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Our Picks for 11/25 - 12/3: Toys for Tots, Hillstomp, Chicks with Picks and more 

What to do in Central Oregon the week of 11/25-12/3.

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Toys for Tots featuring Ruckus

friday - saturday 27 & 28

Local rock band Ruckus is playing this two-night engagement at the Riverhouse to benefit the Toys for Tots program. They're asking you to bring new and unwrapped toys or canned food to the shows that you can deposit before rocking out to one of Central Oregon's longtime local bar bands. 9pm. Crossings Lounge at the Riverhouse. 3075 N. Highway 97. 389-3111

Hillstomp, Larry and His Flask

friday 27

For the second year running, Portland's Hillstomp is coming to town to help you shake off the Thanksgiving gravy hangover with what we guarantee to be a raucous show. Hillstomp, as many locals know, combines north Mississippi style blues with a punk rock ethos that they deliver care of wicked slide guitar, junkyard drums and CB-radio-style vocals, and Bendites tend to freak out for these guys. Opening the show is Central Oregon's own Larry and His Flask, home for the holiday before venturing out on yet another West Coast Tour. 9pm doors, 9:30pm show. $8. All ages, bar w/ID. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Chicks With Picks

friday 27

Hit up the On Stage column for more on this show, which features a slate comprised of exclusively bands fronted by females. Lineup includes Shireen Amini, Broken Down Guitars, The Sofa Kings and The Royal Fiasco. $6 or $4 w/can of food. 5-10pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Inaugural Central Oregon
Winery Barrel Tasting

saturday 28

We typically don't tout our wine-making prowess here in Central Oregon, but that may be changing soon, and the first taste of this may be this event, which brings together Maragas Winery and Volcano Vineyards for tasting of their limited production wines. $5 for five tastes. Kids admitted free. 10am-5pm Saturday, Nov 28. Maragas Winery, 15523 SW Hwy 97, Culver.

Empty Space Sessions

saturday 28

The members of Empty Space Orchestra combine with the instrumental portion of Person People for this free-form jam session. You won't hear any ESO or PP songs, but ESO's Shane Thomas promises it to be a fun party. His party predictions are typically dead on, so trust him. 9:30pm. Bendistillery Martini Bar, 850 NW Brooks St.

David Jacobs Strain

saturday 28

Still a relatively young dude, David Jacobs-Strain has made a name for himself as a real live bluesman, playing shows all over the country and becoming a favorite here in Bend in the process. His style is all over the place, but blues is where he really shines. $7. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

The JZ Band

saturday 28

If you're one of our many loyal readers out in Sisters, you can stay in town for this show featuring the rock and roll explosion that is the combination of Joe Leonardi and David Z. But if you're up for a drive, head out west to see these local rock veterans. $5. 8pm. Three Creeks Brewing Co.

West African Dance Workshop

saturday-sunday 28-29

Alseny Yansane is from the West African country of Guinea and is an experienced performing artist who has performed with the world-renowned Ballets Africains. At these workshops, Yansane teaches both dancing and drum to all who are interested in learning dynamic artform. $15/person. 4:30pm-6pm. Terpsichorean Dance Studio, 1601 NW Newport Ave.

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

monday 30

Who better to play Zappa than another Zappa? Dweezil brings his fine-tuned mini-orchestra to Bend to dish out plenty of fan favorites. See this week's Sound feature for more. $40. 8pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Ski for Schools

monday - friday 30-4

You still have until Friday the 27th to get your $20 tickets at several Bend-area businesses, which will grant you a day of skiing at Mt. Bachelor between November 30 and December 4. Wait, you ask, isn't that only during the week? Yes, it is, which is why you might just be getting a sore throat, if you catch our drift. This program benefits the Education Foundation for the Bend-La Pine Schools. If you're going to play hooky, you might as well do it for a good cause.

Harvey

opens thursday 3

Flip to the Culture section to read Suzanne Burns' review of this production, which is the last of its kind at the beloved 2nd Street Theater. The play tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd, who has an imaginary friend, Harvey, who just so happens to be a six-plus-foot tall rabbit. Dec 3 - 19, Weds - Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Opening Night Champagne and Dessert Reception Thurs, Dec 3 at 7pm. $18/adults, $16/students and seniors 62+. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.

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