Try This: Return of ‘The Nutcracker’

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Northwest Classical Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" Dec. 6-8, 2013 at Fort Vancouver High School. Senior Company members Derek Drilon, Madison Yinger in Harlequin

Steven Lane/Columbian files Collin Horrocks, 7, and his sister Hadley Horrocks, 4, attend last year's Festival of Nativities at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Vancouver.

Christian Bale stars in a scene from "Out of the Furnace."

A holiday tradition returns as Northwest Classical Ballet presents the ballet “The Nutcracker.” Join Clara as she ventures into the land of sugar plum fairies, snow queens and rat kings with her Nutcracker prince. The production features the company’s professional and pre-professional dancers led by Artistic Director Maricar Drilon.

3:30 and 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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




The ballet is among options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. Home for the holidays

There will be a citywide Hometown Celebration in the heart of Ridgefield. The festivities begin with an ugly-Christmas-sweater run at 9 a.m. with 5K and 10K routes, followed by community arts and crafts bazaars, concerts by local ensembles in Overlook Park, and the arrival of Santa at Sterling Bank. There will be a living nativity presentation by the Ridgefield United Methodist Church at noon at the Old Liberty Theater, trailer rides and the community tree-lighting at 4:30 p.m. with sing-a-long.

When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Where: Downtown Ridgefield and Overlook Park, North Main Avenue and Pioneer Street.




3. Nativities of the world

A seasonal favorite returns with new sights and decorations. The 13th annual Festival of Nativities features 600 nativity sets from around the world, as well as performances by local high school choirs, musicians and entertainers each evening. The festival also features a performance of the nativity scene at 6 and 8 p.m. today. Two rooms will be dedicated to children’s activities, including craft projects and other activities.

Noon to 9 p.m. today and Sunday.

Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 10509 S.E. Fifth St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.


4. A little historical magic

Clark County Historical Museum hosts its annual Holiday Open House and Artisans’ Market. Visitors can explore the local history exhibits, while a dozen artists will be in the museum’s galleries showcasing their work. There also will be musical performances and children’s craft stations. The open house will be followed by Dave’s Killer Magic Show, which includes a magical appearance by Santa.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the magic show starts at 5 p.m. today.

Where: Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-993-5679.


5. Brotherly woes in talent-rich thriller ‘Out of the Furnace’

Steel worker Russell Baze’s (Christian Bale) world shifts when a car crash lands him in jail. By the time he’s released, his father has died, his girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) has dumped him, and his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck), is stuck in a hopeless situation. A former soldier, Rodney has become a street fighter to pay for his gambling habit, and lured into a ruthless crime ring led by Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). With nothing left to loose, Russell puts his life on the line to seek justice for his brother. “Out of the Furnace” 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.

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