Sight & Sound

Theater, cinema, galleries, dance, music, books.

Shrek the Musical, Jr.

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical Jr., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Journey Theater Arts Group‘s performance of Shrek Jr. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Performances run from Feb. 24 through March 5 at Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School, located at 1201 39th St. in Washougal. Tickets are on sale now at journeytheater.org or by calling 360-750-8550. Pre-sale adult tickets are $14. Youth and senior tickets are $10. Groups of 10 or more are $9. Journey’s Family Day performance is at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25, when all tickets are $10 in advance. Tickets for all performances will be $4 more at the door. Here’s the schedule:

  • Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. (Family Day)
  • Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m.

Neil Young Tribute at Old Liberty

Neil Young will be at the historic Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield this weekend—or at least, he’ll be there in spirit as part of the Neil Young Tribute, a benefit concert for the nonprofit organization MusiCares. Harvest Gold, Southwest Washington’s premier Neil Young tribute band, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, laying down everything from the acoustic moods of Young’s “Harvest” album to the garage-band-extraordinaire sound of the Crazy Horse ensemble.

MusiCares, an outreach group operating under the auspices of the Grammy Awards, provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. To learn more, visit https://www.grammy.org/musicares.

Tickets are $10 per person, available online by clicking here. Beer, wine and snacks will be available in the theater lobby. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 Main St. in downtown Ridgefield. For more details, call the Old Liberty box office at 360-831-2531 or contact Mona Bean at 360-831-4316 or thebeans@tds.net.

Clarinet Virtuoso David Shifrin Plays with the VSO

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Salvador Brotons returns to Skyview Concert Hall on Feb. 25 and 26 to lead the VSO in two memorable concerts with clarinet virtuoso David Shifrin, who is lending his talents to the VSO as a guest artist during these two special performances. Shirfrin will dazzle the audience with two  masterworks for clarinet: C. M. von Weber’s romantic Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra and Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations. Maestro Brotons will begin this Classical/Romantic era-inspired program with Gluck’s solemn overture. Iphigenia in Aulids, and will close out the concert with Mozart’s stunningly beautiful Symphony No. 40.

Shifrin has served as the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland since 1981. Shifrin is also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004, touring extensively throughout the U.S.A. and appearing in several national television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center. He has received three Grammy nominations, and is one of only two wind players to have ever been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Shifrin has appeared with orchestras throughout the world, and served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. He collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.

Performances are at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 N.W. 139th St. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. Tickets are $50 for reserved seating, $37 for general admission, $32 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available for this concert and all 2016-2017 events at vancouversymphony.org or 360-735-7278.

Ice Guardians at the Kiggins

The Kiggins Theatre is offering a one-time-only showing of the acclaimed hockey documentary, Ice Guardians, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.This is a special Tugg screening with a Q&A session after the film featuring Portland’s own Paul Gaustad, formerly of the Portland Winterhawks, Buffalo Sabres, and—most recently—a retired veteran of the Nashville Predators. The event will be hosted by former Portland Winterhawks play-by-play announcer Dean “Scooter” Vrooman.

Ice Guardians tells the story of on-ice enforcers struggling to rise through the professional ranks of the world’s most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new-found fight for the existence of the role itself. Exploring one of the most controversial and provocative positions in the history of sport, Ice Guardians looks into the lives of those who perform what is undoubtedly the toughest job within the National Hockey League: the enforcer. Few understand this position and fewer appreciate what is involved in becoming an enforcer. Ice Guardians steps beyond the hype and talks directly to the players themselves. Through their eyes, tough exteriors are shed to reveal the humanity behind a role that may not exists much longer.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 and available at the door or online at tugginc.com. Five percent of ticket sales (Tugg’s event promoter share) will be donated to the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

Journey Theater Arts Group presents “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignant—and delightfully quirky—stories. This youth theater musical is a brand-new take on Dahl’s “masterpeach,” about courage and self-discovery, featuring a wickedly witty score and inventive sets and costumes. In case you never read the book (or saw the 1996 movie), here’s a brief plot synopsis:

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Performances are at Ridgefield High School, 2630 S. Hillhurst Rd. in Ridgefield, and the play runs for two weekends starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17. Additional evening performances are Feb. 18 and 24, with 2 p.m. matinee shows on Feb. 25 and 26. Pre-sale adult tickets are $14. Youth and senior tickets are $10. Groups of 10 or more are $9. There’s a “family day” performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, with all tickets $10 in advance. Tickets for all performances are $4 more at the door. Tickets are on sale now at journeytheater.org or by calling 360-750-8550.

