thursday 28This is your first chance to hear about this fall’s Nature of Words conference lineup! Or just hobnob with all a bunch of smart writer-types at this benefit for the organization. The evening includes a live literature-themed auction, readings by NOW students and live music. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres served free with ticket. $35 on bendticket.com. 5:30-8:30pm. Atelier 6000, 389 SW Scalehouse Ct., Ste. 120.
Bobby Gould in Hell and Volcanic Theatre
A new theater venture is underway in Bend and it’s a little different than anything we’ve seen before. Volcanic Theatre PUB will open this fall with an intimate black box venue in the Century Center. To keep the cash flowing for the pub/theater project, Derek Sitter and the rest of the Volcanic team are holding this fundraiser featuring live music from Jared Nelson Smith, and Avery James and the Hillandales. Top billing for the night goes to a production of Bobby Gould in Hell. Read more in the Culture section this week. Free. 7pm. Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr.
Three Times Bad
Epic moustaches and drunken, bent bluegrass. Three Times Bad is a twisted version of the storytelling songs you would expect to hear sitting on a porch deep in the Appalachian mountains, wearing overalls with no shirt, loaded shotgun within reach. Join the hoedown to their hillbilly blues. $5. 21+. 9pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Galveston Street Project
The first of its kind—a last-Friday event on Galveston Avenue that organizers hope to keep rolling through the rest of the summer. Most every business on the street, including food carts, will stay open late. Live music will pour from shops. Beer and wine tastings will abound. Special art displays will hang. You get the picture. 6 to 9pm. Galveston Avenue.
This summer kick-off event combining beer, food, NWX Crit bike races, music and kids activities is guaranteed to live up to its name. Musical line-up includes local bands Anastacia, Five Pint Mary, 3 Leg Torso and Portland- based Storm Large. Free shuttle service from downtown Bend. 4-10pm. Northwest Crossing's Compass Park
1776 in Concert
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Kick off your 4th of July holiday with a healthy dose of patriotism and good ol’ American history all wrapped up in song and dance. 1776 in Concert is a musical portraying the debates between members of the Second Continental Congress leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and features an all-female cast. Reserved seats are $20 and available at towertheatre.org. 7pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. The Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Fortunate Youth brings its rootsy vibes, bass lines and multiple harmonies to the Domino Room. The band is a collaboration of South Bay reggae musicians whose high-energy approach and positive stage presence makes for an unforgettable show. Tatanka opens the show at 9pm. Tickets are $10 at Bendticket.com. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Oyster Off Road Adventure Race
Out of all the fun races and athletic events this town has to offer, and holy s there are a bunch, this one nearly tops the list. Here’s the deal. You get a team of two to four together, you register and you head out on a mystery course around town. You have no idea what you’ll be doing, but it will certainly involve using clues to solve problems, engaging in zany stunts and performing any number of athletic feats involving running, biking and even water sports. Free beer at the finish. $85. Register online through noon Friday via oysterracingseries.com. Register in person at FootZone on Friday from 3-6pm. Or register in person on race day before race start time of 8am at the race start location, Deschutes Brewery, 901 SW Simpson Ave.
Crux Fermentation Project Opening
Join the Crux Fermentation Project for their official opening, aka Cruxapaloza! The celebration will include unique guest taps, a BBQ, beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains and some great live music. Locals Boxcar Stringband and Kentucky’s Longrifle will open the night. Check out the next page for more on Portlanders Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil who round out the lineup. Free. 5pm. Crux Fermentation Project, 50 S.W. Division St
Tiny strangely tuned guitars are totally in. Check out the Ukulele jam, open to all skill levels. Grab a glass of wine and play some classic tunes and originals. Don’t play? No problem, singing along is encouraged. No cover. 6:30pm. Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café, 1740 NW Pence Lane Suite 1.
Fourth of July
Do it up right this year either backyard style with your friends and family or partake in some of the excitement at any of the many, many events happening around the area. We recommend dressing up your kids and dogs and getting in on the Pet Parade action in downtown Bend. No details as of press time, but it just wouldn’t be a Fourth without a Freedom ride. See our special July 4 calendar on page 33 to scope all your options.