The Nature of Words 2012 Literary Festival
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Yes, we picked this event last week, but because it’s five days long and cool we reckoned it deserved another nod. Take in author readings, book signings, workshops, lectures and presentations—you’ll find a complete schedule of events on thenatureofwords.org/Festival. If you can get your mitts on last week’s Source, check out our Culture section where we picked the best of the best NOW events to help guide you through five days of literary adventure. The events kick off with the Rising Star creative writing awards ceremony (free!) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the COCC Library. COCC and various locations across town. Ticket info at thenatureofwords.org.
Local five-piece pirate folk band The Rum and the Sea takes audiences on voyages, exploring everything from heartbreaking loneliness to the struggles of being in love with a roller derby queen. The band’s influences include Irish folk and nautical themes and deliberate songwriting, all of which showcases the members’ expansive musical IQ. Momentum-building crescendos and smooth harmonies keep listeners hanging on to every note. Arrr! All ages. Free. 7 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Armchair Live Storytelling Event
Get down to Tin Pan Theater for one of the most interesting cultural events in town. Eight people tell unrehearsed stories of being “Up All Night,” which may or may not include stories of nudity, cocaine and near death experiences. Read more in our Culture section this week. All ages. $5. 7:30 p.m. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley.
Great American Taxi and Poor Man’s Whiskey
Fans of jammy, progressive bluegrass take note: Great American Taxi features guitarist and singer Vince Herman, one of the founding members of Leftover Salmon, which is, in turn, one of the most influential bluegrass jam bands of the ‘90s. This is your chance to see a cultural icon! The high-country Colorado-based band is touring in support of their latest release, Paradise Lost, an upbeat album about working class folks. See ‘em Friday with Poor Man’s Whiskey, a Bay-Area band that specializes in “high octane hootenanny.” $12 at Ranch Records, $15 at the door. 8 p.m. Domino Room, 51 Greenwood Ave.
COTA Trail Work Party
First the work, then the party. The Central Oregon Trail Alliance has scheduled a work party on one of Bend’s most used and best-loved trails—Funner Trail! Grab your work gloves and boots and head to Sunnyside Sports to carpool to the work site. After the work is finished, enjoy food and beverages (think Deschutes Brewery) and revel in a job well done. 9 a.m. Sunnyside Sports, 930 NW Newport Ave.
The sweet Americana crooner is the best act you’ve never heard of. With a sharp band and smooth voice, James Apollo would make a lot of sense in a David Lynch production. Dark and brooding, haunting but not depressing, the Brooklyn-turned-Seattle resident weaves hints of spaghetti Western influences into his smokey, jazzy sound. Go see James Apollo and his band. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Five Grammy wins. Enough said. Check out the Sound section for more on American blues legend Robert Cray. Tickets $35-$50 at towertheatre.org. 7 p.m. Tower Theater, 835 NW Wall St.
Sushi Rolling Class
Joe Kim, executive chef at 5 Fusion, is offering two sushi-rolling classes in support of the Deschutes Children’s Foundation. Learn some skills, eat what you roll, and enjoy sake pairings and giveaways while helping children and families in our community. This is a good deal. Education, food and drink—all for a good cause. Brilliant. All ages. $50. Seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, 821 NW Wall St.
Combining the accordion, banjo, cello and a vintage vibraphone, Kites & Crows achieves a depth and texture in their music that is rare for a three-piece band. The Ashland-based band combines orchestral instrumentation with a haunting twang and emotionally riveting lyrics to create a sound that’s all their own. The trio is celebrating the release of their first full-length album, More for the Mender. If you missed them last time they were in town, don’t do it again. $5. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Road to Paris
A movie night with a sense of humor! Send off the disgraced U.S. Postal Service cycling team by watching Road to Paris, a documentary about the glory days of Lance and company. And, with a nod to the team’s systematic blood-doping program, you’ll be able to donate blood at the event. The American Red Cross blood drive benefit is open to all, but is not required of moviegoers. We urge you to donate though. $5. 21+. 9 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Ed Marston Presents In Doc Hatfield Lecture Series
By 1992, Ed Marston, the writer and publisher of the environmental newspaper High Desert News, had already been recognized as a key voice in land use debates in the West. But that year he devoted an entire issue of his paper to one man and one woman. Connie and Doc Hatfield, two ranchers from Brothers deserved the attention. Their efforts to align environmentalists, federal agency staff and ranchers became a model for cooperation in the region. Marston, who is a former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and a visiting journalism professor at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, will kick off the new High Desert Museum Doc Hatfield Lecture Series as he recounts his many years of public service journalism. We ran his excellent columns for years and highly recommend this lecture to all who care about the land. Free. 6 p.m. High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Hwy. 97