Entertainment Update for April 30

Taarka at CEBU May 2

Friday, May 2: Taarka 9:30 p.m. – indie folk, gypsy jazz, bluegrass

Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup presenting masterfully deep Americana and gypsy-jazz string band music,” led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals).

David, a versatile picker raised in Virginia on a steady diet of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and gypsy-jazz, and Enion Pelta-Tiller, a classically trained violinist who can switch seamlessly between Bartoìk and bebop, began their journey together in 2001. After meeting at a Brooklyn Browngrass gig, the two began a gypsy jazz busker act in the New York City subway before hitting the road as Taarka.

Saturday, May 3: Dancehall Days 9:30 p.m. – Covers from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s.

Dancehall Days is a six-piece variety band featuring female and male vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, trumpet and percussion. Incredible variety and authenticity is what Dancehall Days delivers. They have been wowing audiences all over the Northwest and the word is now out, Dancehall is a powerhouse.

Dance the Cumbia May 9

The Secret Salsa Society has invited dog-loving instructors Lynn and Mark (dancethat.com) to teach Cumbia at Mt. View Grange in White Salmon on Friday, May 9. The lesson starts at 7:30 p.m., but come early and meet some of the Hood River Adopt A Dogs. Donations to Adopt A Dog will be accepted or bring durable toys or yummy training treats.

All ages welcome, no partner or experience needed. Lessons are from 7:30-9 p.m. and the social dance goes until 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Visit secretsalsasociety.weebly.com for more info.

‘Good Body’ opens May 8

Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theatre present Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body.” Opening on May 8, this play showcases the world of women; Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation “The Vagina Monologues,” is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” “The Good Body” directed by Judie Hanel, runs May 8, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on May 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 adult/$15 student, available in advance at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at columbiaarts.org.

Moe Dixon at The Pines

Celebrate First Friday at The Pines Tasting Room with music from Moe Dixon. “Moe is best known for his ability to create an energy that brings people together through song. His magical performances are highlighted by masterful guitar playing and powerful vocals.” Friday, May 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

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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