Entertainment update for May 22, 2013

Mare Wakefield plays house concert May 30

Roots singer/songwriter Mare (pronounced Mary) Wakefield and her husband, Nomad, return to Hood River for a house concert on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at 401 Montello Ave. “Versatility and love for travel is evident in Mare’s music.

Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and South Dakota plains, and take side-trips to ancient Babylon or the streets of Amsterdam. Story and song are woven seamlessly together by Mare’s intimate delivery and gift for melody.” This show benefits the Mid-Columbia Folklore Society and donations are accepted at the door. For more information call Paul Blackburn at 541-387-4011.

Kerry Williams at The Pines

This week at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River:

Thursday, May 23, 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 The Pines with their impromptu solos and smooth vocals. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 State St., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Foghorn Stringband at CEBU

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, May 24: McDougall w/Tom VandenAvond, 9:30 p.m. – One-man bass-kick-powered banjo and guitar throwdown.

“With his imagination often dwelling in the very real places of his past and present, as well as in the possible future, McDougall’s songs may very well seat you by a coffee-can fire in the middle of a dry California river-bed and pull you up onto a freight train in the lush spring-time of the Pacific Northwest.” Tom VandenAvond is touring in support of his fifth record, "You Oughta Know Me By Now." He contributed to the Independent Music award-winning CD “Hiram and Huddie.”

Saturday, May 25: Foghorn Stringband, 9:30 p.m. – Redneck stringband music.

“Foghorn Stringband is the shining gold standard for American stringband music. Vintage country and honky-tonk became a staple of Foghorn’s music thanks to Caleb Klauder’s intense passion for old-time tunes. His frequent visits to Louisiana have inspired the group to bring Cajun songs into the repertoire.” Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

‘Goldstars’ at Gallery 301

It’s a music weekend at the Gallery 301 in Hood River. On Friday evening join special guest Jeppe Tolstrup-Moller, from Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Hood River Goldstars for raucous jazz, starting around 5 p.m. On Saturday, it’s the Three Speed Trio, featuring Dave Henehan (guitar), Ed Dietrich (bass) and Tim Ortlieb (drums) from 6-8 p.m.

On Sunday, Dianna Lysgaard and Mike Stillman pair up for some afternoon jazz from 3-5 p.m. The Gallery 301, corner of Oak and Third, downtown Hood River, 541-436-0281.

Discovery Center participates in Blue Star Museum program

The Discovery Center in The Dalles is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

Blue Star Museums, including more than 1,800 museums across America, will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“The board and staff of the Discovery Center are proud to play a part in honoring the contribution and sacrifice of military personnel and their families in this difficult time,” said Museum Director Carolyn Purcell.

Curtis Salgado performs in The Dalles May 31

The Sunshine Mill Winery in The Dalles hosts a “Copapalooza” event on Friday, May 31, with award-winning blues vocalist/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $30.

Salgado was recently nominated for four 2013 Blues Music Awards including B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and Soul Blues Album Of The Year with his new CD “Soul Shot.” Visit www.sunshinemill.com for more information.

Copapalooza will be a chance to take in ongoing renovation at the historic Sunshine Mill, meet the people behind the business and wine industry dignitaries, learn more about the future of this historic property, enjoy Copa Di Vino and Quenett wine tastings, and dance to the brilliance of Northwest treasure Curtis Salgado.

Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. at the 901 E. Second St. location. Tickets are $30 and are limited. They are available at The Sunshine Mill Winery, by phone at (541) 298-8900 and by email at info@sunshinemill.com.

“Copapalooza is a celebration of everything that’s happen in the past few years,” says James Martin, who with wife Molli started Copa Di Vino in 2009. “The warehouse was going to be destroyed and the silos were going to come down to make way for a highway project. But because of Copa Di Vino, we saved both. And, we’ve created a lot of jobs at the same time.”

Special tours of the warehouse will be accompanied by the Copa Di Vino wines. VIP tasting will also be offered throughout the night in any exciting locations throughout the Sunshine Mill campus including the Silo Cellars, the Port tasting in the Boiler House Bar.

