(Photo | Courtesy of Tower Theatre Foundation) The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation, which owns and operates the stage in downtown Bend, is following Oregon Governor Brown’s Stay-at-Home order for all Oregonians until April 28. The well-being of our patrons, artists and staff remains our top priority. Unfortunately, this will also affect scheduling beyond this date….

With Bend being a significant destination for tourism and vacation travel, Bend City Manager Eric King is issuing a strong advisory temporarily discouraging recreational or vacation travel here during this COVID-19 emergency. Here is a link to the order. It supports Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders to minimize non-essential travel to reduce exposure…

Cash Prize Awarded for Student Desert Writing Competition Hey high schoolers! Are you wandering around the house, looking for ways to pass the time while sheltering in place to avoid the coronavirus? Here’s an idea: submit a piece to the Waterston Desert Writing Prize student writing contest! The winner receives $250, is honored at our…

(Left: The Life Circle, Sculpture by Kellen Bateham & Anton Yakushev. Right:  Kellen Bateham & Anton Yakushev | Photos courtesy of Ken Marunowski) After a warm welcome from the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild last year, Russian sculptor and blacksmith Anton Yakushev and his wife Katja returned to Bend last month for a follow-up visit….

(Still Life with Red Onions. Oil, 24”x30” by Eric Jacobsen) Eric Jacobsen is one of Central Oregon’s most prominent and beloved landscape painters and painting teachers. His generous, amicable personality attracts people far and wide, and his tall, thin frame and trucker hat makes Eric easily recognizable when out painting en plein air (outdoors). His…

(Left: Award Winner Carly Cooper with Instructor Cullie Treichler and Right: CSM Award Winner Sawyer Garnett with Instructor Krista Aasland | Photos courtesy of Cascade School of Music) The Rising Star and Fortissimo awards are for students who have been nominated by their teachers for showing talent, effort, and achievement and great promise as musicians…

The inaugural IndieWomxn Film Festival, presented in partnership with BendFilm and Scalehouse, takes place March 12-16 in various Downtown Bend venues. Tickets are $7-$10. To celebrate women’s history month, BendFilm and Scalehouse are partnering to bring you a weekend of creativity, collaboration and conversation through the art form of film. The festival was created in…