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Arts in brief

Arts in brief for Friday, January 9.

Tri-City director's film to premiere in Seattle

SEATTLE -- The new short film, CC 2010 will have its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival at 9 p.m. May 31.

The film is produced and directed by former Tri-Citians Michael Mouncer and Travis Senger.

Band Organ Rally set for June 6 in Kennewick

The 2009 Band Organ Rally is June 6 on the stage at the east end of Columbia Park in Kennewick.

The event is sponsored by the Three Rivers Carousel organization and features 10 organ performances, food vendors, a display of Three Rivers Carousel jeweled horses and more.

Admission is free and the daylong festivities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to

ACT to present 'Rainbow Ranch'

The Academy of Children's Theatre's production of Showdown at the Rainbow Ranch is May 29-30 at the ACT studio in Richland.

The full-length melodrama follows the perils of Rainbow Heaterton after she inherits the Rainbow Ranch after her father's mysterious death.

With only one mortgage payment left, the ranch will be truly hers, but enter the villainous banker, Cadwell C. Cleaver, who will stop at nothing to force Rainbow to default on the loan.

The play stars Katie Krupin as the heroine and Ittai Orr as the villain in the lead roles, with supporting actors Cassie Bender as Hattie Hendricks, Geoff Webber as Sheriff Homer Bidwell, Paige Foelber as the sheriff's wife Becky Mae, Grayson Stamps as the dashing cowboy Matthew Merryweather, Ferja Elrod as the fortuneteller Madame Zorelda, Kaylinn Turpin as the dimwitted farmhand Tabitha and Tristan Mailleux as the deputy Ted Tucker.

Admission is $12 adults and $9 for students. Kids 12 and younger are $5. Tickets at Groovy Tuesdays Thrift store in the Uptown Shopping Center or the ACT studio at 213 Wellsian Way, Richland.

Coulee dam laser show canceled for summer

Grand Coulee Dam has suspended its annual summer laser light show indefinitely because of mechanical difficulties.

The laser show has been a summerlong event for several years. Dam officials are upgrading the equipment used to run the light show and were unable to determine when the new equipment would be ready to roll.

CWU dance group to present 'Life in Balance'

ELLENSBURG -- Central Washington University's Orchesis Dance Company will present its Life in Balance show starting at 7 p.m. May 29-30 in McConnell Auditorium on the university's Ellensburg campus.

Twelve choreographers created 18 dance numbers that will be featured at the event. CWU junior Anna Newbury, from Pasco, will perform a flag solo.

Admission is $8 at the door. For more information, call 509-963-1937.

Oregon East Symphony to perform cello concert

PENDLETON -- The Oregon East Symphony will present a Cello's Greatest Hits concert starting at 7 p.m. May 30 at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St.

The program features guest musicians Kevin Hekmatpanah on cello and Sheila Zilar Gephart on piano. Hekmatpanah is a professor of cello at Gonzaga University in Spokane and Gephart is a piano teacher from Richland.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Broadway grosses a bit higher in '08-'09 season

NEW YORK -- Even during a recession, Broadway managed to hold its own.

Grosses for plays and musicals during the 2008-09 season were a bit higher than the previous year. That set a new record, although attendance slipped during the 52-week period.

The Broadway League, an industry trade association, says the season's 43 shows grossed about $943.3 million, compared to $937.5 the year before. It was the highest number of new productions since 50 opened during the 1982-83 season.

Marilyn's clothes, Elvis' pill bottles for sale

Marilyn Monroe's coffee table and Elvis Presley's prescription bottles are going up for auction. Julien's Auctions will also sell clothing, autographed photos and other Monroe memorabilia, including items from her Brentwood, Calif., home, and jewelry, books and other items that Presley gave to his longtime personal physician, Dr. Nick.

The items will be on view at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas before the auction begins June 26.

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