This isn't a specific event, per say, but rather recognition of a widely celebrated yet hardly mentioned holiday called Thanksgiving Eve. Every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, revelers from in and out of town flood the bars with the knowledge that they have the following day off (even if it means some semi-stressful family get-togethers). If you're a born-and-bred Bendite this is also a night when you're likely to run into high school friends you haven't seen for a while...which is always exciting. Any bar, anywhere in town...let's say 8pm.
J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science
If standing in a crowded bar reminiscing with your former biology lab partner isn't exactly your idea of a good pre-holiday get down, buzz over to the Domino Room and dance out your demons with J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science. This should provide you with a nice mix of hip-hop, dub, soul, world and jazz music (and an opening set from Bend's DJ laureate, DJ Barisone) that's loud enough to prevent any meaningful discussion...you can save that for Thanksgiving dinner. 21 and over only, doors open at 8pm. 9pm. $12. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
A few weeks ago this fly fishing documentary that features a portion shot on the Deschutes screened at McMenamins and there was a line wrapping around the corner to get in - and needless to say, not every devout fisherman or fisherwoman was able to make it into the theater. But thankfully, the film is playing again at the Tower on Saturday so everyone should be happy. Go to ortrout.org for advance tickets. 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700. $10.
Tuned in film buffs probably already know this, but director Catherine Hardwicke has family in Central Oregon, which is why she is hosting a screening of her new film, Twilight, at the Sisters Movie House. Space is limited so call the theater to reserve a spot. 7:30pm. Sisters Movie House, 720 Desperado Ct, Sisters. 549-8833.
Hillstomp, Empty Space Orchestra
Every so often, the few blocks surrounding the Midtown complex on Greenwood Avenue absolutely explode with entertainment options. This night is no exception - giving you plenty of affordable music choices within a turkey leg's throw of each other. The main draw should be Hillstomp's gritty blues show with local openers Empty Space Orchestra. Flip a few pages and learn more about Hillstomp, but continue reading more for info on Saturday's Greenwood musical adventures. 9pm. $9. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Larry and His Flask
If you like what's going on at the Domino Room, you'll probably also get a kick out of the acoustic version of Larry and His Flask - this is probably your last chance to see them before they hit the road, so get on it. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
If you're looking for some fresh air during either the Hillstomp or LAHF show, step over to the M&J Tavern for some FREE music from Tex Velvet. The band plays a variety of country, blues, pop, rock and originals that should go well with a smoke and a tall can (this venue facilitates both). 8pm. No cover. M&J Tavern 102 NW Greenwood Ave.
Young Buck, Hip-Hop & Comedy Jam
Holy crap! This is a big show for Central Oregon's rap fans. Flip the page and read more about it. All ages. First 200 people through the door get a free mix CD, doors open at 7pm. 8pm. $25/advance, $28/door. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Network Blankets Bend
This charitable holiday event brings food, music and plenty of raffle items together to benefit project Homeless Connect. Tickets are $25 along with a donation of a blanket and canned food - and this gets you food from 12 O'Clock Tart as well as a selection of wines. Music is provided by locals Kim Kelley and Greg Botsford and the night will also include the raffling of some swanky items like a Breedlove guitar as well as jewelry. 6-9pm. 12 O'Clock Tart, 147 NE Olney, Suite 2. $25+donation.
Welcome Home Flesh-N-Bone Tour
See Bizzy Bone, Layzie Bone and Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform with guests including Big Sloan, Felecia and Stew Deez. All ages. There's more on the next page about this...if you're interested and you can visit jmaxproductions.net for even more info. 8pm. $26. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.