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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