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Our Picks 2/4-2/11 

thursday 5

Ralphie May

COMEDY—The first (second to) Last Comic Standing, Ralphie May, is that guy at the end of the bar yucking it up while the guys around laugh with and/or at him. Like many comedians, his shtick hinges on self-deprecation, but May doesn't limit his candid observations to himself. Expect this "Gathering of the Juggalos" veteran to offend the vast majority of the audience. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $24-$54.

friday 6

Foghorn String Band

FOLK—The Sisters Folk Fest may be months away, but Foghorn String Band kicks off the festival's winter concert series, blaring through the cold, quiet air with its Cajun-rooted, up-tempo Americana. Opening is Folk Fest regular Beth Wood, whose barefooted and bare-souled songs sound like they've emerged from a shrouded forest. 7 pm. Sisters High School Auditorium, 1700 West McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters. $10-$20 in advance.

friday 6

Jubel Ale Release 

BEER—The East Coast has Groundhog Day; Bend has its Jubel release to mark the beginning of the end of winter. Aged in pinot oak barrels, Deschutes' Jubel is a hearty, moody and complex, yet refreshing beer. It takes an entire year to stew, and today they release their "super Jubel" for public tastings and pairings. 11 am – 11 pm. Deschutes Public House, 1044 NW Bond.


saturday 7

Fat Bike Cow Patty Crit 

FAT BIKE—The first Fat Bike Cow Paddy Crit was so successful, why not rinse and repeat? The course has been designed for entry-level racers to join, but in their minds that still includes climbing ladders, hairpin turns, mud puddles and flaming hoops to jump through (okay, some, but not all obstacles will be present). Noon. 13020 Hawks Beard, Black Butte Ranch. Pre-Reg, $15.Day Of, $25

saturday 7

K9 Keg Pull 

DOGS—There are any number of strategies—coax your dog with meaty treats, borrow a Huskie—but the goal is the same: Whichever dog can pull an (empty) keg down a 150-foot-long snow path wins! Part of a full weekend of Sunriver Brewery games. Noon–3 pm. Sunriver Village. $10 entry fee for dogs.

saturday 7

Beauty and the Beard

BEARDS— From Olde English to the Shadow, beards are in style for 2015. Patriot Pin Up Inc, Central Oregon gals and the Central Oregon Mustache Beard Society are bringing a night of furry chins and fancy frocks to Silver Moon Brewing that benefits veterans of Central Oregon. Expect a pin up and beard contest, raffle, kissing booth, and live music. 6 pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.

saturday 7

A Night of Jazz

JAZZ— Smooth electric bassist Warren Zaiger joins funky Andy Warr on saxophone, along with others, for a sultry night of jazz at the Volcanic Theatre. These musicians will be paired with door prizes, a raffle, and silent auction to benefit the Summit High School music department. 7 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $15 adv., $20 door.

sunday 8


RETRO ROCK—Mickey Thomas wasn't in Grace Slick's original Jefferson Airplane, but he'll be covering some of her songs with Starship—the band's third incarnation (after Jefferson Starship) and best known for chest-puffing hits including "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." While the former once topped Blender's list of worst songs of all time, you know you love it anyway. 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $40-$50.

tuesday 10

Fly Fishing Film Tour

FILM—The streams may be icy cold, but it doesn't mean that fishing is far from the mind—or, that far away on the calendar. The original and fastest-growing fly film festival in the country, F3T is a head-spinning collection of short fishing-porn films—and the audience is equally as entertaining as the movies. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Bond. $15.

wednesday 11

Carolyn Wonderland

BLUES—Carolyn Wonderland gives a sneak peek of what's in store at June's 4 Peaks Music Festival, performing tracks from her new album, Peace Meal. Drawing inspiration from lyrical greats including Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin, Wonderland brings her signature soulful sound and dexterous finger picking skills back to Central Oregon to remind us summer is not so far off. 7 pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $17.

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