Here are a few of the top picks from the many events around the region in the next week.

Aug. 28

click to enlarge "Swing Shift" is a ceramic piece created in 2008 by Ann Christenson.
"Swing Shift" is a ceramic piece created in 2008 by Ann Christenson.

PULLMAN — A reception and presentation by the artist are planned tonight as part of a retrospective of ceramic works by retired faculty member Ann Christenson at the Washington State University Museum of Art here.

The reception will be at 6 p.m. while Christenson will give a talk beginning at 7. There is no charge for admission.

According to a news release, Christenson’s work often resembles a confluence of juxtapositions: organic yet geometric, industrial yet primeval, intimate yet worldly and awkward yet elegant. She draws influences from her cross-cultural experiences, her domestic environment, the historical diversity of ceramic art and the natural world in order to explore space and material.

The museum is along Wilson Road south of Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibit continues through Sept. 13.

Aug. 29

MOSCOW — The University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery here features an exhibit about small-scale creations, “Miniatures; It’s Not All Small After All.”

A reception will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 414/416 S. Main St., and the exhibit will continue through Sept. 28.

Exhibiting artist Thomas Doyle of New York will attend the reception and also lecture at 5 tonight in Room 031 of the University Teaching and Learning Center on the UI campus here.

The exhibit brings together the work of five contemporary artists who work in miniature. The exhibit was curated by the Prichard’s assistant director, Nara Woodland, and educational coordinator, Lauren McCleary. Other artists in the exhibit are Ellen Driscoll, Gregory Euclide, Lilana Porter and Kurt Moses.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Aug. 29-31

KAMIAH — The 78th annual Kamiah BBQ Days begins Friday with the theme of “Kamiah, Idaho: A Great Place to Live, Work and Play!”

The festival will feature the annual Central Idaho Art Association Art Show which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The show, at Central Idaho Agency at Fifth and Main streets, will have a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Saturday events include the 11th annual Arts & Crafts Show at Fifth and Idaho streets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 19th annual Quilt Show at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Grand Main Street Parade at 11 a.m. The quilt show continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The namesake event of the annual festival is the free barbecue dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday on Idaho Street.

Complete schedule for 78th annual Kamiah BBQ Days: Aug. 29: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Central Idaho Art Association Art Show, Central Idaho Agency, Fifth and Main streets (reception, 5-7 p.m.) 4-6:30 p.m. — spaghetti feed, Kamiah Senior Center, 125 Maple St. 5 p.m. — chamber beer garden opens with music and holey board challenge, Fifth and Idaho streets 9 p.m.-midnight — teen dance with DJ, Wa A-Yas. AUG. 30: 7-10 a.m. — Chuck Wagon Breakfast, Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association rodeo grounds 8 a.m. — BBQ Days Fun Run, Walk & Roll, Kamiah Physical Therapy, Fourth and Hill streets 9-10:45 a.m. — All school reunion, Kamiah multipurpose room 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Central Idaho Art Association Art Show, Central Idaho Agency 9 a.m.-6 p.m. — 11th annual Arts & Crafts Show, Fifth and Idaho streets 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Kamiah Valley Museum open, 518 Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — 19th annual Quilt Show, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church basement 11 a.m. — Grand Main Street Parade (line up by 10 a.m., Ninth and Hill streets) 11 a.m. — Kiddie Parade (line up by 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Hall, Seventh and Main streets) 1-8 p.m. — youth games and activities, Wa A-Yas field Noon — chamber beer garden open 5-7 p.m. — free barbecue dinner, Idaho Street 8 p.m.-midnight — street dance with live music, Fifth and Idaho streets 9 p.m.-midnight — teen dance with DJ, Wa A-Yas Aug. 31: 10 a.m. — Life Center outdoor church service, River Front Park 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — quilt show, church basement

Aug. 30

CLARKSTON — Lewiston author Grayson Michaels will sign copies of his new novel, “In With the Pack,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at And Books Too here.

Michaels was raised in the Inland Northwest and his first book was a series of stories about rescues called “Ocean View.”

And Books Too is at 918 Sixth St.

Sept. 3-5

PULLMAN — Auditions for the Regional Theatre of the Palouse production of “Oklahoma!” will begin Wednesday at the theater here, 122 N. Grand Ave.

Audition times will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and next Thursday and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Callbacks will follow the Sept. 5 auditions from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical opened on Broadway in 1943 with the Academy Award-winning film coming out in 1955.

Those wishing to audition should be prepared to sing an 18-bar song in the style of the show and are asked to bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

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