BIKES—This event isn't just for racer nerds. Grab your townie, fat bike, single speed, 'cross bike or unicycle and have fun on the snowy course. The criterium-style race is also a hoot to watch so if you'd rather sip a barley pop and cheer, you can do that, too. Proceeds benefit the Central Oregon Trail Alliance. $10. 6 p.m. Wanoga Sno Park, Cascade Lakes Highway.
MUSIC—If we never learn another thing from the LA-based band Orgone, we've at least learned that Orgone is a real thing—a sexual, anarchical energy that may be at the root of everything. Not a bad name for a gritty dancy funk band that blends cosmic reggae/funk and synth dance beats. In other words, it's gonna be a sweet show. 21+. $13. 8 p.m. The Annex, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
MUSE Women's Conference
friday 1- sunday 3
INSPIRATION—Put on by the local women's group Shine Global, MUSE celebrates International Women's Day and kicks off Women's History Month with motivational speakers and workshops. Change starts within, ladies, get empowered! More information at museconference.org. $75-$300. 9 a.m. conference Saturday. Workshops Sunday. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
BALLET—The Eugene Ballet Company presents Odile (black swan) vs. Odete (white swan) in this story of good vs. evil. Classical choreography, sparkly costumes and sorcery make the feathers fly in a knock-down-drag-out-dance-off for the love of Prince Siegfried. $12-$42. 7:30 p.m. Bend High School, 230 NE 6th St.
Taste of the Town and Meal of the Year
friday 1-saturday 2
FOOD—These two fundraisers for COCC's foundation, which provides scholarships for students, are two of Bend's best foodie events. Sample small bites and hear live music from 6-10 p.m. for $25 at TOTT, and enjoy a four-course dinner gala starting at 5:30 p.m. for $125 at MOTY. See Facebook for details. Mazama Gym, 2600 NW College Way.
MUSIC—The only thing better than North Mississippi trance blues with a dash of punk-a-billy is all that with PBR tall boys, guys with flannel shirts, beards and all that moderately creepy shit on the walls of The Horned Hand. 21+ $10. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Bend Urban Iditarod
SHOPPING CARTS—The idea here is food drive plus zany costumes plus shopping carts plus beer. Get yourself a cart (westside Safeway is doing loaners if you buy your 30 lbs of food to donate there), dress up, and prepare to run all over town visiting breweries, blocking traffic, etc. Visit Bend Urban Iditarod on Facebook to sign up. 11 a.m. GoodLife Brewing, 70 SW Century Dr.
Ryan Stiles and Friends
COMEDY—JFK and Richard Simmons fight on the deck of the Millennium Falcon, go! The tall guy from "Who's Line is it Anyway?" brings his improv comedy to Bend. Stiles and a crew of the Northwest's finest comedians take on Irish drinking songs, dubbing and scenes from a hat sans Drew Carrey behind a desk. $50. 7:30 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
AUTHOR—The prolific Stephen Greenblatt is a Shakespeare and Renaissance expert. The Harvard scholar edited that English Lit. textbook you were supposed to read, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, and last year he won a Pulitzer for his nonfiction work The Swerve. Hear him speak at the Author! Author! Literary Series. $20-$75. 7 p.m. Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE 6th St.
The Shadow Box
thursday 7 - sunday 24
THEATER—Illness. Death. Family. Psychiatrists. Joe, Brian and Felicity tell radically different stories, but are destined for the same inevitable ending as their sicknesses progress. All ages. $24/adults. $18/seniors. $12/students. Runs from March 7 through March 24. Showtimes at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. See CTCs website for specifics. Cascades Theatrical Company, 148 NW Greenwood Ave.