The Yard Dogs Road Show
thursday 4We gave you a heads up on this rock and roll "hobo cabaret" in last week's Halloween preview and if you're still in need of some costumed fun or some Burning Man flashbacks, check out Yard Dogs Road Show. It will remind you of the heyday of vaudeville, on the far off chance you know what "vaudeville" means. $20.50/adv or $25/door. All ages. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
The Nature of Words
We've got a full boat of excellent poets, novelists and essayists arriving in town this week for Central Oregon's premier literary event, The Nature of Words. For a rundown of a few of the authors, check out this week's Culture page. Visit thenatureofwords.org for a complete schedule and tickets.
Hooray! We made it through another month, which means it's time for another First Friday and this one brings plenty of sweet exhibits to the downtown Bend area. Take a look at the Local Arts section of the events calendar for a rundown of what you'll see. Begins at 5pm, Downtown Bend.
Last Comic Standing
The third qualifying round is on Friday featuring another group of local comics who will hit the stage to deliver a five-minute set with the hope of heading into the finals and a shot at tons of cash. And the Source's own Mike Bookey is hosting the event, so if you're looking to heckle an easily heckleable individual, come on in and let him have at it. $5. 21 and up. 8pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
Chicago Afrobeat Project
The name of this band should give you at least an idea of what they're all about. Touring with as many as a dozen members (but probably closer to eight at this gig in Bend) CAP is an excellently danceable collective that takes a mostly straightforward approach to Afrobeat, with some modern twists and glorious horns. $8/adv at bendticket.com, $10/door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
The New Up
It's tough to get a handle on this female-fronted power pop rock outfit that hails from San Francisco. At times, they're somewhat bubbly, but they get dark as hell, too, and should be fun in the cozy confines of the Mad Happy Lounge. Free. 9pm. Madhappy Lounge, 850 NW Brooks St.
Mad Science Presents
Star Trek Live
Any Trekkies out there? We know you're out there and you should make sure to be at the Tower on Sunday afternoon when the science fiction franchise comes to life with Starfleet Academy. During the presentation, you'll see cutting-edge special effects, audience interaction, science and on-screen appearances from Captain Kirk and Spock. Oh, and you'll also find some grown men wearing pointy ears and/or Klingon costumes. $20/adults, $14/under age 12. 2pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
The SpeakEasy - Dinnertime:
Stories About the Spirit
Remember that Thanksgiving when your Uncle Walter drank half a case of beer and cursed out the entire family at the dinner table? Jeez, holidays are crazy, right? If you've got a story like that, bring it to this event (as long as it's less than eight minutes) and regale the audience with your painful/joyous memories about Turkey Day. $5. 7pm. Bend Performing Arts Center, 1155 SW Division St.
With vocals that might remind some of She & Him's Zooey Deschanel and a songwriting approach reminiscent of the venerable Jenny Lewis, Kelli Scarr is a wonderfully poppy singer/songwriter. Her piano and guitar-laden cuts on the newly released record, Piece, are some of the more complete indie folk songs we've heard this year. This is an artist on the rise and one you should see in a small venue like this while you can. Anastacia Beth Scott opens. $7. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Built to Spill
Guitar god Doug Martsch and his band finally return to Bend... and we're endlessly excited about that. Check out the Sound feature for more on this indie rock legend. All ages. $20/adv, $25/door. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Roger Clyne and the
If you're in search of a rootsier, more boozy sound on Wednesday night and Built to Spill isn't your poison, skip across the street to the Silver Moon and take in a set from Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, a Phoenix rock band with a pinch of Americana twang. $15/adv, $15/door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.