Entertainment Update for Feb. 19

Cripple Hop at Double Mountain

Local fusiongrass band Cripple Hop will be playing Double Mountain Brewery on Thursday, Feb. 20. Come on down and get your dancing groove on as they perform original material as well as some classic covers. Music starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover charge. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Body Vox returns March 1

Body Vox 2 returns to Columbia Center for the Arts on March 1 for two performances, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Bodyvox 2 is a dynamic, powerful and exceptionally talented group of dancers, BodyVox-2 has emerged as “…a tight ensemble of skilled performers.” (Oregon Arts Watch) This brand new touring show will include Jamey Hampton’s touching “The Obliged,” which tells the story of a couple’s last dance, “The Bunny,” an unforgettable bunny hunt that only BodyVox could dream up, and “Scare Myself,” an athletic feat of partnering and dance that recalls the innocence and promise of youth and love. Opening the show for this dynamic dance group are Columbia Gorge Dance Academy Company dancers. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this professional dance company up close and personal.

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at columbiaarts.org .

Trail Lovers movies March 12

Hood River Area Trail Stewards presents Trail Lovers Double Feature Film Night on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 (kid-friendly) and 8:30 p.m. (21 and over) at Skylight Theater in Hood River. Outdoor trail adventure films Notbad and Arrival will be shown. $10 donation at the door benefits HRATS.

‘Congratulations’ screens Feb. 26

Columbia Center for the Arts monthly film series presents the romantic comedy “Congratulations” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

When Jim asks Bridget to marry him, she asks a simple and honest question that he can’t quite answer: “Why would you want to ruin this?” “Congratulations” is a heartfelt, voyeuristic examination of two people deciding to move forward after disagreeing over the question of marriage. When Jim and Bridget pretend to be engaged for the weekend for the sake of Jim’s mother’s health they discover that the label of marriage might just tear them apart.

Runtime: 93 minutes, this film has not been rated. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

CEBU brings Tony Smiley, ‘Smoke on the Water’

Tony Smiley, aka The Loop Ninja performs at 9:30 p.m. at CEBU Lounge, Best Western Hood River Inn. Smiley rocks the Boss loop pedal, a ride of rock, world fusion dance mixed with old-school roots of ‘80s and ‘90s new wave, beat boxing mixed with Mongolian throat singing and a dash of Middle Eastern tabla.

One of the newest additions to the Gorge music scene, Hood River’s own Smoke on the Water, hits the CEBU stage for the first time with their brand of sunny folk-rock, Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The band features Ryan Kolberg, Greg Steigel, Matt Willett and a rotating cast of special guests.

Joe Craven plays house concert Feb. 23

The next house concert at 401 Montello is Sunday at 7 p.m.; donations accepted at the door.

Said one local resisdent who saw him on concert at Sisters Folk Festival: “Joe Craven is one of the most wonderful performers I’ve had the pleasure to hear and see in person! Funny, immensely musical, really respectful of colleagues’ music and styles when he jams with them. I’m thrilled he’s coming to Hood River.”

Flamenco show at Wy’east on Sunday

One of the Northwest’s prominent flamenco dancers, Seattle native Savannah Fuentes, presents “El Sol de Medianoche, Flamenco en Vivo,” a night of powerful Spanish flamenco music and dance featuring two guest artists from Spain: singer Curro Cueto of Seville and guitarists Jose Vega of Cadiz. “El Sol de Medianoche will be presented at the Performing Arts Center at Wy’east Middle School on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. The Trio is on a 17-date tour that will take the trio to intimate venues in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada. Tickets are 20$, kids 12 and under are 8$, students 12$, faculty 15$, low-income 15$, VIP 35$; available at brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.

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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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