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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.

Entertainment Update for March 29

Night Club Salsa with Ari Levitt; ‘Parkdale’ at Solera March 29; Western-swing dance April 3; more

Entertainment Update for March 26

Ryan Kolberg at The Pines; Kids free at Discovery Center; more

Entertainment Update for March 22

Ceramic button and charm class; ‘Science!’ plays March 22; Toney Smiley at Pheasant Valley; more

Entertainment Update for March 19

Dancing at Elks March 20; ‘Good Men' opens March 28; more

Entertainment Update for March 15

Trail Running Film Fest, music, March 20; Gorge Grown open house features ‘Food, Inc.’ film; more

Entertainment Update for March 12

G.D.M. at River City March 15;Jaybirds in Bingen March 16; Art in Kuwait lecture March 19; more

Entertainment Update for March 8

Stargazing session March 29; Fire Weeds at CEBU Lounge; Hood River County is reading William Stafford; Second Saturday Dance March 8

JIM DRAKE’S ENTERTAINMENT BLOG: Jaybirds fly back to the Gorge March 16

Mandolin player John Reischman has umpteen years of experience playing, recording and teaching bluegrass on the West Coast —and he never plays one note out of place.

Making ‘Peace Be Still’ gives inspiration for local singer

Marilyn Thompson has been singing since she was a little girl — and now, with help from her husband and family — she has a professional Nashville-recorded CD to show for it.

Entertainment Update for March 1

Red & Ruby play March 7; Dancing at Elks March 6; Second Saturday Dance March 8; more

Entertainment Update for Feb. 26

Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; ‘Congratulations’ screens Feb. 26; more

Entertainment Update for Feb. 19

Cripple Hop at Double Mountain; Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Fairy tales, Star Wars influence latest book in ‘Lunar Chronicles’ series

The other night I read a ten page science fiction story from 1957. The piece was called “The War is Over,” and it was written by a guy named Algis Budrys.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Avery Hill doesn’t mind the drive – and neither should you

Before diving into introducing you to folk musician Avery Hill I thought you should know that my last blog post caught the attention of a think-tank based in Washington, D.C., called the Tax Foundation — someone from that organization thought I might enjoy a blog post on “the historical realities of estate taxes on Downton Abbey and a discussion on how the real Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) has dealt with these same issues.”

Entertainment Update for Jan. 22

Junebug Boys do their ‘hokum’ at Everybody’s; more

Entertainment Update for Jan. 11

‘Finding the North American Bigfoot’ lecture Jan. 25; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Subliminal message

(If you didn’t see episode 1 of the new Downton Abbey series, don’t read this yet.)

Entertainment Update for Jan. 8

Catch ‘Amber & Ales’ this week; more

Entertainment Update for Dec. 25

New Year’s Eve planner; more

Entertainment Update for Dec. 21

Garbanzo Bros. at Trillium Cafe; more

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‘Murder in the Key of D’ promises fun mystery NYE at CG Hotel

‘Murder in the Key of D’ promises

Entertainment Update for Dec. 11

Ron Rogers plays Dec. 14; more

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog Turns Five!

Stage and studio musician, filmmaker, inventor, windsurfer Thomas Dolby has Hood River memories

When I mentioned that I spoke to Thomas Dolby the other week, friends have asked me if he is the guy who invented the Dolby™ noise reduction system found on a lot of stereo equipment. I laughed to myself, partly because it didn't occur to me, of all people, to ask him.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Don’t be fooled, it’s the laughs that count

Two distinct character personalities were evident in my phone call to a couple of fools the other week.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 16

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Expect soulful tunes from Jess Clemons

It’s been a while since I’ve interviewed someone for the house concert series that happens at Paul Blackburn’s house, so please consider this my wakeup call on that. I know that over the years these shows have been a really nice way to hear music in an intimate setting.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 13

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8; more

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Mt Hood Independent Film Festival draws 1,100 visits

Last minute technical difficulties did not seem to put a damper on the start of the second annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Entertainment Update for Nov. 9

Resolectrics at The Pint Shack; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Show me the way? Director talks about movie stars and the inspiration of ‘Walking the Camino’

I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that the topic of a major spiritual pilgrimage has made an appearance in my blog for the second time in as many weeks. Last week, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher played a piece called “Diario dun Camino,” based on composer Jeremy Gill’s personal journey along the 500-mile trail, and this week, filmmaker Lydia Smith will be at the Mt. Hood Film Festival with her award-winning documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.”

Entertainment Update for Nov. 2

United Way benefit Dec. 8; more

Entertainment Update for Oct. 30

Kerry Williams at The Pines; more

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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Peter Fletcher. Don’t miss a note. Seriously.

Whenever I listen to classical guitar music, I always think about the time I saw Andre Segovia’s guitar. It’s in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a glass case, in the musical instrument room.

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Harvest Fest Weekend Sampler 2013

Folks enjoy pumpkins, choose fruit from overflowing bins, and munch on pies throughout a sun-drenched Hood River valley autumn weekend

Large crowds of people having fun.

Entertainment Update for Oct. 16

A Conversation: Wines of the Columbia River Gorge Oct. 25; more

Entertainment Update for Oct. 16

Rick Hulett at The Pines; more

Entertainment Update for Oct. 5

Country Dance returns Oct. 12; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Dar Williams is concerned with bees, sings about myth and power and likes towns with ‘positive proximity’

As time moves on, 20 years doesn’t seem that long ago. When people say to me “I did this and that 20 years ago,” I’m fazed less and less in terms of mental trauma. Instead of thinking: “Oh my god, if you did that 20 years ago ... how old does that make me?” I’ve learned to just accept it and move on.