Jim Drake

Entertainment and features reporter/Composition and design

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Jim has worked for the Hood River News since 1996. In addition to working in the Composition Dept, which handles computerized page layout and ad production, Jim compiles the weekly Entertainment Update column and highlights the Gorge music scene with his popular Entertainment Blog.

Jim is a fan of bluegrass music, a dark beer lover, and an avid reader of science-fiction. He lives in Mosier.

Recent Stories

Entertainment Update for Sept. 17

Film ‘GMO OMG’ screens at Skylight Sept. 17; ‘Sisters in Song’ Sept. 19; Dusu Mali at Everybody’s

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: A comic’s taste of opera brews Sept. 19-20

Shannon Wheeler never thought one of his comic strips could transform into an opera. But after performances in San Diego, Portland and Albuquerque, it’s probably sinking in that Too Much Coffee Man will stick around in this seemingly far-removed artistic format.

Entertainment Update for Sept. 13

Barlow Road plays Sept. 14; Catch Willie & Nelson Sept. 13-14; more

Entertainment Update for Sept. 10

‘Throwback’ film series Sept. 18; ‘Jive’ at Marley’s Sept. 13; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Remembering grandma’s 8-track still a key note for Mare Wakefield

I’m beginning to think the 8-track copy of John Denver’s Greatest Hits must have existed in every household in America. I certainly remember hearing his voice in our Toyota Corolla, as a passenger of course, in New Jersey in the early ‘70s. Yesterday, musician Mare (pronounced Mary) Wakefield told me of a similar experience it brought on — the simple comfort of liking music.

Entertainment Update for Sept. 6

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Entertainment Update for Sept. 3

Williams at The Pines Sept. 5; ‘A Light in the Wilderness’ author visits Sept. 5; more

Entertainment Update for Aug. 30

‘Disclosure’ UFO film Sept. 12l Cider parties this weekend; more

Entertainment Update for Aug. 27

MacMillan at Sandbar Café; McDougall in Dufur Aug. 30; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Singer-songerwriter Sam Baker in Hood River Aug. 24

When Sam Baker told me that part of his upcoming tour schedule included a train ride from Portland to LA, right after his Hood River show on August 24, I thought, “Hmm, that’s an interesting way to travel.”

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