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Arts in brief for Friday, January 9.

Choral group fundraiser set April 23 in Pasco

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers have planned something new for an upcoming fundraiser set for April 23 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco.

The evening includes an outrageously comic oratorio called, The True Story of Cinderella, written by Warren Martin, a former professor at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey.

The fundraiser gets under way at 6:30 p.m. and also features an appearance by Miss Tri-Cities Jerrica Fowler. There will be dinner, desserts, wine tasting as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $45 and are available by phone at 509-460-1766.

Benton City holding car, bike show April 24

The 2010 Benton City Car and Bike Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at the Ki-Be Middle School, 913 Horne Drive.

More information at Proceeds go to fund local youth group activities.

WSU T-C professor to read his poetry

Leonard Orr will give a poetry reading and sign copies of his collection of poetry in the book, Why We Have Evening, starting at 7 p.m. April 20 at Washington State University Tri-Cities, East Auditorium, 2710 University Drive, Richland.

Orr, director of the liberal arts program at WSU Tri-Cities, will read from his poems while intertwining threads of the human body, heavenly bodies and an artist's body of work.

Why We Have Evening was published this month by Cherry Grove Collections. Admission is free.

Symphony praises flora, fauna at concert

The Walla Walla Symphony pays musical homage to flora and fauna at its April 20 concert in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus.

Music by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, Beethoven and Saint-Saens are featured with the selections of Cantus Arcticus Opus 61, Carnival of the Animals, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are from $6 to $25 and are available at or by calling 509-529-8020.

Ex-Tri-Citians' film earns SXSW award

Former Tri-Citians and filmmakers Travis Senger and Michael J. Mouncer have a new documentary film out called White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, which recently won the jury prize award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin.

Senger directed the film and Mouncer produced.

White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug follows Junebug's double-life as a DJ and drug dealer in the Bronx during the early 1980s. The documentary also explores the old-school days of hip-hop and the dangerous underworld at the legendary Disco Fever.

Prosser children's book illustrator to sign books

Herb Leonhard of Prosser will sign copies of the books he's illustrated during the past few years starting at 6 p.m. April 22 at Barnes & Noble at the Columbia Center mall in Kennewick.

Leonhard has illustrated children's books as well as designed a book by musician Tori Amos.

Chase Thompson and his band seeking votes

Chase Thompson and his band Goodnight Argent made the semi-finals last year in the John Lennon songwriting concert for their song Battleground.

Now, Tri-Citians can help the band walk away with the top prize by voting for them at the contest website.

The contestants' songs are first judged by such musicians as Fergie from Black-eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfied, Lamont Dozier and others. Now it's the public's turn. Go to to cast your vote.

Second autism theater program planned

The Academy of Children's Theatre's Spectrum on Stage theater program for kids with autism was so successful earlier this year that ACT is having another one that will run from April 27 through May 26.

The classes are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the ACT studio at 213 Wellsian Way, Richland.

Cost is $80. For reservations, call 943-6027. The series will teach kids important tools for theater while strengthening their social, behavioral and emotional skills, said Julie Schroeder, the education coordinator for ACT.

Two area contra dances planned

Kennewick and Walla Walla contra dances are scheduled this month:

-- The Three Rivers Folklife Society's contra dance is at 7:30 p.m. April 24 at First Lutheran Church, 418 N. Yelm St., Kennewick.

Admission is $8 adults, $6 students and seniors. Kids 12 and younger are free. Caller is Mitchell Frey from Idaho.

-- A contra dance is at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at the Unity Church, 810 C St., near the Walla Walla airport.

Admission is $5 at the door. Caller is Mark Lewis from LaGrande.

Renaissance Faire planned in Walla Walla

The Whitman College annual Renaissance Faire is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 under the clock tower on the college campus in downtown Walla Walla.

Admission is free. Entertainment includes unicycle jousting, music and a mock knight combat fighting tournament.

Demolition derby crashes into TRAC

Smash for Cash demolition derby is from 6-10 p.m. April 17 at the TRAC, 6600 Burden Ave., in Pasco.

Admission is $15 reserved seats, $10 general admission or $3 for kids 9 and younger. Tickets at the door.

Hanford jazz band to perform 'Kansas City Suite'

Hanford High Jazz Ensemble performs a concert starting at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Hanford High auditorium.

The ensemble will play The Kansas City Suite, written by jazz legend Benny Carter, performed in much the same style as the renowned Count Basie.

Admission is $5 at the door.