Once there was a man who came to Bend from the other side of the mountains and began playing a weird, one-man-band sort of rock and roll. His name was Tony Smiley and they called him the Loop Ninja. We profiled the Ninja himself in this week's screen section. Free. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
The Tower Theatre has a good idea of how to spend your winter weekends: with some cool cult-classic movies. The first installment of the series brings to the Tower's big screen (and big sound system) the filmic version of Pink Floyd's The Wall. What's that? Don't know what this 1982 film is about so you're not sure if you should come? Bananas! If you're a Pink Floyd fan, or even just an individual who really enjoys insanely weird stuff, head on down to the Tower to check out the brainchild of Floyd's Roger Waters. The film was directed by Alan Parker and stars Bob freakin' Geldof! Rated R. $10. 8pm Saturday, Jan 7. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
As we mentioned in last week's Top Ten issue, this year's Church of Neil show was a hell of a showing of our local talent, in addition to our love of Mr. Neil Young. If that once-a-year jamboree wasn't enough for you and you're starving for some more Young covers, check out this show on Saturday night at Players, featuring Quasi Horse, a real live Neil Young cover band. The locals of the Stunt Poets open the show. 21-and-up. Cover at the door. 9pm. Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Drive.
Here's another prediction for 2012: Bend's women in roller skates are going to continue to smash the living crap out each other. We can assure this prophecy will become reality this weekend when the Lava City Roller Dolls take to the rink to smash it up. In this first bout of 2012, Moulin Bruise and Gauge Rage take each other head-on and things are going to get crazy. And here's something else you should know: The Roller Dolls, also now have a Junior Derby league for the younger skaters out there. After all, it's never too early to start mixing it up, right? Junior Derby at 4pm. Home Teams at 6pm. $10. 6pm Saturday, Jan 7. Cascade Indoor Sports Center, 20795 High Desert Ln.
Here's what we once wrote about Matt Hopper, the Boise-based rocker who's coming to town this weekend: "He's like Ryan Adams, but with more sass and lyrical consistency. Or maybe he's a boozier sounding version of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy." We maintain those comparisons as he returns for another show in town with his excellent backing band. Also, Eric Tollefson opens the show, giving a taste of the excellent new songs he's been preparing for his new album. $7 at bendticket.com, $10 at door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
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Wouldn't you know it, here in 2012, Abraham Lincoln is suddenly quite popular. We're not saying he hasn't always been popular, but we're soon to see Spielberg's biopic of the great president, creepy ol' Gabe portrayed him on The Office and even angry grandpa Bill O'Reilly wrote a book about Abe (although many of the details have since been questioned). We get a taste of Lincoln-mania right here in Bend this weekend when Stephen Holgate (who also wrote this piece) brings the president to life with this one-man show. The play tells Lincoln's story through stories, newspaper articles and conversations. Bonus: Holgate really looks like the real deal. Two shows: Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. $15 adults, $10 students. 7:30pm Saturday, Jan 7. Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave.
The last time this big funk band came to the Silver Moon, one of our staffers got an urgent text message to get down to the pub. He did, and was quickly rocked to near death by the Afrobeat meets funk sound of this mega-rocking troupe from Seattle. This is the first installment of the 2012 Volcanic Funk Party series, which means there is hopefully plenty more where this came from. $7 at bendticket.com, $10 door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.