Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Benefit for United for Marriage at 10 Speed Coffee April 26
“Come enjoy the ‘folky, baroque, rocky, blues music’ of Alonzo Garbanzo, the stage name of Dennis Michael Castañares, guitarist, singer, and composer/producer. Alonzo’s stage act includes songs and instrumentals from various genres and periods: slow to fast, soft to loud, originals to covers, Leadbelly to Radiohead. He has many years of experience performing on guitar, bass and keyboards as a soloist and in bands such as the Odyssey and The Cowsills.”
Join Alonzo at 10 Speed Coffee, 13th and State streets, on Saturday, April 26, from 6-8 p.m. Donations for Oregon United for Marriage will be accepted.
‘Gentlemen’ at CEBU Lounge
This week at CEBU Lounge:
Friday, April 18: Boys II Gentlemen, 9:30 p.m. – Funk-soul dance party. “Boy II Gentlemen, a side project from the bands Quick & Easy Boys and Excellent Gentlemen, bring their funky jams dance party to CEBU’s stage for the second time in as many months.” Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.
Poet Gaffney reads April 29
Master poet Tommy Gaffney will read from his new book, “Whiskey Days,” at noon on Tuesday, April 29, at Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River-Indian Creek campus. The reading is free and open to the public.
Gaffney was born and raised in Kentucky, somewhere between the projects and the trailer parks. In addition to “Whiskey Days,” he is the author of “Three Beers from Oblivion” (2006). His work has appeared in such anthologies as “The Night Bomb Review,” “The Drunk Poets Society Anthology; Volume 2” and “The Broken Word Anthology; Volumes 1 & 2.”
He has performed at the “Insomniacathon” and “Wordstock,” appeared on KBOO radio and hosted the annual “Artists Night Out Spoken Word Festival” at Artists Repertory Theater.
Gaffney’s favorite colors are John Deere Green and Joey Ramone Black. Nowadays, you can often find him wandering the streets of Portland, Ore.
Music at White Buffalo
There’s music on Thursdays in April at White Buffalo Wines. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting and live music starting at 5:30 p.m. April 17: Alonzo Garbanzo (folk-rock). White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.
Best of student films April 23
Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Mt. Hood Independent Film Series film compilation, Best of Student Films on Wednesday, April 23. Honoring the children’s art show this is a series of short student films from last Novembers’ Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival student submission category films. Watch winners in the student category “The Talk” and “Volar En Linea Recta,” along with several other outstanding student films. You will be amazed by what these young film makers contributed. None of the films have been rated but all are appropriate for children and adults alike. Showtime 7:30 p.m. tickets are $5 and available at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge