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Entertainment Update for Feb. 20

MacMillan Trio at White Buffalo Feb. 21

The MacMillan, McAlexander and Bell Trio will be performing an evening of original compositions by Jim MacMillan from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at White Buffalo Wines and Bistro in Hood River. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Storm Large plays Columbia Arts benefit April 13

Columbia Center for the Arts is proud to present “An Evening with Storm Large” on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at the arts center in downtown Hood River. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds benefit the arts center’s education and performance programs. Guests will enjoy an intimate performance by the incomparable Storm Large and her band plus the opportunity to meet her after the show as she signs copies of her best-selling memoir, “Crazy Enough.”

Storm Large has been singing around the world for over 15 years and living in Portland for the past seven. Her band, Storm Large and the Balls, achieved cult status soon after forming in 2002. These days she can often be found performing with the band Pink Martini. Storm gained national fame in 2006 when she appeared on the CBS TV series Rock Star: Supernova. In 2008, she spun her book, “Crazy Enough” into a stage show that played to sold-out houses at Portland’s Center Stage. In May, she travels to New York to play at Carnegie Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the art center or online at www.columbiaarts.org.

Women of Heart and Mind - Joni Mitchell tribute Feb. 23

Columbia Center for the Arts presents Women of Heart and Mind in concert with their special Joni Mitchell tribute show “Blue” on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The show brings together players who represent a diverse slice of the Portland music scene including Bre Gregg, Anne Weiss, Kris Deelane, Sue Zalokar, Dan Gaynor, Adam East and JP Garau. The group will perform two sets of music to celebrate the 69th birthday of the folk singer.

The first set is a collection of more contemporary songs from the artist’s last four studio albums along with a favorite song or lyrical reading from each of the five women performers featured in the show. The second set is the album “Blue” (1971) in it’s entirety. “Blue” is Mitchell’s fourth album and is iconic in the minds and hearts of Mitchell’s fans. In true Joni style, the album is at once insightful, playful and, yes, blue.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (62+), $8 for children 11 and under. CCA is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Gold Stars Jazz at Gallery 301

The Hood River Gold Stars play The Gallery 301, Friday, Feb. 22. Led by Mike Stillman, this raucous group plays jazz you can dance to. Music starts at 5 p.m. The Gallery 301, downtown Hood River, corner of Oak and Third; 541-436-0281.

L’il Rev plays house concert March 3

Don’t miss the annual visit by ukulele empresario L’il Rev on Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. He’s packed past house concerts at 401 Montello in Hood River over the years. This time around, there will be a potluck starting at 6 p.m., so don’t be late. Lil Rev received the "best folksinger award" in 2004 from the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and has at least nine CDs to his credit. Visit www.facebook.com/paulshouseconcerts for more information.

Walk the Red Carpet at the Oscar party Feb. 24

Columbia Center for the Arts will be hosting the second annual Oscar party for the 85th Academy Awards show on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Dress like a star for the red carpet--you may win the best (or worst) dressed award. CAST Theater presents a live broadcast of the Oscars, live music by Kit Garoutte, food drink, red carpet (complete with paparazzi) skits, prizes, and more. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with your walk on the red carpet; come dressed to impress.

If you need a break from the live Oscar coverage in the theater, grab a snack or tasty beverage from the lobby and check out music by Kit in the gallery. Just make sure you make it back for the commercial break entertainment from some of your favorite local thespians. Tickets for the event are $10 at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Sassparilla at CEBU Lounge Feb. 23

Please note: The previously scheduled DJ Cooky Parker show on Friday, Feb. 22 has been cancelled.

Saturday, Feb. 23: Sassparilla 9:30 p.m. – High Energy Roots-Punk

Portland-based outfit Sassparilla has been referred to as Indie-roots, punk-Americana, and punk-roots. Though it is the subtleties and folk-pop leanings of their latest, “The Darndest Thing,” that find this five-piece band slowing things down a bit - and growing up musically.

Comprised of Kevin "Gus" Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross "Dagger" Macdonald (harmonica) and Colin "Sweet Pea" Macdonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordian, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums), Sassparilla offers one of the most entertaining, sweaty live shows in the Pacific Northwest.

Complete with dancing, sing-along numbers, and plenty of good times. And now, with The Darndest Thing, they deliver a record that gives fans a new side of the band, centered on the structure of the song and the lyrics more so than the party groove and liveliness of their earlier recordings.

Trading in influences such as Old Crow Medicine Show, The Black Keys, Tom Waits, R.L. Burnside, and The Devil Makes Three for Grant Lee Phillips and Joe Henry with “The Darndest Thing,” the band's latest offering is a testament to their diversity and continued growth as a band.

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