Summer-run steelhead are spread throughout the lower river and most local rivers and lakes are still producing good trout, but it's time to put the fly rod down - at least for a few hours as the latest fish porn feature rolls into town in the form of Drift, an hour-long fly fishing documentary that includes footage from right here in Central Oregon. The segment, which highlights the increasingly popular sub-sport of spey fishing, was filmed last year on the Deschutes River with legendary guides and spey gurus John and Amy Hazel. The film was produced in conjunction with The Drake, a Colorado-based fly fishing magazine, and the local showing benefits the Upper Deschutes Wastershed Council and Oregon Trout. Doors 5:30, Film 6pm. $10 McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.. Advanced tickets at ortrout.org.
Music For The Fallen
Veteran's Day just passed and the local music scene is paying tribute to the families of Central Oregon's fallen soldiers with this crossover show featuring music ranging from metal to hip-hop. The lineup includes: Relative, No Cash Value, Snap Point, Pov City, Trevor G and The Collektive Cartel. 8pm. $10, $1 off with non-perishable food donation. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
The Dirty Words CD Release Party
Flip a few pages and read about The Dirty Words new record, The International Machine. Joining the men of the The Dirty Words are Mosley Wotta and Space Hoax. All ages. 8pm. $5. PoetHouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota Ave. (enter the Wine Shop and take the stairs up...you'll find it.)
Local blues guitar stalwart Greg Bryce (one half of the duo Blackflowersblacksun, along with drummer CJ Davis) is back from his summer job as a firefighter in Alaska and has returned to Bend to do what he does best: play super killer, gritty blues at the M&J Tavern. They play at other places around town, but the M&J is definitely home turf for Blackflowersblacksun. 9:30pm. Free. M&J Tavern 102 NW Greenwood Ave.
All right, so here's what happened. In the hours before we went to press we got word from the venerable members of Central Oregon's most humorous punk band, the Kronkmen, that they would be playing a show this weekend. And the reason? We'll use their words: "For the sole purpose of trying to raise awareness of monetary expectations for 20-something males." Huh? Maybe front man Tim Vester is slowly shifting his way into the world of motivational speaking - that's our best guess. 9pm. Free. Longshots Pub, 314 SE 3rd St.
Gospel Choir of the Cascades: Plumpy Nut fundraiser
We all need a little gospel choir in our lives from time to time and this show should give you the dose you need, as well as a chance to contribute to an innovative charity called Project Peanut Butter. Sure, the name sounds a little goofy, but this project manufactures a life-saving food source called Plumpy'Nut. Made from peanut butter, powdered milk, sugar, oil, vitamins and minerals, Plumpy'Nut is saving the lives of malnourished children in Africa. 7pm at the United Methodist Church, located at 680 NW Bond Street.
Empty Bowls 2008
Here's another do-good opportunity! It's a nationally recognized event that opens your eyes to the less fortunate around us and also gets you a hand-thrown artisan soup bowl, some gourmet soup from COCC's Culinary Institute, some local musicians and more. 11am, 12:15pm and 1:30pm seatings. Sunday, Nov 16. Bend Golf & Country Club, 61045 Country Club Dr. 382-3261. $18.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Holy crap these guys are freakin' talented. Turn the page and learn more. 7pm. $36-$70. Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St.
Leif James and the Struggle
It's been a while since we've seen Leif James playing with a band on a regular basis, but we sure as hell hope he keeps it up. This lineup features the raspy voiced James on guitar and vocals, Jason Jackson on double bass and Jeff Ingrahm on drums. Those who've heard this guy solo know he's as good of a songwriter as we have in town and with a band his soulful Americana really takes flight. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School. 700 NW Bond St.
Oh yeah, it's another high-profile hip-hop group stopping off in our little ol' town. Read more about Gift of Gab's new project in the Liner Notes column. All ages. 8pm doors 9pm/show. $18/advance, $20/door. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.