Entertainment Update for Jan. 29

Columbia River Gorge Songwriter Summit Jan. 31

Columbia Center for the Arts 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. The boys take the stage for this dynamic evening of music on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River. For more information visit the website www.columbiaarts.org.

The Lonesomes at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Jan. 31: Albatross w/ Eliza Rickman 9:30 p.m. – Indie folk rock, feat. Ryan Sollee (of The Builders & The Butchers) and Cristina Cano (of Sallie Ford).

Ryan Sollee was asked to write the score for a musical play about a lonely dinosaur evolving into a beautiful Albatross. Recruiting his friends for that project led to his current project — featuring drums, viola and piano.

Saturday, Feb. 1: The Lonesomes w/ Riviera 9:30 p.m. – Mossy Northwest Americana

The Lonesomes are an “amazing new effort that contains shining elements of The Byrds, Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers. When you think about The Lonesomes, there's the feeling of the old West, not just in the band's name but in their sound and feel - something that put you in mind of tan chinos, shoe boots with spurs, shots of rye at the local saloon, and lots of dirt.”

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Henry Schifter at The Pines

This week at The Pines:

Thursday, Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy the soothing voice of Henry Schifter as he transports you around the world with his international repertoire of tunes.

Next week: Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m., Sara Jackson-Holman. “This Oregon native singer, songwriter and pianist performs weightless strings and heavy layers of warm and soulful melodies that swell as they weave through each song.” The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Tom Grant at Skamania Lodge

Experience the sultry music of one of the Northwest’s favorite jazz duos, Tom Grant and Shelly Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 14, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash. The prized ensemble will play their most romantic duets for couples to dance along. Tickets are $26, with a cash bar inside the venue, and are available for purchase at the reservations desk or by calling 800-376-9116. More information at skamania.com.

‘Autumn Electric’ at Trillium

Seattle prog-folk band Autumn Electric has just released a new album “Flowers for Ambrosia,” and the band’s 30-city tour will feature stops in New Orleans and the SXSW Festival. But you can catch them at Trillium Cafe in Hood River on Friday, Feb. 7.

The album features songs about Magnum PI, The Hermit of North Pond, and a 22 minute epic, based on “The Never Ending Story,” and has gained rave reviews from music fans from as far away as Serbia. Trillium Cafe, 207 Oak St., Hood River, 541-308-0800.

MMB Trio at Volcanic Jan. 31

The Jim MacMillan (guitar and vocals), Ryan McAlexander (bass and vocals) and Randy Bell (cajon and hand percussion) trio will be performing an evening of eclectic all original music at The Volcanic Bottle Shop on Friday, Jan. 31. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.

Father Daughter Dance Feb. 22

The Father-Daughter benefit dance will be held at The Hood River Elks Club on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m. tickets are $30 per couple and $10 each additional daughter. Proceeds help kids with camp fees. Tickets can be purchased at Shortt Supply in Hood river and Trellis in White Salmon, or email: hr_younglife@yahoo.com

Music at Mt Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows feature music in February at the Vertical Restaurant & Bar. Bands play from 3-6 p.m.

Feb. 1: Fruition

Fruition is a Portland based high energy bluegrass string band. With vibrant harmonies and effortless swing from whiskey-rock to shoe-stomp, from ballad to anthem, and everywhere between, versatility has defined this band

Feb. 8: Elektrapod

Elektrapod is from Bend, formed with the vision of fusing Funk, Soul, Disco, and Riff Rock with Electronica and Jam band sensibilities.

Feb. 15: Rhythm Culture

Based out of Portland, and led by Byron Mercurius of Guyana, South America, Rhythm Culture features guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and trumpet. Combining their individual influences of the Caribbean and the Americas, and using a roots reggae foundation, the band infuses blues and jazz into their brand of reggae music.

Feb. 22 Joe Stoddard

Joe Stoddard performs a unique blend of High Energy Music and Comedy. Joe has worked with people like The Beach Boys, Keith Urban, Clint Black and many others. You can expect a very large variety of music, Oldies, Country, Rock n’ Roll, Comedy Tunes, Folk, R&B Originals, and more.

Twilite Twins at White Buffalo

The Twilite Twins, Susie Sinclair (fiddle/vocals) and Peter McGrain (accordian/vocals) will be playing what they call “French Cafe Music” at the White Buffalo's complimentary wine tasting on Thursday, Jan. 30, starting at 5 p.m. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Dancing at Hood River Elks Feb. 6

The Hood River Elks Club welcomes on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Simcoe Boys Band playing country-western and swing music dancing. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $8. Event is 21 and over only. Dinner is available before the dance at 6 p.m. (cost of dinner includes dance admission). Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River. For more information call 541-386-1507.

Entertainment listings can be e-mailed 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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