The Baseball Project, The Minus 5, Steve Wynn
We've been shouting loudly about this show for a while and now it's finally here. The Baseball Project, as you may know, is an all-star band that includes, among others, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, but you should also check out quintessential indie pop of The Minus 5, which open the show. $12/adv at bendticket.com, $15/door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
There's another dumping of snow in store for us this week, just in time for the third Pine Party of the season on Friday evening. Get out of work early (we won't tell the boss, promise) and race up to the mountain - actually, you should probably drive safely - to hit the Pine Marten chair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dine for Dignity
Sometimes the idea of helping out in your community can be daunting with your busy schedule. Human Dignity Coalition makes it easier than ever to help fellow community members with Dine for Dignity. Eat at any of the following local restaurants and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Human Dignity Coalition: The Village Baker, The East Village, El Burrito, Longboard Louie's (both locations), Parrilla Grill, Pizza Mondo, Spork, Strictly Organic (both locations). HDC promotes equal human rights through community outreach and education.
Head for the Hills
The pride of Fort Collins, Colorado, is returning - once again - to the Silver Moon this weekend for a sweaty bluegrass show brought to you by some of the brightest young stars in the business. And guess what, if you keep your eye on the Bent blog this week, you've got a chance to win yourself some tickets. $10/adv, $12/door. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Ithaca, NY-based acoustic dub musician Kevin Kinsella has influences rooted in roots rock and reggae. His latest album expands into more acoustic rock and soul, while still maintaining the reggae vibe. Kinsella formerly founded reggae outfit John Brown's Body and has shared the stage with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Toots & the Maytals, among others. Local dub master Franchot Tone opens the show with his easy-going, summery reggae inspired tunes. $8/adv, $10/door. 9pm. The Annex, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Larry and His Flask: Nick Hunter Memorial Show
Before they leave again for most of the summer, Larry and His Flask are playing this old-school Domino Room show to honor Nick Hunter, the young Bend man who passed away last month while traveling in Arizona. LAHF do what they do best to pay tribute to the 24 year old - rock out. 7:30pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Yonder Mountain String Band
If you head down to the Midtown Ballroom on Wednesday to check out Yonder Mountain String Band, after the show you'll have something in common with Barack Obama. The Colorado-based rootsy bluegrass band, which bends genres and creates one of a kind string music, opened for the now President at the Democratic National Convention at Mile High Stadium. But that's not all you need to know about this band, which has long been a favorite here in Bend, thanks to their high-energy take on bluegrass music. All ages. $20/adv, $25/door. 9pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Novel Idea 2011 Kickoff
The Novel Idea program is getting underway soon, as the community comes together to read Kapitoil, by Teddy Wayne. Before things get going, you can enjoy this sampling of events to come, followed by a presentation on the work and life of artist Jackson Pollock, and a group splatter art project. Food catered by Chef Ramsey of Joolz Restaurant. 1pm. Bend Public Library, 601 NW Wall St.
The Cascade Classic Cornhole Challenge
Back when we were kids, the game was more commonly known as the bean bag toss. Now, Corn Hole, which features a bag filled with corn being tossed toward a hole in a raised piece of plywood, can help Bend's Spay and Neuter Project. The tournament features teams of two competing for cash prizes while also raising money to end pet homelessness in Central Oregon. Entry fee: $50 tax-deductible donation for a team of two. Pre-register by April 6. 541-389-6012. 9am Saturday, Apr 9. Central Oregon Indoor Sports Center, 20795 High Desert Ln.
For the past decade, people in teams or by themselves have gathered at Pakit Liquidators to create artwork made from the various treasures at Pakit. The artwork is always interesting and reusing the interesting finds at Pakit creates a very "green" feel to the project. This Saturday, people can gather and assemble their sculptures, which will be on display in the Old Mill District at the end of the month. $20/adv, $25/day of. Info: 541-389-7047. 7am Saturday, Apr 9. Pakit Liquidators, 903 SE Armour.