Wednesday Nov 23
Old St. Francis School
The Mostest is a dynamic collective of improvisational musicians based in Bend. The group is arranged and produced by bassist Patrick Pearsall and singer-songwriter/guitarist Mark Ransom. On stage and in the studio The Mostest takes on many forms and enlists the talent of many different players–including drummer Lindsey Elias (Empty Space Orchestra/Eric Tollefson Band) and guitarist Tim Schroeder (Bond Brothers, Eric Tollefson Band). The most recent incarnation of the band welcomes the funk-synth expressions of singer/songwriter/keyboardist Brad Jones. The new sound is bouncy, danceable and big; marked with Allman-esque rhythm grooves and soaring melody lines.
Thursday Nov 24
Thanksgiving 5k/10k Classic
Old Mill District
$35 5k, $40 10k
Start your Turkey Day with a gorgeous riverside run! Bend Thanksgiving Classic is a 5/10K race produced by Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend benefitting Girls on the Run of Central Oregon. Now in its 9th official year, the race has grown to host nearly 1,000 runners and walkers every Thanksgiving morning in the heart of Bend’s Old Mill District. Girls on the Run is a 5k training program that encourages girls to grow into positive young adults. The Bend Thanksgiving Classic 5k is the culmination of our fall season of Girls on the Run here in Central Oregon.
Friday Nov 25
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Experience a classic holiday favorite with a new twist! At “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” become part of the performance by sitting as the radio audience for this lively production. Enhance your Christmas Season of 1946 by joining us for a live radio broadcast, as WBFR’s “Playhouse of the Air” presents the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A small ensemble of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage to tell the story of George Bailey, a small town businessman who runs the Savings and Loan and keeps townspeople out of the clutches of banker Henry F. Potter, the richest – and meanest – man in Bedford Falls.
Saturday Nov 26
The Weather Machine
Based in Portland, The Weather Machine released its first full-length album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With strong ties to the region, the 5-piece found its roots in the Pacific Northwest’s unique folk aesthetic, but has since developed hard-hitting, theatrical rock performance. The transformation is best exemplified in Tender Loving Empire’s 2013 B-side release of “Slow Dance Slow,” a song that begins as a ballad and ends as a drunken, waltzy cacophony.
The Portland Mercury compares The Weather Machine to The Kinks and Paul McCartney, while an Italian publication preferred Hey Marseilles as a reference. The truth? This band is hard to categorize… which is a big part of the appeal. Their high-energy live show has struck a chord with Northwestern audiences, resulting in sold out performances at Mississippi Studios and the Sisters Folk Festival, a featured performance at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, and two west coast tours.
Sunday Nov 27
Maragas Winery Barrel Tasting
Maragas Winery, Terrebone
Free, donation of non-perishable food item requested
It’s not every day that you can taste wine straight from a barrel. Maragas Winery will be barrel tasting Friday, Saturday and Sunday this Thanksgiving weekend! So come out to Maragas, just north of Terrebonne in the heart of Central Oregon, and experience this once a year event and once a year savings!
The event is free, and Maragas asks guests to bring non-perishable food for the area food bank run by Neighbor Impact. Mingle in the Barrel Room and taste to some great Holiday jazz tunes!
Monday Nov 28
“Margarita, with a Straw”
Volcanic Theatre Pub
LGBTQ movie night: A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York and experiences joy, pain, struggle and peace in this brilliant production of the human condition.
Tuesday Nov 29
Coloring Book Artist Dave Ember
Downtown Bend Public Library
Join local artist Dave Ember as he discusses the inspiration behind his National Parks adult coloring book series. Dave has worked as an artist for over 25 years and has been featured on KPOV.