Sight & Sound

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“Harvest Gold” Neil Young Tribute Band at Magenta Theater

Neil Young will be at the Magenta Theater this weekend—or at least, he’ll be there in spirit as part of Harvest Gold, Southwest Washington’s premier Neil Young tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, laying down everything from the acoustic moods of Young’s “Harvest” album to the garage-band-extraordinaire sound of the Crazy Horse ensemble. Fans will hear all the hits from Young’s 50-year career: Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and his solo albums.

In a Harvest Gold show, audiences are treated to both the sweet acoustic guitar, harmonica, and lap steel moods of hits like Heart of Gold, Harvest Moon, and Unknown Legend, and famous dual electric guitar rockers like Cinnamon Girl, Ohio, Cowgirl in the Sand, Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World, and Down by the River. The show also features hits by other ’60s and ’70s rock legends including the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, and others.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door (while ticket supplies last). To purchase your tickets now, visit the Magenta Theater website at www.magentatheater.com or phone the box office at 360-635-4358. The Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Black Market Trust at the Old Liberty

The Black Market Trust is a Los Angeles-based, five-piece band that creates a unique gypsy jazz, Django Reinhardt-inspired sound. They draw inspiration from the likes of Reinhardt, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, and John Lennon. The Black Market Trust has been praised by PBS for their “virtuostic playing, beautiful harmonies and fun interactions with the crowd.” Their music has been featured on ABC television shows and HULU original series. This is a must-see group of true talent that may not be in our region again for a while due to their busy touring schedule—but you can hear them on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield.

The concert begins at 8 p.m., but doors will open at 7 p.m. so that you can find a good seat and get some refreshments, including local craft beer and wine, as well as coffee and pastries, from Seasons Café in the lobby. Tickets are $15 per person, available by calling the Old Liberty Theater at 360-887-7260. To learn more about upcoming events at the Old Liberty Theater, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty Theater is a performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield.

Close Encounters 40th Anniversary

The Liberty Theater in downtown Camas is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind with…well, a showing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Steven Spielberg might have made bigger and better movies, but the one that encompasses everything the filmmaker is about is Close Encounters. It has a beautiful sense of wonderment and imagination, yet is as thematically dark as anything Spielberg has ever done. It’s about a man trying to discover the unknown mysteries of the universe and to find a connection with another race. It’s also about a man isolated from society by an irrational obsession he himself does not understand. The movie is an emotionally complex experience: magical, sad, awe-inspiring, and unsettling all at once. Here’s a plot refresher—or a plot teaser, if you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing this classic film:

After an encounter with a UFO, Roy Neary’s mind is laden with visions and alien music. As more strange events occur in the area, it seems something big is about to happen. Neary is one of many people in the area who begin to be obsessed with a certain location in the desert and to his friends, family, and neighbors, seems to be quickly losing his mind. As his obsession costs him his job and contact with his loved ones, he meets others with similar experiences, and together, they are determined to find the truth.

It will be shown in the Liberty’s Main Theatre. All tickets are $6. Showings are daily starting Friday, Sept. 22, and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 27. Check the website at libertytheatre@aol.com for individual showtimes. The movie is rated PG. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

How to Live Boldly: Frida Kahlo, Art + Wine

Angst Gallery is hosting a bold new event that explores that mysterious, delightful intersection between the fully engaged creative life, the artistic process, and—most importantly—wine. “How to Live Life Boldly: Looking at the Life of Frida Kahlo Through Art Making and Wine Tasting,” is a brief workshop led by artist Erin Dengerink and Niche Wine Bar proprietor/Angst Gallery owner Leah Jackson.

Come to Angst Gallery in downtown Vancouver from 6 to 8 p.m. for an exploration of Kahlo’s series of artworks that were inspired by her time spent in New York City. Kahlo (in case you didn’t know) was a famous Mexican artist who drew on her own life story to create passionate, surrealist paintings. Kahlo’s work about New York depicts her reaction to her  experiences in the city. Her work could be political, personal, and fantastical. Attendees will look at images of Kahlo’s artwork, discuss the ideas and symbols in her paintings, and experiment with making their own artwork based on Kahlo’s dynamic and psychological paintings.

