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WELL SAID: “Looking forward into an empty year strikes one with a certain awe, because one finds therein no recognition. The years behind have a friendly aspect, and they are warmed by the fires we have kindled, and all their echoes are the echoes of our own voice.”

Alexander Smith, 1863

WELL DONE — The Dec. 8 First Lego League competition at Wy’east Middle School, organized by HRVHS students, a first in the five years FFL has happened in Oregon.


Staged readings of plays is a grand tradition newly revived in the past couple of years in Hood River at CAST Theater.

On Jan. 18-19, you can see “Travesties,” by Tom Stoppard, directed by Gregory Baisden. In November, audiences enjoyed “Glengarry Glen Ross,” by David Mamet, directed by Judie Hanel. Hood River actor Tom Burns was in “GGGR” and is in “Travesties.” (James Joyce and Shelley “The Machine” Levine in less than three months; that is versatility.)

A trained director and actor, Burns is also a playwright, and passing under our radar this year was the fact that one of his works, “Tonight Must Be Wednesday,” was staged in New York this fall.

In the spring of 2011, Hood River theater-goers were treated to a read-through of the one-act TMBW, a dark comedy Burns wrote more than 30 years ago. It received its full production premiere Oct. 18-21 at The Players Theater, MacDougall Street.

On the same bill were “A Killer Day” by Neer Asherie; “B.F.F.” by Andrew Rothkin; “A Halloween Fantasy,” by Ellis Gaskell; and “Bad Christmas Sweater,” by Mark William Butler.


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