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Try This: Clark College Jazz Festival, Tet Festival, ‘Short Sound Stories’

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 26, 2023, 6:02am

Jazzy jams

Clark College hosts the 59th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival today through Saturday with three days of big band jazz in the Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Admission is $5 per day. Clark College students and children younger than 12 with an adult are free. Sixty middle and high school jazz ensembles from Washington and Oregon will perform with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles. The Clark College Jazz Band will perform at 1 p.m. today, 7:45 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday. Finals competitions start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, ending with the trophy presentations. For complete details, visit clark.edu.

Big ideas

The next Science on Tap at the Kiggins Theatre is “Behind the Scenes of OPB’s ‘All Science. No Fiction.’” at 7 p.m. tonight at 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $15 to $45 to this in-person event, available online at kigginstheatre.com or the box office. The show spotlights Pacific Northwest scientists and their work with new technology, cutting-edge solutions and inventions, and grand ideas that pass the HCTC (Holy Crap That’s Cool!) test. For more information on this event or about future Science on Tap gatherings in Vancouver and Portland, visit scienceontaporwa.org.

Meaningful music

Music Teachers Association of Clark County presents “A Teacher’s Concert,” 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Good Shepherd, 805 S.E. Ellsworth Road, Vancouver. The concert showcases student-teacher collaborations in a concert featuring instrumentalists, professional musicians and a wide variety of musical styles. The entry fee is $10 and additional donations are gratefully accepted. Funds raised will support scholarships for Clark County music students who wish to pursue music beyond high school. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Learn more at mtacconline.org.

New beginnings

The Vietnamese Community of Clark County presents the Tet Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary, 2921 Falk Road, Vancouver. The event features live music, a lion dance, carnival games, lucky money and a traditional Vietnamese clothing show. Admission is free. For more details, call 360-281-8754 or email vietclarkcounty@gmail.com. The Vancouver Chinese Association will also offer a Lunar New Year Celebration 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Skyview High School, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver. Admission is $15.

Listen up

Re-Imagined Radio presents “Short Sound Stories,” a collection of 18 short stories told with vocals, sound effects, field recordings and music, at 1 p.m. Monday. Subjects include soundscapes, dreamscapes, deep questions, audio drama, radio drama, radio historical highlights, memories, emotional states, loss and redemption, scary stories, uplifting stories, collages and sound poems. All the sound stories are created by students participating in a “Storytelling with Sounds” class at Washington State University Vancouver. Learn more about the stories at reimaginedradio.net.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like Clark Public Utilities Race for Warmth, the Portland Fine Print Fair or the Penn and Teller show at the Keller Auditorium — visit events.columbian.com.