Entertainment Update for Oct. 13, 2012

Jam, Trivia Nights at Clock Tower

Here are Clock Tower Ales events for the month of October:

Oct. 12 : Music from Robin Greene at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 14, 21, 28: Jam Night at 6:30 p.m. with Nolan, Al & Kenny

Oct. 18, 25: Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 19: Music from Robert Richter at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 27: Halloween Costume Party with the Tess Barr Blues Band at 7 p.m.

Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles; 541-296-2602

‘Salt Licks,’ more at CEBU

Friday, Oct 12: Garett Brennan & the Great Salt Licks w/Tumbledown House 9:30 p.m. – Think: Tom Waits in a cocktail dress.

Cebu Lounge welcomes back Garett Brennan & The Great Salt Licks and special guests Tumbledown House, from Bozeman, Mont.

Rediviva Magazine has described Brennan as “There's more to the Portland roots-music scene than an attic full of quaint old instruments and a Luddite’s disdain for amplification. Filtered through the fine musical sensibilities of performers and writers like Garett Brennan and his supergroup, The Great Salt Licks.”

Saturday, Oct 13: Will West & the Friendly Strangers, 9:30 p.m. – laid-back, toe-tapping Americana

Cebu regular Will West returns with his ever-shifting, all-star band, featuring Drew Norman on banjo (Professor Gall), Jeff Simpson on trumpet, Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes) on drums, Tanner Cundy on guitar and West on guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Rollins at Gorge White House

Mary Rollins, a watercolor artist, will have her art on display at The Gorge White House during the month of October. Rollins “works in watercolor, applying layers of transparent pigment to build up the desired color intensity. She obtains her source materials for paintings by bringing along a digital camera while on a field study outing —resulting in a watercolor as seen through the eyes of a naturalist.” The Gorge White House, 2265 Hwy. 35, Hood River; www.thegorgewhitehouse.com; 541-386-2828.

Country dances start Oct. 13

Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes at the Rockford Grange in Hood River. $6 for MCFS members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family friendly. All dances walked through first time. The caller will be Marte Fallshore from Ellensburg, Wash. The band will be the Mill Creek String Band from the Mid Columbia Gorge area.

Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Rich Wilkins Blues Band schedule

Catch the Rich Wilkins Blues Band at a venue near you:

Friday, Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m. Bluesbridge, a duo featuring Kay Floria and Pat Haley, at AlmaTerra Wines, Bingen Wash.

Friday, Oct. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Richard Wilkins Blues Band at The Pines Tasting Room, Hood River (www.reverbnation.com/richardwilkinsbluesband)

Saturday, Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Richard Wilkins Blues Band at The Eagles Lodge, The Dalles

Saturday, Oct. 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Richard Wilkins Blues Band at 1301 Steak & Spirits, on the Heights in Hood River.

Acrobat show scheduled Nov. 1

Columbia Center for the Arts presents a unique world music and dance performance with the Nanda acrobaticalists on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. Nanda’s show, titled “The Jacket,” is teeming with juggling, acrobatics and martial arts. The show combines comedy and irreverent pop-culture references for an entirely original performance.

Tickets are available online at www.columbiaarts.org, at Columbia Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., and at Waucoma Bookstore in downtown Hood River. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, $12 for children 11 and under. A group rate of $10 is available for groups of 10 or more.

For more information visit www.columbiaarts.org or Nanda’s website, www.nandatown.com.

Comedy Night at The Pines

At the Pines Tasting Room this week:

Friday, Oct. 12: Comedy Night with Ron Funches and Ian Karmel, 8 p.m. Enjoy another evening of non-stop laughter at Comedy Night at The Pines. This show is 21+ Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Call the tasting room at 541-993-8301 for tickets. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Jazz Theater at 301 Gallery

The Gallery 301 hosts the Hood River Jazz Theater Friday, Oct. 12, starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 13, enjoy Dennis Castanaris with his 6- and 12-string guitars playing classic covers for a fun afternoon starting at 3 p.m. Check out new artist Leah Hugon's mixed-media display. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third in downtown Hood River; 541-436-0281.

Author Bob Shea visits Oct. 19

Waucoma Bookstore and Bambinos Learning Centerare hosting children’s author Bob Shea for a book reading on Friday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m., at Bambinos (220 Clearwater Lane, Hood River — behind Don Nunamaker Realty Office). Shea will be reading from his illustrated series “Dinosaur vs...”

The series includes “Dinosaur vs. Bedtime,” “Dinosaur vs. the Potty,” “Dinosaur vs.the Library” and “Dinosaur vs. Santa.” This event is free and open to the public

About the book

Dinosaur vs. Santa is the newest addition to Bob Shea's popular “Dinosaur vs...” series.

Everyone's favorite little red Dinosaur faces Christmas with his usual gusto in this hilarious holiday offering. Dinosaur is getting ready for Santa! He tackles many challenges — decorating, making presents for Mom and Dad, trying not to be naughty — and defeats each one with his trademark ROAR! But on Christmas Eve, when he hears some rustling downstairs, he can't resist a peek. Will our feisty red friend meet his match in the man in the red suit?

About the author

Bob Shea is the author-illustrator of other picture books such as “I’m A Shark” and “Big Plans.” The dinosaur series was inspired by his son, Ryan. Shea has his own graphic design company and lives in Connecticut.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com

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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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