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The Dalles is kicking off spring break with Kids Quest, a Life in Christ event for kids ages 4 to 12, at the Granada Theater downtown Monday through Wednesday, March 25-27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. The event is free, and doors open at 6 p.m.

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Serious Theater company in The Dalles performs War of the Worlds, a production based on the iconic 1938 CBS radio broadcast by Orson Welles, in the basement of Zion Lutheran Church. Music and sound effects are used throughout the performance. Pictured above are, left to right, Shane McCarthy…

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Garry Estep rehearses on the organ at St. Peter’s Landmark while Cascade Singers’ director, Miles Thoming-Gale, looks on. Estep joins the Singers, along with Victor Johnson, the River City Dudes barbershop quartet, members of Barley Draught, and other instrumentalists, for “St. Pat’s at St. …

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The Dalles High School Theatre Department presents a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, March 14-16 and March 21-23, at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees March 16 and March 23.

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Local performing arts group Serious Theater has announced they are extending their production run of “The War of the Worlds” an additional weekend thanks to positive feedback received from audiences.

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It’s that time of year again. Buddy Bowl, The Next Door, Inc.’s annual fundraiser for youth mentoring programs—now in its second year, and formerly called Bowl for Kids Sake—is scheduled for March 2 at Orchard Lanes in Hood River.

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Students at Chenowith Elementary will present “Seussical the Musical, Kid,” Friday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. at the school cafeteria and Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.  Tickets are $4.

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Put three accomplished tattoo artists under one roof and watch the friendly competition commence. Between them, Jacob Hanks, Jon Heiser and Denver Monaghan have over 40 competitive awards in their various specialties. They line the walls at their bright and roomy new location, at 1101 W. Sixth St.

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The Dancing with the Gorge Stars Mirror Ball Trophy winner was Gorge Mickens from MCMC, left, performing Ballroom Hip Hop to MC Hammer’s “You Can’t Touch This.” Second place runner-up was Maria Peña of North Central Public Health District, right, performing the salsa to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.”

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A 61-year-old man operating the instrumental behemoth that is a pipe organ: Two hands and two feet eloquently dance across the two keyboards and the two-and-a-half octave pedal board to sync 18 straight ranks (sets of pipes) in an endless array of rhythms and songs. His music is one moment a structured, pacing tune, the next a chorus of liberation and creativity.

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The greatest gift you can give your family for Christmas is quality time, and local author Jane Gibson has made that easier with a new adventure-filled novel that everyone can enjoy. “I wanted ‘The Scarlet Tortoise Expedition’ to speak to every person, no matter what their age,” she said.

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The Dalles Theatre Company presents Ch. Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus” Nov. 10, 2 p.m., and Nov. 16 and 17, 7 p.m. All performances are onstage at the Columbia Gorge Community College, 400 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles, located on the third floor of Building 1.

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A steady flow of visitors streamed through the doors of Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers in The Dalles Saturday for the Northwest Author Festival, an annual celebration of authors who live and write in the Pacific Northwest. The free event featured a dozen authors, each with a new book release on display.

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The Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association presents Christopher Hall and the Comic Quartet at The Dalles Civic Auditorium tonight, Nov. 5. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m.

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For anyone who is intrigued with the Pacific Northwest’s majestic peaks, “Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams” offers a first-time, close-up look at Mount Adams through the lens and adventures of author and photographer Darryl Lloyd.

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John Chambers was clear at the other end of the hall at The Dalles High School when he heard the bam of someone getting slammed, hard, into a locker. The slamee was John Callahan, the eventually famous cartoonist whose life story is told in the recently released movie, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” which opens Friday, Aug. 24, at Columbia Cinemas in The Dalles.

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Everyone was dancing, including Derek Pebbles and his pet dog, Kazoo, to Gorge bluegrass band The Barnburners at Mosier Company’s one year celebration last Thursday night.

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Beginning July 30, more than 40 artists will descend on the region – easels, paint and brushes in hand – searching for the perfect vista from which to capture the awesome beauty of the Columbia River Gorge.

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Fortunately, the only thing on fire at the GorgeGrass festival at Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Wash., last weekend was the music.

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Mark Kroos, a two-neck guitar virtuoso, will perform at The Dalles Wasco County Library on Tuesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. Currently on a tour of Oregon that includes the “Libraries Rock” dummer teading program, Kroos brings his unique two-neck guitars onstage for an evening of original music and his take on classic favorites.

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Paul Viemeister, band teacher at TDHS since 2004, has retired. “I didn’t tell my students I was retiring; I didn’t want to say goodbye,” Viemeister said in a recent interview.

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The “Raised Country” music festival in Antelope at 1 p.m., Aug. 5, on the church lawn will feature music, entertainment, a Chuckwagon BBQ and kids’ activities all in one location, according to a press release.

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The Aug. 25 Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite show at Maryhill Winery will be the last concert at the beautiful 4,000-seat amphitheater as the winery, one of Washington state’s largest, has decided to discontinue future summer concerts after 2018, according to a report by the Goldendale Sentinel.

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If you look closely at Ovidio Cartagena’s painting, the artist’s face becomes apparent in the lower right hand corner. Cartagena, and about a dozen other artists, are exhibiting paintings that have been created in the Atelier process of painting at the Maryhill Museum of Art.

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Goldendale's Richard Flynn wants to build a time machine. He wants to go back to Oct. 30, 1938 - 80 years ago this October when radio was the hot new thing and millions listened to it daily. And on the evening of that date, one radio broadcast terrorized much of the country.

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The Dalles Theatre Company sponsored a children’s performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this weekend at The Dalles High School Auditorium.

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Today, Jenny Loughmiller’s home art studio in The Dalles is awash with light and vibrant color, the walls adorned with neat rows of her foot-square canvases, each with a heart theme. But two years ago, that same room was her master bedroom and one day, when she looked out one of the windows that provide so much light, all she saw was desolation.

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The Cascade Singers performed “Mostly Mozart” at Zion Luthern Church in The Dalles Saturday and Monday. The selection included Missa Brevis in F Major, Mozart Kanons and Organ Fatasia in F Minor.

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If you are looking for something new to do with dad for Father’s Day, the first Gorge Hops and Hogs Fest in downtown The Dalles might be just the ticket. The barbecue contest will be held at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park on Saturday, June 16, and is sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Sedition Brewing Company.

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The Dalles Theater Company opens Alan Ball’s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” at the Columbia Gorge Community College theater June 1, with performances 7 p.m. on Fridays June 1 and 8, Saturdays June 2 and 9, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on June 3. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

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The Spotlight Players and The Granada Theatre will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Eileen Moushey’s “The Wedding from Hell,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

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No stranger to road-trips, local author Teresa Bruce recommends ditching the overly-convenient GPS and going for big, crinkled fold-out maps instead. Though she currently lives in Washington, D.C., Bruce came home last week to visit family that still lives in Maupin and stopped by Klindt’s on May 14 to talk about her memoir, “The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway.”

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