This weekend is all about theater, art, nature and grad parties. If you’ve got someone special participating in a commencement ceremony this weekend three tips…get the card with the special money holder slot, buy the good flowers and get there early because parking is going to be a pain in the ass. Redmond High’s commencement is tonight at 7pm, Bend High commences tomorrow at 2pm and Summit High is at 7pm. All ceremonies take place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.
At First Friday this evening you can view more of the Source Weekly’s featured cover artist, Marv Johnson’s at the Franklin Crossing exhibit. Stag, Bear, Wolf, Smerf and Cowboy are all on display for your viewing pleasure. Animal Spirit, the River Song Student Art Show opens at Crow’s Feet Commons, Katy Grant’s oil landscapes are featured at Sage Custom Framing and Gallery and Natalie Fletcher will be painting live models at Astro while DJ Harlo spins. On the COCC campus the How Did We Get Here? Series continues in the Hitchcock auditorium with Dr. David Montgomery’s presentation The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood at 6:30pm. In the Pinckney Center you can listen to a reading of the play The Laramie Project inspired by the events surrounding the beating death of Mathew Shepard. In local theater The Zoo Story, a thoughtful and witty examination of a chance encounter between a transient and a book publisher on a bench in Central Park, continues its run at Volcanic Theatre Pub and Stephen Sondheim’s comedy Company opens at 2nd Street Theatre. Company is directed by Maralyn Thoma and Scott Michaelsen and follows the last single man in a group of jealous married couples.
Saturday is the US Forest Service Fee Free Days so head to any one of our beautiful national parks and enjoy the outdoors on Uncle Sam. Find out the answer to the eternal question…Is Rhubarb a vegetable or fruit? at the 4th Annual Rhubarb Festival in LaPine. The celebration includes pies, hayrides, alpacas and music by the Bad Cats. A little ways up the road at the High Desert Museum John Muir is highlighted in a special exhibit followed by a screening of the documentary John Muir in the New World. Escape Fire a documentary on the fight to rescue the American Health Care System screens at the Tower Theatre and at the Downtown Public Library you can watch winning entries from the Central Oregon Film Festival at 6pm. Sisters Art in the Park is on both Saturday and Sunday with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Sisters Rodeo wraps up on Sunday with a family day.
So saddle up amigos. It’s the weekend.