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Our Picks for the Week of 4/29 - 5/7 

Pay It Forward - Catherine Ryan Hyde

thursday 30

Many of us remember the film Pay it Forward, that starred a cute-as-hell Haley Joel Osment (whatever happened to him?) and Kevin Spacey. But the film was actually based on the novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, who will be in town for two separate presentations and book signings. In addition to being a successful author, Hyde is also the founder of the Pay it Forward Foundation, a group that encourages children to realize that they can make a change in the world. Camalli Books in Bend at 4pm. 7pm at the Riverhouse, 3075 N Hwy 97. 389-8810. $10/students, $15/adults.

Tech N9ne and Murs

friday 1

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  • Tech N9ne
The parade of return hip-hop offenders continues as Kansas City wild-ass rapper Tech N9ne return to the Midtown, this time with prime lyricist, Murs, who is touring in support of his Murs for President album, which he recently released on Warner Bros. Given that Tech N9ne is known to put on a raucous live show here in Bend, this is a don't-miss show for C.O.'s throngs of dedicated rap fans. And get there on time because local hip-hop brainiac Mosley Wotta opens the show. 8pm. $23/adv, $27/door. Midtown Music Hall, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Tour du Chocolat

friday 1

Who likes chocolate out there? Uh, how about everybody, duh? Well this is the best day of the year for hardcore chocolate lovers because the Tower rolls in a massive amount of chocolates created by local chefs. Once the awards have been decided upon, it's your turn to taste for yourself. Niiiice. 5pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700. $5.

Alexis Harte, Valerie Orth Band, DJ Allison

friday 1

With a toe in each of acoustic folk, bluesy Americana and even electrified Afro-pop, Harte is a multi-genre singer songwriter who has just released his fourth album, Big Red Sun. Also on the bill is San Francisco's Valerie Orth Band, indie folk powerhouse as well as DJ Allison. 8pm. $5. Tulen Center, 20 NW Greenwood Ave.

A.M. Interstate

friday 1

Fresh off a show in Chicago and soon heading out next month for a tour of England, A.M. Interstate stops off at the Moon for a show of their catchy and delightfully spatial take on folk rock. Like we've said before, we love the reinvented A.M. Interstate and their Wilco-meets-Fleet-Foxes sound and so will you, trust us. 9pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

17th Annual SolAire Salmon Run

saturday 2

So what if it snowed just a couple days ago. It's high time you got yourself outside and into the outdoor running season with the SolAire Salmon Run, now in its 17th year. The 5K and 10K course mirrors the PPP course in some areas, so think of it as a prep for the big event. 8:30am. McKay Park, 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.


saturday 2

click to enlarge Anastacia
  • Anastacia
Strong lyrics and a powerful backing band are just part of what makes the music of local musical veteran Anastacia Scott stick out on the music scene. The rest is simply damn good songs. Enough said. 8pm. $5. Three Creeks Brewing Co. 721 Desperado Ct.

Bill Nershi & The Piano Throwers

monday 4

Flip our pages to the On Stage column for some insight on the former String Cheese Incident front man's appearance with this all-star band of Northwest musicians. 8pm. $12/adv, $15/door. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.

Empty Space Orchestra

wednesday 6

We could tell you all sorts of things about this local band, but since the very next page has a big ol' article about them and their FREE CD release party, why don't you just flip the page, OK? All ages. 7pm. Free. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

A Night With the Jacksons

thursday 7

Mr. Aaron Chambers, better known as Mr. MC Mystic in these parts presents to you, the dancing public, a night of music exclusively by people with the last name Jackson. You'll hear cuts from Michael, Jermaine, Janet, Latoya, the Jackson 5, of course, and if there's time he'll squeeze Tito in there as well. 9:30pm. Free. Bendistillery Martini Bar. 850 NW Brooks St.


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