Over the summer, Bendites dreamed up dozens of ways to “accelerate” bringing their visions for the future into reality. Go check out their cool ideas. Free. All ages. 6-8 p.m. COCC’s Campus Center, 2600 NW College Way.
Mexican Independence Week
thursday 13 – saturday 15
Three different events in Bend, Sunriver and Redmond will commemorate Mexico’s liberation. U of O history professor Stephanie Wood lays the historic foundation Thursday night at the Bend Public Library with a discussion of early colonization efforts as told through colonial-era maps. 6:30 p.m. Free. All ages. East Bend Public Library. On Friday, historian Robert Hacket will discuss the post-Cortez Mexico, noon at the Sunriver Public Library. The week ends with a celebration at the Festival of Cultures in Redmond that includes kids booths, family activities, flamenco dancing, Mexican folklore and is capped by a naturalization ceremony for newly minted American citizens. Free. All ages. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Redmond Centennial Park.
Northwest Best Concert Series
Billed as a see-them-before-they-blow-up series, NBCS showcases up-and-coming bands from around the Northwest. This week’s performance features Portland’s buzz heavy electro pop duo Shadows on Stars whose catchy “Sweat Pants Bandits” track has been getting some airplay this summer. Local indie rockers Cadence get the party started. $5. 21+. 8 p.m. Liquid Lounge, 70 NW Newport Ave.
Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships
More amateur and professional national champions decided here in Central Oregon! Whoopee! The course this year is longer, harder and higher (elevation wise) than last year and should separate the wheat from the chaff. The 54-mile race, which boasts 6,000 feet of climbing, starts and finishes at Wanoga Sno-Park, but if spectating, you’d be wise to set up some lawn chairs on the climb up the Funner Trail, the last chance for competitors to launch a race-winning move. Starts 9 a.m., Wanoga Sno-Park.
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Bend loves St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it’s because we have a disproportionate number of Boston transplants here in the high desert. Or maybe we just like yet another excuse to drink and make merry. Whatever the reason, pull on your kilt and dance a jig all the way to McMenamins to catch music from the Bend Fire Department’s Roving Irish Pipes, Moon Mountain Ramblers, Tune Dawgs and Five Pint Mary. While there, raise a pint to the Emerald Isle ‘cause there’s only 183 more days until the real St. Paddy’s Day! 1 p.m. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Author! Author! Mitch Albom
Perhaps most famous for his inspirational works of fiction, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day, both of which spent time on the New York Times best-sellers list, Albom is also an accomplished playwright, musician, journalist and screenwriter. Yes, the New Jersey author is the real-deal. Kick back and relax as Albom relates the back-stories to some of his most famous, feel-good works. Proceeds benefit the Deschutes Public Library! $25-$75 at bendticket.com. 6 p.m. Bend High School Theater, 230 Northeast 6th St.
Monday Night Football
Yeah fall! Yeah football! Yeah football with beer! With pint in hand, watch Payton Manning attempt to carry the Broncos (1-0 overall) to another victory while the Falcons (1-0) try to stymie the fabled quarterback’s efforts. Sure you can watch the game at home, but your screen is likely smaller than the one at McMenamins. And they’ve got more beer on tap. Doors at 4:30 p.m., game starts at 5:30 p.m. Minors allowed with a guardian. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
The Bellingham, Wash., band plays upbeat stomp-grass, a genre that everyone can appreciate! Curious? Get on Spotify and listen to the track “Tell Me Show Me,” from their full-length 2011 album Fire on the Hill. Then go listen to them play their own style of bluegrass live—for free! Free, all ages. 6 p.m. GoodLife Brewing, 70 SW Century Dr.
COCC Surplus Computer Sale
Whoa, really? Used computers, monitors and printers for cheap? Sold! The discount hardware will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis so get to the college bookstore earlier rather than later. It’s such a good deal they’re capping it at two computers and two monitors per person. If there are any leftovers (doubtful) the sale will continue on Thursday and Friday. COCC Bookstore, 2600 NW College Way.
ONDA Desert Conference and Film Festival
The Oregon Natural Desert Association is hosting a three-day forum for those of us interested in preserving and protecting the wild lands near our high desert homes. There will be discussions, notable speakers (like environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore), films, music and even group hikes. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, a collection of awe-inspiring and inspirational shorts, will launch the 26th annual desert conference Thursday inside the Old Stone Church. There’s so much neat stuff going on you’ll have to visit onda.org to see a complete list of scheduled events. $10-$50 at onda. org. Starts 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Old Stone Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave.
Mel Brooks Mania
friday 14-saturday 22
Catch a performance of Mel Brook’s The Producers, put on by local players, and don’t miss screenings of two of Brooks’ most loved films: Young Frankenstein (Monday) and Blazing Saddles (Tuesday). See this week’s Culture page for more on The Producers. Starts Friday at 8pm. $30. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.