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Entertainment Update for Sept. 20

‘Urban Tellers’ Sept. 27; Midnight Honey at CEBU Lounge; more

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

Check previous dates for more music listings!

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.”

Entertainment Update for Aug. 23

‘Hokum’ at Volcanic Aug. 22; Alonzo Garbanzo at Saw Tooth; more

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What does wilderness Sound Like?

Composer Christina Rusnak wants to let you hear what a wilderness area sounds like.

Words to the wild

‘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.

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Families in the Park continue Aug. 14, 21, 28

Hood River annual concert series features Banjopunk Americana, a Heart Tribute band and a dance party with Hit Machine

Entertainment Update for Aug. 13

United Way benefit Sept. 5; Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Perfectly good Broken Down Guitars

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.

Sallie Ford stops by with new band Aug. 15

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.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 9

River City goes punk Aug. 12; Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; more

Families in the Park return Aug. 7

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.

Entertainment update for Aug. 2

Ruins open at Springhouse; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Interesting influences for Great Elk

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.

Entertainment update for July 30

Folksinger, storyteller Adam Miller plays Hood River Library Aug. 12; Sallie Ford at Ruins Aug. 15; more

Entertainment update for July 26

John Michael Montgomery headlines HR County Fair; more

Entertainment Update for July 23

‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26‘MGM’ at Raven’s Nest July 26; Food bank benefit Aug. 2; more

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Tim Snyder wants to take his passion for music Underground

Tim Snyder has been hitting the streets and handing out business cards to let people know about his dream project of establishing the Underground Music Station — a music lesson, rehearsal and recording space conveniently located in downtown Hood River.

Entertainment Update for July 19

Lavender DAZE returns; ‘Power Trio’ at River City July 26; more

Entertainment Update for July 16

Too Slim and the Taildraggers are playing a free show downtown Hood River on Wednesday, July 16!

Entertainment Update for July 12

Best bets in live music!

Entertainment Update for July 9

‘Dreams’ at Mt Hood Winery; ‘3 Speed’ at The Pines; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Getting back in the Loop with Arthur Lee Land

Do you have some days when you feel that you’re just not in the loop?

Entertainment Update for July 2

The Rugs at Trillium July 11; Ruins open at Springhouse; more

Entertainment Update for June 21

Zimbabwe choral master teaches workshop June 29; ‘God Loves Uganda’ at CAG; ‘Harmony Roadshow’ featured at Sandbar Café; Paper Bird at CEBU June 21

Entertainment Update for June 18

‘In the Next Room’ June 20-21; ‘Cooking with Fire’ author visits; more

Entertainment Update for June 11

Kit Garoutte at The Pines; ‘Groove Project’ June 14; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Former BR549 leader Chuck Mead lends experience to Grassy Knoll Boys

“You know, I think I’ve got the one with the old rotary phone on the cover,” I said — trying to remember exactly which CD from Chuck Mead’s old country band, BR549, I had in my music collection.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What will they say when I’m gone?

Thanks to everyone who sent in Rick Hulett memories.

Entertainment Update for May 28

Brothers Gow at River City; Patchy Sanders at CEBU; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Susannah Mars promises a fun evening of song for gala fundraiser

An opportunity to support the Columbia Center for the Arts is coming up on May 31 with a fundraising gala “C’est Si Bon,” (Google says the translation is ‘it’s so good’) — starring Portland actor and singer Susannah Mars. The festivities start at 6 p.m.

Entertainment Update for May 17

Radio show tribute May 18; ‘Good Body’ continues; Dikki Du at Double Mountain; more

Entertainment Update for May 14

Miss Shevaughn returns May 23; Paul Basile at River City; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What will they say when I’m gone?

It’s difficult to single out a favorite memory I have of Rick Hulett. Memories spring up unexpectedly. Sometimes it is a song I hear on the radio, or I drive by a spot we played music together

Entertainment Update for May 10

Free admission Mother’s Day at Discovery Center; ¡Viva Los Artistas! May show highlights Latino community; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: What will they say when I’m gone?

You may have noticed in the last few issues of the news I’ve been asking folks to send in Rick Hulett memories.

Entertainment Update for April 19

Best of student films April 23; ‘Art of Movement’ April 26; more

Entertainment Update for April 16

Benefit for United for Marriage at 10 Speed Coffee April 26; ‘Gentlemen’ at CEBU Lounge; more

Entertainment Update for April 12

Portland Building - Stay or Go?; Connell, Dwyer play April 12; more

Entertainment Update for April 5

Music Mondays at Solstice; ‘Noble Spirit’ screens April 9; ‘DamNation’ screening April 18; more

Entertainment Update for April 2

World’s Finest at CEBU Lounge; ‘Poem in Your Pocket,’ April 17 at Maryhill Museum of Art; more

Need more music on your plate? There’s plenty more happening ...

On Monday, March 31, The Hapa Hillbillies will be swinging it up in decidedly vintage Hawaiian fashion from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.

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