Suzanne Burns/Matt Love Book Release Party
Flip back into the culture section and check out a review of Source contributor Suzanne Burns's new short story collection, Misfits and Other Heroes. Also appearing at this reading is Matt Love, author of Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town. 7pm Thursday, Jul 9. Between the Covers, 645 NW Delaware Ave. 385-4766.
The Pimps of Joytime
Just by hearing their name, you know when you head down for The Pimps of Joytime show, you're going to have a good time. This Brooklyn-based foursome blends funk, soul and indie rock, creating beats that have you grooving in a throwback sorta way. If you missed them in February, here's your chance to catch the funky four before they head back east. 8pm The Summit Saloon & Stage, 125 NW Oregon Ave. Free.
Triage Comedy Improv
There's a new comedy troupe in town, and they call themselves Triage...which isn't a funny name, but these people are indeed funny and they make it all up on the spot and stuff. Yes, if we must reference turn-of-the-millennium television programs, this comedy indeed in the style of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" - as in the version with Drew Carey. 7:30pm. $5. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave.
Show Us Your Spokes: The JZ Band
One of the best elements of Bend's outdoor music season has finally begun, and of course, we're referring to the Show Us Your Spokes concert series, which benefits Commute Options. Opening up the series is The JZ Band, a rootsy rock outfit fronted by longtime Central Oregon music veterans David Z and Joe Leonardi. 6:30pm Parrilla Grill, 635 NW 14th St.
Bend Summer Fest
saturday 11 and sunday 12
In Bend, one thing is for sure - we love our outdoor festivals. It's time again to block off streets downtown to celebrate the season with live music, vendors and more than 20 restaurants. This family friendly event features the Working Wonders Children's Museum Block of Fun for kids and the Pronghorn Jazz, Wine, and Gourmet Foods Space for adults. Live music runs throughout both days and includes acts like Durado, Person People, Chicago Afro Beat Project, Todd Haaby and many more. 11am-10pm, 11am-6pm Downtown Bend.
34th Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
Are you looking for a quilt, by chance? Well, you're in luck because the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is going down this weekend and featuring some of the best in the business, as well as plenty of other crafts and activities. Check out SistersOutdoorQuiltShow.org. 9:30am-5pm Saturday, Jul 11. Downtown Sisters.
Crooked River Roundup Races
wednesday 8 - saturday 11
Have you been craving a chance to bet on horses running around a track? Whether or not you're into the gambling aspect of horse racing, the Crook County Roundup Races provide a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere for the entire family. The fast-paced races provide an evening of thrilling, dollar-bill-waving excitement. 7pm Crook County Fairgrounds, Prineville.
Lahaina 33rd Anniversary Show
When we say this is a big art show, we mean it. On this day you'll have the chance to meet ten artists from around the world: Guy Buffet, Jim Daly, Yankel Ginzburg, Hisashi Otsuka, Lyle Sopel, Donna Young, Don Hatfield and Peter & Madeline Powell. The Source got lucky enough to feature the painting "Beach Toys" by Peter & Madeline Powell on this week's cover, which you most likely already saw. 12pm-4pm Lahaina Galleries.
Head for the Hills
Check out the feature on this Colorado-based bluegrass band in the Sound section then check out one of their two shows on Sunday. 2:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, free and 8pm, Silver Moon Brewing Co. $5.
The Itals, E.O.E.
One of reggae's most legendary acts is back in Bend, performing in the wake of a massively well-received show at Bonnaroo just last month. Supporting a new album, Let Dem Talk, the Itals, have been fronted by charismatic and silky voiced singer Keith Porter since the 1970. The Itals are sure to bring a mid-summer island vibe to this show at the Domino Room with some of the purest reggae you're likely to hear. Cross genre hip-hoppers EOE opens. 8pm. $15/adv, $18/door. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Celebrate Oregon Author
Flip to the Culture section and read an interview with the author of the bestseller, Geek Love and recently published One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing. She's appearing twice next Wednesday to read from her work. La Pine Public Library at 1pm, Brooks Room at Bend Public Library at 6:30pm. Wednesday, Jul 15. Free.
Vieux Farka Touré
Coming to play this Munch and Music gig all the way from the African nation of Mali, Touré is a massively skilled guitarist who blends traditional African sounds with Western influences. The son of famous guitarist Ali Farka Touré, this guitarist's newest album, Fondo, has received international praise, complementing his stellar live show. 5:30pm-9:30pm. Free. Drake Park