Try this: Hope, sunshine, ‘Enchanted April’ in area this weekend

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Magenta Theater presents “Enchanted April,” which follows two London housewives trying to get away from their bleak marriages by renting a villa in Italy. They recruit two very different English women to share the cost and experience. All four, along with husbands, lovers and an Italian housekeeper, discover hope and love in the Mediterranean sunshine. The production opens tonight and runs through April 30.

When: 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday as well as April 21-23 and 28-29; and 2 p.m. April 23 and 30.

Where: Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: $12-$15; tickets are more at the door.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.

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“Enchanted April” is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include an ’80s prom and a choir performance.

  1. Relive the ’80s in Woodland

Get into the groove with the Tulip Mania ’80s Prom sponsored by the Woodland Tulip Festival. The dance will be DJ’ed by Chuck Holt, and attendees are encouraged to wear their best 1980s gear. Events include a costume contest, a dance-off and prom-style pictures. All proceeds go to Woodland High School’s Senior Scholarship and a local youth program. This is a 21-and-older event.

When: 7 to 11 tonight.

Where: The Oak Tree Restaurant, 1020 Atlantic Ave., Woodland.

Admission: $10, includes voucher for one bunch of tulips. Tickets on sale at the door.

Telephone: 360-225-4512.


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  1. Outdoors fun for Earth Day

Join Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation in a community celebration of Earth Day. Kids and adults can enjoy a puppet show by Mudeye Puppets and try a puppet-making workshop, along with other Earth-friendly crafts. Visit with live animals from the Oregon Zoo. A family bike ride will begin at 10 a.m. at Marshall Center and head through the Fort Vancouver National Site to the Old Apple Tree and back. Demonstrations will run throughout the day, touching on topics such as tending garden beds, composting and planting trees with Vancouver Urban Foresty. There will also be a free lunch, a neighborhood cleanup, local vendors and garden resources.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Where: Marshall Community Center campus, 1900 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: Free with a donation of canned food.

Telephone: 360-487-7096.

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  1. A trio of chorale songs

The Bravo! Vancouver Chorale and the Washington Chamber Orchestra will perform “Faith Trilogy,” featuring music by three European contemporary composers. Each piece offers a different chorale sound from the classical “Requiem” by British composer John Rutter and the popular “Gloria” by French composer Francis Poulenc to the more folk-inspired “Pie Jesu” by Croatian composer Pero Sisa. They are accompanied by soprano soloist Lyndsey Cafferky and will be conducted by Dr. Maria Manzo.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Road, Vancouver.

Admission: $20.

Telephone: 360-906-0441.

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  1. Soak up the sun in ‘Rio’

Blu the macaw (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) never learned how to fly, yet lives a happy domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, until they receive word that Jewel (Anne Hathaway), a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro. Linda and Blu travel to meet her but along the way animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel. The two birds must find a way to work together in this perilous animated adventure. “Rio” is rated G.

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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