We profile the new reinvention of Leif James in the Sound section. Read that, then immediately head to the Moon to see him and the Struggle rip it up with an all-out acoustic rock show. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Yeah, we've spilled a lot of ink about DJ Barisone over the last year, but our prolificacy of writing on this man is worth it - he throws some of the best (if not the best) parties in town whenever he's behind the wheels. So, spend your Thursday with Barisone for some worldly jams and healthy amounts of funkalicious party music. 10pm. Bendistillery Martini Bar, 850 NW Brooks St.
Most probably know this name in connection with the Sisters Folk Festival (he's executive director) and the Americana Project (which he founded) but Tisdel is also one of the most skilled local folk artists in Central Oregon. Read his profile in the Sound section for more info, then call 350-9572 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. 7pm. $7. Largent Studios House Concert.
friday-saturday 5-6 (and beyond)
Intention Media presents a new film exploring our addiction to oil and how green energy can help. Flip to the Sound section for a review of the film. Go to thefuelfilm.com for info. Pilot Butte 6, 2717 E Hwy 20. 382-6347.
Night of Roller Derby Madness
This time of year, there aren't too many weeks when the Picks department lets a roller derby bout slip by without some sort of mention. But typically it's either the Lava City Roller Dolls OR The Renegade Rollergirls who get the press-not this time. It's BOTH leagues playing on the same night for the ultimate night of roller derby and you can make it to both bouts! Lava city plays at the Central Oregon Indoor Sports Center (20795 High Desert Ln.) at 6pm and then the Renegade Rollergirls have their "The Naughty Versus the Nice" bout at Midtown (51 NW Greenwood Ave) kicking off at 8pm. Christmas came early for roller derby fans this year.
Empty Space Orchestra
At this Rise Up benefit show, you get another look at these youthful local prodigies that we raved about in the Sound Check column of this issue. Check it out and do everything in your power to get to this show. A) Rise Up is a great organization and B) Empty Space is pretty damn incredible. 8pm. PoetHouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota, above the Wine Shop.
The Grouch & Eligh
This tour is billed as "How the Grouch Stole Christmas" and is a showcase of some illustrious West Coast rappers, including The Grouch and Eligh - both of the Living Legends crew. Also on the bill are The Bayliens, DJ Fresh and Paul Dateh. This is independent hip-hop at its very best. All ages. Doors open at 8pm. 9pm. $15/advance, $18/door. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Mr. Dial Has Something to Say
This documentary, which originally appeared at the BendFilm Festival explores racism and classism through the lens of a 78-year-old African-American artist, Thornton Dial. Part of the Indie Reels series at the Tower. 7pm Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700. $10/adults, $7/students w/ID.
En Vogue Fashion Show Party
This holiday party features music from skilled songstress Erin Cole Baker, as well as a fashion show with hair style demonstrations and, of course, food and drinks to get you in a fashionable mood. There's also some killer door prizes to be had. 6:30pm. En Vogue, 431 NW Franklin Ave.
If you haven't seen a Poetry Slam here in Bend, take a look at the back of the paper this week and check out what local author Suzanne Burns has to say about the slam and its contestants. Sign-ups starts at 7pm. 8pm Wednesday, Dec 10. Silver Moon Brewing Co, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. 388-8331. $3.