Aug 20 Entertainment Update

Aug. 20 2011


Organic Sol is at Stonehedge Gardens Aug. 20

Bluegrass, Bootstraps at CG Hotel

The Columbia Gorge Hotel is hosting a “Bluegrass, Bootstraps, & Red Wine” concert on Monday, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featured bands include the Fender Benders with Les Vaughn (11-1 p.m.) Special guests TBA (1-3 p.m.) and bluegrass band Laredo Drive (3-6 p.m.) Admission to this all-ages show is $5. Please bring chairs and blankets for this outdoor event.

Organic Sol at Stonehedge

Organic Sol is a popular Southern California duo serving up soulful blues, cool jazz and acoustic melodies. Their music is inspired by their love for romantic standards, jazz, bebop, funk, world, Latin and Brazilian music. The word “organic” means, “fundamental, back to the basics” and it describes this duo perfectly. The core of their remarkable sound is the basic purity and strength of Lynee’s voice and Kamau’s drums and acoustic guitar. The duo appears at Stonehedge Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. No cover charge.

Stingers at Naked Winery

This week at Naked Winery in Hood River: Friday: The fingerstyle guitar of Kit Garoutte (4-7 p.m.) and The Jim MacMillan Trio with a rock/folk set (7:30-10 p.m.) Saturday: Franco and the Stingers (7-10 p.m.) Franco's unique vocals and sweet harp playing really stand out as does the writing on their catchy tunes. Franco has represented the Cascade Blues Association in Memphis so you know he has the chops and the band is polished and entertaining. Sunday: Ben Bonham (5-7 p.m.) Country blues, ragtime, vintage swing and Hawaiian. Monday: Open mic (7-10 p.m.) Show off your chops every Monday and join the folks making live music happen in the Gorge. Tuesday: (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Jazz featuring Ryan Kolberg and Mike Stillman. Come dance with us!

Jack Brown plays Aug. 27

Jack Brown writes, sings and plays music that reflects everything from his New Orleans upbringing to his California stint and his current Idaho environs. He’s played big gigs from the Rich Warren's Folkstage/Midnight Special (August 2010) to opening for Carole King (2004) and small gigs at coffeehouses, bars and pizza joints. Catch Jack Brown at Paul and Kristen’s house concert series on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. 401 Montello, Hood River. Call 541-387-4011 for more information.

Tony Smiley at Thirsty Woman

One-man-band Tony Smiley will be at the Thirsty Woman Pub in Mosier on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 to 10 p.m. No cover charge and always a good time. Thirsty Woman Pub, 904 Second Ave., Mosier; 541-478-0199.

Cloverdayle at Smiley’s Aug. 27

Country duo Cloverdayle (Chad and Rachel Hamar) and band performs live at Smiley's Red Barn on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free. One of the Northwest’s best country bands, Cloverdayle has played Nashville to Portland and they've worked with Jason Aldean, the Brooks & Dunn Band, Reba McEntire and Terry McBride. In 2010, Chad and Rachel recorded of a 4-song EP titled “The Young & Reckless EP.” Food and beverage vendors will be on hand; bring chairs and blankets for seating.

Matt Brown at The Pines

If you missed Matt's last visit to The Pines, you really missed out! Sip a glass of wine as this local Portland singer/songwriter transports you with his smooth vocals and rich guitar sounds. Friday, Aug. 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Pines in Hood River.

‘127 Hours’ screens Aug. 24

Please join Columbia Center for the Arts film series as it presents “127 Hours” on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. This Oscar-nominated film from director Danny Boyle tells the harrowing tale of real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who literally cuts himself loose from danger — and lives to tell about it when sliding rock pins his forearm under a boulder during a climb in Utah. To stay alive, Ralston resorts to his basest survival instincts. Rated: R. Runtime: 94 minutes Tickets are $5 at the door.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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