We could go on and on about all the diverse styles The Ascetic Junkies blend together
to create their signature sweet-and-saucy indie-folk rock, but you need to see this band for yourself. The Portland act goes from a sweet bluegrass-tinged number seasoned with the vocals of husband-and-wife tag team Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon to raging indie rock song in no time. Give a listen to their excellent This Cage Has No Bottom and you'll be ready for this sure-to-be-rad show. Local songwriter Chris Beland. $7 at bendticket.com, $10 door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Looking for a way to kick-off your Friday night? First Friday art walk is always a good call. Whether you're a true art collector/connoisseur, casual admirer, or are just out for the people watching, free apps, wine, and music, art walk's offerings are many. From Sheri McGovern's knitted goods at Amalia's, to the blues and fine art at Velvet, to the "wine samples" found at just about every participating downtown retailer, First Friday art walk truly has something for damn near everyone. 6pm. Free. Downtown Bend.
Trout bums will remember Red Gold as one of the featured films from the 2009 Fly Fishing Film Tour. The film, which includes captivating scenery of Alaska's threatened Bristol Bay and pointed interviews of its inhabitants and those who would seek to exploit the area's mineral resources, will be shown in its entirety at this awareness-raising event sponsored by Trout Unlimited. The event includes complimentary beer and wild salmon and a chance to talk with TU's point person on Bristol Bay. Free. 6 p.m. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin.
Blackflowers Blacksun, Rural Demons
What's with all the dirty blues and roots music we've been hearing around here lately from local acts? We don't know, but we're not complaining and this show features two of our best with the raucous blues rock of Blackflowers Blacksun and the creepy Fleet Foxian country folk of the Rural Demons. $5. 8pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Andrew McLean, Skiing Near the Poles Slide Show
The Utah man who made Powder Magazine's "48 Greatest Skiers of Our Time" list in 2006 is still ticking off hard and steep lines today, despite his somewhat advanced age (McLean turns 50 in February). The ski mountaineering specialist, who has made first-descents on all seven continents, is fresh off of a three-week ski expedition to Antarctica that included a descent of the 50-degree slope on Mt. Victoria. McLean will be sharing stories and images from his trip to the (real) deep south as well as his May expedition to Norway's Svalbard Islands. 3pm. GreatOutdoors, 320 SW Century Park.
It is officially Christmas time, as evidenced by that go getter around the corner from you who already has his tree up and lights circling the entirety of his home. Rather than fall off your roof in an effort to top his festive efforts, we recommend you take the family to the Nutcracker ballet performance and get yourself in a proper holiday mood before you start with the decorations. $17, $6/12 and under. Tickets at centraloregonschoolofballet.com. 3pm and 7pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday. Bend Senior High School Auditorium, 230 NE 6th St.
Jazz at Joe's: The Renato Caranto Quartet
Skilled saxophonist Reanto Caranto leads his quartet at this 36th installation of the Jazz at Joe's series and is joined by vocalist Sweet Baby James. Learn more about this increasingly popular jazz night in this week's Sound section. $25 at RaiseTheVibe.net/JazzAtJoes. School-aged kids/free, college students/$12.50. Food and drink available. 7pm Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
Green Team Movie Night: Why We Fight
Filmed during the Iraq war and directed by Eugene Jarecki (who also directed The Trials of Henry Kissinger and co-directed Freakonomics) Why We Fight is a 2005 documentary that questions the dominant role the military plays in America's foreign policy. The film features Bush, Ashcroft and Cheny as well as Clinton and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Sundance Grand Jury Award Winner examines the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about in his 1961 farewell address to the nation. 6:30pm. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St.
Timothy B. Schmit
For a town of 80,000-ish, Bend does well to bring big names to the growing number of music venues around town. The Tower has long been a stronghold for fine music and performances and Thursday will be no different. Longtime bass player and singer for the Eagles (yes, those Eagles) is bringing his own band to town. Expect some classic Eagles tunes, but also plenty of originals from the rock legend. Sisters' soulful Anastacia Beth Scott opens the show. 7:30pm. $30 at towertheatre.org. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.