Try This: La Center in the spotlight



La Center will shine bright with its Our Days community celebration, featuring a cruise-in, an extreme tug-of-war, kid zone carnival, cutest baby contest, music by Abby Roadster, the AcoustaCats, Rae Gordon and Gaddis Cavenah along with a community dance in the street at 8 p.m. The annual Barbershop in the Park competition features a cappella groups as they harmonize their stripes off at 4 p.m. Sunday.

When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. today; 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Holley Park, 1000 E. Fourth St.; Sternwheeler Park Amphitheater, 210 E. Fourth St., La Center.

Admission: Free, $5 for vehicles in cruise-in.

Telephone: 360-263-9060.


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

2. Horns, keys and rhythms

You can spend the day tasting wine, browsing fine art and relaxing in the park while jazz and blues bands fill the stage. Five-time Grammy-winning singer and pianist Marcia Ball, the Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet, Elvin Bishop and 10-time Grammy winners Take 6 will headline tonight’s performance at the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival. Virtuoso guitarist Johnny A., jazz pianist David Benoit, and award-winning duo of David Sanborn and Bob James will close out the festival finale Sunday.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $30.

Telephone: 360-906-0441.


3. Music scene celebration

CouvFestNW will showcase the variety of local Vancouver bands on the stage at Turtle Place Park. Tonight’s lineup includes the indie group Barbara in the Attic, rock ‘n’ roll trio Mister Tang, post-punk band Atlas and the Astronaut and experimental surf band Outer Space Heaters.

When: 4 to 10 p.m. today.

Where: Turtle Place Park, 700 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


4. Revolution and love

Clark County’s Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents “Les Misérables.” The story is set against the backdrop of revolutionary France, following ex-convict Jean Valjean as he tries to create a life after his time in prison by offering to care for Cosette, the daughter of downtrodden Fantine. But ruthless policeman Javert is still intent on seeing him behind bars.

When: 7:30 tonight.

Where: Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland.

Admission: $26.25 to $30.05.

Telephone: 800-273-1530.


5. Grab a pint at ‘The World’s End’

Gary King (Simon Pegg) is an immature 40-year-old who wants to recapture the halcyon days and finally conquer “The Golden Mile,” a pub crawl through his hometown’s 12 bars. He drags his four estranged friends, including uptight lawyer Andrew (Nick Frost), along. When Gary gets into a bar brawl with a local, he accidentally knocks his head off, exposing an inhumanly strong robot and plot of invasion. “The World’s End” 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 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.