Want something different? Here it is—classical Indian raga played by two of South India's most accomplished violinists. Brothers Mysore Nagaraj and Dr. Mysore Manjunath join forces with percussionist Srimushnam Rajarao to play tunes both soothing and exciting. It's that awesome type of music you always hear in Indian restaurants and wish you had on your iPod. Hear it live this week. $15 at Bendticket.com. 7:30 p.m. The Old Stone, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
Last week I looked on in envy as my neighbors installed solar panels on their roof. Oh, how I covet their eventual cost-savings and green-ness! But, how to make the jump? Go to a workshop! Genius! If you can't make Wednesday's session, it's okay, because there's another information session on Thursday, Oct. 11. The free workshops do an effective job of presenting solar energy as a serious cost-savings move. Go Solar! Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave.
thursday 4 and friday 5
That's right, country-rock fans, this week you've got TWO chances to see Jeff Crosby and his Idaho-based band. On Thursday the long, blonde-haired Greg Allman look-a-like will play a free show starting at 7 p.m. at McMenamins. If you can't make that show, catch 'em at 8 p.m. on Friday at The Horned Hand. Free. 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at McMenamins; 8pm, Oct. 5 at the Horned Hand.
thursday 11 to sunday 14
There's just something about a film festival that makes you feel important, indie, alternative and cool. You can rub elbows with up and coming filmmakers. Be in the vicinity of the film-making elite that judge the festival's entries. And get a flavor in downtown Bend that is often lacking—that flavor is sexy. Check out the guide in this issue for all the details. Thursday Oct. 11 to Sunday Oct. 14. Various venues near downtown Bend.
friday 5 - sunday 7
Explore your yin and yang during a weekend of yoga, meditation and relaxation at Brasada Ranch. Farm-to-table dining and a keg of Kombucha Mama help make this event, which features Yin, Nidra and Vinyasa, which is extra awesome. Instruction is lended by Pradeep Teotia, who was raised in New Dehli and has studied yoga his entire life, and local Shanan Kelley, one of Bend's most qualified yogis. Contact 877-881-2570 for registration and more information. Brasada Ranch, 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd.
friday 5 to sunday 7
Oh, the fests. So many to choose from. A few good reasons to go to this one: A live homebrew competition, high tea with the Autumn Fairy for kids, a whole fall family-fun area with wagon rides and more, a pumpkin pie contest and a kid's costume swap. Then there's the music. Check out our Sound section this week to get a preview of why this festival promises to be a bit more memorable than most. 5 p.m. Oct. 5 to early evening Oct. 7, downtown Bend.
This independent film explores what it means to live in Cascadia (the bioregion that includes Oregon, Washington and British Columbia) and be subjected to increasing environmental and economic threats from "outsiders." While we're not sure if we're totally on board with the succession movement, we're intrigued, as we're pretty damn big fans of the Pacific Northwest. $10. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Eco-conscious Bend residents are opening their green homes to the public. Explore their efficiencies and talk directly to the builders and the homeowners who are on the cutting edge of green building technologies. Ron Pitt, CEO of EcoDog, will provide an educational presentation on the "Social Changes of Home Energy Monitoring." Visit nine of Central Oregon's most sustainable homes and wish your house was this cool. Doors 8:30 a.m., presentation 9 a.m. Visiting hours 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at COCC's Wille Hall, 2600 NW College Way.
The most badass of highly trained Kung-Fu masters perform choreographed routines that will blow your mind. Shaolin monks train in the 2,000-year-old Chinese Buddhist tradition and will show off their nearly unbelievable feats of strength, endurance and physical and mental discipline. Get ready for super impressive stick fighting, nail lying and board breaking. Tickets are $35-$50 at towertheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Tower Theater, 835 NW Wall St.