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COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - Baumgardner, curated by Cultural Arts staff is on display through the months of March and April in the Hillsboro Civic Center.

Around the area

GRIMM — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center hosts "Grimm Love" with Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Gather round for a night of silly and twisted tales of love gone wrong. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, performed by storytelling duo Anne & Norm, these tales will have you grimm-acing with joy. After the main event, willing audience members will have the opportunity to share their own stories of Grimm Love at an open mic. Stories should be true and under 5 minutes. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Free to the public. To learn more, visit hillsboro-oregon.gov/walters,or call 503-615-3485.

ALL THINGS PORTLAND — Tualatin Public Library hosts "100 Things to Do in Portland Before You Die," Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Tualatin Public Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave. Learn all facets of the city, from the gardens to the shops and the festivals to the bars. Free admission. To learn more, visit tualatinoregon.gov/library. Recommended for ages 18 and up.

PIXAR AT OMSI — "The Science Behind Pixar," an exhibition about the science behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, opens Feb. 23 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This hands-on exhibition demonstrates the technology that supports the creativity and artistry of Pixar's storytellers. Created by Pixar Animation Studios and the Museum of Science, Boston and featuring more than 40 interactive elements, "The Science Behind Pixar" showcases the science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen. The exhbit runs to Sept. 3. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $21 for adults, $14 for youth (ages 3-13), and $17 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and $4 for seniors. Guests can purchase tickets online at omsi.edu, via phone at 503-797-4000 or in person at the museum. 

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon will have its March 2019 meeting on March 9 at the Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro, from 10 a.m. to noon. The speaker will be Dale Deatherage, about "Genealogy and the Law." The meeting is free and open to all. The society encourages genealogical research in Washington County and around the world. For more information, call 503-716-8029.

Art

BAD ART — Tigard Public Library hosts "Very Bad Art," on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. Tigard Public Library, 13500 S.W. Hall Blvd. Not an artist? Great! Join to make whatever kind of art — as long as it is really, really bad. The best bad art piece will win a prize! Free admission. Suggested for adults and teens. Learn more at tigard-or.gov/library.

ART EXHIBIT — An exhibition of landscape paintings by Sheila Chugani Baumgardner, curated by Cultural Arts staff is on display through the months of March and April in the Hillsboro Civic Center's Shirley Huffman Auditorium and adjacent gallery wall. The Civic Center is located at 150 E. Main St., and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baumgardner paints whimsical acrylic landscapes inspired by the urban parks of Portland and the natural wonders of Oregon, and reflective of her cultural heritage and upbringing. The series of paintings on exhibit invites viewers to imagine they are relaxing on a couch at home while being immersed in the joy and beauty of the Oregon landscape. Born in India, Baumgardner spent most of her formative years in Japan and now lives in Portland. She cites as an inspiration the work of American painter Thomas McKnight, known for pop-influenced interiors framing views of brightly hued landscapes, including scenes of Kobe, Japan. Baumgardner strives to imbue her work with cheer, and her work reflects the style and joy of the cultures and places that have influenced her along the way.

Film

OREGON BLACK PIONEERS — The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., in Portland, is hosting a screening of the Oregon Public Broadcasting's new Oregon Experience documentary, "Oregon's Black Pioneers" on Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. The film explores the largely unknown history of African-Americans who have helped shape the state. From fur trappers and explorers, to farmers and merchants, the earliest black Oregonians lived, worked and created communities despite the racist laws of white settlers who tried to force them out. The program features rare historical photographs, primary documents and interviews with: Portland State University preofessor emeritus Darrell Millner; Gwen Carr and Willie Richardson from the Oregon Black Pioneers organization; historian Bob Zybach and authors Janet Meranda, Gregory Nokes and Walidah Imarisha. The event is free to the public and features the full 30-minute documentary followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Doors open at 6 p.m. so guests can view the Oregon Historical Society's new "Experience Oregon" exhibit in advance of the screening. All ages welcome.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S — Sherwood Center for the Arts with its Classic Film Series presents "Breakfast at Tiffany's," on Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Audrey Hepburn plays a Manhattan sophisticate who escorts wealthy men, accepting gifts and money but not their affections. Sweet treats and popcorn will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3. For more information, visit sherwoodcenterforthearts.org or 503-625-4278.

Garden

PRUNING — On Saturday, Feb. 16, a pruning demonstration hosted by the Tualatin Valley Garden Club and the Washington County Master Gardeners will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at 3850 S.W. Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro. Learn from the experts how to properly prune cane berries, grapes, fruit trees, roses, ornamental shrubs and trees. Tool sharpening available. One clean tool per person with name on a label.  Please bring pruners and gloves for hands on experience. Hot coffee and cookies available. For more information, call Dave Russell at 503-648-4236 and leave your name and number.

Library events

Aloha Community Library, 17455 S.W. Farmington Road

TECH ASSISTANT — Need help with basic computer skills? Drop into the library for regular sessions with local tech assistants on Monday afternoons from 6 to 8 p.m., or call 503-259-0185 to reserve Valley Art Association, 2022 Main St., Forest Grove.

STORYTIME — Family story time takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. This is a weekly storytime for toddlers and young children, and includes stories, songs, rhymes and activities geared towards getting kids interested in reading at an early age.

Cornelius Public Library, 1355 N. Barlow St.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME — Storytime for ages 3 to 6 takes place every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. Younger siblings are welcome. Come to the library for fun with books, stories, songs and rhymes.

