Vintage Ski Night
Friday 28Ever wonder how many neon snowsuits you can fit in a bar? Well, you'll find the answer to that very query on Friday night at the Mountain's Edge Bar's Vintage Ski Night, featuring several hours of ski movies from the days of yore. Costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded with prizes, so dig out all your 1991 gear and get down there for this benefit for the Environmental Center. $5. 7pm-9pm Friday, Jan 28. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61131 S Hwy 97.
Elliot, Adventure Galley,
This show features a pair of bands on the rise with ties to Central Oregon. Faith-oriented rockers, Elliot, headline, but will get a major push from Adventure Galley, an ambitious and adventurous indie rock collective that began in Bend and now call Eugene home. You may remember them from this summer when they won a big MySpace contest that has them now prepping for a big album with other incredible opportunities coming up in the future. $7/adv at riseupclothing.com and at the door. 8pm. Century Center, 70 SW Century Drive.
That's So Gay
The Central Oregon Gay-Straight Alliance and the Associated Students of Central Oregon Community College team up to present this LGBT-friendly celebration featuring the sounds of God-Des and She, along with tranny pop stars CJ and the Dolls. Also on the bill is Seattle's True Holland. The party has a black-and-white theme, so dress accordingly. $8/adv, $10/door. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Empty Space Orchestra,
Has it been a month already? Apparently, it has, meaning we've come to the last of Empty Space Orchestra's residency shows at the Silver Moon. This time, the band welcomes to the stage X-Ray Press, an aggressive experimental rock act hailing from Seattle. At times, they've got the electronic crossover appeal of a band like Minus the Bear, but with the quirky flair of The Dismemberment Plan. $5/adv at bendticket.com. $7/door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
'80s Video Dance Attack
Some people like the sounds of the '80s and other folks don't, but the former seems to outweigh the latter these days, which is why this music-video-meets-DJ show could be a hell of a party. Check out the Sound section for the downlow on this show that's already taken Portland by storm and is now crossing the mountains to devour us in a wave of hits. $5. 21+. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Evening and Dinner
Do you know who Robert Burns is? Dude, he was only Scotland's most notable poet. Jeez. With that in mind, the The High Desert Celtic Society, with master of ceremonies David Eddleston, pays tribute to and celebrates the life and spirit of Burns with some food, dance, humor and, if we had to bet, we'd guess there will be some fine scotch on hand, too. $45. 6pm Saturday, Jan 29. The Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave.
This award-winning author is in town to read from and discuss her new memoir, My Teenage Werewolf: A Mother, A Daughter, A Journey Through the Thickets of Adolescence, a piece of nonfiction (not a new addition to the Twilight franchise) that took Kessler into the life of her teenage daughter and gives parents an insight into the weird world of raising a wild adolescent. 3pm. Bend Public Library- Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St.
Day of Zinn Dinner and
Would you like to celebrate one of the most celebrated American historians and political activists of the past century? Enjoy a dinner and then take in a Howard Zinn film before enjoying a discussion mediated by OSU-Cascades professors. 6pm-9pm. Cascades Hall, OSU-Cascades Campus, 2600 College Way.
Emma Hill and Her
A few times a year, if we're lucky, Portland's Emma Hill makes it over our way to play her heartfelt folk-laced Americana tunes, along with her sharply tuned band. If you saw their afternoon set at Bend Roots, you realized that Hill only gets stronger each time she hits the stage, so even if you've seen her, you should still hit up this free show. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.