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Our Picks for 9/15-9/23: Willie Nelson, Little Shop of Horrors, and more! 

Our Picks for the week of 9/15-9/23/2010.

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I am Indie Open House

thursday 16

With both BendFilm and the Future Filmmakers' 72-Hour Shootout quickly approaching, take this opportunity to find out from the filmmakers what it takes to make an independent film on a dime. Check out high-end video equipment (stuff that puts our flip cameras to shame, for sure); ask the filmmakers questions about their films, careers, and the industry itself. All ages welcome. 5:30pm. Rage Production's Studio, 20727 High Desert Ct, Ste 5.

Willie Nelson & Family

friday 17

Well, it's been a great summer, hasn't it? Especially in the live music department. But now the LSA season is coming to a close and what better way to celebrate a prosperous summer than with a performance by Mr. Willie Nelson himself, the Red Headed Stranger. The country and Texas swing legend continues to tour by way of biofuel bus and we're pleased as punch to have the dual-braided rebel here in town. All ages. $79/rsvd and $46/GA in adv. $83/rsvd and $48/GA day of show. 6pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.

Little Shop of Horrors

opens friday 17

After plenty of buzz, including our preview piece last week, the next production by Cat Call Productions is set to open on Friday night. The classic musical about a murderous plant features high-tech puppetry and some incredible songs performed by our own Central Oregon talent. Showtime 8pm on Sep 17, 18, & 22-25. 4pm matinee on Sep 19. Reserved seating: $25. 8pm-10pm Friday, Sep 17. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Debra Gwartney

friday-saturday 17 and 18

This former Oregonian reporter and current professor at Portland State University is coming to town to read from and discuss her latest book, Live Through This. The memoir, based on a story she told on NPR's This American Life, tells of Gwartney's life as a single mother of four daughters, two of which ran away from home, leading her to track them down. 6:30pm Friday, Sep 17. Paulina Springs Books, 422 SW 6th St., Redmond. 6:30pm Saturday, Sep 18. Paulina Springs Books, 252 W Hood Ave, Sisters.

Bend Fall Festival

saturday-sunday 18-19

Lately it seems summer is on its way out, and what better way to celebrate the change of seasons than with a festival filled with all of the things people love about Bend in the fall. The festival features an all-star line up of music, including local Sara Jackson-Holman at 2:30pm, Zepparella (an all-girl Led Zeppelin cover band) at 8:30pm, Larry and His Flask at 7pm, and Empty Space Orchestra at 9pm, all on Saturday. The festival also features a best Central Oregon pumpkin pie contest, best pumpkin carving contest for ages 18 and older and best pumpkin painting contest for those under 17. For kids, head over to Minnesota Avenue for a giant hay maze, pony rides, apple bobbing and more. Downtown Bend.

XTERRA Trail Run
National Championship

saturday 18

Back for a second year is the XTERRA National Championships, which brings some of the best runners in the country, but also allows local runners to compete. If you're in competition shape, see if you can go for the big upset on one of these courses: 21-kilometers, 10-kilometers and 5-kilometers.Entry fees: $45 for the 21k race; $35 for 10k; $30 for 5k. Old Mill District, 520 SW Powerhouse Dr.

D.R.I. - Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

sunday 19

Thrash punk fans from back in the day are going to have to refashion their mohawks because Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, the San Francisco band that formed back in 1982 is stopping off in town. Hands on Throat & We Are 86'd open. Tickets at, Ranch Records, (800-992-8499). $13/adv, $15/door. All ages. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.


tuesday 21

Check out this week's Sound feature for more on this indie hip-hop mega show. Blueprint, Grieves & Budo and DJ Rare Groove open. All ages. Tickets at, Ranch Records, (800-992-8499). $25/adv, $28/door. 8pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Emma Hill and Her Gentlemen Callers, John Shipe

thursday 23

Next week we're going to provide you with more Bend Roots Revival coverage than you can shake a stick at, but in the meantime we'll give you this preview. Thursday night kicks off the festival with various bands playing all over town. At Silver Moon, check out the soulful acoustic folk of former Alaskan turned Portlander Emma Hill and her Gentleman Callers. She's got an Emmylou Harris vibe, and a sweet, make-your-heart-melt kind of voice. John Shipe plays acoustic indie pop with rock influences, but blends as many genres as he can. Between the two singer-songwriters, it's sure to be a great start to Bend Roots. $5. 8:30pm-11:30pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.


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