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Entertainment Update for Feb. 26

Body Vox returns March 1

Body Vox 2 returns to Columbia Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 1, for two performances, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Bodyvox 2 is a dynamic, powerful and exceptionally talented group of dancers emerging as “…a tight ensemble of skilled performers.” This brand new touring show will include Jamey Hampton's touching “The Obliged” which tells the story of a couple's last dance, “The Bunny,” an unforgettable bunny hunt that only BodyVox could dream up and “Scare Myself,” an athletic feat of partnering and dance that recalls the innocence and promise of youth and love. Opening the show for this dynamic dance group are Columbia Gorge Dance Academy Company dancers. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this professional dance company up close and personal.

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and are available at Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and online at www.columbiaarts.org.

Trail Lovers movies March 12

Hood River Area Trail Stewards presents Trail Lovers Double Feature Film Night on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 (kid friendly) and 8:30 p.m. (21 and over) at Skylight Theater in Hood River. Outdoor trail adventure films Notbad and Arrival will be shown. $10 donation at the door benefits HRATS.

‘Congratulations’ screens Feb. 26

Columbia Center for the Arts monthly film series presents the romantic comedy “Congratulations” on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. When Jim asks Bridget to marry him, she asks a simple and honest question that he can’t quite answer: “Why would you want to ruin this?” “Congratulations” is a heartfelt, voyeuristic examination of two people deciding to move forward after disagreeing over the question of marriage. When Jim and Bridget pretend to be engaged for the weekend for the sake of Jim’s mother’s health they discover that the label of marriage might just tear them apart. Runtime: 93 minutes, this film has not been rated. Tickets are just $5 and are available at the door. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

Ryan Kolberg at The Pines

This week at The Pines Tasting Room:

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m. Ryan Kolberg, well-known bassist, branches out with guitar and vocals. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.

Tess Barr at White Buffalo

Blues musician Tess Barr will be the featured musician at White Buffalo Wines on Thursday, Feb. 27. Music is 6-8 p.m. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings from Hood Crest. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

‘Garbanzo’ at Double Mountain

Alonzo Garbanzo has a solo show on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Double Mountain from 8-10 p.m. Expect roots, rock and originals on the 6 and 12-string guitar. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.

Groove Dance plays March 1

The Groove Dance Project features keyboardist Tim Mayer and friends — the band focuses on high energy, uptempo blues/soul/rock material that’s perfect for dancing. Don’t miss them at Naked Winery on Saturday, March 1, from 7-10 p.m. Naked Winery, 102 Second St., Hood River; 800-666-9303.

Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Discovery Center Feb. 28

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is celebrating Mardi Gras Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6 p.m. Put on your masks, beads and other bright colored bling and celebrate Fat Tuesday (a few days early) with Mardi Gras Creole cuisine and all that jazz.

Calamity Jazz of Eugene will play Dixieland jazz and rhythm and blues music throughout the night.

Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations recommended before Feb. 25 by calling 541-296-8600, ext. 201.

The Discovery Center is located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

This week at CEBU Lounge in Hood River:

Friday, Feb. 28: Sean Wagner & The Ne’er-Do-Wells 9:30 p.m. A raucous 10-piece ensemble showcasing punchy hooks, blaring horns, soulful strings, and lush harmonies, the band has played at numerous festivals along the West Coast, East Coast and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sean Wagner & The Ne’er-Do-Wells’ music has been garnered comparisons to artists such as the Lumineers, Paul Simon, and the Head and the Heart, and has been featured on television shows, Pandora.com, and radio stations around the world.

Saturday, March 1: Polecat 9:30 p.m. – Roots, Folk, Bluegrass

Formed in Bellingham, Wash., in March 2010, Polecat has quickly established itself in the Northwest, with two records and over 200 shows in two years. Their unique instrumentation is comprised of Karl Olson (drums), Jeremy Elliott (electric guitar and vocals), Aaron Guest (vocals and 12 string guitar), Cayley Schmid (fiddle), and Richard Reeves (upright bass). This enables them to seamlessly blend genres including bluegrass, country, celtic, rock, and world music into their sound. There is a sense of mass appeal attached to Polecat for their unique take on roots music, as well as an acknowledged respect for their honest approach to where the music comes from.

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog

I’m delighted that Polecat is finally making a stop in Hood River. In 2012 these guys opened for the Infamous Stringdusters on New Year’s Eve at the Wonder Ballroom and I can happily report (from the front row) they did not disappoint. If you liked the recent Fruition show, put this on your calendar — and if you want to see how a younger generation has interpreted roots music — don’t miss it.

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

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