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Our Picks for 12/01-12/09: The Nutcracker, The Autonomics, and more! 

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A Bend Christmas Celebration with Michael John

thursday 2 - sunday 5

Spread the holiday spirit and engage the whole family with sing-a-long carols, music and storytelling with local music man Michael John. One hour before the performances, children are given the opportunity to make holiday artwork and decorations for the theatre with provided art supplies. Get tickets in advance, as Friday, Dec 3 and 10 are already sold out. The show continues next week as well with Thursday-Sunday performances. $10/adults, $5/children under 12. 7pm Thursday and Friday. 2pm Saturday and Sunday. Bend Performing Arts Center, 1155 SW Division St.

First Friday

friday 3

Just because it's cold out and there's a little bit of snow, that doesn't mean you shouldn't get out in the Old Mill and downtown to check out the art scene. There will be plenty to see. Wear your favorite beanie! Begins at 5pm.

The Autonomics

friday 3

After scorching the stage with an out-of-nowhere rock explosion at Bend Roots, the local boys of The Autonomics are returning from Portland for this barroom show before playing on the Art for India bill on Saturday. See this show at JCs and get a taste of the band's take on indie and blues rock. 9pm. JC's Bar and Grill, 642 NW Franklin Ave.

Larry and His Flask

friday 3

2010 has proven to be an explosive year for Central Oregon's Larry and His Flask, proving themselves to not only be one of the area's most popular bands, but also touring the nation and gaining a fan base all over the country. The band toured with Dropkick Murphys and in 2011 will be hitting the road with Streetlight Manifesto. At this rate, we must treasure each local performance by the self-proclaimed 6-piece hillbilly jamboree. The Lakes, Science Heroes, and Aeon Now open. $7. 8pm. Century Center Ballroom, 70 SW Century Dr.

No Contest: Winner of Last Comic Standing Showcase

friday 3

Last week, Jim Mortenson won the title of Central Oregon's Last Comic Standing, taking top honors at the month-long contest. Now, Mortenson is returning to the stage for a victory lap of sorts at this non-judged, just-for-fun show that will also feature runner up Jake Woodmansee. Come on out if you missed the Last Comic Standing shows and see what everyone was laughing about. $10/door, $7/adv at 8pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.

4th Annual Art for India

saturday 4

The fourth installment of this inspirational and beneficial art show is now in a new location at the always cool Century Center and will again feature many of Bend's most skilled artists who will have their work on display. Proceeds go to benefit more than 275 children in Bodhgaya, India. If you stick around, there's a concert that lasts well into the night with music by The Autonomics, The Lakes, Empty Space Orchestra and Julie Southwell & Friends. $10 (with buffet) at the door or at If you just want to hit up the concert, it's just $5. Art show opens at 5pm, concert at 8pm. Century Center Ballroom, 70 SW Century Drive.

The Nutcracker

saturday 4 and sunday 5

There are several classic tales that are landmarks of the holiday season. In film, It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street have made their stake, and in the world of ballet, The Nutcracker is a time-honored classic performed by ballet companies near and far. In Bend, the Central Oregon School of Ballet celebrates its 25th anniversary performance, which will likely leave you with visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. $17/adults, $6/children 12 and under in adv at $20/adults, $7/children at the door. 3pm and 7pm Saturday, Dec 4. 3pm Sunday, Dec 5. Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE 6th St.

2010 VeloSprints

wednesday 8

It's too damn cold to be racing bikes outside - well except for cyclocross, but whatever. It's time to head inside, which is why Cascade Couriers and Bend Velo are setting up fork-mounted bikes inside a brewery and letting people race for 400 meters without really going anywhere. Registration opens at 6pm and closes at 6:45pm. Racing begins at 7pm. 6pm-10pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

KPOV Benefit Holiday
Concert with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

wednesday 8

The banjo master is back in Bend and this time he's got a ton of holiday classics lined up for this special benefit for KPOV. See the Sound section for more on this legendary instrumental crew. $33-$47. 7pm. Mt. View High School, 2755 NE 27th St.


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