Entertainment Update for January 2, 2013

Utah Ballroom Dance Company to perform Jan. 11

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Utah Ballroom Dance Company for a special one-night-only performance of their show “Cinemagic” on Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

“CineMagic” is a theatrical sensation. Hollywood’s favorite characters and stories are brought to life with elegant costumes, breathtaking lifts and beautiful ballroom dancing. Audiences are swept away watching look-a-likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and more, dancing to the music from the movies that made them famous.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

CAST holds ‘Hot Tin Roof’ auditions

CAST Theater announces auditions for the staged reading of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” by Tennessee Williams, on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. in the studio at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script so there is no need to prepare anything before you arrive. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 17. The play will be presented as a staged reading March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and is being directed by Richard Parker.

The play calls for four women, six men and four children (two girls and two boys).

For more information contact director Parker at 541-490-4398.

‘Travesties’ premieres Jan. 18-19

The second of four staged readings at CAST this season, the farce “Travesties” by Tom Stoppard, runs Jan. 18 and 19, directed by Gregory Baisden.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m.; tickets at the door are $5 per person. Stick around after each show for a “Talk Back” with the cast and director about absurdities, propositions and conundrums revealed by the play, which posits a meeting of James Joyce, Vladamir Lenin and Tristan Tzara (co-founder of the international Dadaist art movement) in Zurich during World War I.

Music at Naked Winery

The MacMillan, McAlexander and Bell Trio will be performing an evening of original compositions at the Naked Winery Tasting Room from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Jazz Party at Gallery 301

301 Gallery in Hood River invites you to a jazz party on Friday, Jan. 4, from 5-7:30 p.m. The musicians include:

Alan Taylor (flugelhorn, trumpet, vocals)

Dave Henehan (guitar)

Dianna Lysgaard (acoustic bass)

Mike Stillman (alto & soprano saxophones)

Bob Green (percussion)

Susan Crowley (vocals)

Come join the fun with music, wine, tapas and fine art.

The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River; 541-436-0281.

DJ Swoop at Pint Shack

On Saturday, Jan. 5, head down to the Pint Shack for tunes from DJ Swoop. The theme for this party is “Foil & Glitter.” 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. 21 and over only. The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

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