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Try This: Farce; romantic dinners; Valentine’s ball; stand-up comics; for the birds

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 9, 2023, 6:03am

Comedy of errors

Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver, presents the Olivier Award-winning farce, “The Play That Goes Wrong.” Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this 1920s whodunit follows the Cornley University Drama Society’s production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor.” The cast includes an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Feb. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25, with 2 p.m. shows on Sunday as well as Feb. 19 and 26. Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 at the door. Buy tickets at magentatheater.com or from the box office at 360-949-3098.

Nights of love

La Uva Fortuna Farms will host “Notte d’Amore,” a series of romantic dinners at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) at 16712 N.E. 219th St., Battle Ground. The cost is $125 per couple. The menu features bruschetta; Caesar salad; pasta trio with lobster Alfredo, spaghetti Bolognese and creamy Italian sausage gnocchi; rosemary-roasted half-pheasant with lemon garlic green beans and garlic potato puree; two chocolate pistachio cannoli; and a glass of Champagne. Wine and other drinks are also available to buy. Make reservations at lauvafortuna.com.

Have a ball

Vancouver’s annual Family Valentine’s Ball is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Pearson Air Museum Hangar, 1115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. (Saturday’s dance is sold out.) The event features a local DJ, light refreshments, dessert and stations for selfie photos and arts and crafts. Tickets are $15 per person for city of Vancouver residents or $17 for nonresidents. Each attendee must register individually at www.cityofvancouver.us/ValentinesBall; children ages 13 and under must attend with an adult. Scholarships are available to kids ages 18 and younger at www.cityofvancouver.us/scholarship.

Very funny

The Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, presents Comedy on Tap 8-9:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. The monthly comedy showcase hosted by Tristian Spillman features local and regional stand-up comics performing sets live on stage. February’s comics are headliner Amanda Arnold with opener Arlo Weierhauser. Concessions, beer, wine and cider will be available to purchase during the show. Tickets are $15, available online at kigginstheatre.com or in person from the box office.

Beach birds

TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center will host an online class, “Winter Birds of the Pacific Northwest Coast,” 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday. Learn to spot murres, loons, scoters, guillemots, turnstones and oystercatchers from instructor Laura Whittemore, who has taught classes for Audubon Society of Portland and has searched for birds in the United States, Australia, South Africa and Antarctica. Registration is $10 to $20 at treesongnatureawareness.org. There will be a separate but related birding field trip to the Oregon Coast on Feb. 25.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the Fort Vancouver Kiwanis Club 100th Anniversary Celebration, the Master Gardeners’ “Introduction to Grape Pruning” workshop and Portland’s Black History Festival Northwest — see Page B6 or events.columbian.com.