PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee will introduce its fall program series with the James Cotton Blues Band Sept. 27. The group plans a 2 p.m. slide presentation and a 3 p.m. concert, both in Bryan Hall Auditorium.
Cotton, a singer and harp player, has been a legendary figure of the blues tradition for more than 50 years. With his band, he demonstrates why the blues has become the most extensively recorded of all folk music types and, since the early 1960s, the most important single influence on the development of Western popular music.
The program is funded by the Western States Arts Federation.
Visual and performing artists The Art Guys — Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing — bring their program “Lock, Stock and Barrel” to the Fine Arts Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
The Houston, Texas-based artists have been confusing and putting on audiences since the early 1980s. Working with everyday objects — food, clothing, pills, matches, money, newspapers, trash — their creations straddle the boundaries between art and life, esthetics and commercialism, and the rational and the absurd.
The Washington Idaho Symphony will present an evening of sounds and visual images during a Nov. 10 program at Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. A preconcert talk is planned for 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. concert start.
Featured will be Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and his revised harmonization of the “Star Spangled Banner,” Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question” and Richard Strauss’ “Salome’s Dance.”
The performances are open to the public without charge. Each year VPLAC organizes a series of cultural programs. Its 1998-99 theme is “The Stunning Arts.”

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