Arts & Entertainment

Arts in brief

Mid-Columbia happenings for the week of Friday, September 19, 2008

Start sending in your public Halloween events

If you have an event planned for Halloween and it’s open to the public, send your information to the Herald to be included in a roundup of spooky (or not) happenings.

Include the name of the event, the time, date, cost and details about the event. E-mail to, fax to 582-1510 attn: halloween happenings, or snail mail to Dori O'Neal, c/o Tri-City Herald, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA, 99336.

Hear Singing Professor Sept. 20 at Hindu center

Bandy the Singing Professor performs a concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 in the community center at the Hindu Society of Eastern Washington, 2100 Bombing Range Road, West Richland.

Srikanta Bandyopadhyay from Australia performs a mix of his Hindi and English compositions that include devotional tunes as well as light-hearted music.

Bandyopadhyay grew up along the banks of the Ganges, a sacred river in India.

Though he has lived in Australia for several years, his music reflects his humble beginnings in India and his love of poetry.

Admission to the concert is $5. Kids 12 and younger are free.

Line dance classes planned in Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE -- The Sunnyside Recreation Department is taking applications for its beginner/advanced line dance classes, which will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 3, 11 and 18 at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. First St.

Cost is $20 for residents of Sunnyside and $25 for nonresidents. For more information, call 509-827-8660.

Crime fundraiser on tap Sept. 21 at Tagaris

Stomp Out Crime fundraiser is from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Tagaris Winery on Tulip Lane in Richland.

The event raises funds for law enforcement's program that tackles felony crime or people wanted for felony crimes.

McGruff the Crime Dog will be on the premises for family fun with the kids. Food and beverages will be available for sale, with those proceeds going to the Crime Stoppers fund.

Catch Broadway's 'Rent' at Carmike Cinemas

If you never got to make that trip to New York City to see the Tony Award-winning musical Rent, don't worry about it.

Theaters across the country, including Carmike Cinemas in Kennewick, will show the final performance of Rent on Sept. 24-25 and 27-28.

Rent ended its 12-year run on Broadway on Sept. 7, and a team of filmmakers were on hand to capture the historic last performance on film.

Showtimes for Carmike, which is behind Columbia Center mall, are at 7 p.m. Sept. 24-25 and 1 p.m. Sept. 27-28. Tickets cost $20 for each show. Tickets are available at the box office or at

Balloon Rally lifts off Sept. 26 in Prosser

PROSSER -- The Great Prosser Balloon Rally is Sept. 26-28.

Festivities include a rainbow of colored balloons in flight throughout the days with a night glow Sept. 27.

The balloon events take place at Art Fiker Stadium and the Prosser Airport.

The Harvest Festival and a plethora of arts and crafts and food booths will be open in the downtown area of Prosser from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28.

Admission is free to all events. Look for next week's A&E section for a full schedule of events.

Get into CREHST free for Sept. 27 Museum Day

The CREHST museum in Richland celebrates Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day with free admission Sept. 27.

To obtain free admission, go to and download the Museum Day Admission Card.

The event honors the culture, learning and dissemination of knowledge that reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institute's Washington, D.C., properties.

CREHST is at 95 Lee Blvd., next to Howard Amon Park in Richland. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Italian Festival planned Sept. 27-28 in Seattle

SEATTLE -- Celebrate Italian gusto, love of life and food at the Safeco Insurance Festal: Italian Festival (Festa Italiana) on Sept. 27-28 at the Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion, Center House and the surrounding grounds.

Festa Italiana revels in the cultural roots of Italians and Italian-Americans by presenting uniquely Italian arts, cuisine and spirit. The festival features music, food, dance and activities for the entire family, including Italian cooking demonstrations, a grape stomp, a bocce tournament, an Italian film festival and three stages with free entertainment.

Admission to the festival is free.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, go to or call 206-282-0627.