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Meaningful Movies at the Old Liberty

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield is pleased to host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” is a film and discussion group. Admission is free—and although donations are appreciated, no one will be 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. The group’s purpose is to gather, educate, advocate, build a meaningful and sustainable community, defend justice and work for peace. The Meaningful Movies Project is an all-volunteer, community-owned organization, with no political affiliations.

The documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26. Take a journey through an “ecological lens” and get an introduction to permaculture. The film gives insight on everything from growing your own diverse foods to healing the soil—whether you live in a city, suburb, or a rural area. Learn how new daily habits with gardening and permaculture can have a large impact on the Earth and discover resources on where and how to begin.

The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260.

Score: A Film Music Documentary

The critically acclaimed “Score: A Film Music Documentary” brings Hollywood’s premier composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most widely known music genre: the film score. The documentary opens Friday, July 21, at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver.

Featuring hundreds of clips and interviews with such luminaries as Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Trent Reznor, Gary Marshall, James Cameron, Randy Newman, Rachel Portman, Leonard Maltin, Quincy Jones, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat, Bear McCreary, Mark Mothersbaugh and Steven Spielberg—to name a very few. For more information, visit the movie’s official website at https://www.score-movie.com/. You can also get a sneak peek by watching the preview below.

The film will be shown daily through Wednesday, July 26. Check the Kiggin’s Theatre’s website at www.kigginstheatre.net for showtimes. The Kiggins Theatre is located at 1011 Main Street in Vancouver. All seats $9 except for Mondays, when all tickets are $6.

“The Fire” Scottish Trio at Old Liberty

Are you up for some heel-stomping, kilt-flapping, hand-clapping, Scottish-style music? If so, then come on out to Ridgefield’s Old Liberty Theater where, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, you can hear Scottish music trio The Fire perform a special live concert. This lively ensemble is comprised of Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicki, David Brewer of Molly’s Revenge, and the multi-instrumentalist Adam Hendley. They’ll play rousing Scottish tunes that bridge the gap between the traditional fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland. The entire band honors traditions of the region and have travelled and studied Scottish music to provide a high-energy sound experience that speaks to the varying regions and stories of the Scottish landscape.

Tickets are $15 per person and all ages are welcome. Advance tickets are available by phone at 360-887-7260 or online at www.oldlibertytheater.com. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. so that you can purchase refreshments, including craft beer and wine, from Seasons Café in the lobby. The Old Liberty Theater is a performing arts venue located at 115 N. Main St. in downtown Ridgefield. To learn more about The Fire, visit firescottishband.com.

VSO Kicks off 39th Season with Free Concert in Esther Short Park

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce its 39th season, featuring legendary piano virtuoso Alexander Toradze and the return of critically acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. Principal Trombonist of Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Rejano Cantero, will present the Northwest premiere of Maestro Salvador Brotons’ Trombone Concerto. The VSO will delight the audience with musical gems from symphonic repertoire, such as Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, Haydn’s Farewell Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and Holst’s Planets with a special 3D experience. On the heels of the triumphant inaugural weekend of the VSO Pops series last December, the VSO will presents two Pops concerts in this upcoming season.

This season will be comprised of seven pairs of symphonic concerts, six Chamber Series concerts, a free outdoor concert, and the 24th Annual Young Artist Competition. Each symphony concert is performed at Skyview Concert Hall in Vancouver, Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Each Chamber Series concert is performed at the Kiggins Theatre, and the outdoor concert will be in the band shell at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The free outdoor concert, in fact, is coming up soon: at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, as part of the Riverview Six to Sunset Concert Series. There is absolutely no charge to attend this concert—just bring some folding chairs or a blanket, and enjoy a summer picnic while listening to world-class music.

To see the full 39th Season concert schedule, visit vancouversymphony.org. Tickets are $38 general admission, $50 for reserved seating, $34 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available for all concerts at vancouversymphony.org or by calling 360-735-7278. For more information about the Riverview Six to Sunset Concert Series, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/riverview-six-sunset-concerts.

