Last year, around this time, we introduced you to Sara Jackson-Holman, a Bend native who exploded onto the music scene with her debut disc, When You Dream, which showcased the pianist's dynamically sexy voice and Regina Spektor-like fusion of jazz and indie rock. If you haven't seen her yet, you owe it to yourself to check out one of Bend's finest young performers. Eric Tollefson, taking a break from prepping a new album of his own, opens the show. All ages. Children 10 and under free. $10 in adv at bendticket.com. 8pm. The Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Northwest Hoop Gathering
Not only is there such a thing as a professional hula hooper, there's actually a lot of them, the best of whom will be here in Bend this weekend for this massive hooping jam. If you've always wanted to get in on this activity, try this out and learn from the best. Friday 4:30-11pm, Saturday 10:30am-12am, Sunday 11:30am-6pm. northwesthoopgathering.com. Friday, Apr 29 - Sunday, May 1. Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr.
We're Still Here! 2nd Street Theater 10th Anniversary Celebration
The 2nd Street Theater is still alive and kicking, as they acknowledge with the name of this 10th anniversary show, which will showcase pieces from the theater's decade in existence. 8pm both nights. $25. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
The pride and joy of Oregon's artsy metal scene (if there is one) makes another appearance in Bend, much to the delight of their army of fans in Central Oregon. Local pop punkers Tuck and Roll open. $15/adv, $18/door. All ages. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
The Staxx Brothers
There are only a few bands as wildly funky that come through Bend as the Staxx Brothers, a jammy hip-hop and soul crew hailing from Seattle known to throw a hell of a dance party. This show should feature plenty of tracks from the band's new third full-length album, Jungle Cat, which will be available soon. It will be fun to see the seven members of the Staxx family (it's not really a family) cram onto the Silver Moon stage, which means they'll probably join you on the dance floor for a few numbers. $8/adv, $10/door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
MadRad, DJs Caput and Prajekt
If you're a hip-hop fan and didn't see MadRad when they appeared here in Bend this winter to open for Champagne, Champagne, you should be sure to make it to this gig. The Seattle band combines indie rock and eletronic music into a hybrid style that's topped with awesome hip-hop lyrics. Expect the cozy confines of the MadHappy to be hopping. 10pm. Madhappy Lounge, 850 NW Brooks St.
The Big Wave Challenge
With the blessing of local surf legend, Gerry Lopez, Mt. Bachelor is combining the thrills of both surfing and snowboarding for this new event that features wave-sculpted snow features. $20. Followed by a luau in the Clearing Rock Bar featuring traditional surf-inspired cuisine along with live music from Bill Keale. Saturday, Apr 30. Mt. Bachelor.
Check out this week's Culture feature to learn about the chosen author for the Novel Idea program and then you'll need to head up to Redmond on Saturday to hear him speak because both Bend appearances are sold out. 1pm Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave.
While the local comedy scene has come out of nowhere over the course of the last year to really take hold in town, it seems like it's been a while since we've had a big-name national comic in town. That will change this weekend when funny man Hal Sparks, best known for his riotous commentary on I Love the '80s and his role on Queer as Folk. $20/adv, $25/day of show. 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Rent Art. Help Kids.
The students of Marshall High School have a burgeoning art program, but to help get it off the ground they've come up with an innovative fundraising idea. At this event you can take a look at the students' creations, and then if you like what you see, rent it for $10 a month. Not a bad idea for the non-committal art collector, is it? 4pm-7pm. Marshall High School, 1291 NE 5th St.
Cinco de Mayo
There is a lot going on for Cinco de Mayo, including the street concert featuring Ozomatli and Rubblebucket, among others, Brandi Carlile's show at the Tower... and a myriad of other events. Check back next week for a rundown of Cinco de Mayo festivities.