Entertainment Update for Feb. 13

Meet the brewer and the beer

Full Sail will release a new beer in its Brewer’s Share Experimental lineup —“Mathias’s Main Ingredient Oatmeal Stout.” Come meet Chef Mathias Engblom and his new beer on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 5-6:30 p.m. “The beer has a smoothly rich, complex palate with notes of chocolate, toffee, and espresso. Northern Brewer hops provide a slightly spicy back note in this ale. 5.58% ABV 51 IBU.” Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub, 506 Columbia St., Hood River; 541-386-2247.

‘Big Love Story’ screens Feb. 27

Columbia Center for the Arts film series continues on Feb. 27 with the winner of Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival feature narrative: “A Big Love Story,” by Ryan Sage. From a script bought off Craigslist for $500, Ryan Sage has sculpted a truly unique, independent romantic comedy. Sam is a former college football star whose chance to play in the NFL is abruptly ended with a blown-out knee. Seven years later, he finds himself alone, working a minimum wage job and weighing a deadly 413 pounds.

The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. The film is not rated; run time 93 minutes. Columbia Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Valentine’s, more at Pint Shack

On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, it’s the reopening party at Hood River’s Pint Shack with live music from Sid and Al rockin’-out from 9 p.m. to midnight. Don’t forget the second annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Dance Party on Friday, Feb. 15, starting at 9:30 p.m., with DJ Groc spinning tunes and special effects from Positive Light Production. The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

James Apollo at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Feb. 15: Redwood Son w/Copper & Coal, 9:30 p.m. – West Coast Americana

Whether or not the name and music of Redwood Son has yet hit the big radar, 2010’s “Best New Artist” of the Portland Music Awards is on the rise. Their 20-song double-disc debut, “The Lion’s Inside,” boasts a dynamic versatility that crosses the borders of their West Coast Americana with hook-laden roots-rock and alt country.

Saturday, Feb. 16: James Apollo & His Sweet Unknown, 9:30 p.m. – Troubadour of roots-rock’n’roll savvy

Apollo’s album “Little War, Little Less” is a touching mix of riotous western themes, dusty melodies, ‘50s soul and the kind of loneliness that only a room full of strangers can account for. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

The Theatre Company of The Dalles present ‘I Hate Hamlet’

“I Hate Hamlet,” a play by Paul Rudnick, starts Thursday, Feb. 28, at Columbia Gorge Community College (auditorium, Building 2, floor 3), at 7:30 p.m. The show continues March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Advance tickets at: Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles, also available at the door. Adults $12; students/senior $10. “I Hate Hamlet” is an adult comedy.

“Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his doubts and ambitions. Will he fail as Hamlet, or find glory and honor? We will just have to wait and see.”

Brewmaster Dinner Feb. 14 at Full Sail

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Full Sail Brewery in Hood River with a special 4-course dinner featuring food and beer pairings with Full Sail's seasonal and special release brews. Call 541-386-2247 for pricing and reservations.

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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