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Arts in brief for Friday, January 23.

'Footloose' auditions begin Jan. 26 at ACT

Auditions for the Academy of Children's Theatre musical Footloose start at 5 p.m. Jan. 26-27 at the ACT studio 213 Wellsian Way, Richland.

Parts are available for adults and ages 13 and older. Those auditioning must have a prepared song with CD. The music and choreography auditions are Jan. 26 and cold readings are Jan. 27.

Those planning to audition should attend both nights. Call 943-6027 to schedule an appointment. Production dates are March 26-29 and April 3-5 at Columbia Basin College.

Oregon East Symphony receives 10 violins

The Oregon East Symphony received 10 violins for use in its music education program for the Pendleton School District.

The donations, which came from anonymous donors, will help fill a shortage of instruments and allow more students the chance to learn an instrument, representatives said.

"These are very high-quality (violins) and will provide decades of use in the district," said Emily Callender, district orchestra teacher. "We were really in need of some new instruments and it's wonderful to have these community members step up to support the strings program in a year when budgets are tight."

Grandview library seeks scholarship applicants

The Grandview-Bleyhl Community Library is accepting applications for its annual art scholarship.

The $1,500 award will be given to the artist who exhibits substantial accomplishment in the field of painting, drawing or other craft, organizers said.

To apply, submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 original pieces to the library by April 15. The work will be judged by faculty members from Central Washington University. For more information, call 509-882-9217.

Kids & Baby Expo set Jan. 30 at TRAC in Pasco

The Kids & Baby Expo is Jan. 30-31 at the TRAC Center in Pasco.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for ages 4-12. Parking is free.

Mid-Columbia Symphony young artists to compete

The Mid-Columbia Symphony's Young Artist Competition is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 at Central United Protestant Church in Richland. More than 20 musicians from age 11 to 18 will compete in strings, piano, brass and woodwinds categories. Admission is free.

Prosser winery plans crab feed Jan. 24

PROSSER -- Desert Wind Winery in Prosser is holding a crab feed from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24. Cost is $45 per person and includes appetizers, salad, Dungeness crab, dessert and your choice of beverage. Additional beer and wine available at $5 per glass.

Reservations are required, call 509-786-7277.

2 dramatic films sold at Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY, Utah -- While guests paused to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama, buyers and sellers at the Sundance Film Festival here were busy wrapping up several deals.

Fox Searchlight grabbed worldwide rights to Adam, a dramatic competition entry about the relationship between a young woman and a young man who has mild autism. The film, starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, is scheduled to be released theatrically later in 2009.

Also, Magnolia Pictures acquired worldwide rights to Humpday, another film in the festival's dramatic competition. Magnolia plans to release the story of two college buddies testing their friendship on video-on-demand and in theaters later this year.

Duffy and Coldplay lead Brit Awards nominations

LONDON -- Soul singer Duffy and Coldplay dominate the nominations for Britain's prestigious music awards.

Coldplay's first album in three years, Viva La Vida and Duffy's Rockferry are both nominated for the title of best British album at the Brit Awards.