Art in the High Desert
FINE ART—When the weather is this nice, it can be hard to persuade yourself to peruse the local art galleries. Fortunately, Art in the High Desert brings talent into the open air, where visitors can see works of art in natural light, but also meet the artists behind them. Through Sunday, August 30. 10 am-6 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday. Old Mill District. Free admission.
FUNDRAISER—What do you get when you combine costumed canines, Birkenstocks, and Miss Nevada 2010? Lots of puppy-loving people gathering to support The Bend Spay & Neuter Project. The event includes a dog fashion show hosted by the former beauty queen and music from Bill Keale and Sweet Red & The Hot Rod Billies. 6-10 pm. Aspen Hall, Shevlin Park. $60 individual, $350 VIP table for six.
GREEK-ISH—If you've never been to a frat party—because you're too cool, not cool enough, or go to OSU-Cascades—now is your chance to experience three of the cornerstones of Greek life: booze, togas, and ladies. MC Mystic lays down the beats for this party including a toga contest, raffle, and the "Absolut promo girls." Yeah, brah. 10 pm. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St. $5.
fri 28 & sat 29
2nd St. Season Preview
THEATER—One of the best parts about going to movies is that they show previews, a glimpse into the future! Although a bit logistically trickier, theater in Bend has been following suit and this weekend, 2nd Street Theater showcases "snippets" from the upcoming season. 7:30 pm. 2nd Street Theater, 22 NE Lafayette Ave. $10 adv., $12 door.
Cascade Classic Rugby Tournament
RUGBY—The Bend Rugby Club has been around since 1975 and, from those humble beginnings, has gone on to win eight consecutive Northwest Union division 3 titles. See the home teams take on visitors from across the country. 9 am-8 pm. Pine Nursery Park, 3707 NE Purcell Blvd. Free.
SCOTISH—For a caber toss to count, the log must flip at least once. Although some of the events (like hot dog eating?) aren't 100 percent traditional, the annual Highland Games bring a mix of old-country and new-school games. Get your kilt from the dry cleaner! 8 am–5 pm. Crooked River Park, 1751 S. Main St., Prineville. $5 donation.
sat 29 & sun 30
OPERA—A doubleheader: performed by the Cascadia Concert Opera Company, two comedy-dramas; first, on Saturday, a presentation of the world's greatest lover, Don Juan, and Sunday afternoon, a lighthearted threesome, The Maid Becomes the Mistress. 7 pm Sat., 3:30 pm Sun. COCC Campus Center, Willie Hall, 2600 College Way. $10 suggested.
Will West & Friendly Strangers
MUSIC—A mix of the traditional—the elegant cello—and the unorthodox—a percussionist who uses typewriters to tap out rhythms—Portland Cello Project founder Skip vonKuske gathers a trio of talented musicians to provide his joyous interpretations of familiar songs. (See Sound, page 19.) 7 pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. $5–$15.
COUNTRY—Although the country singer-songwriter's most recent album is more mainstream, with a poppy sound and catchy lyrics, Frankie Ballard still maintains some outlaw charm. Staying true to the music he loves, Ballard sings about the good things in life, like sunshine and whiskey. (See Sound, page 21.) 5 pm. Century Center Courtyard, 70 SW Century Dr. $25.
MUSIC—This festival favorite band is comprised of six guys who combine all the best parts of funk, reggae, and ska music to create intoxicating jams. With songs filled with trumpet, inspiring lyrics, and all around funky grooves, Spiritual Rez will be nothing short of a good time. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St. No cover.