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thursday 27

Presidents of the United States of America

POP-PUNK—While "Peaches" and "Lump" (FUN FACT: videos for both songs were directed by Roman Coppola) make up the best-known entries in the sugarcoated grunge rockers' catalog, the Presidents' repertoire spans six full-length albums. In the band's two-decade run, PUSA has performed for Bill Clinton, John Kerry and the incumbent commander in chief. 6 pm. Century Center Courtyard, 70 SW Century Dr. $30-$35.

friday 28

Pacific Crest Sports Fest

SUNRIVER—A weekend of endurance fun for the whole family. There are kids' races, bike tours (26- and 55-mile options), triathlons, duathlons, 5Ks, half marathons and marathons. There's also a health and fitness expo, plenty of grub and a beer garden, if racing isn't your thing. Kicks off 8 am Friday. Sunriver.

friday 28

Blind Pilot

GREAT MUSIC—My Norwegian grandmother always told me that cream rises to the top. In the case of Blind Pilot, that certainly is true. It took about one hiccup in 2008 for the band—what started as a 21st- century folk duo and grew threefold—to go from idea to fame. Israel Nebeker's rich, echoey voice layers like morning fog on the jingle jangle of snare drums and sturdy piano chords. 8:30 pm. NorthWest Crossing Hullabaloo. Free.

friday 28

Steve Miller Band

CLASSIC RAWK—There is a reason that at any given minute in the United States the Steve Miller Band is playing on some radio station. Really? You're asking the reason? Because they RAWK! Although the songs are familiar, take a closer listen and pull out the blues riffs and nods to jazz traditions. It is classic for a reason, people! 6:30 pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. $39-$85.

saturday 29

Life in the Cretaceous

DINOSAURS!—Dinosaurs are totally trending right now. This week the High Desert Museum will introduce dinosaurs of the sea at local libraries with skull and fossil casts (awesome!) to preview the museum's new dinocentric exhibit, which features (no joke) dinosaur simulators. See for dates and times. Exhibit opens 10 am. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Hwy. 97. $9-15.

saturday 29

Horned Hand Closing Night

MUSIC—Last chance for romance at Tthe Horned Hand! Down-tempo lo-fi country rockers the Rural Demons, the band that played practically nightly for the first year of the venue/bar/home for wayward taxidermy, will reunite for a special night of music, beer, sweaty dancing and reminiscing. 8 pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Georgia Ave. $5.

sat 29-sunday 30

Bite of Bend

FOOD & DRINK—Central Oregon's foodie utopia, the Bite of Bend, will be in full swing Saturday with the Bartender's Brawl (See pg. 50 for submitted cocktail recipes), bite-size samples from favorite local restaurants, the Top Chef Competition and lots of live music. Sunday combines two of Bend's favorite activities, running and beer drinking, for the aptly named Beer Run. noon. Downtown Bend.

sunday 30

Shadow Dancer

FILM—Excluding Daniel Day-Lewis' amazing In the Name of the Father, too few movies use IRA terrorists/activists as a central plot. Shadow Dancer is a welcome surprise among summer film releases, a film with a tense storyline that draws in all things Irish—twisted family loyalties, fiery emotional outbursts and, yes, accents as cozy warm as a wool blanket. 7:30. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. $6.

tuesday 2

Ziggy Marley

REGGAE—It's tough being the son of a musical revolutionary (just ask Jakob Dylan). Ziggy has made a good go of it. Of the umpteen million Marley offspring, he has proved to be the one with the most staying power. His 2013 release, Ziggy Marley in Concert, confirms he's not fading away a la Damian Marley. 6:30 pm. Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr. $32.

thurs 4 - sunday 6

La Pine Rodeo

YEEHAW—Missed the Sisters Rodeo? Catch the smaller, more down-home La Pine rodeo, the "Greatest Little Rodeo in Oregon." Bull riding, mutton busting, a rodeo dance, fireworks—they've got it all. Maybe plan to stay the weekend in La Pine. It's going to be that fun. Starts 7 pm Thursday. La Pine Rodeo Grounds, Third St. & Walker St. $10-$12.


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