Try This: ‘The Hunger Games’ hits big screen

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



“The Hunger Games” has arrived on the silver screen.

Based on the popular novel by Suzanne Collins, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in District 12, in the dystopian nation of Panem. In order to spare her sister, she volunteers to compete in the Hunger Games, an annual televised event that pits teenage boys and girls from each district against each other in a battle to the death, where only one can win. Katniss must rely upon her instincts if she hopes to survive, even if that means she must sacrifice her humanity and love. “The Hunger Games” is rated PG-13.

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

Admission: Varies by theater.

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

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The expected blockbuster movie is one of several options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include an art show and dinner theater.

2. Quilts of many colors

The North Clark Historical Museum hosts its Seventh Annual Quilt Show, showcasing the craftsmanship of quilting with a variety of sizes, shapes and patterns of 60 quilts. There will also be a raffle for a queen-sized quilt.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: North Clark Historical Museum, 21416 N.E. 399th St., Amboy.

Admission: Donations accepted.



3. A local showcase for artists

Battle Ground Art Alliance Fine Arts and Crafts Show is one of the largest of its kind in Southwest Washington, featuring hundreds of works by local artists to be juried. There also will be a themed art section and silent auction, along with live music. The artist reception is 5 to 8 p.m., with the awards show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the auction support the alliance’s mission to encourage artists in the community.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Battle Ground Community Center, 921 E. Main St., Battle Ground.

Free, donations encouraged.

Telephone: 360-247-6475.


4. A mystery for dinner

Magenta Theater Company celebrates its 10th season with dinner theater during the production “Sealegs: Board to Death.”The passengers on the budget cruise S.S. Sunshine find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery after the demise of a despicable character — and the passengers begin to question each other’s motives.

6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Rosemary Cafe, 1001 Main St., Vancouver.

$30 includes dinner and show.

Telephone: 360-635-4358.


5. Get your game on

GameStorm 14, a convention for fans of board games, collectible card games, tabletop miniatures, role-playing and video games, is there for the playing. Featured guests include game designers Andrew Hackard, Samuel Mitschke and Jason Bulmahn. The convention lasts all weekend, with individual tickets available.

When: 8 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $30 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, $5 for children 5 and younger.


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