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Our Picks for 1/13 - 1/21: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Thomas Jefferson and more 

Our suggestions for what to do in Cental Oregon the week of 1/13 - 1/21/2010.

Problem Stick, The Dirty Words

friday 15

It's a match made in distortion pedal heaven when these two local rock bands join forces to fuzz up your brain at the newly revamped Mountain's Edge. And if the wrecked sounds of Problem Stick don't do it for you, check out front man Morgan P. Salvo's film review of the vampire-o-riffic flick Daybreakers in the film section. 9pm. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61161 S Hwy 97.

Deadly Gallows,
Larry and His Flask, Bo Deens

friday 15

You just don't hear enough pirate bands these days, do ya? In fact, anywhere outside of the Caribbean (by which we mean the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland) you don't hear pirate tunes at all. Well, Reno's Deadly Gallows are a self-professed band of pirates (or "pirate band") who will make you want to wear an eye patch. Local acoustic punks Larry and His Flask open the show. $5. 8:30pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Love Letters

saturday-sunday 16-17

The CTC presents this Pulitzer Prize-winning play by A.R. Gurney that tells the story of two longtime friends who share correspondence over the year. Touching, emotive theater and perfect for what might be a soggy weekend down here in town. $20/adults, $15/seniors (60 and over), $12/students. 7:30pm Saturday, Jan 16 and 2pm Sunday, Jan 17. Greenwood Playhouse, 148 NW Greenwood Ave.

Necktie Killer and Wetsock

saturday 16

Necktie Killer (singular, not plural) has made some serious steps in their couple of years on the local scene, and the single we heard on 92.7FM the other night was downright impressive. The ska-meets-punk-and-funk outfit from Redmond welcomes Eugene's equally ska-ish Wetsock to open the gig. 9pm-11pm. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61161 S Hwy 97.

Tracorum

saturday 16

This San Francisco soulful rock band rides on the cascading waves created by the surging piano playing of Fletcher Nielsen, who also fancies some sweet harmonica playing from time to time. We've never seen them live, but we're guessing this show is going to be a hell of a party as the band goes from jammy to bluesy while keeping their hard-driving rock and roll freight train charging down the tracks. We recommend dancing shoes. $5. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

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monday 18

The pride of southern Indiana returns once again for a fire-and-brimstone dose of flatpicking guitar and all-out blues-rock with some punk attitudes. Also, the wardrobe of Reverend Peyton is worth checking out in and of itself. Dude can dress old-timey, he can. Making their second appearance on this page, Larry and His Flask open the show. All ages, $12/door. 9pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

WebCyclery Movie Night: Blood Sweat + Gears

tuesday 19

This documentary, presented for WebCyclery's Movie Night, tells the story of the Slipstream cycling team that is training to compete at a time when doping allegations have hampered the sport. $5/person. 21 & over. 9pm Tuesday, Jan 19. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

Science Pub: The Grateful Dead and American Culture

tuesday 19

Natalie Dollar, an associate professor of speech communication at OSU Cascades, presents this beer-friendly discussion on the Grateful Dead and the legendary band's business model, communication forms and their approach to Americana music. Dollar has written extensively on the Dead and also taught a class last quarter entitled, "The Grateful Dead, Deadheads & Cultural Communication." 5:30pm-7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

The Fascination, Vinyl Film

wednesday 20

This pair of San Diego bands descends on the Moon for a night from the indie rock realm. The Fascination features a more danceable new-wave sound while Vinyl Film is more on the side of emotive alt-rock. $5. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny

thursday 21

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Not only is Manifest Destiny a superbly fun phrase to say, it's also a keenly interesting piece of American History... or maybe we've just thought too much about our repeated viewings of Avatar. Either way, at this presentation Robert Miller analyzes the Doctrine of Discovery and how Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark expedition used that international law to create Manifest Destiny. Info: 318-3782. 4pm-6pm. COCC's Campus Center, 2600 NW College Way.

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