Your Bend, Oregon Arts & Entertainment Week Starts Here – May 4, 2016

May 4
7:00 pm
The Belfry

Sisters Folk Festival Inc. is presenting a free community gathering Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at The Belfry. The event honors the restoration work being done on Whychus Creek, the Deschutes Watershed, and a community art installation along Hwy 20.

The event is part of Sisters Folk Festival’s annual My Own Two Hands celebration, whose theme this year is “Connection.” The event will inform and celebrate the different ways we are all “connected” to the river and creek that make up the Deschutes Watershed in Sisters Country. The evening activities are in collaboration with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Catch Magazine, the Deschutes Land Trust, and members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

Catch Magazine, an online fly-fishing magazine based in Sisters, will present a short video to represent local anglers’ connection to the river. Information will be presented on restoration and conservation efforts by Deschutes Land Trust, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, and Sisters Elementary School students – who recently released steelhead smolts into Whychus Creek. The evening will conclude with a cultural tribute by Warm Springs tribal members.

Sisters Folk Festival – in partnership with Sisters Elementary School, Sisters School District and the broader Sisters community – is supporting an artist residency with local artist Laura Campbell. The funding for the project is part of the 5-year Studio to School grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, targeted for K-8 music and arts education in the Sisters School District. The grant is currently in its second year of implementation.

The “River Celebration” art installation will be permanently mounted along the Hwy 20 elementary school fence-line, adjacent to the school playground, and be a lasting tribute to the Deschutes  Watershed and its importance to our region. The installation includes a scene of the Three Sisters Mountains, with boulders, water shapes, fish eggs, smolts, and varying size of fish. During March and April, all of the students of the Sisters Elementary School participated in the project, along with community members who helped paint the pieces of the installation. In the process of creating the work, students have come to understand the importance of the river and the critical impact it has on the ecology, geology, habitat and biodiversity of Sisters Country. The work will be installed in early May as part of the My Own Two Hands celebration.

Sisters Elementary School Principal Becky Stoughton has been a collaborative partner in the project, working with Sisters Folk Festival and staff to see the project come to fruition. Stoughton says, “We started with dreams and possibilities of what our kids could do to be connected to their school through art … and look what happened. A community has come together – young and old – to celebrate artistic expression and learning about water in the high desert!”

“The art residency and installation is a perfect way to support Sisters students in a community-wide celebration of the Deschutes River watershed and the way we are all connected in the place we live, and how we live within that place. It is a continuation of great work done for many years in outdoor education in Sisters, and will combine science and art integration,” says Sisters Folk Festival’s Creative Director Brad Tisdel.

The goal of the project has been to introduce students to river ecology and the importance of rivers to the health of the environment. Students will also learn how science and art can be integrated, learning by creating art. The wood pieces for the installation were designed and cut at Sisters High School, using hand-tools and the CNC machine recently purchased for guitar- and ukulele-building in the luthier program. The luthier program is also part of the educational outreach of Sisters Folk Festival, in partnership with the Sisters School District.

“Another exciting piece of the project is seeing the art installation take shape by a talented artist and alumni of Sisters schools. It will be part of the process to allow for artistic license by Campbell on exactly how the installation will look,” Tisdel says.

Special thanks go to the Oregon Community Foundation; Orepac building products for donating materials; Hoyt’s Hardware; the City of Sisters; Sisters Elementary School; and the Sisters School District.

SFF Presents a “River Celebration,” 7:00 p.m. May 4 at the Belfry, 302 E. Main Ave. In Sisters. There will be food and drink available for purchase. For more information, please visit

May 5
7:30 pm
Tower Theater

BendFilm Whets Appetite of Festival-Goers with Mid-Year Event:
An Evening with Jimmy Santiago Baca
As a lead-up to its festival in October of this year, BendFilm is hosting renowned poet Jimmy Santiago Baca for a reception and film screening of the award-winning documentary, “A Place to Stand,” based on Baca’s critically-acclaimed memoir of the same name. After the viewing, an interactive Q&A will take place with Jimmy and local poet and recording artist, MOsely WOtta, at the Tower Theatre. The two will share why art in Bend remains such a powerful community experience. Jimmy returns to Bend for the first time after his celebrated Nature of Words-hosted appearance in 2010.

The evening will begin with a reception, raffle and fundraiser at the Liberty Theatre, made possible in part by Elixir Wine Group, Bigfoot Beverages, and Bendistillery, who will sponsor the drinks paired with heavy appetizers. During the reception, Jimmy will be available to answer questions and converse with the guests before the screening.

