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Hollywood in the hills: Leavenworth Film Festival rolls out the red carpet Saturday night

Put down the Gore-Tex. Step away from the hiking boots. This is not that kind of Leavenworth event, although these are definitely hiking boots people. It’s the Leavenworth Film Festival, happening this Saturday at the Festhalle, and it’s a fun, fancy night out and a reason to dress up in style. Once you get past the shock of spotting little black dresses and limousines in the heart of this mountain town, you’ll see why everyone is here: a slate of short films all about action sports, extreme adventure and getting ...
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Leavenworth nonprofit celebrates new location and programs this Sunday

There’s a lot to celebrate at Artis, the art-making and art education hub of Leavenworth formerly known as Icicle Arts. The nonprofit is celebrating 11 years in Leavenworth. In that time, the nonprofit has hosted countless art classes for all ages and abilities and provided art opportunities to the more than 500 students in the Cascade School District. Last year, the organization moved to its current location next to Sage Mountain Natural Foods and changed its name to Artis, an open-ended statement and an expression of Artis’s wide-ranging approach to ...
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Wenatchee grad wins major theater award

Wenatchee native Clare Barron won an Obie Award for playwriting last week for her play, “You Got Older,” produced by New York City theater company Page 73. The Obie Awards honor the best of off-Broadway talent.
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Local author draws on family history in first novel

Jane Meador Nagler of East Wenatchee has published her first book, a historical novel set in Oregon’s John Day Valley in the 1800s. Nagler, who writes as Jae Carvel, based the book on her own family’s history in the region. All eight of her great grandparents came to Oregon on covered wagons in the late 1800s. In the book, “By the River,” Nagler tells the story of a young mother of three children who arrives in Eastern Oregon a recent window and soon remarries, settles into life on a pioneer ...
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Summer concert lineups announced

Summer music season is almost upon us. The lineups for two big summer concert series were announced this week.
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Plight of the honeybee: Elena Hartwell bases drama on mysterious bee die-off

Bees are disappearing. They are getting lost, unable to find their way back to their hives, and they are dying in record numbers. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why this is happening. It’s a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder, and it could be due to pesticides, mites, or dwindling access to the kinds of food sources bees need. For playwright Elena Hartwell, what’s happening to the bees seems to parallel aspects of the human experience — disappearance, loss, the way people can sometimes ignore a troubling issue because they just don’t ...
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Next big things: Blake Noble, Vaudeville Etiquette playing Mela Friday night

The Seattle music scene is famous for nurturing and releasing into the wild bands that go on to become all-time greats. Modest Mouse. The Head and the Heart. Fleet Foxes. And that little rock group fronted by a guy named Eddie. Tomorrow night’s Caffè Mela concert features two up-and-coming acts from Seattle that are rapidly gaining fans and reputations for solid live shows, and seem on the brink of big careers. Here’s your introduction: