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Umbrella contest and Arsenic and Old Lace

Umbrella Contest brings out artistic side of Washington County's rainy season

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but they also bring out the artistic sides of local artists.

Next week, Forest Grove hosts its annual umbrella decorating contest, a chance for artists of all ages to defy the typical gloom of the season by making art out of its most prevalent accessory - the umbrella.

The contest, part of the city's First Wednesday celebration of downtown businesses, will be judged Wednesday, April 6 beginning at 6:30 p.m .at Connie's Corner Café (2001 Main St., Forest Grove). Entries and submission forms are due at 5:45 p.m. the same day. Prizes will be provided by Connie's, Grendel's, A Framer's Touch, Pac Thai, Corner Antiques and other local businesses.

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Hillsboro theater company plays murder for laughs with 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

Mischief, mayhem, murder, madness and marriage - it's all in the family as Hillsboro Artists Regional Theatre takes on playwright Joseph Kesselring's classic screwball comedy, 'Arsenic and Old Lace.'

The play follows the story of Mortimer Brewster, a serial monogamist and newspaperman who decides to try his hand at marriage, only to throw his fiancée into his bizarre family tree, which includes two aunts with a penchant for murdering lonely bachelors, a brother who is convinced he's Teddy Roosevelt and other nonsensical maladies.

The black comedy, written in 1939, was immortalized on the silver screen in a 1944 film directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane and Jack Carson. In the 67 years since, it has become a staple of community theater across the nation.

HART's production, which opens this weekend, is directed by company veteran Peter Stein.

'Arsenic and Old Lace' opens Friday and plays through April 17 at HART Theatre, located at 185 SE Washington St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

For details, or to buy tickets, call 503-693-7815.