If you've never seen Greg Bryce, the man behind Blackflowers Blacksun, in action you should make it to this show, before Bryce heads back to Alaska where he works as a firefighter in the springs and summers. Along with his band, Bryce creates a jet engine worth of power with dirty slide blues guitar and howling vocals. $3. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Longtime locals will remember this punk act, which has been on hiatus for almost three years now. But this weekend, the 'Rats return to the scene and bring along Tuck and Roll and Hands on Throat to open this triumphant return show. $2. 9pm. Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Dr. 21 and over.
The Division Street SkatePark Project continues in the hopes of someday bringing a premier skateboarding facility to Bend and this auction can help that dream become a reality. This event auctions off custom skate decks featuring artwork from local, regional and national artists. Just check out the artwork from Bendite Dana MacKenzie on this page. Visit www.divisionstreetskatepark.org for more info. 6pm-11pm. Poethouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota Ave.
When we ran a feature on this Bay-Area band over the summer, we realized that this is no thrown-together rock act, but rather the charging jam-rock machine fronted by business mogul Roger McNamee, who has gathered a gang of seasoned touring musicians like John Molo and Pete Sears. Deadheads, please come out of your respective hiding spots for this one. Bring a healthy, non-perishable food item to benefit La Pine Community Kitchen. 21 and over. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $10. Tickets at Bendticket.com, Ranch Records and ticketswest.com.
This new five-piece rock act is comprised of a couple members from the now defunct El Dante and other local notable players like Person People's Jared Forqueran and Aaron-Andre Miller, as well as vocalist Stephanie Slade from local band the Sofa Kings. Check out the On Stage column for more on this emerging all-star band. $5. Brent Alan and Gabe Johnson Duo open. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
The Toasters, Necktie Killer
friday-saturday 19, 20
Flip to the Sound section for more on this storied ska band's two-date appearance here in Bend. Friday: 9pm Mountain's Edge Bar, 61131 S. Highway 97. $10. Saturday: 9pm Timbers East, 2570 NE Twin Knolls Dr.
Shawn Levy Reading:
Paul Newman: A Life
Shawn Levy, a film critic for The Oregonian, has written a biography of Paul Newman's life and now comes to Bend to discuss the storied actor and filmmaker. He'll be reading and also signing books, as well as talking about all things Newman. Not sure if that includes salad dressing. 3pm Bend Public Library, Brooks Room, 601 NW Wall St.
So, this funk rock band includes members of the other faction of the late El Dante lineup. Check out this six-piece's debut show for free this weekend - and if you need more on this act, hit up the On Stage column. 9pm. M&J Tavern, 102 NW Greenwood Ave. Free.
Archeology Film Fest
friday, saturday 19/20, 26/27
This two-weekend series brings some of the best entries from the 2009 edition of The Archeology Channel International Film and Video Festival. The selected documentaries for the first weekend of films include pieces on topics including a mysterious Greek astronomical device, hidden Bosnian pyramids and a look into the lives of the ancient Celts. 7:30pm each day. Central Oregon Community College, Boyle Education Center. Room 0155.
Lava City Roller Dolls
The local ladies of the Lava City Roller Dolls take to the track to run up against the Emerald City Roller Girls in a knock-down-drag-out match. They're out there for fun, but also to crush some heads - so sweet! $12/door, $10/adv at bendticket.com. 5pm Saturday, Feb 20. Central Oregon Indoor Sports Center, 20795 High Desert Ln.
Desert Brawl 38: Uprising
The punch-and-choke-and-kick-and-punch-and-knock-your-opponent-unconscious fun of Mixed Martial Arts has returned to Bend with the latest installment of Desert Brawl. The fight card features some notable local fighters as well as a few newcomers, but whether you know them or not, it's still fun to see some real-live fighting, ain't it? 7pm doors, 8pm fights. $20/general admission, VIP tickets also available by calling 541-306-0949.