Entertainment Update for May 8, 2013


Tess Barr Blues Band

Tess Barr at Waucoma Club May 11

The Tess Barr Blues Band returns to the Waucoma Club in Hood River on Saturday, May 11. Music starts at 9 p.m. For over 30 years, Tess Barr has been singing the blues. She has been a featured NW Woman and Blues artist and has guest-starred with many artists. Her beloved blues heroes Koko Taylor, Katie Webster and Janis Joplin heavily influence her singing and songwriting style. The Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.


Tony Smiley at Clock Tower Ales May 10

This month at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles:


Tony Smiley

May 9, 16, 23, 30 - Trivia Night at 6:30 p.m.

May 10 - Music from Tony Smiley at 9 p.m.

May 12, 19, 26 - 15 Minutes of Fame at 7 p.m.

May 17 - Music from SideStreet Reny at 9 p.m.

May 24 - Music from The Quick and Easy Boys at 9 p.m.

May 31 - Music from the Jager Bumz at 9 p.m.

Clocktower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles; 541-296-2602.

Secret Salsa at The Pines May 10

This week at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River:

Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. Kerry Williams & Co. Quench your thirst and musical cravings Thursday night at The Pines. Join Kerry Williams and his musical compadres as they rock with their impromptu solos and smooth vocals.

Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. Secret Salsa Society. Come join the Secret Salsa Society for an evening of dancing. Lessons are from 7:30-9 p.m. followed by dancing from 9-10 p.m. to test out your new moves.


Richard Wilkins

Saturday, May 11, 7-10 p.m. Birthday Bash Join the Richard Wilkins Blues Band at The Pines in Hood River to celebrate all the May birthdays, including The Pines' own Linda Wright. There might be cake.

The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.


Community Appreciation Day at Discovery Center May 12


Author Vince Welch

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will offer free admission to everyone on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. The first 50 mothers will receive a special gift from the Columbia River Trading Company. Take a guided wildflower identification walk at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Native plant seedlings from Milestone Nursery will be for sale from 10 to 3 p.m. Live birds of prey shows will be at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Meet our raptors close up and learn about these magnificent birds.

Portland author Vince Welch will be giving a presentation from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Murdock Theatre on his book “The Last Voyageur: Amos Burg and the Rivers of the West.” Welch's biography highlights Burg's adventures as a writer and photographer for National Geographic magazine. The museum is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, OR.

Country Dance at Rockford Grange May 11

On Saturday, May 11, from 7-10 p.m., it’s the Second Saturday Country Dance at the Rockford Grange in Hood River. This event will coincide with Rockford Grange's 100th Anniversary Celebration, which starts at 3 p.m.


Country Dance at Rockford Grange

The dance caller will be Sue Baker of Hood River and live music will be provided by the Mill Creek String Band. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. and all ages welcome. Enjoy an evening of Country Squares, Contras, Circle dances and a few Waltzes. The dance will be at the Rockford Grange, on Barrett Road, Hood River. $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth and students. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for further information.

Maryhill Museum of Art is open for 2013 season

The following exhibits and more are on display at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington.

The Hound of Heaven (Closes May 27) R.H. Ives Gammell's enigmatic series of 23 paintings based on the religious poem by English Poet Francis Thompson.

Kenneth Standhardt: Impressions (Closes Nov. 15) Intricately patterned vessels from Eugene, Oregon ceramic artist Kenneth Standhardt.

Arthur Higgins: Prints (Closes Nov 15) Lithographs and woodblock prints, many featuring flora and fauna of the Northwest, by artist Arthur Higgins, who spent the last years of his life in Mosier, Oregon.


"Brushing" sculpture

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (May 18 - Oct. 6) This year, the grounds surrounding Maryhill Museum will feature three works by Portland sculptor Mike Suri. Among these will be the popular “Brushing,” which was first installed at the museum in 2009. An additional 15 works by other Pacific Northwest artists will also be on view.

Founders' Day, Saturday, May 18 (all day) Celebrate Sam Hill and the others who made Maryhill a reality with a day filled with special programs; stay into the evening for a members' barbeque on the Cannon Power Plaza. Free with museum admission.

Family Fun: Carving Curves, Saturday, May 18, 1-4 p.m.

Children and families are invited to an afternoon of hands-on art exploration during this free, drop-in program. Learn about Klickitat baskets, then make a paper Klickitat basket and decorate it with traditional Columbia River designs. On Family Fun Days youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult admission.

Maryhill Museum of Art will open the special exhibition “Eanger Irving Couse on the Columbia River” on June 8. It will remain on view through September 15. Several related programs are planned to complement the exhibition.

