Your Bend, Oregon Art & Entertainment Week Starts Here – May 20

May 20
The Ride of Silence at Mirror Pond Plaza
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Crow’s Feet Commons, Downton Bend
On one night in cities around the world, cyclists gather annually to ride in silence to raise awareness of cyclists’ right to ride on the road and to honor the fallen cyclists no longer with us.

The Ride of Silence, a nationwide silent vigil and bicycle ride honoring killed or injured cyclists, will return to Bend after a four-year absence. Cyclists will meet in front of Crow’s Feet Commons in downtown Bend and take a slow, 5.6-mile loop to NW Mount Washington Drive and back. Cyclists who have been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle are asked to wear red armbands, and those riding in remembrance of a killed cyclist are asked to wear a black armband.

The Ride of Silence is a national movement initiated in 2003 by Chris Phelan in Dallas, Texas, to commemorate his friend, endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz, who was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. Since then, the movement has exploded; hundreds of events are held across the country at the same time. Rides are planned in every state except Alaska and North Dakota.

This year, other Oregon Rides of Silence will simultaneously occur in Corvallis, Eugene, Medford and Salem.

May 21
OSU Cascades 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

Barber Library on the COCC Campus
2600 NW College Way, Bend
Oregon State University Cascades invites you to The 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at The Barber Library on the COCC Campus. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and the public is welcome.

The 2015 Graduates include Sarah Fisher, Kurt Armstrong, Angelia Newstrand, Olivia Haro, Mary Schellert, Michael Peterson, Cindee O’Connor The Artwork will cover a variety of ediums from Photography, Oil Painting, Digital Painting, to Printmaking.
Thru June 15, 2015

May 22
The Decemberists at Les Schwab Amphitheater
Les Schwab Amphitheater-Old Mill District,  Bend
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is the seventh studio album from The Decemberists, released in early 2015—featuring songs Make You Better and The Wrong Year.

The Decemberists describe the new album as the band’s “most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally.” Frontman Colin Meloy says much of the album explores far more personal, introspective topics than previous Decemberists records as “having a family, having kids, having this career, getting older — all of these things have made me look more inward.”

The Decemberists 2011 album The King is Dead produced a Grammy nomination for Down by the Water in the Best Rock Song category.

May 23
Ryan Adams at Les Schwab Amphitheater
Les Schwab Amphitheater-Old Mill District,  Bend
Ryan Adams with special guest Jenny Lewis, part of the Bend Summer Concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Doors open at 6pm. General Admission only. Chairs and blankets are allowed. Ryan Adams’ self-titled new album was released in September 2014 on PAX-AM records. Produced by Adams himself the new record is the North Carolina -born singer/songwriters first full length since 2011’s acclaimed Ashes & Fire.

Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter whose critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums both as a solo artist and with the Cardinals have included Heartbreaker (2000), Gold (2001), Love Is Hell (2004), Cold Roses (2005) and Easy Tiger (2007) which TIME magazine hailed as “a career breakthrough.”

May 24
Sisters Stampede XC Mountain Bike Race
Desperado Court (Near Three Creeks Brewing Co.), Sisters
Race your bike on the beautiful Peterson Ridge Trail in Sisters, Oregon. The Sisters Stampede, now in its sixth year, became the largest cross country mountain bike race in Oregon in 2011, and continues every Memorial day weekend as the largest and one of the best mountain biking experiences of the season. There is something for everyone with 26 different race categories, and a party at the finish line! Mileage options: 12mi. (Novice/juniors), 27mi. (Elite, Expert, Sport, SS, Clydes)

Each entrant will get a registration bag with items and coupons provided by our generous sponsors. Entrants will also receive a custom pair of Stampede socks, post race recovery food, a Three Creeks beer (over 21), professional timing, and memories to last a lifetime!

May 25
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters at Les Schwab Amphitheater
Les Schwab Amphitheater-Old Mill District,  Bend
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will hit the road in support of their latest lullaby and….The Ceaseless Roar. Each ticket will include a copy of the group’s latest album. With a career spanning more than 40 years and possessing a powerful wide vocal range, Robert Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2011, readers of Rolling Stone placed Plant in first place of the magazine’s list of the best lead singers of all time. Robert Plant is best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin and a successful solo career.

Opening for Robert Plant is JD McPherson, an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is known for a retro sound rooted in the rock and roll, rhythm and blues and rockabilly music of the 1950s.

May 26
History Pub at Old St. Francis School
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 N.W. Bond St., Bend,
Join Pat Kliewer, Preservation Specialist, in learning about the pioneer cemeteries around Deschutes County. Learn the stories about where they are located and who inhabits these unique heritage places and how they are cared for now and for the future. Doors open at 5:30pm.

May 27
Central Oregon Beer Week
Various Locations Around Central Oregon/Bend
Central Oregon has one of the largest per-capita number of breweries of any region around, and on top of that a thriving, exploding beer scene—so it’s only natural that we also have a Central Oregon Beer Week, a week-long celebration of Bend and Central Oregon’s amazing beer culture!

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