The National Theatre’s “Amadeus”

If, like me, you remember the 1984 film “Amadeus” with some fondness—weren’t Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham absolutely brilliant in their roles as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and rival composer Antonio Salieri?—then you’ll want to take note of the National Theatre’s spectacular production of the eponymous play on which the movie was based. It’s showing at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

In case you missed the 1984 movie, or have never seen the play, which was written by Peter Shaffer and originally performed in 1979—and which, in turn, was based on a short 1830 play by Alexander Pushkin called “Mozart and Salieri”—the National Theatre’s production is a splendid introduction to this story that has captivated generation after generation of viewers. (In fact, Pushkin’s play was eventually used as the basis for an 1897 operetta by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.) But labyrinthine iterations aside, you’ll be enchanted not just by the story but also by the richly costumed actors and beautifully imagined sets. As for the plot, it’s simple but compelling: Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, Salieri begins a war with Mozart…with music…and, ultimately, with God.

Tickets are $18.50 general admission or $15 for students and seniors. The play, which is specially adapted for cinematic viewing, will be shown in the Liberty Theatre’s Granada Studio. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. For more details, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Above image: detail from publicity photo by Marc Brenner

Clark College Theater Makes a Splash

Clark College Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with the award-winning Urinetown (yes, you read that right) by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. The musical—which depicts a fictional future when water is so scarce that lack of water for toilet-flushing necessitates a publicly monitored pay-per-pee system—is a hilarious satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverent send-up in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Side-splittingly funny and touchingly honest, this musical is the winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards. The director of the Clark College production is Dorinda Toner with vocal direction by April Duvic and choreography by Alicia Marie Turvin.

Show dates are Feb. 17, 18, 24, 25 and March 2, 3, and 4. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. in the Decker Theatre, Frost Arts Center, on Clark College’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Tickets are $15 general admission, $11 for students and alumni, and $13 for senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Clark College Bookstore in Gaiser Hall, online at http://www.clarkbookstore.com/site_theatre.asp, or by calling 360-992-2815.

Randy Cate’s Local Tour

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Randy Cate will be singing and strumming his way around the North Bank at three notable locations during the next two months, starting on Valentine’s Day. Cate, a former English teacher at Union High School, has long been active in the music industry, and his tunes have been performed by music greats like Dionne Warwick, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul. More recently, Cate’s work can be heard as background music on television shows such as “True Blood,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Ed,” “L.A. Ink,” and “The Young and the Restless.” His latest album, “A Different Kind of Same” is available at www.cdbaby.com, on iTunes, at soundcloud.com, and as an MP3 from www.amazon.com. Cate will also have copies of his albums available for purchase at the show. Here’s where you can hear him, plus details about each location:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Rusty Chain, 3100 Columbia St.: this neighborhood family-owned business located near Carter Park sells food and spirits in a casual setting. The building has been a grocery store, a coffee shop, and, most recently, Commonwealth Café—but The Rusty Chain seems poised to stick. The current owner, Bill, collects movie posters, photos, record albums, beer cans and mugs. There are books and plenty of games for game night. The walls are covered with Bill’s collected items, which he periodically switches out from his substantial reserves of stuff found at swap meets, flea markets, and antique stores. Prized items include many family recipes passed down from family members. The Rusty Chain also has a pool table, a lounge with bar stools, and lots of dining tables throughout the house. In the summer, guests can hear live music on the patio.
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House, 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt: located in an idyllic North County spot, just across the railroad and not far from the Lewis River. This family-owned winery and tasting room boasts outdoor tables perfect for warmer weather with a stunning view of the hillside trees lots of space for families to enjoy picnics—or the excellent food from Moulton Falls’ wood-fired oven. When the weather’s cold, the tasting room is cozy but spacious, with room for a fair-sized crowd. The polished wood bar is long enough to allow folks to sit or stand and other patrons have room to amble about. There’s great pizza, calzones, and quesadillas, as well as salads and sandwiches. The winery’s mascot is a big, old dog who is gentle, friendly, and loves kids. You might see him slowly moving from table to table, collecting pets and ear scratches. There’s also a resident rooster who likes to strut his stuff and sometimes crows along to the outdoor entertainment.
  • Friday, March 24, at The Heavy Metal Brewing Company, located at 808 MacArthur Blvd. in the old Tower Mall: One of the Couve’s newer taprooms, this used to be a convenience store, but now it’s been converted into a heavy metal/biker-themed atmosphere, complete with beer-filled coolers and other headbanger paraphernalia. Seating is at picnic tables, with a stage for live music and plenty of free parking. There’s food from the Heavy Metal deli and other beverages (they’re also a bottle shop). Loyal customers love to sit and talk (in fact, you might see a few Heavy Metal shirts and gear around town; you can sign up for their mailing list if you’re a fan). This is a real community hang-out. They host many bands and singer-songwriters and on weekends throughout the winter and on Thursday nights when the weather turns warmer.

