Columbia Center
for the Arts

215 Cascade Street

PO Box 1543

Hood River, OR 97031


The Greatest Good

Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival

Columbia Center for the Arts ... Has More Arts!

Columbia Center for the Arts' has something for everyone. We regularly host music events, film, literary events, book discussions, and other special events of interest to communities we serve.

We encourage partnerships with other organizations and individuals. If you're interested in developing an event or a series of events, please let us know. Call us at 541-387-8877. 

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More Arts

August 23rd at 7:00PM

Christina Rusnak Performance

Christina's performance explores the idea of natural process through the lens of the 2012 fire that ravaged part of Mt Adams. As the only aural artist of Art in the Wild, Christina will discuss, how composers interpret the landscape aurally instead of visually.

Learn More: Christina Rusnak Performance

August 24th at 7:30PM

Sam Baker in Concert

Sam recently appeared with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and Rolling Stone magazine named his latest CD, Say Grace, as one of their top 10 country albums of 2013.

Learn More: Sam Baker in Concert

August 27th at 7:30PM

The Greatest Good

Columbia Center for the Arts is proud to show the film The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film as part of our monthly film series. In honor of the month long celebration of Art in the Wild and the 50th anniversary of the wilderness act.

Learn More: The Greatest Good

September 6th at 7:30PM

Amber Charms

Showcasing a selection of award-winning performers and internationally acclaimed artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Amber Charms displays traditional and contemporary interpretations of the ancient art form known as belly dance.

Learn More: Amber Charms

September 12th at 7:00PM

Hood River BIG ART Walking Tour

The Hood River BIG ART Walking Tour inspires public engagement through art and creates a sense of place, optimism, and discussion throughout the Gorge. Most importantly, it is accessible to everyone.

Learn More: BIG ART Walking Tour

September 19th & 20th at 7:00PM

Too Much Coffee Man Opera

Columbia Center for the Arts and Maryhill Museum team up to present a zany, hilarious, and romantic tribute to the wonders of coffee bordering on the fantastical. Running just two nights Sept. 19th & 20th, Too Much Coffee Man Opera is based on the comic character of Shannon Wheeler, with music by Emmy-Winning composer Daniel Steven Crafts.

Learn More: Too Much Coffee Man Opera

September 27th at 7:30pm

Portland Story Theater "Urban Tellers"

This is a place where people gather to hear the real, true stories of complete strangers. And something magical happens, something beyond entertainment. Urban Tellers offers an experience that makes people feel a part of something, s­­omething good, connected.

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October - March at 7:00pm

Sense of Place Lecture Series

Sense of Place is an annual lecture series produced by Gorge Owned that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another. Lectures explore the natural history, cultural history, art, and other humanities-related topics. Gorge Owned is a member-supported organization helping people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community.

Learn More: Sense of Place Lecture Series

October 13th at 7:30pm

Isabel Suppé Book Talk - Starry Night

A profoundly inspirational presentation by Isabel Suppé based on her book which has been shortlisted for the 2013 Boardman Tasker Prize for "outstanding contributions to outdoor literature". It is also a tale of survival, passion, and overcoming adversity that has been touring the US, Canada, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain.

Learn More: Isabel Suppé Book Talk

Oct 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

Spirit of the Forest: Taylor Lockwood

Experience the passion of the world’s leading mushroom photographer, when Columbia Center for the Arts presents Taylor Lockwood and Spirit of the Forest on Oct. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Travel with Taylor across the globe to hunt and find the most beautiful bioluminescent mushrooms in countries such as Brazil, China, Madagascar, New Zealand, Australia, and America.

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Oct 25th at 7:30 p.m.

Hokum Pokum

Hokum Pokum is the musical duo of Ben Bonham and Madame Betz Oslund (with Ronnie Ontiveros on Bass and Dennis Williams on clarinet, both of the Hapa Hillbillies, for this special show.) playing long forgotten gems that are right up your alley!!

Learn More: Hokum Pokum

Links to 48 Hour Film Project films

Find links to all of the completed films here: 48 Hour Film Project