wednesday 2 - sunday 6
If you flip to the Culture section of the paper this week, you can read our interview with famed memoirist, Augusten Burroughs, who is appearing at The Nature of Words this week to teach a workshop (sorry, it's sold out) and also deliver the key note address on Saturday night (not sold out as of press time). Also appearing at the festival are Heidi Durrow, Keith Scribner, Buddy Wakefield, William Kittredge and a bevy of other impressive writers. See a complete schedule and buy tickets at thenatureofwords.org.
Gardens, Rural Demons
A few things about Gardens: 1) They sound nothing like their botanical band name, 2) They are from Detroit, 3) They play a perfectly garage-y blend of throwback punk and a surf guitar, oh and 4) This stuff gets pretty trippy on occasion. Add those four things together and you've got a good reason to be over at the Horned Hand on Thursday night for this show. And 5) Local Americana rebels Rural Demons open the show. $2-5 suggested donation. 8pm. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Pray for Snow Party/Warren Miller Screening
It's cold as hell (actually, the opposite thereof) out there and in just a few week's time, many of you will be up in the mountains ripping or shredding or whatever you like to call it. To get in the mood for the upcoming winter, head to the Century Center on Friday night for the latest cinematic offering from Warren Miller, entitled Like There's No Tomorrow, which features big mountain skiing from locations around the world. But this isn't just a film screening - there's also a snow-style fashion show in between showings. 6pm show is all ages, 9pm is 21 and up. $12 at bendticket.com.
Century Center Ballroom, 70 SW Century Dr.
Somehow, it's already November, and with each new month comes another chance to head out downtown or in the Old Mill District to check out the work of our local artists. Hit up the Local Arts section of the calendar and get the lowdown on the exhibits showing this month. Begins at 5pm.
We've used up some ink over the past few years telling you about the songwriting genius of Eugene's Tyler Fortier (whose family lives here in Bend) and now the indie folk rocker is back in town with another new album in tow. He's playing in the quiet comfort of Portello Winecafe (one of Bend's hidden gems, in our opinion) so grab a nice pinot and listen to this guy's brilliance. Portello Winecafe, 2754 NW Crossing Dr.
If you saw this band at the Bend Roots Revival this year, you caught a pretty damn good set of funk and soul from this Portland-based act that's known to throw down a damn sexy groove. Bend's own Gabe Johnson will be joining the Gentlemen on guitar to add some local flair. $7 at bendticket.com, $8 at the door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters 14th Annual Comedy Benefit
Thankfully, there's a big comedy show to fill the void in laughter created by this week's break from Central Oregon's Last Comic Standing and it's for a good cause. Once again, the benefit show returns to the Tower Theatre and features the hilarity of Jason Love, a Portland comic, in addition to local funnyman Jake Woodmansee. Silent auction, food and beverages, live auction and side-splitting entertainment. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $100 at towertheatre.org. 6:30pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
We've heard enough standard, old-school reggae here in Bend over the last few weeks, so let's shuffle the deck, shall we? This show brings Bermuda's Collie Buddz to the stage to deliver his dancehall-inspired rhymes. In concert, he's known to provide a high-energy party, which seems right up the ally of Bend's many reggae fans. With Gappy Ranks, New Kingston and Medium Troy. $20.50 at bendticket.com, $20 at the door. All ages. 8pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Flashback Flicks: Caddy Shack
You already know about this film and now you can watch it in the company of other fans so that you have people to laugh along with when Bill Murray says: "This is a hybrid. This is a cross of bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent and northern California sensemilia. The amazing thing about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff." 7:30pm. $5 tickets. 7:30pm-9:30pm 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
We got back in touch with this Portlander-turned-big-time-LA-musician and you can read all about him and his piano-driven indie pop on the Sound page. Free. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.