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Try This: Black history; VSO concert; ‘Xanadu’; Sportsmen’s show; ‘A Mighty Span’

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 16, 2023, 6:04am

Five things to do this week:

History highlights

See the free “Black History Highlights of Southwest Washington” exhibit at Clark College, on display this month at Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. The Vancouver NAACP chapter, Clark College and Clark County Historical Museum present this panel exhibit created by historian and artist Claudia Starr Carter, who died in April 2022. The exhibit celebrates the contributions and stories of Southwest Washington’s Black community. The exhibit includes objects from the museum and NAACP archives as well as original pieces by Carter.

Keyboards and clarinets

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series continues with “Piano and Winds,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver. The concert features pianist and artist-in-residence Orli Shaham alongside Rachel Rencher, Alan Juza, Igor Shakhman, Margaret McShea and Daniel Partridge performing Eric Ewazen’s “Ballade, Pastorale and Dance,” Mikhail Glinka’s “Trio Pathetique in D minor,” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds.” Tickets ($25) are at vancouversymphony.org.

Divine disco

Prairie High School Drama Club presents “Xanadu” at Prairie High School, 11311 N.W. 119th St., Vancouver. “Xanadu” follows Greek muse Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif., in 1980. She is on a quest to inspire struggling artist Sonny to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time — the first roller disco. Tickets ($6 to $15) are available online or at the door. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Feb. 24 and 25. Matinee showings are 1 p.m. Saturday (with sign language interpretation) and Feb. 25. Learn more at facebook.com/PrairieDramaClub/.

Antlers and anglers

The Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show returns to the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland. Find fishing and hunting exhibitors, guides and outfitters, clothing, gear, boats, ATVs, tents, kayaks and the Kids’ Free Trout Lake. The show includes multiple demonstration areas, such as Camp Eureka, the Kayak Bass Pond (centerpiece of the largest kayak sale west of the Mississippi) and Garmin Tech Center with fishing electronics. Bring your antlers to win prizes in the Head and Horns Competition. Get tickets ($15 or $25 for a two-day pass) at thesportshows.com. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Bridge broadcast

Re-Imagined Radio pays tribute to the 106-year-old Interstate Bridge with “A Mighty Span” airing at 1 p.m. Monday on KXRW-FM, Vancouver, and KXRY-FM, Portland. The bridge opened on Feb. 14, 1917. The episode is a dramatized live radio news report based on historical documents. Through speeches and sounds, listeners can put themselves at the bridge on its opening day to experience the spectacle and community pride. Re-imagined Radio premieres episodes on the third Monday of the month on KXRW-FM. Episodes can also be streamed on demand from www.reimaginedradio.net.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the Black History Month Makers’ Market at Alberta Commons, the Portland Fan Expo at the Oregon Convention Center and the two-part Master Gardener Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop — see Page B3 or events.columbian.com.

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