The workshop will be paired with a tasting of wines that inspired by Frida’s persona. Students will taste and discuss the wines and no doubt be moved to wonder by the world of art and the art of wine. No prior wine knowledge needed and no artistic experience is necessary—beginners welcome! The cost is $35 per person and includes drawing materials, paper, and wine tasting. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To sign up, email Jackson at nichewine@gmail.com. This workshop is part of “The Art of Knowing,” is a new series of workshops which will pair great wines with the work of great artists from around the world.

Art Auction at Wattle Tree Place: Artists Needed!

The new Wattle Tree Place in downtown Vancouver will host a Silent Art Auction on Oct. 6, 7, and 8—and they need your art to sell! The event’s goal is to provide a platform for local artists who may have limited resources to display and sell their art. On Sunday evening, the auction’s culmination, guests will enjoy wine and whiskey tastings and live music. Food will be available to buy.

During the first two days, the public can view the works on display and make silent bids for any piece they like (forms will be available on-site). The prices will vary from piece to piece and will be determined by the artist. Bids can be received until 4 p.m. on the day of the auction—Sunday, Oct. 8—and successful bidders will be able to collect their pieces on that evening of the auction. Guests will also be able to view all the works in a catalogue, which will be available online and also at Wattle Tree Place on the evening of the auction. A percentage of the sale price (as agreed upon by the artist) will go to Wattle Tree Place. If you’re interested in submitting art, call Suzanne Wegecsanyi at 925-336-4056 by the end of the day on Monday, Sept. 18. (Final art doesn’t need to be submitted then—this is just to register your interest in submitting one or more pieces.)

Wattle Tree Place is a community-centered café, healing center, and event space catering to the local families and residents of Vancouver and outlying areas. The business boasts a café with excellent coffee and tea, locally sourced breakfast and lunch offerings, a sunny patio, and landscaped garden where children can frolic. To learn more, read the review in the latest edition of North Bank Magazine (click on the icon to the right) on in The Columbian. Wattle Tree Place is located at 306 E. 16th St. in downtown Vancouver. You can also find more information at wattletreeplace.com or by calling 360-389-3116.

Hello Vancouver & Pop-up Shop Mixer

Get your tickets now for Hello Vancouver on Wednesday, Sept. 20! Thanks to the folks at iQ Credit Union, you can use the code HELLOPLAIDiQ to get 20% off any ticket. (The discount is only good in advance, BTW—not on day of show, so get ’em while they’re hot.) General admission is normally $10, or $16 for Premiere Seating with a drink ticket and goody bag. The best thing is, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for this show will be donated to support efforts for Eagle Creek Fire evacuees and first responders.

This time, there’s something new in the mix: the evening will start with a Pop-up Shop at 6 p.m., sponsored by MOB Nation (an alliance of mom-owned businesses). You can get a drink and shop from an array local vendors until 7 p.m., when the show starts—and the Pop-up Shop will also be open after the show, until 9 p.m., if you want to browse some more.

The September show will once again be held in the Warehouse ’23 event space. Special guests include Portland Timbers goalie-turned-author Jeff Attinella, Alan Hamilton from the Clark County Food Bank, singer/songwriter Amber Sweeney, and downtown Vancouver business owners in a Main Street Small Business Showdown.

Warehouse ’23 is located at 100 Columbia St. along with Columbia River waterfront. Park in the designated lot across the street, so restaurant patrons can still park. Reserve your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hello-vancouver-september-20-2017-tickets-36983450496. There will be a no-host bar inside the lobby, and you can enjoy dinner before or after the show at the Warehouse ’23 restaurant. For more details about Hello Vancouver, visit HelloVancouver.us.

