August 2, 2008

Try This: Fair and Other Fare

By Matt Wastradowski, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

Aug. 2--Fair offers something for just about everyone

Clark County's biggest party returns with 10 days of carnival rides, livestock, food, games, extreme action events and concerts.

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and Aug. 10; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, tomorrow and Aug. 8 and 9. The carnival opens at noon daily.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Admission: $9, $7 for seniors 62 and older, $5 for children age 7-12, free for children 6 and younger. Parking is $5. Admission for children age 7-12 is $3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Aug. 8.

Telephone: 360-397-6180.

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Outdoor film series goes to the birds

Enjoy the warm weather with an outdoor film. Uptown Movie Nights, which shows outdoor movies throughout the summer, will show "Fly Away Home" tonight. The 1996 film follows a 14-year-old trying to help orphaned geese find their way home.

Those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Before the movie is shown, Vancouver band Love Trucker will perform.

When: Live music, concessions and raffles begin at 7:30 tonight. The film will begin at dusk.

Where: The film will be screened on the side of the LSW Architects building. Seating will be available in the parking lot at West 23rd and Main streets, Vancouver.

Admission: Free

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Quilts take center stage at festival

Hundreds of quilts spanning several generations will be on display as part of the Pomeroy Living History Farm's Quilt Festival this weekend. Among the highlights will be demonstrations of antique farm machinery.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Pomeroy Living History Farm, 20902 N.E. Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt.

Admission: $6, $4 children age 3-11.

Telephone: 360-686-3537.

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Crowd-pleasing favorites: By kids, for kid

Kids can rock out to their favorite songs when the Kidz Bop Live tour comes to Portland on Sunday.

The concert features live performances of songs from the Kidz Bop album series, which debuted in 2001.

The most recent release is Kidz Bop 14, featuring covers of songs by Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Lupe Fiasco.

When: 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., Portland.

Admission: $25-$35 through TicketsWest, 800-992-8499 or

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New "Mummy" film moves to Far East

The latest installment in the "Mummy" movie franchise arrives in theaters this weekend.

"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" follows explorer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), who combats a resurrected emperor (Jet Li) and his army of 10,000 warriors.

"Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is rated PG-13.

When: Various showtimes daily.

Where: Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Liberty Theater, 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas; various Clark County Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200; Liberty Theater, 360-834-2131; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

On the Web: for Cinetopia; for Battle Ground Cinema, for Liberty Theater, for Regal Cinemas.


With summer in full swing, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained. We offer three more fun ideas for the coming week.

On the big screen, under the stars

A series of films will be played on an inflatable movie screen as part of the Burgerville Movie Season. The series continues Friday with a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." The 1981 film is the first in the "Indiana Jones" series and follows the archaeologist on his quest for the Ark of the Covenant.

"Raiders" begins at dusk, but show up early. At 8 p.m., Fort Vancouver archeologist Robert Cromwell will give a speech entitled, "Do Archaeologist Really Carry Bullwhips?: Hollywood's Misperception of Archaeology."

Several food vendors will on hand with food. Viewers should bring blankets and sand chairs to each showing. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is rated PG.

When: Friday. Robert Cromwell will speak at 8 p.m., and the film will play at dusk.

Where: Fort Vancouver's Parade Ground, near the intersection of Evergreen Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Admission: Free.

Telephone: 360-619-1111.

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Music festival spotlights acts big and small

The Tomfest music festival is set to begin Wednesday, offering performances from more than 100 regional and national Christian musicians.

One of the marquee draws is MxPx, which formed more than 15 years ago in Bremerton. The punk group scored radio hits with songs such as "Punk Rawk Show" and "My Life Story."

Battle Ground band Enation is set to perform Thursday. Enation features Jonathan and Richard Jackson, Michael Galeotti and Dan Sweat. Ruth, fronted by Battle Ground singer and guitarist Dustin Ruth, is set to take the stage Friday.

When: Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Aug. 9.

Where: Lacamas Conference Center, 2025 N.E. Goodwin Road, Camas.

Admission: $45 for a four-day pass, $20 per day. Parking passes are $10-$20 for all four days, or $5-$10 per day. Camping is available and included with a four-day pass.

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Rogen returns; trouble not far behind

The latest film starring Seth Rogen finds the actor playing a stoner on the run after he witnesses a murder. Along for the ride is his dealer (James Franco). But a drug lord (Gary Cole) and a crooked cop (Rosie Perez) join the chase.

Rogen has been busy lately. In 2007, he starred in the comedy "Knocked Up" and co-wrote "Superbad" with Evan Goldberg. The pair also wrote "Pineapple Express." Will the film continue Rogen's streak of hits?

If you can't wait, get in line Tuesday night. Midnight screenings will take place at several Clark County theaters, including Cinetopia and Regal Cascade 16 Cinemas. "Pineapple Express" is rated R.

When: Various showtimes daily, beginning Wednesday.

Where: Cinetopia, 11700 S.E. Seventh St., Vancouver; various Clark County Regal Cinemas locations.

Admission: Varies by theater.

Telephone: Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.

On the Web: for Cinetopia; for Regal Cinemas.


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