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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.

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.