Hypnotist vs. Illusionist at Old Liberty

Come see an unforgettable show of mind and magic at the Old Liberty Theater on Saturday, Sept. 16, featuring “The Show Bros: Hypnotist vs. Illusionist.” This performance is kid-friendly and equally mesmerizing for adults, with a blend of illusion, hypnotism, and comedy. The Show Bros will provide an evening of “magic wars” as a hypnotist and illusionist battle it out on stage.

The show highlights the considerable talents of Adam The Great, an illusionist who provides mind-blowing sleight-of-hand paired with belly-laughs and comedic relief—described as “defying the laws of entertainment” with his close-up magic. Joining Adam on stage will be master hypnotist Tyzen…and now you’ve got a Show Bro showdown. Witness spellbinding illusion and comedy hypnosis as these two premiere entertainers fight it out to see whose powers are stronger.

Admission is $18 in advance or $20 on the day of the show. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 6:45 p.m. to find seats and purchase refreshments from Seasons Cafe in the lobby. To buy tickets now, call the Old Liberty at 360-887-7260. The Old Liberty Theater is located at 115 N. Main Ave. in Ridgefield. To see more upcoming events at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

The Summer’s Last Improv Show

After this last crazy month of hurricanes, flooding, quakes, and ashfall from epic wildfires, not to mention the teensy weensy possibility of nuclear war, we could all use a laugh. Fortunately for all you world-weary souls, Magenta Improv Theater is here to hit the “refresh” button on your personal laugh track. There’s one last improv show of the summer, and it’s happening at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16—and this show is special, because it’s the 43rd show in the troupe’s eight-year history! Actually, 43 is kind of random. BUT THAT’S WHY IT’S FUNNY.

Anyhow, more about Magenta Improv Theater: it’s completely family-friendly, so bring the kids AND grandma. The Magenta Theater has air conditioning and concessions—and if you want to come early or stay late for a bite to eat, there’s Niche Wine Bar and Willem’s on Main nearby. The show, which is modeled very loosely after “Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?” and encourages audience participation for suggestions and narrative embellishments, is different every time.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, while supplies last. Tickets are available at http://www.MagentaTickets.com/tickets or at the box office on the day of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about this popular community theater, visit www.magentatheater.com.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy an evening of wine and words at the next Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night, where you can hear published poets perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by other local poets, professional and amateur, published and not-yet-published. It’s a poetry salad. (If you want to know more, you can listen to a feature on Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic on OPB Radio’s State of Wonder! Click here to view the article or hear the audio file.)

September’s featured poet is Coleman Stevenson, the author of two collections of poems, “Breakfast,” and “The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Gramma, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology “Motionless from the Iron Bridge.” She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland area, and has also taught poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there including Portland State University, Mountain Writers Center, The Art Institute of Portland, and Columbia River Correctional Institution. She created and has taught the Image+Text track in the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center since 2015. She creates tarot cards and other divination products through her business, The Dark Exact. A collaborative text and image project with artist Aspen Farer, The Doppelgänger Museum, is ongoing.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Angst Gallery and the show starts at 7 p.m. The evening is open to anyone with poetry to share. Nibbles and wine will be provided by Angst’s next-door neighbor, Niche Wine Bar. 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.

Above image: Coleman Stevenson

Meaningful Movies at Cascade Park

Meaningful Movies is a film and discussion group that meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at Cascade Park Community Library, located at 300 N.E. 136th Ave., right next door to the Firstenburg Community Center. The group is open to anyone and self-funded by small donations from the group members (although no one is turned away for lack of a donation).

The group—which is patterned after a similar, long-running meet-up in Seattle—focuses on social justice documentaries while providing an open forum for community discussions, which occur on the following Thursday at the same time. In September, the film will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 14, with a community discussion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for both groups, and they wrap up by 8 p.m., when the library closes.

