Entertainment briefs - August 21

CAST hosts Cyparski and Guidera

CAST Theatre hosts live acoustic music Saturday featuring local favorites Jon Cyparski and Rob Guidera and special guests. The show starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30. Admission is $5 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Refreshments will be served at intermission.

Cyparski (guitar, flute, vocals, percussion) and Guidera (guitar, concertina, vocals) play eclectic folk music drawing on the influences of reggae, irish Celtic, jazz and original tunes. The duo has been drawing a following at Hood River’s First Friday art and music celebrations, and previously played at the CAST to a full house.

CAST Theatre is located at 105 4th St. in Hood River.

Savino’s hosts Clumsy Lovers

Almost a household name in the Gorge, the raging Celtic bluegrass rock of the Clumsy Lovers returns to Hood River this Thursday for an outdoor show downtown Hood River at Savino’s Lounge.

The band will be playing a host of new music from their recently released disc “Under the Covers.” The new disc is a fast-paced collection of songs originally done by such artists as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Pogues.

What started out as a hobby-based band has turned into a major following for the foursome from Vancouver, B.C. Formed in 1993, the core lineup of Jason Homey on banjo, Chris Jonat on bass, Andrea Lewis on fiddle, Chris Palmer on drums and Trevo Rogers on vocals, guitar and mandlolin has largely remained the same.

The People, Ultronz at River City

The People offer up their own brand of funk and jazz-rock sounds. They originaly hail from Athens, Ga. and have made the recent move to the Eugene area where they are garnering rave reviews in the local press. The People play Friday.

The Ultronz, playing Saturday, achieved popularity with windsurfers from around the world with their raging, slam dancing style in the ’80s and ’90s along with songs that have a breezy tropical sound. In 1987 they introduced their music in Hood River to a brawling audience of boardheads. Their audience danced to a band sharing amplifiers and using broomsticks for mike stands. They have remained their most loyal fans. Over the years the Ultronz have produced four albums performing in venues all over the Northwest and attained an international following. The Ultronz have compiled the best for their new double CD Set.

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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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