The first of FIVE weekends in March is going to rule!
First Friday Downtown
Art, booze and much more. This month's highlights include:
MUSE Women's Conference at the Oxford 6 p.m.-8 p.m. with art by Kaycee Anseth.
Megan McGuiness' art at Bellatazza.
Both women are former Source cover artists!
The Eugene Ballet Company presents Odile (black swan) vs. Odete (white swan) in this story of good vs. evil. Classical choreography, sparkly costumes and sorcery make the feathers fly in a knock-down-drag-out-dance-off for the love of Prince Siegfried. Read more here. $12-$42. 7:30 p.m. Bend High School, 230 NE 6th St.
Simon Wiesenthal: The Conscience of The Holocaust
Tom Dugan celebrates Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal in this one-man play. $15-$257 p.m. Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall St.
The Horde and The Harem and The Beautiful Train Wrecks
The Horde and the Harem is a Seattle-based indie-folk band and is splitting the bill with The Beautiful Train Wrecks, an American roots-rock band from PDX and Bend. 21+. $5. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Fans of David Byrne, don't miss this Talking Heads cover band. 21+. $7. 8:30 p.m. Liquid Lounge 70 NW Newport Ave.
Bachelor Butte Dog Derby
Sled dog races and skijoring (that's doggy drag racing on skis). Contestants compete from all over the NW with up to 30 dog teams racing distances from five to 25 miles. Free. 8:30 a.m. Wanoga Sno Park Cascade Lakes Highway.
The only thing better than North Mississippi trance blues with a dash of punk-a-billy is all that with PBR tall boys, guys with flannel shirts, beards and all that moderately creepy shit on the walls of The Horned Hand. 21+ $10. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Harley Bourbon and Shade 13 open. 21+. No cover. 9 p.m. M&J Tavern 102 NW Greenwood Ave.
Experimental drum and bass remix. 21+. $4.10 p.m. Astro Lounge 939 NW Bond St.
Bend Urban Iditarod
The idea here is food drive plus zany costumes plus shopping carts plus beer. Get yourself a cart (westside Safeway is doing loaners if you buy your 30 lbs of food to donate there), dress up, and prepare to run all over town visiting breweries, blocking traffic, etc. Visit Bend Urban Iditarod on Facebook to sign up. 11 a.m. GoodLife Brewing, 70 SW Century Dr.
Muse Women's Conference
Put on by the local women's group Shine Global, MUSE celebrates International Women's Day and kicks off Women's History Month with motivational speakers and workshops. Change starts within, ladies, get empowered! More information at museconference.org. $75-$300. 9 a.m. conference Saturday. Workshops Sunday. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Taste of the Town and Meal of the Year
These two fundraisers for COCC's foundation, which provides scholarships for students, are two of Bend's best foodie events. Sample small bites and hear live music from 6-10 p.m. for $25 at TOTT, and enjoy a four-course dinner gala starting at 5:30 p.m. for $125 at MOTY. See Facebook for details. Mazama Gym, 2600 NW College Way.