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The best in Bend this week!

The No Sky Project

thursday 10

Combining unexpected instrumental samples and thought-provoking lyrics, The No Sky Project produces seamless hip-hop in the vein of Atmosphere and Sage Francis. The duo handles all of the vocals, production and drum machines and will be joined by a slew of other DJ's and hip-hop groups. Hosted by The Madhappy Allstars. 21+. No cover. 9:30 p.m. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St.

McDougall

friday 11

Playing gritty, Southern folk staples and spirited originals, in a one-man-band setup, we wouldn't put it past McDougall to skid out of the venue parking lot in an 18-wheeler, hooting and hollering as he speeds onto the parkway. He specializes in graphic folk tales about burning down houses and cross-country road trips. Sassparilla opens. 21+. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.

999 People of Central Oregon

friday 11

If a picture says 1,000 words, then local photographer Christian Heeb is currently writing a million-word manifesto. Showcasing the unique faces of Central Oregonians, Heeb will be screening his latest images and shooting photos as he continues to add to the expansive collection. 5 p.m. Cascade Center of Photography, 390 SW Columbia St, Ste. 110.

Coen Bros. Film Festival: Fargo

friday 11

Bloody murder, ice-cold intrigue and Oscar-winner Frances McDormand's idiosyncratic cop role will invade the big screen as the first installment of the inaugural festival hits the Tower. Catch follow-up Coen flicks Burn After Reading and The Big Lebowski later this month, too. $10. All ages. 8 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Danny Barnes and Matt Sircely

friday 11 and saturday 12

The renowned banjo virtuoso and his mandolin-slaying friend will be satisfying your eardrums with an avalanche of bluegrass pickin' and folksy singing.

Fri: $10. All ages. 8 p.m. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters, Sat: Free. 21+. 9 p.m. The Hideaway Tavern, 939 SE 2nd St.

Patagonia Pursuit Nordic Race

saturday 12

Get ready for some swift Nordic racing as skiers of all ages will be competing individually and on two-person teams in a frosty competition benefiting the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation.

$10-$20 to participate. Free to watch. 10 a.m. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr.

Karaoke

monday 14

Just 'cause it's not summer, doesn't mean concerts are off the table. Put on your own! Jump in the car, warm up your vocal cords on the way and prepare to sing your heart out with Karaoke at Northside. Don't stop believin'! Free. 21+. 6:30 p.m. Northside Bar & Grill, 62860 Boyd Acres Rd.

Trivia Tuesdays

tuesday 15

For all you Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit and Scene It? lovers, the opportunity to challenge your smarts on topics like art, world history, sports and movies will commence at this weekly trivia extravaganza. Drink booze and pick your brain for those fourth-grade Social Studies lessons. Free. 21+. 8 p.m. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St.

Loudon Wainwright III and Dar Williams

tuesday 15

The folk legend brings his Grammy Award- winning songwriting and folk-blues prowess to C.O. for a cozy performance that includes an opening treat from pop-folk veteran Dar Williams. $35-$45. All ages. 7:30 p.m., Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

The Giraffe Dodgers

wednesday 16

Clever name, fast-plucking mandolin and Portland swag, The Giraffe Dodgers are a four-piece hootenanny, cranking out back- porch bluegrass jams. This isn't your average grass band. The guys fuse jazz, funk and folk, AND they cover Paul Simon. All ages. No cover. 7 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

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