There will also be previews of the next parts of the Sunshine Mill development, which includes a future silo winery hotel, which is designed to transform the mill’s 12 silos into the most unique hotel ever envisioned.

Music will ensure everyone is in a party mood. Northwest blues icon Curtis Salgado takes the stage from 8:30-10 p.m. Salgado was just awarded B.B. King Entertainer of the Year by The Blues Foundation, which also selected his latest album, Soul Shot, as Soul Blues Album of the Year.

Gorge favorite Carinne Carpenter opens at 6:45 p.m., performing home-style country, Americana and roots music.

‘Rumblestrips’ screens May 22

Columbia Center for the Arts continues the Mt. Hood Independent Film Series with the film “Rumblestrips” on May 22, at 7:30 p.m. Broke and emotionally blistered after the death of her husband, Toby turns to a beloved pastime, growing marijuana, to provide for her family. This film is not rated, runtime is 85 minutes. Admission is $5. Columbia Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Cripple Hop plays bike trail benefit June 1

Local bluegrass/Americana band Cripple Hop will lend its talent for a fundraiser for “44Trails Mountain Biking” hosted by the Dirty Finger bike shop in Hood River on Saturday, June 1. The event starts at 3 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m. For more information visit the band on Facebook.

Kevin Selfe hosts Open Mic Blues Night at Waucoma Club

Enjoy live entertainment every Wednesday night at the Waucoma Club in Hood River as award-winning blues guitarist Kevin Selfe hosts the Open Mic Blues Night. Kevin Selfe is receiving national play and recognition with his latest CD and he coordinates a great show that is ever-changing and danceable.

Every Friday night Waucoma Club appeals to the “younger” crowd with DJ Zinker, who brings in a great sound and light show to accompany his music mixes of pop to punk.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Saturday night live shows:

May 25: Portland singer/songwriter John Koonce

June 1: Forever Growing

June 8: The Twangshifters

June 15: Hood River favorite John Bunzow

June 29: Side Street Reny

July 6: Legendary rhythm and blues artist Robbie Laws

July 20: Nine piece African beat band Jujuba

July 27: Blues from Tess Barr

The Waucoma Club, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

Tuesday Open Mic at Zim’s

Guitarist Les Vaughn (Fender Benders Band) hosts an Open Mic Night on Tuesdays at Zim’s Brau Haus in The Dalles — sign up is at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. For weekly updates on this open mic night visit www.lesvaughn.com and sign up on his guestbook. Zim's Brau Haus, 604 E 2nd St., The Dalles, 541-296-2368.

‘Willy & Nelson’ at Naked Winery May 24

On Friday, May 24, from 7-10 p.m., local band Willy & Nelson is back in Hood River for a special evening at The Naked Winery Tasting Room. The band started its journey at Naked’s Monday Night Open Mic a few years back and this is the first time they will play the room as a band for more than three songs. “We’re really stoked and we’ve put together some new tunes to bust out for the occasion.” Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Eric Taylor returns to The Dalles June 12

“Eric Taylor is a master storyteller and has been one of the finest southern songwriters for the last four decades. Influencing such well-known artists as Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, Taylor tours extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Late Night With David Letterman, NPR's "Morning Edition" and BBC Radio. A mesmerizing performer whose shows will leave you wanting more.

On June 12, Taylor brings his concept of song theatre – spoken word ingeniously intertwined with masterfully crafted songs to the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles and he'll be celebrating the release of his brand new “STUDIO 10” CD.

Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m., The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth St., The Dalles, Oregon; Tickets are $15.

