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Arts in brief

Arts in brief for Friday, Aug. 28, 2009.

Dancers to perform award-winning routines

Dance Connection, which is also home to the Diamond Ridge Cloggers, earned eight first-place awards at the Dance Magic Championship in Seaside, Ore., this summer.

The organization's champion dancers will perform at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 on the Atomic Town stage. Admission comes with a ticket to the fair.

Performances include ballet and tap routines by dancers ages 2-8, hip hop routines and clogging routines.

The show also highlights three dance routines that earned the team those first place awards, as well as some audience participation, said director Wendy White.

Art workshop featuring Kentucky artist set

Appetite and Consumption, a two-part art workshop featuring Kentucky artist Kelly Jo Asbury, starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 in Room P202 at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Asbury's oil and pastel paintings and drawings also will be on display from Sept. 28-Oct. 22 at the Esvelt Gallery at CBC. A reception for the artist starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 1. There is no admission charge.

Mid-Columbia Ballet receives 2 grants

The Mid-Columbia Ballet recently received two grants, one for $2,000 from the Target corporation and $1,200 from the Columbia Center Rotary Club.

Part of the grant money will go toward the ballet company playing host to the Regional Dance America/Pacific Festival in May. That event will bring more than 600 dancers, teachers and choreographers to the Tri-Cities for a four-day ballet festival.

Dave Matthews Band, Nickelback to perform

Two upcoming concerts at The Gorge Amphitheater feature Nickelback on Aug. 29 and Dave Matthews Band on Sept. 4-6.

Appearing with Nickelback will be Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Able. Showtime is 4 p.m. Tickets are $50 plus service charges.

Appearing with Matthews will be G. Love & the Special Sauce and Yonder Mountain String Band. Showtime is at 7 p.m. all three days. Tickets are from $48.50-$70 plus service charges.

Tickets for both shows are at

Kennewick Artwalk planned for Sept. 3

The monthly Artwalk in Kennewick happens from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 3 at various business in the downtown area.

The walk features an unveiling at 5 p.m. of a new piece of outdoor art titled Newsboy, which will be installed at the corner of Dayton Street and Kennewick Avenue.

Visitors can stroll between businesses marked with red balloons during the walk and soak up some culture as well as sample wine and cheeses.

Here are the businesses taking part in the Artwalk:

◗ T&L Office Supply, 203 W. Kennewick Ave., features Jack Oppelt's watercolor and oil paintings.

◗ You & I Framing and Gallery, 214 W. First Ave., features acrylic paintings by Robin Naomi Rogers and oil paintings by Nancy Thurston.

◗ Fantome Glass, 120 W. First Ave., features Chris Jones and his students who will be blowing glass in the studio.

◗ Kennewick Coffee Co., 101 W. Kennewick Ave., features Joanne Massingale demonstrating oil painting.

◗ Old Roxy Theatre and Antiques, 101 W. Kennewick Ave., features artisan cheese tasting by Cheese Louise.

◗ Hoops Body Art, 115 W. Kennewick Ave., features Dana Straalsund and her interpretation of twisted acrylic art.

◗ Salon Kokopelli, 112 W. Kennewick Ave., features watercolors by Delia Morgan.

◗ Zinful Panini Grill & Wine Bar, 114 W. Kennewick Ave., features stone and tile artwork of Dale Rowlette.

◗ Laura Gable Studio, 17 N. Auburn St., features the eclectic mix of art by Laura Gable.

'Twilight' conventions coming to fans all over

Thousands of Twilight fans turned up at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year to hear about the next film in the series. Now Creation Entertainment and Summit Entertainment have decided to give them a convention of their own. Or rather, conventions.

Three-day weekend fan conventions will tour over the next three years, with 20 stops already announced including Jan. 15-17 in Seattle and in Portland on Sept. 1-3 in 2010.

The conventions will feature clips from the coming movies, panel discussions, photo opportunities, contests and more. For more, go to