Try This: Spring into entertainment

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The final two performances of “My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale” at Washougal High School are today. The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy retells the classic story of Pinocchio, a puppet who longs to become a real boy, but this version of the story is told from the perspective of his maker and father, Geppetto. This will be the academy’s first 18 and younger musical, featuring more than 50 children from the area. The production features songs from the classic Disney movie “Pinocchio” as well as original songs by Stephen Schwartz.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Washougal High School’s Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

Admission: $10, $8 for students and seniors.

Telephone: 503-724-9462.

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“My Son Pinocchio” is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include an art showcase and a tulip festival.

1. Dive into spring with Columbia Dance

Columbia Dance’s Spring Gala brings the artistry and creative spirit of dance to Vancouver. The production encompasses a variety of dance styles, including classical and contemporary ballet, jazz and modern dance. The performance includes excerpts of “Swan Lake,” a ballet tale about young Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with a beautiful swan named Odette. Also premiering at the gala is Columbia Dance alum Eowyn Barrett’s new choreographic work, “Lying Loyalties,” which has been selected for the Regional Dance America Pacific Festival.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Royal Durst Theater at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 3101 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $15, $10 for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-737-1922.

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2. Tulips bloom in Woodland

Spring hasn’t sprung until the Woodland Tulip Festival gets into full swing. Beginning today, Holland America Bulb Farm celebrates its colorful show fields and customized gardens. Visitors can tiptoe through the tulips daily. The festival also offers music, dance, crafts, an artisans market, food vendors and children’s activities throughout the four weeks. Special events are held on some weekends.

When: Gardens and show fields open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting today. Special weekend activities will be April 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24.

Where: Holland America Bulb Farm, 1066 South Pekin Road, Woodland.

Admission: Free; a $3 per car parking fee applies on weekend.

Telephone: 360-225-4512.

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3. Artists reinterpret nature at Gallery 360

Also celebrating the change in seasons is Gallery 360, which presents “Natural Selection,” a multi-artist showcase opening this weekend. Examining the natural world through a variety of media and methods, the showcase will feature work from the realist to the abstract. Some pieces use natural materials, such as the mixed-media piece “Better Things” by Ellenine Gaston, while others document nature in the moment. The showcase will be on display through the month of April.

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Where: Gallery 360, 111 W. Ninth St., Vancouver.

Telephone: 360-693-7340.

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4. Eight minutes to save Chicago in ‘Source Code’

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this time-traveling thriller, in which he must go into the past to prevent a catastrophe. A bomb explodes on a train in Chicago, killing hundreds, and seems to be part of a larger attack on downtown Chicago. In order to prevent the next planned attack, Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhall) joins the government experiment named “Source Code,” which allows him to enter the body of a male passenger eight minutes before the man is killed. Racing against the inevitable to find clues to who is behind the next attack, Captain Stevens must repeat the mission ad nauseam in a desperate race to complete the puzzle. “Source Code” is rated PG-13.

When: Show times vary.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; various Clark County Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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