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thursday 16

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

FASHION—The only time when it's appropriate to dress trashy in public? The fourth annual Eco-Fashion Show, which struts the runway with locally designed garments made from repurposed material (i.e. garbage)! The REALMS fundraiser has become a tradition among Bend's keenly fashionable and environmentally aware. All-ages show: 5 pm. 21+ show: 7:30 pm. The Armory, 875 SW Simpson Ave. $10 students, $15 adults.

friday 17

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

THEATER—In the play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Steve Martin imagines a world in 1904 where visionary geniuses Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet in a Parisian bar. At the time, neither are famous and both are on the verge of some very big, game-changing ideas. A smart, funny, thoughtful play. 7:30 pm. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave. $19.

friday 17

Crash Reel

DOCUMENTARY—Shortlisted for the Academy's Best Documentary, Crash Reel tells the heart-twisting story about Kevin Pearce, a world-class snowboarder. While training for the 2010 Olympics, he crashed and suffered severe brain trauma. All buoyed by a remarkable soundtrack and nail-biting cinematography, the film follows his difficult recovery—and his astonishing decision to return to the sport. 8:30 pm. Tin Pan Theatre, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. $6.

friday 17

Arturo O'Farrill Septet

JAZZ—This is the best show of the already impressive lineup of Jazz at the Oxford. Like the greatest jazz, Arturo O'Farrill's septet (that's a stage-filling seven musicians) deftly weaves between horn-blowing chaos and the structured order of classic piano chords and scales. Arturo O'Farrill is a true master. 8 pm, Friday; 5 pm & 8:15 pm Saturday. Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota. $55 at bendticket.com.

saturday 18

High Gravity Extravaganza

BEER—In a celebration of winter and big, bold, boozy beers, McMenamins is throwing a party. On the guest list are 17 skull-crushers from across the state, as well as a huge music lineup. Give us Bend Brewing Company's Big Bad Russian Imperial Stout (10.5% ABV) and Trixy & the Nasties soulful hits, and we're good. 1-10 pm. McMenamins, 700 NW Bond St. Free entry, $1.25 per taste.

saturday 18

Blues Harmonica Blowout

MUSIC—John Mayall, British blues master and mentor/band mate to Eric Clapton and Mick Fleetwod, knows his way around a harmonica. And guitar. And just about every notable music venue the world over. Joined by fellow harmonica meistro, Rick Estrin, guitarist Little Charlie Baty and vocalist James Harmon, these groundbreaking musicians still wail five decades later. 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $30-45.

saturday 18

Black Pussy

MUSIC—Booking gigs in Utah can be tough with a band name like Black Pussy. Luckily, Bend doesn't balk at such inconsequential details, and has discovered that beyond that inflammatory title, the band provides the loudest, breaker-busting, screaming reverb, hallucinogenic '70s rock this town has ever seen. Hobbs the Band and The Rum and The Sea open. 9 pm. Pakit Liquidators, 903 SE Armour Rd. $5.

tuesday 21

SuperForum with Gov. Kitzhaber

PRESENTATION—With the economy on the rebound (sort of—everything is slow to reach Bend), groups like Bend 2030 are looking for ways our high desert city can expand without losing its attractive waistline. Gov. John Kitzhaber is presenting and providing guidance as to how Bend can grow sustainably and beautifully. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $19.

wednesday 22

Craig Carothers

MUSIC—The Portland-turned-Nashville singer-songwriter is a thoughtful but snarky mix of John Prine, Greg Brown and the Delta blues—a fine combo. With 10 albums in 20 years, Carothers has proven a smart and consistent voice in the Americana world. 7-10 pm. McMenamins, 700 NW Bond St. Free.

wednesday 22

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio

MUSIC—With six masterful artists—all on six strings—expect complex, eclectic acoustic tunes from two groups that know how to make music soar. Diverse backgrounds ensure that the two groups draw from inspirations that range from Balkan ballads to California surf rock. If we're lucky, they'll throw in a beautiful Ennio Morricone spaghetti western cover. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $30.

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