In The Spotlight: Acclaimed Musicians Join Forces in Celebration of Clark County Children May 17th

April, 21 2023

Musicians Join Forces

On May 17th at 6pm, seven music legends will team up for one magical evening to both celebrate and benefit Clark County children experiencing circumstantial hardship. Notable vocalist Shelly Rudolph will present world-class Jazz, Soul, Blues and more at the Kiggins Theatre. Shelly will be joined by renowned Jazz innovator Tom Grant, along with the Swank Soul Band -- guitarist Dan Gildea, saxophonist Renato Caranto (of the Mel Brown Septet), bassist Bill Athens, drummer Edwin Coleman III, and Paul Mazzio on trumpet. Proceeds will support the "Uplift!" children's project, a summer day of giving and arts experiences.

Uplift!” is a summer day of giving that will bridge the gap for many children between school years at a time when it’s most needed. Children ages 8 - 12 from Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington and Friends of the Children will each receive a gift card to purchase clothes, school supplies, and more at a local Walmart, while experiencing the power of the arts through hands-on art and music activities. In July, the children will shop with a shopping "buddy," meet the cast from Star Wars Oregon’s Cloud City Garrison, create collaborative artwork and receive art supplies through Artstra’s Creative Relief Clark County, and know the joy of music through a tangible introduction of musical instruments at Beacock Music's "Instrument Petting Zoo". The Clark County Food Bank will distribute food-filled backpacks to the children and present a snack “demonstration station” with healthy snack ideas. Find out more about "Uplift!" and the community sponsors supporting it HERE.

Dubbed "a robust and captivating vocalist" (Jazz Times) with "a honey-glazed throat to send chills up and down your spine," (LA Weekly), Shelly Rudolph has long been a favored voice on the Portland scene. Infusing jazz, blues and her own “powerfully romantic” material, the singer-songwriter has performed in New York, Los Angeles, the West Indies, Japan, Korea and beyond. As a songwriter and vocalist she has collaborated and recorded with Grammy-winning cellist David Darling, David Piltch (kd lang), Ken Stange (Joe Cocker), David Mathews (Etta James), Pink Martini's Phil Baker and many more.

And Now For This Week’s Top Picks…

American in Paris

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents "An American in Paris"

Experience Gershwin’s vibrant portrait of Paris in the 1920s! Featuring renowned guest conductor Gerard Schwarz and master cellist Julian Schwarz, you’ll love this tour of the greats of American music. Also featuring masterworks by Gerard Schwarz, Samuel Jones, Valerie Coleman and Howard Hanson. Saturday, April 22 at 7pm Sunday, April 23 at 3pm Skyview Concert Hall

High School Musical

Metropolitan Performing Arts presents "High School Musical" April 21 - 30

Main Stage presents “High School Musical” based on the Disney 2006 movie - follow the characters you know and love as they face adversity and change when the Drama Club diva arranges to set up a clash of Troy’s big game with Gabriella’s Science Decathlon. Friends on both sides emerge to save the day to find a way to let the couple break free from expectations and shine on stage together. April 21 - 30 Metropolitan Performing Arts 6403 E Mill Plain Blvd

BG Art Alliance

Battle Ground Art Alliance Spring Art Show & Sale

Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of art at Battle Ground Art Alliance’s 19th annual Spring Art Show and Sale on Saturday, April 22nd! Join us at the Battle Ground Community Center to witness the artistry of 20 talented Southwest Washington regional artists, who will be showcasing their best works in an array of media, including painting, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, and more. With a variety of beautiful and innovative artworks on display, this is an event you won’t want to miss. What sets this year’s show apart is the exciting lineup of live demonstrations by some of the participating artists. Get an up-close look at the creative process of oil painting, mixed-media collage, and basket weaving, and engage in conversations with artists about their techniques and inspirations. This interactive show is designed to pique the curiosity of all attendees, from families to seasoned art enthusiasts, and provide an opportunity for visitors to learn and experience the intricacies of art firsthand. April 22, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Battle Ground Community Center 912 E Main St, Battle Ground, WA 98604 Free to the Public