Published Nov. 2013
By Bill McKay, The Entertainer
The month of November is a busy and exciting time for the Arts Center at Columbia Basin College, with a significant variety of arts events to choose from.
Our November community lecture is a presentation by Milt Priggee titled “Political Cartooning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Priggee has been a professional political cartoonist since 1976, including several years at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He will explain the who, what, where, when, why and how of political commentary as it evolves from print to digital-media platforms.
The discussion will then turn to some of Priggee’s own cartoons, including some that were rejected for publication, and explore the stories behind the art and the importance of political cartooning as a medium. This lecture will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Richland Public Library beginning at 7 p.m. It is hosted by the Friends of the Richland Public Library.
The works of Marcus Durkheim and Kate Brigmoet will be featured in the Esvelt Gallery from Nov. 4 through Dec. 5. The exhibit is called “Destruction and Deconstruction.” The show is full of weapons, blood, death and destruction, but it is not gruesome. The pieces play with the expectations and perceptions of violence, with both artists physically dismantling their subjects and altering the way we see them.
The process of destruction and deconstruction is an overlaying theme, but the approach employed by Durkheim and Vrijmoet is unique and viewer-friendly.
It’s time for William Shakespeare! The Winter’s Tale, a Shakespeare comedy-drama, runs Nov. 14 through 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the CBC Theatre. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.
The Winter’s Tale is the story of two boyhood friends who become kings of different lands, then have their lives nearly destroyed by unwarranted jealousy and irrational rage. Storms, bears, and an atmosphere akin to the online game “World of Warcraft” help this sometimes “problem play” relate to today’s audiences.
The Columbia Basin Concert Band, under the direction of Randy Hubbs, will perform a variety of band music ranging from contemporary and traditional concert band works to classic Sousa marches. There will also be a few holiday selections to get you in that December mood.
We are pleased to introduce our new associate conductor, Dr. Bryant Smith, at this event, This concert is Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. in the CBC Theatre.
The Mid-Columbia Literary Festival (Lit Fest) has announced a new event. The Columbia Basin Reads program is a “community read” endeavor in which CBC Arts offers lecture, art, theatre, music this month a steering committee — in this case, Lit Fest — coordinates getting as many people in a community as possible to read the same book.
How far would you go to survive a catastrophic event that could alter your future? What if everyone read and talked about a book about it? This suggested reality is the subject of S.A. Bodeen’s book The Compound. The author will be here next March 15 to present and discuss the book.
There will be more about other Lit-Fest events in the coming months.
Bill McKay is Dean of Arts and Humanities at Columbia Basin College.
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