Entertainment Update for April 12

Portland Building - Stay or Go?

Join Columbia Center for the Arts for “The Portland Building — should it stay or go?” On Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. jump into the fray with Portland-based architects Becca Cavell and Peter Meijer in a spirited point/counter-point debate on the fate of the Portland Building.

“Radical yet whimsical. Groundbreaking yet flawed. Audacious yet ridiculous. Renowned yet reviled. The Portland Building, Michael Graves’ colorful Post-Modern icon, was conceived in controversy and born into both praise and ridicule. It has never known a moment’s peace since. It was heralded in 1982 as the design that ushered in a new era of world architecture and later, in 2011, designated a landmark. Critics want to demolish it. Preservationists want to save it.”

Don’t miss this lively discussion and slideshow about this iconic building that is at the forefront of conflict for the city of Portland. Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River. $5 suggested donation

Connell, Dwyer play April 12

Mandolinists Tim Connell and Jack Dwyer have just released an album called “Mando Planet.” The duo will be in Hood River for a house concert on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. (401 Montello, Hood River). “Tim and Jack have gathered their handsome talents, creative energy and wide musical tastes into a collection of clear and concise gems in these mando duets. Whether they are playing an Irish jig, a Brazilian choro or improvising freely on one of their original tunes, the music always has focus and authenticity.”

Second Saturday Dance April 12

First Second Saturday Country Dance of the new year is Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The dance caller will be Marte Fallshore from Ellensburg, Wash., and the band will be the Mill Creek String Band.

Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family-friendly. All dances walked through first time.

Enjoy an evening of country squares, contras, circle dances and a few waltzes. Admission is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Fields of May at Volcanic

Old-timey country band Fields of May, hailing from Stevenson, Wash., will play at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The band features Dennis Morgan, Julie Mayfield, with Jon Bennett and Mike Creighton. Expect country/blues covers and some originals songs in the mix. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.

What The Festival returns to Dufur June 19-22

Alternative music event What The Festival returns to the Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur on Friday, June 19, through Sunday, June 22.

Featured band include The Glitch Mob, Washed Out, Nightmares on Wax, RL Grime, Emancipator Ensemble, Claude Von Stroke and a whole lot more.

For a look at the full lineup, visit whatthefestival.com.

“What The Festival is a new spin on the traditional music festival format. It is the only festival to feature Funktion-One sound-systems on all four stages, is home to a micro-film fest bringing in submissions from around the world, relaxation huts and poolside cabanas, an open-air hookah lounge, an oasis spa and sauna, the largest disco ball on the West Coast, an illuminated forest and countless art and interactive design installations. There is also what many consider to be the main draw besides the music lineup: an enormous sandy beach splash pool (check out the madness of that here: http://vimeo.com/72026030) that is the largest temporary wading pool in the world.”

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

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