Your Week Starts Here – April 8

April 8
Masters of Soul
7:30 pm
Tower Theatre
Celebrate the legendary songs and performers who defined soul music. Stylish costumes, smooth choreography, striking vocals, and a live band pay tribute to the greatest Motown and Stax acts of all time:
Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Commodores, Pointer Sisters, and Stevie Wonder. Show Night sponsor 10 Below.
Reserved Seating: $35, $40, $45
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April 9
Follow the Fork Tour: Westside
1:00 pm
Coffee Roasters
70 Southwest Century Drive
Chef Bette Fraser,
541-312-0097Our walking tour of Downtown Bend visits locally and family owned coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, food carts, breweries, shops and more. You get to sip, sample and stroll your way through the tour and meet and talk with some of the owners and learn firsthand what makes these gastronomic stars so special. We feature locations that serve up locally procured food – food from the our area! The tours are appropriate for all ages, suitable footwear is suggested as the route covers about 1½ flat miles and lasts about 2.5 -3 hours, and takes place rain or shine.

The Downtown Walking Tour begins at Visit Bend, located at 750 NW Lava Rd #160. You can park for free for three hours in the downtown parking lot adjacent to the Visitors Center (entrance on Lava off Minnesota).

Cost: $45.00 – includes tastes and samples
Duration: 2.5 -3 hours (1.5 flat miles)

*The tours are appropriate for all ages, suitable footwear is suggested.
*For larger groups, additional transportation costs may apply.

April 10
Lee at Appomattox
7:00 pm
Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St.
You are invited into the mind of history’s most enigmatic figure Robert E. Lee, moments before meeting with and surrendering to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, the day Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee is to surrender to General Grant, triggering the end of the American Civil War. Written by and starring Tom Dugan and directed by Mel Johnson Jr., Robert E. Lee challenges audiences by revealing the Civil War commander was against slavery and repulsed by war. Having researched for three years to create the drama, Dugan’s play maintains historical accuracy, with help from historians from The Museum of the Confederacy, The Virginia Historical Society and Appomattox Court House. This meticulously researched drama employs vivid sound and lighting effects to transport the audience onto the raging battlefields of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. The performance coincides with the 150 anniversary of the end of the Civil War. “These activities are supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the Oregon Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Reserved Seating: $13 Children and Students, $23 Adults and Seniors
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April 11
Northwest Crossing Bend Spring Festival
11:00 am-5:00 pm
Mt. Washington Drive to High Lakes Loop or Ordway Avenue in the NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood to access parking.  Parking is available in the merchant lots accessed by both of these streets as well as the High Lakes Elementary School parking lot.
Celebrating the return of the sun, the renewal of the earth, and the launching of a busy Central Oregon outdoor event season, the free NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival, presented by The Source Weekly, takes place in the downtown-like corridor of NorthWest Crossing Drive, in the award-winning Northwest Crossing Neighborhood on Bend’s Westside. Last year saw our highest attendance with thousands of people coming out to explore the original art, to chalk on the streets, to enjoy a robust offering of children’s activities, live music, great food, wine, beer, cocktails and ciders. This is the most intimate seasonal festival in Bend, and offers a rare opportunity to personally connect with artisans.

April 12
Neko Case at Tower Theatre
7:00 pm
Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St.
Neko Case has always been brave, but with her latest album she proves herself fearless. With her forthcoming Anti- release, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, the singer known as much for her restless musical curiosity as her clarion voice charts a powerfully personal course across the rocky landscape of childhood, love, and loss.

Case’s 2009 album, “Middle Cyclone,” was her most ambitious to date, vaulting her to new heights of critical and commercial success and netting two Grammy nominations. But if “Middle Cyclone”–laced with frogs, tornados, and killer whales–was Case’s exploration of the potency of the natural world, the new album sees Case turning inward. The Worse Things Get… plunges into the wilderness of human experience, revealing Case at her most emotionally raw and yet, paradoxically, in steely control. Presented by Random Presents

Reserved Seating: $51.50, $72.50
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April 13
Farm and Ranch Tour
12:00 pm
Savory Spice
375  Powerhouse Dr.
Chef Bette Fraser,
Our Farm and Ranch Tour visits 3 to 4 farms around Central Oregon, starting at Savory Spice Shop in the Old Mill District.
The tours start at 12pm, and last 3 to 4 hours.

April 14
Author Marian Palaia at Sunriver Books
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
57100 Beaver Dr.
(541) 593-2525
A May Indie Next Pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, this gorgeous literary debut is earning early rave reviews from the likes of Lorrie Moore, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Olen Butler, a STARRED review in Kirkus, and more (full praise below). Spanning twenty-five years, THE GIVEN WORLD moves from Montana to Saigon as it tells the story of a young woman whose life is haunted by her brother’s disappearance in Vietnam.

Apil 15
U of O Music Festival Once Upon an Opera
at Tower Theatre
7:30 pm
Tower Theatre
Featuring the UO Opera Ensemble in Scenes from “Cendrillon” and “Rusalka”. The award-winning UO Opera Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Karen Esquivel, invites you to join them in an evening of pure fantasy! The ensemble will perform scenes featuring some of opera’s most beautiful music, including material from “Cendrillon” and “Rusalka” in a brief, 45-minute scenes program. Some of these selections are rarely, if ever, performed in Oregon, giving Bend-area opera enthusiasts a rare opportunity to indulge.

General Admission: free, ticket required|
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