Your Bend, Oregon Arts & Entertainment Week Starts Here – May 11, 2016

May 11
7:00 pm
Tower Theatre

Random Presents.  For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his new album, Chano y Dizzy!, his 25th recording as a bandleader on Concord Picante, set for release on September 27, 2011. For the first time, Sanchez and Francisco Torres, long time band member (trombone/vocals), join forces to produce the new album.

Tickets:  Reserved Seating $40.50, $57.50
Buy tickets at the box office 541-317-0700 or online at

May 12
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

On May 12, at Bend’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, a symposium titled “Monarchs, Milkweeds –– and YOU” will highlight information about the Monarch’s migration through central Oregon and ways citizens can offer support through habitat restoration and citizen science projects. Speakers in addition to Tom Landis will include Katya Spiecker, founder of Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon; US Forest Service geneticist Matt Horning, and David James, Associate Professor of entomology at Washington State University. Spiecker will highlight local conservation work, Horning will cover the regional monitoring project, James will discuss the Western Monarch Tagging Program, and Landis will talk about tagging and citizen science in Southern Oregon. Doors open at 6, presentation runs 6:30 – 8pm. This event is free and open to the public. Additional information and RSVP available at or

May 13
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards

This classic Rock Band will get you dancing and dancing is encouraged! Off The Record covers tunes by Santana, The Doobie Brothers, CCR, Van Morrison, The Beatles, The Hollies, Roy Orbison, Elvis, etc.

May 14
5:00 pm
Riverhouse Convention Center

The Art & Wine Auction is Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s major fundraising event and raises a large portion of our operating funds for the year. The event welcomes nearly 400 community supporters, art collectors and wine aficionados. Guests sample fine wines and local beer while enjoying live entertainment, sampling hors d’oeuvres and bidding on a variety of beautifully showcased silent auction items. A seated dinner is served, followed by the highly anticipated live auction which showcases artwork from the region’s top artists, rare and collectible wines, and one of a kind experiences.

May 15
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Willow Lane Artist’s Creative Space

Artists clean out their studios and closets and offer you a chance to find treasures you’ll love at awesome yard sale prices!

May 16
7:30 pm
Bend High School

The glorious music of one of the most popular operas ever composed will resonate through the hall during our spring concerts. We will be pulling out all the stops for our performances of Bizet’s Carmen, as the musicians of the COS will be joined by soloists from around the Northwest as well as singers from our own OperaBend and the Central Oregon Mastersingers.

May 17
7:00 pm
Tower Theatre

With local openers Loose Gravel and Mark Quon. A benefit concert for veteran support programs.
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, powerhouse voice, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.
Beth Wood began her musical journey in Lubbock, Texas, a high plains town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few.
Strong Hold Trio – Andy Armer is a pianist, producer, performer and music educator. He was nominated for a Grammy award for his composition RISE in 1979 as performed by Herb Alpert. Andy lives in Bend OR and works with his team at Stronghold/Firing Room Productions creating music for television & advertising. Richard Taelour is a guitarist and vocalist extraordinaire. He has worked with many of the biggest names in the music business. Richard was signed by super manager Shep Gordon and recorded for Arista Records. He currently works with his team at Stronghold/Firing Room Productions creating music for television and advertising. Justin Veloso plays drums. He graduated from the New School for the Arts in New York City. Justin has recently returned to his hometown of Sisters OR after more than a decade in NYC playing music and creating art
Tickets:  Reserved Seating $25, $30
Buy tickets at the box office 541-317-0700 or online at
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May 18
6:00 pm
Tower Theatre

Redmond Proficiency Academy will present Boundless
A Live Event at the Tower Theater in Bend for and by Teenagers

The Redmond Proficiency Academy will host Boundless, a live event where teens showcase their talents, which includes magic, inspirational talks, music performances, and more, at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon, on May 18, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.
This is the second event hosted by RPA and its student-run company, Caged Inspiration. It is a continuation of last year’s event, Limitless, which originated in a classroom at Redmond Proficiency Academy. “The challenge of the class was to create a legitimate business run by teenagers,” said RPA Advisor, Ken Streater. “They have succeeded at this, and then some.”
Daniel Raley, one of the student business managers and show producers, believes that “Boundless will be a great success, like last year’s event. We are looking for a few more presenters that will complete our already powerful lineup.”
The event was created by teens to inspire attendees and Central Oregon communities. “The goal is for people to walk away from this event energized to do something they love, something that can positively impact the rest of their community,” said student business manager, Faith Story. “Most of the performers will be teens who will share their talent, dreams, and ideas that aren’t displayed on a day to day basis.”
Streater said, “It’s an honor to be involved with this event again this year. Boundless promises to showcase Central Oregon high school students and I am proud to be a witness to the passion, power, and talent of teenagers.”

About Caged Inspiration
Caged Inspiration is a charter-high-school student owned and ran business that focuses on producing live events of, for, and by teens. We are a small group of dedicated and innovative 9th through 12th grade students at Redmond Proficiency Academy in beautiful Central Oregon. We get our inspiration from our community and school and are honored to be producing “Boundless,” the live event for teenagers, on May 18, 2016.

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