March 21 Entertainment Update

March 21, 2012


The Parson Red Heads play CEBU Lounge on March 24

Friedman discusses ‘Rescuer’s Path’ April 1

Local Gorge author Paula Friedman will be discussing her new book, “The Rescuer's Path,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the Hood River County Library community room. “The Rescuer's Path” tells of Malca, a Holocaust survivor’s daughter who, in 1971, rides a horse into a wooded park and finds the wounded fugitive Gavin Hareen, a peace activist and Arab-American who is the prime suspect in the deadly bombing of an army truck. Raised on her family's stories of Holocaust rescue, compassionate and empathetic Malca finds the courage to aid the wounded stranger and, bit by bit, the two come to trust, befriend, and eventually love each other. As police close in, Malca flees with Gavin and is thrown into a dangerous struggle against injustice, culminating in her pregnancy and — 30 years later, in the shadow of 9/11 — an unexpected reunion with the couple’s now-grown birth daughter. Paula Friedman, an author and freelance book editor who lives in Mount Hood-Parkdale, was formerly public relations director for the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, Calif.

Spring Brewfest, music at Mt. Hood Meadows

On Saturday, March 24, noon-6 p.m. Mt. Hood Meadows presents the Spring Brewfest, with one of the Northwest’s favorite bands, 4 on the Floor, playing live bluegrass music from 1-5 p.m. Enjoy beers from Full Sail Brewery, Double Mountain Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Kona, Redhook and Lompoc Brewery. On Saturday, March 31, it’s music by Left Coast Country from 1-4 p.m. The Left Coast Country live experience encompasses a varied display of hard-driving melodies coupled with five-part harmony vocals that appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Seems like everybody’s at Everybody’s Brewing

Everybody’s Brewing in White Salmon offers free live music this week and next: Friday, March 23 — Last Watch (McDougall/Hillstomp) with 2Man Grüp, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25 — Early show with the Liberty Bond Jug Band, 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 30 — Pocket (Portland funk of all kinds), 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 — Karaoke sing-along - celebrate April Fools a day early!

Rich Wilkins at The Pines

Quench your thirst and musical cravings this Thursday night at The Pines. Join Kerry Williams and his musical compadres as they rock The Pines with their impromptu solos and smooth vocals. On Friday, March 23, it’s the Rich Wilkins Blues Band, specializing in bringing traditional blues and dance music to the Northwest. With years of experience Richard brings his hot saxophone touch to blues standards by Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Elmore James.

Parson Red Heads, Pickwick at CEBU Lounge

Friday, March 23: Pickwick w/Scott Wray, 9 p.m. — Neo-soul, indie pop. Pickwick is described as “Six guys with vintage gear, vinyl, tape machines, tambourines, shakers, reverb, samplers, wood blocks, falsetto, call and response, vibraphone, sputnik.” Pickwick is selling out venues all over the U.S., and are the biggest up-and-coming act out of Seattle. Scott Wray opens. Saturday, March 24: Parson Red Heads w/Norman, 9 p.m. — Hook-laden folk-rock. On their new release, “Yearling” the Parson Red Heads deliver on the great promise that has been steadily building during their eight years as a band, with a timeless quality that continues and expands the classic pop-country-rock lineage stretching from The Byrds and Fleetwood Mac to the Jayhawks and Wilco.

Two venues preview art tour

Get a jump on the 2012 Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour this year by checking out some of the work by participating artists now showing in the lobby of the Columbia Gorge Hotel and The Pines Tasting Room (Second and State) in downtown Hood River. Tickets for the 2012 Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour on April 13, 14 and 15 are available at Columbia Center for the Arts and Waucoma Bookstore as well as the preview show sites. See for more details.

Carothers plays house concert March 23

Paul Blackburn invites you to come see Craig Carothers for a house concert on Friday, March 23. “Craig is a remarkable, stunning talent. We’ve hosted him five times. If you don’t know Craig’s music, think Stephen Wright’s humor with Nashville musicality. He earned a gold record when Trisha Yearwood covered his ballad “Little Hercules.” He’s funny and he’s sentimental. Mainly I’d recommend don’t be late. I expect a very full house, hope you can make it.” Paul and Kristen’s house, 401 Montello, Hood River; 541-387-4011.

Trout Lake Variety show March 24

The Trout Lake Community Foundation is organizing a senior class fundraiser in Trout Lake, Wash., with the “First Annual Trout Lake Variety Show.” Can you tell jokes, sing, dance, play music or bring your pet on stage for silly pet tricks? Get your act together and join the fun. The date is Saturday, March 24, at the Trout Lake Grange. There will be a baked potato buffet at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Call Marci at 509-395-9339 to sign up. Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to

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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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