Entertainment briefs - Jan. 15

TOCA at Savino’s

Members of the band Rubberneck unplug for two acoustic sets at Savino’s this Friday. The popular Portland funk ensemble known as TOCA just released its new album “egomanic,” and will be playing selected tracks along with other Latin funk favorites at the show. In other entertainment at Savino’s, check out Hood River bluesman Henry Schifter on Jan. 23. Both shows begin at 9 p.m. There will be a cover. More for information, go to www.savinos lounge.com

Two Portland bands play Saloon

Professor Gall is the brainchild of Drew Norman. Hood River will get its chance to hear this musical mastermind this Friday at the River City Saloon. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and there will be a cover charge.

Born into a very musical family in New Jersey, Drew sang his first solo at age 7. Performing in award winning jazz bands, turning professional in musicals like Carnival and Godspell at age 14, Norman began to develop skills for being a well rounded singer/songwriter and composer. He recently wrote and performed a score fora New Age Show Productions short movie soundtrack, and collaborated with Eric Hargrove (James Brown's touring percussionist) at an Allerga Drum Crafters of Oregonworkshop.

Now residing in Portland, Norman has led his band, Professor Gall, to become a regional favorite. At the same time releasing his own solo record on BEW Records, entitled “Safe At Home." Touring the western United States steadily has helped to expand Norman’s fan base and his new writings, encompassing ragtime, bluegrass, jazz, and folk into avery interesting and original mixture-coined, 'Mood Altering Folkgrass.'

Saturday brings the positive creation that is Earth Force, a band born in the plush, misty hillsides of the coastal rainforest of western Oregon in 1996. The group decided to move to Portland to fulfill their musical vision, and during the past four years the group has performed with international musicians such as: Culture, the Congos, Jah Levi, Clinton Feron, Foundation, String Cheese Incident, the Meditations, Pablo Moses, Credence Clearwater Revisited, and members of JGB. They have played with local Portland bands Ashbury Park, Shamir, Obadiahs, Calobo, and Higher Ground.

‘Gorge Landscapes’ show opens

Columbia Art Gallery’s January show opens on Thursday. The show, “Gorge Landscapes,” is a multimedia exhibit of work by artists Judith Cunningham, Ellen Dittebrandt, Reola Wild, Rowena Sanford, Barbara Murphy, Dave Sherburne, Darryl Lloyd and Martin Trees. “Gorge Landscapes” is sponsored by The Friends of The Columbia Gorge.

The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery, 207 2nd St., Hood River. For more information cal 386-6894.

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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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