OUTDOORS—Get past the irony of spending a day indoors to gear up for the outdoors, and feast on this four-day smorgasbord of tents, boats, cross-bows, and rods-n-reels. (See page 24 for more information about this year's cooking presentations.) Noon-8 pm, Thursday & Friday, 10 am-8 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday. Deschutes Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way. $10-$15 two-day pass.
HIP-HOP—East Coast rapper/activist B Dolan presents his storytelling hip-hop with a live band and DJ mixing beats. B Dolan works to inspire activism through his performances, such as his song "Film The Police," which led to the hashtag #FilmThePolice. But the bottom line is entertainment, so expect catchy beats and choruses that stick in the listeners head. 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $8 adv.
THEATER—Too often it is easy to see what's in the distance, but not see what's directly in your face. Such is the problem for George in Cascade Theatrical Company's current production of The Language Archive, a story about a man who documents exotic languages, but can't find the words to talk with his wife or decipher the love triangle he is in with his lab assistant. 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Runs through March 21. Cascades Theater, 148 NW Greenwood Ave. $20, $13 student.
READING—Although better known for its C&W singers, the true gem of Nashville is Ann Patchett, a superstar writer who settled into Tennessee after her blockbuster Bel Canto, and has since gone on to write a run of riveting stories (literary allusion intended) as well as opening up a hipster book store in downtown Nashville. Yeah, that's cool! 7 pm. Bend High, 230 NE 6th St. $20-$75.
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MUSE Women's Conference
INSPIRATION—For the third year, local nonprofit World Muse invites a bevy of badass women (and a few good men) from across the nation to participate in panels and workshops focused on the empowerment of women and girls. This year's speakers include civil rights visionary Myrlie Evers-Williams, Get Lit founder Diane Luby Lane, and mountain biker Lindsey Voreis. 8 am-9 pm Friday, 9 am-9:30 pm Saturday, 12:30-5:30 pm Sunday. Various locations. $10-$350.
DRAG—Need more glitter in your life? Portland-based traveling performance troupe Caravan of Glam can deliver. But it's not just big wigs and bold makeup. Professional dancers Isaiah Esquire and Johnny Nuriel blend high art with eccentric costuming and characters, while Holly Dai and Jayla Rose bring a sultry burlesque sensibility. This is not your average night out in Bend. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $12 adv., $15 door.
MUSIC—Led by playful (and multi-lingual) hip-hop lyrics of Anael Jeannis, and backed by a jazzy blues band that spices in a bit of steel drum ska, Bel Mizik is a sum that is far greater than its individual parts—and a wonderfully fun, postmodern romp. Well worth the admission price alone, they are joined by four other bands! 9 pm. Domino Room, 51 Northwest Greenwood Avenue. $5.
WORDS—The author of The Brightwood Stillness, a novel exploring the legacy of the Vietnam War, will read from his Pacific Northwest-centered book. The novel is the second fictional work to be published by OSU Press in its more than half-century history. He has also received both an Oregon Literary Fellowship for fiction and a residency at Caldera Arts. 2 pm. Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St. Free.
ANNIVERSARY—Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Tower Theatre in 1940. The Tower will step back in time with a screening of Four Wives, the first film shown there. The night will also include 1940s cartoons, newsreels, and pricing! 6 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 25¢ at the door.
LAUGHS—Comedian and co-star of Amazon Prime's Golden Globe-winning sitcom "Transparent," Ian Harvie flips the script on the traditional macho/sexist world of standup comedy. Harvie, who got his start opening for funny lady Margaret Cho, takes on everything from substance abuse to gender norms while lambasting the pop culture machine to which he owes a certain, if ironic, debt of gratitude. 7:15 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $15 adv., $20 door, $30 VIP.