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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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It’s not often that modern-day middle-schoolers are willing to embrace ‘80s fashion choices like crimped hair and legwarmers, but The Dalles Middle School’s student cast and crew dive straight in with their performance of the ‘80s pop-rock musical comedy “Xanadu, Jr.”

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Artist Chris Pothier has been a professional artist for about 19 years, creating fine art paintings in oil and commercial projects in a variety of media, and is now passing on his skills, techniques and passion to students in area through oil painting classes at The Dalles Art Center and Mary-hill Art Museum.

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Musician Steven Vanhauwaert presented “An evening with piano” on The Dalles High School stage Monday evening in a Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association performance.

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For its 12th anniversary, the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour is hosting its first ever preview night, 6-8 p.m., April 11, at the Granada Theater in downtown The Dalles. The 1920’s Art Deco theater officially reopened this year after owners Chuck Gomez and his wife, Debra, finished the renovations they began in July 2017, after becoming the theater’s owners in March of that year.

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A chalkboard served as an easel in the corner of Klindt's Booksellers & Stationers Thursday evening as David Soman asked the kids sitting around him how to draw his character, “Ladybug Girl.” He told them he needed crazy music to get in the drawing mood.

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The Quebe Sisters performed Monday night at The Dalles High School theater, hosted by the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association.

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The Dalles High School performs “Bye Bye Birdie,”with performances 7:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday, March 15, 16, 17 and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 adults and $5 seniors and children 12 and under.

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Alice (Annah Cox) receives advice from the White Queen (Susan Vellie) during Saturday’s performance by The Dalles Theater Company of “Looking Glass Land” on the third floor of Building Two at Columbia Gorge Community College. Evening performances continue March 9 and 10, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

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The Dalles Theatre Company performs the comedy “Looking Glass Land” beginning today at the Columbia Gorge Community College theater.

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After selling out at The Dalles Civic Auditorium last March, Portland Story Theater is returning Feb. 24 with “Urban Tellers,” a unique theater experience where performers share personal stories live on stage.

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PORTLAND — Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88. Le Guin was well known in the region, and often participated in festivals and workshops sponsored by Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles.

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“The Fonz,” better known as Stan Fargher, strolled offstage with the mirror ball trophy at the fifth annual Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition Friday in The Dalles. “Ayyyyy,” he said of the victory.

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Nursing homes aren’t usually grim, but for some they can be: Nursing home residents are typically at the ends of their lives, dealing with conditions too severe for their families to handle alone. Isolated from their loved ones and the outside world, it’s easy for some residents to become catatonic, as Walter Lutz discovered in the Columbia Basin Care Facility’s lunchroom one afternoon in 2008 while visiting his dying mother. And so, a couple years later, Lutz carried an accordion up to the nurses’ station at Columbia Basin and asked permission to play live music for the residents.

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The Dufur Community Center was transformed into a cultural enrichment venue Saturday as part of the annual Hometown Christmas Celebration. Local students showed off their acrylic paintings and entertained the audience with newly acquired ukulele skills.

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The Dalles Art Center is offering five classes during “2017 Winter Break Art Camp” Dec. 20-23. Classes are for ages 6 to 14. Signups are at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. 4th Street, The Dalles.

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This handmade quilt will be up for raffle at St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 18 at St. Mary’s Academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. The bazaar, which has been an annual event for 39 years, opens at 9 a.m.