Etcetera - 10/07/10

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The AJC in Georgia reprinted a portion of a U-B news story about Inland Octopus' mural. You'd be hard put to miss the brightly colored image while strolling or driving along Main Street as it's nearly two stories tall on the front of the toy shop owned by Bob Catsiff.

Aaron Randall painted a rainbow above a huge purple octopus that looks over the top of a castle's walls. It's situated above the store's entrance.

There's been a bit of a hubbub about it, because of personal taste, sign codes and a recommended downtown color scheme as reported by colleague Vicki Hillhouse in a number of stories.

The Associated Press picked up these stories and a friend here in Walla Walla found out via a friend who e-mailed her from there that one of 'em was published in Atlanta.

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A distinguished choir director from Seattle will be in Walla Walla to conduct two workshops with Walla Walla Choral Society members.

A noted clinician and teacher of gospel choirs, Phyllis Byrdwell will work on performance techniques with WWCS members who are preparing for their all-gospel fall concert on Nov. 2, "Sing with Spirit," at College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A University of Washington professor and guest lecturer, Phyllis directs the UW Gospel Choir and teaches a course in gospel music. She is a music educator at Seattle's Lakeside School and minister of music at Mount Zion Baptist Church where she directs the Inspirational and Women's choruses, Youth and Junior choirs and Praise in Worship Team.

She has conducted seminar workshops around the nation and was songleader for the Baptist Conference in Birmingham, England, in 2005.

Phyllis earned her bachelor's in music, and bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from the UW.

The Washington Music Educators Association inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2002. She is a former WMEA board member, chairs the Seattle Symphony Education Committee, is an adjudicator and a member of the American Choral Directors Association.

Her local clinics will be 7-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 325 S. First Ave.

Community members are encouraged to attend and watch this professional at work.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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