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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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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