Try This: ‘Honeycomb’ homecoming

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



The attendees at the 10th-annual Kumoricon are part of the fun at the event held Saturday through Monday at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Camas native Jimmie Rodgers returns to his hometown for three concerts and a book signing today and Sunday. Rodgers began singing and playing guitar while overseas during the Korean War, and continued to sing in Memphis nightclubs. Rodgers was best known for his late ’50s hit pop songs, including “Honeycomb,” “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” and “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again.” Rodgers will be signing his CDs and autobiography at noon on today before his performance.

When: 7 p.m. today; 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Journey Church and Ballard and Call Art Gallery, 408 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.

Admission: $20.

Telephone: 360-817-2415.


The concert is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend. Others include an anime convention and benefit event.

2. This is ‘Not the Life I Ordered’

Serendipity Players perform the final shows of the original musical premiere of “Not the Life I Ordered.” The musical is the story of two brothers, their struggles and secrets, the power of family and the importance of following dreams. The play is written by Dezy Walls, who will also be performing. This is an adult-themed show with strong language. After the Sunday performance, the public is invited to a free conversation with the playwright, cast and crew about the production.

When: 7 and 9 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: The Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington St., Vancouver.

Admission: $15, “Pay What You Will” on Sunday.

Telephone: 360-834-3588.


3. Embrace the geek side

Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colorful visuals during the 10th annual Kumoricon, featuring three days of video games, contests, costumes, dances, panels, special guests and fans celebrating geek and anime culture. Highlights include a concert by The Slants, a Dark Horse Comics panel, voice actors Sonny Strait and Lauren Landa, music video contests and Cosplay Chess.

When: 10 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Monday.

Where: Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.; Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver.

Admission: $45 for three days; $30 for today and Sunday, $25 for Monday; children: $25 for three days, $20 for today and Sunday, $15 for Monday, free for children 5 and younger. Minors ages 13 to 17 must have signed parental permission; people younger than age 12 must be accompanied by parent or guardian with paid admission.


4. A sassy benefit

The community is invited to a benefit event to help renovate Slocum House Theater Company’s new facility, the Sassy Ape Theater, on 39th and Main streets in Vancouver. The benefit will feature raffle drawings and all-day entertainment by folk musician Hazel Peterson, guitarist John Standefer, magic act Magic of the Mind, comedic duo Tuned, vocalist Brian Ayotte with guitarist Jerry Hatcher, magician Richard Green, pianist Tom Grant, Tworiver Music, and indie folk rock band Dogs and Beer.

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver.

Admission: Donations encouraged, $1-$5 raffle tickets.

Telephone: 360-696-2427


5. Family loyalty tested in ‘Lawless’

The infamous Bondurant brothers run a successful backwoods bootlegging business in Prohibition-era Virginia. Middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) is the brains, older Howard (Jason Clarke) is the brawn, and younger brother Jack (Shia LaBeouf) is the lookout. The brothers’ loyalty is put to the test when a sadistic Chicago lawman (Guy Pearce) arrives to force out the Bondurants for good. “Lawless” is rated R.

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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