Basically, Dr. Ed Marston is the guy to look to for recent history of environmental issues in the West. He's run his own environmental newspaper, High Country News, for two decades. For years, we ran his columns in the Source. We told you last week. We're telling you again. Go see Ed Marston talk about ranching in the high desert and how this lecture series' namesakes changed it all. Free. 6 p.m. High Desert Museum, 59800 S Hwy 97.
So much presidential history out there these days. But this time, it's told through death, with songs! Plus learn about the twisted minds of presidential assassins in this new play at 2nd Street. Performances Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. No performance on Thanksgiving. It runs through Nov. 24. $21/adult, $18/students and seniors. Tickets at 2ndstreettheater.com. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
Since the snow is already flying, the timing couldn't have been better. Matchstick Productions celebrates 20 years of making bad-ass ski films with a heck of a 2012 release. Of course it's full of all the biggest and baddest, including Sean Pettit, Jacob Wester and Ingrid Backstrom. After the movie go to the Astro for an after party with Glitch, Subhuman DJ. Movie tickets $12 at towertheatre.org. 6 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Accordion, guitar, trombone, harmonica and banjo make up the meat of Deer Rabbit (a.k.a. Rence Liam), who cranks out euro-folk all by his lonesome. The multi-talented Liam uses looping pedals and vintage instruments to create a postmodern gypsy sound, and, coupled with his high-energy performances, the dude resembles a one-man version of Gogol Bordello. 21+. $5. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Whoa? The Knux? Really? Yes! The L.A.-based hip-hop duo is coming to town and they're bringing their ultra-catchy hit, "Bang! Bang!," with them. Listen to it if you're unfamiliar. And maybe you should polish your penny loafers, because this is part of the "Look Good, Feel Good Tour," featuring Zyme, Jay Tablet and DJ True Justice. 21+. 9 p.m. The Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St.
We love winter. And we love beer and coffee and communal fires and live music and dancing and other such fun things. And, oh, hey! You can enjoy all these things at the "Welcome to Winter" party downtown, where Wilderness and Rural Demons will be playing a few sets to help warm your little bones. It's all happening just behind the breezeway in the common area behind Boken. Free party, but the beer costs money. 5 p.m.- 9 p.m., Mirror Pond Plaza.
It's a Soviet take over in Central Oregon! No! It's White Fort! The Russian band plays a hybrid of old-world music and Flamenco, which they shred with nasty guitar solos and fast-bowed violins. Like a paired down Trans-Siberian Orchestra with original content and a gallon of vodka, the duo's instrumental musical theatrics are always crowd pleasers. No cover. 8 p.m. Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café, 1740 NW Pence Ln #1.
Romero vs. 28 Days Later? The Walking Dead vs. WWZ? Learn about pop culture's newest sci-fi darling, the zombie, in this presentation by English Professor Tony Russell. Russell will cover interpretations of zombies in film, literature and video games and explore their vastly different, brain-hungry incarnations. 5 p.m. Hitchcock Auditorium, COCC, 2600 NW College Way.
Hey, it's one of the best days of the year! Go be with family! Go be with friends! Eat lots! Drink booze! Watch football! Eat again! Oops, you puked! Watch more football! Play games! However you choose to celebrate, have a great holiday from all of us at the Source.
Give your metabolism a boost before you super-saturate your system with stuffing and sweet potato pie. The ORIGINALTurkey Trot, benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon (not to be confused with the OTHER Turkey Trots that are happening in Redmond and Sisters—read our Sept. 6 issue for the back story), offers a 5k, 10k and trotters walk and starts at 9 a.m. at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. You can register at bgccoturkeytrot.com. Also! There's FootZone's "I Like Pie" run and walk. Here, you've got a 2k, 5k, 10k or 10-mile option. It's only $5 and 5 cans of food and starts at 9 a.m. from the Brooks St. Riverfront Plaza (behind Footzone). Bring a pie, and you can enter the pie-baking contest! Register at footzonebend.com.