Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog
The story in the news last week on the upcoming auditions for the CAST production of “Good People” prompted me to contact director Judie Hanel and ask her a few questions on a topic I know very little about: auditioning for a play.
A year ago I had the pleasure to interview NYC-based folk singer Christine Lavin. She was supposed to do a show at the Aladdin Theater in Portland but unfortunately the show got cancelled at the last minute.
The best Christmas songs you've never heard, and getting ready for 2015
Music at Springhouse Cellar with mile marker 6
Austin resident and Gorge native Ben Ballinger is taking a slightly different marketing approach on “The State I’m In,” his sixth album to date. Ballinger signed with Good Horse Records, and it’s called “records” for good reason — that’s what they make.
It’s serendipitous that I get to write about a band, during the Thanksgiving holiday no less, which actually thinks about others and makes a special point to give back to their community.
Willie & Nelson at The Pines; more
Cowboy Gathering returns Nov. 29; more
‘Easy Boys’ at River City Nov. 26; Tess Barr at Double Mt.; more
‘Old Soul’ at CEBU Nov. 15; more
‘Easy Boys,’ more at River City; ‘Pale Ales’ at Naked Winery; more
Second Saturday dance Nov. 8l ‘Bend in the River’ screens as benefit for history museum; more
With an abundance of apples and pears in the Hood River Valley, it’s easy to understand why the emerging business of craft hard cider is such a natural fit for the Gorge.
Onehum at Everybody’s Oct. 26; Cuban Salsa dance Oct. 29; more
Mozart Requiem Oct. 24, 26; Kerry Williams at The Pines; Planet Booty in HR Oct. 24; more
Cripple Hop at Springhouse; Bluesman Doug MacLeod in Hood River Oct. 17; more
‘Starry Night’ author brings inspirational survival tale to HR
Life changed in July of 2010 for mountain climber Isabel Suppé. While climbing a wall of ice high in the Bolivian Andes, her climbing partner slipped and fell, causing both of them to fall 1,100 feet.
This week at CEBU Lounge;Moe Dixon Friday at The Pines; more
‘Virginia Woolf?’ opens Oct. 9; Quiz Night returns to Marley’s; more
‘Piano Night’ features Terry Robb, Jeff Minnick
How often do you have a chance to thank your piano teacher for all those lessons your parents paid for so many years ago?
Voci sings ‘Requiem’ Oct. 26; Magical History Tour Oct. 24 benefits Cascade Locks museum; more
Langdon Cook is the author of the award-winning book, The Mushroom Hunters, a book that reveals the hidden economy surrounding wild mushroom harvesters in the Pacific Northwest. At this lecture and slideshow, follow itinerant pickers and field buyers as they hunt for mushroom in an effort to supply restaurants from coast to coast with one of nature’s best ingredients.
Danny Barnes returns to Double Mountain Oct 1 “Danny Barnes, oft-cited as a visionary in American music, has led an illustrious solo career following decades of work with the Austin-based Bad Livers.
Hops Fest Entertainment Preview, funk rock band Manimalhouse headlines
Cripple Hop plans pre-Hops Fest show Sept. 26
‘Urban Tellers’ Sept. 27; Midnight Honey at CEBU Lounge; more
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.
Film ‘GMO OMG’ screens at Skylight Sept. 17; ‘Sisters in Song’ Sept. 19; Dusu Mali at Everybody’s
Barlow Road plays Sept. 14; Catch Willie & Nelson Sept. 13-14; more
‘Throwback’ film series Sept. 18; ‘Jive’ at Marley’s Sept. 13; more
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.
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Williams at The Pines Sept. 5; ‘A Light in the Wilderness’ author visits Sept. 5; more
‘Disclosure’ UFO film Sept. 12l Cider parties this weekend; more
MacMillan at Sandbar Café; McDougall in Dufur Aug. 30; more
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.”
‘Hokum’ at Volcanic Aug. 22; Alonzo Garbanzo at Saw Tooth; more
Composer Christina Rusnak wants to let you hear what a wilderness area sounds like.
‘Art of the Wild’ talk examines spirit, language, of the Wilderness Act
A large crowd gathered at the Columbia Center for the Arts last Wednesday evening to welcome Professor Mark Harvey and his presentation on Howard Zahniser (1906-1964), an instrumental figure in creating the Wilderness Act of 1964.
Hood River annual concert series features Banjopunk Americana, a Heart Tribute band and a dance party with Hit Machine
United Way benefit Sept. 5; Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7; more
Musicians are known for breaking things. The other week, I helped out my friends in the Liberty Bond Jug Band, a band, by the way, that technically shouldn’t even need electricity to play music — and by the end of the gig, we had one questionably-functioning pre-amp and another guitar with only five strings left.
River City goes punk Aug. 12; Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; more
Sallie Ford’s new sound comes from an all-girl rock band. But as far as she can tell, there’s only one thing that’s really changed as far as touring and playing shows with her old band.
Music, sponsors and fundraising schedule
Aug. 7 — Families in the Park: Radical Revolution (‘80s genre gems), 6-9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 13th and May Streets, Hood River. Toy Gun Conspiracy open. Fajitas will be served by Eye Openers Lions Club, raising money for sight and hearing. Free concert sponsored by Griffith Motors, Northwest Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Bruce Burton DMD, Lions Eye Openers, Rotary of Hood River.
Ruins open at Springhouse; more
When I spoke to Paul Basile the other day, a band leader and songwriter for the indie-folk band Great Elk, I wasn’t expecting him to mention Billy Joel as an influential artist. But when he did, the insight brought a smile to my face and revived memories of seeing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.
Folksinger, storyteller Adam Miller plays Hood River Library Aug. 12; Sallie Ford at Ruins Aug. 15; more
John Michael Montgomery headlines HR County Fair; more
‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26; Food bank benefit Aug. 2; more