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Live music and virtual concerts, movies and art shows entertain, despite the pandemic

COURTESY PHOTO: MARCELO LEAL FOR UNSPLASH - The Portland Columbia Symphony will play a free virtual concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26. Called Percussion and Friends. See story for details.

Although many concert and entertainment venues remain closed due to pandemic restrictions, there are still plenty of ways East County residents can hear some music or get a little culture.

An East County favorite, The Portland Columbia Symphony will play a free virtual concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26. Called "Percussion and Friends," the program will feature compositions by Mozart. Ney Rosauro, Michael Charles Smith and Elgar's moving Nimrod. Visit pcsymphony.org for a link.

The symphony will also present Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" in a ticketed online concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17. Tickets will be $15 per household and are available at pcsymphony.org.

The Gresham Center for the Arts will present the duo Cello Jam from 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 5, online at no cost. For more information or to listen, visit Facebook.com/GCFTA or the Center for the Arts YouTube channel.

Live music

Spinella's Off the Wall, 436 N. Main Ave., is featuring live music again as some of the pandemic closures have eased in Multnomah County. Sonny Hess will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

Then, coming up in April, Spinella's has scheduled The Strum Broads for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 3; Miller & Sasser from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 10; Samsel, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 17 and Night Folk, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 24. To get updates and details, visit facebook.com/spinellasoffthewall.

McMenamin's Edgefield Hotel is open with pandemic safety protocols in place and live music is still on the menu. Brad Creel will be performing his "dark and funny folk" music from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 20, under the tent at Blackberry Hall, at 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. The music is free and all ages are welcome.

The following weekend will feature Tom Holland from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 26, and John Bunzow from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Both concerts also welcome all ages under the tent and there is no cover.

Movies and more

If movies are more your speed, Mt. Hood Theatre, 401 E. Powell Blvd., is open for movies and snacks. Because seating is limited due to pandemic restrictions, tickets are available online and drive-thru. Currently, Mt. Hood is showing the animated "Raya and the Last Dragon." For more information and to buy tickets visit mthoodtheatre.com.

For history buffs, The Gresham Historical Society's museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 410 N. Main Ave.

For those seeking some visual arts, the Mt. Hood Community College Arts Gallery will host a virtual show of art created by local high school students from April 5 to May 7. View this stunning art at facebook.com/MHCCVisualArtsGallery.


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