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‘Inherit the Wind’ debuts next Monday

TOPPENISH - The classic play, "Inherit the Wind," opens at the Yakama Nation Cultural Theatre next Monday, Jan. 23.

Produced by the Toppenish Creek Players, this is the play that had its genesis in the events of the famous 1925 Scopes trial, in which the teaching of creationism came head-to-head against the teaching of scientific fact.

Directed by Ginny Wells, the production has an ensemble cast of 20 actors.

The play is not about the theory of evolution versus the literal interpretation of the Bible. Wells said it assaults those who would constrict any human being's right to think, to teach, to learn.

"Inherit the Wind's major theme is the dignity of the individual human mind," Wells said.

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, the play is presented with permission from Dramatist's Play Service, Inc.

Additional performances are slated for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 24-25, and Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 1. Curtain time each night is 7 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $8 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens, will be available at the door of the theatre.

The Yakama Nation Cultural Theatre is located on Buster Road, in the building immediately behind the gift shop at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center, just northwest of Toppenish.

Szulinski Award winner featured artist in Richland

RICHLAND - The Allied Arts Association has named Jerry Johnson as this year's recipient of the Szulinski Award for art. Several of Johnson's works are currently on display this month at the Allied Arts Association Gallery.

The Szulinski Award was established in 1995 by Bette Szulinski and her family for craftsmen who regularly display their works in the Richland gallery, as well as whose works show a high level of quality and originality.

Johnson, a retired engineer who worked at the Hanford site, has been working with and turning wood for the past 10 years. His works are on display in four galleries around the state, including the Northwest Fine Woodworking Gallery in Seattle. He has received awards at juried shows sponsored by the Allied Arts Association, the Larson Gallery and the Tri-Cities Woodcarvers.

Next month, the Allied Arts Association Gallery's featured artist will be painter and sculptor Vidal Gonzalez. Art enthusiasts are invited to meet the Toppenish native at a special reception planned for Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Richland gallery.

Gonzalez teaches art and Spanish, and coaches wrestling. He dedicates time to working with children and working on his art.

"I came from a migrant family background, so we traveled to harvest the crops every year until I reached the seventh grade," Gonzalez said. "This made education a chance and family traditions a must.

"My work reflects my experiences of past and present. I convey images that cross my mind," he said.

The Richland gallery's hours of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery is located at 89 Lee Boulevard in Richland.

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