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Bound for the big time

Teen is already a paid actor

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For the Love of Music

Oscar Ortiz, a sophomore at The Dalles High School, still remembers how he felt as a young child hearing the music in videos his dad brought from Mexico. “I was just kind of awestruck. I don’t know how to explain it. It just amazed me, the way everything sounded,” he said. “Ever since, I’ve loved music.” Today, at the ripe old age of 16, Ortiz has amassed a variety of instruments as he pursues his wide-ranging love of music.

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Godspell opens at TD high school

The Dalles High School Theatre Department will be performing “Godspell,” one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals, beginning March 12, at 7:30 p.m. The musical is based on parables from the book of St. Matthew. The playful and poignant score by Stephen Schwartz includes such songs as “God Save the People,” “All Good Gifts” and the international hit “Day By Day.” The music is a driving force and combined with vaudevillian antics and theatrical play creates a joyous, poignant, spiritual experience for the audience, regardless of individual religious beliefs or practices. Performances will be at The Dalles High School Auditorium March 12-13, at 7:30 p.m., March 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., March 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., performances start at 7:30. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and students and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. Performers include Ema Erikson as John the Baptist and Judas, Erick Hoffmeyer as Jeffery, Felix Brantner as Lamar, Murphy Goldsberry as Herb, Whitney Scott as Robin, Tatiana Diamond as Joanne, Caitlan Snow as Peggy, Mia Kochis as Sonia and Ashley Claussen as Gilmer. In the chorus are April Alvarez, Stephanie Kunz, Avery Cardosi, Kyle Tucker and Madeliene Morgan.

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The art of birds focus of show

It’s all things avian at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., in Hood River, during the month of March.

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Artist and author Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield

It’s mid-day on a Saturday in February, and artist Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is pulling on a pair of heavy work gloves. “I melted my first ones,” she says as she heads out the back door of her working studio at Lone Pine dressed in jeans and a work shirt and takes a short trail down an embankment. She is headed for “the pit,” a large hole about 3 ½ feet deep currently capped by large sheets of corrugated sheet metal. Portions of the covering metal are blackened by heat and smoke.

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What's happening from March 3, 2015.

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Theater show opens Friday

The Theatre Company of The Dalles presentation is directed by Scott Simmons. Polehn and Paulsen are lovers who meet in 1951 at a quaint coastal inn in Northern California. The catch? They are both happily married to other people. Since they don’t want to stop seeing each other, they agree to meet once every year at the same inn for a romantic weekend together.

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Magill hooked by new hobby-b

The work is meticulous and requires precision placement of the cork handle, reel seat, end cap and guides, but Lane Magill finds building fishing rods to be a source of relaxation.

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A ‘Grizzly’ tale of suspense, humor

Local author, a former biologist, will be signing first book Saturday at Klindt’s

What's happening from Feb. 22

Nonprofit events calendar from Feb. 20, 2015.

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Nonprofit events calendar from Feb. 15, 2015,

Native American art featured at Maryhill

GOLDENDALE – Maryhill Museum of Art opens its 75th Anniversary Season March 15 with the exhibition “American Indian Painting: Twentieth-century masters.” The landmark exhibition brings to the Columbia River Gorge a collection of 35 paintings of a type seldom — if ever — exhibited in the Pacific Northwest.

Poster art sought

The White Salmon Arts Council is holding its annual contest for a design to advertise the Art and Wine Fusion. The event will be held in White Salmon on July 25, and is a lively summer street fair featuring artists, local wineries, music and food.

Writers In Progress to host open mic at TD Art Center

The Dalles Art Center will host an open mic from 7 to 8 p.m. organized by Writers In Progress (WIP), a local writing group, on Friday, Feb. 27 at the center, 220 E. 4th St. The event will kick off with readings from two members of WIP, poetry by Lettie Young from her indie-published collection “Love Like Dead Skunk,” followed by Ted Bryant, author of “Sporting Chance” and “Silverdale One,” who will discuss the art of villanelle construction. The mic will then be open to the public for 3 to 5 minutes each until the end of the hour. Published members of WIP will be available to sign copies of their books.

What's happening from Feb. 6

Nonprofit events calendar from Feb. 8, 2015.