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Marlon Wayan: 8 p.m. December 1, Cowlitz Ballroom, ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield. Comedian, actor and writer Wayans brings his “Microphone Fiend” tour to ilani. Tour details: Tickets: $25 and $45. Tickets available on and

squat festival: January 27 and 28, Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 Seventh Ave., Longview. Visit for more information.


Cowlitz Valley Early Music AssociationNov. 18: 6 to 8 p.m., country and bluegrass music, open mic program and dancing. Catlin Grange, 205 Shawnee, N. Kelso. 360-423-3138.

Oregon Way Tavern: open jam hosted by Steelhead, 7 p.m. on Wednesdays; 9 p.m. Karaoke, Thursday through Saturday, 446 Oregon Way, Longview. 360-577-5773.

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Scooter Bar and Grill: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, music. 1107 North Pacific Ave, Kelso. 425-2223. Look for Scooters Bar and Grill on Facebook.


All films shown at the Columbia Theater Association for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview. All films are screened at 2 p.m.

Admission per film is $8 per person. Receive 15% off the order total with the purchase of all five films. Groups of 10 or more pay $5 per ticket. Tickets available at the box office (11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday), by calling 360-575-8499 or by visiting

The schedule

December 22: The Polar Express, with Tom Hanks.

January 15: Funny Girl (1968), with Barbra Streisand, Walter Pidgeon and Omar Shariff.

March 5: Hair (1979), with John Savage, Treat Williams and Beverly D’Angelo.

April 2: Peter Rabbit (2018).

May 7: Paint Your Wagon (1969), with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood.


Finnegan Blue’s Irish Christmas: 7:30-9:30 p.m. December 17, Columbia Theater Association for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview. Siblings Anna Lee and Willie Fleming are joined by their father, Bill Fleming on guitar accompanied by bandmates Malcolm Jones on saxophone, Kevin Higuchi on percussion and Oskar Beckmann on bass. The band pays homage to Irish music by adding their own modern twist, notes the Columbia Theater website. Tickets: $40 and $45 per person adults, $40 per person seniors (62 and over) and military, $20 per person 17 and under. Tickets available at the box office (11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday), by calling 360-575-8499 or by visiting

O’Jays: 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Cowlitz Ballroom, ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield. The O’Jays’ latest tour, “Last Stop on the Love Train”, features the band performing songs such as “Put Your Hands Together”, “For the Love of Money”, “I Love Music” and their first number single. a. “Stabbers. Throughout their career, the group has had 10 gold albums, nine platinum albums and 10 number one hits. The group includes original members Eddie Levert Sr. and Walter Williams Sr., who have been singing together since they were children in Philadelphia, according to a press release submitted to the Daily News. Tickets: $59 and $79. Tickets available on and

Paul Anca: 7 p.m. on February 26, Cowlitz Ballroom, ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield. Anka has over 500 songs to her credit and 100 million albums sold, according to a statement from Ilani. He also had a song on the Billboard charts for seven consecutive decades. Her career began in 1957, when Diana sold 20 million records. Other hits include Puppy Love, Lonely Boy, My Way, Hometown, The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson theme and more. Tickets: $39 and $59. Tickets available on and


The Games Afoot: or Holmes for the Holidays: Crime comedy directed by Jamie Hegstad, December 2-18, Stageworks Northwest Theatre, 1433 Commerce Ave., Longview. $18 general admission, $14 seniors/students/veterans, $8 children, $10 groups of 10 or more. 360-636-4488.


Held at the Columbia Theater Association for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, the Stage Door concert series is an intimate evening. Guests must enter through the backstage door. Cafe-style seating takes place on the stage with complimentary appetizers provided by Magpie Productions and an open wine bar provided by Roland Wines. Each concert takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The cost of each concert is $65 per person. Save 10% if you buy a seat for each Stage Door concert or a table (four seats) for a performance. Tickets available at the box office (11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday), by calling 360-575-8499 or by visiting

The schedule

January 14: Marina Trio. Marina Christopher and her band Marina and the Dreamboats deliver an addictive blend of jazz, soul and classic pop, notes the Columbia Theater website.

February 11th:Catherine Rose. A folk singer from Oregon, Roses grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music. After her grandmother passed away, she discovered handwritten Irish folk songs tucked away inside her grandmother’s piano bench, according to the theater’s website. Roses’ influences include Susan McKeown, Christy Moore, Mairad Ni Mhaonaigh, Niamh Parsons, Dougie MacLean, Kate Rusby, Kat Eggleston and more.

March 4: Ken Waldman and the Savages. Waldman will be joined by banjo player Rich Kuras and other guests. Kuras, a former Longview resident, started playing banjo and calling square dances 45 years ago.

April 22: Larhonda Steele celebrates Nina Simone. The legendary Simone, who was an avid civil rights activist, sang a mix of jazz, blues and folk music. Steele, a prominent North West blues singer, will be joined on stage by Mark Steele, Ward Griffiths and Leah Hinchcliff.


Appelo Archive Center: Historical exhibits of the Naselle-Grays River territory. Opening hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. 1056 State Route 4, Naselle. 360-484-7103;

Broadway Gallery: Featured Artist for November is Debby Neely, Wildlife Linocut Prints. Neely is one of the founding members of the gallery. Join the featured artists for the first Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month to listen to music and enjoy refreshments. Works by artists are exhibited throughout the month alongside 40 local cooperative galleries. Craft cards, masks, jewelry, books by local authors, pottery, sculpture, glass, metal, photography, wearable art and more available. Shop the fourth local Saturday of each month to receive a free gift. Santa’s gift shop is open until December 24. Regular hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. 1418 Commerce Avenue, Longview. 577-0544.,

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum: Permanent exhibits on Lewis and Clark and the Columbia River, an 1890 railroad car and a model of the old train that traveled up the Long Beach Peninsula. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. FREE ENTRANCE. 115 SE Lake, Ilwaco. 360-642-3446;

Cowlitz County Historical Museum: Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Donations accepted. 405 Allen Street, Kelso. 577-3119.

Koth Memorial Gallery: Work of the Sacajawea Fiber Arts Guild until November. Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, closed on Sundays. Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview. Daniel: 360-442-5307.

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, opening of the museum and the village hall. Site tours now available for groups 15 and under. To register, go online at

Forsberg Art Gallery of Lower Columbia College: Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday. In the college’s Rose Center for the Arts gallery, 1528 Maple St., Longview. 360-442-2510;

Rainier Historical Museum of Oregon: Hours: 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (except holidays), Third Floor of City Hall, 106 W. B St., Rainier. Old photos or items that people would like to share or donate to the museum are welcome. Old photos can be scanned and the originals returned to the owners. 503-556-4089, 360-751-7039, [email protected]

River Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall/Central School: Opening hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. 1394 State Route 4 (Ocean Beach Highway). 360-795-3007, leave a message; or [email protected]

Tsuga Gallery: Features over 30 works by local artists, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and jewelry. 70 Main Street, Cathlamet. Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.

Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum: Extensive logging, fishing and cultural exhibits. Locomotive from 1923 outside. Opening hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday until September or by appointment. 65 River Street, Cathlamet. 360-849-4353.

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