ARTY PARTY—The 12th annual BendFilm Festival is just half a year away, which means it's time for the annual fundraiser. This year's event features the wildly popular variety show "Night Lights with Shanan Kelley," which has sold out 25 consecutive shows since February 2014. Nosh on apps from Spork and throw back GoodLife brews, Elixir wines, and Bendistillery spirits. 6-9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $55.
BEER—The High Desert Museum is good to the last drop, and tonight's event unofficially wraps up Beer Week, and a month-long exhibition of "Brewing Culture," a fascinating collection of science tidbits about beer. Includes, get-up-and-go music from funk(y)-Americana Truck Stop Gravy. 5 – 9 pm. High Desert Museum, 59800 S Hwy 97. $10 beer tasting package (includes 5 tasting tickets).
JOY—Today's forecast: low 70s, partly cloudy skies, and a chance of happiness sprinkles. If you take to heart KTVZ Chief Meteorologist Bob Shaw's daily recommendation to "Have a sparkling day," this event is for you. Join a national movement of people wearing yellow shirts and holding signs of encouragement, like "You are delightful!" Or just drive by and absorb the warm fuzzies. 3:30-5:45 pm. Third Street and Reed Market Road. Smiles are free.
HIP-HOP— How many syllables can you recite in 55 seconds? Rapper Twista probably has you beat. The lyrical acrobat held the Guiness World Record in 1992 for fastest rapper—clocking in at 598 syllables in 55 seconds. Though his most popular song is called "Slow Jamz," in his record-busting rap he crammed an average of 10 syllables into each second. This may be one show where you don't have to worry about that dude behind you trying and failing to rap along in your ear. 8 pm. The Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $20 general, $50 VIP.
ROCK—The boys are back in town. After making a splash in their hometown of Bend, the young retro rockers of Patrimony moved further afield. But tonight they return with San Francisco's Hungry Skinny and Bend's own Moon Room, dogpiling on an already we're-not-worthy weekend of musical mayhem. 9 pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.
RACE—Boasting courses that are enjoyable for first-time runners and seasoned racers, races includes a mix of trail, groomed paths, and paved surfaces. With 5k, 10k, and half marathon options plus goodie bags and a post-race party with beer/cocktails, it's no wonder these runners are happy! Late entries are accepted up to the morning of the race and despite the name, men are welcome to join the ladies. 8 am. Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. $40, $50, $90.
BIKE RODEO—What is most intriguing about this event is that it promises an obstacle course for cargo bikes. Please tell me there is some sort of airborne jumping included! What is most noble about the event is that they are encouraging more people to bike. Three cheers for that! (For more bike events this week, see page 52). Noon – 4 pm. Bend Electric Bikes, 223 NW Hill St. Free.
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HORSES—The Humane Society reports some 100,000 horses are abused each year, whether by cramped lodging spaces, or underfeeding, or worse. Today's event is a happy answer to that problem; a graduation of sorts for rescued horses. Throughout the day are obstacle course competitions, highlighting the prowess to which the horses have returned, and Sunday offers opportunities for adoption. Yeah, bring your hitch! 9 am – 8:30 pm Saturday, 9:30 am – 2 pm Sunday. Brasada Ranch, 16986 SW Brasada Rd., Powell Butte.
LOCAL FOOD—Wednesday farmers market in downtown Bend begins! The one stop shop for those who wish to connect with growers and producers, purchase local food, and agricultural goods. The Bend Farmers Market is also the first farmers market in Oregon to launch a Farm-to-School program. They work with the Bend-LaPine School District to incorporate market products into school lunch programs and educated students about healthy eating. 3 – 7 pm. Brooks Alley, behind the Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. Free to attend.
MUSIC—A decade old punk band, and with showing no signs of growing up, Vampirates are fast-moving, relentless "classic" punk. Mixing adolescent glee with on-stage antics, their shows smack of the relentless energy of '80's California punk pioneers. Bring a helmet. Playing with Beerslayers. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.