May 14 Entertainment Update

May 14, 2011


"ELVIS!" May 14, Hood River Middle School

‘Stingers’ at Naked Winery

Friday, May 13, 4-7 p.m. Kit Garoutte — Relax with Kit and his jazz, rock and new acoustic mix. Saturday, May 14, 7-10 p.m. Franco and the Stingers — Since breaking into the Portland blues scene in the mid-’80s, Franco Paletta has become one of the mainstays of city’s blues fans. His dynamic harp style and unique vocals have made him a frequent player at Naked Winery. Sunday, May 15, 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. Catch him playing country blues, ragtime, vintage swing, Delta blues, folk, jazz, old-time country and Hawaiian. Mondays, 7-10 p.m. Naked Winery’s open mic/jam hosted by Les Vaughn.

Stillman plays HR Hotel

The Hood River Hotel has music on Saturday, May 14, with Kay Floria and Polly Norris playing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There’s jazz from Mike Stillman and Dave Henehan with friends on Saturday, May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Local band the Hapa Hillbillies play on Monday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lobby. Hood River Hotel, 106 Oak St., Hood River; 541-386-1900.

Tillinghast at Brian’s May 20

Folk musician Richard Tillinghast will be playing a regular show at Brian’s Pourhouse in Hood River on the third Friday of the month, starting May 20. 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.

Chervona returns to Everybody’s

“Wild Eastern European style” best describes the dance band Chervona. The Northwest’s favorite party band returns to Everybody’s Brewing on Friday, May 13, at 9 p.m. Get ready for old-world magic and a dance floor of mad-capped delight. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

‘Feast of Words’ benefit May 14

Eat, drink and dance at the Hood River County Library? For one night only, leave your whisper at home and whoop it up at “Feast of Words,” a benefit for the Library Foundation's Early Opening Fund. Music will be provided by the Hood River Hot Shots — traditional jazz and good-time blues featuring many of the finest players in the Gorge. Tickets are $25 and include sumptuous desserts and local wines. Proceeds will go toward opening the library on July 1. Saturday May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River County Library.

Victor Johnson kids show

Kids music specialist Victor Johnson will be playing this Saturday, May 14, in the The Dalles City Park for the free children’s fair at 11:30 a.m. Victor reports that there will be all kinds of cools stuff for kids, including free music CDs to each family that attends, courtesy of the Commission of Children and Families. The Dalles City Park, Sixth and Union streets, The Dalles.

#1 Elvis onstage May 14

The World’s #1 Ultimate Elvis, Justin Shandor, will be onstage with his rock and roll band and the 50-piece Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School. General admission tickets are only $20 and are available at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River and Columbia River Music in The Dalles or go to This concert is a benefit for the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association.

Country Dance May 14

The Second Saturday Country Dance happens May 14, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rockford Grange. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Trout Lake String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required and this is a family-friendly event. All dances walked through first time. Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth 16 and under. Please note: There’s a potluck starting at 6 p.m. - please bring a dish and plate settings. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Preston Shannon plays May 14

Squrl Music Presents international blues favorite Preston Shannon at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River on Saturday, May 14. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance. Guitarist Preston Shannon has been described as “a cross between Otis Redding and Bobby Womack” and is a fixture on the Memphis music scene. Show is 21-and-over only.

Music Mondays at Solstice

Music Mondays continue at Solstice Cafe with local musicians every Monday night from 6-8 p.m. May 16: Joel Valle; May 23: Richard Tillinghast; May 31: Special Memorial Day musician TBA. No cover charge. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, 415 W. Steuben, Bingen, Wash.; 509-493-4006.

Pretenders Theater ‘One acts’

The Pretenders Theater Company in Lyle, Wash., presents three one act plays, “Bad Street,” “Ticket Please,” and “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter” on Saturday, May 14 and May 21. Tickets are $20 (adult) and $10 (children) in advance at Klindt’s Booksellers and St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles. (Tickets at the door are $25/$15). Price of ticket includes lunch or dinner. The early show starts at 2 p.m. ( 1 p.m. lunch) and the evening show starts at 7 p.m. ( 6 p.m. dinner). The venue is the Columbia River Grange Hall (Lyle) just off of Old Highway 8 on Columbia Grange Road. For more information visit

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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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