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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.
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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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Student’s painting is Pybus print

A painting by Maya Dominguez of East Wenatchee has been selected as the 2015 Pybus Public Market art print. Dominguez will be a senior at Eastmont High School next year, where her art teachers are Mark Wavra and Matthew Kimmel. The colorful acrylic painting chosen as the print, titled “Wildflowers,” won Best of Show at the Regional High School Art Show this year.
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First Friday Arts Walk happenings

Sasquatch sightings in East Wenatchee, fighting the stigma of mental illness at the MAC Gallery and three local masters sharing wall space at Caffè Mela. It’s First Friday time again. As always, all receptions are free. Here are this month’s art highlights:
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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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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 ...

Love art? Come to Pybus

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.
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First Friday arts: Exhibits and events through May

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.
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Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra gets jazzy at its final concert of the season

The son and grandson of clarinet players, Jeffrey Brooks grew up in Ellensburg listening to Benny Goodman and Mozart. Saturday night, Brooks will join the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra for its final concert of the season, bringing with him his jazz-infused orchestral pops program called Clarinet Monsters. The idea is to combine the classical orchestral experience with jazz. The symphony, along with Brooks and his Seattle-based jazz quartet, will perform pieces made famous by big band legends Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, as well as a few of Brooks' originals.

And the 2016 Apple Blossom Musical is…

Music Theatre of Wenatchee and the Numerica Performing Arts Center announce their 2016 partnership to present the North Cascades Bank Apple Blossom Musical -- "Mary Poppins." The show will be produced by Kelly Atwood and directed by Daina Toevs, two MTW veterans, and feature an entirely local cast and musicians.
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Eastmont stages ‘Urinetown’

Let’s just take a moment to address the name of this satirical award-winning musical, shall we? Mark Hollmann (composer/ lyricist) and Greg Kotis (writer/lyricist), while dreaming up this outrageously funny production, at some point said to themselves, “Let’s call it 'Urinetown!' "
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April arts: A fresh month of events

Here’s your monthly guide to art in the valley, served fresh just in time for tomorrow night’s First Fridays Arts Walk. These are just the highlights. There’s more in the Planner.
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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.