Your Bend, Oregon Arts & Entertainment Week Starts Here – March 9

March 9
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tower Theatre

This is sure to be a night of inspiration as deserving women blush and take the stage of the Tower Theatre to accept their awards. Enjoy empowering words from keynote speakers, Emilie Cortez and Mary Faulkner, as well as local entertainment.
Be prepared to be blown away by the
exceptional women in our community!

March 10
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
East Bend Library

Uke Can Do It
March 1, 3, 8, and 10, 2016 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
East Bend Library

Due to popular demand, we have added a second series of Uke Can Do It ukulele lessons. This second series will be hosted at the East Bend Library.

Join local ukulele instructor Cinda Johnson for a series of four lessons geared for the beginning ukulele player. The classes are free and open to the public but registration is required as space is limited. Instruments will be provided and participants must be 12 years or older.

Originally called the machete, ukulele roughly translates as “jumping flea” in Hawaiian. Brought to the islands in the late 1880s by Portuguese immigrants the ukulele quickly gained popularity among the indigenous people, including King David Kalakaua. According to Johnson, the ukulele remains popular today because it easily learned and it’s portable. “Even people who feel like they are non-musicians can still be successful with the ukulele,” she says.

Johnson has been teaching ukulele for over ten years. She currently does ukulele therapy for seniors at assisted-living homes, retirement homes and hospice facilities. For more than 30 years, Johnson has shared her passion for teaching, performing, magic and music as a children’s entertainer. During the beginning ukulele classes, people will learn basic strums, chords and a selection of songs. “We will learn how to have fun with this silly little instrument,” says Johnson.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

March 11
7:30 pm
Cascade Theatrical Company

Showtimes: March 11-13, 17-20 and 24-26 with Thurs-Sat shows starting at 7:30pm and Sun Matinees at 2:00pm

It’s a lovely day on the farm in Bucks County, PA, where siblings Vanya and Sonia live and complain about their boring lives. Their typical morning of drinking coffee and waiting for the daily arrival of a Blue Heron is interrupted by their prophetic housekeeper Cassandra issuing an obscure and dire warning. The a surprise visit from their movie star sister along with her newest beloved turns their lives upside down with the prospect of having to attend a neighborhood costume party where they are to be Masha’s lowly entourage and the recipients of some very upsetting news. What ensues is Durang’s signature blend of neuroses, absurdity and a lot of fun.

March 12
7:00 pm
Madras Performing Arts Center

The Central Oregon Mastersingers
with special guests, Ubiquitous Dance Company

Saturday March 12, 7:00pm in the Madras Performing Arts Center, 412 Buff Street in Madras.
Sunday March 13, 2:00pm at the Tower Theatre in Bend.

Singing and dancing will come together when the Central Oregon Mastersingers, led by Clyde Thompson, are joined on stage by Bend’s Ubiquitous Dance Company. Founder and Director of the 15-member dance company, Dee Dee Burzynski, has created new choreography especially for this concert.

An array of music from the classic choral repertoire will be presented, from Monteverdi to Brahms, all the way to spirituals and stunning new works by leading choral composers of the 21st century. The featured work, performed in collaboration with the dancers, will be the powerful, three-movement “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by 20th century Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera. The combined groups will end the concert with a riotous take on Techno Dance music, “Nyon Nyon.”

The Ubiquitous Dancers will also present works of their own, including excerpts from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, “Agon.”

March 13
6:30 pm
Ridgeview High School, Performing Arts Theatre

Renowned classical pianist, Alpin Hong, will perform a solo concert. Dubbed a “pianistic firebrand” by the LA Times, he has performed at prestigous venues from Walt Disney Hall to the White House. Mr. Hong is known for his stunning technique and emotional range and appeals to all ages.

March 14

The 13th Annual Jefferson County Community Read is featuring the book, Shaped by the Land, Stories of the rural American West as told in the Dusty Dog Cafe by local author, D. “Bing” Bingham. The audience will enjoy hearing entertaining tales as they might be told in a cafe where the locals hang out in any farming or ranching community. Throughout March and April, Bingham will be giving presentations about his book at Crooked River Ranch, Madras, and Warm Springs.

Students from Warm Springs Academy K-8, Ashwood School, Jefferson County Middle School and Madras High School are participating in a student photography project, using digital cameras on loan from The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition. Students are reading stories from the book and making a connection to a story that relates how they are shaped by the land, their community, culture or family. The author has been reading selected stories to students as well as discussing the key points of good photography. Students will be showing their photography at the Art Adventure Gallery for the month of April. Opening night is Thursday, April 7th from 5:30PM to 7:00 PM. Students and families are encouraged to attend.

Books may be purchased for $12 at the Jefferson County Library, the Warm Springs Library, Art Adventure Gallery, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Madison Coffee House, the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition office, and at any of the community read events listed below. The book is also available for checkout at the Jefferson County Library and the Warm Springs Library.

Monday, March 14 at 10:30 AM, D. “Bing” Bingham will talk about and read from Shaped by the Land at the Crooked River Ranch Learn and Share meeting. This will be held in the CRR Senior Center.

Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-7:00 PM,  Bingham will be available to sign books and meet the public at the Art Adventure Gallery in Madras. The opening night event will feature photographs by the author and the students who participated in the community read photo project. Snacks and punch will be served.

Friday, April 15th at 5:30 PM, all are welcome to enjoy an author presentation about Shaped by the Land at the Warm Springs Library.

On Saturday, April 16th the Jefferson County Community Read will host a book signing from 7-8 PM with desserts and no-host adult beverages at the Jefferson County Library’s Rodriguez Annex. At 8 PM there will be an author presentation of Shaped by the Land.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the Jefferson County Community Read: Jefferson County Library District, Adele and Sumner Rodriguez Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Jefferson County Cultural Coalition, Mountain Photo and Graphics and the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition.

March 15
7:00 pm
Old Stone Church

In the third installment of the Bend edition of Oregon Natural Desert Association’s High Desert Speaker Series, local birding expert Chuck Gates shares about the amazing birds of Oregon’s high desert.
He’ll highlight the threats these amazing creatures face, as well as recent successes that have saved many lives.
You’ll leave inspired by these majestic birds, with everything you need to go find them yourself!
Many thanks to the East Cascade Audubon Society for their generous support of this presentation.

March 16
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center

WSO+Menucha present a workshop
by Linda Rothchild-Ollis, NWWS:
Stronger Design – “Before and After”
May 15-18, 2016
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center
In both watercolor and mixed media, Linda Rothchild Ollis’s experience creating strong design has caught jurors’ attention for years. She is a signature member of NWWS; has recently earned the WFWS 2nd Place Award; was juried into 75th NWWS International Exhibition; was awarded the Signature Award at the 46th Watercolor West International Exhibition; is an instructor, graphic artist and participating artist at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery.
Participants in Stronger Design: “Before and After” will get hands-on experience to improve design, with and without the use of computer editing. No computer or computer editing skills are necessary. The instruction will fit both representational and abstract painting styles.
Lessons and demos include (with supplies that Linda provides):
Opening up new creative pathways in your mind with the help of large Molotow
mark makers, daubers, and unique brush substitutes.
Marbled paper designs and collage papers, created by Linda, to enhance your design sense.
Development of planned, carefully designed subject matter with fluid acrylics and/or watercolor.
Development of intuitive and abstract subject matter with fluid acrylics and/or watercolor.
For more information on what Linda will be teaching, visit
For more information on the cost, the location, and to register, go to
To talk to a real person, contact Scott Crane, Program Director, at
503-695-2243 or email him at

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