Entertainment briefs 4/3

New show opens at art gallery

Columbia Art Gallery’s new exhibit for April is “Figure as Icon”, featuring local artists Lesa Hanners, Melody Robichaud, Vicky Van Koten and Gayle Weisfield.

An icon is defined as an artistic representation of an idea or activity and these four artists have explored this subject with exceptional depth and feeling. Four artists – four different viewpoints.

Lesa’s work is drawn from childhood’s imaginative play, creating a world of ogres, dragons and fantastical personalities. She uses unusual accessories and rich fabrics to dramatize the images she creates.

Melody’s pieces are lyrical and mystical and invite contemplation. She utilizes natural materials to create subtle textures and shapes that are timeless.

Sisters Vicky VanKoten and Gayle Weisfield combine found materials with various media to create figures representing many different ideas and activities. Their work is both amusing and intriguing.

The show will run from April 5 through April 29. The exhibit reception will be April 5 from 7 to 9 pm at the gallery, located at 207 Second Street in Hood River. Columbia Art Gallery is a participant in the First Friday event sponsored by Hood River Downtown Merchants Association. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 10-5 and on Monday from 12-5. Please call the gallery at 541-386-4512 or email columbiaartgallery@gorge.net for further information.

Gourmet Fare hosts Paul deLay

The 2002 Gourmet Fare, sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, will be held Saturday, April 6, from 6-11 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and are available at Waucoma Bookstore and Annz Panz.

The Paul deLay Band from Portland will provide the evening's entertainment, and food will be courtesy of such local restaurateurs and caterers as Hood River Distillers, Flerchinger Vineyards, Bailey's Place and Deerfield Foods.

For more information, contact Karen Knoll at (541) 296-7275.

Dear Francis at Savino’s

This Saturday the Portland folk-pop duo "dear francis" returns to Savino's in Hood River. Having met in Boston, vocalist and guitarist Earl Patrick and upright bassist Craig Hamblin relocated to Portland and brought their off-kilter brand of folk-pop with them. Mixing elements of folk, classical, and pop music with thoughtful intelligent lyrics, their songs will bury themselves deep in your chest.

Singer/songwriter, guitarist and activist, Claire Bard will be joining Dear Francis and is a member of The Swifts, The Joe Hillbillies and is also a card carrying member of the International Workers of the World (Wobblies). Sometimes exploring difficult subjects with her writing, her crafted songs carry well tuned melodies and blend folk, blues and pop into songs infused with love, hope and compassion.

The show is free and starts at 9 p.m.

Wine Bar hosts acoustic duo

The acoustic duo of Jon Cyparski on guitar, flute and vocals, and Rob Guidera on guitar, concertina and vocals, will perform at the Wine and Internet Bar on Friday from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

The duo plays both original and cover tunes. Their music, primarily a blend of folk and rock, also includes elements of reggae, bebop, jazz and Celtic influences.

The Wine and Internet Bar is located at 106 3rd Street in Hood River.

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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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