BLUES—Coco Montoya's style has been dubbed by the Boston Globe as "hot, blistering soul," and the self-taught musician began his musical career after accepting a drummer gig with Albert Collins in the '70s. Montoya learned by ear and by studying Albert Collins and John Mayall. He spent several decades touring and recording and he's bringing his blues and vocals to the Belfry. 7 p.m. The Belfry, 302 Main St., Sisters. 20 adv., $25 doors.
The Fight to Save Patagonia
BENDFILM—A night of film, remembrance, and discussion. Lito Tejada-Flores' film "Fitz Roy" will be screened, with an on-stage conversation with speed skiing world record holder Dick Dorworth following. Lastly a presentation of The North Face Founder Doug Tompkins', early travels to Patagonia and his efforts to protect those wild lands. 6 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St. $10 public, $7 BendFilm members.
Corner Gospel Explosion
RELEASE PARTY—Corner Gospel Explosion is not only releasing its debut album, "Tension," at this event, but it's playing the album as well. Packed to the gills with talent from bands like Larry and His Flask, Wilderness and Harley Bourbon, Corner Gospel Explosion is Central Oregon's own supergroup. 7:00 p.m. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. No cover.
Mickey Avalon & Dirt Nasty
HIP-HOP—This is about as nasty and grungy as hip-hop can get. Mickey Avalon raps about his heroin and crack use combined with his obsession with women. Dirt Nasty is Simon Rex, ex-MTV video jockey, star of "Scary Movie 3,4,& 5" and rapper. Combined...maybe the world will implode. Who knows? 8:00 p.m. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $20 adv., $25 door.
friday 5 & saturday 6
Now You're Talking
THEATER—A night of one acts produced by Silent Echo Theater Company and Sisters Classic Old-Time Radio Experience, with seven directors, seven plays, and seven misadventures. Each performance sets out with a different purpose, some to move you, some to make you laugh, but they all most importantly, will entertain you. 7:30 p.m. The Belfry, 302 E Main Ave., Sisters. $12 adv., $15 door (cash only).
Mardi Gras Masquerade Party
MASKED CELEBRATION—Grab your mask and your best Mardi Gras attire for this celebration. Even if you don't get the baby in the king cake, you could still have some luck at winning a best costume contest prize. There'll also be a DJ and free beads at the door. 8 p.m. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $10 adv., $15 doors.
RACES—The fourth annual Vertfest is here. There are multiple backcountry races and free demos of Voile, DPS and more. Plus, an Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding clinic, as well as a Companion Rescue Clinic and Identifying Avalanche Problems clinic. So much to do, so little time. 10:00 a.m. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr. $10 Rookie Rally, $25 clinics, $35 races.
EChO's Asian New Year Celebration
RING IN THE NEW YEAR AGAIN—Join local families and celebrate the Year of the Monkey. With your ticket purchase, enjoy light appetizers, Chinese carnival games and Chinese musicals. The proceeds will benefit the Education for Chinese Orphans non-profit that provides support for children with special needs in Chinese-run orphanages. 2-5 p.m. Mountain View High School Auditorium, 2755 NE 27th St. $10-$50.
K9 Keg Pull
DOG RACE—Combining the three things Central Oregonians love the most: beer, the outdoors and dogs, this event sets up a 150-foot snowy runway for dogs and their owners to be champions. The dogs (from several different classes) will try and to pull kegs the fastest, with proceeds going to Bark for Life. Noon. The Village at Sunriver, 57100 Beaver Dr. $10 per dog.
U.S.A Track and Field Cross Country National Championships
RUN FOREST RUN—Cheer on the best cross-country runners in the country as they run trails on the Central Oregon terrain. The winner receives bragging rights and cash. 9 a.m. River's Edge Golf Course, 400 NW Pro Shop Dr. Free to spectators.