An up-and-coming group of fun-loving folk deconstructionists from Spokane, Terrible Buttons makes dark and celebratory songs that bounce down the road like a ramshackle musical sideshow. Former Friends Like These front man Johnny Solomon opens the show with his groove-ilicious new band, Communist Daughter. $5. 21+. 8 p.m. Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado.
The Brewtal Breakdown Festival
friday 28 to sunday 30
We’re not sure if the name is a sideways reference to the debacle that led to the cancellation of this year’s Bend Roots Festival. Regardless, supporters are making proverbial lemonade from lemons with this fundraiser that aims to jumpstart the 2013 Roots Festival with a cash injection. Artists slated to perform during the three-day make-up festival include Greg Botsford, the Bond St. Bluegrass Allstars, and Mark Ransom and the Mostest. Stages at both Bom Dia Coffee shop and Broken Top Bottle Shop. Full schedule of performances at btbsbend.com. Free. All ages. 5:30 p.m. BTBS, 1740 NW Pence Ln. Bom Dia, 1444 NW College Way.
Nathaniel Talbot and Anna Tivel
Nathaniel Talbot is a guitar master from Portland whose finger-style picking is reminiscent of folk heroes Doc Watson and Leo Kotke. Talbot’s soft, peaceful voice is a good match for his furious guitar work. Expect a sit-down show that will be perfect for both dates and dudes—but not raging drunks. There’s plenty of that elsewhere around town. Sip your suds and enjoy! $5. 9:30 p.m. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Sisters Fresh Hop Festival
Fresh-hop beer season is one of one zillion things that make us thankful we live in the Northwest. Read all about the Sisters fest in this week’s Chow section. $5 entry, $1 per tasting ticket. 12 to 8 p.m., Sisters Village Green.
Central Oregon Pumpkin Co
saturday Sept. 29 to
wednesday Oct. 31
No fall season in Central Oregon is complete without a visit to the Central Oregon Pumpkin Co. This year’s corn maze theme is rad—Pac Man. Other fun includes pumpkin cannons, zoo train, petting zoo, climbing wall, archery (!), pony rides and the opportunity to take home all the pumpkins you can fit in a wheelbarrow. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central OR Pumpkin Company, 1250 NW Wilcox Ave., Terrebonne.
Reel Rock 7
Chris Sharma once snagged two 5.15s in one day. Conrad Anker has ascended the Shark Fin. Tom Randall and Peter Whittaker offwidth climbed Century Crack. Does any of this make sense to you? Then you need to be at Summit High Saturday to watch Reel Rock 7, a film event celebrating climbing with prize giveaways and appearances by top climbers. $10 in advance at Mountain Supply and Bend Rock Gym. $15 at the door. Summit High, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr.
Last Saturday at The Old Iron Works
Music, art and alley-cat bike racing! Hooray! Thank you, Old Iron Works, for advancing culture in Central Oregon. Art by local artists will be on display and, at 5 p.m., there’s a rogue bike race open to all comers and bikes of all genres. At 6 p.m. take in music from The Hopeful Heroines, a Colorado Springs-based female gypsy folk duo. Later in the night Chris Beland holds a CD release party for his third album. Read more about that in our Sound section this week. Free. 6 p.m. Old Iron Works, 50 SE Scott St.
How to BendFilm
There are a lot of good reasons to stop into Cowgirl Cash in the Brooks Alleyway, including the rad variety of cowboy boots and the cool shirts with the pearly snaps. But this week, there’s an even better reason to go. Cowgirl Cash is hosting the “How to BendFilm” event again this year. It’s the best way to cut through the long list of films at the festival and straight to what you’re looking for. You’ll also find out about the parties and the after parties. And if you mingle just right, maybe even the after, after parties. 6 p.m. Cowgirl Cash, 924 Brooks St.
Buddy Wakefield Reading and Workshop
wednesday 3 and thursday 4
Buddy Wakefield is a poet and you’re about to know it. Wakefield, a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, has been featured on NPR, the BBC and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and tours the country bringing poetry and spoken word to the masses. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch genius in the guise of rhyme and reason. Reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Hitchcock Auditorium, COCC, 2600 NW College Way. Workshop at 3 p.m. Oct. 4, the The Nature of Words, 224 NW Oregon Ave.
League of Women Voters State Candidates Forum
If you’re looking to see candidates for Bend’s state House and Senate seats square off in a face-to-face exchange, this Tuesday evening forum might be your best bet. Former House Majority Leader Tim Knopp will take the stage with Democratic opponent Geri Hauser. In addition, incumbent Jason Conger, R-Bend, will be present with Democratic challenger Nathan Hovekamp, a former Bend La Pine school board member and city planning commission member. Free. All ages. 5:15 p.m. 601 NW Wall St.
League of Women Voters City Council Candidates Forum
Sort out the wheat from the chaff in this year’s crowded council election. Voters will hear from half a dozen candidates who are vying for two spots on the city council. The moderated forum avoids debate-style exchanges, but is a good showcase of contrasting personalities and styles. Free. All ages. 5:15 p.m. Bend City Hall, 701 NW Wall. St.
wednesday 26 to sunday 7
A classic comedy/murder mystery honoring the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. It’s the first in Cascade Theatrical Company’s new six-season series. Prepare to be entertained! Tickets $24/adult, $18/senior, and $12/student. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 6, and 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. CTC, 148 NW Greenwood Ave.