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Art in briefs for Friday, Jan. 08, 2010.

Badger Mountain Blues Band sets release party

The Badger Mountain Blues Band performs a concert celebrating the release of the band's second CD starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Bethel Coffeehouse, 600 Shockley Road, Richland.

Admission is free and is open to all ages.

Music teachers plan performance Jan. 13

Richland School District music teachers are to perform a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the auditorium at Richland High School.

The program includes a variety of vocal and instrumental selections. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors and are available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the district's music programs.

Haberman, Gnoza plan benefit concert for ACT

Mary Lou Gnoza and Steve Haberman will perform at a benefit concert for the Academy of Children's Theatre on Jan. 8 in the auditorium at Chief Jo Middle School in Richland.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and Gnoza and Haberman will entertain the audience with songs from Broadway, a little jazz, a spot of blues and a whole lot of bantering between the entertainers and the audience.

"We are featuring the All American Songbook of Great Composers and have a tribute to many of them," Gnoza said. That includes Cole Porter to Harold Arlen to Irving Berlin and Gershwin tunes, she added.

"The songs are All American and have lasted in popularity since they were first heard as far back as in the '20s," Gnoza said. "There are several generations who have hummed, whistled, sung and danced to these wonderful songs and we intend that they shall keep on going well into the next centuries."

As for why Gnoza and Haberman are donating their time for ACT, Gnoza said this: "Our purpose is simple. We speak a little, kid a little and entertain the audience a little, and at the same time we get to help ACT with their mortgage payments so everybody wins."

Admission is $25 and tickets are available at Tri-City area Bookworm stores, the ACT at 213 Wellsian Way in Richland or at the door.

New Age pianist to play with Kamiakan students

New Age pianist Jon Schmidt performs at Kamiakin High School on Jan. 8 as part of senior Scott Berkey's senior project.

Showtime is 7 p.m. in the Kamiakin auditorium. Admission is free. The event features a variety of music by Kamiakin music students that includes everything from rock by the band Pigeon Fist to acoustic numbers by other students.

Schmidt is known for his piano/cello arrangements for Taylor Swift's Love Story album and Coldplay's Viva La Vida album.

Artist back at CWU for performance art show

Artist David Garibaldi returns to his college roots in Ellensburg next week for a show that will feature several of his 6-foot pop art and cultural icon portraits.

The show is set to begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 in the student union and recreation center ballroom on the CWU campus in downtown Ellensburg.

Admission is free.

Garibaldi, 27, incorporates music, pop culture and art into a synthesized live performance piece of art. He recently toured with the Blue Man Group. His art began as graffiti on the streets of Los Angeles where he grew up.

He says a teacher encouraged him to leave his graffiti life to pursue art professionally. He's also a philanthropist, and one his goals is to raise $1 million before he turns 30. He has already raised about $800,000.

For more information, call 509-963-1337.

Icicle Creek Piano Trio plans Jan. 23 show

The Icicle Creek Piano Trio performs a concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Battelle Auditorium, on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland.

The trio have performed concerts in New York City, Washington D.C., London, Austria, Germany, France and Italy. The Tri-City program includes a mix of 19th-century classical music.

Winterfest: Fire and Ice set in Chelan Jan. 15-17

Lake Chelan Winterfest: Fire and Ice is Jan. 15-17 in Chelan. Festivities include ice sculptures created by teams of sculptors using 2,400 pounds of ice bricks.

There also will be live music, bonfires, food and craft booths, torchlight parade, wine tasting and more. Admission is free to most events. For more information, go to

East Oregon Symphony receives $7,500 grant

The East Oregon Symphony received a $7,500 grant from The Collins Foundation in Portland.

The symphony will capitalize on the grant with a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Vert Auditorium at 345 S.W. Fourth St., Pendleton.

For more information, go to

Ron, Vicki Gerton exhibit begins Jan. 11

Artistic husband and wife team Ron and Vicki Gerton will show their work at the Fred Esvelt Gallery's first exhibition of the new year.

A reception for the artists starts at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the gallery on the Columbia Basin College campus in Pasco. Admission is free. The show runs Jan. 11 through Feb. 18. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.