Call for Artists: Fiber Arts Exhibit

Boomerang Fine Arts is putting out an open call to local knitters, quilters, crocheters, weavers, basket-makers, sewers, felters, and dabblers in fiber arts for its March show, “Warp, Weft, Needle & Thread,” which opens First Friday, March 3. The exhibit, which will be curated by Boomerang’s Artist-in-Residence Tom Relth, will showcase original work in any fiber or fiber-based medium, including appliqué, basketry, crocheting, dyeing, embroidery, felting, knitting, quilting, sculpture, spinning, tatting, textiles, and weaving. 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, Feb. 18.

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.

Hunting Film Tour

Year Four of the Hunting Film Tour premiered last summer in Bozeman, Montana, and now it’s made its way to Vancouver, with a stop at the independent Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 16. “Ridgeline Redemption” is a two-hour, conservation-minded, fair chase film showcasing expert hunters traveling to some of the Earth’s wildest regions…and the magnificent, majestic animals they seek. The stories are compelling and the cinematography is breathtaking (see the trailer below from the 2015/2016 Hunting Film Tour).

Discounted tickets are available at the Vancouver Sportsman’s Warehouse at 11505 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. or by calling 360-604-8000. Tickets are also available for $15 online or through the Hunting Film Tour website for $18. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The film is best enjoyed with friends and maybe a craft brew or two from the Kiggins’ Marquee Lounge upstairs.

Three Methods, Three Voices at Second Story Gallery

Second Story Gallery will feature art by students from Camas High School‘s Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program in February in a show the artists are calling “3 Print Methods x 3 Artist Voices.” The colorful art will be unveiled at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, with the students in attendance and live music provided by CHS students as well. The show continues through the month of February in the gallery upstairs in the Camas Public Library

The art prints originate from an interdisciplinary unit on the theme of “Voice”  in which students studied political and artistic expression. The freshman students learned about the artist Andy Warhol in preparation for a visit to a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. They chose current pop subjects of their own generation to create multi-color, reductive linoleum prints. Meanwhile, the sophomores designed and embossed images based on poetry they selected and performed as part of a national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud, in their English class. Finally, the juniors created woodblock prints. Each student chose someone he or she deemed to be a cultural icon, then used a print to introduce the viewer to the subject. These images were inspired by the print that introduced Pocahontas to England, which the students learned about in their US History course.

This is the third Second Story Gallery show presented by the IAA students. The show will remain on exhibit through Feb. 25 during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The gallery—and the library—is located at 625 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, with ample free street parking.

Irish Tunes with The Press Gang

The Press Gang—a three-piece ensemble from Portland, Maine, that plays “Irish music in the new tradition”—will be singing and strumming their way onto the stage at the Old Liberty Theater this weekend. They’ll perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. This year, the sought-after band is touring up and down the West Coast with Irish music phenomenon Hanz Araki.

These three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music—and for their relaxed, not-so-serious stage presence. As American performers in the Irish tradition, the Press Gang brings a unique perspective to the music. They intersperse their repertoire of Irish melodies with related folk tunes from Quebec, Scotland, and Appalachia, and some fine New England waltzes. They temper their arrangements with a musical sense of adventure, making each show spontaneous and fresh.

The Press Gang’s performance at the Old Liberty will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Tickets are $15 per person, available at the door or in advance by calling 360-887-7260.

Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

May I introduce to you the act you’ve known for all these years” It’s The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and I think we can all agree—especially me, because I’m writing this and I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fan—that it’s one of the most influential albums of our time. But I’m not alone in my estimation; Rolling Stone described the album as “the most important rock & roll album ever made,” (see?) and “an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.” (So there!)

