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Arts in brief

Arts in brief for Friday, April 3.

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers annual fundraiser set April 4

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers annual fundraiser is at 7 p.m. April 4 at the Academy of Children's Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way, Richland.

The gala event features solos and duets by guest artists as well as small group performances by members of the Mastersingers group.

The evening features Broadway tunes, jazz and more, said Justin Raffa, artistic director for the Mastersingers.

Guest performers include jazz musicians from Hanford High School. The jazz combo consists of Skyler Mendell on trumpet, Kelly Buxton on bass, Jansen Leggett on drums and Kristyna Reyna on piano.

Other festivities planned include a silent auction with proceeds to benefit the Mastersingers outreach projects.

Admission is $25 and is 21 and over. Tickets are at or call 943-ARTS.

Tickets on sale for Spring Swing Gala

Tickets are on sale for the annual Spring Swing Gala event, featuring the music of the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Jazz Band.

Proceeds from the event benefit the CREHST Museum in Richland. Tickets are $65 and can be bought at the museum, 95 Lee Blvd., or call 943-9000.

The Spring Swing starts at 6:15 p.m. April 25 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco. The event is co-sponsored by Sigma Financial Group, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company, Robert Young Apartment Communities, Buds & Blossoms Too, Esprit Graphic Communications and Fred Meyer.

Enter your talented dog in canine competition

Who says people are the only ones who can be American idols?

Dogs think they're people too, and with that in mind the Kennewick Recreation and Community Services organization will present the Ameri-Canine Idol competition on May 30 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

If you have a pooch who has talent in fetching, catching, jumping or freestyle barking, sign it up.

Registration fee is $17 per dog. The fee includes a T-shirt for the pet owner, a bag full of doggie treats and a bandana. For more information, call 585-4293.

Annual Leavenworth Ale Fest set April 18

LEAVENWORTH -- The annual Ale Fest is April 18 in Leavenworth. The event features 20 microbreweries from around the Northwest offering samples of their latest brews.

There also will be musical entertainment throughout the day and chefs will tempt visitors with culinary creations.

The event is 1 to 11 p.m. in the Festhalle in downtown Leavenworth. Admission is $20 and includes a tasting glass. There's a $5 discount on tickets if purchased before April 16. Tickets are available at or call 509-548-5807.

Battelle Film Club plans to show 'Takva' April 3

The film Takva will be shown at 8 p.m. April 3 in the Battelle Auditorium on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland.

The unrated German/Turkish made film is an absorbing tale of how cultures collide when an introverted man is tossed into a modern world.

Individual tickets are $3 at the door.

CBC gallery features sculpture April 6-May 7

An unusual, large-scale ceramic sculpture of Lea Zoltowski is featured April 6 through May 7 in the Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Zoltowski, an assistant professor of ceramics at Montana State University, challenges the passive spectatorship of art through her uncommon sculpture creations. The Esvelt Gallery plans an artist reception at 7 p.m. May 7 at the gallery. Admission is free.

Fort Walla Walla features Lewis & Clark in series

WALLA WALLA -- Paul Franzmann will portray John Colter, a member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, in the next installment of the Living History Series starting at 2 p.m. April 5 at the Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road in Walla Walla.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from April through October.

Admission is $7 adults, $6 students and senior citizens, $3 kids 6-12. More information is at