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Our Picks for the week of 1/31 - 2/6 

Stand up Comedy Night - Wednesday 2/6

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Randy Liedtke hosts the fourth and final installment of this local laugh factory before he moves his funny ass down to Los Angeles - we knew he was too good to last. So show up and send Liedtke off in style as the redheaded funny man plays his weird little keyboard thing and tells jokes about dogs pretending to be cats. 8:30pm. $10. Summit Saloon and Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave., 749-2440.
Thursday 1/31

Film Oregon Alliance Premiere Party

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You may have read about the Film Oregon Alliance in our pages about a month ago, but if not, the FOA is an organization aiming to pump up Central Oregon's film scene. This coming-out shindig is a chance for actors, producers, writers, directors and all other sorts of filmheads out there to get together and mingle a bit and celebrate this new group and its mission. There's also a screening of a compilation of works by local filmmakers. Click over to filmoregon.org for details. 6:30 p.m. $25/advanced, $35/door, The Village Grill, 1033 NW Bond St.

Friday 2/1

Matt Lewis

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This guy is buds with G. Love, and while Lewis doesn't sound exactly like his funkier and perhaps bluesier colleague, Lewis does have some rootsy chops of his own. This show is solo, as is his engagement opening for David Bowers on Saturday night at Silver Moon, but check out Lewis with his band at myspace.com/themattlewisband and get a taste of Lewis' chilled out capabilities. Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St., 617-9600.

Colby Brian Smallwood Memorial

This show might be one of the finest examples of grassroots publicity this town has seen in a long while -- it seems there's a flyer everywhere you turn - and that's a good thing, because this is all for a good cause. An all-star lineup of local rock (punk or otherwise) bands including Larry and His Flask, Hands on Throat, BRE, No Cash Value, War Corpse and others play in honor of a fallen friend to help benefit Smallwood's family. All ages. 8pm. $5. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., 388-1106.

Saturday 2/2

Zen Tricksters

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It's time for the Deadheads, the twirlers, the lovers-of-twenty minute jams to descend from the hills to dance to the Grateful Dead-influenced tunes (and covers) of The Tricksters. Turn the page and read more about these New York City roots wizards. 21 and over. Advance tickets at Ranch Records or TicketsWest. Doors 8:30pm, showtime 9:30pm. $15, $12/door. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., 388-1106.

David Bowers Birthday Bloodbath with Matt Lewis

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Mr. Bowers (local songwriter/booker/indie-folkie extraordinaire) celebrates another year of dancing on the earth with an all-out hootenanny with his musical pals. If you want to get a taste of what you might expect, search "b-day bloodbath" at TSWeekly.com for Blender blog footage from last year's edition. 8pm. $3. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave., 388-8331.

Monday 2/4

International Guitar Night

We probably give you more wailing, screeching, and thumping guitar than we should here on the Picks page, so let's send you in the direction of some true mastery of the instrument this week. This show features Brian Gore, D'Gary, Clive Carrol and Miquel De La Bastide presenting an axe-fest with sounds and styles representing San Francisco, Trinidad, Spain, England and Madagascar. Advance tickets at the Tower box office and TowerTheatre.org. 7pm. $25 & $30. Tower Theatre, 835-NW Wall St., 317-0700.

Tuesday 2/5

The Whipsaws, Michael Dean Damron & Thee Loyal Bastards

First it was Emma Hill, now the Whipsaws - what is it about Alaska-based acts that seem to get us excited. This Anchorage alt-country/southern rock band is sure to get the Silver Moon dance floor moving. Portland's Michael Dean Damron (formerly of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House) brings his new band through in support of their first album together. 8pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave., 388-8331.

Wednesday 2/6

Lion Man Encore Presentation

If you missed this movie the first time it played here in town, we suggest you get out and see it this time. The local dudes of E-Street Films present this movie - a dark journey into the mind of a channel-surfing schizophrenic. Apparently, there's a "red carpet" session at 7pm, followed by the film itself at 8:45pm. $5. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. 382-5174.

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