If you're looking for something new and Christmas-themed to watch, don't miss two chances to catch Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever on Lifetime, Fri., Dec 5 at 8 pm and Sat., Dec 6 at 12 am. If you'd rather get out of the house...there are tons of great outing events this weekend! See below!
Fri., Dec. 5, 5 p.m.
December’s First Friday will be stuffed like a turkey (or a ham, or whatever animal you stuff with things for your holiday meals) with local artists debuting their wares and creations at shops downtown. Take, for example, recent transplant to Bend from Boston, photographer Maria Fernanda Bay. She was last week’s Source cover artist, and her work will be on display at Bishops Barbershop on Oregon Avenue during the month of December.
Fri., Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m.
They haven’t promised to turn the thermostats up to 90 or drape everyone who walks through the door with a lei, but Bill Keale hosts his annual holiday concert, a virtual escape to the Hawaiian islands, complete with ukuleles and Crystal Lum of the Hokulea Dancers. Old Stone Church 157 NW Franklin Ave. $20.
Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m., Thu., Dec. 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m., Thu., Dec. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
“A Christmas Carol” is Charles Dickens’ wonderful and enduring story about kindness rekindling a heart. But now and again, the tale needs to be freshened up, like, say, as “The Grinch,” or with “Humbug,” a clever modern adaption that replaces the drab Victorian setting with Wall Street, and Ebenezer Scrooge with power-hungry female executive Eleanor. Cascades Theatrical Company 148 NW Greenwood Ave. Tickets are $20 Adult/$16 Senior (60 and over)/$13 Student.
Sat., Dec. 6, 12 p.m
There are a lot of great things about the Bend Christmas parade—holiday spirit, the showcasing of local businesses, the classic cars, the horses, the carols! For kids and adults alike, the parade and adjoining Jingle Bell Run are the true kick-off to a merry and bright holiday season. Plus, who could forget the grand finale, SANTA. Downtown Bend Corner of Wall Street and Newport Ave. Free.
Sat., Dec. 6, 3 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 7, 3 p.m.
The classic holiday tale of a girl who travels through a dreamland filled with snow queens, sugar plum fairies and epic battles between mice and toy soldiers is best performed by dancers young enough to be entranced by its magic. The Central Oregon School of Ballet presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker.
Bend High School 230 NE 6th St. $8-$22.
Sat., Dec. 6, 9 p.m.
The blues are a funny thing. They’re not just reserved for the banks of the Mississippi anymore. Young, Pacific Northwest bands like Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango is bringing the blues squarely into the rock genre and into the 21st Century with soulfully honest songs and rocking reverence. Volcanic Theatre Pub 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
Sat., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
“Santaland Diaries” was first an essay read on the radio in 1992 by the then-unknown author David Sedaris, and has since become a well-known one-person act that chides, lampoons and otherwise serves as a post-modern snub to empty and commercialized holiday traditions. Performed by local actor Derek Sitter. Pay as you can preview night Dec. 4. Volcanic Theatre Pub 70 SW Century Dr. $10.