Sight & Sound

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Celebration of Colors & Fall Art Show at Gallery 360

Paintings from the Society of Washington Artists Fall Show.

Gallery 360 invites you to the 2017 Society of Washington Artists fall show, a new exhibit featuring artwork in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pencil, and pastel. While you’re there, you’ll want to make it a point to see the vivid work of Susan Marmolejo Kipp, a Gallery 360 member and October’s Artist of the Month. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, her show “Celebración de Colores” includes works in water media, calligraphy, and book arts. Both exhibits run through Sunday, Oct. 29.

Gallery 360 is located inside the historic yellow Slocum House in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, call 360-693-7340 or visit www.gallery360.org.

Above image: detail from “Serpent Goddess” by Susan Marmolejo Kipp

Questionable World Leaders at Angst Gallery

If you haven’t yet dropped by Angst Gallery this month, you’ll want to make a point to do so between now and Saturday, Oct. 28. That’s when you can see the compelling exhibit “Questionable World Leaders” by Bryan Helfrich.

Helfrich is a graphic, graffiti, and fine artist who has created a series of unflattering portraits of the most divisive world leaders in recent history. Questionable World Leaders features twelve portraits of ruling-class riffraff from around the globe, including Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, and other scoundrels ranging from decades ago to the present day. These compelling acrylic portraits, displayed in carefully curated vintage frames, capture some of the most infamous, dangerous, and downright ridiculous characters in modern geopolitics.

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: detail from “Portrait of Margaret Thatcher” by Bryan Helfrich

“Men at Art” & Watercolors at Boomerang

There’s still a week left to see two absolutely marvelous exhibits at Boomerang: the “Men at Art” group show and the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society fall show.

“Men at Art” showcases four Vancouver artists—Lee Baughman, Ryan Park, Will Ray, and Bob Ross who have teamed up to highlight their distinctive and diverse styles. The men have exhibited together for several years; this show is their first in the downtown Vancouver venue. Their works range from still lifes to animal portraits to landscapes. Their artwork will be on display through Friday, Oct. 27.

The Southwest Washington Watercolor Society fall show is a huge exhibit, featuring over seventy works from the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society’s members. This is a juried show that, according to Southwest Washington Watercolor Society President Will Ray “is intended to exhibit the best and most accomplished of our regional and local watercolor and water-media artist membership.” This exhibit will also be up through Friday, Oct. 27.

For more information about these and other exhibits, contact Boomerang’s fine art curator, artist Tom Relth, at art@generosityreturns.com or 360-561-4245. Boomerang is located at 808 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. There is a retail store in the basement and on the ground floor you can get excellent Stumptown coffee, fine tea, and local pastries.

Above image: detail from “Rainieers,” watercolor by Will Ray

“So B. It” at the Liberty

“So B. It,” the film based on Sarah Weeks‘ New York Times bestselling novel, will enjoy its Clark County premiere at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas on Friday, Oct. 20. Additional showings are Saturday, Oct. 21, through Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Granada Studio. The film is rated PG-13. In case you didn’t read in the book, here’s a plot teaser:

For as long as Heidi can remember, her mother has had only 22 words in her vocabulary. And that’s fine with the precocious 12 year-old. She and Mama live happily, in the bubble of love and protection provided by their remarkable neighbor, the nurturing but agoraphobic Bernadette. Then one day a new word pops out of Mama’s mouth—the mysterious “soof”—and it changes everything. Heidi is propelled on a solo cross-country journey of discovery and loss, truth and identity. Secrets boil to the surface, long-hidden fears are faced, and Heidi finally learns who she is and where she and her childlike Mama came from. To learn more, visit www.sobitthemovie.com or watch the trailer below.

The film stars Alfre Woodard, John Heard, Jessica Collins, Jacinda Barrett, Dash Mihok, Cloris Leachman, Talitha Bateman, and Michael Arden. To see specific showtimes, visit the Liberty Theatre’s website at www.camasliberty.com. The Liberty Theatre is located at 315 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas. Refreshments such as ice cream, nachos, hot buttered popcorn, craft beer and wine are available at the concession stand in the lobby to enjoy while watching the film.

“Forever Faithful” at the Kiggins

The Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver is hosting a special one-time-only showing of the documentary film, Forever Faithful, about a little girl’s fight to save her family’s dog when he is diagnosed with bone cancer. The film’s director, Angela Ruiz, will be in attendance and happy to answer questions about her film. She is also the director of another documentary about this breed of dog, Black Beauty Breed.

