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Entertainment update for Jan. 17, 2014

Mary Flower at WS Guitar

The White Salmon Guitar Company presents the award-winning acoustic blues of Mary Flower on Saturday, Jan. 25. The house concert starts at 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are a suggested donation of $10-$15. A guitar workshop with Mary Flower is scheduled for 3 p.m.; the $35 fee includes the concert. Pre-registration required. White Salmon Guitar Co., 230 E. Jewett, White Salmon, Wash.; 509-254-1834.

‘Parkdale’ band at Solera

This week Solera Brewery:

Saturday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m.: Acoustic music with Kerry Williams with special guest Barry Crannell.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 5-8 p.m.: Parkdale is the trio of Tim Ortlieb (drums), Ryan McAlexander (bass) and Alonzo Garbanzo (guitar). Expect everything from Leadbelly to Bowie to Beck with some originals tossed in. Solera Brewery, 4945 Baseline Drive, Parkdale; 541-352-5500.

Dancing at Elks Feb. 6

The Hood River Elks Club welcomes on Thursday, Feb. 6, the Simcoe Boys Band playing country-western and swing music for dancing. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $8. Event is 21 and over only. Dinner is available before the dance at 6 p.m. (cost of dinner includes dance admission). Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River. For more information call 541-386-1507.

Peter Rowan plays HR Feb. 8

Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan plays Hood River on Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Gorge Room at Best Western Hood River Inn. Opening the show will be Northwest string band favorites Fruition. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Inn or online through Brown Paper Tickets. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., 21-and-over.

“Grammy award winner and six-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring.”

‘Lynching of Emmett Till’ screens Jan. 22 at arts center

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the Mt. Hood Independent Film Series film, “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till.” This is a riveting true-crime drama and winner of eight-best film awards.

In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching.

Film begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door; this film has not been rated. Runtime: 70 minutes. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

Columbia River Gorge Songwriter Summit Jan. 31

Columbia Center for the Arts proudly presents the Columbia River Gorge Songwriter Summit, a night of tunes, tales and lies with Lincoln Crockett, Matt Mesa and Dan Weber. Join in for three of the finest songwriters the Gorge has to offer in an intimate, listening atmosphere. Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10, available online at columbiaarts.org, at Columbia Center for the Arts and at the door.

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

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