1. Roll on, Storm City
Want to watch girls fight? The Storm City Roller Girls, our local flat-track roller derby team, has a double-header scheduled for the evening of Sept. 9. First they take on Emerald City from Eugene, Ore., at 5 p.m.; then they face down Bridgetown Brawlers of Portland (a co-ed team) at 7 p.m. Storm City’s mission is empowering women of every shape, size and type to participate in community sports and build self-esteem; they claim that roller derby is the fastest-growing sport in the world. See why at the Clark County Events Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Tickets are $15 at the door; parking is $6 per vehicle. Visit www.stormcityrollergirls.com.
2. Peace in the park
Pursue peace in Esther Short Park. The Vancouver Peace & Justice Fair is back for a 14th year of pulling together progressive activists, nonprofit agencies, people of faith and anyone else who wants to work toward a better world. This year, 100-plus exhibitors and sponsors will ring Esther Short Park, while main stage entertainment runs the gamut from the 100-voice Vancouver USA Singers to folk singer (and Pete Seeger fellow traveler) Joe Hickerson of Portland. New this year is an electric vehicle showcase. Admission is free. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 in Esther Short Park, Columbia and Esther Streets in downtown Vancouver. Visit www.vancouverpeaceandjusticefair.org.
3. Events aid Eagle Creek Fire efforts
Shorty’s Garden and Home has scheduled two evenings of music, craft beers, food and garden explorations — with portions of proceeds going toward efforts to fight the Eagle Creek Fire and to evacuees. Shorty’s Harvest Celebration, from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 8, features brews by Mill City Brew Werks of Camas, food by Black Dog Hot Dogs and Southern Specialities, and tunes by Justin Sheehy and the Lapdogs and 5 Guys Named Moe. Tickets are $25 at the door, with one beverage included. The next day, Shorty’s fourth annual Autumn Brewfest is noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 9, with 24 local brews on tap and music by Montgomery Jones, Justin Sheehy and Cadillacs for Everyone starting at 3 p.m. Admission is $20, which includes a souvenir pint glass and five tasting tokens. Shorty’s Garden and Home is at 10006 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Call 360-892-7880 or visit shortysgardencenter.com.
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks changed everything — even in quiet, safe suburbia. Magenta Theater, which has explored the aftermath of this event in various productions, now introduces “The Sleeper” by Catherine Butterfield, in a Black Chair version. That means it’s a staged reading, with minimal props and costumes other than some black furniture. “The Sleeper” focuses on the aftermath of Sept. 11 in one suburban mother’s life. The play features adult language and situations. The only show is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. Call 360-635-4358 or visitmagentatheater.com.
5. Art takes time
“Time-based” is an awkward name for an arts festival, but the point should be clear: this festival features motion, activity, performance, energy. (No standing like statues and staring at statues that just stand there like statues.) The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art hosts its 17th annual Time-Based Art Festival, an interdisciplinary extravaganza, through Sept. 17. Events are at various times at theaters, galleries and other sites all over Portland, but HQ and the box office is the PICA building at 15 N.E. Hancock St. Individual performances range from free to $25; festival passes start at $60. Visit pica.org for all the details.