Music, one-woman show at local libraries

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Courtesy photo Sean Gaskell will demonstrate the kora, a traditional West African musical instrument, at the Quincy library July 17.

MOSES LAKE — A “grown-up” story hour and a look at – and a listen to – a traditional West African instrument will be presented at local libraries in July.

Seattle actress Michele LaRue will present one-woman adaptations in Moses Lake, Ephrata and Quincy in the second half of July. LaRue bases her work on short stories by 19th-century authors.

LaRue will present “The Bedquilt” at 6:30 p.m. July 15 at the Ephrata library, 45 NW Alder St. The play tells the story of Aunt Mehetabel, whose family doesn’t pay much attention to her until she starts working on an extraordinary project.

“My Summer Vacation” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 16 at the Moses Lake library, 418 E. Fifth Ave. It’s two short stories; “The Nice People” is the tale of a vacationing couple who might not be as nice as they seem, and “Miss Esther’s Guest” details what happens when a visitor shows up, invited but not expected.

LaRue performs “Revolt of Mother” at the Quincy library, 208 S. Central Ave., at 6 p.m. July 23. Many years ago Mother was promised a nice house at the best spot on the farm, and Father never made good. Now he wants to put a barn there, and – well, Father is about to learn that lesson: that one about nobody being happy if Mama’s not happy.

Musician Sean Gaskell will demonstrate the kora, a traditional West African musical instrument, at the Quincy library at 6 p.m. July 17. The kora is a 21-stringed instrument that resembles a harp. Gaskell studied with Gambian musicians, and has performed at music festivals in Gambia and Senegal.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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