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thursday 19

The Pillowman

THEATER—When The Pillowman was released a decade ago, it stormed the theater world like a dark thundercloud rolling over a happy-go-lucky musical. Winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the dark, yet morosely comic story follows a writer whose stories are a bit too much like a series of murders of children. Nightly through Sunday. 7:30 pm. Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave. $10-$15.

thursday 19

Marijuana Listening Session

WEED—Got thoughts on pot? The Oregon Liquor Control Commission—tasked with regulating all that soon-to-be-legal green—wants to hear them. In the seventh in a series of sessions across the state, the agency will hear your concerns about keeping that ganja local, organic and GMO-free. And out of the hands of children and clueless tourists. 7-9 pm. Riverhouse Convention Center, 2850 Rippling River Ct. Free.

thursday 19


HIP-HOP—Perhaps best known for founding underground hip-hop super group The Weathermen, Cage brings a heavy game. This isn't your ass-shaking in the club, sanitized for radio hip-hop. It's a mouthful of spit, gravel and blood. Cage lays it out slowly against a synth-rich background, but he isn't pulling any punches with tracks like "Cursed," "My Dog is Dead," and "You Were The Shit (In High School)." 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $10

friday 20

Slaid Cleaves

MUSIC—It is a compliment when a poet's work is called "lyrical"—or, vice versa, when a songwriter is called a poet. With Slaid Cleaves, it is not necessary to choose from which angle to view his artistry; he is a rock poet! Telling stories of the American working class set to Americana music—or, is it the other way around? 7 pm. The Belfry, 302 E. Main St., Sisters. $18 pre-show, $23 at door.

friday 20

BBC 20th Anniversary Party

PARTY—When Bend Brewing Company opened in 1995, it was Bend's second brewpub, after Deschutes. Twenty years later, it has sailed it into steady waters—winning gold medals from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, North American Brewers Association and the World Beer Cub. BBC celebrates with a block party featuring live music from local bands. 5-10 pm. Bend Brewing Company, 1019 NW Brooks St. No cover.

saturday 21

Eagle Watch

EAGLE WATCH—Thank goodness B. Franklin was wrong about a few things. Like would you really want to watch turkeys soar over the majestic High Desert? Nope! Me neither. But eagles! Lifts the soul. God bless it. 20th annual hosting of this early springtime event, and inaugural eagle art contest (art about, not by, eagles—duh). 10 am. Lake Billy Chinook Cove Palisades Resort, 5700 SW Marina Dr., Culver. Free (to be an American!)

saturday 21

Three Author event

READINGS—Terrebonne author Bing Bingham writes about what's out his backdoor, with Shaped by the Land, a collection of short stories, while Sisters writer Janet Storton imports Uganda for an ultimately uplifting story in The Grass that Suffers. Joined by Shelley Houston, who casts her main character off to Europe in a follow-up to Julia, Coming Home. 6 pm. Paulina Springs Books, 422 SW 6th St, Redmond. $5.

saturday 21

Jenna Ellefson/Beautiful Trainwrecks/Wilderness

PARTY—Volcanic Theatre Pub celebrates its second anniversary with a weekend full of shows. On Saturday, the modern roots rock of Beautiful Trainwrecks and gentle folk of Jenna Ellefson join the rollicking alt-country of local indie darling Wilderness for a trifecta of musical goodness. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

wednesday 25

An Obsession with Odonata

NATURE—With evocative names such as "leaftail" or "jewelwing," and more threatening nicknames like "horse stinger" and "Devil's darning needle," damselflies and dragonflies have long captured human imagination. Entomologist Celeste Searles Mazzacano explores the ecology, conservation, and history of Odonata, focusing on Oregon's rivers and wetlands. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. Free, but registration is required.

tuesday 24

The McCoy Tyler Band

MUSIC—This progressive acoustic trio will perform mid-week tunes at the Volcanic Theatre Pub. Although their style resembles the Devil Makes Three, The McCoy Tyler Band performs original songs with well-blended harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, creating a unique easy listening sound. Their style of folk with a bluegrass edge is sure to get your foot tapping. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5.

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