Monika Spykerman

April at Latte Da

Spring is officially here, and there’s no place livelier than Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, where there’s always something happening and always something delicious to eat or drink. This month, there’s live music, poetry and storytelling, puppies, trivia night, wine, and of course COFFEE! To make it easier for you to plan, North Bank Now has laid out, in one handy-dandy list, everything that’s going on this month at Latte Da (which, we shamelessly confess, is one of our most favorite places in the Couve).

Latte Da has also got a full menu featuring some of the Couve’s best sandwiches—and some of its yummiest small plates and appetizers, perfect with a glass of craft beer, cider, or fine wine. Latte Da, open most days from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is located in a cozy old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver and is an all-day destination for coffee, wine, light meals and live music. Street parking is available. For more details about these and other events, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.

  • Monday, April 3, Musicians’ Open Mic Night: come to perform…or to listen. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m. and music starts around 6:30 p.m. Full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Saturday, April 8, Pups & People Dog Meet-up: meet your two and four-legged neighbors at Latte Da’s furry, friendly get-together. Enjoy hot, homemade biscuits and gravy, or anything else from Latte Da’s morning menu. All ages are welcome and guests can buy a bandanas to benefit Must Love Dogs NW, a local dog rescue organization.
  • Friday, April 14, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories on April’s theme: “Utopia and Dystopia.” Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m .and readings start at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, April 17, Trivia Night: come on down and show off your brain power from 6 to 8 p.m. while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefiting Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Thursday, April 27, Wine Tasting: Come taste some lovely French wines from Les Jamelles in Latta Da’s beautiful Tasting Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Four tastes are $12. Small appetizers will be provided. Bottles and glasses of the wines being poured will be available for purchase. Bring a date!

Rejuvenating Your Landscape

Do you, um, not love how your front yard looks from the street—or how your back yard looks from your kitchen window? (…worse, have your neighbors complained?) Or here’s a scenario: your neighbor’s yard is an eyesore, but you’re not sure how to create a natural-looking barrier between your yard and theirs. Or maybe you have an inspired idea for a new feature, but you aren’t sure how to make it happen without spending a gazillion dollars. This short, information-packed, 90-minute presentation will give you the solutions to all those problems—and give you additional creative ideas to keep you busy for a long while!

Washington State University Extension Clark County Master Gardeners presents “Rejuvenating Your Landscape” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. This free workshop will be held at the Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St. in Washougal. Participants should bring four or five photos showing a couple of areas they currently like about their landscape, and a couple of areas they wish to change. Also helpful for the class exercises is to download and print a copy of your property’s map. Visit Maps Online at http://gis.clark.wa.gov/mapsonline/index.cfm and click on “Find Parcel,” then enter your street address on the “Search” tab.

There is no charge and no registration is required. For more information, call 360-397-6060, ext. 5738, or email erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu.

Mike Smith at Camas Gallery

Mike Smith—an English teacher who transformed himself into a highly sought-after painter and sculptor—will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery from April 1-30. Smith received a degree in English Literature from the University of Portland, taught briefly, and then became committed to developing his art on a professional level. His early work was abstract, but Smith soon abandoned schools of art and developed his own unique, colorful style which has subsequently influenced other artists. His work contains worldwide themes and ideas, but the focus of his painting and sculpture remains the hill where he lives and has his studio in Camas.

In his 30 year career, he has had almost 100 solo exhibitions of his work, which includes watercolor, oil, acrylic, bronze, ceramic, and printmaking. Smith has had solo shows across the United States as well as in Europe. His work can be seen public and private collections around the world. A few of Smith’s collectors include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ed Asner, and directors Richard Donner and Richard Carpenter.

Camas Gallery will host an opening reception for Smith on First Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Camas Gallery is normally open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery is location is 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, call 360-817-2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit www.camasgallery.com.

Green Neighbors Recycling Days

Got junk? Get rid of it responsibly during a series of free Green Neighbors Recycling Day events that offer expanded opportunities for Clark County residents to recycle a variety of items. Event times and locations are:

  • Vancouver: April 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Evergreen High School, 14300 N.E. 18th St.
  • Yacolt: April 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Yacolt Primary School, 406 W. Yacolt Rd.
  • Ridgefield: April 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5901 South 11th St.
  • La Center: April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holley Park, 1000 E. 4th St.
  • Camas: May 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., Washougal
  • Washougal: May 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St.
  • Battle Ground: May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St.

County residents can drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, scrap metal and no more than five tires without rims per person. All events, except Yacolt and Ridgefield, will provide shredding for up to two banker boxes of paper. (Sorry, no business waste will be accepted.) If you can’t make it to one of the Recycling Day events, you can find year-round options at RecyclingA-Z.com. For more information about Green Neighbors and other Recycling Days, visit https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/.

Recycling Day events are free and open to all Clark County residents (so bring your driver’s license, just in case). Household hazardous waste like paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals, can’t be accepted, but you can dispose of these thing for free year-round at these three transfer stations:

  • Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
  • Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun.
  • West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Additional information about HHW disposal is available at www.clark.wa.gov/hhw or by calling 360-397-2121, ext. 4352.

Special Screening of Salt and Fire at the Kiggins

The Kiggins Theatre invites you to a special, one-time-only screening of Salt and Fire, an internationally co-produced thriller film directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo, Lo and Behold). The film, which made its debut at the Shanghai International Film Festival, was later selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section at the most recent Toronto International Film Festival.

Two ecologists (played by Veronica Ferres and Gael Garcia Bernal) are sent to South America as part of a U.N. investigation into an ecological disaster. They are quickly kidnapped by the villainous CEO (played by Michael Shannon) of a large company held responsible for the ecological disaster. But when a supervolcano nearby begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.

This special advance NYFCS screening will include a special live-to-tape “talk back” with the enigmatic Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon. The movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. All seats are $10. Click here to purchase advance tickets online.

Call for Paper Artists

Boomerang Fine Arts is putting out an open call to local artists who create works out of paper for its May show, “Paper: Made, Formed, and Simply Used Up,” which opens First Friday, May 5. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original paper-based artwork…works that are based on paper or in which paper is the key element, such as folded paper, origami, paper furniture, bookbinding, drawings, paintings, papier-mâché, and 3D paper sculptures. The show isn’t just for “professional” artists; any one can submit anything that falls within the submission guidelines, which you can see by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 15. For more information, email Call4Art@generosityreturns.com.

Boomerang Generosity Shop & Coffee House is a different type of socially responsible business and nonprofit organization. A staff of volunteers (including the baristas!) operate as an upscale donation and retail center with a unique spin on charitable giving. There’s plenty to see in the store besides top-notch art, from jewelry and home furnishings to smaller décor items and books. Boomerang accepts donations of quality (and tax-deductible) items, then sells the items at reasonable prices in order to raise money for local worthy causes. Since opening in 2015, Boomerang been able to “give back” over $70,000 to the local community. Boomerang is located in downtown Vancouver at 808 Main St. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com.

Caring for Clematis Workshop

The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County presents “Growing and Caring for Clematis” with Debbie Fischer, owner of Silver Star Vinery. This free workshop will be offered at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205, located at 11104 N.E. 149th St. in Brush Prairie. Fischer’s presentation will cover care, planting, new varieties vs. old, some on growing seeds and taking cuttings. She will also bring plants for sale and seeds to share.

Fischer and Dennis Hutchinson started the Specialty Clematis Nursery/Silver Star Vinery in 2002. They did business locally until 2006, when they expanded to a custom website for online ordering. Extensive display gardens were planted in 2007 to house the hundreds of clematis in Fischer’s private collection\. These same gardens have continued to mature and multiply and they are open for the public to enjoy. There is a large open garden from the end of June to early July. If you’d like to visit, the nursery is housed at 31805 N.E. Clearwater Drive in Yacolt. You can also visit www.silverstarvinery.com or call 360-608-3720.

No registration required to attend the workshop. More information can be found at www.mgfcc.com/Events.html. The nonprofit Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County is dedicated to fundraising efforts to help perpetuate the WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardener Program and to promote research-based horticulture practices at the 78th Street Heritage Farm through education, consultative programs and experiences.

