Innovation Day Bend: Aerial Robotics
ROBOTS—Warm Springs has been tapped as one of the nation's testing grounds for drones, and that fact is expected to inspire a cottage industry of robotics in Central Oregon. Innovation Day provides a snapshot of the future. They are watching you, so why not watch them for a day? Pre-registration required (soaroregon.com). 7:30 am (robots don't sleep!). Cascades Academy, 19860 Tumalo Reservoir Rd. Free.
Roy Zimmerman at Environmental Center
MUSIC—What's so funny about peace, love and understanding? Plenty, if you're folk singer and political satirist Roy Zimmerman. Back in Bend by popular demand as part of his Blue Dot Tour, Zimmerman will perform his satirical songs about hot button political topics to an audience of like-minded Bendites—an act he considers "entertaining the troops." 7 pm. Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave. $15.
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
MUSIC—An inspirational newgrass mandolinist, David Grisman has spent more than 50 years perfecting his picking, playing with acts from the Grateful Dead to Bonnie Raitt. A true legend in his craft, the godfather of folk plays his signature bluegrass mixed with jazz dubbed "Dawg music" in honor of the virtuoso's nickname. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $48.50-$59.50.
Wizard of Oz
THEATRE—In the 75 years since L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's novel was immortalized on the silver screen by Judy Garland and her ruby slippers, the story has taken on a life of its own with numerous film, novel and stage interpretations. Thoroughly Modern Productions offers one of its own, with a performance that combines adult and youth casts. 7:30 pm. Summit High School Auditorium, 2855 NE Clearwater Dr. $15-$20.
ELECTRONICA—Like a hyper sheep dog, the wildly popular Portland-based SoloVox rounds up chaos and holds it in loosely organized electronica jams, punctuated by jazzy piano licks and celebratory R&B remixes. 10 pm. Dojo, 852 NW Brooks. $5.
Art in the High Desert
ART—Have you ever stood in front of a piece of art in a gallery and wondered, What was the artist thinking? Or, How would this plein-air piece look in natural light? Art in the High Desert addresses both those questions by featuring works of art in outdoor booths with the artists who created them. Plus, it's juried, meaning the more than 100 featured artists were selected by a committee, saving you from subjecting yourself to sub-par art. 10 am. Old Mill District. Free to look.
Brewtal Breakdown Festival
FESTIVAL—A weekend filled with excessive amounts of beer and music. No location in town will be pouring and picking more than Broken Top Bottle Shop, where Deschutes Brewery takes over the taps and a dozen local bands play in a fundraiser for the Bend Roots Revival. Check out The Cutmen, Blue Light Special, Travis Ehrenstrom and Mark Ransom & the Mostest over the two-day spread (continues Sunday). 11 am. Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane Ste 1. Free.
Shakespeare in the Park
THEATRE—With witty fools, foolish wits, disguises, malcontents, marriages and epic shipwrecks, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most classic comedies. The sunset ambiance of Drake Park and a crew of Pacific Northwest actors make for an unbeatable Shakespearian experience. 7 pm. Fri., Aug. 22, and Sat., Aug. 23 in Drake Park. Sun., Aug. 24 at SHARC in Sunriver. $22-$75.
Your Grandma's Cookbook
COOKING—Perhaps the Oregon Trail was never confused for the "spice trail," but over the past century, chefs in the state certainly have learned to forage the natural flavors and wonders here, from Dungeness crabs to tart Marionberries. McMenamin's "history pub" series presents "Your Grandma's Cookbook, A Century of Oregon Eating, 1880 – 1980." 7 pm. Old St Francis' School, 700 NW Bond. Free.
Pickin' and Paddlin'
MUSIC—Not only does the monthly Pickin' and Paddlin' offer free demos of canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards, it also presents a sampler of great bands, starting with the fast banjo and guitar picking of The Student Loan, with local favorites Grit and Grizzle and Juniper and Gin. 5-9 pm. Tumalo Creek Canoe and Kayak, 805 SW Industrial Way. $5, children under 12 free.