Entertainment Update for April 30

Taarka at CEBU May 2

Friday, May 2: Taarka 9:30 p.m. – indie folk, gypsy jazz, bluegrass

Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup presenting masterfully deep Americana and gypsy-jazz string band music,” led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals).

David, a versatile picker raised in Virginia on a steady diet of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and gypsy-jazz, and Enion Pelta-Tiller, a classically trained violinist who can switch seamlessly between Bartoìk and bebop, began their journey together in 2001. After meeting at a Brooklyn Browngrass gig, the two began a gypsy jazz busker act in the New York City subway before hitting the road as Taarka.

Saturday, May 3: Dancehall Days 9:30 p.m. – Covers from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s.

Dancehall Days is a six-piece variety band featuring female and male vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, bass, trumpet and percussion. Incredible variety and authenticity is what Dancehall Days delivers. They have been wowing audiences all over the Northwest and the word is now out, Dancehall is a powerhouse.

Dance the Cumbia May 9

The Secret Salsa Society has invited dog-loving instructors Lynn and Mark (dancethat.com) to teach Cumbia at Mt. View Grange in White Salmon on Friday, May 9. The lesson starts at 7:30 p.m., but come early and meet some of the Hood River Adopt A Dogs. Donations to Adopt A Dog will be accepted or bring durable toys or yummy training treats.

All ages welcome, no partner or experience needed. Lessons are from 7:30-9 p.m. and the social dance goes until 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Visit secretsalsasociety.weebly.com for more info.

‘Good Body’ opens May 8

Columbia Center for the Arts and CAST Theatre present Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body.” Opening on May 8, this play showcases the world of women; Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation “The Vagina Monologues,” is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” “The Good Body” directed by Judie Hanel, runs May 8, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on May 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 adult/$15 student, available in advance at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at columbiaarts.org.

Moe Dixon at The Pines

Celebrate First Friday at The Pines Tasting Room with music from Moe Dixon. “Moe is best known for his ability to create an energy that brings people together through song. His magical performances are highlighted by masterful guitar playing and powerful vocals.” Friday, May 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Entertainment listings can be emailed to jdrake@hoodrivernews.com.

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