Do you have some days when you feel that you’re just not in the loop?
The Rugs at Trillium July 11; Ruins open at Springhouse; more
Zimbabwe choral master teaches workshop June 29; ‘God Loves Uganda’ at CAG; ‘Harmony Roadshow’ featured at Sandbar Café; Paper Bird at CEBU June 21
‘In the Next Room’ June 20-21; ‘Cooking with Fire’ author visits; more
Kit Garoutte at The Pines; ‘Groove Project’ June 14; more
Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Former BR549 leader Chuck Mead lends experience to Grassy Knoll Boys
“You know, I think I’ve got the one with the old rotary phone on the cover,” I said — trying to remember exactly which CD from Chuck Mead’s old country band, BR549, I had in my music collection.
Thanks to everyone who sent in Rick Hulett memories.
Brothers Gow at River City; Patchy Sanders at CEBU; more
An opportunity to support the Columbia Center for the Arts is coming up on May 31 with a fundraising gala “C’est Si Bon,” (Google says the translation is ‘it’s so good’) — starring Portland actor and singer Susannah Mars. The festivities start at 6 p.m.
Radio show tribute May 18; ‘Good Body’ continues; Dikki Du at Double Mountain; more
Miss Shevaughn returns May 23; Paul Basile at River City; more
It’s difficult to single out a favorite memory I have of Rick Hulett. Memories spring up unexpectedly. Sometimes it is a song I hear on the radio, or I drive by a spot we played music together
Free admission Mother’s Day at Discovery Center; ¡Viva Los Artistas! May show highlights Latino community; more
You may have noticed in the last few issues of the news I’ve been asking folks to send in Rick Hulett memories.
Best of student films April 23; ‘Art of Movement’ April 26; more
Benefit for United for Marriage at 10 Speed Coffee April 26; ‘Gentlemen’ at CEBU Lounge; more
Portland Building - Stay or Go?; Connell, Dwyer play April 12; more
Music Mondays at Solstice; ‘Noble Spirit’ screens April 9; ‘DamNation’ screening April 18; more
World’s Finest at CEBU Lounge; ‘Poem in Your Pocket,’ April 17 at Maryhill Museum of Art; more
On Monday, March 31, The Hapa Hillbillies will be swinging it up in decidedly vintage Hawaiian fashion from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel.
Night Club Salsa with Ari Levitt; ‘Parkdale’ at Solera March 29; Western-swing dance April 3; more
Ryan Kolberg at The Pines; Kids free at Discovery Center; more
Ceramic button and charm class; ‘Science!’ plays March 22; Toney Smiley at Pheasant Valley; more
Dancing at Elks March 20; ‘Good Men' opens March 28; more
Trail Running Film Fest, music, March 20; Gorge Grown open house features ‘Food, Inc.’ film; more
G.D.M. at River City March 15;Jaybirds in Bingen March 16; Art in Kuwait lecture March 19; more
Mandolin player John Reischman has umpteen years of experience playing, recording and teaching bluegrass on the West Coast —and he never plays one note out of place.
Stargazing session March 29; Fire Weeds at CEBU Lounge; Hood River County is reading William Stafford; Second Saturday Dance March 8
Marilyn Thompson has been singing since she was a little girl — and now, with help from her husband and family — she has a professional Nashville-recorded CD to show for it.
Red & Ruby play March 7; Dancing at Elks March 6; Second Saturday Dance March 8; more
Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; ‘Congratulations’ screens Feb. 26; more
Cripple Hop at Double Mountain; Body Vox returns March 1; Trail Lovers movies March 12; more
Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Fairy tales, Star Wars influence latest book in ‘Lunar Chronicles’ series
The other night I read a ten page science fiction story from 1957. The piece was called “The War is Over,” and it was written by a guy named Algis Budrys.
Junebug Boys do their ‘hokum’ at Everybody’s; more
Before diving into introducing you to folk musician Avery Hill I thought you should know that my last blog post caught the attention of a think-tank based in Washington, D.C., called the Tax Foundation — someone from that organization thought I might enjoy a blog post on “the historical realities of estate taxes on Downton Abbey and a discussion on how the real Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) has dealt with these same issues.”
‘Finding the North American Bigfoot’ lecture Jan. 25; more
Catch ‘Amber & Ales’ this week; more
(If you didn’t see episode 1 of the new Downton Abbey series, don’t read this yet.)
New Year’s Eve planner; more
‘Murder in the Key of D’ promises
Garbanzo Bros. at Trillium Cafe; more
Ron Rogers plays Dec. 14; more
Stage and studio musician, filmmaker, inventor, windsurfer Thomas Dolby has Hood River memories
When I mentioned that I spoke to Thomas Dolby the other week, friends have asked me if he is the guy who invented the Dolby™ noise reduction system found on a lot of stereo equipment. I laughed to myself, partly because it didn't occur to me, of all people, to ask him.
Two distinct character personalities were evident in my phone call to a couple of fools the other week.
Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8; more
It’s been a while since I’ve interviewed someone for the house concert series that happens at Paul Blackburn’s house, so please consider this my wakeup call on that. I know that over the years these shows have been a really nice way to hear music in an intimate setting.
Last minute technical difficulties did not seem to put a damper on the start of the second annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival at the Columbia Center for the Arts.
Groove Project Christmas Dec. 8; more
Resolectrics at The Pint Shack; more
Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Show me the way? Director talks about movie stars and the inspiration of ‘Walking the Camino’
I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that the topic of a major spiritual pilgrimage has made an appearance in my blog for the second time in as many weeks. Last week, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher played a piece called “Diario dun Camino,” based on composer Jeremy Gill’s personal journey along the 500-mile trail, and this week, filmmaker Lydia Smith will be at the Mt. Hood Film Festival with her award-winning documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.”