Try This: History, local and Egyptian

By Matt Wastradowski, Columbian staff writer

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photo“The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966” is one of Richard Brautigan’s books. The exhibit in his honor closes Sunday at the Clark County Historical Museum.

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Author inspires a holiday

The Clark County Historical Museum celebrates the birth of beat generation writer Richard Brautigan as it closes the exhibit in his honor by offering several writing-related events.

The museum will remain open on Sunday in order to give viewers one more chance to check out “Autumn Trout Gathering” in its final day. The exhibit celebrates the arrival of the Brautigan Library Collection. “Autumn Trout Gathering” includes photographs of Brautigan by photographer Erik Weber, as well as posters and other memorabilia from Brautigan’s readings in San Francisco. The exhibit also will include video and sound installations created by Washington State University Vancouver students and staff.

The museum is also creating its own Brautigan-inspired holiday — National Unpublished Writers Day. Volunteers from a number of organizations will offer workshops and talk about topics related to writing, including creativity, poetry, electronic literature, creative writing and historical writing.

Hours: National Unpublished Writers Day is from 1-5 p.m. Sunday; the museum is normally open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Where: 1511 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free for National Unpublished Writers Day; normal museum admission is $4; $3 for seniors and college students with identification; $2 for ages 6-18; and free for 5 and younger.

Telephone: 360-993-5679.

On the Web: http://cchmuseum.org.

The “Autumn Trout Gathering” event is one of many entertainment options available this weekend. Other highlights include the culmination of the Clark College Jazz Festival, Forever Fab in concert and the latest exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

1. Jazz festival hits the right notes

The Clark College Jazz Festival wraps up today. The festival brings together vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles from Washington and Oregon, with awards presented to the top three ensembles in each class.

When: Today.

High school jazz ensembles will perform from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with final competitions beginning at 7 p.m. The Clark College Jazz Ensemble will perform at noon, and the 2010 Sweepstakes Band, the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble, will perform at 9 p.m.

Where: Clark College’s Gaiser Hall Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: $5, free for children 11 and younger.

Telephone: 360-992-2662.

On the Web: http://clark.edu/special/jazz_festival.

2. Vancouver gets swept up in Beatlemania

Forever Fab will present “A Beatles Song Cycle” in Vancouver today.

The four-piece band will perform 25 Beatles classics, with the concert being broken up into themed performances.

Fans will hear Fab Four favorites such as “Let It Be,” “Revolution,” “All We Need is Love,” “Help” and “In My Life.”

When: 2 and 8 p.m. today.

Where: Emil Fries Auditorium at the Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Tickets $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show and at the door. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006 or http://brownpapertickets.com.

Telephone: 360-695-3770.

On the Web: http://artsequity.org.

3. Lanterns shine a light on history

Visitors can see what historic Fort Vancouver was like after dark by taking a lantern-lit tour tonight. Each adult can carry a lantern during a tour that includes the counting house, fur store, and kitchen.

Following the tour, visitors will have an opportunity to drink hot cider and ask questions about the fort.

Reservations are required.

When: 7-8 tonight.

Where: Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $10, $7 for children 15 and younger.

Telephone: 360-816-6230.

On the Web: http://nps.gov/fova.

4. Museum exhibit unearths history of ancient Egypt

The latest exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry looks at ancient Egypt and how science has helped us understand it better. “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science” opens today and continues through May 1.

“Lost Egypt” features hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts and guidance from real archaeologists to reveal how modern science and technology are used to uncover and understand the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Where: 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland.

Admission: $12; $9 for seniors 63 and older and children 3-13; $2 on the first Sunday of each month. There are additional costs for some shows, submarine tours, laser light shows and planetarium shows.

Telephone: 800-955-6674.

On the Web: http://omsi.edu.