Take a break from election season and eat, drink, dance and enjoy music from El Dante with KPOV and "Political Follies" from Around the Bend players. Go to kpov.org for info. 7pm-midnight. $25/person, $40/couple. Boondocks Bar & Grill
Booze Devil and Vengeance Creek
Relatively new to the scene, Booze Devil is showcasing its hardcore act alongside time-tested metal veterans Vengeance Creek. Booze Devil can do the growl and grind thing, but the band also can unveil a bluesy touch when needed. 8pm. Long Shots Pub. 314 SE 3rd St.
Warren Miller's Children of Winter
Turn to the Culture page and read about Bend's time in the spotlight with the new Warren Miller film. The film also features local riders including Gerry Lopez, Ben Watts and Josh Dirksen. 6pm and 9pm. (9pm shows are 21 and over only.) Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700. $15.
Mass Transit with Secondhand Soldiers
It's been a while since we heard from Mass Transit, but the local hip-hop powerhouse is resurfacing at the Silver with some other warriors of the microphone in a sort of re-coming out party. Also on the bill is the reggae of Secondhand Soldiers among others. About time guys. Come around more often, we won't mind. 8pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
R. Carlos Nakai and Udi Bar-David
R. Carlos Nakai is often referred to as the nation's premier Native American flautist. And just for reference, a flautist is someone who plays a flute. Along with Udi Bar-David, a masterfull cellist -that's someone who plays a cello - the two produce some superbly transcending, not to mention haunting sounds. Will Clipman appears on percussion to round out the trio. 7pm. $55, $36, $25. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
The Tower Theatre brings you an indie flick plus a prescreening party and Q&A session with its director/star all in one sitting. Scott Prendergast directs and acts in this indie comedy film about a hapless loser who moves in with his sister (played by Lisa Kudrow) to help care for her homicidal toddlers and must take a job as a giant blue corporate mascot to help make ends meet. 7pm. $10, $7 students. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Ever wonder what the cycling world was like before Lance Armstrong brought it so much press? Professional racer from 1982-1990 and three-time Tour de France competitor Marcel Russenberger is back at Sunnyside Sports for another evening. Hear Russenberger, a competitor who excelled at mountain biking and cyclocross as well as road biking, discuss the "then and now" of professional cycling and show footage from his cyclocross career. 7pm. Sunnyside Sports, 930 NW Newport Ave.
In The Mood
Tower Theatre knows you can never have enough Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other 1940s music greats in your life. This is why they're bringing you not one but two performances full of swing dancing, old time crooning, big band blasting entertainment complete with authentic 1940s costumes. Take a look at when all of the country was listening and dancing to the same music for the last time with a nationally touring 22-piece company. 2pm and 7pm. $55, $45, $36. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St
With the recent release of their third full-length album, Portland band Amelia proves it has staying power. A Long, Lovely List of Repairs showcases the band's distinctive blend of pop, Americana and rock. Teisha Helgerson's silk-like clear vocals are perfectly complemented by Scott Weddle on guitar and Jesse Emerson on bass. From Spanish influenced guitar-driven songs like "Thick As Thieves" to bluesy "Dolores," Amelia keeps their listener's attention. All ages. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School
Singin' About a Revolution
Flip over to the Sound page and learn what local musicians think about the collision of music and politics. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Hell hath no double bass drum fury like Portland's hardcore quintet American ME. The band plays crunchy power metal that fits nicely into the modern hardcore scene. There are some local openers also on the bill, including: Knuckle Sandwich, It Lays in Ruins and Booze Devil. 8pm. $10. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Edgar Allen Poe
Mr. Poe himself (or someone who looks exactly like the macabre American literary hero) reads a selection of his work including "The Raven." If you can think of a better way for Bend's more literary folks to get in the mood for Halloween, we'd like the hear it. 6pm Thursday, Oct 30. Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave. 389-1813. Free, donations accepted.