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thursday 30

Art of the West

EXHIBIT—The opening reception for High Desert Museum's new exhibit depicting the Western region of the United States. The reception will include an intimate preview of art plus demonstrations from some of the 35 artists participating in the exhibit, including a painter, beadworker, and mixed media artist. 6 – 8 pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S Hwy 97. $5.

thursday 30

Keith Ross Nelson

COMEDY—What do you get when you combine a track and field star with a Kung Fu black belt and a bevy of jokes? Comedian Keith Ross Nelson (aka "Kung Fu Keith"). After 25 years in comedy, his act sticks to what he (now) knows—the trials and tribulations (and occasional perks) of getting older. 8-10 pm. Summit Saloon, 115 NW Oregon Ave. $8 online, $10 at the door.

friday 31


ROCK—The 1971 hit song "A Horse with No Name" feels like it could have been written about Central Oregon. Perhaps the iconic classic rock band will also play the song that accompanied that hit on the single—the likewise apt-for-Bend "Everyone I Know is From California." 7 pm. Deschutes County Fair & Expo, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond. Free with fair admission.

friday 31

Tumbleweed Peepshow

MUSIC—Performing their only public show of the summer, this soulful band is comprised of Sisters' natives. Although, Tumbleweed plays acoustic originals their bluegrass undertones are easy to get up and groove to. The Belfry may be taking a break for the summer but Angeline's is in full swing! 7 pm. Angeline's Bakery, 121 W Main St., Sisters. $5-$10.

saturday 1

Deschutes County Fair

RODEO—Watching a rodeo is sport enough, with the ground-pounding hooves and heart-thumping excitement from cowboys hanging on like ragdolls, but if you still have some adrenaline in the tank, tonight's events are followed by a hoedown dance. 6:30 pm, rodeo. 9:30 – 11 pm, dance. Deschutes County Fairgrounds, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond. $12: adults, $7: 6 - 12 years, free: 6 and under.

sunday 2

Moondog Matinee

MUSIC—The family-friendly waterpark at Sunriver isn't exactly where I'd expect to find a thumping, rocking band that identifies as "sexual anarchists" with songs like "Bourbon Street," yet juxtaposition can create great art—and Moondog Matinee are powerful musicians, fronted by twangy vocals, and backed by relentlessly good drumming. 5 pm. SHARC, 57250 Overlook Rd., Sunriver. No cover.

sunday 2

Raina Rose & Laura Curtis

MUSIC—A powerful combination: raised in Portland and filtered through Austin's folk scene, Raina Rose joins her earnest singing with the rich, thoughtful songs of Laura Curtis. An easy-going, intimate setting. 7 pm. RSVP (541) 480-8830, or House Concerts in the Glen, 1019 NW Stannium Rd. $15-$20.

sunday 2

COMAG Art Show

METAL ARTS—The Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild brings together some of the regions most talented sculptors, jewelry makers, and blacksmiths. This annual show and sale puts all their work in one place, displaying all the creative works that fire has wrought. 10 am-9 pm. Oxford Hotel Ballroom, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. Free admission.

sunday 2


OUTDOOR CONCERT—Local favorite Wilderness brings its melodic, experimental folky rock to a likewise-beloved local venue. A perfect soundtrack for dancing barefoot in the grassy lawn at Les Schwab Amphitheater or laying back and surveying cloud scenes. 2:30 pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. No cover.

wednesday 5>

Alive After 5

MUSIC— LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends fit like a hand in glove—or, a sandal on a foot—for the Alive After 5 summer series. Easygoing soul music that soothes over emotionally jagged edges with butter-smooth vocals, ringing cymbals, and minor-key guitar chords. 5 pm. Old Mill District, 520 SW Powerhouse Dr. No cover.


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