AUTHOR! AUTHOR!—Hoffman is living a writer's dream. With dozens of novels, children's books and screenwriting credits including "Independence Day" and "Practical Magic," her name is often on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Her novel, "Here on Earth," received the stamp of approval of Queen Oprah as well. She's the fourth nationally acclaimed author to speak in Bend for this season's Deschutes Public Library's series. 7 p.m., Bend High School, 230 NE Sixth St., Bend. $25.
ONE WOMAN SHOW—It would seem that there is a fury of musicians behind Ford as she takes the microphone. It would seem that way, but it's not the case. She is a solo artist that creates magic through her abilities to loop blues, folk, rock 'n' roll and even reggae. It's a sight to be seen, but even more so, something to be heard. 9 p.m., Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St., Bend. No cover.
ROCK SHOW—Alabama Shakes is an absolutely shredding blues rock band unlike any from the last several years. Since the Les Schwab Amphitheater show is completely sold out, for those without tickets the best way to catch this show will be on one of the lovely Old Mill District restaurant patios. 6:30 p.m., Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr., Bend. Sold out.
MUSIC—This is the Alabama Shakes after party. Portland's Dirty Revival is a bluesy fun ride that excels in its live performances. The band fuses R&B, hip-hop, funk and just about everything else into a stew of exciting and dance crazy shenanigans. A good pairing for the Alabama Shakes. 10 p.m., Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr., Bend. $5-$8.
Friday 27 to Sunday 29
Mt. Bachelor Closing Weekend
CELEBRATE—Mt. Bachelor is ending a phenomenal season in style with a weekend of festivities. Take part in the Brewski Keg Jam or Pond Skim to the sounds of Pitchfork Revolution, Moon Mountain Ramblers and Rebble Jar. Plus, toast to the final days during the Brewski Beer Fest that features only Central Oregon brewed beers! Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend. See website for times and prices: www.mtbachelor.com.
Barks & Recreation
TREAT YO' SELF—And your dog! Presented by Bend Pet Resort, this event supports the Bend Spay and Neuter Project. It has all of the key ingredients Bend requires for a good time: dogs, beer and music. Grab a camera and leash and head on over. 1 to 5 p.m., Drake Park, 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend. Free.
SMASH Festival—Central Oregon Beer Week
DRINKING—This Central Oregon Beer Week event focuses on single malt single hop ales. There will be tasters from 15 local breweries on hand pouring a ton of different craft beers made specifically for the event. This will be a chance to learn about delicious beers while also drinking them, a favorite Bend pastime. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., McMenamins Old St Francis, 700 NW Bond St., Bend. $25.
MUSIC—Anyone over the age of 30 will probably remember Eve 6's meteoric rise to fame. Some of its songs became so ingrained in late '90s musical consciousness that all the lyrics are still easily accessible. Now is the chance to recapture some of that youth and see the band live and in the flesh. 8 p.m., Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $20-$25.
Bend Farmers Market
LOCAL—The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming and that means it's time for Bends Farmers Market to begin! This farm-direct marketplace brings producers and growers together with those in the community who desire fresh and local food. Enjoy the bounty of the first harvest of the season during opening day of the market in downtown Bend. 3 to 7 p.m., Brooks Alley, between NW Oregon Avenue and NW Franklin Avenue, Bend. Free.
Stephan "Ragga" Marley
RASTA ROOTS—The opportunity be able to hear the blood of famed Bob and Rita Marley should never be taken lightly. Stephen "Ragga" Marley, second son and former Melody Maker, takes all that he's learned in his life, and that includes sharing the love, to create something all his own. 9 p.m., Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. $28 adv., $31 door.