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friday 7

First Friday

ART—Downtown will be stuffed to its gills with art lovers, wine drinkers and street musicians yet again this Friday. This First Friday showcases the first in a series of monthly exhibits by the Source's cover artists at the Franklin Crossing Building. Check out this week's cover artist, Marv Johnson (not to be confused with the '60s R&B singer). 5 pm. Downtown Bend. Free.

friday 7

Sisters Rodeo

YEE-HAW—The goal of most rodeo events is simply to stay in the saddle—a hard enough challenge when it's strapped on a 2,000-pound bull or a bucking bronco. But imagine tackling the task of capturing, saddling and riding a wild horse to the finish line. For that, you need three tough men working in exacting cooperation. Check out team bronc riding at the 73rd annual Sisters Rodeo. Events through Sunday, June 9 (see Feature, Page 9). 7 pm, Sisters Rodeo Grounds, 67637 Highway 20. $12 general.

friday 7

Brothers of the Last Watch

ROCK—McDougall is a Portland-based one-man band and Tallest Man on Earth-sound-alike with a cask of rock-and-roll stuffed in his scraggly beard. He gets crowds up on their feet, dancing and shouting and singing along. Brothers of the Last Watch is his two-piece blues band. 8 pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave. $5.

saturday 8

Central4 Piano Quartet

MUSIC—To clear up any confusion—this isn't a quartet of pianists; it's a piano-anchored L.A. foursome featuring two violins and a cello. Take your lover, your parents or your favorite English teacher. Just don't miss it—it's the last High Desert Chamber Music event of the year. 7:30 pm. The Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. $35.

saturday 8

Black Pussy

ROCK—Fight back against the pop-music world takeover with a real honest-to-God rock-and-roll band. Think early to mid-'70s; think Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath or the Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers era). Seriously, these six Portland longhairs know how to shred—just be careful when Googling them. 9 pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave. $5.

sunday 9

Art in the Park

SISTERS—Kick back after a weekend of bull riding and calf roping at the 11th annual Sisters Art in the Park. The two-day showcase, which includes crafts and food (and wine tasting) starts Saturday, but Sunday might be your best bet, since the rodeo events will no doubt require a fully charged battery. 10 am-4 pm. Sisters City Creekside Park, corner of McKenzie Highway (Highway 20) & Jefferson Avenue. Free.

sunday 9


MUSIC—With lamenting songs about abuelas and novias, gritty one-three drumbeats linked together by blasting horns and yelping ay-ya-yas, Tremoloco is the premier purveyor of what it calls "Gulf Coast Folklorico" and "Mexican Americana." Muy, muy bueno. 2:30 pm, Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. Free.

wednesday 12

Tango Alpha Tango

ROCK—Tango Alpha Tango is the only band we can think of that can truly be compared to Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Dylan and the Black Keys. Don't ask us how it does it, but the band achieves an almost gospel, southern-rock sound while referencing all of the above. Preach it! 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. Free.

wednesday 12

Burlesque Fashion Show

SEXY—Beautiful, scantily clad women and alcohol? Doesn't sound too bad to us. Join the Sensual Bend Project for a stockings and corsets fashion show with drink specials, models, photo booth, body painting and burlesque cabaret performances. Entry includes two drinks. 9 pm. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St. $13.

thursday 13

The Changing Colors

MUSIC & BEARDS—While the real reasons to check out The Changing Colors are their crisp guitar picking, enchanting crooning and lyrics as languid as a Colorado evening sky, frontman Conor Bourgal's thick-as-night beard is equally impressive. 8 pm, 21+. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave. $5.

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