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Check it out: Our picks Oct. 17-23

October 16, 2013


Oct. 16--Wenatchee

Taste of Wenatchee 6-8:30 p.m. today, Wenatchee High School, 1101 Millerdale Ave., by donation,

Find a new favorite place to eat out without the commitment of an entire meal. About 34 local restaurants will show off their culinary skills at this Young Life fundraiser, including Eatery Park, Fuji Yama Hibachi Sushi, Milepost 111, India House, Dilly Deli, Pybus Bistro and more.

Sera Cahoone, Kate Lynn Logan 8 p.m. Friday, Caffe Mela, 17 N. Wenatchee Ave., $10 in advance, $13 show day, 888-0374

Sub Pop artist Sera Cahoone is on tour with her third album, "Deer Creek Canyon," named after her home turf, Colorado. Her style has been compared with Neko Case and Cat Power, and you've probably heard her song, "Naked" on KOHO. Seattle singer-songwriter Kate Lynn Logan and her percussive guitar also rides that line between contemporary folk and alt-country.

Oktoberfest 2013 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sticks House of Cigars, 527 N. Piere St., $15 advance, $20 at the door 881-1722

Wenatchee cigar shop Sticks puts a twist on the old German festival. Tickets include a limited edition Oktoberfest cigar, two beer tickets, food and a chance to win door prizes. Icicle Brewing Co. will pour their Dirty Face Amber and a new release, Drumfire Black Lager. Dilly Deli will throw some beer-soaked brats on the grill, and serve homemade sauerkraut, pretzels and German chocolate cake. Dan Findlay will play acoustic music on the patio 1-3 p.m.

Slam poetry night 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Clearwater Steakhouse & Saloon, 838 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, free 884-7605

We Merry Little Band of Poets is no stuffy literati club. Bring your poetry, raps, performance art or monologues -- sad and silly alike -- in front of a sweet, supportive crowd every Tuesday. Still nervous? There's always booze, but there's also a preview on their Facebook page,, where you can watch videos from past slams.


Downtown Mountain Boys 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cashmere Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Dr., $3 cover plus $8-$11 donation, 548-1230

These guys are cream of the bluegrass crop with folks like Paul Elliott, an in-demand studio fiddler, and Terrence Enyeart, an accomplished bass and mandolin player. They'll cover old favorites and showcase high-energy originals to get the crowd's feet a-tappin'.


John McCutcheon 7-9 p.m. today, Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Road, $20-$23 general admission, $18-$20 youth and seniors, 548-6347

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts found some of the most respected names in Americana for its Rustic Roots series, starting with folk renaissance man John McCutcheon. He's a multi-instrumentalist who has earned seven Grammy nominations and released more than 30 albums since the '70s.

On the schedule:

Nov. 14: Black Lillies

Dec. 6: Rob Ickes & Jim Hurst

Feb. 15: Fiddle Festival

Feb. 28: Vishten

"Big Works, Big Ideas," Icicle Creek Chamber Players 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Road, general admission $25, seniors and youths $20, season pass $200, 548-6347

This classical concert comes in three parts: A performance by world-class chamber musicians, a wine intermission and a conversation between the audience and musicians about their work. For the season opener, the group will play Schumann's "Frauenliebe und-leben" (A Woman's Love and Life) and Bolcom's "I will Breathe a Mountain" (A Song Cycle from American Women Poets). The night features mezzo soprano Melissa Plagemann and pianists Oksana Ezhokina and Madeline Slettedahl.

Brian James 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 9, Silvara Vineyards, 77 Stage Road, no cover 548-1000

Washington native Brian James got his start writing hits for artists like Taylor Hicks, Donny Anderson and Tonya Kennedy, whose album "Everything You're Not" was nominated for Album of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. He's on tour from Nashville playing his own six-string in a style that mixes Stevie Ray Vaughn with contemporary country.

"Ghosts of Blewett" Bud Fritz 7-8 p.m. Friday, Leavenworth Library, 700 Highway 2, free 548-1451

Ever wonder about the stories behind the historical markers along Blewett Pass? Bud Fritz recounts the tale of Blewett, a small town bought and sold many times over its 100-year existence. Can't make Friday? Meet him 1 p.m. Saturday with authors Bill Tudor "Theo's Tricks and other Greek Yarns," Tracy Valentine and children's author Terri Woods ("It's a Day for Ski and Play") at the October Book Buzz at A Book for All Seasons across the street.

"It's Overfest" 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Der Hinterhof, 321 9th St., free 548-5250

Finally, Oktoberfest is Overfest. After three weekends of oompah, brats and beer, the locals kick back and reclaim downtown Wednesday night with live music by Chaka Conklin and emcee John Foote.

Okanogan County

"Food as Art" 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Confluence Gallery & Art Center, 104 N. Glover St., Twisp; free for members, $35 non-members (includes annual membership), $50 couple 997-2787

Leave it to Confluence Gallery to present art so good you can eat it. They're setting up tasting stations featuring treats from Methow's favorite foodies, including Casey Ruud from Old Schoolhouse Brewery, apple specialist Richard Murray, Molly Patterson of Glover Street Market, Stewart Dietz Catering and Meg Donahue with Blue Star Coffee Roasters. Also on display will be a variety of food photography and books. Sign up to become a gallery member for $35 and you're in.

Soap Lake

"Fiddler on the Roof" 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, Nov. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16; 2 p.m. Oct. 27; Nov. 3, 10, Masquers Theater, 322 Main Ave. E., $18 246-2611

Masquers Theater presents a classic musical set in the tumult of Czarist Russia. In the midst of tragedy and changing traditions, the milkman Tevye struggles to cope with his strong-willed daughters and their unconventional choice of men. Cheri Barbre and Eric Van Woert are co-directors, and Merie Walker is the musical director.

-- Compiled Rachel Hansen, World staff

Reach Rachel Hansen at 509-664-7139 or Follow her on Twitter at @gowenatchee.


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