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Picks of the Week: August 16-23 

Things to do, NOT eclipse related

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Thursday 17

Toll Runners

COOL JAMS — We're fortunate to attract artists and musicians from all over to call our mountain town home—including the Toll Runners, who made Bend their home base after being founded in Providence, Rhode Island. The band combines rock, rap and reggae to create jams you can't help but rock out to and pairs perfectly with an outdoor summer evening. // 6-8pm. The Lot, 745 NW Columbia St., Bend. No cover.


Friday 18 - Sunday 20

Peter and the Starcatcher

THEATRE — It's Neverland like you never knew. The Boy is en route to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Soon he meets a precocious young girl named MOlly, a Starcatcher in training. Their ship becomes overtaken by pirates led by the fearsome Black Stache. Continues through Sept. 2. // Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2pm. Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $13-$20.


Friday 18 - Saturday 19

Redmond Brewfest

BEER — What better way to celebrate the "preclipse" than with beer and lots of it? Redmond ups the brew fest game with more than 300 beers and ciders from over 84 microbreweries. Friday features live music from headliners Hillstomp and Saturday's headliners are local favorites Larry and His Flask. // Noon-10pm both days. American Legion Park, 850 W Rimrock Way, Redmond. Free admission, tasting mugs and tokens $30-$55.


Friday 18

Bend Spay + Neuter Project Fur Ball 2017

CATWALK — Bend Spay + Neuter's Fur Ball takes home the title of Best Local Fundraiser—and for good reason. The annual event features dogs in costume walking the catwalk, a delicious buffet dinner from Bethlyn's Global Fusion, a silent and live auction, raffle, signature cocktails and more. // 5:30-10pm. Aspen Hall, 18920 Northwest Shevlin Park Rd., Bend. $75/person, $400/table of 6.


Friday 18

Soular Preclipse with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

FUNK — With eclipse weekend in full effect, this "preclipse" party has all the makings for a soulful celebration. Regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe combines the jazz saxophone jams of Denson with funk and soul grooves. // 6:30pm. Century Center Courtyard, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $25/adv, $30/door.


Friday 18 and Saturday 19

Shakespeare in the Park

THEATER — Head down to Drake Park and take in a performance by Portland's Northwest Classical Theatre Company of what is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy — "Titus Andronicus." Need more of a reason to attend? Joseph Marcell, acclaimed Shakespearean actor also known for his role at Geoffry in the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," stars. // 7pm. Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. $22-45. $30 extra for VIP.


Saturday 19

Culver Crawdad Festival

FESTIVAL — The annual Crawdad Festival in Culver starts bright and early with a 25-mile-long bicycle poker ride along the scenic bike route with stops along the way to draw a card. The festival includes a parade at 10am, an authentic Cajun Crawdad Feed at 11am, bingo, food vendors, beer garden, chuck wagon cook-off, games, music and more. // 7am-5pm. Veterans Memorial Park, Culver.


Saturday 19 - Sunday 20

Sisters Wild West Show

WILD WEST — Driving through Sisters, you can easily see the Wild West influence on a daily basis, but this weekend they amp up the country feel with the Sisters Wild West Show. Now in its fifth year, the event features arts, crafts, antiques and food. Entertainment includes six Western skits with a Western facade town and demonstrations. // 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday. Downtown Sisters, Sisters. Free.


Saturday 19 and Sunday 20

Funk's Solar Obscuration Celebration

ECLIPSE JAM — If you ask our music writer, few things pair more beautifully with eclipse enthusiasm than good ol' Portland indie rock. Apparently Chris Funk of The Decemberists agrees, as he's curated an incredible lineup of Portland bands spanning a variety of genres. Relax and enjoy. // Noon-8pm both days. The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, 13300 Hwy 20, Sisters. No cover.


Tuesday 22

Know Cosmos - Where We are on Finding ET

ALIENS — OK, so while this technically may not be able aliens specifically, Dr. Brad Hughes and Dr. Joann Eisberg of Chaffey College discuss what other lifeforms may be out there. The SETI movement ignites excitement in the hearts and minds of all. The most up-to-date scientific discoveries. // 6-7pm. Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St., Bend. Free.


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