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Our Picks 12/17-12/25


thursday 18

Holiday Singalong

MUSIC—Sisters Folk Festival presents a holiday singalong, preceded by a ukulele workshop. Musicians Victor Johnson and Kerry Williams will present "Easy as 1-2-3" to those of all ages interested in accompanying the non-denominational caroling on ukulele. The Belfry provides the venues and the libations while community members bring the tunes. 5 pm, 7 pm singalong. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $5 workshop, free singalong.

thursday 18

Bend Comedy presents Alex Rios

LOL—After a canceled performance last month because of weather, the former Central Oregon comedian who now hosts the weekly Proof Portland is Funny Showcase, Alex Rios, returns to Bend. If this performance is anything like Rio's last appearance here, expect jokes about glory holes and possible glitter bombs. 8 pm. Summit Saloon and Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave. $5-$8.

friday 19

Train Man

HOLIDAYS—Perhaps at another time of year, a grown man playing with miniature trains to attract and delight young children would be creepy, but during the holiday season, it is downright classic and charming. 10 am-6 pm. Deschutes Library, 601 NW Wall. Free.

friday 19

"A Christmas Memory" with Bob Shaw

STORY—Everyone's favorite weatherman breathes life into Truman Capote's semi-autobiographical story of childhood, holidays, friendship and loss. It's a classic tale that touches on the all-important True Meaning of Christmas, delivered by the man who reminds us to "have a sparkling day in Central Oregon." And, it benefits the Assistance League of Bend. It doesn't get much more magical than that, folks. 7 pm. Tower Theatre. $18-$20.

friday 19

The Kronk Men

METAL—Formed in Terrebonne in 1999, The Kronk Men are an ever-mutating mainstay in the Central Oregon music scene. They've played every now-closed venue, every dive bar, every festival, blaring their loud-as-hell sludge metal. Warm up your neck for some serious head banging. 9 pm. Volcanic Theater Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

friday 19

Santaland Diaries

THEATER—What began as a simple, but delightfully snarky essay read on the radio two decades ago, has become a holiday tradition. David Sedaris' biting insights into the commercialization of Christmas, and his own off-kilter observations about family and festivities are as timeless as ugly sweaters. 7:30 pm. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette. $12.

saturday 20


BLUES—The raging punky blues duo that is Hillstomp will be banging out its driving backwoods rock on over-turned buckets, ragged guitars and through vocal distortion. While some bands that return over and over to Bend wear out their welcome, this duo is always met with clapping hands and stomping feet. 8 pm. Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $8-$10.

sunday 21

Adult Cookie Decorating

PARTY—You're never too old to decorate holiday cookies, but sometimes the company is too young to appreciate your...creative...designs. Whether you go bloody with gingerbread zombies or naughty with gingerbread pin-ups, it promises to be a delicious and debaucherous time with decadent cocktails and DJDMP spinning. 7 pm. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, 147 NW Minnesota Ave. $5.

sunday 21

A Tower Christmas

HOLIDAY SPIRIT—It is as if your favorite uncle has curated the best Christmas event ever, with local dancers spunking up classics, local singers caroling favorite seasonal songs and KQAK's Dave Clemens reading selections from "A Christmas Story" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. $8-$12.

wednesday 24

Santa on the Slopes

SANTA—Yes, the old man can shred. Although it makes it tricky to sit on Santa's lap while he is carving turns, Santa keeps up his busy holiday schedule with an appearance—and free candy canes—at the ski slopes, before hopping off for his busy night. 10:30 am-2 pm. Mt Bachelor. Free.

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