Try This: ‘Music’ and more this weekend

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Clark County-based Journey Theater Arts Group will finish up a Broadway classic. “The Music Man” follows Harold Hill, a slick traveling salesman who convinces the small town of River City, Iowa, to buy instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he says he’ll organize. But when Harold falls for Marian the librarian, his plan to skip town is put in jeopardy by his heart.

When: 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Mago Hunt Theatre, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland.

Admission: $18 to $20, $15 to $18 for students, $12 to $14 for seniors and youth.

Telephone: 360-750-8550.


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

2. Film fun

The sixth-annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival wraps up its 200 films of various lengths at venues around downtown Vancouver. The movies were created by filmmakers from as close as Camas to as far away as Moscow. The showcase will also feature movie script readings. The awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday at Torque Coffee. Films can be seen at Serendipity Playhouse, Torque Coffee, Vancouver Community Library and Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art.

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Serendipity Playhouse, 500 Washington St.; Torque Coffee, 501 Columbia St.; Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.; and Vancouver Organization for Contemporary Art, 906 Harney St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


3. Herding abounds

Lacamas Valley Sheep Dog Trial will feature top herding dogs and their handlers from all across the West. Participants will compete at the Johnston Dairy Farm to see which pair can gather and move sheep through a timed course. There will be a public announcer on hand to explain the action on the field. The championship rounds begin Sunday.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Johnston Dairy Farm, 104 N.E. 252nd Ave., Camas.

Admission: $5, free for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-597-6725.


4. Mosey through the city

Part block party and part stroll, Sunday Streets Alivewill dedicate 4.2 miles of downtown Vancouver streets to bikes, skateboards, strollers, roller blades or walking shoes. Participants are encouraged to explore the neighborhoods while visiting seven activity centers that will offer creative and active programs, artists, instructors and entertainers, along with vendor booths. Visit the website for exact streets that will be closed.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Downtown Vancouver with parking at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way; and Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-487-7728.


  1. ‘The Butler’ reflects a personal and national journey

Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) has heard and seen everything from his 30 years of service at the White House, from Eisenhower to Reagan, set against the evolving history of the civil rights movement. But Cecil’s wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey), initially proud of Cecil’s job, finds herself struggling against her husband’s devotion to his work. And their rebellious son Louis (David Oyelowo) joins the segregation protests, taking issue with his father’s passivity. “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” is rated PG-13.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 Cinema locations.

Cost: Varies by location.

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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