Try This: Go back in time at Plankhouse

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The Cathlapotle Plankhouse opens for the season Sunday. To celebrate, re-enactor Stephen Ricketts will portray Judge James Swan, who in 1849 left his life as a successful businessman in Boston to travel to the Pacific Northwest and immerse himself in the local culture. The re-enactment begins at 2 p.m. Guided walks to celebrate the anniversary of the day Lewis and Clark met people of the Cathlapotle in 1806 will take place on the Carty Unit at noon and 3:30 p.m. Children’s activities will also be offered from noon to 4 p.m.

When: Daily during daylight hours. The Cathlapotle Plankhouse is typically open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Visitors should call or check the plankhouse website to ensure it’s open before visiting.

Where: The Cathlapotle Plankhouse on Carty Unit, on Northwest Main Avenue, north of Pioneer Street in Ridgefield.

Telephone: 360-887-4106.

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The Plankhouse opening is one of several events taking place this weekend. Others include a rock show and an art show in Camas.

1. “Driving Miss Daisy” opens in Vancouver

The Slocum House Theatre Company presents the stage adaptation of “Driving Miss Daisy” this weekend. The story follows the journey of an aging white woman and her black chauffeur set in mid-century America’s deep south. This well-known tale allows the characters to explore themes of loss, race and friendship.

Telephone: 360-696-2427.

When: 8 p.m. tonight and Sunday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Slocum House, 605 Esther St., Vancouver.

Admission: $13, $11 for seniors 60 and older and children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-737-8298.

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2. Magenta Theater will rock

This two-nights only concert rocks this weekend. Elvis Presley is putting on his blue suede shoes at the Magenta Theater stage. Magenta Theater performers will bring back rock ‘n’ roll hits by Elvis along with along with music by Madonna, Pat Benatar, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper in “The Best of Rock and Roll, Part 1,” a show that will suit rock and roll fans of all ages.

When: 7 tonight and Sunday; and 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

Admission: $10.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.

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3. Last chance for Raku pottery

Catch the final weekend of Dave and Boni Deal’s exhibit of Raku pottery and paintings at the Second Story Gallery. The Camas artists incorporate the natural environment into their work, with images of animals on Raku pottery, portraits of people and abstract landscapes. The exhibit ends Monday.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Where: Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

Telephone: 360-834-4692.

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4. ‘Sucker Punch’ is a violent and visual K.O.

Director Zack Snyder, of “Watchmen” and “300” fame, doesn’t pull punches in this visually stylized fight for freedom opening in theaters this weekend. Set in the 1950s, “Sucker Punch” follows Babydoll (Emily Browning) who escapes into an alternative reality after she is committed to a mental hospital by her abusive stepfather.

Under the threat of being lobotomized, Babydoll and three other female warriors (played by Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgen and Carla Gugino) must find five items, battling dragons, samurai and hospital staff to secure their freedom — or lose their minds. “Sucker Punch” is rated R.

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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