Try this: Musical family fun

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator


photoChristian Youth Theater Vancouver presents "Great American Tall Tales," an original musical, through Nov. 11 at Fort Vancouver High School in Vancouver.


It's a Family Day performance at Christian Youth Theater, where everyone can attend the show for a single price. Theatergoers are transported in "Great American Tall Tales," an original musical that brings a museum field trip to life. When a group of kids stumbles into a dusty exhibit, they meet characters out of American folklore including Annie Oakley, Davy Crockett, Pecos Bill, Annie Christmas and John Henry.

When: 7 tonight.

Where: Fort Vancouver High School, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver.

Admission: $9-$11 for Family Day.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


The show is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

Visual citizenship

Gallery 360 tackles the political season with its current exhibit "What is Democracy?" The exhibit embraces all forms of art and media, tracking the question of democracy from political figures to democracy in action. There will also be a special exhibit, "Students Express Democracy."

When: Noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: 111 W. Ninth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-693-7340.


Natural adventures

photoExplore Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center during Family Field Trip Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Vancouver.

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Explore Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center during Family Field Trip Day. Participants can explore the 100-acre natural area, visit hands-on learning stations, see the working trout hatchery and create fall craft projects, under cover from the rain.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Where: 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Vancouver.

Admission: $5 per child, free for adults accompanying children.

Telephone: 360-882-0936.


Bites of drama

photoThe Clark College production of "Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?" stars Linda Owsley as Martha and H. Gene Biby as George, Nov. 2-10, 2012 at the Decker Theatre in Vancouver. Credit: Clark College


Clark College brings the biting humor and drama of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" to the Decker Theatre stage. George, an associate professor of history, and his wife, Martha, daughter of the college president, exist in a conflicting marriage. They invite Nick, a newly arrived biology professor, and his wife, Honey, to their home, where drinking and contentious games lead to an evening of harsh truths.

When: 7:30 tonight.

Where: Decker Theatre, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students.

Telephone: 360-992-2815.


'Wreck-It Ralph' unleashes fun

photoRalph, left, voiced by John C. Reilly, is the title character of "Wreck-It Ralph."


Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being the bad guy in his video game world, with all of the glory going to his opponent Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Ralph decides to prove he has what it takes to be a hero by heading to other video games and earning a medal. But Ralph accidentally sets free a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. "Wreck-It Ralph" is rated PG.

Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200;Cinetopia, 360-213-2800 Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

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