BOOKS—To begin its fourth year of bringing top-notch authors to Bend, Author! Author! welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan. Egan's novel, The Worst Hard Time, about survivors of the Dust Bowl, was a National Book Award winner. Egan will discuss his current work, his writing process, and literature in general. 7 pm. Bend High School, 230 NE Sixth St. $25.
Teton Gravity: Paradise Waits
FILM—One night only: the premiere of Teton Gravity's new ski and snowboard film, Paradise Waits. The earlier show is family friendly, while the evening screening promises to get a bit rowdier. Enter to win a chance to shred Japan with SASS global travel, a trip to ski Jackson Hole or a Sony Action Cam prize pack. 5 & 8 pm. The Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. $12 adv., $15 door.
MUSIC—Do you like a little indie psych rock mixed with your disco fusion? Good! Because Beach Fire will bring its influences upside your face. Sloan Martin (formerly of Portland's new-folk darlings Steelhead) fronts this ambitious new project. Come for the music, stay for the dreamy melodies that will sustain you through the workaday week. 7 pm. McMenamins, 700 NW Bond St. No cover.
Street Legal Party
WEED—Despite the name of the event, it's still not legal to smoke marijuana on the literal street. Nonetheless, dispensaries will be able to open their doors to recreational pot smokers starting on Oct. 1, and Oregon Euphorics is celebrating with music from The Sweat Band and Second Hand Soldiers, free "swag," and raffles. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. No cover.
5x5 Painting Marathon
LIVE ART—Who says you need running shoes or sports drinks to participate in a marathon? At Base Camp Studio's third annual painting marathon, five teams will portray five items from BendFilm submissions in five different ways, resulting in a 125-panel body of work and a video of the process that will screen at BendFilm Festival. 3-10 pm. Crow's Feet Commons, 875 NW Brooks St. Free.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
FILM—This is the eighth year of Oregon Natural Desert Association's film fest, which features a showcase of short films that meet at the intersection of environmental advocacy and adventure. From feats of athleticism to stories of activism, the night will celebrate Earth's natural wonders. 4 pm & 7:30 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. Matinee: $12 GA, $8 students. Evening: $14 GA, $8 students.
Bend Fall Fest
STREET FAIR—The streets of Bend are alive with the sound of music, or at least they will be once this annual seasonal fest kicks off for a weekend of live music, local vendors, and family-friendly activities. Dig out your favorite scarf, sip on some cider, and embrace the approaching autumnal awesomeness. 5-11 pm Friday, 11 am-11 pm Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Downtown Bend. Free.
Rock Musical Cocktail Cabaret
CABARET—Bend may be worlds away from Broadway, but as the recent performance of Avenue Q proves, Bendites can enjoy quality musical theater without hopping a plane to New York. Up next is a cabaret featuring rock musicals, including favorites like Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch—all sung by locals. Take that, Big Apple! 7:30 pm Saturday, 6 pm Sunday. 10 Below, 10 NW Minnesota Ave. $18-$25.
Make a Band
COMPETITION—Musicians will perform at different events throughout the week and then producers will pick individuals to form bands. Those bands will then perform at the Make-A-Band Showcase at The Tower Theatre in November. There should definitely be no bruised egos or hurt feelings involved whatsoever. 6 pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. $5
MUSIC—Mormonism isn't the only hardcore thing to come out of Utah. Chelsea Grin is touring for their new album Ashes to Ashes and bringing to Bend their signature triple guitar recipe of Deathcore deliciousness. Bring an extra face because all current ones will be melted right the hell off. Deathcore! 6 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $15 adv., $18 door.