Spring Break Movies at the Camas Library

Spring break may be only one week, but it can seem like an eternity…fortunately, the Camas Public Library is all set to go with free movies, every single weekday. Bring your restless kids for some PG-rated fun. All movies start at 2 p.m. and will be projected onto the library’s big screen. Plus, everyone gets free popcorn! Here’s the line-up:

  • Monday, April 3: “Moana” (rated PG)—Moana sets sail to save her people. Along the way, she meets the demigod Maui, and together they go on an action-packed voyage. Running time: our hour, 47 minutes.
  • Tuesday, April 4: “Kubo and the Two Strings” (rated PG)—A young boy with the gift of telling fantastical stories is sent on a mystical quest to discover his family’s magical legacy. Running time: one hour, 42 minutes.
  • Wednesday, April 5: “Doctor Strange” (rated PG-13)—A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing, only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Running time: one hour, 55 minutes.
  • Thursday, April 6: “Sing” (rated PG)—When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams. Running time: one hour, 48 minutes.
  • Friday, April 7: “Trolls” (rated PG)—After the Bergens invade, Poppy and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Running time: one hour, 32 minutes.

The Camas Public Libary is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit the website by clicking here, or check out the library’s Facebook page.

Adam the Great at Dave’s Killer Magic

Dave’s Killer Magic Shop in downtown Vancouver presents Adam the Great, performing a family-friendly show of magic and comedy. The “Defying the Laws of Entertainment” show is so popular that Dave’s Killer Magic is offering it at two times: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 (yup, that’s April Fool’s Day).

The performance is a mesmerizing blend of charm, wit, audience interaction, and innovative magic. Adam’s talents include eye-popping close-up magic as well as outstanding comedy. Adam has amazed crowds at fairs, festivals, and corporate events, as well as having served as an Armed Forces entertainer, giving the troops and their families overseas a much-needed morale boost. Tickets are $10 per person, available by calling 360-448-9022.

To find out about more upcoming shows and events at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, click here or call 360-448-9022. Dave’s Killer Magic Shop is located at 1707 Main St. in Vancouver. A vast selection of magic-related items is available to purchase on its website at www.killermagicshop.com, but we promise you’ll have even more fun if you visit in person.

Book Birthday Party with Gretchen McLellan

51vx15Oq8mLJoin local author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan for a Book Birthday Party for her new children’s book, “Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3.” The festivities will be held at the Camas Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. There will be activities, drawings, a reading, pictures with the giant pencil (see above!), autographs and more. Find out the backstory of this book with Camas roots, and win prizes from participating Camas merchants—Cake Happy, Caffe Piccolo, The Soap Chest, and Lizzabeth A (…where you can also purchase the book, if you don’t already have a copy).

This book, illustrated by Grace Zong, is an ideal read for the end of the school year and a perfect present for any special teacher in your life. Kirkus Review calls it “A thoroughly satisfying solution to the issue of saying goodbye.”

Learn more about McLellan—who has three more books due to come out next year—at www.gretchenmclellan.com. You can also R.S.V.P. for the Book Birthday Party at gretchenmclellan@comcast.net. The Camas Public Library is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Workshop: Publishing Your Chapbook

Do you have a slew of unpublished poems or stories that are longing to see the light of day, and the permanence of print? Find out how to get your work out there with “Publishing Your Chapbook,” a workshop with award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams, presented by Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna. The workshop, which is being offered in honor of National Poetry Month, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The cost is just $15 per student. To sign up, contact Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or Jackson at leah.angstgallery@gmail.com.

There are countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision. But how best to organize and structure your chapbook? How to make it read cohesively? And what publishing path is the right fit? Join Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, this workshop will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and marketing director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including “Disinheritance” and “Controlled Hallucinations.” A seven-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, Williams has an MA in creative writing from Rivier College and an MA in book publishing from Portland State University. To learn more, visit www.johnsibleywilliams.wordpress.com.

Volunteer Training for Local Wildlife Refuges

Volunteers play a critical role in welcoming first-time visitors who are just discovering the beauty and splendor of the Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuges—as well as those who are renewing their connection with nature through regular visits. You can share the wonder of our magnificent public lands by training to be a volunteer. Volunteers teach students, engage visitors, help with on and offsite events, and much more. Volunteer training sessions for both refuges are being held throughout this month. All sessions are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s the schedule:

  • April 1: Connecting People to Nature
  • April 8: Culture & Tech of the Lower Columbia
  • April 15: Wetlands & Wildlife
  • April 22: Wildife of Oak Woodlands

For more information, details on location for each training session, and to register, e-mail RidgefieldVolunteer@fws.gov. Training is sponsored by the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex and its partners, the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards.

