Whether she's with her band, The Gentlemen Callers, or playing with only pedal steel guitar accompaniment, as she is at this free show, Emma Hill never seems to disappoint us here in Bend. Originally from Alaska, but now living in Portland, Hill sews together emotionally charged Americana tunes that go excellently with her silky voice. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Voices From the Past: Theater and Oral History
Witness the transformation of oral history interviews captured by Studs Terkel, the father of modern oral history gathering. Hard Times, Terkel's masterwork on the Great Depression, helps us understand our own moment of economic difficulty. Presented by the Deschutes Historical Society. 6pm. Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 SW Division St.
Skyliners Winter Sports Swap
You need new skis. Or maybe a snowboard. Or gloves. Or pants. Whatever you need for the upcoming ski season (which this guy on our street who's a real wizard with weather prediction says is going to be a doozy) you can find at this super sized collection of used gear. You can bring in your stuff between Thursday and Friday (10 am - 7pm both days) and have MBSEF sell it for you. The ski education nonprofit takes a 25 percent commission, so you're doing a good thing by unloading that old stuff. The actual ski swap takes place between 8am and 5pm on Saturday. Mt. Bachelor Bus Barn, 115 SW Columbia Ave.
Lava City Roller Dolls: Chaos in the Cascades
The Lava City Roller Dolls is kicking off its season and are doing so in style by holding this round-robin tournament, which they're calling "Chaos in the Cascades" up at the big ol' Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. Other teams included in this all female slugfest are 12 Gauge Rage, Nerve Agents and Moulin Bruise. If nothing else, you have to hand it to them for the witty team names. $15/adults, $8/students, $5/kids and seniors. Junior tournament at 3:30pm, round robin tournament starts at 6pm. 6pm Saturday, Oct 15. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way.
Innovation Launch Party
As we reported on the Bent Blog a few weeks ago, the Madhappy Lounge, which occupied the party-friendly former Bendistillery spot on Brooks Street closed up shop. But that doesn't mean they're giving up on bringing exciting and diverse live music to Bend. The people behind MadHappy are now holding events at Innovation Theatre Works and are celebrating the rebirth with this all-day party featuring: Vinnie The Squid, Mr. Wu, Speaker Minds, Harley Bourbon, Subliminal, Kable Roc vs. DJ Kutthroat,Tuck & Roll, Bad Habitat, Northern Lights, The Gooniez, Fools Rush In, Absent Minds, Harry Champagne, and Defekt. All ages. 1pm. Innovation Theatre Works, 1155 SW Division St.
This dude can party. Or at least he likes to sing about partying and drinking malt liquor and smoking an enormous amount of pot. This is the guy who made it big with his hilarious yet catchy song "Because I Got High" a few years ago. But the hip-hop hero is still making the rounds and his loyal following will appreciate his return appearance in Bend. With special guests Maintain, Nor Kal, T.N.C and Gage. $18 at bendticket.com. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Flashback Flicks: The Big Lebowski
If you don't like The Big Lebowski, then well, that's just like, your opinion, man. But if you are a fan of this Cohen brothers classic (and you should be), head to the 2nd Street Theater on Tuesday night and enjoy the film on a big screen, complete with popcorn, beer, wine and other fun stuff. 7:30pm-9:30pm Tuesday, Oct 18. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live in Texas
Sadly, the Rolling Stones are not coming to Bend. But thankfully, for the Stones fans among us, the Old Mill Stadium 16 has us set up a rock and roll time machine that will take us to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1978 where the Stones played a raging show in support of one of their best (or perhaps just our favorite) albums for this never-before-seen documentary. 7:30pm. Old Mill Stadium 16, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr.
The Builders and the Butchers
wednesday and thursday 19 - 20
This Portland act is playing a mini-residency at McMenamins and you should be sure to check out one or both of these shows. First off, they're free and secondly, this indie folk rock act has the sort of raw feel of bands like Blitzen Trapper, but with a quirky touch that is all their own. In a single set, this hardworking and hard-touring quintet can take you from bluegrass to punk-tinged blues. Just go to the show and you'll see. All ages, free. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.