Here are our picks for the weekend in Bend, have a good one all you nine-to-fivers!
MUSIC—Colorado-based Champagne Charlie is a musical trifecta—Dixie band trumpets, Big Band boisterous and the fighting spirit (not to mention standup bass) of the Stray Cats. And Ryan “Peepers” King’s voice? That voice! A froggy and full bellow that would make Louis Armstrong tip his top hat. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. $5.
High Desert Chamber Music Series
PIANIST—Like Rocky, when he travels to the USSR to bring his soul and passion to defeat the infinitely better trained boxer, Robert Thies is a simultaneously bold and gentle piano player—and, yes! God bless America! The first American player in four decades to win the famed International Prokofiev Competition in the Soviet Union (er, Russia). Joined by violinist Isabelle Senger. 7:30 pm. First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond. $35.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters Comedy Benefit
COMEDY—Nothing takes the winter chill off quite like laughing for a good cause (except maybe winning a year’s worth of beer). The 17th annual Comedy Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon offers the chance to do both. With a three-course meal from 5 Fusion, live and silent auction packages, and a heartwarming “Bigs and Littles” presentation, this event will be handing out smiles like they’re going out of style. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $50.
Solo Speak: Adoption
STORYTELLING—Five writers—three locals and two from Eugene and Portland—share stories about how their lives have been touched by adoption: as an adopted child, as a mother who gave a parent up for adoption, as a mother who wonders how her life would be different if she had. It’s the first installment of Solo Speak’s third season. Be sure to bring tissues for a night of emotional storytelling. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Cascades Theatre, 148 NW Greenwood. $15 online, $18 at the door.
Jazz at the Oxford
JAZZ—Although much of the hype for this edition of “Jazz at the Oxford” focuses on the versatile piano playing of Tizer, keep your eyes on the backbeat, Raul Pineda, a Grammy winning percussionist whose beats so exact the soul and sounds of Cuba. 5 pm, 8:15 pm. Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. $49.
MUSIC—Central Oregon’s Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus, the Upbeat! Quartet and the Harmony4Women Community Chorus lift their voices to raise funds for local women-focused nonprofits, including Grandma’s House, the Bend Branch of the American Association of University Women, Soroptimist International of Bend, and Bella Acappella Harmony Chorus. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $19 adults, $10 children.