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On their first night trying out their new colorful props, members of a women's chorus line come together at the end of their musical number "Keep Young and Beautiful" during rehearsal Monday. This marks the 75th year of the Wenatchee Valley Follies Guild and Children's Foundation fundraising production.

Live music continues to play at wineries around Lake Chelan through this weekend, as well as in Wenatchee at a brew house and public market, and at Mission Ridge.

CASHMERE — Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and Marmee can be found on stage as characters in “Little Women — the Broadway Musical,” based on the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. The Cashmere High School drama department will present the story of the four March sisters with a musical score.

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2022 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold Medal status to both of these wines.

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s guilds have had their say, and we’ve learned so much this week. Actors really adore “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “The Banshees of Inisherin.” Directors apparently couldn’t be bothered to see “Avatar: The Way of Water” along with the rest of us. Producers …

WENATCHEE — While working from an isolated office at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center (WVMCC) during pandemic restrictions, education specialist Tracy Trotter took up a creative project using supplies around her desk. After attracting interest for creating a series of imaginat…

WENATCHEE — Setting the world record for the “Human Chair Stack” on FOX’s “Guinness World Records Primetime” television show in 1999, The Peking Acrobats achieved notoriety by balancing six people precariously atop six chairs, 21 feet in the air, without safety lines, with bravery and dexterity.

WENATCHEE — “It’s Been a Long Time” is the upcoming album title of local blues, R&B and soul musician Darnell Scott, who will release an LP with nine to 12 songs in July through CDs, Spotify, social media sites and his website. It will be his signature mix of original songwriting on voca…

LEAVENWORTH — In a "passing the baton" ceremony on Jan. 21, the Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) will celebrate a change of leadership from outgoing Executive Director Carolyn Griffin-Bugert, who has retired, to incoming Executive Director Canuche Terranella. At the ceremony, board member Gro…

CHELAN — A $10 button is worth a lot of value at Lake Chelan Winterfest, this 2023. Button offers are valid Jan. 13-22 for admission to select events and at participating restaurants, wineries, and shopping businesses that offer discounts.

WENATCHEE — Librarians will lead children in a virtual story time event with reading, song and play. At the beginning and end of story time, children have the opportunity to talk to librarians and each other through the computer.

WENATCHEE — A classroom in the Music and Arts building at Wenatchee Valley College is filled with 35 desktop computers for graphic design students. The two-year program has been led by adjunct teacher David Hampton for 12 years, and in that time the department has grown from just three class…

“First Fridays” art walks in downtown Wenatchee began as a grassroots effort to bring people who like art together for openings, early each month. Under the support of Wenatchee Downtown Association, along with North Central Washington Arts Alliance (NCW Arts), organizers have continued to a…

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2022 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold Medal status to both of these wines.

WENATCHEE — The organization Write on the River has a new and returning board president in Lorna Rose-Hahn of Wenatchee. Her plans for the organization include building the board up from five people, transitioning to more in-person or hybrid events, increasing community partnerships and impr…

WENATCHEE — The Apple Blossom Musical for 2023 has been announced and it is “Shrek the Musical,” based on the 2001 film by DreamWorks Animation, and other elements of “Shrek” movie sequels. It opened with success on Broadway in 2008 after a trial run in Seattle.

New Year’s Eve is on Saturday night. Whether you like to celebrate out with live music, special dinner menus or Champagne toasts, here are local events to ring in 2023.

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2022 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold Medal status to both of these wines.

WENATCHEE — The second weekend of performances for a musical based on the true story of a peaceful night on a World War I battlefield has been postponed to January 27-29. 

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2022 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Gold Medal status to both of these wines.

WENATCHEE — Ukulele (Ooh-koo-leh-leh) is an instrument with two octaves that is especially popular in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Jake Shimabukuro, 46, started playing the four-stringed instrument at 4 years old. While mastering the instrument and becoming a recording artist, he has performed in…

WENATCHEE – For the eighth year performing “The Nutcracker” together, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Fabulous Feet Academy of Ballet will bring a full production of Tchaikovsky’s score with a costumed ballet to Numerica Center for Performing Arts. Performances are at 2 p.m. …

WENATCHEE — The Two Rivers Art Gallery building will be closed to the public in January while walls are being repainted, new blinds installed, and 14-year-old carpet replaced. February will be the 14th anniversary for Wenatchee’s artist-run art gallery.

WENATCHEE — Christmas-y variety show “Holiday Spice” features local volunteer talent performing a festive review of music and dance numbers on stage at Numerica Performing Arts Center (PAC), 123 N. Wenatchee Ave. Performances begin at 7 p.m. this Thursday and Friday, with tickets for $27-$33.

WENATCHEE – Limousines will pull up to a red carpet. Musicians from 30 Washington state bands will step out. All are set to perform at the Festival Día del Músico. It’s the second annual event, locally, and three more years are confirmed for the Wenatchee Convention Center.

TWISP — To appreciate the world around us, artists prompt us to take a fresh view. More than 40 local, regional and national artists are featured in the new exhibit “Perspectives” at The Confluence, this month through Jan. 7. The opening reception is at 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at 104 S. Glover …

WENATCHEE — If painters can jam like musicians, there’s a duet to be enjoyed at Collapse Contemporary Art Gallery this month, featuring two artists who both play with oil paints and cold wax medium.

LOS ANGELES — At April’s Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, the big winner was Jon Batiste, a jazz-funk bandleader with a plum TV gig and critical acclaim but almost zero chart presence prior to the ceremony.

Editor’s note: Judges for the 2022 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition awarded Double Gold Medal status to both of these wines.

LEAVENWORTH — An electric cellist and a videographer combine talents for an atmospheric show experience this weekend at the Snowy Owl Theatre at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. The performances by Gretchen Yanover of Seattle, with visual projections by Ahren Buhmann, will take place at 740…

WENATCHEE — Grand Christmas trees, mini trees and wreaths will deck the halls and stage as a benefit for the Numerica Performing Arts Center, this weekend. Each is designed by a local business, organization, group or individual. Public viewing is free and open to the public, Thursday through…

WENATCHEE — On the day before Washington state shut down for the pandemic in March 2020, bronze artist James “Jim” Moore had just gotten the occupancy certificate for an art studio he built on a one-third-acre of land in Wenatchee.