MUSIC—The Talking Heads were one of the most important (and smartest, and catchiest) bands of the late '70s and early '80s. So we're always excited when the national-touring Talking Heads cover band, Naïve Melody, comes through town. The band's upbeat style and driving dance tracks will make you swear it's David Byrne and company on stage. 10 pm. Dojo, 852 NW Brooks St. Free.
ART—Chilly weather be damned! First Friday rides again. Doom and gloom, down-tempo, country-tease band Rural Demons and old-school blues rockers BlackFlowers BlackSun will play a set at Crow's Feet Commons (6 pm) and TBD Loft hosts the exhibit, "Snow Wild," featuring eight local artists' odes to wintery weather. 5 pm. Downtown. Free.
ROCK—Floater, the Portland-based alt-rock band, is a reminder we live in a refined and commercially packaged era, and no longer in the '70s when bombastic bands like Black Sabbath played harsh, dirty, bass-and-drum thumping music that was as much an emotional expression as just pure fun. Floater is also a reminder that critics can be thumb-sucking sissies, as the band has never quite received the critical—or commercial acclaim—to match its legions of fans. 9 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood. $15 adv., $18 door.
Christmas Parade and Jingle Bell Run
COMMUNITY—Few things make town feel more Christmas-y than the annual Christmas parade. Kick it off right with a 5k run/walk. Mr. Claus and friends will be in attendance. Register at footzonebend.com. Both events start at noon. Downtown Bend.
Third Seven with Royal Louis
MUSIC—Royal Louis is the newest project of Shane Thomas, former guitarist of popular psychedelic-ambient rock band Empty Space Orchestra, which got its start in Bend. Thomas and Billy Mickelson, of the one man cello-shredding project Third Seven, will team up for a collaborative performance of face-melting, soon-to-be favorites. 8:30 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5 suggested donation.
saturday 7 – sunday 8
BIKES—Bike riding season in Bend ends, well...never. Proof? This weekend: Saturday is a big-time 'cross race boasting some of the country's fastest men and women and on Sunday, it's the season finale of the wildly popular carnival-esque Cross Crusade series, the darling of the northwest. Fans are encouraged to go bonkers. Elite races start 2:15 pm Saturday. Deschutes Brewery Warehouse, 901 SW Simpson Ave.
BALLET—The classic story of a young misfit who dreams of bringing to life her favorite Christmas toy, a terrifying nutcracker doll. Two versions: Classical, by Central Oregon School of Ballet (3 pm. Bend High School, 230 NE 6th St. $18-22); and local—The High Desert Nutcracker—by Redmond School of Dance, featuring a Rock Chuck King and the beautiful Juniper Berry Fairy. 2 pm. Ridgeview High School, 4555 SW Elkhorn Ave. $10-12.
THEATER—Red is the cheery color of Santa's jacket; it is also the color of splattered blood. In this, er, off-color (and musical!) adaption of the classic kids-slaughtered-in-a-cabin horror flick, 2nd Street's cast mixes together (as in slicing and dicing) yuletide spirit with Halloween horror. 4 pm. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave. $19-$22, $25 for tickets in the "splatter zone."
MUSIC—Able to turn a frown upside down on even the biggest grouch, Take 6 is a clean-shaven, wholesome, high-quality and finger-snapping a cappella group, covering a swath of songs from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to sweet melody stars-in-their-eyes R&B love songs. And, oh, did we mention the 10 Grammys in about as many years? 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. $35.
THEATER—Christmas brings out the grump in some people, but also their best artistic impulses. More than 20 years ago, David Sedaris first read his essay on NPR re-accounting his bah-humbug employment as a Macy's elf. The essay's stage adaptation has joined the ranks of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as an enduring, sardonic holiday tradition. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century, $10-15.