Arts in brief, for the week of April 4

“Dark Daryl: Escape from Paradise” by Marshall Edwin Minks

ENTIAT — Photographers take note: Entiat’s first photo contest is open for submissions. The contest deadline is 4 p.m. April 30.

Images should represent the Entiat Valley region and can be entered in categories including landscapes; wildlife; people, events and activities; and historical shots.

Entries should include high-resolution photos with full name, mailing address, telephone number, location of image and photo category. Photos should be sent to with “PHOTO CONTEST” in the subject line.

Judges will select a group of semi-finalists May 3. The semi-finalist images will be posted to the Entiat Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook Page. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite photos until voting closes May 13.

The winning photo in each category will be printed and announced at the City of Entiat’s 75th Anniversary celebration May 18.

For more information and complete rules, at


TWISP — The Merc Playhouse will hold auditions for its summer production of “A Diner on the Way” at 6 p.m. April 17 and 1 p.m. April 20.

The dark comedy chronicles the experiences of a big-city family that stops for a meal at a small-town diner while traveling. The play was written by Michael Ray Young.

Roles are available for seven actors. Actors should be prepared to read from scenes provided during the audition. The Merc’s production will be directed by Mark Easton.

Rehearsals begin April 22. The show will run from July 12-21.

For more information, call 997-7529 or email


TWISP — Cascadia Music is looking for a new chorale director following the resignation of longtime director Dana Stromberger.

The chorale director is currently responsible for one annual performance and is paid as a contractor. Different arrangements may be possible, but must make sense to the structure of the organization.

Cascadia will accept letters of interest for the position until April 8. Interested parties can email to ask to be included in future messages.

For more information, call 997-0222 or visit


NCW — The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets have opened submissions for its 2019 poetry competition. July 1 is the entry deadline.

The annual contest is open to poets in inland Washington, including Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.

Entries should include a cover sheet, $10 entry fee and three to five poems formatted one per page. Longer poems should include the poem’s title on all sequentially number pages. Cover sheets should include the poet’s name, address, phone number, email address and titles of poems.

Submissions should be emailed to or mailed to YCP, Box 2874, Yakima, WA.

Winning poems will be published in the 2019 Yakima Coffeehouse Poets chapbook. All entering poets will receive a free copy of the chapbook.

For more information or to enter, visit


WENATCHEE — Darryl Fritz, also known under the pen name Marshall Edwin Minks, released his debut novel “Dark Daryl: Escape from Paradise” in February.

The action-packed story follows couple Daryl and Dawn Gorman, who must move from their island home to escape the influence of a rich, foreign adversary. The novel was inspired by a true story.

Fritz is a Wenatchee native who currently lives in Republic and Maui.

The book is available at