FILM—The annual whirlwind of cinema, BendFilm Festival brings nearly 100 movies to town, with an impressive collection this year of documentaries and short films (for a more complete rundown, check out our feature, page 9). The festival kicks off tonight. Hold on to your eyeballs! Kick off the party with The Winding Stream, a documentary about the original C&W family, the Cashes. 5:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. $11.
Know Fright: Ghost Stories
SPOOKY—Why do we enjoy scaring ourselves so much? And perhaps nothing is scarier than a real ghost story—it just stirs the imagination so. What's even more gripping about these stories is that they all happened here! And are told by those who survived! 6 pm. Deschutes Public Library, 601 NW Wall. Free.
THEATER—Set in Paris in 1963, a heinous accusation mars director Henry Lockwood's unassuming resume, forcing him to face the reality of the people he has chosen to surround himself with. The play was the recipient of the 2008 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for best play. 7:30 pm. Cascade Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave. $13-$20.
Renegade Roller Derby
SKATES—The Renegade derby track is basically the Thunder Dome for Bend skaters, home to a no-holds-barred, quick-footed competition that screams, "Are you not entertained?!" with every lap and every beat down. Drink beer, yell loud and watch these badass ladies skate, skid, sock and score. 7 pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $10.
Rick Steves on Pot
WEED—Travel guru and OPB host Rick Steves stops through Bend on his 10-city statewide tour "Travel as a Political Act—Ending Marijuana Prohibition" to talk about how his travels have informed his perspective on the legalization of marijuana. Steves co-sponsored Washington's successful 2012 weed measure and has said that Europe is smarter on drugs than the United States. 5 pm. Central Oregon Association of Realtors, 2112 NE 4th St. Free.
Bend Beer Chase
BEER & RUNNING—Two of Central Oregon's favorite activities don't necessarily fit comfortably together—beer and running—but that doesn't mean that we won't try! A 70-mile relay, six-person relay that links 11 breweries, from Worthy, to Crux (via, the long way! And not necessarily in a straight line). Rules and registration at BendBeerChase.CascadeRelays.com. $45 (individual 6k option), $225-$600 (teams).
Aelea Christofferson v. Greg Walden
DEBATE—In his first debate with a challenger since 2006, incumbent Rep. Greg Walden will face off with his opponent Aelea Christofferson. The 16-year senator and the Bend businesswoman will share their perspectives on economics and other issues facing District 2 at a debate hosted by the Oregon Forest Industries Council.5 pm. Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr. Free.
Knute Buehler v. Craig Wilhelm
FORUM—Oregon House District 54 candidates Craig Wilhelm and Knute Buehler present their views on the issues facing Bend at a candidates forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Deschutes County. Since the candidates share similar policy positions, the forum gives voters a chance to get a more personal perspective. This is the third in a series of four forums. 5:15 pm. Deschutes County Admin Building, 1300 NW Wall St. Free.
The Mysore Brothers
MUSIC—Brothers and violin prodigies Mysore M. Nagaraj and Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath take an instrument best known locally for its role in bluegrass and apply traditional Indian rhythms, melodies and styles to transform the instrument into something magical. Dancing effortlessly from complicated staccato passages to long, dynamic whines, the brothers are playful masters of their craft. 7 pm. COCC Pinckney Center for the Arts, 2600 NW College Way. $15 advance, $20 door.
FILM—Flashback to 1988, baby Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton—the ghost with the most—are sure to put hilariously pinstriped fright in your October night. One installation of the Deschutes Public Library's Frightful Films series at Tin Pan Theater. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice...we dare you. 6 pm. Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. Free.