May is an Exciting Month at CBC Arts Center

By Bill McKay

The Columbia Basin College Arts Center provides cultural enrichment events that entertain us and make us think about the world around us.

From May 16 through June 9, the Esvelt Gallery will host one of most anticipated yearly exhibits — the CBC Student Exhibition. Join us on May 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery for the awards ceremony and a celebration of student art.

The Theatre Department is producing an R-rated play titled Hand to God by Robert Askins. After his father’s death, the character Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious small town of Cypress, Texas. His relationships — especially with his mother — are thrown into upheaval when his puppet takes on a shocking and irreverent personality of its own. Performances are May 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the CBC Theatre.

In the mood for an interesting lecture? Come to the Richland Public Library on May 19 at 7 p.m. for a presentation called “Understanding Israel.” Professor Nancy Koppelman of Evergreen State College will explore Israel’s history, diverse ethnic and religious ways of life, governance, justice and educational system.

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Bill McKay is the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Communication at CBC