The next film to be shown at Cascade Park is “American Winter.” It’s now nearly nine years since the beginning of the last recession, and millions of families are still struggling to maintain themselves. Formerly middle class families are finding themselves only a pay check or two away from financial disaster, while the social safety net has been cut dramatically or eliminated altogether. The filmmakers worked with the staff and callers to 211, a local hotline which provides emergency information for families in financial crisis in Portland. The film follows several callers and tells their poignant stories as their families deal with dwindling resources and the specter of heat shut-offs, food insecurity, health issues and medical expenses. To learn more, visit www.americanwinterfilm.com.

The Liberty Theater in Ridgefield also hosts a Meaningful Movies group, which is meeting on Sept. 27 to watch “Command and Control.”

Advance Screening of “Year by the Sea”

Come to a special advance screening of “Year by the Sea,” the new movie based on the acclaimed novel by New York Times best-selling author Joan Anderson. This screening at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Kiggins Theatre will be hosted, via video link from New York, by Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers and star Karen Allen.

A Year by the Sea chronicles empty-nester Anderson (Karen Allen) who decides to not follow her relocated husband to Kansas. Instead, she retreats to a tiny village in Cape Cod to rediscover herself and redefine her life. Plagued with guilt, she questions her decision until stumbling upon a spirited mentor, Joan Erikson (Celia Imrie)—author and wife of famed psychologist Erik Erikson, who coined the term “identity crisis.” With a support group that includes her literary agent and a host of locals, Joan learns to embrace the ebb and flow of life—ultimately discovering the balance between self and sacrifice, obligation and desire.

The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. All seats are $10 for this show.

Man in Red Bandana

The Liberty Theatre in Camas is marking the anniversary of 9/11 with the acclaimed documentary, “Man in Red Bandana,” showing at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, and again at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11.

This film tells the story of how the courageous and selfless actions of one man can touch and inspire thousands. It’s a documentary about Welles Remy Crowther, who saved at least ten people on Sept. 11, 2001, at the cost of his own life. He may have looked like investment banker, but there was one unorthodox piece to his personal dress code, tucked in the back right pocket of every set of trousers: a red bandana that his father had given him when he was a boy.

Bewildered and frightened, people huddled in the smoke and darkness that day on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower—until they heard a voice, clear and calm, leading them to the stairs and to safety. Their guide was a young man holding a red handkerchief over his face. Having helped them, he then went back up the stairs to help others. They didn’t know his name. They didn’t know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandana.

Admission is $8. Tickets are on sale at the theater box office or online at camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Noir Nights: “The Killers”

The Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up for the next “Noir Nights” film-and-wine pairing on Monday, Sept. 11, with “The Killers.” This film series gives you film noir classics with pre-show wine tastings featuring wines inspired by the films—all for one price! This next set of movies will focus on a “femme fatale” theme, so get ready for some bad broads and wicked dames! Niche proprietor Leah Jackson will be on hand to discuss the wines, which will also be available for purchase during the movie, and by the bottle as customers leave.

Originally released in 1946 and directed by Robert Siodmak, “The Killers” stars Ava Gardner, Edward O’Brien, and featurs the film debut of the legendary Burt Lancaster! Lancaster plays Ole “Swede” Anderson, a seemingly innocent gas station attendant who isn’t quite what he seems. When two hit men come to town to take him out, it’s up to insurance investigator Reardon (O’Brien) to put all the pieces together, including his relationship with the sultry Kitty Collins (Gardner).

Tickets to individual films are $10 and includes the wine tasting and collectible ticket. If you’d prefer not to see the film, you can enjoy just the wine tasting for $5. Collectible glasses are available for $10.

The pre-show tastings begin at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Niche Wine Bar is located in the same building at 1013 Main St. For more details, visit www.kigginstheatre.net. All seats are normally $9, except for Mondays, when all tickets are $6.

Above image: Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster in “The Killers”

The Sleeper

Magenta Theater‘s Black Chair Project presents “The Sleeper,” a darkly funny comedy-thriller written by Catherine Butterfield and direct by David Roberts. The story follows a suburban mom who—shell-shocked by the new post-9/11 reality—finds herself irresistibly drawn to her son’s tutor, a handsome young man with political leanings far different from her own. Her “awakening” leads to a bizarre series of events that blows the lid off her previously sheltered existence and changes the lives of everyone around her. When does fear overcome truth?

