Entertainment Update for Feb. 6

Transcendental Brass at Double Mountain Feb. 16

The Transcendental Brass Band plays the Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8:30-11 p.m. Hailing from Portland, the TBB plays “Freestyle Street Funk,” NOLA meets Fela and Jimi “In the tradition.”

They have a new CD called “First Take,” which is getting airplay on radio KMHD, KZME and KBOO.

The Oregonian says “A touch of funk, a smidge of jazz, and some sprinklings of ska, hip-hop and freeform pop: It all adds up to a heady brew of horn-filled goodness. Make sure your dancing shoes are broken in for this show.” Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Barlow Road at Everybody’s

Barlow Road will be playing at Everybody's Brewing in White Salmon on Friday, Feb. 8. Music starts at 9 p.m. According to reports, Barlow Road’s first gig of 2013 will feature promising new tunes, a drummer with a beard, a baritone Telecaster and more. On Friday, Feb. 15, don’t miss the Liberty Bond Jug Band. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Bingen Theater

Break out your mask and beads and come dance to Speedqueen Underground and the Crown Joules on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Bingen Theater. Solstice Pizza mobile unit will be onsite so bring your appetite. This is an all ages show. $5 cover charge. Bingen Theater, 210 Oak St., Bingen, Wash.

Alameda at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Feb. 8: Alameda 9:30 p.m. – Orchestral chamber pop. Alameda is the Portland-based outfit founded by singer/guitarist Stirling Myles and cellist Jessie Dettwiler, joined by guitarist Tim Grimes, orchestral Clarinetist, Jennifer Woodall and well-known violinist Kate O'Brien-Clarke.

Saturday, Feb. 9: Will West & The Friendly Strangers 9:30 p.m. – Foot Tappin’, Hand Clappin’, Roots-Americana. Cebu regular Will West returns to Cebu Lounge 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. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Evening jazz at Gallery 301

Friday evening jazz continues at the Gallery 301 downtown Hood River with Mike Stillman & Friends. Come and hear what a man with miss-matched socks can do with a saxophone. This raucous group of eight starts at 5 p.m. and they play till they drop. The Gallery 301 corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-2108.

Country Dance Feb. 9

Special notice — there will be a potluck prior to the Country Dance, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring your favorite dish.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7-10 p.m., it’s the Second Saturday Country Dance at the Rockford Grange in Hood River. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

The caller will be Sue Baker from the Mid-Columbia area. The band will be the Mill Creek String Band also from the Mid-Columbia area. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family friendly. All dances walked through first time.

Enjoy an evening of Country Squares, Contras, Circle dances and a few Waltzes. The dance will be at the Rockford Grange, on Barrett Road, Hood River. $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.

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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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