Entertainment Update for Nov. 16

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8

If you like a little jazz, or a little groove in your Christmas music then get ready for the Groove Project Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. It’s the time of year for cool, soulful, jazz-infused renditions of all the Christmas standards.

The band features Tim Mayer (keys), Rick Hulett (guitar), Char Mayer (vocals), Mike Stillman (sax), Ryan McAlexander (bass), Tim Ortlieb (drums) and probably a few more musical friends stopping by. Tickets at the door are $10, $5 for seniors, students and children

Ted Horwitz at Portage Grill

Ted Horwitz is at the piano every Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the Portage Grill, located in the Shilo Inn Hotel in The Dalles. Ted Horwitz plays pop, rock, showtunes — his years of experience makes for an entertaining show. Shilo Inn, The Dalles at I-84 exit 87, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way. Call 541-298-3287 for more information.

Jim MacMillan plays Nov. 15

The Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell trio will be rolling out a few new tunes and an evening of original music from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles. For more information on their CD release “Celilo,” visit www.jimmacmillanmusic.com.

‘Needles’ screens Nov. 20

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Cascade Acupuncture Center will screen the powerful film “9000 Needles” at Columbia Center for the Arts starting at 7:30 p.m.

“9000 Needles” follows 40-year-old Devin Dearth who after suffering a devastating stroke, faces dismal odds of recovery, as well as the confines of the U.S. health care system. In a desperate search for an answer, his community and family rally behind him, raising the necessary funds and support to send Devin on an unconventional journey to China where he will participate in a program which uses acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicines to treat stroke patients.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

Countryside Ride in Trout Lake

Countryside Ride Band, a Northwest classic country/western and roots-style honky-tonk band, will be at the historic Trout Lake Inn on Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 8 p.m. Portland band Copper & Coal opens the show with its “tight harmonies, soaring pedal steel and fiddle, and a deep respect for the country tradition of the ’40s and ’50s” sound. $5 admission. Trout Lake Country Inn, 15 Guler Road, Trout Lake, Wash.; 509-395-3667.

United Way benefit Dec. 8

Catch the holiday spirit with the fourth-annual United Way holiday benefit with rock concert violinist Aaron Meyer, and his amazing six-piece band on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore, by calling 541-386-6100, or at the door. This delightful afternoon concert benefits United Way of the Columbia Gorge, which this year allocated $155,000 to 40 agencies, helping people in need in our community. It’s a guaranteed fun afternoon for the whole family. General admission is $20, 12 and under is $15. Prefered seating ticket options are available.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com.

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