BASEBALL—Few events say summer like the local baseball club's home opener. The Bend Elks, our collegiate summer baseball team, is taking on the Cowlitz Black Bears of Longview, Wash. And if Wednesday night doesn't work out for the Elks (24-30 in 2012), there's always Thursday and Friday—three consecutive home games! 6:35 pm. Vince Genna Stadium, SE Fifth Street and Roosevelt Avenue. $5-$11.25.
The Fox on the Fairway
THEATER—Aside from Happy Gilmore, golf jokes have a lousy reputation but, somehow, The Fox on the Fairway, an on-the-green comedy by Ken Ludwig, is chock full of cheap laughs. Sex, sports and alcohol jokes, crossed with Shakespearean identity mix-ups and romantic shenanigans, keep the chuckles coming for 18 holes. 7:30 pm. Cascades Theatrical Company, $24; $18 seniors; $12 students.
friday 14-sunday 16
Coyote Spirit Festival
MUSIC FEST—A mini Burning Man-style music festival tucked away in the desert outside Paisley, Or., the Coyote Spirit Festival will fill the sprawling setting with drum circles, and don't forget naked people! Lots of'em. Performers from Polyrhythmics, Shook Twins and Jah Sun with Dubtonic Kru. Summer Lake Hot Springs, 41777 Oregon 31, Paisley. $45-$100.
SUMMER MUSIC—With a voice like Cat Power (seriously! that's not hyperbole!)—simultaneously strong and shaky, twangy and smooth—Laura Gibson is new folk. Her darkly cast guitar lullabies set an eas-going but nuanced setting for this intimate backyard-style concert. $30 ticket includes concert, hors d'oeuvres and a glass of beer or wine. House on the Metolius, Camp Sherman, 6 pm. call (541) 595-6620 for tickets and information.
friday 14 Beatles Singalong MUSIC— Follow the bouncing ball with KPOV as local bands perform Beatles classics from A ("Across the Universe," maybe?) to somewhere near Z ("Yellow Submarine"). Old Stone Church, 57 NW Franklin Ave. $5-$40.
Sisters Wine & Brew Fest
DRINKS—Sisters is bringing in top-flight artisanal brewers, vintners and distillers for this one. Case in point: the fabulous Macindoe Family Cellars of Dundee, Ore., as well as 18 other Northwest favorites. 11 am-8 pm. Village Green Park, Sisters. Free.
sunday 16 Demo Derby FATHER'S DAY—Real men don't take their dads to brunch for Father's Day. Real men take them to the demolition derby, a strange event that perfectly mimics the father-son relationship—an un-orchestrated and tense yet elegant and fun-spirited dance of opportunity, physical brutality and yee-haw backslapping camaraderie. 1 pm, Deschutes County Expo Center, Redmond. $15 at gate; $6 ages 7-12; 6 and under free.
THINK & DRINK—Marine geologist Martin Fisk pokes and prods fossils looking for clues about how life on Earth might survive elsewhere—like Mars. Such fossils often stay safely ensconced in volcanic rock. Central Oregon has a lot of volcanic rock. This should be interesting. 7 pm. Reservations required (osucascades.edu/sciencepubs). McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Free.
COMEDY—Encino Man (1992), Pauly Shore's biggest box office hit, merits a paltry 16 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet, at a certain point, steady perseverance earns respect. As '90s middling rockers Oasis are to quality klezmer music, Pauly Shore is to Woody Allen. Check out his aging, still awkward, quasi-Jewish humor. 8 pm, Tower Theatre. $25-$35.
AUTHOR READING—The details in Erik Larson's breakout nonfiction book "The Devil in the White City" are so precise—from the color of the ticket to the 1893 Chicago World Fair to finely described smells of tombs left by one of America's first serial killers—that the entire story jumps exhilaratingly alive. A historian with a storyteller's flare, Larson is a rare treat. 7 pm, Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE Si6th St. $20-$75.