Arts & Culture

D. Patrick Jones

Arts are vibrant in Tri-Cities, but not the payroll

By D. Patrick Jones The area’s arts calendar is full, as a glance at any Tri-City events calendar makes instantly clear. Consider music. The area is home to classical organizations such as the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Camerata Musica, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. Festivals pop up in venues in the area, especially in spring and summer, such as the…

Arts Center Task Force

Arts Center Task Force expands vision for Vista Field site

The stage is set as Vista Field transforms into Tri-Cities’ new urban core. And waiting in the wings to take its place there is the Arts Center Task Force. More than two acres has been set aside for the landmark project — the Tri-Cities’ first center for the arts — aimed at anchoring the new…

Cool Desert Nights

West Richland revs up for an ‘all wheels’ event

The community is about to find out what happens when you combine the Tri-Cities’ most popular classic car, street rod and motorcycle shows. The West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce jumped in to take on organizing Cool Desert Nights car and street festival, along with its wildly popular West Richland Hogs & Dogs Regional Family…

Justin Raffa

Q&A with Justin Raffa

Number of employees you oversee? Artistic staff of eight. Number of singers: 150. Volunteers: our singers are our primary volunteers.
 Brief background about Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: Founded in 1986 as Consort Columbia, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, or MCM, is the premiere adult community chorus of the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. Our mission is to transform lives through the…

Wet Palette

Wet your whistle and palette at Richland studio

Becky Brice never intended to open a brick-and-mortar studio when she started The Wet Palette Paint Parties five years ago. Back then, the party traveled to its customers. Now, it stays in the studio. And it’s an even bigger studio than the one she had at The Parkway in Richland for more than three years…

Tracy Horner creating cloth designs.

Talented West Richland woman designs in cross-stitch

Tracy Horner of West Richland creates artistic patterns by linking together tiny x-shaped stiches. Horner creates patterns for counted cross-stitch, a type of hand needlework that uses only small x-shaped stitches to create intricate designs. Counted cross-stitch is done on evenweave fabrics, which have the small number of horizontal and vertical threads in each inch.…

Ghosts of Franklin County lecture draws a packed house at Franklin County Historical Museum

Bob and Renee Chamberlain, nationally renowned ghosthunters, drew a standing room-only crowd to the Franklin County Historical Museum as part of their Ghosts of Franklin County lecture and tour. The Chamberlains are founders of Northwest Paranormal Investigations and the couple travels throughout the Northwest giving lectures on ghost hunting and paranormal activity. The Chamberlains have…

Howard Crosby poses for the camera in a tuxedo.

Crosby and Affiniti offer up a Celtic Christmas at the Uptown Theater

Howard Crosby, 63, spent a lot of time golfing with his famous uncle, Bing Crosby, but he never even thought about singing with the renowned crooner. “Unfortunately, we never sang together,” he said. “I discovered I had a natural ability to sing while in college, but it was just for fun and that was about…

Allied Arts bringing culture to the Tri-Cities

Allied Arts still bringing culture to the Mid-Columbia after 72 years

The Allied Arts Association in Richland was started by a group of women whose husbands worked for the Manhattan Project at Hanford in 1943. Most women didn’t work back then, so to keep busy they decided to bring some culture to the isolated Tri-Cities’ area by organizing the first Allied Arts group, said Bob Allen,…

Nutcracker Performance

Nutcracker dances its way into holiday traditions

[blockquote quote=”This is the first time we’ve had dancers from both of those companies — so we’ve very excited to have them” source=”Debra Rogo, Artistic Director of the Mid-Columbia Ballet” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] TheNutcracker is as synonymous with the holidays as gingerbread cookies and pumpkin spice mochas. For many families, attending a holiday performance is as…

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