More About Eric Taylor

"Taylor may sing of the past, of bar rooms and hay fields and even Johnny Cash, but his characters want the same things we do. They want love and redemption. They want some fun and happiness. They want respect and sometimes even a little vengeance. Taylor's people are just like us, it's just that their tales are exquisitely told." – Al Kaufman, Atlanta Music Guide

"I'm always the opening act when I'm around Eric. I love his voice, and he has a great narrative quality and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It's good writing no matter how you cut it." – Lyle Lovett

Comedy Night at The Pines with Jason Hunter and Patrick Higgins

Coming up at The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River:

Thursday, May 30, 6:30 p.m. Kerry Williams & Co.

Dance to Kerry Williams and his musical compadres as they rock The Pines with their impromptu solos and smooth vocals.

Friday, May 31, 8 p.m. Comedy Night at The Pines with Jason Hunter and Patrick Higgins

It’s another evening of non-stop laughter with Comedy Night at The Pines.

Jason Hunter cemented his name in comedy as an opening act for such names as Bob Saget, Dave Atell and Jeff Dunham. His take on his own marriage, the surrounding pop-culture and 'redneck' ninjas are just some of the topics that Jason dives into with no regard of how he will look at the end of it all. Jason has been featured on Rooftop Comedy and was a national finalist in the Purina Pet Challenge. He has also been seen on CBS Comedy Night School and FOX. You don't want to miss this show!

This show is 21+ only. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call the tasting room at 541-993-8301 for tickets.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is first come first serve.

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

‘Farms with a Future’ author reads May 28

Local author Rebecca Thistlewaite will be reading and discussing her book “Farms with a Future” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at the Hood River County Library.

As communities seek greater resiliency in the wake of economic upheaval, job loss, climate change and global food shortages, local farmers are seen as a key resource to help reinvigorate, or create, a diversified, regionalized, ecologically-based food system. “Farms with a Future” explores the passion, creativity, and entrepreneurship that’s needed to help family farms find their niche and remain sustainable and successful in an age of agribusiness and consolidation. The event is sponsored by Waucoma Bookstore, Gorge Owned Business Network, the Hood River County Library and Gorge Grown.

About the book

What is a farm with a future? What will make it sustainable and resilient? And what key qualities and skills does a farmer need in today’s climate to be successful?

Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this must-read book for anyone aspiring to get into small to mid-scale market farming, or who wants to make their existing farm more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable.

A growing interest in locally-grown food is evident: In 2008, local food sales (direct to consumers or direct to restaurants/retailers) totaled $4.8 billion dollars, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Those sales were predicted to top $7 billion by the end of 2011.

An experienced farmer herself, Thistlethwaite does not idealize or romanticize her subject in “Farms with a Future.”

“If you are not prepared for some serious hard work, inclement weather, dirt lodged in every crevice of your body, and being so dog-tired that you fall into your easy chair at night and don’t wake up until the next morning, then you might look into another vocation,” the author warns.

Thistlethwaite and her husband took a one-year sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation’s most innovative farmers to learn some of their best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn’t work too.

“Farms with a Future” introduces readers to some of the country’s most innovative farmers who are embracing their “inner entrepreneur”: unabashedly marketing and sharing the pride they have for what they produce; building systems and finding efficiencies and cost savings so they don’t have to keep raising prices every year; shying away from huge debt loads by developing ways to build their businesses patiently over time using earned income or creative arrangements with their community of customers; harnessing natural processes to ensure they are not degrading the natural resources the farms depend upon, and treating their employees and volunteers like family.

While many other books address agricultural production, very few talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future will help guide farmers to manage for long-term sustainability and build a triple-bottom-line farming business focused on economic viability, social justice, and ecological soundness.

About the Author

Rebecca Thistlethwaite runs a small farm and food business consulting firm called Sustain Consulting and is starting a small homestead in Oregon with her husband, Jim Dunlop, and their daughter Fiona.

They previously operated TLC Ranch in Watsonville, CA, where they raised organic, pastured livestock and poultry for direct markets across Northern California. Rebecca currently serves on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association as well as the Columbia Gorge Earth Center and writes for blogs such as "Cooking Up a Story" and her own blog "Honest Meat".

Her other recent pursuits include training oxen, holistic financial planning and learning how to make fermented foods.

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

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