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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. 11

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

Entertainment Update for Jan. 8

Catch ‘Amber & Ales’ this week; 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 Dec. 25

New Year’s Eve planner; 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. 21

Garbanzo Bros. at Trillium Cafe; more

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.

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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. 13

Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8; more

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.

Entertainment Update for Sept. 21

Cripple Hop plays Sept. 27; more

Entertainment Update for Sept. 18

Rio Grands at CEBU Sept. 21; more

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Sioux City Kid gets ready to rock the Trillium Cafe

“Wishing Well” is the first single off of the new record “Minutes, Miles, Troubles & Trials” by Sioux City Kid. The San Francisco Band is fronted by singer Jarred Griffin, and he’s pleasantly surprised with how things are going for his debut record.

LoCash Cowboys bringing a bit of Nashville to Hood River Sept. 15

Locash Cowboys Preston Brust and Chris Lucas are excited about their upcoming NW tour, which includes a stop at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 15.

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LoCash Cowboys bringing a bit of Nashville to Hood River Sept. 15

Locash Cowboys Preston Brust and Chris Lucas are excited about their upcoming NW tour, which includes a stop at the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 15.

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One From Many promises unique music experience

Workshop, concert Sept. 19

One From Many, a rock band from Portland, will be at the Columbia Center for the Arts on Thursday, Sept. 19. The band promises a unique experience, because in addition to the regular concert, One From Many will be offering a free community workshop starting at 6 p.m.

Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks play Cebu Lounge Sept. 7

“Basho” is a name you don’t hear about too often. As it turns out, Basho, one half of the folk duo consisting of Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks, had “some cool hippie parents,” and the name stems from Eastern philosophy, namely a 17th century haiku poet from Japan.

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Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks play CEBU Lounge Sept 7

Folk duo hits the stage at CEBU Lounge

Entertainment Update for Aug. 28

Songwriters team up Sept. 13; Pigs on the Wing Sept. 7; Dance at HR Elks Sept. 5; ‘Wild & Scenic’ films Sept. 20-21

Entertainment update for August 24

Entertainment happenings around the Gorge

Entertainment Update for Aug. 21

Stage reading of "Cell" at Columbia Center for the Arts on Aug. 25

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80s rockers Quarterflash plays Columbia Gorge Hotel Aug. 11

80s rock band Quarterflash plays the Columbia Gorge Hotel on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment blog: Expect familiar and new songs from Quarterflash

If you haven’t been to a show at the Columbia Gorge Hotel yet, I’m urging you to set aside this coming Sunday to do just that, when 80s rock icons Quarterflash will play their familiar radio hits and bring us up to date, musically, with their about-to-be released CD, “Love is a Road.”

Entertainment Update for July 27

John Bunzow at Brian’s Pourhouse Aug. 3; ‘Harmed Brothers’ at CEBU; ‘Romancing the West’ tour in Hood River July 26-27; Blues from David Vest July 27 at The Pines

Entertainment Update for July 24

Summer Smack Down with Bigfoot and Austin Heat; ‘A Glass Act’ opens Aug. 2; Jason Waicunas presents Gorge photography lecture July 25; Music weekend at Gallery 301; Ruins Tuesday at Springhouse; Blues from David Vest July 27 at The Pines

Sounds of Summer series kicks off with the Pat Travers Band July 21

To this day, guitarist Pat Travers can point to the one event that made him say “I want to be a guitar player.”

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Lavender Daze features new music from MMB

Yesterday, after a 30-minute talk on the phone with rock guitarist Pat Travers, I think it finally hit me that the whole “Hood River summer music thing” is in fact, happening right now.

Entertainment update for June 26

‘CelloBop’ at HR Library; Twangshifters at Everybody’s; REEL Paddling Film June 28-29 ; Sugardaddies featured on Mt. Hood RR mystery train; ‘Har-di-Har’ at Trillium Cafe

Entertainment Update for June 22

Kevin Selfe at Memaloose; ‘12 Eyes’ at Solera June 20; ‘Wall St. Tankers’ at Saw Tooth; Arts Center screens indie films; Fiddlin Under the Stars bluegrass festival June 21-22

48-Hour Film Project winners announced

Cash prizes and honors were given out on Saturday, June 15, for the Columbia Gorge 48 Hour Film Project, in front of a full house at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

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Solstice Cafe move hinges on Kickstarter campaign

Solstice Cafe, a popular restaurant that specializes in wood-fired gourmet pizzas, has outgrown its current Bingen, Wash., location and wants to relocate to the Hood River waterfront area.

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Slice of local life: Larry Wyatt – a hands-on approach to music

There’s an enthusiastic tone in Larry Wyatt’s voice as he demonstrates a unique wooden instrument that sits on the floor in the front of his May Street School music classroom. “These are “Studio 49” German-engineered xylophone bass boxes. They’re set up so we can play in the key of C, which is the same for my ukuleles.” With large mallets, Larry deftly plays a bass line that could be used in any number of simple folk songs, and then plays the first few measures of “Ode to Joy.” Full, rich, bell-like tones resonate around the room.

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Entertainment Update for May 8, 2013

Tess Barr at Waucoma Club

Entertainment Update for May 1

Street party at Double Mtn.; Asian Dance recital May 5; Meet ‘100 Hikes’ author; Shoe contest, ‘Kinky Boots’ at Columbia Center for the Arts; VOCI choral concert May 12-13; FISH benefit May 4 at The Pines; Flamenco dance at Gallery 301; Adopt-A-Dog’s sale May 11

Entertainment Update for April 17

FISH benefit at White Buffalo; Jazz, Flamenco at Gallery 301; ‘Women in the Dirt’ April 24; Groove Project at Naked Winery; Scott Law at CEBU Lounge; MacMillan plays Sunshine Mill