Author! Author! Lisa See
READ ALL ABOUT IT—Rich in Chinese culture and knowledge, See's books can take an audience to a new world with her New York Times bestsellers, but if reading isn't a preferred pastime, her book "Secret Fan" became a movie in 2011. So whether picking up a book or picking at popcorn is appealing, come meet the master behind it all. 7 p.m. Bend High School, 230 NE Sixth St., Bend. $25.
Taste of the Town
FEEDING EDUCATION—Nom for a good cause. COCC is hosting an all-you-can-eat-and-listen-to-and-dance-to event that benefits the scholarship program at the school, and in the long run, society as a whole. What else is there to say? UNLIMITED FOOD SAMPLES!! 7-10 p.m. Mazama Gymnasium, Bend COCC Campus, 2600 NW College Way, Bend. $35 adv., $40 door.
Friday 26 & Saturday 27
Mountainfilm on Tour
FILM—This traveling film fest is the best of Telluride Mountainfilm Festival with documentaries that work to inspire viewers by focusing on themes of adventure, preserving the environment and exploring new cultures. With a different film each night, raffles and proceeds benefiting The Environmental Center, going to Mountainfilm of Tour is a no-brainer. 7 p.m. both nights. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $20 adv., $23 door.
COVERS—This is either the coolest thing ever or a slow elevator ride to hell depending on who you are. Four Colorado musicians have mashed their love of playing Grateful Dead and Phish covers into one massive jam session for Bend's listening pleasure. This should be a trip. 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.
FOLK FEST—The second of three in the Sisters Folk Festival Winter Concert Series, Bumper Jacksons are bringing their signature country swing to Central Oregon. Preceded by The Wood Brothers last month and followed by Darlingside in a few weeks, this Winter Concert Series has been phenomenal. 7 p.m. Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Rd., Sisters. $15-$20.
STRINGS—Last fall this five-piece string band left audiences wanting more after putting on a rowdy, high-energy Americana folk performance in Sisters—and the lead singer didn't even have a voice! Fingers crossed that Brothers Comatose will share songs from their new album, "City Painted Gold," that was recently funded by Kickstarter and set to be released in March. 8 p.m. The Belfry, 302 Main St., Sisters. $15 adv., $18 door.
ADULT CONTEMPORARY—Shawn Mullins makes his return to the Tower Theatre with his specialized folk/instrumental/alternative sound. You might remember Mullins from his 1998 smash hit single, "Lullaby." Or you might not. Either way, this is a chance to familiarize yourself with his deep cuts. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $21-$43.
Dead Winter Carpenters
PLAYING LIVE—Bring your latest whittling project with you, maybe even a jug to blow into; point is, just be there. Tapping a foot along to the music is inevitable and nodding along is almost unavoidable. There is no denying that it's easy to get into their music. Just don't sing along too loudly. That's annoying. 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $8 adv., $10 door.
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
YOUNG AT HEART—Who doesn't like a raspy voice along with a dark-slow beat that is reminiscent of a drawn-out pole dance in a smoky, poorly lighted room? If that's something that is less than appealing, then Selena Gomez has a new song coming out. Us cool kids will be filling flasks and taking in the hypnotic sounds that can only come from acute artistic suffering. Hashtag? Bleeding heart syndrome. 7 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. No cover.
METAL—One of the grandaddies of the Southern California metal scene, Suicidal Tendencies have been bringing their thrash sound to the world for over 30 years. Lead singer Mike Muir is the only original member of the band, but how long can one really thrash, after all. 9 p.m. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $22 adv., $25 door.