This deliriously odd alternative rock duo that pushes beyond parody. See this week's profile. $33. 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin-Hixon
Tuscon, Arizona-based trio Jeremy Michael Cashman has been around since 2005, but doesn't play live very often. Because of that they've got to make it good when they do plug in. The band consists of Jeremy Michael Cashman on guitar and vocals, Davey Hendrickson on bass and saxophone and Noah Thomas on moog, theremin and trumpet. Cashman is inspired by love and relationships making for troubling and personal tunes. 8:30pm-2am. Free. Astro Lounge, 147 NW Minnesota Ave.
Cool Nutz is living proof that Portland is a hub for hip-hop artists. After co-founding Jus Family Records in 1992, Cool Nutz' career in the world of hip-hop began. Since then, he has performed with plenty of top dogs from the industry, including Ludacris, Tech N9ne, Run DMC, and Ja Rule. With six independent releases to date, Cool Nutz drops into Bend this week at the Bendistillery. 9pm. Free. The Bendistillery Martini Bar, 850 NW Wall St.
Art and charity come together nicely this Friday at the Poethouse. Bid in the auction with 100% of the proceeds going towards a car for Happyness and Emmanuel Nassari of Tanzania. Hot Box Betty, Joseph Eastburn Photography, and At Your Service Mobile Massage have donated gift certificates to be auctioned off with the prints. 5-9pm. Donations are appreciated. Poethouse Art, 55 NW Minnesota Ave.
Oh yes, it's a classic. The film that told us who the six-fingered man was and why he ought to prepare to die, as well as the secret of the Dread Pirate Roberts, is this week's feature at Munch n' Movies. So head on down to NorthWest Crossing's Compass Park for all the fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates that the Princess Bride has to offer. 6pm. Free. NorthWest Crossing's Compass Park.
The 234th Army Band and Oregon-based Pink Martini provide the sounds for this birthday bash. If you have an undying love for Oregon, as well as fun comedies and huge bands then Oregon! Oregon! should not be missed. 6:30pm. $49/reserved, $16/general admission. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin-Hixon Dr.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy music outdoors, and where better than at Elk Lake Resort with a cool breeze, view of the pristine lake and fast picking bluegrass. Blackstrap is just the band to provide the summer evening soundtrack. The band has seen members come and go, some destined for greater things, but now the solid line up has been turning out solid bluegrassy originals that touch on the finer things in life. 5pm-8pm. Elk Lake Resort, 60000 SW Century Dr.
Love eating out, but hate that you don't know where your food originated? That won't be a problem this Saturday at the Evening on Field Farm. The five-course meal, prepared by Chef David Touvell of Chow, will include only locally harvested ingredients and is sure to be a delicious and sustainable treat. All proceeds will benefit the Small Farms Conservancy. Call Shannon at 385-6977 for more info. 5pm. $45/person, or $160/four people. Fields Farm, 61915 Pettigrew Rd.
See this week's preview in On Stage. $20/adv, $23/door. 9pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Cyclocross throws all of the preconceived notions of cycling out the window in just about every way. Instead of riding up and down streets, cyclocross takes place on a huge piece of property filled with trees, twists, turns, narrow dirt roads, sidewalks, run-ups. Riders often have to pick up their bikes and carry them over obstacles. WebCyclery says it's going to be very technical and very fun. Riders can register in advance at WebCyclery or at the race from 5-5:45pm. Each week category winners get free beer from Cascade Lakes Brewery. 6pm. NW corner of Century Dr and Colorado St. $12/race or $40/all four races in advance.