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Our Picks for 11/24-12/2: Empty Space Orchestra, Holiday Tree Lighting, and lots more! 

our picks for 11/24-12/2

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Party on Thanksgiving

thursday 25

It's Thanksgiving and you're free to eat and drink as much as you'd like. It's your right as an American. But after the food has settled and the family has gone to bed, head down to the Madhappy Lounge and dance off each and every one of those 5,700 calories you ingested. And if you want to bring the family, that's also your right as an American. Isn't this a great country? 10pm. Madhappy Lounge, 850 NW Brooks St.

Empty Space Orchestra's
Ugly Sweater Jam

friday 26

Do you enjoy Bill Cosby? Better yet, do you enjoy looking like Bill Cosby? If so, go and find that awful sweater with all its fuzzy accouterments, toss it on and then come down to this party where all your equally-ugly dressed compatriots will be getting down to the wild instrumental jams of Empty Space Orchestra. Fresh off their Northwest tour, ESO will also welcome tour mate Eric Tollefson to the stage to play some of his cuts with ESO backing him up. Free. 10pm. Madhappy Lounge, 850 NW Brooks St.

David Jacobs-Strain

friday 26

Wrap up the holiday week by heading to the Silver Moon and taking in a show by Bend favorite David Jacobs-Strain. The Eugene-based slide guitarist is a blues-rock wizard whose original take on roots music gives him a sound that extends far beyond his relatively young age. But that isn't to say that Jacobs-Strain isn't in tune with today's music because he certainly is, as you can hear on his latest record, Terraplane Angel. Cover TBA. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Holiday Tree Lighting 2010

friday 26

We don't waste time jumping into the holiday spirit here in Bend. To be precise, we just wait one day - and then once the turkey is done, up go the Christmas lights and the trees. Then, we gather as much of the town together as possible for carols, dance performances and other festivities. Also, there will be an appearance by Mr. Santa Claus himself! Tree is lit around 6:50pm. Corner of Newport Ave and Wall St. 6pm. Downtown Bend.

Mt. Bachelor Ski for Schools

monday 29 - friday 3

There seems to be a theme to this week's Our Picks page and it's something along the lines of "Welcome to Winter," even though we're clearly behind on that front. But here's another event that signals the beginning of winter - Ski for Schools. Enjoy the mountain and all its snowy goodness for a mere $25 for all week. But you can't get them up at the ticket window, so you need to track down these passes through local retailers before November 26. This event benefits the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine and Redmond schools.

Lucero

tuesday 30

This gritty alt-country flavored rock band is from Memphis and damn, do they sound like it. Fronted by Ben Nichols and his growling voice, Lucero is a dusty bar band, not unlike The Hold Steady, but they do their rocking with a pinch of Southern flair. The band is at its best on its latest album, 1372 Overton Park, which takes the Lucero's boozy rock tracks and adds in some awesome horn lines. If you've never heard this band, but are the sort of Bendite who enjoys big rock sounds and honest songwriting, you need to be at this show. With special guests Drag The River and I Can Lick Any Son of a Bitch in the House. 21 and up. $15/adv at Bendticket.com. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

The Parson Red Heads

wednesday 1

There are few bands that wrap harmonies around folk rock numbers like the Parson Red Heads. And no other band wears white like this Portland-by-way-of-L.A. act. Check out this week's Sound section for a feature on the band. Free. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

wednesday 1

Since the early 1960s, some form of this New Orleans traditional jazz band has been touring around the country and playing almost nightly in its namesake venue. Over the years, the names in the collective have changed, but the sound and all its Crescent City vibe has remained. The band is making the rounds again this winter, and we're lucky enough to hear them here in Bend. $42, $37. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild & Swinging Holiday Party

thursday 2

Remember when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was the king of the once-thriving swing scene? This big band, famous for its late-1990s hit "You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight," has turned into a traveling holiday party and will arrive at the Tower armed with all your favorite yuletide classics. They also have some original holiday tunes and will almost surely pull out some of their own non-snow-covered songs. $40. 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

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