Deschutes County Fair
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It's that time of year again - it's time to expand your gut, get your wallet ready to buy some new farm animals and bask in the carny goodness that is the Deschutes County Fair. Whether you go for the rides, the food or just the insane people watching, you'll want to block a good chunk of time out of your week for this. Each night features a musician of varying degrees of popularity (read our open letter to fair headliner Weird Al Yankovic in the Sound section) including freakin' Styx - as in "Mr. Roboto"! Also, there's a rodeo. So, pretty much the best five days of the year. $9/daily, $17/season pass. $6/children and seniors daily, $11/season pass. Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond.
Lucky Hudson and the Star of Delhi
This comedy is brought to us by the talented sprites of the Bend Theatre For Young People and is focused on Stevie Jenkins, a budding young detective crime writer who gets in over her head as fictional bad guys become too real. $8/adults, $5/children and seniors. 5:30pm Wednesday, Jul 28 and 7pm Thursday, Jul 29. Greenwood Playhouse, 148 NW Greenwood Ave.
Advanced Screening of The Kids Are All Right
The movie that's gotten some of the best buzz of the year will be shown in an advanced screening, sponsored by BendFilm. The movie, which stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as same-sex parents who (shocker!) aren't completely destroying their kid's lives with their lifestyle choices, also features Mark Ruffalo as the sperm donor who made it all happen. $9.50 at the box office. 7:30pm. Pilot Butte 6, 17 E Hwy 20.
Munch and Music - Orgone
Munch and music continues to bring solid, lively acts to the Drake Park stage and that includes this week's performer, Orgone, a crew of California afro-beat/hip-hoppers who will probably be the most danceable act of the M and M season. Free. 6pm-9:30pm. Drake Park.
Rise Up Masquerade Benefit Show with Larry & His Flask and Mosley Wotta
Hey people, this is how to throw a party - you get two of Bend's most well-known acts in the form of the raucous hillbilly jamboree that is Larry & His Flask and the loveable hip-hop hero Mosley Wotta. And it's also a charity fundraiser for the creative folks at Rise Up who don't just make great clothes, but also help save the world. In addition to the masquerade theme of the benefit, there's also live body painting by award winning tattoo artist Michael Toth and the PoetHouse Artist Collective. $5. 7pm. Boondock's Bar and Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave.
Moon Mountain Ramblers
Oh wow, remember these guys? They've never left us, but have kept a lower profile as of late, then coming out for occasional shows like this one, which should be a good time, as most of the Show Us Your Spokes gigs tend to be. The high-powered Americana outfit will get the Parrilla Grill patio going because hey, they're still one of the most loved acts in town. $5. 7pm. Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St.
10th Street Block Party
With the success of last year's Bend Roots, block parties are back on the radar in Bend. Three local restaurants (Kebaba, Kanpai and Spork) are saying, "Love thy neighbor, westside," and feeding Bend residents on 10th street between Kebaba and Kanpai on Sunday. You don't have to live in the neighborhood to join in the festivities, but a neighbor-friendly attitude is a must. The theme is globally influenced street food and music, so bask in the splendor that is a block party. Beer by Boneyard Beer and cocktails by Kebaba and Kanpai. Free, all ages. 12-8pm, NW 10th Street at Newport Ave between Kebaba and Kanpai.
Before heading over to the wildly awesome Pickathon festival over near Portland (BTW, we're giving away a couple pairs of tickets to Pickathon at tsweekly.com/blender) this Asheville, North Carolina, (mostly) traditional bluegrass act is stopping in Bend to set up shop for the McMenamins Residency Series. And we're glad to have the guys - the last few times they've played here, they brought some authentic and touching bluegrass and country numbers. Free, all ages. 7pm each night. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.
Michael Franti and Spearhead, Flobots
We'll have more on this show in next week's paper, but we're not going to act like we're not excited, because we certainly are. Just thinking about his party-hardy 2008 show that very well may have stopped the rain from falling down on the bundled-up Memorial Day crowd gets our blood moving. Now, after gaining fame with the surprise hit "Say Hey," Franti and company are touring as they prepare to launch a new studio record. Flobots, authors of that catchy "Handlebars" song, open the show. 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. $37/GA. All ages.