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Comedy in the spotlight after dark

WENATCHEE — After producing two big comedy festivals in town in 2013 and 2014, Wenatchee comedian Alex Haley has learned a few things. One of the most important lessons: Timing is everything.

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.