THEATER—The Patchwork Players performs a repertoire of one-act plays to help raise funds for Circle of Friends, a Sisters-based program that connects healthy adult mentors with vulnerable children. Drinks will be available to sample and purchase from Bend Distillery's line of Crater Lake Spirits. So raise a glass to community theater and the next generation. For more Sisters events, see page 13. 6:30 pm. Hood Avenue Art Salon, 357 W. Hood Ave. $10 suggested donation.
Camp Polk Meadow Preserve Hike
HIKE—Before Sisters was a quaint country destination for artists and quilters, it served as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, and settlers. Explore scenic Camp Polk Meadow on a guided hike while learning about the history of the land as well as modern-day conservation efforts by Deschutes Land Trust. Don't forget snacks, water, and hiking appropriate attire. 10 am to noon. Free. Register at deschuteslandtrust.org.
thursday 14 – sunday 17
BEER PAIRING—Ask your best guy friend if he wants to go to a salami festival with you. No, SERIOUSLY! Ask him! Like a sausage party, but spicier. Each salami is paired with a Deschutes beer. Seriously, feel free to dip your salami in your friend's beer. Twelve hours of salami each day! 11 am–11 pm. Deschutes Brewery Public House, 1044 NW Bond St. Free admission.
RISING STAR—The most affordable music show this century, $2 for a ticket and $10 for VIP Package, which includes a T-shirt and backstage pass, Chandler P is a local teenage hip-hop artist with clever mixes that layer chirpy poppy beats over dark undertones. 7 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $2.
friday 15 & saturday 16
THEATER—It's a play that seems custom built for the men bringing it to life. Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1980 play True West tells the story of a sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers and aspiring screenwriters. Derek Sitter portrays Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter and family man, while Wayne Newcome plays Lee, a drifter who shows up just in time to steal Austin's thunder. What ensues is the drama of familial dysfunction at its finest. 7:30 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $15.
Tony G's Farewell Show
COMEDY—Two years ago, Tony G co-founded Bend Comedy and has since worked to increase the comedy scene in Central Oregon. In his time here he has opened for Pauly Shore and Ralphie May, plus entertained fans with his stand-up comedy routines. With his work here done, Tony G is now headed back to the East Coast, and Bend has one last chance to see him Saturday night along side comedian Alex Rios. 8 pm. The Summit Saloon & Stage, 115 NW Oregon Ave. $8 adv., $10 door.
Pole Pedal Paddle
SPORTS—Oh sure, there's a bunch of hubbub about global warming messing up the Nordic skiing section of the annual Pole Pedal Paddle, and run relay, but really, it doesn't change anything about the volume at which you can cheer and the amount of beer you can consumer to celebrate. Finish line, Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. $45-$90 to compete. Free to cheer on participants.
Jupiter & Teardrop
MUSIC—With clear voiced singing, earnest guitar chords, and spiked storytelling, the charming duo of Jupiter & Teardrop has been playing the circuit around Bend and gathering fans. 7 pm. Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Ln. No cover.
CELEBRATION—On this day 35 years ago, Mt. St. Helens erupted, reminding the region and the nation of the awesome force of volcanoes. Celebrate the power of nature with bioregional rabble-rousers from the local Cascadia movement. Includes music by Music by McDougall, The Gold Rust, Second Son, and Dane Breslin. 4-8 pm. 875 NW Brooks St. No cover.
Bend Bicycle Film Festival
BIKE FILMS—Now in it's sixth year, the Bend Bicycle Film Festival still sticks to its mission of showcasing local short films about cycling and creating a gathering to celebrate riding bikes. Expect variety, as the submission guidelines encourage excellent, entertaining, and short films, with the average length of 4 minutes. A raffle and proceeds from the evening support The Bend Endurance Academy. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $12 adv., $17 door.