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The Pumpkin Patch

GREAT PUMPKINS—Pony rides, corn mazes, cotton candy, a petting zoo and hayrides? The DD Ranch is like the Disneyland of autumn, only with shorter lines and much cheaper snacks. And pumpkins, if you're into that. If you have kids, feel free to use them as an excuse—but no one is checking IDs. 10 am-5 pm daily (some activities only on weekends). DD Ranch, 3836 NE Smith Rock Way. Free admission, activity costs vary.

friday 3

The Quick and Easy Boys

MUSIC—The Quick and Easy Boys, as the name suggests, are a fun band. But they also are coolly and calmly talented, with Beatles' (circa "Octopus Garden") playfulness, jingling guitar chord, heavy backbeat bass drum, and, oh boy, such great harmonizing—mind you, not your hippie-granddad's harmonizing where it is just two voices singing at once, but a subtle soprano that fills in the gaps. So good. 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main, Sisters. $10.

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First Friday

ART—Drinks! Art! Downtown! The local women's organization MUSE sponsors an appreciation exhibit for the Oregon Equal Rights for Women Initiative, Measure 89, at the Liberty Lounge (how appropriate). Two excellent local bands, Helga and Patrimony, take over the patio at Crow's Feet Commons and local artist Caroline Cornell shows her stuff at Bishop's Barbershop as the Source's cover artist of the month. 5 pm. Downtown Bend. Free.

saturday 4

Bend Fall Festival

CELEBRATION—A mishmash of art, food (30 venders) and music (two stages), the Bend Fall Festival appropriately is a cornucopia of sensibilities and artistic styles. With Redwood Son (11 am) and the hard-to-pronounce, but fun to listen to, gypsy-rock Mbrascatu (5 pm). 11 am – 10 pm. Downtown Bend. Free.

saturday 4

Harvest Dinner

FOOD & ART—Harvest is a time for feasting, and The High Desert Museum gets that. It hosts a farm-to-table dinner accompanied by the art exhibition "Painting Oregon's Harvest" by Kathy Deggendorfer. Chef TR McCrystal of Jen's Garden prepares a four-course meal paired with Oregon wines. 7 pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 South Hwy 97. $100.

sunday 5

Dropkick Murphys

PUNK—If you've ever thought, "You know what this punk song could use? A little bit of bagpipe, and an accordion, and some traditional sounding banjo," then Dropkick Murphys are for you. The Boston boys are behind the hit song from Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated The Departed, "Shipping Out To Boston," which remains the band's shoutiest, most Oi! worthy hit. But mind you, they have plenty more to offer. 8 pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $32.

tuesday 7

Trivia Tuesday

TRIVIA—Are you smarter than your friends, peers and random hungry patrons who find themselves in a swirling vortex of Trivia Tuesday while trying to eat a nice casual dinner at The Lot? Will the hosts test your knowledge of pizza, unicorns and Buffy? Geography, history and jazz? There's only one way to find out. 6 pm. The Lot. Free.

wednesday 8

City Council Candidate Forum

POLITICS—Now that you know what it is that City Council actually does, who will you vote for? The League of Women Voters is here to help with a forum featuring the candidates for Bend City Council seats 5 (Mark Capell and Nathan Boddie) and 7 (Scott Ramsay and Barb Campbell). Find out where they stand on the issues and what they hope to bring to the team. 5:15 pm. Deschutes County Services Building, 1330 NW Wall St. Free.

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SCARY MOVIE—What is most remembered about Hitchcock's 1960 Psycho is a shower scene where a young woman is stabbed. But really, the plot is much more dynamic—about a tryst, embezzlement, and even the death of small towns. Though quaint in the context of current slasher films, it's not a hair less scary. Tonight's screening kicks off a four-week series of psychological thrillers. 6 pm. Tin Pan Theater, 869 Tin Pan Alley. $5.

wednesday 8

Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles

AMERICANA—On the road for a decade and a half, Matt Hopper and the rotating cast of the Roman Candles pull inspiration from everyone from Tom Petty to The Replacements. His forthcoming album is poised to be a Nashville country classic as opposed to his last release, Husky, a wide-ranging compilation of jammy-dreamy tracks, and before that, Jersey Finger, a Spoon-esque pop-rock album. 7 pm. McMenamins, 700 NW Wall St. Free.

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