Even in old, black and white photos, the Celilo Falls are impressive. They crash down with a roar and send a spray of river water onto the fishing platforms jutting out precariously above. It’s perched on the platforms, with ropes tied around their waists, where Native Americans would spear and net the salmon that allowed their tribes to prosper.
WENATCHEE — Trying to categorize Gideon's Daughter isn't easy. In one song a guitar twangs, in another a tambourine jangles, in the next, drums pound in the background. Old-school country, classic rock, bluegrass and indie are go-to descriptors, but none of those quite capture the whole sound.
This year, the Wenatchee Valley Community Concert Association celebrates 80 years of bringing world-class talent to perform live in the Wenatchee valley. As Ruth Pettit, who does publicity for the group, put it: they’ve been “going strong since 1937.”
This Saturday, the world of “pure imagination,” as Gene Wilder put it back in 1971, comes to the Gorge Amphitheatre. Five Quincy High School students are bringing “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” to the stage, along with games, food, and music, for a charitable cause.
This Friday, eight different art venues will participate in a self-guided tour put on by Wenatchee First Fridays. The goal of the tour, held each month, is to introduce community members to new art and new venues in the valley. It’s also an opportunity to meet people who share your interest in the arts and support local businesses. Participation is free, and many of the venues fall along a central downtown walking route.
After the release of his most recent album “No Lo Había Dicho,” Pepe Aguilar is touring the U.S. and Mexico. Having played Washington previously, he’ll be coming to Wenatchee for the first time this Saturday.
For Short Shakespeareans, a local youth theater program, their 38th year is one filled with firsts. Branching out from their normal rotation of Shakespeare plays, Director Kelly Atwood made the decision this year to put on “Much Ado About Nothing.” The comedy, written by Shakespeare in the middle of his career, has never been done before by Short Shakes. It opens tonight at the Riverside Playhouse.