READING—Rebecca Skloot's 2010 book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" tells the disturbing and fascinating story of the living legacy of a sharecropper's unique cells and, more broadly, exploitation and racism. 7 pm, Bend High Auditorium, 230 NE 6th St. $20 general, $75 preferred seating.
OUTDOOR PARTY—Why just pray for snow when you can offer up a roaring bonfire to the Snow Gods? Snow fiends will be treated to scrumptious food from Dojo and The Pizza Cart, beer from Deschutes, music from MOWO and a first look at the latest winter gear. 5-10 pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 872 NW Brooks St. Free!
OUTDOOR PARTY—We know, you were just there last night, but this is a perfect way to kick off the weekend: Live music from Wilderness and TV Mike and the Scarecrows, a raging fire pit, silly games and beers on beers. Pull on your long undies and step into your dancing shoes. 5:30-10 pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 872 NW Brooks St. Free!
EVENT—Art, fashion, and underground, Pacific Northwest-grown hip-hop come together as a fundraiser party for Rise Up's grassroots art programs. Grayskul, Graves 33 and others perform their sharp-tongued indie hip-hop alongside a freaky fashion show and displays by regional artists. 8 pm. Pakit Liquidators, 903 SE Armour Rd. $5.
friday 15-saturday 16
Ticket to Ride
FILM—For the 64th year, Warren Miller Entertainment, named after the original ski bum (in 1946 Miller lived out of his camper, parked at base of Sun Valley), is releasing an impressive, gorgeous and snowy ski movie. Sure, Miller hasn't been intimately involved since 2004, but the films still carry his name proudly. Four shows, two per night. 6 pm and 9 pm (21+). Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $19.
Gypsy Cab Co., Sassparilla, Rural Demons
MUSIC—With songs named after new wave Danish actresses and the town from It's a Wonderful Life, Denver indie band Gypsy Cab Co.'s obtuse, surfy, lo-fi garage rock is referential and psychedelic in a way that your mom totally doesn't get. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $10.
Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Tito Puenute Jr.
MUSIC—Although relatively young—the band formed in 2010—the 19-piece Pacific Mambo Orchestra knows its history, pulling lively songs from the 1940s Big Band era and dressing them up further with salsa-heavy, hip-swaying, blaring trumpets and sultry sensibilities. 7:30 pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., $30-$50.
MUSIC—Troy Andrews has shared the stage and recorded with a diverse sampling of musicians from CeeLo Green to Rod Stewart, Mos Def, U2, Green Day and Jeff Beck. He was a bandleader by the age of six and, at 13, he was working with famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Oh, and did we mention this guy is ONLY 27!? 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $28-$60.
HOLIDAY MOVIE—In the Source's continuing series of screening old favorites, tonight we present the shaggy dog tale of the worst Thanksgiving travel odyssey, EVER! Best friends in real life, but humorously at each others' throats during the entire movie, Steve Martin and John Candy have electric comic chemistry. Come share a beer and a few laughs. 8 pm, Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin. Free!
MUSIC—Dennen writes with a lyrical finesse seemingly derived from the Paul Simon school of songwriting. His favorite album is Graceland and its influences are clear in Dennen's gorgeously simplistic and meticulously crafted verses and choruses, stuffed with diminished chords. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $21-$25 at bendticket.com.