Matt Brown at The Pines
“Matt Brown’s extraordinary vocals and moving lyrics are awe-inspiring and his live performance, whether solo or with a band, is an intimate and moving experience that stands head and shoulders above the crowd.” Friday, May 23, 7-9 p.m. The Pines Tasting Room, 202 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-993-8301.
Tim Mayer at Double Mountain
Tim Mayer and Kit Garoutte will be at Double Mountain Brewery on Thursday, May 22, from 8-10 p.m. “This is our first time together as a duo but we've found that we share a lot of the same musical tastes and histories and I'm sure it will be a blast,” Mayer said. Double Mountain Brewery, 8 Fourth St., Hood River; 541-387-0042.
‘Pale Ales’ at Volcanic May 24
"Amber and the Pale Ales" will be performing at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on Saturday, May 24, from 7-10 p.m. The band plays “acoustic folk rock covers and originals, with tight vocal harmonies and stirring guitar work.” Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St., Hood River; 541-436-1226.
Helping Hands benefit June 1
Help support the Helping Hands organization by attending a dance and music show scheduled for Sunday, June 1 at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. Dance groups from Columbia Gorge Dance Academy and musicians from Hood River Valley High School performing acappella and original songs will be on the bill. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 available at Waucoma Bookstore. All proceeds go to Helping Hands — a non-profit women’s shelter.
Music at Memaloose May 24
Enjoy live music with guitarist Ben Bonham at the Memaloose Twin Bridges Tasting Room on Saturday, May 24, from 2-5 p.m. No cover charge. Memaloose, Highway 14 (34 State St.), Lyle, Wash., at Klickitat River Bridge, 360-635-2887; winesofthegorge.com
‘Veeps’ screens May 28
Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River is hosting a screening of the independent film “Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance” by local filmmaker Bill Kelter on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. “Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance” is the story of Bill and Wayne — two middle-aged men in search of their American dream, their lives at a disappointing stall. They see a shot at a mid-life redemption and grab it. They follow the Vice Presidents as others follow athletes or rock stars.
For years they’ve plied their curious obsession alone, singing the praises of men who won’t even sing their own. Eager and inspired, they hit the road followed by a film crew eager to chronicle this offbeat but quintessentially American narrative: A story of friendship and the shared dreams and passions of a lifetime, it’s also a story that takes a turn neither Bill and Wayne nor their camera toting biographers could possibly foresee. This film has not been rated but contains mature language. Run time: 80 minutes. Tickets $5 at the door
Filmmakers sought for 48 Hour Film Project
The Columbia Gorge 48 Hour Film Project invites all filmmakers, from first-timers to experienced crews, for their second annual short film competition in early June. Participants will be given a list of requirements for their films and must then plan, shoot, edit and submit a 4 to 7 minute film in only 48 hours.
This competition will be judged on creative content rather than video quality, meaning no fancy equipment is needed.
Filmmakers must register by June 16 to participate. The early bird registration fee is $60 until June 1, prices go up to $80 until the June 16 deadline. The requirements for the competition will be given at a launch meeting on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts in downtown Hood River.