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thursday 11

The Blitz

MOUNTAIN BIKING—Formally known as Blitz to the Barrel, The Blitz is announcing a new course and finish line experience for this year's race. With three chances to win cash prizes along the route, plus an arm-wrestling championship, beer, and barbecue at the finish, the fun isn't just for the riders. 5 pm. Tetherow, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd. Free to spectators.

thursday 11

Piano Bar Bob

MUSIC—A couple times a year Bob Berhalter travels to Bend for a pop-up piano bar performance. Bob says it best: "It's like a dueling piano show with half the pianos, twice the fun, and a little bit of naughty." For those unfamiliar with the concept of a piano bar, it's sort of like karaoke, only with live fingers hitting the keys, professional backing vocals, and more Frank Sinatra than Journey. 7:30 pm. Kelly D's, 1012 SE Cleveland Ave. No cover.

thursday 11-saturday 13

Hobbs the Band

MUSIC—Sisters must have made an impression on local blues rock outfit Hobbs the Band. After a successful debut performance at Sisters Folk Festival in 2012, the band set up shop in a retrofitted warehouse in a Sisters industrial park. That hometown pride continues with what is effectively a three-day Sisters Rodeo after party. So hop on that saddle and ride. 8 pm. The Belfry, 302 E Main St., Sisters. $5.

friday 12-sunday 14

Sisters Rodeo

RODEO—The annual Sisters Rodeo—now in its 75th year—serves as a reminder that all those cutesy storefronts have roots in legitimate cowboy culture. And this isn't just some small-town affair. These cowboys and cowgirls more than hold their own on larger stages. Bolos recommended, but not required. 7 pm Friday and Saturday, 1 pm Sunday. Sisters Rodeo Grounds, 220 W Cascade Ave, Sisters. $20.

saturday 13

Dog Gone Run & Pet Pawlooza

DOGS—This four leg friendly event offers a 5k fun run/walk or walkathon for people and dogs, a leash-free area with activities, live music and entertainment, as well as a pet festival with animal related vendors. Top off the day with food and beers, including Dawg Grog for furry friends. 9 am. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. Dog Gone Run $40, Pet Festival is free.

saturday 13

Exhibit Opening: Glow

GLOW IN THE DARK—Explore the world of bioluminescence where some plants and animals appear to glow. Learn about the chemical processes that help create fireflies and glow-worms light, plus look at the alien-like creature found mid-ocean, where it is estimated 90% of animals produce light. 9 am. High Desert Museum, 59800 S Hwy 97. $15 adults, $12 children, $9 youth, children 4 and under free.

saturday 13

Cocked & Loaded

BOYLESQUE—These boys are carrying weapons of mass seduction and they aren't afraid to use them. Portland's newest boylesque troupe—that's burlesque performed by men—brings a fusion of striptease and dance with seasoned performers Tod Alan, who balances humor with sex appeal, and Gabriel, a trained dance company member. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $12.

sunday 14

Tim Shaner & Karen McPherson

POETRY—Eugene poets Karen McPherson and Tim Shaner are professors by day but each also writes poetry that is a meditation on the natural world. Fun facts: McPherson is the one-time founder of the Rainbow commune and Shaner is, essentially, a Doctor of Poetry. 2 pm, Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St. Free.

tuesday 16

Cocktail Cabaret: Bend Backwards

GENDER BENDER—Artists will perform solos, duets, and more at this unique cabaret. Experience songs in a different light as males will perform female musical selections and women will sing male musical selections. Presented by Topsoil Theatrics and hosted by Julianna Erdesz who performed at March's sold out Cocktail Cabaret. 8 pm. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, 147 NW Minnesota Ave. $16 adv., $10 door for unsold seats and standing room only.

tuesday 16

Grace Askew

MUSIC—Old timey, twangy, steel guitar with a touch of Shania Twain sass and a salt of the earth sound belies her youth. The former "Voice" contestant, whose music is frequently described as "blunty" (blues + country), draws inspiration from her Memphis roots and her guardian angel, Elvis. A perfect soundtrack for a roadtrip through the high desert. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

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