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thursday 20

The Next 50 Years for Wilderness in Oregon

PANEL—Nature lovers celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act this fall. Brent Fenty, executive director for the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and Dana Whitelaw, executive director for the High Desert Museum, speak to the importance of wilderness in the High Desert and how to protect more of these vulnerable lands. 11:30 am. St. Charles Center for Health and Learning, 2500 NE Neff Rd. $35.

thursday 20

Rebecca Kling: Storms Beneath Her Skin

PERFORMANCE—Are you a boy or a girl? And what does that mean, really? Chicago-based performance artist Rebecca Kling explores sex, gender, identity, and finding one's place in a swirling storm of uncertainty about all of the above. Kling will also offer a workshop on "How to Be an Ally to the Transgender Community" at 1 pm. 4:30 pm. COCC's Hitchcock Auditorium, 2600 NW College Way. Free.

friday 21

Champagne Charlie

MUSIC—Colorado-based Champagne Charlie is a musical trifecta—Dixie band trumpets, big band boisterousness and the fighting spirit (not to mention standup bass) of the Stray Cats. Ryan "Peepers" King's voice? That voice! A froggy and full bellow that would make Louis Armstrong tip his top hat. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. $5.

friday 21

High Desert Chamber Music Series

PIANIST—Like Rocky, when he travels to the U.S.S.R. to defeat the infinitely better-trained boxer, Robert Thies is a simultaneously bold and gentle piano player—and, yes! God bless America! The first American player in four decades to win the famed International Prokofiev Competition in the Soviet Union (er, Russia). Joined by violinist Isabelle Senger. 7:30 pm. First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond. $35.

friday 21

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Comedy Benefit

COMEDY—Nothing takes the winter chill off quite like laughing for a good cause (except maybe winning a year's worth of beer). The 17th annual Comedy Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon offers the chance to do both. With a three-course meal from 5 Fusion, live and silent auction packages, and a heartwarming "Bigs and Littles" presentation. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $50.

saturday 22

Solo Speak: Adoption

STORYTELLING—Five writers share stories about how their lives have been touched by adoption: as an adopted child, as a mother who gave a child up for adoption, and as a mother who wonders how her life would be different if she had. It's the first installment of Solo Speak's third season. Be sure to bring tissues for a night of emotional storytelling. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Cascades Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood. $15 online, $18 at the door.

saturday 22

Jazz at the Oxford

JAZZ—Although much of the hype for this edition of "Jazz at the Oxford" focuses on the versatile piano playing of Tizer, keep your eyes on the backbeat, Raul Pineda, a Grammy winning percussionist whose beats so exact the soul and sounds of Cuba. 5 pm & 8:15 pm. Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. $49.

saturday 22


MUSIC—Central Oregon's Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, the Upbeat! Quartet and the Harmony4Women Community Chorus lift their voices to raise funds for local women-focused nonprofits, including Grandma's House, the Bend Branch of the American Association of University Women, Soroptimist International of Bend, and Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $19 adults, $10 children.

monday 24

Jeff Bridges and the Abiders

MUSIC—You may know him as "The Dude" (or "El Duderino" if you're not into that whole brevity thing), but the actor best known for his iconic role in the cult classic The Big Lebowski is also a talented musician. Jeff Bridges performs two shows with his band the Abiders, with his daughter Jessie opening. 6 pm and 9 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $56.50-$73.50.

tuesday 25

"Over There" History Lecture

HISTORY—America's involvement in World War I only lasted one year, but it pivoted American history, moving the country from a quaint, isolated farmland to the world's center of financial and culture power—and, also, setting in motion the Lost Generation and the subsequent Jazz Age. Tonight's lecture, by Bob Boyd, looks at the personal life of soldiers who fought, and the cultural and historical framework. 7 pm. Old St Francis, 700 NW Bond. Free.

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