Entertainment Update for April 13

‘Troubadour Camp’ visits Hood River April 26

This spring, musicians Mountain John Hilligoss, Moe Dixon and Peter Wilson come to Hood River at the Columbia Center for the Arts on Friday, April 26, for a CD release concert tour featuring new and original songs and old favorites. The upcoming concert marks the first time the trio’s CD, “Songs and Stories from Troubadour Camp,” has been released to Western audiences. “I’m excited about this tour. Living in different corners of the country we rarely get to play together. There's great chemistry on stage and now, with over 50 co-written songs, it's a treat to see what we can do with them,” said guitarist Peter Wilson.

With three completely different musical styles, each artist carries strong solo act histories that span four decades.

Long-time Columbia Gorge resident Moe Dixon is well known on the folk circuit for his fiery finger picking on guitar and ukulele. His infectious songs and energetic style have won fans from coast to coast. He’s written themes to Bob Hope specials and Warren Miller ski movies, performed with the Wheeling Symphony and the West Suburban Symphony of Chicago and showcased at the Sisters Folk Festival.

Tickets are $10 and more information is available at www.troubadourmusiccenter.com.

The Don Stiernberg Trio at The Pines Tasting Room

Enjoy this special show at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River featuring Don Stiernberg, the world’s premier jazz mandolin player from Chicago. Don and his trio (guitar and bass) will sooth and swing concert goers and dancers. Opening the show for Don is Portland’s Brian Oberlin. Brian Oberlin plays solo mandolin with vocals, performing swing, bluegrass and Italian classical.

The concert is Sunday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. This show is open to all ages. Admission is $10 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

HR Jazz Theater April 12

The Hood River Jazz Theater will play the Gallery 301 on Friday, April 12. Alan Taylor will be herding these hep cats, starting at 5 p.m. Join them at the Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River.

MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill

Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell will be performing an evening of all original eclectic and evolving folk compositions — with a few new ones thrown in — on Friday, April 19, from 7-10 p.m. at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles.

Rich Wilkins Blues Band schedule

Mark your calendars now for blues from the Rich Wilkins Blues Band in April and May:

April 13, 7-10 p.m., The Eagles Lodge, The Dalles

May 11, 7-10 p.m., The Pines, Hood River. This is the big May birthday bash for the wife of the Pines owner. All are welcome and there might be cake.

May 18, 7-10 p.m., The Eagles Lodge, The Dalles

May 3, 6-8 p.m., Columbia Center for Arts in Hood River. Guitarist Pat Haley will play a solo gig for the First Friday celebration.

May 4, 7-9 p.m., RiverTap Pub, The Dalles. The band will be Bluesbridge, which is a side project with RWBB members and other friends.

‘Art of Movement’ April 20

“Art of Movement” will showcase a wide range of dance and movement next Saturday. This year brings exciting new works from the Columbia Gorge Dance Academy’s Company Dancers, a group that will perform in a variety of genres including a special Pointe solo of The Black Swan from Swan Lake. The academy dancers were privileged to perform in the Holiday Bowl half time show in San Diego last winter.

Other performers include Portland dance troupe Paint Dance Company, Zydeco Dancers, Scarlet Thistle Belly Dancers, and Over the Top Rhythm Tap Dancers, The Gorge Hep Cats, 5Rhythms Dance, Salsa, Bachata and much more.

Come join Columbia Center for the Arts for an outstanding evening full of dance and music showcasing the incredible array of dance and movement available right here in the Columbia River Gorge. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $8 for children 11 and under and $12 for adults.

There will be 2 performances: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday April 20.

Tickets are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore or online at www.columbiaarts.org. Columbia Center for Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River. For more information please visit www.columbiaarts.org

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

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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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