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First Friday arts: Exhibits and events through May

Wenatchee’s Arts Walk begins its fifth season this month. Celebrate the occasion by coming out tomorrow night to support local art and the people who make it. From Arts Walk organizers: “The idea is a simple one. By joining many individual venues into an organized art walk, the collective effort magnifies our community’s interest and cultural awareness in the arts. The hope is to move people around town into different venues that offer different art experiences.” Here are the highlights.

Register now for summer drama camp

TWISP – The Merc Playhouse will host two drama camps for children ages 8 and up this summer. Megan Fox Hicks will direct the week-long camps, which run July 6-10 and Aug. 17-21. The camps will include training in acting, singing and dancing. From The Merc: “Campers learn backstage fundamentals such as set building and costuming. Fun-filled, active and exciting, each day provides campers the opportunity to work both in an ensemble as well as on their own.”

Applications accepted for next state Poet Laureate

SEATTLE – Applications are now being accepted for Washington State’s next Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including Washington’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, and presentations in communities throughout the state. The new Laureate will serve from Feb. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2018.
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Life of an actor: NYC vs. NCW

The Big Apple. The Jungle. The Zoo. Whatever names it’s acquired over the years, we all know it as New York City. It’s beautiful in its way with its tall forest of skyscrapers, the constant blur of motion and the never-ending sounds of the sirens, horns, people and all the incidental noise that makes up city life.
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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.