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Try this: Clothes, comedy and serenades

Five things to do this week

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 7, 2024, 6:02am

Pocket change

Join costume designer Diane Johnston for “And It Has Pockets! The Battle for Women’s Clothing Equality” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Fourth Plain Community Commons, 5107 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Suite 111, Vancouver. Women’s clothing has fewer and smaller pockets than men’s clothing. Why? Johnston will dig into the pockets of the past, tracing the history of the humble pocket and its relation to voting rights and women’s equality. Admission is free. For more details, contact the Clark County Historical Museum at 360-993-5679 or outreach@cchmuseum.org.

Blow by blow

As part of its chamber music series, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform “Woodwind Serenades” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joyce Garver Theater, 1500 N.E. Garfield St., Camas, and 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver. The program includes Antonín Dvorák’s “Serenade for Wind Instruments” and W.A. Mozart’s “Serenade No. 11 for winds in E-flat major.” Tickets are $25 at www.vancouversymphony.org or $10 at the door for students. Questions? Call 360-735-7278.


The next Science on Tap at the Kiggins Theatre is “The Mother and Child Union: A Musical, Poetic and Scientific Journey” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $15 to $45 at kigginstheatre.com. Author, public speaker and neuroscientist Larry Sherman will discuss how a mother’s brain changes during pregnancy and after birth (and for the rest of her life), the neuroscience of the bonding that occurs in the brains of both and what happens when mothers sing to their children. The discussion will be highlighted by visual art, poetry readings and music from singer-songwriter Naomi LaViolette.

Just for laughs

The Rogue Apostles Radio Show presents Vancouver’s Funniest Comedians, a stand-up comedy competition from 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays through March 31 at UnderBar, 17011/2 Broadway St., Vancouver. There is no cover charge for this series, hosted by Dennis Cruise and Savannah O. Bennington. Audience responses will determine the winner. Cash prizes range from $25 to $300 and each comedian will receive a $20 gift certificate from UnderBar. The top five comedians will receive paid comedy gigs in April. Learn more at www.underbarvancouver.com.

Think again

The Park at University Village, 2735 N.E. 134th St., Vancouver, will host “Surprising Ways to Boost Brain Health: How the Arts Keep You Sharp,” with developmental molecular biologist John Medina, author of several books including “Brain Rules for Aging Well.” Doors open at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The workshop begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. (Books will be for sale at the event.) Medina shares new findings regarding brain health, such as the impact of the arts and exposure to nostalgic experiences. Admission is free. Learn more at johnmedina.com.

… And more

For more details about these and other events — like the “Conscious Consumption” series at Cascade Park Community Library, Fort Vancouver Rose Society auction and Artstra’s “Celebration of Poetry” — visit events.columbian.com.