Entertainment Update for Dec. 29, 2012

Utah Ballroom Dance Company to perform at Columbia Arts

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Utah Ballroom Dance Company for a special one-night-only performance of their show “Cinemagic” on Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

“CineMagic” is a theatrical sensation. Hollywood’s favorite characters and stories are brought to life with elegant costumes, breathtaking lifts and beautiful ballroom dancing. Audiences are swept away watching stars who look like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and more, dancing to the music from the movies that made them famous.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Bigfoot’s East Coast New Year's Eve

Celebrate the East Coast New Year's at The Pines with Bigfoot and his band. If you don't know what that means, it means the band is going to set their watches to Eastern Standard Time and do the big countdown to midnight EST, which will be 9 p.m. PST. That way, we can all be home in bed by 10 p.m. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. and the band always plays the best songs before you get there, so don't be late. Join Rick Hulett, Ben Bonham, Larry Wyatt and Tim Ortlieb for the fun at The Pines in Hood River.

Tess Barr at Waucoma Club

The Tess Barr Blues Band will be at the Waucoma Club in Hood River for New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31. They’ll be counting down the new year in style. Show starts at 9 p.m. The Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

Clumsy Lovers at CEBU Lounge

There’s a host of special music coming up this week at the CEBU Lounge in Hood River:

n Saturday, Dec. 29 — Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire Band, 9:30 p.m., Irish flute and fiddle masters: Irish flute player Hanz Araki is the quintessential world music musician. He has performed around the world with the Juno Award-winning Paperboys, The Bridies, Casey Neill and an all-star tribute to The Pogues called “K.M.R.I.A.”

n Sunday, Dec. 30 — Shook Twins, 9:30 p.m., eclectic quirky folk: Born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho, Shook Twins are a quirky folk band now hailing from coniferous forested Portland. Identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook and Kyle Volkman form the core trio. Central elements of their sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, djembe and their signature golden egg.

n Monday, Dec. 31 — The Clumsy Lovers, New Year’s Eve Spectacular, 9:30 p.m., folk-rock/bluegrass/Celtic jam band: The Clumsy Lovers have brought their mix of fiddle and banjo-fueled, bluegrassified Celtic rock to North American audiences for over a decade. With more than 2,500 performances under their belts, their high-energy shows have worn out dance floors and created a loyal following in 49 states and across their homeland of Canada.

Keegan Smith plays NYE at Mt. Hood Meadows

There’s music and more this winter at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. All of the music is hosted in the Vertical Restaurant & Bar in the North Lodge on the third floor. Music is free for all ages unless otherwise noted.

n Saturday, Dec. 29, 3-6 p.m.: Shook Twins

The Shook Twins intertwine harmonies with an eclectic and eccentric blend of folk, roots, and pop. Identical Portland local twins Laurie Shook (vocals, banjo, percussion and beat box) and Katelyn Shook (vocals, guitar and mandolin) pair with Kyle Volkman on bass.

n Sunday, Dec. 30, 3-6 p.m. Tony Furtado

Furtado is an acoustic bluesman, slide guitarist, banjo wizard and songwriter, with a riveting voice. His own creative interpretation/hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating.

n Monday, Dec. 31, 8-12:15 a.m. Keegan Smith and the Fam. A super-fun, high-energy Portland-based band. The sound spectrum ranges from blues to neo-soul, hip-hop to acoustic roots, and reggae to funk. They won Best Live Performance at the 2011 Portland Music Awards.

New Year’s Eve Party, 21-and-older. Multiple guest packages available. www.skihood.com.

New Year’s Eve at Solstice

The MacMillan, McAlexander and Bell Trio will be performing an evening of original music New Year’s Eve at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Bingen, Wash., from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free in-house baby-sitting available.

NYE at CG Hotel

Wind up 2012 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel with pianist Tony Klugel playing in the lounge starting at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. it’s David Cooley at the piano with Swingin’ Hearts & Rockin’ Souls in the Valentino Lounge until 1 a.m. It’s your choice — an East Coast Countdown at 9 p.m. or a West Coast Countdown at midnight.

Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Drive, Hood River, 541-387-5421

Rich Wilkins Blues holiday

Catch the Rich Wilkins Blues Band this holiday season:

Friday, Dec. 28, The Pines Tasting Room, Hood River, 6:30 p.m. Great dance floor, superb wine, and all the beautiful people will make this a fun time!

Saturday, Dec. 29, 1301 Steak & Spirits, 1301 Belmont, “On the Heights” in Hood River. 7-10 p.m. This show will be as cool as you make it to be.

2012 finale ... New Year’s Eve at The Eagles Lodge in The Dalles. What can we say ... a dance floor the size of a hockey rink, upbeat jump blues and boogie woogie: 9 p.m. til sometime next year.

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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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