April 27 Entertainment Update

April 27, 2011


Ben Bonham plays two venues this week!

Ben Bonham at HR Hotel

Ben Bonham and his amazing One Man Band — vintage blues, jazz and ragtime, lots of instruments, lots of action, lots of notes — will be playing at the Hood River Hotel on Friday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Monday, May 2, it’s the Hapa Hillbillies starting at 6:30 p.m. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

Lolo Mo at Double Mountain

Lolo Motion is at Double Mountain on Friday, April 29, from 8-11 p.m. This local trio will feature guests Amber Nelson adding her soulful vocals to the mix along with Pat Driver on saxophone. Sure to be fun! Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Barlow Road at Naked Winery

Friday, April 29, 6-9 p.m. Kit Garoutte — Starting a little later this Friday for the weekend crowd. Kick back and relax with his jazz, rock and new acoustic mixed with inventive songwriting.

Saturday, April 30, 7-10 p.m. Barlow Road — Barlow Road is the music machine where Matthew G. Mesa crafts songs reflecting everything about the landscape and its two-legged inhabitants. With guitar in hand and harmonicas close by, he weaves tales about love, life, asphalt, dirt and everything else we get on ourselves. Mesa is joined in this rootsy quartet by the extraordinary Mike Brinster on guitar and banjo, Ed Dietrich on bass, Rick Hulett on electric and pedal steel guitars, and the rocking "timekeeper" Tim Ortlieb on drums. Together, they are a lively, entertaining group just teetering on the edge. Come see what all the fuss is about.

Sunday, May 1, 5-7 p.m. Ben Bonham — Ben’s guitar playing is rooted in the music of pre-radio America when all music was live and styles weren’t pigeonholed. Like his favorite musicians from the 1920s, Ben’s range comfortably spans genres — on any given night you might catch him playing country blues, ragtime, vintage swing, Delta blues, folk, jazz, old-time country and Hawaiian.

Monday, May 2, 7-10 p.m. Naked Winery’s open mic/Jam hosted by Les Vaughn.

Last Friday at Solstice

Celebrate “Last Friday” at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Bingen this Friday starting at 5 p.m. Local guitarist Sid Ordoyne will provide the tunes, wine by Ziegler and art by Out-There Photography. No cover charge. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, 415 W. Steuben, Bingen, Wash.; 509-493-4006.

‘Meet, Greet’ at Book Stop

On Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., Hood River’s Book Stop stays up late for its annual Book Club Meet and Greet. Owner Cynthia Christensen will welcome book club members and other lovers of the written word and explore ways to spice up book club discussions. There will be a variety of handouts to help find the most interesting titles for your next book club or summer read and fun activities to get everyone talking to each other about their favorite books. You don't have to be in a book club to come, just be a book lover! Book Stop, 13 Oak Street in downtown 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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