Forever Faithful examines the extraordinary veterinary treatments that are helping dogs live longer and happier lives. Several dogs are introduced along the way and their stories of resilience, survival, and service to their communities give the little girl hope that her dog will survive.

Forever Faithful will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in conjunction with TUGG Inc.—so many people in the Vancouver area wanted to see this film that they got together and voted to bring it to the Kiggins! Tickets, which are $10 per person, are available by clicking here. In the meantime, you can watch this trailer:

FOREVER FAITHFUL–TRAILER 1 from Angie Ruiz on Vimeo.

Piano Extravaganza at the Kiggins

The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Music Series is back for its highly anticipated seventh season filled with familiar favorites and new surprises for music lovers of every age and the return of our live music-to-film series. The first concert of 2017-2018 is a Piano Extravaganza at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Vancouver’s historic Kiggins Theatre. As part of this innovative program of piano virtuosi, the audience will be treated to two-piano groupings and even a rousing conclusion of all the pianists playing at the same time on the same stage.

The audience will enjoy the rich sounds of grand pianos on the Kiggins stage with world-class pianists Cinda Redman, Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton, Kathy Edsill-Charles, Kathryn Hobbie and Dr. Michael C. Liu. Among the pieces to be performed are Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story for two pianos, Georges Bizet’s Carmen Fantasy for two pianos, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba for two pianos, and selections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite Op. 46 for two pianos.

All performances are at the Kiggins Theatre at 1011 Main St. in Vancouver. Prices per concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available for these and all 2017-2018 events at vancouversymphony.org or  by calling 360-735-7278. Chamber Music Series season ticket packages are also available for $120 for six concerts, $100 for five concerts, or $80 for four concerts.

Seven Years of Niche

Here’s something the crow about: Niche Wine Bar is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a party at the historic Kiggins Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Niche is located just north of the Kiggins, so you can stop in and enjoy a glass or a bottle of wine at Niche before you head on over the to theater. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. and begin showing Portuguese films at 7 p.m., which we assure you will become more amusing and profound with each sip of wine.

Wear your party clothes, have your photo taken on the Kiggins’ Grand Staircase, and toast Niche’s seven glorious, wine-soaked (in a good way) years. If you’d like to purchase a bottle of wine at Niche and drink it at the Kiggins, the theater’s staff will be happy to open it for you for a corkage fee of $10. You may also purchase wine in advance and it will be waiting for you at the theater that night. Niche Wine Bar will open at 4 p.m., offering a huge selection of domestic and international wines and excellent small plates.

Tickets to the anniversary party are $12 per person, which also buys you a commemorative Niche wine glass and plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres. Wine will be sold separately by the glass and by the bottle. Tickets are available to purchase at Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main St. in downtown Vancouver) on online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/niche-7th-anniversary-tickets-38707210308?aff=es2.

Black and White at The Artist Loft

The Artist Loft Studio and Gallery invites you to see things in black and white for its November show and exhibit—called, appropriately enough, “Black and White.” The gallery is putting out an open call to all artists to submit works of art in black and white for this upcoming show, which will celebrate its opening night with a First Friday party and artists’ reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. The works will remain on display and for sale through the end of November.

The gallery is looking for pen and ink works, oils, acrylics, watercolor, and photography pieces. A touch of color will be accepted. The exhibit is open to anyone—professional and amateur artists alike, whether you have shown your art in a gallery or not. There’s always a first time! All pieces should be framed, wired, and ready to hang. The cost to submit is $20 per item, with a 30% commission on sold work. All pieces should be 30 inches by 40 inches and under.

The deadline to submit art is Tuesday, Oct. 31. Arts should be dropped off between 1 and 6 p.m. on that day at The Artist Loft, 1001 Main St., Suite C, in downtown Vancouver. Before dropping off art, artists should send an e-mail and a photograph of the art in question to info@artistloftvancouver.com.

Comedy on Tap

Are you ready to laugh? Heck yeah. The Kiggins Theatre has got just the ticket with a night of gut-clutchingly funny stand-up comedy on Thursday, Oct. 12. Comedy on Tap features the some of the best comedy talent around, plus local craft brews  and ciders on tap, wine, soda and any number of yummy snacks, nachos, pizza and buttery theater-style popcorn. Beer and wine is available from the Marquee Lounge upstairs, as well as from the Kiggins’ concessions counter in the lobby.

This month’s line-up of comic talent includes headliner Gabriel Rutledge with guest host Amanda Arnold, as well as several other comics. 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.


