Wondering what's going on with public broadcasting? KPOV brings Barsamian, a well-known media critic to explain it to you. Learn more about him on the Culture page. 7pm Thursday, May 15. Bend Community Center, 1036 NE Fifth Street. $5.
A Novel Idea: The World to Come
Dara Horn, the author of this year's featured novel, The World to Come, wraps up the annual literary event by reading from her book, and signing your book as well. Get your copy soon, so you get this award-winning novelist and journalist can put some ink on it. Tickets are free and available at all Deschutes Public Library branches. 7pm, Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700.
Culver Schools Music Benefit
You know what kids like? Rock n' roll, that's what. That's why a collection of the area's finest rockin', thrashin' and/or acoustic artists play a benefit for the Culver Schools' music programs. Acts on the bill include Hands on Throat, No Cash Value, Tentareign, Necktie Killer, Andy Jacobs and Andy McCumber. Doors 5pm, show 5:30pm. Culver School Old Gym, 412 W. E Street, Culver.
The name suggests this band might be a semi-local act, but that's not the case - this octet is from Nederland, Colorado. Unlike the well known bluegrass pickers of that town, Salem stirs it up with R&B, hip hop, Latin sounds and funk that is sure to get the barley and hop ingesting fans at the Silver Moon up and dancing. 8pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewing Co. 24 NW Greenwood Ave., 388-8331.
Pole, Peddle, Paddle
According to the wizards who give it their best to call the weather in these parts, the mercury could lift into the mid 90s for the annual multi-outdoor sport competition. This could make for some slushy downhill and Nordic skiing up on the mountain and some sweaty runners, bikers, and paddlers when the race makes its way into town. Looks like this is shaping up to be one of the more interesting PPPs in recent memory. All day - Mt. Bachelor to Les Schwab Amphitheater and everywhere in between.
Boys and Girls Club Concert Benefit
The Boys and Girls Club here in town is looking to raise some funds and are getting some help from one of Bend's most well-known punk rock acts: Larry and His Flask. The Confederates are also on the bill for this rocking and benevolent show. This week is heavy on the hard rock benefit shows, you notice that? $7. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
The Man in Brown (no, no one actually calls him that) returns to the Tower to drop a dose of folk on all y'all, read all about him in this week's Liner Notes box. Advance tickets at the Tower box office or TowerTheatre.org. 7pm-10pm. $25, $34 or $50. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., 317-0700.
Liberty Bank Pond Skimming Championships
How many times each year do you get a chance to strap on an embarrassingly silly costume and toss your self across a pond of melted snow (also known as "water") on your ski or snowboard? Answer: once, at the annual Pond Skimming Championships at Mt. B, which each year signifies the end of the ski season. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details and registration. Registration 8am-10am, event starts at 11am. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 SW Century Dr. $25.
This aging folkie says he doesn't have to really try to write badass songs. See what he means by that in the Sound Section. Advance tickets at the Tower box office and TowerTheatre.org. 7pm. $45, $35. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., 317-0700.
Once a Bendite, but now a real-live Nashville folk star, Mare Wakefield is stopping off at the Silver Moon for a homecoming (kind of-she only lived here for a couple years) show. Read more in the Sound section. 8pm. $5. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave. 388-8331.
This is War
Get an up close and person look at the war in Iraq with this documentary, which follows the deployment of a group of Oregon National Guard soldiers to Iraq, and their eventual return home. Admission free with ticket - available at the Tower box office. 7pm-9pm Wednesday, May 21. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 317-0700.