Oregon author Barry Lopez has been called the "nation's premiere nature writer" and we tend to agree with that assertion. His non-fiction book Arctic Dreams earned him a national book award in 1986 and in 2004 his novel Resistance was the winner of the Oregon book award. So, yeah, he's definitely not light in the resume department. At this event, Lopez will read and also be on hand to sign your books. 7pm Thursday, Jun 11. Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St.
Holden Young Trio
Both funky and rootsy, Holden Young and his Boulder-based trio descend on the Moon for what is almost guaranteed to be a perfectly danceable night. The band jumps genres but seems rooted in Colorado groove-based roots rock. 9pm. $3. Silver Moon Brewery, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
Have you ever ran or walked for 24 hours straight? Even a lot of the most hardcore athletes here in town haven't even done that, but you can by participating in the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. If you're not a participant, there's still reason to attend as there's plenty of music from the likes of the Quons, Acoustic Sudaki Project, the Sofa Kings and more. Visit bendrelay.com or call 408-5057 for more information. Opening survivor ceremony Saturday, June 13 at 10am and continues until 10am Sunday, June 14. High Desert Middle School, 61111 27th St.
1st Annual Chili Throwdown
Some people like chili, but others love it to the degree that they believe it should be celebrated and, if possible, given a yearly holiday. Well, this is as close as we're going to get as chefs from Scanlon's, 900 Wall, Ariana, Allyson's Kitchen, Victorian Cafe, and many more cook up their finest while you eat and listen to live music. Kids under 9 free. 2pm-5pm Saturday, Jun 13. Athletic Club of Bend's Courtyard, 61615 Athletic Club Drive.
Check out the Sound section for our meditations on the Beatles before you bust your lungs out singing the band's standards along with local musicians David Bowers Colony, Kousefly, Anastacia, Canaan Canaan, the Gospel Choir of the Cascades, All Together Now, Mermaid's Muse and many more. 7pm-10pm. $10/KPOV members adv, $12/adv, $15/door, $5/under 18 at door.
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Jason Spooner Trio
Still new on the Oregon musical landscape, Portland's Perfect Zero is making some waves in both the improvisational and electronic camps. With a style in line with STS9, there is more than enough to dance to with this act. 9pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewery, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Appetite for Deception
Check out the On Stage column for more on this Guns N Roses tribute act. 9 pm. Boondocks Bar & Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave.