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Our Picks for 10/27-11/2: Miles Davis, The Nature of Words, Halloween 

The Source Weekly staff gives its picks through November 2.

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Stephanie Schneiderman

thursday 27

You might know her as a member of the band Dirty Martini, but Stephanie Schneiderman is also an amazing solo performer. This free show will showcase the gorgeous songstress at her best. Go check it out. Free. All ages. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

Miles Davis Experience

thursday 27

We have a story this week about the Oxford's jazz series, so if you want to get in the jazzy spirit before those shows begin, take some time to hear the music of one of the genre's greatest performers, Miles Davis. This multi-media performance features the music of Ambrose Akinmusire, who leads a presentation that includes photos, film clips, beat poetry and live performances by trumpet phenomenon Ambrose Akinmusire. Go ahead and check out videos of this performance. It looks incredible. $30 at towertheatre.org. 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.


Last Comic Standing

friday 28

After a smashingly funny (people still say "smashing" right?) opening night last week, the comedy contest enters its second week of preliminary performances at the Old Stone. If you're the sort of guy or gal who likes things that are funny, you should be there. The not-as-funny Mike Bookey, from the Source, will be there to host the event. Please make fun of him. Also, remember that the results are completely audience driven, so if you want your favorite joker to win, you better be there to vote. $5 at bendticket.com. clashofthecomics.com. 8pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.

Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival

friday-sunday 28-30

We like to combine bike races and parties around here, so it makes sense that we'd be combining Halloween, a party-friendly holiday, with cyclocross, a party-friendly sport. Right? That's sort of the idea of this all-weekend festival, but here are the highlights of the weekend, which include: Friday night's Cross Culture art show that brings bike-themed art to downtown's galleries. Cross Super D race, 1pm. Monster Ball at Century Center, 9pm. Saturday and Sunday: Halloween Cross Crusade racing, 8am-4pm, Old Mill; Oregon Handmade Bike Show at GoodLife Brewing, 10am-6pm. Saturday Night: Deschutes Brewery Warehouse Party, 8pm. dayofthedeadcyclocross.com Friday, Oct 28. Old Mill District, 520 SW Powerhouse Dr.

Occupy Bend

saturday 29

Sure, the Occupy Bend movement has been in the news all week with its encampment on, appropriately, Wall Street, but the group's biggest event is this Saturday. The march begins with a rally at Brandis Square (corner of Wall Street and Greenwood Avenue) and then proceeds through downtown with several stop along the way. After that, organizers say there will be more discussions and entertainment at a yet-to-be-named location. Noon, Brandis Square.

Tech N9ne's Hip Hop Halloween Masquerade Baller-Ball

saturday 29

"What do you mean? I look like this at every show." That's what Tech N9ne would tell you if you approached him at this show and complimented his face paint. It's true, just about every day is Halloween for this hardcore rap hero. The Kansas City hip-hopper is a favorite among the Juggalo crowd and is inviting all of his following to the Midtown on Saturday night for an event he's calling the Hip Hop Halloween Masquerade Baller-Ball because he's not really into the whole brevity thing. There's a costume contest during the show, and it will be judged by Mr. N9ne himself. You better come correct. 8pm, Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $27/advance, $30/door. Tickets at bendticket.com, Ranch Records and Ticketswest.com.

Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol Annual Bus Barn Fundraiser

saturday-sunday 29-30

If something goes wrong up on the mountain this winter, you're going to hope that the ski patrollers are there to help you out. And to better ensure that, head to this event that benefits Mt. Bachelor's ski patrol. You'll find some deals on gear, coats, gloves, skis, snowboards, and other sporting equipment. If you really want some good karma, drop off your stuff on Friday evening so that it can be sold the next day. Free entry, $5 raffle ticket. Also on Sunday, 9am-12pm. 9am-4pm. Mt. Bachelor Bus Barn, 115 SW Columbia Ave.

Halloween

monday 31

Here in Bend, and likely in other places around the country and/or world, Halloween is not restricted merely to October 31, but rather extends to the several days before and after the actual holiday. It seems like everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, as evidenced by the massive number of parties, shows and other fun and scary stuff listed on our special Halloween page in this issue. Take a look and if you're still complaining that you don't have anything to do, well, you better just stay home and hand out candy.

The Nature of Words

begins wednesday 2

Central Oregon's big literary festival kicks off on Wednesday with the Rising Star creative writing awards, which honor young local writers. On Thursday, Heidi Durrow (author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky) and Aimee Nezhukumatahi will appear at a panel discussion at COCC. We'll have a more thorough preview of this event, including an interview with author Augusten Burroughs (the festival's keynote speaker), in next week's issue, but check out the guide in this week's paper to get yourself geared up for NOW's literary greatness.

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