Entertainment Update for Jan. 8

Catch ‘Amber & Ales’ this week

There are two chances to catch the band Amber & the Pale Ales featuring Hood River’s own Amber Nelson with Rob Guidera and Glen Holmberg on guitars and vocals and George Bentz on bass: Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Backwoods Brewing in Carson, Wash., and Friday, Jan. 10, from 7-9:30 p.m. at Volcanic Bottle Shop on the Heights in Hood River.

Ski movies, more at Pint Shack

This week at The Pint Shack in Hood River:

Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. Two great ski movies: Warren Miller’s “Flow State,” and “Old School Blizzard of Oz.”

Wednesday, Jan. 8, Embrace the UP at the ninth-annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Winter is full of ups and downs so why not celebrate winter and embrace the UP? It’s time to dust off the skis, pull on your parka, grab your ski buddies, and celebrate the fun and beauty of winter at the ninth-annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. The 10 unique films will inspire you to embrace the UP.”

The films come from renowned filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best films. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online at brownpapertickets. com/event/534597. For more info visit backcountryfilmfestival.org

Friday, Jan. 10: Come celebrate winter with the Big E and The Stomp at 10 p.m., with the Performance Anxiety String Band opening at 9 p.m.

The Pint Shack will be closed Jan. 12-March 14.

The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

‘Coconut Island’ airs Jan. 12

Local musician Ben Bonham hosts the Coconut Island radio show on Radio Tierra, KZAS 95.1 FM in Hood River and 107.7 FM in The Dalles. On Sunday, Jan. 12, it’s a whole show of live music featuring Rick Hulett, Kerry Williams and Ben Bonham. Tune in from 6-7 p.m.

Tim Mayer at The Pines

Keyboardist Tim Mayer is playing at The Pines on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 7-9 p.m. Expect jazz-infused versions of pop/soul/blues and rock tunes with an occasional original added to the mix. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Second Saturday Dance Jan. 11

First Second Saturday Country Dance of the new year is Saturday, Jan. 11, from 7-9 p.m. at the Rockford Grange, Barrett Road in Hood River. The caller will be Sue Baker and the band will be the Sugar Hill Band from the Mid-Columbia Gorge area. 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.

Mid-Columbia student art show coming to The Dalles in Feb.

The annual Mid-Columbia Middle and High School art show comes to The Dalles Art Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Artwork for this show can be entered Jan. 28-31; one entry per student. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the reception and awards show on March 1, from 3-4 p.m. “This annual show showcases art from young talent that is right here in the Gorge, hopefully making art an important value throughout their lives,” said curator Carmen Toll. Visit thedallesartcenter.org for show details and entry forms.

‘Pray for Snow’ party Jan. 10

MonsterHutch.com will present the “Pray for Snow” winter premiere of Jake Blauvelt’s “Naturally” on Friday, Jan. 10, at River Tap, 703 E. Second St., The Dalles. The show will start at 8 p.m. The evening includes giveaways, a raffle, drink specials and live entertainment by band Smoke on the Water. Suggested admission is four cans of food to benefit local food banks.

Music at White Buffalo

Local band Willie & Nelson will play music at White Buffalo Wines during the free wine tasting event on Thursday, Jan. 9. Wine tasting starts at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Barlow Road Trio Jan. 9

Join Matt Mesa, Kerry Williams and Rick Hulett from the Barlow Road band at Double Mountain for an acoustic set, including some new songs, on Thursday, Jan 9, from 8-10 p.m. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Cascade Singers concert Jan. 11

The Cascade Singers concert will be presented Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles. The concert, originally scheduled for December, will feature "Verdi, Wagner & Holiday Favorites." The concert features romantic era music by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthdays were observed in 2013, along with selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Michael Haydn who also represent the romantic period.

The Cascade Children's Choir will join the adult choir for the second half of the concert, offering a variety of holiday music, classical to pops, sacred and secular. Admission is by donation at the door.

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

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