We've always said that comedy is hard to find in this town, but not this week as the first edition of the Bend International Comedy Competition takes over several venues in town. Local comedian Morgan Preston is one of the producers of this event and has roped in comedians from around the country, including Tommy Savitt who's taken home top honors at the Boston Comedy fest and the Seattle International Comedy Competition. The first three nights are preliminaries, followed by the finals at the Tower on Saturday night with 20-minute sets from all the finalists. Weds-Thurs, April 1-2, 8pm Seven Nightclub, 1033 NW Wall St. Fri, April 3, 8pm: Baltazar's Ristorante, 1465 SW Knoll Ave. Sat, April 4, 8pm: Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. All events $25, $85 all-event passes are also available.
If you're a singer songwriter fan here in town, you should probably check out this soulful local artist. Lee's voice is bold yet smooth with some jazzy hints of Joss Stone and the powerful vibe of Grace Potter combined for an impressive total package. 8pm. Bendistillery Martini Bar, 850 NW Brooks St.
Mark Ransom's Birthday Bash
What better way to say "happy birthday" to one of Bend's local music movers-and-shakers than to come jam out to his jam-o-riffic band, the Mostest. This show includes Ransom on guitars and vocals, Pat Pearsall on bass, Lindsey Elias on the drums and Timmy Schroeder on lead guitar. 10pm-11:30pm. Astro Lounge, 147 NW Minnesota Ave.
Trashformations Kick Off Party
One man's trash might not be another man's treasure, but it might be his art. That's the case with Trashformations, one of Oregon's most unique artistic events in which artists take discarded items and build art that will be on display through April 17. The final results are far from garbage, with past years' events producing some quality pieces, so get acquainted with the project at this First Friday Kick Off Party. Lahaina Galleries, 425 SW Powerhouse Dr.
This Nederland, Colo. band plays a delicate yet full brand of experimental folk coupled with a range of other Americana influences. The vocal abilities of this band alone are worth the ticket price, so check it out. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Check out the On Stage column this week for everything you need to know about this glammier than life hair metal band. Perms encouraged, but not required for entrance. 9pm. $5. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave.
Central Oregon Songwriters Association Awards
Check the Sound section for the down low on the 11th edition of this annual awards show and live performance for COSA. 7pm. $10, Children 12 and under free. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
7th Annual Desert Orthopedics Great Nordeen Ski Race
It's time once again for the most talked-about cross-country ski race of the year. This race features both a 15km or 30km course that begin at Mt. Bachelor's Sunrise Lodge. Entry forms available at mbsef.org or by calling 388-0002 or at Bend Bike n' Sport. Saturday, Apr 4. Sunrise Lodge, Mt. Bachelor
The Cemetery Club
through april 11
This play, which opened last week at the 2nd Street Theater, focuses on a group of three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husband's graves. Believe it or not, it's actually a comedy! March 26 - April 11. Weds - Sat at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave. $18/adults, $16/students & seniors (62 and up).
Town Hall Meeting with Ron Wyden
You got something to say to the folks over there in Washington, D.C.? Well you can start by voicing your concerns to Oregon's own Senator Ron Wyden at this town hall meeting. Something tells me there's going to be some bailout talk. 12:30pm Bend Elks Club, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd.
A lot of bands say that they play "world" music, but that's especially true with this Nevada-based crew that can really plan just about everything the globe has to offer, wrapping it all together with a bit of gypsy soul. And they're doing it all for free at this Wednesday night show. All ages. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Source Fiction Contest Reading Party
The kind people at Between the Covers books are again hosting all the winning authors from our fiction issue for our second annual reading party. Come hear the submissions read aloud, as well as some other works from these local talents. 7pm. Between the Covers, 645 NW Delaware Ave.