In the documentary film, “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” composer, musician, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music. Freiman conducts an educational journey into the creative process of The Beatles performances and recording sessions. Whether or not you’re a Beatles fan—and especially if you are—you’ll be astonished The Beatles’ innovations in the studio and have a newfound appreciation for the talents of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is showing this film in its main theater at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Ticket prices are $8. To learn more, visit http://www.beatleslectures.com/. For more information about other film’s playing at one of the North Bank’s best indie theaters, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Waiting in the Wings

Magenta Theater presents Noel Coward’s Waiting in the Wings, opening Friday, Feb. 10. “The Wings” is a charity home for retired actresses in financially straitened circumstances who have been stars in their day. Here, these aged ladies grow older ungracefully amidst squabbles, jealousies, and grandiose memories…until the once-great actress Lotta Bainbridge arrives. Years before, she married the ex-husband of one of the residents, May Davenport, and so Lotta’s arrival sparks off a feud involving the entire home. It’s only resolved when one mentally unstable lady sets fire to her room. After this tragedy, can Lotta and May settle their differences and spend what little time is left to them in peace? This rarely produced Noel Coward play is Magenta Theater’s 57th mainstage production, directed by Jaynie Roberts.

There are 7:30 p.m. shows on Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, and 24, as well at 2 p.m. matinee shows on Feb. 18 and 26. The Thursday, Feb. 16 show is a fundraiser to benefit P.A.L, the nonprofit Police Activities League of Vancouver, which promotes positive relationships between law enforcement officers and youth through educational programs and recreational opportunities with the express purpose of reducing juvenile crime rates by helping young people make responsible choices. Tickets for Waiting in the Wings are $20 per person in advance or $22 at the door. To purchase tickets online now, click here. Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Comedy on Tap

comedy-on-tap_thumbThe Couve’s funniest Thursday night is happening at the Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 9. Comedy on Tap features laughs, brews, laughs, laughs, several chuckles, a guffaw, and also wine, cider or soda and any number of yummy snacks, nachos, pizza and buttery theater-style popcorn from the Kiggins’ concessions counter.

February’s line-up of comic talent includes headliner Don Frost (one of Willamette Week‘s Top Five Funniest People of 2016) and emcee Tristian Spillman. Comedy on Tap starts at 8 p.m. but the doors open at 7 p.m. so you can come early, snag a good seat, and get comfy with a brew or two.

Tickets are $10 per person, available online now by clicking here. The Kiggins Theatre is located in downtown Vancouver at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night gives voice to the words on the page at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Angst Gallery. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share; sign-ups start at 6:30 and last until the show starts at 7 p.m. The featured guests this month are Laura LeHew and R.R. Seitz. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar.

LeHew’s collections include Becoming, Willingly Would I Burn, It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, and Beauty. Laura received her MFA from CCA. She edits a small press called Uttered Chaos. LeHew always thought she’d be an astronaut, but life is funny that way, and now, instead of exploring the space between worlds, she’s exploring the space between words. To learn more interesting facts about LeHew, visit lauralehew.com.

R.R. Seitz writes from the place of decisions made by an eighteen-year-old that carry forward, day-by-day, to the present. (But then, who doesn’t?) His 2006 book about a sniper in Vietnam, Right Here Right Now, is in its third printing and has made its way to many places outside the U.S. He has been featured at various readings throughout the Northwest for 15 years.

Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, visit angstgallery.com. To learn more about the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Nights, visit printedmattervancouver.com or contact Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Starting Friday, Feb. 10, the Kiggins Theater in downtown Vancouver and the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will show all the Oscar-nominated short films, starting with animated shorts, followed by live action films and then moving on to short-subject documentaries.

If you plan on seeing all the films at the Kiggins, save money and purchase an Oscar Shorts punchcard for $30—otherwise, all seats are $9, except Bargain Monday, when tickets are $6. For a complete list of films and showtimes, see the Kiggins website at www.kigginstheatre.net. If you’re going to catch the Oscar Shorts program at the Liberty, tickets are sold at the regular prices: $4.50 before 6 p.m., $5.50 after 6 p.m., and $3.50 for all shows on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more details, visit www.camasliberty.com. For more information about the films to be shown, check out http://shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/. Here are the programs that will be showing at both theaters:

