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Entertainment Update for Aug. 20

Amber Charms returns Sept. 6

On Saturday, Sept. 6, Scarlet Thistle Studio presents Amber Charms at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River at 7:30 p.m. Showcasing a selection of award-winning performers and internationally acclaimed artists from the Pacific Northwest, and beyond, Amber Charms displays traditional and contemporary interpretations of the ancient art form known as belly dance. Featuring the area’s most exciting and innovative dancers, Amber Charms presents improvisational American Tribal Style, classic Oriental Dance, and Belly Dance Fusion.

Music Thursdays at White Buffalo

Soloist Lesley Saunders visiting from Key West will be sharing the stage with percussionist Steve Alford at the White Buffalo this Thursday from 6-8 p.m. with a complimentary tasting by Pheasant Valley. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

Brian Oberlin at The Pines

This week at The Pines:

Friday, Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m. Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player specializing in swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Ruins open at Springhouse

Hood River's Springhouse Cellar continues its summer Ruins Tuesdays Concert Series. This popular weekly series features live music from top NW bands, local wines, beers and specialty food vendors. The events will be free and all-ages from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and then become 21 and over only after 7 p.m., with a $3 entrance fee. Attendees will be able to avoid the $3 entry fee by arriving before 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, shows will move inside to the Back Room at Springhouse Cellar.

8/19 - pigWar (psychedelic soul); DoveDriver (Boogie Shaking Funk/Jazz/Rock); Garett Brennan (Singer-songwriter with a full backing band).

8/26 - Polecat w/ Austin Quattlebaum

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

Bill Rhoades, more at CEBU

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Aug. 22, Dancehall Days, 9:30 p.m. This band covers popular dance tunes from the 60's to today.

Saturday, Aug. 23, Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings, 9:30 p.m., Harp-driven, house rockin' electric party blues. NW harmonica legend Bill Rhoades and his all-star blues band return for a night of booty shakin', hot electric blues. Best Western Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way; 541-386-2200.

‘Endless Summer’ starts ‘Throwback’ film series

A special showing of the 1960s film “The Endless Summer” is happening on Aug. 19, 20, 21 at 8:30 p.m. at Skylight Theater. Director Bruce Brown’s film highlights the adventures of two young American surfers who explore the surfing scene in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii and California. Admission is $10

The 50th-anniversary screening of Brown’s classic surfing film starts a series of special films at Andrew’s. “We’re calling it ‘Throwback Thursdays.’ We wanted to bring out some classic films that we think just look a lot better on the big screen and are a lot of fun,” owner Andrew McElderry said, adding that costumes and other embellishments are welcome.

Future films are: Sept. 18, “The Big Lebowski,”; Oct. 16, “Caddyshack,” and Nov. 20, “M*ASH” (check website for audience restrictions).

Secret Salsa welcomes Ari Levitt

Don't miss this opportunity to learn to dance with guest dance instructor Ari Levitt. The Secret Salsa Society meets on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the White Salmon Grange where Ari will teach Salsa. Everyone welcome, no partner required. $5 admission. More info at secretsalsasociety.weebly.com.

United Way benefit Sept. 5

The second annual benefit concert for United Way of the Columbia Gorge features the music of Hit Machine and a fun block party on Friday, Sept. 5, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will support human service programs in our community. Advance tickets are $10, available at Klindt's Booksellers, Westwind Gallery, Clock Tower Ales. $15 at the door, 21 and over. United Way of the Columbia Gorge, (541) 386-6100, www.unitedway columbiagorge.org.

Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7

The annual Pacific Crest Trail Days will take place Sept. 5-7, on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks.

Pacific Crest Trail Days is a great time for people to learn about the latest outdoor products from event sponsors, participate in free classes, join a trail work party, see a photography slideshow by Outdoor Viewfinder, and watch the documentary movie “The Meaning of Wild.” The Pacific Crest Trail and other nearby trails offer access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest for hiking and biking, just a short walk from the event site.

The 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act falls on the week of the event, so there will be several activities that tie in to celebrate the anniversary.

Pacific Crest Trail Days is family-friendly and free to attend.

Hokum Pokum at Volcanic Aug. 22

Hokum Pokum is the musical duo of Ben Bonham and Madame Betz Oslund playing long forgotten gems that are right up your alley. “Madame Betz is a powerful singer with a marvelously theatrical delivery, and she and Mr Bonham delve deeply into the rich tradition of naughty, rude and often very silly female/male duets.” Catch them Friday, Aug 22, from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.

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