An Evening with Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra

Spend an evening with Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra at Magenta Theater! This benefit performance features Linda Lee Michelet and John Gilmore with the Linda Lee Michelet Big Band. This intimate evening of classic favorites feature the original arrangements of Peggy Lee and Quincy Jones, and Frank Sinatra’s “Live at the Sands” album. Featured Peggy Lee tunes include: “Fever,” “I’m a Woman,” “It’s a Good Day,” and “Is That All There Is?” Frank Sinatra tunes include: “My Kind of Town,” “Come Dance With Me,” “New York, New York,” and “Summer Wind.”

The show will be performed on two nights only: Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. both nights. General admission tickets are $35 per person. VIP tickets are also available for $50 per person, and include and exclusive pre-show performance by Michelet and Millward at 6:30 p.m., plus front-row seats for the main event. To purchase online tickets now, click here or visit www.magentatheater.com.

The event is sponsored by The Herbery, voted Best of Clark County Cannabis Stores two years in a row.

Satisfy Your Senses: Art & Wine Event at Latte Da

Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar is hosting the three-day Satisfy Your Senses Art Show & Sale from Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23. This annual event features the work of new and returning professional artists, including Kathleen Hovis (jewelry), Bonnie Junell (paintings), Edi Olson (paintings), Timothy Reed (photography), and Debbie Wilhoit (glass art). A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will go toward one of the area’s most valued nonprofits, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. The show is free to attend and open to the public.

There’s an opening night reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 21, where attendees can meet the artists and enjoy wine from Basel Cellars, complimentary appetizers provided by Latte Da, and music by Anchored. The art show and sale continues through the weekend, and guests can view art both indoors and on the covered patio.

Drop by any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, for live music with Justin Little and Ebony Notes, as well as flights of wine from Vinea Imports and Basel Cellars. On Sunday, July 23, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a raffle for an enhanced giclée print by Bonnie Junell. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and the drawing will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner need not be present to win. For more information about this and other events and happenings at Latte Da, visit its website at or follow Latte Da on its Facebook page.

For more information about the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation—whose mission is to support the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s programs and services, and to inspire reading, lifelong learning, and community involvement—visit www.fvrlfoundation.org or follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FVRLFoundation.

Above image: a fabulous handcrafted gold and opal necklace by jewelry artist Kathleen Hovis of WhimsybyKT

Falsettos at Liberty

Falsettos is a Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by William Finn (and also a book by Finn and James Lapine) that follows the story of Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason, his gay lover Whizzer Brown, and his neighbors Cordelia and Dr. Charlotte. The musical (which is actually two musicals, “March of the Falsettos” and “Falsettoland,” the last two installments in one trio of one-act Off-Broadway musicals, beginning with “In Trousers”) premiered on Broadway in 1992 and won two Tony Awards. It was nominated for five more Tony Awards when it was revived on Broadway in 2016.

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is showing this Tony-nominated revival, which was captured live from the Walter Kerr Theater in Lincoln Center and formatted for the cinema, at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday, July 16. Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Popcorn, ice cream, candy, craft beer, fine wine, and other goodies are available in the lobby to enjoy while you watch the musical. For more information about upcoming films at the beautifully restored Liberty Theatre, which just turned 90 years old this year, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Grease Sing-Along

Rydell High’s most famous graduating class is coming to town for the Kiggins Theatre‘s annual summer Grease Sing-Along. A restored digital print brings the highest-grossing musical of all time, Grease (1978), back to school and back to life on the Kiggins’ big screen. Join Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and their T-Birds and Pink Ladies for Greased Lightning, Beauty School Drop Outs, and a carnival ride back to those amazing Summer Nights! Dressing up is highly encouraged. Here are the showtimes:

  • Friday, July 14, 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15, 7:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 16, 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9 per person. Craft beer, wine, and theater-style snacks are available in the lobby and from the Marquee Lounge upstairs. Grease is the Word!For more info visit the film’s official site.

