Racial Justice Book Club
READING—According to Gallup, Americans are more concerned about race now than they've been since the Rodney King beating almost 25 years ago. Locally, groups are forming to discuss Derald Wing Sue's book "Overcoming Our Racism: Journey to Liberation" at sites across the region. The OSU-Cascades group kicks off today, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Noon to 1 pm. OSU Cascades Hall. Free (your mind).
HEAVENLY HARMONIES—Ethereal and beautiful all on their own, the shimmering siren song of each sister in Portland-based trio Joseph intertwines like so many delicate silver threads to create haunting harmonies that dance through verses like crisp fall leaves dancing in the cool morning breeze. Folksy guitar keeps one foot on the ground. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
Fat Bike Double Feature
FILM—Feeling timid about biking through the winter? This back-to-back fat bike film feature will put those powdery trails and bike lanes into perspective. Cold Rolled takes on a small Michigan town's winter biking culture, while Among the Wild follows the tough-as-nails Arrowhead 135, a race through a Northern Minnesota snowmobile trail. 9 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis. $5.
thursday 22 & friday 23
Beer Talk and Tasting
BEER—Two months ago, 10 Barrel rocked the local beer world by selling to mega-beer corporation Anheuser-Busch InBev. Tonight, the founders present an intriguing talk about growing a business in Bend. 6 pm. McMenamins Old St Francis, 835 NW Bond. RSVP required, 541-388-3236 x3. Then, wash out the taste of sellout the next evening with Deschutes' release of its Reserve Series Beer, The Specialist, an imperial bitter. 11 am-midnight. Deschutes Public House, 1044 NW Bond.
Doc Ryan & Wyches Creek
MUSIC—Distant trains and harmonica notes. Blues with a slight drawl in the lyrics. Rockers in cowboy hats. Local favorites Doc Ryan & Wyches Creek drive forward their songs with stripped-down blues guitar chords, hand clapping and good nature. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre, 70 SW Century. $5.
Know Art: Natalie Fletcher
BODY ART—Last fall, local alternative artist Natalie Fletcher competed and won the first ever body painting reality television show, "Skin Wars." With her affinity for camouflage painting, making models disappear into their surroundings with careful detail and color matching, Fletcher's creativity is what won her the television title. See her body of work. 2 pm. Deschutes Public Library, 601 NW Wall St. Free.
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
MUSIC—After a last minute cancellation by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, (he is busy recording an album with the legendary Neil Young), Bend Surgery Center Foundation found a pretty excellent replacement for its annual student scholarship fundraiser. The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are a mix of swing, ska and big band best known for the 1997 pop hit "Zoot Suit Riot." 6:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $39-$49.
The Glass Menagerie
THEATER—Tennessee Williams' southern-gothic styling pours on the humanity of responsibility and desperation to be independent through the lens of Tom Wingfield. If you don't remember reading this one in school, it's a doozy. A classic play about dramatically shifting economic circumstances, growing up, and a bookshelf full of tiny glass animals. 2 pm. Cascade Theatrical Company, 148 Northwest Greenwood Ave. $20.
The Many Lives of Klondike Kate
HISTORY—There are few attributes as distinctly western American as the power to reinvent oneself, and Kathleen Rockwell (better known as "Klondike Kate") rides that roller coaster, from a seductive beauty as a dancer for Alaskan gold rush miners, to a demure (and destitute) pioneering homesteader in Central Oregon. A presentation of the History Pub.7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond. Free.
FUNK—Calling themselves a "funk army of multi-instrumentalists," this Brooklyn-based nine-piece crew conjures sheer musical power. With a full horn section, keys, guitars and stunning vocals, the band weaves a whirlwind of a party atmosphere and rollicking songs that will have you flashing back to the days of Earth Wind and Fire. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $8-$10.