  • ANIMATED SHORTS (running time: 87 minutes; good for kids 8 and up, except for the final film)
    Borrowed Time – USA, 7 minutes
    Pearl – USA, 6 minutes
    Piper – USA, 6 minutes
    Blind Vaysha – Canada, 8 minutes
    The Head Vanishes – 9 minutes
    Asteria  – 5 minutes
    Once Upon a Line – 7 minutes
    Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Canada and UK, 35 minutes (not appropriate for children)
  • LIVE ACTION SHORTS (running time: 134 minutes, suitable for ages 15+)
    Sing – Hungary, 25 minutes
    Silent Nights – Denmark, 30 minutes
    Timecode – Spain, 15 minutes
    Ennemis Interieurs – France, 28 minutes
    La Femme et la TGV – Switzerland, 30 minutes
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORTS, PROGRAM A (running time: 76 minutes, suitable for ages 16+)
    Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes
    Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes
    4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes
  • DOCUMENTARY SHORTS, PROGRAM B (running time: 85 minutes, suitable for ages 16+)
    Watani: My Homeland – UK, 39 minutes
    The White Helmets – USA, 41 minutes

Documentary & Discussion: Gaining Ground

c0cb1bb3-00a3-44f1-b518-a5c8fbfefa5eThe internationally acclaimed documentary Gaining Ground—based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name—follows the stories of three farms and the people who make them productive: the experiences of urban farmer-activists in California, a small family farm in rural Oregon converting from commodity dairy to chemical-free produce, and a large farm in the Willamette Valley transitioning from grass seed to organic grains.

You can see a free screening of Gaining Ground at three different times: once at the Vancouver Community Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, and twice at the Cascade Park Community Library, at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 9 and 16. Stick around for a lively conversation about the film and the future of the farming industry in America.

Meaningful Movies (or Documentary & Discussion, as groups are sometimes called) is a film and discussion group that is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle, screening interesting, relevant, and sometimes controversial documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions. For more information, visit the Meaningful Movies Project website.

Waynes’ World Birthday Bash

If you came of age in the 90s—or even if you were already of age—you will totally remember Wayne’s World, dude. Based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, the movie Wayne’s World (originally released in 1992) is a wacky, irreverent pop-culture comedy about the adventures of two amiably aimless metal-head friends, Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). (Oh, for the good ol’ days, when shiftless headbangers were so adorable!)

Anyhow, back to the plot synopsis. From Wayne’s basement, the pair broadcast a talk-show called Wayne’s World, on local public access television. The show comes to the attention of a sleazy network executive (Rob Lowe) who wants to produce a big-budget version of Wayne’s World—and he also wants Wayne’s girlfriend, a rock singer named Cassandra (Tia Carrere). Wayne and Garth have to battle the executive not only to save their show, but also Cassandra.

If, like me, you can’t do math easily in your head, 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Wayne’s World (a.k.a. WW25), and the North Bank’s two independent theaters, the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver and the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas, are celebrating with a special “Birthday Bash” extended version of the film, featuring the film’s director and cast members with an introduction by Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers. Stick around after the end credits roll for an on-screen conversation with director Penelope Spheeris, Tia Carrere, Colleen Camp, Robert Patrick, and special presentation with Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Lorne Michaels and Rob Lowe.

The Kiggins Theatre is showing the Wayne’s World Birthday Bash on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 8, and the Liberty Theatre is showing it on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Visit each theater’s website—www.kigginstheatre.net or www.camasliberty.com—for showtimes and ticket pricing.

The Sleeping Beauty

Everyone needs a bit of fairytale inspiration now and then…and there’s hardly a tale more beautifully told than “The Sleeping Beauty,” as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet. You can see this richly staged production at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The Bolshoi dancers take viewers on a dream-like journey through this beloved story, complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess, and a handsome prince—all in the pure style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives imaginative new life to Perrault’s fairytale. The Bolshoi’s young and rising star Olga Smirnova dances the part of Princess Aurora, who falls for Fairy Carabosse’s (danced by Alexei Loparevich) trick and falls into a slumber of 100 years. Semyon Chudin dances the role of Prince Désiré, whose kiss will eventually bring her back to life.

Running time is about two hours and 25 minutes, including intermission. General admission is $15 or $12 for seniors over 60 and children under age 15. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. This film is part of Liberty Theatre’s “Event Cinema” series, featuring film-format operas, ballets, musicals, plays, and great orchestral works. To find out more about what’s showing at the Liberty, visit www.camasliberty.com.