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Life is a ‘Cabaret’: Hot August Nights show opens tonight at the PAC

“Cabaret” is one of those musicals everyone knows, or thinks they do. It feels familiar. A happy song-and-dance show. Maybe you can hum along to a few of the numbers. Maybe you saw the 1972 film version starring Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. But Jaime Donegan, who is directing the production of “Cabaret” that opens tonight at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, says the story runs deeper and darker than most folks remember.
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First Friday happenings around town

Another month of art is upon us. Here, from the Wenatchee First Fridays group, is your guide to Friday night’s art walk events:
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Four questions with… Olivia de la Cruz

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 ...
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Washington author talks puppets, magic and advice for writers

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, ...
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Motopony plays Caffè Mela tonight, a homecoming for guitarist and singer Mike Notter

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.