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thursday 13


MOVIE—Just a few days after appearing on the "The Daily Show," BBC journalist Maziar Bahari was imprisoned and tortured in Iran. Jon Stewart has said he felt personally responsible, and in his directorial debut shows a sincere and serious side, and tells Bahari's touching, scary and, at times, funny story. Live simulcast with Stewart interviewed by Stephen Colbert. 7:30 pm. Old Mill, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr.

thursday 13


DANCE—Explorations of music and beauty through movement famed Portland dance troupe Bodyvox, which takes a unique approach to dance that incorporates theater and film. Performing excerpts from its most recent creepy Halloween themed show, "Nightmare on Northrup" as well as "Reverie," a company favorite. 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $18-$40.

thursday 13

Bend Comedy Showcase

LOL—A showcase of Bend's most hilarious comedians featuring Alex Rios, a former Central Oregonian who now hosts the weekly Proof Portland is Funny Showcase. If this performance is anything like Rio's last appearance in Bend, expect jokes about glory holes and possible glitter bombs. 8 pm. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 115 Oregon Ave. $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

friday 14

A Little Light Music

OPERA—Catch a sneak peak of OperaBend's 2014-2015 season, including Mozart's The Magic Flute and Into the Woods, at a performance featuring Central Oregon musicians. Not sure how you feel about opera? The preview is a great way to find out without committing to a full show. 7 pm. Pinckney Center for the Arts, 2600 NW College Way. Free.

friday 14

Moondog Matinee

BLUES—Named after the fifth studio album of The Band—which consisted almost entirely of R&B and blues covers—this Reno band has a laidback bluesy rock groove that, along with gravelly vocals, harkens back to the 1970s. The group's sound almost justifies its members' affection for brightly colored vintage Western shirts. Almost. 8 pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.

friday 14

No Turning Back

SKI MOVIE—The annual installment of Warren Miller has what you'd expect—jaw-dropping descents, sweeping mountain vistas and spectacular face plants. And, though it's chuck full of "stoked" bros, there is actually a subtle and captivating story structure in what is ultimately an essay and love note to skiing and friendship. 6 pm, 8:30 pm. Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave. $17.

friday 14

Freak Mountain Ramblers

COUNTRY WESTERN—Portland's counter-culture icons, Freak Mountain Ramblers, have been making country, bluegrass, blues crossover for decades. Performing tonight as part of Old St. Francis School's 10th anniversary, the veteran performers create swinging and strangely intriguing compositions of glowing strings and twangy countrified stories. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Wall St. Free.

saturday 15


BLUEGRASS—Back in Bend with a picking fury apt for local bluegrass lovers, Polecat's musical sum is far greater than its parts. The quintet patches together rock guitar chords, Celtic fiddle playing, and twangy crooning. Paired with good-time Bend folksters Broken Down Guitars Duo, slip on your dancing boots and get down. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

sunday 16

Broadway on Wall Street

MUSICAL—Bend is about as far as it gets from Manhattan, but that doesn't mean it's without the kind of culture the big city enjoys. Thoroughly Modern Productions' David DaCosta brings Broadway favorites to Bend, including performances from Wicked, Rent, The Lion King, and Spamalot. All proceeds benefit CASA of Central Oregon. 2 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $40.

wednesday 19

Powderhound preview

MORE SKI MOVIES—The locally sourced ski movie collection hosted by the local ski shop, Pine Mountain Sports, features your friends and neighbors skiing and soaring and slicing through powder snow. There's also a raffle for ski equipment that benefits the Central Oregon Trail Alliance and Deschutes County Search and Rescue. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. $12 in advance, $14 at the door.

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