May 17, 2007 |

Artist Cafe cookout benefits charities here and abroad

By JESLYN LEMKE

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Staff Reporter

You've got the band Echolalia strumming out good tunes on the microphone. Festival coordinator Melanie Villa is flitting through the background, pulling strings and making things happen.

The sun shines hard. Cheney Mayor Allan Gainer takes a bite of steak. The smell of barbecue winds its way through the crowd. Through it all goes the plink, plink, and (they hope) thunk of money into bottles.

Okay, so maybe the Artist Caf├ęs May 26 barbecue cookout won't go exactly like this, but it could be darn close.

This free, all-day benefit festival features more than si...

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