Try This: Dancing into spring

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Columbia Dance will showcase classic ballet and new works for the Spring Gala 2013. The company dancers will perform excerpts from “Coppélia,” along with contemporary ballet, modern dance and jazz choreography by artistic director Jan Hurst and guest choreographers, including company alumni Éowyn Emerald Barrett and Laura Branfield.

When: 2 and 7 tonight, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Royal Durst Theatre, Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, 101 Main St.

Admission: $15; $12 for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-737-1922.


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

2. Art blooms in Battle Ground

The Battle Ground Art Alliance presents its 12th annual juried art show and sale, featuring work in media from traditional painting to fiber. Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice Award, participate in the silent art auction and enjoy music by Doug Smith and Judy Koch Smith at 5 p.m., during the artists reception and show awards.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St.

Admission: Free.


3. Travel over the rainbow

The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy will present a musical production of “The Wizard of Oz.” When Dorothy Gale of Kansas is carried off by a tornado to a land over the rainbow, she and her dog Toto must find a way back home, with the help of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, while avoiding the Wicked Witch of the West. The production features a cast of students ages 13 and younger, directed by Noah Scott.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

Admission: $10, $8 for children 12 and younger.

Telephone: 360-975-1585.

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4. Singers onstage

The Vancouver USA Singers will honor a variety of styles and talent during their performance “Vancouver Singers Center Stage.” The showcase will present songs from opera and Broadway sung by ensembles and soloists, including opera singers Jeremy Irland and Kirsten Hart. The concert will also honor baritone Jason Hamann, winner of the Vancouver Singers’ high school scholarship competition.When: 7 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver.

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


5. ‘The Croods’ takes viewers back to the Stone Age

Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage), the head of the Crood clan, has kept his family safe by sticking to his simple rules of survival: don’t go outside the cave. When Grug’s teenage daughter, Eep (Emma Stone), meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds), with his revolutionary ideas and inventions, the Croods find their world opening up as they’re forced to find a new home. “The Croods” 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 Cinema locations.

Admission: Varies by cinema.

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