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Rubbish Renewed
Eco Fashion Show

thursday 9

Where some may just see a pile of trash, eco-minded creative types see the latest fashions. Add to the holiday spirit the sustainable spirit of this year's Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show. This fundraising event for REALMS Charter School's Arts Program features eclectic, wearable art in a runway show, as well as a live and silent auction and a gallery marketplace where contributing local artists sell and showcase their renewed creations. Stay in fashion, while staying ecologically minded. $10. All ages at 6pm, 21+ at 8pm. Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr.

Cross Culture: Bike + Art Love

thursday-saturday 9-11

There's plenty of art accompanying the cyclocross races in town this weekend. For a sampling of events, check out the Culture section.

The Breast of Bend 2010

friday 10

When an organization tells you in the their press release that their benefit event is "a night of music, art, fashion, bikes and boobs," it's tough not to be at least a little curious. This fundraiser for the Keep a Breast foundation features an auction of breasts casts, dancing, a fashion show by Vanilla Urban Threads and a live set from The Autonomics - who just might be the hottest Bend-rooted band on the scene right now. $8/door or in adv at Vanilla. 8pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Brent Alan

friday and saturday 10 and 11

Although he's a constant fixture on the festival stages over the summer, Brent Alan, one of Central Oregon's most steadfast performers, has been quiet this fall. That said, he's exploding with two shows this weekend - first a full-band set at the Silver Moon on Friday night (10pm) and then he'll show the true fabric of his songwriting with a solo show as part of the Largent House Concert series on Sunday (7pm). Get funky, then go laid back. Friday: Silver Moon Brewing Co, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. Saturday: Largent House Concerts - call 541-350-9572 or e-mail dalelargent@hotmail.com for tickets.

Dirksen Derby

saturday 11 and sunday 12

Now in its fourth year, the Dirksen Derby is a two-day snowriding event that benefits Tyler Eklund, by raising money and awareness. Eklund was seriously injured four years ago while snowboarding in California. The Derby is a free-ride event emphasizing the need for speed on a technically banked rally course sprinkled with bamboo gates, hay bails, cliff drops and plenty of airtime. Events include races in categories for both men and women of all ages. $25/category, $50/with lift ticket. Check-in from 8am-10am. Mt. Bachelor.

Cross-Kultural Carnival

saturday 11

Here's another one of the events surrounding the Cyclocross National Championships and it looks to be a blow-out of the highest degree with live music, an interactive performance by sketch comedy group, So Spun We Spun West. There's also a spoken word performance by local poet Paul Arney. 8pm-11pm. Century Center Ballroom, 70 SW Century Dr.

Himalayan Holiday

sunday 12

Ten Friends is a local non-profit whose mission is to help improve lives with simple, hands-on projects. This holiday season, shop from their holiday marketplace and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you're helping those at the Ten Friends Himalayan Education Center. The Himalayan Holiday includes food, music, and beverages, all near a crackling fire. The marketplace offers a selection of original Christmas gifts from Nepal. In addition, learn about the organization's projects in Nepal. For more info call 541-480-3114. Free. 4-8pm. Aspen Hall, Shevlin Park, 18920 Shevlin Park Rd.

Brother Ali & The Grouch

sunday 12

What? You don't think hip-hoppers can get in the holiday spirit? This show, billed as the "How the Grouch Stole Christmas" Tour, features the tour's namesake, as well as emerging talent Brother Ali, who we profiled in this week's Sound section. Eligh (of The Grouch & Eligh) and Los Rakas open. $20/adv at bendticket.com, Ranch Records, and TicketsWest, $23/door. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

The Northstar Session

wednesday 15

Now on their second trip up to Bend this year, The Northstar Session will again bring their poppy alterna-rock up north from their native Los Angeles. The band has been picking up steam after one of its songs was featured on the popular NBC show Parenthood. Free. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

Dick Dale

thursday 16

We learned a few things about Dick Dale this week. The first thing is that his yacht was, and possibly still is, for sale (check out dickdale.com for details). And secondly, he is still probably the greatest surf guitarist ever. If you've never heard his lighting-fast riffs and excellent melodies, attendance is mandatory at this show. Or if you're looking to buy a boat...you could probably chat him up about that. Tone Red opens. $20/adv, $23/door. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

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