wednesday 13- thursday 21
What's better than fuzzy little puppies? Fuzzy little puppies and beer! Support the Humane Society of Central Oregon by purchasing a Pup Crawl HSCO pint glass at participating breweries. It comes with a beer and warm fuzzies. More at hsco.org. Through Thursday, Feb. 21. There's also the Testicle Festival! Get $25 male cat surgeries through Feb. 28. Bend Spay & Neuter Project, 910 Southeast Wilson Ave.
There are plenty of events appropriate for you and your love—or for a singles outing. Drop by Astro Lounge for a sexy fashion show, try a loving vegan dinner at Broken Top Bottle Shop or listen to love-inspired songs as played by the Crown City String Quartet at The Oxford. Also, swing by the Environmental Center, where there'll be a petition-signing in support of same-sex marriage (4-6 p.m.). Feel the love! Various locations.
friday 15 – sunday 17
Whachoo want? WinterFest has got it: big air competitions, musical acts like Tony Furtado and Hell's Belles, fancy foods, an obstacle race, Bartender's Brawl, art and US, your friends at the Source! And don't forget—The Autonomics and The Dirty Words kick things off at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Old Stone Church. Find WinterFest in the Old Mill District.
friday 15 - saturday 2
A musical about, well, just what it says: jobs, jobs and more jobs. A Broadway version of the Village People graces the stage as its players explore 26 different working experiences while songs from James Taylor and others provide the tone. Be ready to adjust the plot for the high unemployment rate. Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. through March 2. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
Get the inside, from the inside, about your favorite beer. On Saturday, 13 Central Oregon breweries are flinging open their doors for a free tour and sneak peek taste of a new brew. If you really want to go for it, book a spot on the official shuttle bus, which is making the rounds. The one-day event is sponsored by the Oregon Brewers Guild. Find more details and shuttle info at oregonbeer.org/zwickelmania. 21+. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Participating breweries.
Dance to the Latin música de ¡Chiranga! Don't know how to dance? No problem. Show up early and enjoy a salsa lesson at 7 p.m. Guest restaurant Barrio will provide Latin flair to complete the feel. Ariba! Doors at 5:30pm for dinner and drinks. $5-$10. The Belfry, 302 E Main Ave., Sisters.
Locavore is celebrating the grand opening of its new storefront with music by DJ bPollen and DJ Swett, stationary bike races, a pink pancake feed (in honor of Valentine's Day) and an open bar. See our Culture section for more on Locavore. 21+. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 8 p.m. Central Oregon Locavore, 1216 NE 1st St.
Yes, that Gandhi. The fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi is, like his grandfather, a sociopolitical activist. His presentation, "Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather," reinforces a commitment to nonviolence and outlines how to enact change. Meet him at a private reception following the event. Free, donations appreciated. 6:30pm. COCC, Wille Hall Campus Center, 2600 NW College Way.
Ott is the electronic force behind the All Seeing I, a live four-piece band. Together, they combine heavy bass and samples with dub and trance born from the '80s rave scene. Get down to some trippy British party music. Kilowatts and GAMMA open. 18+. $10. 8 p.m. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Mirror Mirror on the Pond, an open forum, aims to illustrate possible solutions for a river that's fast filling with silt. River experts and Bend notables will explain what is and isn't possible. This is a big deal for Bend—get excited! $20 (members and first-time guests), $35 (nonmembers). 11:30am. St. Charles Center for Health and Learning, 2500 NE Neff Rd.