Alpacapalooza: March 31-April 2

So much alpaca adorableness is coming to the Clark County Event Center, it’ll be like Alpacapalooza in there! Actually, it WILL be Apacapalooza: the annual event hosted by the Alpaca Association of Western Washington and featuring some of the finest examples of alpaca loveliness in state of Washington from over 40 regional breeders. The event, which is one of the largest shows in the country, lasts for three days—from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1; and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Alpacapalooza is open to the public and admission is FREE! (…although Event Center parking is $6 cash). The event will take place in Exhibition Hall C.

Alpacas are smaller and more docile than llamas, and produce an especially sought-after wool that is used to make the softest of yarns. This three-day event aims to highlight the growing alpaca population and industry in the Pacific Northwest. The Alpacapalooza event will include judging, a halter show, fleece judging and photo contest, presentations, a Herdsire auction in the show ring, a silent auction and “happy hour” social.

The Alpaca Association of Western Washington is a group of alpaca owners, breeders, and enthusiasts who have come together as a regional affiliate organization of the international Alpaca Owners Association. Its mission is to raise public awareness of alpacas and their luxurious natural fiber, share knowledge and resources, plan and organize alpaca events, represent the interests of Western Washington alpaca owners as an affiliate organization of AOBA, and have fun. To learn more, visit www.alpacawa.org.

For more information about Alpacapalooza, visit http://www.alpacawa.org/page/6013/alpacapalooza—general-information. You can also contact Jeff Williamson of Liberty Alpacas at jeff@libertyalpacas.com or 206-719-4978.

Preview Day at WSU

Thinking about becoming a Coug? At Preview Day, you can learn about the programs offered at Washington State University Vancouver, how to apply for admission, and how to pay for college. You’ll hear from students and meet with faculty and staff as you explore the WSU campus, learn about student life, and find answers to your questions. The next Preview Day starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Parents and prospective students can come early for a campus tour beginning at noon at the Firstenburg Family Fountain. To join, RSVP by clicking here.

There are two locations where you can check in for Preview Day. Transfers from other colleges and universities should go to Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, and incoming freshmen should go to the Firstenburg Student Commons. (Here’s a campus map and directions to help you find your way.) Here are some of the topics that will be covered:

  • Learn the admissions process: learn about admission requirements and how to apply from a WSU Vancouver expert.
  • Talk with current students: ask WSU Vancouver Student Ambassadors about campus life, academics and student services on campus. They can also give you tips on how to enhance your educational experience.
  • Take a campus tour: explore WSU’s beautiful, state-of-the-art campus with a Student Ambassador and discover the resources that WSU Vancouver has to offer.
  • A-Z of Paying for College Workshop: learn the ins and outs of financing your education—including loans, grants, waivers, scholarships, and other things to consider—from a WSU Vancouver expert.
  • Explore the Academic & Student Life Fair: meet university faculty and staff and ask individual questions about your specific interest area. Learn about campus involvement opportunities.

Questions? Take a look at the event flyer, call the Cougar Center at 360-546-9779, or send an email by clicking here. Go Cougs!

Above image: view of Mt. Hood from the WSU campus, courtesy of WSU.

Watercolor Tea Party

Enjoy a very artful tea party in downtown Camas when you drop by Lizzabeth A. on Saturday, March 25. This charming home décor (and more!) boutique will be featuring its new line of watercolor linens by April Cornell—as well as a bevy of watercolor paintings by local artists, all available for sale. Hot tea and light refreshments will be offered to all guests; no need to purchase anything, just come and enjoy the store!

While you’re there, you might want to pick up your copy of Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3, a beautifully illustrated children’s book by local author Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan. McLellan will be featured at book release party on Saturday, April 1, at the Camas Public Library. (You might also want to pair this purchase with an ice cream necklace made by local artists Deborah Funches of Shift Accessories as a gift for the little—or grown-up!—ice cream-and-book-lover in your life.)

Lizzabeth A is located at 339 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Tea will be served from noon to 2 p.m. For more information about this and other events, call 360-834-6071 or visit lizzabetha.com. You call also follow them on on Facebook  and Instagram.

