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Viva Mariachi! Mariachi Northwest Festival encourages students to reach higher

Music as motivation. That’s what the annual Mariachi Northwest Festival, happening this weekend in Wenatchee, is all about: using traditional Mexican music and dance to motivate students to go to college. It is a celebration of the connection between music and academic achievement, and this year, the event will be bigger than ever, according to festival organizers.

Chelan gallery now selling art supplies

Think of Main Street Gallery as your new one-stop art resource. Now you can buy your paint brushes and sketch pads in the same place you have come for years for artistic inspiration. In a partnership with Edmonds art store ARTspot, the downtown Chelan gallery has started selling drawing and painting supplies.

Newest Chelan gallery brings mannequins to life

Make Studio in Chelan will host an event called the “Body Love, Body Art Project” Friday night. Several local artists have created mixed media art pieces out of discarded old mannequins. The result, according to gallery owner Rose Weagant Olcott, creates “a window into the artists’ body perceptions. ... It’s a very vulnerable position, to offer a representation of the body to the public. That’s where the artistic stylization comes into play.”
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First Friday Art Highlights

Tomorrow night, bundle up and hit the town for fresh visual art exhibits and events. Here are this month’s First Friday highlights:

Leavenworth Summer Theater auditions next month

The hills around Leavenworth will be alive this summer with the sounds of Sondheim, Porter and Schwartz. Yes, it will be the first season in 20 years without a Leavenworth Summer Theater staging of “The Sound of Music,” but the nonprofit theater company is looking forward to a full summer of song and dance.
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Wenatchee meets Wilder: ‘Our Town’ opens tonight

Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town” has been performed on some of the biggest stages in the world and by community theater troupes and high school students alike over the years. Now, this quintessentially American play comes to Wenatchee. Music Theatre of Wenatchee’s production of “Our Town” opens tonight at Riverside Playhouse and runs for the next three weekends. Go! asked the show’s director, Peter Kappler, to tell us what we might except from the play.
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A romantic comedy for the ages at Icicle Creek

For the next two weekends, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts will present “The Fantasticks,” the longest-running musical in history. Icicle Creek’s production of this wonderful romantic comedy still embraces such classic songs as “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You,” but this version is set in the back alleys of a city where homeless denizens bring the story and the magic to life.
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The power of art: Leavenworth students create art to promote change

When school starts late on Wednesday mornings, a handful of Cascade High School students meet over mugs of coffee to make art and talk about changing the world. On Wednesday, the group’s work will be on display and for sale at Blackbird Bistro in Leavenworth.

‘Cabaret’ coming to Numerica PAC

The Numerica Performing Arts Center announces its 2015 Hot August Nights performance will be “Cabaret.” Don Fox and Jaime Donegan return in August to produce 11 performances of the Broadway musical on the Numerica PAC stage.
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Stage Kids offers winter classes for young performers

Is your son a bit dramatic? Does your daughter break into jazz hands at the breakfast table? You may be raising a stage kid, and a new children’s theater group in Wenatchee is here for them. Stage Kids Washington launched last summer with a theater camp program that drew 41 young participants. Last month, it staged its first production, “Annie Jr.,” at the Riverside Playhouse. And the group is just getting warmed up, according to Stage Kids founder Michelle McCormick, with theater classes beginning next week (for grades 1-8) and ...