Noir Nights: “Out of the Past”

The Kiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar & Bistro are teaming up for the next “Noir Nights” film-and-wine pairing on Monday, Oct. 9, with “Out of the Past.” This film series gives you film noir classics with pre-show wine tastings featuring wines inspired by the films—all for one price! This set of Noir Nights movies is focusing 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.

Jacques Tourneur’s 1947 classic “Out of the Past” stars Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas and the sultry Jane Greer. The story follows a private eye (Mitchum), who escapes his dangerous past to run a gas station in a small town—but his past catches up with him and he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses, and duplicitous dames (Jane Greer).

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: Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer

Meet the Artist at Mill Creek Pub

Meet local photographer Tyler Mode at Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. Guests will have an opportunity to find out more about Mode and the photo services he offers. He has produced a calendar with nature photos that will be available to purchase. Prints and canvas will be on site as well.

Mode is known for his nature and sports photos. He has captured local sporting events the last few years. Tyler is a lifelong resident of Clark County, with the last seven years living in Battle Ground. Mode started out with photography as a hobby 19 years ago, and has since made a side business with it. He also is a weather enthusiast since 1995 and reports locally on his Battle Ground weather Facebook page. His photography website is www.naturespixpdx.com.

To see Mill Creek Pub’s menu, and for hours and directions, visit www.millcreekpub.com. Mill Creek Pub is located at 1710 S.W. 9th Ave., Suite 101, in Battle Ground. Reservations are available by calling 360-723-5223 and a private room is available for large parties, as is patio seating when the weather is nice.

Above image: original photograph by Tyler Mode.

Food Evolution

The Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas presents “Food Evolution” in its Main Theatre, the regional premiere of this thought-provoking documentary co-presented by the Camas Farmers Market with a post-screening discussions. Tickets are $6 per person.

Amongst the growing conflict and confusion around food, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves? From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, Food Evolution is set amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, Food Evolution wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. Enlisting experts and icons of the struggle such as Mark Lynas, Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold and necessary documentary separates the hype from the science to unravel the debate around food.

Showings are Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. 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 movie. For more information about upcoming films at the beautifully restored Liberty Theatre, which just turned 90 years old this year, visit www.camasliberty.com.

Prescription for Murder: You Be the Detective!

Murder mysteries are as English as a cup of Yorkshire Red tea with a Sainsbury’s Custard Cream biscuit. While that may seem puzzling to some Americans, it should be everyday terminology to those familiar with Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders, and Rosemary and Thyme—all wonderful British television shows. However, Magenta Theater’s October murder mystery, “Prescription for Murder,” is lacking one important element: the detective. Audiences are left to their own devices to try and decipher the covey of clues covertly interjected by playwright Norman Robbins.

Bere Knighton, a quaint village in northern Devon, is the setting for Dr. Richard Forth’s tumultuous relationship with his oft-ill wife, Barbara, his cloying ex-girlfriend, Julia, and a bevy of local residents. The plot thickens with the arrival of a handsome stranger who claims to have known Richard’s second fiancée—a woman Richard swears does not exist. Barbara’s health worsens, as does that of others around her. Is someone trying to kill Barbara and those who get in the way?

There will be nine performance at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20. There will be two additional 2 p.m. matinee performances on Oct. 14 and 21. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $22 at the door. The Magenta Theater is located at 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Refreshments including beer and wine are available in the lobby. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.magentatickets.com/tickets/.

October Is Music Month at Trusty Brewing

October at Trusty Brewing is all about the music—well, all about superior craft brews AND music, to be exact—with four nights of live music scheduled every Thursday evening in October from 7 to 9 p.m. There will also be happy hours, new beers to try, and an enthusiastic welcome to kids and dogs. (Plus, Trusty Brewing is participating in Visit Vancouver USA‘s annual #DineTheCouve, which means $3 drink specials!) All ages are welcome to come enjoy the music on Thursdays, and there’s absolutely no cover charge. Here’s the line-up:

  • Oct. 5: Indie folk singer-songwriter Crystal Lariza
  • Oct. 12: Blues band James Ortega and the Demon Drivers
  • Oct. 19: Pacific Northwests blues/rock band Blues Ranch
  • Oct. 26: Zydeco, country, blues, Cajun, and folk with The Mud Bugs

While you’re there, you’ll want to try the Dark Marc, a collaboration brew with the renowned beer guru Marc Martin. Happy Hour is Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with $3.50 pints and cheap eats with $2 off all menu items. There are also 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.

