AUTHOR—The Harvard professor and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Swerve", explains how a couple of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers paved the way for the modern age. Atoms colliding in space, not intervention from the gods—this was a heretical explanation back in the day! Oh, it still is? Crazy. Author! Author! $20-$75 at bendticket.com. 7 p.m. Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE 6th St.
White House Beer Party
FUN—GoodLife Brewing whipped up a batch of Honey Porter following the White House's original recipe. And now you get to drink it! With us! On Friday, we're tapping the keg, raising a glass to Obama, and relaxing—just like they do at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Local rockers, Wilderness, provides the soundtrack. No cover. 5 p.m. GoodLife Brewing Co., 70 SW Century Dr.
SMARTS—We challenge you all to a duel. Of brains! Get yourself registered to take on The Source Weekly's, like, totally, super-smart brain trust in this fundraiser for the Education Foundation for Bend La-Pine Schools. There'll be live music and delicious apps from Zydeco, too. Call 541-355-5660 to register. $21 for spectators. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
MUSIC—Getting featured on Jay-Z's blog? No big thing for Eliot Lipp, a Brooklyn-based producer who was discovered by glitch-hop gods Prefuse 73. Lipp's 2012 release is filled with '80s synth beats and electronic awesomeness. For more, listen to the track "Alive," then read SOUND this week. 21+. Free! 9 p.m. Liquid Lounge, 70 NW Newport Ave.
Central Oregon's Got Talent
PERFORMANCE—See what your neighbor has been up to at Bend's annual talent show. You'll get singers, dancers, and hopefully some feats of strength. We'd love to see someone karate-chop through bricks or tear a phonebook in half. It's for a good cause—proceeds benefit therapeutic and adaptive recreation. $8-$12 at towertheatre.org. 6 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Eight Dollar Mountain
MUSIC—If you're looking for the best bluegrass this week, we think this is it. There are several other acts in town, but you just can't top the sweet old-timey sound of Eight Dollar Mountain, a five-piece traditional Americana group out of Southern Oregon. It's the perfect music for settlin' in for awhile. 21+. 9:30 p.m. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
CELEBRATE—Take it from us: We spend hours every week researching whether things are interesting—this is interesting. Also known as the night of Shiva, this Hindu celebration is all about the Lord Shiva, the god of transformation (perfect for spring!). The party goes all night, but stick around for the fire ceremony at midnight. All are welcome. Free. The Peaceful Heart, 29 NW Greeley Ave.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
WORLD MUSIC—The all-male South African choral group is best known for its awesome back up vocals on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland—otherwise known as one of the best records of the past 30 years. Since then Ladysmith has become an international sensation and has tallied three Grammys en route to mbube dominance. $32-$50 at towertheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
ENVIRONMENT—The author and ecologist argues that we have too much, not too little fossil fuel. And use of such energy sources is disrupting ecosystems and contributing to global warming—not good. Hear Wuerthner explain viable alternatives for the future. Free. 6:30 p.m. Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave.
SUPERHERO—Winner of BendFilm's Best Documentary, this film, subtitled The Untold Story of American Superheroines, is the perfect movie to watch in celebration of Women's History Month. This super-popular movie from last year's fest is all about powerful liberated women and how they make some of us very nervous. $12. 7 p.m. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.