RAP— Riff Raff first made it onto the scene when he tattooed MTV onto his neck so that he could legally go by MTV Riff Raff. Flash forward a few years later and the zigzag bearded rapper is still as off-the-wall. Should be an energizing and entertaining show. // 7pm. The Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend. $18. $75 meet and greet.
Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
ENVIRO-DOCS—The Telluride Mountainfilm festival is an outdoor and nature lover's delight, with over-arching themes of environmentalism, adventure and world culture. If you missed the big event in Colorado, catch some of the best films from the fest here at the Tower, as a benefit for The Environmental Center. // 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $22 adv., $25 door.
LOVE STORY—A story involving the Northern Lights, cold New England nights and finding love in unexpected ways. As with many stories about love, this tale shows how it's not always what it might seem. // 7:30pm Thursdays thru Sundays; 3pm Sundays. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.,Bend. $16 Student/Senior, $19 Adult.
Gladiators featuring Droop Lion
REGGAE — See two generations of reggae artists from this iconic Jamaican roots band that started in 1965. Having morphed over the years with new members, the classic sound remains the same. And with an extensive 40 albums' worth of songs to choose from, this will be one hot and heavy show. All ages, too!. // 8pm. The Domino Room. 51 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend. $18 adv., $22 door.
BEER FEST — It's back and better than ever. Every year, craft breweries around the state open their doors to socialites, beer fans and aspiring hobbyists. Zwickelmania celebrates Oregon's role as craft brewing capital of the world in a statewide event. More than 15 of Bend's breweries will join in the festivities, so stop by and enjoy the best beer in town. // 11am-4pm. Multiple locations. Free.
Dead Winter Carpenters
AMERICANA — Although it may be the dead of winter, that doesn't mean there isn't a toe-tappin' dance to enjoy. The Dead Winter Carpenters are just the ticket to get you moving and grooving to some authentic bluegrass and Americana. With diverse musical influences that range from the almighty classic rock, alt-country and rockabilly, this quintet from California has something for everyone. // 8pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend. $10.
HISTORY—Willamette University Education Professor Emerita Dr. Linda Tamura shares her research from the experiences of Japanese Americans in Central Oregon during WWII—a time when many Japanese people were held in internment camps—as well as their experiences after the war. Attend to learn and remember the lessons gained from that chapter of American history. // 6pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S Hwy 97, Bend. $3 members; $7 non-members.
The Irish Rovers
FOLK — Music always elicits some sort of emotion, and The Irish Rovers' tunes are no exception. But of all the artists touring Central Oregon this year, none are likely to be as jolly on stage as this group. For half a century, this Canadian folk band has brought accordions, mandolins and twangy guitars to the masses... all with their own unique style. // 7:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $40-60.
Mike Watt + The Missingmen
LEGENDARY ROCK — Although he would never admit it, Mike Watt wholly embodies the spirit of punk rock. His first band, The Minutemen, stood at the forefront of Los Angeles' alternative movement in the early 1980s. In the decades since, Watt has refused to back down; an attitude that has earned him a rabid cult following. // 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend. $15.
*The printed version of Picks has the Creative Feast listed as occurring on Sunday, Feb 26th. It has since been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.*