausting and sometimes misguided the optimism of the eternally optimistic can be.
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Merc Playhouse names new executive director

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp has annouced that Missi Smith will take over later this month as the theater’s executive director. Smith will replace current executive director Jane Hubrig, who has held the position for the past six years.
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Who is ‘Eve in the Orchard?’ A Wenatchee Valley Museum mystery

The woman in the photograph wears a dress of leaves and holds a snake in one hand, an apple in the other. Her hair is styled like a young Bette Davis. She is surrounded by apple trees and men with cameras. The staff of the Wenatchee Valley Museum call the old black and white photo “Eve in the Orchard.” What exhibit curator Bill Rietveldt wants to know is, who is that woman? 
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From restroom to work of art

Calling all artists: Kasey Koski is inviting you to help her turn a boarded-up old public restroom into a work of art.
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First Friday Art Walk: The October edition

It’s Art Walk time again. This month’s offerings include dancers in motion and on canvas, a pop-up museum of your own prized possessions, and a collection of wine labels that are too pretty not to peel off the bottle and put in a frame. For a full list and schedule, go to: wenatcheefirstfridaysartswalk.tumblr.com.
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Wenatchee siblings aim to entertain

The golden age of Hollywood and the days of the almighty studio system are long gone, replaced by the age of accessible technology that has democratized filmmaking. Most of what you watch online is probably produced by independent artists. Fans drive the success or failure of web-based shows and producers crowd source full-length films. The Independent Television and Film Festival celebrates the best of this new world of video production. And at this year’s festival in Dover, Vt., a brother and sister team from Wenatchee will be in the spotlight.
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Adkins concert helps fire victims

Last Thursday was a good day for local country music fans and a great day for the American Red Cross. The Trace Adkins concert at Town Toyota Center generated nearly $22,000 for the American Red Cross Western Wildfire Relief Fund. That’s more than double what TTC marketing director Jennifer Bushong had projected. “We’re happy. Trace is happy,” Bushong said. “It was a great show. People were on their feet.” Between 2,500 and 2,600 people attended the concert and TTC donated $5 from each ticket to the wildfire fund. On top ...
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‘Boxtrolls’ is the best animated film of 2014

There’s something about stop motion 3D animation — the not-quite-real textures of skin and hair, the quite real cloth and metal, the subtle gloomy lighting effects — that says “spooky.”
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A life of writing: Newbery winner Jack Gantos to speak to NCW students about his books

FBI agents swarmed the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel in New York City in the summer of 1971. Twenty-year-old Jack Gantos stood frozen. He knew he’d been caught. Later, he would learn that the Feds had known about the drug running operation since the start, since before Gantos and a partner set sail from St. Croix to New York in a boat packed with two thousand pounds of hash, and since before Gantos pushed a stolen shopping cart full of the imported drugs to buyers throughout the city. The ship’s ...