 

 

Over the River and Through the Woods

Magenta Theater’s Black Chair Project presents a one-night-only staged reading of Over the River and Through the Woods, written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Jaynie Roberts. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13. The play follows Nick, a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida, but that doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job that would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. Frank, Aida, Nunzio, and Emma do their level best to keep him home, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait…but you’ll have to see the play to find out what happens next.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door (if still available). Tickets are available online by clicking here. The doors open at 7 p.m. so you can get snacks and drinks from the concessions bar in the lobby and find a good seat (although they are all good seats!). Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. There’s no reserved seating available; you’ll just have to wrestle with the other improv-lovers to get the best ones. To learn more about upcoming events at Magenta, visit www.magentatheater.com or “like” them on Facebook.

Comedy on Tap: Billy Wayne Davis

The North Bank’s side-splittingest Thursday night is happening at the Kiggins Theatre on Thursday, July 13. 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.

July’s headliner is funnyman Billy Wayne Davis. Originally from Crossville, Tennessee, Davis is a stand-up comic and writer who has performed in 41 states, four countries…and Texas. He’s appeared on Conan, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, WTF with Marc Maron, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, voiced multiple characters on Adult Swim’s SquidBillies, hosted a Morgan Spurlock documentary for CMT, named a 2015 Fresh Face by the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, opened for Grammy-winning Sturgill Simpson’s 30 city Living the Dream Tour, and has just released his second comedy album, “Billy Wayne Davis: Live at Third Man Records.” Also featured will be Chaz Logan Hyde and Seth Milstein, with Don Elliot as host for the evening.

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.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night

Enjoy a lazy summer evening with a glass of wine and a few well-chosen words. Come to the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night to hear Oakland poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Derek Fenner perform some of their work—in addition to poetry read aloud by the North Bank’s most notable poets, both published and not-yet-published.

Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, “someone’s dead already,” and his poetry has been featured in Harper’s Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again!” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His next book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, will be the 61st Pocket Poets book published by City Lights.

Fenner is an artist, educator, and researcher. He completed a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University. After a decade of experience as an art educator in the juvenile justice system, he is completing a doctorate in education. His research interests include youth justice, youth participatory action research, decolonizing methodologies, and art-centered learning. He co-founded Bootstrap Press (http://www.bootstrappress.org/) in 2000, which has published over 40 books. His latest book of poems is “Hermeticities & Others,” published in 2016.

Sign-ups for Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Night  start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 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.

Noir Nights at the Kiggins: Kansas City Confidential

The Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up for the next series of Noir Nights films starting on Monday, July 10, with “Kansas City Confidential.” This film series pairs film noir classics with pre-show wine tastings featuring wines inspired by the films. 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.

In this classic heist film, four robbers hold up an armored truck and get away with over a million dollars in cash. Joe Rolfe (John Payne), a down-on-his-luck delivery driver, is accused of involvement in the heist, and sets out to discover who set him up and to exact revenge. He follows a trail that leads him to a web of hired killers and corrupt police in Mexico. Also starring Jack Elam, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster and Lee Van Cleef. Interesting point of trivia: Kansas City Confidential is the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.

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. If you’d like to attend the whole series, $40 gets you admission to all three films and wine tastings as well as a collectible Noir Nights wine glass. Additional 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: Lee Van Cleef and Dona Drake in a scene from Kansas City Confidential

The Art of Healthy Spaces at Angst

Just in time for the long, bright days of summer, there’s an exhibit at Angst Gallery that uses light and sky to create designs that are at once restful and expansive. These recent works by local artist Erika Bartlett will be on display from July 7-29, with a First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 7.

“The Art of Healthy Spaces explores how we react to aesthetics from the viewpoint of evidence based design,” explains Bartlett. “I have been learning about our reactions to cues from nature and, just as fascinating, how our brains react when we examine the things we find beautiful. The work explores abstracted elements of the sky, repetition and light using contemporary materials and processes.” Five percent of every purchase of original fine art will be donated to the coalition for Southwest Elderly and Abuse Prevention.

For more information about this and other exhibits, contact Jackson at Leah.AngstGallery@gmail.com or Christopher Luna at christopherjluna@gmail.com or 360-910-1066. You can also visit Angst Gallery online at angstgallery.com. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in downtown Vancouver, adjacent and connected to Niche Wine Bar, so you can grab a cool drink and amble around the gallery. For gallery hours, visit angstgallery.com.

