Animal activists, dog lovers and community members alike are invited to this illuminating documentary film about what happens after a dog attack, how people in rural areas deal with unwanted animals and what happens at overcrowded shelters. The film is being presented by The Bend Spay & Neuter Project and is originally an HBO documentary. This event will include a raffle to benefit the Bend Spay & Neuter Project, whose goal is to protect and shed light on the well being of pets in and outside Central Oregon shelters. The bluegrass band Blue Light Special is also set to perform after the film.
The Bend Spay & Neuter Project would like to warn viewers that the content of the film includes some graphic and disturbing scenes but that these scenes are an extremely important part of the reason for their work. The film follows the complex relationship that Americans have with man's best friend, as dogs are both revered as part of the family and left by the wayside in the hundreds of thousands each year to be euthanized at animal shelters. The film screening will help elucidate these dire issues of pet overpopulation and euthanasia that many Americans have come to ignore and BSNP has set out to solve.
What is so remarkable about Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning performance as Truman Capote in the 2005 film Capote is how the massive actor seemingly shrinks in size and stature to the slight and fey size of the New York writer. The film is spellbinding, exploring the ethics of a writer exploiting two killers for his book, In Cold Blood.
7 pm, Wed., May 21. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. Free.
Ever wonder about the history behind the Bend Emblem? Take a peek into Bend's roots as part of the Wild West and discover Bend's rich history during Deschutes County Historic Preservation Month. Watch a compilation of intimate interviews of local experts and historians conducted by C-Span for American History TV. The film, Historic Bend, visits various locations where historians share stories about everything from Bend's emergence as a booming mill town to the race between two railroad barons that came to be known as the Deschutes Railroad War. Travel with Deschutes County Surveyor Mike Berry to the failed Tumalo Reservoir, a project that failed to deliver promised irrigation to settlers in the area around Bend now known as Tumalo, and learn about the impact that it has had on the area today. Learn the tragic story of the U.S. Presidential candidate Frank T. Johns, who died while trying to save a Bend boy in the Deschutes River and the efforts being made to honor his life.
7 pm, Fri May 23. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. Free.
Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread, served up with a classic movie. One drink minimum.
6 pm., Wed. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. $6.