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National photo

exhibit opens Sunday, April 2

YAKIMA – The 34

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annual National Photography Exhibition, a juried competition founded by YVCC photography instructor Herb Blisard, opens with a reception this coming Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Yakima’s Larson Gallery.

The exhibition will continue to be displayed through the end of April.

A total of 467 photographs were entered in this year’s show, with 97 being accepted for display. A total of $3,250 in cash awards, including $350 for best of show, will be announced at 3 p.m. during the opening reception.

The juror for this year’s exhibition, Alan Berner, has been a staff photographer at the Seattle Times for more than two decades. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Berner has degrees in philosophy and photo-journalism from the University of Missouri. His photography awards are numerous, including the National Press Photographers Association Regional Press Photographyer of the Year five times.

Yakima’s Larson Gallery, located at 16

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Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard, is open regularly Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Drawing class offered Saturday

at E’burg museum

ELLENSBURG – The Clymer Museum of Art is offering a ‘perspective” in artwork this Saturday, April 1.

A special drawing class focusing specifically on the artistic use of perspective in Western artwork will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is geared for children in the third grade and up. It will be taught by artist Jeannie Johnson.

There is a $5 fee to attend.

Grand Coulee Dam to change exhibits in

visitors center

GRAND COULEE DAM – The visitors center at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Grand Coulee Dam will close for the month of April so new exhibits can be installed throughout the building.

“This new program – Many Voices, One River – will be a unique addition to the educational experience at Grand Coulee Dam,” said David Murillo, Reclamation power office manager.

The exhibits have been under design and fabrication for the past year and are being completed by Formations, Inc. of Portland, Ore. The exhibits will deal with how Grand Coulee functions as one of the main irrigation, flood control and hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The exhibits also address the effects the dam has had on various groups of people, including Native Americans and early settlers.

Many of the exhibits will be hands-on, including a virtual tour of the dam by jet pack, an operating jack hammer and an interactive game on operating the dam.

Although the center will be closed during the installation, tours of the dam are still available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

Bull riding event tickets on sale

YAKIMA – Tickets for the popular Professional Bull Riders event coming to the Yakima SunDome on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, will go on sale this Saturday, April 1, at the SunDome ticket office.

The two-day Challenger Tour event will feature 40 professional bull riders each night, competing for $15,000 in added prize money.

The Challenger Tour is made up of 30 events around the country, worth an estimated $1.5 million in prize money. The Challenger Tour event at the SunDome will be the only time the tour stops in Washington state in 2006.

“This is a great opportunity for us,” said Ken Messer, chairman of the Central Washington Fair Rodeo Committee. “We’ll be attracting some of the best bull riders, and some of the top bulls on the tour will be bucking, including the Valley’s very own Dr. Proctor.”

The big Brangus (a cross between a Brahma and an Angus) is currently ranked 19

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in the world by the Professional Bull Riders Association and has never been ridden. Owned by Rod Chumley and Sorrel Katich of Selah, Dr. Proctor is one of the rising stars of the Professional Bull Riders’ Challenger Tour.

Get ready to laugh

with WTC’s ‘Playboy’

YAKIMA – The Warehouse Theatre Company of Yakima will present J.M. Synge’s classic Irish comedy, “The Playboy of the Western World,” as the finale of its 2005-06 season.

Directed by WTC’s Vance Jennings (last seen on the Capitol Theatre stage as Scrooge), this play is set in Ireland at the turn of the 20

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Century. The plot revolves around a young man who arrives at a pub and convinces everyone he’s killed his brutal father. When his father actually shows up all bandaged and belligerant, all hell breaks loose.

The play opens Friday, April 28, with additional performance dates set for April 29, May 4-6 and May 11-13. Curtain time for each performance is at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21, at the WTC box office (5000 W. Lincoln Ave.). The box office is open Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.

In looking ahead to the WTC’s 2006-07 season, the smash hit “Forever Plaid” will kick off the season in July, directed by Tony Akin. The Plaids will perform such favorites as “Love is a Many Splendor Thing,” “Catch a Falling Star” and “Three Coins in a Fountain.”

“The O’Conner Girls,” a comedy/drama by Seattle actress Katie Forgette, will open in September. Directed by JoRee Murphy, this heartwarming examination of a family coming to grips with the death of a father takes place in modern day Minnesota.

Most people’s favorite Christmas curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, will be back when WTC and the Capitol Theatre team up to once again present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in December on the big stage.

February 2007 will warm up with comedy “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue. Directed by John Slaughter, the plot centers around a man thought to not speak or understand English, who is left by a friend at a local fishing lodge. Hilarious mayhem ensues when the crowd forgets him and reveals all manner of skullduggery.

In May 2007, “Arsenic and Old Lace” will round out the Warehouse Theatre Company’s 2006-07 season.

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