Entertainment Update for April 25

Authors visit; workshop May 2-3

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting authors Ron Lovell and Nick Sharma for an author reception and book signing on Friday, May 2, from 5-8 p.m. at the bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River). Lovell will be signing copies of the latest Thomas Martindale mystery, “Murder Times Two.” Sherma, an actor and screenwriter, will be signing his new book, “How to Be a Hero,” which he first wrote as the screenplay called “The Cup.” On Saturday, May 3, the authors will be presenting a writing workshop about self-publishing books through Columbia Arts’ new program The Creativity Lab.

‘China Town’ lecture May 2

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents the May history dinner, “A Walk Through China Town,” with Marilyn Urness, Friday, May 2. Marilyn Urness takes a look at the Chinatown that existed between 1870 and 1890 on Main (First) Street in The Dalles and the discriminating ordinances aimed at the Chinese, the Chinese cemetery, gardens, opium smoking and those professions open to the Chinese, including the laundries. She reveals details behind the Chinese Laundry Wars and the Tong gangs who influenced the lives of the area’s Chinese immigrants. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for non-members, $15 for members. The presentation only is just $5. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 541-296-8600; gorgediscovery.org.

‘Big E’ at Pint Shack April 26

Join the Pint Shack this Saturday, April 26, for Big E and the Stomp, with their rock, funk and jam style of music. There will also be a “light-up” space animal costume theme party and a $5 cover. The festivities start at 9:30 p.m. 21 and over only. Open Mic Night is back — every Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. Don’t miss the great performances from your local favorites. The Pint Shack, 105 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-7600.

PineTones jam at River City

Collectively known at the PineTones, Kerry Williams and friends will be at the River City Saloon on the first Thursday of the month, coming up on May 1. Music starts at 7 p.m. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

‘Art of Movement’ celebrates local dancers April 26

Join Columbia Center for the Arts and Columbia Gorge Dance Academy for a celebration of local dance on Saturday, April 26, when “Art of Movement” returns to Columbia Center for the Arts. “Art of Movement will celebrate with two performances at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This event will showcase a wide range of dance and movement available in the Columbia Gorge, including exciting new works from Columbia Gorge Dance Academy’s Company Dancers and Scarlet Thistle Tribal Dancers. Explore the Lindy Hop, salsa, hip hop, tap, performance yoga and more. The evening will include special guests Zapp Dance Company from Eugene.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, $8 for children 11 and under and $12 for adults; available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore or online at columbiaarts.org. Columbia Center for Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

Smiley, more at Springhouse

Catch live local and regional Northwest music at Springhouse Cellar this spring on Tuesdays. Music starts at 6 p.m. and it’s an all-ages, family-friendly venue.

Tues. 4/29 Tony Smiley

Tues. 5/6 The Fire Weeds

Tues. 5/13 Calico The Band

Tues. 5/20 Cripple Hop

Tues. 5/27 Smoke On The Water

Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

Rick Hulett memories wanted

As noted in today’s edition, longtime Gorge musician Rick Hulett passed away on April 22, due to a rare form of abdominal cancer he was diagnosed with in 2009. If you would like to share a favorite memory, musical or otherwise, of Rick, for inclusion into an upcoming edition of the news, please send it to Jim Drake at jdrake@ hoodrivernews.com.

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