Above image: Flipspots by Erika Bartlett. To see more of Bartlett’s mesmerizing work, visit erikabartlett.com. You can also purchase items with her designs at https://society6.com/ebartlett.

Mudbugs at Miss Nola’s Café

We hope your toes are ready for tappin’, because Vancouver-based duo The Mudbugs will give a special performance at Miss Nola’s Café from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7. The concert is in honor of downtown Camas’ First Friday event, which is a Mardi Gras-themed tribute to dogs with a doggie parade, costume contest, and doggie-owner look-alike contest. Everyone—two-legged and four-legged—will be decked out in their wildest Mardi Gras outfits and when they get hungry, Miss Nola’s will come to the rescue with classic Low Country Cajun and Creole cuisine.

The Mudbugs are roots based with blues, country, and zydeco at the core. You’ll hear original tunes influenced by Clifton Chenier, Doc Watson, Hank Williams Sr., and Snooks Eaglin, as well as some favorite Americana covers. The Mudbugs are KG Jackson on vocals and guitar with Candy Jackson on accordion, washboard, triangle, and backup vocals.

Miss Nola’s Café, owned by Chef Tim and Melissa McCusker, is located at 401 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. The McCuskers met in New Orleans and garnered a considerable amount of experience cooking Low Country cuisine during his tenure in the South. Cajun, Creole, and Southern flavors are the inspiration for the menu. Cocktails like the traditional Hurricane and Charleston Mule are available to guests. The walls are decorated with keepsakes from New Orleans and gifts that people have brought back from Mardi Gras. To learn more, visit missnolas.com.

Bullitt at Liberty

It’s the 49th anniversary of the classic film Bullitt—and July 8 is also the Camas Classic Car Show! Clearly, the two classics belong together. The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas is happy to make this match with three special showings of Bullitt: at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. It will be shown in the Main Theatre and all seats are just $6.

The movie, originally released in 1968, stars Steve McQueen at Bullitt, a character who is the personification of cool with his Ford Mustang GT390. The Mustang’s nemesis is a black Dodge Charger 440 R/T. When the bad guys in the Charger try to follow and ambush Bullitt, he suddenly appears in their rear view mirror: one of the great visuals in cinematic history.

Fun fact: the Mustang driven in the movie was thought to be lost in the mists of history, but it recently turned up in Mexico. You can read all about it in this fascinating article from Car and Driver.

For more information about upcoming films at the beautifully restored Liberty Theatre, which just turned 90 years old this year, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Movies in the Park: Rogue One

Friday Night Movies in the Park are back! On Friday, July 7, you can bring your family to see Rogue One for free at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m. and the film—which will be shown outdoors on a giant screen—starts at dusk. The movie is absolutely free and all ages are welcome, but you can RSVP on Facebook at Movies in the Park: Rogue One.

There will be a different, family-friendly movie in a different Vancouver park every Friday evening through August, sponsored by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks and Rec. Because these events take place outside, they are susceptible to weather-related cancelations. You’ll be able to know ASAP when this happens on the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks and Recreation social media channels. See what’s playing where by visiting cityofvancouver.us/Movies—or just read on to see the line-up:

Improv at the Magenta

Magenta Improv Theater is offering its third, side-splitting improv show of 2017 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. The doors of the Magenta Theater will open at 7 p.m. so that you can get wine, beer, candy, chips and other tasty snacks in the lobby and then find a good seat for the family-friendly show. Do come early—or better yet, buy tickets in advance—because MIT performances are a wildly popular blend of spontaneity, oddity, wit and a bit of pure joy.

The completely unscripted Magenta Improv show is appropriate for all ages, with rib-tickling improv after the manner of “Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?” and plenty of audience interaction. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, and they’re also available for $12 at the door (until they run out, that is). To purchase tickets now, click here.

Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. There’s no reserved seating available; you’ll just have to wrestle with the other improv-lovers to get the best ones. To learn more about upcoming events at Magenta (like the staged reading of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” on July 13), visit www.magentatheater.com or “like” them on Facebook.