Something to Crow About: First Friday in Vancouver

Watercolor by Bev Jozwiak at Aurora Gallery

Downtown Vancouver’s next First Friday Artwalk—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6—will be something to crow about! Stroll around town and enjoy complementary refreshments, live music, original art, good food, great shopping, and some of the top-notch new eateries that are popping up all over downtown Vancouver these days (check out the new Little Conejo tacos and mezcal on 114 W. 6th St., next door to Nonavo Pizza). 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 political portraits by graffiti artist Bryan Helfrich at Angst Gallery; landscapes by Chuck Sites and Harry Wheeler at Art on the Boulevard; two art exhibits at Boomerang, “Men at Art” and the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society Fall Show; guitar music by Doug Smith, along with quilt and textile art at Burnt Bridge Cellars; limited edition Halloween-inspired fragrances at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie; pastels, landscapes, and flowers by C. Snyder at Luepke Flowers & Finds; a pop-up shop with local jewelry designer Crystal of Humblebug Jewelry at Most Everything Vintage; “Harvest Your Inner Artist” pumpkin painting and carving with fall spiced drinks at Portland Art Creations; “Celebración de Colores” at Gallery 360 by Susan Mamolejo Kipp; a local art exhibit and silent auction at Wattle Tree Place; and portraits by Nolan Jameson at Top Shelf Martinis on Main.

But that’s only a small sampling of everything that will be happening this Friday. Vancouver’s Arts District will be overflowing with original artwork for sale in every medium. Shops and galleries will be open late. 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 fabulous about the Couve!

Above image: detail from an original watercolor painting by Bev Jozwiak. See the whole painting up close at Aurora Gallery this Friday.

Art Exhibit & Silent Auction at Wattle Tree Place

Wattle Tree Place joins the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Oct. 6, with an art exhibit and silent auction. Wattle Tree Place will be open for art viewing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from now through Sunday, Oct. 8. Bids on individual pieces can be submitted from 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. Pieces which are not sold at auction will remain on display at Wattle Tree Place at the artist’s request.

Bidders will be given ID numbers that will also enter them into a drawing for one of three door prizes. Bidding sheets will be available as well as a catalogue of the paintings with the artists’ photographs and biographies. Guests will also have an opportunity to speak with some of the artists throughout the weekend, and a Wattle Tree Place staff member will be there to help if there are questions. The auction results will be announced after 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. The Sunday afternoon celebration, beginning at 4 p.m., will also include live music, as well as wine tasting and whiskey tasting (by donation). A BBQ dinner will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m.

Wattle Tree Place is a locally owned, community-focused small business catering to moms, dads, kids, and family groups. Located in a remodeled craftsman house in downtown Vancouver at 306 E. 16th St., it is a café which serves locally roasted coffee along with healthy, organic snacks, lunches, kids’ meals, and homemade cakes and pastries. It offers year-round event spaces for birthday parties, baby showers, spa nights, date nights, graduation celebrations, and community meetings. There’s a free children’s play area outside, as well as an indoor play area. An after-school kids’ activity program is available at 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Wattle Tree Place (named after a native Australian tree known to the indigenous people as “healing tree”) also offers holistic healing rooms featuring treatments such as reiki, yoga, massage, tarot card readings, meditation circles, and more. Parents can book the in-house, low-cost “babysitter” to watch their kids during treatments. To learn more about Wattle Tree Place, visit wattletreeplace.com or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wattletreeplace/. Lunch and coffee orders are available by calling ahead to 360-389-3116.

Above image: detail from “The Winter Mask” by Drew Taylor, one of the original artworks up for bid this weekend at Wattle Tree Place

BirdFest & Bluegrass

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is home to—or a migratory stop for—hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. It’s also the home of BirdFest & Bluegrass from Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 8, the annual celebration of the fall sandhill crane migration through our local wetlands. Thousands of birds and people flock to Ridgefield every year to celebrate, listen to music, enjoy craft beer, and experience wildlife first-hand against the backdrop of open habitat as far as the eye can see.

Visit the Cathlapotle Plankhouse, see the sandhill cranes dance, and paddle a kayak through some of the Refuge’s waterways. There will be expert-led bird walks, bird language workshops, an Audubon Wild Bird Show, raptor displays, and a variety of guided hikes including photography, geology, ethnobotany, and an evening hike. Kayaking and canoe river trips can be reserved in advance by visiting https://ridgefieldfriends.org/news/birdfest-bluegrass-2017-schedule-events/. There will be children’s activities and craft stations in downtown Ridgefield. The weekend will also include a watercolor workshop, a digital photography workshop, and a traditional salmon bake on Sunday. An expanded Birders’ Marketplace will offer garden items, pottery, art, photography, birdhouses, clothes, books, and more. Food vendors will be open throughout the weekend as well as during the Saturday Farmers Market.