The staged reading of this play, which contained adult language and situations and is therefore not recommended for children, will have one showing only, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The doors will open at 7 p.m. so that you can avail yourselves of the delicious things on offer (including beer and wine) at the concessions stand in the lobby and find a good seats (although, really, all the seats are good). Purchase tickets by clicking here.

The Black Chair Project is a progressive and exciting new branch of Magenta Theater that performs staged readings of plays. Black Chair Projects are minimally rehearsed, performed on a set using only black chairs tables with actors dressed in black, under whatever lighting is available, with actors providing their own props and sound effects.

Return to Camp Granada

Vancouver Parks and Recreation‘s 50 and Better Young at Heart (YAH!) Senior Theatre Club is proud to present their musical performance, Return 2 Camp Granada, on Sept. 7 and 8 at the Luepke Senior Center. This year’s performance was inspired by the 1963 Allan Sherman hit comedy song “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah.” It tells the story of a summer camp reunion for seniors who once attended Camp Granada as children. The former campers are excited at the prospect of rekindling old friendships, and they can’t wait to revisit the place that brought them so much joy when they were young. Return 2 Camp Granada will have three public performances at the Luepke Senior Center, located at 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Vancouver:

  • 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7
  • 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8
  • 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8

Admission is $5 per person, except for the 10 a.m. show on Friday, Sept. 8, which is free. Tickets will be sold at the door. YAH! will also sell raffle tickets for a chance to win special gift baskets at the performances. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the theater club.

The 50 and Better YAH Senior Theatre Club is open to all theater, song and dance lovers over age 50. The club stays young at heart through music and dance, and stages different public productions each year. The club meets once a week from early June to late August at the Luepke Senior Center and holds a public performance at the end of each summer.

For more information about the performance, or the YAH! Senior Theatre Club, contact Heidi Marshall at the Luepke Senior Center at 360-487-7055.

Plein Air Event & Bronze Bird Tour

September’s First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 1 brings art, art, and more art to downtown Camas with a plein air painting event, the new Bronze Bird Art Tour, art shows at Camas Gallery and Attic Gallery, and a town-wide exhibit of Elida Field‘s “Art, Women & Wine” student paintings. But wait, there’s more: there will be live music at Nuestra Mesa, shops will be open late open late, and downtown Camas’ restaurants, brewpubs, wine bars, cocktail lounges, and coffee houses are ready to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

First, the annual plein air painting event. Plein air, or “open air,” is the French tradition where artists paint out in the open. Artists will be painting on the streets of downtown Camas from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The finished art pieces will be put on display at Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening. Stop by the gallery and vote for your favorites! The winning paintings will be auctioned off at Dinner in White on the Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Port of Camas-Washougal.

Next, the much-anticipated Bronze Bird Art Tour will celebrate its kick-off dedication as part of the downtown Camas First Friday festivities. Drop by Attic Gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. for a “Meet & Greet with Artists Georgia Gerber and Randy Hudson,” then meet at the fountain at 4th and Cedar at 5 p.m. for the official dedication. Then you can fly off to find all 13 birds throughout town; if you find them all, you’ll be entered to win a bird-themed prize basket. Bird Maps will be given out at the dedication and also at the Downtown Camas Association tables in Journey Community Church.

Image, top: Local artist Heidi Jo Curley creates a plein air painting at the recent Vintage & Art Faire in downtown Camas.

