Try This: Old technology, toe-tappin’ tunes & ‘Technicolor’

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Join the budding Vancouver music community for a showcase of talent at CouvFestNW. Ten local bands, including Faire du Surf, Ladytown, the Shivas, Kiss Kill and the Sindicate, will take the stage for the Turtle Place Blowout that will rock the public plaza from noon to 10 p.m., with a 21-and-older after-party at Brickhouse Bar & Grill.

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Turtle Place Plaza, West Seventh Street between Main and Washington streets; Brickhouse Bar & Grill, 109 W. 15th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

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The music festival is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include the county fair and an outdoor demonstration.

2. Technicolor music

Christian Community Theater brings the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to the Washburn Auditorium stage. This musical retells of the story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and Joseph’s journey through Egypt. Directed by J. Scott Lapp, a recent recipient of the Best Direction award from National Youth Arts.

When: 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Washburn Auditorium, Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

Admission: $15-$18, $12-$15 for students and seniors.

Telephone: 360-954-3136.

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3. Last days of the fair

The Clark County Fair wraps up its 143rd edition this weekend with displays, performances, rides, exhibitions, competitions and cotton candy. Highlights include monster trucks and tuff trucks, a diaper derby, exotic animal exhibit the Pirate’s Parrot Show and carnival rides. The featured exhibit is The Old Firehouse, which will display more than two centuries of firefighting equipment from a horse-drawn steam fire engine to a 2012 factory-fresh pumper.

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Admission: $10, $8 for seniors 62 and older, $7 for children 7-12, free for 7 and younger; Parking: $6 per vehicle. Carnival rides: $1 for each ride coupon; $23 for sheets of 25 coupons; $70 for sheets of 80 coupons; $30 all-day ride wristbands Saturday and Sunday.

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4. Learn ancient tech

Unplug and enjoy the outdoors with Traditional Technology Day at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The event will feature demonstrations of ravenstail weaving, flint-knapping, mat-making, carving and other Chinookan traditions.

When: Noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Cathlapotle Plankhouse, Carty Unit, 28908 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield.

Admission: $3 per vehicle.

Telephone: 360-887-4106.

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5. Tribulations, friendship in ‘The Help’

Set in 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter (Emma Stone), a budding writer, is inspired to expose the abuses suffered by the maids in upper-class homes and begins interviewing maids Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer). The three women build a friendship around the secret writing project that breaks all societal rules. “The Help” is rated PG-13.

When: Showtimes 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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