Fourth of July
Some highlights for Thursday, July 4:
• The 56th annual Vancouver Fireworks Spectacular features the largest fireworks show in the Pacific Northwest at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash. The show begins at 10:05 p.m. and will be livestreamed by KGW-TV. People are encouraged to find their viewing spot at 4 p.m. The Historic Trust and City of Vancouver are bringing back food and entertainment with food trucks and live music throughout the evening. For more: www.official4thofJuly.com.
• Fireworks also take place over Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River, thanks to the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oaks Amusement Park, Corbett, Tigard and West Linn. UPDATE: Lake Oswego is opting for a laser light show, because of technical difficulties associated with its planned drones show.
• Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, presents its 4th of July Spectacular, noon-midnight; there'll be rides, games, mini golf, live music, roller skating and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. For more: oaksparks.com.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., plans a whole month of programming in July to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission, which landed on the moon July 20, 1969. Through July, OMSI plans movies, events, science demonstrations, laser shows, stomp rockets and more.
For complete info: www.omsi.edu.
Portland Craft Beer Festival
The event features about 60 breweries, cider makers, wineries and food carts at Fields Neighborhood Park, 1099 N.W. Overton St. For more: www.portlandcraftbeerfestival.com. Hours are noon-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 4-6, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, July 7.
'Our Ruined House'
By Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, founded by Jacob Coleman, it focuses on geopolitical relationships like the Cold War standoff between the United States and Russia, along with romantic relationships. It's from the Russian poem "Last Toast." Performances (7:30 p.m.) continue through July 13 at Reed College Performing Arts Building, 3202 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. Tickets: $20-$25, www.petensemble.org.
The series continues with "Coup de Foudre" ("stroke of lightning"), Friday-Sunday, July 5-7, at CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St. It's a story of two people, old luggage, cowboy boots, uncooperative objects, rubber chickens, misunderstanding, tenderness, solitude and tea parties in the rain, as a silent movie straddles dream and reality. Tickets: $25, www.cohoproductions.org (check for times).
The award-winning Broadway show about what happened in the Land of Oz comes to Portland. It's a story of pre-Dorothy, when another girl with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing extraordinary talent — befriends a popular bubbly blonde, until the world decides to call one "good" and the other one "wicked."
Various times/days, July 10-28, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., BroadwayInPortland.com, starting at $49
• Portland-based folk group The Builders and the Butchers, joined by Loch Lomond, perform at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 9 p.m. Friday, July 5. Tickets: $16, $18 day of show, www.mississippistudios.com. The Builders and the Butchers recently released "The Spark."
• The Aristocrats play Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., 9 p.m. Friday, July 5. They have a new album, "You Know What ... ?," released June 28. Tickets: $25, www.startheaterportland.com.
• The Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival continues with the Rolston, Calidore, Miro quartets combining for a night of music by British composers, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Tickets: $10-$32.50, www.albertarosetheatre.com.
• Teenage musicians and celebrities take the stage as The Boys of Summer Tour stops at the Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., noon Wednesday, July 10. Tickets: $39, www.startheaterportland.com.
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