SPANISH STORYTIME — The library offers children's story times in Spanish on Saturdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. The public is invited to spend the hour listening to stories and singing songs with the whole family. The story time is sponsored by the Friends of the Cornelius Public Library.

Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.

WRITERS IN THE GROVE — A free writing workshop is offered for young people and adults on the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. For writers with all levels of experience. For more information, call 503-992-3247.

Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway

READ TO THE DOGS — Read to the Dogs is a program aimed at young readers who want to develop their reading skills and improve their confidence by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs and their handlers. The private 20-minute sessions take place at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library in the Storytime Room, Thursday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Registration is required, call 503-615-6500.

CHESS CLUB — Monthly chess club group for ages 9 to 12 meets on Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. with chess boards provided.

INTERNATIONAL STORYTIME — Japanese language storytime is on every second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Marathi/Hindi storytime is on every third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Arabic language storytime is on every third Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Mandarin story time is on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

EVERYDAY ENGLISH — The library offers conversation groups for people of all language backgrounds who are learning English and want to practice and improve. The group meets Sundays at 3 p.m.

North Plains Public Library, 31334 N.W. Commercial St.

BOOKS BABIES STORYTIME — Each Wednesday, meet for stories, songs, rhymes and finger-plays with volunteer Lauren for babies up to 12 months. Come meet other families with little ones and introduce baby to early literacy activities. 10 a.m. For information, call 503-647-5051.

Music

JAZZ — STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy presents "Radio Jazz Hour," Feb. 16 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Masonic Lodge, 176 N.E. Second Ave. Step back in time and enter the White Feather Lounge and enjoy the music, comedy and community of the 1940s with performances by some of the best talent in the area. $15 and up. For more information, visit stagesyouth.org.

WORLD MUSIC — The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center presents Seffarine in concert, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Sounds including Spanish Flamenco, Arabic, Andalusian, Persian and jazz. Placing in top charts for World Music, Seffarine's international blend of sounds features soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their music embraces and extends Naki's rich heritage, which spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara, mixing Arabic Andalusi music with the grooves of acclaimed bassist Damian Erskine, the phenomenal chops of Persian master multi-instrumentalist Bobak Salehi, and virtuoso percussionist, Manavihare Fiaindratovo. Seffarine delivers an original and intoxicating sound that Bass Player Magazine describes as a "gorgeous intersection" of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern genres and culture. Learn more at seffarine.com.

Theater

NUNSENSE — Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents its two-hour musical "Nunsense" at Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, running now through Feb. 24. Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken (well, what's left of them, that is) for a hysterically haphazard variety show to raise emergency funds for the convent. After a bad batch of vichyssoise kills off 52 of the nuns, the survivors empty the coffers to bury the deceased, but run out of cash before the last few bodies could be laid to rest (don't worry, they're in the kitchen freezer). Will their prayers be answered before the health department discovers their secret? With hilarious talent acts, tongue-in-cheek musical numbers, and help from the audience, "Nunsense" has blessed theatregoers worldwide for more than 30 years and is the second longest-running Off-Broadway show in history. For tickets, call the box office 503-620-5262 or visit broadwayrose.org/nunsense.

LIZA AND LIBERACE — Portland-based entertainers David Saffert and Jillian Snow Harris have been making a name for themselves across the nation with a high-voltage, hilarious, and skillful tribute to musical legends Liberace and Liza Minelli. Now, Hillsboro audiences will have the chance to celebrate all the critically-acclaimed charm, warmth, and comedy as Saffert and Harris bring their tribute act to The Vault Theatre for a special one-night only performance, "In Love with Liberace and Liza," on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Tickets for this special night of romance, music, and comedy are $50 and include a glass of wine and dessert at intermission, making the evening an ideal option for couples looking for a special occasion to celebrate Valentine's Day. Tickets for "In Love with Liberace and Liza" are on sale at bagnbaggage.org, or can be purchased over the phone at the Bag&Baggage box office at 503-345-9590.

THIRD PERSON — On Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at The Vault Theater, 350 E. Main St., Bag&Baggage Productions is hosting "Third Person," a comedic play about a working-class American family whose patriarch, Buck, is hit by lighting, forever changing the way he interacts with the world. Following the lightning strike, Buck can't help but narrate his life as it is going on, giving us his internal monologue at every moment, and ultimately divulging family secrets of mayhem and murder. "Third Person" is a poignant story about the crumbling of the working class family in America, and how the powerful tool of storytelling can help rebuild and reunite us. Written by Dan Kitrosser and directed by Matt Pavik, the production features a handful of Bag&Baggage favorites in this one-night-only staged reading.

THEATER WORKSHOP — Sherwood Center for the Arts Broadway Master Class Series presents "Triple Threat" with Jeff Whiting, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m., Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 S.W. Pine St. The event brings top theater professionals to Washington County, working on everything from audition technique and choosing material to the intricacies of acting a song. Both classes will be accompanied by a professional pianist. Parents, directors, teachers, and community members are invited to observe class ($10). This workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced theater students ages 12 and up. Broadway choreographer and director Jeff Whiting will work with students on all aspects of dancing, acting, singing, and that all-important audition. Starting with a dance workshop patterned after a true Broadway dance call, students will then work on audition technique and song interpretation. Whiting coaches students with detail and care, helping to bring both performance skills and confidence to the next level. $10. For more information, visit sherwoodcenterforthearts.org or 503-625-4278.


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