Thursday, June 16, 2011
Current Swell plays Wind Fest
Current Swell is a new roots/surf rock group from British Columbia comprised of avid cold water surfers who are leading the new roots movement developing on Canada's west coast. The band has toured internationally including Hawaii, Indonesia and Australia and played shows with the Beach Boys, Bedouin Soundclash, Xavier Rudd and The Beautiful Girls. The band just released their third album “Protect Your Own.” Hood River’s Wind Festival happens June 25 and Current Swell headlines the music stage. Check upcoming editions of the Hood River News for more details.
Tango Alpha Tango at CEBU
CEBU Lounge brings music to the stage this weekend with Tango Alpha Tango – funky, bluesy indie pop on Friday, June 17, at 9:30 p.m. “You could argue that Tango Alpha Tango's sound is the most seductive thing to come out of Portland since Elliott Smith crooned, "Sexy energy makes me charming when I sing." But instead of bated breath and acoustic guitars, Tango relies on slinking bass lines and lyrics so enticing they feel like they're being whispered in your ear during a slow dance.” On Saturday, June 18, it’s the synth-guitar-drum indie-rock of Finn Riggins. Critics say “The best band of the day was Hailey, Idaho-based Finn Riggins, a guitar, synth and drum combo that plays pulsating, anxious post-punk that has an arrestingly ramshackle quality to it.”
Counting Crows added to Maryhill Winery concert lineup
Tickets are on sale now for Maryhill Winery’s 2011 summer concert series at the amphitheater. General admission and reserve seating is available for each show. All ticket sales are online only (www.maryhillwinery.com) and additional service charges apply. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. July 30: Classic rock bands YES & STYX Aug. 6: Gipsy Kings Sept. 17: Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs Sept. 24: Counting Crows
Original One Acts June 22, 24
Come join Columbia Center for the Arts for two nights of staged readings of one act plays by local playwrights on June 22 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. Veteran CAST theater actors bring these plays to life in our theater. This diverse group of staged readings will include a thriller, a play within a play, drama and comedy. This event is free to the public as part of the 5 year anniversary celebration “Get Centered!” The following local playwrights were selected for this special event: Glenn Harris, Gary Young, Andy Bell, Lisa Roth-Baisden, Tom Burns and Lou Marzeles.
Carpenter at HR Hotel
Carinne Carpenter makes her debut on Friday, June 17 playing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby at the Hood River Hotel. She is a songwriter and guitarist with a twist of country, Americana and roots music. Visit www.carinnecarpenter.com for more information.
Richard Wilkins at The Pines
There’s a Father’s Day blues dance party at The Pines in Hood River on Sunday, June 19, with the Richard Wilkins Blues Band from 4-6 p.m. This local 5-piece band specializes in Chicago and swing blues. Free admision.
Gorge Jazz concert June 18
The Mt Adams Chamber of Commerce 2011 Concerts continues on Saturday, June 18, with the Big Band sound of The Gorge Jazz Band — an 18-piece group that has created a wide array of music spanning the last 80 years. Johnny's Gorge Swing Dancers will also entertain. Concerts will be held at White Salmon's Rhinegarten Park (N Main and Lincoln Streets) from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Free admission. Visit www.whitesalmonevents.com.
Ultronz at Everybody’s June 17
The Ultronz performances and CDs feature music with a rock, Ska, power-pop, and reggae influence along with an original “Astro-Surf-Sound.” The songs were primarily written by the two most enduring artists in the band, Eugene Gray and Jeff Smith. The Ultronz achieved popularity with wind surfers and surfers around the world with their raging, slam dancing style and since 1987 they have produced five albums. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.
Tillinghast at Brian’s June 17
Folk musician Richard Tillinghast will be playing a regular show at Brian’s Pourhouse in Hood River on the third Friday of the month. Join Richard with guitar, banjo and Tova Cochrane on cello from 7-10 p.m. Brian’s Pourhouse, 606 Oak St., Hood River; 541-387-4344.
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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