wednesday 6 – thursday 7
Watch your favorite mixologists in competition to find out who can shake the best cocktail using Bendistillery liquors. The prelims all over downtown this week lead up to the ultimate faceoff in the Source's Bent Lounge at WinterFest. The winner gets a paid trip to Whiskies of the World in San Francisco and bragging rights. Wed. Astro Lounge, 6:30 p.m., D&D Bar and Grill, 8 p.m. Thur. Joolz, 6:30 p.m., 900 Wall, 8 p.m.
Mirror Pond, which is fast filling with silt, is in need of fix. What should happen to the river? Return it to a free-flowing waterway? Riparian restoration? Weigh in at one of the TWO info sessions coming up. If you miss this week's meeting, catch the second one on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Both sessions are at 6:30 p.m. Bend Park & Recreation District Offices, 799 SW Columbia St.
Winner of BendFilm's 2012 Best Script Award, this movie is about four couples who get stuck together for brunch as they learn the world is about to end. Drama/hilarity/awkwardness ensues. Plus it's got David Cross, one of our favorites. Rated R. $10. 6 p.m McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Old Beijing, hidden gold treasure, a mysterious Hobbit-like skeleton, mummies, an ancient people from the coast of Peru, excavations of an English Civil War site: These are just some of the cool topics of the 13 short films in this film fest that's currently traveling the West Coast. Proceeds benefit the Archaeology Channel. $6. 7 p.m. Boyle Education Center, COCC campus.
saturday 9 – sunday 10
We're designating this Central Oregon's (unofficial, first-ever) Nordic Festival Weekend! On Saturday, it's the Great Nordeen, an 18K and 30K race ($50, starts at 7:30 a.m., info at mbsef.org). Saturday night is the Luminaria, a candlelit night ski at Virginia Meissner Sno Park (free, starts at 6 p.m., info at meissnernordic.org). And on Sunday it's Tour for the Heart, a 5K fundraiser for the Oregon chapter of the American Heart Association ($25, starts at 11 a.m., info at tourfortheheart.org).
Chili Cook-Off sunday 10
Sshhh. We'll tell you our chili secret—it's cinnamon. If you're lucky you may learn the confidential details of many other chili greats at the Bend Chili Cook-Off this weekend. The entire thing is a fundraiser for the Education Foundation, which provides resources for Bend-La Pine Schools. But really it's just a great excuse for you to eat some smokin' hot good food. $5-$10.12:30-4:30 p.m. Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr.
Remember "Lullaby"? That one song that played constantly for about a month on top 40 radio circa 1998? Ev-er-y-thing's/gonna be all right/rockabye? Yeah, that's Shawn Mullins, and that monster hit had him opening for Backstreet Boys. Now, Mullins sticks to smaller venues, playing material from his 12+ other albums and occasionally his most famous crowd-pleasing hit. All ages. $23-$33. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
tuesday 12 - wednesday 13
A cinematic celebration for all anglers. Gorgeous footage of Alaskan streams, Georgia's Caucasus Mountains, rivers in Thailand and lazy days in the Catskills. See all this and more from the best fly fishing films of the past year. If you miss it on Tuesday, don't worry, it's showing on Wednesday, too. $15. 7 p.m. The Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Promising clap-alongs, sing-alongs and plenty of stomping, You, Me & Apollo is a band that proves that the nerdiest kid in class can become a rock star. Expected to be the next big thing out of Colorado, unique vocals and a dash of Motown sensibility put the YM&A stamp on the tired indie-folk label. All ages. No cover. 7 p.m. McMenamins, 700 NW Bond St.
Think about these things: steampunk, the '50s, vintage clothes and pinup girls. Now picture about 20 of the most gorgeous girls in Bend strutting an aisle at the Astro Lounge as they show off Rescue Consignment creations inspired by the concepts above and wiggle to music DJ'd by local faves. The answer is yes. 21+. Free. 8 p.m. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St.