Entertainment Update for Nov. 20

Free holiday films at Skylight

For nine years Skylight Theatre in Hood River has featured free admission for special holiday films in December. This year, enjoy two films: “Arthur Christmas,” on Dec. 13, 15, 21 and 24; and “Polar Express,” on Dec. 14, 20 and 23. Movies are rated G and all shows start at noon. Please do not bring outside food or beverages. Skylight Theatre and Pub, 107 Oak St., Hood River, Movie Line 541-386-4888, skylighttheatre.com.

Benefit for Owen Stolte Dec. 7

The Lloyd Jones Struggle will play a benefit blues concert for Owen Stolte at Double Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Dec. 7. Guitarist Lloyd Jones and his band plays horn-driven New Orleans blues and R&B along with great original songwriting. Special guest guitarist Paris Slim will be joining the band. Suggested donation is $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Stolte, 14, needs chemotherapy treatment for bone cancer. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Holiday activities at arts center

In recognition of the holiday season, Columbia Center for the Arts will be open daily from Dec. 3 through Christmas Eve, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 24).

Join the arts center on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. for family ginger-bread house building and decorating. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance; cost is $35 per family. At 3 p.m., there is a drop-in, holiday reception featuring complimentary cookies and hot cider; beer and wine will be available for purchase. Following the reception, The Groove Project performs their annual holiday concert at 7 p.m.

Columbia Center for the Arts serves as a food bank this December. Bring non-perishable food items for FISH Dec. 7-23.

Gallery Manager Caroline Mead says, “Columbia Arts is a not-for-profit organization, so buying here supports all of the incredible programming that we do all year; additionally, your dollars stay in the community.”

Gorge Discovery Center Holiday Open House Dec. 7

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles hosts its annual Holiday Open House with free admission all day Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special holiday activities will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., including holiday music, discounts at Columbia River Trading Co., brunch in the Basalt Rock Café, a film short, watercolor art demonstration, kids craft activities and a visit with Santa Claus. Visit gorgediscovery.org for more information.

Liberty Bond Jug Band, All Stars at Bingen Theater Nov. 23

There’s a dance party at the Bingen Theater on Saturday, Nov. 23, with an all-star band featuring Rick Hulett, Moe Dixon, Kerry Williams, Ryan MacAlexander, Tim Ortlieb, Tim Mayer and Char Mayer. Bring your dancing shoes. The Liberty Bond Jug Band gets things going at 6 p.m. Bingen Theater, 210 Oak St., Bingen, Wash.

Alder Street All Stars at CEBU Nov. 22

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Nov. 22: Alder Street All-Stars, 9:30 p.m. – Bluegrass, Gypsy, Muddy Blues

Alder Street All-Stars remains dedicated to its formula of never ruling anything out when it comes to musicians or their influences. With the “traditional” bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and screaming muddy blues stylings of Alder Street's first studio album “Beer Made,” they set off on a journey that has been characterized by some as “traditional instruments played in a non-traditional manner.”

Saturday, Nov. 23: The Student Loan 9:30 p.m. – resh & Furious Jamgrass

The Student Loan is an eclectic four-piece newgrass band based in Portland. Mixing traditional bluegrass and folk music with elements of rock, jazz, and blues, The Student Loan has a sound that defies genre and is both familiar and new.

They have appeared with prominent national and regional acts including Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars, Alejandro Escovedo, eKoostik Hookah, and The Ragbirds, and were featured alongside Larry Keel at the 2008 Appalachian Uprising All-Star Bluegrass Jam.

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Dave Tallman Band at Gorge White House

The Gorge White House will be open on Thanksgiving Weekend with music and special guest winemakers. Hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

On Saturday, welcom guest wine maker Steve Mason from Major Creek along with live music from The Dave Tallman Band from 2:30-5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the band plays from 2-5 p.m. The Gorge White House, 2265 Highway 35, Hood River; 541-386-2828.

John Bunzow at The Pines Nov. 21

On Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7-9 p.m. Oregon native John Bunzow returns to The Pines with a fusion of roots rock and blues. His performances can include everything from country rock to reggae and he has been called one of the finest roots writers-musicians on the current music scene.

Next week, there’s a special show on Friday, Nov. 29, from 1-4 p.m. with Ted Horwitz on keyboards and vocals. Ted has a pop rock history that includes opening for The Platters and playing back up with The Shangri-Las and The Jordanaires.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, from 1-4 p.m. Ryan Kolberg, well-known bassist, branches out with guitar and vocals. Word is Mike Stillman (sax) will join him for an exceptional evening of tune mastery. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

‘Foolz’ comedy show Nov. 30

Columbia Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the family friendly comedy show Foolz, featuring the comedy duo of Wells & Woodhead. Foolz will be performing on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

Blending classic vaudeville (hat tricks, animal stunts and a plate spinning routine reminiscent of The Ed Sullivan Show) with their hi-tech optical illusion “NEONMAN”, Foolz offers up something for everyone.

