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Our Picks for 05/03-05/09 

This weeks picks and events you're sure to enjoy including a list of places to visit on Cinco de Mayo.

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KPOV Simulcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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What’s that? You forgot to go to New Orleans this weekend and see the Jazz and Heritage Festival this week? Don’t sweat it—KPOV has you covered. Tune in to 88.9 each morning and afternoon through the end of the weekend to hear dozens and dozens of some of best horn players, jazz bands, choirs and orchestras in the country. A schedule of performances is available at

Perpetual Drifters with Uni and her Ukulele

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Substance-filled pop music! This four-piece band from Chico, Calif., proves that it’s possible. And we haven’t missed the fact that ukuleles are on the upswing. Uni, a.k.a. Heather Marie Ellison, has opened for such legends as Ray Charles and James Brown—two men who also appreciate a little ukulele strumming. That sounded dirty. Sorry. But not really. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe Paddlefest

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So, yeah, we’re totally plugging a demo event. But, here’s why it’s worth your time. Over the course of the weekend you can take FREE kayak lessons and try out some of the sweetest new kayaks and canoes on the market. Here’s the schedule: Free kayak lessons Friday 2-4pm, kayak and canoe demos starting Saturday at 10am, more free kayak lessons Sunday from 2-4pm. Awesome. For more info call Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe, 541-317-9407. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St

20th Annual Spring Home and Garden Show

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More granite countertops, window shades and patio pavers than you can shake a rake at. Check out for a $2 off admission coupon. Otherwise, it’s $7. Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond.

Art walk with Deschutes and Push Tunisia

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Deschutes Brewery is back on the art walk scene after its big remodel and is coming with a back-alley barbeque, live music, art, and, of course, beer. Enjoy the above from 5-9pm in the alley behind the brewpub on 1044 Bond St. And as long as you are out on the town, make it a point to check out “Push Tunisia,” an exhibit that offers a glimpse into Tunisia’s growing skate scene. The exhibit is coordinated by theBedouins, a group of multi-national skaters, filmers, photographers and artists who work with Middle Eastern youth to advance skateboard activism. Thump Coffee, 25 NW Minnesota Ave, Ste. 2.

Cinco de Mayo!

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Here’s a short list to help you celebrate Mexican heritage and culture in style:

Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale CafÄ It’s Cinco de Micros all day with a Mexican-inspired menu and deals on items that incorporate the number 5.

-Les Schwab Amphitheater Festival de Banderas is full-day fun for the whole family with live music from Hacienda, Diego Garcia and Papo Medina starting at 5pm. $8 at 10am-10pm.

-Maverick’s Country Bar and Grill Celebrate country style with Crawford and James. Free. 9pm.

-Mt. Bachelor Kinko de Mayo with Bent Metal. Sunshine, snowboarding in the park, tacos and tunes. Free. Noon- beyond.

-Northside Bar & Grill Fun Bobby plays classic rock you can really shoot tequila to. $2. 8:30pm.

-Players Bar & Grill Jam bands The Acorn Project and Upstate Trio provide the perfect accompaniment to a Tecate. $7 at$10 Door. 8pm.

-Silver Moon Brewing Co. The gBots & the Journeyman are as smooth as a michelada with breakfast. 8pm.

-The Horned Hand Celebrate the Cinco at The Hand with live music, prizes and giveaways. No cover. 8pm.

Salmon Run 5K and 10K

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This is one of Bend’s most popular community races. Part of the reason for that is it finally feels like spring and what could be better than a fun run on the River Trail and through the Old Mill District! The other part is that it raises cash for the Environmental Center’s youth education programs. The post-race party is a good time, too. Deschutes beer, hot chocolate, snacks. Stick around for the Little Fry run for kids. Register at Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St.

May Faire Festival

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If you lived in an ancient village in Europe, May Day might have looked something like this: kids dancing around a may pole, musicians singing, animals milling about and local artisans peddling their wares. If all that sounds good to you, Waldorf School of Bend is where you should be this Sunday. 11am-3pm. Waldorf School of Bend, 19888 Rocking Horse Dr.

Mickey Hart Band

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Okay! We admit it…we’re Grateful Dead fans. Read more about why you need to see their drummer on the next page. Tickets start at $36 and are available at Ranch Records and 7pm. The Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.


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Don’t bother coming to this show if you’re averse to dancing. This seven piece Kalamazoo-based band owns elements of funk both new (Jamiroquai) and old (James Brown—the second ‘Picks’ reference to The Godfather of Soul, if you’re counting). To fully grasp their ability to create an instant dance-party, check out their song “#4.” Free. 8pm. Players Bar & Grill, 25 SW Century Dr.



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