Entertainment Listings

January 18, 2006

Got a gig? Let us know!

The Hood River News welcomes entertainment items and will list them as space allows. Local bands are especially encouraged. Include time, place, date of show, and contact information. Listings can be emailed to jdrake@eaglenewspapers.com, or dropped off at the Hood River News, 419 State St., Hood River.

‘Absynth,’ Barnes at River City

On Thursday, Jan. 19, it’s the Absynth Quintet, capturing “the essence of cutting edge acoustic music, landing somewhere on the spectrum between jazz and bluegrass.” On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, catch Victor Barnes. Hailing from Colorado, Barnes “has been wearing out shoes on dance floors from Seattle to New Orleans with his original style of bluegrass-infused music since 1999.” River City Saloon is at 205 Cascade Ave., in Hood River. Call 387-BLUES for more information.

Film festival seeks entries

The 2006 Parkdale Film Festival is seeking film submissions. The deadline for films is March 15 (the festival date is May 6). DVD or VHS formats are accepted, and there is no entry fee. A signed film submission form is required and forms are available at www.parkdalefilmfestival.com For more information, e-mail hrfilms@hotmail.com

Family concerts at Sushi Okalani

Sushi Okalani is presenting a free family concert series as part of the “Aloha Sundays” celebration. On Sunday, Jan. 22, Victor Johnson will perform songs from his recent children's music CD, from 4-6 p.m. Sushi Okalani, 109 First St., Hood River; 386-7423.

Grant, more at CEBU Lounge

Best Western Hood River Inn announces that every third Wednesday of the month, beginning Jan. 18, Tom Grant will be playing in the CEBU Bamboo Lounge from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tom Grant, a master instrumentalist and talented singer, will be joined by various jazz artists from around the Northwest.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, catch local trio Peabody’s Daughter from 9-midnight. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 East Marina Way, (800) 828-7873.

The Dalles Theatre Co. presents

‘The Nit Wits’

The Theatre Company of The Dalles presents the “Nit Wits,” a comedy play by Glenn Hughes at The Little Theater (Building 2), at Columbia Gorge Community College. Performance dates are Feb. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, & 18 with a showtime of 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Klindt’s Book Sellers in The Dalles or at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 12. “Enjoy this grand cast of characters and an evening out of the house to laugh at this completely nutty comedy.” For more information contact Sharron at (541) 370-2513.


Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@eaglenewspapers.com

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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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