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Try This: Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, Poetry Moves, First Friday Open Music Night

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 5, 2023, 6:00am

Cut a rug

The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the Providence Academy Ballroom, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, in conjunction with downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk. Tickets are $10 at historicmusic.org/upcoming-events. The ensemble recreates the sounds of jazz bands of the 1920s and ’30s. Sammuel Murry-Hawkins will lead the 11-piece Vancouver-based ensemble through tunes by early jazz composers, including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington. For details, email neplusultrajass@gmail.com.

Poetry party

Poetry Moves, a partnership between Artstra and C-Tran, will honor poets who have delighted and inspired bus riders since 2016 with a free Celebration on Poetry 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver. The program installs placards on buses displaying short poems submitted by people of all ages and walks of life. Washington Poet Laureate Rena Priest is the guest of honor and former Clark County Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Morgan will “pass the pen” to current Clark County Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino. The event will include readings from Poetry Moves poets from its past five seasons as well as interpretive dance and music.

More music

North Clark Historical Museum, 21416 N.E. 399th St. in Amboy’s renovated 1910 United Brethren Church, will host its 20th anniversary First Friday Open Music Night at 7 p.m. Friday. Performer sign-ups are from 6-7 p.m. There will be a break during the evening to enjoy cake and ice cream. Wayne Hoffman will emcee the musical performances with museum hosts George Weisenborn and Jim Malinowski. The museum is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For details, call 360-247-5800 and leave a message or email museumnch88@gmail.com.

Fly away

Pearson Field Education Center, 201 East Reserve St., Vancouver, hosts Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday. The museum is the ideal location for young people to experience STEM education through aviation. Explore a flight simulator lab, vertical wind table, glider building, historic airplanes and collections on display, and various educational programs. Admission is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are appreciated. Call 360-992-1818 or 360-694-5578 for more details.

Wine and song

J.T. and Maggie Wise will perform at La Uva Fortuna, 16712 N.E. 219th St., Battle Ground, 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 11. The husband-and-wife duo plays bluesy, roots rock featuring J.T. Wise on guitar and vocals and Margaret Wise on bass and vocals. Wine, wood-fired pizza and other Italian dishes will be available to purchase. Reservations are available at 360-606-4303.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the Portland Boat Show, Botticelli’s “Madonna of the Magnificat” at the Portland Art Museum or “Moulin Rouge!” at the Keller Auditorium — visit events.columbian.com.