Following the reception, guests will be invited to the Tower Theatre to view the film, as well as take part in a post-screening discussion with Jimmy Santiago Baca and local poet and recording artist, MOsely WOtta, sponsored by The Deschutes Public Library.

BendFilm Reception and Fundraiser
Thursday, May 5th, Liberty Theatre, 5:00pm
849 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR

Thursday, May 5th, Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St, Bend, OR
7:30 pm, Doors at 7 p.m.

TICKETS: $20 Film Only
$50 Film and Reception (includes hosted beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres)

While in Central Oregon, Jimmy will be speaking to COCC’s Latino Club as well as the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program on May 4, 2016 at 4:30pm. He will also appear at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institute to speak and screen “A Place to Stand” on May 6, 2016 at 1:30pm. Finally, Jimmy will appear at the Madras Performing Arts Center on May 6th at 7:30pm for the final screening.
All proceeds from this event benefit BendFilm. For more information, please visit www.bendfilm,org. To see a trailer of “A Place to Stand”, please visit:

About BendFilm:
BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon while also providing an economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 13th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon, at The Oxford, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, Tin Pan Theater, The Volcanic Theater, Cascades Theatrical Company, and the historic Tower Theatre. Make plans now to attend October 6-9, 2016, for four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels and parties, in beautiful Bend, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit

May 6
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Downtown Bend

May 7
7:00 pm
The Belfry

Treat Mom to an Encore Benefit Performance of Nora and Delia Ephron’s LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at The Belfry in Sisters Oregon
Bend Oregon- Stage Right Productions/2nd Street Theater is pleased to present a Mother’s Day Eve encore performance of LOVE, LOSS, & WHAT I WORE, based on the book by Ilene Beckman and written for the stage by Nora and Delia Ephron, Saturday, May 7th at The Belfry, 302 E. Main Street, Sisters Oregon at 7:00pm.

LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, directed by Sandy Silver was performed at 2nd Street Theater in 2015 to sellout crowds. Performed as a “reader’s theater” LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE features five talented actresses portraying 25 different characters in a series of fast paced monologues, telling real life, funny and poignant stories of pivotal events in their lives and what they were wearing. From obnoxious purses, and favorite Madonna outfits to major life events and that one accessory that made it all tolerable, mothers, daughters, husbands, boyfriends and anyone who has ever known a woman will enjoy LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE. Featuring the original cast: Susan Benson, Laura Lee Coffman, Patricia West-Del Ruth, Dana Fykerud and Judi Van Houweling.

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE is presented by Stage Right Productions, the nonprofit which operates 2nd Street Theater in Bend. Tickets are available at or by calling the 2nd Street Theater box office at 541-312-9626. Doors open at 6:30pm, Show starts at 7pm. (Contains mature subject matter). Tickets are $18 Adults $15 Student/Seniors

For more information or to advertise or sponsor LOVE LOSS & WHAT I WORE please visit or contact or call 541-312-9626.

May 8
Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards

Treat Mom to a buffet style Mother’s Day Brunch and enjoy amazing views of the Three Sisters Mountains with rolling vineyards and the beautiful gardens of Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards. $50 per person, for buffet and glass of Peach Sangria, $25 for children under 10, 11 AM seating & 1PM seating with food by Willow Camp Catering & music by Jeff Jackson.

May 9
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
High Desert Museum

Once Upon a Time in Oregon: A Story Across Decades by Rebecca Hom is a story of two Oregon pioneers, Ing Hay and Lung On, influential individuals in Grant Country during the 19th and 20th centuries. They were owners of Kam Wah Chung & Co, and their civic and civil commitment to residents of the area helped calm troubled times in the 1800’s.

Rebecca Hom has been an adventuring storyteller for 25 years and has offered presentations on regional Chinese history to a wide range of audiences. This program weaves together Hom’s personal experience in John Day with a historical context of Chinese in Oregon and the importance of Kam Wah Chung. This program is part of the Oregon Historical Society’s Chinese Oregon Speaker Series.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm
Members $3, non-members $7
No-host bar

May 10
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory Pozzi Building

Tom Landis from the Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates will talk on “Bringing Monarchs Back to Central Oregon.” Landis attributes the decline in Monarch populations to the loss of native milkweed plants brought about by farming practices and land development. It is estimated that 50% of western milkweed is gone, and this is the sole plant where adults lay eggs and provide meals for caterpillars.

According to Landis, Oregon is a critical location for western Monarchs as they migrate from wintering in California to as far north as Canada. “Creating monarch way stations and pollinator gardens on their flyways is possibly our only hope of protecting this diminishing species,” he says. The program begins at 6:30p.m. in Sunriver Nature Center’s Pozzi Building. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made at 541-593-4394.

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

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