IPA Fest at Caps N’ Taps

C’mon, get hoppy…at Caps N’ Taps, for the third annual IPA Festival, happening from noon to close on Friday, March 24. Hopheads of the North Bank, warm up those taste buds now because it’s going to be a day of IPA overload, featuring a bevy of hops-forward, hops-heavy, and hops-on-hops craft brews. It’ll be, in short, totally hop-some, dude.

We can’t list the featured breweries here, because the IPA Festival involves a blind taste test of Clark County’s top eight IPAs. You can get a taster tray of all eight—unlabeled and marked only A to H—and then rate your top three. The winning breweries will be announced Monday.

Caps N’ Taps is located at 337 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more information, visit Caps N’ Taps Facebook page, see its website at capsntapscamas.com, or call 360-210-7244.

Artists Needed for Youth Art Show

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy is hosting the Spring 2017 Fine Art Show, and it’s open to all young artists in Southwest Washington who are between the ages of three and 18 years old. The theme is “Things That Move,” and the categories of submissions can include digital art, photography, painting, sculpting, and other fine arts. Proceeds from the show will benefit youth programs at MPAA.

There are three age divisions: three to seven years old, eight to 12 years old, and 13-18 years old. There’s a $10 fee per entry and each artist may submit up to two items in each category. There will be an overall award for Best Use of Theme plus first, second, and third place in each division. All art will be displayed at the MPAA studio in Hazel Dell from April 17 to June 15. Awards will be announced on April 17. The overall first place pieces will be displayed at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts during the June Metropolitan Performing Arts’ production of The Hobbit.

Artwork can be submitted in person to the studio from April 10-15 any time during MPAA business hours. Artists can fill out a submission form online at www.metropaa.org or it can be downloaded here: http://www.metropaa.org/events/first-annual-fine-arts-spring-show/. For more information, call 360-975-1585 or e-mail exec.director@gmail.com.

A Walk in the Park with Naturalist Jack Nisbet

Jack Nisbet, naturalist and author of several books including The Collector, Visible Bones, and Ancient Places, will offer a class and evening presentation at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The outdoor class for up to 25 people (ages 16 and older) will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Nisbet will lead participants on a walk around the national park, using David Douglas as a lens for exploring the cultural and natural history of Southwest Washington. Nisbet will focus on the flora and fauna studied by Douglas, and the naturalist’s relationships with tribal families and families of mixed ethnicity. The state of science at that time and Douglas’ personal story will also play an important role in the class. Register by calling 360-816-6244; there is no fee for the class and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

The evening lecture will be at 7 p.m. on March 29 at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The presentation highlights a section from Nisbet’s most recent book, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focusing on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods shaping our current landscape, mining, tribal rights, and land use issues. Signed copies of Nisbet’s books will be available for purchase that evening at the Visitor Center Bookstore, managed by the Friends of Fort Vancouver.

Young Actors Workshop

Spring break: home for a week with restless kids. Maybe it’s sunny enough to send them outside to play…but maybe it’s not. What do you do?

Let them to channel all that drama into a three-day theater arts workshop with the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy. Your kids ages six through 12 can join instructor Sean Kelly to learn stage acting techniques—everything from improv to Shakespeare. There’s something for every kid in this fast-paced class for young actors!

Classes will be held from Tuesday, April 4, through Thursday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit www.metropaa.org. The Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy studios are located at 905 N.E. 68th St. in the Hazell Dell area of Vancouver.

The Red Turtle at the Kiggins

The visually stunning, Oscar-nominated new film from Studio Ghibli is coming to the Kiggins Theatre starting this Friday. The Red Turtle follows the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, film is a beautiful allegory exploring milestones in the life of a human being.

“Few films have used color and light with such acuity,” says the review in the Boston Globe, “from the near monochrome of moonlight on a desolate beach to the infinite, illuminated shades of green in a bamboo forest.” The Philadelphis Inquirer calls the movie “…a profoundly simple meditation on the many ways we’ve become alienated from nature and from the Earth.”

Showtimes are as follows:

  • Friday, March 24, 4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25, 3:50 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26, 3:50 p.m.
  • Monday, March 27, 4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.

General admission is $9, except for Mondays, when all seats are $6. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main Street in downtown Vancouver. For a sneak peek at the film, see the trailer below: