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thursday 26

Peter Rodocker

MUSIC—We're suckers for anything with an accordion in it. And Portland-based, Nashville-bred "organic electric folk pop" artist Peter Rodocker weaves the ole squeezebox in with banjo, mandolin and drums for a Celtic-tinged, head-bobbing good time. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

thursday 26

Crappy Gift Exchange Party

CHRISTMAS—Instead of tossing your VHS collection, why not dump it on a buddy and have a good laugh about it? The crappy re-gift exchange is the perfect opportunity to ditch some dust collectors and make some new friends. 9 pm. Blue Pine Kitchen and Bar, 25 SW Century Dr. Free.

friday 27

Mosley Wotta

MUSIC—Jason Graham, writer, painter, musician (aka MoWo), is one of Bend's most talented stars. His raps are catchy, thoughtful and confident. Shake off the post-Christmas blues with a little local hip-hop. 7-11 pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $10.

friday 27

Stand Up Comedy

COMEDY—Don Frost and Alex Rios, two hilarious Portland comedians, join the standup upstairs series at Summit. Topics may include lying to your children, working out, and hating on the DIY trend. 8 pm. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave. $10.

saturday 28

McConkey

FILM—Shane McConkey was one of the most likeable and progressive skiers in the world. From his early career, envelope-pushing cliff drops, to his wingsuit BASE jumps, McConkey continuously redefined the world of extreme sports until his untimely death in 2009. This film explores his incredible life and chronicles his jaw-dropping adventures. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $10 adv/$13 door.

saturday 28

Jazz at the Oxford

MUSIC—With four of the best piano players in the state gathered together for one weekend, Jazz at the Oxford rightfully has billed its latest installment as the "Oregon Piano Summit." It's a wildly talented and versatile lineup that ranges from the peppy music of Gordon Lee to youngblood Ben Darwish and his "indie-jazz." Two shows: 5 pm and 8:15 pm. Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota. $45.

saturday 28

Bill Wadhams Band

MUSIC—Perhaps you don't know his name, but you have karaoked along with his 1984 New Wave hit "Obsession." His unmistakable voice is at once breathy and twangy. Have you ever asked yourself, "What happens to a one-hit wonder?" They grow up, take jobs and eventually return to a twilight career playing the McMenamins circuit. 7 pm. McMenamins, 700 NW Bond. Free.

sunday 29

The Secret of Kells

FILM—It's easy to balk at animated films. But, know what? They're generally really good: Toy Story, Up, The Incredibles. And, remember the Triplets of Belleville? Well, The Secret of Kells, a dark and fantastical story of a young abbot in the eighth century, is produced by the same Irish-French-Belgian team that made the uniquely animated cycling film. 11:30 am. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. $6.

tuesday 21

Larry and His Flask

PARTY—With so many New Year's partying options (see pg. 14) it can be hard to choose where to ring in 2014. We suggest dancing along with local punk-folk rockers Larry and His Flask at their annual New Year's bash. As an added bonus, they're throwing down in one of Bend's oldest churches. 8 pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. $15.

wednesday 1

Polar Plunge

RESOLUTIONS—Whether you resolve to never do this again or, if jumping into 38 degree water is a way to shock your system back awake after New Year's Eve, you won't be alone: Every year about 100 people strip down (to swim suits, but not birthday suits) and jump into an outdoor pool to start their new year. 10 am. Sunriver Resort Lodge Village Pool. Free (hot chocolate included).

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