The goal was ambitious: Raise $10,000 through online fundraising site Kickstarter.com for a multi-discipline art event in Wenatchee last summer. It was called LEAP — Local Enterprising Artists’ Project — and it was the idea of Wenatchee native and New York City-based performer Nicole Benoit.
Prepare for a sensory overload at Pybus Public Market this weekend. Outside, the grills will be hot and the sauce will be flowing as competitors participate in the first-ever Eastern Washington BBQ Championship (see Check it Out on page C1). After you’ve sampled the brisket, head inside the market, where local artists will be talking about their art and making it, too. It’s the fourth Art Lovers’ Sunday event, happening this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Dancing can be an expensive hobby. And we’re not just talking tights and tutus. Add up the cost of classes, special shoes and travel for performances and auditions, and many would-be ballerinas find themselves priced off of the dance floor. Rhiannon Archerelle wants to change that.
The Wicks are coming home, at least temporarily. Husband-and-wife duo Jedidiah and Pauline Wick formed The Wicks in 2011, 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.