Cars, Cars, Cars! at Boomerang

Boomerang Fine Arts is pleased to host Cars, Cars, Cars!, a new exhibit in honor of Cruise the Couve (formerly Cruisin’ the Gut), the annual car show-and-drive in downtown Vancouver which draws upwards of five thousand spectators. Beginning First Friday, July 7, the gallery will display works from local artists who focus on vehicles as their subject matter. The artists use various drawing and painting media. Featured works of local artists Barbara Van Nostren and Russell Cupp will be on display, among many others.

So cruise on down to Boomerang from 5 to 8 p.m. for a First Friday reception with live music and light refreshments. Meet the artists and enjoy their art (and perhaps take home a painting to join your car collection). You’ll also want to return on Saturday, July 15, for the Cruise the Couve event, when Boomerang will be serving delicious iced coffee drinks and cranking up the air conditioning. The art exhibit continues through Friday, July 28.

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: “1936 Ford Grill,” watercolor by Barbara Van Nostren   

Summer at Trusty Brewing: Beer & Music!

Summer at Trusty Brewing is shaping up to be a thoroughly enjoyable affair, with live music every Thursday night, happy hours, new beers to try, and an enthusiastic welcome to kids and dogs. All ages are welcome to come enjoy the music from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, and there’s absolutely no cover charge. Here’s the line-up for July:

  • July 6: Acoustic singer-songwriter Dawna Stafford
  • July 13: Blues band James Ortega and the Demon Drivers
  • July 20: 90s alternative and country acoustic guitarist Jason Meeks
  • July 27: Tony Smiley and the Loop Ninja (back by popular demand)

While you’re there, you’ll want to try the new Dark Marc, a collaboration brew with the renowned beer guru Marc Martin. This delicious CDA is now on tap. Outdoor seating is open and ready for you and your furry, four-legged friends. Happy Hour is Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3 pints and cheap eats. There are also new menu items just for kids, including the kid-approved grilled cheese and spent grain pita. But wait, there’s more: every Monday is Mug Club Monday, with rotating food specials just for Mug Club members. What’s the Mug Club? Visit Trusty Brewing online at www.trustybrewing.com or better yet, drop by their brewpub at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway in downtown Vancouver at 114 E. Evergreen Blvd.

First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

The thermometer tells the story, and the story is this: summer is here! Enjoy the early evening warmth of our long-lost friend, the sun, at the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Downtown will be absolutely beaming with original art, music, good eats, and lively energy. To get a handle on everything that’s happening this month, download the First Friday Hotsheet and walking map so you won’t miss any good stuff.

Highlights include the photography of Chris Bidleman at Luepke Flowers & Finds, the paintings of Alejandra Krogh-Winkler at Low Bar, a book signing party with local authors at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie, a pop-up gallery on West 23rd St. with Christine Eagon, a special “Cars, Cars, Cars!” exhibit at Boomerang in honor of Cruise the Couve, the refracted light designs of Erika Bartlett at Angst Gallery, impressionist artist Hilarie Couture at Adamas Realty, an outdoor art show at Art on the Boulevard, and the photographs of Faun Scurlock at the Clark County Historical Museum (where the entrance fee will be waived for First Friday).

But that’s only a small sampling of everything that will be happening this Friday. Vancouver’s Arts District will be shining bright with original artwork for sale in every medium. See new art exhibits, exciting retail spaces, and stop in for a bite and a sip at the restaurants and brewpubs that have put Vancouver squarely in the middle of the burgeoning food scene. Shops and galleries will be open late, and there’s usually plenty of live music and complementary refreshments to entice you inside (as though you need enticing). And whenever you post a fabulous picture of downtown Vancouver on your social media, be sure to tag it with #dtVANwa so everyone else can see what’s so amazing about the Couve!

Above image: Dynamic Lines Melon by Erika Bartlett. To see more of Bartlett’s mesmerizing work, visit erikabartlett.com. You can also purchase items with her designs at https://society6.com/ebartlett.