Entertainment Update for March 19

Dancing at Elks March 20

The Hood River Elks Club welcomes on Thursday, March 20, the Simcoe Boys Band playing country-western and swing music. 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.

‘Good Men' opens March 28

Aaron Sorkin’s play “A Few Good Men” comes to life this month at the Columbia Center for the Arts. This fast-paced military courtroom drama brings the talents of Jonas Grosserhode as Lt. J.G. Dan Kaffee, Blaire Carroll as Lt. Commander Galloway and Tom Butler as Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep.

When a young Marine is found dead in his bunk, two Marines in his squad are charged with his murder. Now, it’s up to a fresh-out-of-law-school naval officer who has more experience playing softball than defending clients to find out what really happened down in Cuba. What seems like an open-and-shut case has two sides playing a cat-and-mouse game of keeping secrets and exposing them. Will two young Marines accused of murder spend the rest of their lives in prison? Can a cover-up be uncovered? And, can you handle the truth?

The play runs March 28-29 and April 3-5. Proceeds for the show benefit the Columbia Center of the Arts. This production is produced by Fox-Tail Cider. Tickets will be on sale soon at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore, Mugs Coffee in Bingen, Wash. You can also purchase tickets at columbiaarts.org. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for students, seniors, and veterans. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on April 5 at 2 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

‘Black Comedy’ in The Dalles

The Dalles Theater Company presents Peter Shaffer’s comic play “Black Comedy” March 28-29 and April 4-5, in dinner theater format, and on March 30 and April 6 at 2 p.m., presentation only, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Bill Fehrs directs.

Matinee prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, children 12 and under $8. Dinner theater tickets are $25 and include dinner by Cowboy Catering. Seating is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner theater tickets must be purchased in advance at Klindt’s Booksellers.

Groove Dance plays March 22

The Groove Dance Project features keyboardist Tim Mayer and friends — the band focuses on high-energy, uptempo blues/soul/rock material that’s perfect for dancing. Don’t miss them at Naked Winery on Saturday, March 22, from 7-10 p.m. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

‘Old Soul’ at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, March 21: Blackberry Bushes Stringband, 9:30 p.m. — NW Alt. Folk String Band

“The Appalachian Mountains are the oldest mountains in the world, and the Mississippi River is the most musical river ever known. Jes Raymond and Jakob Breitbach may have met in the rainy bottom of the Puget Sound, but their music is vibrantly infused with the essence of the homes they wandered west from. Joined by Portland native Taylor Kent on the upright bass, the Blackberry Bushes are a bluegrass trio who draw from these deep roots of American traditional music to create a playful and resonant sound with both twang and sophistication.”

Saturday, March 22: Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra with Robert Sarazin Blake & The Put-It-All-Down-In-A-Letters 9:30 p.m. — blues, folk, soul

“Marty O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, with his ear pressed close to the ancient hiss in the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits.” Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Art in Kuwait lecture March 19

This March Columbia Center for the Arts showcases the work of Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield. The exhibit represents four series of paintings she created during her 2004-2010 tenure as a professor, teaching art to Muslim women in Kuwait. On March 19, at 7 p.m., Wakefield will give a public lecture and slide show at the Columbia Center for the Arts. In the 45-minute program she will present a side of the Middle East not represented in popular media. She will also read from her book, “Suitcase Filled With Nails: Lessons Learned from Teaching Art in Kuwait.”

Trail Running Film March 20

Enjoy an evening of the latest and greatest full-length and short films showcasing the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. From world-class filmmakers to the best works made by weekend warriors, the Trail Running Film Festival takes the audience on a virtual run through forests, up mountains, beyond emotional obstacles and across the finish line. With live music from The Pine Hearts it’s a night filled with friends and fun. Tickets are $10. Thursday, March 20, from 5-11:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

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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