Entertainment Update for April 6

Music at Springhouse Cellar

Springhouse Cellar in Hood River has live music inside on Tuesdays, from 5:30-8 p.m. (The series will be moving outside to the Ruins in June.) There is no cover charge and food from Four and Twenty Blackbirds will be available.

April 9: Richard Tillinghast Duo

April 23: Cripple Hop (bluegrass)

April 30: Clambake Duo (jazz)

Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

(These dates have been incorrectly running under a Mt. Hood Meadows headline — Hood River News regrets the error.)

Jackstraw at Mt. Hood Meadows

Portland bluegrass band Jackstraw is playing on Saturday, April 6, at Mt. Hood Meadows from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Depending on the weather, the show will either be on the patio or in the Alpenstube (the Vertical Restaurant has closed for the season). Since 1997 Jackstraw has recorded six CDs and has toured throughout the United States, playing with bluegrass greats such as Del McCoury and Tim O’Brien.

Country Dance April 13

On Saturday, April 13, from 7-10 p.m., it’s the Second Saturday Country Dance at the Rockford Grange in Hood River. The caller will be Tim Gojio from Portland. The band will be the Mill Creek String Band, from the Mid-Columbia area.

Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. and all ages welcome. No partner required and dances are family-friendly. All dances are walked through the first time.

Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. The Rockford Grange is located on Barrett Road, Hood River.

Admission is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Banff Film Festival returns

This year marks the 20-year anniversary for the Skylight Theatre bringing the Banff Film Festival World Tour to Hood River. The dates of this year’s show are April 26, 27 and 28, with tickets on sale now.

Skylight Theatre will be filled to the brim with films from world-renowned authors, filmmakers, conservationists, adventurers, and explorers from around the world.

Visit http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/ for more information.

House concerts April 6, 12

“Lisa Ornstein and Dan Compton relish in musical conversation. They transcend the form of the fiddle-and-guitar duo by playing completely together from somewhere deep inside the music.

“Although they are both accomplished virtuosos on their instruments, what is really exciting about them is the interplay between the two. They’re definitely awake and listening — and no two performances are ever quite the same.” Catch them on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

On Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. it’s the return of mandolin master Tim Connell of Rio Con Brio, in an Irish/Brazilian double-bill with Marla Fibish, an Irish mandolinist from San Francisco. Visit www.marlafibish.com and www.timconnellmusic.com for more.

Paul and Kristen’s house, 401 Montello, Hood River, 541-387-4011.

Auditions for ‘Shrek’ April 16-18

Auditions for the Hood River Valley High School’s fall production of the musical “Shrek” will be April 16, 17 and 18 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. The family-friendly musical, based on the popular animated film, was a hit on Broadway and has toured the country many times. The Hood River production will be the first high school version of the show in the Northwest.

Director Mark Steighner says that there are roles for middle and high school students. Students should prepare a song, with or without accompaniment. A CD/MP3 plug-in player will be provided. Rehearsals will begin in late August, with performances scheduled for the first three weekends in November.

Blues benefit April 7 at The Pines

The Paris Slim Super Blues Band featuring guitarist Paris Slim, Boyd Small on drums and Faby on bass with special award winning blues guest Jim Wallace will play a benefit concert for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge on Sunday, April 7, from 4-7 p.m. at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River. Suggested donation is $20 for this all-ages show. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Volunteers need for April events

It is going to be a busy month in April at Columbia Center for the Arts and volunteers are needed for several events.

April 10: Quiet Beauty book talk and slideshow with David Cobb: two ushers arrive at 6:30 p.m. and AV tech

April 11: HRVHS Fashion Show: two ushers arrive at 6:15 p.m. and AV tech

April 20: Art of Movement: two ushers for 4 p.m. show arrive 3:15 p.m.; two ushers and a bartender arrive at 6:30 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. show

April 24: Film Series night: one usher arrive 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. show

April 26: Three Troubadours: singer/songwriter evening: two ushers and one bartender arrive 6:30 p.m.

Please email Catherine if you are interested helping out. volunteer@ columbiaarts.org

Kirkpatrick reads April 7

Author Jane Kirkpatrick will read on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at the Hood River County Library. Kirkpatrick will be discussing her new book “One Glorious Ambition,” a compelling women's historical novel based on the life of a woman who refused to be defined by her past, conventional Victorian thinking, or the people around her-and changed the face of mental illness in the 19th century.

‘Quiet Beauty’ release party April 10

Waucoma Bookstore and Columbia Center for the Arts are hosting local photographer David Cobb for a book release party and slide show presentation for his new book “Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America.” The presentation will be on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave, Hood River). There is a $5 suggested donation, and proceeds benefit Columbia Center for the Arts.

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