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Friday 6 - Sunday 15


THEATER—Bend Experimental Art Theater has been training kids how to be onstage for years and its newest production, "Tarzan" opens May 6. It is hard not to imagine children swinging across vines from the rafters, which should always be something worth checking out, as kids can be pretty fearless at times. Evening shows 7 p.m. Day shows at 2 p.m & 4 p.m. Summit High School, 2855 Clearwater Dr., Bend. $10-$15.

Friday 6

The Sprout Film Festival

FILM FEST—The Sprout Film Festival focuses on shorts featuring people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Last year's fest was full of beautiful life-affirming shorts that showed the compassion and caring left in big chunks of humanity. It's always good to be reminded of that. 11:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $6-$10.

Saturday 7

Cloudchaser Celebration

FREE SKI DAY—Mt. Bachelor will host a day of free skiing to celebrate the announcement of its new ski lift Cloudchaser that opens in December 2016. This new lift adds 635 acres to Bachelor's lift-served terrain, making it the fifth largest ski area in the United States. Greg Botsford and Friends will perform and participants can enjoy a day of spring riding! 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. Free, with equipment available for rent.

Saturday 7

Rabbit Wilde & The Last Reveal

FOOT FEVER—People are flocking to see this foot-stomping, string-swinging band for its lively performances and distinct sound that can only come from the group's unique interpretation of what progressive funk means. Mixing all the best music that America has to offer, these guys can really put on a show. 10 p.m. The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend. $5.

Monday 9

Bravey Don, Moon Room & Gonzo

ROCK 'N'/OR ROLL—Summer, Bravey Don, a good book and a candy bar...all of these things must come to an end. Come check out the last performance from Don before he takes a well-deserved break from the rock life. Moon Room will be joining in on the fun, as per protocol, but newer band, Gonzo, will also make an appearance. 8 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5 adv., $8 door.

Tuesday 10

Bringing Monarchs Back to Central Oregon

NATURE—Many Oregonians may not know that Oregon is a critical location for Monarchs as the species migrates from California to Canada. Tom Landis from the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates will talk about Monarch way stations and how individuals can play a role in butterfly recovery. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory, 57245 River Rd., Sunriver. Free.

Tuesday 10

Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

GYPSY KING—This foursome has been delighting the international ears of many for quite some time and now it's Bend's turn to experience the gypsy-style jazz. These musicians are influenced greatly by adopting Django Reinhardt's sound with a modern twist to it. 7:30 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $15, $20, $28.

Wednesday 11

Poncho Sanchez

LATIN JAZZ—When mashing up soul music, jazz and Latin American music, one should hope to be half as brilliant as Poncho Sanchez. His new record sees him paying tribute to conga drummer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, so expect his live show to be influenced by those two masters, as well. 6 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend. $41-$57.50.

Wednesday 11

Five Pint Mary

IRISH PUNK—For those who have lived in Bend for awhile, it's almost certain that a Five Pint Mary show or two have been attended. This band has been touring hard for the last few years, making its blend of Irish/Celtic/folk/punk music almost ubiquitous in the Central Oregon live music scene. 7 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. No cover.

Thursday 12


FUNKY FUSION—A band that made its mark in Colorado is now gracing Bend with its modern take on funk. This group makes it a point to give a musical nod to the vintage classics, as well as create a mix of genres that must be heard to be appreciated. 9 p.m. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $10 adv., $12 door.

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