MUSIC—Bobby Joe and the MacNuggits sound like the feral offspring of Tenacious D and Larry and His Flask, which is a good thing. Often funny, sometimes searing, the Bay Area band's social commentary and furious folk-punk songs are always entertaining. Just ask YouTube. These guys might be your new favorite. 8 pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave. $5.
MUSIC—Week got you feeling down and out? Blues music came about for a reason—go cheer up at the Moon with this dirty blues band. The Portland pickers will have you hoot'n and holler'n in no time. Their scratchy, rootsy sound pairs well with Bridge Creek Pilsner. 9:30 pm. Silver Moon, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. $5.
friday 26-saturday 27
COMEDY—Your chance to see Mayor Jim Clinton and two other city councilors in a dating game—the Bend Follies are a window into the personalities of local celebs and pols. See Bob Shaw sing "Stormy Weather," hear Mike Cheney in "Open Mike Night" and watch Amanda Stuermer dance in a kickline. Proceeds benefit the Tower Theatre Foundation. 7:30 pm. The Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $50-$75.
DIRT—Claim a space to cultivate your green thumb. The community garden at Hollinshead Park has 90 plots in 10' x10' and 15' x 12' sizes, and they'll be up for grabs for the summer months—first come, first served. A two-hour, get-your-hands-dirty work party follows registration. 9 am. Hollinshead Park, 1245 NE Jones Rd. $25-$35.
SCREEN—Seriously, what's better than spending 4 hours and 35 minutes absorbing some culture on a Saturday morning? Watch a live stream of Handel's "Giulio Cesare" on the big screen as part of "The Met: Live in HD" series, showing nationwide. Opera giants Natalie Dessay, Alice Coote and David Daniels star. 9 am. Old Mill Stadium 16, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr. $18-$24.
MUSIC—A$AP Rocky is a talented 24-year-old rapper/producer from Harlem. He's NOT coming to Bend. Aesop Rock (born Ian Matthias Bavitz) is a 36-year-old rapper/producer from San Francisco. He IS coming to Bend. A$AP Rocky is just hitting his stride, thanks to "Fu**in' Problems." Aesop Rock is well-established and best known for None Shall Pass. So. There's a difference. 9 pm, Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood. $21.
FOOD—Rather than drooling over the Dining Guide's centerfold, join hordes of Bend foodies for a progressive dinner, pub-crawl style. Sample small plates from Bend's finest and kick back a beverage with each. Participants include Barrio, Jackalope, Primal Cuts, Trattoria Sbandati, Zydeco and more. Proceeds benefit Bend's Community Center. 4 pm. Various locations. bendscommunitycenter.org foodie-crawl. $25-$95.
MUSIC—In the middle of the '80s MTV revolution, when mainstream music was judged for its pomp and danceability, the Cowboy Junkies were an unlikely sensation. Their laconic and bluesy songs are now categorized as alt-country, but then were simply a new, eerie, twangy, strangely enticing sound. Margo Timms' voice is as siren enchanting as ever. 7 pm, Tower Theatre, $32-$47.
FILM & MUSIC—Woody Guthrie only spent one summer in the Pacific Northwest, in 1941, but in that brief time he penned 26 songs that pitch-perfect capture the area's muscular beauty and languid desperation. With an introduction by director Michael O'Rourke, tonight's film offers a glimpse at a true American musical hero. Event includes a musical presentation by Bill Murlin. 7 pm, McMenamins, 700 NW Bond St. Free.
LIVE STREAM—The popular NPR news quiz comes to Bend! All right, so you'll be watching the live stream beemed over to us through Russian satellites, but still! It's the shining face of hosts Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell, on the big screen! 8 pm. Regal Cinemas, 680 SW Powerhouse Dr. $22.