ART—December's First Friday will be stuffed like a turkey with local artists debuting their wares and creations at shops downtown. Take, for example, recent transplant to Bend from Boston, photographer Maria Fernanda Bay. She was last week's Source cover artist, and her work will be on display at Bishops Barbershop on Oregon Avenue during the month of December. 5 pm. Downtown. Free.
MUSIC—They haven't promised to turn the thermostats up to 90 or drape everyone who walks through the door with a lei, but Bill Keale hosts his annual holiday concert, a virtual escape to the Hawaiian islands, complete with ukuleles and Crystal Lum of the Hokulea Dancers. 7 pm. Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave. $20.
THEATER—"Santaland Diaries" was first an essay read on the radio in 1992 by the then-unknown author David Sedaris, and has since become a well-known one-person act that chides, lampoons and otherwise serves as a post-modern snub to empty and commercialized holiday traditions. Performed by local actor Derek Sitter. 7:30 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century. $10.
Tango Alpha Tango
BLUES—The blues are a funny thing. They're not just reserved for the banks of the Mississippi anymore. Young, Pacific Northwest bands like Portland's Tango Alpha Tango is bringing the blues squarely into the rock genre and into the 21st Century with soulfully honest songs and rocking reverence. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
Bend Christmas Parade/Jingle Bell Run
PARADE—There are a lot of great things about the Bend Christmas parade—holiday spirit, the showcasing of local businesses, the horses, the classic cars, the carols! For kids and adults alike, the parade and adjoining Jingle Bell Run are the true kick-off to a merry and bright holiday season. Plus, who could forget the grand finale, SANTA. Noon. Downtown Bend. Free.
THEATER—With the third installment of the in CGI-happy film adaptation of JRR Tolkien's classic adventure quest coming to theaters on Dec. 17, there's no better time to watch a group of well-trained and talented children from the Bend Experimental Art Theater recreate the epic for the stage. Good news: the play does not last 156 minutes like the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. 2 pm & 7 pm. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave. $10-$15.
"Falling From Horses"
READING—Molly Gloss reads from her latest novel, which tells the story of an Oregon cowboy named Bud Frazier who sets out for Hollywood in 1938 with dreams of becoming a stunt rider. Upon his arrival, he discovers the dark realities behind the bright lights—for riders as well as the horses they work with. 5 pm. Sunriver Books & Music. 57100 Beaver Dr., Sunriver. Free.
THEATER—"A Christmas Carol" is Charles Dickens' wonderful and enduring story about kindness rekindling a heart. But now and again, the tale needs to be freshened up, like, say, as "The Grinch," or with "Humbug," a clever modern adaption that replaces the drab Victorian setting with Wall Street, and Ebenezer Scrooge with power-hungry female executive Eleanor. 2 pm. Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave. $13-$20.
BALLET—The classic holiday tale of a girl who travels through a dreamland filled with snow queens, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between mice and toy soldiers is best performed by dancers young enough to be entranced by its magic. The Central Oregon School of Ballet presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker. 3 pm. Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th St. $8-$18 in advance, $10-$22 at the door.
MUSIC—Get into the spirit of the season with the 10th annual Holiday Magic performance from the Cascade Chorale and the Bend Children's Choir. The show will cover the spectrum from classic Christmas carols to world music. Expect to hear old standards such as "O Holy Night," "Joy to the World," and Handel's "Messiah." 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $14.