Try This: Partake in native culture

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Joshua Monda of Vancouver is the first to cross the Vancouver Land Bridge in the summer solstice 6-mile run in 2009.

"Night Wedding" by photographer Amjad Faur is part of his exhibition "Liban," on display through March 15 at Clark College's Archer Gallery.

Amy Adams, left, and Christian Bale star in "American Hustle," a best picture contender at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

The Traditional Pow Wow is an opportunity for Native Americans to share their culture with the wider community. Hosted by the Native American Indian Education Program as a way for students to celebrate their heritage, the annual event features multiple drum groups and dancers from throughout the Northwest performing traditional songs and dances. Doors will open at noon, with two grand entrance ceremonies at 1 and 6 p.m., along with local craft vendors and concessions such as frybread and Indian tacos.

When: 1 to 10 p.m. today.

Where: Covington Middle School, 11200 N.E. Rosewood Road, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-604-4012.


The Pow Wow is one of the many options for getting out and about this weekend.

2. A storybook tale

Columbia Adventist Academy presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Written originally for television, the story follows Cinderella who, with the help of her Fairy Godmother, escapes from a life of servitude to her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. The production features live music by the school’s orchestra and choir.

When: 7 p.m. today; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Columbia Adventist Academy, 11100 N.E. 189th St., Battle Ground.

Admission: $10, $45 for families.

Telephone: 360-687-3161.


3. Get out and run

Runners can spend Sunday racing — or just jogging or walking — along the Columbia River and through the tranquil historical park during the sixth annual Fred Meyer Fort Vancouver Run. The event features routes for all skill levels, with 15K, 10K and 6K routes for walkers and runners, along with kids’ races and after-race party. A portion of event proceeds will support the Fort Vancouver Trust.

When: 6:45 a.m. registration opens, 7:45 a.m. race start, 11:30 a.m. award ceremony, Sunday.

Where: Fred Meyer Grand Central, 2500 Columbia House Blvd., Vancouver.

Admission: $39 to $45, $18 for ages under 18, $7 to $10 for ages 5 to 12.


4. Travel the world by ear

Take a free “Musical Travelogue” around the world with the Southwest Washington Wind Symphony. The 55-musician ensemble will be joined by tuba virtuoso and composer Patrick Sheridan. The concert will include sounds from shores of Ireland to the Persian Gulf, featuring Sheridan and Sam Pilafian’s piece, “The Strait of Hormuz.” The concert is part of the wind symphony’s mission to help further music education for all ages.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Union High School Performing Arts Center, 6201 N.W. Friberg St., Camas.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-574-8386.


5. Art for Liban

Archer Gallery hosts the work of Palestinian American photographer Amjad Faur. His latest exhibit “Liban,” the French word for Lebanon, explores the country’s social, physical and cultural space in the context of its colonial history and modern growth.

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. today.

Where: Archer Gallery, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Telephone: 360-992-2246.


6. Oscar contenders

With the 86th annual Academy Awards airing Sunday, there’s still a chance to see the films nominated for Best Picture. All nine of the feature films are playing in local theaters, from the technological romance “Her” at the Kiggins Theatre to survival story “Captain Phillips” at Regal Plaza 10. The big-hair comedy “American Hustle” can be found at Cinetopia Mill Plain, Regal City Center 12 and Regal Cascade 16. Based on true stories “12 Years a Slave,” “Philomena” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” can been seen at Regal City Center 12. And the personal journeys of “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Nebraska” and “Gravity” can all be found at the Liberty Theatre.

“Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” are rated PG-13; all other films are rated R.

Where: Liberty Theatre, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas;Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St.; Regal City Center 12, 801 C St.; Regal Cascade 16, 1101 S.E. 160th Ave.; Regal Plaza 10, 7800 N.E. Fourth Plain, Vancouver.

Cost: Varies by location.

Telephone: Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Kiggins Theatre, 360-816-0352; Liberty Theatre, 360-859-9555; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.