Entertainment Update for Jan. 15

Hillstomp at CEBU Jan. 17

Friday, Jan. 17: Hillstomp 9:30 p.m. – DIY Hill Country Blues Stomp

Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo Hillstomp is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp. North Mississippi trance blues, a bit of Appalachia, and a dash of punkabilly come clanging and tumbling from assorted buckets, cans and BBQ lids, all drenched in rambunctious slide guitar. Somehow it works.

Saturday, Jan. 18: Brothers and Sister 9:30 p.m. – All-Star Allman Bros (circa 1971) Tribute Band

Brothers and Sister is an Allman Brothers tribute band. Performances are centered around recreating the seminal 1970s album “Live at Fillmore East,” with an assortment of other Allman Brothers favorites mixed in as well. Members include: Lewi Longmire (guitar, vocals), Tim Huggins (bass), Matt Cadenelli (drums, vocals), Anita Robinson (guitar), Steve Kerin (keys, vocals), Ryan Spellman (drums). Plus special guests David Lipkind (harmonica) and vocalists Kris Stuart and Joe McMurrian. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

‘Lynching of Emmett Till’ screens Jan. 22 at arts center

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Mt. Hood Independent Film Series film, “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till.” This is a riveting true-crime drama and winner of eight-best film awards.

In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till's lynching.

Film begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door, this film has not been rated. Runtime: 70 minutes. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

Columbia River Gorge Songwriter Summit Jan. 31

Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents the Columbia River Gorge Songwriter Summit, a night of tunes, tales and lies with Lincoln Crockett, Matt Mesa and Dan Weber. Join in for three of the finest songwriters the Gorge has to offer in an intimate, listening atmosphere. Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10, available online at columbiaarts.org, at Columbia Center for the Arts and at the door.

Weekend of House Concerts

Put Jan. 25 and 26 on your calendar as two acts in two nights play the Hood River house concert series. Music starts at 7 p.m. at 401 Montello Ave., Hood River. Shows benefits the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society and donations are accepted at the door. For more information call Paul Blackburn at 541-387-4011.

Saturday, Jan. 25: “Avery Hill is an emerging singer-songwriter and has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent.” “Fare Thee Well” is the title of her six-song EP, recorded at Medicine Whistle Studio in Portland.

Sunday, Jan. 26: “Sourdough Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is a well-traveled, one-man Western extravaganza and a veteran of stages ranging from The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center's Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. His fast-paced stage show finds him crooning Western classics, playing accordion, guitar and harmonica, dancing a jig, twirling a lariat, dishing out hilarious comedic sketches and letting loose with some absolutely mind-boggling yodeling.”

More at sourdoughslim.com.

‘Jazz Etc’ at White Buffalo

The Jazz Etcetera Quartet with John Bryan, Dianna Lysgaard, Alan Taylor and Mike Stillman will play music at White Buffalo Wines during the free wine tasting event on Thursday, Jan. 16. Wine tasting starts at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Kit Garoutte at The Pines

Don’t miss guitar and vocals by Kit Garoutte at The Pines Tasting Room — jazz, pop, classical, blues, R&B, folk, funk, rock, new acoustic — an eclectic, finger-pickin’ mix you won’t want to miss. Thursday, Jan. 16, from 7-9 p.m. On Thursday, Jan. 23, from 7-9 p.m., it’s a special show from Brian Oberlin. Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player specializing in swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

‘Garbanzo’ at Double Mountain

Singer-songwriter Alonzo Garbanzo has a solo show at Double Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 8-10 p.m., playing a mix of originals, roots music, and various eras of pop on 6- and 12-string guitars. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Music Mondays at Solstice

It’s the return of Music Mondays at the new Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Hood River. Catch live local music every Monday from 7-9 p.m. No cover charge.

Jan. 20: Chic Preston and special guest

Jan. 27: Ryan McAlexander

Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, Hood River Waterfront, 501 Portway Avenue, Hood River; 541-436-0800.

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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