Back Issues: July 6, 2017

Saturday in the Park Pride July 8

Thursday, July 6, 2017

All are welcome to the 22nd annual Saturday In the Park Pride (SITP) set for this Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Esther Short Park. This free, family-friendly, public event is the only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer) pride event in Southwest Washington.

Festivities start with the annual Dyke March at 10:45 a.m., at the Clock Tower. Color Guard and opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m., followed by words from various local dignitaries. The event features live music, entertainment, over 50 vendors and information booths, and a kid’s area.

SITP is dedicated to providing educational, scholarship opportunities and support services to the LGBTQ families, children and friends in the greater Clark County area of Washington.

Interested parties can kick off the day with the 24th annual Lyle’s Myles 5k Run and Walk fundraiser for Aids research. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress in costumes for a chance at prizes. Registration is $10 and can be done here.


Magenta Improv Theater July 8

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Magenta Improv Theater (MIT) returns for another night of family-friendly improv this Saturday, July 8, at the Magenta Theater, 606 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. In their own version of “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” the show will feature some old favorite games and a few new tricks.

The MIT players are adults and teens, and the shows are always clean and family-friendly. Audience participation is voluntary, and nobody will be called on unless he or she signals a desire to participate. The MIT players’ goal is simply to deliver a fun, laughter-filled evening.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Seating is general admission. To learn more about the Magenta Theater, and to see other upcoming productions, visit


First Friday Art Walk July 7

Thursday, July 6, 2017

“Autumn Stroll” by Catherine Snyder, featured artist at Gallery 360.

First Friday Artwalk is tonight, Friday, July 7. Galleries throughout downtown Vancouver welcome guests to stroll, enjoy, and celebrate the lazy days of summer. Featured highlights for July include:

  • Gallery 360, 605 Esther St.: “Red,” a new one-month exhibition featuring red as a dominant color or theme. Pastel artist Catherine Snyder is the featured artist for July. Meet the artist at the opening reception.
  • Luepke Flowers and Finds, 1300 Washington St.: Photography of Chris Bidleman, an award winning Ridgefield artist.
  • Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St.: Works by Erika Bartlett. Five percent of every purchase of original fine art will be donated to the coalition for Southwest Elderly Abuse Prevention.
  • Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St: Admission waived for First Friday. Works of local photographer Faun Scurlock of Grumpy Bear Photography for the night. All photos are taken within 150 miles of Vancouver.

First Friday is a monthly event sponsored by Vancouver’s Downtown Association to encourage visitors to browse through Vancouver’s excellent art galleries and fine restaurants. Participating business often have samples, sales, live music and more. For this month’s Hot Sheet, click here.


“All’s Well That Ends Well” in Esther Short Park this Sunday

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Visitors to Esther Short Park this Saturday afternoon can enjoy a free, live performance of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well. OPS Fest (Original Practice Shakespeare Festival) is dedicated to bringing a new style of Shakespearean performance to audiences by reviving the old.

OPS Fest performs Shakespeare’s plays using the same techniques as they did in Shakespeare’s own time, which means limited rehearsal; an onstage prompter; fast paced, energetic acting; and lots of audience interaction. This lends a much more immediate, organic and improvisational feel to the performances.

Discover and explore this timeless classic and find out what makes Shakespeare a “little dangerous.” The performance starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday, July 9. To learn more about OPS Fest and see its 2017 schedule of performances, click here.