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  1. 1. august 2015 Alaska beyond Magazine 25 Through Nov. 1 “Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC,” interactive displays and artifacts tell of a pivotal historical era; Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC; 250-356-7226; royalbcmu- Aug. 17–23 USA Pro Challenge, elite cyclists race in the Rockies; multiple locations, CO; 888-223-3351; usaprocy- Aug. 22–23 World Bodysurfing Champion- ships, top international competitors; Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA; Aug. 29–30 Hoops for Hope: The Jim Marsh Classic, an all-ages three-on-three basketball event benefiting mentoring and Parkinson’s disease initiatives; Georgetown neighborhood, Seattle, WA; 425-416-2033; Sept. 5 National Book Festival, talks, panels and more; Walter E. Washing- ton Convention Center, Washington, DC; 888- 714-4696; Sept. 19–20 Seattle Mini Maker Faire, celebrating invention, creativity and resourcefulness; EMP Museum, Seattle, WA; Calendar top,Courtesy:MuseumofFineArts,Boston;middle,juliusfekete/;bottom,ClarkJamesMishler San Diego Mainstays Tall ships sail gracefully into San Diego Bay every Labor Day weekend to kick off the San Diego Festival of Sail, a proud West Coast tradition. The bay will be trans- formed September 5–7 into a nautical theme park, complete with tall-ship cannon battles, sunset cruises, onstage entertainments, beer gardens, historical re-enactors telling nautical history, local art vendors and numerous food options. The Maritime Museum of San Diego, the host of the festival, operates some of the world’s finest tall ships, and boasts the oldest active sailing ship in existence, the Star of India (1863), shown above. Call 619-234-9153 or visit to learn more. —Alexa Voss Philadelphia, PA Leaving an Impression Paul Durand-Ruel, a Parisian art dealer, was an early champion of artists with names such as Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir. Durand-Ruel’s story frames a ground- breaking exhibition that explores Impressionism in a fresh light, through the eyes of the collector. Reuniting master- pieces bought, shown and sold by Durand-Ruel, the exhibition “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand- Ruel and the New Painting” is making its only U.S. stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, through September 13. Paintings in this show were originally in Durand-Ruel’s gallery stock and personal collection; these include six of Monet’s “Poplars” series and Renoir’s three large-scale “Dances.” The exhibition is produced in collaboration with the National Gallery, London and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Call 215-763-8100 or visit —Alexa Voss Journal Palmer, AK A Taste of Alaska The cabbages in the produce contest at the Alaska State Fair are so large, they are often trucked in. These voluminous veggies are among the many attractions you will find at the Alaska State Fair, August 27–September 7, at the state fairgrounds about 40 miles north of Anchorage. Wide-ranging onstage entertainment is another fair highlight. This year’s lineup includes funnyman Jim Gaffigan and country star Lee Brice. Also included: a performance by local act Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance at Bougival (1883), oil on canvas. “Portugal. The Man.” Overall, the fair will feature shows by performers from all over Alaska. The food at the fair is always enticing. Halibut tacos, salmon quesadillas and fresh oysters are among the culinary offerings. The fair also features cooking competitions, and arts and crafts vendors. Alaska Airlines is a sponsor of the Alaska State Fair. To learn more, call 907-745- 4827 or visit —Aliza Vaccher This 1,283.5-lb gourd placed first at the 2014 Alaska State Fair’s Pumpkin Weigh-off.