May 21 Entertainment Update

May 21, 2011


The Bigfoot Band is at the Hood River Pear and Wine Festival.

‘I Am Love’ screens May 25

On Wednesday, May 25, Columbia Center for the Arts presents the movie “I Am Love” at 7:30 p.m. This academy award nominated film starring Tilda Swinton tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Tickets are $5. This film is rated R, 2 hrs.

‘Tis In My Memory’ May 26-27

The Columbia Center for the Arts presents a special showing of “Tis In My Memory Locked,” which has been adapted from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In this new exploration, art mediums collide and coalesce to create a story where re-occurring memories force Hamlet to re-examine his life and relationship with Ophelia. This production is brought to you by U of O graduate and former HRVHS student and resident Rebecca Morus. “Tis In My Memory Locked” will show on both Thursday May 26 and Friday May 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation to help send this group to Edinburgh, Scotland for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Kevin Self at Naked Winery

Friday, May 20, 4-7 p.m. Kit Garoutte – Kit was recording for an upcoming live album at Naked Winery last week — and he’ll be back this week with his guitar.

Saturday, May 21, 7-10 p.m. Kevin Self and The Tornados — 2010 Muddy Award Winner for Best Traditional Blues Act (Cascade Blues Association) and pretty darn fun to see live.

Sunday, May 22, 5-7 p.m. Ben Bonham - Ben’s steel guitar playing is rooted in the music of pre-radio America when all music was live and styles weren’t pigeonholed.

Monday, May 23, 7-10 p.m. Naked Winery’s open mic/Jam hosted by Les Vaughn. Lots of new artists showing up lately showing their talents.

NEW: Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jazz at Naked Winery featuring Chic Preston, Ryan Kolberg, and Mike Stillman. Join us for jazz, funk, soul, pop, swing, and shuffle blues. Come dance with us!

SAVE THE DATE: The Hit Machine returns First Friday June 3, 7:30-10:30 p.m. — It will be DRO (Dancing Room Only) all night long.

Sunshine Mill has open mic

The “amphitheater” at The Sunshine Mill In The Dalles is the perfect place for the weekly Wednesday night open mic event. Signup is at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Contact Les Vaughn ( for more information.

House concert scheduled June 1

Aaron Keim, a member of the band Boulder Acoustic Society, has played at both Families in the Park and the Gorge Ukulele Festival. Keim is performing a house concert at 401 Montello, Hood River, on Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. He cites Cormac McCarthy, the Brothers Grimm, Tom Waits and Woody Guthrie as main influences, and has reportedly recorded his last album on wax cylinder. For more information call 541-387-4011.

‘Gravity Project’ at Everybody’s

Who loves reggae? Everybody loves reggae! Join the fun Friday, May 20, as Everybody’s Brewing rocks with the Gravity Research Project — providing bass dub and afro funk reggae-tastic sounds. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Bigfoot Band at wine festival

Join Tim Mayer, Tim Ortlieb, Char Mayer, Ryan Kolberg and Rick Hulett — also known as the Bigfoot Band — as they rock with funky soul in a high energy, booty-shakin' bonanza. Hood River Pear & Wine Festival (tickets required), at Hood River's Western Antique Aeroplane Museum, Saturday, May 21, 3-5 p.m. On Sunday, from noon-2 p.m. the guys play a quieter set as a quartet.

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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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