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thursday 18

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

FILM—An annual tour of high quality, short, environmentally-based films pulls into town this evening. Like having the pages of National Geographic come alive, the films are as beautiful as they are inspiring, from an insightful piece about fracking in North Dakota to a lush film about water rights in the Amazon. 7 pm, Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin. $8 pre-sale, $10 at door.

friday 19 


EATS, DRINKS, GAMES—The first absurd game of sport listed on the downtown Oktoberfest posters is wiener dog races. Who wouldn't want to see those little pigskins work their tiny legs to the sweet, sweet sounds of drunken lederhosen-adorned yodelers? Oh yeah! And beer! Bend beer! Over a dozen local breweries will be in attendance, and did we mention the wiener dogs? Downtown Bend. 5 pm Friday, noon Saturday. Free.

friday 19

Fall into Funk Fiesta

FUNK—Get on up because Jelly Bread and Elektrapod are bringing the Fall into Funk Fiesta to town. Jelly Bread, the Bend Summer Fest headliners who combine Americana storytelling with smooth, harmonizing vocals and dirty driving rhythms, bring a classic funk groove. Locals Elektrapod take an electronica-inspired, synth-heavy approach to laying down the beat. 9:30 pm. The Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $8 in advance, $12 at the door.

friday 19

NPRA Rodeo Finals

RODEO—If summer in Central Oregon officially begins with the Sisters rodeo, what better way to give a final hoorah and yeehaw than the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association Finals, with bone-shaking bull riding and hold-your-breath calf roping? 7 pm. Crook County Fairgrounds, Prineville. $10, (children 12 & under, free).

saturday 20


PARTY—The Oregon Natural Desert Association wraps up a weekend-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a block party featuring desert-scaping by Wintercreek Restoration, food and drinks, activities and a host of local bands including Truck Stop Gravy, Pitchfork Revolution and, of course, Wilderness. It's the next best thing to celebrating the wild in, well, the wild. 4 pm. ONDA's parking lot, 50 SW Bond St. Free.

saturday 20

Ride Hard Finish Thirsty 

BIKES & BEER—In an encouraging trend, breweries are increasingly sponsoring bike races in town. Boneyard's second annual Ride Hard Finish Thirsty returns to its bumpy, dirty, muddy and screaming-fun course for a two-day event. 8 am-5 pm. 19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd. Pre-registration $20.

sunday 21

Jonatha Brooke

FOLK—If you were a teen girl in the 1990s, chances are good you listened to Jonatha Brooke's personal, poetic folk music. A contemporary of raw female musicians such as Suzanne Vega, Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls and Shawn Colvin, she pushed through fickle relationships with recording labels to develop a strong fan base on her own. Performing with Peter Bradley Adams and Christine McKinley. 6 pm. Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr. $24-$64.

sunday 21

Music in Public Places

MUSIC—The music in public places program strikes again, this time taking on upbeat Dixieland jazz tunes with the Summit Express Jazz Band. All the members of the assembled band have played with the Central Oregon Symphony, and are on point in modern and classical compositions. 1 pm. Ridgeview High School, 4555 SW Elkhorn Ave., Redmond. 4 pm. Touchmark at Mt. Bachelor Village, 19800 SW Touchmark Way. Free.

monday 22


THE 1970S—Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson harmonize with power, and volcano-erupting Aqua Net-drenched hair. With classics like the forever-alone ballad "Alone," the throbbing "Barracuda," and the ominous '80s anthem "What About Love," if you're not karaoke-style screaming the lyrics by the end of the show, you're doing it wrong. 6 pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. $39-$79.

tuesday 23

Old Crow Medicine Show

AMERICANA—Though they are best known for their popular collaboration with Bob Dylan, "Wagon Wheel," Old Crow Medicine Show has been playing old-timey bluegrass music since 1998 and has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and the Dave Matthews Band, and features another Dylan co-authored song on the band's new album, Remedy. 6 pm. Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr. $35.

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