Sandhill Crane Tours give guests an exclusive opportunity to visit an area of the refuge not often open to the public. BirdFest is the only time the general public is able to visit this area for a unique wildlife viewing experience that has become one of the festival’s signature events. Reservations can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/friends-of-the-ridgefield-national-wildlife-refuge-14684957139.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, you can see Hitchcock’s “The Birds” at the Old Liberty Theater, followed at 9 p.m. by the Bluegrass Band Whiskey Achievers playing at the Sportsman’s Steakhouse & Saloon. On Saturday, Oct. 7, there will be bluegrass jammers playing between the Old Liberty and the Sportsman’s Steakhouse from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Brian Oberlin Bluegrass Trio will be at the the Old Liberty, followed by Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, the documentary The Promised Lands will be shown free of charge at the Old Liberty.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to https://ridgefieldfriends.org/events/birdfest-bluegrass/.

Above image: sandhill cranes in flight

Laughing on Last Saturday

Did you know that the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield hosts a stand-up comedy series on the last Saturday of every month? It’s called “Laughing on Last Saturday,” and you can find the region’s funniest talent on stage at 7:30 p.m. The next evening of comedy is happening on Saturday, Sept. 30—this month featuring headliner Todd Armstrong.

Laughing on Last Saturday is a partnership with Stage Left Entertainment, the brainchild of comedians Don Frost and Lonnie Bruhn. Each month, they’ll host and feature local, established and credited headlining comedians. Armstrong has been deemed “Portland’s Comic to Watch” by Comedy Central, has been featured on Portlandia, and has worked alongside many well-known comedians, including Amy Schumer (!) and Bill Burr. To learn more about Armstrong, visit www.armtoddstrong.com.

Tickets are $15 per person, available at the door while supplies last, or in advance by calling 360-887-7260. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. so that you can find a good seat and get some refreshments from Seasons Café in the lobby: coffee, tea, and pastries, as well as beer and wine. A word to parents: comedy shows may contain adult content, so it’s best to leave the kids and teens at home. To find out more about upcoming events at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com.

Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield

The Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield will host a meeting of “Meaningful Movies,” a film and discussion group on Wednesday, Sept. 27. 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 religious or political affiliations.

The next documentary to be shown at the Old Liberty is “Command and Control,” from the director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc. “Command and Control” tells the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this chilling documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. Filmed in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo in Arizona, the documentary features the minute-by-minute accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders who were on the scene that night. Command and Control reveals the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States—a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and previews start at 7:20 p.m. Beer, wine, smoothies, coffee, tea, ice cream, and snacks are available for purchase. A discussion will immediately follow the film. The Liberty Theater is located at 115 N Main Ave. in downtown Ridgefield. For more information, call 360-887-7260 or visit the groups Facebook page at http://fb.me/meaningfulmoviesridgefield. You can also send an email to mdonavan@gmail.com.

Laugh Your Dial Off

Come to the Kiggins Theatre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, for the Willamette Radio Workshop‘s performance of Laugh Your Dial Off, a collection of the best comedy shows and acts from the Golden Age of radio. The show, staged with voice actors and live foley artists, will feature performances made famous by Jack Benny, Fred Allen and Allen’s Alley, Fibber McGee and Molly, Abbot and Costello, Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen with W.C. Fields. Previously unreleased Vic and Sade episodes will be heard here for the first time—plus commercials of the day.

Radio was the perfect medium to bring the tradition of Vaudeville to the average American home. The quick-talking word play and snappy comebacks merged with the quiet family situational comedies. The fresh open takes on the same family frustrations and foibles we face today make the works of these comic geniuses as funny today as they where in the Golden Age.

There will be one performance only at the Kiggins. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for children under 12 years old, and proceeds will go to support future shows. The Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. so that you can purchase concessions—including wine or beer—and to make yourself comfortable in the beautifully restored 1930s-era theater with comfy leather seats and plenty of drink-holders.

This show is part of the Re-Imagined Radio project produced by John Barber, faculty member in with WSU’s Creative Media & Digital Culture Program. Re-Imagined Radio is a project of Radio Nouspace and is focused on the re-creation of legendary radio dramas in front of live audiences.