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Slick Side Down CD Release Party
thursday 11

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Bend's smooth jazz/funk/R&B band is releasing their debut CD Eat At Joe's and they want you to celebrate with them. The self-proclaimed "Loudest Band in Bend" (we may have heard a few louder ones, but whatever) will have you dancing in no time to the quartet's funky distinctive jazz fusion sounds. No cover. 6:30pm. The Blacksmith Restaurant, 211 NW Greenwood Ave, 318-0588.

The Summit Saloon & Stage First Anniversary Party
thursday 11

Believe it or not, the Summit has been open for an entire calendar year and the popular nightspot is celebrating with what's sure to be a ripping set from Moon Mountain Ramblers and then dancing late into the night with DJ Moksha. The Summit has been through a bevy of entertainment changes over the course of the year, going from a live music venue to a dance hall and back again, but things are looking up over there on Oregon Avenue. No cover. Summit Saloon and Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave.

Skjersaa's Rail Jam
friday 12

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This jam is open to the first 60 riders (ski or snowboarders) who show up with the requisite 10 cans of food. With snow expected in the mountains and in town, this could be a good introduction to winter...even if you're just a spectator. 4pm. Skjersaa's Sports Shop, 130 SW Century Dr.

MC Mystic Presents: The Legacy of the Jacksons
friday 12

It's all Jacksons all night! Venerable Bend DJ MC Mystic presents "The Legacy Of The Jacksons" which is sure to feature some Jackson 5 hits and your favorite Thriller moments...and perhaps some other less-memorable hits from the, um, less-desirable Jacksons. Yeah, that includes you, Janet, and you too, Tito. Still, this should be a pretty killer night. Old Mill Martini Bar, 360 SW Powerhouse Dr.

13th Moon
saturday 13

It's the thirteenth moon of the year, the thirteenth day of the month and Woody McBride's (aka DJ ESP) birthday. In celebration, DJs Novatron and Computer Controlled out of Seattle, DJ Markus Alan from Portland and local DJs Defekt & Jones and Thumprint Collective are coming together for a night of non-stop live PA. They're keeping the location under wraps until the night of, but we do know that you get $5 off admission if you bring two cans of food. $10 with 2 cans of food, $15 without. 18 and over (with ID). 9pm. Call 977-7547 for directions.

Braille, Cloaked Characters, Mosley Wotta, and others
saturday 13

See this week's preview for info on Portland hip-hopper Braille and his connection to James Brown as well as his non-stereotypical hip-hop characteristics. 11pm. Old Mill Martini Bar, 360 SW Powerhouse Dr.

Dirksen Derby
sunday 14

The Dirksen Derby is back again - tentatively, assuming Mother Nature gives Bachelor some much-needed snowfall. The format is the same as last year - speed your way down a technical banked rally course while avoiding bamboo gates, hay bales and cliff drops while the loose running order and ghetto timing system keep it interesting. This year's field also includes a "Token Skier" division and a "Sit-Skier" division. With contests, raffles and giveaways, be ready for plenty of laughs, crashes and surprises long as there's snow. Signup starts at 8am. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 SW Century Dr, (800) 829-2442.

Webcyclery Movie Night: Breaking Away
tuesday 16

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This month Webcyclery is bringing you a 1979 film starring Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern (he played Marv in Home Alone and Phil in City Slickers), Dennis Christoper (last seen as "Homeless Guy" in a CSI episode) and Jackie Earle Haley (best known for his role as Kelly Leak in The Bad News Bears) star is this flick about a group of friends from a small town in Indiana. Dennis Christoper stars as Dave, a recent high school graduate who loves bike racing and all things Italian. Dick from Webcyclery says, "If you haven't seen Breaking Away at least once, then you're not quite ready to call yourself a real cyclist!" 21 and over. $5/person. 9pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater, 700 NW Bond St, 382-5174.

Wayne Newcome
wednesday 17

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When he's not playing in Problem Stick or preaching about his favorite and least-favorite horror films, Wayne Newcome likes to take his act solo. After a few solo performances during the past year, Newcome is back by popular demand. And just like a Problem Stick show, you can expect pretty much everything and anything, as long as it's "wrecked." 8pm. $3. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Some Assembly Required
through 21

Check out this week's Culture story for more on the long list of Christmas plays descending on the area and also read more about Some Assembly Required, Eugene Stickland's lighthearted but deeply moving portrayal of a dysfunctional family at Christmas. Everybody needs a little theatrical family dysfunction during the holidays - ya know, just to make us feel like we're not the only ones with crazy families. Thursdays-Saturdays. 7:30pm. Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave. 389-0803. $20/adults, $15/seniors over 60, $10/students.


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