“Eanger Irving Couse on the Columbia River,” curated by Maryhill’s curator of art, Dr. Steven L. Grafe, features 20 paintings and several drawings, photos taken locally by the artist, items he collected from regional Indians, and other archival materials.


Maryhill Museum of Art invites artists of the Pacific Northwest to apply to exhibit at the 2013 Maryhill Arts Festival, to be held on the grounds of the museum August 17-18

Exhibiting artists working in all 2D and 3D media, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, fiber arts and glass, will be juried into the festival based on quality and creativity.

Further information and application available at: http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/2013/visit/at-the-museum/special-events/maryhill-arts-festival. Or call 509 773-3733.

Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, Wash.; 509-773-3733.

Spirit Family Reunion at CEBU Lounge May 10

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, May 10: Spirit Family Reunion w/Matt Farmer & Rachel Marie Drake, 9:30 p.m. – Homegrown American music from NYC to stomp, shake and holler with.


Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion plays homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way. When Spirit Family Reunion gather to sing, there is communion. Strangers and neighbors come to rejoice in the sound, and there is no divide between performer and spectator.

Friday, May 17: Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters, 9:30 p.m. – Roots-Rock All Stars. Lewi Longmire has built a reputation as Portland's multi-instrumentalist "go to guy." In the years since relocating to Portland from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he's been included on shows and recordings by many of the Northwest's finest bands and songwriters.

He's worked with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Blue Giant, the Minus 5 and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as local luminaries Fernando, James Low, Pancake Breakfast, Little Sue, Casey Neill, Michael Jodell, the Freak Mountain Ramblers and The Peasants.

Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

Catch the SugarDaddies at a venue near you

The SugarDaddies feature Mark Womble on keyboards and vocals, Dennis Williams on saxophone and clarinet, Jeff Minnick on drums, and Alan Taylor on trumpet and flugelhorn.


The Sugardaddies

The SugarDaddies play a variety of American dance music, including rock n roll, boogie-woogie, swing, and blues. The band has a CD of original songs called “Boys Will Be Boys” and they are currently recording a new CD.

Upcoming shows:

Rivertap Pub, The Dalles, Saturday, May 11, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. 703 East 2nd Street; The Dalles, 541-296-7870.

Double Mountain Brewery, Saturday, May 25, music starts at 9 p.m. 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Web-stream event May 15 at HR Library - author Dan Brown

There’s a special event at the Hood River County Library - a live web-stream event from Lincoln Center in New York City with acclaimed author Dan Brown (DaVinci Code), discussing his new book “Inferno,” onWednesday, May 15, at 4:30 p.m.

International bestselling author Dan Brown comes to Lincoln Center to speak about his new novel “Inferno,” as well as science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making, and a few surprise topics.


Dan Brown

About the Book

In his international blockbusters “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” and “The Lost Symbol,” Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, “Inferno,” Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Author reading and discussion by Kim Stafford May 16

Portland author Kim Stafford will be in town for a book reading at noon on Thursday, May 16, at the Hood River Campus of Columbia Gorge Community College (1730 College Way, Hood River). Stafford will be discussing his book “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared.”

Stafford's brother, Bret, lived and worked in Hood River in the 1980s, and significant passages in the book are set on Mt. Adams.

About the Book

Told in one hundred episodes, the story is told of two brothers separated by suicide and the secret pain that shadows the family of poet William Stafford

How many tricks does it take to grow up and survive? From a beautiful childhood, the older brother disappears into depression, leaving the younger to endure the story. 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do explores memory to find a brother lost to suicide—the saint who teaches his family about depression, violence, and the ultimate quest for harmonious relationships.


"100 Tricks"

Taking its title from a pamphlet Kim Stafford’s brother, Bret, ordered as a kid, “100 Tricks” works its own magic in portraying two boys, close in age and inseparable in many ways, against the backdrop of an American family in the 1950s. Bret was the good older son, the obedient public servant; Kim the itinerant wanderer. Their father, poet and pacifist William Stafford, occupies a large presence in the brothers’ lives as they find their ways through boyhood shenanigans and forge identities together into adulthood and then apart, when Bret takes his own life at age forty.

This deftly written, compassionate memoir offers a paradox about family tragedy. With suicide, Stafford writes, there is collateral damage in every direction, but there is also a chance to learn vital stories behind the shadows of silence, depression, and violent death, and ultimately to recover the lost best friend. 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do takes the reader through what Stafford calls “the chrysalis of the invisible”—a tunnel of fears, silences, and tragedies—in order to find new life.

About the Author

Kim Stafford has taught since 1979 at Lewis and Clark College, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and codirector of the documentary studies program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford.

He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, editor, photographer, teacher, and visiting writer in communities and at colleges across the country, and in Italy, Scotland, and Bhutan. Stafford has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including “The Muses among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft”; “Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford”; and “Having Everything Right: Essays of Place.”

