Entertainment Update for Dec. 5

Voci Choir plays Dec. 4

The Voci Community Choir directed by Mark Steighner will present “Voci and Friends” Winter Choral Concert Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., in the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center, 3000 Wy’east Road.

The choir will perform selections from Giancarlo Menotti’s beloved Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “Shropshire Psalms,” a set of choral pieces by English composer Jessica Curry and other seasonal choral works. Also on the program will be two guest ensembles, the Intermediate Strings, directed by Chari Bickford, and the Gorge Brass Ensemble. Both ensembles will be performing Suites written for them by music director Steighner. The concert will end with an audience sing-a-long of some beloved carols. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door. More information is available at gorgeorchestra.org.

Secret Salsa meets Dec. 11

Guest instructor Sarah Riddle, owner of Viscount Dance Studio, will be teaching at the Mt. View Grange Hall in White Salmon (1085 N. Main) on Friday, Dec. 11. Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. and a social dance follows. Sarah has some great Cuban Salsa variations to show off which can be transitioned into Casino Rueda. No partner or experience needed. $10 admission.

Ted Horwitz at CEBU Lounge

This week at CEBU Lounge, music starts at 9:30 p.m.:

Friday, Dec. 4 — Take Two with Ted Horwitz and Friends play hits of yesterday and today.

Saturday, Dec. 5 — McDougall with Foot Stompin' Americana.

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

Country Dance Dec. 12

The Second Saturday Country Dance happens Dec. 12, from 7-9 p.m. The dance caller will be Sue Baker from Hood River. The band will be the Mill Creek String Band from the Mid Columbia Gorge area. Dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. No partner required. Family friendly. All dances walked through first time. Enjoy an evening of Country Squares, Contras, Circle dances and a few Waltzes.

The dance will be at the Rockford Grange, on Barrett Road, Hood River. $6 for members, $7 for non-members, $1 for youth 16 and under. Please bring snack treats for break time. Call Keith Harding at 541-352-7550 or Tom Hons at 541-386-5771 for more information.

Groove Project celebrates new Christmas CD; shows Dec. 6, 13

Get into the holiday spirit this year with a new CD from Tim Mayer and The Groove Project as they celebrate the release of “The Groove Project Grooves Christmas,” featuring holiday classics, original holiday tunes inspired by the scenic Hood River area and plenty of piano-based jazz interpretations to help make the season bright. This year's Groove Project Christmas family-friendly concerts will be on two dates at the Columbia Center for the Arts: Sunday, Dec 6, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets $15 adults, $10 seniors/children.

Jazz at Butler Building Dec. 11

Henry Schifter and Dan Crothers will be joined by Mike Stillman for an evening of favorite international jazz interpretations for the Butler Bank Social Club, which meets from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Also catch them on Dec. 18. Butler Bank Building, 301 State St., Hood River.

Mipso at River City Dec. 9

“Despite not having a record label or major national press, Mipso have been performing to growing audiences across the country — mostly through word-of-mouth. Their new album ‘Old Time Reverie’ came out on Oct. 2 to widespread acclaim ... it's the proverbial big step forward for them, as they take traditional tools and structures and use them to enrich a thoughtful, provocative exploration of the contradictions and complexities of their own southern heritage.” Catch them Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the River City Saloon. River City Saloon, 207 Cascade Ave., Hood River; 541-387-2583.

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

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