wednesday 6 through sunday 10We told you last week, we’re telling you again. Get off yer duff and git over to the rodeo! Events start Wednesday with a full night of bull riding. Friday kicks off the first full rodeo performance. Saturday is a honky tonk parade. And Sunday is a cowboy church service and more clean family fun. Tickets and full schedule at sistersrodeo.com. Sisters Rodeo Grounds, 67637 Highway 20.
There are few pieces quite so haunting as “O Fortuna” of Carmina Burana. You know this epic song and you like it. COCC’s Cascade Chorale and soloists from Central Oregon and Portland will have you enthralled with this accessible classical performance. Free. Donations appreciated. 7pm. Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE 6th St.
KPOV Beatles Singalong
It’s KPOV’s seventh birthday! Help them celebrate by singing Beatles music at the top of your lungs. Boxcar Stringband, Broken Down Guitars, Gospel Choir of the Cascades, Noah Stroup, Subliminal and the Rock Hounds will all perform danceable, upbeat tunes from the lads from Liverpool. Raffles, a silent auction and trivia contests are also on deck. Tickets in advance are $10 for KPOV members, $12 for non-members, $5 for 18 and under, or just $15 at the door. Get tickets at kpov.org. 7-10pm. Century Center, 70 SW Century Dr.
Foot Zone Dirty Half
Arguably Bend’s most famous—or is it infamous?—trail run, this half marathon starts and finishes at the parking lot of the former Breedlove facility, now Two Old Hippies, on Skyliner. Beer awaits thirsty finishers at midday. The race attracts some 900 runners, the fastest of whom will compete for a $2,500 purse. Proceeds to benefit the Deschutes Land Trust. This year the Dirty Half kicks off more than a week’s worth of outdoors events under the Subaru Outdoor Games umbrella. Other highlights from the coming days include Pickin’ and Paddlin’ at Tumalo Creek on Wednesday and freeride clinics at Phil’s with Kirt and Lindsey Voreis on Thursday.
Farm to Table Freedom of Choice Gathering
There are two very cool things about this little pro-local food gathering. The first is the three-course meal showcasing local and artisan foods from Central Oregon. The second is that three nationally known presenters—Michael Schmidt, Mark McAfee and Pete Kennedy—will talk about the politics and struggle to secure a better food future. To see the menu and buy tickets go to www.windyacres.com. 2pm. Windy Acres Dairy Farm, 3320 NW Stahancyk Ln.
Blitz to the Barrel
Bend’s two-wheeled version of the Cannonball Run, this invite-only race pits a who’s who of local and national biking champions in an unsanctioned winner-takes-all style race for $20,000. Riders start at Tetherow golf course and crank like crazy to what promises to be another epic finish at 10 Barrel on Galveston. Women start at 5:30pm Men’s race at 7pm. Arrive early and secure your seat on the 10 Barrel patio for the photo finish.
Eighth Annual Bend Pride Festival
It’s Pride Week and the LGBTQ community and its allies are doing it up right with events every night leading up to the Eighth Annual Bend Pride Festival this weekend from noon to 6pm in Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. Access the full slate of events from this week's Culture story and learn more about how changes at the national level are making life better for gay people here in Bend.
Hollywood rapper Mickey Avalon makes music based on his totally nuts life experiences as an ex-heroin addict and prostitute. Turn the page for more on Avalon and his edgy hip-hop. If you attend the show, expect a lot of Jane Fonda-ing, whatever that means. $25/door $21 in advance. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Summer Sunday Concerts: Poor Moon
With members from indie-folk favorites Fleet Foxes and Crystal Skulls, Poor Moon uses marimba and mandolin to create an airy and naturally windblown sound. Their first EP was released in March and combines the finger picking and haunting reverb filled vocals of Fleet Foxes fame, with a few stand out tracks featuring driving '60s-pop vibes. All ages. 2:30-4:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Sevlin-Hixon Dr.
Draining Tumalo Creek/Surface Water Improvement Discussion
Local and regional water experts discuss the long-term impacts of the city’s water policy as it relates to wildlife and fish habitat on Tumalo Creek and the Middle Deschutes. Panelists include water rights attorney Kimberley Priestley from Water Watch, natural resources economist Bruce Aylward and local hydrologist Mark Yinger. Free. 6:30pm. Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas.