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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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I think I’m finally understanding the concept of “TV Movie.”These things must have been made within 10 feet of TV studios, when actors could walk off the set of one TV show directly into the set of a TV movie.For the full effect, you need to go back at least 42 years, preferably via thrift-s…

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Columbia Center for the Arts is offering a series of events and performances featuring a blend of Spanish and English language and cultural traditions. The program is made possible by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation. All events are free and open to the public (see sidebar).The program’s …

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On stage this weekend: ‘Cell’ cast members Leti Valle, left, as Jenny; Viviana Rafakowski as Rosa; and Sonja Marquez as Marti; not pictured, Angel Reyes as Leo. Gary Young directs Cassandra Medley’s play. The limited-run production is Oct. 4-6 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.

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For me, nearly every conversation I’ve had this past week has included something along the lines of “Have you seen Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ special on PBS?”

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Hops Fest Rock and Roll Edition:Let’s start with “Rock and Roll Trivia that I learned Just This Week.”1. In the early 1990s, a recovering drug addicted Elton John delivered Meals On Wheels to AIDS patients in the greater Atlanta suburbs. (From Elton’s book “Love is the Cure.”)2. In 1997, cro…

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Kit Garoutte at RivertapLive music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Sept. 20: Chris Baron & Dale Jones, 7-10 p.m. (duo, covers)Saturday, Sept. 21: Kit Garoutte, 7-10 p.m. (one man band, easy listening, covers)Sunday, Sept. 22: Sunday Night Jam featuring The Reddy Black Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m.R…

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Hood River Hops Fest, an annual celebration of beer’s bitter friend, freshly harvested hops, returns Saturday.Hood River County is surrounded by world-renowned hop growing regions, and since 2003 brewers have gathered each September in downtown Hood River to share their fresh-hop beer creati…

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Take a free Harvest Moon walk on Friday, Sept. 13 on the Riverfront Trail in The Dalles. USDA Forest Service Ranger Alyssa Thornburg will lead a one hour interpretive nature walk; meet in front of Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum at 6:45 p.m. Sunset is at 7:20 p.m., and the full mo…

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‘Magic Words’ promotion is onBig Britches Productions is presenting the comedy “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn, opening Sept. 13 at Bingen Theater.Opening weekend performances of the three-act Big Britches Productions comedy are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14, Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28, at 2 p.m. on …

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Kerry & Chic at the White BuffaloOn Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m., Kerry Williams and Chic Preston blend guitar and mandolin artistry with spirited vocal harmonies at the White Buffalo. White Buffalo Wines, 4040 Westcliff Dr., Hood River; 541-386-5534.

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Run On Sentence at Ruins Aug. 27Music starts at 6 p.m. with opening act. Free admission except ticketed show as indicated.Tuesday, Aug. 27: Run On Sentence (full band) Thursday, Aug. 29: Stephanie Jean & The QuarantineTuesday, Sept. 3: Igor & The Red ElvisesWildwood Academy, 13 Railr…

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Petty Fever fans rock out at Families in the Park at Jackson Park last Thursday. The summer concert series wraps up Aug. 29 with “Hit Machine” on stage starting at 7 p.m. The event starts at 6 p.m., with Hood River Valley High School drama department students taking the stage to perform song…

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In keeping with the History Museum’s mission of preserving and telling the stories of former Hood River County citizens, Cemetery Tales will once again take place in Hood River’s Idlewilde Cemetery on Sept. 20-22.“The hearts and souls of this year’s selected Idlewilde residents will come ali…

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Anniversary Party at Rivertap Aug. 23Live music coming up at Rivertap:Friday, Aug. 23: Rivertap’s 10 Year Anniversary Party with Al & Nolan, Tyson Huckins, Megan Alder and Britnee Kellogg. Music starts at 3 p.m. The $5 cover includes commemorative mug.Saturday, Aug. 24: Uncle Doug Cooper…

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Summer Music Series at Dwinell AlesJoin Dwinell Ales for live music on the patio throughout the summer, Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Outside food, minors and leashed dogs welcome. Friday, Aug. 16: McDougall plays the Two-Year Anniversary Party; Friday, Aug. 30: P. Barton; Friday, Sept. 20: Mark Male…

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Never Come Down, and more, at the RuinsThursday, Aug. 1: Never Come Down (bluegrass), 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6: Tango Alpha Tango (indie rock) with Cedar Teeth, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8: Vitamin D (hip hop) with DJ Zinker, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13: Quick & Easy Boys (rock) with The Hazelnuts…

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“Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare will be performed by students of the Teen Shakespeare Intensive summer camp on Friday, July 26 at Columbia Center for the Arts, directed by CCA’s Artistic Director Sullivan Mackintosh.

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Tim Mayer and Kim Garoutte at VolcanicTim Mayer and Kit Garoutte will be teaming up to play at the Volcanic Bottle Shoppe on Friday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m. Mayer said, “We’ll be playing our usual mix of jazz, funk, blues, rock, and we hope to be outside in back, weather permitting.”

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Over 20 singers and instrumentalists are coming together to perform an evening of familiar pop songs “remixed and re-imagined in new and exciting ways” as the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) presents CGOA Jukebox Vol. 1 on June 14-15 at the Hood River Elks Lodge.

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The annual MR. HRV competition at Hood River Valley High School was held on May 30 and featured five seniors displaying a variety of talents, humor and pizazz in hopes of taking home the crown. The five contestants were Ben Ahrens, Stephen Bustamante, Xoah Mariscal, Jose Rivera and Zane Ying…

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“The Foreigner,” Larry Shue’s laugh-out-loud tale of mistaken identity, overheard secrets, and sneaky ideas, is opening soon at The Bingen Theater. Presented by Big Britches Productions, the 10-performance run begins May 10.

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Okay, here’s the usual jazz, blues, rock, classical, folk, country, literature and short video format update happenings going on in our neck of the woods.

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The rescheduled Rising Stars performance  by Italian pianist Jonathan Ferrucci, hosted by Portland Piano International , happens April 20 at Columbia Center For the Arts.

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