Entertainment Update for April 5

Music Mondays at Solstice

Music Mondays continue at the new Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Hood River. Catch live local music every Monday from 7-9 p.m. No cover charge.

April 7: Big Ronnie and Medium Ben

Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, Hood River Waterfront, 501 Portway Avenue, Hood River; 541-436-0800.

‘Noble Spirit’ screens April 9

On Wednesday, April 9, Columbia Center for the Arts is proud to host a world premiere of the film “Noble Spirit” showcasing the incredible life of Fred Noble and his battle with ALS. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the film screening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. See page A7 for a feature article on the event.

‘DamNation’ screening April 18

“DamNation,” a long-awaited documentary film about dam removal, featuring the Condit Dam removal as well as the plight of Columbia River salmon, will premiere in Hood River at the Hood River Middle School auditorium on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, benefiting Columbia Riverkeeper. The film is 87 minutes.

“DamNation” has already won national recognition — a citizen's choice award at SXSW in Austin, and a National Geographic award at its premiere in Washington D.C.

Since the film’s release, an online petition has gathered almost 8,000 signatures asking the White House to "crack down on deadbeat dams."

“DamNation shows how far things have moved and how quickly, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Penobscot River in Maine.”

MMB at Springhouse April 8

Jim MacMillan, Ryan McAlexander and Randy Bell will be performing an evening of up-tempo all original music at Springhouse Cellar Winery on Tuesday, April 8, from 6-9 p.m. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

‘Amaze-O’ at Trillium April 5

Amaze-O featuring Alonzo G. (guitars), Ted Horwitz (keyboards) and Jose Maya (drums) will be at the Trillium Cafe on Saturday, April 5. Music starts at 10 p.m. Expect an “amazing mix of rock, soul, Motown and country.” Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com

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