Julie Olsen at Camas Gallery

Julie Olsen will be the featured artist at Camas Gallery from Friday, Sept. 1, through Saturday, Sept. 30. Olsen, a pastel and oil artist, spends countless hours building up layers of pastels to create contrasting colors on the canvas. It is this meticulous layering process that produces Olsen’s stunning realism, which draws the viewer straight to the subject’s eyes. Olsen’s signature “eye-catching” feature is what brings her completed projects to life. Olsen—who worked for many years as a cake decorator before beginning a second career in the arts—studied with Phyllis Corwin, a well-known art instructor and award-winning artist in Washougal, where Olsen also resides. Olsen’s first pieces have brought her recognition among gallery owners and art collectors as well as places in local and regional shows and exhibits. Olsen’s work can be also seen on her website at www.julieolsenart.com.

A First Friday art reception will take place at the Camas Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, with light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public, and is an excellent opportunity to meet the artist in person and see her work up close. All the paintings and prints shown in the gallery are for sale. Camas Gallery, located at 408 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-817.2415, e-mail art@camasgallery.com, or visit Facebook.com/CamasGallery.

Above image: detail from original painting by Julie Olsen, which you can see in person at Camas Gallery during the month of September

Realism vs. Impressionism at Boomerang

Boomerang is celebrating the change of season with a new exhibit, “Realism vs. Impressionism,” with an opening night reception on First Friday, Sept. 1. The show features works by both professional and amateur Northwest artists and brings together art that is either representational (in the literal, realistic sense, using precise skills and techniques to bring the subject to vivid life) and inspirational (swathes of soft color, textural interplay, and evocative figures or landscapes, as seen in many impressionist works). You’ll see works by Tom Gail, Katey Sandy, Christopher Mooeny, Renato Grieco, Barbara Van Nostern, and others.

Whether plein air, portrait, or studio still life; whether invented, contrived, or straight visual document, Boomerang Fine Arts will draw your eye with this collection of two-dimensional works that have been juried on merit and craftsmanship. The exhibit, which runs through September, will be celebrated with First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music and complimentary light refreshments. The exhibit continues through Friday, Sept. 29.

While you’re there to see the art, you’ll want to enjoy a Stumptown coffee drink from the coffee bar and peruse the giant array of home furnishings, books, jewelry and other treasures in the “generosity shop,” which takes all proceeds and donates them to local charities. To learn more, visit www.boomerangvancouver.com. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Above image: “Pear Trio,” by Katey Sandy, acrylic on canvas board, 11 x 14 inches.

Free Outdoor Movie Night at WSU Vancouver

Washington State University Vancouver is offering a free outdoor family movie night on Friday, Aug. 25, hosted by the Student Activities Board. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be shown at dusk, with pre-movie activities including children’s crafts, concessions, games and prizes. The entire event will last from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch this movie, which will be close-captioned so you won’t miss any dialogue. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs so that they can be comfy while enjoying the film. The movie will be shown on the WSU Campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, on the Firstenburg Student Commons.

For more information, contact Student Activities Board Chair Megan Thomas at 360-546-9522.

ShakesBeer & Wine Festival

What do you get when you combine two Shakespeare plays, beer, and wine? You get the ShakesBeer and Wine Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26; on Sunday, Aug. 27, hosted by Say Ciao! Columbia River Tap Room and Eatery, Heathen Brewing, NW Wine Distributors, and OPS Fest (the Oregon Practice Shakespeare Festival). OPS Fest will present Comedy of Errors on Saturday and Twelfth Night on Sunday. Both performances are from 2 to 4 p.m. at Say Ciao!, located at 2501 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.

OPS Fest performs the same way theater companies did in the days of the Bard (a.k.a. the Elizabethan age). The actors had not rehearsed before they appeared on stage—and the audience knew it. The only thing each actor had was a script (or rather, a scroll) with his role and his lines. The play was as fresh to the actors as it was for the audience. It’s a new way to experience the joys of a live Shakespeare performance, and audience members will never see the same OPS Fest play twice in quite the same way.

While the play is being performed, attendees will enjoy Heathen’s craft brews, wine from Basel Cellars, ciders from Idiot’s Grace, and just-prepared fresh and local food from Say Ciao! Following Saturday’s production, there be live music until 9 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. Artists, music, and craftsmen will all be together for this one-of-a-kind experience, which is poised to become an annual event.