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Stay Calm and Look to the Arts

Stay Calm and Look to the Arts

Local options to help Central Oregonians stay creative and plug into the arts
It is not strange that in trying times we turn to the arts. That's what they were made for.

"Gypsy" marks company's theatrical debut

"Let me entertain you, Let me make you smile"
Editor's note: As of press time, "Gypsy" is still scheduled to continue its live performances. But in response to concerns around the spread of COVID-19, the producers are also working to offer live-streaming of the performance.

Update: "Evolve" Postponed at the Tower

Play exploring racial ecology and the relationship between cops and communities of color will likely run in Bend in November
Editor's note: In response to coronavirus concerns, the Tower Theatre announced today it would suspend all performances through April 9. On Wednesday night, Gov. Kate Brown announced a ban on all gatherings of over 250 people.

Shifting Gender Bias

Women in STEAM helps women in the math and sciences overcome common hurdles
As the gender pay gap widens, one women-led group in Bend offers support to woman advancing in competitive fields like tech, engineering and the arts. According to the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report, the gender pay gap is getting worse.

Powered by Women

It's Women's History Month! Here are some upcoming local events celebrating women, in March and beyond.
Muse Women's Conference Four days of art installations, films, interactive panel discussions, keynote talks, live performances, breakout workshops and a special youth summit designed to inspire us to reflect, heal, hope, dream, create and liberate. 

Black History, Via Comedy

"Hammered Black History" focuses on the African American presence in Oregon in a tangible, relatable way
According to a 2019 United States Census Bureau report, Bend's racial composition is 92.7% white. African Americans make up 0.6% of the city's population.

Book Chapel

Bend's newest bookstore, brought to you by a former software developer turned Orthodox priest
Walking into Bend's newest bookstore, Agia Sophia, the first sound I hear are those of relaxing, ancient Slavonic chants. An immediate feeling of calmness pervades me as a friendly, loquacious priest, fully garbed in a cassock, greets me. Within minutes Father Damian Kuolt, the cheerful owner, offers me a cup of coffee and a slice of baklava.

10 Screenings, Four Days

How we regular folk got to enjoy Sundance, the premiere U.S. film festival
After the alarm clock jolted us awake at 3 a.m. for a flight from Redmond to Salt Lake City, Utah, it would be nearly 24 hours before our heads hit pillows again.  Over a four-day run, my wife, Floy, and I would see five features, three documentaries and two collections of shorts during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in nearby Park City, with starting times ranging from 9 am to 11:30 pm.

Ball 'Til You Fall

Hoops Green tells us what it's like to be a Harlem Globetrotter and professional basketballer
The Harlem Globetrotters are stopping in Redmond on Feb. 9 as part of the team's Pushing The Limits World Tour. To see a Globetrotters game is to actually witness magic—pulling off such stunning tricks that you won't see in your everyday pickup game.

The Locals' Stage

Putting on original works in small-town Bend: A Q&A with Lonely Fish Productions
Since Lonely Fish Productions was first conceptualized and created in 2014, the small-scale theater company has produced well over 20 shows. Co-founders Scott Schultz and Matthew Vigil, both Bend locals, were committed to producing shows that theatergoers were familiar with—shows such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Heathers: The Musical."

Chick-fil-A Set to Open, Minus Major Protests

For some LGBTQ+ community members, boycotting new restaurant is an individual choice, but not a public display
Chick-fil-A slated to open a restaurant in Bend, though not all community members will be willing to offer the fast food chain their support.


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