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Oregon High Desert Classics

wednesday 18-sunday 29

If you missed the Prineville horse races and the Chucker’s for Charity polo match last week, this is your chance to see beautiful horses in action this summer. Two  weekends of hunter/jumper competitions draws both professionals and amateurs who will have you holding your breath as they dart tightly around obstacles and leap their beasts over ever-taller jumps. The winners of the Grand Prix competitions this weekend and next earn $25,000. For schedule and details see Events at J Bar J Ranch, 62895 Hamby Road, Bend.


Balloons Over Bend

friday 20-saturday 21

Whether you want to admit it or not, the slightly dorky pastime of balloon floating is actually pretty awe-inspiring. There will be no shortage of sky-gawking opportunities this weekend as the giant wonders are drawn to town by Balloons Over Bend. The weekend-long festivally-type event includes hot air balloon launches, a nightglow, the Balloon Blast kids race and over 60 activities including bouncy houses, face painting, crafts and educational opportunities. Riverbend Park, The Old Mill District.

Pig, Pints and Pinot

saturday 21

The idea here is that people roam around the gorgeous Terrebonne Depot, with it’s up-close-and-personal-views of Smith Rock, while sampling small plates based on the meat from “an organically raised heirloom pig.” We’re not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds good. Oregon pinots and craft beers from around Oregon will be served and Tony Smiley and the Back 40 will provide the music for this farm-to-table event that lasts from 3 to 8 p.m. 400 NW Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne.

Cascade Cycling Classic Criterium

saturday 21

What is it that we love so much about the annual criterium? Is it the specter of death? Is it the wind that whips our faces as the peloton flashes by in a blur? Is it the rippling muscles underneath those tight jerseys? Whew! Whatever your personal reason, you need to clear your Saturday night and get downtown to see this crown jewel of the annual Cascade Cycling Classic. Amateurs start at 2 p.m., pro women at 5:45 p.m. and pro men at 7 p.m. Downtown Bend.

Chris Isaak

saturday 21

Actor, musician and soundtrack contributor to many-a-David-Lynch classic, Chris Isaak has an impressive resume. His music ranges from the sneering rockabilly style of Billy Idol, to the ghostly vocals of Morrissey, while retaining the pop sensibilities of U2. You’ll recognize a few of Isaak’s signatures including “I Want You to Want Me” and the infamously over sexed “Wicked Game,” which rocketed him to commercial success in the late ‘80s. $39-$69 at 6:30 p.m. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 Southwest Shevlin Hixon Dr.

Asante Children’s Choir—The Sound of Hope

saturday 21

A night of joyful singing and dancing by an unlikely group of performers. The Asante Choir traces its roots to the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide and the late ‘90s when choir founder Amon Munyaneza returned to his home country after 30 years in exile. He  built a school and orphanage in his war-torn native land. Several years later Amon tapped his students to lend their voices to the cause. In 2007, a group of 24 children gave their inaugural performance in Portland, spreading a message of hope and renewal. Five years later, the group and schools are going stronger than ever. Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m. Tower Theater, 835 NW Wall St.

Bill Cosby

sunday 22

File this one under living legends. Comedian and sitcom star Bill Cosby has probably done more to change and challenge perceptions about race in America than any politician ever will, Barack Obama notwithstanding. (Would you tune into the Obama Show every Thursday night like half of America did with the Cosby show for more than a decade in the‘80s and early’ 90s?) While he may be more associated with bad sweaters these days than stand-up comedy, Cosby continues to churn out material and to challenge audiences with his candid takes on contemporary issues, including parenting and race relations. All ages. $32 to $54. 1 p.m. Hooker Creek Events Center, Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Redmond.

Emmylou Harris

sunday 22

Twelve-time Grammy award-winner Emmylou Harris combines intricate storytelling and nearly 40 years of musical experience, guaranteeing a great performance. Check out Ethan Maffey’s feature on Harris online at in the Sound section for more on this living legend. $45. 6:30 p.m. Tickets at Newport Market. Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr.

Moondog Matinee

sunday 22

Dirty, gritty, sexy, rock and roll. Turn the page for more on Moondog Matinee’s vintage sound.  21+. $5. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.

Munch and Music—Igor & The Red Elvises

thursday 26

It’s like Elvis had sex with Russia and these guys are the children. They’re funny in a kind of euro way, which makes sense because members of the band are actually from Russia. Formed in the mid-‘90s, this group has put out 11 studio albums of their own brand of music that might be considered rockabilly/reggae/surf/traditional Russian folk. They definitely don’t take themselves too seriously and are known to put on a great live show. Very high recommendation on this one. Don’t miss the afterparty at Players. Munch and Music: Free, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Drake Park, Downtown Bend. Afterparty: $10, 10 p.m. Players, 25 SW Century Dr.



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