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May 14, 2014- Arts & Entertainment Briefs

‘Guys and Dolls’ takes stage

PATEROS – Bring your fedoras and feather boas to a performance of “Guys and Dolls” this Friday and Saturday at Pateros High School.

The American-made musical, which takes place in the 1920s and 1930s in New York City, is based on short stories by Damon Runyon.

Members of the high school choir will bring the characters to life in three performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday in the high school gym, 344 W. Beach St.

Billy Hunter stars as Nathan Detroit, a high-stakes gambler on the run from police while he tries to keep hustling. Emily Larsen plays Detroit’s long-suffering fiancee of 14 years, Adelaide.

Anna Schluneger and Lance Evans portray unlikely couple Sarah Brown and Sky Masterson, a Christian missionary and a gambler, respectively.

“The action revs up when Nathan bets Sky that he can’t get mission girl Sarah to go to Havana with him for dinner so he can get money to hold his crap game,” volunteer Lisa Schluneger said.

“All the hot gamblers are in town and depending on Nathan to bring on the action,” she said.

Music directed by teacher Jonathan McBride will include popular ditties such as the title piece, “Guys and Dolls;” “Luck Be A Lady;” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” all written by Frank Loesser.

McBride, stage manager Madison White and the performers have been working on the production since February, Schluneger said.

“Combined with excellent student performances, period costumes, and a fabulous Broadway backdrop courtesy of Judy Johnston and the Chelan Valley Players, ‘Guys and Dolls’ is a must see,” she said.

Admission will be charged.



Sunbanks offers blues music

ELECTRIC CITY – The Sunbanks Resort Rhythm and Blues Festival will be Thursday through Sunday at the resort, 57662 state Highway 155.

The 15th anniversary festival brings rhythm and blues bands from around the state and the country.

The festival has been named the best blues festival in the Northwest two years in a row.

Admission will be charged.

Entertainers include:

Thursday – 8 p.m. Leanne Trevalyan, 9 p.m. Sweet Danny Ray and Rafael Tranquilino, 10 p.m. Back Porch Stomp, 11 p.m. Ben Rice Band.

Friday - 4:30 p.m. James King and the Southsiders, 6 p.m. The Rectifiers, 7:30 p.m. Ben Rice Band, 9 p.m. Nick Vigarino’s Meantown Blues, 11 p.m. The True Spokes.

Saturday — 1:30 p.m. The Trevalyan Triangle, 3 p.m. Rae Gordon Band, 5 p.m. Hot Wired Rhythm Band, 7 p.m. Curtis Salgado, 9 p.m. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, 11 p.m. Sammy Eubanks with Jess Kunz.

Sunday – 1 p.m. John Bunzow Duo, 2:30 p.m. Bakin’ Phat, 4 p.m. Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, 5:30 p.m. Sena Ehrhardt Band, 7:30 p.m. Maurice John Vaughn Group.



Merc stages one-woman show TWISP — The Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., will present Terri Weagant in “The Amish Project” on June 6-7.

Curtain time for the Jessica Dickey play is 7 p.m.

Admission will be charged.

The play is recommended for ages 12 and older.

The play was inspired by a hostage-taking at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Penn., in October 2006. Weagant will portray seven different characters as the play explores the theme of forgiveness.

Weagant is a Seattle-based actor, director and teaching artist whose parents, Jane and Rod, and sister Rose live in Twisp.

She will offer a workshop for adults and teenagers called “On My Own! Solo Performance Writing” from noon to 3 p.m. June 7, the Merc said.



Exhibit focuses on Methow River

TWISP — A new exhibit, “Our River,” runs from June 7 to July 26 at Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 Glover St.

For the exhibit, artists were asked what the river means to them, how the river connects people to the sky, sea, and each other, the significance of salmon and the cycle of life, death and connection, how people have depended on the river in the past, how people celebrate the water and life of the river and ensure the future vitality of the Methow as it flows through the valley.

The opening is part of the Twisp Art Walk, a 4-8 p.m. street party featuring open-house galleries, studios, and businesses.

An interactive street painting party is planned at TwispWorks, 502 S. Glover St.

Other participants include the Methow Valley Interpretive Center, Merc Playhouse, Methow Valley Inn, Blue Star Coffee Roasters, multiple artist studios at TwispWorks and more.

As part of the exhibit, a panel discussion about the cultural and natural history of the Methow River will be from 6-8 p.m. June 13 at the gallery.

Other participants are the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation and the Methow Interpretive Center.



Okanogan festival celebrates fiber arts

OKANOGAN — A celebration of local yarns and the people who produce and work with them is planned May 17 at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road.

The free Okanogan Fiber Fest runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Bring your lawn chair and join a knitting or spinning circle, learn new fiber skills at a workshop, shop the local fiber products offered at the vendor area and enjoy local music,” organizers with the Okanogan Valley Fiber Association said.

Vendor booths will be available.

A special producer/vendor dinner and educational presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. May 16 in the training room at Big R, 1227 Koala Drive, Omak.

The association has a website, www.okfiberfest.org.



Veterans support group builds stage

REPUBLIC — The Vietnam Veteran Wives has received a $5,000 matching grant from Kinross Gold Corp. to build a stage at its veteran center.

The group is trying to raise the remaining $5,000.

The veterans will feel the stage is theirs when at the center and they will be a part of constructing it, spokeswoman Danna Hughes said.

The group also plans a veterans tribute and fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. May 24 at the Ferry County Mountain Veterans Center, 12 Trout Creek Road.

Performers include the Saw Shop Boys, Sandie, Linette Richie and Stan Timentwa. The Colville tribal honor guard will be present and regional service officer Jimmy Roth will speak.



Summer cruise nights planned in Oroville

OROVILLE – Cruise nights are planned this summer downtown, with the first show set for 5-8 p.m. Saturday in the Gold Digger parking lot next to the Okanogan Estate Wine and Gift Shop, 1205 Main St.

Participants will meet at 3 p.m. near Deep Bay Park.

Other shows, with meeting at 5 p.m., will be June 28, July 18, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.

The free shows feature street rods, classic cars, antiques and hot rods.

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