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Our Picks for 12/2 - 12/10: Oregon's Civil War, First Friday Art Walk, Rise, Willy Vlautin 

What to do in Central Oregon the week of 12/2 - 12/10/2009.

Civil War

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This is a first: The Civil War, the annual football battle between the Ducks and Beavers is being played on a Thursday night. Also, this 113th installation of the game is bigger than ever, with the winner receiving a spot in the Rose Bowl. Several spots in Bend are showing the game on a big screen, including McMenamins Old St. Francis School and the Tower Theatre, but there's even more places to go, so check out our Events Calendar for complete listings. Also, keep an eye on for Anne Pick's live updates from trip to the game. Game kicks off at 6pm on ESPN.

First Friday Art Walk

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There's plenty to see out there this month for First Friday. Turn to our Local Arts Calendar and take a look at the galleries showing in downtown Bend. It's going to be chilly, we suggest a shawl. Begins at 5pm.

Pray For Powder Snow Ball

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It needs to snow more. Hell, it needs to snow a lot more - every day, all day long for four more months... if you ask the real powderhounds of Central Oregon. Well Mark Ransom and the Mostest crew are holding this jam-athon to encourage the snow gods to drop some white on us. It'll probably work. If not, we'll just have to dance. $5. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.


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Bozeman-based Confluence Films again applies the Warren Miller ski film formula to the world of waders and swirling water, intertwining folksy narratives with stunning scenery. Rise includes footage from Louisiana's redfish estuaries, the Florida Keys and Idaho's legendary Henry's Fork among others. But if you're looking for Oregon, you'll need to queue up last year's initial offering, Drift, which included an extended segment on the Deschutes River Steelhead. Still, at 80 minutes, there's plenty for fly fishing fanatics here. $10. 7pm Friday, Dec 4. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Church, The Sweet Harlots

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This is one of Portland's best up-and-coming indie rock bands, in our opinion, so you better not miss this one. Learn more about this band's big sound in the On Stage column. Also on the bill is local Laurel Brauns' always-soulful Sweet Harlots. 8pm. The Annex. 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

18th Annual Bend Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

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You don't have to be a hotshot runner to participate in this long-standing charity event, but hey, hotshots are certainly welcome. The annual run has both a 1-mile and 5-kilometer routes, perfect for both runners and walkers. Dress like an elf, Santa, reindeer or other holiday-oriented figure for bonus points. 11:30am-1:30pm. Downtown Bend.

Son Volt

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The other, non-Wilco part of Uncle Tupelo, as in Jay Farrar, is coming to Bend with his band Son Volt, the Americana-laced rock group that's touring behind its latest record American Central Dust. See this week's Sound page for more on the album and this must-see show. $18/adv, $20/door. All ages. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

USA Cycling Cyclocross
National Championships

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We'll have plenty more on this next week, but world-class cyclocross racing is coming to Bend for a weeklong celebration. Four days of epic racing, bike film premieres and art exhibits, live music, parties, and special events. Thursday-Sunday, Dec 10-13. Old Mill District, 520 SW Powerhouse Dr.

Blackstrap, The Dela Project

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It's buh, buh, buh, buh bluegrass once again at the Silver Moon, this time from the strings and mouths of local favorites Blackstrap, who are sure to play you a few knee slappers to go along with your IPA. The Dela Project is also on the bill to provide an alt-country twang to the show. $5. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Willy Vlautin

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A couple years ago, Willy Vlautin published his well-received novel, The Motel Life, a hard-luck tale of two brothers living in crappy Reno hotel rooms while working meaningless jobs - until they accidentally hit a bicyclist in a snowstorm. Aside from his status as one of Oregon's most prestigious novelists, Vlautin is also the front man for Portland band Richmond Fontaine, an alt-country collective that's well known throughout the region. Thursday, Dec 10. 4pm: Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave., Redmond. 7pm: Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St.


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