Entertainment briefs 11/14

Final weekend of Durang/Durang

This is the last weekend to catch CAST's season opener "Durang/Durang," a series of one-act comedies by playwright Christopher Durang. The show runs Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at CAST Performing Arts Center, 105 Fourth Street in Hood River.

The evening consists of six brisk short plays; in the first three Durang satirizes the theater, and in the second three he aims his sharp wit at other aspects of contemporary culture.

The company includes CAST favorites Alison Fitts, Jeanette Burkhardt, Greg Gilbertson, Kurt Peterson, Anne Marie Untalan and Kyra Rudhe. They are joined by Jonpaul McLellan and Rosie Perdue, each of whom are making their first appearances with CAST. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 387-8855 for ticket information.

Riverside books Laws, Ocean 503

On Friday guitarist/vocalist Robbie Laws makes his first appearance at the Riverside Grill at Hood River Inn.

He will perform with Geno Michaels on keyboards and Ed Pierce on drums in an R&B format with a soul and jazz twist. Ocean 503 takes the stage at Riverside Grill on Saturday, to present an evening of old and new school R&B.

The group introduces their new vocalist, Barry Olsen, and also features Miguel Roberts on bass and vocals, Steve Smith on guitar and vocals, Jeff Ward on drums and vocals, and guest Geno Michaels on keyboards. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

River City Saloon rockin' this winter

The River City Saloon is definitely open for the winter. And Manager Randy Guyton has booked the music to prove it. Next week’s lineup looks like a typical booking for a summer show. Not the case though. On Wednesday, Nov. 21 the Latin sounds of Rubberneck play the River City. Following up on Thursday is The Clumsy Lovers. On Friday, Nov. 23 local musician Luke McCern and his band Grand Simple play the River City. Saturday, Nov. 24 ends the epic week with the Mayfield Road Blues Band. Looking ahead to the end of the month, Seattle’s free folk funk band Hanuman is booked on Nov. 30.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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