He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, and a Western States Book Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children.

Auditions for 'The Clean House' May 13

Auditions for a staged reading of “The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Tom Burns, will be held on May 13 and 15 at the Columbia Center for the Arts Studio.


"Clean House"

Audition Info

Auditions: Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the studio at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River.

Performances: June 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. Scripts are available before auditions by email at tburnshr@gmail.com.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script - there is no need to prepare anything in advance.

Character Breakdown:

Note: Ages listed are STAGE AGES (i.e., actors need not be that age, just be able to pass for that range while on stage)

MATILDE: She is 27, a Brazilian housekeeper who hates cleaning and is determined to become a comedian by writing the perfect joke.

Matilde is haunted by memories of her parents: her mother "died laughing" from a joke her father told her, and then her father killed himself from grief immediately after.

Her attempts to construct witty and ribald jokes are humorous, and their juxtaposition with her memories of her parents and their magical love are heart-breaking.

Note: 99% of Matilde's lines are in English, but Matilde tells three short jokes in Portuguese, so it would be HELPFUL BUT NOT MANDATORY that the actress can speak Spanish (or Portuguese). If not, training will be provided.

LANE: She's 40-50, a successful doctor who makes it clear that she did not go to medical school and work all of the hours that she has worked at the hospital just to clean her own house.

For her, cleaning is menial work and beneath her. Her husband leaves her for a free-spirited older mastectomy patient, and Lane's badly abraded emotions ultimately produce unaccustomed pearls of wisdom and compassion.

VIRGINIA: She's 40-50, and Lane's unhappily idle sister. Virginia is the ultimate clean-freak who sees the quintessence in dust, the metaphysics in mold. "If you do not clean," she asks, "how do you know if you've made any progress in life? If it were not for dust I think I would die." Virginia persuades Matilde to let her clean Lane's house on the sly.

CHARLES: He's 40-50. Charles is Lane's cheerfully cheating surgeon husband who is caught up in a "love at first sight" affair with Ana, his breast cancer patient. Charles tells Lane he has found his "bashert" or soul-mate and therefore he has no choice but to leave her for Ana.

ANA: She's not the expected trophy babe; she's a 67-year-old Argentinian woman with breast cancer, and is impossibly charismatic.

When Charles performs her mastectomy like an orchestra conductor in a quasi sexual, quasi-religious ceremony accompanied by heavenly music, it's a scene of unsettling beauty and sadness.

Also work and beneath her. Her husband leaves her for a free-spirited older mastectomy patient, and Lane's badly abraded emotions ultimately produce unaccustomed pearls of wisdom and compassion.

Also seeking neatness, Charles brings Ana by to meet Lane, hoping they might all be friends.


Please contact director Tom Burns at tburnshr@gmail.com

Langley Ukulele Ensemble plays HRMS May 17

The Langley Ukulele Ensemble from Langley, BC is coming to Hood River on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. for an evening concert at the Hood River Middle School. Over 35 students make up the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, and they will be delighting audiences with thier “Music Through the Generations” show.


Langley Ukulele Ensemble

The ensemble’s visit is made possible by a US/Canadian cultural exchange program and the evening concert is a fundraiser for the Hood River Ukestra to support music education in the Hood River County School District. Suggested donation $5. Children under 12 are admitted free.

The group will also be performing daytime concerts for Westside Elementary students.

Les Vaughn at Zims May 10


Les Vaughn

The Les Vaughn Band will be "Live at Zims" in The Dalles for steak night on Friday, May 10, from 6-9 p.m. The band expects to have a special guest appearance by the legendary country star Benny Tibbets around 7 p.m. Zim's Brau Haus, 604 E 2nd St., The Dalles, 541-296-2368.


The Lighters at Naked Winery May 11

The Lighters — featuring Eddy Corduroy (guitar, vocals), Jose Maya (drums) and Mal Brown (bass, vocals) —will be at Naked Winery’s Tasting room in Hood River on Saturday, May 11, from 7-10 p.m.


Eddie Courduroy

Expect lots of funky new tunes, some Eddy Corduroy classics and a few tasty covers. The band has a few new dance grooves to lay down and some nicely packaged, three-minute, radio friendly tunes as well. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.


Sassparilla, White Salmon Jazz at Everybody’s

Everybody’s Brewing welcomes punk-folk rockers Sassparilla to town on Friday, May 10, with a late show, starting at 10 p.m.

On Sunday, please extend a big, hearty community welcome to the White Salmon Jazz Band. They always brings at least 15 or more of the finest local jazz musicians. Feel that bop, that swing, and dig them jazz cats! The local music Sunday shows are from 6-8 p.m. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.


Entertainment listings can be e-mailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com

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