Entertainment Update for Dec. 27

Cripple Hop at Volcanic NYE

Ring in the New Year with Cripple Hop at the Volcanic Bottle Shop from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. It will be a “nonstop rock and roll jam” to help dance in the New Year. Checkout the band’s Facebook site for details. Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.

Ben Ballinger solo show Jan. 2

Austin resident and Gorge native Ben Ballinger just released a brand new Americana record called “The State I’m In,” and he’ll be in Hood River on Friday, Jan. 2 for a solo show at the River City Saloon to celebrate with an album release party. Ballinger says this is acutally his sixth album, and he hopes all his Gorge fans can come to the show and see how far his music has come. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

mile marker 6 returns Jan. 6

The Backroom music shows at Springhouse Cellar return on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with a long-overdue reunion show from Gorge alt-rockers mile marker 6. Join Matt Mesa, Jim Drake, Char Mayer, Matt Swihart and Susan McCourt as they recreate the sonic landscape from 2005. The family-friendly show starts at 6 p.m. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave, Hood River; 541-308-0700.

Erick Haynie at CEBU Dec. 26

This week at CEBU Lounge:

Friday, Dec. 26, Erick Haynie, 8-10 p.m., Barrelhouse & Boogie Piano Bar

Join Hood River native Erick Haynie for a “just after Christmas” evening of boogie and barrelhouse piano. With its rooted, machine-like bass figures, and its improvised, right hand riffs full of twiddly bits and cheer, boogie is currently on a major come back in England and America. Erick’s musical offerings are inspired by legends like Albert Ammons, Mead “Lux” Lewis and Scott Joplin, as well as the modern greats, like Dr. John and Brendan Kavanagh ("Dr. K"). If you are looking for joy, you’ll find it in boogie.

Saturday, Dec. 27, Scott Pemberton Trio, 9:30 p.m.

Funky, soulful guitar wizardry — you will dance!

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

HRVHS benefit show Jan. 10

A variety show of current high school students and returning performing arts alumni will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theatre, from 7-8:30 p.m. The show will feature songs, dances, and a stage combat performance. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. The show is being produced by Junior Miguel Vasquez as an Extended Application Project. All proceeds will benefit both the music and the theatre programs.

Preston plays The Pines Dec. 26

This week at The Pines in Hood River:

Friday, Dec. 26, 6-9 p.m., Chic Preston

“In a rare solo performance, Chic will be sharing his own songs which have drawn comparison to those of Dave Carter and Dave Frishberg. Chic aims to make a Soul connection with listeners through the medium of his voice.” The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Hazelnuts at Everybody’s Dec. 28

The Hazelnuts, featuring Crazy Pete and Gary Reed, perform on Dec. 28 at Everybodys’ Brewing, 6-8 p.m. Kids are welcome. Everybody’s Brewing, 151 E. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, Wash; 509-637-2774.

‘Peter and the Wolf’ at the Library Dec. 30

Hood River Library hosts a screening of the 33-minute Academy Award-winning film “Peter and the Wolf’ on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. The show is free, and there will be prize giveaways and a wolf mask activity. Hood River County Library, 502 State St., Hood River; 541-386-2535.

‘Wonderful Life’ to air on Radio Tierra

A holiday gift to the Gorge continues this weekend. Columbia Center for the Arts and Radio Tierra are joining up to air It’s a Wonderful Life on KZAS FM. The show will broadcast at 2 p.m., Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, on 95.1 Hood River, 95.9 Stevenson, and 107.7 The Dalles.

In addition to the dialog and sound effects, there’s music from The Columbiaires trio in the 90-minute radio play, written by Philip Grecian and directed by Gary Young.

This month CAST Theater performed the play to capacity audiences, and the radio play was recorded for Radio Tierra.

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

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