Wells & Woodhead’s signature grand finale is a one-of-a-kind, frenzied, frenetic juggle consortium of absurd objects — chairs, guitars, bird cages, umbrellas and rubber chickens — an act where Woodhead finally redeems himself, leaving everyone with a sense of anything is possible.

“Foolz is a character-driven amalgam of music, comedy and juggling that visually demonstrates the power of synchronicity between two performers with vastly different dispositions. Wells, dapper and debonair, and Woodhead, the bumbling idiot, take the audience for an ageless endearing ride that they will thank you for providing.”

The duo has appeared on the nationally televised Chinese Comedy Festival from Beijing, The HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, “Le Plus Grande Cabaret Du Monde,” (Europe’s top-rated TV show) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 11 and under, $12 for students and seniors and a special family price of $40 for 2 adults and 2 children. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River. Tickets are available at Columbia Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org

Himalayan Dreams — The Quest for Kumari Dec. 18

Join photographer Peter Marbach for an inspiring journey into the heart and soul of Nepal on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. A benefit silent auction for the Sukman Memorial Clinic starts at 6:30 p.m. and the slideshow program starts at 7:30 p.m.

In Spring 2013, Marbach volunteered with the Mountain Leadership Institute and Freesolo Collective film crew on a humanitarian expedition to the Himalayas and the remote village of Kumari to document the amazing life story of Nepali trekking guide Jagat Lama and his heroic efforts to bring health care, education, and a women’s skills center to his village.

Marbach will share stories and images from the quiet village life in Kumari, the colorful chaos of Kathmandu, and the unspeakable beauty of the Himalayas and friendships forged en route to Everest.

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 concept behind this musical project is to create fun and unusual versions of common Christmas songs that make them as interesting for us to play as they are for audiences to listen to. We change the harmonies and the rhythmic feel to come up with jazz-inspired, funky or gospel arrangements of Christmas favorites like The Little Drummer Boy, Do You Hear What I Hear, Linus and Lucy, Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and a lot more,” said keyboardist Tim Mayer.

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.

Holiday show volunteers needed

The holidays are fast approaching, as are the holiday shows, and the Columbia Center for the Arts needs you.

Wednesday, Nov. 20: Award winning film “9,000 Needles,” one volunteer to help sell tickets and one as an usher.

Nov. 22 and 23: The staged readings of “Sweet & Sad,” One bartender for each night. Show at 7:30 p.m., arrive time: 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 30: Foolz (the comedy and juggling duo of Wells & Woodhead). AV Tech, stage assist for the performers (you get to be on stage) and a bartender. Showtime 7 p.m. arrive time is different for each.

Dec. 8: Groove Project Grooves Christmas, 7 p.m. show,

2 ushers and a bartender needed.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever:

Dec. 12: 2 ushers and a bartender 7:30 show, 6:30 arrive

Dec. 13: 2 ushers and a bartender same

Dec. 14: 2 ushers and a bartender same

Dec. 15: 2 ushers 2 p.m. show, 1 p.m. arrive

Dec. 19: 2 ushers and a bartender 7:30 show, 6:30 arrive

Dec. 20: 2 ushers and a bartender same

Dec. 21: 2 ushers 2 p.m. show 1 p.m. arrive

Dec. 18: a slideshow presentation on Nepal with photographer Peter Marbach, 2 ushers and a bartender, 7:30 p.m. show, 6:30 p.m. arrive time

Please email Catherine Butler at volunteer@columbiaarts.org if you can help with these events.

7th annual Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering Nov. 30

Join the Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering on Saturday, Nov. 30, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium in The Dalles. Doors open at 1 p.m. for the afternoon matinee, which features an open mic stage along with some invited performers and Western life-style vendors. The matinee is free to the public. Come on down and join the fun for some good cowboy poetry and music, or even share some of your own on stage.

The ticketed evening show starts at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) and starts off with Steve and Terri (the “Epiglottis Goddess) Taylor from Utah. They call themselves “Stampede,” and you should stampede down to the Civic to hear them!

Next up is Cowboy Poet Duane Lee Nelson with special guests Coyote Joe Sartin and Lauralee Northcott (from HorseCrazy Cowgirl Band), who will present their own special mix of poetry and music.

Then, back for a second go-round is multi-award winning singer-songwriter Dave Stamey. From “old corrals melting in the sun,” to “dancing to a camp-fire waltz,” Dave will take you down a dusty road to where the real West begins.

Tickets are available at Klindts Booksellers and The Feed Shack, both in The Dalles, or get ahold of Duane Nelson at Hood River Supply. There will also be ticket sales at the door. For more information email thedallescivic.org or Duane Nelson: shortcutpoetry@hotmail.com.

The Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering is sponsored by Columbia State Bank and the Fort Dalles Riders.

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