Published May 2013
By Bill McKay, The Entertainer
The Month of May at the CBC Arts Center is a time we all enjoy. The Arts Center office is busy closing out the April events and getting the final details of our May events in order. We hope you will have an opportunity to come to CBC or our various partner locations and take in all we offer to our students, faculty, staff and community.
The annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at the Esvelt Gallery is the much-anticipated student art show, which will run from May 13 through June 6. This exhibition will be judged by Robert Fisher who is the Art Department chair and instructor of painting, design, and art history at Yakima Community College. He will be awarding more than $3,000 worth of prizes at the opening awards ceremony on May 16 at 7 p.m. in the gallery.
Immediately following the presentation there will be a reception for all attendees. There will be more than 80 works of art in the exhibition, representing all the various areas of art that the students are instructed in at CBC. They include ceramics, painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, photography, sculpture and two- and three-dimensional design.
This year’s poster for the show was designed by one of CBC’s Graphic Art majors, Jaime Robles.
The Esvelt Gallery in P Building on the CBC Pasco Campus.
Our community lecture series continues with a presentation by Shawn Wong entitled “How to Write a Novel in Only 30 Years.”
While the title of the presentation is a joke, there’s a lot of truth in it. Award-winning author Shawn Wong’s first novel, Homebase, was published when he was 30. His second novel, American Knees, was published when he was 45, reducing the time by half.
What goes into a novel? Why does it take so long? And what is “the creative process” like? This discussion, led by Shawn Wong, will address that phrase and explore how a work of fiction is made. You will hear about how writing might move from something autobiographical to something fictional, how fiction in constructed out of something that is real, and how to “edit” the stories of our lives by what we leave out and what we include.
This presentation will be held Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at the CBC HUB Main Stage, hosted by Jim and Doris Kelly.
The Department of Theatre at CBC is proud to present an original musical entitled Club 88, with music and lyrics by the Tri-Cities’ own piano man Steve Haberman. The script is by Ginny Quinley, John Tuttle and the entire cast. (See page 9.)
The show will run May 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 and 19 at 2 p.m.
After years as a popular cabaret, it appears Club 88 must close its doors. The stars and people who got their starts at the famous club return to recount and relive their memories.
The show stars Bryan Foley and is directed by Ginny Quinley and John Tuttle, with scenic and lighting design by Ronn Campbell.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. They are available at Adventures Underground, JD’s Time Center and the CBC Bookstore. The show is rated “G” for general audiences.
The ever-popular LitFest is back with an event we call “Three Days in May.” The three days of readings will be held at the Richland Public Library, one of our significant LitFest supporters, on May 21, 22 and 23 beginning at 7 p.m.
On May 21 the program will feature award-winning young adult author Maureen McQuerry. On May 22 it will feature poet Gwen Cash-James, and on May 23 it’s fiction author Jim Lynch.
We are proud of this lineup of diverse writing styles and we know you all will enjoy these three days of celebrating fine literature.
Something different this year is the music of Bill McKay on piano and guests providing music before each reading. The musical selections are chosen to enhance the particular author and his or her readings.
Finally, look for two of the Department of Music concerts in early June. The Columbia Basin Concert Band will play on June 4 and the Jazz Nite concert will be held on June 6. Both begin at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre on the Pasco campus.
Attendance at both concerts is free of charge.
Bill McKay is Dean of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Basin College.
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