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Try This: Sunflower fest, art fest and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: July 28, 2022, 6:00am

All that jazz

The Historic Music Preservation Project presents “You Oughta Be in Pictures,” featuring early cinema tunes, including works made popular by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. The 11-piece Vancouver-based Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra will perform at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, at 7 p.m. today. Tickets are $25, available at kigginstheatre.com. For more information, email neplusultrajass@gmail.com.

A thousand words

See the Northwest Oil Painters Guild annual show and sale at the Corridor Gallery inside the Esther Short Building, 610 Esther St., Vancouver. The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 16. Many of the paintings, both professional and amateur, are inspired by Northwest landscapes and history. An opening reception is 5-9 p.m. Aug. 5 during Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk. Learn more at nopgartists.com.

The sunny side

O’Keefe Farms, 17604 N.E. 182nd Ave., Brush Prairie, will host a Sunflower Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Aug. 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under. The price includes three U-cut flowers. Kids ages 5 and under get a free flower. Stroll through sunflower fields, browse artisan vendors and purchase coffee and spirits. Hayrides are $1. Bring a picnic or purchase food on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy live music Saturday, Aug. 6 and 13. Get details at 360-901-0926 or email okeefesfarm@gmail.com.

Art on the farm

The Fern Prairie Art Fest is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Shangri-La Farm. Park at Grove Field Airport, 632 N.E. 267th Ave., Camas, and take the free Sunflower Mobile from the airport to the farm. Guests may also walk the quarter-mile trail through the woods. The festival features 10 juried artists selling oils, acrylics and watercolor, pastels, mixed media, pottery, fused and enamel glass, jewelry, pen and ink and copper mixed media. For details, call 360-281-8720 or email pikeadvertising@comcast.net.

Further ado

Metropolitan Performing Arts presents a free outdoor theater series featuring an abridged and modernized version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Shows are performed in different outdoor locations around Vancouver. Admission is free. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic dinner. All performances are at 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, see the play at 6403 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Additional shows will be offered Aug. 6-7 at Mended Oak Winery and Aug. 13-14 at La Uva Fortuna. For details, visit www.metropolitanperformingarts.org.

… And More

For more details about these and other events like the summer Saturday interpretive programs at Battle Ground Lake and Community Art Night at Vancouver Art Space, see our events calendar.