Entertainment Update for Feb. 23

Walk the red carpet Feb. 24

Columbia Center for the Arts will be hosting the second-annual Oscar party for the 85th Academy Awards show on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Dress like a star for the red carpet — you may win the best- (or worst-) dressed award. CAST Theater presents a live broadcast of the Oscars, live music by Kit Garoutte, food drink, red carpet (complete with paparazzi) skits, prizes and more. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with your walk on the red carpet; come dressed to impress.

If you need a break from the live Oscar coverage in the theater, grab a snack or tasty beverage from the lobby and check out music by Garoutte in the gallery. Just make sure you make it back for the commercial break entertainment from some of your favorite local thespians. Tickets for the event are $10 at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Sassparilla at CEBU Lounge

Please note: The previously scheduled DJ Cooky Parker show on Friday, Feb. 22 has been canceled.

Saturday, Feb. 23: Sassparilla 9:30 p.m. — high-energy roots-punk

Portland-based outfit Sassparilla has been referred to as indie-roots, punk-Americana and punk-roots. Though it is the subtleties and folk-pop leanings of their latest, “The Darndest Thing,” that find this five-piece band slowing things down a bit — and growing up musically.

Comprised of Kevin “Gus” Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross “Dagger” Macdonald (harmonica) and Colin “Sweet Pea” Macdonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordian, washboard) and Justin Burkhart (drums). Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Jug band plays at Solera

Enjoy live music at Solera Brewery in Parkdale during the month of February:

Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Liberty Bond Jug Band — Pan-fried, ghost-town, jug-stomp blues. Apple Valley BBQ will be on hand. Solera Brewery, 4945 Baseline Drive, Parkdale; 541-352-5500.

Storm Large plays Columbia Arts benefit April 13

Columbia Arts is proud to present “An Evening with Storm Large” on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts in downtown Hood River. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds benefit the Arts Center’s education and performance programs. Guests will enjoy an intimate performance by the incomparable Storm Large and her band plus the opportunity to meet her after the show as she signs copies of her bestselling memoir, “Crazy Enough.”

Storm Large has been singing around the world for over 15 years and living in Portland for the past seven. Her band, Storm Large and the Balls, achieved cult status soon after forming in 2002. These days she can often be found performing with the band Pink Martini. Storm gained national fame in 2006 when she appeared on the CBS TV series Rock Star: Supernova. In 2008, she spun her book, “Crazy Enough” into a stage show that played to sold-out houses at Portland’s Center Stage. In May, she travels to New York to play at Carnegie Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the art center or online at www.columbiaarts.org.

Women of Heart and Mind

Columbia Center for the Arts presents Women of Heart and Mind in concert with their special Joni Mitchell tribute show “Blue” on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The show brings together players who represent a diverse slice of the Portland music scene including Bre Gregg, Anne Weiss, Kris Deelane, Sue Zalokar, Dan Gaynor, Adam East and JP Garau. The group will perform a collage of Joni favorites for the 69th birthday of the folk singer.

Women of Heart and Mind “Blue” features two sets of some of Mitchell’s finest tunes. The first set is a collection of more contemporary songs from the artist’s last four studio albums: Night Ride Home (1991), Turbulent Indigo (1994), Taming the Tiger (1998) and Shine (2007) is peppered with a favorite song or lyrical reading of each of the five women performers featured in the show. The second set is the album “Blue” (1971) in it’s entirety.

“Blue” is Mitchell’s fourth album and is iconic in the minds and hearts of Mitchell’s fans. In true Joni style, the album is at once insightful, playful and, yes, blue. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (62+), $8 for children 11 and under. CCA is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Gold Stars at Gallery 301

The Hood River Gold Stars play the Gallery 301, Friday, Feb. 22. Lead by Mike Stillman, this raucous group plays jazz you can dance to. Music starts at 5 p.m. The Gallery 301, downtown Hood River, corner of Oak and Third; 541-436-0281.

L’il Rev plays March 3

Don’t miss the annual visit by ukulele empresario L’il Rev on Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. He’s packed past house concerts at 401 Montello in Hood River over the years. This time around, there will be a potluck starting at 6 p.m., so don’t be late. Lil Rev received the "best folksinger award" in 2004 from the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and has at least 9 CDs to his credit. Visit www.facebook.com/paulshouseconcerts for more information.

Larry & His Flask at Everybody’s

Brace yourself for some high-energy music at Everybody’s Brewing this weekend and beyond:

Friday, Feb. 22, McDougall opens for Larry and His Flask - prepare thyself for epic performances!

Sunday, Feb. 24, Bass master Ryan McAlexander is bringing in a band of Sasquatchian's for our Last Local Sunday show from 6-8 p.m.

Alert: The Quick & Easy Boys headline a monster show on Friday, March 1. You’ve been warned.

Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

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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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