Entertainment Update for March 28

Tim Mayer solos at Columbia Gorge Hotel

Tim Mayer will be singing and playing piano in the Valentino lounge at the Columbia Gorge Hotel from 6-10 p.m. on three nights: March 30, March 31, and April 7. Hear smooth jazz and pop sounds in a warm and stately room overlooking the Columbia river. “One of my favorite places to play,” Mayer said.

Flip & Zeke give HR house concert

Folk performers Flip & Zeke will perform a house concert April 1 at 7 p.m. at 401 Montello, Hood River.

Flip founded the Puget Sound Guitar Workshops — and has been a major mover and shaker in the Northwest folk world since the 1970s.

Flip is an inveterate song catcher, contributor to “Rise Again” (the bible of American Folk tunes), and close friend of the late great Elizabeth Cotton (and the still living Ben Bonham).

Zeke Hoskin plays mandolin and clarinet, sees the absurd side of everything and puts it all into witty songs. Their shows tend to play a vocal version of ping pong with your state of mind.

3 Stone Fire reggae debuts

Free reggae concerts from 3 Stone Fire, featuring Caleb Prescott and Kurtis Frost, are coming to The Dalles on Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at Route 30 Bottles and Brews, and at Sunshine Mill Winery on Saturday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Route 30 Bottles and Brews, 317 E. Second St., The Dalles; 541-993-3155. Sunshine Mill Winery, 901 E. Second St., The Dalles; 541-298-8900.

Rocky Horror at Bingen Theater

The Antici-Pation has been building for years and on April 6, 7, and 8 the Time Warp hits The Bingen Theater stage. The Cult Classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show is taking over The Gorge for a four-show engagement. Expect a full audience interactive, prop heavy version of the show. This is a fundraising weekend for Columbia Gorge Pride Alliance. Prop bags will be available at the doors for $5 which includes confetti, toast, newspaper, and more. Dress to impress as our winners of the costume contests will walk away with cold hard cash in hand. Tickets are $10. Schedule: April 6: doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; April 7: doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., doors 11 p.m., show midnight; April 8: doors at 2 p.m., show 3 p.m. For everyone’s safety, bags and backpacks not allowed in the theater.

Hazelnuts at Solera April 6

It’s music from the Hazelnuts on Friday, April 6 at Solera Brewing in Parkdale from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Expect Folk-rock and more from Gary and Pete for your listening pleasure. Solera Brewery, 4945 Baseline Dr., Parkdale; 541-352-5500.

Floria & Bell at White Buffalo

Kay Floria, notable keyboard player and vocalist, performs blues and jazz reminiscent of ‘40s and ‘50s female blues artists. Randy Bell, percussionist, adds a sweet bluesy beat: Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. White Buffalo Wine Bar & Bistro, 4040 Westcliff Drive, Hood River.

Al Hare, Kenny Olsen at Zim’s

Tuesday, March 27, Tuesday Taps & Tunes with Al Hare & Kenny Olsen, 7-9 p.m.

Friday, March 30, Willy & Nelson Band, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, Howlin’ Woods with Jeff Carrell, Kenny Olsen & Jeff Minnick, 7-10 p.m.

Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second St., The Dalles; 541-296-2368.

Take Two at CG Hotel

Ted Horwitz is Take Two, and he’ll be providing the background music on the grand piano in the Valentino Lounge for the Easter Sunday Brunch at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Seatings are from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Columbia Gorge Hotel, 4000 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5566.

Authors Jacky Davis and David Soman in TD April 5

Oregon’s oldest bookstore will host Jacky Davis and David Soman, the talented author and illustrator team behind the Ladybug Girl Books on Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m. at Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles.

“Ladybug Girl” is a New York Times bestselling children’s picture book series. When Lulu’s older brother is too busy to play with her, she becomes Ladybug Girl, a brave hero who has all sorts of happy adventures. This delightful series for kids is full of imagination and wonder, said a press release. Davis and Soman are a husband-and-wife creative team.

While in town to appear at Klindt’s Booksellers, Davis and Soman will give free educational presentations at both Dry Hollow and Chenowith Elementary. School appearances are for students only, but the public is welcome to come meet the couple at Klindt’s.

Mushroom Foraging Workshop

Visit the Hood River Library on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. for a workshop exploring the world of mushrooms. Learn the basics of the identification process, what it takes to forage on your own and how to pick the proper field guide for you. We study flowers, trees and other plants but miss out on an entire natural frontier mushrooms, said a press release, and it’s time to look beyond the stigma of mushrooms as dirty decomposers and into the ways they inspire our curiosity, our culinary creativity and our inner forager. Question and conversation time to follow presentation. This program is free and open to the public. Visit hoodriverlibrary.org for more information.

Ashleigh Flynn at Springhouse

Backroom Tuesdays return to Springhouse Cellar with local and northwest bands. Family-friendly tunes start at 6 p.m. April 3: Ashleigh Flynn and The Riveters with Richard Tillinghast (Folk Rock)

April 10: Lewi Longmire / James Low Duo with Mike Surber (Singer-Songwriter)

April 17: The Wasco Brothers (Country)

Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River; 541-308-0700.

Next Door/Big Brother Blues Benefit March 31

The Andy T Band features guitarist and Bandleader Andy Talamantez, “Alabama Mike” Benjamin on harp and vocals, along with a solid rythm backup of drums, bass and keyboards. The band is touring and they will bring their classic Nashville and New Orleans style rockin blues to Springhouse Cellar on Saturday, March 31, from 7-10 p.m. for a Next Door/Big Brother Blues Benefit. Expect songs from the band’s fourth album, “Double Strike,” and if you go bring your dancing shoes. Tickets $20 in advance at Waucoma Bookstore. Springhouse Cellar, 13 Railroad Ave., Hood River; 541-308-0700.

The Bug Chicks March 28

The Bug Chicks return to the Gorge. with their live bugs, including a bright blue spider, this entomologist team teaches kids about insects, arachnids and their relatives while encouraging bravery and empowerment.

Wednesday, March 28 in three locations:

Cascade Locks Library — 10 a.m.

Parkdale Library — 1 p.m.

Hood River Library — 4 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535.

CGOA Jazz Collective Swing Dance concert April 7

The Jazz Collective Big Band invites you to come enjoy an evening of music for listening and dancing on Saturday, April 7, at the Hood River Elks Club. Some of the best jazz from the past 70 years will be on tap, from classic swing to the best of recent writers. All ages welcome! Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River. For more information call 541-386-1507.

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

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