Go: ‘James and the Giant Peach Jr.;” Kid Fest; Dave Burbeck tribute concert




1. Peachy adventure

It’s a musical adventure on an enormous fruit as Journey Theater Arts Group presents its winter show, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” Based the classic Roald Dahl’s tale, this children’s production follows the orphan James who discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, which launches a journey with a collection of singing insects. The show begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and 24, plus 2 p.m. Feb. 25-26, at Ridgefield High School, 2724 S.E. Hillhurst Road, Ridgefield. Tickets are $14 to $ 18, with $10 to $14 for youth and seniors. Tickets are $10 to $14 for all during the Feb. 18 performance. 360-750-8550 or www.journeytheater.org

2. Fun indoors

The annual KidFest and SportFest helps families kick the winter doldrums with a bevy of activities, such as laser tag, climbing rock walls, sports demonstrations, a petting zoo, a kids cooking competition and performances. There also will be vendor exhibits, programs and local resources for families. The expo runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19. at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive., Portland. Admission is $6 per person, $25 for a family pass, and free for ages 3 and younger. www.kidfestnw.com

3. Dave Brubeck tribute

Bravo! Concerts Northwest presents a concert featuring the jazz of the acclaimed American pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. The performances will include drummer Dan Brubeck — Dave Brubeck’s son– and his Dan Brubeck Jazz Quartet alongside the 40-voice Bravo! Northwest Chorale, led by conductors Maria Manzo and Michael Kissinger. A concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Madeleine Church, 3123 N.E. 24th Ave., Portland, and at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the First United Methodist Church, 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver. Tickets are $30, and free for ages 18 and younger with a paid adult. 360-906-0441 or www.bravoconcerts.com

4. Toilet revolution

It’s a satirical but dystopian world in “Urinetown: The Musical,” where using the restroom is serious business. All of the toilets in the world are overseen by a mega-corporation, which charges fees for access. People who break toilet laws are sent to a penal colony called “Urinetown,” never to return. When Bobby Strong’s father is arrested, he begins a pee-for-free rebellion, with the encouragement of Hope Cladwell, the daughter of the corporation’s CEO. Clark College Theatre presents the musical at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-18, 24-25 and March 2-4 in Decker Theatre at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors, and $11 for students and alumni. 360-992-2815 or www.clark.edu/cc/theatre

5. Community talk

The community talk show “Hello Vancouver!” returns at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 with musicians, storytellers and discussions with community members at a new location, Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver. This show will feature actress Hannah Loyd from the TV show “Grimm,” this year’s Miss Clark County contestants, music by Bobbi, Joe, and the New Guy, plus “Cooking with Anne” featuring Anne McEnerny-Ogle. The talk show is free, but reservation are encouraged due to limited seating. http://hellovancouver.us or www.facebook.com/HelloVancouver.us